Ridge Lines December 2

Ridge Lines

by Josie Rodgers

I have been patient long enough! Coach is getting the tree and putting it up as I type. I love my fall décor, but I am crazy about my Christmas décor! I have so many ornaments and decorations that are so special to me. Fond memories are attached to each one and take me back in time. The oldest ornament I have (I think) is a ceramic face of Mrs. Claus from my soror sister and roomie from Newberry College. That’s the year I also learned to cross stitch. I remember cross stitching a Gamecock picture for my dad that Christmas. Sweet memories.
  Juniper is hosting a Sip and Shop event. Making Spirits Bright will be held Dec. 2 from 5:30 – 8 pm at the restaurant. The event will feature local artisans, delicious bites by Chef Brandon Velie, and wine from Three Star Vineyard and Orchard. Tickets can be purchased at Juniper or online.
  Aiken County School District is hosting a Special Programs Hiring Event on Nov. 30, from 4 to 7 pm at the District Office at Brookhaven. Bring your certifications and licenses to apply for the following: School Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Special Education Teachers, and Special Education Paraprofessionals. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.
  RSM Elementary: The Teacher Cadets from RSM High visited classes this week and got to enjoy the students and their activities. During 2nd semester, the Cadets will each complete their field experience with one of the amazing teachers at the elem or middle school.
  RSM High: Cookies with Mrs. Claus is back! On Mon., Dec. 6, join the National English Honor Society and the Beta Club as we welcome Mrs. Claus back to the Ridge! She will come to read stories to children, visit with them, and take pictures with them. The event will be held at the high school from 5-7 pm. We will have crafts, games, and photo ops. It’s free as our service to our schools and community! For more info, contact sponsors Josie Rodgers or Kelly Bedenbaugh.
  The varisty football team’s run for the state championship was cut short last Friday in Lamar. The Trojans were leading at the half but came up short by the last buzzer 36-26. The Trojans had a stellar season with a record of 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the Region. They said a record of most points scored in a season. We are so proud of the players and coaches!
  Band News from Jeff Clamp: Senior Drum Major Kyla Padgett performed with the Clemson University Tiger Band on Nov. 13. Kyla was one of only 75 students from across the state and one of only 5 clarinet players chosen for this honor. She rehearsed with the Tiger Band, marched to the stadium, played in the stands with the Tiger Band, and enjoyed some gold old Clemson football!
  Three outstanding True Blue Band members were selected to participate in the Newberry College Honors Band Clinic this past weekend. Bennie Padgett, Landon Hastings, and Kyla Padgett spent Thurs to Sat at Newberry College. They performed an audition for placement in the band on Thurs. After dinner, they got to see a concert performed by the Newberry College Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Big Band. After the concert the students will rehearse music for about an hour. Friday was spent rehearsing, and after dinner, the students enjoyed a free concert by the Spanish Brass at the Newberry Opera House. On Saturday morning, the students rehearsed a few hours. The clinic ended with a performance by the honor band Saturday afternoon in Wiles Chapel on the campus of Newberry College.
  Four RS-M Middle School Band Students were nominated by Mr. Clamp and selected to attend the Limestone University Honor Band Clinic in Gaffney last Thurs and Fri. This is the only band clinic in South Carolina specifically for middle school students. Seventh graders Lamyous Alexander, Paetyn Colwell, and Isaac Shockney and eighth grader Jose Hernandez joined over 300 students from other schools to practice music and perform a concert with their respective bands. In late October, the students had to submit video auditions for placement in one of the two honor bands.
  The cross-country team competed in the State Cross-Country Meet last Friday at Sandhills Research Center in Columbia. In the men’s race, there were 134 runners: Trojan runners were Robbie Barrineau (21st place), Vincent Romero (47th); Celso Mendez-Cabanas (91st). There were 75 runners in the ladies’ race. Trojan runners were Jasmine Rico (29th) and Maria Renteral-Reyes (44th).
  The cross-country team is holding a fantastic fund-raiser.  Support the team by purchasing Braided Pastries or Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough in all sorts of flavors. Orders are due Nov. 29, and items will be delivered to the school on Dec. 14. Contact any member of the team or Coach Dizinno. You can also order online at https://store.myfundraisingplace.com/87d59c17-ba94-4fda-b494-5e85866e9558.
  Wardlaw Academy: All classes held Thanksgiving celebrations last Friday before leaving for Thanksgiving break. There was delicious food galore and many grateful hearts for all the blessings they have received.
  The student body will be collecting Toys for Tots and hold an assembly on Dec. 2, in the gym at 8:15 a.m. Each student will bring at least one unwrapped new toy to donate to the local Marine Corps.
  On Dec. 2, the school will honor the memory of John Spurlock during halftime of the varsity boys game. John was a coach, mentor, friend, and Christian in addition to be a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Join us as we celebrate his life and legacy.
  The Fall Sports Banquet will be held Tues., Dec. 7, in the gym. Cost is $12 per person. Contact AD Kathy James for more info.
  AARS News: The Art Center of Ridge Spring is open on Saturdays for 10-2. We have watercolors, abstracts, photography, jewelry, wooden bowls, pottery, encaustics and gourds. It is free to visit.
  Reminders:
  · Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri 7:30 am –11:30 am; Sat 9 -10 am
  · Monetta Post Office hours: Mon-Fri 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm; Sat 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  · Ridge Spring Town Hall hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
  · Monetta Town Hall hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9 am – 5:30 pm
  · Ridge Spring Library currently closed (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 – Fri 10 am – 5 pm (closed Sat/Sun)
  · Security Bank hours: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 9-12 and 1-5; Wed. 9-12
  · Art Assoc of Ridge Spring: Fri & Sat 10 – 2 or by appt (480-0576), free admission


VA Outreach

There will be a VA Outreach conducted at Dorn Medical Center, located at 6439 Garners Ferry Road Columbia, South Carolina, December 3, 10 AM to 2 PM.Phone number: 803-920-7680.  The Outreach includes Health Care Enrollment, Death and Burial Claims, Pension and Services Connected Disability Claims.