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June 2017

Vol. 5 Issue 6


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Monthly Columns


June 2017

5 Hair Now

Departments 6

7 Array of Pets

Pet Talk

14 From the Desk of...

Summer Pet Safety

15 Healthy Living

10 Artistic


16 Stiletto Thoughts

Southern Drawl

20 Calendar

18 Bizz Buzz

12 Richard Perez

Baseball Report

30 Good News


Pat McKee

33 Music Scene Music & Kids

8 Downtown Art Tall Trikayal

12 Richard Perez

A Table in Every School

22 E J Snyder Survivalist

25 Dear Shanessa 26 Ask Tina 27 Dollar & Sense 28 Amy on The Town 29 Hidden Nuggets 32 Today a Reader

Tomorrow a Leader

34 Let’s Eat 35 More Than Skin Deep 36 Small Biz Doctor 38 Social Security Smarts

39 Array for Kids 40 Publisher’s Note

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Hair & Now

Written by Tasherra Marshall

Hair A Mess? Well Stress Less!

Hello Fayetteville Wonderful!

rough time kicking my coffee habit lately. One day, I met the tea guru, Josh! He opened up his magical tin bins (you must see it to believe it), and mixed a white I hope you found my healthy hair solution about local fresh-market food options to be helpful. I know I chocolate mocha tea blend just for me. I could not have replaced a few items in my snack drawer as well. believe that this tea tasted like my favorite coffee drink (I am still in shock!). I get the same flavor and energy This month, I have another natural tip for you that is boost without the added sugars that are harmful to my both inexpensive and easy to access here in the great health. He recommends using loose-leaf tea to get the historic downtown arts & entertainment district. full benefit of the tea leaf. Of course, the best quality can be found at Winterbloom Tea, located on Hay Ask Tashi: Street in Downtown Fayetteville, N.C. Another tip I will offer is to add tea rinsing to your Dear Tashi, I have been natural for 10 years and hair cleansing regimen. Your beautiful tresses will be I have found that lately, my hair is shedding thanking Tashi! •A• more than usual. What should I do? -Nisla Don’t panic, Lady Nisla. Our head sheds an average of 50-100 hairs per day on its own, in the normal Please keep the questions coming, my people! phases of hair growth. However, our bodies often send us signs of distress that let us know when we may need to slow down and relax more. Sometimes, we are suffering from hair loss due to stress-related issues. Did you know that an excellent all-natural stress reliever and hair strengthener is herbal tea? Yes, tea is a three-for-one special that will allow the body to expel toxins, relax the mind, and nurture the hair. The best teas for hair care are black, green, and oolong. These teas actually come from the same leaf that has gone through natural stages of oxidation. Each help prevent hair loss by making the hair follicle A Tashi is someone who will always keep you interested and though often under estimated due to their small physiques; a thicker, longer, and stronger. They also stimulate Tashi is known to have a fiery and rebellious personality. This your dry scalp; preventing eczema and dandruff. is an apt description of Combat Veteran, Entrepreneur, Mother The caffeine in black, green, and oolong tea blocks and Wife; Tasherra “Tashi Chic” Marshall. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), thus making it optimal for As a Certified Beauty and Wellness Specialist, Tashi believes beauty begins within. As CEO, she ensures that clients are anti-shedding. provided with holistic services that enhances their natural One of my favorite places for a soothing cup of beauty. Healthy Hair, Beautiful Spirit, Customized You…Tashi tea is Winterbloom Tea (the owner is a good friend Chic! Is her mantra and she works hard to ensure that every of mine). Being a Washington native, I have had a client grows to appreciate their unique beauty.

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Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe this Summer Written by Jackie Stickley Executive Director of FAPS

It’s not even officially summer, yet temperatures have

been up all month long. We all have our own tips and tricks to stay cool, hydrated, and UV protected, but what about your pets? We want to be sure they’re in on the fun, and there are lots of ways to make sure they’re enjoying the sunshine in a safe way. Heatstroke: Overheating is the main concern for dogs and cats during the summer. The signs of heat stress in dogs include: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapsing. Heatstroke can be fatal, and dogs are particularly susceptible, but it is preventable if caught and treated in time. Pets with short muzzles (like Pugs, Pekingese, Bulldogs and Persian cats) are more prone to heatstroke because they cannot pant as effectively. The car: Leaving your pet in the car (even with the windows cracked) can cause heatstroke, organ damage, and death. Don’t ever leave your pet in the car, even in slightly warm weather or for short periods of time, because the temperature in a car rises very quickly. If you’re going someplace where you can’t take your pet, leave them at home. Pavement: Hot pavement can burn paw pads quickly and without you noticing. Take your pet for walks in the morning or evening hours when it’s cooler, and walk in the grass when possible. Dehydration: Bring a bowl and plenty of water to keep your dog well hydrated while away from home. Bring double the amount that you think you may need to ensure that your dog has continual access to fresh water to cool off. Kiddie pools: These can be a great way to cool your pet during the summer months, but they heat up during the day, and the water needs to be replaced regularly. Empty the pool when it is not in use, because still bodies of

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water attract mosquitoes to lay their eggs (and mosquitos spread heartworm disease). Water Safety: Never leave your pet unattended by the poolside or other open bodies of water. Even good swimmers can have accidents, and natural bodies of water have other threats, like riptides and waves. Since dogs will often swim for extended distances and become too tired to return, use a brightly colored canine life vest so that you can easily spot them in open water. Pests: Those pesky bugs aren’t only after us, but our pets too! Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and tapeworms are more problematic during the summer, and all present serious health dangers to both dogs and cats. Keep your pet up-to-date on preventatives, and check for pests after your pet has been outside. Pavement puddles: Your pet should only be allowed to drink clean, fresh water. Never let your pet drink water off the street or out of lakes, ponds, or streams. Cars leak more antifreeze than usual during the summer months, and antifreeze consumption is extremely dangerous – and highly lethal – for both cats and dogs. However you decide to spend your summer – whether it be making homemade “pupsicles” for the pooches, heading out to a pet-friendly café downtown, or even if you decide to cool off in the sprinklers in your front lawn – just know your pets love all the time you spend with them! If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, be sure to check out the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society (FAPS), the only licensed no-kill animal shelter in the county! All animals are spayed/neutered, FeLV/ FIV tested or heartworm tested (and treated if positive), vaccinated, seen by a veterinarian, and microchipped! You can see the animals available for adoption at the shelter (3927 Bragg Blvd.), on their website (www., or by finding them on Facebook! •A•

Array of Pets

The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, Inc (FAPS) provides a licensed, no-kill shelter. Anyone interested in these animals or others should phone 910-864-9040 or visit 3927 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville. Photos by

Name: Lily Age: 6 years Sex: Female Breed: Chow mix Lily is an adorable girl! She has a terrific temperament, loves people, and is said to be good with other dogs too! Lily knows sit,stay, and is even house broken. She is as good as it gets! Lily is waiting patiently at FAPS for her fur-ever family to come and get her. Come visit Lily, you might fall in love!

Name: Eleanor Age: 7 years Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair Eleanor is a beautiful girl waiting for the right family to come along! She is looking for a calm, quiet, and loving family. Eleanor enjoys soaking up the sun on the windowsill, eating yummy wet food, and a nice soft scratch behind the ears. Eleanor would do best in a home as the only cat ensuring she will receive any and all attention at all times.

Name: Teddy Age: 5 years Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair Teddy has been at FAPS for a very long time and we all love her! Nothing would make us happier than to see her find her fur-ever family! She is very shy and would love nothing more than to have her very own home where she can wonder and nap wherever she pleases. She can be very timid and needs a little time to warm up to you. Please give Teddy a chance!

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The Sculpture Culture comes to Fayetteville

Part 6 Written & photos by Stone Samuels

We are flying through 2017, and June

is already here. Summer is upon us, and that means that the number of sculptures is getting smaller and smaller. When we started this project, it was clear that there was much to be learned from; about both the sculptures and their artists. As the writer of these articles, the knowledge that I’ve been gained has been invaluable, in putting together my research for these articles. The success of these sculptures should draw other types of artists who work in different mediums. Hopefully, this will prompt The Arts Council of Fayetteville to expand, and to bring more projects to the downtown area, which is everexpanding. We are once again showcasing the work of sculptor, Rob Lorenson. Having a chance to see his work up close and personal has made this writer go even deeper into researching his work, and I have to say that I am truly impressed with his work. His work will talk to you and have you trying to figure out, “What was he thinking?” At least, that is what it does for me. Come to the downtown area, have some lunch, take a walk around, and enjoy the sights of these amazing sculptures. Give yourself a chance to expand your mental palate, and add to your plate of knowledge. You will not regret the experience. If nothing else, it will give you another topic for dinner conversation. Coming downtown and viewing the sculptures can also give us an opportunity to cultivate new acquaintances, and even new friendships. These sculptures, in their own way, can help to bring people from different walks of life together on something to talk about, and that just brings us all one step closer.


Rob Lorenson is a very accomplished sculptor that has a lot of different works; many in different galleries and exhibits all over the country. He is a very well-educated and talented man, who has his beautiful works in over 200 various collections; both private and public. His work varies in size; from small table top pieces, to full large-scale sculptures. Rob earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls, and he earned his Masters of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb. He lives and works in southeastern Massachusetts. He has been a Professor of Sculpture at Bridgewater State University, and has been teaching sculpture to students, since 1999. Effectively, what Lorenson has done over his career as an educator, and as an artist sculptor, is to give lovely pieces of art to the world. Also, he has passed on the tools for many young artists to carry one artist’s view of the art world into the future. These young students must be in awe – learning how to sculpt from such an accomplished sculptor. Looking at his sculptures, you can see the meticulous work and long hours spent refining each little detail. The “Tall Trikaya” sculpture seems to be suspended in time. You get the illusion of pieces of the sculpture are being suspended in the air. The yellow-painted aluminum stands out because of its shape and size. If you want to get the full effect, you should look at the sculpture from a variety of different angles. When you look at Rob’s body of work, you can see a theme to it, but in the same sense, they are all different. If you are an artistic individual, you can get a sense of who Lorenson is as a sculptor, or if you are just the casual viewer, you can see that this very talented man is a rock star in the art world. Do yourself a favor and come downtown, and take a very long gander at this wonderful sculpture. “Tall Trikaya” is on the corner of Rowan and Green Street. •A•

Stay tuned for the next installment of the Sculpture Culture, where we will continue to bring you another piece of this amazing art.

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Ducks Follow That Written by Mackenzie Minnick

The first time Wayne Mosley

used a duck call, he was hunting by himself. He had been working four mallards; blowing the call to get them to circle in the air above him. Wayne was amazed at the responses the ducks were having. After two minutes of working them beneath the blind, Wayne was stunned by another revelation – the ducks began to land. He was so mesmerized that he forgot to do the one thing he had been working the ducks to do: pull the trigger. Wayne, the owner of Southern Drawl Custom Game Calls, didn’t share with me whether the call he was blowing was one of the ones he crafted himself. However, what was evident was the passion he held for his craft. This passion was inspired by his love for hunting. “In diapers…with a wooden stick,” he answers when I ask when he had started. Wayne always preferred hunting waterfowl and quail, so when a buddy of his was showing off some bowls he made with a wood lathe, Wayne didn’t hesitate to ask if they could make a duck call. Not long after that, Wayne started making his own.


The primary part Wayne makes in the duck call is the barrel. The barrel of a call is the beautiful piece that the insert (the part that makes the call) is placed inside. The inserts consist of the tone board, which holds the insert in the barrel, and the reeds which make the sound of the call. To keep costs down, Wayne orders most of his inserts from a parts manufacturer. However, upon request, he can, and does, make his own custom inserts. A regular call costs around $60. One made with a custom insert is $120. Mouth calls aren’t the only type that he makes, nor does he just focus on waterfowl (Wayne also makes turkey calls). There’s the box call, which consists of a little box with a lid that slides across to produce the sound. There’s the pot call, which you hold in your hand and strike with a striker made of glass, slate, or copper. The sound imitates a hen turkey.

Wayne loves using “exotic woods” to make his calls. The eponymous African blackwood, beautifully textured bocote wood, and the fiery cocobolo woods are all fine examples of woods he uses, but Wayne is willing to use whatever he is given. Since Hurricane Matthew, he’s had an influx of pecan wood. “Nothing’s more Southern than pecan wood,” he says. One customer brought in a piece of dogwood – part of a childhood tree that he wanted immortalized into a game call. “I thought that was pretty special,” Wayne says about completing the job. For Wayne, making the calls isn’t about the money. He views it as an art form. “It all starts with a square piece of wood,” he says. “I usually have an idea of what to do with the call.” From there, anything can happen. Each call is unique. Wayne could try replicating one, and after three years of working, can get pretty close, but each call has its own quality. There is something special in that uniqueness – something beautiful in turning a gift from Mother Nature into something that helps him. At 37-years-old, Wayne describes himself as, “A pretty ambitious fellow.” There is no mistaking that. He’s a lieutenant at the City of Fayetteville Fire Department, has his own landscaping business, hunts, fishes, and raises two boys (ages 5 and 9). He makes the game calls on his own free time, and then sells them on Facebook. He also occasionally makes calls for hunting shows, such as the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Wayne doesn’t plan to stop there, though. He prefers not to limit Southern Drawl just to game calls. He wants Southern Drawl to become a brand; one associated with all aspects of his life. If someone buys a Southern Drawl T-shirt or beer cozy, it could easily feature a fish instead of a duck call. He doesn’t plan to put anyone out of business; that’s not the point anyway. Wayne just wants to know that it’s his calls people are blowing in the swamps. When the ducks fly overhead, he wants to make sure they’re following that Southern Drawl. •A•


A Table in Every School Written by Robin Minnick Photos by Dave Minnick

Before he ever made his job-related move from New

Jersey to Fayetteville, N.C. in 2009, Rich Perez was on the phone making arrangements, finding a location, securing memberships – all in order to ensure the establishment of a table tennis club; ready to have its first meeting the very week he moved in. It’s the measure of his passion for the sport. Worldwide, table tennis is second only to soccer in popularity, as Rich is happy to tell, partly due to China’s large population and their love affair with the sport. When a Chinese youngster excels in table tennis, or another sport, their whole family’s life can change. They’re sponsored to schools specializing in the sport, and their families even receive financial support. Rich would like to see the United States follow suit – sort of. He’d like to see more support for table tennis as a national sport; he’d like to see it in every school. His love of instruction is nearly as strong as his love for table tennis. Thursday nights at the Massey Hill Recreation Center, headquarters for the Cape Fear Table Tennis Club, can be crowded. Usually, there are four tables set up for play, according to Rich. This night, there was an “instructional table” in the back room, as well as five tables set up for play in the main room. Rich and league coach Tony Murnahan work with three youngsters in the back. “Hold the paddle right...if it’s too close, open it a little bit,” instructs Rich, a lilt in his voice. “Get the snap in it, too. High five!” Tony directs 6-year-old


A busy night with Cape Fear Table Tennis Club at the Massey Hill Rec Center Samuel’s returns while Sai, also 6, collects the orange ping pong balls they use. Sai keeps up a running commentary, “Surprise that ball! Kill it! Kill it! Surprise that ball!” When 9-year-old Susanna takes over, the level of play changes. She returns the ball readily, keeping the volley going for a dozen turns. There are 10 kids training at the Club, and Rich is happy to report that Susanna is rapidly becoming a local favorite. She and Samuel are his children. They start kids at 5 or 6, the usual age for hand-eye coordination to kick in. More important than age is the player’s ability to balance a ball on the face of the paddle. They start with trying to keep the ball on the paddle for 10 seconds, then 20, 30, 40, etc. – up to 90 seconds. The next step is being able to bounce the ball up and down with the paddle. “Table tennis is the only sport where a 6-year-old can be competitive with an 80-year-old,” explains Richard. “It requires only reflexes, hand-eye coordination, and knowledge of the spin.” “It’s a workout for your body and your brain,” he adds. The combined workout sends extra oxygen to the brain and even helps develop brain cells. New research shows playing ping pong can ease or delay symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Most of us are familiar with the game; many grew up playing it. Few of us, however, take it as seriously as some of the players do here. Cape Fear Table Tennis Club is sanctioned by the United States Association of Table Tennis (USATT). It holds three-four tournaments per year. Players work their way up the ladder via tournaments,

earning ratings which are used to place them in competitions. Rich’s main goal is to build players; whether they compete for honors, or play for fun. There’s no difference between the game referred to as ping pong and the sport of table tennis, except the degree of gravity. “Ping pong,” reminds Rich, “is what it’s called when you’re just fooling around in the basement. If you’re serious about it, it’s table tennis.” He’s serious enough to make his own paddle. A cheap paddle costs about $100. The materials he uses cost upwards of $250. Both sides are covered in rubber, which can run from $30-75 for each piece. The wood – bamboo, cypress, koto, or the most popular, hinoki – can cost $250 alone. The middle layers consist of a carbon fiber fabric with sponge in between. The materials makes the game more spin-based. Table tennis is the only sport where players can compete with whatever rating they have. That is part of what led Richard to challenge himself to try out for the USATT National Team. The other, he confesses, was that it was a joke. He didn’t expect to be taken seriously, but within a short time of teasing his friends to sponsor him at a tryout in Raleigh, N.C., he had a fullyfunded GoFundMe account, and a shot at the team. He entered, despite the fact that his ranking of 1,500 was 1,200 behind the national champion’s, and 600 points behind those of his direct competitors. The March 25 trials were held in Morrisville, N.C., home to the biggest club in the nation, the Triangle Table Tennis Club; 25,000 square feet of professional, full-time playing space. The rules require a player to compete against three others to work his/her way through a match. Unfortunately, Richard was the first out. “It’s about what I expected. My goal was to win one game, and I came close, but...” he shrugs. He’d given it a shot, and he had fun. “I got to pretend I was a pro for a day.” Would he like to try it again? The answer is at first an uncertain “yes.” He says he’d have to start now to be in training – with a strict regimen of diet and exercise – like a boxer – if he’s going to try again. Then, he suddenly looks up – his eyes brightening – and says, “No, wait. I am. I’m going to do that.” •A•

Tables Turned As a rule, ARRAY writers don’t put themselves in their stories. However, when the interview was done, Rich Perez turned the tennis tables on us and, after introducing us to proper paddle positions, he invited - well, insisted - we play a little. It had been a long time since we played during the first years of our marriage, but it came back. Dave’s use of his left hand forced me into returning the ball with a backhand. Neither of us could figure where to stand at first, or how to serve the ball. We persevered, with Rich’s encouragement, and spent about 20 minutes volleying, dropping, fetching, and serving. Without noticing the effort, we worked up a small sweat and raised our heart rates. No wear-and-tear on the feet or spine, and a lot of laughter at ourselves. It was definitely fun, and that was Rich’s gift to us; a gift of his passion for a sport that he simply wants to benefit everyone. Paddle positions: Upright on edge (or perpendicular to the table) is Neutral. Turned slightly forward (or inward towards the center) is Closed. Turned slightly back (or outward) is Open.

The Cape Fear Table Tennis Club, a USATT sanctioned club meets Mondays and Thursdays, 6:45-9:00 p.m. at Massey Hill Recreation Center 1612 Camden Road, Fayetteville, N.C., 28306 New players of all ages are welcome.


From the desk of…

Nat Robertson As the father of two adult children, I have seen a lot: from birth to diapers, from their

first steps to running, from the first day of kindergarten to the first day of college, and, of course, everything in between those all-important life events. I don’t exactly see myself as a parenting expert, but this much I do know: I am proud of the adults that my children have become. Both my son and daughter worked hard to accomplish the success that they have achieved. One day, when I am old and wrinkled, I hope that my children will be there to help me in my golden years; the same way I have helped them in their early years. It would be even better if they could support me financially the same way I have for them! All jokes aside, I have learned that being a good dad is about patience and stamina for the journey one starts with their children on the day they are born. There will be both good and difficult times. There will be fun times, and there will be frustrating times. All those times are part of being a dad! As Mayor of Fayetteville, I am interested in the dads of our community having fun times with their children here. Here are some ideas for making memorable experiences in Fayetteville: • Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum - The transportation and local history museum is featuring an exhibit titled, Lafayette in Fayetteville, which has been named one of the best museum exhibits in the United States this spring by USA Today. This is an exciting honor for our museum. • Airborne & Special Operations Museum - “Great nations need reminders, reminders of what made them great in the first place, and what has kept them great through the ages” – Gen. Henry H. Shelton. Dads and their children can relive the great military tradition of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM), which is located right in our downtown. • Fascinate-U Children’s Museum - A hands-on museum where children can explore their world through creative role-playing for over two decades. The museum is designed

as a, “mini-city,” where children can pretend and play while learning about jobs within the community. Some of the exhibits are the Farm, the Army Fort, the Fire Station, the Post Office, the Grocery Store, the Stage Area, and much more. • Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation has great sports, activities, and programs for children to enjoy! Kids should get involved in as many fun activities as possible. Learn more by visiting the Parks & Recreation’s new website: • In 2019, the Houston Astros will be bringing Minor League Baseball back to Fayetteville! The team, which is part of the Carolina League, will play in a new downtown baseball stadium that is being planned right now. Dads should take their kids out to the old ball game and enjoy the other exciting events that will be held in the stadium!

In closing, parents should be sure to spend as much time with their children as they can. They are only young once; enjoy their youth!


Mayor Nat Robertson


Healthy Living

Vision Resource Center’s Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner

“Out of Sight Wing Fling”

The Vision Resource Center will present

their, “Out of Sight Wing Fling” on Saturday, June 24 at Festival Park from 3-8 p.m. “We will have 10 competitors coming out to showcase their best chicken wings,” says Terri Thomas, executive director of the Vision Resource Center. “Mountaire Farms is donating 10,000 wings for the event, so everyone will have the same wings, and they have to use their ingredients and spices the day of and cook the wings for the masses.” Terri adds that the first 1,000 participants will get to judge who has the best wings for the People’s Choice Award. The event will feature food trucks, a Kid’s zone, Eye Q zone, a VIP tent, and more. “Kid’s zone is an area that the kids can play in, and it will be supervised by our committee members,” says Terri. “The Eye Q zone is an area that simulates what it is like to be blind.” Terri adds that it features different apparatuses to simulate what it is like to have Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, complete blindness, and other diseases that strike our community. The participants will have someone to guide them as they navigate through these obstacles. The entertainment will include Lotus Sun, Guy Unger, and poet LeJuane Bowens. The food trucks on site will feature food from Sandwich Mike’s, R Burger, Kona Ice, John C’s Seafood Truck, My Boricua Kitchen, T Smoothies, E & T Foods of West Virginia, A

Catered Affair, and Kabobsters. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the Vision Resource Center, and their focus is to assist the blind and visually impaired with daily chores in their homes. “They need help in their homes with how to wash clothes, organize cabinets, and use the stove to cook things safely,” says Terri. “What I have been hearing from them is that they want to be able to wake up in the morning and know how to ride the bus to the Vision Resource Center without utilizing me to pick them up daily.” Thomas added that she wants to help them with things that will make a difference in their home life. The goal is to make them more independent by teaching them those skills. The winner of the People’s Choice Award for best wings will receive $500. The winner of the Judge’s Choice Award will also receive $500. The tagline of the event is, “Taste is Blind,” so the judges will taste the wings blindfolded. The VIP tent will have catered food, free drinks, and runners for your convenience. “We thank Mountaire Farms, ARRAY Magazine, Systel, and The Walker Florez Consulting Group for your donations and support,” says Terri. “We look forward to a successful event.” Ticket cost is $5 for admission, and $10 to sample 10 wings. The VIP cost is $40. •A•

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Stiletto Thoughts

Written by Lisa Thomas


don’t know about you, but when I watch movies, I tend to look deeper than the story that lured me into the theater. I look for the underlying message for training purposes. I guess I’m just deep like that – don’t judge me! Anyway, The Matrix is one of those movies. It has so many jewels (if you listen and look closely). One scene that sticks out for me is with Smith and Neo during a confrontation. Smith says, “… Appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we’re here. There is no escaping reason; no denying purpose. Because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist.

n e v i r D e s Purpo zations Organi It is purpose that created us. Purpose that connects us. Purpose that pulls us. That guides us. That drives us. It is purpose that defines us. Purpose that binds us.” He has so eloquently defined purpose. I’ve been teaching, training, and coaching for years and I just loved this breakdown of the word. When I think of Agent Smith’s stance on “reason,” I’m reminded of a new way of business development; a new emerging model of business – those who are defying odds, being gamechangers, or becoming purposedriven organizations. Our 20

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Fayetteville: A New Legacy – Baseball and Economic Change

Written by Allie Bayat

Baseball is coming to Fayetteville, N.C., and it’s bringing

opportunity and economic transformation to the downtown area. “A baseball stadium and a partnership with the Houston Astros — Fayetteville hit the lottery! I don’t think we appreciate what that process is or how it is going to change the region,” says Michael Gibson, Fayetteville’s Director of Parks and Recreation. In 1992, downtown Fayetteville was a blighted area; much of it was boarded. Drugs, high crime, prostitution, and Rick’s Lounge was all it had to offer. Soldiers were warned against visiting downtown. Over the past years, the area has grown and changed. Those days are gone, but not forgotten. Fayetteville maintains its Vietnam era reputation as “Fayettenam.” It has a long history and reputation attached to the military, both positive and negative. The city and the area have seen crime rates rise in recent years, as well as experience an economic lull. In the next two years, that will begin to change as baseball makes its debut in Fayetteville – in partnership with Jim Crane’s team, the Houston Astros. Fayetteville will get its own team affiliated with the club. This kicks off a two-year plan for investments and downtown progress that will benefit the entire area. David Lane, General Manager of the Fayetteville affiliate of the Houston Astros, has moved to Fayetteville ahead of his family to begin the integration process. He welcomes anyone to visit his downtown Hay Street Office.


David, out of Greenville, Tenn., will be starting the Fayetteville baseball club from the ground up. He has experience working with other clubs throughout the country. He says that in September, they are buying a team out of the California minor league to bring out to Fayetteville, and that they will need a place to begin playing and training. “Help Name the Team” kicked off earlier in the year through an online submission process to name the Astros new minor league affiliate in Fayetteville. David explains that the process of naming a team is far from simple. From the submission process, to trademark search, and narrowing it down to six names for a final decision; he has his work cut out for him. The stadium has to be ready for use by April 2019. In the past few years, downtown Fayetteville has become the place to go for arts, entertainment, good food, and soon sports — but not just for baseball. According to Michael, it will be developed as a park, providing for multi-purpose use. It will be open to the public and utilized for other sports and entertainment purposes when not in use for baseball. Within the next two years, downtown Fayetteville will see an infusion in investments to overhaul the area and add beneficial income-generating entertainment. Jordan Jones and his partners continue their investments into revitalising the downtown area, beginning with the historic Prince Charles Hotel. The hope is to attract young adults with disposable income to enjoy all the downtown area has to offer, as well as attract patrons

to the arts and entertainment district. The addition of apartments to the downtown area will provide a stable patronage to eat, shop, and be entertained. Jordan, whose great-grandfather built the Prince Charles Hotel, is the project manager and new owner. “The idea is to provide a place to ‘live, work, and play,’” says Christine Michaels, President and CEO of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. In conjunction with the city, Jordan explains that a threefour story parking deck will be added near the park, and a modern hotel chain is to be included. All this will mean economic opportunity for local businesses, who will have a chance to add their, “local flavour” to the park concessions, and benefit from the human traffic — People spend money. It will also mean job opportunities in the new hotel and parks for the new infusion of residents; along with visitors with the players who will be passing through Fayetteville on their way to the big leagues. Soon, Fayetteville will have a link to major-league baseball; this is a boon for the city. Fayetteville proudly identifies as the place where George Herman Ruth Jr. hit his first home run as a pro, and gained his nickname “Babe” in March 1914. In addition, the city and its investors hope to add a state park, as well as a competition skate park. They have already begun negotiations with the Public Works Commission (PWC) for land transfers for these purposes. Relieving stress on downtown through transfer negotiations, the downtown district gets land for a state

park, and parking. The final goal is to provide changes to the area that will bring an economic return for local citizens. From an infusion of new business with hotels, parks, and venues, to foot traffic for the local downtown businesses, and to breathe new life into the area for its citizens. There will be no stone left unturned. City officials and investors expect to provide additions to the city and downtown area that will bring a return on their investments and provide economic opportunity to the area. There is a $34 million bond referendum to improve and utilize, in order to add economic value to the community. This is to make sure citizens get a return in their dollar — making the argument for a win-win situation for all. The downtown area will get a new skyline and additional flair. From the smallest detail, to the huge construction endeavour. According to David, LED light conversion downtown for the first three blocks will leave a different LED light with different wattage, to establish ambience. The $55 million in private investments change is coming; the kind of change that will be beneficial to residents, patrons, businesses, and visitors. It’s an exciting time with the hope to make Fayetteville a destination city. The legacy of “Fayettenam” will be no more. •A•

June 2017 Sunday




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1 pm Heritage Square Tours, Fayetteville 2:30 pm Sunday Matinee@ Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville


7 pm Wilmington Sharks at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville 7 pm Sacred Zoology, Cliffdale Regional Library, 6882 Cliffdale Rd, Fayetteville

pm NC Redzone Demo at am Caterpillars & 11 12 12 10 Black Ops, Black Ops Paintball, Butterflies, North Regional 2112 River Rd, Fayetteville

4 pm Networking on the River, Skeeterz on the River Sports Bar & Grill, 1130 Person St, Fayetteville

18 HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! 7 pm Wilmington Sharks at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville

pm Balls & Strikes and 25 2:30 Changing Lives, B&B Bowling Lanes, 3003 Ft Bragg Rd, Fayetteville

4 pm 70’s Disco Fun Run/Walk, The Runners Spot, 1221 Hay St, Fayetteville


Branch Library, 855 McArthur Rd, Fayetteville 7 pm Savannah Bananas at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville

pm Letterboxing Scavenger 19 2Hunt, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville

6:30 pm Amazing Apps to Build a Better Life, Bordeaux Branch Library, 3711 Village Dr, Fayetteville


10 am Tai Chi for Health, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville 7 pm Catawba Valley Stars at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville


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pm Preschool Birders, Cape 13 2Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N

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am Breastfeeding Café, pm Summer 20 10 21 3Bordeaux Prima Elements Wellness Center, Bran 142 Anderson St, Fayetteville

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6:30 pm Summertime Striped Bass Fishing, John E Pechmann Center, 7489 Raeford Rd, Fayetteville

6:30 pm Salsa Studio 910, 53 Fayetteville

Summer Rock Boot Camp 27 10 am HUGS “Helping You 26 91, am Cape Fear Music Center, 110 Grow in Spanish”, Cape Fear Old St, Fayetteville (thru June 30)

Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville

9 am KIDS Summer Camp, Wine & Design, 113 Donaldson St, Fayetteville (thru June 30)

10 am Tai Chi for Health, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville

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1:30 pm Blood Drive at Bragg Mutual Credit Union, Village Drive and Spring Lake location (Sponsored by Bragg Mutual and ARRAY)


7 pm Morehead City Marlins at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville


7 pm Edenton Steamers at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville 7:30 pm Othello Sweet Tea Shakespeare, 206 Bradford Ave, Fayetteville

pm Wine & Whimsy: Lily 15 6Pads, Cape Fear Botanical

Gardens, 536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville 6 pm Walking Through Grief, East Regional Library, 4809 Clinton Rd, Fayetteville

am DIY Upcycled T-Shirt 22 10 Scarves. East Regional Library, 4809 Clinton Rd, Fayetteville

7 pm Peninsula Pilots at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville


7 pm Oldies, Rock and Blues Music, Hope Mills Park & Rec Center, 5766 Rockfish Road 8 pm Art Meets Life, The Sweet Palette, 101 Person St, Fayetteville



9 am City Market at the Museum, 325 Franklin St, Fayetteville 4 pm Blues n Brews Festival, Festival Park, Fayetteville 7 pm Wilmington Sharks at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville


12:45 pm Last Day of School Celebration, East Regional Branch, 4809 Clinton Rd, Fayetteville 9 am Public Works Art Exhibit, Arts Council, 301 Hay St, Fayetteville

am Easy Self-Publishing, 10 9:30 Part 1, Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville

11 am Make it, Take it!, Fascinate-U Museum, 116 Green St, Fayetteville

pm Wilson Tobs at am Super Science Saturday!, 16 7Fayetteville 17 11 SwampDogs, Legion Fascinate-U Museum, 116 Green Rd, Fayetteville

11 pm Koffin Kats at Paddy’s Irish Pub, 2606 Raeford Rd, Fayetteville

St, Fayetteville 11 am Father & Daughter Celebration, West Regional Branch Library, 7469 Century Cir, Fayetteville 9 pm Free Admission We’re Jammin, Skeeterz on the River Sports Bar & Grill, 1130 Person St, Fayetteville

Challenge Island Presents 24 3 pm Vision Resource Center 23 54thpmFriday Kids Night In!, 100 Wing Fling, Festival Park, Hay St, Fayetteville


6 pm Fourth Friday in Downtown Fayetteville, Hay St

7 pm Florence RedWolves at Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Rd, Fayetteville

Summer Rock Boot Camp 30 7 pm Wilmington Sharks at 29 91, am Cape Fear Music Center, 110 Fayetteville SwampDogs, Legion Old St, Fayetteville (thru June 30)

9 am KIDS Summer Camp, Wine & Design, 113 Donaldson St, Fayetteville (thru June 30)

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8:30 pm Live Music at Luigi’s, 528 N. McPherson Church Rd, Fayetteville


EJ Snyder

Survivalist Written by Olivia Burke

E.J. “Skull Crusher” Snyder is a U.S. Army veteran,

extreme survivalist, motivational speaker, and an allaround loveable guy. He is best known for his survival success on the Discovery Channel’s, “Naked and Afraid,” and is the only man who has completed the challenge three times! E.J. is also the host of, “Dual Survival” – a show that follows him and Jeff Zausch as they take on the world’s most wild and unforgiving places. E.J. learned his survival and outdoor skills from the formal training he received in the U.S. Army. He also honed his skills through being a survival instructor for 20 years; it’s what led to him dedicating his life to becoming the best survivalist he can be. In addition to having these impressive qualifications and skills, E.J. is also a husband, and a father of two. I sat down with E.J. and talked with him about his career, upbringing, life advice, and more! Can you tell me a bit about your life, what you do, and how you got into it? “I joined the army after I grew up in North Jersey. My parents divorced when I was very young. Joining the army was probably the best thing for me. I spent 25 years in the Army. I saw combat in the Gulf War in ‘91, and in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2005. When I retired from the Army, I went into being a survival instructor for the United States Army as a contractor for about six years. My dream as a child was to be an actor and a stuntman. My mother didn’t support my choice. She thought I’d starve and wouldn’t make it. Right before I retired from the Army, I started doing TV; different things

– producing, independent films, acting, stunt work, and trying to figure out how to be a military tech advisor – a new career from the Army. I moved here (Fayetteville) with my family. My wife’s folks retired here at Fort Bragg – this was my first duty station. Her mother got sick, so we moved back here. That’s when I found work as a survival instructor – my two worlds collided. Discovery channel happened to find me. They recruited me for a show called, ‘Dual Survival,’ where I was to be the replacement for the host. They ended up picking another guy over me. I wound up going on a show called, ‘72 Hours.’ When I came out of that race, we didn’t find the money, but I got a phone call from Discovery saying that they had a brand-new show called, ‘Survival’. I had no idea about the naked part.” How do you teach the lessons you’ve learned to your family, kids, etc.? “I’m a people-watcher, so what I’ve learned through the military was by watching these leaders. What I’d witness in their leadership, I’d adapt the good stuff into mine. You can lead in three ways: first is by example. I tell [people] to watch me, then mimic what I do, emulate it, and when we’re sitting down at dinner having a beer, ask questions. I’m bound by God to help anyone who asks for it – I believe that firmly. If they’re open to receiving that message, and applying it, I just ask that they repeat that – give it to somebody else. You can do it by example, your own mentoring, teaching, and ask others to do the same. The other way I do it is by [motivational] speaking.”


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Do you ever talk about politics or faith on your platform? “I speak about faith all the time. I’m a Christian and I hear God’s voice loudest in the wilderness. I don’t like the bonds of rules – church should be happening wherever. I can disciple to people in a way they don’t even know, because they don’t see it coming. I don’t have to mention God’s name, but I give glory to God all the time. For me, I’m very spiritual. I’m not confined to a church, although I find it to be very awesome. I see God in people, and in the birds that sing in my backyard; that’s where I really connect to God.” Can you tell me about your family? I have a wife. We’ll be married for 25 years in a couple weeks. We’ve been roller-coastered, but we love and stay true to each other. I value her and thank God every day that she’s in my life, because I’d be lost without her. I have two kids; a 22-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter. They’re two of the greatest gifts in my life. They’re so kind, mature, and helpful. They’ve been very supportive of my dreams. “ How do you balance the things you do work-wise with the things you do with your family? I’m always working, so I learn lessons, and pass them along – that’s my gift back to everybody. When I come home, I take my phone and put it in a basket (I’ll go back every now and then and check it to see if I get an email or something). I do that as a symbol of how I’m not at work anymore – I’m home. I make sure that when we’re together, we plan fun events. It’s quality over quantity. What’s your favorite thing about your current situation? “Inspiring people – especially kids. If I make a positive impact on at least one person, that’s a win. Knowing I helped somebody in this world – that’s my favorite thing about it all, because that’s why I’m here. To me, that’s very fulfilling.” •A•


Dear Shanessa, I was in a relationship 10 years ago, but it did not end on a good note because I was the one who was in the wrong in the relationship. Since then, I have grown and evolved into a different person. I have done a lot of reflecting, and I want to confront the person and make things right by apologizing. It has been playing on my conscious lately. What should I do?

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Signed, -Wanting to Make Things Right Dear Wanting to Make Things Right,

I think it is great that you have grown and evolved into a different person that wants to apologize to someone you have wronged. I think you need to ask yourself: Is this a person who wants to hear from you? Sometimes in life, we have relationships with people that we never want to hear from again, especially if that person caused you pain. From my personal experiences, there are a few people who dare not reach out and give me a call for as long as we both shall live. We go through things in relationships, and get disappointed or heartbroken, but we move on. Think hard about your decision to confront the person. The both of you have gone your separate ways so, “leave well enough alone.�

Take care,



Ask Tina

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Have a question about real estate? Ask Tina. Marissa from Fayetteville, N.C. asks…

Tina, what can I do to make my home sell fast?

Great question, Marissa! According

to the Fayetteville Multiple Listing Service (MLS), homes sold within the last year were on the market for about 91 days. There are a variety of factors that could impact how fast your home will sell: the location, the neighborhood, the current condition of the property, pricing, marketing strategies, and/or whether you decide to use a real estate agent are all factors that could impact the number of days your home is on the market. Location is key in real estate. You can have a great property with all the right bells and whistles, but still not be able to sell it if it is not in a favorable location. Buyers take the physical location of the property into account. It matters whether your home is located in a cul-de-sac, or near a busy highway. The school district, crime rate, and even property taxes within the area can also affect a buyer’s decision. When trying to decide who your target market will be, it is important to consider the current condition of the property. For instance, if you are wanting to sell your home “as is,” and it is a bit of a fixer upper, then your marketing strategy may be geared more toward investors, instead of a traditional buyer (someone who may need to obtain financing through a


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bank or mortgage company). One of the advantages of selling to investors is that they are often cash buyers and are looking to close a lot sooner than a traditional buyer. A major disadvantage to them is that investors generally are looking to pay below the market value. Before putting your home on the market, consider ways to spruce things up a little to give your home a fresh look. Simple things, such as painting or pressure-washing the exterior, planting a few flowers, or adding sod and mulch can increase the curb appeal, as well as make it more inviting to potential buyers. Also, decluttering is a must. You may want to consider hiring a company if the job is too big for you to handle alone. Remember in this case: Less is best. The less items you have in your home,

the more spacious it will appear. With so many factors to consider when trying to sell your home, it is important to seek the help of a licensed professional. A good realtor is knowledgeable about the current market, and can assist you with pricing and marketing. It is important to price the home right in the beginning. Overpricing your home can cause a damaging effect, and possibly a negative influence, on the final sale price. Your home can be in the perfect location, in excellent condition, priced exactly right, and still not sell if no one knows about it. A realtor can •A•marketing. Making assist you with this sure your home is getting exposed to potential buyers will greatly increase your chances of selling faster. Many realtors have access to major sites such as Zillow, Trulia, and The more exposure your property gets, the more likely you are to sell faster.

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


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Six Things Every Nonense Spouse Ira Beneficiary Needs To Know

Contributed by Alan Porter, Strategic Wealth Strategies

It is not unusual to inherit an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) from someone who is not one’s spouse. Many people inherit an IRA from a parent or a sibling. If this is the case for you, here are things that you will want to know! TAKE SOME TIME: When inheriting an IRA, it is important that one doesn’t make any rash moves. Sometimes, beneficiaries act too quickly and end up losing big tax breaks. For example, if you inherit a large IRA from your father, and you immediately take a distribution of all the funds, you will likely be facing a large tax bill. Even worse news, one cannot undo this transaction. You should take your time to investigate all your options carefully before doing anything with the inherited IRA funds. You may want to meet with a knowledgeable tax or financial advisor to be sure that you make all the right moves. INHERITED IRAs ARE DIFFERENT: When you inherit an IRA, it is not the same as having your own IRA; there is special titling required. The custodian must title the IRA in your name as beneficiary of the deceased IRA owner; this tells the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) that it is an inherited IRA. You may not move inherited IRA funds into an IRA titled in just your own name. TRANSFERS ARE ALLOWED: If you would like to move your inherited IRA to a new custodian, it is very important that you do it the right way. Do a direct trustee-to-trustee transfer to an inherited IRA with the new custodian. Non-spouse beneficiaries cannot receive the funds and then perform a rollover. RMDs ARE REQUIRED: You won’t be able to hold on to your inherited IRA forever. You will be required to take required minimum distributions (RMDs). This is true even for Roth IRAs, where RMDs are not required while an IRA owner is alive. Failing to take an RMD can result in a serious penalty. You will be hit with a 50 percent penalty on the amount of the RMD that is not taken. GET THE STRETCH: You may be able to stretch the required minimum distributions from your inherited IRA over your life expectancy. This is one of the biggest tax breaks available. Your inherited IRA can continue to grow for years as you only withdraw the RMD. To take advantage of this important tax benefit, you must be named as a designated beneficiary on the IRA beneficiary designation form. If you are inheriting the IRA through an estate, you are unfortunately out of luck. UNCLE SAM’S SHARE: The tax consequences of taking a distribution from an inherited IRA will depend on whether it is a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. Distributions from inherited traditional IRAs will be

taxable unless the IRA owner had basis (after-tax funds) in the IRA. On the other hand, distributions from a Roth IRA (that are qualified) will be tax-free. Any distributions from an inherited IRA will never be subject to the 10 percent early-distribution penalty; regardless of the age of the IRA owner or beneficiary. This is because there is an exception to the penalty for IRA distributions due to death. Please keep in mind that insurance companies have the best IRS approved tax-free retirement system available today, although 99 percent of the Financial Planners, CPAs, and attorneys know nothing about it. Keep your mind open to new ideas and learn to think outside the box, and always remember this: It is not how much money you have in retirement, it is how much you have after taxes! If anyone would like to discuss any of the above strategies, please give me a call at 910-551-1046.

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Amy On the Town:

Start to Summer Fun

Written by Amy Garner

Fayetteville is a big ‘small town’ with an authentic

sense of community, in spite of…or because of… our diversity. We are not yet a “destination spot”, generally speaking, but we are moving in that direction. We are not a city with options up and down every sidewalk. Fayetteville tucks the good stuff into little sweet spots all over town. You just have to look for it…like a treasure hunt….having reiterated those points, those little sweet spots inspire this column. My mission is to share local fun, local events, local businesses and to stir you to pair those with your own lifestyle and your own budget and 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 really is all about opening your heart to our little town and finding the fun. June celebrates the beginning of summer, cooking out, and Father’s Day. There will be a lot to do in Fayetteville this month, but here are a few suggestions from your favorite columnist: • The 15th Annual Blues-N-Brews festival is June 3 at Festival Park in Fayetteville, N.C. The name says it all. It’s one day filled with over 100 cold beers, and the area’s hottest blues bands. You, your boo, brews, and blues make a perfect day date. General admission is $40 at the gate, and that includes a souvenir beer sampling glass, unlimited beer

sampling, and access to all the music and games. You can get fancy and purchase VIP passes also, while they last, for $75. The upgrade gets you early admission at 4 p.m., an opportunity to judge in the Best In Show contest, private tented seating, with games, a catered meal, complimentary snacks, festival merchandise, and concessions. (VIP passes are for those ages 21+ only). You can get your tickets at • The Library should always be high on your list for out-of-the-box date ideas. On June 5at 7 p.m. at Headquarters Library on Maiden Lane in downtown Fayetteville, Dr. Phil Senter will explore Sacred Zoology. He will lead a discussion about the biology and theology of dragons and lions in Christian sacred art. This event is free and is an unusual way to entertain new ideas with your sweetheart. Nerds rule. • Mark your calendar for June 24 with another “pahhhty” at Festival Park. Our beloved Vision Resource is throwing another Out of Sight Wing Fling. Nothing screams romance quite like throwing down at a chicken wing eating contest, food trucks, music, and beverages under the summer sunshine. For more information about going, or to be a vendor, contact Terri Thomas at 910-483-2719. Honor thy Father and enjoy the warmth of June. Best wishes for your happy local adventures. Whatever you decide to pluck from May’s full plate, make it joyful! •A•

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Hidden Nuggets

Entrepreneur Spotlight Anyone who knows her would agree. Peggy Manning

has to be the friendliest, busiest, most involved, and supportive woman in the Fayetteville area. In addition to supporting others, she has been actively building a business of her own for 31 years. We all know her tagline; she can, “Bling you out from the ballpark to the ballroom,” and none of us doubt her ability to do just that. So, who is this infamous Peggy Manning, and why did she embrace Park Lane Jewelry, her current homebased business venture? Here is some information from our featured entrepreneur herself. What made you decide to start a home-based business? ~ The decision was made to simply support my family, and it has done just that, and so much more. What was your biggest challenge at the start to overcome? ~ It was hard for me to ask for the show and to close the sale. Making “cold calls” was very challenging because I feared a negative response. I finally overcame this fear by practicing what I now preach, and that is, “If you never ask, the answer will always be NO.” What would you say is your key(s) to securing

Written by Anissa Short

continued support for your business? ~ I can contribute many things to my success; a few of them are: (1) support others and you will find that they will support you in return, (2) follow up with your customers, and (3) a winner never quits and a quitter never wins – never give up. What advice would you give to someone contemplating entrepreneurship? ~ Don’t be afraid to start, and be sure to build relationships first. When you are committed to building relationships, you will find that building your business will be easier. Other than generating a profit, what do you want your business to create? What is your greater vision? ~ My greatest vision is always finding ways, even through my business, to help others. What do you consider to be your greatest reward from working for yourself? ~ Without a doubt, I am my BEST boss. Being able to make my own decisions, and seeing those decisions become reality, has been awesome. However, helping others do the same has definitely been my greatest reward.

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Small Changes Written by Kelli Curtis

It started small. The changes, that is. Pat McKee was in denial about the changes in his father’s behavior — which was made easier by them living states away — while their mother tried her best to shield them. Sure, Joe McKee struggled with short-term memory and uncharacteristic mistakes, but he could tell stories from 10-15 years past. He was jovial, active, and he seemed, “still there.” However, early onset Alzheimer’s disease struck Joe — and his family — hard and fast. “To see somebody that strong and smart become a child again was very painful,” Pat says. “I can’t imagine how painful it was for my mom. He was the smartest person I ever knew.” Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that attacks memory and mental functions. More than three million people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s each year, and with no cure, those who suffer can only seek treatment to stave off symptoms. Joe’s wife, Shirley, became his full-time caretaker and provider for more than 10 years as his faculties deteriorated. Where they once played bridge together

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Grow regularly, Joe soon napped in the corner, while Shirley played, because he couldn’t be left home alone. Eventually, it became too difficult to leave the house at all. They could no longer travel to see their sons because of Joe’s paranoia that airport security was, “out to get him,” Pat says. Then one night, Joe got out of bed, went to the bathroom, and grabbed a pair of pants that were hanging on the bathtub. As he tried to slide on these pants — his wife’s pants — he fell and broke his hip. His doctors warned that he would never learn to walk again, and they were right. This man, who walked twothree miles daily with his wife, never walked again. “Those with healthy minds know how to heal, but he didn’t have the capacity to do it,” Pat says. “He whittled away. His body was shutting down because his mind didn’t know how to heal it.” Joe died in the hospital on Easter weekend of 2010. While obviously a tragedy, Pat regards it as a blessing, because his mother suffered intense grief at the thought of how she would care for him on her own at home. “Whether you believe in God or not, things happen for a reason, and there’s some divine intervention,” Pat says. “My father was in good spirits and communicative, but the evening he had passed, it was like he knew: If I’m going to go, this is the time.” Michael, Pat’s brother, was there to help his mom, and, “Sure enough, it was as good of timing as there could be.” Pat approached Michael at their father’s funeral about setting up a memorial fund. They were going into business together, and started McKee Homes in 2010; living out their father’s dream of becoming a home-builder. “It hit me. We need to have a purpose — a reason — in life,” Pat says. “We have to make some good out of this. It’s always important for business owners to look at how they can give back to the community. I was looking for an identity, and it hit me that this was our cause and our passion. This was it.” Pat and Michael set up the Joe McKee Memorial Fund, and have since become vocal, active community advocates for Alzheimer’s awareness and treatment. A percentage of every McKee homes sale supports their

efforts. Julie Russo, Pat’s wife, organizes Fayetteville’s yearly Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. “Pat and I were newlyweds,” Julie says, talking about the first year of the Walk. She went from raising one child to four, she worked full-time as an elementary school teacher, and yet when Pat asked her to organize the Walk, she agreed without hesitation. “Naturally, the first time one tries something like planning an event, there is bound to be areas that need improvement. Our first Walk was no exception,” Julie says. “About two hours after the culmination of the first Walk, I did vow to never do it again. However, here we are, seven years later, and I am still planning this amazing event. I would be lying if I said that I have not felt that way again at times, but my passion for the cause, and the wonderful friendships I have made, bring me back. My plan is to continue my involvement in the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s as long as they will have me.” As for the purpose of her work, “Our goal for the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund is to grow it to a point which we can continue to support the non-profits that help those who can’t help themselves,” Julie says. Joe, born and raised in Alabama, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of West Virginia. His work took the family around the country — and to other countries — as they lived everywhere: West Virginia, California, New Orleans and Sao Paolo, Brazil. “He instilled a work ethic of getting a college degree, going to work, and working hard your whole life,” Pat says. That paid off, as Pat and Michael earned their degrees in mechanical and electric engineering, respectively. “He was very strict on the surface, but at the end of the day, very compassionate. I would think that I was in huge trouble, but it never got in the way of his compassion and love for us,” he says. Pat recognizes the importance of how Joe led by example. Joe adored his wife; always opening doors for her. “The love he showed my mother, how he took care of her — not that she needed to be taken care of, but she did love it — and the respect he showed her was immense,” Pat says. “If there’s anything I took from him and want my kids to take, it’s that.” •A•

The Joe McKee Memorial Fund The fund supports several local charities, including KidsPeace (which helps kids and families in foster care) and the Fayetteville Urban Ministries. “The Alzheimer’s Association, The Fayetteville Urban Ministry, and KidsPeace have two things in common,” Julie Russo says. “One: they are staffed by lovely people who are passionate about their cause, and two: The donated funds, services, and items go to those who need them most.”

Wanted Julie Russo and the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s are seeking a new co-chair to help oversee the planning committee currently in place. Like their Facebook page for more information on their work.


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Written by L. Wayne Smalls

How is your attitude as a leader? Is your attitude

sabotaging your ability to lead effectively? Some leaders have a hard time admitting that they could be the cause of their organization operating below its optimum level of efficiency. As leaders, it is critical we recall that it’s the leaders who set the tone for the organization. If a leader has a good, positive attitude, it will permeate through the organization, and the overall attitude will be positive. If the leader’s attitude is negative, invariably, the overall attitude within the organization will be negatively affected, and could significantly impede the organization’s productivity and growth. Baseball great Wade Boggs says, “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” If your organization could use a boost, here are some ways that you can set the example for those who follow you. 1. Be a pillar of humble confidence. To bring change to a struggling organization, leaders must understand that their leadership effectiveness should be strong enough to speak for itself. Leaders should be grounded in their ability to lead, so much so that they can walk comfortably in humility without appearing or feeling weak. A leader who exhibits this type of leadership will demonstrate that they are capable, as well as confident. It will also warrant the trust of everyone around them. 2. Be a pillar of servanthood. A leader who embraces the concept of servant-


A Winning Attitude leadership understands that they are a servant first, then a leader. This notion of being a servant to those you lead suggests that the needs of everyone in the leader’s charge are the priority. Leaders who practice this principle often find that their followers become strong, more technically proficient, and more confident. Ultimately, they become leaders who also adopt the same leadership style. 3. Be a pillar of enthusiasm. A leader’s passion for what they do usually manifests itself through their attitude within the organization. The idea of leaders having a positive attitude is great. However, when that positive attitude is accompanied by an outward display of pure passion for the success of their followers, and the overall success of the whole team, it creates a culture of free-flowing communication, growth, and empowerment; this enhances the entire organization. If you evaluate your organization, and determine that the environment is negative, there is a good chance that you may need to look at your attitude as a leader. The organization is a reflection of one’s leadership. In cases where the culture of an organization is good, the leaders should reinforce what they have done to create that culture; ensuring that everyone in the organization is being groomed to replicate those behaviors. Don’t forget that we are first servants to those who follow us, then leaders. Their growth and success relies on our willingness to provide them with everything they need to experience both. •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.

Music & Kids Written by Robin Minnick

Once upon a time, Gary Fisher oversaw the Music Scene column at ARRAY Magazine. As one of the publisher’s original writers, he knows the local music scene up, down, and sideways. His commentary could be counted on to be both knowledgeable and helpful to anyone seeking out local talent. Gary is also a truck driver and a certified instructor for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). He’s a dad with six adult children and three grandkids; including a recently born grandson, Dean. He’s a musician who’s played bass in several bands over the years. Although the names of the bands have changed, the constancy of his playing has not. Also, he’s a promoter of music; setting up venues with events and bands that he knows will bring in the crowds. Today, even Gary’s volunteer activities centered around music - along with kids and sports. ARRAY caught up with Gary at the Crown Coliseum, where he was prepping for an evening with the Cape Fear Heroes, Fayetteville’s professional indoor football team, owned by Barbara Spigner. He’s their DJ; setting up music for use during the game. He does the same thing for the Fireantz; giving him a chance to enjoy the music, the kids who attend, and the sports themselves. His own children are grown. Ask him what he’s proudest of in his accomplishments, and the first thing Gary says is, “With the kids, it’s what they’ve become as adults.” Now, however, he’s got grandkids. What does that mean to a man who promotes events with heavy metal and hip-hop artists? Is it even on his radar? “I don’t know exactly. I don’t think about it much, except now, when I look in the mirror, I’ve got all this white hair,” he says, laughing. What he does think about is that he’s at the top of his game. He’s starting a new job next week; continuing his CDL instructing career with a program associated with Fayetteville Technical

Community College (FTCC). His kids – Thomas, Kyle, Tristan, TJ, Shane, and Joseph – are all doing well. Thomas, who also lives here in Fayetteville, is currently working to get a country band going. He loves the work he does with the sports teams. Also, he’s promoting his biggest events ever. The Agora Live, his promoting company, is handling musicians and groups of greater renown and higher caliber than ever before – like the Ying Yang twins – while still focusing on and promoting local musicians. Until the Twisted Kitty was forced to close recently, his shows at the club were some of the highest moneymakers they’d seen. His show at The Drunk Horse Pub on May 18 was his biggest show ever, and featured Bubba Sparxxx and Struggle Jennings (grandson of Waylon Jennings). At the time of writing this, Gary did not have dates set for June. Those wanting to check out what may have been set up since – or wanting to know about future activities (which mostly feature hip-hop and rock or heavy metal artists) – can track him on his company Facebook page. Artists who are interested in the company’s promotional or management services can reach The Agora Live through their email address (see below.) Agora is a Greek word meaning “gathering.” The name The Agora Live refers to the live events and live gatherings Gary Fisher puts together. Promoting started as a hobby, but it has become a moneymaker for him. Gary’s life’s passion infuses all he does. It makes him one of the lucky ones, and that fact doesn’t escape him.•A•

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Quick- Stir Blackberry Lemonade

Summer is a great time to hang out with family

and friends, go to cook-outs, and have fun in the sun. One of the best things about summer is the different fruits that come into season; sweet, juicy peaches, plums, melons, and a vast variety of berries! Summer is also the season of lemonade. The heat calls for quick, cool, and refreshing drinks while we enjoy our fun. Here’s one of my favorite lemonade recipes:


• 4 Large lemons • 1 Cup frozen blackberries • 1 Cup sugar • 6 Cups water



Rinse lemons with water, then roll them on a countertop with the palm of your hand. Slice the lemons, pick out the seeds, and place them into a pitcher. Pour sugar on the lemons, and muddle together with a wooden spoon. Muddle until sugar dissolves into a lemon juice and sugar syrup. Then, add blackberries and mix. While adding water slowly, stir mixture. Finally, pour over ice and enjoy!

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½ Gallon jug 1 Long wooden spoon 1 Chopping board 1 Knife

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More Than Skin Deep

Written by Brenda Howell

A Look into the Rotator Cuff

Shoulder pain can be, well, a pain. Although there are

many causes of shoulder pain, I want to focus on the rotator cuff. The “rotator” cuff itself is not a muscle, but rather a group of four muscles that work together to rotate the shoulder, and stabilize the head of the humerus in the glenoid cavity. The rotator cuff is made up of tendons from the subscapularis, the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, and the teres minor muscles. Tearing of these tendons, which are primarily responsible for the shoulder-joint motion, can result in trauma or chronic impingement. There are three primary stages in the recovery process that are important to understand, regardless of which treatment option you decide to go with. The first is to reduce the initial inflammation. This often ranges from cold therapy to prescribed drugs. I personally used a self-made blend of essential oils on my rotator cuff injury in place of the drugs my doctor wanted to prescribe me. The second stage is to enhance blood flow to the injured soft tissue. Since tendons are considered dense tissue and have limited blood flow to begin with, it is important to get fresh blood into this area (the blood carries all the necessary tools that the body needs to heal). This limited blood flow is one of the reasons an injury can take so long to heal. The third stage is understanding and recognizing that healing is a process. Medical massage therapy can help in every stage of the recovery process. In the first stage, a lymphatic massage can activate the lymphatic system, and allow the body to naturally reduce the inflammation. Massages enhance blood flow, and a medical massage session can be designed to enhance the blood flow around the injured tendon to help speed the recovery process. Once the tendon has healed and the rehab starts, massages can help you get back to your full range of motion. With dedication, and the right tools, you can achieve your goal of full recovery. As passionate as I am about massage therapy, I also know that massage is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to healing the body

naturally. Although I have had great success in helping people heal from their injuries, I have seen even greater success when it is paired with their physical therapy session, and/or their chiropractic sessions. I fully believe that healing takes a comprehensive approach and will differ from person to person. If you are currently recovering from a rotator cuff injury, or any injury really, have you added medical massage into your healing plan? •A• Brenda is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and owner of Healing Hands Body Therapy, 5843 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC. 910-502-3596. 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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Great Small Business Ventures For 2017 - Pt 5

Written by Michael McCollum “The Small Biz Dr.”

In part one of eight articles, I

discussed how a potential client contacted me to tell me that he heard about me through one of my radio shows or articles, regarding the small business industry, and wanted to know if he could pick my brain. He wanted to know what I thought about his new… CD/DVD CLEANING COMPANY…”YES”… A CD/ DVD CLEANING COMPANY! I started this business because I was the assistant manager of a CD/DVD pawn shop, and the owner would pay me 50 cents to clean old CD’s that looked dirty before hitting the sales racks.

So, I thought that I should offer the same service to anyone with large CD collections. Needless to say, the business closed two months after he contacted me. NEED I SAY WHY?

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 article listed the following six business ideas:

The bottom line is that regardless of how YOU feel about starting a certain type of business, unless YOU are the one that will purchase everything and pay yourself, it’s not about you, but what your customers want, need, and are willing to pay for. Over the next few articles, I will be providing some good small business ideas for people who are looking to start a

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budget for their purchases, may be interested in the services of a personal shopper. Starting this type of service mainly requires an interest in shopping, some fashion sense, and the ability to make your clients look good! 2. Recycling Service A lot of people don’t know how, or don’t want to, go through the trouble of recycling large items like computers. You could offer the service of picking up those items (for a fee), and taking them to the proper recycling outlets.

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Every Day Is Internet Security Day

Written by Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Being safe online is important every day. There may

be days devoted to internet security awareness, but you need to be careful every time you go online. Do you know what it takes to be safe online? You probably connect daily to get information, shop, socialize, or work. Every time you go online, you need to avoid the risk of theft or fraud. Here are some tips to use from the Social Security website (and others) you should use: • Use strong passwords – Strong passwords have at least eight characters and include capital letters, numbers, and non-letter characters. These passwords make it harder for someone to hack into your account. • Do not recycle passwords – Although it requires effort to think of new passwords constantly, when you do, it provides safety. What if you use the same password for every site and you lose your password? If someone finds it, they could get access to all your accounts. Many people choose to reuse — do not be one of them. • Take advantage of multi-factor authentication – Many websites offer an option to use a second factor (or method) in addition to a username and password to ensure that only you access your information. Using more than one factor to establish one’s identity makes it harder for someone to get into your account and steal your personal information. Beginning June 10, 2017, Social Security requires multi-factor authentication to access a My Social Security account. Customers choose whether to receive a one-time security code, to either their phone or email, in order to create a new account, or sign into their account. Visit this www.socialsecurity. gov to find out more about how to secure your personal information. Consider using multi-factor authentication whenever it is offered. • Read scam alerts – One way to avoid identity theft is to create your own my Social Security account, if you have not already. When you have an account, no one

else can set up an account using your information. Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General investigates fraud involving Social Security and they publish Fraud Advisories at The Federal Trade Commission website publishes information about scams that appear in the news at You will want to be aware of current scams to avoid being tricked. • Review your online accounts and credit reports – Just as you review your earnings record with Social Security for accuracy on their website, you should review your bank and credit card accounts for accuracy. Get a free copy of your credit report available annually from the three credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and Transunion) at, and check it for incorrect entries. Protecting your identity can be daunting. Guarding •A•requires investing some time, your personal information but is worth it. Discourage theft and fraud by adopting these security practices when you use the internet. For information about fraudulent activities related to Social Security, you can find information at our blog “Social Security Matters” under the Newsroom section at www. 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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Publisher’s Note It’s not that we expect too much from a boyfriend or husband, it’s just that our dads have set very high standards on how we should be treated.

Being a daddy’s girl always makes the June

issue special, but it’s hard to believe we have put together another “Dynamic Dads” issue!! The “Dynamic Dads” issue is full of some amazing men who have shared the love they have for their families, community, and businesses. These men are a real inspiration to all of us; as they open up to our writers about how they handle all those challenges while being a role model. We hope you enjoy each article on these dynamic dads! In May, members of Team ARRAY were at a meeting of the Downtown merchants (and others) to learn more about the plans for direction of growth for the ball field and downtown. While learning more about the upcoming Downtown growth, Team ARRAY has met some amazing men and women behind this Herculean task. Being a native of Cumberland County, it is great to see people coming together to grow our Downtown. Allie, from Team ARRAY, has written a great article that explains so much about all the changes that are going to be happening between now and April 2019. We hope you enjoy learning about all the various plans. While you hear talk of how Downtown wasn’t a place to go in years’ past, I, on the other hand, remember a different Downtown. Yes, one end of Hay Street (where the bars were located) was a section you didn’t go to, but that was not all of Downtown. I remember taking swimming lessons during the summer at the YMCA (Downtown), then walking over to the library, where I enjoyed my time browsing the shelves of books and reading. I remember going Downtown with girlfriends to the movies and shopping at S.H. Kress, or shopping at Fleishman’s with my grandmother for a Homecoming outfit, then stopping by the pool hall for a wonderful sandwich. I would go shopping with my mother at Penny’s and Sears, and with my aunt and other grandmother at The Capital. Downtown was a vibrant place at that time, and will be again! ARRAY is loving their space at Revolutionary Coworking on Hay Street, and we are very excited about all the new businesses and restaurants coming to Downtown. All our “neighbors” at RevCo are amazing! We have a translator, an insurance agent, an attorney, nonprofits, a business coach, direct sales, a college advisor, a social media marketer, and so much more on the sixth floor! Stop by and check out the space.


Summer in Downtown is going to be so exciting! There will be food trucks set up at Festival Park this summer, new businesses are opening (while some are moving to larger locations), there are new galleries, a florist, boutiques, yoga, 24-hour exercise, various restaurants, smoothie places, coffee shops, a tea shop, a jewelry store, a book store, a bagel shop, the Astros office, and so much more in our blooming Downtown area. Many of these are owned and operated by Dynamic Dads and Marvelous Moms! We’ll see you Downtown! ARRAY has some wonderful folks joining our team, as well as our summer interns. Be sure to like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and check out our website We have a lot of exciting things coming up. Thank you to our readers and advertisers! Plus, a BIG Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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