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Tourism

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Home to a President A Helluva Guy and his Helluva Hunt Long Live the Family Hardware Store

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CONTENTS/

Jan/Feb 2011

editor Mark Alan Hudson creative director JD Ledford graphics Mike Bencivengo Wendy Cobb Nikki Cook Dee Counter-Griffis JD Ledford Peter Von Pfahl April Hoyle Shauf writers Bill Cameron Rev. Crystal Champion Laura Edington Judy Gaultney Bryon Gragg Mark Alan Hudson Kimberly P. Johnson Bob Mori Wade Nichols Katherine Panther-Potemkin Paula Vess Skip Warrick Trey Warrick Lynn Zook sports director Sam Davis photographers Ebbie Champion Brett Clapper Mark Alan Hudson Robin King Roger Padgett The Victorian Rose Studio

48 features

sports

20/ Tourism Never Tasted So Good

35/ A Helluva Guy and his Helluva Hunt

Meet Larry Cagle Jr. and learn how he turned 50 acres of land in Vale into Woodmill Winery.

27/ Long Live the Family Hardware Store(s)!

Kings Mountain hardware men say service is the secret.

sales staff Sam Davis Katherine Panther-Potemkin

32/ Home to a President?

production manager Dawn Brooks

42/ Moon Town Art Studio/ Creating Uniqueness

website design Matt Miller A publication of CHAMPION COMMUNICATIONS PO Box 1726 Shelby, NC 28151 704.466.3847 info@foothillsspotlight.com foothillsspotlight.com Foothills Spotlight Magazine is published bi-monthly by Champion Communications. Story ideas may be sent via email to editor@ccagency.net . For advertising, please call 704-466-3847. Subscriptions are $20 for a calendar year. The contents of Foothills Spotlight Magazine are protected by copyright and unauthorized use of any logos, icons, graphics or text copy in any form is prohibited.

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39/ Flashback

A look back at Cecil Clark and his athletic exploits.

40/ Fab 5

Learn about five exceptional athletes from the foothills.

Is Bostic the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln?

IN EvEry ISSuE 8/ Letter from the Editor 10/ Life Coaching 12/ Amazing Mind 14/ Kid Speak 16/ In the Yard 18/ Financial Perspectives 54/ Calendar 56/ Viewpoint 58/ Reflections BONuS INSErT

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR/ january/february 2011

A New Year Has Begun It has happened again. One year has ended and another one has begun. How is it that our trip around the sun on this small orb we call Earth seems to get faster and faster as the years go by? What is it that makes us reflect on our past and make resolutions for our future? While my answers are not scientific, they may make sense on some level. As we age, time passes, relatively speaking, faster. Waiting for your next Christmas morning at age six (one year is one sixth of your life) is certainly different than at age forty (one fortieth). Perhaps this “speeding up” of our lives makes us more reflective about who we are, why we are here and what we are doing along our journey. Maybe that’s why we make lofty resolutions that we often can’t keep. This year, why not take a different approach? Instead of trying to lose 10 pounds, pledge to volunteer an hour a month to one of the many charitable organizations and programs in our area. Or perhaps invest in our communities by attending some of the incredibly diverse cultural events ranging from music to theater or from the arts to sports. Maybe you could even pledge to do something not typical of your normal routine. The point is, a new year is just a collection of new days and each of those days offers new opportunities for enjoying life. Pledge to live your life to the fullest. Enjoy the gifts of family, friends and community that are within your reach. Do the things that bring true joy and meaning and worry less about things that are at best, fleeting. And start it all by enjoying this issue of Foothills Spotlight. Over the past year, many of you have approached us and shared what you have liked about the magazine or offered suggestions for helping us to make it better. Thank you … and please continue as we love hearing from you. In our first issue for 2011, we again have some great advice and thought provoking commentary from our columnists. We also have stories on new developments in our communities that bring hope of better days to come in our economy. In one story, you’ll learn of a man’s long time dream coming true despite a mountain of adversity he has had to face. You’ll read of historical legend and lore that keeps alive the possibility that one of our greatest American heroes was once part of one of our Foothills communities. And this is just a start. So, find a relaxing chair, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy learning about some of your neighbors who help enrich our communities. Pura vida,

Mark Alan Hudson EDITOR

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LIFE COACHING/ be well, healthy & happy

Friendships: Build a team and they’ll see you through words/ KAtHErINE PANtHEr-POtEmKIN

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ecently I had the opportunity to reconnect with two childhood friends. I hadn’t seen them for almost 30 years; yet when we reconnected it was as if we hadn’t skipped a beat. These were true friends who knew and accepted one another completely. We supported each other through our adolescent years of turmoil, celebration, accomplishments, let-downs, confusion and clarity. These were and still are deep friendships. I’m fortunate they have lasted in spite of a lack of maintenance. It seems that building and maintaining friendships has taken a backseat. Lifestyles are busy and as a result few people actually seek out friends. Instead, they tend to have surface interactions with people through work or everyday activities. Although possibly fun and stimulating, such interactions often lack depth and true sharing and don’t provide the support and nourishment resulting from two people sharing the

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truth about themselves, their feelings and their lives. Research indicates a link between strong friendships and one’s prospects for good physical and psychological health and longevity. Sadly, the June 2006 issue of American Sociological Review reported a decline in quality and quantity of close friendships in the United States. It was noted that 25 percent of the population has no close confidants and the average number of close friends per person has dropped from four to two since 1985. I think the trend continues. Truly deep friendships are rare, valuable and not easily or quickly cultivated. George Washington said, “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” You have to take the responsibility for building and maintaining deep friendships, putting in both effort and time in spite of crammed schedules, and in the process, you might risk

rejection. Maybe that responsibility and possible risk is another reason why friendships have dwindled. Perhaps if one viewed building friendships as a process involving decision making, it would seem more manageable. When you first meet a potential friend, there’s usually a period of infatuation. This infatuation ends and then the flaws appear. At this point you can choose whether to put in time and effort to build the friendship or not. Be realistic. No one is perfect, and sometimes budding friends hurt each other. Honesty from the beginning can help you work through the hurts and build the trust necessary for a lasting friendship. Avoid rushing and just cultivate the friendship slowly with sensitivity. Be genuinely interested in the other person. Being interested is more important than being interesting! Once the friendship is on its way you must care for and tend it if you want it to deepen and survive. Friendship requires regular time together. Brief or occasional time together does not allow for the gradual opening and movement into deeper levels of conversation and feeling, so sometimes you’ll have to put your “shoulds” on the back burner. Housework, laundry and yard work will all still be there tomorrow. Take time to make sure that your friendship will be, too. Maintain regular contact to let your friend know that he or she is in your thoughts and your heart. In busy times, even a quick “Hello, how are you” phone call will strengthen the connection. It’s often the little day-to-day stuff that let’s a friend know you care. Practice positive reciprocity. True friendship is based on give and take. Sometimes one person will be weak and the other strong, and vice versa. If give and take is mutual, then you’ll be helping and supporting one another. If one party is always the giver or taker there will be a limit to how deep the friendship can become. Be empathetic but if you feel things are too often one-sided, share your feelings and openly listen to your friend’s feelings. Then focus on the positive things each contributes and keep building from where you are. If you want to build and maintain deep friendships, you must make it priority. Doing so takes dedication and time, and it has its highs and lows. The benefits will be worth it though. As a John Lennon lyric goes, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

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THE AMAZING MIND/ dream maker

Passion is a powerful, all consuming emotion or feeling.

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emember when you fell in love with the girl or boy, woman or man of your dreams? You wanted to be with that person every minute you could. When you were with him or her, time went by so fast you barely knew where the day had gone. And when you weren’t with that special someone, you thought about him or her all the time and about the next time you could be together. That is passion. Passion is a powerful, all consuming emotion or feeling. Do you have the same powerful emotion or feeling in your life now? Do you have that type of passion for your job, career, your family, and for the things you do? Do you stay up late because you are having so much fun and then can’t wait to wake up the next morning? Do you have that kind of passion in your life? If not, can you get it back once you have lost it? When I was a kid, I loved to play baseball and I would play all day and was disappointed when the evening took the light away so I couldn’t play any longer. I could hardly wait until the next day for the sun to come

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up so I could do it all over again. I loved it so much, I played whenever I could. As I grew up, I was lucky to play college baseball and then, after that, softball for 30 years. Even as an adult, playing ball consumed my thoughts and it was what I looked forward to in life. When I played ball, I was in my element and extremely happy and satisfied. I was living my dream (the best I could with my ability) of being a professional baseball player. What do I do now that my playing days are over? Can I get that passion back for other things in my life? I acquired the passion for playing ball when I was a kid. I wasn’t smart enough to realize I wouldn’t be able to play my whole life. So what do I do now? I had the pleasure of meeting a man who you could tell was living his dream. A good ole boy who can fix food that tastes incredible. His recipes and dishes are to die for. As I got to know him, I could see that he was extremely happy making great dishes and hearing the raves of excitement from those that tasted them.

The Power of Passion

It seemed creating culinary delicacies was his passion, but as I got to know him better, I realized it was more than that. He was having fun with his friends and making them happy. The food gets them together and puts everyone in a good mood as they talk and laugh and forget about life’s problems for a while. His self-proclaimed mantra is that he never wants to grow up; he wants to be a kid his whole life and have fun every day until he dies. He sings and dances and always has a smile on his face, like we did when we were kids. He is fun to be around and his passion for life is contagious. Is his refusal to grow up and act like an adult the reason he has this passion for life? Is it because he understands that when you think like a kid it is easier to be passionate? As adults, do we give up on our dreams and forget about our passions in life and focus instead on our problems and responsibilities? One of my friend’s favorite lines is: “Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” I would like to take it one step further and say “Life is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all!” Passion is a strong, powerful, compelling emotion. Emotions like passion are formed in our minds. Isn’t having unbridled passion in life a dream we would all like to achieve? If you want passion in your life, you can have it. Let’s start acting and thinking more like we did when we were children and less like we do as adults. It is your amazing mind and you are in control.

Lynn Zook lives in Waxhaw, is married to Jill and has two daughters.

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KID SPEAK/ happy journeys

Click “S” for Safety words/ KIMBERLY P. JOHNSON

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Children tend to use the Internet and computers in a completely different way than adults. I use the computer to gather facts, get recipes or just check e-mails. Children seem to use the computer more to listen to music, play games or “hang-out.” Parents are being faced with many questions and challenges as to how much Internet connection is TOO much connection. Though we welcome the idea that our children are smart enough to figure out this technological world, I think we are sometimes afraid

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they are more advanced than we want them to be. This advancement can present various challenges. One of these challenges is: What is an appropriate selection and modeling of sites that represent positive images for children? With many decisions about Facebook or My Space and all of the other social networking sites that seem to be popping up, it can be a bit scary as to what is safe for children to experience. We have to be very selective as to how much information we want our children to be exposed to. The exciting thing is that technology is going to help propel our youth into a wonderful world of advanced learning and capabilities. The sad news is that it will make them grow up REALLY fast! So, as parents, we have to scrutinize what is out there and how to manage the information that can slip onto computer screens. There are several ways to help monitor what goes on with computer time in your household. One way to help monitor what your children are doing is to make sure that the computer is in a central

location. Sometimes children are tempted to check out forbidden sites if Mom or Dad “aren’t looking.” Common areas can make the temptation a little less inviting. Make use of extra space in a family room by setting up a computer desk or table. Not only will this be convenient for the children to use but it may also prove convenient when you need to look up something quickly. Limited computer time can also keep children from getting too consumed with what goes on in computer land. Balance computer time with reading or family time. This approach helps create a well rounded use of resources. Encourage children to look up words and definitions by using a regular dictionary or thesaurus. Though it may be quicker to type in a few letters and get a definition, it is still important to know how to look up a word the “old-fashioned” way. Share computer time with your children. Modeling is always an effective method. When children are used to going to sites with you, they tend to go to those sites when they are NOT with you. Set a good example by talking about the value of computer time but also remind them that they shouldn’t get consumed with it or they cannot get other tasks completed. Show children sites of interest to them. For example, if you know your children love animals, find some of the toprated information sites and encourage your children to explore them. Above all, do your homework, know exactly what is on a site before you send your children off to explore on their own. As sites change often, make sure you stay apprised of what is on sites. Check periodically for changes or additions. Parents can use safety toolbars to protect the family from inappropriate content. A lot of Internet companies now offer safety precautions that can be added to computers to keep youth off of certain sites without permission. Check into the various options available for your Internet company. Above all, enjoy the technology that is available at your fingertips; just realize that too much of anything is NOT a good thing. Cyber Safety is Key!!! Happy “Cyber” Journeys.

Children’s Book Author, Kimberly P. Johnson has written 12 children books and has been an invited guest to the White House to read her works. She is also the Community Impact Director for United Way of York County, SC. To view more of Kimberly’s work visit her website at SimplyCreativeWorks.com.

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IN THE YARD/ happy gardening

Spring flowering trees and shrubs such as dogwoods, cherries and azaleas should not be pruned until after flowering as flower buds were set the previous year; if pruned, the buds would be removed. If pruning maples, elms or birches in mid- to late February, they may “bleed” due to the warming temperatures but does not cause damage to the tree. Pruning prior to bud break will allow for a heavy flush of new growth, which makes it an excellent time for “rejuvenating” overgrown foundation shrubs. Rejuvenation can be done all at one time or over a period of a few years. Plants responding well to rejuvenation include forsythia, privet, hollies and spirea. To rejuvenate shrubs in one season, cut them back to 12-18 inches above the ground: to do this over several seasons, thin out old stems yearly until the plant is completely new growth. Deciduous and fruit trees can be sprayed with dormant oils to control certain pests that overwinter on the bark. Dormant oils are effective on mites, scale and some insect eggs. Oils control pests by suffocating or destroying internal cells and are most effective when the temperature is above freezing. Oils are made from highly refined petroleum products and are generally safe to beneficial insects, pets and humans. If applied after bud break, some damage can occur to new growth.

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soluble fertilizer as it will be washed away or leached into the soil before the plants can uptake the nutrients. During January and February we typically see our most extreme cold weather. It is a good idea to add an extra layer of protection to perennial beds so remulch or spread pine needles. To prevent damage, winterize irrigation systems, protect hosepipes and spigots. If you use ice melt on walks and driveways, keep in mind these products can be harmful to plants and turf if the melted snow and ice drain into the turf or beds. If run-off is unavoidable, run fresh water around the base of the affected plants to dilute the salts.

TURF CARE During the winter months, the biggest concern in the lawn is keeping the leaf layer cleaned up, sometimes a daunting task. Leaves can smother the grass if left too long so in mid- to late February, or when daffodils begin to bloom, we recommend applying a preemergent fertilizer for an early start to weed control. Use the winter months to tidy up the garden, taking care of any major pruning while plants are dormant. We hope you will get that “fresh start” and be prepared for the spring.

The father/son team of Skip & Trey Warrick are the second and third generations of Warricks operating Shelby Nursery and Scottree. For more information, call 704.471.1000 or email them at Scottree@msn.com.

TREE CARE The winter months provide many opportunities for tree care. Perform major pruning during dormancy and inspect deciduous trees for defects: if you find breakage or something that concerns you, contact an arborist for further inspection.

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is usually described as nine to 24 months of living expenses in cash but the actual number depends upon your situation in life and your risk tolerance. If retired and living off your investments, it makes sense to have a greater number of months saved. Should there be a market downturn, you won’t have to sell your investments at their low point just to pay the utility bill. If you currently work, there is great security in knowing that if you lose your job you can cover your living expenses while searching for a new one. 4. Review the beneficiaries on your retirement plan, IRA and life insurance. Many times, we find that an ex-spouse or the estate is listed as the beneficiary on an account. Proper structuring of the beneficiary designation on an IRA allows beneficiaries to stretch distributions over time, a technique not allowed if left to the estate. Making sure an ex-spouse or deceased relative isn’t the beneficiary

goes without saying. Make sure the money goes where you want it to go. 5. Review your homeowners and auto insurance. Review your policies verifing adequate and appropriate coverage. If you’ve paid off your mortgage or a financed vehicle, make sure the insurance company removes the former lien holder as a payee. Keep your property appropriately covered given changing personal situations and market conditions. 6. Review your retirement investments. If saving for retirement, make sure you are saving enough and on track to retire comfortably. If already retired, make sure your portfolio is structured to sustain your current lifestyle. 7. Review your non-retirement investments. Fees and taxes create a friction on returns that can reduce your earnings. Review the cost and tax efficiency of your portfolio. Every dollar paid in unnecessary fees and taxes is a dollar less of potential return. 8. Create an assurance file. Simply stated, this is a central file containing all your important documents such as wills, power of attorney, trust agreements, deeds and titles, life insurance policies and brokerage statements. One method is to scan your information and save it on a CD or a digital device for safekeeping. 9. Create an emergency card. Take 10 minutes and make yourself a small card containing emergency contact information, including physicians’ names, phone numbers and any medications or allergies you have. If you are in an accident, this “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) information can easily save up to 45 minutes in getting proper medical help and contacting others. While ICE information on a cell phone serves a similar purpose, be advised that should the phone be lost or have no power, it is useless. 10. Start tax planning early. Tax planning should be done throughout the year, not only just prior to filing the return. The longer you wait, the less opportunity you have to implement tax saving strategies. 11. Relax. If you’ve accomplished all the above strategies, you are well on your way to becoming fiscally fit. So sit back and relax with the knowledge you’ve made some real progress.

Bryon Gragg, CPA/PFS, is a partner with Gragg&Gragg, LLP, a firm that goes beyond the traditional to assist in getting financial houses in order and keeping it that way forever.

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WoodMill Winery works hard to make all its visitors feel welcome. Its spacious porch and tasting room invite you to relax, enjoy the beautiful view, and try some of their 22 wine varieties. If you’re lucky, owner Larry Cagle Jr. will share the story of how a grape, an antioxidant called resveratrol, and a desire to help his dad led to building a winery. www.footh i l l s s pot l i ght .com

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the way, Larry discovered that “everything you do for grapes used in European style wines, you do the opposite for muscadines.” It was truly a learning experience. “We developed our own wine-making process. It took four years and about 120 experiments.” But the result was a wine that even most Southerners find tasty. “I love it when someone comes in and tells me they don’t really like wine,” says Larry. “Southerners grow up drinking sweet tea and sodas. That’s very different from European style wine. Only about 5 percent of people in the Southeast appreciate European style wine.” WoodMill Winery offers our region much more than muscadine wine. “The wineries are one of our top tourism attractions,” says Jackie Sibley, director of tourism for Cleveland County. “Having three wineries close together is definitely a plus. We can offer visitors enough activities to fill up an entire day.” Believing that “anything to do with agriculture is good for the whole community,” Larry teamed up with Owl’s Eye Winery and Buffalo Creek Winery to apply for a designation as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). An AVA is a designated wine grape growing region in the United States that is distinguishable by geographic features. If the designation is granted by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, this region’s AVA will be called Between the Rivers, based on the boundaries

This is an awesome location, but I didn’t pick it. It’s like it was picked for me.

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never meant to be in this business,” Larry says. When he purchased more than 50 acres of land in Vale, he simply wanted a quiet spot to live, and maybe have a pond where he could fish. When Larry read about the health benefits found in a North Carolina native fruit, the muscadine, he did some research and learned about resveratrol, which exists in high levels in muscadines. He then found that studies have shown resveratrol offers positive health benefits. There’s a history of heart disease in Larry’s family. “I planted a few vines just for the fruit, because it’s good for us.” Then, he started experimenting with wine making. “I wanted dad to drink wine for his heart health, but he didn’t like the traditional European wines.” One thing led to another and WoodMill Winery was born. It turns out that Larry’s land is a pretty good spot for creating a vineyard. It’s above the frost line so there’s little threat of frost to the vines; the clay soil adds to the muscadines’ flavor; and the area is easily accessible to several major cities. “This is an awesome location, but I didn’t pick it. It’s like it was picked for me.” Things fell into place with a lot of work and help from friends and family. His dad still works in the vineyard regularly. But it hasn’t been easy. Along

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of the Catawba and Broad Rivers. It would be the fourth AVA in North Carolina. “We hope to pick up 15 – 20 more wineries in the area. We have a very unique region,” Larry explains. “The rolling hills, clay soil, and temperatures of this area are very different from other parts of our state.” In addition to being a great outing with friends or out-of-town guests, WoodMill Winery hosts weddings, meetings, class reunions and more. “This is agritourism at its best. Weddings bring guests from out of town who try our wine and take a bottle home,” says Larry. “They share it with friends back home, and those friends come looking for us.”

Larry believes there is plenty of room for more wineries in our area. “The future is bright. There’s enough business for all of us. It’s a matter of getting our game plan together and going after it.”

WoodMill Winery is open to the public year round. Hours: Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. No reservations are needed, but for groups of 12 or more, please call ahead.

On Feb.12, the winery hosts its annual Valentine’s dinner featuring a fourcourse meal and one wine with each course. Seating is limited so call ahead for reservations.

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In 1872,

two years before the state officially chartered the town of Kings Mountain, brothers W.A. and J.S. Mauney opened a general store. In 1878 the brothers built the town’s first two-story brick structure for their business in the heart of downtown on what is now Battleground Avenue. That store changed hands several times, and during the 1930s, under the name of Bridges & Hamrick (Glee A. Bridges and David Hamrick), it evolved into a hardware store. Glee’s sons J.C. and Glee E. took over in 1951 and moved the concern to its current location at the corner of Cansler and King Streets in 1974. Tim Miller and his father-in-law Wayne Beachum bought the business from the Bridges brothers in 1987 and operate it now as Bridges Hardware & Home Center. Now look back to 1906. That’s when D.M. Baker opened a hardware store just down the block from the Mauney brothers. Campbell Phifer bought the store in 1921 and it was operated by the Phifer family at that location until the early 1970s when they moved it to 110 South Railroad Avenue. After three generations of Phifer family ownership, Howard Elmore purchased the business from Menzell Phifer, Menzell’s son, Don, and Menzell’s daughter, Jean Bumgardner, in 1993. Howard incorporated under the name Phifer Hardware & Garden Center then changed the name to Hometown Hardware & Garden Center in 1996. The two hardware stores still operate almost within a stone’s throw of each other. The owners acknowledge

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their stores can’t compete price-wise with the big box stores, but they know service and convenience keep them viable in a small town with just over 11,000 residents. “Our customers by and large come to us because something is broken, something doesn’t work, the paint on the house is peeling,” Tim says. “It scratches an itch for me when somebody comes in and they’re got a problem and I can help them. The thing that works hand-in-hand with convenience is our knowledgeable staff. Cumulatively, we have over 200 years of hardware experience.” “We’re just a hometown store with a hometown feel,” Howard says. “We’ve found our niche and we’re just trying to cultivate it. Banks are advertising now that ‘you’re a name, not a number.’ Hardware stores have been living that forever.” Tim describes Bridges as “too big to be small and too small to be big,” a description also appropriate for Hometown. Bridges has 16,000 square feet of merchandise space; Hometown has 11,250 square feet. Both businesses have signature products: Bridges has a broad selection of paint, and Hometown is big on lawn and garden items. Howard says he plans to add hardscape products, like fountains and paving stones, this year. Tim says Bridges carries more than 30,000 different items, including 300 different kinds of light bulbs and 418 different kinds of drill bits. Both

Top Left: Bridges Hardware, shown here, has a long history of success in Kings Mountain. Top Right: If you need it, they probably have it ... including supplies for the kitchen sink. Above: Both Bridges and Hometown provide not only useful products for their customers but give back to the community through support of a variety of projects.

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businesses benefit from their alliances with co-ops. True Value® helps Bridges with the store’s Web site (www.bridgeshardware.com), where customers find a calendar of events, specials and drawings, and a 3-D house with project ideas. Howard says his affiliation with Do It Best® gives Hometown access to more than 80,000 items that can be acquired quickly through a distribution center in Lexington, S.C. Giving back to the community which supports their businesses seems second nature to both Tim and Howard. Tim, 52, his wife Shearra and their two daughters moved from Charlotte to Kings Mountain in 1990. “The community didn’t know us from Adam, but I feel like we were accepted as part of the community,” Tim says. “Shearra ran for school board not long after we moved. She was elected and they’ve continued to re-elect her. I think it says more about who Kings Mountain is than who we are. It’s a wonderful place to have a family and a business.” Shearra is also president of the Cleveland County Arts Council. Howard, 57, is joined at work by his wife Carol and one of his sons, and they involve the business in community fundraisers, including Relay for Life and a recent banquet for the National Foundation for Transplants. Also, Howard serves on the board of The Mountaineer Partnership Inc., a local private sector

group promoting downtown and working with North Carolina Main Street, a state initiative to assist cities in downtown revitalization. An 11-year cancer survivor, Howard states frequently, “Every day is a beautiful day; some are just more comfortable than others.” Speaking of comfort, maybe that’s another reason for the longevity of Kings Mountain’s hardware stores. You just feel comfortable being there whether you want help to paint a room or plant a garden.

Foothills Spotlight Magazine acknowledges with thanks the help of the Kings Mountain Historical Museum and several Kings Mountain residents in providing historical details for this article.

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y most historical accounts, Abraham Lincoln was born in rural Kentucky on Feb. 12, 1809. It is the date he himself wrote in the family bible. But is it possible this is the date he had been raised to believe was his birthday and that the modest rustic home in which he lived was the place of his birth? Before you scoff that this is not a possibility, simply consider that some argue that our current president, who, coincidentally, is an ardent admirer of Lincoln, has a questionable birthplace. Is it possible that what has been local lore could be historical truth? Keith Price, president of the Bostic Lincoln Center, invites you to visit the Center, located right in the center of town, and explore for yourself. If Keith is there when you visit, you will quickly come to appreciate his interest and belief that our 16th president could very likely have been born on property owned by Abraham Enloe along Puzzle Creek, just a short distance away from the center of Bostic. As Keith shares the story, he doesn’t try to overwhelm you with facts. Nor does he brush aside the commentary and studies of others who hold that the traditional Lincoln story is the one and only story. “History is ever changing,” he says. “It is not static; the truth is still emerging.” Keith cites the development of the Kings Mountain National Military Park as an example of how history evolves. The battle there was once regarded as a footnote battle to the Revolutionary War, but continued study of the event led to a fuller understanding of its significance in bringing about the end of that war. www.footh i l l s s pot l i ght .com

While not defensive, Keith is resolute in his belief that time will resolve the Lincoln birthplace question fully. After all, there are facts that are difficult to dispute. For example, there was a Nancy Hanks, an illegitimate child sent to live with the Abraham Enloe family near Bostic. Nancy later bore an illegitimate son, sometime around 1804, who she named Abraham. Nancy and Abraham are later reported to have moved to Kentucky with Tom Lincoln, who married her there. The Lincoln story is not a recent phenomenon. It has been a community story from the time Nancy Hanks became a charge of the Enloe family. The story continued circulating during the Civil War. It was still going strong in the mid-1920s. So, why wasn’t it a national issue? Keith has an opinion on that. “Well, to begin with, Abraham Lincoln would not have been a great source of pride to Southerners in those days,” he says. “Also, there is the issue of a child born out of wedlock. Then there was the Lincoln family itself and their beliefs, and finally, there are always political considerations.” The story, as you might expect, takes a series of twists and turns. One of those twists is how the Bostic Lincoln Center came into existence. Keith attributes the development of the center to Tom Melton, who had lived in Rutherford County his entire life and who would often speak on the Lincoln question to community and civic groups. Keith had been away for many years and upon moving back, Tom invited him to accompany him to some of his talks. “I soon realized that if Tom were to not be here, we’d lose this wonderful story forever.”

Keith and a small group of supporters took it upon themselves to take action and held a meeting to see if there would be any interest in working to preserve the story. A meeting at Town Hall gave them the answer: The place was packed. Very quickly, a nonprofit organization was formed and work began on collecting and preserving information. About two years ago, the town gave the organization the old train depot building. With grants, and monetary and in-kind gifts surpassing $100,000, the Bostic Lincoln Center opened just over two years ago. Though Tom Melton passed away before it opened, he saw what was to be. Since that time, and despite limited hours, Keith notes that more than 1,800 visitors have stopped by, including academics, researchers and history lovers. He says that many people come in as skeptics of the story. That doesn’t faze him in the least. “I don’t think we’ve ever failed to give people more information than they had before they came,” he says with obvious pride. After all, it’s why the Center exists.

To hear and see for yourself, the Center is open Thursdays from 1 - 4 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Tours of the Center and the Puzzle Creek “birthplace” may be arranged in advance. Contact information: 828-245-9800, e-mail at info@bosticlincolncenter.com or the Web at www.bosticlincolncenter.com. Nearby are several eateries and the historic Washburn Store.

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hope the title of this article has piqued your interest because this is one “helluva” story. The guy is Robin King from the Oak Grove community in Cleveland County, and the hunt was for pronghorn antelope in Douglas, Wyo. Robin’s life began with medical difficulties. He was born 47 years ago with one body but two heads. He was supposed to be twins, but one didn’t fully develop. Twenty hours after birth, doctors removed this second head attached to his back. On top of this, Robin was born with the birth defect of spina bifida. This term actually means “split spine.” Wikipedia defines this condition as “a developmental birth defect caused by the incomplete closure of the embryonic neural (or spinal) tube.” This can be closed after birth, but the affected part of the spinal cord does not regain normal function. Since birth, Robin has endured 57 operations with lifelong complications involving his ability to walk and use his right side. His mother was told that he would be lucky to live to be 7 years old, that he needed to be institutionalized and would always be in a wheel chair. But his mother’s love and devotion has helped him beat the long odds he encountered at birth. She “always emphasized what he could do rather than what he couldn’t.” He lost his mother in 2006 at the age of 83. But he has kept her spirit. That leads to the “hunt“ part of the story. Robin has led an active life even though walking is a chore that gets harder with age. He has been a

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Robin was able to walk with the use of a cane. The local community prepared their meals the whole time and the hunters also got to attend an auction fundraiser for the hunt. On Oct. 1, Robin met his guides, John Stearns and his son John Jr. John’s brother Gary was one of the co-founders of this hunt group along with Jim Zumbo back in 1985. The hunters were able to sight their rifles and shoot some skeet; this was the first time Robin had fired a shotgun. The next day, Robin left with his guides for the ranch where they were to hunt. They saw a few buck antelopes but no one was able to get a good shot so they decided to take a lunch break. When they headed back out, they spotted a good buck within five minutes and this time, Robin was able to take a good shot. Using a rifle that John let him use because he couldn’t line up his own rifle, Robin recorded a 200-yard kill. The guide laughed, “Would you look at the grin on this guy’s face.” Robin said that he had the “lucky two’s,” as his kill came at 2 p.m., on the second day of the hunt, with his second gun on his second trip out and at 200 yards. The week I was writing this article Robin went through three more surgeries, which he said make him “feel 500 percent better.” He also has deer hunting trips lined up for the first week in December. He is also planning a future elk hunting trip and a return to Douglas. So, as you can see, this really was a “Helluva guy” on a “Helluva hunt.”

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• Was a three-sport athlete at Crest High school, playing football, basketball and baseball. • Was All-Conference in football in both his junior and senior years (1978-79) and was team MVP in 1979. • Played two years of varsity basketball and was a member of the conference championship team during his junior year. • Played against future NBA star Dominique Wilkins (of Washington High School). • Played center field and batted close to .400 for Shelby Post 82 American Legion team in 1978. • Signed with Wofford College out of high school and played two seasons at linebacker (1981-82).

against • His first game for Wofford was against Clemson. NCAA National Champion Clemson. Presbyterian • Made 18 tackles against Presbyterian College in a 1981 game. season to • Decided to forego his senior season to early focus on school and graduated early science. from Wofford majoring in social science. Shelby in • Joined First National Bank in Shelby in there in 1985 and has enjoyed 25 years there in serving as a various capacities; currently serving as a commercial lender. • Married the former Phyllis Cochran; they have two children, Ryan, 23, and Hillary, 17. • Now enjoys spending his spare time playing golf, attending his daughter’s soccer matches and singing with the Southern gospel quartet, “Four Anointed.”

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Editor’s note: As we were preparing the layout for this edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine, two significant economic development successes were announced. While covered in the local news media in some depth, we decided to share some of the highlights of these announcements with you.

For more than two years now, the foothills economic landscape has seemed as parched, barren and lifeless as a vast expanse of desert. But a tireless workhorse named economic development has brought bloom to that desert, and we are beginning to believe that the business growth we are seeing is not a mirage, but real. The early November announcements of two big projects, a Facebook data center in Rutherford County announced by Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, and just a week later, the Wipro Infocrossing Data Center in Cleveland County, announced by Gov. Beverly Perdue, were the culmination of many months of work behind the scenes in each county by economic development leaders in both the public and private sectors. In Cleveland County, the Wipro announcement was held at the former Chris Craft boat manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain. Gov. Perdue praised the company for choosing the 215,000-square-foot building and commended its plans to undertake renovations and building infrastructure needed for its operations to achieve LEED certification. Over the next three years,

the company plans to invest some $75 million in the facility, creating 17 jobs over the first four years. Gov. Perdue also spoke to the growing importance of technology services in the coming years and how North Carolina as a state is committed to remaining competitive and aggressive to entice technology companies here. Noting the state has been ranked as the No. 1 state for company relocation in nine of the last 10 years and recently achieved a ranking as the second best jobs growing economy in America, Gov. Perdue said, “This is a big win in a string of wins.” Sameer Kishore, president of Wipro, noted the selection of the Kings Mountain site was a significant task. “This has been a long journey for us,” he said. “We started over two years ago looking for a site that would welcome us as partners. We looked at more than 50 sites in 20 states. Gov. Perdue, the state of North Carolina and Cleveland County have created a pro-business environment. This is a celebration of us becoming a part of the local community.” Not even a week earlier, Rutherford County, which has faced some the highest unemployment figures in the state, announced that it had landed its own data center operation after Facebook choose a local venue for its new $450 million facility to be completed within the next 18 months. The operation is expected to fully employ more than 40 people once open. The facility will be housed at the site of the old Mako Marine building off Rt. 74 on Old Caroleen Road near Forest City. Remarks made by both Lt. Governor

Walter Dalton and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R) during the ceremonies each spoke to the significance of the announcement, calling it a “game changer” and long overdue good economic news for the region. State and local officials participating in the event highlighted the hard work of many leading up to the decision by Facebook to locate their facility here and feel that the name cache of the company will turn heads in other businesses evaluating new site locations and lead to further investment in the area. In both cases, the data centers represent the first such facilities in each county and both counties utilized significant incentive packages from the state and local levels. And while neither endeavor will result in a large number of new jobs for each location, economic development leaders in both counties believe that the facilities will lead to a second tier of business development across the foothills region making such incentives good in the long run. As Gov. Perdue noted in Cleveland County, very few people like incentives but with 34 states offering them in a significant way, it is a fact of business life that if we are to attract such businesses, incentives will be involved. One local observer, stating he did not really care for incentives either, felt that if we really thought about it, all of us want and use economic incentives in one way or another. He suggested that any discount coupon, any volume discount or even a discount on your property taxes for paying early is an economic incentive … just on a much smaller scale. One thing is agreed upon, however: Our state is going to continue to be aggressive in its efforts to bring business and jobs to North Carolina and it appears that our leadership in the foothills is committed to doing the same. However you look at that, the idea of more business, more jobs and a brighter economy is good news to everyone.

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FAA standard. The fully lighted 5,002-foot runway and parallel taxiway can handle most corporate and general aviation traffic. “The biggest aircraft we’ve had in here in the last five years was a 50-passenger jet traveling to California,” says airport Manager Devon Raisch (pronounced “Rash”) You don’t have to ask Devon if he’s excited about the new facility. He’s more than thrilled to show folks around and encourages visitors. “We want to be accessible to the public,” he says. “Bring the kids out with a picnic lunch and enjoy watching planes take off and land. We average 28 takeoffs and landings each day throughout the year, so there’s plenty of activity.” Call ahead if you would like an individual or group tour. Devon, a Dayton, Ohio, native, has been with the airport for over five years. He was hired when Compass 21, a privately-held FBO (fixed base of operation), ran the airport’s operations and he stayed on when the City of Shelby took over a little over three years ago. He now reports to Ben Yarboro, the city’s civil engineer. Devon is one of two airport employees, but the only one who’s full time. Jack Poole comes on site to handle Devon’s duties on the weekends, although Devon’s responsibilities require him to be on-call 24/7. “We definitely provide a service to the community in terms of helping with fire, police and emergency refueling facilities that save valuable time during lifethreatening events,” Devon explains. “I’m not certified to fly yet,” Devon admits, “but I’ve worked in and around aviation for about seven years now. My first start was at Rutherford County’s

airport maintenance shop, moving on to GTCC from Guilford Technical Community College’s A&P program where I learned the basics about aircraft systems and maintenance. I’ve flown many times in many different aircraft, but my most memorable was the first flight in a Piper Cub.” While construction on the new terminal progressed, something just as exciting was simultaneously being erected nearby. Passersby who have wondered what all those glistening glass-looking panels were doing all bunched in rows next to the airport entrance now have the mystery solved. They are all collectively called a “solar farm,” and in addition to providing electricity, help meet the state government’s “green” energy requirements and gain the community valuable energy and tax credits. The site, chosen by a private group of investors but now owned by Duke Energy, provides for maximum unobstructed sunlight exposure for about 4,500 panels on eight of the 10 acres of leased city ground. The panels are interconnected by a solar-powered motor system that enables them to follow the sun to gain maximum exposure. “The daily energy output provides power for the airport and the surrounding community,” Devon explains. “The system puts out around one megawatt of electricity each day which is enough to power approximately 130 homes for one day.” The two entities make for a pretty amazing combination and it makes one wonder … would the Wright Brothers or Thomas Edison have ever envisioned such a bundled enterprise?

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For the last in a series about “buy local” campaigns and the rise of the locovore, let’s go beyond local pride, nostalgia and the search for something comfortable. Though environmental reasons to stay local are the best, let’s focus on the financial facts of life to see why local business just makes more sense today. Years ago when working in tourism marketing, I found it hard to get support. People in positions like mine didn’t have reliable benchmarks to prove the worth of investments in tourism programs for rural areas or small cities. And, honestly, many of us were afraid to test our intuition. But times change, and we learned to dig down to the value of visitors and locals alike. It may not be as exact as the atomic-powered clocks keeping us on schedule, but people have now studied consumer habits and buying patterns. We have always understood that crowds coming to festivals will have an impact on local business. Now there are measures we can use to conservatively estimate what people are spending and how they are helping local businesses. In tourism we measure direct spending for hotel room nights, with occupancy tax collections and reports on occupancy. In Shelby, we saw room sales rise about 8 percent over the past 12 months, a rebound that leads almost all other parts of North Carolina. Comparing last year’s numbers to this year’s overnight stays, from November to May, Shelby experienced an 18 percent increase in what we consider the tourist season for our region. Part of that recovery from the big recessionary drop came from new visitors attending concerts at the Don Gibson

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Theatre in Uptown. Other contributors were youth sports tournaments and college conferences. Visitors paid for motel rooms with an average rate of $60, with over 61,000 room nights sold. Local sales taxes collected from out of town visitors were $557,000, reducing the average local tax burden by $150 per year per household. Out-of-town visitors also buy fuel, pay for meals, shop in our Uptown district, and pay for other services while staying with us. Overnight visits routinely generate additional spending of $13.5 million and the average daily spending per traveler is estimated at $220 in Shelby vs. $209 county-wide. Special events in Uptown, such as Alive After Five concerts, attract local and regional audiences. If we have 1,200 attendees at one of our concerts, we can safely estimate that Uptown restaurants will see at least 300 customers that might not be visiting otherwise. A research study indicates that downtown districts see an average of $10 per person in spending on other goods and services besides their entertainment at a festival. The over 4,000 attendees who dropped into Uptown Shelby for the Liver Mush Expo, Fall Festival, and Art of Sound Festival in late October spent money at the Farmers Market, and frequented shops and restaurants on a beautiful Saturday. One restaurant owner said, “Can we do that again? Soon?” The traditional holiday celebrations in Uptown attracted families visiting Santa’s House and Toyland, as well as those taking horse drawn carriage rides to enjoy the Christmas lights. Merchants extended shopping hours on these Friday nights and estimates

indicate increased retail sales as well as more meals sold to visitors. We will see another activity impacting local business with the North Carolina Main Street Conference in the Don Gibson Theatre at the end of January. With 400 attendees expected, we anticipate many will stay overnight for two nights, as well as have at least two meals in local eateries. If we expect an average meal price of $12 for approximately 600 meals, that means Uptown restaurants will see new revenues of $7,200 within a 24-hour period. Retail shops will experience a similar increase in revenue. That money will go to the bottom line of some businesses, pay wait staff at others, and will filter out in payments to accountants and maintenance workers, among others. These paid employees then recycle their dollars back into the community. The longer this cycle rotates in the community the more our local economy benefits. And that is the biggest reason to focus on local independent business in a place like Uptown Shelby. 

Wade Nichols is Executive Director of Uptown Shelby Association, Inc., named one of the first Main Street organizations in the United States in 1980. Uptown Shelby Association is a non-profit charged with promoting the historic commercial heart of Shelby, fostering new business, and encouraging the preservation and redevelopment of the Uptown district.

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JANUARY 2011 January 16 Martin Luther King Day

FEBruary 24 10th Annual Bowling for Dollars 11am - 1:30pm $15 (Reservations required) Join others for a delicious homemade soup in a beautiful handmade pottery bowl. Cleveland County Arts Council 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby ccartscouncil.org / 704.484.2787

FEBruary 25-27 & MarCH 4-6 “Swingtime Canteen” Performance 7:30pm & Sunday 3pm Kings Mountain Little Theatre 202 S. Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain kmlt.org / 704.730.9408 3pm Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Guest Speaker: Rev. Robert Devoe Palmer Grove Baptist Church 1606 Kingstown Road, Kingstown 704.487.0480

January 29 The Big Chill Casino Night 7:30pm - Midnight $35 in advance $40 at the door. It’s Casino Night at the Arts Center. Good food, great music and dancing and also a chance to beat the odds and win exciting prizes. Cleveland County Arts Council 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby ccartscouncil.org / 704.484.2787

ApRil 2011 april 2 Springs Alive Festival 10am - 5pm Live music, food games, arts, crafts and more. A festival featuring something for the entire family. Gardner-Webb University 110 South Main Street, Boiling Springs gardner-webbuniversity.edu / 704.406.4631

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FEBruary 14 Carrousel Valentine’s Day Lunch 11:30am - 1:30pm $11 (Reservations required) Shelby City Park 850 West Sumter Street, Shelby cityofshelby.org/parks 704.484.2787

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One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the health benefits of Muscadine wine concerns lowering the risk of Diabetes and reducing the pain associated with Arthritis. Muscadines are among the richest source of antioxidants found in nature and are a leading food source for the antioxidant known as Resveratrol. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is reported to lower inflammation associated with Arthritis pain and slow the passage of glucose through the digestive tract to lower the risk of Diabetes. Most everyone is aware that blueberries, blackberries and pomegranates are great sources of antioxidants. What is not commonly known, however, is that Muscadine grapes have more antioxidants per gram than most any other fruit, with three times more antioxidants than blueberries, four times more than blackberries and six times more than pomegranates. Evidence continues to mount that drinking wine goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle and is a powerful means of improving overall health. In 2005, a Harvard team found that the consumption of Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, by overweight lab mice increased energy levels, lowered cholesterol and reduced overall blood sugar. Scientific journals have recently been filled with studies suggesting that Resveratrol could be a treatment for Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other ailments. Preventing Arthritis Researchers in Sweden have reported that drinking five to ten glasses of wine per week may cut the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50 percent compared with the risk to non-wine drinkers. In addition, other studies have found that moderate wine consumption is linked to increased bone density in elderly women, potentially lowering the risk of osteoporosis. Lowering Diabetes Risk Studies have shown that people who consume light to moderate amounts of wine on a daily basis appear to have an advantage when it comes to preventing type-2 diabetes. A Harvard School of Public Health study from 2003 found that women 25 years and older who consumed a glass or two a day were at a 58 percent lower risk of developing

diabetes than non-drinkers. Researchers speculate that wine consumption might help regulate insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels by slowing the passage of glucose through the digestive tract. Those already diagnosed with diabetes may also benefit from wine consumption as well. There is a clear connection between those with diabetes and an increased risk of heart disease. The risk of coronary heart disease was up to 55 percent lower in studies for diabetics that drank wine in moderation. How it works Resveratrol is produced by the grapevine to protect the grapes from disease and is present in the skin and seeds of the grapes. Red wine is often recommended for Resveratrol because most red wines are made from the whole grape including the skin and seeds. Resveratrol is normally not present in white wine because it is made from only the juice. However, at WoodMill Winery all of the red and white wines are made by using the whole grape, including the skin and seeds, and as a result both the red and the white wines are all high in Resveratrol. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a healthy diet that includes five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Typical Americans consume only two or three servings of fruit and vegetables a day. A single 1-cup serving of Muscadine grapes would more than double the average person’s antioxidant intake. Muscadine grapes are fat free, high in fiber and high in antioxidants, especially ellagic acid and Resveratrol. Ellagic acid has demonstrated anticarcinogenic properties in the colon, lungs and liver of mice. Based on this study, drinking a single glass of Muscadine wine a day is equivalent in Resveratrol concentrations to drinking 40 glasses of European red wine.

Saturday, January 29th WoodMill Winery’s New Wine Release with Pastries by “Do You Love It Sweet & Savory Patisserie” Friday, February 11th Valentine’s Dance Saturday, February 12th Valentine’s Dinner Sunday, February 20th Bridal Show from 1 to 4pm Fashion Show at 3pm 20+ Vendors and 20 door prizes, Free Admission For detailed information please see our website. We offer Indoor and Outdoor Venues for Weddings, Receptions, Class Reunions, Bridal Showers, Business Meetings and Luncheons. Wine Tours & Tastings Available Tuesday through Friday from Noon to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm & Sunday 1pm to 6pm.

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what’s good, fix what’s broken and all is well. Then we periodically repeat the entire process of evaluation looking for opportunities to update and improve what is in place … a maintenance plan, if you will. I wrote the above because in my experience, I’ve realized how similar our industry is to others. Many of us tend to think of our challenges as unique when in reality there are almost always many similarities to the challenges others face. The good part of coming to that realization is that we can all learn from others. I think the most valuable lesson we can learn is: “DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES!” I think we can learn from the newspaper industry as an example. Talk about a business model that is broken! I once asked a group, “Imagine there had never been a newspaper printed, would anyone in the room think it would be good idea to start one today?” Not one person said yes. This industry’s business model has suddenly become antiquated, yet publishers continue

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have known since my early twenties that I would not pass into old age gracefully. Although I never really saw it coming, I now find myself right in the middle of “older” age. And despite many promises to myself over the years, I find myself repeating “O Lord, I have become my mother” several times daily. I remember all too well making fun of her losing things, burning pan after pan of cookies, getting in the car with her only to hear her say, ”Now where is it we’re going?” But all of you women know that we never really thought we’d get to this point. I know Mama is having a good belly laugh at me daily. I can no longer get out of bed in the morning without asking for divine intervention. I can no longer be the catcher in the kids’ softball game as I can no longer squat. (I can, however, sit down and hope the batter hits all the balls and misses me.) I can no longer sit down on my comfortable furniture and get up with any grace whatsoever.

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When traveling, I can no longer “hold it” to the next exit. I can no longer park my car properly within lined spaces. I often find myself simply abandoning my car. As a friend suggested, I make lists for shopping items, chores and errands, only to find myself ripping them up and thinking, “Now who put that there?” I learned years ago while in conversation to simply cross my fingers as a reminder of something important to say when given the chance . . . only to find my fingers getting sore as I could no longer remember the point. Coming out of church on a recent Sunday after thoroughly enjoying the sermon, I looked at the pastor and said, “Pastor, I so enjoyed your sermon on ….” and I went blank. He quickly added, “On Paul?” Thank goodness for his kindness, and I sure hope he wasn’t playing a dirty trick on me. He could have been preaching about Satan himself. A dear friend had several sets of extra keys made as she constantly was losing them. She wanted me to keep a set for her but I had to say that I could no

LORD, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy tales of others’ pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint — some of them are so hard to live with — but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. AMEN

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