July 2013 - OutreachNC Magazine


July 2013 - OutreachNC Magazine

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JULY 2013 | Vol. 4 Issue 7

utreach NC

Navigating all your lifestyle choices

'Shining on...

Handcrafting North Carolina spirits with

NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson


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utreach NC

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...

—Carrie Frye

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Inside this issue

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Ask the Expert.......................6

Belle Weather

by Celia Rivenbark................7

Storytelling | 10

Consumer Beware..............14

Cooking Simple..................41


Game On...........................16

Grey Matter Games............54

Hospital Health..................23

Law Review........................22

Life's Journey......................25

Literary Circle......................9

Money Matters.....................8

Over My Shoulder..............58

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

Senior Shorts Guest Writer

Nancy Young's short story,

"Mirror, Mirror".......................56

Sentimental Journey...........24


Volunteer RSVP.....................53

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

Tpencil poised.

"And what kind of protein are we

having today?" she asked.

The look on my face must've said

"Do what?"

"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

it, right?

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

Belle Weather

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

labeled "Fats?"

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

Information Services.


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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

Money Matters

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 taylor@clementcapitalgroup.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,

Lindbergh’s book

has been a source of

guidance to untold

numbers with her

metaphor of seashells

to lead followers on

the spiritual path.

Contentment and

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

therapist, Johnson

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

these books.

"Patience, faith and

openness is what the sea

has to teach. Simplicity,

solitude, intermittency,”

concludes Johnson.


She insists all need a

place to retreat, like

Lindbergh’s island.

Johnson quotes

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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Literary Circle

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By Amanda Thames

Special to OutreachNC


tall tales

and lies...

Photography By

John gessner

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

following month’s

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

cultural activities.”


“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

customer experience

metrics) scams

lurking. The National

Consumers League,

a nonprofit

a d v o c a c y

group, has

indicated that


r e g a r d i n g

m y s t e r y

s h o p p e r

schemes have

seen a noticeable

increase. This

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

wire transferred

back is gone

for good as

well. There

are hundreds

of variations

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.

Consumer Beware

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

the team.

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.


Everything but

Freddy, that is.

He came dashing

Game On

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

between games.

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


Niagara Falls

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.

Muir Woods

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

included them.

"This land is your land,

this land is my land

From California,

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

Trusts can

be used for

a number

Law Review

of purposes;

however, the

most common

uses include

Fifth article in Estate Planning Series

estate tax

planning, asset

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



Hospital Health

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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

Care Center-Vass.

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

weather disaster

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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Special to OutreachNC

Photography By

John gessner

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

States Army.

“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

do it.

“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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Ed Middleton,

a volunteer at

the Airborne

and Special


Museum, has

his own stories

from WWII to

share with


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

the exhibits.”

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

Christian Community

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

following morning

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

better fitness


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

specific height.

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

new activity.

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

Photography By

carol Wilson


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

farming genealogy.

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

greeting visitors

to the farm at

the Harrington

Farms produce

stand. Mike,

center, and Sam

Harrington, father

and son, are

two of the five

generations who

have worked

the family farm

located at 1412

San Lee Drive in

Sanford. For more

information on

the farm,

call 919-776-2353.


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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

Mike, smiling.

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

cultivating plants:

"A lot of people are having gardens – now people

are coming in and saying, 'We got our own squash,"

he adds.

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." ■


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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

Senior Moments

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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By Carrie Frye

OutreachNC Staff Writer


1940 Ford was the

preferred vehicle

when Robert

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

after me.”

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

in 2010.

“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

North Carolina.

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

of moonshines.

“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

and error.”

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

Junior Johnson.

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

Midnight Moon.

“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

American thing.”

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.” ■




for sippin'

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2 ounces of Strawberry

Midnight Moon Moonshine

(other flavor options are

blackberry, blueberry, cherry

or cranberry)

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.)

Club soda

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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David Grimes

of Better Living

Products in

Raleigh shows

some of the

latest innovative

products in

home medical

equipment, such

as the Omron 10

series + blood

pressure monitor.

Part 7 of 12 Part Series

Latest gadgets can make

aging in place easier

By michelle goetzl

Special to OutreachNC

Photography By

john gessner

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

normally do.

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

Grimes shows

some of the pill

box gadgets

to help keep


organized. Some

models can be

programmed to

sound a reminder

alarm and be

set up for up to a

month's worth of


continued from page 42

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

get up.”

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,

beeping alarm.

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

low-tech items.

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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Carolina Hurricanes'

Ron Francis

By jennifer kirby

Special to OutreachNC


john gessner

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

proud of?


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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

Photography By

diana matthews


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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continued from page 51

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

animal center.”

The advisory board is

also charged with acting

as an advocacy group on

all matters concerning

the animal population of

Moore County.

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,

including veterinarians,

a professionally-certified

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

past.” ■


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Volunteer RSVP

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

social isolation.

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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Grey Matter

See Grey Matter Puzzle Answers on Page 56

Apple jam








































1. Adjust

6. Large brown


11. Causing fear

13. Guiding light

15. Egg-shaped


16. Make clear by

special emphasis (2 wds)

17. Drivel

18. Graduation cap


20. ___-Atlantic

21. Edible root of the

taro plant

23. ___ apso (dog)

24. “Unforgettable”


25. Bakery supply

27. ___ and outs

28. Doha’s land

29. Removes gas from

a tank with a hose

31. Exterior

32. Boxing front row


34. Brouhaha

36. Infinite

39. Stratagems

40. Parenthesis,


41. Punish by hanging

without trial

43. Brinks

44. Artificial leg?

46. 100 cents

47. “Rocks”

48. Methane produced

from renewable

resources, e.g.

50. Come together

51. Assign an incorrect


53. Coated in flour

55. Formicary

56. Decorates with

gold leaf

57. Objectives

58. Loudness units


1. Amusement park


2. February 29 (2 wds)

3. Toni Morrison’s “___


4. Cut, maybe

5. Kidney-related

6. Aussie “bear”

7. “Desire Under the


8. “Well, ___-di-dah!”

9. Ballyhoo

10. Like

11. Stupid

12. Spirited

13. Iron

14. Exodus


19. Gothic typeface (2


22. Fish hawks

24. Colorful marble (2


26. Dilutes

28. Suppress

30. “___ moment”

31. “That’s ___ ...”

33. Add as part of

something else


34. Cutting from a

larger piece

35. Awakens (2 wds)

37. Nestle

38. Diatribes

39. ___ donna

40. Bikini, e.g.

42. Contains

44. Beverly ___,

operatic soprano

45. Graceful fliers

48. Get-out-of-jail


49. ___-mutton

52. When doubled, a


54. Kipling’s “Gunga



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Mirror, Mirror

Senior Shorts Fiction

Nancy Young

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

business page.

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

fatted-calf barbecue.

“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

recent pageant?”

Grey Matter Answers


Cyndi paused, smoothing the line between her penciled

brows. “Yes.”

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."

“Under whom?

"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

hyphenated American.

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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