That 80s feeling

Younger Charlestonians have had two decades of the RiverDogs playing at “The Joe,” but those of us a little bit older have fond memories of their predecessors, the Charleston Rainbows of College Park. However, by adopting the “Rainbows” moniker in honor of Rainbow Row, the team reversed a three-decade old trend of simply taking the name of their Major League affiliate; instead, they chose a flavor to build a sense of community and loyalty among fans. This August 2 will be “Rainbows Night” at “The Joe,” and the RiverDogs will revert to the old name and uniforms for one night only. Getting a ticket for Rainbows Night offers a rare opportunity to relive a few treasured 1980s memories, though we doubt quarter beer will be returning with it.

Vets Helping Vets

The Mercury is proud to announce a two-part series about Lowcountry native, Clebe McClary, a United States Marine whose life was spared during the Vietnam War due to the valiant sacrifice of another Lowcountry Marine, Ralph H. Johnson. Johnson covered a hand grenade with his body when it was tossed into the midst of his reconnaissance platoon. For this heroic action, Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The Charleston VA Hospital was named in his honor. Although McClary was severely injured, he continued to lead his men during the assault in spite of the loss of his left arm and left eye. How McClary’s turned this tragedy into a personal triumph is only the part of the story. He had a conversion experience, and through his faith, has since become an international speaker who has inspired audiences around the globe. McClary and his wife Deanna have devoted their lives to helping other veterans through their Pawley’s Island ministry, Patriots at Pawleys.

VIP gets a great book

Meanwhile, we heard that Virginia Beach’s Rice & Ducks is now in the hands of Sally Jewell, our secretary of the interior, after receiving this gift from Chris Crolley of Coastal Expeditions of Shem Creek while in Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. While Secretary Jewell was there, she announced that the wood stork is no longer on the endangered list, having been in that precarious spot for 30 years.

A howling success

Readers should know that the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) recently received the designation of a Level 1 Certified Veterinary Hospital by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), making it one of only six such facilities in the nation. This is newsworthy in that CVRC is the only veterinary hospital in the Southeast to receive this designation and now brings the highest level of care to dogs and cats of Charlestonians and residents of surrounding areas.

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