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Kick it in High Gear with this Free Running Clinic “The Art of Balloons” with January Sides Williamson 18 Couples Chosen for Dancing with the Randolph Stars Wizard of Oz Comes to Life at Gala for the Children Randolph Arts Guild to Feature Local Artist Cori Cagle RCYT Presents “The Legend of Sleeping Beauty” RSVP Theatre Presents “Always ... Patsy Cline” Four RCC Students, Three Graduates are NCPPA Winners

Ask the Expert 20 22 24 44

Your Eyes Your Feet Your Taxes Your Hearing

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08 Community Character 12 John Pugh

Health Corner 18


Scientists Develop 3-D Game to Improve Brain Skills

08 Heaven Sent Private Care LLC - I Love Loving People!

Citizen Journalism 26 A Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Zoo Zeal 52


At the YMCA 56 “Under the Ocean” - 11th Annual Father/Daughter Prom

58 The Blowing Winds of March

Weddings in Randolph County

32 That’s the Girl! 46 “That Melvin Bray” Author Margaret McBride Returns to Asheboro

Rescued Cougar Kittens Arrive at NC Zoo

Nature’s Nuances




rowing up I often heard the term “Beware the Ides of March” in relation to changing weather patterns. Although Spring was due, it didn’t necessarily mean that good weather would immediately follow. In fact, usually just the opposite – we had some of our worst storms when we thought winter was almost over, and this year is proving no exception. Snow, ice, wind, freezing rain – these are the patterns that have ushered in Spring in North Carolina and I, for one, am ready for some warm weather! If your trees and shrubs had storm damage from the latest round of ice, Faylene has some great advice in this month’s Nature’s Nuances, The Blowing Winds of March, for clean up and how to get your yard ready for Spring. Last month Asheboro Magazine hosted the 3rd Annual Randolph County Bridal and Prom Show. We had an awesome turnout of attendees who enjoyed sampling the wares from several local caterers, listening to music provided by Susan Hunt of Steppin’ Out Entertainment, and winning door prizes provided by all of our vendors. This month, we have the devoted the center section of the magazine starting on page 29 entirely to local weddings, including a story about true love that has lasted 60 years! I look forward to seeing our readers out and about at the great events that are coming up in the next month: the Human Race is being held on March 22nd in downtown Asheboro, Hospice of Randolph County is having their annual Home & Garden show on April 5th in Level Cross and many events helping couples raise money for the RCC Foundation’s Dancing with the Randolph Stars are being held around the county – watch our Facebook page for updates. Speaking of Dancing with the Randolph Stars, don’t forget to vote for yours truly! We can use all the help we can get – there is some stiff competition this year – check out this month’s Community Character, John Pugh, one of this year’s dancers. Thanks for reading,




Issue 43 Publisher Sherry Johnson Editor Alex Alfonso Contributors Jordan Willis, Arghavan Almony, MD, Ryan Dodson, Dr. Richard Sikora, Robin Breedlove, Brooke Miller, AuD, Denise Darcel, Megan Clapp, Faylene Whitaker Cover Photo Courtesy of Heaven Sent Private Care, LLC Asheboro Magazine is published by Asheboro and More Marketing, Inc. Any reproduction or duplication of any part thereof must be done with the written permission of the Publisher. All information included herein is correct to the best of our knowledge as of the publication date. Corrections should be forwarded to the Publisher at the address above. Disclaimer: The paid advertisements contained within Asheboro Magazine are not endorsed or recommended by the Publisher. Therefore, neither party may be held liable for the business practices of these companies. © Asheboro & More Marketing, Inc. 2014 P.O. Box 1369 • Asheboro • NC • 27204 (336) 698-3889 •

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ach year, running seems to gain momentum attracting a wide variety of individuals and why not? Running is extremely convenient meaning you can run anywhere and you don’t need any fancy equipment to do it. Running can be a stress reliever, a calorie burner and a therapy session all wrapped into one exercise. Whether an avid runner working on your 20th race or a novice runner just out for a little exercise, there is always something that can be learned to enhance your skills, reduce injury and basically keep you running. Join the Human Motion Institute at Randolph Hospital and its orthopedic partners – Deep River Rehabilitation and Randolph Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for a free RUNNING CLINIC on Saturday, April 5th from 7:30 – 10 a.m. at Deep River Rehabilitation, located at 600 W. Salisbury Street in Asheboro. Dr. Robert Scott, a family practitioner and avid runner, will lead an informative discussion on the benefits of having a good running form as well as the benefits of early medical and physical intervention. He will also share his personal successes and how he trained for the Boston Marathon.

Participants will also be able to interact through three different demonstrations conducted by experts with Deep River Rehabilitation and Randolph Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Frank Layman, PT, DPT, EdD, MTC and April Wilson, PTA, BS, CKTP, IFTA with Randolph Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Joe Mullins, M.Ed., LAT, ATC, ACI and Amanda Stout, PTA, with Deep River Rehabilitation will lead handson demonstrations which will include: group assessments, cutting-edge rehab technology in the underwater treadmill and the instant gratification gained through Dartfish, a program to analyze individual opportunities for enhancement. This free clinic is open to the public and registration is required as space is limited. It is one of Randolph Hospital’s community education events that is offered throughout the year on a variety of health-related topics. For more information, please call the Community Events Desk at Randolph Hospital at (336) 633-7788. You can also register online by logging onto and clicking the “Events” tab. 

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I Love Loving People! Tricia McMasters was born and raised in Kansas. She grew up on a farm with acres of cornfields, alfalfa, wheat, cows, chickens and horses. After high school, she studied nursing at Dodge City Community College, graduating in 1995 with an LPN degree. 8 | Asheboro Magazine - Issue 42

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he moved to Topeka, Kansas and started a private home care business. She offered private care for four clients on her own for eight years, before she expanded and hired employees. She and her staff managed many clients over the next 13years. In 2009, her mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. Tricia sold her business and moved home to be closer to her mother and help take care of her through her treatments and illness for the next two years. In the last 11 days of her mom’s life, she talked to Tricia about her personal vision of heaven. That comforted Tricia, and helped her be okay with her Mom’s passing and let her go when the time came. It also allowed her to develop a closer relationship with God. After her Mom passed, Tricia was surrounded by so many painful memories that she needed a fresh start. She moved to North Carolina in February 2012 to be close to friends, who could offer a support system to begin her healing process. Although not sure what direction her life would take, she knew she wanted to work with horses. She spent a lot of time looking for a horse farm who was hiring. She found Creekridge Farm and loved the look of the place from the photos of it she found online. She drove out one day to meet the owner, Tony McMasters. When she asked if he was hiring and would he consider hiring her to work with the horses, he said “no.” Not one to give up, she stayed for the next forty-five minutes talking with him until he finally changed his mind. Once she began working at the farm, she subleased one of the horses from its owner, basically becoming the caregiver for the horse, paying for room, board and shoeing costs, and in return she got to exercise and groom the horse. She spent every day at the barn, mucking out the stalls, trail riding and taking care of the farm when Tony was traveling. Tony recommended that she consider taking a position with a friend of his in Greensboro. Although she hadn’t planned on starting her business here in North Carolina, she began cleaning house for this family, and as time went on she started providing care for their elderly Dad. Tricia continued to work at the farm and she and Tony became very close friends. They talked about everything, and supported each other through rough times. When she took a trip to Colorado in August to visit her Dad, Tony came with her. While he was there, he asked her father’s permission to marry her. Her father’s response, “You are | 9

over 21 and have a job, don’t you?” With a smile on his face, Tony then asked Tricia to marry him and she said yes. Until that time, she hadn’t realized that Tony felt that way about her. When they returned home and started discussing wedding plans, Tony asked her how an October wedding worked for her, and thinking he meant the following year, she said that would be perfect. But Tony had other ideas and they were married at the farm just two short months later on October 19, 2013. When she called her Dad, who was unable to attend the ceremony to let him know, he told her that was the date that he had married her Mom, so it became an even more special day for Tricia. Many times she talked with Tony about opening another private care business, and her current client’s family was very supportive and encouraging. Basically, they gave her the “boot in the butt” she needed. In October she filed the paperwork to start Heaven Sent Private Care, LLC which became officially licensed by the state of North Carolina on January 17, 2014. Tony came up with the name, because he always said that Tricia was “Heaven Sent” to him. Her employees and clients now echo that sentiment. Tricia has a team of dedicated employees that work closely together providing her with the help and support she needs to make sure that her clients are taken care of. Tricia’s clients trust her to bring someone into their home trained to take good care of them. She is very aware of that responsibility and when hiring employees, she might be a little unconventional but it’s what works for her business. She meets with each potential new hire, and then spends time after praying over them, letting

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God guide her decision making to hire them or not. In the second interview with a potential candidate, she asks them five questions. She trusts her gut as she listens to their responses. She handles all of her business decisions the same way, including accepting new clients. “My business will never be without God. That’s what has led me all of these years. The strength of God and my Mom’s memory are why I started my business again.” In a few short months, Tricia has grown her private care business to include 11 employees with four full-time clients. They have an RN on staff, but Tricia does all the evaluations herself. She spends the first 12 to 24 hours with each client, assessing their needs and learning their habits. She then trains her staff personally, so she knows that each client’s individual needs are being met. If they like their bed made a certain way or they have breakfast at a certain time – whatever their needs, Tricia makes sure that the employee in charge of their care has been trained thoroughly to make them as comfortable as possible. Heaven Sent Private Care, LLC can provide services from one hour a month to twenty-four hours a day. They offer full-time non-medical care, laundry, light housekeeping, and meal preparation, to sitting with a client at the hospital and keeping them comfortable. Many times, a patient is able to come home after a hospital stay instead of going into a nursing home to recover because Tricia’s team is there to help them. They work closely with a client’s personal doctor and medical team to make sure each client’s needs are being met. Loneliness is a hard thing for the aging generation, and Tricia provides companionship and care at the same time. If a client is mobile, she will take them to the park,

on day trips, grocery shopping, to the movies – whatever the client would like to do. They offer respite care, if a family member is the primary caregiver and they just need to get out of the house for a few hours to run errands, do grocery shopping or whatever, Tricia and her team will sit with the client, read the paper, play games or just keep them company. If a family needs to go away for vacation or holidays, Heaven Sent staff is available to stay with their family member so they have peace of mind while they are gone that their loved one is well cared for. Some clients just need a little help getting up and ready for the day and then at the end of the day to get ready for bed. There are no minimum requirements with Heaven Sent; you can use them as little or as much as you need. Tricia offers two hour Gift Cards for service, and you can use them any way you like. This allows you to try their services and see if it is the right fit for you and your family’s situation, without any obligation or longterm contracts. As the owner of the company, Tricia takes special time with each client and she checks in with her caregivers and clients constantly to make sure that everything is okay and everyone is happy. “I love loving people!” Watching her with one of her own clients, you can tell that Tricia truly cares and enjoys being with them. When she first started caring for her current client, he rarely left the house and was not very mobile. He now takes walks during nice weather, and after breakfast he is raring to get out of the house and go. Heaven Sent Private Care, LLC is a family business. Tricia’s two sons work for her, helping with office work, as well as being caregivers. Her oldest son is also a trained EMT firefighter. Her 14 year old often invites her

clients to go to the movies. “We want everyone to feel like they are family.” One of Tricia’s favorite sayings is “There is no ‘I’ in team.” This really tells you how she manages her employees and her clients. Although she doesn’t mix business with personal, Tricia makes sure that everyone knows that they are appreciated and since she can’t do it all by herself, they are a huge part of her life and her success. “There is no 9 to 5 in this business. You get calls in the middle of the night for a client who has been admitted to the hospital, you grab your bag and get there as quickly as you can! You might be there for four hours or four days, but the fact that you are there is what’s important!” Tricia and her caregivers are looking forward to meeting and caring for your family. Give her a call today and see what Heaven Sent can do to help you and your loved ones. 

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john pugh

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by Sherry Johnson

John Pugh was born in 1913 in Randolph County. Although undiagnosed at the time, he had a hearing problem. He grew up a loner, spending many hours in the woods and fields rather than playing with friends. He started school, and during classes his teacher thought he wasn’t paying attention. His mother took him to a doctor for tests, including checking his ears for a hearing impairment. The doctor couldn’t see anything wrong with him after looking in his ears, and everyone just assumed he wasn’t interested in school.


ohn finally quit school at 15 because he was miserable and unhappy. He had gotten fairly good at reading lips, but when a teacher was facing away from him, he could not understand them. He started working at the McCrary Hosiery Mill for ten cents an hour in 1928. He worked there for two years, learning how to knit high fashion hosiery because that was the best paying job at the mill. Out of his wages, he paid twenty-five cents a day for a ride to work each day. John worked on the production line at the mill until he was 32. At that time, he felt a need to serve his country and enlisted. Everyone told him that the military wouldn’t have him because he was hard of hearing. During his entrance exams, the sergeant put his mouth right up to John’s ear and yelled at him, “Repeat after me!” Everything John heard come out of the sergeant’s mouth sounded like he was whispering, so John whispered back everything he said and they passed him on to basic training at Pocatello Army Airbase. He spent fourteen months as an ordinance sergeant. After Germany surrendered, the airbase closed and when the auditors came in the ordinance department was the first one cleared because of their meticulous records. John and his captain were both shipped to an army base in New Mexico for reassignment. They had become friends, as much as an enlisted man could be friends with an officer. His captain said to him, “John, this war is going to be over soon, let me recommend you get assigned to the hospital so they can

help you with your hearing.” He was transferred to Chickasha, OK to the army hospital there. The doctor there after examining John said that he had a unique situation, he had fixed ear drums, which means they didn’t vibrate which is how most of us hear and interpret sounds. Although there was no outward sign of anything wrong with his ears, he had 60% hearing loss in one ear and 40% in the other. There was no operation that could fix this problem, but they provided him with hearing aids that helped him hear sounds better and sent him to a lip reading school. After the first class, the instructor called him out and told him he didn’t need to come back. “You read lips better than I do, you don’t need this class.” “The hearing aids changed my world,” John told me. People had thought he was inattentive and a loner, with the new hearing aids, people could see he had a hearing problem and now they were more accommodating and helpful. John was discharged in 1945 in Oklahoma, and he came back to Randolph County to work in the mill, but he had dreams of starting his own business. He built a service station on Highway 64, five miles east of Asheboro and made a success out of that. There is still a Tank & Tummy in that location today. He operated it for five years and the sold it to start Pugh Oil Company. He bought a plane and flew it to New England for vacations with his young family. On one trip, he got into a storm and radioed the tower for assistance. They guided him down to a runway at JFK International Airport – probably | 13

one of the only times a private small plane has landed at that airport! It was 1964 and the World’s Fair was going on in New York, so they attended the fair that evening and took off again the next morning to continue their journey to

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He ran Pugh Oil Company until he turned 70, when he


sold it to his son Richard. He also sold his Commanche 250 airplane which traveled 180 miles an hour. With the proceeds from the plane he bought a bulldozer and began clearing and fencing in the 200 acres he owned behind his home to start a cattle farm. He raised registered Angus cows for the next 15 years, before selling the ranchto his helper, who had been with him for five years. At 85 years old, for the first time in his life John was out of a job and didn’t have anything to do. At 87, he joined the YMCA and the next year he competed in his first Senior Games sponsored by the Y. He participated in 2003, 2005, 2009 and the 2013 games, taking home gold in several categories. At 100, he took home three gold medals in

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as they help to raise scholarship funds for RCC students. Every $10 donation to the RCC Foundation is one vote for your favorite couple.

at the reception, and he wanted to be able to dance with his future great granddaughter-in-law, so he signed up for dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro. For three months, twice a week he drove himself to Greensboro without telling anyone in his family, because he wanted it to be a surprise. After the wedding ceremony, when they cleared all the tables and started the dancing, John bided his time. The young people were all up and dancing, and they were trying to get

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the older generation to come out on the floor and dance, John stood up and cut an impressive rug, surprising them all with his skills. This year, at the urging of his good friends, Bill and Ann Hoover, John will be competing in the Dancing with the Randolph Stars dance competition on May 31st at AVS Catering & Banquet Center. He and his partner, Linda Covington, are helping raise scholarship funds for the Randolph Community College Foundation. You can vote for John and Linda by going to www. and voting for them or mailing a check with their names in the memo section to: RCC Foundation, 629 Industrial Park Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27205. Every $10 donation counts as one vote.  14 | Asheboro Magazine - Issue 43

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“The Art of Balloons” with January Sides Williamson


andolph County native, January Sides Williamson makes art with balloons. She can easily twist the stretched rubber into dogs and swords familiar to childrens’ party. January takes it a bit further. She makes clothing, table top decor, event backdrops, and larger more complex sculptures. In February 2014 she helped create a five-story beanstalk as part of a balloon installation festival in New York. Locally her magnificent creations and displays can be found as accents and center pieces for parties and events -- places like Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, area weddings, and corporate occasions. To find out more about this form of creativity, join the Randolph Arts Guild (RAG) for January’s “Art Of Balloons” lecture on Wednesday, March 19. The event is free, family oriented and takes place at the Moring Arts Center located at 123 Sunset Avenue in downtown Asheboro. For more information please contact the Randolph Arts Guild at (336) 629-0399 or visit on the web at More of January Sides Williamson’s creations may be viewed by visiting her website at . January Sides Williamson and Ariel Sides Williamson, a mother and daughter team, joined 75 other artists from around the world to build Balloon Manor 2014: The VERY Tall Tale of Jack and his Beanstalk in Rochester, NY’s historic, downtown Sibley Building atrium, February 1-4, 2014. This was the long-awaited fifth Balloon Manor from Airigami, an art studio specializing in “the fine art of folding air”. Founder and creative director Larry Moss says that almost 50,000 balloons were used to create the five-story sculpture. “Like our other Balloon Manors, this one was built by artists from as far away as Russia, Singapore, Australia, Ireland and Spain,” explains Moss, who has been world-renowned for his large-scale, community projects for 15 years. Some of those artists also attended the annual Twist & Shout convention, which was held in Rochester for the first time since Moss helped to found it 14 years ago; others traveled there solely to work with Airigami. “Knowing that different people, from different parts of the world can come together and speak one universal language to create something that so many people may interact with, is something my daughter and I will always cherish.” ~January Sides Williamson from Asheboro, North Carolina.

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The completed public art installation was on view from February 5-9, and drew approximately 10,000 visitors, who were able to “climb” the beanstalk from the ground-floor garden to the giant’s fifth-floor castle in the clouds via an escalator. January Sides Williamson is an Asheboro native. At the age of 13 she and her younger brother started a small children’s entertainment business. They entertained children in and around Randolph county for about 8 years. Not long after her daughter was born, her brother introduced her to more complex balloon designs. She soon learned that it wasn’t just doggies anymore! In 2011 she and her brother attended the world known balloon convention Twist & Shout and decided to rename their business. “Twisted Entertainers” took off in Asheboro and Raleigh and focused mainly on balloons. In March of 2013, January’s brother decided to end the business and start his own. With only a manual pump, an apron full of balloons and her knowledge, January’s close family and friends stood behind her as she started “JUBILEE” in April of 2013. “JUBILEE” stands for “January’s

Unique Balloons In Leading Extraordinary Events”. With her new adventure, January has focused on “deco-twisting” which is the best of both worlds. (In the balloon world.) January not only twists at parties, but is able to decorate a room and give it that “wow” factor people are wanting for their events. From small balloon creations, to large décor pieces, January also creates uninflated art, centerpieces and dresses that turn heads. She is a published artist with pictures of a dress she made for a photo shoot at the Asheboro Airport. She also has worked with Castle Mcculoch with their large events. She has traveled to Burlington, Massachusetts; Phoenix, Arizona; and St. Louis, Missouri for the balloon conventions. She has two upcoming conventions and will be joining world known balloon artist Larry Moss, and other leaders in the balloon industry, in constructing a 5-story bean stalk in Rochester, New York in February. She is always expanding her knowledge and brings it back for Asheboro to enjoy. She considers balloons to be her medium in art. “I enjoy making people smile, and I have found that I can do that with balloons.”  | 17

Health Corner

by Denise Darcel

Scientists Develop 3-D Game to Improve Brain Skills


ideo games enhance brain functions in aging adults. According to a new study, multitasking can cause the brain to slow down in processing stimuli, such as car horns and traffic lights. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) investigated the science of memory and how its processes change with age. The study, titled “Video game training enhances cognitive control in older adults,” was published in the journal Nature on Sept. 5. Researchers found a way to sustain cognitive skills with a specially designed 3-D video game called NeuroRacer. Dr. Adam Gazzaley, associate professor of neurology, physiology, and psychiatry and director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UCSF, developed the game along with a team of UCSF researchers. “The finding is a powerful example of how plastic the older brain is,”said Gazzaley in a UCSF report. Gazzaley also co-founded Akili Interactive Labs, which is “developing the first therapeutic mobile video games,” according the company’s website. UCSF researchers performed tests on participants 60 to 85 years old for a total of 12 hours each over 30-day period. 18 | Asheboro Magazine - Issue 43

The participants showed marked improvement in working memory and sustained attention spans—effects that continued for six months. Their test results even exceeded those of 20-year-olds who had taken the test only once. In the study, gamers raced a car around a track, looking for certain signs to appear and ignoring others. Participants were asked to press a specific button when certain signs appeared. “The need to switch rapidly from driving to responding to the signs—i.e. multitasking—generates interference in the brain that undermines performance,” states the UCSF report. “The researchers found that this interference increases dramatically across the adult lifespan.” Bridge, chess, and other board games apparently cannot compare to NeuroRacer, according to Gazzaley, because the game is designed to become more challenging as the player improves in skill. The study’s findings—that the adult brain is capable of learning—are congruent with other evidence that has been accumulating for more than a dozen years. “Nevertheless, Gazzaley said the brain’s function often erodes steadily over time in many areas, with some exceptions, like wisdom,” according to the UCSF report. 

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or many women, the winter shoe staple is high heeled boots. They are women’s way of rocking their heels and fashion-forward shoes, while still staying warm as they trek through ice and slush in the winter months. While winter is almost over, there are still a few weeks to don your favorite pair. While you may look good, you are putting yourself at serious risk of ankle injuries that could put your beloved boots back on the shelf for good. “High heeled boots pose the same dangers as high heels,” explains Greensboro podiatrist, Dr. Kathryn Egerton at Triad Foot Center. “Boots provide a false sense of security as the upper boot is typically flimsy and provides no real support should you slip and fall or roll your ankle.” Instead, when buying winter fashion boots next fall, you should opt for boots with low heels. Before trekking out into the wintery conditions, scuff up the bottom of your boots to provide better traction on slippery surfaces. If you happen to slip and fall, subsequently twisting your ankle, you need to have your injury evaluated and treated by a podiatrist immediately to ensure you have not torn any ligaments. “By not seeking treatment immediately and letting your injury heal on its own, you are putting yourself at risk for chronic ankle instability and pain, as well as arthritis and deformity,” Dr. Egerton explains. “If it’s swollen and bruised, you need to seek treatment—even if you can walk on it.” For more information about foot health and to book your appointment at Triad Foot Center, please visit wwww. triadfoot. m or call 336.308.4733. 

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paid by check, the day you mailed or delivered the check is usually considered the date of payment. 5. Travel costs count. You may be able to claim the cost of travel for medical care. This includes costs such as public transportation, ambulance service, tolls and parking fees. If you use your car, you can deduct either the actual costs or the standard mileage rate for medical travel. The rate is 24 cents per mile for 2013. 6. No double benefit. You can’t claim a tax deduction for medical and dental expenses you paid with funds from your Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Arrangements or reimbursed by Health Insurance. Amounts paid with funds from those plans are usually tax-free. Home Office Deduction - This year for the first time those who have a home office can choose a new simplified option for claiming the deduction for business use of a home. The new optional deduction, capped at $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for

up to 300 square feet. Normally, home-based businesses are required to fill out a 43-line Form 8829 with complex calculations of allocated expenses, depreciation and carryovers of unused deductions. Instead, taxpayers claiming the optional deduction need only complete a short worksheet in the tax instructions and enter the result on their return. Though homeowners using the new option cannot depreciate the portion of their home used in a trade or business, they can claim allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A. These deductions need not be allocated between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Of course, you have the option of choosing which method gives you the best tax answer. So if you have any questions, please feel free to come and visit us so we can see if we can assist you. Our Liberty Tax location is at 405 East Dixie Drive, Suite J, in between Di’lishi and Jimmy Johns or call us at 629-4700. 

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A Holistic Approach to Mental Health


ur yoga studio is so much more than a yoga studio. It has become a safe haven for our community where we can explore a variety of topics important in our quest for balance, in addition to the practice of asana(yoga poses). Our popular workshops have provided a learning forum in subjects like meditation, menopause, Ayurveda, detoxing the body and most recently: Dealing with Anxiety and Depression. I paused for only a moment before choosing this topic, wondering if people would be willing to attend a class on a topic that has historically been stigmatized in our culture. The hesitation is what convinced me that this workshop was needed, for Santosha Yoga has become, more than ever, a place where people come to ease their suffering. If we can provide that safe haven where our community can have honest and open discussions, and be met with compassion, tolerance and acceptance, then we are happy to be of service. Besides, my own personal experiences with anxiety and depression

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make me qualified to at least start the conversation and help remove the negative connotation surrounding a disease which effects as many as a third of our country’s population. My great fortune to study with master teachers of yoga and my more than 10 years of experience teaching in this community means I can share a toolbox full of skills we can use to ease the suffering of mental imbalances. We started this workshop by looking at a simple model of the physiology of the nervous system, specifically the function of the neurotransmitters in the brain. Abnormal levels of seratonin, norepinephrine and dopamine are implicated to be the reason we feel fearful, anxious, lethargic, depressed, worthless, apathetic, disconnected. For some people, this chemical imbalance is genetic, or it may be caused by stresses on our system. In the case of external influences, learning about and implementing some holistic treatments may be enough to alleviate the imbalance and reduce the symptoms.

Anxiety and depression are often said to be two sides of the same coin. The same person may experience some of both throughout their lives, or even within the same week. But for each individual, the experience is unique and should be treated with care and compassion. Obviously, visiting your doctor should be your first step to get a diagnosis, and to rule out the possibility of the thyroid as the culprit. Also obvious: if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts seek help immediately from your local suicide hotline. In Randolph County you can call 336-629-0313. In our workshop we discussed a variety of angles from which to approach drawing the mental system back to its balanced state. We discussed right away how important a healthy diet is in keeping all of our systems functioning optimally. Of course, removing processed foods, artificial dyes, excess caffeine or alcohol, sugar, salt and lately scientists are recommending limiting grains would remove dietary factors from the equation. The sister science to yoga, Ayurveda, offers an elegant system where the student can discover what type of mind/body he was born with and then follow the food guidelines recommended for that type to help maintain balance. (That’s a whole other workshop we’ll be repeating soon.) The next skill we discussed was honing the ability to recognize our mental state. We can practice yoga to help us become familiar with what feels normal or not normal in our bodies while we are on the mat. Becoming aware of our physical body trains us to also notice and then watch our mental and emotional bodies as well. Noting our patterns and habitual responses to conflict in our lives may be the first option for reducing negative impacts in the first place. When our intelligent eye is wide open, we can identify and learn to modify our behavior to minimalize detrimental situations! Plus, the postures themselves can be prescribed to alleviate symptoms and even stimulate endocrine health. Over-simply put: heart lifting poses help lift our spirits and forward bends help us feel safe. Study with a teacher to discover the perfect sequences for you! Developing an awareness of our breath is one of the most useful tools in out toolbox! Simply focusing to our inhales and exhales can bring us to a quieter state and reduce stress in just a few cycles of the breath. In yoga we say that the vital life force Prana travels on the breath. Manipulating and controlling it through Pranayama is the practice of creating patterns or rhythms that ease the mind. The simplest way to bring balance to the mind is to make your inhale length even to your exhale length. But as I said before, each person is unique and for an anxious person a longer exhale may be required to release excess tension. A longer inhale, on the other hand can elevate a depressed person’s vitality. One should train with a qualified teacher in pranayama. Meditation has been shown in numerous studies to help alleviate anxiety and depression. Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly watching your breathing pattern.

Or one can use a phrase repetitively to focus the mind from wandering. In meditation, we are simply trying to change the fluctuations of the brain waves from their normal busy Beta waves, to a calmer Alpha or calmer yet Theta state. I like to teach an awareness technique which encourages us to use our senses to notice the present moment and stop worrying about the past or the future. It is simple and effective. (Again, that’s a whole other workshop) But any form of meditation can balance the fluctuations that can cause neurotransmitter imbalances…seek a teacher! On the other end of the activity scale, include daily vigorous movement to encourage the secretion of endorphins, the feel good hormone! I like to hike outdoors, since the natural world increases our pranic supplies. Riding your bike, kayaking, walking, gardening, dancing and a myriad of other activities can improve your mood! I always say to mix it up, but do something every day! Finally, reach out to your community, there is no reason to be alone! Family and friends can be a tremendous source of support. Use your intelligent awareness to make friendships with people who lift you and not drain you. Organize or participate in activities that you enjoy. Close friends and family may be able to listen when you need to be heard, but of course, a therapist will lend an objective ear, and be able to help you work out your concerns. Finding a group of like-minded people can make a world of difference! There are certainly other modalities of healing that can be explored, from Tai Chi to herbals to Reiki, and we can help you with these and more. Please look us up if we can be of any assistance, and you are welcome to find your place in our community.  namasté | 27

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That’s the Girl!

Do you believe in love at first sight? I am a true believer that some people know in that first instant when they set eyes on their destiny – something in them says, “Yes, that’s the one!” 32 | Asheboro Magazine - Issue 43


ill Applewhite grew up in the eastern part of North Carolina. His only sister, Jerrie, moved to Rocky Mount after she got married and eventually, Bill left Bladen County and moved to Rocky Mount to live with Jerrie and find work beyond the family farm. Jerrie had been listening to the Dutton Quartet radio show for a while and introduced him to their Southern Gospel style after he moved in. Soon after, when Bill was downtown, he was handed a flyer by a local high school student about a concert being held in their auditorium. He took the flyer home and showed his sister, and she told him it was the same group they listened to on the radio. Then he saw a poster for the concert in a shop window and was intrigued by the only girl in the group, Jewel Dutton, so he made plans to attend the concert. He was mesmerized. He said that the hair stood up on the back of his neck and a chill went down his spine. He thought to himself, “Yep, that’s the girl!” She was even prettier in person than she was on the poster. After the concert, Bill managed to get his hands on her home phone number. Jewel was raised in a very strict Christian home. She and two of her brothers sang together with her father for years in local churches and high schools, as well as on their radio program. When Bill started calling the house she told him she had no interest in meeting him, that her Daddy would have a fit if he found out she was talking to someone her family didn’t know, and he should stop calling her. Not admitting defeat, Bill persisted in calling and telling her that he would like to meet her family. She ‘d say, “No way!” and hang up the phone on him. Finally he called one Saturday evening and said, “I’ll be there in an hour, so do whatever you need to do to get ready, because I am taking you out.” She told him not to bother, that her Daddy would never let her go out with someone they didn’t know, and hung up the phone. Sure enough, he drove up to the house an hour later and she peeked out the window to see what he looked like, after locking the screen door so he couldn’t get past the front porch. She was pleasantly surprised that he was so handsome, but she wasn’t going to give in that easily! When he began knocking at the door, she sat down at her piano in plain sight and began to play, and although he could see her through the screen, she didn’t acknowledge that he was there but kept playing. She finally gave in and let him in and they sat in the parlor and talked for hours. He was introduced to her family, and he spent an hour in conversation with her father. He tried to convince her to go with him to the local Dairy Bar to get a bite to eat, even though it was now nine o’clock, but she told him her daddy would never let her leave the house with someone she just met. He insisted she ask for permission anyway and see what he

said. Her Dad reminded her of her curfew and then said that it was okay to go with him. Jewel was beyond shocked. Clearly, Bill had passed the first test! That unforgettable first date was in September of 1954, and three months later, Bill sold his 1946 Ford to buy her an engagement ring for Christmas. Bill said, “A lot of men wanted to marry that girl, but I meant business - I didn’t see anyone else selling their car!” He was up for the Draft in the next round and even though they’d only known each other a short amount of time, they knew they were deeply in love. They didn’t want to lose touch when he went into the service and drift apart, so they eloped the following February in Conway, South Carolina. Her older brother was the only one who knew what they were planning and they had his blessing. He said, “Now Bill, I’m gonna let you take my sister off to South Carolina – but when you bring her back, you’d better be her husband!” They had one month together before he was drafted into the 101st Airborne. He was sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina as an instructor at their wheel vehicle mechanics school, so Jewel moved to Columbia to be with him from July to November. The 101st Airborne was reactivated and he shipped out to Korea on December 26th just as the war was ending. He was assigned to the peace-keeping force. He and Jewel wrote to each other every single day, and sent | 33

photos. He was finally discharged to return home sixteen months later in March, 1956. When he got home, he went to work for the Atlantic Railroad in Rocky Mount but he knew he wanted more for his family. Hearing about sales opportunities in the center of the state, Bill drove to B.B. Walker Shoe Co. in Asheboro on a Saturday to introduce himself and inquire about employment. They invited both he and Jewel back the following Saturday at their expense and hired him to open their Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee territories. After a few years of success with that, he was given the opportunity of opening new territories in the midwest since Walker had no market presence north of Kentucky. The young Applewhite couple packed up everything they owned, including their baby daughter, Sharon, and moved to Chicago, Illinois - opening up six states for Walker Shoe over the next 12 years – growing the Walker brand to compete with more established brands in that part of the country. Mr. Walker then brought Bill back home to North Carolina when the company decided to launch a private-label shoe division. Bill was promptly made a VP and eventually became the head of all sales and marketing.

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After 28 wonderful years with Walker, he shifted gears when a very attractive offer from Brown Shoe Co. came his way. He began working for Brown in 1987 and spent the rest of his career opening and maintaining accounts for 3 companies under the Brown umbrella. In total, when Bill retired in 2003 he had given 45 years to the shoe industry he loved and had a true sales legacy to leave behind. Above Bill’s commitment to his career, he valued his family more than anything and so together, he and Jewel had decided early on in their marriage that if Bill was going to be on the road and traveling as a salesman, then Jewel was going to be the one responsible for the fort - to be the mother and father while he was gone – and to make their home the center of her attention. She did this with grace and dignity and always kept a home that all the neighborhood children never wanted to leave – especially at mealtime! When they moved back from Illinois in 1969, they built their home in Asheboro and they still live there to this day. Together they share three children (Sharon, born in NC before they moved to the midwest and then Donna and Marlo, who were both born while they lived in Illinois), eight grandchildren, and their first great-grandchild is scheduled to arrive in May of this year. Growing up, everyone’s friends always made the Applewhite house their hang out and this was a special warmth to Jewel’s heart, as she felt it was the ultimate validation of her success as a homemaker - knowing they’d rather be there than just about anywhere else on earth. She never doubted her choice to stay home with her family and she’s loved every minute of it.

Music has continued to play a large role in their life-story so one day Bill surprised Jewel with a baby-grand piano, which still graces their living room in a place of honor. As a family, they’ve always made music around the piano through both vocals and with varied instruments. It has been a melodious glue bonding them all together. All three girls are musically inclined, (studying music on undergraduate and graduate levels) as well as all of the grandchildren. They have all grown up singing in their churches, as well as for many different audiences across the state and in different parts of the country. When I asked Jewel and Bill what a typical “Date Night” looked like for them, they looked at each and smiled – “Every night is date night for us – we have supper at the table, and spend a lot of time talking with each other about everything under the sun. It makes for closeness, sitting at the table.” The youngest daughter Marlo’s favorite memories

are of the whole family around the table together. All these years later, special occasions are still celebrated as a group – birthdays, anniversaries and holidays - these are the best celebrations to them, when everyone can be together. They laugh to think about how many of their memories are built around music and food. This was most recently demonstrated by their celebration on February 27th - Bill and Jewel’s 60th wedding anniversary. Everyone gathered around the table once again to give thanks for all the years of sacrifice, commitment, and love. “We must have done something right, because our children and our grandchildren have all turned out amazing!” Jewel told me with a twinkle in her eye. “We’re certainly not perfect, but we’ve had enough love to cover it all, and in the end, that is what family is all about.” 

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18 Couples Chosen for Dancing with the Randolph Stars


Jenny Lynn Atkinson (left), a former teacher and one of the dancers for the 2014 Dancing with the Randolph Stars, talks with planning committee co-chairs Ann Hoover and Vickie Gallimore. Atkinson was paired with Richard Schoenberger, owner of Manor House Graphics.

he dancers for Randolph Community College Foundation’s 2014 Dancing with the Randolph Stars benefit were announced at a “Meet the Stars” event held at The Exchange Banquet and Meeting Hall recently. The new slate of dancers has started rehearsing for the popular fundraiser, which raises money for student scholarships at Randolph Community College. Each couple will perform a short dance routine at the event on May 31. The 2014 dancers are Kim Allgood and Jordi Roman, Jenny Lynn Atkinson and Richard Schoenberger, Patty Banker and Todd Cutler, Micki Bare and Bill Walker, Tracy Burnette and JW Kelley, Leslie Caviness and Justin Parks, Sandra Childs and Steve Morgan, Linda Covington and John Pugh, Brandi Crumley-Runyan and Dave Craven, Julia Del Grande and Wayne Lahmeyer, Carri Hampton and Deane Wolfe, Sherry Johnson and Cris Richardson, Sara Manring and Brad Phillips, Jessica McGee and Toby Strider, Kimberly Miller-McDowell and Mark Strider, Alexa Modderno and Les Caison, Rebecca Moffitt and Will Rains, and McCall Tanner and Daryl Hill. Two dancers are from Archdale, Brad Phillips and Will Rains; Alexa Modderno is from Seagrove; Rebecca Moffitt is from Trinity; and McCall Tanner is from Lexington. All the rest are Asheboro residents. Three dancers this year are Randolph Community College faculty or staff members: Tracy Burnette, department head for healthcare

administration and office programs; JW Kelley, vice president for student services; and Mark Strider, Global Logistics instructor. Dance instructors from Candy Brooks Dance Studio, Studio J Dance Center, Pointe South Dance and Tumble, and N2Danzn will be providing lessons for the couples. Lane Ragsdale will be directing the show again this year, and Larry Reid will again serve as the emcee. The judges for 2014 will be J.B. Griffith III, Reynolds Lisk, and LoriAnn Owen. The couples will compete for monetary votes before and during the event planned for Saturday, May 31, at the AVS Catering & Banquet Centre. Every $10 donation equals one vote for the couple; online voting will end at noon on May 29. A website for voting online is located at www. Kim Brady, chief operating officer of Windsor Homes, and Neal Robbins, director of legislative affairs for the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, won the coveted Dancing with the Randolph Stars trophies last year, receiving the most votes and impressing the crowd and the judges with their shagging routine to “Stagger Lee.” The 2013 fundraiser netted over $120,000 for student scholarships. For information about sponsorships and voting, contact Lorie McCroskey, RCC director of development, at 336-633-1118 or by email at llmccroskey@ Tickets are limited but, if available, go on sale to the public April 1.  | 39

Community News

by Jill Jackson

Wizard of Oz Comes to Life at Gala for the Children


lose your eyes, tap your heels together three times and think to yourself, there’s no place like Randolph County Partnership for Children’s Gala for the Children at Kyle Petty’s Adaumont Farm. Based on the timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz”, the Gala is set for Saturday, April 12 from 6:30–10:30 p.m. The enchanted evening is sure to be over the rainbow with a charming blend of fantasy and fun. Whether you are a good witch or a bad witch, you are welcome here. An annual affair that heralds the beginning of Spring, the Gala is themed around a well known children’s book, emphasizing the Partnership’s focus on family literacy and the importance of reading to children from a very young age. Led by Gala chairs, Chris and Stacy Griffin and Honorary co-chairs, Bill and Ann Hoover, committee chairs include: Sarah Beth Campbell, silent auction; Deborah Smith, desserts committee; Mayor Bert Lance-Stone, Archdale-Trinity Committee; Christy Murphy, PNC Grow Up Great Committee; and Christie Luckenbach, raffle

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committee. “The Gala committees have certainly pulled out all the stops to make this year extra special,” said Stacy Griffin. A variety of volunteers, including members of the Asheboro Junior Women’s Club and students from Uwharrie Charter Academy, are working to create dazzling Oz-themed decorations, complete with a replica of Dorothy’s ruby slippers, compliments of The Rare Rooster. Children from across the county are busy making table centerpieces tied to The Wizard of Oz theme, which are always a highlight each year. Paul and Margie Trogdon are creating wooden, life-size Wizard of Oz characters to lead guests down the “yellow brick road” through to an expansive silent auction. Led by Campbell, members of the silent auction committee, including Jamie Yates, Kelly Vuncannon, Katie Hogan, Erin Neal, Becca Whitley, Lynn Kay, Kelly Inman, Beth Robbins, Mallory Thomas, Todd Gilmore, Todd Cutler, Beverly Wilson, Brandi Crumley-Runyan, Shannon McCrary and Bert Garris, have been working to secure items ranging

from sports tickets, children’s items, pottery, jewelry, artwork and more. The coffee and dessert area will feature an array of tasty treats tied to the theme. Led by Smith, committee members helping with desserts are: Todd Henderson, JD Walker, Lydia Craven, Tyson Nixon, Carolyn Lignum and Vicki Troxler. Snyder Farms Catering will feature a buffet dinner. Guests can enjoy beer from Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. and R.H. Barringer, as well as wine from Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery. The Attractions Band is back by popular demand to offer live music and dancing. Kevin Bowman and his daughter, with CGT Photography, will capture the night’s greatest moments. Carter Coyle, a reporter with WGHP Fox 8 News, will emcee the evening. “The annual Gala is the single most significant and successful fundraising event for the Partnership,” says Pauline McKee, executive director. “Since it began five years ago, the Gala has raised funds for critical programs for young children and families in Randolph County.” Proceeds from this year’s event will help the Partnership continue programs to ensure local children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Funds are also raised to sponsor children to receive books through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. In addition to dinner, dancing and the silent auction, the winner of the Partnership’s Gala raffle

Gala Chairs: Chris & Stacy Griffin

Silent Auction committee chair, Sarah Beth Campbell and husband, Todd will be announced. The winner will enjoy a weeklong stay at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC. Sound like fun? A limited amount of $20 tickets are still available through the raffle committee. Led by Luckenbach, raffle committee members are Jack Mitchell, Bruce Hodge, Mary Beth McAvoy, Lucy Grady and Diane Winnemuller. You may also contact the Partnership to purchase raffle tickets. PNC is presenting sponsor for this year’s event. A ten-member team from the PNC’s ‘Grow Up Great’ team are also assisting with check-in and checkout. Led by Murphy, PNC volunteers are Tina Luck, Kelly York, Angela Burkholder, Norma Jones, Chris McDowell, Jared Stines, Liane Locke, Kim Davis and Crystal Hudson. The Gala committee is actively seeking other local businesses that are interested in helping to sponsor the event. A choice of four packages is offered, ranging from $3,000 to $350. “Sponsorships play a vital role in achieving our overall fundraising goal,” said Griffin. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase your business while supporting a worthy cause.” | 41

“We want to recognize those have already committed their support,” says Griffin. The adults-only Gala is open to the community and anyone is welcome to attend. Ruby slippers are optional. Tickets can be purchased at the Randolph County Partnership for Children office (349 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro or call 629-2128). Tickets are also available through Gala volunteers. Individual ticket price is $60. You may also choose to enjoy the evening with eight of your friends and purchase a reserved table for $500. Visit the Partnership’s website (www. or Facebook page to learn more. For sponsorship information or to donate an auction item, contact Jill Jackson, Director of Marketing and Development, at 629-2128 ext. 12 or e-mail The Randolph County Partnership for Children, a nonprofit organization, is the community’s lead organization for young children and their families. The Partnership for Children is a United Way of Randolph County agency. For more information, visit: 

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“That Melvin Bray”

Author Margaret McBride Returns to Asheboro


asked Maggie, was it true, is this an autobiography to which she replied, “Parts of it are. It’s actually an autobiography, except for the parts I completely made up,” her humor nestled within her apparent grace and charm. She tells a poignant story of abuse and silence in the book entitled “That Melvin Bray”. This is Maggie McBride’s first novel and it depicts the life of a young girl, her best friend and the mentionable parts of the unmentionable abuse she suffered at the age of five at the hands of her father. “I had no idea,” says Jerry Williams, a childhood friend who attended Maggie’s book signing. “She was a tom girl growing up, you know a tom boy, I got the book cause she was one of my friends, a next door neighbor.” “I pretended a lot of stuff happened that didn’t. As I remembered a lot of stuff, I wrote it down, and then I would forgive him. I made up some of that stuff because it was easy to survive,” says Maggie. “My father died before he could read the book. He died five years ago in 2008.” From this statement, one could not help but sense the the timing of her father’s death and the unfolding of her sacred life

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of a little girl name Maggie affectionately called Magpie who lived her life as “The Great Pretender.” “I pretended and learned how to deal with Daddy. He actually left when I was 13 years old, but in the book he leaves when I was seven.” As the book signing party walked in and around CJ’s Cafe here in Asheboro, the dining area was brimming at full capacity, a lively bunch of ladies, married couples, old friends and new continued to gather and mill around. “It’s uplifting, though there were moments when it was very sad, when all is said and done, it was great, it was a great book,” says Maggie’s high school classmate, Pam Evans. Maggie McBride is a native of North Carolina and the author of the book entitled “That Melvin Bray” an oddly sympathetic character who struck everyone in the family as mysteriously untrustworthy. Suspensions abound in this book from disappearances to murder, sympathy and endurance that help to reveal the bittersweet tears for the small little girl called Magpie. “My mother died when I was 19. She didn’t like Melvin

You Can Apply for 2014 Coverage Beginning 10/1/2013 - 3/31/2014 Bray, he was Daddy’s friend, although he was much younger than Daddy, every time he came around, it was when Daddy would be at his worst, he’d fight with mommy then leave with Melvin Bray, I guess that’s why momma didn’t care too much for him” says Maggie. The cast of characters that make up “That Melvin Bray” continue to intrigue the reader and the twist and emotional turns keep the reader fascinated as Magpie transforms from a young girl who can’t quite feel the comfort of being in her own skin to a young lady preparing to walk away. The cast of characters is set for hiding years of pain yet inadvertently prepared Maggie for the part she would play. Like crystals shape and form from pressure, temperatures and composition of molten rock and watery solutions; “That Melvin Bray” keeps you reading to its end. You may even read it again. The slight little girl reforms as her powerful secrets unfold and her soul forgives. She comes to terms with life and reveals her pain with transparency. Although the moments of childhood lost in this book would be considered a travesty, it served as the foundation that formed a bright shining chrysalis which surpassed all odd. “As I sit here and sign this book, so many of my dear friends are here and so many of them weep when I revealed that I was the great pretender. It was my past that my friends shared with me today, but it is that bond of truth that I take away with me,” says author Maggie McBride. You can purchase a copy of Maggie’s book, That Melvin Bray on, and 

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Randolph Arts Guild to Feature Local Artist Cori Cagle

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he Randolph Arts Guild is preparing to feature an exhibit by local artist Cori Cagle titled “Everywhere and All the Time”. The exhibition will be on display at the Randolph Arts Guild’s Sara Smith Self Gallery located at 123 Sunset Ave. in downtown Asheboro during the month of April. The show is set to open the evening of Tuesday, April 1st with a reception from 5:30 - 7:30pm. The reception will free and the public is encouraged to attend. Cori Cagle is a painter, born and raised in Asheboro, NC where she currently resides with her husband Scott Hunt. She attended East Carolina University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She has been encouraged since a very early age

to pursue her dream of being an artist by two extremely supportive parents and a long list of inspiring art teachers along the way. Cori is also very appreciative of a local community that has supported and encouraged her art making through the years. Cori is currently in her 12th year as the art teacher at Hopewell Elementary School in Trinity NC. She loves inspiring her students to view the world around them in new and creative ways and finds that she is inspired by them just as much as they are her. She has also taught various adult and youth classes throughout Randolph County. A strong love of color, texture and oil paint developed during her years at ECU. Currently she prefers the medium of acrylic, often working on several canvases at a time. Texture and surface manipulation are strong features of Cori’s work; some paintings have a very sculptural quality about them. Trees, birds, animals and altered landscapes are recurring themes of Cori’s colorful abstract paintings. “Even if no one else ever saw my art, I would still do it”, Cori states. Cori Cagle’s exhibition will be on display in the Sara Smith Self Gallery at the Randolph Arts Guild, located at 123 Sunset Ave. Asheboro, NC from April 1st through April 29th A Lunch and Learn with Cori Cagle is also set for Saturday, April 26th at Noon. The Randolph Arts Guild is open from 10am - 5pm Monday - Friday and 10am - 2pm on Saturdays. For more information please call the Randolph Arts Guild at 336-629-0399 or email for more information. The Guild is located at 123 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203. Hours: M-F 10am -- 5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm.  | 49

Community News by Jordan Willis

RCYT presents

The Legend of Sleeping Beauty

Picture this: A stage filled with flashes of vibrant ball gowns, royal melodies that transport listeners to a foreign kingdom, and a wide host of unique characters telling a tale nearly two centuries old.


his is what you will find and more when you come to see Randolph Youth Theatre Company’s musical production, The Legend of Sleeping Beauty. The show opens up with a trio of brightlyclad troubadours setting the foundations of the story. They step aside, and the curtains open up to reveal a royal feast celebrating the birth of Princess Elise, where friends and family are presenting the child with gifts. The king asks his three favorite aunts to be godmothers to his daughter, when a fourth aunt, Malicia, a wicked woman who has harassed the king's family for years, shows up uninvited at the christening. Her arrival causes a scene which ends with a deadly curse being placed upon Elise. To protect the child, the three kindly godmothers take Elise to live in a secluded forest cottage until after her 16th birthday when the curse will expire. From here on out, the plot only thickens and twists as sorcery, talking animals, lords, ladies, and a handsome prince are added into the mix. 50 | Asheboro Magazine - Issue 43

Director Devan Ward is pleased with how her production is coming along. “Audiences shouldn’t expect to see the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, because that’s not what we’re doing. The script is based on the original fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, and our production focuses a lot on Princess Elise’s interaction with the animals she meets in the forest.” There originally were not enough characters in the play to accommodate all of the forty-nine actors cast in the show. Seeing this as a challenge instead of a hindrance, Devan expanded some of the roles. “We added extra animals, lords, and ladies with names because we want as many children as possible to experience theatre. In RYTC, we try to find as many roles as we can for kids so everyone feels involved.” The show was initially supposed to run March 14 – 16, but inclement weather caused many rehearsals to be cancelled. Devan and the cast want to give audiences the best show they possibly can, and are therefore moving the show back a week. “The cancellations have made the process a bit bumpier, but

it’s all coming together wonderfully. Everyone is working extra hard to make up for the lost time and I’m proud of them. Now that we have this extra week to rehearse, this show will be nothing short of fabulous.” This year marks RYTC’s tenth year of bringing the magic of theatre to local children and teenagers. In March 2004, a group of highly motivated parents involved in the RagBag players through the Randolph Arts Guild began discussing the possibility of establishing an independent theater company. By August of the same year, Randolph Youth Theatre Company was formed and accepted as an associate member of the Randolph Arts Guild. Two years later, RYTC became its own non-profit organization, and has been supported by the charitable contributions of community businesses and individuals ever since. Since 2004, RYTC has been an artistic outlet for hundreds of local children from ages eight to eighteen. The company has done twenty-nine shows in total so far, and The Legend of Sleeping Beauty will mark their thirtieth production. Even outside of anniversaries and mile stones, RYTC has a lot to be excited about right now: Devan and the cast received news that Alan W. Gill, the composer and lyricist of the show, will be part the audience during one of the performances. “The kids have brought a special energy to rehearsals since he told us he was coming. We’re honored that he’s taking the trip out to see us, and we all hope he enjoys the show!” The Legend of Sleeping Beauty will be playing at North Asheboro Middle School’s auditorium on Thursday March 20th at 7:00PM, Saturday the 22nd at 2:00PM and 7:00PM, Sunday the 23rd at 2:00PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children, which can be purchased in the lobby. For more information on the company, upcoming shows, and auditions, visit Come by and support RYTC on both the first show of their tenth year and their thirtieth show! Every dime earned goes to fund more shows for local children and teens to grow and shine in. 

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Zoo Zeal

by Ken Reininger Photos NC Zoo Staff

Rescued Cougar Kittens Arrive at NC Zoo


t was a cold, icy and windy night on March 3rd when a small private plane touched down in Charlotte, bringing three orphaned cougar kittens to their new home at the North Carolina Zoo. By now many readers will know the story of how the kittens became orphaned. A hunter took the kittens’ mother in Oregon, where it is legal to hunt cougars. Realizing his kill was a nursing mother, the hunter traced her tracks back to the den where he found three cold and hungry kittens. The kittens were turned over to officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who in turn contacted staff at the Oregon Zoo. The zoo staff swung into action, as they had many times before. On staff at the Oregon Zoo is zookeeper Michelle Schireman, who has raised and placed over 100 orphaned cougars during her 18 year career. Most of the cougars living in AZA accredited zoos today are orphans placed by Schireman. The kittens were estimated to be about two weeks old as their eyes had not yet fully opened. Their brown fur was covered in blackish brown spots, dark rings circled their short tails and they weighed between one and two pounds each. They were cold and dehydrated and needed immediate specialized care, which Michelle was expert at providing. They struggled a bit at first but after a few weeks all three were strong, growing and active. The North Carolina Zoo had only recently lost its last 52 | Asheboro Magazine - Issue 43

cougar, a grand old guy named Oliver. Oliver was himself rescued as a kitten. He had been purchased by an anticruelty society at a live animal auction in Indiana in 1997 to prevent him from being raised in unsuitable conditions. The following year Oliver was joined at the North Carolina Zoo by another rescued cougar named Dodger. Dodger had been rescued from an apartment building in Detroit by a city firefighter. Oliver and Dodger were long time zoo residents and favorites of many zoo visitors and zoo staff. Over the past year degenerative joint disease, cancer and other age related health issues had caught up with both of them. In the wild the life span of a cougar is on average 10 to 12 years. Both Oliver and Dodger had lived well beyond that. After the loss of Oliver, the North Carolina Zoo contacted Michelle Schireman to request being placed on a waiting list should any orphaned cougars need a home. As it turned out, Michelle called within a few days with a need to place three very recent orphans. While the expertise to raise the cougar kittens at the Oregon Zoo was the best available, it was also a lot of work for the zoo staff. The month after the cougar kittens arrived, three orphaned black bears also arrived at the Oregon Zoo needing critical care, this in addition to the zoo’s sizable permanent collection for staff to care for. By mid February the kittens were old enough and stable enough to have their

care transferred to North Carolina, however not just any means of transport would be suitable. Looking for options, the zoo reached out to select North Carolina Zoological Society board members for possible assistance and found it through board member David Robb. Mr. Robb was familiar with a volunteer pilot group called LightHawk Flies for Conservation based in Wyoming. This network of over 200 volunteer pilots had flown some 400 missions in support of environmental and wildlife causes. After a number of emails and phone calls, arrangements had been made to have two volunteer pilots fly their private planes to get the cougar kittens from Portland to North Carolina. Transfer preparations began the weekend before the move when senior keeper Jeff Owen from the North Carolina Zoo’s staff flew to Portland to gather first hand knowledge on how the kittens were being cared for and to accompany them back on the private planes. When flight day came it started very early, with the kittens comfortably and securely crated and at the airport with Jeff by 5:00 a.m. The first flight took the kittens from Portland to Denver where they were met by a second pilot and plane. As luck would have it, the weather in central North Carolina took a decided turn towards the cold and icy that day and plans to land the kittens in Asheboro were abandoned in favor of a larger airport with more advanced equipment. The plan to fly into Greensboro was later changed again to Charlotte for similar reasons. In spite of the challenging weather conditions the second plane landed safely and the kittens, none the worse for wear, traveled the final leg in a zoo van and arrived just after 10:00 p.m. The kittens will be kept in quarantine for a minimum of 30 days, as is standard for all new arrivals. They will debut in their zoo exhibit sometime in April. The North Carolina Zoo would like to thank the Oregon Zoo and staff for all their efforts to rescue these and many other cougar kittens over the years, the LightHawk organization and its volunteer pilots for the fine work they

do for many causes, as well as Zoo Society Board member David Robb for making the vital transport connections and arrangements. We’d also like to leave our readers with one thought to contemplate about how humans feel about large predators in the animal kingdom – let us not lose the interest and wonder we have for them as cute kittens and cubs and allow it to become fear and intolerance for them when they are adults.  | 53

Community News

RSVP Theatre Presents

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by Philip Shore

Crazy”, “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “I Fall To Pieces”, “Sweet Dreams”. What’s your favorite Patsy Cline song? Do you sing along and try to put that catch in your voice that Patsy so easily did?


he was only a Country & Western singer. She was only thirty when she died. She was only one of the greatest female vocalists of the previous century. And, even now, she still attracts the ears and the hearts of millions of listeners. For all you Patsy fans, good news is coming. RSVP Community Theatre of Asheboro will be presenting Always… Patsy Cline at the newly outfitted Sunset Theatre the weekends of May 23-25 and May 30-June 1. Evening performances begin at 7:30 and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students (up to age 18) and seniors 60+. The show is suitable for the family with the understanding that the tongues get mildly tangy here and there. Alisa Smith McNeill and Laura Gwyn Hall Clapp will reprise the roles

that made Always…Patsy Cline such an RSVP hit several years ago. Alisa, backed by the five-piece Bodacious Bobcats, embodies Miss Cline’s persona to a T. Laura Gwyn portrays Patsy’s stalwart friend, Louise Seger, whose down-home honesty and nononsense approach to life narrates the story of Patsy’s meteoric rise in show business, as well as the disadvantages of domestic life of someone who is always on the road. The set is simplicity itself, representing the honky-tonk world and the home kitchen. The emphasis is on the music. Twenty-seven songs are performed during the course of the show. Hits, favorites and some lesserknown ones are offered in abundance. Louise keeps a stream of commentary going the whole time. “Always…Patsy Cline” is how she signed her letters. Since Ted Swindley, the author of this entertainment

pulled this show together, it has been produced all over the United States, both professionally and by amateurs, to great acclaim. It has been performed Off-Broadway. Just last year a Broadway production was planned although it did not materialize. So come see and hear ours in your home area, done by your neighbors, and done for you. The Bodacious Bobcats are Delores Simmons on steel guitar, Randy Simmons on drums, on bass is Lloyd Eubanks, with Mitch Snow on guitar, and Keith Shimfessel at the piano. Joe Thatcher will direct. Stage manager is Parris Brown, Laura Gwyn’s daughter. For further information call Philip Shore at 336-736-3120. Online information is available at www. or on Facebook at RSVP Theatre.  | 55

At the YMCA

by Megan Clapp

“Under the Ocean” 11th Annual Father & Daughter Prom


n October of 2004 the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA partnered with Mark Joyce, then Manager of Rock Ola Café, to present the First Annual Father & Daughter Prom. The event was held at Asheboro Country Club with 30 attendees, eleven years later, the event has grown to over 140 participants! In an effort to make the father and daughter dance more prom-like, the YMCA scheduled the event again, just months later in April, 2005 and the change paid off! Growing in size every year, this family event has become one of the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA’s most anticipated events and a tradition for many daddies and their “little” girls. This year’s 11th Annual Father & Daughter Prom is cosponsored by Asheboro Country Club and will be held at their clubhouse Saturday, April 12, 2013 from 6pm until 9pm and they will cater the event with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages from their newly renovated kitchen. Dads and daughters of ALL ages are welcome at the Father & Daughter Prom. Participants will enjoy music, dancing and receive a commemorative photo, as well as, door prizes and giveaways! Tickets are on sale now through April 6th at the Front Desk of the YMCA; they will NOT be sold after April 6th. All proceeds benefit the Y-Give Scholarship Program. This year thousands of children, adults, and seniors will come to the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA for friendship, exercise, fun, education, childcare and sports. Many others will not be able to afford the cost of the programs and services they need. The YMCA wants to make sure that everyone who needs a Y program has the chance to participate. People who qualify are not turned away because of the inability to 56 | Asheboro Magazine - Issue 43

pay. The funds raised in our annual “Y Give” Campaign are used to provide scholarships for children, adults, seniors, single parents and others with special needs that lack financial resources. Please don’t miss-out on this very special night! Contact the YMCA with any questions 336-625-1976 or visit www. 

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by Faylene Whitaker Whitaker Farms

Winds of March The wind is howling, the trees laden with ice are snapping and the electricity is out. Where is spring? Well that was Friday and now, only four days later, it is 70. | 59


ell I was fortunate enough to marry the love of my life and blessed that he still is the most handsome man I know. White roses when we married and red roses on each anniversary since. There have been other colors of roses given to me over the period of our marriage each with a different meaning. When planting trees and shrubs and especially perennials, you need to know which zone you live in. If we have mild winters you may get by with having plants that are for a warmer zone, but if it gets really cold then they may not survive. The same is true for summer if you have plants that are meant for a cooler zone, they may not be able to survive the heat of our summers. The wind and ice of this past winter has left us with a lot of cleanup and plant maintenance that needs to be done this spring. Broken limbs need to be

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cut back and if the tree is too damaged, it may need to be removed. If you have young pines that have had the top broken off, just take out the broken limbs and when the tree starts growing it will probably send out a forked top. Once the top has grown a bit, go in and take out all but one of the forked limbs and it should still grow into a beautiful pine. The Bradford Pear

Trees have really taken a beating from the ice and wind this year. If they are heavily damaged, the best thing to do is remove them and replace with either a Cleveland Select Pear or some other type of tree that is better suited to our area. I know that most of us have Crepe Myrtles that we love - most of these can be pruned and they will still flourish. There are many other trees


The demand for tulips set off “tulip mania” in the Netherlands around 1637, and prices for some varieties soared. The tulip depicted to the right -- the “Semper Augustus” -- was said to be the most expensive tulip during this period. The situation has been regarded as one of the first economic bubbles.

and shrubs that need pruning after this hard winter. This should be done as soon as possible. Now is a great time to fertilize your lawn, and if your grass is sparse you may want to reseed it now as well. Pit out weed and crabgrass preventer, which you can find it at your local garden centers and you will enjoy a beautiful lawn come May. Remember now is the time to divide your hostas, daylilies, and other perennials as they start coming up. Don’t forget to go ahead and cut back your ornamental grasses, too, especially the lirope (monkey grass) so that the new shoots won’t get cut. Landscaping your yard now will give you great enjoyment this summer. Think about where you spend your time outdoors. This will be the area you want to concentrate on the most because it will bring you the most pleasure. Think about which plants look good to you, whether you might enjoy adding an outdoor kitchen, patio, some specialty containers, new lawn furniture, or a water feature to your yard. I tell people do all of your yard for others to enjoy and appreciate, but put your main focus on the area where

you love to spend most of your time. It is a proven fact that gardening relieves stress and helps us stay healthy. It is not work, playing in the yard is fun and when done with someone else it makes memories that last forever. Anyone can be successful at gardening with just a little time and effort. You can read a book or ask questions about your project at a local nursery. They will be glad to help and this will make it a success . To us that

It is a proven fact that gardening relieves stress and helps us stay healthy.

love gardening, there are no dumb questions because we all asked the same question at some time or another. Your project may just be a couple of containers, but when you know that you actually grew the plants it will be like falling in love, the feeling just can’t be described. Well the weatherman says rain and wind again tomorrow but I look at it as the winds of March just start marching in the days of spring and marching out old man winter. So let the March winds blow the warmth of spring into our lives and give us warm sunshine and may each of us bring warmth and sunshine into someone else’s life. May the yellows of daffodils and the reds of tulips warm your hearts and days. 

Community News

Four RCC Students, Three Graduates are NCPPA Winners


andolph Community College photography graduate Jerry Wolford won the Photographer of the Year award from the North Carolina Press Photographers Association for the second year in the row. It was the third time in his career that he has earned the POY honor. The awards were given out at the organization’s annual contest and meeting held recently in Charlotte. Wolford, a Randleman native who has worked at the News & Record for over 26 years and is a former photographer for The Courier-Tribune, also won the Sports Photographer of the Year; 1st Place-General News; 1st Place and Honorable Mention-Feature Story; 1st Place and Honorable Mention-Sports Feature; 2nd Place-Spot News; 2nd and 3rd Place-Sports Story; and 3rd Place-Sports Action. RCC Photographic Technology students Abbi O’Leary of Franklinville, Dillon Deaton of Asheboro, Daniel Whittaker of Greensboro, and Jesse Fath of Burlington brought home awards. The students competed directly against the professionals in the field. Deaton won 1st and 3rd Place-Cell Phone Photo and Honorable Mention-Feature. O’Leary won 3rd PlaceFeature. Whittaker and Fath both won an Honorable Mention-Pictorial. Other RCC graduates who won awards included the following: Todd Sumlin, who works for the Charlotte Observer, 2rd Place-Pictorial. Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez, a freelance photographer, 2nd

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Place-Cell Phone Photo and 3rd Place-News Photo Story/ Essay. The complete list of winners can be seen at http://gallery. For more information on RCC’s Photographic Technology program, visit or 

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