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November 2010 • Vol. 1 • Iss. 4

ASHEBORO The Future is Now! magazine


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more than meets the eye feature story

zoo zeal

je me souviens - “i remember”

lion is truly king of beast

community character rich powell

local holiday shopping guide - page 23-26

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e are at 48 pages this month and growing! Our goal when we launched the magazine was to have a 64 page magazine by April, 2011. That goal will be reached in the next two months! We are excited at the response that the community and residents of Asheboro has given us, and we feel truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful community. Please keep those stories coming! Well, it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We recently asked our Facebook Fans to share some of their holiday traditions. We had some great responses to the question, and I would like to share a couple with you here. “I love [Thanksgiving] the closeness of family without the pressure of Christmas. No gift buying, decorating, endless places to be. It is such a wonderful sense of being together, sharing happy moments, laughter and oh so good food!!” Joyce Brown Davis Blackwelder “I am a Moravian which means ever since I was a little girl, Christmas Eve meant time to go to the Lovefeast. I loved singing the Christmas songs, especially “Morning Star, O’ Cheering Sight!” and, of course, sharing the

simple meal of Lovefeast bun and hot cocoa with all who had come to welcome our King. As an adult, we share hot Moravian coffee. I can smell the hot coffee and the fresh Lovefeast buns just by closing my eyes and remembering all the Christmas Eve’s I have enjoyed and taught my children and grandchildren to enjoy.” Gail Sims Skidmore “I love Christmas - going to special services at church, putting up the decorations and spending lots of time with family and friends.” Latefa Barnes Powell We hope to offer you new traditions to add to your family’s holiday enjoyment. We bring you lots of choices for Holiday Shopping, including festivals and stores in the surrounding area. For Thanksgiving, we bring you the Blessing of the Hounds, a yearly tradition in Southern Pines for decades. For Christmas, there are many wonderful celebrations going on throughout the month of December. Check out our Calendar of Events to plan out your schedule! During the Christmas break, we offer you the Bank of the Carolinas JV Holiday Classic, the largest basketball tournament of its kind in North Carolina. Once again, thank you for reading this edition of Asheboro Magazine. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

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november 2010

  table of contents





from the publisher

dave 2.0 beta

top talent to present benefit concert

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the bountiful harvest prepping your gardens for the winter

You are in the midst of enjoying a beautiful Carolina autumn harvest…pumpkins, fall flowers, colorful leaves, and seasonal plants.



For me “Je me souviens” holds a particularly warm meaning. The first time I was in Quebec City was in late fall of 1959. I was 12 years old and found the new snow on the grounds of the Chateau Frontenac wondrous.


community news community news

bank of carolinas 12th annual JV holiday classic


community news

cosmic cow-every picture tells a story

addie schoenberger


je me souviens- “i remember”


cool kid

20  asheboro’s halloween pictures 22    community character rich powell

27    the arts

featured artist-cori cagle

“raring to go”

30    the cellar 31 

“let’s talk:” organizing for life

wine pairing recipe

dijon and shallot crusted london broil

oh, how easy it would be to just grab my Kindergartner’s backpack and empty it straightaway, moving things right along. But I know that allowing my little one to do it herself will teach her organizational skills that she will carry throughout her lifetime.



tech tips

who’s really going to know?

weighing in on weighing less

the cap and mabel burrow foundation

fairy city

32    health & wellness 34    giving back

36    daily devotion

37    community news

so you think you know randolph county

38  zoo zeal

lion is truly king of beasts

henry james bar-b-que

the blessing of the hounds

second chance booner buck

bottled water-much costlier than you think

40  restaurant review 41 

carolina eye associates

42  citizen journalism

43  one person’s trash 44  community events 46  going green

more than meets the eye Carolina Eye Associates was established in 1977 in Pinehurst, North Carolina by Robert Gale Martin, M.D. and a partner. Their vision was simple - to provide world class, university style care within a hometown office.

out and about


local holiday shopping guide pages 23-26

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I am Dave and dave 2.0 beta is a project I am working on that helps people who want to start their own business by providing information and other resources that may not be freely available anywhere else. It is my goal to show everyone that, contrary to what we’ve all been told, starting a business is not difficult and it doesn’t necessarily take a lot of capital either. Coming soon: a blog, podcast, video series and free seminars on all topics related to starting your own business.

It is 2:30 a.m. and I am putting the final touches on the November edition of Asheboro Magazine. It has to be sent to the printer in the morning...I mean later this morning. On top of this, we have to leave the house at 8:00 a.m. to drive to Myrtle Beach in order to attend the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Planning Retreat. At times like these, that seem all too frequent lately, I question my decision of being self employed. If I had a job, I would be asleep right now. Like anything, being self-employed has its ‘ups’ and ‘downs’. Some of the ‘downs’ include going without a regular paycheck, having to pay for my own health insurance, working until all hours of the night, and not having anyone to delegate the unpleasant tasks to. On the other hand, there are many up sides to being self employed. The biggest of which is priceless: freedom. I

don’t have to call anyone and tell them I am sick, I just stay in bed. Of course this works the other way, too - when I am sick and want to stay in bed, I work because I know if I don’t, the tasks left undone will pile up. I have the luxury of being able to attend any of my children’s extracurricular activities without having to get permission from anyone and without fear of losing my job because I leave early too often to spend time with my family. But, my favorite perk of being self-employed is being able to wear my pajamas on my eight-second commute to the office (the dining room). The ‘ups’ far outweigh the ‘downs’ most of the time, which is why I don’t mind a late night (or in this case a very early morning) every now and then. What keeps me going during the tough times is knowing I am not alone. There are quite a few people in town that are self-employed or own a small business that have similar stories. These micro-businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. They are your neighbors, your friends and the folks that sponsor your child’s little league team or buy an ad in the yearbook so that it is affordable for everyone. And, like me, they have chosen to be small business owners for a myriad of reasons like the freedom and ability to control their own destiny, while helping to build upon the strength and vitality of our community. Whatever the reason, without these people, the local economy would not be as vibrant as it is today. I bring this up because the holidays are upon us (does anyone else think this year has just flown by) and this time of year produces a huge part of a small retailer’s annual revenue (I have heard as high as 70%). Thus, this critical time for small local retailers can make or break their business. And to make things more difficult, they have to capture as many customers as they can while competing against the seemingly endless budgets of ‘big-box’ stores. For these reasons, I’d like to encourage you to “think local first” when allocating your hard-earned money to the shopping you will be doing this time of year. Before you shop, consider all the great gifts that you can purchase right here in Randolph County. Just about anything can be found here and, if not, with a little effort, you’ll be able cont. page 10

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more than meets the eye

By: Sherry Johnson


arolina Eye Associates was established in 1977 in Pinehurst, North Carolina by Robert Gale Martin, M.D. and a partner. Their vision was simple - to provide world class, university style care within a hometown office. They have been pioneering eye care and it’s subspecialties since they first opened their doors. Their staff of physicians is among the best in the world. Dr. Martin set the bar high for the practice, and the doctors who work at Carolina Eye Associates strive to raise it, again and again. Carolina Eye Associates is one of the largest eye care providers in the Southeast, with eight regional centers providing care to patients from across the U.S. and over 20 foreign countries. They have offices in Albemarle, Asheboro, Dunn, Fayetteville, Laurinburg, Pinehurst, Sanford & Cheraw, SC. The same quality, community based care is offered in each location, with a pioneering edge. Today, the practice is a multi-subspecialty eye center where board-certified ophthalmologists, along with a team of optometrists, physician assistants, ophthalmic technicians, and support staff, provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services. The Asheboro office of Carolina Eye Associates was acquired a little over 18 months ago. Most surgeries are performed in their state of the art facility in Southern Pines, but a year ago, through a partnership with Randolph Hospital, they began to offer cataract surgeries here in Asheboro. “The staff at the hospital has been very accommodating, and work well with our patients and staff,” stated Dr. Anna Fakadej, MD, FACS, FAAO. Dr. Fakadej went on to say they hope to be able to expand this service and offer more surgeries in Asheboro in the future, rather than having their patients travel to Southern Pines to receive care. Carolina Eye Associates has been taking care of eyes for over 35 years. Their services include state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and corneal disease. Other services include procedures such as LASIK (laser vision correction) and the implantable contact lens to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses. The physicians on staff have been featured presenters for eye programs in the U.S. and foreign countries. They also participate in research and studies for new ophthalmic surgical

procedures, equipment, medications, and products with the goal of approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most importantly, their facilities are dedicated entirely to eye and facial surgery, and are custom-designed to meet the needs of their patients. In addition to treating patients from across the nation, Carolina Eye is dedicated to education. As part of this program, the organization hosts an annual symposium attended by over 350 doctors and optometric technicians each year. “It’s a great opportunity to share the latest advances in the treatment of eye diseases,” says Gregory J. Mincey, M.D., a specialist in diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. “These doctors and their staff are the first to identify people with problems. The earlier a problem is identified and treatment initiated, the greater the likelihood that as a team, we can preserve a patient’s vision.” What many don’t know is that Carolina Eye has also helped thousands of people achieve the appearance they desire through eyelid and facial cosmetic treatments and surgery. Many skin imperfections including excess facial skin, acne scaring, age spots, wrinkles and sun damage can be treated with procedures offered at Carolina Eye Associates. In fact, some of the lasers and medical treatments like Botox that are used in cosmetic procedures have been used to treat eye patients over the last 30 years. Cosmetic patients know that Carolina Eye offers a discrete alternative for their medical and surgical treatments. This includes the medical and laser expertise of Dr. Anna Fakadej & Jeff White who have extensive experience with Botox, dermal fillers and laser treatments. Plus, Dr. White is an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, so you know you are getting a doctor who specializes exclusively in surgery and reconstruction of the eyelids, eye orbit and tear duct system. Because of the unique training of this specialty, ophthalmic plastic surgeons are the most qualified practitioners to perform surgery around the eyes.   volume1  issue 4  7

Anna F. Fakadej, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O. Dr. Anna Fakadej is a specialist in refractive cataract surgery including correction of astigmatism and presbyopia with various surgical and implant technology. She also specializes in facial rejuvenation and general ophthalmic surgery. She received her bachelor of science/arts degree in chemistry and psychology from Duke University and her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors. She served her internship at the University of Rochester and also completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester. Dr. Fakadej is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American College of Surgeons. She is considered one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Fakadej is actively involved in research for intraocular lens technology. She lectures nationally to optometrist and ophthalmologists regarding implant technology and refractive cataract surgery. She is involved in her community, contributing to local schools as a mentor and volunteer, and is involved with the local Boy Scouts of America. She joined Carolina Eye Associates in 1997. Dr. Fakadej lives in Pinehurst with her family, where she enjoys spending time with her children and husband waterskiing, boating, and hiking.

Carson C. Cox III, O.D., M.Ed., F.A.A.O. Dr. Carson Cox specializes in primary eye care and surgical comanagement. His specialty covers the medical treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the eyes and pre. and postoperative patient care management. Dr. Cox received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina. He received his doctor of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed his externship at Brookville Hospital, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Alaska Native Medical Center, and Northeastern State University. He is a member of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Cox joined Carolina Eye Associates in 1987. He and his family live in Southern Pines, where he enjoys spending time with his wife, Valerie, and supporting the musical pursuits of their four girls.

Jeffrey J. White, M.D. Dr. Jeff White is an oculoplastic specialist. As one of only 500 oculoplastic surgeons in the world, his field includes both ophthalmology and plastic surgery. His specialty covers the treatment and surgery of diseases and disorders affecting the face and area around the eyes, including reconstruction of the eyelids following tumor removal, repair of droopy eyelids/ eyebrows, repair of tear duct obstructions, orbital fracture repairs, removal of tumors in and around the eyes, and facial rejuvenation procedures. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation and the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He also did an international rotation in general surgery in Queensland, Australia. Dr. White then received his highly specialized fellowship in oculoplastic surgery and orbital oncology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. White joined Carolina Eye Associates in 2005. He and his family live in Pinehurst, where he enjoys golf, biking, running, and chasing his active toddlers, Mason and Morgan. 8  ASHEBORO Magazine  November 2010

R. Keith Shuler, Jr., M.D. Dr. Keith Shuler is a specialist of the retina and vitreous. His specialty covers the treatment and surgery of diseases and disorders affecting the back of the eye, including diabetic eye disorders, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, and trauma to the eye. Dr. Shuler graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina in 1994. He received his medical degree from Emory University, served his internship at University of Virginia, and completed his residency at Emory University. Dr. Shuler then received his highly specialized fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous from Duke University. Dr. Shuler also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in genetics and molecular biology of the eye at Emory University. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Among Dr. Shuler’s numerous honors includes the Heed Fellowship and the Hornaday Fellowship Award. Dr. Shuler joined Carolina Eye Associates in 2007. He and his wife, Amy, live in Pinehurst with their three daughters and son. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family or pursuing one of his hobbies: fishing, golf, and running.

John D. Miller, O.D. Dr. John Miller specializes in primary eye care and surgical comanagement. His specialty covers the medical treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the eyes and pre. and postoperative patient care management. Dr. Miller received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University. He received his doctor of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed his externship at the Eye Institute, Brookville Hospital, and Carolina Eye Associates. He is a member of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Miller joined Carolina Eye Associates in 1984. He and his family live in Pinehurst.

Robert O. Handley, M.D. Dr. Robert Handley is a general ophthalmologist and specializes in the treatment of eye diseases and disorders. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and served his internship at the University of Tennessee. He completed his internship at Talmadge Memorial Hospital, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Handley opened a private practice, Asheboro Ophthalmology Associates, in Asheboro, NC in 1971. The practice merged its operations with Carolina Eye Associates in 2008. Dr. Handley is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is also a member of the Randolph County Medical Society. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Asheboro and enjoy sailing, golf, woodworking, motorcycles, and radio-controlled helicopters, and airplanes. They are the parents of five daughters.

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editorial (cont. from page 6) to find a reasonable substitute. To make your shopping easier, we’ve developed a local shopping guide that can be found in this magazine. We have also produced a more comprehensive version that is available in digital page-turning format on our website. In putting this shopping guide together, we discovered some fantastic gift ideas in wonderful shops

owned by incredible people who offer the kind of personalized service and attention you won’t find anywhere else. Asheboro has a tremendous amount of opportunity. By keeping your money local, you are contributing to the continued prosperity of the city. We’re proud to be Asheboro business owners and we choose to keep as much of our

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money local as we can. “Think local first” and thank the small businesses who add diversity to your shopping options and bring life to our historic buildings by doing business with them. I am going to climb down from my soap box now and get a couple hours of sleep before I have to proof the magazine and send it off to be printed. Before I close, I want to extend a heart-felt thank you to all the wonderful small business people that have supported this magazine and our dreams by advertising in it. I’ve lived a lot of places in my life and I can tell you that there is no finer group of business people anywhere. And it is for these folks that I work hard to make sure our magazine is worthy enough to contain their advertising, and why I thoroughly enjoy being self-employed. Thanks for reading and, remember … ‘think local first’ when doing your holiday shopping. 

top talent to present benefit concert

community news


wo Asheboro natives and highly-acclaimed performers are teaming up to present a benefit concert for the campaign to restore Sunset Theatre. Lane Ragsdale and Lucy Yates will present an evening of song and performance on Saturday, November 27 at 7 p.m. at the Sunset Theatre (234 Sunset Avenue). Tickets for the event are $50, which includes a reception after the performance in the Sunset Theatre annex. Internationally acclaimed vocalist Lucy Yates, daughter of Eleanor and Ogburn Yates of Asheboro, has worked in opera with directors and conductors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Plácido Domingo and Gian Carlo Menotti. She has performed at the piano and harpsichord with musicians ranging from Christopher Hogwood to Carly Simon, and has been a guest performer at music festivals and with orchestras worldwide. Her operatic successes have included Corrado in Vivaldi’s La Griselda, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, the title character in Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti. Critics have called her performances “perfect” and “dazzling,” and the New York Times praised her for creating characters “who’s every contribution she made an event, musically pleasurable and dramatically present.” Yates is also noted for debuting the works of young composers. She is a founding member of the coaching program at the Manhattan School of Music, from which she received a Master’s Degree in Voice. An award-winning actor and orator, Lane Ragsdale performs in musical theatre, cabaret, opera and oratorio throughout the East Coast annually. He is in the New York City studio of renowned operatic soprano and vocal coach Dr. Patricia Craig, and a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Ragsdale has appeared in such venues as The Duplex and Birdland in New York City and the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta. He is also in demand as an emcee and motivational speaker. 

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the bountiful fall harvest

prepping your gardens for the winter By: Darin Brockelbank


ou are in the midst of enjoying a beautiful Carolina autumn harvest…pumpkins, fall flowers, colorful leaves, and seasonal plants. But wait! Don’t stop there! We have to get our flower gardens and beds ready for the cold fall and upcoming winter temperatures and weather. Although your yard and garden may look like it’s in a state of hibernation during the w i n t e r months, there are important things taking place all year long in the garden that contribute to the overall health of your plants. For example, your soil is active all year long, and your evergreen plants continue to use nutrients. Fall and early winter is a great time to plant bulbs. Bulbs can often be the first flowers to bloom in late winter and early spring. Some of the best bulbs for planting in the fall and winter include

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daffodils, day lilies, iris, tulips, and ranunculus. Growing houseplants and windowsill gardens is another way to enjoy the winter months with plants. To properly grow plants indoors, you should have a spot that gets plenty of sunlight. You can use a variety of containers for your plants. 

Fall Planting Guide Tips! Plant trees and shrubs, allowing enough time for roots to develop, before the ground freezes. Prepare for first frost. Dig tender perennials such as cannas, begonias, gladiolus. Discard tops and store bulbs, corms, and rhizomes in dry peat moss or vermiculite. Apply broadleaf weed killers to lawn. Restock bird feeders and put out fresh water to help birds migrating south. Do a mulch check. In the fall, pull mulch away from the base of plants to prevent water from sitting there, potentially causing rot. Take care of garden tools. Put a light coating of oil on the metal surfaces of your gardening tools and rub boiled linseed oil on wooden handles.

5 Great Plants for Fall Color! Narrow leaf blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) The plant: Adds interest to the perennial border for three seasons. Light blue flowers appear in late spring. The green, feathery foliage turns golden yellow in fall. It reaches three feet tall and about as wide. American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) The plant: American beautyberry is a striking deciduous native shrub. The small spring flowers eventually form into showy clusters of plum purple berries. Birds are attracted to the berries. It grows to six to eight feet tall and about as wide.

Angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’) The plant: Angel’s trumpet is a striking tropical that features fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers that dangle amidst large green leaves. ‘Charles Grimaldi’ produces 12-inch, peach yellow flowers in late summer to fall. The plant reaches about eight to ten feet tall by the end of the growing season. Japanese hydrangea vine (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) ‘Moonlight’ The plant: Japanese hydrangea vine has flowers that resemble those of a lace cap hydrangea, and its growing requirements are similar. 'Moonlight' is a climbing vine with heart-shaped leaves that are silver-green in color with prominent green veins. It has large clusters of delicate white flowers in mid to late summer. White-berried American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana 'Lactea') The plant: This native beautyberry has clusters of white berries in late summer to fall. The leaves are lighter green than the purple-fruited varieties, and the plant has a more upright habit. This shrub reaches six to seven feet tall.

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community news


hen the Bank of the Carolinas JV Holiday Classic began in 1999, there were only seven teams competing at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA. While the tournament was a success, there was definitely room for growth. Word of the tournament spread, and by the 2002 season, the tournament had doubled in size and was host to 16 teams. Over the next several years, the tournament continued to grow steadily in size, as more and more teams came to participate in this Holiday break event. By 2005, the tournament had grown to an impressive 32 teams, and it took place in two locations: the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA and Southwestern Randolph High School. In 2006, the tournament hosted 47 teams from 12 different counties, and Southwestern Randolph Middle School was added as a third location to accommodate the teams. Last year, 52 teams from 14 different counties in North Carolina participated, which caused the tournament to expand to a fourth location; Randleman High School. The Bank of the Carolinas Holiday Classic has now become the largest JV tournament in the United States. This year there are 60 teams signed up as of October 29th from 15 counties in North Carolina, and one team from Devonport, Australia! Due to the high school limitation of being able to only play three games in a week, the tournament is divided into Red,

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Green, White, and Yellow Divisions. Eight champions are crowned over the threeday tournament. “The JV Tournament is a great experience for younger players,” said Brian Nance, Asheboro High School’s varsity basketball coach. “It gives them a chance to continue to compete during the holidays, and with the addition of several outstanding teams from around the state, the level of competition has increased dramatically over the years.” The success and growth of this event can be attributed to the experience and dedication of the organizers. Nance stated that the Bank of the Carolinas JV Basketball Holiday Classic is one of the most organized holiday tournament events. “I have always heard very positive comments from visiting teams around our area,” added Nance. Schools are not charged an entry fee to participate in the tournament. The tournament is solely dependent upon gate receipts to cover expenses, which include referees, clock operators, announcers, janitors and other game site personnel. Concession stands are available at each location for the fans. Bank of the Carolinas serves as the tournament's Signature Sponsor. Other local sponsors help to defray the expenses of the tournament. The dates of this year’s JV Holiday Classic are December 27-29th, from 10a to 10p. Ticket prices are $7 per day/$18

community news

every picture tells a story the collages of perry boswell

T Tournament Pass for Adults and $6 per day/$15 Tournament Pass for students. The “per day” ticket gets you in to all four gyms, all day. The Tournament Pass gets you in to every game, every gym, every day. Proceeds raised at the JV Holiday Classic go to support the YMCA Scholarship Fund. These funds enable the YMCA to allow anyone to be a member, regardless of their ability to pay. David Cross, who served as the Chairman of the YMCA Board from 1998 - 2008, and continues to serve on the Executive Board at the YMCA, serves as Tournament Director. 

hey say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but that concept could not apply more than in the collage “stories” of Perry Boswell. His unique collages are part antique, part history, part memorabilia, and part artistic creation. Boswell explains, “I have become fascinated with the personal information that people leave when they pass away. I often find it in old books, locked drawers, and dusty boxes tucked away in remote corners. I’ve come to look at these scraps as fragments of the soul.” Scouring booths, boxes, and racks at antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales for items that speak to him, Boswell reconstructs these stories in the form of creative collages that incorporate a variety of artistic techniques in their construction. A line of music from a hymnal might reinforce a theme. A 100-year old scrawled note on the margin of a book might form part of the story line. Family photos from an album might demonstrate the passage of time. Three-dimensional items add texture, interest, and color. Each of Boswell’s creations tells a story that cannot be absorbed in a single sitting or reading, like a complex work of literature that can be read and reread. Every time you look at one of Boswell’s creations, you see a new detail that adds to its story.

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Boswell says, “The best compliment I ever had was when I overheard a friend of mine talking to another guy at one of my shows. He said, ‘If you know Perry then you know all of these collages are really about him.’” Boswell has exhibited his work throughout the region, including the one-man shows, group shows, and ongoing exhibition at the Circa Gallery in Asheboro. He has also shown his works around the region and his artwork is a part of private and corporate collections. The “Out of the Attic” show at the Circa Gallery last year showcased over twenty-five of Boswell’s works, including a pair themed around the historic sit-ins at Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro. A trio of Boswell’s work was also recently accepted to be displayed at the International Civil Rights Museum in downtown Greensboro. Walking past Perry Boswell’s classroom at Ledford High School, you’re likely to find him reading a novel to his class while they work on the lesson of the day. That connection is no coincidence. As they listen to Mark Twain, or Hemingway, or the latest fiction, we have to wonder what “stories” his

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students are creating as they model after their teacher. Perry’s upcoming projects include incorporating his literary talents with his artwork by creating one-of-a-kind collage books based on a series of a family’s photographs. He is also planning a special exhibit for the springtime (to be announced soon). Perry Boswell is a member artist of the Cosmic Cow Society, a local arts organization with the goal of bringing

art into the community. The group hosts art shows, charity fundraisers, and educational events. Check its website at for more information. Boswell’s work can be seen at a group show of the Cosmic Cow Society at the Gallery of the Arts in Winston-Salem from November 19 - January 1. For a sneak preview of Perry Boswell’s work and more information about his art and background, visit his website at 

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  addie schoenberger

Q. School, Age, Grade: A. Asheboro High School, 16, 11th grade- Junior Q. What extracurricular activities are you involved in and have you won any awards? A. Student Council I have been an active member of AHS student council for the past 2 years. This past summer I attended a weeklong workshop at Mars Hill College hosted by North Carolina’s Association of Student Councils. I am currently the vice-president of AHS Key Club, which is a service club that helps different organizations. I am also a member of AHS FCA. I am in the marching band and play the tenor saxophone. I am an active member of Central United Methodist Church and also serve on Western North Carolina’s Conference Council on Youth Ministries, which plans spiritual events for youth. I just got accepted to be a part of AHS National Honors Society. I am also a member of Asheboro High’s Interact club sponsored through Asheboro Rotary. Lastly, this past summer I attended Rotary’s weeklong youth leadership program at Guilford College. Last year I participated in Student L.I.F.T through the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. Q. What sports do you play, what position & have you won any awards? A. Soccer- I have played soccer since I was 3 years old. The position I prefer is forward. Golf- I started playing golf my freshman year and have a love for it. The best I have shot was a 41. Cross Country- This year I decided to run crosscountry. While I am not the best, I enjoy running and meeting new people. For the past two years I have not been able to play soccer at school due to injuries. I tore my right ACL my freshman year playing basketball and then my left ACL my sophomore year playing soccer.

Q. What is your favorite singer or group, and what is their best song? A. For me every week my favorite artist changes. Right now I listen to Jack’s Mannequin. Their best song is I’m Ready. Also, Copeland is one of my favorite artists. My favorite song from Copeland is Brightest. Q. What things do you love to do other than those mentioned above? A. Well when I have free time I enjoy reading. I also watch movies a lot with my family. I love to travel and experience new places. I like to be outside and being active. Q. If you could spend one day with a person living or dead, who would it be and why? A. Jesus is one person I would spend a day with. The experience would be indescribable and amazing. Jesus is always here but to talk to him face to face would be one of the most awesome things ever. Q. Something good no one knows about you that would surprise them if they found out (i.e. you found $100 bill and turned it in). A. One thing is that I always pray for my friends, but I also pray for the people who aren’t nice to me or I am a not friend with. I also pick up trash if I am outside. I can’t stand litter and it drives me crazy when I see it just lying on the ground. Q. If you had one wish, what would it be (can't wish for more wishes). A. If I have one wish I would wish that every child in the world were given a loving home and a chance to fulfill their dreams. Q. What would you like to do with your life when you are an adult? A. When I am an adult I would first off like to travel and experience different cultures in the world. As a profession I would like to become a physical therapist, or an orthopedic doctor.    volume1  issue 4  17


or me “Je me souviens” holds a particularly warm meaning. The first time I was in Quebec City was in late fall of 1959. I was 12 years old and found the new snow on the grounds of the Chateau Frontenac wondrous.

je me souviens “i remember”

Story and Photos by: Dave Lowa The hotel had begun its toboggan run, which was a major winter attraction. It started high up on the palisade that formed the base for the Citadel, streaked down and out onto the promenade of the great Canadian National Railroad Hotel, known world round as simply Le Chateau. My family stayed in less dramatic quarters a few blocks away, on a street that looked like it had been plucked directly from Paris and set down a few hundred miles north of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where I was raised. Today, in late September, as I stand on that same street, I am transported back to my youth. The little hotel is still there, waiting to welcome guests from all over the world. That at least has remained constant. Of course, that is Quebec’s exterior. Much has changed since my first visit to this Northern City and Province we call “neighbor”. The name Quebec comes from an Algonquin word “kébec” meaning “where the river narrows.” The Saint Lawrence River spills out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence just behind the Province of New Brunswick, and runs deep and wide until it reaches the place where it narrows and becomes the great seaway into the Great Lakes. There was an Algonquin settlement at this narrow point, which Jacque Cartier discovered in September of 1535. Cold weather was coming and Cartier decided to winter there with his men. In 1608, Samuel de Champlain established a French settlement that is now Quebec City on the site. Quebec, and what was to become known as Lower Canada, was under French rule until 1759 when it was conquered by the British. There has always been and will always be a separatist movement in Quebec, although it has quieted down lately. What has come out of all this is a province that remains distinctly French in character and language. In fact, this year I was impressed by just how linguistically isolated they really are. The retention of their language tradition is an act of cultural survival. I truly believe they would give up their flag before they gave up their language. Quebec City is really several cities in one. There is the Upper City, which is made up of several districts or quarters, not unlike what you would find in modern Paris. This was home to the Houses of Parliament, upscale hotels, and the city’s Society. Lower City, where the original town was located, was where all the action was; the market was located there, along with all that goes along with a major seaport. I wanted to get out of the historic district, and experience life in the city, so I chose a small bed and breakfast in the 18  ASHEBORO Magazine  November 2010

Sainte Jean de Baptist quarter called Auberge Michel Doyan. Nothing could have been more delightful than this little group of converted houses and rooms that occupy about half of a city block in the Chemin (Road) Sainte Foy. Surrounded by universities, the area presents itself as young and vibrant, full of fresh ideas and bright people. It is not what I would call 5 Star, but that was the point. 5 Star in Quebec City tends to isolate the traveler in a world of Provincial French gingerbread that soon taints the sense of imagination. Driving down Chemin Sainte Foy will eventually bring you to the center of the upper city. Here you will find a charming cosmopolitan cityscape which contains virtually every comfort a traveler might need. At the center of all this urban beauty is the palatial Chateau Frontenac. This wonderful building was once the crown jewel of the Canadian Rail system. To my mind Le Chateau is the most beautiful hotel in the world. It stands high on the edge of the upper city overlooking the port and the ancient lower city that has served it for most of the twentieth century. It is a breathtaking edifice and having travelled much of Europe I really don’t believe I have seen or stayed in better. Its front skirts are surrounded by a wide boardwalk that allows visitors to look down over the lower city and provides a launching pad for the Funicular, a short almost vertical mass transit system that pulls a cabin full of people up and down the palisades. They are common all over Europe. Once in the lower city, the real Québec begins to reveal itself. Shops, restaurants and inns of all sizes and varieties line the endless cobblestoned streets. There are markets, cheese and wine shops, and clothing stores that the Quebecois use for their everyday supplies. It is not only beautiful and quaint; it is a real market town. There are street musicians and churches and squares for gatherings. You could spend a week getting to know the places and people in the lower city of Quebec City, and I suggest you do. It is a wonderful place that will transport you back to a time when things were much simpler. A visit to Quebec City would not be complete without a stroll around the old fortifications which are called the Citadel and are located at the top of the palisades, near an area known as the Plains of Abraham. It was here that the great battle for Quebec was fought. You can readily see how this fortification and her big guns commanded the respect of anything brave enough to float by on the St. Lawrence. The elevation of the Citadel is about 800 feet above the river. It offers the best place to view the city of Quebec from a distance and yet never leave the city while doing so. Everything is within walking distance, and I highly recommend a stroll around the entire Citadel complex. Tours are offered of the interior of the facility, but you are at the mercy of the schedule of the Canadian military that still use it as an active base. After leaving the Citadel area, take some time to walk along the streets and experience the upper city and all the beauty it offers. For those of you on your first visit to Quebec, a small hotel in this district would really be enchanting. There is a wonderful zoo and many galleries and museums. Quebec City is not an inexpensive place to visit, and the exchange rate is not favorable right now. Food prices in the city are outrageous, and there is no such thing as a cheap meal. On our first night in the city, we were exhausted from the long drive and decided to purchase food to eat in our room. Two pieces of cake for dessert cost $20 American. These prices don’t seem to affect the population at all. The restaurants are all full to overflowing. Our trip ended with a hearty breakfast in the small dining room back on Chemin Ste. Foy. I really love this city, and plan to return to do more exploration as time permits. My suggestion to you - go North on Interstate 81 and turn right at the big river - you can’t miss it! v   volume1  issue 4  19

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Community Character-Rich Powell


hen I first met Rich Powell, I recognized him immediately. Close cropped beard, twinkling eyes, big smile – yup, I’d recognize that caricature anywhere! We became friends on Facebook before I ever met him in person, you see, and it’s an amazing likeness. At the time, I didn’t realize he was also the artist behind the hilarious Dixie Drive cartoons that I “friended” on Facebook and enjoy reading on a weekly basis. Rich grew up in New Jersey and moved to California with his family to finish high school. After high school, he joined the marines for three years. Rather than reenlisting, he chose to go to art school at California State University in Hayward California. While studying there, he met his future wife, Frankie. When they graduated from the University, they both began working at Sierra Online, an American video game developer located in Oakhurst, CA. Sierra Online is best known for its King’s Quest series of graphic adventure games in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In fact, one of the first games that I purchased for my Gateway 2000 computer in 1992 was King’s Quest V. Rich worked on the character designs and the 3D graphics in the King’s Quest games for Sierra Online. Rich also designed for games in the Leisure Suit Larry franchise, as well as several others. In the mid ‘90s, the company outgrew its’ location in California and relocated to Bellevue, Washington. Rich and Frankie chose to stay in Oakhurst, and they worked for the company that took over the building. In fact, Rich was hired, worked and laid off three times in the building. Three different companies started up, failed and went out of business in that same location! While he worked for Sierra and succeeding companies, he was freelancing for Playboy, sending them illustrations for online. He also created t-shirt designs for Crazy T-Shirts, a company which sells novelties in touristy destinations. After the third company started and failed, Frankie and Rich decided it was time to relocate to the East Coast. They had visited Rich’s brother Bob, who lived in Sophia, and his parents, who had relocated from New Jersey to Asheboro in 1991. They sold their 22  ASHEBORO Magazine  November 2010

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cabin in 2004, loaded up their truck and moved to Asheboro. Rich has had an interesting and varied career as an artist. He has designed storyboards for movies; illustrated a McGrawHill textbook, English as a Second Language; Educational board games with illustrations; greetings cards for Oatmeal Press; and also illustrated for Mad Magazine. Another endeavor Rich worked on with his brother, Bob and a friend from California, is Toons Tunes ( Toons Tunes is an online social media site where kids ages 6 to 12 can build songs by stringing together “loops” from famous musicians. If you are involved in the arts in Asheboro, you probably know Rich rather well. He is on the Board of Directors at the Randolph Arts Guild, he has donated his time for the past seven years to work on sets, posters and any other need the Randolph Youth Theater Company has, and he continues to illustrate the cartoon Dixie Drive. If you don’t know Rich yet, request him as a friend on Facebook and you will instantly recognize him when you finally get to meet him in person. 

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t is easy to replace Christmas with the word Holiday, in order to be politically correct. It is easy to breeze through this time of year and give very little thought to the real reason we celebrate. We want to invite you, regardless of your beliefs, to reflect on this very special time of year and find your own meaning, whether it is traditional or something more contemporary. This is a great story to remind us of why Christmas is celebrated. Enjoy! Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. Here is what happened. I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room, and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. “What are you doing?” I started to ask him. The words choked in my throat, as I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement, TEACH THE CHILDREN! I was puzzled: What did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood there bewildered, Santa said, Teach the Children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that a now-a-day Christmas has forgotten! Santa then

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gift. Teach the Children that the wise men bowed before the holy babe and presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We should give gifts in the same spirit as the wise men.” Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. Teach the Children that the candy cane represents the shepherd’s crook. The crook on the shepherd’s staff helps bring back strayed sheep from the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keeper. He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. Teach the Children that it was the angels that heralded in the

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glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth, peace and good will.’ Sud d enly I heard a soft tinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL. Teach the Children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of a bell, it should bring people to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return. Santa looked at the tree and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, “Remember, teach the Children the true meaning of Christmas, and not to put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One who is, and I bow down and worship Him, our Lord, our God.” 

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featured artist cori cagle article by Sherry Johnson


ori Cagle was raised in Asheboro. She was blessed to have two wonderful parents who supported and encouraged her passion for art from an extremely young age. Her love of art and desire to create began as early as she could hold a crayon. She enjoyed colorful art, and going to museums. She was also lucky to have inspiring and devoted art teachers along the way. There was never a question of what Cori would do when she “grew up,” she was always an artist. “Even if no one else ever saw my art, I would still do it,” Cori states,

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passionately. She attended East Carolina University and received her BFA in Painting and Drawing. Her love of color, texture and especially oil paint developed there. When she got out of school, she had planned to move to Asheville. When that plan fell through, she started working in Seagrove painting decorative pottery at Cagle Road Pottery (no family relation). A friend mentioned that she had this guy she wanted Cori to meet, and a blind date was set up. The rest, as they say is history. Cori and Scott Hunt currently live in Asheboro, and have been married for five years. Although Cori still works in oil occasionally, she has started to push the limits of acrylic. Because acrylic paint dries faster than oils, she can have 3 to 10 paintings going at the same time. When she adds a layer to one painting, she can move on to the next while the first dries. She is experimenting with different scraping techniques, to create texture in her paintings. Her paintings do not always begin with elaborate drawings or sketches; sometimes they are just a loose idea or fleeting image. Color and texture motivate her as well as nature and the theme of home. She still finds the act of painting curious and fascinating and is always looking for new ways to push her paint around. Cori is in her ninth year of teaching K-5 students Art at Hopewell Elementary School in Trinity, North Carolina. She considers herself fortunate that the school provides her with a large room to work in, fitted with a kiln. She loves inspiring creativity in her students and helping them foster an overall love of the arts. Cori has also taught classes to children and adults at the Randolph Arts Guild and Circa Gallery. She will be participating in the Open Studio Tours on December 4th sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild. It will provide patrons a glimpse of the space where she creates her art. She hopes to be creating her own imaginative and colorful works of art and encouraging others to do the same for many years to   volume1  issue 4  27

“Let’s Talk:” Organizing for Life By Bianca Tyler


h, how easy it would be to just grab my Kindergartner’s backpack and empty it straightaway, moving things right along. But I know that allowing my little one to do it herself will teach her organizational skills that she will carry throughout her lifetime.

“Research has shown that clearing clutter in your home will help clear the clutter and chaos in your life.” Just as Kindergartners, and now even preschoolers, are made to unpack their own bags and hang up their coats, so too should the routine be kept up at home. Simple steps like these teach children about organization, neatness and responsibility, and with positive reinforcement, it gives them a great sense of independence. Imagine, all that from a stuffed backpack! Research has shown that clearing clutter in your home will help clear the clutter and chaos in your life. What a gift to give your children! For organization is a life skill children can use to help them succeed. It’s not something that should be ignored, delayed or pushed under the bed like

dirty, crumpled socks; everything has “a home,” you know, a proper place, and those stinky socks belong in the hamper! These lessons can start young. Children love to help and to please. Encourage that desire while teaching at the same time. For example, when a child is just 2 or 3, make pictures of socks or undies and stick them on containers or easy-access drawers and let them put away their own laundry. They love to be involved – even if just sporadically. Make this foundation of orderliness fun by singing songs while you straighten up together, thereby, linking positive feelings to getting the job done. Look, I’m not the Saint of Neatness – I let the kids play all day and then we straighten up together just once in the evening. This keeps sanity in the house for Mom and fun and imagination in full swing for the kids all day. But the point is if you start teaching tidiness at a young age, with repetitive action (and your fingers crossed), it will flow over into other parts of your child’s life, like organizing school work, systematizing files and folders on the computer, and eventually abstract thinking for organizing outlines for term papers and other conceptual processes. As kids get bigger, their toys get smaller. My daughter is now into Polly Pockets and other teeny characters. All the little crowns and hair paraphernalia, mini-clothes and shoes tinier than your pinky fingernail have “a home.”

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I always tell my kids – and my husband – if it doesn’t have a home, it doesn’t belong in our home. My belief is if something new comes in the front door, something needs to go out the back door or your house will just become overrun with toys and things. Then it’s definitely time to sort and donate – but that’s a whole other story – and that’s what I’ll cover in the next issue (A

Giving Heart). Get your kids involved early and let them have a voice – go from room to room and ask, “How can we make this area more organized?” Whether it’s a bow hanger I stapled two pieces of pretty polka-dotted ribbon to, or a simple shoe bin or choosing clear drawers for small toys rather than opaque containers, staying organized is not only possible, but essential. And show your kids that you’re organized, too. You are their role model. My husband hung up shelves so I could stack my TV tapes neatly (here are a few of the tapes). I labeled each section by the station I worked

for. When it came time to edit the videos for my professional site, www., 1,000+ on-air experiences were at my fingertips. But back to stinky socks… organizing is a family affair. We have three laundry bins: lights, darks and dry cleaning. Your kids can figure out lights and darks and throw them in the right bin – it just makes laundry day that much easier. And when you’re folding towels, face cloths and sweaters, stack rounded edges forward like a store. It’s no extra effort and your shelves will look instantly tidier. In the kitchen, make sure your cans and other items are label forward. Not a hard request and it takes the hassle out of constantly looking for things. Rotate your kids as the “Label Patrol” or the “Label Police” each week –they will love being in charge and your pantry shelves and refrigerator will thank you. The Bright Spot™ – Kids thrive on routine and organization. Everyone will be less frustrated because they’ll know where everything is and your house will be neater – hey, even if just a little! …and every bit helps, now doesn’t it?

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the cellar

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article by Dave Johnson


headed step child”. Since I haven’t his is my first crack at tried their Merlot or Cabernet writing a wine review. Sauvignon I can’t compare them Because I am not a so why it isn’t featured is as much connoisseur, one could a mystery as the grapes used to argue that I am not qualified to make it. share my opinion and if you are What is known is 14 Hands a wine snob, you may find this a “Hot to Trot” started as a little amateurish. Additionally, I restaurant-only wine. It isn’t am not going to use much of the Keith Kenison, Winemaker certain why the vineyard put it terminology that is common in wine articles-mostly because I don’t understand it, into retail circulation, but one can easily assume it had something to do with its popularity; if it is selling but you will hopefully get the gist just the same. 14 Hands is a Washington vineyard that is well in the restaurants, it will sell well in stores. I found 14 Hands “Hot to Trot” to be very a member of the state’s oldest award winning Chateau St. Michelle family. While working as pleasing to my uninitiated palette. In fact, I like it assistant winemaker on the Columbia Crest very much. The other reviews I read say that it can portfolio, Keith Kenison “took the reins” and became be paired with just about anything from hot dogs to barbecue and I would have to agree. I had it with wine maker of 14 Hands in 2002. “I take a practical approach to winemaking and some of The Flying Pig’s outstanding Pizza and let the fruit express itself,” Keith says. “I guide it to they complimented each other very well. I would give this wine a solid 4 out of 5 stars. It its final destination with as few is a great “everyday” wine and if your palette is as manipulations as unsophisticated as mine it will be become one of possible, making your regulars I am sure. For the money, about $12 every decision (on special at Lumina for $10.99), you’d be hard by taste, because pressed to find a bottle of wine that is as tasty and ultimately, that’s fun to drink. My suggestion, for what it is worth, is what matters to to stop at Lumina and pick up a bottle right before the person buying you walk over and pick up a pizza from The Flying a bottle. I love Pig. You won’t be disappointed with either. For the wine snobs that are reading this article, making a style of wine that I enjoy I have included a couple of quotes from seasoned wine aficionados: and experience.” “As the name implies, 14 Hands’ “Hot to Trot” I love fruity “juicy jammy” wines. is raring to go. This is one of the latest entries in Merlots and Petit the well textured, fleshy, fruit bomb style that has Syrahs are my become so popular in the last few years. Bravo, I favorites. I have say! I like this style -- it works perfectly with my discovered that love of barbecue. A Washington state red blend, the price of wine it’s deep in color and packed with berry spice and has very little to do woody vanilla. The mouth is darkly fruited, sweet with the taste. In with spice and micro-soft tannins. It’s quite the fact, I have found that some of the more expensive charmer and is destined to enhance someone’s wines I have sampled have left more than a little to weekend.” - Mike Vittie “A great choice and I do recommend this for be desired. A wine-snob friend of mine suggested this was because my palette is unsophisticated. I such an environment deficient of wine snobs who referred him to the children’s book The Emperor’s keep vaguely redefining what constitutes a wine aficionado, like now requiring drinking wines from New Clothes. 14 Hands “Hot to Trot” is a blend. Of what exactly France as de rigeur. Whatever, old geezer. It’s high I am not sure, and no one else seems to know time your brother packed you off to the senior either. On the vineyard’s website, the wine isn’t center and wrote you off like the rest of us have.” even featured which suggests it may be the “red v

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tech tips

who’s really going to know?

Article By Matt Dixon, Proactive Patrol

Dijon and Shallot crusted London Broil By Devin Allen

Ingredients 1 London Broil, at least 1 and ½ pound. Look for one with decent marbling. 3 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 large shallots 1 Tbsp minced garlic (preferably fresh, minced by food processor or hand; not a jar) 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 ½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt

Preparation • In a food processor, puree the shallots and garlic with the olive oil • In a bowl, mix the puree with the mustard, black pepper and Worcestershire • Pat the steak dry, pierce every 1 inch with a fork, then spoon ½ of mixture over the steak, rub in with your hands. Sprinkle ½ of the pepper evenly over the steak. Repeat on the other side • Let rest in a covered baking dish or large ziploc bag, turning every hour, for at least two hours, up to 6. • Preheat grill to medium high • Remove steak from dish or bag and sprinkle salt evenly on both sides • Spray steak with pan release / non-stick cooking spray, place on grill. • After 3 minutes, turn steak 90° (to create an ‘X’ grill mark) and grill another 3-5 minutes (depending on the temperature you like your steak to be) • Flip over and repeat • Remove and place on a cutting board, let rest at least 6 minutes • Identify the direction of the grain, slice the opposite way from the end at an angle thinly. As you begin slicing, check a piece. If it is chewy, turn steak around (not over) and slice the other way


haring information online is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. Social networking sites are the most popular form of information sharing, but there are other ways like email and video chatting. While sharing information online may not seem like a great risk, it can be. Sure, you may think, “Who is really going to know my information is on Facebook?” – you’d be surprised. In the information age, you have to always err on the side of caution. Did you know that by putting your information on the Internet, it can be searchable? If you have never done so, you should search for your name in Google or Yahoo!. To narrow it down, include your town or zip code. You might just be amazed at what you find — your address, phone number, maybe even your Facebook profile. How is this dangerous? Let’s say you met someone, maybe through work or school, and they went home and wanted to know more about you. What would they do? Maybe search for you – and then they would find all this information! What can you do to prevent this? Simple. Go into the settings of your Facebook profile, for example, and set your information to private. If you want people to find you, just give them your email address and have them contact you. When you send emails, never include extra information that is not necessary. If sending a username and password, send them in separate email messages. That way, if you email is intercepted, it will not contain all the information someone would need to hijack your account. Remember, always to be safe on the internet — if you wouldn’t put it on a billboard, don’t put it online! v

“If you wouldn’t put it on a billboard, don’t put it online!”

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health & Wellness

weighing in on weighing less article by Doug High Natural Highs Massage and More


n the first article of this series, the focus was on seeing your God-given perfection, achieving a weight because YOU want to be at that weight, and that it is one-hundred percent YOUR CHOICE. The entire weight-loss, cosmetic, and self-help industries (to name a few) are based on fear. Fear of what? Fear that we are not OK, that something’s missing in us, that we don’t measure up to a standard that those industries set, standards that have little or no basis in reality. Yet, we accept those standards, those ideals of how we SHOULD look. It is not the fault of those industries; it is our responsibility. If I can see, ACCEPT, and KNOW that everything from God’s hand is perfect, including me, then those industry-created ideals are irrelevant. Here’s the trap. I buy a diet book, I enroll in a weight-loss program, or I buy some pills or supplements whose principal, active ingredient is hope, and I actually lose weight. People start to notice. They compliment me. I’m visible. People see ME. I feel good about myself. And then what happens? The tide comes back in. The weight returns and people stop noticing me. I’m invisible again, and I feel like I have failed. Now I have reinforced my original notion that I was flawed and needed to repair that imaginary flaw by losing weight. It’s so easy to slide into victim mode here by saying this such as, “I guess I’m just big-boned, I must have FAT genes, or I guess I’m destined to be fat, so why not just eat and enjoy it.” So what can we do if we want to weigh less (notice the avoidance of the “D”-word)? Let’s first decide that we would



like to be healthier, that we like to have less or no pain in our joints, feet, and back. We also decide that we are not eager to have diabetes, that we would like to have more energy, and that we would again like to wear some clothes that have been patiently waiting for us in our closet, really cool, stylish clothes. Now that we’ve decided that we’re not flawed, that we want to be healthier, what’s next? For starters, we are NOT going to count or measure anything (unless we’ve got a medical condition that requires that). We are NOT going to make anything taboo. We are going to learn to tune-in to our bodies, noticing continuously what we are feeling, what our body is communicating to us. We are going to eat consciously, paying attention to what we eat, eating when we are calm and seated (not while driving, reading, or watching TV). We are going to eat until we are satisfied, and if that means there’s food left over, we save it for another meal. No more Clean-plate Club! We are going to bless our food (however we choose to do that) and acknowledging and being thankful for its nurturing gift. Bless yourself for eating honestly.

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giving back

the cap and mabel burrow foundation


eal wealth has very little to do with money or p o ss e ss i o n s . I am certain, given a choice, most reading this article would gladly give up their material goods in lieu of having to give up a loved one. Another way to build "real" wealth is by serving others less fortunate. Cap and Mabel Burrow believed this to their very core and committed their entire lives to helping those in need. In 1958, the Burrows founded Therapeutic Alternatives when they were asked by the county to operate the Randolph County Home which provided food and shelter for people who were indigent, had no family to care for them or who

article by Dave Johnson

a fund out of their own paychecks. The Cap and Mabel Burrow Foundation was founded, and today, the foundation raises funds to provide access to medical care, medication, medical equipment, housing, utilities, clothing, food, educational support, vocational support and transportation to those with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse issues throughout the year. The Foundation is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization. I had the privilege of meeting with Jennifer Swift, the Vice President of Marketing for Therapeutic Alternatives in preparation of this article. What stood out most was her passion for her organization’s mission and the people's

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

-Mohammed Ali

may have had disabilities at the time. Mr. and Mrs. Burrow moved into the County Home and felt a strong responsibility to those they served - so much so that they raised their family alongside the other residents. While they built their company, they built their family and shared their passion of philanthropy with their children who now manage the business. Today, Therapeutic Alternatives has nearly 800 employees and provides services to over 1,000 people across the state. Their focus is providing quality mental health/ developmental d i s a b i l i ty , substance abuse and residential services to those in need. Nearly 10 years ago, in order to provide help during the holidays to the clients of Therapeutic Alternatives, the employees got together started Cap and Mabel Burrow and 34  ASHEBORO Magazine  November 2010

lives they have bettered. 100% of all funds raised for the Foundation go back to the people they serve, any administrative expenses are taken care of by Therapeutic Alternatives. The employees continue to make regular contributions to the fund through payroll deduction. What touched my heart most were the stories she shared that highlighted the good that the Foundation does for the community (the names in the stories below have been changed to protect their identity).

Real Story #1 Debbie is a single mother of a child with developmental disabilities. Being a single parent these days is hard enough. Having a child with any disability makes life much more challenging. Debbie and her family were facing eviction and an overwhelming pile of unpaid bills due to divorce and the intense medical needs associated with her child's disabilities. The Foundation helped Debbie by paying her rent so that she could use her limited resources to pay the other bills so that she didn't lose her home.

Real Story #2 A teenage girl was sent home from school for wearing inappropriate clothing. She had outgrown her clothes over the summer, rendering them inappropriate and for various reasons, her family did not have the money to buy her new clothes before school began. The Foundation provided the family with the money needed to go shopping for school

The Cap and Mabel Burrow Foundation fund-raising Golf Tournament $14,000 was raised to benefit the work of the Foundation. appropriate clothing. The Foundation has story after story like these. Often, it is just a little help that is needed like buying new shoes, school supplies or clothing for children in need. Other times it may be providing the funds needed to keep someone from becoming homeless. Whatever the situation, The Foundation has provided over $100,000 in aid to those in need since inception. Like all not-for-profit organizations, The Cap and Mabel Burrow Foundation needs help so they can continue to serve the needs of the community. The Foundation depends on the support of businesses, civic groups, churches and individuals to meet people’s needs. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, you can contact the office at 336-4952700 or visit and click on Foundation. v

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Volunteers at the Cap and Mabel Burrow Foundation’s National Make a Difference Day Project 2010. Our dedicated volunteers including legislators, Central United Methodist Church members, representatives from local civic groups, employees of Therapeutic Alternatives and other community volunteers worked on 10/23 to clean up and restore a county owned cemetery that is home to several hundred graves dating back into the 1800s. Many who lived in the county home along with indigent county citizens are buried there.

This online event helps provide the funds necessary for The Cap and Mabel Burrow Foundation to assist people in need during the holidays and through the winter months. All proceeds benefit the work of The Foundation in supporting people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases to have access to housing, clothing, food, utilities, educational and vocational opportunities, etc. Th e Ca p a n d M a b e l B u rrow

From the Foundation’s efforts to aid in the Haiti relief effort. We donated water, juice, blankets, food and first aid supplies. We also regularly hold food drives to benefit CUOC, Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank and other food pantries.

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daily devotion

fairy city

article by Rev. Peter Panagore


ittle Lisa believed that the grass trails, underground tunnels and big burrow on the bluff above the ocean among the wild rose bushes all belonged to fairies. It was for her, a fairy city. Her dad told her that these were ground fairies, which is why they had so many obvious trails and tunnels in the tall grass. Overhead in a tree often sat a sharp-shined hawk eyeballing the ground. The hawk worried Lisa. She feared for the safety of the fairies. They weren’t really fairies, of course. The burrow and trails belonged to shorttailed voles that look like mice but are rounder and longer, with short ears and smaller eyes. Voles are cute, although not as cute as fairies. In all the years dad and daughter walked there, they never saw a vole scurrying on a vole trail, but knew they were there because the hawk knew they were there. How did the hawk find the fairy city, I mean the vole burrow? Voles mark their trails with ultraviolet lightreflecting urine. Why voles do this, I don’t know, but I do know that hawks see ultraviolet light, and therefore hawks can see vole trails, even when we humans can’t. What we see depends upon our brain and eyes. If we don’t see it, it’s not necessarily because it doesn’t exist. Where little children see fairies cities, hawks see vole trails. Adults see neither. Let’s Pray: Dear God, we don’t see You. Our eyes and our imaginations are blind to Your radiance. Give us eyes to see. Amen. Today’s Thought Is: Blessed are those who believe without seeing. Source: John 26:29

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Reverend Peter Baldwin Panagore of, is a native of Massachusetts, graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in Divinity from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and with a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. St. John’s High School of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, an Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, provided him with his preparatory school education. In 2003, he was recruited to apply for the position of Pastor of the First Radio Parish Church of America (DailyDevotions. org). FRPCA is America’s oldest continuous religious broadcast, founded 1926, and now reaching 1.5 million listeners, viewers and readers a week on TV, radio and internet, including American Forces Radio Network. From 1999-2006 Reverend Panagore was a staff writer at Homiletics, the leading and cutting-edge nationwide worship preparation journal for mainline clergy. Homiletics has published more than a hundred of his sermons. He has also published short stories in anthologies, most notably, Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul, by New York Times Best Selling editor Jack Canfield. Two Minutes for God was released by Touchstone/ Fireside an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in early December of 2007 and landed immediately on the Maine Best Seller list.

community news

so you think you know randolph county?

article and photos by Sherry Johnson


n 1988, the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce created a program for business leaders to learn more about the County they live in, and the ways they can become involved in shaping its future. What better way to help them understand the infrastructure here in Randolph County, and become well versed in the challenges and opportunities that abound here. Leadership Randolph is a course of study consisting of eight monthly sessions covering area history and communications, education, business and industry, tourism and teambuilding, agriculture and environment, health and human services, criminal justice, government and community involvement. It has been one of the most successful and worthwhile programs ever offered. After completing the program, graduates leave with a sense of how society can and must work together, and a better knowledge of the inner workings of their community. The program has now produced over 535 graduates, who have come away with a deeper understanding of the needs of the County. Most have stated at one time or another, “I didn’t know the County as well as I thought I did.” Leadership Randolph is an exciting and unique opportunity for those selected to participate. Leaders are an invaluable community resource. The Leadership Randolph program was formed to develop this precious resource. Each participant is required to be involved in an overnight and day long simulated society activity, called SIMSOC, directed by Dr. Larry Peppers of Clemson University. Another requirement for graduation from Leadership Randolph is a Police Ride-Along. The eight monthly sessions, in conjunction with SIMSOC and the Police Ride-Along, make this program a unique, behind-thescenes approach to learning about Randolph County. Participants interact with business and community leaders, while information and special tours offer an in-depth look into local situations and decisions. The daylong sessions each month are scheduled at locations in and around the county. Curriculum basically remains the same from year to year, however, some flexibility is built in for major issues and/or topics of current interest. Prominent individuals from the public and private sector give generously of their time, talent and knowledge to serve as speakers and/or session leaders for the monthly sessions. Leadership Randolph participants are challenged to increase their knowledge and to become actively involved in problem-solving through dialogue with leaders in the community. The experiences in this program have immediate, positive effects on the participant, their company or organization, and their community. The objectives of the program are simple: 1) To identify and select highly motivated and emerging leaders to participate in Leadership Randolph; 2) To identify organizational and individual opportunities for community involvement and assist in the placement of the participants in these positions. To encourage those selecting Board or Committee members to actively engage Leadership Randolph graduates; 3) To develop interpersonal relationships among the participants, which will provide a common ground for working together on present and future community projects; 4) To create a dialogue and rapport between the participants and existing community leaderships; and

5) To systematically educate, inform and challenge the participants as to the opportunities and needs of the county, as well as the dynamics of social and economic change. The program consists of an Orientation, a two-day Retreat, followed by day-long sessions each month for eight months. The Retreat features a dynamic activity called SIMSOC. Over 350 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Programs have used this activity in their curriculum. The Retreat session is led by Dr. Larry G. Peppers, an author and past professor at Clemson University. The daylong sessions are held the first Thursday of each month. It is worth it to participants and employers to make the time for this course, and to encourage their up and coming managers and staff to apply. Participants are also required to complete a 4-hour ride along with the Asheboro City Police Department, on their own time. In addition, the class is encouraged to conduct a Service Project, which benefits the community. I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the recent graduation of the 2010 class, and it was great to see people from businesses large and small represented. The positive feedback I have heard from the participants regarding their experiences this past year is truly exciting. If you are interested in applying for the 2011 Leadership Randolph Class, please contact Stacey Miller at the Asheboro/ Randolph Chamber of Commerce, 336-626-2626 or go to their website, and downloading the form. The deadline for registration for the 2011 program is November 24th! 

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  volume1  issue 4  37

zoo zeal

lion is truly king of beasts story & photos by Tom Gillespie


hey are called the kings of beasts, and they are the lords of the open plains. Lions are Africa’s largest and strongest predators and unique among cats. They are also one of the top attractions at the North Carolina Zoological Park, particularly in light of one of the park’s newest arrival—a year-old lioness. Lions are the only species of cat with sexual dimorphism (different appearance in the males and females), with males having thick manes on their necks and shoulders. They are also unique in that they are the only cats that are not usually solitary. They live in groups called prides, with the male dominating the smaller females and cubs. When naturalists first began closely examining lions, the purpose of the male’s mane was a mystery. Charles Darwin believed that the mane existed only as protection against the attacks of other lions. Today, naturalists have determined that the mane serves several purposes. It makes the male look larger than he really is (allowing him to more easily intimidate smaller females) and, as Darwin suggested, offers protection to the male’s vulnerable throat area during battles with other males for pride ownership. Today, researchers also think that a lion’s mane is a sexually selected trait that proclaims a male’s fighting ability and nutritional status. But the thick mane has a serious drawback in the form of heat stress. This consequence is so severe, in fact, that lions living in the hottest climates have little or no mane. Lions have the longest and loudest roar of any cat. Their roars can be heard for more than five miles on the open African plains.

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L I O N FACT S • Scientific name: Panthera leo

• Average weight (male): 350-400 lbs.

• Only four cats can roar: the lion, tiger, leopard & jaguar.

•M  aximum speed: Bursts of 30 mph over 50 yds.

• G estation period: 105-115 days • E ach paw is equipped with soft pads to make its movements quiet.

• Lion cubs are born blind, in litters

of two to four. Although litters of as many as nine have been reported, chances of more than four surviving are low since the mother has only four teats. • The lion is the only member of the cat family with a tassel at the tip of its tail. • Only about one in eight lion cubs survive to adulthood. A new male taking over a pride will sometimes kill all of the cubs so that the pride contains only cubs of his siring. • L ions, like all cats, do not chew their food but swallow it in chunks. • F emales do 85 to 90 percent of the pride's hunting. • In some parts of Africa, even today, lions are still killed as vermin. Roars signal ownership of a territory, warning other neighboring lions that this is owned land and a place to be avoided. They also grunt, moan, growl, snarl, hiss, spit, purr, hum and meow. (Visitors can often hear roars in the park.) In the wild and at the N.C. Zoo, lions sleep much of the day, leisurely basking in the sun and napping under trees or in other shaded areas. A lion may spend as much as 22 hours a day sleeping and resting. In the wild, a healthy adult lion’s only predator is man. At one time, lions were found from the African Cape to the Mediterranean Sea, except in deserts and rain forests. In biblical times and later, they were found throughout the Near and Middle East, as far west as Greece and as far east as India. Today it is most prevalent in African savanna and plain habitats where large herbivores abound. Lions are considered fast, but only for bursts of about 100 yards. For this reason, they must rely on skill, patience and judgment to capture such fleet animals as antelopes and zebra. Although the general impression is that lions kill their prey by tearing them apart with their sharp teeth, they usually kill their prey by suffocating them. They grab the prey’s throat or muzzle and hold on tightly so that the animal cannot breathe. This stranglehold also protects the lion from the horns and hooves of the struggling victims. As is the case with many species at the N.C. Zoo, the lions are most active in the early morning, when they are first released into their outdoor habitat, and in late afternoons, before they are fed. The park’s new lioness is scheduled to go on exhibit in December, following its required 30-day quarantine. v


eadership Randolph was established in 1988 by the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce and has now produced over 535 graduates. The program continues in 2011, and offers the county’s most community minded citizens the opportunity to learn about Randolph County. Leadership Randolph is a highly structured nine-month program in which a wide variety of resources, issues and services will be examined. Participants will interact with business and community leaders. Information and special tours will offer an in-depth look into local situations and decisions. The day-long sessions each month are scheduled at locations in and around the county. Curriculum essentials remain the same, basically, from year to year for each of the sessions; however, some flexibility is built in for major issues and/or topics of current interest. Prominent individuals from the public and private sector give generously of their time, talent and knowledge to serve as speakers and/or session leaders for the monthly sessions. Leadership Randolph participants will be challenged to increase their knowledge and to become actively involved in problem-solving through dialogue with leaders in the community. The experiences in this program will have immediate, positive effects on the participant, his/her organization, and his/her community.


Tuition for Leadership Randolph is $450 per Chamber member participant, and $550 per non-member. Each participant is responsible for payment of tuition or for obtaining company/organization sponsorship. Tuition must accompany the application. Checks should be made payable to the Asheboro/ Randolph Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber for an application by November 24th Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce 317 East Dixie Drive • Asheboro (336) 626-2626 LOOKING FOR BOARD OR COMMITTEE MEMBERS???

Check out the Chamber’s Web Page for a list of Leadership Randolph Alumni...

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restaurant review

henry james bar-b-que

Henry James Bar-B-Que


article by Dave Johnson photos by Lauren Johnson

2004 S. Fayetteville St. Asheboro (336) 625-1649

what you are thinking-how can someone from Maine make good barbecue?). Of course Ralph is also the only person I know that roasts pork tenderloin on the Hours: manifold of his car while taking a road trip to a NASCAR race. And, sadly, the Monday-Saturday only way to get Ralph’s barbecue is to 11:00 am to 9:00 pm get a personal invitation, which he does not hand out willy-nilly. That being said, Henry James Bar-B-Que, in my humble Service opinion, is a very close second. Food Writing a restaurant review can Atmosphere be challenging at times. Reviewing a barbecue joint is even more so because Price vs. Value barbecue lovers are a passionate lot. Plus, people are far quicker to abundant supply of meat accentuate the negative and breeze over the positive. Plus, prepared the way God there is that “opinions are like…” factor that we have to contend intended. Well, that and with when offering our sentiments about one thing or another. NASCAR. Combine the two No restaurant is and, for me, you’ve created perfect, but, then too, neither are any Heaven on earth. Recently, I had the of us. That being pleasure of sampling some said, Henry James of the finest barbecue that Bar-B-Que is the has crossed my tongue at closest to perfect, Henry James Bar-B-Que as far as barbecue at 2004 South Fayetteville joints go that I’ve Street right here in Asheboro. been able to find, James Shelton and Henry and I have eaten just James opened a barbeque barbecue restaurant in 1977 here in about everywhere. With all Asheboro, hence the name. Several years later they dissolved their partnership and James Shelton retained ownership of the fine print out of the way, let’s get into the meat of things… the Asheboro restaurant. James passed away in February literally. Let’s start with the ribs. Normally, I am not a fan of of this year and the restaurant is now being run by his wife ribs, which is sacrilegious for barbecue lovers, I know. They Hilda Shelton, their daughter Melissa, and long-time manager, are messy and most of the time the amount of meat on the Ward Ireland. If you’ve never stopped in to Henry James for a ribs isn’t worth the trouble of eating them. That is not the case at Henry James. James’ ribs are Lexington style (as is bite to eat, you have no idea what you’ve been missing. My friend Ralph in Maine makes the best beer-can chicken their entire barbecue) and are served covered with a delicious on the planet and his brisket and ribs are unrivaled (I know homemade barbecue sauce. Yes they are a little messy f you get ten barbecue lovers in a room and ask them where to find the best barbecue, you will probably get 20 or more different answers. And, if you are talking to real barbecue snobs, they’ll launch into the regional difference between smoking techniques, rubs, sauces, and styles, etc. I don’t know about any of that stuff and I am not going to pretend to. What I do know is barbecue is one my favorite meals and I am not partial to any one style. I moved back to North Carolina (after being exiled to Maine for 20 years) because I was missing the regular and

Fit for the King

Quality for a Queen

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Palatable to a Prince

God Save theQueen

Off with their heads

(actually they are a lot messy), but there is so much meat on them and they are so darned delicious, it’s well worth the hassle. The meat is so tender and moist; it literally falls off the bone. I don’t want to overdo it with the metaphors so suffice it to say they are outstanding. So much so, they are the only ribs I will order on a regular basis. Keep in mind, they are only offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the restaurant. From the ribs, I moved on to the pulled-pork. Henry James serves it three ways (although the menu only lists two); finely chopped, coarsely chopped and sliced. I went with the finely chopped which was served with coleslaw (the red variety); hushpuppies and I ordered sweet potato fries to round things off. The pulled pork is sensational and the slaw was a perfect compliment, but the hushpuppies were out of this world. Ward, who has worked at Henry James for 21 years, said he has spent a large chunk of that time perfecting his hushpuppy recipe which, to my chagrin, he would not share with us. Re c e n tl y , they have expanded their menu to include more side items and some fare for those less enthusiastic about barbecue. Now, there is something on the menu for everyone and after sampling the chicken pie, which is available Monday – Wednesday, and my daughter’s hamburger, I can say those not eating barbecue will be as pleased with their meal as those that are. The other side dishes I sampled, creamed potatoes with gravy, baked beans, corn and pinto beans were all delicious, too. In short, you can’t go wrong ordering anything on the menu, which is not something you can say about most restaurants. A meal would not be a meal without dessert and as desserts go, warm peach cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream is a southern standard, and one of my favorites. It’s a good thing, too, because that is the only dessert offered on the menu. But, then too, when you’ve created perfection why bother with anything else. For me, atmosphere can make or break a meal and Henry Jams has a “barbecue joint” setting. It’s family friendly, very casual and everything is served on disposable plates so clean up is a breeze! It is one of the cleanest restaurants I have ever eaten in. Combine this with the super friendly staff, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for barbecue nirvana. And, the best part is everything is reasonably priced so it is a great value for the money. You can eat in or go through the drive-thru and take it home. They have catering available for office parties or family get-togethers. You can order your Holiday shoulders there as well. In short, if you are looking for the “real deal” as far a barbecue is concerned, you cannot go wrong with Henry James Bar-B-Que. 

out & about the blessing of the hounds

article by Sherry Johnson


or nearly a century, the Moore County Hounds have held “The Blessing of the Hounds” on Thanksgiving morning in Southern Pines, North Carolina. It attracts thousands of visitors each year to witness this equestrian tradition. Wearing official hunt attire, riders along with hunting dogs gather in the center of Hobby Field, where local clergy wait to provide the “Blessing” for riders and hounds. The hunters and hounds congregate in a rough circle, waiting in silence for the blessing. This tradition dates back to medieval days, when hunters believed St. Hubert of Liege, the Patron Saint of Hunters would protect their hounds and keep them safe during the hunt. After the prayer, the First Whip at Moore County Hounds, Kerrie Hayes, gallops over the field, dragging a fox-scented lure behind her horse. With a sharp blast from a brass horn, the Hunt Master releases the hounds. They follow the trail laid down for them in this mock fox hunt, and begin to bay. Hot on the trail, the dogs and horses disappear into the trees. They ride through the woods of the Walthour-Moss Foundation, which was created in 1974 by William Ozelle “Pappy” Moss & his wife Ginnie. They donated 1,700 acres to the Foundation and created a safe place where the equestrian community and foxhunting enthusiasts could ride. Today, the Foundation has over 4,200 acres, which are open to the public. After almost an hour, the First Whip rides back onto the field, still dragging the lure. The joyful sound of the hounds soon fills the air, and you can hear the horses and riders thundering after them. They return to the starting point, and the “hunt” is over. If you are interested in attending the Blessing of the Hounds, it is held at Hobby Field, 3116 Youngs Road, Southern Pines, NC on November 25th at 10 am. Spectators gather early to park along Youngs Road for tailgating and socializing. It’s best to arrive by 8:30 to find a good place to park. Horses and hounds enjoy the attention of children and well wishers. Make sure to bring your camera. 

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second chance booner buck

citizen journalism

By Jay Pope


he weather promised to be clear and cool, according to the forecast. I reached my location an hour before legal shooting light, climbed in to my stand and sat back to wait for the morning to unfold. At sunrise, a dense fog covered the area I was watching. Seemingly out of nowhere he appeared like a ghost. He strolled down a fence line in my direction, not 50 yards away. I immediately reached for my shotgun, because I knew he was “a shooter.” As the buck came closer, my heart rate began to increase and my hands started to shake. I could clearly see he had at least a 12-inch G2, 10-inch G3, and 8-inch G4. Slowly but surely “buck fever” was setting in. This was by far the largest whitetail I had seen on the hoof in my lifetime. When he got to my shooting lane, he stopped broadside at a mere 30 yards. I started squeezing the trigger like my dad had taught me many years ago, but ended up jerking it. The first slug went clear over his back. He spun around, took two or three steps and stopped. He was looking around, unsure of where the noise came from and I rushed a second shot. The buck then started WALKING directly away from me. He was acting nervous, but I can honestly say he was still less than 40 yards from me. I leaned into the tree, trying to steady the barrel and jerked the trigger once again, cleanly missing him a third and final time. Just like that, the monster buck of a lifetime walked out of my life. I reloaded my shotgun, slumped down in my seat, and tried to gather my thoughts. Had I hit the buck with at least one of my shots? After thinking it over I came to the realization that I had just experienced the worst case of buck fever in my life. My guide met me at my stand for lunch, with my climber and muzzleloader. Upon his arrival, I told him what had happened earlier in the morning, and we searched in vain for any signs that I had hit him. He said maybe I would get another chance. I felt it was a good idea to move 200 yards down the fence and hunt on the edge of the hayfield for the afternoon. After climbing up and arranging my gear, I started scanning the woods. It wasn’t 10 minutes later when I saw something flicker. Using my binoculars to look into the thick brush, I made out the rump of a single deer bedded down less than 100 yards from me. I couldn’t tell if it was a buck or a doe. After watching the deer flick its tail numerous times, it finally turned its head. To my great surprise, I saw it was the same deer from six hours earlier. My heart went into overdrive. I wondered if maybe I had connected after all, and he was bedded down because he was hurt. I knew there was no way to shoot him in the blow down, and if given the opportunity, I would only have one shot with the muzzleloader. I slowly pulled out my grunt call and blew softly, while 42  ASHEBORO Magazine  November 2010

watching through my binoculars. The deer paid no attention, so I increased the volume slightly, but still got no response. It had been twenty minutes since I first caught sight of the deer, and I was getting antsy. I positioned my muzzleloader so I would be ready when he stood. Fifteen minutes later, the deer stood up to stretch. After checking his surroundings he moved off. I looked slightly ahead of his path, spied a small opening and pointed the gun, waiting for him to walk into it. Just as he approached the opening, I cocked my T/C Omega muzzleloader and sighted through my scope. As luck would have it, he stopped in the opening. I settled the crosshairs behind his shoulder and squeezed the trigger. All I could see was smoke from the shot. As the smoke cleared, he stumbled about 20 yards and went down. I quickly reloaded, in case a second shot was needed. I watched him for another twenty minutes, but he never moved. I carefully climbed down, and slowly approached. I noticed only one bullet had pierced his hide, so I knew I had missed him completely earlier in the day. I got down on my knees and thanked God for such an awesome experience. After tagging my trophy I went back to my stand to retrieve my cell phone to call for help. I called my Dad to tell him the news, and he arrived shortly thereafter. I green scored the buck at 1695/8 gross Boone & Crockett. He netted 1663/8. It was a perfect ending to a perfect trip. v

One Person’s Trash... article and photos by Kirsten Gordon


received an invite on Facebook to a “Decorating Swap” and was told I could bring up to five items of décor to swap for new ones. Items suggested were linens, mirrors, vases, artwork, wall hangings, blankets, and more. I was intrigued and game for swapping! With everyone going green these days, the swap idea makes sense. If you are tired of your home decorations, why not host a party to swap decorations and home accessories with your friends? With this option, you do not have to throw away your unwanted decor. That is what my friend Carla did. For days, my husband and I discussed the mirror in the storage room, the throw pillow

on the floor in the guest room, and other items we were not using or keen on anymore. We decided I would bring two large mirrors, two vases, and a large throw pillow. The party was a hit! Here is how to host one of your own: INVITE LIST: Figure out who to invite. Invite as many people as you can; some will not come, so it is always better to have a bigger list than a smaller one. Invite family members, co-workers, and friends. INVITATIONS: Make up invitations that you can mail or e-mail to everyone on your list. Let them know that you are hosting a party at your home, remember to include the date and time. In the invitation, tell them that they should bring unwanted and unused home accessories and decorations. Include a note of what types of items for them to bring. Give examples, holiday decorations, bedding, curtains, wall hangings, dishes, anything they are tired of or no longer use. Let them know everyone will be bringing items to swap. Ask them to also bring a dessert or appetizer and/or a drink to share. PREPARE: Get your own decorations out that you are going to swap. Decide where everyone can place their items. You may consider moving some furniture around so that everyone can gather in one area. In Carla’s house, there were items in the dining room and eat-in kitchen area. Prepare an

appetizer and get the glasses out for drinks. Cut up a sheet of paper into small pieces and number them from one to the number of guests you are having. Place them in a hat or bowl. PARTY TIME: When the guests start arriving on the day of your party, show them where to put the appetizers and drinks. Let everyone set their items out where they can be seen easily. Once everyone arrives, have them draw a number from a hat to determine their ‘shopping’ order. Call out the numbers starting from one, and repeat for as many rounds up to five. The rounds get shorter; as people only participate in the number of rounds equal to the number of items they brought. At Carla’s everyone left the party with new items for their home, shared stories, and had a fun night to remember. We decided that next we would have an accessories swap to renew our necklaces, earrings, scarves, hats, and broaches. I cannot wait! 

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Community Events November & December

November 17-20th - 9th Annual Holiday Open House, Phillips Brothers Country Hams, Asheboro, NC, 8a-5p daily. Annual holiday open house featuring gift boxes and baskets made with NC produced items. Samples of country ham and sausage and daily door prizes. Come see the expanded retail area. FREE. Call Dianne Craven at 336-625-4321 for more information. November 18-21st - Phantom of the Opera, Asheboro High School Performing Arts Center, 7:00 pm 18th-20th & 2:00 pm on the 21st. November 20 - BBQ Dinner, 11-7, Jaycees HQ (315 Country Club Dr., Asheboro). A BBQ dinner, “eat in or take out” to raise money to support the Asheboro Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers will be on hand to fingerprint children for ID kits. November 20–21st - 29th Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival, Seagrove School, 9a-6p. Come enjoy this annual event where the Seagrove area potters come together under one roof in their hometown to demonstrate display and sell their work. The festival features first choice on new designs made especially for the event, limited edition special commemorative pieces, and their popular Sunday Auction at 4 pm. Admission is $5 per person, Children under 12 get in free.

contemporary. This show is a winner of Sunshine Artist “200 Best” awards. $7 adults, $1 children (6-12), Free (6 & under). For more information (336) 282-5550 November 27th – Lucy & Lane, Together At Last! Sunset Theatre, Asheboro, 7p. A concert to benefit the campaign to restore Sunset Theatre. Two highly-acclaimed performers and Asheboro natives team up for an evening of solos and duets. Tickets - $50 (includes reception following the concert) December 2nd – Randleman Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. For more information contact David Caughron, 336645-1100. December 2nd – Christmas on Roller Mill Hill, Downtown Ramseur, 7-9p. The Ramseur Downtown Revitalization Committee sponsors and promotes an annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on the first Thursday of each December at 7:00 p.m. The event, featuring Christmas carols and a visit from Santa Claus, takes place around the community Christmas tree located on Roller Mill Hill at the south end of Main Street.

Rise, Shine, Eat Chicken Breakfast is Served at E. Dixie Dr. 6:30 am -10:30 am

November 20-21st - 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Historic Luck’s Bean Plant, 9a-6p daily. The Celebration of Seagrove Potters warmly welcomes you to experience a 200 year old tradition and spend leisurely time browsing and shopping, seeing the process, developing and renewing relationships with us - the potters of Seagrove. Demonstrations, historical and educational talks, and children’s activities will be featured. Admission: $5. Go to for more information. November 25th – Blessing of the Hounds, Hobby Field, Southern Pines, NC, 10a – The Moore County Hounds annual Thanksgiving Day Blessing of the Hounds and Fox Hunt. November 26-28th - Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Arts & Crafts Festival, Greensboro Coliseum. Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most 44  ASHEBORO Magazine  November 2010

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1212 E. Dixie Dr. (336) 633-1303

December 3rd – Christmas Parade, Asheboro, NC 7-8p. The Asheboro Christmas Parade, sponsored by Progress Energy, is an annual community event celebrating the Holiday Season with a parade, food, and fun in downtown Asheboro. Bring the whole family out for the Christmas sights and sounds.

Parade. The Parade is fun for the entire family and even features a visit from Santa atop the Fire Department’s original 1939 Ford fire truck. For information about participating in the parade, contact the Ramseur Fire Department at 336824-3300.

December 12th – Run to Victory Half Marathon & 5KM Run/ December 4th – Franklinville Christmas Parade, Downtown Walk, Randleman Middle School and Victory Junction Camp, Franklinville, 10:30a. Parade begins at Main Street. More Randleman, NC,10a. The Run to Victory Half Marathon and information, call 336-824-4891. 5 KM Run/Walk will BOTH start at Victory Junction Camp in Randleman, North Carolina. All proceeds from this event December 4th – Open Studio Tour, Randolph Arts Guild. Call benefit Victory Junction Camp. the Guild for more information. December 27-29th – Bank of the Carolinas JV Basketball December 4th - Bulldog Pottery Holiday Show and Sale, Tournament, 10a-10p. The largest JV basketball invitational 3306 US Hwy 220 Alt., Seagrove, NC 9:30a-5:30p. Bruce tournament in North Carolina with teams from all over the and Samantha will have a freshly fired group of Moka glaze Carolinas and Virginia. For more information contact David pottery with a few twists for the holiday season. Visit them Cross, 336-625-9990. at their Bulldog Pottery studio, 5 miles south of the town of Seagrove, NC on Business 220 for lively conversation about their recent work and refreshments. To find out about their most recent happenings in their studio, follow their blog at Community events you would like published here and “Around and About with Bulldog Pottery” www.bulldogpottery. in our online calendar should be e-mailed to: sherry@ For more information, call 336-302-3469.


December 10th – Christmas on Sunset, Downtown Asheboro, NC, 6-9p. Local merchants invite you to historic downtown Asheboro to enjoy the sights, sounds, and beauty of the Christmas season. Santa and his friends will make a special appearance as well as horse drawn carriage rides, gingerbread house contest, store window display contest, live nativity scene, and much more. Refreshments served. December 11th – Ramseur Christmas Parade, 10a. The Ramseur Fire Department hosts Ramseur’s annual Christmas

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bottled water-much costlier than you think By Dave Johnson


f you are like most people, you probably enjoy a bottled water every now and then for its convenience. You may have determined from all the negative press public water systems receive these days, that bottled water is better for you than tap water and decided that you are only going to drink bottled water. If you have drawn any of these conclusions, you are not alone. In fact, bottled water is the fastest growing beverage in the country and is a $10 billion industry. Through advertising and marketing, we are told that much of the water bottled and sold comes from glaciers, mountain springs and pristine rivers not touched by the hands of man. The truth is, much of the bottled water (25-40%) we spend exorbitant amounts of money on comes from far less exotic places, mainly municipal water sources (a.k.a. tap water). Recently, 12 children in Santa Clarita, CA became ill and were hospitalized after drinking Aquafina bottled water (Aquafina is owned by PepsiCo.). Although no one is certain exactly what made the children sick, it has made many take a closer look at an industry that has much fewer and less stringent regulations than those governing municipal water. This is the very reason companies can, and do filter tap water, add minerals in some cases, package and market it as though it came from a mystic water source not far from the fountain of youth. As you can see by the chart on this page, bottled water is terrible for the environment. Every week millions of plastic water bottles are added to landfills across the country. Even though they can be recycled, most people aren’t good stewards, opting to throw them in the trash instead. Additionally, recycling itself puts a strain on the environment by using resources that wouldn’t be needed otherwise. The indirect impact the bottle water industry has on the environment is staggering. Millions of gallons of oil are needed every year just to manufacture the bottles, which combined with gas used to transport the bottled water all over the country (95% of the cost of bottled water goes toward the packaging and shipping) drives up the prices at the pumps. Companies that use tap water to produce bottled water do so because it is a cheap source of ‘clean’ water. But how clean is tap water? While the federal government sets regulatory quality standards for our country’s drinking water for consumer protection, these regulations only apply to a little over 90 contaminants compared to the 60,000 chemicals used within the United States. The obvious simple solution to this is filtering your own water which is much less costly and will have a far less negative impact on the environment. There are many filtration options available to consumers that are not only cost-effective but healthy. It is staggering to think that, as bottled water consumers, we spend up to 10,000 times more for bottled water than filtered tap water not even thinking of the consequences to our environment and our health. When you consider the monetary expense combined with the cost to our already fragile eco system and the adverse affects to global warming, drinking bottled water may be one of the costliest things we do on a day-to-day basis. So, the next time you reach for bottled water, think about the total expense and choose filtrated water instead.  46  ASHEBORO Magazine  November 2010

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