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COMMUNITY NEWS • • • • • • •

14th annual habitat golf classic.... . .. . .. 22 lassiter joins ivey & eggleston..............27 ms. senior randolph county.................   32 R AG downtown sculpture exhibition...... 45 R AG hosts sharron parker exhibition..... 45 R AG grass roots grants......................   49 R AG hosts fall gardening lecture . ........   49


• sam ramsey......................................20


• helping people help themselves, part 1. 24 • what really matters............................ 26

• job hunting in the library....................56 • • • • • • • •

foster care.......................................  1 6 your money...................................... 1 8 your eyes.........................................  28 your taxes........................................34 your feet.........................................  40 seniors............................................42 wellness.......................................... 4 4 your body........................................ 54


• angry jesus... . ... . .. . .......  . ..................41


• Y gives scholarship campaign.. . ..........38


• an aria of your own..... . ......... . .......... 46 •  p airing recipe......................... . ........48



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• arrival of new baby giraffe................. 50





• that’s a rap...................................... 30

• nature in august is really wonderful......58

• t-rex spotting at hometown zoo!........... 36

• community events aug. & sept ‘12........60



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Sherry Johnson

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letters. We ran out of space and had to cut Dave's editorial from the magazine. If you'd like to read it, visit our website and click on the Dave 2.0 tab.

Dear Readers,


f you are like me, you are shaking your head and wondering where the summer went. I know it was here and I know I had a great time, but it seems like it’s over so quickly. Andrew returns to Fayetteville Street Christian School on August 20th, and lots of my teacher friends are getting their classrooms ready for the influx of new students. I’m always a little sad at the end of the summer when the kids go back to school, but it only lasts for a moment, and then I realize that I have all day to do what I want to do and can work uninterrupted until it’s time to pick him up from school again.

AHHH – now that’s more like it. It also means that Fall is right around the corner, with beer and wine festivals, craft fairs, and cooler temperatures. Although this has been a very warm summer, we have also been blessed with lots of summer rains and my lawn is looking tremendously green. I pulled weeds out of my garden that were taller than me! I took Faylene Whitaker’s advice, author of Nature’s Nuances, and put in some late summer crops – mostly basil because I discovered the best pesto recipe (which I shared with all of you - see the recipe in July’s edition on page 52). I’m planning on harvesting and making lots of pesto for the freezer this Fall. This month we had so many articles and submissions from readers and regular writers that we ran out of room, so Dave took a break from writing his editorial to make room for all the great content. Since part of his Fun Manifesto is taking more time for himself, he’s done just that this past month.


article ideas and stories have been flooding in, and I just want to take a moment to say thank you – every single one of them without exceptions starts out … “I love your magazine.” It warms my heart and makes me so happy to read that. Please keep sending the articles and ideas in. Till next month, keep reading!


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Own Your Style

By Sherry B. Johnson


everly Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama. She started working in commercial design with a firm in Greensboro, designing corporate lobbies, executive offices and commercial office systems. She commuted from Liberty and when she and her husband began their family, she decided she did not want to put her children in daycare and left the firm to work part-time out of her house. Her grandfather had retired from his position with NASA, and was building custom frames for the beautiful cross-stitch panels that the family had created over the years. While Beverly was in school, she had to mat all of her presentations for class, so he taught her how to use the manual mat cutter, mitre saw and cut glass. In the mid-90’s, when her grandfather couldn’t physically do the custom framing anymore, he gave Beverly the equipment. She took classes for framing to learn archival techniques, how to mount different mediums and also creative solutions with matting. Her small part-time business took off, and she moved it out of her home and into a space in Downtown Liberty and opened Picture This. In four years it grew to the point where she was going to have to enlarge her space and hire a full-time staff, so she sold the business. In the meantime, she and her family had relocated 10

to Coleridge. She was friends with Charlie Glass, who owned Charlie’s Frame Shop in Asheboro and started working for them part-time in 1999. She worked more and more and in 2005 she purchased the business from Charlie and changed the name to State of the Art Framing. Beverly is expanding her business and diversifying with Asheboro Design, Art & Interiors. She doesn’t want hiring an Interior Designer to be an intimidating process. She considers herself a Design Coach, and through Asheboro Design, she can do as little or as much of the project as her client wants her to. Interior design can be overwhelming to a lot of people, so she simplifies the process by breaking it down into layers, and then taking one layer at a time – guiding her clients through each step to achieve their desired result. “My job is to figure out what YOUR style is, and then assist you to design your space around that.” She encourages her clients not to eliminate things they love just because they may not be trendy. “You can incorporate your style into the design and make it reflect your personality, while maintaining the functionality of the space.” Sometimes it as simple as “shopping your own home” and redesigning what you already have, sorting, de-cluttering and reworking existing furnishings. She is currently working on a kitchen remodel for one client and beginning a dining room design for another. No project is too big or too small. If you have artwork that you just don’t know how or where to hang in your home, Beverly will come out and do that, too. If you are new to collecting art, or are looking to add a few pieces to compliment your collection, Beverly can utilize her connections with artists and galleries around the area to find exactly what you are looking for. Beverly is an artist herself, so she can offer suggestions and develop an art concept for your space based on your tastes. Like Asheboro Design on Facebook at asheborodesign and follow her on Pinterest at http://pinterest. com/asheborodesign/ to see some great examples of how she can help you utilize your space and reflect your personality in your home or business. 


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f you were to ask Scott Eggleston’s mother what he was like as a child, she would inform you that he was pretty much exactly the same as he is now: Steadfast, Determined, Hard Working…and constantly trying to resolve any and all conflict. Would it come as a surprise to any who knew this Virginia Beach native that his career would end up being an Attorney? Probably not - To this day, there is a small sheet of paper hanging in his office, meticulously typed by his eight year old pointer finger (on a typewriter no less!), mediating a peaceful negotiation of a major moment in the Eggleston House– his family’s move to a new home.

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With emotions running high and an older sister who was not happy about giving up her backyard swing set, Scott disappeared to type out a short but insightful agreement and immediately typed it out, running into the family room with pens in hand. The agreement or “Treaty” to a precocious eight year old, simply stated that Scott would help move if everyone promised to be happy. And yes, signatures were required. This, as much as anything else, speaks to a point that is as much a part of Scott as his easy smile or affable camaraderie – a belief that the best possible solution, in any situation, is where everyone leaves feeling happy. Scott Eggleston grew up in Virginia Beach, crabbing , kayaking on the water as a boy, and later rowing for Old Dominion University (“ODU”) as part of their crew team. After graduating from ODU, Scott went to work for an insurance giant – Geico - that had just built a new call center in Virginia Beach. Now, for someone who dislikes conflict and wishes happiness for all, the role of Insurance Claims Adjuster could seem like a burden. Scott spent his time handling Bodily Injury Claims, working with inhouse counsel and plaintiff’s attorneys,

who were representing injured parties. With a constant emotionally charged atmosphere, as well as individuals who were anything but “happy,” Scott began to sort through the problems as well as the people in each case, looking past the common road blocks like anger, distrust, and frustration – to try and find the clearest and straightest route for all around satisfaction. “It was surprising, actually,” says Scott, “how much harder some claims were to settle the longer they went on. You would think that each conversation would be a step forward towards a resolution, instead of a step backwards.” After a few years and several promotions within Geico, Scott began to see what each side was doing unsuccessfully. “In the beginning,” says Scott, “it is about the individual being heard –and I am not talking about giving someone the token phone call and expected lip service- but really listening and empathizing with the individual’s situation. Once I started focusing on the ‘Injured Party’ as a person, not just a claimant, I could hear a fear underneath all the anger and frustration. ‘If I can’t work, what is going to happen to my family?’ ‘What if this pain never goes away?’ ‘What is going to happen to me

and how long will it take?’ Stress, anxiety, and a fear of the unknown makes any situation worse. Instead of everyone working together to ease an individual’s concerns as quickly as possible, I discovered that both, in-house counsel as well as the plaintiff’s attorneys, didn’t seem to prioritize a constant communication or a compassionate shoulder. I guess you could say, it was right about then I realized I could do it better – the helping of individuals or families – without the smoke screens and bureaucracy that larger companies and firms seem to employ.” And without so much as a look over his shoulder, Scott found himself at the University of Richmond School of Law, in Richmond, Virginia, studying the law not to so much to become an Attorney but to arm himself with the knowledge and skills to make it possible to resolve issues and conflicts and attempt to make people happy. It was during his last summer of law school that Scott met Asheboro native Lia Vuncannon, who had just finished undergraduate study at University of Richmond (“UR”), receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (specializing in PR) as well as English. Scott smiles and his eyes twinkle in slight amusement

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as he recalls seeing Lia for the first time. “I was working for a local mortgage company closing refinance loans at the height of a refinance boom and my supervisor, who was also a friend, calls me into his office to let me know he is interviewing this UR graduate for a marketing/PR/client service type of role. I was waiting for him to get to the reason he is telling me this, when he smiles and adds ‘Oh, she was also a cheerleader for them.’ The next thing I know, I am completely smitten with this girl who is constantly lamenting about a lack of something called ‘Cheerwine’ in Richmond, as well as the lack of a decent vinegar based coleslaw to go ON, not beside, her BBQ sandwich.” Once Scott graduated law school and passed the Virginia Bar (on his first try) he immediately proposed to Lia. And her response? An immediate “How do you feel about taking and passing the North Carolina Bar?” Scott must have felt okay about it, because he proceeded to do just that – take and pass the North Carolina Bar (again on his first try). With several years of real estate and tax law under his belt, Scott and Lia decided that they were ready to start their family. There was only one place in Lia’s mind where their family would start, grow, and take root: Home. “When Lia first started her campaign to move back home, to Asheboro, she was very quick to point out all of Asheboro’s selling points. After living here for six years, I now find myself pointing out all of Asheboro’s selling points to anyone outside the area. There is something to be said for a community that looks out for one another, for businesses that take into consideration more than the bottom line, and for having your in-laws/babysitters less than three miles away.” It was that sense of community that had Scott knocking on William W. Ivey’s door. “When I think about the firm now, and how everything came together so perfectly, it makes me feel both very lucky as well as grateful (one could argue here how luck and preparation go 14


hand in hand). I was meeting with H.R. Gallimore, an Asheboro commercial real estate broker, to talk about some real estate and tax law, when he happened to suggest that Mr. Ivey might be looking for an associate. I walked right out of H.R.’s door and right down the street to Mr. Ivey’s (another thing to love about Asheboro, being able to walk from one office to another, or from the register of deeds to the bank). After several meetings and conversations, Scott joined Mr. Ivey’s firm in February 2008 and began to develop the Real Estate practice. “Mr. Ivey’s firm had an impressive reputation that he had built from the ground up over the past forty years. I was excited to come on board to a firm that had cut its teeth on putting the client first with service that was professional, efficient, and reassuring. As I continued to develop the Real Estate side of the firm from 2008-2010, Mr. Ivey began to involve me in the estate administration/probate and estate planning practice areas as well.” In January, 2011 Scott took over the management of the law firm. Mr. Ivey moved to a semi-retired position continuing to handle his client’s affiars a couple of days a week. Scott hired a new attorney, Angela D. Lassiter, in July, 2012 to help expand the firm’s estate planning and administration practice even further. The firm focuses mainly on estate planning, estate administration/probate, and real estate transactions, although they also handle traffic violations as well. With 7,000 baby boomers turning 65 years old every day and Asheboro’s new designation as a Certified Retirement Community, they are poised for steady growth as the population grows and more retirees choose to make their home in Asheboro and Randolph County in the future. Scott’s philosophy is that they are there to make their clients’ lives easier. “When we get involved in an estate administration/ probate case we are dealing with a person who just lost a loved one, often

they are overwhelmed with the loss, so in addition to providing the direction on how to administer the estate correctly, we take the burden of the estate administration off of their shoulders. We provide guidance every step of the way. They are in charge, but we take care of all the details, both major and minor – preparing and filing the inventory, the accounting, and any other required documents. Our end goal is to have our clients feel taken care of.” Scott has a great staff at the office to assist you with your legal needs. Diane Hill has been with the office for fourteen years. She is a paralegal and helps with everything, including keeping the books, paying the bills, special proceedings and estate matters. Phyllis Hicks, a paralegal who joined the firm with Angela D. Lassiter handles the front desk. Debbie Moffitt is a legal assistant and handles real estate matters. When Scott’s not working, he enjoys nothing better than

spending time with Lia and his two children Lucy and Cannon. Scott is a member of the Randolph Rotary Club and is active in the Asheboro/Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. He is also the chairman of the Randolph County Crime Stoppers Board and a former member of the Asheboro Kiwanis club. Scott’s goal is to continue to grow the firm. There is space on the top floor of the building that is currently not being utilized, and he would like to see the practice grow into that space, as well as opening offices in other towns and counties around the Triad. As an adult, Scott has come to accept that conflict is a part of life. He has also accepted his calling to alleviate the frustration, anger, and sense of loss that often accompany it. If you need a will drawn up, need to think about retirement or what long term care needs might do to your assets, consider Scott’s office to assist you through the process. After all, who doesn’t want to leave their Attorney's office happy? 

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Foster Care

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What kind of training is required to become a foster parent? The State of North Carolina requires all prospective foster parents to complete a thirty hour course, Model Approach to Partnership and Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection, MAPP/GPS. This course is usually co-led by experienced and trained foster parents and a social worker. In this course, prospective foster parents learn many things from the various reasons that children come into foster care, types of behaviors to look for and expect, how to handle specific behaviors, working with the children on grief and loss, building self-esteem of a child in care, building and maintaining connections, mental illness, substance abuse, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, and much more. This course also prompts prospective foster parents to look at their own family and circumstances, and to think about how providing for a child in foster care may affect them personally as well as those around them. Each prospective Foster Parent must also complete training in CPR (to include infant and child), First Aid, Medication Administration, and Universal Precautions prior to any child being placed in the home.

Christina Sterling Foster Home Licensing Social Worker Christina Sterling has 13 years of experience in social work and is a graduate of High Point University.

What about once a foster parent is licensed? Foster parents are required to have a minimum of ten continuing education training hours annually. Most licensing agencies help facilitate training opportunities and in doing so, gear the trainings to topics that foster families may have or might experience. Some of these trainings include; Fire Safety, Child Car Seat Safety, Mental Health Diagnoses, Shared Parenting (Mandated by the State), Behavior Management, and the list goes on. Foster Parents are provided with many resources for training opportunities with monthly meetings, on-line services, a Foster/Adoptive Parent library at the agency which also include materials for children, and print publications. For more information about becoming a Foster/ Adoptive Parent for the Randolph County Department of Social Services, please call the Foster Care Inquiry line at 336-683-8062.

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I have written several articles on Roth IRAs because it is one of the best retirement plan options available, however…..not enough people are taking advantage of it. The Roth IRA allows individuals to contribute $5,000 per year of their earned income to any investment of their choice: Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Bank CD’s or Money Market accounts. (If you are over age 50 you can contribute $6,000 per year.)

There are income limits to open up a Roth IRA: Individuals adjusted gross income must be under $110,000 and married couples must be under $173,000

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community character.


amuel Keith Ramsey was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. While growing up, his mom and all his friends called him Keith. His first job was working at the B&D Market in Lynchburg

at 14 years old. It was a full service market, with offerings from a full service meat

shop to caviar and beer. The owner also had the “Southerner Drive-in” next door,

one of the first car-hop type restaurants in the area. Sam worked there until he was about 17, and learned a lot about managing the food business from the grocery side, with a “glance” into the restaurant side of things also.




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When he was 17, he became the Assistant Junior Manager at S&W Cafeteria. He had to wear a necktie to work every day. He worked there for four years, got transferred to Virginia Beach to be the Assistant Manager, and then a few years later transferred to downtown Charlotte to become the General manager of the S&W Cafeteria there. His Virginia accent wouldn’t leave him and when people would call the store asking for Keith, the S&W employees had a hard time understanding who they were looking for and he discovered he was missing a lot of calls. He finally told them to ask for Sam, it was his first name and it was much easier to understand with his accent. From that time on, he became Sam. One of his regular customers in Charlotte was a real estate developer, and he approached Sam about opening his own cafeteria in a new mall he was managing – the Tryon Mall. Sam left S&W to open his own cafeteria – Samuels Family Cafeteria – in 1976. He was approached by another developer a few years later, who was building a mall in Asheboro, in the heart of Randolph County. He did a little research and was very interested. In 1988 Sam sold his Charlotte cafeteria to his Assistant Manager and relocated to Asheboro. The developer told

him that they expected the mall would be half leased when it opened, but opening came and there were only about six tenants in the whole building. After two years, Sam sold that restaurant to the Apple House and continued to worked for them for several years as the manager. Through the grapevine, he heard that a Chick-Fil-A franchise was going to be opening in the mall, and they were looking for owner/operators. After checking into the opportunity he thought that might be something he was interested in so he got an application. It was a very involved application and it sat on his desk for a long time before he filled it out and sent it off. The recruiter for Chick-Fil-A borrowed space in the dining room of the restaurant that Sam was managing, and over the course of two days they interviewed about 27 candidates for the position. At the time, Sam’s application hadn’t made it through the channels, so the recruiter didn’t realize he was interested until he returned to his office. When he found Sam’s application he immediately called, having been impressed with him when he was using the space at the restaurant in Asheboro. Sam was awarded the Chick-Fil-A franchise for Asheboro, and opened the store in September, 1988. He had to travel to Atlanta for a five week intense training session, and he almost didn’t attend because he and his wife had a new baby at home, Christi and he just didn’t want to be away that long. But I’m so glad he did! The mall store did very well, and he opened the free standing location on East

Dixie Drive in 2000. He went from having about 30 employees to 85, and he treats all his employees like they are part of his family. Sam’s Mom raised him as a single mother from the time he was two, and she instilled in him her business sense. Any business she was part of, she always gave her employees and customers little gifts to thank them for the work they did, or show that she appreciated the business they did with her. To this day, Sam still strives to do little things like Easter baskets in spring and other little surprises during the year to show appreciation and to make it fun to be a part of the family. Sam is one of the most generous people I have ever met. He is very involved in the community and gives a lot back; to schools, charities and individuals who need help – both in terms of support and his personal time. He hosts evenings for local schools at Chick-Fil-A with a portion of the proceeds going to support programs at the school. When he is not running his two franchise locations, Sam loves music and has developed a passion for art. When he was in high school, he played in a rock and roll band. He would often draw guitars and amps, but never had a real inclination for art. Last year, he finally decided to take the time to take lessons, and approached Susan Harrell, a local gallery owner and the artist behind several of the beautiful murals in downtown Asheboro. She had never given lessons and he had never taken an art class – so it was a match made in heaven.

His first painting was of a Chick-Fil-A Cow in acrylic that he keeps in his office at the restaurant. He has since painted several pieces, including an oil painting of a friend’s dog “Montana.” He has also developed a niche that no one else is filling – what do you do with wine corks when the bottle is empty? Recycle them into art! Local restaurants like Something Different, Timothy’s, Bistro 42 and Lumina Wine & Beer save the real corks from the bottles they serve and let Sam have them. He has started creating art by painting the corks to create beautiful paintings and mosiacs. Last year he painted a Peacock for the 2011 Zoo to Do Gala and donated it to the silent auction. It brought in over $150 for a winning bid!! When people save the corks for him, he tries to do something nice for them – such as the painting he did for Bistro Forty-two of their logo – you can see it behind the bar. He just finished a beautiful one for Lumina Wine & Beer as well. Sam is active in many community organizations, and is a Platinum Sponsor of the Habitat Golf Classic, coming up in September. When I asked Sam about his generosity to different programs, he replied, “I’m just trying to be a good citizen of our community. Everyone can make a difference and have a positive influence - running my business with an eye on the community is how I can help. It’s just about being a good citizen and good neighbor and trying to have a positive influence.” 

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14th Annual Habitat Golf Classic


he 14th Annual Habitat Golf Classic sponsored in part by Chick-Fil-A and the Asheboro/Randolph Board of Realtors is being held on September 27, 2012. A lunch will be served at 11:15 am and the Shotgun Start is at 12:00 noon. The fundraiser, which benefits Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County has expanded to include four Golf Courses around the area – Asheboro Country Club, Pinewood Country Club, Tot Hill Farm Golf Club and Holly Ridge Golf Links. The idea came one Sunday morning after church in the hallway at First Presbyterian Church in Asheboro. Sam Ramsey, Pat Cooper and Phil Koonce were discussing the possibility of bringing a Habitat for Humanity to Randolph County. They were looking to get supporters to commit to a three year pledge in order to make it happen. Sam, who had just played in a golf tournament sponsored by Pat Cooper and the Board of Realtors the day before, suggested that they look into holding a fundraising golf event. He went on to become one of the main sponsors. The next year they launched the “Habitat Golf Classic.” In the first year they raised $10,000 and they have never looked back. To date they have raised enough


money to build and dedicate six houses in Randolph County. The fundraiser has grown over the years and expanded to include more locations to accommodate the increased number of players. Last year the 13th Annual Habitat Golf Classic raised $42,000. Putting on an event of this size with many different venues takes a tremendous amount of work. “The stars of this event are truly the corporate sponsors and many volunteers that make it happen year after year. Without them, it couldn’t be done.” Sam Ramsey stated. The deadline for registration is September 20, 2012. There are many levels of sponsorship available, call Sam Ramsey at 336-626-6688 with questions or visit their website at www.habitatgolfclassic. com. 


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n old adage referring to the weather relates “Everybody talks about it but no one does anything about it” – but then, there’s very little anyone can do about it. Fortunately, that’s not true of the current employment situation and an extremely successful program that is designed not only to help those who are unemployed, but the employers as well. The Regional Partnership Workforce Area is one of the programs of Regional Consolidated Services, the nonprofit human services agency based in Asheboro, and spans Randolph and four other counties: Alamance, Orange, Moore and Montgomery. The Regional Partnership Workforce Development Board has the oversight and responsibilities for the Workforce Investment Act funds for the five county area, providing scholarships for training to the citizens in those communities. Linda Parker is the Director for the Partnership’s Workforce Board. The Board brings together owners of local businesses as well as government or educational agencies and organizations such as the Department of Social Services, the Division of Workforce Solutions Employment Services, Economic Development, Community Colleges and public schools, Community Organizations, Vocational Rehabilitation and organized labor. Their goal is customer-focused, to help Americans access the tools they need to manage their careers, through information and high quality services, and to help U.S. companies find skilled 24

By Zoe Faircloth

and trained workers. The North Carolina JobLink Career Centers as well as Building Futures Youth Centers bring together numerous training, education, and employment programs into a single, customer-friendly system in each community. Seem like a great idea? It is and there are success stories and changed lives to prove it! For instance, after twentyseven years of experience in the drafting field, working as a civil technician-CAD operator and then a senior designer of Drafting and Design, Richard Poe became a dislocated worker. With the down-turn in manufacturing, it was difficult if not impossible to find employment in his field. However, he had always wanted to become a law enforcement officer, but had not had the opportunity to pursue his dream. He knew that switching careers at this stage in his life would be a challenge, but it was one he was ready to take, and his family was ready to back him up on it. Even knowing Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is a mentally and physically challenging and rigorous program, he was determined to accomplish his goal. Richard was one of the oldest students in his class but he pushed both himself and his classmates,


writing study guides and questions for his classmates. Richard not only graduated with his BLET Certificate from Randolph Community College in May of this year, but also with his certification for completing the Oc, Pepper Spray, Taser and Asp training as well. He graduated with a GPA of 97 and a state exam overall average of 92. At his graduation ceremony, his classmates “honored” him with the gift of a Ruger LCP 380 semi-automatic pistol for assisting them in reaching their goals as well. Richard was sworn in as a police officer with the Randleman Police Department on June 4, 2012. The success stories aren’t only adult workers. The Building Futures Youth Program boasts life changing events as well. The WIA Youth Program offers a comprehensive set of year round services designed to help at risk youth, 16-21 years old, be successful at school and in employment. Program participants are offered tutoring/study skills training, internships and job shadowing, adult mentoring, leadership development and case management. In addition, the Youth program provides the possibility of summer employment opportunities when approval and funding permit. Before discovering the Building Futures Program, bad choices made for a bleak outlook for Derrick. He was unemployed, had no training, and was headed down the wrong path. Building Futures improved his outlook, self confidence and future as he worked two summers for the Town of Chapel Hill in the work experience program. It

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helped him understand the skills he would need in order to be employed. The Building Futures Program was able to assist him with training for HVAC certification and also with an Industrial Systems Technology degree. Since then, he has obtained his HVAC certification and is currently enrolled in Industrial Systems Technology Engineering expecting a degree this December. Derrick applied for full-time employment with the Town of Chapel Hill, and because he had worked there summers through work experience, he was hired full-time. These programs’ sole focus is to improve lives as well as improving communities. It’s all about restoring lives, restoring jobs, and building communities - “Helping People Help Themselves”. Regional Consolidated Services, a non-profit human services agency serves six counties in the Piedmont area and is the administrative/fiscal entity for the Regional Partnership Workforce Development Area. The founder and Executive Director is Janice Scarborough. 

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What Really Matters By jacquie Reininger


f you read last month’s issue of Asheboro Magazine, you may know that my family is moving to a new home and I have begun the process of purging the decades of accumulated possessions from this old house. The process continues. And somehow the universe is handing me more and different opportunities to learn about letting go. (Isn’t it amazing how God seems to know which lessons we require for our immediate growth?) Two weeks ago, I received the phone call that every daughter dreads. It informed me that my father had had a heart attack and it was serious. He and my mother live in Florida and so I made plans to fly down to be there for them in whatever way I was needed. I am sure that my presence and that of my brother and niece helped to bring my Dad towards a better state of health. This Monday, he was finally moved out of the Intensive Care Unit after his triple bypass. In the hospital, I helped him find comfort through kidney dialysis and respiratory complications. I used every healing skill I have learned over the years and practiced on him, knowing that each prayer, gesture and word would make a difference in his journey to wellness. When he was able to speak, we had conversations that I must say I have always longed to have with my Dad. When I wasn’t at his side in the hospital, I did what I could to take care of his home. I walked and played with his dog. I cleaned and cooked for Mom. The biggest job I undertook was tackling the carport. There were half finished projects, gardening supplies, tools and small engines in disrepair strewn throughout the area, with barely enough space for the car! I realized that my relationship with my stuff must have come from my parents’ attitude towards theirs! Keeping in mind that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, I methodically cleaned the car 26

port. Granted I would have liked to discard more than I did, but I didn’t want my dad to have a relapse when he returned home and saw what I had done! Among other things, I threw away a row of tin cans that had left rust rings upon the cement and a broken bubble machine. The experience caused me to explore my own recent challenge of clearing my space back at home, and it reminded/confirmed for me that we tend to put too much value on what we own. What is infinitely more important is the people we love, the relationships we forge and the experiences that we share with others. I think my father was on the same track when I told him the next day what I had done. There was a blip on the heart monitor, however, when I mentioned that bubble machine (“But I wanted to take it apart to see how it worked!”). But he was so grateful to be alive and to have us at his side, he uncharacteristically let it go. It was no longer worth the energy to grasp and hold onto these inconsequential “things”. It was really hard to come back home. I could see that he had a new and improved attitude on life, and I wanted to stay longer to celebrate with him. I bought him a huge bouquet of flowers to leave him with a reminder of our Joy. Back at home, the task of moving all of my possessions remains colossal, but I am re-inspired to let go of even more. Last month, I might still have thought that my collection of Wildlife magazines somehow defined who I was. But I am currently celebrating the gift of my parents still walking this Earth and the Love that fills me up when I think about them is divine. If you take away what doesn’t serve you, peel away the layers, then what is left is divine.


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Ivey & Eggleston: Angela Lassiter Joins the Practice


vey & Eggleston, Attorneys at Law, is pleased to announce the addition of a new associate attorney, Angela D. Lassiter. As a member of the firm, she will support the practice’s continued growth in estate planning, estate administration, and real estate. Most recently, Ms. Lassiter was an attorney with Wilhoit & Lassiter, LLP. Her experience has been in the areas of estate planning and administration, real estate, and corporate law. Scott Eggleston, the owner of the law firm of Ivey and Eggleston Attorneys at Law, is excited to have Ms. Lassiter aboard stating “she brings a wealth of practical experience, a compassion for serving clients, and a strong desire to be the best attorney she can be.” Ms. Lassiter makes herself available as a guest lecturer to various community organizations and can provide informative presentations on topics such as estate planning, estate

administration, Medicaid, adoption, and Veterans law. A native of Randolph County, Ms. Lassiter has been an active member in the community. She is a former Board Member of the Randolph County Family Crisis Center. She has also been a Victims’ Advocate providing assistance in the completion of protective orders and trial preparation. Prior to law school, Ms. Lassiter was a magistrate at the Judicial District 19B, served as a grant writer for the Randolph Community College Foundation, and provided instruction at the Randolph Community College Adult High School and G.E.D. programs. Ms. Lassiter earned her Juris Doctorate at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. She earned a B.A. in Forensic Biology from Guilford College and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Guilford College. She is licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina. The founding associate of Ivey & Eggleston, Attorneys at Law, William W. Ivey, has practiced law in Randolph County for over 40 years. The practice serves clients in Guilford, Randolph, Montgomery, and Chatham counties. Areas of practice include elder law, estate administration, wills, trusts, and real estate. To learn more about Ivey & Eggleston, you can contact their office at (336) 625-3043 or visit their website 

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ge-related macular degeneration, commonly referred to as AMD, is the main cause of visual impairment in adults over age 60. AMD typically affects Caucasians but may affect people of any race. There are two forms of macular degeneration. Nonexudative or “dry” macular degeneration affects 90% of people with AMD (Figures 1-4). People with dry AMD typically have good vision, but vision may slowly deteriorate over many years. There is no treatment for dry macular degeneration at this time, however, there are several national clinical trials researching treatment options. The “wet” or advanced form of AMD causes loss of central vision (Figures 5-6). Central vision is the part of vision that allows you to see fine details, such as reading and driving. AMD does not affect the peripheral or side vision. In the United States, as many as 11 million people are affected by macular degeneration and of those; more than 1 million people have the “wet” form of macular degeneration.

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What Can You Do? Quit Smoking. Smoking increases the risk of advanced macular degeneration by 2-3 times and is the single most modifiable factor in reducing your risk. Take Vitamins. A balanced diet throughout life can help protect your eyes from advanced macular degeneration. In 2001, a landmark study by the National Institutes of Health showed the benefits of supplemental antioxidants and zinc for people with macular degeneration by decreasing the risk of developing advanced macular degeneration. This formulation of vitamins and minerals is a higher concentration than what can be obtained through diet alone or with a multivitamin. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, have also shown benefit in people with macular degeneration. Speak with your eye care provider to determine if these vitamins and minerals may be right for you. Wear UV Sunglasses. Lenses with UVA and UVB filters can help to decrease the risk of developing advanced macular degeneration. Wear hats and sunglasses as much as possible to protect your eyes. Exercise Regularly. Walking and regular exercise are great ways to keep your heart and mind healthy. An active lifestyle has also been shown to decrease the risk of developing advanced macular degeneration by 70%. Monitor Your Vision. If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, keep your regular appointments with your eye care provider. Between appointments, monitor your vision with an Amsler grid (see Figure 7 for one you can cut out and use). If there are changes when looking at the grid, it may be a sign that you have developed wet macular degeneration. Notify your eye care provider immediately. Genetic Testing. There is a clear genetic predisposition to age-related macular degeneration. The risk of developing advanced macular degeneration is 50% in people who have a relative with AMD, but only 12% if there is no family history of AMD. In the last year, commercial genetic tests have become available to determine the risk of developing advanced AMD. Speak with your eye care provider to determine if genetic testing may be right for you. For more information on Macular Degeneration or other eye diseases visit or 919-776-7549. 


Figure 1. Illustration of a normal macula without macular degeneration. Courtesy of David M. Yates.

Figure 2. Photograph of a normal macula without macular degeneration. The macula is the central part of the retina that allows for fine detail such as reading and driving vision.

Figure 3. Illustration of “dry” or non-exudative macular degeneration. Courtesy of David M. Yates.

Figure 4. Photograph of “dry” or non-exudative macular degeneration.

Figure 5. Illustration of “wet” or advanced macular degeneration. Courtesy of David M. Yates.

Figure 6. Photograph of “wet” or advanced macular degeneration.

Figure 7. Amsler Grid. In a well-lit area and wearing your reading glasses, hold this Amsler Grid at reading distance (approximately 14 inches). Cover your left eye and focus on the central black dot. As you focus on the dot, make sure the vertical and horizontal lines are straight up and down and side-to-side. Repeat, this time covering your right eye. If any of the lines appear wavy or if there are sections of the grid that are missing, make an appointment with your eye care provider to discuss these findings.

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That’s A Rap

By Sherry B. Johnson

edley Records CEO Robert Medley recently challenged three of his label’s artists to put together an album in two weeks … each. A hard worker and driven artist himself, Robert wanted to push them outside their comfort zone. Of course, the work triples for Robert as he edits the tracks, creates the CDs, does the marketing, and promotes each of the artists. Like his Facebook page to keep up on local album release parties and promotional events – The three rappers have very different styles and came at music from very different beginnings. Biggie Whit got into music as a hobby. His mom brought him up on disco, then in his teens he was into Eminem and the Notorious B I G, before his career was tragically cut short. He attended Montgomery Community College and since he wasn’t someone who enjoyed just "hanging out" he joined the free music program provided by the school. Chris Taylor got him into recording his rap, and while at College he started writing songs, concentrating on the lyrics. He put together a band called Flygang in Montgomery County but that died out. When he joined Medley Records, he started doing shows at the Evening Muse in Charlotte. "Rapping is easy – not just some swagged out line. I put something deeper in my lyrics." His album The Diary of Whitty, Clips of Hope, is available now at local record stores and you can hear his songs on Shad met Robert playing basketball at the YMCA. He heard about Robert’s reputation in the music industry and called him to tell him that he rapped. Shad gave him a CD and Robert signed him to the label. Shad grew up rapping, as most of his family are rappers in Rochester, NY. Shad and his friends would freestyle rap whenever they were in the car. He started to write the words down and put them to a beat. "It’s a great hobby and I’m good at it." Shad attended High Point University and decided to stay in North Carolina after he graduated. He currently has a full-time job, and devotes as much of his spare time to his music as he can, performing at open mic nights, Lucky 7s, Club Shake, Greene Street, Arizona Pete’s, and many others. You have to get out and promote yourself – "I perform every chance I get." He currently has one album out, 4th Quarter, and his next album "Pre-Game" is a mix-tape. He signed with Medley Records because he wants to get his music out there. He is now making progress with his music, because Robert is only interested in putting out good music for the label. To listen to his music, go to com/user/shad72230. Goonyman has been rapping since he was nine years old. His uncle used to free style in the basement. He graduated to freestyle on the street corners of Indianapolis where he grew up with his friends. He signed with Robert in 2010 when he moved from Indianapolis with his family. In 2011 he came out with Dopeboy Hop. "I rap about my life and what I lived and I look forward to my shot as a true artist." His rap is considered "soft style" and he raps about his life and what he has lived, and things he knows. He wants to influence young people to do something different with their lives, to be somebody. Gooneyman promotes his music a lot through two different venues named Peppers Lounge and Ice Lounge, a couple of local venues in Greensboro, as well as Kings Bar & Lounge (formerly El Patron) here in Asheboro. He has a good fan base in the area and plans to build on that for a strong future. You can check out his music at www.reverbnation/gooneyman2LZ. Through hard work, dedication and determination, these artists are making things happen and are going about it the right way – If you get a chance, give them a listen – you might be surprised.  30




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“A Celebration of Today’s Senior Woman”


andolph County Senior Adults Association is excited to present the Sixth Annual Senior Ms. Randolph County Pageant under the direction of Zoe Faircloth, again this year. The Senior Ms. Randolph County Pageant is an annual event that honors Randolph County women 60 years of age and older, who have reached “the age of elegance.” The Pageant, produced and presented by the Randolph County Senior Adults Association, is a search of the gracious older woman who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity, and inner beauty of today’s senior woman. The countywide pageant is held every year. It is open to all women in Randolph County 60 years of age and older. The Senior Ms. Randolph County Pageant is one of hundreds of pageants that will take place all over the United States, prior to the Ms. Senior America Pageant. Senior Ms. Randolph County is selected from the pageant contestants by


a panel of judges. The organizers believe that seniors are the foundation of America, and one of our most valuable resources. Randolph County Senior Adults Association is a non-profit organization and a member agency of United Way. RCSAA provides services and programs to individuals over 60. The Senior Ms. Randolph County Pageant provides the opportunity to spotlight women over 60 and their accomplishments in life, and for our community. Because one in seven seniors in Randolph County live at, or below, the poverty level there is no fee to enter. And because the agency is a non-profit, to help underwrite the cost of the pageant production, RCSAA invites local businesses to share their support for our senior community and contribute to this significant event by sponsoring a contestant. Each Contestant Sponsorship is $250.00. Contestant sashes are worn proudly throughout the pageant which will boldly display the contestant sponsor’s business name. Deadline for contestant entry is August 24, 2012 by 5:00PM.


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ven though it is the end of summer, it is never too early to start preparing for the next tax season. If you are going to itemize your deductions, instead of taking the standard deduction, there are a few deductions that sometimes get overlooked until you are asked by your tax preparer. These are called “miscellaneous deductions.” The miscellaneous deductions are divided into two main categories, one you have to exceed 2 percent of your AGI (adjusted gross income), and the other does not have to meet any minimum to be used. Miscellaneous deductions are subject to a 2 percent limit which means that they cannot be used unless they exceed 2 percent of your adjusted gross income. So if all of the income on your tax return totals $60,000, miscellaneous deductions must exceed $1,200 in order to be deducted. • Unreimbursed employee expenses such as searching for a new job in the same profession, certain work clothes and uniforms – think uniforms only used in your line of work and nowhere else, steel toe boots, work tools, union dues, and unreimbursed work-related travel and transportation. • Tax preparation fees • Other expenses that you pay to: – Produce or collect taxable income, – Manage, conserve, or maintain property held to produce taxable income, or – Determine, contest, pay, or claim a refund of any tax. Examples of other expenses include certain investment fees and expenses, some legal fees, hobby expenses that are not more than your hobby income and rental fees for a safe deposit box. Then there are also some that are not subject to the 2 percent limit. These include the items listed below. •C  asualty and theft losses from income-producing property such as damage or theft of stocks, bonds, gold, silver, vacant lots, and works of art. • Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings. • Impairment-related work expenses of persons with disabilities. • Losses from Ponzi-type investment schemes. These qualified expenses are reported on Schedule A, itemized deductions. You need to make sure that you keep records and receipts that show your deductions to make it easier to complete your tax return when the tax season begins. There are many expenses that do not qualify as deductions such as personal living and family expenses. If you are unsure if an expense qualifies as a deduction, ask your tax professional - they are there to help you.  Ryan Dodson has a Masters in Accounting from North Carolina State University. He worked in public accounting with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen. He and his wife Tiffany own and operate Liberty Tax Service. 405 East Dixie Drive Asheboro, NC 27203 (336) 629-4700



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T-Rex Spotting in Hometown Zoo!

By Gina Allen McKee


ttention all Mommies & Daddies: If you are looking for a local family friendly outing, then head on over to the NC Zoo where you can travel back in time at the Dinosaur Exhibit in Africa. You and your little ones will not be disappointed, I promise! As a grown woman, who absolutely, postitutely knew with all her heart that these dinosaurs were manmade and electronic…I still had this feeling they were going to come to life at any moment! The NC Zoo really outdid itself this time with this amazing and educational exhibit. According to the NC Zoo’s website, The Dinosaur Exhibit, which is presented by Time Warner Cable, is a special adventure in our hometown “Where you can venture into a deep forest full of animatronic dinosaurs and ancient plants... See a towering Brachiosaurus, a roaring T-Rex guarding her nest, and you'd better watch out for those spitting Dilophosaurus! During your outdoor trek back in time, encounter 15 amazing lifelike dinosaurs and make some incredible discoveries of your own. Explore a paleontologist's tent and get the latest scoop on fossil sites in North Carolina. At 36

the end of your excursion, dig around in the fossil pits for an ancient relic to take home or climb aboard a yellow jeep for a family photo--just be careful of that T-Rex!” One morning, a couple of my closest Mommy Friends and I got our boys together for a fun play date to Africa and the Dinosaur Exhibit at the NC Zoo. We seriously had the best time with our boys as they were completely enamored by all the African animals. Since Madagascar 3 just came out in theatres, my silly toddler was naming all the animals after


distance from these life-like animals that roared and moved and appeared to be watching us as we walked. I think their favorite part was “driving” the yellow jeep at the end of the exhibit. They kept saying they were going to “drive fast” so the dinosaur wouldn’t catch them! Behind the jeep, there is a life-size T-Rex that appears to be chasing the jeep. It seemed as if there was a common theme that morning: all the mommies had to constantly talk about “sharing the jeep” with all the other children there, too. The jeep was just as popular as the

dinos and the fossil dig! So if you haven’t visited the newest attraction at our hometown zoo yet, please take a half day, all day, or all weekend trip down Zoo Parkway and visit the Dinosaurs that literally make you believe you are in Jurassic Park! The Zoo’s website said it best, “these life-like "built" dinosaurs offer best-guess snapshots of those prehistoric animals based on the most up-to-date research. Each dinosaur is fitted with its own electronic brain to control the movements and to produce sounds. The realistic movements are powered by a pneumatic system that enables the dinosaurs to move smoothly and precisely.” As you are planning your zoo

trip, here are a few tips for you: * If you plan on making it a short trip, go ahead and park in the Africa Entrance Parking Lot. The Dinosaur Exhibit is located in Africa, so you’ll cut your trip in half by starting in Africa. If you’d rather take a day-long or weekend trip, start in North America and work your way towards Africa. * Once at the entrance gates, be sure to purchase the COMBO PASS for the

best value. You get admission to the Zoo plus FOUR FUN TICKETS to use in any combination for: Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino 4-D Theatre, Carousel and Acacia Station Giraffe Deck. Otherwise, individual tickets are $4 each for admission to the Dinosaurs Exhibit (can be purchased at the Dinosaur Exhibit). * Bring your strollers if you have small children, but be prepared for a nice walking/sweating workout pushing them up & down the zoo’s paved pathways. * Bring lots of water/drinks/snacks as all the walking and sight-seeing can conjure up quite an appetite! * Dress for play! There is a fossil pit where the children can hunt for dinosaur

your picture made. My curious toddler got brave enough to look rather closely inside the dino’s mouth! * Watch out for the water-spraying dinosaur at the end of the exhibit! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!! How lucky are we to have such an imaginative, creative, and life-like exhibit in our backyard? The NC Zoo truly did a fantastic job with this amazing Dinosaur Exhibit. If you haven’t had the chance to visit the dinos yet, you have until October to plan your trip! So believe me, you do not want to miss out on such a fabulous local attraction. What are you waiting for? Call all your best Mommy Friends and plan a

fossils, so be prepared for them to get sandy/dirty/sweaty while digging for these exciting goods! * Bring your cameras! You will not want to miss out on the priceless looks from your child(ren) as he/she/they feast their eyes on a moving, roaring dinosaur for the first time! When you first arrive, there is a dinosaur available to sit on and have

social outing to the largest zoo on the east coast… which just happens to be located in our hometown. I promise, you will love and appreciate the special treat our zoo has created just for us. For more details, visit the zoo’s website exhibit.html. 

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t the RandolphAsheboro YMCA, we are changing lives one at a time. We believe when we work as one, we build a stronger community. This is a powerful association of men, women, and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: We believe in the potential of children. All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. At the Y, we are helping kids build the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Help us give our children a place to belong and the opportunity to become confident today and healthier, happier adults tomorrow. FOR HEALTHY LIVING: Sometimes you need a place to belong to make a change or choose to prioritize your health. The Y provides the tools, support and belief from someone else that you can do it. We give hope through knowledge of healthier habits and lifestyle choices. The Y brings people closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The YMCA listens and responds to our community’s most critical needs. We help create

change. We partner with other local nonprofits, hospitals, and schools and local government groups to develop a community where everyone belongs. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being, welcoming and connective diverse populations, or advocating for healthier communities, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. This year thousands of children and adults will come to the RandolphAsheboro YMCA for friendship, exercise, fun, education, camp, sports, and parties. Many others will not be able to afford the cost of the programs and services they need. The funds raised in our annual

and memberships. We provided a place for Boy Scouts to earn merit badges, Senior adults to practice for Randolph County Senior Games, All local high school swim teams to practice and hold meets, and the mentally challenged to practice and qualify for Special Olympics. The Randolph-Asheboro YMCA has many events throughout the year where proceeds go directly to the Y-Give Scholarship fund such as our annual High School Volleyball Tournament, annual JV Basketball Tournament, and annual Sam Bossong Memorial Golf Tournament. Your participation and involvement to these events goes right

friends and kids to use for their homework, who may not have a computer or internet at home. A bigger nursery provides space to accommodate more children, including a separate room for babies. Having its own restroom provides growth for children learning to potty-train, where it wasn’t as easily assessable before. A new Youth Room provides a bigger area for After School Fun Club and Summer Camps to make friends outside of their network, time for homework and other centers, and learn valuable life skills through community service projects. We are currently serving 7 children from the Family Crisis Center and 10 children from Asheboro Housing in this year’s New and

“The 2011 ‘Y-Give’ campaign provided over $150,000 in scholarships and touched the lives of over 1,355 people in Randolph County.” “Y-Give” Annual Scholarship Campaign are used to provide scholarships for children, adults, seniors, single parents, and others with special needs who lack financial resources. Campaign funds help fill the gap to pay the cost of providing these programs. The 2011 “Y-Give” campaign provided over $150,000 in scholarships and touched the lives of over 1,355 people in Randolph County. We were able to underwrite memberships for over 100 mentally challenged adults and provide 815 individuals who were unable to afford the fees and underwrite costs for underprivileged youth to participate in sports, swimming, after school programs,

back to our community. Our goal is to raise over $30,000 in this years’ “Y-Give” Scholarship Campaign, which will begin in August and will have more of an impact than ever. With the new expansion and complete renovation of the Y, we now have new areas and opportunities to better serve our community and our members (including scholarship recipients). The new Community Room will provide a meeting place for various informational sessions such as insurance, creating wills, and balancing finances for young adults. The new Senior/Teen Center will provide a place for Seniors to learn how to use a computer to stay in contact with family and

Improved Summer Day Camp, directly through our scholarship fund. There are just some of the many opportunities the all new Y will have to offer and directly impact scholarship recipients. Financial assistance keeps the Y available for kids and families who need us most. Every day we work to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Everyone belongs at the Y. For more information about our annual “Y-Give” Scholarship Campaign or to donate, contact Patrick O’Hara or Cindy Schroder at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA at (336) 625-1976. 

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Your Feet

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all temperatures are around the corner, and that means a change in footwear. If you are used to wearing sandals and flip flops during the summer months, the thought of squeezing your feet into poor-fitting close toed shoes may have you groaning. However, with a few tips on getting prepared for fall and winter, you and your family can seamlessly and painlessly transition from strappy sandals to warm boots. First, have your and your children’s feet measured. Many people wear shoes that are too small, too wide, etc. When your feet have been correctly measured, you will be able to select shoes with proper arch support, no slipping, and less pain in the ball of your foot. Also, be sure to measure your feet and try on shoes in the afternoons, when your feet are most likely to slightly swell. Make sure that any toenail conditions have been properly taken care of prior to wearing close toed shoes again. Conditions like ingrown toenails and nail or foot fungus can be aggravated in the warm, moist confines of a boot or cold weather shoe. In addition, bunions, hammer toes and neuromas can become more symptomatic in the fall and winter months. Lastly, when buying shoes, make sure they are comfortable by trying them on and walking in them while in the shoe store. Avoid bringing home uncomfortable or painful shoes with the expectation that you’ll ‘break them in’. Choose boots with lots of toe room and a firm heel counter, which is the back of the shoe that provides support. A heel two inches or lower is best; high heels transfer body weight onto the ball of the foot, which can lead to pain and numbness. With any change of season, good foot health is important for your overall well-being. If you have questions about footwear or foot conditions, please contact us at 336.538.6885. 


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Angry Jesus

daily devotion.

By Rev. Peter Panagore

his is kinda’-sorta’ what happened. So Jesus is standing around one day with his pals and some religious types, and it happened to be a Saturday, the Sabbath day. Jesus wasn’t doing much, just jawing and enjoying himself, when in walks this guy who sticks out his hand and says, “Yo, Jesus, can you fix me up? My hand’s withered and it don’t work.”

Jesus looks over at his boys and the hanger-on-ers, and says, “Brothers, it’s Sabbath, and we all know it’s a sin to work on the Sabbath, right?” They

Here’s a Thought In the eyes of religious leaders, Jesus sinned.

nod their heads, and think, “Yeah, it’s a sin.” “So it’s a sin to fix this guy’s hand, right? Which is worse,” he asks, “to show this guy kindness, or let him suffer? To do good, or do harm, to save life, or to kill, on the Sabbath?” They all know where this is leading – Jesus is going to do it. He’s going to sin on the Sabbath, or so think the religious types, who believe that the law matters more than compassion. Jesus sees their distress when nobody answers him, and that infuriates him, so he says to the guy, “Stick out your hand.” Jesus heals him. Jesus broke the rules for compassion’s sake, and the religious leaders of his day, well, that day, decided to have him destroyed. Jesus was a bad boy when it came to compassion. Let’s Pray: Dear God, let not custom prevent us from doing what is right, what is compassionate, what is just. Amen. 

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eniors are under attack in the United States from criminals – domestic and foreign – who devise something new every day in an attempt to steal their treasure, whether its money, their IDs or property, crime prevention officials say. According to the National Association of Triads, the top six scams involving seniors are: 1. Telemarketing that includes internet, phones and mail. Scammers might send out an email on bank letterhead and say there is a problem with the account and the senior needs to update information, password and accounting number. 2. Fake Charities. There’s one where you get a call from a charity saying they are supporting a reputable organization and ask you to make a donation. What they don’t tell you is that they are not authorized to be fundraising for that organization. While as little as 3% will go that organization, 97% may stay in the scammer’s pocket.

Top Senior Scams 3. Sweepstakes. Many times people will get an official-looking check. The account number is fraudulent, but the routing number is correct. The bank reads it as a valid check. What the sweepstakes will tell a senior is “Cash the check, you get the bulk of the money and send $5,000 to us for processing.” Fifteen days later, that check bounces and the senior is liable for the $5,000. Some even come looking like official IRS refunds with the message: “Here’s your check, but you need to pay the

late fees.” 4. Health-care fraud. It’s a growing “industry” and frequently ignored. With health care, there can be misuse of the medical card. Scammers then fabricate the need for treatment and get paid for it. For instance, scammers can find out a senior is diabetic, call him up and say, “Give us your Medicare card number and we can send your supplies through the mail.” Or they can obtain free treatment by assuming that older adult’s identity. 5. Identity theft. A senior gets the call: “We need to verify your account number; give us the last four digits of your Social Security Number.” They can match that with the phone number, last place of employment, home address, and once they have put that package together, take a loan out on the home, open credit cards, go to big-box stores and open an account, or get a $5,000 line of credit. A senior gets the bill, and they get the goods. 6. Financial exploitation, including online investment and securities fraud. Scammers will sell seniors long-term securities or stock. They have no problems selling a woman in her 80s a certificate that doesn’t mature for 20 or 25 years. They’re relying on her inability to understand the fine point. Then if she needs the money, she must break the bond and pay the penalties. Scammers make a commission. Contact law enforcement if you think someone scammed your senior or might be trying to do so. For more about protecting your seniors from scammers, visit www.protectseniorsfromfraud. com or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care® office. 

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Eating When You’re Eating


resence, Mindfulness, and living in the moment have all become ‘mainstream’ terms — terms many of us have heard somewhere along the way. Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra have even been on Oprah, sharing the value of Presence or being in the Now as a way to feel peaceful, no matter what’s happening. Dave Johnson, our fearless Asheboro Magazine creator, has written recently about having fun, and about noticing when he’s not. Noticing is actually the first step in being Present. And food, which most of us relate to two or three times a day, provides us an excellent opportunity to notice. At first we can simply notice if we’re standing in front of the refrigerator because we’re hungry or because we’re bored. If it’s the latter, we can choose to stop and ask ourselves if there are other options. How else might we transform our boredom and not wear it tomorrow on our hips? Some of us eat out of habit, just because it’s ‘meal-time.’ I remember visiting my parents several years ago and going out with them for breakfast at 9 a.m. Three hours later, my dad sat down at the table and asked if I was going to join them for lunch. I said, no, I wasn’t hungry. I asked if he was after our big breakfast, and he said, “no, but it’s 12:00.” I realized then that for some of us the clock matters more than the stomach. I am aware, too, that we don’t always have a choice. For many of us, there are set meal times. Perhaps all those years of working at Allis-Chalmers set my dad up to eat at noon, when the lunch whistle

blew. In that case, what choice do we have? At the least, if we savor — truly experience — each morsel, we will likely eat less and enjoy it more. Then, when the next meal-time arrives, we will be hungry enough to eat again. Noticing is also the beginning of Experiencing. What is your experience of eating? Are you aware of the anticipation you feel at the sight of a beautifully prepared meal? How your mouth waters at the mere thought of what’s coming on your plate? And what about when the food enters your mouth? What happens when it hits your taste buds? Do you notice the flavors, the texture? If these questions are making you think about food, and your next meal is hours away, I apologize! I recently read about a Chinese Medicine doctor who went to see Marc David, author of The Slow Down Diet. This busy doctor was experiencing digestive upset and wanted to see if Marc could help him. He reported eating fast food all the time, beginning with two Egg McMuffins every day for breakfast, which he ate in his car as he rushed to work. For lunch he’d zip to the same McDonald’s and eat two Big Macs on his way back to the office, and in the evening he ate two slices of pizza. He also said that he wasn’t willing to cook, bring lunch to work, eat vegetables, or give up McDonald’s. In spite of these impossible limitations, Marc agreed to work with him — if the doc would agree to this simple strategy; he had to eat his Big Macs while the car was parked and take twenty minutes to enjoy them slowly and sensually. He had to do the same thing with his Egg

McMuffins. He needed to take time to slow down with food, and with life. He also needed to breathe deeply before, during and after his meals. Two weeks later, Dr. Chen reported that his digestive upset had disappeared . . . and that he hated Big Macs! He said, “Have you ever tried to savor a Big Mac? It’s impossible. You have to drown it in ketchup & eat it fast; otherwise it’s awful.” How many of us really eat when we eat? Fully experiencing or savoring our food means that we give the experience 100% of our attention. It’s pretty tricky, raised as we have been to eat dinner in front of the TV and in our cars, or while reading books, newspapers, and e-mails — all distractions from the experience of eating. There are other, practical, reasons for savoring our food. This is especially important for people who want to lose weight. There’s something called the cephalic phase digestive response (CPDR), which as Marc David says, is a nutritional requirement that “the brain must experience taste, pleasure, aroma and satisfaction so it can accurately assess a meal and catalyze our most efficient digestive force. When we eat too fast or fail to notice our food, the brain interprets this missed experience as hunger. . . The brain simply says, “I don’t remember eating anything. I didn’t get any satisfaction. Nothing happened. I’m hungry.” The value of savoring — of slowing down and being present — has implications for the body, the brain, and our health. I hope you will savor your next meal, and simply see how you feel. Or as the French say, Bon Appetit! 

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Host Exhibition by S h a r r o n Pa r k e r

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uring the month of August, The Randolph Arts Guild will be hosting an exhibition by Raleigh artist Sharron Parker. The exhibit will feature unique pieces of handmade felt and will open on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 with a reception on the same night from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. The work will be on display in the Guild’s Sara Smith Self Gallery in downtown Asheboro until August 28th, 2012. Sharron Parker received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from UNC-Greensboro, studying education, art, and interior design. She continued her study in textiles with classes at Penland School of Crafts, where she has returned to teach workshops in felting. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, and through the Art in Embassies program, in Turkmenistan and Armenia. She has been a feltmaker for 30 years. Sharron Parker’s handmade felt shop is located in Raleigh, NC were she now resides. . The exhibit will be on display in the Sara Smith Self Gallery at the Randolph Arts Guild, located at 123 Sunset Ave. Asheboro, NC until August 28th. Admission is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. 


he Randolph Arts Guild, in conjunction with the Asheboro/ Randolph Chamber of Commerce and the City of Asheboro announce a call to artists wishing to participate in the 6th Downtown Sculpture Exhibition set to open this Fall. The Asheboro Downtown Sculpture Exhibition features the work of regional sculptors to highlight and enhance the revitalization of downtown Asheboro. The sculptures will be on display in public spaces throughout downtown alongside sculptures in the City’s permanent collection. These sculptures and the murals that adorn downtown create an arts experience that is on display twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The 6th Downtown Sculpture Exhibition will be on display for eighteen months beginning in the Fall of this year. Interested artists should visit to download the prospectus. Artists will be given stipends for the loan and installation of their work. The deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2012. There is no application fee. Calendar ›A  ugust 31st - Materials must be emailed or postmarked no later than this date › September 30th - Notification to artists of selected sculptures › October 15th - Installation of Sculptures › April 15, 2014 - De-installation of sculptures For more information about the Downtown Sculpture Exhibition, visit www.RandolphArtsGuild.Com or call 336-629-0399. 

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the cellar.

an aria

of your

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his month’s wine, the 2009 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenère, comes to us from the Colchugua Valley in Chile. I am not sure if it’s because it originates in a Latin country, or its bold red color or the exotic aroma, but when I took my first sip of this wine, the thing that came to mind was a production of the opera Carmen I had seen in high school. As I recall, I was trying to impress a certain young lady whom I discovered liked opera, especially Carmen. As it happened, my parents were patrons of the San Antonio Opera (where I was living at the time) so I thought I would use their affiliation to my advantage. The thing that stands out most was the look on my mother’s face when I asked her for the tickets, her eyes lit up with a glimmer of hope. Up until that point, I am fairly certain she considered herself a failure in trying to introduce a little culture into my life. Truth be told, I was about as interested in seeing the opera as a farmer is seeing a swarm of locusts devour his crops. But, as any man will attest, I had been known to do some pretty extreme things to earn the affections of the fairer sex. Unfortunately, I failed to appreciate the nuances (subtle or otherwise) of the production (mainly that it wasn’t in English), fell asleep and snored through most of it despite my date’s attempts to wake me up. Needless to say, she was not only unimpressed with my savoir faire (or lack thereof) she likened me to a “knuckle dragging Neanderthal” (my memory is a little hazy but, perhaps, those were her exact words). I won’t share the other expletives she used in describing how much I had embarrassed her, but suffice it to say for a moment she was, like Carmen, very gypsy-like. From this I surmised a second date would not be in the cards. In fact, had she not needed a ride home, I am quite certain she wouldn’t have wasted another second’s thought on me. Worse, during the drive to her house, as the saying goes,



1850 they were the first in Chile, and have been making wine for over 160 years. According to their website (www.carmen. com) they are responsible for “promoting the development of the Carmenére variety in the country”. Landmarks in their history include the rediscovery of the Carmenère grape variety in its vineyards, an event in the study of wine that marked a turning point in the national and international wine industry and made Carmen the force behind Carmenére in Chile. Or so boasts their website. What is unclear is whether or not it was the folks from Carmen that accidentally brought Carmenère to Chile thinking it was Merlot. If so, they have certainly capitalized on their mistake. I am not going to expound on the growing region other than to say this area of Chile is perfect for growing the robust, flavorful grapes that produce outstanding wines. There is mystery, intrigue, depth and maturity in this particular bottle that I have yet to experience from any other growing region. Undoubtedly, it is the granitic sediment soils, which allow for deep root growth, that produce the hearty, flavorrich fruit needed to produce a wine this enigmatic. I love the smell of Cedar. In fact, one of my favorite things about visiting local Zimmerman Vineyards, is their tasting room which is built from cedar. This wine has a heavier than usual cedar aroma, blended with darker berries and a hint of something floral. On the tongue, I got flavors of blackberry, currant, citrus, and a little smoke. It is the perfect blend of flavors that mature as the wine opens up. Normally, I am not thrilled by dry wines. However, this one has the boldness of a merlot and the dryness of a Cabernet Sauvignon (which makes perfect sense), that when combined make for a mediumbodied amalgam of flavors that tango on the taste buds. Pair this wine with a lime-cilantro grilled steak and you will be singing an aria of your own. You can find this sumptuous bottle of wine at Lumina Wine & Beer for the very palatable price of $14.99. 

the silence was deafening. It is humbling to know that I was someone’s worst date ever. C’est la vie. As an adult, I have a new found appreciation for opera, especially Carmen. Consequently, if you are interested in seeing Carmen, it is being done by the Piedmont Opera in WinstonSalem October 26, 28 and 30. Visit their website, www. If you’ve never been to the opera, this is a great way to get indoctrinated; you are, most likely, already familiar with the aria, "L'amour est un oiseau rebella" (a.k.a. the Habanera) even if you don’t recognize the name. The Carmenère grape has a fascinating story, and like Carmen, is somewhat of a gypsy. Carmenère is considered by some to be the 'grandfather' of Bordeaux varieties. In fact, Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons didn’t gain their popularity until the late 1860s, when the Carmenère was all but wiped out by an infestation of phylloxera louse (The Phylloxera louse is an extremely small aphid-like insect that feeds on grape roots). Carmenère doesn't respond as well to grafting as Merlot or Cabernet, so the variety was largely abandoned when phylloxera-resistant American rootstocks were introduced as the solution to the crisis. Prior to the Phylloxera debacle, some industrious Chilean vignerons had taken clippings from the Carmenère vines thinking they were Merlot. Apparently, the Merlot leaves are so similar to those of the Carmenère that it wasn’t until a 1994 DNA test that the Chilean Carmenère was actually discovered. The irony is that the Chilean vignerons who saved Carmenere from extinction never meant to do so. In fact, the whole reason they went to Bordeaux in the first place was to “make it rich” by bringing Merlot, which was rapidly gaining in popularity, back to Chile. Now, the Chilean wine industry, and the entire world for that matter, owes their gratitude to the mistake made by these adventurers. As it happens, Carmen, the makers of this wine, are the oldest and most established wine producers in Chile. Founded in

The Carmenère grape has a

fascinating story,

and like Carmen, is somewhat of a gypsy.

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Ingredients: • 2 flank steaks – (size doesn’t matter, it’s up to you) • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped • 6 garlic cloves, minced or diced • fresh squeezed juice from 1 lime • 1/8 red onion, diced • 4 tablespoons olive oil • 2 teaspoons soy sauce • salt • pepper Instructions: In a small bowl combine the olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and red onion and mix. Place the steaks in a dish and pour the mixture from the small bowl over each steak, leaving about 2 tablespoons extra. Coat each side of the steaks with the mixture, then sprinkle each side of the steaks with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and let marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. However, the longer you let it marinade you’ll get more flavor and a softer steak. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Flank steaks are thinner than normal steaks so keep in mind that it will cook faster. Flank steaks are a little tough when cooked medium-rare, so we suggest cooking your flank steak to a medium. 4 minutes on each side should be good. If you want it a little more on the well-done side, add about 2 minutes to each side. After removing from the grill, place on a new clean plate and let it rest for a couple of minutes. This will allow the juices to absorb back into the steak. Pour a little of that extra marinade you made earlier over your cooked steak and serve. 

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Grassroots Grants Available for the Arts in Randolph County


rassroots Grants funding is available for arts projects taking place in fiscal year 2012-13. Grassroots Grants is a program of the North Carolina Arts Council which is administered locally by the Randolph Arts Guild. Last year more than $15,000 was distributed to Randolph County non-profit groups for arts projects and events. The Grassroots Grants have been supporting projects and organizations in Randolph County for more than twenty years. Any non-profit group doing arts programs and projects may apply. Grassroots grants are matching grants that must be matched dollar for dollar and will be disbursed quarterly. The project must be relevant to the arts at the community level. Credit must be given to the North Carolina Arts Council in any printed information or news releases. A final report is required at the completion of the project. Applications should include a cover letter, application form, and budget. Applicants are wanted from all areas of Randolph County in all disciplines of the arts. Applications will be accepted at the Randolph Arts Guild, PO Box 1033, Asheboro, NC 27204 through Friday, August 24th, 2012. For further information and to download application forms, please visit www., or call or write the Randolph Arts Guild at 336-629-0399 and at 



Randolph Arts Guild Hosts Fall Container Gardening Lecture

old on to your hats -er, planters for this one. We have a dynamite team assembled to give you all you need to know about indoor fall gardening. On Wednesday September 12 at 7pm, Susan Garkalns and Bettina Hunter will lead a lecture entitled “Fall Container Gardening.” Susan is a master gardener, as well as a retired employee from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Bettina works at Asheboro's Burge Floral Shop. She has loads of experience in landscaping and is a master floral arranger. One thing is for certain, this event will inspire you to select the correct


container and plants with design, color, texture, and even taste in mind. This lecture is complete with fall grasses and plants, edible arrangements, and fall themed designs. “We might even paint your thumbs green.” This lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The Randolph Arts Guild is located in downtown Asheboro at 123 Sunset Avenue. For more information about this or other artful opportunities in and around Randolph County please contact the Randolph Arts Guild at (336) 629-0399 or visit us on the web at 

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By Tom Gillespie, N.C. Zoo staff

NC Zoo Abuzz With Arrival of New Baby Giraffe

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from a standing female, so they can fall as much as 6 feet to the ground when first coming out of their mother. Birth weight is about 100-150 pounds and height is about 6 feet. Although wobbly, they can stand minutes after birth and begin to feed about 20 minutes later. Giraffes are one of the world’s most superbly adapted species for feeding on the high foliage well beyond the reach of other animals in the African environment. Averaging about 15 to 17 feet tall, male giraffes are the tallest land mammals; at 1,700 to 4,200 pounds, they are also among the heaviest. Even though giraffes have the longest necks of any mammals, they have only seven neck bones (cervical vertebrae), the same as most other mammals,


or the first time since 1996, the North Carolina Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a new baby giraffe, Juma. The "little one," about six feet tall at birth, was born at the zoo July 6. The newborn female brings to six the number of giraffes visitors can now see at the park's Forest Edge exhibit in the Africa Region. For a while, Juma will be exhibited intermittently, depending on weather conditions and how well other animals in the exhibit-particularly the zebras--adjust to her. Visitors can check the zoo's website,, for updates. Much like elephants, female giraffes in the wild generally bond together in small herds. The only males in those groups are typically those still under the care of their mothers. Mature males will eventually leave the herds and spend the rest of their lives alone, except when it is time to mate. In its natural African habitat, an adult giraffe has no predators— except man—but newborns can fall prey to big cats, hyenas and wild dogs. Calves are born in special calving grounds

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including humans, although each is greatly elongated. Unusually elastic blood vessels with a series of valves help offset any sudden buildup of blood and prevent fainting when a giraffe raises and lowers its head or swings it quickly. Giraffes are social animals, feeding for about 16 to 20 hours each day in the wild and eating as much as 140 pounds of fresh browse daily. In the wild, they feed largely on tall, thorny acacia trees. A muscular, prehensile tongue (which can extend as much as 18 inches); a thick, gluey saliva; and a special upper palate enable them to process these thorny morsels. Like some cultures today, ancient peoples in Africa revered the giraffe. When it was seen for the first time by outsiders exploring Africa, the giraffe so excited their curiosity that it was sometimes sent as a diplomatic gift to other countries. An early record tells of one being sent from Kenya to China in 1415. The animal was thought at one time to be a cross between a camel and a leopard. The


mistake was immortalized by the giraffe’s scientific name: Giraffa camelopardalis. When outsiders first saw the giraffe, they also believed it to be mute, since its “voice” was so rarely heard. But today, researchers—particularly those at the North Carolina Zoo--are finding out that giraffes produce some limited auditory vocalizations, including grunts, snorts and bleats, and produce infrasounds below the range of human hearing. Head and neck movements are also believed to be part of their communication process. Unlike most other ruminants (“cud” chewing animals), giraffes are born with horns (actually knobs covered with skin and hair, positioned above the eyes to protect the head). At birth, the knobs lie flat against the skull but become upright after about a week. Both sexes have horns. If all goes well, the zoo will also have two additional new arrivals. Two of the zoo' three female gorillas are also pregnant and are expected to give birth in August and November. 


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Your Body

ask the expert.

The Foundation of Our Health

have always found fun in playing the game where you pretend that you are stranded on an island and you pose the question “if you had to pick one band to listen to for the rest of your life what would it be?” Or to pick only one author to read while stranded, you get the idea. The answers to these playful questions help us to focus on what provides the biggest return. In reality though no one band or author or person or object or thing could stand alone and provide all that’s needed by itself. But let’s play this game anyway and say “If you had to choose only one exercise routine to do for the rest of your life what would it be? And what would give us the greatest return?” The answer is the essence of what I teach all my patients every day. You would spend 10 to 12 minutes strengthening your core muscles and that would give you more benefit than any one thing you could do. Why, because it’s a group of muscle that naturally weakens as we age. Our core muscles perform an incredibly important task…they hold us up and support our skeleton for everything that we do in life, even standing in one place. How many people have you seen walking hunched over in your life? Their posture characterized with head and shoulders in a forward position. When posture is lost you can expect to start having back pain, or shoulder pain, or knee pain. Many times these folks go to a gym and start lifting weights or jogging or going to aerobics class trying to get their health back when in reality they are making the pain worse. The reason is everything in life has a first step a second step and so on. Each step is very important to the finished product but you still must put them in order. Keeping our bodies healthy and pain free requires

the same linear process. I use two analogies to explain this reasoning. First, think of a contractor building a home. There are many components that are required to make this structure strong and complete. Think of the importance of a heating and AC unit, the kitchen and its appliances that cook our food, the electrical and plumbing systems. We wouldn’t be able to live in this house without these important things, yet they too must be put in in order. The absolute first thing the contractor will do is build a strong foundation upon which all things will sit; then you can erect walls, put on the roof and begin with plumbing systems and electrical and so on. Our body is the same way, weight training and aerobic exercises are extremely important to a complete fitness program, but if your core muscles are weak then your activities will result in more pain because your core is your foundation. Make it strong and your body will be properly aligned and balanced. My second analogy speaks to the need to be consistent and gentle with those 10 to 12 minutes of daily core strengthening. I liken it to brushing our teeth; it depends on being gentle and consistent every day. Because every day we eat and drink, and so every day we bush it away so that nothing builds up and leads to a cavity. Every day, when our feet touch the ground our body depends on its core strength. So, If at the end of every day we did our 10 to 12 minutes of core strengthening, our bodies would be strong in a very necessary way so that our activity did not lead to pain. Consistently put this knowledge to work and I promise you will get back a dollar of strength for every penny of time you can invest. My website has a video of these exercises being performed and much more. 

Michael Harmon is the owner of The Healthy Back & Body Clinic, and the physical therapist responsible for patient care. Michael has a Masters Degree in physical therapy earned at Western Carolina University. 304 Lanier Avenue Asheboro, NC 27203 336-629-0086 54


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Job Hunting in the Library


By David Bare

he Randolph County Public Library System is an ideal way to look for and find a job or build your career. If you are in the process of ‘beating the streets’ for work, come by one of our seven branches and sign on to one of our free comput- ers. We have several exceptional tools for every aspect of your job search, from building the ideal resume’ to updating your curriculum vitae to investigating entrepreneurial opportunities; you’ll find it right on the front page of our website, called RandQuest! If you are just beginning your search, you can start by looking at these resources:

 NC Job Bank, Division of Employment Security. Formerly known as the Employment Security Commission, The North Carolina Division of Employment Security is part of the Department of Commerce and an excellent site to check on for all your employment needs. You can get information on jobs in your area, apply for unemployment and receive up-to-the-minute information about the Job Market in our state. For more information visit the website at  Triad Careers is an online resource from The Greensboro News & Record and is a site for employers to post open positions and future employees to find the right occupational match. Sign up for a free account and receive email notifications about new positions opening near you. For more information visit the website at : http://triadcareers.  Indeed is a one stop shop for all your career search needs. Simply sign up for a free account and search nearly 600,000 possible job opportunities. For more, visit the website at: http://www.

resumes to choose from, gives you step by step directions to make your resume’ shine and gives expert advice on interviewing processes. It’s free for you if you have a library card.  Entrepreneurial Studies Source covers topics relevant to entrepreneurial and small business including key periodicals, reference books, case studies, company profiles and 600 + videos with transcripts from Harvard Faculty Series and Vator.T.V. This resource is free for you, if you have a library card.  Small Business Reference Center offers a wide variety of information on all small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section and provides information on how to create business lectures and ‘how to’ videos, and well as state-specific resources. This product is free if you have a library card.

These are a handful of our most popular resources, however, and there are plenty more to be found. In this age of technological advances it can sometimes feel a little threatening to embark onto the World Wide Web without assistance. Any of our Reference Librarians can assist you in your endeavors to find work. We also have hundreds of books and periodicals dealing with starting a small business and legal and tax information. One of the best resources that we offer is a place to meet with SCORE Mentors from our area. SCORE is a free consulting organization that creates an opportunity to meet with mentors to discuss the various stages of your small business planning. They can help you with developing a business plan, finding out how much startup capital you need to begin and offer advice on all of the myriad issues you face as an entrepreneur. Their help is free and completely confidential. To set up a meeting with SCORE If you are ready to create your resume’ and have a definite contact the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. idea of what you want your career to be, you can use these The economy is in an upswing and new jobs are coming websites to help: to North Carolina all the time. Now is the time to begin your new job search. Let Randolph County Public Library be R  esume’ Builder has thousands of examples of your source for your all your job search needs! 56


Here’s what your Librarians have been reading: “Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How to Unleash Your Creative Potential by America’s Master Communicator” by George Lois “How Should a Person Be” by Sheila Heti; “Summer in the South” by Cathy Holton; “The Cove” by Ron Rash; “Dying in the Wool” by Frances Brody

Check out these coming events!  Author Ben Spencer is holding a book signing 8/30/12 at 7 PM.  Young Adult Author Tara Fuller speaking about the debut of her second book, “In Between” 9/6/12 at 7 PM.  Author Dale Crotts is holding a book signing 9/20/12 at 7 PM

Here are our Book Club books!  Luna Book Club is reading “Stiltsville” by Susanna Daniel for August 28, 2012 at 7PM.  Asheboro Reads will be delving into “The Dry Grass of August” by Anna Jean Mayhew at 2 PM.  The Men In Black Book Club is meeting to discuss “The Map of Time” by Felix J. Palma on August 16, 2012 at noon. 

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Nature August

I S R eally

By Faylene Whitaker (Whitaker Farms)

nature’s nuances.





Above-Lantana Right Top-Drift Roses Right Middle-Hummingbird Right Bottom-Elephant Ears


he grandkids are playing in the pool having a grand old time; the birds are nesting in the fern hanging baskets, and the butterflies are covering the lantana. I am sitting here drinking a glass of iced tea listening to the shouts of laughter and splashes, knowing that I am seeing and hearing nature at her best because the sound of laughter is always food for the soul and mind. August in North Carolina seems to always be one of our hottest and most humid months. The early spring vegetables are finishing up and it is time to start planting those fall vegetables. It is time to plant broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, collards and other cold crops. You even have time to get in some fall squash and cucumbers. Plant your lettuce a little each week for about the next four weeks and it will last longer. You can also sun dry some of those extra tomatoes and peppers to have for cooking later. This month is also a great time to take out shrubs and beds that you don’t like and start preparing to get everything ready to be able to plant in September. Also if you haven’t already cut back the dead foliage from those spring flowering bulbs do so now. You can also start drying some of those great hydrangea blooms. There are also enough flowers blooming to pick some wonderful bouquets. Hosta leaves put in vases with some other flowers or even by themselves make for great arrangements. Well you know I said nature in August is really wonderful and so far all I have given you is work so let’s take a look around and see what is really wonderful about this time of year. The grass is really green and healthy looking from all the showers we have been fortunate enough to receive. The flowers in the


beds are at their peak color, the elephant ears in both purple and green have had time to become enormous. The hydrangeas are in full color along with the lantana and drift roses. The butterflies and hummingbirds have plenty of nectar to feed on so they are decked out in their beautiful glory. The bees are doing their best to keep everything pollinated. The garden has provided great vegetables for our table. The encore azaleas are beginning to rebloom and remind us of why we tore out our old varieties to plant new ones. Then of course there are those fabulous Crepe Myrtles which are blooming in so many colors. So even though it is really hot now nature is still providing us with her beauty. One of the best things about August is the time spent listening to the children laughing, hearing your spouse tell you about their day, knowing when you answer the phone it will be mom just wanting to know you’re okay and then having time to look back on the day and what all you have accomplished and realizing life has been really good to you. Nature as we look at it comes in many different ways, it can be the dog snoozing by the door, the roses blooming in the garden, the sun shining on our face or the smile of a friend. It comes to each of us in different ways and each of us appreciates life in our own way. So as these hot days come our way they really are wonderful and will make us appreciate the cooler days of fall. I am listening to the rain outside as I write this and it sounds heavenly. It is nature watering her great big garden - this earth she lets us enjoy. 

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Summer Concert Series, Bicentennial Park, Downtown Asheboro, 7 to 8:30 pm featuring “The Holiday Band.”

Jerome Davis PBR Invitational, Davis Ranch Arena, 5667 Elmer Beeson Road, Archdale, One of professional bull riding’s longest standing events, riders and participants flock to see the best bull riders and champion bulls and meet legendary rider, Jerome Davis, at the Davis Ranch Arena. Gates open at 6 pm; event starts at 8 pm. Admission is charged.

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Summer Concert Series, Bicentennial Park, Downtown Asheboro, 7 to 8:30 pm featuring the “The Embers.”


Blood Drive for the US Armed Forces, National Guard Armory, 1430 S. Fayetteville Street, Asheboro, 11 am to 7 pm. Schedule your appointment to donate blood. It’s easy to save lives! By committing to give blood, you ensure it is available when needed most.

Camp Challenge Ride, Victory Junction Camp, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, 7:30 am to 3 pm. The Second Annual Camp Challenge Ride will be held in Randleman, NC at Victory Junction on Saturday, September 8th, 2012. Start and finish at Victory Junction, a member of a Serious Fun Camp founded by Paul Newman. FEE: $50


14th Annual Luck Legacy Kiln Opening, Luck, 1606 Adams Road, Seagrove, NC, 9 am to 3 pm. Join potter Sid Luck and special guest potters at this annual event presenting a wide range of traditional, utilitarian, including salt glazed pieces. Saltfired pottery can be purchased directly from the groundhog kiln at 10 am. Admission is FREE.

27th Annual Bush Hill Heritage Festival, Hwy 62/N Main Street, Archdale, 9 am to 4 pm. A one day street festival including music, food, crafts, commercial items, classic cars/ trucks/tractors/motorcycles, quilt show, and import car show. Find family fun with a children’s area featuring clowns, amusements, and rides. Admission is FREE.


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

Sisyphus Saturday, Zimmerman Vineyards, 1428 Tabernacle Church Road, Trinity, 5 to 8 pm. Enjoy live local music with great wines and gourmet cheese trays from Goat Lady Dairy available at Zimmerman Vineyards. The $5 wine tastings will include a souvenir wine glass. Admission is FREE, $5 wine tastings.



Liberty 2nd Saturday Cruise In, Downtown Liberty, 2 to 8 pm. Enjoy displays of hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, exotic late model trucks, military themed, motorcycles, vintage bicycles, pedal cars, and race cars. For more information contact Kevin Bowman at 336-622-4937.

1st Annual Franklinville Deep River Festival, Downtown Franklinville, 12:00 - ??. Richard Goodwin is throwing the 1st Annual festival in Franklinville. He already sees the future of The Streets closing, bands playing on each block and the best Handmade in the land! FREE for vendors to participate this first year, and FREE to attendees.



Upcoming Events

Apple Day 2012 at Millstone Creek Orchards, 506 Parks Crossroads Church Road, Ramseur, 9 am to 5 pm. Enjoy an extensive sampling of orchard creations including fresh, baked and canned goods. FREE Admission; $5 hayrides, 2 and under free.


3rd Annual MOM Cares Golf Tournament, Asheboro Country Club, 5105 Old Lexington Road, Asheboro, 8 am Shotgun Start. $50 per player (teams of 4). All participants will receive a $50 Callaway golf gift card provided by Strider Buick of Asheboro. Please Contact Alan Zoeller or Kristi Bryson at 336-683-5503.


Seagrove Country Days, Clay Presnell Park, 5129 Seagrove Plank Road, Seagrove, 10 am to 4 pm. Features food and craft vendors, games for the kids and a lawn mower pull. Proceeds go to Seagrove Civitans Club. For more information about the event, contact Brenda Harrelson at 381-3289 or at Seagrove Family Restaurant, 873-7789.

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


Free Community Day at the YMCA! Randolph-Asheboro YMCA, 343 NC Hwy 42, Asheboro. The all new YMCA will be open for a free day of family fun, including the Splash Pad, free swim lessons, Senior/ Teen Center tournaments, and more! Flu shots will be available. Saturday only, no new member joining fee for new members!

Triathalon at Ramseur Lake, 549 Ramseur Lake Road, Ramseur, 8 am to 1 pm. Trivium (TRY-veeum) comes from the Latin word literally meaning the meeting of three ways. Here at Trivium Racing we bring together the three disciplines of swimming, biking, and running. Admission to the race is free. No charge for spectators.

2012 Run Wild 5K at the NC Zoo, North Carolina Zoological Park, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, 7:30 am to 1 pm. Adults: $25.00, $30.00 after September 1. Youths (under 18): $20.00, $25.00 after September 1. Kids’ Fun Run: Free.

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Asheboro Magazine, Issue 25  

The August 2012 Edition of Asheboro Magazine featuring Scott Eggleston of Ivey & Eggleston on the cover, Sam Ramsey of Chick-fil-A as the co...

Asheboro Magazine, Issue 25  

The August 2012 Edition of Asheboro Magazine featuring Scott Eggleston of Ivey & Eggleston on the cover, Sam Ramsey of Chick-fil-A as the co...