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by | September 8, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: September 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

By GEORGE SALSBERRY
gsalsberry@lowcountry.com
Paul Luzetsky walks over to the chain link fence that surrounds his work place just off Augusta Highway and tosses some deer corn to his unofficial co-worker.
It is Saturday morning and while Luzetsky is manning the convenience center, Pocket is patrolling the other side of the fence.
Both the convenience center and the rooster pulling guard duty are named Pocket.
Another convenience center employee, Dennis Davis, named the rooster after his adopted home. “He was just here one day and never left. It has been a couple of months now,” Luzetsky explained.
Pocket, the rooster, has developed a following among those visiting the convenience center. “Residents come through and throw him some bread. The hunters will come by and throw him some deer corn.
“Sometimes he will walk in here — I’ll turn around and there’s Pocket,” Luzetsky said.
Luzetsky says he doesn’t know why the convenience center ended up being named Pocket.
“Maybe because it sets off the road,” Luzetsky suggested. “A lot of people go by then have to turn around and come back.
Luzetsky moved to Cottageville from New Jersey, the Garden State, nine years ago and has been employed by the Colleton County Solid Waste Department for eight years.
He spent his first five years working at the Beltline convenience site on Robertson Boulevard. He has been at Pocket for the past three years.
“From the first day I worked here, it just seemed like a little park,” he explained. “It is not real hectic like in town.”
Last year, Luzetsky decided to take that park aspect up a notch and began dotting the convenience center with flowers.
“I just wanted to decorate it a little bit, make it look nice. I started out last year with just a couple of pots,” Luzetsky explained. “I saved the seeds and then things went crazy.”
Some of those who come to the convenience center to dispose of their household waste volunteered to help Luzetsky reseed the pots with impatiens.
“The next thing, I knew I was looking for more hanging planters,” he said. “We’ve got them all over now.”
“They are almost all impatiens; they like it — they get a little shade out here,” he said.
One noticeable exception is a large fern among the flowers. “The fern was an orphan,” Luzetsky said. “Someone came through and was going to throw it out. They saw the flowers and said ‘Do you want to bring it back to life?’”
Those dropping off their trash aren’t the only ones noticing the flowers — they are drawing hummingbirds and butterflies to the convenience center.
“I love this job,” he says. “It is about 15 minutes from home. I work couple of days a week. It keeps me active.”

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