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oad Trip! Those were two of my favorite words when I was in college. The destination was almost unimportant. It was the journey that mattered! There’s something about the memories that are created when you take a trip with those you care about – even if it’s only for a few hours. This month we’ve decided to venture outside of Cabarrus County because, it being Summer, you might be looking for things to do that are only a short drive away. Did you know there are several key Revolutionary War battlegrounds within 90 minutes of Cabarrus County? This being the month we celebrate our nation’s independence, we’ve picked out three you could easily visit in a day! Also, this month, the Highland Games are taking place at Grandfather Mountain. We’ll delve into the rich Scottish history of the area and explore this yearly tradition. Finally, just up the road, in Spencer, NC is the NC Transportation Museum! Join us as we take a trip back in time to when the railroads were the key to the growth of our young country. Regardless of your interests, North and South Carolina are beautiful states to explore and, just like those college road trips, the journey is well worth the drive! Speaking of Summer fun, make sure you check out our online Summer Fun guide at CabarrusMagazine.com this month, sponsored by the Heavy Hitters of Soul Music Festival! There you can find lots of free and low-cost things to do inside Cabarrus County! Also, don’t forget to tun in to our “Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine” podcast each week on iTunes or click on the “podcast” tab at CabarrusMagazine.com to check out any episodes you may have missed! Oh yeah, and Happy Birthday, America! Sincerely,

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July 2019 Volume 19 | Issue 7 PRESIDENT Pam Tolen PUBLISHER Jason Huddle ADVERTISING Kimberly Brouillette Jason Huddle DESIGN SPARK Publications CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jason Huddle, Pamilla Tolen, Hollis Miller CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jason Huddle, Kimberly Brouillette, Pamilla Tolen, Monty Combs, Skip Sickler, Cowpens Battlefield, NC Transportation Museum, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, City of Concord, Chad Mitchell

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ON THE COVER 6 Families & Heritage at Great Heights

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Battlefields Across the Carolinas

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The Spencer Shops: Riding the Rails Back in Time

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REGULARS 11

Cannon Pharmacy: What does a pharmacist think about the opioid epidemic?

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Cabarrus Business: On the Go

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July Events Calendar

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Business Resources: At a Glance

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Families & Heritage at Great Heights BY KIMBERLY BROUILLETTE

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t’s summer in North Carolina and there’s one thing that can always counted on in Cabarrus County — it will be HOT! Fortunately, residents in this area don’t have far to drive in order to get some relief in the more moderate temperatures of the mountains. One of the most popular and much cooler tourist destinations can be found near Linville; only 75 miles north of Asheville. Located a mere 2.5 to 3 hours away from Concord, the amazing view allows visitors to see Charlotte’s brilliant skyline from 90 miles away on a clear day. The highest peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, has an elevation of 5,946 feet above sea level.1 Originally called Tanawha, or “fabulous eagle,” by the Cherokee

property is composed of roughly 720 acres, with a network of 11 hiking trails meandering through gentle forests and across rugged peaks. “For the most experienced hikers, the Grandfather Trail is considered one of the most technical hikes in the Southeast. Using a series of ladders and cables, this trail takes hikers 2.4 miles from the Milehigh Swinging Bridge to Calloway Peak,” according to ExploreAsheville. com. More information about daily activities, hours of operation and events can also be found on the Grandfather Mountain Park official website, http://www.grandfather.com. In addition to the regular visitor activities available, a popular, special event returns annually. On the second weekend of July every year, the summer

sports with them. These people were known as the ‘Scotti.’ These were the people who later named their country, Scotland. These clansmen banded together to compete against one another in, what is often defined as, one of the most rigorous forms of competitions in the world, the Highland Games.” During the first half of the 16th century, changes in British rule, financial hardship, in combination with clan rivalries, created a great rift between the people. Anger and resentment for the British rulers and amongst the clans came to a head during the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. In order to maintain their freedoms and seek financial improvement for their situations, many Scots emigrated

All members of the sponsoring clans are invited to march in the parade behind the massed pipe bands. It has become one of the highlights of the entire weekend. Indians, the easily-distinguished mountain acquired its moniker from “early settlers who saw the face of an old man’s profile in the outline of the peaks against the sky,” cites Jonathan Martin, in “Grandfather Mountain,” at NorthCarolinaHistory.org. Even Daniel Boone is known to have been an early explorer of the mountain’s nearly untouched wilderness. Each year, hundreds of thousands of tourists come to walk across the “Mile-high Swinging Bridge,” make the climb up the steep slopes to see the breath-taking views and visit the nature museum. Many try to spot elusive wildlife, such as black bears, bald eagles, river otters and elk, in the habitat, which has been set aside as a wilderness preserve in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy of North Carolina. The

winds of heritage blow. It’s the time of the gathering for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (GFMG), once more. The co-founder of the GMHG, Donald Frances MacDonald, has recounted much of the history of the Highland games, as well as the emigration from Scotland to North America in his book, America’s Braemar: Grandfather Mountain and the Re-birth of Scottish Identity across the U.S., published by Southern Lion Books in 2007. According to MacDonald, “For nearly a thousand years, clansmen, chiefs and competitors met to compete in ancient Celtic sports at a spot in County Meath, Ireland, called Teltown. Later, descendants of those same Irish Celts migrated across the Irish Channel and took their various

to America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As the Scotch-Irish travelled, they brought with them their love of the traditional Highland Games. It was only natural that Highland Games would soon spring up wherever the Scots settled. Today, the Highland Games touch many areas and lives of people in the USA, Canada and throughout the world, Said Macdonald in his book. MacDonald first visited Scotland in 1954, where he attended the famous Braemar Highland Games. After returning to America, he joined forces with Mrs. Agnes MacRae Morton. Through their joint efforts, the games began in the summer of 1956. MacDonald used a program he had brought back from Scotland as a pattern to organize the first games. In July 2019 | 7


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As the names are called for each clan, lighted torches positioned in the shape of St. Andrew’s cross are stomped out. Afterwards, all of the clans form a circle and a prayer is recited to end the ceremony.

the beginning, there were fewer activities and events than there are today. Frank Vance, a close colleague of MacDonald’s and retired general manager for the games, said of him, “Donald did a lot of work for the first games, including set-up, and even preached as a layman for the first Sunday morning church service.” MacDonald still maintains a close relationship with the games and returns to Grandfather Mountain, yearly. He mans a Gaelic Tent at the games, which

has become a popular gathering place for those who would like to learn more about Gaelic and Scotland’s traditional music. Visitors can find out more about their own potential Scottish heritage there. In the 1960s, the first official Parade of Tartans commenced, and “Kirking” of the Clans was added to take place at approximately noon on Sunday. Every year, guests of honor and distinguished

guests are introduced. In addition, all members of the sponsoring clans are invited to march in the parade behind the massed pipe bands. It has become one of the highlights of the entire weekend. The GMHG events were expanded when a Torchlight Ceremony was added on Thursday opening night. “From a historical perspective, it was used to summon the clans for battle. It has been transformed from the ancient act to symbolize a different kind of call to the

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[ Feature ] clans. The saltire cross (St. Andrew’s cross) is recognized as Scotland’s ancient symbol. The living cross of light is made up of a representative from all the clans and families who have come to participate. They come from the compass points to indicate the widespread migration of Scots. The Clans give voice to their origins and take their place as part of the gathering on this magnificent mountain,” per the GMHG official site. As the names are called for each clan, lighted torches positioned in the shape of St. Andrew’s cross are stomped out. Afterwards, all of the clans form a circle and a prayer is recited to end the ceremony. As part of the initial expansion in 1986, Bob Blue and Frank Vance worked together to begin a bagpipes and brass band to complement the games. Blue was responsible for funding the purchase of the brass instruments from England. Since then, the bagpipes and brass music has been inseparable from the games’ heritage. To draw additional interest in the games, new athletic activities were also added. In the 1960s, the Appalachian State Road Marathon at the GMHG was considered one of the hardest in America. In the 1990s, an additional 5-mile run, called “The Bear.” This five-mile footrace climbs 1,568 feet in elevation from the town of Linville to the summit of Grandfather Mountain. Today, it’s considered one of the most difficult short runs in America. When the registration began for this year’s games, it only took 15

minutes to completely fill-up all 800 runner registrations. With time, the original organizers began to age. Frank Vance, who took over as General Manager in 1987, noticed everyone who attended the event had gray hair. Immediately, he became concerned for the future of the gamesand wanted to include younger generations in order to continue the tradition. Vance thenincorporated more youth and children’s events on Sundays, after the morning church service and Parade of Tartans. With serendipitous timing, Kirk MacLoed, who had attended the games and performed in the bagpiping

competitions since he was merely 12 years old, approached Vance about a revolutionary idea in 1994. MacLoed had always loved the traditional Celtic music, but had begun to develop a modern variation that would appeal to his own generation. He created a perfect marriage between the ancient bagpipes and fiddles with electric guitars and complete drum sets, combined with his own lyrics. That year, a new stage, soon called “The Grove,” was built in the woods onsite to facilitate the revolutionary venture. Vance joked that when thousands of CDs arrived prior to the games that year, he had no room to store them. The boxes were stacked in

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[ Feature ] the restrooms and nearly every closet. Vance had no confidence that all of the CDs would be sold. Fortunately, MacLoed’s band, Seven Nations, became an instant success with the younger generations at the games. The entire stock of CDs sold out on Friday night, during the first concert. Vance credits this particular addition to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games events as one of the primary reasons interest in the games continued

services for the games, as well as special concerts. Laughridge, who is recognized as one of the top bagpipers in the world, conducts an annual summer school for bagpiping and brass at Grandfather Mountain for the three weeks prior to the games. Pipers and brass players from all over the world, including those in law enforcement, including those in the “Black Watch” for funeral services, attend yearly.

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with the younger participants. Today, The Grove includes three stages, which are separated by hemlock cedar trees to help absorb overlapping sound. The following has grown to thousands of fans, who come each year to hear the unique and vibrant music. Additional bands have also joined in to be a part of the gathering, to extend the appeal to even more people. See the event schedule on the official GMHG website, www.gmhg.org/ events, for specific days and times, or for more information. In addition to the Celtic rock, the GMHG has had an ongoing relationship with the Blue Ridge Brass and Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums, which began playing together in 1985. Worldrenowned bagpiper, John Laughridge developed the band, whose first performance was at the games in 1986. Since that time they have performed at all the opening ceremonies and worship 10 | Cabarrus Magazine

Many of the bagpipers compete in the competitions at the GMHG, where spectators can enjoy their performances. From a few hundred people, the GMHG has grown to entertain approximately 30,000 people each year. This inspiration from one man’s efforts, has become an incredible event. Currently, the event is known worldwide as “America’s Braemar,” and is the first and largest in North Carolina. Today, MacDonald claims it has become “the model for over 200 new Highland Games across the US and sparked the beginnings of scores of Burns clubs, clan & St Andrew societies, pipe bands, classes in piping, drumming, Scots fiddle, clarsach, the jaw-harp or “trump”; sheep dog herding exhibitions, Highland and Scottish country dancing, Nova Scotia-style step-dancing, Gaelic singing and weaving.” The 64th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will be held

In the early 1990s, accomplished musician Kirk McLoed was inspired to form his innovative band, Seven Nations, by reinventing traditional Highland music with a modern twist. The exciting combination of bagpipes, fiddles, electric guitars and drums grabs the listener’s attention, immediately. This year marks 25th anniversary since they débuted their first album, Rain and Thunder. Since then, the band has entertained enthralled audiences throughout America, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Once again, they will be returning to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, where they launched their long and rewarding career in 1994. For concert information, look at the GMHG event schedule on www. gmhg.org. Find out more about Seven Nations at sevennations.com.

July 11-14, 2019 at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC. Ticket and event information can be obtained via the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games website, www.gmhg.org, or by calling the event office at 828-733-1333.


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ore than 40 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids.1 Prescription opioids are medications used to treat moderate to severe pain. Many Americans suffer from chronic pain. These patients deserve safe and effective pain management. However, it is equally important for doctors to determine the appropriate prescription opioid, dosage, duration, follow-up and discontinuation. About 11.5 million adults misused prescription pain relievers at least once in the past year.1 Opioid addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. These drug substances impact many circuits that include learning, memory, reward, motivation, emotional feeling, breathing, balance and coordination. This is why opioid addiction treatment is a complex multifaceted process. No single treatment is appropriate for everyone. It is also essential to take a holistic approach by addressing any underlying medical, psychologic, social, vocational or legal problems. Research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug addiction.2 Treatment success depends on each individual, but some external factors can assist. Family engagement and retention, earlier detection, facilitate better interpersonal relationships, replacing drug-using activities with constructive and rewarding positive activities, are just a few. Also, the use of medications combined with behavioral therapies significantly increase recover. At your local pharmacy, the general public has access to naloxone - a non-addictive, lifesaving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when administered in time. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications. In 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) declared a public health emergency for prescription opioids abuse.2 Through the “5-Point Strategy to Combat Opioid Crisis,” the HHS hopes to provide better prevention, treatment and recovery options to providers and their patients.

It is important to have a strong working relationship with your physicians and pharmacist to ensure optimal patient care. Your community pharmacist can improve your quality of life in a variety of ways, including medication management, patient

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Battlefields Across the Carolinas BY HOLLIS MILLER

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here is arguably no better way to connect with your inner patriotism than to visit a battlefield where the history of our country was shaped. The American Revolution is regarded by most to be the defining conflict in the formation of the United States as we know them. Unfortunately for southerners, it seems that all the “interesting occurrences� throughout the Revolution occurred far in the north, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to George Washington crossing the Delaware river. At least this is what our history classes have taught us. In reality, there were numerous battles fought here in the Carolinas that played a pivotal role in a patriot victory. The United States would not be the same without the sacrifices made by the soldiers who gave their lives at these historic sites. So, if are you looking for a trip into the past, but don’t want to spend hours in a car, the National Military Parks and Battlefields listed below are rich in history and activities for history enthusiasts and families alike, and are the perfect destination for a getaway only a short ride from Cabarrus County.

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King’s Mountain National Military Park (Blacksburg, SC) Date of Battle: October 7, 1780

Just an hour outside Cabarrus County in Blacksburg, SC sits the battlegrounds of King’s Mountain, where the British suffered a crushing defeat. There is plenty to do at this beautiful location. Make your first stop at the Visitor Center and enjoy an extensive exhibit and complementary film which showcases the battle and its significance. These activities provide useful and meaningful context to your further exploration of the battlegrounds. For the history enthusiasts out there, the Battle of King’s Mountain was crucial in shifting the tides of the war which cannot be overstated, making it an exquisite piece of history to witness in person. After suffering through a tense stalemate in the north, the British turned their eyes to the southern colonies. Their intention was to conquer the south, and therefore suffocate the north into submission. After British success in taking both Savannah and Charleston, patriot militia units in the south began to form, for the war had come to their doorstep. However, a loyalist, or Tory militia, spawned simultaneously. The Battle of King’s Mountain is rather unique because the fight was

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between Americans, the only British person present being Col. Patrick Ferguson, who had garnered a reputation for brutality. The British were employing a three-pronged invasion of the Carolinas, and Ferguson led the westernmost arm, and his ferocious treatment of the patriots caused militiamen from across the south to rise against him. It seems that Ferguson, with his cruelty and threats, had dug himself into a hole, and his solution was to regroup atop King’s Mountain and prepare to face his pursuers. The battle resulted in a resounding victory for the patriots. The British loyalists suffered some 300 casualties, and approximately 700 were captured, while the patriots only suffered 90 casualties. Ferguson was dead. This overwhelming patriot victory caused other loyalist fighters to retreat and return home, completely shifting the psychology of the war. Today, Revolutionary War demonstration groups host a variety of shows, including weapons demonstrations, daily life at a militia encampment, and vital skills from the 1700’s such as blacksmithing and

Revolutionary War demonstration groups host a variety of shows, including weapons demonstrations, daily life at a militia encampment, blacksmithing, and leatherwork. leatherwork. These events are held throughout the year. For those with a taste for adventure and the outdoors, there are hiking trails, horse trails, picnic areas, fishing locations, living history farms, and more, offering great fun for kids and adults alike. If you seek a more intimate experience with the site, make the trip on October 7, the anniversary of the battle. The day begins with a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the dead, followed by a program at the park’s amphitheater that is unlike anything else the park has to offer. King’s Mountain National Military Park is free to visit and operates on a daily 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. schedule. On Memorial and Labor Day weekends, the park extends its operating hours to 6:00 P.M. For more information, call 803-222-3209 or visit www.southcarolinaparks.com.


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Cowpens National Battlefield (Gaffney, SC)

Date of Battle: January 17, 1781

Only 35 miles south of King’s Mountain, Cowpens National Battlefield is another great stop for a day’s adventure. Similar to the Battle of King’s Mountain, the Battle of Cowpens was an important fight which ultimately led to the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia. The odds were stacked against the patriots in this fight, but the brilliant General Daniel Morgan pulled off a tactical marvel, ensuring victory, and his methods are still studied today. Following the success at King’s Mountain, General George Washington sent General Nathanael Greene to lead the Southern Continental Army and rally the patriot militia to a single fighting group. After Greene established a foothold in the south, he split his forces in two, sending General Daniel Morgan to cut supply lines and hinder British action in the South Carolina backcountry. In response, British General Cornwallis tasked Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton to put a stop to Morgan’s schemes. After a game of cat and mouse, with Tarleton in hasty pursuit of the patriot forces, Morgan decided to make his stand at Cowpens, a crossroads with plenty of fertile cattle

pastures surrounding the area. At Morgan’s back was the Broad River, blocking any patriot escape, but this was purposeful, making Tarleton think he had the patriots quartered. Yet he was lured into a trap. General Morgan used the landscape to his advantage, hiding his most-skilled troops behind a series of hills, out of British view. When Tarleton charged forward, expecting an easy victory, the rest of Morgan’s Continental army appeared over the horizon and surprised their enemies. The British forces were decimated, 110 dead, 200 wounded, 500 captured, while the Americans only suffered 12 dead, and 60 wounded, an astonishing victory that would cripple the British forces in South Carolina, forcing General Cornwallis to retreat north. Cowpens has a lot to offer on its 845-acre property, so start your journey with “Cowpens: A Battle Remastered,” an 18-minute film shown hourly in the Visitor Center. Witness the ingenious tactics employed by the patriots at Cowpens, so when you view the field for yourself, the area comes to life. After the film, take a tour through the Visitor Center Museum. Here you can find all sorts of weapons and artifacts from the Revolution, including a reproduction 3-pounder cannon, the star of the exhibit. For

those with young children, the Visitor Center has plenty of hands-on exhibits to make their trip more exciting, meaningful, and creative. Once you are ready to explore, take either the 1.2-mile Battlefield Trail throughout the park or circle the battlefield in your car on the 3.8-mile Auto Loop Road. Both of these trails give you access to wayside exhibits, and monuments. The Auto Loop Road comes with a narration by military historian Ed Bearss, so if you encounter bad weather, you can still enjoy the battlefield and learn its history and significance. The Cowpens Anniversary Celebration (January 18-19) is undeniably the best time to visit the site. There are approximately 40 different events held across the grounds. Some of these events include a wreath laying ceremony, a cavalry demonstration, 18th century style concerts, and dramas. But if you cannot make it down to Cowpens on these dates, there are numerous other events held throughout the year which you can view on the Cowpens National Park Service website. A visit to Cowpens is free, and the site operates from 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. on a daily basis. Call 864-4612828 or visit www.nps.gov/cowp/ index.htm for all the information you need.

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (Greensboro, NC) Date of Battle: March 15, 1781

The next location, this one in North Carolina, differs from the others in that the battle resulted in a British victory. However, General Cornwallis lost nearly a quarter of his 2,000 men in this fight alone, and his depleted forces could not withstand the might of the Continental Army at the Siege of Yorktown later that year. The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is located a mere six miles outside of downtown Greensboro, so after a visit to the park, there are numerous restaurants and activities to seek out in the city.

As for the park itself, the options are extensive. The site hosts an incredible 28 monuments, some of which commemorate the soldiers and commanders who fought at Guilford Courthouse. Others honor the signers of the Declaration of Independence and other influential revolutionaries. Access these memorials by way of the park’s footpaths, where no cars or bikes are permitted, allowing for a peaceful, tranquil engagement with history. The footpaths have numerous stops, and an audio tour can be accessed on your mobile device. A number will be provided at every location for a two to three-minute narration. If you plan on exploring the footpaths, bring

The site hosts an incredible 28 monuments, some of which commemorate the soldiers and commanders who fought at Guilford Courthouse. Others honor the signers of the Declaration of Independence and other influential revolutionaries.

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sturdy shoes and expect hills both large and small as you explore the battlefield. If walking isn’t your particular style, there is a 2.25-mile tour road that loops the field of battle, dotted with numerous parking locations that grant access to exhibit panels and footpath entries. Pedestrians and cyclists are also permitted to use this road, so operate your vehicle with care! If 18th century life is something that sparks your curiosity, the Hoskins Farm is the perfect location for you. The Hoskins Farm offers a look into an 18th century, rural lifestyle, and a cellphone audio tour will give you all the details you need. The first clash of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse actually occurred on the Hoskins’ property. The buildings of the farm are not open to the public throughout the year, but only on special occasions such as the Battle Anniversary, or the Living History Programs. The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is no different than the two South Carolina locations, as they host a Battle Anniversary every year (March 14-15th). The anniversary event that sets Guilford Courthouse apart from the other two locations is the inclusion of an hourlong Battle Reenactment. This reenactment paints a clear picture of the battle as it truly happened and is an exciting event for people of all. This event is hosted by the City of Greensboro outside the park property, because the United States National Parks Service prohibits reenactments on battlegrounds. Guilford Courthouse was the battle that severely diminished the British forces and began to drain their morale, while the Americans stood strong. In the aftermath of this fight, the beaten and tired British army would be forced to surrender at the Siege of Yorktown on October 19, 1781, ending the war and granting the American


colonies their freedom. The United States would perhaps not exist if it weren’t for key battles such as Guilford Courthouse, making it an outstanding location for not only history lovers, but all Americans. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park opens Monday through Sunday at 8:30 A.M. and closes at 5:00 P.M. There is no entry fee. Their website, www.nps.gov/ guco/index.htm has all the necessary information for a day’s visit. If you cannot find what you are looking for online, simply call 336-288-1776.

Other Nearby Battlefields of Interest:

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Battle of Alamance (Burlington, NC) Open Tues-Sat (9am-5pm) 336-227-4785 alamancebattleground.org/ Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge (Currie, NC) Open Mon-Sun (9am-5pm) 910-283-5591 ex.2234 www.nps.gov/mocr/index.htm Battle of Fort Dobbs (Statesville, NC) Open Tues-Sat (9am-5pm) 704-873-5882 www.fortdobbs.org

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THE SPENCER SHOPS

Riding the Rails Back in Time BY: PAMILLA TOLEN

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oday we know Spencer Shops as the NC Transportation Museum located in Spencer NC on 60-acre grounds, just a few miles north of Salisbury. However, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was known as Southern Railway’s Spencer Shops, and was the largest steam locomotive repair center operated by the newly organized Southern Railway Company. At the end of the 19th century, railroads across the Eastern Seaboard were floundering. After a financial failure of the Richmond and Danville Railroad system, as well as East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia railroads, an opportunity opened in 1894 for the financial firm of Drexel, Morgan and Company to form the Southern Railway Company. Their designated railroad expert was Samuel Spencer. Spencer had a long resume of railroad experience. He had previously been employed by the Long Island Rail Road as Superintendent, and afterwards worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Because of his lengthy experience, J. Pierpont Morgan selected Spencer to head up the existing two major repair facilities, one in Atlanta, Georgia and the other in Knoxville, Tennessee. Because these facilities were so old and poorly equipped to handle the current repair needs of the newly formed railroad, Spencer reported at the first annual meeting in June 1895, that a third “back shop” was necessary. It was proposed that the service facility be built on the main line equidistant between Washington D. C. and Atlanta. Spencer noted that the switch locomotives needed to be refueled, inspected and serviced, if necessary, and a “back shop” location close to Charlotte, North Carolina was perfect. As it became public knowledge that Southern Railway might be looking for land in the Charlotte area, a Rowan County landholder, John Steele Henderson began secret negotiations with the railroad company to help them buy land for the proposed facility. This front was established in order to prevent price speculation. By buying the land himself, he would then sell it back to the railroad for the low price he had paid for it. Since Steele was the largest county landowner at that time, it wasn’t unusual for him to acquire more land. So in January, 1896 Henderson began buying tracts of land two miles north of Salisbury, NC on

the railroad’s main line, which he immediately resold, and by March 1896 construction began on the new facility. On August 19, 1896 the opening ceremony was held, with Samuel Spencer presiding. Southern Railway partitioned 84 acres of land into 500 lots 50 x 145 for residential lots and 25 x 145 for commercial lots. Each sold for $100. This secured the availability of the skilled workers needed, and they quickly settled down in the area. By 1901, the 625 residents of Spencer were granted incorporation by the North Carolina legislature. The Spencer Shops thrived during the early half of the 20th Century as Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive

This antique Ford Speedster is just one of many cars on display.

In addition to its train exhibits, the museum now offers other opportunities to see various forms of transportation from that earlier age. In addition to other cars from that period you can see a Packard, a Rolls Royce and Ford Model T’s and R’s, a 1910 Buick and a steam-powered 1902 White Stanhope. July 2019 | 19


The North Carolina Transportation Museum is a family friendly trip well–worth taking. The Polar Express is a popular attraction each Holiday season.

The “Merci” Train given by France to the U.S., in appreciation for its liberation after WWII.

The dining area of the Doris Duke car

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repair center. However, by the 1950’s, the conversion from steam to diesel locomotives began the demise of the facility. By the 1970’s the steam locomotive was completely phased out and the Spencer Shop complex, which had employed up to 3,000 workers was no longer needed and was slowly shut down. Once Southern Railway had abandoned the facility, they were preparing to sell it off as a shopping center or industrial site when a man named Allan Paul, who was employed with the Department of Cultural Resources, entered the picture. He knew of the history of Spencer Shops and what it meant. Paul, along with key local leaders, convinced Southern Railway to transfer the land to the State of North Carolina, have it designated as a historical site and establish North Carolina’s first transportation museum. On September 29, 1977 the North Carolina Transportation Museum was born. It was another 19 years before the decaying buildings and surrounding

Railroad cars aren’t the only thing on display at the NC Transportation Museum.


[ Feature ] landscape began its transition but, in 1996, the Barber Junction Depot and the Bob Julian Roundhouse were restored and opened to the public.

BARBER JUNCTION DEPOT

The Barber Junction Depot was originally built in 1898 and located 12 miles west in rural Rowan County. It connected the Western North Carolina Railroad from Salisbury to Asheville and the North Carolina Midland Railroad from Charlotte to Winston-Salem. It served as a transfer point for both passengers and express freight. Depots such as Barber Junction were also used as a means of communication with train crews. It remained in operation until the 1970’s and was donated to the museum by Hall Steele in 1980. It was moved to the museum that same year and restoration began in 1984.

local North Carolina tobacco farmers at the end of the Civil War. After his death, his son James inherited the successful business and formed the American Tobacco Company in 1890. Duke died of pneumonia in 1925 leaving his entire fortune to his daughter, Doris, who was now 12 years old. His last words to her were “trust no one.” When Doris Duke died alone on October 28, 1993, the

billionaire tobacco heiress left her entire fortune of $1.2 billion dollars in trust with her butler Bernard Lafferty who was semiliterate. This rail car gives us the opportunity to glimpse the luxury that was afforded the very wealthy during the early part of the 20th Century. Other additions to the vast array of train exhibits is the 1939 “40 and 8” Parade Train. This train was built at

BOB JULIAN ROUNDHOUSE

The Bob Julian Roundhouse, one of the original Spencer Shops buildings, is still one of the largest roundhouses still standing in the United States. Here workers inspected and serviced engines, tended to livestock, which were required to be taken off the train cars and attended to, iced down produce that was being shipped to various destinations and performed a multitude of other tasks necessary to keep the trains running. At its height of operation, during World War II, about 3,000 people were employed. In the roundhouse are displayed a number of train engines and their cars. One of which is the Doris Duke car.

A BOLD NEW WAY OF THINKING

DORIS DUKE CAR

The Doris Duke car was built by Pullman in 1917 and named for James Duke’s 2-year-old daughter. After his death in 1925 it was sold to the Western Pacific Railroad and became an office car. Doris Duke was born November 22, 1912 in New York City to James and Nanaline Duke. She was immediately labeled “the richest little girl in the world”. James Duke’s father, Washington, had formed a cartel with

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Bob Julian Roundhouse.

Spencer Shops for the American Legion to pay homage to the 40 men or 8 horses that were transported in French boxcars during World War I. These cars transported many soldiers to and from the battlefields during both World Wars. Also, displayed is the one of the original, French built 40 and 8 boxcars which were part of the 49 car cars that formed the Merci Train, a 1949 gift to the United States and District of Columbia for the liberation of France. Members of the American Legion found the car in a tobacco field, and donated it to the museum in 1982. In addition to its train exhibits, the museum now offers other opportunities to see various forms of transportation from that earlier age. For example, aviation exhibits that in include a replicated, full sized 1903 Wright Flyer airplane, as well as displays for both Piedmont and Eastern Airlines, which flew in this area until they merged with other airlines during the 1980’s. In addition to other cars from that period you can see a Packard, a Rolls Royce and Ford Model T’s and R’s, a 1910 Buick and a steam-powered 1902 White Stanhope. 22 | Cabarrus Magazine

The museum is both indoor and outdoor, which allows for numerous large and small events. This is only a small number of exhibits which are available to see at the museum, which are all wellworth the time to make the short drive from Cabarrus County to see. The museum also schedules popular events throughout the year such as the “Day out with Thomas TM “ the train, The Fire Truck Festival, Brew and Choo, a craft beef festival and The Polar Express TM held every November through December. These events sell out quickly, so make your plans early. Polar Express tickets sell out as early as August each year. The museum is both indoor and outdoor, which allows for numerous large and small events. While there, make plans for a train ride to the Roundhouse where you can disembark

Wright Brothers Replica

to see the exhibits located there and in the surrounding area. When finished, visit the gift shop and then take the trolley back to Barbour Junction or the parking area. The North Carolina Transportation Museum is a family friendly trip well–worth taking. The hours for the months of March through December are 9am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday and Noon to 5 pm on Sunday. They are closed Sunday and Monday. Check their website for information concerning ticket prices at www.nctrans.org. Parking is free.


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WHAT’S NEW IN CABARRUS COUNTY

RCCC Student Overcomes Advertisty; Selected For NASA Onsite Experience

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owan-Cabarrus Community College engineering student, Isaac Mayle, has been accepted into the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program and selected to attend an onsite experience at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center this summer. As one of more than 400 community college students from across the United States to participate in the onsite experience, Mayle will tour Kennedy Space Center, interact with NASA engineers, work on projects with other students, and gain hands-on exposure to engineering career possibilities. “I have had a love for science and space as long as I can remember, but I never thought I could actually do something related to aerospace,” said Mayle. “Now I’m starting to believe that I can. I would love to work for NASA one day.”

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Although Mayle now maintains a 4.0 grade point average in the Rowan-Cabarrus Associate of Engineering transfer program, and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Rowan-Cabarrus High Altitude Balloon Team, just a few short years ago he wasn’t sure he would ever be able to return to college. Mayle, 38, first enrolled at Rowan-Cabarrus a decade ago but left to join the workforce. He always dreamed of going back to school, but in 2007 was hospitalized for depression and bipolar disorder. He struggled for years to overcome his mental health issues so that he could register for classes again. “Every enrollment period, I would drive to the parking lot, but my anxiety would get the better of me and I would leave without entering the building,” said Mayle.


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Concord-Padgett Regional Airport has long been a hub for business and charter traffic, including serving as home for several NASCAR teams.

After seeing a television interview with astronaut Drew Fuestel, who began his own career at a community college, Mayle was inspired to try again. He finally made it inside the North Campus lobby of RowanCabarrus and enrolled in December 2017. He is now on the road to completing his degree in May of 2020 and hopes to pursue a career in aerospace or nuclear engineering. “Going back to school will forever change my life, and I owe a lot of my success to the faculty at RowanCabarrus,” Mayle said. “I was nearly crippled at the thought of going back to school, but I have done well in my classes. My instructors have been a positive influence on me and make me want to contribute to society in a positive way. It feels good to have people believe in me.” By taking advantage of the campus library, tutoring and student life opportunities at Rowan-Cabarrus, Mayle was able to gain confidence in himself as a student and a leader. In fact, he is taking the lead in launching a math honor society at the College. “Isaac impresses me as a bright, diligent, and highly motivated student,” said Rowan-Cabarrus chemistry instructor R. Wayne Hendren. “He has a passion for aerospace engineering and is welldeserving of this honor.”

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport Earns International Business Aircraft Standard

The Concord-Padgett Regional Airport recently announced its certification as the 174th International Standard for Business Aircraft

Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 registered airport and second fixed-based operator (FBO) in North Carolina. The is a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers that features at its core a safety management system (SMS). Concord-Padgett Regional Airport’s process started in August of 2017, taking 21 months to achieve IS-BAH Stage 1. During this time, the Aviation Department team focused on upgrading equipment, updating the Safety Management

System (SMS) program, updating Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manuals and employee training, and successfully completing an independent audit of operations and changes made to meet ISBAH standards. What does it mean for customers? IS-BAH sets Concord-Padgett Regional Airport apart from other airports in that the certification offers aircraft owners and operators assurance the airport follows this top international industry safety standard. “The City of Concord Aviation Department has always been a leader in aviation safety,” said Aviation Director Dirk Vanderleest. “We were one of the first airports in the nation to partner with the FAA and complete a SMS program for a general aviation airport. Safety is paramount and IS-BAH reinforces a safety culture for our team members who hope to continue growing in that environment

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[ On the Go ] on the path to a Stage II Certificate over the next two years.” Communication is one of the core values of the IS-BAH program, and part of the Stage II process. The Airport encourages all tenants and visitors to report safety and security issues to Aviation staff so it can continue providing the safest operating environment possible. Concord-Padgett Regional Airport opened in 1994 with a general aviation terminal and a 5,500-foot runway and has grown to be one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas. Over the last 25 years, improvements included extending the runway to 7,400 feet and multiple strengthening projects, development of private sector investment in and around the airport, and construction of a commercial service terminal and parking deck.

and colleagues, as the first Erie Insurance agent to be recognized with the Platinum Life Insurance Award in the Charlotte Branch. Trey was chosen for this accomplishment out of an approximate 80 agencies and believes in “serving each and every client by delivering in his promise to offer the very best in life insurance coverage”. Trey Siner Insurance Group offers a full line of property/ casualty insurance products from Erie Insurance including auto and homeowner’s insurance, as well as commercial and life insurance products and services. The agency is located at 247 Church St., NE in Concord.

School needs drive decision for 2-cent tax increase

Trey Siner Insurance Group Recieves Recognition

Local business, Trey Siner Insurance Group, received recognition at their Erie Annual Branch Meeting at the Mint Museum in Charlotte last month. Trey Siner, owner and Trey Siner trusted advisor at Trey Siner Insurance Group, was awarded by his peers

In addition, voting will begin for residents to choose their favorite businesses in a variety of categories one week prior to this year’s event at www.ourcityfavorites.com. Huddle will announce the winners at the conclusion of the Showcase. Of few of in this year’s showcase participants include; Chick-fil-A, Chicken Salad Chick, Cirque-U Circus University, Let’s Dance Studio, Camp bow Wow Concord, Staples, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 9-Round 30 minute Kickbox Fitness, Concord Parks & Rec., Northeast Digestive Health Center, Belk and ShoeBeeDo, among many others. Vendor participation is free. Interested businesses can visit the event website for more information. The event will take place from 3-6pm on July 18.

Carolina Mall to Host 2nd Annual Summer Showcase

On July 18, Carolina Mall will be hosting its 2nd annual Summer Showcase. The events consists of vendor tables from local businesses, offering giveaways and samples, entertainment at the main stage, as well as demonstrations. Cabarrus Magazine’s publisher, Jason Huddle will serve as emcee.

County adopts 74-cent tax rate to fund $275.8 million budget Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) general fund budget, which includes a 2-cent increase over the current rate of 72 cents per $100 of assessed property value. For owners of a $160,000 house (the median assessed home value in Cabarrus), that equates to an additional $32 a year in property tax. An ad valorem tax rate of 74 cents increases the general operating

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“Because of our continued growth, budgeting to meet the increasing capital and operational needs of our school systems while also addressing County facility and services needs has become very challenging,” —County Manager Mike Downs

budget to $275,790,534, a 7.89 percent increase in spending from the adopted FY19 budget. Outside the general fund, the County is responsible for the administration of the following: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center Fund, Landfill Property Fund, 911 Emergency Telephone Fund and Health Insurance Fund. The grand total of all funds is $293,538,179. Projections indicate ad valorem (property) tax revenues will increase by $12,405,382, or 7.6 percent over last year’s adopted budget. Sales tax revenue is expected to increase by $4,478,539, or 9.7 percent. Nearly half (47 percent) of the general fund budget will go to support schools. The tax increase will put $4.7

million toward addressing a portion of one-time project needs that total more than $161 million. This includes deferred building maintenance needs for Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school districts, and the County. The additional tax revenue will also fund projects such as security camera upgrades at school facilities, roof replacements at County and school buildings, and land banking efforts for future school and County facilities. It will also go to support ongoing operations of two schools scheduled to open in future years. County leaders also increased local teacher supplements by 1/2 percent for Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school districts, an additional recurring investment of more than $800,000. “Because of our continued growth, budgeting to meet the increasing capital and operational

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needs of our school systems while also addressing County facility and services needs has become very challenging,” said County Manager Mike Downs. “Construction projects, including schools, the downtown Concord parking deck and the new courthouse put a strain on the budget. This limits our ability to fund capital needs of parks, senior centers and libraries. All of these projects are vital to meeting the expectations of a growing and prosperous community.” To help educate the community on the proposed budget, the County offered a free interactive course for residents on June 14 and led public discussions on its social media channels. Public outreach continued with a public hearing before the vote on June 17. To learn more about the FY20 budget, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/budget.

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OUT & ABOUT IN CABARRUS COUNTY

KARMA TOGA FOR CHARITY July 6 • 9-10am (1 Sat. of each month, May-Sept.) Rotary Square Pavillion 111 Union St. N, Concord • Donation-based Yoga class for all levels (Cash only please) • Teachers from Lotus Living Arts Studios • All proceeds benefit a charity of the teacher’s choice www.lotuslivingasrtsstudio.com

CONCERT IN THE PARK: HEARTBREAKER & ON THE BORDER July 6 • 7pm-10pm Village Park Kannapolis • Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy some great music • Come out and enjoy these great tribute bands to Heart and The Eagles! • Free admission 704-920-4311; www.kannapolisnc.gov

HARRISBURG JULY 4TH FESTIVAL July 3-4 Harrisburg Park • Festivities at the park begin at 4pm both days of the festival • Sponsored in part by Cabarrus Magazine! • Parade begins at 9am on July 4, starting at Capt. Steve’s Restaurant on 49 and heading north • Fireworks and live music both evenings! www.harrisburgjuly4th.com

VETERANS BREAKFAST 2nd Monday of Each Month (July 8) • 9:00am Mt. Pleasant Senior Center 8615 Park Drive, Mt. Pleasant • All military veterans/spouses invited • Join us for breakfast, speakers and fellowship every month! Call 704-920-3484 to RSVP

COMPLETE YOUR ADVANCED DIRECTIVE July 11 • 5-7 pm Concord Library, 27 Church St. North • A free opportunity to review and sign your Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will forms • Have your advance directive forms notarized free of charge • Learn what to do with your completed forms • To get copies of the forms or to contact us, visit AtriumHealth.org/YourCareYourChoice

MOVIES IN THE PARK: SECRET LIFE OF PETS July 12 • 8:30 pm Veteran’s Park, Kannapolis • Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to watch Secret Life of Pets on the big screen 704-920-4311; www.kannapolisnc.gov

MOVIES ON MEANS: THE LITTLE MERMAID July 18 7 • 8:30pm – 11:30pm Historic Downtown Concord • Concord Downtown Development Corporation is hosting its inaugural movie night with Disney’s Classic, The Little Mermaid, a throwback, family-friendly film. • Movie starts at dark! • Free popcorn! Beer and wine for purchase. • Sponsored in part by Cabarrus Magazine! 704-784-4208 www.concorddowntown.com

2ND SATURDAY OPEN STUDIOS AT CLEARWATER ARTIST STUDIOS July 14 • 10am-4pm 223 Crowell Drive N.W., Concord

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SUMMER SHOWCASE July 18 • 3pm-6pm Carolina Mall, Concord • Free Admission • Come out and enjoy giveaways, samples, games and demonstrations • Sponsored by Cabarrus Magazine! • Vote for your city favorites www.ourcityfavorites.com

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS July 9 • 5:00-6:30pm Hilbish Ford 2600 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis • Premier networking event for business professionals; a relationship-building experience held in a relaxed setting that benefits you and your company through added contacts and resources. • Free for Chamber members; Guests contact Alison Paladino: 704-782-4000

CHILDREN’S THEATER: WIZARD OF OZ July 11 • 10am Veteran’s Park, Kannapolis • Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy this live theater version of a classic story! • Free admission 704-920-4311; www.kannapolisnc.gov

CONCERT IN THE PARK: MORRIS DAY July 20 • 7pm – 10pm Village Park Kannapolis • Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy some great music! • Free admission 704-920-4311; www.kannapolisnc.gov

THURSDAYS ON MAIN: BAND OF OZ July 11 • 6pm – 9pm Veteran’s Park, Kannapolis • Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy some great music • Free admission 704-920-4311; www.kannapolisnc.gov

MOVIES IN THE PARK: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 July 26 • 8:30pm – 10:30pm Village Park Kannapolis • Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to watch hotel Transylvania 3 on the big screen 704-920-4311; www.kannapolisnc.gov

STORIES UNDER THE STARS: PROFESSOR WHIZZPOP July 13 • 7pm – 8pm Kannapolis Library 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis • Bring the kids to hear a classic tale read by Professor Whizzpop! 704-920-4311 www.kannapolisnc.gov

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY July 27 • All Day Historic Downtown Concord • Make a purchase at any participating business and enter into a drawing for $100 in Downtown Concord Dollars to be spent in participating businesses. 704-784-4208; concorddowntown.com

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At a Glance Automotive Sales

Medical Facilities

Print & Technology Services

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CBD Oil Product Retail Sales

International Minute Press ................ 27 400-50 McGill Ave. Concord, NC 28027 704-707-3335 www.shop.minutemanpress.com/ print-shop/nc/concord

Cabarrus Rowan Community Health Centers ................. 2 • 202D McGill Ave. NW Concord, NC 28025 704-792-2297 • 308 E Centerview St China Grove, NC 28023 704-855-5200 • 298 Lincoln St, SW Concord, NC 28025 704-792-2313 • 300 N Salisbury Ave Spencer, NC 28159 704-216-2630 www.crchc.org

Your CBD Store...................................... 3 • 9 Union St., Ste. 110 Concord, NC 28025 • 11855 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28262 ConcordNC.CBDrx4u.com

Churches New Hope Worship Center ................ 31 452 Brookwood Ave., NE Concord, NC 28025 704-786-0155 www.newhopewc.org

Commercial & Residential Glass Service

Non-Profit Organizations

Kannapolis Glass & Glazing ............... 31 202 S. Ridge. Ave. Kannapolis, NC 28083 704-938-5613 www.kannapolisglass.com

NorthEast Foundation ........................ 23 920 Church St. N Concord, NC 28025 www.givenortheastfoundation.org

Festivals Heavy Hitters of Soul Music Festival ... 2 July 27, 2019 www.heaveyhittersofsoul.com

Cannon Pharmacies .............................11 Multiple locations in Concord and Kannapolis www.cannonpharmacies.com

Funeral Homes

Photographers

Wilkinson Funeral Home .................... 21 100 Branchview Dr. NE Concord, NC 28025 704-786-3168 www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com

Michael A. Anderson Photography.... 27 38 Union St. S. Concord, NC 28025 704-701-5908 www.michael-a-anderson.com

Graphic Design/Layout Spark Publications................................. 9 2116 Crowne Center Dr., Ste. 300 Charlotte, NC 28227 704-844-6080 www.sparkpublications.com

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Pharmacies/Medications

Modern Impressions ............................17 5029 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28269 800-840-2554. www.modernimpressions.com

Radio Stations WEGO 98.3FM/1410AM.......................17 704-633-0621 www.memories983.com

Restaurants 73 & Main ............................................... 2 Hwy. 73 & Main St. Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124 704-436-2050 www.73andMain.com Chicken Salad Chick .............................. 8 8915 Christenbury, Blvd., Ste. 40 Concord, NC 28027 704-275-9250 www.chickensaladchick.com/concord El Vallarta Bar & Grille ........................ 31 1480 Concord Pkwy. N, Ste. 305 Concord, NC 28025 704-792-2020 www.ElVallartaNC.com

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