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Sherry B. Johnson Publisher

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IN THIS ISSUE | MAY 2011 6    LETTERS from the publisher 7    EDITORIAL dave 2.0 beta 14 COOL KID julia callicutt 17  COMMUNITY NEWS • randolph arts guild 29th annual juried art show • do you prefer "high" tea? low "tea"? iced? sweet" how about a musical tea? 18  NATURE’S NUANCES may flowers bring summer flowers 22    ASK THE EXPERT your money 24    ASK THE EXPERT your body 26  ASK THE EXPERT seniors 28  ASK THE EXPERT beauty 30    ASK THE EXPERT your vision 32    THINK LOCAL FIRST supporting the local small business owner 33  NEW BIZ from the inside out 34  "LET'S TALK" getting to know you 35  COMMUNITY NEWS living history-a visit to the denton farm park 36  FRIENDLY FACES 38  FEATURE STORY "meet me at mcgees"

40  ZOO ZEAL birds and plants bring beauty to our lives 42  THE CELLAR juicy and jammy 44  PLAY BALL • marquis riley, jr. • xavier macklin, jr. 46  FEATURE STORY at the cross roads in bristol: how whimiscal artist scott plaster got his lost work back 51  COMMUNITY NEWS artist les caison III included inturchin center for the visual arts' 2011 halpert biennial 52  DAILY DEVOTION a duck 53  COMMUNITY NEWS • local franchise owner receives an award. • free phone app locates strawberry farms across north carolina 54 FEATURE STORY a different kind of mustang 58  COMMUNITY CHARACTER leo layne 60  COMMUNITY EVENTS 62  MRS. HAPPY HOMEMAKER menu planning & budgeting



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Mike Grant grew up in the small historical community of Yadkin College located outside of Lexington, N.C. He later moved to Winston-Salem 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.

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.

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Dear Readers, I hope you like the new look of the magazine inside. Dave took the magazine and reworked it, really bringing the stories to life through pictures. This is our best magazine ever, and I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who submit articles, pictures, and who pick it up each month and read it. The feedback that you give us is priceless and we value your comments. This month, I want to tell you about one of my heroes – my husband, Dave. He is always there for me, always pushing me beyond my comfort zone and really helping me grow as a person, as a publisher, and as a mom! He does this tirelessly (he’s put up with me for 21 years) and with love. Dave is never satisfied with good – our magazine was good – everyone said so. But Dave felt, and I agree, that there is always better to strive for. If you stop reaching and stay in your comfort zone, you will never fully realize your true potential. Dave spends countless hours on the details of the magazine and works so hard to make sure that each issue is better than the last. He is incredibly talented and always knows just what something should look like, whether designing a page in the magazine, an ad for a client, or even a logo. He spends hours making sure it’s just right, and isn’t happy with it until the client is happy (and even then he usually finds ways to improve it). I hope you all get a chance to meet Dave. He is the best friend a girl could have, and I’m lucky enough to be married to him. We have some great articles this month for your reading pleasure. Mike Grant continues his series on the history of Randolph County with an article on Ordinaries, another name for taverns in the late 1700s. Artist Scott Plaster takes us on an emotional journey regarding the loss of his early work and how he got it back. Mrs. Happy Homemaker has us thinking about budgets, and what we can do to cut costs and save money by planning out menus for the week or the month. This is something Dave and I have often tried to do, but with her advice, we may be able to set a plan in motion and stick to it – because we go to the grocery store almost every day and that adds up! This month’s wine pick is Dave’s favorite new wine, and goes great with just about everything. Enjoy these and many other great articles this month in Asheboro Magazine. I’m sure I will see you out and about in May and June – there is so much going on and so many events to cover. We are so blessed to have such an active community and all the fun things for kids and adults that are offered right here in our own town. Please make sure to attend as many events as you can and support your local vendors, promoters, and charities. Happy Memorial Day! Thanks for reading,


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> Have you ever wished you were at the right place at the right time? The good news is, if you live and/or work in Asheboro you are. I was joking with a friend the other day and suggested that Asheboro be renamed Opportunityville. There are so many great things happening here, uncovering a tremendous amount of opportunity. We’ve lived here a year on Memorial Day weekend and the number of start-up businesses I have seen in that time is huge. Not a day passes that we don’t get a phone call from an entrepreneur inquiring about our advertising rates. And these aren’t your traditional brick and mortar businesses, although there are plenty of those starting up, too. Many of these are home-based businesses because people are starting to realize that office space isn’t necessary to create opportunity. Because these businesses have virtually no overhead, they are able to offer their goods and services at a lower cost than you might be accustomed to paying. And, because these entrepreneurs are passionate about what they are doing, the level of quality is very high. I am very fond of saying, “quality costs less.” The reality is, quality does cost less and not just because it comes in goods and services produced by small or micro businesses. And, I am not the only person that believes this. In fact, Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the father of Total Quality Management (TQM) and, arguably, the savior of Japan after World War II, was the first to take this idea mainstream. The Japanese listened, implemented his philosophies and became a global powerhouse. The US laughed at him and called his ideas ridiculous, that is until the late 80s and early 90s when we jumped on the bandwagon.

The United State’s ride on the bandwagon was short lived, though. All the tenets of TQM are counter to how Americans do business. For example, TQM suggests focusing on long-term strategies that produce long-term sustainable profits. As we all know, American business is all about quarterly returns. When you are hyper –focused on short-term gains, you tend to take shortcuts or, as we are now discovering, toss ethics out the window. This win at any cost approach to business negates the very premise that makes TQM work and thus, leaders and managers of American businesses went back to doing things their way. Actually, they never stopped doing things their way so TQM was never implemented with any real effort. Fast forward 20 years and entrepreneurs are starting to realize that the only way to beat their Goliath competitors is to put out a better product or service at a substantially lower price. These New Capitalism entrepreneurs realize that big-box stores can be beat, because regardless of their buying power, they still have a tremendous amount of overhead. And, if these big businesses can’t be beat on price, they can be beat on value and service. Asheboro seems to be a magnet for these New Capitalism entrepreneurs and they are coming to our fair city in droves. Or, perhaps they were already here and have realized that now is the time to seize the opportunities that have arisen from this recession. Not to mention that these opportunities far outnumber the jobs that are available and, usually, the rewards are greater, too. I envision a time in the not too distant future when large companies are going to have a difficult time filling key positions because of the shift people are making toward

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becoming entrepreneurs. In turn, this will create more opportunity for the small nimble entrepreneurial companies. Indeed, there are exciting times in front of us. Every day I find examples of superior quality products or services being offered by fellow Asheboroians. Recently, I was in dire need of someone to cut my lawn. It wasn’t that there weren’t plenty of people willing to do the job, just not in my price range. Thus my yard became overgrown and when I had all but given up, I was referred to J.W. Smith, owner of J’s Lawn Care by a friend and business associate, Julie Moore. I called him immediately and he came out on a Saturday in the pouring rain to give me an estimate. Since I had gotten estimates from three or four other companies, I was expecting a price that was going to make buying a herd of goats more cost effective. To my surprise his rates were very reasonable and far less than I had been quoted previously. You may be thinking, like most people do, you get what you pay for. Well, if you still believe that myth after all the detail I went into above, you may want to stop reading here. You see, J.W. is a New Capitalism entrepreneur. He believes in doing an outstanding job for a fair price.

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He understands that “Givers Gain” and if you give enough people what they want in life, your wants and needs will be met also. I liked him immediately because we share similar philosophies about business and I hired him on the spot. He explained that he was solidly booked, but would get to us as quickly as he could. About a week after I hired him, he returned to cut the lawn as he said he would. The grass was very high before he left and had grown quite a bit in the week before he could return. If he had suggested I pay more because there was more grass to cut, I would have probably agreed. Instead, he went about cutting the lawn and trimming the weeds as if it was his own lawn. He was very meticulous and when he was done, I was thrilled. It was the best I had seen the lawn look since I moved in and way better than I expected. After he loaded his equipment, we talked for a while and it became apparent that he was not satisfied. He apologized that it wasn’t up to his standards. He said that because the grass was so high he wasn’t able to do the job he normally does. I assured him that I thought it was perfect and I even paid him more than the price we agreed upon because it took him several hours (it was a big lawn and again,

hadn’t been cut since last year). I told him we were in the process of moving and I wanted to hire him to cut my new lawn, as well. He said he would give me an opportunity to get moved in and then call to schedule a time to come out and mow the new lawn. As moving goes, our lives became rather hectic and I had forgotten about our conversation. Then one evening as I was putting some final touches on a new Facebook page, the phone rang; it was J.W. He told me he would be out to mow the new lawn in a couple of days and like clockwork, he showed up just when he said he would. My second experience was as good as the first and my yard is simply beautiful. J.W. is just one example of the extremely talented entrepreneurs that we have in Asheboro. He is out there every day blazing his own trail and making things happen for him and his family. He takes a great deal of pride in his work and under-promises and over-delivers. He is a consummate New Capitalism entrepreneur who is capitalizing on the abundance of opportunity that is available here in Asheboro. Kudos to him and all the other entrepreneurs that are turning Asheboro into Opportunityville.

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Back in 1999, Scott started the business with just three employees in the 15,000 sq. ft. facility. After years of hard work and dedication, Scott has seen his vision grow. Currently, Nautilus is operated by a highly trained and knowledgeable 12 member staff, including instructors for various classes and workshops. The oldest member of Nautilus Family Fitness Center is 90 years young, and the youngest member is 13, which is the minimum age allowed to work out. The gym has a very welcoming atmosphere and the staff is super friendly. The atmosphere at Nautilus is inviting, welcoming everyone no matter their fitness level, to come and workout. This environment also creates quite a social scene for its members as well. Many of the young mothers who work out at Nautilus have forged great friendships, which extend beyond their daily fitness regimens. Scott has created such a comfortable atmosphere that people who have never set foot in a gym before can walk in and feel totally at home and welcome. Membership levels are based on the individual needs of each member; however, for anyone joining at a three month minimum, their membership also includes two sessions with a personal trainer. During this time, the trainer will customize a fitness plan based on your goals, current fitness level, and specific needs. Personal training is also available from four instructors at a per session cost. With a personal trainer, you get a one on one session completely focused on you and your goals. When opening the gym, he thought of everything. There is a women’s only workout room that has all the same equipment as the main gym floor. This gives them a level of comfort they might not experience out in the main gym. They have full service locker room  

facilities for their members, so if you want to work out or go for a run at lunch, you can come back and freshen up before going back to work. Nautilus has become quite a popular place for fitness and sports enthusiasts. During the season, the Asheboro Copperheads work out at Nautilus in the mornings before practice when they are in town. You need to get up pretty early in the morning to catch them there. When the Rugged Maniac crew came to town recently for the event at Zoo City Motor Sports, they worked out every day at the gym in the week before the event. A group from Nautilus formed a 10 person team to train for and compete in the event. Although the day was cold and rainy, there were 2,500 competitors from all over the country. With participants, spectators and promoters in town for the event, this is a huge boon for Asheboro to tap into in the future. From the success of this year’s event, they will most likely be back next year and it will be bigger and better than ever!! Coming May 16th, Yung Chi will be offering an outside boot camp in the parking lot of Nautilus. Members and non-members are encouraged to participate in this six week program, with two one hour sessions per week. There is limited availability for this class, so register early! The fee for members is $30 and for non-members its $50 – that’s 12 one hour sessions for less than the cost of lunch! You can’t beat that. More programs like this one will be offered in the future, based on the popularity. All of the regularly scheduled fitness classes are included in the regular monthly membership, with schedules available upon request. Nautilus offers fitness classes to fit most any need such as: Pi-Yoga (a Pilates/Yoga combination), Spin, Kettle Bell, Glide, Interval Training, volume 1 | issue 10 | | 11 


Step Aerobic, Abs & Glutes, Total Body Conditioning, Cycle Boot Camp, and Yoga. More programs are added as needed, so check the schedule often. Classes are scheduled for mornings, lunch hour and evenings. Get there 10 minutes early to secure your spot. In addition to all the different fitness classes and training, Nautilus offers educational programs and seminars. They recently had a seminar on the 12 Simple Things You Can Do to Achieve Optimum Health with Sam Varner, an Asheboro native and author of Slimmer, Younger, Stronger. Seventyseven local residents were able to meet Sam, hear his talk and participate in a Q & A session after the event. Scott will be starting up a series of Educational Sessions called “Ask the Coach,” where members and non-members can bring their fitness questions and concerns, and they will be answered by various professionals. Sam Varner will be one of the instructors, among others. They have a tanning bed available for members to purchase sessions. They have a pro shop that sells t-shirts and sweatshirts, protein shakes and meal replacements. The children’s nursery is open Monday through Friday in the mornings from 8:30 to 10:30 and in the afternoons from 4 to 8. You can work out with peace of mind, knowing that the kids are having fun too. Scott is very involved in the community in a number of ways. He supports local kids organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Backpacks for Kids, an organization that provides snacks and food over the weekend for children who otherwise would go hungry until Monday; the gym staff and many of its members got together at Christmas and adopted a local family, providing food and gifts for Christmas day. He often 12 | ASHEBORO Magazine | May 2011

donates door prizes for local charitable events, and supports several fitness activities throughout the year. In 2006, Scott purchased the building where Nautilus sits and made substantial improvements to the condition, paving the entire parking lot, landscaping the area, and making much needed repairs to the building itself, improving the overall look of the Center. Now the Center is completely rented and the whole area is thriving. He also renovated the building that houses The Red Door Bargain Boutique, an upscale thrift store that supports the Family Crisis Center. In 2009, Scott completed an extensive renovation project in the gym itself, expanding the workout facilities, relocating the nursery and updating the look to be more appealing and inviting. If you haven’t had a chance to try Nautilus for yourself, I would encourage you to do so. They are currently running a $4.95 a week promotion that will expire when they reach 75 new members. Discount rates are available for high school and college students home for the summer. Check with the front desk for details. Make an appointment to tour the facility and make a commitment to your personal fitness today.

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By Fred Burgess

Southwestern Randolph has a reputation as one of the best high school softball programs in the state of North Carolina. Teams face the Cougars knowing they will have to play their best to compete with these teams. Many times Southwestern Randolph is already at a big advantage because of the mental part of the game. Opposing teams are often intimidated by the success and competitiveness of the Cougar teams. On top of all that the Cougars have senior Julia Callicutt on the pitcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mound. Julia is definitely an imposing looking pitcher. She is tall, throws the ball extremely fast, and will challenge any hitter. She looks very intimidating on the mound. After watching her play you may think she is this big strong athlete who has a rough personality and is a win at all cost player, but nothing could be further from the truth. Julia is one of the most personable young ladies you could ever meet. She always has a smile on her face and her attitude is very infectious. Her positive personality is easily transferred to teammates, friends, and anyone she meets. I have watched Southwestern Randolph play softball for the past two seasons, but I really got the opportunity to meet and talk to Julia some over the past several weeks. It is hard to describe any person in just one word, but if I

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were to use one word to describe Julia, it would be love. Julia Callicutt has three loves in her life. I am going to do my best to explain these three loves, but I am not sure I will do her justice. The Love to Perform Julia loves to perform. She not only enjoys performing on the softball field, but she loves performing on stage. She has been in all of the school musicals during her time at Southwestern Randolph. Julia remarked, “ My parents have always told me to be myself and I have tried to follow their advice. That may be why I like plays so much. You get to sing and act like you are someone else, but at the end of the day you get to be yourself.” Julia is a wise young lady to be just 18 years old. She is a huge believer in being comfortable with who you are. When you get to know Julia, you realize very quickly she is comfortable being Julia Callicutt. She may pretend to be someone else in plays and musicals, but she does not pretend to be anyone else

off stage. She is a talented singer also. Julia was asked to sing the national anthem before the game on senior night a couple of weeks ago. I listened to athletic director Randy Key ask her to do this three minutes before the game was about to start. Most teenage girls would probably say no because they have not practiced with the music or are not prepared to do this. Julia, with the encouragement of her teammates, did not hesitate and did an absolute wonderful job. If you have never heard her sing you have missed something. You can tell she has a love in her heart to share her talent with others. Being the next pitcher for the Cougars can be a daunting task. Julia said she felt a little pressure because of all the great players who have played at SWR, but over time the pressure went away. “Last year I heard,” said Julia, “people remark how we were not going to be as good because of the players we lost to graduation. The success of the teams and players before

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me are tremendous, but again you have to be yourself. Do not be afraid to fail and do what you love to do.” She is quick to point out that having senior Cynthia Hayes as the catcher on last year’s state championship team made her transition much easier. “Cynthia was such an encouragement to me. She was exceptional at keeping me focused and telling me to trust in the abilities of my teammates.” Julia loves to perform off the softball field, but she loves to perform with her teammates just as much. Love of friends and family Family and friends are a source of great love for Julia. Her parents, Everett and Cindy, realize the importance of a strong family bond and it shows through Julia. “I am very fortunate to have wonderful parents. We love to pick and laugh with each other.” To Julia, her friends are just an extension of her family. Many of her teammates and friends are just like sisters and brothers to her. “I love hanging out with my friends. I could not ask for better ones. Many of them would do anything in the world for me.” As her senior year winds down, Julia is looking forward to attending Campbell University, but she says she is going to miss playing softball and being around the players and people of Southwestern Randolph. “It is like a big family here. We laugh together and cry together. I will really miss playing with these girls who I have played ball with since I was very little.” That family atmosphere is what attracted her to Campbell University. I spoke with Campbell pitching coach, Theresa Stephens, and she said they were very excited about Julia. She is the kind of player the coaching staff likes. They love her ability on the softball field, but they love her commitment to work and to encourage her team as much as anything.

One thing the coach kept mentioning to me was how they loved her personality and how she was a team player. I have a strong feeling Julia’s family is about to grow even larger. She is going to fit in very well in college. Love of God When Julia was deciding on what university to attend she says she was praying that God would reveal to her where she should be. “After just a few minutes at Campbell,” she remarks, “I knew this is where God wanted me to be.” Her faith and love of God shows through her personality and talents. Prayer is very important to Julia. She realizes the importance and necessity of living a life pleasing to God and to try to glorify Him in everything she does. “I know God gave me the ability to sing and play softball. I am not going to shy away from the ability He gave me. I believe He wants me to perform and I want to give Him all the glory.” Recently Julia volunteered at the Special Olympics being held at the high school. “It really made you realize how blessed you are. I went out there with the thought of it being a good thing to do to help people out. But as it turned out, I was the one who was getting more out of it. It helped reinforce the idea of not taking things for granted and to enjoy what God has given me.” Julia Callicutt is an exceptional young woman. She has one of the best personalities you could ever expect. I am not sure she has ever met a stranger. If she did, they were a friend in a few short minutes. She has a lot of love in her heart for performing, for her family, and for God. In a world full of people who only seem to care about themselves, Julia Callicutt is a breath of fresh air. I am a better person because I got to know her.


Randolph Arts Guild's 29th Annual Juried Arts Show

An Opening Reception will be held on Tuesday, June 7 from 5:30 - 7:30pm. The public is welcome to attend. More information and entry forms for the 29th Annual Juried Arts Show can found at www.

The Randolph Arts Guild announces plans to hold its 29th Annual Juried Arts Show. Artists may deliver their entries on Friday, June 3 (10am - 5pm) and Saturday, June 4 (10am - 2pm). The selected entries will be exhibited during the month of June in the Sara Smith Self Gallery at Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Ave. Downtown Asheboro. The juror for this year’s exhibition will be Sarah Powers. Sarah Powers serves as the Executive Director at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. Powers own work as an artist focuses on industrial and rural landscapes. Her work has been featured in Galleries across the U.S. As is the tradition, for an entry fee, $20 RAG members $25 for non-members, each artist may submit up to three current pieces of their work for review by the juror. The juror will select at least one piece by each artist to be exhibited. Cash prizes will be given for Best in Show ($200), First Place ($150), Second Place ($100.00) and Third Place ($50.00). The show is open to all artists working in any media. Artists with very large pieces or works requiring special installation should call the Randolph Arts Guild in advance of submission 336-629-0399.

Do you prefer "High" Tea? "Low" Tea? Iced? Sweet? Howsabout a musical Tea? The Randolph Arts Guild is offering something for the ears for the Friday May 20th Tea Program that's sure to attract those with a slightly larger appetite for the arts and tea fare. Dessert first: David G. Smith is a 2009 classically trained guitarist with a double major in Traditional Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He joins us to discuss the form of music known as the Sonata. This multi-part composition originating in the late 1600s presents a basic theme that is reinterpreted through variations in key, mood, and tempo. Smith will delve into this form of music with historical knife and fork. Then he will perform Mexican composer, Manuel Ponce’s Sonata No. III. As for the tea, we will serve a heavier fare: tiny sandwiches and appetizers, cakes, cookies, and yes -- TEA! Some say serving tea in the afternoon started in France in the 17th century.* It’s an event between afternoon tea and dinner (think heavy hors d’oeuvres and with beverages in addition to hot tea). For this event a $10 donation is suggested. It all takes place at the Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, on Friday May 20th, at 5:30pm. For more information about this or other windows to the arts in Randolph County, call the Guild at 629-0399.

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May Flowers Bring Summer Flowers Gail & Tom Brady's beautiful garden as featured in the August 2010 edition of Asheboro Magazine.

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By Faylene Whitaker, Whitaker Farms


The sun is shining on the dew and all around me are the sounds of life in the garden. I can hear the sounds of the birds chirping and the waterfall gently making its sounds. The knockout roses are in full bloom and everywhere I look spring is all around me. It is another great way to start my day.


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Now for the to do list for spring. It is time to get your vegetable and herb garden planted, tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, beans etc. You may want to do multi-plantings in order to have season long produce. It is time to get all your planters planted if you have not done so already. Fertilize azaleas after they have finished blooming if they are encore azaleas there is an encore azalea feed. Look for black soot on camellias if you see any spray with an insecticide because the insects have left this residue on the leaves. When watering roses and tomatoes do not water overhead, water at soil level in order to prevent disease. All watering is best done during morning hours so plants can be dry by night. If you are interested in bringing birds and butterflies to the garden now is the time to plant for them. Plant tubular flowers such as petunias or mandevillas, other great plants are salvias, lantana, zinnias, lavender, rosemary, bee balm, cannas, and crossvines just to name a few. Remember during the months ahead the birds and butterflies will need water. They need shallow areas so place a few rocks in a birdbath if it is deep. They also like the sound of moving water and are attracted to it. A great way to attract hummingbirds is to place hummingbird feeders in the garden. You will want to add

a clear sugar water to the feeders using 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The soil is warming up now so it is a good time to get your annuals and perennials into the ground so they will have time to get their roots established before the hot months come. Some great annuals and perennials are available now. It is also a great time to add tropicals into the landscape for great color all summer. Don’t forget to add movement to the garden with some great grasses that will add sway as they grow, pink Mulley grass is one of my favorites . You can also add movement with flags or wind chimes either the tinkerbell sounds or large chimes can give you great movement. There are some great hydrangeas for the garden that add wonderful bloom for the summer months, Endless Summer blooms on new growth and old wood, Lets Dance is a beautiful light pink, Dwarf Limelight and Limelight bloom in full sun. Pia is a great small hydrangea. These are just a few. Make a focal point in the garden with a piece of stuatory, bench, fountain, or just a beautiful large pot that blends with your garden. Remember your yard is for your pleasure and enjoyment so as the old saying goes “Take time to smell the roses” and enjoy your day.


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During the past 10 years stock market investors have seen some “wild swings” in their portfolios. In the last 10 years investors have seen the S&P 500 Index decline by over 45% from 2000 to 2002 and by over 56% from 2007 to 2009. For the average investor who has to ride out these losses, especially in their 401k plan or college fund, it can take years to get back to even again. Let’s look at the real math of gains versus losses. If an investment portfolio drops 10% in one year…..How much growth is needed to get back to even? The answer is 11%.

Look at some other examples: A 20% LOSS REQUIRES A 25% GAIN A 30% LOSS REQUIRES A 43% GAIN A 40% LOSS REQUIRES A 67% GAIN  50% LOSS REQUIRES A 100% A GAIN These math numbers assume that the investor left their portfolio alone and simply rode out the roller-coaster of losses and gains. It does not take into account investors who are drawing income or dividends out of their investments. For the retiree that is drawing out of their 22 | ASHEBORO Magazine | May 2011

investment accounts…..A 20% drop can be devastating. In summary, it is very important to watch your portfolio carefully or have a professional advisor handle your investments. If you have an advisor, ask them for specific details on how they plan to manage your account and to protect against large losses that can occur in todays’ economic environment. If they do not have a good plan….Then interview other advisors until you find one you feel has the best investment strategy for you. I know that all advisors claim “they are watching your account” but it is up to you to find out for sure.



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A Simple Plan This article is a message to our oldest members of society and those wonderful folks who care for them. I have written in earlier articles about a minimal level of exercise activity for those who can sit on an exercise ball. However, many people can no longer sit on a ball for exercises. Aging will take us all to a place where we find ourselves requiring the assistance of another person for the activities of daily living. I have been in many people’s homes in 24 | ASHEBORO Magazine | May 2011

my 19 years of doing home health and have seen countless examples of an older person who can no longer leave their home. Sitting in a chair practically all day can become the norm. It is easy to fall into this routine for both the elderly and the caregiver. For this population, getting to the bathroom or the kitchen table is exhausting for both parties and sometimes it is dangerous. A couple of mishaps, close calls or heaven forbid a fall from trying to get to the bathroom can convince anyone that less activity is safer. So for no fault of anyone, this older person is now sitting in a chair way too much during the day with brief and difficult trips to the bed, the bathroom, the kitchen or back to the chair. Or worse case, this person is lying in bed during the day. There is a safe and easy solution. First let me explain why prolonged sitting is so detrimental to our loved ones who depend on us for care. When we sit, all bodily systems are put into varying degrees of suspension. This is certainly not implying that sitting is bad, it’s just that it cannot constitute the majority of the day’s activity. There is a minimal amount of activity the body must experience each and every day just to maintain our most basic bodily functions. Muscle tone, bone density, bowel movements, sleeping patterns, appetite, balance, posture, endurance, and joint health, are just some of the systems that depend on frequent and prolonged standing or walking. So, what to do? The corrective activity is simple: have the person

stand up from their chair and simply stand. Their feet should not move away from the safety of the chair. If they use a cane or walker, allow them to use it. Once they are in a standing position, notice their posture and have them arch their back to hopefully “spring” back to a more erect posture. Next you can choose between simply shifting your weight foot to foot, or actually lifting the feet to walk in place, depending on the abilities of the patient. Remember, don’t push it. If standing in one place is all they can do that’s great. Allow them to sit the second they want to. The goal is to simply begin the process no matter how little is tolerated in the beginning. Mobility will be greatly enhanced through improved posture/balance and through improved muscle tone. Success relies on consistency only, not intensity, so practically anyone can do this routine. Two powerful words are GENTLE – CONSISTENT. It is possible to make this routine more engaging by placing bird feeders outside a window close to the house. Time seems to fly by when the mind is occupied by something interesting. Standing up at every T.V. commercial and then learning to stand until the show returns is another way to segment the activity into blocks of time. I have had a lot of success implementing this simple act into many people’s lives. The next thing you know those bathroom trips will be easier and safer.

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MOORE Gail Moore opened her Home Instead Senior Care franchise seven years ago. She and her caregivers serve Randolph and Alamance Counties with non-medical personal care, light housekeeping, laundry, incidental transportation and much more to enable seniors to maintain their independence and dignity.

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Battle of the Ages New caregiver support series helps families overcome resistance of seniors who need help Just when you thought that a family caregiver’s job couldn’t get more difficult, consider this: Many of the estimated households caring for a senior in Randolph County are trying to help an 26 | ASHEBORO Magazine | May 2011

aging relative who’d rather not have help. A study of family caregivers who responded to a survey on caregiverstress. com, conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network, revealed that more than half of the respondents (51 percent) said that their aging relative was very resistant to care. These seniors often object to help whether it’s from a family caregiver or a professional who tries to come into their homes to assist. “This is a real problem for family caregivers worried about the safety of a senior loved one who might be forgetting food on the stove or neglecting to take their medications. Some seniors are so resistant I’ve heard stories of them calling the police when their family members have arranged for a caregiver to visit their home.” But experts say that keeping fiercely independent seniors safe at home isn’t a lost cause; there are solutions for them and their family caregivers. Why do seniors resist help? “If seniors admit they need help, they feel their independence is in question. “Seniors believe that once they acknowledge they need help, they’ll lose control of their affairs. They are trying to maintain dignity. Unless they feel they can trust someone, they resist change. I believe it’s the fear that life as they’ve known it will be taken away from them.” Sometimes seniors only want help from a son or daughter, which can put undue pressure on that family caregiver who feels he or she can’t call for professional help. Most caregivers can go into “crisis mode” to rally around a loved

one in the short-term, “but you can't be totally immersed in a crisis mode longterm without your own family, work and health suffering,” according to family caregiving consultant Dr. Amy D’Aprix, who holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in social work and is author of From Surviving to Thriving: Transforming Your Caregiving Experience. The strain can take a particular toll on working family caregivers. The study revealed that 42 percent of family caregivers spend more than 30 hours a week caregiving. That’s the equivalent of a second full-time job. And that’s what makes countering that resistance to assistance so important. “Many times family caregivers make assumptions but never ask: ‘Mom, I’ve noticed that every time I bring up having someone come in to assist, you don’t want help. Why is that?’ Sometimes the parent doesn’t realize they’re being resistant,” D’Aprix added. “Also, reassuring a senior loved one that you have the same goal in mind will help,” D’Aprix said. “Start with: ‘My goal for you is to be independent, too. You know I can’t be here all the time. A little extra assistance will help you stay at home. The battle to turn resistance into assistance can be fierce, like seniors who call police when a professional caregiver shows up. “Education can help arm family caregivers with the tools they need to create a win-win for everyone.


HELP (NOT) WANTED Five strategies to help counter a senior’s resistance to assistance Following are strategies to help family caregivers turn resistance into assistance. 1. U  nderstand where the resistance is coming from. Ask your parent why he or she is resisting. “Mom, I notice that every time I bring up the idea of someone coming in to help, you resist it. Why is that?” Oftentimes older adults don’t realize they are being resistant. 2. E  xplain your goals. Remind your loved one that you both want the same thing. Explain that a little extra help can keep her at home longer and will help put your mind at ease as well. Have a candid conversation with him about the impact this care is having on your life. Oftentimes seniors don’t understand the time commitment of a caregiver. 3. B  ring in outside help. If a relationship with a parent is deteriorating, ask a professional, such as a geriatric care manager, for an assessment. A third-party professional can provide valuable input. Also, go to for tips on how to talk with a loved one. If you are having problems getting through to your older adult, consider asking another family member or close friend to intervene. If you’re not making headway, perhaps there’s someone better to talk with your parents. 4. Research your options to find the best resources for your loved one. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging or a geriatric care manager to research resources in your community. If you decide outside help is needed, reassure your parents and tell them you have researched caregivers and you are confident you have found the best one you can find to come into the home to help. 5. R  espect your parent’s decisions. Sometimes you won’t agree with your parent’s decisions and that’s O.K. As long as your loved one is of sound mind, he or she should have the final say. A note: If your senior has dementia, seek professional assistance from a doctor or geriatric care manager. Logic often will not work and other strategies must be employed.

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ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IMPLANT LENSES New Advanced Technology Implant lenses now offer cataract and refractive lens patients a full range of vision enabling them to obtain quality near, intermediate and distance vision options. This procedure uses the same highly advanced technique practiced during cataract surgery. This accurate process involves the surgical removal of the natural lens of the eye. It is then replaced with an artificial lens implant calculated specifically for the necessary amount of nearsightedness or farsightedness; correction specific to each individual patient’s needs. The Advanced Technology Lens Implant procedure is good for patients who want the added benefit of multifunctional vision. Anna Fakadej, MD, Cataract and Aesthetic Laser specialist with Carolina Eye Associates, P.A., “Advanced Technology Implant Lenses helps patients to choose the lens that best suit their lifestyle.” Carolina Eye Associates, P.A. is one of the largest eye care practices in the southeast and their surgeons perform a large volume of cataract procedures with Advanced Technology Implant Lenses in North Carolina and, therefore, have extensive experience to accurately

recommend this procedure to those patients it will benefit the most. One of the greatest advantages with this surgery is our ability to use the latest high-tech lens implants providing multifunctional vision. These Lifestyle lenses include the ReSTOR™ and Crystalens™. This exciting advancement in lens technology allows patients the potential to see both distance and near. The Acrysof® Toric lens is designed to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism, though it is not a multifocal lens. Anna Fakadej, MD, Cataract specialist with Carolina Eye Associates, P.A.,” "Astigmatism has to do with the shape of the eye. The eye with no astigmatism is shaped like a sphere. The eye with astigmatism is shaped like an egg. The more "egg" shaped the eye, the more the astigmatism. Historically, astigmatism has been treated with glasses and is the major reason people wear bifocals after cataract surgery. Astigmatism can distort the vision. Now we can offer astigmatism correcting lenses called "Toric" implants. Some of my happiest patients are patients who have their astigmatism corrected.”


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Supporting the Local Small Business Owner

The Importance of Buying from Neighborhood Merchants

By Deborah S. Hildebrand According to economic studies for every $100 spent at a chain store only $12 is circulated back into the local economy. Whereas that same $100 spent at a local business, is multiplied into a $45 recirculation. Shopping at a local small business means supporting friends and neighbors, the community, and the local economy. However, it also offers shoppers other benefits that cannot be gained by shopping in the large chain stores. To help understand the importance of buying from neighborhood merchants, here are five benefits of supporting the local small business owner.

Reduce Environmental Impact Local purchases generally require less transportation, thereby lowering transportation costs as well as the pollution associated with them. In addition, shoppers who buy in their own neighborhood travel shorter distances reducing their own pollution.

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Support the Local Economy

Local business owners live in the community and are, therefore, more invested in the future of that community. In fact, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 91 percent of small business owners volunteer or provide donations to local causes. Revitalization of local communities is important to keeping American neighborhoods strong. Plus by shopping locally shoppers reinvest in their own community and help retain its character.

According to the NFIB, small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all U.S. employers. This means there are a lot of locally owned businesses out there where friends and neighbors work. Supporting the local business owner means supporting them. Plus locally owned businesses are more likely to buy from other local businesses, service providers and local growers.

Magnify the Choices Want to ensure innovation? Buy local. Anyone can walk into a big department or chain store and buy what everyone else owns. However, supporting the small business owner means the opportunity to find truly unique, oneof-a-kind services, gifts and products.

Receive Top-Notch Service Research has shown that in order to compete small business owners focus on quality customer service and quality products. They are more likely to go above and beyond by providing extra service or by acting as a knowledgeable resource. And because they are involved in running the business they tend to be experts in their field.

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By Dave Johnson A growing number of scientists and physicians agree that 85-90% of the illnesses people experience are caused by unresolved emotional issues. With this in mind, it is thought that disease or discomfort are part of your body’s messaging system, a way for your bodymind-spirit to let you know something is wrong. As we know, it doesn’t take much to affect our sense of well-being or confidence, especially when we are young. A negative comment, disdainful look, or a feeling of abandonment are often the only trauma required. When we carry these experiences into adulthood, they can affect our self-esteem, our relationships, our professional performance, and our outlook on life. And then there are the major traumas-physical or emotional abuse, war or other types of violence. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a drug-free, needle-free acupuncturelike method for quickly discovering and repairing the underlying energy disruptions behind stress, anxiety, illness, compulsive behaviors, and

performance blocks. In conjunction with the Holistic Wellness coaching Model used at From the Inside Out, a new business here in Asheboro, EFT provides an effective tool to help you reclaim your natural state of health, wellness and happiness. Lina Landess, owner of From the Inside Out, is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach, EFT Advanced Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, and Reiki practitioner. She is one of the growing number of coaches, psychotherapists, medical doctors and other health professionals for whom EFT is the first and most effective tool for uncovering and eliminating the obstacle to their clients’ health, wellness and the best possible life. I experienced the benefits of EFT first hand. Running a business with deadlines is very stressful and the stress was making things much more difficult than they have to be. A friend suggested I try EFT with Lina. At first, I was very skeptical but after my first session, I felt like a new man. I continue to see her, and after each session I feel renewed

and refreshed. If I hadn’t experienced it first hand, I might not believe it. I encourage everyone who is struggling with stress or any other ailment that is preventing you from having a happy and well-adjusted life to give EFT, From the Inside Out and Lina Landess a try. You will not be disappointed. For more information, contact Lina Landess owner of From The Inside out at 336-521-1176.

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Bianca, a passionate documentarian and photojournalist, lives in the metropolitan New York City area with her husband, children and their pets. When asked what her greatest assets are she says, “Unconditional loving; compassion; loyalty; communication; and multitasking.” Bianca loves family time, animals, production and editing, photography and travel, and is currently working on two books.

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It’s important to me that you feel connected to the stories I write and that your questions are being answered. Since starting my career in TV and radio 23 years ago, I have made it a point to always respond to each and every letter, phone call, e-mail, Facebook message and in-studio visits by children and their parents who have taken their time to get to know me. I want to get to know you – what’s on your mind, what questions do you have, what issues concern you and if I can’t answer them right away, I’ll find the answers. You can e-mail me through my site www. When I was privileged to represent my native state as Miss Connecticut in the Miss America program years back, I took great pleasure in signing more than 8,000 requested photographs nationwide. To young people, I’d always write along the lines of “Study hard and make your dreams come true…” With modern technology, many young people who are now parents themselves have been able to reach me through my sites and some have made mention that I signed autographs 20 years ago that they say, as students, they had hung up and looked to for inspiration. Those things matter to me. I take it to heart. So who am I? A triple award-winning TV journalist, appearing on-air more than 1,000 times, and in over 135 publications and covers worldwide, including USA Today, NY Post, NY Daily News and The New York Times, and the recipient of 8 additional independent awards including a Citation of Excellence from the Connecticut State Senate, I welcome you to view news, TV shows, Miss Connecticut videos and more on What am I up to now? I’m a happy wife and the proud mother of a 19-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter and 3 pets. Family comes first. I took more than a decade off to raise my children. Last September, when our daughter attended full days in school, I launched my Mom site - in March, we celebrated more than one million page views on www., just six months after its debut! To you, I say thank you! Thank you to all who read my works and tune in to the

shows. My husband, Phillip, and I host a weekly talk show on Life, Love and Parenting called “Let’s Talk! with Bianca & Phillip” on 1400WSTC & 1350WNLK. This live program, which not only streams live on the radio station’s website but is also later archived on The “Let’s Talk” Mom website, has really hit a chord with listeners, 71% of whom are 35-64, 60% of whom are female. Listeners not only reside in the US, but also in England, Wales, Finland, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Egypt, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Sweden and Malaysia. The program is a forum to discuss parenting, relationships, single parenting, infertility, marriage commitment, intimacy, loss of a spouse, communication, raising phenomenally close & thoughtful children, romance, healthy living, and great tips to make your life easier while getting through any tough situation and, most of all, getting & staying motivated whether you are married, single, male or female. We want you to empower yourself and keep your sanity while keeping your marriage and family strong! We speak to the real-life experts - moms, dads, teachers and other professionals – who support one another, share ideas, opinions and good, ole-fashioned parent-tested tips. The program is backed by our experience, complete with anecdotes, life lessons and great guests locally and nationally. A “listener favorite” is the “Who Sez That?!?”™ portion of the show that runs the last 5 minutes of the program – stories of things that people have said that would just knock your socks off! If you have a parenting issue you’d like covered, contact me through my sites. I can cover it here in Asheboro Magazine and onair, which you can hear at your convenience archived on the Mom site. To learn more, and to see press releases, resumes, videos, archived radio shows, photographs, our charitable history, etc., go to www.TheLetsTalkMom. com and to Next month’s topic: Above & Beyond – how to make the ordinary extraordinary for your children and spouse. Happy Parenting!™


LIVING HISTORY: A VISIT TO THE By Donna Elledge DENTON FARM PARK It started out in the summer of 1970 with a few plane rides to some friends outside of Denton, NC. Today over 60,000 people attend what is now the South East Old Threshers Reunion during the week of the 4th of July at the Denton Farm Park. This 150 acre park has a camp site for exhibitors and guests to stay for this 5 day show of events. Is there something here for all ages? YOU BET! Over 800 antique hit and miss gasoline engines are on display and most in operation making everything from ice cream to corn meal. Several old store buildings display and sell antiques. The Reid Plantation is set up complete with the house and slaves quarters, plus all of the farming equipment that was used during that time. The Radio Museum and Aunt Fannies Doll Museum also displays many of the locals cherished pieces handed down in their families. Take a ride on the Handy Dandy Rail Road which operates daily during the 5 day event. Powered by steam, it circles the

park showing the operations of farming and steam powered engines. Of course along the way the train gets robbed of some precious cargo and a gun fight breaks out. Old and young love this reenactment, especially when the actors forget their lines. The bad guys never get away and the train finishes it 1 ½ mile stroll around the park. Are you hungry? There’s food to satisfy every appetite from hot dogs to home-made chicken pie. Plan to spend the entire day because there’s lots to cover. Wear comfortable shoes and light clothing. There’s entertainment nightly with various singing groups, topping off the week events with a spectacular fireworks display on the night of the 4th around 9:00 PM. Take Highway 49 south around 18 miles and turn right on Gravel Hill Road. The park is 2 miles out on the left.

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“Meet Me at McGee’s” By Mike Grant

This painting, titled "The Colonial" by artist Jack Saylor (used with permission) provides us with an idea of what a wine bottle used in Ordinaries looked like. It was painted from an actual 1700s wine bottle recovered from a backwater near Historic Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. To learn more about this painting and artist Jack Saylor, please visit his website at www.jacksaylor. com.

If you just happened to have lived in what is now northern Randolph County sometime around the late 1700’s, “meet me at McGee’s” was probably a common phrase used by the local colonists of that time. What was McGee’s? Well, allow me to take you back in time and let’s take a journey to the time of “ordinaries.” An Ordinary in colonial North Carolina, was also referred to as a tavern, an inn, a tippling house, or a public house. In order to legally open an ordinary you first had to give bond and obtain a license from the local county court. You had to post a list of prices which were fixed by the county court and place a sign stating that you owned an ordinary and were open for business in a conspicuous place. If you did not abide by the requirements of the court when owning an ordinary, you could be fined a hefty sum of money and in some cases, lashed—Ouch! Ordinaries were a place where a traveler could expect to obtain lodging for his family and his horses and could also expect food and drink. Ordinaries were also used for gatherings, formal meetings and a place to discuss politics, business and religion. When you are a weary traveler, an ordinary was the place you wanted to stay to obtain a decent bed to sleep in and have a warm meal served with something refreshing to drink. Now, this was not the tall, cool glass of water, it was the more spirituous drink—yes, alcohol. According

This depicts what an "Ordinary" might have looked like back in the late 1700s.

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to history, in our colonial days, spirituous liquors, or shall we say alcohol, was the preferred drink. This was simply because most of the drinking water was unfit to drink. Most Colonists regarded drinking water as “lowly and common.” All of the ordinaries served a variety of alcohol, for example, there was rum from the West Indies, whiskey 90 proof, brandy, wine, hard cider, ale, the good stuff, and the not so good stuff. Basically, alcohol was just a huge part in the life of an Ordinary. Now before some of you say, “I would have never stayed at that place because they serve alcohol!” it was a requirement by the court for the owner to serve alcohol. Hey, it was not uncommon to have beer with breakfast! Now I think I would have to pass on that one! In 1750, a Colonel with the British Army, John McGee, settled in North Carolina, obtained large portions of land and was regarded as a prominent figure within his community. He was involved in the courts as a constable and owned several businesses during his time. On March 12, 1754, Mr. McGee was granted a license to keep an Ordinary on his property. According to historical records he kept a license to run his ordinary for many years. While perusing through historical records, I found that Mr. McGee renewed his license as late as August 1771. The license stated:

were not a desirable place to stay. John McGee died in December 1773 and his second wife Martha McFarlane McGee must have kept McGee’s Ordinary opened for several more years because according to history General Nathan Greene stayed overnight at McGee’s after the battle of Guilford Courthouse. General Greene sent a letter to Henry Lee on March 23, 1781 stating this: “ Col. Washington, before your note arrived was ordered down to McGee’s Ordinary, you and he will act as occasion may require.” Marked: “camp at south buffaloe.”

I am certain that many other important people must have stayed or visited McGee’s through the years but, unfortunately, there is not a lot of recorded history on McGee’s that can be found. McGee’s was such an important part of history simply because it incorporated so many historically significant people of that time period. Part of McGee’s Ordinary was torn down several years before the Civil War and later some of it used for a barn. History does tell us that maybe some of the old lumber and an old hinge from the tavern were salvaged at some point in time. Hopefully there are some of the artifacts that were privately saved, and if so, we could museum them to let the rest of our county have a better understanding of a very valuable and intriguing place, “The condition of the obligation is such forgotten in time. as the said John McGee hath obtained a license to keep an Ordinary at his dwelling house if therefore the said John McGee doth faithfully find and provide in his or her stable fodder corn or pasturage and corn as the season shall require for their horses for and during the time of one year from this date and shall not suffer unlawful gaming in his or her house nor sell liquors on the Lords day to any person by which such person may be intoxicated then this obligation to be void otherwise remain in force.”

For an ordinary to have been operated for such a length of time is a great accomplishment for Mr. McGee since most ordinaries did not last after one year. In my opinion, from the research I gathered, McGee’s was regarded as one of the finer ordinaries of that time period, especially since some of the ordinaries

County designated pricelist for Randolph County Ordinaries in 1783. These prices were set by the Randolph County Court.

Another depiction of a 1700s "Ordinary"

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Birds & Plants Bring Beauty to Our Lives Story & photos by Tom Gillespie, N.C. Zoo staff

Some can stand as tall as nine feet and weigh in at nearly 350 pounds; others weigh less than an ounce and can hide in a loosely cupped hand. They can plod along the ground or swoop at airspeeds nearing 200 mph. They come in every color and are the only creatures that sport feathers. Birds. Since before recorded history, we've watched them in awe and fascination, admiring their beauty and grace and envying their ability to "slip the surly bonds of earth." Perhaps without birds, man never would have imagined the possibility of flight. In celebration of these amazing creatures and the park's plants and flowers, the North Carolina Zoo will celebrate their annual "Birds & Blooms" event May 14. The event will provide guests with an opportunity to enjoy educational fun in the zoo's R.J. Reynolds Forest Aviary exhibit, to learn about the mission of International Migratory

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Bird Day and to enjoy the zoo's multitude of flowers and plants. One of the major indoor exhibits at the N.C. Zoo, the award-winning Forest Aviary opened in 1982 and immediately became a visitor favorite. Inside, tropical plants, exotic birds and unique displays recreate the wonders of tropical forests from around the world. In addition to the flora and fauna, educational panels and displays help visitors understand the fragile nature of these forest ecosystems. The exhibit gained national attention when renowned zoo exhibit designer John Coe named it one of the 10 best zoo natural habitat exhibits in America in an article published in USA Today. The 17,000-sq.-ft., domed exhibit houses more than 110 birds, representing 36 species. Additionally, with more than 3,200 plants, representing 700 species, the Aviary is believed to contain the largest tropical plant collection under one roof in North Carolina. One species that visitors can see at the Aviary is the highly endangered Bali mynah. By

some accounts, there are less than 15 left in the wild. Luckily, though, institutions like the N.C. Zoo are maintaining and breeding these mynahs in captivity. Like so many other endangered bird species, the mynah population in the wild is being dramatically impacted by habitat destruction due to timber harvest, illegal bird trade, poaching and nestsite competition from other bird species. Conservation officials in their native Bali have even resorted to using armed guards to protect nesting areas. Because of their natural camouflaging, many of the birds in the Aviary are not easily seen at first, so to fully appreciate the exhibit, visitors will usually need to sit for a while and listen and look, not just quickly walk through. But just as it is in a rain forest, if visitors give the birds time, they will come out. Unfortunately, the safety of the plants and animals inside the Aviary’s miniature rain forest is a far cry from the uncertainty of today’s indigenous rain forests worldwide, where cattle ranching, settlement, logging, large mining operations and hydro electric dams daily threaten their existence. Rain forests are the source of some of

our most widely used products and the wintering ground for many of our favorite migratory birds. Yet tropical rain forests are being decimated, and species are being lost before we are even able to discover them. Like the canary in the coal mine, birds are excellent natural indicators of the health of many of our ecosystems. When birds disappear from an area, it normally signals the deteriorating health of the entire ecosystem. In addition, birds eat insects, providing a natural way to control pests in gardens, on farms, and around our homes. Like bees, they aid in the pollenization of plants by sucking nectar from the flowers and then moving on to the next.


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HEAVYWEIGHT PURPLE Champions stand out in the crowd, like this big bold Petite Sirah. Enjoy a sip tonight between rounds. Whether you're ringside, by the bar, or at the table, your fans will appreciate these rich, oak accented fruit flavors and aromas. For the moments in life when brawn outshines brains, grab a Heavyweight.

JUICY AND After a couple of months critiquing wines that were of a vintage I am not nuts about, it was a real pleasure to sample a wine that is of my favorite type, petite sirah. I prefer petite sirah to anything with a few exceptions which I will not go into. What I like about a good bottle of petite sirah is it goes with anything from a nice filet to some select fruits and cheeses and everything in between. I would even drink it with fish depending on how it is prepared. In fact, like “Sam I am”, I would drink it here. I would drink it there. I would drink it anywhere. The only thing I like better than a petite sirah is a great big, juicy jammy (my favorite wine terminology) petite sirah. (I have often wondered if describing a wine as a big petite sirah is an oxymoron, but I am not one to obsess about the minutia). The 2008 Heavy Weight Petite Sirah is the biggest, juiciest, jammiest petite sirah that has ever made its way across my taste buds. It is also the most delicious wine I have ever tasted. In fact, using the word petite to describe it is akin to calling the Hindenburg a balloon. If it were me, I would create a new type of wine called Monster Sirah; like Monster Trucks, they are big, bad (in a good way), powerful and out of control. Even the word Heavyweight does not do this wine justice. I discovered this wine completely by accident. Sherry picked up a bottle at Lumina for me because she remembered how much I had enjoyed the Heavyweight Red. I stuck the bottle in the wine rack and forgot about it because I was preoccupied. If you don’t know me, I suffer from Adult ADD in the worst way and it doesn’t take much to make me forget

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about something. About a month later, we were moving and I became reacquainted with the bottle of Heavyweight Purple. I remember thinking to myself, “Self, I really dig a company that keeps things simple like naming their wines Red and Purple. Plus, it removes the snobbery from the equation which is cool, too.” At that moment, I made a note to myself to open this purple wine the first chance I got. It wasn’t long after, the perfect opportunity presented itself. Our good friends Veronica and Mike Grant helped us move a mattress and I decided that sharing my purple wine with two of my favorite people was the prudent thing to do. Besides, they are real wine connoisseurs which I loosely define as someone who buys wine by the case. As we sat out on the deck, my son Andrew, who was in a goofy mood, played the part of a perfect wine steward and poured us all a glass. I think our new neighbors were mortified seeing a 13-year-old handling a bottle of wine, but that is how we roll; it’s not like he was drinking any.


JAMMY By Dave Johnson

Blueberry-Glazed Ribs Ingredients

Veronica was the first one that spoke up about the wine. Actually it was more a series of oohs and aahs with a few tangible words like dry, fruity, sweet and fun thrown in. Mike was second to comment and, being a man who doesn’t waste words, he simply said “delicious” or something with the same meaning. My mind was overloaded by the explosion of flavor that was river dancing in my mouth so I was somewhat oblivious of what was going on around me. I have had the words juicy and jammy swirling around in my noggin for a very long time. I remember someone describing a wine as such and thinking it was anything but. However, the words resonated with me and I decided that when the appropriate time came, I would use them with fervor which I did the moment the wine cascaded over my lips, across my taste buds and down the old gullet. It must have sounded similar to the first prospector shouting “Eureka” when gold was discovered because everyone, including Andrew and the neighbors who were strolling by walking their dog, looked at me in a

very surprised manner, similar to the way you might look at someone that has three heads. Then Veronica said, “Yes, that is it…juicy jammy”. I won’t put you to sleep with the other details. Suffice it to say this particular bottle of 2008 California Heavyweight Petite Sirah lasted a very short amount of time and left me yearning for another glass. If you know me or have read any of my previous reviews, you know I love to proclaim that a new wine is my new favorite. With this, I will not disappoint. The Heavyweight Purple is my new favorite wine and is as close to perfect as I have ever tasted. And, with a price of $14.99 at Lumina, I can see myself drinking this wine all summer long. Don’t be surprised if next month’s review is a continuation of this month’s. Rating: On my 1-to-10-bottle rating system (1 being swill and 10 being nectar of the gods) I rate this bottle an 11.5. It is that good!

1-1/2 teaspoons each of garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper Kosher salt 4 meaty racks of baby back ribs (about 2 1/2 pounds each), membranes removed 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 sage sprigs 8 thyme sprigs 1 medium onion, minced 2 large garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 2 cups blueberry sauce or syrup 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 375° and position shelves in the upper and lower thirds. In a bowl, combine the garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt. Set the ribs on 2 rimmed baking sheets and rub with the spices. Cover with foil and roast for 1 hour and 30 minutes, until tender, switching the pans halfway through. Pour off the liquid in the pans. 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter. Tie the sage and thyme sprigs together with kitchen string. Add the onion, garlic and herb bundle to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat until the onion is softened, 8 minutes. Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Add the Perfect Blueberry Syrup and hot sauce and simmer over moderately low heat until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, 10 minutes. Discard the herb bundle. 3. Preheat the broiler. Working with one sheet of ribs at a time, brush the underside of each rack with some glaze and broil until browned, about 1 minute. Flip the ribs and repeat on the other side. Transfer the baking sheet to the bottom shelf of the oven. Repeat with the remaining ribs. Transfer the ribs to a work surface and slice between the bones. Mound the ribs on a platter. Pass the remaining glaze at the table.

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Marquis Riley, Jr. grew up in Hillsborough, NC and has been playing baseball since he was three years old. He couldn’t play in his hometown (they didn’t let kids start playing until they were 5 years old) so he had to go all the way to Durham to play. And, ever since the first day he picked up a baseball, he has had one thing in mind…becoming a professional and playing in the major leagues. Currently, Marquis plays second base for North Carolina A & T and his roommate is none other than Xavier Macklin. Marquis will be returning to Asheboro with Xavier to play for the Coastal Plains League Copperheads. During his first year with the Copperheads, Marquis made the CPL All Star Team which is his biggest accomplishment in the sport to date. At, A&T this spring, Marquis is batting close to .360 which makes sense because batting is his favorite part of the game. In fact, Marquis spends a tremendous amount of time at the batting cages with his mentor (his father). While Marquis hits balls his father video tapes the action so they can analyze his swing to make sure he is doing everything right. With hundreds

of swings recorded, Marquis’ batting has become part science and part ability. The sum of which is a batting average that has pro scouts looking at him for a possible spot in the big league. When thinking about playing for the big league, Marquis says he would love to play for the Chicago Cubs. Although they haven’t had any great seasons of late, their fans are loyal, which is one of the things he loves about playing in Asheboro for the Copperheads. “People in Asheboro treat us like family”, Marquis says. “Because of this, it was an easy decision to come back for a second year. Plus, I wouldn’t want to let my Asheboro family down”. When he is not on the ball field, Marquis loves to go four wheeling and fishing with his dad. In fact, fishing is one of his favorite things to do because it’s a great stress reliever. Additionally, he has learned through being on the field that he loves to coach the game of baseball. He loves to teach kids at camps how to play the game and sees himself in a coaching role when he is done playing the game. For now, he is very excited to be coming back to Asheboro and being part of the Copperheads team.


Xavier Macklin, Jr. (affectionately known as X) is an outstanding baseball player and will be returning for another year to play with the Asheboro Copperheads in the outfield. Currently, X is a junior with North Carolina A & T and is being scouted by the pros. His accomplishments this year include 12 home runs, and 43 RBIs with a .326 batting average. With numbers like these, it is hard to believe that just ten years ago, X says he was the worst baseball player ever. He attributes his success to his father who wanted him to try all sports. As a youngster, X preferred football, but his father did not give up on teaching his son how to play America’s favorite sport. Every day for three years, X and his father practiced in their back yard if for nothing else than for X to become a well rounded athlete. As it turns out, X became an excellent baseball player and soon learned to love the sport. His mentor, Travis Ward, coach of his Babe Ruth baseball team was a constant motivator. He was constantly telling X that he had exceptional skills and that if he remained humble, he would become a great ball player. Ward

is still a big part of X’s life and still offers encouragement and words of wisdom when he can. Fast forward to today and if he isn’t signed to a pro contract, he will be stepping onto the field at McCrary Park to play another season for the Copperheads. He enjoys playing in Asheboro because of the atmosphere. He says the fans are so supportive regardless of how well the team is playing and it is because of the positive nature of the people that he wanted to come back and play another year. X loves playing baseball because, unlike many other sports it is unpredictable. “One day you can go four for four and the next day zero for four. In most other sports, if you are good, you are going to play well most of the time”. He attributes his success on the field to his love of the game. In talking to him, it seemed as though when he is not on the field he feels like a fish out of water. On the field he gets a clear head and can relax with the goal of working hard and learning something new every day.



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How Whimsical Artist Scott Plaster Got His Lost Work Back

"WHEN I GOT THAT EMAIL, MY HEART SANK! I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT," SAID WHIMSICAL ARTIST SCOTT PLASTER ABOUT THE RECENT RECOVERY OF HIS EARLY, CHILDHOOD WORK. BACK IN FEBRUARY, PLASTER GOT AN EMAIL FROM SOMEONE IN BRISTOL WHERE HE USED TO LIVE. HARRY'S EMAIL JUST SAID, " I VOLUNTEER AT A THRIFT STORE IN BRISTOL VA WHICH HAS RECENTLY ACQUIRED SEVERAL OF YOUR EARLY WORKS! SOME OF WHICH ARE DATED AS FAR BACK AS '85. THEY WERE OUT FOR SALE AT THE STORE WHEN WE STARTED GOING THROUGH THEM AND EXAMINING THEM MORE CLOSELY. That's when we removed them from the sales floor and contacted you!" The worker had tracked down Plaster through the internet and his website (he is easy to "find"). Plaster is an artist well-known for his line of "whimsical animals" and exhibits and sells his work all over the state of North Carolina. His work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and even a feature segment on Fox 8 news. He's been painting for over 30 years, but has only marketed his work for the past few years. What "secrets" does his early work show about Plaster as an artist? What makes this story so fascinating is the extent and breadth of this early artwork. Plaster had kept his sketches, drawings and paintings for literally years, from before the age ten on through his young adulthood. Plaster first started oil painting at

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the age of nine, and is largely self-taught. All kept neatly catalogued in a brown cardboard storage box measuring approximately four feet long by two feet wide, this early work followed Plaster wherever he went, like archeological treasures that documented his artistic development. The box had always fit perfectly underneath his bed. He had amassed dozens and dozens of detailed drawings, works in pastel, and paintings in oil and watercolor, including some of his earliest works. That early work also contained memories of the countless hours during childhood that he had labored joyfully away with his pencils and paints, creating artwork from his imagination. With every move Plaster made, through college and through living in Raleigh, Holly Springs, Richlands, VA, and

then Bristol, TN, that box of “treasures” followed him. After getting his Master's degree in English Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, Plaster pursued a career at IBM in Raleigh instead of teaching. As an education consultant, he lead the team that pioneered the first technology-based courses in the retail store group. His group produced CD-ROM and internetbased education courses for students around the globe. IBM was also where IBM gained his skills as a website developer. When Plaster moved to VA, he became an internet eBay seller, turning a dollar on everything from postcards to loudspeakers, but he also continued to build websites. When he moved to Bristol, Plaster continued as an internet consultant, developing online marketing campaigns and consulting with clients on their websites. Even through recently, Plaster has continued to create custom websites for a number of artists and small businesses, specializing in arts-related websites (such as his own). It was the

economic downturn following the World Trade Center disaster that led Plaster to finally start his career as a public school teacher. Plaster is now in his sixth year of teaching in the public school system, where he is high school reading teacher at Lexington High School. When Plaster moved from Bristol back to NC to begin a teaching career, he downsized from a historic, 6,100 square foot house to a small, four-room house. He filled the largest U-Haul truck with whatever it would hold --his clothing, one set of bedroom furniture, just the bare essentials, and yes, his art equipment and supplies. He sold the entire, remaining contents of his house to a realtor looking for an investment. "I did not realize it until it was too late that among those items was that box of my early artwork. Nothing could replace that. It was gone. And so I adjusted to the fact that all of those memories and traces of my early artistic development were gone forever. All I had left was the memories," he explained. Plaster had continued painting as an artist throughout his



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moves and career changes, but it was in his spare-bedroom studio in this little house on Highway 109 in South Winston-Salem that Plaster created the now-famous "Cosmic Cow" painting. The work is the namesake of the Cosmic Cow Society, a regional arts organization that nurtures local artists and finds ways to bring art into the community. The Cosmic Cow has been featured in newspapers and magazines such as the Community Arts Cafe and GoTriad (see the artist's biography at www. php for links to these publications). It was with the Cosmic Cow that Plaster first found his own, unique style. Now known for his "whimsical" treatment of his subjects, Plaster cast this lone cow in a sea of green aura with stylized lines and creative colors. Over the past few years, he has followed suit with an entire menagerie

of animals, including four differently colored "Beetles" now on exhibit at the Circa Gallery in Asheboro. The four beetles are painted on one-foot square canvasses in Plaster's whimsical color schemes, and humorously carry the names of the four Beatles musicians (George, John, Paul, and Ringo). One fan noted, "Love your whimsical bugs and animals-any resemblance to the Beetles is purely coincidental, no doubt." This series is available in matted prints in two sizes and in note-card sets. Plaster's work has grown in popularity, with prints in different sizes and an entire line of greeting cards available in over a dozen galleries and shops from the mountains to the coast. His work is on exhibit currently in several shows, including Moses Cone Hospital, the Yadkin Arts Council, and featured in a special show at the Circa Gallery beginning in June,

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"From Father to Son." The show will be kicked off the Friday before Father's Day at the Circa Gallery in its usual third-Friday reception on the 17th. The exhibit will include the work of two father and son pairs, Scott and his father, Wayne, and Perry Boswell and his son, Brennen. The show will offer the diversity of Scott Plaster's painting, to his father Wayne's pottery, to Perry's collages, to his son Brennen's multimedia work. The exhibit will highlight how the fathers and sons have influenced each others' works, if only by theme or content. It is this tribute to artistic "lineage" that makes Plaster's recovery of his childhood work so much more important, for it is his father Wayne that introduced him to the world of art. Plaster recounts, "I still remember how my daddy would get manila drawing paper and draw these Picassoesque basketball players with long

wavy arms, and I would use the tempura paints he got from the teachers' supply closet to paint them in. On Christmas mornings I would rush out to search not for air rifles or footballs, but what new art supplies Santa Claus had brought." As a young boy, Plaster would venture outdoors with sketchbook in hand, or with a cheap camera, and capture the scenes he would paint. When he didn't have a camera, he would use his imagination, painting the vistas that surrounded him-the landscapes of fishing ponds and trees, trips to the NC mountains, and the tobacco barns of his mother's childhood in Johnston County. So, when Plaster got that email that fateful day, he was ecstatic and hopeful. Those early artworks that he had cherished for so long, he had thought he had lost forever. Now he had the chance to get them back. He emailed back and forth to the store volunteer, who

even sent him some pictures. What he thought was good fortune took a bad luck turn for the worse when the very next day he got an email from someone else. Before Plaster had a chance to buy back the artwork, someone had made it to the store and bought most of what was there. This email from Johnny looked a lot like the first one, "Today I purchased about 40 pieces of art some dated in the '80s and are signed Scott Plaster. Unsure if this is your work or not; all are unframed. Could you tell me how I may verify if this is your work? You may email me or contact me by phone." Plaster's heart sank again. He had missed his chance to get his treasure back. Plaster's luck turned again when he told Johnny from Bristol the rest of the story, how he had mistakenly left the work behind when he moved, what the work meant to him, and how he would pay for even just photographs of the works. Johnny quickly responded, "I was going to frame them but now I feel terrible" and even offered to give them back to Plaster, and worry about getting paid back somehow in the future. He even went back to the store and purchased all of the remaining paintings that were left. "I considered myself so lucky to have someone out there like this 'student' work enough not only to buy it, but respect its importance enough to actually want to return it," Plaster recounted. "I spent the next hours trying to come up with a way to make it work out. I really wanted the work back, but didn't have the money to pay him back." Plaster finally stumbled upon a plan, almost by accident. He asked Johnny if he would be willing to travel to Boone, approximately halfway the distance between the two, to drop the

work off for him. Johnny said he could work this into his busy schedule, and then Plaster got the idea. At Artwalk in Boone where Johnny was going to leave his work, Plaster has some of his more recent work on display. One painting, "Sauer's Kitchen," Plaster had in mind in particular, he explained, "What better way to resolve this story than to trade Johnny a current, professional work, for the sentimental value of my early work?" Although not one of Plaster's "whimsical animals," this painting shows his development as a more mature artist, combined the transparency of watercolor with the detailed, rich detail of colored pencil. The kitchen shelf of "ol'-timey" canning ingredients had just type of nostalgic treatment that Plaster says suits the theme of this story. While Johnny messaged Scott to say, "I just feel bad taking anything but if you wish for me to have the new work then I would be happy to accept it," it gave Plaster satisfaction that his work would find a happy home. Johnny posted on his Facebook wall the day of his trip, "A trip to Boone today in the RAIN...Blah but I had a smile on my face and a good feeling in my heart!! I brought back a wonderful work of Art. Which will be hung soon!! A great story and a new friend:)" The painting is now proudly displayed in Johnny's kitchen, and he says that it's even inspired him to remodel it. A fitting conclusion for this "chapter" of the story is that Plaster was even recently commissioned by Johnny to do a custom painting of the famous historic Bristol VA / TENN sign which spans State Street between the two towns. The painting is now complete and will hang in the antique mall in Bristol that Johnny


owns and operates. Plaster says, "It's definitely sentimental to me, too. I could see this sign in the distance from my house when I lived there. Photographs of the sign don't show the light bulbs, but anyone who has seen the sign in person knows your eye can see them." Painting the picture was a healing experience for Plaster, who plans to return to Bristol to deliver the completed painting to Johnny. It was Bristol where Plaster lost his early work, and it was in Bristol where they were recovered. A few weeks after Johnny made the trip to Boone, Plaster went to pick up the artwork Johnny had left there. In the end, somehow embarrassing and inglorious, on the hood of his car in the alley behind Artwalk, Plaster stood leafing through the stack of drawings and paintings with his girlfriend, Therese. Priced as low as a few dollars a piece, every drawing or sketch there brought back priceless memories. Plaster recalls, "It was a very humbling experience. What value would these early pieces have to anyone? I didn't and don't even consider them anything other than "student" pieces. It was years before I considered my work good enough to market. These early works, in my mind, were just as well lost and gone forever, for no one to see." "Now that I look at them retrospectively from 20+ years in the future, maybe I can view them with a more objective eye. In the 'Study in Sienna,' I see skill in the rendering, in the perspective, and the treatment of the objects. I have no idea where I got the original image or idea from. It kind of reminds me of a Vermeer, actually. I wouldn't have had access to an antique drop-leaf table, so I can only assume I saw this image in a

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book." When he talks about "Mountain Sunset," he says, "I can see the bravado of the brush strokes and the bold use of color. I like the use of tonal and aerial perspective and I think the clouds are nicely rendered. Not bad for a 9th-grader, I think to myself!" Artists often struggle with finding their identities and unique expression, and for Plaster it is no different. He recently presented some of his early work to his fellow "Cosmic Cows" for their thoughts and critique. Their response was encouraging; most of them say they saw signs of his skill and talent even in childhood. "I would like to think that I had an 'aptitude' and that at an early age I spent hours and hours developing it, mostly on my own and in the dark ages before the internet -- through books and the Artist's Magazine," he says. In those early works, he can see a contrast in styles and treatment, a definite dichotomy between the traditional and more expressive techniques. His "Tobacco Road" shows the scene on a road near where his mother grew up in Johnston County. Its traditional treatment is vastly different than bold strokes of "Mountain Sunset." It is this contrast of technique that Plaster seems to have harnessed in his recent work and in his whimsical animal creations. With his popular "Shaggy Sheep," for instance, people make comments such as "Wonderful piece. Well handled. Great texture" and "He's a handsome fellow. I love his face, and


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what a nice job with the texture of his wool coat." Similarly, people comment about the realistic elements of "Pelican Peeking," such as, "Beautiful piece -great composition & finesse in rendering texture. Complementary, subdued palette is compelling." At the same time, no one would say that either of these paintings is "realistic" per se. The whimsical nature of these paintings is unique and attention-grabbing. Plaster's colors are often exaggerated or abstracted, while his subjects are still rendered with precision and care. Plaster loves that his work is unique and whimsical, explaining, "There's no better compliment that I can receive from someone than to see them laugh or smile when they see one of my creations!" The latest example of Plaster's whimsical treatment can be seen in the large 30" x 40" oil painting, "Blue Al," which will have its in-â&#x20AC;&#x153;personâ&#x20AC;? debut at the June 17 show at the Circa Gallery. Be sure to check it out in person to see what all the talk about Plaster's work is about. In addition to many venues around the area, Plaster's work can also be enjoyed in some creative ways on the internet. He is likely the first artist anywhere in the Triad or North Carolina to offer a line of online greeting cards based on his work. So far, the collection includes Christmas, Valentine's, Easter, birthday, get well, and engagement wishes, and he plans to expand the line with each major holiday. Plaster has also used a growing number of his images for interactive, online

jigsaw puzzles. He explains, "In today's economic climate, I want everyone to still be able to enjoy my artwork. What better method to give your artwork exposure, but in free and creative ways? Art doesn't belong solely in galleries, but before the eyes of the average person." The story of this remarkable recovery is also the subject of a Fox 8 News feature (check the artist's website for more information and a link). He's also recently been commissioned by an entrepreneur to do an entire series of wildlife paintings for a new product line (more updates later). Plaster is optimistic about his future in the art world. "I want to continue with my reputation as a leading 'whimsical artist' and gain regional and even national recognition -- making people smile, laugh, and better enjoy the world around them. I don't know what the future holds for me as an artist, so I paint one day at a time." Learn more about whimsical artist Scott Plaster at his website at http://, where he maintains an image gallery, a biography with a list of shows and publications, a map and table of current exhibits, a blog he publishes regularly, a newsletter, and whimsical cards and puzzles that everyone is free to enjoy.


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The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and An Appalachian Summer Festival are pleased to announce the winners of the Halpert Biennial ’11. The Halpert Biennial is a national, juried, two-dimensional art competition and exhibition program that is held every other year as one of the visual arts components of An Appalachian Summer Festival. This year’s juror, Steven Matijcio, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in nearby Winston-Salem, was faced with the challenge of choosing this year’s exhibition to be installed in the Main Gallery of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University. Out of 430 submissions by 147 artists, Matijcio selected a group of 68 works by 48 artists. The winning artists of the Halpert Biennial ’11 are: Stephanie Adelman, Dave Alsobrooks, Kristin Ashley, Jerry Atnip, Geoffrey Ault, Dianne Baker, Kevin Benisvy, Denee Black, Aaron Blum, Mickael Broth, Joe Burleson, Les Caison III, Emily Clare, Julia Clift, Louis DeLuco, William T. Dooley, David Dorsey, Marjorie Durko Puryear, Bryan Florentin, Jenny Freestone, Carl Gombert, Carly Greene,

Susan C. Gregory, Dorothy Griffith, Leslie Hirst, Constance Humphries, Rowan James, Carmella Jarvi, Dale Klein, Dan Lobdell, Neil Loughlin, Kathleen Madigan, Leigh Moose, Cindy Murray, Daniel Nevins, Bongkyun Noh, Jim Pearson, Kurney Ramsey Jr., Craig Screven, Darron R. Silva, Gregory L. Smith, Tom Stephens, D. B. Stovall, Ineke Thomas, Carole Usdan, Justin R. Webb, Erin Wiersma, and Michael Zakely. About the Competition The Halpert Biennial '11 is a national, juried, two-dimensional art competition and exhibition program designed to recognize new works of art by emerging and established artists residing in the United States. The Halpert Biennial, an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, is made possible through a generous endowment from Buddy & Charlotte Halpert and is dedicated to the couple's memory. This exhibition has grown to feature some of the most exciting new visual art in the country and focuses on a range of art including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, mixed media and works using traditional and non-traditional materials. The awards for the competition amount to $5,000 and include two Juror's Awards, a Director's Award, as well as multiple Purchase Awards that allows the expansion of The Halpert Biennial Collection within the Turchin Center's Permanent Collection. A gallery tour by the juror and reception for the artists will be held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts July 17, 2011 at 2pm.


Artist Les Caison III Included in Turchin Center for the Visual Arts' 2011 Halpert Biennial

The Simplest Things Are The Most Important. When you’re older or caring for an aging loved one, your priorities are usually the basics – health, security, comfort and companionship. At Carillon Assisted Living, the priorities are the same – to provide a caring environment emphasizing social activities, health and wellness for adults who simply need assistance with day-today living. And The Garden Place at Carillon provides unsurpassed care for people with Alzheimer’s, whether it’s long term or respite care. If your loved one needs assistance, come to Carillon. Few things could be more important.

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By Rev. Peter Panagore

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A duck walks into a post office asking the mistresses, “Do you have any grapes?” She says, “No.” The next day the duck walks into the post office asking, “Do you have any grapes?” She says, “You asked yesterday. No grapes!” The next day the duck walks in asking, “Do you have any grapes?” She says, “No. If you come back asking that question again I’m going to nail you to this wall.” The next day the duck comes back asking, “Do you have any nails?” She says, “No. I don’t have nails.” “Good,” says the duck. “Do you have any grapes?” Persistence. It’s a trait we like in ourselves but not much in others – ducks, for instance. Persistence is how we get God’s attention. There’s a story about a woman who had a problem only a judge could solve. After work, she drives over to the judge’s house, knocks on his door

demanding justice. This particular judge doesn’t bother to answer his door. So every evening this woman drives over to knock on this door. Eventually she smartens-up. Late one night after everybody was sleeping she drives over and pounds on his door until he said to himself, “By gory, if I don’t go down and give this woman justice, she’s goin’ to wear me out.” God responds to persistence. Whatever it is, don’t give up.

Let’s Pray: Lord, when we feel like quitting, when we feel like giving up, don’t let us. Give us the persistence we need when we are trying to deepen our spiritual lives. Amen.

Today’s Thought Is: Persistence is a necessary spiritual virtue, except, maybe, in ducks.

Local Franchise Owner Receives Award Gail Moore with Home Instead Senior Care that serves Randolph and Alamance counties was awarded the Presidential II Award at the International Home Instead Senior Care Convention held in Omaha, Nebraska on April 16. Moore accepted the award on behalf of her wonderful caregivers and staff, who go the extra mile in customer service. They pay attention to detail and have a passion to serve seniors. Home Instead’s saying “To Us Its Personal” is true to their business. They look at each senior client as if this is their mother or father and want to make sure the care is matched to their needs. Moore is in her 7th year of business with Home Instead Senior Care. During her father’s illness, she realized the need for home care. Moore and her siblings did round the clock care for their father for eight months. “It was just like the doctor said, “it will be a long day and hard on the family”. They all worked out the

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times that they were available, working around jobs, personal commitments, church, children, grandchildren. After her father’s death, she opened Home Instead Senior Care franchise.


Home Instead Senior Care is a non medical company that provides personal care, light housekeeping, laundry, incidental transportation and much more to enable senior to maintain their independence and dignity. Each caregiver has been carefully evaluated, criminal background, drug tested, bonded and insured.

Free Phone App Locates Strawberry Farms across North Carolina The North Carolina Strawberry Association announced the release of the free NCSA Farm Locator app, designed to help iPhone users find strawberry farms across the state where they can pick-their-own or buy fresh picked berries. The free app is available for download from iTunes. Users of other web-enabled mobile devices can find North Carolina strawberry farms by utilizing a website with the same features. "This new free app provides users with a quick and easy way to locate fresh, local strawberries," said Debby Wechsler, NCSA executive director. "It's as simple as dipping a delicious strawberry into melted chocolate." The app includes more than 150 farms where visitors can pick and purchase plump North Carolina strawberries. After users download the app, they can find the nearest strawberry farm by following these simple steps:  

1. On the screen simply tap "Find a County." 2. All 100 North Carolina counties will be displayed. 3. Scroll to the desired county and tap. A list of NCSA member strawberry farms in that county will appear, along with the address, phone number, an email link and a link to the farm's website. Since the app is not map-based, it is easy to view and use on a small screen. App users should call a farm before visiting to check on farm hours and strawberry availability. "The NCSA Farm Locator app provides users with appealing visuals and lots of helpful information," said Wechsler. "We designed this to help strawberry fans use the latest technology to locate places to pick their favorite fruit."

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A Different kind of Mustang

By Rosie Goldstein

When we moved here from New York, of course, all the horse and ponies came with us. Once we were settled I was looking forward to getting out and trail riding. Friends took me to some great parks with nice horse trails and neighbors showed me some riding areas near my house. The trails here are much different than what my horses were used to-the sandy soft mostly flat ground on Long Island. Since they were all getting up there in age, I decided it was time to start looking for a new mount.

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I came across an ad that caught my eye: a registered Spanish Mustang. I had never heard of that breed. Of course we have all heard of the wild mustangs out west, but those are the BLM [Bureau of Land Management] mustangs controlled by the government. They do not come with papers tracing their lineage. So, of course, I had to go see this horse! We drove almost two hours and a very nice lady met us in the yard and explained she had one horse, a Spanish mustang that she bred to another and raised the baby, but now she did not have time to spend with them and was selling the young one. She explained to me how this registry was started. For those of you who may not know, North America did not have horses on it until the Spaniards brought them over in 1519. That is when the Native Americans saw horses for the first time. They saw them as a gift sent from the gods and began trading with the Spaniards and that started the spread of horses across the new land. These horses were to the Spanish explorers what the jeep was to GIs in World War II, the toughest mode of transportation known to man. Imported from some of the best stock, these horses took several different paths-some just got loose and roamed the plains, forming wild bands

of horses. Spanish cattlemen created the first cow ponies, Native Americans of the plains developed swift and fearless buffalo runners, the Nez Perce bred the famous appaloosa colored ponies, the Choctaws and white settlers raised smooth gaited riding horses. Now when horses got loose, which happened often, they joined the bands of wild horses and this created quite a mix. Natives would pick horses from these bands to call their own and the farmers and ranchers would also capture these wild “mustangs” (derived from Spanish words: mesteno-wild, mestango-stray). They would train them and use them in their string of horses used to work cattle or do other farm activities. This was the stock that also started the American Quarter horse. Back in the early 1900`s a few young ranchers in Wyoming were out collecting some wild horses and noticed that some had very distinct Spanish horse characteristics, the line of their neck, the way their legs met the body, the short back, the low set tail, their movements, some just stood out from the rest of the heard. So, they started collecting this type. They realized that they had the rarest horses, whose lineage traced back to those first Spanish horses. They began a search of just the ones with the correct characteristics. That was the start of  

The word mustang is derived from two Spanish words: mesteno-wild & mestango-stray

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the Spanish mustang registry. I learned that these horses are easy to keep, that means they don`t need as much to eat as some other breeds, they also don`t need shoes as their feet are rock hard. They are hardy, small, rugged and dependable. Of course, after learning all this, I had to buy this horse! She has been the best trail horse I have ever had! A few years ago, I received a call asking if I could go to South Carolina and rescue a Spanish mustang that was in a bad situation. We drove down, got her and brought her home. She is really a sweet horse despite what she went thru. I am truly a fan of the breed.

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All the horses I have owned were always boys and now I had two girls. Something I have always wanted to do was raise a baby, and this breed was so different and not as common as most. I searched for the best Registered Spanish Mustang to breed with my girl. I found him in Virginia. My horse was only the second horse in the registry to be artificially inseminated. On April 11th, I became the proud Mom to a foal, and I am having fun working with him. These horses are still quite rare, and are really great little horses with a very cool history. I am so glad I found them!


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By Sherry B. Johnson



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One day this Spring, we received a phone call at our offices and a gentleman introduced himself as Leo Layne and said he had some pictures to show us. What he didn’t tell me over the phone, but I figured out later on is that he is one of our monthly subscribers to the magazine, and retired after spending 31 years as the Sanitation Superintendent for the City of Asheboro. I met with him in early April at his home and was fascinated by this man who still, at the age of 91, mows his own lawn, has a vegetable and flower garden, and is extremely active. He retired from the City of Asheboro after 31 years of service, and has lots of interesting tales to tell. The one I think is the most interesting is his being drafted into the Army during World War II. He was drafted on May 9, 1942 and was sworn into service on May 11th. Two weeks later he was sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training. He transferred from there to Randolph Field in Texas, and after about two weeks headed to Albuquerque, NM. During his training, he moved around a lot but was trained as an Air Mechanic in the 8th Air Force Division. He completed that training and was sent to Fort Worth, TX to learn how to load planes with American Airlines at Meeham Field. After this, he was sent to Homestead, FL to be a crew chief on a C46 cargo plane.

These are very large planes with R2800 engines. He flew with that division for six months, making two trips to Havana, Cuba. His position during the flight was to stand directly behind the pilot on takeoff and landings (I guess they didn’t have seatbelts back then!). Upon receiving his crew member wings, Leo was shipped off to Karachi, India in November, 1943. He flew the southern route to Natal, Brazil on a C46, before upgrading to a C87 cargo. He flew supply missions from Calcutta to Chabau to be flown to China from there. He spent a year and a half there, but the war was close to over by this time. He spent a month in China helping the Chinese get off planes going up the Burma Road. The planes would fly into the airbase, they wouldn’t cut their engines, the people would get off the plane and it would take off again very quickly. While in India, he flew a C46 at 20,000’ close to Mt. Everest and the thing he remembers most was how cold it was in the airplane. While stationed in India, the temperature was mainly 100F most of the time, but could get as high as 120F! Conditions were less than ideal while stationed there, living conditions were deplorable by today’s standards, and the runway was unpaved for a portion of the time he was stationed there. He did get to see a bit of the country and lots of


local culture. While in India, he purchased a photo album and he has carried it faithfully with him all these years. The pictures included in this article were taken and developed in India in 1944. The condition of the album and the pictures is amazing, considering their age. Included in his memorabilia is the Thanksgiving Day menu from Replacement Depot No. 1, Malir Cantonment, India on November 22, 1945. It has been laminated to preserve the paper, but that was one of his last meals in India before leaving for home. When the war ended, he took ship from Karachi, India, passing through the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea and arrived in NYC after 27 days on the water on Christmas Eve, 1945. You can see the picture of the Statue of Liberty as he passed by on the ship at 6:00 pm on that night. He traveled to Fort Bragg from there and was discharged on December 30, 1945. When he returned to Asheboro, he worked several jobs that didn’t pan out, and he began working for the City of Asheboro. He worked his way up to Sanitation Superintendent, and retired

from there after 31 years. He lives with his wife in Asheboro, and is a loyal reader of Asheboro Magazine, for which we salute him!

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MAY 19- Thrifty Thursday Movie “U-571”, Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, Show times: 6:00 & 8:15pm $5 includes admission, small popcorn and small drink MAY 20 - Friday Night Bluegrass Featuring “Coyote Ridge,” Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue. Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. MAY 21 – Party in the Park, Bicentennial Park, 3 to 6 pm. Sponsored by local churches with entertainment, crafts, food, games, and a Health Fair featuring several community agencies ALL FREE!!! MAY 21 – Salvation Army OPS 5K, “Our Purpose to Serve,” Bicentennial Park, Sunset Avenue, 5:30pm. A fundraising event to benefit the Asheboro Salvation Army serving Randolph, Montgomery and Richmond Counties. To register go to or MAY 21 - Western Matinee Moviethon. Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, Admission - $5 (includes a drink and

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popcorn). “3:10 to Yuma” plays at 10am and 3pm; “Open Range” plays at 12:30pm and 6pm MAY 27 – Cox HarleyDavidson’s 50th Anniversary Open House Kick Off Party, 4 – 10 pm. Food, games, vendors, bands and beer will be available!!! Entertainment will include Southbound 49, Part Time Party Time Band and more. Food provided by Varsity, Godfathers pizza, and Bojangles. There will also be fireworks Friday night!!! Come out and celebrate this amazing event with us!!!!!! MAY 28 & 29 – 3rd Annual Cousins inClay, “The Cousins are Coming,” Bulldog Pottery, 336 US Highway Alt 220, Seagrove, NC. A kinship based on shared appreciation for the pursuit of excellence within the diverse language of clay. For more information call Bulldog Pottery at 336-302-3469 or go to MAY 28 – 5 Annual Zimmerman Vineyards Annual Birthday Bash, 1428 Tabernacle Church Road, Trinity, 12 – 7 pm. Wine tastings are $5.00 and include a souvenir wine glass.

MAY 28 – 2011 Classic Car Cruise In, Bicentennial Park & Downtown Asheboro, 2 – 8 pm. Once again Downtown Asheboro will come alive with roar of classic automobiles from all over the southeast. Many of the downtown shops may be offering Cruise In Specials, so plan to come out and bring the whole family and all of your friends. JUNE 2 – Smoke in the Vineyard, Zimmerman Vineyard, 1428 Tabernacle Church Road, Trinity 6 – 10 pm. Smoke in the Vineyard is a celebration of Fine Cigars, Fine Foods, & Fine Wines. Tickets are $ 50.00 per person and you will get 5 premium Brick House cigars, two glasses of wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres and tons of fun. Check out our Facebook photo gallery from last year's event. JUNE 4 – Asheboro FlyIn, North Carolina Aviation Museum, Tot Hill Farm Road, 9 am – 4 pm. Many airplanes will fly-in for this special event for the whole family. There will be several planes on display and flying demonstrations throughout the day. For further information, contact the museum at (336) 625-0170


or JUNE 4 – Dancing with the Randolph Stars, AVS Banquet Centre, 2045 N Fayetteville Street, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Randolph Community College Foundation's Dancing with the Randolph Stars benefit. All proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships for Randolph Community College students. Voting for couples may be done by sending a check to the RCC Foundation, PO Box 1009, Asheboro, NC 27204-1009, with a note indicating whom the votes are for. In addition, online voting is available on our Web site at www.randolph. edu/dancing.php. JUNE 9 – Chamber of Commerce night at the Asheboro Copperheads, McCrary Field, 7 pm. Advance tickets are just $1 and can be purchased at the Asheboro/ Randolph Chamber of Commerce, 317 E. Dixie Drive, Asheboro. JUNE 11 – Summer Concert at Ramseur Lake Featuring the Grass Cats, 549 Ramseur Lake Road, 6 – 8pm. Come enjoy local and regional talent as the Town of Ramseur features

free concerts offering a time of relaxation with family and friends.

JUNE 18 & 19 – Summerfest, Participating Potteries in Seagrove, NC. Plan a summer vacation around a visit to Seagrove, NC. Summerfest is a great time to shop the area potters. Participating potters' shelves will be stocked with new items and some may have previews of holiday shapes and colors. Participating potters may also serve refreshments and give demonstrations of pottery production. For more information, visit www.

JUNE 14 – Head to Toe Fashion Show, Pinewood Country Club, 247 Pinewood Road, 6:30 – 9:30pm. Sponsored by the Randolph Business Women, Clothes Wearhouse and Pinewood Country Club, 1st show 6:30pm & 2nd show 7:30pm. Cost: $20.00 per ticket (includes show and dinner). Tickets purchased at the door will be $25.00. Call Michelle Key 336-953-2801 for details or email at

JUNE 19 – Summer Concert Series featuring The Embers, Bicentennial Park – 135 Sunset Avenue, 7:00 pm. Great free, family-friendly event! Bring a blanket or chair for seating. Enjoy the new dance floor!

JUNE 16 - Summer Movies for Kids – “Megamind”, Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, 10am & 1pm shows - $3 (includes fun-size drink and popcorn); 7pm show $5 (includes small drink and popcorn)

JUNE 21 – Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Cook-out & Auction, Pinewood Country Club, 247 Pinewood Road, 12:00 Noon Tee-off. Cookout/Auction admission only: $10 (no golf – perfect for spouses!) Visit the chamber’s website for more information –chamber.

JUNE 17 - Friday Night Bluegrass Featuring “Mirror Image”, Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue. Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For more information call 626-1240.

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Budgeting and frugality is on nearly everyone's mind right now. A few months ago, I talked about how I use coupons to reduce my monthly cost of groceries and other necessities. While couponing is still my number one strategy for saving money on our food, menu planning is just a hair behind it. How many nights do we look at the food we have on hand, and our tired minds just can not think of what to make with it? Or, we go to make dinner, and realize that one or more of the necessary ingredients needed to complete the task is not in the house. Both situations end in going out to eat in more times than not. As much as I love certain restaurants, I can't help but think of the amount of groceries that I could buy at the store (especially when using my coupons!) for the price of the meal for my family. Fast food can easily go over 20 dollars

need to be used. I decide what meals I would like to make with those items, and write them down in my notebook. Next, I browse the grocery store ads for the best deals on meats, and other essential items to decide upon the next meals on the list. This is also the time to compare the coupons you have on hand to the sales to see if you can save some more. You can do just dinners, or add breakfasts and lunches to the menu plan as well. The details on it arecompletely up to you and your personal preferences and time restraints. Some people like to label the meals with days of the week. I label mine as Day One, Day Two, and so forth. You can menu plan for a week at a time, or as far out into the future that you care to. Weekly has proven to be the best option for me. After you have gotten all of your meals planned out and written down, go through them all and write down the ingredients that you will need to go out and buy to complete all of your week's meals. Pull out any coupons that you will be using and put them into an

envelope with your list so that you will have everything you need ready to go. Make sure you eat before you do your shopping as well, or you when purchasing it for everyone in are likely to come home with bags of the household, and if you go to a nice candy bars and potato chips instead of restaurant, be prepared to spend over the items on your grocery list! 50 dollars. That's not to say that going Now when it's time to prepare out to eat should not ever be done, but dinner, you will know exactly what it should be a special treat - not a last you are making, and will have every minute option. ingredient needed to pull it off. Menu When I do my menu planning, I planning takes very minimal effort and usually pull out all of my recipe sources little time, plus it saves you lots of dollar - ranging from cookbooks, magazines, bills and headaches! Plus, you will have the internet, & my recipe binder (where an answer to give when your family I keep printouts, magazine clippings, & starts asking, 'What's for dinner?'. handwritten family recipes organized). Visit my website ~ I also keep the store circulars, and of course my coupons, nearby. First, I look through my refrigerator, freezer, & pantry and make note of items that

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Asheboro Magazine, May, 2011, Volume 1, Issue 10  
Asheboro Magazine, May, 2011, Volume 1, Issue 10  

Asheboro Magazine, May, 2011, Volume 1, Issue 10-We have some great articles this month for your reading pleasure. Mike Grant continues his...