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play ball One of the gems that makes Asheboro such a great city is the Coastal Plain League’s Asheboro Copperheads.

29 the stand Most of us get in our cars and drive from one destination to another, never realizing how much forgotten history we pass by day after day, week after week, year after year.

36 zoo zeal A creature surrounded by the mists of Creole legend and Voodoo lore will be the featured attraction in a new exhibit coming to the North Carolina Zoo this spring.

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Dan Lackey was born in Lexington, but his parents moved to Northern Virginia when he was young and that’s where he grew up.

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letters from the publisher editorial dave 2.0 beta upcoming events at the randolph-asheboro ymca. people-cool kid r yan leonard people-community character amanda varner nature’s nuances april showers bring may flowers beauty-ask the expert a solution for brown patches money-ask the expert making your retirement savings work harder for you body-ask the expert balance art-cosmic cow society boswell captures "paris in april" soul-daily devotion precious diamond "let's talk" a passion for reading new biz ace services, inc. friendly faces pictures around asheboro citizen journalism be the change community news local dentist wins sweepstakes wine-the cellar pink for pork recipe pairing fall-apart tender slow-roast pork food-restaurant review el mil tacos tacqueria community news gentlemen...start your robots eyes-ask the expert advances in lasik 2011 community news art may-ham citizen journalism play outdoors community news RH juried art show community news farmers market health-ask the expert resting metabolic rate parenting top 10 sites for moms music-bluegrass doyle lawson bluegrass festival citizen journalism all suped up with nowhere to go citizen journalism certified wildlife habitat 1st annual asheboro criterium a pictorial community news rcc inner strength member earns spot in pitt's ischool summer inst. community events mrs. happy homemaker easter...a very special time of year


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April Contributors Michael Harmon • Dr. Umbreen Chaudhary Scott Plaster • Faylene Whitaker W. Greg Smith • Gina Randlett • Sarah Beth Robbins Kimberly Houston • Neil Griffin • Cathy Hefferin Kathy Bull • Joy Tucker • Mary Hardister Beth Young • Greta Lint • Donna Elledge Kaitlyn Aman • Chrystal Faulkner

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Bianca Tyler Bianca Tyler is an award-winning TV journalist, radio show host, entrepreneur and “The Momversationalist™.” Her #1 job is proud mother of a teen and a Kindergartner! Visit her Web site at www. TheLetsTalkMom.com to listen to her radio broadcasts about Life, Love and Parenting – with her husband, Phillip – and to learn more about empowering yourself by “Finding Your Bright Spot™.”

Mike Grant

Mike Grant grew up in the small historical community of Yadkin College located outside of Lexington, N.C. He later moved to WinstonSalem and attended Forsyth Technical College. Mike served as President of the Clemmons Jaycees for two terms. Under his leadership, many projects were accomplished in the community by working with the Town of Clemmons and the Clemmons Historical Society. Most notable, was the help in restoration of the undercarriage of the Hattie Butner Stagecoach, now displayed in the Clemmons Town Hall. Mike was later elected and served as the State Vice President for the North Carolina Jaycees. He moved to Asheboro sixteen years ago to marry his wife Veronica, where they currently reside. Mike loves history and becomes excited about finding anything old and then researching it. Tom Gillespie For the past 12 years, Tom has been a writer, photographer & public affairs specialist at the North Carolina Zoo. After 20 years as a U.S. Coast Guard photojournalist & pubic-affairs specialist, Tom retired from the military in 1996 to work as senior editor & photo editor for Outdoor Traveler magazine in Charlottesville, VA, before coming to the zoo. Tom earned a photography degree from Randolph Community College & a photojournalism degree from Syracuse University. He has won national & international awards with his photography. His work has appeared in Time, National Review, USAToday, The Washington Post, The New York Times & in almost all major East Coast newspapers. Tom’s column Zoo Tales appears in about 25 newspapers across the state. He & his wife Debra live in Trinity, NC Rev. Peter Panagore Reverend Peter Baldwin Panagore of DailyDevotions.org, is a native of Massachusetts, graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in Divinity from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and with a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. St. John’s High School of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, an Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, provided him with his preparatory school education. In 2003, he was recruited to apply for the position of Pastor of the First Radio Parish Church of America (DailyDevotions.org). FRPCA is America’s oldest continuous religious broadcast, founded 1926, and now reaching 1.5 million listeners, viewers and readers a week on TV, radio and internet, including American Forces Radio Network.

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pril is my favorite time of year in the South. Everyone is coming out of winter FROM THE hibernation, like butterflies from their PUBLISHER cocoons. It’s the beginning of fair and festival season. There are music festivals, Cook-offs, Art By Sherry Johnson Fairs, Open Houses and Car Shows. The only problem is finding enough time to do all of the things you want to do in a two-day weekend. The trick is to pick the one event you don’t want to miss, and then fit the other things in around it. The weather is nice so we work in our yards, creating showpieces for those who drive by. Working in the yard and garden can be very therapeutic in this hectic world we live in, so take time for you ... dig in the dirt! I am always inspired when I hear stories of children overcoming adversity, and our Cool Kid this month, Ryan Leonard, is no exception. Please read his story, brought to you by MyRandolphSports. com, and celebrate his accomplishments. He will certainly make you think twice about complaining Sherry Johnson about your own life. Publisher Amanda Varner is our Community Character this month, and for those of you who know her, you know how much she gives back to the community on a daily basis. She is a great example of how to get involved and really step out there for the youth of the community. Don’t forget to get something local for Mom for Mother’s day. There is a great selection of local crafts at the shops, you could hand paint something at Dish’n as my family did last year or at Circa Gallery on Wine Down Wednesdays. Just remember when shopping for Mom, Think Local First. Asheboro Magazine is launching a Face to Facebook social on April 20th at 7 pm please join us at the Varsity Restaurant. We want to meet our fans and friends “Face to Facebook”. The Varsity will be offering drink specials, and the bartender has created a “Mark Zuckerberg” drink in honor of the evening. We look forward to seeing you there – Asheboro Live will be on hand as well. I look forward to meeting you!! Thanks for reading,

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"I Think I Can, I Think I Can"

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ere it is; noon on the day I am supposed to have the magazine file to the printer and I am struggling with a topic for dave 2.0 (beta). I have written my editorial at least five times this month, but felt none were worthy of being published. I am hoping that once this iteration is complete, I will be OK with it going to print. I have never really had to deal with writer’s block, but here I am battling it now. Sherry has had to put the finishing touches on all of my articles this month because my brain has seemed to stop working. Is this a sign of getting older, burnout or just another challenge along the way. Running a publication with a full staff is challenging. Running a magazine with two people is tantamount to playing hockey with two players in the penalty box. You can fend off the other team for a while, but eventually they are going to get a few pucks past you into the net. Our opposing team is time and I find myself playing a strong defense most of the month until I have to do the best I can to go on the offensive. Luckily, my teammate (that would be Sherry for

those of you that don’t know) is pretty spectacular on the ice (metaphorically speaking) herself. That we have managed to put out 9 magazines, between the two of us and our faithful freelancers, is nothing short of amazing. These aren’t my word, though. These are the words of two other magazine publishers I know who have full staffs and big budgets. My words would be something more like, “we do what we do because we love it and are passionate about it” or “it is what it is”. I’m not going to lie. There are times I wish we had one other full time person that could take a few of the things off our plates. Heck, I’d settle for a part-timer or intern at the moment. But having someone that can help manage the chaos would be a big help. My buddy, one of the other magazine publishers, suggested I “just hire someone”. Again, he has a full staff and a budget and, as he put it, “that’s what normal magazines do.” You can accuse me of being most things, but normal isn’t one of them. I like to think of our little company as “The Magazine That Could”. One of my favorite books as a kid was “The Little

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by Dave Johnson Engine That Could”. Actually, it has come to define my life and whenever I feel like giving up I think about that little engine huffing and puffing up the hills, “I think I can. I think I can.” At one point last night, when I could barely keep my eyes open, I started repeating this mantra to myself and before I knew it, a couple hours had passed and I had accomplished the work I desperately wanted to put off until morning. This morning came early for me; about 3:30, which brought a little less than three hours of sleep to conclusion. I jumped out of bed, fixed myself some coffee and jumped back in where I had left off. Although we are a little behind schedule, I am bound and determined to make it to the printer on time this month. If I could lock myself in a room and hyperfocus on producing the magazine, I would make it every month without a problem. But when there are only two people, I still have all my other responsibilities in the day-to-day operations of the business to contend with. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. And, please don’t think I want you to feel sorry for us. We have

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chosen this lifestyle because we know the only REAL security we have is the security we create for ourselves. We have both been victims of corporate downsizing and had others determine our destiny. I was told, after moving my family 1,100 miles to a new state that the job I was promised once we got there wasn’t going to be there for me after all. Oh, sure, I could have kept the job I had and moved my family back at my own expense, but that really wasn’t a choice I was willing to consider. So instead, we decided to start our own business. We chose publishing because my entire career has been spent in advertising sales, management and publishing. I really don’t know how to do anything else, nor do I want to. I am blessed that I get paid to do something I love doing each and every day. And better still, I get to do it with my best friend in the entire world, my wife Sherry. And, at the end of each day, when I sit back, exhausted, I have the satisfaction of knowing that all the hard work I have done has been for me and my family not some thankless corporation that has the audacity to pay their CEO $35 million a year. I believe in the free enterprise system, but no one is worth $35 million per year, especially at the expense of the people that do the lion’s share of the work. I was just interrupted by a phone call. In my previous life, I would have had a receptionist to answer the phone and a phone system that allowed me to indicate that I was busy so that all my calls would be routed to my voicemail. I suppose I could do that now, but I feel guilty letting the phone ring knowing I can and should answer it. After a twenty minute conversation with one of my favorite clients, I am back to

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writing and some of what I was hoping to convey is long gone because of the distraction. It is simple things like this that I once took for granted. “I think I can. I think I can.” Somehow, after six other attempts, I have managed to get to the end of this month’s dave 2.0 (beta). It may seem somewhat disjointed and the point may not be as obvious as other months, but my hopes are that you have taken something of value away from reading it. If nothing else, perhaps it has caused you to take a closer look at the path your life is on, consider a dream that you have all but forgotten, and say to yourself, “I think I can. I think I can.” For us, this is one more issue of Asheboro Magazine that is better than the last and once again I am telling myself, as The Little Engine That Could did…”I thought I could, I thought I could.”


Upcoming Events at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA Y Camp: All trails lead to a HEALTHY SPIRIT, MIND AND BODY! Celena Fleming, Community Development Director

Summer Day Camp begins Monday, June 13th! “Y Camp: All trails lead to a healthy spirit, mind and body!” is this year’s summer camp theme. Campers will “hike” the trails to swimming, the splash pad, field trips and much more! Qualified and experienced counselors will lead campers ages five to fifteen down trails of fun games, activities and experiences that you can only achieve at the YMCA. In addition, we will have branching trails that will be guided by community agencies such as 4-H, Girl & Boy Scouts, 5 Day Club, and Partnership for a Drug Free NC incorporated into camp! To discover all the trails of the YMCA Summer Day Camp Program, see the front desk for a registration packet starting April 18th 2011. Save! $30 per child if enrolled by May 2nd 2011! Contact Celena Fleming or Karen Oakley, 625-1976 or visit www.randolphasheboroymca.com/youthcare.

Fourth Annual YMCA Community Yard Sale Celena Fleming, Community Development Director

Clean out your closets, garages and attics! On Saturday, May 21st, 2011 the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA will hold its Fourth Annual Community Yard Sale! Six foot long tables with surrounding space are now available for rent for only $15 at our community yard sale! This event will be held from 7am until noon in the YMCA’s parking lot facing the Splash Pad, in case of rain, we will have the sale in the gymnasium. Soccer games, the Y’s largest sporting event, and the YMCA’s FREE Community Day events, will be on-going as well, attracting an even larger crowd to the sale. Hurry! There are limited spots available! There will also be a local charity available to collect donations at the end of the sale. All table rental proceeds will benefit the “Y-Give” Scholarship Program. lease contact Celena Fleming, 625-1976 or visit www.randolphasheboroymca.com.

YMCA Third Annual Spring Community Day Celena Fleming, Community Development Director

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an Lackey was born in Lexington, but his parents moved to Northern Virginia when he was young and that’s where he grew up. He entered the army when he graduated from high school. After basic training, he married Nancy, the love of his life. They are celebrating their 43rd wedding anniversary in May! Dan spent four years serving our country and traveling overseas. When he got out of the service, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from George Mason University. His brother, who was working in the car industry, mentioned that he should look into getting a job at Ford Motor Company. They had an opening in the Management Training program and he took the job. Dan spent nine years working in Sales & Marketing for Ford, and then six years with Nissan Motor Corp. They moved all over the country in the early years, but Dan eventually became Regional Sales Manager in Los Angeles for Nissan. While they were there, his boss came to him and said, “The good news is you don’t have to relocate anymore.” For Dan and Nancy, the bad news was they didn’t want to raise their children, Chris, 11, and Sara, 8, in California. Larry Nichols, who owned a dealership in High Point, called him to let him know that the Nissan dealership in Asheboro was for sale. During the years they had known each other, they had often chatted about Dan getting into the retail end of the business. Dan and Larry became business partners in 1988, and purchased the Asheboro Nissan dealership together. In 1995, Dan bought out Larry’s share of the Nissan dealership to become the sole owner. Dan and Larry purchased a second dealership together in 1996, Asheboro Honda, and they are still 10    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011

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partners in that venture today. Over the years, they have purchased and sold several dealerships together, but Dan felt that he couldn’t be as hands-on because of their distance. As opportunities came up to sell those dealerships, they did so and Dan turned his attention to his Asheboro business. Dan enjoys the car business. He also loves the fact that due to the internet, buyers are more sophisticated. “It helps our credibility – they know what’s going on when they come through the door. Most people do everything over the internet these days and then just come to the dealership to sign the paperwork and drive away. “ Chris Lackey grew up wanting to be a pilot. After graduating from Asheboro High School, and taking courses at Appalachian State University, he enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, FL, where he received a BA in Aeronautical Science. When he graduated, he was asked to join the faculty as a flight instructor. He taught for one year, before being offered a job at a regional airline – Midwest Express Airlines in May, 2001 to fly turbo props and regional jets. He flew with them for 7 years, and spent four years as a Captain, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In October, 2008, Chris was hired as a pilot for a public charter company, Apple Vacations, out of Chicago’s O’Hare airport. He flew Airbus A320s to Mexico and the Caribbean. As a pilot, Chris typically worked two or three days a week, which gave him the opportunity to earn his real estate license and on his off days, he worked in a large brokerage company selling homes. Due to the cost of fuel in the late 2000’s, the company was forced to cut flights and staff, and Chris was laid off. That gave him the opportunity to reconsider his options, and where he wanted to take his career next. After deciding he wanted to expand his sales experience, he returned home to Asheboro to join his father in business. Chris moved back to Asheboro with his fiancée, Alexis Rhoda, who is a licensed attorney with the State of Wisconsin. She recently passed the NC Bar Exam and will be looking to set up or join a local practice in the area this summer after the wedding.

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During his first year at the dealership, on developing cars that offer great gas Chris was offered a job by US Airways mileage, lower emissions, and give the Express out of Raleigh, but in December, consumers what they want most. 2010 he decided to clear his schedule Asheboro Nissan will be getting the and devote all of his time to the dealership. new 2011 Nissan Leaf late this summer, The first step was to attend the NADA and in anticipation of this have installed a Dealer Academy. He graduated from row of charging stations along the outside that program in February, 2011 and has wall of the dealership. To become an been undergoing Executive Manager authorized dealer, they were required to Certification with both Nissan and Honda send two technicians to highly intense since that time. training. These cars are unlike any car Clyde Isley Chris brings a lot to the table with his Sales Representative on the road. It’s the first fully electric car. experience as a pilot, and his previous They can go approximately 100 miles work with large companies. He has come on a single charge, and at the dealership, into the dealership with fresh eyes, and can fully charge within two hours. They is implementing new exciting programs. emit zero emissions into the air, can reach He often asks why something is done speeds of up to 90 mph (although you a certain way, and has suggestions to are encouraged to go the legal speed limit make improvements in the everyday at all times) and have room for 5 people. management of the dealership. Facebook Driving at moderate, conservative is becoming a huge resource for car speeds, while not as exciting, will help you dealers, and Chris has spearheaded the maintain a longer charge! push to get Asheboro Honda and Asheboro On a charging unit installed in your Nissan on Facebook and interacting with personal garage you can plug in the car Nissan Leaf Charging Station their customers on a regular basis. He is overnight. The Nissan Leaf is so quiet; at Asheboro Nissan also exploring selling cars the manufacturer had to from the dealership on eBay develop a unique sound so Motors and expanding their you can hear it coming. It can customer base beyond the be controlled by your iPod usual radius. or Smartphone. You can This is an exciting and schedule off-peak charging, scary time for the car and pre-set the heating and industry, with fuel prices A/C functions from any going up and consumers web-enabled device. Dan looking for ways to reduce and Chris invite you to come their carbon footprint on in for a test drive soon and the Earth. Nissan and meet the Next Generation. CONGRATULATIONS BRADLEY MANESS! Bradley is the proud owner of a brand new 42" Vizio LCD TV courtesy Honda have been working of Asheboro Nissan from our "Test drive any vehicle, have a chance to win a TV" promotion. Congrats Bradley. 

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people COOL KID

Ryan Leonard: An Ambitious Young Man

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yan Leonard is not your average middle schooler. The bright young eighth grader earns A’s and B’s scholastically and plays three sports – football, wrestling and soccer at his Randolph County school. Ryan Leonard, 13, of Coleridge, is a student at SERMS (Southeastern Randolph Middle School) in Ramseur. Born with no arms, Ryan is one of four children born to mother Kyna Leonard and father Scott Leonard. Sister Mia and his brothers Dylan and Pierce complete the close-knit family. “This is my second year of wrestling,” Ryan said. “I get down into The Position and then I shoot (take down a wrestling opponent by wrapping my legs around his or hers). So far this year, I have four victories and six defeats. Overall, our wrestling season is 14 matches.” In order to win a match, a wrestler has to pin the opponent, or win on points. A pin is to get your opponent into a position where both of the opponent’s shoulders are pinned to the mat at one time. “I wrap my legs around theirs and trip them,” Ryan explained. Girls wrestle as well as boys in competition. He said he has never been pinned by a girl. “They are out there to win just like I am,” he explained. Ryan’s favorite sport is football. He plays defensive end and linebacker. “I enjoy knocking people down,” Ryan admitted. “We do a lot of conditioning, which I also enjoy.” He likes to watch football and college wrestling on TV. “I pull for UNC in college sports,” Ryan admitted proudly. “I guess you could say I am a Carolina fan.” It goes without saying that Ryan has very strong legs. “I have to do everything with my feet,” he explained. “My goals are to win championships.” He is competitive and never varies from his goal of winning. Despite his limitations, Ryan says he is happy with his life. Ryan does have an extraordinary sense of who he is, and how he conducts himself. “Ryan doesn’t let anyone bother him,” mother Kyna explained. “At The Cool Kid article is provided and sponsored by MyRandolphSports. com. For the most comprehensive sports coverage in Randolph County, visit MyRandolphSports.com. 14    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011


home, we don’t do anything for him we don’t do for his brothers and sister. He doesn’t ask others to do for him. He has a lot of confidence. He doesn’t want or expect anyone to do anything out of the ordinary for him.” Ryan doesn’t expect any special treatment. He expects to do for himself, which he does regularly. As a word of advice to others, he says: “Don’t ever let anyone make fun of you. They are sometimes jealous of who you are.” “When it was known Ryan would be born without arms, it was a very emotional time,” father Scott Leonard said. “It is fair to say Mother Kyna had a very emotional time learning Ryan would be born with no arms. It was tough on all of us, but we have come through it . . . God has blessed us with a wonderful son.” The Courier-Tribune ran a feature story on Ryan last year. A copy of the story reached Steve Smith (Ryan’s favorite player on the Carolina Panthers football team). Smith was so impressed with Ryan that he sent the young man and his grandmother Hilda Leonard an autographed Panther’s helmet and book to Ryan and his grandmother. Ryan is happy about who he is. Likely, he will just keep on getting better at everything he does. MyRandophSports.com would like to thank Ryan and his family for the privilege of making this interview and story possible. Ryan is truly an inspiration and someone we can all learn from. Thank you Leonard Family! 

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people COMMUNITY CHARACTER

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Amanda Varner

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n a society that appears selfcentered, it is nice to know that there are many among us who have made giving back not just a thing done on occasion to salve their conscience, but a way of life. One of these people is my good friend Amanda Varner. If there is a bigger fan of Asheboro Magazine than Amanda, I haven’t met them yet. Because of who Amanda is and what she stands for, she has become one of Asheboro Magazine’s favorite readers and a very dear friend. It gives us great pleasure to feature Amanda as this month’s Community Character. Hopefully, by the end of this article, if you aren’t already acquainted with her, you will also consider Amanda a friend. It was difficult to convince Amanda to be featured as a Community Character to begin with. She is not a person who seeks the limelight. In fact, in her words she is a very “behind the scenes” type of person and she doesn’t care about getting credit for the things she does. Her main concern is that the organizations she works with, mainly Operation Red Sleigh, fulfills their responsibility to the community. She has a servant’s heart and is passionate about giving back to Randolph County where she has lived all her life. Amanda grew up in the Grantville community and graduated from Eastern Randolph High School in 1984. She has never wanted to live anywhere else. When her grandmother passed away and her parents inherited her house, Amanda purchased their house and moved back into her childhood home. She attributes her desire to volunteer to having grown up with her sister Cathy, through the ranks of the Girl Scouts, as well as having parents who were scout leaders, church youth leaders,

role models and mentors. Additionally, Amanda’s grandparents were always doing things for others in their community. “They taught me to do the best I can to make someone, something or someplace better than it is currently and I hope I am doing that.” Amanda worked at Klaussner Furniture for over 21 years in the Credit Department. She met her husband Jimmy while working there. He now works as an electrician with the Department of Corrections and travels throughout the Piedmont region from Virginia to South Carolina state lines. Much of the volunteer work Amanda does is centered on youth, which made her a perfect candidate for her current role as the President of Operation Red Sleigh. Amanda’s husband rode in the Operation red Sleigh Cycling event in 2006. Founder of the organization, Greg Seabolt, invited Amanda and Jimmy to attend the Christmas luncheon to see what the fundraiser was for. They were invited to observe the distribution of the gifts to children and the Christmas luncheon, to better understand the value of the fundraiser. Although they were told they only had to stand on the sidelines and watch, they quickly found themselves helping out that day and soon after started regularly attending meetings. Amanda volunteered at the Bike ride the


next year and the Christmas dinner. In 2007, she was elected President and took office in 2008. She began looking for volunteers who could assist her in the marketing and promotion of the Charity, to raise awareness of the event and also the need for the community’s support. Zach Ausband joined the group as Vice President and Marketing Director. “Not a Christmas goes by where we don’t have great stories that come out of the organization’s efforts. God always sees us through the challenges each year and teaches us faith through and in him.” Amanda also works with Boy Scout Troop 571, which is a non-traditional group made up of “challenged” guys, some of whom have aged out of the traditional Boy Scout ranks and some who are of age, but could not fulfill the requirements of a traditional troop, but get so much out of it. They range in age from 15 to well into their 60’s. The scouts are able to earn badges, although the traditional Boy Scout badges have to be reworked to accommodate their capabilities. They meet every Monday night from late April to the end of October. Amanda looks forward to the meetings because these scouts give the best hugs!! Her job is now going to take her away from the troop two Monday nights a month, and she is looking for another volunteer to help.

If you are interested in volunteering and making a difference in the lives of these scouts, please contact Asheboro Magazine on our website or through Facebook and we will connect you with Amanda. Amanda also volunteers with Adventures Beyond Classrooms, another great local organization that provides funds for children in our community who cannot financially afford to participate in enriching field trips for students in Randolph County and Asheboro City Schools. Communities In Schools of Randolph County (CISRC), an established non-profit, serves as the parent organization for this program. Since the forming of this program, 17 students have attended field trips who would not have been able to go due to financial constraints. This year they have teamed up with the Old Time Chili Cook-off and on April 16th will be holding a Cornhole Tournament on the Academy end of Bicentennial Park. Anyone interested in assisting with the project or making a donation may contact Communities In Schools—with reference to Adventures Beyond Classrooms (ABC)—at 1011 Sunset Ave, Asheboro, NC 27203, 336-625-0008, or by e-mail at cisrc@ randolph.k12.nc.us. In addition to Amanda’s volunteer activities, she is on three committees at the Asheboro Randolph Chamber

of Commerce: Student Lift, Leadership Randolph (2009 Graduate) and the No Tie Affair. When she has spare time, one of her passions is photography. She has had her photographs published in Carolina County. In the past, she has entered photographs in RCC’s Foundation Photography Contest and she has had several that have won or placed in their respective category. She also enjoys camper camping, going to the beach, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling her friend’s and family’s kids. She and Jimmy like to meet up with friends when they have a free night, and have dinner at one of the local restaurants. As you can see, Amanda is a stellar human being. Had we not convinced her to be featured as our community character, chances are most of you would never know the selfless contributions she makes to our community. Our hopes are that her story will encourage each and every one of our readers to find a cause of their own to champion just as she has. Additionally, we’d like to encourage others like Amanda to step forward and tell their own story. The more people see others making positive contributions, the more they will want to participate. Thanks Amanda and keep up the great work. 

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nature’s NUANCES

by Faylene Whitaker of Whitaker Farms

April Showers Bring May Flowers

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t seems sometimes in April we can’t get all the planting and other things done in the yard because the showers come and the ground is sometimes just plain mushy. But Mother Nature is just storing up moisture so we will have water in those hot summer months to come. She is preparing the earth in her own special way so we just have to work with her. The ground is considered workable as soon as it is no longer frozen and it is not too wet to work. To determine if the ground is too wet to work, squeeze a handful of dirt in your hand, it should fall apart easily. If it sticks together the soil is too wet to work and it will make a hard ball around your plants and they will not be able to grow. This is a great time to plant up your containers for the patio and porch. Make sure your container has good drainage

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and is large enough for the plants you want to put in it. Before buying plants you need to know how much sun they will get in the area you are going to have your container, know if you are willing to take care of your planters or if they will sort of be on their own this will help when deciding what plants you should be putting in the container. Remember all plants require some attention it is just that some plants require more than others. When purchasing plants, you need to group plans with similar sun and water needs when they are being put into the same container. You can use a complete container mix that has fertilizer and a fungicide already in it or you can use a good soil that you fertilize yourself. Either way your soil will need to be fluffy enough for good air and drainage movement When planting up containers I believe you should use whatever colors you like and love. Remember you are the one that is going to enjoy your work of art. In a mixed container, it is nice to have different heights and different textures. I also like to incorporate at least one or two perennials into my large containers

so that I don’t have to change out everything in it for the fall and winter season. Remember to allow enough room for the plants to grow and have root space. You can make your container as simple as you want or as outrageous as you want. It can be lots of bright colors which is what my husband prefers or it can be soft tones such as I like. Either way it can be a work of beauty that you can truly enjoy. You will want to wait until the ground has warmed up to plant annuals directly into the soil. If you plant annuals into


cold soil they will just sit there and not send out new roots until the soil warms up. After the threat of frost has passed it is a good time to go ahead and plant perennials and summer blooming bulbs such as gladiolas and dahlias, etc. Perennials that aren’t blooming can be dug and divided now. This is also a good time to get your shrubs and trees into the ground. Remember that the showers we are having now will award us with beautiful flowers in May, the same way that Mother Nature rewards us with her bounty of beautiful skies and peaceful days that help keep us sane in this wonderful wacky world of our lives. 

Great Plants for Containers Heucheras (Purple Palace) Dragon Wing Begonias Ivy Torenio Geraniums Angelonia Supertunias Verbena Bidens Ferns Diamond Frost Crossandra Spikes Fushia Persian Shield Coleus Impatients Potato Vine (lace) Succulents Black & Blue Salvia Grasses Herbs

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ASK THE EXPERT Q: Since my last pregnancy, I have noticed some brown patches on my face. Is there anything that can be done to make this go away?

A: Often times, a change in hormones can trigger something called

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“melasma”. Melasma is a skin condition that causes brown pigmentation to form on certain areas of the face including the forehead, cheeks, above the lips and the eyes. These brown patches can be treated a variety of ways. There are prescription creams containing 4% hydroquinone which can be used on these areas of skin to lighten the darker pigment. Hydroquinone works to slow the production of dark pigment. These treatment creams must be used from eight to twelve weeks before you will notice a significant improvement. If you have already tried using a prescription lightening cream, you may try a light chemical peel to remove some of the pigment from the surface of the skin. A series of light chemical peels may be what it takes to even out the skin tone and restore the complexion. The final step would be to treat the face with Intense Pulse Light which is often called a Photofacial. IPL uses specific wavelengths of light to treat the brown pigment as well as redness and broken blood vessels in the face. Finally, you want to make sure that you are using a sunscreen containing the physical sunblock, Zinc Oxide. This will prevent the brown patches from becoming darker due to sun damage. It is important to consult a physician when treating melasma as patients who suffer from this are generally more prone to hyperpigmentation or too much dark pigment. Treating the skin too aggressively could lead to a worsening of the condition.

Q: What can be done about wrinkles around the eyes? A: The skin surrounding the eye is very delicate and needs special

treatment. Your first step is to use medical grade skincare products specifically designed for the eye area. Using an eye cream which contains retinol will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as improve the elasticity and firmness. If the wrinkles are what I prefer to call, “expression lines” or the lines and wrinkles caused by laughing or facial movement, they can be treated with Botox. This prevents the movements that cause the lines therefore, reducing their appearance. If the skin around the eye appears “crepy” or crinkled, laser skin resurfacing would help to restore the smoothness to the skin. Dermal fillers can be used around the eye to plump up the under eye area. 

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money ASK THE EXPERT

by W. Greg Smith

How to make your retirement savings work harder for you and your future.

I Greg Smith, is a local investment advisor and has over 18 years experience in the investment field. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in business.

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f you’re like many investors, you’re always looking for ways to maximize your retirement savings. One of the most fundamental ways to help yourself track your investments is to consolidate your retirement accounts. Start by asking yourself these three questions. 1. Do you have old retirement accounts left behind with former employers? If you are like most American workers, you do. When you move (or rollover) your retirement savings and consolidate assets with your financial professional, you gain from his/her expertise and active management. Having all your money in one place will also make it easier to track your portfolio and maintain your asset allocation. In addition, one consolidated account cuts down on multiple statements, thus reducing your paperwork and saving you valuable time. 2. Are you being unnecessary fees?

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3. Are your investments properly diversified! Many people over the years end up with multiple investment accounts and are not paying attention to diversification. Without proper knowledge you may be over-invested in the same securities or sectors or asset classes. A decline in the stock or bond market may cause greater losses to someone that is not properly diversified or paying close attention to their accounts. An experienced money manager can watch your account and make changes as necessary. Is now the time to get on a roll? Talk to an experienced professional about your options to roll over or consolidate your accounts and to properly watch your investments to control losses. I would be pleased to answer any questions you have and encourage you to contact me at (336)-672-2155 or wgsmithinvestments@yahoo.com. This material does not constitute tax, legal or accounting advice and was not intended or written for use and cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding any IRS penalty. It was written to support the marketing of investment services or topics it addresses. Anyone interested in these transactions or topics should seek advice from a tax professional. 


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Balance

revention of falls that lead to injury and disability is an intense focus of physicians and physical therapists. Understanding how the body provides balance is an interesting and beneficial first step in preventing falls. The brain receives 3 different messages from the body to determine its place in space and how to remain erect in it. One is the inner ear. For the purpose of this discussion we will not consider the inner ear. The second message comes from our eyes and the third message comes from little muscle receptors in all the joints of our body. These last two messages received by the brain are very important to consider because we can play an active role in influencing how they behave. If you are having any degree of balance problems whatsoever, you will benefit from what I have to say. Let’s start with our eyes and how they contribute to our balance. Our eyes provide the most information of any three systems mentioned. Our brain relies heavily on vision for balance. However, many folks that I treat for balance problems usually have an over reliance on vision. This over reliance comes from a fear of falling because they had a close call and because of that fearful feeling, they began staring at the ground thinking “boy, I’m not going to let that happen again." The problem here is the unavoidable distractions that will force you to look away from the ground. someone will say good morning or a car horn will blow and you will look; when your gaze is taken away from the ground your brain loses its visual input and the balance is lost. You will most likely fall and the cycle of fear continues. The good news here is this condition is very treatable. And the solution involves bringing in the third system of balance that I mentioned earlier to take over as the vision is disrupted. That system is called the proprioceptive system. This system consist of tiny receptors imbedded within the tendons of muscles around the hip, the knee, the ankle, and indeed, all joints. They provide information to the brain about where the joint is in space without us having to look at it. For instance, I could be in a pitch black room and

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still be aware that I was standing or sitting or squatting and also know where my limbs are in space. Balance is provided by a “positional sense”. So how are these two systems so intertwined? Ideally, the two systems work in harmony, if one stops the other takes over. But, if we become too dependent on our eyes when we walk by constantly looking down at the ground, then we easily lose our balance because there was no quick shift to the proprioceptive system. The treatment is quite simple; re-teach your brain to use the proprioceptive system again. At first we must assure your safety as we challenge your balance to become stronger. So a treadmill with hand rails or a trusty companion will be necessary. On the treadmill you simply walk, hold on and looking about. Keep your sight active on as many different objects around you as possible, turning your head fully and slowly to the left and slowly to the right. Just don’t stare down at the ground. This will force the brain to rely on the proprioceptive feedback in all lower extremity joints for its balance information again. Balance is restored to a great degree. FOR MORE ON BALANCE VISIT www. thehealthybackclinic.com 


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COSMIC COW SOCIETY by Scott Plaster

Boswell Captures "Paris in April" at the Circa Gallery

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ith cloudy skies and showers across our area in much of March, most of us have been yearning for warmer, clearer days. For artist Perry Boswell, he has envisioned tables of patrons at outdoor cafes and bistros, fresh-cut jonquils and lilies in curved ceramic vases, and the strains of the accordion and violin from 1930's street musicians. His visions of early 1900's France will culminate in a special art event that combines those sights, sounds, and tastes with fine art that captures the essence of "Paris in April." This special art event at the Circa Gallery on Friday, April 15 will include a wine tasting, music, and hors d'oeuvres, and features the art of two Cosmic Cow Society artists Perry Boswell and Phyllis Sharpe, along with local potter Betsy Browne. "I remember seeing pictures of the Eiffel tower as a boy; I always knew it would be a place I would visit in person some day. I first traveled to Paris when I was 17 years old. The city leaves a big impression on a man so young. I have been fortunate to return to France several times. Last year I took my 17 year old son to Paris and London for his graduation present. Watching him enjoy Europe for the first time inspired me to put together a show with a Paris theme," Boswell explains. Long since a hub of the arts, Paris holds a special place in the mind of many artists. Fueled by the invention of the paint tube in 1841, artists were liberated from their studios at last, letting them explore the Paris streets and 26    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011

surrounding areas with their portable easels. Their newly found freedom led to the birth of Impressionism from artists such as Monet, Pisarro, Sisley, and Renoir. These "plein air" painters captured the ethereal haze of the French countryside, the fleeting lighting effects, colors, and atmosphere that seem to say to all of us, vive la France. Paris continued its influence into the twentieth century when it became a gathering place for artists from around the world. It is this climate that "Paris in April" captures at the Circa Gallery. Boswell explains, "I had really good English teachers who taught me to love the literature of Fitzgerald and Hemingway. I have had an interest of the Paris of the 1920s since." Boswell has always had an affinity for this time period. Part nostalgia and part artistic tribute, he recreates this historical essence through his innovative collages. Boswell collects photos, parts of books, writings, sheet music, and other three dimensional objects and turns them into collages that tell their stories through these words and images. He intermingles these items with his own designs and often pictures them in his mind months before he even assembles them. Once they're complete, he glues them into place and applies a permanent finish. Boswell teaches art at a local high school and has been showing his work for years, with group and oneman shows all over the NC Piedmont, including a large exhibit at the Circa Gallery a few years ago. His collages are so unique that they are well-received and often find a special place in collections. His work has even been added to the permanent display at the International Civil Rights Museum. You can read a

full article about him in a previous issue (http://www.1010.asheboromagazine. com/?p=534) and see more of his work at http://perryboswell.com. Fellow Cosmic Cow Society artist Phyllis Sharpe joins the exhibit as a painter, bringing her rich landscape and floral paintings, fitting well with the theme. Sharpe says, "I find inspiration and try to elicit emotions from the viewer when painting both sunny day skies and dark, foreboding ones. My purpose in painting is to inspire the viewer to interact with the natural beauty of the world around them." After a major life change in 2002, Sharpe began serious study as an artist and has studied under well known local and nationally known artists. "The Artist's Way" was an important book in her creative journey, and she even facilitates workshops based on it. She is an exhibiting member of Winter Light Gallery & Art Studios in Greensboro, NC, and a member of The Peacock Art Group, The Sanctuary Painters, Associated Artist of Winston Salem, Watercolor Society of North Carolina, and Alamance Artisan Guild. As a member of the Cosmic Cow Society, Sharpe explains, "The CCS has helped me get my work out of my studio and into the world, and at the same time the opportunity to fulfill the need to be around other artists, to learn from them, to share myself with them and to show my work in a variety of venues. But the most important things are the camaraderie and the exuberance of the group. We all need encouragement, and I have found some of the most encouraging folks are other artists who are striving for acceptance and credibility." Sharpe just launched a new website at http://www. phyllissharpe.com, which includes an


online image gallery and her enlightening blog. Rounding out the Paris theme of the show is local potter Betsy Browne. Browne was born and raised in southern Randolph County, not far from the renowned JugtownSeagrove pottery district, rich in artistic traditions and heritage. Browne's ancestors were artisans--rifle makers--in the Jugtown area in the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. She began learning her craft in high school and from then on her passion for throwing clay never waned. After college, Betsy enrolled in Mike Ferree's highly-respected pottery program at Montgomery County Community College, where her artistic potential developed and flourished. Her unique ceramic artistic styles have been successfully featured in galleries and art shows in Randolph and surrounding counties, and she has created numerous pieces at the request of individuals who have become attracted to the beautiful forms and the utilitarian value of her art. Browne plans to open her own working studio, gallery, and shop in downtown Asheboro in the June of 2011. Browne's website at www. betsybrownepottery.com has detailed images of her pottery, an exhibition calendar, and a link to her Etsy shop. Circa Gallery owner, Mandy Sloan, is excited about the upcoming show. The opening reception on Friday, April 15 will run from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibit continues through May 14. Follow Circa Gallery events on its website at http:// circagallerync.com and its Facebook page. Cosmic Cow Society events are published on its Facebook page at http:// facebook.com/CosmicCowSociety. 

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soul DAILY DEVOTION

by Rev. Peter Panagore

Precious Diamond

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ong ago there was a precious diamond, as big as my fist, stored in a cave. Hearing of this jewel, four thieves planned to steal the diamond. They succeeded. It was theirs. After discussion they agreed to sell it – since they couldn’t really share it -- but also understood that if any of the four of them showed up in the city together they might be caught. The first thief lied, “I’ll sneak in alone, in disguise, into the city with the diamond, find a buyer tonight, sell it and then return tomorrow with the money.” “No,” smiled the second with suspicion in his heart. “You three stay here. I’ll go to the city.” “No,” shouted the third jealously, who wanted the diamond in his sight at all

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times. “I’ll go.” “No,” declared the fourth, “I’m the boss. I decide. I’m selling it.” They argued until they agreed on an unlikely choice -- divide the diamond. Taking a hammer and a chisel they cut the diamond -completely destroying it. Each thief ended his days with empty pockets, hatred, bitterness and anger for company. Why is it that we destroy that which we love dearest and value most? When the four thieves -- deception, suspicion, jealousy, and control creep into our hearts, when these four invade us we could end up destroying what is most precious to us. Let’s Pray: Dear God of love, free me from the darkness of distrust, jealousy, and deception and control -- that may rule my desires. Free my heart. Release me from whatever steals you from me. Amen. Here’s a Thought: Cleanse my heart, O God. Source: Proverbs 20:9 


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ne of the gems that makes Asheboro such a great city is the Coastal Plain League’s Asheboro Copperheads. Each year in May, they step out onto the field at McCrary Park and entertain the crowds playing America’s favorite sport. Donnie Wilson is returning for his second year as head coach, and his third year as a member of the coaching staff of the Copperheads. His full-time job is Assistant Coach of the baseball team at the College of the Sequoias (COS) in Visalia, California, just south of Fresno. Donnie played baseball at Tulare Union High School growing up, and was named the 2002 Male Athlete of the Year and all-league in football, soccer, and baseball. While his college baseball career started at COS, he transferred to Western Carolina University, where he assisted their baseball team in winning the 2007 Southern Conference Championship and earning a spot in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Donnie is no stranger to baseball, or the Asheboro Copperheads. He attributes his success in sports and coaching to his parents, who have been married for 35 years. His father gave him a strong work ethic. His dad has been pouring concrete for 40 years. To stress the importance of a good education, Donnie’s father had him work along side for eight summers. While Donnie concedes there is nothing wrong with the honest, back-breaking work his

father does, he decided that he’d rather chase his dream and pursue a career in coaching baseball, where a college education is paramount. He goes on to say that his father set a great example. Donnie’s mother is a breast-cancer survivor, and she taught him great courage in the face of adversity. He witnessed her battle with the disease while a sophomore at college and says her strength is his inspiration. Donnie is proud to say that he would not be the person he is today without the support of his family. “God is first, family second and then everything else”, he said to accentuate his point. Donnie’s coaching career started right out of college. Currently, he is working for his mentor, Jody Allen, the head coach at COS. Allen has helped him mature in the game and has taught him that everything goes hand-in-hand. In addition to improving their skills on the field, Coach Allen works with his players to help them achieve their aspirations beyond baseball; completing their college education, continuing their baseball careers at four-year schools, or even competing as professional baseball players. As Donnie puts it, Coach Allen teaches the game and life to his players. “He teaches them there is more to life than baseball.” Donnie loves his summer job as the head coach of the Copperheads. His primary goal as coach is to see the players improve and help them take their skills to the next level. Making it to the playoffs last year was his career high to

play ball ASHEBORO COPPERHEADS' COACH DONNIE WILSON By Dave Johnson date. He would love to coach this year’s team back to the playoffs, but believes building a family-environment where every player grows is more important. Donnie’s favorite part of being in Asheboro is the people. The players stay with host families during the 56game season. Being away from their families for several months can be difficult but the friendly, caring nature of the host families and people of Asheboro makes life for the players easier and fun. “It is obvious everyone cares about the city and cares about the team.” He says that the host families treat the guys like family and many form long-term relationships with the players. While in Asheboro, he likes to spend time with his “second family,” the Sextons, from High Point when he’s not coaching. Tyler Sexton is one of his best friends, and will be the head coach of the Gastonia Grizzlies this year. When Donnie is at home in California, he enjoys going to the beach and relaxing. This 27 year-old is a well-rounded, experienced coach with a great head on his shoulders. This is undoubtedly the very reason he was chosen to lead the Asheboro Copperheads. 

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“let’s talk”

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by Bianca Tyler

A Passion for Reading

grew up in a family where my great-grandmother stood stirring a pot with one hand while reading a book with the other. So it is no wonder that I started a publishing company with my husband and enjoyed my role as Editorial Director. What is a wonder is that the week we opened our office, I found out I was pregnant with a baby we had long hoped for. Launching a business and launching life. Hey, why not? I knew most of my work would be long hours proofreading 5 to 6 rounds of each article for our nearly 100-page national magazine. So I read out loud. That meant by the time our baby was born, she had heard more than 1,000 pages of Mommy’s voice reading to her. And by the time we blew out her 1styear candle, she had listened to over 3,000 pages of executive case studies and reports. Riveting, I know.

their mother’s heartbeat as early as 18 weeks in the womb, and by the 25th week, research indicates babies can distinguish their mother and father’s voices and others close to him/her. I chose 2 very special children’s books and read them over and over and over again. So when she was born and needed particular comforting, I would pull out one of the books and read it in the same rhyming or musical way I had done earlier, and she would instantly stop any fussing - her gaze would be wide-eyed and interested – she had heard this before and it was familiar and soothing! Reading encourages thinking, reflection and imagination. Getting children to love reading has been my passion for over 20 years (See www. BiancaTyler.com – Children & Literacy for more). The key is very simple – make it fun, make it accessible, read with expression and show you love it, too.

In our home, there are bookcases that look like mouse houses, dollhouses But the fact is it doesn’t really and standard cases for our teen. Let the matter what the material is those early children choose cute, fun or personalized months, your infant just wants to hear bookstands. your voice and recognizes it upon birth. Communication and language arts are essential learning elements - I read each high-powered business word in a soothing, quiet voice – our little baby just knew Mama was there cooing and reading all the time with sweet, melodic tones babies enjoy. I didn’t read just Big People material while she was in utero. Babies can hear 30    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011

Fill baskets with books for the den, the car, and, of course, next to the potty. Make sure to create cozy reading places – from something as simple as a beanbag chair to oversized armchairs, or in our case, the beloved Reading Garden™.


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FRACTURE CARE JOINT CARE Make sure both parents take turns reading, as well as siblings, grandparents and babysitters. Reading out loud to your child helps build and strengthen your emotional bond. And it helps to develop your child’s word power and vocabulary. Use audio books for quiet time at home or play it in the car. Our little one didn’t even know there was a TV in the car until 2 years after we had bought it. Let your children explore the new “pen” reading systems. There are several brands to choose from the pen talks out loud as the child glides it over the page. Read in your children’s classrooms. It’s an experience they will always look forward to and never forget! Order special book club series, comics and magazine subscriptions – some magazine titles are available for kids as young as 2. They will be thrilled to open the mailbox and hear you read their name on the label! We’ve been doing that for years. And for goodness sake, don’t drill your kids with flashcards or force reading time. That’s a sure way to make it a chore and turn them off. Reading should be a pleasure for them... it should be something they look forward to every single day. Happy Parenting! ™ 

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ngela and Joel Brown understand the importance of raising the awareness of drunk driving and are implementing programs to help prevent it. In October, 2005, Joel was involved in an automobile crash with a driver who was drunk. Since that time, they have volunteered their time with various organizations and have now opened two businesses locally that work hand in hand to help with this in our community. Ace Assessment and Treatment Services opened their doors in Asheboro with a mission. They are committed to changing lives and raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. Through state-of-the-art technology and compassion, Ace offers treatment services and therapy to clients. When you are charged with a DWI or DUI, you are required to have a clinical assessment performed by a licensed facility. During that assessment, there might be multiple levels of recommendations, based on the findings – whether it’s a one-time offense or an ongoing addiction. They make treatment recommendations based on these findings. Ace offers educational programs on drinking and driving and the dangers of substance abuse twice a week at their office. These programs are taught by

highly qualified licensed and certified counselors. Their goal is to offer programs that change lives and help their clients on their road to recovery. Once someone charged with a DWI or DUI completes their treatment program successfully, this is reported to the DMV and State of North Carolina. When an individual charged with a DWI or a DUI goes before a judge at their hearing, if they have voluntarily undergone a drug and alcohol assessment and treatment program, showing that they are aware of their problem, the judge is inclined to look more favorably on their case because they took the initiative to “do the right thing.” If you are interested in more information on the assessment and treatment programs they offer, or would like to set up a confidential appointment, please go to Ace Assessment & Treatment Services website at www.aatsnc.com or call them at 336-521-4585. All HIPAA laws apply to any information gathered.. Ace Services works closely with law enforcement and local attorneys, and assists them in finding the right program and treatment for their clients. They offer alcohol monitoring, which is commonly used for first-time or repeat DUI/DWI offenders. Not only will this device provide 24/7 monitoring for offenders by measuring the client's blood alcohol content (BAC), but the bracelet, which is secured to their ankle, provides important information to aid in developing a personalized treatment plan. It also

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The Stand By Mike Grant

ost of us get in our cars and drive from one destination to another, never realizing how much forgotten history we pass by day after day, week after week, year after year. Hopefully, I can slow you down, and bring back to life a forgotten time and place. I would like to keep our historical past alive for our next generations to cherish. Being a history buff, I spend a lot of my spare time riding the back roads of Randolph County, checking out old home places and other old buildings. Almost everywhere I travel, if an old farm or old anything catches my eye, I tend to look a little too long, which drives my wife nuts, and for good reason, my driving does get somewhat erratic. Therefore, if I see a place that peaks my curiosity, I try to remember where I saw it and go back to investigate. If it is intriguing enough, I start researching it. This particular place, “the stand,” I pass every day, coming and going from work. I actually started researching the stand a couple years ago. Of course my favorite place to begin my research is our very own Randolph Room, located at the Randolph County Public Library. Our stand dates back to the early 1700’s. History tells us that the early American settlers from this area would herd deer from around back creek up to a large stand they had built. I am pretty sure it had to be very close to the Indian trading path. Once they got the deer to the stand, they would slaughter them for food and hides, and more than likely camp underneath it. Now for all you deer hunters, I’m guessing this was Randolph County’s first deer stand, only a lot larger than what you use today! In 1735, a renowned English evangelist, John Wesley, set out on a “mission tour”. He started in Charleston, SC. and worked his way north to Pennsylvania. His goal with this tour was to spread the gospel to the early settlers, and the Native Americans. John Wesley is a very important 36    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011

person of that time period. He is best known for being the founder of the Methodist Church, and in several European countries for his strict observance of religious rules and the ordinances of the church. I guess you could say he was the “Billy Graham” of his time. As he traveled north following the Indian trading path into North Carolina, and what is now Randolph County, he came across our stand. Obviously he was impressed. He stopped to preach to the deer hunters, as well as many settlers. Now John Wesley is strictly a church minister, so preaching in an open air setting was new for him. History tells us later in his travels throughout Scotland and England, he preached quite often under open air stands, and presumably this could be where that idea started. This was the only time John Wesley preached in North Carolina. He was not as well known in America, but obviously he left a lasting impression in our area. After a short time the Methodist Episcopal denomination took over and rebuilt the stand. Old records tell us that there were regular church services at the stand, and a small log building was built. Services took place here for several years. There are records including the names of Sunday school rolls, and some of the old records do give us the minister’s names. During the Civil War, services were discontinued and none were conducted for 46 years. Then in 1903, the Reverend Frank Burkhead had a strong urge to rebuild the stand, and he revived the services held there. Old records indicate that Rev. Burkhead’s parents attended services at the stand in the mid 1800’s. This might explain his passion for the stand. From everything I have read about Rev. Burkhead, he was truly a man of God! Rev. Burkhead lived in Asheboro, so every Sunday he would walk seven miles to the stand, hold Sunday School services, preach until around 2:30 in the afternoon, and then walk the seven miles home. Wow! Oh how much we take for granted today! Rev. Burkhead was married with 10 children. I wonder how they felt about that 14 mile round trip to Church on Sunday! After a couple years Rev. Burkhead and his congregation


built the small frame church building we see on the site today. Rev. Burkhead achieved great success in this church. They held camp meetings under the arbor twice a year. In 1930, Rev. Burkhead was deeded the property of the church and stand. It is said he was the first minister in North Carolina to own his own church. Rev. Burkhead‘s background was strong in the pilgrim holiness faith. During the camp meetings, thousands would attend and set up camp during the whole week for the services. The ministers during that time were called circuit riders, meaning they would ride from church to church to preach. One of Rev. Burkhead’s last sermons, at the age of 78, was given at the stand in the late 1930’s. It is said Rev. Burkhead rode up on his horse dressed in full circuit rider attire. There were three thousand people waiting anxiously to hear his sermon, with the men in one amen corner, and the women in another. I envision him walking to the front, and the congregation singing old hymns. As his sermon began, I can hear the amen corners begin shoutin’, what

a day that had to be! Rev. Burkhead’s ministry ended in 1938, and he passed away in 1944. Not long ago, I walked around the John Wesley stand and the small frame church that stands there today. When I closed my eyes, I could hear the echoes of the past, singin’, shoutin’, and old time preaching. I reminded myself of how important this holy ground is to all of us. I have only highlighted a small portion of the history on the John Wesley stand in this article; you can get more information through the Randolph Room at the Randolph County Public Library, including several family names associated with the stand. The property is now privately owned, but I would like to see us preserve and restore this wonderful, historic area. My hope is some day Randolph County creates a guided “history trail��� that we can pass on to the next generation. A special thank you to the Randolph Room Historical Photograph Collection for allowing reprint of the photos from their website for the article. 

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citizen JOURNALISM

Be the Change

By Gina Randlett

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he other day at our daughter's doctor's appointment, I found myself chatting with a lady in the waiting room. She was quite talkative and told me she had relocated from New York and lived in Asheboro, too. She went on about how much she hated Asheboro, and how horrible people were to her here. She told me how much her husband's family and friends hated her and every person she tried to befriend had stabbed her in the back. She absolutely HATED it here! I was so sad for her, I love where I live and I couldn't imagine ANYONE being that unhappy in a place as wonderful as Asheboro! Later that day, I pondered my interaction with her. Not once in twenty minutes did she have one positive thing to say, about anything!!! The negativity flowed from her mouth like a fountain of troubled water. I thought for her, New York might have been the best state in the world but North Carolina couldn't be that terrible. I thought to myself, if I visited New York, I was sure I could come up with plenty of criticisms. Well to think about it, anyone could come up with complaints about anything if they tried hard enough, but why pick out the negative factors when there is so much beauty around us? I realized it was her outlook that was causing all her woes! Maybe the reason she hated everything and everyone so much was because she didn't know how to find the joy in life! Maybe, if she could stop complaining for a moment, and open herself up to the beauty around her, she would find something to be happy about. A wise man by the name of Mahatma Ghandi once said. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” If you feel that everything is set up against you and everyone is always down on you then change it! If you sit a plant in the sun it will grow! Be the sun for a little while. A smile is contagious! Gandhi also said. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” If someone

has it out for you and knows they are affecting your mood, then you are giving them power! Don't give someone else power over your emotions! “Sticks and stone will break my bones but words will never hurt me!” Yes, words hurt. Of course they hurt! But, we are the ones who can allow them to hurt us. So let them call you names or turn their backs on you. It happens, but it only stops you from succeeding if you let it. My daughter's favorite book by Dr. Seuss is, Oh the Places You'll Go. My favorite part says this. “Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don't. Because, sometimes, you won't. “It tells them that they will move mountains but sometimes they won’t but it's okay because as long as you know how to get up and dust yourself off, you will go far! In conclusion. If you are tired of the way people are treating you then change the way you are treating them. Kill them with kindness, smile and be the change! May love shine on you, through you and in everything you do! 

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heryl Freeman doesn’t consider herself a lucky person. She doesn’t play the lottery or gamble in Las Vegas, understanding the odds are not favorable. Sometime last fall, she received an email from Dental Product Shopper, a magazine that reviews dental products for the industry, published by Integrated Media. She doesn’t remember filling out the contest form and returning it, but in January she received a call from David Branch, President of Integrated Media, who left a message that she had won something and to please call him back. At first, she thought it might be a scam. Phone solicitors have become more creative about getting you to provide information that they can use to steal your identity, but she wanted to hear what he had to say, so she returned the call. That was probably the best phone call she ever made. David informed her that she had won the Grand Prize in their Remodel, Relearn and Relax Sweepstakes. Cheryl was given three options for her grand prize: 1) Relearn - $15,000 to use toward continuing education classes, 2) Relax - $15,000 in travel vouchers; or 3) Remodel $290,000 in brand new equipment and supplies for use in the practice. The obvious choice was the equipment, but she did consult her accountant prior to accepting because of the tax implications. She also asked for the name of the previous year’s winner, so she could chat with him and verify that this was legitimate. After a lengthy conversation with

him, she graciously accepted the award. The new equipment will enhance her practice and allow her patients to reap the benefits of the contest for years to come. In February, Cheryl & Bryan Freeman traveled with two of their staff members to Chicago, to attend the Mid-Winter Dental Meeting and where they accepted the Grand Prize from David in person. This contest represents probably the largest giveaway in the dental industry in the country each year. Over the next nine months, a brand new CEREC machine will be installed which will allow to scan and make crowns right at her office, usually the same day they are measured. The machine is valued at $125k and was on Cheryl’s wish list for several years down the road. She will also be getting a Promax Digital Panoramic x-ray machine, soft tissue laser, and an intra-oral digital x-ray machine, as well as a one year supply of products for the dental practice to go along with each machine. Fortunately, with the new building that the Freemans built in 2008 for the Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, they do not need to do any additional construction to accommodate the new equipment, and after everything is installed, they will be years ahead of their long term plan for patient care and treatment. Congratulations to Cheryl, Bryan and the entire staff at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence. 

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zoo ZEAL

By Tom Gillespie, N.C. Zoo staff

White Gators Coming to Zoo's New 'Swamp Ghosts' Exhibit

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creature surrounded by the mists of Creole legend and Voodoo lore will be the featured attraction in a new exhibit coming to the North Carolina Zoo this spring. White alligators, natural anomalies that have fascinated scientists and the zoo-going public for years, will be taking up temporary residence in the N.C. Zoo’s African Pavilion from April through October 2011. Swamp Ghosts: Legends of Fortune and Good Luck is the theme for the exhibit that will focus on creatures and symbols that are believed to bring blessings. Legend says that if you see a white gator good luck will come your way. From dragons to monkeys to four-leaf clovers, new graphics

and displays throughout the 53,000-square-foot Pavilion will examine the myths and folklore surrounding these so-called “good luck charms.” The former Dwarf Crocodile exhibit in the center of the Pavilion will become the new home to a pair of sevenfoot white alligators temporarily on loan from Florida’s St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The first known white gators were not discovered until the 1980s in the swamps of Louisiana. Today only about 100 albino gators are known to exist in the U.S., most in the hands of private breeders. Since ancient times, humans have been fascinated with albino animals—those with a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. More properly called albinism, this genetic abnormality is caused by the absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin—one of nature’s coloring agent. The odds of a human being born with the characteristics of albinism are about one in 20,000. The odds of albinism in a

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wild animal are even higher. One reason for the discrepancy is that few albinos born in the wild survive long enough to breed. Predators can more easily spot them. Albinism has been found among life forms ranging from reptiles, fish and amphibians, to sea mammals like dolphins and whales and land mammals such as deer and bison. Albino birds, insects and even plants also occur in nature. Survival in the wild often means spying a predator first and making a quick escape. But that can be tough for albino animals, which lack protective camouflage. The lack of pigmentation can also lead to abnormal development of the eyes and poor vision. But the tables can also be turned. If the albino is a predator, prey can more easily see it coming and evade being captured. This can result in less food, malnutrition and, sometimes, starvation. Because albinos are often rejected by others of its species, it can be much less likely to find a mate and have offspring. Even something as simple as basking in the sun can be hazardous for albino animals. Since albino animals can't produce enough melanin, the substance that protects the skin from the sun’s rays, they're susceptible to severe sunburn and even cancer. But not all white animals are albinos. Leucism, a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation, also creates a white appearance. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin. Albinos typically have red eyes, due to the underlying blood vessels showing

through; whereas, leucistic animals have normally colored eyes or blue eyes. In addition to the gators, the exhibit will also have a series of graphic stations scattered throughout the Pavilion. These stations will examine legends that tout the luck of the Irish shamrock, the happy karma of some monkeys and the prosperity associated with good-luck bamboos and fortunebreathing dragons. The gators coming to the N.C. Zoo are true albinos and are expected to attract thousands of additional curious visitors. So make sure to include a zoo visit on your spring itinerary. 

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wine THE CELLAR

By Dave Johnson & Kimberly Houston

Pink for Pork

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his wine review was a challenge for me mostly because the wine I am reviewing, Casal Garcia is a Portuguese Rosé wine. The only thing I dislike more than whites are Rosés and, not far behind, White Zins. I think I would rather drink a wine cooler than a Rosé or White Zin. In this regard, I am very much a snob. However, I will remain open minded and, to the best of my ability, critique this bottle as fairly as I can. Interestingly, there are three ways to make a Rosé wine; skin contact, Saignée, and blending. Skin contact is used when rosé wine is the desired end result. Black-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically one to three days. The must (freshly pressed fruit juice) is pressed again, and the skins are discarded rather than left in contact throughout fermentation (as with red wine making). The skins contain much of the astringent tannin and other compounds, thereby leaving the structure more similar to a white wine. The longer the skins are left in contact with the grape juice, the more vibrant the color of the final wine. Saignée is when rosé wine is produced as a by-product of bleeding the vats during red wine fermentation. When a winemaker desires to add more tannin and color to a red wine, he removes the pink juice from the must early in the process. The pink juice that is removed can be fermented separately to produce rosé. Blending is exactly what it sounds likecombining a red wine and a white to get rosé. 42    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011

This is the least common method and frowned upon by most wine makers. Before writing this article, I thought this was the only way rosé so if nothing else, I learned something new. Casal Garcia Rosé Wine hails from the Vinho Verde (Green Wine) region of Portugal. The region is named such because the wines it produces are meant to be drunk at an early age. It is the largest wine growing region in Portugal and also one of the most challenging areas to grow grapes. Unlike many Portuguese wine regions, Vinho Verde is not protected by northern or western mountain ranges. OK, now that you know everything you need to about rosé wines and the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, you are probably wondering how it tastes and what too serve with it. I found it this wine to be surprisingly tasty. I’m not going to lie, it did not convert me into a rosé fan. It was nice, light and refreshing and went great with the sharp cheddar cheese spread I was eating crackers with. It is slightly effervescent but not enough so to be considered a sparkling wine. I tasted hints of strawberries and citrus and it went down nice and easy. Although I probably wouldn’t have picked this wine myself, I wouldn’t say “no” to drinking it with friends on a late spring, early summer evening. By the time the bottle was finished, I concluded that this rosé was in a league of its own and puts most other rosés I have experienced to shame. I liked it enough to provide you with a second opinion from a person who loves rosé wines. What follows is written by Kimberly Houston from Wilmington, North Carolina. She has relatives that live in Sophia and writes an excellent blog titled Wine and Walnuts (wineandwalnuts.com/wordpress)…A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South. So, without further ado, I give you Kimberly. I recently wrote about the white version of this wine, and how excellent it is for summer time drinking. I’ve just had the Rosé, and I can say (emphatically), it is just as perfect for that job. Remember, this wine is light, spritzy and fresh, with low alcohol, so it really is ideal for hot summer weather, outdoor parties, BBQ’s, boat trips, drunken brawls in the front yard, and all manner of summer time fun. It is non-serious and not expensive, just what you want to be drinking when you’re by the pool or outside at a friend’s house, waiting for your hot dog to come off the grill. (Good shorthand to remember, pink with pork, pink with pork, pink with pork . . . ) The Rosé version is very fruity, with strawberry and raspberry notes, and nice acidity. Now, as a responsible citizen, I feel like it’s my duty to warn you that this wine is very easy to drink lots and lots of before you know how that happened, because of its low alcohol content, effervescence and freshness.


If you’re like me (and I hope you are, otherwise I may have a bad problem), you’ll be hanging out with your friends drinking this wine, and by the end of the night, notice you’ve killed 4 bottles between the three of you. And where did it go? Because it won’t feel like you’ve had that much to drink. Trust me on this one. ; ) Another helpful pointer: this wine, like the white version, is best drunk when very chilled – it’s just not nearly as nice without a serious chill on it. In addition to non-serious pork “dishes” like hot dogs, this wine would be ideal with salads, seafood, and what I’m having with it tonight: leftover chicken, tomato and pesto pizza. : ) It’ll only set you back $9.99 locally, at Lumina. 

F all-Apart Tender SlowRoast Pork Ingredients: • 1 pork butt roast (about 4 pounds) • 1/4 to 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce • 3/4 cup light brown sugar • 1 cup apple juice • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation: 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the rack slightly below the center of the oven. 2. Place the pork in a casserole that is just large enough to hold it and has a lid. Sprinkle the roast on all sides with Worcestershire sauce. Then press brown sugar coating on all sides of the pork. Pour the apple juice down the side of the casserole to the bottom, being sure not to drizzle it on the crusted meat. Cover tightly. 3. Place the roast in the oven and immediately turn the heat down to 200°F (95°C). Roast without opening the oven door for about 5 hours, until the meat is so tender that it pulls apart easily. If the meat does not pull apart easily, cover, and return to the oven and roast 30 minutes more. Check again, roast 30 minutes more as needed. 4. Pull the meat apart and remove the bone. Stir the salt into the juices at the bottom of the pan. Serve meat in its delicious juice hot or at room temperature. Note: This can easily be done in a slow cooker. Set it on high for 30 minutes, then turn down the heat to low, and let it cook for most of the day or even overnight.

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food

RESTAURANT REVIEW

By Dave Johnson

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n the 80’s, I lived in San Antonio, Texas and one of my favorite places to eat was an authentic Mexican restaurant called Taco Cabana. They served the best Mexican food in all of Southern Texas, and they were open twenty-four hours a day. Five years ago, I took the family to San Antonio for vacation. I ranted and raved about Taco Cabana to Sherry and the kids for hours. On our second day there, we stopped at the first Taco Cabana we saw. The first thing I noticed was the menu had changed. I ordered chicken fajitas with guacamole and I was pleased to see the condiment bar was still part of the experience. I helped myself to some freshly made pico de gallo, some jalapenos and sat down to enjoy. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I took two bites, threw the rest in the garbage and left broken hearted. Five years have passed and I had all but forgotten about the wonderful, mouthwateringly delicious Mexican food of my youth. That is, until we gave El Mil Tacos Tacqueria a try, located in the Shoppes on Dixie. El Mil Tacos is right next door to Bistro 42, and as we were walking by one day, the door opened and I got a nose-full of a pleasing aroma. In fact, the first thing that popped into my head was Taco Cabana, old-school style. I stopped Sherry in her tracks, similar to the way you might put your arm out if you come to an unexpected halt while driving. All she could say is “What”? “Let’s eat here”, I said gleefully. Sherry agreed somewhat reluctantly, but we went in and sat down. Our waitress, Trinidad,

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came over and delivered the menus – all in Spanish. To me, that’s a good sign because if the Spanish population eats there, it must be good! I ordered Tacos Asada (steak tacos) and Sherry ordered Tacos Pollo. The menu is simple and you can have tacos, quesadillas or tortas (Mexican sandwichs) with your choice of meat, chicken, shrimp or vegetables. I love cilantro so I ordered extra, and although it wasn’t on the menu, asked if I could have pico de gallo. Trinidad had a wide selection of soda available for consumption, so I chose Fanta Orange and Sherry ordered a Coke. We enjoyed music from the Spanish equivalent of MTV on the TV mounted in the corner, and patiently waited for our lunch, while our mouths were watering from the delicious aroma coming from the kitchen. The seating is limited, but a lot of people order take out and head back to their office – we saw a busy crowd come and go while we were waiting. Trinidad brought out our lunch and all I can say is WOW!!! The tacos were on soft fresh corn tortillas, loaded with meat, fresh finely chopped onions and chopped cilantro. She had chopped and mixed up a batch of pico de gallo especially for me, and the sodas came in tall glass bottles that were ice cold. One bite and I was transported back to 1988 and the original Taco Cabana. All I can say is if you love authentic, fresh Mexican cuisine that is inexpensive, fast and delicious, you need to try El Mil Tacos!! Say hello to Trinidad and tell her Asheboro Magazine sent you when you order. 


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t’s a scene that is played out in many arenas all over the world. The crowd is wired – ready for some action. Look around and you will see fans sporting t-shirts and colored wigs advertising their team loyalties; waving hand painted signs and oversized foam fingers. You will hear loud whistles and air horns blown loudly in anticipation. The announcer paces across the playing field waiting. He gets the signal and switches on his mike, “Gentleman. Start your robots.” Robots? This was the scene at the opening ceremonies of the North Carolina Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) held last April at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Asheboro High School’s robotics team, the Kamikaze Comets, competed in their rookie debut against forty-four other teams from around the world. Billed as ‘the varsity sport for the mind,’ the competition is run by FRC. It is designed to “combine the excitement of competition with the rigor of science and technology.” (FRC website) The program is set up to provide students ‘real-world engineering’ experience. Students must work as a team to design and build their robot within a limited time frame and with limited resources. All while following strict regulatory guidelines. Teams seek out industry mentors to guide them through the challenge. Students also learn entrepreneurial skills including building a brand and corporate fundraising. FRC provides students with a true understanding of what it is like to be an engineer. The now veteran team has come a long way in the last year. Under the leadership of Eric Pledger, AHS technology teacher, the team has doubled in size. The student led group, set up as a corporation, is led by Kyle

Robbins, CEO, and Muhammad Sulamain, Vice-President in charge of programming. Though the team has doubled in size their numbers are still half the size of the average competing team. Therefore all the members have had to learn to all aspects of the business from programming and building to fundraising and delegating. A point of pride for the team is their diversity. Learning and respecting each other’s cultural and religious backgrounds has established a trust that allows them to work successfully as a team. On April 7 the Kamikaze Comets will take that teamwork to Raleigh to compete in the 2011 North Carolina Regionals. Months of hard work have led up to this intense three day event. Competing against veteran teams that have been around since the beginning of the competition twenty years ago, the Comets would appear to be an underdog. But just like their namesake, a true kamikaze comet, this small group will break away from the larger Blue Comet nation and aim for the sun. Back in September the team set a goal to gain a spot in the finals to be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Whatever the outcome Kamikaze Comets have shown true Comet pride throughout the season and will represent AHS well next week. Go Comets! 

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Gentlemen...Start Your Robots! by Sarah Beth Robbins The Kamikaze Comets would like to recognize their corporate sponsors and mentors for the 2011 build season. Thank you for your dedication to the future of our community and its youth. Corporate Sponsors • Time Warner Cable • JC Penney • Vesture Corporation • Energizer Team Mentors • Utility Technology Engineers • Phil Brown • Byron Owens

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eyes ASK THE EXPERT

by Neil Griffin

Dr. Neil Griffin, Corneal Disease, LASIK & Cataract Specialist, has provided medical and surgical care at Carolina Eye Associates, Southern Pines, NC, since 1994. Dr. Griffin recommends that you ask your local eye doctor about refractive surgical options

Advances in LASIK 2011

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p h th a l m o l o g i s ts from around the world have spent years researching and perfecting surgical techniques to eliminate dependency on glasses and contact lenses. The concept of corneal refractive surgery is to change the shape of the cornea so that images seen will be focused on the retina. There are two main types of laser refractive surgery available in the US: Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) and Laser Assisted InSitu Keratomileusis (LASIK). In PRK the surface of the cornea is treated with the laser. The surface cells then heal over the treated cornea, usually in 3-5 days. While PRK results in more post-operative discomfort and slower visual recovery, it may be the best refractive surgery option for many patients. Dr. Neil Griffin, corneal disease, LASIK & cataract specialist states, “LASIK was developed to give faster results with less discomfort. Here, a thin flap of corneal tissue is created, gently lifted and excimer laser treatment is applied to the cornea below. The flap is placed back over the treated cornea. Originally, a blade was used to make this flap but the femtosecond laser has almost entirely replaced the older blade method. Both surgical options, PRK and LASIK, have their advantages and disadvantages. The surgeon determines the most appropriate procedure for each patient during the pre-operative evaluation based on the glasses prescription, corneal tissue thickness and other factors”. Lasik has been available in the US for over 10 years. During that time technology and experience have improved vision outcomes and the safety of the procedure. Third generation lasers now provide customized treatments to reshape the cornea.

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The incidence of glare and halos is now much lower with custom treatments, giving a higher quality of vision to LASIK patients. While glasses are the safest method to correct vision, for many individuals glasses are a significant inconvenience and may limit activities. All surgical procedures have risks including refractive surgery. Contact lens wear can also have significant risks. “The preoperative examination is critical to evaluate individual risk. The degree of the refractive error, the eye exam and general medical health are important factors. Recent technological advances in corneal imaging allow us to detect subtle findings that might increase risk for LASIK.” The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery announced, worldwide, an average 95.4 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with their new vision, according to the first review of the world body of scientific literature. 


news COMMUNITY NEWS Art May-ham

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he quirky, downtown, part BBQ and part art event known as “Art May-Ham” will return for its second year on Saturday, May 7. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Bicentennial Park (135 Sunset Avenue) in downtown Asheboro, and is hosted by the Randolph Arts Guild, Habitat for Humanity and Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services. The Randolph Arts Guild expects around 20 artists and designers to have booths featuring products including jewelry, stained glass, pottery and metal art. Art booths will in the parking lot near the grass field and stage in the park. The BBQ festival is expected to draw 10-15 BBQ cookers who will compete for cash prizes ranging from $250-$1,000. Guests can purchase BBQ pork in the form of sandwiches, by the pound or per ham/shoulder (if pre-ordered). All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Cookers can call 336669-5481 or the Habitat office at 336-625-1429

if they’re interested in participating. Habitat will also be selling grilled marinated chicken; get two sandwiches (either BBQ or chicken) and two drinks for $10. Ticket stubs will entered into a drawing for a 32" LCD TV from Aaron's Sales & Leasing, a recliner from Klaussner Furniture and other prizes. Habitat will also host a bicycle ride they’re calling “Rolling de Pig.” It will start at 8 a.m. at City Hall on Church Street on Asheboro. There will be 20, 30 and 50 mile rides. Helmets are required. Refreshments will be available at each rest stop, and shower facilities are available at Memorial Park (please bring your own soap and towels). Contact John Clawson at 336-953-2004 or Habitat for Humanity at 336-625-1429 for more information on the ride. In addition, there will be a children’s play area and live bands will perform on the stage at the park. For information on the event, call 336-626-1240 or visit www.asheboroparksandrecreation.com. 

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Play Outdoors Promotes Development in Children

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can still hear the dinner bell ringing for me to come in from outside. I used that bell when my children were young and I hope they will use it too. That bell has become synonymous with outdoor play, nature exploration, getting dirty, discovery, and connecting to the world around me; fond memories I hold deeply in my heart. I wish every family had a dinner bell, but I am not sure many do. Today’s youth are alarmingly disconnected from the natural world around them. Our state and nation faces unprecedented challenges to our children’s well-being. Their physical and emotional health, their education, their social skills, and compassion for their surroundings are being threatened by an overabundance of virtual experiences and programmed activity. Today’s generation of parents struggle with fears related to the outdoors, germs, bug bites, too much sun, too much cold, unsafe play spaces, and ‘stranger danger’. These fears can become overwhelming and inhibit the healthy development that comes from real experiences outdoors. A growing body of research has abundant data to support the importance of getting children outside and active in nature, especially in unstructured play environments. Backyards, city parks, and state parks provide incredible experiences to discover the world. Stakeholders in North Carolina have come together to address this issue: NCCAN! the North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition. Check out our website for current research, events, and tips for parents, teachers and health professionals. Get involved- our future depends on it! Join us on April 9 as we kick off a month of events in our state. Let’s G.O. (Get Outside) is a national youth led initiative of the Children and Nature Network, calling us all to get outside. In North Carolina we have been designated as one of five “Signature Events” and the 48    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011

month kicks off with a Rally and March at the NC Zoo. Join us for speakers, costumed characters, an animal encounter, kick off Zoo Trek our new hiking program at the Zoo, and be part of the reading of our new Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. There will be lots of fun, discounts to the Zoo and prizes. Join us for this historical event as we come together with one voice to show that In North Carolina we take pride in the beauty our state has to offer and we value our natural environment. More importantly, together we send the messagefor our children’s sake for our communities’ sake, Let’s Get Outside NC!!! Now- does anyone need a dinner bell? P.S. Share your memories of outdoor play and make a commitment to get outdoors and bring someone with you. Go to the NCCAN! website www.ncchildrenandnature.org tell us your ‘outdoor story’ or find us on Facebook and upload pictures of your children enjoying the outdoors! 


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Randolph Hospital Hosts 5th Annual Juried Ar t Show to Suppor t Local High School St udents

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re you a high school student with artistic talents? Are you looking to earn scholarship money by showcasing your original artwork? If so, listen up! Randolph Hospital is excited to be hosting the 5th Annual Juried Art Show for local high school students. All private, public and home-schooling institutions in Randolph County are welcome to participate. Registration and artwork must be submitted by Monday, April 18th, 2011. The awards ceremony will be held Thursday, May 5th 2011 in the Outpatient Center at Randolph Hospital from 5:30-7pm. The art show will present opportunities for high school students to win scholarship money for further educational endeavors. This year, the Best of Show- Overall winner will receive $500. The other areas which include; Best of painting, Best of drawing, Best of mixed media, Best of photography, Best of printmaking and Best of sculpture, will also win $125 each. Therefore, one participant has the opportunity to win as much as $625. Randolph Hospital plans to award $1,250 in total scholarship money.

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Judging will take place the last week in April, the 25th through 29th. The judges have been selected and represent different areas of the artistic community in Randolph County. The judges will base their decisions on originality and creativity, basic design, technical skill, technique and overall execution of the theme, Healthy Impressions. In order for pieces to be judged, there must be three pieces of work in each category. Randolph Hospital welcomes all high schools to participate. In years past, there has been turnout from Asheboro High School, Randleman High School, and Southwest Randolph High School. In addition to public schools, Randolph Hospital encourages students from private and home-schooling facilities to participate as well. Randolph Hospital looks forward to viewing the artwork submitted for this years’ art show. For more information about Randolph Hospital’s 5th Annual Juried Art Show or to obtain a registration form, please contact Leigh Anna Johnson at 336.633.7709. 

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he Asheboro Downtown Farmers’ Market is preparing for another season of home-grown and homemade products from Randolph, Alamance, Chatham, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Richmond and Stanley counties. Products allowed for sale at the market include plants, vegetables, meat/ poultry, baked goods and unfortified wine. The market will be open on Saturday, April 16 and Saturday, April 23 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for special pre-season days. The market will officially open on April 30 and will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the market season closes on October 29. Special event days this year will include

Strawberry Day on May 14 and Peach Day on July 9. This year Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services hopes to use Facebook to keep visitors updated on items that vendors will have at the market from week to week. Those without a Facebook account can view the updates on the department’s Web site at www.asheboroparksandrecreation.com. The Asheboro Downtown Farmers’ Market is located at 134 South Church Street. From US 220, exit onto Sunset Avenue. Continue east on Sunset until you reach Church Street. Turn right onto South Church Street. The market will be on your right. For more information about the market, call 336-6261240. 

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health ASK THE EXPERT

by Joy Tucker and Mary Hardister Joy Tucker and Mary Hardister are Wellness Coaches with Legacy Wellness and Weight Management. Legacy Wellness & Weight Management located in Asheboro, N.C. is so much more than merely a weight loss facility. We strive to help people achieve “optimal health” so they may enjoy the best quality of life today and in the future. We want to focus on disease prevention and management, not just weight loss.

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nothing more than a guessing game. A guessing game using outdated formulas that merely estimate your metabolic rate based on an average population. Can you imagine if you had a fever and your doctor merely put his hand on your forehead or estimated your heart rate by just looking at some chart? Who would ever settle for an estimate when an actual measurement is possible? Now you can get an actual measurement based on oxygen consumption making all the old formulas obsolete. Exact metabolic measurement to pinpoint an individual’s caloric expenditure is what we do at Legacy Wellness & Weight Management. Your long-term success depends on us knowing how to accurately assess your needs, and you achieving your goals means everything to us. 


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oday’s parents have more than just our neighbors to rely on; we also have the World Wide Web. Below is a list of our favorite web sites to visit for advice, for fun projects, and for a laugh.

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8. Sprout/Nick Jr./PBS Kids – sproutonline.com, nickjr.com,

and pbskids.com: Ideas for crafts, to coloring pages; snack 1. Black Bath Water – thellamasdrama.blogspot.com: This ideas, to online games, you will find it all at any of these site is honest and shares humor in everything that stay at sites. home parents have to deal with. 9. MeetUp – meetup.com: This site isn’t for just parents, but 2. Baby Center – babycenter.com: Sign up for weekly e-mails helped me find new parent friends in new areas. It made and updates on what is happening during pregnancy that those transitions that much easier for me, and I share this week and what to expect after the birth. If you’re newly site with anyone that asks me, “How do I meet people?” pregnant or expecting number five, check it out! 10. Mom Tried It – momtriedit.net: This site has great ideas for 3. Mamapedia – mamapedia.com: A great place where moms crafts and family foods with step by step photo instructions meet and share experiences about being a mom. Hear it and also photos of how they turned out (good or bad).  from the real experts—moms! 4. Momicillin – momicillin.com: Momicillin is an entertaining take on being a mom and all that comes with that job title. 5.

Mommy Tracked – mommytracked.com: It focuses more on moms that work outside of the home, but stay at home moms can appreciate the well organized stories, and cartoons and animations, too.

6. Muffintop Mommy – muffintopmommy.com: This blog is very real, and the stories are hilarious and touching. Besides, the art is adorable. 7. Dooce – dooce.com: a well written blog by an earthy mother who posts amusing photos. She has partnered with HGTV

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Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival Brings Popular Musicians, Entertainers

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oe Diffie. Cherryholmes. Little Roy and Lizzy. Those are just three names that avid bluegrass fans recognize as top musicians and entertainers. They will be performing during the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival. The event will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 5, 6 and 7 at the Denton FarmPark, home to the Southeast Old Threshers Reunion. Lawson has held his festival at the FarmPark for the past 31 years and is looking forward to hearing audience response to his new CD which was released in late March. “I wanted something that sounded fresh,” he explained. So the CD contains some original songs as well as a few familiar tunes. The bluegrass festival includes a strong lineup, starting at noon on Thursday, May 5, with Donna Hughes, Josh Williams Band, Mashville Brigade, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. A special 90-minute performance rounds out the evening with Dailey and Vincent going on stage at 9 p.m. On Friday, May 6, the shows start at noon with Darrin & Brooke Aldridge, Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers, the Cherryholmes Family Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Goldwing Express. Little Roy and Lizzy kick off the Saturday show at noon,

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BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL By Greta Lint

followed by Sierra Hull, New Found Road, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Gibson Brothers, and Joe Diffie and New Found Road. This will be the final North Carolina appearance of the Cherryholmes Family Band, a group which has risen throughout the decade to end its career as a group with a Grammy nomination earlier this year. Fans have watched the children grow up and now they’re leaving to forge their own lives. “I love playing in Denton because the fans are very musically in tune with bluegrass music,” added Lawson. Adult admission at the gate is $35 for one day, $65 for two days and $85 for all shows for the three day festival. Tickets purchased before April 22 are $30 for one day, $60 for two days and $75 for three. Admission is free for children under 15 years of age and half price for teens age 15-17 when accompanied by a parent. Camping is available. The Denton FarmPark is located 17 miles south of Lexington off NC Hwy. 109 and 17 miles southwest of Asheboro off NC Hwy. 49. For more information and advance tickets, call 800-4582577. 

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by Donna Elledge

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All Suped Up with Nowhere to Go

ince April, 1977, suped up, shiny super-stocked cars have lined up around most of the oval race track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Spring Auto Fair. Some cars are for show, but most are there for sale. No kicking the tires necessary - their hoods are up and engines revving. This event covers four days, Thursday – Sunday each spring with over 1,600 vehicles for sale around the track and in the infield. It’s a 150 acre event with more than 10,000 vendor spaces – a collector’s paradise!! Not only are there newly restored cars for sale, but parts for those working on their hot rods at home. The inside field vendors carry the hard to find parts and restoration bargains. This takes patience, but more than likely that particular piece needed to finish your “baby” will be there. Charlie Lunsford doesn’t come to the auto fair looking for parts; he comes in search of students. He teaches a restoration class at Stanly Community College in Albemarle, NC. Normally he has 12 students four days a week working on their class project. This auto

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fair he brought to show a 1954 Buick Bel Aire Chevy, completely restored by the class. He says they also restore Chevy Camaros and travel with various clubs in the area. Jeff Varga comes to show off his restored GTO and talk to people. He’s a professional handyman with a home improvement business and attends the auto shows on the weekends. He said last year he lost around 10 pounds at the show because he stayed around his car talking to people. Barry Kirkman from High Point has been attending the event for over 15 years. He had just come from an auto fair in Myrtle Beach prior to setting up at the Charlotte Auto Fair. He’s an inside restoration guy for hot rods and muscle cars. Now if you are into decorating your home as well as your hot rod, there's PAST GAS antiques, owned by Walt & Terry Kostrezewa, from Cocoa, Florida. They travel to all the auto fairs up and down the East Coast with their displays of gas tanks and signs from the past. If you missed this Spring event, they hold another one August 25-28, 2011. 


Certified Wildlife Habitat:

Help the environment by creating a beautiful backyard

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reating a beautiful, maintainable yard can be a hassle. But there are ways you can create a backyard that is not only beautiful, but is eco-friendly and benefits your community and local wildlife. Turning your backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat from the National Wildlife Foundation is easy and can be done in five easy steps. • Provide food for your wildlife: This can be achieved by planting native plants, trees, and shrubs in your backyard. Because native plants are adapted for a particular region and area, they are well suited for the climate of your backyard and easy to maintain. When natural food sources are scarce, provide food in feeders. • Provide a water supply: If a natural supply, such as a lake, pond, or stream, is not available, the easiest way is to install a bird bath. To keep away unwanted bugs like mosquitoes, make sure to change the water regularly. • Provide shelter for wildlife: You can

use natural means to create shelter such as foliage, dead trees, and brush piles. If these cannot be used, a birdhouse can be provided. Shelter provides a safe place for wildlife to hide from predators and bad weather. • Provide a place for wildlife to raise their young: Shelters can double as a safe place for animals to raise their young. Flowers are perfect for butterflies, bird houses for birds, and ponds for fish and amphibians. This ensures that the wildlife returns every year. • Create a Green garden: Practice water and soil conservation through mulching, limiting water use, using rain water, or xeriscaping (landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental irrigation). Replace exotic, non-native plants with local plant life and reduce grass areas by planting native shrubs, trees, and other plants. Also, reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals and pesticides on your lawn by opting for organic means. After you have achieved all these steps, contact the National Wildlife Federation to find out how you can certify your backyard as a Wildlife Habitat. Creating a backyard habitat

citizen JOURNALISM By Kaitlyn Aman for wildlife not only provides a beautiful environment for your family, but benefits the wildlife in your area as well. For details on how to turn your backyard into a certified habitat and other information on how to reduce your impact on the environment at home or at work, visit the National Wildlife Foundation’s website at www.nwf.org. When you certify with your application fee of $20, you'll receive all these great benefits: • A personalized certificate that recognizes your NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat™. • A free NWF membership which includes a full year's subscription to the award-winning National Wildlife® magazine and •10% off all NWF catalog purchases. • A free subscription to the quarterly e-newsletter, Habitats, full of insightful tips and information on gardening and attracting wildlife year after year. • Your name listed in NWF's National registry of certified habitats...to recognize all you've done for wildlife. 

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by Cathy Hefferin

RCC Inner Strength Member Earns Spot in Pitt’s iSchool Summer Institute

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alachi Jones, a second-year Randolph Community College Business Administration student and a participant in RCC’s Inner Strength 3MP (minority male mentoring program), has been selected to participate in the University of Pittsburgh’s iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) this summer. Jones is one of only 20 students admitted each year to this nationally recognized, competitive program. According to the iSchool’s website, many academic disciplines are experiencing a shortage of faculty and students from underrepresented populations, and iSchools are taking steps to reverse that trend by creating professionals and academic leaders who can serve as role models for future generations. The i3 Program, scheduled for June 6-30, 2011, is a four-week residential summer institute funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is designed for undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities who have an interest in graduate school and the information sciences. Students are expected to be able to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion in their personal or professional lives. During the summer institute, students will be immersed in special topic workshops, learn about the information sciences field from guest speakers, and engage in team projects. In addition, students will receive practical 60    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011

advice on how to apply to graduate school, secure financial aid, and develop professional networks. Weekly cultural and recreational field trips will provide students with fun and informative experiences. After the four-week institute, the students will pursue a yearlong team project (using social networking or collaborative technology) under the guidance of a faculty mentor. To build on their year one experience and conclude the i3 Program, students will return to the University of Pittsburgh in the second year to present their team projects to iSchool faculty and industry professionals for feedback and help, as well as consult with mentors and representatives from various iSchools across the country. Jones was selected as part of a competitive application process that included written essays and letters of support from college staff and faculty. “Mr. Gaines and the Inner Strength program were a very big help in the application process,” said Jones. Arnold Gaines Jr. is RCC’s student retention specialist and coordinator for the Inner Strength program. Jones also acknowledged the assistance of Diane Howdeshell, RCC’s Writing Across The Curriculum specialist; Clark Adams, English instructor; Waymon Martin, program head/instructor for Business Administration and Entrepreneurship; and Lily Reed, an administrative assistant in the Student Success Center. Jones’ admission to the i3 Program makes him a participant in the first of four institutes that are scheduled through the year 2014. The program pays all expenses for the students. Jones is a graduate of Asheboro High School. In addition to his involvement with the Inner Strength program, he is active in RCC’s Student Government Association and has been named to both the Honors and the President’s Lists. After graduating from RCC, Jones plans to transfer to Wake Forest University, where his goal is to pursue a law degree. He is the son of Yvonne and Tucson Jones Sr. of Asheboro. 


Community Events April & May

April 20th – Face to Facebook, The Varsity Grill, E Dixie Drive, 7 pm - ??. Asheboro Magazine invites you to the first Face to Facebook party – come out and meet the fans and friends of Asheboro Magazine. Varsity will have drink specials, and created a new drink for the event – the Mark Zuckerburg. Karaoke will begin on the patio at 8:00 pm. April 21st – Bike Night at the Varsity – The Varsity, E Dixie Drive, 7 – 9 pm. This is an ongoing benefit the 3rd Thursday of each month to benefit the Bikers for Boobs Breast Cancer Mammography Fund. Joy and Fay will be there selling t-shirts. There will be food and drink specials. April 21st – Thrifty Thursday Movie, Sunset Theater, 6 pm & 8 pm. “Yogi Bear” - $5 includes admission, small popcorn May 7th – Art May-hem, Bicentennial Park, Downtown and a small drink Asheboro, 9 am – 4 pm. The quirky, downtown, part BBQ and part art event hosted by the Randolph Arts Guild, Habitat for April 21st – Twilight Easter Egg Hunt, Bicentennial Park, Humanity and Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services. 8pm. For grades 6-8 - event held rain or shine. The hunt will begin at approximately 8 p.m. There will be 3,000 eggs May 14th – 1st Annual Make-A-Wish Foundation Family hidden in the park. Bring a flashlight and try to find the prizeFun Festival, Bicentennial Park, 1 - 5:30 pm. Come enjoy food, winning eggs! For more information, call 626-1240. games, clowns, face painting, and a magician with special music provided by 5 Man Jesus and local favorite Southbound April 23rd – Easter Eggstravaganza, North Asheboro Park, 49. All proceeds from the day will go to granting the wishes 1939 Canoy Road, 10 am - 1 pm. There will be 9,000 eggs, of terminally ill children. face painting, a festival food cart, a street performer and inflatable spacewalks. There will be a GRAND PRIZE for May 15th – Summer Concert Series Kick Off, Bicentennial every age category (Ages 1-4 years: 11:30 am; Ages 5-7 Park, 7 – 8 pm. Great free, family-friendly event! Bring a years: 10:30 am; Ages 8-10 years: 12:30 pm). blanket or chair for seating. Enjoy the new dance floor! Enjoy the sounds of Black & Blue, a very versatile group that plays April 23rd – Eggstravaganza at the NC Zoo, 4401 Zoo Golden Oldies and Today’s Top 40 hits.  Parkway, 10 am – 3 pm. Event is free with Zoo admission. See zoo animals hunt for treats inside decorative eggs. April 23rd – Cruisin’ Asheboro, Sunset Avenue, Downtown Asheboro, 2 pm to 8 pm. They’re coming back again for 2011! Once again Downtown Asheboro will come alive with the roar of classic automobiles from all over the southeast. Sunset Avenue will again be turned into a one-way street (West to East) allowing the cars to cruise the block. Master of Ceremonies Benny Huff will be back to provide commentary and play-by-play with descriptions of the various cars and where they come from. Also, many of the downtown shops may be offering Cruise-In specials. Plan to come out and bring the whole family and all of your friends. For more information visit the Cruis’n the Streets Productions website at www. cruisnthestreets.com.   volume1  issue 9  asheboromagazine.com  61


By Crystal Light Faulkner, MrsHappyHomemaker.com

Easter...A Very Special time of Year

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aster is a very special time of year for most families, including mine. There are the wonderful church services, big & tasty dinners, egg hunts, Easter baskets, and so much more! I really look forward to it every year. My children love the egg hunts & Easter baskets, as most kids do. Every year, I make my own Easter baskets for them and they are actually cheaper than what you buy in the stores. Plus, the goodies inside of them can be customized based on what you want inside of them. I pick up baskets from our local thrift stores for about 50 cents, and fill them with candies, small stuffed animals, and homemade treats. You can find some great coupons this time of the year for all sorts of Easter candies. The dollar store also has some really great finds at unbeatable prices for filling them. I make Peanut Butter Chocolate Easter Eggs every year to put inside of ours. My kids (and husband!) just eat them up. They are quite simple to make too, and require very few ingredients if you would like to give them a whirl! You will need: 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter 1 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 cups confectioners’ sugar 4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips Beat the first 4 ingredients together. Using your hands, shape them into little eggs. Put a toothpick into each one & place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze for about an hour. Melt the chocolate chips, then dip the eggs into the chocolate to coat. Put them back on the cookie sheets, & decorate if you like. Then refrigerate until set. Easy, right? They are so good, and are sure to make all its recipients smile even more! Easter eggs hunts are another exciting thing that children love to do. Asheboro always has a huge one every year, and my kids always look forward to it. I also make a little one myself at our house every year using the little plastic eggs that you can find at Wal-Mart. I fill them with little treats like small candies & stickers, hide them all around the yard (or inside of the house on rainy days) - and let the kids go at it! Now, we can't forget about Easter dinner Or specifically, that Easter ham!! I make a Bourbon Brown Sugar Ham every year, and I must admit - it's divine! All you will need (other than the ham!) is: 3/4 cup to 1.5 cups of bourbon 1 tablespoon ground mustard 2 cups dark brown sugar. Your oven temperature will depend on what kind of ham you are buying (bone in/boneless) & the size of it, so follow the direction on the package for that. Place the ham fat side up on 62    ASHEBORO Magazine  April 2011

a roasting rack & lightly score the fat about 1 inch apart. Pour 3/4 cup of the bourbon on top of the ham & 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pan. Cover tightly with foil & bake the ham as directed. When the ham has about 40 minutes left of cooking time, mix the remaining bourbon, brown sugar, & ground mustard together into a paste - and slather it on top of the ham. Baste it with some of the juices from the bottom of the pan, & return it to the oven without the cover to bake the additional amount of time. Now, if the Bourbon Brown Sugar Ham doesn't spark your interest enough, I have one more hum-zinger recipe for a delicious ham. It is a little more spicy, smoky, & zesty - and is another winner in my book! 1 (20 oz) Can crushed pineapple or sliced pineapple with 1/2 the juice drained out 1 to 3 chipotle peppers (I use 2 and don't seed them). This adds a delicious smoky heat to this sweet and savory glaze 1 cup honey 1 tsp fresh grated ginger Follow the directions on your ham package as to oven temp and times. Place your ham, fat side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Put 1 C water in the bottom of the pan and then drizzle 1/2 C of the glaze over the ham. Cover tightly with foil or roasting pan lid and bake according to your package directions. When the ham has 1 hour left, put the rest of the glaze in a medium saucepan and bring to a slow simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from oven; uncover and pour the glaze over the ham. Put back in the oven and bake for the remaining 45 minutes. I hope that you thoroughly enjoy your Easter celebration & have a memorable day with your family! 


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Operation Red Sleigh, Inc. Presents the 10th Annual

10 Years and Still Climbing

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Pre-register March 31- June 1 you pay $30.00 June 2– July 23 you pay $35.00 Pre-registration ends July 9 (under 12 Free w/riding adult)

Mini-K registration (bicycle rodeo) begins at 9:30 ~ see website for additional details

336-859-9074

www.operationredsleigh.com • info@operationredsleigh.com


Asheboro Magazine, April, 2011, Issue 1, Volume 9