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Navigating all your aging needs

Airfield

of dreams

Pilot finds clear skies

over Carthage

Consigning women

shop Moore

Legendary caddies

tee up course stories

History comes alive at

House in the Horseshoe


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Carrie Frye, Editor

Aging Outreach Services

From the Editor

August has the heat of summer

bearing down upon the Sandhills

reminding us to keep our skin and

eyes in good health as well as to keep

a sense of adventure by recognizing

aviation, golf and national parks.

This month, we’ll introduce you to

the pilot behind the Carthage airfield,

two long-time caddies at Pinehurst

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Resort, legendary broadcaster and author John Derr

and Suzanne Lafollette Black who keeps her American

Indian heritage close in mind and heart. We also go back

to school with some ’third age’ students at Sandhills

Community College, step back in time with the

reenactment of the Revolutionary War battle at House

in the Horseshoe, shop with some consigning women

and beat these dog days with a visit to the Pooch Park

in the Pines. Until next month...

On the Cover

Airfield of dreams...............................................16

Consigning women shop Moore...........................14

Legendary caddies tee up course stories.............36

House in the Horseshoe Reenactment..................8

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MOLLIE TOBIAS

Inside this Issue...

Aging in Place.........................NEW!.......................29

Ask the Expert............................................................4

Bridge Club...............................................................19

Caregiver Awards....................................................34

Centenarian Club.....................................................31

Consumer Beware...................................................27

Continuum of Care.................................................13

Cooking Simple........................................................20

Creative Retirement.................................................21

Dermatology Health................NEW!.........................6

FEATURE: Back to school at Sandhills CC...........40

FEATURE: Dog Days at Pooch Park...................24

FEATURE: John Derr releases new book..........38

FEATURE: Keeping Indian heritage at heart......22

FEATURE: Planning for Moore water...................30

FEATURE: Simplifying Your Life...........................30

Gadgets & Good Finds............................................5

Grey Matter Games.................................................26

Hospital Health.........................................................39

Literary Circle...........................................................11

Mental Health Minute..............................................15

N.C. Gallery of Communities....................................33

Over My Shoulder.....................................................12

Physician Focus.......................................................10

Planning Ahead........................................................23

Medicare Supplement..........NEW!......................35

Senior Moments.......................................................37

Sentimental Journey...............NEW!.......................32

Spirituality & Caregiving......................................42

Vitality...................................................................42

Volunteer Opportunities..........................................35

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Q: My family always takes a summer beach

trip to South Carolina. Typically my mother

has gone with us, but last year I noticed that

it was a lot harder for her to keep up with us. She is

88 years old, has significant arthritis in her right hip

and dementia. What would you recommend?

A: That’s a great question for summer time when

many families take trips. It also becomes a

frequent topic of discussion during the holidays.

There are several factors that l would recommend you

consider as you try to decide if you should bring your

mom along. First I would ask if your mother wants to

go on the trip or if it is the family feeling guilty about

the thought of not including her? Often decisions are

made based on guilt or other strong emotions, without

practically considering how the trip might impact your

mom. Individuals with dementia tend to find security in

familiar environments and routines that they can easily

navigate. Many times they do not wish to be removed

from those and experience greater disorientation and

agitation when that happens. Much of this depends

on the type of dementia and progression. If she was

having difficulties last year, it may be a sign that the trip

is simply too much for her at this point.

If you do decide to make the trip with your mother I

would make a few suggestions:

1. Take familiar items from home and use them to set

up her room.

2. Modify the day so that you can try to maintain a

routine and pace that would be typical for her. Perhaps

each member of the family can take a different day they

adapt to your mom’s schedule so that one person does

not feel overwhelmed.

3. Be prepared to cut your trip short if things do not

seem to be working out.

If you decide that the trip has become too difficult for

your mother to manage, it is probably the right decision

based on solid reasons. Allow yourself to accept that

and find a way to enjoy your vacation; knowing mom

is safe at home in familiar surroundings. Plan for what

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Jennifer George, MSW

Amy Natt, MS

Geriatric Care Manager

Geriatric Care Manager

Wayne Davies, MA, MS

Geriatric Care Manager

Our experts will answer any aging questions you

might have. Fax your questions to (910) 695-0766

or e-mail outreachnc@connectnc.com.

supervision and care she will need and put together a

schedule of who will be helping her. You can always

supplement with a private duty caregiver if necessary.

Leave all instructions in writing, and post important

contact information. You can plan a special day with her

before you, go so that she knows how much the family

loves her.

There is rarely a cut and dry answer. Typically if you

really look at how she manages situations outside of her

normal routine and environment, it will offer you some

direction. You might also check out travel related tips

and general guidelines when caring for a loved one with

dementia at www.alzheimers.org.

Natt, a certified geriatric care manager with AOS Care

Management in Southern Pines, can be reached at (910)

692-0683 or amyn@agingoutreachservices.com.

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Gadgets can prevent failure to communicate

was in a home

I recently, finishing a

Gadgets & Good Finds

Connie Hess

wheelchair assessment

for a person who had

suffered a stroke 1 . A side

effect of this stroke was

aphasia (uh-fey-zhuh),

which is defined loosely

as difficulty with speaking

due to brain damage.

Watching the family

and grandmother struggle to communicate, I asked

them what they knew about alternate methods of

communication. The rest of my visit included teaching

the family about resources for better communication.

I kept thinking about that visit. I have seen many

people for whom communication is difficult at best,

with daily interactions made almost impossible. Why?

Alternative methods exist, and vary

from quite basic (communication

boards) to advanced (Ipods,

electronic boards shown at left,

computers, etc.). For aphasic

patients, some physicians

will specify speech services;

others leave it to the rehab

facility or home health

agency to determine. If a

loved one has suffered a stroke

or other problem that has led to aphasia,

then you should ask to have a speech assessment.

Additionally, North Carolina has an excellent program

of Assistive Technology to assist residents in determining

which communication method might be best for them.

They have centers located across the state; and at

these centers people can try out different methods of

communication. There is even a “loan program” that

allows an state resident to take the equipment home for

a real trial. Our local center is in Sanford, but additional

centers can be found on the website: www.ncatp.org. Or

you can contact the Sanford Center at (919) 775-3439, or

the director, Tammy Koger, at (919) 850-2787.

But why wait? You may be able to start communicating

right away with just a little ingenuity. Picture boards are

available on the Internet (search term: “communication

board”). You can make one with very few materials. A

communication board is simply a firm board on which

various pictures, with or without words, are placed; many

people laminate the board to keep it clean, but it isn’t

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necessary. Others use small scrapbooks, photo books,

etc. Whatever method that works is fine. Fill the board

or book with simple, easy-to-see pictures. A general

board may contain a pictures of a glass (representing “I

want a drink”), food, bed, bathroom, TV, etc. It may have

happy and sad faces to express emotion; and it may

have other symbols or pictures your loved one needs.

Remember that you can make the board as personal or

as general as you want; to, and start communicating!

1 As per HIPAA, all particulars have been altered.

Hess, a certified Assistive Technology Professional at Health

Innovations Pharmacy in Southern Pines, can be reached at

(910) 246-5155.

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Psoriasis is a persistent,

inflammatory skin condition.

Some cases of psoriasis are so mild

that people don’t know they have it.

Alternatively, severe psoriasis may

cover large areas of the body. Dermatologists can now

help even the most severe cases.

Psoriasis is not contagious, so it cannot be passed

from one person to another. Psoriasis does, however,

have a tendency to run in families, meaning it can be

an inherited condition. Normally, the skin replaces itself

about every 30 days. When the process speeds up and

the skin replaces itself in three to four days, psoriasis

develops.

A “trigger” is usually needed to make psoriasis appear,

whether for the first time or the twentieth. Psoriasis can

be triggered by stress; an infection, such as strep throat;

and by taking certain medicines, such as interferon and

lithium. Cold, dry winter weather and lack of sunlight

can also trigger psoriasis. Others see psoriasis flare 10

to 14 days after their skin is injured, such as by a cut,

scratch, or severe sunburn.

There are five major types of psoriasis, each with

unique signs and symptoms. The most common type,

plaque psoriasis appears as patches of raised, reddish

skin covered by silverywhite

scale. Patches

frequently form on the

elbows, knees, lower

back, and scalp, but can

occur anywhere on the

skin.

The second type,

guttate psoriasis

appears as small, red

spots, usually affecting

children and young

adults. It often starts

after a sore throat, and

frequently clears up by

itself in a few weeks or

months.

The third type,

pustular psoriasis, is

characterized by white

pustules surrounded

by red skin. Pustular

psoriasis tends to

confine itself to certain

Psoriasis may lead to arthritis

Dermatology Health

David I. Klumpar, MD

areas of the body, usually the palms

and soles. Dermatologists call this

“localized pustular psoriasis.” When

widespread, the condition is known as

“generalized pustular psoriasis,” which

is a rare and severe form of psoriasis that can be life

threatening.

Another type, inverse psoriasis, occurs when smooth,

red lesions form in the skin folds. Lesions can appear

in the armpit, under the breasts, around the groin,

buttocks and genitals.

Finally, erythrodermic psoriasis, is characterized by

widespread redness with severe itching and pain,

erythrodermic psoriasis can be life threatening.

Psoriasis frequently develops on the scalp and the

nails. When it occurs on the scalp, psoriasis often causes

silvery-white scale, which may be misdiagnosed as

dandruff. Psoriatic nails frequently have tiny pits. The

nails may loosen, thicken or crumble. These signs may

be misdiagnosed as a nail infection. Both scalp psoriasis

and nail psoriasis can be difficult to treat.

Between 10 percent and 30 percent of people who

develop psoriasis get a related form of arthritis called

“psoriatic arthritis,” which causes inflammation of the

joints. Psoriatic arthritis is a lifelong condition that

causes deterioration,

pain and stiffness in the

joints.

While psoriasis cannot

be cured, a number of

treatment options can

help control psoriasis.

A patient’s health,

age, lifestyle and the

severity of the psoriasis

determine which

treatment options are

appropriate. Gaining

control over the psoriasis

may require different

types of treatment and

several visits to your

dermatologist.

Dr. David Klumpar, a

dermatologist and medical

director at Carolina Skin

Care in Pinehurst, can be

reached at (910) 277-7546.


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Reenactors

bring

historic

battle to life

By Carrie Frye

Staff Writer

Photos by Mollie Tobias

Terry Mathis, a veteran reenactor, has played a role in the reenactment of the July 29, 1781 Revolutionary War skirmish at the House in

the Horseshoe for 30 years. He portrays the Whig Col. Philip Alston, who is forced to defend his home from a Loyalist attack. This year’s

reenactment will take place on the weekend of August 7-8 at the historic site in Moore County.

The pages of Revolutionary War history books will

come to life in full color with the reenactment of

the July 29, 1781 battle between Patriots and Loyalists at

the House in the Horseshoe historic site near Carthage in

Moore County. Replica cannons, rifles and muskets will

fire Saturday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. and again Sunday, Aug. 8

at 2 p.m. as Col. David Fanning leads his Tory Loyalists on

a raid of Whig Col. Philip Alston’s homestead.

The site is authentic. The white, two story plantation

home amidst fields of what once were thousands of

acres of cotton stands on a hill above the Deep River,

whose horseshoe bend it was named.

Veteran reenactors will continue their 30 plus year

tenure in the battle. Terry Mathis, 67, of Locust, N.C. will

make his last defense as the patriot Col. Alston opposite

Pat Montgomery, 62, of Rockingham as the muchfeared

Col. Fanning. Each leader holds a long resume of

reenactments under their leather belts, always keeping

authenticity in mind.

“I make all of my own clothing from historical patterns.

They just fit better if you make them yourself,” says

Mathis, a cordwainer by trade of handmade leather

products, of which includes a 18th century style sword

holder, pouch, drinking cup, satchel and shoes for his

Col. Alston outfit.

In character, Mathis settled into his chair in the parlor

to tell the story of the skirmish against his home, an

easy task for this long-time reenactor who has had

minor roles in over 17 colonial movies including The

Patriot. Actual bullet holes from the battle remain in the

house from the exchange of gunfire that began over the

beating death of a well-known Loyalist Kenneth Black,

which was blamed upon Col. Alston and his militia.

“I had an idea that something was going to happen,”

says Mathis in character as Col. Alston.

“Col. Fanning hit the house from three sides. Reenactors

will argue whether or not the riflemen were together

or not. It even took five years to settle on the uniform

colors for Fanning,” says Montgomery. “We have a battle

plan, attacking the house from below on the riverside.

A bagpipe, whistle or horn will signal the beginning of

the attack, except for one year when I couldn’t muster

enough pucker to blow the horn,” he adds laughing.

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Photos by Mollie Tobias

Left: The House in the Horseshoe historic site is located at 288 Alston House Road near Carthage off State Road

1006. Right: Mathis makes his own leather goods like this satchel and drinking cup for his Col. Alston outfit.

And although staying true to the period and story is

important, there has been plenty of fun over the years.

Mathis remembers his second year at the battle when

he wore a kilt and was out in the field as a Loyalist

attacking the house.

“I came over the fence and the kilt came up over

my head as a TV crew was filming,” he says with a

grin.

But since then he moved up to the lead role of Col.

Alston.

“I just pushed my way in. I know what Col. Alston

is supposed to do,” declares Mathis. “Every year, I lose

this house. For 25 years, I’ve lost this battle.”

The battle culminates when Tory forces attempt

to burn the house down. To stop them, Mrs. Alston

negotiates a surrender of Col. Alston and his men to

Col. Fanning, thus ending the heated battle that left

both sides with casualties.

The reenactors are a unique group of dedicated

people who come back year after year. Many still

camp out on the site Saturday evening with period

tents, cookware and weaponry.

“It’s kind of like a reunion. We have been doing

battle for years together,” says Mathis.

“This particular reenactment is special. I love it. I

have been doing it a long time. You can walk right up

to the house and put your finger in the bullet holes.

It’s a real gem. Only a few battle sites can make you

feel like you are there. It’s a real gut, visceral feeling,”

adds Montgomery.

Aside from the reenactments, the site will be open

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m.

on Sunday with militia demonstrations and 18th

century period crafts including blacksmithing, gun

engraving and weaving.

“Periodic firings of a replica 18th century cannon

are scheduled

throughout the

program,” says site

manager John

Hairr. “Children

will even have

a chance to

play colonial

games while

their parents

enjoy handmade

pottery on

display.”

For more information on the House in the Horseshoe

Reenactments, call (910) 947-2051.


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Cataracts are universal with

increasing age. The lens

of the eye gradually turns a

yellowish brown and develops

varieties of opacities; these

changes diminish visual acuity, affect color vision,

decrease contrast sensitivity and increase

glare. At some point these symptoms

begin to interfere with lifestyle:

reading, driving, sports, and

work. Cataract surgery with

lens implantation then

becomes an option, and at

some point, a necessity.

I began my surgical

training during a period

of great transition in

cataract surgery. My

first cataract cases

involved a hospital

stay of some days,

restricted physical activity,

and required removal of

the entire cataract through

a large incision closed by

multiple stitches. Slow recovery of

vision was the rule, and either thick

“cataract glasses” or a contact lens was

required to correct vision. Surgical complications

were more frequent, and surgery simply wasn’t offered

until there was a significant reduction of vision,

usually in both eyes. Three years later in my residency,

1982, my cataract technique resembled very much

our present approach, a precipitous change. Cataract

surgery has become the most common surgery in

the United States and perhaps the most successful.

Certainly from a surgeon’s perspective, the restoration

of a patient’s most important sense is rewarding.

The transition to modern cataract surgery was swift and

also required significantly different surgical skills with

the technology changing exponentially throughout the

1980s. Many older surgeons faced with the prospect

of learning a completely new surgical technique

simply stopped operating. Historically there were three

pivotal events in the development of modern cataract

surgery. First was the development of the intraocular

lens implant, pioneered by English surgeon Sir Harold

Ridley. Dr. Ridley observed that injured RAF pilots

Cataracts don’t mean blindness

Physician Focus

Gregory J. Mincey, MD, MBA, FACS

tolerated pieces of shattered

plexiglass cockpits imbedded

deeply within the eye. Ridley

fashioned the first crude lens

implant using a similar plastic.

The evolving lens implant eliminated the

need for thick glasses or a contact lens

to correct vision after surgery. The second

critical event was the development of

phacoemulsification, a technique that

permits removal of the cataract by

ultrasonic fragmentation through

a very small incision. The third

event was the development

of outpatient surgery. When I

joined Carolina Eye Associates

in 1983, Drs.Gale Martin and

George Tate had just developed

one of the first Medicare

approved outpatient

surgical facilities on the

east coast, a new and at

the time a controversial

i d e a . Now outpatient surgery is

standard, not only for ophthalmology,

but for most other surgical disciplines.

The last few decades have seen further

refinement in cataract surgery: topical

anesthesia, smaller incisions, faster

operating times and the ability to more

accurately predict the power of the lens implant

through sophisticated measurements of the corneal

surface and computer algorithms. More recently

“premium” intraocular lenses permit a close

approximation of the youthful eye, allowing good

vision at distance and near, often reducing the need

for glasses following cataract surgery. These premium

lenses offer advantages, but they are not suited for

everyone, and require a more detailed evaluation and

discussion with the surgeon.

In the U.S., cataracts are no longer a significant

cause of blindness. Clinical trials investigating new

implants, surgical devices and lasers, are continuously

improving outcomes for patients.

Dr. Mincey is a senior partner and president of Carolina

Eye Associates and as a retina specialist doesn’t routinely

perform cataract surgery. He can be reached at (910) 295-

2100.


Literary Circle

Book Review: What Bluebirds Do

Book Review

Cos Barnes

Nothing is more fun

than reading to

children. I can remember

reading to my son and trying

to cover two pages at once.

He was too smart for me to

do that. He had memorized

the picture, the page and

the plot.

A wonderful book to read

to your grandchildren is

What Bluebirds Do. Written

by Pamela F. Kirby of nearby

Gibsonville. It is full of her spectacular photographs which

were taken in her backyard. When she was here for a

program at Weymouth in the spring, along with bluebird

guru Frances Outhwaite, she read the entire book aloud to

the audience which was composed of many more adults

than children. They were mesmerized by the soothing

cadence of the words and the glorious shots of the

bluebirds.

The book details how they

build their nests, how many

eggs the mother lays, how

long the sky-blue eggs must

be incubated, how the birds’

color changes, the father

bird’s role in raising the

young and how they are

eventually encouraged to

fly off and leave home.

She explains that bluebirds

were once in danger of disappearing with the advent of

the house sparrow and birds from other countries, so

concerned bluebird lovers set up and monitored bluebird

nest boxes all across the continent and set up trails.

They designed nest boxes and fought off insects. The

book is not only pretty to look at and entertaining, it is

also scientifically accurate. At the end is a glossary that

defines words that might be unfamiliar to readers.

The last chapter lists instructions for attracting bluebirds.

I was especially interested in this as many years ago my

husband built bluebird boxes for me and all our grown

children. He followed the instructions to a T. Bluebirds

are a persnickity lot. We sat hardly breathing late one

afternoon as a father bluebird inspected our house, flew

in and out, brought back his mate, then they flew away

never to be seen again. They evidently did not like the

neighborhood. I myself am content with reading What

Bluebirds Do to my four and five-year-old girls.

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More than 40 years ago one of my favorite

poets, Judith Viorst, wrote “Married is Better.”

At the time I totally agreed with her, and still do.

Late last month, my husband and I celebrated

our 50th wedding

anniversary. Fifty years

with the same person!!!

It’s truly hard to imagine

where those five decades

have gone. After all we’re

still basically the same

fun-loving kids we were

Over My Shoulder

Ann Robson

in 1960, aren’t we?

Who knew then that we

would leave our native

land, legally live in five

states and become U.S. citizens? Who knew that he

would have to travel a great deal, and I would often

get to go along to foreign lands?

We’ve learned a lot in 50 years. As the oldest

children in both our families, we’ve learned the need

to do what we can for our parents, grandparents,

aunts and uncles. Family comes first. Running a very

close second are friends. When you move away from

where you grew up, friends quickly become your social

glue. We have been

exceptionally lucky and

still have good friends

both in Canada and the

states where we lived.

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I’m not sure

that you’d consider us a “perfect match.” Nothing is

perfect. But somehow we muddled through and got

to this landmark anniversary.

He’s a right-handed engineer, born under the

orderly sign of Virgo. I’m a left-handed klutz, born

under Leo’s more flamboyant sign. Married is better.

He’s an outdoorsman who likes almost any sport

out there, whether as a player or spectator. I’m more

of the indoor type. He brings home the news from the

golf course. I bring the gossip from the bridge table.

Married is better.

When he mangled his shoulder and several

adjoining parts in a ski accident, I quickly learned

to be a caregiver, and depending on the day, a

drill sergeant, more of a nag, or a compassionate

companion. When I broke my left arm, was casted

from shoulder to fingertips and was helpless, our

roles were reversed. Married is better.

I cry at sad movies. I cry at happy movies. I can

even shed a few tears at a commercial. He hands me

his handkerchief. Married is better.

As we age and have annoying things like doctors’

appointments, ‘procedures’, therapy with aches and

pains, it’s so good to have someone to lean on, to

do the driving, to talk back to the medical profession

when needed. Married is better.

With very little guidance, he can shop for groceries

and then cook them. Married is better.

We have one daughter who has brought much joy

and happiness, tears and laughter, adventure and

bravado, surprises and challenges to 40 of these 50

years. Married is better.

When we got married,

we never thought about

a 50th anniversary. In

those days, people who

made it to 25 years

were special --- and old,

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Celebrate Senior Citizens Day, Aug. 21

Throughout

history,

older people have

achieved much for our

families, our communities

and our country. That

remains true today and

gives us ample reason this

month to reserve a special

day in honor of the senior

citizens who mean so much

to our land.

Seniors are living longer with improved health care

Continuum of Care

Elizabeth Ragsdale

and more years of productivity They are reinforcing their

historical roles as leaders and feeling a sense of purpose.

Seniors are embarking on second careers, giving younger

Americans an example of responsibility, resourcefulness,

and determination. More than 4.5 million senior citizens

are serving as volunteers in various programs and projects

that benefit every sector of our society. We can all learn

from the selfless ways of older citizens.

In senior living facilities, residents are still creating

memories of their own by participating and volunteering.

They might be part of a drama club, gardening club or they

might even be the musical entertainment themselves!

A resident who is involved, active and cheerful has less

depression, is healthier and tends to live longer. It’s like

anything else, if you surround yourself with positive, good

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things are sure to happen.

For all they have achieved throughout life and for all

they continue to accomplish, we owe our seniors thanks

and a heartfelt salute. That’s

why President Ronald Regan

designated August 21, as

``National Senior Citizens

Day’’ in 1988, stating, “I call

upon the people of the

United States to observe

this day with appropriate

ceremonies and activities”.

With that being said, what

are you going to do for

your favorite senior? Maybe

try an interview, come up

with a list of questions and

ask away. You will not only

learn something about that

individual, but it would be a

memorable token for their

family to have.

Ragsdale, marketing

director at Fox Hollow

Senior Living in Pinehurst,

can be reached at (910)

695-0011.

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14 OutreachNCAugust 2010

Consigning women

shop Moore

Kim Gavrelis dresses

well. At 50, she looks

hip and fashionable and

By Melanie Coughlin

Special to OutreachNC

keeps a wardrobe any woman would admire. Her secret is

to stick with classic lines and shapes, then pep it up with

chic and up-to-the-minute accents.

Her other secret? At least 40 percent of Gavrelis’ wardrobe

comes from consignment stores.

Today’s consignment stores are not the thrift stores

of yore. You won’t find a single threadbare, tattered, or

even unfashionable item in them. Instead, you’ll find

current styles in like-new condition. It’s not uncommon for

consignment stores to carry clothes with their original tags.

You may even find a prize like a major designer label.

It’s that treasure hunt that has many women turning to

consignment stores to enhance their wardrobes.

“For me, it’s the thrill of the hunt,” said Gavrelis.

It’s also the thrill of the deal. In this economic slump,

people who wouldn’t ordinarily seek out a bargain are

looking for creative ways to stretch their dollars.

According to the National Association of Resale

Professionals, the consignment industry has experienced

a 7 percent growth in the number of new stores over the

past three years.* Between 12 to 15 percent of Americans

shop in consignment stores compared to the 21 percent

who shop in major department stores.

These statistics show that the stigma of buying resale has

lessened, but it certainly hasn’t disappeared. One frequent

seller spoke only on the condition of anonymity. She said

consigning gives her extra cash for small indulgences,

what she calls “Starbucks money.”

“Who doesn’t like to have a little extra cash?” asks

Alice Remble who owns Tina’s Turn on Broad Street in

downtown Southern Pines.

Consignment stores offer a win-win for buyers and

sellers. Sellers bring their items to the store, and the owner

markets the store and displays the wares. When someone

buys the item, the seller takes home 40-60 percent of the

selling price (percentages vary from store to store). The

seller earns money, and the buyer saves money.

Remble said she sees consigners and buyers from every

income level and social strata. They scope out the deals

on everyday wear, but cocktail parties and formal balls

are a specialty area that motivates Remble’s customers.

Shoppers pay a fraction of the price for a piece of clothing

Photos by Mollie Tobias

Kim Gavrelis, foreground, shops at Tina’s Turn in downtown

Southern Pines with her long-time friend Kim Mason. Both are

wearing outfits purchased from area consignment shops.

they’ll wear just once or twice.

That’s what piqued 51-year-old Kim Mason’s interest in

consignment stores when her daughters were small.

“There were some things they wouldn’t be wearing much,”

she says, “and it just didn’t make sense to buy it new.”

Mason needed snow bibs for her daughter one year

and found a reasonably priced, like-new pair. After her

daughter used the bibs a couple of times, Mason resold

them at a consignment store.

Mason’s experience hits at the heart of another reason

consigning is gaining popularity. It’s a way of recycling.

The green movement sweeping the country has made

recycling a higher priority for many people. Whether they

sell or donate their clothing, people are trying more and

more to keep their unwanted items out of landfills.

That makes buyers and sellers environmentally-friendly.

Add to the fact that they are dressed to the nines and

clever with their money. The result is consigning women,

who are hip, green, and smart.

*Source: www.narts.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3290


Storytelling holds value for teller

There have been times when I have thought if I

have to hear that story about his life one more

time I’m going to explode. What I’ve learned is that

I was seeing the value of “life storytelling” (stories of

life events and experiences in one’s own life) from my

perspective as opposed to that of the elderly person

sharing the story. As a result, my view of the value

of the life storytelling, which was sharing information

and general socializing, is not the same as that of an

older person, even if they don’t recognize it.

B. Hagberg from the Institutionen för Psykologi at

Lunds University, Sweden indicates this in his article

on the Psychological Aspects of Aging from the

Swedish journal Lakartidningen:

Identifying the importance of coping in old age

has brought about a change in perspective in

caring for the elderly in which the psychological

aspects become more important as a complement

to the medical model. Increasingly, autobiographical

reflections or life storytelling, also when used in

group sessions, is shown to be one way of increasing

well-being and life satisfaction among the elderly.

When I think of this, I am reminded of my

dearly departed father-in-law, who would repeat

the same stories to anyone willing, or sometimes

unwilling, to listen. Prior to understanding the

value of life storytelling,

I was not always ready

to hear the same story

again. As I gained a

better understanding, I

would not only listen to

the stories but actually

encourage them. What

I saw was a man who

had come to grips with

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Mental Health

Mark Marquez

the trials and tribulations of his difficult life and

was very satisfied with his life in general. He was

a happy man.

While Hagberg refers to formal group sessions,

I think that the impact of life storytelling can

also be positive in informal groups. I now have a

greater appreciation for those early morning “coffee

groups” at local restaurants. It is not just about

socialization. It is also about enhancing one’s health

and happiness. Even though I don’t understand all

the particulars of how life storytelling increases life

satisfaction in the elderly, I know that it does.

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By Carrie Frye

Staff Writer

Photos by Mollie Tobias

Long-time pilots and friends Ken Thompson, left, and Roland Gilliam, owner of Gilliam-McConnell Airfield in Carthage prepare for takeoff.

Wearing aviator sunglasses, a denim shirt and

khakis, Roland Gilliam, owner of the Gilliam-

McConnell Airfield, climbs into the plane to take on

the co-pilot’s role for a change. Headsets on, seatbelts

buckled and the twin engines come alive with a roar

as pilot Ken Thompson announces that his 1958 Piper

Apache “63Pops” is preparing for takeoff from the

Carthage airfield at 7:51 a.m. The flight plan is set for

the First Flight Airstrip at the Wright Brothers National

Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. In honor of Aviation Week,

Aug. 15-21, and the observance of National Parks Month,

these two pilots are about to embark on a journey or

aviator’s right of passage to the place where Orville and

Wilbur Wright achieved the miracle of powered flight in

1903, forever changing the world and making flying a

part of everyday life for these two men.

With a slow climb into the Carolina blue sky, the

landscape and life below grow smaller until the plane

levels out above the clouds that are spread out like a

sheet of soft white cotton.

“We’ll just cruise along at this level,” says Thompson

referring to the 3,500 feet ceiling. “They say, ‘if you have

time to spare, go by air.’ I just like to go someplace in a

little airplane.”

This ride calculated by the navigational equipment

is scheduled to last one hour and 27 minutes, but

the real journey began for Gilliam, 70, with a love for

flying 54 years ago in Virginia Beach, Va.

“ F l y i n g

was just

something

I always

wanted to

Airfield of dreams takes flight

This 1958 Piper Apache made the trip to Kill

Devil Hills. Owned by Ken Thompson since

1991, he flies it back and forth between his

homes in Carthage and Canada regularly.

do, and you had to be 16 to solo,” says Gilliam.

So at age 16 while still in high school, Gilliam took

private flying lessons. After only five hours of flying time

instruction, a young man took to the air in a Piper J-3

Cub on his own after his instructor insisted that he was

ready. A young man went up on his first solo and landed

as a pilot forever fueled with a passion for aviation.

“You never forget your first airplane ride or your first

solo,” recalls Gilliam. “It’s a different feeling like being free.”

Gilliam bought his first plane from his high school

science teacher.

“It was a World War II observation plane and not much

of a plane. It flew...barely,” he says with a wistful smile.”

“Wish I had it back now though.”

Gilliam has a small collection of World War I replica

planes. His most well known plane being a SE5A, a British

biplane fighter aircraft replica built and used in the 2004

movie, The Aviator. He does his own mechanical work

on it and will be flying it soon to Virginia Beach to be on

display at the Military Aviation Museum.

“It’s harder to fly than your normal airplane, because

it’s a tail dragger,” he says pointing to the design of the

back end of the aircraft. continued page 17


Gilliam considered making a living of flying, but

was too young to be a pilot or co-pilot with Piedmont

Airlines when he applied. His determination kept him in

the air doing crop dusting, banner towing and even air

shows.

“I used to be a lot more reckless than I am now,” he

admits. “It was thrill then.”

But safety and know-how were always important as

well. Gilliam, the oldest of seven children, took his father

up for his first airplane ride in 1960, which is to this day,

the only time he ever encountered a mechanical issue

of course.

“We had total engine failure. I put it down in a field,” he

remembers. “The carburetor iced up. It thawed out and

started right up, and we flew back home.”

And Gilliam’s dad still flew with him after the incident

and would still now if his health was not an issue at age 92.

Gilliam’s main occupation is construction, which

ultimately led him to Moore County and the opportunity

to form his own business. Carthage is the destination

where he found clear skies and fertile ground to

cultivate his idea for building an airfield. He and his wife

Nancy purchased 120 acres off Dowd Road in 1989 and

has been developing the project ever since. And this

pastime has launched a business for his retirement.

“Everyone thinks you’re crazy if you say you want to

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build an airport, including my wife and kids,“ he laughs.

“I have a great wife to put up with me and my projects. I

started out building the airfield for me and just wanted

a grass strip, but then I paved it.”

Gilliam then learned of James Rogers McConnell, a

young man that lived in Carthage before joining the

American Ambulance Corps to serve in France in WWI.

After completing aviation training, McConnell was one

of the famous Lafayette Escadrille, or squadron of

America’s first seven fighter pilots. McConnell was later

shot down in France in 1917, leaving no heirs behind.

Honoring the memory and service of the WWI aviator,

Gilliam named his facility the Gilliam-McConnell Airfield.

He also purchased the 10 acres of land where McConnell

had lived and used gravel from there at the airfield.

“Unless you’re well-known, history forgets you,” he

says, knowing the name will be carried on radios of all

who now takeoff and land in Carthage.

And the airfield has made Gilliam a number of new

pilot friends as well. Thompson, a pilot for 39 years

who splits his time flying his Piper between his homes

in Carthage and Belleville, Ontario, Canada bought the

third lot on the property and had Gilliam build a small

house facing the airfield complete with a large hangar

attached for his airplanes.

continued page 18


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Photos by Mollie Tobias

Pilots Roland Gilliam and Ken Thompson stand atop Kill Devil Hill at

the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The national park is one of

only 12 in North Carolina and is open seven days a week, year round.

continued from page 17

And Thompson was not the only happy aviator to find

the airfield. Just a week after the runway was paved, Bill

Lishman, known from the movie, Fly Away Home, and his

experiences on his ultralight aircraft teaching Canada

geese new migration patterns was fogged in, saw the

airfield and landed with 37 geese in tow.

“After that, we decided to call it the Gilliam-McConnell

International Airport,” jokes Gilliam.

Other residential houses including Gilliam’s, aviation

businesses and the Pik-N-Pig barbeque restaurant now

call the airfield home.

“The airport didn’t have lots of traffic until the restaurant

opened. Our best day was in January when we had 53 planes

on the field at one time,” says Gilliam. “The ideal situation

for a fly-in restaurant is to have good local support to

supplement it, because fly-in traffic is weather dependent.”

The airfield offers airplane or glider rides as well as a

driving range for pilots who bring their clubs. Gilliam

is almost finished adding a 15-space RV park with city

water, sewer and 50-30-20 electric. And who can forget

about that good barbeque?

“I’m hooked on this place,” says Cecil Edgerton, 60, a

flying instructor who makes regular trips from Harnett

County and a fan of the spicy grilled chicken. “This type of

field teaches you the discipline you need as a pilot.”

“On Sunday afternoons, it’s hard to find a place to park

the airplane,” adds Edgerton’s student Sam Laskey, 20,

who is working on his commercial pilot’s license.

And the airfield is not only a hit with flight instructors

and their students; Gilliam and some of his fellow

pilots, Dennis (Denny) Smith, Bob Kroll and Jim Murray,

organized the James Rogers McConnell chapter 1220 of

the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). One of the

group’s main projects is the Young Eagles Ride, which

organizes free airplane rides for children from eight to

17 years old at semi-annual events at the airfield. Gilliam

has taken up over 120 kids himself since they started the

program, making sure that his grandson was his 100th

flight. To date, the group has flown over 2,400 kids.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of flying,” says Kroll, 86, the

secretary treasurer of the EAA chapter.” Aviation is a very

stimulating experience. I get to associate with people

my age and younger and from all kinds of different

backgrounds. The Young Eagles is a popular event. It’s

amazing there at the airfield. Roland is a very inventive,

entrepreneurial person.”

“I try my hardest to make a difference,” adds Gilliam.

“If I have been able to pass flying on, that thrills me.

Taking time to make a difference in someone’s life is what

matters. You just don’t know what you might inspire.”

Gilliam shared his love for flying with both of his

daughters by teaching them the basics. Now flying

for recreation, he and Nancy will fly for vacations to

the beach or to West Jefferson, N.C. to see their three

grandchildren. He hopes that one of them might be

interested in carrying on the family aviation tradition

with a passion for flying.

That passion for flying leads back to the journey and

flight to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Through

scattered clouds against azure blue, the Piper flies across

the Intracoastal Waterway, the Outer Banks and circles

around over the Atlantic Ocean to land on runway 20 at

the national park. For a moment, as the plane lines up

with the runway, sunlight beams down onto the 60-foot

monument atop Kill Devil Hill that marks the site where

hundreds of glider flights preceded that first powered

flight as if the brothers themselves are providing the fair

weather and clearance to land on aviation’s hallowed

ground onto the First Flight Airstrip.

Editor’s note: Long-time pilots Roland Gilliam and Ken Thompson

obliged OutreachNC by making this journey to the Wright Brothers

National Memorial. It was our honor to make it with them and learn how

aviation took flight alongside two accomplished aviators. We cannot thank

them enough for their time, generosity, the flight and an experience to

remember always. View more photos at www.OutreachNC.com.


Director last one you want at table

Let’s talk briefly about the director at the bridge game.

The director is in charge of the game, but even

though the director has greeted you in a friendly manner

when you arrived at the game, this is the last person

you want to have called to your table. This great game

that we all love to play

has some rules that you

once learned. It also has

some laws that need to

be followed. The director’s

job is to make sure the

laws are not broken and

the game is fair to all.

Bridge Club

Nancy Dressing

This is your only friend

in the room. Your partner

might also be a friend,

but sometimes we are not

really sure about that.

Bridge should always be fun to play whether you are

at the local club, with a small group of friends, or just a

table of bridge at home. As you settle in and start to play,

the bidding goes,1C by you, the dealer, Pass,1 Spade

by partner, and 1 heart by your Right Hand Opponent

(RHO). You hear your partner say “INSUFFIICENT!”.

RHO now starts to correct the bid. Wrong!!! This is when

the director should be called to the table. An irregularity

has occurred and the director should always be called.

It is not a good idea to make your own rulings especially

when you are paying this person big bucks to play in the

game or if you have a slight wager on the outcome. You

might be hurting yourself. Remember your opponents

are not the pair at the table with you but all of the players

sitting in your direction. They are the ones you want to

beat, so don’t allow irregularities at your table!

If you are at home, this law still apples (Law27) , but do

not let the offender automatically take action. The director

will ask you for a review of the bidding or if you have bid

boxes, you will be asked if you really intended to take that

card our of the box. Sometimes, you grab the wrong one

and that is easily corrected. Most often the answer will be

something like, “I didn’t see that bid” or “I had planned

to make that bid and was not paying attention” Don’t be

upset, this is not a first, but do be honest about why you

made the bid. The police will not arrive to take you off

to jail. The director will then ask the next person who is

to bid to either accept or reject the insufficient bid. You

will also be told that if you accept the bid, bidding will

proceed naturally. If you choose not to accept the bid, it

will go back to the player who made the insufficient bid.

While that player can bid whatever he wants, if he bids

the lowest sufficient bid in the same denomination and

not artificial, bidding will then proceed normally. If he bids

anything else, his partner will be barred for life or until the

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end of the bidding, whichever comes first!

If the insufficient bid is conventional, it may be corrected

to the proper level as long as it conveys the same

meaning. Ex. 2NT -P - 2C (Stayman) maybe corrected

to 3 C 4NT -P - 4D showing 1 Ace maybe corrected to

5D which still shows 1 Ace. You cannot change the silt. If

you do, it bars your partner.

Look at your hand and decide what is best for you. You

now have a golden opportunity to have a round of bidding

at a lower level. Will that help you? Chances are, you

were going to bid after your partner has said something,

so it probably would be a good idea to accept the bid

and you can now bid. For example, 1 Spade which would

suggest support for your partner or make any other bid

that would help your side. However, if you have decided

that you will pass, then do not accept the insufficient bid

and force the opponent to bid at a higher lever. It is all in

your court so do what is best for you.

This is such a common bidding error, you should know

this ruling. It should apply at home as well as at the club,

but the current laws do not allow for the correction of

conventional bids. I would recommend you follow the

duplicate laws. If you don’t enforce it, you are helping the

other pair at the table, and that is not part of the game.

It is legal to take advantage of the opponent’s mistakes.

Dressing of Nancy’s Game in Southern Pines can be

reached at nancy@dressing.org.

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Turn summer vegetables into panini...

As summer reaches it hottest point, there are several

topics related to cooking and nutrition that we can

discuss. One of the most important things to remember

in the hot weather is to hydrate. Remember over half of your body

is made up of water and you must replace what goes out on a daily

basis. By the time you feel thirsty you are probably already dehydrated

to some extent. Each person should drink approximately eight cups

of fluid each day. However, this does not include beverages such as

coffee, tea, milk and soft drinks. Water is best, but as an alternative

you could also drink fruit juices, sports drinks or even eat fruits high in

water content, such as melons. This time of year you can easily pick up

watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and peaches at the local farmers

market or grocery store.

August is National Panini Month, perfect timing with all the fresh

veggies available. Someone recently asked me why I always smell

everything first. The answer

4 pieces of bread

1 Squash

1 Zucchini

1 Eggplant

2 slices of fresh Mozzarella

Pesto (store bought or homemade)

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cooking Simple

Rhett Morris

is simple, one of the best ways to choose a fruit or vegetable is to smell it.

Does it smell like what it is supposed to be? If it has no smell, it is probably

not ripe enough. And if it smells rotten or moldy, it probably is! Soft spots

can also be a sign of overripe food. One of the advantages to buying from

a local grower is that you know where the food came from and typically

it is picked within a day or two of when you purchase it. This will create a

much fresher taste when cooking and require much less seasoning and

cooking time in general. One of my favorite sandwiches to serve in the

summer is a grilled vegetarian; here is the recipe, so ya’ll can enjoy it too!

Vegetable Panini

Directions: Wash and slice vegetables thinly.

Coat them lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper

to taste. Grill on each side for 2 to 3 minutes max and set aside. On

each slice of bread spread 1tablespoon of pesto. Then layer the grilled

vegetables (divide between the 4 pieces). Add one slice of Mozzarella

to two of the slices of bread, and broil open faced (or toaster oven) until

cheese is melted (approximately 2 minutes). Once out of the oven,

assemble into two sandwiches and enjoy.

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Community Enrichment offers variety

Teresa Reynolds is the Senior

Director of Community

Education at Sandhills Community

College in the Division of Continuing

Education.

Teresa Reynolds, Director of

Community Education at Sandhills

Community College is passionate

about the programs offered and the

center’s impact in the community.

Reynolds

took on the role of an

administrator in 2000 when

she became coordinator of

the Community Enrichment

program and the Center for

Creative Retirement. She

holds a B.A. in English and

an M.A. in Liberal Studies.

“In my opinion, an effective

leader not only leads by

example but also must

exude passion and energy

for their work, creating

an environment in which

others want to be involved

and are excited about their

work and contributions,”

says Reynolds.

Reynolds explains that

Community Enrichment offerings are for those who

have specific hobbies or interests, such as watercolor

or oil painting, learning a foreign language or learning

to create culinary specialties such

as artisan breads or hors d’oeuvres

for easy entertaining.

“We can offer practically any

course as long as we have an

instructor,” says Reynolds.

Community Enrichment also

offers Alive @ 25, a course in

driving and traffic safety, as well

as community awareness events

such as the annual Green Summit

and College for Caregivers.

“The Center for Creative

Retirement is directed toward a

retired audience and most classes

are free to those 65 years or older.

Most semesters offer courses in

the areas of foreign policy, financial

management, healthy living, art,

literature or music enrichment.

Many of the course facilitators

Creative Retirement

Lori Venable Williams

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and instructors are members of our

retirement community who graciously

volunteer their time and expertise,”

Reynolds says.

Creative Retirement

also offers special

events such as its annual

Summer Academy.

“We’d like to broaden

the age of which we

serve by providing both

domestic and travel

abroad opportunities

and quality children’s

programs during the

summer months,” she

says when asked about

her vision for community

education in general.

For information about

Community Education,

or if you would like to

serve as a facilitator or

instructor for a class,

contact Teresa Reynolds

at (910) 695-3775 or

reynoldst@sandhills.edu.

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If you call Suzanne Lafollette Black and get her

answering machine, she concludes by saying

“Have a blessed day.” This is not a flip “Have a nice

day” substitute. Suzanne really does want you to have

a blessed day.

She has a strong belief in the connection we each

have to the other, rooted in her childhood on two

Indian reservations. She is one-quarter American

Indian, specifically Delaware, the Plains Indians.

Asked when she left the reservation, she quickly

replied, “You never leave the reservation. It stays

with you.”

Living on a Papago reservation for a few years and

then on a Navajo reservation, Suzanne learned at an

early age the significance of Father Sky, Mother Earth

and how all things in nature have important roles. She

loved the Ponderosa Pine and while the Longleaf Pine

is different, she found herself drawn to Moore County

because of the pines.

Another important part of the Navajo culture she

brought with her to Moore County is her respect for

elders. When she chose gerontology as her career and

served as director of the Moore County Department of

Aging, that respect came with her.

“My grandmother, a full-blooded Delaware Indian

was my best friend,” she points out.

This sense of caring is something she learned not

only from her grandmother, but also from her father.

Suzanne’s father is one-half Delaware Indian, and

he wanted to give back to the

Indian community, so he joined

the Bureau of Indian Affairs as

a teacher and coach. Later, he

became the agent for the Navajo

reservation in southwest Arizona.

As a child, Suzanne lived with

her parents in a Hogan, usually

an octagon-shaped dwelling. She

loved the freedom of growing up

on a reservation and still has a

love for horses, which were part

of her childhood.

To this day she is in regular

contact with childhood friends

and schoolmates. Her high

Suzanne Lafollette Black holds

a Pendleton wool jacket, which

features a traditional Navajo

design. The jacket was made from

wool produced by the Navajos.

American Indian heritage shapes life

school class has a website

where she can check daily

on the lives of her friends,

By Ann Robson

Special to OutreachNC

their families and can keep them updated on her life.

She also believes strongly in connecting people of

like minds to each other and has a knack for doing

it. It’s a skill she has continued to perfect in her role

now as Associate State Director for NC-AARP. She

is a strong advocate for all things having to do with

aging. Her gift and ability to connect people is part

of her Indian heritage. She learned that being part of

something larger than oneself is very important.

Art is another important part of her heritage Suzanne

embraces. Special works for which the Navajo are

known universally include turquoise and silver jewelry,

basket weaving and rug-making. They are particularly

famous for their wedding baskets, which contain a

small hole that, by tradition, allows evil spirits to leave

and good ones to flow in. Not quite as well known is

the wool, which the Navajo cultivate for the Pendleton

clothing company in Oregon. Pendleton produces

some items using traditional Navajo patterns and

themes, as well as an extensive line of classic clothing.

Suzanne has deep-seated feelings about respect

for each culture and understanding of other beliefs

and ways of life. Myths about Indians that have been

perpetuated by Western movies annoy her. Very little

that is seen on the screen comes close to the actual

picture, such as the “code talkers” of World War

II, one of the major Navajo

contributions to American life.

They communicated important

information for the Army without

the fear of being decoded. The

enemy did not understand the

Navajo language.

In 1969, the tribal elders

realized their native tongue

was quickly disappearing

and introduced classes in

the Navajo tongue so that

their historic language will

be passed on to succeeding

generations.

There are many traditions

from each of the tribes of the

various groups of American

Indians. People like Suzanne

help us recognize their

heritage.


Learn facts about long-term care

The need for long-term care may happen to

anyone… at any time. It could be you, your spouse,

a parent, or even a sibling. Normally, the need for longterm

care results from a lengthy, chronic illness. However,

something as unexpected

as an accident or injury

could trigger the need for

long-term care.

Long-term care is a

variety of services and

supports to meet health or

Planning Ahead

M. Sean Godwin

personal care needs over

an extended period of

time. Most long-term care

is non-skilled personal

care assistance, such as help performing everyday

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), which are: Bathing,

Dressing, Using the toilet, Transferring (to or from bed

or chair), Caring for incontinence, and Eating. The goal

of long-term care services is to help you maximize your

independence and functioning at a time when you are

unable to be fully independent.

At some point, you may experience an injury or illness

that leads to a need for long-term care. Americans

are living longer than ever before. Someone aged 65

today is expected to live an average of 18.7 more years

for a total of 83.7 years. In the past, children took care

of their aging parents. Today, adult children may live

at a distance from their families and work full-time.

Whether you need care, or find yourself in the position

of caregiver, long-term care impacts your whole family.

Long-term care services may be very expensive. The

national average cost for a home health aide is $21 an

hour. With home care, you also have ordinary home

and living expenses. The national average daily cost for

a private nursing home room is $219, or $79,935 a year.

Some people begin paying for long-term care services

on their own, but find that their savings will only

cover a limited amount of care. Health insurance and

government programs, like Medicare or Medicaid,

provide limited coverage for long-term care services.

Generally, Medicare only pays for long-term care if it is

part of a rehabilitative plan or skilled care.

A long-term care insurance policy may provide coverage

for long-term care health needs in a home or community

based setting or in an assisted living or nursing home

facility, depending on type of policy purchased.

Long-term care insurance may relieve the emotional

OutreachNCAugust 2010 23

and financial strains your family may experience while

caring for you. It may give you peace of mind knowing

that you have a plan in place to help protect your assets,

preserve your estate, and retain more control and

choice over your future care. And generally speaking,

the younger you are when you purchase long-term care

insurance, the less expensive it is.

An estimated 70 percent of people who reach age 65

will need some form of long-term care before they die.

Godwin, of MassMutual Financial Group in Cary, can be

reached at (919) 272-0435 or mgodwin@finsvcs.com.

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24 OutreachNCAugust 2010

Dog Days at Pooch Park

Photos by Mollie Tobias

Pooch Park Partners gathered for some afternoon playtime at the dog park off Airport Road in Southern Pines. From left, Wheaton Terrier

Ben with his owner Sue Kress, John Hubbard with “Queen” Charles Gennie, Border Collie mix Birdie beside owner Linda Hubbard, Golden

Retriever Tess with owner Kathy Constantino, Golden Retriever Luke with owner Barb Ross, and Joanie Bowden (right of sign) with Lab mix

Snoopy. All of the dogs in the photo were adopted from Solutions for Animals.

Dogs in Moore County have their very own park

where they are free to play and exercise. Pooch

Park in the Pines is a joint venture of Moore County

Humane Society and Pooch Park Partners in the Pines.

Linda Hubbard is the driving force behind the project,

which now has 374 human members and 458 dogs

of all shapes and sizes. The park opened last October

and membership has been “steadily growing,” reports

Hubbard.

“This is a self-regulated dog park,” Hubbard notes.

There are no rangers or park police. While the park

is open for members’ use, as often and as long as a

member wishes, from dawn to dusk, there are a number

or rules that are to be followed so that both animals and

humans can enjoy the park experience.

The Moore County Humane Society donated three

and one half acres of land for the park. Early volunteers

cleared the land by hand turning it into an attractive

place for dogs to use. There are ‘large dog’ and ‘small

dog’ sections. Fencing provides safety and security, and

a double gate at the entry prevents unplanned escapes.

By Ann Robson

Special to OutreachNC

The park is located opposite the hangars at the

airport, accessible from the airport entry road. The sign

and fencing are about the only indication there is a

spacious park among the trees. Southern Middle School

International Baccalaureate students provided some of

the manual labor to transform the land into the dog park.

“Last August, it was just a path. It was solid woods. We

started clearing it Labor Day weekend, and we opened

Oct. 10,” says Kathy Constantino, one of the many

dedicated volunteers and champions of the park.

“We sold sections of fence for $100 each to help raise

funds for the park,” adds Barb Ross, a volunteer and

visitor to the park with her golden retriever Luke.

The park is now equipped with running water so

that owners have an easy way to help their pets stay

hydrated during these dog days of summer. And new

“poop stations” are another new addition equipped

with cleanup materials and built by Trevor Owen as an

Eagle Scout project.

“You are totally responsible for your dog,” Hubbard

tells owners. continued page 25


OutreachNCAugust 2010 25

Snoopy is a regular at the

Pooch Park in the Pines.

The material received by

owners clearly states rules of

conduct for both dogs and

owners. Before a dog can enter

the park, several documents

have to be completed,

including veterinarian records,

a signed set of rules sheet and

a liability form. Safety for all

two-legged and four-legged

park participants is of utmost

importance,” Hubbard adds.

Among the safety tips given

to each new member is the

suggestion that owners “have

realistic expectations about

your dog’s suitability for going to a dog park. If he isn’t

polite or friendly with others, get help to change his

behavior before you take him to a dog park. Dog parks

are not a place to rehabilitate fearful or aggressive dogs

or those that just don’t play well with others.”

Before taking your dog to the park, Hubbard

recommends that owners spend a few minutes

watching the other dogs and how they are playing and

interacting with others.

“If the dogs seem too rough in their play or are

intimidating other dogs, come back some other time,”

she adds and also points out that if your dog has never

been around other dogs, you should not take him to

a dog park until he’s been around other dogs so you’ll

have a better idea how he will react at the park.

Personal responsibility is stressed in the information

that owners are given.

“The dogs love it. Sometimes when we are here, the

dogs are running wild, and then they just flop down,”

Constantino says of her golden retriever Tess and her

playmate of Luke.

For those interested in becoming a member of the

Pooch Park in the Pines, forms may be downloaded from

www.moorehumane.org or packets may be taken from

the Member Info Box at the park. Saturday orientations

are scheduled for Aug. 14 and Sat. Aug. 28 at 9 a.m.

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If so, there are a few things

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Inpatient rehabilitation in a hospital is different from

rehabilitation in a nursing home. Hospital-based rehabilitation

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rehab nurses. Hospital-based rehab also requires regular visits

from a physician and a minimum three hours of intensive

therapy five days a week. Nursing home rehabilitation does

not have these requirements.

If you or a loved one will need inpatient rehabilitation

in the future, talk to your doctor or call us at (910) 715-1600

to see if you qualify for a

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26 OutreachNCAugust 2010

There are a few things you can do specifically to ward off

memory loss. Most importantly EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN!

HOW TO PLAY

SUDOKU:

• Every row of

9 numbers must

include all digits

1 through 9

• Every column

of 9 numbers

must include all

digits 1 through 9

• Every 3 by 3

subsection of the

9 by 9 square

must include all

digits 1 through 9

Grey Matter

See Grey Matter Puzzle Answers on Page 32

WORD SCRAMBLE

Rearrange the letters in each word

below to spell something pertaining to the

National Dog Day!

MNAALI MPCONAOIN

SMNA STBE DFREIN

DITCUNONALION ELOV

Across

Across

1. “The Sound of Music”

backdrop

5. Gabs

10. Bring (out)

14. Bed board

15. Black

16. An angel has one

17. Au ___

18. Swelling

19. Annul

20. Uncleanliness

23. Cousin of a raccoon

24. Summer footwear

28. Indian state

32. Heavy, yellowishwhite

powder

33. “Them”

36. Harvest

39. ___-American

41. Surrounding glows

42. Burglar

43. Small, tube-bosed

seabird

46. ___ sauce

47. Lingerie item

48. Sin city

50. Villain, at times

53. Address abbr.

57. Treatment of disease

by x-rays

61. Kosher ___

64. Block house?

65. Biblical shepherd

66. Conceited

67. Gathers into rope

68. Arid

69. Remnant

70. Rainbow ___

71. Brickbat

DOWN

1. Jellied garnish

2. Grassy plain

3. Monetary unit of

Pakistan

4. Layers

5. Abominable Snowman

6. Adjoin

7. Deep sleep

8. Comb stoppers

9. Aleppo’s land

10. Loud

11. Amscrayed

12. Aged

13. “___ bad!”

21. Not yet final, at law

22. “___ bitten, twice

shy”

25. Astrological ram

26. Fast talk

27. Drooping

29. Become unhinged

30. Chill

31. Exchanges

33. Intentional periods of

no food

34. “Come here ___?”

35. Chip away at

37. Hawaiian tuber

38. Attention

40. Commanding

44. “___ Breckinridge”

45. Bound

49. Bog

51. Decree

52. Asperity

54. Gibberish

55. “La Boheme,” e.g.

56. Plant tissue

58. Assortment

59. ___ balsam

60. Emcee

61. Commonly rented item

62. Ring bearer, maybe

63. Deception


No winners in lottery scam

Congratulations, you have won

the lottery! At least that’s what

the letter says, and they have even

enclosed a cashier’s check made out

to you. All you need to do now is cash the check and

send some money back to them to pay the taxes on the

million dollars you have won.

Does this sound familiar? If so you have either been the

victim of a lottery scam letter or a potential victim who

was astute enough to recognize this crime in progress.

These fraudulent letters are sent to you using not

only e-mail, but Federal Express, United Parcel Service

(UPS), Airborne Express, United States Postal Service

and other carriers. Every year, thousands of individuals

fall for what appears on the surface to be a legitimate

prize award notification. The cashier’s check that was

enclosed is worthless, and you are now responsible for

paying back the bank, along with additional fees. So

how can you be sure you received a lottery scam letter?

It’s a safe bet that if any one of the following is true, the

letter is probably a scam:

1. You did not even buy a ticket!

2. You never lived in, or are not a citizen of, the lottery

country.

3. You have never heard of a lottery by that name.

4. The letter is grammatically incorrect and contains

spelling errors.

There are additional red flags in the lottery scam letter

that are tell tale signs that an attempt is being made to

defraud you. The largest red flag is the request for money.

Lottery scam letters are known in law enforcement

circles as “Advance Fee Fraud” scams. If you have won a

legitimate lottery you will never be asked to pay any fees

upfront. With a few exceptions, you traditionally pay

income taxes only by filling out your annual income tax

returns and sending the money directly to the Internal

Consumer Beware

Bob Temme

Southern Pines Police Dept.

OutreachNCAugust 2010 27

R e v e n u e

S e r v i c e

yourself. If, by

chance, you

were lucky

enough to

win a foreign

lottery, the taxes would be removed directly from the

winnings before the payout. The request from the

scammer for money usually comes in the second or

third letter you receive.

If you have already become the victim of an “Advance

Fee Lottery Scam,” contact your local law enforcement

agency. If you suspect that you have received a

fraudulent lottery scam letter, but have not responded

in any way, contact the Attorney General’s Office for

your state. In North Carolina, the Attorney General is Roy

Cooper, whose office can be reached at (919) 832-4312.

For additional information, contact the Community

Services Unit of the Southern Pines Police Department

at (910) 692-2732, ext.2852.

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28 OutreachNCAugust 2010

For more than two years, community leaders in

Moore County have been working together to

ensure we have adequate water for the next 100 years. A

major step was funding a countywide water source study

by McGill Associates in 2007.

The Moore County Chamber of Commerce has taken

a leadership role in creating a collaborative environment

to secure adequate water for our community. We have

advocated two critical positions relative to the McGill Study:

1) The study’s recommendations are not intended

to be cherry-picked. All the recommendations must be

implemented in order for Moore County to have the best

chance at adequate water.

2) Because in-county sources of water are relatively

small, the solution for adequate water requires a regional

approach, involving sources from outside the county.

The Chamber formed the Moore County Summit Water

Task Force with the expressed purpose to act as an

advisor, mediator and communicator in implementing the

recommendations in the study. The goals of the Water

Task Force are to:

• Assist prioritizing McGill recommendations;

• Facilitate and mediate discussions around priorities

and implementation of recommended actions; and

• Communicate progress and status to Moore County

governments and the public.

Many of the recommendations are already in process

or in the planning stages. Two, which play a significant

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Planning for Moore water

role in the future of our

water sources, require

regional collaboration. These

recommendations are to

return the Robbins water

treatment plant to service so

water lines can be extended

from Robbins to the west

side of the county and to

monitor the intake on the

Lumber River in Wagram,

Scotland County.

Water Quality

Patrick Coughlin

Here’s where it begins to get a bit complicated because

there are several options for implementing these

recommendations. For example, Robbins can return its

plant to full service, treating 1.5 million gallons per day.

Another alternative is to slowly ramp up service starting

at 500,000 gallons per day, adding capacity as needed.

Robbins can build a new plant with larger capacity, or it

can even sell its treatment plant to another operator.

Clearly, the Town of Robbins has a lot of choices, and

it’s working with other governments through the task force

to determine what is in the best interest of the county as

a whole. Also, a complete engineering distribution study

for the Wagram treatment plant is ready to launch. These

are the next and necessary phases in implementing the

McGill study recommendations.

Concurrently, the task force has enlisted the advice

and guidance of experts throughout the state: NC State

University, UNC’s School of Government, McKim & Creed

Engineers, City of Kinston, and the Neuse River Water

and Sewer Authority. As the McGill recommendations are

implemented, we need to think long-term about how to

manage our water sources, treatment, and wastewater.

The primary goal is to ensure Moore County controls an

adequate water supply to support residents, agriculture,

healthcare, and businesses for the next 100 years.

Coughlin, president and CEO of the Moore County

Chamber of Commerce, can be reached at (910) 692-3926

or pcoughlin@moorecountychamber.com.

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Make living at home easier

Aging in Place

Tim Koehler

These days more

seniors are planning

on staying in their homes

longer. With the cost of

assisted living skyrocketing,

the strategy is to make

the home safer and more

comfortable to avoid

moving. Small changes can

make a big difference.

The key to making this happen seamlessly is to

start planning now, even if you’re in your fifties. If

you wait until you’re sick or disabled, it will be a big

undertaking. Every time you update is an opportunity

to make those changes.

Because more accidents and injuries happen in the

bathroom than any other room in the house, this is a

great place to start seniorizing. Let’s start with some

simple tips and a few low-cost add-ons that can make

a big difference in making your bathroom safer and

easier to maneuver.

• Floor: To avoid slipping and tripping, get nonskid

bath rugs for the floors or secure existing floor mats or

rugs with double-sided rug tape.

• Lights: The older we get the more light we need,

so install the highest wattage bulbs allowed for your

fixtures, and get a plug in nightlight that automatically

turns on when the room gets dark.

• Entrance: If the doorway into the bathroom is

not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or

walker, you can easily widen your doorways (up to

two inches) with inexpensive offset door hinges.

• Bath/Shower: Buy a nonslip rubber mat or put

down self-stick strips on the tub/shower floor, and

install grab bars for support. If you use the shower, it’s

a good idea to put in a shower curtain rod that screws

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since 1957 and been in funeral service since 1952.

For over 50 years, he has owned Fry & Prickett

Funeral Home in Carthage. In recent years, he has

acquired Kennedy Funeral Home in Robbins as

well as Powell Funeral Home and Pines Cremation

Service in Southern Pines. Call Tommy at

910.947.2224

www.PinesFunerals.com

OutreachNCAugust 2010 29

or bolts into the wall (versus a tension-mounted rod),

so that if you lose your balance and grab the shower

curtain, the rod won’t spring loose. Another safety

precaution is to put in a water-resistant, wall-mounted

phone in or near the bath/shower in case of a fall.

Lastly, a shower chair is helpful for those with mobility

or balance problems who need to shower sitting down.

• Toilet: Install grab bars next to the toilet too if

possible, or purchase a toilet seat riser. This adds 2 to

4 inches of height, making it easier to sit and rise.

Koehler CBD, ASID, CAPS and owner of Re-Bath of the

Triad/Triangle/Wilmington can be reached by e-mail at

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30 OutreachNCAugust 2010

The first week of August is

set aside as “Simplify Your

Life” week. Ask anyone what would

make life simpler for them and the

first words you hear may be: ‘25

hours in a day’, ‘organize my

home/office/schedule/life,’ or

‘some time for ME.’

There’s little doubt that as a

society we are over-booked,

over-stressed, over-extended, overburdened,

and more and more exhausted.

In searching for information on

simplifying life, I found a website (www.

zenhabits.net/simple-living-manifesto-

72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life).

There are 72 ideas!

I decided to check with some real life

people in a casual, informal survey to

see whether they had things in their

lives they’d like simplified, and if they

had any hints for others.

“This not the first time I’ve contemplated

this,” said one friend. “It is my house

that overwhelms and stresses me. I clean

but it doesn’t stay clean. I could use some

organization and decluttering. I have a fulfilling

career, two kids and a husband with active lives.”

For the present, she is living with the “chaos”

because she sees the importance of time spent with

her girls. “One day when I have time to organize, I’ll

miss the chaos,” she says.

For another friend, “finding a handyman service

for household chores at a reasonable price,” was

something she’d like to bring simplicity to her life.

“Meal planning and preparation” was the major

item complicating another’s life. A recent change

in diet has necessitated removing “white” food thus

invalidating most of her cookbooks and taking away

some favorite meals. Where once she could do dinner

for a group of friends, she now finds it a major chore

to plan and prepare a meal for even four people.

“My instincts at whipping up a meal have gone to

zero,” she says.

This was a common complaint for many women,

most of whom have been cooking for years.

Taking a different approach to the question of

simplifying life caused another friend to give serious

Simplifying life step by step

By Ann Robson

Special to OutreachNC

thought to her life and its

demands. She found she was

deeply involved with some “groups

that seem to have no purpose” and

decided that eliminating such activity

would simplify her life tremendously.

Some suggestions from the survey

include: “Learn to say ‘no’ and don’t be

wishy- washy about it. Don’t think you

have to do it all and all at once. Accept

that you’ve done what you can, and no

one will know or notice that you wanted

to do just one more thing. It is what

it is and your friends will love you

anyway.”

Saying ‘no’ was a common theme.

One woman suggests, “Learn to say

no firmly but with a devastating smile.

Seldom has anyone pressed me from that

point.”

As for the meal-planning, the owner of

that problem has discovered that buying fresh

from farmers’ markets has been a big help. The

produce available in any given week is what

inspires her to cook. She also recommends

the Farm-to-Table cooperative that will deliver

weekly and simplify getting the freshest ingredients.

For many who often say that organizing their houses

is a chore, one of our participants had some excellent

suggestions:

Write it down: activities and appointments on

a calendar; recipes that are favorites on a card;

birthdays and anniversaries either on the calendar or

on a separate list.

Have a ‘home’ for things you use regularly -- keys,

remotes. Small baskets or trays are helpful when

keeping track of things you often spend too much time

looking for.

Choose to do what you enjoy. Set a timer for an

activity you may not like to do (ironing, dusting,

vacuuming, etc.) and when the time’s up, it’s up. You

can always finish another time.

Words of wisdom from the website:

There are really only two steps to simplifying:

identify what’s important to you; eliminate everything

else. That sounds almost too simple, but step by step

moving toward the goal of what’s important can get

you there. Even if it takes 72 steps!


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Centenarian Club

Aug. 6, 1910

Harriet Winston Breeden Charles Fairfield

was born in Bennettsville, S.C. After graduating from

Converse College, Harriet taught school in Lowndesville

and Marion. She has two sons, Randolph and Winston,

both of whom became

Episcopal priests. Harriet has

10 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Harriet was active in church and

community activities throughout

her life in Bennettsville. When the

children went away to college,

she began to paint, taking

lessons in art and watercolors.

Her beautiful watercolors grace

the homes of many friends,

family and strangers. Painting

was her passion.

In December 1985, Harriet

began a new life at Penick

Village in Southern Pines. She

has enjoyed and appreciated the

friendships during her almost 25 years at Penick.

Memory Walk

Aug. 6, 1910

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people of all ages to take action in the fight. Visit our Web site and

start a team today! Day-of-event registration begins at 9 a.m.

September 18, 2010

Southern Pines

Southern Pines Park

Caregiver Education Forum

Learn about Alzheimer’s disease, practical tips for providing care,

and available resources for caregivers. We welcome family and

professional caregivers. CEU’s will be provided for professionals.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 21, 2010

Southern Pines

Our Saviour Lutheran Church

For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association,

Western Carolina Chapter, at 1.800.272.3900 or visit our

Web site at www.alz.org/northcarolina.

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was born in Lando,

S.C. Flora grew up

planting flowers,

canning vegetables

and walking 3 miles

to and from school.

She met her

husband on a blind

date, and says she

doesn’t know what

he thought.

“I thought he was

just wonderful!”

They were married in 1931 and had two sons, Harry,

an artist well-known in this area, and George, a chemist.

Flora was 90 when she took up watercolors.

“I don’t want to just sit. It’s wonderful to have something

to do. I’m looking for something to paint now.”

Quick with a laugh, Flora is a favorite resident at

Penick Village.

“I’m turning 100 on August 6 th , but I don’t feel 100. I’m

just me. And I have the Lord above to thank.”

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“Gonna take a Sentimental Journey,

Gonna set my heart at ease.

Gonna make a Sentimental Journey,

to renew old memories.”

The lyrics and tune have the ability to turn back time

and take you to a place you remember so well. I

asked my father to close his eyes and imagine with me

as I sang the familiar tune I grew up listening to. I asked

him to describe to me a memory of that song. He spoke

in vivid detail, As if it happened yesterday.

It was the Fall of 1945 and he was at the Nebraska

State Fair in Lincoln, NE. He was stationed in Lincoln

during World War II and was receiving training in air and

sea rescues. He and friends were excited to take their

dates to the State Fair to see Doris Day perform with the

Les Brown Band. There was a large dance floor and they

got to dance close to their dates as Doris Day crooned

the recent number 1 hit.

I never knew my father was stationed in Nebraska, let

alone had the opportunity to see Doris Day perform

her famous song with the Les Brown Band. There’s a

lot I never knew about my father. Maybe he thought I

wasn’t interested, maybe I never asked or maybe with

the many years between us there was never enough in

common. The song opened a door to a memory and

the opportunity to learn a little more about my father

and our mutual love of music.

I always enjoyed leading groups in adult day centers

and retirement communities in sing-alongs for the sheer

pleasure of getting a chance to sing the songs I knew. I

Music makes memories

had never thought about

it from the perspective

of the participant, and

experience of re-living

memories. I decided the

idea had worked so well

with my father, I’d try it

again. So recently while

waiting in a doctor’s office

with a client, as we so often

do, I thought some music

Sentimental Journey

Jennifer George

reminiscing would help pass the time. As if by magic,

we unlocked the door to another wonderful memory. I

asked my client to close her eyes and tell me where she

was as I sang the familiar tune. She was 16 and at a local

dance with her boyfriend. She loved dancing with him

but they always looked like a mismatched pair. He was

6’4” and she was 5’4”. She said she fit perfectly under his

arm as they danced. She said it took him 2 years to give

her the ‘first kiss’ and we jokingly mused it took him that

long to find a way for them to both be at eye level. The

reminiscing continued from one memory to the next,

unlocked by the same Sentimental Journey tune.

So where does the song take you? I’d love to know

where your musical memory took you.

“Never thought my heart could be so yearny. Why did

I decide to roam? Gotta take a Sentimental Journey,

Sentimental Journey home.”

Share your favorite music memories with Jennifer by

e-mailing jenniferg@aoscaremanagement.com or calling

(910) 692-0683.

Grey Matter Answers

WORD SCRAMBLE

answers:

ANIMAL COMPANION

MAN’S BEST FRIEND

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE


NC Gallery of Communities

Southern charm resides at The Arboretum

One of the most

enjoyable roles

that I play as a builder is

the role of brainstorming

with a developer and their team to help establish the

vision for a new community. Coffee brewing, maps

spread out on tables, stacks of house plan books

tabbed to several favorites scattered around, sample

boards of brick and stone lining the edges of the

walls, color palettes for siding joined to roof shingle

samples... This best describes early meetings with

Debbie Brenner, the very talented developer and

broker for The Arboretum, an 80 acre, new residential

neighborhood in Southern Pines. Blessed with beautiful

land full of tall Longleaf pine trees located near the

corner of Midland and Knoll roads, The Arboretum

offers residents short drives, walks or bike rides to area

shops, parks and more.

Southern Pines offers a unique combination of smalltown

ambience and big-city attractions. Working families,

active duty military personnel, singles and retirees

make for a diverse population. Early feedback for The

Arboretum suggested offering two distinctive lifestyle

options. Custom home sites along with Maintenance

Free Cottage sections, all tucked around wonderful open

spaces and joined by welcoming sidewalks. All residents

will soon enjoy an expansive community clubhouse,

which will feature a fully equipped exercise facility,

men’s and women’s changing and shower rooms,

and gathering facility with an outdoor fireplace and

world-class swimming pool as well as a state-of-the-art

children’s playground overlooking a picturesque pond.

The Arboretum has partnered with a custom home

builders in the Sandhills area to offer a wide selection

of one and two-level homes in the 2,000-3,000 sq. ft.

range. Varieties of pre-designed homes are available

Household Downsizing & Estate Dispersal

...Seniors Move Management...

Visit our new website!

Accent Design Build II

Jess Dishner

www.sandhillsmoving.com

Sandhills Moving & Storage Co.

1052 N. May St. • Southern Pines

910.692.8685

OutreachNCAugust 2010 33

for review and modification, as well as the ability for

customers to share their own plan ideas.

The Maintenance Free Cottage section will feature 77

home sites, all one or two level single family plans, with

a variety of elevations and floor plans to choose from.

Each home in this section will be beautifully landscaped

and maintained by the Association.

With front porches, winding sidewalks and community

gathering places, The Arboretum in Southern Pines

provides the southern charm that harkens back to days

gone by.

Dishner, of Accent Design Build II, can be reached at (910) 528-

1568, jess@accent-II.com or visit www.thearboretumsp.com.

Jefferson K. Kilpatrick, MD, FACS and

Noel B. McDevitt, MD, FACS welcome

Russell B. Stokes, MD, FACS

TO THE PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

CENTER OF PINEHURST SURGICAL

Medical Degree: University of

California, Los Angeles

Residency: University of California,

Davis

Board Certified: American Board of

Plastic and Reconstructive

Surgery

Specialty: Breast augmentation and

revisionary breast surgery, post

bariatric surgery, abdominal

contouring surgery, ultrasonic

assisted liposuction and

reconstructive surgery

5 FirstVillage Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Telephone: 910-235-2957 • Fax: 910- 235-2749

www.pinehurstsurgical.com


34 OutreachNCAugust 2010

Nominate caregivers for first annual Caregiver Awards

The 1st Annual

Caregiver Awards

honors those that give so

much of themselves in

order to care for others

within our community and

are brought to you by

FirstHealth Home Care

Services, HomeChoice

Network, Moore Registry,

Elmcroft, Fox Hollow Senior

Living, Penick Village,

Peak Resources-Pinelake

Nursing & Rehabilitation

Care, Liberty HomeCare &

Hospice Services, Mollie

Tobias Photography, Hair

Play and OutreachNC

magazine.

Moore Registry

will accept caregiver

nominations from the

Moore County community

now through Sept. 15.

Use the nomination form

at right or online at www.

agingoutreachservices.

com and fax the completed

form to (910) 692-4436,

e-mail to mooreregistry@

connectnc.net, or mail to

Caregiver Awards c/o

Moore Registry, PO Box

2478, Southern Pines, NC

28388.

A selection committee of

community peers will review

all nominees and announce

the three finalists during an

invitation-only reception

Oct. 1. The finalists will

receive a makeover, photo

shoot, prizes and appear

in the November issue of

OutreachNC magazine.

For more information,

contact (910) 692-2434

or e-mail mooreregistry@

connectnc.net.


Help make fidget aprons

Fidget aprons are used for dementia

and stroke patients with decreased

cognitive functioning. They can be

used as tactile stimulation or as a fine

motor skill activity. They are a great

way to engage patients with a decrease

in cognitive skills safely while keeping

them active.

Fidgets, fabric and friends needed! We

are looking for volunteers to help make

New Medicare Plan N takes off

As of June 2010 there are two new Medicare

supplement plans M and N. But it’s the Plan N that

is quickly filling a void in the senior insurance market.

Plan N is becoming one of the most attractive products

primarily because of its affordability. It requires clients

to share the cost of their Medicare Part B doctors’

office and emergency room visits – a familiar feature to

Medicare Advantage plan members.

But, unlike a Medicare Advantage Plan, Plan N has

no network restrictions, doesn’t require referrals and

has lower out-of-pocket cost-sharing. These features

make it more appealing to those who are healthy and

wouldn’t otherwise see the need for health insurance.

As with any new product, we’re all adapting to the

change. Based on common questions about Plan N,

we’ve compiled the following information to help you

understand what it covers.

Plan N covers: Medicare Basic Benefits, all of the

Medicare Part A deductible, Skilled Nursing Facility

coinsurance and Foreign travel emergency care (same

benefits as Plans C, D, E, G).

However, Plan N does not pay the Part B Medicare

deductible or the Part B

excess charge.

Plan N requires

policyholders to pay up

to $20 for Medicare Part

B doctors’ office visits and

$50 for Part B emergency

room visits.

Plan N has limited

underwriting in the 29

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aprons and sew on the “fidgets.” We are

also in need of supplies including, but not

limited to: fabric, yarn, ribbons, buttons,

beads, thread, needles, lace, zippers,

Velcro, scarves, shoelaces, gloves, balls,

spoons and whisks.

To volunteer your sewing skills or items,

to obtain an apron or for more information,

please contact Jennifer Tyner at (910) 639-

9964 or Tracy Gibson at (910) 315-3269.

Medicare Supplement

Terri Powell Herlica

states that don’t require medical underwriting, which

includes North Carolina. It is not guaranteed issue

(except during open enrollment).

No health questions will be asked for Plan N in North

Carolina. A tobacco-usage question will be asked but

only for calculating rate, it isn’t used to deny coverage.

Now Plan J clients may convert to Plan N without

underwriting (no health questions).

Herlica of the Professional Service Group, LLC can be reached

at terri.herlica1@gmail.com or (336) 987-2372

Information used in this article was taken from the July 2010 issued of “mutual matters” a Mutual

of Omaha Publication. Neither Herlica nor Mutual of Omaha is an employee or affiliate of the Federal

Medicare Program.


36 OutreachNCAugust 2010

Caddies tee up

course stories

By Carrie Frye

Staff Writer

Photo by Mollie Tobias

Legendary caddies, Eddie MacKenzie, left, and Willie McRae stand with the statues of Donald Ross and Richard Tufts near the 18th green

of the famous Pinehurst No. 2 golf course at Pinehurst Resort.

Pinehurst No. 2 holds a storied golf history of

legends and championships that began in 1907

with the course’s completion by Donald Ross. There are

strategically placed bunkers, hard-to-read greens and

long fairways as just a few of its obstacles to challenge a

player’s long and short game. Golfers who come to play

have one more important decision to make; Caddie or

golf cart: that is the question?

And this question can easily be answered upon

meeting two of the resort’s long-time caddies. Caddie

Hall of Famer Willie McRae, 77, was born and raised in

Taylortown, now resides in Carthage and has been a

regular on the courses of Pinehurst for 68 years. Eddie

MacKenzie a.k.a. Eddie Mac, 67, of Pinehurst, came to

the resort from the LPGA Tour and has been walking the

course for 20 years.

McRae is a second generation caddie, following his

father’s path, who started caddying in the 1920s and

remained at Pinehurst for 45 years, not only teaching

Willie the game of golf but also the fine art of caddying.

Back in the day when Willie and his father were caddying

together, they were just two of over 500 caddies.

“We had to walk it then. There weren’t any carts, and

there were only three courses,” recalls Willie. “For awhile,

we had five courses. The 18th hole on No. 5 used to be

the 9th hole on No. 3. The 18th hole on No. 4 is now the

18th hole on No. 5. And now there are eight courses,”

expressing his knowledge of all the courses’ changes.

However Willie’s best golf story was caddying for Tommy

“Thunder” Bolt in a North and South Championship

in the 1940s when he was paired with Sam Snead.

Going up to the 11th hole and leading by 3 shots,

an exchange with Snead brought out Bolt’s wellknown

temper.

“He told me to ‘pick that ball up.’ And I

didn’t want to because I knew if I did it

would be over. He said, ‘You get paid by

the week.’ Man, I was crying when I got home that day,”

remembers Willie. But I never did think about quitting.

There’s only about five people I wouldn’t want to caddie

for now,” he says with a mischievous grin. “You have to

take the good with the bad.”

Willie has also passed down his love for golf, caddying

and hopefully, his sense of humor to his son Paul and

grandson Derek, who both now work at the resort.

“I had a guy on the course ask me what Arnold Palmer

would hit. I told him he would hit a 2-iron. So he did, and

it went in the lake. He was mad and said, ‘I thought you

said Arnold Palmer would hit a 2-iron. I told him Arnold

Palmer did hit a 2-iron, and he was in the lake, too,” he

says laughing.

Although Willie now rides in a cart and is allowed

anywhere on the course, even in the fairways, Eddie still

walks and carries two bags. And he, too, agrees that the

most important tool a caddie brings is a sense of humor.

“You can change a player’s mood,” says Eddie. “But

don’t be in a hurry to tell the player how to read the

putt, because if it goes the wrong way, you’ve blown

your tip,” he adds with a quick grin.

Reading the greens and knowing the course are the

true tests of a caddie.

“There are no easy holes, but Ross wanted an errant

shot to make the ball run into a native environment,

which in the Sandhills means pine straw and pine trees.

The greens here have a lot of subtle breaks and what

your eyes might see might not be how it plays. When

you have been here a long time, you have the benefit of

your memory,” explains Eddie.

“The best way to read a green is from memory, and

you’ve got to know east from west,” adds Willie.

And should one like to play with either of

these caddies; just ask.

“What makes you feel good is when they ask

for you,” says Willie.


Swan’s day goes awry...

Senior Moments

Barb Cohea

love nature stories

I so when I saw the

headline, “Man Uses Live

Swan to Beat Up Victim,”

I had to pursue it. Seems

this unassuming, your

average swan-on-thestreet,

bird was minding

its own business by the

bank of the river, Isar, in

Munich, Germany.

Said swan is not

bothering anyone when along come two very drunken

men (yes, men again, but these things just don’t happen

with women involved). The drunkards take exception to

another German man’s accent. You see, the drunkards

are from the area previously known as West Germany

and the other fella, Steven, is from the old East Germany.

What makes me scratch my head is, this was a cultural

clash, based on accent. How ridiculous is . . . oh, wait

a minute that would be like Southerners and Yankees

getting riled up over how each other talks. Uhmmmmm.

Back to the story . . . The two drunkards, Sebastian

and his friend, are really angry and the fact that Steven

is a tourist does not help. I think we can all relate to that.

Not that I have anything against tourists, but...

Back to the story . . . It is reported Sebastian and

friend spew vitriolic abuse at Steven. I want to say that

the Germans must be a pretty polite society, because

our standards for nasty speech are so not the same.

After all, they called Steven a pig. Yep, a pig. If this is

the best they could do to blow off steam I can see how

this escalated into a swan fight.

Sebastian becomes so exercised, probably from not

having any good old American-style curse words to

hurl, that he picks up the first weapon that wanders into

his vicinity. We do not know yet the name of the swan.

And I think since “the swan” plays a pivotal role here,

we should. We know Steven, Sebastian, okay we don’t

know Sebastian’s friend, but are they trying to protect

the swan’s privacy? I’m calling “the swan,” Judy.

Sebastian is big. Judy’s a petite, 2’10”, weighing in at

less than 30 lbs. Sebastian grabs Judy by the neck. He

commences to swinging Judy around his head like a

club. Judy, she’s going, “what the ?” And then it’s wallop,

wallop, and wallop. Sebastian is beating the crapola out

of Steven using Judy’s feathery behind. The two of them,

Sebastian and Steven, are running down the river bank,

and Judy’s flopping along, still in Sebastian’s grasp.

We aren’t sure what Sebastian’s frame of mind was,

but somehow he next encounters a barbecue grill. Thank

goodness, because Judy was about at her wit’s end

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with this guy. Maybe Steven was outrunning him. At

any rate, Sebastian picks up the grill and pitches that at

Steven. In case you are

wondering, the report says

the grill was “filled with redhot

coals.” Some bottle

throwing occurs, the police

are called, and Sebastian

admits he has a tad bit of

an anger management

problem and Sebastian’s

friend vows never to drink, at

least with Sebastian, again.

Sebastian also gets a twoyear

suspended sentence

from the local judge.

Steven and Judy escape

with minor injuries. Judy

gets herself a good lawyer

and hits the old Jerry

Springer show circuit. And

remember. Never ever use

a swan as a club . . . at

least in Germany.

Cohea, a freelance writer,

can be reached by email at

a37_tao@hotmail.com.

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Derr releases

new book

Photos by Mollie Tobias

Legendary sports commentator and Pinehurst resident John Derr releases

his latest book this month. In August, Old Sport Gallery & Bookshop in the

Village of Pinehurst will host book signings of My Place at the Table: Stories

of Golf and Life. Call (910) 295-9775 for details.

Bing Crosby, Red Barber, By Jessica Bricker

Mohandas Gandhi,

Staff Writer

Ben Hogan, Arthur Godfrey, Byron Nelson, Dwight

Eisenhower, Grace Kelly...and the list goes on. What

do all of these people have in common? They all know

broadcaster, author, reporter John Derr.

Derr, 92 of Pinehurst, just released his most recent

book My Place at the Table: Stories of Golf and Life. The

book is a collection of vignettes of his storied life.

Derr was born in 1917 and raised in Dallas, N.C. on a

farm. His career, which began in high school, is one to

be admired. Not only did he report on 62 Masters Golf

Tournaments, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf

Pine and the Masters Major Achievement Award. The

Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest civilian honor

granted in the state. The Order is awarded to individuals

who have given extraordinary contributions to their

community, have shown excellence in their career and

have countless years of service to their organization. He

received the Masters Major Achievement Award from the

Golf Writers Association of America for covering more

Masters than

any other writer or broadcaster.

Writing was not Derr’s first

chosen profession. He had hoped

to be a professional athlete, but

had a bad knee as a child.

“If you can’t run to first base,

you can almost guarantee that

you won’t get picked for the

team,” says Derr. “So that is

why I became a writer and

a scorekeeper. If the bloody

knee worked I would probably

have never ended up writing.”

Derr’s reporting led him to The Gastonia

Gazette, Asheville Citizen Times, Greensboro

Daily News, military service, golf announcer for CBS

Sports, administrative head of CBS radio and television

networks and more. While working at CBS, Derr met his

wife Peggy and they were married in 1945 just before he

left for the war. While in the military he served on Gen.

Joseph W. Stillwell’s personal staff.

In 1944, Gen. Stillwell sent him home, but not because

of reasons one may believe. He was sent home to cover

the World Series. TIME Magazine called it the “longest

sports assignment in history.” Derr traveled 32,000 miles

to cover the series. This is one of the many stories that

Derr recalls in his new book.

Local writer Jim Dodson, editor of PineStraw magazine,

believes that Derr is “a natural resource.”

“Derr has been around since the golden days of radio

to the computer days of today,” he says. “He is what I

think of when I think of the newsmen of the twentieth

century.”

Derr’s daughter Cricket Gentry, of Pinehurst,

remembers her father’s friends as family.

“To me Sam Snead was Uncle Sam and Arthur

Godfrey was Uncle Arthur,” recalls Gentry. “My parents

taught me that everyone puts their pants on one leg at

a time.”

“The famous people she met were no heroes to her,

they were just daddy’s friends,” says Derr.

While the people featured in the book are simply

Derr’s friends, the stories he tells represent famous

Americans throughout the twentieth century.

“This book is not just about sports people, but is a

picture of America in the golden age,” says Dodson, who

wrote the book’s introduction.


Hospital Health

TeleHealth keeps patients home

Carthage resident James W. Taylor has used a

variety of FirstHealth Home Care services, but

he experienced an increased level of comfort and

assurance about his health after TeleHealth monitoring

was added to his care.

“TeleHealth monitoring is added security,” says his

wife, Robbie. “As the caregiver, it was reassuring to hear

the friendly voice of the nurse from FirstHealth who

monitored my husband’s vital signs daily.”

With state-of-the-art TeleHealth technology, patient data

is sent over a simple phone line from the patient’s home to

a central home care monitoring station. If the information

indicates a variation in the patient’s regular readings, the

nurse can call the patient to discuss the results, consult a

physician about a change in medication, send a FirstHealth

Home Care nurse to the patient’s home, encourage the

patient to go to the emergency room or plan another

course of action.

“TeleHealth enables us to provide better care for more

patients,” says Patricia Upham, director of FirstHealth

Home Care Services.

According to current data, patients on TeleHealth end

up at the hospital or in the emergency room 75 percent

less often because the monitors catch symptoms before

they spiral out of control.

“The most rewarding part of my job is the teaching

moment, the instant when a patient makes an immediate

connection between his behavior (medicines, diet and

exercise) and his vital signs,” says Michelle Greene, R.N.,

TeleHealth coordinator for FirstHealth Home Care, who

monitors more than 100 patients daily.

The TeleHealth service, which is available to

FirstHealth Home Care patients in Moore, Lee,

Richmond, Montgomery, Hoke and Scotland counties

at no additional charge, monitors blood pressure,

OutreachNCAugust 2010 39

temperature, blood sugar, pulse, weight and blood

oxygen levels.

Upham and her staff began to consider incorporating

TeleHealth technology in 2004. After only three months,

the results were compelling. A grant from The Duke

Endowment allowed the program to expand to 90 units

in 2007.

In 2009, a grant from the federal Office for the

Advancement of Telehealth again increased the number

of units – this time to 130 with 200 monitors scheduled

to be deployed by the end of the three-year grant.

of The Pines

Eileen Malan, Realtor®

(910) 690-5852

(888) 695-3651

eileen99s@yahoo.com

235 E. Pennsylvania Ave.

Southern Pines


40 OutreachNCAugust 2010

Back to

school...

Again

Bright yellow No. 2 pencils,

sturdy backpacks, and

blank composition books...These

items are stocked to the brim in

stores every August, reminding us

of the 69 million students aged

five through 24* are heading

back to school this month.

Increasingly, though, it’s not

just kids going back to school. It’s

women like Dianne Schumacher,

a 55-year-old working toward a bachelor’s degree

in business management at the University of North

Carolina at Pembroke. Schumacher started her degree

more than 30 years ago, but relocations and raising

four children made her studies impractical. She has

always hoped to complete the degree and is finding it

even more fulfilling than she expected.

“The good part is that at this age, you’ve sort of done

your career,” says Schumacher. “But now it’s not just

what will fit into the family. This is mine. I’m thrilled

about the journey.”

Schumacher is part of a growing trend of adults 50

and older who capitalize on the “third age” of life, a

stage marked by personal achievement and learning

for the sake of self-development.

That’s exactly what 75-year-old Aliceann (Ally) Vogel

By Melanie Coughlin

Special to OutreachNC

Photos by Mollie Tobias

Dianne Schumacher, left, and Ally Vogel have both gone back to school, having taken classes at

Sandhills Community College to work on degree programs offered through the college.

is doing. Over the course of her career, she worked

at IBM, was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines and

ran her own specialty sewing business. She did it all

while raising her children and playing competitive

tennis.

She has decided to use this “third age” for education.

“I needed to do something that would fill my mind

and challenge me,” Vogel says.

She received an associate’s degree from Sandhills

Community College then graduated summa cum

laude from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 2007

with a bachelor’s in liberal arts.

Like Vogel, most older students take their education

seriously. A 2004 study conducted by AARP showed

that 15 percent of baby boomers plan to start a new

business, and 7 percent are pursuing a new career.

continued page 41

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Donna Stephens-Johnson is doing both. After a

35-year career in financial services, she became

passionate about self health care because of her

own illness. Stephens-Johnson suffered through six

months of intestinal pain plus a battery of tests before

stumbling on a holistic solution, igniting a desire to

help and educate others.

She completed the Therapeutic Massage program

at Sandhills Community College last May at the age

of 56 and is planning to launch her own business.

Stephens-Johnson wants to work with people in lower

incomes and teach them the benefits of caring for

themselves.

“Rural America is where we need the most

education,” says Stephens-Johnson. “I want to reach

people who wouldn’t dream of going to a spa.”

Yet even the most determined older adults sometimes

find the idea of hitting a college campus intimidating.

Schumacher said she was frightened of the

technology aspects of returning to school. She wasn’t

accustomed to using current technology, and her fiveyear-old

granddaughter used to help Schumacher on

the computer. Today, Schumacher communicates with

her instructors via Skype, takes classes online and has

mastered a Blackberry.

Schumacher said the younger students helped her

along the way, striking at another hesitation older

adults sometimes feel when considering a return to

school. “Third age” students worry about studying

alongside traditional

students.

Schumacher finds the

interaction with young

students enjoyable,

while Vogel calls them

“gracious and respectful.”

“I socialize with them,

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them,” Schumacher says.

“I put on my backpack

just like they do.”

These “third age”

students prove that shiny

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and composition books

aren’t just for kids

anymore.

* Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Oct. 2008,

http://www.census.gov/population/

socdemo/school/cps2008/tab01-01.xls

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