I am pleased we were able to stream our town council meeting live on Facebook last Tuesday evening. We have been making videos available online since November 2014, but being able to stream the event in real time was another way we are trying to make our meetings available and transparent to our citizens. We had one resident comment that she was happy to keep up with the meeting while she was out of town. I certainly think we’ll see more people tap into this as time goes on. To access that feed, make sure to like and follow the Town of Chapin SC Facebook page.
If you haven’t done so already, I hope you will take time to register for our free Chapin Circuits walk on Saturday, October 7, before our final Downtown Farmer’s Market of the season. We will walk from Mt. Horeb’s parking lot on East Boundary Street to Columbia Avenue where we will travel down to Town Hall, turn around and come back up Columbia Avenue to Lexington Avenue and down Beaufort Street to complete a 1.5 mile loop. This is part of our effort to promote an Active Community Environment in Chapin and encourage citizens to use our sidewalks to get exercise as well as interact with our neighbors. This event is sponsored in part through a generous grant we received from Eat Smart Move More Lexington County. The first 100 people to sign up get a complimentary sports bottle.
Willkommen is the word of the day for our October 7 Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market which is celebrating with an Oktoberfest theme. Willkommen is the German word for welcome, and we welcome and encourage all Chapinites to come down to Clark Street and enjoy the market experience. We will have a variety of vendors, Doza Rizen will be cooking up some great German food, and TapIt! Bottles and Brews will have some German beer samples for you to try. And Bill Long, who ran the band program at Newberry College for many years, has corralled his friends to join us for our musical enjoyment. The Wunder Wiener Sauerkraut Boys will be performing polka hits from 10 am to noon. It should be a memorable experience right here in Chapin - no need to travel elsewhere to get your Oktoberfest fix.
Last Friday evening I attended Chapin We Care’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Having the opportunity to be a part of an event and thanking volunteers for giving back to their community is priceless. In addition, our very own Alecia Klauk, Executive Director for We Care, was awarded the Heart of the Region Award from SC Thrive. All of Chapin should be proud of what We Care does for our community.
Once again, I had the opportunity to be a part of two more interviews by second graders for the Chapin school community project. Last week I was interviewed by Davis Culler and Landon Nieto who both attend Lake Murray Elementary School. All of the questions have been very good, and I hope each student enjoyed the interview as much as I did.
Our Chapin Police Department is back to full staffing levels, and all three men are doing a great job. We are working to get a free shred event scheduled. They are also making plans for Chapin Fall Night, which will be on Wednesday, October 25 on Beaufort and Clark Streets from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This is fun time when families and individuals can come out and meet representatives from our various law enforcement partner agencies. There is food and inflatables for the kids to enjoy, and we have some surprise visitors lined up, too. Stay tuned for more information on this community outreach event.
On a disappointing note, there are a few individuals (Fred Stuart, Don Carlson and others) in the Chapin community who continue to misrepresent my military record and service to my country. These individuals are claiming I did not receive an Honorable Discharge for serving in the US Navy from 1973 through 1976. Their motivation should be questioned as to why they want to spread lies they know nothing about. Could it be the upcoming election? Who knows? These rumors are so far from the truth, it’s shameful. To question my patriotism to my country and as a veteran is crossing the line. Let me reassure you that I served my country in a proud way, and I DID receive an Honorable Discharge from the US Navy. I am proud and more than willing to show my DD Form 214 stating my Honorable Discharge to anyone who wants to see it. Just ask me and stop the gossip. The people in our community are better than what has been displayed here. I have always said that I have nothing to hide.