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Your guide to Santee Cooper Country


February 02, 2015   By Willard Strong in Santee Cooper Lakes
If you ever get the urge to pack up and "head to Santee" for day trip, weekend or week-long vacation, one basic question might come to mind: How to begin planning a trip to enjoy the many recreational opportunities on lakes Marion and Moultrie?

You're in luck because if you don't know already about it, there's a tremendous resource available that offers a lot about the five counties (Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Sumter) surrounding the lakes. It's the Santee Cooper Counties Promotion Commission , one of 11 regional tourism commissions statewide. They're commonly known as "Santee Cooper Country."

Every year they publish the "Santee Cooper Country Visitors' Guide," and the 54-page 2015 version was recently released in booklet form (free) or online at www.santeecoopercountry.org . It's packed with information including 45 destinations or businesses on or near the Santee Cooper Lakes.

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Give Your Heat Pump a Helping Hand


January 02, 2015   By Willard Strong in Reduce The Use
By the time you read this, we will have endured another cold snap.

For us genteel southerners of the Southeast, this meant morning temperatures in the upper teens and a day when it barely got above freezing.

I'm fond of saying we really don't know what cold is, a position heartily affirmed by co-workers who grew up far north of the Lowcountry. We live in the "heat pump belt." Since the heat pump was perfected in the mid-1960s, it largely replaced window air-conditioning units, a lifestyle-altering development that made Southern summers less brutal and bearable. In the winter, it magically heated our homes with the flip of a switch.

While some window units feature an electric heat option, most just offer relief from oppressive high temperatures and humidity. In the pre-heat pump era, I lived in a house that had oil heat, and back in the early 1960s a gallon of heating oil was in the 25-cents-a-gallon range, or even less.

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