Top of Class SUBMITTED The Town of Bluffton’s newest police officer, Frank Ginn Jr., was awarded the J.P. Strom Award upon his graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. The Academy’s most prestigious award is bestowed on the student who obtains the highest overall academic average during the 12-week Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) program. The award was presented to Officer Ginn in a graduation ceremony June 26. “This is the first time the Bluffton Police Department has had a recruit receive the J.P. Strom Award. It is a huge accomplishment and we are very proud of Officer Ginn. He is already an exceptional addition to this department,” said Bluffton Interim Police Chief Scott Chandler.

Top of Class SUBMITTED The Town of Bluffton’s newest police officer, Frank Ginn Jr., was awarded the J.P. Strom Award upon his graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. The Academy’s most prestigious award is bestowed on the student who obtains the highest overall academic average during the 12-week Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) program. The award was presented to Officer Ginn in a graduation ceremony June 26. “This is the first time the Bluffton Police Department has had a recruit receive the J.P. Strom Award. It is a huge accomplishment and we are very proud of Officer Ginn. He is already an exceptional addition to this department,” said Bluffton Interim Police Chief Scott Chandler.

Coastal Critters SUBMITTED The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island will host a Coastal Critters program every Wednesday and Friday starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending at 1:45 p.m. Fans of all ages can learn about the fascinating lives of some local reptiles and amphibians. All will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the special adaptations that help them survive in the Lowcountry. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 per child. Seating is limited seating and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223, or online at coastaldiscovery.org.

Share the Love SUBMITTED Peacock Subaru general manager Ken Kirby, left, presents a check for $10,125 to Dennis Toney, Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine director of development, in late June, at the conclusion of the dealership’s annual Subaru Share the Love campaign. This total more than doubles the amount raised the prior year. The Share the Love event was held at the end of 2019, when the dealership invited each Subaru buyer to designate a portion of their purchase price to benefit either a national nonprofit organization or Peacock Subaru’s hometown charity, BJVIM. Customers chose to donate locally.

Forget Me Not SUBMITTED Despite the cancellation due to COVID-19 of its major fundraiser, the Forget Me Not Fashion Show and Luncheon, scheduled for March, members of the GFWC Women’s League of the Lowcountry donated $4,500 to Memory Matters. Pictured from left are member Sharon Quinter; Mary O’Brien, co-chair of the fundraiser; Mary Doyle, executive director of Memory Matters; and Debbie Anderson, community education director of the organization. The funds were made possible by the generosity of ticket holders who chose to donate rather than receiving a refund. In addition, the club donated $500 to the GFWC Walker’s Team for the Bluffton Alzheimer’s Walk

Welcome to the beautiful lowcountry and Bluffton, SC.