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JULY 2013 | Vol. 4 Issue 7
Navigating all your lifestyle choices
Handcrafting North Carolina spirits with
NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson
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Navigating all your lifestyle choices
From the Editor
July is here, so it is time to cool
off, sit back and relax, perhaps
with a favorite cold drink and a
magazine. Thanks for sharing part
of your busy summer with us!
One refreshing drink with deep roots in
North Carolina is moonshine. I had the
honor of talking with NASCAR legend
Junior Johnson to chat about his own brand
of moonshine. Johnson's 'shining traditions
date back to the Great Depression. Just as
his racing legacy lives on in the NASCAR
Hall of Fame in Charlotte, his moonshining
legacy is being carried on through Joe
Michalek and Piedmont Distillers in
Madison, N.C., with his Midnight Moon
Original and Aged with Fruit versions.
The spirits are still hand-crafted in small
batches and packed with the fresh fruit just
like Johnson did back in the day.
We have packed this issue with a
patriotic trip to the Airborne and Special
Operations Museum, a travelogue, life
on a family farm, the art of storytelling,
a volunteer pet placement project,
cool gadgets for aging in place, a
summertime baseball Game On and a
Carolina Conversation with the Carolina
Hurricanes' Ron Francis.
Until next month...
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Ask the Expert.......................6
by Celia Rivenbark................7
Storytelling | 10
Grey Matter Games............54
Over My Shoulder..............58
Senior Shorts Guest Writer
Nancy Young's short story,
Pet Project | 50
Airborne and Special
Ops Museum | 26
Ron Francis | 46
Midnight Moon | 38
Summer Travelogue | 18 Harrington Farms | 34 Aging in Place | 42
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Ask the Expert
Our experts will answer any
aging questions you might have.
E-mail your questions to
Q: Last week, I went to see
my regular doctor. During
the appointment, I was
told by my doctor and my husband
that I had Alzheimer’s. This is the first
I have heard of the diagnosis, and I
am very angry that they discussed
this behind my back. I don’t know
what they based this on, and I would
like to know if it is accurate. What
can I do?
A: When a person receives
a diagnosis and does not
understand the basis or
origin of that conclusion, it can be
very frustrating and upsetting. Your
husband probably had your best
interest in mind, but the approach
has upset you. To deal with your
anger and emotions, it might be a
good start to get the information
you need to better understand this
new diagnosis. Different medical
professionals approach diagnosis
differently, and a variety of tests
can be done, from lab work to
MRIs and computer skills tests.
If you are looking for a more
comprehensive approach to your
diagnosis, you might consider
a research-based program and
treatment approach such as the one
offered at the Alzheimer’s Disease
Research Center at Duke University.
Other types of clinicians or
specialists in memory care can also
be consulted. Often, there is a team
approach to treating the physical,
mental and behavioral aspects
that can impact a person with an
Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.
Since memory can be impaired,
start a notebook or journal to
Amy Natt, MS, CCM, CSA
Geriatric Care Manager
910-692-0683 | 919-535-8713
record information your medical
team provides and request copies
of reports from any testing. A
journal can also be a great way to
record how you are feeling each
step of the way. Emotions of fear,
anger, sadness and anxiety can
all be experienced. It is important
that you have an outlet to discuss
your feelings like a support group
for people newly diagnosed or a
trusted friend or family member
who is aware of your diagnosis.
There are also resource guides.
One I use with a support group
for individuals with a diagnosis of
Alzheimer’s is “Living Your Best
with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s” by
Lisa Snyder. Members of the group
have found the information to be
helpful and appreciate the short
chapters that can be easily re-read
over time. Alzheimer’s North
Carolina (www.alznc.org) or the
Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.
org) are also reliable resources for
The good news about identifying
your diagnosis is that now you
can build a plan for you and your
family, learn about the disease,
make informed decisions about the
care you want to receive and get
the much needed support to help
you through this journey.
Name that protein
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he waitress stood with
"And what kind of protein are we
having today?" she asked.
The look on my face must've said
"Protein. What is your choice
I had no flippin' idea what she
was talking about until my friend
nudged me under the table. She
stage-whispered: "She means
do you want chicken or beef or
something else like maybe tofu ..."
Oh. Since that first time, I've
run into this question at other
places, and each time I wish I had
the Triscuits to say, very slowly
and distinctly, "Fried bologna" or
perhaps "Hot dogs boiled and cut
in little wheels. Can y'all do that?"
Such a request would be
anathema to the sprout set and
might just get me ejected from the
restaurant but it would be so worth
As I combed one menu recently,
searching in vain for cheese
selections, I saw only carrot
and beet shreds and a "side" of
those bright green raw soybeans
everybody is so crazy about and
which I mispronounced as "eddamame"
for quite some time.
A whole section of the menu was
simply labeled "Protein." Another
section bragged of many flavors
of "infused water." I had the basillemon
infused water and it was fine
but, ultimately, it was, uh, water.
This sort of thing has made its
way from the West Coast, I'm just
guessing, and has landed in my
Southland only recently.
It's really just semantics but, for
some reason, I can't stand having to
think about a delicious meal in such
cold and food pyramidish terms.
It's un-romantic. I don't want to
think of steak as "protein." I want to
think of it as "flavorful," "marbled"
and "from a cow."
Which I realize is going to set off
PETA, a group known for having a
great sense of humor and ability
to laugh at themselves. Wait. No.
That was the Department of Justice.
Anywho, it just takes a lovely
meal and makes it sound so, I
dunno, MEDICAL. While I
haven't been asked what type of
carbohydrates I'd like (and, yes,
the answer is always "crinklecut
fries") I imagine it won't be
too long. Will desserts simply be
It's not just restaurants that seem
to want to remind me that food is
for health, not fun.
At the grocery store produce
counter last week, a clerk saw
me pondering a huge selection of
greens. He smiled and said:
"Always remember: Red and
green keep a colon clean!"
Are you kidding me? I don't want
to think about my COLON when I'm
buying vegetables. What next? Do
these cukes go with my pancreas?
That said, I do admire poetry that
actually rhymes so I responded
with: "If it's yellow, let it mellow;
if it's brown, flush it down." The
produce clerk looked utterly
confused, but it was the only thing
I could think of.
I probably hadn't had enough
protein that day.
Rivenbark is the author of the
upcoming etiquette manual, "Rude
Bitches Make Me Tired." Visit www.
celiarivenbark.com. Distributed by MCT
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You may have a will in place, but have you
taken steps to ensure that your children won’t
be left bickering over inheritances once you’ve
passed away? In even the most close-knit clan, grief
over a family member’s passing can bring tensions to
the surface, especially when money is involved.
Tips for keeping the peace
You may be thinking, “That would never happen to my
family!” However, it’s all too common that a will leaves
gray area where disputes can arise. To help prevent
inheritance conflict, consider these suggestions:
■ Be realistic and communicate openly. Your
children may be expecting a significant inheritance,
one that could help them purchase a home, pay for
their children’s education or simply make them rich.
To avoid disappointment, it’s important to give them a
sense of where you stand financially and to emphasize
that your finances may change, depending on medical
expenses or other unexpected costs.
■ Keep your documents up to date. Be sure to
update your will and beneficiary designations to
reflect life events such as marriages, divorces, new
grandchildren and so on. Keeping your documents
current will help ensure that you don’t unintentionally
include someone who’s no longer part of your family
or exclude someone you wish to benefit.
■ Address personal property specifically and
separately. In addition to your will, leave a separate list of
personal property with instructions detailing who should
inherit each item. The list should describe each piece of
property you wish to gift, leaving no room for interpretation.
■ Don’t task the oldest beneficiary with distributing
your assets. It’s not wise to leave one child to handle
the distribution of your assets, trusting he or she will do
the right thing. If you want all of your children to inherit
equally, put them all down as beneficiaries.
Avoiding inheritance conflict
■ Explain yourself. What
happens if you don’t want to split
your assets equally among your
children? Many parents consider
this option if one child is financially
successful while another is
struggling. If you plan to distribute
your assets unequally, write a
personal note to accompany the
will, explaining your reasoning. This may help reduce
any resentment your heirs may feel.
■ Eliminate uncertainty with a trust. A common
estate planning tool, a trust can help you manage and
control the distribution of your assets in the event of
your death. Through a trust, you can elect to distribute
your assets in increments if you pass away before your
children are mature enough to manage money wisely—
for instance, one-third at age 25, another third at 30 and
the final installment at age 35. You might also consider
using a trust to hold a distribution until a later date if
your child has financial problems or creditor concerns.
Protecting your legacy
Though the estate-planning process involves many
legal responsibilities, it’s important not to lose sight of
the personal aspects. If you plan to leave an inheritance
to your children, be sure to consider ways to reduce
conflict once you’re gone. By carefully planning and
setting expectations ahead of time, you’ll help protect
the most valuable part of your legacy—your family.
Clement is a financial planner with Clement Capital Group. She
offers securities and advisory services as an investment adviser
representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, a member firm
of FINRA/SIPC a Registered Investment Advisor. She can be reached
at 910-693-0032 or email@example.com.
This material has been provided for general informational purposes
only and does not constitute either tax or legal advice. Investors
should consult a tax preparer, professional tax advisor and/or lawyer.
Book Reviews: "Gift from the Sea"
& "Return to the Sea"
Re-reading a favorite
book is like visiting with
an old friend. I recently
re-read “Gift from the Sea” by
Anne Morrow Lindbergh because
a discussion group I attend did the
same. We also added “Return to
the Sea” by Anne M. Johnson and
found them both excellent books
of reflection, urging the readers to simplify their lives,
immerse themselves in quiet and shed the troublesome
things that keep them
off their spiritual paths.
Published in 1955,
has been a source of
guidance to untold
numbers with her
metaphor of seashells
to lead followers on
the spiritual path.
serenity still evade
many of us.
Johnson as she seeks
to follow Lindbergh’s
examples, asks, "Are
inner peace and union
with God unrealistic
A wife, mother of
three children and fulltime
writes she used the
excuse of a shortage of
time and an abundance
of responsibilities as
reasons for denying
herself basic nurturing:
rest, nutritious food,
exercise and taking
care of herself.
There is much food
for thought in both
"Patience, faith and
openness is what the sea
has to teach. Simplicity,
She insists all need a
place to retreat, like
Lindbergh, “It is a difficult
lesson to learn today—
to leave one’s family and
deliberately practice the
art of solitude...(It) is more
a question of inner convictions
than of outer pressure.”
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By Amanda Thames
Special to OutreachNC
Once a year in Laurinburg, men
and women from different
backgrounds, different cultures
and different accents meet with one
common goal in mind: to lie to you.
The Bold-Faced Liars Showdown is held
at the Laurinburg Storytelling and Arts
Center annually in January. They ask for
the best of the best when it comes to
fibbing through your teeth with a grand
jury of judges from all around North
Carolina and the surrounding states, plus
a national storyteller as chief judge. The
group enjoys judging each tall tale, with
the winners of the night receiving trophies
and cash prizes.
J.A. Bolton’s wife, Azalea, heard about
the Bold-Faced Liars Showdown while
he was out squirrel hunting. When he got
home, she convinced him to try his hand
at it. He was a natural-born storyteller and
was no stranger to spinning stories, so
he agreed to sign up. There were already
quite a few people in front of Bolton so he
originally didn’t think he’d get his shot on
stage, but when they called his name the
change in his pocket was jingling from his
nerves. He’d never told a story in front of
an audience like that and, though he was
excited, he was anxious as well.
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J.A. Bolton of Hamlet sits a spell on
the porch swing at the John Blue
House grounds in Laurinburg, which
is home to many storytelling events
and festivals in Scotland County. For
more information on The Storytelling
and Arts Center of the Southeast
in Laurinburg, call 910-277-3599 or
910-706-3266 or visit their website at
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When he got on stage, though, the tension left and
the lies tumbled out. Bolton finished in fourth place
overall for the Showdown—and he was hooked. He
started a binder full of handwritten stories, some of
which started as truth and stretched exponentially and
others he created on a whim. He moved his desk to his
grandmother’s house for a quiet setting to write, but it
ended up being a better move than he thought.
Bolton was surrounded by memories in his
grandmother’s house, which transitioned into a lot of
story ideas. All of these are now in the binder with the
tall tales and lies. The papers in his binder are covered
by plastic sheet protectors, and he frequently takes
them out to remind himself the base of the storyline
before getting on stage to perform.
“I never really tell
the same exact story
twice, and I think most
storytellers are like
that. I re-read a story
I’ve written and told
before, but I wing it on
stage,” says Bolton.
Bolton doesn’t have
to wait a full year to
enjoy telling stories,
though. The Storytelling
and Arts Center holds
a Story Spinners Guild
Meeting on the third
Monday of every
month, and they invite
anyone to attend. The
guild meeting calls on
all storytellers to come
and share a story, then
others help critique
and give feedback so
the storytellers can
improve their methods.
“Some people even
come to the Guild
meetings from two
hours away. A lot of
people come to a
meeting just to listen,
then realize they have
a story so they go the
meeting and join the
storytellers,” says Jan Schmidt, executive director of
Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast in Laurinburg.
The events have grown since the idea began in
2006. A group of people decided Laurinburg needed
a place where families could enjoy a night together,
enrich the community and help the local economy.
The center's mission is to “preserve and enrich
performing and visual arts for children and adults
of all ages through education, performances,
research, workshops, professional development, and
writing. As a catalyst for community and economic
development in Scotland County, the Storytelling and
Arts Center of the Southeast stimulates sustainable
tourism, grows business, creates and maintains jobs
and promotes Scotland County as a tourist retirement
destination by advancing artistic excellence and
“I don’t like to let the
truth get in the way of
a good story.”
—J.A. Bolton, Storyteller
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They started planning the Storytelling Festival
of Carolina for the following year. The center also
incorporates other crafts: music, arts and workshops.
On Aug. 29, they’re excited to announce Bucky
Covington will be performing. They’ll be celebrating
their seventh annual Bold-Faced Liars Showdown in
January 2014 and look forward to having old faces and
new, both on stage and in the audience.
For those on the fence about storytelling, Schmidt
says, “People think storytelling is for children, but it’s
actually a really fine art. It’s for everyone.”
Everyone loves a good ghost story, but Bolton knows
there’s a fine line in the type of story you tell. There
are a lot of adult stories the kids won’t understand
and they get bored quickly. Though the stories he tells
are children-approved, it doesn’t mean adults don’t
enjoy them, too. He always makes sure to create
stories children and adults alike understand and enjoy.
Clean, family fun is what he strives for, and so does the
Storytelling and Arts Center.
That doesn’t mean Bolton’s all about keeping it
truthful, though. He did start out lying his way into the
art! Bolton says, “I don’t like to let the truth get in the
way of a good story.”
Bolton remembers sitting outside general stores as a
kid, listening to the adults around him tell stories and
misses those times. To him, storytelling is an art and one
that doesn’t get enough recognition or appreciation—at
least not as much as it used to. He now takes the stories
he heard at the general store and weaves them in with
his own stories to create the best of both worlds.
For Bolton, storytelling, and the writing of those
stories, is a huge stress relief. He meets so many different
people from all over North Carolina, sometimes even
other states, and loves hearing the different stories they
conjure up from their personal histories. Each culture
has dramatically different backgrounds from which to
pull stories and the audience feels a part of that history
when they listen to the tales.
“A lot of people think storytelling is just reading
stories to children from books, but it’s so much
more than that,” says Bolton. “Storytelling events are
family functions, and people from age 3 to age 93
enjoy them.” ■
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Mystery shopping–not so fast
Getting paid to shop sounds like a
dream job for almost anyone, but
shopper beware. While there are
legitimate jobs in which individuals are
hired to conduct surveys of how retailers
and retail associates are providing a
service or representing a
brand or product, there are
countless mystery shopper
(the technical term is
lurking. The National
a d v o c a c y
r e g a r d i n g
m y s t e r y
s h o p p e r
seen a noticeable
marked increase has
been attributed in part to
the current state of the economy, high
unemployment and how desperate people
have become while searching for work. Combine
that with offers that sound too good to be true, and
the perfect storm exists for fraud.
Here is how the scam plays out. Individuals answer
an advertisement for a mystery shopper. The hiring
company will often send a check and ask that you
spend a percentage of the money at a particular
business or on a specific product. You are asked to fill
out a brief survey of your shopping experience to mail
back to the hiring company. Shoppers are instructed
to keep the products they purchased along with a
percentage of the leftover money and wire transfer the
remaining money back to the hiring company. Here
comes the hook: When the mystery shopper’s bank
statement arrives, the original check that was provided
by the hiring company turns out to be fraudulent,
leaving the depositor responsible for the funds. The
money that was
back is gone
for good as
to this scam, many of which can be identified by
remembering the tips below:
Legitimate market research companies will not
1 charge employees to work for them.
Be cautious if a company hires you based solely
on an email or phone interview.
Be cautious if the offer of employment implies
that you can make a sizeable amount of money.
Be cautious if you are asked to wire transfer
remaining money back to the hiring organization.
Be cautious if sent a large check and are asked
to deposit it in your personal checking account.
Be cautious if asked to deposit remaining money
on a prepaid card such as “Green Dot.”
Before you completely discount the validity of all
secret shoppers, there are in fact legitimate mystery
shopping firms that provide this service. A good
number of these legitimate organizations belong to the
Mystery Shopping Providers Association North America
(MSPANA) which is a trade organization representing
the customer experience metrics (mystery shopping)
industry throughout North America. However, do not
throw caution to the wind and proceed as a mystery
shopper solely based on seeing letterhead or Internetbased
information displaying the MSPANA name or
logo. Scammers have resorted to impersonating the
MSPANA and have copied their letterhead and web
page to lure victims. If you are seeking legitimate
information on mystery shopping, a visit to the real
MSPANA website, www.mysteryshop.org, would be
the best place to start. Remember, type in the web
address rather than doing a “Google Search,” which
will make sure you end up at the correct address.
For additional information, contact the Community
Services Unit of the Southern Pines Police Department
at 910-692-2732, ext. 2852.
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For the love of the game
The Fayetteville Cardinals were an all-black
semi-pro baseball team until the early 1960s.
Growing up in Fayetteville, I had heard about
the Cardinals but had never seen them play.
Following graduation from high school in June of
1964, I wanted to play baseball, but there was no place
to play. I had run out of recreation leagues. Then, one
day, I read in the sports section of our newspaper that
the Fayetteville Cardinals were holding tryouts and that
anyone 17 years of age and older was welcome.
Willie Smith was the reason the Cardinals were
in existence. He raised money for uniforms and
equipment, scheduled games with any opposition he
could find within a reasonable distance and managed
From the first minute all the way through every inning
I played in four seasons with the Cardinals, everyone
was extremely nice. The razzing, the encouragement
and the criticism were the same for everybody.
We played our games at Jim Hodges Park, which was
located outside of Fayetteville just off of Highway 301
South. A couple hundred yards from the ball field was
an old church attended by African Americans.
Most of the games began on Sunday afternoons at 3
o’clock. Players arrived at 1:30, and a half hour or so
after we had started throwing and taking ground balls,
folks came streaming out of the small sanctuary. Many
of them migrated over to the ball field.
Baseball with the Cardinals was quite an adventure.
Almost all of our games were played on Saturday nights
and Sunday afternoons. Opponents included teams
with former major leaguers, small-town teams made up
of mill workers and a prison team.
The latter traveled 40 miles on a bus to our field, and I
remember the team brought an armed guard. He carried
a rifle, and he walked back and forth behind the team’s
bench, which was located down the third-base line.
I was the Cardinals’ third baseman, and I don’t mind
telling you that the guard was very distracting. Actually,
it was his rifle that was so distracting. I kept hoping
none of those prisoners would decide to run past me.
One day, we were playing at home, and I brought
a teen-aged friend, Freddy Proctor, with me to the
game. Willie Smith asked him if he would work the
scoreboard, which was in right field. Freddy sat on a
stool in foul territory and hung the appropriate number
after each half inning.
Weeds had grown up pretty high several feet in
front of the fence, and along about the third inning,
something moved in those weeds. Then a man sat up
and let out a long, loud, gut-wrenching moan, bringing
everything to a standstill.
Freddy, that is.
He came dashing
to our bench,
eyes wide, as
if he had seen
a ghost. In fact,
that is exactly what he thought he had seen. It turned out
the man was sleeping off a rough Saturday night, and no
one had noticed him because the weeds were so thick.
Once, the opposing pitcher had a no-hitter going.
We were batting in the bottom of the eighth when an
extremely disturbing noise reverberated from left field.
The fence out there was comprised of several sheets
of metal propped against one another and not really
connected. The clatter everyone heard came from
something banging against that section of fence.
After a few more pitches, we saw what that something
was. The BAM! was repeated, a piece of the metal fell
to the ground and a white horse appeared. On it was
someone dressed like a knight from the days of King
Arthur. The knight charged toward the infield, headed
for home plate, and galloped around the bases, yelling
something no one understood as he left the same way
he came in. Several players propped the metal fence
back up, and the game resumed.
Players who had been with the Cardinals several
years told me that Willie would hold a serious team
meeting after a game late every season.
Willie was one of the nicest men I have ever met.
He loved baseball, he loved people and he loved life.
He had a pencil-thin mustache and laughing eyes that
went perfectly with his broad smile.
Sure enough, in early August, it happened. We
had split a doubleheader, and everyone was dog
tired following more than six hours of baseball in
100-degree heat. Sunday doubleheaders started at 1
o’clock, or as close to the hour as the umpires could
get to Jim Hodges Park, and there was a half-hour break
The sun was going down. Shadows had covered the
entire ball field, and by the time all of the equipment
was bagged, it was after 8 o’clock. Willie had notified us
of the meeting when we huddled before the first game,
and he reminded us several times during the day to stick
around after the second game ended.
We were sitting on the ground or leaning against
trees, eating hot dogs and drinking Pepsis, when
Willie slowly walked up and stood in the middle of
his players. He was holding a fistful of cash, and he
nervously thumbed the green bills like a deck of cards
as he cleared his throat to speak.
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He took off his straw hat and held it in the same
hand as the money, while pulling a red handkerchief
out of his back pocket and mopping his forehead.
Replacing his hat and gripping the stack of bills with
both hands, as if the weight was too much for one,
Willie said, “Gentlemen, I told you before the season
started that I would try to help you out with your gas
money and maybe add a few dollars extra when I
could. That’s what this money is for.
“Now, I know it’s not much – it’s the gate receipts
from today, and I knew this would be our best draw of
the summer – but maybe it will help some. I know you
boys have had to shell out to play for the Cardinals,
and I wish it didn’t have to be that way. What I really
wish is that our crowds were big enough so I could
pay each one of you $50 a game. But it’s not that way.
So, here is $25 apiece. It’s the best I can do.”
With that, he distributed the money. We started
heading toward our cars when Willie said, “I just
want you to know that it takes a lot of money to run a
ball club. I have to pay the umpires, and you can see
all the baseballs we need for every game. Bats are
expensive, and they keep breaking. Every year, I have
to replace some uniforms that wear out, and I buy
your hats so you don’t have to. We make a little bit
off of concessions, but not much. I’m hoping I don’t
have to take out a loan to pay off all my expenses for
this season. But if I do, I do. The main thing is that you
boys have a chance to play ball. That the Cardinals’
legacy continues. I want to thank you all.”
A pitcher, who was 43 years old and had been
with the Cardinals longer than anybody, walked
over to Willie and handed him his money. When he
turned back toward the rest of us, he said, almost
too low to be heard, “Just like last year … just like
every other year.”
He was smiling as he said it, and so was everyone
else as each of us returned our $25. It was part of the
team’s annual rites, Willie giving his players money,
and his players giving it back.
I felt I should have paid Willie for the opportunity.
The Fayetteville Cardinals gave me a chance to play
the game I loved. I played with them three more
summers. There were new teammates every year, and
we were never much better than a .500 club. The
experiences were unforgettable, as were most of the
guys I played with and folks I met who attended many
of our home games.
Jim Hodges Park, with its wobbly fences, rickety
bleachers, and sun-baked benches, was no baseball
cathedral, except to us Cardinals. ■
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'This land is your land...'
"The Grand Canyon: it’s one of those places that defy accurate
description; the scenery changes with the light of day..."
story & photos By ann robson
Special to OutreachNC
The last piece in my mental
patchwork quilt of these
United States has been
added. There was a hole, almost
in the middle of my quilt where
Kansas belonged. Last month we
added Kansas as the 50th state I’ve
This has been a long, quite
unplanned journey. I did not set
out to see all 50 states, but as
we continued to travel and visit
more and more places, suddenly
I realized I hadn’t been to Kansas!
Watching "The Wizard of Oz” over
and over didn’t really count.
Which state did I like best? Least?
Can’t really say as each state has
something special and I hope the
people living there appreciate what
they have. I’ve seen steel towns that
are almost completely deserted; I
missed the Cuyahoga River on fire in
Cleveland but have seen a renewal in
the riverfront area. When we moved
to Detroit, we got a sympathy card
from a Detroit native. There was no
need. Certainly, there’s a part of that
city that we called “the war zone."
But there were wonderful medical
facilities, fine cultural buildings and
a downtown that is coming to life.
There are many places I enjoy
visiting but would not choose to live:
New York City, Washington,D.C.,
Los Angeles, New Orleans.
However, I didn’t think I’d like
Cleveland or Detroit and found
many good things.
Until you’ve gone from the craggy
shores of Maine to California’s
redwood forests, to the Florida Keys,
to Alaska or to Hawaii, it’s hard to
realize what a very special country
we have, geographically. From the
northern tip of the Adirondacks to
the southern tip of the Blue Ridge
Mountains, you marvel at each new
vista ahead. From the hills of West
Virginia to the endless stretches of
farmland in the Midwest, to the
wonder of the Great Lakes, to the
mountains in the west and then the
oceans’ coastlines, this land that is
ours is a study in contrasts.
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Zion National Park in Utah with its hundreds of red clay towers.
continued from page 18
We’ve done these trips over a
long period of time. I remember
crossing over from Canada to
the small town of Ogdensburg,
N.Y. when I was about 10 years
old. I was so disappointed after
crossing the St. Lawrence River
and finding that the part of the
United States we’d gone to looked
just like the land across the river.
That happens to be the case along
the 5,000 mile unguarded border
between us and our northern
neighbors. In places without
border crossing stations, you can
walk from one country to another
and not realize you’ve done it.
We’ve gone by train, car, plane,
RV, boat, ferry and foot. We’ve
seen mansions, magnificent
cathedrals, log cabins and simple
homes, with people swinging
or rocking on their porches. It
is astounding the number of
post-WWII homes that are still
standing. The pride their owners
take in them is a real testament.
We’ve also seen litter along
beautiful roads, houses that have
been neglected, businesses that
may have once been pillars of
their communities but now are
boarded up. On balance, I’ve
seen more good than bad.
As for my other must-see
The Canadian side gives you a
better view of both sets of falls with
that side having a distinct edge
at night when the light show is
outstanding. I’ve been there in all
seasons, and the most impressive
is winter when an icy wonderland
is formed as water hits the cold air.
Old Faithful at Yellowstone
Watching that famous geyser
from start to finish is breathtaking.
It starts slowly with a little steam
escaping, then some water, and
each time it appears to dip down,
it comes back up higher and
louder. The experience lasts about
15-20 minutes, and if you miss the
whole event, it will repeat itself
with regularity 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Park guides
have the system figured out and
will give you an approximate time
for the next eruption; their timing
is close to exact.
The Grand Canyon
It’s one of those places that
defy accurate description. The
scenery changes with the light
of day. The depth of the gorge
is overwhelming, and the length
of the canyon is remarkable.
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While in the neighborhood, be
sure to see Zion National Park in
Utah with its hundreds of red clay
towers that make you think of the
stone soldiers in China.
Located just north of San Francisco
is the most outstanding park of trees
I’ve ever seen. There is a section
called "The Cathedral," and you
do feel as if you’re on hallowed
ground with huge redwoods as
tall pillars that sort of bend toward
each other at the top. Sunlight
filters through the trees much as
light comes through a stained glass
window. The silence is a wonderful
escape from the hustle and bustle
of the coastal highway and the city.
Denali National Park with Mount
McKinley; Glacier Bay where
icebergs calve off the glacier.
The Rocky Mountains
Go any place you can see and
travel across the mountains and
the various ranges. We drove up to
the Continental Divide in Colorado
where we threw snowballs in mid-
June. An hour or so later, we were
enjoying a meal outside in Aspen.
You don’t have to be a skier to
enjoy the mountains, but skiers do
appreciate them more.
On this last trip to Kansas, we
met a woman about my age who
runs a restaurant. She came to
visit with us, wondering where we
were from, where we were going.
She has one unfulfilled dream: to
walk on a beach at the ocean and
collect shells. This was in West
Virginia, which is a neighboring
state to Virginia with its beaches.
(I also pointed out that both North
and South Carolina have fabulous
beaches.) She probably has never
been farther than 50 miles from
home in her lifetime. I felt very
sad that such a simple dream as
gathering shells by the ocean was
not likely to happen. I also felt
exceptionally lucky to have been to
all 50 states.
Woody Guthrie’s song was
written before Alaska or Hawaii
became states or I’m sure he’d have
"This land is your land,
this land is my land
to the New York Island
From the redwood forest,
to the Gulf Stream waters,
This land was made
for you and me." ■
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Trusts are often used as part of an estate plan.
However, many people hear the word trust
but do not understand what it means or how
it works. Because there are so many types of trusts
and uses for trusts, a discussion of trusts can be very
A trust is a legal relationship created when someone,
called the grantor, transfers property to a trustee with
the understanding that the Trustee will manage it for
the benefit of one or more people or purposes, called
beneficiaries. Beneficiaries have a “beneficial” interest
in the assets held by the trust. A trust is controlled
by a document called the trust agreement or trust
instrument. The trust agreement sets out the rules, the
terms of the trust, regarding how the trustee will handle
and distribute the trust property. The trust property can
consist of both real estate and personal property such
as bank accounts, stocks, bonds and personal effects.
When a piece of property is actually transferred to the
trust, it is said that the grantor is funding the trust.
There are a variety of trusts, including testamentary
trusts, revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts, just to
name a few. A testamentary trust is a trust that is created
in a will and funded at the grantor’s death. A revocable
trust can be changed or revoked at any time while
an irrevocable trust cannot be changed. Oftentimes,
people ask me about living trusts. A living trust is one
which is created and funded during your lifetime.
Trusts as an
estate planning tool
be used for
Fifth article in Estate Planning Series
protection and avoidance of probate. Trusts can also
be of great benefit in situations like a second marriage
where there are children from prior relationships. If a
spouse wants to be sure his or her surviving spouse is
cared for during the surviving spouse’s lifetime but that
his or her respective children will receive the remaining
assets when the surviving spouse dies, a trust can be a
great tool to ensure these goals are achieved.
If a trust is a part of your estate plan, be sure that the trust
is already properly funded or that there is a mechanism in
place to fund the trust. Unless you have funded the trust
or plan to do so with a will upon your death, the trust
serves no purpose. This is because the rules of the trust
only apply to property that is actually in the trust.
Trusts are not for everyone and do not necessarily need
to be made a part of your estate plan. Unfortunately, we
often come across clients who have paid a great deal of
money for a trust they did not need or that was never
actually funded. In order to determine what is best for
you and your circumstances, you need to speak with
an estate planning attorney to determine whether you
would benefit from a trust as part of your estate plan.
Zager is an associate attorney with Senter, Stephenson,
Johnson, P.A., practicing primarily in the areas of elder law
and estate planning. She can be reached at 919-552-4707 or
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Physician assistant returns to
FirstHealth at Vass clinic
A certified physician assistant who began his health
care career with FirstHealth of the Carolinas returned
to the FirstHealth network of family care providers in
early May as the provider at the FirstHealth Family
Todd Nicholson, P.A.-C, has more recently been
a physician assistant with Moore Family Care, PA in
Vass. The previously independent family care office,
which is located next to Cooper’s Pharmacy on U.S.
1 North in Vass, opened as a FirstHealth family care
center on May 6 after being closed temporarily to
prepare for the FirstHealth affiliation.
Nicholson received a bachelor of health sciences
(physician assistant) degree from Methodist College in
Fayetteville before joining the FirstHealth Family Care
Center-Carolina Family Medicine in Rockingham in
2000. He had been a physician assistant with Moore
Family Care in Vass since 2003.
The FirstHealth Family Care Center-Vass is located
at 3349 US 1 Highway, Vass. To make an appointment
with Todd Nicholson, P.A.-C, call 910-245-7678.
Leonard, Ballard join FirstHealth
network of family care providers
Thomas Leonard, M.D., and Marcia Ballard, N.P.,
will join the FirstHealth of the Carolinas network of
family care providers with the June opening of the
FirstHealth Family Care Center-Carthage. Both were
previously affiliated with Moore Family Care.
Dr. Leonard earned his undergraduate degree in
psychology from Indiana University before receiving
his medical degree from the Indiana University
School of Medicine. He completed his residency
in the DUKE/SRAHEC Family Medicine Residency
Program in Fayetteville.
Ballard received her bachelor’s degree in nursing
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and a master of science degree in nursing (family
nurse practitioner) from Duke University.
Their office at 304 Saunders St., Carthage, reopened
for patient appointments on June 7.
To make an appointment with Thomas Leonard,
M.D., or Marcia Ballard, N.P., at the FirstHealth
Family Care Center-Carthage, call 910-947-3000.
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Sunshine not far away after the rain
Recently, it seems
like we are having
after weather disaster.
Whether it is rain in biblical
proportions, high winds Sentimental Journey
spawning tornadoes or forest
fires spurred on by excessive
heat and dry conditions, weather and natural disasters
are headline news.
When watching accounts of those who have survived
and come through a natural disaster often after losing all
worldly possessions, the overriding theme is gratitude. In
spite of great hardships, you hear words of thanksgiving for
their lives being spared and praise for the first responders,
who that aided them. It’s not easy to lose everything you
own or the roof over your head. Somehow, you pick up
the pieces and rebuild your life. The grief is there. You
learn to live with the loss to move forward.
In the song, "Stormy Weather," the metaphor
of weather illustrates the feeling of despair when
someone loved is no longer there. The feeling of
gloom and storms helps the listener to understand
the feelings of the singer. We often use metaphors of
weather in everyday language to share how we are
feeling. “Having a dark cloud over us," “feels like
storm clouds rolling in" and "a sunny day is on the
horizon” all conjure up negative or positive images.
“Don’t know why, there’s no sun up in the skies,
stormy weather. Since my man and I aren’t together.
Keeps raining all the time. Life is bare, gloom and
mis’ry everywhere, stormy weather. Just can’t get my
poor self together. I’m weary all the time. So weary all
the time. When he went away the blues walked in and
met me. If he stays away, old rockin’ chair will get me.
All I do is pray the Lord above will let me walk in the
sun once more. Can’t go on, everything I had is gone,
stormy weather. Since my man and I ain’t together,
keeps raining all the time.”
So the next time stormy weather enters your life,
remember the lines from the musical "Annie:" “The sun
will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar there’ll
be sun. When I’m stuck with a day, that’s gray and lonely.
I just stick out my chin and grin and say: Tomorrow.
Tomorrow. I’ll love ya, tomorrow. It’s only a day away.”
How do you handle the stormy weather in your life?
I’d love to hear your stories of perseverance.
Share your musical memories with Pollard by emailing
Planning ahead for long-term care
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If you’re a member of the
baby boomer generation
(born between 1944
and 1964), you already
know how important it is to
save for your retirement. The Life's Journey
responsibility for retirement
saving has shifted from
employers to employees, with Social Security providing
only a base level of supplementary income. Today, it’s
up to you to put the gold in your golden years.
Although it’s likely that you have been saving
diligently for many years in order to maintain your
current lifestyle during retirement, have you factored
long-term care (LTC) into the equation? Many people
have not considered what would become of their
finances if they or someone close to them became
incapable of caring for themselves, even temporarily.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services statistics, of those people currently
receiving LTC, 40 percent are adults 18 to 64 years old.
LTC services can range from custodial care at home to
more skilled medical care in a nursing home. However,
the majority of LTC services provide assistance with
activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing,
bathing, eating, transferring and toileting. You are
generally considered to be in need of LTC if you have
difficulty performing two or more ADLs due to physical
limitations, severe cognitive impairment or both.
If you have accumulated wealth over the years in
your retirement accounts or personal savings and your
funds are sufficient to cover LTC expenses, then you
may believe you’re ahead of the game. However, if
you hope to bequeath assets to your heirs, the cost of
your LTC could interfere with the best-laid plans. There
may be options such as selling property or borrowing
from a permanent life insurance policy. However, these
strategies may affect the amount of wealth you leave to
your heirs, and there may be tax consequences.
With a LTC plan in place, you can minimize the
financial risk associated with extended care and
relieve the burden of uncertainty for yourself and
your loved ones. If the time comes when you need
daily assistance, LTC insurance can help cover the
expenses of a nursing home, assisted living facility
or at-home care. This type of coverage allows you to
maintain your independence for as long as possible
while increasing your care options.
Kelliher, a long-term care planning specialist, can be
reached at 919-605-0354 or GinnyKelliher@gmail.com.
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By THAD MUMAU
Special to OutreachNC
The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is
Fayetteville’s main attraction, drawing visitors from
all over the United States as well as foreign countries.
The 500 block of Hay Street is home to military history. It is
worth noting that even though the front of the museum faces
Hay Street, its official address is 100 Bragg Boulevard, the
latter running to the side of the building.
The facility covers 59,000 square feet, about 29,000 of
that used for the main gallery and exhibit space. There are
also a collection area, a gift shop, temporary exhibits and
three theaters. The main theater, which seats 250, includes
a screen four stories tall and provides viewers with an
opportunity to be in the middle of the action.
More than two million people have visited the museum
since it opened nearly 13 years ago, an average of more than
150,000 per year.
Gen. James Lindsay, the 82nd Airborne and corps
commander, came up with the idea for the museum. The
original site was to be Fort Bragg, but the need for more
money got the city, Cumberland County and the chamber of
commerce involved, and thus, Fayetteville became its home.
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The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is located
at 100 Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville. National Airborne
Day is Aug. 16. For more information or to plan a visit, call
910-643-2766 or visit www.asomf.org.
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"Our tagline is 'The Legend Continues.'"
continued from page 26
The museum functions in
partnership with a non-profit
foundation, which has a board
of directors made up of retired
military, veteran military and
civilian members from the public
and private sectors. The foundation
handed over ownership of the
museum to the Army in 2005.
The foundation, which
has raised over $25 million,
provides fund raising, marketing
and advertising and pays for
educational programs, exhibits
and upkeep. Admission is free.
“The museum is an educational
platform for the Army,” says
foundation executive director Paul
Galloway, “training soldiers about
the history of the Airborne and
Special Operations. Everything
here is approved by the United
“Our tagline is 'The Legend
Continues.' Our focus is on the
Army, the Airborne and Special
Operations. Certain things will
never change, even though there
will be additions and subtractions.
We have temporary exhibits such
as the Battle of Mogadishu, which
will open in October.”
The main exhibit gallery moves
the visitor through time, starting
in 1940 with the conception of
the U.S. Army Parachute Test
Platoon and ending with current
airborne and special operations
units. The main exhibits are Early
Airborne, World War II, Korea
and the Cold War, Vietnam and
Contingency Operations and
Training (from the end of the
Vietnam War to present day).
A visitor entering the museum
steps into a 5,000-square-foot
lobby area that is five stories high.
The lobby exhibit features two
opened parachutes and has a wall
dedicated to 73 recipients of the
Congressional Medal of Honor as a
result of their deeds while assigned
to an airborne or special operations
unit. Another wall reviews the history
of the establishment of airborne
units and special operations units.
“People say we are Smithsonianlike
because of the high quality
of our mannequins,” Galloway
says. “We get them from Dorfman
Museum Figures in Baltimore, and
they really are nice. It’s just an
example of the way things are done
at this museum. Everything is firstclass.
We’re here to support the
Army, and that’s the only way to
“We have tremendous volunteers.
I call them our hidden exhibit.
These folks are always willing to
hear or tell a story. They are great.”
Carol Ivey has been volunteering
for 10 years at the Airborne and
Special Operations Museum. Her
late husband, Claude (a two-star
general who spent 37 years in the
Army), had worked closely with
Gen. Lindsay and was on the
original museum board of directors.
“When Claude died in 2002,
Gen. Lindsay asked me to replace
him on the board,” Ivey says. “Then
I decided to volunteer.
“It has been a wonderful
experience. I have met so many
interesting people, and I have
become good friends with a lot
of them, both visitors and other
“You would be surprised at how
many people have been to the
museum 10 or 12 times. A large
number of the visitors go once or
twice a year. Part of the reason is
to see new temporary exhibits, and
part of it is that it’s hard to take
everything in on one visit.”
Unusual things happen sometimes.
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a volunteer at
his own stories
from WWII to
continued from page 28
“One time,” Ivey recalls, “I started into the gallery,
and on the wall where all of the leaders were—their
pictures—many had lipstick kisses on them…on the
glass, you know. That was kind of funny.
“Another time, there was a soldier mannequin behind a
hedgerow, and a woman was there, where she shouldn’t
have been, while her husband was taking a picture.”
Ivey enjoys working special events because there are
more people at the museum then.
“It’s so much fun when there are big crowds,” she says.
“There is a lot going on, and it’s exciting being a part of it.
“Volunteering at the museum is rewarding. It’s a good
feeling when people come in, wanting to purchase a
paver in honor of a loved one, and I can help direct
them to get it done. And, too, I just love people.
“Plus, it means something because of my husband
serving. I have been to the places featured in many of
Ed Middleton volunteers because he is part of the
history represented at the museum and because he
likes helping people learn about that history.
He has vivid recollections of World War II battles and
his involvement in the action.
“I stay active in WWII veterans’ activities,” Middleton
says, “and I volunteer at the museum 10 hours a week.
It’s special for me to do that.”
Current operating hours for the Airborne and Special
Operations Museum are Friday and Saturday from 10
a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. ■
A walking miracle
Every time I think about
the miracles that Christ
performed, my faith grows
stronger. From the woman with the
issue of blood to the blind man,
we see ordinary people with real
problems who received a miracle at
the hands of Jesus. We all pray for
a miracle to happen in our lives at
some point or another.
I recall getting my passport and
going over last-minute details
for my mission trip
to Guatemala with a
team of women from
my church, Liberty
of McColl, S.C. It was
my first time traveling
out of the country as
well as doing missions
so I was excited to
say the least. I kept
rehearsing in my mind
that I was going to see
a miracle actually take
place right before my
When we landed
in Guatemala, I
recall the smiles and
other expressions of
love by the residents.
After we settled in at
the missions’ house,
we prepared for the
which would be our
first day of work. The
first village on our trip
we visited was Bauit. It
was there that I learned
that the people only get
to see a doctor once
every three years.
After a few hours of
praying with different
families and sharing
Christ with them and
some even receiving
Him, it was time for
lunch. As I went to receive my food
from a humble woman with the heart
of a servant, she said something to
me in Spanish. When I asked what
she said, the interpreter told me she
said, “You are our miracle!”
It just so happened that the people
there had been praying without
ceasing for help, for a miracle. They
needed medicine for themselves
and their ill families, and the Lord
sent us not to witness a miracle but
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to be the miracle.
We are all walking miracles.
Witherspoon, author of "Hidden Treasure
in the Wilderness," can be reached through
her website, www.inawitherspoon.com.
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Nordic walk your way to
If you enjoy walking as a
part of your fitness routine,
incorporate Nordic poles, and
you will reap even greater health
benefits. On a visit to Germany
several years ago, I noticed groups
of people walking in parks and on
the streets with Nordic, or trekking,
poles. The activity captured my
interest and led me to become a
twice-certified Nordic Pole Walking
Master Instructor. It is a favorite
component of my own personal
cross-training workout program.
Nordic walking is a low impact
activity that is suitable for everyone.
A study at Cooper Institute in
Texas validates that the use of
two lightweight walking sticks
like Nordic poles, burns up to 46
percent more calories than walking
alone. A 20 percent increase in
Photo by Carol Wilson, Carol Wilson Photography
Penny O'Donnell, left, Sara Barton and Sarah Edwards take instruction on
Nordic walking from Laura Jones in Reservoir Park in Southern Pines.
oxygen consumption occurs
without an increase in the rate of
perceived exertion as compared
to just walking, making it a simple
way to intensify your daily workout.
The activity also tones and
shapes your body while improving
balance, endurance, posture and
body alignment. Walking with the
poles incorporates up to 90 percent
of your muscles as you use your
arms to move the poles, your core
muscles to stabilize your body and
your legs to propel yourself forward.
Nordic poles usually come
with wrist straps and can be
used on asphalt or cement with
rubber tips on the ends. Taking
the rubber booties off exposes
the graphite tips and allows you
to walk in sand at the beach, on
graveled paths or hiking trails.
Some poles are adjustable,
allowing for more than one user of
different heights. Others are fixed
and are purchased according to
Learning to walk with the poles
is not difficult. Always start with
a gentle warm-up, such as leg
swings, knee lifts and shoulder
shrugs. Once you’re properly
strapped in, practice by just
walking and dragging the poles
behind you. Feel the natural
swing of the arms. Be aware of
one leg stepping forward as the
opposite arm swings forward.
Now you’re ready to plant the
tips and propel forward. Hold
the poles loosely. Don’t grip
too tightly. Step forward with
one leg while reaching forward
with the opposite arm—as if
shaking someone’s hand. Plant
the tips of the poles behind you
at a 45-degree angle to your body.
Gently push off as you bring the
other arm forward. Be careful not
to use too much force. Never
bring the tips forward of the body.
It takes practice to get the rhythm
and get comfortable with the
loose-grip technique. Always keep
your shoulders down in a relaxed
position. Breathe normally, and
enjoy the walk. When you are
finished, do some simple stretches
for your shoulders and legs.
Nordic walking is safe to do
every day, though you should
gauge the frequency of your
workouts upon how you feel.
A good idea is to begin with
an every-other-day program,
walking more frequently later.
This plan will give your muscles
an opportunity to adapt to your
Jones, ACE-certified personal and
IDEA master trainer at The Fitness
Studio in Southern Pines, can be
reached at 910-445-1842 or at
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Family roots run deep
at Harrington Farms
By serena Brown
Special to OutreachNC
road winds gently out of
Sanford and through
a rolling landscape, a
patchwork of beautifully maintained
agricultural fields bordered by woodland.
The Harrington family has been farming
here for generations.
"It’s a way of life," says Sam Harrington,
who runs the farm with his three sons
Mike, Jeff and Roy. "You get going that
way, and it’s just the way it is."
Mike Harrington and his brothers were
introduced to farming as youngsters.
"Our Daddy gave us a little spending
money for collards. We used to buy the
plants and plant and raise them."
Standing with his son Cole by rows of
tobacco, in fields that have been tended
by their forefathers, Mike reminisces about
picking time during his own boyhood,
remembering how the whole household
would pitch in.
"Momma helped us in the fields. It was
kind of a family deal," Mike says.
The farm is still very much a family deal
today. "Mike’s is the fifth generation," says
Sam, counting through the Harrington
It’s a long, distinguished lineage of
hard work and dedication to the land.
Historically, the farms’ predominant crop
was tobacco, and this remains the greater
part of their output, with around 350
acres given over to its cultivation.
As Mike says, "It’s hard to make a living
with just one thing."
Linda Marks is
the smiling face
to the farm at
center, and Sam
and son, are
two of the five
the family farm
located at 1412
San Lee Drive in
Sanford. For more
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The Harringtons tend another 375 acres of
wheat in addition to the tobacco. In recent
times, the family has also diversified with
produce. They grow a range of foods, including
asparagus, spring onions, cabbage and squash.
Rows of newly planted sweet potatoes promise
comfort food for the colder months.
As an early part of the process of the farms’
diversification, the Harringtons’ first tomato
house was built in 1999. Going into the house
is like entering a glorious, ordered jungle with a
mass of green plants laden with fruit. This year’s
plants were seeded in mid-November, and the
first harvesting began in the early spring.
There is a fine balance of technology and
nature. The climate is carefully monitored, and
an automated system ensures the plants are
given the right amount of water, yet the tomato
flowers are pollinated by bees.
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"You have to keep a hive of bumblebees to
pollinate them [the plants]. They live in their
hive in the tomato house," Mike explains. "As
the summer heat comes in, we move to garden
When the tomatoes are ready, they are
harvested by hand. The fruit are picked and the
leaves primed from the bottom of the plant, then
the shoot gradually let down as the plant grows
The Harringtons also grow English cucumbers,
which are ideal for salads and for cool refreshment
on a hot summer day.
"We just slice them up and eat them," says
No pesticides are used in either the tomato or the
cucumber houses. Mike points out a ladybird flitting
"Those are beneficial insects," he explains. "They eat
He walks with care by the rows of vines and shows
the squash that are growing alongside the cucumbers,
"We wanted to see how they would do in a
greenhouse, and they’re doing OK," Mike says.
He has noticed an increased public interest in
"A lot of people are having gardens – now people
are coming in and saying, 'We got our own squash,"
Fortunately for those without gardens or green thumbs,
the farm has a produce stand on-site. Harrington Farms
also take produce seasonally to local farmers markets
so that food lovers in the region’s towns can have
access to freshly picked fruit and vegetables. Market
regulars will recognize the cheerful Harrington Farms
stall at the Moore County, Fearrington, Pittsboro, Duke
and Sanford farmers markets. And in spring and early
summer, crowds of all ages visit the farm for the fun of
picking their famously delicious strawberries.
"A lot of people think when the strawberries are over,
we’re done, but we still have produce," says Linda
Marks, who runs the farms’ welcoming produce stand
with Tammy Harrington through strawberry season and
into the early summer.
Bright tomatoes jostle for space on the display stall.
There are baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables from
the gardens, greenhouses and fields. Plump bags
of pecans and jars of jellies and jams made with
the farms’ strawberries and canned vegetables from
their produce line the shelves. Photographs of family
and friends hang on the walls, reflecting the many
people who have enjoyed the farm
over a great span of years. Handwritten
chalkboards highlight the day’s items
and suggest ideas for supper.
When it comes to preparing this
season’s cucumbers, Marks has a
wealth of recommendations.
"I like to leave the skin on and put
them in salads," she says. "I also like
to shave them and put a little balsamic
on—it’s just like a little salad."
For the summer classic of cucumbers,
"they make good cucumber sandwiches
with cream cheese," she adds.
Marks' favorite part about working at
the farm is "The Harringtons. They’re
great people." ■
Older and wiser...
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Aging has given me a whole
catalog of stupid things
older people say. I’m
talking about stuff like, “I’m twice
your age.” Which got me thinking
that perhaps there is a time-sensitive
gene activating around age 50
causing us to spew the same things
we abhorred and ignored when we
were half someone else’s age.
I get satisfaction playing this olderis-wiser
card, so I use it on my younger
friends and colleagues. Basically, it
negates their reasons for not agreeing
with me on everything. I trot this one
out when we talk politics, religion,
sex, reality as we know it, ice cream,
waffles, you name it. Unfortunately,
they still don’t agree with me. But I
get a lot of smugness out of it which
I think was the payoff back in the day
when our parents used it.
I’ve been using “I’m old enough to
be your mother” since 1998 when a
26-year-old dentist put the moves on
me in MY office. I was a vivacious,
comely and exceedingly wellpreserved
44-year-old, but I think
“the moves” probably had more to
do with living 30 miles above the
Arctic Circle. Snow blindness can
affect the vision.
The other day at the office I got
the chance to test-run one I’ve been
holding in reserve for about 25
years. It’s “when I was your age...”
as in “When I was your age we had
only one Macintosh computer for all
the employees and we had to walk
five miles through the snow to use
it.” This one didn’t work out as well
as I’d hoped. They looked at me the
same way they do when I tell them
we did math problems in college
using a slide rule.
I’ve also noticed that my topics
of conversation have changed
dramatically over the years. The
other four old people at work and
I have lively discussions over the
age to consider plastic surgery and
hair transplants, whether to sign up
for early Social Security or not, and
when to buy stock in Depends. Just
last week we had a stirring debate
over vitamins, good for the body
vs. vitamins, expensive toilet water,
and whether the scaly patch on my
arm was or was not likely to be skin
cancer; at final count the bets are
running four to one it is.
But the worst was yesterday. I awoke
to the stunning revelation that there is
no one anywhere on planet Earth or
in the surrounding solar system who
is twice my age and still alive.
There are a great number of now
dead people who have lived for a
great number of years, and on the
top ten list all but one are women.
Which gives me hope, but the
oldest living person is now Jiroemon
Kimura, 116 years old, in Japan.
Jeanne Calment died in France at
122 in 1997, but I didn’t need her
back then; there were lots of people
twice my age.
I was what we old people used to
call “freaked out,” and so I shared my
concerns with my fellow ancients at
work. You would have thought I
belched in a crowded restaurant.
The shock and horror was written
all over their faces. Reminded me
of the movie, "A Few Good Men"
when Jack Nicholson yells, “You
can’t handle the truth!”
Next, I called my Auntie. The dear
woman is approaching 90. Told her
the situation, and she said, as she
always does, just the right thing. “You
young people are so cute.”
Cohea can be reached by emailing
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OutreachNC • July 2013
By Carrie Frye
OutreachNC Staff Writer
1940 Ford was the
Glenn Johnson Jr., aka Junior
Johnson, ran the rural roads of
North Carolina for the family
bootlegging business. The ’40
Ford’s big trunk and incredible
maneuverability were perfect for
hauling ‘shine by the light of the
“A case was six gallons, and
you could haul 22 cases,” says
Johnson, 82. “I would run the
speed limit until someone got
For the Johnson family,
moonshining was their livelihood
during the Great Depression
and something they took great
pride in. Outrunning the law
also became one of Johnson’s
specialties that set him up for
quite a career in NASCAR.
Johnson even served 11 months in
an Ohio prison for moonshining
when he was caught tending
one of his family stills in 1956.
Then, it was back to NASCAR
to round out his career with
50 wins for himself, including
a Daytona 500 trophy and six
Winston Cup championships as a
team owner. Johnson was among
the first five inaugural inductees
into the NASCAR Hall of Fame
“I was tickled to go in with
Richard (Petty), Earnhardt (Dale
Sr.) and the Frances (Bill Sr. and
Bill Jr.),” says Johnson.
As much as racing is in Johnson’s
blood, so is his moonshining
heritage, which led him to meet
up in 2007 with Joe Michalek,
founder of Piedmont Distillers.
Originally from New York,
Michalek had become a student
of moonshine after moving to
photos courtesy Piedmont Distillers
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“I had heard all of the lore and myths of this magical elixir and wondered why
no one was making it now legally. After doing a lot of research, I found the only
legal still was in Madison, (N.C.). It was like Otis’s jail cell with the still inside it in
the old train depot,” says Michalek,
laughing. “They had only made one
batch and left the still sitting there.
It was licensed and permitted, so
we bought it in 2004.”
Piedmont Distillers soon
launched their first spirit, Catdaddy,
a term reserved for only the finest
“Fast forward two years, and
Junior Johnson wants to come
to our distillery,” says Michalek.
“He scratched down his family
Johnson adds,” The recipes
weren’t really written down, just
in my head. They were a lot of trial
With Johnson’s recipe, Piedmont
Distillers commenced to making
Midnight Moon Original, a name
that pays homage to how traditional
bootleggers made and ran their
moonshine and a logo with that
iconic ’40 Ford.
The process by which Midnight
Moon is made is what makes it
so special. The moonshine is allnatural,
made from corn and triple
distilled in small batches at the
distillery in Madison, which has
just undergone a major expansion
thanks to the addition of Midnight
Moon Aged with Fruit spirits.
“We'd use fruit to make some of
ours back in the day. We had to go
through the process of perfecting
it to make sure the fruit would not
spoil,” says Johnson. “The apple pie
has just taken over sales. Apple pie
is great, but I like the cherry, because
I was raised on a farm and used
to go eat cherries right off the tree.
"Some people eat the fruit, but it soaks up the 'shine pretty good and has got some
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photos by Diana Matthews
Piedmont Distillers founder
Joe Michalek is proud to be
carrying on North Carolina's
moonshining tradition with
continued from page 39
Midnight Moon fruit flavors are selling upwards of
1.5 million cases annually and are now available in all
50 states and Canada.
“We’re the only product that uses all natural, grade
A fruit. It tastes like fruit, because it is made with fruit,
just like moonshiners have done for generations. All
the color and flavor come from the fresh fruits,” says
Producing the highest quality spirits is what both
Michalek and Johnson believe in. The moonshine is
made in small batches and hand-packed with fresh
apples, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, blackberries
or blueberries into glass jars.
“People work the production lines packing the fruit
coming down just like ‘I Love Lucy’ trying to get the
fruit in the jar,” says Michalek, smiling.
Since their humble beginnings, Piedmont Distillers
has gone from one production line to eight and from
18 employees to over 100, making moonshine quite an
economic engine for both Rockingham County and the
state. Their plan is to add a tasting room and offer tours
in the near future at the Madison distillery.
A still made by Johnson is on display at the NASCAR
Hall of Fame in Charlotte. He also assembled it when
the Hall of Fame could not quite figure out how to with
the help of Michalek, and Johnson promises it would
indeed work to make some homemade ‘shine.
“They had never seen anything like it,” says Johnson.
“I went in there with a monkey wrench and a pair of
pliers, and I put it together. It is just exactly what the
bootleggers used, and it’s a medium-sized one.”
“Junior is crazy like a fox and wired like an engineer,”
says Michalek, who is content to be carrying on this
moonshining tradition and keep it going and growing.
“We are fundamentally the most authentic moonshine
that can be made legally at 100 proof,” he says.
Michalek enjoys his ‘shine just straight over ice,
whereas Johnson adds his to a Bloody Mary.
“You can use it like you would Jack Daniels to doctor
it up. You have got to taste it,” says Johnson.
The fruit spirits can be mixed with anything from
tea to lemonade, and customers have submitted many
recipes for cooking with ‘shine, everything from a
strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing to desserts like
homemade ice cream and apple pie.
The pair is pleasantly surprised at the success of
“I think we are all surprised,” says Johnson.
“I am surprised that is it is so broad in appeal from
Washington to New Hampshire to south Florida,” says
Michalek. “It is spread evenly, literally from bankers
to bikers. It runs the gamut across lifestyles. It is not
just a North Carolina thing or a Southern thing, it is an
From the humblest of bootlegging traditions like
Johnson, Midnight Moon was born and raised in North
Carolina and is made with the same family pride.
“We pride ourselves on doing it the right way,” says
Michalek. “Junior would not allow it to be done any
other way. It is at our core. It is hand-crafted in small
batches, and the proof is in the spirits.” ■
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2 ounces of Strawberry
Midnight Moon Moonshine
(other flavor options are
blackberry, blueberry, cherry
2 ounces fresh lemon juice Cooking Simple
2 ounces simple syrup (In a
small saucepan, bring 1 cup
sugar and 1 cup water to a boil; simmer until the
sugar is dissolved, about three minutes. Remove
from the heat and let cool completely.)
Mix ingredients in a 16-ounce glass, add ice and
fill with club soda. Stir and garnish with fresh mint
and strawberry. Enjoy!
Morris, owner of Rhett’s Restaurant, Personal Chef &
Catering, can be reached at 910-695-3663.
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Part 7 of 12 Part Series
Latest gadgets can make
aging in place easier
By michelle goetzl
Special to OutreachNC
Editor’s note: For 2013, we are featuring an
Aging in Place series with a piece each month to take
a serious look at all the aspects of creating a plan to
age in place. For previous articles from this Aging in
Place series, visit www.OutreachNC.com and click
on previous issues.
Most Americans love their homes and have
a real desire to build, modify or purchase
a home that will allow them to live out
the rest of their days with comfort and independence.
In addition to the house itself, there are a variety of
innovative gadgets to help stay healthy and safe without
having to give up the comfort of your own home.
For seniors living alone, injuries or incapacitation
can mean the end of an independent lifestyle. With
a personal emergency response system (PERS) in
place, help is within reach at all times. With modern
technology, there is everything from a basic emergency
response pendant to systems that learn your habits and
alert loved ones if you are not moving as much as you
Amy Natt, a certified geriatric care manager with
Aging Outreach Services, feels that pendants are
“essential to any older adult living alone as well as
couples where one may be experiencing mental or
physical declines that prohibit them from calling for
help if something should happen to their spouse.”
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Aging in Place
some of the pill
to help keep
models can be
sound a reminder
alarm and be
set up for up to a
month's worth of
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At the basic level are products such as Lifelife and
ADT, which have been serving the senior community
for years. Each has an emergency pendant for the times
when you truly need to call out, “I've fallen and I can't
For a pendant without a monthly service fee, David
Grimes of Better Living Products in Raleigh recommends
the Guardian Alert 911. This system calls 911 at the
touch of a button but does not connect you to a service
agent who can assist you. Lifeline and VitalLink also
offer versions that automatically place a call for help if
they detect a fall, and you are unable to push the button
yourself. These products offer a certain peace of mind.
However, Natt is quick to add that this is in no way a
replacement for hands-on care and that “the technology
is only as good as a person's ability and willingness to
use it. The trick to the success of these devices is to be
wearing them when a fall or crisis occurs.”
If you are in the market for a new phone that also
gives you the benefits of the pendant system, V-tech
and Uniden both offer phone systems that come with
an emergency pendant.
Connie Hess, a durable medical equipment specialist
at Health Innovations Pharmacy in Southern Pines,
likes the V-tech phone because not only does it have
a PERS feature, but it also has big buttons and allows
you to put pictures of up to four contacts on speed dial.
She jokes that one problem of aging is that people don't
always remember the name of the person that they
want to call, but with this phone they can “just poke
them right in the face.”
Advances in GPS technology can keep you moving
right along. The 5Star Urgent Response is a compact,
discreet GPS-enabled device that can be used at home
and on the go. It is a small device that can attach to
your keys, slip into your pocket or attach to a bag. With
just a touch of a button, you’ll speak immediately to
one of their certified response agents who can quickly
identify your location, evaluate the situation and get
you the assistance you need.
The popular Jitterbug cell phone that features large,
easy-to-read buttons also has the option of coming with
5Star response assistance.
Another big concern as we age is prescription
medications. Chances are that as your age increases,
so do the number of medications that have to be
taken at various times of the day. Research has shown
that approximately 40 percent of all people entering
nursing homes do so because they are unable to selfmedicate
in their home. If you want to stay in your own
home, finding a system that keeps you on track with
your medications is of utmost importance.
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The choices available to help
manage medications range from
low-tech pill boxes to high-tech
systems with alarms and locks.
For the person on the go who
also needs to take various pills
throughout the day, Grimes
recommends the 4-Alarm Pill
Box with vibration reminder.
This is a pocket pill box with
a discreet vibrating alarm. It
can hold up to four daily doses
with separate alarms and can
alert you by vibration or loud,
If you plan to be in the home
for all of your scheduled doses,
additional technology can assist
with that as well. The mid-range
option is a product called the
MedReady 1600. The MedReady
is a locked, automated
medication dispenser that beeps
at programmed times until the
medication door is opened. It
can be programmed for up to a
month at a time, depending on
how many separate times a day
you need to take medications.
The MedReady can also come
with a flashing alarm for those
hard of hearing.
At the next technology level is
the MedMinder, recommended
by Jim Miller of The Savvy
Senior. This high-tech device is
a “computerized pill box that
flashes and beeps to remind you
to take your medication.” The
high tech aspect of this pill box
is that it calls you or a loved
one if you fail to take your
medications on time.
It is important to remember
that while a lot of focus is put on
high-tech gadgets and gizmos,
many times the best things to
have around to make your dayto-day
experience easier are
If unlocking the door has
become a harder process, Grimes
recommends a hole-in-one key
holder, which is basically a
handle for your keys. He explains
that “folks with arthritis or any
other upper extremity weakness
don't have the strength to grip
the key and turn it.”
This product provides
additional leverage to simply
turn the keys. Once inside the
house, consider various door
knob grips that are on the market
to help grasp and turn the door
These same people might also
benefit from Ubend-It utensils,
which are designed with a twist
in the shaft that allows the utensil
to be easily bent to either side at
any angle. Grabbers and reachers
also shouldn't be overlooked as
they often can help avoid a fall.
Aging in place doesn't mean
staying in one place, and there are
useful items to consider to help
keep you on the move as well.
Grimes is a fan of the PathLighter
cane which provides a circle
of light at your feet so you can
walk with greater assurance and
safety. Miller recommends the
HurryCane, which was built to
act as an extension of your body
by stabilizing on three points of
contact, pivoting like an ankle
and bending like a knee.
For additional ease when riding
in the car, a product such as the
Metro Car Handle fits into the
latch of a car door to help you
get in and out with more ease.
The list of products available
to help you age in place could
go on and on. You should always
do your own research and find
the product that is right for you,
but these items are a good place
to start. ■
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By jennifer kirby
Special to OutreachNC
As a boy growing up in Ontario, Ron Francis
dreamed of playing in the NHL, a dream
that was realized when he was selected
by the Hartford (Conn.) Whalers as the fourth overall
pick in the 1981 NHL draft. The Whalers moved to
Raleigh and became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997;
Francis, who was with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the
time, returned to the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise the
following year. He still ranks first in its all-time history
in points, goals, assists and games played.
When he retired after 23 seasons, Francis had two
Stanley Cups to his credit as well as awards for
his defensive skills, leadership, sportsmanship and
community service. He was inducted into the Hockey
Hall of Fame in 2007 and is a 2013 inductee into the
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Today, Francis serves
as vice president of hockey relations for the Hurricanes,
of which he became a minority owner last fall.
Here, he talks about going head to head against
hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, drinking champagne
out of the Stanley Cup and why North Carolina is a
great place to live.
ONC: You’ve been involved in hockey as a player, as a
coach and in the front office. Which role is your favorite?
As a 2013 inductee into the North Carolina Sports
Hall of Fame and Museum, Ron Francis has a
display of hockey memorabilia onsite at the hall,
which is located on the third floor of the N.C.
Museum of History in downtown Raleigh at 5 East
Edenton Street. For more information, call 919-807-
7900 or visit www.ncshof.org. Admission is free, and
tours are self-guided.
RF: I don’t think anything’s quite as exciting as being
a player, so that’s probably my favorite.
ONC: As vice president of hockey operations for the
Carolina Hurricanes, what does your job entail?
RF: Pretty much everything hockey-related. I
work with our general manager and assistant general
manager, Jim Rutherford and Jason Karmanos, and I
also work with our pro scouts and our amateur scouts.
I work with Jeff Daniels, who’s the head coach and
general manager (of the Charlotte Checkers American
Hockey League team).
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I work with our player development guys on
monitoring the progress and helping develop the guys
that we already have in our system. So a lot of things
ONC: Can you talk a little about the challenges of
having a hockey team in the South?
RF: I think initially it was a bit of a challenge to sell
our game, but I certainly believe in our sport, and if
we can get people to the rink to watch it live, I think
we can hook them. One thing I found out real quick
moving to Raleigh is the sports fans in our market are
extremely passionate, and we’re really appreciative of
all the support they’ve given us.
ONC: How much did the Hurricanes’ winning the
Stanley Cup boost local interest in the sport?
RF: I think that was huge. For a young franchise, we
hosted the draft, we hosted the All-Star game, we’ve
gone to the conference championship three times,
gone to the finals a couple of times, but ultimately
winning it is a huge step. And I think you’ll see that
down the road as more and more kids get involved in
the game because of that, and more and more hockey
fans start coming out of the Raleigh markets.
ONC: Do your three children play hockey?
RF: My oldest is a daughter; she did not. And my
next two boys did, yes.
ONC: In your opinion, is the game better from a
fan standpoint today than it was 15 years ago?
RF: Yes, I think the game has continued to evolve.
I think the athletes continue to get bigger, faster,
stronger, and the result is a better product on the ice.
ONC: Do you think hockey fights are good or bad
for the game?
RF: I think it’s always been part of our game, and
it’s kind of a way of policing some of the stuff that may
take place on the ice. It certainly seems to get crowds
out of their seat when they have them, and I don’t see
that changing anytime soon.
ONC: During your 23-year career as a player,
you accumulated many accolades for your skills on
and off the ice. Other than the Stanley Cup, is there
a particular award or achievement that you’re most
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RF: Well, I mean, obviously the Stanley Cup is the
biggest. As a kid growing up, that’s what you want to
be able to attain. But being recognized for being a good
defensive player, being recognized for sportsmanship,
being recognized for community service – I think those
were all important things so I was very fortunate over my
career to be able to accomplish a lot of those things.
ONC: What is it like having won the Stanley Cup?
RF: Every kid that grows up in Canada playing
hockey dreams of someday playing in the NHL, but
ultimately you want to be able to hoist that silver trophy
over your head. When that happened for me it was the
culmination of a lot of hard work and a dream come true.
ONC: Did you do anything crazy with the Stanley
Cup when you took it home?
RF: I remember taking it home and calling some
neighbors and having them over, drinking champagne,
and my dad was down, and doing different silly
pictures with the trophy. I think that’s the beauty of
that trophy, it’s something that is shared with not only
family and friends but the general public at different
times. That’s what makes that trophy so special.
ONC: Who is the best player you ever played with
or against, and why?
RF: Oh, boy, I played against some good ones. I
played against [Wayne] Gretzky, and it’s obviously a
challenge to go head to head with him. He’s just so
smart, so elusive, could beat you so many different
ways. And then I played against and with Mario
Lemieux, who’s equally as good but in a different
way – bigger, stronger, played a different type of game
– but again, just as good and just as powerful and,
again, could beat you in many different ways. Those
two guys stand out for sure.
ONC: You’re a native of Ontario. What do you like
best about North Carolina?
RF: I heard before I came down here it was a
great place to raise a family and had great universities
and medical facilities and access to the beaches and
mountains, and I think all of those are true, but I think
the biggest thing for me is the people. The pace of
life is a little bit slower, the people are very friendly,
and it reminds me a lot of my hometown in Canada.
People here will look you in the eye in the morning
and say good morning to you rather than kind of bury
their head and walk by you, or they’ll hold the door
for you, or they’ll let you in in traffic instead of giving
you a hand. It’s a good place to live. ■
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Helping people help animals
By maryelle hunter
Special to OutreachNC
band of dedicated and passionate Sandhills
residents is making strides in their attempt to solve
the pet overpopulation problem in Moore County.
A good example of their efforts was evident on a recent
Tuesday morning when, through arrangements made by
the county’s Citizens Pet Responsibility Committee, a
group of 40 puppies was picked up in Carthage by the
North Shore Animal League (NSAL) for a trip north.
The Citizens Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC)
made plans for Moore County’s Animal Center to
coordinate the pick-up by NSAL, or what is known as
the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption
organization. This was the second time in the last
several months when the Animal Center had hosted a
NSAL “Puppy Transport” from Moore County, making
the service available to Moore Humane Society, Animal
Advocates, Scotland, Cumberland and Richmond
counties as well as for puppies from its own shelter.
The PRC was formed in 2005 at the urging of
Angela Zumwalt, (pictured top right) a Whispering Pines
resident, when she approached the Moore County Board
of Commissioners with an idea to centralize the work of
several groups interested in animal control and welfare.
A former IBM executive, she had donated to several
animal welfare groups in New Jersey, before she and
her husband moved to the Sandhills. However, she
vowed that when she could, she would make use of her
corporate skills to assist in the cause.
Established in 2006, the PRC, co-chaired by Zumwalt
and Pamela Partis, embarked on a broad spectrum of
activities during its first three years. Then in 2008, the
PRC switched its primary focus to education in the
schools of Moore County, with a goal of instilling in the
next generation a plan to offset the pet overpopulation
problem. The program, designed to be integrated with
Moore County’s Character Education initiative, stresses
good judgment, integrity, kindness, perseverance,
respect and responsibility for pet ownership.
Presented to over 1,200 fourth graders since it was
piloted in the fall of 2008 at Vass-Lakeview Elementary
School, the program is now taught by volunteers in all
public schools as well as in several private and charter
“We are trying to add some more of the private and
charter schools each year,” says Zumwalt.
Explaining that when the program was first started,
they had only a few volunteers teaching multiple
classes, Zumwalt says that their numbers have grown
as word of mouth spread about the unique program.
“Nevertheless, we are always looking for additional
volunteers, and the next teacher training session is
scheduled for July 18."
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For more information on
the Citizens Pet Responsibility
Committee, the Pet Placement
Project, Animal Operations
Advisory Board or to sign up
for the teacher training session
on July 18, contact Angela
Zumwalt at 910 949-9953 or
The work of the PRC has become
a recognized best practice
throughout the state. It was
honored by a Governor’s Award
for Volunteer Service in 2012,
and workshops and presentations
have been made to statewide
organizations by its members.
The PRC has consulted with 23
North Carolina counties, with six
counties introducing a similar
program into their school systems.
Through a friendship with a
college classmate who lives in
Spain, Zumwalt reports that the
program has even been exported.
Now three schools in Madrid use
the teaching tool.
Among other activities of the PRC,
a Speuter (spay/neuter) Contest is
run annually in each of the schools,
giving all students the opportunity
to become an advocate for their
own pet or help another pet in the
community. Students may write an
essay entry describing how their pet
would benefit from being spayed
or neutered and how this would
help solve the larger problem of
pet overpopulation. One winner is
selected from each school and with
the support of their families and at
no cost, a pet owned by an award
winner is altered at the Spay Neuter
Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills,
made possible by funding from the
Moore County Kennel Club.
The PRC also sponsors a regular
Robbins Speuter Run, staffed by
volunteers, who make a trip to
and from the vet clinic in Vass,
bringing pets for spay or neuter
procedures for pet owners in the
northern section of the county who
would otherwise find transportation
difficult, if not impossible.
In addition, the PRC administers
the Tail Waggin’ program in Moore
County. Tail Waggin’ Tutors is
a volunteer group organized to
bring qualified handlers and their
therapy dogs to elementary schools
where children and dogs can bond
together over a shared story.
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Under the auspices of the PRC, a Pet Placement
Project (P3) was inaugurated in March of 2012.
Composed of a group of volunteers with the Moore
County’s Animal Center and led by Partis, their goal
is increasing the adoption rate and lowering the
euthanasia rate of adoptable pets in the Animal Center.
One of the unique ways in which they operate is
the implementation of an Adoption Wish List. If an
individual or family is looking for a pet but doesn’t have
the time to visit the center, all they have to do is to fill
out a wish list form on the PRC’s website, www.mcprc.
org, detailing their preferences as to type of pet, sex,
size, age and color, and volunteers will find a match for
the prospective owner.
As a further step to Moore County’s efforts to bolster
animal well-being, in January, a 12-member Animal
Services Advisory Board was created by the county
commissioners. The new advisory board oversees
the operations of the county’s Animal Operations
Department, and its objectives are to “work with the
staff of the MCAOD and community resources on
creating and driving activities aimed at decreasing
the number of animals entering The Animal Center,
increasing the placement of animals from the Center,
ensuring the greatest level
of care for animals at the
center and reducing the
euthanasia rate at the
The advisory board is
also charged with acting
as an advocacy group on
all matters concerning
the animal population of
Zumwalt, who chairs the
board, says, “It is really a
team effort. For instance,
we have people on the
board individually skilled in
all phases of animal welfare
throughout the county,
trainer and Animal Control
and Sheriff’s Department
She sums up with this
thought, “Of course there
are the local organizations
such as Animal Advocates,
the Humane Society and
the Kennel Club who are
very supportive, so it is
a matter of combining
all our energies working
toward the same objective.
I don’t think that morally
the citizens of Moore
County want to live with
an animal euthanasia rate
as high as it’s been in the
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Recent studies support what
many volunteers already know,
volunteering makes us feel
good. According to the Corporation
for National and Community
Service, “research demonstrates that
volunteering leads to better health and
that older volunteers are the most likely
to receive physical and mental health
benefits from their volunteer activities.”
It also appears the increases in better
health directly correlate with the amount
you volunteer. The more you’re helping
others, the healthier you can be.
An easy sell for me when speaking to
potential volunteers is that volunteering
is a great way to meet new people,
especially others in your age group.
Already being involved in volunteering
at the time of a loss, such as that of a
spouse, is a significant support for the
person and helps avoid depression.
Also, I have encouraged recent widows
and widowers to get involved in civic
activities as soon as possible to avoid
Finally, if you’re new to an area,
volunteering can be the catalyst to
new friendships as a result of shared
interests. The term I like to use is
“helper’s high” similar to “runner’s
high. This benefit comes to anyone
at any age and you can receive this
feeling by simply helping others in
any capacity not just as an official
volunteer with an organization. Let
me warn you this feeling is very
addictive and you may want to start
helping others on a more regular basis
like these RSVP volunteers joining up
with Girl Scouts for a pet adoption
(pictured at right).
Deese, RSVP director with the Moore
County Department of Aging, can be
reached at 910-215-0900 or email
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See Grey Matter Puzzle Answers on Page 56
6. Large brown
11. Causing fear
13. Guiding light
16. Make clear by
special emphasis (2 wds)
18. Graduation cap
21. Edible root of the
23. ___ apso (dog)
25. Bakery supply
27. ___ and outs
28. Doha’s land
29. Removes gas from
a tank with a hose
32. Boxing front row
41. Punish by hanging
44. Artificial leg?
46. 100 cents
48. Methane produced
50. Come together
51. Assign an incorrect
53. Coated in flour
56. Decorates with
58. Loudness units
1. Amusement park
2. February 29 (2 wds)
3. Toni Morrison’s “___
4. Cut, maybe
6. Aussie “bear”
7. “Desire Under the
8. “Well, ___-di-dah!”
19. Gothic typeface (2
22. Fish hawks
24. Colorful marble (2
30. “___ moment”
31. “That’s ___ ...”
33. Add as part of
34. Cutting from a
35. Awakens (2 wds)
39. ___ donna
40. Bikini, e.g.
44. Beverly ___,
45. Graceful fliers
52. When doubled, a
54. Kipling’s “Gunga
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Senior Shorts Fiction
Nancy Young is a former newspaper
reporter and editor from Fuquay-Varina.
She recently left a long career teaching
college English and film to indulge
herself in her love of writing. She can be
reached at NMYoung40@aol.com.
Claire steeled herself as she parked next to
the “Dance with Cyndi” sign, smirking
at the gold star that dotted the "i." By
the looks of the place, it wouldn’t be able to afford
much advertising, so the story’d just be a blurb on the
Cyndi perked up like a bird dog when she heard the
tires rumble on the gravel drive. Fluffing her hair and
sucking in her stomach as she checked her reflection
in the wall-sized mirror, she summoned her Little Miss
Crepe Myrtle smile and yanked the studio door open.
From the brassy hair to the shoes, Claire could see
this was a bona fide Cyndi—with an i. Some remnants
of small-town upbringing still lingered in the big ‘do.
Through local gossip, she knew Cyndi, sans a diploma,
had shaken the red clay from her pointy heels and
made good somewhere bigger. Now she wanted a
“You must be from the Weekly Sun.” Cyndi had
already planned out exactly what she was going to say,
how she’d left her roots to follow her dream, how she’d
pursued her love of dance in the world of entertainment
from Charlotte to Manteo and how she had now
returned to help other little girls follow their dreams.
“Claire Montgomery.” Claire nodded. “Thanks for
contacting us, Ms. Dupp. And welcome home.”
Cyndi bent her head in acknowledgement, trying for
the same kind of tilt she’d seen on that British princess.
“Won’t you come this way?” In the studio, she had
set up chairs so that the diffused glow would bounce
off her highlights and keep her skin from looking too
yellow. She took pains to hold her thighs off the seat so
they wouldn’t look fat.
As the reporter sat gathering her notes, Cyndi glanced
into the studio. Lacey was still playing with the Barbies
under the card table near the window. With luck,
she’d be gone before the interview ended. At least the
reporter didn’t seem to have noticed the little girl.
“So I understand you were born here, Ms. Dupp?”
"That’s right. I'll always call Myrtle Springs my spiritual
home, no matter where the spotlights may lead me.”
Claire looked up sharply but detected no trace of
sarcasm. “And you’re scheduled to open your dance studio
September first?” She listened to the answer with half an
ear, wondering if McDonald’s was still selling McMuffins.
“Absolutely. Dance with Cyndi is dedicated to
bringing the joy of movement to young girls, grooming
them for the challenges of competitive pageants while
building their self-confidence and making them more
beautiful people.” Cyndi looked at the reporter’s
notebook. “Shouldn’t you be writing that down?”
Claire nodded and started a grocery list. “And you
yourself have some experience in local pageants?”
“I was Mini Miss Pickle Pageant, Little Miss Crepe
Myrtle, and even runner-up for North Carolina Majestic
Queen in the Southern Elite Pageant system. That’s a big
one, you know.”
“No, I didn’t know.” Claire could see the hopes of
a second breakfast fading. “And was that your most
Grey Matter Answers
Cyndi paused, smoothing the line between her penciled
Claire smelled the blood in the water now. “So how long
has it been?”
“A couple of years. I left the pageant world to pursue my
love of dance on stages from Char—“
“When exactly was your last competition?” Claire asked.
“Um . . . five years ago. Since then, I’ve been . . . “
“And where have you been studying?”
“Studying?” The frown resurfaced. “Well, I spent many
hours a week studying jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and modern."
"With Miss Jackie out on Highway 55." Cyndi's sweat
prickled her back. “Of course, I also learned from my
experience as a professional dancer. In Charlotte I . . .”
Her voice rose a pitch as she heard Lacey stirring under
the table, singing the little teapot song to herself.
Claire looked up. She’d missed seeing the chubby toddler
with wispy brown hair sitting cross-legged under a table,
her fists full of dolls that she made dance as she sang softly.
“Who’s the kid?” Claire nodded at the back.
“Oh, that’s just Lacey. Someone’s coming to pick her up
any minute now.”
“She’s a cutie. How old? About 3?”
Cyndi nodded and shifted her chair to block Claire’s
view. “I plan to offer dance classes as well as a special
program in pageant preparation.”
Claire shifted to her notes. “For what ages?”
“Eighteen months to 18.” Back in the saddle, Cyndi
relaxed her shoulders and checked in the mirror. Yes, she
looked cool and confident.
“Yoo-hoo! Mee-Maw’s here!” The voice could’ve taken
the top prize at the Spivey’s Corner Hollering Contest. The
woman at the door wasn't just a brick house; she was a
brick apartment building of a woman.
“Sorry I’m a little late, Pumpkin,” she wheezed, dabbing her
three chins.“Belk’s had a sale.” She beamed at the reporter.
“How do you do? I’m Doreen Dupp, Cynthia’s mother.”
“Mee-Maw! Here I am!” The little girl came running.
“There’s my little grandbaby. Were you good for your
Mama? Nice and quiet?”
“Yes, ma’am. I was good.” She looked like a puppy
hoping for a pat, Claire thought.
“So this is your daughter?” Claire raised on eyebrow.
“My Pumpkin’s pumpkin,” Mee-Maw gushed.
Chewing the pink gloss from her bottom lip, Cyndi
flashed back to that year with Aunt Nettie out in Johnston
County. The months dragged like a snake that’d been run
over by a pickup until Lacey’d been born. Those sleazy
auditions and late-night shows blurred together. From one
chorus line to the next, she’d kicked her way up and out,
and she wasn’t about to be upstaged now.
“How about the photo?” Cyndi closed in on the reporter.
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“Sure. Why don’t we go outside where the light’s a little
better? The sign’ll help tell the story.”
“We could have two pictures—one of me on the front
page and one of the studio, maybe on the second page.”
Claire unscrewed the lens from the camera, hiding her
irritation. “Why don’t you stand over there next to the wall
so the sun’s not behind you?”
That was more like it. Cyndi assumed her pageant pose,
holding the smile while the reporter took the shot. A wall
of mirrors smiled back at her. “Can I see?”
Resisting her first impulse, Claire opened the memory
and let Cyndi glimpse the result.
“I think we can do better. How about this?” Cyndi lifted
her arms and widened her grin. Patience thinning, Claire
snapped the shots. She’d just delete the extras.
Lacey and Mee-Maw sidled in to watch. Without turning,
Claire shifted the viewfinder and captured the three of them,
Mee-Maw and Cyndi flanking plump little Lacey in a balanced
composition with a hometown look. Claire had the story:
“Three generations of Dupps grin in anticipation—
Doreen Dupp, Lacey Dupp, and Cyndi Dupp, who is the
new owner of Dance with Cyndi in downtown Myrtle
Springs. The studio will offer classes for students aged 18
months to 18 starting Sept. 1.” The picture and caption
appeared the next week on page 6, next to a Piggly Wiggly
The studio mirror shattered when Cyndi threw her shoe
at it. ■
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Come together for Independence Day
For this July Fourth observance, I have a
suggestion: Let’s come together as one
nation, indivisible. Let’s try to set aside our
differences, and for that one day, be Americans. Not
Irish-Americans, not British-Americans, not Polish-
Americans, not German-Americans, nor any other
Let’s just be Americans. Neither conservative nor liberal
nor independent, just regular Americans. Everyone
agrees that our country is deeply divided along any
number of lines—rich/poor, educated/illiterate, political/
apolitical, rural/urban, young/not so young, black/white/
There’s no way that our founding fathers could have
foreseen what these United States would look like in
2013. Just think of all the changes that have happened
since 1776. Their intent was good and honorable:
"to form a more perfect union." It seems that we are
anything but united. Yet, in times of disaster, we tend
to pull together to help one another, thus proving that
we are good and caring people
at our core. It shouldn’t take
a shooting in New Town or a
tornado in Oklahoma to bring us
There’ll be a lot of flag waving Over My Shoulder
and patriotic talk this July Fourth.
There’ll be hamburgers, hot
dogs, ribs, corn on the cob and
ice cream. There’ll be fireworks of the sparkling kind
and the ooooh and aaaaaaah kinds. But will there be
fireworks of the human type the next day? If we can be
nice to each other—we don’t have to become bosom
buddies. For one day, couldn’t we try for two days, then
maybe a week? Then, heck, maybe we’ll get used to it.
I’m not suggesting that we give up any firmly held
beliefs, political or otherwise. I’m suggesting that we
respect others, whatever they may believe and remove
the downright nastiness of which we’re seeing too much.
It’s quite possible to disagree without being disagreeable.
When we were 13 fledgling colonies, we seemed to
share similar beliefs and ideals. Then we grew and grew,
from shore to shore, to be a major country with millions
of people. All of us, even those who trace their roots to
The Mayflower, came to these shores from someplace
else. Why? Most were seeking a better life, and this great
land seemed to offer many riches.
Having just been to my 50th state (see page 18), I have
seen that we have more that should unite us than divide
us. From state to state, I’ve seen acres of farmland with
hardworking farmers producing goods not only for their
own families, but for yours and mine. I’ve seen cities
large and small with industries beginning to rebound.
I’ve seen more people than I could count engaging in
polite, sometimes heated but still polite, conversation.
I’ve seen miles and miles of highways, acres and acres
of trees, huge great rivers and lakes, all things for which
we should be exceedingly grateful.
To the naysayers who don’t seem happy with anything
anyone with authority does, I suggest they take a step
back and see if they would prefer life in the war-torn
Middle East or under a dictator.
I am not Pollyanna. I see causes for concern. I care about
the homeless, the unemployed, the disenfranchised, but
for July Fourth, I want a “more perfect union” and hope
you will join me.
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