Ridge Lines 12/3

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Ridge Lines

by Josie Rodgers

  Even though Coach says we should kill the turkey before we put up the tree, we have put up our tree! As I type, it is mostly decorated, and the red tubs of other décor are scattered about the living room glaring at me. I love decorating, but it does take time and energy! I absolutely love sitting in the glow of the twinkling lights on the tree. Ours is not a Martha Stewart tree nor one out of the pages of Southern Living, but it is covered in beautiful ornaments we have collected over the years, mostly belonging to my 3 children. I have a beautiful new painting of the Holy Family that I have put over my piano. My box of children’s Christmas books is open, ready to share with the grands over hot cocoa and warm snuggles. This is my favorite holiday season because everyone is a little kinder, and little more patient, and a little more joyful.
  The Town of Ridge Spring Town Market last Saturday had the streets bustling with happy shoppers and full bellies! There were visitors from all over and some awesome antique cars. The next market will be Dec. 19 and will feature crafters, artists, farmers, musicians, food trucks, and exhibitors. The town is also searching for vendors. Please contact Sherald Rodgers for more information: sherald.rodgers@ dominionenergy.com or text 803-645-6056.
  Congratulations to William Bedenbaugh who celebrated his official college graduation last Saturday at Newberry College with a degree in criminology. William is the son of Terry and Kelly Bedenbaugh. Also, congratulations to a very special young lady, Brittany McCord, on her graduation from USC-Aiken. Brittany is the daughter of Michelle McCord and the late John McCord. Officer McCord was a beloved member of the police force in Aiken County who passed away this past July, but his true love was his daughter Brittany. He would be so very proud of her!
  The Aiken County School Board voted last week to allow the students to continue learning this week remotely while teachers report to school to facilitate this move and prepare for the return to hybrid learning beginning Mon., Nov. 30 throughout Dec. This decision was made due to the number of teachers and students who have either tested positive for Covid or have been quarantined. There simply aren’t enough subs to cover classes for a myriad of reasons, and some distancing is necessary. In addition, the arrival of the holidays and expected travel, they felt it was best to limit the number of students in the classroom again. Elem schools will return to 4 days a week face-to-face while the mid and high schools will attend school 2 days a week within their red or blue cohorts. Teachers will still work on Friday, continuing planning, grading, and preparing for whatever comes next. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.
  RSM Elem Media Center Specialist, Tonya Rodgers: Get Cozy and Snuggle with a Book! Please join us on Tues., Dec. 1, for a drive-through literacy night. Students will receive a book and take-home activities.
  RSM High: Congratulations to media center specialist Patti Powell, who got married last weekend! We wish Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kennamer the very best on their new venture together!
  Online athletics ticket sales are available through GoFan. All middle and high school sports now offer contactless ticket sales online. Simply go to your school’s GoFan page and purchase your tickets. When you arrive at the gate, show the tickets on your phone. Fans who experience difficulty purchasing online tickets are encouraged to email GoFan customer service at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. RSM High’s link is www.gofan.co/app/school/SC1981. The link for RSM Middle is www.gofan.co/app/school/SC74310.
  Wardlaw Academy: We are seeking an upper school English teacher to begin Jan of 2021. A 4-year degree is required, and teaching experience is preferred. Send resumes to jhulsey@wardlaw academy.com.
   Reminders (these are regular hours and times; during social distancing, many are cancelled):  
  · Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
  · Ridge Spring Town Hall hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm; Sat. 8:30 am-11:30
  · Ridge Spring Library (located at Ridge Spring Art Center Building) hours: Mon/Tues, 9:00-12:00; Wed/Thurs, Closed; Fri, 10:00-4:00; & Sat, 10:00-1:00
  · Saluda County Library hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
  · Security Bank hours: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 9-12 and 1-5; Wed. 9-12
  · Recycling Center hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
  · Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission
  · Every first Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
  · 2nd Tuesday of the Month: Harvest Festival meeting, 7 pm, Town Halls
  · Every 3rd Thursday (except during summer):  FORS at Town Hall 5:30 pm

Dominion Energy South Carolina Offers
Tips for a Safe, Energy-Efficient Season

   With many people spending the holidays at home this year, Dominion Energy South Carolina is sharing five tips for staying safe and saving energy this holiday season.
  “The easiest tip to save energy and money with holiday lighting is to replace old incandescent lights with LED lights,” said Ginger Greenway, manager of energy information services for Dominion Energy South Carolina. “LED lighting is also cooler than incandescent bulbs, lowering the risk of fire and personal injury.”
  Dominion Energy South Carolina encourages customers to follow these top-five tips for holiday lighting safety and energy savings:
  1. Buy LED lights. Energy Star-certified LED string lights use about 75% less energy than traditional bulbs and last about 10 times longer. Look for rebates and seasonal coupons on energy-efficient lights at your local hardware and department stores.
  2. Plan your layout. Arrange your decorations so that no outlet is overloaded, and no cords will be pinched by furniture or positioned under rugs. When appropriate, use advanced power strips (APS), which include built-in features that significantly reduce the amount of energy used when not in use.
  3. Read labels: Be sure to check each product label or packaging to see whether the lights are intended for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure lights have a tag indicating a recognized testing laboratory has evaluated them.
  4. Reduce usage. Set timers for lights to turn on and off automatically. Leaving holiday lights on during broad daylight increases your energy usage and reduces the life of the light bulbs in your decorations. Only turn on displays when it is dark or when passersby will most appreciate them.
  5. Get reflective. Shiny ornaments, tinsel and mirrors can multiply the lighting effects without using more energy.
  For more energy-saving tips, visit DominionEnergy SC.com/energytips. Additional safety tips can be found on the Electrical Safety Foundation International website, esfi.org.
About Dominion Energy More than 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.