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emorial Day marks the second anniversary of The Johnsons moving to Asheboro. We celebrate this because it was one of the best decisions we ever made, both personally and professionally. Dave and I have made so many great friends, and have enjoyed launching a business in this community because it fosters that kind of entrepreneurial endeavor. We have enjoyed learning about the businesses and people that make up this community.


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Asheboro Magazine has had so much help from everyone getting started, and our clients and readers continue to support us that I wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank you. Thank you for opening your hearts and your community to my family and welcoming us so warmly. Speaking of new businesses, check out the article on Four Saints Brewing Company, a local brewery in planning, and help this business get off the ground. Can you imagine what having a brewery and tasting room in Randolph County will do to help local tourism efforts? Buy a mug that only you can use, or a chair at the bar in their tasting room and be assured of a seat, whenever you drop in for a visit! Phyllis Knowles has been through a tremendous amount in her life, as you will read in this month’s Community Character feature. Yet she greets every


day with a smile, and spends most of her days dancing and motivating others. Come out to Relay for Life in Bicentennial Park and cheer the DanZFit Zumba team on May 19th at 4:00 pm. There are lots of opportunities to support local artists in the community. Lark Artists presents Art with the Alpacas, a one day art show at a local farm. Come out and bring the family for a day of fun. One more item of housekeeping that I neglected to mention last month, the cover story photos were shot by Melanie Neighbors Photography in Franklinville. She can be reached at 336-267-7074. Thanks for reading and here’s to the next two years! ©


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ack at the end of April, I

a hard time answering them. I think

filled with things that make us fat. In

began a journey to become

many people out there think people that

fact, as a country, we are eating less fat

healthy and fit. I have

are overweight sit around and eat all

than we ever have and yet we are heavier

struggled with my weight

day, and that just isn’t the case. As I

than any generation before us.

most of my adult life. Since Sherry and I

begin this journey back to fitness, I am

started this magazine, I have gained close

discovering that many things we are told

of person. I take full responsibility

to 50 pounds because I spend a most of

are good for us, are not, the biggest one

for being overweight. The fact of

my time sitting behind a computer. My

being “low fat diets”. I won’t go into the

the matter is, up until recently, I was

weight peaked at 310 pounds which is

boring details of all the research I have

heavier than I have ever been. My doctor

done lately about the food industry,

said my health was so poor that if I didn’t

genetically modified foods, high

do something about it, I risked the chance fructose corn syrup (which is in just of heart attack or stroke. For a guy who

about everything) and all the other

was once an international-level athlete,

nasty things processed food

this was a rude awakening. On the other

contains. Suffice it to say, in the

hand, it got me motivated enough to do

food industry’s effort to

something about it.

keep prices low,

As many of you know, my sport was cycling. In the 80s, I raced all over the

processed foods are

country and in Europe. I have even raced in Turkey. My body fat measured at 7-8% and I weighed 155-160 pounds. I was riding my bike 400-500 miles a week and eating 3000-4000 calories a day. I didn’t have to watch what I ate and nothing was taboo. In the winter time when the racing season was over, I would gain ten pounds or so but take it off quickly as soon as spring rolled around. I won a lot of races over the years and even got invited and attended the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I was a finely tuned athlete. People often ask me how I took such a dramatic fall from fit to fat and I have 10


I am not a “pass the buck” kind

[“It is no wonder most of us are confused about the food we eat and the level of exercise we need to maintain a healthy weight.”] leading a sedentary lifestyle and eating

consumed more water and added

things I knew were not good for me. I

exercise, mainly cycling, to my schedule,

health. I want to be around for a while.

didn’t know then what I know now, but

four to five days a week. I started this

At forty-five, I like to think my life has

everyone should know that most diets

program at the end of March and since

just reached the half-way point. But

don’t work. And to make matters worse,

then I have ridden about 330 miles (less

more than reaching old age, I want to get

there is so much conflicting information

than I once rode in a week) eaten much

there with as few health issues as possible

out there about food that it is very

better (not perfect) and I have lost a little

so that I can actually enjoy my twilight

difficult to get to the truth of the matter.

over 20 pounds. More than that, I feel

years. If you are struggling with your

It is no wonder most of us are confused

much better, I am sleeping better and I

weight, don’t despair. A good friend of

about the food we eat and the level of

have more energy. It has been worth the

mine has convinced me that, with dieting,

exercise we need to maintain a healthy

struggle just for the way I feel. My goal

the best way to approach it is “failing


weight is 175 pounds so I have about 115

your way to success”. That is, just

pounds to go. I want to get down to that

because one thing didn’t work doesn’t

the most part, stopped eating processed

weight (or close to it) by next May so

mean everything won’t. Keep trying

foods (easier said than done), stopped

that I can participate in the Asheboro in

until you find the program that is right for

eating sugar and simple carbohydrates,

Motion Criterium as a racer instead of a

you. And remember, sustained weight

eaten more vegetables and fruits,

spectator like this year.

loss is a marathon not a sprint. ©

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erry Moore, pharmacist and owner, carefully fills each prescription, standing at the front counter and available to all who enter the store. He greets each customer by name, and stops to answer questions they might have about possible side effects, or interactions with other drugs they may be taking. His calm, friendly demeanor instantly puts his customers at ease, as he explains to one man that the drug prescribed might cause a slight muscle fatigue or weakness, and to contact his doctor if that should occur. The store is well lit and comfortable to shop. They carry many popular household items for convenience, as well as a number of gift items. Accessibility is key to the success of this local independent pharmacy. When you drop off a prescription, you are not told it will be a 40 minute wait, which is a ploy used by the larger chains to get you to spend money while you wait. Jerry’s goal when a customer comes in is to fill their prescription in a fast and efficient manner, and get them on their way as quickly as possible. Jerry has always worked in pharmacies. While attending Asheboro High School, his first job at 15 was working for Prevo Drugs, in Asheboro. He decided then he wanted a career as a pharmacist. After high school, he attended UNC Chapel Hill, graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. He married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, who was attending UNC Greensboro, and when they graduated in 1999, they returned to Asheboro and Jerry began working as a pharmacist. When an opportunity to open his own pharmacy became available, Jerry took it and Prevo Drugs in Seagrove opened on June 16, 2000. He and Stephanie, who is a registered Pharmacy Tech, worked long hours to grow their new business. They added Christie McRae as another pharmacist in 2006, also a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. Christie grew up in Ether, and she and her husband David live there today with their three children,

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Macie, Logan & Reagan. Jerry is an avid baseball fan, and he and Stephanie hosted an Asheboro Copperheads player in 2010. Corey stayed with them for both years he played for the Copperheads, and they have traveled to see many of his games at Charleston Southern University during the year. Corey has aged out of the Copperheads program this year, but another player from CSU will be staying at the Moore’s house for the 2012 season. Jerry is involved in many local civic groups, including being on the Board of the Asheboro-Randolph Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the MidState Rotary club. They love spending time with their nieces and nephews and attending their various sporting events. Lauren (Bunting) Hardin graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1988 and worked at Prevo Drug in Asheboro for 14 years. She is an Asheboro native, and graduated from Asheboro High School in 1981. In 2002 she began looking for a change and went to work for a large box store pharmacy. That move did not satisfy

her, because she missed the independent pharmacy atmosphere. She was stuck in the back of the pharmacy behind a glass partition and had no interaction with her customers. She missed that “personal touch.” In 2004, Jerry contacted Lauren about the opportunity to own her own pharmacy in Ramseur. A new doctor’s office was opening in a local strip mall, and there was an opportunity to locate the pharmacy next door. Ramseur Pharmacy opened in 2004, and in 2010 they relocated to a brand new building on Highway 64 along with Hodges Family Practice. She loves the informal, comfortable atmosphere that they have created. Their customers feel very welcome when they come in and are greeted by name. “The people of Ramseur have been very supportive and wonderful to work with.” Lauren is married to Chris Hardin, a graduate of Eastern Randolph High School from Franklinville. Chris graduated from Guilford College with degrees in Forensic Biology and Criminal Justice. He is employed with the NC Court Systems as

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a magistrate, and has been employed with the State of NC for 29 years. He is also a certified pharmacy technician, and a big help at Ramseur Pharmacy. They love vacationing and spend a week each Spring and Fall relaxing on North Carolina’s beaches. They also enjoy traveling, and have been to St. Thomas, Key West and Hawaii. Chris loves fishing, and Lauren just loves being outside. They also enjoy spending time with Samantha, 20, and Matt, 19, Chris’ children, graduates of Asheboro High School, who now attend classes at Randolph Community College. They live in Asheboro with Lacey, their West Highland Terrier. Chris and Lauren are active members of the First United Methodist Church in Asheboro. A new tradition they started three years ago is to take their great nephews, Jacob and Joshua, who are now 13 & 10, to a different major league baseball park each year. So far they have visited Fenway in Boston, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, and Turner Field in Atlanta. This year they are hoping to make it to a Washington Nationals game with the boys. They enjoy spending time with their nephews and try to get to as many of their sporting events as they can throughout the year. When the medical complex on N. Fayetteville and Presnell was being developed, Jerry was again approached about opening a pharmacy there. Hodges Family Practice was opening an office in the complex, as well as other medical offices, and for customers to go right into a pharmacy to fill their prescriptions is very convenient . Carolina Pharmacy opened in September, 2007. Michael Durham is a co-owner in this enterprise. 14

Michael grew up in Asheboro and graduated from Asheboro High School in 1999. He went to UNC Greensboro, before transferring to Chapel Hill in 2002 to attend Pharmacy School. He has been married to Jennifer, who he met at UNC Chapel Hill for six years. She now works for Moses Cone as a pharmacist in Greensboro. During high school, he worked with Jerry and Lauren at Prevo in Asheboro. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, he worked at WakeMed Hospitals as a clinical pharmacist in their critical care and trauma units. Jennifer completed her Ambulatory Care residency with Dr. Stephen Fuller and Campbell University. When Jerry called to see if Michael had any interest in partnering in Carolina Pharmacy, Jennifer was close to finishing her residency, so the timing was perfect. Carolina Pharmacy employs three full-time and three part-time people and you are always greeted when you walk in the door with a smile and immediate assistance. The employees at the three pharmacies enjoy working there because of the hours. They are closed in the evenings, and all day on Sunday. This allows them to spend quality time with their families. “People really appreciate the smalltown feel and not being treated like a number.” He and Jennifer love the Carolina Panthers, and attend games whenever they get the chance. Michael also enjoys working out, hanging out with friends and going to the movies. They have a beautiful Great Dane, Thor, who keeps them very busy! The small local independent pharmacy’s success is based on


relationships, rather than volume. One of the misconceptions people have is that their prices are higher, because they are small. That is simply not true. They purchase their drugs wholesale from NC Mutual Drug Company, which is owned and managed as a cooperative. Anything your doctor can prescribe, they can get for you through NC Mutual. They take all forms of prescription insurances, and if you have medical insurance that covers prescriptions, your co-pay is the same no matter where you have your prescription filled. But if you pay cash, oftentimes your cost is lower at an independent pharmacy “Visit any independent pharmacy, not just ours, and see the difference!” ©



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hat began as an idea five years ago has finally become reality. Even though the Y has not quite met it’s Capital Campaign fundraising goal, after a year and a half of construction and renovations the new Randolph-Asheboro YMCA is finally nearing its end! It’s definitely an all new Y. With these being the first major renovations since the opening of the building in 1976, literally every part of the Y has been touched somehow. On January 14, 2011 this huge project broke ground on the new 12,000 square foot addition that now houses the new Fitness and Wellness Center that consists of a 6,000 square foot Fitness Center, 1,900 square foot Group Exercise Studio, 1,000 square foot Mind and Body Studio, and 1,000 Indoor Cycle Studio. The Fitness Center offers more room and more equipment for members to have more flexibility in their workout, increasing from 46 to 112 fitness machines and equipment including Cybex and Life Fitness machines. The three new group fitness studios offer more options for a variety of classes to go on at the same time such as Zumba, Kettlebell, Great Beginnings, Parent & Child Yoga, Tai Chi, Kids Dance Party, Cycle, and many, many more! The Jr. Olympic size heated indoor swimming pool was first on the list of renovations and was completely renovated from top to bottom. The ceiling, walls, and pool floor were painted, windows were replaced, and deck was re-stained. The YMCA’s pool is the home of many area high school 16

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swim meets, YMCA Fast Swim Team, and Randolph-Hospital Water Therapy. A variety of water aerobics classes are offered in the pool throughout the week along with lap swim, open swim, and family swim times. Next on the list was the three-court gymnasium that received a beautiful new wooden floor to replace the old Mondo (rubber) flooring. A fresh light color scheme and new windows were added to the gym. Three huge fans were also installed to help circulate air during extreme temperature months. The renovations to the gym were completed just in time for the 13th JV Basketball Tournament, the largest JV Basketball Tournament in the world, which brings many visitors to our area from all over the world. Locker Rooms were also an area of great improvement for the Y. The old, outdated, inefficient locker rooms were in dire need of complete gutting and renovation that they have received. Those locker rooms have been turned into Family Locker Rooms and separate Adult Only Locker Rooms, two Special Needs Restrooms, and three restrooms have been added. Special Needs Restrooms are fully equipped with showers to provide a more private area for handicapped, elderly who need help dressing, families with small children, pretty much anyone who has a special need of any kind. The Nursery has made drastic improvements going from a small area with cubicle walls to a large room with a separate baby room and its own restroom. In the past Nursery workers have had to


take kids through the locker rooms to use the restroom. Ages for the Nursery start at 6 weeks to 6 years, free of charge for members. When seniors come to the Y after they workout, they like to socialize with other seniors, drink coffee, read the paper, exercise their mind and just enjoy themselves outside of their home. Seniors will now have their own area in the mornings to do these things and so much more! The new Senior/Teen Center is a communal area for seniors in the morning and kids and teens in the afternoon/evening. The center consists of pool, air hockey, foosball, four tvs with Wii’s, 10 brand new computers, sitting area with couches and large screen TV and of course coffee in the mornings, plus so much more! Summer Day Camp kids will use the center during the day

throughout the summer as well. For the last 11 years, the After School Fun Club and Summer Day Camp programs have operated out of a 600 square foot classroom, with only about 400 of that being useable space. These programs have been upgraded to a 2400 square foot classroom with separate cubby storage, closet and office spaces. This new area has allowed the programs to participate in centers, Wii gaming, homework and more simultaneously. The room is equipped with new cafeteria style tables, chairs, large flat screen television and reading library. This new space will also be used for new programming such as, YMCA Young Achievers and YMCA Adventure Guides. The Y will now have a Community Room that will be a meeting area with conference tables and chairs, not only for Y events, but also for fellow community agencies to meet, as well. Randolph Hospital and Randolph Community College are two organizations that have expressed interest in presenting seminars and classes in this room. Our Y will now have the space to host board meetings on site, staff trainings, parent meetings and weight loss/nutrition instruction. The Y will also consist of a new lobby area, front desk, Chapel, front entrance, and landscaping. The Y is a place for every age, shape, size, gender, ethnicity, and religion. These improvements will touch everyone in one way or another. In honor of these improvements the YMCA invites you to attend the Grand Reopening celebration on Saturday, June 16 from 10am-4pm. The Y will be open to the public. There will be class samplings, music, healthy choice options from local restaurants following a special 1:00 pm ceremony. There will be three guided tours and self-guided tours are available throughout the event with knowledgeable staff there to answer all of your questions. Tour the Y and you can receive a special gift, while supplies last. Bring the whole family to come and celebrate the all new Y with us. The joining fee will also be waived this day for new members; a savings of $70-$100! If interested in donating towards the Capital Campaign, please contact Patrick O’Hara at (336) 625-1976. ©



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n exhibit of original artworks by Trinity High School’s Advanced Placement Art students will be on display at Colorshow Gallery beginning May 18. Five students are enrolled in the first AP Art course offered at Trinity: Rachel Bodenhamer, Krista Keith, Alex Nance, Peter Nance and Savannah Patterson. This intensive class is taught by local artist and former program director of the Randolph Arts Guild, Brooke Sides. Sides has taught art at Trinity since 2007, but this is the first time she has taught the AP course. She was certified to teach AP Art last summer. “I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to teach this class,” Sides said. “This course is very demanding on my students’ academic and personal life. They have put tremendous amounts of time into their twenty four works and have learned a lot about deadlines, personal responsibility and love of art.” Sides’ students are dedicated. Krista, Peter and Savannah even commute from Wheatmore High School specifically to take Sides’ class, because AP Art is not offered at their 20

school. To complete the course, the students must create an art portfolio consisting of twenty four pieces in three different sections: breadth, concentration and quality. The breadth section represents twelve pieces of art that show student voice in a range of media and techniques. These pieces can be directed by the teacher or by the students. The remaining twelve pieces are in a concentration of the student’s choosing and shows an in depth investigation and discovery of their subject. Once completed, all twenty four images are photographed and submitted for the AP portfolio grade and five pieces are mailed in for the quality section to exhibit a synthesis of technique and craftsmanship. Krista and Savannah are completing the AP Drawing portfolio. Rachel, Alex and Peter are completing the 2D Design portfolio. All the students agree that AP Art has been stressful, but worth the effort by awaking new passion for art and selfconfidence. Krista Keith says the class has made her more driven: “AP Art has taught me that I must always try harder, even if I believe I’ve reached my limit.”


Colorshow will exhibit six pieces of work from each student’s portfolio. Their concentration statement will also be on display. The opening reception for the students will be on May 18 from 5:308:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Colorshow Gallery is located at 151 N. Fayetteville Street in Asheboro. Please email colorshowgallery@gmail. com or call 336-465-2387 for more information. ©

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CONSERVATION OF PRANA By jacquie Reininger


ll day long, there are events which occur in our lives to which we must respond. Occasionally these events require an impulse, like snatching our hand away from a hot frying pan. But usually, there is no urgency required and we are allowed a split second to make a decision about how to respond; like when someone cuts us off in traffic, or offers a helping hand at the checkout counter. Most of us travel the right path and practice patience or gratitude in these situations. Some of us react in anger, impatience, fear or indifference to the situations that meet us in our lives. Every emotion that we respond with, elicits another response in our bodies. It is physiological and chemical. The ability of intense emotions to stimulate or suppress the synthesis of a variety of hormones is well-documented. Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream and are distributed throughout the body. They enter the intercellular fluids and bathe 22

every cell. We could even say that with regular bouts of the same emotion that we are in effect marinating our cells in these chemicals. Of course, our cells will respond to this marinade in turn. Hormones associated with anger, fear (like adrenalin, a stressor) and sadness will not be as nourishing to our cellular structure as those associated with patience and love and compassion (like oxytocin, a relaxer). So in fact, the way we answer a challenge in our life literally produces chemicals which either nourish our bodies or stress it. If we habitually dwell in fear, anger and sadness, our body will eventually lose its vitality. It will be spending most of its energy to just maintain normal function as opposed to blossoming in new growth, much like a plant that is stressed by drought or insect manifestation. Many holistic health care providers recognize this path as a dangerous one that will culminate in eventual disease. In fact many scientists


are beginning to associate specific diseases with specific negative emotions, i.e. heart disease is associated with anger, and depression is associated with fear. In yoga, we teach that every person has the same stresses in their lives, and what makes one healthier than the next person is how we choose to respond to the conflicts handed to us each day. We practice becoming aware of how we react to different situations, starting with the postures on the mat, so we can better see our reactions in a safe environment. Then we can apply these lessons to real world events off the mat. I like to use this analogy: Each morning, God gives us a limited amount of energy to use to handle the situations that arise. We call this life force “prana”. We are responsible to use this fuel to develop our gifts, serve our community and travel the right path as best as we can. If we direct it towards feeding anger and confrontation with others, we could be accused of refusing his gifts, and relinquishing

our responsibilities. Parents should teach their children that each day is like entering a new contract with the Universe. They should be taught to make conscious decisions in how to respond to its lessons so as to conserve their power and energy for growth and healing. The key words in this paragraph are “choose” and “conscious”. Habits can be hard to change. In fact, just like with other chemicals, we can become addicted to the ones that we are most exposed to. For instance, we all know someone who loves to complain. So how does one shift habitual negative behaviors to positive ones? The key is to slow down and take a moment before reacting to challenges. After reading this article, you already know that negative emotions will create a sick body. What could be a positive response to the situation? If you are not sure, I encourage you to turn to your heart for an answer. I like to think of the heart as our doorway to the divine. All of the qualities it represents on Valentine’s Day are the same qualities we can nourish all year long: love, compassion, faith, generosity and joy. When we refer to our heart for advice on how to deal with our fellow man and other conflicts it will always give us the right answer. Practice first noticing your habitual responses to stress. Then choose to redirect your allotted energy each day to positive and nourishing emotions and you will begin to blossom into the divine individual you are meant to be! ©

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xperienced printmaker John D. Gall is back for another visit with the Randolph Arts Guild to lead a basic class in wood block printmaking designed for the experienced, beginner, and everyone in between. This class is designed for ages 14 through adults. Each student will create/ carve a block and print their own creation. All aspects of this form of printmaking will be covered from making a jig that holds the print block, to making a small edition of your prints. The course fee includes each student being able to take home the printing jig and carving tools to make additional woodcuts. The class meets on two Saturdays: June 2 and June 9 from 10:30a -- 3p at the Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Avenue in downtown Asheboro. Bring a lunch. Most materials are provided -- be thinking of an image/design you'd like to work with and bring a wooden spoon (used to print the block). The registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, May 16. The class costs $100. For more information please contact the Guild at (336)-629-0399. John D. Gall is a printmaker who specializes in telling stories. Most of his current work delves into a focus of math and science and are primarily intaglio, or also known as etchings. “I am fascinated by the aesthetic beauty of mathematical equations, graphs and symbols. This has led me to the most complex equation of all: the “Human equation.” In an almost surreal way I have begun combining and incorporating human figures with these symbols in a new, fabricated "world" of Knowledge Seekers.” I strive to tell stories with my art, whether indirectly as metaphors or directly as narratives. Even a still life can tell a story. My subjects may be dreamed, imagined, or experienced, as an autobiographical interpretation, but those 24

most common of these is mixed media on paper. The realm of imagination has brought me to my most current body of work (1995-present). Coming from a math and science background, I am fascinated by the aesthetic beauty of mathematical equations, graphs and symbols. This has led me to the most complex equation of all: the “Human equation.” In an almost surreal way I have begun combining and incorporating human figures with these symbols in a new, fabricated "world" of Knowledge Seekers. The works are usually in an unexplained space where different scales and perspectives exist. The symbols represent metaphors for various conditions of knowledge and depict ways these Knowledge Seekers “use” their knowledge. This direction in my art has expanded to include not only the “Human” equation, but also invented from my imagination are the most botanical and biological subjects, and most precious to me. Any person, place, time always include symbols and some sort of or thing can be a source for inspiration scientific data. Other noteworthy series allowing freedom and diversity of subject include: “Souls” (whimsical predicaments matter. Solving the problem of staying of human souls) and “Tuscany” focused is handled by working in series, (interpretations from travels in Italy). pursuing an idea until it has been explored, Member of: Southern Graphics drained, and pushed to the limits of my Council, Mid-America Print Council, the interest. It is difficult to say how many Print Consortium, Center for Visual Arts different images may come from a basic (Greensboro), and Associated Artists of “idea.” Winston-Salem (Exhibiting Artist). I admire drawing, and my primary vement: medium is printmaking, with the majority Work as part-time preparator for the of my prints being intaglio (etching). I Theatre Art Galleries, High Point, NC and relate to the European tradition of etching, the Green Hill Center for North Carolina emphasizing line and technique. Many of Art, Greensboro, NC. my mentors: Rembrandt, Goya, Whistler, Active as a visiting artist to various and Picasso all excelled as draftsmen and educational institutions, providing lectures etchers. The love of a strong graphic and demonstrations. image and the craft to produce it can be Taught relief and intaglio printmaking clearly seen in their prints. I would like at Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. For to think I am proceeding in the same Fall 2008/Spring 2009/Fall 2010. direction. To keep myself fresh and Artist Website: © introduce variety, I also work in other mediums in addition to printmaking; the



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making her so ill. In April, 2006 she was declared cancer free. Two weeks later her blood test results showed her CEA levels were high again. Over the course of three months Phyllis endured more testing, the removal of a lump in her breast and a complete hysterectomy. In November she was again declared cancer free. In December, 2006 she became violently ill and after a trip to the emergency room her doctors discovered that she had Medullary Sponge Kidney, which causes her body to create abnormal amounts of kidney stones. “I am a mass producer” she jokes. The stones cause severe blockages and must be removed surgically. There is no cure for MSK and Phyllis endures an average of two to three surgeries a year. Through all this Phyllis gained a lot of weight and became unhappy with herself. She and her family joined the YMCA for fitness. “Don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself, get up and hyllis Knowles moved to DO SOMETHING!” became her motto. Asheboro in 1981. After a She enjoyed the fitness classes so much series of jobs she landed a position at an architectural firm she became a certified group fitness instructor and began teaching step in Greensboro in 1997. She started as a aerobics, kettlebell, and cycling classes receptionist and through determination at the Y. and hard work was promoted to In April, 2009 the YMCA introduced Marketing Coordinator within two years. Asheboro’s first Zumba® Fitness classes. To improve her graphics arts skills, Phyllis fell in love with the fast paced which were self-taught, she began taking Latin dance moves and attended every classes at Guilford Technical Community class! She dreamed of becoming a College. Zumba instructor, but finances and the In late 2000 Phyllis began hectic schedule of two jobs kept her from experiencing unusual fatigue and weight pursuing this dream. loss. Her doctors ran several tests ruling In December, 2009 through a series of out a number of diseases, and in May, personal crises she hit rock bottom, both 2001 she was told she had Stage 2B physically and emotionally. She became colon cancer. They removed her sigmoid depressed and checked into a hospital in colon. She endured five months of Winston-Salem. While there, she met chemotherapy treatments at Randolph with a psychiatrist who made one very Hospital’s Cancer Center before profound statement, “Find something persuaded her doctor to let her end the you love, and ‘just do it’!” She knew treatments early because they were


this something would be Zumba®. The very first serious conversation she had with her husband Brian upon her return home was that she wanted her Zumba® Instructor’s license. Besides selfsatisfaction, her goal was to reach out and help others through Zumba® Fitness. She proudly received her license on May 23, 2010. She was only teaching two classes per month at the YMCA and this just wasn’t enough to cover her Zumba licensing fees and Zumba addiction. She set up a meeting with Don Simmons, the owner of Magnolia on Worth, to see if he would consider renting her the space for classes. She took her friend Chris Hall with her, another licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor. Phyllis and Chris established Asheboro Zumba® on July 18, 2010. Classes were full beyond their wildest dreams and they quickly outgrew Magnolia!! On April 18, 2011 they opened their new studio, DanZFit at 1213 C Shanna Lane. Soon Chris gave Phyllis the heartbreaking news that her husband was being transferred and she had to leave the business. Phyllis has since hired the best team of licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructors, increasing availability of classes to fit all schedules and abilities. She now runs the business full time. Phyllis earned her Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Gold, and Zumba® Gold Toning licenses so she could reach out to other less mobile populations in the area. She teaches Zumba® Gold in a chair to residents of Carillon Assisted Living and Carolina House twice a month. She also donates her time by teaching Zumba® Fitness to a local nonprofit that supports adults with behavioral or mental disabilities, and to a group of at-risk teens through Communities in Schools. Even though she has recently been diagnosed with torn meniscuses and

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rheumatoid arthritis in both knees, she says having the business to focus on helps keep her mind off her health issues. She still battles her kidney disease every day, knee aches, and many other complications that come from having a compromised immune system, but Zumba® Fitness keeps her going. She organized a team for Relay for Life which has raised almost $2,000 of their $3,000 goal. This year, Relay for Life has relocated to downtown Asheboro, and will be set up in Bicentennial Park on May 19th from 4 pm to 1 am. Her team will be holding a 50/50 raffle and selling belly dance scarves at the event. During breaks between bands her team of Zumba enthusiasts will be performing for the audience. Phyllis is married to Brian Knowles and has 3 daughters, Melissa Stephenson, Amanda Wilson, and Katie Knowles. She has eight grandchildren. “I am proud of DanZFit and its success. The success is not solely because of me. I give credit to Chris Hall, my former business partner; my talented instructor team - Kim Bradford, Aylissa Cutsail, and Kailey Walker; very supportive family and friends, and all the wonderful people who ever attended a class.” “Do not limit yourself because of illness or have self-pity because someone hurt you. Life will never be 100% the way you envision and hope. There are people in my life who have made me proud, mad, hurt, disappointed, happy, & loved. There have been chains of events that brought me down to my lowest point. Every good and bad day has been worth it. I will not say I would not change a thing because there are things I wish would have never happened but I am happy to know I have overcome every obstacle and work daily to keep my head up and keep a smile on my face. Overcome, be brave, and keep moving. I love my life now!” “See you on Shana Lane!” ©



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the initial drug study by Regeneraon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The randomized, double masked, active controlled phase III studied the efficacy, safety and tolerability of repeated doses of Eylea (intravitreal VEGF trap) in subjects with neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration. There is now additional help for patients with Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration by the FDA approving a first-in-class drug called Eylea. Eylea is called a VEGF Trap-Eye that is a protein drug that soaks up the vascular endothelial growth factor molecules that promote the unhealthy growth of

AMD) and may be given by intravitreal injection as frequently as 2 mg every four weeks. Dr. Gregory Mincey, President of Carolina Eye Associates is excited about the new drug being approved and now being implemented at Carolina Eye. Dr. Mincey stated, “This will mean more convenience and improved compliance for patients which will hopefully mean more patients willing to take treatment”. For more information on Macular Degeneration and eye diseases visit www. or call 910-295-2100 ● 800 733-5357. ©

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n Friday, May 4, 2012 the students at the NC Zoo School held a Regatta on the grounds of the zoo. They were assigned a “crew” by their teachers, consisting of a Captain, a Quartermaster and a First Mate. They were given three different times during class to get together and plan and test their boats, but most of the work was expected to happen outside of the classroom. Teams were gender specific, and the competition was fierce! The assignment was to create a Pop Pop Boat, which is a water-impulse engine, made out of recycled materials. The name comes from the noise the boats make as they move through water. The students were allowed to choose how to power the boat – The Coil Method or The Boiler Method. Using the coil method, the engine is simply a tube of coiled copper that has both its ends in the water. The coil is heated, and the boat moves forward. In practice there are many variables: the length of the tube, the heat source, the weight of the boat, and whether or not the flame is shielded. Any and all of these can affect performance. The boiler method is a very simple steam engine without moving parts, powered by a candle. The boat's engine consists of a boiler and one or more exhaust tubes. While a single exhaust tube may be used, two exhaust tubes are much more commonly used. This is because the boiler and the exhaust tubes have to be filled with water, and using two tubes allows water to be injected into one tube while air inside the engine escapes through the other tube. We solicited students to write about their experience involving this project. It was a great day of friendly competition, and in the end, I think they were all winners! © 30

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s a student at the AHS Zoo School, I am provided with many exceptional opportunities. Some of the many opportunities I have been able to participate in this year were the NC Zoos Pumpkin Smash and the Great Zoo School Regatta. The Regatta was a lot of fun for everyone and even though my boat didn’t actually work, the entire experience was very educational. Before building or designing, there was a lot of planning to be done. My team, the “Nautica Pirates,” divided the work and collaborated when necessary so that we could work efficiently and contribute equally to the project. Mara put together the portfolio (what we’re actually graded on), Maria made the shirt, and I built the boat. As a team we chose the design of the shirt and the style of the boat, and we wrote a poem for the portfolio. Planning and design definitely weren’t the only two steps. Building the boat itself was a blast! There were so many different materials and binding methods to choose from, but I went with flashing as the metal and caulk and rivets to bind the metal. Flashing is a very thick aluminum foil that is also very malleable; it is used on rooftops, under shingles and in many other places. We chose an airboat style boat because airboats are made for speed and buoyancy and our portfolio poem reflects our boat and how it should have worked. Finally, the Regatta came. On the day of the Regatta, May 4th, everyone was psyched to see all of the boats race. The entire zoo school was exhausted by the time the Regatta was over, but it was definitely worth the effort. © By Faith Garner


tudents, imagine incorporating the environment into each classroom lesson, using recycled materials to make 3-D products, or just going outside to use Mother Nature’s classroom. At the Asheboro High School Zoo School, we participate in project-based learning, and we complete assignments that are a little more than average. One of the more environmentally-friendly projects we are doing as a whole this year is the Zoo School Regatta. In the Regatta, there are four admirals, or teachers, that are in charge of 5-6 groups. The groups are split into genders, and grade levels are integrated as well. Each group consists of a Captain, a First mate, and a Quartermaster. A group is required to make a “pop-pop boat” that can not only float and travel, but can carry a cargo of 8 ounces. The groups design the boat however they like and


give their own spin on the pop-pop boat. The only catch is that the boat must be made entirely out of recyclable materials. This emphasizes the Zoo School’s mission of sustainability. Admirals are allowed to supervise and give suggestions, but the project is solely the students’ responsibility. On Friday, May 4th, we presented our final product and participated in a boat race at the NC Zoo’s pond, which is right behind our campus. There were prizes given out to those who had the most creative and most successful boats. Considering the groups were chosen at random by our teachers, we had to work with people we may not have known before. Having to complete such a huge project with others taught me how to plan accordingly and respect others’ ideas and ways of working. The Regatta has been a fun and challenging assignment and has taught all of the students how to tie in a piece of work with the Zoo School’s mission of “going green.” ©

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THEY GO WITH YOU! By Bianca Tyler


have never understood how someone can give up their pet when they move. Our pets are our furry babies. They are part of the family. They each have unique personalities and bring such joy and comfort to our lives. Giving them up is not an option. Even when I was single and worked as a television journalist moving from city to city or state to state, it never occurred to me to ever give up my dog, Moussie. Take your animals with you. Find pet-friendly hotels along your journey. Look for apartments or condos that take animals. In the days when I was moving constantly, there was little Internet access…to give you an idea, I started in newsrooms with typewriters. But I could always find a new home for my best friend and me. Nowadays there’s just no excuse with info-access at every turn. Long after I was married, my mother called us late one afternoon and said, “I just came from a tag sale. The folks are moving out of state and can’t take their cat with them. Can you please get him or they’re bringing him to a shelter tomorrow. The shelter warned them he was over 10 years old and will be hard to place and he’ll likely be put to sleep. I just can’t see it, will you please go?” So by nightfall, guess what family added a new furry baby to the lot that night! He hid behind the couch for 3 weeks. He cried and didn’t eat. He lost his fur on

the top of his head and part of his back and was completely inconsolable. We took him to the vet and our suspicions were confirmed. Depression. Just as it irritates me when people call animals “it,” it grates me even more when they think of animals void of feelings and emotion. They feel hurt, they feel loss, they feel happiness, they feel bored, they feel fear, they feel connection, and many are more loyal than some people I know; anyone who has ever loved their animals know they are emotional beings. Two people I know made comments that animals don’t feel pain. Are you kidding me? Don’t even get me started on that subject! When a couple weeks passed, our furry baby, who we named Squidgycat, realized his family wasn’t coming back for him. We spent a lot of time speaking with extra-gentle voices, jingling cat toys and trying to lure him out with catnip and treats. He heard our other animals barking, meowing and running about and got used to our routine. This old kitty needed to go through this time of transition at his own pace and when he was ready, he came out. One of the most loving balls of fluff ever, we spent many years cuddling and snuggling each other. The people who moved out of state, leaving this sweet animal behind, will never know the tremendous strain they put on him. Years back we had another cat who Squidgy

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hid under the bed for 2 years. A rescue case that only the Lord knows what happened to this little sweet Calico. She would only come out after midnight when I worked on my computer during the late, quiet hours. She savored every tickle around the ears, every stroke along her back, and in those wee hours when I’d finally go up to bed, she’d follow me and hide under it until the next late night. After a few years, she had the confidence to sleep under the kitchen table in a cozy kitty bed. I know most would not have the patience for this, but isn’t that what we need from the world at some times in our lives? Patience, understanding, unconditional love. The bottom line here is that your animals love you, they trust you, they rely on you, they build confidence in you, and when you move, take them with you or you may be breaking a heart more than you know. There’s much more on our pets, rescues and our dog, Moussie, on www., just scroll down the left-hand column to the Moussie Tales sidebar. © The Bright Spot™ - In a household, children learn what the adults model. Give them great examples of love, empathy and compassion. Our society needs more of it these days and you can make all the difference. Happy Parenting!™


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arning – next due date from the IRS may be closer than you think. June 15th is the 2nd quarter estimated tax payment deadline. More individuals than you think are required to pay estimated taxes. Are you required to pay estimated taxes? Well instead of sending you to boring IRS Publication 505, let me give you some assistance. Generally if you expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax for 2012, after subtracting your withholding and refundable credits AND if you expect your withholding and refundable credits to be less than 90% of for tax on your 2012 return or 100% of the tax on your 2011 return. As with any IRS rule or regulation there are exceptions and in this case there are special exceptions

for farmers (but we will not go into that detail) and exceptions for those making over $150,000. The majority of folks who have to file estimated taxes are self-employed or those with high retirement income from interest, dividends or retirement/ pension income where there is little to no withholdings. How to calculate your estimated taxes? About as easy as mud pie? Well, not that easy. For the 2nd quarter estimated payment, you take your income through May 31st, subtract your deductions, annualize this amount, deduct your exemptions, credits and estimated yearly withholding to get your estimated annual tax. For the June 15th payment you should have paid in 50% of your estimated taxes for the year. So take the estimated annual tax divide by 2 and this is the payment due. Now of course this is the “back of an envelope” method. To get really specific please consult either IRS

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Publication 505 or your tax advisor. If you are having problems calculating this year’s income and deductions, you can take an alternate route. Make your estimated tax payments for 20112 based off of your 2011 tax liability. If your income is under $150,000 on your 2011 tax return, make sure you have 50% of last year’s liability paid in by June 15th. If your income is over $150,000 take last year’s tax liability and multiply it by 110% then have 50% of that amount in by June 15th. If you do not pay your 50% of your estimated yearly liability amount by June 15th, the IRS will assess an underpayment penalty. Even if you are getting a refund, you could possibly be paying the estimated tax penalty because you did not make timely estimated tax payments. And we have seen it happen. ©

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HERE’S A THOUGHT. “What’s your life’s quest?”

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n the famous film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur and his knights seek the Holy Grail. They come to a bridge that spans “The River of Death.” A bridge keeper allows travelers to cross his bridge only if they, “Answer me these questions three”. Give a wrong answer, and you’re tossed into the chasm. Lancelot’s first. The keeper says: “What is your name?” “Sir Lancelot, Knight of the Round Table.” The keeper says: “What is your quest?” “To seek the Holy Grail.” The keeper says: “What is your favorite color?” “Blue.” The keeper says: “Right then, off you go.” Lancelot crosses the bridge. A second knight answers his name and quest. The third question is, “What is the capital of Assyria?”


The knight says, “I don’t know that.” And he is hurled, screaming, into the chasm. The king steps up. “What is your name?” The king says, “Arthur, King of the Britons.” The keeper says, “What is your quest?” “To seek the Holy Grail.” “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” “What do you mean,” asks Arthur, “an African or European swallow?” “What? I don’t know that,” answers the bridge keeper, who is hurled into the chasm. Arthur and his followers cross-unhindered. Do you believe when you get to Heaven’s bridge that you’ll be asked, “Why should you come in?” Do you believe that if we answer correctly, in we go, and if we answer wrongly, it’s into the abyss? Let’s Pray: Dearest God, in deepest secret, tell my secret soul Your unspeakable Holy Name that I may cross. Amen. ©


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ain of any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache. There are many different types of headaches, with just as many causes. The International Headache Society describes several different categories of headache: • Tension-type • Migraine and cluster • Secondary headaches from an underlying condition. Such as fever, infectious disease, sinus disorder, or in rare cases, a tumor or more serious illness. • Cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches. Most headaches are harmless and resolve on their own, although severe headaches that recur frequently can affect your ability to do your daily activities and can reduce your quality of life. There is effective treatment for almost every type of headache. The challenge lies in determining the type of headache,

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its cause, and in developing an appropriate treatment plan that will reduce both its frequency and intensity. Physical therapists can help determine the type of headache you have and are experts in managing pain from tension type headaches. Tension-type headaches (also called muscle-spasm headaches) are the most common types of headaches in adults. They may be the result of a neck or jaw problem, poor posture, fatigue, stress, or TMJ. A problem in the neck , head, or jaw – such as an injury or arthritis- can lead to tension in the muscles at the back of the head and to increased pressure on the nerves to the face and head. Poor posture can cause these muscles to become overworked, which can trigger a headache. SO HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP? Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough examination that includes a review of your health history. Your therapist will ask you questions and will perform tests to determine th most likely cause of your headaches. For example, your therapist might: • Ask you:  To recall any previous injuries to your neck , head or jaw  The location, nature, and behavior of your pain and other symptoms.  To draw you areas of pain on a body diagram  Perform tests of muscle strength and sensation.  Examine your posture when sitting, standing, and performing various activities.  Measure the range of motion of your neck, shoulders, and other relevant parts of your body.  Use manual therapy to detect


trigger points in the muscle or myofascial adhesions. If it appears that you do have tensiontype headaches, your physical therapist will work with you to design a plan of care to meet your goals. If the evaluation indicates that you may have a different type of headache, such as sinus, migraine, or cluster headache, your physical therapist will refer you to another health care professional for additional diagnostic tests and treatment. Your physical therapist will work with to correct the problems that are causing your pain and will help you learn to prevent headaches through simple changes in your posture and lifestyle: Improve neck mobility: Physical therapists use a specialized technique called manual therapy to increase movement and relieve pain and to stretch the muscles of the back of the neck. Improve your strength: Your physical therapist will teach you exercises to increase the strength of the muscles that stabilize your upper back and neck to improve your posture and endurance and make it easier for you to sit or stand for longer periods of time without discomfort. Improve your posture: Physical therapists will teach you ways to improve your posture. Whether it is simply pushing your chest out or pulling your shoulder blades backward and together, slight modifications to everyday living can make a vast improvement in posture. ©

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Joel serving samples of Four Saints Brewing Company Craft Beer at Lumina Wine & Beer.





nless you’ve really got your finger on the pulse of the Asheboro business community or you’ve been to an event where they were present, you probably didn’t know Asheboro has a brewery in planning. This is mainly because Four Saints Brewing Company is still in the start-up phase of their business plan and because they aren’t licensed to sell their craft beer yet…they can only hold tastings at local venues like Lumina Wine and Beer. If you are a lover of craft beers and have had the opportunity to sample theirs, you know they are on the brink of superstardom. I fancy myself a craft beer connoisseur and have sampled beers from all over the world. I can say with an extreme amount of certainty that Four Saints Brewery’s beer is nothing short of world class. In my humble opinion, their goal of becoming one of the best craft beers in North Carolina has already been met. But, like all entrepreneurs with a great idea and a great product, their continued success is contingent on getting the funding necessary to take their business to the next level. The seed was planted for Four Saints Brewing Company twelve years ago when Andrew Deming received a home brewing kit for Christmas from his wife Amy. At the time Andrew had no idea what this simple gesture would lead to but quickly discovered he really enjoyed brewing his own beer and sharing it with others. It wasn’t until many years later, with his good friend Joel McClosky, that the idea of starting a craft brewery began to take shape. Andrew’s wife Amy, Joel and his wife Kristen all worked at Balfour Elementary School and started hanging out together. Part of this included the

occasional sampling of Andrew’s latest homebrewed beer. The beer was so good that Joel would find any excuse possible to stop by for a taste. It wasn’t long before Joel wanted to learn more about brewing, and became Andrew’s apprentice. It wasn’t much longer until the conversation turned to taking their hobby to the next level. After many conversations Andrew, Joel and two other friends decided that Asheboro needed a nanobrewery, and began the planning process. Due to circumstances and other commitments the two friends decided this was not the venture for them, but have remained loyal supporters and enthusiasts. They named their new venture Four Saints Brewing Company (FSBC) after the four patron Saints of beer, Saint Augustine, Saint Nicholas, Saint Luke and Saint Wenceslas. Centuries ago beer was the daily drink of the people, both because plain water was often polluted and due to beer's inexpensive, nourishing qualities. Monks brewed beer for themselves as a safe source of hearty sustenance. Without widespread hotel chains, monasteries served as inns for travelers who shared the monks’ provisions, especially their robust, sustaining beers. Eventually, the monks were able to sell their beers at pubs called klosterschenken, and a flourishing trade developed. To build brand loyalty, the name of the monastery's patron saint was used. To this day, many beers bear the name of a Saint so it is fitting that Asheboro & Randolph County’s first brewery is named accordingly. Getting the brewery to the point where it could make enough beer to showcase took resources and equipment that are very expensive. As most entrepreneurs do in the early stages

Grains used to make craft beer.

Inside the Cold Room

Fermenting Beer

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Andrew preparing cleaning the equipment

Joel & Andrew


of their business, Andrew and Joel improvised and made most of the equipment they needed, including a cold room in Andrew’s garage, where the beer is stored while it ferments. Additionally, Joel and Andrew have received a tremendous amount of help and support from the local community including Jen at Lumina, Kris at Kris Julian Studios, Scott at Able Custom Signs, and the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve had so many people who have done so much for us and we’ve been humbled so many times with the generosity and support from the Asheboro community”. Joel and Andrew’s plans are to have a tasting room at the brewery, where people can come and drink their beers which currently include four year round beers(Potter’s Clay Amber Ale, Belgian Dubbel Ale, Honey Ginger Pale Ale, and Stout One), four seasonal (Caramel Quadrupel {winter}, Soonto-Be-Named Double IPA {spring}, Peach Hefeweizen {summer}, and Clachneart Scottish Ale {fall}), and four limited release Saint beers (St. Nicholas Christmas Ale {winter}, St. Augustine Jalapeno Rauchbier {fall}, St. Wenceslas Bohemian Pilsner {still in design}, and St. Luke Ale {still in design}). Although they have several spots in mind, the exact location of the brewery’s future home has yet to be decided and is predicated on how quickly they can raise the needed start-up capital and find a place that suits the requirements of local, state, and federal licensing since a brewery is considered manufacturing.


Wherever they decide to set up shop, The Four Saints Brewery will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the community. According to, having a brewery in a town can raise a municipality’s cache. Take for example Asheville, North Carolina, which boasts ten breweries and has a handful more in the planning stages. “We have a community that supports the beer scene and keeps the momentum going,” said Dodie Stephens, a spokeswoman for the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Stephens explained that a brewery is a benefit for locals, but that it’s also a draw for the more than 3 million visitors to the city each year. Joel and Andrew realize the importance of contributing to the community and have made “giving back” part of their business plan from the very beginning. Because they do not yet have the proper licensing to sell their beer, they have been donating their time and giving away samples at many events around town. Their plans include donating time and product to local charities and events. Although they are still a fledgling company, they have already started doing this by donating to organizations like the Randolph Partnership for Children, and partnering with the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers to bring its national convention of to Asheboro. Joel and Andrew’s plan to raise the necessary funds needed to open (Continued on page 45)

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aturday, June 9th is the 2nd Annual Randolph-Asheboro YMCA Run to the Sun 10k at 7:00am. This is an open

road course that begins and ends at the Y. There are 12 male and 12 female age divisions. An awards ceremony will begin after all participants have completed the race. Medals will be awarded to the top three runners of each age group and first place overall male and female. Early registration fee is $15 and after June 1 is $20. T-shirts will be given to participants registered by May 7th. All proceeds will go to the YMCA “Y-Give” Scholarship Program. A

the entire family to enjoy. This is a free event to every child in our community wanting to participate and is sponsored

endurance, strength and general body

by area businesses in collaboration with

practice. Yoga has the ability to help

the YMCA. It is a rewarding experience

all of us get better- better in terms of

for everyone involved.

healing and rehabilitation, better in terms of strength and flexibility, better in terms of the elimination of pain.” Don’t miss this opportunity to integrate yoga into your workout routine!




aturday, June 9th is the 9th Annual Randolph-Asheboro YMCA Kids Tri at the Y at 10:00am. The triathlon




ummer Day Camp begins Monday, June 11th! Our “New & Improved Summer Day Camp” Program will

provide campers with a new 2400 sq ft classroom, new Teen Center and new Splash Pad features. We will, of

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course still have all the old favorites;

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swimming, field trips, gymnasium,

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the Y’s certified Yoga instructors shares

the tri-athlete will run or walk the rest of Program, see the front desk for a the race on the ½ mile walking/running registration packet. Scholarships are

course map is available on the back of the registration form and on the YMCA

for Runners during the month of May on tri-athlete runs to his or her bike, puts on as 4-H, incorporated into camp! To discover all the “NEW & IMPROVED” their helmet and shoes to ride the bike Tuesdays at 7:05-7:55 pm in the Mind fun in the YMCA Summer Day Camp course. At the end of the bike course, & Body Studio. Dana Antoniou, one of the following; “As a yoga teacher, I

often hear runners complain of sore feet, path around the soccer field and is cheered on as they cross the finish line! bad backs and knees, tight hamstrings and hips. Over the years, I have watched All participants receive an event t-shirt, a medal, and goody bag at an awards runners and others for that matter, with joint pain, back problems, muscle

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their tasting room are as unique as their beers. They are using, which bills itself as the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. People raise money for their entrepreneurial projects through by offering rewards for different levels of donation. According to, “Everyone loves limited editions, one-of-a-kinds, and fun experiences (parties, screenings, balloon rides!).” Joel and Andrew are looking to raise $45,000 as immediate, starting capital that will need to be augmented with additional funds via traditional capital avenues including investments, loans, and revenue sharing. They have developed a winning offering through to get there. For example, for a $10 donation you will receive a thank you on the FSBC website, FSBC Honorary Saint sticker, and personalized FSBC Honorary Saint certificate. For a $200 donation you will become a member of the Inaugural Honorary Saints Mug Club and receive a Limited Edition mug made by one of 14 local North Carolinian potters. Honorary Saint Mug Club members will own a numbered 20 oz. mug that only he or she will use at the brewery. For an additional $50, you will be permitted to handpick your mug from all 14 potters’ selections. The Mug Club is only available at this level. At this donation level, you will also receive Honorary Saint pint glasses (set of 2) and the items from all lower donation levels. If you are the type of person that “goes big” on everything, $5,000 will get you all the versions of the limited edition artwork, being created by local artists including Susan Harrell for the brewery. In addition, one fermenter at the brewery will be named after you or dedicated to someone of your choice (some restrictions will apply based on appropriateness and tact). You will also be directly involved in the creation of the fourth saint brew, St. Luke Ale and help decide the style, the recipe, and other intricacies to make St. Luke Ale a reality. Finally, a Private Tasting Party will be held for you and a few selected friends at the brewery, complete with tour, beer education, and food prepared by local foodies. Rarely are we presented with an opportunity to make history. By helping fund The Four Saints Brewing Company you are not only helping Joel and Andrew realize their dreams, you are helping bring the first brewery to Asheboro and Randolph County which, in turn, will give people just one more reason to visit our great community. As far as this project is concerned, there is no donation too large or too small. Go to and “Join us on this quest… Walk alongside the Saints...Seize this opportunity to help fund Four Saints Brewing Company.”

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ost of us have managed projects even though we may have never been officially called a “project manager.” As with any project, there can always be lessons learned from things done well and things done poorly. The following are three common mistakes in project management:


1) Project objectives are poorly defined. From the beginning, this can spell disaster. Poorly defined objectives can be caused by a variety of items ranging from not asking the stakeholders the right questions to rushing a project so that it can meet a deadline. Try to make every effort to clarify the project objectives with the right people so that the project can start in the right direction and can

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be caused by a project manager biting off more than they can chew 2) Project scope changes are poorly and not requesting more time managed. Most projects will have to complete the project. Maybe items that need to be changed or the scope changes were poorly modified throughout its duration. managed or a team member may When those change requests are have been out sick, unproductive or poorly managed, they can create a possibly quit in the middle of the nightmare for your project schedule project... regardless of the cause – and budget. To prevent this, make routinely overworking people can sure a procedure is in place for lead to poor morale and suboptimal scope requests to be officially output. Before asking your made, documented, and approved team to give up their weekends, after a review is done of how it will try requesting more help or an impact the project. extended timeline. For more assistance planning the 3) Project team members being right project with the right people with overworked. A team member the right scope and the right skill sets, having to work an extra five hours consider contacting Nathan Swanson at here and there is one thing, but Northmont Navigation. © to work late nights and weekends consistently is another. This can

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was eight years old when I began my first official diet. They said I needed to lose eight lbs.” And so began one of the most heart-wrenching testimonials I have ever received. I’ve been Julie’s Integrative Health Coach for just two months now, but have seen this middle-aged woman’s life transform, almost before my eyes. Prior to beginning my formal Coaching program with her, I suggested that she attend a few EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) sessions to eliminate the negative emotions she carried about her body, and her value as a person. By getting rid of those emotional ‘drivers,’ we would improve her potential for successful weight loss and better health. But back to her story . . . a story filled with negative messages about her weight, of being told by her mother, again and again, that she was fat. As she wrote, “I don’t have any conscious

Lina Landess is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach whose primary goal is to help her clients enjoy optimal health: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. For more information call: (336) 521-1176 or visit


memory of relating to myself except as a fat person. That branded me as one apart, not as good, and certainly not worthy of love or any of the nice things and good life of “normal” people. “ Whether Julie was indeed fat as a youngster, or not, didn’t really matter. The messages she received from her family, especially her mother, convinced her that she was. To better understand her experience, I asked her to bring in photos of herself at various ages. What I saw in the photos she brought was 1) a sweet, innocent looking, normal-sized eight year old, and 2) a beautiful, healthy looking and perfectly-shaped young woman of 18. But, she continued, “After I got married, I rebelled against the entire system and began eating whatever I wanted. As an active person, the weight gain through my 20’s and early 30’s was gradual and relatively small. It did not diminish the constant background noise in my being about how unworthy I was because I was a fat person. (Eventually), I became the large, obese person I always imagined myself to be.” As you read Julie’s account of her battle with weight, you might recognize that the issue here isn’t really about her relationship with food, but her relationship with herself. Even well meaning parents, which I believe Julie’s likely were, are unaware of the power of their words, and the impact of their pronouncements. And so, my first task was to use EFT to neutralize Julie’s negative beliefs


about herself. If she carried those feelings into our health coaching, the likelihood of reaching and permanently maintaining her goal weight would be frustrated and disappointing, much as she had experienced before. Although we have only just begun our Health Coaching work together, Julie has started losing weight, and shared this, “I honestly feel that this (program) is very different from all the other lifelong attempts to “control” my weight or what I eat. I certainly feel very different about it. Included are skills to master, information to learn, strategies and goals to make, but the process is more holistic and inclusive. I am ready also in a way I have not been in the past. Inside it feels “normal” and not exactly easy, but it flows. It feels like I’ve finally arrived; my life’s efforts have reached fruition. The monster (of self-loathing and doubt) now feels like an ally, something that is almost relieved to be recognized and nurtured. As a Health Coach, Lina brings a variety of training and tools to the table, and I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with her in my healing journey.” I, too, am grateful for the opportunity to coach Julie and to use the tools I have at hand to support her journey toward health and happiness, from the inside out . . .where health and healing happen, naturally! To learn more about From the Inside Out and Lina’s unique Health Coaching program, contact her at 336-521-1176. ©

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EC Narrow Fabrics has announced the acquisition of controlling interest in Telas Elasticas S.A.R.L. (Tesa) located in Honduras - its fifth manufacturing plant. The Tesa acquisition expands AEC’s product line and development capabilities, positioning it as the most capable, fullrange narrow fabrics producer in North and Central America. AEC’s President, Bob Lawson said, “This is a significant strategic step for AEC; we are now a full range supplier of narrow elastics and rigid fabrics. In Honduras, the Tesa plant will manufacture jacquards and intimate apparel elastics. AEC’s plant in El Salvador will focus on knitted production. Our capacity will grow by more than 30 percent. We have increased our ability to support our customers as they increase their production in Central and North America and move more programs back from Asia.” Jeff Crisco, Vice President commented, “Strong quality assurance

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Capabilities Engage AEC’s Growing Customer Base

testing is one of AEC’s strengths. The Tesa location adds new stateof-the-art QA labs, required by many of our largest customers for their exacting standards. With production in North America, Honduras and El Salvador we are very wellsituated to ensure exceptional quality as we supply and service our customers.” AEC’s customers have very diverse requirements for woven and knitted, elastic and rigid narrow fabrics. Precision dyeing and finishing are among the capabilities strengthened with the addition of the Tesa operation. John Crisco, Vice President, noted “This new location’s beam and skein dyeing and its extensive sample dyeing equipment will speed our ability to match customers’ new color requests. We will also have the region’s largest silicone coating operation.” All of AEC’s manufacturing facilities and its global customer base will benefit from the intellectual property and Sun




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RED, RED WINE By Dave Johnson




Cedro do Noval 2008 is made by the Quinto do Noval vineyard

Quinto do Noval vineyard.

which is famous for its Port wine. After a successful trial in 2003, Quinto do Noval expanded its offering to include Duoro red wines with the vintage 2004 being the first to be commercially available. According the their website, Cedro do Noval is “named after the emblematic cedar tree that dominates the terrace of Quinta do Noval, Cedro is an authentic expression of the Douro. Principally made up of classic Portuguese varieties, it also contains a proportion of Syrah, which rounds out the fruit and gives the wine enormous charm and accessibility.” When I got this bottle of wine, I was giddy with anticipation. I took it home and uncorked it immediately. The first thing I noticed about it was the taste was strangely reminiscent of Port wine. Having done my research after first trying the wine, I wasn’t surprised to find out that it came from a primarily Port wine vineyard. Its texture is velvety soft and although a little

Quinto do Noval vineyard Director Christian Seely

on the dry side, it is very fruit forward. It is made from a native blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Syrah and aged exclusively in French oak. The addition of Syrah to the blend is why the Cedro Do Noval was given the Duriense designation. The Cedro do Noval 2008 is a great everyday drinker and a tremendous value. It can be paired with just about anything from red meats, pasta, roasted or grilled poultry, cheeses or by itself with a group of friends. Since I am new to Portuguese wines, I am going to include a few reviews from well known wine critics. "This has tons and tons of charm. If it will never be the biggest “wow” wine or the most obvious, it will be something irresistible that matches perfectly with food. Just as a cherry on top – it is well priced, too, and indeed, it may have become the

All Noval wines are matured at the estate.

best deal in the Noval lineup. It should age well, too. The 2007, incidentally, is drinking beautifully these days and although slightly different in style, it is really hard to choose between them. Drink now-2019." 90 Points, Wine Advocate "A dense red, with an opulent, spicy aroma, followed by chewy flavors of chocolate, dark plum and French toast. There's firm acidity throughout, and this finishes with dusty, ferrous notes. Best from 2012 through 2015." 89 Points, Wine Spectator If you are looking for a great diversion from your regular favorites, look no further. The Cedro do Noval is sure to please and is a fantastic introduction to Portuguese wines. It is normally available at Lumina Wine and Beer for $21.99, but you can pick it up this month only for $19.99, until June 15th or while supplies last. ©

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ZOO TAKES BITE OUT OF SNAKE MYTHS, FEARS Photos & Story By: Tom Gillespie, NC Zoo Staff




hroughout the year, the North Carolina Zoo tries to educate visitors and quell some of the myths and fears about the more than 30 species of snakes on exhibit at the park. Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, the zoo will hold its annual "Save Our Snakes" event, with keeper talks, exhibits, snake-related games, hands-on demonstrations and more about snakes. A typical event demonstration might focus on the zoo’s efforts to track and study indigenous snakes on the zoo property through the use of tracking transmitters on the animals. During the demonstrations, keepers show visitors how to identify and co-exist with snakes, including how to move them when necessary. “People don’t seem to want to take the time to determine if a snake is venomous,” said Mark Lewis, keeper and herpetologist at the N.C. Zoo. “To most people, it’s just easier to dislike them all.” This dislike is often due to ignorance of the important part snakes play in the larger ecosystem, and sometimes it’s incorrect information about snakes that is passed down from generation to generation. “People don’t understand what rodent controllers snakes are,” Lewis said. “Most snakes can eat small mice and other small rodents, but it takes a large snake to eat rats and large rodents.” But snake myths still abound. Although labeled as slimy, snakes actually have very dry skin. They don't even have mucous glands to produce “slime.” Scales prevent the snake from drying out and aid in locomotion. Another myth is that the venom of young or small snakes is not as toxic as that of an adult of the same species. Actually, the venomous bite of small, juvenile snakes may be more dangerous than an adult’s. A snake’s venom gland must replace venom lost with each bite, which takes time. For this reason, adult snakes learn to conserve venom. Juveniles, on the other hand, often have not learned this and discharge their venom completely with each bite. Any snakebite, whether venomous or not, should be considered a medical emergency; however, most are not lethal. According to the American Red Cross, about 8,000 people a year receive venomous bites in the United States; about 12 of those victims die. A venomous snake does not necessarily inject venom with each bite and can vary the amount of venom injected with each bite. Venom is actually modified saliva, used both to capture and kill prey and then to digest the prey. Venoms are primarily either hematoxic, which means that they primarily affect the blood, or neurotoxic, which means that they attack the nervous system and brain. Snake venom is made up of about 20 different enzymes. Each species usually has 6 to 12 of these enzymes, which determine the snake’s toxicity and whether it is primarily hematoxic or neurotoxic. Unfortunately, many people believe that the only good snake is a dead snake. Seeing a snake is no reason to kill it. Most snakes are more afraid of humans than humans are of them. Snakes are here for a reason; they serve an important role as both predator and prey in complex food chains. Killing a snake and breaking the natural food chain can affect all the other creatures in the chain. Through exhibits and educational programs offered at the N.C. Zoo, many of the myths and misunderstandings about snakes can be dispelled, and people can learn to better appreciate these beneficial reptiles. ©

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nature’s nuances.

WATER BRINGS LIFE TO THE GARDEN By Faylene Whitaker (Whitaker Farms)


t is morning just about sunrise. I can tell because the birds are playing outside in the trees and their chirping is so happy, the sun is just beginning to shine through my bedroom window and I can hear the water splashing in the fountain, all these things greet me with a new day. So it is time to get a shower and begin to enjoy a new day. Now it is time to go play with some plants. Let’s plant some red geraniums mixed with some yellow lantana and purple heuchera in this blue pot, it will be great in the sun. I think I want some ferns in the hanging baskets on the porch. Some large pots of dragon wing begonias mixed with some blue wave torenia and ivy will look good in the shade containers. Oh! And the bird planter needs some asparagus fern in it. The rocking chairs need the new soft green cushions added and the table needs some fresh flowers on it with some solar lights. As you can tell I am not working at the garden center today I am playing at my house in the yard and on the patio. In the yard are hostas, encore azaleas, camellias, Japanese maples, gardenias,


lirope and the hydrangeas just beginning to put on their blooms. Then of course there are always the knockout roses. Now is the time to plant my annuals in the yard. I’m not too good at providing the water some plants need so I plant those that I know will survive me looking after them. Geraniums are always top of my list because of their bold color, next is tidal wave petunias, along with lime green potato vine, mandevilla, lantana and verbena. Notice I said I am not too great at looking after them but they still have to have water, good soil and fertilizer to make it through the summer months. If you have irrigation you can use lots of plants inpatients, ferns, and just about any other plant you want. If you are like me and don’t water very often you make want to look for more drought tolerant plants such as succulents, portucalla , petunias, geraniums, begonias, etc. Your garden center will have list of different plants for different situations. Now is the time to have your fountains cleaned and running. If you have a pond you will want to do a spring cleanout and don’t forget to balance the water before putting fish in the pond. Be sure to add


some of the beautiful flowering tropical plants to the pond. Also add those water plants that help provide oxygen in the water. Birdbaths need water added frequently since the water evaporates very quickly on hot days, If the birdbath is very deep be sure to add some pebbles or stones for the birds to sit on to drink. Some great butterfly plants for the garden are black eyed susans, marigolds, butterfly weed, Monarda, butterfly bushes (which now come in small sizes), basil, chives, lantana, veronica, pentas, and salvia just to name a few. There are so many things to enjoy in the garden set up a table and chairs add a beautiful tablecloth, candles and flowers and some great food and enjoy some great times with family and friends. There is nothing better than the sounds of laughter and love that surrounds us when we take a little time out of our busy lives to relish nature and those that make our lives so full of love. Now back to play time, let’s see I believe I will plant some more hydrangeas over there and maybe some peonies there and... ©

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community news.


by Mary Murkin


hink “Sound of Music.” Now think of the opening credits “The hills are alive………..” That is exactly what went through my head when I began down the gently curving driveway to the High Meadow Alpaca Farm. There were not enough exclamations in the English language for what I was feeling as I saw this sight for the first time a couple of weeks ago. On a lovely Saturday morning in April, the Lark Artists took a drive out to this farm to make plans with the owners, Brenda and Jesse Jones, about our collaborative effort with them-----our summer art show!!! The Joneses were kind enough to invite Lark Artists to have our summer show on their farm and we jumped at the chance!!!! You will see exactly why we did when you come out to our show--“Art with the Alpacas!” Lark Artists second annual summer art event will be June 9, 2012--from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm—at the High Meadow Alpaca Farm in Asheboro, NC. Rain will cancel the show. High Meadow Alpaca Farm is located at 2102 Spero Road, Asheboro, NC. Directions to the farm are as follows: From Greensboro, Go South on Route 220 to Spero Rd exit Go right on Spero Rd 1 l/4 miles to 2102 Spero Rd. High Meadow sign on your right. From Asheboro go North on Route 220. Take left on Spero Rd. exit. Go 1 1/4 miles to 2102 Spero Rd…High Meadow sign on right. 58

This festival will include: Art, music, food, alpacas, and a glimpse of heaven on earth at the High Meadow Alpaca Farm. There will also be a silent auction of art pieces donated by the artists to raise money for the Family Crisis Center in Asheboro, NC. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to this cause. There are currently ten Lark Artists. They are as follows: Laurie Abela, Amy Keith Barney, Betsy Brown, Cori Cagle, Robert Crutchfield, Et Hacskaylo, Mary Murkin, Rich Powell, Debra Spinks, and Melissa Walker. Lark Artists is an artist collaborative dedicated to promoting, empowering and inspiring its members’ artistic endeavors. The focus of our organization is to foster artful opportunities for its members and the community. This is accomplished through an internet presence, organized


group events, and charitable activities in support of the arts in the community. You can learn more about us at the Lark Artist website: When Lark Artists was given the opportunity to have our annual summer art show at High Meadow Alpaca Farm, a decision was made to invite a select number of other artists to participate with us at this amazing location. With a little bit larger group, the event will present more like a village festival. We will have our booth tents set up in a lush green meadow at the farm. There will be an old timey marketplace feel to this setting. The show plans that we made with the Joneses unfolded beautifully on that recent Saturday morning! We decided that we will have our village of artisans and craftspeople set up in the meadow; there will be live music throughout the day provided by Steve Cain; there will be site-cooked food prepared by Magnolia 23; and there will be the many sights and delights with the alpacas and the scenery of the farm. High Meadow Alpaca Farm is 33 acres of pure paradise! The moment you turn into the driveway, you know you have just entered another realm. From the gently rolling meadows to the panoramic views of green grass and tree lines as far as the eye can see to the chin high pens with the beautiful, playful alpacas, you won’t know where to look first to take it all in. Brenda and Jesse Jones’ touches of love and care are

evident on every square inch of their property. Besides raising the alpacas, they also shear them. Then Brenda cleans and cards the wool and spins it into yarn. Visitors to the High Meadow Alpaca Farm are welcome in Brenda’s workshop. In Brenda’s workshop, guests can see where she works on the wool, as well as they can purchase skeins of alpaca wool and some various wool items that Brenda has made from the wool. There are felted hats, knitted scarves, woven shawls, etc.! All of Brenda’s wool and handmade pieces are exquisite. Brenda is also an accomplished painter. Her subject matter tends to lean heavily to things of nature. All of these items will also be available for purchase on the day of the Lark Artists “Art with the Alpacas” show. We hope you will mark your calendars to attend this oneof-a-kind experience with the Lark Artists at the High Meadow Alpaca Farm on June 9! There is sure to be something for everyone! ©

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COMMUNITY EVENTS MAY & JUNE ‘12 May 17 - Thrifty Thursday Movie – “Breaking Dawn”, Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro. Show times are 6:00 and 8:15 p.m. Admission is $5, includes small popcorn and small drink.

registration, 1 pm ride starts. A 50K, 70K, and 100K bike ride through the rolling hills of Randolph County for recreational and avid cyclists. These challenging courses were mapped by a USA Cycling sanctioned team member. May 18 - Friday Night Bluegrass, Sunset This ride is one of the three part series Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro. with Tour de Kale and Operation Red Doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at Sleigh. Proceeds benefit Bikes Belong 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 Foundation and Randolph County at the door. Schools. For more information, go to May 19 – 4th Annual Community Day events/12_sharetheroad.php & 5th Annual Randolph-Asheboro YMCA Community Yard Sale, Hwy 42, May 20th – Summer Concert Series, Asheboro, 7 am to 12 NOON. Clean out Bicentennial Park, Downtown Asheboro, your closets, garages and attics! This 7 to 8:30 pm featuring “The Attractions.” event will be held in the YMCA’s paved parking lots. In case of rain, we will May 23 – Boomer Senior Caregiver have the sale in the gymnasium. All table Expo, Randolph Mall, Asheboro, 10 rental proceeds will benefit the Y-Give am to 2:30 pm. Free Health Screenings Scholarship Program. Please contact (Spine, Memory, Vision, Balance and Celena Fleming, 336-625-1976 or visit more). Entertainment, Free Educational Seminars (Hips & Knees, Elder Law, Cancer, Medicare Part D). 25+ booths & May 19 – 13th Annual Tour de Lions, door prizes. Providence Grove High School, 5555 Mack Lineberry Road, Climax, 8:30 May 26 – 51st Annual Cox’s Harleyam to 1 pm. Gray's Chapel Lions Club Davidson Open House, 2795 NC Hwy presents their annual fun bicycle ride for 134, Asheboro, 8 am to 4 pm. NC's charity. 10, 20, 40 or 62 mile routes! oldest Harley-Davidson dealership hosts Great roads, beautiful scenery, good its 51st Annual Open House with music people, scrumptious food & cold drink, from the Chris Lane Band and Ross tons of door prizes and benefiting great Coppley. Enjoy Lexington BBQ from causes! For more information go to Smiley's, games, and meet local radio personalities. May 19-20 – Relay for Life, Bicentennial Park, Downtown Asheboro, 4 pm to 1 am. The local chapter of the American Cancer Society coordinates this event with walking, entertainment and fellowship all while raising funds for the American Cancer Society. For more information visit

May 26 – Pettyfest, Richard Petty Museum, 142 W Academy Street, Randleman, 10 am to 2 pm. Enjoy a day of music, food, giveaways, and race car themed vendors. Richard Petty will be signing autographs and admission will be half price in honor of this event. Admission charged.

May 20th – 2nd Annual Archdale Drug “Share The Road” Memorial Bike Ride, 3678 Finch Farm Rd, Trinity, 11 am

May 26 - Cruis’n Asheboro, Downtown Asheboro – Sunset Avenue, Classic car cruise-in, 12:30 to 7:30 pm. FREE



event. May 26 – Sisyphus Saturday, Zimmerman Vineyards, Tabernacle Church Road, Trinity, 5 to 8 pm. Enjoy live local music performed by Our Two Cents, with great wines and gourmet cheese trays from Goat Lady Dairy. The $5 wine tastings will include a souvenir wine glass. May 28 – “Play Ball”, Asheboro Copperheads vs. Post 45, McCrary Ballpark, 138 Southway Road, Asheboro, 7:05 pm. See wooden bat baseball at McCrary Ballpark, featuring the only synthetic turf infield surface in the Coastal Plain League, showcasing collegiate stars from across the country. Gift shop on site. June 2 – 2nd Annual Make a Wish Fun Festival – Bicentennial Park, Downtown Asheboro, 10 am to 3 pm. Admission/ Donations. Help make Wishes Come True! June 2 – Dancing with the Stars, AVS Banquet Centre, Asheboro, 6:30 – 9:30. Randolph Community College Foundation's Dancing with the Randolph Stars benefit. is scheduled for Saturday, June 2 at AVS Catering & Banquet Centre. Voting for couples may be done now by sending a check to the RCC Foundation, PO Box 1009, Asheboro, NC 27204-1009, with a note indicating whom the votes are for. June 6 – Bowling for Rhinos, Family Sports Center, 219 NC Hwy 42 N, Asheboro, 7 to 9 pm. Endangered means there is still time...Extinction is forever! Please join the N.C. Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers in supporting Rhino conservation! June 9 – 2nd Annual Run to the Sun 10k, Randolph-Asheboro YMCA, NC

Hwy 42, Asheboro, 7 am. This is an open road course that begins and ends at the Y. There are 12 male and 12 female age divisions. An awards ceremony will begin after all participants have completed the race. Medals will be awarded to the top three runners of each age group and first place overall male and female. Early registration fee is $15 and after June 1 is $20. T-shirts will be given to participants registered by May 7th. All proceeds will go to the YMCA “Y-Give” Scholarship Program. A course map is available on the back of the registration form and on the YMCA website. For more information contact Robin Hatch at 625-1976 or visit our website at June 9 – Asheboro Fly-In, North Carolina Aviation Museum, 2222 Pilots View Road, Asheboro, 9 am to 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 www.ncairmuseum. org. June 9 – Summer Concert at Ramseur Lake, 549 Ramseur Lake Road, Ramseur, 6 to 8 pm. Come enjoy outstanding local and regional bluegrass bands as the Town of Ramseur presents this summer concert series, a time of relaxation with family and friends. June 14 – Summer Movies for Kids & Thrifty Thursday Movie – “The Adventures of TinTin”, Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro. Show times are 10 am, 1 pm, & 7 pm. Admission is $5, includes small popcorn


and small drink. Please call 626-1240 x 12 to reserve space for groups of five or more. June 15-16 – Seagrove Summerfest, Museum of NC Traditional Pottery, 127 E Main Street, Seagrove, 9 am to 5 pm. Summerfest will kick off at the Museum of NC Traditional Pottery in downtown Seagrove with demonstrations and refreshments. Pick up a list of participating potters and visit the shops to purchase new summer wares.

May 26 & June 23, 2012 Cruis’n Asheboro

June 6, 2012 Bowling for Rhinos

June 16 – 13th Annual Tour de Kale, Farmpark, Denton, NC, 6:30 to 8 am, registration. A Fund-raising event for hardship medical cases in the Denton NC community. 135k, 120k, 110k, 60k, and 25k cycling event. June 17 - Summer Concert Series, Bicentennial Park, Downtown Asheboro, 7 to 8:30 pm featuring the “Craig Wollard Band.”

June 9, 2012 Asheboro Fly-In

June 20 - Summer Concert Series, Bicentennial Park, Downtown Asheboro, 7 to 8:30 pm featuring the “African Children’s Choir.” June 21 – Summer Movies for Kids & Thrifty Thursday Movie – “Happy Feet Two”, Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro. Show times are 10 am, 1 pm, & 7 pm. Admission is $5, includes small popcorn and small drink. Please call 626-1240 x 12 to reserve space for groups of five or more.

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June 23 - Cruis’n Asheboro, Downtown Asheboro – Sunset Avenue, Classic car cruise-in, 12:30 to 7:30 pm. FREE event.

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