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Join Riversweep Oct. 4 on Lake Wylie

Join Riversweep Oct. 4 on Lake Wylie

The 12th annual Lake Wylie RiverSweep will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 4.

Each year, about 1,000 volunteers of all ages get together at various locations along Lake Wylie to remove 10 to 40 tons of trash from the lake.

There are 14 locations, according to They are: Tailrace Marina, Dale’s Landing, Charlotte Yacht Club, Gaston Wildlife Club, Harbortowne Marina, Seven Oaks Bridge, Copperhead Island, Buster Boyd Access Area, River Hills Marina, Catawba Yacht Club, Tega Cay Marina, Allison Creek Access, Ebenezer Park and Nivens Creek.

Everyone is welcome to join in. Wear comfortable, old clothing, closed-toe shoes that can get wet and muddy, and a hat or sun visor.

Bottled water, work gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Register in advance online at Or sign up at 8 a.m. at a volunteer site.

Hazardous item collection Oct. 4

York County and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture will accept household hazardous materials and pesticides 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 4 at the York County Public Works facility, 220 Public Works Road (off Highway 5).

Most services provided by the event are open only to residents of York County, but unwanted and unused pesticides will be accepted from both residents and farmers from any South Carolina county.

Pesticides will not be accepted from commercial businesses or commercial applicators. Quantities will be limited to 2,500 pounds of solid and 300 gallons of liquid at no charge. Pesticide products include herbicides, nematicides, fungicides and other similar products used in agriculture production or around the home.

The purpose of this event is to help residents safely dispose of materials that shouldn’t be placed in the garbage can or aren’t accepted for disposal/recycling at the 16 Collection & Recycling Centers. Accepted items are leftover cleaners, chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, oil-based paint, turpentine, paint thinner, mineral spirits, brake fluid and gas/oil mix. Empty pesticide containers will not be collected. Infectious, biological or radioactive materials, and explosives are prohibited. A hazardous material company will be on site to properly dispose of the materials collected. Materials should be transported to the collection event in sturdy boxes with newspaper stuffed between the containers to prevent spills. Leave items in the original containers.

The next scheduled event is March 7. Call 803-628-3181 or 803-737-9696.

Revolutionary War symposium Oct. 4

York County Cultural & Heritage Museums’ Southern Revolutionary War Institute presents a day-long symposium 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4 at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St.

“The King’s Own Patriots: Loyalists and Provincials in the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution” will examine the identities, motivations and experiences of the thousands of men and women who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution. In particular, this conference will focus on loyalists in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, including not only men and European-Americans, but also women and African-Americans.

Southern Revolutionary War Symposium scholars include noted loyalist expert Todd Braisted of New Jersey; history professors Dr. Jim Piecuch and Dr. Greg Brooking of Kennesaw State University in Georgia; Dr. Carole Troxler, professor emeritus of history at Elon University, in North Carolina; historian Ben Rubin of Bloomfield College; Army historian Dr. Steven Rauch; and two of the Culture and Heritage Museums’ experts, interpreter and military re-enactor Bob Bemis of Historic Brattonsville and historian Michael Scoggins of the Historical Center of York County.

Registration costs $50, which includes lunch and a tour of the renovated Historical Center and Southern Revolutionary War Institute adjacent to the McCelvey Center. Symposium attendees also receive free admission Oct. 5 to Historic Brattonsville.

For more information on the Southern Revolutionary War Institute or the symposium, call 803-818-6768 or email

Mayday golf tourney Oct. 13

Lake Wylie/Clover Mayday Golf Tournament will be Oct. 13 at River Hills Country Club, with R.P. Boggs & Co. as title sponsor.

Check in is at 10:30 a.m. Rain date is Oct. 20.

Entry fee is $85 per person, includes cart, lunch and awards dinner; $30 of fee is tax deductible. Entry forms are available at the club or call 704-301-4848.

Lake Wylie/Clover Mayday Project is a nonprofit established in 2012 to enhance the quality of life of homeless children and families in the Clover School District area, and in general to assist people in need within the community. Monetary donations can be sent to: Lake Wylie/Clover Mayday Project, P.O. Box 5123, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. For more information, call 803-631-3776.

Children’s garden to open Oct. 18

Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden will open to the public at noon Oct. 18 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road.

The opening comes more than two years after the garden announced Gastonia textile executive Duke Kimbrell and wife Dot were giving the garden a $2 million challenge gift. More than 200 people contributed to raise more than $4 million. After nearly a year of construction, the new garden is ready to open.

Lost Hollow includes 3 acres of places to explore. During opening weekend, there will be performances at the Hillside Theatre, and guests can grab a bite from Brixx Pizza or coconut water from Vita Coco.

Lost Hollow was designed by New York Landscape designer W. Gary Smith. Admission to Lost Hollow is included in garden admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. Call 704-825-4490 or visit for more information.

Lake Wylie Crop Hunger Walk Oct. 19

The first Lake Wylie Crop Hunger Walk will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 starting at River Hills Community Church Life Center.

CROP Walk is a chance for neighbors to walk together to raise awareness and money for local and international hunger relief.

The 3-mile walk along Charlotte Highway goes from River Hills Community Church to Good Samaritan United Methodist Church and back. It is not a race. Strollers and pets are welcome, but no bikes.

Equally split, 25 percent of proceeds will be returned locally to CAAC, PATH and God’s Kitchen.

Sponsors, teams and donations are wanted. For more information, call 704-301-3652 or visit Lake Wylie CROP Hunger Walk - CROP Hunger Walk.

Sheriff’s office wins Badges for Blood drive

The “Hope” Trophy will stay with the York county Sheriff’s Office for the third year in a row because the York County Sheriff’s Office is the winner of the third Badges for Blood.

The office had 67 people presented and 58 blood donations. During the course of three days of donations from the sheriff’s office, Piedmont EMS, county fire departments, and walks-ins, the Community Blood Center of the Carolina’s collected 127 pints of blood, which will save 380 lives in York County.

As an added bonus, 10 members of the Sheriff’s Office gave double red cell donations. The phlebotomist staff from the center said donating double red cell pints was a one-day record for the team.

To learn more about donating, visit or call 704-972-4700.

Komen Charlotte offering small grants

Susan G. Komen Charlotte is offering grants up to $5,000 to York County nonprofit and health organizations for urban outreach, rural health and capacity building to serve uninsured or under-insured individuals in the community.

Grant opportunities were made possible in part through funds raised at Kickin’ It Challenge, a two-day youth soccer tournament, barbecue dinner and silent auction.

Grant applications must be submitted through the Komen Charlotte’s online Grants eManagement System. For information, visit and click on small grants.