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Dear Readers, hope you are enjoying the beautiful Fall temperatures as much as I am. It is so nice to turn the HVAC off and sleep with the windows open – listening to the sounds of crickets, tree frogs and rain outside my window. I look forward to Fall every year because it means my birthday is right around the corner! I’m not one of those women who is still 29 and holding. I love celebrating my birthday and look forward to it every year – no matter the denomination (which is a bit North of 29!) Thanks to some dear friends of ours, we spent Labor Day weekend relaxing in the mountains. We brought laptops and cell phones and all manner of electronic devices to use while we were there “not working” but lo and behold, there was no service and we were truly unplugged for the duration of the weekend. It was AWESOME!! We got to spend quality time with Andrew, our youngest, who has been an absolute trooper this past year helping take care of Lauren. We played board games, watched movies, read, ate at amazing restaurants and generally had the most wonderful long weekend I can remember. The weekend really recharged our batteries and gave us renewed purpose. Even if we can’t always enjoy a weekend away, I’m resolved to have more weekends where we spend less time working and more time enjoying life! This month we have reached two professional milestones. We launched Archdale & Trinity Magazine, which was met with great excitement in those communities, and we launched the “online only” content section for Asheboro Magazine. Each month there are so many great stories and articles that come to us that we often have to decide which goes in the magazine due to space constraints. That is a thing of the past – starting with this September issue, there will be additional content that can ONLY be found in the electronic digital page-turning edition of the magazine. To access the electronic edition, go to our website www.asheboromagazine.com or our Facebook page at www. facebook.com/asheboromagazine and click on electronic magazine. Not only does this give us more space for the great stories and events that are happening in Randolph County, but it offers additional advertising space for smaller home based businesses. On October 13th I am honoring my grandmother, Mary Bucknell, who suffered from Alzheimers. Local health care organizations in Randolph County are sponsoring The Walk to End Alzheimers in Memorial Park on Church Street in Asheboro. I hope many people will come out and support this fundraiser to raise awareness and fund research to fight this disease. You can read more about it on page 20. With all the events coming up in September and October, I’m sure I’ll see you out and about. Please stop and say hi! Dave and I love to meet our readers, and as always – if you have ideas for stories or people that you would like to see featured in the magazine, please drop me a line at sherry@asheboromagazine.com. Our best ideas come from your feedback. Happy Reading!

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04 | Letter from the Editor 06 | Restaurant Review-Lucky's Burger-n-Tap 08 | Feature Story-So You Want to Be Your Own Boss, Huh? 10 | Cover Story - Double D Security 14 | Community Character - Julia Farmer 18 | Ask the Expert - Your Money 20 | Community News - In Honor of My Grandmother, Mary E. Bucknell 22 | Ask the Expert - Your Taxes 24 | Feature Story - The Season Begins - September Dove Shoot, a Carolina Tradition 28 | Ask the Expert - Your Eyes 30 | Community News - A Celebration - 30 Years of Making Pottery at Whynot Pottery 32 | At the YMCA - Fast Swimming 34 | Ask the Expert - Your Feet 36 | Ask the Expert - Wellness 38 | Daily Devotion - Dragonflies 40 | Ask the Expert - Your Body 42 | Ask the Expert - Seniors 44 | Feature - Helping People Help Themselves Part 2 - Head Start 46 | Zoo Zeal - Baby Animals Abound at NC Zoo 49 | The Cellar - Perfect is as Perfect Does 52 | Community News   Chinese Artists RCC Pottery Class 54 | Ask the Expert - Employment 56 | Library Corner - Borrowing eBooks from Randolph County Public Libraries is Easy 58 | Nature's Nuances - The End of Summer & the Beginning of Fall 60 | Upcoming Events

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Restaurant Review

By Dave Johnson

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ast year around this time, I wrote an article on Asheboro’s Top 5 Hamburger Joints. We reached out to our Facebook Fans and Friends and asked them who they thought had the best burgers. The responses were varied but five places came out on top. The next step in this process was to judge these burgers for ourselves, which we did and thoroughly enjoyed. We concluded there is no shortage of great hamburgers in Asheboro. How about bad hamburgers though? Rarely do we hear about a burger that is unpalatable. After all, how hard is it to make a burger; smash some hamburger into a patty and cook it. It isn’t exactly rocket science. There is a new burger joint in town that must have missed the hamburger recipe memo though or at least that is what Lucky’s Burger-n-Tap suggests in their marketing material - Guaranteed worst burger in town! If you happen to know the jokesters behind this new burger joint, you know for sure that no way theirs is the worst burger anywhere. Famed restaurateur Mark Joyce and Danny Storie (see Cover Story) partnered to bring this less than conventional idea to Asheboro. But then too, I doubt anyone would use conventional and either of their names in the same sentence unless the word ‘not” was included. When you walk into the place, it looks smells and sounds like a burger joint, which is a real plus because so many burger places are lacking the burger-joint ambiance. On the walls are testimonials from former patrons, most of them derogatory and fictitious. I mean do you really think Whitney Houston came to Asheboro and had a burger? I’d share some with you, but that is half the fun of going to Lucky’s. Before I get to the food, Lucky’s is a great place to hang out. Asheboro has been sorely lacking in the hanging-out-friendly establishments. There is a pool table, sweepstakes machines, a blackjack machine, electronic darts and plenty of flat screen TVs to watch the game on. This is the perfect place to go with a friend, have a few burgers and beers and watch a game. Or, if you are just looking for something to fill the time, there are twelve beers on tap and a comfortable bar for you to enjoy your malt and barley beverage. Additionally, Lucky’s has hosted some very cool events, including a tastefully executed lingerie contest, live music by local musicians and parties up the wazoo. Lucky’s is clearly 6

not the place for the faint of heart or those who lack a certain joie de vivre. On the other hand, if you appreciate attractive bartenders, great food, beer on tap and a party atmosphere, Lucky’s is where it is at in Asheboro. During lunch, things are a little more sedate and a better time to try out the food without the added distractions. My first experience with Lucky’s Burger-n-Tap was takeout. I was in the mood for a burger and I hadn’t had the opportunity to try Lucky’s so Sherry stopped by and got dinner there one night. Needless to say, we were a bit disappointed. After all, we were under the impression that Lucky’s burgers were the worst in town. Then it came to me like an out-of-control freight train… Mark Joyce is using reverse psychology. If you think you are eating a bad burger and it is really a good burger the end result is a GREAT burger. I should have seen that one coming but, then too, I am not the brightest bulb in the box. The burgers were outstanding. The hotdogs are out of this world. The wings, what needs to be said about wings made by the master? My favorite menu item though, other than the ice cold Shock Top (microbrewed beer for those that don’t know) was Jalapeno Poppers. They were the best I have ever had, bar none. If you aren’t in the mood for a burger you can get hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, salads, wing, fried pickles and, believe it or not, fried green beans. There is literally something on the menu for everyone. The long and the short of it is I will not be fooled again. Sure the sign says ‘Guaranteed worst burger in town’, but I am telling you that it is one of the best burgers in town. Add the ambiance of a REAL burger joint and a nice cold brew and Lucky’s is by far, the best burger joint in Asheboro. If you don’t believe me, and I wouldn’t, try it yourself. It’s located in the Wal-Mart Plaza in the corner between La Hacienda and H&R Block. 

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Feature

So, You Want to be Your Own Boss, Huh?

By: Joe Erba, Bryan School of Business & Economics @ UNCG

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he subject of entrepreneurship has gotten a lot of attention over the past few years, due in large part, to an issue of extremes. On the positive side, we read about the newly minted billionaires who after just a few short years of hard work, raise millions or billions of dollars from private investment firms, or “go public” and “allow “ us to buy into their dreams (own any Facebook stock today?). On the other end, we read about

the continuing sluggish growth of our economy, the millions of folks who are unemployed with little hopes of returning to their pre-recession income levels, or finding meaningful employment opportunities. So, one of the “easier” solutions is to “become an entrepreneur”. In this article we’ll define entrepreneurship as the process of starting and managing a new venture. In reality, new venture creation is just one possible outcome of “entrepreneurial 8

behavior”, but we’ll leave that for another time. As you might expect there are a multitude of studies conducted each year on the subject of new business start-ups. One of the more comprehensive asked a simple question to over two thousand newly minted business owners; what came first, the idea or the desire to start a business? Interestingly, the breakdown of responses was 37% had an idea, 42% had no firm business idea but wanted to start a business and the remainder had both an idea and the desire to start a business concurrently. So what do you take from this? There is no one right answer why folks move forward. It really doesn’t matter what your motivation is, as long as you have some! Now, more sobering facts…87% of new businesses fail within the first 18 months of operations. Why? Again, no one overwhelming answer; rather a combination of factors including: poor (or no) planning, a general lack of basic business fundamentals (the language of business), poor managerial skills (time management, not necessarily leadership skills) a lack of marketing know-how, and a fear of execution. Interestingly, you don’t see “a lack of money” as a major reason for early failure. But isn’t it common knowledge that new business owners typically run out of money often? Well, yes, that’s true. But lack of financial resources are a result of either poor planning during the pre-start-up phase or poor execution of their plan during the implementation stage. Another words, a lack of money is a result of a lack of other skills or actions. So do you still want to become your own boss and own your own business? For those of you still reading here,… good for you! Because business ownership can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, intrinsically, emotionally and financially. But like the old saying goes, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it! The good news is that entrepreneurship is process-oriented. I’m a true believer that the process is “teachable” (so you don’t have to be born with some “entrepreneurial gene” to be successful!) There’s a starting point, an on-going “runthe-business” process and an end-point (at some time in the future). It’s about being innovative in your approach, assuming some calculated risks and proactively executing a plan. So let’s look at a few simple points that would help you move forward. Do you have an idea what you would like to do? Do you want to provide products or services? Who do you want to sell to? How do you want to provide your products or services (in person,

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on-line, etc.?) Where do you want to provide your products/ services? Here are three questions that every budding entrepreneur needs to answer as truthfully as he/she can because the answers help define the process to be followed. • What do I know? (and what am I good at?) • What don’t I know? (I don’t know how to …….) • What don’t I know I don’t know? (the key question of the three!) Once you have some answers to these questions, you have a basic self-assessment of your position. From there, the process of planning starts. I’m a big believer in planning. Would you take a long vacation without sitting down and planning where you’re going and how much you plan to spend? When you buy a big item for yourself (a car, a home, a new PC or TV) do you spend some time researching your choices? Assuming you also believe in planning, then why in the world would a potential new business owner ever decide to start a business without a plan (and some do!)? All I’m talking about here is what is simply referred to as a “Business Plan”. It’s exactly that. It’s a plan of how you will start your business, who will be involved in running the business, who you plan to sell your products and/or services to, and how much money you plan to earn. Now the plan itself is more complicated and thorough then I just mentioned. But you get the idea, hopefully. It’s a plan. It’s a tool that helps direct you, a tool that tells others who may be interested in helping you, that you’ve thought through the idea, the concept, so they can gain some confidence in you and the idea. Will the plan be correct? Probably not. Why? Because things change; you can’t anticipate everything and every day you’re operating the business, you learn something new. But the plan gives you a starting point. It’s a point to refer back to, a point from which you make your adjustments. And, if you’re lucky enough, it provides a map for your potential investors and employees. So that’s it for now. If you really want to try your hand at starting a business, go down to your Town Hall and pay a fee for a business license and, you’re now a new business owner! If you want to be a successful new business owner, then start your planning by answering the questions I posted above. In the next article, we’ll talk about the elements of a business model and a thorough business plan. 

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Double D Security Peace of Mind Without Breaking the Bank

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n 2010, Danny Stories’ son Daniel and his brother Geoff came to him with the idea to start a local security company in their hometown of Asheboro. Danny had retired from the military after a 20 year career in 1997. He was the area Army recruiter for the schools here, based out of the Randolph Mall office. While in the Military he also built a marketing sales force of over 12,000 all over the country and has logged over 8,000 hours of public speaking. Danny has been married to his wife Laura for 28 years, and raised four boys in the Asheboro School system. He started a security company in 2000 called Safety Bureau, Inc., and was the CEO until 2004, when he sold the company. He’s always been security conscious having been in the military, and had been considering getting back into the business when his son and brother approached him. Daniel Storie attended Asheboro High School, where he met his wife, Jessica. He attended Randolph Community College and spent a year at Guilford College in Greensboro. He started his first business at 18, and has been going ever since. He and his wife led a conservative and frugal lifestyle for many years as they invested profits into new business ventures and into expanding existing businesses that they felt merited the extra funding. He believes that it’s not what you make, but how you spend it. Many of the businesses Daniel started years ago are still in operation today, most of which he is partnered with some of his best friends from his early years in school. “I’m not afraid to try different things. It’s a balancing act, you have to do things you are comfortable with, but you have to know when to cut your losses.” Daniel and Jessica have one child, Daniel James Storie II, and 10

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they are expecting their second son, Sebastian Edward Storie on October 4th. Daniel felt that the security market was underserved in North Carolina, so he approached his father about the possibility of opening a security firm in Asheboro. Being a techie at heart, having state of the art equipment, and being able to arm and disarm the system from his phone was important, as he knew it would be to future clients. Looking down the road long term, Daniel sees the business evolving and someday their children will be running the company. “Personal and commercial security is always going to be a need.” After researching the technologies available on the market, they started Double D Security. Their goal was to have a family owned, family run business and be able to get involved in the community and give back. Laura Storie is the Chief Financial Officer of the company, and affectionately known as the “boss.” Danny, Daniel and Geoff work out of the office in Asheboro. His cousin, Duel Mikeal is the Branch Manager at their North Wilkesboro location, and Mitchell Storie, Daniel’s brother, is the head technician in the field. In addition to family, they have 25 licensed sales reps and their call centers employ 10 people. One of their main focuses in launching the business was to be

able to offer peace of mind without breaking the bank. They have the best equipment money can buy, without the upfront investment to the client. Packages are available for every size budget, because every home is different. They partnered with Interlogix, which is owned by UTC and has been in business for over 50 years. Interlogix is one of the leaders in residential and commercial security today. They manufacture everything from intrusion panels, motion detectors, cameras and video surveillance equipment. Interlogix systems utilize 3G technology, to allow people to run their security system from their smart phone or iPad through the use of an App. They have full control of what’s going on in their home at all times – they can turn their alarm on or off, set their thermostats for heat or air, or program the system to send them a text message when their kids disarm the system when they get home from school. The system also offers a 2-way voice capability, like OnStar for the home, so you can actually speak to the person in the house over the system. It is all done through cellular technology, so no actual phone line is needed, just power to the system. This technology allows the monitoring service to quickly verify if an alarm is real and to dispatch the sheriff or police much quicker. They are also able to hear what’s going on inside the

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home, so they can let those responders know what they can expect when they arrive. You can have a state of the art security system installed starting as low as $14.99 per month. In most cases, you do not pay for the equipment or the installation, just the monthly monitoring service. Their goal is not to just sell you a security system, they want to be educators in the community on the importance of home security. The system comes with a life-time warranty on the equipment - it will be replaced at no cost to the homeowner if it fails. They also offer a free system move, if you sell your house and relocate, they will move the system for you. The company has helped thousands all over North Carolina protect all they love while at the same time provided them access to the latest technology on the market. They cover many different aspects of security, and take pride in their Lifetime Warranty Program, Two-Way Voice Monitoring, and Two Way Voice Medical Alert. Whether it is protecting your family, your business or helping a neighbor, they know your primary goal is keeping your loved ones safe and secure from intrusion, fire or a medical emergency. They know that in addition to your family, you have treasured heirlooms and valuable belongings that may not be replaceable in the event of theft or fire. According to national statistics, a burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds or 6,101 per day in the United States. Unfortunately tragedies can happen within seconds, which can turn happiness into catastrophes and property loss without warning. Double D Security offers state of the art wireless & hardwire products, along with first rate customer service. They can handle all of your security needs from burglary, fire, medical, access control and CCTV. They offer complete coverage programs for home owners, business owners and renters, and they guarantee to never be outsold and will beat any written offer by $100, or give you $100 in cash if they can’t…now that’s a company that puts their money where their mouth is!!! “We have the ability to tailor a package to fit anyone’s budget, no matter their financial situation. If you are doing without, don’t wait – call us today and we can work with you!” Contact them for a complete FREE in-home or business walkthrough evaluation with no obligation whatsoever. Remember to ask about their guarantee packages like the Lifetime Warranty on Parts & Labor, Free System Move Program, False Alarm Guarantee, plus once your system is installed they will pay you a $100 referral fee anytime you refer someone that also places any life safety device. 

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Community Character

She Called Her Wildfire

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smaller and smaller tracts of land, which makes it difficult for them to find adequate food and water. Through these events the foundation offers the public a special opportunity to adopt a true living legend! The BLM is very selective of who can own the horses, and you must go through an rigorous approval process to make sure you have adequate facilities to house and care for these beautiful horses. Housing and caring for a horse can be expensive, and Julia had decided that she was not going to compete in 2012. Her friend Mary Miller Jordan called her after the last adoption auction where the horses are assigned to their trainers for the 120 day 2012 Supreme Mustang Makeover and let her know there were still a few horses left. She offered to get the horse when she picked up her own and brought it back to North Carolina. Julia was still unsure, and her parents told her that if she was going to compete, she was going to have to earn the money on her own and pay for not only the care and feeding of the horse, but also purchase the plane tickets to fly to Fort Worth, Texas in September. This year’s competition is being held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth. She agreed to the conditions and for a bid of $200 she chose

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hen I was a little girl, I read everything I could get my hands on. My favorite books were stories about horses. I devoured titles like My Friend Flicka and Black Beauty. I dreamed of one day owning a horse, and riding off into the sunset. Reality check – I do not enjoy mucking stalls, and my bedroom just wasn’t big enough to keep the horse in – so my parents said “no” very firmly every time I begged for a horse. I still love horses. I’m not much of a rider, but I enjoy watching competitions and on Thanksgiving morning, Dave and I have driven down to Southern Pines to watch the Blessing of the Hounds, which is a beautiful event. Julia Farmer is a local 15 year old RCC Early College High School student. She is a hard worker and wants to go to school to be a veterinarian or something associated with the equine industry. I think it’s safe to say that she loves horses more than I do! Last year at 14, she entered a competition called the Extreme Mustang Makeover at the urging of her trainers at the Double G Ranch on Farmer Denton Road.

Working with wild mustangs is actually easier than working with domesticated horses, according to Julia. If you earn their trust and speak their language (the Language of Equus), they develop a connection with you and will do just about anything you ask them to.

The Extreme Mustang Makeover event was created in order to recognize and highlight the value of Mustangs through a national training competition. Extreme Mustang Makeover events give the public a unique opportunity to see the results of wild horses becoming trained mounts. These events showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of the rugged horses that are housed at Bureau of Land Management facilities out West. After being selected to compete at an Extreme Mustang Makeover event, a trainer picks up an American Mustang that has been virtually untouched by humans. With approximately 100 days to gentle, halter break and saddle train the Mustang before the competition, trainers must build trust and develop a relationship with the horse to ensure the best performance. Julia picked up Aspen, a Colorado born mustang at the beginning of the summer last year, and had 90 days to train her to perform in the event. She was the only competitor from North Carolina last year, and out of a field of 30 she placed 4th in her division at the event held in Tennessee. At the conclusion of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, participating Mustangs are available for adoption by competitive bid. The Bureau of Land Management provides these events to find good homes for some of the more than 49,000 wild mustangs living out West. They are being squeezed onto

Wildfire, a mustang born at a Bureau of Land Management facility in Nevada. Wildfire was completely wild, having never been touched by human hands. Due to her last minute entry, she only had 110 days to complete her training for the competition, which consists of three areas: Conditioning and Mannerisms, an In-Hand Trail Class, and a Showmanship Class. The top 20 finalists move on to a freestyle event. Julia has entered in the Youth Competition for 14 to 18 year olds. There are 66 other competitors vying for an estimated $75,000 in prizes, $50,000 of which is distributed within those top 20. Over the summer, Julia worked at the Tot Hill Farm Golf Club pool as a life guard to earn the money for the competition. She worked long days, and then spent two to three hours training Wildfire. Since she has gone back to school, she’s only had an hour or so each day to work with her mustang, but from what I saw – they are definitely up for the challenge. Working with wild mustangs is actually easier than working with domesticated horses, according to Julia. If you earn their trust and speak their language (the Language of Equus), they develop a connection with you and will do just about anything you ask them to. These Mustang Makeover events are getting more and

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more attention. The Mustang Heritage Foundation has successfully adopted more than 3,300 horses through these training programs and competitions since 2007. In 2013, they are taking it to a whole new level.

Their goal

is to place 1,000 wild, untouched mustangs into adoptive homes, with a performance competition at the end of the training period with a $1,000,000 cash and prize purse. Mustang Million is scheduled to take place in Fort Worth, Texas in September, 2013. Eligible horses for this competition will be available at six adoptions in five cities across the United States held in April and May: Fort Worth, TX; Burns OR Murfreesboro, TN; Norco, CA; and Elm Creek, NE. For more information visit http://www.mustangmillion.com for the latest Mustang Million information. Although Julia has no plans to compete in next year’s events, we will keep an eye on her – I believe she is destined for great things. After spending time with Julia and Wildfire, I went home and measured my bedroom, but I still can’t fit a horse in it. I guess I will just have to admire them from afar as I drive by local pastures.  Julia and Wildfire have a language all their own and they communicate very well

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In Honor of My Grandmother, Mary E. Bucknell

My Mom died when I was four and for a couple of years after that I lived with my grandmother and grandfather until my Dad recovered from her loss. I grew very close to my grandmother and learned a tremendous amount from her. She nursed me through the mumps, and handmade my school clothes in first and second grade (think 70s fashion). Every holiday was spent at her home growing up, even after I moved back with my Dad, and our family was a large one. She cooked, baked, canned, and she supplied our church with their flower arrangements all summer from her beautiful flower garden. When I was in my mid-20’s my grandmother started to show the signs of Alzheimer’s. She would leave the house at 2 o’clock in the morning and wander around the neighborhood. We locked the doors at night, but that didn’t seem to help – she always found a way to get out. My uncle Richard sold his home and moved in with her to keep her safe from harm. Some days were better than others, but many days she didn’t know the names of her own children, and often thought she was a little girl again. I would visit her when I was in town, and she would insist I sit down at her “fun machine” and play. When I was six years old I loved playing that organ (I never did have any talent!) My uncle would grimace every time I hit a wrong note, but my grandmother would smile serenely and nod for me to continue. I don’t think

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she realized I wasn’t six anymore, but a grown woman with two kids of my own. Our family made the very emotional decision to place her in an Alzheimer’s unit at the local nursing home because she truly needed around the clock care. Her three sons and two daughters never let a day go by that one of them wasn’t sitting right next to her, until she passed away, three years later. I often wonder, when I have a “senior moment” if that’s what’s ahead for Name: 2012 Randolph me, too. County Walk to End On October 13th in Memorial Park Alzheimer's in Downtown Asheboro please Date: October 13, 2012 join together as a community to 9 AM Registration, honor all those who suffer or have 10 AM Walk suffered with this dreadful disease. Location: Memorial Park, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is put 800 South Church Street, on by The Alzheimer’s Association Asheboro and sponsored by many local Coordinator: Eric Durham health care organizations here Phone: 336-285-5920 in Randolph County. Join me in eric.durham@alz.org helping to raise the funds necessary to fund the research to fight this horrible disease. Applications are being accepted now, and money collected can be turned in the day of the event. About The Event The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. 

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Your Taxes

Time to Start Thinking About Education Credits

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ow that summer has come to an end, school has started and college expenses are piling up, it is time to start thinking about education credits. Whether you are a parent, spouse, or student there are two credits that you can use to your advantage this tax season. The first is the American Opportunity Credit. This credit was introduced under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and is still available for 2012. . The credit can be up to $2,500 per eligible student and is available for the first four years of college at an eligible institution. Forty percent of this credit is refundable, which means that you may be able to receive up to $1,000, even if you don't owe any taxes. Qualified expenses include tuition and fees, course related books, supplies and equipment. The second is the Lifetime Learning Credit. In 2012, you may be able to claim a Lifetime Learning Credit of up to $2,000 for qualified education expenses paid for a student enrolled in eligible educational institutions. There is no limit on the number of years you can claim the Lifetime Learning Credit for an eligible student. This credit is not refundable therefore is applied towards any tax liability you have for the year. If you

have multiple students, that is not a problem. Even though you can only claim one type of credit per student, you can claim multiple students. Please note that these education credits are subject to income requirements, established by the IRS, and may be reduced or eliminated depending on your income. Another education related deduction is for student loan interest. If you are repaying a student loan, you may deduct the interest you pay on a qualified student loan. This deduction is used to lower your income by the amount paid for interest up to $2,500. So as the leaves begin to pile up, so do the receipts for education. Make sure you keep records of your education expenses so you can take advantage of these credits. Don’t let an opportunity slip away just because you do not have proof of your qualified education expenses. As always, if you have questions please be sure to ask your tax professional at any time. Remember that your tax professional works for you, not the IRS. 

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Feature

The Season Begins

September Dove Shoot, a Carolina Tradition Story and Photos By Dick Jones

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Left Page: Valarie Yoemans takes time out with a friend. This Page, Top Left: Evan Murray and his dad, John Murray, enjoyed their second dove hunt together, entrenching their own tradition. Here, Evan enjoys a moment with his friend, Larry, my fox red Lab. This Page, Middle Left: Nat Harris, District 5 North Carolina Wildlife Commissioner was in the field at Beaver Pond with son in law, Thomas Worth, and Grandson, Thomas Worth IV. Young Thomas got his first dove on opening day. This Page, Middle Right: Not all retrievers are the canine variety This Page, Bottom Left: Grandfather, Tom Pate, With Sons, Spencer and Ted Pate and Grandson, Collier Pate. Collier’s first dove hunt, a tradition for the brothers.

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here are few books that represent the traditions of the gentle South better than The Old Man and the Boy. Written by the Outdoor Poet Laureate of the Carolinas, Robert Ruark, the book is recognized by many as one of the best outdoor books ever written. Ruark was raised in the coastal town of South Port and his remembrances of growing up under the tutelage of a cranky but philosophical grandfather have brought both laughter and tears to the eyes of many from the same generation and later. As a boy, Ruark hunted and fished the sloughs and marshes of the Carolina Coast, traveled to the Piedmont for forays with the old man and his friends, and formed a love of the outdoors, of people of character and of the nuances of growing up properly and growing old gracefully. He learned about life in the company of benevolent outdoorsmen who wanted nothing more than to see him become a true southern gentleman, not a dandy, but a man of charity and fortitude. My favorite chapter describes young Mister Bobby’s first dove hunt in the agricultural fields west of Wilmington. I simply can’t read the September Song without misty eyes and a lump in my throat. Not just because it is an example of the writer’s art, though I suppose that could be enough, but because it reminds asheboromagazine.com

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me of the men who cared enough about me as a youth to include me in their outdoor activities. Times have changed and today, old men don’t drive around in old cars named, “The Liz” with dog and gun boxes strapped to the fenders and running boards, but old men still do take young men and women on traditional Carolina dove hunts as the official kickoff to the fall sporting season. Ruark’s story, September Song, not only chronicled a dove hunt but it also remembered the first surf fishing trip for young Bobby with his grandfather at Kure Beach, a place where I also learned to fish in the surf with my father and uncles. Outdoor families across Carolina spent the Labor Day and the preceding Saturday in the traditional pursuit of hunting doves. This opening weekend, I savored the first day of the fall outdoor season at Beaver Pond Sporting Club, near Snow Camp. Out of a sense of tradition, the shoot began at noon even though this year, the regulations allowed morning shooting on opening day. The five-stand was open to allow shooters to warm up their wingshooting skills before

the hunt. Before noon, lunch was served, again traditional, Carolina, Asheboro style pulled pork barbeque, barbequed chickens, slaw, beans and potato salad. The younger, more enthusiastic hunters finished lunch and headed to their shooting stations but the older, more experienced gunners waited out the heat. Doves don’t fly a lot until the shadows get long anyway and it was more comfortable to hang around the lodge in front of a fan or in the big hall with air conditioning and a wide screen TV. OK, a big screen TV is not quite traditional but it’s a great way to wait out the birds. Grandfathers, sons, daughters, and grandkids all hunted as family units at Beaver Pond. The birds flew, the hunters missed some and hit some, and the dogs panted in the heat. Maybe standing out in the sun, wearing camo, with kids and dogs to shoot at tiny birds that, individually, make a nice appetizer doesn’t sound that much like fun but there’s more to a Carolina Labor Day dove hunt than shooting birds. The attraction is the nostalgia of gathering together and

enjoying food and hunting with family and old friends. It is about the memory, the joy of the outdoors, and about the coming season. It defines the beginning of fall hunting and fishing and as much of the outdoor Carolina experience as the National Anthem at a baseball game. Monday morning my Lab, Larry, and I were in the field. I’d fired twice and had two birds in my bag, exceptional shooting for me. Another bird came over, high but within range. I missed the first shot, connected on the second. Larry, my favorite dog in the world, looked at me, waiting for the command to fetch the bird. I inhaled the morning breeze, glanced at the sun pushing golden fall light through the thinning mists of the damp morning and said, “OK.” Larry launched across the field, exuberant with the joy of working again. I could have quit right then. I got what I wanted from the day. That is what the opening of dove season is about, the anticipation of the season based on the joys of past seasons. It’s why I still get that lump and misty eyes when I read September Song. Wish you could have been here for this one, Mister Bobby. 

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Your Eyes

NEW BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENT FOR EVAPORATIVE DRY EYE DISEASE

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arolina Eye is the first in the local community to introduce a new treatment for patients who suffer from Evaporative Dry Eye disease. This disease stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye’s natural tear film. The oily lipids serve as a protective layer so that the aqueous (water) layer of the eye’s tear film does not evaporate. Carolina Eye

has introduced a new treatment, called LipiFlow®, which is intended to treat patients with blocked meibomian glands, called meibomian gland dysfunction, by unblocking the glands and allowing them to resume the secretion of oily lipids

Carolina Eye Associates patient being evaluated by Dr. John Miller for evaporative dry eye treatment with the LipiFlow.

needed for a healthy tear film. Dry eye disease affects more than 100 million people worldwide. Of those, 65 percent suffer from Evaporative Dry Eye. Common symptoms of dry eye include dryness, grittiness, soreness, irritation, burning and eye fatigue. These symptoms can hinder people’s daily activities such as reading, using the computer, wearing contact lenses and being outdoors on windy days. Many dry eye patients complain those symptoms worsen throughout the day. Dry eye disease is one of the most common topics patients discuss when visiting eye care professionals. Carolina Eye is very pleased to introduce the new LipiFlow treatment to help those patients who are very frustrated with this chronic disease and all of the ways

Carolina Eye Associates patient being evaluated with the LipiView to see if they are a candidate for the dry eye procedure.

it negatively impacts their lives. In effect, LipiFlow helps the meibomian glands resume their natural function and many patients note symptom relief. Historically, common therapies aimed at dry eye symptom relief included using warm compresses, over- the-counter wetting drops and ointments, and prescription drugs. Alternatively, the new LipiFlow treatment addresses the root cause of evaporative dry eye by unblocking the meibomian glands that secrete oily lipids. In controlled clinical studies of patients who received a single LipiFlow treatment, the average meibomian gland score at 4 weeks increased by two to three times over the baseline condition, which reflects improvement in the number of glands secreting and secretion quality. Additionally, at four weeks after the LipiFlow treatment, 79% of patients reported improvement in dry eye symptoms. 

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Community News

A Celebr ation

30 Years of Making Pottery at Whynot Pottery

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ark and Meredith Heywood moved to Whynot, North Carolina in the summer of 1976. After a start in small farming and furniture making, Mark and Meredith were encouraged by the local potters to learn the craft of pottery making. Soon it consumed all of their spare time. In October of 1982 they were ready to open Whynot Pottery. The name is from the community they live in and honors Meredith's grandfather, J.B. Slack, who was born and raised in Whynot. J.B. and others made sure Whynot stayed on the North Carolina map. Whynot Pottery for the most part has been a two person operation with both Mark and Meredith throwing, glazing, loading and unloading kilns. Mark does fire the large and small gas kilns - the one step that Meredith gladly leaves to him, just as Mark leaves the bookwork to her. Both Mark and Meredith have a hand in every other step of the operations from start to finish. In the past 30 years they raised two children while making pottery. While both children have a great appreciation for handmade items and pottery in particular they have each moved on to be successful in other fields. Having spent many hours working to help promote the Seagrove potters Meredith also worked with the Randolph Arts Guild on the NC Potters’ Conference for 15 years and served on the Board of Directors of the NCPC for 10 years.

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About potting, “There is nothing else that I would want to do”, says Mark, “I truly love what I do, spending hours with clay creating something that will be used in someone's home gives me a satisfaction that I have gotten from nothing else I have ever done”. “The moment this all comes together is at the point when a piece is bought and taken away to be used. I get the most pleasure when I walk into a home and see our work in use. It makes what we do a complete circle”, said Meredith. How do you mark 30 years in the business? Well you make pots stamped and signed especially to commemorate the occasion, of course. Mark & Meredith are pleased to invite you to visit them Saturday, October 13th or Sunday, October 14th, rain or shine, for an open house and special edition of “Mud and Suds in the Yard.” Mud and Suds is usually a spring event, but to help celebrate are many other local potters: Raven Pottery, Abela Body Care. Saturday there will be two very special guests, Andrew Deming and Joel McClosky. Andrew and Joel are craft brewers and the driving force behind Four Saints Brewing Company, soon to be Randolph County's first commercial micro-brewery. On Saturday after 2:00 pm Four Saints will be offering a tasting of a brew or two, as well the unveiling of the 2012 St. Nicholas Christmas Ale. For more information call 336-873-927 or email contact@ whynotpottery.com. 

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At the YMCA

By Megan Clapp

High school swimmers at this year’s Regional Meet in Goldsboro, NC include (front row) Andrew Howard (AHS), Kaylan Sisco (AHS), (middle row) Matthew Johnson (AHS), Cole Gregson (AHS), Christian Hinson (AHS), Patrick Sullivan (AHS), John Trollinger (AHS), Logan Kirkland (SWR) and (back row) Coach Shawn Columbia.

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ith Michael Phelps winning 21 Olympic medals and 17year-old Missy Franklin earning five medals and setting numerous records at this year’s Olympics, thoughts of swimming is fresh on everyone’s mind. Though swimming is often associated with summer time, a majority of swimming practice and competition actually takes place throughout the entire year. At the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA, swimming takes place year-round. Swimming on any level, has many benefits. It is a great activity for people of all ages. It promotes both strength and coordination; many athletes swam to gain strength and flexibility, which helped them excel in other sports. One notable athlete is Tim Duncan. Swimming also allows one to experience the benefits of a team and individual sport. Also, 32

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other responsibilities. FAST athletes have excelled in the pool, bringing state championship titles home as well as many personal best times. Besides FAST swimmers, the pool is also filled with many high school student athletes as the winter months approach. The Randolph-Asheboro YMCA host practice site for four area high school swim teams: Asheboro High School, Eastern Randolph High School, Providence Grove High School, and Randleman High School. These athletes practice and also compete at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA pool. Last year, Southwest Randolph High School had an athlete who swam solo and represented his high school. This athlete, Logan Kirkland, was named All-Conference, went on to Regionals and later participated in State Championships. The Randolph-Asheboro pool is host to the 9th Annual Randolph County Interscholastic Championship Swim (Cont. Page 32 after Web Only)


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The box-pressed beauty is hard to the touch in its ceder packaging. Once initiated with my preferred stainless steel James Bond style "pen" punch (thank you Montecristo sales rep), the preliminary draw (I like to take a pull before I even light my cigars) was as smooth as a southern afternoon stroll. Nothing fancy as far as the preferred steps and tools of my cigar initiation ceremony goes. I punch my cigar. I use a basic single flame butane torch to foot my cigar. I give it a spin and a gentle kiss of a blow (just to get the embers boiling a bit), and then I take the first gentle pull. Glorious. With this 1926 No. 6, I noticed the aroma of rich roasted coffee with just a hint of your mom's chocolate cake. Complexity is the name of the game for this Padron as the flavor profile changes from beginning to end.

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amazingly consistent in stature throughout. Not too soft. Not too harsh. Coffee....chocolate cake....spicy flavor profiles that neither burned nor bored....just right! This cigar is a celebration of the artisans who create these wonders of earth and imagination. It is also a celebration of Jose O. Padrón’s birth year. Worthy of all of the praise it has received since hitting the shelves in 2002, the Padron family has once again lived up to their substantial reputation for complex and classic cigars. There is more to a cigar than it's taste.

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presence...a substance and demeanor that says "you must take me seriously". The Padron, with it's box pressed, steel backed appearance and feel, means business when it enters any afficiando's humidor. The draw: remarkably smooth. With each pull: mountains of thick, rich smoke. The ash: long and strong, cooling the inferno just enough to relax the taste buds and ease you into the weekend. The minor touch ups with my torch didn't even matter. The Padron 1926 No. 6 was worth the extra effort At about $15 apiece retail, this is not an everyday treat for the average lover of cigars. Birthdays, however, call for only the best. This beauty fits the bill perfectly. For a complexity and superior construction, for demonstrating stature with consistency that makes it worth every dollar, I give the Padrón Serie 1926 No. 6 a rare 5 e.d.s. 

Asheboro Magazine has designed and implemented a ratings system where cigars receive an E.D.S (really...I didn't name the rating system after myself) of 1-5. E.D.S stands for Enjoyable.Delicious.Structure. The "E" represents the overall experience. The "D" reflects the taste of the cigar (at the end of the day, I think we all want something that tastes good). The "S" emphasis, in my eye, a key element to the afficiando experience: the structure of the cigar. Is the cigar covered in veins? Is it firm to the touch? Does the ash stay stout for a good portion of the experience? Is the smoke emitted rich in texture? Each review explains, in easy to understand terms, why we chose that particular rating for a given cigar. Our ratings system is described as follows: 1 E.D.S - These are cigars of last resort. They are questionable even if only mowing the yard or planting a garden. 2 E.D.S - These cigars make tolerable companions while you wash your car. They aren't looking for attention, nor should they! 3 E.D.S - These are pretty respectable cigars but may still fall short. We recommend them for the golf course, the back porch with one of your uninitiated friends, or for the after wedding party (for the husband of your best girlfriend who thinks he knows everything about cigars). 4 E.D.S - Now we’re talking. Enjoy these fine cigars after a delicious meal or with your favorite cocktail. Again, I prefer Friday's at Single Brothers (or my Cigar Room). Join me! 5 E.D.S - Respect your elders! These complex treats are true works of art. They deserve Coltrane, good friends, and your favorite adult tasty treat. Only the best! 

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oving into a new house can either uplift you or it can kill you! I quipped this quote to my friend at breakfast one day before we began to renovate and move into our new house. I told her that I was making the choice right now, so that it would be more likely that my preferred outcome would prevail. So far, so good! I learned so many things and solved so many of life’s problems during the process! You might remember my father’s illness. (He is continuing to adjust, and Thank You for your prayers!) I was reminded while taking care of him that it is not our stuff that matters, but our relationships that do! Now I am practicing body mechanics awareness more intentionally as I will eventually pick up everything I own and put it back down again. I am using these actions to get more fit! If we look at lifting from a yogic point of view, we can refine the action to gain the most benefit. First, one must make a decision to move mindfully so that we don’t get hurt lifting heavy boxes and furniture. We can take a breath and soften the face. We would set our firm foundations, engage our cores and then use symmetrical lifting actions, asking our back body to be strong. It’s like mini-yoga sessions, one right after the other. So far, the greatest challenge to moving resulted from our WEB06

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decision to replace the old rug in the living room with a hardwood floor. Being a crafty and handy couple, my husband Ken and I decided to tackle the job ourselves. But the first day on the job was frightening! We had to hand-nail the courses in since the nail gun didn’t fit so close to the wall. After a few hours we were both sore, frustrated and worried that we had taken on too much. Our moods were sour. He decided he needed to rush out to find a new nail setter, I was nearly in tears, and I suddenly remembered to breathe! I called him back and invited him to sit on the stairs with me. I had to force him to sit…and take a few breaths with me. We discussed letting go of the idea that this job was going to go on the schedule we had planned, that if we kept on at this pace we were surely going to suffer more and that maybe we should just lighten our own moods and relax a little. It was what we needed to shift our attitudes. Taking those few moments to become aware of the state we had allowed ourselves to fall into was the first step towards changing it. And so it did. The job went smoothly and without a hitch the entire rest of the length of that 17 foot room, 2 ¼ inches at a time! There were times when we were playfully dancing around each other executing a kind of floor-installing dance! We enjoyed the experience watching the hardwood go down and felt satisfaction in improving our new home together. That is not to say that our bodies were not getting a workout!! Ken spent the entire time bent over the nailer, and regularly

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tensing his whole body in preparation for the force of the impact. Wielding that rubber mallet about 25 times for each row of boards was doing a number on my back! I knew right away that I would have to balance the action I was repeating with counter actions as often as possible! I varied my approach to the swing by changing which leg lunged, the side I stood on, even which hand I used to swing. Both of us took regular opportunities to stand up straight and clasp out hands behind our backs to stretch the chest and shoulders. At about the 11th hour into the job I was even doing straight out yoga poses every chance I got to keep my body from freaking out. It was the only way I could hope to complete the job. We are happy to say the floor is just about done (and will be by the time you read this) and it looks absolutely fabulous! Large projects or changes in our lives usually have two outcomes. One hurts us and one nourishes us, and a conscious person will take the time up front to choose which one to strive for. We then place ourselves with confidence in the stance that will best lead in that direction. We let go of the desire to micro-control the process and we remain flexible enough to realign in case the path shifts(which is inevitable). Usually what happens is that we are rewarded by being drawn into the current of Grace (we call it Shakti in Yoga). I’ve heard it called Being in The Zone, too. It’s a good place to be. May Grace carry me and Ken with it as we tackle the kitchen countertop replacement next!

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anet Jackson's catchy tune "What have you done for me lately?" and John F. Kennedy's famous quote from his inaugural address, “… ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what can you do for your country," can symbolize your view of a relationship. Where do you fall in your marriage? For us, we try to do whatever we can to please one another. If I grab a bottle of water for the car or our room for the night, I grab one for Phillip, too. It's not even a thought, it's just automatic. And it goes for anything. If he makes a cup of tea, he always makes two. If I can make my husband's life more comfortable with simple, loving gestures, I do. And vice versa. Sometimes I'll warm a towel or his robe in the dryer for him shortly before he steps out of the shower, or I'll chill a wine glass in the fridge before he comes home from work. These aren't hard things to do, they don't take effort, and are so appreciated. My husband sometimes leaves little notes in the big soup pot that say, “I love you,” and I leave notes in his briefcase or on the mirror. Years ago, I would send greeting faxes to his hotels before he arrived on his business travels. Some were sweet, some had a naughty edge, and it always left the hotel staff wondering was that his wife? I learned very early on in our marriage that Phillip was a giver WEB08

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and a pleaser, and it made me want to do things for him in return. Those little things would make him so happy so he would try to do special things for me, and so it went back and forth, back and forth. Now that's a relationship cycle one would want to keep going! There are two particular examples in my past that formed exactly how I wanted my future to look. Years back when I was about 20, there was a significant holiday – I can't remember which one at this point – but I bought two cards and gave one to my grandmother and one to my grandfather. My grandmother smiled at me tenderly as she gave her card back. She put her arm around me and said, “Your grandfather and I are one; we share everything. We love your thoughtfulness, but we only need one card.” Then she kissed me on the forehead and that was that. Married 61 years, they were loving and kind to each other every day. They held hands when they walked, when they sat on the couch, whenever they could. The memories are beautifully indelible. Now on the other hand, a friend of mine whom I have known for 30 years married a fellow in a faraway state. We've never met him. We were out of the country when they married and he doesn't fly. She would come back on her own to visit her parents and would stop by to visit us as well. On one of the visits, she explained that they had separate bank accounts, took separate trips and even lived in separate parts of their

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home, a “his” side and a “her” side. A few years later, they divorced. So as I went into my marriage, I thought to myself I could be an antagonist and look at my husband and think, “What have you done for me lately?” …or I could be a thoughtful spouse and say to myself, “What can I do for my husband?” I know there are some people that might think I’m a wimp. Oh, contraire! When you are great to your significant other and your significant other is great to you, you are united, you are strong, you feel loved, and you are on the 61-year path. After all, many of us spend our young adult years dating the learning process to find out what you like and don't like in a future partner. Then you find your forever partner - why wouldn't you want to do everything you can to make that person's life even more wonderful? In my upcoming book, The Momversationalist™, not only are there stories about my experiences as a parent on my Mom journey, but anecdotes about my thoughts on marriage. So much of what our children learn, they see from us. My grandparents were marvelous role models. They passed the gift of a beautiful, loving marriage on to our family and I hope to pass it on to our children. The Bright Spot™ - When parents are strong together, the whole family benefits and thrives. Happy Parenting!™ 

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Falling For Autumn

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s the nights grow longer and the kids at the school bus stops start donning layers, the trees are preparing for their winter dormancy. Byproducts of the chemical changes that occur within the trees are the bright colors of fall foliage. While the splendor has no apparent biological function or significance, it does serve to make the heart quicken and the mind to dream of mountain escapes and scenic road trips. Though the intensity of fall colors in New England with its maples and birches turning at the same time cannot be matched, closer to home we can enjoy the most varied fall color, as well as the longest lasting, in the southern Appalachians. In our own backyard we can enjoy the longer fall season since a dozen or more kinds of trees may change color at slightly different times. Fall color will first show at higher elevations, and colors will be intensified if the fall is dry, with sunny days and cool nights. Traditionally, the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountain area with their incredible mixture of foliage show deep colors. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a supreme view of fall foliage ranging in elevation from 6,684 feet at Mount Mitchell – the highest point east of the Mississippi -- to 2,200 feet in some valleys. Fall color in this area typically begins in early October and lasts for as long as six weeks culminating in a riot of reds, gold, yellows and oranges. To help travelers preparing for a fall mountain vacation the N.C. Division of Tourism has established the “Leaf Peepers” program. Each week individuals across the state report the status of changing leaves. These weekly reports usually will begin the week of September 19th at www.visitnc.com or call 1-800-VISIT NC for the latest update. The State Parks located in the Upstate region of South Carolina WEB10

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are ideal for viewing fall foliage, especially those located on Scenic Highway 11. However, there are other great parks throughout the state that also lend themselves to some exceptional leaf peeping. South Carolina State Parks makes the following recommendations. Caesars Head Overlook, Caesars Head State Park --The view is stunning as you stand atop the outcropping and gaze at the Blue Ridge escarpment and Piedmont draped in a canopy of red, gold and yellow, with the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia as a backdrop. Other popular landmarks, resplendent in fall color, are Table Rock, the Table Rock Reservoir, Matthews Creek Valley, and to the southeast, the city of Greenville. For a really spectacular scene, take a moderately difficult hike through the forests of Caesars Head State Park to the observation platform at Raven Cliff Falls. A different yet awesome perspective for viewing is Jones Gap State Park north of Greenville. Near Blacksburg, SC, Kings Mountain State Park offers a number of venues for viewing fall color. Trails of all types - from hiking and nature to equestrian – traverse the parks rolling hills where hardwoods offers autumn’s colorful showcase close up. Located in the South Carolina Piedmont, Chester State Park has long been a haven for hiking, picnicking and fishing, and there’s no more beautiful season at Chester than fall. A trip to Poinsett State Park, located just outside of Sumter in the South Carolina Midlands, will make one think they’ve escaped to the South Carolina Mountains. Of course there are many, many more vantage points and parks in the Carolinas that provide awesome vistas of fall color. We hope you find yourself enjoying “Autumn... the year’s last, loveliest smile.”--William C. Bryant 

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his year marks the 40th Annual Fall Festival. For almost as many years the tradition of the Fall Festival parade has kicked-off the beginning of this fun filled weekend. This year will be no different. As is the custom, the parade is going to be the Friday night before the Festival at 7pm on October 5th in Downtown Asheboro. The parade will begin on Church St. and then take Sunset to S. Fayetteville before ending at Wainman Ave. The Fall Festival Parade has always been free to enter and still will be this year. However, this year the Arts Guild will again welcome a $5 donation from those who are able to give. The money raised will go to help support the programs and efforts of the Guild. To register your float or group, call the Randolph Arts Guild at 336.629.0399. All drivers in the parade must have a valid Drivers License. Please have your DL # ready when you call to register. The deadline to call and register is September 30th. For more information please call the Randolph Arts Guild at 336-629-0399 or email arts@asheboro.com for more information. The Guild is located at 123 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203. Hours: M-F 10am -- 5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. 

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Children’s Books Needed for Leaders for Readers Book Drive

he Asheboro/Randolph Chamber Leadership Randolph Class of 2012 invites the community to participate in their Leaders for Readers Book Drive. The group, in partnership with Communities in Schools of Randolph County, is collecting new and gently used children’s books to be distributed to children who are in need of books in their homes. Leadership Randolph Class of 2012 has a goal of collecting 2,500 books during the drive and needs the community’s help to meet this goal. The book drive will run September 6th through October 4th and books can be dropped off at the following locations: • Asheboro Randolph Chamber of Commerce 317 East Dixie Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203 • Asheboro Recycling Center 1075 Southmont Drive, Asheboro, NC 27205 • Blasé Chiropractic 177 North Carolina 42 Asheboro, NC • Guy B. Teachey Elementary School 294 Newbern Avenue, Asheboro, NC • Asheboro Police Department 205 East Academy Street, Asheboro, NC • Community One Bank-North Branch 1433 N Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC • North Pointe of Archdale 303 Aldridge Road Archdale, NC

Leadership Randolph, a program of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce helps to build stronger community leaders and create a bond between different people from different walks of life in the business community. After completing the course of study graduates leave the program with a sense of how society must and can work together, and a better knowledge of the inner workings of the community. Leadership Randolph began in 1988 with the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce designing and implementing a course of study consisting of eight monthly sessions covering issues relating to area history/ communications, education, business and industry, tourism/ team building, agriculture/environment, health and human services, criminal justice, government and community involvement. Each Leadership Randolph class adopts a community service project and this year’s class chose to develop the Leaders for Readers Book Drive to help meet the specific need of providing reading materials to children in our community. If any agency or group wishes to join in the effort to serve as a book collection site or wishes to donate money or other resources, please contact Erika Davis at 336-625-1900 or Leigh Anna Johnson at 336-633-7709.

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Logan Kirkland (SWR and FAST Swimmer) competing in the Breaststroke event at the RCICS Meet at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA.

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ammer toe is a deformity of the toe, in which the end of the toe is bent downward. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, however, the toe will no longer straighten. Usually, a corn will form on top of the toe from rubbing against the top of footwear, and a callus will form on

the bottom of the foot. These can become painful, especially when walking. The most common cause of a hammer toe is wearing improper footwear. Shoes that are too tight in the toe box or shoes that have high heels can push your toes forward, crowding toes into a too-small space where toes cannot lie flat on the insole. Hammer toes can also be inherited and may occur despite wearing appropriate footwear. Mild hammer toe in children can be treated by manipulating and splinting the affected toe. Regular shoe sizing as children grow will assist in avoiding hammer toes. For adults, wearing the right shoes is also the key to pain relief. Avoiding high heels, wearing soft insoles to relieve pressure, and protecting the joint that sticks out with corn pads or felt pads help to alleviate discomfort from a hammer toe are all ways to treat existing hammer toes. Hammer toe regulators can also be used, usually custom made by a podiatrist, which help to correctly posture the toe. In severe cases, surgery can often correct a hammer toe by cutting or moving tendons and ligaments in the toe or fusing the joint. Our offices in Greensboro, Burlington and Asheboro successfully treat hammer toes on a daily basis. We welcome new patients, so contact us today at 336.625.1950 to make an appointment!

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ave you ever driven to a familiar place, say home, the grocery store or a favorite restaurant and realized as you turned off the ignition, that you had no idea how you got there? That your mind was somewhere else and you were driving ‘on automatic?’ I don’t know about you, but when that has happened to me, I’ve said a silent prayer of gratitude that even though my mind was not present while I was driving, some grace got me to my destination without harm to myself or others. That ‘mind being somewhere else’ experience is how many of us live our lives, especially when it comes to food. Not only does that seem to just ‘happen,’ we often invite that experience when we allow ourselves to be distracted while eating — watching TV, reading or driving. Did you know that the mind is actually incapable of doing more than one thing at a time? We like to think that we can multitask, but in doing so, none of the tasks are being done with the same degree of efficiency or thoroughness possible if each task had our full attention. I know that if I’m listening to one person and my ears catch part of another conversation, my mind can be distracted from the conversation I’m in. We are so easily distracted that it sometimes takes great effort — mental willpower, if you will — to recognize that our attention has wandered and that we are somewhere other than where we physically are, our mind disconnected from the moment. (This reminds me of James Joyce’s famous character, Mr. Duffy, described by Joyce as living ‘some distance from his body.” This is, again, particularly true of our experience of eating. What is it about eating that seems to invite the apparent need to be distracted? Why do we have such difficulty simply eating when we’re eating? Have you ever noticed that when you feed your dog, cat or hamster, how it focuses on eating? If you’ve ever tried distracting your pet while it’s eating, you’ll understand what it really means to ‘eat while you’re eating.’ Somehow, we Americans seem to think that eating isn’t an important enough experience to give it our full attention . . . until we see a starving person from Rwanda or Somalia or Syria finally receive food. Being deprived of sustenance for a long

period elevates the experience of eating. We generally seem to take our food for granted or we zone out, taken over by some seemingly alien presence that guides the fork to our mouth or our hand into the bag. The alternative to that alien presence is the experience of tuning in; of being so present that we not only savor our food, but we know when we’re in the ‘danger zone.’ A Health Coaching client with whom I have been working to instill Mindfulness into her relationship with food and eating, recently experienced a major breakthrough. Her experience with food included a pattern of moving into what she called ‘the zone’ — a place where she ‘went unconscious’ and simply ate without any awareness or control over what her hands & mouth were doing. While in the zone, it didn’t matter whether she ate healthy or unhealthy food items; all that mattered was that the food helped deaden any uncomfortable thoughts or emotions she was having. I think we’ve all had momentary experiences like this, but this pattern was something she’d had her entire life and never thought she’d get beyond. Her breakthrough came during a recent weekend when she had made herself a sandwich and after two bites, tuned in, realized what she was doing, and asked herself why she was eating; was she hungry or eating out of habit? By stopping long enough to ask herself that question, she became fully present, and in that moment, realized that she actually wasn’t hungry. She realized then that she could make the choice to eat that sandwich or not. This is the opportunity that being present, being mindful and aware, gives all of us. Living in a culture where food has become so ever-present, we are constantly tempted. And each of us has to face this question from time to time — am I truly hungry or am I simply giving into tempting memories of rich, creamy ice cream or escaping boredom and other uncomfortable feelings. Within six months of our working together, she had overcome a lifetime habit of losing herself in ‘the zone’ and now she knew she had, and could always, make the choice. I know I’ll never forget the joyful high-five, our hooping & hollering, and the long, satisfied hug we shared from witnessing what it truly means for someone to heal and claim their power, from the inside out. 

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Daily Devotion

Dragonflies Today’s Thought: "Look for beauty. Feed on God."

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n late summer, hundreds of red dragonflies were zipping that eat us, and they treat us with, well, an insect form of in the yard - up, down, under, over, stopping, flying, respect. moving, eating, landing.

It’s as if God said, “Look, people, I had to make biting bugs.

We don’t enjoy insects landing on us – black flies, They’re necessary for the eco-system. Here -- I made a mosquitoes, deer flies, yellow jackets -- ouch. We don’t beautiful insect, clever and colorful, with gossamer wings like millipedes creeping across our bare toes in the and superior skills, that’ll eat the bugs that eat you."

bathroom, or pincher bugs sleeping in our un-mention-ables. This world is full insects that bite and impose other afflictions. But dragonflies seem smart, even friendly, despite my Life hurts. But God’s world is also full of goodness and boyhood fear when I heard them called flying sewing needles. blessings. “That’ll stitch your mouth shut." There aren’t many friendly Pay attention for a moment, to look for the beauty and balance insects that’ll land on a toe or a hand without malevolence.

of God’s creation; look with your inner eye, your loving eye,

Several times, dragonflies got into the house. Each one and you’ll see it. attached itself to my outstretched finger, accepting a ride Let’s Pray: Thank You, God, for biting insects which outside. I’m not “St. Francis of Assisi of bugs." Dragonflies feed the beauty of the dragonflies. We thank You for are just that way. They accept humans. They eat the insects wonders in this world. Amen. Reverend Peter Baldwin Panagore of DailyDevotions.org, is a native of Massachusetts, graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in Divinity from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and with a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. St. John’s High School of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, an Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, provided him with his preparatory school education. In 2003, he was recruited to apply for the position of Pastor of the First Radio Parish Church of America (DailyDevotions. org). FRPCA is America’s oldest continuous religious broadcast, founded 1926, and now reaching 1.5 million listeners, viewers and readers a week on TV, radio and internet, including American Forces Radio Network. 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.

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Night of Hope

The Randolph County Family Crisis Center invites you to a

Saturday, September 29 from 6-11 p.m. Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro Doors open at 6 p.m. • Buffet at 6:30 p.m. Silent & Live Auction • Steppin’ Out Entertainment Tickets are $50 per person • $100 Cash door prize to be awarded. Tickets can be purchased at the Red Door Boutique and Red Door Home Store both located in the Hill Side Shopping Center on S. Fayetteville St. Asheboro

Randolph County

FAMILYCRISISCENTER Support • Protect • Educate For more information on the event or to become a sponsor, call the Asheboro Office at 626-5040 or the Archdale Office at 434-5579. All proceeds will directly support both Randolph County Family Crisis Centers for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Asheboro and Archdale.


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Your Body

10 Good Points

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his year I celebrate 20 years of being a physical therapist. It has been so incredibly rewarding to help folks get out of pain and return to a functional level of health. These 10 points represent a basic list of easy easy things you can do to stay healthy. We all have to do a little something right? Good health does not come in the mail. I promise you will get a dollar’s worth of health for every penny of time you spend doing these. 1) Drink at least 60 oz's of water per day. It's amazingly beneficial to every bodily process and flushes our system of toxins. This is especially beneficial if you take medicines or vitamins. 2) Learn deep breathing. Oxygenating the lower lobes of our lungs is an instant energy boost. Two to three deep breaths will invigorate you. When I'm mountain biking and see a big climb coming up I begin to deep breath as much as I can. Its energy on tap. Correctly taking nice deep breaths is a little tricky but it’s worth the 10 minutes it takes to learn. By expanding the lower lobes of our lungs can double the amount of oxygen delivered to your blood and muscles. And you don't have to be exercising to benefit, anytime is good for you. 3) Learn Tai Chi. Its fun and it will keep your muscles strong and supple as you age. It’s also one of the absolute best ways to maintain balance. What I really like about Tai Chi is once you have learned some moves you can do them by yourself practically anywhere and is also a great form of meditation. 4) Use a thera-ball every day. Allowing yourself to lay back on a thera-ball one time per day will keep your back stretched into extension and maintain good posture. When you lay back on a thera-ball, the first thing you really notice is the amount of stretch you feel in your stomach and chest. That’s tight fascia and its keeping you hunched forward ruining your

posture. It’s just unbelievable how much this free and simple act will do to keep you standing straight and balanced. 5) Walk 5 miles per week. You can do it any way you like. 2.5 miles twice per week, 2 miles Tuesday, 2 miles Thursday and one mile Saturday, or one mile 5 days a week. Almost anyone can walk a 20 minute mile, so it’s not very time consuming. Walking has been shown over and over to be the best form of cardiovascular health. Joints and muscles will be strengthened as well as keeping arthritis at bay. 6) Sun glasses and a good hat will keep the sun’s harmful rays from damaging the eyes and skin. And the hat will serve double duty keeping rain off your head. Tilly hats are a bit expensive but they are excellent and will easily last a lifetime. 7) Eat fresh vegetables and fruits when they are fresh and abundant. If for whatever reason you don't or can't, take a good multi-vitamin daily. 8) Learn to meditate. Whether its Tai Chi, or just finding a peaceful place where you can relax, do some deep breathing and clear your mind. It will pay you back with better concentration, improved blood pressure, and instill a sense of wellbeing. It’s also fun once you get into it. 9) Be aware of the tension in your body. Remind yourself to let your shoulders relax. When you learn to deep breath you will also be made more aware of the tension you are holding in your body, and you will be naturally encouraged to relax. 10) Own a pair of golf shoes. Falls constitute the biggest risk to our safety and wellbeing. Golf shoes can be worn while doing yard work in the summer and walking on ice and snow in winter. Mowing on uneven ground is a prime place to fall. Golf shoes also aerate your yard as you mow. Another great advantage is Golf shoes will save you on the ice and snow. When I was doing home health visits I would see a huge increase in hip fractures during the winter. Folks would go out and fall on the slick ice and snow. Multiple benefits here. 

Michael Harmon is the owner of The Healthy Back & Body Clinic, and the physical therapist responsible for patient care. Michael has a Masters Degree in physical therapy earned at Western Carolina University. 304 Lanier Avenue Asheboro, NC 27203 336-629-0086 40

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was recently thinking back on my childhood when I used to look forward to the movie, The Wizard of Oz. I couldn’t wait to see it. Now we can watch it over and over again with technology the way it is. What was the one thing that stuck out in your mind the most? Was it Dorothy dancing down the yellow brick road with the munchkins? Was it when she met the scarecrow or the tin man? What about when she met the Wizard of Oz? If you remember when the movie first comes on, Dorothy is complaining about home. Nothing is going to suit her. But, the most memorable thing said in the whole movie, is at the very end. “There’s No Place Like Home”. We all have our daily lives to live. We go to work and on vacations, but at the end of the day, we can’t wait to get Home. On January 1, 2004 at 8:00am, my dad had a massive seizure. Our whole life changed. My dad began requiring constant care. The doctors told us it would be long 24 hour care. He needed help. Dad wanted to go home and we wanted to take him home. There were challenges to face. Relatives took on tasks, such as running errands, cooking, laundry, sleepovers, and medication reminders. It wasn’t easy. There are eighty- and 90-year olds, they’ve lived through the Depression. They know the value of a dollar. They’re very self-reliant. They resist getting a little help around the house. But, they want to stay Home. What can we do to lighten the load on our seniors? They may just a little or extensive help. And you as the sibling want to be able to be that daughter and son again. Our elder generation has made us and our country what we are today. They have fought for our freedom and our country has flourished. They have made sacrifices in order for their children to have. They deserve to maintain their independence and dignity in their senior years at home, wherever they call home. ( independent living, assisted living, nursing home). And remember, “There’s No Place Like Home”. 

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OF SOCIAL SERVICES ...is looking for loving, supportive families to serve as foster families for the children of Randolph County in need. We are focusing on homes for sibling groups, teenagers, and medically fragile children. If you are interested in becoming a Foster or Adoptive parent, please contact the Randolph County Department of Social Services at 683-8062 to get more information on the requirements and training opportunities.

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By Zoe Faircloth

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t is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” is a quote of Frederick Douglass that describes the mission of the Head Start program operating in three counties through Regional Consolidated Services. Across the country, local non-profit organizations operate federally funded Head Start programs for pre-school children of low-income families. The children are ages three and four with services also offered to meet the needs of those with disabilities.

peers. These encourage improvement of their listening and speaking skills. There are activities focused on art, science and music that encourage curiosity, creativity and imagination. There’s also time to play either inside or outside on playground equipment and to participate in group games. Lunchtime is a healthy meal before which the children are taught to wash their hands and after, to brush their teeth. Head Start children are more prepared for kindergarten and are excited about learning.

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will teach us what life is all about. not see.” ~Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood ~Angela Schwindt (introduction), 1982 Head Start is not just about children. It’s also about families. It Each child’s success is the goal of the Head Start program. incorporates and encourages the participating families into the The activities they participate in are designed to help their children’s training . There is the opportunity to be involved in development physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. The activities to help every member of the family. For the parents, children who attend the Head Start program not only participate there are classes they can attend on subjects such as child in educational activities, but also receive free medical and rearing, job training, learning about health and nutrition and dental care, vision and hearing tests, nutrition assessment and using free resources in the community. Mental health and are examined for any health problems. other services are available for children and families with Head Start teachers provide acceptance and understanding special needs. along with the opportunity to learn. Children develop life skills There’s also help with family members’ special problems such such as how to socialize with others and how to solve problems, as job loss or other family crises. Assistance is available to helping each child to develop his or her self-confidence. They’re those who are interested in obtaining a high school General also encouraged to develop good personal and health habits. Equivalency Diploma (GED) or other educational opportunities. The classroom experiences are specially focused to help the Families with medical, social welfare or employment needs are students improve listening and speaking skills, develop good referred to specialists in the community and are followed up to habits and cooperatively work with classmates. make sure assistance is received. Parents can also serve as Head Start volunteers and learn We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we more about child development. This can qualify volunteers forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher for training that can lead to employment in the child care field. Parents are the first and most important teachers of their So, what exactly is a child’s day like in a Head Start classroom? children and their involvement in the Head Start activities is There are small group activities that encourage children to talk crucial to the progress of the children – not just through Head about ideas and experiences they want to share with their Start, but throughout the child’s educational years. 44

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Zoo Zeal

Baby Animals Abound at NC Zoo Story & photos by Tom Gillespie

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ot since March 1989, when baby gorilla Kwanza was born, has there been such a stir at the North Carolina Zoo as there has been this spring and summer over the arrival of baby animals. The year's births started quickly, with chimpanzee Ebi being born in January. Her birth marked just the second chimp born at the park since April 1998. Baby chimp Nori, born less than 18 months earlier at the zoo, was the first successful chimpanzee birth in 13 years. Late spring saw the arrival of a small herd of antelope babies including four greater kudu (three calves born within a oneweek period) and two fringe-eared oryx calves. The excitement and joy kept building with the birth in July of baby giraffe Juma. Although the newborn giraffe was the first born at the zoo since 1996, ten others had been born over the years. Things started to get really fun when a healthy male gorilla, Bomassa, was born Aug. 4. Any gorilla birth causes a stir in the zoo community, and Bomassa was certainly no exception, being just the second gorilla ever born at the N.C. Zoo. The first, Kwanza, was born in March 1989 and was transferred nine years later to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo as part of the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Bomassa's birth was a major accomplishment, not only for the N.C. Zoo, but also for the AZA’s gorilla conservation effort. Currently there are only about 350 gorillas in 52 AZA-accredited zoos with just four successful births out of eight pregnancies asheboromagazine.com

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recorded during 2011 and early 2012. Then, in an event rare in a captive gorilla troop of only four adults, a second gorilla was born August 31. It had taken the N.C. Zoo 23 years to have its second baby gorilla but less than four weeks to produce number three. Keepers at the zoo had originally predicted an October birth for the second (as yet, unnamed) gorilla. But with a gestation period of eight-and-a-half months, it was difficult to determine the delivery date for the gorilla because the keepers could not be certain of the conception date. Most of the new babies can be seen daily, weather permitting; however, the chimps are divided into two groups that alternate viewing days at their Kitera Forest exhibit. The baby antelope can be seen in their 37-acre Watani Grasslands reserve exhibit, and baby giraffe Juma romps at the park's Forest Edge exhibit. The new baby gorillas, along with the four adults, can be seen at the Forest Glade exhibit. Catch all the fun and excitement at the N.C. Zoo, where new babies have taken the spotlight. 

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The Cellar

Perfect is as Perfect Does

By Dave Johnson

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or me, a perfect bottle of wine is a combination of things. Sometimes the best tasting wine isn’t considered a perfect bottle. However, on a rare occasion, all the criteria that define my perfect bottle are met and the wine is superb, too. I liken times like these to finding a four-leaf clover or seeing a double rainbow. At these times, my universe is just so and the planets are aligned. I have come to really appreciate perfect bottles of wine, because they cross my path so infrequently. Should Lady Luck put a bottle of perfect wine in my possession, drinking it becomes more a gala than an event. Before I go any further, I should define my perfect bottle of wine. First, it has a cool label. I buy my wine by the label thinking the more progressive the label, the more progressive the wine maker and the more progressive the wine. Secondly, it must be red, preferably a merlot or a petit syrah, although blends have come a long way. Third, there must be a great story behind the wine - something cool about the vineyard, the wine maker or the family; more points awarded for the trifecta. And finally, if I am surprised by the price of the wine, meaning the wine drinks like a $70 bottle, but costs a fraction less. When all these things come together, which rarely they do, you have the perfect bottle of wine and, for me, the taste is almost secondary. As I said before, add a superb taste on top of everything else, and it’s nothing short of nirvana. In the twenty-six months of writing this

review, I have experienced some great wines. I have even labeled some of them my favorite. However, in all this time I have never given a bottle the highly coveted praise of being “perfect” until now. The 2008 Swanson Vineyards Oakville Merlot has hit each and every one of my criteria for a perfect bottle of wine. The label is very cool sporting a likeness of Mercury (or Hermes). I couldn’t find out definitively who it represented anywhere in my research, but I would say Mercury, since he is the God of trade, merchants and travel. Mercury was also considered a god of abundance and commercial success, which makes his likeness the perfect fit for a perfect bottle of wine. The label is not cluttered or overdone. It is simple, elegant and gets the job done - which is exactly what can be said about the wine in the bottle as well.

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The story behind Swanson Vineyard is very interesting. Think back to the 50s when the first TV dinner was introduced. It was a way for mothers to spend a less time in the kitchen and a little more time for themselves, while still providing their family with a hot nutritious dinner. The Swanson family was very progressive then, and has carried their forward thinking, outside-the-box philosophies into their wine making endeavor. In 1985 Clark Swanson, who was already a successful businessman, took a chance on a 100-acre vineyard in the Oakville AVA situated between Opus One and Silver Oak. The soil there was known for growing some of the world’s greatest Cabernets, but instead of following the status quo, Clark planted Merlot. If you know much about wine you’d probably come to the same conclusion I did…you can plant just about anything between Opus One and Silver Oak and be rewarded with a great product. This, along with their choice of wine maker, is why Swanson’s is one of the most recognizable and reliable Merlots today. The wine maker, Chris Phelps, is a genius among his peers. Along with being mentored by Christian Moueix and winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet, two of France’s finest wine makers, he participated in a landmark immersion opportunity, serving as winemaker at Château des Laurets in Puisseguin-St. Emilion during the blockbuster 1982 50

harvest while studying at the Institute of Enology at the University of Bordeaux. When Chris joined the Swanson Vineyards team in April 2003, it was an ideal partnership for both winery and winemaker. The Swanson family's passion for innovation and history of consistently producing French-style wine from its Oakville vineyards posed an irresistible draw. This is a perfect example of the wine trifecta and I would stand by my claim of this being a perfect bottle of wine without even pulling the cork. However, drinking the wine is the best part. I could not have anticipated just how good this wine was going to be, but I was pretty sure I it was going to be life changing and I was not disappointed. As soon as I pulled the cork, the smell of fruit came drifting up into the air teasing my olfactory glands. I am not certain, but I think I began to salivate much in the same way a man who has spent a great deal of time in the desert salivates at the first sight of water. I poured a smidge in a glass, gave it a big swirl and plunged my nose in to get the best experience I could. Immediately, my nose was smacked around with the aroma of big juicy plums, dark black cherries and currants, my favorite mixture of fruit. In addition to its bold and redolent fruity scent, I could sense the undertones of chocolate, oak and herbal notes. At this point, I almost didn’t want to taste the wine. Certainly it couldn’t be as good

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on the palette as it was on the nose. Or perhaps, I was afraid that it would be better. Slowly, I tipped the glass back and let the wine trickle over my tongue savoring every nanosecond. In an ideal world, the wine should taste exactly how it smells. This isn’t always the case and I am often disappointed when I get a taste of something that isn’t easily recognizable, but clearly shouldn’t be there in the first place. With this particular bottle of wine, it went down smooth and rich and tasted exactly how in smelled, including the unrecognizable herbs. I could write an entire article about the finish of this wine, but I have already taken up too much space. Suffice it to say it was warm, rich and long. This is one review I hate to cut short. There is so much that can be said about this bottle of wine. But the thing that makes it absolutely perfect is the price. Online you will find this bottle priced at $32-$38 which wouldn’t be a bad deal for this amazing Merlot. However, Lumina Wine and Beer has it for only $26.99. I didn’t believe the price tag so I called Jen while I was writing this review and she confirmed the price and to make it better, she offered $2 off on each bottle purchased if you mention you read this article. The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a bargain at $32. At $24.99 it is an absolute steal and I am sure it won’t last long. Pairing this wine is a bit of a challenge. It needs something big and bold and perfect. Perfection is defined differently by each of us so I would suggest pairing it with your favorite meal - be it beef, fish or chicken. On the Swanson website, it is paired with Chris Phelps’ Famous Merlot Burger. I have included the recipe but suggest you cut the ingredients in half and save the rest of the bottle to enjoy with the burgers. Or, you could buy a case or two, throw caution to the wind and drink it with everything until it is gone. I am more inclined to do the latter. After all, how often do you stumble upon the perfect bottle of wine? 

Chris Phelps

Clark Swanson

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Community News

Chinese Artist Visits Randolph Community College Pottery Class

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ei Meng (informally called Menglei) of China, a ceramics artist who is studying at West Virginia University under an exchange program, visited Randolph Community College’s daytime pottery class in August to demonstrate traditional Chinese pottery techniques. Seven RCC pottery students watched intently while Menglei confidently demonstrated her painting techniques, first on paper, then on pots made earlier by RCC Instructor Adam Wiley. One student videotaped the demonstration on her iPad. “Do you know what you’re going to put on it before you start?” asked one student, when Menglei moved from paper to an actual pot. “I have no idea,” laughed Menglei, but tackled the pots one after another with no hesitation. Her subjects included grapevines, birds, bamboo, and lotus flowers. One of the RCC students, Ann Lynch of Greensboro, arranged the visit after she went to China in fall 2011 as a part of WVU’s study and travel program to the Peoples Republic of China. She studied at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute (JCI), considered to be China’s finest ceramics art and design school, according to WVU’s website. Lynch met and became close friends with Menglei while she was there. When Menglei came to West Virginia to study for a year, Lynch invited her to visit North Carolina and the RCC pottery class. Menglei studied at JCI for seven years, earning an undergraduate and graduate degree; she is earning a second master’s degree at WVU. At the end of the year, she will go back to China to take a national exam to qualify for an art Ph.D.

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program. In addition, Menglei hopes to come back to the U.S. next summer and learn pottery techniques from the potters in North Carolina. Lynch explained that in China, pottery making is compartmentalized with artists specializing in just one segment of the process; Menglei has specialized ceramic sculpture, so she doesn’t know that much about making pots, glazes, or firing. Menglei eventually wants to teach at a university in China and have her own studio. In addition to her studies in China and elsewhere, Lynch has taken four semesters of RCC’s pottery program, enrolling in October 2009. She is a working potter and creates her work at her home studio in Greensboro, Buffalo Creek Pottery. She continues to travel to Asheboro to study under Wiley because, she said, “Adam is a great teacher.” Wiley said the demonstration fit with what the RCC students have been studying this semester, which included working with slips, a liquid version of clay used in decorating. Other students in the RCC class are Ann Pearman of Asheboro, Teri Janney of Sophia, David Edwards of Asheboro, Dot King of Asheboro, Rachelle Peterson of Asheboro, and Dale Hall of Sophia. Day and evening pottery classes are available at RCC; new classes will start in September and October. Also, a Ceramics History course is planned for the near future. For more information on how to enroll in RCC’s Pottery program, contact the Corporate & Continuing Education Division at 336-6330268. 

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Employment

Getting a Job Is a Full-Time Job

The old adage “Good things come to those who wait” has no relevance for today’s jobseeker. With the unemployment rate in Randolph County of 9.5%, jobseekers must be both pro-active and persistent in their search for employment. The best and most effective way to begin this search is to develop a plan of action. When I provide career counseling session, the first question I ask is “What kind of job are you looking for?” The number one answer is “anything”. I have yet to find a job listing for the position of “anything”. My next question is “What kind of skills and experience do you have?” The answer is usually “a little bit of everything”. Again, we are at a dead-end. Where do we go from here? Job Seeking 101: The Plan 1. First I take an inventory of the job seeker’s work history. This includes jobs they both liked and didn’t like. Next we focus on the skills and experience that they acquired from their past employment(s). Additionally, we may administer an interest assessment to those who are unsure of the kind of jobs they are best suited. This tool helps validate their career interests, identify their strengths, set strategic goals and enables them to make better career decisions. The assessment pinpoints specific career cluster interests which allow them to progress toward a career rather than “just a job”. 2. The next step in reaching a career goal is to examine the skills and training that are required for these particular positions. At this point we set both short and long-term goals based on the level of entry at which they may qualify. Jobseekers better understand the purpose of beginning their search with a plan of action. 3. It is now time to draft a resume. A resume is a tailored (short and concise) summary of experiences and skills specific to the field of work the jobseeker wishes to enter. The purpose of the resume is to focus on what the employer is looking for and how you, as a jobseeker, can deliver. A well-written resume opens the door to your first job interview. One of the biggest mistakes a jobseeker can make is to submit a basic, generic resume that is of no interest to the employer. 4. We finish this process with a cover letter. The cover letter is a companion document to the resume, and a chance to market

the jobseeker to the employer. It gives you a chance to say: “I am the right person for the position. I have unique skills and experience that will bring value to your company right away.” The accompanying resume should then prove this point to the potential employer. This process is particularly rewarding when I witness the mindset change in the jobseeker after progressing from “anything” and “a little bit of everything” to specific career goals with skills that match specific employment opportunities. In summary, the method to aid a jobseeker in the job search is outlined as follows: 1. Plan of Action A. Job Inventory B. Interest Assessment C. Examination of Skills and Training D. Resume E. Cover Letter

Benny Jernigan is the coordinator of Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina’s Asheboro Community Resource Center. He is a graduate of John Wesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in counseling, offering over 15 years of expertise in adult education and training. The Asheboro Community Resource Center offers a variety of free services for the jobseekers of Randolph County, including career counseling, job search assistance, online job applications and current job leads, resume development, cover letters, computer training, career development workshops, and many other resources. Call us or come by to jumpstart your new career today! 1064 East Dixie Drive • Asheboro, N.C. • (336) 610-0400 AsheboroJobs@TriadGoodwill.org • www.TriadGoodwill.org

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Library Corner

Borrowing eBooks From Randolph County Public Libraries is Easy

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By Dave Bare

he ebook and ereader craze has been gaining usually the last four numbers of the telephone number we have popularity for the past decade, but it has on record for you. After you have confirmed your checkout, finally taken the world of technology by storm. you will be prompted to download your ebook. As guardians of physical books, patrons After the download has concluded you will be able to read your sometimes ask how we feel about ebooks and ebook, and enjoy it for 21 days. If you see a title that you want, their rapidly growing popularity. The truth is, we but someone has it checked out, simply request the item and you will be notified when it is ready for download.

think they’re wonderful!

Borrowing ebooks from Randolph County Public Libraries is All of our ebooks are delivered through OverDrive, which has a easy. The same principles of borrowing apply. You can keep free app for your smartphone or tablet and has a handy device the ebook for twenty-one days and when the borrowing period compatibility page which can help you to better understand the is over, the book is simply deleted from your device.

functions and specifics of your device. (http://www.overdrive.

If you have a Kindle, Nook, Android, iPad or iPhone, or other com/resources/drc/) smartphone, you will find that you can borrow ebooks from Here are some key points to remember as you begin your Randolph County Public Library, quickly and easily, without ebook borrowing adventure: • If you are uncertain about any of the processes or a question

stepping foot out of your home.

To begin, visit the Randolph County Public Library Digital Depot regarding your particular device arises, please feel free to call on your preferred device and take a look around. There are Asheboro Public Library or your local Randolph County Library nearly 800 titles to browse through. There are several options Branch. Our Reference Librarians are well trained to help you to help find the title you want. We have ebook fiction, ebook with multiple issues that may arise. nonfiction, ebook teens and ebook children’s titles. There is a • Proprietary Ereaders, like the Kindle and the Nook may search bar as well, if you know the specific title or author you require specific steps before you are able to borrow ebooks. are looking for. (http://randolph.lib.overdrive.com/3D5140F699DA-4AD3-B997-0B06427C52AD/10/857/en/Default.htm). Once the desired title is found, you can sample the work by clicking on the ‘sample’ bar just beneath the cover of the book. This function on your pc or laptop will download a picture of the cover, and the first thirty pages of the book for perusal before borrowing. When you’ve decided on an ebook, click on the title and follow the format download instructions. Different devices may require slightly different actions. Click on the ‘add to my bookbag’ link. If this is the only title you want, you can proceed to the checkout page, or if you’d like more titles, you can continue to browse and place more ebooks in your digital bookbag. You can borrow up to three titles at a time. To checkout, simply put the fourteen numbers on the back of your library card into the top line and your pin number in the second line. If you’re not sure what your pin number is, it is 56

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Familiarize yourself with their specific rules and limitations before you begin borrowing. If you don’t see a title you are looking for, check out our EPUB links which will lead you to websites where hundreds of free versions of older or more obscure titles may be found. The world of ebooks is an adventure waiting for you to join. Be sure to stop by or call your local Randolph County Library branch today to find out more!

Here’s what will be coming up soon! • Bob Mason will be giving three seminars on Elder Law: September 12th at 2PM, “How to Avoid an Elder Law Train Wreck” at Asheboro Library; September 26th at 2PM, “How to Pay for Nursing Home Care without Losing Your Shirt” at Asheboro Public Library and October 10th at 2 PM “Make Sure Your VA Benefits aren’t AWOL” at Asheboro Public Library. These seminars are free and all are welcome to attend. • Ebooks on the Go! A seminar series about your ebooks, ereaders and you, September 25th at 5PM, October 19th at 10 AM, and November 5th at 3 PM. • Our September Monday Movie is The Artist, September 24th at 2 PM; • The October Monday Movies are a scary lot! October 1st at 2PM, the original 1931 classic ‘Frankenstein;’ Monday October 15th at 2PM, the original Universal Classic, ‘Dracula (1931); and on October 29th, at 2PM (a Full Moon!) we will show ‘The Wolfman’ (1941). Refreshments will be served and these films are free to the public.

Here are the titles your librarians have been reading: ‘Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey’ by The Countess of Carnavon ‘The Blue Bistro’ by Elin Hilderbrand ‘Between Shades of Gray’ by Ruta Sepetys ‘The Absolutist’ by John Boyne ‘Roanoke’ by Lee Miller ‘Warm Bodies’ by Isaac Marion ‘Amped’ by Daniel H. Wilson 

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Nature's Nuances

The End of Summer & The Beginning of Fall By Faylene Whitaker (Whitaker Farm)

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am a little sad as I think about the ending of summer because deep down I really am a spring and summer girl (I doubt anyone would really call me a girl but in my mind I am and that’s what is important). I love long hot days and all the beautiful flowers that are blooming all around the yard in all

their glorious colors. But there are some wonderful colors in fall also not to mention it is the best planting time of the year for trees, shrubs and grasses. September is the best time to plant pansies and violas because the ground is still warm enough for them to have time to root and prepare for winter. Remember as you plant your pansies that coming back when it gets a lot cooler and planting tulip bulbs in among the

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pansies makes for a beautiful bed next spring. You will have better luck with pansies if you prepare the ground by tillering the soil, adding some soil amendments and fertilizer. Planting plants with larger root balls will help the plants grow better as the ground cools. Some other great plants for fall are snapdragons, mums, cabbages, and kale. There are some wonderful perennials you can plant in the garden now that will give you color during the winter months. Purple heuchera is great along with some hellebores, and cast iron plant. Take a look at the plants around your house and see if they are too overgrown and seem crowded. This can make a house look dated and old. It may be time to remove some plants and replant or just cut the plants back some. There are several things that can be done that will update a house. If the screens are old just removing them will show the sparkle of the windows and make it seem as if they are new. Painting the front door a different color and then adding some pots of plants in the same color on the porch or steps can update the house. Remember plants have just so many years to look good before they too start looking like they need a remake. If your lawn needs reseeding, September and October are good months to do this. You will need to aerate the lawn, fertilize and spread your seed. If you want a really green lawn during the winter months seed with annual ryegrass. You will need to select seed based on whether your yard is mostly shade or sun; but your local garden center should be able to help you choose the seed you need as there are now several blends available. If you love dogwood trees, you definitely want to plant these in the fall. Dogwoods have a hard time surviving when planted in spring and it seems each year when they start blooming in people’s yards everyone comes into the nursery wanting a dogwood. Now is the time to plant them. There are several new varieties that grow better than older ones, and these are the ones you will find at your local garden centers. If you haven’t planted fall vegetables yet you still have time to plant cabbage, collards, and lettuce. There are still many fresh vegetables and fruit available at the local farmers markets and roadside stands. Fall is beginning with its colors of oranges, golds, reds, and browns and the beautiful orange sunsets that make the sky look like it is on fire, and we are allowed to enjoy it all. Mother Nature is beginning a different journey and we will ride along with her. Here in North Carolina we never know what she will bring during each season, but we do know it will be beauty that we can’t describe, and colors so incredible we can’t even begin to match them. So even though I am that summer girl at heart, I am glad that I get to enjoy all of the seasons here in my home state of North Carolina and all the wonderful beauty of its plants, streams, mountains and beaches.  asheboromagazine.com

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Upcoming Events

September & October ‘12 27 SEPT

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14th Annual Habitat Golf Classic, Asheboro Country Club, Holly Ridge Golf Links, Pinewood Country Club, & Tot Hill Farm Golf Club, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A & the Asheboro/ Randolph Board of Realtors. www.habitatgolfclassic.com.

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

Rolling in Randolph, Memorial Park, Asheboro. 7 am Registration, 8 am bicycle ride. Registration fee is $20 in advance, $25 day of the ride. Riders have their choice of 25, 50 or 100 mile routes. The ride goes throughout Randolph County riding past many attractions such as the Pisgah Covered Bridge, NC Zoo and Lakes Lucas and Reese.

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Night of Hope, Pinewood Country Club, 247 Pinewood Drive, Asheboro, 6 to 11 pm. The Randolph County Family Crisis Center's Annual Fundraising Event, Night of Hope, will be September 29th 6-11pm at Pinewood Country Club. Tickets are $50.00 PP, and are available at The Red Door Boutique, and The Red Door Home Store. Golf Tournament to benefit Randolph Hospital Community Health Foundation, Pinewood Country Club, 247 Pinewood Drive, Asheboro, 11 am to 8 pm. Texas-T Format. $600 per team or $150 per person. For any questions, contact Linda Schumacher at 633-7755.

Bikers 4 Boobs Charity Motorcycle Ride, Cox’s Harley-Davidson, 2795 NC Hwy 134, Asheboro. Registration begins at 8:00 am - $20 for one rider. This event includes a police escorted ride, live music, food, refreshments, 50/50 drawing, silent auction, kid games, and much more!

40th Annual Fall Festival Parade, Downtown Asheboro, 7 pm to 8 pm. For further details, contact the Randolph Arts Guild at (336) 629-0399.

Liberty Antiques Festival, 2855 Pike Farm Road, Staley, 10 am to 5 pm. Twice a year over 375 dealers from more than 20 states pack this 100 acre farm with 18th - 20th century furniture, paintings, pottery, glass, clocks, dolls, toys, jewelry, quilts, and folk art.

4th Annual Art & Sole Walking Studio Tour, Westerwood, Greensboro’s Arts Community, 10 am to 5 pm. Artists of Westerwood will be opening their homes and. It's not too early to start thinking of presents.

Liberty Chamber Antique Tractor and Car Show, Downtown Liberty, 10 am to 5 pm. The Liberty Chamber “Bill Roach Memorial” Antique Car & Tractor Show features antique car and tractor judging and trophies; food and craft vendors, and music.

Broadway Today, Asheboro High School Performing Arts Center, 1221 S Park Street, Asheboro, 7 to 9 pm. Live On Stage, Inc. and Randolph Community Concert Association Announce Broadway Today to launch their 2012-2013 Concert Season. For more information please contact Linda Covington at 336-629-4369.

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Upcoming Events Thomas Pottery Annual Kiln Opening, 1295 S NC Hwy 705, Seagrove. Saturday 10 am to 5 pm & Sunday 1 to 4 pm. Kiln will be unloaded starting at 10:30 am, followed by tours of the studio and demonstrations; refreshments served.

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

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40th Annual Asheboro Fall Festival, Downtown Asheboro – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm & Sunday 1 to 6 pm. Held in downtown Asheboro, this popular event offers a variety of quality arts and crafts, demonstrations, children's crafts, food, live music, and a flea market section.

Out & About in Downtown Asheboro, 5 to 9 pm. Come to Historic Downtown Asheboro the 3rd Friday of each month for art gallery openings, wine tasting, live music, and extended shop hours.

11 OCT

Asheboro Randolph Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Business Showcase, YMCA, 343 NC Hwy 42, Asheboro, 11 am to 6 pm. This annual event offers businesses a chance to "showcase" products and services to residents, visitors and business professionals throughout the Triad.

24th Annual Ramseur Fall Festival - A Day on Main Street, 1544 Main Street, Ramseur, 9 am to 5 pm. Come enjoy the annual Ramseur Fall Festival featuring great live music, local arts and crafts, fun and games for the kids, and outstanding food. For more information contact Carol Akers at 336-824-2361.

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Walk to End Alzheimers, Memorial Park, Asheboro, 9 to 11 am. Help support the Alzheimer's Association by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's being held on October 13th with registration starting at 9:00 am at Memorial Park in Asheboro. For more information or to sign up a team, go to www.alz.org/ northcarolina.

Randolph Ramble Studio Tour, various art studios throughout Randolph County, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm & Sunday 1 to 4 pm. A free self-driving tour through beautiful rural scenery to visit local artists' studios. For more information contact Derrick Sides at the Randolph Arts Guild at 336-629-0399.

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Charity Motorcycle Ride & Concert Ride ‘n Roll Dice Run

Sa Oc tu to rd be a 20 r y, 12 13 , Registration Begins at 9:30 Cox’s Harley Davidson, Asheboro Kickstands Up 11:00 a.m.

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50/50 Raffle $1 Tickets 6 for $5

LUNCH

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For sponsorship opportunity or more information: www.operationredsleigh.com or 333.625.9624


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Asheboro Magazine, Issue 26, September 2012