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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 27, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina ONLINE: VISIT AIKENSTANOARD.COM AND CLICK ON CONTESTS TO VOTE IN THE I * MY PET CONTEST % Veterans & Family Memorial Care HkiHjOL Y SERVING THOSf MiOHAVt PRQUOt Y SiRVfD * family Onmed & Operated Shettfwuse‘Japers ‘J unerat 'Monte, hic. 715%. (Pine Log ‘J& Aiken, SC 29803 641-4401 LL RIVERS ROBER! W lic tor SHELLHOUSE, J* « Vmewl OwtSor *‘'^rc|fe JU ! I ll MONDAY, JUNE 27,2011 VOL. 45, HO. 1/8 « SOC YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867 SUBMITTED CRAWLING WUN TNI CRABS: Tony Mills of the Lowcountry Institute in Beaufort County works on a horseshoe crab marking project with the S C. Department of Natural Resources. Mills is the former education outreach coordinator with the Savannah River Ecology Lab. BY ROB NOVIT For many yours, Tony Mills served as one of the “ai tier' guys - the Savannah Hi*. ^ Ecology River education outreach coordinator who brought alligators, snapping turtles, snakes and more to thousands of students in Aiken County classrooms and beyond He left SKH. in 201)7 to become the educational director at the Lowcountry last (lute, a nonprofit organization located on Spring. Island, an ecologically sensitive residential community and nature preserve between Beaufort and Hilton Head According lo its website, the institute seeks to '‘provide responsible leadership in the conservation aru) use of Lowcountry natural resources ” “There are a lot of things I miss about SREL," Mills said by telephone recently. "It was agreat experience, and I miss the people there, but I’ve found a home here, too " He works with members of Spring Island and the surrounding community to give people an understanding of Hurt Royal Sound and how special that ecosystem is. Mills does more work now with manne invertebrates like sharks "I co-teach a master naturalist program, letting people learn about what they need to know about being a naturalist in the Low-country,’’ he said “We set traps and do birding and other field adventures, so they can learn what it’s like to be a naturalist It’s right down my alley .” A naturalist, Mills said, should understand the creatures that are around them the plants and animals within an ecosystem But he or die “must ako understand the relationship of human’s impact on that system,” he said. Hun effort includes professional development fur teachers, including getting the mes sage across to students Beaufort County is growing at a rapid rate, and its residents must do what they can to pro- “There are a lot of things I miss about SREL. It was a great experience, and I miss the people there, but I've found a home here, too." TONY MILLS former SREL education outreach coordinator lect the ens nonmen!, he said. Spring Island is a model for ecological development “It’s a community that lives in concert with what’s already there,” Mills said. "There are two big nature preserves that take up one-thinl crf the island.” He is especially excited about his role as host of a new telex ision show called “Coastal Kingdom,” which is in collaboration with Beaufort County and Airs on the county’s**; cess TV channel. “It’s very local, telling people what they have in the county,” Mills said. “We’ve had shows on sharks and nocturnal creatures and how animals find mates. Also in the new few weeks, we’ll have the entire show in HD quality online. Its really fun, and a kit of kids are watching it,” Ibe website - wwwJbwcountrymsutute .org - features a short segment posted on YouTube horn one of the productions On telex ision, Mills displays the same kind of engaging, humorous and informative style that many Aiken County adults and kids will recall, SEE MILIS 12A AP Scientists take temperature of long-gone dinosaurs • Scientists have figured out a way to take the temperature of dinosaurs, and it turns out to be almost the same as ours. SEE SCIENCE NEWS 11A TODAY’S FORECAST SEE WEATHER 6C ON TWITTER “Fireworks should be starting any minute here at the fairgrounds!!! There are thousands of people here, what a great night!" • Follow Ashleey Williamson on twitter at REPORTER VIDEO Council to meet about funding for SPCA shelter BY AMY BANTON [email protected] com Aiken City Council will discuss tonight how they will advance funds for a portion of the new SPCA building that the municipality will use for its stray animals. City Council will conduct the first reading of an ordinance to advance capital sales tax funds by a reserve fund loan for the SPCA jointly-owned shelter construction. The $1 million that the City has committed toward the project will be drawn from capital sales tax money that was approved by residents in November. The SPCA broke ground for its new Willow Run Road facility on May 19 and may need that funding by the fait. Since the tax money will not be available until sometime in the 2011 -12 fiscal year, the City will borrow the funds from the City’s reserve funds, which will be pud back once the capital project sales tax money is made available, said City Manager Richard Pearce. Pearce added that the City has done this before. citing when it advanced funds to purchase new mobile laptops for the Public Safety’s patrol division officers. SEE COUNCIL. 12A Workout while your kids play •Though your own body weight is really all you need for a good workout, almost all playgrounds at least ree key pieces equipment that enhance the experience. ON THE GO 1C TALKBACK SIGNS LOOK UKE ALIENS’SPOT ON • That front page TaikBack you had about the oversized traffic signs looking like an alien invasion is spot on The whole area in front of our county courthouse looks like something out of a Star Wars movie and makes us al! look like unsophisticated bumpkins who have more stimulus money than we know what to do with. SEE MORE TALKBACK 3A AREA DEATHS Albert Devine, North Augusta SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Calendar.,, Classifieds... Crossword.., Comics... Horoscopes.. SC    Living On The Go    IC 5B    Movie Listings.,.    SC 4C    Opinions... ISA SC    Sports..    1B 4C    TV Listings...    2C 9*0000 1U1«9 Ugandan shares message of hope, tolerance toward homosexuality BY AMY BANTON [email protected] A piece of Uganda had a presence in Aiken Sunday morning, as Rev Mark Kiyimba shared vx ah residents a bit of insight into a country that is thousands of miles away. Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church invited Kiyimba, founder of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda, to speak at the Sunday serv ice that morning With a sluing voice, kiyimba shared an even stronger message of love and tolerance He discussed his primary school that helps more than SOO children and his children’s home for AIDS orphans He also addressed the difficult subject of Uganda’s anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legislation SEE KIYIMBA 12A Did you miss Fire over Aiken? • Catch footage of the fireworks show that was held Saturday night. VISIT AIKENSTANDARO.COM AMY BANT ON/S TAFF LESSONS ON RECONCILIATION: The Rev Mark Kiyimba spoke at Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, sharing a message on tolerance for the homosexual community. ;