Betsy Fay

Another rainy week. I heard that we have had double the normal rainfall for the month of July - about 14 inches.

The garden hasn’t liked all the rain, and looks soggy. I have been catching up on household projects, as yard work has been difficult to do.

I still have basil that is available if someone can use some for their cooking, or for making salsa. It can be dried or frozen for future use.

The demolition of the pool is complete, and the board is just waiting for the pool contractor to finish his current project and start our pool. Right now, with all the rain, we have a pond instead of a pool.

The board will meet this week to start looking at the budget for next year.

All the landscaping projects from this past budget have been done.

Don’t forget to book tickets to “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” starring our very own Carole Bellacera at The Theatre of the Republic.

Online tickets are sold out, but you should be able to get them at the theatre or from Carole.

The show runs weekends through Aug. 23.

I read several articles in last week’s Chronicle that caused me some concerns.

One article was about the 1,500 possible houses that would be built along S.C. 90 along the Ocean Bay Preserve.

My understanding is that The Preserve is to stay as open land for wild life, scenic conservation land and hikers, and not for houses. I hope rezoning will not be approved.

As I have stated before, we need to allow the infrastructure to catch up, before we do any more rezoning for houses.

Another article that caught my eye was about the new market on wheels.

There was a farmer’s market the past two years in front of the recreation building on Carolina Forest Boulevard. But this year, the decision was made to not set up there.

I heard that the mobile produce truck would be there one day a week this summer, but there’s no sign of them.

The article doesn’t mention the truck coming to the recreation center at all, and says Carolina Forest residents can go to the stop at Conway Hospital.

I don’t know about you, but this isn’t even in Myrtle Beach, and isn’t a close stop for homeowners in Carolina Forest.

Since we lost the farmer’s market in our area, I think we should be the first area to see the truck.

You can voice your opinion about this at I think we need our own stop in Carolina Forest.

The Carolina Forest Civic Association is attempting to have a golf tournament on Sept. 1 to benefit the Joseph DeFeo scholarship.

So far, only two people from Covington Lake have offered to participate.

It is $65 per person, which includes lunch and prizes.

Contact Norm Fay at if you’re interested in participating.

With all this rain, the library has been very busy, as has the used book store, The Friends’ Nook.

The summer reading program is coming to an end, as school will be starting up soon.

The Nook specials for August are buy two and get two free biography, autobiography, history, sports, golf or cookbooks.

The fiction and science fiction paperbacks are four for $1, and romance paperbacks are 20 for $1.

There are also many pristine puzzles for $2; DVDs for $1; CDs for 25 cents; and VHS tapes for 10 cents.

The Friends are always accepting donations of books, and just received another donation of new books from the Book Warehouse.

The Friends of Carolina Forest Library and staff of the recreation center will have their annual Family Fun Day on Oct. 6 on the soccer field by the recreation center.

There will be games, face painting, pumpkins, and even a petting zoo. The cost is $5 per child. Food and beverages will also be for sale.

To volunteer, contact Marilyn Keyser at High school students can get community credit for working the event.

The Beautify Carolina Forest volunteers will do their monthly litter pickup this weekend. To help, meet at the recreation center at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Happy birthday to Victoria Rosch on Aug. 10; Richard Modica Aug. 11; and Tristan Scruggs, Aug. 15.

Happy anniversary to MaryAnn and Tom Kennelly and Otilia Tinta and Dennis Checile, both of Aug. 14.

I look forward to hearing about the news and events of the neighborhood.

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