KOP, restaurant team up for benefit Sunday
FORT MILL -- With the generous support of Monique Boekhout of the Kenya Orphanage Project, Liu Liu's restaurant is organizing a dinner and silent auction event for the benefit of the China Earthquake Relief from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Liu Liu's in Baxter Village, Fort Mill.
Volunteers also will pass the hat to collect change or cash. Checks may be made out to Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, marked "Earthquake Relief," and mailed to KOP, P.O. Box 5234, Lake Wylie, SC 29710, or dropped off at Liu Liu's.
Call Liu Liu's at (803) 547-1838.
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Fireworks fund needs help
LAKE WYLIE -- The Fourth of July on Lake Wylie comes about the time each year, and again, this fund is short.
"If they want the fireworks, they need to pay for them. Same as every year,"said Susan Bromfield, president of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce.
Bromfield, along with Camp Thunderbird vice president of camping services Andy Kane, takes up the annual task of raising $20,000 for the Lake Wylie Fireworks Display. So far, only $7,000 have been raised.
The fireworks will be launched at 9:45 p.m. July 4 from Camp Thunderbird.
To donate to the Lake Wylie Fireworks Fund, send a check to 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, S.C., 29710, marked Fireworks Fund. For more information, call (803) 831-2827.
Boaters wanted for parade
TEGA CAY -- All boaters from Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Lake Wylie, Rock Hill and Charlotte are invited to join Tega Cay's Boat Parade on July 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Decorate boats to support Tega Cay's 26th anniversary and cruise from Nivens Creek to Windjammer Park for the ski show, judging and festivities, all the while celebrating Lake Wylie's 103rd birthday, too.
Mayor Bob Runde will present prizes: first place wins four front-row seat tickets for three separate Knights games, second takes a $100 gift certificate from Tega Cay Marina, and third receives a gift certificate from West Marine for $50.
There is no registration fee. Boats will line up at Nivens Creek by 11 a.m. before the 11:30 a.m. parade start. For more information, call (803) 547-7727 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Some carp may have been killed
LAKE WYLIE -- A fish kill found May 30 on the northern end of Lake Wylie likely killed only a small number of the fish stocked to combat the invasive water weed, hydrilla.
Ken Manuel, aquatic plant and mosquito control services services manager for Duke Energy, said his mosquito crews on the lake three days after the fish kill observed four dead grass carp. Manuel estimates 20 to 30 of the 500 fish stocked in May were killed by the still unknown cause of a 2,000 fish kill.
"We expect to loose 25 to 30 percent annually of the 500 stocked from predation and disease," Manuel said. "Any numbers lost to the kill further reduces the ability of the carp to successfully manage the hydrilla."
Drought last year stopped the growth of hydrilla, a non-native plant that can grow up to a foot in length a day, but beds are beginning to show life, Manuel said. Manuel hopes the grass carp that survived the fish kill will feed on the weeds to keep spreading down.