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Safe boating course May 18 in Fort Mill

Catawba Sail &Power Squadron will hold a safe boating course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Driving 911 classroom, 2000 Hwy. 160, Fort Mill.

America’s Boating Course includes safe boating techniques, knots, useful hints, “rules of the road,” navigation, trailering and more. This one-day class with an exam will earn a certificate qualifying for a discount from most boat insurance companies and meets North Carolina’s boating age requirement laws.

Cost of manual is $30, which can be shared. The class is free. Lunch can be provided for $5.

Call 803-831-8252 or 803-548-5362.

Water emergency team needs volunteers

The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.

The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and search for missing people.

Scuba divers and non-divers are needed. Visit to find out more.

For more information, call 803-372-7593.

Lake Wylie Music Fest June 8

Lake Wylie boaters can anchor and listen to the music for one day only as Lake Wylie Music Fest returns this summer June 8.

Jan Pendleton, along with husband Jon and friends Paul Noble and Caroline Boatright, launched the fest in 2010, with concerts at “The Cow Cove” in the back of Boyd’s Cove.

Performers set up on a beach stage at a private residence playing to as many as 150 boats, or 500 people, bobbing on the water. The show is accessible by boat only.

The music line-up includes regional acts, including “American Idol” contestant Josh Sanders of Kannapolis, N.C.

This year’s initial set begins at 2 p.m. called Lake Locals & Fest Familiars Gettin’ the Party Started with Tony TBone, Demperio Hertz Music, and Chris Shepherd & Friends, followed by the fest’s traditional Sunset Celebration at 3:30 p.m. with The Mighty RhythmBusters, Fountain Penn, Eddie Barnette Band, Josh Sanders & Band, Red Dirt Revelators, Chubby Knuckles, and ending at dark with a special fire finale by Stray Cat.

New this year will be tie-dye wristbands and women’s tank tops for sale to help offset the costs. There also will be an Audience Design and Culinary Challenge. Boaters are challenged to decorate their boats, and prepare special food and drink to celebrate the fest. A panel of floating judges will award trophies.

For more information, visit Volunteers are still needed for cleanup and sponsorships are available. Email

DNR posts fishing rodeos

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources announces its series for outdoor family events around the state. Youth ages 6-15 must be accompanied by an adult, and no adult fishing will be allowed. Registration is required. Visit or call 803-737-8483.

• May 18, 8 a.m.-noon, Barnwell County

• May 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Darlington County (Rancho Road, Hartsville)

• May 18, 8 a.m.-noon, Foster Park Lake (Union County)

• May 18, 9 a.m.-noon, Piedmont Tree Nursery (Tamassee)

• June 1, 8 a.m.-noon, Chattooga River at Burrells Ford

Covekeepers meet at T-Bones

The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeeper, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.

The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit

Marine group meets monthly

Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.

The public is invited. For more information and meeting location, visit

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