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IN THIS ISSUE | JUNE 2011 6    LETTERS from the editor 7    EDITORIAL dave 2.0 beta 14 COOL KID shane combs 16  FEATURE STORY newly renovated 1909 historic courthouse 19  COMMUNITY NEWS RSVP Theatre Company 20    ASK THE EXPERT foster parenting 22    ASK THE EXPERT your money 24    ASK THE EXPERT your body 26  ASK THE EXPERT seniors 28  ASK THE EXPERT beauty 30    ASK THE EXPERT your vision 32    THINK LOCAL FIRST l&m floor covering 33  NEW BIZ di'lishi frozen yogurt bar 34  "LET'S TALK" above & beyond

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35  COMMUNITY NEWS living history-a visit to the denton farm park 36  NATURE’S NUANCES adding color to the garden 38  FEATURE "rediscover liberty, nc" 40  ZOO ZEAL bears highlight month-long zoo event 42  THE CELLAR i could have been a gypsy 44  PLAY BALL X is going to "the show" 46  FEATURE STORY from father to son 58  COMMUNITY CHARACTER bo & jerome davidson 52 RESTAURANT REVIEW mark joyce's uptown charlie's 54 DAILY DEVOTION upset chipmunks 55  COMMUNITY EVENTS 56  FEATURE STORY strieby: never heard of it 59 TEEN2TEEN 

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Mike Grant grew up in the small historical community of Yadkin College located outside of Lexington, N.C. He later moved to Winston-Salem and attended Forsyth Technical College. Mike served as President of the Clemmons Jaycees for two terms. Under his leadership, many projects were accomplished in the community by working with the Town of Clemmons and the Clemmons Historical Society. Most notable, was the help in restoration of the undercarriage of the Hattie Butner Stagecoach, now displayed in the Clemmons Town Hall. Mike was later elected and served as the State Vice President for the North Carolina Jaycees. He moved to Asheboro sixteen years ago to marry his wife Veronica, where they currently reside. Mike loves history and becomes excited about finding anything old and then researching it.

For the past 12 years, Tom has been a writer, photographer & public affairs specialist at the North Carolina Zoo. After 20 years as a U.S. Coast Guard photojournalist & pubic-affairs specialist, Tom retired from the military in 1996 to work as senior editor & photo editor for Outdoor Traveler magazine in Charlottesville, VA, before coming to the zoo. Tom earned a photography degree from Randolph Community College & a photojournalism degree from Syracuse University. He has won national & international awards with his photography. His work has appeared in Time, National Review, USAToday, The Washington Post, The New York Times & in almost all major East Coast newspapers. Tom’s column Zoo Tales appears in about 25 newspapers across the state. He & his wife Debra live in Trinity, NC.

Reverend Peter Baldwin Panagore of DailyDevotions.org, is a native of Massachusetts, graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in Divinity from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and with a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. St. John’s High School of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, an Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, provided him with his preparatory school education. In 2003, he was recruited to apply for the position of Pastor of the First Radio Parish Church of America (DailyDevotions.org). FRPCA is America’s oldest continuous religious broadcast, founded 1926, and now reaching 1.5 million listeners, viewers and readers a week on TV, radio and internet, including American Forces Radio Network.

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Dear Neighbors, I wanted to take this opportunity to let our readers know how excited I am to be part of the Asheboro Magazine Family. Juneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition will prove to be one of our best yet! Thus far, this experience has been amazing. I look forward to getting to know our readers and allowing our readers to learn more about me through our magazine. Hopefully, a bit of who I am will begin to filter through our future publications. Asheboro is such an amazing little town, full of history, culture, and pride . At Asheboro Magazine, my job is to seek out all that our community has to offer, get it to print and into your hands. I look forward to working with Dave and Sherry, and meeting those who make Asheboro one of North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest treasures. Thanks for reading,


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Starting June 13th


CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE Back in the mid-90s, I owned a coffee roasting company. It had always been my dream to open a coffee shop so when the perfect retail space became available in the small town in Maine where we lived at the time, I snatched it up. My goal from the beginning was to make my coffee shop kid friendly, so I partnered with the local computer company and had computers and internet access installed. This may not seem like a big deal now, but in the mid-90s ours was the first cyber café in the state of Maine. While we were setting up shop, many of the local teens came down to see what we were doing and to see if they could help. I shared our vision with each of them and the excitement grew and grew. Before long, I think we had most of the towns’ teenagers helping us get the coffee shop ready to open. We wanted the atmosphere to appeal to everyone and some of the more artistic teens took that to heart and painted murals on the walls. We even had a German exchange student, who was his town’s graffiti champion, spray paint a beautiful graffiti

masterpiece on one of our walls. In the end, we opened early and our coffee shop was perfect, thanks in large part to the teens who volunteered their time and creativity. Of course, they were also the taste testers while we perfected our drink menu. In the beginning stages of our build out, the Chief of Police came down to introduce himself and “warn” me about the disruptive kids who skateboard all over town. Hindsight is 20/20 and I realize now, being older and wiser, that lecturing the Chief of Police might not have been the best course of action. But lecture him I did. I told him that the kids were the future of our community and that we should welcome them with open arms and find constructive things for them to do. I went on to say that if we made them feel unwelcome, they would look for every opportunity to move away once they were of age. I told him that we owed the local teens a tremendous amount of gratitude because of all the help they had selflessly given and that we were and always would be kid friendly. The Chief

listened intently, but I could tell I wasn’t his favorite person when he left. We eventually became good friends and even joked about the audacity I had to give him a lesson on economic development. I recently watched a TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design – ted.com) video where a 12-year-old girl, Adora Svitak, addressed a large audience of highly credentialed adults. Her message blew me and the audience away. If you haven’t seen it, it is well worth the time. I pulled away quite a few worthwhile nuggets from her speech which made me look at kids differently, including my own. In fact, it changed my perspective entirely. During her very eloquent eight minute speech, Adora pointed out that we (adults) shouldn’t have a restrictive attitude toward kids and that it is imperative to create opportunities for children so they can grow up and blow our minds. She suggested that we underestimate the abilities of kids and the contributions they can make. She said that if we expect more, they will


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rise to the occasion, but if expectations are low, they will sink to them. But the part of her speech that touched me the most was when she said, “The goal isn’t to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather better adults than you have been.” She encouraged us to listen and learn from kids, trust them and expect more of them. It is for this very reason that when my daughter came to me and said she wanted to publish a magazine for teens, I didn’t discourage her. You might think that most 17-year-olds aren’t thinking about how they can make a positive impact on the world, but I think you’d be wrong. You may think they are lazy and that all they want to do is play video games, skateboard or hang out with friends. Certainly, these are things that every kid wants to do, and truth be told, most adults wouldn’t mind spending more time doing the same. However, kids have way more depth to them than we might think. As Adora points out, kids don’t think about limitations because they have no historic reference to suggest that they can’t do certain things. The sad reality is most kids don’t reach their true potential because we discourage them from doing so. We discourage them from dreaming

and often tell them to get their heads out of the clouds. We tell them they can’t do things that seem impossible to us, but are well within the realm of reality to them. Just maybe, as Adora suggests, irrational (to us) thinking is what the world needs. With all these new thoughts swirling around in my head, I encouraged Lauren to start putting her dream into action. What was born from this is Asheboro Magazine teen2teen, the beginning of what will ultimately become a full-blown magazine for Asheboro Teens. We set aside four pages in the print edition and eight pages in the online edition for the launch of this project and the results were nothing short of astounding. Lauren, along with Alyssa Murkin, did a fantastic job with very little help or guidance from me. Although I did the work to design the magazine, I took direction from Lauren who picked out the graphics and told me how she wanted them arranged. She is teaching herself how to use Adobe InDesign so she can do the design work herself in the future. Alyssa is a photography student at Randolph Community College and along with contributing some of the photographs, she has helped develop the direction and

content of teen2teen. Together Lauren and Alyssa have put together the start of what will surely become an outstanding publication. Long before Adora graced TED audiences, Whitney Houston sang a song titled “The Greatest Love of All”. The song goes, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.” Instead of inadvertently holding our kids back, let’s encourage them to contribute the way they really want to. Who knows, in the end we might all learn a thing or two, as I already have from working with Lauren and Alyssa.

Asheboro teen2teen can be found on pages 59-62. There are 4 more pages in the digital online version. It is our goal to grow the teen2teen monthly until it can stand on it's own.

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J. Brewer & Co.

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS! Jennifer Brewer grew up in Asheboro, graduating from Asheboro Beauty School in 1989. She has always been fascinated by every aspect of the beauty industry, and as a young girl growing up, she would do everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair to get ready for school dances or events. With that in mind, she knew it was the career for her.

When she graduated she worked at the Hair Port for a year, in North Asheboro. She quickly moved to Regis located in the mall and worked there for almost two years. Christine McCracken hired her at A Cut Above from there, and became her mentor and friend. She worked with Christine for over 10 years. Although she loved the salon, she had her own ideas and dreamed of opening her own one day. In 2001 the opportunity came up for her to do just that and J. Brewer & Co. was born. The salon started with four stylists, including Jennifer. All three of those stylists still work with her today. Their first salon was located on South Cox Street and they 10 | ASHEBORO Magazine | June 2011


kept that location for two and a half years, but after only two months in business they knew they would need to look at bigger space eventually. When she did make the move, she doubled the number of stylists and they were blessed with great clients. The new location worked well and they were there for five years. When Jennifer heard about the West Pointe Shopping Center that was going to be built, she immediately contacted the owners and purchased the two end units for another expansion. For months after they moved in, they were the only tenants in the center. Today, the Center is almost at capacity and has a wonderfully diverse group of shops and restaurants. J. Brewer and Co. has very strict education requirements for their stylists, and they are all certified for any service that they perform on a client. They often

attend additional training in Charlotte or Raleigh to learn new techniques, trends and keep up with the industry. J. Brewer and Co. currently has on staff 13 stylists, a full-time assistant, part-time assistant, four teenagers who apprentice with them to learn the business and alternate weekends, and two full-time nail technicians. Three generations of Jennifer’s family work in the salon. Her mother took care of all her grandchildren for many years until they entered school full-time. When Jennifer made plans to move to the West Pointe location and had room to expand, she went back to school to become a nail technician and joined their staff. Her grandmother works in the shop a few afternoons a week as well, and is well loved by the clients and staff. Her daughter even comes in after school and sweeps up, perhaps good training for her own salon

one day. One of the things that J. Brewer and Co. prides itself on is the non-competitive environment they foster. Within the salon, the stylists all share clients and if you don’t fit with the first one you try, there are never any hard feelings when you want to try someone different or your stylists isn’t available. They are all well-trained, professionals and are all very skilled in the art of hair. Within the community of salons in Asheboro, J. Brewer and Co. fosters this same non-competitive feeling and has many friends in the industry. In fact, many of the salons in town have gotten together and are raising money for Hospice and other worthy causes. Asheboro Salons “Blow Out Cancer” will be selling t-shirts with the names of all the participating salons and all the proceeds from these sales will be going directly to fund programs at Hospice. This is dear to Jennifer’s heart as her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of this year. They are very blessed that it was caught so early and her mom is doing well. The prognosis is good, and she wants to share God’s grace and goodness with others. Cancer has affected many of the stylists and clients’ lives and they hope the t-shirt sales will help support those affected. J. Brewer and Co. also sponsored a child for Christmas and really enjoyed the experience of purchasing and gifting that child with a wonderful experience. To Jennifer, family is very important. She has been married to Robert Brewer for twenty years. He works for Syngenta in Greensboro as an analyst. Her son Joshua is 23 and spent four years in the navy before settling in the Greensboro area. He works in Greensboro for R. F. Micro. Rob, Jr. is 19 and will be attending Lee University in Cleveland, TN this fall. John is 14 and a freshman at Randleman High School, and Jenna Laine is 7 and attends 2nd grade at Fayetteville Street Christian School. Jennifer’s wheels are always turning and she enjoys owning her own salon, and the challenges growth and expansion offer to her creativity. She strongly believes that God is the rock upon which her company is founded, and due to his blessings they have been fortunate enough to thrive during the past few years and be able to give back to the community. One of the things I noticed immediately about the salon as you walk in is the atmosphere. It has a fun, family friendly feeling - more like you are being invited into someone’s home than entering a busy salon. The décor is very upscale and volume 1 | issue 11 | asheboromagazine.com | 11 



Finding hair stylists in Asheboro is not that difficult. However, finding a hair stylist that can make your hair look great makes all the difference in the world. I have been a loyal customer at J. Brewer & Company for over a decade. In my opinion, the salon is one of the finest in Asheboro and I trust my stylist immensely. From the lovely modern décor to the complimentary beverages, visiting J. Brewer's is always a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The customer-friendly stylists at J. Brewer are educated, licensed and willing to listen to their clients. They make sure you leave the salon looking and feeling better than when you arrived. The stylists don't just graduate from grueling Cosmetology School and then work in the field, allowing their training to stagnate. They expand their skills and expertise by attending seminars on the latest and greatest advances in the hair styling business. Jennifer Brewer, the founder of the establishment, is an astute business woman with a strong Christian devotion who cares deeply about her salon and team. She is heavily involved in the day to day process of owning and operating a hair salon, from each stylist she carefully selects to work at her salon to the products she chooses to sell to customers. Jennifer's bubbly and positive personality is catching, both to her staff and salon clients alike. The atmosphere is always warm and friendly there because the staff seems more like family than just co-workers. They're inspiring to watch. The next time you see someone in Asheboro with a great hair style or beautiful color, ask them which salon they go to. Chances are, they will tell you "J. Brewer and Company".

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beautiful, without being too much. They have TVs and a wide variety of magazines, including Asheboro Magazine, in the lounge area for clients to peruse while waiting for their appointment. Jennifer had in her mind exactly what she wanted her salon to look like. Although Dusty Gregson assisted her with the Interior Design, Jennifer was in on every aspect of the salon. She had created a budget for every room, and Dusty worked with that, knowing where to spend the money and where it was appropriate to save. If J. Brewer and Co. ever expands again, she would definitely call on Dusty again. One of Jennifer’s biggest strengths is in her wonderful staff. She earns their respect and loyalty by treating them with the same respect and loyalty. You can tell when you walk in that it’s a happy place to work and they get along well with each other and their clients. Jamie Fogleman has worked with Jennifer for 21 years. They started together at A Cut Above and is one of Jennifer’s best friends. She keeps her grounded when she starts thinking about new ways to expand the business. Joy Goley was actually a former client of Jennifer’s. She worked out of her home, and came on board when Jennifer moved into the bigger space. She is Jennifer’s spiritual mentor and a wonderfully godly young lady. Chasity Armstrong is a ray of sunshine, and is a blessing to be around. Nothing ever bothers her and she is one of the funniest people. Sharon Beddingfield is Jennifer’s right hand. She has the gift of organization and she couldn’t run her salon without Sharon – she’s also very creative and took the pictures for this article. Donna Burroughs is the quietest employee and rock solid. She stays even keeled in the midst of chaos, and is a blessing to work with. Lauren Garner is a joy to be around, and Jennifer has enjoyed seeing her grow and mature into an incredible young lady and mother. Jennifer Moore is one of a kind. More like she’s a daughter than an

employee. She has the sweetest nature, and the families are very close. She even babysat for Jennifer’s children upon occasion while they were growing up. Lena Coffee is an incredible young woman with a definite talent for styling hair. She is a pleasure to have around. Catherine Davis is a wonderful caring, sensitive individual. Keisha Tarlton has an incredible flair. In fact, she reminds Jennifer of herself at that same age. Samantha Whitson is the salon clown, she is hilarious and fun and also a great songwriter – if you need a song for any occasion, she’s your girl. Amber Johnson only works on Saturdays. She has a very dry sense of humor and a giving heart. She loves working with the youth. Everyone at J. Brewer & Co. is education oriented, so all the stylists are excellent. But to find the right stylist for you, it can take a few tries. You have to match personality, and sometimes you don’t click with your stylist the first time. The girls at J. Brewer work as a team and strive to make every client have a truly wonderful experience. In addition to the hair stylists – there are two full-time nail technicians. Sherry Walker is really funny and does a fantastic job. Elaine Foust is Jennifer’s mom and another excellent nail tech. She is Jennifer’s best friend, has always been there and has been a great example in Jennifer’s life. Sharon Godwin is the full-time assistant. She keeps the shop clean and running smoothly. She is awesome. Last but by no means least, Peggy York is Jennifer’s grandmother and part-time assistant. Everyone calls her Gran – both the clients and the stylists. J. Brewer and Co. also offers make up by two talented artists Erin Hodgin and Cathy Adams. These services are available by appointment only. They are called in to help with prom and wedding season.

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By Fred Burgess

Often we are touched by young people that seem to have passion and direction in their life and Shane Combs of Liberty is no exception. The old expression is that it ‘takes a village to raise a child’. Nowhere is that more true and evident than at Earth Visions Wellness and Fitness Center in Liberty. Shane is the 14-year old grandson of Sam and Novella Kennedy, owners of Earth Visions. Earth Visions offers a way of life and wellness through massage, fitness classes, martial arts instruction and nature camps, where survival skills are offered and advocated. Shane is one of the very fortunate recipients of this philosophy, who started in these ways as a five year old, and has continued practicing to this day. Shane has also been a martial arts student there since he was nine years old. He began his wrestling career in the seventh grade at NERMS, weighing 135 pounds. In his first wrestling season (2009-2010), he won the Gold in the “B” Bracket. This past year (20102011) he won the cherished Gold medal in the “A” Bracket division of the 152-pound class. “I don’t try to go up and down in weight classes, but I often wrestle up” Shane said. Shane’s grandmother, Novella, a massage therapist and an advocate of good health, habits, and purity of mind and body said, “We set the bar high for Shane. He has been constantly invited to go past where he felt comfortable without our constant encouragement.” Sometimes after a particularly tough workout Shane is the recipient of the blessed massage for his tired and injured muscles!

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Today, weighing around 160 pounds he is practicing with his grandfather, Sam, who weighs in a little lighter and neither of which are fat! His uncle, Marc, is also a longtime student in the martial arts class, and challenges Shane to the edge of his skills every single class. Since Shane began his wrestling at NERMS, his martial arts training has also greatly improved. “I was born to challenges,” Shane admitted after a recent workout. “Shane has grown up around the community family at Earth Visions,” his grandmother continued. “The Earth Visions family includes all the members attending the different classes and activities there and they have always encouraged each other and Shane to greater heights. He has appreciated and endorsed these sometimes impossible tasks to which he has been exposed.” Certainly, Shane is the leading example of these truths. He earns straight A’s at NERMS, and wants to attend a fine university. He has always been a young man who loves working with his hands. One of his uncles owns a small engine rebuilding company, where he is allowed to work on his go-carts and other mechanical needs. “I’ve pretty well taught myself how to fix things,” Shane. “Mom says either I’m going to keep at something until I tear it up or get myself hurt, and I’ve proven her right many times.” He generally rides his bicycle to and from the classes. Recently, Shane saw that the bicycle might be damaged as he had the gravel parking lot to traverse to the roadway. Simple enough for him! Everyone laughed as he carried the bike across the gravels (not wanting to risk bending the rims or flattening a tire of the featherweight road bike) and sped away. Thus, his bike was not harmed in any way.

Sam said. “He is extremely curious about how most everything works.” And he usually finds out. Recently he built his own personalized bike rack that holds both his mountain bike and road bike. This allows him to make all of his own repairs and install new parts, which he does often. As he was growing up, many toys, watches, electronics and other household items were taken apart or broken while he was learning how they operated. Often, this did not make his parents, Terry and Melanie Combs happy! Shane has an 8-year old brother, Jamison, who is the unlucky recipient of Shane’s wrestling and martial arts practice. Another hobby of Shane’s is to “drive” a remote controlled race car. Since the car wrecks on nearly every outing, he is learning to make some repairs and tune the engine. Few know that Shane is also leaning to become a master in the art of camouflage, which he practices regularly in day and night games around his neighborhood. And fewer still, know that he can make a survival fire without matches using only a wooden bow drill he made and materials gathered from the woods! Shane is a young man who obviously wants to understand what he does, and why he does it. He has four years of high school wrestling ahead of him. Anyone who has the heart and desire, and the knowledge to succeed, along with the determination to succeed, cannot long be denied. He is destined to be on the sport pages of high school wrestling for a lot of reasons and he has proven he has the determination to understand what he is doing, and why. Shane is a surefire can’t miss!

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The newly renovated 1909 Historic Courthouse

By Amanda Varner

In 1778, during the midst of the Revolutionary War, citizens of the southern half of Guilford County petitioned the NC General Assembly to create a new county, arguing that the “great distance to Guilford Court House rendered it grievous and troublesome to the inhabitants thereof to attend the courts, assemblies, elections and other public meetings.” The assembly of 1779 passed an act forming a new county, naming it “Randolph” in honor of Peyton Randolph of Virginia, who twice served as President of the Continental Congress. The act appointed Thomas Owen, Col. John Collier, John Adineal, Jacob Sheppard, James Martin, and William Dent to survey the proposed GuilfordRandolph county line. It also appointed Absalom Tatom, William Cole, John Hinds, John Collier and William Bell as Commissioners for determining the most convenient place for erecting the courthouse, prison and stocks. As provided by the act,

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the first court of pleas and quarter sessions convened at the home of Abraham Reece, on Monday, March 8, 1779. Three initial court sessions convened at this home. During this time, a small log house, located 400 yards east of the Reece residence on land owned by Stephen Rigdon, was under construction. The log house (Courthouse #1), which would be used for hosting court, was located at a crossroads where the old trading path (SalisburyHillsborough Road) intersected the road running from Cross Creek to Salem. This was also the route and where the weekly stage coach brought mail and passengers. The fourth court session was held in this log structure on December 13, 1779. A two-story courthouse (Courthouse #2) later replaced the log house. Tom Dougan donated a hundred acres to the county, and the new county seat located thereon was to be known as Johnstonville as a tribute to Samuel Johnston, the governor of the state at the time. Johnstonville

gradually declined, and no trace remains of this oncethriving village. Other sections of the county began to gain population, and citizens complained that the courthouse was too far away (the same complaint that had caused Guilford County to be divided). Residents sought to establish the new county seat at the geographical center of the county. Surveys concluded that this central point lay within a twohundred-acre tract acquired in 1786 by Jesse Henley. The tract’s only inhabitant was an old man named Abram who lived in a small cabin. In 1793, Henley conveyed, for ten shillings, two acres of land on Abram’s Creek, and the first session of court in “Asheborough” was held on the “Publick Ground” in a small building (Courthouse #3). The building that was built on newly cleared land, at the intersection of present day Main and Salisbury Streets on June 12, 1793. On Christmas Day 1796, the General Assembly ratified legislation establishing “a town on the lands of Jesse


Henley in the County of Randolph at the courthouse of said county,” noting also that Henley had consented to have fifty acres “laid off” for a town with one-acre lots. The new county seat, Asheboro, was named for New Hanover County’s Samuel Ashe, who was a distinguished soldier of the American Revolution, a superior court justice, and governor of North Carolina from 1795-1798. The town’s name has been spelled different ways over the years. First it was “Asheborough,” then “Ashboro,” and the present “Asheboro” was adopted after U.S. Representative William Cicero Hammer of Asheboro persuaded the postal service to standardize the name. The name “Asheboro” became official on January 10, 1923. From its establishment in 1796 until the beginning of the nineteenth century, Asheboro’s chief reason for existence was the county court. In 1805, Courthouse #4, which was the first courthouse built in the geographical center of the county, was a large two-story frame building. The 1805 building was replaced in 1830 by a small two-story brick courthouse (Courthouse #5). The 1830 building was deemed defective in 1838, and a new one was to be built. There was a great deal of controversy concerning the construction of Courthouse #6. Initial approval to build the sixth Randolph County Courthouse occurred in February 1839. The new Courthouse, constructed of brick, would be located in the middle of “the square” at the intersection of present day Salisbury and Main Streets in Asheboro. However, during the May 1839 court session, another vote was taken on whether the new courthouse should be constructed of wood or brick. This time, by a narrow margin, “wood” prevailed. Then, during the August 1839 court session, action was taken to rescind all prior orders and proceedings concerning building the new courthouse because the Commissioners were unable to procure proper materials for commencing construction; of course, this further delayed construction. Fortunately, George Hoover, who had bought Courthouse #5 at public sale, agreed that the sale could be rescinded if the Court ordered the erection of a new brick courthouse; the court agreed, thus allowing the uninterrupted use of Courthouse #5 until #6 could be completed. At the same session (August 1839), Jonathan Worth (future Governor), Jesse Walker, James Elliott, Elisha Coffin & Hugh McCain were appointed Commissioners to superintend the construction. Unfortunately, there is no record of the completion date of Courthouse #6. It is known, however, that it was expanded in

1876 with the addition of wings on its east side, enclosure of the stairway, and its new front facing the south. On July 1, 1907, the Board of Commissioners, who still met at Courthouse #6, voiced the need for a larger, more conveniently located building for the courthouse and County offices. Commissioners J.W. Cox, H.G. Lassiter and Chairman Arch N. Bulla noted that the old “Publick Ground” had lost its place as the focal point of Asheboro almost twenty years before, due to completion of the railroad in 1889 when the town began migrating toward the Sunset Avenue railroad station. On November 4, 1907, the Commissioners paid $300 to the firm of Wheeler, Runge and Dickey for copies of their plans of the Iredell County Courthouse design. After months of indecision by the Commissioners due to public concern and opposition about relocating the Courthouse, in April of 1908, twenty-eight citizens took matters into their own hands. These citizens purchased property on Worth Street owned by Col. A.C. McAlister with the condition that the County must begin construction of a new courthouse by July 1908. Following a public hearing in June 1908, construction on Courthouse #7, located at present day 145 Worth Street, commenced. The first term of court was held in the building on July 19, 1909. Taken from Randolph County, A Brief History by L. Barron Mills, Jr., a narrative written by L. McKay Whatley, and Randolph Room files at the Public Library, including minutes from court sessions. Additional notes: The 1839 approved courthouse was demolished and its bricks were used to build a new county jail in the rear of the building


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in 1914; a county agricultural building and health department headquarters were later added to the complex. A sizeable addition (annex) for the Register of Deeds and Clerk of Court was built in 1950 at a cost of $100,000; it provided offices for the Clerk of Court, Register of Deeds, Tax Department, and County School Board. In 1975, the annex was remodeled to provide additional courtroom space, and it was expanded again in 1979 to provide space for two more courtrooms and an even larger Register of Deeds. (1950’s-1980’s County built three additions to the 1909 Courthouse.) In 1998, planning began for the 8th Randolph County Courthouse on the corners of Cox, Worth and Salisbury Streets. After that structure opened July 1, 2002, the 1914 jail and the 1950 courthouse annex were demolished. As part of the new construction project, the 1909 courthouse received a new roof and exterior paint job in 2001, but was mothballed, awaiting future renovation once court activities moved to the 2002 building. In 2008, County Commissioners voted to renovate the Historic Courthouse on Worth St. to be used as office space for the Tourism Development Authority and the Economic Development Corporation. The upstairs courtroom was renovated for use as a meeting room. On November 3, 2008 the Historic Landmark Preservation Commission approved a request for local landmark designation and recommended to the City Council of Asheboro that the 1909 Randolph County Historic Courthouse be designated as a Local Historic Landmark. December 4, 2008 the City Council of Asheboro approved the ordinance designating the 1909 Randolph County Historic Courthouse a Local Historic Landmark On May 2, 2011 first meeting of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners in the renovated 1909 Courthouse and all those involved with the renovations were recognized. On July 19, 2011, an open house of the newly renovated 1909 Historic Courthouse is planned. (102 years later July 19, 1909 – July 19, 2011).


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RSVP Community Theatre will present the one-woman production of OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL at the Historic Sunset Theatre in Downtown Asheboro. Production dates are for one weekend only: June 24 - 26. This production is based on the classic best-selling novel by North Carolinian Allan Gurganus; it stars Carole Davis and is directed by Rachel Downey; Joe Thatcher is the stage manager. Gurganus' novel spent eight months on The New York Times' Bestseller List, has been translated into twelve languages, and has sold more than two million copies. Lucy Marsden, 99 years old, scares and charms us as the widow of the American Civil War’s last surviving soldier. His child bride and the mother of his nine children, she now lives alone, the survivor of the survivor. A born storyteller, a woman of passion and compassion, she finally confesses her own marriage as the secret history of War itself. By the time her telling is complete, we feel the full terror and pity

of the domestic life and the Civil War combined. This production is not part of RSVP's regular season; it is being presented as a special event, and is a fundraiser for the Sunset Theatre. Performances are Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens; this includes the Randolph Arts Guild's service fee. All seats are general admission. A dinner theatre package is available for the Saturday night performance in conjunction with Timothy's Fine Dining. The cost of this package is $30, which includes soup or salad, a choice of three entrées, coffee, tea, or water, and tax. Additional items, such as appetizers, desserts, other beverages, and the gratuity are not included. Reservations for the dinner theatre must be made by Wednesday, June 22 by calling 629-0399. For more information, please visit www.rsvptheatre.org or call 629-0399.

RSVP traces its roots back to 1986. The Randolph Summer Vacation Playhouse (RSVP) was originally part of Randolph County Schools and provided a way for students to get drama experience and for teachers to earn renewal credits. Each summer, the group mounted two separate productions at Southwestern Randolph High School – a non-musical on the first week-end and a musical the next week-end. In its inaugural season, RSVP presented Our Town and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 1998, RSVP became a part of the Randolph Arts Guild and continued to produce one show (usually a musical) each summer. In the fall of 2003, RSVP developed its own bylaws, elected officers and appointed board members, and became an Associate Member of the Randolph Arts Guild. The name was officially changed to RSVP Community Theatre, removing the word “summer,” to reflect RSVP’s commitment to produce a variety of shows year-round for the enjoyment of Randolph County residents

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Have you ever thought about being a foster parent? Christina

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Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected, and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or other relatives cannot take care of them. Often, their families face issues such For more information about becoming a as illness, alcohol or drug addiction, or Foster/ Adoptive Parent for the Randolph County Department of Social Services, homelessness. please call the Foster Care Inquiry line at What kind of people are foster 336-683-8062.


Foster parents are regular people. They may be younger or older; have young children, adult children, or no biological children. They may own their own home or rent. They are single, married, divorced and widowed. They are two income homes, single income homes, students and retirees. All kinds of people are foster parents. They are not “perfect” and they don’t have to have all the answers.

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determine the timing and amount of distributions. • Account owners can change beneficiaries without penalty…provided the new beneficiary is a member of the previous beneficiary’s family. When saving for college, getting an early start is key. Doing so can make a meaningful difference — by potentially reducing the amount you or the account beneficiary may need to borrow to pay for school.



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Understanding Your Exercise Intensity and the Natural Effects of Soreness When we engage in cardiovascular activity we are doing so to increase our ability to take in oxygen and then utilize that oxygen to burn our energy reserves. So it is very beneficial to know how to gauge your efforts to give yourself accurate feedback concerning the intensity of your workout and the state of your health at any given time. First let me explain our bodies three energy systems. It gets complicated trying to visualize these three systems, but they fall into two main categories, anaerobic and aerobic or without oxygen and with oxygen respectively. You can think of it like building a fire: you have your quick burning kindling that you use first and then once it gets going you put in larger pieces and then finally you are putting logs on the fire. In aerobic training you want to burn logs. So quick, short bursts of activity uses anaerobic kindling already in our muscles and its ready to go instantly. After that quick burst we begin using a combination of anaerobic and aerobic fuels and finally after a few minutes you are using all aerobic fuels. Its only when we are using this third system that our bodies are reaping the benefits of aerobic training because it’s here we are burning fat reserves and getting all the benefits of exercise. So you can see that we need an easy way to gauge our exercise intensity and which system we are using. You simply take the number 220 and subtract your age. This number is your heart rate maximum HRmax. In other words you do not want to exceed this number, it’s not healthy. Then you take your HRmax and multiply that with .70 and .80 to give yourself a range that you want to stay in for 20 to 30 minutes. It’s when you are in this range for the given length of time that you are using your third energy system, burning fat, opening up your arteries, working your heart and lungs and reaping the health benefits of cardiovascular exercise.

The necessity of soreness

“No pain no gain” is a very misunderstood saying. Pain is indeed a way for elite athletes to make ever increasing demands on their bodies and make ever increasing gains of strength. We are such a sports oriented society that many aspects of professional athletes training methods filter into popular culture. Unfortunately their methods are not appropriate for the average person who is trying to regain a degree of lost health. So I would like to change to old saying to a new one, “no soreness no gain”. Granted, it’s not a catchy phrase, but its more appropriate for anyone who is not a professional athlete. Why is this a better way? We do indeed want to challenge our muscles to do more than what they are already able to do or they would never see the need to get stronger. But instead of pushing a muscle This is an example of the equation to pain, just take it to soreness. When a as it pertains to me. muscle is pushed to soreness it’s saying to you “I appreciate your effort and I will get > 220 – 47 = 173. So 173 beats per minute stronger if you let me rest”. Allowing your is my maximum heart rate that I do not muscles to recover is when you get “paid want to exceed. for your efforts”.

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> Target heart rate is (70%) 173 x .70 = 121 bpm exercise range > Target heart rate is (80%) 173 x .80 = 138 bpm I would want to keep my heart rate within the 121 bpm to 138 bpm for 20 to 30 minutes. It will take you some time to get healthy enough that you can achieve this range for that period of time but it’s worth the effort. You can take your pulse by placing your right index and middle finger over the left wrist as shown.

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

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It’s the midnight call that can strike terror in the hearts of so many local family caregivers. “Mom has suffered a stroke,” or “Dad accidentally overdosed on his medications.” That call could happen at any time, in large part because of the number of medications seniors are taking, a known risk factor for older adults. Seniors represent just over 13 percent of the population, but consume 40 percent of prescription drugs and 35 percent of all over-the-counter drugs, according to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). If you’re that adult son or daughter who lives in fear of getting “the call,” do you have the information you need to help your loved one? Many don’t, according to research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network. The organization surveyed future family caregivers about their knowledge and awareness of their parents’ important information.* Less than half (47 percent) say they are knowledgeable about their parents’ medical histories in case of an emergency. And approximately half (49 percent) are unable to name any of the medications taken by their parents each day. Furthermore, 36 percent of those future caregivers don’t know where their seniors’ financial information is located. “This survey was no surprise to us, since we often are called to assist when families are in crisis. “We’ve seen the turmoil that such a situation creates and we’ve also witnessed how much smoother it can go when families are prepared.” That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care network has worked with Humana

Points of Caregiving® to develop a variety of resources including the Caring for Your Parents: Senior Emergency KitSM, an information management tool and website that can help family caregivers keep important information at their fingertips. The kit is designed so that family caregivers have ready access to such information as a senior’s doctors, pharmacy and insurance company, medications and dosage details, as well as allergies and important documents. To learn more about these resources, go to www. SeniorEmergencyKit.com or call your local Home Instead Senior Care office at 336-610.8800. Much is at stake for local seniors and their family caregivers. According to the ASCP – an organization that represents consultant and senior care pharmacists who specialize in geriatrics and geriatric pharmacotherapy – adverse drug reactions are responsible for 28 percent of hospitalizations of the elderly. http://www. laassisted.org/images/ASCP_Seniors_at_ Risk_Publication.pdf A root of the problem with seniors and their medications is the sheer volume of prescription drugs that most older adults are taking. “Medication issues are big topics for seniors,” said Thomas Clark, RPh, MHS, CGP, director of Clinical Affairs for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the ASCP Foundation who served as expert source for the Answering the CallSM program. On average, seniors ages 85 and older take 34 prescriptions, including refills, per year, according to the ASCP. The average number of unique prescriptions for that group is 6.3. The 75 to 84 demographic is

nearly as high with an average of just over 33 prescriptions per year and 6.7 unique prescriptions. The future caregivers surveyed in the Home Instead Senior Care study revealed that nearly half of their parents (48 percent) have three or more factors that put them at risk for medicationelated problems, the top being receiving prescriptions from more than one doctor (52 percent), living alone (41 percent), and vision problems/poor eyesight (37 percent). “Part of the role of the family caregiver is to be an advocate for the senior, assuming the older adult wants that assistance and taking into account family dynamics,” Clark noted. “It’s good to have a family caregiver go with the senior to the doctor’s office to ask questions and to make sure that any instructions from the doctor are reinforced and followed.” Family caregivers should look to others to help if they are unable to be there to assist their loved one, either at the doctor’s office or at home. “One of the greatest services that our organization provides is the opportunity to assist seniors and their families with medication reminders and at-home assistance that can help older adults prevent accidents and maintain their independence. That support is one of the best ways that family caregivers can be ready for an emergency.” * The Boomer Project (www.boomerproject.com) conducted a 15-minute online survey for the Home Instead Senior Care network of 611 U.S. adults ages 45-65 who said they are likely to assume a caregiver role for their parents within the next 10 years.

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CHAUDHARY, MD Umbreen Chaudhary, M.D. is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. If you would like to ask Dr. Chaudhary a question to be featured in this column please visit Rejuvenation Medspa’s Facebook fan page or email the question to rejuvenationmedspa@gmail.com

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Q: I am only 28 years old but I already Q: I believe I have varicose veins. How have spider veins! I know I have do I find out for sure? inherited this from my mother and grandmother but how do I treat these A: Varicose veins are the large, “rope-like” and prevent developing more? veins which are often one-quarter inch or larger in diameter. Aching pain, A: You can begin by treating the spider easy leg fatigue and leg heaviness veins that you have with either can be symptoms of varicose veins. sclerotherapy or laser treatments. If you feel that you may suffer from Your doctor will determine which this disease the first step is to see treatment is right for you. A few your doctor. Generally an ultrasound simple lifestyle modifications may is necessary to determine that the be all it takes to prevent developing veins are not functioning properly. even more. Begin by using sunscreen This is otherwise known as “reflux”. and limiting sun exposure, especially Once it has been determined that tanning bed use. Too much heat can there is reflux in the vein, treatment dilate veins and make them more options include vein stripping and pronounced. Exercise, especially endovenous laser therapy. Vein walking or running, helps pump stripping is a surgical procedure blood up the leg and prevents where the vein is completely removed swelling. Lose weight. Excess weight from the leg. Endovenous laser puts more pressure on the veins. therapy delivers laser energy through Avoid standing for long periods of a small puncture in the leg to close time. And finally, elevate your legs at the diseased vein. Your doctor will the end of the day. determine which treatment is right Contact your physician if you suffer for you. from leg pain or swelling. You may have venous disease. Regardless of the treatments you may undergo, it’s important to be under a physician’s care.

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the United States for people fifty years or older. AMD affects the inner layer of the back of the eye called the retina. Nearly everyone with AMD develops dry AMD initially. With dry AMD, the retina slowly deteriorates causing vision loss. This typically occurs over months to years. Up to fifteen percent of people with dry AMD develop wet AMD. Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow in or under the retina. These blood vessels leak fluid and/or blood that cause decreased vision. Wet AMD can cause severe vision loss in weeks to months. Both dry and wet AMD

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can result in legal blindness. Individuals who are legally blind or worse from either form of AMD usually do not see complete darkness, but can see objects in their peripheral field of vision. Symptoms of AMD include decreased central vision (blurry vision), straight lines may be seen as curved, or new blind spots may develop. Some of the risk factors for AMD include age over 50 years, family history of AMD, smoking, and history of cardiovascular disease. Treatment for individuals with dry AMD consists of dietary supplements as determined in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). Increased levels of vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and copper were found to reduce the risk of going legally blind by about twenty-five percent. These supplements are available over-the-counter without a prescription. However, only those individuals recommended to take the supplements by their eye doctor should take them. There is no benefit to taking the supplements with individuals with mild AMD. Only people with moderate-to-severe dry AMD or wet AMD benefit from the supplements. People who smoke or have recently quit smoking should not take the high dose beta-carotene and should take the supplement formula with lutein instead. Individuals with AMD should inform their primary care provider that they are taking the supplements and ensure there are no drug interactions with their other prescribed medications. The vitamins may

alter the effects of some drugs (i.e. Coumadin). Wearing Sunglasses and diets high in omegathree fatty-acids (found in salmon and tuna), green leafy vegetables, colored vegetables and fruits are felt to be beneficial. A multi-vitamin should also be taken along with the AREDS supplements. Other commercially available vitamin supplement formulas are available but none are as well studied or have as proven effectiveness as the AREDS formula. People with macular degeneration should monitor their vision using an Amsler grid. Individuals with wet AMD are usually treated with intravitreal injections of medicine. The medicine is injected directly into the back of the eye. The procedure, as bad as it sounds, is very well tolerated and can be very effective in stabilizing or often improving vision in certain cases. Laser procedures may also be utilized in treating wet AMD. People with severe vision loss from either form of AMD may benefit from low vision devices. Many new treatments are being investigated for both dry and wet AMD. In summary, routine examinations by your eye doctor are imperative because early treatment of both dry and wet AMD may save one's vision. For further information on eye diseases visit Carolina Eye Associates website www. carolinaeye.com


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L&M Floor Covering, Asheboro’s premier carpet and flooring retailer, announced that it is now an HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw Authorized Retailer. The store is introducing the HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection this month, providing Asheboro residents with the latest extension of the HGTV HOME brand’s complete range of home products. Featuring a beautiful assortment of key carpet, hardwood, laminate and area rug styles, the collection creates a simplified shopping experience for consumers while offering fashion-forward, quality flooring selections. “The HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection picks up where HGTV’s design experts leave off,” said Annette Owens. “Consumers trust the design advice they receive from HGTV and have experienced the stylish durability of Shaw Floors products for years. We know this new collection will resonate with consumers and are excited to offer this casual yet sophisticated line. With eco-friendly options

in all four categories, we’re proud that the collection’s products are made in the U.S.A., and we believe consumers will appreciate knowing that their purchase of HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw will help support our local and national economies.” In addition to in-store flooring facts and advice provided by Shaw to help consumers determine the material and style of flooring that best meets their needs, L&M Floor Covering will also supply customers with large, take-home samples to confirm that their desired choices will fit with their home’s existing décor. The HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection includes: • Carpet in 28 different styles, with many available in up to 50 colors. Made of durable, stainresistant Anso® nylon, the carpet collection contains 25 percent recycled material and can be recycled back into new carpet over and over again. • Solid and Epic® engineered hardwood selections that reflect current trends of natural

looking brown and blond tones, a variety of detailing options and minimal sheen. All solid hardwood products are sourced from responsibly managed forests, and the Epic engineered products contain 50 percent recycled content. A ScufResistTM PLATINUM finish on all hardwood styles offers 6 times more scuff resistance than competitors’ flooring. • Laminate options provide a durable, affordable alternative to other hard surface products. Realistic visuals of hickory, maple and South American Kupay hardwoods work in a variety of home applications. • Area rugs provide flexible layering options for hard surface or neutral carpet areas, and the HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw program supplies 20 different area rug designs in two collections. The Haven collection, made from recyclable EverTouch® nylon, offers contemporary and transitional aesthetics, while the Inspire collection, which contains 25

percent recycled content derived from plastic bottles, delivers modern and vibrant visuals. “HGTV HOME is about creating smart and stylish products based on our years of experience informing and inspiring consumers both on-air and online,” said Ron Feinbaum, senior vice president and general manager of consumer products for HGTV. “Bringing together the HGTV know-how with the great HGTV HOME flooring products produced by Shaw will definitely help consumers better navigate the flooring purchase process.” Consumers can visit L&M Floor Covering’s N. Fayetteville Street location in Asheboro to see the HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection firsthand. For more information about L&M Floor Covering, visit www. lmflooringcovering.com. For more information about the HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection, visit www.shawfloors. com/HGTV.

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Di’lishi Frozen Yogurt Opens in Asheboro Di’lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar is the brainchild of Marlo Francis. She fell in love with the concept when her son took her to a frozen yogurt bar in Savannah, Georgia, where he was attending school. When she came back to Asheboro, she discovered a couple of different shops in Greensboro, but nothing like the shop she envisioned. The craze is sweeping the nation, and she wanted Asheboro to have some cool before everybody else did. This is no out of a box franchise. Marlo has spent countless hours and sleepless nights making sure that every detail of this new business is perfect. The yogurt bar will feature 10 different self-serve flavors a day, with the option to “swirl” two compatible flavors together. There are over 50 toppings that you can add as you go down the line. The entire concept is self-serve, and you pay by the ounce at the end. So pile it on, or eat it plain – it’s your choice! When you walk in the door, you are immediately struck by the décor. I would describe it as modern retro, with a pop of color thrown in for surprise. The seating is comfortable and modern, the lighting is very retro looking and cool, and there is even outside seating for evenings that you want to enjoy your frozen treat on the patio. Marlo was very conscious of the impact on the environment her shop might have. She is using eco-friendly cups made from sugar cane and veggie based stamps that you can personalize the cup with. Her napkins are made from recycled paper, and the spoons are made of birch. Everything in the shop that is a consumable has zero environmental impact. The cooling system for her yogurt machines was designed to recycle the water and works like a car’s radiator. The water is located




in a holding tank on the roof where it is cooled, then cycled down to the machines to cool them off and as the hot water leaves the machines, it returns to the roof to be cooled and start its journey again. The unit should save 1,000s of gallons of water every month from being flushed down the drain. Saturday, June 11th from 11 am to 11 pm they will be open for business and offering 11% off all day. From 6 to 7 pm you can draw a “coin” to get 3, 5 or 8 oz. FREE during the Face to Facebook event with Asheboro Magazine!! Come get your “Fro Yo On!”

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ABOVE & BEYOND This morning my 5-year-old called me back upstairs shortly before breakfast. “I have a surprise for you!” I followed her voice, finding her standing proudly as I entered. “I made your bed,” she beamed. Quite an effort for a little person…well, honestly, an effort for me, too. An extrahigh, king-sized Tempur-Pedic® with a heavy feather king comforter and loads of big pillows. The duvet was tugged on the edges; very clearly, great energy was expended! I dropped to my knees to look her straight in the eyes to say thank you and give her the biggest hug and kiss. “How did you know how to do this?” I whispered in awe. “I learned it from you, Mommy,” she said, gently touching my cheek. Sure, we talk about role modeling all the time. It’s almost cliché at this point. You know the drill: be on your best behavior, your kids are sponges, they’re always watching, etc. Yes, all of that is certainly true, but there’s more to this story…beyond Role Modeling 101. It’s really about going above and beyond what we normally do. What happened this morning indeed comes from what our daughter sees on a day-to-day basis. It stems from my husband’s and my theory of marriage. We don’t give 50/50 in our relationship. We give 100/100…even more than 100% when we can. We figure out what we can do for one another and then try to make it even more special…thoughtfulness in every gesture. Our daughter sees me make the bed every morning. But what she did was not just make the bed, she made a gesture to help me, to please me, to do something special because she loves me, and in return

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she got the biggest smooch to start her day. Win-win for all! Most important to remember, if your child reaches out to do something so kind and energetic and thoughtful as to make your big bed, for God’s sake, do not walk over and fix the edges, straighten the pillows, or unwrinkled the sheet. Leave it alone! The act came from pure love; a desire to do something for you. This particular gesture was not the standard to base all perfectly-made beds on. Believe me, there is an entire lifetime to teach what a well-made bed looks like. This is not that time! This moment is only meant for a big, big hug. There is nothing more deflating than to “fix” something that someone did for you out of pure kindness. Remember, that true “teaching” comes from the day-to-day role modeling – because, indeed, those little-kid-eyes are always on you – so when you make the bed – on another day – say outloud, “Wow, it’s such a pleasure to smooth out the comforter, isn’t it? Why don’t you come here and try it, too. Let’s do it together for fun.” Kids learn so much more when it’s fun and exciting, like a game. Always think: how can I make my loved one’s ordinary “extraordinary?” Some examples, my husband made eggs one morning for our little one and used cookie cutters to make princess shapes, slippers and castles. When he made me eggs, he created a butterfly and heart. A great start to the morning! When I make veggie burgers or pancakes, I always make a happy face. When I pack lunch boxes, I write heart notes or glue stickers on sandwich baggies. When my husband used to go away on business trips, I’d sometimes fax sweet & mischievous messages to his hotel before arrival – you bet, the hotel staff was always eager to greet him! – and the mix of doing something nutty while causing a bit of romantic fluttering felt simply delicious, and made me just pine for

him all the more! Enjoy all those moments your family members go above and beyond. I know our daughter enjoyed cooking in her finery early one Sunday morning, “Mommy, I want to feel nice when I cook.” Did I stop her? No, way – from a diehard noncook, I am just thrilled she loves it so much, so I just popped on an apron and let her cook away in her “above & beyond” ensemble! More things we’ve done for each other to make life extra-ordinary: I’ve sent flowers to my husband’s office; my husband put a love note in the bottom of my big soup pot; we took a helicopter to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and renewed our vows; and, something a lot less expensive than taking flight and so easy to do (in the winter) – warm up your children’s – or husband’s – towels and pjs or robe in the dryer for when they come out of the bath or shower. Aaaahhh, now that’s going above and beyond, they’ll love you for it. Happy Parenting!™ The Bright Spot™ - The next time you do something for your children or for your spouse, think about how you can go above & beyond and live in the extraordinary.

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times and bad. Now they are welcoming new businesses. There is a renewed sense of pride and a “We Can Bring Liberty Back”, “We Can Do This” spirit. With hard work, determination, and the willingness of merchant helping merchant, talking up all the qualities of our Town to every customer that comes through our doors, we have the ability to get others excited about our Town and want to come back time and again. The typical Calendar of Events on a monthly basis in “Our Town” is definitely full , from opportunities for community involvement, club meetings to just kicking back and enjoying some live music. On our Third Thursday’s the Gazebo area comes alive with music of different genres each month. Merchants extend their hours for attendees to come in, visit and shop. For teens, Teen Tuesday’s has been initiated offering Liberty’s young people something to call their very own. Karaoke, sports, and games are some of the activities in which teens can participate. Input from the kids is helping Teen Tuesday grow and become something they look forward to each month. The Liberty Nature Research Library offers a monthly “See and Learn” on the first Wednesday appealing to fifth graders

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and younger children. From bugs to what’s inside a flower to art contests; children have an opportunity to learn about nature. Seniors Citizens are kept busy with a full slate of offerings at the Roy Reitzel Senior Center. And we cannot leave out the Major Events that have been a tradition in Liberty for years that are still attracting visitors. Among these are the annual Easter Egg Hunt, the Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade, July 4th Celebration with fireworks, The Antiques Festival and The Chamber of Commerce Bill Roach Memorial Car and Tractor Show. This year we have launched a new event called “ReDiscover Liberty” which will become an annual event. We will be celebrating all the new merchants who have chosen to call Liberty home as well as a Customer Appreciation Day. For our inaugural ReDiscover Liberty Celebration, the day was filled with activities for the young and young at heart, shopping, fundraisers for causes near and dear to Liberty townspeople’s hearts, food, artists, music and magic. The cooperative efforts and generosity of Liberty’s merchants made the day possible and our hope is that this event wets the whistle of interest of not only locals, but out of town visitors to come

back and spend time with us. There is a lot of brainstorming going on for events and activities throughout the remainder of 2011. In July we will be celebrating the birth of our nation with Liberty’s July Celebration on July 9th. In the fall look for a seasonal celebration including activities at the Patterson Cottage Museum. The Patterson Cottage Museum is the oldest surviving residence in Liberty and houses a wide variety of artifacts from different periods of Liberty’s history. A lot is happening in “Our Town”, and we hope this will be an invitation to discover the charm of Liberty for the first time, or ReDiscover Liberty’s small town southern style.

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Bears Highlight Month-Long Zoo Events Story & photos by Tom Gillespie, N.C. Zoo staff Bear lovers, your month has arrived at the North Carolina Zoo. Throughout June, the zoo will highlight a different bear species—grizzly, polar or black—for weekend celebrations with keeper talks, information stations at the exhibits and educational activities. It will also be a great time to “paws” and consider the zoo’s commitment to bear conservation. Although they usually take a back seat to the polar bear in visitor popularity, the zoo's grizzlies have their own story of survival and adventure in the wild. Grizzlies, Ursus arctos horribilis, are sometimes known as silvertip bears or North American brown bears. The name "grizzly" comes from the silver-tipped grizzled hairs that develop as they age. Both brown and grizzly bears are the same bear, Ursus arctos. Often people in North America call the brown bears that live in the interior “grizzlies” to distinguish them from the brown bears that live in the coastal areas. When classified as two separate species, grizzlies are distinguished from brown bears by a distinctive hump on the grizzlies' shoulders. 40 | ASHEBORO Magazine | June 2011

One of the largest North American land mammals, they once ranged across the mid-plains westward to California and from central Mexico north throughout Alaska and Canada. Today, they're found only in scattered areas of the western United States. Only about 1,200 grizzlies are estimated in the lower 48 states and about 31,700 in Alaska. Considered to be a threatened species, grizzlies have the second slowest reproductive rate of any North American mammal--second only to the musk ox, which makes it even harder to rebound from survival threats. In the wild, grizzlies' diet consists partially of carrion (carcasses of dead animals). Through this diet, grizzlies must store huge amounts of fat in order to sustain them through winter hibernations. Their ability to eat large quantities of rich food and store fat without suffering from evident heart disease or cholesterol problems is of great interest to medical scientists. If scientists can determine how grizzlies accomplish this metabolic feat, they may be able to use the information to prevent heart disease in humans.


Grizzlies generally begin to hibernate during the months of October or November for up to six months in order to bypass the winter season when food supplies are greatly lowered and hard to find. They need to eat veraciously prior to hibernation in order to build up sufficient fat reserves for surviving the denning period. This is particularly true for pregnant females who give birth to one pound cubs and then nurse them to about 20 pounds before emerging from the den in early spring. Grizzlies may gain up to three pounds a day in preparation for their hibernation. To conserve energy, they do not eat, defecate or urinate during hibernation. The zoo's two male grizzlies have no reason to hibernate since they have adequate daily food and a temperate climate and heated off-exhibit quarters. The two barely missed a disastrous fate. Both males, had been classified as “nuisance” bears and came to the zoo from Yellowstone Park in Montana, where they had begun to venture too close to humans. Male nuisance bears are usually captured two times, radio collared and relocated; however, if they are caught a third time, they are placed in zoos or

euthanized. These two were fortunate that the N.C. Zoo had the space available for them; others are not so fortunate. Female grizzlies fare a little better. Because they are vital to the breeding process, they are given more chances to remain in the wild. The two grizzlies at the N.C. Zoo were born in the early 1990s. The larger of the two weighs about 800 pounds, and the smaller, about 600. Both were born in the wild--unlike most of the other captive-born animals at the zoo. The two grizzlies, along with four black bears and one polar bear, can be seen daily in the zoo's North America Region. All will be featured during the zoo's upcoming June event.

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BEEN A GYPSY By Dave Johnson


This longing to be Italian has changed the way I view Italian wines. I love Chiantis and Valpolicellas, even the bad ones. I’ll even drink Italian whites, preferring Orvietos and Pinot Grigios. The thought of waking up on a lazy Italian Saturday and starting my day off, as many Italians do, with a glass of vino makes me want to sell all my earthly belongings, move to Italy and grow old basking in the Mediterranean sun. And, although I have been fairly long winded about it, it is for these reasons that I am thrilled to break into this month’s wine, a very chilly bottle of 2010 Lamberti Presecco Extra Dry. For those unfamiliar with Presecco, it is the Italian equivalent of Champagne. The difference is, I detest most Champagnes and sparkling white wines. It just dawned on me why I like most things Italian, including Presseco. Italians, by nature, are very passionate people and most things that originate from passion are 42 | ASHEBORO Magazine | June 2011

excellent in nature. Of course, I have no empirical data to support this, but as we all know… perception is reality and the reality is the 2010 Lamberti Presecco Extra Dry is a sensational bottle of wine; nay, ambrosia. OK, maybe I’ve gone a bit off the deep end or, more likely, maybe the bubbles in this tasty little number have gone straight to my head. Traditionally, Prosecco was made as a soft, somewhat sweet wine with just a little fizz, but today's Proseccos are dry and extremely bubbly. Sometimes combined with a small amount of Pinot Blanc or Pinot Grigio grapes, Prosecco is made using the Charmat method rather than the Champagne method; the French method of making sparkling wine. The Charmat method allows the wine to go through the second fermentation in pressurized tanks rather than in individual bottles. No turning the bottles every day as in Champagne. The shorter, tank fermentation


is preferable for Prosecco because it preserves the freshness and the flavor of the grapes. So, not only are the Italians passionate, they are smart, too. 2010 Lamberti Presecco Extra Dry hails from, as do most Preseccos, the northern Veneto region of Italy in the foothills of the Alps. Maybe another reason I love

people who wrote unwritten rules got together and decided that it isn’t proper to go back for seconds during a wine tasting, they didn’t consult me. If they had, I would have vehemently disagreed. The point I am trying to make is, skip the wine tasting on this bottle and go straight for the case. Especially now that the mercury is starting to rise

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AND PROSCIUTTO Presecco is because the Vento region is very close to where I lived in Italy as a child. Or maybe (and more likely) I love Presecco, especially the 2010 Lamberti Presecco, because it is light, fruity, effervescent and a little sweeter than a more traditional bottle. Also, I find my take on this particular wine is in sharp contrast to most of the “wine pros,” which makes me giddy, to say the least. If you ever find my assessment of a particular bottle of wine to be harmoniously similar to some of the better-known wine snobs, please come by my house and give me a good thumping. I had a sampling of 2010 Lamberti Presecco Extra Dry at a wine tasting at Lumina a few weeks back and I liked it immediately. In fact, I went back for seconds, which apparently is something one does not do at a wine tasting. You can call me many things, but conventional isn’t one of them and if there is an unwritten rule to be broken, I normally crush it. When the

because not only is the 2010 Lamberti Presecco tasty, it is refreshing, too. I must stress that this bottle of wine, as with all adult beverages, should be consumed responsibly. Because it goes down so easy, you may find yourself three sheets to the wind before you know it. Pairing the 2010 Lamberti Presecco Extra Dry is extra simple...it goes with everything. I found it especially tasty with watermelon and strawberries but it went down easy with a cheeseburger, too. And, although I haven’t tried it yet, I am told that it is especially good with fresh peach juice to make Venice's most famous cocktail, the Bellini. But, perhaps the best part of the 2010 Lamberti Presecco Extra Dry is the price — especially when compared to it’s French or California sparkling white wine cousins. Locally, you can find this Presecco at Lumina for the easy-on-the-wallet price of $14.99. However, from now until the July issue of

This is the perfect dish to serve as a breakfast with Bellinis or just as a delicious side dish to lunch or dinner. These grits are loaded with lots of Parmesan cheese and tasty prosciutto. INGREDIENTS: 3C  ups Water, in a microwave-safe measuring cup Teaspoon Vegetable Oil 2 Ounces Prosciutto, thinly sliced, minced 3/4 Cup Quick Grits 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated 1 Teaspoon Salted Butter Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste PREPARATION: 1. M  icrowave the water to boiling which usually takes about 3 ½ to 4 ½ minutes. 2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over mediumhigh heat. 3. Add the prosciutto. 4. Sauté until the moisture evaporates and the prosciutto bits start to fry and crisp. 5. Remove the prosciutto and set aside. 6. Add the hot water to the empty pan and bring to a boil. 7. Whisk in grits and sea salt. 8. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat until it becomes thick which takes about 3 to 5 minutes. 9. Add the prosciutto, cheese, butter and black pepper to taste. 10. Let the mixture stand about 3 minutes. 11. Serve and enjoy.

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X IS GOING TO "THE SHOW" Former Copperheads Outfielder Drafted by the Oakland As

By Dave Johnson

It is funny how things turn out. We partnered with the Asheboro Copperheads so that we could have content regarding the team and the players every month. Like most Americans, we love baseball here at Asheboro Magazine, especially grass-roots and minor league games. When we first moved to Asheboro, David Camp, General Manager for the Copperheads was one of the first people I reached out to and he was our first community character. We only made it to a few games

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last year, but this year we have season tickets and expect to be at most of them. Watching the players give their all for our team excites me. It makes the game interesting and creates a connection between the team and the fans. To strengthen this bond, having interviews in the magazine that allow the fans to get to know the players better is paramount. That being said, I am skipping the interviews this month to share some exciting news about one of the players, Xavier Macklin (better known as ‘X’). Truth be told, I was having a hard time connecting with the two pitchers I was supposed to interview anyhow; one of them was too busy to talk and I had the wrong phone number for the other. When I interviewed Xavier last month, I couldn’t believe what a genuinely nice guy he was. In fact, there was no hint of an ego and he was one of the most gracious people I have talked with. He told me about his relationship with his dad and how that forged his work ethic and determination to succeed. At one time, he never thought he would be a baseball player. In fact, he hated the game because he thought he wasn’t any good. After three years of practicing every day with his father and the support of his Babe Ruth League coach, Xavier became an outstanding ball player. What makes his story great is that he was not naturally gifted, he had to work very hard to

accomplish the things that he has like the .357 batting average with 49 home runs and 183 RBIs in his three years as an outfielder for North Carolina A&T. As it turns out Xavier will not play for the Copperheads this year or ever again. On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, X was drafted by the Oakland As in the 12th round of the First-Year Major League Baseball Player Draft. X said he was informed about being drafted from a friend at approximately 5 p.m. Apprehension and nervousness drove him away from following the draft hours before the Athletics selected him. Macklin received a phone call from a friend notifying him of the good news. A local A's scout who lives in Greensboro made the official call for the organization. "I can't describe this feeling right now," said Macklin. "It's crazy. It's surreal. It's like I'm not even here right now." I didn’t know Xavier that well and I never had a chance to meet him face-to-face. But I did spend 20 minutes on the phone with him and I am a better person for it. Based on my conversations with him and his roommate Marquis Riley, Jr., there is no one more deserving of a professional contract. I look forward to watching his professional career and sharing my story about the time that I interviewed Xavier Macklin, Jr., Outfielder for the Oakland As for Asheboro Magazine.

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From Father to Son Four Artists Show their Heritage By Scott Plaster


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This type of tribute is what the “From Father to Son” special art exhibit opening at the Circa Gallery in Asheboro is all about. The show will kick off at the start of Father's Day weekend during the third Friday celebration on June 17 at 5 pm, and will feature the diverse artistic creations of two father and son pairs, the Plasters, along with father Perry Boswell and his son Brennen. The exhibit will showcase works from these four gentlemen as a way to show the artistic lineage of their creative endeavors. Scott Plaster began creating art at a very early age, mostly due to this father's influence. Plaster recounts, “My daddy would draw these Picassoesque basketball players with long flowing arms and I would paint them in with those paints from the little blue jugs. Instead of guns and video games, I would get art supplies for Christmas.” Scott began exhibiting and selling his work a few years ago, and now has his “whimsical” animals and other artwork in over a dozen galleries, shops, and boutiques across the state of North Carolina. Scott's “Blue Al” will be seen on display for the first time in this exhibit, along with some other works never shown before. Scott's father Wayne Plaster didn't start work as a potter until he retired from teaching over 15 years ago. Since he began working with pottery, Wayne has

trained with some of the best potters in the entire Southeast at the Randolph and Montgomery community colleges, including Mike Ferree and even a special workshop with Phil Morgan. Wayne has sold literally hundreds of pieces at festivals and shows across Central NC. He has regular customers who visit his booth every time he exhibits at Apex, Asheboro, Denton and other shows. “It's always funny to see the other potters walking up to my booth. They'll pick up one of my pieces and look at it really closely. By the next year, there will be four other potters doing the same thing,” he explains. He creates vases and bowls, but his realistic-looking barrels, textured burlap bread bowls, elephant tea pots, oil lamps, and praying angels are what keep his customers coming back time and time again. The artistic tradition in the Plaster family goes back more than two generations. On display at the Circa Gallery will also be some creations by Thomas Albert Plaster, the father of Wayne and the grandfather of Scott. These include hand-carved miniature chairs and a chain carved from a single piece of wood, with no breaks. The youngest Plaster actually learned the artistry of basket weaving from his nowdeceased grandfather when he was a young boy. As a teenager, Scott made baskets for family members and even  

sold them at crafts stores around Boone, but since then has reserved his creative talents for painting. The other father and son pair in this special exhibit shares an equal artistic connection. Father Perry Boswell is an art teacher in a public high school, but creates his unique “historical” collages for galleries and venues across the Triad. He has had numerous exhibitions and his work was even accepted for display at the International Civil Rights Museum. Perry collages are intricate and are known to weave stories from their mix of photographs, letters, parts of books, and even sheet music. The layout is something that often “percolates” in the back of his mind for months while he gathers just the right elements to make each collage complete. Perry was featured in the November issue of Asheboro Magazine and also headed up a special show at the Circa Gallery in Asheboro entitled “April in Paris,” which showed off special creations centered on this French theme. It is this “French connection” that Perry wanted to share with his son Brennen when he took the family to Paris two years ago. Perry has always felt an affinity toward Paris and the time period of the 1920s and '30s, and he wanted to share this experience with Brennen. "I have become fascinated with the personal information that people volume 1 | issue 11 | asheboromagazine.com | 47 

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pottery by Wayne Plaster leave when they pass away. I often find it in old books, locked drawers, and dusty boxes tucked away in remote corners. I've come to look at these scraps as fragments of the soul." You can learn more about Perry Boswell at his website at http://perryboswell.com. As an art teacher, what influence did he have on his son Brennen's art? “Even though I teach art, I never wanted to force him to do art. I always just wanted to support what he wanted to do,” explains Perry. Brennen, now 19, has only yet begun his artistic “journey.” is presently attending GTCC and will be transferring to UNCG next year to pursue a degree in audio production. He has explored different painting media such as watercolor and acrylic, and his bold style is appropriate for the abstract themes he creates. Brennen says he feels proud to be joining his father in this special exhibit.


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pottery by Wayne Plaster The father to son heritage that used to be so crucial in the “crafts” era is still alive and well in these fathers and sons. Don't miss this special exhibit, “From Father to Son,” on Friday, June 17 from 5 to 8 pm at the Circa Gallery in Asheboro. Check Scott's website at http://scottplaster.com for details and a link to the Facebook event. Scott Plaster

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day. In the early 1970’s, you were required to have a contractor’s license only if you were building a house worth over $30,000. The average cost of a house at that time was $23,400 nationwide, so not many contractors bothered to get their license. Jerome and Larry both felt it was important to have their license. Everyone laughed at them for doing that, but just a few years later licenses became a requirement and they were far ahead of the competition. After 12 years, when home inspections became necessary, Larry left the business to pursue a career in inspections and today is the Chief Building Inspector for the City of Asheboro. At that time, Jerome changed the name of the company to Davidson Builders. Bo Davidson grew up around construction sites. After school, Saturdays, and summers he spent working with his Dad for as long as he can remember. They have built subdivisions, townhomes, doctors and dentists offices, remodeled


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other businesses: sandblasting the brick walls of layers of paint, replacing broken windows, hauling out the old sewing machines and other equipment that littered the building that had lain vacant for years. It was a mammoth project, but a testament to their skill when you walk in the building and see the finished result. Jerome was a Charter member of the Homebuilders Association of Randolph County and Bo was Vice President and President. In light of the economy the past few years and a slowdown in new construction, Jerome has semi-retired and is now working on his second love, restoring old muscle cars and street rods. He’s quick to point out he’s not a collector – he just likes to “tinker” with them, get them looking and running great and then sell them. Bo has added real estate to his portfolio, and is working with Remax Central Realty. They are members of Pinewood Country Club and get in as much golf as they can. You can tell from their interaction that Bo and Jerome have a fantastic relationship and really enjoy each other’s company. They enjoy what they do and their pride in workmanship is evident as you take a tour through their newly constructed townhomes north of town in Waterford Villas. They have several units for sale around 2,500 sq. ft. with two car garages.  

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I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek (or taste) of the menu at Mark Joyce’s Uptown Charlie’s, located in the former Varsity Restaurant. By the time you read this, the transformation will have taken place on June 20th. An updated look, new uniforms and new menu are only a few of the changes that Mark Joyce has implemented in the very short time he has been at the restaurant. In the restaurant world, he is what’s known as a hot commodity. If there is a more civic-minded, community supportive business person in Asheboro, I’ve yet to meet them. As the Managing Partner of Uptown Charlie’s, he has turned the former Varsity restaurant into one of the most happening places in Asheboro. Along with the name change, a few new menu items have been introduced and we couldn’t wait to try them. A lot of the crowd favorites will remain on the menu – buffalo wings, onion rings and the Hawaiian Chicken Wrap that Dave loves! Hannah, our waitress, took our drink orders and immediately came back to give us a run down on the evening’s choices. My mother-in-law was visiting from Spartanburg, and I had brought her along for dinner. After listening to all the options, she mentioned that she

loved Reuben sandwiches and would like to review that. I ordered the Chicken Alfredo Penne with steamed broccoli and sautéed mushrooms, and my kids each ordered the 12 oz. Ribeye Steak, cooked medium rare. Dave was home working diligently on this month’s issue of the magazine, so I ordered a Creole Shrimp Alfredo to go for him. One of the other items that has been added to the menu is a taco pizza. Although that sounded delicious, there was no way we could eat one of those too! If you happen to try one, please post your review on Facebook! For an appetizer, we ordered the kid’s favorite – loaded cheese fries with bacon. It comes with a side of ranch dressing and wow, is it tasty. One of the things I like the most about Mark Joyce is the interaction he has with all the patrons of the restaurant. He is not a manager that sits in the back and let’s the night unfold – he greets every table personally, makes sure that they are having a good time, the food is to their liking, and this personal attention is why the restaurant has become the new hot spot in town. Our food arrived and we quickly dug in. My penne was cooked to perfection,

and the alfredo was very good – not too cheesy, not too runny – in fact, I don’t normally order Alfredo in a restaurant because I can do it better at home. The broccoli was steamed but still crisp, and the blend of flavors was truly delicious. The Reuben sandwich on marbled rye was very good, and had the couple sitting behind us drooling when they saw it delivered. The ribeye steaks were delicious and came with a baked potato and side salad. I tried a bite of everyone’s dinner and I must say, I definitely ordered my favorite dish, although I will be going back for steak very soon! The restaurant has an outside patio rimmed with tiki torches for nice evenings with friends. They offer Karaoke on Wednesday nights starting at 8 pm, and on Thursdays they have live music. On the third Thursday of the month, it’s “Bike Night”, a fundraiser for the Bikers for Boobs Cancer Fund. We host our Face to Facebook parties on the patio the last Wednesday of the month, and if you haven’t been to one yet, they are really fun! There is always something happening at Mark Joyce’s Uptown Charlies. Drop In sometime and say “Hey” to Mark, you will be glad you did!

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CHIPMUNKS By Rev. Peter Panagore

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We planted extra strawberries figuring chipmunks would eat their share. I don’t mind that they do. I do mind that they like picking the ripest berries, taking one bite, then leaving it on the sand box seat in a line with all the other one-bite berries they’ve harvested -- as if each berry had only one bit worth eating. My grandmother instilled in me the old adage -- “waste not, want not”. These chipmunks just don’t hold the same values I do. Living with animal neighbors isn’t idyllic. There’s that red squirrel that chewed through our copper screened window and raided the honey jar as if she was Winnie the Pooh. Squirrels aren’t allowed in the house. A ground hog family moved into our garden. The old man of the clan put up quite a fight one evening when I caught him in the carrots. We duked it out and my wife says he won that fight. So I “live trapped” the lot, shipping them to a woodland far, far away.

We can’t just get rid of two legged neighbors we don’t like, or those whose values we don’t share. God doesn’t expect us to like everybody, but God does expect us to love them. Loving people we don’t like or with whom we have little in common, merely means treating them courteously and with civility, a trait that our local chipmunks, squirrels, and ground hogs haven’t learned.

Let us pray: Dear God, help us get along with our neighbors, especially those troublesome ones. Give us the patience to treat them with civility even when they treat us rudely. Amen.

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By Mike Grant Photos Courtesy or the Randolph Room, Randolph County Public Library

So, in order to begin our journey we have to step back in time to a nearby slave auction in the year 1792. At this particular auction, a sixyear-old slave girl named Pricilla was put up for bidding with her mother.

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Every so often I’ll run into someone who will ask me, “Hey Mike, where did you grow up?” Of course, I’m proud to say Yadkin College, North Carolina. It is with this reply that I almost always get the response, “Never heard of it!” So, I go on to explain that Yadkin College is a part of the Reeds Community, which is near Lexington, North Carolina and usually they will recognize Lexington. So here in Randolph County if you were to ask the right person, “Where did you grow up?” They might tell you, “Strieby.” Then most of you are going to say, “Never heard of it,” then they will commence to explain to you that Strieby is a part of Union, which is near Asheboro, North Carolina. In today’s society, being from a very small community can get a bit confusing. But the truth of the matter is that during the 19th century these small communities were the backbone of a county and those counties made up the state. I first learned about Strieby about fifteen years ago when I visited a customer named George, once or twice a month. As I have mentioned in my earlier articles, I am curious about the history that surrounds the areas that I visit, so I asked George about the local history there. George, being very knowledgeable in this area, was more than happy to oblige. So, in order to begin our journey we have to step back in time to a nearby slave auction in the year 1792. At this particular auction, a sixyear-old slave girl named Pricilla was put up for bidding with her mother. Unfortunately, her mother was sold to a man who did not want Priscilla. So, Pricilla was left without her mother and was sold for only one dollar to someone else. Pricilla was too young to work in the fields so she was placed with a slave mother where she was responsible for the majority of heavy labor around the

house. But, Pricilla was persistent and worked very hard. Fortunately, time passed by and slavery came to an end. Later, Pricilla met and married a man by the name of Edward “Ned” Hill. Priscilla and Ned Hill along with other Hill family members, and many ex-slaves from this area, settled in an area they came to call “Hill Town.” This little area grew quickly, but unfortunately there was no school or a place to worship. Recognizing the need for this, Priscilla, being a strong and positive person, took charge and had a brush arbor built to worship under. Priscilla Hill ultimately became an active leader in this new community. Ned and Pricilla went on to have ten children, forty-five grandchildren, and fifty greatgrandchildren. Now, that’s getting a town started! You can easily see how they got their nicknames of “Uncle Ned and Granny Prissy”. Granny Prissy lived for 119 years and was a very remarkable woman who was a great leader of her community. During this time period the Quakers were a strong presence in Randolph County. Being a God fearing and a caring people, they donated an old church building to the “Hill Town Community” after they had built their new church building. According to history, this became the first school building for African Americans in Randolph County. They called it the Rocky Branch Church and School House.


Things were good for this community; they had two ways to earn a living, by working at the nearby goldmines and a large whiskey distillery owned by the federal government. Being able to work and earn a living did allow for many of the families to purchase their own land and farms. Another very important person during this time period, who according to history, worked in one of the goldmines and attended one of the

First Congregational Church of Strieby

first schools, was a man by the name of Alfred Islay “Isaac” Walden. From what I can gather, after the Civil War, Islay, along with the help of his father, set out on foot and walked to Washington, DC. Islay, you see, was partially blind, so he was seeking medical attention for his blindness. He also had a strong drive to be better educated, and had a desire to serve as a minister. During this time, Islay supported himself by selling poems on the streets and giving lectures in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Islay earned his degree from Howard University in 1876. He later established a mission school for needy African Americans in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Islay also earned a degree from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. After Islay was ordained in 1879, he returned to the Hill Town Community in Randolph County with another prominent man by the name of Michael E. Strieby, D.D. He was the secretary for the American Missionary Association, out of New York. The American

Missionary Association’s main purpose was to eliminate slavery, educate African Americans, and promote racial equality along with Christian values. Both of these great men, with the complete effort of the community, built their own church which they named Promised Land Church. They instilled a strong desire for education to everyone in this community by building a two teacher school building. Sometime later, the name of the church was changed to the First Congregational Church of Strieby, thus giving this community its name Strieby. Strieby not only had a wonderful church to worship in and a quality school for the children to learn in, they also had their own post office and a couple of general stores! I was told that they also had a hotel, but I cannot find any information on record to confirm this. I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Ms. Aveus Lassiter Edmondson. Ms. Edmondson is one of the great-granddaughters of Miles and Sarah Lassiter. Miles and Sarah

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Lassiter were part of a very important family that lived in Strieby during the thriving years. It is thought that they are the ones who donated the land for the church and school. In sitting with Ms. Edmondson and hearing her talk about her family history and Strieby, I was amazed at what a wonderful story their family history has within itself! The one common thing that all the Lassiter Family shared was a quality education. They demanded it. The Lassiter family, throughout the generations, is full of very educated members, as well as many that were teachers throughout Randolph County. I listened to Ms. Edmondson as she reminisced about growing up in the Strieby area, how she worked hard as a child and about how much she and everyone else enjoyed growing up in the Strieby area. She talked about going fishing, playing baseball on a field just up the road from her home, and also playing tennis. Now, according to Ms. Edmondson they had the first tennis court not only in Randolph County,

but in North Carolina as well. I am not certain on that fact, but considering that she turns a young ninety eight years old on July 4th of this year, I stand behind her story! One of Ms. Edmondson’s sisters is Kate Lassiter Jones. Mrs. Jones did an outstanding job in recording history for this area, and I give credit to her for a lot of information contributed to this article. The old church, school, and post office are now all just a memory in time, but what a difference they all made! A new church was built in 1972, and services are still held there today. Earlier this year I walked over the church grounds and cemetery, not knowing at the time just how much all those names etched in stone truly meant, not only to Strieby but to Randolph County. You can find some of the poetry that Reverend Walden has written in a folder dedicated to the Walden family, as well as so much more history on Strieby and the Lassiter family, in our very on Randolph room, located at the main Public Library in Asheboro.

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LETTERS Hey Guys! Hello teens of Asheboro! You all have no idea how excited I am for you to have the June 2011 issue in your hands. (Or on your screen.) This is the first month featuring teen2teen. It's a bit shorter than we expected it to be, but that's because at the very last second this month we got a little tight. But, no worries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the online edition of the magazine has all eight scheduled pages. So check that one out as well. Being a teenager is hard. We all understand that. When you're a teenager you're still in the process of coming into yourself. You're still growing, and trying to figure things out. Of course you never stop trying to figure things out, because there will always be something else. Teenagers of this generation have it harder, in my opinion, than any of the generations before us. Every day we get slapped in the face with what society says we should be doing, or how we should look. In the months to come, I want to clear away the muck and the grime that society has poured down on us when it comes to things like that. I'm going to try my hardest to show you all that there is nothing you can't do. Absolutely nothing. As we grow, I hope more and more of you will participate. Send me your ideas, your art, your poetry. This feature is for you. For all of you unheard teenagers who need a voice. I want your life stories. I want your musical talent, I want your photography. I want you to be the ones who help us grow. This isn't my magazine, this isn't Alyssa's magazine. This isn't even the publisher's magazine. It's yours. And yours alone. Don't forget that, and make sure you find me on Facebook so you can share your ideas with me. Thanks,â&#x20AC;¨


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First off all I want to say is that I am so terribly excited to be a part of this new awesome feature of the Asheboro Magazine...teen2teen!!! Headed up by the lovely Miss Lauren Johnson and myself. Lauren started out by asking me to help her out for a day with an article, but it very quickly became clear that we needed to become partners in crime. Hitting the streets together and collaborating on ideas...brainstorming is always easier with someone around to volley off of, and I'm more than happy to help out with this in any way that I can. Teens in Asheboro - and teens everywhere - need their voices heard. Since teen2teen is by teens, for teens, it's the perfect opportunity for teenagers to not only voice opinions, but become involved in their community. Lauren and I have some really great things in the works, we'll be featuring monthly questions put out for teens to give us their opinions, advice articles, reviews on books, movies, music and much, much more. This month we've got an interview with a fantastic musician, Damon Wardlaw, who comes from right here in Asheboro. Make sure to check out the article. And certainly more than that, as we slowly build up how many pages we span. We can't wait to get the input of the amazing teens of Asheboro, to help build this thing from the ground up. Peace,


Featured Musician

Meet Damon Wardlaw

By Lauren Johnson

Damon Wardlaw, 18, is one of Randolph County's many hidden musical gems. He can play nine different instruments, sing, write music, and even act. Damon is graduating from Providence Grove High and in the fall he'll be going to UNCG to study Music Education to become a Music Teacher. “I've always wanted to become a teacher, I've just always wanted to share my knowledge with someone, mold them into outstanding musicians.”
Damon comes from a family of musicians. His father (David Wardlaw, Jr.) can play the tuba, and his grandfather (David Wardlaw, Sr.) can play the euphonium. Damon can play both;, in fact the euphonium is his instrument of choice. Damon can also play the trumpet, which is the instrument he played in sixth grade when his musical education began. He got his first guitar (Black Beauty, which is featured in the pictures) at fourteen, which is when he started learning Rockabilly standards. If you don't know what those are, they're just really old rock songs by artists such as Blue Suede Shoes, Matchbox, Elvis, and Carl Perkins. Basically, it's 50's Rock. Damon has learned pretty much all of Elvis Presley's catalog, some Carl Perkins, and he used to idolize Eddie Cochran and his songs —like “Summertime Blues” and “C'mon Everybody.”
 He attended Randleman High for his freshman year of high school where he marched trumpet. But in concert band, due to the lack of tubas, and the plethora of trumpets, he switched over to tuba which is when he got seriously into music. Damon transferred to Providence Grove High his sophomore year and immediately became heavily involved in the arts department.. He learned tenor sax just so he could

be in Jazz Band, and to challenge himself more in Symphonic band he started playing euphonium.In his junior year he got his Banjo and starting playing folk music in the band Your Sweetheart, which lasted about a year, until the guitarist and the vocalist graduated. He now plays in his current project, The Dryheaves with Jordan Gates. 
 Of course, music isn't the only thing in his life. He has family, and other things at school, too. I asked Damon how his father, and grandfather got into music and he replied with: “I'm not quite sure, then again, at that time they were living in Texas, and down there band is basically a religion. Texans are known for high school football and I guess they have to breed young bandies to make awesome marching bands as well.” As for school, Damon says he enjoyed it. “I've always been an A/B student, Beta Club, all that. I enjoyed school.” His favorite class was American Literature, and he debated being an English teacher instead of being a music teacher for the longest time. But obviously, music won. As far as extra curricular activities go, he wasn't involved with anything that wasn't music related. Even theater. He did mostly musicals. His first production wasn't a musical though; it was Arthur Miller's “The Crucible” and in that he played Reverend Hale. He was also in Godspell as Jesus, in “You're a Good Man Charlie Brown” as Snoopy, and in“Cinderella” he played he Herald. At the moment, Damon is a Providence Grove High graduate, and he's excited about college next year. He'll continue to play music, and hopefully one day we will see his name on the front of a CD cover.

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WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR? WHAT DO YOU FOCUS ON? YOUR FLAWS? WHY? DOES IT MAKE YOU HAPPY TO SCRUTINIZE EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? NO. IT DOESN'T, DOES IT? IT MAKES YOU ANGRY, IT MAKES YOU SAD. YOU JUST WANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL, IS THAT IT? YOU JUST WANT TO LOOK LIKE THE GIRLS IN THE MAGAZINES; THE BEAUTIFUL MODELS YOU SEE IN VOGUE, OR SEVENTEEN, OR COSMOPOLITAN. YOU WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING? IT ISN'T A SECRET, BUT NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE REALIZE THIS. THOSE PICTURES ARE PUT THROUGH PHOTOSHOP UNTIL EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS TAKEN OUT OF THE PICTURE. I asked a handful of guys via Facebook what they thought made girls beautiful. You want to know some of the answers I got? They'd shock you. Before any of the guys I asked said anything about looks, they said that they love girls who have personality, and confidence in themselves. The way they act towards other people. The way they treat other people. They said that there was a defining line between hot and beautiful. And beautiful girls were the ones who carried themselves well. When I asked about the look that made girls beautiful, I got the same thing from a handful of guys. Not super skinny. Curves. A nice smile. I know a lot of girls think that tan, blonde, and skinny is what guys like these days. But when I asked about that I got the opposite. “Blonde, skinny, tan girls aren't ugly. But there are so many girls that look like that these days, I see them everywhere I look. I like girls who stand out in the crowd, girls with dark hair, pale skin. What's so wrong with that?” The guy who said this said I could quote him, but he didn't give me permission to give out his name. But a lot of guys I talked to agreed with that statement. Girls who didn't look like all the other girls. Girls who did their own thing, who were confident in what they like and girls who didn't care what other people thought of them. Confidence is key. The same guy said to me, just before I finished

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interviewing him, “Everyone is beautiful. Every single person has something beautiful about them. Sometimes it's buried under layer upon layer of what they think people want them to look like, or what they think other people think is beautiful. But in reality, if they just stop caring about what other people think and start loving themselves then they'd be much happier. There's only one person in the entire world that you need acceptance from. Only one person you need approval from. And that's yourself.” It's not what you look like that makes you beautiful. It's how you carry yourself, how you portray the beauty that you naturally have. Don't let society tell you that you're not beautiful. Don't let Photoshopped standards ruin your view of yourself. Those models may be pretty, but what they lack is natural beauty. I have a challenge for you. If you wear a lot of make up, or a lot of hair spray, or if you straighten your hair, I dare you to go out and hang out with a group of your friends without it. Put the eyeliner down. Put the cap back on your hair spray. Unplug your straightener. Go out and hang out with your friends. Be 100% natural. Spend the summer learning to love yourself. Because the only person you need to love is yourself. If you can't love yourself, who can you love? You're beautiful. You're stunning. You're gorgeous. You're beautiful. Never forget that.

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