Thunder opened tonight's Greer Idol performances, but the rain held off long enough for the contestants to give some exceptional performances.
Song selections had to be chosen from movie soundtracks, and the songs featured tonight covered six decades of history.
Freedom Blast returns at Greer City Park on Saturday, June 30. It's the biggest event scheduled next weekend to celebrate the country's Independence. The event, with Greer Memorial Hospital as the presenting sponsor, begins at 5 p.m. and ends with a 15-minute fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Greer Idol competition will move to Saturday. It will be the biggest crowd the Teen and Greer Idol performers will face thus far this season. Teen Idol will be trimmed to six finalists this week and Greer Idol will be showcasing its eight finalists.
The Greenville Hospital System has scheduled the following health events in June. The public is invited.
Smoking Cessation Support Group
Several free smoking cessation support groups are available. Call 455-9355 for dates, times and locations.
BY BUDDY WATERS
The Community Garden is starting to look like a garden now. Plants have matured and are beginning to bloom and set fruit.
1. Watch your tomatoes and squash for signs of blossom end rot caused by a lack of calcium in the soil. You can add calcium with bone meal or gypsum. Both of these amendments are available in small (1-2 pound) packages at the home improvement stores and garden shops. The feed and seed stores will have those products in larger packages. Do not take up your plants if you see blossom end rot (black or grey spots on the end of the fruit away from the stem). Simply pinch off the damaged fruit and dispose of it in the compost pile.
2. Tend your plants each time you go to the garden. Look for insect damage. Remove wilted stems or branches. Continue to sucker the tomatoes and pinch off excess blooms for larger, faster growing fruit. If you planted a determinate variety of tomato it will set an exact number of fruits. Removing a few will make for larger healthier plants and harvest.
City officials gave a sneak preview of the Greer Memorial Hospital Freedom Blast today with Whitney Walters of the Groove Planet band singing the national anthem while military representatives presented the colors.
The 4th annual Freedom Blast is scheduled Saturday, June 30 at Greer City Park from 5-10 p.m. and will feature a salute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. The evening finale will be a fireworks show presented by internationally renowned Zambelli Fireworks.
A “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis” symposium is scheduled Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the T.D. Convention Center in Greenville. The free public event will provide practical information, research updates and motivation.
Greenville Hospital System (GHS) is teaming with the Parkinson's Support Group of the Upstate and the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society to host the event.
The cold overnight temperatures caused some tall tomato plants to have black leaves and a few to wild at the Greer Community Garden, reported Master Gardener Buddy Waters. “We didn’t have a freeze and only a few of the plants were harmed,” Waters said. “The gardeners need to pull off the black leaves on the plants that have not been harmed.
Waters is overseeing the community garden on land Greer Memorial Hospital has provided for 54 gardeners and their plots. “I noticed bags and buckets over plants and that’s the best that needed to be done,” Waters said.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of Americans, affecting one in three people, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And, the problem may be getting worse, as a new study from the AHA predicts that those who have heart disease are expected to increase to more than 40 percent of Americans by 2030.
This prediction doesn’t have to be reality.
Dotti and Wayne Morrow tended to their plot at the community garden today. It had been two weeks since the garden, with the land provided by Greer Memorial Hospital, had plots cleaned of rocks and debris.
The Morrows took advantage of the sunny, warm weather today to check on the soil that had been deluged by rain on Thursday night. One week earlier heavy rains during the weekend prevented the gardeners to get in some preparation and planting.
Gardeners from the greater Greer area began planting The Community Garden today at the former site of Woodland Elementary School on West Road.
Overnight rain didn’t hamper the 75 gardeners who came to cultivate their plots for their personal use or community agencies. The 54 garden plots, 10-by-16 feet each, doubled since the project was announced earlier this year.
Barney Fife came close to offending some people in front of the wrong crowd tonight.
Fife was the featured entertainment at the inaugural City of Greer Public Safety Appreciation Dinner at Greer City. Police, fire and emergency medical responders were honored with a free dinner and all the ridicule from Fife they could handle, in good-natured fun.
Greer will honor its city of police, fire and first responders with a Public Safety Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is partnering with MD360 of the Greenville Hospital System for the event scheduled at City Hall.
Dinner and entertainment, an appearance from a Barney Fife impersonator, is included in the $30 ticket price. The chamber's goal is to provide this event at no charge to the public safety professionals. Sponsorship for a public safety person costs $30 with no limit to the number requested.
The new Lab21 Clinical Genomics Center at ITOR will allow cancer patients to benefit from new technology to receive real-time feedback and treatment plans tied to their cancer's specific DNA signature. Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center will be one of the first sites in the country to bring Ion Torrent next-generation gene-sequencing technology into a clinical environment for personalized oncology medicine studies.
"Bringing this leading-edge technology to the cancer clinic represents a significant breakthrough and the culmination of a seven-year journey," said Dr. Joe Stephenson, medical director for GHS' Institute for Translational Oncology Research. "This genomics center is another major step towards fulfilling our vision to provide personalized cancer care – better enabling us to offer the right drug, at the right time, to the right patient."
Nancy Welch and Dr. George Blestel can be excused for having a private, light moment with both giggling during the First Friday luncheon at Greer City Hall.
Just seeing them both together, at the Greer Chamber of Commerce, one year after Welch and Blestel began their public crusade in battling colorectal cancer, was reason for a celebration. Welch has undergone surgery, chemo treatments and an intensive rehabilitation from the disease. The timeliness of March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month was appropriate for Blestel's presentation and Welch's confirmation of the wisdom of prevention.
Cindy and John McCall waited 12 years for their third child to be born. They don't intend to wait four years to celebrate Lauren Marie McCall's birthday.
Lauren is Greer Memorial Hospital's Leap Year baby. She was born Wednesday at 9:32 a.m. weighing 6-pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 22 inches. Lauren's middle name is taken from her great-grandmother, Marie Brooks, now living in Greenville.
Hispanics visiting Greer Memorial Hospital's emergency room in the past, not only had to be concerned with getting quick, accurate care but communicate in English.
Rodney Manjarres is among a core of employees Greer Memorial and the Greenville Hospital System has hired to interpret for Hispanics visiting the emergency room for treatment of routine family health issues through trauma cases.
The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce with Allen Smith and John Mansure paving the way, are trying to put a new face on the business organization.
"We've been male, pale and stale for too long," Smith, President and CEO of the chamber, repeatedly tells audiences at his public speaking engagements.
Greer City Council gave its approval Tuesday night to purchase land for recreational purposes. The action was approved in executive session and the price and location of the property was undisclosed.
"As Greer is expanding we need to look for opportunities to offer our citizens expanded services. Parks and Recreation needs land and this is an opportunity for us to acquire it," Mayor Rick Danner said.
It has now been a little over a week since I had my surgery. My, what a difference a week makes.
On Monday, January 30, I had surgery to reverse my “pocketbook” done last June. It was great relief to know they would be able to do this surgery as well as relief when it actually worked! I guess the latter of those falls into the category of “ little faith.” None the less, I was glad when the plumbing did what the surgeon had assured me it would do.
Cancer Centers of the Carolinas (CCC) and Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) announced Tuesday that CCC will integrate with GHS to strengthen cancer care and ultimately create a regional cancer center “unlike anything else that exists between Atlanta and Durham.”
The broader programming and services would also help make the center eligible for coveted National Cancer Institute designation, which would make it more competitive both for national research grants and additional patient support.