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Favorites 4 Viewpoints 6 More Power 26 Energy Sense 30 Carolina People 34 Carolina Gardens 36 Carolina Compass 38 Classifieds 39 Marketplace 40 Carolina Kitchen 42 Where is This? 42 Featured Photo

On the Cover Four County EMC member Randolph Keaton heads up Men and Women United for Youth and Families, a nonprofit empowering residents of Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties. Read more about rural leaders starting on page 11. Photo by John Urban, Blue Sky Photography.

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Leaders Among Us

Individuals across rural NC are stepping up to do great things.

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My Molasses-Making Mother And other things you remember.

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Celebrating Rural Leadership By Patrick Woodie

Thriving rural communities church. It is the story of the chief at Our flagship leadership developneed leadership that is inclusive, the volunteer fire department. It is the ment program, the Rural Economic connected, informed and creative. owner of the local small business. It is Development Institute (REDI), is a But we know leaders are not born the city council member. Every day in statewide program that trains rural fully formed. They are developed out leaders to examine their communities communities across this state people of necessity. They are nurtured by and regions through a comprehensive, are leading and working without recogthose who came before them. They nition to build a better future for their community economic development are supported by their neighbors families and their neighbors. However, lens. The program instills the tools and communities. And, perhaps most of those humble and hardworkand skills needed to create a collecmost importantly, they should be ing individuals might never think of tive vision and to build upon existing celebrated and recognized by us all. themselves as a “leader.” But they are, capacity to create sustainable change. Developing skilled leadand we want to help them ers who are fully resourced their full potential and Today’s rural leaders are ushering in a reach is essential for the future connect with other rural new era of innovation and growth. successes of rural North leaders across the state. Carolina. At the NC Rural Today’s rural leaders are Center, we know that established ushering in a new era of innovation Through our Homegrown Leaders and emerging rural leaders — those and growth, and though these lead(HGL) program, we take leadership who believe in the potential of the ers are breaking new ground in their development into the field and places they call home, who are ready communities, we have to ask “what challenge participants to develop a to build stronger economies in their broader and deeper regional approach more can we do?” and “who will lead local communities, and who will not tomorrow?” Let’s work together to to rural economic development and shy away from the challenges that lie leadership advancement. Homegrown empower the current and future ahead — are the greatest asset a comrural leaders with the support and Leaders creates a space for local munity has to leverage. resources they, and their communileaders to train alongside other leadAt its core, leadership is a commuties, need to be successful. ers from across their region, in their nity investment. The fertile ground for region, while building the partnerContact us. Let us know how we future leadership requires a commuships and shared knowledge necessary can help. If we aren’t the right organinity working together to create a space to reach across county lines and work zation for you or your community, we that embraces newcomers, values, will work to connect you with the best together toward a common vision. diverse perspectives, and encourages partner for your own place. Counting both REDI and HGL mentorship. Truly effective leaders are graduates, the Rural Center now has a Our state is better when all our the ones who can bring together comstatewide network of more than 1,300 community spark plugs are firing at munity assets and inspire innovation; their full potential. Help us identify leadership alumni working in our who can foster a community will for who those spark plugs are today and small towns and rural communities. more representative leadership and a who they will be tomorrow. The NC The feature story starting on page collective stewardship for the future. Rural Center is ready to work with 11 of this issue celebrates just a few For 30 years, leadership developyou and your community to help our of the hundreds of inspiring stories ment has been at the core of the Rural of our rural leadership alumni. Their state grow and thrive. Center’s mission, and we have develdedication to their communities and Patrick Woodie is president of the oped a variety of programs to support regions is unwavering. We are proud nonprofit NC Rural Center. the vision and dedication of these to stand alongside them, to support leaders — these “spark plugs” who them, their towns, and their regions Visit ncruralcenter.org for more ignite local innovation — in the work in reaching their full potential. information about leadership programs they do in their communities, counBut their stories are your stories. It in and near your community. ties and regions. is the story of the deacon at your local 4  |  carolinacountry.com

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THIS MONTH’S ISSUE:

Homegrown Leadership What does it mean to be a leader? Oftentimes it doesn’t take much for someone to make a difference —j  ust a little extra time helping others. But some devote their lives to making a difference in their communities and beyond. In this issue you’ll meet leaders, some seasoned, some up-and-coming, and learn how they’re working to make rural North Carolina the best it can be. —Scott Gates, editor

Sweet Corn vs. Field Corn In the September issue article about hemp (“New Laws, New Promise for Hemp,” page 14), a source made a comment that I want to correct. The comment that compared sweet corn versus field corn (the source said you wouldn’t serve field corn) is wrong! Everyone, at least true country people, knows that you can, and we do eat field corn. There’s a three-day window in which you can pick field corn and it tastes just as awesome — if not better than— sweet corn. In those three days you can put up a lot of field corn — can it, freeze it, etc. My point is that people do eat it, especially if you were raised on a farm. Jennifer Barr, Bladenboro, A member of Four County EMC

An Historic Original In regards to “Life Along the Water” (September 2019, page 27), Washington, North Carolina, has always been called The Original Washington, NOT “Little” Washington. We have a bronze marker on Bridge Street/ Highway 17 that has been there for at least 40 years saying this. Native Washingtonians hate it being called this! Judy Cassano, Washington, A member of Tideland EMC Editor’s Note: Thank you, Judy, and apologies to Washingtonians! The town took its present name in 1776 and was the first in America to be named for General George Washington, earning it the moniker of The Original Washington.

Watermelon Calling I read the June 2019 article on “Mighty Fine Watermelons” (page 28) and I cannot tell you how strongly this particular article ‘spoke’ to me. So much so that I have determined that growing watermelons in Bogue Sound is what I am supposed to do when I retire. This is several years out so I have plenty of time to plan, but I am already scaring my husband with all the talk about my plans because I am very serious about this! I appreciate your magazine and all the interesting articles in it from all around the state. I now have a purpose for my golden years. So, in a few years, come by and purchase one of these mighty fine watermelons from me :) Melissa Whittington, Randleman, A member of Randolph EMC

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Co-op Lineworkers Continue to Hone Skills at Nash Community College It takes highly trained and skilled lineworkers to meet the mission of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives — to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to their members. A program that started in 1998 continues to be valuable training in advancing electric lineworkers as they progress in their career to do just that. Six electric cooperative linemen recently completed advanced education work in Nash Community College’s Electric Lineman Technology program, and a Haywood EMC employee earned an associate degree in 2018. Teamwork and consistent training are benefits for these students as they train with peers from sister cooperatives throughout the program.  The program includes courses with both classroom content and practical, hands-on objectives. The specially designed training field built by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives serves as a controlled environment that allows individuals to increase skills that are directly applicable to work they’re doing back home with their individual cooperatives. They learn skills such as overhead line construction, underground line construction and the National Electrical Safety Code. Beyond classes in line work and energy management, they can take courses toward an associate degree ranging from writing and math to critical thinking, computers and communication. Since the program began, 22 co-op linemen have graduated with an associate degree. The program is supported entirely by the electric cooperatives, but is also attended by linemen from Duke Energy and the municipal electric systems. In 2019, approximately 400 co-op employees attended the NC Electric Cooperatives’ Job Training & Safety Technical Training Schools at the Rocky Mount-based community college.  —Farris Leonard, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

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Stay Cyber Safe in Public Areas October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, although it takes a year-round effort to stay cyber safe. When accessing public networks at places like restaurants, airports and libraries, keep these 10 tips in mind: 1. Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot, be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. 2. Avoid conducting sensitive activities, such as online shopping, banking or other sensitive work, using a public wireless network. 3. Whether in a public place or at home, only use sites that begin with https:// (instead of http://) when online shopping or banking — this indicates that whatever information sent between the user and the website is encrypted, or more difficult for cyber criminals to read. 4. Get into the habit of locking your device when you are not using it. Even if you only step away for a few minutes, that is enough time for someone to steal or destroy your information. 5. Use strong PINs and passwords.

6. Use caution when downloading or clicking on any unknown links. Delete emails that are suspicious or are from unknown sources. 7. Disable remote connectivity and Bluetooth on your devices when in public areas so that you only connect to wireless and Bluetooth networks when you want to. 8. Using the mobile network connection on your phone is generally more secure than using a public wireless network. 9. To prevent theft and unauthorized access or loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices, including any USB or external storage devices, unattended in a public place. 10. In public places (including hotel rooms), charge devices using only a plug-to-outlet charger. USB chargers in public areas can be hacked to access data on your device. — U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Want to use the app? It’s free to download for Apple and Android phones. Search for “Visit NC Farms” in the App Store or Google Play. Want your community in the app? Visit visitncfarmstoday.com/ partners for more information about creating an inventory of assets in your community to be included in the app.

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Checking What’s Under the Hood We recently received a comment from a reader about the electric vehicle (EV) graphic from our September 2019 issue (“What Makes EVs Tick,” page 6). The graphic points out components of an EV engine, including a “DC/DC Converter.”

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Shouldn’t this be an AC/DC converter?

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Thank you for the question —  the simple answer is that this is not a mistake. DC/DC converters are used to change voltages for different needs in the system (such as a higher voltage for the electric motor or lower voltage for electrical accessories). Without such a converter, the modern EV wouldn’t be possible! (You can learn more about that online at bit.ly/ran-ev, or read the paper at bit.ly/intech-dc if you want to get really techy.) While there is also AC to DC conversion taking place, this is handled by the onboard charger. I hope this helps!

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Individuals across rural NC are stepping up to do great things Profiles courtesy of the NC Rural Center | Photos by Logan Cyrus

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n communities throughout North Carolina, individuals are hard at work to make their piece of the world a better place. Some are easy to spot: teachers, church leaders and elected officials who stand out above the rest. Others may be working behind the scenes, quietly supporting projects and organizations to make their communities the best they can be. But all are leaders, and all are vital assets to making rural North Carolina great. The NC Rural Center is one organization that seeks to foster this kind of leadership across the state (see “Celebrating Rural Leadership,” page 4). For one, its nearly 30-year-old Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI) brings together rural leaders and emerging leaders each year to examine their communities through a comprehensive, asset-driven lens. REDI offers participants the opportunity to learn collaborative

leadership skills and rural development strategies to help them return home and make a meaningful difference in their rural communities. Homegrown Leaders, an extension of REDI, launched in 2016 and takes a regional approach to rural economic development and leadership advancement. Homegrown Leaders addresses the need for high-quality, professional and economic development training that equips community leaders with the skills they need to lead long-term economic advancement in their community and region. The REDI program alone has nearly 1,200 alumni located throughout the state, applying what they’ve learned and the connections they’ve made to improve the lives of those back home in their communities. The following pages highlight efforts from just a few of those alumni.

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Making a Difference on Dream Avenue On any given weekday, in an unassuming building on Dream Avenue in Delco, men and women face computer screens to fill out job applications. They sign up for GED classes and computer training. They meet with corporate recruiters. They plan out new futures for themselves and their families. This is the scene at the Tri-County Job Center, just one initiative of Men and Women United for Youth and Families, a small nonprofit organization that seeks to empower people who live in its three-county service area. “We serve as a hub,” says Executive Director Randolph Keaton, a member of Four County EMC. “In our rural

communities, we are proud of the fact that we have hard-working people. We come from that place.” As its name suggests, Randolph’s nonprofit also focuses on growing young leaders for these communities. Its youth outreach program serves teens between the ages of 14 and 19, offering leadership and life coaching, entrepreneurship programs, and mentorship. “If you work with them and say, ‘What do you like most in your community, and if you were a leader, what would you work on to change?’ they operate from a different place,” Randolph says. “They start to want to be more involved.”

Randolph Keaton Where you’ll find him Delco, serving residents of Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties What he’s up to Executive Director, Men and Women United for Youth and Families Rural Center training REDI 2014 graduate Read more Go to bit.ly/rc-randolph for more about his work, or visit menandwomenunited.org to learn about his organization.

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“Even with a similar challenge shared through more than one community, each of those communities approached that challenge in a somewhat different way …

there’s not just one right way of doing things.”

Bridging Small Town Cultural Divides Bryan Thompson started his career in local government more than 10 years ago as town manager of Mount Gilead in Montgomery County. He’s since also served as town manager of Erwin, in Harnett County, and Siler City, in Chatham County. Given Siler City’s large, multigenerational Hispanic population, it was there that Bryan saw language and cultural differences as potential barriers to good communication between the town government and the community. So he and his colleagues got creative. For starters, Bryan and other community leaders participated in Go Global NC’s Latino Initiative. The program, run through the UNC System, connects local leaders to

a better understanding of their Hispanic communities, including through a weeklong visit to Mexico. “It gave us a better sense of who this portion of our community is as a people,” Bryan explains. Other initiatives included an assessment of the community and its needs by the UNC Center for Global Studies’ Building Integrated Communities program, as well as small group conversations in Hispanic neighborhoods throughout town, where Bryan and residents could meet to discuss town services and the role the town can play in their lives. “There are varying creative or even practical ways to address a thing, whatever that thing is, that issue, that

challenge, that stumbling block, to get from where you are to where you as a community envision yourself to be,” Bryan says. “There’s not one way to get there.”

Bryan Thompson Where you’ll find him Chatham County What he’s up to Assistant County Manager for Chatham County Rural Center training REDI 2008 graduate Read more Visit bit.ly/rc-bryan for more about his work in Siler City.

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these guys work from before the sun rises and they stop after the sun sets.”

Hope through Healthcare Shortly after immigrating from Monterrey, Mexico, to the United States with his family in 1998, Jesus Padilla had an experience that planted a seed. At a restaurant in Texas, he attempted to order food for his travel-weary mother and siblings. But he couldn’t read the menu, and a local refused to help translate. “I made a promise to the Lord,” Jesus says today. “I said, ‘If you help me learn this language, and if people need help, I’ll be more than willing to help them.’” As the outreach coordinator for the Ashe & Allegheny Farmworker Health Program, Jesus is living out that promise. He serves a Hispanic population facing chronic and acute health challenges. Many of the agricultural workers he serves spend part of the year harvesting Western North

Carolina’s prized Christmas trees. But when they get hurt or sick, they often turn to him. He interprets during medical appointments, translates forms and helps with case management to ensure clients receive the best possible health care. But the challenges he faces in his work are profound. Many of his clients are sick or injured but haven’t sought the care they need because of language or transportation barriers, a lack of after-hours service, or misinformation found on the internet. Many cannot afford expensive medical care. Some are contemplating moving back to their home countries because they are so despondent about their medical conditions. Through his work, Jesus provides hope. He and a colleague serve 500 to

600 people a year, and they’re seeking to secure more grant funding to bring on another caseworker to serve another 300 clients annually. “My purpose,” he says, “is to serve other people.”

Jesus Padilla Where you’ll find him Sparta, serving residents of Ashe and Allegheny counties What he’s up to Outreach Coordinator for the Ashe & Allegheny Farmworker Health Program Rural Center training REDI 2018 graduate Read more Visit bit.ly/rc-jesus for more about his work.

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The buses lined up outside of NC State University came from 31 counties, but most were from rural areas — and this was by design. For 20 years, the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals (NCSHP) has made it its mission to promote education among Latino youth, specifically performing outreach in rural communities where Latino students have fewer resources. Each spring, these efforts culminate in the Hispanic Educational Summit, a daylong event filled with presentations and workshops. More than 650 middle and high school students attended the March 29 event, where the overarching goal was to inspire Latino students to graduate and pursue higher education. “There aren’t a lot of resources in rural communities for Hispanic students, and if there are, young people don’t know where to find them or where to look,” says NCSHP Director Caroline Oliveira. “That’s why it’s so amazing to see them at this conference.”

Covering critical topics

Inside the conference, Latino teens with southern accents speak rapid-fire Spanglish with their classmates as teachers and volunteers usher them into workshops. “Pásale caballero, sin miedo,” one teacher encourages

“We know these kids go through a lot to access higher education, whether that’s navigating immigration issues or figuring out financial aid as the first person in their family to go to college.”

a teenage boy, who awkwardly peers inside a quickly filling classroom. Caroline is seemingly everywhere during the event, making sure things go smoothly — including the surprise mariachi performance that accompanies the lunch Chickfil-A donated to the students. She says her organization handpicks the schools whose students are invited to the yearly event, based on the demographics of their county, whether the school is located in a rural area, and if students from that county have previously attended and benefited from the conference. “They learn to communicate what they need help with, they network, they ask a lot of questions of the colleges that table at the event,” Caroline explains. “We know these kids go through a lot to access higher education, whether that’s navigating immigration issues or figuring out financial aid as the first person in their family to go to college.” Presentations cover critical topics for these students, including “The Power of Bilingualism in School and Work” and “Immigration Options for Youth and Their Families.”

Deep roots, lean resources

According to Census data estimates, the Hispanic population of nearly 30 of North Carolina’s 100 counties grew by 25 percent or more between 2010 and 2017, a trend that began in the 1980s when Latino immigrants began to migrate to the state in search of economic opportunities. Despite the deep roots these families have developed in

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Dalila De Abreu, an English as a Second Language teacher at Monroe Middle School in Monroe, went to the conference with 27 students, including 13-year-old Marlene Patino, who said getting invited to the event felt “intimidating,” but she decided to attend because she cares about her future. “I want to study medicine at Harvard,” Marlene says. “I worry about how I will do that, and what it will cost me, but I know it’s what I want to do.” For motivated students like Marlene, there were countless opportunities to get an early glimpse into potential careers, especially for young people interested in STEM fields. Representatives from Cisco, IBM, and other companies participated in panels and recruiting events. There

were even workshops geared toward helping high school students get ahead of the college curve, including one led by community college teachers about how many community colleges in the state now enable high school students to work toward obtaining their associate degree through dual enrollment programs. According to Arisha Guerra, communications and marketing intern for NCSHP, there is no downplaying the difference the Hispanic Educational Summit can make in the life of a young Latino student attending high school in rural North Carolina. It may be the first time they feel at ease being themselves, and for many students, the conference is often the first time they hear that being bilingual and bicultural is an asset. One of Arisha’s most beloved memories of the conference was watching NCSHP’s director lead kids in the chant, “I love who I am!” Arisha’s introduction to the organization came six years ago, when she was a high school student attending the conference. The intern, who is Guatemalan and Peruvian, says she’s proud to be Latina, but remembers what it was like to look different from your classmates and come from a different cultural context. Getting through high school can be hard, she explains, and tackling college can seem insurmountable. “It feels kind of full circle to now be working with NCSHP, and being here today is really fulfilling,” she says. “We [Latinos] still have to fight for our education, and this conference sort of helps kick down some of the doors for kids.” Tina Vasquez is a Carolina Country contributing editor originally from Los Angeles. She is currently based in Winston-Salem, where she is a journalist and researcher.

Visit thencshp.org for more information about the summit and other resources from the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals.

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Invite the Outdoors In Enjoy nature’s benefits inside your home

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Dressing 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 1 teaspoon curry powder ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place mushrooms on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Bake 10 minutes. Carefully stir mushrooms and bake 5 minutes until tender. Transfer mushrooms to medium bowl. Add wheat berries, green onions and cranberries. For dressing, in small bowl, whisk olive oil, orange juice, curry powder and salt; pour over salad. Toss to mix. Serve warm. *Note: Look for wheat berries in the baking, rice and beans aisles at grocery stores and natural food shops, or you can order them online. Substitutes include bulgur wheat and brown rice. Yield: 4 servings

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hen faced with a decision to replace either baseboard heaters or a forced‑air furnace, an energy efficient heat pump can be a good contender to replace either. Heat pumps are typically much more efficient than electric resistance systems and can be a solid solution in a wide variety of circumstances. They can be the right choice in a manufactured home, a construction addition or as a replacement for a broken or inefficient HVAC system. They’re also becoming more popular for central heating in new construction. But what are heat pumps, and how do they work in each case? Electric baseboard heaters can be replaced with what’s called a ductless mini-split heat pump system. This is a good solution because older baseboard heaters are typically inefficient. The mini-split system has a compressor outside that is connected with refrigerant lines to the blowers inside. A ductless system can serve up to four zones, so it can heat a small home or can be used in combination with another heating system in a larger home. The ductless mini-split system is a great option for a home that does not have a duct system, or if the existing duct system is inefficient or poorly designed. If replacing a central heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, a cen‑ tral system air-source heat pump is an option. This system’s compressor is also located outside, but in this case, it’s connected to the home’s duct system to distribute cold or warm air through the existing vents. The central system heat pump can be an efficient option if your existing duct system is in good shape. A third, less common type of heat

pump is a ground-source, or geother‑ mal, system that taps into heat that’s naturally underground year-round. Geothermal systems are typically an expensive investment, but they are quite efficient. How they work Here’s how heat pumps work: During winter, heat pumps pull warmth from the outside air into the home; during summer, the process is reversed and warmth from inside the home is exhausted outside. It may seem odd that warmth can be found in outdoor winter air, but heat pumps are amazing inventions. They’ve become much more efficient in recent years to the point that they can be effective year-round in most cold winter climates. The efficiency of a heat pump is measured in two ways: The HSPF (Heating Season Performance Factor) rating measures heating efficiency, and the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating measures cooling efficiency. The minimum ratings for a heat pump are HSPF 8.2 and SEER 14. Heat pumps with the Energy Star® rating are significantly more efficient than the minimum standard. Heat pumps come with several perks — here are a few to keep in mind when considering a system for your home: ■■ Want to save money? If you are

currently heating your home with electric resistance or propane or heating oil, and you seal air leaks and install additional insulation, installing an efficient heat pump could reduce your heating costs by up to 75%. And if you are currently cooling your home with an old A/C system or window A/C units, you could also cut your cooling costs.

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flexibility? A ductless mini-split heat pump can serve up to four individual zones or rooms, and each room’s temperature can be controlled separately.

Before you consider installing any new heating and cooling system for your home, it’s best to conduct an energy audit first. Your electric co-op may provide energy audits or be able to rec‑ ommend a local professional. As with any major home improvements or installations, be sure to get a few quotes and references before committing or making any payments. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency. Visit carolinacountry.com/your-energy for more ideas on energy efficiency.

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ane Alexander Bell calls from a Rutherford County rooftop as her workmate, Susie Kernodle, climbs down to pick up cold water for the crew. “Shingles are up,” Jane calls, adding the quip: “Shouldn’t we be pulling weeds, dusting or doing other housework?” Not this crew — despite the telltale white hair that distinguishes the two septuagenarians. Their motto? “I’d rather roof it than clean it.” They’re part of the internationally recognized Women Roofers, who have been roofing houses for those in need since 2002. “We hope to get finished before the heat of the day,” Susie says. The Women Roofers group was born when the only representatives of a Sunday school class at First Baptist Rutherfordton to show up to help Billy Honeycutt with a roof repair were two women — Susie and Lori Herrick. Expecting to be asked to go back home and reschedule the project date, the women were pleasantly surprised when Honeycutt told them: “Well, let’s get to work.” The two spread the word, and by spring, a group of 11 women gathered to replace the full roof for that elderly homeowner under the patient guidance of “Bossman” Billy, as he is affectionately and respectfully called. He taught the women all that he knew and still guides their efforts when needed. Helping those in need is at the heart of what they do. “When we leave,” says roofer Becky Spencer, “their situation is better than when we came.” “I can’t say it’s not hard work anymore,” says Laura Hodge, a pharmacist and one of the original roofers. “But this is my way of doing God’s work. He gives me the strength, and the camaraderie is great.”

“There is a core group of 17 who show up for most work and offer leadership,” says Nell Bovender, the group’s coordinator who is also the director of Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP), the nonprofit that depends on the efforts of the roofers. RHP provides urgently needed repairs to the homes of qualified low-income homeowners in Rutherford County. “The work is rewarding because you know you’re making a difference for someone who has a need,” Nell explains. “The secondary benefit has been such tight friendships with a great group of women. This is the most rewarding work I have ever done.” Known far and wide The Women Roofers gained national and international recognition a few years ago, appearing on CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and in People magazine. In 2018, they were featured on “Returning the Favor,” Mike Rowe’s Facebook series that recognizes those doing good in their communities. Watch the 26-minute episode, “All the Shingle Ladies,” at bit.ly/women-roofers. Their story has been told time and time again across the county, state and nation. Although they do not seek recognition, they will admit it is pretty cool sitting on a rooftop with Mike Rowe. What’s more, before leaving the county, Rowe presented the Women Roofers with an unexpected surprise: $45,000 in supplies and a vacation to Costa Rica. They have roofed as far away as Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, and for Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Arkansas and across North Carolina. But their primary mission is to help those in need at home. In July, the Women Roofers sponsored the first ever WeBuild! Day Camp for 29 girls in fourth to seventh grade,

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teaching them how to use simple power tools and experience hands-on building over the course of a week. The camp was facilitated through partnerships with RHP, Lowe’s and Isothermal Community College. According to the camp flyer: “WeBuild! is much more than hammering and sawing … The girls were introduced to skills they will carry with them the rest of their lives.” Meaningful connections The women support each other on and off the roof. Roofers have shared celebrations of grandchildren, marriages, retirements and the pain of divorce and losing a spouse. “There are so many joys from roofing,” Lori Herrick says. “The first thing that comes to mind is knowing at the end of a roofing project you have made someone’s life better that day. The joy the group of Women Roofers bring to my life is a gift I can never repay. The group brings so much encouragement, passion for the work and love to each other, as well as the recipients of our work. I consider it an honor to work with this group of women and hope we can continue helping others one roof at a time.” There are also members of the group who stay on the ground, of course, where other important work is needed. Janet Jolly is such a roofer. She believes she is fortunate to be doing something for a homeowner in need. “Often I speak with the owner, and I have even worked with a few homeowners cleaning up around their homes,” she says. A ground crew keeps track of water breaks, snacks, first aid, weather, time (including when the sun will set), as well as handing up needed or dropped hammers. Janet picks up felt paper pieces, shingles, recycling nails, plastic

bottles and shingle wrappers, and cleans off and folds up the ground tarps. “While I miss all the talk on the roof, I am still outside and doing something for a homeowner,” Janet says. Roofers agree their work is being able to reach out to others in their hours of need. Jane Bell sums it up: “I cannot imagine what it The Women Roofers must feel like to go to bed at night fearful that it might gained national and rain and damage your home international recognition a few years ago, appearing and belongings. The gratiin People magazine. tude from the homeowners is reward enough, but the icing on the cake is working alongside some of the finest women I have ever met in my life. It is an absolute honor and privilege to be a Woman Roofer, and I’ll continue as long as this body is able.” And “Bossman” Billy says the work of the Women Roofers won’t be ending any time soon. “The need will always be there,” he says. Jean Gordon is a former editor and reporter for The Daily Courier. She lives in Forest City and spent more than 48 years in the news business in her home county, Rutherford.

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Carolina People

The Music Maker Jerry Read Smith’s hammered dulcimers are nationally renowned By Debbie Moose

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hen Jerry Read Smith was a student at Warren Wilson College in 1974, he was struck by a bolt of musical lightning. “I was walking across campus when I heard this music, and there was something in it I’d never heard before. It was [folk musician] John McCutcheon, playing hammered dulcimer in a concert, and I went in there and sat behind him and watched him play for a couple of hours. Then I thought, I have to get one of these things,” Jerry remembers. Jerry had played guitar growing up but hadn’t encountered a hammered dulcimer until that night. He ordered plans from the Smithsonian and, despite having little woodworking experience, built one in his dorm room. “When I got done with it, everybody gathered around, and I couldn’t play well, but they treated me like I was one of the Beatles,” he says. “After I played it a couple of months, I thought I could build a better one of these. That Christmas I was home in Hudson, Ohio, and started working in my dad’s basement.” More than 40 years later, Jerry is one of the nation’s top hammered dulcimer makers, with a waiting list

for his instruments — which look as beautiful as they sound. Hammered dulcimers have a centuries-long history, although they’re less familiar than three- or fourstringed mountain dulcimers. The trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer has up to 100 metal strings, which the musician strikes with lightweight wooden hammers to create a sweet, ringing sound. It’s popular in traditional folk music, but Jerry says it has even popped up in songs by The Doors and John Lennon. “There is something about the sound of it, that you strike the strings and the sound goes out into space. Nothing interrupts the tone, as when moving your finger on a guitar or violin,” Jerry says. He dropped out of Warren Wilson in his senior year and started building hammered dulcimers, selling the sixth one to his former academic advisor. Now he’s up to number 1,013. Jerry looks at types of wood, kinds of metal for the strings, and composition of the soundboards, seeking the construction that will offer the best combination of rich low tones and bright higher ones. Vertical bridges, which support the strings but are not glued

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Watch Jerry play a hammered dulcimer.

down, are usually made from Bolivian rosewood. Elaborately carved sound holes are attractive and functional. Getting his first apprentice about five years ago freed him up to dig more deeply into design for the instruments, which are made in a workshop at his West Asheville home. He makes fourand-a-half-octave instruments with 88 strings, and five-octave ones that have 100 strings. That’s lot of strings to tune, which requires a special wrench to adjust the metal pegs holding them. “Before people buy one, this is my advice: You will spend equal amounts of time playing and tuning. That can freak people out who don’t want to spend all their time tuning,” Jerry says. But the sound those strings make is worth it. “Even if you play just one note at a time, people will stop and listen,” Jerry says. “You don’t have to be a famous musician or anybody else, you can be yourself, and people might enjoy listening to you as much as them, and that’s cool.” See more of Jerry’s instruments at songofthewood.com. Debbie Moose is a Raleigh-based freelance writer, essay writer and cookbook author.

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Molasses-Making Mother A short history of Mrs. Hattie B. Liles Gatewood, my mom: She was a native of Anson County, born August 12, 1904, and passed away April 23, 1972. In 1951, Hattie and her husband, Webster, purchased a 110-acre farm where they raised a family of 16 children, of which four daughters and one son remain. The farm produced milk cows, chickens, hogs, tobacco, watermelons, corn, wheat, peaches, beans, peas, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, sugar cane and cotton. Hattie was the first black woman in Anson to make molasses. Her brother, Gene Liles, taught her how to make molasses, and soon folks from the surrounding area brought their cane to be processed by Mrs. Hattie Gatewood. The mill is no longer in use but is still on the property. Mrs. Gatewood was well known in her community for her sharing and caring for those in need. A Godfearing woman who welcomed all to her table to share a meal and shelter from the storm. Mary A. Gatewood Camp, Morven, A member of Pee Dee Electric

In 1944, World War II was raging and a polio epidemic was on the horizon. My mother was told that a neighbor child had been diagnosed with polio, and I had recently played with the child. My mother was fearful, and a week later, I came down with a high fever. The doctor was called and the serious look on his face told my mother what every parent feared. The diagnosis was polio. Mother lamented the fact that she had no money for a hospital stay and no car. The doctor assured her that I would be fully taken care of at the Gastonia Orthopedic Hospital. All the arrangements were made th 7 9 r e gh lebratin 2015 by the doctor, and the next day, we e c r e Moth arch y in M arrived at the hospital. We were met a d h t bir by two nurses in white uniforms with masks. They took me from my mother’s arms and I was whisked away on a gurney. My mother was waving and crying in the distance. She would not see me for several months, and I was only four years old. Whenever mother could get a day off, she would board a Greyhound bus for a long trip to the hospital. She knew she could not visit with me, but because of a close friend that worked at the hospital, mother was allowed to catch a quick glimpse of me through a window in the isolation ward. She always left in tears and with a deep feeling of guilt. After three long months in the hospital, I was discharged and given permission by the doctors to return home. I left the hospital that day with a limp, orthopedic shoes and a long list of exercises for my therapy. Even though my treatment was deemed a success, I had to make evaluation visits to the hospital every month for several years. During those years, my mother was determined that my therapy would be a success. There were heel exercises every night and then my feet, in my orthopedic shoes, were strapped to the end of the bed for nightly support. I took dance lessons and spent my summers at my grandparents’ farm for fresh air and exercise. Later, I had surgery and continued therapy. Mother was always there to encourage me and I would not have been successful without her. That’s why we shared such a deep love for each other. My mother passed away in 2015 at the age of 97. If you would ask her about her life, she would always tell you it was wonderful. Even though she was a strong person, she would never talk about her early days and my bout with polio. But I always knew that her daily prayers, all through her life, were responsible for my recovery. Mary C. Harris, Southern Pines and Salter Path, A member of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative

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Water babies, left to right: Persian shield, sun coleus, Cuban oregano, purple basil.

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With autumn settling in, it’s time to bid farewell to the visual pleasure of annuals and tender perennials in the summer ornamental garden, as the coming killing frosts will make such warm-season pretties all but a memory. That’s a common notion with many gardeners, but, as for me, now is a fun time to transition from planting to propagating. Lots of garden plants that aren’t cold hardy can be reproduced by cuttings, so, this month, I patrol my beds for sassy showoffs worthy of taking clippings for rooting and then babying over

the winter in order to enjoy a second round from them next spring. Although commercial inert rooting mediums such as perlite and vermiculite are available, my first choice is water because: (1) as little as I use makes it dang near free, and (2) for many plants, it works very well. Feel free to experiment, but of the outdoor plants I have rooted in water, here are my current faves for being easy: Persian shield, sun coleus, Swedish ivy (and its close cousin, the popular Cuban oregano), creeping Jenny, purple heart and impatiens.

Herb-wise, I have successfully water-propagated lemon verbena, mint and basil. Start by taking clippings. Each should be an end branch about 3 to 5 inches long, depending on the size of the plant, with the cut being made just below a leaf joint. Strip all but the top three to four leaves, and slip the plants-to-be into small bottles of water located in a warm, brightly lit area but not in direct sunlight. Clear containers seem to work best for me, but I’ve played with tinted bottles, too, and they have also done well with water baby duty. Change the water once every week. This keeps the gunk factor low and also adds fresh, oxygenated water to help the roots develop. Once the roots are 1 to 2 inches long (which, depending on the plant, should take about two to four weeks), gently lift the cuttings out of the water and, being just as careful, tuck these young pretties into small pots filled with quality potting soil. While some rooted plants politely repose and wait for warming spring temperatures to spark their growth spurts, others will try to rambunctiously grow, grow, grow during the winter. These eager young’uns can be kept in check until outdoor planting time next year by tip prunings. L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener magazine. Contact L.A. at lajackson1@gmail.com.

Garden To-Do’s for October Autumn is a good time to divide and transplant peonies. Wait until their leaves have been bit by the first frosts and then cut the foliage back to ground level. Carefully dig the peony clumps up, trying to save as much of the root systems as possible. For better producing divisions, make sure that each one that is cut out has at least four to five “eyes” and some portion of the roots. Keep in mind that peonies will usually not get into the full swing of flowering again until a few years after being relocated. FF

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Art Crawl

Rides, music Oct. 11–13, Hickory 828-322-1121 downtownhickory.com

5-Mile Yard Sale Oct. 12, Carthage 910-638-9006

Memorial 5k and Fun Run

Kids zone, performances Oct. 12, Cary 919-793-5857 ellieheltonmemorial5k.itsyourrace.com

Carolina BalloonFest Set for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18–20 in Statesville, the Carolina BalloonFest offers mass balloon ascensions, tether rides, aerialist circus performances, a skydiving competition, artisan village and kids zone. The three-day festival is sponsored in part by EnergyUnited Propane. 704-437-2000 | carolinaballoonfest.com.

Oct. 4, Burnsville 828-766-1233 mayland.edu/foundation

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Gathering of Patriots Powwow

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National Dance Company of Siberia

NC State Fair

Treasured textiles, demos Oct. 17, Sparta 336-372-1525 info@alleghanywriters.com

Performances, crafts Oct. 5, North Wilkesboro 336-921-3499 applefestival.net

Day of the African Equestrian

Festival of the Frescoes

Gala honoring history Oct. 19, Rutherfordton sportsquestinternational.com/DOTAE

Raffles, kids activities Oct. 12, Glendale Springs 336-982-3076 ashechamber.com/calendar.php

Woolly Worm Festival Vendors, races Oct. 19–20, Banner Elk 828-898-5605 www.woollyworm.com

Comedian Tim Hawkins Oct. 12, Franklin 866-273-4615 greatmountainmusic.com

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Mountain Glory Festival

Tea with Mitford Series author Oct. 20, Hudson 828-726-8871 janice.woodie@townofhudsonnnc.com

Art, old-time music Oct. 12, Marion 828-652-2215 mtngloryfestival.com

Community Concert

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Music, dance Oct. 3–6, Pittsboro 919-542-8142 shakorihillsgrassroots.org

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Native food, dancers Oct. 17–20, King 336-749-0593 bit.ly/king-powwow

Attractions, competitions Oct. 17–27, Raleigh ncstatefair.org

Pig Cook-Off

Entertainment, vendors Oct. 18–19, Fayetteville 910-483-2858 bit.ly/vanderpig-2019

Splash of Color Quilt Show

Harvest Show

Door prizes, vendors Oct. 18–19, Concord cabarrusquiltersguild.org

Antique Tractor Show

Kids zone, performances Oct. 18–20, Statesville 704-437-2000 carolinaballoonfest.com

Steam Day

Craft items available Oct. 19, Seagrove 336-879-4145 thomaspottery.com

Pumpkins at Jugtown!

Music, kids games Oct. 19, Ramseur 336-824-8530 townoframseur.org/special-events

Fall Plant Sale

Bounce house, pet parade Oct. 19, Mt. Gilead 910-439-5111 lhaithcock@mtgileadnc.com

Fall Festival

Art by guild artists Oct. 21–Nov. 10, Hillsborough 919-732-5001 publicity@hillsboroughgallery.com

Cooking, antique tractors Oct. 4–5, Butner 919-528-1652 lgaha.com Swap meet, cake walk Oct. 4–5, Albemarle 704-982-7896 claylittle@ctc.net

Oct. 5, Trinity Machine demos, kids activities 336-861-6959 linbrookheritageestate.com Pottery creations Oct. 5, Seagrove 910-464-3266 jugtownware.com/pumpkin-day Master gardeners on hand Oct. 5, Lexington 336-731-1427 bit.ly/dc-plants

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Hometown Gospel Celebration Performances by several groups Oct. 13, Franklin 866-273-4615 greatmountainmusic.com

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Boo at the NC Zoo

Daytime Halloween activities Oct. 26, Asheboro 336-879-7201 nczoo.org

Selma Railroad Days Parade, food trucks Oct. 4–5, Selma 919-975-1411 selma-nc.com

Barbecue Festival

NC Seafood Festival

Rides, music Oct. 26, Lexington 336-956-1880 barbecuefestival.com

Entertainment, cooking demos Oct. 4–6, Morehead City 252-726-6273 ncseafoodfestival.org

Badin-Hardaway Powwow

Arts on the Perquimans

Crafts, dancing Oct. 26, Badin 704-438-1491

Seaboard Festival & 5K Car show, music Oct. 26, Hamlet seaboardfestival.website

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Circus acrobats Oct. 27, Pembroke 910-521-6361 bit.ly/uncp-mei

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Demos, living history interpreters Oct. 26, Louisburg riverofyesteryear.com

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Door prizes, bake sale Oct. 5, Hertford 252-426-3041 perquimansarts.org

Lobster Fair

Bounce house, face painting Oct. 5, Greenville 252-355-2125 st-tim.org

Peanut Festival

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Kids’ area, vendors Oct. 5, Sunset Beach 910-579-6297 ncbrunswick.com

African American Music Series Oct. 11, Greenville 252-551-6947 pittcountyarts.org

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Oct. 26, Beaufort 252-251-4741 beaufortwomansclub.com

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Exhibits, wagon rides Oct. 26, South Mills 252-771-6593 ncparks.gov/dismal-swamp-state-park

Vendors, kids activities Oct. 18–19, Havelock 252-671-7970 chilifestival.org

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NC Oyster Festival This two-day festival, set for Oct. 19–20 at Ocean Isle Beach, offers a variety of foods, crafts, contests and musical performances. It is sponsored in part by Brunswick Electric. ncoysterfestival.com

Cannon firings, music Oct. 25–26, Grifton 252-714-5924 johnlawsonlegacydays.org/event

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Carolina Kitchen

State Fair “Stoup”

A little bit soup and a little bit stew

You know you’ve arrived at the NC State Fair when you’re greeted on the midway with the smell of sausages, peppers and onions. This stoup is my version of these fair favorites, but in a bowl to enjoy on chilly days at home … along with toasted hoagies and cheese butter. 6 tablespoons cooking oil, divided 2 (each) green, red and yellow bell peppers 2 large onions 4 stalks celery Salt and pepper 1 pound hot Italian sausage 1 package (14 ounces) kielbasa 1 cup beef broth 1 can (15 ounces) diced roasted tomatoes 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon minced dehydrated garlic 3 tablespoons brown sugar 3 cups unsweetened applesauce 1 jar (16 ounces) pepperoncini, drained 1 jar (12-ounce) sliced sweet ‘n’ hot pickled peppers (We used Mt. Olive.) 6 pack hoagie rolls, toasted and sliced in wedges Cheese Butter 1 pound butter, softened 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon each mustard and mayonnaise 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon black pepper

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Preheat oven to 425 and crockpot to low. Cut peppers, onions and celery into 1-inch pieces. Toss with 4 tablespoons of oil, salt and pepper; spread out on large baking pan. Roast 30-40 minutes until lightly charred, tossing after 15 minutes. As peppers roast, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in large skillet. Over medium heat, cook sausages, turning to brown on all sides. Remove to bowl and cut into bitesized pieces. Add broth, tomatoes, seasoning, garlic and sugar to drippings and bring to a slow simmer. Put vegetables into crockpot. Add sausages, broth mixture, applesauce and pepperoncini. Stir to mix. Cover and cook 2–3 hours in crock pot. Garnish with pickled peppers. For the cheese butter, whip ingredients together until creamy. Serve on toasted hoagie buns. Yield: Serves 6–8

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Country Ham Lollipups With Molasses Mustard

Ham biscuits and corn dogs … now there are a couple of fair favorites … along with those hot and crispy hushpuppies in the education building. We’ve combined this threesome into one fun food you’ll be sure to enjoy. Vegetable or peanut oil Popsicle sticks 1 cup hushpuppy mix (We used House Autry.) 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion ½ cup seltzer water* 4 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon sage ½ teaspoon black pepper ¾ cup diced cooked country ham (about 4 ounces) Molasses Mustard 3 tablespoons yellow mustard 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard ¼ cup mayonnaise 2–3 shakes Texas Pete 2 tablespoons molasses Pour oil 3 inches deep in fryer. Heat to medium-high (375 degrees). Combine all ingredients and mix together until well blended. Let rest 15 minutes. Batter will be stiff. Using fingers, pinch batter and make 1-inch balls. Carefully put into hot oil making sure not to crowd. Cook 3–5 minutes until golden brown. Drain. Stick popsicle stick into pups. Serve with molasses mustard. For molasses mustard, combine mustards, mayonnaise and hot sauce. Swirl in molasses. *Water can be used but seltzer water will make a crispier lollipup. Yield: Makes about a dozen pups

Cinnamon Candy Apple Nut Brittle

Pilgrim Pies

For those who might miss our NC State Fair, we stirred up something reminiscent of those iconic candy apples. Our nut brittle will tickle your taste buds with its crunchy texture and candy apple flavor filled with toasty NC pecan pieces, plus a hint of cinnamon! Made in less than 10 minutes in your microwave.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice, that’s what these pies are made of!

1 cup sugar ½ cup light corn syrup ¼ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon apple pie spice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup toasted pecan pieces ½ teaspoon red food coloring 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons coarse or flaky sea salt, optional

Combine sugar and syrup in an 8-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on high for 5–6 minutes until it reaches a rolling boil. Carefully remove and stir in ¼ teaspoon salt, butter, extract, spices and pecans. Microwave 1–2 minutes longer until boiling. Remove and quickly stir in food coloring and soda. Pour onto greased slab or cookie sheet and spread with back of spoon. Sprinkle with salt. Let the brittle cool at least 1 hour. Break into pieces and store in airtight container. Variation: Unsalted roasted peanuts or other nuts can be substituted for the pecans. Tip: Best not to make this (or most candy) on humid days. You may end up with chewy rather than crunchy brittle. Yield: Makes about 1 pound

a.k.a. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

2 eggs 2 cups light brown sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 can (15 ounces) of pumpkin 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt Filling 1 4-ounce cream cheese, softened ½ cup butter, softened 2 teaspoons vanilla 4–5 cups powdered sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a couple of baking sheets. Beat eggs, brown sugar, oil, vanilla and pumpkin in a bowl until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder and soda, plus salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture a half cup at a time, blending until smooth after each addition. Drop a heaping tablespoon of batter onto a greased sheet and slightly flatten. Bake 8–10 minutes. Cool on rack. For the filling, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar a half cup at a time. You can use a quart-sized baggie filled with icing. Just cut off the tip of the bag to pipe the filling onto a “pie.” Top with another pie. Yield: About 15–20 pies

Recipe courtesy of Megan Muldowney Slocum of Raleigh.

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September winner

The September “Where Is This” photo by Wake Electric member Alejandro Guitierrez features E. Carroll Joyner Park at the end of a rainbow. The 117-acre park, located on Harris Road in Wake Forest, features several restored local farm buildings (including a mule barn, tobacco barn, chicken coop and a restored log cabin), a pecan grove planted during the Great Depression that is still managed and harvested, a lawn amphitheater, the Walker Garden (the Walker family owned the farm prior to the Joyners), a Monarch butterfly habitat, three miles of walking trails and picnic areas. Portions of the park are bordered by a 2,000-foot stone ribbon wall. The farm buildings are a local favorite for family photos and professional portraits. The winning entry chosen at random from all correct submissions came from Ron DeWitt of Wake Forest, a Wake 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.

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