Local Newsmakers - November 18, 2007

Two York County residents featured in artwork tour

Catawba resident Jennifer Wallace and Rock Hill resident Mike Lavine will have their work featured in the "Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art" tour.

Tradition/Innovation is a project of the Southern Arts Federation and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wallace's works are visual arts, experimental, while Lavine's are visual arts, installations. The exhibit, which includes works in glass, clay, fiber, metal, wood, paper and mixed media, will travel to nine museums throughout the Southeast from January 2008 until the spring of 2010. The South Carolina stop takes place October 2009 at the Sumter Gallery of Art in Sumter.

25 people complete master gardener program

Twenty-five people recently completed the York County Master Gardener course to become certified master gardeners.

The 12-week course was taught by Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson at the York County Complex on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill. The course covers many aspects of horticulture, from basic botany and plant physiology to vegetable gardening, turf grass management and pesticide use.

A booth on low-moisture landscaping, created and staffed by class members, won second place at the York County Fair. A graduation brunch was held at the home of program graduates Chip and Cindy Grant.

Other graduates are Sylvia Barber, Sybil Huskey, Jan Laney, Terry Plumb, Sue Sennhenn, Betty Sherrill and Doris Williams, all of Rock Hill; Anna Baudoin, Sheryl Brown, Susan Miles and Julie Traub, all of Fort Mill; David Duncan, Kimberly Garrison and Jan Winkel, all of York; Frank Granger and Kim Lake. both of Lake Wylie; Michael Culp of Edgemore; Deanna Brooks of Clover; Lisa Adams of Smyrna; Jackie Kazel of Tega Cay; Frank Duncan of Sharon; Dawn Lee of Chester; and Amelia Clontz of Pageland.

The program, which began in Seattle, Wash., in 1972, was started as a way of training volunteers to share their horticultural knowledge. South Carolina adopted the program in Charleston County in 1981.

The next local class will begin in August 2008. For details, call Thompson at 684-9919, Ext. 112, or e-mail