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The Past Made Present
North Carolina’s outdoor dramas recreate history.
Saving the Fish House
Ocracoke Islanders keep their fishing heritage alive.
All Things Equestrian
Rose Cushing has turned her love of horses into a prolific multimedia career.
On the Cover In the final scene of “Unto These Hills,” the sacred fire is returned to Cherokee from Oklahoma and symbolically given to the next generation of Cherokee, played by Aaliyah Reed, for safekeeping. Read more about NC’s outdoor dramas on page 10. Photo by Element Advertising.
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Volunteer to Make a Difference By Tom Batchelor
ver notice how society today is storm response or community cleanups. 20 different local organizations, so consumed by social media including: The Community Outreach Many of us know at least one through those electronic Workshop, which empowers kids to person who is so committed to a pardevices we all feel we can’t live build projects and learn technical ticular cause that they find ways to without? Maybe it is time to pause skills; The Haywood County Human make a continual impact throughout for a moment, put the electronics Resource Association, which tackles the stages of their lives. down and appreciate the simple community issues like opioid addicThink about that volunteer firethings. Think about all the things tion; and Mountain Wise, which fighter who for decades after their that nurture and strengthen our local works to reduce chronic disease and active roster years of fighting fires, communities. They begin with family, still turns out to help “fill the boot,” obesity in Western NC. Among our follow through to faith and forge the employees you’ll find a church deadispatch calls or drive the canteen bonds that foster civility and create con, a high school referee, a church truck, ready to help parched first wholesome and healthy societies. security volunteer, a Boy Scout leader, responders and victims recover North Carolina’s electric coopvolunteer fire fighters and a fire chief, at the scene. eratives, just like other and several members of co-ops the world over, local boards. Electric co-ops and their employees operate according to a set Haywood EMC also works of seven core principles with the Haywood County across the state are proud of the that include “Concern for United Way for its annual ways — big and small — we serve our Community” — we work for Day of Caring, where co-op the sustainable development employees pitch in to help communities. of our communities through members in need. Past projpolicies supported by our ects have included repairing members. Even when so many of us members’ leaky roofs, installing What about the moms and dads are preoccupied with vacations, hobwheelchair-accessible ramps, replacwho take their teenagers along for a bies and all the summer activities that day of service making sandwiches or ing windows and painting. break up our regular routine, we can With technology cutting back on folding clothes for the local shelter? all strive to make this kind of commitour personal connections to people, Then of course, there are those who ment to community part of just about will take half an hour or so to donate maybe we need to look for ways to everything we do. And it can often touch the lives of those close by, and a pint of blood, which is especially make a lasting difference in our lives important in the summer months when volunteering is a great way to start. If as well as those we help and support. you think about it, we all can choose corporate drive participation slacks off. Coaches and referees keep summer to give a bit of ourselves to help make All of these things are fine ideas youth sports leagues running, smiling that lead to great actions and produce things better. Volunteer to serve, and senior volunteers quietly patrol our see for yourself. lasting results. What makes them favorite parks, and teenage counselors really special is that they cost little Tom Batchelor is Executive Vice President help create summer memories for more than our personal decision to and CEO for Haywood EMC in Waynesville. younger kids with games, crafts and look around, see what’s needed and field trips. jump in and get involved. Some of us take a week or so of our Electric co-ops and their employWant to get involved? vacations to chaperone a youth outing, ees across the state are proud of the You don’t have to look far. There are organizations in need of willing volunteers help out at scout camp or support a ways — big and small — we serve our all across North Carolina. A list of some, by church group outreach mission. Others communities. At Haywood EMC, our county, can be found at nc.gov/volunteer. answer the call when help is needed for employees give back through nearly
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THIS MONTH’S ISSUE:
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When our staff first discussed this month’s story on outdoor dramas, many of us lit up with childhood memories of high-end productions under the stars. These dramas showcase our state’s history, becoming a bit of history themselves in the telling. Find one this summer starting on page 10. And on page 8, we share an update on the library from our June 2016 cover. —Scott Gates, editor
Winner: April Chetola Resort Sweepstakes Amy and Kenny Barnes of Westfield, members of Surry-Yadkin EMC, recently were surprised with good news after being randomly selected as the winner of our April sweepstakes. The couple received a weekend getaway for two at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, including a two-night stay at the Bob Timberlake Inn, a dinner out and some time at the spa. They were presented with their winning prize by Wendy Wood, Surry-Yadkin EMC manager of Communications & Community Relations. “I entered on a whim when I was recovering from surgery,” Amy says. “It’s a beautiful area, and we’re really excited. I recently took my daughters for a girls’ weekend, but Kenny’s never been. We’re very excited and very appreciative.” Surry-Yadkin EMC, headquartered in Dobson, serves 28,100 members in Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Wilkes and Forsyth counties.
Lighting Up the Room Brady Patterson and (now wife) Hannah just got married May 11, 2019. They celebrated at a rehearsal dinner on May 10 and had this groom’s cake as dessert. Brady is a lineman with EnergyUnited out of the co-op’s Taylorsville office. Sweet Thing Bakery in Statesville made the beautiful cake. Natasha Snyder (the groom’s mom), Taylorsville, a member of EnergyUnited
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Pole Top Rescue Competition Tests Lifesaving Skills First Place Levi Fagan EnergyUnited 1 minute, 36.4 seconds
Second Place Austin Story Blue Ridge Energy 1 minute, 37.8 seconds
Third Place Justin Ward Brunswick Electric 1 minute, 45.9 seconds
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Jonathan Jacobs of Piedmont EMC grabs his gear and prepares to climb.
“This championship highlights just how rigorous and challenging it is to be a line worker.”
Cameron Bennett of Central Electric simulates CPR on “Kool.”
These guys are fast — this is a competition you have to see to believe! Watch them in action on our website.
orth Carolina’s top electric cooperative line workers assembled in Raleigh on May 30 to determine the 2019 Pole Top Rescue state champion. This biennial competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate essential lifesaving skills, and provides an up-close look at the speed, technique and safety knowledge required to maintain the lines that power the lives of electric cooperative members. To advance to this state championship competition, each competitor had to win a similar event at their local cooperative. The competition reflects a scenario in which a coworker is in need of rescue from atop a power pole. A lineman (the competitor) recognizes a victim (a 105-pound dummy nicknamed “Kool”) in trouble and calls for assistance. Wearing full climbing gear, the lineman scales the pole to 20 feet, lowers Kool, and begins lifesaving procedures. All North Carolina electric cooperative line workers must complete this same scenario in less than five minutes to maintain their certification to work on co-op lines. The state championship winners are listed in the photo to the left. Chris Griffin of Union Power maintains the overall record with his 2014 time of 1 minute, 33.47 seconds. “This championship highlights just how rigorous and challenging it is to be a line worker,” said Dale Lambert, CEO of Asheboro-based Randolph EMC and the competition’s master of ceremonies. “These highly trained individuals play a critical role in co-op operations, and we can’t thank them enough for the vital service they provide to our members and communities.” —Lisa Crawley, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
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Caswell County Library Gets a Big Upgrade Funds facilitated by Piedmont Electric supported renovations
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he Gunn Memorial Public Library in Yanceyville has been described as more of a community center than a “hush hush” library by Caswell County Public Library Director Rhonda Griffin (“Community Projects Thrive with Electric Co-op Funding,” June 2016, page 12). The once-cramped space received a major expansion and renovation in part due to a $995,000 zerointerest loan facilitated by Piedmont Electric in Hillsborough. The loan was funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. The facility, officially reopened at a May 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony, provides increased resources and educational opportunities for every citizen in Caswell County, with new facilities including a local history room, meeting rooms and business center. “The library contributes to economic development in the county by helping job applicants build resumes and grow a competitive workforce,” said Griffin. “The expansion also allows for increased educational opportunities for our students with STEM labs, tutoring and after-school activities.”
Caldwell County Manager Bryan Miller at the ribboncutting ceremony.
“We are proud to support a community in which we serve and help the Caswell County Public Library fund their expansion,” said Steve Hamlin, Piedmont Electric president and CEO. “Education and supporting our community are two of our seven guiding principles that we have followed since we were founded over 80 years ago. Working with the library gives us a unique opportunity to invest in our students’ education and the county’s economic development.”
Representative David Rouzer (R-7) met with electric co-ops from his district during the legislative conference.
The REDLG program provides zero-interest funds from the federal government to local electric cooperatives, which in turn lend the money to local entities for projects that support rural areas. To date, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have participated in the financing of more than 100 economic development projects through the REDLG program, channeling more than $1 billion into rural communities.
Representative Alma Adams (D-12) met with EnergyUnited CEO Wayne Wilkins and other co-op leaders from her district.
Making Our Voice Heard on Capitol Hill Leaders from 22 North Carolina electric cooperatives joined 2,000 peers from across the country in Washington, D.C., this spring, to meet with congressional representatives and hear from national policymakers. NC co-op leaders met with Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, as well as representatives or staff from each of the state’s 13 congressional districts.
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North Carolinaâ€™s outdoor dramas recreate history By Pamela A. Keene
The Lost Colony
Sir Walter Raleigh raises the flag of the new Cittie of Raleigh and blesses the ships as they set sail for the New World in "The Lost Colony."
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The Lost Colony
Good family entertainment North Carolina is the birthplace of outdoor symphonic dramas in the United States. It started with playwright and North Carolina native Paul Green, who crafted “The Lost Colony” to tell the history of the first colony in the New World. The Broadway-style, full-blown outdoor stage production opened in 1937 and has since paved the way for similar productions across the country. “As people began to take vacations in their automobiles in the 1920s, outdoor dramas became a destination for travel and a chance to be entertained,” says Cecelia Moore, university historian at UNC Chapel Hill. “Outdoor dramas were appealing because they were accessible, affordable and were good family entertainment. And these dramas were performed in the very places where the historical events happened.” Green wrote a number of historical outdoor dramas, as well as scripts for plays and films. His “Cross and Sword” in St. Augustine, Florida, tells of Spain’s settlement of the nation’s oldest city. “Stephen Foster: The Musical” in Bardstown, Kentucky, showcases the music of the Kentucky native and composer, and Green's “Trumpet in the Land” in New Philadelphia, Ohio, recreates life in the frontier of Ohio during the Revolutionary War.
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"It’s one of the closest things to a Broadway experience without being on Broadway.”
says. “We had more than 200 people apply to us for acting positions, and then there were more than 800 people who auditioned at the Southeastern Theatre Conference this year for 30 to 40 productions, cruise ship shows and theme parks. These actors are some of the best in the country.”
Old Colony Players
ill Coleman apologizes for the background noise. He is discussing “The Lost Colony” outdoor historical drama in Manteo over the phone. “Today is the first day of rehearsals, and it’s the first time the choir’s members have sung together,” he explains as the sound of harmonious voices swells in the background, recreating music from the 1500s. “We have 19 days to get ready for opening night — learning lines, music and choreography, production cues, stage blocking and all that goes into a 75-performance season. It’s one of the closest things to a Broadway experience without being on Broadway.” “The Lost Colony,” produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association, has over 130 actors, technicians, designers and volunteers; costumes designed by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long; and is the longest-running historical symphonic drama in the United States. Actors, musicians, technical experts, costumers and support staff compete for coveted roles in North Carolina’s historical outdoor dramas. Auditions are held locally, statewide and elsewhere in the Southeast. “Summer theater is an excellent opportunity for aspiring and professional actors to hone their craft,” Bill
In “Backstage at The Lost Colony,” Pittsboro‑based author Dwayne Walls follows the cast and crew through The Lost Colony’s 80th production season. His observations are supplemented by colorful photos and first-person stories from production alumni —D wayne himself first signed on with the production as a 19-year-old actor technician. Published in 2018 by Coquina Press. Softcover, $19.95. The Lost Colony
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Faced with starvation and the imminent danger of a Spanish attack, the colonists set out into the wilderness in search of a new site for the settlement in "The Lost Colony." Element Advertising
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A family makes the difficult decision to emigrate from the Cortian Alps of Italy in "From This Day Forward."
“Paul Green’s productions, filled with pageantry, spectacles, historical costumes, music, songs and dance, have inspired a number of symphonic dramas,” Cecelia says. “Many have come and gone over the years, but North Carolina is fortunate to have several that draw locals and visitors to towns across the state.”
Year-round endeavors Nearly a half-dozen productions take place in the state each summer; however, the work to produce, fund and present these dramas is a year-round commitment. Larger companies like “The Lost Colony” have full-time staff. Even so, the company offers educational programming for North Carolina schools to tie in with. Others, such as “Unto These Hills” in Cherokee, “Horn in the West” in Boone and “From This Day Forward” in Valdese, have other sources of income beyond ticket sales for their summer production that may include managing an associated museum, presenting events throughout the year or crafting products for sale. John Tissue is the executive director of the Cherokee Historical
A modern interpretation of a traditional dance is featured in the stage production "Unto These Hills."
Association that produces “Unto These Hills,” which debuted in 1950. “The association presents ‘Unto These Hills’ each summer, but the rest of the year, we have a touring company that travels to tell the story of the Eastern Band of Cherokee,” he says. “We also own the Oconaluftee Indian Village and are getting ready to open a retail shop to sell the handcrafts that we produce.” Over the years, “Unto These Hills” has undergone changes and updating. “We own the script so we are able to update the language from Kermit Hunter’s original so that the actors are speaking in contemporary English,” Tissue says. “And it’s important that we retain the legacy of ‘Unto These Hills’ and the story it tells, because it is still very relevant today.” Hunter also wrote Boone’s “Horn in the West,” which tells the story of the Revolutionary War with Daniel Boone at the center. Opened in 1952, “Horn in the West” is produced annually by the Southern Appalachian Historical Association. Now in its 52nd year, “From This Day Forward” is one of six theatrical productions by the Old Colony
Players in Valdese. As a year-round community theatre, it relies on ticket sales, grants, donations and sponsorships for funding. It also offers summer camps. “We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and we truly count on community support,” says general manager Edyth Pruitt. “And this area is filled with such a wealth of talented actors that they come out to perform because of their love of theater.” Between 30 and 40 actors of all ages perform in the production. “We even have one actor who has been in the show for 43 years,” she says. The show takes place in the Old Colony Players Amphitheatre that can seat as many as 400 people. “People come to see our show from all over the country,” Edyth says. “Some of them have told us that they traveled the country with their families to visit outdoor dramas and now they’re doing so with their own children. It’s amazing.” Pamela A. Keene is a freelance journalist who writes for magazines and newspapers across the Southeast and nationally.
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The Lost Colony
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"In the 1920s, outdoor dramas became a destination for travel... [they] were performed in the very places where the historical events happened."
North Carolina is home to several outdoor historic dramas that offer performances this summer. Make your plans to see our state’s history come alive.
Showtime in the Open Air
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The Lost Colony
May 31–August 23 Waterside Theatre, Manteo thelostcolony.org or 252-473-6000 Learn the story of the first English settlers in the New World and their struggles in the Outer Banks to make a life for themselves.
June 1–August 17 Mountainside Theater, Cherokee cherokeehistorical.org or 828-497-2111 Witness the tragedy and triumph of the Cherokee people’s history leading up to the Trail of Tears, when many were forcibly removed from their homelands.
Unto These Hills
Unto These Hills, Cherokee
Horn in the West
Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend
Select dates between July 11–27 Historic Fort Hamby Park, Wilkesboro bleumoonproductions.com/tom-dooley.html or 336-426-2538 A lover’s triangle becomes one of the country’s first publicized crimes of passion, made famous by the Kingston Trio’s ballad.
Horn in the West, Boone bleumoonproductions.com
June 21–August 10 Daniel Boone Park, Boone horninthewest.com or 828-264-2120 Relive North Carolina’s Revolutionary War history through the eyes of the legendary Daniel Boone.
From This Day Forward
Tom Dooley, Wilkesboro discoverburkecounty.com
July 12–August 10 Old Colony Amphitheatre, Valdese oldcolonyplayers.com or 828-522-1150 Experience the struggles and joys of the Waldenses as they leave their home in the Alps and come to North Carolina to found the town of Valdese and protect their religious freedom.
Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre
snowcampoutdoortheatre.com This Piedmont outdoor venue is undergoing renovations in order to bring two historical dramas back to the stage: "The Sword of Peace," highlighting the struggles of peaceful Quakers during the Revolutionary War, and "Pathway to Freedom," an account of the Underground Railroad in North Carolina.
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Fish House Ocracoke Islanders keep their fishing heritage alive Story and photos by Leah Chester-Davis
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The Voice of the Island
James Barrie Gaskill (above) spoke with a quintessential Ocracoke brogue, an English dialect that has been the subject of numerous studies by the state’s linguistic professors. Learn more about this unique dialect and hear a recording of James Barrie at the website bit.ly/coastwatch-orcacokebrogue.
James Barrie Gaskill was a waterman to the core. Before he unexpectedly passed away in June 2017 while tending his nets, he would spend a portion of his day hanging out at the fish house on Ocracoke Island, watching the comings and goings of commercial fishermen and fisherwomen. He was a teacher and later principal at Ocracoke School, but for much of his life he made a living on the sea. As he watched his son, Morty, fill large containers on his skiff with ice before pushing away from the dock to head out into Pamlico Sound, James Barrie shook his head. “He has a degree, and he has come back to this,” he said with a thick Ocracoke brogue and a mixture of incredulous wonder and fatherly pride. James Barrie knew fishing is a difficult way to make a living. He knew the long days and the isolation it took to land a catch. He also knew how the island and its fishing heritage get in your blood. It’s been handed down from generation to generation on this barrier island that dates its first settlers back to the 1700s, including a long line of Gaskills.
The Call of the Sea
Morty grew up fishing with his Dad. “I fished every summer, weekends, breaks,” he says. “I’ve had my own boat since I was 12. It’s what paid for college.” After earning a degree from NC State University, Morty returned to the fishing community on this small island that sits at the southern tip of the Outer Banks. It’s made up of independent people who have survival woven into their DNA thanks to centuries of living on an isolated island at the mercy of the vagaries of Mother Nature. With no doubts about returning to the island to work as a commercial fisherman, Morty says, “I like working for myself.” He grins and adds, “That’s a diplomatic way of saying I don’t like people.” His affable personality belies that statement and he clarifies with, “I like the independence. I like being outdoors.” The fish house is absolutely crucial to the commercial fishing industy, he continues. “It’s too hard to sell product off the island. You need a lot of ice and it takes time to get to Swan Quarter or Hatteras Island. It’s much easier
to offload here without worrying what to do with the fish. Without the infrastructure, it’s hard to fish.”
Ocracoke’s Fish House
A little more than 12 years ago, commercial fishing on Ocracoke faced extinction when the fish house, the last one on the island, closed. A fish house serves as the base of operations for commercial fishers, where they can offload their catch. The threat of its closure mobilized the entire community to come together to save a major part of their maritime heritage, in addition to the livelihood of the commercial fishers and the tourism industry. “You can’t call yourself a fishing village if you don’t have a fish house,” says Rudy Austin. “That’s what people expect.” Austin serves on the Board of Directors of Tideland EMC and runs Portsmouth Island Ferry and tours from Ocracoke. Under the auspices of the Ocracoke Foundation, 35 parttime and full-time fishermen and fisherwomen formed the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association — James Barrie served on its board — and then established the Ocracoke Seafood Company as a for-profit subsidiary that has both a wholesale and a retail side. The association includes all who work on the water such as charter boats, recreational fishing and those who target species beyond fish, such as oysters, clams and crabs. According to Gene Ballance, who handles the fish house books, the fish house helps keep historical jobs on the island. “It has kept the last of fishing alive on Ocracoke,” he says. When Morty or any of the other fishers are headed back to Silver Lake Harbor, they make a cell phone call to the fish house to alert Shane Mason that they are headed in. Shane manages Ocracoke Seafood Company’s fish house floor. From keeping everything washed down, clean and July 2019 | 15
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organized, to offloading boats, cleaning and shipping fish, to getting the retail store at the front of the fish house stocked each morning with fresh fish, Mason is an integral part of helping the commercial fishing industry on the island. He moves with quick efficiency, knowing the fishers have had long days on the water and their perishable catch will retain its excellent quality the sooner it’s packed on ice and moved onto a refrigerated truck for delivery. The fish are sent to the Wanchese Fish Company, which will ship them up the Eastern seaboard to New York. Early each morning, Shane cleans and readies the fish to sell in the retail store of the fish house. He expertly maneuvers a sharp knife down the backbone of the fish. The cuts he makes are so swift that if you blink, you miss it, and he has already started on another fish. He tosses the heads, tails and other waste to the pelicans bobbing in the water below. For them, it’s breakfast time, and each morning they perch on the many pilings near the fish house. As soon as Shane appears, they take their spots in the water below the deck, prepared for their morning treat. “My father, uncle and grandfather were all commercial fishermen, and my stepfather is,” Shane says. “I like this part of it. I like seeing it all.”
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For visitors to the island, the Ocracoke Seafood Company is the place to stop (bring a cooler) for wild, fresh-caught seafood and to learn about the fishing heritage on the island. Store Manager Pattie Johnson Plyler clearly relishes her role. In between bagging up fish for a customer, she’ll hop from behind the refrigerated display cases to point out a photograph of one of the fishers or she’ll grab a cookbook and quickly thumb through it for a favored way to prepare fish. She likes to share stories and tidbits about the fishers. “People like to talk about the fish and the fishing industry,” she says. “And they like to ask questions.” Phil Faison retired to the island nearly four years ago, and has stopped by for the day’s catch and to inquire about shrimp. He considers Pattie one of the biggest ambassadors for Ocracoke’s fishing industry. “Locals are proud to talk about this place,” he says. “We are trying to help local fish communities because they are disappearing,” Pattie says. “We are very community based. We have lots of school groups that visit. Kids get to touch the fish and see where seafood comes from, right out of the water. It’s a good, educational tool.” Even more so, she wants the public to know about the excellent quality of the product. “It’s fresh, it’s local, it’s delicious,” she says. “Commercial fishing has been a way of life on the Outer Banks for generations,” says Hardy Plyler, fish house manager and fisherman. “Commercial fishing supports fishing families and coastal communities.” It’s also endangered, according to many locals.
Pattie Johnson Plyler and a sampling of fresh-caught wild seafood.
“Our coastal communities need commercial fishermen,” says Heidi Jernigan Smith, manager of Corporate Communications for Tideland EMC, and past president of NC Catch, an organization that encourages buying local seafood and promotes commercial fishing as a sustainable profession. NC Catch provides these consumer guidelines to support the local fishing industry: ■■ Order NC seafood when dining out. ■■ Be engaged about NC fisheries policies and support common■■ Shop for NC seafood at reputasense initiatives that ensure the ble markets and grocery stores. sustainability of both the public ■■ Be a good steward of coastal trust resource and commercial waters because clean water is fishing livelihoods. essential to healthy fisheries. Visit nccatch.org for more information, including recipes and a list of both coastal and inland fish markets.
“There are a lot of reasons,” explains Vince O’Neal, who owns the Pony Island Restaurant to supplement his fishing income. He ticks off a list: “Regulations, resources, changing markets, cheaper imported seafood, pollution and special interest groups that always manage to submit legislation. The problem isn’t overfishing off the Carolina coast. There aren’t a lot of commercial fishermen left.” Carolina Country Contributing Editor Leah Chester-Davis loves to explore North Carolina. Her business (chester-davis.com), specializes in food, farm, gardening and lifestyle brands and organizations.
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here is nothing unusual about a little girl who loves horses. It’s what Rose Cushing has done with her love of horses that exemplifies how folks in North Carolina can carry their passions to high places. Rose was one of the lucky little girls. She had a pony as a child, which nourished her enthusiasm for horses and riding into a career in the horse industry as a magazine publisher, TV producer, event producer and award-winning film maker. Rose grew up in New Bern and currently resides in Middlesex. In 2011, she began publishing “Carolina Hoofbeats,” the state’s first monthly publication devoted to horses and the people associated with them. “I was working as marketing director for the ‘Daily Southerner’ in Tarboro,” Rose remembers. “When I proposed a horse magazine to my publisher, he suggested that I do this on my own. I laughed and said I couldn’t possibly do a magazine. He laughed and said: ‘You do it every day.’ So, I quit my job and started ‘Carolina Hoofbeats’ magazine.” From that seed, the magazine blossomed into “Southeast Hoofbeats,” a 10-state regional publication. And that was just the beginning. In 2012, Rose pioneered the first weekly television series about the North Carolina horse industry, “Carolina Hoofbeats TV,” made possible with
a development grant from the North Carolina Horse Council, where Rose is currently a board member. Rose and her husband, Rodney, then formed Cushing Media. The series aired on CW22 out of Raleigh as well as nine other North Carolina networks reaching 4 million viewers. In 2016, looking for new ways to grow and strengthen the industry, Rose produced a new type of horse show showcasing talented equestrian performers. “Horses Got Talent” was held at the Southeastern Agriculture Center in Lumberton and included performances such as trick riding, drill teams, free style and other acts, plus a trail challenge in which horses compete by maneuvering through a course of various obstacles. “I wanted something to make spectators fall in love with horses,” Rose said. One year later, Rose added the Everything Equine Expo to her repertoire, making it the largest equestrian expo in the Southeast. Meanwhile, her TV show had grown to streaming nationwide and in 42 countries. Cushing Media began producing additional equestrian programs, winning several Equus International Film Festival awards. New ventures Following Hurricane Florence and the devastating flooding that came to North Carolina in its aftermath, Rose became deeply involved in hurricane
relief. Through this experience she realized most people didn’t “feel the severity of this disaster’s effects on our equine community.” Cushing Media filmed the documentary “A Flood of Emotion,” which garnered a 2018 Equus Film Festival award. Out of that experience, The Cushing Media Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) charitable arm of her company to work on education, resources, and planning for disasters as well as growth in the equine industry. When asked what’s next, Rose does have a few ideas. She is producing a new show, “Herd This,” featuring Dr. Christine McPherson Long as host. The program will follow the vet across North and South Carolina on routine and emergency calls. Also, Rose plans to expand her documentary film business into additional equestrian and agricultural venues. “There are so many stories out there that deserve to be told,” she says. All this from a little girl who loved horses. Donna Campbell Smith is a Carolina Country contributing writer who lives in Franklin County.
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When making a purchase, consider alternatives to plastic like glass or other natural and sustainable packaging.
Protecting the Ocean Help turn the tide of plastic with these 5 steps
Environmental studies showing the destructive effects of plastic litter and mismanaged waste on oceans are seemingly everywhere. One of the biggest problems about plastic is it can take hundreds of years to decompose, meanwhile wreaking havoc with fish, birds and other mammals. Making choices that help reduce ocean pollution is one way to make a personal impact. Some people are already doing just that. Research from the Plastic Free July Foundation shows that more than six in 10 people refuse plastic shopping bags, avoid pre-packed fruit and vegetables, pick up litter and avoid buying water in plastic bottles. But it will take more to stem the tide of plastic trash. According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic product consumption is predicted to double over the next 10 years. These tips from the Glass Packaging Institute are some ways to contribute:
Think about the packaging you choose. When making a purchase, consider alternatives to plastic like glass or other natural and sustainable packaging. Glass, made mostly from sand and recycled glass, is reusable, recyclable and does not
harm oceans or marine life. Find out more about the benefits of glass packaging at upgradetoglass.com.
can contaminate entire batches of recycling. Learn what you can and can’t recycle in your community.
Choose reusable containers. Reusable containers can serve as an ideal replacement for bottled water whether at home or on-the-go. Rather than plastic, you can choose glass or stainless steel, which can hold hot or cold food and beverages, and help protect the contents from any chemicals.
Reduce your single-use footprint. Whenever possible, bring reusable bags and containers to the store. Some foods like cereal, pasta and rice can be purchased from bulk bins and placed in a glass or stainless-steel storage container.
Recycle better. Certain items like disposable cups, greasy pizza boxes, non-recyclable plastic containers and take-out containers
Get involved. Volunteering or donating can help keep local beaches, parks and waterways clean. Getting involved with international and national groups with local chapters are also ways to participate in a local cleanup. — FamilyFeatures.com
Recycle, NC! It’s important to remember to recycle plastic products. For example, each week North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to line the Outer Banks 28 times, according to statistics from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Put another way, North Carolinians recycle only 30 percent of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles. To learn more about recycling various materials, visit deq.nc.gov/conservation/recycling.
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Thunderstorms in North Carolina occur year-round, but most are likely to occur in the summer months. North Carolinians get about 40–50 thunderstorms each year, according to the North Carolina Climate Office. These storms, which can be accompanied by high winds, hail and even tornadoes, can cause power outages, fires and flooding, all of which pose serious threats to North Carolinians and their property. When these storms hit, features that make your home comfortable and enjoyable can also pose serious risks. Learn how to prevent damage and protect your family’s safety from these common hazards. Landscaping Lush, well-developed trees provide valuable curb appeal, but they can also be dangerous in storm conditions. Although it’s virtually impossible to fully prevent damage from falling branches or even entire trees, you can minimize the risk. Prune trees regularly to maintain a safe distance from the house and power lines, and eliminate dead trees or damaged branches. Decorative features, furniture Strong winds can turn everyday items in your yard into airborne hazards. If items like bird feeders, hanging pots and patio furniture aren’t secured, bring them in or safely secure them before the storm hits. Doors and windows Poorly fitted doors and windows are vulnerable in a storm. They can invite leaks, or worse, blow in completely when weakened by blustery force. It’s a good idea to give all openings to your home a careful review at least twice a year and again after any major storm.
Propane tanks Floods and strong winds can cause falling tree limbs or other debris that can impair or destroy a propane tank. More important than the property damage are the potential safety risks, such as gas leaks. In addition to trimming back landscaping that could fall onto a tank, also have a service technician survey your tank for possible risk factors, such as rust, loose fittings or faulty valves. After the storm passes and it is safe to do so, check the entire area for damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles. Immediately call your local gas company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist. Do not attempt repairs yourself. For additional information and videos about the proper use of propane gas, visit propane.com/safety. —FamilyFeatures.com
Stay safe around propane! Never use outdoor propane appliances like portable heaters, barbecue grills or generators indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly during a power outage. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or potentially death. Never store, place or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.
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Remedies for soothing your little one If you’ve ever gone to great lengths to soothe a fussy baby, you may feel like you’ve tried every trick in the book. As most new parents learn quickly, this can be one of the most challenging aspects of caring for a little one. Keep in mind, some of the most effective methods to get a baby to relax, stop crying and get some sleep are the safest and the simplest.
Shush, shush, shush. A “shhh” mimics the sounds of a cozy, comfy womb, which can have a calming effect on fussy babies. Try this simple tip in a rocking chair.
Togetherness. A baby carrier or wrap creates close comfort between parent and child, soothing your baby while giving you an endorphin boost. This is a great technique when you need two hands to move about the house, or want a comfortable way to breastfeed. For added convenience, check out innovative baby carriers that slip on like T-shirts, such as the Baby K’tan wrap, which is available in soft, natural and breathable fabrics.
Make some noise. Making noise may sound counterintuitive
when it comes to creating an ideal sleep environment, but the reality is that consistent background noise helps recreate the comfort of the womb. Whether it is white noise or soft music, find what works best. Check out versatile baby sleep apps that feature a variety of sound settings, such as fans, chimes and car rides, or classical music and lullabies, set on loops for consistent sleep.
stretch cotton. Consider versatility when you shop for swaddling products. Some products can be used to swaddle now and then be repurposed into a blanket or nursing cover as your baby grows. Note: When swaddling in the summer, you want to make sure your baby’s head is uncovered. Heat escapes through the head and keeping it uncovered will help your baby stay cool.
Swaddling. Celebrated for its role in fostering healthy sleep, swaddling provides a secure, soothing feeling for newborns, along with many other benefits. Talk to your pediatrician about the safe, proper way to swaddle during hot summer months, and be sure to use a fabric that allows for continuous airflow to avoid overheating such as a breathable
Stick to the program. It will take some getting used to, but putting your baby on a consistent schedule will mean less fuss when it’s time to put your baby down for naps and at bedtime. Whether it’s singing your baby a song or snuggling and reading, creating a parent-child routine will help signal to your baby that it’s time to sleep. —Statepoint
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Think you don’t like salads? Think again with these flavor-packed options.
he health news you read today can be pretty confusing, and nutritional information can be conflicting. Want to have a healthier diet, but keep it simple? Then just add, or sub in, more fruits and veggies to your menus. Focusing your plate on more of the good stuff — vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, lean animal proteins and fish — can help people cut back on the notso-good stuff, including added sugars and processed meats, according to the American Heart Association. While meat can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern, a survey from Aramark, a U.S.-based food service company, showed many people want to ease up on meat consumption. Salads are one way to nutritionally “punch up” your plate, and it helps to remember that salads don’t have to be a bowl of lettuce. Salads come in many appetizing forms, and are a great choice in coping with summertime heat. For additional recipes and resources, visit heart.org/healthyforlife and fyp365.com. —FamilyFeatures.com
Tangy Kale Slaw with Cilantro and Honey
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise 1 tablespoon honey 1½ teaspoons cilantro leaves, washed and chopped 1 teaspoon lime juice ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¹⁄₈ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups kale leaves, washed, shredded and stems removed ½ cup red cabbage leaves, washed and shredded ½ cup carrot, trimmed and shredded ¼ cup green onion, trimmed and thinly sliced In bowl, combine vinegar, mayonnaise, honey, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Whisk until well blended. Add kale, red cabbage, carrot and onion. Toss to coat. Cover and keep chilled prior to serving. Yield: 6 servings
Black-Eyed Pea, Corn and Rice Salad 2 (15½-ounce) cans no-salt-added or low-sodium black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 (15¼-ounce) can low-sodium or no-salt-added whole-kernel corn 1 (8½-ounce) package brown rice, microwaved according to package directions and broken into small pieces 2 medium ribs celery, chopped 1 medium bell pepper, seeded and chopped ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon water ¹⁄₈ teaspoon black pepper
In a large bowl, stir peas, corn, rice, celery, pepper, parsley, olive oil, water and black pepper until combined. Serve as is, or refrigerate to serve chilled later. Yield: 6 servings
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Whole-House Fans Helpful or just hot air? By Hannah McKenzie
I recently moved, and our home has a large fan in the hallway ceiling. I am hoping there is a way to use it and save energy during the hot summer months. What do I need to know?
Whole-house fans like you describe were the cat’s meow before the days of air conditioning. These powerful attic floor-mounted fans pull cool outside air inside through open windows and push warm inside air to the outside through the attic. Many of us grew up with the nightly summer routine of opening windows, securing screens and getting tucked into bed as our parents turned on the fan. I recall the loud whir being terrifying, but I associated it with the relief of cool evening air being pulled into my bedroom. Fast forward 30 years, and many homes have upgraded to central air conditioners, which keep our homes more comfortable, and far less humid and susceptible to mold growth, especially in our closets. The real potential for savings with a whole-house fan occurs when the air conditioner is turned off for days, weeks or months at a time (see table).
Keep in mind that even cooler night air in the Carolinas will carry moisture indoors, which can make your air conditioner work overtime and ultimately increase your energy bill. So, decide whether to use a whole-house fan or an air conditioner to cool your home for periods of time. When using air conditioning: ■■ Leave exterior windows and doors
closed and latched all the time to keep the cool, dehumidified air inside.
■■ Remove or disable the whole-
house fan and properly air seal and insulate the hole in the ceiling. Leaving the hole unsealed and uninsulated will result in higher than necessary winter heating bills.
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specialist to confirm that the fan does not cause any carbon monoxide to backdraft into your home from a gas- or oil-powered water heater, furnace or dryer. Carbon monoxide can cause persistent headaches, vomiting or flu-like symptoms and can even be deadly. ■■ When the outside temperature and
humidity drop every evening or morning, open a few windows, close the fireplace damper and turn on the fan. The size of the fan and your house will determine how long the fan needs to run to fill the house with cool outside air.
■■ During the day, close and latch
windows and doors to keep cool air inside.
■■ Winterize the fan by disabling
and insulating it so you aren’t unwittingly spending money to keep attic pests warm in the winter. One solution is to construct an insulated box to sit over the fan unit. Some fans include insulated motorized doors that close when the fan is not in use.
Deciding between comfort, saving money and your love of the outdoors is a balancing act. Once the whole-house fan is turned off at night, open windows allow us to fall asleep to croaking frogs and hooting owls and wake to birdsong, but there is much to appreciate about the luxury of air conditioning. For more information, visit bit.ly/gba-housefan. Hannah McKenzie is a building science consultant for Advanced Energy in Raleigh.
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“Women have served alongside men to gain and preserve liberty, from the American Revolution to today’s Global War on Terror,” says retired Army Major General Dee Ann McWilliams, president of the Women in Service for America Memorial Foundation.
The foundation aims to bridge the gap in the public’s understanding of women’s military service. You can help! Learn about women in military history and share their stories, like Deborah Sampson, who in 1782 disguised herself as a man to become the first woman known to enlist as a soldier in the Continental Army. If you’re visiting Washington, D.C., plan to see the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, the only memorial dedicated to honoring
the women who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Also, military women, past and present, can register their service with the Women’s Memorial and become part of the world’s largest register of U.S. servicewomen and women veterans. By sharing your story, future generations will come to know the valuable contributions of America’s military women. Visit womensmemorial.org/register-now to register and learn more. —Statepoint
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here’s no time like a hot summer picnic to let your patriotic spirit show. This all-American snack featuring a classic favorite fruit — watermelon — is the perfect solution for a Fourth of July celebration.
Watermelon, at 92 percent water, is a great way to get in some extra hydration on a hot summer day. Serving watermelon at a party or picnic can be as simple as slicing wedges, or you can find more inventive recipes, including a patriotic flag kebab cake, at watermelon.org.
Red, White and Blue Watermelon Parfait 1 cup blueberries 1 (6-ounce) container Greek yogurt (vanilla, lemon or coconut) 1 cup diced watermelon Whipped cream, for topping Yield: 2–3 servings
In small glasses, layer blueberries, yogurt and watermelon. Top with whipped cream and garnish with pieces of diced watermelon. Note: To make ahead or make thicker, drain Greek yogurt on paper towels.
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NASA Apollo Archive
The words “veteran,” “military” and “soldier” usually evoke images of men. Many people are not aware that some 3 million women are currently serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces beginning with the American Revolution. Their stories are largely unknown.
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That the Apollo Astronauts Trained in NC? Houghto n Mifflin
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two people to set foot on the moon. But before touching down in the lunar lander, the astronauts —a long with nearly every astronaut in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs —s tudied the stars at the Morehead Planetarium at UNC‑Chapel Hill (moreheadplanetarium.org). Between 1959 and 1975 (when computer navigation became more reliable), astronauts used specially-built equipment to simulate navigating space using the stars as their guide. This celestial know-how saved lives more than once: on at least three missions, electrical failures knocked navigational equipment offline, leaving astronauts looking to the heavens for guidance.
Space Mania! During 2019, museums throughout NC are celebrating 50 years of space and lunar explorations, including the July 20 “One Giant Leap Festival” at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, where hands-on crafts and demonstrations bring the excitement of space down to earth. Visit ncsciencefestival.org/liftoffnc for a list of upcoming events.
The Snyder Slugger: An American Tradition It’s hard to beat a good old-fashioned trip to the ballpark where you can enjoy the thrill of a ballgame while feasting on hot dogs, popcorn and soda. One North Carolina family — the Snyders from the West Davidson area near Lexington — made a unique mark on this all-American pastime. The Curran Snyder family was a notable and distinguished family from Reeds Crossroads. A love of baseball along with carpentry skills led two of the Snyder boys, Earley and McRay (Ray), to establish the Snyder Bat Company of Reeds Crossroads in March 1922. Their business produced yo-yos and bats, described by Donald Snyder (Ray’s grandson) as made of
superior construction and turned from the most beautiful ash procurable, obtained by horse and wagon near the Yadkin River area. The labor-intensive tradition continued for several years, and the company received many contracts with big-league teams. Rumor has it North Carolina baseball legend Johnny Temple started his career using a Snyder bat. Sadly, as time passed, the bat-making era of the Snyder family history came to an end. The company closed, and their small brickand-mortar business fell by the wayside. But keep an eye out for Snyder bats and yo-yos —the Snyder legacy lives on with each one found and preserved. —Mary Ann Helmstetler
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North Carolina zip codes turn up silver for residents Sealed Vault Bags full of heavy silver bars are actually being handed over to the first North Carolina residents who find their zip code listed in today’s publication and call before the 7 day order deadline ends to claim the bags full of valuable silver NATIONWIDE – Operators at the National Silver Hotline are struggling to keep up with all the calls. That’s because Silver Vault Bags loaded with a small fortune of .999 pure Silver Bars are now being handed over to everyone who beats the 7-day order deadline. “It’s like a modern day Gold Rush. North Carolina residents will be hoarding all the silver bars they can get their hands on for the next 7 days. This comes as no surprise after the standard State Minimum set by the Federated Mint dropped 42%, going from $50 per bar to just $29 making these Silver Vault Bags a real steal,” said Mary Ellen Withrow, the emeritus 40th Treasurer of the United States of America. “As executive advisor to the private Federated Mint, I get paid to deliver breaking news. And here’s the best part. This is great news for North Carolina residents because it’s the lowest ever State Minimum set by the Federated Mint,” said Withrow. The only thing residents need to do is find the first 3 digits of their zip code on the Distribution List printed in today’s publication. If their zip code is on the list, they need to immediately call the National Silver Hotline before the 7-day order deadline ends. Residents who do are cashing in on the record low State Minimum set by the Federated Mint. This is a real steal for residents because each Silver Vault Bag loaded with 10 North Carolina State Silver Bars is normally set at $500 which is the standard $50 per heavy half ounce bar State Minimum set by the Federated Mint. But here’s the good news. Residents who call today get the lowest ever State Minimum set by the Federated Mint of just $290 for each North Carolina Silver Vault Bag which is just $29 per bar as long as they call the National Silver Hotline at; 1-866-874-7770 EXT. FMM1791 before the deadline ends. Phone lines open at precise-
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ly 8:30 A.M. this morning and are expected to be flooded by North Carolina residents looking to cash in on the lowest ever State Minimum set by the Federated Mint to date. That’s why area residents who find their zip code on the distribution list today are being urged to call immediately. Since this special advertising announcement can’t stop dealers and collectors from hoarding all the new 2019 Edition North Carolina State Silver Bars they can get their hands on, the Federated Mint had to set a strict limit of three Jumbo Silver Ballistic Bags per resident – these are the bags everyone’s trying to get because they contain 10 individual Silver Vault Bags each. E ver yone who gets these will feel like they just hit the jackpot. “Residents who want to cash in on the lowest ever State Minimum set by the private Federated Mint better hurry. That’s because in 7 days, the State Minimum for these heav y half ounce North Carolina State Silver Bars returns to the normal State Minimum set by the Federated Mint of $50 per bar,” Withrow said. “We’re bracing for all the calls and doing the best we can, but with just hours left before the deadline ends, residents lucky enough to find the first 3 digits of their zip code listed in today’s publication need to immediately call the National Silver Hotline," Withrow said. ■
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you find your zip code on the distribution list printed in today’s publication read below then immediately call: 1-866-874-7770 EXT. FMM1791 I keep calling and can’t get through: Keep trying. Right now everyone’s looking to cash in on the lowest State Minimum ever set by the Federated Mint. In fact, tens of thousands of residents are expected to order up as many Silver Vault Bags as they can get their hands on before the deadline ends. That’s because the State Minimum set by the Federated Mint has been slashed from $50 per heavy half ounce to just $29 for the next 7 days. And since each Silver Vault Bag contains 10 valuable State Silver Bars for just $290 nearly everyone is taking at least three bags before they’re all gone. But all those who really want to cash in are taking the Jumbo Silver Ballistic Bags containing 100 State Silver Bars before the State Minimum set by the Federated Mint goes back up to $500 per Vault Bag. So if lines are busy keep trying. How much are the Silver Vault Bags worth: It’s hard to tell how much these Silver Vault Bags could be worth since they are highly collectible, but those who get in on this now will be the really smart ones. That’s because the State Minimum set by the Federated Mint goes back up to $500 per bag after the deadline ends. So you better believe that at just $290 the Silver Vault bags are a real steal for everyone who beats the deadline. Can I buy one State Silver Bar: Yes. But, the lowest ever State Minimum set by the Federated Mint of just $29 per bar applies only to residents who purchase a Silver Vault Bag(s). That means only those residents who order a Silver Vault Bag(s) or the heavy, Jumbo Silver Ballistic Bag(s) get the $29 per bar State Minimum set by the Federated Mint. All single bar purchases, orders placed after the 7-day deadline and all non-state residents must pay the standard $50 per heavy half ounce Bar State Minimum set by the Federated Mint. Why is the State Minimum set by the Federated Mint so low now: Thousands of U.S. residents stand to miss the deadline to get the silver at the lowest ever State Minimum set by the private Federated Mint. Now all residents who find the first 3 digits of their zip code on the Distribution List printed in today’s publication are getting the Silver Vault Bags for themselves and all the solid .999 pure State Silver Bars found inside. The price for each Silver Vault Bag is normally set at $500 which is the standard $50 per bar State Minimum set by the Federated Mint, but residents who beat the 7-day deadline only cover the lowest ever State Minimum set by the Federated Mint of just $290 for each State Silver Vault Bag which is just $29 per bar as long as they call the National Silver Hotline before the deadline ends at: 1-866-874-7770 EXT. FMM1791. Hotlines open at 8:30 A.M.
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A Pier is Reborn
Oak Island Pier is back open for business By Mike Zlotnicki
The Star News
A couple of decades ago there were over 30 fishing piers on the coast of North Carolina offering ocean access to hordes of Tar Heel anglers. But human development and Mother Nature — in the form of devastating hurricanes — have reduced the number of piers to 17. Thanks to some forward thinking by the Town of Oak Island, one stormravaged pier is being brought back to life. Originally built in 1955, the pier was rebuilt in 1972, again in 1992. The town purchased the pier in 2009 and had to rebuild it yet again when Hurricane Matthew severely damaged it in 2016. The former Yaupon Pier is being rebuilt by Oak Island thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation and a grant of $300,000 from the NC Department of Environmental Quality. Fishing from the new structure will begin July 2 (see Carolina Compass, page 35, for information on Oak Island’s Beach Day event). The pier is already open The Star News
Oak Island Pier 705 Ocean Dr., Oak Island oakislandpier.com or 910-933-6161
for walking and will continue to allow walking visitors in for no charge. The Pier House is open with snacks and beverages, as is the Koko Cabana restaurant. An ice cream and coffee café is also on site. Work to complete the pier will resume after the summer season. The pier will have a new look, at 880 long and 27 feet above the waves below, with a T structure at the end — scheduled to be complete by July — for king mackerel anglers. There is special fiberglass grating to allow waves to pass through and reduce pressure on the structure, as well as sections of rail that are lower, offering accessible fishing and spots to better see the ocean. Popular local angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver has been hired to oversee day-to-day operations. He emphasizes that the property is more than just a fishing pier. “While the pier is the centerpiece for me as an angler, the pier complex has a restaurant, a coffee shop and an event center, called The 801 Center, available for rent,” Jerry says. “All of that, along with the beach itself, should offer something for everyone.” Fishing the Pier The pier should serve anglers well. Typical species to expect close to the beach are speckled trout, flounder, red drum, black drum, bluefish and
sea mullet (whiting) using cut bait or live bait, according to Jerry. Farther down the pier, bluefish and Spanish mackerel can be targeted with spoons and jigs. At the very end, anglers with specialized rigs will target king mackerel, cobia and the accidental tarpon. Being the closest pier to the Cape Fear River Inlet means that schools of baitfish will pull out on the falling tide, attracting predators like the blues, Spanish and kings. Piers give everyone a chance to catch saltwater fish, and you can do it with freshwater tackle — with a caveat: Make sure you wash down your rods and reels thoroughly with fresh water after each use, or the saltwater will corrode the metal in short fashion. Bass and catfish tackle is fine for the smaller species, just rinse it well and make sure water doesn’t pool inside the reel when storing. As for tackle, the pier house will be stocked with all of the pier-fishing essentials, and frozen bait will be available. Try to use fresh shrimp, mullet or squid if you can, and don’t let it sit on the pier drying out. Keep it on ice. The pier will have a blanket fishing license covering all anglers fishing on it. Mike Zlotnicki is associate editor at Wildlife in North Carolina magazine. He lives in Garner with his wife, three daughters and two German shorthaired pointers.
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July Events MOUNTAINS Liberty Mountain Drama about the Revolution June 28–July 21, Kings Mountain 704-692-2897 libertymountaindrama.com
Todd Liberty Parade
Community Band Concert
July 4, Todd 828-263-6173 toddnc.org
Monday evenings July 8–Aug. 12, Hendersonville 800-828-4244 visithendersonvillenc.org
Patriotic music July 21, Maggie Valley 828-452-3522 haywoodcommunityband.org
Charity Horse Show
Vendors, viewer voting July 12–13, Sparta 336-359-2111 alleghanyquiltersguild.com
July 23–28, July 31–Aug. 4, Blowing Rock 828-295-4700 brchs.org
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High Country Crank-Up
Graffiti-inspired art July 13–Aug. 18, Asheville 828-253-7651 grovewood.com
Antique engines, food July 25–27, Boone firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Henderson & Friends
July 26, Blowing Rock 828-295-7851 symphonybythelake.com
Mountain Heart Live Music on Main Series July 5, Sparta 336-372-5473 facebook.com/musiconmainsparta
America the Beautiful Patriotic concert July 3, Burnsville 828-682-7209 burnsvilletowncenter.com
July 4th Festival Parade, music July 6, Blowing Rock 828-295-5222 blowingrock.com
Grains Of Sand Outdoor Concert July 3, Franklin 866-273-4615 greatmountainmusic.com
Arts and Crafts Show July 6–7, Maggie Valley 828-926-1686 maggievalley.org
Summer Concert Series July 13, Todd 828-263-6173 toddnc.org
Symphony of the Mountains
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Tour of Homes Transportation provided July 26, Blowing Rock 828-295-3217 stmaryofthehills.org/tour
The Tillers Summer Concert Series July 27, Todd 828-263-6173 toddnc.org
Classic Cars, Crafts, & Quilts July 27, Boone 828-264-7130 deerfieldumcboone.org
Scaly Mountain Summerfest Firetruck rides, BBQ July 27, Scaly Mountain 828-586-5057
Old Threshers Reunion Horse pull, Ferris wheel July 2–6, Denton
Full Circle Paintings, metal sculpture June 24–July 21, Hillsborough 919-732-5001 hillsboroughgallery.com
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
July 1, Fayetteville 910-433-4690 fayettevillesymphony.org
Old Threshers Reunion Horse pull, Ferris wheel July 2–6, Denton 336-859-2755 dentonfarmpark.com
Antiques Festival July 2–6, Denton 336-859-4231 townofdenton.com
4th of July Celebration Music, parachute demos July 4, Fort Bragg 910-396-9126 bit.ly/2019-bragg4th
Our Carolina Sky Planetarium show July 5, Gastonia 704-866-6900 schielemuseum.org
Bring It! Live Dance battles July 6, Durham 919-680-2787 dpacnc.com
Latin History for Morons Humorous look at heroes July 9, Durham 919-680-2787 dpacnc.com
Rivermist After Five Series July 12, Fayetteville 910-323-1934 bit.ly/fb-rivermist2019
July 13, Fayetteville 910-223-1089 bit.ly/fb-fayetteville-tours July 13, Fayetteville 910-438-4100 crowncomplexnc.com
The Original Tams Concert Series July 17, Sanford sanfordartsandvine.com
COAST Watercolor Club Exhibit Through July 27, Hertford 410-746-5204 perquimansarts.org
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Sounds by the Sound Concert July 12, Cape Carteret 252-227-5459 bit.ly/fb-sounds-fiddler
Amusement rides, fireworks July 31–Aug. 3, Murfreesboro 252-398-7695 ncwatermelonfest.com
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Contests, crafts, parade July 19–21, Fair Bluff ncwatermelonfestival.org
Hatteras Island artists, photographers July 31–Aug. 1, Buxton facebook.com/hiacguild
Battleship 101 Hands-on learning July 25, Wilmington 910-399-9100 battleshipnc.com
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A Revitalized Mill Town Canton is a mountain gem worth a stop off I-40 By Gordon Byrd | Photos by Haywood County Tourism Development Association unless otherwise indicated
The great Southern forest lies like a thick blanket across the mountaintops surrounding Canton, just west of Asheville. Clouds are born in the rising mist from its vernal surroundings and slowly amble along the I-40 corridor. The sun reaches over ridges to the sleepy town late in the morning, where it finds the streets awake with new, small boutiques opening their doors and the curious visitor strolling along. “This ain’t just another paper town …” sings Buddy Melton from the band Balsam Range about Canton, portions of which are served by Haywood EMC. Canton is, indeed, more than the mill that came to town in the early 1900s, and its revitalization is attracting investors and tourists to the all-but-typical mountain retreat. Restoring history One iconic destination is the Southern Porch Restaurant in the Imperial Hotel (southern-porch.com). Families play music trivia bingo during the weekdays, and musicians perform on the front porch of the retro-fitted restaurant. At one point, the hotel and the paper mill were the only buildings in town with indoor plumbing and electrical lights. As time rolled on, additions to the building led to many of its original architectural features being removed or covered up. A storefront façade brought the walls out to the street, crowding out the sidewalk and essentially erasing the old building from view.
That is how Pat Smathers, the former mayor of Canton, found and bought the building with a few partners in the 1990s. “That was cutting-edge architecture 60 or 70 years ago,” he jokes as he leisurely reclines on the Southern Porch’s open-air seating. Smathers made it a mission to restore the hotel to its former glory. After decades of decline, partly due to Interstate 40 routing traffic away from town, Canton was beginning to grow again. Today, the hotel’s open porch and recessed entrance welcomes pedestrian traffic from the street once more. This is reminiscent of Canton’s distant past and looks forward to its future. Hot spots As the downtown district of Canton and surrounding townships make a resurgence to welcome a new generation of families moving in, as well as a growing number of tourists visiting the mountains each year, establishments have evolved to serve a community in flux. The historic Colonial Theatre (828-235-2760) hosts stage productions, weddings and film festivals. Within walking distance of the downtown center and throwing distance from the Pigeon River, BearWaters Brewing
Co. (bearwatersbrewing.com) brings a lively and family friendly environment with river tubing trips, local food and pet-welcome spaces. The great outdoors The area is rich with hiking options, from a casual stroll along the Pigeon River Scenic Walking Trail, accessible from Canton Recreational Park (77 Penland Street, 828-646-3411), to strenuous, though epic, hikes in the nearby Shining Rock Wilderness Area. Part of the Pisgah National Forest, the wilderness area is home to Cold Mountain, made famous by Charles Frazier’s novel of the same name (visitncsmokies.com/attractions/ cold-mountain-hike). Ten Acre Garden (tenacregarden.com) is a century farm that hosts dinners and seasonal events, including a Sunflower Stroll in early July and a Sunflower Maze in early August. Like the giant oaks in its surrounding woods, Canton reinvents itself as each new season rolls through the quiet valley. Visit cantonnc.com for the latest happenings in and around town. Gordon Byrd is a veteran who works for UNC Pembroke. He tries to keep things interesting with a little homebuilding, some writing, triathlons and a lot of time with his family and church.
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Canton Labor Day Festival
Music, food and fireworks July 5, Sorrells Street Park cantonnc.com/july-4th-plus-1
Part of Folkmoot; craft beer, food trucks and music July 26, Sorrells Street Park folkmoot.org/folkmalt
Food, parade, live music Sept. 1–2, Sorrells Street Park cantonlaborday.com
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Clogged, Backed—up Septic System…Can anything Restore It? Dear Darryl DEAR DARRYL: My home is about 10 years old, and so is my septic system. I have always taken pride in keeping my home and property in top shape. In fact, my neighbors and I are always kidding each other about who keeps their home and yard nicest. Lately, however, I have had a horrible smell in my yard, and also in one of my bathrooms, coming from the shower drain. My grass is muddy and all the drains in my home are very slow.
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Summer Corn & Crab Salad With Honey-Citrus Dressing
Cut fresh off the cob, locally grown corn can be used in so many delicious ways. Enjoy this no-cook salad with some sweet NC crab. Exact measurements not necessary! Feel free to toss in any other fresh veggies you have on hand. Dressing 1/3 cup honey 1/3 cup oil 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice Zest of 1 orange, lemon and lime ½ teaspoon white pepper Salad 4 cups fresh corn, cut from cob, about 6 ears 1 small red onion, cut into slivers 1 cup diced celery 1 red bell pepper, chopped Several radishes, chopped 1 cup chopped cilantro 8 ounces fresh crabmeat (or more if you like!) Whisk all dressing ingredients and set aside. Stir all ingredients together (except crab) with dressing. Gently fold in crab. Chill for at least an hour or two for flavors to meld. Yield: 4 servings
Airborne corn Do your little niblets of corn go flying hither and yon when cutting off the cob? We have a simple solution. Grab your Bundt pan and put the tip of the cob into the center hole. Then cut your corn right down into the cake pan.
Butterbean Hummus We do love our butterbeans here in NC. Did you know you can use those, or any of our tasty summer field peas, to make hummus? Just say no to canned garbanzo beans when gardens and farmers’ markets overflow with beans and peas. (FYI, it’s the butter that makes this hummus extra creamy!)
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Cook butterbeans in broth until almost done, but still a bit firm and green. Drain and cool. Set aside a few nuts for garnish. Put butterbeans into food processor bowl and add remaining ingredients. Process on high, pausing to scrape down sides, until nice and creamy. Garnish with a drizzle of oil and a scattering of toasted pine nuts. Serve at room temperature with crackers, celery sticks or your favorite dippers! Will keep up to a week in the refrigerator. *Note: Find the best buy on toasted sesame seeds at Asian grocers. You can also substitute store-bought tahini if a creamier hummus is preferred. Yield: About 2 pints
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From Your Kitchen
Mile-High Peanut Butter Pie
(8-ounce) package cream cheese cup powdered sugar cup peanut butter tablespoons milk (8-ounce) container whipped topping 9-inch homemade or store-bought graham cracker crust* Peanut butter chips (optional)
Summer Squash Spoonbread With Pimento Cheese
’Tis the season … for scores of squash! Our spoonbread pairs pimento cheese with squash to create an all-in-one, veggie-laden cheesy bread. Add a cool summer salad and serve alongside some grilled goodies on the porch, along with an icy glass of lemonade. 3 tablespoons butter 3 cups diced summer squash (We used yellow and zucchini.) 2 cups diced onion 1 cup boiling water
1¼ cups cornmeal mix 2/3 cup pimento cheese 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper
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In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until fluffy. Add peanut butter and milk. Beat until creamy. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into pie crust and serve immediately or chill overnight. Garnish with peanut butter chips. Recipe courtesy of Brenda Rudy of Calabash, a member of Brunswick Electric
Preheat oven to 400. Place an 8" x 8" casserole dish or a 10" skillet in oven to warm as oven heats. Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add squash and onion and sauté about four minutes until slightly tender. Remove from heat. In a mixing bowl, pour boiling water over cornmeal mix and stir until the consistency of wet mush. Mix in remaining ingredients. Fold in squash and onion. Remove heated baking dish and coat with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into dish and bake 25–30 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm with a pat of butter.
*Note: Make your own graham cracker crust by crushing one packet of graham crackers (about 10 rectangular crackers) in a zippered bag until fine. Combine with 6 tablespoons of melted butter and 1/3 cup of sugar, then press evenly into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes. Cool.
Yield: 4–6 servings
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The June “Where Is This” photo by Cari and Abi Leffew features a metallic sea turtle sculpture located at the intersection of East and West Main Streets near the pier at Sunset Beach, Brunswick County. The garden and sculpture situated at the public beach access walkway is dedicated to Carmel Zetts, a devoted volunteer and coordinator of the Sunset Beach Sea Turtle Watch Program, which she founded. Carmel, known as the “Turtle Lady,” and other volunteers have walked the beach every morning for more than 20 years to pick up trash and to watch for loggerhead sea turtle egg nests that need protection, reports reader Althea Gregson. The winning entry chosen at random from all correct submissions came from Lisa Ashebrook of Cary, a Brunswick Electric member. Have a roadside gem you’d like to share? Submit a photo, plus a brief description and general location information, at carolinacountry.com/where.
JULY’S FEATURED TRACK
“Out In The Open”
By Steep Canyon Rangers Vocalist Graham Sharp sings of being free after shedding the chains of living a lie in this romping title track, one of 12 songs that blends bluegrass with pop, folk and jazz influences while retaining a traditional sound. Cut live, there were no overdubs on the Steep Canyon Rangers’ latest album, just nimble band members pickin,’ strumming’ and singin.’ Other great tracks on this western NC-based band’s CD include the country boogie “The Speed We’re Traveling,” the sparsely arranged “Going Midwest” and the restless “Let Me Out Of This Town.” Sandlin Gaither
Learn more about Steep Canyon Rangers and listen to this featured track, as well as others from NC musicians..
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