Vol. 4 Issue 11
A Variety of Local Experiences
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ARRAY is honoring our law enforcement officers with this month’s issue, “Honoring Our Heroes”. We want to say “thank you for all you do every day.” Hurricane Matthew stepped in and kept our law enforcement, government officials and emergency teams busy much of the month and left our writers without electricity for days, but we were able to get some interviews in about the great job they are doing in our community. Know we appreciate all that you do and we also appreciate your families. Stone Samuels, Images By Stone, provided us a photo of one of our local law enforcement officers proudly wearing his badge.
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4 Senior Moments
6 Array of Pets 8 Healthy Living
14 Everyday Hero Not Only An Officer
9 More Than Skin Deep
31 Pet Talk
13 Ask Tina
FAPS Appoints Executive Director
42 Sip & Savor
Communique Story Tellers Brave the Storm for Their Art
Featured 10 Fayetteville Strong
42 Sip & Savor Sweet Spicy and Tangy
A community comes together in the wake of hurricane Matthew.
16 In Good Hands Learn about the Long Leaf Pine Award and learn why Chief Medlock earned it.
22 The Prince
Charles Hotel Part 2 - The history.
26 Turn Back the
20 Social Security Smarts
24 Calender 30 Stiletto Thoughts 32 Hidden Nuggets 38 Let’s Eat Seconds 39 Dear Shanessa 40 FYI for you EI 43 Dollar and Sense
Hands of Time
44 Catastrophe Primed
Fayettville’s annual Dickens Holiday is this month. Find out what’s in store.
46 Array for Kids
36 2016 State of 26 Dickens Holiday
19 Let’s Eat
the Community Luncheon
47 Bulletin board 48 Publisher’s Note
Week of Nov. 6
• Friday, November 11th is Veterans Day. Thank you to all our veterans! Make sure to visit our North Carolina Veterans Park at 300 Bragg Blvd. Admission is free and they are open TuesdaySaturday 10 am- 5 pm and Sunday noon-5 pm. They are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. There are also volunteer positions available to help greet and provide information to visitors. Stop by or call 910-433-1457 for more information. • Stop and take a moment to enjoy Freedom Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Hay Street and Bragg Blvd, and pay tribute to America’s heroes. The selfless service and sacrifice of those who served this country should never be forgotten.
Week of Nov. 13
• There may be a chill in the air but there’s no excuse to sit in the house all winter! Join one of the Senior Bowling groups and hang out with people your own age! There are 3 bowling groups which meet at B&B Lanes (2003 Fort Bragg Rd) and North View Bowling Lanes (5307 Ramsey St). The Senior Rollers meet at 9 am on Mondays at B&B Lanes and the Rolling Seniors meet Tuesday at 6 pm at North View Lanes and the Senior Strikers meet Wednesday at noon at North View Lane. 3 games with shoes for just $6! Join all 3 groups or just one, but there’s no reason to become a couch potato this winter! • Are you looking for a low-impact fitness option? Newcomers are welcome. Registration is on-going, beginning the second weekday of every month. Wed.; 9-10 am; Fri.; 9:15-10:15 am; $30/month or $5/class. Contact the Tokay Senior Fitness Center at 910-433-1414.
Week of Nov. 20
• Water Aerobics are one of the best forms of low-impact exercise and great for those 55 and over. Classes are held at FSU Natatorium every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7-8 am and the price is unbeatable…. FREE! • nterested in billiards, bingo or bible study on a weekly basis? Free weekly classes are held on various days and times at the Fayetteville Senior Center at 739 Blue Street. Call the center for more information at 910-433-1574 • Come out to listen to various forms of music such as Blue Grass, Country or Oldies every Thursday evening 6:30-9 pm at the Dorothy Gilmore Rec Center FREE but no music on Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family!
Week of Nov. 27
• Thanksgiving has come and gone and before we pack on any more holiday pounds let’s get signed up at Tokay Senior Fitness Center that is available to those 55+ that is available Monday – Friday from 7 am -4 pm…and no membership or gym fees…It’s free so no excuse to hold onto those extra pounds! • Many have suffered due to the recent flooding and Hurricane Matthew. Many have lost everything. Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity had 97 of their homeowners suffer damage with many losing everything they had to flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Volunteers are needed to help them rebuild their homes and their lives. Contact Habitat for Humanity to help volunteer in some way by calling 910-483-0952.
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 www.JeniferFennellPhotography.com
Name: Bruno Age: 4 years Sex: Male Breed: Mastiff/Great Dane Hello! My name is Bruno! I am a true gentle giant! I love to run and play, especially with other big dogs. I would do best in a home without small dogs or cats, because sometimes I accidently mistake them for toys! I need lots of space to stretch my giant legs. I really love to be outside and soak up the sun! Come by to meet me today!
Name: Alex Age: 10 years Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Shorthair Hello, I’m Alex! I’m a purr-fect cat. No, REALLY! I am very affectionate with my visitors, and most other cats, especially my best friend Maxwell. I can often be found sun bathing, squeezing into tiny beds (usually with Maxwell), or carrying around cat nip filled mice toys. Could I be your perfect match?
Name: Tucker Age: 2 years Sex: Male Breed: Border Collie Mix Hey, my name is Tucker! I love to run, run, RUN! I am a Border Collie after all! I would really love another dog in the home to play with and help me “herd” my new family! An active family, with a big yard would be best for me! Come meet me today!
Name: Barb Age: 2 years Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair Meow! I’m Barbie, but my friends call me Barb! I’m a quiet cat, but I love attention. I’m very particular about my own space in the cat room. I like to be up high so I can oversee the other cats, I’m kind of like the Queen of my room. I try to teach the kittens that join my room to be proper, sweet cats, but sometimes my tutoring just isn’t enough for my new friends! Come visit me in my kingdom today!
Name: Tyson Age: 2 years Sex: Male Breed: Hound Mix Hi! I’m Tyson! I’m a spunky, sweet guy. I’m energetic and I LOVE to play. I really, really love my nylabones too! I would love an active family with a big yard to play in! Although I am a big guy, and can be very excited, I can also be very gently and affectionate.
Name: Alice Age: 12 weeks Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair MEEEEOOOW! My name is Alice. FAPS found me all alone at animal control, when they took me in I knew “I fell down the right rabbit hole”. I’m young, feisty, and VERY energetic. I love, love, love to play! My foster brothers were two large dogs, and I was not scared at all! I was the boss, and they pampered me! I hope my new home as another cat or dog that I can play with!
See more Array of Pets on our website: www.ArrayNC.com
Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner
The holiday season is a time for
celebration, family, and giving thanks. We live in a world where there is so much violence, mass shootings, confusion, and strife. Take a moment to reflect and focus on the positive aspects of life while counting your blessings. This is the perfect time of year to spend time with the ones you love and to experience the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Most people overeat during the holiday season. Holiday stress can cause people to eat more, drink too much, and eat the wrong foods. Keep portion sizes to a minimum by using a small plate. Be very careful of buffet eating. Do not starve yourself in anticipation of the holiday meal because overeating will occur. It is important to maintain an exercise routine during the holidays in order to reduce your chance of weight gain, heart attack, or stroke. This holiday season should be focused on the things that are important. Reflect on positive things like family and the goals accomplished this year. Keep
Giving Thanks During the Holiday Season things simple. If you do not want the stress of cooking have a potluck dinner and have everyone bring one dish. You can also enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant or hotel. It is fine to want to enjoy yourself instead of being tired from cooking dinner all day and night. Some things that you can do during the holidays to benefit others include helping to distribute a Thanksgiving meal to the homeless, volunteering at a nursing home, delivering goodies to the firemen and policemen who work on Thanksgiving, and offering your time to help someone who is less fortunate. This is the season for giving. Some people dread the holiday season and feel lonely. I’ve learned through the years that everyone does not want to be around family during the holidays due to family issues and drama so make the most of your time by doing the things you want to do. Be happy. The holidays can be stressful
so be sure to schedule some “me time.” Take a nap, a warm bubble bath, light some aromatherapy candles, read a book, watch a movie, or jot down thoughts in a journal. This time of year can be overwhelming. Take the time to think about all the things to be grateful for. Be thankful and grateful that you have been blessed to see another holiday season because we do not know our expiration date. I am thankful for my family, jobs, talents, health, and peace of mind. I’m looking forward to the holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving! (gobble, gobble) •A•
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More Than Skin Deep
Answering the Call
Written by Don Matheson
Brenda Howell, owner and operator
of Healing Hands Body Therapy, is a gifted medical massage therapist with good business sense. She has combined those two traits to open her medical massage clinic in Fayetteville NC. The services provided there help to answer a challenge which is very familiar to the local community of Fort Bragg soldiers, how to mend the broken bodies of military personnel. Brenda set out to alleviate some of the strains, tears, bumps, bruises, aches and pains which her husband Markus had sustained over years of military service. She began his treatment using conventional techniques such as Swedish massage and some others which were relaxing but only provided temporary pain relief. Brenda was not content with short term solutions. She wanted to help her husband heal and experience a better quality of life. She turned her attention and studies toward medical massage. Relatively quickly Markus began to realize longer pain relief and experience the beginning of some real healing. What had grown from a personal goal to help her ailing husband, blossomed into a medical massage clinic that would help not only her husband, but many other soldiers and civilians in pain as well. Her concept fills a specific niche. There are many day spas offering a variety of massage modalities and packages, yet they are not providing medical massage therapy. Howell explains it this way, “Medical massage is more than just a single modality, it is an understanding of the human body’s biomechanics and the kinetic chain as well as how each massage modality affects that kinetic chain. Combining this knowledge with the knowledge of the most popular massage modalities (i.e deep tissue, myofascial, trigger point therapy and sports massage) results in medical massage”. The therapeutic techniques used in medical massage often provide noticeable pain relief from muscular
injuries. The massage methods that most day spas promote are generally for relaxation massages. While these methods do have minor therapeutic attributes, they do not provide the same relief or postural correction that stems from medical massage. Howell presents a compelling case for her modality, “There is an art and a science to every medical massage performed. If a massage therapist approaches patient pain using a superficial predetermined routine, the patient gets superficial results. The patient may feel good for the remainder of the day, or even for a few days, but when daily stress levels begin to climb again, those pains will quickly return. This is because a superficial massage cannot determine or treat the root cause of the pain and if neither of those things happen, the muscular dysfunction which caused the pain is still present. Medical massage traces to the root cause and therefore both relieves the pain and more importantly, facilitates the body’s healing process.” Comparing the average day spa and Howell’s medical massage practice brings up some major differences. A day spa will have the client fill out a basic intake form. The atmosphere is relaxing and comfortable. The placing of hands on the skin, based on the skill level of the therapist, has a relaxing and circulatory benefit. Here the resemblance ends. HHBT’s medical massage intake is much more focused and intensive. There is an evaluation of postural tendencies. One of the most obvious differences about medical massage is the patient’s active participation level during treatment. There is a constant dialogue. A medical massage requires active involvement in the patient healing process.
The name of the practice, Healing Hands Body Therapy, is reflective of the procedure. There is a healing, therapeutic effect of the placing of hands, by a caring and well trained massage therapist, that greatly aids the healing process. The therapists at Healing Hands Body Therapy do not see themselves as healers, but as assisting the body during the natural healing process. Medical massage therapists help patients in that process discover root causes of pain, as well as provide the tools needed to avoid re-injury, in order to change the way patients feel in their daily lives. Additional recommendations are made that will facilitate continued healing during the time between visits. Howell aptly calls this ‘homework’ and it is an extension of the unique process that is determined for each patient. Patients are taught to avoid some things, add some things and be aware of other things. She cautions pain sufferers not to wait until the damage is greater. Her clinical goal is to begin the process as quickly as possible and coach patients along the way to healing. Her mantra is, “We will help you change the way you feel”. Healing Hands Body Therapy also offers aromatherapy and other products such as essential oil blends which are developed in-house. For more information visit the website at www.healinghandsbodytherapy.com or call at 910-818-2513. •A•
(L to R) Elias Garcia, Donovan Ross, Joshua Murray, Josiah Garcia - helping out the Murrays Written by Robin Minnick Photos by Dave Minnick
The adjectives are all out there: destructive, catastrophic,
The activity inside that net is even more commanding. devastating, overwhelming. There is a humble resiliency in the residents of All of these have been used to describe Hurricane Fayetteville, possibly a legacy or side effect of the Matthew and the horrendous (there’s another one) unusual make-up of this city. We celebrate our diversity damage it wrought. here. For many people, that means much adversity had to People are still oohing and widening their eyes as be overcome – and adversity overcome builds strength. friends and colleagues describe damage and the powerful So it is not so surprising to learn that many of winds that uprooted trees or the swift-moving currents Fayetteville’s residents are solving their clean-up that swept away back-yard belongings. Tears still fill problems themselves. Pulling out drenched items soaked the eyes watching video of a police water rescue - a in house flooding, cutting limbs and trees with chainsaws mother and her small son trapped atop their car along and even handsaws, picking up, stacking up, wiping Robeson Street, a street hundreds of us drive daily. down. Exclamations are made over long lines for assistance and Church members are hard at work at St. John’s the mountains of trashed belongings placed curbside. Episcopal Church (on Green Street) where the lower As of this writing, the peril continues as those without level multipurpose area housing the preschool and the power await its return, as waters continue to collect and choir room flooded. When the call went out, vestry crest, as residents uncover more damage or discover members Fred Klinck, Jim Kyle and Alex Sutherland ran what it will take to clean it all up. triage. Teachers and the board of the pre-school turned Overwhelming. Probably the simplest and most up to help. Later 20 to 30 church members gathered to genuine way to describe what happened to Fayetteville pull up rugs, remove soaked playthings and sort and as Hurricane Matthew passed through. Government agencies are committing to provide aid to the region; that’s their job. Emer-gency responders - people who’ve chosen careers based on the concept of putting their own lives at risk to help others - sacrificed time, safety, and nearly lives in rescuing and caring for those who needed them. Social service agencies are trying to ramp up usual services to assist the sudden influx of people newly stranded in terms of home and job. Businesses large and small are offering goods and services for reduced rates. Churches and other organizations are building vol-unteer crews to help with labor and skill to clean and rebuild. A common sight across town: Trees being removed bit by bit. It is a giant net enveloping the city, providing help.
wipe down furniture. Fred said ServPro, the local restoration franchise, gave them a “great briefing and good directions” on how to proceed even before contracting with them. Theirs is no small task. Water from Cross Creek rose to flow over the windowsills into the rooms. The current was forceful enough to take bricks from the fountain at Lafayette Park and deposit them on St. John’s property, twist the fence, and demolish the children’s playground. At Phoenix Lodge No. 8, the Masonic Temple on Mason Street, also sustained flood damage. The lodge is entered from a raised porch. Flood waters rose another four feet inside, halfway up the bottom row of photographs of past Master Masons. The 158-year old building, on the national historic registry, is filled with iconic pieces of the lodge’s history, and sorting and cleaning and full restoration will take time. However, last week, men from the Phoenix Lodge and the Ft. Bragg Lodge (both housed at the temple) and their related groups for spouses and youth were hard at work, carting off water-damaged cabinets and furniture and even appliances, righting others that were toppled, and beginning the arduous task of sorting out what can be re-stored and what cannot. Then came the shoveling of sand, wiping down of walls and pulling up of tile, as well as repair. They’ve had offers from people outside the lodge as well, and they gratefully accept them, but their first instinct is to pitch in and handle things themselves. It’s that way in many neighborhoods as well, people doing proudly for themselves. But help is never far away when it’s needed. Dana and Alonzo Murray had to evacuate their low-lying home during Hurricane Mat-thew. Creek water was rising, and they knew from past experience the house would flood. By the time they were ready to leave, the water was an inch away from the top of the driveway’s retaining wall - and halfway up the lower floor windows. After a harrowing four-hour trip to Raleigh, thwarted by closures, washouts and general chaos, they spent the night, hoping for the best. Back in their neighborhood, Kim and Van VanBorkulo set out to keep an eye on the Murray house. “We’ve lived here for thirty years,” says Kim. “And that’s what you do when you live with a river. We tend to watch out for each other. Some elderly women lived in this house be-fore, and across the street. We kept watch over them in particular.” Thanks to the VanBorkulos, the Murrays knew before they had to face it in person that the oak tree next to their house had crashed onto the roof. Another neighbor went up and tarped the places where it pierced through, limiting damage. When the Murrays returned the next day, the contents of the lower floor were reckoned to be “a total loss.” Luckily when repairing the house from a previous flood, they designed it to withstand another. Still, there was work to be done, and by the following Saturday, helpers were all over their place. There were church members; Tom Hess, from Crossview Alliance Church was there early. The church itself had flooded, and early in the day members were salvaging children’s toys and furniture. As their work slowed, Sherri Mitchell realized the Murrays might need more help and called out, “Anybody got any muscle left?” Then she led the responding volunteers to the Murray house. Unable to do heavy lifting herself, she nonetheless helped with some of the inside pick-up, glad she had the ability to see a need. “I’d been prayin’ about this since the storm started,” she says. The rooftop soon came to life with men climbing around with chainsaws, dropping limbs down to the ground to be moved to the street. Leaf by leafy branch, the monster oak was disassembled. Paula Hess and Marilyn Caufield coordinated to help
wash and dry the laundry Dana res-cued. A family from their homeschool group, Mia Garcia and her boys Elias and Josiah, along with Donovan Ross from across the street pitched in, too. They moved limbs, collected debris, and pulled damaged furniture from the downstairs. “We knew they flooded before, so we immediately checked on them...’cause that’s what family’s about, and we consider them family,” says Mia. Pointing to the battered things at the edge of the street, she adds, “These these are temporal things.” There were other instances. Two houses sharing a corner, each having trees come down on them. The woman from one house checked on the other and helped her contact her insurance company about the tree. Another man’s daily aide stayed extra to look out for him during the storm. It was a common theme, this checking on neighbors and friends, all over Fayetteville. People making sure others were all right, and tending to the business of cleaning up. The inter-twined relationships of city residents creating a tightly knit web inside the net of services rendered by organizations. The overall result is something more than a safety net. It is strength - the strength of people relying on themselves and each other for hands-on and personal help, accepting what non-profits and government agencies can do at the broader levels, and turning to groups and organizations for additional assistance. It is the fabric of life in a city that is evolving into the true meaning of ‘Fayetteville Strong’.
A lone pink rose, offering hope. To find other resources for hurricane assistance of varying kinds, as well as ways to get involved with helping, check out the lists on these sites: www.ncdps.gov/hurricane-matthew-disaster-assistance www.fayobserver.com/news/local/helping-victims-waysto-donate-volunteer-or-get-help/article_285dd702-8f2411e6-8b32-b3934ac0723e.html www.faybiz.com/hurricane-matthew-disaster-hub
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Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Have a question about real estate? Ask Tina. Brittney H. Parkton, NC asks…
A neighbor told us that your firm does a program called Local Hometown Heroes. Can you please explain what this is and who qualifies for it?
The agents of EXIT Realty 1st
Class 1 want to give back and say “Thank you” to our local heroes. Local heroes include firefighters, law enforcement, all first responders, military members, teachers, individuals in the medical field, and basically, anyone that is in the service of others. The average commission an agent receives for helping to buy or sell a home is approximately 3% of the sales price. The agent that chooses to participate in the Local Hometown Hero program actually gives back 1/6th of their commission to be used as the client wishes. The money works in the following way: Purchase a home for $180,000 X .5% = $900 back to you at closing. Some lenders do have restrictions depending on the type of loan product you use, so be sure to ask in the beginning of the process. All closing costs and rebates must be shown on
Answered by Tina Renee Dawson
the closing documents and be approved by your lender and all parties to the contract. Home Owner Tips for the winter: This is the perfect time to do some maintenance on your home. Clean out your gutters, there is no cost, with the exception of some sweat and time on your part. Regularly flushing out your hot water tank will improve its efficiency and extend the life of the unit. Change your ceiling fans to turn in a clockwise direction. Hot air from heating your home rises, and this will help to push the warm air back down into your living space and the cost is free.
Have your HVAC serviced at least twice a year. A good cleaning and new filter can save you money in the long run. Make sure the weather stripping is in tack around all your windows. Drafts and leaks increase your heating bill. The weather stripping itself is relatively inexpensive compared to the benefits it provides. Studies have shown that home owners save as much as 1% on their energy bill for every 1 degree you lower the temperature. It might be worth investing in a programmable thermostat for just this reason. Keeping the temperature lower at night when you sleep and when you are away from the home at work will be worth the cost. •A•
Send your real estate questions to Tina Dawson at email@example.com, or give her a call at 910-988-1969. Your question may be featured in an upcoming edition of Array.
Not Only An Officer, But A Fayetteville Citizen, Too Spotlight:
Written by Amy Garner
Four bright blue eyes glittered at me from across
the table. Hurricane Matthew had slowed down the interview process a few times and I was weary and bleary and waterlogged, but not the two ladies seated in front of me. Annette O’Keefe and her daughter Rhiley were animated and energetic. Their voices intertwined and talked over each other, more like old friends than a young mother and her eight-year-old daughter. “I am from Kenai, a really rural village in Alaska. I’m talking woods-living, hunting and fishing for your food. I am a hippie and I do not want to raise a bratty suburbanite.” She makes that her mission on a daily basis. While working full time as a Forensic Technician with the Fayetteville Police Department since 2014, Annette returned to school. During that time, she often took Rhiley to classes with her. “I already had her with a sitter so much. I couldn’t financially or emotionally afford to do that while I was I in school too. So, she went to class with me. One professor pulled me aside and cautioned me about the content of the class that night. I told him ‘It’s science. I don’t care if my kid sees the inside of an esophagus’. So, she saw the inside of an esophagus.” Annette’s parenting also extends to volunteerism. Her reach includes neighborhood clean-up projects in Savoy Heights and crafting a chair annually for Kids Peace’s Chair-ity event. “We’ve done this every year. I love doing the chair. This year I even…” Rhiley chimes in, “Yeah, we won one!” Annette clarifies, “…in an auction.”
Annette and Rhiley with one of their fosters 14
Annettee O’Keefe at work The connection between the two as we talk is palpable. Rhiley prepares her mother’s coffee, appropriately adding the right amount of cream and sugar. The two also foster dogs, and the occasional kitty. Mostly though, they love bully breeds. Being a fan myself, I asked, “So, why Pitbull’s? Because they are wonderful, often misunderstood, criminalized dogs?” Annette smiled at my naivety and shakes her head. “Well, that. And because my family bred Timberwolves and I am accustomed to large dogs. Our shelters are over flowing with this affectionate breed and I am not afraid of corrective training. Plus, we do not need another Yorkie rescue.”
I feel so very lucky to be in Fayetteville. I love the people here. I love that we come from all over the world and we have created these little families.
Annette also takes on any volunteer opportunity to teach pet owners how to be responsible and “do things better.” She started in Savoy Heights, where she talks with people in the neighborhood about spaying and neutering, vaccinations and proper training. Rhiley is always with her. In September, Annette found herself in a situation with a garbage truck and a kitten at PWC. Employees heard the meowing and Officer O’Keefe found herself rappelling into the truck and rescuing a tiny kitten. Of course, she ended up bringing it home and bottle-feeding the poor kitty for several days before being rescued herself by Thundering Paws, who could continue care and find a permanent home. Officer O’Keefe was employed by the Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville, prior to her career in law enforcement. She also fanned her entrepreneurial flames with attempts to open her own doggy day care and rescue. That history led her to goals of combining her work with Fayetteville Police Department with other local charities. This year, the Fayetteville Police Department was in full force (see what I did there) at the Kid’s Peace Charity Event for the first time, supporting their own artist. As we started to wrap up the conversation, Annette leaned across the table, “You know, I was so scared to move to the South. Leaving my woods and Alaska and coming here…all I thought was sweet tea, snakes and religion. I was terrified and I fought it. I fought it so hard. I didn’t want my daughter to grow up with certain ideas. I had all these preconceived notions about the South and the people who lived here. We moved here on April 16, 2011, Tornado Day. First day we are here and there are tornadoes everywhere and we are trapped in an apartment bathroom. As time has gone on, I feel so very lucky to be in Fayetteville. I love the people here. I love that we come from all over the world and we have created these little families. I love that my daughter has this experience, here. I worked really hard to not live here at one time in my life. Now, I work very hard to stay here.” •A•
Annette and daughter Rhiley
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In Good Hands
Written by Robin Minnick Photos Courtesy of Fayetteville Police Department
Note: This interview took place early in September, shortly after Chief Medlock announced his retirement, but before he left the department for the medical leave that would precede his actual retirement effective in December 2016.
The waiting area of the administrative offices of 467
Hay Street is almost hushed. It’s not what one expects in a police headquarters. The walls at either end of the room are hung with large canvassed photographs in styles that mirror one another. One was taken in the early 1900’s of Fayetteville’s police chief and his officers. At the other end is a photograph similarly staged, of Chief Harold Medlock surrounded by his officers. The location of the photos is deliberate, a reminder of the legacy those who occupy these offices carry on despite changes wrought by time and task. The Chief steps around his desk, pressed starched shirt bright white against the dark creased trousers. Law enforcement bling that could blind the eye if it took a direct hit. The badge is prominent. The authority in the air is palpable, and there’s no visible indication of the pain felt when the man extends his hand in greeting. Only later does he ruefully admit the damage to his rotator cuff has reached a level that refuses to be ignored. It is only part of the reason the Chief has chosen 2016 to be his last year as Chief of Police in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina. Or perhaps, like much of his career, time has chosen him. At the age of 12, Medlock felt called to police work. At 21 he successfully applied to work in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. In three short years, he says, “I’d fulfilled a life-long dream.” Then, suddenly, it didn’t feel right. It was no longer fulfilling and he discovered he didn’t like the relationship with the community or the direction policing was taking at the time. He left Charlotte’s force near the end of 1982.
For ten years he worked at selling real estate, John Deere equipment and motorcycles. The work was good, especially the time spent managing a family business, but he found he missed police work every day of the ten years. He returned to Charlotte, but he had to re-apply and train all over again, including physical training at age 35 when he was admittedly out of shape. “But,” he says, “It made me appreciate the job that much more.” And he found there were changes. “Community policing was in its infancy,” says Medlock. No one knew anything about it, including him. The first he heard of it was when he was told to go out and do it. This was where he found his fulfillment. “It’s where I’m supposed to be. That made it a great career for me.” What has always mattered to him has been his engagement with the community. It’s what was missing previously. Community-engaged police work involves relationship-building in all aspects of the work. The relationships that arise out of these engagements become like family. In his years in homicide, Medlock was frequently called upon to provide in person notification to families of murder victims. “Those people became part of me.” He tells of a mother he met at a murder scene. Her two sons had been killed. She was devastated, and he had to hold her back from where the bodies lay. He held her for a long time. As time and the investigation progressed, she became a victim advocate as well as a friend he still counts on. “Out of horrific circumstances, you meet some incredible people.” Today, he says, few death notifications are done in person. It used to be that even if peo-ple didn’t know who he was by his face, if he were to pull up in a neighborhood, a stranger get-ting out of an unmarked car in his suit and approach a house, most times he’d
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meet the family on the lawn; they knew who he was, and why he was there, and they’d come outside to meet him. Now that so many such notifications are made by phone or even text, often by friends or family or simple on-lookers, Medlock says “We’ve lost the ability to bring some dignity to victims and their family.” A thoughtful perspective for a chief of police. It speaks to how seriously he holds this idea of community policing, engaging the community and pulling together. Looking at his accomplishments in establishing ways to communicate with Fayetteville, from events “-with-a-cop” right down to the videos they make, it’s clear how much a part of him this philosophy is. Community police work and bringing Fayetteville ‘to a better place’ is why Medlock was called here. “I came to Fayetteville with a mission to bring the department to a certain level, a certain direction,” says Medlock. “In three-and-a-half years we’ve done seven years worth of work.” They’ve worked with a sense of urgency to make corrections. He instituted several organizational changes regarding numbers of patrol sectors, creating a sector lietuenant position, forming a Chain of Command Review Board and establishing a requirement for training on fair and impartial policing. Fayetteville has seen his department start reaching out via social media, including a presence online with Nextdoor media; daily releases from the department about neighborhood activity; participation in community fundraisers; neighborhood meetings; and even the YouTube videos. Then, in 2014, he requested participation in
Order of the Long Leaf Pine “My wife, Gloria, can never keep a secret,” says Chief Medlock, grinning. “But she did this time.” The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the most prestigious awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina for “exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.”
“And Pat McCrory, I’ve known him since Charlotte, when he was a councilman, and then Mayor. He’s been my friend for 32 years.” No award in this state is valued more than The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Created in 1963 during the tenure of Governor Terry Sanford, it has been awarded to honor per-sons who have served the state and its citizens, who have made a special achievement, or as a gesture of goodwill to friends and visitors to the state.
“They brought me in that room, and I couldn’t have been more surprised. I had no idea. I saw everyone, and I kept saying, ‘Are you kidding me?’ “ The award consists of a certificate conferring “... the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this exalted order among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina Toast in select company anywhere in the free world:
‘Here’s to the land Of the long leaf pine, The summer land Where the sun doth shine, Where the weak grow strong And the strong grow great, Here’s to “down home”, The Old North State!” On August 25, 2016, in the company of the recipient’s wife, colleagues, and city officials, Governor Pat McCrory presented The Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Chief Harold Medlock at a ceremony at the Police Department in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Retiring Chief Medlock was both surprised and gratified.
“This,” he says, “ means more to me than you’ll ever know.”
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COPS (Office of Community Oriented Policing Services) Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) for Fayetteville’s police department. Working together, COPS and the department established the goal of collaboratively reforming departmental policies, training, and operations as they relate to use of force and interactions with members of the public, taking into account national standards, best practices, current and emerging research, and community expectations. The project required a months-long assessment of history and records along with meetings and interviews involving members of the force, civic leaders, and community residents. Further plans and studies have been made to determine what needs to be done to meet the goals laid out. This project is drawing to a close, but it will mean continued implementation of the recommendations from the assessment. Chief Medlock feels confident those he’s leaving behind are ‘good hands’ to continue the work he has started. And those left behind are energized, eager to carry on. His announcement to retire may have been a surprise to the community, but the decision was long in the making. For the four to five months before his announcement, he stepped back, watching the leaders he developed as they worked. “Seeing them as they plan and execute the way we do business; to watch commanders run community meetings; and to see their work start to impact crime positively -- as a leader you step back and watch as those you’re working with ‘get it’. They’re moving forward.” And that means he doesn’t need to be the man in front. Too, the job’s been first for 35 years. Time to put his wife Gloria and their marriage - their lives - at the forefront. As well as his health - a torn rotator cuff and torn bicep. He already put the surgery off before. And he feels that if he stays on the job, he’ll be neither a good chief nor a good patient. It’s a good time to leave, with much still left to do for those left behind. He would never leave if it weren’t so. There is a lot left undone, as has always been the case when he’s left positions. Every one of them ‘got done’ as his successors took care of things, and that is what will happen here. They’ve nearly completed their work on the collaborative reform project. Crime rates are not reduced as much as Medlock would like, but they never will be, since he’d like to see them at zero. He’s worked with interim city manager Doug Hewitt and others to select Assistant Chief Anthony Kelly as
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Story Of A Legacy Continued Written by Allie Bayat Photos by Daniel Fournier
Tell all the things these walls remember. Tell the way
only an old structure can tell it, with a stooping form, touched by history and neglect. Articulate what these walls evoke of the living who have passed through the now barren rooms. Whisper of better times before the swollen limbs, peeling pigment and before the shiny copper veins were torn asunder, leaving painful gashes and scars on a once flawless skin. Reveal it through glistening fragile eyes that look out upon the city. A brief summary In 1925 the grand Prince Charles Hotel opened with 125 rooms, seven stories and a lavish ballroom on the top floor as its crowning glory. It has been shut many times, passed through several owners. It has gone through tenants who have torn out walls, splattered paint, vandals who have ripped out its fixtures and copper plumbing. It has endured break-ins and even severe neglect. But since it opened its doors, it has housed and welcomed many guests and accommodated events over the decades, as well as been renovated by a wide variety of workers. Hard work creates a place of magic According to one man, Albert Lambert, Jr., working on the hotel in 1956 was hard work. “I worked on the piping in the hotel a long time ago. That’s when I was young, you know. We didn’t have those good tools. We had to use a saw and some wrenches. The manager was not a nice man. We could only do water breaks and we brung our own lunch. But, the big boss was a nice man. He brung us apples and soda pop when we was working. Then other times he knew we needed jobs he let us work in the boiler room and do other fix up jobs. He sure was a nice man.” A romantic venue Another woman, Eunice Cambridge (formerly Eunice Anne Sanders), remembers the hotel just as fondly, and with a hope that someday, she can fulfill a dearest wish and promise. “In 1972, I met my Thomas. I used to work near the hotel with my mama. We wouldn’t afford the hotel, but he asked me to marry him standing at the entrance so I could feel special. He told me someday we would stay there on our anniversary. My Thomas is gone now, but I still want to keep his promise for him. I still hope some day that I can.” She now lives in the outer area of London . She worked as a Japanese interpreter. Her husband Thomas Martin of Lumberton joined the U.S. army and saw the tail end of the Vietnam war. They lived in Fayetteville for two years before returning to her home in Augusta, Georgia. After Thomas died, Eunice remarried and moved to London in 1985. Like Eunice, Lydia Holbrook remembers the Prince Charles in a romantic light. “My first question to him [my fiancé] was to find the classiest place in Fayetteville to have a wedding reception. My first thought was the Prince Charles Hotel. I did think it might be a little pricey. To my surprise, the hotel was in competition with new up and coming modern hotels and they were really reasonable. We put down a deposit right away. It was too good to be true. I used to walk past the hotel when I was a girl on my way to church.
“We got so many compliments at the reception. The staff was so wonderful and the ballroom was perfect and beautiful. I could not have wished for a better day. It breaks my heart when I hear how badly the hotel has been treated and how it is in bad shape. I felt like a fairy princess in that hotel,” she recalls. An unexpected home Aaron Franks recounts how the Prince Charles became an unexpected shelter. “I lived near downtown on Ray Street when I was a kid. My mother was a single mom and she used to take us to the library. We never went downtown because it was always busy and my mother said it was too dangerous. That was way back in the seventies when everybody called Fayetteville ‘Fayettenam’, and it stuck. “Soldiers were always downtown and hanging out at strip clubs. When I got out of the army I was homeless and the hotel became my home. It is weird to think on it now. I used to think it was just for rich folks. When they shut it down and kicked us out I lived on the streets again. I won’t lie, I’d sometimes find a way in and get out of the cold. It is still kinda my home.” A hopeful light The downtown area has seen better days and has bounced back many times because of perseverance, public and private investments. Everyone has stories of losses, gains and painful lessons. The current work on the hotel is meant to create a legacy not only to recall the great aspects of the past, but to provide a future that brings hope to the Fayetteville area. •A•
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7pm Chess Club -Kiwanis Rec Center, 352 Devers St, Fayetteville 1pm Gallberry Corn Maze5991 Braxton Rd, Hope Mills 1pm Heritage Square Tours – 225 Dick Street, Fayetteville 6pm Bull Riding on the FarmShady Acres Rodeo, 2054 Canady Pond Rd, Hope Mill
Teen Bookmark Design 13 11am Contest – Cliffdale Regional
Branch Library, 6882 Cliffdale Rd, Fayetteville 12pm 7th Annual Taste of Fayetteville – Festival Park, Ray Ave, Fayetteville 6pm Bull Riding on the FarmShady Acres Rodeo, 2054 Canady Pond Rd, Hope Mill
20 11am Teen Bookmark Design Contest – Cliffdale Regional Branch Library, 6882 Cliffdale Rd, Fayetteville
6pm Bull Riding on the FarmShady Acres Rodeo, 2054 Canady Pond Rd, Hope Mill
Teen Bookmark Design 27 11am Contest – Cliffdale Regional Branch Library, 6882 Cliffdale Rd, Fayetteville
8:30am Senior Exercise- Spring Lake Enrichment Center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake
10am Pre-School Pals- Museum of the Cape Fear, 801 Arsenal Ave, Fayetteville
11 am From S Statehood- 32 Fayetteville
7pm Java Jams- The Coffee Scene, 3818 Morganton Rd, Fayetteville
11am Tai Chi for Health- Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville
8:30 pm Poe – Classics, 223 Fayetteville
7pm Zumba Class- Kiwanis Rec Center, 352 Devers St, Fayetteville
6pm Lupus Foundation Support Group- Berkshire Hathaway, 6920 Cliffdale Rd, Fayetteville
9 pm Commu Ensemble- Kiw 352 Devers St,
Fit4Life Zumba, Fit4Life, 14 9am 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake 12pm Hope Mills Chamber of Commerce Luncheon – Parks & Rec Center, 5766 Rockfish Rd, Hope Mills 7pm Zumba Class- Kiwanis Rec Center, 352 Devers St, Fayetteville
21 9am Fit4Life Zumba, Fit4Life, 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake
11am Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition & ExhibitCape Fear Studios, Donaldson St, Fayetteville
Tai Chi for Health – Cape 16 9 am Recycle 15 10am Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Transformatio Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville 6:30pm Let’s Talk About ItCumberland County Public Library, Call for locations 7pm Friends of the Library present Elizabeth HearneyNorth Regional Library, Fayetteville
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2 pm Downto Market – 325 Fayetteville
6 pm Fayettev – The Rock Sh St., Fayettevill
22 10am Tai Chi for Health – Cape 23 2pm Downto Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville 6:30pm Cape Fear Toastmasters – Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St, Fayetteville
Market – 325 Fayetteville
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7:30pm The Open Mic- The Coffee Scene, Morganton Rd, Fayetteville
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3pm Heart of Christmas Show – Crown Theater, Fayetteville
7pm Java Jams- The Coffee Scene, 3818 Morganton Rd, Fayetteville
6pm Bull Riding on the FarmShady Acres Rodeo, 2054 Canady Pond Rd, Hope Mill
7pm WWE Live Holiday TourCrown Coliseum
7:30pm Fayetteville Symphonic Band & MU Concert Band Joint Concert- Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University
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10:30pm Hula Hoop ClubKiwanis Rec Center, 352 Devers St, Fayetteville
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6pm Wine Tastings – Luigi’s, 528 N. McPherson Church Rd, Fayetteville
Lake Enrichment Center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 5pm High School Equivalent Testing (GED)- Kingdom Connection Ministry, 1729 McArthur Rd, Fayetteville pm Society of Creative Anachronism-Kiwanis Rec Center, 352 Devers St, Fayetteville
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Exhibition, Rosenthal Gallery, FSU 10am Death & Remembrance: A Historical PerspectiveFayetteville Area Transportation Museum, 325 Franklin St 11am Elemental: Ceramics & Abstract Paintings ExhibitDavid McCune Art Gallery, Methodist University
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9am City Market at the Museum325 Franklin St, Fayetteville 10:30am Yvette’s Dance Academy- Kiwanis Rec Center, 352 Devers St, Fayetteville
6pm Jazzy Friday- Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram
8:30pm Live Music at Luigi’s – 528 N. McPherson Church Rd, Fayetteville
Lake Senior Center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 11am Lafayette in Fayetteville – 325 Franklin St, Fayetteville 7pm VerseUs Open Mic- The Big Apple, 5900 Yadkin Rd, Fayetteville
12 9am Cars & Coffee Meet-
Millstone Towne Center, S. Peak Dr., Hope Mills 10am Parkinson’s Disease Support Group- Kiwanis Rec Center, 352 Devers St, Fayetteville 11am Make it, Take it! – Fascinate U Children’s Museum, 116 Green St, Fayetteville
Downtown Farmers 19 9am Market – 325 Franklin St, Fayetteville
6pm Jazzy Friday- Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram
11am Super Science Saturday – Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, Green St, Fayetteville
7:30pm Fayetteville FireAntz vs. Macon Mayhem, Crown Coliseum
12pm Turkey Bowl- Massey Hill Rec Center, Fayetteville
25 1 pm A Dickens Holiday- Arts
Council, 301 Hay St, Fayetteville
5pm Gallberry Corn Maze – 5991 Braxton Rd, Hope Mills
National Alliance of Artists 18 5:30pm Owl Night Hike – J. 17 9am from HBC and Universities Bayard Clark Park & Nature
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5:30 Candle Procession – Downtown Fayetteville, Hay St.
26 9am Downtown Farmers Market – 325 Franklin St, Fayetteville
12pm Art Market -The Sweet Palette, 101 Person St, Fayetteville 8:30pm Live Music at Luigi’s – 528 N. McPherson Church Rd, Fayetteville
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Written by Angel West
Downtown Fayetteville will turn
back the hands of time on Friday, November 25! Image the streets full of carolers dressed in hoop skirts and top hats! The fragrance of hot cider and gingerbread treats fill the air along with the beautiful voices of carolers dressed in Victorian attire. Horse drawn carriages will be filled with people riding along the streets as Joseph Marley and Scrooge wander the streets, as well as other characters from A Christmas Carol! What is going on in Downtown Fayetteville and when? Well put on your walking shoes and plan to be in shock and awe from this once a year amazing event which takes place in our beautiful, historic Downtown streets! The Arts Council and the Downtown Alliance will be presenting the 17th annual A Dickens Holiday beginning at 1 pm on the Friday after Thanksgiving and it’s free to attend. This is one of those events of the year that you will not want to miss. Historic Downtown Fayetteville comes alive with people, music, costumes, vendors, horse drawn carriages, and so much more and offers so much to any age group! Father Christmas along with an authentic Victorian sleigh will be at the Arts Council building posing with children, families and adults to help create memories that may just become a family tradition. Father Christmas is available from 1 pm – 8:30 pm and photos are only $6 a print or 3 for $15. If you have little ones and want to create a Victorian ornament to take home be sure to stop by Fascinate-U Children’s Museum at 116 Green Street to create more memories and all that at the very affordable admission price of $1 per person. The store windows of our local Downtown merchants are dressed in Victorian era décor and the streets are lined with local merchants to provide you with the opportunity to purchase a special and unique gift for family and friends. Our local merchants and vendors will have unique gifts for you to give that no one will want to return and you will become the favorite gift giver around! The Dickens Carriage rides will be available from 1-9 pm for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of A Dickens Holiday from a horse drawn carriage. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at 222 Hay Street beginning at noon that day. This
event sells out fast so get your tickets early! If you want a longer, more personal carriage tour then take a Queen Victoria Carriage Ride by stopping by the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum at 325 Franklin Street to enjoy a carriage ride and some history. Advance tickets are recommended by calling 910-678-8899. Have you ever wanted to know what was on the 2nd floor of the Market House or to stand there and look down historic Hay Street? Now is your opportunity when you visit The Victorian Life display from 1-9 pm. History is sure to come alive by this display presented by The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. A Victorian Christmas tree and other artifacts will show how the Victorians celebrated the holidays. There will also be literature and military items and an interactive display which will allow you to identify household items from Victorian times that are no longer in use! Want to hear more music, watch a play and visit a local historical home, then there are several opportunities for you on Hay Street and one of the surrounding side streets. Visit Hay Street Methodist Church at 4 pm and enjoy TubaChristmas. “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be performed at 8 pm at The Gilbert Theater, 116 Green Street. The 1897 Poe House
will be decorated in Victorian style at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located at 801 Arsenal Avenue from 10 am to 4 pm that day! Arts Council Board member Rangel McLaurin will lead local singers as they present special music in tribute to Fisk Jubilee Singers who entertained Queen Victoria during Victorian Times along the Downtown streets. “Annie’s Alehouse” has been such a big hit in the past it is returning. It is held inside the Arts Council building at 301 Hay Street from 1 pm to 9 pm and is modeled on the old Victorian pubs. You can indulge in beer, wine and non-alcoholic cider, along with the Belfast Boys performing some feet stomping and stimulating music. There will also be performances of magic and music along with an exhibit at the Arts Council building. That’s a lot for one building! What are the holidays without gingerbread? A Dickens Holiday, Habitat for Humanity and H&H Homes goes one step further with gingerbread by having a Community of Hope out of gingerbread!! A call is out to all gingerbread architects, contractors, builders and bakers! You are invited to help create an entire community by building schools, parks, homes and everything needed for a healthy and happy neighborhood. In case you need some tips on gingerbread construction attend the Gingerbread
House Workshop from 4-5 pm on November 20 at the West Regional Library, 7469 Century Circle. Entry forms and the provided wooden bases which must be used are available at the Habitat ReStore at 3833 Bragg Blvd WednesdaySaturday from 9 am-5 pm. People from the community and those attending A Dickens Holiday are invited to view the buildings on display at SkyView on Hay at 221 Hay Street from 1-6 pm. There is a $250 Peopleâ€™s Choice Award. For more information on this please call 910-483-0952. Did you think we were done with the activities for this Downtown event? Not even close! Beginning at 5:30 pm you can gather at the front or side of the Arts Council for the Candlelight Procession. You can pick up a free candle from select Downtown merchants or from the front of the Arts Council, while supplies last. Join thousands, yes thousands of people that attend the yearly A Dickens Holiday for Fayettevilleâ€™s largest candlelight procession to the Market House. The charismatic and talented John Malzone will be atop the 2nd floor balcony of the Market House in Victorian garb to welcome and encourage you to cheer as we celebrate A Dickens Holiday! A visit with a few words by Queen Victoria if we are lucky and then Mr. Malzone will encourage you to cheer! The evening is ended by fantastic fireworks in our beautiful historical Downtown Fayetteville as we come together to celebrate all our community has to offer and the approaching holidays!
Be sure to check out theartscouncil. com/dickensmain for information. There is information on how to dress in Victorian dress, how to volunteer, how to be a vendor or a part of the Gingerbread Community of Hope, along with other helpful information. You may also call the Arts Council at 910-323-1776.
s s e n i Bus n 101 o i t a u Eval
Written by Lisa Thomas
This summer led me to a few
very interesting places with many breathtaking moments. This is Mount Scott in Lawton, OK – beautiful! During my summer travels, I was in a small town visiting family. My aunt introduced me to a gentleman who wanted to pick my business brain. I was happy to oblige, as it came to light he hadn’t had a strategist offer him advice that led to any measurable results. He hit me with some interesting questions and experienced several light bulb moments. I thought his situation was
interesting, but not unique. The young man owned and operated a company, let’s call it Company A. There is also a Company B in existence, offering the same services as Company A. Both companies, through unfortunate events, were forced to begin again or start over. This gentleman, the owner of Company A, had been asked to buy into Company B’s business. Although both owners had businesses before and had been forced to start over, it seemed Company B was in a stronger position to negotiate with Company A. During my work in the business world, I often see this type of challenge, where a business owner does not understand their value; whether it is intellectual value, financial value or collateral value – one must understand it. The first step is to understand your true value. The second step in this example is for Company A to build a relationship with Company B with an intention to develop trust, as Company B needs to also understand the true value of Company A. In sharing pertinent information with Company B, Company A will then solidify a position of strength. The third step is to create a collaborative partnership; a partnership where both bring value to the table, value that can be fully measured and
quantified and, in this case, to discover what’s needed for the partnership to succeed. The fourth step is to offer multiple options. Company A could have offered a sum of money for the launch of the business; to be paid back within a defined timeframe. Company A could have offered equipment for leverage to the partnership’s ability to accept certain contracts. Company A could have offered expertise to the client acquisition process and managing funding of projects. The point is, it is optimal to have many options available for discussion. Instead, Company A gave a sum of money and then felt he had been taken advantage of and was now in a position of having to work with Company B. This feeling will follow the partnership until it is resolved. Following our discussion, the owner of Company A had an approach to resolving this issue and new opportunities for success in the new budding partnership. I love it when the light bulb goes off and my vacation was even more satisfying, just from seeing his face! Happy negotiating, folks. •A•
Lisa Thomas is CEO of The P3 Group, Inc., a revolutionary training and development company; President of NetWorth; freelance writer and radio show host. www.TheP3Group.com
FAPS Appoints Executive Director The Fayetteville Animal
Protection Society (FAPS), Cumberland and Hoke countys’ only state-licensed, no-kill, nonprofit animal shelter, has announced that Jackie Stickley has been hired as its executive director. “We are very excited to be able to have Jackie Stickley for this newly created position at Fayetteville Animal Protection Society. Her compassion, leadership and enthusiasm make her a perfect match with our visions and future at FAPS. When a passion and a position meet, you have a match made in heaven. I am eager to see what the future holds for FAPS under her leadership,” reported Autumn Blake, Board President. Jackie has been with FAPS since 2013 and has extensive perspective and experience as it pertains to animals rescue operations. As executive director, Stickley will provide strategic direction for the organization and oversee its fundraising, marketing and volunteer recruitment efforts. Stickley feels that a focus on pet care and ownership education, an expansion of current programs and the cultivation of strong bonds with the community will be key components of successes going forward. “I am honored to be named the Executive Director of FAPS and am excited to hit the ground running. I am looking forward to working closely with our dedicated animal welfare community in Fayetteville and surrounding areas. There are many partnerships we can continue to strengthen in order to further our mission. Tremendously high euthanasia rates and animal homelessness are very real, and right here in our community. FAPS is at
the forefront of efforts to reduce the rate of euthanasia and I couldn’t be more excited for the work ahead,” said Stickley. Stickley studied Business Administration and holds a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sport & Recreation Management from Hastings College. The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society was founded in 1982 by a small group of pet owners who were concerned about the plight of homeless animals in the community. The mission of Fayetteville Animal Protection Society is to provide a licensed, no-kill shelter for homeless animals until they can be adopted into a loving and caring lifetime environment; to reduce the population of stray animals and to promote responsible pet ownership. FAPS is guided by the belief that no adoptable or medically treatable companion animal should be unnecessarily euthanized due to space, time, appearance, or any treatable condition. The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of private donors, grants, and the support of area businesses. We also promote an active agenda of fundraisers scheduled throughout the year. For more information on the work that FAPS provides to our community, or to donate or volunteer, please go to www.fapspet.org Jackie Stickley can be reached at 910-984-9894 or at the shelter by appointment, 3927 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville.
The mission of Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, Inc. (FAPS) is to provide a licensed, no-kill shelter for homeless animals until adopted into a loving and caring lifetime environment; to reduce the population of stray animals; and to promote responsible pet ownership. FAPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. NC Charitable Solicitation License SL000743. CFC Code 46693. ArrayNC.com 31
Women: Bridging the Gap from Home Written by Anissa Short
make no apology for being an advocate for women in business, especially from home. For years, I have seen the positive effects of women taking financial responsibility into their own hands by choosing homebased entrepreneurship as their vehicle to improve their financial footprint, their quality of life and in changing their children’s legacy. When we consider the fact that by nature women are givers of life, nurturers, and the one that can literally produce something from nothing, building a business would seem almost a given. Several years ago I embarked upon a journey that placed me in an arena that revealed many things about women. I found that in many instances most were emotionally and physically committed to creating a quality lifestyle; nevertheless, the results from their dedication often produced disappointment. Regardless of race, age, or educational accomplishment, many shared the feeling of inadequacy, compromise and defeat, especially economically. WHAT DO WE KNOW? It has been estimated that 90% of all women will have
sole responsibility for their finances at some point in their lives, yet 79% of them are not prepared for this. Are they not prepared because opportunities don’t exist or could it be that what’s been accepted and currently experienced as societal norms do not work in their overall favor? “These are not women trying to have it all. These are women who are already doing to all – working hard, providing, parenting, and care-giving. They’re doing it all, yet they and their families can’t prosper….” (Shriver Report, Women in America, January 1994) According to a study released by the Shriver Report ( January 1994) on Women in America, • Women and children account for over 70% percent of the nation’s poor, • Two-thirds of American women are primary or cobread winners of their families, • Even though women outnumber men in higher education, men still make more money than women who have the same level of educational achievement, from high school diplomas to advance graduate degrees
WHY HOME-BASED ENTREPRENEURSHIP? Home based entrepreneurship not only affords the additional income needed to bridge the gap of economic inequality, but it also has other positive attributes: 1. Create the Money You Need. Your earning potential is directly proportional to your performance, so you don’t have to wait for someone else to validate or control your raise or promotion. 2. Taxable Deductions Are Advantageous. You can deduct a part of your home’s operating and depreciation expenses as a business expense. Consultant your accountant for more details. 3. More Time for Family & Friends. When your work supports that you remain an integral part of your household dynamics everyone wins. Many have found that children learn a lot about free enterprise, self sufficiency, creating goals, and gain lots of confidence when raised in an entrepreneurial environment. 4. Less Stress. When you set your own schedule, you set the priorities for your life and your family. 5. Personal Growth. The experience you gain from being your own boss makes you more marketable. You direct, market, set goals, strategize, and create sales promotions; therefore, you gain experience in various areas that can be applied in all areas of life. Who Has Noticed the Trend? According to an article written by Anita Campbell, in July 2013 in Start-Up, 69% of United States Entrepreneurs start their businesses from home. Even the Direct Sales industry reports an 11% increase in the number of people involved in direct sales, of which 77.45 are women (per DSA.org stats in 2015). So, it may be safe to say that while many choose to embrace societal norms that keeps them in a mode of catching up, or complain about the inequities in pay, there are many others who have decided to take matters in their own hands. “Running my own business is empowering. I get to set my own hours, call the shots, and contribute to my family.” ~ Amanda Cook, Founder of Be my Guest •A•
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Story Tellers Brave the Storm for Their Art Written by Allie Bayat
“It’s part of our job to adapt. We’re not going
to make a good film if we panic and lose our mind at the first sign of trouble,” explained filmmaker and actor, Wendy Keeling, after attending the Indigo Moon Film Festival during Hurricane Mathew. Wendy’s film, Self Offense, missed airing after Mathew knocked out power to the downtown Fayetteville area and halted the festival. Wendy also has an online comedy series in which she stars as the lead character. Wendy explains that being familiar with both sides of the filmmaking process, she attempts to create roles which fit her quirky and dark humour. The first annual Indigo Moon Festival hosted by Pat Wright and Jan Johnson of Moon Light Communications, kicked off early Friday, October 7 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The evening began with a showing of Maya Angelou’s I Still Rise. As the event closed late that evening, the first signs of stormy weather began with a steady downpour. It was expected to go through Sunday with several events, viewings and an award ceremony scheduled over the weekend. As weather conditions quickly began to change, filmmakers found themselves locked in place because of severe flooding, not only changing their film festival plans but interfering in their travel plans as well. These storytellers showed their commitment. “That’s what filmmakers are, after all, they are storytellers,” said Pat Wright during the storm as she watched volunteers, guests and filmmakers interacting and telling stories at the height of the storm. Michael Howard’s film, Where We Are Meant to Be, was one of the last films to air before the ArrayNC.com 34
storm began full force. The film showcased various short stories with different tones, but with one guiding message. …one of the most important aspects is to just live your life regardless of what’s happening around you. If you’re worried or stressed out about something in your life, it’s not going to do any good to shut down and not keep moving on. And whether the situation turns out good or bad, there was still so much wasted time in that interim. It’s not how much time you have; it’s how you use that time that makes all the difference. According to Michael, his message comes across loud and clear. “If it changes one person, it’s a success.” The last movie to showcase before it was officially shut down was Jeffrey Golden’s Gloriana. Jeffrey, a former soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, has provided a pivotal perspective on females in the military. Jeffrey explains that from the time he joined the military to when he was discharged his perspective on women in the military changed. “When I joined the army, I thought this was a guy’s world.” After meeting and getting to know female soldiers throughout his nine years in the military, his mindset changed. Jeffrey also conveyed the message of his movie as pro-women and the challenges he feels women in the military face. “With Gloriana, I support military quality. I am definitely not opposed to women serving. With our film - as we developed it into a proper film - I wanted it to be pro-women. It is cautious so women aren’t blamed for mission failure.” As the storm picked up momentum - when the rain began to flood the streets and the electricity left the downtown in the dark - two dedicated
filmmakers rode their bicycles to check on their film, Through The Treeline. It didn’t get to show, but their spirit and commitment were evident. Although they did not stay, those who did expressed their appreciation for Pat and Jan’s organisation and professionalism. “It was a personal thing. I wanted to support Pat and Jan’s first festival. They did a great job,” says Wendy Keeling. She has a lot of gratitude for her film festival hosts; that not only did they play her films, but looked out for her even after the storm. As for Jeffrey Golden, he says it was like a professional film festival. “I would come back again. Because I didn’t know about Pat and Jan, I only sent one film, but if I had known, I would have sent more. I will next year.” Michael explained that although, he felt bad for the hurricane interfering with the showings, he felt Jan and Pat really came through. He saw them as having a great understanding of the needs and expectations of filmmakers. “Jan and Pat knew exactly what things work and don’t work for a festival and it shows…I think their festival is off to a great start and they are going to do great next year when they don’t have weather issues.”
Even with obstacles ahead, Pat and Jan provided food and shelter to their guests during the storm. With the absence of electricity, the venue was alive with laughter and conversation. The storytellers provided the rest. They adapted as the situation changed from moment to moment. They networked, entertained, engaged each other and those guests and volunteers riding out the storm with them. Being embedded with a group of filmmakers was a learning experience. Their ability to remain calm and be problem solvers, you’d never guess that Hurricane Mathew was one of the worst storms, Fayetteville, North Carolina had experienced in years. Jan and Pat look forward to doing the festival again, this time without the needed bravery of enduring a hurricane.
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The 2016 State of the Community Luncheon Written by Amanda Loftus Photos by Stone Samuels
During the annual State of the
Community Luncheon, hosted by the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, professionals from all over the area gathered together and shared their accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year while dining over a delectable meal served at the Crown Coliseum. The 2016 speakers were COL Brett Funck, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander; Mayor Jackie Warner, Town of Hope Mills; Mr. Tad Davis, Spring Lake Town Manager; Dr. Frank Till, Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools; Mayor
Nat Robertson, City of Fayetteville; Commissioner Marshall Faircloth, Cumberland County Chair of Commissioners; and Mr. Darsweil Rogers, Interim President & CEO of Greater Fayetteville Chamber. “It’s amazing how fast a year goes by,” says COL Brett Funck, who also spoke at last year’s luncheon. When it comes to Cumberland County as a whole, Fayetteville takes a large piece of the pie. As the 35th mayor of Fayetteville, Mayor Nat Robertson took the podium and delivered a side order of inspiration during the annual meal. Three years ago, the town was starving, and since then, Mayor Robertson has begun to
Mayor Nat Robertson
fill the bellies of our community. “We had one of the highest crime rates in the nation,” says Nat, “first responders were ill-equipped, understaffed, and underpaid.” Within the three years he has served as Fayetteville’s Mayor, there has been a steady decline in crime. “We’ve reduced crime by almost thirty percent thanks to Chief Medlock and our community policing programs that he has put into place,” the Mayor adds. As he introduced the Fayetteville Chief of Police, Harold Medlock, the roar of the applause could be heard outside the building and everyone rose from their seats to thank, admire, and salute the Chief for his dedication to the community of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. “Excellence is becoming a familiar watchword,” says Spring Lake Town Manager, Tad Davis. Along with the sidewalk initiative, Spring Lake is becoming more of a place to see and be! With the addition of the beautiful FTCC Spring Lake Campus, an all-around increase in public school scoring, and plans to implement an afterschool enrichment program in upcoming school years, the Spring Lake community standards of education are boasting from the rooftops. Dr. Frank Till, Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, shared the success of a program started last year. The Work Perks program, which partners businesses and school employees by offering employee discounts to teachers and staff at participating businesses brings together families and educators from across the county. Frank credits the value of the discounts to the admiration and respect that each teacher feels when businesses recognize the
Luncheon Attendants work they do with and for children by giving their discount. It’s the business’ way of giving back to the true heroes involved so deeply with our children’s education. Once the Mayor of Hope Mills took the stage, laughter and joy was all that came from the microphone. Mayor Jackie Warner joked that she is now known as the “Dam Mayor”, but she certainly plans to leave a lake as her legacy. Jackie says, “the completion of our dam in 2017 will be quite a celebration!” While the dam is a hot topic on most everyone’s minds, the new Lowe’s and the new Walmart Neighborhood Market are both keeping the town in anticipation. Just over 250 new jobs will be created due to those two openings in town, and with new housing developments already at over half-occupancy, more businesses and families are calling Hope Mills their new home. “Human lifespans have never been longer. Standards of living have never been higher,” says Cumberland County Commissioner, Marshall Faircloth. “America’s cities have never been safer. Educational attainment has never been greater,” he adds. Residents and businesses alike are prospering more than ever in Cumberland County, and around the world. Our communities are beginning to work together to create a place worth truly living in. “The state of our city is strong,” says Mayor Nat Robertson, “and we’re only getting stronger!”•A•
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Written and Eaten by Angel West
Ingredients • 4 lbs of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch slices • 4 tablespoons of melted butter • 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar • ½ cup of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed • 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh rosemary • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt • 1 tablespoon of cold water • ½ cup parsley leaves, finely chopped • 2 teaspoons cornstarch • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 1 tablespoon of orange zest • 3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
Want to do something a little different this year
with those sweet potatoes? Want to do something different that is easy but will impress the family? Well this is the recipe to try…in your slow cooker. Sweet Potatoes with bacon in the slow cooker?? Everyone loves bacon and I love using my slow cooker. This is an easy dish to put into the slow cooker on Thanksgiving morning and it will be ready by the time your meal is ready for everyone to sit down and eat. And you aren’t taking up valuable space on the stove.
Place the sweet potatoes in a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker. Stir together orange juice concentrate, melted butter, light brown sugar, kosher salt and chopped rosemary in a small bowl. Pour over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 ½ to 6 hours or until potatoes are tender. Put the potatoes on a serving dish using a slotted spoon. Increase the slow cooker to HIGH and whisk together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water until smooth. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the cooking liquid in the slow cooker. Cook, while whisking constantly, about 3 to 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Spoon the mixture over the potatoes Stir together the parsley, orange zest and garlic. Sprinkle the potatoes with the parsley mixture and crumbled bacon. YIELD is about 8 servings…until they try it and so you make need to make 2 batches next year!
Dear Shanessa, I am an older woman and I have been diagnosed with cancer. I have two grown children who refuse to call me, check on me, ask about my health, etc. I donâ€™t need any money from them but it would be nice if they would check on me. What am I supposed to do?
Signed, -Doing it by myself Dear Doing it by myself, I would suggest that you sit down with your grown kids and have a heartfelt conversation with them about your medical condition and your feelings. They need to know what is on your mind regarding their lack of help and attention. I have noticed that this generation is a bit different from our generation. We always go the extra mile when it comes to helping our parents in time of need. You may have to seek help from other relatives and friends. In the meantime, focus on your health and well-being. Love,
One Simple Reason Businesses Fail
Written by Daniel Martin Outsourced Ingenuity
Businesses only fail because
something isn’t working. Hi, my name is Captain Obvious and I’m sure that little nugget of wisdom probably sounds frustratingly simple. Well, it is that simple. As a matter of fact, there’s actually overwhelming freedom in understanding that very simple principle: Businesses only fail because something isn’t working. Why is this common sense statement so profoundly important to remember? Think about it. What do you do when
things aren’t working...when you’re not getting the results you expect? I’m willing to bet that most of you are going to do something about it. Like a first responder on the scene of an accident, we move to stop the bleeding as quickly and effectively as possible. This shows up almost everywhere in our lives; at work and at home. We keep losing customers so we upgrade our product features. We’re slipping into the red so we reduce marketing expenses. And so the list goes… Here’s another question.
How often do you execute an ingenious solution to a problem only to find that the symptoms of the pain you were feeling start showing up again? You spent thousands adding slick, new features to your product. You’ve learned how the features would add value to your clients. Your sales and marketing folks have spent countless hours familiarizing themselves with the upgrades so they can close business. Fast forward to 6 months after launch; you check your customer churn rates and… they’re not any better!
The key to a thriving business is getting good at root causes. In the example above, if someone would’ve taken a moment to dig a little deeper, they might’ve found that customer service was causing the mass exodus of their customer base. Or maybe they’d lost credibility in their space due to some PR challenges. Or maybe the finance and sales teams just can’t get along. No matter what you choose to focus on in your business, it requires you to invest both time and energy. The return on that investment is a direct reflection of what you choose to focus on. Solving surface problems, or symptoms as we call them, may yield some short term results. However, that immediate return is insignificant when compared to the impact you’d realize by focusing on the real challenges and opportunities. That’s what drives us at here at Outsourced Ingenuity. The sickness beneath the symptoms. The question behind the question. Like Jay Papasan says in his book “The One Thing”, we want to help you find the one thing you can do that, such by doing it, everything else becomes easier or unnecessary. When you face a challenge, go in knowing only one thing for sure; something isn’t working. Going in with this mentality may sound silly at first, but it means you don’t make any assumptions about what is or isn’t possible. Adopting this simple mindset opens up a whole new level of creative thinking in the face of even the most daunting challenges. •A•
Daniel’s passion is helping you and your business improve performance by changing behavior. Specifically improving communication skills, emotional intelligence, and sales performance. Daniel is also training to teach meditation, which helps people remove stress, anxiety, and worry from their lives (who doesn’t need that, right?). It may sound like an odd combination, but all of his coaching, training, and strategy work is infused with selfawareness, common sense, and a healthy dose of truth.
Written by Amanda Loftus
Cory Anderson, the owner of Luther’s Legacy BBQ
Sauce & More, is certainly doing Luther’s legacy right with their sweet, spicy, and tangy concoction of tasteful expressions. The “Luther” in the name of this versatile sauce is Luther Anderson, Sr., Cory’s great-grandfather, and he left a delicious legacy for each of his 12 children in the form of a recipe. “The boys each got a different sauce recipe, the girls each got a different baking recipe,” says Stephanie Anderson, Cory’s wife. “The recipe that we make was my grandfather’s recipe (Luther, Jr). It is the only one that survived being passed down through the generations,” adds Cory. There’s an obvious reason that the “& more” was added to the name: it’s great as a sauce, marinade, dressing, and a dip. Dipping a slice of cucumber in BBQ sauce might sound a little odd, but don’t knock it until you try it - it was truly amazing. Try it with chicken, beef, vegetables, French fries, burgers, etc. “If you haven’t tried it, you need to,” says a satisfied customer, “it’s a sauce you can eat on anything!” “It pairs well with all meats, veggies, fish, rice, and much more, so it’s difficult to pick one favorite. But, if I
had to choose, it would be ribs or grilled chicken,” says Stephanie. Cory likes to joke that she only married him for his mouth-watering sauce, but it’s obvious that they make a great team when they’re out at one of the many events they attend throughout the year. The entire family is invested in the sauce from the first ingredients to the distribution. The youngest of the children help by shrink wrapping bottles, and the oldest help with the cooking, bottling, and delivery. “We all work together as a team,” Stephanie adds. As an Army veteran, and father, Cory has been put in some difficult situations. Nothing prepared him for the life-changing motorcycle accident that had put him in a coma for four months, though. “Cory struggles a lot with physical pain, which in turn affects all of his other issues like depression, anxiety, insomnia and migraines,” Stephanie says. “Every day is still a struggle, but the sauce and his kids give him something worth struggling for.” Fifteen years later, Cory and Stephanie are still dealing with the effects of the accident. “The medical field constantly changes, so until we find things that work for Cory, we won’t stop looking,” she adds, “He is passionate about creating a future for his children and loves his family with everything that he has.” In every bottle of Luther’s Legacy BBQ Sauce, you can taste the love, and feel the passion with every drop. “This sauce is better than any sauce I have ever tasted,” exclaims yet another happy customer. It’s better because the recipe is prepared with precision and care. “In our home kitchen, we carefully measure each ingredient. Then cook the sauce thoroughly while stirring constantly to avoid any burning (approximately two hours of cook time and stirring). The sauce is heated to 180 degrees and then it is ready to be bottled. Once bottled, we cap and invert the bottles according to the Department of Agriculture’s guidelines,” explains Stephanie. The future looks bright and promising for Luther’s Legacy. Currently, Luther’s Legacy BBQ Sauce is available to purchase in eight Lowes Foods locations in Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary, Lumberton, Sanford, and Asheboro. The sauce is also sold locally at Burney Hardware and Mac’s Breakfast Anytime in Aberdeen. To find a location, just visit their website at www.lutherslegacy.com. There is also an option to order the sauce and have it shipped right to your table! With plans to expand and creating larger batches, Luther’s Legacy is sure to be a household name in the near future. At the moment, one batch of 61 bottles takes about two hours to mix and cook. Cory and Stephanie are considering using a commercial kitchen that can yield about 500 bottles per batch to keep their supply up along with the growing demand. “So far we have made over six hundred bottles in the past month,” says Stephanie, “we’ll be making sauce just about every day.” Keeping their sights set high, Luther’s Legacy BBQ will be at the North Carolina State Fair and the Lexington BBQ Festival this year. As both events are new to the Anderson’s, the excitement is high, and spoons are in the pot! •A•
Contributed by Alan Porter, Strategic Wealth Strategies
1. Is justice being served?
It has been EIGHT years since the real estate bust and SIX since the great recession, and no chief executive of any of the investment banks, hedge funds, insurance companies, or mortgage companies have been indicted of fraud or larceny. 2. Is your decision to be in a higher tax bracket at retirement voluntary or involuntary? You may not have a choice but to be in a higher tax bracket if the majority of your money is tied-up in a qualified plan such as an IRA or 401K. The law mandates you start taking withdrawals no later than age 70-1/2 or be subject to a penalty. A person with a million dollars in these types of accounts would be required to take about $61,000 yearly; regardless of whether the funds are needed. That additional revenue is taxed at ordinary income tax rates. 3. Don’t overlook the value of creating a personal pension for your retirement. Pensions in both the public and private sectors are disappearing or being reduced. Governments and businesses can’t handle the risk of people living longer. Creating a personal pension underwritten by a strong insurance company is a very efficient way of guaranteeing your money lasts as long as you do. 4. Are you paying cash for your larger capital expenditures? If so, you are “self-financing.” There is a cost involved when you pay cash. You lose the opportunity to earn interest on the money, and that money is no longer available for unexpected events; including emergencies and opportunities. Efficiency planning helps resolve the confusion of “should I self-finance or find an outside source for the expenditure”. 5. High cash-value life insurance provides a lot of hidden benefits. There is no mandatory withdrawal of cash from the policy. The cash is not calculated
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government needs your tax money from your Social Security benefits? Prior to 1993, the government did not tax Social Security benefits. Today, couples with income over $44,000 are taxed on Social Security. It can be as high as 85% of the monies received. More people are hit with this tax each year because the $44,000 is not adjusted annually for inflation. 8. What do you think the number one fear is in Retirement? It is running out of money! I read a report by the Age Lab at MIT that stated if you are married and 65 or older, there is a 75% chance of one of you contracting 1. Alzheimer’s 2. Parkinson’s or 3. Dementia! Do you have any idea what a disabling disease will do to someone’s retirement? Think about this long term care costs today are $70,000 to $100,000 a year and more. How long do you think your retirement nest egg will last? Learn about Financial vehicles that can alleviate this problem. •A•
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Prepare For The Storm First Responders – Hurricane Matthew Put Them to
The Test This month’s theme for Array magazine is about first responders. It is a bittersweet opportunity in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and all the flooding it brought to discuss the importance of our first responders, utility workers, government officials, organizations and the plethora of volunteers. I would like to first thank each and every one of you who are at the helm from the beginning. If you have been reading my articles you would know by now that I have tried to inform people on safety, security and emergency preparedness topics. I have been doing this type of work for many years and held many seminars and classes throughout the community trying to engage the citizens. However, preparing for emergencies by having a 72-hour kit and a communication plan is not going to keep things from happening. I have heard several people, including myself, say things like: “that is unreal” or “I usually see stuff like that on TV, but not in my own community.” I can look back to April 16, 2011 and recall some of the very same and similar comments. It is very hard to predict what will happen during a storm. The meteorologists may say we are going to get some wind and rain, but I have said in the past “when there is rain, there could be floods” The Emergency Management team of Cumberland County and the others at the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) were quick to the table to get information out to the public about road closures, stranded vehicles, flooding creeks and rivers, flood warning to low lying areas, etc. I have heard people make statements like: “When is my power going to be back on?” or “why did it take so long to get to me” or “they are so unorganized”. A lot of people pointing the finger back at the first responders, FEMA and others I have mentioned. My comment to you
is this: “Are you prepared?” Might I add that they have a county wide and in this case a state wide disaster on their hands. Sorry to say, but, it’s not all about you. Not trying to sound mean or almighty but, again, “Are you prepared?” Let me tell you what makes it harder on the first responders. First of all, nosey people or spectators trying to see what is going on. A lot of times these people usually end up being rescued themselves. I have lived here in Fayetteville all my life and have never heard of a curfew for everyone. I have heard of a curfew for under the age of 16 before, but never for everyone. Smart move on the Mayors request. Second, what makes it hard is citizens not being prepared. WE are told and expected to take heed of instructions to be ready. Instructions: • Listen to the authorities. If they tell you shelter in place, then do so. If they tell you to evacuate, you should do so. That way they know if an area is clear or not. • Have at least 3 gallons at a minimum of water per person. • Have some food that doesn’t require cooking. At a minimum for 3 days. • Have flash lights and extra batteries. • Have a battery powered radio. • Charge your cell phone. • Have some cash on hand. Small denominations work best. • Have a couple of maps of the area. • Extra change of clothes and closed sturdy shoes. • Important papers and an inventory of your belongings. • A plan for pets, along with a picture, shot records, food and water. • Any medications you may need.
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• Other items as you see fit that fit your needs. All these items should be in a tote or duffle bag so they can quickly be taken should you have to evacuate or take them to your safe zone. Things to do around your home before the storm hits: • Put away/secure outside patio furniture and trash cans. • Clean out gutters and storm drains. • Cover your crawl space so water doesn’t collect there. • Fill your bathtub with water. • Turn off appliances. • Place your 72-hour kit in your safe zone. • Charge anything that is chargeable, cell phones, flash lights, radios, etc. • Get generators gassed up and tuned up. • Gas up your vehicle. (Not so you can ride around and see all the damage but so you don’t have to wait in long lines and possibly not even get any gas.) Also, just in case you have to leave the area. If you took a hit from the storm, please keep in mind: • Make sure the scene is safe and clear from downed power lines. • Do not try to turn on power or natural gas. Leave that to the professionals. • Do not use the water until you know it is safe. • Contact your insurance company, take pictures of damage and keep receipts from everything. Contact FEMA and the SBA. Follow their instructions to be sure to get the full benefit. • After the storm, there are a lot of companies that
show up and try to take advantage of the situation. Not all companies are legit so do your due diligence. • Ask for help. A community always comes together in a time of need. And this catastrophe was definitely not what anyone expected. Remember, disasters happen in many forms, any time and any place. You cannot predict the future, but you can and should prepare for it. If your business, church or organization would like to schedule a seminar with me to give more detailed information on emergency preparedness, please contact me. With your safety in mind. •A•
More safety, security and emergency preparedness tips will be in each monthly article. Any questions can be directed to Steve Rogers, Owner of Home Safe Home Inventory, LLC He can be reached by phone 910-884-7021 or info@ homesafehomeinventory.com
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Note for our October issue. Just days after our time at the International Folk Festival the location where our booth was located was flooded in Linear Park. Little did any of us think that same place, Downtown Fayetteville, much of the county and surrounding areas would be flooded due to Hurricane Matthew. Families were without power for days that lead into a week or more. Due to the power outage, many lost all the food they had. Families lost their homes, cars, and all their belongings. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed, and roads washed away causing people to have to find alternative routes once they could get out of their homes and neighborhoods, often adding up to an hour of additional travel time to get to work. Businesses were damaged and some completely wiped out. Churches, businesses and people pulled together to help feed those with no way to get food. People went through their closets to find clothes for those that lost everything. Local food banks and food closets have emptied their shelves to help those in need. We are working to gather food from many sources to help restock those shelves before the winter months come. Workers came from out of state to help our community. Those “visitors” became part of our family, part of our community, for a few days or weeks. Local businesses looked at solutions to try and help those that lost their cars, their belongings, their homes. While of course there were those that tried to profit off the misfortune of others there were so many more that stepped up to give and do for others. Our local law enforcement and emergency personnel left their homes and their families to go out and help rescue others. The night of the flooding I’m sure many left their homes and families and then heard about their neighborhood flooding. Often they may have left flooded homes, homes without electricity, and families so they could help others. There were many situations where they had to endanger their lives to save others and sometimes their pets, who are part of our family. The workers for the local power companies often had the same situation of leaving their families while they went out to help others. These people
worked for hours and hours without stopping, without knowing how their family and their homes were faring during these difficult times. Yet they continued working to help our lives to get back to normal, even if it was a “new normal.” But the bottom line is the community pulled together to help each other, to then turn around to help ourselves and those around us. Our local mayors and other government officials have worked long hours and have reached out to many resources so our community could get the help it needed. When we made sure we were okay we reached out to our neighbors; first the ones next to us and then to our neighboring counties. While we were handed a very large basket of lemons we have made lots of lemonade and are continuing to move forward and to help our community and businesses heal and to take this opportunity to grow. While this was an unexpected path we needed to take, we are picking ourselves up and moving forward with a positive attitude and offering a hand to our neighbors. Let’s straighten our crowns and move forward… together as we offer a huge “thank you” to those that sacrifice every day to protect us and serve us in many different capacities!
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