Local sea rescue teams hosting online auction

Beaufort Water Search & Rescue (BWSAR) and Fripp Island Sea Rescue (FISR) are hosting their third online auction. The auction is free to everyone and runs through March 22 at http://bit.ly/3JFtIHH.

Proceeds benefit water search and rescue missions in Beaufort County.

BWSAR and FISR are volunteer organizations that serve the commercial and recreational boating community in water related incidents and emergencies. Their primary missions are to help boaters in distress and conduct search and rescue missions to support and assist the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, United States Coast Guard and state and federal law enforcement agencies.

These organizations require boats, motors, trailers, accessories, electronics, maintenance and fuel to provide these services. The Beaufort County area is developing rapidly and the needs of the organizations to provide emergency water response is growing exponentially. In 2022, teams completed 158 rescue missions. Without community support, they would not be able to provide these lifesaving emergency services.

If you choose to bid, simply add your email address and phone number. Bidders are able to set up notifications when they are outbid or watching items. Bidding started at 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 15 and continues until 8 p.m., Wednesday March 22.

For more information, contact Karen Myers at 508-735-6081 or karenmyers999@gmail.com.

Indivisible Beaufort Meeting set for March 18

Indivisible Beaufort’s March meeting will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Downtown Beaufort Library at 311 Scott Street. The event is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker will be Chris deVries, who will speak on what’s going on in the South Carolina Legislature – women’s reproductive health, gun safety, criminal justice, gender/sexual identity

DeVries, a former Washington lobbyist, advocates for policies in South Carolina focused on equity, fairness, and justice. She serves on the Board of the Beaufort County Democratic Party, as well as LowCountry Indivisible, and is President of the Democratic Club South of the Broad and Vice-Chair of Planned Parenthood Votes in the South Atlantic.

County asks all citizens to take Get Connected SC 5-minute survey

Get Connected SC, a statewide initiative dedicated to providing reliable high-speed internet access to all South Carolinians, has launched a short 5-minute survey to identify areas of need and understand the barriers to achieving this goal.

The survey is an essential part of Get Connected SC’s mission to deliver equitable access to the internet across the state. By completing the survey, citizens can help the initiative understand the current state of internet access in their communities and identify areas where improvements are needed.

The survey is available online at https://cx.ravencsi.com/m8BvN. It is quick, easy, and anonymous, and will help shape the future of internet access in South Carolina.

Jennings to speak about shrimping book

Beverly Bowers Jennings will speak about her book, Shrimp Tales: Small Bites of History, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at St. Helena Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Road on St. Helena Island.

Jennings interviewed more than 65 fishermen, marine biologists and others to explore the commercial shrimping life along the southeastern coast to create an exhibit for the Sharon and Dick Stewart Maritime Center – which in turn led to the publication of her book Shrimp Tales: Small Bites of History in 2020. The book explores the trade that started in Florida and eventually found its way up to Georgetown, SC. There are photographs, illustrations, quotes from shrimpers and recipes.

A Master Naturalist, Jennings has been featured on Walter Edgar’s Journal, Local Lifemagazine, and SCETV’s By The River series. Space is limited, and registration is required to attend this lecture. Register at http://bit.ly/3JjnRX7.

Friends of Fort Fremont hosting annual oyster roast

Friends of Fort Fremont and the local chapter of the S.C. Native Plant Society are hosting their annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 24, at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal. 

Cost is $40 per person. Attendees should bring their own chairs and adult beverages. Oysters and chili are provided by Sea Eagle Catering; appetizers and desserts provided by the Friends. Don’t miss the famous Silent Auction and music by the Sweet Ferns.

Buy tickets online at http://bit.ly/3Jl6KFL, or if you prefer, send a check payable to:
Friends of Fort Fremont
P.O. Box 982, St. Helena Island, S.C. 29920.
Checks by mail must be received by March 16. 

For more information, email oysterroast@fortfremont.org.

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