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Vol. 4 Issue 7

A Variety of Local Experiences

July 2016


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Monthly Columns


June 2016

4 Senior Moments

Departments 8

7 Mindful Matters 10 More Than Skin Deep

Good News

11 Ask Tina

Uniting Citizens and Educating the Public

14 Catastrophe Primed

12 Music Scene

16 Array of Pets

Moses Mitchell

35 Pet Talk Pooches & Posies

36 Bizz Buzz Cotton Law Firm


Featured 18 Fayetteville

22 Small Biz Doctor 24 Calender


28 From the Desk of...

Learn the history and affect the Freemasons have on the community.

33 Dollar and Sense

26 Sun Safety Have a fun and safe summer with these tips!

29 Hope Mills

34 Healthy Living 38 Hidden Nuggets 42 Social Security Smarts

Chamber Changes

43 Stilleto Thoughts

Find out about all the exciting changes coming to the Hope Mills Chamber.

44 Let’s Eat: Seconds

30 Christian

Women’s Conference Learn of the vision behind this inspiring event.

30 Christian Women’s 40 YMCA Conference

21 Let’s Eat

Everything is fun at the YMCA!

45 Dear Shanessa 46 Array for Kids 47 Bulletin board 48 Publisher’s Note



Week of July 4

• July 1st The NC Symphony will be at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville and begin at 7 pm • On July 3rd The Fayetteville Swamp Dogs will launch a Tribute to Honor America fireworks after their 7 pm game. The show is free but a ticket is required for the game. • The Firecracker 4 Miller begins at 7 am on July 4th and is for runners and walkers of all ages, sizes and shapes at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. This event benefits Fisher House. • Hope Mills will hold its annual Independence Day Parade at 10 am and a Party in the Park from 4-10 pm. There will be food, games, entertainment, tournaments, vendors and a fireworks show at dark

Week of July 11

• “Where the Land Meets the Sea” wraps up this week at City Center Gallery and Books. Several of our local seniors have art and photographs they have done that were inspired by our NC coast. The work is on exhibit and some is for sale. • You may want to check out Tai Chi for Health on Tuesday, July 1th from 10-1:30 am at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. It occurs weekly. Check with the Botanical Gardens for more information • We all want to be healthier and eat naturally so check out the Murchison Road Community Farmers Market every Wednesday from 10 am – 2 pm at Bronco Square Parking Lot.

Week of July 18

• Zumba in the Garden is held every 2 weeks on Tuesdays at Cape Fear Botanical Garden from 6:30-7:30 pm. It is a joint effort by The Garden and the YMCA of the Sandhills • There is always lots to do Downtown Fayetteville on 4th Friday. Stroll along the streets, eat dinner on the sidewalk, taste some wine, browse the local shops or watch the fire dancers perform on the street. This happens every 4th Friday of the month beginning at 6 pm. A great way to end the week and start the weekend. This month it’s July 22 and the theme is Classic Car Show. • Join Sustainable Sandhills at Cameo Art House on the 4th Saturday of each month at 11 am for the screening of a thought provoking and educational film with discussion to follow afterwards. This occurs every 4th Saturday through November. Check out their website for more information

Week of July 25

• Join Sustainable Sandhills for a Caribbean Vacation PopUp Dinner. They are serving up local ingredients paired with a unique beverage, transporting you to a tropical island. The PopUp Dinners are spontaneous dinner parties designed to connect local chefs and local food producers to consumers. To add to the suspense, they keep the dinner location a secret until the day of the event. You can reserve your spot now for the first PopUp Dinner event of the year. Discounts for couples and groups are available. Contact Sustainable Sandhills • The Christian Women’s Conference featuring Dr. Gary Chapman will be at Freedom Christian Academy on July 29 and 30 from 9 am -4 pm. This event is being put on by Daughters of Christ Ministry. The conference is open to adult women ages 18 and up. Make sure you are registered for this event, but it is one will you will not want to miss.

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Walking the Green Carpet On June 23rd, Sustainable Sandhills held a luncheon at

Hilltop House for businesses who are part of their Green Certification program. The occcasion was an opportunity to award these businesses for their vision and dedication and good practices in taking care of the planet. In their own words, “Sustainable Sandhills is a tiny nonprofit organization with a giant mission – to save the planet and preserve the environment of the Sandhills through education, demonstration collaboration.” Through Sustainable Sandhills’ Green Business certification, for-profit and nonprofit organizations receive guidance in improving their sustainability practices as well as their financial health and their brand.

Walk the Walk Green Awareness Array Magazine Runners-up: 1) Town of Spring Lake 2) Sandhills Naturally 3) Mothers & Others for Clean Air plus all the local academic institutions Walk the Walk Green Recreation Indigo Earth Events plus kudos to Cape Fear River Boat Rides, Fascinate-U Children’s Museum. and ZipQuest Adventures Walk the Walk Green Healthcare Hedgecoe Dentistry Runner-up: 1) Carolina Healthcare Walk the Walk Green Eatery R Burger Food Truck Runners-up: 1) Taste of West Africa 2) Elliott’s on Linden 3) Dirtbag Ales Walk the Walk Green Wellness Sandhills Naturally Runners-up: 1) Embrace Yoga 2) Breathing Space 3) Euphoria Hair Salon Walk the Walk Green Reuse: Reuse Runners-up: 1) Cumberland

These awards reflect the persistence, creativity, and success the businesses demonstrated in reaching their goals. The roughly 50 winners and runners-up were selected from over 100 nominations. Before honoring the successes, the luncheon offered everone a chance to rally and remind each other of why they were there. For this dedicated civic-minded group, the answer is simple: It’s their commitment to the planet and the future, because it’s the right thing to do. You can join this enthusiastic and successful group of people by contacting Sustainable Sandhills about how your organization can particpate. Get certified. Go Green!

County Landfill 2) Waste Management 3) UNC Pembroke Walk the Walk NonProfit/ Community Org: UNC Pembroke Runners-up: 1) Regional Land Use Advisory Commission 2) Mothers & Others for Clean Air 3) Sandhills Farm-to-Table Co-op Walk the Walk Green Facilities Management Watch My Wag Runners-up: 1) Pilkington, Laurinburg 2) Fayetteville Area System Transit 3) Cumberland County Library system Walk the Walk Air Quality Clear Path Recycling Runners-up: 1) Butler Bio-Farm 2) Carpet Green Clean 3) PWC

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Walk the Walk Clean Water Prestige Trash Bins Runnners-up: 1) Valet Dry Cleaning 2) Carpet Green Clean Walk the Walk Green School Cliffdale Elementary plus kudos to all the participating schools Walk the Walk Green Business Leadership Thompson & Little Runners-up: 1) SMART Recycling US 2) All American Relocation 3) K3 Enterprises Recognition to the 2015 Walk the Walk: Commitment to Clean Energy Cargill Platinum Awards: Reserved for the absolute best in innovation and practical application 2015 Platinum Green Business: Above & Beyond The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County 2016 Platinum Green Business: Above & Beyond City of Fayetteville PWC


Mindful Matters

Mental Fitness

Written by Vanessa Lech

Mental fitness impacts all aspects

of our lives and is something that we must continuously work at to improve. Adversity can wear people down. At times, it can feel nearly impossible to remain mentally fit throughout your life’s struggles. However, it is possible. The way we react to difficult situations can exacerbate our existing problems. It is imperative that we carefully assess our current and former reactions to prevent magnifying our problems. Toxic and dysfunctional life situations can easily deteriorate your mental health. It is imperative that you maintain an optimistic and positive life outlook. It is scientifically proven that people that have an optimistic and positive life outlook and that surround themselves with other people that also have a positive and optimistic life outlook are more likely to have improved health outcomes and a higher quality of life overall. I know that you may be laughing at the thought of having a positive and optimistic life outlook given some of the adversity that you may be facing.

However, it is true. I’m not telling you to become unrealistic, not at all. It is important to face reality in order to make logical life decisions. I encourage you to do so. However, there is more to life than the adversity that you are currently facing. Take a step back and look at the big picture. Ensure that you are surrounding yourself with positive people that will lift you up. It is imperative that you do not become engulfed in your problems. There are many people that will thrive and feed off of the drama and that will contribute to your problems. You do not want to surround yourself with toxic people. Breathe. This is one of the most important things that you can do, simply breathe and believe that it is possible to overcome your problems. When you come home, try to find a quiet space where you can unwind and relax. Try to find time in your day when you do not have to answer to anyone, where you can truly decompress and process everything that is occurring in your life right now. This will

help you make more logical and rational decisions moving forward. Take pride in yourself. Focus on your own personal hygiene such as applying makeup, shaving, bathing every single day, brushing your hair and brushing your teeth. Just because you’re feeling overwhelmed doesn’t mean that you should neglect yourself. Treat yourself like the valuable person that you are. Get yourself a massage, a haircut; buy a new shirt or dress. Ask yourself these questions: • Who am I surrounding myself with and why? • How am I sleeping at night? • When was the last time I had a health check up with my Doctor? •A•

My name is Vanessa Lech. I work as a community mental health professional at Fayetteville NC Mental Health. Visit for more information.

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Uniting Citizens and Educating the Public

Peace. Unity. Solidarity. Written by Samara Sheff Photography provided by Peace Festival

These are the elements of West African culture

that Isabella and Tee Effron, creators of the West African Peace Festival, want to share with the city of Fayetteville. They have a mission to educate the children and the local community about Africa. The couple has been in Fayetteville since 2001 and remained in Fayetteville after Tee retired from the Army; and along with their children have been able to call Fayetteville home for 15 years. They established roots by creating their restaurant along with their nonprofit, Loving Hands International. The organizations help the children of Ghana with medical and educational resources. A vital goal is to invite Fayetteville residents to share in their culture through community events, like the African World Peace Festival and 5k. The event will include Afro-Dance lessons, Reggae music, an African dance group performance and even a parade that will display all 54 African flags. The culture of West Africa is shared through music, dance and a celebration of the arts. Isabella believes that the most important part of African culture is the music - and its origins. She described it as “the beats, the sound is what gives us joy.” The name of the festival - African World Peace Festival - also has profound meaning that ties Africa to the rest of


the world. Isabella explained that it is because “Africa has roots in almost every country, so we call it the African World Peace Festival.” Tee explained a metaphor often used in Ghana that exemplifies Isabella’s and Tee’s mission. “When it rains, it doesn’t just rain on one woman’s house.” He believes that when one person has a problem, it indirectly affects others. Therefore, when one has a distinct culture, it should be shared with others. In Africa, there is a shared country within the continent, but there is different cultures within the individual countries. Isabella revealed that the style of cooking, dressing and hairstyles are similar but unique within West African culture. Specifically, within Ghana there is a strong influence of drumming dancing and traditional music. “Fayetteville is big and diverse,” she continued. “We have the Afro-Cubans, Afro-Latinos, so music in a

Tee explained a metaphor often used in Ghana that exemplifies Isabella’s and Tee’s mission.

“When it rains, it doesn’t just rain on one woman’s house.” way, made so many roots in the continent.” Being connected to their native country is important for the couple as well as their children, in order to help retain their culture within their family. The couple has a strong connection to their native country of Ghana, and wanted to help those disadvantaged. Growing up in Ghana, Tee also witnessed the economic, health and educational disadvantages many face, sparking his desire to help those in poverty. In 2009, Tee and Isabella started a nonprofit organization called Loving Hands International. The nonprofit focuses on K-12 students, assisting them with their educational pursuits by providing students with books and paying their school fees. The nonprofit also helps

provide health services, with free health screenings in Fayetteville as well as in Ghana. Loving Hands also ships over-the-counter drugs to Ghana. The doctors who travel to Ghana to provide health services will also be at the festival to discuss their successes and answer questions. Not only does the nonprofit help monetarily with reading materials and paying school fees, it also helps empower students through mentorships and dressing for success. The organization also mentors 25 students in Ghana, providing role models that inspire and motivate the students. In Ghana, Loving Hands also hosts a Christmas party, giving away scholarships to assists students so they can continue to pursue their education. As if operating a nonprofit wasn’t enough, Isabella and Tee also own a restaurant in downtown Fayetteville called The Taste of West Africa. Two doors down from their restaurant, is the Sweet Palette. The Sweet Palette is a cupcake shop that also features an art gallery. In this gallery, there is artwork, storytelling and paintings. Often artwork that tells the story of Ghana and the culture is displayed at The Sweet Palette. The common theme within these stories is the nobility of spider. The spider is heralded as wise, creative but becomes tainted with traits like greediness. These stories are part of a tradition that often teach lessons. They have also incorporated elements of the restaurant into the festival and the spread of African culture as well. These stories will be entertainment for the youth as well as arts and crafts during the festival. The 5k raises money for Loving Hands International and incorporates the activities of the festival within the race. •A•

The 2nd Annual African World Peace Festival will be on Saturday, July 11 in downtown Fayetteville. The 5k can be registered for online at www.


More Than Skin Deep

No Pain, More Gain! Written by Brenda Howell

I’m sure you have heard the

slogan “No Pain, No Gain.” While that might be very true in the world of sports and fitness, it’s far from the truth in the world of medical massage therapy. In fact I have the slogan in my practice, “No Pain, More Gain.” With medical massage, the massage therapist is working with the body’s pain tolerance. Now that doesn’t mean how well the client can handle the pain, but rather the therapist not allowing the clients body to go into the fight or flight response. Pain is an interesting topic; have you ever had a massage where everything was going along just fine and then all of a sudden the therapist hits an area that’s really tender? You didn’t feel any pain in that area before it was touched, but now that attention has been called to it you feel tenderness and maybe even some pain? Did you wonder why it was tender all of a sudden? Well most

likely the problem was already present, but the mind for whatever reason was ignoring it. Sometimes the mind will continue to ignore the painful area because it may deem it as unimportant or some other painful area is taking all the attention. I had a teacher one time explain it to me that it’s hard to hear the alarm clock when the fire alarm is going off! Then there are times the mind is not ignoring the pain, but instead we are guilty of telling our body to ignore the pain. We think it might get better on its own (and sometimes it does) or we just don’t want to deal with it. These sensations should not be ignored. Pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong, or at least the body thinks something is wrong and it’s usually the last symptom to appear as the health of a muscle deteriorates. When a therapist palpates (using touch to feel the layers

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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.

Ask Tina

Are you thinking about Answered by Tina Renee Dawson buying or selling a home? with 30 year, fixed Have a question about real program rate FHA, USDA, conventional estate? Ask Tina. and VA mortgages. There are Jillian M. Dunn, NC asks… Can you tell me a little about NC Home Advantage Mortgages?

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Advantage Mortgages are for those buyers who need help towards a down payment. NC Home Advantage Mortgages offer down payment assistance and competitive interest rates as well. If the need for down payment has kept you from proceeding with buying the home of your dreams, check out this program. For first time buyers, or those looking to move up in their home size, NCHA can offer up to five percent of the purchase price of the home to be used towards the down payment. As long as you remain in the home for fifteen years, the five percent is fully forgiven. A Mortgage Credit Certificate can also be had by using this type of program. This certificate lets first time home buyers save up to $2000 a year on their federal taxes. This is a big savings. You can use the NCHA

over 700 participating lenders throughout North Carolina that can guide you through this process. You only have to repay the down payment amount if you sell, refinance or transfer the home before year fifteen of the loan. After you have lived in the home at least ten years, the assistance is forgiven at twenty percent per year, for years eleven through fourteen. Some of the criteria that may make you eligible for this type of help are the following: Credit score of 640 or higher, buying a new or existing home, you are a legal resident of the US, your annual income does not go over $85,000, and you buy a home

in NC and plan to move into the home within sixty days of closing. Your lender is the best source to fully explain all the ins and outs of this program and can look at all your information to see if you might qualify. The types of homes that may qualify for this type of loan include, single family, duplexes, condominiums, town homes, and manufactured homes that are new, have never been occupied and are double wide or larger on permanent foundations. Again, your lender is your best source for this type of specific information. It never hurts to start the process to see where you stand. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you qualify for. In many cases your mortgage payment may be less than the rent you are currently paying.•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.




The Music Scene

Written by Aysha Carter Photography provided by Mitchell Moses

As an army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan,

and who retired from service two years ago, Moses Mitchell decided just last year to pursue his lifelong dreams of perfecting and performing his craft---a hip-hop artist. He has always felt he had the skills and he was definitely brave enough to try. The Purple Heart recipient is a native of Chesterfield, Virginia, when he fondly recalls his father playing the harmonica, often while he was a boy. He likes the poetry and skills that go hand in hand with being a great lyricist and takes pride in writing his own rhymes. He thoroughly enjoys the challenge in proving himself while competing in freestyle rap battles. What did it take? He proudly proclaims that “I finally decided to invest in myself.” He is already achieving his goal to develop a fan-based following, but mostly he remembers outlaw country and hip hop because he was raised this way. With two hips hop albums off of the label Man of War Records, Moses says he loves music from George Jones to Johhny Cash, and mostly to outlaw, rebel country music. The rap group, Wu-Tang’s, album 36 Chambers is a big influence on him, as well as most hip- hop music because “that’s the culture I grew up in,” he says. The artist also loves house music – and that adds an electronic vibe to his personal sound. Listeners can definitely get all these flavors from Mitchell’s music. Untroubled, released in 2015, currently is available through iTunes and Spotify. Bourbon Bits, Vol1, released in 2016, includes five songs which can also be found on Spotify. Additionally, you can find Mitchell on YouTube, a channel which allows viewers to subscribe to his page to get up-to-date videos and commentary from the artist himself. You can see the artist all in his bearded glory, dropping freestyle rhymes with songs such as “East Coast Rap”, where he relays “There is only one of me, you gonna take a double take”. Fans enjoy his playful wordplay, which is something he takes pride in. On a video entitled “Freestyle,” he proudly boasts that “just because I look like a muskrat, don’t mean I don’t know how to bust raps.” He also maintains a Facebook page to reach out to his growing number of fans. Mitchell now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, but has plans to go on a tour of the southern states to get his music to new listeners. He is a proud member of the

underground music scene and hopes to play small towns before growing to bigger venues. As recently as April 2016, Moses Mitchell has been dropping rhymes and beats at The Drunk Horse Pub, located at 5149 Bragg Blvd in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He plans on keeping up shows there, but is also looking for new venues to expand his fan base. His next upcoming show will be in Missouri, where Mitchell looks forward to a crowd of three thousand. This June, Moses Mitchell will complete filming for a music video for the single “Dreaming” featuring Alexis Fuwell. Not bad for a guy who was once known as “the white kid who couldn’t rap”.•A•

“I finally decided to invest in myself.”


Catastrophe Primed

The Heat Is On! The heat is on now that summer is here. Know

when to turn it off or at least how to stay safe while out in it. Remember stay hydrated (water is best or some type of sports drink) and take many breaks in the shade if at all possible. You have to keep your body temperature down to stay safe. Even if you’re not physically active while outdoors, you still have to be careful. First things first. Do you know the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke? Do you know what the first aid is for each? Heat Exhaustion is when you might feel a little faint or dizzy, have excessive sweating, cool, pale, clammy skin, a rapid but weak pulse and possibly muscle cramps. 1st Aid - If you have this less severe form of a heat related illness, move to an air-conditioned area if possible or at least the shade, drink some cool water and use a cool washcloth to help lessen the symptoms. Heat Stroke is more severe, and you may have a throbbing headache, no sweating, body temperature above 103 degrees, skin will be red, hot and dry, a rapid, strong pulse and could possibly lose consciousness. 1st Aid - If you or anyone you are with or see have any of these symptoms it is best to call 911 immediately and try to get cool as soon as possible using the steps above till help arrives. However, do not try to give water to someone that is unconscious.

Along with the heat comes time for pool side days, backyard b-b-ques, doing yard work, etc. All this stuff needs to be done with safety at the top of the list. Below are just a few tips, but there are so many more. • When around the pool make sure to keep a buddy system and watch out for one another. Never swim alone and do not leave anyone else alone in or around a pool, especially the littles. • Do you know CPR? If not, please take the time to learn. • If you hear thunder, get out of the pool and go indoors. Do not come back out until at least 30 minutes after the thunder stops. • Do not grill indoors. I say this because I have seen people but their grills inside of their garage and it could have been fatal. If it rains, postpone or reschedule. Carbon Monoxide is very dangerous and cannot be smelled or seen. (Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222) • Keep young children away from grills. Set up a perimeter and tell them to stay out of it. • If you are spending time in the back yard, please keep the front of your house secure. Very simple concept, keep doors and windows closed and locked. This includes the garage door. To many times have I seen a garage door open with no one around.

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Written by Steve Rogers

Insurance Check-Up With summer comes an ARRAY of storms that could affect your lifestyle or your life. One way to help prepare is to have a talk with your insurance agent and ask questions about your policy. Some sample questions would be. 1. Am I covered if a tree falls on my house from high winds? 2. What happens if my neighbor’s patio furniture crashes into my car from a hurricane? 3. Am I covered if I have hail damage and what is covered? 4. Does my insurance cover debris removal? 5. What if lightning strikes my house and starts a fire, am I covered? 6. Do I have enough insurance coverage? Hint: complete a home inventory to know exactly what you have. It will speed up and make the claims process smoother.

Want more information on a personal level. Come to my FREE seminar on July 25, 2016 at 6pm located at the Bordeaux Branch Library located on Village Drive. And save the date for September 17, 2016 for the 2nd Annual CDRC Emergency Preparedness EXPO. More details about that in the next issue.•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@

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Array of Pets

The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, Inc (FAPS) provides a licensed, no-kill shelter. Anyone interested in these animals or others should phone 910-864-9040 or visit 3927 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville. Photos by Name: Fry Age: 1 year Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Medium Hair Bonjour! I’m Fry! I’m a playful and sophisticated guy. My luxurious fur is an elegant smoke color. I’m quite unique! I fancy a good can of food with a long nap in plush blankets after. When I awake I’m ready to play, and I hope you’re there to meet me!

Name: Howard Age: 9 years Sex: Male Breed: Shih Tzu Hi! The name is Howard! I’m an old soul with a playful heart! I may be 9, but I don’t let my age show at all! I love to be outside and bask in the sun, and enjoy a good squeaky toy, or two! Come take me out today!

Name: Scooter Age: 2 years Sex: Male Breed: Schnauzer Mix Hey, I’m Scooter! I LOOOOOOOOVE to play! Balls, Ropes, Squeaky Toys, Bones, it doesn’t matter! I want to chase everything! Oh, how I would love someone to spend all day playing with me! Do you like to play? I might be the pup for you!


Name: Brody Age: 1 year Sex: Male Breed: Terrier Mix I’m Brody! I wasn’t in the best condition when I came to FAPS. I was very skinny, and had been mistreated. My friends here have helped to fatten me up, and boy, do I LOVE people! I’m still young and would love family to run and play with!

Name: Lois Age: 2 years Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair I’m Lois! I’m a very playful kitty, and I can really get going sometimes! I love a good catnip mouse, or a feather duster to chase and roll around with! Come and toss me a few toys and see if I’m purr-fect for you!

Name: Rex Age: 2 years Sex: Male Breed: Beagle Mix Hey there! I’m Rex! I’m young and energetic! I’m looking for the perfect family to take me out to play! Maybe watch a movie or two afterwards. I’m up for anything you want to do! Come meet me!

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Freemasonry in Fayetteville Written by Robin Minnick Photography by Dave Minnick

Ft. Bragg Lodge No. 667. Phoenix Lodge No. 8. The Order of the Amaranth, Inc. Order of the Eastern Star. Fayetteville Assembly #22 of the International Order of the Rainbow Girls. Marquis de LaFayette Chapter DeMolay. These are the names of six of the many Masonic organizations in Fayetteville. There are an estimated 40,000+ Freemasons in North Carolina, and over 2 million members nationwide. Estimates place global membership near 5 million (Internet source sites: Masonic Service Association of North America and 32nd Degree Masons Little Known Facts). Who are these people? Why do people join Masonic organizations and what do they do? Masons come in all colors, all religions, and all sizes. Freemasons are a fraternity, but there are also youth groups and groups made up of men and women together affiliated with Masonic lodges. The Order of the Amaranth and the Order of the Eastern Star, affiliated with Ft. Bragg Lodge and Phoenix Lodge respectively, are two of these appendant bodies. These organizations, along with their associated youth groups of girls (Rainbow Girls) and boys (DeMolay), hold their meetings at the Masonic Temple located at 221 Mason Street near Festival Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is periodically open to the public, when people can see for themselves the magnificent woodworking and elegant meeting room done in cream, white, blue, and gold. Masonic organizations exist for two reasons. One is to provide opportunities for members to serve their community. Every Lodge does some form of charity work, from local community assistance to fundraising at higher levels. Shriners, also a Masonic group, are known


for their children’s hospitals and appearances of their clowns to raise funds. The Order of the Amaranth raises money for diabetes research through its philanthropic charity, Amaranth Diabetes Foundation. The Ft. Bragg and Phoenix lodges support the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford and the Whitestone Retirement home in Greensboro. Children and widows and the elderly – three particular groups cared for and supported directly by Masons. The second thing Masons offer is support and guidance for the individual to become a better person. This is the intrinsic goal of the fraternity. It is achieved through study, mentorship, and interaction with fellow members. Masonic organizations are not religious organizations, although Master Mason John M. Hall, Jr of Ft. Bragg Lodge does note that everything a person wants to know about being a Mason can be found between the covers of the Bible. Kevin Edge of Ft. Bragg Lodge explains that the Bible provides guidance and standards for moral action and how to respect each other. It helps build a better individual; it helps them be better for their community. Further, it helps Masons hold each other accountable. There is a requirement that a Mason believe in a supreme being. The religious text followed by a prospective member is what is used during his initiation, to give weight to his oath. Masons have used the Bible, the Quran, and the Torah when taking their oaths. Freemasonry takes its symbols and tools from the occupation of stonemason. Tools like the square and the compass and the mathematics of geometry are used to represent a man’s relationship to the world and humankind. The square, for instance, refers to the need to square one’s actions. There

are references to Speculative and Operative Masons, the first viewing the tools more symbolically, the other relating to them in a more literal and functional manner. Different lodges have different approaches and focuses, and many Masons are affiliated with more than one. It depends on what the person wants to pursue. Freemasonry traces its roots to the building of Solomon’s Temple, although it is more readily connected to the stonemason’s guilds of the Middle Ages. Records are clearer and more complete from the early 1700’s when the first Grand Lodge of England formed in London. Many of America’s Founding Fathers were Masons, as was the Marquis de LaFayette, for whom our city is named. The goal of making someone a better person is pertinent to the youth organizations, too. Although they make lifelong friends and have a lot of fun, the Rainbow Girls learn how to raise money for charity, how to present themselves and speak in public, and how to be giving and kind. Especially to be kind, emphasizes Kim Feldschneider, member of The Order of the Amaranth and a former Rainbow Girl herself. Perhaps most important in today’s world, is that Rainbow Girls learn that “the big dreams they have are within reach when they put their heart and soul into achieving them.” (from the Rainbow Girls brochure) Older girls take a role in leading meetings, organizing the agenda and projects. Several of the local Rainbow Girls projects have benefitted Wounded Warrior. Rainbows start around age 12, as does the boys group, DeMolay. For boys, DeMolay is preparation to become a good citizen and a good man. They are also trained in speaking, how to present themselves, and to do

Kevin Edge, Jr. Warden of Ft. Bragg Lodge

Roger Owens arranged for ARRAY to visit the Masonic Temple and speak with members of the Ft. Bragg Lodge

good. Brochures describe DeMolay as a “leadershipbuilding and service oriented group.” Both groups have access to travel, making diverse friendships, and potential scholarships to build their futures. Each station at a lodge, each level attained, represents progress for a member in their journey to become a better person. In addition, there is mentorship and support in life itself. There is also the camaraderie that provides an instant network, an instant family for members wherever they go. As an Army wife from Massachusetts, Meredith Hart (Order of the Amaranth), came to Ft. Bragg with a 9-month-old infant and knowing no one. She’d grown up a Rainbow Girl. Following a suggestion from a friend, she contacted someone at the state level who pointed her to an up-coming event here in Fayetteville. There she came across Kim Feldschneider. “I told her how I had a baby about the same age, and I asked where I should sit for the event,” Meredith says, glancing at Kim with a smile. “She invited me to sit with her.” An instant and enduring friendship was born right then. Meredith knew she could rely on Kim, another Rainbow Girl. It was an instant connection, based on shared traditions and values. Kevin Edge tells of being invited to a coffee gathering in Afghanistan by a Canadian contractor who’d put together a small lodge of Americans, Australians, and Canadians, using a small tent on base. Kevin found fellowship with strangers who became his instant friends. Now in Fayetteville, he knows he can turn to his lodge brethren for life mentorship, advice, and guidance whenever needed, and he will provide the same for others. Master Mason John M. Hall emphasizes the scope of support and caring members share.


An instant and enduring friendship was born right then. Meredith knew she could rely on Kim, another Rainbow Girl. It was an instant connection, based on shared traditions and values. “If a widow who’d been married to a Mason came to me for help,” he says, “ I’d reach out to the two lodges I’m part of. If they couldn’t get it done, we’d contact the other lodges in Fayetteville.” If they couldn’t provide the needed help, they’d reach beyond Fayetteville. And so on, through North Carolina, the US, then Canada, Cuba, and globally if necessary. The one thing they can’t do, is invite someone to join. A person interested in becoming a Mason must ask to join the lodge. Then there is a time period during which the person and the lodge members get to know each other and during which the person explains his interest in membership. Eventually there is a vote on his joining the lodge, followed, it’s hoped, by initiation and the beginning of the new member’s journey. While specific characteristics are not sought in new members, Kevin says Masons seek harmony in the Lodge, and that can influence their vote. Kim says that the main thing their group, The Order of the Amaranth, looks for is participation. All seem to agree that what a person gets out of their membership in a Masonic organization, is based entirely on what he or she puts into it. Masonic groups have secrets, but they are secrets

‘Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.’ of ceremony and passwords and ritual. Their goals are to work to improve themselves as people and citizens, and to provide support to other members, to charitable organizations and to the general community. But…”You have to knock at the door,” John Hall says. “ ‘Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.’ “•A•

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Watermelon Watermelon Cake Cake Written and eaten by Angie Autry

This is an easy recipe that will have kids of all Directions ages asking for seconds and you’ll be getting lots of praise for your Watermelon Cake! It’s the perfect summer recipe that you will go back to summer after summer. It will only take about 20 minutes of prep time and around 30 minutes of baking time to fix this recipe and it should yield around 12 slices. So depending on the crowd you may need to make two! Cut a slice and enjoy the summer!

Ingredients • 1 package white cake mix (regular size) • 1 package (3 ounces) watermelon gelatin • 2 eggs • 1-1/4 cups water • 1/4 cup canola oil • 2-1/2 cups prepared vanilla or cream cheese frosting, divide • Red and green gel food coloring • Chocolate chips

• In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, gelatin, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then beat on medium for 2 minutes. • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. • Set aside 2 tablespoons frosting for decorating. Place 1-1/4 cups frosting in a bowl; tint red. Tint remaining frosting green. • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup red frosting to within 1/4 inches of edges. Top with second cake. Frost top with remaining red frosting to within 3/4 inches of edges. Frost sides and top edge of cake with green frosting. • Cut a 1/4-in. hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag. Fill the bag with reserved white frosting. Pipe around top edge of cake where green and pink frostings meet. For seeds, insert chocolate chips upside down into cake top. YIELD: 12 servings •A• 21

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do I start? Let’s start by providing a strong “NO”, with a soft “YES” attached. “NO” business has to offer health insurance. However, the Affordable Care Act throws a little curve here. It says that large employers (with over 50 full time equivalent employees) either offer

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whether you are defined as an applicable large employer by the IRS, as the mandate and employer tax penalties only apply to your business if you are an applicable large employer. If your business has less than 50 employees, the mandate and tax penalty does not apply to you. What is an Applicable Large Employer? For the majority of businesses this is a simple calculation. However, for businesses on the border with many parttime or seasonal employees, the calculation will be more in-depth. In general, if your business employed an average of 50 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) employees during the previous calendar year, you are considered an applicable large employer for the current year. First, a business is defined as an applicable large employer on a calendar-year basis. For example, you could be an applicable large employer in one year, but not the year before. Did your business employ 50 or more full-time employees on average during the preceding calendar year? If yes, then you are an applicable large employer for the current calendar year. Second, your business is NOT an applicable large employer if: • You employed less than 50 full-time employees on average during the previous calendar year, or • You employed more

than 50 full-time employees no more than 120 days during the previous calendar year due to a seasonal workforce.

Calculating Full-Time and Part-Time FTEs

This is where the fun comes in for most business owners. For the purposes of determining whether your business is an applicable large employer, your business must include all full-time employees plus the full-time equivalent of your part-time employees. A full-time employee is defined as working on average at least 30 hours of service per week in a given month. How many full-time employees do you have? Next, factor in part-time employees. To calculate the full-time equivalent of parttime employees, add the number of hours worked by part-time employees in a given month and divide the total by 120. How many fulltime equivalent part-time employees do you have? Finally, the sum of the full-time employees and the full-time equivalent of the part-time employees is the number used to determine whether your business is an applicable large employer. If the sum is 50 or over, you are an applicable large employer. Now that you have completed the advanced calculus math training, allow me to give you a word of advice. Before you do or DON’T do anything, try contacting a business health insurance company, and tell them EVERYTHING about your company and your employees. After you have finished…drink a tall glass of (fill in the blank) and plop down on your couch for a while.•A• Contact us for more information: (web) (email)






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11am Teen Bookmark Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch

Fit4life Zumba - Fit4Life, 4 9am 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake

1pm Heritage Square Tours Heritage Square

10am Tots & Tales Story Time - Cliffdale Regional Branch Library, 6882 Cliffdale Rd

6pm Bull Riding on the Farm - Shady Acres Rodeo

7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center

10 11am Teen Bookmark

Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch – Teen 6pm Bull Riding on the Farm - Shady Acres Rodeo

11 10am FREE Exercise Class 1422 Bragg Blvd

2pm Hope Mills Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - Parks and Recreation Services Center, 5766 Rockfish Road, Hope Mills 7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center

17 11am Teen Bookmark

Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch

6pm Bull Riding on the Farm - Shady Acres Rodeo

Teen Bookmark 24 11am Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch

6pm Bull Riding on the Farm - Shady Acres Rodeo

Teen Bookmark 31 11am Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch

6pm Bull Riding on the Farm - Shady Acres Rodeo


18 8:30am Senior Exercise -

Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 10:30am Tots and Toddler Story Times - West Regional Branch Library 7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center

Fit4life Zumba 25 9am Fit4Life, 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake


10am Preschool Story Time Bordeaux Branch Library 10:30am Hula Hoop Club - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers Street 6:30pm Cape Fear Toastmasters - Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St

12 10am Pre-School Pals -

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, 801 Arsenal Ave 11am TAI CHI for HEALTH Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 North Eastern Boulevard 6pm Lupus Foundation Support Group – Cumberland County - Berkshire Hathaway All American Homes

Baby Bunnies 19 10:30am Story Time - The Southern

Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines 12pm Third Tuesday Talks Pizza Inn, 1138 W Broad St, Dunn 7:30pm Senior Citizens Entertainment Night - EastoverCentral Recreation Center

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7pm Chess Club - Kiwanis


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10am Railroading in Fayetteville Exhibit The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, 325 Franklin St 6pm Taekwondo Classes Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers St 6pm Diabetes Clinic - 1422 Bragg Blvd

14 10am Mother Goose & Tots

and Tales Story Time - North Regional Branch Library 11am Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit - 325 Franklin St 7pm Society of Creative Anachronism - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers Street



8:30am Senior Exercise - Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake, NC 28390 8pm Art Meets Life - The Sweet Palette, 101 Person St 8pm Spoken Verses: An Open Mic Showcase - Reba’s Sweet Bean, 3037 Boone Trail


9am Happiness Is You Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers St 9am City Market at the Museum - Fayetteville Transportation Museum, 325 Franklin St 12pm See the Trains! Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, 116 Green St


10am Railroading in Fayetteville Exhibit The Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum 10am Crocheting @ the Senior center - Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 6pm Jazzy Friday - Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram


9am Cars and Coffee Meet Millstone Towne Centre

15 11am From State House to Statehood - 325 Franklin St

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

7:30pm Java Expressions

LIVE - The Coffee Scene, 3818 Morganton Road

Safe Pressure Canning 21 9am 22 5pm Fayetteville After 5 for Garden Vegetables - 301 E Mountain Dr 10am Mother Goose & Tots and Tales Story Time - North Regional Branch Library 8pm Social Ballroom Dance - Retired Military Association, 120 Elizabethtown Road

Festival Park 7pm 4th Fridays at the Market House Museum - Market House Museum 9pm Birthday Dance & Potluck - Retired Military Association. 120 Elizabethtown Road

High School Equivalent 2016 Christian 28 5pm 29 9am Testing (GED) Program Conference for Women - Kingdom Connection Ministry, 1729 McArthur Road 6pm Taekwondo Classes Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers St 6pm Wine Tastings at Luigi’s - Luigi’s, 528 North McPherson Church Road


Freedom Christian Academy, 3130 Gillespie St 6pm Jazzy Friday - Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram 8:30pm Live Music at Luigi’s - Luigi’s, 528 North McPherson Church Road

10am Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of Fayetteville - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers St 11am Make it, Take it! - Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, 116 Green St

16 9am City Market at the

Museum - Fayetteville Transportation Museum, 325 Franklin St 11am Super Science Saturday! - Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, 116 Green St 7pm Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers - Roland’s Dance Studio, 310 Hope Mills Rd

23 9am Cars and Coffee Car

Show - Millstone Complex

11am Make it, Take it!

- Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, 116 Green St

8:30pm Live Music at Luigi’s

- Luigi’s, 528 North McPherson Church Road City Market at the 30 9am Museum - Fayetteville

Transportation Museum, 325 Franklin St 9am 2016 Christian Conference for Women Freedom Christian Academy, 3130 Gillespie St 2pm MakerBox Saturdays - 170 W Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines

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How to Be Safe When You’re in the Sun The weather is warming up, the days are longer

cause blisters on your skin. They can keep you inside feeling sore when everyone else is outside having fun. They increase your chance of getting wrinkly when you get older. And worst of all, they can lead to skin cancer when you are an adult. Because getting wrinkles and getting sick don’t happen right away, they can seem like things that could never happen to you. But you Don’t Feel the Burn Even though the sun is hot, it does cool things. still need to be careful. It keeps us warm. It makes flowers and plants grow. It even gives us vitamin D so we can better Prime Time You don’t need to hide from the sun completely absorb calcium into our bodies for strong bones. It does all these things by sending down light, or wrap up like a mummy to protect yourself. which includes invisible ultraviolet (say: ul- But you should take these two steps: 1. Always wear sunscreen. trah-VYE-uh-lit) rays. These are also called UV 2. Take frequent breaks from the sun by going rays. Some ultraviolet rays pass through air and clouds and penetrate the skin. When your skin’s indoors or moving into the shade. These steps are especially important between been exposed to too many of these rays, you get 10:00 in the morning and 4:00 in the what’s known as a sunburn. Ouch! Some people get a sunburn faster than others afternoon, when the sun’s rays are strongest. Use a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or because of their coloring. If you have blond or red hair, light-colored skin, and light-colored higher. Put on sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before eyes, you’ll tend to get a sunburn more quickly going out in the sun. The letters SPF stand for than someone with dark eyes and skin. That’s sun protection factor, and the number rating because you have less melanin (say: MEL-uh- tells you how much longer you can stay in the nun). Melanin is a chemical in the skin that sun without getting sunburned. But this isn’t always true, so reapply sunscreen protects it from sun damage by reflecting and absorbing UV rays. People with darker skin have at least every 2 hours, just to be safe. Do this more melanin, but even if you have dark hair, more often if you’ve been swimming or sweating dark eyes, or darker-toned skin, you can still get a lot — even if the sunscreen is waterproof. And remember that you can get sunburned more a sunburn. It will just take a little bit longer. Sunburns look bad and feel worse. They can quickly when you’re swimming or boating and there’s more time to be outside doing all kinds of fun things! But if you’re going to be out in the sun, especially on a hot day, you need to stay safe. Let’s find out how.


because the reflection from the water intensifies the sun’s rays. Be sure to put sunscreen all over your body. This includes some places you might not think of, like the tops of your ears, the back of your neck, the part in your hair, your face, and the tops of your feet. You may need some help reaching the back of your body so ask your parents or friends to give you a hand. If you want to block the sun’s rays, wear clothing that you can’t see your hand through. You may still get burned through more sheer fabrics. Wear a baseball cap or other fun hat to block your face from the sun. Don’t forget that your eyes need protection from ultraviolet rays, too. Always wear sunglasses in the bright sun, and make sure they have a label saying that they block UV rays.

Drink Up!

Drinking water is an important part of staying healthy, especially when it’s hot outside. When you’re sweating, you lose water that your body needs to work properly. And if you’re playing a sport or running around in the sun, you lose even more water, because you sweat that much more. So drink up and don’t wait until you’re thirsty — drinking before you feel thirsty helps keep the water level in your body from dropping too low (dehydration) when it’s hot or you’re sweating a lot with exercise. If you forget and suddenly feel thirsty, start drinking then. There are lots

of cool-looking water bottles around, so get one you really like, fill it up, and drink up!

Got That Hot Feeling?

If you’re out in the hot sun or you’re exercising on a hot day, it’s easy to get heat exhaustion. Kids get heat exhaustion when their bodies can’t cool themselves fast enough. A kid with heat exhaustion might feel overheated, tired, and weak. Heat exhaustion can come on suddenly. A person may just collapse when playing soccer or tennis, for example. It can leave someone feeling really tired for days after it happens. Heat stroke is a more serious heat-related illness and can cause someone to stop sweating; to have red, hot skin; and to have a high temperature. The person might become uncoordinated, confused, or even lose consciousness. It requires emergency medical attention. Be sure to tell an adult if you’re hot and you have a headache or feel dizzy or nauseated (like you’re going to throw up). The grown-up will want to get you out of the sun, give you liquids to drink, and take you to a doctor, if necessary. The good news is that the sun doesn’t have to be your enemy if you wear your sunscreen, drink your water, and take breaks when you start to feel too hot. And don’t forget your sunglasses. Not only do they protect your eyes from the sun, they make you look so cool! •A•

This information was provided by KidsHealth®, one of the largest resources online for medically reviewed health information written for parents, kids, and teens. For more articles like this, visit or © 19952016. The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. 27

From the desk of…

Darsweil L. Rogers How can the Chamber help your organization succeed?

It is a simple question. But for me, it is frank, critical, and also the only question that truly matters. Yet, the Greater Fayetteville Chamber has not asked its members this question for some time. It is high time that the Chamber ask it now. As we proceed over the next weeks, months and years it will be the central question we will ask. The Chamber is about business, and business people want a return on their investment. So do our members. So going forward, we are asking our members how we can help them in their business. We will listen to their answers and then get to work on their behalf. As a membership advocacy organization, our mission is clear. The 2025 Task Force Report explained it in clear common-sense language. “Chamber membership is necessary for organizations from start-up to Multinational Corporation. In order to retain and recruit members, the Chamber must demonstrate its relevancy and value [ROI] to all members of the business community.” The key word is “demonstrate,” i.e., reveal, show, display. As newly appointed President and CEO of our Chamber, I believe the Chamber’s leadership – Board of Directors, President/CEO, and the staff -- must demonstrate our relevancy and value to members. In other words, the buck starts and stops with our leadership. From there, it then continues with our members and how we help them succeed in our business community. While we are listening to and addressing the specific needs of our business community, the Chamber will demonstrate the benefit and value of membership in three key ways: Advocacy: Promoting Business Friendly Public Policy. For instance, in early June, the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber will present to the City Council our recommendations for revisions to the sign ordinances in the City of Fayetteville that will expand and allow tasteful but prominent and visible signage for our business community. If enacted this will be the first meaningful change to the ordinance in over 20 years. Visibility: The Chamber has multiple ways for every business to gain a higher level of visibility. As we move forward together, we will be sure that the business community understands these options. These include attending or hosting networking events, sending an email blast to our membership of their upcoming events, advertising on the Chamber website, sponsorship of upcoming events, posting member-to-member deals, choosing to be a Chamber Ambassador, as well as the reintroduction in the 4th quarter of our business magazine Engage. Educational/Professional Development: Today we provide several classes, not only to members but also to the public, including classes to contractors seeking to do business with state, local and the Federal government and member orientation program. There are additional opportunities we are considering. Ideas currently under consideration include the following topics: effective selling skills, how to network more effectively, social media strategies, how to recruit and retain key employees, marketing, bookkeeping, taxes, senior management development programs, and how to successfully transition a family-controlled business. We will be reaching out to our members to help develop and teach these programs and classes. We will also be looking for creative ways to deliver these programs and classes in a more convenient method, such as on-line, virtual, pre-taped, live, and your iPhone. The Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce has a bright future because of the unlimited potential of our community. When I think about our success, I am reminded of the African Proverb, “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go farther go together.” Sincerely,

Darsweil L. Rogers


Positive Changes with Hope Mills Area Chamber The 2016-2017 year for the Hope Mills Area

Chamber is going to be an exciting one! There are many changes within The Chamber this year: a new Executive Director, new Directors on the Board, and updated office hours that will help expand The Chamber. Tiffany Aldridge is the new Executive Director of the Hope Mills Area Chamber. She was born in Grove Hill, Alabama. She moved around the country as a child to many states to include: South Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia. She moved to the Fayetteville area in 2006 where she finished high school at Fayetteville Christian School. After high school, she attended Fayetteville Technical Community College and received her Associates in Business Administration. Tiffany then went to Campbell University where she started R.E.D., Remember Everyone Deployed Club. She started this student lead organization to support deployed service members and their families and encourage patriotism throughout campus. She received her Bachelors in Business Administration in December 2015. Tiffany is an outdoor enthusiast that loves adventures, being outside tending to her flowers and lawn. During the warm months, you can find her floating down the river or hiking up a mountain. When it starts getting chilly outside, she will be relaxing by a fire reading a book or baking something scrumptious in her kitchen. Tiffany resides in Raeford with her husband Sean and their rescue dog, Jaxon. There are a handful of new faces within the Board of Directors. 2016-2017 Officers of the Board are as followed: Jan Spell- President, Tonia Britt- Vice President, Rena McLaurin- Secretary, and Edie Stanley- Treasurer. 2016-2017 Directors of the Board are: Jessica Seagroves, Joe Sheppard, AnneMarie Ziegler, Jean Clark, Roger Miller, Derek Scott, and Shelly Wray. All of these amazingly talented business professionals send rays of excitement throughout The Chamber.

Historically, The Hope Mills Area Chamber had administration hours of 10am-2pm, Monday through Friday. The Chamber has updated their hours to include an additional 2 hours a day to help serve their members and the community. The Chambers new hours are Monday through Friday 9am – 3pm. Both Ms. Aldridge and the Board of Directors are excited about the direction of The Hope Mills Area Chamber of Commerce this year. They believe that the 2016-2017 year will be a year of growth for The Chamber and are looking forward to serving the community while also expanding their membership base. •A•

>>Connect! >>Become a member! Establish your business in the Hope Mills area Chamber of Commerce today! email us at Office 910-423-4314 Fax 910-423-6796 P.O. Box 451 Hope Mills, NC 28348 Follow us online: Hope Mills Chamber @HMChamber


There’s a buzz around town, and it’s not the bees Written by Kacey Minnick Photography Provided Christian Women’s Conference

Daughters of Christ Ministry, Inc. is hosting its

third annual conference at Freedom Christian Academy this July. The conference hosts a variety of speakers, inviting as many as sixteen local pastors and ministers to share their experiences of their faith. Keynote speakers highlight the event but are not the only service Daughters of Christ Ministry has to offer. Dr. Audrie Sifuentes founded the organization in 2009 after a significant period of discernment. She describes her call to service from early childhood. “As a young girl, early in my Christian walk, I had a deep desire to be a missionary for Jesus Christ,” she states. Her passion eventually led to the mission of Daughters of Christ Ministry as it is today, but it took some time. “Following a season of prayer, I was convinced to move forward with the ministry vision I believe was from the Lord Himself. My husband and I proceeded with confident faith that God would bring to pass what He inspired us to do as our part in His Kingdom work.” Daughters of Christ Ministry, Inc., or DoCM as it is informally called, offers free biblical counseling, teaching and training services. Counseling, Dr. Audrie explains, is usually carried out in the form of individual sessions, but there are also group Bible studies, events and conferences at local churches, and formal training for adult women who want to serve as mentors to other women and girls. The 30

profit, which received its tax-exempt status eight months after its founding, has only one paid employee, with the rest of the support provided by volunteers. Dr. Audrie created it as a means of reaching out to women who faced difficult challenges. “DoCM receives adult women whose lives have been ‘rocked’ by the adversities of life, extends to them the love and accountability of Jesus Christ, walks with them as they heal and grow in Christ, and then releases them to contribute to their family and community as a spiritually healthier and stronger individual.” Besides addressing women on a personal level, Dr. Audrie reaches out to the community by creating group events, such as their annual conference. This year is the third year DoCM is hosting a conference. The first was held in 2014, although seeds were planted far sooner. “It started as a dream in my heart two years prior to the actual fulfillment of the event. One night, the thought occurred to me…it would be highly appropriate to sponsor a celebration event to spotlight the spiritual victories won by Jesus Christ in the lives of the women receiving His help at DoCM.” As a result, the first conference’s theme became “Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness.” This was indeed serendipitous, as financial support was a huge question. Bills

and fees trickled in, but DoCM remained steady in their faith, knowing that God would work in His mysterious ways. “And, provide He did! Every need was met in His perfect timing right down to the last penny.” Dr. Audrie expects that this year’s conference will be even better, now that more women are aware of DoCM and what opportunities it offers for them to grow spiritually and emotionally. The conference this year is focused on “Relationships that Bring Hope and Healing,” which is an important topic for men and women alike. One of the main draws for the conference is the keynote speaker, which varies depending on availability. Dr. Gary Chapman, well-known author of The Five Love Languages series, will be presenting. In addition to working as a relationship counselor, motivational speaker, and pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, he currently hosts two radio shows, A Love Language Minute that’s nationally syndicated and Building Relationships with Dr. Chapman, aired on more than 400 stations. His expertise on relationships – his books have sold millions and he is devoted to his wife of more than 45 years, Karolyn – offer meaningful insight, which Dr. Audrie hopes to inspire the attendees of her conference. He will not be the only speaker, as DoCM has invited more than sixteen local pastors and ministers to share their wisdom. The program extends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the conference, with plenty of time for prayer, asking questions and receiving guidance. For Dr. Audrie, one word to describe the conference would be “encouraging.” “For my fellow Christian: bathe your efforts and actions in prayer to God, the Heavenly Father, to gain His insights in all you do. He sees the biggest picture to all things, so it behooves us to seek His wisdom and truth to have the greatest impact for His kingdom and glory on earth.” •A•

Bible Study The conference will be held at Freedom Christian Academy at 3130 Gillespie Street on July 29th and 30th. Doors open at 8 a.m., while the program starts at 9 a.m. on both days. There are opportunities to browse vendors until 5 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. You may register for the conference one of three ways: 1) EVENTS.aspx 2) mail a check or US Postal Money order to DoCM, P.O. Box 48282, Cumberland, NC 28331 3) drop it off in person via cash or check to any DoCM board member. Call (910) 425-7574 for more questions or to cancel registration. Registrations are nonrefundable.

“One night, the thought occurred to me…it would be highly appropriate to sponsor a celebration event to spotlight the spiritual victories won by Jesus Christ in the lives of the women receiving His help at DoCM.”



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Let me start off with this statement.

If what you thought to be true turned out not to be true when would you want to find out about it? IMMEDIATELY, CORRECT? IT IS TIME TO THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX! There are some proven rules that if followed will optimize a home mortgage, and add a tremendous amount of money to a families net worth. One of those rules is to eliminate or reduce as much as possible any principal payments to the bank against a home mortgage. To eliminate equity all together from being added into the brick and mortar of a house, the Interest Only mortgage is the only mortgage that can accomplish this. To minimize the equity from being added to the house, the second most optimal mortgage is the 30 year fixed. Both of these mortgages have their advantages and disadvantages, but either one is better than a 15 year mortgage or paying cash for a house. The goal is to pay as little as possible on a monthly basis to live in the house and yet have control of the property. The second part of this rule is to place the principal portion of the mortgage payment in an interest bearing account that is earning a competitive rate of return, that is accessible, that is safe from market risk, safe from future taxation, and any creditors. I only know one financial product that can accomplish this task exceptionally well; it is a properly structured Index Universal Life insurance contract. I have done this on my home and am using the money from the principal to finance a retirement plan and to protect my family with a TAX FREE death benefit if something should happen to me. The concept of separating real

Making The Most Of Your Mortgage! estate equity from the real estate itself and putting the equity in a side fund that earns a competitive rate of return, that is liquid, that you control, and it is protected from stock market risk, and future taxation is foreign to most people, especially when the side fund is an insurance product. It is thinking outside of the box, and it requires you to change the way you believe, or the way you were taught to own real estate, and how to create wealth. This strategy is also validated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in a 54 page report. How many people do you know that have paid off their home that is house rich, and cash poor? There are millions of people that are in this situation. This is why one of the most sold financial products on the market today is the Reverse Mortgage. People with their homes paid off are using the reverse mortgage to annuitize their home during their retirement years to capitalize on this asset. There are pros and cons to this strategy but there is not enough time to go over those in this article. The truth is paying interest only on a home mortgage and putting the equity away in a side fund, puts

you in an entirely different league of your own, compared to those that pay principal payments or pay off their real estate. The list of advantages is long, but I will give you a few of the best ones… • The ability to earn a higher rate of return on the saved dollars, than the cost of the mortgage. • The dollars saved in the side fund are liquid, are accessible at all times, even if a job is lost. • The separated equity is protected from creditors, or a law suit. • Maintaining a mortgage maximizes your mortgage interest tax deduction. • The equity is protected from market fluctuation if it isn’t inside the real estate. • By having the equity in a side fund instead of the house, makes it easier to sell the house. • The death benefit of the side fund pays off the mortgage at premature death. The list goes on and on, but you get the picture. Liquidity, Use, and Control are the key advantages to equity separation. •A•

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July’s Bucket List of Fun

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Have fun in the summertime!

A bucket list is a list of things a person wants to do before their expiration date so here are some things to do by the end of July: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31.


Read a book such as a love story romance. Visit a family member or friend that you have not seen in a while. Make their day. Watch a scary movie. Sit on your porch or balcony one night and watch the stars. Have a picnic at the park. Sit in a nice restaurant and enjoy lunch or dinner by yourself. Treat yourself to a nice spa day. Visit a state that you have never visited. Go kayaking or deep sea fishing. Visit a water park and slide down the slide. Have a slumber party with a few friends. Go camping in your backyard. Set up a tent. Make homemade ice cream and eat it all. Have movie night or game night with the family. Learn how to play an instrument. Go horseback riding. Give a stranger $100. (I am a stranger). Enter a contest. Keep someone’s kids for a full day. Help feed the homeless. Bake a cake and dare someone to taste it. Spend an evening playing Bingo. Take an elderly person to a movie or a play. Visit a new church. Gain 5 pounds instead of losing them. Take a course in cooking or self-defense. Plant a garden. Watch a fireworks show. Visit a museum. Clean out your closet and give away clothes you no longer wear. Make a list of goals to work on for the remainder of the year.

The goal is to laugh, have fun and enjoy these days. Tomorrow is not promised so enjoy today. Happy July!


Pack up your pooch and head for the first annual

Dog Day at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden on Saturday, July 30. All the canine amusements benefit the homeless animals at the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society (FAPS)! You don’t want to miss this great pooch party with lots of fun activities for your darling dogs. New scents and experiences will excite on the “Tails on the Trails,” one mile fun walk along the scenic Cape Fear River. FAPS will also be holding a low-cost microchip clinic to make it easier for your dog to make it home, if he’s ever lost. The “Dog of The Garden” contest will sniff out the best and cutest of the canine contestants. Food and beverages will be available for sale and plenty of free water and shade for the pups. Enjoy a day of fun and frolic, all topped off with an evening movie! To register for the river walk or the microchip clinic, please go to (Dog Day is the only day of the year pooches are welcome at The Garden, so please take advantage of this special event!)

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for FAPS’ primary fundraiser, Woofstock! The big party begins at 6pm on Friday, October 7 and will be held again under the big tent and lights along the river. (Hopefully, the weather will cooperate this year!) Although, our 2015 bash was a huge success downtown at The Rock Shop Music Hall when it was “raining cats and dogs!” Sponsorships for Woofstock are available now. Please call the FAPS administration office at 910-8642077 or check out Your sponsorship will help us care for the hundreds of homeless animals that depend on our help. And you can see them at our shelter and adoption center at 3927 Bragg Blvd. Sponsorships start at $500 and provide great promotional benefits! So remember…Don’t Shop. Adopt! The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society is the only no kill shelter in Cumberland and Hoke counties. We’re state-licensed, but private and nonprofit, so we need your support! •A•


Serving Justice and the Community Written by Samara Sheff Photography provided by Cotton Law

Arriving in the office of Cotton Law Firm, there is

warmth that permeates the space. The stress that one might feel when dealing with legal subsides, when entering their office and being greeted and offered a refreshment to cool off from the warm summer days. This warmth was later shown again in the friendly and professional exchange with the founder of Cotton Law Firm, Nichole Cotton and Associate Lawyer, Lewis Lee. The passion the lawyers have for law is also evident from the deeply personal experiences and journeys that led them to a profession in law. Going to the same law schools, the pair met and Lewis knew that Nichole was destined for greatness. Coming from humble origins, Nichole felt compelled to help others by advocating for them in the sphere of law. For Nichole, practicing law is more than a criminal charge, but showing the client that they care. It is meaningful to her to help someone regain their ability to use their driving license. The two lawyers both have a common desire to serve their communities. Lee’s desire to help others stemmed from experiences in his childhood. Growing up, he witnessed his father deal with the troubling, debilitating disease polio. He also saw the immobility it gave his father and the activities that many take for granted, simple things he could no longer do. He experienced the impact of social security on families firsthand, when his family received it after his father was diagnosed with polio. He was able to see the 36

social security benefits positively impact his family. He also gained a great amount of experience working for the Social Security Administration for 11 years. This experience helped him in his current career, because he knew the inner workings of the institution. Along with that, his family also played an important role in deepening his curiosity for laws and what people’s rights were. He had a lot of family members who were in law enforcement, providing him information about the criminal justice system. Both lawyers, had a desire to help others, but each career led them on unique paths. From an early age, Cotton knew that she was destined to be a lawyer. However, originally, her ambition did not lead to a career in law. She revealed that instead “it was a dream deferred for me. I took a detour.” She received her Master’s degree in Business and worked in the Atlanta metro area, in the healthcare and automobile industry, but still yearned to work in law. Her spirituality has helped her make many decisions, especially regarding her career. She felt practicing law was hre true calling. She purchased a home in the Atlanta area, but later sold all of her possessions and moved into a small apartment in Fayetteville. She then started her firm in 2009, specializing in criminal defense and traffic violations. Nichole enjoys being able to provide legal services at an affordable price. When asked

“We have a big military population and they fought for us, and we want to fight for them.” what Lee and Nichole both like about serving the community of Fayetteville, Lee answered first. “For me, I enjoy the mix that the military brings to the city. It’s kind of like a melting pot, I would characterize this city as heavily impacted by the community.” As a military veteran of the Air Force himself, Lee also enjoys serving veterans. Nichole enjoys in a similar dimension as well. “A lot of the clients that we deal with, I feel like it is very inspiring, when people see hope within us,” she said. With the addition of Lee, the firm has expanded their specialties to handle cases dealing with issues of social security and disability. It is also imperative to note that the pair continue to learn about the law, and educate themselves. Nichole added that “we are not afraid…we are skilled, trained trial attorneys”. The firm goes beyond conducting practicing law and maintaining a business. They also sponsor local community events in Fayetteville. The founder believes that it is imperative to help serve the needs of the community. Another important element of the firm is to bring unity, done by working with clients of diverse backgrounds. According to Lee and Cotton, it helps build bonds. Through interactions with people of all backgrounds, it creates deep bonds by establishing trust between citizens and

Lewis Lee businesses. Nichole emphasized this. “We have a big military population and they fought for us and we want to fight for them.” The firm aims to be a storefront local office, using experience and education to impact our community and improving the area for the citizens of Fayetteville, military and civilian. To Nichole, the firm is continuing to serve and “Giving people an option and an option for people who care and have a heart.” •A•

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Hidden Nuggets

Entrepreneur Spotlight Written by Anissa Short

So what does one do when they find themselves

“sick and tired” of being “sick and tired? What do they do when the rat race of a nine to five no longer is appealing? What does one do with the voice from within that keeps saying, “There has to be more to life than this?” Those who have embraced entrepreneurship know all too well the voices and the feeling of being what I call “happily dissatisfied”, a position where you are thankful for what you have but not content. It’s a state of being certain that you were meant to go in another direction and you won’t be fulfilled until you at least embark


upon it. As we spotlight this month’s home-based entrepreneur, it is with certainty that I say she is an unstoppable force and one committed to her craft. After numerous years of the status quo, she made a change that she loves. Meet D’Shawn, the owner of Southern Elegance Candle Company (, in her own words…… So, who is D’Shawn? ~ I am the face of a new generation of business owners who want more control over their life, career and income. I am the risk taker who quit a job after 20 plus

years to pursue a hope and dream. I am an entrepreneur. Why did you choose this venture as your specific home based business? ~ This really started as a hobby with soaps, lotions, sugar scrubs AND candles! After deciding to focus on one thing, the flexibility of creating new scents and the immediate gratification I gained with candles led to the birth of Southern Elegance Candle Company. What did you do to prepare yourself for this specific business? ~ I had absolutely no experience with anything crafty or business related. My mom always said if you can read, you can do anything. That said, I was on the internet reading and watching everything I could about running a small business. I also attended classes at the Small Business Center. What do you love most about being a “home based” entrepreneur? ~ I LOVE the

flexibility with my schedule during the week. I can give myself a day off at any time without having to ask a boss. After all, I am the boss! Did you face challenges prior to starting your business or since starting? If so, what were they and how did you overcome the challenge? ~ My biggest challenges: (1) Finding somewhere to sale my items. I started selling at the downtown Fayetteville Farmers Market which I continue to do when my schedule allows. Which brings me to (2) Giving up Saturdays to run this business to better learn what customers actually like. I have given up almost every Saturday for 2 years which means I have missed plenty of hang out sessions with my friends. What general advice would you offer to anyone interested in pursuing entrepreneurship? ~ Do it! If you are dedicated and put in the work, you will succeed! •A•

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It’s Fun To Stay In The YMCA

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man, are you listening to me? I said, young man, what do you want to be? I said, young man, you can make real your dreams, but you got to know this one thing…It’s fun to stay in the YMCA!!” As if their ideals, outreach, and quest for total wellness wasn’t enough, The Village People made the mission of the organization famous with their 1978 hit, “YMCA”. The Cumberland Branch of The Young Men’s Christian Association, or “The Y”, as it is commonly referred to, is no different in terms of its outreach efforts. Amanda Collins serves as the Business Services Director of the YMCA of the Sandhills, and she has seen firsthand, through her direct involvement with the prominent program that the YMCA has the ability to change lives through their enrichment programs. “There are three specific initiatives including childcare, drowning prevention, and outreach for veterans. There are childcare initiatives for ages 10-14 because research states that this age group is more likely to get in trouble,” says Amanda. “The YMCA is proud to have partnered with three post-secondary institutions, Fayetteville 40

State University (FSU), Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC), and Miller-Motte Colleges, to provide childcare for college students who are single parents. Not only is it childcare, but it also includes healthy eating and field trips.” Summer activities for the students abound at the three Cumberland County branches, the Fayetteville, Hope Mills, and North Branches, and all parents should look into the drowning prevention initiative. Amanda added, “There are two pools, one indoor and one outdoor, and we offer reduced rate swimming lessons and subsidized fees.” The third initiative of the YMCA, which is a movement that began in London in 1844, is a focus on veterans with the Warrior Wellness Program. “Wendy teaches classes two times a week. These classes focus on fitness, wellness, and strength conditioning. We try to connect the veteran members to available community resources.” Per the local website, “The YMCA of the Sandhills is an inclusive charitable Association, founded on Christian principles and dedicated to

building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities through programs that develop a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The Sandhills YMCA has been serving our community since 1922.” “Today, the Y engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate—from influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide to an adult learning to read. By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and wellbeing, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure,” according to the national website. The YMCA of the Sandhills partnered with Fayetteville Urban Ministries and created the Find-A-Friend Program. Amanda recalls, “A young lady came to us, and she was overweight and pre-diabetic. While here, she discovered

a passion for swimming. She lost 37 pounds and is no longer pre-diabetic. Even though she has moved to Charlotte, she is still practicing a healthy lifestyle.” It is important to remember that money shouldn’t be a factor as to whether or not your child learns water safety. “Our goal is to ensure that all kids we service learn to swim and learn water safety. There are also scholarships available to help defray the cost of lessons.” Sustainability is the key to any organization, and donations are appreciated for the vital outreach that is afforded to thousands through the YMCA. “It is important to note that the bulk of our donations are not from corporate sponsors. Many of our donations come from people like you and I,” said Amanda Collins.•A•

To become involved with the YMCA of the Sandhills, information can be found at or by visiting 2717 Fort Bragg Road; Fayetteville, NC 28303; or call (910)426-9622


Social Security

Written by Brenda Brown


Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Social Security Embraces Diversity

Ramadan, which begins on June 6 this year, is the ninth

month of the Islamic calendar and observed by Muslims as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran. This is only one of many different religious celebrations that will take place in America, as we are one of the most diverse countries on the Earth. This is what makes us special and this is what makes us strong. Social Security embraces diversity. We provide benefits for all Americans, regardless of race, religion, or sexual preference. You can see that by reading our blog, Social Security Matters, covers issues concerning many different religious and ethnic communities. We tag our articles and guest posts by topic at We also strive to provide everyone with superior service, something that people of all backgrounds can appreciate. Social Security rolled out a new service that allows some of our customers to request a replacement Social Security card online using a secure my Social Security account from the comfort of home. You can create or log into your personal my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity. gov/myaccount. When you open a my Social Security account, we protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity.

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In certain cases, security experts at Social Security will contact you to ensure it is a legitimate application. We only issue a replacement card if there is no suspicion of fraud and only mail it to a verified address. To take advantage of this new service option, you must: • Have or create a my Social Security account; • Have a valid driver’s license in a participating state or the District of Columbia. (or a state-issued identification card in some states); • Be age 18 or older and a United States citizen with a domestic U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses); and • Not be requesting a name change or any other changes to your card. We plan to add more states, so we encourage you to check with us later in the year! Before you request a replacement card online, you may want to consider whether you need to get a replacement card at all. Most times, knowing your number is what is important. You will rarely need the card itself, perhaps only when you get a new job and have to show it to your employer. If you decide that, you do need a replacement card, log into your personal my Social Security account and select “Request a Replacement Card.” Next, answer the screening questions to confirm eligibility, complete personal identification data and you are done. Making Social Security accessible for everyone is part of the inclusion of what we strive. For more information about our online services that help millions of people each year, please visit•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.

Stiletto Thoughts

Written by Lisa Thomas

Sorry. The word invades our

everyday conversation. We say it without thinking. “Sorry, but can you repeat that?” “Oops, I’m sorry, forgot my bag.” “I’m sorry to interrupt, but can I steal John for a moment?” Why do we apologize all the time? And by “we,” I mean women. Studies show women apologize far more often than men. Most chalk this up to our need to not offend others, a strong desire not to be considered rude. Why are we so worried about rudeness? Consider the recent YouTube video by Pantene entitled: “A Man’s a Boss, a Woman is Bossy” ( The world sees us differently, no matter how many sorrys we stick into conversation in an effort to soften ourselves. Adding “sorry” to our

The Deeper Truth about “Sorry” direct questions — queries that need no apology — only makes us look weak. We can blame men for making us feel like we need to apologize, but as with many things in equality arena, real change starts with us. A New York Times opinion piece recently posited our constant apologies as something else: our own way of being assertive. “To me, [sorrys] sound like tiny acts of revolt, expressions of frustration or anger at having to ask for what should be automatic,” the writer says. In some cases, yes, my “sorry” might secretly be a smoke screen of the truth or a more direct response like: “You’re a jerk. Turn the music down.” But it also seems to me that “sorry” has replaced “excuse me” and “please.” Has our “sorry” simply become a habit?

I challenge you to write down every time you say, “sorry” throughout the day and why. Are yours a habit? A passive-aggressive way of smoothing a request for something you deserve? Or, as the Times author suggests, the substitute for a string of swear words? Regardless, it’s time to find a new way to communicate, one that has us unabashedly standing on the same level as men — without first apologizing. Connect with me and let me know your opinions and thoughts on this subject! 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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Publisher’s Note If it’s meant for you, you won’t have to beg for it. You will never have to sacrifice your dignity for your destiny.

Have you ever stop to think that one kind word

can change someone’s entire day? Wow! That is a powerful thought. We may not know what others are going through and to take the time to smile and say “hello” is such a small investment in others. Many people go about their day and may be suffering with the heartbreak of a broken relationship, the diagnosis of a life changing disease or disorder for themselves or a loved one. Yet there they are at their job or standing in line at the store, maybe absorbed in their pain, yet a smile and a hello could make their entire day a little brighter. Why don’t we all look up from our mobile devices and say “hello” to someone and smile at them. What if we made a pact to do it one time a month? Then do it two times a month and then once a week??!! We might realize the satisfaction we get is as good as what we give and do it on a daily basis! Imagine doing something like smiling and saying “hello” to someone could bring more positive energy back into your life. So this is one of those win-win situations. And if you put a spark of light, hope, and goodness into someone’s life they may just pass it on to someone that may pass it on! Why not join me in July to share a smile and a hello with at least one person once a week and make it a habit!! No one knows what my Publisher’s Note is going to be ahead of time. I don’t discuss what I’m going to write about with anyone. But I guess when you start putting out good Karma it comes back to you. I had started trying to speak with people in line or someone new at an event I didn’t know. I’ve ended up having great conversations and no matter how bad a mood I’m in I’m in a much better mood after the conversation with someone new. Well, one Sunday afternoon I got a text message from someone that I see at events and work with from time to time. But she had sent me a text to tell me she thought I was awesome! WOW!!! I had been having a horrible week due to major car problems and this unexpected text made my entire day. It was totally unexpected but very much appreciated and put a big smile on my face! Needless to say, it was inspirational to me and it reminded me that the way I act on a daily basis does make a difference and is appreciated. Another great thing that happened in June was that ARRAY won the 2016 Sustainable Sandhills


Walk The Walk Green Awareness Award. At ARRAY everyone works hard not to leave a huge carbon footprint and I think we are all inspired even more to work harder at being “greener” in the coming year! Alysa Buchanan keeps making small but amazing changes to our website, so be sure to check it out, She now has it so we can offer affordable advertising for our website and she is working on driving even more traffic to it. The results have been great since we now have our e-magazine on there. We would love to talk with you about a spot on our website which would link back to your site. We have something special planned for the upcoming months, so keep watching. ARRAY is also offering reasonably priced videos for your business. We have a great videographer and we want to share his expertise with as many businesses as possible. That is just one of the many things we have to help grow local businesses. ARRAY is working hard on ARRAY of Weddings fall publication date and our Wedding Festival October 2 at Gates Four Golf and Country Club. By the time our July issue is published we will have our Eventbrite site up to sell tickets and we already have vendors and sponsors for the event. It is going to be amazing! We will have up to $5,000 in door prizes to give away! And if you want your name in the drawings twice just bring 2 non-perishable items with you that day to donate to Fayetteville Urban Ministries when you check in. Of course we have lots of community activities we are involved in between now and October. And we have our 3-year anniversary in August!! Lots of exciting things happening so let’s talk sometime soon. As one of my writers says, “Do you know where YOUR story is?” Have a safe and happy July 4th and be safe all month, but remember to shop local and thank our advertisers. They all have amazing stories.

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