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Law and Order, Brunswick Style Meet the staff of the district attorney’s office for Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties.

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A Legacy of Giving Brunswick Community College Foundation honors Clarice and Ronnie Holden for their paths of selfless service.

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Watery Wisdom: An Oyster Story St. James Plantation’s oyster reef program cleans the waterways and serves as a research and teaching lab.

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Wonders of the Carolina Coast Intrepid coastal explorers Peter and Cathy Meyer write about their adventures in a new series of e-books.

PHOTO BY Wendy Hunt

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Dancing with The Brunswick Stars and South Brunswick Islands Rotary’s 1st annual Chilled & Grilled

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Meet the contributors to South Brunswick Magazine

Upcoming events you won’t want to miss

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Tracking the highs and lows at Shallotte Inlet from October to December

Our directory of advertisers

Keeping up with the local business scene

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What’s up in Northern Brunswick County

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Snippets of the Local Scene By Molly Harrison

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The Golf Gene: South Brunswick High School golfer Ashley Sloup has her sights on the state championships and the PGA. By Carolyn Bowers

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Computers for Kids: A local nonprofit refurbishes computers for kids in need. By Carolyn Bowers

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SBM Publisher Justin Williams enjoys a moment of the good life in southern Brunswick County. Photography By Keith Ketchum

Celebrating a Milestone Welcome to our fall issue of South Brunswick Magazine. I am proud to say that we have reached a milestone here and have officially turned 5. I am truly proud of what our team has accomplished over the last five years. With a lot of teamwork, we provide southern Brunswick County with a product that promotes and celebrates our awesome lifestyle here on the North Carolina coast. We could not provide this service without our advertisers. They are literally our backbone, and I could not be more thankful for them. If you are advertising in our magazine or have advertised in the past, please know how much our team truly appreciates your support. Of course we owe a great amount of gratitude to our loyal readers as well. Thank you for all of your compliments and ideas and feedback over the years. And if you read the magazine and look at the advertisements, please remember to mention to our advertisers that you saw them in our publication. We think you have a great issue ahead of you. We had a lot of fun working on these stories. Writer Jason Frye sat down with the team at the District Attorney’s office in Brunswick 16

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County. He met with Jon David and all the assistant DAs and found out that the office is not what he thought it would be. Jason also went to St. James to meet Taylor Ryan and a bunch of volunteers who are building oyster reefs to clean the waterway. Writer Teresa McLamb wrote a great profile on two of South Brunswick’s most well-known residents, Clarice and Ronnie Holden, who were recently honored with a Humanitarian Award in their name by the Brunswick Community College Foundation. Writer Carolyn Bowers featured a high-school golfer who has her sights on the PGA as well as a nonprofit group that refurbishes computers for local school kids. And, as always, we’ve got the details on all the upcoming fall events in South Brunswick County. It’s going to be a great season. I hope you have a great fall. And we look forward to celebrating the South Brunswick lifestyle with you for another five, ten or twenty or more years!

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Keith Ketchum

Photographer

I’m a dedicated surfer / shower singer / bad ’90s cover-song guitar player (to my poor wife) / Peter Pan wanna be (who doesn’t want to stay young and fly?). I have spells of OCD when it comes to a clean house, organization, exercise & feng shui. I’m addicted to Coke (the drink) and have pizza at least once a week. I’m a movie addict: dark fairy tales and thrillers (Perfume, Pan’s Labyrinth, Let the Right One In) are my favorite, but I feel nostalgic about the classics (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, Never Ending

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Story). I wish I had time to read a book.

Wendy Hunt

Account Executive/Photographer

I have lived in Wilmington since the wise age of 5, and, aside from a few moves to different states, southeastern North Carolina has been my permanent home. Since 2008 I’ve been working with Carolina Marketing Company in photography and advertising. North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine have opened a lot of doors for me and introduced me to many wonderful people and happy clients. I enjoy boating, paddleboarding, seashell hunting and saving the occasional dog or wild animal in Photo by Ronnie Holden

distress. My big family also lives in this little coastal town, so they keep me busy as well. I hope you enjoy this magazine as much as we enjoy putting it together.

Lee Ann Bolton

Account Executive/Photographer

I was raised in the small town of Madison, N.C., and I am truly a country girl at heart! I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I studied hospitality management, business and theater. By way of a career in hotel management, I arrived in Wilmington and fell in love with living at the coast. Wanting to pursue my passion for the arts, I opened my own photography business in 2013. I have a genuine love for meeting new people and hearing their stories. Thanks to Justin, with North Brunswick Magazine I continue to build relationships as an account executive and contributing

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Bailey and Onyx. When not working, we love fishing, boating, going out on the town with friends or traveling to visit family. My work can be viewed at www.BlueCottonPhoto.com.

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Golden Pineapple Winners Announced Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce asked who among our business community was giving excellent customer service, and the public responded. Fifteen businesses were honored with a Golden Pineapple Award, recognizing the outstanding care they take in ensuring that their customers have a great experience at their businesses. If you would like to nominate a business for the Golden Pineapple Award, you may fill out a nomination form, available on the chamber’s website (www.southport-oakisland.com) under the pineapple icon. The only requirement is they must be a member of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. The deadline for the third-quarter’s nominations is October 31, 2013. The second quarter winners: The Adventure Kayak Company of Southport Bella Cucina Seafood Pasta & Pizza of Southport Island Way Restaurant of Oak Island Quizno’s Subs of Southport Atlantic Realty Professionals of Oak Island Massage Therapeutics by Joanne Duncan LMBT 7859 of Southport River Road Animal Hospital of Southport Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery of Southport

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South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club Honors Jennifer Vanasse South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club recently honored Jennifer Vanasse by presenting her with Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service Award. Vanasse, a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Bank, was presented the award by outgoing club president Dan Lynes during a banquet at The Thistle Golf Club. Vanasse resides in Calabash with her husband, David, and their son, Caleb. The Five Avenues of Service Award is a very special honor that has only been given to a few other members of the 25year old club. Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service include club service, vocational service, community service, international service and new generations service. Some of Vanasse’s contributions to the club include working with members of the Interact Club at West Brunswick High School, sponsorship of Girls on the Run and STRIDE programs at several schools in the county, and her participation on the Rotary Club’s board as service chair, vice president and president elect. Vanasse is the incoming president of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club for Rotary year 2013–14. For more information about SBI Rotary Club, visit www.sbirotary.org or visit www.facebook.com/sbirotary to connect with them on Facebook. Pictured (left to right): Jennifer Vanasse and Dan Lynes.

Boo & Roo’s of Southport DL Bianchi Brickyard Supply & Construction of Southport Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts of Southport Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room of Southport Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery of Southport Carillon Assisted Living of Southport Oak Island Accommodations of Oak Island Pictured (left to right): Emma Thomas, The Adventure Kayak Company; Penny Watkins, Boo & Roo’s; Ali Travis, River Road Animal Hospital; Frank and Christy Hendrickson, Quizno’s Subs; Hilary Meehan, Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts; Julie Bianchi, DL Bianchi Brickyard Supply & Construction; Joel DeMonbreun, Oak Island Accommodations; Jean Harwell, Atlantic Realty Professionals; Jan Park, Carillon Assisted Living; Joaquin Carbonell, Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery; Seth Robbins, Chamber President; David Thorpe, Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room. (Representatives from the following unavailable for photo: Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery; Bella Cucina Seafood, Pasta & Pizza; Island Way Restaurant; and Massage Therapeutics by Joanne Duncan LMBT 7859)

Southport Celebrates International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out Artists from around North and South Carolina were recently invited to historic Southport to celebrate International Plein Air Worldwide Paint Out. Southport Plein Air Paint Out is an exciting outdoor event, sponsored by the City of Southport as a way to support artists in the area and bring public art to the city’s streets. The event took place on Saturday, September 14, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, and the area’s most talented painters created their works of art en plein air (in the open air). The event was free to the public, and no artist registration was required. Each artist created an original painting of Southport’s historic landscape and buildings. The public strolled the streets and watched as each artist turned a blank canvas in to a oneof-a-kind piece of Southport art. Following the painting event, a Wet Paint Sale was held at the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum and Visitors’ Center located at 203 E. Bay, behind the N.C. Maritime Museum. Art enthusiasts had the chance to take home one of the painted treasures in what is sure to become a collection that will be revered for many generations to come. Fall 2013

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District Governor Andy Chused Visits Shallotte Rotary The new District Governor for District 7730, Andy Chused, visited the Shallotte Rotary Club at a recent meeting in July. After inducting the Shallotte Rotary’s newest member, Kimberly Britt, the governor spoke about his goals for the upcoming year. Among his goals are to strengthen each club in the District through more quality service projects and fundraisers. Projects will be funded through matching district grants, through foundation grants, as well as local and global grants. For local grants, the key parameters are sustainability and marketability for the projects. In addition to speaking about fundraising, the District Governor challenged the club members to evaluate the club in terms of improving the experience for existing members and attracting, engaging and retaining new members.

Superintendent Pruden Speaks to SBI Rotary Dr. Edward Pruden, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, recently spoke to South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club about the state of the county school system. Members were happy to hear of the continued improvement in the county’s high school graduation rate. Pruden also spoke of the importance of their reading initiative, “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader,” and the impact of the state budget on local education programs. Pictured (left to right): Dr. Edward Pruden; Jen Vanasse, Rotary Club president; Millie Venegas, WBHS teacher; and Brock Ahrens, WBHS principal.

American Legion and Community Help Local Veteran The American Legion, Richard H. Stewart Jr. Post 543, recently responded to an appeal of a disabled Navy veteran in need. This veteran, who resides in Brunswick County, could no longer step into his bathtub to shower because of the insertion of a rod in his back. The vet’s plight came to the attention of the American Legion a few months ago. After hearing of the vet’s dilemma, a committee was formed, and after inquiries were made, a walk-in shower was purchased with the help of Lowe’s Hardware in Southport. Installation was provided at no charge by local licensed contractor Roger Milliman, who is also the Commander of the Calabash American Legion, Post 503. The American Legion, Post 543 in St. James wishes to thank all who were involved in this project’s success to help a community member who served his country honorably. The American Legion can help veterans with projects such as this with the generous help from the community, including fundraising efforts from the Military Appreciation Day Committee, the annual “Poppy” sale, as well as many others. To learn more about the American Legion, visit www.legion. org or contact the American Legion Department of North Carolina by calling the state office at (919) 832-7506. 22

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High School Dance Team Holds Food Drive Members of the West Brunswick High School Dance Team recently held a food drive to benefit Matthews Ministry. Matthews Ministry is a local nonprofit organization that provides food to children at 13 schools in Brunswick County. Pictured with the food they collected are: front row (left to right): Sarah Harman; Brianna Mintz, captain; Abigail Bollinger; Alexis Jones; Hannah Howell; Shannah Wayne, officer; Madison Inman, officer; Kami Fillman; Kanisha Grissett; Eliza Fish; Makayla Canady; and Emily Arrigoni. Back row (left to right): Joy Gause; Hannah Pittman; Charlee Baxley; Kara Salzer; Ashlen Graves, captain; Hannah Tripp; Chelsea Clemmons; Alex King; and Melanie Britten.

Community Learning Centers Approved Communities In Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County, Inc. in partnership with Brunswick County Schools, has been approved by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to implement 21st Century Community Learning Centers over the course of four consecutive years. The 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) project proposal is designed to serve 240 students in grades 2 and 3 during after-school hours, weekends and summer. Free bus transportation home makes it possible for all qualifying children to attend. Planned Family Academies will involve whole families so parents and students can work side by side in learning. Working with community partners, parents will have the opportunity to become learners themselves through participation in parenting classes, literacy programs, GED preparation classes and ESL classes. A summer STEM thematic camp that involves community partnerships will inspire students to invent, construct, create and think. Kathy Smith, After School Director for CIS, took the lead in the project application and when asked how it felt to receive this award she said, “The 21CCLC grant application is an extremely competitive process and I am overwhelmed with excitement for the Brunswick County children and families that this grant will serve. I must note that without the direct partnership and relationship with the schools, this type of grant is not possible. Teams from Supply, Lincoln and Jessie Mae Monroe elementary schools were able to convey the needs of their students and laid out a four-year plan to help second and third grade students achieve their highest potential in reading and math using after-school, weekend and summer enrichment activities to help broaden their hands-on learning opportunities.” The four-year project includes an array of activities designed to provide students a solid foundation in reading and math using research based digital programs and includes important components of health, wellness, recreation and art, building social skills and broadening students’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology) initiatives. For more information visit www.cisbrunwick.org or call (910) 253-5327 ext. 1432

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Military Appreciation Day (MAD) Committee Donates to American Legion and Operation At Ease On September 25, the American Legion, Richard H. Stewart Jr. Post 543 held its monthly meeting at the St. James Community Center. The Military Appreciation Day Committee (MAD) was present to make a donation from funds raised at its recent golf tournament and picnic in which more than 800 people took part. Also present were representatives of Operation At Ease (OAE), a local organization that makes it possible to bring military families to St. James for a weekend. During these weekends the families are housed, fed and offered boat rides, golf, tennis and local trips to places such as the aquarium. Chuck Akstin and Roger Nejes from MAD made the presentation to Don McGuire, commander of the Legion, George Blair of the American Legion, and to Cheryl McGuire of Operation At Ease. With the donation of these monies, the two organizations will be able to continue helping military families and veterans over the next year. For more information on OAE, please visit www.oaeamerica.org. For information on MAD, visit www.militaryappreciationday. org. Visit www.nclegion.org to learn more about the American Legion’s work in North Carolina.

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Caroline Curran Speaks to Shallotte Rotary

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Caroline Curran, managing editor for the online news website Port City Daily, recently spoke to the members of the Shallotte Rotary Club. Curran was a reporter for the Brunswick Beacon for more than six years before making the move to Port City Daily, which averages 3,000 visitors a day and is quickly growing. It is owned by Hometown Wilmington Media, which also owns four radio stations – Port City Radio, The Bone, The Penguin, and Bach FM. A calendar of local events can be found on the website under “The Scene.” Visit www.PortCityDaily.com for more information. Pictured: Caroline Curran and Laurel Bellamy.

Norm Rogers Speaks to Shallotte Rotary Norm Rogers, chairman of the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Foundation for District 7730, spoke at a recent Shallotte Rotary Club meeting. CART holds a special place in Norm’s heart, as his beloved wife passed away in 2010 after suffering from the ravaging effects of Alzheimer’s disease for 11 years. Norm initiated the “Golden Bucket” contest for the Rotary chapters to compete in raising the most coins for Alzheimer’s research. The Kinston Club is the current holder of the Golden Bucket trophies. Norm related that there are currently 1,298 studies on Alzheimer’s Research, with the average cost of each study at $25 million. Norm is committed to raising funds to support this important research aimed at slowing the progression of and eventually curing the widespread epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease. Pictured: Brian McCall and, Norm Rogers.

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South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club Honors Ed Hartnett South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club recently honored Ed Hartnett as Rookie of the Year. The award is given each year to a new member who has contributed significant time and energy to club activities and who demonstrates the Rotary motto, “Service above Self.” Hartnett, owner of Hartnett Press Services, resides in Ocean Isle Beach. The award was presented by Dan Lynes, outgoing president of SBI, during a banquet at The Thistle Golf Club. For information about the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club, visit www.sbirotary.org or go to www.facebook.com/sbirotary to connect with them on facebook. Pictured (left to right): Dan Lynes and Ed Hartnett. 24

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Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is pleased to report that free Wi-Fi access is now available at Shallotte Park. Brunswick County has been working on a public wireless solution for the Shallotte Park for some time and feels the new access will enhance visitors’ experience, whether you want to listen to Internet radio while taking a walk or you need to check your email during a family outing. According to a press release from the BCPR, the following locations within the park offer the best coverage: concessions stand area, dugouts at ball field just north of the main office, picnic shelter to east of main office, and parking lot on both sides of the main office. “We are hoping that if this project has a great response from the public and users of Shallotte Park that we can continue the process for additional parks in our system,” stated a press release. There is no password needed to access the internet, but users will need to agree to the terms of use. Shallotte Park is located on 5550 Main Street, Shallotte. Please call (910) 253-2670 for more information.

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Houston Artist Donates Original Work to Museum of Coastal Carolina Houston artist John Ross Palmer has been coming to Ocean Isle Beach for many years to relax and spend time with family. After visiting the Museum of Coastal Carolina last year, he thought about a way that he could contribute to the museum. While spending time at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece, he conceived and began working on a unique piece of art especially for the museum. He completed the artwork this summer while on Ocean Isle. On August 9, 2013, he delivered the artwork to the museum. The name of the artwork is More than a Museum. The artwork is a base monoprint that Palmer created using acrylic, collage and enamel on Italian Fabriano paper. Palmer says: “I adore visiting Ocean Isle each summer. I’ve admired this museum for many years and its idyllic setting here on the coast. I chose the title, More than a Museum, because I know that this structure houses much more than history and science – it is a living part of this community that I have grown to truly admire.” In Palmer’s presentation letter, he stated, “It is my great honor to present this original work of art, More than a Museum, to the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach – one of my favorite places on Earth.” John Ross Palmer is the Founder of the Art Movement of Escapism that is aimed at forever destroying the stereotype of the struggling artist. He runs the Escapist Mentorship Program that trains artists how to be self-reliant and not rely on the traditional art gallery system. In Houston, Texas, he and his partner, attorney Ryan Lindsay, own a 4,500-square-foot museum-quality gallery in the Historic Heights District that serves as Palmer’s art studio as well as their private residence. Terry Bryant, Executive Director, states, “It is an honor that Mr. Palmer chose to donate such a wonderful piece of art that celebrates the museum. It is interesting that this all came about when Mr. Palmer read a statement in a local newspaper that said, ‘Whatever your expertise, we have a job for you.’ We are truly excited that Mr. Palmer took this idea to the next level and honored us with this wonderful creation that can live forever. As we are a nonprofit, we are always open to donations that will help sustain both the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. We are especially thrilled that Mr. Palmer has given us the rights to use this art piece to benefit us in any way.” The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Palmer’s artwork will be on display at the Museum.

Tom Simmons of the New Flemington Academy Charter School Speaks to Shallotte Rotary Tom Simmons, vice president of education at the Waccamaw Boys & Girls Home and director of the new Flemington Academy Charter School, spoke at the Shallotte Rotary Club. Simmons told a poignant story of a young boy who was living on the streets and was taken in by the Boys Home. Despite a social worker’s prediction that this boy would never graduate high school, with the support and guidance of the Boys Home, he went on to not only graduate from high school, but also to obtain bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees. This young boy was Simmons. It is only fitting that Simmons has chosen a career educating children. The Vice President of Education at the Waccamaw Boys & Girls Club is now the Director of the Flemington Academy Charter School, whose first year started on September 3. His goal for the school is to build it upon the needs of the individual child. There will be a 1 to 10 teacher to student ratio with an eventual cap in student population of 120 students. He hopes it will be a school where children can find connection, compassion and character. The school day will be an hour longer than the traditional public school day, and the school year will be 223 days. Enrollment will be limited to grades 6 through 12. Simmons thanked Rotary for their contribution to the Boys & Girls Club and reminded the members that they were “never too small as a club or an individual to make a difference in a child’s life.”

4th Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show a Success The fourth annual Southport Wooden Boat Show was held on September 28 at the Old Southport Yacht Basin. Wooden boats of all makes and sizes were on display, both on land and in the water around the Old Southport Yacht Basin. Visitors got to meet and talk to the wooden boat makers and owners and vote for their favorite entrant for the People’s Choice Award. A team of judges awarded three other prizes, including Best Powered Boat, Best Row/Paddle Boat, and Best Sail Boat. An awards ceremony was held at the close of the event. Guests also enjoyed live music by Out on the Ocean, a seafood chowder contest, raffle drawings and more. There were also plenty of fun things for the kids to do, including the Nauti-Kids build-your-own boat event where little “sailors” could construct their own boats and test their seaworthiness in a man-made pond. For more information on the event, visit www.southportwoodenboatshow.com or send an email to SptWBShow@gmail.com with any questions. Fall 2013

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Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care Announces New Providers Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care is excited to announce that Ginny Czimber, FNP-C, and Bonnie Hood, PA-C, have joined the Brunswick community. Czimber and Hood will practice at Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care in Shallotte alongside Chris Isenhour, MD; Clark Pritts, DO; Angela Thompson, MD; John Fillmore, FNP-C; Tiffany Lewis, PA-C; and Marie Wheatley, FNP-C.

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“We are very excited to have Bonnie and Ginny in our practice and in the community,” Dr. Isenhour said. “They each have a unique background and bring a special set of skills to our patients.” Hood received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed the physician’s assistance program at Wake Forest University in WinstonSalem. Before moving to Brunswick County, Hood practiced at Acute Minor Bonnie Hood Illness Clinic (AMIC), which Contributed Photos is associated with Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg. Hood has worked in several primary-care facilities across North Carolina and brings a great deal of experience to Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care. Czimber earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. Czimber most recently worked at Wilmington Health Endocrinology, where she specialized in endocrine disorders including diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders, hyperparathyroidism and hypogonadism. Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care is located at 5145 Sellers Street in Shallotte. The group offers a full range of services for all ages, from newborn and pediatric care to adult and senior care. In addition, convenient care services are offered Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. To schedule an appointment with Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care, call (910) 754-4441 or visit www.NHOceansideFamilyMedicine.org for more information. 28

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The Southport–Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of C. P. Gunworks at 5008 E. Oak Island Drive in Oak Island. C.P. Gunworks boasts a comprehensive showroom featuring a full line of hand guns, shotguns, rifles, ammo and shooting and sporting accessories. Their hours of operation are Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. You can visit their website at www.cpgunworks.com to learn more or give them a call at (910) 933-4844 for more information. Pictured (left to right): Justin Stewart; Keri Palmer; Craig Palmer, owner; Carlie Palmer; Jim Martin, chamber ambassador; and Christy Jones, chamber ambassador.

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Business Networking After Hours at Stifel Stifel, Nicolaus & Company Incorporated hosted the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Business Networking After Hours. The financial advisors took the summer out in style with a shrimp boil at their Southport office, located at 5211 Eason Street, in the building in front of the Rivermist development. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company is a financial firm dedicated to providing financial strategies and investment advice to individuals and institutions. Visit www.stifel.com for more information or call (910) 454-1500 to reach the Southport branch.

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Business Networking After Hours at Carillon Assisted Living A busy summer didn’t stop the members of the SouthportOak Island Area Chamber of Commerce from putting a high priority on networking. Members recently took part in a Business Networking After Hours event at Carillon Assisted Living on 1125 E. Leonard Street in Southport. Those in attendance enjoyed a Hawaiian-themed luau where they networked and enjoyed delicious food and great company. Carillon Assisted Living of Southport is known for its cheerful atmosphere and engaging resident population. Executive Director Jan Park credits her exceptional team for the community’s fourth consecutive year of A+ scores on the company’s annual resident satisfaction survey.

Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribboncutting celebration for Island Hoppers Bicycle Products, located at 7161 Beach Drive SW Contributed Photo in Sunset Beach. Island Hoppers has more than 100 different styles of bicycles in stock, including road bikes, beach cruisers, community townie bikes, recumbent bicycles and adult tricycles. The folks at Island Hoppers can also provide repair services for any type of bicycle within 24 hours. Bicycle rentals are available, and the shop also organizes road bike group rides. For more information, call (910) 579-1766. Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

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Carolina National Golf Course Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Carolina National Golf Course at 1643 Goley Hewett Road SE in Bolivia. Carolina National Golf Club is a 27-hole Fred Couples signature golf facility set along the Lockwood Folly River. Winding through rich low country terrain, the course offers an endless variety of playing experiences. It has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the finest courses on the eastern seaboard and is conveniently located in Brunswick County, between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington. Visit www.CarolinaNationalGolf.com for more information.

The Blue Marlin Restaurant Ribbon Cutting The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce was proud to celebrate a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Blue Marlin Restaurant at 4419 Long Beach Road in Southport. The Blue Marlin Restaurant is open daily and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Monday to Friday hours are 11 am to 10 pm, and weekend hours are 8 am to 10 pm. Visit their website at www.bluemarlinnc.com to view their menu and specials. Pictured front row (left to right): Jonathan Peele, chamber ambassador; Suzanne Barnes, owner; Fred Barnes, owner; Christy Jones, chamber ambassador; Mindy Ellinger. Back row (left to right): Alyssa Allen, front-end manager; Aria Cuzick; Amanda Allen, cook; Sarah Hudson; Miranda Rivera, kitchen manager. Fall 2013

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Local Resort Used as Filming Location The Winds Beach Resort recently had the pleasure of being featured in a TV commercial production. The production company, Simple Syrup, was looking for a “tropical resort” as the backdrop for a commercial that they are producing for The Charlotte Metro Credit Union. Although the commercial is supposed to take place in Jamaica, the production company decided to find someplace closer that could double as the Caribbean island. When producers discovered The Winds Beach Resort on Ocean Isle Beach, they immediately saw its potential through the resort website’s tagline, “A Tropical Escape Closer Than You Think!” After visiting the resort in person, the producer declared that The Winds got the part. The crew came to the resort in August and filmed with creative director Jerry Casale (founder and frontman for the ’80s pop group DEVO). Casale also directed the musical group’s memorable videos. The Winds Resort Beach Club was pleased that Simple Syrup owner and president John Reid (a Jamaican himself) felt that The Winds was close enough to double as the famous Caribbean island. He referred to The Winds as “Little Jamaica.”

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Opening of Ocean Isle Family Dentistry Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting ceremony for Ocean Isle Family Dentistry, the office of Laura Douna, DDS. The office is a state-of-the-art facility with new equipment, digital x-rays, intraoral cameras and an electronic patient record. Treatments include preventative dentistry, oral cancer screenings, pediatric dentistry, emergencies, cosmetic dentistry, whitening, extractions, crowns and bridges, root canals, implants, dentures, partials and many other services. The office is at 5950 Beach Drive SW in Ocean Isle Beach. Find them online at www.oibsmiles.com

Simple Syrup has created national advertising campaigns for such international brands as Lexus, Coca-Cola, Nike, Adidas, Cialis, Gatorade, General Foods, Target, Macy’s and many more. Even more exciting, the advertisement they were filming will air during the 2014 Super Bowl! Visit www.thewinds.com to learn more about The Winds Beach Resort.

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Southport Tea House Ribbon Cutting In early October, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Southport Tea House, located at 611 N. Howe Street in Southport. The full-service tea house serves lunch, afternoon tea and high tea. They also sell loose teas, teaware and gifts. For more information call (919) 833-0227. Pictured: left side, Keiri Cross, Trish Sewell, Owner Linda Pukenas, Christy Jones and Honey Martin. Right side: Owner Rick Pukenas, Jackie Cooper, Lesley Bennett, Ben Frazier and Carol Magnani. 30

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Atlantic Realty Professionals’ and Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce joined forces for the annual Chili Cookoff and Business Networking After Hours on October 17 at Atlantic Realty Professionals in Oak Island. Congratulations to the cookoff winners: 1st place - Lynn Gulledge 2nd place - Dale Pilla 3rd place - Rasa Love 4th place- Cindy Powell Rookie of the Year: Cindy Powell 10 Point Buck (talking the best game): Pam Rainey Hottest: Brandon Merix Office Taste Test: Rasa Love

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Tulip Tree Boutique Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of the new Tulip Tree Boutique, located at 58 Sandpiper Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. The shop specializes in women’s and children’s clothing, blending styles from fun and playful to charming and classic. They are open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Call (910) 579-9070 to learn more and to hear about the store’s special holiday hours.

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Island Breeze Opens New Pandora Room Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of the new Pandora room at Island Breeze with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Island Breeze is a fashion boutique offering women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories for a variety of occasions. The new Pandora room will serve as a shop within a shop, featuring fine Pandora jewelry, including popular bracelets, charms and more. Island Breeze is located at 101 Shoreline Drive W in Sunset Beach. They are open from 10 am to 6 pm every day.

Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Pelican’s Perch Bar & Grill, located at 8 E. Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Pelican’s Perch Bar & Grill completed a major remodel of their restaurant and invited area residents and chamber members to see the new look. If you haven’t checked out the newly remodeled Pelican’s Perch Bar & Grill, stop by between the hours of 11:30 am and 2 am daily.

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For Kids Only Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently had the pleasure of hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for For Kids Only, an early childhood development center dedicated to the growth and learning abilities of children. For Kids Only/ Brunswick Academy is proud to be a top-rated facility as well as, a model program for the exceptional needs population. The purpose of the school is to provide well-trained, qualified, professional staff to implement their programs in order to enhance the growth and development of all children. To learn more about For Kids Only, call (910) 754-7777. 32

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Coral Tree Day Spa Ribbon Cutting The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Coral Tree Day Spa, located at 720 Sunset Boulevard in Sunset Beach. Coral Tree Day Spa offers a full menu of salon and spa services, including special-occasion spa parties and professional wedding services including hairstyling and makeup. Coral Tree Day Spa is a true full-service salon and spa, where skilled technicians are eager to pamper and take care of your beauty needs. Visit www.CoralTreeSalonAndDaySpa.com to view their complete line of services or call (910) 575-4422 to make your next appointment.

Novant Health Urology Partners Announces New Office and New Urologist Novant Health Urology Partners recently introduced a new office on the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center campus and welcomed a new physician, Lydia Laboccetta, M.D. Community members had the opportunity to tour the new, state-ofthe-art office at 584 Hospital Drive, Suite D, in Bolivia, and meet Dr. Laboccetta at an open house on the afternoon of September 19.

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Actress and wardrobe mistress turned urologist, Dr. Laboccetta, who joined the practice in late August, brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to Novant Health Urology Partners. After several years of education and experience in theatre, Dr. Laboccetta made the jump to attend medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. She then completed her urology residency at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. In her spare time, she enjoys running and is a world record holder in women’s spearfishing.

Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Calabash Lakes. Calabash Lakes is a new home community located in Carolina Shores. Calabash Lakes is one of D.R. Horton’s planned developments. D.R. Horton is the nation’s largest home builder and has been one of the most successful new home builders since 1978. D.R. Horton builds single-family homes, condos and townhomes throughout Brunswick County. The Carolina Shores area has some of the most affordable homes in Brunswick County. To view available homes in the community and learn more about Calabash Lakes, visit www.DRHorton.com and enter “Calabash Lakes” in the upper right search bar.

“I am excited to join the team at Novant Health Urology Partners and look forward to serving the Brunswick community,” said Dr. Laboccetta. Dr. Laboccetta will work closely with John J. Smith III, M.D., who launched the practice in 2012 when it was known as Brunswick Urology Partners. Dr. Smith is transitioning his full-time practice back to Winston-Salem, N.C.; however, he will continue to see patients in the Brunswick location on a limited basis and remain on the medical staff at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. He also participated in the open house to help introduce Dr. Laboccetta to the community and to visit with patients. “The team at Novant Health Urology Partners is excited about this expanded, dedicated office for the urology group, and the addition of Dr. Laboccetta,” said Dr. Smith. “We are fortunate to be enjoying the benefits that come with the proximity to the hospital and introducing a very talented physician to the community at the same time.” Novant Health Urology Partners offers a wide range of services, including minimally invasive and Da Vinci® robotic surgery, bladder pacemaker, laser therapy for kidney stones and laser treatment for enlarged prostate. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (910) 721-4150.

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Cozy Corner Café Ribbon Cutting The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Cozy Corner Café, located at 4501-1 Main Street in Shallotte. Cozy Corner Café features a menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Their hours of operation are 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. Call (910) 754-4211 for more information or visit www.facebook.com/TheCozyCornerCafe to connect with them on facebook. Fall 2013

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Museum/Planetarium Welcomes New Staff Members Terry Bryant, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, announced the addition of two new staff members, effective August 19. Beverly Binetti is the new volunteer coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Contributed Photos Sunset Beach. Binetti has previously worked at the museum as a volunteer. Dr. Robert Morris, a native of Charlotte, is the new education outreach coordinator/presenter. Morris will also work at both the museum and planetarium. Binetti obtained a BA degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Leo College. Originally from the Virginia Beach area, she worked in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system for 24 years. After moving to Brunswick County in 2007, she worked at Brunswick Community College Foundation as donor relations and accounting specialist. She currently participates in the mentoring program for at-risk students at Cedar Grove Middle School. Morris attended Stetson University and earned a PhD in physics at the University of North Carolina. He taught physics, astronomy and mathematics at the college level for 34 years. After moving to Brunswick County in 2007, he taught astronomy part-time at Coastal Carolina University and physics at Brunswick Community College. He is active in the Shallotte River Sail and Power squadron, where he served as Commander in 2012. The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Ingram Planetarium and the Museum of Coastal Carolina extends a warm welcome to Binetti and Morris and are excited to have them as part of their staff.

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Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry Celebrates Renovation with Ribbon Cutting Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovation of the Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry Oak Island Office. Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry is known for state-of-the-art technology, a friendly team, compassionate doctors and their commitment to continued education. Drs. Tony Michelakis, Aaron Wilharm and Darren Harrington decided it was time to make changes to reflect the values that CCFD patients have come to expect and enjoy. Though the outside is mostly unaltered, the inside has transformed to have a more open and bright feel while providing patients with intimate comfort. Dr. Darren Harrington, who led the Oak Island renovation think tank, said the following about the renovations: “We are blessed to be able to provide our patients with the enhancements they deserve. The Oak Island office’s interior now matches everything CCFD stands for especially putting our family of patients first.” Pictured (left to right): Dr. Darren Harrington, partner; Teresa Pearson; Candy Green; Cindy Radke; Tina Adams; Dr. Greg Hohl; Stacey Bipes; Kimberly Hill; Didi Younginer; April Dellinger; Nicole Miller; Jordan Power; Deb Ward; Christy Stansbury; Town of Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace; Dr. Matt Miller; Karen Guenette, chamber ambassador; and Liz Cervantes.

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Opening of Calabash Custom Cutlery Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting ceremony for Calabash Custom Cutlery on August 8. The newly opened knife store is at 9970-6 Beach Drive in the Harbor Court Shops across from Callahan’s Nautical Gifts. Visit www.calabashcustomcutlery.com to learn more. 34

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Future 10 – Recognizing Brunswick County’s Young Professionals Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and South Brunswick Magazine are in the planning stages for their second annual Future 10 awards. Future 10 recognizes 10 of the area’s top young professionals who demonstrate their commitment to Brunswick County through civic and business involvement. To qualify, individuals must be younger than 40, actively involved in a civic organization and passionate about Brunswick County. They must have an unwavering responsibility to the community through involvement in local organizations that elevate the overall quality of life in Brunswick County.

To nominate someone for the Future 10 award, you will need to fill out a nomination form and answer several questions about the person. What is their career path? How has the nominee made an impact on the community? Does the nominee volunteer? How does the nominee exhibit the qualities of drive, motivation, innovation, community involvement or leadership? Nominations are due by November 12. Recipients will be honored with a reception and a profile in South Brunswick Magazine. For more information, contact Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce at (910) 754-6644 or www.brunswickcountychamber.org.

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The Charles Dickens Christmas Festival In 2012 Brunswick Arts Council and the City of Southport honored the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth with a two-day festival of cultural events on the streets of Southport. The event was such a huge success that there was no question that the Charles Dickens Christmas Festival would be an annual event.

In 2013 Southport will again be transformed into a Victorian setting, with singing groups, costumed interpreters, juried artists and craftsmen, a gingerbread village, a Christmas tree contest, a costume contest, high teas, trolley rides, a musical review, food, drink and holiday fun. The new 48’ touring train exhibit from the Wilmington Train Museum will be on display, as will be the award-winning “Fantasy under the Sea” by the Woodturners. The event will end with a candlelight Tribute to Charles Dickens and singing. Proceeds from the various events are used to support the advancement of arts and culture in local schools and in the Brunswick community.

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November 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; November 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Downtown Southport Tickets: In advance at Southport-Oak Island Chamber,

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Chilled & Grilled Award Winners Announced South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club proudly announced the winners of the Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, Best Dessert and the People’s Choice Award from the recent Chilled & Grilled event held at Brunswick Community College. More than 500 people attended the event, which was a fund-raiser for the club to raise money for programs supporting the youth of Brunswick County. The People’s Choice Award was presented to Fibber McGee’s of Sunset Beach. The winner of the Best Appetizer was Pelican’s Perch of Ocean Isle Beach for their Drunken Chicken Soup. Second place in the category went to Purple Onion for their Crabcake Slider, and third place went to The Boundary House for their Boundary House Salad. The winner of the Best Entrée was Pelican’s Perch for their Seafood Lasagna. Second place went to The View at Bricklanding for their Seafood Risotto, and third place was awarded to Fibber McGee’s for their Shepherd’s Pie. Best Dessert was awarded to The Boundary House for their Bread Pudding. Second place went to Causeway Gourmet for their

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This page: At Chilled & Grilled, more than 500 people enjoyed foods from local restaurants, and the restaurants were awarded for their creativity and craft.

Five Spice Flourless Cake, and third place to The View at Bricklanding for their Chocolate Lava Cake. “This was our first annual Chilled & Grilled event and we are looking forward to holding it again next year. All of the food was delicious and our judges’ had a tough job choosing the winners,” commented Jen Vanasse, club president. The club hopes to attract even more area restaurants next year. Mark McKeithan, president-elect and event chairperson, stated, “We are grateful not only to the restaurants who participated but also to Silver Coast Winery, the Sonare musical group and to our major sponsors, The Brunswick Beacon and The Print Shoppe.” See more from this event in our Faces and Places section on page 96. Photography by Blue Cotton Photography

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Tenth Annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival Brunswick County residents originally from places around the world shared their cultures and cuisines with the local community on the campus of Brunswick Community College on Saturday, September 7, 2013. One of the main attractions of the free, all-ages festival was the International Pavilion, which featured participants representing more than 20 countries, including Cuba (Manuel Campos), Germany (Hannelore Philipp), Israel (Naomi Dawn Warden), Mexico (Ricardo Vargas & Sugey Tajeda), Philippines (Ricardo Haraguchi), Poland (Maria Czemiaswki & Maria Kapik), pre Colombian/Latin America (Richard Graham, Romania (Marina Quartecelli, Spain (Theresa Lominac), Thailand (Nalinee Tantanyopin), Trinidad and Tobago (Karlton & Emeris Vialva), Central America (Richard & Marilyn Graham), Gullah Culture (Valerie Bannister) and Japan, China, Chine, and Korea (Julie Burdo). More than 100 children of all ages “traveled” around the world with their passport, which allowed them and their parents to learn more about the country being visited. Festival-goers enjoyed the food-tasting tent, where they were able to sample traditional dishes from China, Mexico, Thailand, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Africa, Germany and the South. They also enjoyed singers, dancers, visual artists and many activities throughout the day. The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival’s mission is to create and coordinate a comprehensive, supportive, global environment by providing a place to share its residents’ art, music, dance, culture, history, food, which in turn will foster better understanding, tolerance, awareness, acceptance, respect for each other and each other’s cultures. n Contributed Photography

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November 2011 the people of Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties elected Jon David to serve as their district attorney. Jon promised his district that he would bring innovation to an office that had not seen a change in nearly two decades. He pledged that this innovation would center on the rights of victims, focus on working as a team with law enforcement, seek maximum justice in the most serious cases, and let the community decide tough cases. Almost three years later, North Brunswick Magazine asked writer Jason Frye to take a look at what that pledge of innovation looks like now.

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I’ll admit it, when I received this story assignment, I was nervous. I know little more about the district attorney’s office than what shows like Law & Order, NYPD Blue and LA Law taught me, and I have little experience with attorneys, unless you count watching a handful of episodes of Ally McBeal. As for court, I’ve only been inside a courtroom for a traffic ticket and jury duty, neither of which was much fun. I expected to show up for my interview and sit at a long table, alone on my side, facing a battalion of stern, stone-faced attorneys in bow ties and seersucker suits.

Top: Megan Milliken, Quintin McGee and Jamie Turnage. Right: Lee Bollinger and Cathi Radford.

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What I find is not that at all. Only one man, James MacCallum, clerk of superior court, has on a bow tie, and only one man, Jon David himself, has on seersucker. Everyone else is dressed for work, and the office looks much like what Jon promised — the largest law firm in Brunswick County. When David took office, he had a challenge. As DA, he bears the responsibility for the successful prosecution of criminal activity in his district. That means being fair and just in the way you research, present and prosecute a case. It’s a lot of responsibility for one person, but, as David says, “I must rely on a team of prosecutors and legal assistants to hold criminals accountable for their actions.” To that end, of the 33 employees in the DA’s office, 22 were hired by David. “I firmly believe that the most important role of the district attorney is to recruit, retain and train the best talent available,” says David. “We’re making serious and life-changing decisions every day, and I have a solemn obligation to ensure that I have the best people in place to make these decisions.”

Top: Fred Gore and District Attorney Jon David Bottom: Daniel Thurston, Lee Bollinger, Jamie Turnage, Jon David, Cathi Radford, Megan Milliken and Quintin McGee

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With close to two decades of researching and trying cases behind him, he knows what kind of people make great prosecutors and a cohesive office; hence, the turnover of twothirds of the office in the first two years of his first term. The initial staffing changes posed difficulties from a management perspective. “I analogize it to trying to fix an airplane as you are flying,” says David. “You don’t get to start from scratch the day after the election. Many serious cases had been pending for years, and new cases come into the office every day.” David says that the first two years of his administration required a huge adjustment as new team members learned the case load and adapted to his approach to prosecutions. He believes the team is now realizing its full potential. “Our strength comes from our diversity,” says David, “I want my office to look like the community we serve.” That desire for different perspectives is why his office is staffed with people from

Above left: Cathi Radford specializes in the prosecution of sex offenses, which often involve child victims. Above right: Jamie Turnage conducting legal research with Jon David. Middle: Daniel Thurston and Fred Gore fight crime with a background in military training. Left: Quintin McGee, the face of the office in District Court. Fall 2013

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Left: Chris Thomas, witty and fun in personality, is a formidable opponent when prosecuting the sizeable drug case load, both in state and federal court. Below: Memorabilia hangs on the walls of Daniel Thurston’s office, a constant reminder of his principles and values.

20-somethings to seasoned crime fighters. They come from different walks of life and bring unique viewpoints to their craft. They are mothers and fathers, singles and veterans, locals and transplants to the area. Military service speaks volumes to David, as it “demonstrates a love of their country, discipline, honor, integrity, courage and fidelity.” “These qualities translate well from military life into the job of assistant district attorney,” he says. “My teambuilding approach is simple: You start with great people and make them great prosecutors. Prior military service speeds up this process.” One of his four veterans is Fred Gore, a Supply native and captain in the Army Reserves. As a member of the JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps, he carries his legal background into his military service, much in the same way he carries his Army discipline and work ethic into the courtroom. From 2011 to 54

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2012 Gore served in Kuwait, but before that he did a 16-month tour in Iraq starting in 2006. “I was stationed in Tikrit when Saddam Hussein was captured and executed,” Gore says. “As someone who’d just graduated law school, it was an interesting time to be in Iraq and see how they handled his trial and carrying out his sentence.” After Gore returned home from Iraq, he passed the North Carolina State Bar and began practicing law in Durham, but he always knew he wanted to come home. When he heard David was looking for prosecutors, he threw his hat in the ring. Now, just a couple of years later, he and his twin sons are back home, and he has recently won two first-degree murder convictions in cases involving criminal street gangs. He feels he is contributing not only to his sons’ quality of life but also to the

improving quality of life across the county. Through this hard work, Gore states, “I hope my efforts and my story will serve as a reminder that America is still a land of opportunity.” Daniel Thurston, a veteran of the Marine Corps who saw active combat in Somalia after the famed Black Hawk Down episode in the 1990s, was in private legal practice for a decade before joining the DA’s office here. His specialty is violent crime, which he says keeps him “on the front lines of protecting American citizens.” This is exactly what David was looking for. For the office drug czar, Chris Thomas, his service came in the Navy. His sailing days are behind him, though, and now he sticks to state and federal

drug cases. That means he can take on anything from minor possession cases in state court to heavyweight traffickers. A fast talker and a smart guy, he’s witty, and it’s easy to see why he’s at times the center of a joke and at times the central jokester. But everyone agrees that when it comes to court and his cases, Thomas is cool and calm, thinking around all the corners and building near airtight cases. When the DA’s staff needs someone with extensive legal knowledge and experience to weigh in on a case they’re working on, they often turn to the elder statesman in the office — Lee Bollinger, age 50. Bollinger has an iron grip and piercing eyes. He’s quiet, taking in the conversation before turning it over in his head and joining in. When he speaks, everyone listens. “Lee’s the one we come to when we’re having trouble with a case or when we need to see it from a different perspective,” says Thomas. “He’s an encyclopedia and one of the best assets of this office,” Thurston adds. The whole time, Bollinger’s quiet. When he speaks, his Southern accent rings out through the room: “Yeah, I guess they think of me that way because I’ve been here for so long.” He’s been in the DA’s office for 23 years and the fact that he’s one of 11 who survived the turnover speaks to his ability to interpret the law, build a case and work as part of a team. “Jon made a lot of changes and we really had about a two-year adjustment period,” says Bollinger. “Yet, Jon has a keen eye for legal talent and a knack for motivating his staff. Jon makes everyone believe that they have a vested interest in the office. He rarely misses an opportunity to give credit for a job well done and to express his thanks on behalf of the people of the district.” Another holdover from the prior administration is Cathi Radford, the

sex crimes prosecutor. With more than 10 years of experience behind her, she’s built solid relationships with attorneys, judges, police departments and other agencies. Her experience and expertise are invaluable assets to the young lawyers in the office. “Coming in, Jon had a clear vision of what he could change and what could be built upon,” says Radford. “I believe we have struck the right balance between the new prosecutors and those with experience.”

One of the young prosecutors has deep ties to the area. Megan Milliken comes from a family that has lived in Brunswick County for five generations. After passing the State Bar, she moved home and now leads prosecution for domestic violence cases. Like her co-workers, she says that some cases can get difficult because you know the families or people involved. Seeing them in the midst of an investigation or trial can take an emotional toll, but, she

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says, you learn quickly how to compartmentalize, how to separate work and life. Quintin McGee is on the front lines in District Court, where he handles the bulk of misdemeanor cases that come into the courthouse on a daily basis. “Quintin is really the face of the office for most folks who come into court on traffic violations or as victims of crime,” says David. “He is the first contact for law enforcement as they work to move cases through court. Every case in District Court, and there are hundreds every day, must go through Quintin.” David notes that the District Court prosecutor must have a high energy level, a tolerance for stress, and be quick with cases analysis. “Prosecuting in District Court is much like conducting an orchestra,” David says. “The prosecutor must be able to work well with the judges, law enforcement, the defense bar and the public. It’s the prosecutor’s job to see that all of these competing interests are directed at doing substantial justice.” Doing right by the public is a large part of many of their cases, and while murder trials may be flashy and grab headlines, that doesn’t take away from the contributions that don’t garner media attention. Take Jamie Turnage, for example. She works late, all hours, actually, on call to investigate traffic-related deaths and DWIs. She, and others in the office, go on ride-alongs with police, staff DWI checkpoints and put in time on their particular area of expertise. “Watching the officers work in the real world gives me a new appreciation for the stresses and dangers that they encounter as they seek to protect us,” says Turnage. “I am fortunate to work with a great group of people who are willing to make such a sacrifice for us all.” Although the late-night crime scene calls may pull her form her slumber, that’s something she’s ok with, because, as she says, “If our efforts save lives, then we’ve made a real difference.” And that’s what they’re all after. David empowers his staff members to make decisions and will back them up if and when they’re questioned. The assistant district attorneys say his support of them is critical to successful completion of their duties on any given day. Bollinger, the office veteran, says this is a rare but welcome trait and the sign of a good leader. They’re a jovial bunch, full of laughs, and I find that sitting at that feared long conference table (I sit at the head and they sit to either side, which makes me feel less like I am being interrogated), we have a lot in common. Thurston brews his own beer, Thomas and I share a love for Survivor, Gore’s a 56

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sports fan (to the point where he once considered becoming an agent) and outdoorsman, Turnage plays volleyball against friends of mine (and has quite a collection of trophies to prove her mettle on the court), and everyone strikes me as genuine and deeply concerned for the welfare of the people of Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties. Before I leave I tell David I had expected a room full of seersucker, bow ties and stern looks. He laughs. “We’re not that, but we are a great group of lawyers and a tight prosecutorial team,” he says. Standing with him in a small conference room, he directs my attention to a map. Thick black lines trace the outlines of the 44 prosecutorial districts in North Carolina. His area of responsibility is huge, the size of the state of Delaware. “These are the people I’m responsible for, that we’re responsible for,” he says. “We have to serve them justice as best we can and we try, we try hard.” David is pleased with the way the office has evolved. “The people of this district hired me to make some hard decisions,” he says. “In the final analysis, I’ve tried to make decisions that I believed would make our team better. My goal was to build on what was working by adding new talent. I am very proud of our team here in Brunswick County and believe the citizens of our county deserve nothing less.” n

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The Golf Gene Gifted golfer Ashley Sloup, a student at South Brunswick High School, has the state championships — and the PGA tour — in her sights. story and PHOTOGRAPHY BY Carolyn Bowers

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the ongoing “nature vs. nurture” debate, there is one thing both sides can agree on. If you are born with the golf gene and you start swinging a club at age four, you will probably have a bright golfing career ahead of you. That is Ashley Sloup’s story. She has the golf gene and has always had the supportive environment to become great at the game. Her father was a teaching golf pro, and her grandparents are avid golfers in St. James. “I grew up with golf,” Ashley says. “When I was four, we lived in Wisconsin, and my dad often took me to the country club where he was the pro. He taught me how to swing a club and let me ride in the cart.” By the time she was six, Ashley thought it was great fun to hit balls out of the woods or into a pond on the Members Course at St. James. Now, at age 17 with a 0.5 handicap index and a fiercely competitive nature, she doesn’t find hitting out of the woods or into ponds all that funny anymore. When she was seven, her grandparents, Bill and Margot Sloup, had Ashley out on the course, where she was allowed to tee up her ball wherever their drive landed and play the rest of the hole from there. She liked to have a low score, so when her grandparents gave her a gimme, instead of making her putt it out, she didn’t count it as a stroke. When she got old enough to play the full hole and had to count every stroke (including gimmes), she stopped keeping score. According to her grandmother, “She only wanted pars and birdies, and if she didn’t get those, she wasn’t going to keep score.” That must have been an early clue to her competitiveness. Ashley has been an active participant in The First Tee of Brunswick County since its inception in 2003. “I was one of the founding members,” she recalls with a nostalgic smile.

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The Celebration Continues

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Above: Ashley, her grandparents, Margot and Bill Sloup Jr., and her dad, Bill Sloup III Right: Ashley playing in a tournament at Coastal Carolina University last July.

In 2006 she was chosen to participate in The First Tee “Nick Bradley experience,” a year-long junior golf clinic held every other Saturday at Nick Bradley’s Golf School at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach. The purpose of this intense instruction was to see if a year with Bradley would produce some excellent golfers in the future. Ashley entered her first tournament when she was in fifth grade — and won it. It was at the South Harbor par 3 course on Oak Island. Her first major win was the two-day Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament (15 to 18 age division), last June at the Grande Dunes Resort Course in Myrtle Beach, where she posted a score of 147, just three over par. When Ashley joined the First Tee in 2003, Al Arrigoni was the executive director, and she credits him with having made the biggest impact on her life, other than her family. So she was thrilled when he agreed to be her caddy at the prestigious Nature Valley First Tee Open in Pebble Beach in September 2013. This tournament is by invitation only and is based not only on outstanding golf, but also on service to the community, leadership and sportsmanship. “From the first time I met Ashley, I knew she was not only driven and competitive, but she also utilizes the life skills she has learned from First Tee,” says Arrigoni. “So when she set the goal to apply for that tournament, which meant working hard not only on her golf game, but also finding the time to

give back to her community, I knew she would work toward achieving that goal. It is special for me to have shared this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with her.” By her own admission, Ashley is obsessively goal driven. She practices her swing, drive, short game and putts for two to three hours every day, but it could run longer if she has not yet achieved her goals for that particular session. She has a very specific routine that she follows for each practice, and she won’t quit until she has accomplished that session’s goals. Martin Sludds, coach at Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach, has been Ashley’s coach since she attended the Bradley school. “I listen to everybody, but I always do what he says,” Ashley says of Sludds. Sludds is obviously a fan of Ashley the golfer and Ashley the person. Fall 2013

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Above: The South Brunswick High School girls’ golf team, from left, Janzen Jones, Lilly Beecroft, Ashley Sloup, Sara Helms, Michelle Eddinger and Coach Steffany Gamsby. Not pictured, Jordan Saunders.

“She is a natural athlete,” he says, “having excelled at soccer, basketball and cross country. She did not get serious with her golf until August 2011. Even then she wanted to continue with her other sporting activities, but due to time restraints she was forced to make serious choices.” Sludds went on to say that Ashley’s grandparents “are the unsung heroes who have backed her to the hilt with love and support, shepherding her to tournaments all over. Her father played golf to a good standard and keeps her well-grounded.” Ashley’s goal for this year is to lead her South Brunswick High School team to the state championships. “My team is a big part of my life,” she says, “and my number one goal now is for our team to do well in our school tournaments and place in the top three in the state championships.” 62

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If you watch the team play and you wonder which one is Ashley, look for the kid in wild socks. It seems she saw a golfer on TV with neon socks and that got her started on a fad that just didn’t quit. She insists it has nothing to do with George H.W. Bush. “I wore them before he did,” she says. Her grandfather has been instrumental in adding to her collection, which is now up to 22 pairs, including the recent additions from Alaska of bears and moose. But her favorites remain the American flag and ducks. However, these socks can only be worn if deserved. She never wears them on the first day of a tournament and only on the second day if she played well on the first. Ashley is looking forward to going to Winthrop University, a Division One school in Rock Hill, South

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Carolina, on a golf scholarship next fall. She plans to major in sports management with a minor in communications. Her long-range goal is to play on tour. And after her interview with Kelly Tilghman and Charlie Rymer on the Golf Channel, her long-long-range goal is to be a broadcaster for the Golf Channel. Could it be that she will be ready to do that right about the same time Kelly is ready to retire? Ashley is no doubt hoping so. Ashley says there are two reasons she loves golf so much. The first one is philosophical and the second, emotional. “I think of golf as an analogy to life,” she says. “They both demand perseverance; you need to have goals; you make friends; and you never have the same situation to deal with.” And then, with a smile, she adds, “Golf really clicks with me. That’s the happiest I am, when I’m on the golf course.” n

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for the 2013 Dancing with the Brunswick Stars fund-raiser was barely underway when a huge void became apparent. The event’s founder and perennial manager, Clarice Holden, had retired from the Brunswick Community College Foundation board and, therefore, the event several months earlier. Willing and able volunteers had stepped forward, but Clarice’s depth of knowledge was sorely missed. Lamenting the situation, members of the foundation’s executive committee found themselves talking extensively about the many things Clarice had done for the school and the community. An idea emerged: Clarice needed to be honored in some way by the foundation. Foundation Vice-Chair Carolyn Felton took on the challenge, forming a committee to develop a way to honor Clarice at the

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upcoming Dancing with the Brunswick Stars event. Clarice’s husband, Ronnie, was recruited to assist, providing information and photos. Over the past dozen years or so, Ronnie had photographed many of the fund-raisers and special events Clarice had been involved with or had spearheaded. Gathered around a table at the back of Twin Lakes Restaurant, that committee put their heads together. They made a list, two pages in length, of the many things they knew Clarice had done. They also came to the realization that it was never just Clarice, it was also Ronnie. The two were and are a team, and, as such, a very strong force for good. The plan moved forward, a script was written, a slide show was produced and on August 9, as the judges tallied their scores for the dancers, the room went black and the voice of Odell Williamson Auditorium Manager Mike Sapp came over the PA system: What creates a legacy? Is it one’s name on a skyscraper? Is it a bookshelf of original writings? Is it money? Power? Or is it the lives that are uplifted through the quiet giving of one’s time, money and talent? The slide show began with a photo of young Clarice Coleman with her mother, Lucy, and Mike continued: Clarice Coleman grew up in a fishing family in Calabash. Ronnie Holden grew up in a fishing family at Shallotte Point.

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They met in high school and were married on a warm July evening in 1969. The next morning they opened Clarice’s mother’s seafood restaurant because her mother was sick. A few months later, they bought Twin Lakes Restaurant in Sunset Beach and still operate it 43 years later. As they grew as a couple, they also grew in their devotion to the community, serving on organizing committees and boards for everything from Hospice to the garden club to the community hospital to the food bank. By the mid 1980s, they opened Island Breeze and their involvement in the community became more intense. Fashion shows raised funds for women’s groups, cancer survivors, Communities in Schools. Extravaganzas raised money for scholarships at Brunswick Community College. As time went on, the creativity, the energy and the dogged determination of Clarice was evident throughout the county. Her ideas and her enthusiasm Susan Lawing are the genesis of Dancing and Clarice with a whopping check with the Stars, lunch with for the Bru ns wick Community C Paula Deen, ollege Found ation. Community Breakfasts with Bobby Richardson and other celebrity guests.

She joined Widow’s Mite Experience at a time when it was eight women in Brunswick County and together they elevated that ministry to chapters in five states, which have installed more than 500 life-giving fresh-water wells in 27 countries. Then in the year 2000, Ronnie almost died in an automobile wreck. His dramatic return to life and health was a turning point for him and Clarice. Ronnie felt an obligation to find a higher purpose for his newly given life. A book, “Fighting Death & Other Desperate Battles,” details his brush with death. He became involved with television’s The 700 Club. He sought out the family behind the Christian Broadcasting Network and a plan slowly emerged. The couple joined the efforts of CBN’s Operation Blessing and Orphans’ Promise, traveling to Central America, Turkey and the Philippines time and again to help impoverished children and women. Through CBN Asia, they are personally providing daily food for 250 school children in Manila, Philippines. They have sponsored a medical clinic in Uganda, bought cows and contributed to orphanages and a school in Africa, and they have teamed with two other like-minded couples to open jewelry store franchises in seven cities with the majority of profit going to support Operation Blessing. That organization has helped them to open a school in Turkey. Fall 2013

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They recruited their Island Breeze vendors and provided, for the past four years, complete job-ready makeovers for 500 women in New York City domestic violence shelters. As we gather tonight, they are awaiting word on the surgery of a teenager they are assisting in Manila. All this while operating nine distinct businesses with almost 200 employees. It is for these many reasons and more, for these many outpourings of their hearts and their talents, that Brunswick Community College Foundation is proud to present the inaugural Clarice and Ronnie Holden Humanitarian Award to this beloved couple with our eternal gratitude. To a very long standing ovation, Ronnie and Clarice took the stage to receive the award. To say that they were both surprised

and greatly honored is to understate the facts. “Humbled and very honored,” Clarice said when asked how she felt. “Clarice has always felt she could do anything,” Ronnie had said earlier. “She always wanted to help people. After my accident, I wondered why God saved my life. I knew I had to give back and make this count.” Clarice once told this writer that it had never occurred to her that she couldn’t do anything she set her mind to. As she stood on the stage, Clarice told the audience that she was grateful to be able to do the things she does and for the opportunity to make a difference. A couple of days later, as he circulated photos of a broadly smiling Philippine child grateful to have had the surgery that will allow her to walk for the first time, Ronnie wrote: “I realize others need to know … that if someone like Clarice and I, who don’t have a lot of resources, education and are just regular people, can be a help to others, then they can also.”

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Felton and the other members of the awards committee hope the recognition “will inspire others to give and act and do – as they can.” In future years, the Clarice and Ronnie Holden Humanitarian Award will be given as appropriate by the foundation board using the criteria announced at 2013 Dancing with the Brunswick Stars: “This award is to honor a lifetime of contribution to Brunswick Community College and the college foundation, to our community and to the world. Tonight, and in the future, this award honors selfless philanthropy, contagious creativity and energy. This award recognizes those whose presence among us makes the world a better place to live, those who truly represent the heart of our community.” n

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Computers for Kids A team of seven Brunswick County volunteers provides refurbished computers to Brunswick County students in need — nearly one thousand of them so far. story and PHOTOGRAPHY BY Carolyn Bowers

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during the 2013–14 school year, a lucky Brunswick County student will be given the 1,000th computer that has been reconditioned by the Computers for Kids gang. This is a diverse group of highly technical people with one common goal: to provide a free computer to every Brunswick County student whose family cannot afford to buy one. Each reconditioned computer is fully loaded with an updated operating system, a virus protection program and OpenOffice, which is an analog to MS Office available for free download off the Internet. The Computers for Kids gang proves that with a little luck and a lot of perseverance almost any obstacle can be overcome. Here’s how it started. In 2005 Jayne Matthews, then director of Brunswick County Volunteer Center, asked board member and webmaster Bruce Maxwell if he could find a computer for a student who could not attend school due to a health problem. He did. Pretty soon there was another request, and once again he was able to come up with a computer. It was then that both he and Matthews realized there was a need for computers that went far beyond serving kids who were forced to stay home from school. There were children whose families simply didn’t have the resources to buy computers, so Matthews and Maxwell resolved to do something about that. Later that year Matthews secured a $2,000 grant from ATMC to get the project off the ground. However, as Maxwell puts it, “At that time we had no space and no computers to work on.” Matthews solved the space problem by going to Jerry Thrift, who was vice president of operations at Brunswick Community College, and persuading him to donate space at the college.

Initially Computers for Kids was located at BCC’s Leland campus, then they moved to a vacant building in Southport and finally to the main campus in Bolivia. But BCC kept growing and needed its space, so in 2011 Computers for Kids was uprooted for the third time. This time Matthews went to Marty Lawing, then Brunswick County manager, who found space for them in Building F at the government complex in Bolivia, where they are today. During those early years, they got another lucky break. One of the first people to join the Computers for Kids effort was Maxwell’s friend Len Trizinsky. At the time, Trizinsky was working at a distribution center for a mail-order catalogue business in Wilmington. Just when the Computer for Kids gang was struggling with how to get old computers that they could recondition, the distribution center closed down and Trizinsky was able to negotiate for almost 200 computers. The problem was what to do with them since they had no space. Again, the timing was perfect. Trizinsky and Maxwell, both St. James residents, knew that the St. James Service Club rents a couple of warehouses to store the items they collect for their annual Flea Market fundraiser in April. They persuaded the Service Club to let them use their warehouses until the Flea Market volunteers needed them back for storage space. Maxwell says they get most of their computers now from the county and businesses when they upgrade their computers. When stores and factories shut down they also donate their computers. “Every once in a while, we find a computer on our porch,” says Bruce, “and we say the computer gods visited us again.” Donating computers is a much better alternative to storing them until recycle day comes along and lugging them all to a collection site. Fall 2013

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One question almost everybody asks is, “Is it safe? What happens to the personal information that is on my hard drive?” No need to worry. The Computers for Kids gang totally wipes out the hard drive in a way that we amateurs have no idea how to do. If the computer won’t boot up, they remove the hard drive and try it in another computer. If they still can’t read it, then they take a sledge hammer to the hard drive, smash the thing and salvage the computer’s other working parts. The second most popular question is, “Can I take the donation off my taxes?” Yes, you can. Last February Computers for Kids partnered with Waves4K.I.D.S., a nonprofit 50l(c)3 organization, and under that partnership the nonprofit, tax-deductible designation extends to Computers for Kids as well. And the third question is, “How can I help?” The gang needs computers (laptops or desktops) with a Windows operating system of “XP” or later. And they also need flat-screen monitors (no CRT monitors), keyboards, mice, power cords and flash drives. They cannot use printers because the cost of the printer cartridges is too much for the students to incur. So each fully stocked computer comes with a flash drive so the student can save his or her work and print it out the next day at school. All computers are requested by teachers, guidance counselors or social workers through the school system. The computers are given directly to the schools, so the gang is not aware of the names of any recipients.

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Donate to Computers for Kids Donations of either equipment or cash are most welcome. You can take your equipment to Building F in the Government complex in Bolivia on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Checks may be made out to “Brunswick County Computers for Kids” and mailed to P.O. Box 249, Bolivia, NC 28422. All donations go toward providing the equipment and necessary accessories for the kids. Computers for Kids has no overhead; the office space is free and all utilities are absorbed by the county. Their only expense is purchased items, such as video cards, hard drives, monitors, flash drives, etc. For more information, you can check out their website at http://bccomputersforkids.com, call (910) 616-6015 or email Bruce Maxwell at bmaxwell@ec.rr.com. 76

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The gang now has seven members, including Morgan Hartsell, a student at Brunswick County Early College High School. Although as a student she is required to put in 10 volunteer hours, she says it’s really about more than that. “I truly enjoy that feeling of knowing I’ve helped somebody and that I’ve made someone’s life a little easier,” Hartsell says. This program not only fulfills that goal, but also is in line with her career aspirations of being on the business side of the consumer electronics industry. And it will certainly look good on her resume. In addition to Maxwell, Trizinsky and Hartsell, the group consists of Ron Batleman, Glenn Marshall, Ed McCarron and Matt Wolf, who is vice-president of their partnering organization, WAVES4K.I.D.S. The gang admits that along with doing something so worthwhile, another great benefit of being a part of Computers for Kids is the camaraderie they share each Wednesday and Thursday morning when the group gets together. “This is probably, other than my family, the highest priority in my life,” says Maxwell. They sound like an old boys’ club, with a young boys’ sense of energy and enthusiasm. And they know they are making a difference. Batleman tells the story of when he was waiting in a doctor’s office one day and overheard the receptionist ask one of the patients how her son was doing in school. The woman said, “Oh, he is doing so much better. Ever since the school gave him a computer, his grades have improved tremendously.” Since the only place schools get free computers is from Computers for Kids, Batleman knew it was one of theirs that had made such a big difference in the life of that young boy. n

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An Oyster Story

St. James Plantation’s ongoing oyster reef program not only cleans the waterways but also serves as a research sanctuary and teaches local students about the importance of their local environment. STO RY BY

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For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has and one that has made it superior to animals that are satisfied with what they have.

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—John Steinbeck, The Pearl

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the sweltering summer sun, they don heavy work gloves and reach out for handfuls of sharp, bone-white oyster shells, placing them in buckets and tins and bags. They sweat, their salt dripping onto a handful of shells as if preparing them for the coming baptism. The volunteers — two-dozen active retirees from St. James Plantation near Southport and an equal number of high school students and college interns — make one mound of oyster shells into what felt like hundreds of buckets and bins, all for the sake of having one thing and wanting something more. What they have is a beautiful waterway and marsh creeks twisting through the neighborhoods and golf courses of St. James. What they want is a better environment, one rich with life: fish and oysters, crabs and birds, even fishermen. To get that, this army of volunteers has, for the last three years, built reefs of oyster shells. “One oyster cleans between 30 and 50 gallons of water a day,” says Taylor Ryan, St. James resident and organizer of the town’s ongoing oyster shell recycling program. “That’s a big impact for such a small creature. And maybe it’s a little selfish motivation; I live on the Intracoastal [Waterway] and see the water and wildlife every day, but I thought that if one oyster can have an impact, so can one man.” Ryan retired to St. James in 2001 after a career with IBM and a brief stint as a software consultant. He was glad to leave the working world and get back to one of his first loves: the outdoors. Always an outdoorsman, he collected turtles as a kid; ended up only a few merit badges short of his Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts; has spent thousands of hours in, on and around the water; and, of course, loves to eat oysters. After attending a talk on oysters, their environmental benefits and artificial reef building given by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, UNCW and the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Oyster Recycling Program, Ryan grew to love oysters for more than just dinner. He’d found a way to get involved in his community, improve his environment and spend time on the water. He decided to build an oyster reef. The way oyster reefs work is this: cleaned and prepared oyster shells are introduced into the marine environment in one of two ways, in piles and mounds, or in heavy, raft-like bales. Oyster larvae float around and find their way to the

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This page: Dozens of St. James Plantation residents help out with an oyster shell recycling program in their waterways. In the middle photo, Jim Carey carries baskets of shells.

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mounds or bales of shells. They attach themselves and begin their life cycle, growing from larvae to spat to adult. As they mature, ideally, the reef continues to grow as they and other oysters, release more larvae and improve the quality of the water where they live. Inspired by the presentation, Ryan approached then mayor of St. James Shelly Lesher seeking funding to build a small reef of his own. “When I talked to Shelly, I explained the project and the ideas behind it and then asked if there was room in the budget for some oyster shells,” says Ryan. “I was surprised when she said yes and amazed at how much the town was able to give me for the project. We ended up ordering 21 yards of oyster shells with the money from St. James.” By then he’d recruited a handful friends into the project and they secured use of a Bobcat, bought the mesh and closures to make the reef bags they needed and sent out a call for volunteers.

“The response was overwhelming,” he says. “We had 90 people show up to help us bag these oysters. St. James is a community full of volunteers, and with our little army we were ready to sink our reefs in no time.” “No time” is a relative term. With 21 yards of oysters — that’s approximately five small dump trucks full — to bag up, the job could have dragged on for a long time, but the 90 volunteers had the task completed in three hours. The next day, they transported their bags to St. James’ Waterway Park, where they placed them in the Intracoastal Waterway with the hopes that they’d soon be rife with oyster larvae. Left: St. James resident J. Taylor Ryan was the original organizer of the town’s ongoing oyster shell recycling program.

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“Our volunteers absolutely busted their butts to get the first project done,” says Ryan. “We knew we were all working hard, but we didn’t have anything to measure ourselves against until I talked to the N.C. Coastal Federation and told them what we’d done. They told me that it took them three months to bag up the same yardage of oyster shells.” The St. James project may have had an unfair advantage over the Coastal Federation, though, as a motivated army of volunteers can do a lot more work than a handful of employees with dozens of other job concerns pulling them away from oyster shell bagging. Still, the feat was impressive. But not as impressive as the number of larvae Ryan reports had attached themselves to the reefs in only eight weeks. “Six hundred and fifty thousand,” he says. “We estimate that eight weeks after installing the reef, six hundred and fifty thousand new oysters had attached themselves. If they all grew to maturity, that would be an incredible amount of water filtered every day.” Of course, they don’t all reach maturity, and if they do, they don’t all live long oyster lives. That’s why Ryan and his volunteer crew make this an annual event. And it’s why they sought help from UNCW’s Marine Sciences students and professors as well as the Coastal Federation. “Very quickly this thing grew from one idea to a real community project,” Ryan says. “All sorts of people, like Dick Lefevbre, former chairman of New York’s Adirondack Park agency, got involved, and we started making great strides in improving our environment and water quality for years to come.”

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That first reef was built in 2006. Since then they’ve built more reefs, but more recently they’ve not been bagged, just dumped from buckets and pails to create a more free-form reef. These days, to sink bagged oyster shell reefs you need to gather permits from and jump through the hoops of the Coastal Area Management Act, N.C. Coastal Resources and other sundry organizations. It’s simply easier to collect the shells, dump the shells and get the oyster population growing. In the meantime, Ryan is working on securing the necessary permits for bagged reefs. Since 2007 the St. James volunteers have been augmented by college students and high school scientists and environmentalists participating in UNCW’s Ocean 17 Marine Science Camp. These teens join the St. James group in sorting shells and creating reefs, all while learning about the importance of oysters, the very knowledge that got Ryan started in the first place. In 2013 around 50 of St. James’ and Ocean 17’s finest were joined by the Southport Boys and Girls Club to build reefs. In a couple of days in mid-July, they reintroduced 125 bushels of oyster shells (almost as much as that first 21-yard project) into the Intracoastal Waterway and Beaver Dam Creek, a major estuary crossing St. James, opening into a spectacular marsh and emptying into the Intracoastal. Today the program is doing more than just cleaning up the water and pulling volunteers out of the house, it’s serving as a research sanctuary for the UNCW Center for Marine Sciences and it’s teaching college students, high school

Above: Devotees of the oyster shell recycling program, top, left to right, Dick Lefebvre, Steve Cherry and Garrett VanKoughnet; bottom, left to right, Bob Lee and Laura Miller.

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students and area kids about the importance of their local environment. And it’s grown to include not only the oyster shell program, but also the replanting of valuable marsh grasses, helping to reduce marsh erosion. Ryan’s working on expanding the project even further. He wants to see St. James step up and augment their volume of shells by installing a pair of oyster shell recycling bins in the town’s recycling center. This would allow homeowners and restaurants to give back to the waters by throwing their old shells into a pile, a simple solution with a profound impact. “I think about what we’ve done, and it’s big,” Ryan says. “We’re helping clean up our waterways and having fun doing it. We’re giving all sorts of animal species a better food source and better place to live. And I know it’s working. How do I know? Every day I look out at the end of my dock and I see fishermen there, casting around the reef we put there and the shell piles I’ve added on my own. They don’t stop at many other docks, and that tells me mine is full of fish, full of life, and that makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.” n

Left middle: Ocean 17 Campers plus Southport Boys and Girls Club attendees sampling aquatic life.

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decided to write “Coastwalk North Carolina: Section 1 – SOHO.” “Our walks put the whole coast into perspective,” Cathy says, her demeanor as casual as a stroll on the beach. “It’s hard to keep all those islands straight.” Thus the acronym. “What people don’t know is that the beach is public,” Peter adds, in the same relaxed manner as Cathy. He emphasizes that the barrier islands of North

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Carolina are suitable for walking, encompassing a total of 425 miles. “A mini Appalachian Trail,” he says. Cathy explains that the number of barrier islands changes when hurricanes and other storms open or close inlets, but 22 islands made up the North Carolina coastline in 2011. She and Peter walked 21 of them, avoiding Brown’s Island, a Marine Corps bombing range.

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They began their endeavor in October 2010 and walked at least 6 miles a day and up to 17 miles with the average being about 10 miles a day. They finished their project in May 2012 and chose to use Apple’s iBooks Author app to publish their first e-book, only able to those with an iPad. “E-publishing for illustrated books is chaotic,” Peter says. “Kindle isn’t kind to illustrated books. We felt [iBooks Author] was the best option at this time.” “Coastwalk North Carolina: Section 1 – SOHO” has 88 pages with a large numbers of photos and short video clips. It includes what the Meyers saw as they walked and investigated the islands, a slide presentation, an essay and information on how to walk the islands, including beach accesses, distances and other pertinent information. Section 2 “Between Capes – Cape Fear to Cape Lookout,” will be available by the end of the year. Section 3 “The Wild Banks – Cape Lookout to Hatteras Inlet” and Section 4 “Out There - Hatteras Inlet to the Virginia Border” are in the works. The Meyers have a history of publishing. In the 1980s when they first began their hikes, they discovered that a variety of plants, animals and marine life survive on the coast. They tried to find guides that explained this environment, but no comprehensive text was available. They took pictures on their walks and wrote notes about what they saw, then realized the compilation they had wasn’t available on the market. “Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast” was the result. Traditional publishers passed up the opportunity to print the book, so the Meyers established Avian-Cetacean Press

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and published it themselves in 1991. It became so popular the second edition came out in 2010. More than 80,000 copies have sold. Other books they have written and published include “Blue Crabs,” “Simply Blue Crabs, “You are the ER Doc” and “Medicalese, A Humorous Medical Dictionary.” Although these last two books involve medicine, the couple doesn’t advertise their medical abilities. Cathy was a registered respiratory therapist, and Peter downplays that he is board-certified in emergency-room medicine. “I never thought I’d gain respect by calling myself ‘doctor,’” Peter says. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, the youngest of four children, three of whom went to medical school, following in their surgeon father’s footsteps. Peter received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Miami University in Ohio and his doctor of medicine degree from Ohio State University. After his residency at Bowman-Gray Hospital in Winston-Salem, he accepted a position as emergency room physician at Cape Fear Hospital. More than 20 years later he left the hospital and was Student Health Center physician at UNCW for seven years. “I enjoyed medicine very much,” Peter says. “I’ve been able to help people, but I could also write and be involved in

From top: A live sand dollar, dug up in wet sand on the ocean beach; Cathy and Peter Meyer on the beach; moonsnail (shark eye) “shirt collar” egg case; pen shell on the beach; parchment worm case washed up on the beach.

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nature. I have no regrets. I love nature, writing and critters.” Cathy grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia, the third of four children. Cathy and two of her siblings entered the medical profession, following their mother, who was a nurse. Cathy received her training at Fairmont State College then continued taking classes and earned a bachelor’s degree in English, concentrating on technical writing.

When she came to Wilmington to visit her brother, Cathy fell in love with the coast and accepted a position at Cape Fear Hospital. Within months she began working at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She had met Peter at Cape Fear Hospital but didn’t see him at a social event until seven months later. Now they’ve been married 29 years and have two sons. Benjamin, 26, earned a degree in political science and environmental studies from University of North

Carolina at Asheville, and is now a student at N.C. State University working toward a civil engineering degree. Jason, 24, is a mechanical engineer in Mebane, N.C. Although the contents of “Coastwalk North Carolina” are complete, the Meyers walk the beach often and refer to themselves as coastal naturalists. “We don’t tell people we’re experts,” Cathy says. “We just know a lot about the beach. We favor the undeveloped islands.” Masonboro, an uninhabited

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barrier island about 5 miles southeast of Wilmington, is their favorite one. “It’s beautiful, pristine, like heaven under our feet and over our heads,” Peter says, paraphrasing Henry David Thoreau. The couple’s clothing reflects their fervor for the environment. Embroidered on the front of Peter’s maroon-colored shirt is a blue crab. A design of individual leaves cascade down Cathy’s blue sleeveless blouse. At home they have a 10-gallon saltwater fish tank with shrimp, crabs, grouper and other seafood inhabiting it. “The Carolina coast is a wonderful resource, and we need to protect it,” Peter says. “It’s an amazing ecosystem.” What raises the Meyers’ ire is finding trash on the beaches, primarily balloons. “Releasing balloons is dangerous, especially to marine animals,” Peter says and explains that a collapsed one looks like food, such as squid, to sea life. He also disagrees with balloon companies’ claims that their products are biodegradable. “The coast is a wonderful advantage and opportunity,” Peter says. “You can get out there and walk and protect it. That’s our most important message.” The Meyers’ books are available at www.aviancetaceanpress.com. “Coastwalk North Carolina: Section 1 – SOHO” is available at iTunes for $4.99 and will download to iPads. n

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Dancing with the Brunswick Stars PHOTOGRAPHY BY Wendy Hunt On August 9 the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Foundation hosted its 5th annual Dancing with the Brunswick Stars (DWBS) scholarship fund-raising event, and the rewards paid off big time for student scholarships at BCC. This year’s event raised more than $146, 000 for scholarships! Every year the community enthusiastically supports this cause by attending the always-sold-out event and also by voting for their favorite dancers online and on the night of the performances. “This was the fifth edition of Dancing with the Brunswick Stars and everyone in the community contributed to making this event a success,” said Terry Mohr, executive director of the Foundation of BCC. “We had a wonderful committee of volunteers, led by Linda Lynes, and a group of dedicated dancers who gave of their time and energy to entertain and raise money for student scholarships.” “We are always grateful for the participation of our wonderful dancers within the community and of course the dance professionals who give so much, too, to make this event a success,” added Susanne Adams, president of BCC. “My husband, Tom, participated this year so I can attest to the amount of dedication required by all the dancers and professionals who support this worthy cause.” Cindy Hewett and her professional dance partner Juan Gonzalez were the overall 2013 winners. The dance team of Tom Adams and Debra Hughes were Runners Up. The Most Entertaining category was won by Randy Aldridge and Jessica Baltos. The Runners Up were Arthur Mallory and Sara Misiti Clemmons. The Best Performance category was won by Sue MacCallum and Brad White. The Runners Up were Lydia Chandler and Phillip McGee.

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Volunteers Needed for Southport Senior Center Ongoing Do you have a special talent you’d like to share? Is there a class you could teach? Do you have a passion for giving back to the community or helping your neighbors? The Southport Senior Center needs you! The Southport Senior Center is a wonderful and heavily relied on resource for Southport’s senior citizens. Offering a wide range of free or reduced-cost senior services and programs, including Meals on Wheels, medical equipment rentals, Family Caregiver Support, social activities, a variety of classes and more, the Southport Senior Center strives to enrich and educate seniors and their caregivers – something that can’t be done without dedicated volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, contact the center at the number below. Information: (910) 754-8776

Drop-In Events at Brunswick Center at Southport Ongoing The Brunswick Center at Southport, a community center focused on the needs and lifestyles of senior citizens, offers free drop-in activities on various dates. There are no charges for these activities and no reservations are needed; however, activities are subject to room availability. If you’re an area senior looking to make new friends or discover a new hobby, check out the many fun and enriching activities offered at Brunswick Center at Southport. Please note, all activities will be at Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe Street. Book Rental: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Billiards: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Puzzles: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm TV w/ Cable: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Brain Fitness: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Magazines: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Computer Lab: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Nintendo Wii: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Exercise Equipment: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Rummikub: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:30 pm – until CDs/DVDs/VHS Rental: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Open Crafts: Wednesdays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm In addition to drop-in activities, the Brunswick Center at Southport also offers seasonal events and regular classes that are free for seniors 60 and older. For more information, call the number or visit the website below. Information: (910) 754-2300; BrunswickSeniorResources.org

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55+ Senior Holiday Trips Various dates The Brunswick County Parks and Recreation department is pleased to offer holiday trips for the 55+ residents of the community. See the trip details and registration deadlines below: Legends in Concert – Myrtle Beach, SC November 5, 9:45 am – 5 pm Experience the ultimate celebrity tribute show. “Legends in Concert” brings audiences the most talented celebrities ever re-created. Enjoy tributes from Elvis, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, The Blues Brothers, and Whitney Houston. This Vegas-style show features the talented and beautiful Legends singers and dancers along with a live Legends orchestra. The show also features an incredible array of state-of-theart lighting, sound, multi-media video and special effects. We will stop for lunch (cost of lunch not included) on our way to the show. Cost: $40/per person (includes transportation from Leland/ Bolivia/Shallotte and show) Registration is required. The South’s Grandest Christmas Show – Myrtle Beach, SC December 3, 10 am – 6 pm This exciting show features an incredible combination of talent, scenery, and special effects with all your favorite Christmas songs sure to put you in the holiday spirit! We will stop for lunch (cost of lunch not included) on our way to the show. Cost: $37/per person (includes transportation from Leland/ Bolivia/Shallotte and show) Registration is required. Deadline to register is 11/4/13. Night of 1,000 Candles – Brookgreen Gardens, Murrell’s Inlet, SC December 12 & 13 (you choose which day) 1:30 pm – 10 pm The Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the magic of the holiday season. We will stop for an early dinner (cost of dinner not included) on our way to the show. Cost: $22.00/per person (includes transportation from Leland/ Bolivia/Shallotte and show) Registration is required. Deadline to register is 11/12/13. Mail checks to PO Box 244 Bolivia, NC 28422. Availability is limited and open to Brunswick County residents age 55 and older. Participant is not considered registered until payment is received. Information: (910) 253-2670; khaselden@brunsco.net

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The Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department offers an ongoing volleyball program for active 55+ residents. It’s offered every Monday from 10:15 am to 12 pm. Those looking to renew old volleyball skills or learn new ones are invited to come out to the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at the Brunswick Community College campus (210 College Road NE, Bolivia). The program is free and ongoing.

Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Square Dance Plus Club. This is a great opportunity to learn square dancing, improve your skills, meet fellow dancers and have fun! “Plus” refers to the level of square dancing that typically involves 100 “calls” or dance steps. The Square Dance Plus Club meets on the first and third Monday of each month from October 7 through December 17; however, the program is scheduled to continue into 2014. The cost to attend is $20 per session, per couple. Space is limited so pre-registration is required.

Information: (910) 253-2677 or (910) 846-BFIT (2348).

Laser Music Shows at Ingram Planetarium

Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583

Various dates Laser music shows are a popular aspect of Ingram Planetarium. Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2: Fright Light at 5 pm, Laser Mania at 6 pm, Hypnotica at 7 p.m. Nov. 8: Laser Spirit at 5 pm Nov. 29 and 30: Laser Beatles at 5 pm; Laser Holidays at 6 pm; Laser Country at 7 pm Ingram Planetarium is at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach. Admission is free for members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults (13 to 61), $7 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (3 to 12), and free for ages 2 and younger. Information: (910) 575-0033; museumplanetarium.org

Museum of Coastal Carolina October Programs Various dates through October The Museum of Coastal Carolina, located at 21 E. Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, is excited to announce its October programs. Admission to regular museum programs is free for Museum and Dual Museum/Planetarium members. Non-member admission is $8 for adults (13-61), $7 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and younger. Spooky Night at the Museum admission on October 19, 20, and 24 is $5 per person. Animal Adventures Story Time – Thursdays at 11 am This fun and educational program is best suited for preschoolers.

Brunswick Civil War Round Table Fall Schedule Various dates The Brunswick Civil War Round Table series is excited to announce its fall lineup of speakers. All meetings will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church (209 E. Nash Street) in Southport. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. The visitor fee is $5 and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues. The Round Table now has more than 550 members and is considered the largest Civil War Round Table in the country. See details below for topic, date and speaker:

Touch Tank Feeding Time – Fridays at 11 am Come help feed the live animals in the museum’s touch tank. Touch tank inhabitants include a horseshoe crab, sea stars, sea urchins, a Florida horse conch, a flounder, burrfish, and more. Various Programs – Saturdays at 11 am Throughout the month of October, the museum presents a variety of interesting and educational programs that the whole family will enjoy: Information: (910) 579-1016; museumplanetarium.org

“The Battle of Bentonville” – November 5 Mark Bradley, staff historian at the United States Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C. “The Reconstruction of Wilmington: 1865-1898” – December 3 Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., Ph.D., UNCW professor of history. Information: Wally Rueckel, (910) 253-7382, wrueckel@questor.com; brunswickcivilwarroundtable.com

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Fall Pro Day – Pesticide License Recertification October 24 Attention commercial landscapers and nurserymen! Need your pesticide license recertification credits? Join other industry professionals on Thursday, October 24th for Fall Pro Day at the Supply campus of Brunswick Community College. Registration will be from 8:15 to 9:15 am, during which time a biscuit and coffee breakfast will be provided by Brunswick County 4-H youth. One hour of pesticide recertification credit in any license category will be available between 9 am and 12 pm and will be taught by extension specialists Matt Martin, Joe Neal and Steven Frank from North Carolina State University. From 12:15 to 1 pm, lunch will be provided and served by local vendors. Afternoon breakout sessions will be conducted by extension agents and staff and will be short, 30-minute hands on sessions that include weed and insect identification, sprayer calibration and pesticides and aquatic habitats. Afternoon sessions will offer an additional two hours of recertification credit. The morning session will cover subclasses: LNODX, including a P&V subclass recertification. Afternoon session will cover all subclasses except P&V. Morning session will be held in the Odell Williamson Auditorium, and afternoon session will be held in building K (Horticulture Building) on the Supply Campus of Brunswick Community College. A fee of $15 will be required for those registering before October 21. On-site registration will be $20. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Information: Sam Marshall, sam_marshall@ncsu.edu; Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, (910) 253-2610

Art with Heart to Benefit New Hope Clinic October 27 New Hope Clinic is holding charitable event on Sunday, October 27 from 3 to 6 pm. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, live and silent auctions, a raffle and mingling with friends while viewing beautiful artwork donated by local artists. As a special feature this year, painter James W. McIntosh will create a work of art live during the event, and the finished artwork will be auctioned off at the end of the evening. Tickets, which include all refreshments, are only $20 per person and can be purchased at Margaret Rudd & Associates Realtors, Ricky Evans Gallery, Southport Realty, St. Philip’s Church or New Hope Clinic. Event sponsorship opportunities for individuals and businesses are still available and start at only $25. All proceeds for this charity event are for the benefit of New Hope Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides free medical care, dental care, mental healthcare, diagnostic tests and prescription drugs to lowincome, uninsured residents of Brunswick County. Information: (910) 845-5333; newhopeclinicfree.org

Brunswick Center at Southport Hosts Halloween Pageant & Party October 31 Brunswick Center at Southport, a community center geared toward senior services, will be hosting its Halloween Pageant & Party on Thursday, October 31 at 12:30 pm. Come dressed in your Halloween best as you celebrate fall and enjoy games, prizes, refreshments and more. Call the number below to RSVP before October 25. The Brunswick Center at Southport is located at 1513 N. Howe Street in Southport. In addition to seasonal events, the Brunswick Center at Southport offers regularly scheduled classes and activities as well as drop-in events that are free for senior citizens 60 and older. Information: (910) 754-2300; BrunswickSeniorResources.org

Adult & Youth Tennis Lessons October 23-November 27 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is offering adult and youth tennis lessons. The adult lessons will be held October 23 to November 27 at Ocean Isle Beach Park (6483 Old Georgetown Road) in Ocean Isle. These classes will take place on Wednesdays and there are two time slots dedicated to different experience levels. The beginner lessons will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and the intermediate lessons will be from 6:45 to 7:45 pm. The fee is $65 per person. Youth tennis lessons will take place on Mondays from October 21 to November 25 at Ocean Isle Beach Park. These classes are divided by age groups. The 4 to 7 year old class will be from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, the 8 to 10 year old class will be from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and the 10 to 14 year old class will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The fee is $70 per person. Private lessons are also available for adults and youth at a $30 per-hour rate. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Information: (910) 253-2583

12th Annual Benefit Gala for Children October 24 The 12th Annual Benefit Gala for Children will take place on October 24, from 6 to 10 pm at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center (210 College Road NE, Bolivia). The theme for this year’s black tie event is “Taste of Brunswick County Hollywood Charity Night.” Organized by Communities in Schools and sponsored by HWY 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries, the gala will roll out the red carpet for Brunswick County residents and invite them to enjoy music, dancing, great food, a silent auction and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit Communities in Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County, a community-based organization dedicated to helping kids succeed in school and empowering them for life. Tickets for the gala are $100 per person and may be purchased online by visiting the CIS of Brunswick County website. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit the website below for more information. Information: cisbrunswick.org

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Battle of the Bags Corn Hole Tournament

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Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club is excited to announce its third annual Battle of the Bags Corn Hole Tournament, scheduled for November 2 at Inlet View in Shallotte. The event will feature a double-elimination corn hole tournament, all you can eat chili, live entertainment by members of the Jaded Mayberry band, keg beer and a 50/50 raffle. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place teams. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the most creative names and most creative attire. Registration is from 12 to 12:45 pm, and the tournament begins promptly at 1 pm. Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $100 for businesses, organizations and individuals who wish to help support the Shallotte Juniors. Team registration and spectator tickets are also available for pre-sale. Team registration is $50 and includes event t-shirts for both members. Spectator tickets are $10.00 and include all you can eat chili.

• Bible Study: Noon-1 pm on Wednesdays • Microsoft Excel: Fridays, 1-3 pm • Silver Paddles: 1-3 pm on Tuesdays • Study of The Parables: 10-11:30 am on Thursdays • Beginning Sewing- 10 am-noon on Tuesdays • Easy Does It - 10:45-11:45 am on Mondays & Wednesdays • BP Checks - 1st Tuesday of each month, provided by Carillon, 11:30 am-12:30 pm & 3rd Thursday of each month provided by Assisted Care, 11 am-noon • Knit & Chain Gang - 10am-noon on Thursdays • Beginning Quilting- 1:30-3:30 pm on Thursdays • Tai Chi - 10:30-11:30 am on Mondays & Fridays • Line Dancing - Beginner 1:30-2 pm; Intermediate 2-3 pm on Thursdays

Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club is a nonprofit community organization that strives to better Brunswick County. The club provides scholarships to West Brunswick High School seniors, sponsors a local Arts Festival, supports the Boys & Girls Home of Lake Waccamaw and contributes to Relay for Life.

• Jewelry Making - 10:30 am-12:30 pm on Mondays; RSVP 910-754-2300

When: November 2, 1 pm

• Beginning Computer- 9-11 am on Tuesdays; RSVP 910-754-2300

Where: Inlet View at Shallotte

• Health Rhythms - 10:30-11:30 am on Fridays

Information: (910) 540-4343 or (910) 512-4202

• SHIIP Counseling on Medicare -By appointment, call 910-754-2300

• Art Smart I- 1-2:30 pm on Tuesdays; RSVP 910-754-2300 • Art Smart II - 2:30-4 pm on Tuesdays; RSVP 910-754-2300

Drop In Activities:

Brunswick Center at Southport Activities November 1-30 Brunswick Center at Southport is a nonprofit center located in Smithville Crossing, 1513 North Howe Street. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; activity hours vary. Please note, all activities are free of charge to those ages 60 years old and older. Individuals younger than 60 are charged at $2 per class fee unless otherwise noted. Just show up for classes unless otherwise noted. Regularly Scheduled Activities: • Low-Impact Aerobics: 9-10 am on Fridays, 5-6pm Tuesdays & Thursdays • Watercolor Painting: Wednesdays, beginner 9-10am, intermediate 10-11am, Advanced 11am-noon • Party Bridge: 9:30 am-12:30 pm on Tuesdays. RSVP to 910-754-2300. • Yoga for Health and Wellness: 10:30-11:30 am Tuesdays & Thursdays; 5:30-6:30 pm Monday & Thursday

No charge and no reservation necessary, subject to room availability. The following activities are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm: Book rental, billiards, puzzles, TV, Brain Fitness, magazines, computer lab, Wii, exercise equipment, media rentals. Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 pm until, it’s Rummikub and Pinochle. Open crafts are on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special Events: • Stuff Our Stocking For Seniors - Needed items for homebound seniors: toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, tissues, powder, lotion, combs, band aids, sugar-free candy, chocolate candy, socks, razors, shaving cream, toilet paper, coffee, tea bags, dish detergent, paper towels, trash bags • Kumihimo Jewelry - The Art of Japanese Weaving will be Wednesdays Nov. 6 to Nov. 20 from 10-11:30am. RSVP: 910-754-2300 • Holiday Deco Mesh Wreaths - Nov. 7 and 8 from 12:30-1:30 pm. RSVP: 910-754-2300. Materials cost: $10-$20 depending on your design. • Iris Folding - Nov. 21 and 22 from 12:30-1:30pm. RSVP: 910-754-2300

• Strength and Chair Toning Exercise: 9:30-10:30 am Mondays and Wednesdays.

• Deck the Halls - Dec. 2 at 9am

• Oil & Acrylic Painting Workshop: 10 am to noon on Thursdays and Fridays; fee for materials.

• Wrap Like a Pro! - Dec. 10 at 11am; Bow Making on Dec. 10 at 11:30 am

• Crafts: 12:30-1:30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays; fee for materials • Square Dancing: 6:30- 9 pm on Tuesdays. A nominal fee is charged.

• Christmas Party - Dec. 6 at 12:30 pm

• Volunteers Needed! – Fill-in greeters, gift shop attendants, exercise room attendants, and Meals on Wheels drivers. Information: call (910) 754-2300; hhowle.bsri@gmail.com Fall 2013

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Murder on the Cape Fear! November 15 Love a good investigative thriller? Take it from the TV to a local level and learn how three real-life, Cape Fear–area murder cases were solved. You’ll hear about the cases from District Attorneys and brothers Jon and Ben David, the men who led the investigations and prosecuted

the cases. This charitable event gives an insider’s insight into the investigative process, the good and the bad of our legal system, and a peek into the minds of criminals. The David brothers give an enlightening presentation, the likes of which they have presented on The Today Show, Nancy Grace, Investigation Discovery, The Huffington Report and Dateline. A wine and cheese tasting, water and soft drinks will be provided before the show, and a Q&A session will follow the presentation. The brothers donate their time to prepare and deliver this program, with proceeds benefitting the

various charities of the Leland Area and Wilmington Rotary clubs. Tickets cost $25 per person and will likely sell out early so don’t wait to get yours. When: November 15, 7 pm wine tasting, 8 pm presentation Where: St. James Community Center, Southport Information: (910) 232-0469; SabrenaR@atmc.net; lelandarearotary.com/murder/

Mike’s Garage Band Benefit Concert for the American Red Cross – Cape Fear Chapter November 22

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Enjoy an evening of music and fun while supporting the vital programs and services provided by your local American Red Cross chapter in celebration of their 105th anniversary. Concert goers will have the opportunity to sign holiday cards for activeduty military members and talk with Red Cross Disaster Relief workers. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, please visit the website listed below. Information: redcross.org/capefear (click on “News and Events” page)

Charles Dickens Christmas Festival

Shop Small Saturday

November 22-23

November 30

The Brunswick Arts Council and the City of Southport have teamed up to once again offer a special day of cultural events featuring juried artisans, craftsmen, exhibitors and performing artists. The festival began when the Brunswick Arts Council and the City of Southport honored Charles Dickens on the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2012. This year, the tradition continues, as the streets of Southport are transformed into a Dickensian world with singing groups, a gingerbread village, Christmas tree and costume contests, as well as lots of great food and much more.

What’s one of the best ways to show your Brunswick County love? Shop locally, especially in the holiday season.

On display will be the new touring train exhibit from the Wilmington Train Museum and the very recent award winning exhibit, “Fantasy under the Sea” by The Wood-turners. The popular high teas will again be served locally. Merchants and restaurants in Southport will be poised for the increased activity that the festival brings their way. The event will end with “A Tribute to Charles Dickens Candlelight Ceremony” and ringing and singing in the holidays! Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Southport Visitor Center, Ricky Evans Gallery – Southport, online (see website below), or at the door. Ticket prices vary depending on event, so visit the website below and download a copy of the festival program for details. The Brunswick Arts council is a not for profit, tax deductible organization with a mission to inspire and promote appreciation for a broad range of cultural interests that benefit Brunswick County students, artists and arts-related organizations. Proceeds for this event are used to support the advancement of arts and culture in schools and the community through funding of programs and events. Information: BrunswickArtsCouncil.org

Beer ‘n Brats Fundraiser November 29

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day — Saturday, November 30 — dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday has grown into a movement that millions of individuals, businesses and communities have embraced nationwide. The Shop Small® movement inspires people to shop with and support small businesses. Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting Shop Small Saturday for the Southport-Oak Island area and urges residents and visitors to become an active participant in this promotion so that all local shops and restaurants can benefit. When you’re shopping local on November 30, also remember to eat locally and support a small, independently owned restaurant. Information (910) 457-6964; southport-oakisland.com

Sea Notes Christmas Concert December 5, 6 and 8 Sea Notes Choral Society will stage its 2013 Christmas Concert, “Christmas Gifts,” at Hatch Auditorium at the Baptist Assembly on Caswell Beach/Oak Island. The singers, with Susan Linton directing and Jane Boberg accompanying, will offer three performances: 7:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 and 3 pm on Sunday, Dec. 8. Sea Notes Choral Society includes more than 150 volunteer singers from all parts of Brunswick County as well as a few neighboring counties. Concerts are always free to the public, but donations are welcomed as Sea Notes is a nonprofit organization. Friends of the Sea Notes receive preferred seating. Information: (910) 363-4183

The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is planning to hold a Beer ‘n Brats “Raise the Roof” fundraiser from 5 to 8 pm on November 29, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help defray the expense of the new roof being installed at Ingram Planetarium. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Museum of Coastal Carolina or Ingram Planetarium beginning on October 1. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 E. Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the event. Information: (910) 579-1016; MuseumPlanetarium.org

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7:02 pm

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7:37 am

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7:48 pm

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0.1

2:10 pm

0.1

2

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6

8:13 pm

5

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-0.6 2:37 pm -0.4

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7:36 pm

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1:51 pm

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8:33 pm

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8:17 pm

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-0.6

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4:05 pm

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1:49 pm

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2:30 pm

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8:25 am

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8:53 pm

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6:41 am

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2:51 pm

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4.8

3:28 pm

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9:55 pm

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2:05 pm

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8:34 pm

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3:51 pm

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4:02 am

4.8

4:25 pm

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2:28 am

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8:51 am

0.7

9:41 pm

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5

4:48 pm

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5:21 pm

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11:51 am

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3:32 am

4.8

4:09 pm

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5:20 am

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5:44 pm

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13

5:54 am

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6:14 pm

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4:35 am

5

5:08 pm

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11:16 am

0.5 11:45 pm 0.3

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6:37 pm

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5:35 am

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6:05 pm

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5.5

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1:00 am

-0.1 1:48 pm

0.2

15

7:29 am

5

7:50 pm

4.3

1:20 am

-0.1

2:14 pm

0.2

16

6:31 am

5.5

6:58 pm

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5.7

7:47 pm

5.5

1:24 am

1:12 pm

0.2

16

7:50 am

5.6

8:11 pm

4.9

1:43 am

-0.1

2:33 pm

0.2

16

8:10 am

5.1

8:32 pm

4.3

2:02 am

-0.2 2:54 pm

0.2

-0.1 2:02 pm

0.1

17

8:31 am

5.6

8:53 pm

4.8

2:25 am

-0.1

3:14 pm

0.2

17

8:48 am

5.1

9:11 pm

4.3

2:42 am

-0.2 3:32 pm

0.2

18

8:10 am

5.9

8:33 pm

5.4

2:08 am

-0.1

2:49 pm

0.1

18

9:10 am

5.5

9:34 pm

4.6

3:06 am

0

3:54 pm

0.3

18

9:24 am

5

9:49 pm

4.2

3:22 am

-0.1 4:08 pm

0.2

19

8:53 am

5.9

9:16 pm

5.3

2:51 am

-0.1

3:34 pm

0.2

19

9:47 am

5.3

10:14 pm

4.5

3:46 am

0.1

4:33 pm

0.5

19

9:59 am

4.9

10:27 pm

4.1

4:01 am

-0.1

4:45 pm

0.3

20

9:34 am

5.8

9:58 pm

5

3:33 am

0

4:17 pm

0.4

20 10:25 am

5.1

10:55 pm

4.3

4:25 am

0.2

5:11 pm

0.6

20 10:36 am

4.8

11:07 pm

3.9

4:40 am

0

5:20 pm

0.3

21 10:15 am

5.6

10:41 pm

4.8

4:13 am

0.2

4:58 pm

0.6

21 11:05 am

4.9

11:40 pm

4.1

5:06 am

0.4

5:49 pm

0.8

21 11:14 am

4.6

11:50 pm

3.9

5:20 am

0.2

5:56 pm

0.4

22 10:56 am

5.3

11:27 pm

4.5

4:54 am

0.4

5:38 pm

0.8

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4.7

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5:47 am

0.6

6:29 pm

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4.4

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0.4

6:33 pm

0.5 0.5

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6:30 am

0.8

7:10 pm

1

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6:44 am

0.5

7:12 pm

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12:29 pm

4.8

6:18 am

0.9

7:03 pm

1.3

24

1:20 am

3.9

1:24 pm

4.4

7:16 am

1

7:55 pm

1.1

24

1:24 am

3.9

1:27 pm

4.1

7:30 am

0.7

7:55 pm

0.5

25

1:09 am

4.1

1:20 pm

4.7

7:03 am

1.1

7:51 pm

1.4

25

2:10 am

3.9

2:13 pm

4.3

8:08 am

1.1

8:44 pm

1

25

2:14 am

4

2:17 pm

4

8:24 am

0.7

8:44 pm

0.5

26

2:02 am

4

2:12 pm

4.6

7:54 am

1.3

8:44 pm

1.5

26

3:00 am

4.1

3:03 pm

4.3

9:06 am

1.1

9:37 pm

0.9

26

3:06 am

4.2

3:10 pm

4

9:24 am

0.7

9:41 pm

0.3

27

2:54 am

4.1

3:02 pm

4.6

8:50 am

1.3

9:41 pm

1.5

27

3:49 am

4.3

3:53 pm

4.3

10:08 am

1

10:31 pm

0.7

27

3:59 am

4.4

4:05 pm

4.1

10:29 am

0.6 10:41 pm

0.1

28

3:43 am

4.2

3:50 pm

4.6

9:51 am

1.3 10:35 pm 1.3

28

4:38 am

4.6

4:44 pm

4.4

11:08 am

0.8 11:23 pm 0.4

28

4:54 am

4.8

5:03 pm

4.2

11:32 am

0.3 11:40 pm -0.2

0.1 12:03 pm 0.5

29

5:50 am

5.1

6:02 pm

4.4

12:37 am -0.6 12:30 pm

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6:46 am

5.5

7:00 pm

4.6

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31

7:41 am

5.8

7:56 pm

4.8

1:32 am

29

4:32 am

4.4

4:39 pm

4.7

10:51 am

1.1 11:24 pm

1

29

5:29 am

4.9

5:37 pm

4.5

12:13 am

30

5:19 am

4.7

5:27 pm

4.8

11:45 am

0.9

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6:20 am

5.3

6:30 pm

4.7

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5

6:15 pm

4.9

12:51 am

0.4 12:35 pm 0.6

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12:55 pm 0.1

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0

1:25 pm -0.4

-0.9 2:18 pm

-0.7

*Tide charts are accurate to the best of our knowledge. If you are checking tides for navigational purposes, please verify these times with another source.

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Phone# Page#

All About Energy Solutions.............................910-520-3036 75

Island Breeze.........................................................910-579-4125 7

Allstate – R&R Insurance Services, Inc......910-754-6596 93

Island Classic Interiors......................................910-579-8477 35

Ample Self Storage............................................910-579-7400 10

John A. Azzato, M.D...........................................910-454-8030 84

Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle..........................910-754-8080 15

Josh London, State Farm Agent...................910-383-1303 55

Artisans 14th Annual Holiday Boutique.............................................. 84

Kimberly Jo’s Boutique....................................910-579-7670 10

Bill Clark Homes...................................................910-988-4888 17

Kristin Dowdy, State Farm Agent................910-754-9923 55

Blue Heron Gallery.............................................910-575-5088 71

Lawn Doctor of Brunswick County.............910-452-0090 35

Blue Sky Building Company............................910-755-3444 BC

Logan Homes........................................................800-761-4707 38

BlueWave Dentistry...........................................910-383-2615 20

M3 Capital Management..................................910-754-2060 92

Body Edge Fitness Solutions.........................910-575-0975 87

Martha Lee Realty..............................................910-579-2402 43

Braddock Built Renovations...........................910-754-9635 12

McLeod Physicians Associates.....................843-390-8320 9

Brunswick Community College Foundation....910-755-7300 71

New Hanover Regional Medical Center.....910-815-5188 IFC

Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce....910-754-6644 82

Novant Health.......................................................910-721-2273

Brunswick Forest................................................888-371-2434 25

Novant Health Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine ....910-754-4572 IBC

Burning Lake Boutique.....................................910-274-1735 57

Novant Health Surgical Associates.............910-721-4000 IBC

Cambridge Crossings.......................................910-446-1170 57

Novant Health Urology Partners..................910-721-4150 IBC

Cape Fear Consignments................................910-383-1895 40

Novant Health OB/GYN....................................910-721-4050 IBC

Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery....................910-762-2618 38

Ocean Isle Family Dentistry...........................910-579-6999 75

Charles Dickens Christmas Festival................................................... 60

Ocean Isle Inn........................................................910-579-0750 77

Coastal Cremations, Inc...................................910-392-6032 77

Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care..................................................910-754-4441

Coastal Insurance................................................910-754-4326 19 Coastal Integrative Health...............................910-755-5400 43 Coastal Keepsakes..............................................910-842-4798 77 Coast Road Hearth & Patio.............................910-755-7611 91 Color Me Carolina...............................................910-933-4531 60 Columbus Regional Healthcare System....910-642-8011 102 D. Baxters...............................................................910-791-8431 40 Discovery Map of Brunswick County.........910-776-0047 68 Douglas Diamond Jewelers...........................910-755-5546 3 Dreamscapes of NC, Inc..................................910-470-7187 87 Elder Law Firm of Andrew Olsen................910-254-0599 60 Eye Care Associates..........................................910-782-1883 75 Farm Bureau Insurance....................................910-754-8175 36 First Bank................................................................910-754-5250 52 Floor Coverings International........................910-575-5248 14 Foster Insurance.................................................910-755-5100 46 Genie Leigh Photography................................910-470-0456 71 Islands Art & Books............................................910-579-7757 23

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OrthoWilmington................................................910-332-3800 31 Platinum Entertainment & Party Rentals.....910-914-0400 84 Scarless Vein Care by Dr. Kamran Goudarzi....855-4-VEINCARE 26 Seaside United Methodist Church...............910-579-5753 91 Shallotte Family Dentistry..............................910-755-7645 11 Shallotte Insurance Services, Inc.................910-754-8161 91 Small Bone Innovations, Inc...........................215-428-1791

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Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce...800-457-6964 77 St. James Plantation..........................................800-245-3871 13 Sunset Properties...............................................800-525-0182 40 Tideline Fabrics...................................................910-754-5600 12 Trusst Builder Group.........................................910-371-0304 5 Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant...................910-579-6373 7 Waccamaw Canoe & Kayak.............................910-755-5544 87 Website Factory..................................................910-616-0551 23 Wilmington Symphony Orchestra...............910-962-3500 60 Winds Resort Beach Club................................800-334-3581 84

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