Catawba Riverkeeper director awarded for environmental commitment

November 25, 2013 

Gaskins awarded environmental group’s award

The Southern Environmental Law Center has announced that during its annual board meeting Nov. 16, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Executive Director Rick Gaskins was awarded the 2013 James S. Dockery Jr. Southern Environmental Leadership Award. This recognition is given to an individual who exemplifies exceptional commitment to the environment, helping to conserve natural resources and promote public awareness in the South.

Gaskins has been working to solve environmental issues in the southeast for 29 years, as an attorney in private practice, as a volunteer attorney for various conservation groups, as the Catawba Riverkeeper and as executive director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. In addition to his work in the Catawba basin, Gaskins is the chair-elect of the North Carolina Conservation Network, he is a past chair of the Environmental Section of the N.C. Bar Association, a past-chair of an international group (the ASTM Global Sustainability Committee) that established voluntary standards for activities affecting the environment, and as a board member of various other organizations.

“I am humbled to receive this award in honor of Jim Dockery, one of the South’s premier environmental stewards, from an organization of the caliber of SELC,” Gaskins said. “The award is particularly meaningful for me because I practiced law with Jim Dockery in the firm of Petree Stockton, and know first-hand of Jim’s passion for the environment and commitment to making North Carolina a better place for all of its residents.”

The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional nonprofit using the power of the law to protect the health and environment of the Southeast (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama). Founded in 1986, SELC’s team of more than 60 legal and policy experts represent more than 100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast and wetlands, transportation, and land use.

The Southern Environmental Leadership Award was created in honor of SELC’s co-founder and former board chair, Jim Dockery. Until his death in 1994, Dockery’s noted environmental leadership helped protect tens of millions of acres of mountain wilderness around the nation.

Blood drives set in York County

YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives in York County:

• 3-8 p.m. Nov. 27, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors get a free movie ticket.

• 3-8 p.m. Nov. 30, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors get a free movie ticket.

• 1:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Lowe’s ‑Fort Mill, 1640 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill.

• 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Huffman Corp., 1050 Huffman Way, Clover.

The center is holding its ninth annual ‘Puppies for Patients’ program through Dec. 31. Donors who give blood during this time will be able to sign a tag that will be attached to a stuffed toy puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays.

More public drives can be found online at Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment at any location.

York County libraries closing for holiday

All York County libraries will be closed Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 1, for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call 803-831-7774 or visit

Be a Santa to a Senior

Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior – a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to senior citizens in York and Chester counties. The program runs through Dec. 20.

Golden Corral, 1031 Anderson Road, Rock Hill, has a tree up until Dec. 13 featuring ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from the tree, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.

The Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit volunteers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts. Delivery begins Dec. 16.

For more information, call 803-817-1901 or visit

Good Folks lunch Dec. 4 in Rock Hill

Good Folks of York County will raise money for two charities at its annual buffet lunch beginning at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 4 in the Richardson Ballroom at Winthrop University’s DiGiorgio Center.

Proceeds go to the Adult Enrichment Center in Rock Hill for a sheltered walkway to protect disabled adults from inclement weather, and to the Palmetto Pregnancy Center in Rock Hill for ultrasound equipment and training.

For more information, visit

Holiday meal deliveries under way

Clover Area Assistance Center is collecting food for holiday meals.

Items needed include turkeys and hams of all sizes. Nonperishable food items needed are: cranberry sauce, potatoes, yams, green beans, corn, gravy, stuffing mix, broth, olives, pie filling, quick bread mixes, and biscuit or muffin mix.

Holiday food distribution continues through Dec. 19.

Food can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at CAAC, 1130 Hwy. 55 E. Other times by appointment. For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Environmental program accepting applications

Farmers may apply by Dec. 20 for cost-share through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help eligible South Carolina landowners who address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality and protect wildlife through EQIP. This program helps farmers improve production while protecting environmental quality by addressing such concerns as soil quality, grazing management, water quality, forestry and wildlife.

Producers interested in applying should visit the York County USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York, or call 803-684-3137 for information.

Visit for more information, including eligibility requirements.

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