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Vol. 4 Issue 6

A Variety of Local Experiences

June 2016


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Monthly Columns


June 2016

4 Senior Moments


5 Healthy Living 6 Catastrophe Primed

1O Bizz Buzz

14 Stilleto Thoughts

We Come to You

16 Array of Pets

21 Artistic


18 From the Desk of...

Next Stage of 2016

22 Music Scene Music Memories Fatherhood

30 Pet Talk Woofstock!

40 Sip & Savor A Mission with a Mission

42 Expressions


19 Social Security Smarts

20 Small Biz Doctor 23 Dollar and Sense

8 Fathers day Find out how Father’s day came to be and how it is celebrated across the world

26 Mixing

Migraines into Cocktails Learn about one of the most disabling illness in the world

28 Politics, People

24 Calender 34 More Than Skin Deep 35 Dear Shanessa 36 Hidden Nuggets 38 Bizz Tips 39 Ask Tina

and Parenting

45 Let’s Eat

Chris Rey is more than just a Mayor, he’s a family man

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

32 Expressions


Week of June 6


• Wednesday, June 8th 3:30-4:30 Spring Lake Library, learn about apps that can help you track and meet your fitness goals and how they interact with your favorite devices • Saturday, June 11th 9-11 am Hope Mills Public Library, socialize, play BINGO and meet your neighbors, for 55+ • Senior Adult Tennis Club, 9:30-11 am, Tuesdays and Thursday, at Tokay Senior Fitness Center. Free

Week of June 13

• If you want to join the Adult Coloring craze, stop by the Cliffdale Library, 7 days a week all month long. Pick up coloring sheets to take home or enjoy coloring at the library. Use colored pencils provided by the library or bring your own pencils. • Thursday, June 16th at 6-8 pm, in the Local and State History Room, at the Main Library on Maiden Lane, drop in to get your genealogy questions answered by librarians and members of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society. If you are just getting started, stuck at a roadblock, have questions or want to share a new discovery, stop by and chat with them • New Life Center Club meets on Friday, June 17th at 10 am at Lake Rim Rec Center, Free

Week of June 20

• The Senior Rollers meet every Monday at 9 am at B&B Bowling Lanes. You can join in for $6 for 3 games and shoes • The Mind Games Café will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd from 10-11 am at the East Regional Library. Exercise your mind while having fun playing games with friends. Materials are provided. Registration is required • Are you a foodie? Like to meet other foodies? The Hope Mills Library is the place to be on Saturday, June 25th from 1-2 pm. Meet fellow foodies, cookbook enthusiasts and wonderful people who can enrich your culinary interests. Choose your favorite pie recipe. Bring your prepared dish to share, a copy of your recipe, your appetite and a container to take home leftovers.

Week of June 27

• Are you confused by the labels on food and wish you understood what you should be looking for? On Tuesday, June 28th from 1-2 pm at the Main Library on Maiden Lane you can get the answers to your questions. Candy Underwood from the NC Cooperative Extension breaks it down. • Ready to boogie down? Stop by the Fayetteville Senior Center on Blue St. from 8-10 pm for the Tuesday Night Dance. Free • Tuesday, June 28th the Cardinal Red Hatters meet at the Fayetteville Senior Center on Blue St at 11 am. No charge to attend this group of Red Hatters

Healthy Living

Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner


Summertime Learning for the Kids

is out and the kids are having fun but make sure learning is part of their summer plans. A student can drop as much as two grade levels in reading during the summer. Here are some tips to help your child retain the information that was learned during the school year: 1. Make sure your child reads on a daily basis during the summer. You want your child to get into the habit of reading on a consistent basis. Visit the local library on a weekly basis and make sure your child checks out books that are on his/her reading level. Have your child read to you and you should read to your child. Ask your child questions for comprehension. If you are going on vacation this summer have your child read books about where you are going. You can also read the same book as your child and have conversations about the book. Your child should have a literacy rich environment which means there should be books, magazines, and other kinds of literature in your home. Reading should be pleasurable and never used as a form of punishment. Kids should also write during the summer. Ask questions about a book your child is reading and have them to write their answers. Your child can keep a summer journal and write about their adventures. 2. Practice math on a daily basis. Practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Make up word problems for your child to do. Everyday activities such as cooking,

grocery shopping or eating at a restaurant can turn into a math lesson. Your child can visit educational websites to practice their math skills. 3. Do summer crafts with the kids. Set up an area with paper, crayons, glue, scissors, and colored pencils. Allow your child to be creative through crafts and art projects. 4. Research the summer camps that are being offered this summer. Check recreational facilities and local colleges to see what kinds of camps are being offered for your child. You want to find a camp that your child will love. Camps are a great way for your child to be actively engaged and socialize with other children while learning and having fun. 5. Visit museums, historical sites, exhibits, events, concerts, plays, and the zoo. These are fun educational opportunities for your child. They will have time to enjoy and learn at the same time. They provide a space for creativity, demonstration, enjoyment, and allow for authentic learning experiences. Learning begins at home. Provide as many meaningful learning experiences for your child in order to broaden their knowledge. Have a safe and happy summer. •A•


Catastrophe Primed

Rock you like a Hurricane! Written by Steve Rogers

I’m not talking about the song from the Scorpions.

I’m talking about how to prepare for a hurricane. I can remember back 20 years ago this coming September. Let me remind you. Hurricane Fran (wind blowing, rain never ceasing, trees falling over, power out all over town, ice being sold at ridiculous prices, among so many other things). I was without power in my house for over a week. Let me tell you cold showers build character. Having a plan will definitely help in times such as these. What would you do if your power was out at your house for a day or more? Would you take cold showers? How would you cook? How would you charge your computers and smart phones (oh no!) These, among many others are what you need to prepare for now before the storm strikes. 1. How far inland do you live from the coast? The

further away from the coast the less damage will be, usually. What about evacuation routes? Do you know them? 2. Contact your insurance agent and make sure your home, vehicle, boats are covered from damage caused by a hurricane or aftermath thereof. 3. Do you have a place at the coast? Board up and prepare early on. Don’t wait to hear the news to evacuate. Pre-cut all boards to make the process smoother. Number each board to the window. Or do you have shutters, which is probably a much better option (if you have a multi-level house) 4. Secure all outside patio furniture, trash cans, toys, pick up loose limbs, clean out gutters, etc. 5. Is your 72-hour kit ready? Fresh water, food, batteries, etc. If not, do so now. 6. Have a communication plan with your family? Find out procedures for work or school. Where will you go if you have to leave your home?

Thunder Storms and Lightning

Often, people say, “oh it’s just heat lightning”. There is no such thing. It is just lightning that is too far off to hear the sound of thunder. When the thunder rolls (I’m not talking about the Garth Brooks song, by the way) go or stay indoors. I think the correct campaign slogan is more like “When thunder roars, stay indoors”. Where there is thunder, there is usually lightning. Lightning can strike you from ten miles away. If you have a non-convertible vehicle stay in that, if you can get inside a building (not a shelter, that just keeps the rain off) get inside that. If you cannot get inside and you feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up lightning is getting ready to strike. Quickly, crouch down on the balls of your feet and make yourself as small as you can. Do not lay flat on the ground.

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Just a quick glimpse into the future. Fireworks and celebrations are in order next month for the celebration of our great nations independence. When you celebrate please keep safety in mind and at the forefront of everything you do. Especially fireworks. Did you know that a sparkler burns at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit? That is hot enough to melt metal. IF you give sparklers to young children please do it safely and put some distance between each child. Other fireworks should only be handled by adults and you should have a fire extinguisher or water hose at the ready. Remember, if your clothes catch fire. STOP, DROP and ROLL. 12 Months to Preparedness: ___ 1. Baby items if needed, diapers, formula, food, etc. ___2. Pet items if needed, leash, kennel, food, water, vaccination papers, etc. ___3. Specialty items for anyone in the home •A•

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I, Steve Rogers, am the chairman of the CDRC (Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition) and we are having an EXPO in September and we are looking for sponsors and vendors. If your business has anything to do with safety, security or emergency preparedness, please contact me at the number or email. info@ or 910-884-7021

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Father’s Day A Time for Dads

Written by Aysha Carter

This year Father’ s day is Sunday, June 19, which

is the perfect chance to bond with dad. During this time for reflection and bonding, many celebrate with cards, phone calls, and special meals. Other gifts are aimed toward dad’s hobbies and interests, with some treating dad to vacation or a favorite sporting event. Honoring fatherhood, paternal bonds, and celebrating the influence of fathers in society as a whole is what Father’s Day is all about. This day pays tribute to fathers, grandfathers, uncles and any influential father figure in every person’s life. Everywhere there are radio and television programs, peaceful displays and marches, debates, panel discussions, award ceremonies, and art displays are utilized to promote positive aspects of the male identity and to treasure the males who support family life. Although there were several previous attempts to establish a national holiday, the first celebration was at a Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd is


said to be the ‘mother’ of Father’s Day when she proposed the day to honor her own father, who was a single parent to six children and war veteran. It was not until the 1930s that Father’s Day began to be acknowledged throughout the country. Around this time, Dodd received backing from corporations that manufactured tires, ties, tobaccos and other fatherly gifts. By 1938, she had the help of the Father’s Day Council of New York to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion. By 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential declaration to honor fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. It was not until six years later that the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries. Many celebrations are not considered public holidays or, a holiday that is generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

In Germany men and teenage boys pull a wagon full of beer or wine through an all-day hiking tour. It is always celebrated 40 days after Easter on Ascension day. There is always plenty of food and merrymaking. In Indonesia, the government has only as recently as 2006, declared Father’s Day a holiday, on November 12. There are not as many festivities for Father’s Day as there are for Mother’s Day which is celebrated on December 22. In the Netherlands, fathers are treated to breakfast in bed, similar to Mother’s Day. Families often have dinner out or with grandparents. It is always celebrated the third Sunday in June, like many other countries. In Thailand, December 5, the King’s birthday is celebrated as father’s day. Traditionally fathers are given canna flowers, and subjects wear yellow to honor the king’s birth.

Here are dates of celebrations for Father’s Day in other countries: • Australia, Fiji, New Zealand - First Sunday of Sep. • Bulgaria - Dec. 26 • Egypt, Jordan - June 21 • US, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya - Third Sunday in June • Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy - March 19 •A•

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Dynamic Dad 18

Written by Robin Minnick Photography by Dave Minnick

We Come to You Standing next to his RAM truck, Andre Toodle is

a big man. The day is sunny and breezy, and he’s come home from a job to take the interview. His sister Laura, who is also his assistant, is here, along with his three children. His wife Erika is at work for the day. Andre’s smile is welcoming and looks a little like actor Jesse L. Martin’s. It comes in handy in his work, too. Some people are uneasy trusting their car to a new mechanic. When the mechanic is coming to your house, or you’re on the open road, you want reassurance that you’ll be treated right. It can be a two-way street, but Andre acknowledges it can be more worrisome getting someone to trust him than it is for him to trust his customer. There is plenty about Andre to trust. He has been in business for three years as a mobile mechanic; his company is Xpert Automotive Repair. Andre comes to you, so he has no garage or shop or lift. His only overhead is the cost of his gas to get to you and your car. He can provide services such as brake pad replacement, oil changes, tune-ups, coolant and radiator jobs, and replacement of various smaller parts. He can also provide roadside assistance for things such as lock outs, jump starts, tire changes, and fuel delivery, all with the convenience of service at your location, no waiting, no stress. Although he can’t work in the rain, Andre says, “If I can lift it, I can fix it.” His manner and business-style are professional. From his logo and business cards and branded shirts to his ability to take payment via invoice or credit card on the spot, he’s pulled everything together. Andre learned his mechanic skills and business savvy through 18 years working on cars in both dealerships and after-market shops. He’s been a mechanic, a tow-truck driver and a

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service writer. He knows the dynamics of the business. When he left his last shop, he wanted to go independent but had no capital for a physical shop. He thought of some of the customers whose cars he’d worked on. Some were parents with harried expressions as they lost time at work or worried they would be late picking up their kids. Many of them were single parents with no one else to rely on. Some of his customers were older people who had to eat on a regular schedule but were unable to leave because their car wasn’t ready. Andre would often run out to buy lunch for those folks. He decided he wanted to provide convenience and safety for his next set of customers. So he came up with the idea of being mobile. His first year in business was a little shaky, advertising was mostly by word-of-mouth, and he felt he had to take any call any time. The second year he took some classes, and he learned about using social media and networking. This year, his third, he needs a hand. He’s getting new customers daily; currently he has about 100-150. “The thing is,” he says, “is I need to find someone I can trust to perform quality work.” Much of what Andre learned came through the help of the man he calls “my mentor” in Virginia. He took Andre on, and once he was sure Andre was ready for the advice, he taught him all he knew. He made sure Andre took courses and got his testing done and his certifications. After a few years, once he’d shown Andre that he could believe in himself, he let him go. Andre was shocked, but his mentor explained that he needed to spend time in a dealership. So far he’d learned to work on all kinds of cars, but he needed other skills as well. “I learned speed, and multi-tasking - how to work on more than one car at a time. It was a good experience.” Andre is originally from Detroit. He belongs to the Pure Platinum Motorcycle Club, which has chapters in several states, including here and in Detroit. Touched by Flint’s water tragedy, Andre and his club held a bottled water drive. All 11

Mobile Mechanic Andre Toodle the donations went to Detroit, and the club there personally delivered the bottled water straight to the community. Locally, every year the Bike Club holds a Book Bag Drive with a cookout, rides around the neighborhood, and a bouncy-house. It’s part-and-parcel of what Andre wants his children to learn. He says, “I want them to understand the world is bigger than the neighborhood you’re in.” He’s lived in different places, and serving in the Navy took him around the world. He wants to share what he learned from that. He also wants to show them that “hard work pays off; nobody’s gonna give you anything,” along with one of his own life lessons,” good work produces good business.” They’re being raised with chores to learn how to look after themselves. And he tells them, “Go to school and get a good job - If you really love me, you’ll get a good job...not so you can take care of me, but so you can take care of you.”

For young fathers today, he’d tell them how one of the biggest factors in his decision to go out on his own was the number of hours he had to work and spend away from his children. “Spend time with your kids,” he says. It takes some planning and effort. “You still have to make the family time.” But being your own boss gives you a little more leeway in deciding when to work and when to be with family. His wife is studying psychology, and when she graduates, they’ll move. The plan is to have the business well-established with a good reputation, to make that move a productive one. Eventually? He’ll have multiple shops with mechanics and managers. Andre and his family love the life he’s made for them. He knows where he’s going, whether it’s getting to the next car that needs repair, taking his kids on an outing, or with his wife Erika, planning for their future. •A• Xpert Automotive Repair Andre Toodle, Mechanic/Owner 910-670-3159 Visit the website for services, contact information and tips and advice on auto care. You can also visit him on Facebook and Google+ Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday - by appointment only * 24 hour roadside assistance is available *

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Stiletto Thoughts

Written by Lisa Thomas

We all have, or at the very

least want, the dream team or a group of gladiators - like Olivia Pope on Scandal. The team that always comes through in the last hour, winning in


Who wants a wounded gladiator triumph. But some days, even the best of gladiators fall short. The day is going right along and my gladiators are surpassing every goal, as gladiators do. Everything

is working like a well-oiled machine. Clients are happy, potential clients are being introduced to new services and then all of a sudden… Bam! The bottom falls out! Or so it seems. One mistake, an oversight that sends the whole team into a world of upset. But no one died, the world still turned and the stock market still had trades. It’s not the end of the world. It’s all about perspective. Some CEO’s lose it and become a tyrant raging mad, or stew in silence while others ride the wave. I tend to be the latter. They are my gladiators and their system works almost all of the time, but not ALL of the time. I know that. But for them, when there’s a faulty operating part, it feels as if someone broke in and stole the plan. They make things happen behind the scenes day in and day out so there should never be a faulty system as far as they’re concerned. But for me, when obstacles arise, opportunities explode; an opportunity to expand and grow opens up if we’re willing to take it as such. The absolute best way to handle an unexpected challenge is to embrace it, own it, learn from it and make adjustments. That’s really all there is. Anything other than that is a path to a disempowered team of exceptional gladiators who have to perform at their best. The one way to kill their spirit

is to jump the gun and begin the reprimand speech. How often has someone on your staff made what seems to be the biggest mistake ever - one that would cost the company money, your reputation, the brand? How do you handle those challenging times? Repeat offenders reprimand for sure and later termination. However, first timers who are exceptional, not so much. The best of the gladiators rarely, if ever, miss the mark, so celebration of being human, rather than perfect, might just be the most empowering way to honor their contribution and set them on a path to elevated performance. Some dreams or visions don’t always blossom as you plan but what does come together is sometimes even more rewarding. When you lead your team to find their own greater strength they rise to the occasion. Seeing my gladiators come together, I’m fully aware of how exceptional they are. Bonuses are given to those who can own it all – the good, the bad and the embarrassing moments. They are not flawless but they are perfect for our team and they take responsibility when they are not. What better team could a CEO ask for? How are you celebrating your gladiators in the midst of the bottom falling out? Tyrant or true leader. After all, who wants a disempowered, wounded gladiator?•A•


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Name: Maggie Age: 2 years Sex: Female Breed: Whippet Mix I’m Maggie! I’m very energetic! I can’t play enough! I would love a very active family to take me to the park and on adventures! Come Meet me today!

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From the desk of… Fayetteville Mayor

Nat Robertson Raising children is a tough job, no doubt. In fact, to do it right, it’s probably harder than holding

down a regular job! I know it’s been challenging for me as a parent to raise my son and my daughter, who are both in college now. There are so many factors to consider when raising a child - when they are young, you focus on what kind of flexibility you give them, what kind of lessons they must learn, how much you let them fail before teaching them how to succeed; and as they get older, how you raise them to be morally and ethically straight in today’s society, what kind of freedoms you allow, what you teach them based on your upbringing, what you want them to learn that was valuable to you as a child or that your parents should have taught you but did not? The biggest thing to remember when raising a child is, you are teaching another human being to have an enjoyable childhood and successful life, so it’s a huge responsibility. Everything, including the small things – like teaching the child to tie their shoes – and the big things – like teaching the child how to drive – are important for the child to succeed. There are so many aspects to parenting, and many choices to make along the way. Whether you are raising your child in a two-parent home, a single parent home or you are raising a child as an extended family member, the methods might vary, but the basics are the same. And in that vein, I’d like to share with you today how I chose to raise my kids in what I thought was the best way possible. Was I a Dynamic Dad? Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know I tried my darnedest to make sure I provided for them in a manner befitting of a father. So for starters, I had a few basic rules: 1. Not disrespecting one another 2. Respect each other’s possessions 3. Put away your toys when you are done playing 4. Be responsible for your actions and don’t blame others 5. Respect everyone and their differences 6. Treat others as you would like to be treated 7. Your education is something no one can ever take away 8 First impressions last, sell yourself first 9. Apologize when you are wrong and learn to forgive The things that we learned instilled in us how important family is. This led to us learning as a family how giving back is such an integral part of our values. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, the two things that no one can ever take away are your faith in God and your education. As the kids got older, the life lessons I wanted to impart on them became a bit more advanced. But they built upon those earlier lessons: 1. Responsibility – when the children are older, it means a wholly different thing 2. Ethics. Be ethical in all that you do, people you don’t even know are watching you 3. Respect is earned 4. Be recognized for the good things you do 5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help 6. Always find ways to help others 7. Always help the less fortunate 8. Remain positive and focused 9. Love family unconditionally 10. Work hard, be smart So, if you are a parent reading this column, I hope that you utilize some of the tips provided. There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, but I hope the advice given in this article can be of some help to you as you navigate parenting. And, if you are a child reading this column, I say this: If you have a loving, caring parent who is doing their best to raise you, please listen to them. You are the future of Fayetteville and, by listening to your parent, your future will be brighter. Sincerely,

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Social Security

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

This year, we observe National

Men’s Health Week from June 13 to 19. It so happens that Father’s Day falls on the last day of Men’s Health Week, a perfect time for focusing on health education and awareness, disease prevention, and family. Social Security encourages you to support fathers and friends everywhere in their efforts to stay healthy. The right balance of diet, exercise, regular visits to doctors and health care providers, and overall healthy living can go a long way to help everyone remain a part of your daily life for years to come. Part of staying healthy and happy is reducing the amount of stress in your life. That is where opening a my Social Security online account can help. Our online services make doing business with us fast and easy. At my Social Security, you can: • Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year; • Get an estimate of your future benefits, if you are still working; • Get a letter with proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them; and • Manage your benefits: o Change your address; o Start or change your direct deposit; o Request a replacement

Men’s Health And Social Security Medicare card; and o Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season. In some states, you can even request a replacement Social Security card online using my Social Security. Currently available in the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin, It is an easy, convenient, and secure way to request a replacement card online. We continue to add more states, so we encourage you to check ssnumber to see where the service is available. Tell dad to check out the healthy amount of features we have to offer at myaccount. In addition to using my Social Security there are a number of other things you can do online. For example, you can use the Retirement Estimator to plug in different numbers, retirement dates, and scenarios to help you decide the best time for you to retire. It is available at www. And when that time comes, you can apply for retirement benefits

online at planners/about.htm. It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish. In most cases, once you submit your electronic application, that is it, you are done—no papers to sign or documents to submit. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits by reading our publication on the subject at www. When you are ready to retire, the best place to apply is from the comfort of your home computer, with some of your favorite music playing in the background. Now that is a great start to a healthy retirement!•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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OUTSTANDING STANDING OUT Somehow we have erroneously placed both

of these people in the same boat. Regardless if you are dating, married, a biz owner, employee, a department head or even the President of the United States, everyone needs to fully understand the difference between these words. As a business consultant I’ve seen, worked with, and on occasion even had to evaluate a company’s entire staff to determine which employee was what, which is not as difficult as one might think. Let’s start with OUTSTANDING! In my opinion, an outstanding person is one that continues to somehow find themselves in the spotlight for things accomplished, or provide a high level of assistance to everyone around them. However, the word OUTSTANDING never comes to mind when they think of themselves. It’s just in their DNA: • Determination – Never gives up! • Noteworthiness – Knowledge! • Attitude - Never a rainy day! We have all been around this type of person in our lives, and for some reason or another, your view of them always stays positive. However, one of the biggest differences in OUTSTANDING vs. STANDING OUT is that

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most outstanding people don’t feel that they are, and in some cases even feel uncomfortable when people place this label on them. Their pleasure is not having people think of them this way, but having people feel this way about themselves. They are more than comfortable standing on the stage with the light shining on others, instead of them. Now let’s jump to the STANDING OUT side of the fence. Most, “not all” people that STAND OUT are people who just happen to do something that makes them stand out in front of others. Please do not get me wrong, I am not saying that this person is egotistic, or even arrogant, but for some reason their tank needs to be fueled by others instead of themselves, which is not always bad. Today’s small business owners must understand that a good balance of both of these people are vital to the overall success of their business. The best way I use to determine one from another is something that even Harvard University would give me a passing grade for… “I ask”. Which one are YOU, and why? •A• Contact us for more information: (web) (email)

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Father’s Day is celebrated most places on the third Sunday in June, but not everywhere. In Spain and Portugal, for instance, fathers are honored on St. Joseph’s Day on March 19. In Australia, it’s the first Sunday in September.

Coming Up - Next Stage of 2016 Written by Derek Smith Photography by Brian Adam Kline


Gilbert Theatre is having yet another summer festival this July, known as Next Stage 2016, exposing new material from playwrights from both North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “The play festival was a smashing success and the whole community got involved,” says Robyne Parrish-Lamb, artistic director of the Gilbert. “Folks expressed that they hoped we would bring the festival back, so we will!” For those who are familiar with Next Stage 2015, the Gilbert presented six plays that could be considered dark - as they each involved mature content and themes such as death and self-doubt. “This year’s lineup will be a little lighter,” says Robyne. “More comedy—and more laughs and fun.” Last year, Next Stage was an event in which the plays were rehearsed for a few days prior to the performance dates. The performances lasted one weekend, and people should expect the same this summer. The 2016-2017 season will be Robyne’s last year as artistic director, so this may be her last time of seeing her own summer festival. She expresses regret, but more than anything else, hope for the future. The one thing that Robyne wants the audience to get out of this experience is for them “to be exposed to new plays in progress written by our community and beyond.” For the playwrights, directors, actors, and stage managers, the purpose of the festival is for them to experience working as a community of artists, to benefit from visitors from outside of Fayetteville who work in the industry in larger cities, and to enjoy the comraderies and challenges of the event. Some people asked Robyne if they could be a part of the experience and she said yes—or, rather, she asked them and they said yes. “We have two Pittsburgh playwrights currently involved,” says Robyne. “The rest are local North Carolina playwrights, actors, and directors.” The playwrights, however, had a much different

process. First and foremost, they had to have written a complete play. They had to present the play to Robyne herself, a somewhat intimating prospect if unused to marketing their own work. But the biggest challenge was waiting for her response. If she accepted it, then the play moved forward to questions of production, but if she did not, then it was steps one through three all over again. Rehearsals begin July 11th. Performance dates and times are as follows: July 20th at 7PM July 21st at 2PM and 7PM July 22nd at 7PM July 23rd at 2PM and 7PM July 24th at 2PM and 7PM Patrons can buy one ticket for the entirety of the weekend for the price of one performance, much like last year. As for whether the summer festival will occur in the 2017-2018 season, Robyne says, “Who knows—I hope that my replacement will bring something similar or just as groundbreaking that is a forum for local playwrights and actors.” •A•

For those interested in either more information on Next Stage or more information on what the Gilbert Theatre has in store for them, contact the Gilbert at 910-678-7186. Specific play information – that is, what play will be performed when – will be available in the coming month, at the theatre’s website,


The Music Scene Written by Kacey Minnick

Gary Fisher knows what it takes to be a father. After all,

he has six children. Raised in Chardon, Ohio, he spent his childhood playing Little League Baseball and hanging out with his dad, chemical engineer (and later author) Thomas Fisher. After Gary’s first year in Little League, Thomas became the head coach, which led to a mutual love of America’s classic sport. As the oldest of three kids, his father would pick him up every Friday night, and they’d make their regular trip to Municipal Stadium to watch their beloved Cleveland Indians play. “I miss that a lot,” Gary says, “He was a great dad.” Thomas passed away in 2001 after a brief battle with cancer. Gary later joined the US Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg from 1983 to 1987. Afterwards he switched into a career as a truck driver and is currently working for Core-Mark. Gary’s two greatest loves – besides his kids – are music and sports. “Music is life,” he says matter-of-factly. He’s played bass since he was fifteen and has joined several local bands over the course of his lifetime, including Vendetta (while he was serving in the Army), Overlorde, Rome Falls, and Motorjunkie. He has started several music companies, but his most recent business, The Sanctuary Music Group, has so far been the most successful.

“They are my best friends,” he says. “I am a softy when it comes to them and they know it.” “We have an open mic at 22 Klicks in Hope Mills every Tuesday,” Gary explains. “We are also the promoter and creator of the Hip-Hop Underground Nation shows. DJ Elixir, host Ashley Nicole, and myself are making things happen and working hard to create a good hip-hop scene in the Sandhills.” The Sanctuary helps local musicians of all kinds (bands, singers, songwriters, performers and venues) to expand their reach through booking and management. “We are currently doing shows at The Drunk Horse Pub in Fayetteville and Willie’s Lunch Box in Southern Pines. We are looking to expand.” Besides music, the passion for sports is passed down to his own children. They regularly hang out together to enjoy any team from Cleveland. “I spend a lot of time

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Gary’s six six children. children.Top Top left left to to right. right. Gary’s Thomas,Shane, Shane,Joseph. Joseph.Bottom Bottom left left to to Thomas, right.Kyle Kyle Tristan, Tristan,TJ TJ right. with them and they stay busy with sports. I try to go to all the events. I love watching them play.” Gary’s love for his children shows as he describes their accomplishments. “They are my best friends,” he says. “I am a softy when it comes to them and they know it.” His oldest is Thomas at thirty-six years old. Currently married with three of his own children, he cooks and works as a mechanic. The next oldest is Kyle, 25, who is also married and lives in South Carolina as a manager of Ruby Tuesday. A year younger, his brother TJ is taking courses at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) while simultaneously working at a shop at a dealership. Tristan, at 19, is engaged, and heavily involved with color guard and winter guard. Tristian also provides instruction at multiple high schools. Eighteen-yearold Shane is a senior at Cape Fear High School and hopes to follow his older brother’s footsteps by taking auto mechanic courses at FTCC. The youngest, Joseph, is sophomore at Cape Fear and enrolled in Driver’s Education and, as Gary excitedly points out, “already looking at colleges.” He is proud of each of his children’s paths and recognizes their presences as growing adults. “If you don’t have a child then you have no idea what love really is. My kids aren’t perfect,” he says. But it’s important that he shows he cares. “They know I love them because I tell them. “ •A•

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and retirees are discovering the innovations to fixed indexed annuities that include guaranteed lifetime income. These contracts provide retirees with muchneeded options — attractive options like contracts that provide income for life no matter how long you live. The guaranteed lifetime income contract has fueled sales of fixed indexed annuities in recent years and for many, these annuities are providing a solution in a time when company pension plans have become less common. According to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute data, indexed annuity sales topped $48 billion in 2014 up 23% from the previous year and for the first time indexed annuities represented over 50% of all fixed annuity sales. As boomers and retirees increasingly turn to insurance companies for income solutions, so does the government. In July 2013, Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced a bill designed to transfer the risk of insuring public pensions to insurance companies. Hatch said, “America cannot continue sleepwalking into the financial disaster that awaits us if we do not get the public pension debt crisis under control.” In our parents’ generation there were many companies that offered pensions to bear the risk of longevity. As the winds of change blow, our retirement income options evolve. It’s important to examine your alternatives carefully and decide how best to address your longevity risks. Do you realize that in 2011 only 10% of private

investors offered a defined benefit plan or pension plans and that number is going down because it is just too costly to offer these benefits. Fixed indexed annuities can provide principal protection from market downturns, contractual guarantees, and income for life. If you are concerned about outliving your money, consider passing the longevity risk off to an insurance company by using an annuity to generate income throughout your retirement years. A portion of your money earmarked for retirement can be used to endow a contract that will generate a predictable monthly income for the rest of your life. When you hear about these types of annuities having high commissions, fees, being complicated, having no access to your money or having to pay a large penalty you need to understand it is being said by someone that 1. Is not educated or licensed to sell the product or 2. Wants to manage your money for a fee, and remember they get paid a fee whether you make money or not. 3. They compare all annuities in the same class of which they are not. There are Fixed, Fixed Indexed, and Variable annuities which have

high costs and are tied to the stock market so you may suffer a loss. There are many types of annuities out there today, some even having NO fees, some providing assisted living if that is what is needed, and some even have an increasing income on a depleting asset. And, you get this with a guarantee of no loss due to a market downturn. REMEMBER, THE NUMBER ONE FEAR FOR PEOPLE IN RETIREMENT IS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY! It is time for people to think outside the box and remember these three things 1. If you thought something were true and turned out not to be true when would you want to find out about it? 2. It is not how much money you have in retirement it is how much you have after taxes! 3. You or your advisors may be the smartest people in the world but it is what you don’t know that will end up costing you hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of dollars in undue taxes, fees, and lost opportunity costs. Give me a call at 910-551-1046 for a complete explanation.•A•


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Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation 11am Teen Bookmark Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch 6pm Bull Riding on the Farm - Shady Acres Rodeo

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Time - Cliffdale Regional Branch Library 2pm Hope Mills Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - Parks and Recreation Services Center 7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center

2016 Field of Honor Senior Exercise 19 10am 20 8:30am Airborne & Special Operations - Spring Lake Senior Museum Foundation 11am Teen Bookmark Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch 6pm Bull Riding on the Farm - Shady Acres Rodeo

Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 10am FREE Exercise Class 1422 Bragg Blvd 7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center

Bragg Blvd 10:30am Hula Hoop Club Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park 7pm “Alive Inside” - Cameo Art House Theatre

Classes-Fascinate-U Children’s Museum 10am Pre-School Pals Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex 6pm Lupus Foundation Support Group – Cumberland County - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices All American Homes


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- The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum 5pm High School Equivalent Testing (GED) Program Kingdom Connection Ministry 6pm Taekwondo Classes Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park

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Cumberland County 10 10am Goes to War Exhibit -

The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum 11am Teen Bookmark Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch 6pm Jazzy Friday - Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram


8:30am Senior Exercise - Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 11am Preschool Story Time - East Regional Branch Library 6pm Diabetes Clinic - 1422 Bragg Blvd

Millstone Towne Centre 10am Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of Fayetteville - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park 11am Make it, Take it! - Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

17 12pm Hope Mills Chamber’s 18 11am Super Science Annual Golf Tournament Gates Four Golf & Country Club 6pm Oldies, Rock and Blues Music - Hope Mills Recreation Center 8:30pm Live Music at Luigi’s - Luigi’s, 528 North McPherson Church Road

Basic Water Bath Fayetteville After 5 23 12pm 24 5pm Canning - 301 E Mountain Dr Festival Park 6pm Taekwondo Classes Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park 7pm Society of Creative Anachronism - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park

Museum - Fayetteville Transportation Museum 10am 2nd Annual Fayetteville Pet Fest - Naturally Unleashed Pet Nutrition Center 12pm See the Trains! Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

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

Saturday! - Fascinate-U Children’s Museum 7pm Fayetteville’s Jazz Showcase - The Metropolitan Room 7pm VerseUs Open Mic and Discussion - The Big Apple Restaurant & Sports Pub, 5900 Yadkin Rd

Cars and Coffee Car 25 9am Show - Millstone Complex

12pm Art Market - The Sweet Palette, 101 Person St 7pm Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers - Highland Country Club, 2381 Raeford Rd

Mixing Migraine Cocktails Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson


definition for migraine is A headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines are a very prevalent neurological disease that affects 38 million people in just the United States. It is the third most prevalent illness in the world. About 12% of the population suffers from migraines. That means nearly 1 in every 4 households in the US has someone that suffers from migraine. Migraines are most common between the ages of 25 and 55, with 18% of women, 6% of men and 10% of children in the US experiencing them. Migraines are the eighth most disabling illness in the world and more than 90% of the sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine. Attacks may last between 4-72 hours. Children are affected by migraines and are absent from school twice as often as children without migraines. Half of all children that suffer have their first attack before the age of 12. There is recent study that infant colic has been found to be associated with childhood migraine and may even be an early form of migraine, according to The Migraine Research Foundation. In 2015 there were about 500 certified headache specialists in the US and 38 million sufferers… not good odds at all! While researching migraines and the treatment of them locally we learned of Pinehurst Neurology and a highly personalized, made-toorder migraine cocktail they provide. Dana Ramey is a registered nurse with Pinehurst Neurology. More specifically, she is the Infusion Nurse and Infusion Manager. “What this means is that I do both the clinical side of things, and the majority of the administrative part of the infusion!” she said. She has quite a few roles since there are three other clinics that she oversees. Dana shared, “As far as the infusion, or migraine cocktail, goes 26

it’s an intravenous service we offer to patients we have seen with chronic migraines. It’s not a preventive therapy; it is abortive therapy, which means that once you have migraines, it’s something you take or use to break the migraine.” Typically, triptans are the go-to pain reliever, but when the ones at home fail, Pinehurst Neurology can get an IV started to help relieve the intense migraine pain. The cocktail has been a procedure that the practice has used for as long as the infusion lab has been there which is a little better than six years. “If someone calls, and they’ve never been seen, the first thing we’ll do is get them in as a new patient. Most others require a referral. We will get them in to see one of our neurologists who is our migraine specialist. Then they may be sent to me for the administration of the cocktail if necessary,” explained Nurse Ramey. Someone who has never suffered with a migraine may ask the question: What is the difference between a regular ol’ headache and a migraine? According to Ramey, “It is the worst headache you’ve ever had in your entire life.” Yet everyone’s migraines are different. “They can alternate sides. That’s a very good or benign sign if your migraine moves. It can be in the top of the head, feeling like a knife in the eye. Migraines have been known to cause pain to the temples, light sensitivity, GI upset, and even sensitivity to smells. Some sufferers have even developed confusion migraines which can have stroke-like symptoms.” When someone believes they are suffering from a migraine, the staff usually recommends, for day one, to take whatever abortive therapy they have at home. Nurse Ramey added, “If the pain persists by day two or three, we usually recommend that the patient comes in to see us.” Once it is determined that a patient may need an IV infusion of the migraine cocktail, the office staff will issue precautions. For example, they

encourage a driver if they are stable, to stay and sleep it off. Patients often go to the ER first, seeking treatment for the pain. There, sometimes narcotics are given, which, while it helps at the time, can cause rebound headaches that are just as painful or worse. The solution Pinehurst Neurology uses is something Dr. Sinclair – one of the physicians available - actually developed, a specific combination of a variety meds from different drug classes. She knows the significance of providing an environment that is conducive to the patient’s overall comfort level. “I try to keep the migraine room separate from the infusion room. I like to turn off all the lights and shut out all the noise. The relaxing, one-on-one environment obviously helps to relax the patient.” Considering that stress is the leading factor that contributes to the onset of migraines, Nurse Dana Ramey is very tenacious in creating that peaceful aura. Turning off lights and keeping the room quiet is important, although there are many, many more triggers for migraines. They

include: weather changes, approaching storms, drops in the barometric pressure, allergy season, foods high in monosodium glutamate (MSG). And for women, a migraine may develop based on hormonal changes. She provided a list of items to avoid to stave off migraines such as: caffeine, chocolate, MSG, and of course – stress. “Although this is a short list of migraine contributors, still there are other triggers that are important to know about in order to keep migraines at bay: nitrates which are found in most deli meats and hot dogs, aged cheese, red wine, skipping meals altogether, changes in sleep patterns, fatigue, chemical smells, tobacco smoke, and certain meds can trigger migraines - specifically birth control,” said Dana. Nurse Ramey said that the patients are pleased with the results of the migraine cocktail, and they appreciate Dr. Sinclair for having introduced the procedure to them. “It was Dr. Sinclair, who has been at the practice since 2005, who started the infusion lab and sleep lab. Her patients love her, and she spends a lot of time with them.”•A•

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Written by Robin Minnick


Rey is tall, fit, with a ready smile and firm handshake. He inspires confidence, even while stating his position from a small video window on a computer screen. It is still more effective when seated across a table from him as he talks about who he is, why he does what he does, and how he relates to his family. The room’s furniture is sturdy, straightforward, not in need of gentle handling. Over his desk and on all the walls, like artwork in a small gallery, hang degrees and certificates and citations he has earned. They lend an air of solidness and dependability. A person feels like they can rely on the man who does work in this room. Yet he says the degrees are not there for him to proclaim his credentials. They act as a reminder to him. “The degrees are for the people I’m supposed to help and don’t even know.” As he puts it later in the conversation, “I was born to serve.” The desire to serve led him to the military. The philosophy pushed him to develop and direct a nonprofit, Cumberland Healthnet, whose mission is to coordinate health care for the uninsured. The belief is what led him to take on the mayorship of a town struggling with scandal and recession and it enabled him to lead the town in a systematic approach to their governing, allowing them to become efficient and grow Spring Lake 11 percent at a time when other communities were still flailing. It is this desire to serve that led him to take on the challenge of the senatorial primary, despite how difficult it might be to serve in that capacity as a young father. “I feel it is important to see a different kind of people at the table to say what no one else is saying,” he says. “Regular people need to have a seat at the table.” He goes on to explain that media can be positive, but it can distract too. And with all the various distractions in people’s lives, they don’t see the ball being moved. They don’t see the social and structural changes that can change where they are socio-economically despite how hard they work. Understanding their dad’s commitment to service allows his children to accept and even bless him

“As parents, we have a responsibility to raise good citizens. The goal of being a dad is being able to demonstrate to make sure your boys have a responsibility of protecting the community” by creating care and concern for the other person.

tackling jobs that are difficult and time-consuming for families. When he was deciding to run for Mayor, he took his whole family to a Waffle House. Over their meal he announced his intentions, telling them, “Because this is my thing, it’s going to impact all of us.” They discussed it as a team, talking in depth about how it might affect all of them, from favoritism as ‘the mayor’s kids’ to losing friends because of the same things. His wife, Adwoa, and his older son and daughter in particular understood. He’d always tried to teach his children they have a responsibility in this world. They interpreted his plan as the outgrowth of that concept. This was their dad, Chris Rey, doing what he was supposed to do. Chris has tried his best to be a part of their present. His oldest son, 16, runs track, much as his dad did, but not because of that. His mom and dad have encouraged him to be his own man. They have daughters, 12 and 3, and they are expecting another son. Chris is excited, and he rubs his face, a little sheepishly. He sighs, too. It’s challenging, being a young elected official. He feels he’s “at that age where a man should be building his career, adding to his 401k and raising his kids.” It’s enough to do without taking on the social challenges of the district and state. That’s why you don’t see a lot of young people running for office, Chris adds. “When you’ve chosen a life of public service, you’re saying ‘I know I’m going to have long days, be traveling a lot and be away from my family’, and so you develop a system to make sure that every moment counts -- if your family’s important to you in the equation.” He stays as close as he can, making sure they know him well, and that he has an influence on them. Besides teaching them to have responsibility to society, he tells them not to be afraid to do big things. “Don’t allow the fear to paralyze you.” It’s about knowing it’s okay to fail. Sometimes we paralyze ourselves from taking a leap or doing things that we can’t see the end of. To succeed we have to try; to try, we have to be okay with failing. Chris makes connections among the things he does. Even distilling his thoughts down to parenting, his view of his most important job connects to the larger world. “As parents, we have a responsibility to raise good citizens. The goal of being a dad is being able to demonstrate to make sure your boys have a responsibility of protecting the community” by creating care and concern for the other person. He feels time has taken the ‘neighbor’ out of ‘neighborhood’; too often nowadays, you just have the ‘hood’. And daughters? They need to learn a responsibility to nurture the neighborhood. This is, of course, speaking along traditional role lines. Chris acknowledges that all family dynamics are different, but it doesn’t change the fact that someone is going to be a protector and someone is going to be a nurturer. The world needs more protectors and more nurturers. Start with the neighborhoods, and you don’t know how far the idea might spread. Chris Rey aims to share the concept with his children, and to those in the larger community as well. •A•


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1 NIGHT of MUSIC & LOVE for FAPS Written by Rosemary Teague With a little help from FAPS’ friends, our 5th annual Woofstock event is set for Friday, October 7! Taking place under tent “on the river,” Woofstock will feature a catered dinner, drinks and live music! Although the sounds and the causes may be different than Woodstock, we know that our event will make just as big of an impression locally and our attendees will have just as much fun … and with less mud, hopefully! Why Woofstock? Woofstock’s proceeds help us continue to place shelter pets in caring, loving homes and make sure that each pet is spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped before being adopted. We also have to continue making improvements to our facility to ensure we are up to date with state guidelines. After all, we are the only licensed no-kill animal shelter in Cumberland and Hoke counties! Why we do what we do … Meet Chester.

Someone brought Chester to Animal Control and asked if they would euthanize him because he had become a financial burden. FAPS knew Chester had a lot more life to live and answered his call for help. Chester was underweight, infested with fleas and covered in yeast, even in his ears. His owner had neglected


his medical needs, which escalated resulting in Chester having no use of his hind legs. It was impossible for him to walk or even scratch his itchy body. FAPS immediately took Chester to the vet, where it was determined he had a blown disc in his spine. Because his injury was neglected for over a year, Chester’s muscles had atrophied and he lost his ability to do what dogs love most – walk! Just four months later, Chester is a different dog. He has a new set of wheels he can run with and can even take a few steps on his own! He still has a long way to go, but FAPS has placed him in a new loving home dedicated to getting him the help he needs to progress. His new “mama” even takes him to work with her!

A FAPS mission accomplished: Caring for rescues and providing medical treatment, if needed, until they are adopted into a loving and caring lifetime environment. Because of public support, we can continue to help homeless dogs like Chester. Won’t you help us help our four-legged friends? Fayetteville Animal Protection Society thanks you for your generous consideration to sponsor Woofstock and attend the “best party in town!” There are various sponsorship levels available. For more information, please go to or call the shelter office 910-864-9070.We hope to have your support and see you there … Chester does, too! •A•

Fayetteville Animal Protection Society Annual Benefit


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WoofStock sponsorship information and packets available at or call 910-864-2077. Sign up TODAY and be a Legend, Headliner, Rockstar, Roadie or Groupie and help sponsor a great cause!


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The proceeds from WoofStock help us save the lives of countless homeless animals and provide for them Magazine with love, comfort and any needed medical attention until they can be adopted into loving, caring homes.

Shelter: 3927 Bragg Blvd. • Fayetteville, NC 28303 • 910-864-9040 • Hours: Tues.-Fri. 1-5pm, Sat. 11am-5pm, Closed Sun. & Mon. FAPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. NC Charitable Solicitation License SL000743. CFC Code 46693.



An ARRAY of Expressions a look back Woofstock Memories

Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun at Woofstock 2016! Check out some of the fun times from 2014 and 2015 Woofstock! Pull out your tie dyed t-shirts, love beads and listen to some oldies from the 60s and 70s to get ready for Woofstock 2016!!

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Susan Rasmussen, Thomas Bass & Patty Nusbaum

Mary Frances Morketter

Miriam Landru

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Ann Mocketter, Dani Smith & Laura Johnson

Jim & Joan Richter


More Than Skin Deep

Written by Brenda Howell

Do you suffer from active


headaches? You’re not alone! According to a 2007 report 46% of the population suffers from active headaches. Another study reported $13 billion in lost productivity from chronic headaches sufferers. That is huge!! As I continued my research I also found that 56.4% of patients with primary headaches use massage therapy as their treatment of choice to control the intensity of headaches (Gaul, 2011). Now if you do a Google search on this topic you will find some really crazy “fixes” out there, some of the fixes I read made absolutely no anatomical sense. But I have read some incredible scientific material written by very experienced massage therapists that have done their own studies. Dr. Ross Turchaninov appears to be the leader of this research. There are many theories offered to explain the nature of migraines. One theory, the vascular theory, is especially valuable for a massage therapist. Simplified, this theory says that when there is tension in the


neck muscles, whether it be trauma, physical, or emotional stress, the arteries that supply the scalp constrict. This then triggers vasoconstriction of the intracranial arteries that supply the brain. As soon as the blood supply of the brain is even slightly compromised, the body will do whatever it takes to maintain normal blood perfusion to the brain. So in reaction to this, other arteries that lead to the brain tissue will dilate. This dilation leads to an increase of intracranial pressure and the migraine attack begins. I was first drawn to learn about migraines when a new client came to me in hopes I could just ease her pain. She suffered on average 5-6 migraines a week. Her life was completely controlled by the onset of these migraines. Doctors have not been able to give her a reason why she has the migraines but they were happy to prescribe numerous medications. Most of them did nothing and some made her feel worse! After our first session together she reported that she went 3 days without a migraine!

We soon began weekly sessions and in just over a course of a few months she was down to only one migraine every few weeks and even that migraine was reported as not being as severe as they were in the past. She is taking back control of her life! It is important to get a diagnosis from your doctor but sometimes even the doctor has no clear reason as to the cause of the migraine. If you have never tried massage therapy designed to reduce the intracranial pressure, I encourage you to call your massage therapist and ask them if they know how to do this. If they don’t, book a medical massage with us and change the way you feel!! •A• Brenda is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and owner of Healing Hands Body Therapy, 5843 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC. 910-5023596. She and her team specialize in medical massage by using a variety of modalities to reach your goals. Brenda and her team are constantly taking more training and education classes to help you realize that becoming pain free is not just a dream but is something that is attainable.

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My mother is very sick and I am her caretaker. It tires me out a lot and I am upset because my brother is no help at all. I have a job and responsibilities of my own and I need help. I have discussed this with him on several occasions but he will not pitch in and help. What should I do?

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Continue to take care of your mother. It is obvious you are a very caring and reliable person. You may want to see if you can find someone to come in for a few hours a day to assist your mother. You cannot do everything by yourself. You will run yourself down and put your health at risk. Explore agencies and services that can help you with the care of your mother. Good luck,



Hidden Nuggets

Entrepreneur Spotlight Written by Anissa Short


long ago, I read an online article in Entrepreneur written by Andrea Huspeni (September 2013) with the title “Millennials are Snubbing the Corporate World for Entrepreneurship”. The article shared that 60 percent of Millennials were “turning their backs on traditional career paths and considering themselves as entrepreneurs”. The top four reasons given for this trend to forsake traditional jobs were (1) flexibility, (2) ability to choose projects, (3) unlimited earnings potential and (4) control over their own work. Little did I know that within a short time of reading this article, I would meet an entrepreneur who would bring to life the content of this article. Alysa, who is in her twenties, is a resident of Fayetteville. She and her husband, found their way to the area as a result of his military assignment. Yes, this Millennial is a Military Wife and entrepreneur and definitely one that I would describe as extremely passionate about what she does. So who is Alysa? For more information about her and her work, visit her at In the meantime, here is a little about this enterprising

Millennial Graphic Designer. Alysa, who are you? ~ I would describe myself as an ambitious, motivated, creative, passionate, and persistent individual who is very alert to fine details. Why did you choose this venture as your specific home based entrepreneurial venture? ~ I started studying graphic design and printing technologies in high school. Even then I was interested in being my own boss, but it seemed so difficult. While attending college, I began working at the corporate headquarters of a very popular jewelry company. After three and a half years, I was ready for change. By then my husband said he was going to join the Army, so it seemed like the perfect time. Becoming self-employed would be a great career choice for a lifestyle that may involve moving every few years. What did you do to prepare yourself for this specific business? ~ Other than the knowledge gained in college, I worked as a designer and

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pre-press technician at two family owned print shops. I also worked nights and weekends to develop my portfolio and website, while also holding down my 45 hour a week job. I followed other successful freelance graphic designers via their podcasts and blogs. I even connected with a few of them personally! What do you love most about being a “home based” entrepreneur? ~ I feel that my life is more balanced now. Prior to working for myself, my life was always on the move. I was tired from long work days and long commutes. I was never able to relax and appreciate what I was building. Now I can’t image being anything other than an artist and it just so happens that I can do it all from home! I love this freedom!

What general advice would you offer to anyone interested in pursuing entrepreneurship? ~ Feed your mind. Read books and become immersed in the information you need that feeds your success. I highly recommend listening to the free podcasts “Hack the Entrepreneur” by Jon Nastor, and “Creative Pep Talk” by Andy J Miller. Both are excellent sources of motivation. Also, the book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield will change your way of thinking.•A•

Did you face challenges prior to starting your business or since starting? ~ At the onset, I had a few naysayers and as most entrepreneurs would likely experience, I had feelings of doubt. To overcome this, I surrounded myself with people who believed in me and reminded me of my talents. My husband, parents, and friends, were my cheerleading team.

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Bizz Tipz

Taking Care of Employees

The cost to replace an employee

who quits or has to be fired is enormous for organizations. It is estimated that the cost can range from 75 – 150% of their annual salary depending on the specific position. This cost reflects the loss of productivity, loss of sales, recruiting expenses, and training. Not to mention the burden it places on the managers having to conduct interviews and employees who are having to pickup the additional work load due to the job vacancy since business cannot slow down just because someone choses to leave the company. There are several reasons why employees leave a company and contrary to popular belief, money is seldom the primary contributor. Below are 5 reasons why employees may be leaving your organization:

1. Mistreatment. Bullying in the workplace is more prevalent than most business leaders realize. Employees do not come to work to be treated poorly. Take measures to eliminate bullying by peers and supervisors. Ensure your employees feel comfortable reporting bullying. There is no room in any professional organization for this type of behavior. 2. Lack of training. Employees who are not properly trained to successfully complete their job are being setup to fail. They will become increasingly frustrated as they make mistakes and receive the blame for their errors. Take the time to properly train employees, verify that they are capable of conducting their job, and provide periodic feedback to help them grow. Embrace mistakes and errors as learning opportunities and ask the employee what they learned from the mistake.

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Written by Dan Travieso

the computers, telephones, copy machines, books, tools, administrative supplies, materials, and so forth necessary to fulfill their job responsibilities. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to complete a job correctly and not having the right resources. 4. Upward mobility. You have to give employees the opportunity for advancement if you want to keep them long-term. Allow existing employees the opportunity to apply for management positions before considering outsiders. If an internal employee is not selected, provide feedback as to which skills need to be improved so they can be considered for the next opportunity. Make employees believe that advancement opportunities exist. 5. Poor/ unsafe work conditions. Nobody wants to work at a place where injuries are prevalent. Value the safety of your employees. You want them to focus on their job and not be distracted by being worried about being injured. Conduct analysis after each workplace injury in order to determine what precautions can be taken to prevent repeat occurrences. •A• Dan Travieso, known as the Ultimate Performance Architect, is an expert in organizational and individual performance at DT Squared Consulting Services. Visit, or email info@ for more information.

Ask Tina

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Have a question about real estate? Ask Tina. Linda A. Ft. Hood, Texas asks…

We are PCSing to Ft. Bragg in a few months. We really want to buy our own home and retire there. What are some of the things to consider when looking at neighborhoods?

There are many factors that can be

used to determine where to look for your home. You didn’t elaborate on your particular circumstances, so here are some general points to consider. Since the early 1920’s, the battle cry for buyers has been, “Location, location, location.” Location matters because the average person cannot just pick up their home and move it. It is usually a long-term, solid investment if done correctly. If you are planning to have children, or already have children, good schools may be at the top of your list. Typically, there are higher home values surrounding the better school districts. This sometimes makes it difficult for young families just starting out to buy in these areas. Most people want to feel safe in their home. They want to live where there is little to no crime. A safe neighborhood means you can interact with your neighbors, be outdoors, and not worry about your children playing in your back yard. Being

Answered by Tina Renee Dawson & Shari McGean

on good terms with your neighbors almost guarantees them looking out for your property when you are not home. In many areas, buyers look for easy access to the interstate or public transportation. You don’t want the highway in your backyard, but you want to be able to access all parts of the area easily and quickly. Another point to consider is the proximity of the home to parks, recreation, shopping, and cultural activities. You don’t want to have to drive an hour to pick up a quart of milk, or take your child to a park. The quality of the neighborhood is very important as well. You want an area where people are actively caring for their properties. This usually indicates long term home owners, and very few renters. You need only drive through a neighborhood to see this. Look for mowed lawns, well-

manicured landscape, paint that is well kept, and a general tidiness of the homes. Some agents may tell you to buy the worst home in the best neighborhood. Fixing up a home may give you the best return on your investment when you decide to sell. It also allows you to customize the home to your exact specifications. Tread lightly, you want others to want to buy your home in the future. Sometimes being more neutral and not so far out of the box will give you more options for buyers. Your agent should have answers to most of the questions you will have on many of these points. The most reliable method is to drive through neighborhoods you are interested in. Personal observation tends to be what buyers trust the most. You should go through during the day, in the evening and on the weekend. Send your real estate questions to Tina Dawson at tinardawson@gmail. com, or give her a call at 910-9881969. Your question may be featured in an upcoming edition of Array. •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.


A Mission with a Mission What Makes Mission BBQ Rock Written by Robin Minnick Photography by Dave Minnick

Walk into Mission BBQ at 1932 Skibo Road at noon on

any given day and you will walk into the perfect example of what sets this restaurant apart from any other. At noon, the national anthem is performed, and the Mission BBQ team and diners stand in respect. If there are military people present - and there are always military people dining in – they’ll be standing at attention. It’s a tradition founded by the men who created Mission BBQ, Bill Kraus and Steve Newton, known familiarly as Bill and Newt. The word mission in the restaurant’s name refers to a task with an objective, an important assignment - not unlike a military mission. Mission BBQ’s mission is two-fold: one part is to share the love of barbecue by offering some of the best-tasting food their chefs can create, the other to encourage a show of appreciation for what our military and emergency personnel do for all of us on a daily basis. Bill and Newt were deeply touched by personal loss when the towers went down on 9/11. They immediately set up funds and charities to help the families of the police, firefighters and other first responders. By sharing their appreciation of these heroes through Mission BBQ, they hope to encourage all they serve to express their appreciation too. The company - privately-held with what will soon be 30 locations - states its mission this way: “to serve our teammates, our customers, our community, and our country.” And they serve them well. Readers can check the sidebar for ARRAY’s opinion of specific dishes, but overall the food is terrific. The menu is diverse but select - all the kind of food you might find at a backyard barbecue, though three menu items change seasonally. Everything is homemade from scratch, right down to the huge brownies bagged for take-out and the sixpack of sauces that adorns each table. Sauces with names like Texas Twang, Memphis Belle, and Tupelo Heat. General Manager Jonathan Windham says Mission BBQ believes in strict recipe adherence, the source of the consistent flavors across the chain, but it is also the simplicity of what they do that makes the food so good. All meats are smoked with a simple dry rub containing only a few ingredients, so that the meat’s flavor shines through. “Everything is the best of what we can do,” emphasizes

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Chopped brisket sandwich, Maggie’s mac & cheese, and seasonal peach cobbler – a delicious combo! Jonathan. Recipes go through rigorous development. Employees can submit recipes, then they are tested and tweaked to perfection. There’s a family feel about it all. Sometimes recipes are named for those involved in their development, like Maggie’s Mac and Cheese, named for the 5-year-old who gave it the final double thumbs up. The company is just as deliberate about creating atmosphere. They scoured the United States for the bestdesigned, most welcoming interiors. They put together metal and wood and old-time glass bottled soda drink bins. They have an open kitchen with Old Hickory-brand equipment that keeps the meat at a constant, perfect temperature. The dining room has an informal industrial look with tables made by hand from freshly-planed walnut. Some are embedded with coins such as members of the military and Department of Defense workers receive for work well done. Cased uniforms are mounted on the walls, flanked by helmets and caps. Photos, official papers, seals, and badges decorate all available surfaces around the room. There’s also a wall of awards Mission BBQ has received from the city and various organizations. Country music and classic rock play overhead. For those keeping up with scores, there are televisions mounted in corners of the room. Mission BBQ frequently hires vets or their family members as employees. They have one position with a very special job: Ambassador. Fayetteville’s current Ambassador is Victoria Burris. She is the public face for the restaurant, a presence in the dining room for military and first responders. She is also responsible for community outreach and events, arranging for two food drops a week to local law enforcement and emergency personnel. Each branch or organization is treated for a month. In addition they do community events - catered set-ups for more than 50 people - at the rate of one or two a month. These might be receptions when soldiers return from deployment or something like the 82nd Airborne Awards. All events, food drops and the community events are 100% donated. “Corporate guidelines,” says Jonathan, “asks for one event

“Everything is the best of what we can do,” emphasizes Jonathan.

per quarter. Fayetteville - with the size of Ft. Bragg and one of the largest firefighting groups in the country - tends to go over the top.” During May’s Armed Forces week, they honor a different branch of service daily, and on Saturday, all the military, amounting to a total donation of $20,000 in ticket value. On September 11, they honor first responders. Although no

usual military discount is offered in the dining room, the community events surpass the value a usual discount would provide. Mission BBQ also has their American Heroes cup program. Diners purchase a cup for $3.99 and two dollars per cup is donated to local non-profits. In a recent month, this created donations for the Red Cross and the Police Foundation of $6500 each, all done at the local store level. Mission BBQ is not just a restaurant, Jonathan says, “it’s platform for the awareness of what our military has done for us.” The team is passionate about their mission and about their food. It’s obvious in how they serve and what they say and how they treat their customers. It makes the customer part of the team, too, moving us forward to when we can banish the fear and reclaim our lives once again. •A•

Menu ARRAY tasted a good part of the menu. It’s hard to be specific when everything is good, but here are our thoughts. (Items with a * were on May’s seasonal menu and will have changed by June) Georgia Mustard - has a hint of sweet brine, almost a relish flavor, and a kick to it at the end of things; wonderful with the jalapeno sausage. Jalapeno sausage - A powerful, tasty sausage that stands up to a sauce, but also stands alone with its bits of embedded jalapeno and cheddar.

Chopped brisket sandwich with Memphis sauce sweet, full flavor, earthy. The meat is tender and falls apart beautifully. Evenly cooked, and the sauce complements it rather than masks the meatiness. The pork is enhanced by the sweet tanginess. Baja Bold sauce - spicy without pain, you can enjoy it without losing your taste buds. Chopped brisket with Smoky Mountain sauce - fallapart tender, the sauce has an intense smokiness.

Smoked green beans with bacon and onions - a solid smoky flavor in a full-bodied stock, beans firm, not over-cooked.

Smoked turkey - moist, juicy, and smooth in the mouth, much more flavorful than roasted. Served with a white sauce that includes horseradish and emphasizes its juiciness and flavor.

Brownie - made with cocoa powder and small chocolate chips. They recommend heating it briefly if you bring one home. The texture is light, airy and homemade.

Maggie’s Mac & Cheese - a perfect blend of five cheeses, with caramelized crumbled topping, very saucy.

Did you know? The person credited for inventing the concept of Father’s Day is Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, an American whose father had raised his six children single-handedly.


An ARRAY of Expressions Out of Sight Wing Fling

The Vision Resource Center held its first annual Out of Sight Wing Fling fundraiser. There was a chicken wing cook-off, awesome food, DJ’s, a kid’s zone, food trucks, live music, great vendors all on a beautiful Saturday. The Golden Knights dropped in with an autographed football from the Carolina Panthers. The judges found the winners of the best wings, a competition was held to see who could eat the most hot wings and so much more. If you didn’t make this one, be glad this was just the first of many to come! See you next year!!

Photography by Aly Hansen

Saturday, May 7, 2016 Swamp Dog Stadium

Jay & James Powell

David Slugaj & Debbie Belles

Cecilia Copeland

Jeannie Hamilton (teacher for the blind, volunteer for VRC) Sherry & Angelique Young


Joey Boles & Jenny Cooney with Mother Cluckers

Jason & Jackie Sanders

Chris Nusbaum with VRC & Tiffany Swet

Les Belles with Mother Cluckers

Alton & Shanae Crudup


Golden Knights


Quinn & Walt Halley with troop 5756

SFC JD Berentis with football signed by the Carolina Panthers

Victoria Johnson & Jackson Snyder to accept the football

SGM Rodney O’dell & Nathan O’dell

Spinach and Sausage Baked Pasta

Let’s Eat!

Written and eaten by Angie Autry

You can change this dish up by adding chicken, fresh vegetables in season such as squash, mushrooms, onions and zucchini. If you have fresh herbs that can really enhance the flavors. This may sound like a complicated dish but after making it and making adjustments for your family this is one of those good “go to” meals for the family. Enjoy!!


• olive oil spray • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano • 8 oz fat-free ricotta • 8 oz part-skim mozzarella, shredded • 14 oz uncooked sweet Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing • 12 oz high-fiber or low carb rigatoni pasta • 1 tsp olive oil • 2 cloves smashed garlic, roughly chopped • 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid • salt and fresh pepper to taste • 4 cups Quick Marinara Sauce

Directions Preheat the oven to 375°. Spray a 9- x13-inch baking dish with olive oil spray. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, 6 tablespoons of the Pecorino Romano cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese. Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, brown the sausage breaking up into small bits until cooked through; set aside. Add the oil to the skillet and sauté garlic about a minute, careful not to burn. Add spinach and season with a little salt and pepper and cook another minute. Return the sausage to the skillet and add the marinara sauce; cook on low about 2-3 minutes. When the pasta water comes to a boil, cook pasta according to instructions for al dente, but undercook them by 4 minutes less; drain and return to pot. Put half of the cooked pasta into the prepared baking dish and top with half of the meat sauce. Spoon the ricotta mixture on top of the sauce in an even layer. Cover with the remaining pasta and the remaining sauce. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 6-7 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 8 • Size: 1 3/4 cups • Points+: 10 • Smart Points: 11 Calories: 398 • Fat: 12.5 g • Protein: 27.5 g • Carbs: 44 g • Fiber: 6 g • Sugar: 1.5 g Sodium: 636 mg (without salt) •A•


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Publisher’s Note A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow. ~Unknown~ Being a Southern female, you are always proud

to be known as a Daddy’s girl. It’s nothing bad, derogatory, offensive or belittling…not to a Southern girl anyway. Our fathers are our heroes from the day we are born. They are what we measure other man to, and few can measure up. If you are lucky enough to find one that does almost meet that lofty height, then you are one lucky girl. We may be raised a lady but we are also raised not to take any “stuff” from anyone. Daddy is the one you call before you buy a car, have something fixed around the house and for so many other situations, no matter what age you are. You may listen to your husband about something but you’ll call Daddy just to get his opinion anyway! And don’t talk bad about a Southern Girl’s Daddy! Those are fighting words!! I guess that is the reason the June issue is always so special and I’m so happy to read about the Dynamic Dads we write about each June. No matter how busy they are, what tasks they have on their plate, the job they have, these dynamic dads still know how important family is and work very hard to make sure they find the time to spend with their family. It was exciting to have such an amazing photo submitted by Allie Culpepper INK for our cover of a young military dad spending time with his wife and child. What a great way to start this issue off! It’s also heartwarming to know that we never run out of dynamic dads and have to make the hard decision of who not to cover…this year! Thank you to my Daddy who has always been an inspiration to me. Thanks to my sons who have helped me out through this journey and who work at being great dads and uncles. My sons certainly got some strong traits from their father who worked hard every day of his life. Sigmund Freud said “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” The dynamic dads we’ve talked about this issue are role models not just 48

for their families but for an entire community. Thank you to all the dynamic dads out there! ARRAY is very excited to be partnering with WGQR radio station, 105.7, for Senior Moments. You can hear various senior events for those 55 and older on the radio Monday – Friday. You can also find them listed on page 4 of each issue of ARRAY beginning this month. There are so many varied events out there and if you know of an event please go to our website www.arraync. com and click on the link at the bottom of the website to share a Senior Moment with us. You never can tell, your Senior Moment may be on the radio and in ARRAY Magazine! Also, if you would like to get a newsletter on happenings with ARRAY be sure to subscribe on our website. We’ll let you know of upcoming events ahead of time, when the magazine is hitting the stands and other exciting news. We are excited to be growing and reaching more people each and every month. Thank you to our readers and advertisers! You make us possible!

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