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April 2016


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Monthly Columns


April 2016

4 Catastrophe Primed


5 Bizz Tips 8 Dollar and Sense

6 The Music Scene

10 Array of Pets

Pat Garrett

11 Small Biz Doctor

14 Bizz Buzz Fast and Furious

18 Good News Fundraising on the Runway

28 Artistic


12 Hidden Nuggets

42 Expressions


Hero in us

28 Sip & Savor It’s all about the ‘Q

9 Pet Talk Dogs Decoded

18 Escape to Tell Find out how this film is highlighting issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and mental illness, in a relatable way that will encourage family discussion.

26 Burning Coal Learn about upcoming Shakespearean events in the local area.

17 Healthy Living 20 More Than Skin Deep 24 Calender 31 Social Security Smarts

37 Ask Tina 40 Let’s Eat 41 Dear Shanessa 45 Stilleto Thoughts 46 Array for Kids 47 Bulletin board 48 Publisher’s Note

38 Expressions


Catastrophe Primed

April Safety

April is the time of year when Fayetteville residents

start gearing up for spring with the Dogwood Festival and other exciting things going on in and around our All-American City. However, let’s take a moment to remember what {almost} happened last month and what actually happened five years ago. Mother Nature dealt our community a very bad hand. The citizens of our community were the players at the table on April 16, 2011. Some players had a full house, some had a mixed hand and for others they folded. Cumberland County and other parts of North Carolina was hit by a tornado that demolished many homes and businesses. In Cumberland County, unfortunately one life was taken and around 90 people were injured. The physical scars may have healed by now but the thoughts of that afternoon will always remain. Many people I speak with to this day say they cringe at the sound of thunder. City and County First Responders were at the ready. Many citizens, churches, and businesses that were not affected by the storm were ready and eager to volunteer. I am on the Cumberland County C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) and got called out that evening. We were told to help in the direction of sheltering (at a church on Morganton Rd) victims that were affected by the storm. The road was full of debris, vehicular traffic, foot traffic and numerous flashing lights from emergency personnel. As the victims were walking to the church, the CERT members were there to help them and by being someone to help with the emotions and to hear their story. One of the victims said that he was holding on inside his home as the roof was taken off by the storm and he watched all his belongings disappear into the sky. He was horrified and shaken up as you could imagine. Many other stories like this are abound today and we must do what we can to prepare ourselves and others. I am also the Chairman of the CDRC (Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition). This organization was formed shortly after FEMA suggested Cumberland County have a long term recovery

Written by Steve Rogers

group. We meet unmet needs after a presidential declared disaster. We helped about a dozen citizens with things such as debris removal, painting, minor construction, new furniture, etc. Have you started preparing by reading my articles each month and heeding the information I have been sharing? If not, I have good news. It’s not too late. Please take the time to get your 72-hour kit and personal documents together. Recently I had several people explaining to me that they were experiencing a difficult time recovering their driver’s license, social security card and credit cards. I highly recommend making photocopies of all important papers and placing them in your 72-hour kit. For a complete list, contact us at the numbers below. 12 Months to Preparedness **April** ____ 1. Get a battery operated Radio with extra batteries ____ 2. A Change of clothes and blanket or sleeping bag for each person ____ 3. PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) Gloves, dust mask, goggles, rain coat/poncho •A•

More safety, security and emergency preparedness tips will be in each monthly article. Any questions can be directed to Steve Rogers, Owner of Home Safe Home Inventory, LLC He can be reached by phone 910-884-7021 or info@

Did you know? Small animals that hibernate are usually coming out of their burrows in April. The birds fly back northward or they settle down to have their families. The bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season. 4

Bizz Tipz

Succession Planning: Who is your Substitute?

Have you ever watched a sporting

event and seen someone get injured? Did the coach just forfeit the rest of the game? Of course not, a substitute player was sent out onto the field so the team could continue fighting for that victory. This was possible because the coach planned for this kind of scenario. The same principle should be applied in our business and it is known as Succession Planning. True, there is a low probability that your employees may get injured at the office (hopefully) but what happens when they have to call in sick or want to take a family vacation? Will your business operations suffer by the absence? Is your business able to operate if you catch the flu? The key to ensuring a smooth operation is early planning. Therefore, have the employees communicate their vacation plans early in the year. If the workforce contains individuals who are graduating from High School this spring, find out when they plan on leaving the job to start their next phase in life. If employees are reaching their golden years, determine if they have decided when they will retire. Regardless of whether the absence is temporary or permanent, NOW is the time to start planning. Once it is known who will be absent and when, it is time to

Written by Dan Travieso

identify what responsibilities will need to be reassigned to someone else. Was the person who is going to be absent a cashier, a mechanic, a driver, a manager? Identify the void that will be created by that person being out. Determine whether existing personnel can fill the hole or if it is necessary to hire a temporary or permanent replacement. If existing staff is going to be used, ensure the additional responsibilities are assigned to an individual with the right personality, attitude, and skills for the job. If the employee who will be absent has a specialty job, start cross training that skill to a co-worker early. This also is a good practice to ensure coverage during unexpected absences such as sickness and family emergencies. Businesses with multiple locations may be able to temporarily transfer an employee with the right skills from another nearby location. If a permanent new-hire is required, have the replacement start a week or two prior to the departure of the outgoing employee. Though it may be an added expensive

to have the new person start early in order to shadow the person they are replacing, the potential loss of productivity by not having a fullytrained employee fill the void makes this a sound investment. Ensure they have the required equipment, computer privileges, access, etc. prior to the start of their new role. Regardless of the cause, absentees are an inevitable part of managing employees, however, developing a succession plan early can mitigate the impacts. Doing so will ensure seamless support to customers and avoid any last minute panic. •A• Dan Travieso, known as the Ultimate Performance Architect, is an expert in organizational and individual performance at DT Squared Consulting Services. Visit, or email info@ for more information.

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The Music Scene

They say that Pat Garrett’s got your

number, but instead of sleeping with one eye open when you slumber, just close your eyes, and imagine being pulled over by a deputy – in a melodious sort of way. As you exit the roadway, you experience momentary blindness from the lightening fast whirl of the blue lights. Your heart begins to palpitate while your mind races to conjure up all sorts of scenarios as to how this traffic stop will end. Just as you put the car in park with the last fiber of nerve that you have left, you suddenly hear the strum of a guitar, the rhythmic pulse of percussion, and the most melodious bluegrass and country music vocal combination that your ears have ever experienced. Open your eyes! You have just envisioned what it would be like to witness the musical talents of Private First Class Pat Garrett; yet the allusive reference to the deputy in the introduction is not make-believe. You see, Pat’s name was strategically chosen by his dad who named his son after the legendary Sheriff Patrick F. Garrett, a.k.a. Pat Garrett, from Billy The Kid. However, as opposed to Lincoln County, New Mexico, the real Pat Garrett hails from the mountainous region of Pickens County, South Carolina, in the town of Easley, where he was born and raised. This 21 year-old, who will be 22 by the time this edition hits the magazine stands, didn’t walk around with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, yet he was indoctrinated with an indomitable work ethic and a self-initiating spirit that prevails not only within himself, but within the lives of those he touches. That work ethic is in his DNA. “My parents worked hard to get everything they have. I learned a lot just by watching them. They have been together more than 23 years, and I have watched them grow from an eight hundred square-foot house to a twentyeight-hundred square- foot house.” Pat is grateful for his parents, and he appreciates the fact that, “they tried to give me all they did not have growing up.” After graduating from high school at 18, he went to college, but after a brief stint there, he decided to join the army. While in college, he majored in

This driven young man, who serves his country in the most respectable manner, is destined to become a musical legend in his own right. Criminal Justice, and Garrett has plans of becoming a deputy when he gets out of the army. Joining the military is how he landed in Fort Bragg, but it is at Fort Bragg where he decided to marry his true love. That true love would be his undeniably strong and progressively emerging love of music and vocals. “At fifteen, I was just starting to figure

out how I loved music. I really began to take playing and singing seriously when I got in the army and got settled. I had been playing guitar for twelve years, and I started singing in high school at sixteen years old,” recalled Pat. His ability to seriously pursue music, along with his band intimately known as The Pat Garrett Band, has impenetrably deep roots. Not only does his mother, who is also a teacher “… have a beautiful voice…” according to Pat, but his grandfather was a musician to the core. “My mom’s dad was a guitar player who played for Alabama. He played bass guitar in which he would often perform shows as close as The Bowery in Myrtle Beach [South Carolina].” Pat is determined to live life without regrets. “You can ask a hundred

people, and most of them will say they have regrets. I don’t want to live like that. I want to at least say I tried it once.” Garrett is a self-taught musician who has never taken a lesson. Relative to lessons, Pat said, “That is what makes the originality of the musician and his/her music comes out. Taking music theory makes you good, but the music lessons from someone else do not.” He added, “Someone did show me how to create some basic chords.” However, one of the most interesting means in which he learned the various stringed instruments is he would watch recorded music video band players, and he would watch their hands. Pat is a well-rounded musician: he plays seven instruments: piano, drums (including a Cajon and a full kit), violin, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar. Anyone who is in tune with his/her inner self has an escape. For Pat Garrett, music provides that escape for him. “I can say things with music that I cannot say in any other situation. You just can’t get the punctuation of certain feelings without music.” Garrett is a musician, writer, and producer who grew up on bluegrass music, and Vince Gill is the best guitarist in his opinion. Pat confessed, “I am from the mountains, and you will never take the mountains and the bluegrass out of me.” He likes the song by Love and Theft called “Whiskey On My Breath” because it has a very Vince Gill sound. Versatility is a part of Pat’s very existence. He has a wide vocal range – “from Josh Turner to Thomas Rhett” and works to put 110% in every song. His theory? The harder you push, the more people can feel it. Altogether, Pal believes music is a labor of love. Unless the artist is willing to pay that sacrifice of labor, it will not work. This driven young man, who serves his country in the most respectable manner, is destined to become a musical legend in his own right.

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Why are you investing ense for your retirement?

Contributed by Alan Porter, Strategic Wealth Strategies

Typical answers to this question

are wide and varied, they include; retirement security, returns, growth, freedom, and fun. Although each of these answers make sense, the one that matters most is income! The biggest thing that people need to understand it makes no difference how much money you have in retirement; it is how much money you have after your taxes have been paid. Everyone needs income that they can count on. Unique consistent cash flow that shows up in your account every month so you never have to worry about how you will pay your bills or if your money is going to run out. It is great to have a large investment portfolio but what happens if the stock market suffers a dramatic decline like in 2008? In a few days your assets could be slashed by up to 50%! If this happened today would you be able to live comfortably on happy retirement savings for the rest of your life? Dr. Jeffrey Brown, a retired expert and advisor to the White House, said it best in this recent Forbes article: “Income is the outcome that matters most for retirement security”. Being asset rich and cash poor often leads to stress and even bankruptcy. This can be avoided by focusing on reliable and consistent income. As I research articles from newspapers and magazines on retirement income all the financial advisors seem to say the same thing. Max out your 401(k) contribution. Save more money. Reduce your lifestyle. Strategize your Social Security claiming strategies. While this is all good consider the following. If you max out your 401(k) contribution and


you are in a higher tax bracket than when you started so you are going to be paying higher taxes on that money. Do you think taxes are to be higher or lower in the future? Personally, I think that they will be higher because not only the national debt which is at over $19 trillion but with Social Security and Medicare taking the majority of taxes to fund these programs because the baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 people per day, there’s nothing else the government can do. Another thing that I keep reading about is they want you to put your money in taxable and tax-deferred accounts. Nothing ever seems to be said about putting your money in a tax-free vehicle. What is a tax-free vehicle---permanent life insurance. Your money in this type of vehicle grows taxdeferred, you get your money out tax-free, by IRS code 7702 and 70 E. It also does not affect taxation of Social Security, which can be huge in retirement. Also, there are many other benefits with a permanent life insurance. Another thing that people are uneducated about is the value of doing a reverse mortgage. Many people in retirement age our house rich but cash poor. You can get money out of reverse mortgage in

three different ways, a lump sum, a monthly payment, or a line of credit. All of this money is tax-free! People in retirement do not have the luxury of waiting on the ups and downs of the stock market. How would you like to have a financial vehicle that can have market-like returns but never lose money due to a market downturn? I know of only two financial vehicles that can guarantee you this by contract and they are fixed indexed annuities and permanent life insurance. Also, a financial vehicle that can guarantee income for life is a fixed indexed annuity. The insurance companies offer the best IRS approved TAX FREE retirement system available today and many of your Financial Planners, CPAs, and Attorneys know nothing about them. If you are 59 ½ or older and approach retirement you should start thinking about how you will avoid the greatest risk of living too long, running out of money!•A• Quote contributed by Dr. Jeffrey Brown, some content contributed by Steve Burton of Equity 1 This article is submitted for educational purposes


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$100,000? Written by Dr. Mike, Small Biz Dr.

I know you are looking at this and asking yourself

– What is Mike up to now? Is this a trick question or what? Actually it’s 50% true and 50% trick. This question is quite interesting, and will hit home for LOTS of people. The Small Biz Doctor is about to venture down a road that a huge percentage of people are forced to drive every day. Let’s begin by saying that $50,000 per year is nothing like earning $100,000, because it allows a person the ability to purchase a lot more, and build financial strength. Now let’s get to the point of the article. I was sitting with a person the other day at a networking mixer that did nothing but complain about her job. She said, “I hate getting up in the morning, hate walking out the door to go to work, hate getting into my car to drive to work, hate walking in the front door of my building, hate walking into my office and sitting at my desk, but most of all, I hate doing what my job description pays me to do.” Her frustration was so blatant that I had to ask what she did, and how long has she been doing it? This was NOT the question to ask. “I work for a company that could care less if I died today, customers who would probably lift up a beer at a bar and say CHEERS if they found out that I did actually die, and co-workers who would not even recognize if my office was empty for weeks”. I began to create a mental list of the types of jobs that could fit this bill. Home evictions, call family members to announce family deaths, or the IRS agent that notifies home owners they will be seizing their homes for tax purposes? Again, what do you do and how long have you been doing it? She began to elaborate again. “My company is all about them, and can care less that I have spent over 15 years with them, only taken 3 vacations, force myself to go to work even when I’m sick, missed my sons high school graduation to attend a company training in Kentucky. Now let me ask you Mike, why the heck would a company offer training in Kentucky, what’s so inviting about Kentucky?” Then she complained about her boss, and how insensitive he was. “When you talk to him, he has a look on his face as if he wants to say, WOULD YOU

PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE, I CAN CARE LESS ABOUT ANYTHING YOU ARE SAYING, OR ABOUT TO SAY – JUST GET BACK TO WORK!” Then she started on her co-worker. “The person that sits in the office next to me has to be the most introverted person in history. In the 5 years that she has been there, we have NEVER gone to lunch, had family or friend conversations, and when I asked about her vacation, she said that it was alright, and that was it!” She then said “My customers are some of the dumbest people in the world, and she was UP TO HERE (pointing over her head) with each one of them”. Still no answer as to what she does or how long she has been doing it. At this point, she stood up, waved at the bartender, paid her bill and began to leave the building. However, just before she began to walk out, she said one last thing that made feel like she was actually going to answer my question, and again I was wrong. She said “If they did not pay me $100,000 a year, I would quit that job tomorrow”. She told me to have a nice day, and walked off. At this point I’m done, because I still have no clue who she was, and what she did. What’s more important to you…MONEY or HAPPINESS? Nothing is more painful than having a career that you hate, but staying there because of the money may not be the best answer. The most important of all is having a career that you enjoy telling people about. In conclusion…Find out what makes you smile, because paychecks are external, while happiness is internal. If this is not enough for you, answer this… when was the last time you saw one of these following behind one of those? MONEY vs. HAPPINESS? •A•

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Hidden Nuggets

Entrepreneur Spotlight Written by Anissa Short

Spring has made its arrival and if you are like

me, you are thankful that we could finally ‘spring ahead”. Raise your hand if more daylight is what you LOVE!!! The warmer temperatures and the beauty of spring always seem to make a day that much better. It’s that time of year that we all come out of hibernation to freshen up the yards and even initiate “Operation Spring Cleaning” in our homes. While I don’t particularly enjoy landscaping or house work, I would have to admit that there is nothing like the feeling of a clean home, the beauty of a well landscaped yard, and the newness of life that spring promises. If you are one with a great appreciation for nature and incorporating all things new in this season, you share something in common with this month’s featured entrepreneur. Cynthia Rozier is the owner of Cynthia’s Southern Luxuries, a company that specializes in natural products, specifically soaps, lotions, candles, etc. She is one who possesses a love for decorating, nature, and animals. On a personal note, I define her as a “class act”, and upon


meeting her, I am sure you will agree. Here is a little more about Cynthia and her journey in business: Who is Cynthia Rozier? ~~ I am one who loves family and people. I love to serve and to meticulously create with my hands. I enjoy fragrances, natural products and photography. Most importantly, I love the Lord and consider Him the most important person in my life. Why did you choose this venture as your home-based business? ~~~ I chose this because I love to create with my hands. This combined with my love for natural products and fragrances made it a good fit. What did you do to prepare yourself for this specific business? ~~ I don’t think I did anything on purpose, but I do believe that God prepared me for it and ordered my steps toward it. My interests in life have included photography, decorating, crafts and working with my hands. All of this has served me well in my business. What do you love most about being a home based entrepreneur? ~~ I can work my business around family. It’s nice being at home

making products. I’m such a homebody so this is perfect for me. Did you face challenges prior to starting your business or since? ~~ I have been very stretched in learning details about products, labeling, decorating, and using the scientific names for labels, etc. The research required has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone many times. What general advice would you offer to anyone interested in pursuing entrepreneurship? ~~ Every one of us is gifted. We all have dreams deposited into our hearts. Start pursuing the dream and start using the gifts. It may not happen overnight but eventually the vision gets clearer. In addition, always remember that if you don’t have a target to hit, you’ll never hit it.•A•


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Fast and Furious

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It was flat and barren and there

was a lot of dirt. No lines on the track. Though soon there would be brilliant lights, brightly-illuminated scoreboards, and the Christmas tree - drag racing’s term for the everimportant tree of starting lights. The grandstands - retrieved from the ones pulled out of Daytona Raceway as part of ‘Daytona Rising’, that track’s renovation - stood empty beneath the Carolina sky, awaiting sign-age and spectators to fill the 9,500 seats. There was no Zaxbysponsored winner’s circle with its extra perk of free chicken dinner for the winner. Back in the tower, running below the surface between VIP suites and media room, humming through the control room, was a vibe - a vibe of excitement, expectation, and energy. The work was moving along fast, and by March 24, opening day, it would all be complete. Galot Motorsports Park would open where DunnBenson Dragstrip once stood, ready to reclaim its devoted crowd and offer a family-friendly, state-of-theart venue for all sorts of motorsports entertainment. Charles Myers, Media Relations Coordinator for Galot Motorsports Park, likes to say that the only thing left of Dunn-Benson Dragstrip is the dirt beneath the track, and that’s been shuf-fled around dozens of time during the meticulous construction of track and facility. Owner Earl Wells has guided the design of the track with great attention to hospitality, safety, and detail. Dana Strickland, Wells’ daughter, is track liaison, and her husband John has overseen the construction. They, Charles, and the rest of the staff set store by three things: customer service, safety, and being family-friendly. Charles says, “We’re going to give everyone a first class experience.”

mile) with a catch-net and pea gravel • Professional lighting supplied by Musco, known for delivering customized lighting solutions for sports venues around the world • A crested track surface which allows water to drain off to the sides where it is carried away under the barrier and piped off in six-inch pipes • Concession ‘stand’ adjacent to the grandstand: fully licensed, heated/ air-conditioned restaurant serving 38 • Speed and pro shop located on the lower level of the control tower souvenirs, clothing, even car parts at competitive market prices. Galot is a Race Equipment Safety Dealer. • Rest rooms located in both concession and tower areas. • Two VIP lounges in the tower equipped with three large monitors, mini-kitchen and bal-cony, located right at the start line. • Dedicated media booth with oneway glass for journalistic privacy. • Efficient design for entering and leaving the track, including new entrance off route 242, minimizing traffic snarls and allowing everyone to get home easily. • RV area with hook-up, including electric, for participants’ convenience. • Safety equipment including fire truck, emergency services, and ambulance, and even a place for a helicopter to land if necessary. “We want everyone to experience Galot,” says Charles. “We want everyone to have a pleasant

experience, to have them leaving saying “Man, I can’t wait to come back!’ “ Experiences are not confined to drags racing either - although drivers will be excited over the new set-up. The 2016 schedule is already fairly full. Tractor pull events have their own track site. Modified tractors pull a steadily increasing weight until they can no longer pull, each trying for the greatest distance. The NTPA 3rd Annual Mule City 300 Tractor Pull is on the schedule for Memorial Day Weekend. ‘Bike nights’ dot the season, and Charles anticipates what he calls “motorcycle madness.” The Pro-Mods will make regular appearances at “Mad Mule Thursday” on Thursday nights, and late September will see Monster Trucks at the park. They’re open to the idea of concerts, too. This is an entertainment park, after all. The venue has already been used for Galot Music Fest. Charles grins and says, “We tell people to expect to see something they’ve never seen before.” Admission is generally $10.00. Special events will have special prices, and visitors are advised to check for prices on the web site: Drivers new to the sport are encouraged to enter the Thursday night ‘Test and Tune’ events (usual fee $20.00). Newcomers - and

Their philosophy is obvious in the improvements at the track. • 2nd track in the country (and the only one on the Eastern Seaboard) to have temperature-controlled pavement for the first 300 feet of track • Certified the flattest racing surface in the world (laser-measured) • 800 feet of concrete followed by an asphalt shutdown stretch. Startline to finish-line, it is 660 feet (1/8

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Charles confirms there are both male and female drag racers - can let them know at the gates that they are first timers. According to Charles, they’ll be treated to “a great introduction to the track and drag racing.” Galot is well-placed in the racing season to offer an assist to racers building points. In this division, most of the points are earned in the beginning and end of the season. For the racer who’s thinking they’ve got to rack up some points to make up for an early shortage, the June schedule will be of great interest. Galot Motorsports Park was conceived as an entertainment venue, a place for dragster and other motorsports competitions and other kinds of entertainment as well. Yet, the people be-hind Galot - Earl and Peggy Wells, the Stricklands, Charles - feel there is much more they can do in the community. For that, they’ve partnered with the sheriff’s office. The men provide security for race nights (up to 10 officers per night), and Charles goes around to the high schools talking about safe driving and trying to get the teens involved at the dragstrip. It’s a response to the lure of the street drag; getting kids off the street and onto a proper raceway is the goal. Galot wants to create a safe environment for racing. They hope to eventually start up a safe driving program similar to one Charles participated in growing up. He says that there is a lot Galot can do. Roaring cars, music, monster trucks, motorcycles, shows of speed and power, and the hopes of sharing safe driving with young people – a lot of excitement at Galot as it opens this spring. And the name? It stands for “Get A Load Of This!” At this racing park - there’s a lot to get a load of! •A•

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Taking Care of Self:

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

Awareness Month and it should be because there are many people in Cumberland County who have an STD. Nowadays people are contracting diseases that they take to the grave with them. There is no cure or penicillin shot to make it go away. Social media and human sex trafficking have increased STD rates. The sad thing is that no one wants to talk about it yet the numbers continue to rise. The most common types of STDs are Genital Herpes, Chlamydia, Human papillomavirus (HPV), Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and HIV. Cumberland County has a high morbidity rate of all STDs and ranks fourth in the state of North Carolina for sexually transmitted diseases. “Most people think that STDs are something that is not going to happen to them because they know their partner, “said Pat Whitfield, disease intervention specialist at the Cumberland County Department of Public Health. “They look at their partner’s socioeconomic status, their looks, their job position/ title, and feel that they don’t have an STD.” They think that most active duty personnel do not have an STD because they get checked all the time. This is not true. “We are now having an influx of Syphilis cases and have had people as young as 16 years old,” said Whitfield. “Most of our Syphilis cases come from men who have sex with men.” Whitfield added that men come in with Syphilis and in a couple of months if their sexual behaviors have not changed they come back in with HIV. Most of the males with HIV are African-American. There is no cure for HIV. “Now that people are living longer, healthy, and productive lives with the virus, when we tell them they are HIV positive they are okay with it and ask where do they get their medicine from,” said Whitfield. “Sometimes they may become emotional but seldom do we have an emotional person.” After they are told they may walk out the door or we will not hear from them after we put them into care or until they come back in with another STD. We do not treat HIV patients at our clinic. They are referred out to other infectious disease providers. The medications for HIV are very expensive and 95% of our patients do not have health insurance or the means of paying for their meds. “We send them to a provider that will put them into the Ryan White Program to help them receive medications,” said Whitfield.

There is an increase of African-American women with the HIV virus. This is affecting the AfricanAmerican community. “There are a lot of men who are bisexual and they are sleeping with men and then they give the women HIV,” said Whitfield. “These are people from all walks of life that sleep with the same sex and most of our cases at our clinic and throughout Cumberland County are men that have sex with men.” If you have not been tested, get an HIV test today. If you are having sex you need to learn how to protect yourself because people do not tell the truth about who they are having sexual relations with.•A•


Fundraising on

the Runway

Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson

The 2016 American Girl Fashion

the show for the central and eastern region of North Carolina has been hosted by the Child Advocacy Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the CAC’s child abuse prevention and intervention programs. Located on 222 Rowan Street in Fayetteville, it is affectionately known as “A Place of Healing and Hope.” The CAC is an organization that offers a safe and child-friendly location to interview, investigate, and provide support for abused children. In fiscal year 2015, the CAC served 661 child victims of abuse. The group also provides prevention education for parents, professionals and agencies in our community, to build a future where all children live in a safe LIVE MUSIC BY and nurturing THE (919) BAND environment OR 4-7:30 PM | RAIN SHINE HEAVY HORS D’OEUVRES free from POWERED BY abuse. B&B CATERING “The BEER & WINE GREEN ST | DOWNTOWN FAYETTEVILLE American Girl PROVIDED Fashion Show A DOGWOOD is a huge FESTIVAL undertaking,” SANCTIONED EVENT TO says Roberta BEST HAT & SHARP-DRESSED MAN CONTESTS SUPPORT Humphries, Child $50 / PERSON PURCHASE ONLINE @ WWW.CCBGC.ORG Advocacy CONTACT DWILLIAMS@CCBGC.ORG -OR- 910.484.2639 WITH QUESTIONS Center’s ··· NO CHILDREN PLEASE ··· Executive Director. “Without our Co-Chairs and the other committee members,

Show will “dollify” the Crown Center Ballroom on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th in Fayetteville for festivities, fashion, and fundraising! The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Fayetteville invites girls and their friends and families to experience the American Girl Fashion Show™. This fun, engaging program showcases historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls. 2016 marks the ninth year that






plus more than 50 additional volunteers, there is no way it could take place. We are so grateful for the countless hours they invest into making this event such a special occasion for girls and their families.” The volunteer chairpersons for the American Girl Fashion Show committee are Julia Adkins, Cindy Williams, Carol Jones, Robbie Strickland, and Melissa Johnson. This is the eighth year that Julia, Cindy, and Carol have served as co-chairs. There will be more than 50 volunteers assisting at the shows – in addition to the models and their parents. “Each year American Girl releases a doll of the year. This year’s doll is Lea Clark™, whose cause is wildlife conservation. Lea’s story takes place in the Amazon rain forest and at the coast, so our spectacular decorations for the show this year will reflect the tropical theme,” says Julia Adkins, one of the Co-Chairs of the American Girl Fashion Show Committee. Julia, Carol and Cindy have chaired the event for eight years. The additional Co-Chairs are Melissa Johnson and Robbie Strickland. More than 150 local and regional girl models will present the fashions, while lively commentary, music, and decorations will create a memorable experience for the girls and their families. Audiences will delight in historical clothing that resembles what the popular American Girl™ characters might have worn. Contemporary My American Girl Apparel for older girls and Little Girl fashions complete the program. The event includes elegant refreshments, party favors, raffles, and door prizes. The 2016 shows promise to be bigger and better than ever!

More than 147 million American Girl books have been sold since 1986. Over 25 million American Girl dolls have been sold through the company’s catalogue, retail stores, and website. American Girl® magazine has a circulation of over 450,000 – ranking it among the top ten children’s magazines in the nation and the largest publication dedicated exclusively to girls ages 8 and up. American Girl has a long-standing commitment to children’s charities nationwide. To date, the company has donated more than $100 million in cash and products. The shows hosted by the Child Advocacy Center in Fayetteville are the only shows in the eastern part of North Carolina. Hometowns of the girls participating in this year’s shows include Fayetteville, Raleigh, Cary, Clayton, Dunn, Holly Springs, Cameron, and Southern Pines. Show times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Apr. 9, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Apr. 10. Tickets may be purchased now online at www. or in person at the Crown Center box office, 1960 Coliseum Drive in Fayetteville. VIP tickets with seating close to the stage are available.

For more information, please visit the CAC website,, or call (910) 486-9700.


More Than Skin Deep

A Primer On Whiplash: Causes, Symptoms, Modern Written by Brenda Howell

Whiplash by definition,

APRIL 16, 2016

according to the Mayo Clinic, is a “neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck.” We most often relate this to a car accident but it can also occur in sports injuries and cases of domestic violence. There are a number of related body structures that can be involved

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such as muscles, ligaments, and the disks in the cervical region of the neck. Whiplash is graded on a 0-5 scale. 0 being no pain and 5 is a medical exam that shows fractured or dislocated disks of the spinal cord. Interestingly, whiplash symptoms include but are not limited to: worsening of pain with neck

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whiplash the curvature may be reversed and if not corrected, scarring and even arthritic degeneration may develop. Even the slightest change in the curvature can result in big problems down the road.” (Dr. Ergun’s practice is located on Ramsey Street, 910-488-4477) Dr. Ergun also points out that along with chiropractic work, medical massage is very important. A chiropractor specializes in the bones/ disks of the spine. A medical massage therapist specializes in the muscles that move and support the spine and neck. The type of treatment you will need from your medical massage therapist is much more specific than the average spa will provide. Look for a therapist that specializes in medical massage because the specialist understands the relationship in movement of the neck

and shoulder muscles, not just the muscles in the back of the neck. Surprisingly, in the majority of whiplash cases, the muscles that are injured the most are the muscles in the front of the neck. The work done in this area needs to be gentle and slow. One important factor in your recovery is when your medical massage therapist communicates with your Dr. or chiropractor in your treatment. A frequent question about medical massage is, “Will medical massage be covered by my insurance?” In the case of an auto accident, the answer is yes!! However, the secret is that it isn’t your health care plan but rather your auto insurance policy that covers it. You have two options. You can pay up front and get reimbursed by your insurance claim or have your therapist file the claim for payment.

The reimbursement route is more complicated as your therapist must provide you their license and NPI number, the documented session notes as well a few other pieces of vital information. (Or the claim will be denied.) Having the medical massage clinic file for you is much easier! So the moral of the story is: seek medical care quickly, don’t let the insurance company rush you into settling and know that medical massage is an effective option that is covered by your auto insurance. •A• Brenda is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and owner of Healing Hands Body Therapy, 5843 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC. 910-5023596. She and her team specialize in medical massage by using a variety of modalities to reach your goals. Brenda and her team are constantly taking more training and education classes to help you realize that becoming pain free is not just a dream but is something that is attainable.

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Escaped To Tell Escaped To Tell is a family friendly movie that premieres on April 16, 2016, at the Center Theater in Hartsville, SC. Nefateri Pecou Smalls, author of Cries From Within, knows about the effects of abuse and the tribulations of having witnessed domestic violence. She has turned her novel, which details the silver linings that result from a multiplicity of adverse situations - including sexual abuse - into an independent film. This red carpet, black-tie formal event features blue carpet in an effort to raise awareness of child abuse for Child Abuse Awareness month (April). This setting merely becomes the backdrop to the miracle that lies within this film’s premiere. April has been designated as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, and the statistics are mindboggling. According to multiple sources, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds, and almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of four. What’s more, there is a direct correlation between child abuse and domestic violence. 22

Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson

The film highlights issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and mental illness, in a relatable way that will encourage family discussion. Though this story is told from one young woman’s point of view, her story quickly becomes everyone’s story. She invites others into her life of tragedies and triumphs in hopes to propel healing, restoration, and forgiveness, starting from within. “You may laugh, you will cry, but you too will Escape To Tell,” says Nefateri Smalls. She also adds, “This breathtaking Christian-based movie will pull you along like a string of tapestry. One event unfolds after another as this young girl tries outrunning her past.” The film is inspired by a true story. Many homes have heaping mounds of issues that are often “swept under the rug.” Escaped To Tell unmasks many family secrets in a subtle way that will provoke dialogue, promote healing, and encourage true restoration and forgiveness of ones’ self and others. Accompanying the film is its website, There, you can find information on the movie, the cast, and Nefetari. The website also provides a summary:

Throughout the film this actress faces insurmountable hurts, but as you watch you too will be able to trace the hand of God along the way… built on the biblical basis of the scriptures outlined in Job 1: 15-18, you won’t want to miss the release of this true story that is sure to rock the very foundation of your soul.” Mrs. Smalls is the CEO/ Founder of Healing Hurts LLC. Her focus is to promote healing through whatever she does. She says, “I believe we feel that we are all the better for not dealing with some of the things we’ve experienced, but I endeavor to challenge the way we think as a people. I’m motivated to be a mouthpiece for those who feel like life’s trials have silenced them. Saying nothing still says something, and I refuse to be silenced. My hope is that people will begin to shed the weight of their baggage without searching for reasons to get even with the pain of their past. Your life is a story; speak up - the world is listening!” There will be a 3 p.m. and an 8 p.m. showing on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Hartsville Center Theater; 212 N 5th St; Hartsville, SC 29550; $25 for adults, and $15 for children ages 3-12. Tickets are still available for purchase at the following website: events/9d141d62-ba6e-11e58a4f-772bdfd2d5a3 •A•

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8:30am All-American Marathon & Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon Downtown Fayetteville, 433 Hay St 1pm A Day at the Farm Peaceful Meadows Farm, 831 Priest Hill Road, Carthage 4pm Jazz Express: Ndugu Chancler - Jones Student Center, Fayetteville State University


10am Women in World War II Exhibit - North Carolina Veterans Park 2pm Ribbon Walk & Run for Cancer - Festival Park 7:30pm LECRAE BRINGS HIGHER LEARNING TOUR Crown Complex



10am Campbell Athletics (Baseball) Liberty vs. Campbell Campbell University, 143 Main St, Buies Creek


9am Fit4life Zumba - Fit4Life, 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake


5pm Lowdermilk Student Achievement Awards Dinner Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St

10am Nature Tales Series: Awesome Amphibians - Cape Fear Botanical Garden 7pm Tuesday Outreach with Firefighters - 215 S Bragg Blvd, Spring Lake

7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center

Charles Chesnutt: 11 9am Presentation and Bus Tour -


Headquarters Library

11am 2016 Bullard-Templeton Lecture in Religion and Science Methodist University

7pm Lupus Foundation Support Group – Cumberland County Prudential All American Homes, 6920 Cliffdale Road


North Carolina at Pembroke, 1 University Drive, Pembroke

2pm Author Talk: Chasing Moonlight - Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

10am Tots & Tales Story Time Cliffdale Regional Branch Library

6pm Bull Riding on the Farm Shady Acres Rodeo, 2054 Canady Pond Rd, Hope Mills


1:15pm 7th Annual Rail Trail 5K Run/Walk for CareNet - Dunn/ Erwin

Senior Exercise - Spring 26 25 8:30am Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake

2pm Cats - The Temple Theatre Company, 120 Carthage St, Sanford

10am My Heart In A Suitcase Givens Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Pembroke

6:15pm Sense and Sensibility - Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

7pm FSU Concert Band Performance - Seabrook Auditorium

10:30am Hula Hoop Club Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park 6:30pm Clifford the Big Red Dog Live! - Crown Complex

7pm JAVA JAMS: FAYETTEVILLE’S PREMIERE POETRY OPEN MIKE The Coffee Scene Gayleen Aiken’s Rambilli 18 9am Cousins - The University of

9am FREE Diabetes Clinic - 1422 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville

10am Annual Chamber Golf Tournament - Fayetteville, NC



9am Exercise @ the Senior Center - Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 1pm Developing Generations: Works by Grandmother an


8:30am Blood Drive with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center - Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Rd 12pm Memory

20 7am Round

Table Meeting

11am Toddler Story Time - Spring - Moore County Lake Branch Library Chamber of 6:30pm Cape Fear Toastmasters Methodist University

9am Underwater Archaeology and Ft. Fisher History Bus Tour - The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum 11am TAI CHI for HEALTH Cape Fear Botanical Garden 7pm Weymouth Jam Session with Irish Guests - Weymouth, 555 E Connecticut Ave, Southern Pine

Commerce, 15501 10677 Hwy, Southern Pines 11am Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit - 325 Franklin St

27 9am Fit4life Zumba - Fit4Life, 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake 10:30am Diabetes ClinicGray’s Creek Parks and Rec - Gray’s Creek Elementary

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10am Women of Manhattan Gilbert Theater


10am Early Camp Bragg and Pope Army Airfield Exhibit - The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

Support Group Meeting Elmcroft of Southern Pines, 101 Brucewood Rd, Southern Pines 4pm Animal Feedings - J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center 9pm Fayetteville ART Attack The Rock Shop Musical Hall

School, 2964 School Road, Hope Mills 9pm Community Drumming Ensemble - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park


10am Cape Fear New Music Festival - Hensdale Chapel, Methodist University 2pm Always a Bridesmaid - The Temple Theatre Company, 120 Carthage St, Sanford 8pm Alton Brown: Eat Your Science - Crown Complex


9am Operation Reentry North Carolina @ the Library Cumberland County Library

6pm LADIES NIGHT IN: OUT AIT, Inc., 421 Maiden Ln


10am Crocheting @ the Senior center - Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 7:30pm A Raisin in the Sun Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

Cumberland County Goes Railroading in Fayetteville 14 10am 15 10am 16 to War Exhibit - The Fayetteville Exhibit - The Fayetteville Area Area Transportation and Local History Museum

11am Preschool Story Time - East Regional Branch Library 5:30pm Contrast: Paintings by Jessica Kaukola and Aimee Ruiz – Opening Reception - Carolina Civic Center, 315 N Chestnut St, Lumberton

Transportation and Local History Museum

11am Crimestoppers BBQ Fundraiser - Highland Center, 2800 Raeford Rd

5pm Third Thursday Dine and Stroll Downtown Dunn – Dunn

6pm Dogwood Festival Downtown Fayetteville, 433 Hay St

5pm Business Networking Mixer - April 2016 - The Country Club of North Carolina, 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst

8am Spring 2016 PRAXIS I Workshop Series - Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St

12pm Come See The Trains! Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

11:30am Dogwood Festival’s Inaugural Golf Tournament Gates Four Golf & Country Club

2pm Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming - The Temple Theatre Company, 120 Carthage Street, Sanford

10am Spring Fling & Opening Day of Baseball - Mendoza Park, Spring Lake

7pm Steel Magnolias - Carolina Civic Center, 315 N Chestnut St, Lumberton



9am Third Annual Holistic Health and Wellness Expo Crown Complex

9am Fay’v. Cumberland CROP Hunger Walk - Evans Metropolitan AME Zion

Branch Library

11am Teen Bookmark Design

7am Harnett Animal Welfare Coalition Second Saturday Yard Sale - Lillington, NC

10:30am Fit4Life Yoga - Fit4Life, 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake

Mother Goose & Tots and Fayetteville - Cumberland 21 10am 22 7am 23 Tales Story Time - North Regional Co Special Olympics - Methodist

28 Contest - Cliffdale Regional

6am ALS Walk - Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St 9am Cars and Coffee Car Show Millstone Complex

6pm Jazzy Friday - Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram

Granddaughter Patricia Olsen and Julia Dent - Carolina Civic Center, 315 N Chestnut St, Lumberton 8pm ROOM: Religious Outlook Open Mic - Methodist University


Fourth Annual Pinehurst 29 9am 30 Concours D’Elegance - Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina Vista Dr, Pinehurst

10am FREE Exercise Class - 1422 Bragg Blvd 5pm Fort Bragg Fair - Fort Bragg Fairgrounds

10am Southern Pines Springfest - Southern Pines 12pm Art Market - The Sweet Palette 8pm The Hit Men, In Concert Givens Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Pembroke

9am Cars and Coffee Car Show - Millstone Complex 11am Make it, Take it! Fascinate-U Children’s Museum 7pm VerseUs Open Mic and Discussion - The Big Apple Restaurant & Sports Pub

Burning Coal’s Shakespeare Marathon: Five Days of Shakespeare in Raleigh, Two Readings from Fayetteville, One Long Event, and So Much to Look Forward To Written by Derek Smith

You read that longwinded title right, folks

(hey, we all can’t be Shakespeare): Five days of William Shakespeare! However, this doesn’t mean that it’s broken down to just five performances, or, in the case of this event, readings. It means that a total of thirtyeight nonstop readings will be done in the NC Museum of History from April 23 to April 28. The plays will be read from theatre companies from various North Carolinian cities, including Raleigh, Greensboro, and Flat Rock. I also mentioned in that too-long-didn’tread title that there will be two readings from Fayetteville. Sweet Tea Shakespeare and Fayetteville State University will be reading The Merry Wives of Windsor on April 26 at 6AM, while the Gilbert Theatre will be reading The Comedy of Errors on April 24 at midnight. “[The Gilbert] was one of the first to be asked to be a part of this,” says Robyne Parrish-Lamb, its artistic director. “That was how we got an early spot.” Much is to be expected from a company like Sweet Tea Shakespeare for simply its company name, but the Gilbert, though having performed some Shakespearian plays (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Macbeth, and Titus Andronicus), might come as a shock to some, due to who is involved 26

the play. Brian Adam Kline helms as the director of The Comedy of Errors, and I am assistantdirector as well as stage manager. The cast is as follows: Ja’ Maul Johnson, James Merkle, Joyce Lipe, Michael Carney, Matthew Overturf, Kaley Morrison, Rhonda Broki, Margo Savage, Jess Jones, Johnathan Clouser, Mary McGee, and Derek Smith (hey, there I am again!). While most of the cast members do read multiple roles, it should be noted that Michael Carney will be reading the Antipholus twins and Matthew Overturf will be reading the Dromio twins. Oh! That reminds me! I forgot to the mention the synopsis of this play (probably while I’m involved with a play called The Comedy of Errors)! A husband and wife separate due to a storm at sea and each have with them a pair of twins, from two different mothers. The twins of Egeon and Emilia are named Antipholus, and the slave twins of a poor woman are named Dromio. After many years have gone by, Egeon, now residing in Syracuse, is tried for selling in Ephesus, but is given one day to pay for his crime, to which he requests help from his son of Syracuse. However, Antipholus of Syracuse discovers that he has another life in Ephesus—which involves having a wife!

differentiate our selected characters. While that’s something you’d expect in another performance, there is a slight difference: if a person playing two people is in the same scene that the two characters speak to one another, you might see that person just switch hats rather than it being two actors speaking to one another. There is a lot to get out of this experience, despite its many (yet exciting) unknowns. Go to the following site to see what theatre company is reading what: For additional information, please contact Burning Coal Artistic Director Jerome Davis at (919) 834-4001. •A•

“We didn’t pick this play,” says Robyne. “We were handed it, as well as the time. However, this does not mean that we weren’t allowed to pick our actors.” This is true, as I remember Robyne sending out a massive email back in December asking if anyone would be available for the time of the event. I expected only the regulars of the Gilbert to assist, but that expectation was later met with the realization that even Raleigh residents will be a part of our ensemble. “I met Margo in Burning Coal Theatre,” says Robyne. “She was in my acting class.” Our cast consists of a wide range of experienced and inexperienced Shakespearian thespians. Some folks from Fayetteville who attend Sweet Tea Shakespeare plays might have recognized some names from the cast list, and some folks who go see Gilbert plays might have recognized those same names as well as a few more. “People should know that this will be live streamed,” says Robyne. “If anyone can’t make it out to Raleigh to watch us in person, they can watch us online.” As far as stage readings go, I will admit that I am one of the few in the cast who has never done this before, but I am to expect it to be a grand experience - just like any theatre performance. We can use props and costume pieces to


T he Hero in Us Written by Kacey Minnick

According to the young artists,

heroes come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. The Arts Council of Fayetteville recently held an art contest, “The Hero in Me,” for artists aged 18 and younger to submit a visual work of art about their inner hero. More than 50 submissions decorated the office desks on Hay Street, from those just starting kindergarten to those preparing essays for college applications. Mary Kinney, Marketing Director for the Arts Council, worked with the Child Advocacy Center to sponsor the contest. It was inspired by “Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story,” the only children’s book ever written and illustrated by American artist Romare Bearden. Mary believes firmly in the power of art. “It’s important for people at every age and stage of life to express themselves through art,” she says. She also notes that this contest resonated strongly with its artists; if she could describe it in one word, it would be “sincere.” “The artists – from elementary up through high school – showed incredible sincerity in their entries.” Artist Lauren Kozur, 14, describes


her motivation for submitting a piece entitled “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out.” “I connect to it very well. I shared a story that is very dear to me, and I’d like to share it with the world.” An entrepreneur from the tender age of seven, her artwork depicts her passion for her sewing business and drawing. Her father, Joe, understands her talents. “I’m sure every parent thinks highly of their kids, but we noticed at a young age she’s quite exceptional. We encouraged her… she makes Sewy Dolls for fundraising events for us. Last year she even made her own dress for the Dickens event.” Other parents agree that children’s passions are important to support. Kenyetta Brown, mother of tenyear-old artist Cory Cooper, shares a story about her son. “I gave him a sketchbook a week ago. Not even a week. And two days later, he’s getting off the bus, saying ‘Mommy Mommy, Mommy!’ That’s exciting! That means he’s passionate.” As of the publication of this article, she proudly notes he has drawn at least twelve sketches. Kenyetta also knows the impact a parent has on an artistic passion. “This is not forced. It’s a gift cultivated by giving him the opportunity and experience to do what he does: draw.” As for Cory, his inner hero is demonstrated through his artwork, “Homework.” “I could be a hero

sometimes,” Cory says. “I ask my [younger] brother, what is four plus five, and sometimes I have to help.” His favorite artistic subject? “Mostly monsters.” Other artists also offer a glimpse into their submissions. Victor Ejeh, currently attending Freedom Christian Academy, uses the word “innovative” to describe himself. “The portrait of me is both happy and sad. It shows that I am not perfect and I am just a normal boy who likes to draw.” His peers share similar sentiments. Fellow eighth-grader Elizabeth Martin sees herself as “friendly.” She chose to enter the contest based on her enthusiasm for sports. “I believe that there is a special place in my heart for volleyball and America. Athletics and patriotism inspired me in this portrait.” Unlike Elizabeth and Victor, student Hailey Smith, 17, feels as though she is “mellow.” Her portrait, entitled “Blue Mood,” suggests an enigmatic individual. “I wanted a more dramatic look, and the cool blue represented the ‘moodiness’ of the picture.” Regardless of age, color, or passion, all the artists discovered a secret: their inner hero is unique, vibrant and ready to take on the world – a little homework at a time. Many of the submissions will be displayed at the “Break the Chain of Child Abuse” event put on by the Child Advocacy Center to inform the public about child abuse. Others will be hung in the Cumberland County Public Library, in addition to being featured in this issue of ARRAY magazine. Judges were brought in from the sponsoring organizations (Child Advocacy Canter, Olde Fayetteville Insurance and Financial Services, and the Arts Council of Fayetteville). Entries were judged based on creativity, originality, presentation and skill. Winners were announced on March 18 at the Crown Coliseum; first place received a $100 art supply shopping spree, while second and third place winners received art supply gift baskets. The prizes were provided by Olde Fayetteville Insurance and Financial Services.•A•

First Place High School

Winners! Middle School

Elementary School

Ainsley Batten Kendall Rae DePina

Amari McFarley

Victor Ejeh

Second Place

Martha McGougan

MyLan Phan

Diana Ramos-Mata


Third Place High School

Lara Sydney

Middle School

LeShalyn James

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Elementary School

Aurora Harbour




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Did you know? • April is Humor Month. • April 23rd is known as the Feast day of the Patron Saint of England • April 22 is Earth Day. • The birth flower of April is typically the Sweet Pea or the Daisy.

Social Security

Smarts Written by Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Ten years ago, on March 21, 2006,

the CEO of Twitter sent out his first tweet. It’s appropriate, with spring coming, that the famous CEO was chirping in a format that the world now embraces as a vital form of interactive communication. Similarly, Social Security is no stranger to social media. Updated regularly, Social Security Matters is our blog. It’s our hub for Social Security news, like new features to my Social Security, changes in policy, retirement planning, and benefit information. The blog allows us to address issues in a longer format than a tweet or typical social media post. Check out Social Security Matters at blog. and select “Get blog updates” if you want to stay informed. Social Security uses social media just like you might. At www. we share information, post programmatic changes, and things you need to know. You can follow us and get regular updates on your computer or smartphone through Facebook. While you’re at it, go and “like” a few posts or “share” them with friends and loved ones. Even though there’s a lot to say when it comes to retirement benefits and Medicare or disability, Social Security is great at condensing messages down to 140 characters. Our Twitter account is a valuable resource for news and updates. You can follow what we’re up to and even engage us at

Tweeting Isn’t Just For The Birds socialsecurity. Is all this on-screen reading making your eyes tired? Well, you can visit our YouTube page for fun and informative videos. In the past, we’ve had celebrities appear in our public service announcements. And you can see a few feline stars in some of our most popular videos. Visit www. to start watching. Remember, you can always share our social media pages with friends and family. They will be grateful to know about the many online services we provide. Feel free to send us a tweet and connect with Social Security! •A•

Brenda Brown has been with the Social Security Administration for over 40 years. She began her career with Social Security as a Service Representative in the Reidsville, NC field office. She transferred to the Fayetteville, NC field office in March 1975 as a Service Representative and later promoted to a Claims Representative. She has worked as a Public Affairs Specialist since 2008. As the Public Affairs Specialist, she is responsible for providing information to the media, other employees and the public regarding Social Security issues and policies. She covers the Southeastern and Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Brenda is available to speak to groups in almost any setting in her efforts to educate the public about their Social Security Program. Brenda is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

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things include a sauce dispenser that looks like an alien from outer space with its stringy head (Van swears by it), and Bear Paws, those claw-like utensils used to pull, shred, and mix meat. Van stands by all his products, and whether a customer wants to cook wild game, chicken, salmon, pork or beef, his saying is, “There’s no bad barbecue, just different.” Written by Robin Minnick

Spring has sprung itself upon us. Leaves are out, flowers

are blooming, grass needs cutting. And if you didn’t keep it open all winter anyway, it’s time to pull out, clean up, and light the fire. From here on out, it’s all about the ‘Q. Barbecue. Grill it. Smoke it. Cook it out. BBQ, barbecue or just plain ‘Q, there’s something about meat cooked outdoors that makes it taste like leftovers from heaven. Whether it’s being from the South (though Northerners and Westerners do it) or being male (hey, there’s plenty of women backyard chefs around), there seems to be something in the blood that attracts people in Fayetteville to barbecue. ARRAY set out on an expedition to dig up the truth and find out as much as possible about the ‘Q. A great starting point is It’s BBQ Time!, an equipment and supply store on Raeford Road specializing in the needs of the backyard cook. Run by Van Herring and wife Emily, It’s BBQ Time! carries everything a cook needs to smoke or barbecue meat to create the smoky, taste-tantalizing, mouth-watering pork - or beef or chicken, fish or game - that impresses family and friends. Charcoal, rubs, marinades, sauces, pellets, aromatic wood, utensils, cookers - the store carries such a variety that, ac-cording to Van, it would be impossible not to find something for someone who cooks. That includes tapping into Van’s broad knowledge of backyard cooking.

ARRAY’s second stop: Wade Fowler of last year’s

Fowler’s Fabulous Barbecue, on Murchison Road behind Das Bavarian House. This year, Wade says he and his brother David will have to confine their sales to catering events such as the City of Fayetteville Employees Appreciation Day. But Wade is also a fount of knowledge about barbecue. Wade has been smoking pulled pork for the last ten years. His pulled pork sandwich features a vinegar-based sauce (not a Carolina sauce) and is pulled, not chopped. He doesn’t pre-sauce but offers a selection of sauces at serving. It’s smoked at 250 degrees (F) for about 10 hours. He also makes a pulled pork burrito, sort of a BBQ/Mex fusion with a chili-based rub and sauce, lime cilantro jalapeno sauce, and an avocado jalapeno cream sauce. He also does an Asian-style pulled pork with a Five Spice+ rub that he slow cooks, then blends Thai, Chinese, and Polynesian sauces to make a dressing. He sometimes slow-smokes beef ribs or chicken wings, for which he uses his special rub. He makes his own rubs and sauce. Wade likes to experiment with combinations. He even grows his own chili peppers for his sauces, like his apple barbecue sauce and his siracha garlic sauce. Wade advises patience in outdoor cooking. “If you’re going to have a smoker, spend the money to get a good one. A really good one is not going to be cheap.” For example, a small, well-insulated electric smoker like the Cookshack smoker runs around $750$800. He says he never has to open it to add wood; plus he can set the tem-perature and know it will stay there for the duration. Wade also says that the thing about smoke is to get the right amount. Beef can take a lot of smoke, but chicken needs a light touch or it will be overwhelmed. Pork? “Something about pork and smoke is magic,” he says. He recommends searching out good wood. “You don’t have to buy it in a sack,” he says. He’s been known to pick up local cherry wood or cut down a small hickory tree, chop it and dry it. He uses lighter woods, too, like

It’s BBQ Time! Proprietor Van Herring telling a customer (off-camera) about a new rub. It begins with a good explanation of North Carolina’s own civil dispute over barbecue style. East Carolina sauce: simple, vinegar-based with red pepper flakes and maybe a little tomato. Western Carolina (or Lexington Dip as it’s sometimes called) vinegar with additional ketchup in its base, a tad sweeter. Van likes to carry sauces and other items not found in standard food stores, especially products made locally. He has a special red rack in the left corner of the store for local goods like South-ern Smoke BBQ out of Garner. You can even find Uncle Zip’s Jerky, the same beef jerky that was sold at the Crown, now made by the originator’s son. Van has cooked a lot of game, and he brines all his wild fowl. He recommends a rare to medium doneness for wild meat, using temperature not cook time, to determine doneness. He also uses mustard to help apply a rub. The mustard flavor cooks off, but the paste acts as a medium to carry the rub flavor into the meat. Although ‘rub’ isn’t. “You don’t want to handle the meat too much,” he says. “You don’t rub it in, you pat it on, coating it entirely.” He uses all kinds of cookers, but he currently loves the Pit Barrel Cooker because you can hang a large batch of meat and yet it has a small footprint. His other favorite


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fruitwoods or pecan, even grapevine. Wade is all in favor of cooks experimenting. “You take a general concept - pork and smoke were made for each other - you try different stuff.” Like when he played around with the pulled pork burrito. His brother was skeptical, but the public reaction was “Are you kidding me?” - they loved it.

ARRAY’s next expert is a seasoned professional in the

barbecue business, owner of Cape Fear BAR-B-QUE and Chicken, June Massengill. June has owned Cape Fear BAR-B-QUE and Chicken since 1987 when it was a Smithfield Chicken and BBQ franchise. She went out on her own in 1999, and it became Cape Fear BBQ and Chicken. Now she has three locations with a total of 38 employees in whom she tries to instill a pride of product. Her own daughters Maggie and Morgan work with her. She’s proud of how they work, and she knows they’re going to do it right. The move to independence gave June a chance to implement her own ideas and add things to menu and recipes. Her personal favorites are her barbecue and Brunswick stew. Everything is made fresh, nothing is pre-packaged. Their barbecue is cooked fresh every day, slow cooked 12 hours overnight. The pork barbecue is cooked with a vinegar base, and she serves it just that way, allowing people to top it with their own choice of table sauce. The pork is all hand-pulled, the cole slaw hand-chopped. June’s drive to develop pride in her workers extends to sharing her knowledge. Showing them how to handle the food with care and understanding enables them to take pride in the result. Training, she says, is all about “making people understand you kill flavor in a food quick.” They reheat the barbecue with steam after its temperature has been brought down. Care must be taken not to overheat it; food flavors must be consistent. “It’s not about changes in recipes, but about variables and adjustments to circumstances. If it’s cold outside, even though the cookers are inside, the temperatures must be lowered, or the food will cook too fast. In warmer weather, the temperature must actually be hotter to cook properly. And a clean cooker cooks differently than one that’s been used.” Food growing conditions make a difference, too. If the cabbage for the slaw arrives wet, it will need less mayonnaise, more if it’s been a dry season. If it doesn’t have green leaves, the resulting slaw will be very white.

Alfred Barefoot, owner BBQ Hut, talks barbecue at the Owen Drive location June says her business is never dull or boring. It’s “get up every morning and figure it out, day by day. I love Fayetteville because we get so many traveling people. I’ve shipped barbecue as far as Florida. Why do people like barbecue so much? “In North Carolina? It’s pork. We’ve all grown up on pork. It’s good, it’s easy.” [ARRAY found Cape Fear BAR-B-QUE and Chicken’s pork (tasted without extra sauce) to be good solid barbecue, meaty, a little fatty, and juicy.]

ARRAY’s fourth barbecue expert is Alfred Barefoot

whose family has owned and run BBQ Hut for over 50 years. The location at Owen Drive is a low building with

clean tables and plenty of glass, two order windows and a drive-through. Alfred and his wife Julie have owned BBQ Hut since June of 2000, but it’s been owned by June’s family since 1982. It was originally started in the mid-1960’s by the Bedsoles. Alfred and Julie still use the Bedsole’s original recipes. Among them is an Eastern North Carolina vinegarbased barbecue that’s been passed down generation to generation. “Sweet and tangy,” Alfred says. “Of course, it’s my favorite.” He’s tasted sauces from mustard-based to ketchup-based but “to me,” he says, “the vinegar-based is best.” When asked if it has a secret ingredient, Alfred smiles

Van Herring said, “There is no bad barbecue, just different.” and says “It’s all a secret.” In fact, the sauce is licensed to BBQ Hut, Inc. Their pork is slow-cooked with gas. They premix the sauce into it when it’s served and then make more sauce available at the table. They make nearly everything at the BBQ Hut from scratch – from their pork barbecue to their pies. Owning a restaurant is a lot of work. Alfred, who wears a constant smile on his open face, is up at six and works ‘til two in the afternoon. After a break to spend time with family he goes back and works from five or six until around ten o’clock six days a week. “We have a great staff, and a good management team.” There’s some differences between the stores in how they prepare the food, because they each have their own unique way of doing things. “They tweak it a little bit. The recipes won’t be identical, but both stores at the end of the day do great…It doesn’t hurt to smile and thank you.” His pride in his work is obvious. “We are family-owned. BBQ Hut has been around for over 50 years. We’ve established over the time and we’ve weathered the storm and proven ourselves to be here for the long haul.” BBQ Hut is a fixture in the community, serving generation and generations of family. Alfred tells backyard chefs his best tip is “Buy my sauce.” It’s said with a grin, but BBQ Hut does sell their pork sauce. His second, more serious tip is, “Chop your BBQ by hand.” As for why people like to eat barbecue so much, he says, “It’s the South.” Then he laughs, adding his thoughts about those who like to barbecue. “It’s a man thing. A man likes to get out there and cook on the grill...It’s a weekend-warrior man thing.” [ARRAY found the BBQ Hut barbecue to be sweet, tart and robust with an almost lemony flavor.]

Not every great barbecue place is a small outfit. ARRAY

went to Jonathan Windham, General Manager at Mission BBQ, a privately-owned chain that started for a noble mission. Founders Bill Kraus and Steve Newton were personally touched by 9/11, losing friends - po-lice and firefighters - in the World Trade Center. Bill became involved in starting charities to raise funds for the families. Mission BBQ came about as a way to create a place where people could feel safe again and to help support their charitable work. They opened their first restaurant on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Glen Burnie, Maryland. They will soon open their 25th restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. The restaurant walls are a living testament to what the restaurant is for. Covered with uniforms, helmets, photographs and other memorabilia for military and first responders (many of them donated by customers) they represent the depth of the founders’ feelings. In giving back to groups like the Wounded Warrior project (one


group they helped for a time), they’ve raised a half million dollars. Locally they’ve raised $10,000 for local law enforcement and firefighters. In addition, each store has hired an ‘ambassador’ to do two food drops a week, catering-style to local fire companies. The work ‘mission’ here has a special reference. Their Mission, according to Jonathan, is to serve “our teammates, our customers, our community, and our country.” Besides the actual charitable giving, they actively seek out veterans and military families to hire. Their work is well-known and appreciated. Jonathan says, “We get told by our customers, the food’s great; but we love what you guys do.” This is a chain that is privately-owned, not franchised. They strive to be the same everywhere. Mission BBQ believes in “recipe adherence, a diverse but select menu.” Jonathan adds “everything is the best of what we can do.” They make everything from scratch, including all their sauces at the condiment bar and tables. They smoke their meat on site using dry rubs only, and Jonathan says “The simplicity of what we do is what makes our food so good. It’s the techniques, not the number of ingredients. The brisket has three ingredients in the rub; the ribs have two ingredients.” Recipes come from the founders and submissions from employees that are tested and tweaked until they are just right for the menu. Every recipe has a story behind it, too. Maggie’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese is named for the five-yearold who gave the final recipe two thumbs-up.

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The decor, other than the memorabilia, is Texasinspired, based off other famous barbecue restaurants. Everything has a reason and a meaning, according to Jonathan, from the old-time soda display to the corrugated metal to the walnut tables made by a guy who cuts down trees, planes the wood and hand-builds them. Jonathan has several recommendations for backyard cooks: “Let the meat speak for itself. Just cook it right, it’ll come out great. Don’t over smoke, it gets bitter.” When it’s smoked enough, that’s when you want to wrap it to hold the moisture. “Don’t mess with it; let it do its thing.” The meat relaxes in the heat. Opening the door sends in cold air. Leave the door shut and trust that it will reach the temperature. “Buy an expensive smoker.” Ceramics (the green eggs) are awesome. Mission BBQ uses Old Hickory pits because it keeps the meat at exactly the right temperature, and the goal is to keep it at constant temperature. Get a good biotherm thermometer, one that can say inside the smoker. And get a sharp knife for the brisket. [ARRAY tasted both brisket and pork from Mission BBQ, and tried the Sweet Smokey sauce on each. The brisket was fall apart tender with a tang and a twang to the sauce. The pulled pork was even better, with a flavor less vinegary than some others. The flavor that came through the most, in each case, was the meat’s own flavor, even with the added sauce.]


The city now has a barbecue festival called “When Pigs Fly” benefitting Communities in Schools of Cumberland County. It is held in November in Festival Park and is going into its fourth year. The festival includes a BBQ Competition. Teams compete in Whole Hog and Pitmaster categories, following Carolina BBQ League rules. Different rules apply to how sauce is used, depending on the entry category. However, all teams make special sauces generally based on something ‘different’ and geared to appeal to the judges. Last year teams PACK-eyes BBQ, Deez Butts, Hopkins BBQ, and TMT Bar-B-Q all took honors, smoking the Pitmaster Division: Overall category. Yelp lists well over 150 restaurants in Fayetteville that carry barbecue. That doesn’t include individuals like Wade Fowler who cater, or the untold places that don’t get rated on Yelp. But every barbecuer seems to take a passionate pride in their cooking and their creativity. And whether a small family-run outfit, a larger chain with a purpose, or even a sole individual, making people happy with their food is a large part of their barbecuing passion. That seems to be the inspiration for the myriad recipes and flavors ARRAY heard about. MERCHANT Van Herring said, “There is no SERVICES bad barbecue, just different.” From the responses ARRAY’s experts gave about their recipes, it seems there might be a different barbecue for every cook in Fayetteville.•A•

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He has a wealth of knowledge to share, particularly about processes and products to barbecue wild game.

Wade Fowler, who with David Fowler opened Fowler’s Fabulous BBQ, but who hastens to say that they’ve pulled back into ‘just catering’, just call Wade at (910) 476-4541. Specialties include pulled pork burritos and original sauces from fresh and homegrown ingredients.

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Specializing in Brunswick stew, pulled pork, fried chicken, collards, beans, and slaw.

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Dogs Decoded Written by Lindsey Graham

Call me a dog dork, but I’m

intrigued by facts about dogs. I could not care less about why the sky is blue or how saving files to clouds in cyber NeverNever Land work, but how my dog works … that’s when my ears perk up. I don’t stand alone. People often view their dogs as part of the family. The American Animal Hospital Association found 70 percent of dog owners sign their pet’s name on greeting cards. Guilty as charged. There is a considerable amount of things that make dogs unique within the animal kingdom and as well as you may think you know your constant companion, there are interesting facts that might surprise you. Although there is evidence of dogs dating back to 7000 BC, the world’s oldest known domesticated dog breed dates back to 329 BC, the Saluki. This is long before plants were domesticated. Before houseplants! Most people are familiar with the admiration of cats in ancient


Egypt, but dogs were revered as well. The Saluki dogs were considered royal and some were mummified right along with the pharaohs. Dogs maintained their popularity, and even the Greyhound is mentioned in the world’s most famous book, The Bible. Today, dogs come in many shapes and sizes. Guinness World Records documents some of these differences: the tallest ever, a Great Dane, measured 44 inches tall compares to the smallest dog ever, a Chihuahua, who stands a mere 3.8 inches in height. One female dog and her female offspring can potentially have over 4,000 puppies over seven years. With Guinness World Records recognizing the largest litter of puppies is 24 and the oldest dog at 29 years, the math rapidly adds up. Ladies and Gentlemen: In the famous words of Bob Barker, “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.” Perhaps dogs are popular because they share characteristics with humans. In fact, their cognitive skills can be as advanced as a 2-year old child. The smartest dogs can understand up to 250 words, while the average dog can comprehend 150. We often wonder what’s going on in our dog’s heads, especially when they’re dreaming. Just like people, all dogs dream. While small dogs have more dreams, big dogs have longer dreams. The minds of dogs are similar to ours in that they can read emotions on people’s faces. They are the only animals that can do this like humans. They’re quickly able to decipher whether a person is sad, happy, angry or afraid. Dogs have the additional ability to decode moods in other dogs.

By smelling another dog’s urine, dogs can pinpoint gender, age, health and their mood at the time. The lengthy amount of time spent at mailboxes on dog walks makes a lot more sense. Like people, dogs are also right or left-handed. They can also see in color, contrary to the misconception that they’re completely colorblind. Because they have just two cones in their eyes versus the average three in humans, they see two primary colors and colors aren’t as vivid. Dogs can distinguish between blue and yellow but not red and green, which is the spectrum people who are colorblind see. More so than the physiological similarities people have with canines, people are drawn to dogs because each has their own character often displaying loyalty and unconditional love. Fact. “Dogs got personality,” said Jules, Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Pulp Fiction, “personality goes a long way.” Best, Lindsey & Bella

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Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Have a question about real estate? Ask Tina. Renee P. Fayetteville, NC asks…..

We are planning to sell our home soon. How do we know what we should price our home at so that it will sell in a reasonable amount of time?

There are many factors that go

into appropriately pricing a home for sale. A competent agent will use a variety of sources in order to properly advise you. It is important to remember that any valuation is an estimate based on the data available at the time. The three main sources an agent should use include the assessed value, an appraisal and the fair market value. Many sellers make the mistake of using only the assessed tax value and then adding on for any and all changes they have made to their home. The emotional attachment can affect the seller’s ability to look at all the data objectively. These are usually the homes that are overpriced and will sit on the market for an extended period of time. Assessments are done by local government employees for the purpose of calculating property taxes, and may drastically differ from what a home may sell for. Assessments in North Carolina

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must be done at least every eight years, but may be done more often. This time frame means that the information may be outdated. Another tool used is an appraisal. Appraisals are conducted by certified appraisers who use formulas and standards to arrive at an educated opinion that may be closer to market value than a tax assessment. For this reason, appraisals are usually only valid for the time they are done. Appraisals performed years before have little value. An appraisal is used by the lender to assure that the property value is equal to or greater than the amount of money being borrowed to buy the home at the time of the sale. The agent that you select should do a report for you, called a CMA, which shows homes that are similar to yours that have recently sold in your area. Some allowances are made for variations

to properties. Having an agent that is knowledgeable about the current market is critical to accurate pricing and being successful with selling your home. It is in everyone’s best interest to price a home to sell within a short period of time. Homes that sit on the market for long periods of time become stale and may be undesirable to some buyers. Spring homeowner tip: Now is the perfect time to check and do some routine maintenance on your lawn power tools. Clean all the equipment, sharpen blades and put in new oil if needed. Starting the season out right with all your tools in good working order makes for less hassle later on.•A•

Send your real estate questions to Tina Dawson at, or give her a call at 910-988-1969. Your question may be featured in an upcoming edition of Array.


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Ingredients • 1 small can of chicken broth • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil • 2 cups vegetable combination (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) • 2 cups uncooked noodles • 2 cups cooked cubed chicken • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

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1.In medium skillet mix broth, basil, pepper and vegetables. Over medium-high heat, heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 2.Stir in uncooked noodles. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes or until the noodles are cooked. Add chicken and heat through. What could be better than a tasty, quick and healthy meal in around 10 minutes? •A•

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You are absolutely correct. There are shows that depict women fighting and full of drama. No one ever seems to highlight education or anything positive. I think that you should focus on becoming a better you. You want to lay a foundation that you can build upon so that you can take care of yourself and not depend on checks from anyone else. Invest in self. I know someone that had millions of dollars one minute and then it was gone the next minute. Remember the grass is not always greener on the other side. You are smart, ablebodied, and can build your own empire.

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Negotiate Your Way to Better Pay Written by Lisa Thomas

When was the last time you

negotiated? For your salary, for the new car, for your teenager to actually do her chores. How do you think you did? Maybe you felt nervous, uncertain. Maybe you “caved” as soon as the salesperson said, “I can’t do any better than that.” After all, you don’t want him to think of you as pushy. Actress Jennifer Lawrence recently blamed her negotiation skills for a large pay gap between her and her male co-stars. Lawrence is the latest to speak out about the gender pay gap in Hollywood, doing so in an essay for friend Lena Dunham’s newsletter. Lawrence said she failed as a negotiator, “because I gave up early.” Of course it’s hard to feel sorry for someone who makes millions of dollars. But according to the 2013 numbers examined by Forbes, the pay gap in Hollywood is even worse than that in the “real” world. And whether you make 10 million a year or $20,000, men should not be paid more than women doing the same thing. This much we know. So how do we get paid more? Unfortunately, we can’t expect to receive equal pay without something changing. Of course,

salaries offered to men or women at each level should be the same. But those numbers are often hidden, making it easier for companies to discriminate, even if unknowingly. Lawrence only found out about her gap because of the Sony hack. In a New York Times opinion piece, author Joanne Lipman writes, “Linda Babcock, an economist at Carnegie Mellon and co-author of the book “Women Don’t Ask,” has found that one reason for the disparity is that men are four times more likely to ask for a raise than women are, and that when women do ask, we ask for 30 percent less. And so women are told we need to lean in, to demand to be paid what we’re worth. It’s excellent advice — except it isn’t enough.” Her point is that negotiation isn’t enough, that we must expose the gap in pay. As expert negotiators will say, doing your homework, arming yourself with knowledge, is a key part of successfully negotiating. For example, knowing what the car is truly worth will help you decide what to pay. Exposing salary numbers at companies would drastically change rates of pay for women. But as with most gender

equality issues, we must fight on more than one front. On a closerto-home level, we can step up as negotiators, take time to lean in and ask. Many sources will offer advice for negotiating your salary. What they don’t offer is advice for women who are afraid of not being liked or those who don’t feel confident about their abilities. As Lawrence said of her negotiation, “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.” So here is the most important thing to remember when negotiating: Negotiation is business. Business isn’t personal. Don’t worry about being liked or perceived as a problem. If you make $5,000 less each year than someone else, after 20 years, that’s $100,000 you missed out on. (Not including future raises.) Go for it! •A• Lisa Thomas is CEO of The P3 Group, Inc., a revolutionary training and development company; President of NetWorth; freelance writer and radio show host.


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are never sure what the temperature will be each day. We get use to the nice warm days and then a cold front comes in and we are pulling out our sweaters and jackets again. Life at ARRAY has been a real roller coaster this past month as well. We’ve met some wonderful people who have reached out to us, learned some amazing stories from people we have interviewed, made new friends and have new projects in the works. Some of our Team ARRAY members have gotten life changing diagnosis, been in a car accident after being hit by a drunk driver, family members in the hospital, traveling to see family and friends, working on getting their new business going here, buying a home and then that nasty stomach bug. But the thing that amazes me is that they all still move forward and seem to become stronger and positive from these situations. Anne Frank said, “The final forming of a person lies in their own hands.” We can take the things that life throws at us and curl up with it and pull the blanket over our heads or we can throw it right back at life. I am amazed every day at the incredible people that are part of ARRAY. They have all types of situations and sometimes they have to step back, but they always stop to share with me what is going on and then they come back with a renewed passion. The members of Team ARRAY are a daily inspiration for me. We often meet for lunch or coffee to try and catch up with all that is going on in their lives and what new adventure ARRAY has in store. They are a wealth of information as well as inspiration. I get wonderful comments about what they have heard people say in the community about ARRAY. We have built a wonderful foundation and put in a lot of time, energy and effort. We are still taking baby steps as we move forward and grow and become a respected foundation in the community. I was honored to have spoken at Sandhills Community College during Women’s History Month. I look forward to returning and speaking again with the students and faculty 48

members. I felt right at home and when they said I had made history with ARRAY it was so rewarding. We are so proud to have been a part of the Call for Art with the Arts Council, the Child Advocacy Center, and Fayetteville Cumberland Parks & Recreation. It’s great to see the arts are alive in our community and the passion and depth of the artwork submitted. We look forward to our next project with the Arts Council and hope you enjoy the cover and the article. We are working on Fay A. Rray’s new outfit for this year’s Duck Derby during the Dogwood Festival. She will be passing the torch on this month to the new Corporate Duck winner, but I think you will see Fay around town! The Lupus Walk is coming up in May and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is in September and both of these are organizations and walks we promote. So watch our Facebook page for all the activities involved with those. We have incredible people doing amazing things for the community! Alysa is working on the website and designing ads. Tonya is working in the office making phone calls as well as doing a lot of things in the office that is helping us to grow. Aly is out in the community doing a lot of photography for us, so if you have an event let us know. ARRAY is now offering mini-commercials as part of our services. Christian has been traveling around the state doing videos for the Alzheimer’s Walk and also videos with the Greater Fayetteville Chamber. ARRAY has a YouTube channel so check that out and give us a call to have Christian come over to showcase your business! Life is busy at ARRAY as we continue to grow! We hope you will become a part of ARRAY, as an advertiser, writer, photographer, or advertising consultant. We meet amazing people!

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