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Vol. 4 Issue 9

September 2016

A Variety of Local Experiences


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Mexico is represented on our September cover from a photo taken at a previous International Folk Festival. Our cover honors the beauty, pageantry and diversity of the International Folk Festival and our community. As we approach fall and all of our festivals in the area let’s take time to learn about the many cultures in our area and embrace the diversity of all. Photo by Carrie Kirkpatrick


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Monthly Columns


September 2016

4 Senior Moments


6 Hidden Nuggets 8 More Than Skin Deep

14 Bizz Buzz Hometown Financing

10 Array of Pets

17 The Music

12 Stiletto Thoughts


Music Catches Fire

20 Artistic

Communique Folk Festival

36 Sip & Savor Piled High & Pipping Hot

39 Pet Talk

Don’t Worry; Be Hippie at Woofstock

36 Sip & Savor

Featured 18 Pokemon Go! What is it about this game that has caused such a crazy across the city?

26 The Dam News Find out what Hope Mills is doing with that.....Dam!

30 IT Award What is IT? Array meets with the Cumberland County Information Services team to find out why IT is the best!

40 Dragon Tamers Carolina Treatment Center of Fayetteville is changing and improving lives through out the city, find out just how they are taming the dragons.

16 Small Biz Doctor 24 Calender 29 Healthy Living 32 FYI for you EI 34 Catastrophe Primed 35 Dear Shanessa 38 From the desk of... 42 Social Security Smarts

44 Ask Tina 45 Dollar and Sense 46 Array for Kids 47 Bulletin board

18 Pokemon Go!

48 Publisher’s Note


Week of Sept. 4

• Are you passionate about the outdoors? Do you enjoy teaching others about nature, plants, animals, and bugs? Becoming an education docent is a terrific opportunity for you to provide visitors at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens with accurate information and make their experience memorable. Learn how to lead groups on hikes through the Garden and the natural North Carolina forest while working with the Environmental Education staff. As an education docent you will grow your knowledge of the outdoors, teach children and adults, assist with hands-on activities, crafts and workshops, and share the joy of exploring nature. Contact the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens for more information.

Week of Sept. 11

• Looking for a fun girl’s night out or a date night activity? On September 15 from 6-8 pm plan on meeting up with your friends at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens for a night of Wine & Whimsy. Canvas, paint, brushes, pallet, easel and instruction provided. The theme is a Sailboat. At the end of class, you will be amazed by your “inner artist” and the artwork you have created! Wine, beer and snacks are available for purchase to enjoy while painting your masterpiece. The fee is $20 per member, $25 per non-member. Limited to 16 attendees – so please pre-register early.

Week of Sept. 18

• Want to spend a day reliving memories or a fun day with the grandchildren? On September 18th from 11-5 pm the 13th annual Heritage Festival will be held at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. Come celebrate life “down on the farm” with a fun filled day of history in the Heritage Garden Complex made up of a Farm House, General Store, Tobacco Barn, and Corn Crib. Take a tour, learn how to churn butter and have some fun the ol’ fashioned way. Refreshments available for purchase. Admission FREE for Garden members. Regular Garden admission applies for non-members. Check with the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens for more information.

Week of Sept. 25

• Now that we’ve eaten our way through a good portion of the month let’s check out the Cape Fear River Trail! The 5-milelong Cape Fear River Trail winds through a mix of woodlands and marshes on Fayetteville’s north side, offering stunning views of the Cape Fear River. The trail is relatively flat but there are some hills. You will encounter boardwalks and bridges, even one covered bridge. Wildlife abounds here with frogs, lizards, and deer as common sights. Interpretive signage educates trail users about the local flora and fauna, including more than 700 species of plant and tree and 150 species of bird. At its southern end is Clark Park Nature Center, a recreational gem offering both educational displays and live animals (snakes, turtles, and alligators! Oh my!!). Here, you can go on guided walks with rangers and naturalists, stop for a picnic, or simply enjoy the views (including a waterfall). The Cape Fear River Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway, a series of urban greenways that will eventually extend from Maine to Key West, Florida.


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Hidden Nuggets

Your Why ~ Your Passion ~ Your Life Written by Anissa Short

So much can be gained when the choice is made

to invest in yourself. I am never disappointed by the wealth of knowledge acquired or by the shifting that takes place during the process. One thing that I have noticed as a student of business is that those who have achieved success, in the manner in which I respect, have at least two things in common: (1) passion and (2) a great lifestyle. Did you notice that I didn’t say “a lot of money”? There is a major difference in people who are interested in creating a lifestyle over those who simply want a lot of money. A lot of money is good for those concerned only with current life affairs (which is important); however, those creating a lifestyle are committed to a higher call. They think generationally. Nate Scott, business strategist and author of the book Life is Rich (www., describes it as those who are “working for their last name and not their first”.

“Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.” ~ Andrew Carnegie ~ So what does one do when they want to improve their quality of life? Do they find new friends? Should they ask for a raise or work multiple jobs? Would one suggest they marry or move to another area? When wanting to improve your quality of life, here are a few things to consider: 1. Do you settle for the status quo? If you are among the 76% of Americans that live check to check, or the 62% who have less than $1000 in savings, or the nearly 50% that spend more money than they make, it is time to make a shift. *

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2. Are you willing and open to change? Different decisions will produce different results. Feed your mind with the information you need to make the desired quality of life decisions. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone. 3. Do you seek wise counsel? In the multitude of counsel there is safety. Seek counsel from those who are living the life you desire and achieved success in a manner you respect. Don’t take advice from people that you aren’t willing to trade lives with. 4. Learn how to better manage your resources. Your resources include your income, your time and your talents. Maximizing the use of all three means to invest them only in that which will secure a greater return in the long term. So, why is improving your quality of life important to you? Does your reason pull at your heart? Does it move you to take action? Does its significance extend beyond yourself? I have no doubt that once you identify your heartfelt why, your PASSION will be ignited, and inevitably you will have the lifestyle you desire. In the process, you will also make a positive impact on the lives of many others. “Your profession is not what brings your weekly paycheck, it is what you were put here on earth to do, with such passion and intensity, that it becomes spiritual in calling.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh ~ •A•

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More Than Skin Deep

A Touch of Compassion Written by Brenda Howell

Alzheimer’s disease is the

6th leading cause of death, and affects millions of people daily. And though there is no cure for this deadly disease there are holistic ways to fight back. One reliable way to calm patients with Alzheimer’s is medical massage aimed at lowering the sympathetic nervous system and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. The main thing massage does for Alzheimer’s patients is enhance their quality of life, helping them relax and sleep better. It is especially effective when they receive regular sessions. Although there are not enough scientific studies to show that massage can increase memory, there are small touch based studies which show that massage dramatically reduces agitation

levels in Alzheimer’s patients. From WebMD: Marlene Mahn of the Alzheimer’s Association says the group doesn’t have an official position on massage, but adds, “I think it’s been a really good addition to the things that professionals and family can do.” Massage has also been found to have the following positive effects on the symptoms typically exhibited by people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s: • Reduces stress level • Lessens wandering/pacing behavior • Reduces physical agitation • Reduces verbal agitation • Lowers pulse rate • Lessens inappropriate behavior • Lessens resistance to care A massage therapist experienced in working

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with people affected by Dementia/Alzheimer’s will possess a unique skill set and can modify massage techniques appropriately to fit each person’s physical and emotional needs. Another wonderful fact about massage is that it’s not just for the patient, but for the caregiver as well!! While researching this topic I came upon this simple test to see if the caregiver is stressed and in need of a massage for relaxation purposes. (I can go on and on about why stress is bad for the body and how massage can fix the physical consequences of stress, but I’ll save that for another month!) If you answer yes to any of these questions, you need a massage. If you answer yes to most of these questions you really need a massage,

and if you answer yes to all of these questions, you definitely NEED a very good, lengthy massage session!! Do you regularly …… - Feel like you have to do it all yourself and that you should be doing more? - Withdraw from family, friends and activities that you used to enjoy? - Worry that the person you care for is safe? - Feel anxious about money and healthcare decisions? - Deny the impact of the disease and its effects on your family? - Feel grief or sadness that your relationship with the person isn’t what it used to be? - Get frustrated and angry when the person with dementia continually repeats things and doesn’t seem to listen? - Have health problems that are taking a toll on you mentally and physically? As a medical massage therapist and owner of a medical massage clinic, I have seen medical massage make a big impact on my clients. If your loved one suffers with Alzheimer’s call your medical massage therapist and see what they can do for you, and your loved one! •A•


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Array of Pets

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Name: Buddy Age: 2 years Sex: Male Breed: Chihuahua Mix Hi! I’m Buddy! I’m a happy pup, but I can be very nervous! I would do really great in a low-key home with no kids to sit back and relax in. Come and hang out with me today!

Name: Mia Age: 14 Years Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair Hey! I’m Mia! You can’t miss me if you come to visit, I have a very loud singing voice and an adorable folded ear! I really love people and I love to snuggle! I really love plush beds and soft treats! I would love a relaxed home to nap my days away in!

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Stiletto Thoughts

Did Hillary break the glass ceiling?

Written by Lisa Thomas

What a moment we experienced

recently, as Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Many tears were shed as we embarked on a new day in the United States. Young girls and women of all ages faced a moment of inspired energy as she took the podium. For the first time in history a woman accepted the nomination. It certainly was more than your usual Democratic National Convention. As Hillary stood there addressing the world with her plans as the first female President of the United States,

she had indeed broken a long time record of men standing in that very spot. But had she really broken a glass ceiling? I suggest that Hillary may have broken the record, but the glass ceiling was already shattered awaiting her arrival. Consider Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Michele Obama who have all represented women soaring through barriers. They’ve blown the glass into a million pieces and blazed a path for other women to follow. In fact, Shonda Rhimes said

“Making it through the glass ceiling to the other side was simply a matter of running on a path created by every other woman’s footprints. I just hit at exactly the right time in exactly the right spot”. When TIME asked her last year about that statement, she said, “I did not feel like I had come up against obstacles. One, because my parents raised me to believe that there weren’t any. If you believe that there are obstacles, that’s why there are obstacles. And two, because I came along at exactly the right time in history”.

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Shonda’s words opened up a dialogue. Is there really a glass ceiling? I think Shonda raises a question for all women to consider. A question that could set all on the road of succeeding in every path they chart. If there is a glass ceiling, where is it, really? Shonda mentioned her parents teaching her to believe there were no obstacles. This changed her course in life. I’d even venture to say, if you haven’t reached the success you long for or you’ve been relegated to the glass ceiling that is often mentioned, perhaps the ceiling is only relevant to your belief. It only exists in your mind and there’s no real ceiling or limitation on what you can achieve or become. So how do you break something that doesn’t really exist? Shift your belief that there is a glass ceiling or limitation in your ability to have what you want. Find your voice. Be bold and never settle for less than you deserve. Trust your instincts. If you know you want something, go for it. Perfect the ask. Become more effective in asking for what you want. The next time you tell yourself there is a glass ceiling, remember there’s a path awaiting! Take the leap of being bold and courageous. Perhaps you’ll be the next to break a record! •A•

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Written by Amanda Loftus

When it comes to money, Bragg Mutual Federal

Credit Union (BMFCU), is a top choice among Fayetteville residents. Membership is exclusive to people that live, work, or worship in Cumberland County - and from the moment you walk through the doors, you will be treated like family. “You’re treated like a person, not a number,” says one customer. With two convenient locations at 2917 Village Drive in Fayetteville and 201 Hay Street in Downtown Fayetteville at the R.C. Williams Business Center, you can have direct access to all of your account services and membership benefits. CashPoints ATMs are also located all across Fayetteville to quickly access funds and account information wherever you are in town. Bragg Mutual was chartered at Fort Bragg by Civil Service employees in 1952 and has grown to provide a wealth of additional benefits and cater to more organizations. Although a lot has changed, and many advancements have been made in the past 64 years, many of the original principles still stand. Bragg Mutual Federal Credit Union is owned by each and every member, regardless of the balance in their account. As a not-for-profit financial institution, Bragg Mutual offers the hometown feeling that other, larger, institutions lack. Having access to a fullservice financial institution with services and loan options to fit every need and situation means that you will always have adequate financial support


when you need it the most. “BMFCU staff will educate our members on the basic principles of sound financial literacy at every opportunity,” says Eileen Donovan, the President and CEO of Bragg Mutual Credit Union, “to ensure members understand the importance of saving money and balancing their checkbook instead of wasting their money on overdraft fees or other fees that can be avoided.” In essence, she is saying that your best interests will always be top priority. “That’s what credit unions are all about, we are here to help you with all your financial needs, whether you are rich or poor,” Eileen says. Besides home and auto loans, “we help people with small loans for their medicine, we keep your lights on, pay rent.” Working at Bragg Mutual since 1983, Eileen has certainly seen it all. In addition to working in every position the credit union offers throughout her career, she was the Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for many years prior to her current role as President and CEO. With the economy making a steady incline each day and interest rates being as low as they are, it is important to know what helps beef up your credit score. If you ask Eileen, “your credit is everything and the only way to have good credit is to make your payment on time. It doesn’t matter how much you pay - it matters when you pay and always pay it on time. It takes six months to build your credit and even less to ruin it.” Being involved with the bank for so long, Eileen was able to gain all the knowledge necessary

Eileen says.. besides home and auto loans, we help people with small loans for their medicine, we keep your lights on, pay rent. to hold the standards of Bragg Mutual to their highest point in over 50 years. “I understood through my own experience what the employees and members wanted and needed,” she says. Eileen was born and raised right here at Fort Bragg. Never leaving the area definitely contributes to her deeply grown roots in the community, but it also caused some tears long ago: “In the sixth grade we were asked to write a paper on all the places we had been and I cried because I had never been anywhere!” Growing up with three brothers and two sisters, she can surely attest to the important bond between family and community. It’s one of the many qualifications that have always made Eileen a perfect fit for Bragg Mutual. When her son,

Donovan Keith Jackson, passed away unexpectedly at age 40 in June of 2015, her family and associates were instantly supportive and caring during the difficult time. “I still cry and the hurt never goes away.” she says. Just a few short months after the hardest time of her life, she was appointed to her current position of President and CEO by the Board of Directors in November of 2015. Each day, she finds strength in her family and associates. In addition to supporting each other in the Bragg Mutual family, the staff and members all work extremely hard to give back to the community. As members of the Fayetteville, Spring Lake and Hope Mills Chambers of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau, their connection to the community shines bright. While supporting The Care Clinic, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Foundation, and some of their other charitable foundations, they are also active with Methodist University, and support the FireAntz and the Kiwanis Club. The staff also gives regular donations to the Boys and Girls Club, Toys for Tots, Cape Fear Kids with Diabetes, March of Dimes, The Blind Center, and many other local charitable organizations. If you’re ready to take the next step in your financial future, all you have to do is stop in and ask how Bragg Mutual Federal Credit Union can help you reach all of your financial goals! •A•


Small Biz Doctor

Out Of The Box

Written by Michael McCollum “The Small Biz Dr.”

This is Mike McCollum ‘The Small

Biz Dr.” and I have a question for every small business owner that has somehow been subjected to the new and highly overused term “Out of The Box”. You find sales teams, business owners and subject matter experts within the business industry everywhere using this term more and more. “We do things out of the box, we think out of the box, our service is out of the box, our product is out of the box, or even better our company owner thinks out of the box”. Let me ask a very basic question.... what EXACTLY is the definition of “OUT OF THE BOX”? Does it mean that you are; • Creative? • Innovative? • Willing to do things differently? • Imaginative? • Ingenious? • Inventive? • Exciting?


Well, pardon me for thinking out of the box by making this awful statement. If you are offering services and products to customers and clients, shouldn’t you be these things already, after all what are the alternatives... • In the box? • Uncreative? • Ungifted? • Unimaginative? • Untalented? • Unwilling to do things different? • Boring? I conducted an “Out of The Box” experiment and contacted 20 people whom I’ve heard say this, and my findings caught me off guard. I asked these people a two-part question which is...”How do you define “Out of The Box” and what do you do that places you there? Here are the results of the experiment: 1. 100% defined “Out of The Box” virtually the same...”Doing things

different than their competitors”. 2. Only 10% actually provided proof of what they do different from their competitors. 3. 90% offered the same services or products as their competitors. 4. The only thing that placed any of them “Out of The Box”, was the innovative way that they used different words and ways to say the same thing. So the next time you hear a person say that who they are, or what they do is “Out of The Box”, ask them my two-part question, and be prepared to be either entertained, frustrated, or impressed how only a few will actually provide details to support this over-used, over-rated and soon to be outmoded statement. Being or saying that you are “Out of The Box” is not based on what you know, but what you can show. •A•

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Music Catches Fire:

The Fayetteville Scene Shows Promise Despite an apparent slump in the popularity of certain

music genres, musicians haven’t stopped sharing their talents and belting out spirited and passionate performances. That is especially true at The 2nd Annual Summer Musicfest, hosted by The Rock Shop Music Hall, from August 13-14. Two-time award-winning nominee Kevin Shine introduced new artists and provided tips for aspiring musicians at his music clinic, which kicked off the music festival at Marquis Market on Person Street in Downtown Fayetteville. Kevin introduced a series of new talents and artists from the state. He didn’t seem concerned about the small turnout. “Whether it’s one person or five people in the audience, I will treat the crowd and put out my best like it was a packed room,” he elaborated, then continued his musical rollout. Summer Musicfest was presented by The Rock Shop, Caldwell Group/Whole Team Enterprises, ID VIP Team, ReverbNation, Guitar Center, SESAC and many others. The three-day weekend music fest kicked off at Marquis Market on Friday with Kevin Shine’s Writing Sessions of America-ATL. The three-day weekend of music was built around a lot of determination to reinvigorate the music scene in Fayetteville. Musicians are tough - they have to be to stick it out until they make it – but especially willing, no matter how large or small the audience. One of the highlights of those three days was Kevin’s introduction of new and unheard musicians, with the likes of Al Chauncey with his bluesy-beat-packed sound. The lyrics flowed, his voice, rhythm and beat overtaking the room. Kevin Shine launched his WSAATL to give singers the benefit of his experiences and his connections to the

music industry. As a Grammy nominee having worked with the likes of R. Kelly, he was a fount of industry knowledge, and he was in Fayetteville casting new artists and giving his audience the benefit of his expertise. Kevin’s music choices and interpretations gave the room a blues bar feel. He provided classic examples of edgy and yet sophisticated sounds which could be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of preference. His confidence and enthusiasm for the business shown in his relaxed and casual presentation. “If you’re about your craft and you love your music, you deserve to win…You can’t wait for things to happen. Growth is a process.” One of the major points was this: music affects and infects everyone. There is a difference between the artists and the listeners. Nothing says that more as the intense and focused performer touching the nuances, losing themselves in the process. That was definitely the case Friday with Kevin Shine. While everyone listened to the finished products, it was evident he was in its construction. Musicians hear music with a different ear. They have a deep sense of connection to the sound. They are sensitive to the distinctions. It’s more than technique. It is delivering parts of themselves, Kevin explained. On Sunday, the weekend finished up with a tongue-incheek performance by Chyna Vonn, a passionate artist with a distinct voice. Pete Everett and the Total Package ended Musicfest, with a music style and zeal to set the room alight. It was a sharp and well-styled performance, filled with passionate renditions of musical favorites. The Rock Shop is known to give unknowns opportunities to the stage. They are left to give it their all. Despite the low turnout, the opportunity to perform was a chance for unknowns to start their music journey.

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Catching Fayettevilles Attention

Written by Amanda Loftus Photography by Daniel Fournier

Have you heard about the mobile game that is sweeping the nation? Pokemon GO has finally been released in the wonderful United States of America and it has taken Fayetteville by storm! In case you haven’t the slightest idea of what this craze is, buckle up — you’re in for quite a ride. Some would describe Pokemon GO as just an app, but if you ask Fayetteville resident, Brittany Goodman, she would describe it as “a childhood dream come true.” On top of the growing interest in external batteries for our already versatile mobile devices, Pokemon GO has also caused people to get up and get out of the house. Even in this sweltering 90-degree weather we’ve had in North Carolina, there has been a very obvious increase in outdoor activities starting in the beginning of July. There is surely no lack of Pokemon in the Fayetteville area. Of course, if you live in the more suburban areas of town, you will likely be feeding on Pidgeys and Rattata until you take a trip out of the neighborhood. What an even better reason to venture out to the more populated areas of town - to catch some Pokemon, hatch eggs, hit some Pokestops, or battle at a nearby gym! If that all sounds like gibberish, don’t worry. The game was released with what seems to be as little information as possible. The majority of learning the techniques, rules, and how-to’s are done by interacting with other players, who are also known as “trainers”. A lot of it is figured out by trial and error, and asking questions. Since the Pokestops and Gyms are at landmarks and public areas in town, you will undoubtedly run into someone else playing Pokemon GO. “I wonder if that boy is playing Pokemon GO, too?” asks Jason Gray, age 10, to his mother during their walk around Lake Rim Park. “Yes, he


is! I’ll ask him if he saw that Bulbasaur by the baseball field,” he says happily, running over to introduce himself to the other young trainer. When asked how playing Pokemon GO has affected her habits, Shanae Anderson says that she has been “walking more with the kids in my neighborhood, and going to Fourth Fridays”. Shanae has also been able to spend more time with her younger sister. “She’s a senior in high school, so it’s nice that she has a break from stressing about her future.” Kids like Jason, adults like Shanae, and everyone in-between are finding new friendships, clubs, and hidden gems around town — all because of this highly interactive game, Pokemon GO. If all of that wasn’t enough, the health benefits of not only getting out of the house, but being able to find a way to connect with others through a shared experience has helped many people with depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. “This has been such a wonderful way to bring me out of my funk of health issues and to have more fun no matter what. Thank you, Pokemon GO!” says Brittany. And she’s not alone; other trainers are experiencing similar benefits to their quality of life. “It was painful and scary walking around a crowded park, but everyone was so friendly and oddly enough at that moment, I was one of the higher levels around and I was giving advice and tips to random strangers,” says combat wounded veteran, Shayne Cotelle. Shayne suffers from PTSD as well as severe back pain, and getting out of the house and getting involved with the community seemed impossible until he started playing Pokemon GO. Now, he is able to slowly work through his social

related items in their shops. For example, delicious Pokemon GO inspired drinks such as The Coffee Cup’s Dratini Blue Raspberry Cremosa and Blueberry Koffing Coffee are just the beginning. Pressed is now open later, and offers charging stations as well as Pokemon buttons handmade by a local resident. The Sweet Palette was a hit with their Pokeball cake balls, and many trainers painted their own Pokemon GO pottery at Greg’s Art, Pottery & Gifts. Downtown is definitely the place to catch ‘em all. It’s amazing to think that something as simple as a Pidgey, Meowth, and a Magikarp have connected so many people in the community and have shown us all that in a world full of controversy, violence, and adulting, happiness can be found literally right in your own backyard.•A•

anxiety and take control of his life once again. Lake Rim Park is one of the many hot spots for Pokemon GO trainers in Fayetteville. A local Pokemon GO Facebook group was created and now has over 1,500 active members. The group has organized many cook-outs and meet-ups at the park for players to get together and share experiences. The get-togethers don’t have any admission fees, and members bring something for the group as a sort of potluck. Everyone is welcome, regardless if they are Team Mystic, Valor, or Instinct. Another top spot to go if you are a Pokemon GO trainer is Downtown Fayetteville. Many residents have stated that they have never felt more safe downtown at night than they do now. There are sure to be players hanging out by the Market House well past midnight. The surge in foottraffic downtown, especially once the sun goes down, has caused many local businesses to extend their operating hours, and offer special Pokemon GO

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Since 1978 Fayetteville/Cumberland County has taken a

weekend every year to celebrate its wide diversity with an International Folk Festival. Culture-specific food, native dress, and international entertainment take over downtown and Festival Park, giving us an opportunity to learn a little about our neighbors and a lot about ourselves. Fayetteville may sometimes appear to be a no-frills, military-laced community, but its heritage is broadened and deepened by its cultural make-up. The influence of military and universities has meant global connections for the community, which helps lead us to understanding that everyone has something to contribute, every culture has something we can appreciate. We bring to the table from our differences so that we can dine together and share and grow into a strong and welcoming community. This year September 23-25 are the dates for the International Folk Festival. It begins on September’s Fourth Friday with artist performances and the opening of the American Indian Exhibit “Contemporary Art Forms by America’s First People.” The Parade of Nations will

commence Saturday morning at ten thirty, winding up about noon. From noon to six o’clock, Festival Park will be filled with live performances on multiple stages, ethnic dishes at the International Cafe, and booths filled with authentic arts and crafts. The gates will reopen on Sunday for another afternoon of international experiences. On Saturday (only) Festival Stage will play host to Nano Stern, an international folk and world artist whose work was influenced by his Jewish refugee grandparents and the Nueva Cancion movement led by Chilean musical activists during Pinochet’s dictatorship. Happily returning to the festival are The Big Easy Playboys, a New Orleans group whose music spans genres from zydeco, Cajun, rock, country and blues. This is their second year at the International Folk Festival. A local group that has been part of the International

Kui Rivera’s Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau dance group


Parade unit representing Ghana Folk Festival for ten years is Kui Rivera’s Aloha Ka’naka o Hula Halau, her ‘loving people of Hawaii.’ Kui teaches dance in Hope Mills, and her group performs throughout the Carolinas. Each year they form a large unit of the parade and perform onstage, demonstrating various forms of Hawaiian and native dances. The first year they participated, they had been together only a few weeks. Even then the group was large, and their performance area was so small they wound up dancing directly on the pavement of Burgess Street. Kui says it was an experience, participating on such short notice, but “I had these ladies that enjoy dancing and miss home. They loved dancing...The ladies were excited to go out and share the Aloha spirit. They blossom right there.” Over the years her dancers have changed. Military deployments and general transience move people out, but each year there are newcomers, too. For Kui, the festival experience is exciting every year. “I think doing the Festival brings a bit of not only the different types of culture, but I’m proud to bring Hawaii to this city. Whenever we perform, we get a lot of attention from the crowd...It shows the beauty of what we bring out - the colors, the music, the dance.” Kui’s reference to people missing home brings up the fact that many people here - international or not - have family ‘back home,’ and staying in touch with them is a

priority. Cumberland County schools, with the assistance of Deborah Wilkes, has partnered with the Arts Council to provide the Global Tech Cafe, a place where festival goers can connect to the world through various technologies. The International Folk Festival is the Fayetteville/ Cumberland County Arts Council’s biggest event, and it wouldn’t happen without the involvement of the entire community. Especially important to its success are the various volunteers, supporters, and donors. New to the International Folk Festival this year is Compare Foods, a Vanguard Partner in their first year as a presenting sponsor. Part of the support from this family-owned market comes in being a supplier of ingredients for the food vendors in the International Cafe. Those who want to make the food at home will be able to find the ingredients in Compare Foods’ bright and colorful market on Bonanza Drive. Whether it is produce you have to look up how to prepare (or even pronounce!) or an old-school cut of meat you remember a frugal grandmother cooking in your childhood, chances are you’ll be able to find it at Compare. Founder Senor Eligio Pena’s goal is to “serve everyone.” They see a need and they want to serve the community, an attitude they maintain in every store’s location.


Some of the food at the International Cafe will be offered by Isabella Effron, originally from Ghana and owner of Taste of West Africa, located on Person Street. She began participating in the festival in 2008, serving the same wonderful West African food she serves year round to the residents of Fayetteville. Dishes like peanut butter soup with oxtail, or firm sweet fried plantains, or spicy egusi soup with tofu made with melon seeds and spinach. The peanut butter gives its soup wonderful heart, its flavor underlying all the others. The ginger and habanero in the egusi soup ramp up the heat to where it blasts the back of the throat, but then drops off into a comfortable heat as it goes down. As she feeds people, Isabella has definite thoughts about the festival. “You talk about the world. We’re trying to promote world peace. It impacts all corners of the world, but it has to start from here, from our kitchens, our children - we take it out into the world .... Out of this we’ll build this peaceful global world. We’re not there yet. We still have a lot of animosity going on. We hope we see beyond that, grow beyond that. “We still have a lot to do. The Festival promotes this and has for many years.” She smiles a brilliant smile “The magnitude of the festival blows your mind. It takes away your breath.” The third component of the Festival is craft. From origami and framed pictures to martial arts paraphernalia, booths of handcrafted items native to the various countries represented in the festival crowd fill the grass of Festival Park. There’s something for everyone to purchase to remember the day by. The International Folk Festival is a gift from Fayetteville to Fayetteville, organized and presented by the hardworking staff and volunteers of the Arts Council. Its success as an event depends on participation by the international groups who make up the parade, the performers, the sponsors, the crafts people, the food vendors, and on the residents and visitors who attend and engage and laugh and learn about their neighbors. Its success as a celebration of local diversity and global harmony depends on the entire community coming together with willing minds to learn and open hearts to understand the value of difference, variety, and diversity. In such plurality is strength.•A•


Learn more about the International Folk Festival and its participants on the Internet Nano Stern: Big Easy Playboys: Kui Rivera: -Facebook page: Search Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau Isabella Effron, Taste of West Africa: -Facebook page:

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9am Fit4life Zumba - Fit4Life, 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake 10am FREE Exercise Class 1422 Bragg Blvd 7pm JAVA JAMS: FAYETTEVILLE’S PREMIERE POETRY OPEN MIKE - The Coffee Scene

Hope Mills Chamber of 12 2pm Commerce Luncheon - Parks

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6pm Bull Riding on the Farm Shady Acres Rodeo


9am FREE Diabetes Clinic 1422 Bragg Blvd 10:30am Baby Bunnies Story Time - The Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines 6:30pm Cape Fear Toastmasters - Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey

center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 10am FREE Exercise Class 1422 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville

Complex, 801 Arsenal Ave 11am TAI CHI for HEALTH Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 North Eastern Boulevard 7:30pm Senior Citizens Entertainment Night - EastoverCentral Recreation Center

Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines 12pm Third Tuesday Talks Pizza Inn, 1138 W Broad St, Dunn 7pm Chess Club - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers St

Senior Exercise Hula Hoop Club 26 8:30am 27 10:30am Spring Lake Senior Enrichment Kiwanis Recreation Center and center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake 7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center 7pm JAVA JAMS: FAYETTEVILLE’S PREMIERE POETRY OPEN MIKE - The Coffee Scene


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11am Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit - 325 Franklin

Diabetes Clinic - 1422 29 6pm Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville

6pm Wine Tastings at Luigi’s Luigi’s, 528 North McPherson Church Road 7pm Society of Creative Anachronism - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers Street

9am Happiness Is You Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers

6pm Jazzy Friday - Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram

12pm See the Trains! Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, 116 Green St

8:30pm Live Music at Luigi’s - Luigi’s, 528 North McPherson Church Road

2pm MakerBox Saturdays - 170 W Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines

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Cars and Coffee Meet 10 9am Millstone Towne Centre 9am City Market at the Museum - Fayetteville Transportation Museum, 325 Franklin St 10am Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of Fayetteville Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers St

Jazzy Friday - Cypress Cars and Coffee Car Show 16 6pm 17 9am Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton - Millstone Complex Rd, Wagram 6pm Oldies, Rock and Blues Music - Hope Mills Recreation Center, 5766 Rockfish Rd Hope Mills 7pm VerseUs Open Mic and Discussion - The Big Apple Restaurant & Sports Pub, 5900 Yadkin Rd

Gluten-Free Living - 301 Cruise-In for 4th Fridays 22 12pm 23 7pm E Mountain Dr at the Museum - Downtown 6pm Taekwondo Classes Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers St 7pm Society of Creative Anachronism - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park, 352 Devers Street



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

12pm Come See The Trains! Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, 116 Green St 7pm Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers - Highland Country Club, 2381 Raeford Rd

City Market at the Museum 24 9am - Fayetteville Transportation Museum, 325 Franklin St 12pm Art Market - The Sweet Palette, 101 Person St 2pm MakerBox Saturdays - 170 W Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines

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The Dam Report

A Community Center Revived Written and Photographed by Allie Bayat



Peel back the layers of failures,

litigation and delays and there is optimism about the upcoming lake projects. Hope Mills Lake was the center of the community. It was historically a recreational area for families. In its better days, there was boating, skiing and fishing. Hope Mills Mayor, Jackie Warner hopes that soon the lake will once again draw people to the area. Like many who remember the lake, Mayor Warner has fond memories, “When I first moved to Hope Mills, I could walk to the lake and watch my children feed the ducks.” “If you’re passionate about something, you fight for it,” states Mayor Warner. As a resident of Hope Mills since 1979, she has developed a love for the community that is expressed by her drive to make the lake project her legacy. Her predecessors saw one failure after another. With the reconstruction of the dam, Mayor Warner is looking toward being known as the Lake Mayor. In 2003 the 80-year-old dam failed during a storm. It left the community without its center. In 2008 the city contracted Gordon Rose. After the 14-million-dollar structure failed in 2010, the city sued. There were problems with the dam from the beginning. Although there were concerns, it was accepted. A sink hole was discovered on the lake bed after it drained. Mayor Warner explains that given the constant issues, she did not feel repairs would be effective to prevent further damage. She advocated for the complete replacement of the structure. In 2014 the city settled with the previous builders for 9.4 million dollars to go directly to construction and repairs for the project. According to the Mayor, the settlement was more than enough. The construction itself will cost 8.9 million, leaving a small amount set aside for the restoration of the surrounding property. The town has contracted Schnabel Engineering and ASI Constructors for construction of the dam. Town meetings were held to provide an opportunity for


residents to give their opinions and voice their concerns. This was and is a community effort. Although, initially there were hold outs, the board adapted the water levels to resolve resident concerns. Legislation was enacted to decide any future issues and provide fair market value if the need arises to address upcoming matters. A permit expected on August 5 from the Army Corp of Engineers has temporarily stalled construction and has the project going into early or late spring. According to Mayor Warner, the difference from the construction contract budget is what has kept the project going. The board expected a decision by mid to late August. In the Mayor’s opinion, “these delays are diminishing the resources for the project and future prospects. If the project is pushed beyond the initial budget it could and would leave less for restoration of the property. If this continues, it could also eat into the initial contract budget.” If this happened, she isn’t sure where the money would come from. Mayor Warner has assured that there are no plans to raise taxes. With the onset of budget issues, some of those hopes for a boardwalk, a walking pier and any possible upgrades may be left for another time and another mayor. With each day another dollar is lost. Delays are not preventing crews from preparing for their real work to begin. They have begun tearing down the dam and leveling the area. While they await construction, they are recycling pieces of the previous dam to build a reinforcement for the new dam. Focus has also been shifted to the lake property upkeep. Those involved in the project have been consistent and determined to see it to completion. There is a human element driving this force. Many have made efforts and become vested in the success of this project. The benefit is in the


lessons learned. Those who from its first failures in 2003 and 2010 provided their mistakes, to compel the current commissioners and mayor to learn more about dam design, construction, geology and history. This failed prospect has been the driving point to rebuild the dam and to provide an opportunity to restore the lake area as well. “This has become part of my heart. I feel, we as a board, shared so much of this process. It has become part of our being.” Mayor Warner explains. She has collected metal and concrete parts of the dam for use in the creation of a symbolic piece to present to the commissioners as a token or remembrance of where they began and how far they have come. Mayor Jackie Warner expressed her complete confidence in their choice of builder, “We are not just going to accept it if anything is wrong like they did before. We are better educated and wanted to see what they could do before making our decision. I am confident in the expertise of Schnabel Engineering and ASI Constructors. They are professionals. This is what they do every day. They have a proven track record.” The experts have spoken and done their research on the geological record of the lake bed, on the past failures and the best design which would benefit the property. The Mayor has complete confidence that their expertise will help to foresee and resolve any possible future issues. With a more knowledgeable board and local oversight, Mayor Warner assertively clarifies, “that not only will we have a dam that will last, but will stay. The group will stand behind it.” Mayor Warner has hopes that with the reconstruction of the dam and the renovation to the lake area, Hope Mills Lake will once again be the center of the community and a place where people want to go. Successful townships serve its citizens. A community is its people. People are the greatest resource a community can have and it is people that will shape the community. By providing the resources and improvements, the town leadership is ensuring its success. •A•

Healthy Living

Taking Care of a Parent with Alzheimer’s Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner

We love our parents. They took care of us with love, patience, and understanding. They eventually get older and their health starts to decline. More than 10 million Americans face the task of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s. Making the decision to take care of a parent with Alzheimer’s is an overwhelming task. Here are some expert tips to follow when taking care of a parent or relative with Alzheimer’s: 1. You will need as much help as possible. You cannot do it by yourself. The caregiver of a relative with Alzheimer’s runs the chance of becoming ill or depressed if there is not a support system. Take advantage of adult day services that will assist with the care of your parent. 2. Learn all that you can about Alzheimer’s. The symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time. This will help you become more prepared to care for your parent. 3. Establish the plans with your parent as soon as possible: legal, financial, and long term care. 4. Establish a routine that will make your day easier. Be willing to adjust your routine if your parent is not cooperative for certain tasks. 5. Some people with Alzheimer’s want to eat all of the time while others have to be encouraged. As the disease progresses be aware of the increased risk of choking because of chewing and swallowing problems. 6. Schedule physically demanding activities such as bathing in the morning. Be patient and

calm because bathing is scary for some people with Alzheimer’s. 7. Encourage physical activities that you both enjoy doing. Incorporate it into your daily routine and try to do it the same time each day. 8. Make sure your parent is safe at all times. Some people with Alzheimer’s will wander away from the home. Install a system that will chime when the door opens. 9. In the early stages your parent will need cues and reminders to help with their memory. 10. Find ways to relax your parent. Limit loud noises and other distractions. 11. Label medications and keep them locked up. Put away anything that could cause danger. 12. Don’t take it personally if your parent does not recognize you. Remind them who you are. 13. As the disease progresses, your parent may experience hallucinations and/or delusions. Keep track of this and discuss it with the doctor. 14. Each person with Alzheimer’s is unique and will respond differently.

For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900 The 6th annual Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday, September 24 at The Swampdogs Stadium. Registration is at 9 am, ceremony at 10 am, and the walk starts at 10:30 am.


Written by Robin Minnick Photo by Jon Soles, Cumberland County Public Information

Back in the 1970’s computers were the tools of academia,

science and big business offices - places that dealt with data and numbers or institutions such as hospitals, banks, and retail establishments whose function was to receive money from the citizenry. Trial bank cards - what we would think of as debit cards today - allowed few transactions, mostly withdrawals at ATM machines built into the sidewall of the institution. If you happened to live in a town where IBM was located, computer usage might be more sophisticated. Your bank card might include a photo or a magstrip with data about you and your accounts. However, many places were still not computerized, even for business. Move along into the future, and government started to make use of these monstrous number-crunching machines whose talents were being amplified and interconnected with equipment that made data storage and photo identifications possible, notably state departments of motor vehicles. Taxes and record keepers got on board, and soon data and its manipulation was handled in large part by computer. With the advent and wide-spread use of the personal computer, the move has been on to encourage governments to make wise and efficient use of computer technology. As with any such movement, organizations form to strengthen such efforts, often with rewards and recognition for efforts made to utilize technology for community benefit. Fourteen years ago the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) partnered to


conduct annual surveys to identify best technology practices among U.S. counties, including efficiencies that save tax dollars, boost transparency, improve cybersecurity and usefulness, or innovate in unique ways. CDG executive director Todd Sander was quoted in this year’s announcement as explaining, “Digital counties have evolved to recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives and does business in the county. The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to innovate, improve transparency and proactively address citizen demands and expectations.” If you have ever used your home computer to pay a tax bill, check out your property boundaries, or peruse a surplus property list, you’ve utilized the technology Cumberland County provides its residents to access various departments and do business with them. You’ve utilized the technology of a county ranked fifth in its population category. To earn such recognition, Cumberland County launched a 2015 initiative to seek out opportunity to increase efficiency while improving operations and enhancing customer service in ways that ultimately reduce cost. Metrics were established to provide continuous measurement of performance and cost to allow for budget control. Another achievement was in implementation of new financial software and the ongoing process of transferring human resource data and business to modern integrated software. Also undertaken was a conversion to a Voice over Internet phone (VOIP) system and management of

the consolidated 911 dispatch system which eliminates transfers and reduces response times. Government transparency has been augmented by live-streaming meetings, posting meeting videos and financial reports. Free public Wi-Fi was established at the Courthouse this year for improved connectivity. Chief Information Services Director Keith Todd is excited his department received the award. “The greater benefit is the recognition of the county for increased opportunities and innovations in customer service both internally and externally - in supplying services to the internal business departments of the county, we are ultimately providing services to the citizenry.” For the average resident in Cumberland County, these advances make our lives a little easier and more efficient. Anything that simplifies county transactions can bring a smile to a person’s face. Darsweil Rogers, business consultant (RMC Strategies) and interim president/ CEO of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber, says, “The county’s commitment to remaining abreast of technology is a testament to the overall commitment that our community has to the recognition that in the 21st-century we have to develop broad capabilities to deliver appropriate services to our citizens. I congratulate the county on winning this award.” ARRAY would like to add its congratulations to Cumberland County on a job well done. •A•

Discover how you benefit from Cumberland County’s award-winning IT Check out the Cumberland County web site ( to see how useful it is to: • Conduct transactions- pay taxes, obtain vital records, find contract bidding opportunities, register as a vendor, download forms, access publications and certificates • Find information- download reports, get information on Small Claims Court, access county history and statistics, hunt for a job vacancy, access tweets posted by Emergency Services • View live-stream and recorded videos - check schedules for live and rebroadcasts of public meetings, view videos of public hearings and informational recordings • Learn about the services the county provides, and in many cases, begin the process of obtaining those services through links and contact forms • Express an opinion or concern about the county • Learn about other services such as the library system, parks and recreation, recycling centers ... and more Facebook page links can be found on the county site under different menus. Pages can be found for: • Crown Coliseum • Health Department • Public Library & • Information Center • Cumberland County NC (CumberlandNC) Read posts from various areas of county - animal services, library system, school system, meetings, awards ... etc


Old Dogs & New Tricks Written by Daniel Martin Outsourced Ingenuity

Beliefs are powerful

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you. Sure, it might be holding you back a little but you’re doing ok and you don’t really need to do any better (yep, this is where you rationalize… or what I call “rational lies”). Hey, it’s just the way you are, right? Might as well learn to live with it. Wrong answer. The only reason it feels that way is because we believe that it’s true. And the truth is, we simply don’t have to. Emotional Intelligence gives us the awareness, skills, and tools to break free of these limiting beliefs and behavior patterns so we can choose to live and work to the fullest potential. See, there’s this really cool thing call neuroplasticity that makes me right. You can Google the scientific stuff if you want. Simply put, it supports that every time we reinforce a negative pattern or belief, we make it stronger. Conversely, every time we reinforce a positive pattern, it gets stronger too. We can live life two ways; by choice or by chance. “That’s just how I am” or “I’ve always been that way” are only true because you choose to believe it. If you’re ready to choose the life you want rather than settle for what you think you’re stuck with, Emotional Intelligence is where possibility begins. •A•

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September is National Preparedness Month As I am writing this, I am thinking about all

of the lives that were affected by the flooding in Louisiana last month. Not sure on the stats as of yet but from all the videos and news talk about it, it’s a very large scale catastrophe. There was a lot of talk from people saying things like… • ” I never thought this would happen here.” • “We don’t have any food or water.” • “Will my insurance cover this, since I don’t have flood insurance?” • “Everything we had is now lost or ruined.” • “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” • “Do I really need to evacuate?”

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• Cash (in small denominations), maps, paper and pen • Cell phone and charger • Home Inventory/Important Documents • Medications, extra glasses, contacts and solution, hearing aids and batteries • Pet supplies with shot records and photo 3. Make a plan – plans should include the entire family. A fire escape plan out of your home with a meet up spot should be top of the list. Followed by what to do if parents are at work and children are at school or church or ball field, etc. Make a plan around everything that you do.

These statements are just a few that I recall hearing and to say that was all that was said would be an understatement. My heart goes out to the people affected and the countless hours of first responders and volunteers that helped out. There is hope in the fact that, although we cannot predict the future, we can prepare for it.

4. Get involved, by practicing drills, joining community preparedness groups such as a Community Emergency Response Team or neighborhood watches and discussing plans.

“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today” is the theme from www.

Save the date: October 10, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Bordeaux Branch Library. I am holding a preparedness seminar for church leaders and those interested in keeping their church facilities and congregations safe and prepared for emergencies. •A•

1. Know what types of disasters can happen where you live and work. Some examples for NC would be hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires and structural fires, winter weather (ice and snow), active shooter, etc. Keep thinking and write them down. 2. Make a 72-hour emergency kit. The kit should contain the following but not limited to… • Grab a duffle bag or tote big enough for your family • 3 gallons of water per person at least • Enough food for each person for at least three days (non-perishable) • Flashlight with extra batteries • Battery operator radio with extra batteries • First Aid Kit • Change of clothes and sturdy shoes for each family member (seasonal) 34

These are just a few examples of things you can and should do to start your journey to being prepared. Keep in mind disasters happen in many forms, any time, any place.

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@

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If it’s quality food and service that you’re looking for,

stop by the Firehouse Subs located at 5590 Camden Road in Fayetteville ─ right at the Fayetteville/Hope Mills border. When Joy and Jeremy Brewington opened the doors to the very first Firehouse Subs sandwich shop in Fayetteville on April 20th, 2013, neither of them had previously owned a restaurant, let alone worked in one – though as you walk in, you wouldn’t be able to tell. According to one review of the Camden Road location, Firehouse Subs has “one of the best subs in town for under $10”. Before they took their leap of faith into the food service industry, Joy had been working at Village Family Dental for over 10 years, while Jeremy was an officer with the Highway Patrol. The same dedication that they learned in their previous jobs has certainly been put into making this family-owned restaurant a success. Although Joy runs most of the day-to-day operations, owning a Firehouse Subs franchise was initially Jeremy’s idea. He had to do a lot of traveling for work, which would often take him up to Raleigh, where there just so happened to be a Firehouse Subs nearby. After falling in love with the sandwiches, he knew that he needed to share the experience with his community. That’s when Joy and Jeremy decided to take the next step towards owning their own Firehouse Subs franchise. “It was a pleasure getting to see our customers fall in love with the food,” says Joy. Between the food and service, you’ll always leave happy and satisfied. Originating in Jacksonville, Florida, Firehouse Subs is a relatively new business that has risen to become one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country. Currently, there are over 1,000 shops across the United States. The company was originally founded in 1994, by two brothers - and former firefighters - Chris and Robin Sorensen. Firehouse Subs specializes in hot sandwiches by utilizing a unique steaming process. First, the meats and cheeses are steamed and then the bread is toasted, for maximum flavor. To customize the sub and add even more flavor, ask for your sandwich to be ‘Fully Involved’ with mayo, deli mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a Kosher dill pickle on the side! You can even add a side of the award-winning Firehouse Chili and signature Cherry Lime-Aid for the ultimate ‘piled high and piping hot’ meal combo.


There are 10 sandwiches on the Hot Specialty Subs menu, including Joy’s favorite: the Club on a Sub, which are all perfectly crafted and make up over 80% of customers’ orders. If you are looking for a lighter fare, the ‘Hearty and Flavorful’ menu proves that you don’t have to sacrifice taste for a healthier choice. With six options under 500 calories, there will surely be a sandwich that pleases everyone’s taste buds. One sub, the Captain Sorensen’s Datil Pepper Grilled Chicken sub, is only 430 calories, but it shines with an unparalleled combination of grilled chicken and robust flavor. It showcases their amazingly sweet and spicy Captain Sorensen’s Datil Pepper Hot Sauce, a sauce that is such a popular choice among customers it is available for purchase by the bottle. In addition to the menu subs, there are also freshly chopped salads available, as well as Momma’s Homemade Chicken Salad. If you are feeling inventive, you will always have the ability to create your own sub on a white or wheat roll. For groups of 10 or more looking for a delicious and cost-effective group lunch, Firehouse Subs can cater right to your needs. There is a choice of cold sandwich platters, salad platters, dessert platters, beverages, and box lunches with the option for catering delivery and onsite set-up. If you ask Jeremy, he’d tell you that once you’ve tasted the subs, you’ll keep coming back for more ─ which is even better now that the Firehouse Rewards program launched earlier this year. Just visit www.FirehouseSubs. com/Birthday or download the Firehouse Subs app on your Apple or Android cellphone to enroll in the program and receive a FREE medium sub to celebrate your birthday! The rewards program is just one of the many ways the company gives back to the most important part of their business: the community. With the Public

“It was a pleasure getting to see our customers fall in love with the food,” says Joy. Between the food and service, you’ll always leave happy and satisfied. Safety Foundation, also known as “the heart of Firehouse”, Firehouse Subs has been able to impact over 1,000 communities by donating life-saving equipment, prevention education, scholarships, support for members of the military, and disaster preparedness/relief. In North Carolina alone, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated over $590,000 in grants to first responders and public safety organizations. Just last year, the Gray’s Creek Fire Department was awarded a life-saving equipment grant worth close to $25,000 for extrication tools. During the donation ceremony last year, there were “two local fire departments that received donations” says Joy, “one from Gray’s Creek and one out of Fuquay.” Donating to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is made easy by rounding your order total up to the nearest dollar or by purchasing a recycled Firehouse Subs Pickle Bucket for just $2 each. The five-gallon pickle buckets are very useful and can be used for anything from washing your car to storing Legos - and you’ll also be helping support our hometown heroes! Whether it’s the Hook & Ladder sub with its smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, and Monterey Jack cheese or the kid-friendly menu that lures you in, you will feel right at home at your local Firehouse Subs sandwich shop.•A•


From the desk of…

Mayor Nat Robertson Fall is a time of cooler weather, and I am sure everyone in Fayetteville is

thankful for that after the hot summer that we experienced. Not only will we be enjoying more pleasant weather this fall, and take a break from mowing the yard in scorching heat, but we will also have two great opportunities to experience fall festivals here in Fayetteville.

International Folk Festival First up this fall is the 38th International Folk Festival from September 2325, which takes place downtown. The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County does a phenomenal job each year holding the International Folk Festival, which gives our residents the ability to travel around the world in one weekend without even leaving Fayetteville! The Folk Festival celebrates our community’s cultural diversity in three days, beginning with art gallery openings and artists’ performances on Friday, September 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. The very bright and colorful Parade of Nations takes place Saturday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. – residents will definitely want to check this out to see the pageantry and customs of our diverse community. Beginning on Saturday, live performances begin at Noon in Festival Park and continue until 6 p.m. The performances, unique to specific cultures, continue on Sunday, September 25. And, last but certainly not least, residents will want to enjoy the authentic cuisine that the Folk Festival is known for! Citizens can also visit the unique arts and crafts vendors, children’s area and Native American Cultural Showcase.

Dogwood Fall Festival Another festival for residents to attend this fall is the Dogwood Fall Festival, which features three days of activities and events in Festival Park. Presented by Bud Light and hosted by the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, The Dogwood Fall Festival is held Thursday, October 27- Saturday, October 29. Historic Hauntings, a guided walking tour through Cross Creek Cemetery No. 2, shares the creepy side of Fayetteville’s history from Thursday through Saturday. The Haunted House, or Lafayette Insane Asylum, and haunted maze, will deliver a hair-raising chill that thrill seekers desire from Thursday through Saturday. Hayrides are held throughout the festival. Two days of live music will also be featured and cold refreshing craft and domestic beer will be available for purchase. More information about food trucks and more specifics about the Dogwood Fall Festival can be read at by clicking on Fall Festival under the Events tab. With these two festivals, Fayetteville offers great opportunities for enjoyment and entertainment. As Mayor, I hope that you will agree that these festivals help make Fayetteville a great place to live. So, be sure to come out to Fayetteville’s fall festivals and enjoy what each event has to offer, including cooler weather! Sincerely,

Mayor Nat Robertson


Don’t Worry;

Be Hippie at Woofstock Written by Ginny Deffendall Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, Board Member

When we think about the hippie

movement of the 1960s, we think about peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll. Fayetteville Animal Protection Society (FAPS) is bringing the sixties back on Friday, Oct. 7, as we present our 5th Annual Woofstock event. Get your tie-dye, love beads and Lennon glasses together for one entertaining fundraiser. You bring the peace and love; we’ll bring the rock ‘n’ roll! But before we gather together to “let the sun shine in,” let’s remember the dark days that cloud the lives of thousands of local homeless cats and dogs. Despite its groovy attitude and laid-back atmosphere, Woofstock is an event with a purpose. And that is to help these animals find new forever homes. In 2015, more than 11,000 dogs and cats were taken into Cumberland County Animal Control. Some of these animals were lucky enough to be adopted by new owners; others were transferred to no-kill shelters, like FAPS. Nearly a third, however, were euthanized. Cumberland County is ranked second in the state of North Carolina for euthanasia rates of dogs and

cats. This is not an area in which we want to excel. The FAPS mission is to make these numbers smaller, by providing a safe, clean no-kill shelter for cats and dogs with the ultimate goal being to find them the healthy, loving homes they deserve. As Cumberland County’s only licensed, no-kill animal shelter, FAPS does not receive any local, state or federal funding. Instead we rely solely on the support of generous donors to feed, house and provide veterinary services for the pets in our care. This takes a lot of volunteers and staff. It also takes a lot of support from the community – and the pet population is the community’s problem. Proceeds from Woofstock help us achieve our mission. So, on Oct. 7, instead of “tuning in, turning on and dropping out” as they did in 1966, try turning up (at Woofstock), tuning in (to the great music and great food) and supporting FAPS! For tickets, more information or to sponsor, please visit or call (910) 864-2077.•A•


Taming Dragons

Written by Amy Garner Photography provided by Carolina Treatment Center

The area is roped off with yellow tape and music is

filling the small parking lot behind the local hospital. People of all ages, races and economic status wander through the tables and sit under tents together, talking about a variety of topics. The sun beats down. It is the end of August and the promise of a cooler fall seems distant. You can hear the buzz of hair clippers buzz buzzing faintly from the building as free haircuts are rolling out and children laughing amongst the symphony of sounds. Despite the heat, there is a general content happy vibe emanating from the crowd. This is the sixteenth year in a row that Carolina Treatment Center has celebrated Recovery, with a capital R, with their annual event Celebrate! National Recovery Month is usually honored in the US in the month of September. However, this local facility pushed back the annual celebration to August 31 to also promote National Overdose Awareness Day and to welcome the upcoming month focused on Recovery. The patients at Carolina Treatment Center mingle with the guest speakers, vendors, community leaders and other visitors to the event. Many of them have brought their families out for this day. It is a happy day. As they walk through the festivalesque atmosphere, many of them are reminded of people they have lost to the disease of addiction. Or of the time they almost lost the battle themselves, the time they almost didn’t wake up. Some of them still struggle with cravings and withdrawals, wrestling a deep desire to escape the sadness-madness-hurt in their heads and in their hearts through the abuse of prescription pain medication or heroin. You see all of them share a terrible disease: Opioid Addiction.


Opioid Addiction is an incurable brain disease that can be addressed with various treatment models. As in many other diseases, hypertension or diabetes, for example, the foundational treatment is counseling and behavioral modifications. As the disease progresses and the patient becomes less stable, medication or hospitalization may be required to regain stability. Addiction is no different. The goal is remission. Line up as many days in a row without using as possible… that may be 2 days or it may be 200 days. It may be years. It may also only be minutes. Addiction is not curable. It is a dragon in the survivor’s brain that is managed. Survivors of addiction struggle with cravings on a daily basis. The dragon in their brain demands drugs, demands self-medication to quiet the sadness-madness-hurt. When it is awake, the dragon can

“I love being part of a family of good people who are helping other good people with a scary sickness to LIVE. I love working with other Dragon Tamers.” be all-consuming. My name is Amy Garner and I have worked at Carolina Treatment Center of Fayetteville for almost 17 years. I am a dragon tamer. The facility opened its doors in 1998. At that time, we served less than 100 patients, mostly long term heroin abusers, between the ages of 30-50 years old. Fast forward a few years, and we began to see younger patients coming in for treatment who were dependent on prescription pain medication, primarily Percocet and OxyContin. At this point, Carolina Treatment Center is treating less than 300 patients and the average age of new admissions is between 25-35 years old. At this point in our story, in the mid-2000’s, the state of NC recognizes there is a prescription addiction epidemic and gross negligence and overprescribing of narcotics by physicians and establishes the NC Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS). According to the NC Division of Health and Human Services’ website, the CSRS “Identifies and prevents diversion of prescribed controlled substances. IT reduces mortality from unintentional drug overdoses. It also reduces the costs associated with the misuse and abuse of controlled substances. It assists clinicians in identifying and referring patients to treatment for misusing controlled substances. It reduces the cost for law enforcement of investigating cases of diversion and misuse and informs the public of the use and abuse trends related to controlled substances.” All good and all true. However, inadvertently, it also boosted an old street culture in NC and increased the market for heroin, making it more available and more affordable than prescription pain medication. By 2010, Carolina Treatment Center of Fayetteville was flooded with patients as young as 18 and as old as 80 who were addicted to opioids and who felt hopeless, with nowhere to turn. In 2016, the program treats almost 650 patients daily in their outpatient, medication assisted treatment program, which combines counseling with medications that control craving and withdrawal symptoms. The goal is, essentially, stabilizing the physical to expedite the stabilization of the mental health

of the patient. The goal is to tame the dragon. Since opening, the facility has provided care for over 5700 patients. At the writing of this article, Cumberland County has almost 1400 patients, surviving opioid addiction and in treatment. The entire state has approximately 60 medication assisted treatment programs with over 15,000 opioid addicted survivors getting help in facilities like Carolina Treatment Center all across the state. A lot of people ask me what I like about my work; often commenting that is must be hard or sad. It is quite the opposite, actually. Our population is, indeed, in high crisis and the pace is epic. There are days when it feels like everyone has morphed into negative, toxic, grumpy, yucky trolls…. but don’t all jobs have those days? Most days, though, are filled with motivated patients who want to be as well as possible, as long as possible. I know I should say my favorite thing is watching people get better or our annual Celebrate!. I should say I do this “because I love helping people”. While that is all true, my most favorite thing is working alongside amazing professionals who truly care about our fellow humans who are surviving, or not, a horrible disease riddled with judgment, shame and deep emotional baggage. I love being part of a family of good people who are helping other good people with a scary sickness to LIVE. I love working with other Dragon Tamers.•A•

If you are interested in finding our more about Carolina Treatment Center of Fayetteville or participating in Celebrate! 2017, you can contact me by email at or call at 910-864-8739 ext. 126.

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The effects of cancer on our society are devastating for

those directly and indirectly dealing with the disease. Sadly, thousands of people under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it remains the leading cause of disease-related death for children. We honor the courage of children who are battling the many forms of cancer, as well as the young people who lost their lives to these terrible diseases. Social Security provides benefits for children who suffer from many disabling diseases, including some forms of cancer. These benefits could help with the additional costs of caring for an ill child. Although children have not paid Social Security taxes and, thus, cannot be covered for Social Security disability benefits, they may receive disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. SSI pays benefits


to disabled children who have limited income and resources. If you wish to apply for benefits for your child, you will need to complete an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and a Child Disability Report. The report collects information about your child’s disabling condition, and about how it affects his or her ability to function. Here are the steps to apply. o Review the Child Disability Starter Kit. This kit answers common questions about applying for SSI benefits for children, and includes a worksheet that will help you gather the information you will need. You can view the starter kit at disability_starter_kits_child_eng.htm.

o The SSI program has strict limits on the amount of income and assets you can have. It is a “needs-based” program for people who have low family income and resources. Contact Social Security right away to find out if the income and resources of the parents and the child are within the allowed limits, and to start the SSI application process. o Fill out the online Child Disability Report. At the end of the report, we will ask you to sign a form that gives the child’s doctor(s) permission to give us information about the child’s disability. We need this information to make a decision on your child’s application. The Child Disability Report is available in the Child Disability Starter Kit. Social Security also has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that they obviously meet our strict disability standards. Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances program enables us to identify diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the listing of impairments based on minimal objective medical information. The Compassionate Allowances list allows Social Security to identify the most seriously disabled people for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly. Compassionate Allowances is not a separate program from the SSI program. Learn more at www.socialsecurity. gov/compassionateallowances. Social Security is here to provide benefits for the most vulnerable members of our society — including children with severe disabilities. If you or anyone in your family needs assistance, visit www.socialsecurity. gov/disability. •A• Brenda Brown has been with the Social Security Administration for over 40 years. She began her career with Social Security as a Service Representative in the Reidsville, NC field office. She transferred to the Fayetteville, NC field office in March 1975 as a Service Representative and later promoted to a Claims Representative. She has worked as a Public Affairs Specialist since 2008. As the Public Affairs Specialist, she is responsible for providing information to the media, other employees and the public regarding Social Security issues and policies. She covers the Southeastern and Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Brenda is available to speak to groups in almost any setting in her efforts to educate the public about their Social Security Program. Brenda is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.


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this form. The home inspector should be checking all parts, inside and out, of the home and providing a written report with Christy B. Hope Mills, NC asks… pictures. The home inspection can We are trying to educate be used to negotiate with the ourselves about buying a home. seller for repairs or a reduction Can you please explain what Due in the purchase price. In either case, the buyer needs to have Diligence is? the information from the home inspection to make an informed It is an excellent idea to learn decision. as much as you can early in the Another important inspection is process about the contract to for wood destroying insects. Often purchase a home. Once you sign a the damage done by these insects contract, your clock starts ticking is not observable to the lay person. and things move along quickly. A licensed inspector can see active The Due Diligence period is the issues and can tell if there have time when the buyer must conduct been issues in the past that were all the necessary inspections of the treated. These insects can do property they are interested in. hundreds to thousands of dollars These inspections should be done of damage that may compromise by licensed, qualified vendors, and the integrity of the structure. not by friends or family members. Wells and septic inspections On average, the Due Diligence period is two to three weeks from the time the contract is executed. During this time, and depending what is uncovered, is the buyer’s opportunity to decide if they want to continue with the purchase or cancel the contract. There are many items that need to be considered during this time. A complete home inspection should be performed. By law, any defect known to the seller should be disclosed on the Residential Property Disclosure, but more often than not, sellers check the “No Representation” column on 44

are also important. These are high ticket items that you do not want to have to replace as a new home owner. If the property is on public water and sewer, you may ask to see a typical bill so you are prepared for that expense as well. The buyer will also need to check for Home Owner Associations, restrictive covenants, road maintenance, and other concerns regarding the property. In many cases the attorney should be following up on the legal ramifications of the purchase. You should have already selected a lender and had a pre-approval before entering into a contract to purchase a home. You will want to check with the lender to see what other inspections may be required and who is responsible for paying for the inspections, which in most cases, is the buyer. Consider it money well spent, especially if there are a lot of defects. •A•

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


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money will last if you stop working today; is your nest egg as safe as possible? Do you have your money in the stock market which is full of risk--remember 2008? Don’t you want to maintain at least the standard of living you now have? The greatest fear of retirees today is running out of money before they run out of life! This is an important question to answer and lies at the heart of Retirement Income Planning. These answers are even more critical given the difficulties in the financial markets and larger economy that have significantly impacted retirement savings over the last decade. While it would be nice to have a one-size-fits-all formula when it comes to how long your money will last, the truth is there are many factors that go into that equation. Is your money in taxable investments, (the stock market), qualified plans (the government controls everything), a fixed, or fixed indexed annuity (guaranteed income for life), or cash value life insurance (grows, tax deferred, access your money TAX FREE, and does not affect taxation of Social Security)? I am going to let you in on a little secret, the insurance companies have the greatest, IRS approved, TAX FREE retirement system today and the majority of CPAs, Financial Planners, and Attorneys know nothing about it. If you thought it was hard to grow a nest egg, try living off one in retirement. A lot is written

about how to build a nest egg, but not as much about taking money out. Most have no idea how dangerous it is to withdraw too much from their portfolio each year. As Baby Boomers make the transition from career to retirement, more and more people are grappling with the question, how much can I safely withdraw from my portfolio each year? In today’s low interest rate environment, that poses even bigger challenges. The presumed safe withdrawal rate of 4% has come under attack in the last few years. The Wall Street Journal said a 2% withdrawal rate would be safe, 3% somewhat safe, 4% is very risky, and 5% or more you are living in a dream world. What if you had a financial vehicle that would possibly increase every year to keep up with inflation or more, and would keep paying you for your entire life? What if you could access your money TAX FREE, and not have to worry about minimum distribution requirements? What if you could give to one of your favorite charities, receive a tax

deduction, and still receive the income from this deduction for generations? What about asset protection? These are but a few things people need to be educated on. Please remember these three things: 1. If what you thought to be true turned out not to be true, when would you want to find out about it? 2. It is not how much money you have in retirement, it is how much money you have after taxes! 3. I don’t care if you are the smartest person in the world or your advisors are the greatest, it is what you or they do not know that will end up costing you hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of dollars in undue taxes, fees, and lost opportunity costs! If what you have read interest you, please give me a call for an educational meeting or webinar. •A•

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Falls, fairs and festivals are abounding in the area

as September begins. We’ll end the month with the 38th International Folk Festival. ARRAY is so proud to be a member of the local Arts Council. We’ve been a sponsor and been in the parade since our beginning. We work on several projects with the Arts Council throughout the year but look forward to enjoying the diversity of our community at the International Folk Festival every year. It’s great to ride in the parade and look out at the sea of people along Hay Street waving and smiling and calling out our name. It’s mesmerizing to watch the dances of the various cultures, look at the bright colorful native attire of so many countries, and taste the foods prepared by loving hands proud of sharing their heritage with others. Make sure to read all about it in this issue and then attend! The Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s is another event we have been involved in as a sponsor. It is also on the morning of September 24th at SwampDog Stadium on Legion Road and registration begins at 9 am. The time and energy that goes into this event is displayed by the smoothness and precision that is carried on at the Walk. There is a local high school band, the flower garden, vendors, DJ, Pat and Julie McKee interacting with folks and answering questions while making sure everything happens as planned. Folks from the Raleigh office are at this event answering questions and offering information. The volunteers put so much energy and passion into this event that it seems to run like a well-oiled machine. You can hear the stories of caregivers, those working with Alzheimer’s, and those suffering with this terrible disease. Victoria Huggins will be the head cheerleader and if she can’t get you excited and committed to help end this terrible disease no one can! I hope everyone reading this will join us to #endalz, if not this year then next year. Of course our county fair takes place, along with other great events like KidsPeace Chair-ity Auction to help foster kids and Woofstock to help the animals, and so many more. It makes me proud to be a part of a community that is so involved with helping others. There is no lack of events taking place any time of the year in our community that you can’t find something to be passionate about and volunteer your time. A few hours can make a difference in the life of a child, an adult or an animal. ARRAY is proud to be able to showcase a local non-profit each month and it doesn’t look like


we will run out of organizations for years to come! If you have an organization that you are passionate about just send us an email at ArrayInformation@ The team at ARRAY have been busy getting things together to launch a new local quarterly wedding publication, ARRAY of Weddings. We will talk about all types of things to do with the wedding and about everyone involved from bride to groom to wedding party and parents of the couple, and even guests. To help launch our new publication we are having our inaugural Wedding Festival on October 2 at Gates Four Golf & Country Club. We will have vendors with food and drink samples, demos, door prizes and great information. There will be workshops to discuss legal things you may never have thought of, as well as financial information and all by local people. AND we will lots of door prizes for you to register to win. If that isn’t exciting enough when you bring 2 or more non-perishable food items to donate to Fayetteville Urban Ministries that day you get your name into the drawings a second time! A portion of the ticket sales will go to Fayetteville Urban Ministry as well! So come out to visit that day, even if you aren’t getting married. For ticket information go to www. and click on the ARRAY of Weddings tab. Thanks to you and our advertisers ARRAY can do more to help the community and we appreciate it.

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Friday, October 7, 2016 6 - 10:30pm Live Live Music Music by by Party Band and L OTUS S UN Awesome Awesome Feast Feast

Fred Chason’s Grandsons BBQ Vegan/Vegetarian option*

Allergy Partners of Fayetteville Anonymous Pet Lover C. Mark Hurley Nationwide Insurence Cape Fear Valley Health Beegie & Bob Caviness CLIQUE Photo Booth Company Laura Devan & Jeff Null Timothy Edwards Elan Med Spa Marcia Gallina Gamers Guild Peggy Holt Jerfilm Lucy & Wes Jones Sarah O’Hanlon Patti & John Reed Saam’s Party Tents Salient CRGT Williams Printing Elizabeth & Tommy Wooten



Benefits our homeless pets!

Beverages Beverages Included Included 50/50 50/50 Cash Cash Raffle Raffle

All Happening “On the River” off Wilmington Hwy Directions on ticket • 10 minutes from downtown

Tickets, details or sponsorships: • 910-864-2077

*Vegan/Vegetarian meal available if requested in advance, with purchase of ticket. Please email or call (910) 864-2077.”

Shelter: 3927 Bragg Blvd. • Fayetteville, NC 28303 • (910) 864-9040 • FAPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. NC Charitable Solicitation License SL000743. CFC Code 46693.

Ambassador Animal Hospital Blanton Heating & Air Carolina Pet Care Services Janet & Vann Carter Charlie’s Pub Dogwood Animal Hospital Five Star Entertainment ForeverLawn of the Carolinas Gilliam Law Firm Melene & Ben Hatcher Healy Wholesale Highland Paving Company Hutchens Law Firm Roland Lingle, General Dentistry Maureen & Dan McNeill Neff Rental Lynne & David Nimocks Niteowl Security Olde Fayetteville Insurance Perry Olive Caren & Ric Payne Law Offices of Lonnie M. Player, Jr. Remembering Buddy, JR, Shadow & Wally Sandhills Roofing, Inc. Spring Lake Dental Group, David Dickerhoff DDS Southern 1-800-PAINTING Mary Talley, CPA Valley Regional Imaging Debbie Williams


THE NEW 2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL. Production model shown. Available fall 2016.

Get to know the 2017 Lincoln Continental at

LaFayette Lincoln

5202 Raeford Road Fayetteville, NC 28304 910 . 424 . 0281

ARRAY - September 2016  
ARRAY - September 2016