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Jenna and Brandon McKenzie worked in real estate and property management for seven years before they launched their own company. They knew they wanted it to be a one-stop real estate shop offering something that no one else in Randolph County was doing. They teamed up with Ashley and Steven Monninger, another strong husband and wife team who were friends from their church, and opened McKenzie Real Estate in January 2018. 8 |

well as designing and building custom furniture for several local families. They purchased the office building on South Fayetteville Street in September 2017 and over the next several months Steven renovated it so they could move in January 2018. At the time, there were just the four of them and it seemed like a lot of space. They added another agent and quickly grew from 4 to 10 people over the next eighteen months. “We were not expecting to grow as fast as we did, and we had to go outside in the parking lot to hold phone conversations because we outgrew that space.” They knew they needed a larger office and being downtown was a large factor in their search. When the building on the corner of Worth and Fayetteville Street where Bia’s Hardware was located became available, they knew it would be the perfect location. It was already a beautiful building and would just need to be retrofitted for office space. The building was empty when they took possession, except for the large table in the private dining room that Jenna and Brandon kept as a conference table. They purchased the building in February 2019 and during the renovation, reused as Brandon and Jenna McKenzie much as they could, often relocating pieces to another part of the building. Jenna and Ashley did a lot of n 2018, the color of the year was purple, and since research on what the ideal modern office looked like, Brandon and Jenna both graduated from High Point and what people liked having in their space and it University and no other real estate company used it, was designed with that in mind. Steven finished the this color was perfect for their logo. In the short time downstairs renovations in late June, and they moved in that McKenzie Real Estate has been open, they have and were set up in two days. created a lot of buzz around this “hybrid” firm that can The downstairs space has eight offices and a take you from the ground up and purple signs have conference room, as well as copier room located in the been popping up all over town. As Broker in Charge, Jenna handles all of the real estate sales, training, and has built a team of professionals who are as committed to their community as they are to their careers. Brandon handles acquisitions and the property management side of the business, making sure that all properties are up to their exacting standards. Ashley is a broker by day, and social media guru by night. Her creativity can be seen on any of their social media channels. Steven as general contractor handles all of the renovations and build outs for McKenzie Real Estate and many of their clients. McKenzie Real Estate stands out from the crowd because they can offer the whole package. If the client is looking for an investment property, Steven can give them an idea of the cost of renovation or repairs before they put in an offer. Depending on what the needs are, his services can often save them time and money Conference Room at 103 Worth Street upfront, before they purchase the property. Steven has done several remodels and additions in Pinewood, as

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old bank vault, a kitchen and two bathrooms. There are two completed offices on the 2nd level, a full bathroom with shower, and a large common area for Team Building Tuesday activities. In addition, the 3rd level is currently being fitted for more offices to accommodate future growth at the firm. Jenna strongly believes in giving back to her community and as they began to add agents, she initiated Team Building Tuesdays. The activities on that day can be educational to keep them sharp, community service oriented to keep each other accountable, or team building focused to keep each other close. For recent community service projects, they have picked up trash along the highway, volunteered and served lunch at Our Daily Bread twice, and packed 50 lunches for the homeless in Randolph County through Feeding Locals First. For their educational topics they have invited

Steven Monninger during remodel at 103 Worth Street competition, but at McKenzie Real Estate, they support their agents financially and educationally, making sure they have every tool at hand to ensure their success. The seasoned agents are available on call 24 hours a day.

Remodeling 103 Worth Street an accountant to come discuss their taxes as 1099 employees, had presentations from insurance agents, home inspectors, and appraisers. Jenna’s favorite is when she gives each agent a different topic and they have to present three things they have learned that they were NOT taught in real estate school. That is always a fun and informative session. For team building days they have participated in mindful mediation, had a ‘getting to know you’ team brunch at Brewskie’s, and even created a human pyramid. As hardworking mothers who put in long days at the office while raising their kids, Jenna and Ashley wanted to create something unique from other real estate firms. Normally, only 12% of provisional brokers stay active in an agency after the first year. Most firms have a culture of 10 |

We know that ‘doing’ is the best education you can get, so it’s always hands-on training here. We offer a natural way of learning, coaching and mentoring each provisional broker until they are comfortable on their own.

are the pitfalls? This is why it’s important to work with a knowledgeable realtor who understands the local market. McKenzie Real Estate wants to be a resource for homeowners – lots of people are moving here from out of state, and Jenna encourages her clients to call on her firm for any needs they have moving forward – do they need the name of a good plumber, or a locksmith, or any number of things that come up – which is better in this area Cable or Satellite? She truly wants to be a onestop shop with all of that information handy to have for someone just moving to the area. One of the really unique things about McKenzie Real Estate is that being a small, independent agency – they don’t have to wait for a corporate decision to make a change and get things done, the decision makers are in house and easily accessible. McKenzie Real Estate does things differently, and they like it that way! They have created a culture built on integrity, support and communication. To them, the color purple is more than an advertisement. Purple represents a sense of family, a strong work ethic, and a love for the community. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, rent, build or invest, they’re here to help! Call 336.413.4475 or check out their Facebook, Instagram or on the web at

Offices at 103 Worth Street There is a lot of misinformation in real estate, and if you haven’t dotted all your i’s or crossed all of your t’s, it can lead to tears and delays at the closing table. Jenna and her team educate themselves and their clients on many real estate topics, not just buying and selling, but what if you are thinking about putting your home on VRBO or AirBnB, what are the requirements and what

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f you stub your toe or twist your ankle you’ll know it immediately, but sometimes pain appears on the top of your foot without an obvious explanation. If the pain lasts for more than a couple of days make an appointment with your podiatrist at Triad Foot & Ankle Center to get some answers. Here are some possible reasons for that pain: 1. Tendonitis: Your muscles and bones work together with the help of the rope-like tendons that connect them. Treated early, tendonitis generally responds well to rest and icing, plus a course of anti-inflammatory medication. 2. Stress Fracture: The five bones in the upper part of your foot (the metatarsals) can develop a hairline crack, or stress fracture, particularly if you have pushed yourself—and therefore your hardworking feet—too hard and too long after a period of relative inactivity. 3. Neuroma: The messages that tell your foot to flex or point or extend travel through the nerves that lie

between the metatarsal bones. Sometimes, especially when they are repeatedly stretched or compressed those nerves can develop a non-cancerous growth that feels like having a pebble in your shoe and causes shooting pains. 4. Your shoes: Yes, the source of your pain may be no further away than your bedroom closet. It might be that your shoes don’t fit properly, or you might be lacing them too tight. The podiatrists at the Triad Foot & Ankle Center can help you identify the source of your foot pain and help you find the treatment that is right for your feet. Call 336-375-6990 to schedule your appointment or visit our website to request an appointment.

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looring trends change throughout the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows a larger variety of flooring designs for their remodeling project. This is the second of a two-part series on 2019 flooring trends. Trend #5. Vintage Black & White Vintage has always been about nostalgia–bringing back the warmth and memories of decades past. In 2019, black and white tiles are making a strong comeback. It’s

not the same old black and white tiles that adorn historic homes. Instead, it’s bold, graphic, and more luxurious. Trend #6. Reclaimed Barn Wood Tiles, Multi-toned & Directional The reclaimed barn wood flooring trend is an extension of the faux wood tiles flooring trend so popular in 2016. The barn wood look is still a favorite because of its color variation and distressed look. For homeowners who are looking for a warm rustic look,

this is something to consider. Technology has become so good that manufacturers can replicate the exact look of real wood onto the tile surfaces. This makes it almost impossible to differentiate the tile from real wood. We might even see multi-toned tiles to give a space more character. Tiles that resemble wood in terms of color, look and even texture will become commonplace. Trend #7. Graphic Tiles Not many people are willing to

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use their flooring as an art canvas. But if you love unique and artful patterns on your tiles, graphic tiles are coming in full force. Using advanced technology, manufacturers are able to replicate an endless variety of images on tiles. You can get tiles with repeating patterns or get tiles that, like a jigsaw puzzle, join together to form one large pattern on your floor. Graphic tiles come in monochromatic colors but if you are feeling particularly wild, there are others that come in bold multicolored patterns and writings. Trend #8. Large Porcelain Tiles: Hexagon & Trickling Floor Patterns We have even MORE pattern trends for this upcoming year! Did you think Chevron and Herringbone were really the only trendy floor patterns that were coming in hot for 2019? Well, think again! With the increase of large porcelain tiles being used by homeowners in their kitchen and bathroom remodeling, we also expect to see an increase in these patterns and shapes. Hexagon tiles have been in the spotlight for awhile, specifically when used for backsplashes in the kitchen, or accent pieces in the bathroom. Now, expect to see hexagon shaped tiles as well as other various shapes, specifically in large sizes, taking over in the living room, dining hall, and kitchen area. These patterns create beautiful effects in any room! Trickling patterns are also becoming more and more common and will continue to increase in popularity throughout 2019. These can display a variety of different textures, sizes, and colors of flooring that eventually blends together. Check out some of the pictures below for home ideas and inspiration!! Conclusion The general feeling going into 2018 is that no one is satisfied anymore with traditional materials. Homeowners want flooring materials that have been given special treatment to make them unique in design and texture. Whether it is fumed wood, blanched flooring, textured tile or wood looking tiles; buyers are looking for new and exciting options. Fortunately, 2018 delivers on quality, variety, style and so much more. It will not disappoint.

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MONOPOLY CAN TEACH YOU A LOT ABOUT HOME BUYING 1. Patience MONOPOLY: A game of monopoly can take hours, depending on the number of players. LESSON: Buying real estate is a process. There’s pre-approval for a loan, interviewing agents, searching for homes, submitting an offer, maybe submitting another offer, the home inspection, the appraisal, and the final loan processing and document signing before you get the keys to your new home. Buying a home can take time, so instead of getting frustrated with all the delays and back and forth, focus on the reasons you decided it was time to buy a home in the first place. Staying in close communication with your agent throughout the process will help, too. 2. Neighborhood matters MONOPOLY: Everyone starts the game wanting to own one corner of the board: Boardwalk and Park Place. These expensive pieces of real estate have the best returns on investments, and the players who snag them first usually do well in the game. LESSON: Location location location. Home values, your lifestyle and school districts, and so much more are factors in the neighborhood you choose to move to. Work with your agent to learn all you can about the neighborhoods that fit in with your needs. 3. Keep an open mind MONOPOLY: Baltic and Mediterranean Avenue are the least expensive properties on the board, but they also present an incredible opportunity. Add a few houses and hotels and your return could be bigger than the one on nearby Connecticut Avenue. LESSON: Keep an open mind when shopping for a home. An up-and-coming neighborhood may be priced below your budget, and offer appeal that you didn’t see before, giving you more value for your budget. 4. Be prepared MONOPOLY: You’re a Monopoly mogul! You have a handful of desirable properties and a steady stream of

income from your houses and hotels. Then comes the Chance card: “Make general repairs on your property – for each house pay $25, for each hotel pay $100.” LESSON: You never know what life is going to throw at you, but unlike Monopoly, the real world has home insurance available to help you prepare for unexpected repairs and disasters. Pick a plan that is right for you - some homebuyers also opt for warranties covering potential appliance issues after move-in so they aren’t surprised by large out of pocket expenses. 5. How to win a bidding war MONOPOLY: Trading properties keeps Monopoly exciting. And there are no strict rules as to how a seller determines to accept an offer. Sibling rivalry, bribes involving candy or even business sense can play into a player’s decision. LESSON: Sellers don’t always accept the highest offer. Writing a letter about why you fell in love with their home can sometimes sway their decision in your favor if there is more than one offer. 6. The importance of strategy MONOPOLY: Monopoly is a game of strategy, but few players are inclined to study ways to win. What if an advisor helped you decide how much to bid for a property, where to look next, and whether or not mortgaging one property to buy another is a smart idea? LESSON: Buying a home happens only once or twice in a lifetime. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone on your side who is up on laws for your state, knows the best neighborhoods for your family and helps you navigate the entire process with the least headaches possible. That’s the value an experienced agent provides and why it’s important to work with one who is local.

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RS taxes on your net investment income can add up quickly, putting a serious dent in what you’ve made over the past year. Fortunately, the investment tax and interest deduction worksheet may provide a way to offset some of that cost—and help ensure more of that money stays in your pocket. Start by Learning What is Deductible If you’ve borrowed money to buy property for the purpose of investing, you’ve likely paid interest on that loan. According to the IRS, that interest now qualifies as an “investment interest expense,” which may be deductible on the investment tax and interest deduction worksheet. For example, if you’ve taken out a loan against, say, the equity in your home, and used that money to buy stock, you paid investment interest. And this expense may now be used to reduce your tax burden.

The investment interest deduction applies only to paid interest on money used to buy investment property that will produce investment income, be it through interest, annuities or dividends. When the investment property generates nontaxable income—such as tax-exempt bonds—the interest deduction is not allowed. You may also deduct any investment interest expenses that were disallowed during the previous year, taking a little more sting out of your upcoming tax bill. How Much Tax Will I Pay? So, how much tax will you pay on your net investment income? When it comes to investments purchased with borrowed money, this depends not only on how much loan interest you paid over the last year, but also on the net income the investment property happened to create. Once you’ve calculated your net investment

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income and your investment interest expense paid (current + disallowed), your tax and interest deduction worksheet will ask for the smaller number. This will be your total deduction and the amount ultimately affecting how much tax you’ll pay. Is There Anything I Can’t Claim? Generally, any interest paid for investments in “passive activities” won’t qualify for the interest expense deduction. This includes holding an ownership stake in a business that you’re not materially involved in running. For instance, borrowing $10,000 to buy a stake in a friend’s company is undoubtedly an investment. But if you aren’t involved in the daily operation of that business in any way, you’re engaged in a passive activity—and any interest you paid on the original loan can’t be claimed as an investment interest expense. Using the Investment Tax and Interest Deduction Worksheet You can claim investment interest expenses only if you itemize your deductions, which is typically done on your Schedule A. You may also be required to complete Form 4952, which lays out your deduction in more detail. You’re exempt from filling out the latter form if you meet these three conditions: • Your investment income from interest and ordinary dividends minus qualified dividends is more than your investment interest expenses. • You don’t have any other deductible investment expenses. • You have no disallowed investment interest expenses from the previous year. To learn if you qualify for the investment interest deduction, stop by our office at 405 E. Dixie Drive, in Asheboro or call us at 336-6249524.

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The (Actual) Balfour Story by Leigh Anna Marbert


ifth-grade teacher, Ms. Emily Ramon, and Assistant Principal, Ms. Keisha Dawalt, both of Balfour Elementary School believe for many years the school’s narrative has been one of low performance and high poverty. “This simply isn’t true,” said Ms. Dawalt. “Our story – the Balfour Elementary story – is one of student success, hardworking and dedicated teachers, and committed and engaged families. We are at the top of our game and it’s important the community understand Balfour is a high-performing school in our district and across North Carolina.” She’s right. Based on the recent accountability data release from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Balfour has risen from the lowest performing school in the district to the second highest performing school in just six years. The data show Balfour Elementary School exceeded expected growth, meaning students grew more than what expected for one year’s worth of instructional time (180 days). The state defines the high end of expected growth as +2, but Balfour’s growth was +5.96. “Our kids are the most hardworking kids around and our teachers are rock stars,” said Ramon. “We have teachers who are in the top 25 percent of all teachers in the state.” In 2018, the North Carolina General Assembly

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recognized teachers for student performance in the form of bonus incentives. Several teachers at Balfour Elementary School qualified for 14 bonuses equaling $28,000. Principal of Balfour Elementary School, Mr. Chris Tuft, said, “I’m extremely proud of our teachers. Regardless of the obstacles that come their way, they stay focused on our true mission – educating each one of our students.” Both Ramon and Dawalt attribute Balfour’s success to involved families and high expectations in all areas. “We believe it’s of utmost importance to build trust and open lines of communication with our students and their families. We care about the whole child. In addition to teaching, we make sure our students have what they need emotionally and socially. When our families believe we have their child’s best interest at heart,” said Dawalt. “Then,” she says, “the high scores follow.” Engaging families is not as easy as it sounds. “We understand not all our families work 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. So we look for ways to meet our families where they are,” said Dawalt. The school has come up with creative solutions to engage all families. Classroom teachers use a number of means to communicate during the day. Families and teachers connect through an app called Class Dojo and by using Google Classroom. Ramon says these tools are great ways to carry on two-way communication with families whether it is to discuss homework or share pictures of students engaged with their peers. Ramon also says she uses Google Classroom to post timely assignments during inclement weather days to keep students engaged even when they are away from school. The school has also restructured their Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). In years past, the PTO was led by a small group of three or fewer parents who met monthly and were responsible for hosting

everything from fundraisers to the Spring Fling. Up until this year, PTO participation was low. This year however, the PTO is using a number of subcommittees to lead events throughout the school year. So far, PTO has already had 66 individuals sign up this year. “We also understand many of our families may have had negative experiences in school,” said Ramon. “We work really hard to make all our families feel welcome and capable of helping their child. If they tell us they cannot read in English, but they can Spanish, we encourage them to read in Spanish. I have never met a parent who does not want their child to be successful. But sometimes they are a little intimidated, so they just need encouragement.” Balfour recently hosted their first Family Game Night of the year. They invited families to come to the school to meet their child’s teacher, eat free pizza, and play games as a family. “We had over 600 people attend. Our families left feeling empowered, encouraged, and connected,” said Dawalt. Principal Tuft added, “There’s a lot of enthusiasm among our families, and that’s exciting. The partnerships that we’ve already formed this year will ultimately help our students achieve even more.” Superintendent of Asheboro City Schools, Dr. Aaron Woody, says we are committed to three things. The first is creating safe and inviting learning spaces for all students; the second is to make sure our students are emotionally healthy, and third is to help our students become

academically proficient. He says we are here to empower, inspire, and engage all students every single day. His vision for the district is already in place thanks to hard working students, talented and compassionate teachers, and engaged families at Balfour Elementary School. “We are so grateful for our community partner, C4 Church. Their congregation takes such good care of our school community,” said Dawalt. “However, we want the Asheboro community to see with their own eyes the extraordinary work taking place within our building. We invite the community to tour our school and experience the passion and enthusiasm of our teachers and students, so that they may realize the actual story of Balfour Elementary School.” | 21

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ince we last heard from Robert and Alyssa Simmons, the couple living out of the Walt Disney World Resorts for an entire year, they have stayed very busy in their adventure of a lifetime. From special events to special previews to plain old relaxing pool days, they’ve done it all and still aren’t tired of going to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Let’s check in to see what they’ve been up to! The Randolph-Asheboro YMCA invites the community to shop local this coming holiday season at the YMCA’s 7th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 8:00am-3:00pm. This event gives local artists, crafters, and makers a way to showcase their wares to help kick-off the holiday season. The Fair is held inside the basketball gymnasium and is completely filled with over 90 vendor spaces and overflowing into the Community Room with even more vendors, making it our largest Holiday Craft Fair yet! Visitors will be able to shop for

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unique gifts for the holidays including home décor, baby and children’s items, embroidered clothing and accessories, artwork, jewelry, pet items, specialty foods and more across a plethora of home-based businesses and local artists and crafters. Vendor space rental fees from the fair help support the Y’s Invest in People Scholarship fund, which helps provide financial assistance to those less fortunate afford the cost of programs and services they need at the Y. This makes it the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts, teacher gifts, your favorite someone or a little something for yourself (or furry friend) while knowing you will also be helping others. You won’t go hungry while shopping for the holidays either. Food trucks will be on-site with a variety of options to choose from - The American Bean, Las Cebollitas, and Big D Donuts. Preparing for the holidays can also be a hectic time, but Kneaded Movements has you covered; offering free chair massages to help keep

you relaxed during your shopping escapade. The Holiday Craft Fair is held in conjunction with the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA’s Free Community Day – a free day of exercise, membership specials, and giving back to the community. Each fall the Y opens the doors for the community to bring the family and enjoy a day of fun, fitness, and togetherness. Bring the children and enjoy free child-care while you work out. Children in the Nursery, ages 6 weeks-6 years, can play with a variety of toys, dress-up, puzzles and books, while children in the Senior/Teen Center, ages 6 and up, can play ping-pong, air hockey, foosball, computers, ExerGame bikes, and more. While the kids are having fun, take a group exercise class then come together as a family and take a swim in the indoor heated pool. End the day by giving back through the Y’s Canned Food Drive. When you donate 5 or more non-perishable food items, the Y will waive the New Member Joining Fee, a savings of $50-$100! This membership special is good all weekend, November 8-10. The Y is committed to helping people be the best you and your family can be, in spirit, mind and body.

In addition to the beginning of the holiday season, November also marks Military Family Month. The Randolph-Asheboro YMCA would like to recognize the dedication, sacrifice and service of military personnel and their families. With Community Day falling on Veteran’s Day weekend, what better day to celebrate those that have served our country. Remember those little green plastic Army men? The Y will have a bucket of them in the lobby available for members and guests to take one as a reminder to pray for our soldiers; past, present and future. Veterans and their loved ones are also invited to stop by our Veterans’ Day display to place a sticker on our map to mark where you or a loved one have served during tours of duty. The Y will also have materials for you to make cards for local veterans. Be sure stop by the Y and share your message with our veterans! For more information on this free community event, including a detailed schedule of times and activities, or about other programs and services provided by the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA, please visit www. or contact the Y at (336) 625-1976. | 23


A Hidden Musical Treasure by Mary Murkin


icture a wood-burning stove with an old coffee pot sitting on the back burner. Imagine several straight back chairs and one sweet old rocker with its arms rubbed dark from years’ worth of elbows resting on them while rocking. Picture two guitars standing propped up against the narrow bead board wall behind the wooden kitchen table. Come on in and take a seat. The afternoon gathering of friends is about to begin. You are about to witness the purest, most authentic, old-time bluegrass and mountain music imaginable. When listening to Original Formula – – comprised of Al Elliot and Rob Perkins – – playing guitars and singing, you definitely take a giant step back in time. These fellows are not even old enough to have heard much of this music when it first came out, but you would never know that from their sound when they start playing and singing. The music Al and Rob play is quite often from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as some original tunes. From the fancy pickin’ (translated as exceedingly complex) talents of Rob and the smooth strumming of Al to the lead singing of Al and the perfect back-up harmonies of Rob, these two astute musicians bring an entire era of music back to life right before your eyes

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and ears! I have had the pleasure and incredible good fortune to get to know these two talented men and want to share my new friends with all of you. Alton (Al) Elliot, 59, was born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina. He grew up listening to old-time music played in his home. His father and his uncle both played banjos. Al tried playing the banjo when he was about 18 years old. According to him, that did not go so well, so he picked up the guitar at age 21 and has not put it down since! Some of Al’s major musical influences were Ferlin Husky, Lester Flatt, Nick Lucas and Carter Stanley. Robert (Rob) Perkins, 50, hails from good old Asheboro, North Carolina. Rob also grew up listening to a lot of old music in his home. He began playing the guitar at about eight or nine years old. Rob’s intense level of perfecting his guitar skills shows on every single song he plays. Honestly, you cannot help but stare at his fingers on the frets of his guitar as they do a dance up and down the long neck. Rob was most influenced by the likes of Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Carter Stanley, Nick Lucas, The Stanley Brothers, Doc Watson and many others, but

is self-taught in his guitar playing. Mind blown. These two very humble and kind musicians have been friends since September of 1987 and started playing music together at a serious level in 1992. The way they met was that Rob’s father and Al’s brother worked together. These two fellas were going to have a musical jam session at Al’s house and Rob was invited to come along one particular evening. When Rob and Al began talking music, it turned out that Al had nearly the very same record collection that Rob had. They began doing songs off of the various albums and realized that their playing styles and taste in music were so evenly matched that they knew a lifelong friendship had just been established. In their duo, Rob plays lead guitar and usually supplies secondary vocals as well as harmony vocals. Al plays accompanying guitar and typically carries the lead vocals. Al lets his personality out freely through his comfort with all people. His openness to talk and draw folks into a visit is quite infectious. Rob, on the other hand, is a very quiet person. He makes no bones about being described as such. Al likes to tell a story about how after playing a gig and loading up the car, he was driving down the road for a few minutes before he realized that Rob was not in the car. He had to turn around right then and go back to get him! He chuckles recalling the story and explaining/ defending that this happened because Rob is so quiet. On a more serious note, these two master musicians wrote and recorded a folk ballad about the murder of a young Cedar Falls woman named Vanessa Dawn Dixon. She was murdered in November 1993, but her murderer was not arrested until June 1994. He was then tried and sentenced to death and subsequently died on death row in 2017. Not only was this senseless abduction, rape and murder disturbing on its own, but it was personally distressing for Al, who was a co-worker of the murderer. This ballad, along with many other traditional old-time songs and a few other original pieces, is on their album entitled: “Original Formula: Radio-Active.” The list of accolades for Original Formula is impressive. Some of their most notable experiences include appearing regularly on WBRF in Galax, Virginia and WPAQ in Mount Airy, North Carolina. They often appeared on the True Bluegrass show on WKXR-AM in Asheboro, North Carolina. Being interviewed by Joe Cline on the WNCW radio show called “This Old Porch,” out of Spindale, NC, was a real highlight for them. Equally so, was appearing on a regional television show, “Route 1 Bluegrass,” which was out of South Boston, VA and hosted by Julian Lillard. Al and Rob also have their own recording label, Melody Man Records. They

recorded their album “Radio-Active” under this label. A sentiment that Al shared about all of their good fortune is this: “We try to keep things simple and down-to-earth and remember where we came from at all times.” My greatest joy in finding such talented people like Al and Rob is getting to share them with my friends and acquaintances. Lucky for me and lucky for you, I have the perfect venue to be able to do this! Original Formula will be performing at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, located in historic downtown Asheboro, NC, in the “Back Parlor” (where all the fun happens) on November 9, 2019, from 1 to 4 PM. So if you like old-time music, great picking and singing, songs that tell a story, songs with a little humor and songs with a lot of feeling, then you won’t want to miss hearing Al and Rob during this open house afternoon in our Back Parlor at the coolest corner in town. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations needed – – this is your invitation. We are hoping to see all of you there sometime during the afternoon. | 25


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20th Anniversary of Randolph Partnership for Children


he boards of directors of Hospice of Randolph County (HRC) and Hospice of the Piedmont (HOP) are pleased to announce that the organizations have signed a letter of intent to merge. Pending approval from both boards of directors and any needed health care regulatory approvals, the merger is expected to be effective September 30. This announcement comes after months of due diligence, joint leadership involvement, and a meeting of both organizations’ boards of directors.

On Thursday, September 12, Randolph Partnership for Children held an open house from 4-5:30 p.m. in celebration of the agency’s 20th anniversary. In 1998, prior to its incorporation, MiMi Cooper was selected as the Partnership’s first chair of the board of directors. In 1999, Randolph County Partnership for Children was officially incorporated as the last Smart Start Partnership established under Governor Jim Hunt’s initiative to ensure all children were ready for school when they began kindergarten. At the helm of the fledgling agency was Pauline McKee. The Partnership began operations in the historic Hayworth House in downtown Asheboro, where it continues to be housed. Although, expansion of services and funding led to a 2008 renovation project that added a child care services wing to the facility. The agency’s mission is to ensure strong families with healthy, well-prepared children by galvanizing our community to advocate for and invest in their future. The mission is realized through collaboration with dozens of agencies in Randolph County, professional development and incentives like WAGE$ for early educators, and the implementation of programs such as Success by 6, Child Care Resource and Referral, More at Four, Parents as Teachers, Raising a Reader, Preventing Obesity by Design, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Shape NC, NC Pre-K, Reach Out and Read, Pinwheels for Prevention, Play Daze, The Incredible Years, Farm to Child Care, Randolph Books for Babies, KidsReadyNC, The Basics Randolph, the Infant-Toddler TA Pilot Project, and Strengthening Statewide Family Engagement and Leadership. 30 |

The staff has grown from two in 1999 to 14 today. McKee announced her retirement in 2014. During her tenure, the agency established an endowment, was recognized by the North Carolina Partnership for Children for meeting and sustaining performance targets, the old Liberty Elementary School was renovated to become the Liberty Early Childhood Center, a successful capital campaign resulted in the addition of office space. In 2002, the Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce awarded the Partnership the Quality of Life Award for its work in the community. McKee was honored with the Extra Mile Award from the Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Lisa Hayworth was named McKee’s successor, beginning her responsibilities as executive director on June 1, 2015. Since then, the Partnership has been awarded a Children’s Trust Fund Grant to for The Incredible Years, collaborated with the City of Asheboro to become an All America City, rebranded its logo and website, received the Duke Energy Quality of Life Award for citizenship and service bestowed by the Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce, helped the Friends of Randolph Library launch Books for Babies, and was selected for KidsReadyNC, Infant-Toddler TA Pilot Project, and Strengthening Statewide Family Engagement and Leadership. Reflecting on the organization she leads and its community-wide impact, Hayworth stated, “Our staff, board, and volunteers embrace the mission of the Partnership for Children because we know we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Whether it’s helping the young children of Randolph County to develop a lifelong love of reading, for example, or empowering families, or providing professional development opportunities for early educators, or finding ways to bring a community together in support of the next generation, we are united in our conviction that the impacts of our work today will go far beyond our time on this earth.” The Partnership’s signature fundraiser, the Gala for the Children, has grown over the past 11 years and is responsible for establishing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the county, expanding and matching the Shape NC project, and expanding Reach Out and

Read. Funds raised also support other early education endeavors as directed by the Board of Directors. In addition to Cooper, board chairs for the agency have included Reid Pollard, John Freeze, J.B. Griffith III, Duffy Johnson, Dan McGugin, Lynn Jones, and Kevin Franklin. On August 23, the gavel was passed to the current board chair, Jerry Moore. “There is no work more important than the work done to ensure a child’s safety, happiness, and success,” Moore said. “The work we do today pays dividends for years to come.” About the Randolph Partnership for Children: Since 1999, the Randolph Partnership for Children (RPC), a non-profit organization, has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Randolph County children and their families. As the community’s lead organization for young children and their families, RPC brings

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o you suffer from back or neck pain? If so, you are not alone. Approximately, 80 percent of people over the age of 30 will experience back problems at some point in their lives. Back and neck pain can lead to missed work and prolonged conditions if not assessed by a professional back specialist. If you would like to get a free back screening, join the expert staff at Randolph Health Rehabilitation Services on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Randolph Health Outpatient Center, located off of Miller Street and adjacent to the Parking Garage. Staff will conduct a free one-on-one back screening. Learn how your back stacks up and what individual treatment options are available to eliminate that pain. There is an array of different back conditions and there are many innovative ways to assess an individual’s case. With the right treatment options, pain doesn’t have to be a part of everyday living. This free screening is just one of the many events offered to the community through Randolph Health at no cost. Appointments are necessary. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (336)633-7788.

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Millions of People Suffer from Hand/Wrist Pain. Do You?


o you have hand pain, tingling/numbness, weakness or limited range of motion? Have you been diagnosed with arthritis, carpal tunnel or other conditions which affect nerves and joints? If so, you are not alone. Because hand pain is so prevalent, Randolph Health is conducting a free hand screening. This screening will be conducted on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Randolph Health Outpatient Center, from 3 - 6 p.m. Hand and or wrist pain – usually due to repetitive strain injury – is the most prevalent occupational illness today according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), whether in the workplace or at home, are growing at an unprecedented rate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers in the United States spend more than $8 billion on compensation costs and even more than that on medical treatments, lawsuits and lost productivity due to repetitive strain injuries. Recent statics bring home the sheer numbers and cost of hand and wrist injuries: - Over 1,000,000 hand injuries in the U.S. alone - 70% of hand injuries result from not wearing any type of hand protection - 20% of disabling workplace injuries involve hands - 30% of hand injuries caused by wearing the wrong glove -Over $740,000,000 in hand and wrist injuries You don’t have to live with hand pain. Get checked today by registering for the FREE Hand Screening. To register for this screening, please call the Community Events Desk at (336) 633-7788 to register. Registration is required and space is limited. | 33

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RCC names new Allied Health Center after President Shackleford


ozens gathered, including faculty, staff, and trustees, in the Randolph Community College plaza Thursday afternoon as the College named the new Allied Health Center after current President Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. “I have truly never been so shocked in my life,” said Shackleford, whose family members were present for the ceremony. “I never even imagined such a thing. I’m just truly blessed to be here. Every morning when I drive up I’m reminded how grateful I am that the trustees 12 ½ years ago took a chance on me. I’ve loved it every day since. Thank you.” The $14.4 million facility will house the College’s Associate Degree Nursing, Radiography, Medical Assisting, and Emergency Medical Services programs. The 45,000-square-foot, two-story, L-shaped building will increase the space

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available for the health care programs by 86 percent. Funds for the facility came from Randolph County’s quarter-cent sales tax designated for RCC capital construction ($9.4 million) and state community college bond funds ($5 million). RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill opened Thursday’s ceremony and presided over the unveiling. “Around 10 years ago, Dr. Robert Shackleford started making stops around the county to try and encourage citizens to support the quartercent sales tax bond that would go to benefit the College,” Sherrill said. “Since that bond was passed, Dr. Shackleford and his staff have used that money to renovate an old Klaussner warehouse into the Continuing Education & Industrial Center, change the old Bost Tie Manufacturing facility into an

Surrounded by his family, Shackleford holds an artist’s rendering of the new Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. Allied Health Center.

amazing Cosmetology center and manufacturing cell, and refurbished and modernized the Photography department into a state-of-the-art facility. But, the biggest project so far is the new Allied Health Center that is going up just across Industrial Park Avenue. This last undertaking was a project that Dr. Shackleford had been hoping to start since his first days as president here on campus. Because of his dedication and love to this campus, the Board of Trustees have decided to name the new building the Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. Allied Health Center. “We all know what a loving, giving heart Dr. Shackleford has,” Sherrill added. “We are fortunate to have him in our county, and as our president, and we hope this honor today will show him how much we appreciate his love and dedication to our community and the students, faculty, and staff of RCC.” Vice President for Workforce Development & Continuing Education Elbert Lassiter closed the ceremony. “Many of us have heard Dr. Shackleford tell his story; he talks about how he grew up in modest circumstances and through hard work and education and, as he says, just simply being blessed, he’s the president of Randolph Community College now,” Lassiter said. “He finishes each story with what he just said, ‘Each morning, on my way to work, I look so forward to coming here. I love what I do.’ … Every time I hear him say

that, I think of the story of Esther. Esther was a lady that grew up in modest circumstances and through hard work and blessings, she rose to prominence and was able to help a lot of people. … I think about Dr. Shackleford. Similar stories, similar circumstance. He takes each and every opportunity that he has. He’s going all over the country teaching. If there’s a committee to help somebody in Asheboro or a board, he’s involved. Yet, he takes the time to help individual students. I think about all the things that you’ve gone through, sir, the good and the bad. Perhaps you were created for RCC. You were created for such a time as this. It’s an honor to serve with you. And again, I say congratulations.” Designed by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and built by general contractor Clancy & Theys Construction Company, the building is RCC’s second Gold LEED-Certified building. RCC broke ground on the Center Aug. 23, 2018, with over 100 state and local government officials, business and industry partners, and RCC faculty, staff, and students gathered at the site. The Center will include a simulated health care community, allowing EMS workers to pick up a patient in a true apartment setting and transport the patient to a simulated hospital. The facility will include radiography labs, exam rooms, a surgical room, an ICU room, a maternity room, waiting areas, and patient conference rooms. The building also will have video-capture capabilities so instructors can observe students and play back that video to debrief students after a simulation. | 37

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It’s Time to Check Your Medicare Plans for 2020!


he Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period is from October 15 - December 7. During this time you can enroll in a Medicare Part D Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan to best fit your needs for 2020. Although your current plan may have been fine for 2019 it may not be the best fit for next year. Premiums, deductibles, medical and prescription copays all change from year to year, as well as restrictions on medications. Some plans may no longer be available next year and there may be some plans that are new to our area. There are some plans this year that are changing their name and this can cause confusion. That is why it is so important to review your Medicare coverage during Open Enrollment. You do not want to be caught by surprise in January when it may be too late to change! Randolph Senior Adults is the SHIIP Coordinating Site for Randolph County. Trained counselors from the NC Dept of Insurance - Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will be available MondayThursday 8:30am-4:00pm at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Adult REC, 347 W. Salisbury Street in Asheboro. This year Medicare has updated their website, so it is very important to bring in your “new” Medicare card, list of medications, and list of your doctors. The new Medicare website requires beneficiaries to register for a MyMedicare account. We will help you set one up, but if you already have a MyMedicare account, please bring with you your user name and password. Even if we have helped you before, it is important to bring in all this

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information. New Medicare cards were issued this past year to all Medicare beneficiaries. The new cards no longer have the Social Security number on them. If you have not yet received your new Medicare card, you need to contact our local Social Security office as soon as possible at 1-888-472-6119, or visit them at 157-K Dublin Square Road in Asheboro. We cannot do a search without your new Medicare card and the old cards will no longer be accepted by your physicians after January 1, 2020. Due to the volume of people we serve we cannot make appointments, however, if you are unable to come in and wait for assistance you can pick up a Plan Finder Tool form at any of our four Senior Center locations (Asheboro, Randleman, Archdale and Liberty) or one can be mailed or emailed to you, for you to complete and return. We will then contact you with the results and let you know if it seems best to keep your current plan or switch to a different one. If another plan is better, we can enroll you so you will have the new plan for 2020 that will best fit your needs. We also help those eligible for Medicare Extra Help and Medicare Savings Programs to apply for these cost savings programs. To receive a Plan Finder Tool form, either stop by one of our locations, or contact SHIIP Coordinators Margie DiDona, at 336-625-3389 x235 or or Lisa Alley at 336-625-3389 x237 or rcsaa@senioradults. org.

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RCC hosts local eighth-graders for Manufacturing Day


andolph Community College hosted 225 eighthgrade students from nine Randolph County middle schools as part of its annual Manufacturing Day celebration Friday, Sept. 27. The students toured local industries before participating in hands-on activities in RCC’s machining, mechatronics, and welding labs. “Students and many parents are unaware of the products manufactured right here in Randolph County,” Computer-Integrated Machining Department Head Garrett Parker said. “These products are made using machines that are computerized. It’s not your grandfather’s industry. Industries today are automated, clean, and technical workplaces. We hope that between the industry visit and their visit to RCC, students are getting a different perspective of what manufacturing is. There is a definite interest gap and skills gap across the nation when it comes to manufacturing. We’re addressing both of these with Manufacturing Day and we hope to see these students in four years.” Before arriving on the RCC campus, the students toured several local plants, including Accuchrome, Elastic Therapy Inc., Energizer, Mohawk Industries, PEMMCO Manufacturing, Phase Change Energy Solutions, Sapona Plastics, and The Timken Company. The students also learned about College and Career Promise opportunities and Apprenticeship Randolph, which is for high school juniors and seniors. The program begins with a six-week, pre-apprenticeship summer program that consists of two RCC classes and 40 hours per week of on-the-job training. Once a business selects its apprentice after this trial period, the program is spread over four years with students

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receiving paid, on-the-job training while earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Manufacturing Technology or in Automotive Systems Technology through RCC and a Journeyworker Certificate from the N.C. Community College System and U.S. Department of Labor. “It wasn’t so much seeing the machines, it was seeing how they work and how they handle everything,” said Southwestern Randolph Middle Schooler Logan Deaton, who notched a 69 on the welding simulator. Deaton also said that, along with having fun, she was glad to learn about Apprenticeship Randolph. Uwharrie Charter Academy Middle School teacher Obie O’Brien, who teaches woodworking is a former Industrial Maintenance student at RCC, was joined by metals teacher Ian Thomsen. Along with Chief Academic Officer Casey Harris, the three are looking to start a trade school at UCA. “We want to get it to where we can train them and certify these kids before they get [to RCC], so they have their foot in the door,” O’Brien said. “It’s not going to be easy. We’re trying to lift the stigma. You don’t have to go to college for four years. You can go for two, get your certification, and make a good living. “I’m passionate about the trades. I’ve built houses my entire life and during the summers when I wasn’t teaching. … We’ve got to put a hammer, a wrench, something in these kids’ hands so they can make money.” The participating middle schools were North and South Asheboro, Archdale-Trinity, Randleman, Uwharrie Ridge Six-Twelve, Uwharrie Charter, and Northeastern,

Southeastern, and Southwestern Randolph. Manufacturing Day is held for eighth-graders in the fall with the goal of educating students on careers, pay, and opportunities in area industries as well as opportunities with Career-Technical Education classes and at RCC. The day is part of North Carolina Manufacturing Week, which was held Sept. 29-Oct. 5, and National Manufacturing Day Oct. 4. The state week helps raise awareness about manufacturing across the North Carolina. According to a release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper, the state is the fifth-largest manufacturing economy in the United States with North Carolina manufacturers contributing $104.9 billion to the gross domestic product. Studies show that for every $1 spent in manufacturing, $1.82 is generated for North Carolina’s economy. In 2018, 95 percent of North Carolina’s record-breaking $32.7 billion in exports were manufactured goods, including pharmaceuticals, transportation equipment, aircraft and automotive components, machinery, and technology industries.

Randolph Arts Guild October Programs Pine Needle Basket From the Native American Tradition with Pat Cheadle


earn from a master basket weaver the tradition of pine needle weaving while you begin the process of making your very own pine needle basket. Originally a tradition of Native Americans in the Southeastern US, this tradition is still used today in many tribal areas to help support families. Join us as we pass on this tradition to you and your family. All Materials Supplied Ages 15+ unless accompanied by an adult. Materials needed: Slipstop thimble or regular thimble, and lunch. Asheboro: RAG Gallery 101: Two-day class option- Saturday October 19 and 26 12:00-4:00PM. Members $25.00 Non-Members $30.00 Artist Bio:Pat Cheadle grew up on a farm in Siloam, North Carolina. After leaving the farm, she worked and traveled with her husband and two daughters. While on a work trip to the Outer Banks, Pat saw a pine needle basket made by American Indians approximately 200 years earlier. The basket was so well made it could hold water! She purchased the basket and learned how to weave local pine needles into similar baskets. These days, Pat spends much of her time in Alabama, at the Choctaw Indian Nation, teaching them to make and sell quilts and baskets. Apart from nylon thread, Pat only uses natural supplies: pine needles, raffia, cedar, dogwood, or black walnut. | 41

Fiber Craft Fun for Kidz with Le’Tonya Teague


un for kids of all ages! Join Le’Tonya as she teaches several fiber art projects designed for kids, helping to enhance their knowledge of different forms of fiber arts. From sewing to wet felting, this will be a series of fun! We cannot wait to see what crafty things they bring home! Asheboro: In the RAG Fiber Arts Room: Saturday’s From 10:00-12:00PM. October 19- Crochet Basics Prices for 1- Single session ($25), All Materials Supplied Ages 8+. Artist Bio: Le’Tonya Teague is a talented fiber artist from Guilford County area, though whose main focus has been in Occupational Therapy, has many years experience teaching fiber arts in the Triad area to all ages. She is a self-taught crafter who has been tutoring and teaching since 2002 in all primary and secondary courses. While she loves to learn for personal pleasure, she loves to teach for the pleasure of seeing minds transform. In addition to teaching fiber arts here at RAG for the last 3 years, Letonya hosts free knitting/crochet classes at the local library where she lives.

Fondant Fun with Jan Logsdon


earn to finish a cake like a pro! In this class Jan Logsdon, owner of Frosted Dreams Cakes and More, will be helping you to

work with homemade fondant, frosting and various other decorating tools, and learn some cool tricks to making a beautiful cake! 3 hour class! Asheboro: RAG Gallery 101: Wednesday October 23 6:00-9:00PM. All Materials Supplied Ages 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a registered adult) Members $40.00 Non-Members $45.00 Artist Bio: With over 30 years’ experience in cake artistry, Jan Logsdon uses many different mediums to complete her cakes, including buttercream piping, fondant, fondant sculpting, sugar-veil lace, chocolate, and royal icing. She has won several cake and cupcake competitions throughout the years and her cakes are featured every year at the Partnership For Children gala. Working with fondant has become her latest passion, with 3D sculpting being her focus.

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LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is Helping People Move Beyond Cancer in Spirit, Mind and Body by Robin Hatch, Wellness Director


he Randolph-Asheboro YMCA is pleased to announce that we are now offering LiveStrong at the YMCA for Cancer Survivors. The Y and the LIVESTRONG Foundation have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, an evidence-based physical activity and wellbeing program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. It has touched or will touch each of us in our lifetime whether personally or through a friend or family member. The facts are that 1 in 3 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. As cancer treatments improve, the number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis continues to grow rapidly. Cancer exercise programs empower survivors to reclaim their lives and well-being. With our presence in the community, the Y is uniquely positioned to support this growing population. Participation in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is often a cancer survivor’s first step in the journey toward recovery. It can provide the support a survivor needs to continue their pursuit of health and wellness. Research demonstrates that cancer survivors who participated in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA exercise program exhibited improvements in physical activity, fitness and quality of life. The number of participants served in this program as of June 2016 is 40,958 in 39

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US states, 534 communities through 211 Y associations. We believe that the Randolph County and Asheboro community will greatly benefit from this program as well. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is structured as a small group setting in a supportive environment held at the YMCA. It is a 12-week program with two 90-minute sessions per week that includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, flexibility exercises, and emotional support. The classes are facilitated by LIVESTRONG YMCA-certified Instructors. There is an evaluation for participants that includes Functional and Quality of Life assessments before and after participation. LIVESTRONG is a brand that is linked with cancer support. It has long evolved from the Lance Armstrong days into this organization that improves the lives of people affected by cancer—no matter the role. LIVESTRONG provides direct services, connects people and communities with the services they need. They work with state, national and world leaders to help fight the disease and LiveStrong is the only organization that has partnered with the YMCA of The USA to offer the Cancer Exercise Program. This quality program will not be found with any other organization. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has proven to help survivors meet or exceed the recommended amount of physical activity as well as help survivors significantly improve their cardiovascular endurance. Participation has also proven to help improve cancer survivors’ overall quality of life and decrease their cancer-related fatigue. Participants report high levels of satisfaction as they build strong connections with other group members and plan to continue exercise after they have completed the program. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is truly a unique, one of a kind program. Together, with the support of the North Carolina Community Foundation for Randolph County and in collaboration with community physicians, the RandolphAsheboro YMCA has the opportunity to provide programming to help cancer survivors reclaim their health and improve their quality of life. For more information contact Robin Hatch at 336-625-1976 or rhatch@

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