November 2, 2017
It was a wonderful Halloween weekend at Dewees Island. 19 children gathered at the ferry landing and made their way down Old House Lane with “Trick or Treat” bags in hand. Six stops left them with a bounty of candy in each bag. I would like to thank Alicia Reilly & Dave Mortimer, Judy & Reggie Fairchild, Anne & Jim Anderson, Keith, Lori, Caitlyn McDaniel, and Susan Herdina & Ronnie Bonds for opening their homes to our cast of 19 characters that included everything from monsters, to princesses and superheroes. Chief McWethy even dressed as a Werewolf and with Sandra’s assistance, they opened the Firehouse as a stop for sharing treats with the kids.
After the children collected their candy and treats along Old House Lane, the crew made their way to the Huyler House where Dave & Barbara McIntyre had carefully staged a fun “Haunted House” for the children to enjoy. Anne and Jim Anderson provided delicious chili for us all, and the Dewees’ Halloween weekend adventure concluded with a fun and interactive “Observe the Moon” program presented by our Environmental Program Director, Lori Sheridan Wilson.
On Sunday, October 29, Chief McWethy and Public Safety Officer Shannon Meloy hosted an informative and interactive safety day at the firehouse. The children enjoyed exploring our Fire Trucks, and we even had a visit from the Meducare Helicopter from MUSC. Everyone had a unique opportunity to explore $8+ Million aircraft.
Wes McAden, a representative from AirMedCare informed Dewees Island residents about the their Network Membership Program that guarantees there will be no out of pocket expenses associated with an emergency flight on their aircraft. The cost for a family membership is only $65 per year, and I have already registered my family for the program.
I would encourage residents to contact Wes McAden for more information on this AirMedCare network program. His number is 843-708-6192. The average cost of an Air Ambulance flight is roughly $25,000-$30,000, and many insurance companies do not reimburse the cost of air evacuation. Being a member of the program helps support the operation of air evacuation in rural areas such as ours. I hope none of us never need to use the helicopter, but I am glad to know it is there. I would encourage everyone to evaluate whether this program is right for you and your family.
Looking ahead, we have a variety of fun community activities happening on the island:
This Saturday, the Dewees Island Arts Council is hosting a “Cash and Carry” Holiday Event at the Huyler House. The event will feature hand-thrown pottery by Charlie Evergreen.
Our plan to complete the rebuild at Ancient Dunes parking area will reconvene on Monday. After Ancient Dunes is complete, the boards on the golf cart path and a portion of the Ferry Landings will be replaced. We kindly ask that you have your golf carts removed away from the golf cart path by Monday morning so the carts do not obstruct construction or get damaged. Carts can be moved to the designated parking areas at the Landings Building, to Public Works, or to your homes. The POA will not be responsible for any carts parked at the golf cart path if you choose to leave your golf cart there on Monday.
You can also see more upcoming island events, such as the Annual Fish Fry or Coyotes in the Southeastern Landscape presentation, by visiting our Owner’s Calendar.
Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you on the island!
David Dew, CCM, CCE
Dewees Island POA & DUC