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Vol. 5 Issue 3

March 2017

A Variety of Local Experiences



17th Annual

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Monthly Columns


March 2017

5 Today a Reader

Tomorrow a Leader


6 Dollar and Sense

12 Sip & Savor

8 Catastrophe Primed

Taste of West Africa

20 Artistic

15 Ask Tina


16 Array of Pets

FSU Fine Arts Week

26 Bizz Buzz Paddy’s Irish Pub

29 Pet Talk Tail-Wagging Good Times

34 Paw Palooza


36 Repurpose With 10 Downtown Art A Purpose

Project Three

40 Everyday Hero Musically Insured

44 Good News Breakfast for a Good Cause

“Falling Leaves” in the springtime

18 All American Tattoo Convention

Tats, entertainment and giving back to the community can be found at this event

30 Clean Energy Summit

Saving our planet one day at a time

34 Paw Palooza An event for Pet Lovers you can’t miss!

21 Let’s Eat 22 Stiletto Thoughts 24 Calendar 32 More Than Skin Deep 33 Amy on The Town 38 Hidden Nuggets 39 Dear Shanessa 42 Healthy Living 43 Social Security Smarts

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

18 All American

Tattoo Convention


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What Is Leadership? Written by L. Wayne Smalls

Leadership is influence. The more

influence we have, the more effective we can be as leaders. Think about the greatest leaders you know - in most cases, if not all, they were very influential. In order to have a positive influence on the people that follow us, we must consider certain factors. These are not all of the principles of leadership, but I have grouped a few of them into an acronym that I call the C.A.R.E factors. 1. Care – People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, a popular saying which is very true. Think about it! If you were following someone who you discovered did not care about you or have your best interests at heart, would you continue to follow them? And if you did have to follow them, would you continue to give them you very best? I think not! As leaders, we must be caring enough to demonstrate a genuine level of concern for our followers who have trusted us to lead them and help them grow. 2. Ability – Unfortunately, we were not all born with the same amount

of leadership abilities. We just have to be wise enough to know that it is our responsibility to recognize our own strengths and weaknesses. We can use our strengths to carry us while we continue to work on and improve our weaknesses. This type of individual growth will not only cause us to increase in our overall leadership ability, but there will also be an increase of the potential for stronger influence. 3. Relationships – Leadership is built on relationships. If there is no relationship, how can there be leadership? There is an old proverb that says, “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.” Leaders have an inherent responsibility to create and nurture relationships. The stronger and deeper those relationships are, the more potential there is for influence. Let’s face it! If you can’t influence people, they won’t follow you. If they won’t follow you, then you’re not a leader. 4. Experience – Experience is a wonderful teacher; we can learn a lot from it. Our past experiences can help us, whether they were good or

bad. If they were good experiences, we can highlight some of our best practices and continue the exercise them. If they were bad experiences, they too can have teaching value because they show us some of the things that we might want to avoid, or maybe do a little differently in the future. These four factors can help leaders increase their level of influence. These are certainly not all the factors of leadership, but if practiced, these factors will help any leader to see a marked increase in their leadership ability as well as their level of influence. Remember, the key to leadership is influence. If you can influence people, they will follow you. If they follow you, you are a leader. •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.

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Contributed by Alan Porter, Strategic Wealth Strategies


Not Getting a Second Opinion On Retirement Planning and Your Assets

Failure to seek a second opinion for retirement

planning is probably the biggest mistake being made today. Many investors and retirees find themselves taking financial losses and paying unnecessary fees, taxes, penalties, and loads. A huge mistake made by many people is bad advice by an unskilled and untrained advisor in this area. Your present advisor may have been great during the accumulation phase of your assets, but it is a new ballgame when it comes to the distribution phase. Getting a second opinion about your wealth is equally as critical as getting a second opinion about your health. Before choosing an advisor to get a second opinion, understand most advisors are not trained in the complex area of IRA, and your assets distribution in retirement. Just by withdrawing money from the wrong source of assets in retirement can cost you thousands of dollars in undue taxes, fees, and lost opportunity costs.

you that your retirement funds are safe. CDs and Money market accounts are considered safe but you have a very low rate of return and you must pay taxes every year on any gains. If they sell variable annuities, they are tied to the stock market and you have the risks that comes with that. Also, don’t be fooled by just the fees the bank charges, but all the fees that are charged on these products and that goes for Mutual Funds as well. 3. CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS. They are great when it comes to tax preparation and tax planning in most cases. But when it comes to financial strategies that include tax savings, they are not aware of many tax codes that can save you thousands and possibly millions of dollars in undue taxes, fees, and lost opportunity costs. There are over 72,000 pages of tax codes - you cannot expect your CPA to know it all. Also, what does your engagement letter with your CPA include? Their main function is to make sure that your tax paperwork is filled out correctly. 4. ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS. Some attorneys specialize in dealing with senior’s needs. They help seniors transfer wealth, reduce taxes, and accomplish other goals through wills and trusts. But there are many rules that can be an obstacle to an IRA

Consider the categories of Consumer Advisors: 1. SECURITIES ONLY ADVISORS. Wall Street is a little different than the banking community; however, they have more in common than one might think. They do the same thing the Bank Advisor does - advise you to use the products they are paid to sell and recommend you invest your IRA and other monetary instruments in securities. I have never understood why they call them securities because the stock market is 100% risk! They will continue to recommend buying, holding, and trading securities in all market conditions because that is how they get paid. If your retirement portfolio is all in the market or more than you are comfortable with, this could lead TAX FREE RETIREMENT SPECIALIST to a disaster, (remember 2008)! Also, when you have assets under SOCIAL SECURITY CLAIMING STRATEGIES management those advisors get paid a fee whether you make IRA SPECIALIST money or not in the vast majority of cases. That doesn’t seem fair to me; I ONLY DEAL IN SAFETY AND PROTECTION FOR THE what about you? 2. BANK ADVISORS. Just like I DO NOT DEAL IN RISK! securities-only advisors, they are trained to advise you to put your (910) 551-1046 • assets into the limited number of products they sell! They will assure

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distribution and if not followed correctly can be disastrous for the client and/or beneficiaries. Check out IRS Publication 590. 5. INSURANCE ADVISORS. Insurance advisors fall into two categories: independent insurance agents and captive insurance agents. Independent insurance agents are self-employed and work with several insurance companies. This gives them a broader base of products and services to choose from, but they are only selling insurance products. You also have captive insurance agents that are employed by one insurance company and can typically sell only the products offered by that company. The benefit to insurance companies is this - they have the best IRS approved tax-free retirement program available today. 6. CAPTIVE ADVISORS. Captive Advisors must sell whatever their employer dictates. Most Bank and Securities only advisors fall into this category. They are limited to only a few options offered by their employers. In reality, they work for their company and not for you. 7. INDEPENDENT ADVISORS. They have a unique advantage. They are licensed in insurance and securities and can offer you the entire universe of financial solutions.

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In closing, I am not suggesting one is better that the other one, but you need to understand how people are paid. Are they making their buying and selling decisions based on what is good for them or you? When speaking with your advisor the next time ask them if they are a Fiduciary? If not, they may not be making the recommendations that are the best for you. As a Fiduciary, we are legally obligated to make decisions that are in the best interest of our clients. Ask them if they are experts in Charitable Planning. If not, you may be losing vast amounts of money in tax savings. Not everyone can know everything so it is imperative that you seek a second opinion and have all your advisors work as a team. For questions, contact Alan Porter at (910) 551-1046. •A•


Catastrophe Primed

Feeling Lucky? Don’t depend on luck to help you through a

catastrophe. Instead, prepare. The time to prepare is now. You can start preparing by following a few simple steps. 1. Be informed – Know what types of disasters can happen in your area. Keep in mind that disasters could be natural or manmade. Disasters happen in many forms, any time, any place. 2. Build a kit – A 72-hour emergency kit, to fit the needs of your family. Have one in your home, car and at work. You can also store your home inventory and important documents in your kit as well. 3. Make a plan – Start by having a discussion with your family and plan for different disasters. Have a communications plan. Have a fire escape plan and a tornado plan. What other threats can you think of that you need to plan for? I do preparedness parties. 4. Get involved – take some first aid/CPR classes, join your local CERT, attend some of my seminars, schedule me as a speaker for your group. Save the Date: Well, two dates, actually…


Written by Steve Rogers

…March 12– Time Change – There is a lot more to do than just changing the hands on a clock. You should also check the batteries in smoke detectors, change the water/food in your 72-hour kit, change the clothing in your 72-hour kit, change your passwords. …April 17 – Purposefully Prudent – A seminar that I am hosting at the Bordeaux Branch Library from 6:30 – 8:30pm. This two hours is packed full of important information about how church leaders and others can help keep the congregation and the facilities safe and prepared. Expecting? Congratulations and good luck. No - don’t depend on luck here either. Just go ahead and prepare - paint the nursery, buy a crib and other items. 1. You get a car seat, but do you know how to use it properly and safely? Take the time to learn, because that is the first step in getting new baby home safe and sound. 2. Buy a crib. Firm mattress that fits snug against the crib with a mattress sheet that’s even tighter. Keep

blankets, pillows and the bumpers out of the crib. 3. Crib location. Keep it away from any windows or taller furniture. Curtains and blinds or their cords are choking hazards. 4. Install smoke detectors and C02 detectors in your home and test them, not during nap time of course. 5. Hot showers feel nice; however, babies’ bottoms like it less than 120 degrees. Always test on your wrist or other more sensitive area of your own skin. 6. Tipovers and small loose items. Heavy items like TVs, dressers, and bookcases all tend to be top heavy and need to be secured, just as loose change and hair bows need to be kept away from little fingers. 7. Store all household products and cleaners out of reach of tiny hands and out of sight. Don’t think for a minute that those baby latches on the cabinet door under the sink is going to keep little darling baby out of trouble. 8. Keep this number handy and just go ahead and put it in your phone: 1-800-222-1222. It is the helpline for Poison Control. Hint: put this on your contact list by the phone. 9. Keep any household cleaners or other toxic items in their original container and out of reach. When I was about four or five years old, I drank gasoline, mistaking it to be Kool-Aid. Yeah, that was a stomach pump at the local ER. 10. Get some sleep before baby gets here. •A•

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


The Sculpture Culture comes to Fayetteville

Part 3 Written & photos by Stone Samuels

Well, here we are already on our third

installment of the Sculpture Culture and all of the interest that they have garnered in the short time that they have been in the area. In my estimation, the sculptures have been drawing more and more people to the downtown area. Over the years drawing folks to the downtown area has always been a challenge, but that has been changing over time with new businesses coming to the area. The downtown area has been growing, and as a result more people and businesses are looking to move to the area. Fayetteville downtown is not the same as it was when I was a young soldier stationed at Fort Bragg. The Fayetteville Arts Council (Work in Progress Initiative) has given this journalist and photographer a chance to gain some valuable knowledge about a very different facet of the art world. It has been a very nice learning experience, something that I am always looking to find. Having the sculptures in the immediate downtown area is helping to bring more and more people out to check out tremendous pieces of art. Looking at each sculpture, you get a different story from each piece of art and another story from the mind of the sculptor. These amazing sculptures vary so much in the way they are done and it would be incredible to be inside the head of one or all of the sculptors as he/she as they are coming up with their concepts. That would make them even more incredible to behold. This month we will be focusing on a flowing piece sitting on Hay Street near the Wine Café. The name of the sculpture is “Falling Leaves”; sculpted by internationally known sculptor Bob Doster, this brilliant work of art is made from Corten Steel. Just imagine - sitting outside of the Wine Café having a glass of wine with a friend and discussing the merits of this piece. It does not get much better than that: being able to sit outside and view it in this beautiful weather only adds to the allure of this beautiful sculpture.


Life-long South Carolina resident, Bob Doster, has been an artist for more than fifty years. He is an internationally acclaimed and award winning artist. He is also the owner (since 1977) of Backstreet Studio in Lancaster, SC, operated by Bob and his wife, Cherry Doster. Bob has artwork in many different venues around the world: museums, galleries, parks, corporates offices, and both public and private collections. Mr. Doster is heavily involved in the art world. His Avant Garde Art Center is a non-profit that helps out in the community with all types of programs including summer camps, concerts, youth work study, mask-making, soles for souls and so many more. He is a known entity in his community and far beyond, having been featured in magazines and newspapers all over the country. Bob was educated at both the University of South Carolina and at Clemson University, holding art degrees from both universities. He has worked with more than 150,000 students of all ages and backgrounds; when you think about the amount of students that he has come in contact with, the numbers are quite overwhelming, but these associations will reach far into the future. His influences could usher in the next Auguste Rodin of Paris or Donatello of Florence, Italy. Bob has sculptures that are very playful and some that are truly complex. In either case you will find something that will catch your eye. Having found such an internationally known sculptor that is virtually right next door has been real eye-opening experience because you do not get to see the work of someone with such an impressive body of work both as a sculptor and as a scholar in smalltown America. We are glad that one of Mr. Doster’s fine works of art is gracing the downtown area of our fine city. •A• Next month we will be continuing with our series with our next sculpture. Stay tuned for another amazing piece of art.


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Written by Amy Garner

Isabella Effon’s gaze is as intense as the savory

aromas swirling around the small space where Taste of West Africa currently calls home. Her brown eyes bore into mine as she began sharing her story. Isabella was born in Ghana, West Africa and moved to Chicago in 1997, but “What I did back then was to go back and forth to Ghana curating art. It was my own little business. I travelled all over Chicago exhibiting art.” She also worked with the DuSable Museum of African American History which “was very informative. Then I moved on to work at The Nature Museum and then I met my husband one night after church.” One thing led to another and Isabella and Tee were married, he joined the US Army which led them to Fayetteville, via Fort Bragg in 2001. Their family grew to include two daughters; then Tee retired from the military and Isabella went to school to become a nurse. “It was good but it was not what I love doing and this is what I love cooking. And cooking is another form of art.” Isabella’s path then crossed with Dorothy Felder, the mastermind behind Fayetteville’s Umoja Festival and founder of The Umoja Group. According to Isabella, meeting Dorothy ‘took it to another level.” She had to coordinate the international exhibitions with her, collaborating on projects with Fayetteville State University – exhibitions such as Textile of Unity and the Power of Sounds and Rhythms. That, in turn, led to participating in the International Folk Festival where they began to serve different West African dishes – and, Isabella notes, “that is when we started getting compliments and people asking where they can buy our food. We were testing the


waters back then.” Isabella and her family began doing market research. Her mother, Bridget Benton, and her brother, Anane Cledoe, joined Isabella and Tee and they opened Taste of West Africa in 2012 at 107 Person Street. The walls are filled with art from Ghana, and the popular spot offers a delicious menu straight from Isabella’s childhood. Some of the most popular items are rice with beans, oxtail, stewed beef, plantains and, my personal favorite, peanut butter soup with chicken. Bridget joined us during the interview and she suggested that I also try her okra, or gumbo soup next time. On any given afternoon, except Mondays when they are closed, you can find the entire family at Taste of West Africa, including Deborah and Lordia, Tee and Isabella’s daughters. When asked if the girls talk about taking over the family business someday, Isabella laughed and said, “No…they have other plans. Deborah wants to be a pediatrician and Lordia wants to be a zoologist.” However, change is in the air and the girls may someday reconsider as they continue to watch their mother unfold her vision. Slated for mid-April or early-May, Taste of West Africa is moving across the street to 116 Person Street, into the old Marquis Market building. They will increase their footprint to 18,000 square feet and will add a lot of excitement to the menu. “We will have breakfast!” Curious to what a West African breakfast would be like, Isabella informed me that they will serve American breakfast with African infusions - “Eggs, bacon, coffee. Being colonized by the British, we lean more towards the British style of hot tea

served with milk. Of course, we will also feature porridge and millet. Breakfast is often heavy for us, so we will also have beans and plantains to the morning meal menu.” Isabella also plans to open a lounge within the new space, including beer/wine/liquor sales and live African music. There is a very large space to the back of the first floor which will be reserved for private events and parties. Additionally, a giant upstairs area will become a co-working space and open for conference rentals. The front of the house will stay The Taste of West Africa. Isabella’s vision also includes her family’s continued hosting of the African World Peace Festival, slated for July 15 this year. She and her husband also run the nonprofit Loving Hands International Cultural and Heritage Alliance, which hosts the festival. There will be free health screenings, music, food and dance. There is also a 5K Run/Walk. Last year the event pulled over 5,000 visitors to Person Street. Loving Hands organizes medical supply donations and medical missions to Ghana. “We appreciate the people of Fayetteville so much. They keep us going,” shared Isabella. Her mother warmly chimed in. “It is a pleasure to work with my daughter and our family, supporting each other. And I am honored to be the head Chef. It is a legacy.”

For more information, you can call Taste of West Africa at 910-779-2375 or contact them at •A• I welcome your feedback and your suggestions. You can reach me at a


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

What are some good reasons for us to downsize?

People decide to downsize for a

variety of reasons. The ‘empty-nest syndrome’ (where all children have left the family home) is a popular reason for many. They find that they have rooms that go unused yet contribute to high utility bills. Another common trigger for going to a smaller home is retirement. As folks age and no longer have work responsibilities, they may travel more and feel overwhelmed with having to worry about general maintenance, upkeep and daily house cleaning. If you have been in your home for a long period of time, your home more likely has quite a bit of equity and might have appreciated significantly over the years. You may have upgraded and remodeled which would make your home more desirable to buyers, so there can be big money to be made in some cases. It is wise to work the numbers when trying to decide to sell your current home and go smaller. Some people only look at the mortgage payment. If you decide to go into

get older. Take some time to consider all the ins and outs of making a move. Make a chart and write down things as they come up. Try to visualize what your life will be like in your new home. Try to anticipate obstacles before you have to react to them. Buying a new home and moving can be exciting and rewarding if you are prepared. •A• Answered by Tina Renee Dawson

a condo, you will not have yard maintenance, but you will have condo fees on top of the mortgage payment. Having a plan is important. There are always unexpected costs that pop up when you make a move. Moving itself can be costly. When you go to a smaller floor plan, your furniture may not fit which would mean new purchases. Many people don’t think about the emotions that go into this type of move. There is something to be said for knowing your neighbors and the comfort one feels once established in a neighborhood. Moving brings its own challenges in this area. Some find it more difficult to meet new people as they

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.


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: Stewie Age: 1 year Sex: Male Breed: Pit mix Weight: 47lbs Hi! Hi! Hi! I am Stewie and I love to play! The humans at FAPS tell me I need to learn some manners but I promise I am a good boy and would love to be your new best friend. I am a fairly small boy and I have very cute floppy ears!

Name: Esmerelda Age: 4 years Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair I am a beautiful girl who loves to lay in the sun. My blue eyes will be sure to get your attention! I am shy at first but once I warm up to you I will love getting your attention.

Name: Spice Age: 3 years Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair My name is Spice and I have a very big personal space bubble! I am a beautiful girl but you can only look from a distance as I am VERY scared of people. I would love to live in a home that allows me to have my personal space and just tell me how much you love me from far away!


Name: Buddy Age: 7 years Sex: Male Breed: American Bobtail Please come see me! I love love love people and don’t mind living with my other cat roommates. I am orange and white but what makes me really awesome is my little nubby tail!

Name: Dudley Age: 10 Months Sex: Male Breed: Lab/Retriever mix Weight: 57lbs I’m Studley Dudley! I am a handful BUT a good handful I promise!! I need to learn some basic manners but all I can think about is PLAYING! I would love to be your new jogging buddy, or we could just play tug of war! Photo credit: Jenifer Fennel Photography

Name: Joe Age: 10 years Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Shorthair The panther season may be over but I’m not going anywhere! I am a big beautiful cat but all the people that meet me tell me I look like a wild panther! I love attention but only on my terms. I will rub up against you and tell you how much I love you until I am ready for a nice long nap in front of the window. Come meet me!

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Written by Amanda Loftus

The All American Tattoo Convention

is probably the most anticipated Fayetteville event of 2017! “We have talked to many industry experts who tell us our event, even though it’s in the first year, it is the one convention they are most looking forward to,” says Ryan Harrell, co-owner of American Tattoo Society, CEO of Operation Tattooing Freedom, and founder of the All American Tattoo Convention. April 14th -16th marks the debut of the convention, which will be hosted at the Crown Complex all weekend. Ryan and his wife, Nicole, are both Fayetteville natives, and truly understand the unique dynamic of the Fayetteville and Ft. Bragg area. “What a better place to give some of our bravest heroes in the world the chance to be tattooed by some of the finest artists in the industry including some of Fayetteville’s own,” Ryan says. Nicole, a teacher and owner of a tattoo studio at the time, has been in the tattoo industry for over ten years. When the two of them met, it was perfect timing for both love and business. “After selling my ad agency, I decided to purchase the studio,” he adds. In addition to the American Tattoo Society tattoo shop, and Operation Tattooing Freedom, Ryan is also involved with advertisingrelated businesses that he and Nicole run out of their home. “No two days are ever alike!” According to Ryan, through traveling and getting to know other industry experts such as Jackie and Lou Rubino, owners of World Famous Tattoo Inks and Ultimate Tattoo Supply, Joey Tattoo from Spike TV’s Tattoo Rescue and many others, has enabled them to form relationships that allowed the organizers to do things never before seen for a first-year show. The overwhelming response to the convention has turned this into an

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event that artists plan on traveling to attend from around the nation . “Robert Francis ‘Chop’ from Chop Shop Tattoos is one of the first tattoo artists that Nicole ever met and Ryan has worked with him since he opened his studio in Hope Mills. “Chop and Pam, Chop’s wife, have always been a staple in the local tattoo scene as well as a standard of what the tattooing industry stands for,” he adds. “Chop travels the convention circuit a lot, and Nicole and I decided to travel the scene ourselves.” So, it was during that time, and after careful planning and organization, that the All American Tattoo Convention began to sprout in Nicole and Ryan’s minds. In addition to the daily tattoo contests at the convention, the first annual crowning of the Miss All American Pin-up contest, a burlesque show, artist seminars, and lots of other amazing surprises, the buzzing of tattoo guns will fill the air as fun is being had by all! “A tattoo convention is basically a huge tattoo studio,” Ryan says. There will be 300 artists from all over the world, sharing their talent and styles with the convention visitors. With the diversity of talent, experiences, and specialties, these artists will be making lots of dreams come true with each stroke of their needles. “I love black and grey and script tattoos, [while] Nicole is a big fan of watercolor tattoos,” he adds. Even for the entertainment factor, the convention will be sure to please all those in attendance! Among the incredible lineup will be many local and out-of-state artists, and well-known artists from shows such as Tattoo Nightmares, Spike TV’s Tattoo Rescue, and Ink Master. What makes this convention really unique is the fact that a portion of each ticket sold will be given back to the community. “Nicole and I really wanted to give back to the soldiers and veterans that make up 90% of our business at our tattoo studio,” Ryan says

with a smile on his face. “We are excited to be giving back to the people who have meant so much not only to us locally as a business, but to this great nation.” As the CEO of Operation Tattooing Freedom, Ryan is familiar with not only the history of tattoos in the military, but he understands that those suffering from PTSD have unique experience and might not respond to conventional therapies, but have otherwise found solace in tattoo therapy. If you’re itching for some more ink, or looking for your first piece, there is no better time or place to do that than the first ever All American Tattoo Convention! For more information on the artists and how to purchase advance tickets, visit •A•

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Fine Arts Week Showcases Students

Written by Amy Garner

If anyone can make casual look distinguished, it is Dr.

Earnest Lamb. Dr. Lamb is the Chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at Fayetteville State University (FSU). I met with Dr. Lamb to discuss the upcoming FSU Fine Arts Week recently, and he was equal parts contemporary and classic. It is in part the clothes he wears - but it is more the way he walks into a room, as if music resides in his stride. Dr. Lamb’s smooth style is reflected in the blueprint for this year’s event taking place at FSU from April 2-8. This year, the goal is to try to turn the entire campus into an exhibition space. Dr. Lamb also has a variety of other events on the agenda to include dramatic performances, spoken word, vocal and instrumental ensembles and art exhibits. This is the second year for Fine Arts Week and the professor feels this event is preparing the Fine Arts Department and the entire campus for FSU’s 150th birthday later this year. “My vision is that people from the surrounding community will come on campus to see the art and take advantage of these dynamic performances.” “We are working with our Photography Instructor, Shane Booth, to capture pictures of our students. He is using antique cameras and sepia tones to come up with these ethereal images that will hang on the side of different buildings all over campus.” The art department, collectively, really wants to showcase the students and the campus and all the areas of performing and fine arts, which are music, dance, drama and individual arts. According to Earnest, “we are bringing in a few guest artists, but the focus is on our students and this beautiful campus.” Another event of note during Fine Arts Week is Shaolin Jazz from Washington, D.C. This event bridges the gap between jazz and hip-hop. They will also show a kung


foo movie and interact with the audience to create a soundtrack. They are scheduled to perform on April 7 at 7pm at Bronco Theater. “We have all of these events scattered throughout the year and we decided to pull some of those together and create Fine Arts Week,” explained Dr. Lamb. “We are also concerned about preparing students for careers in the Arts afterwards. “ The professor explains his work on another program, called ARTrepreneurs In Resident. The residents have a background in the arts; they have started a company or some sort of business, or they are an actor, or something along those lines. It reflects the diverse path artists can take, because, as Dr. Lamb notes, “Everyone’s path is different and in the performing arts you sort of make it up as you go along in your career. These residents would come in and share their journey, their experiences and skills.” However, in addition to providing the artists to showcase their experiences, they are there to guide the students in one of the mundane aspects of artistic life – paperwork. “Students considering this career path need to know that they need certain skills. They need to know how to write, know how to write grants and proposals. They cannot blow those skills off. They need someone who has ‘been there and done that’ to say these are important skills,” Dr. Lamb concludes with an expected passionate advocacy for his students….in creative style, of course. FSU Fine Arts Week events are mostly free. Check out the complete list of events at •A• I welcome your feedback. You can reach me at

Let’s Eat! Written and photo by Robin Minnick

Cheesecake is wonderful. Rich, silky, melt-in-your-mouth - the epitome of indulgence, with the calories to prove it. This recipe substitutes yogurts for some of the traditional cream cheese and sour cream, the result being a lighter, less-filling cheesecake that keeps the richness and tang that makes the dessert so desireable. The ingredients here make the cheesecake 1645 calories lighter than if it were made with whole cream cheese and sour cream. A single piece (about 1/8 of the cheesecake) has about 206 fewer calories. But remember, it’s still dessert and not low calorie, just lighter!

Mocha Cappucino Cheesecake

The yogurts – homemade or storebought -

require a little extra prep. The day before, measure them out separately into two containers lined with linen or muslin. Twist the tops of the cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Pour that off, then leave the wrapped yogurts to rest in the containers, refrigerating overnight to allow more liquid to drain. • Next day, begin by pre-heating oven to 325 degrees °F. 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped fine 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar 3 Tablespoons butter, melted • Combine chopped nuts, sugar, and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees °F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven to cool, then pre-heat oven to 450 degrees °F. 1/4 1 1 1 1/4

cup boiling water Tablespoon instant coffee crystals Tablespoon cocoa Tablespoon granulated sugar teaspoon cinnamon

• Stir instant coffee, cocoa, sugar, and cinnamon into the hot water until dissolved. Set aside to cool. 2 8-ounce packages Neufchatel cream cheese 1 pound plain Greek-style yogurt, drained 1 cup granulated sugar 3 Tablespoons flour 4 eggs 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup plain (regular-style) yogurt, drained

• Remove the wrapped yogurts from their containers and give a final squeeze to each, draining off as much liquid as possible. • Combine the Neufchatel cream cheese, the Greek-style yogurt, sugar, and flour, mixing at a medium speed with electric mixer until smoothly blended. Add each of the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly after each addition. Use a spatula or spoon to scrape down the bowl once or twice during process. • Add in the sour cream and plain yogurt and blend at a low speed. Add the cooled mocha mixture to the rest and blend thoroughly at low speed until evenly mixed. • Pour over the crust. Bake at 450 degrees °F for 10 minutes, then reduce oven to 250 degrees °F and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Check for doneness, then bake for up to another 30 minutes, checking it periodically. *Cheesecakes are done when the edges pull away from the side of the pan and a sharp knife carefully inserted in the middle comes out clean. • Do not remove immediately when done. Instead, switch oven off and leave cheesecake in for 10 minutes with door closed. • Then open door partway, leaving cheesecake inside for another 20 minutes. Finally remove to cooling rack to cool fully before refrigerating. • Before serving, decorate with whipped cream and coffee beans or chocolate-covered espresso beans. •A•


Stiletto Thoughts

s s e n i s u B Women in OIs, So Improve R otions? m o r P o N y h W

Written by Lisa Thomas

In many corporate environments, women are

hindered by the proverbial ‘glass ceiling’. But at least one group of people has recognized that women running the business can be a good thing — and they’re even betting money on it. Some investors are using the “gender

lens” to choose stocks, focusing their efforts on companies operated by women or with products that target women. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune pointed out many of these investors, some of whom offer the more altruistic purpose of supporting women-run businesses. Others simply point to the research showing far higher returns from such companies. From the article: “‘When gender-lens stock picking is done the right way, Ellis says, ‘you don’t need to sacrifice financial returns for social returns.’” Kevin O’Leary of Shark Tank has also said the only companies making him money on his investments right now are the ones that are run by women. According to one study, companies with more women on the board of directors provided returns in three ways: better equity, better sales, and return on invested capital. Yet another study, by DDI and The Conference Board, showed that the wcompanies that perform best financially have the greatest numbers of women in leadership roles. Studies also show women are consistently ranked higher than men in leadership roles and are overall better leaders.

So why aren’t companies promoting women? Or, why aren’t women reaching for these roles? 22

Among America’s biggest companies — the Fortune 500 — just 24 are run by female CEOs, only 4.8%. And, as of January 2015, there are still 23 Fortune 500 companies with all-male boards. Even among smaller companies, fewer are run by women. Some studies suggest it’s a confidence issue, women afraid to break out of their comfort zone in an arena and economy that requires such moves. Men also tend to be more apt to tout their accomplishments, making it easy to see why they earned a promotion compared to a more humble female counterpart. When starting companies, it may be more difficult for women to find capital. Another reason: perfectionism. Women, apparently, are less willing to surge forward with slight risk. Of course the blame does not solely lie with women or men. We must both work to recognize differences and find ways to create a more balanced workforce. If nothing else, male business owners should recognize that doing so might improve their bottom line. What are your thoughts on this spiky subject? As we embark on our Power, Purpose and Performance Programs, we endeavor to face these realities and place women in their power seat to succeed. •A•

2nd Annual Wing Fling Saturday June 24, 2017 3-8 pm in Festival Park Be a COMPETITOR - Show you got the BEST chicken wings Be a VENDOR - Food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, business Be a SPONSOR - Support the cause of the Vision Resource Center (offering services for the blind and visually impaired community)

A family friendly event with wing tasting, live entertainment, kids zone, food, vendors and special guests.

Lisa Thomas is CEO of The P3 Group, Inc., a revolutionary training and development company; President of NetWorth; freelance writer and radio show host.

For applications and more information: Call Vision Resource Center 910-483-2719 or Al Florez 910-494-2651


March 201 Sunday



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1:30 pm Acroyoga Playshop with Dave & Krista, Embrace Yoga Studio


2 pm Fayetteville Pride Celebration Planning Meeting, Cliffdale Library


2 pm “Intimate Apparel”, Cape Fear Regional Theater, Fayetteville

11 am Homeschooling Crafting Club, East Regional Library, Fayetteville 6:30 pm Basket Making, Arts Council, Hay St, Fayetteville


3 pm Teen Advisory Board, Grades 6-12, East Regional Library 6:30 pm Crazy4CraftsFloral Canvas Painting, Hope Mills Branch Library


3:30 pm Fayetteville Quarter Frenzy benefitting 2-14 Connect, AIT Building, Fayetteville 9th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, Crown Complex


7 am All American Marathon, Festival Park, Fayetteville 1 pm Paw Palooza 2017, Louie’s Sports Bar, Fayetteville


20 11 am Homeschool Book

Club, East Regional Library, Fayetteville 7:15 pm Yoga & Wine at The Wine Café, Hay St, Fayetteville

27 6 pm Open House-Boys & Girls Homes on NC, Wagoner Dr. Fayetteville

6:30 pm Intermediate Excel: Charting, Bordeaux Branch Library, Fayetteville


4 pm 4th Anniversary Celebration, Fayetteville Hyperbarics


& Reception, CityCenter Gallery & Books, Fayetteville


Club, East Regional Branch Library, Fayetteville


Story Time & Puppet Show, Headquarters Library, Fayetteville 4 pm Teen Volunteer Time, Bordeaux Branch Library, Fayetteville

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7:30 pm “Inti Apparel”, Cape Regional Thea Fayetteville


6 pm Gamer’s Night, Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill, Fayetteville

28 10 am Sound of Music:

6 pm Women Shooting, Gun

6 pm Yoga in Cape Fear Bot

6 pm A fun night of volunteering at the Gilbert Theater, Fayetteville

21 10 am Crochet & Knit

Happy Birth Babies! 6 pm Launch Revolutionary Fayetteville

7 pm Landfill Harmonic, MoonShadow Film, 221 Hay St

14 5:30 pm Book Signing


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11 am Craft-A Cliffdale Regio Fayetteville


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12 pm Reflexology with Connie Kern, Guiding Wellness Institue 4:30 pm Dinner and A Book with Dr. Seuss, Spring Lake


10 am Fascinating Story Time, Fascinate-U Museum, Fayetteville 6:30 pm FireAntz Meet-nGreet

16 4 pm Fundraiser Night with Long Hill Elementary PTO, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Fayetteville

6 pm Wine & Whimsy at the Garden, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville

23 10 am Fascinating STEM Science, Headquarters Library, Fayetteville

6:30 pm Small Business Networking Event, Biz Center, Reilly Rd

30 10 am MS Surface/iPad

Tablet Basics, Bordeaux Branch Library, Fayetteville 4 pm Teen & Tween Art Studio, Cliffdale Regional Library, Fayetteville



6 pm Fast Friday, I-95 Muscle, Hope Mills 7 pm Candlelight Yin Yoga & Meditation, Resound Yoga Studio



8 am American Warrior 5K Walk/Run, Festival Park 9 am Dr. Seuss Birthday and Family Fun Day, Spring Lake

10 11 am 2017 Sandhills Clean 11 10 am Show Me the Money Energy Summit, FTCC 7 pm VerseUs, Big Apple Restaurant

17 Happy St. Patrick’s Day St Patrick’s Day Pub Run, The Runners Spot, Fayetteville

24 9 am Break the Chain of Child Abuse, Agri-Expo Center, Fayetteville 6 pm Walk Awhile in Her Shoes, Downtown Fayetteville

workshop, West Regional Library

11 am 2017 Sandhills Clean Energy Summit, FTCC

18 9 am 9th Annual Cape

Fear Wildlife Expo, Crown Complex 9 am BabyPalooza 2017, Skyview on Hay, Fayetteville

25 9 am 2nd Annual Fay

Loves Yoga Spirit Festival, Fayetteville 11 am Dog Day in the Garden, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville

31 10 am Sing Along Puppet

Show, Headquarters Library, Fayetteville 6 pm Rock Shop Music Hall’s 7th Anniversary, 128 S King St, Fayetteville


Ten years on...

Paddy’s Irish Pub still thriving

Written by Amanda Loftus

Paddy’s Irish Pub, located at 2606 Raeford Road - right

at the corner of Raeford Road and Robeson Street, is the only Irish pub in the area and will be turning 10 this year! Formerly known as Wheeler’s, Paddy’s first opened in March of 2007. “My friend Bill and I performed at Wheeler’s every Friday night since 2000,” says Paddy Gibney, owner of the pub. “James and Chester Wheeler wanted to get out of the business, and I was looking for an opportunity to get into the bar business, so the timing was right for all concerned.” It’s been almost a decade, and there are certainly big things happening at Paddy’s! Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Paddy knows the true meaning of Irish heritage. “I came to America on a soccer scholarship with two other Irish boys in 1987. Our first year, we were basically exchange students. We attended the Fayetteville Academy high school for our senior year and lived with local families,” Paddy says with a reminiscent smile. He knows that without the support he’s had from the community, he wouldn’t have had the success he is experiencing today. He’s thankful for Fayetteville and most importantly, “to this amazing country for giving an 18-year-old Irish kid with two suitcases a chance.” Most nights, Paddy can be found walking around the pub chatting with his friends and making sure the atmosphere is just right. Being an owner of a pub does create some hurdles in keeping normal hours, however. “Because of the unsociable hours of the bar business, I don’t get to see many of my friends very often. However,

I consider the people I work with, as well as many of our customers, as my friends. I have been very fortunate in that regard,” he adds, “I enjoy cooking, golf, and shagging, when I get the time.” The goal of each night is to show everyone a good time, but Paddy and his staff take the safety of their patrons very seriously. “There are significantly more men than women in Fayetteville, but we’re very fortunate to have a large amount of smart, beautiful women who like our pub,” he says. Women can expect to get top-notch treatment from the minute they walk through the front door, to the minute they get in their vehicles at the end of the night. “No matter who you are, you will behave, or you will be removed,” says Paddy. The bouncers aren’t playing around either - every person that walks through the doors are guaranteed a sometimes boisterous, but always safe experience. The electric vibe can be felt throughout the pub, and there is a constant flow of new and interesting events to look forward to each night. With a full, state of the art sound system run by the amazingly talented sound engineer, Glenn Stine, quality music is as plentiful as the beer. “I believe it’s very important that our musicians have everything they need so they are free to give themselves to the audience and not worry about sound quality or control,” Paddy says. “We have some of the best live music in the region every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.” While the busiest of nights are towards the end of

the week, the pub is also open on Wednesdays for their weekly dart tournament, with traditional steel-tip dartboards, followed by the wildly fun entertainment of Karaoke. The dart tournament is run by the personable and ravishing local dart legend, Dr. Joe Creech. Joe and Paddy have developed a strong friendship over the years and even trade off buying each other drinks on Wednesdays. “He’s the smartest person I know,” says Joe, “and I’ve met a lot of people through the years.” His admiration for all that Paddy has accomplished is obvious as he describes the meaning behind every inch of the pub - especially the stories behind Creech’s Corner and the Memorial wall, which are some the most personal parts in Paddy’s. Wednesdays are filled with fun, laughter, and lots of flavorful brews and spirits, but it doesn’t stop there! After the dart tournament, the warm melodic voice of author and poet, Rev. Dr. Neil Ray, fills the pub with a song to open up the Karaoke stage. With over one-million songs to choose from, there’s a song for everyone to enjoy the proven stress-relieving benefits of singing along with their favorite tunes to sing in the shower. With 17 beers on draft and 60 varieties of bottled beer gathered from all around the world, this is the place to go for a refreshingly cold drink. As my new personal favorite beer, Kilkenny is an exquisite Irish cream ale and Paddy’s just so happens to be the only pub in North Carolina that carries it! If beer isn’t your style, there’s a wide selection of liquor, mixed drinks, and the signature drink, Love Butter, named after the musical act that performs every Thursday night. The entire staff at Paddy’s shares in the passion, hopes, and dreams for the future of the pub. Paddy has been working on a new addition to the property being referred to as The Church. “Our motto is ‘upscale, yet unpretentious’,” Paddy adds, “there will be a couple of

pool tables and a pro-foosball table along with a much bigger stage and dance area.” The long-anticipated opening of The Church has the staff and patrons anxious to see what Paddy has dreamt up come to life. “This side is Paddy’s heart - you can see it on the walls,” says bartender, Cara Bohan, “and The Church is his soul.” With Saint Patrick’s Day being one of the largest celebrations for Paddy’s, Paddy is hoping to open The Church to the public this year on March 17th, if all goes according to plan - and that will be a sight to see! •A•

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Tail-Wagging Good Times to Be Had at The Cape Fear Botanical Garden! Written by Jackie Stickley Executive Director of FAPS

Get your best friend ready and head on out for the

second annual Dog Day at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 25th! This fun event will start at 11am and will end at 5pm when the Garden closes! Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole family (including your pooch) to The Garden. Go for a walk on the trails and meet other dog lovers. Shop from local pet-friendly vendors, eat and drink from local food trucks and experience hands-on, canine-themed activities. FAPS will be holding a lowcost microchip clinic and you will have a chance to get their nails trimmed as well! Dog Day is the only day of the year that our four-legged friends are welcome at The Garden, so be sure to come on out for this special day! Looking to add to your pack? FAPS will be bringing dogs available for adoption so that you can get a chance to interact and play! Who knows, maybe you will end up a furever home for one of our pups. All animals adopted from FAPS have been spayed/ neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed, heartworm tested (treated if necessary), FeLV/FIV tested (cats), are up to date on heartworm and flea/ tick preventive and have been given lots of love by the FAPS staff and our amazing group of dedicated volunteers! Does your pet have what it takes to be crowned “Dog of the Garden”? FAPS will be sniffing out the best and cutest of the canine contestants and prizes will be awarded to the winners. So bring those tricks, wear something fancy, and strut your mutt! Feeling lucky? Some incredibly gracious businesses and people have donated PAWsome items to be raffled off every hour so be sure to get your raffle tickets!

ADMISSION & TICKETS Admission FREE for Garden members Not yet a member? Go to General Admission: $10 Military (with ID): $9 Adults 65 & Older: $9 Children ages 6-12: $5 Under age 5: Free Just a few reminders about Dog Day: • All dogs must be on a leash and remain on marked trails at all times. • Dogs must be up-to-date on all vaccinations and licenses. • Handlers must pick up after their dogs and properly dispose of their waste. • Cape Fear Botanical Garden reserves the right to refuse entry to or remove any dog thought to be dangerous to other dogs or visitors. You don’t want to miss this great pooch party with lots of fun activities for your darling dogs. All the canine amusements benefit the homeless animals at the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society (FAPS)! The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society is the only licensed no-kill shelter in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.


Clean Energy, Clean Earth

Written by Robin Minnick

Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, are the dates

set for the 2017 Clean Energy Summit being held this year at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Now in its third year, this is the first year the event will run two days. The summit originated, in part, because Denise Bruce, Environmental Outreach Manager at Sustainable Sandhills had become concerned that much of their focus was anti-fracking. It was 2014, at the height of dispute over the process. She and Executive Director Hanah Ehrenreich believed there was an extreme need for energy discussion in North Carolina. “I wanted to offer the community solutions to its energy needs,” says Denise. “I didn’t want us to simply be the anti-fracking organization but to be a solution organization.” The first summit was a one day affair planned in only twelve weeks. This year’s planning took eight months, and it looks to be a memorable, highly informative summit. Friday will have a full slate of presenters and programs for business and government planners and professionals, with sessions on Renewable Energy Investing and Infrastructure Opportunities, Land Use Planning for Solar Installation, Solar Farm Operations (presented by Duke Energy), and a panel on the State of Energy in the state. Saturday’s program is geared toward the residential consumer, with speakers on Home Energy Efficiency, Workforce Development Opportunities for those interested in potential careers, Climate Change Resiliency (courtesy of Sustainable Sandhills), Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure, and Community Solar (presented by PWC). Further details on the agenda will be posted on the Sustainable Sandhills website as they become available. Two summit events stand out. Nearest and dearest to Denise’s heart are the sessions on land use and the ones on energy efficiencies for residences and businesses. The latter will be of immediate interest, because, as Denise points out, everyone can afford to upgrade some things whether it be light bulbs, insulation, or water heaters. “The best renewable energy,” she says, “ is the energy we don’t need.” The session on land use will also be invaluable. Every energy source takes up land for its plants, no matter where located. Wise choices are needed to produce


energy in the most environmentally safe and productive way. Renewable energy is known to have a large land use footprint, but it reduces our carbon footprint, our particulate footprint, our emissions footprint, and our coal-ash emissions. The summit will have something for everybody. Or, as Denise puts it, “If you turn on your light switch in your house, you should come to the Clean Energy Summit.” Perhaps the most intriguing part of the Clean Energy summit will be a World Climate Simulation conducted by the Cumberland County Green Initiative (Green School). In it people learn by using a model of the Marakesh/ Moroccan Climate talks. Anyone familiar with Model UN exercises will recognize the procedure. Students set out to discuss and solve the same problem discussed at the talks: how to keep overall global temperature from rising two degrees. The policy discussions will be open to visitors at the summit. And they are pertinent to North Carolina residents. “North Carolina already experiences micro-climate shift,” says Denise. “It’s partly why we’re in a peachgrowing boon and Georgia is not. It’s gotten too humid there.” Other crops that could be affected if temperature rise persists are our precious muscadine and scuppernong grapes, which only grow in the American Southeast. A further consequence of temperature rise would be ocean acidification, which occurs as a combination of being too warm, high evaporation rate, and run-off pollution, all of which kills coral reefs, among other effects. Based on the Marakesh/Moroccan climate talks, students will discuss the what, how, and why of temperature rise and propose possible solutions to maintaining a constant global temperature. At the close of the session, they will collect their ideas and, in private, input them into the model to see if they can save the planet. Sustainable Sandhills organizers are excited about this year’s summit. The expanded programs and variety of vendors and presenters promise a thorough look at the current state of clean energy in North Carolina as well as offering means to make it even better. “The overall message is that there is a way out of this,” says Denise. “That’s the hope that we’re going to give everyone.” •A•  


Sustainable Sandhills Clean Energy Summit 2017 Friday March 10 and Saturday March 11 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fayetteville Technical Community College 2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303 See their web site: www. for updated details and registration. Their Energy Efficiency Fair will provide vendors to talk with and get advice on how you can participate in clean energy. Organizers hope the vendors will include those working with • home insulation • window replacement • household solar panels • tiny homes • ...and more Clean Tech Academy, a company that travels the country as Clean Energy Advisors and sets up phone charging stations at entertainment venues, will provide their charging station to the Summit, although they will not be available to present.



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More Than Skin Deep

If Stretching Is So Important, How Come It Doesn’t Work? Written by Brenda Howell

As a medical massage therapist

I see people every day that use massage therapy to get rid of their muscle pain. One thing a large portion of my clients and all types of people have in common, is that they stretch or try to stretch every day. The more important thing they have in common, is that they ask me all the time why the stretching doesn’t seem to do anything. It’s a good question with a simple answer. If you are not getting results from stretching, you are probably doing it wrong! I’m a firm believer that improper stretching is worse than not stretching at all. Now this is not an excuse to quit stretching or to even not try to stretch so please continue reading and let me share two common mistakes I see people make every day. When you read on, you’ll see why it’s not your fault. The first mistake is that the wrong muscle is being stretched. If you have read any of my previous articles you know I have talked a lot about

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muscles that are locked long or locked short. It has been my professional experience that clients tend to feel pain in the muscle that is pulled long. For example the muscles at the back of the neck and down between the shoulder blades are most likely locked long because of continuous looking down and being in hunchedforward-type postures. We feel pain in that area so we try and stretch that area. In reality, all we are doing is stretching a muscle that is already over stretched. Since the opposite muscle will be locked short, try stretching the opposite muscle from where you feel the pain. The body wants to be in balance! Makes sense right? The second mistake I see is clients trying to force the stretch. To explain this let me give you a small anatomy lesson. Technically muscles do not stretch in the way we think of a rubber band stretching. Instead all the muscle fibers elongate and contract like little sliding doors. These fibers send signals to the brain asking to

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be opened and the brain sends the signal back with a yea or a nay. If the body, for whatever reason, feels threatened it will not send a signal back to relax and open the muscle. When we push ourselves into a stretch that is too much and our body is screaming in pain, all we are doing is telling our nervous system a big fat nope! Instead, back off from the stretch. If the pain signals die down rather quickly, then our nervous system is not threatened and you will be able to go deeper into the stretch. So the moral of the story? Slow down, ease into the stretch and try stretching the muscles opposite of where your pain is. •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.

Amy On the Town:

Compare Foods from around the world

Written by Amy Garner

I have said this before, and I think now is a good

time to say it again: I have lived in Fayetteville for over 20 years and one thing that crawls all over me is when someone shoots off at the mouth with “there is nothing to do here.” That is just simply untrue. Fayetteville is a special town with a big heart and genuine sense of community, in spite of - or because of - our diversity. We are not quite yet a “destination spot”, generally speaking. We are, obviously, not a bustling 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 inspired this column. My goal is to share local fun, local events, local businesses and stir you to pair some of those with your lifestyle and your wallet 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. This month I am focusing on an adventure that would be wonderful for couples, good friends or the entire family. Clean out your trunk and head over to Compare Foods Super Market at 155 Bonanza Drive. This is not your average grocery store; this, my friends, is an international culinary experience. Walking through the doors, you are immediately immersed in an exotic sensory experience. There are vibrant colors everywhere your eyeballs land and sweet-savory aromas are like a soft wind through the whole market. While I was test-driving this particular “date”, I was drawn to the cafeteria-style food counter near the entrance. It is packed with a beautiful variety of cooked foods, fruits and deli items from places like the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Spain, to name a few. There you can also find sopa de res, or beef soup, Puerto Rican salami and Oaxaca queso, which Fernando Cerdena happily informed me are some of his bestselling lunch items. Fernando is Compare Food’s Marketing Director. When you go in, you can ask for him at the Customer Service Counter or you can spot him

roaming around the store. He is a very serious-faced Peruvian with smiling eyes and a heart for helping people in Fayetteville from all over the world find the foods they want to eat. Fernando came to the United States 22 years ago and found his way to Fayetteville about one year ago. He has settled right in at Compare: “This is an international market serving all of Fayetteville, a very diverse community.“ As you and your sweetie/family/crew wander further in, you will come to the bakery. There is a self-serve area where you pick up a tray and a pair of tongs and help yourself to giant, delicious pastries. You take your full tray to the bakery counter and pay right there. This is a great opportunity to sit at one of the tables and enjoy your tasty snack and people watch….or nibble while you continue shopping. Compare Foods has a beautiful produce department, stocked with everything from Chinese bitter melon to malanga coco to guanabana. There is also a very impressive row of vibrant dried chilis and simple, lovely tortillas, including the colorful nopal variety made from the cactus leaf, which is also offered in the fresh fruits and vegetable section. The meat department hosts a butcher shop where you can purchase bundles and specialty seafood like alligator, frog legs and bacalao. The aisles are filled with foods from Africa, the Caribbean and South and Central Americas. You can also find plenty of American food and grocery items. Fernando laughs, “If we do not have it here, you can call me and I will find it and get it here.” Shopping together is very familial and revealing. This is a unique way to learn more about your honey or explore new foods with the kiddos. It also sets you up for a potential evening at home together cooking the treasure you found at Compare Foods. In a sense it is like experiencing the world from the comfort of your own kitchen. You can find out more about Compare Foods Super Market at I welcome your feedback and suggestions. You can reach me at

Paw Palooza Party for the Cause Written by Robin Minnick Photos courtesy of Renee Muffett

Here’s a riddle: How many paws does it take to make a palooza? Answer: As many as you can raise. Raising things - money, in this case - is what Paw Palooza is all about, raising money for Fur Baby Rescue of North Carolina. The idea for the fundraiser came from Renee Muffett with help from her friends Lee and Diane Carillo. Lee is a member of the Fayetteville Wingmen Motorcycle Club and Dianne owns Carrillo Bail Bonds. Both groups are helping to sponsor the event, which will be held at Louie’s Sports Bar and Tiki Bar on March 26. Louie’s is located at 2417 Robeson Street in Fayetteville. Renee is on the board of Fur Baby Rescue, a non-profit


dedicated to the rescuing and fostering of neglected, abused, and abandoned animals, primarily dogs. These are not animals simply needing re-homing; these are the ones no one wants to take. They may have medical problems, be older, or be psychologically affected because of prior abuse. Fur Baby Rescue rescues these animals then fosters them out rather than putting them in a shelter. They become part of their foster families, like a regular pet, getting the love, attention, and medical treatment they desperately need. Fur Baby pays for everything so that the foster family can focus on providing the loving care. “Finding a foster is one of our biggest, biggest problems,” says Renee. The money raised at the Paw Palooza is destined to start a foundation to build an animal rehab center where animals can get the treatment they need. This

isn’t planned to be a shelter, but a place to care for more animals and bring them back physically and psychologically to be ready for adoption. “I’ve always been the kind of person who had to turn off commercials begging for money for causes,” says Renee. Then a friend involved with Fur Babies persuaded her to come along to a meeting. Eric told her, “Animals have no voice. We have to stick together to be their voice.” Renee loves animals. She grew up on a farm and has a passion for them. For her it was simple. “I’m in,” she told Eric. “I have to stand up for these animals. They deserve to be treated just like one of your children.” Paw Palooza will start at 1:00 pm on Sunday and continue, according to Renee, “until the last person gets tired and leaves.” They will have Poker Hands - Best Hand & Worst Hands each will win a prize. There’s a charge to get in and play poker, and the food is free. There’s been an out-pouring of donations to help the event along, including donations of the potato chips and a portion of the Bounce House. Rock 103 with Al the Van Man will be there. A silent auction is planned, and a fifty/fifty raffle. There’s even a plan for a kissing booth with puppies! Renee says they’ll be running a slide show of before-and-after rescues. Information and forms on both fostering and adoption will be available for prospective parents. Fur Baby Rescue fully vets the applicants to ensure that animals only go to caring, protective homes. There will also be photographers roaming, taking pictures of animals that will be used to make the calendars Fur Baby Rescue makes to sell as further fundraisers. Fayetteville Wingmen Motorcycle Club has sponsored several other fundraisers at Louie’s. Some have raised even more than Renee’s goal of ten thousand dollars. She hopes more motorcycle clubs will come down and participate. Renee’s current dream is for the rehab center to be built so they can care for as many animals as possible. And their hope is to continue to have this fundraiser for years to come.•A•

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Project Three

Written By Amanda Loftus

March 20th marks the beginning of Spring!

Every season of the year brings its own specialties for happiness and fun, but Spring is a symbol of regrowth. What a wonderful time of the year! With just a few tools, turning a bed frame into a bench is the perfect springtime project to do-yourself - and the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity has many to choose from!

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Project Three: Step 1

This project can be done with any size headboard and footboard. Choose one that has a useful footboard for either the sides or front.

Step 2

With a table saw, circular saw, jigsaw, or whatever saw you may have that can cut through the footboard in a straight line, cut the footboard down the middle. Measure the distance between the back of the bench and the front of the bench, and mark it on each side of the split footboard and trim each side identically.

Step 3

This was my first time using an electric sander - it was so helpful! Sand everything you can to make sure to remove blemishes, dust, and oils from the entire surface.


Step 4

Attach the side boards to the headboard - you will need to use screws from the back of the headboard. Don’t forget to pre-drill holes (from Project One) to make sure you don’t split the wood!

Step 5

Create a frame by cutting 2” x 4” pieces of wood to measure the same width as the headboard and two sides. Next, you can use more of the same wood, or cut down the side railings of the bed frame, if they’re wood, to create the front support. Secure the front support to the rest of the frame with screws.

Step 6

Cut enough boards of wood to go across the seat. I used 1” x 4” pieces of inexpensive wood.

Step 7

Sand and then stain, paint, and/or clear coat the boards.

Step 8

Paint or refinish the body of the bench. I chose to use a flat interior paint with primer.

Step 9

Glue the boards to the top of the frame that you built around the inside of the bench.

Step 10

Coat the entire body of the bench with a polyurethane topcoat. I used gloss for the boards, and matte for the body of the bench.

Step 11

Once dry, sit down.

All of these items - and more - can be found at the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 3833 Bragg Boulevard. This bench will also be showcased at the ReStore and available to bid on during the month of March. All proceeds will be going to the ReStore and their community homeownership programs. Visit for more information on the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity


Hidden Nuggets

Networking at its Finest:

Fayetteville Divas When you consider the concept of networking, what

is the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think “connecting with people”? Do you think “meeting prospects”? Do you think “public relations”? Or do you think “how do I do it properly or where do I start”? After two years of living in the Fayetteville area, I decided to embark upon my own networking journey. I found several groups from which to choose; I visited many meetings and while many were great, I found one that seemed to be the perfect fit for me: the Fayetteville Divas. When you consider the actual meaning of the word “networking”, it was easy to see why this group provided me exactly what I was looking for. The word “networking” means to interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career. In fact, after almost two years now, the Fayetteville Divas continue to serve as a great compliment to my life. Here’s what they offer anyone wanting to experience “networking” at it’s finest: 1. The Divas meet in a casual setting over a meal, at which time business cards are exchanged and formal introductions are allowed between everyone. What better way to forge new relationships than over a meal? 2. A business topic is always a part of the agenda.

Whether the topic includes tax tips, branding and marketing, it serves to assist the business professional with the tools needed to build a thriving business. 3. As individual business owners and as a group, the Divas give to the community by supporting local causes that serve our military, women, children, and families. A few of the charities are The Fisher House, Fayetteville Urban Ministries, and the Fayetteville Walk to end ALZ. 4. Every Diva, whether just starting her business or in business for years, has an opportunity to share of herself, her business, her goals, and her passion. This opportunity not only affords them time in the spotlight but allows those in attendance to better understand who she is, why she does what she does, and how they may be able to assist. Being a part of the Fayetteville Divas has not only been good for business, but it has opened the door to great friendships. Mutual respect is always evident, as well as a celebration of each individual’s gift and talent. For almost three years, the Divas have remained true to their mission to Enrich, Empower and Grow. Because of that, I recommend the goup to anyone. For more information about the Fayetteville Divas or to attend one of their next meetings, go to www.

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Musically Insured

Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson

Typically, music and insurance are as divergently

dissimilar as the east is from the west, yet when it comes to Farm Bureau Agent James Cook, the two dance to a syncopated rhythm. James Cook, an Appalachian State University alum, earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education. Investing in the lives of youth through teaching is a tall order for which many are not able to fulfill. However, Mr. Cook rose to the occasion by musically molding minds for seven years. James shared that he has a passion for teaching and enjoyed the seven years he taught high school band. Because he and his wife decided to commit to the time it takes to both have and raise kids, he stopped teaching - the time commitment was too much for their expanding family. Though he says that “in some ways, I will always be a teacher.” Although he traded in his band director’s baton for fatherhood, he still invests in the lives of others through ensuring that they are insured. As a Farm Bureau Agent, James Cook believes his clients can trust him because he gives them open, honest


insurance advice. “I listen to each client to make sure that their insurance plan will change according to each life event. A constant review of your insurance plan is vital to building trust with your agent. I don’t consider myself a salesperson, but I do sell something that offers protection to my clients. Peace of mind!” Relative to his involvement in the community, he is a member of the NAIFA, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. While this activity is career-related, James is an active member of his church. It is no surprise that Mr. Cook shared earlier, “In some ways, I will always be a teacher.” That statement holds true because James continues to draw on his training as an educator as well has his affinity for people by his faithful work with his church youth group. Working with youth and serving in his church gives him a true sense of fulfillment. But as with any work, there is in addition, an idea of peace, relaxation, and/ or fun – in Mr. Cook’s case, it is the beach. “I love the beach. It’s my favorite place. Also, for fun, I like to

run, read, and do CrossFit. CrossFit is something I have done for about eighteen months, and I am totally hooked.” James is a member of the CrossFit 910 gym, and his love for the CrossFit activity is readily apparent. Because of his business acumen and community leadership, James Cook was a member of Fayetteville’s ‘40 under 40’ class. The participants of the program have been described as, “Dynamic professionals who reached unbelievable heights early in their careers”. All of the honorees have extensive records of community service and giving back to others through their time, talents, and donations. But it all comes back to family. “My family is a top priority,” said Mr. Cook. He cherishes the time that he has with his children and wife, which allowed him to make the decision to transform his lesson plans into family planning upon his farewell to teaching music to high school students. He nostalgically reflected upon what has become his family’s favorite tradition. “Each year we travel to the mountains and pick out our Christmas tree. We cut it down, load it up on the car, and head home. It is one of my favorite traditions.” What further qualifies him as a supreme family man is his belief that his children are a direct reflection of who he is. He shared, “If I am respectful and have a high sense of integrity, they will as well. Respect is something that is taught, and it starts with the parents!” He went on to describe his belief in fatherhood, that, as a father, his number one job is being a role model to his family. “I believe if you want to change the world, you need to start in your own home. My wife and I have two daughters, but it is our responsibility together to raise them with a strong male and female perspective.” Feel free to visit Mr. Cook at: Farm Bureau; 545 Person Street; Fayetteville, NC 28301; 910-4833893. New clients can expect great customer service and a new understanding of insurance. •A•

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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The disease takes the lives of more than 50,000 people each year. It is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death. Colon cancer is treatable when discovered early. Colon cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. Most colon cancers develop first as polyps, which are abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum, that may later become cancerous if they are not removed. It is most often found in people 50 years of age and older. 10% of new colon cancer patients are under the age of 50. Young onset colon cancer is on the rise. Some of the symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding, weakness or fatigue, nausea or vomiting, bright red or very dark blood in your stool, weight loss for no reason, diarrhea, constipation or narrower stools, bowels never feel empty, and persistent cramps, gas, pain or feeling full or bloated. Some of the risk factors are family history of colon cancer, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s Disease, genetic alterations, certain types of diets, cigarette smoking, a heavy use of alcohol, obesity, diabetes, and racial and ethnic background. Colon cancer screening is a must and it saves lives. It helps the doctor find polyps or cancer before you have


any symptoms. It is usually recommended to start getting screened at age 50. You may need to get screened earlier if there is a family history of colon cancer and risk factors. The important thing to remember is that you have to get screened for the disease. A colonoscopy is one of many tests that may be used to screen for colon cancer. It is a test that allows the doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon) to check for cancer or precancerous growths. Talk to your doctor about the best screening test for you. Treatment for the disease depends on the location of the tumor and stage of the disease. It may involve surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiation therapy. Friday, March 3, 2017 is National Dress in Blue Day. The blue star represents the eternal memory of the people whose lives have been lost to the disease and the shining hope for a future free of colon cancer. There are many ways to get involved: donate, host a fundraising event, honor a loved one’s memory, participate in the Undy Run/Walk, or become a volunteer. For more information from Colon Cancer Alliance call the help hotline at 877 422-2030. •A•

Social Security


Written by Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

You, Women’s History, and Social Security

March is Women’s History Month — a time to focus

not just on the past, but also on the challenges women continue to face. Nearly 60 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women, and in the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Knowing this, you can be the author of your own rich and independent history, with a little preparation. Social Security has served a vital role in the lives of women for over 80 years. With longer life expectancies than men, women tend to live more years in retirement and have a greater chance of exhausting other sources of income. With the national average life expectancy for women in the United States rising, many women will have decades to enjoy retirement. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a female born today can expect to live more than 80 years. As a result, experts generally agree that if women want to ensure that their retirement years are comfortable, they need to plan early and wisely. You can start with a visit to Social Security’s Retirement Estimator. It gives you a personalized estimate of your retirement benefits. Plug in different retirement ages and projected earnings to get an idea of how such things might change your future benefit amounts. You can use this valuable tool at You should also visit Social Security’s financial planning website at

It provides detailed information about how marriage, widowhood, divorce, self-employment, government service, and other life or career events can affect your Social Security. Your benefits are based on your earnings, so you should create your personal my Social Security account to verify that your earnings were reported correctly. Your account can also provide estimates of your future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. If you want more information about how Social Security supports women through life’s journey, Social Security has a booklet that you may find useful. It’s called Social Security: What Every Woman Should Know. You can find it online at pubs/10127.html •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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Written by Amanda Loftus

As of 2016, over 5 million people were living in the

United States with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to those already living with the disease, it is estimated that every 66 seconds, another person develops it. According to the official Alzheimer’s Association website, (www. in the year 2050, the number of individuals with the disease is expected to almost triple. As a non-curable disease, those numbers are certainly frightening. The Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s was started to help ease those fears in our community. In 1989, the Memory Walk was founded, and the idea and promise of a better tomorrow has continued with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is the largest event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s disease resources. The Alzheimer’s Association works tirelessly to bring advanced care, research, and support to those affected by Alzheimer’s around the world. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an extremely important event that raises more than just money - it helps raise the spirits of not

only the Americans suffering with the disease, but their friends and families as well. “My favorite part of being part of the walk are the wonderful people that I have met on our planning committee; they have become an extended family,” says Debbie Waitley, of Homes in Motion Realty, and Sponsorship Chair in the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee. “I also am glad that I am in a position to reach out to people that are affected by Alzheimer’s but don’t always know what their resources are,” she adds. “I try to be an advocate and a resource.” Debbie has been involved in the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s for four years, and this is her second year as the Sponsorship Chairperson. With her father having Alzheimer’s disease, she has personal experience with coping, supporting, and loving someone suffering with Alzheimer’s. “With no treatment and no cure for the disease, you often feel helpless,” Debbie says, “I

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grits, biscuits, fruit, coffee, orange juice, and a common goal for the advancement of resources available to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease within our community. “Anyone can attend that might have an interest in sponsoring for the walk. We welcome everyone from small local businesses to some of our larger corporate business partners,” says Debbie. “We are looking not only for sponsors but for teams as well,” Susan adds. In addition to working with a huge group of amazing and caring people, there are multiple benefits for businesses sponsoring the walk. With many sponsorship levels available, there is certain to be one that fits each unique company’s mission and marketing goal. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities for the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s, come in on Thursday, March 23rd and have breakfast with the team. To RSVP for the Corporate Breakfast, e-mail Debbie at or call her directly at 910-997-1325. •A•

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March is here and with it comes the lovely

spring weather! We’ve seem to have had the luck of the Irish with us this year as far as the weather goes, for the most part. I’m excited with this issue and all that is happening with ARRAY and our local community. We have great events coming up that should appeal to everyone. ARRAY will be in more parades, have more booths at events, and reach out to more people as our team continues to grow. Team ARRAY is in growth mode for sure and we are very excited about all the options and opportunities we have in front of us for 2017 and the years ahead of us. It seems there is a new and renewed vitality within our community, an optimistic within and for our community that had seemed to have wilted for a time. It’s exciting to see the activity and growth in our Downtown and the new businesses moving there. It was exciting to see Sustainable Sandhills spearhead the project to bring some new life to the corner of Hay Street and Green Street. The passion and gusto is contagious if you are around them for any amount of time. Be sure to stop by on a Friday afternoon from 4-5 pm to the Self-Help building at 100 Hay Street and find out all Sustainable Sandhills is doing within our community. While moving, renovating and all they do, they are also bringing The Clean Energy Summit with amazing speakers and information to the community. ARRAY is proud to be part of the 2017 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s again this year with McKee Homes, which is also located in the 100 block of Hay Street. We are always looking for volunteers, walkers, and team captains to join us for our walk on September 9th. You can contact McKee Homes and they will be glad to give you lots of information. There is so much more going on with the Downtown area with restaurants and businesses expanding and moving to larger places, new businesses moving Downtown, our 4th Fridays are always a blast, and The Arts Council is a must visit location. Then as you ride through Cumberland County you see the growth throughout the entire community. It’s exciting and stimulating for all 48

of us. Our local officials have worked so hard to help bring growth into our hometown and that is beginning to happen and there is so much more to come I’m sure! It’s exciting to see our City and County working together and laughing together at various events, as they show their support by taking time out of their busy schedules to be at ribbon cuttings, open houses, at our local chamber activities and other events. I love that all three of our mayors are accessible to the community and “show up” to be part of our community. We have our local Chamber of Commerce’s that are growing and sharing in the excitement of our community. It is exciting as we add new readers and followers to ARRAY, and more and more locations each month. ARRAY is excited with the various new packages we can offer to our advertisers. Team ARRAY loves to meet new folks and hear their stories and their love for ARRAY. ARRAY is proud to be a part of this community and we are excited to be part of the growth of this community as well. We feel like a beautiful dogwood tree growing and blooming where we have been planted!

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Alzheimer’s is an epidemic devastating our families, our finances and our future. The disease is all around us — but the power to stop it is within us. If your company would like to hear more about how to join us in the fight to end Alzheimer’s, come join us for breakfast.

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