Reminder – SINHG Evening Program Thursday 10/8 – 7PM

dolphinOn Thursday, October 8th, the Seabrook Natural History Group will present Dr. Brian Balmer discussing North Atlantic Dolphin Populations. In 2013, Dr. Balmer assumed his current position as a Scientist with the Oceans and Human Health Branch of the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to this move, Brian spent 12 years with the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, moving up from Intern to Staff Scientist. He graduated from Virginia Tech with Bachelors of Science majors in wildlife science and biology. Brian’s graduate research at the University of North Carolina focused on identifying the population structure of bottlenose dolphins in two regions that have been impacted by different types of stressors; St. Joseph Bay, FL and the southern coast of Georgia.
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Refreshments – 7:00 PM   Program – 7:30 PM   Location – Lake House  All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. There is a $5 donation for non SINHG members. Information about future programs and SINHG membership can be found at the SINHG web site,

Submitted by Gary Fansler

Local Retailers Donate to Respite Care

Two Freshfields businesses are donating a portion of their sales proceeds to Respite Care, the charity beneficiary organization of the Alan Fleming tournament .

Shop Lilly Pulitzer on Thursday, October 8th from 12 to 5 pm and they will donate 10% of sales to Respite Care of Charleston. Make sure to mention the Alan Fleming Tournament!

Purchase a massage, facial, hair or makeup service from Urban Nirvana during October 7-11 and mention the Alan Fleming Tournament. They will donate 10% of services to Respite Care of Charleston.

Submitted by David Krumwiede

Suicide Revisited by Dr. Roy Sessions

header sessionsThis is part of a series of columns on the doctor/cancer patient relationship by Seabrook resident Dr. Roy Sessions, MD, and Fellow of the American Council of Surgeons.

Last month, we delved into the dark, but real topic of suicide. Because there is an increased incidence of this act in the cancer population, and because the slant of this blog has thus far been toward cancer related matters, I took the liberty of writing about a topic on which I am not an expert – no official training in psychiatry and psychology, save medical school. In last months essay, I mentioned that my childhood had been severely altered by a suicide, and as a result, I have always had a special interest in the topic. More importantly, my life as a surgical oncologist has led me into the realm of dealing with the issue on a number of occasions. Surgeons are sometimes stereotyped as insensitive psychologically – perhaps true, but as with most acts of stereotyping, probably exaggerated.  Speaking for myself, I have spent my career trying not to be part of the “insensitive” crowd. So bear with me as I talk about something that is of great interest to me. Continue reading “Suicide Revisited by Dr. Roy Sessions”

Town of Seabrook Weather and Road Condition Update

This was taken from the SI Town website:

At 9:00 am the National Weather Service in Charleston extended the flash flood warning until 3:30 pm (5 October). Local weather forecasts call for rain later today. The next Seabrook Island high tide is forecast to occur 5 October at 3:16 pm. The continuing rain can be expected to contribute to pooling on and flooding of roadways. AVOID DRIVING. IF YOU MUST DRIVE, DO NOT ENTER WATER OF UNKNOWN DEPTH.

Submitted by Tidelines Staff

Seabrook Road Update

As of this morning, the main arteries on Seabrook (Seabrook Island Road, Haulover, High Hammock, Cap’n Sams) were essentially clear except for the section of Seabrook Island Road in front of the Island House to the Pelican Watch Villas, which still had a sizable amount of standing water on it.   This may change as high tide approaches at 3:17 p.m..

Submitted by Dennis Pescitelli

Donations for Storm Victims on Johns Island

My husband, Kevin Johnson, and I moved to Seabrook Island this summer from Johns Island.  We also have an office above the Heritage Restaurant/Reflections Nail Salon.  We would like to make it easy for Seabrookers to donate gently used items to flood victims by collecting donations at our office on Thursday 10/8.  We will deliver all items collected to shelters and flood relief centers.  We are also looking into information for large donations (appliances and furniture) so you can post on Tidelines.

For drop offs, the office can be found by parking behind the Heritage Restaurant.  There is a small wood deck with a door upstairs, we will ensure the door has easy to read signage.  The address is below for mapping.  Any questions please dial Kevin Johnson at 843-367-3580.

1001 Landfall Way Unit E
Johns Island, SC 29455

Submitted by Michelle Evans


Art Show and Sale


THE SEABROOK ARTIST GUILD AND PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB announces an Art Show and Sale to be held at Freshfields Village in concert with their Fall Festival on October 10, 2015.

Please mark your calendars and come to see some beatiful art created by your fellow Seabrookers.  REMEMBER: The Holiday Season is right around the corner and a gift of art might be the perfect, unique gift for your loved ones!!

The exhibit will run from 10 AM until 3 PM

Submitted by Robert LeFevre, President, SIAG

Seabrook Island Garden Club News

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The next meeting of the Seabrook Island Garden Club will be  October 9, 2015. It will be from  9:30 to 11:00 AM at the Seabrook Island Lake House.

Speaking this month will be Pat Harpell, founder and chief executive weeder of the South Carolina Herbal Society. Her presentation on “Culinary Herbs and their Folklore” is sure to be interesting and motivating.

In addition to being the fuel behind the SCHS, Pat teaches an Herbal Apprenticeship program in Charleston.  She is also a guest teacher and speaker and leads Yoga and Gardening vacations in the U.S. and Europe.  Pat has had the great honor of taking herbal and medicinal studies with Sarita Shrestha, MD, among many other sages.  She does feel, though, that  her greatest teacher is Mother Nature.

Pat maintains a sustainable, organic garden in her hometown of Charleston and is happiest when there is dirt under her fingernails and between her toes.

Also at the October 9th meeting:
• The Holiday Open House committee will have a sign-up table for volunteers before and after the meeting. We need all members to support the Holiday Open House and volunteer.

• We will also be distributing the 2015-16 Directory. Be sure to pick up your copy at the Registration table.

If you are new to Seabrook Island, the Seabrook Island Garden Club is a great place to meet your neighbors, support your community and cultivate friendships while learning from our experienced gardeners and wonderful speakers on a variety of horticultural related topics.

For information on membership please contact: Cheryl Schumann at

Submitted by Alberta Barron

More Travel Information

Seabrooker Mike Gorski who has to travel to and from Seabrook Island frequently because of his business, Island Transportation Services, provided this update on the route he took to Seabrook Island from the airport yesterday afternoon.

Since I have had many calls  from customers and residents asking for this information I thought I would relay it  to the readers of this very informative blog.  After flying in yesterday from New York to Charleston at approximately 4:30 PM  the route we had to take was 526 to 17 to Folly Road to Maybank Highway to River Rd. to Betsy Kerrison to our house.  I am hopeful this is helpful.

Tidelines has received no other updates on River Road since this so its condition may have changed.  If anyone else has more current information on River Road or Bohicket Road, please let us know and we will post it.

Tidelines Editors

October Fun for You and Your Dog

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As the weather cools down, the opportunities to get out and have fun with your dog heat up! Please remember that “summertime” (more restrictive) beach rules still apply on Seabrook through the end of October. Here’s some of what’s happening in the Lowcountry for you and your pooch this month:

Oct. 10 – Lowcountry Paws & Claws Expo; 10 am – 3 pm, North Charleston Convention Center. Door prizes, adoptable pets, stuff to buy, exhibits.

Oct 10 – Dogtoberfest; 1 – 6 pm, Freshfields Village. Wine tasting, Halloween costume contest, adoptable pets, food trucks, blessing of the animals, live music, pet rescue groups.

Oct. 15 – Yappy Hour; 4 pm – sunset, James Island County Park. Live music, $1 admission, beverages, and the always-fun JI dog park.

Oct. 16 – 19; ASPCA Mega Match-a Thon. The weekend seeks to save the maximum number of animals in shelters through high-volume community adoption events that will take place simultaneously across the country. Locally, both Charleston Animal Society and Pet Helpers will be participating, with adoptable pets featured at their shelters and at Petco and PetSmart stores in Charleston.

Oct. 18 – Bark in the Park; 11 am – 4 pm, North Charleston Wannamaker Park. Oktoberfest for dogs, pet parade, costumes, pet exhibits and demos, lure chasing, German food and music. $8 admission.

Oct. 31 – KIA Country Boo and Bark; 10 am – 2 pm, 2361 Savannah Highway. Halloween pet party with prizes awarded for costumes; pet-only trick or treating. Admission is a donation of cat or dog food to Charleston Animal Society’s pet food bank.

Hope your October is wooftastic!

Submitted by Deborah Robinson, Guest Columnist

Garbage, Recycling and Other SIPOA Info

Garbage and recycling pickup will be moved to TUESDAY.

We are working on scheduling a second yard debris/brown and white pickup for storm-related items. We will advise on the details at a later time.

The SIPOA office will be CLOSED tomorrow.

The Lake House will be open as of this writing, but all classes are CANCELED

Submitted by Shawna Jarrett