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Catching Up with Chef Joe Bonaparte by Melissa LaScaleia This month, the Insider took a look at what is cooking and in the works for Chef Joe Bonaparte, executive director of the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach in the Market Common, and a trailblazer in the arenas of sustainability and food production from farm …

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Doing Things Right, The First Time by Melissa LaScaleia Since its beginnings in 1997, Conway Builders of Myrtle Beach has taken pride in offering quality workmanship.  The family owned and operated company specializes in interior house restoration and remodeling.  They handle everything from framing, drywall and cabinet installation, painting, flooring, trim, and plumbing. Michael Sokolik, …

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A Family Owned Business With Good Old Fashioned Values by Melissa LaScaleia Custom Outdoor Furniture is a family owned business in Garden City; and next year they’ll be celebrating their 40th anniversary in business. In an interview with the Insider, the second-generation co-owner, Gregg Holshouser, shares the story of how they got started. “My dad …

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A Message from Jim Parker

In this month’s edition of the Coastal Insider, I’d like to bring your attention to our front page article which chronicles the story of U.S. Vietnam veteran, Bud Shepard.  The stories of U.S. military veterans who live among us often fade into the background— silent, present, but unrecognized and unheard by the community at large.  The actions of these brave and dedicated people, who have served our country both in active military duty as well as administrative positions, have and continue to contribute to the protection and preservation of us and our country.  Their stories add a depth of diversity to our culture that is rich, expands our perspectives, and deserves recognition and acknowledgment by us all.

Bud’s story will be a carry-over through our December edition for a new section of our paper— “Meet Your Local Veteran.” This section will tell the real accounts of the local veterans in our community.  At the end of the column, we’ll provide information about how veterans can also share their story with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  They host the Veteran’s History Project, which holds and makes accessible to the public, the personal accounts of American war veterans so that their stories will be persevered for posterity  We hope that this new section of our paper is an opportunity for our community to hear and see veterans with new eyes, and for veterans to receive recognition and honor for their experiences and life journeys.  What enriches one, always enriches the other.

At this time, we are especially eager to capture the stories of World War II veterans, and if you or anyone you know have a story to share from this era, we invite you to contact us at community@thecoastalinsider.com or 843-242-0887.

As always, we invite your feedback about our paper, and the content that you want to read.

Jim Parker, Co-owner, Coastal Insider & President, Real Living Home Realty Group

Are you or someone you know doing something notable in our neighborhood? Contact us with comments and suggestions at community@marketcommoninsider.com


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Living the Good Life in Market Common Charlie’s Corner is the domain of Charlie, the furry four-legged lady’s man of Market Common.  Each month, he’ll share information to help all new, visiting, and existing doggie community members get the most out of life alongside their human companions.  Here, we’ll feature his reflections on what it’s …

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Market Common Residents – Ron Racca and Toby by Melissa LaScaleia Introduce me to your family. It’s myself and my dog Toby, and when he’s a bad boy it’s Tobias.  He’s a mixed breed, part Border Collie and part Labrador retriever.  He’s a rescue dog. Where are all the places you came from? I’m originally …

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by Melissa LaScaleia Painting art on the nose of military planes, nose art, is a tradition that dates back to World War I in America.  The typical art during this time was mainly that of embellished squadron insignia and many don’t rank it among true nose art.  After the war, the military became more strict …

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Recipe Corner – Taste the South As the summer season begins to wind down, (but not the heat!) it’s a great idea to offer our body a nourishing as well as detoxifying dish.  Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic dish which has been relied upon for centuries to calm, cleanse, heal, and nourish the digestive system, …

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Recipe Corner – Taste the South As summer reaches its apex here in the South, blueberries, succulent and juicy, abound.  When you’ve had your fill of eating them plain and by the fistful, then celebrate their glory and dress them up in this delectable cake from Melissa’s kitchen.  Light, easy, and refreshing, this satisfyingly sweet …

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Taste the South A Simple Summer Supper of Bison Burgers and Raw Greens   Summer in general, but especially July 4th is a time for feasts, family, friends, and especially cookouts.  It doesn’t get more quintessentially American than tending flames over the BBQ on the Fourth.  But the love of a good dinner on the …

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