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July 2017

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Monthly Columns


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5 Hidden Nuggets


8 Healthy Living

Artistic Communique

9 Dollar & Sense 13 Array of Pets

‘Dirty Dancing’ Festival

10 Pet Talk

15 More Than Skin Deep

14 Bizz Buzz

18 Sweet Dreams

Misconceptions on Adoption


Passion for History

28 Sip & Savor


Back on the Farm

34 Everyday Hero Pressed

Artistic Communique

20 Calendar 23 Hair Now

16 The Happy Mind 26 Stiletto Thoughts Matrix

Finding the Pieces to Your Puzzle

19 Dr. Perry Visions of the Future

24 Downtown Art Natural Embrace

30 Social Security Smarts

31 Small Biz Doctor 32 Ask Tina 33 Dear Shanessa 36 Today a Reader

Tomorrow a Leader

37 Amy on The Town 38 Let’s Eat 39 Array for Kids 40 Publisher’s Note

28 Sip & Savor ArrayNC.com


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Hidden Nuggets

Networking For Success Four years ago, the city of Fayetteville, N.C. became my place of residency. For many, moving to a new place is intimidating. The thought of having to rebuild one’s life in a new area requires a lot of energy, along with an element of risk and, for some, even fear. This can be especially true for someone who is a home-based entrepreneur. After all, your new area is not like your previous. Its personality may differ, the pulse of the city/town may be faster or slower, the people may be more conservative or liberal, the ways of the communities may be more private or secluded, etc. Regardless of where a person may live or build a business, one thing is certain: Building relationships begins with you. In the business world, this practice is called “networking.” Entrepreneurship, at its very core, is the art of converting relationships into profits through service. Before the success of entrepreneurship is realized, however, the business owner must first be willing to network. Network (verb): Interacting with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career.

Written by Anissa Short

initial contact may be, following up is significant. The follow-up is the first step in developing a contact. It is during this process that you determine if the initial “win” you imagined is viable, and if collaborating now or in the future is possible. To develop is to do what’s necessary to establish a relationship built upon trust. Within the last four years, I have attended many networking groups’ meetings and volunteered in my local community. This alone has afforded me an opportunity to interact with a lot of great people. Regularly attending weekly and monthly events allowed opportunities to connect with people both personally and professionally. It was from this consistency to interact that the decision to collaborate was manifested. It wasn’t long before the law of reciprocity began to bring to me the reward of not only great relationships, but also great clients and business growth. Four years ago, I moved to Fayetteville knowing only my husband. By contrast, just a week or so ago, I was asked how so many people know me. My response is just what I have shared with you today, and because of it, Fayetteville is not just somewhere I live, but it is now my home and the headquarters to my business success. For all of this, I am extremely grateful. •A•

• Interacting with other people – Interacting is not simply meeting people, giving out a business card, or showing up for an event. Interacting requires communication. It is the foundation from which “win-win” relationships are Gather and Flourish established. • Exchanging information – The operative word is “exchange.” In the art of networking, I’ve always found at Spout Springs it best to ask for the other person’s information before offering up your own. This Saturdays 5pm-8pm is done most effectively by asking questions and listening while in conversation. Doing so 346 H M Cagle Dr Cameron, communicates the importance of the other person to you. • Developing Contacts – No Local Produce Community Shopping Music matter how lengthy or brief the

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“Dirty Dancing” Festival July 2017 Written by Robin Minnick Photos courtesy of the McConnell Group

Watermelons. Beach music. The shag. A bevy of

beauties lifted over the water, up in the air, backs arched, heads lifted, arms flung back like wings. It’s a celebration of the movie, “Dirty Dancing” – held annually for the last eight years at Morse Park Meadows by Lake Lurie in western North Carolina. This year’s “Dirty Dancing” Festival will be held August 18 and 19, 2017, with proceeds going to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN), and the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge. The 1987 Lionsgate film starred Jennifer Gray (as Baby) and Patrick Swayze (as Johnny) in a romantic musical story about the summer of ‘63, and the coming of age for a pre-college teen at a Catskill resort. The music was classic ‘60s and the dance moves authentic and skillfully choreographed. The


The Lift!


Screening of 1987 Dirty Dancing at the 2015 Festival storyline too was authentic, and that may be the reason for the movie’s timeless appeal. Since the Festival’s beginning, it has drawn visitors that are eager to learn the dances, revel in the music, and generally recreate the atmosphere of the film. It is hoped that this year’s event – marking the film’s thirtieth anniversary (as well as what would have been Patrick Swayze’s 65th birthday) – will draw even larger crowds and participation than ever before. Lara Thompson of the McConnell Group – one of the sponsors of the event – says they plan on watermelon games, dance lessons, a shag contest, a lot of live music, and the Lake Lift competition. This competition is based on the iconic scene where Johnny teaches Baby the lift that they are


to do in their hotel performance. It takes place in the lake; as will the competition. The winner will be determined by which team maintains the pose the longest. They plan to have a Storytelling booth, and the Asheville ballet will be performing to music from the movie. They also hope to have the publisher of Patrick Swayze’s book at the event. There will be arts and crafts, and food and drink vendors will make their wares available. The festival was founded in 2010, but in 2013, it became an official event of PANCAN. Now, a team of eager volunteers run it to raise awareness and resources for the charity. Their website information states, “The festival has grown in numbers and fame ever since, and aims to not only be a large-scale fundraising event in the future, but also a weekend celebration of dancing, music, and our all-time favorite movie!” Lara adds that last year’s festival did quite well in raising funds to support the cause. According to Lara, the extraordinary appeal of this movie makes festival fans lovers of all things “Dirty Dancing.” Things like the People magazine’s commemorative issue of the film, and a “Dirty Dancing” makeup palette that’s come out – in partnership with Lionsgate Films. The Festival organization even opened friendly doors to the recent remake of the film, with a remake viewing party on May 24; asking people for their comments on Facebook. Whether you prefer the original, and/or are satisfied with the remake, if you are a fan of “Dirty Dancing,” this year’s event promises to be a fun trip back to the music and dance of summertime romance – and to provide support to pancreatic cancer research as well.•A•

“Dirty Dancing” Festival Morse Park Meadows 2932 Memorial Highway Lake Lure, NC 28746 Pre-sale admission tickets are available until midnight, Thursday, August 17, 2017 Rates: $20/Adult $5/Child – 12yrs and under (Ages 3 and under are FREE) See their website www.dirtydancingfestival. com for more information about times, parking, food, events, and what to bring.

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31 Fun July Activities

Have fun in the summertime! Here are 31 things to do for fun by the end of July:

1. Read a book, such as a love story romance. 2. Visit a family member or friend that you have not seen in a while; make their day. 3. Watch a scary movie. 4. Sit on your porch (or balcony) one night and watch the stars. 5. Have a picnic at the park. 6. Sit in a nice restaurant and enjoy lunch (or dinner) by yourself. 7. Treat yourself to a nice spa day. 8. Visit a state that you have never visited before. 9. Go kayaking or deep sea fishing. 10. Visit a water park and slide down the slide. 11. Have a slumber party with a few friends. 12. Go camping in your backyard and set up a tent. 13. Make homemade ice cream (and eat it all). 14. Have movie night or game night with the family.

15. Learn how to play an instrument. 16. Go horseback riding. 17. Give a stranger $100. 18. Enter a contest. 19. Take care of someone’s kids for a full day. 20. Help feed the homeless. 21. Bake a cake and dare someone to taste it. 22. Spend an evening playing Bingo. 23. Take an elderly person to a movie or a play. 24. Visit a new church. 25. Gain five pounds (instead of losing them). 26. Take a course in cooking or self-defense. 27. Plant a garden. 28. Watch a fireworks show. 29. Visit a museum. 30. Clean out your closet, and give away the clothes you no longer wear. 31. 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!




Dollar &

Contributed by Alan Porter, Strategic Wealth Strategies

Important Ages in Retirement Planning


am not certain if people are aware of this, but at certain ages, there are very important events that, if not followed properly, could possibly cost you thousands of dollars in retirement income! Let’s take a look at some of these high points. Age 50: This is very important because if followed properly, you can add thousands of dollars to your retirement fund. Catch-up contributions for most retirement plans and IRAs can be made beginning in the year you turn 50. The only plan that does not allow catch-up contributions is the Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA. The following are the catch-up limit amounts: IRA/Roth IRA – $1,000 SIMPLE IRA – $3,000 Employer plans (401(k), 403(b), governmental 457(b), etc.) – $6,000 There is an exception to the 10% early distribution penalty for certain public safety workers who separate from service in the year they turn 50. As of January 1, 2016, the age 50 exception will apply to both defined contribution, as well as defined benefit plans for public safety employees; it does not apply to IRAs. This group now includes state and local police, firefighters, emergency medical service workers, federal public safety workers; including law enforcement officers, certain customs officials, border protection officers, air traffic controllers, nuclear materials couriers, U.S. Capitol Police, Supreme Court Police, and diplomatic security special agents of the Department of State. Age 55: People that retire after the age of 55 could receive a break, but be careful if funds are transferred. There is an exception to the 10% early distribution penalty for all employees who separate from service in the year they turn the age of 55 or later. The exception applies ONLY to employer plan funds. If those funds are moved to an IRA, the exception is lost. It also does not apply when a plan participant separates from service at an earlier age, and waits until the age of 55 to take a distribution from the plan. Age 59 ½: There aren’t any more early distribution penalties for anyone, for any reason. This one is based on the actual date you turn 59 ½-years-old. Age 59 ½-Age 70 ½: There aren’t rules, nor penalties. You can take distributions at any time you want, in any amount you want. This is the sweet spot for financial and tax planning. Social Security Eligibility Ages You should know when you qualify for early Social Security/full Social Security benefits. Once you reach the age of 70, there is no further benefit to delay you from claiming your Social Security benefits. Age 70 ½: There aren’t any more IRA contributions that can be made, beginning with the year you turn the age of 70 ½. Many people are not aware of this, but required

minimum distributions (RMDs) must begin for the year you turn 70 ½. The first year’s distribution can be delayed until April 1 of the following year, which is your required beginning date (RBD), but you will also have to take the second year’s distribution in the same year. If you are still working, you may be able to delay RMDs from your company plan until the year you retire – this rule does not apply to IRAs. If not taken, there is a 50% Penalty! Age 75: 403(b) plan balances accumulated prior to 1987 do NOT have to start RMDs until the age of 75. Age 85: Qualifying longevity annuity contracts (QLACs) do not have to be included in your RMD balance until the age of 85. 1936: You, or the plan participant if you are a beneficiary, must have been born BEFORE 1936 in order to qualify for 10-year averaging on a lump-sum distribution from the employer plan. If you have any questions about these ages, or questions about a TAX-FREE retirement, please feel free to give me a call. Remember: It is not how much money you have in retirement, but how much you have left after TAXES!

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Four Misconceptions About Pet Adoption

Written by Jackie Stickley, FAPS Executive Director

With pet overpopulation being such

a problem in this county (almost 4,000 cats and dogs were euthanized in 2016), and with the solutions being rather straight-forward, you’d think people would be flocking to their nearest animal shelter to adopt dogs and cats when they decide it’s time to add a four-legged family member to their home. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding shelter pets that often drive people from the thought of adoption. 1. I don’t know what I’m getting when I adopt a pet from a shelter. You may actually end up with more information about an adoptable pet than one from a breeder or a store. Some pets are surrendered (most of the time at no fault of their own),



and the former owner (a lot of times) leave information about the health and behaviors of the pet. Because shelter staff spend so much time at the shelter taking care of the animals, they can often tell you, in detail, about the pet’s personality and habits! 2. Rescued pets cost too much. Why pay an adoption fee when I can get a free pet? Getting a “free” pet may seem like a bargain at first, but then you’re responsible for veterinary costs that most shelters and rescue groups usually cover. Cumberland County Animal Control’s adoption fees range from $68-$83 for cats, and $86-$113 for dogs, and includes a rabies vaccination, privilege license, microchip, and the spay/neuter surgery.

The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society’s (FAPS) adoption fees are $90 for cats and includes spay/ neuter surgery, full vaccinations (rabies and FVRCP), a FeLV/FIV test, up to date on flea/tick preventative, microchipping, and a veterinary exam. The dog adoption fee is $160 and includes spay/neuter surgery, full vaccinations (rabies, DA2PP and Bordatella), deworming, a heartworm test (and treatment if the test is positive), up-to-date on both heartworm and flea/tick preventative, microchipping, and a veterinary exam. 3. I can’t find the breed I want at a shelter. According to statistics compiled by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), over 25% of dogs who enter shelters are purebred. If you’re looking for a specific breed, don’t be afraid to ask! There are breed-specific rescues for just about every breed, and even though a rescue may be far away, many rescues have volunteers willing to transport the pet for the right family. Don’t settle for a pet from a backyard breeder or puppy mill. Backyard breeders and puppy mills exploit their dogs for profit, and they will continue to do so as long as the public keeps buying their animals. Reputable breeders invest a lot of time and money into the process, do not have multiple litters a year, are extremely knowledgeable in both the temperament and characteristics of the breed, will not allow puppies to go home until at least 8 weeks (sometimes longer), the parents are often pets, can provide multiple references (including a veterinarian), will ask questions to ensure their animals are placed in a loving home, and will follow up throughout the pet’s life. 4. Pets are in shelters because they aren’t good pets. Animals are brought to shelters most of the time at no fault of their own. In a recent study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), they found the top reasons

for relinquishment (see graphic). Stop by Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, or the Cumberland County Animal Control, to meet your new best friend! •A•


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Name: Tippy Age: 1 Year old Sex: Female Breed: Shepherd mix Tippy is in search of a family! She has been around kids, cats, and other dogs! She has great manners and would do great in a home with younger or older children. She is a young girl who loves to run around in the yard and play fetch. She is smart and eager to learn new tricks! Tippy deserves a home who is going to show her the love and attention that she deserves.

Name: Cruise Age: 5 Year old Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Long Hair Black & White Tuxedo They call me Tom…Tom Cruise. I am a single handsome man looking for my perfect match. I enjoy cat nip, naps, and being held. I am perfectly fine with sharing my love with other cats, or even a dog. Kids, adults, doesn’t matter as long as you’ll pet me. I particularly like the company of my friend George. He’s the chubby orange guy who lives in the cat room with me. We would love to go to the same home, but we understand that can be hard to do. Come meet me and maybe I can convince you to take both of us home!

Name: George Age: 1 Year old Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Short Hair Orange & White Tabby George is a favorite at FAPS. He is extremely outgoing, and loves attention! George enjoys the company of other cats and he does great around dogs as well. George likes kids who will toss a ball for him, and once he’s tired out from playing he will find a nice spot to lay down and take a cat nap! George is truly an easy going fella just looking for a home to call his own.

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Hobbyist Displays Passion for History:

Builds Museum Written by Allie Bayat

Who would expect a historical hidden gem to be tucked away in a Fayetteville, N.C. neighborhood? “There are five areas in my museum which I claim no other museum has: one is all the flying wings, another is all 80 kills of the Red Baron, one is the copy of the MiG15,” explains Michael Ariano, a local Fayetteville resident, and owner of the Airman’s Aviation Garage Museum. He has turned his passion for military history into a private museum of aviation and maritime models that spans decades, numerous wars, and countless nations. He created the museum to display an aviation model collection that he had been building since 1989. Michael, a native of Rockland County, New York, currently works in the U.S. Army Forces Command under Operations, and has lived in Fayetteville since 2009. He served 13 years in the military, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science, with minors in mathematics and meteorology, as well as a Master of Arts in Military History. He began his collection at an early age, building his first model, the P-51B Mustang, at 9-years-old. The model is a replica of the 1940 American single-seat fighter-bomber used during World War II. It retained its popularity and usefulness until the 1980s. The museum claims to house historical models that are not displayed anywhere else. According to Michael, it includes a list of all 80 air combat victories of Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, a member of the Imperial German Army Air Service (also known as the “Red Baron” during World War I). The “Red Baron” was widely celebrated for his unique air combat style, and he developed an infamous reputation that any history enthusiast would easily recognize. Michael says the museum includes all flying wings or tailless aircraft, like the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (aka the Stealth Bomber that was developed in 1989), and the Horten flying wing. He explains that, “The flying wings were important because they have less drag, and thus can fly farther.” The collection is now on display in his carefullycrafted garage museum. He hopes to use the museum as a teaching tool for anyone who would like to visit. Every model is in pristine condition, down to the last detail, including anecdotes, stories, and pop cultural references. When asked, Michael proudly holds out his favorite



plane. He explains that the Boeing B-17 was flown by Colin Kelly. The historical significance was not lost. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a heavy bomber developed in 1938 for the United States Army Air Corps. It was used by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in the bombing campaign of World War II against German targets. Colin Kelly was one of those World War II Flying Fortress pilots. He flew bombing runs against the Japanese Navy in the first days after the Pearl Harbor attack. The museum is expansive, detailed, and a definite hidden gem, sure to interest any prospective history enthusiast. It maintains a unique and simplistic charm, with a focus on the models; each displayed in its own section with carefully printed labels and summaries of their history, purpose, notoriety, and historical context. A few include additional information and stories that give this museum a personal feel. A curator, creator, and knowledgeable and keen educator, Michael provides a wealth of historical context, enthusiasm, and willingness to educate. Pick a model – but don’t touch – and ask any question. Michael can easily provide its historical background, use, and design perimeters (you may also get a math lesson). There is a unique history behind each model. His expertise and knowledge provide a foundation for exploring military history in a uniquely informative way, while providing a rare visual teaching tool. His enthusiasm and willingness to open his museum to the public both provide an exceptional appeal for any expert or novice. Michael can also be seen at the Fourth Friday event in downtown Fayetteville; displaying his treasures and sharing his historical knowledge. Michael frequently travels to shows to learn, share, and explore his passion. For more information, as well as the specifics on these models and more, contact Michael on his website below (or call) for a tour. He will gladly provide any historical, contextual information, and a peek at his collection. Contact information: http://www.airmansaviationgaragemuseum.com/ (910) 849-1021

More Than Skin Deep

Stretching: Why It’s So Important

Written by Lydia Quick

How many times have you heard that you need to stretch more after receiving a massage? A massage can be effective in providing relief, as well as helping to increase flexibility and range of motion. A good massage therapist will support you in taking the reins of your own wellbeing. Massages can facilitate restoration, but your therapy should not stop there. Everyone needs to mobilize and stretch to achieve and maintain symmetry and fluidity. If a joint lacks range of motion, a person may experience difficulties in performing daily activities, or increased risk for musculoskeletal dysfunction. Stretching regularly can help maintain normal range of motion, enhance performance, and reduce the risk of injury. What if you are not very active? Stretch anyway! You don’t need any equipment, and you can do it anywhere. Stretching is one of the best ways to undo the damage caused by inactivity. Stretching can have similar benefits to massages. It gets the blood flowing to muscles that have contracted because of stress or immobility. Recurring knots are often caused by a muscle that tends to spasm and shut down; this can be minimized through stretching. Tension can go on to have a negative impact on just about every part of your body; contributing to poor posture. Stretching chronically tense and tight muscles can help correct posture by lengthening tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their intended position. Stretching is either active or passive. Active stretching requires the engagement of muscles to stretch. Meanwhile, passive stretching means you’re using some sort of outside assistance to help you achieve a stretch. This assistance could be your body weight, a strap, leverage, gravity, another person, or a stretching device. With passive stretching, you relax the muscle you’re trying to stretch, and rely on the external force to hold you in place.

This month’s couple’s class will feature partner stretching. Partner stretching provides a wonderful opportunity to help you achieve a greater degree of flexibility and range of motion than you can achieve on your own – while also playing a role in building trust and good communication. Even if you are not very active, your partner can provide motivation and help you vary your routine. If you want to enjoy a fun way to bond with your significant other, and support each other’s mobility and •A• stretching class wellness, join us July 22 for our couple’s Lydia is a Licensed Massage Therapist at Healing Hands Body Therapy. She has been massaging for over 12 years and specializes in all sports modalities. She will be the guest teacher for July’s couple’s stretching class. For more information call 910-818-2513.



The Happy Mind Matrix Written & photos by Erika Reichenberg

“At the end of the day, everything starts in your

mind, because if you don’t change your mind, nothing’s going to change,” says personal growth strategist and empowerment speaker Billie Crutcher, who began working with adults who wished to help themselves. Many people have numerous obstacles to work through but don’t know where to start¬ – which can lead to feeling overwhelmed. That’s where Coach Billie comes in, along with her partners, Natasha Connell, Wayne Smalls, LaTricia Smith, and Jacqueline Howard. They are all like pieces to a puzzle, and once connected, can make all the aspects of a healthy and happy life come together. Natasha is a Certified Fitness Trainer, as well as a specialist in Nutrition and Exercise Therapy at Transcend Normal Fitness, LLC. Her goal is to motivate people to achieve a healthy and vital lifestyle; one could say she is the “fitness” piece of their puzzle. Wayne’s puzzle piece pertains to leadership training, coaching, and motivational speaking. He is the President of L. Wayne Smalls & Associates, LLC, as well as a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. LaTricia is the creative and relationship-cultivating piece of the puzzle. She is a wedding officiant for the company, A Stronger Bond, which helps those in need of relationship coaching, education, and enrichment. Jacqueline is the spiritual part of the puzzle. She is a certified Christian Life Coach, as well as a



retired educator of 33 years. “When you’re talking to someone and walking them through an issue, and they finally see that you believe in them…” says Jacqueline as shakes her head at the thought of many people not believing in themselves. “If you can just be there with them until they get that, they’ll start believing in themselves, and that’s when the transformation happens.” After working with families, and teaching in early childhood education for more than 13 years, Billie realized from working with students that most of the time, the parents were the ones who needed the help and guidance; not just with their children and parenting. “It really came down to their personal issues and, sometimes, professional struggles,” says Billie. Because Billie wanted to help people through their struggles, she went back to school to secure her degree in psychology, but she soon realized that she wanted to work with people who were ready to help themselves to go further in life. “I really wanted to work with people who were motivated to accept abundance in their life, and secure their wealth for the future,” says Billie. “For me, it always comes down to – if the adults are well, then the children and the elders are well— because we are the ones who take care of them. We have to be healthy – forward thinking and forward moving; not only in our finances, but our hobbies as well.” “No matter where people are, I’m able to reach them in that way, and help inspire and empower

them, because for me, it’s always about people having the tools so they can do it for themselves,” Billie says as her partners nod in agreement. “For me it’s not a one-time thing. Whatever people get when they come to the Happy Mind Matrix, that’s going to last them through their entire life. Everything we impart, teach, and give others are things that continue on – because the legacy is in everyone; they’re going to be different. It just truly changes people, and they know they have their power,” says Billie. “At the end of the day, we always want people to be able to do things for themselves, whatever it is.” The Happy Mind Matrix started off as a small, “Find Your Happy” event in the Cliffdale Library – with people ranging in age from 18-80. Now, it is a fun tour in numerous areas, such as Fayetteville, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Atlanta. These events are for adults, by adults, to help people build a blueprint for life. This event covers all the aspects of a happy and healthy life: how to make people aware of what brings them joy, as well as appreciating the little things that are constantly overlooked because everyone is consumed in some way with their big goals in life. The Happy Mind Matrix event will be held in Fayetteville, N.C. on Saturday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 351 Wagoner Drive (off Sycamore Dairy Road). This event will include light snacks, a relaxation corner, a happiness and fun center, as well as learning principals to master mindfulness, purpose, relationship-building, life balance, stress management, and positive thinking skills which everyone can use. If you’re curious about what you can do to find your happy, check out the Happy Mind Matrix. •A•


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Sweet Dreams

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Traveling with Your Baby: 5 Tips on How to Maintain Healthy Sleeping Habits

When you’re planning a family trip with a baby, an

important thing to consider is how your travel plans are going to affect your child’s sleep routine. You’ll have a much more enjoyable vacation if you organize your trip in a way that allows for as little disruption as possible to your little one’s sleep schedule. This will help ensure he/she gets the rest they need to be happy, healthy, and alert during your trip – which is bound to make your holiday more enjoyable for everyone! Here are some tips to help ensure sure your baby gets the sleep he/she needs during your travels: Tip 1: Don’t over-schedule. One of the biggest mistakes parents make is trying to pack in all the fun and adventure they might have had back in their “child-free” days. The fact is, when you travel with a baby, you can’t plan to go bungeejumping in the morning, swim with dolphins in the early afternoon, go parasailing in the late afternoon, and go on a dinner cruise in the evening. It’s better to slow down the pace, and make sure to schedule regular naps and early bedtimes; just like you would at home. Tip 2: Be consistent with naps and bedtime. An occasional nap in the car seat or a later-than-usual bedtime probably won’t do too much harm. However, if your baby’s naps are all over the place, and they go to bed much later than usual for several days in a row, your baby will become so over-tired and cranky that a complete meltdown will be inevitable. Tip 3: Be patient as your baby acclimatizes to the new environment. Even if your baby is the best little sleeper in the



world at home, when you’re in a strange environment, things might be very different. It’s normal for babies and toddlers to test boundaries around sleep when they are somewhere new. Just because you have certain rules at home doesn’t mean they won’t automatically understand that the same rules apply at Grandma’s house. In a strange place, your baby might cry for a while at bedtime, or wake up at odd times during the night. The best way to handle this kind of behavior is to react the same way you would at home. Go into the room every five minutes or so to offer a bit of reassurance, but other than that, don’t bend your rules. If you hang on tight to your consistency, within the first night or two, your child will be used to the new environment, and will be sleeping well again. Tip 4: Make sure to bring your child’s sleeping toy and/or blanket. If your child has a treasured comfort item, it will go a long way to helping them feel safe and secure enough to fall asleep in a strange environment. Forget it at your peril! Tip 5: If you’re not a co-sleeping family, don’t start now. Another big mistake parents make is to start sharing a bed with their baby or toddler while traveling. Even if it’s only for a few nights, if your baby decides this is their new preferred way to sleep, you could find yourself dealing with a big problem when you get home and try to put them back in their crib. The good news is, most hotels have a crib you can use or rent. Alternatively, you could also take your portable playpen along and use that as a crib.

Visions of the Future Written by Erika Reichenberg

Charlotte native Jennifer Threatt Perry, M.D. is a

graduate of University North Carolina Chapel Hill with a degree in Communication and minor in Chemistry. As if that degree wasn’t enough, she went on to medical school at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine followed by a nearly complete ophthalmology residency at Brown University in Rhode Island. Her next step? Being a part of Cape Fear Eye Associates.

“I’m excited about joining Cape Fear Eye Associates, finding a church and making Fayetteville home.” Like any woman, Dr. Perry has faced many challenges not only due to her gender, but also the age-old challenge of skin color. How did she march on into the uber competitive medical field? By believing in herself and with the support of her family. Her advice for those who want to pursue a similar path is to “Never let anyone say what you can and cannot do,” says Dr. Perry. “Study and work harder than your colleagues because people are always waiting for you to make a mistake. No one is going to just give you anything; you have to fight for it.” Dr. Perry’s greatest motivation for working hard everyday is giving back to the community that supported her while becoming a doctor. “ECU gave me the opportunity to become a physician with a great foundation and education. I want to come home and take care of those who do not have access to the same resources that are in huge metropolitan areas. No one should be blind because they could not access medical care,” says Dr. Perry. Being able to witness the excitement of cataract surgery patients when they discover they can see things clearer and brighter is priceless to Dr. Perry. “It can truly change a person’s entire demeanor,” she says. She is not only paving the way for other women to achieve a career in ophthalmology, a highly competitive field; she is also establishing a whole new

meaning of ‘you’ll see.’ Cape Fear Eye Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jennifer Perry to their team of eye care professionals and a new member to the community. Dr. Perry is trained in a broad-spectrum of ocular pathology offering the latest in technical innovations, ranging from consultative eye exams to delicate and complex eye surgery.

They are now booking appointments for Dr. Jennifer Perry at (910) 484-2284 or (800) 829-2284. Office Locations 1726 Metromedical Drive, Fayetteville 1629 Owen Drive, Fayetteville





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1 & 3 pm Brewery Tours, Dirtbag Ales, 3623 Legion Rd, Hope Mills 3-8 pm Cruise-In to Paradise, Paradise Acres, 1965 John McMillan Rd, Hope Mills


12-5 pm Before They Were Airborne, ASOM, 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville 1 & 3 pm Brewery Tours, Dirtbag Ales, 3623 Legion Rd, Hope Mills

am – 5 pm Public Works 10 92017, Arts Council of

7 pm Fayetteville SwampDogs vs Edenton Steamers, JP Riddle Stadium, Legion Rd, Fayetteville 1 & 3 pm Brewery Tours, Dirtbag Ales, 3623 Legion Rd, Hope Mills

Fayetteville/Cumberland County, 301 Hay St, Fayetteville 9 am – 2 pm Wonderful World of Wizardry Camp, Location TBD, Contact aokeefe@ challenge-island.com


Happy Independence Day!

3-10 pm Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration, Main Post Parade Field, Fort Bragg 7 pm Firecracker 4 Miler, NC Veterans Park, 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville


10 am – 2 pm Road Commun Market, Bronc Lot, Fayettevil 11 am- 2 pm Wednesday, Fe Fayetteville

am Bird Appreciation am- 2 pm 11 8:15 12 11 Walking Group, J. Bayard Clark Wednesday, Fe Park & Nature Center, 631 Sherman Dr., Fayetteville 11 am National 2-D Competition & Exhibit, Cape Fear Studios, 148 Maxwell St, Fayetteville

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am Spartan Workout, 3200 16 8Ramsey St, Fayetteville

am Tai Chi for Health, Cape 18 7:15 pm Wine & Yoga at 17 10 Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. The Wine Café, 108 Hay St,

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23 1 & 3 pm Brewery Tours,

24 8 am – 5:30 pm 5 Days

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am Tai Chi for Health, Cape 31 10 Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N.

3:30 pm Bull Riding on the Farm, Shady Acres Rodeo, 2054 Canady Pond Rd, Hope Mills

Dirtbag Ales, 3623 Legion Rd, Hope Mills 7:30-10:30 pm Java Expressions, The Coffee Scene, 3818 Morganton Rd, Fayetteville

Runners Spot, 1221 Hay St, Fayetteville

Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville 9-11 am Learn to Draw Pets, Arts Council, 301 Hay St, Fayetteville

of Christmas in July, Sheriff Ennis W. Wright, 131 Dick St, Fayetteville 6:15-8:15 pm 2nd Annual Chris Wilson Skills Development Camp, Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Westmont Dr., Fayetteville

Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville 9 am – 4 pm Gilbert Theater Acting Camp 2017!, Gilbert Theater, 116 Green St (Runs thru August 12) 9 am – 2 pm Steam Wars Space Camp, (runs thru Aug 4th)

Fayetteville 9:30 am Dinosaurs in the Dirt, Lake Rim Park, 2214 Tar Kiln Dr., Fayetteville

25 8:15 am Bird Appreciation

Walking Group, J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center, 631 Sherman Dr., Fayetteville

Fayetteville 6 pm Yoga in Cape Fear Bot 536 N. Eastern Fayetteville

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6 pm Racing at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, 3407 Doc Bennett Rd, Fayetteville 7:30 pm The Doug Largent Trio, Cameo Art House Theater, 225 Hay St, Fayetteville

6 pm 2nd Annual Royal Affair: Daddy & Daughter Night, SkyView on Hay, 121 Hay St, Fayetteville



7:30-10 pm Art Meets Life, The Sweet Palette, Person St, Fayetteville 8 pm Rick Ross & K. Michelle: Don & Diva Tour, Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville



9 am – 1 pm City Market at the Museum, 325 Franklin St, Fayetteville 7 pm Independence Day Concert, Festival Park, Fayetteville


9 am-1 pm Sandhills Farmers & Heritage Market of Spring Lake, 230 Chapel Hill Rd, Spring Lake 12 pm Wingmen MC of Moore County Benefit for Nick El Cucuy Wingmen, 2417 Robeson St, Fayetteville 6 pm VEV Annual Venetian Masquerade Ball, Ft Bragg Catering & Conference Center, Ft. Bragg

pm Fayetteville After am ManCup Drag Racing 14 5-10:30 15 8Series, 5 & Food Truck Friday, Festival GALOT Motorsports Park, Fayetteville 8 pm Summer Fest 2017, Hollerin Haunts Hayride, 2914 Bud Johnson Rd, Clinton

Park, 4129 NC Hwy 242, Dunn 8 am African World Peace Music Fest & 5K Peace Run, Taste of West Africa, Person St., Fayetteville

pm The Working Women’s 21 6-10 pm Family GLOW Fun am Parks Building 20 5:30 22 7Supply Workshop, Revolutionary Run/Walk & After Party, Festival Yard & Bake Sale for Coworking, 100 Hay St, Fayetteville 6-8 pm Wine & Whimsy: Dragonflies, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville

Park, Fayetteville 8 pm Magic Men LIVE!, Crown Complex, 1960 Coliseum Dr., Fayetteville

27 7 pm Fayetteville SwampDogs 28 PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE vs Morehead City Marlins, J.P. Riddle Stadium, Legion Rd, Fayetteville

#PTTP 5:30 pm 4th Friday, Sponsored by The Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Downtown Fayetteville 6-8:30 pm Paint the Town Purple (for Alzheimer’s Awareness) Fun-raiser at Wine & Design, Donaldson St, Fayetteville

Alzheimer’s, 1001 S. Reilly Rd, Fayetteville 11 am – 3 pm The Happy Mind Matrix Tour, 351 Wagoner Dr., Fayetteville 4-8 pm Cruise-In by the River, Skeeterz on the River, 1122 Person St, Fayetteville

29 9 am-3 pm Create Wizards

and Lizards from Clay, Cape Fear Studios, 148 Maxwell St, Fayetteville 9 am-3 pm Back to School Teen Explosion Conference, 6404 Cliffdale Rd., Fayetteville

To see more events and details, visit our calendar at ARRAYNC.com

Hair & Now

Open Your Cabinets and Find Hair Magic! Written by Tasherra Marshall

Greetings Fayetteville Wonderful!

ounces of both olive and avocado oil. Yes, these two common kitchen oils will unlock the magic of your Summer is in full swing, and there are so many new very own tresses. Olive oil is great for all hair textures. businesses Downtown. I enjoy taking power walks It sooths the scalp and softens the hair. It is also an to explore the local food and unique shops that are anti-dandruff moisturizer – optimal for hair restoration. now open. It is my personal mission to motivate us all Avocado oil is also a moisturizer and scalp soother. to shop small, shop local, and shop Fayetteville! One If you are desiring to see more growth in your hair, of my favorite products lines for natural homemade this oil is the best choice. Thicker and more coiled cleaning and beauty products is Naturally Blessed. hair can benefit most from the fatty and amino acids This company makes all-natural cleaning solutions, derived from avocados. Your final ingredient will be detergents, and deodorants that are safe and guilt free! two drops of any essential oil. I highly recommend Find out more about this local business online, or as rosemary, clary sage, or lavender to stimulate growth always, ask Tashi! of, condition, and cleanse the hair follicle. One final tip I will offer is to always shampoo Ask Tashi: your hair in very warm water, and then rinse with cool water. Warm water is the only way to effectively I need moisture. I have tried a variety of remove dirt and oil. After every shampoo and products from the store, but they seem to weigh conditioning treatment, rinse your hair with cool water my hair down, or cause a buildup on my scalp. to close your pores and seal in the goodness. •A• What are other alternatives? –Tamara Join me on my quest to help people reestablish a Lady Tamara, healthier lifestyle! Email your “Ask Tashi” questions I actually chose to study holistic hair care due to to info@tashihair.com. I will answer your questions having the same problem myself. Did you know that and recommend solutions! Peace and Blessings our head naturally produces its own product that is -Tashi meant to moisturize our hair? It is called sebum. For people with straighter hair, sebum travels to the ends quickly; making them feel like it’s too oily. For people A Tashi is someone who will always keep you interested and though often under estimated due to their small physiques; a with thick and curlier hair, sebum travels slower; Tashi is known to have a fiery and rebellious personality. This causing some to feel that it’s too dry. Often, we end is an apt description of Combat Veteran, Entrepreneur, Mother up eliminating what is needed by using products to and Wife; Tasherra “Tashi Chic” Marshall. As a Certified Beauty and Wellness Specialist, Tashi believes “cure” what we feel are problems. This is okay, as beauty begins within. As CEO, she ensures that clients are long as you replace those properties with healthy provided with holistic services that enhances their natural alternatives. beauty. Healthy Hair, Beautiful Spirit, Customized You…Tashi Tashi says to start in the kitchen. It is time you learn Chic! Is her mantra and she works hard to ensure that every to make a hair recipe! Your ingredients will be two client grows to appreciate their unique beauty.



The Sculpture Culture comes to Fayetteville

Part 7 Written & photos by Stone Samuels

Wow – where has this year gone? July

is here already, and thoughts of the stars and stripes run through my mind, as always. July is the month that we gained our independence and became the United States of America. Keeping independence in mind, we as a people have the right to create as independents, or as a collective. Collectively, the Arts Council of Fayetteville and the city of Fayetteville decided to bring a group of independent artists work to historic Downtown. These creative works are nothing short of amazing, and continue to bring positivity to the area. More and more, folks have heard about the sculptures outside of Fayetteville, and have ventured here to see what the buzz is all about. The featured sculpture for the month of July is called, “Natural Embrace.” This very cool work of art was created by another North Carolina metal sculptor/ painter by the name of Paul Hill. With Fayetteville being a military town, it is only fitting that the July exhibit was created by a veteran. This wonderful piece holds no military significance other than its creator. By looking at this truly amazing sculpture – made of Corten steel and other handmade materials – you get the sense of a very large, mechanical Venus Fly Trap that could come to life at any moment. The sleek curves of the stems give it a very sleek look, along with very ornate green petals attached to the ends of the metal stems. This is another one of those pieces that you have to gaze at from different angles, and also at different times of the day, to get all the little nuances of its beauty. This wonderful sculpture is sitting on the corner of Person Street – adjacent to the courthouse. It will not matter if you are driving, or just strolling about, “Natural Embrace” will catch your eye and engage your mind with thoughts of, How neat and imaginative is this?



Paul Hill is a North Carolina painter/metal sculptor by way of Tyler, Texas and Ohio. He went to Kent State University in 1966 to study Fine Art and Design. Those studies were cut short from 1967-1971, during which time Paul served in the military. He returned to Kent State University to finish up his studies through 1974. Paul worked at various jobs until 1985 – in various advertising agencies. He always had the idea of wanting to sculpt and paint the things that he wanted to do. He had visions that he needed to express, but working at a nine-tofive job would not allow him to do so. He stopped painting sometime in the early 1990s. This is when he picked up a blow torch, and started sculpting in metal. He has become a great sculptor, and his work is sot after by many organizations. His exhibits can be found up and down the east coast. Getting back to him being a veteran, Paul has a large piece in Veteran’s Park, here in Fayetteville. What a feather in this veteran’s cap to have his work on permanent display in one of the most iconic military towns in America. This gentleman put his time in to serve something bigger than himself. His work outside of the service has been special, and deserves all the acclaim it is has garnered. Our hats are off to you, sir. Thank you for your service to our great country, and for all of your amazing works that can be gazed upon for many years to come. Many of his works can also be found in private collections. Folks that have seen his different works of art have witnessed something great. •A•

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, s n o i t i s i u q c A , s r e g r e M s p i h s r e n t r and Pa Written by Lisa Thomas

Purpose-driven organizations

are emerging on the scene as the new game changers in the world of business. Just as those organizations cultivate the mission and vision to being purpose-driven, there are other companies who are finding greater profits and sustainability in mergers and acquisitions. Purpose-driven organizations who merge with other similar brands in the market are in for even larger gains within their

industry. In recent months, there have been a few big names that seem to have embarked upon such opportunities. One example of two very popular brands are Coach and Kate Spade. Coach bought Kate Spade for $2.4 billion. In analyzing this merger, my view is that because Coach has seen greater traction in international markets, this is an opportunity for Kate Spade’s brand to see a boost in sales

and revenue. The power of longevity, however, lies in Kate Spade’s target market. Kate Spade targets a younger market than Coach, giving immediate profits. The long-term gain and sustainability lies in maintaining a relationship with Kate Spade’s market, who will eventually follow the Coach brand. Another example is Krispy Kreme owner, JAB Investments, purchasing Panera Bread. Ironically, JAB Investments owns other companies in the

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coffee industry. In this case, both Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread have a strong brand and solid revenue, therefore, there is no real need to shake up the operations or infrastructure of either company. My prediction is that they will boost profits for Panera Bread by making a few subtle changes, based on what they have seen in other endeavors, while positioning themselves to corner the market. Larger companies understand expansion through acquisition. However, for the small business owner to expand, grow, and develop a competitive edge, the only recourse may be strategic partnerships. Much like Coach and Kate Spade, you can find yourself in other markets. Meanwhile, like the Krispy Kreme/Panera Bread deal, you could implement subtle changes by adding value to the strategic partner services as an extension of your own service offerings. The biggest challenge is finding the right strategic partner and setting up the deal. However, if the challenges are met, the sky is the limit; where profits soar! Who is the right strategic partner for you? •A• Lisa Thomas is CEO of The P3 Group, Inc., a revolutionary training and development company; President of NetWorth; freelance writer and radio show host. www.TheP3Group.com

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Back on the Farm Khaki Campbell ducks, developed in Britain, raised at CATHIS Farms for eggs Written by Robin Minnick Photos by Dave Minnick

It’s quiet at CATHIS Farm – no engines; the tractor pens

were moved earlier in the day. The sun is high, and it’s getting hot. A few bugs buzz by as musty odors of grain and dust float in the air; an occasional soft cluck or quack makes its way to the ear. Pigs root amiable as they graze in their paddock. Their paddock is the first thing seen on the right as one pulls in. It’s about a quarter to a half acre, electricfenced, with a feeding and watering area. Trees are at the back, along with a lone shade tree to the side where pigs gather out of the sun. Grass covers more than half the area. Unusual, most pig pens are barren or muddy. David Pflugfelder and his wife Polly own CATHIS Farm, named for their three children, Caleb, Thor, and Isla. David explains that he moves his pigs from paddock-to-paddock to ensure they will have grass to graze on. “There’s not enough of them to beat it up,” he adds, referring to the number of pigs in each pen. He doesn’t get to rotate them as often as he’d like, due to acreage restraints, but that will change as the farm expands. Currently, he runs a small operation, with only a half-

dozen to a dozen pigs at a time. He raises a Red Wattle/ Berkshire cross for about six to nine months, or until they reach 250-275 pounds. They’re given feed, as well as the grass, and vegetables from their organic compost pile. Like farmers the world over, David swaps and trades. Chicken manure from their brooders is collected and given to the Jones farm for use in organic vegetable growing. When lettuce at the Jones farm bolted, and went to seed, they passed the heads back to David for his pigs. His practices result in healthier pork, and David says, “It tastes really good! The same holds true for his chicken. Ashton’s restaurant in Southern Pines carries it on their menu by name. CATHIS Farm’s meat birds are Freedom Rangers, bred for smaller breasts and larger legs; making for more muscular definition and dark meat. The flavor is notably more intense and slightly sweeter; the texture meatier. This has to do with the breed, but also due to David’s unique way of raising his birds. Commercial operations tend to house 20,000 chickens in one building. Birds can be certified organic and still be housed in these conditions. Conditions harden on the humans working with the birds, too. The ammonia buildup alone is so powerful that most workers must wear some sort of mask to filter it out. By contrast, CATHIS Farm birds are only indoors at night. Every morning, they’re turned out of their handmade mobile roost onto a new pasture area; adjacent to the plot they were on the day before. This means that in addition to their organic feed, they have access to bugs, grass, seed, sunlight, and dirt. David believes in dirt. The pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and lambs – all the stock he raises is in contact with the land itself. “There’s something about them being in

with the dirt. Commercial birds never get that,” says David. It may seem like a fanciful philosophy, but it represents a means of raising animals that works. The meats, grown on a varied and natural diet, are better – and the animals themselves have a better life; they’re healthy. While there is some loss, expected at any farm, he hasn’t had major vet bills. Of course, the 10,000 pounds per month of organic feed they use helps. The animals seem to appreciate the treatment. “They’re less skittish,” says David. “The layers – you can walk up to them and pick ‘em up.” The layers, or brooders, are Black Australorps and Red Sexlinks (their color is genetically linked to their gender). When they arrive as chicks, they’re kept in the brooder for a couple weeks. After that, they’re moved once per week. David closes them up in the roost, as usual, then moves them in the morning. “Then, I put up the fence and open the door, and they shoot out!” he says. David’s day is a longer one compared to “regular” chicken farming. Two guys working on a standard chicken farm can run four houses; each housing 20,000 birds. His nine handmade moveable tractor pens of chickens house around 1,500 chickens total, and take around two hours of work in the morning. This still leaves him with the care of the ducks (British-bred Khaki Campbell egg-layers set to start laying in another month), the pigs, and any other animals they may be raising. It’s much more laborinvolved, but David says, “It’s very different. Any way that you can spend more time, attention, and concentrated effort on a small group, the better it is.” David works with the Foothills Pilot Plant; the only poultry processing plant in North Carolina. He takes two batches of chickens at a time – one that goes wholesale (Cool Hand Meats), and one that he takes for his own sales. Besides supplying at least one area restaurant, David sells direct in four counties, at his farm, and at four farmers markets. His meats are also frequently featured at Sustainable Sandhills’s Locavore dinners.

A little laid back, but congenial, David is passionately vocal when it comes to his farming methods. He grew up on a farm in New Jersey, and when he and his wife moved to North Carolina, he wanted to take it up again. They thought long and hard about what to raise. They opted to raise food they would want their family to eat. They thought about wanting to raise their children in the same spirit David was raised; producing food they could be proud of – it became their dream. Now, it’s their dreamcome-true. •A•

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Social Security

Social Security and Medicare: Lasting Sources of Independence


Written by Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

In July, communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s

independence with fireworks, family, and friends. A strong community also creates independence, as we help each other recognize our full potential. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years, and Medicare has been doing the same for over five decades. Most people first become eligible for Medicare at the age of 65. For many older Americans, this is their primary health insurance, and without it, they might not enjoy an independent lifestyle. Medicare can be a little confusing to newcomers, so we have broken it down into segments. The four parts of Medicare are as easy as A, B, C, and D: • Part A (hospital insurance) helps cover inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care, and home health care. Most people get Medicare Part A premium-free because it is earned by working, and by paying Social Security taxes. • Part B (medical insurance) helps cover services, such as doctors and other outpatient health care providers, outpatient care, home health care, durable medical equipment, and some preventive services. Most people pay a monthly premium for Part B. Some highincome individuals pay more than the standard premium. If you do not enroll in Medicare Part B during your initial enrollment period, and then decide to do so later, your coverage may be delayed, and you may have to pay a higher monthly premium for as long as you have Part B. • Part C (Medicare advantage) allows you to choose to receive all of your health care services through a provider organization. This plan includes all benefits and services covered under both Part A and Part B; which usually includes Medicare prescription drug coverage, and may include extra benefits and services at an extra

cost. You must have both Part A and Part B to enroll in Part C. Monthly premiums vary depending on the state you live in, your private insurer, and whether you select a health maintenance organization or a preferred provider organization. • Part D (Medicare prescription drug coverage) helps cover the cost of prescription drugs. Many people pay a premium for Part D. However, people with low income and resources may qualify for Extra Help to pay the premium and deductible. If you do not enroll in a Medicare drug plan when you are first eligible, you may pay a late enrollment penalty if you join a plan later. You will have to pay this penalty for as long as you have Medicare prescription drug coverage. To see if you qualify for extra help visit: www.socialsecurity.gov/ prescriptionhelp. Will you be the age of 65 soon? Even if you decide not to retire, you should apply for Medicare. You can apply in less than 10 minutes using our online Medicare application. Visit: www.socialsecurity.gov/medicare to learn more about applying for Medicare. •A• Brenda Brown has been with the Social Security Administration for over 40 years. She began her career with Social Security as a Service Representative in the Reidsville, NC field office. She transferred to the Fayetteville, NC field office in March 1975 as a Service Representative and later promoted to a Claims Representative. She has worked as a Public Affairs Specialist since 2008. As the Public Affairs Specialist, she is responsible for providing information to the media, other employees and the public regarding Social Security issues and policies. She covers the Southeastern and Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Brenda is available to speak to groups in almost any setting in her efforts to educate the public about their Social Security Program. Brenda is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

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Small Biz Doctor

Great Small Business Ventures For 2017 - Pt 6

Written by Michael McCollum “The Small Biz Dr.”

Over the next eight articles, I will

be providing some good small business ideas for people who are looking to start a business in 2017, but may not have tons of business knowledge, experience, or high-tech training. Make sure that you read them all for ideas. Last month’s ( June) article listed the following six business ideas: • Personal Shopping • Recycling Service • Handyman Service • Home Care Service • Tour Guide Service • Resume Writing Here are the next five: 1. Hair Stylist – If you have a cosmetology certification, you can start your own business as a hairstylist; offering cut, color, and

various other styling services. Do great work, and you will have clients for life! 2. Makeup Artist – With that same certification, you can also work as a makeup artist; welcoming clients to your own space, or even traveling to work with them. 3. House Painting – You can offer house painting services to clients who need interior and/or exterior work done on their homes or businesses. Volunteer to work with a painting company, or see if your local Lowes, Home Depot, etc. offers classes. 4. Greenhouse – Love plants? You can start your own greenhouse, where you care for various outdoor

plants and houseplants, and sell them to customers. 5. Local Moving Service – If you have a large vehicle and a strong team, you can offer full moving services to customers in your area. 6. Proofreading Service – You can also offer your services as a proofreader for things like articles, grants, resumes, or even school assignments. Make sure to check out next month’s article for more great small business ideas. •A• “The Small Biz Dr.” Host of the “On The Mic With Mike Show” www.sboradio.com & ESPN Radio 100.1fm Fayetteville NC Tuesdays 6-7pm



Ask Tina

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Have a question about real estate? Ask Tina.

Ashley from Seattle asks… Tina, My husband and I, along with our three girls, will soon be moving to Fort Bragg, N.C. Until we know a little more about the area, we think it will be best to rent. We want to know the best place to live. We have been in Seattle for the last three years, and know absolutely nothing about North Carolina or Fort Bragg. Can you tell me a little more about the area, and what we can expect when we get there?

Fort Bragg is a large military

base. In fact, it is classified as the largest military base in the world. One of the greatest benefits that Fort Bragg has to offer are the areas surrounding it. Fort Bragg is surrounded by the counties of Cumberland, Hoke, Lee, Moore, and Harnett. Many of the families stationed here choose to live in any of these five counties. Fayetteville, N.C. is the sixth largest municipality in North Carolina, and is known as the home of Fort Bragg. Hope Mills, Eastover, Spring Lake, Stedman, and Linden are considered the suburban areas of Fayetteville. In Fayetteville, you can enjoy a variety of activities. We have warm summers here in North Carolina, which is a perfect time to take advantage of the local waterparks. ArrayNC.com 32

waterparks, touring the different museums, shopping at the Cross Creek Mall, dining at our many different restaurants, horseback riding in Hoke County, touring the Aloha Safari Zoo in Harnett County, golfing in many of the counties, and much more. For more information visit: • Fayetteville Parks and Recreation – www.fcpr.us • Cumberland County Schools – www.ccs.k12.nc.us •A• Answered by Tina Renee Dawson

You can enjoy a nice summer day at Fantasy Lake or Waldo’s Beach. There are approximately 19 recreation centers and 10 parks throughout the county. The Cape Fear River Trail is about 5.3 miles long, about 10-feet wide, and is perfect for walking or jogging. The East Coast Greenway is a series of urban trails and greenways that will eventually connect from Calais, Maine to Key West, Fla. The Cape Fear River Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway. As with any place, North Carolina is what you make it. I encourage you to come here with an open mind, and embrace all that the area has to offer. You can have tons of fun in Fayetteville by visiting the local

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Dear Shanessa, I made the decision to give my ex another chance, despite the advice of my family and friends telling me that he did not deserve one. Well, needless to say, he has not changed one bit. He is doing the same thing that he did in our previous relationship. I am not going to admit this to my family – I feel like a fool. What should I do?

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I commend you for having the nerve to try again. Sometimes, people do change with time and maturity, but a leopard can’t change its spots no matter how hard it tries. Stop giving the same person different opportunities to disappoint you. I can say that as we get older, we should realize that time is something we cannot get back, so be careful who you give your valuable and precious time to. Find someone who truly appreciates you, so the two of you can build together. Everyone can’t handle a “first class” relationship, so let them find someone in “coach.”

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“This was always a passion project

Ashley Thompson’s

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in the back of my mind – a someday goal,” Ashley Thompson says, reflecting on her journey to open PRESSED – A Creative Space, her shop on Hay Street in Downtown Fayetteville. However, once she had set her mind to that goal, Ashley went from meeting with a business counselor with samples, to opening a store within three weeks. Ashley first began her journey in 2011 while her husband, Jon, was deployed in Afghanistan. She went back to school to receive a graphic design degree, and an inquiry into an open apartment space Downtown led to the knowledge of a storefront available right below. It was fate. Jon has since left the Army and joined Ashley at PRESSED. He runs the dayto-day business. “I’m hands-on, like routine, and being with the employees and customers,” Jon says. Ashley, who has a bachelor’s degree in consumer affairs, tackles the technical aspect of the business; working with suppliers and organizing shipments both to and from the store. Business this year has been, “surprisingly good,” Ashley says. However, it’s no surprise to anyone who visits PRESSED is faced with such whimsy, creative, and unique goods. “People will come in and say we’re like a complete Etsy store,” Ashley says. Customers can expect to see cards of all typography lining the righthand wall, with jewelry and locally made candles adorning the left. No part of the store is left untouched of Ashley’s design aesthetic; with bold colors, textures, and patterns playing off the brick walls, and a chandelier lighting the store’s entry. The first products stocked were Kate Spade, Rifle Paper Co., adult coloring books, and independent card companies (which are Ashley’s personal favorite products). They have since expanded by seeking out goods and companies via Instagram and handmade markets. Also, twice per year, Ashley goes to a New York market. That shopping venture spans four days, nine hours per day, and Ashley still can’t see all the products available because of the sheer quantity. Nevertheless, when deciding what products to stock, Ashley and Jon – avid supporters of veterans and military spouses – tend to look at the company.

“We love people,” Ashley says, “and we love companies that have a story.” For example, PRESSED features Sage Harvest, a Southern Pines gourmet jerky company, created by a military family that gives a minimum of 10 percent of its proceeds to supporting adoptive families and orphan care. PRESSED was the first to carry Sage Harvest, which has since opened its own store. Sage Harvest is just one example of how PRESSED supports local businesses. Similarly, PRESSED is also the only retail shop to carry R. Riveter products, besides their own store in Southern Pines; even before R. Riveter’s “Shark Tank” appearance. Ashley isn’t just the “technical support” of the shop seeking out only other companies’ products. She regularly utilizes that graphic design degree she received to create PRESSED-branded goods; including shirts and cards made on an antique letter press right there in-store. If a customer happens to be there at the right time, Jon has been known to let people try their hand at the letter press, too. PRESSED manager and designer Angela Santos is also a big source of the store’s artistic products. She creates the intricate and detailed chalkboard art for their signs, for art prints that often feature Fayetteville architecture, and she also hosts the hand/brush lettering classes. Ashley encouraged Angela to start the class after customers began asking for a class on the techniques used on the signs around the store. These free workshops became so popular that attendees began to exceed the store’s space capacity, so additional classes are offered as demand requires. “As the in-house designer, I get to create and experiment with difference designs and different styles,” Angela says. “Seeing those ideas come to life, and to see the response of our followers, is an amazing feeling.” The PRESSED best-sellers are typically their shirts/tank tops, especially those with their signature Fayetteville design, and their Love Local products. “It’s kind of surreal to see people wearing our designs,” Ashley says. One thing that surprised Ashley, though, was when photos of store employees wearing mask products they carry went viral. Cosmopolitan magazine saw the photos on Instagram and used them on the

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HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday: 12-6 p.m. www.pressednc.com magazine’s Snapchat. All their work to create a unique shop, and all of their social media efforts, are hopefully leading to Ashley and Jon’s ultimate goal: “We’re focusing on being a retail destination,” Ashley says. “We want to be a ‘you have to go there’ place.” “Working with Ashley and Jon is wonderful,” Angela says. “They are both amazing people who truly love to give back to our community, and it’s amazing to see the love and support that we receive from the community as well. Ashley is a very hard-working and motivating person, who pushes you to go beyond your comfort zone and try new things. She has taught me so much since being able to work for her, and I appreciate having the opportunity to work for this amazing, growing business that she has started.” Their profits so far in 2017 have exceeded expectations, as PRESSED is receiving orders from all over the country, while currently having to turn down international orders. “We’re trying to keep up as best we can,” Ashley says, as they make plans for sprucing up the storefront with a large new sign. •A•

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Five Five Steps Steps To To Transform Transform Your Your Passion Passion Into Into A A Profitable Profitable Business Business Written by L. Wayne Smalls

Figuring out your passion is probably one of the

most difficult steps in life, which for some people, is a life-long endeavor. Now that you have figured it out, you are well on your way to the next step; to figure out how you can make a profitable business out of your passion. The question is: Can your passion answer a business problem? Does your passion fill a need that people may have? These are simple business questions that will direct you to your first step, which is to locate those people who need what you offer. 1. Be proactive: Search out the opportunities to which you can provide your product or service to those who may want or need it (target audience). Being deliberate and specific about your target audience will allow you to find them quickly. This will help you begin your marketing plan to inform them of who you are, and why they need to have your product or service. 2. Identify the benefits: Is it worth it to you to share your passion with others as a product or service? How much value do you place on your passion? Answering these questions will help you decide if you want to pursue this passion as a business, or just as a hobby. 3. Develop a business plan: Put your ideas on paper. When you do that, it begins the process of bringing those ideas to life. You should conduct regular evaluations of your plan to see if you are going in the right direction. You may need to adjust your plan, and there is nothing wrong with that. No



plan is perfect, and without constant evaluation and adjustments, you can easily get off track. 4. Identify needed resources: What resources do you need to effectively transform your passion into a lucrative business? You must consider supplies and equipment, personnel, as well as budgets for marketing and advertising. You have to determine if you are willing and ready to take on such a challenge. 5. Make every action count: While you are transforming your passion into a business, it will be imperative that you are calculated in every move you make. When you evaluate your plan, you will gain the appropriate insight to guide your actions as you construct your business. Many business owners lose traction because they waste a lot of time focusing on the wrong things. Your passions drive and shape who you are. You dream about them all the time, but a dream will remain as just that until you put a deadline on it. Once you set a deadline, it becomes a goal. Your goal then becomes something that is attainable because you have created a timeline with benchmarks. Those benchmarks will lead you to accomplishing your goal of turning your passion into a profitable business that you can be proud of for years to come. •A•

Wayne is CEO of L. Wayne Smalls & Associates, LLC., an independent leadership trainer and coach certified by the John Maxwell Team; radio show co-host; author; retired Army Officer; doctoral student of Bus. Admin. and Leadership; has a passion for empowering, enabling and enhancing leaders. He does this by promoting the power of connection as well as personal and professional growth and development.

Amy On the Town:

Things To Do In July Written by Amy Garner

Fayetteville, N.C. is a big little town with an

endearing and enduring sense of community despite – or because of – our diversity. We are not quite yet a “destination spot” (generally speaking), but we are moving in that direction. We are also not a city with options on every corner. Fayetteville smuggles the good stuff within different spots all over town; you just have to look for it – like a treasure hunt. Having reiterated those points, those little “sweet spots” inspired this column. My mission is to share fun, local events and businesses; to stir you to pair those with your own lifestyle, and your own budget, to create some really cool adventures. These suggestions will vary based on effort and expense. They are also not intended to be treated as a recipe, so much as an inspiration. Something I suggest may spark an idea in you that leads to your own custom memory-making moments. It’s really all about opening your heart to our little town and finding the fun. July usually comes in hot – and leaves hotter – in North Carolina, but Fayetteville has a lot going on to keep you cool. While this may sound like an unusual datenight suggestion, I suggest that you partake in a meditation group at SAHA Happyness on any given Thursday at 6 p.m. Nothing says, “I love you” like sitting on the floor and finding your center together. Carolyn Hillenbrand runs the joint, and will walk you through two hours of various meditations and discussion. This group is on Meetup, or you can check out all of their cool stuff at www.

discoveryourspirit.info/ . You can also find out more by calling 910-850-1827. SAHA Happyness is located at 305 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, N.C. On July 15, check out Yoga in the Outfield. This event is hosted by Hayat Yoga & World Dance Arts, and the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the fun includes a stadium tour, food trucks, a beer garden, music, and mingling. Yoga starts at 6:30 p.m. and the ballgame starts at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 and takes place at J.P. Riddle Stadium at 2823 Legion Road. Yogi-sweeties can register at hayatdance@gmail.com. Finding your balance and sharing a beer, a brat, and a ballgame is sheer summer romance perfection. Add some nightlife to your love life by swooping your sweetie over to the event, Dueling Pianos at Charley’s Pub. Swoon! On Friday, July 14 from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., you and your hunka-hunkaburnin-love can catch the Two Bald Guys Dueling Piano Show for an all-request sing-along battle of the ivories. Charley’s Pub is located at 102 Person Street in beautiful Downtown Fayetteville. Mid-week lunch dates are perfect for first – or favorite – dates. Check out What the Truck on Wednesdays at Festival Park from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of food trucks serving up lunch are lined down Ray Avenue. For a weekly schedule of trucks onsite, check out the What the Truck Facebook page. Eat local. Love local. I welcome your feedback and suggestions. You can reach me at arrayadventures@gmail.com •A•

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Let’s Eat!

Red, White, & Blue Trifle

Prepared (and eaten by) Stacie Simfukwe

Now that summertime is here, it’s time for fun in the sun, BBQs, and cool and easy desserts; desserts that are so beautiful and delicious, that they are talk of the BBQ. My favorite dessert features some of the sweetest berries along with some creaminess. This month, I’m sharing my favorite summertime trifle recipe.

Ingredients • • • • •

1 batch of Vanilla Cake Mix 1, 16 oz. Tub of Whipped Cream* 1lb. of Blueberries 1lb. of Raspberries ¼ lb. of Strawberries (Sliced, 1 whole)

Things you will need: • Chopping Board • Bread Knife • Trifle Bowl • Scrapper/Spatula


1. Pre-heat the oven, and prepare the cake mix, according to the instructions on the box. 2. Bake two (nine-inch) round cakes, and then let them cool. 3. Take the bread knife and slice the cake horizontally. There should be four cake rounds after that. 4. Take the trifle bowl and spread about ¼ cup of whipped cream at the bottom of the bowl. 5. Place a layer of cake in the bowl, and spread about ½ cup (or as much needed) of whipped cream to cover the cake. 6. Add a blueberry, then a raspberry, to the inside border of the bowl. Continue this all the way around the perimeter. 7. Fill in the middle with a mix of blueberries and raspberries. 8. Place the next cake layer with the bottom of the cake facing up. 9. Repeat steps 5-9 until it reaches the top of the bowl, then add berries in your desired design. 10. Refrigerate for at least two hours, then enjoy! *For a frozen treat, use vanilla ice cream instead of whipped cream!

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Publisher’s Note “in the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed: it must be achieved.” Franklin D. Roosevelt When thinking

about quotes on patriotism there are so many that have been stated by our past presidents of the United States of America. Many of us remember the quote from John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Living in the same county as Fort Bragg and Pope Field, our patriotism is very strong, whether you are a native of the county or came here by way of the military. Those that “land” here through other situations notice our pride in our country and our military in a short period of time. We salute our military past, present and future every single day, not just on various holidays. Thank you to all who have served in the military, whether during times of war or times of peace. Several members on both sides of my family have served and I’m proud of their commitment and love for our country. ARRAY is proud to announce that we won the 2017 Walk the Walk Green Awareness Award from Sustainable Sandhills. We also won in 2016. We work hard to be GREEN at work and at our homes. Our community is very important to us on many levels. Speaking of being green, be sure to check out Amanda’s project at the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity Restore located at 3833 Bragg Blvd each month. You can bid on the project and take it home with you, and the money is donated to our local Habitat organization. Team ARRAY is also looking forward to helping with the Habitat 24 Hour Build in July. This is their rain date, but we would love for you to come and join our team. Giving back makes you feel good about yourself, and the community. We had a blast at the Vision Resources Wing Fling on June 24th although we did end up having to leave early due to the rain, wind and lightening. If possible, contact them



to see how you might help, as this large fundraiser of theirs got rained on. We have several other events that we will be part of in the coming months and are very glad we can help our community. Come join us at these various events. We have had some great interns this summer and hope some of them will be able to stay on to become a part of Team ARRAY. Thank you to all our interns. You have all been awesome! We will be making some adjustments, changes, revamping some things to make ARRAY an even better experience for you each month as we near our 4-year milestone. We are partnering with some local businesses and organizations in the area that we think will really help ARRAY grow! We are very excited for the things we are working on for the coming year and hope you like them as much as we think you will! Let us know!

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