State of the State: Pennsylvania

State of the State: Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA at historic Independence Hall during autumn season.

King Charles II in 1681 granted the region to William Penn, son of a famous admiral and a devout Quaker. He wanted to simply call the colony “Sylvania,” from the Latin silva meaning “forest,” but the King added “Penn” to honor William’s father.

Retirement income, including Social Security and military benefits, is exempt from taxation for Pennsylvania residents age 60 and older.

Pennsylvania is one of four American states founded as a “commonwealth,” an English term meaning “a political community created for the common good.” The others are Massachusetts, Virginia, and Kentucky.

Home sweet home in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

There are nearly 60,000 farms in Pennsylvania covering more than 7.5 million acres. On the list of state agricultural productivity, Pennsylvania ranks No. 1 in mushrooms, No. 2 in apples, and No. 3 in Christmas trees.

The Crayola Factory in the Lehigh Valley produces nearly three billion crayons a year.

Spring is on the way!

Up to 20,000 visitors celebrate Groundhog Day every year on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, the self-proclaimed “Weather Capital of the World.”

World-famous Martin guitars and other stringed instruments have been made in Nazareth, PA, since 1838.

A State of Firsts

America’s first magazine (1741) and daily newspaper (1784) were published in Philadelphia, while Pittsburgh was home to the nation’s first baseball stadium (1909), automobile service station (1913), and commercial radio station (1920).


Dataw Island Named 2018 Club of the Year

Dataw Island Named 2018 Club of the Year

 one of two 18 hole golf courses at Dataw Island Club   
Beaufort, SC | Dataw Island | South Carolina Golf Association’s 2018 Golf Club of the Year!

Since 2013, the South Carolina Golf Association (SCGA) has bestowed this coveted award annually in recognition of clubs that are committed to growing the game through amateur golf by hosting championships, seminars, and charity events.

“We are very excited to announce that the Dataw Island Club has been named the SCGA’s 2018 Club of the Year,” said SCGA Executive Director Biff Lathrop. “Dataw has a long history of the supporting the SCGA and our many Championships but to host two Championships in the same year certainly deserves the honor of Club of the Year! Congratulations to all that are a part of that great facility!”

Dataw island and their Director of Golf, Dave Britton, have long supported growing the game, supporting events at the Amateur level as well as the collegiate level and high school levels.

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Events at the Shed

Scotch Hall Preserve Weekly Events

Scotch Hall Preserve is an Albemarle Sound waterfront community in coastal North Carolina.

Scotch Hall Preserve | Merry Hill, NC 

This Albemarle Sound waterfront community features a world-class Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, resort-style swim pavilion, marina, kayaking ponds, paddleboards, fishing, and more. Their new bar and eatery, “The Shed,” hosts weekly events and is fast becoming the community hub. Time for a North Carolina Tour?

Scotch Hall Preserve - Pristine North Carolina Coastal Golf Community

Scotch Hall Preserve - Pristine North Carolina Coastal Golf Community

This remarkable lifestyle community sits majestically on North Carolina's Albemarle Sound. Surrounded by water, ancient Cypress and live Oaks, there is no other place as unspoiled. Featuring an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, marina, swim pavilion, Scotch Hall Preserve offers waterfront, golf and woodland homesites. Read More...

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Shorts, a T-shirt and Margaritaville Radio

Shorts, a T-shirt and Margaritaville Radio

Gil and Pat Frank Margaritaville Hilton Head Residents

“Breathe In, Breathe Out” and “A Pirate Looks at Forty”
Favorite songs of new Margaritaville Hilton Head residents

“Right now, we are sitting out on our lanai, totally chillaxing, and listening to Margaritaville radio in shorts and t-shirts on Feb. 6. This is just a little piece of paradise. On November 13th, we were the first ones to close on our new house in Margaritaville Hilton Head and we haven’t looked back,”
says Pat Frank.

Gil and Pat Frank have always been Jimmy Buffet fans. When Minto Communities announced the first Latitude Margaritaville active adult community in Daytona Beach, the Franks were immediately intrigued. Gil said, “We were very interested, but we’ve always loved the Lowcountry area—the Savannah, Hilton Head, and Beaufort area. As soon as they announced Margaritaville Hilton Head, we knew this was just a natural for us and we put down a down payment to purchase a lot. On the day the lots went on sale, we had just gotten back from a Smooth Jazz Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale, so we picked out our lot from the airport in Ft. Lauderdale and it went very smoothly from there.” Gil recently retired from a career as a neonatology specialist. And, so far he hasn’t missed it. He and Pat have been enjoying spending time with their new neighbors. Gil said, “The timing could not have been better. It was time to go and start a new life. The people we have met here all have the same approach to life, it’s a laid back atmosphere, but very active. Buffet is more of a lifestyle. You don’t have to like his music to enjoy the laid back lifestyle. Everyone is so friendly. It’s a microcosm of all different backgrounds. Everyone is generally caring about one another.”

“We are in a villa, a duplex, and it’s just a perfect downsize for us. We downsized from 3,700 sq. ft. to 1,850 sq. ft. with a 200 to 300 sq. ft. screened lanai. The villa is so well-constructed that we don’t hear any noise next door. The home is much more spacious than we expected. It’s light and airy with a Caribbean feel. Our builder was great; he kept in contact with us and every Friday we would get photos and follow along with the process. We love the maintenance-free aspect—and, we don’t have to cut the grass.”

The Franks and other residents also enjoy the Lake Latitude Club that features a resort-style pool, beach area, fitness center, and party room. Additional Phase One amenities are under construction and slated to open fall 2019. Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head residents will enjoy walkable neighborhoods, golf cart-friendly streets, and a lively Town Center. Music will play an important part in all Latitude Margaritaville communities, and residents will enjoy live entertainment under the bandshell and dancing in the Latitude Town Square. Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head will also have an adjoining 290,000-square-foot golf cart-accessible neighborhood retail center that is being developed in partnership with Sutton Properties, Inc.

According to the Franks, there is a fantastic activities director who keeps everyone active. Group outings organized by the community lifestyle directors include fun get-togethers like Java Monday, Welcome Wednesday, Fintastically Fun Friday, Pickleball, Pins & Fins Bowling, Brunch Run Club, Chill & Fill dining outings, Pets in Paradise, and the list of creative Margaritaville fun goes on.

The longtime love of Jimmy Buffet’s music attracted the Franks to their new life at Latitude Margaritaville and they couldn’t be more excited about the adventures in their future.

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Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head

Your Latitude! You've earned a life where every day feels like an escape. Find your paradise at Latitude Margaritaville, the 55-and-better lifestyle where fun and relaxation meet. Inspired by the legendary music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, this is where life rolls easy, neighbors are friends and the party never ends. Awesome recreation, FINtastic dining and entertainment will make the town center the place to be and just a golf cart ride away. Masterfully crafted new Latitude homes let you hang your hat where your heart is. Read More...

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Keowee Key 2018 Renovations | Salem, SC

Keowee Key 2018 Renovations | Salem, SC

2,600 square feet Fitness Center

Keowee Key 2018 Renovations | Keowee Key | Salem, SC

The $14-million makeover project at the Keowee Key lakeside community in Upstate South Carolina checked off a pair of completions in October 2018: The Fitness Center reopened with an additional 2,600 square feet to handle expanded classes, all new aerobic equipment, and an updated smoothie bar. The renovated Bistro also debuted with an expanded kitchen, new menu, and triple the indoor/outdoor seating capacity. Earlier in the year, an enlarged deck around the Southside Community Pool and a new 2.2-mile Southside Walking Trail were added. Upgrades to the George Cobb Golf Course and the clubhouse will be completed this year.

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