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Volume 3, Issue 29


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Burgess Chapel Church has been reborn GRANITE FALLS, NC (April 17, 2017) ‌After being closed and seized by the Western N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church due to low attendance, dwindling membership and financial hardship in the summer of 2016 as regulations allowed, Burgess Chapel has undergone a rebirth. This past Easter Sunday there was a special sunrise service held at the Burgess Chapel Church to commemorate its rebirth and revival. When the church was closed, the congregation was devastated and went on to worship at other sites but never lost faith! But, it seemed that God had a plan‌ The Western N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church placed the church property for sale but were unsuccessful in selling it which was a blessing in disguise for the community. The church sat empty for nearly 10 months until a very special anonymous person purchased the property on behalf of the community and former congregation of Burgess Chapel. Burgess Chapel Church is now under the very capable hands of former members and other individuals from the Granite Falls community. This group with the assistance of the anonymous owner of the property has formed the Burgess Chapel Church Foundation. While there will be no regular/ traditional Sunday Services, the church be hosting events such as special worship, music concerts, children’s program, family activities and more. Some of the former members may even begin a Sunday School Class. On Saturday, April 15th, 2017 many former members and friends spent the day cleaning the church in preparation for the special Easter Sunrise Service. Continued on page 2...


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Burgess Chapel Church has been reborn Continued from page 1...

“The heart of Burgess Chapel Church when it was built in the 1930’s was love of God, desire to bring others into relationship with their Lord, and growing His Kingdom on earth. That desire remains in the hearts of those who have reorganized to regain the church and have incorporated to open the BCC Foundation.” BCC Foundation Burgess Chapel Church was originally named First Methodist Colored Church. The land was deeded by the Abernathy family on November 26, 1938 and recorded with the Register of Deeds by Mr. Sam Howard, Chairman and Trustee of the church board on February 13, 1939 as “First Methodist Colored Church.” Many of the early families to settle in the Burgess Chapel community came from South Carolina for opportunities and jobs.

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In photo front left to right: Louise Randall, David Patterson and Steve Luman. 2nd row left to right: Kathy Carroll, Jean Glass and Maurice Isbell. 3 rd row left to right: Monica Ferguson, Cheryl Mungro, Gwen Johnson & Lee Ann Luman. Back row left to right: Karen Isbell and Kayla Isbell. Continued on page 3…

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Burgess Chapel Church has been reborn Continued from page 2…

The BCC Foundation seeks to re-purpose the church property a symbol of historical significance, cultural community, worship unity, and service to others. They also have a particular interest in the welfare of children and senior citizens. “Our hope is to offer worship in community, unified regardless of denomination or other tag that can divide us.” BCC Foundation

The BCC Foundation board of directors are as follows: Maurice Isbell, Jr. – President Kathy Carrol – Vice President Monica Ferguson – Secretary Karen Isbell – Treasure Chief Ritch Bolick Dr. Bob Evans Jenny Glass Lee Ann Luman Judge Bob Brady Barry Hayes Gwen Johnson David Patterson If you would be interested in contacting the BCC Foundation, here is their contact info: 828-781-2763 or The new Burgess Chapel Church Foundation is located at 5 Cherry Street in Granite Falls, North Carolina. The Burgess Chapel Church Foundation invites their friends and community to support its efforts. “I need to thank Lee Ann Luman for inviting me to the church to meet and talk to all of the fantastic people that were working hard to ready the church for its Easter Sunday Service. It was heartwarming to see these people back at their home church. I actually felt right at home, as we sat in the sanctuary talking about the history of the church, the closing of the church and the rebirth of the church. One thing is for sure, you won’t find a more faithful, loving and friendlier community than this one. And, to the “anonymous person”…you are truly a blessing!” Mark Jackson (Caldwell Journal)


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The America We Choose to See Special to the Caldwell Journal (by Daniel B. Rundquist)…As Americans, we value our uniqueness. It is grounded in our right to free expression from our Founding and so is deeply woven into our culture. But not everyone sees America as unique and interesting these days. In 2015, a Norwegian writer, Karl Ove Knausgaard was hired by the New York Times Magazine to travel America as an outsider, and report his experience. He describes the American landscape as devoid of any unique character whatsoever. He writes, in part, “…the landscape had been the same, a sort of centerless, semi-urban sprawl of highways, subdivisions, shopping malls, warehouses, gas stations, and factories.” Of course, this is not a surprise to hear coming from a European. Europe has millenniums worth of art, architecture, archaeology, culture and traditions surrounding its citizens every day to remind them of their history and diverse origins. In stark contrast, America likely has no significant standing man-made structures more than 300 years old. From this perspective, America is still a relatively young nation. Knausgaard illuminates an important point here, though. What does our architecture, art, literature, media, clothing, food, and everything else “American” say about our culture today? Even our coinage for most of our existence seems generic, with a style we certainly copied from the old Romans—portraiture of a person or a personification of Liberty on the obverse and eagles on the reverse. One apartment building in one city looks exactly like any other anywhere else. Is this “flavorlessness” truly what America has become, and why is that? If we are the people who take pride in our right to “freedom of expression” then why is it so difficult for a modern European to see anything distinctive about our nation? If I had general advice for Knausgaard in his travels, it would be for him to drive the entirety of Route 66 for starters.

However, the root of this issue of modern American “flavorlessness” has probably grown out of apathy and necessity. Most of us are not artists, architects, or city planners. We have developed a mode to produce everything to facilitate what will sell, what is practical, and what can be afforded. No sensible city planner would ever recommend an expensive and totally new design for the town that the people did not like or could not be afforded just because it was creative and unique. Likewise, the local diner is not going to change over their menu to all new creative foods that people just won’t pay to eat. So what we end up with is what Knausgaard saw—a largely generic America that has been reduced to the most efficient common denominator in almost everything from cheeseburgers to gas stations and grocery stores. But this, too, is now shifting. There are notable exceptions happening here and there over time that are encouraging to see. I am in the food industry, and so I will relate this observation to illustrate my point. When a major grocery chain left our market years ago leaving big empty stores behind, it was Mark Yambor who entered the space locally with his Fairvalue banner in Caldwell County. In Hickory, Rick Knighton took over a similar large store space on Springs Road with his Galaxy banner. Both of these entrepreneurs have solidly established their stores as unique and apart from the old format they replaced. Here are local folks dedicated to superior service and quality, which is a great American story. Regional grocer Lowes Foods, based in Winston-Salem has boldly changed their format over the past few years and made themselves into a truly unique American shopping experience for their guests. I can’t even begin to list all the many new departments and features here. You’ll just have to go and visit a few of their stores. Craft beer seems to be taking off in America. Local eatery, Granite Falls Brewing Company has established itself in the former Pepsi plant in Granite Falls, making fine craft beers and serving up some of the best food to be had anywhere, and they are not alone. Continued on page 6...

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The America We Choose to See Continued from page 4…

Even Lowes Foods now brews craft beer in its newest concept store. Just up the road a piece on highway 321 we have the cities of Lenoir, Blowing Rock, and Boone. All these are distinctly different areas that have their own flavors, art, architecture and bold American culture. American communities are reinventing themselves at the local level. City planners, retailers, and others across the nation are beginning to re-use and repurpose stressed and abandoned areas for parks, shops, eateries, upscale living spaces, and so on. It’s a shame that Mr. Knausgaard cheated himself from the American experience with what seems to be a bit of ordinary tunnel vision. People often see what they want to see. I am sure that I could tour his home in Europe and only see urban blight if that’s all I was looking for. If “sameness” is all Mr. Knausgaard sees, forget the architecture—I could show Mr. Knausgaard all the different rocks we have right here in North Carolina. We could start with the Blowing Rock, then move on to Chimney Rock, Sliding Rock, Hanging Rock, Table Rock, and finally Clingmans Dome— all rocks, but not a one of them the same. Not everyone has to be an artist or an architect to contribute to the story of American uniqueness. It would seem that in his self-guided tour of America, Mr. Knausgaard sadly missed the best parts of the nation. If he ever finds himself on this side of the pond again, I would be proud to treat him to a tour of our slice of unique America to be found right here in our western North Carolina. Dan Rundquist is a Caldwell Journal Contributor. Copyright 2017 Caldwell Journal on behalf of Dan Rundquist. All rights reserved.

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N.C. strawberry growers expect second wave of crop RALEIGH, NC (April 18, 2017)…It has been about a month since most areas of North Carolina saw their last freeze, and for local strawberry growers and eaters that means the second wave of strawberries is almost here. “This has been an unusual strawberry season in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Thanks to a warm February, many growers were picking at least two weeks ahead of schedule. Then the state had freezing temperatures in March, which put production on hold. It takes 30 days or more for a blossom to turn into a berry. Now that we are past the last freeze, more strawberries are about ready for picking, and consumers should expect a strong crop through the end of May.” Picking will begin in Eastern North Carolina and the Piedmont over the next two weeks. Western North Carolina growers should be ready for picking May 1. The peak of the N.C. strawberry season is traditionally Mother’s Day weekend, but locally grown berries should still be available into Memorial Day, said Dexter Hill, marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To celebrate the season, the department and N.C. Strawberry Association will hold three Strawberry Day events at the state-operated farmers markets in Colfax, Charlotte and Raleigh in May. The first event is at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh on May 4. The celebration includes a strawberry recipe contest, ice cream samples and a visit by Suzy Strawberry. On May 5, the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax will host its Strawberry Day, which also includes a recipe contest, ice cream samples and visit by Suzy Strawberry. On May 12, visitors to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market can enjoy free strawberry ice cream samples. All three events will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. North Carolina is the fourth-largest producer of strawberries in the nation, and the crop generated more than $23 million in farm income in 2015. More information about the strawberry industry is available at Consumers interested in finding a you-pick strawberry farm near them can go to

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RALEIGH, NC (April 12, 2017)…Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today joined the National Safety Council in urging North Carolinians to concentrate on the road and avoid distractions while behind the wheel. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. “Driving has always been dangerous, but now more than ever, we need to concentrate on the road,” said Causey. “The safety of every North Carolinian is my top priority and I urge everyone to put down your phone and concentrate on driving your vehicle.” Distracted driving accounts for nine deaths every day nationally – deaths that are completely preventable simply by keeping your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind on driving. Last year in North Carolina, 177 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. Additionally, an estimated 26,962 were injured. Below are tips to help curtail distractions before they happen: • Do not use your cell phone while driving • Let calls go to voicemail or let a passenger talk for you • Select music before you start driving • Refrain from eating, drinking and smoking • Make sure your passengers and pets are properly restrained • Know your route • Manage passenger conversation Source:

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Caldwell Hospice Good Grief Meal to Be Held May 4 LENOIR, NC (April 17, 2017)…Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care will hold its next monthly Good Grief Meal at 4 pm, Thursday, May 4, at Mayflower Seafood, 303 Blowing Rock Blvd., Lenoir, NC. The informal time of food and fellowship is open to anyone who is experiencing grief and loss. The meal is dutch treat. The Good Grief Meal is sponsored through Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, bereavement care of Caldwell Hospice, and is one of many opportunities offered to help individuals of all ages and families cope with the loss of people they love. Because of the generous support of our community and the belief that bereavement services improve quality of life, Caldwell Hospice offers community bereavement services to anyone who needs our help in coping with grief. For more information about the upcoming Good Grief Meal or other bereavement services, call 828.754.0101, or visit or Facebook.

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Dr. Herb Says….Stay healthy with nature I Love My Heart? Americans are faced with an extremely serious problem. Diseases of the heart and blood vessels remain the most common cause of death in this country. High blood pressure, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), atherosclerosis (the build-up of fatty deposits) and high blood cholesterol are all part of this problem. Heart disease is not just a killer, it also cripples. The obstructed flow of life -giving blood to the heart, brain and other organs has devastating consequences, causing great pain and disability in its victims. An estimated 42 million Americans are suffering from cardiovascular diseases. Let’s take a look at how the heart and circulatory system work and what goes wrong. We’ll also address what we can do to prevent problems and improve our cardiovascular health. What does the cardiovascular system do? Nutrients, oxygen, waste, antibodies, warmth, hormones and other crucial cell products are transported throughout the body via the cardiovascular system. The incredible muscle, the heart, pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day. The heart is divided down the middle into two pumps, left and right. Special valves in the heart act as traffic controllers regulating blood flow into the holding chambers (atriums), pumping chambers (ventricles), and arteries. The two sides of the heart simultaneously pump blood into two circulatory networks. The left side pumps oxygen-rich blood to the entire body (systemic circulation). The blood travels through large arteries which branch into smaller arterioles which in turn branch into capillaries, tiny blood vessels carrying blood to every part of the body. It is in the capillaries t hat the blood distributes oxygen, nutrients, and other substances and picks up wastes including carbon dioxide. Then returning to the heart, the blood travels from the capillaries into venules which in turn join into veins returning the blue, carbon-dioxide-laden blood back into the heart. The blood makes its round trip journey, even to the toes, in less than one minute! The blood then enters the “right heart” to embark on its shorter journey to the lungs (pulmonary circulation). In the lungs the blood releases carbon-dioxide and picks up oxygen. The now oxygen-rich, red blood returns from the lungs to enter the “left heart” ready to begin the journey through the body again….on and on this goes every moment of our lives.

High Blood Pressure There are two factors that affect blood pressure. One is the amount of blood being pumped. The second factor is the amount of resistance to the blood flow. For example, the pressure involved in forcing a gallon of water through a narrow straw would be much higher than that of forcing a cup of water through a wide hose. Continued on page 12...

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature I Love My Heart? When the heart is pumping harder and faster than normal due to stress or other factors, this increases the amount of blood being pumped thus increasing blood pressure. If the blood vessels are clogged or constricted, this increases the resistance to the blood flow also causing the higher blood pressure. The pumping heart is like a fist squeezing then relaxing, squeezing…relaxing. Blood pressure is a measurement of the amount of pressure during the pumping phase (systole) and the lesser pressure during the relaxing phase (diastole) of the heart beat. High blood pressure is a warning which could indicate problems with the cardiovascular system causing undue strain on the heart muscle. Arteriosclerosis and Atherosclerosis Arteries are not merely pipes, they are alive. They have remarkable ability to change size and shape according to our body’s needs. In normal arteries blood flows through these flexible tubes without obstruction; Arteriosclerosis is a hardening of the arterial walls making them less able to dilate (expand). Atherosclerosis is the build-up of fatty deposits on the interior walls of the artery causing the passageway to become narrow. These fatty deposits combine with substances in the blood like calcium, aluminum, and chlorine forming hard plaques and insoluble deposits on the artery walls. The reduced ability to dilate and the narrowness of arteries caused by the build-up of fatty deposits decreases the amount of precious blood flow to the area served by that artery. When various organs are deprived of normal blood flow, other diseases may result. This narrowing also increases the resistance to blood flow, increasing blood pressure. Thrombosis The plaques formed by atherosclerosis may create jagged surfaces inside the arteries. Platelets, tiny, delicate packets of clotting materials that float in the bloodstream are crucial for stopping bleeding when there is an injury. However these platelets cannot differentiate between the jagged surfaces caused by an injury and those caused by arterial plaques. They catch on the jagged areas, break open and spill their clotting chemicals into the blood. Clots may form which plug the narrowed artery completely. This is called a Thrombosis. Or a clot or a piece of a fatty plaque may break away for the bloodstream until it plugs a narrower spot. This is called an embolism. The body can compensate for these clogs by dilating neighboring arteries to increase their flow but if the clogged artery is only source of blood to a body part, a great deal of damage can result. For example, if a coronary artery (supplying blood to the heart muscle) is suddenly impeded, the resulting heart attack is called a coronary thrombosis. If a blood vessel in the brain is obstructed, brain cells are “starved and suffocated,” –the result is a type of stroke which can result in paralysis, loss of speech, or death. Some complicated questions arise. Why are so many people suffering from cardiovascular disease? How do we get arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis? Is it preventable? Is it reversible? Can we “cleanse’ our arteries? The Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar (simple carbohydrates); it is low in fiber and is generally excessive in quantity. Caffeine and alcohol are very prominent in our diet. This “SAD” diet is a major contributor to our high heart disease rate. Continued on page 13... Sun 7 to 6 M-T 7 to 6

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature I Love My Heart? What Can We Do? While we can’t control factors like heredity, there are factors of our modern lifestyle which we can control. Here are several important factors which deserve our attention. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar (simple carbohydrates); it is low in fiber and is generally excessive in quantity. Caffeine and alcohol are very prominent in our diet. This “SAD” diet is a major contributor to our high heart disease rate. Most evidence indicates clearly that high cholesterol levels and high dietary intake of saturated fats are the major factors of atherosclerosis. Cholesterol is a white, crystalline, soapy substance produced in the body and found in all animal foods. Cholesterol is an essential substance produced by our body according to our needs. Dietary intake of cholesterol (in meat, eggs and dairy) is unnecessary and elevates blood cholesterol levels beyond our needs. White sugar should be avoided. Salt, saccharin, antacids and soy sauce are all high in Sodium. Sodium increases fluid retention and blood pressure causing the heart to work harder; so salt use should be greatly reduced. We should pay attention of our diet keeping it low in fat and cholesterol, high in fiber, and moderate in quantity. This is critical for building lasting health. Fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts provide easily assimilated nutrients and reduce health risks associated with high-fat, low-fiber diets. Doctors and natural health professionals all agree that smoking has a profoundly destructive effect on our cardiovascular health. Promoting arteriosclerosis and clotting, and introducing so many deadly poisons into the body, smoking is a thief of health. A smoker is three times more likely to die of heart disease than lung cancer. In fact, quitting smoking will reduce the likelihood of a heart attack by 50%!! Exercise is a crucial part of cardiovascular health and recovery. It increases pumping power and efficiency of the heart, reduces levels of fat in the blood stream, moves one toward ideal body weight, lowers blood pressure and decreases stress. Some other crucial factors are stress, caffeine, and obesity. Stress contributes to the tightening of the arteries which causes blood pressure to go up. It is helpful be aware of what “pushes our buttons” and find healthy ways to relax (e.g. walking, gardening, yoga and laughter). Caffeine is the modern antidote to the tiring effects of the “SAD” diet and insufficient rest. Caffeine raises blood pressure, straining the heart. Obesity also puts a strain on the heart. Carefully and safely reducing body weight to within 15% of the “ideal” weight can add years and quality to one’s life. The problem of heart disease is extremely urgent and it affects all of us. We see now that much can be done to reduce the threat of atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, and the other forms of cardiovascular disease. As we move into a calm and caring attitude towards our wellness the rewards are great. Allow these changes to be a source of encouragement. The increased awareness of our bodies can become a strength in moving towards a healthier more enjoyable life style. Continued on page 14... Sun 7 to 6 M-T 7 to 6

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature I Love My Heart? Herbs for the Heart The fact is most classes of heart drugs have been derived from botanicals. One of the most important nutritional products for the heart is the Hawthorn berry. Dr. Tyler (Dean of Pharmacy, Purdue Univ.) in his book Honest Herbal states “Hawthorn acts on the body in two ways: first, it dilates the blood vessels, especially the coronary vessels. Second, it has a favorable effect on the heart itself…especially in cases of heart damage.” Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. in his book The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine reports that “in a consensus of controlled laboratory and clinical experimentation of several countries….Hawthorn was effective at: Dilating vessels away from the heart, Very mild dilation of coronary vessels, (increasing blood flow to the heart) Increased enzyme metabolism in the heart muscle, Increased oxygen use by the heart. These researchers concluded that Hawthorn enhances and normalizes heart dynamics improving the strength of the heart contraction.” Simply put: Hawthorn Berries improve the health and functioning of the heart allowing blood to flow more freely. Hawthorn is widely accepted and used in many countries, and is well-known for its absence of side effects. Although Hawthorn has not received much attention from the medical establishment in the U.S., it is a favorite of the herbalist for treating the cardiovascular system. It is clear that a healthy and unobstructed circulatory system is best able to maintain and keep itself clean. But if the circulation is obstructed, the very means by which it can heal itself is also impeded. That is why many turn to safe natural herbs like Hawthorn Berries. They help to promote the normal flow needed for cleansing, healing and vibrant health.

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Help for lost pets LENOIR, NC (April 19, 2017)…The Lenoir Police Department recently received a microchip scanner from a local non-profit organization, Caldwell Animal Rescue. Though veterinarians and animal control departments generally have chip scanners, the Rescue Group was inspired to donate a scanner to the Lenoir Police to assist in locating pet owners after hours. Many pets have a microchip implant, usually near the animal's shoulders, that contains a registry number that owners can upload online at various websites. The number can then be searched in an effort to locate the owner(s) of lost pets. The Lenoir Police Department would like to thank Caldwell Animal Rescue and Vice President of the Rescue Group, Ray Williams, for their generosity in this donation as well as the services they provide in our community.

Symphony to Perform Last Concert of the Season HICKORY, NC (April 18, 2017)...Under the baton of Maestro John Gordon Ross, the Western Piedmont Symphony will close their 52nd season with Masterworks V—Russian Roulette. Performing works by Russian composers, Masterworks V will be held at 7:30 PM on April 22, 2017, at PE Monroe Auditorium, Lenoir-Rhyne University. Tickets range from $22-$42. Sponsored by Friends of the Symphony and Dr. Brian Adair, the season closes with another Youth Symphony alumna, pianist Baron Fenwick, a recent graduate of the Mannes School in NYC. He will be performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concert. The orchestra will also be performing composer Meira Warshauer’s As Waters Over the Earth: A Tribute to Mozart. The final work of the season will be an audience favorite, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #5. All tickets are available through, or email at, or call Symphony box office at 828.324.8603 from 10am-2pm, M-F. Save money and time, buy your tickets in advance. Additional information can be found at Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Business hours are 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

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“Movies with Mike� The Next Mik e Holsclaw (Apr il 11th, 2017) After many years of gentle and, I hope, friendly persuasion on my part, I finally convinced my friend, Makayla Price, to take the reins and introduce a movie for me at "Movies with Mike". Having a guest presenter on occasion at my program has been a tradition we established early on in my tenure; all those years ago, Sarah Greene had suggested that, both to give me a break from time to time and to shake things up a bit, I should invite faithful members of the audience to take a turn introducing one of their favorite films. I thought that was a great idea; ever since, I've entrusted some of the people whose cinematic tastes I most trust with the keys to my baby. Several people have performed admirably in this role but, the one person who I thought most deserved a chance had always eluded my efforts to have her take a shot; Makayla has been a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of the program from the very beginning and, based on her insightful comments during our group discussions, I have long believed that she would be a natural to highlight a film herself. She had always been reticent about the prospect, though, mainly, I believe, because like many people, she was afraid of speaking in front of a group. I know how she felt; when the program first began, it had been over a dozen years since the last time I addressed an audience and I didn't know what to expect. In fact, the night before my very first presentation, I don't think I slept more than fifteen minutes the entire evening. When the big moment finally arrived, although I was petrified throughout, once I was done, I knew that I wanted to do it again! So, despite the initial jitters, I found presenting these films and leading the group discussions afterwards to be one of the most deeply gratifying experiences of my life and I really wanted to share this sense of exhilaration with someone else who I thought could appreciate it; to my mind's eye, Makayla was the most obvious candidate. Finally, after years of my pestering, she relented last fall and agreed that she would do a film. After only a brief period of discussion, we settled on "Pan's Labyrinth" as the movie she would present. This, to me, seemed like an ideal match between person and film; I knew that Makayla had liked the film but I also knew that this wasn't her favorite movie - it seemed to me that there would be just the right amount of appreciation and detachment to give her both interest and critical distance. Also, because it wasn't overly familiar to her, she would have the pleasure of learning more about it and its director, Guillermo del Toro (I've always found learning about a film I don't know much about to be one of the more entertaining parts of putting a presentation together). Finally, I knew that, with her love of Edgar Ulmer's "Black Cat" and other kinds of gothic horror, that del Toro's dark fantasy would begin to resonate with her the more time she spent with it; my intuition told me that, in some ways, she and the Mexican director were kindred souls. Last Thursday, the big day finally arrived. I could tell before she spoke that Makayla was having a small case of stage fright but, to her credit, she gutted it out and went forward to present the film. She suffered from the same malady that I had when I began the program; she tended to speak too quickly at first but, in short order, she conquered her nerves, paced herself, and it was visibly noticeable that she was relaxing and taking control of herself and the room. It’s exciting to see this happen; it's almost as though, if you'll pardon my grandiosity, you're watching someone discover some new strength or talent that they didn't realize they possessed and beginning to appreciate it for the first time. In that moment, I was glad that I had been such a nudge in encouraging her to do this - she really came into her own! Continued on page 17...


Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Next Mik e Holsclaw (Apr il 11th, 2017) Continued from page 16…

Another added benefit of having her present a film is that most of her family came out to give her moral support; when you get that many members of the Price clan together you can count on an interesting, thoughtful group discussion to follow! All of them are as intelligent and articulate as Makayla but Makayla's father, in particular, has a disconcerting habit of suggesting possible scenarios to explain the back story of a film that can truly unsettle you; in regard to "Pan's Labyrinth", for instance, he asked whether the Captain, instead of the tailor, might actually be Ofelia's biological father in the "real" world, which, if you know the film, is a deeply disturbing idea! In addition, her mother, brother, and fiancé, Justin, all helped to keep the conversation lively! Finally, I have to say that, with Makayla doing the honors on a film, I felt a comforting sense of reassurance that the love of classic films is going to continue; I see the glimpses of viewers on TCM who attest to their passion for Golden Age cinema but, I need to see it on a grassroots level to really believe that this important part of our Western heritage will continue. I think, in addition to the love of good books and music, an appreciation of film as an art form is what helps to keep our culture vital. Seeing younger people like Makayla keep the spark alive does my heart good. Thanks, my friend, you made me proud! Learn more about classic films and enjoy the magic of movies at Movies with Mike. Held the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00pm downstairs at the Lenoir Library. This program is free and popcorn is provided! For more information, please call 828-728-4207. Caldwell County Public Library website:

"A Walk on Main Street" Saturday May 6 LENOIR, NC (April 14, 2017)…Please join us for a guided tour of historic Main Street in Lenoir! Mike Gibbons, local historian, will conduct the tour, discussing and pointing out the history of surviving structures, as well as those long gone, on the first blocks of North and South Main Street in historic downtown Lenoir. Learn about the three courthouses, the Confederate Monument, Taylor War Memorial as well as the many prior and varied businesses once located in surviving buildings on Main Street. The tour will take approximately one hour, concluding at 1841 Café for lunch at 12:30 pm. Those not wishing to walk have the option of viewing a pre-recorded version of the tour at 1841 Café, commencing at 11:30 am, and will be able to participate in additional discussion when the tour walkers arrive for lunch at 12:30 pm. To participate, you must preregister and purchase your ticket at the Caldwell Heritage Museum, located at 112 Vaiden Street SW, Lenoir, NC. If registered and ticket(s) purchased prior to April 28th, costs are: $30/individual; $50/couple. If registering on site the day of the event, ticket prices will be: $38/ individual; $58/couple. Feel free to contact us with any questions at (828-758-4004) or All proceeds, beyond lunch expenses, will go toward the maintenance and support of the Museum. Please join us for this fun, informative event and get some fresh spring air!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dementia Education Program: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior LENOIR, NC (April 14, 2017)...Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to help those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder through a FREE education program in our community on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The program is for family members or friends who may have a loved one living with dementia, care partners and professional caregivers. The presentation, facilitated by Julie Cook-Walker, Education Specialist of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be held at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center at 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC. Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. NOTE: This seminar is not recommended for individuals with a dementia diagnosis. Registration is preferred, but not required. For more information or to register, please call 828.754.0101 or email Setzer Creek Baptist Church is looking for a pian ist. If inter ested please co ntact Ryan Greene at 758-9336. Flemings Chapel Baptist Church is seek ing a p ar t-time Worship Leader. Please send resume to Personnel Committee, 4430 Littlejohn Church Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Family Celebrates Five Generations GRANITE FALLS, NC (April 20, 2017)‌On April 4, 2017 Myla Grace Collins was born making a family of five generations. The family consists of Margie Cowick (seated), Kay Rash (center), Crystal Collins (right), Josh Collins (left) and Myla Grace Collins (held by her father). The Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church n eeds to h ave a h andicap r am p bu ilt at th eir church building. If you could help with this project please contact Robert Cones at 828-638-1859. Miller Hill Baptist Church is lookin g for a Choir Dir ecto r /So ng Leader . If in ter ested please contact Pastor Doug Prevette at 828-442-8032.

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Psalms 103:2,3 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, Calls for Grant Letters of Inquiry and forget not all His benefits, who forgives BOONE, NC (April 14, 2017)...Women’s Fund of all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.” the Blue Ridge (WFBR) is soliciting ideas to imBy sin we have been served from the life of God. Of ourselves we are no more capable of living a holy life than was the dead Lazarus capable of raising himself from the dead. Some realize their helplessness, and long for spiritual life, which will bring them into harmony with God. In despair, they cry, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death?” All who realize that this life is not eternal life, look up to God, and we, through His son will impart to them everlasting life. Jesus is bending over the purchase of His blood, saying with inexpressible tenderness and pity, “Wilt thou be made whole?” Jesus bids by arise in health and peace. Put your will on the side of Jesus. Decide to allow Him to come into your heart, and live your life. Jesus is able and longs to live His life in and through you that will be pleasing to the Father. We are weak and held captive by the chains of sin. Jesus can set us free from the power of sin, and all of sin’s destructive side effects.

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prove the lives of women in the High Country. The Women’s Fund is requesting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) from organizations who have not previously received a grant from WFBR. The Women’s Fund will accept LOIs through May 1st. Any organization that has received a grant from the Women’s Fund in the past need not submit a letter, but must apply for a grant by July 1, 2017. The Women’s Fund gives grants exclusively to programs that serve women and girls in the High Country. Organizations that serve all genders but have programs within their organization that serve only women or girls may apply for those programs. If invited to apply for a grant, applications will be due July 1, 2017. The organization submitting an inquiry must be a 501(C)(3) non-profit, or have a non-profit fiscal sponsor. Letters should include the organization’s mission and a description of the specific program for which the organization is applying. LOIs should be no longer than two pages in length. LOIs may be submitted through email to, or mailed to WFBR, P.O. Box 1838, Boone, NC 28607. LOIs must be received by May 1st at 5:00pm. Interested parties may find more information at grants/apply/. Please contact Alex Cusimano at or 828-2644002 for more information. About the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge Our mission is to create positive change and economic justice for women and girls in the counties we serve. Through funding to local non-profit agencies, we aim to be a philanthropic catalyst for all women and girls to have access to the resources they need as they strive to become empowered and reach their full potential.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

JAM Kids Day Camp Planned at Western Carolina University CULLOWHEE, NC (April 12, 2017)…Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. is presenting the JAM Kids Day Camp on Saturday, May 13 on the campus of Western Carolina University. This event is completely free and open to JAM students, as well as other children learning traditional Appalachian music throughout North Carolina and beyond. The JAM Kids Day Camp will start at 12 p.m. with activities and workshops led by master teaching artists from the region. Students will also have the opportunity to jam with new friends and perform for an audience. Participants must pre-register by April 28 at in order to receive a meal at no cost.


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Students will be able to choose three workshop activities, such as North Carolina Banjo Songs (Susan Pepper, Sylva, NC), Jump Right Into Singing and Songwriting (Dusk Weaver, Cherokee, NC), Beginner or Intermediate Fiddle (Kalia Yeagle, Johnson City, TN), Beginner or Intermediate Guitar (Cary Fridley, Asheville, NC), Basics of 3-Finger Banjo (Trajan Wellington, West Jefferson, NC), Mandolin (Liam Purcell, Deep Gap, NC), String Band (Geraud Barralon and Zach Kilmer, Murphy, NC), Playing the Doghouse Bass (Eliot Smith, Boone, NC), and the Art of Performing (Cane Mill Road Band). Parents are welcome, but not required, to attend with their children, and additional arts/crafts activities will be available for younger siblings. Signin begins the morning of May 13 at 11 a.m. Children should bring their own musical instrument to participate. The event will occur at the Forsyth Building on the WCU campus. Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. offers a variety of learning and performance activities for students, teachers, program directors, and volunteers involved in the 40 after school JAM programs throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. For more information about the organization or this event, please visit their website at or contact Brett Martin, Executive Director of JAM, at 276-773-0573 or

Caldwell County Safe Kids Coalition is to reduce the number of children hurt and killed due to unintentional and preventable injuries. The coalition focuses on Child Passenger Safety (bicycle and pedestrian), fires/ burns, drowning, choking/suffocation, poisonings, gun safety and falls.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Caldwell Men's Chorus Spring Concert LENOIR, NC (April 17, 2017)…On Saturday evening, April 29th at 7:30 PM, the Caldwell Men’s Chorus will present its 2017 Spring Concert at Lenoir Presbyterian Church, 1002 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir NC 28645. The concert is free and open to the public. Special guests joining the men will be the Youth Ensemble Singers, (YES), the Catawba Valley Community College Chorus, (CVCC), the Acappella Fellas, (an award winning barbershop quartet), Dr. David Abernethy and members of Puddingstone, Greg Knight, Matthew Davis and others. Director Keith Smith says, “In my 12 years directing the men, this is our most eclectic, largest scoped concert that we have presented, with over 70 musicians on stage at one

time.” The music is varied with secular and sacred selections, among them, a Zambian Folk Song entitled “Bonse Aba,” “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” “Alleluia,” “Prelude to Peace,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Hallelujah,” “I’ll Tell My Ma,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” “I Don’t Know Why,” “Basin Street Blues,” “El Grillo,” “Blackbird,” “All Night, All Day,” “Nearer My God, To Thee,” “I’ve Got Six Pence,” “Danny Boy,” “Juanita,” “Colorado Trail,” “Praise His Holy Name,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” and “The Parting Glass.” Smith says that no advance preparation is needed, there are no physical tickets; just show up the night of the concert. Smith adds, “Try to get there by 6:45. This concert will fill up very quickly.” The Caldwell Men’s Chorus is a non-profit chorus, singing throughout the Unifour area for the past 23 years. There are 21 members, ranging in age from 16-80. The Youth Ensemble Singers are a traditional girls’ choral group, ranging in age from 9-18. For more information, call 322-3169.

Living Will Clinic LENOIR, NC (April 17, 2017)…Living wills and other advance directives describe your preferences regarding end-of-life care. Because unexpected situations can happen at any age, all adults need advance directives. Caldwell Hospice and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer a Living Will Clinic at no cost to the community on Thursday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Senior Center in Lenoir. Retired local attorney Houston Groome will facilitate the clinic. “Advance directives, living wills, and healthcare powers of attorney are gifts to your family,” says Groome. “It tells them what your desires are for your care at end-of-life at a time when you cannot express them yourself. It also gives you peace of mind that you have made appropriate preparations.” Notaries and witnesses will be available to help anyone who wants to complete their documents at the clinic. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.

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