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Favorites 4 Viewpoints 8 More Power 12 Between the Lines 30 On the House 32 Energy Sense 34 Carolina People 36 Tar Heel Tidbits 40 Carolina Gardens 42 Adventures 44 Carolina Compass 48 Carolina Kitchen 50 Where is This? 50 Carolina Music

On the Cover Metrolina Greenhouses grows around 70 million plants a year, with more than 170 acres of greenhouses located north of Charlotte in Huntersville. Read more about the innovative operation starting on page 14. Photo courtesy of Metrolina Greenhouses.

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Plugging in to Community By Leslie Boney

We’re really good at measuring some kinds of connectedness. Since the 1930s, we’ve had an almost perfect knowledge of who’s connected to the power grid. And thanks in large part to electric co-ops, that includes just about everyone. We’re developing a good sense of statewide. Nearly one-third of inactive Our “County Snapshots” tool who’s connected to broadband interworkers report substance abuse as the ( can net service (and it’s not enough, espe- help you get started by focusing on reason. We need more hands on deck. cially in rural North Carolina). Health status: If you are in fair or key areas in your community. Emerging research shows that poor health, it’s harder to participate Civic connection: Checking votsocial connectedness is just as import- ing rates and counting the number in the shared life of your community. ant, but harder to measure. People In Robeson County, 29 percent of the of social groups per capita in each without strong social ties are more population is less than fully healthy; county are easy items to review to likely to suffer from health problems, in Wake it’s 13 percent. It’s hard to check on local interest in public life. mental problems and economic trouaddress community health without But studies also show that parks and ble. Disconnection is costly. confronting individual health. public facilities make a difference That’s why it’s alarming to find Technology: Broadband access is in the social and economic life of a that people are dropping out of civic difficult to measure, since “available” community, offering opportunities to groups and local churches. People doesn’t always mean “affordable.” “bump into” others and get to know aren’t volunteering as much; just Technology can connect or divide us, them. Our shared spaces help build 24.4 percent of North Carolinians and we have a long way to go before trust, connections and community. report volunteering for all North Carolinians are anything in the past year. participating in the digiReconnection has to happen within and National polls show that tal economy. trust in “the institutions of Over the coming between every community in the state — society” has fallen from 80 months and years, we’ll we all have a role in bridging our divides. percent a generation ago be highlighting commuto 22 percent today. Our nities that are addressing “trust in neighbors” has fallen from these issues in creative ways. We’ve Commuting patterns: The stereo60 percent to 32 percent. already selected several, highlighted type of commuting patterns is that Last year, when NC State’s Institute rural places empty out every morning on the ReCONNECT NC website, for Emerging Issues asked people and we hope others can learn as urban centers absorb workers. to name the biggest issue facing the from their work. The reality is a lot more complex. state, we heard that North Carolinians In Edgecombe County, for example, But we’re also looking for energized simply aren’t working together the about 72 percent of workers commute citizens in every community who are way we used to. We’re disconnected. ready to start conversations and share out each morning. But the flow goes And it helps explain why so many their experiences with ReCONNECT both ways — 59 percent of people people worry about our state’s NC. Division is a shared problem. working in Edgecombe County are rural-urban divide. Solving it will take shared work. commuting in. A healthy economy Our ReCONNECT NC project Let’s get started. needs a healthy mix of people com( is meant ing and going. Leslie Boney is the director of NC State’s to tackle that broad problem with Labor force participation: The Institute for Emerging Issues. He can be even bigger solutions. Reconnection percentage of working-age people reached at The next has to happen within and between who are actually working or looking ReCONNECT NC Forum, in Charlotte on every community in the state — we for work has been declining in North October 15, will focus on economic mobility. all have a role in bridging our divides. Carolina — down to about 61 percent 4  |

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Despite the inevitable late-season cold snap, we’ve had some warm days here in North Carolina, and it’s time to start thinking about this year’s garden. Our feature on page 18 will help quell any excuse for whipping your yard into shape, and Metrolina Greenhouses shares how the pros do it on page 14. We also have exciting news about another first for NC that electric co-ops are working on: a residential microgrid. —Scott Gates, editor

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Co-op Kenan Fellows Hit the Court The two 2018–19 Kenan Fellows hosted by North Carolina electric co-ops were back in the spotlight at a January NC State basketball game against ACC rival Pitt. Kari Cobb of Northside High, hosted by Jones-Onslow EMC in Jacksonville, and Daria Fedrick of Bragg Street Academy, hosted by Central Electric in Sanford, were recognized on the court at PNC Arena for their exceptional achievements as educators. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have sponsored and hosted six educators as Kenan Fellows since 2014, with a 2019–20 fellowship being sponsored by Union Power Cooperative in Monroe.

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Brunswick Electric’s Don Hughes Retires After 49 Years of Service Josh Winslow Named CEO and General Manager Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s CEO and General Manager Don Hughes recently announced his retirement in a way that matched his nearly five decades of service to the Supply-based co-op — he visited each District Office and gave the news to the employees personally. Driven by a sense of duty and commitment to the cooperative, Hughes learned the business from the ground up. As his responsibilities increased, so did his intention to maintain a personal connection with Brunswick Electric’s members, Board of Directors and employees. With a career that began in 1969 as a meter reader, he rose through the ranks to lineman, district manager, manager of Operations, vice president of Operations/Engineering and COO before being named CEO and general manager of the co-op in 2014. He represented North Carolina cooperatives on a variety of state and national committees, and has had great satisfaction leading Brunswick Electric through a period of profound growth, building four new substations, expanding renewable initiatives and deploying

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thermostats and an option for electric vehicle charging. Energy efficient and sustainable features are incorporated throughout building materials. A portion of the neighborhood is dedicated to a larger community solar array with battery storage. “Brunswick Electric is demonstrating the effectiveness of a smart Wi-Fi enabled water heater and thermostat for demand reduction, while also demonstrating the ability to utilize the development’s solar and battery storage,” said Brunswick Electric Vice President of Engineering and Operations Lewis Shaw. “Combined with the load reduction devices, they will form a microgrid when and if needed.” The community is made up of interconnected loads and resources connected to the main electric grid. On a typical day, residents will obtain power from the main grid, supplemented by power from their rooftop solar panels and the community solar array. What sets this community apart is what happens should the connection to the main grid become unavailable — after a storm, for example. As a microgrid, the residents will benefit from continued solar power as well as the battery backup system. What’s more, the demand response thermostats and water heaters can be controlled by the electric utility to make more power available to the system during that time, as well as during times of high demand. “We are excited to work with Heron’s Nest and North Carolina’s



lthough there are more homes under construction than not, anyone strolling down the street in Shallotte’s new Heron’s Nest neighborhood can tell something different is going on. Each cottage is brightly colored, small but with space used efficiently. Solar panels dot the rooftops. The driveways aren’t made of poured concrete, but permeable pavers. These are among the few hints that the otherwise quaint development is something more. Through collaboration among Brunswick Electric, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and developer The Adams Group, the community has claimed the distinction of the state’s first residential microgrid. “This partnership is a great opportunity for all of the electric cooperatives in North Carolina to gain knowledge in how to integrate this equipment to bring greater resiliency and flexibility to the distribution grid by working with a local residential community,” said Jim Musilek, director of Innovation and Business Development for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. Once fully operational, the site’s 30-plus homes will be equipped with rooftop solar panels, demand response water heaters, demand response ecobee programmable

Electric Cooperatives to gather useful knowledge that we can utilize in the future to reduce cost to our members and improve reliability,” Shaw said. The neighborhood’s first resident, Kourtney Gore, teaches at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, where her grandmother also taught for 30 years. Building a new home in the neighborhood was affordable and allowed her to turn her dreams (and Pinterest ideas) into reality, according to Gore. But the sustainable aspect was a big added draw. “Being environmentally conscious and turning that awareness into action was a huge drive to build in this neighborhood,” Gore said. “From building a house that has a footprint without wasted space that includes energy efficient materials, to utilizing solar energy, to the TrueGrid [permeable] driveway, I feel comfortable knowing that I am doing my part to lessen my negative impact on the environment.”

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Metrolina Greenhouses is a horticultural heavyweight By Leah Chester-Davis

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A Metrolina Greenhouses employee cradles a handful of tiny cuttings in her hand, each no bigger than a small grass blade, and gently tosses them to her partner, a robot with a large arm that receives signals from a camera as the cuttings bounce along a conveyor belt. The automated arm moves with dexterity and speed, picking up a single tender cutting at a time and depositing each, root-end down, into a soil-filled tray. It’s quite a marvel to see the robot in action. The cuttings will be moved to different sections or bays within the 170acre Metrolina Greenhouses complex depending on their water and light requirements. The farm under glass — comprising greenhouses the size of five shopping malls — teems with millions of plants that are tended by 600 full-time employees (not to mention robot partners) and another 800 seasonal workers, many of whom are members of EnergyUnited, the Statesville-based electric cooperative. As the plants grow, an explosion of color and beautiful blooms punctuate early spring days for any driver traveling down Huntersville Concord Road outside Huntersville. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the road as you steal glances to peer inside the windows of the greenhouses where an array of plants — lupines, daffodils, tulips, regal geraniums, groundcovers, ranunculus — will soon be headed to a garden center near you.

to be involved in the business and is known as the First Lady of Metrolina. Younger brothers Michael and Thomas, as well as other family members, are also involved. “Dad would be enthralled by that,” Art says about the robots that stick 2,400 cuttings in the time it takes a person to stick 900. “Dad’s favorite saying was: ‘automate or stagnate.’ ” Tom designed an automated transplanter that picks up as many as 60,000 plants per hour and places them in containers that will be sent to stores. The technology continues to be used industry-wide. Every available space in the greenhouse is used. Look up, and rows of hanging baskets filled with plants are moving along on a mechanized overhead system inspired by an uncle’s ski trip and observation of the gondola lifts. The plants are moved to one central watering area, rather than requiring water over thousands of square feet.

Heating the massive complex, which is the largest, single-story heated building in the country, is accomplished by wood boilers that use recycled pallets and other biomass fuel. Water for the plants is collected from a series of ponds and goes through a water treatment system on site. All water that falls on the roof from rainfall and water that is used indoors goes back into a system to be recycled. “When it rains an inch here we collect up to 5 million gallons of water,” explains Abe. “It is all self-sustained. We don’t use any city water.”

Beautifying landscapes

At the peak of the gardening season, as many as 178 tractor trailer loads of plants leave the Metrolina Greenhouses every day headed to nearly 1,600 big box stores — and ultimately to your landscape or that of your neighbors.

A growing family heritage

Interested in visiting the Trial Gardens Open House? Leah Chester-Davis

Whether it is robots and other technology or new ways to tag plants, Art and Abe VanWingerden, Metrolina Greenhouses’ co-CEOs, are keen on innovation. It’s a trait they say they learned from their Dad, Tom, who along with their Mom, Vickie, started the company with three acres of greenhouse space in 1972 after emigrating from the Netherlands the year before. The brothers bought the business from their parents in 2007; Tom died in 2009. Their mom continues

Check or Facebook @metrolinagreenhouses in early May for instructions on getting your name on the list.

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Metrolina Greenhouses

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Metrolina’s Huntersville HQ

170 acres of greenhouse (7.4 million square feet)

70 million plants grown per year

They ship out a constant rotation of plants to a market area that spans a 600-mile radius that reaches as far north as New York, and for certain products as far south as Florida and as far west as Kansas City. It all amounts to about 70 million plants per year. The company also owns 257 acres of perennials in York, South Carolina.

A visit to the Trial Gardens

The company invests heavily in research and development, which includes its own plant trials. As many as 1,000 different type plants may go through a three-year phase at any given time. While Metrolina no longer hosts tours of the greenhouses, it does provide the public with a glimpse of its massive operation during its yearly Trial Gardens Open House, usually in early June. During the open house, visitors drive through the front entrance of the greenhouses to an impressive three acres of trial gardens showcasing as many as 7,000 plants. “The trial gardens at Metrolina provide a unique opportunity for breeders, retailers, growers, industry professionals and consumers to learn about new varieties and compare new items with existing items,” says Mariah Holland, director of

marketing. “It’s not a showcase garden; it is a performance garden.” The company simulates conditions that are most like those the average consumer faces: limited irrigation, insects, diseases and drought, for example. “The ultimate goal is to select the best of the best for consumers,” adds Mariah. Various plots within the gardens feature annuals or perennials that love shade or sun. There are sections of plants that are great for containers, plants that are suitable for rock gardens, and incredible ideas for plant combinations. A 500-foot-long stretch of pergola creates an enchanted walkway of hanging baskets bursting with colorful blooms, all competing for attention. Comparison trials last year focused on Echinacea, creeping phlox, garden phlox and veronica. This year will be a different selection of plants.

Popular plants

Plants that have stood the test of time and remain popular with consumers include impatiens, petunias, lantana, begonias and coleus. “Some of the popular new plants are: a new variety of celosia (Dragon’s Breath); Sunfinity sunflowers that bloom continuously, which is unusual for sunflowers; new varieties of lupines; and an easy-to-grow

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$210 million in sales annually Photos by Metrolina Greenhouses

alstroemeria,” says Abe. While it’s a bit early to select favorites this season, Mariah explains that the pre-selections are based on performance. A few they are keeping their eyes on are Sunpatiens (impatiens that thrive even in high heat and humidity), Supercals (part petunia and part calibrachoa), Color Rush Petunias, and an up-and-coming lantana. Leah Chester-Davis loves to explore North Carolina. Her business, Chester-Davis Communications (, specializes in food, farm, gardening and lifestyle brands and organizations.

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ardening can be relaxing, satisfying and rewarding. But even those of us with the greenest of thumbs run into obstacles that limit our ability to get out there and putter around. Whether you’re short on time, or are finding that your body doesn’t quite work the way it used to, garden enthusiasts can compensate by gardening smarter instead of harder. By doing necessary jobs more efficiently and skipping a few unnecessary ones, it’s possible to maintain a nice yard with less stress. And that’s a good goal, no matter your age.

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Story and photos by George Weigel

Garden work: Ease those aching backs by gardening smarter.

General labor-savers ■■ Pace yourself. It’s OK to take

breaks. Split jobs over several days instead of one-day marathons. You may even be able to spread work into the off-season, such as clipping spent perennials or edging beds during a winter thaw.

■■ Zone it. Carve the landscape into

zones (front, back, vegetable garden, etc.) and worry about just one of them at a time. Tackle each by priority. This breaks one mammoth job into a series of manageable small ones.

■■ Get help. Hire out the toughest

or most time-consuming jobs first. Spreading truckloads of mulch might be a good place to start.

Jobs to skip Don’t overdo it repeating the same motion hour after hour. Do a little digging, a little weeding, a little watering. Variety reduces soreness, blisters and repetitive-motion injuries.

■■ Vary the work.

Walk the yard and assess which plants or gardens are causing an unacceptable amount of work. Bite the bullet and replace them with plantings that need less care.

■■ Simplify.

■■ Re-evaluate. Can you reduce

or let go of unrealistic standards? Does the lawn really have to be totally weed-free? Can the hedge grow looser instead of being tightly clipped three times a season? Is that fresh coat of mulch really needed every spring?

Skip braiding bulb foliage after the flowers bloom. It’s a waste of work and is counter-productive anyway. Interplant bulbs with perennials so the emerging perennial foliage will hide the decaying bulb foliage or lean toward short, small-leafed bulbs whose foliage fades away.

■■ Bulb care.

■■ Spraying. Be more forgiving of

temporary, cosmetic plant damage. Few bugs and diseases are plant-killers. For plants threatened by repeated potential fatal problems, consider replacing them rather than constantly rescuing them.

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■■ Get weeds when they’re little.

You’ll save a ton of trouble by stopping weeds before they go to seed or fruit. Better to police for weeds often than to try to undo a massive invasion.

■■ Right weapons. Switch to

long-handled weeding tools if bending over is too hard on your back. Or spot-spray weeds with an herbicide or vinegar.


■■ Watch what you plant. Some

Save raking work by mowing light to moderate layers of leaves into the lawn. ■■ Mass-planting annuals. Cut

back on planting and watering annual flowers by spotting them in smaller clusters. Or switch to using them just in pots, hanging baskets and window boxes.

■■ Raking. No need to rake every last

leaf out of the yard. Leaves insulate plants over winter and feed the lawn when they’re mowed in rather than raked off. Rake only if there are too many leaves on the lawn to effectively mow them.

■■ Tilling. You’ll probably need to till

a new bed and work in compost, but after that, regular tilling is counter-productive. It stirs up weed seeds, kills earthworms and harms soil structure when wet soil is tilled.

Weed-fighting ■■ Prevention is the best medicine.

Keep 2 to 3 inches of bark or wood mulch over beds. Or use granular weed preventers over garden beds in early spring before new weeds begin to sprout.

■■ No openings. Plant closely so that

your plants occupy all of the space. Low, spreading groundcover plants are especially effective. Remember, weeds love bare soil.

Weeds come out easier in damp soil. Hoeing is more effective in dry soil since cut-off weeds are less likely to regrow then.

■■ Weed when wet.

plants become weeds by rampant re-seeding (i.e. morning glory, Johnny jump-ups, nigella, sweet Annie, borage, snow-on-the-mountain). And some “pass-along plants” given by friends and neighbors (i.e. ribbon grass, bishop’s weed, houttuynia, lamiastrum, mints) become invaders since people tend to dig up and give away what’s getting out of control in their garden.

Lightening lawn work ■■ Cut high. Longer but level grass

still looks neat, conserves moisture and shades emerging weeds. Cutting short just encourages faster growth and more mowing.

■■ Stop bagging. Let grass clips lie.

It saves work and cuts landfill costs, and decaying clips return nutrients to the soil. Cut often enough that clips don’t form clumps. Do you really need four or five applications per year? Organic or “slow-release” nitrogen fertilizers give you good but slower-growth results and can be done just twice a year.

■■ Fertilize less.

Lay stone or brick around bed perimeters. Set one upright and butt a second one against it flat and level with the ground on the lawn side. This holds in mulch, keeps grass out, and lets you run the mower wheels over the flat course.

■■ Eliminate edging.

Smarter plant selection ■■ Watch sizes. Most pruning work is

done because we put too-big plants in too-little spaces. Lean toward compact, dwarf varieties in any new plantings or at least give adequate growth space.

■■ More trees. Some of the lowest-

care landscaping is island beds of groundcovers, shade-tolerant shrubs and low-care perennials growing under trees. Pick small to mid-size ornamental trees that do more than one thing in one season.

Research how much care a plant is going to need before buying it. Especially lean toward varieties that seldom run into pest problems. Good resources include garden centers, public gardens and local NC Cooperative Extension services (visit to find your county office).

■■ Homework.

George Weigel ( is a Pennsylvania-based horticulturist, garden consultant, author and newspaper garden columnist.

■■ Overseed to keep lawn thick.

Dense grass is a great defense against weeds. There’s no room for anything else. In the long run, low-care beds of dwarf shrubs, perennials, compact evergreens and groundcovers are less expensive and less work than lawns. What other plant do we prune 25 times a year?

■■ Reduce lawn size.

Eliminate bed-edging work by laying two sets of stones — one up and one flat.

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Donna Campbell Smith

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Wild horses are centuries-long residents of NC’s Outer Banks By Donna Campbell Smith


hrough a break in the underbrush of a maritime forest stood what seemed like a mystical being. He watched me cautiously as I focused my camera on him. He was a beautiful black stallion — one of the hundreds of wild mustangs that roam freely in parts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. His kind have ranged the beaches and maritime forests of the barrier islands for more than 400 years. They once numbered more than 5,000; today there are only a few hundred left, and people worry that they will be crowded out entirely. The horses have become victims to loss of habitat as the Outer Banks becomes more developed, to misguided tourist who try to feed and pet them, and to those who maliciously harass and cause them harm — in extreme cases killing them. Scientists believe horses roamed North America as long as 58 million years ago. Yet, when Columbus set foot in America, he found no horses. They’d disappeared thousands of years before his arrival. Some believe the prehistoric horses failed to adapt to climatic changes that took place, leaving them without enough food. In the 1500s, European explorers reintroduced the horse back to America. Early explorers found the Carolina coast very interesting — with tales of gold to be found further inland in the mountains — and their sturdy little horses deftly carried them through the coastal region’s swamps and thick forests. But they did not find gold. The Spanish sailed way, leaving their horses behind. The horses, descendants of desert steeds, adapted well to their new home.

Modern day descendants

The wild horses of the Outer Banks share the same physical characteristics as the Spanish Mustang. Living in harmony with humans and wildlife, the horses have played an important role in North Carolina’s history, as horses have in all parts of the United States. Along our coast, the

equines provided horsepower to haul in fishing nets, aided in lifesaving operations and sped up over-land transportation until the automobile’s arrival. Interest in proving the horses’ heritage developed in the 1980s, along with a burst of development on the Outer Banks. Hotels, condos and shopping centers sprouted up around the small fishing villages, threatening the future existence of the horses. Disease plagued the largest herd that lives on Shackleford Banks and a small herd on Cedar Island. Starvation almost wiped out the herd on Carrot Island, and the Corolla herd was cut in half when horses were hit by cars speeding along the newly paved Highway 12, according to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Outer Banks herds are descended from Spanish stallions left by explorers in the 1500s.

People living on the islands, as well as tourists who visit the resort areas, love seeing the horses grazing among the sand dunes and galloping in the surf. They became determined to make sure these beautiful animals would still be around for their grandchildren to enjoy. Protection groups formed, local and federal governments passed protection laws, and the news spread that wild horses in North Carolina were becoming endangered. The people went to work to save them.

Protecting the herds

In a cooperative effort, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund ( and the Foundation for Shackleford Horses ( sponsored an inspection of their local wild horse populations in February 2007. With representatives from the Horse of the The NC General Assembly designated the Colonial Spanish Mustang as our official State Horse in June 2010. March 2019  | 21

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Americas, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and the American Indian Horse Registry, they spent three days on the islands studying the similarities and differences of the two groups of horses. They observed, measured, and photographed the wild horses, noting the traditional balance and conformation of the Colonial Spanish Mustang. These and other cooperative efforts between the two groups have contributed long strides toward the preservation of the wild horses of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but the work is far from done. Raymond is a tenacious mule living among the Currituck Banks herd ­ — the only one of his kind.

Donna Campbell Smith is a Carolina Country contributing writer and author of several books pertaining to horses on the Outer Banks: “Pale as the Moon,” “An Independent Spirit,” and “Bankers, Mustangs and Marsh Tackies.

Brooke Mayo Photographers

“Corolla Wild Horse Fund is the designated nonprofit organization tasked with protecting and preserving the Wild Mustangs and their habitat. People are invited to become members to help support our mission. They can learn about the Mustangs at our education center, and go out on a ‘trip of a lifetime’ to experience the wild horses in their natural world,” says Linda Adkins, executive director of the fund. “The money we bring in goes directly to the horses’ care. It covers food and veterinary costs for horses at the farm, plus herd management and operational expenses for the horses on the beach.” Horse advocates face a never-ending battle against the elements, development and public policy to continue to protect North Carolina’s wild horses, according to the Corolla and Shackleford preservation groups. In efforts to preserve the horses, offsite breeding programs have been approved as well as adoption programs. “The public can help us further our mission in a number of ways, most importantly by respecting the wild nature of these horses,” explains Margaret Poindexter, president and chairperson of the Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc. “While they are acclimated to human visitors on Shackleford, they are not domesticated horses. Folks need to enjoy them from a reasonable distance, at least 50 feet away at all times. If the horses approach, folks need to back up. And if the horses stop what they’re doing, folks have gotten too close, even if they are more than 50 feet away.” “In particular, mares and their foals need time to graze, drink, rest, and bond with one another,” Margaret continues. “The other thing folks can do is keep their pets leashed at all times. Not only is it a violation of federal law to allow your dog off leash in the National Seashore, it puts the horses and your dog at risk of serious injury or even death. Finally, we would ask that folks be mindful of protecting the natural environment that the horses call home. There are no trash cans on Shackleford Banks. Take everything home with you that you bring over.”

Horsewatching Hot Spots

Whatever herd you choose to observe, take binoculars or a camera with a telephoto lens so you can abide by the distance rules and enjoy watching these beautiful wild horses in their natural habitat (spots below listed north to south).

Currituck Banks | There are several tours here that take visitors out to see the wild horses.

Ocracoke Island | Here the horses are not free-roaming, but are fenced in and managed by the National Park Service. There is an observation tower where people can view the horses.

Cedar Island | This island is accessed by ferry, although the horses live in the marshes and can be difficult to view. A public stable offers trail rides to find them. Carrot Island | These horses can be spotted from the waterfront in downtown Beaufort.

Shackleford Banks | To see the horses on Shackleford Banks requires a ferry ride to the island and hiring a guide who will direct you to an area where you can view the horses.

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Nepal, which sits high in the Himalayas, is one of many places that offer inspiration for energy savings through simplicity.

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I recently heard that Americans consume more energy per person than people in most other countries, including the United Kingdom. I’ve pursued home improvements and habit changes to reduce energy use, but how can I make a bigger impact?

Compared to much of the world, U.S. energy production is reliable, affordable and abundant. Many of us have grown to expect air conditioning and clothes dryers, but these are uncommon luxuries elsewhere. Per-person energy use totals often include energy used throughout the United States, including in the industrial, commercial, agricultural and transportation markets. Therefore, lowering this number takes a collective effort from households and all sectors of our economy. Going back to your question of how to markedly save more energy, let’s look abroad to find inspiration for savings and a simpler life. Here are a few life-altering ideas. Nepal sits high in the Himalayas, where many families live simply in well-built stone houses, though with limited running water and electricity. In many villages there are no cars or roads, only footpaths. Imagine going to bed when the sun sets and waking with the roosters — no television, of course, but many joyful evenings sharing stories around a warm hearth. Try it at home: What if we dramatically reduced the number of electronics in our homes? (Most U.S. households have at least two televisions.) Experiment by putting them in a closet for a month. India is notorious for electricity unexpectedly turning on and off. While most families cook with gas, which is reliable, there are other ways to prepare meals with limited energy. Rice can be brought to a boil and then left with a lid until it is cooked through. This works for oatmeal, too. At the same time, pressure cookers can make foods in 10 to 20 minutes.

Go online to share your own unconventional energy saving stories and tips in the comments section of this article.

Try it at home: Aside from convenience foods, how can you reduce cooking time and increase efficiency? Japan offers intrigue. Many households use ductless heat pumps to heat their bedrooms and living spaces. Bathrooms are left without direct heating or cooling, which may explain the popularity of heated toilet seats. As hotel and house guests in a recent visit to the country, we were instructed to turn off the heating/cooling entirely when we were not occupying the space. Try it at home: Space heating and cooling are the biggest energy users in U.S. homes. What if we turned off these systems when out of the house? A properly programmed thermostat could do the job for you, but be sure to set it properly for your system — especially heat pumps that can use expensive emergency heat in extreme cold. In many countries, clothes dryers are noticeably missing. Even in wealthy Japanese neighborhoods, backyards have elaborate racks and lines that hold everything from underpants to towels. If you had to hang dry every single item, how would your clothes-washing habits change? Try it at home: Determine when energy use is a need versus a want, and be more selective with the wants. Try an unfamiliar energy-saving idea for a month and see how it changes your mindset or habits. For new habits to stick, we need reminders and repetition. Do you note any impacts beyond energy savings, like additional family time, improved comfort or less stress? For more ideas, talk with elders or people who have lived in different places. I suspect you’ll see changes on your energy bill and in other areas with how you spend your time and money. Hannah McKenzie is a building science consultant for Advanced Energy in Raleigh.

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he approach of spring has many gardeners turning their attention to planting plans, but if your goal is energy efficiency, landscaping is an approach that can beautify your home and help you control energy costs for years to come. Carefully positioned trees placed around a home can save as much as 25 percent of household energy use for heating and cooling, according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Foundation shrub plantings can also help control costs by diffusing wind or solar heating to moderate thermal temperature transfers. Meet your microclimate For years, gardeners have used the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hardiness Zones ( as guidelines for plant stock selection, seasonal cultivation and projected harvesting. But understanding the impact of nearby vegetation, topography and soil science will help you know your yard better, providing more flexibility for landscape planning and potentially more options for using plants to control energy costs. Whenever planting trees or large shrubs, be sure to have underground utility lines marked first (call 811 at least a few days ahead of your project) and plant well away from overhead lines or pad-mounted equipment. Contact your electric co-op for more information.

Trees at the top No matter how much you love trees, you will want to plant them at a distance. Too close to foundations, pavement or plumbing means that root systems or maturing branches could damage foundations or roofs. But planted in the right place, within five to 10 years, a fast-growing shade tree can reduce outside air temperatures near walls and roofs by as much as 6 degrees on sunny days. Surface temperatures immediately under the canopy of a mature shade tree can be up to 25 degrees cooler than surrounding shingles or siding exposed to direct sunlight. Deciduous trees — those that lose their leaves in autumn — are great options for seasonal summer shade, according to the Department of Energy. Tall varieties planted to the south of a home can help diffuse sunlight, providing roof shading. Shorter varieties of deciduous trees can be planted near exposed westfacing windows to help shade homes on sultry summer afternoons. Mass plantings of evergreens selected for their adaptability to regional growing conditions can be planted further away on a north or northwestern section of a yard to form a windbreak, shielding the home from frigid winter winds. Deciduous trees with high, spreading crowns (i.e., leaves and branches) can be planted to the south

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n North Carolina, craft brewing is a billion-dollar industry that is transforming cities and rural areas. The state boasts the largest concentration of craft breweries in the American South, but of North Carolina’s more than 300 breweries and brewpubs, only two are black-owned. Briana Brake, brewer and founder of Rocky Mount’s Spaceway Brewery, recently joined forces with another trailblazer in the industry, Celeste Beatty, brewer and founder of New York-based Harlem Brewing. Together, they’ve established Rocky Mount Brewery at the historic Rocky Mount Mills, a newly renovated 150-acre mixed-use development on the Tar River. Rocky Mount Brewery is housed in a “brewery incubator” space at the Mills through a new program in partnership with Nash Community College, which offers up-and-coming brewers resources and educational opportunities. The brewery also is currently the only black-owned brewery with a physical space in North Carolina. Another, L.A. McCrae’s Black Star Line, was located in Hendersonville, but following multiple break-ins, racially-charged threats and difficulties securing funding, the brewery space was closed in January 2018. “I think a lot of breweries need to reach out to more black and brown people and make them feel comfortable going. There are ways to signal you’re a welcoming space, from the music you play to hiring people of color to work there, or even creating


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Although our ponds don’t often ice over in the winter, North Carolinians love a good hockey game. The state supports the Raleigh-based Carolina Hurricanes, part of the NHL, as well as minor league teams the Charlotte Checkers, Fayetteville Marksmen and Winston-Salem’s Carolina Thunderbirds.

The most common electric plug type is called Type C, which uses two circular prongs — 137 countries use this type, including Europe, South America and much of Asia, according to the International Electrotechnical Commission. But you won’t find it in the United States. We use Type A (two-pronged) and B (three-pronged) plugs, along with about 50 other countries including our neighbors Canada and Mexico, as well as places as far away as Thailand and Japan. So if you’re traveling abroad, pack your passport and another must-have: a plug adaptor.

But as it happens, it wasn’t ice, but fire that first brought hockey to the Tar Heel State. In 1956, a blaze destroyed the arena of the Baltimore Clippers. Representatives from Charlotte convinced the team to play out the rest of its season at the Charlotte Coliseum. The team made the move, and fans went wild. “Thousands of people who didn’t know a goalie from a dasher board lined up their cars a mile or so on Independence Boulevard and all the other streets around the Coliseum, trying to get into the place,” said a Charlotte Observer article describing the response, according to the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The warm welcome led the team to permanently relocate to Charlotte, and through a contest in the late ‘50s the team chose a new name: The Checkers. Learn more about the team at

Hit the Ice! Inspired to strap on some skates? Whether beginner or pro, these indoor ice rinks across the state offer icy fun. Find more at

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Toast of the Town

Toast can be so much more than warm bread. Creative recipes using healthy ingredients like avocado and olives are fun to make, eat and share — either with friends or (if you get really creative) via a social media post. During the rainy month of March, try “Singing in the Grain.” For additional recipes, including “Butterfly Toast” or “A Toast to Summer,” visit

Singing in the Grain

¼ avocado, peeled and thinly sliced 1 slice sourdough bread, toasted Salt and pepper, to taste Handful of green olives, sliced into rounds 1 orange bell pepper, sliced 1 red bell pepper, sliced Handful of black olives, sliced into raindrop shapes 1 large sugar snap pea Arrange sliced avocado on toasted sourdough bread and top with salt and pepper. Slice green olive rounds in half and arrange in line beneath toast. Place one slice orange bell pepper below bread as handle and one small piece orange bell pepper above bread. Place one straight slice of red bell pepper on bottom edge of toast. Arrange black olive slices and sugar snap peas around toast as raindrops.

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In this colorfully illustrated book, readers join a mother and son on adventures around town, on a cross-country road trip — even abroad, imagining what the world would look like from the high perch of a monster truck. Author Alison Paul Klakowicz is a native North Carolinian and Army spouse who resides in Fayetteville with her husband and son. Her son, as it so happens, provided inspiration for her debut children’s book. “When my son was a toddler, he was obsessed with monster trucks,” Alison says. “My home was invaded by tiny monster trucks, medium-sized ones and big monster truck toys. He only wanted clothing with monster trucks.” The real-life mother-son duo would often joke about what it would be like to drive a monster truck, and this book gives some idea of just how much fun it could be. To learn more about the author or to order the book (28 pages, eBook $2.99, paperback $6.99, hardcover $16.99), visit

Nearly 80 years ago this month, dogwood blossoms were on the NC General Assembly’s mind. On March 15, 1941, the delicate white flower was designated the official state flower. Legislators declared it “a radiantly beautiful flower which grows abundantly in all parts of this Sate.” Virginia and Missouri also have honored the dogwood with similar designations. March 2019  | 37

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Clinical studies show breakthrough acid reflux treatment also helps maintain vital health and helps protect users from the serious conditions that accompany aging such as fatigue and poor cardiovascular health

by David Waxman Seattle Washington: A clinical study on a leading acid reflux pill shows that its key ingredient relieves digestive symptoms while suppressing the inflammation that contributes to premature aging in men and women. And, if consumer sales are any indication of a product’s effectiveness, this ‘acid reflux pill turned anti-aging phenomenon’ is nothing short of a miracle. Sold under the brand name AloeCure, it was already backed by clinical data documenting its ability to provide all day and night relief from heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, irritable bowel, gas, bloating, and more. But soon doctors started reporting some incredible results… “With AloeCure, my patients started reporting less joint pain, more energy, better sleep, stronger immune systems… even less stress and better skin, hair, and nails” explains Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist and company spokesperson. AloeCure contains an active ingredient that helps improve digestion by acting as a natural acid-buffer that improves the pH balance of your stomach. Scientists now believe that this acid imbalance is what contributes to painful inflammation throughout the rest of the body. The daily allowance of AloeCure has shown to calm this inflammation which is why AloeCure is so effective. Relieving other stressful symptoms related to GI health like pain, bloating, fatigue, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, and nausea. Now, backed with new clinical studies, AloeCure is being recommended by doctors everywhere to help improve digestion, calm painful inflammation, soothe joint pain, and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles – helping patients to look and feel decades younger.


Since hitting the market, sales for AloeCure have taken off and there are some very good reasons why. To start, the clinical studies have been impressive. Participants taking the active ingredient in AloeCure saw a stunning 100% improvement in digestive symptoms, which includes fast and lasting relief from reflux. Users also experienced higher energy levels and endurance, relief from chronic discomfort and better sleep. Some even reported healthier looking skin, hair, and nails. A healthy gut is the key to a reducing

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If your patio, porch or deck could use some relief from the summer sun’s hot, incessant rays this year, an allnatural shady solution can be had with flowering vines. There are many such vines that are fast climbers full of lightblocking foliage, which, as a bonus, also put on bodacious bloom shows. You only have to provide a trellis, arbor or other means of vertical support, and then watch ’em grow! Need examples? Here are a few of my favorite flowering vines that are — with a tip of my hat to Bruce Springsteen — born to run: Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor). Snaking through farmland, morning glory is considered a weed; reaching for the blue heavens in a cultivated garden, it is thought of as a blooming beauty. This frisky plant is capable of stretching leaders up to 10 feet long that, as its name implies, will greet each new day with a fresh round of sassy tubular flowers. Firecracker Vine (Manettia cordifolia). Crackling red is the snappy color of the small, tube-shaped flowers that cover this vigorous vine, which can stretch to over 15 feet in length. The blooms don’t start putting on a show until mid to late summer, but their fireworks are worth the wait. Scarlet Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus). As a bean-producing plant,

this vine is more dependable further to the north where summertime temperatures typically range below 90 degrees and won’t damage the plant’s pollen, but in the sunny South, this beauty will try, try and try to set bean pods with waves of flashy red flowers along 10- to 15-foot vines from mid-June until early autumn. Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit). Its feathery, fern-like foliage makes this vine seem delicate, but don’t be fooled — it is a strong climber that will easily reach 15 to 20 into the sky, dripping with small, bright red, trumpet-shaped blossoms that are hummingbird magnets. Purple Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus). As advertised, this vine produces beans (and they are even edible when properly cooked), but the true value of this plant in the landscape is as a sprawling ornamental that not only produces runners up to 15 feet in length, but also sports pretty white to light lilac-colored flowers that freely mingle with maturing, electric purple bean pods. I haven’t found any of these vines to be particularly hard to spot in garden shops, but if you don’t have any luck locally, they are all easy online finds. L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener magazine. Contact L.A. at

Garden To-Do’s for March Concerned about slugs and snails snacking on your young garden plants this spring and summer? Dispatch them with the next generation of commercial slug and snail killers that contains iron phosphate as the active ingredient. While quite effective against slimy intruders, they are much safer for use in gardens frequented by pets and wildlife than Metaldehydebased products that have been common for years. FF

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Goldsboro: Plenty to See from Land and Air By Renee Gannon | Photos by Goldsboro Travel & Tourism

Goldsboro sits just about in the center of North Carolina’s Coastal Plain, about an hour east of Raleigh, an hour south of Greenville, an hour west of New Bern and a little over an hour north of Wilmington. Many of us travel the Highway 70 East corridor to the coast and make a quick stop in the Goldsboro area for a plate of Eastern-style barbecue. Ever wonder what else is in Goldsboro? Well, there’s a lot! Head downtown In the mid-2000s, like many mid-sized towns in North Carolina, abandoned buildings were slated for demolition in Goldsboro, but the locals fought to earn grants and development funding to renovate the buildings. Goldsboro has seen a revitalization of its 21-block downtown, becoming a mixed-use mecca for local shops and businesses, including the Paramount Theatre, restaurants, art studios, bottle shops, taprooms and a growing list of accommodations, including apartments, bed and breakfast inns and Airbnbs. The middle 8- to 10-block corridor, with its Street Scapes project, now serves as the backbone for

Wings Over Wayne Every other year, Seymour Johnson AFB hosts a national air show, trading off with the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. This year’s Wings Over Wayne Air Show will be held April 27–28. The two-day event will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, as well as other air performances, ground demonstrations and enactments. Visit to learn more.

the renovation efforts. A portion of the 1,200-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail runs through downtown Goldsboro. And the NC African-American Music Trail has a stop at the Arts Council of Wayne County. Visitors can enjoy a variety of food and drink downtown (including Thai and sushi), that ranges from home cooking for around $6 at B&G Grill to upscale dining. You can relax at the wine bar and whiskey lounge at Barrique, sample a few craft beers at Well Travelled Beer or sip and play an arcade game at Goldsboro Brew Works, and smoke cigars and taste craft beer at Tobacco and Hops. Hotbed of barbecue Let’s get back to the Eastern-style barbecue, where you can sample pork at six different locations in and around Goldsboro. Three of the oldest restaurants are Grady’s, Wilber’s and McCall’s. Grady’s is located at a country crossroads south of town near Dudley. Its unassuming white building with the church-like pithouse in the back is worth the venture off the main roads. Historic Wilber’s and McCall’s are across the street from each other along Highway 70, on the eastern edge of town. Both have been mainstays for locals and travelers. Adams Roadside Bar-B-Q, a fairly new addition, is on the west side along

Highway 70. All offer pit-cooked, vinegar-based barbecue, chicken and a variety of sides; and each has its own flavor and attitude. For the love of jet noise One of the area’s biggest resident and visitor draw is the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The sound and excitement of F-15E Strike Eagle jets and KC-135R Stratotanker refueling planes flying overhead is constant. Home to the 4th Fighter Wing and the 916th Air Refueling Wing, the base is named for Goldsboro native U.S. Navy Lt. Seymour Johnson. The base serves as a main hub for training and deploying the nation’s fighter pilots and weapon systems operators. The city’s tagline: “Be more. Do more. Seymour.” harkens to the impact the base has in the area. Bumper stickers that state “I Jet Noise” are seen around town. Free base tours are offered on the fourth Thursday of every month through the Goldsboro visitors center (919-734-7922 or The tour takes you behind the scenes of a vital armed forces base, allowing you to see jets up close and peak into a fighter jet’s cockpit, watch take-offs and landing, and learn more about the past, Learn more about Goldsboro at

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Corny Cornbread Crumble it into chili, or serve it beside soup or meatloaf — this cornbread goes with anything. Baking it in a cast-iron frying pan makes for even cooking and gives the crust a crunch. ½ cup flour 1½ cups yellow or white cornmeal ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 5 tablespoons butter, divided 1 (8.25-ounce) can creamed corn* 1 tablespoon sugar 1 cup buttermilk 1 egg Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If using cast-iron pan (recommended) put the pan in the oven during preheating. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in the microwave or a pan on the stove. Combine the melted butter with the creamed corn, sugar, buttermilk and egg. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined; don’t overmix. Remove pan from oven once very hot. Put the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the hot pan and swirl to coat the sides. Pour in the batter. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the pan cool for a few minutes on a wire rack before serving. * Make it spicy! Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon chili powder to the dry ingredients and use 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained, instead of the creamed corn. Yield: 8 servings

Crowd-Pleasing Marinated Green Beans This easy salad is a favorite at parties, potlucks and picnics (and even other events that don’t begin with a “P”). It travels easily and the proportions can be multiplied. ½ large red onion, thinly sliced 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup herb-flavored wine vinegar (for extra flavor) or white wine vinegar Salt and black pepper to taste 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed Place the sliced onion in a colander placed over the sink. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until combined. Stir in the garlic. Set aside. Place the green beans in a large pot and add enough water to cover them. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. When the water boils, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, just until the beans are bright green; do not overcook. Pour the beans and hot water over the onions in the colander. Rinse under cold running water to cool down. Drain well. Put the beans and onions in a large bowl or large zipper-top plastic bag. Pour the dressing in and mix well with the vegetables. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally. Serve at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings

Pistachio Cake 1 box yellow cake mix 2 boxes (3½ ounces) pistachio instant pudding 4 eggs ½ cup oil 1 cup club soda ½ pint heavy cream 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour tube pan or angel food pan. In a large bowl, mix cake mix with one box of instant pudding mix, then add eggs, oil and club soda. Mix gently until smooth, and bake 45–55 minutes. For icing, combine heavy cream, milk, second box of pudding mix and sugar. Beat until smooth and ice the cake after it has cooled. Refrigerate before serving. Makes a very pale green-colored cake, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Recipe courtesy of Christine Wyant of Clyde, a member of Haywood EMC

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The February “Where Is This” photo by Michael Huss features the Walker Top Baptist Church, located on top of Burkemont Mountain near Morganton in the South Mountains of Burke County. According to Huss and a few readers, the church was built around 1840 by Joseph Alexander Walker and is still used today for homecomings and reunions. It is believed to be one of the oldest churches in the county. Sharon Winters notes that a local 5K goes up the mountain and ends at the church, which sits at an elevation of 2,900 feet. The winning entry chosen at random from all correct submissions came from Deborah Lambert of Nebo, a Rutherford EMC member. Have a roadside gem you’d like to share? Submit a photo, plus a brief description and general location information, at


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