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Noted and passed - May 19, 2014

Posted: May 16, 2014 10:27 a.m.
Updated: May 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

• Polo. For many, the word immediately conjures up the phrase “the sport of kings.” It’s origins date back to, possibly, as early as the 6th century B.C. in Persia, apparently used as a training game for the king’s guard or other elite cavalry units. Today, polo is played professionally in 16 countries. It is also played in Camden on the nation’s second oldest polo field, built in 1898. Visitors from around the world gathered to watch polo matches on that field for the next 50 years. Interest waned in the latter half of the 20th century, but picked up again after 2001 when the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County and the Camden Polo Club brought it back to life. Sunday, the game returned with a new name: the Aberdeen Polo Match, with horses and riders taking to the field for six 7-1/2 minute games. This type of event helps make Camden a little different, a bit special. After all, its fun to watch the sport of kings in what is, essentially, everyone’s back yard.

• Another fun event that makes Camden special was Saturday’s 78th Annual Grace Episcopal Dog Show. With 16 show classes including costume, pure breeds, children’s handling, puppies, mixed breeds and shelter dogs, attendees were bound to find something to bring smiles to their faces. And, of course, it’s also special that proceeds benefit the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. As we mentioned a few weeks ago in a short story promoting the event, “Where else can you have so much fun, help the animal shelter and visit with friends and family?” A year ago, Barney -- found as a puppy in the Bahamas and brought to Camden by owners Judy and Ed Reavey won first place in the mixed breed category. Who won this year? We’ll have the answer, and pictures, in Wednesday’s edition.

• OK, so was there enough rain for you Thursday? According to Weather Underground, Camden received 6.47 inches of rain in that single 24-hour period. A tree fell at Rectory Square and there was some street flooding. Keep in mind, however, we hadn’t seen anything more than drizzle in at least a month, so it was more than time for Mother Nature to let loose. While some of us may prefer that it only rain between midnight and 2 a.m., we also don’t like it when things dry up for too long. It rained a little bit Sunday and there’s still a small chance of rain today. Otherwise, it looks like Friday and Saturday are our next chances to dodge -- or sing in -- raindrops.

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