Looking back in the Lowcountry Apr. 3

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Looking back in the Lowcountry Apr. 3

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Published Monday, April 3, 2006 in The Island Packet  |  708 Words  |  /IslandPacket/features

Here's what was making news in the Lowcountry ...'
<b>20 years ago</b>'
<li> A battle is brewing over the new post office on St. Helena Island, which opened its door for the first time two weeks ago.'
About 600 St. Helena Island residents have signed a petition urging the U.S. Postal Service to change the name of the Frogmore Post Office to the St. Helena Island Post Office.'
Joe Sherman, a St. Helena Island native who has taken the reins of the change-the-name campaign, says Frogmore is the name of a community located off Seaside Road, not the name of the district served by the post office.'
"The history of St. Helena Island is far too important to be obscured by allowing a nickname like Frogmore to persist," he says.'
<li> A golfer at the Ocean Course at Sea Pines accidentally whacks an osprey with a golf ball.'
The four-pound adult bird is sitting in a tree near the 16th tee of the course when the ball hits it. '
The osprey undergoes surgery for broken wing bones and is reported to be "holding its own" at a Hilton Head Island veterinarian's office.'
After it heals, the bird will be taken to Oatland Island, an environmental education school in Savannah.'
<b>15 years ago</b>'
<li> Romance is back, according to Packet features editor Lynn Felder. And even teenagers are catching on.'
"Romance is never out of style, and the sentimentality of the '50s is rearing its sappy head in the '90s, exemplified by the 1955 ballad, 'Unchained Melody,' " Felder writes.'
Hilton Head High School students agree, selecting the song as the theme for their junior-senior prom, set for April 13.'
<li> Students in the Red Room at '
Sea Pines Montessori give their opinions on where the Easter Bunny lives.'
"The Easter Bunny lives in a tunnel in New York," writes Chase McCord, while James Peter thinks he resides in Beaufort.'
Whitney Collins guesses that the bunny lives in "a hole in the ground on a hill in Colorado."'
Other ideas include a hole in South America, a hill in Europe and a student's house on Hilton Head Island.'
<b>10 years ago</b>'
<li> Sixth-grader Jake Hund won't part with the Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card he found in a pack of Topps cards -- not even for all the money in the world.'
"I'm gonna save it until I'm older, then it will probably be worth more," says the Hilton Head Island resident.'
The rare collectible, which has a prism-like surface, is worth $300 and was made by Topps this year to celebrate the career of the Yankees ballplayer.'
<li> The lime green couch that's been thrown in the river and tossed in a tree during the Family Circle Magazine Cup tennis tournament on Hilton Head Island is part of a publicity stunt by Gruner and Jahr USA Publishing.'
The company is using the sofa in photo shoots to position itself as a magazine publisher "for every stage of a woman's life," The Island Packet reports.'
The publisher produces YM, Family Circle, American HomeStyle & Gardening and several other publications. '
So far, Hilton Head tennis star Amanda Coetzer has posed with the couch in a tree and tennis champion Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina has posed on a tree limb as the couch passed by upside down in a nearby river.'
<b>5 years ago</b>'
<li> For the past 27 years, Sea Pines has hosted the Family Circle Cup, a women's professional tennis tournament. But not this year.'
The event has moved to Daniel Island in Charleston, where it will be held for the next 20 years. Organizers decided to move the tournament because it conflicted with The Verizon Heritage golf tournament.