Betsy Fay

As I write my column, we are having another afternoon shower. I’m thinking about all of those people in the track of tropical storm, Barry, who has his heart set on flooding out some homes and lands in Louisiana. I will keep them in my prayers and be glad that we are just getting an afternoon shower.

Plans are underway for our National Night Out block party on Aug. 6 from 5-8 pm.

An email was sent out to all homeowners by Deb Harris to ask them to attend, and let me know how many are attending, and what side dish they will be bringing.

So far, only 10 people have responded. Hope this number increases so we have a good showing for our first responders.

People are always asking for more social events, but they need to show up to the planned events or the social committee will stop wasting its time planning things.

Several people have asked if we will lose our right turn lane out of Covington Lake with the widening of Carolina Forest Boulevard.

I know that we are going to lose about five feet of our entrance median so the new bike/walkway can be built, but not sure about the right turn.

I know we will continue to have our left turn into Covington Lake, as all properties will have either a traffic light or a left-turn lane.

Leah Fortuna Johnson is selling the new attraction book in our neighborhood. It is good from now until Dec. 31, 2020 and costs $20.

She is raising money to go to gymnastic camp, so if you don’t have one yet, go to Friends of Covington Lake on Facebook and let her know you want one. It has lots of good deals.

If she sells out, the Carolina Forest Library is also selling them. If you are new to the area, it’s a great way to visit some of the great restaurants and activities in Myrtle Beach for a discounted price.

Every day, someone asks me about the gentleman everyone sees picking up trash from Covington Lake to Sawgrass East. He is a volunteer with Beautify Carolina Forest.

Phil lives in Brighton Lakes and as he gets in his daily miles walking, he picks up trash. He tries to walk 10 miles a day and is known as the mayor of Brighton Lakes by several of the residents.

I thank him for his support, along with all the other volunteers who have come out to help the group with litter. We even have some people on the far edge of Carolina Forest that are doing their part to help.

Right now, we pick about 100 bags of litter per month from 25 miles of roads.

Several new businesses are opening in our area.

Next to The Toastery, there will be an oil change company.

Several restaurants have opened in the Ollie’s plaza and Lowe’s Food Store plazas along with several other businesses.

The Carolina Forest Library remains very busy with summer events. One of the kits that came to the library was full of Rubik’s cubes.

Did you know there is a Rubik’s cube team at Ocean Bay Middle School coached by one of the STEM teachers? A young man in the team was showing us his skills with the cube and I think he did it in about 30 seconds. A future engineer, I told his mom.

Throughout the summer, different kits will be coming to the library so that children can try different activities along with virtual reality machines and coding games and toys.

We are so lucky to have a library that offers so many activities for adults and children alike.

The Nook, the used book store at Carolina Forest Library, continues to receive new book donations from The Book Warehouse at Tanger Outlets along with new and used books and audio materials from our patrons.

Thank you for all the donations.

This month’s special is buy one book get one free on all adult books.

On July 24, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the library will sponsor a blood drive. You can stop by the library and sign up or go to redcrossblood.org and pick the blood drive for that day.

If you do it online, you can fill out all the paperwork before the appointment and so it won’t take more than 45 minutes for the donation.

This is a hard time for blood collection due to summer vacations, but the need is still very present.

The Beautify Carolina Forest organization recently received a grant for $1,000 from Walmart and their community grant program.

They hope to do something with school age children about litter with the grant.

They also got a grant from the SC Palmetto Pride for anti-littering signs. We hope to put them on medians where we see the most trash during our monthly pick-ups. Maybe the signs will remind people that this is their neighborhood, and not to litter.

Happy birthday to Tom Kinnelly July 21 and happy anniversary to my loving husband, Norm July 25. We are celebrating 38 years of marriage this year.

My mom and dad had 71 years of marriage to each other so we have a long way to go to catch up to them.

Look forward to hearing the news and events of the neighborhood.

We have several new homeowners, so please try and introduce yourself and make them feel part of our community.

Email me at bffrn12@gmail.com with news, and if you will be attending National Night Out.

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