The Georgetown Coast Guard Station will host a ceremony Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to recognize the arrival of its new Response Boat Medium.
The 45-foot boat is designed to replace the 1970’s era 41-foot utility boat that the station currently uses. It is equipped with marine technology, advanced electrical systems, water jet propulsion and integrated electronics that allow greater control from the pilot house.
Its increased capability will enable the Coast Guard to respond to missions more effectively within the coastal region.
This ceremony celebrates the second of five boats assigned to the Coast Guard Sector Charleston over the next year, and assigned to four small boat stations throughout South Carolina and Georgia.
The old boat will be surveyed by the Coast Guard and made available to other government agencies and state entities through a process owned by Coast Guard Headquarters, according to Lt. Timothy McNamara, USCG Georgetown spokesman.
The new boat was purchased by Coast Guard Headquarters Acquisition Directorate, which is an effort to purchase and modernize “the service’s ships, boats, aircraft, and command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems,” according to the directorate’s website.
The directorate is investing approximately $30 billion in major projects, including Georgetown’s Response Boat Medium.
The event will not be open to the public as it will be held aboard the Coast Guard Station Georgetown at 355 Marina Drive, Georgetown.
Poster designer scores high note
The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art selected a winner for their annual poster contest.
Local artist Joanne Dozier nabbed first place with an ink and pen drawing of a colorful treble clef symbol. It will be featured on all the group’s promotional materials this year, including posters and T-shirts sold during the event.
The group received more than 40 submissions, said Delores Blount, festival director. A visual arts committee, comprised of artists and gallery owners, makes preliminary recommendations with the 13 members of the baord making the final choice.
“The task of choosing a winner was difficult,” Blount said.
The festival will be held Oct. 1-13 at the Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, 14329 Ocean Highway.
For more information, visit www.pawleysmusic.com or call 626-8911.
Photo contest awards presented
A reception to announce the winning photographs of the Winyah Rivers Foundation 6th Annual Photo Contest will be held May 10, and the public is invited.
The winning photos will hang in the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum through May 22, and will travel to several locations over a few months.
803 Labs, Inc. of Myrtle Beach sponsors the event, and will process and mount each winning photo. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show winner and first place winners in each category: Scenic; Wildlife; and Youth.
The event goes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach.
Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER holds cleanup
Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER, a program of Winyah Rivers Foundation, is hosting a cleanup in the Longs area and is asking for volunteers.
Volunteers should meet at the Chris Anderson Landing off Highway 9 on May 11 at 9 a.m. After sweeping the area, volunteers will be provided lunch by Recolla.
The event is part of the Great American Cleanup, sponsored by Palmetto Pride, which runs through May 31.
Teens win big for library
Two Georgetown teens put their imagination to film and won a nationwide creative contest.
Wyatt Hester and Sean England Morris mixed their love of reading and film to create a two-minute video called “Day of the Living Books,” which portrayed scenes from several best-selling teen novels. The video was entered into the Summer Collaborative Library Programs contest, titled “Beneath the Surface,” and won first place.
This is the teens’ second national win – last year’s video, titled “Night of the Living Library,” earned them the first place title as well.
Hester and Morris gathered actor friends to star in the production, including: Dylan Visbaras; Gabriel Campbell; Darby Ewing; Brynn Jackson; Elizabeth Joyner; Abigail Padgett; Rowan Pelham; Alexander Pelham; and Harrison Pelham.
The teenagers won a cash prize for themselves along with $150 for Georgetown Library’s summer reading program.
To see the winning video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJjwJsz6n9g&feature=youtu.be.
Elks Lodge holding yard sale
The Georgetown/Pawleys Island Elks Lodge 900 will hold its annual yard sale May 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Household items, vintage costume jewelry, furniture and clothing will be up for grabs.
The lodge has also added a bake sale to this year’s event, offering baked goods along with hotdogs and drinks. All proceeds benefit the Elks Scholarship Fund.
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