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Warmer weather. Longer daylight hours. Seeds sprouting. Trees budding. Flowers blooming. The smiles of people happy to be outside. All of these are surefire signs that spring is here (shhhh – don’t bring up the pollen … so much pollen …). No more cold temperatures. No more counting the days til Ol’ Man Winter says goodbye. No more hibernating indoors. Yes, spring has sprung, and as I write this, it’s a breezy 70-degree day, happily reminding me that it’s here to stay awhile. As you flip through this issue of CIRCA Magazine, you’ll realize that many of our writers and advertisers are also very excited about its arrival … if you too are ready to embrace all things spring, then we’ve got you covered! Spring brings with it a sense of extra energy and enthusiasm and welcomes an opportunity to take action and create change, to refresh and renew, to explore and discover. For a little inspiration to help you transition from the chill of winter to the excitement of spring, read on … Within this issue you’ll find suggestions for fresh springtime fare – “Going (Micro) Greens” introduces you to delicious darlings that are taking the culinary world by storm and “How to ‘Dress’ For Spring” shares a yummy homemade dressing that is perfect for any spring salad. You’ll learn tips and tricks to refresh your home for the season. For instance – “The New Appreciation Of The Old” describes how vintage, full-of-history items can spruce up a space (just like the antique tin container that is featured on our front cover, creatively showcasing stunning spring blooms … shout out to Chad and Rachel Lynam of Vintage Market Days® of the N.C. Triangle for the beautiful photo!) “Springtime and DIY – Two Peas In A Pod” shares suggestions for fun and festive do-it-yourself projects that will help brighten and lighten a room. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, “Tips For Tackling Your Kitchen Remodel” is here to remind you that while it may be a daunting task, careful planning and realistic expectations can make it go somewhat smoothly. You’ll uncover exciting things to fill your spring calendar – such as “Wake Forest Outdoors,” highlighting fun and exciting events around town that will help you shake the winter blues and celebrate the return of spring. This issue’s “Hidden Gem” features the New Hope Valley Railway and is sure to trigger memories of days gone by and leave you yearning to “ride the rails” on a beautiful springtime day. Or if you find yourself with a free weekend coming up, “Driveable Destination” details the great little escape that is Perquimans County, a treasure on the eastern edge of our state. You’ll also discover articles about health, happiness, history, and more – “Your No-Nonsense Guide To Metabolism” shows how changing your weight starts with the science of burning fat; “Good Night, Sleep Tight” reminds us about the importance of sleep for children; “A Work-Life Balance Is Within Reach” demonstrates that yes, there is such a thing and yes, we can achieve it; and “Our Heritage” takes us down a Wake Forest memory lane … these great articles, and so many more, await. And as always, be sure to visit our amazing advertisers, who make it possible for us to bring you these tips and tricks, ideas and inspirations, and insights and expertise – and please tell them you found them in CIRCA. I hope you enjoy this issue of CIRCA Magazine – may it inspire you to enjoy all the glory that spring has to offer.


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DIY And Springtime – Two Peas In A Pod

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Coding And Creativity – When Kids Learn How To Code, They Are Also Developing Their Creativity

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OUTDOORS DIRT, CARS, MUSIC, MOVIES, AND MORE BY BILL CRABTREE

The Town of Wake Forest is offering a wonderful array of fun and exciting events over the next few months that are guaranteed to help you shake the winter blues and celebrate the return of spring. From Friday Night on White and Six Sundays in Spring to Music at Midday and Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park, there’s no shortage of first-class entertainment – all at no cost to you. For complete details on all these events, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Wake Forest Outdoors.”

DIRT DAY Promising something for the entire family, Wake Forest’s Fifth Annual Dirt Day is Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  along S. White Street in downtown Wake Forest. Kids will have a blast playing in an oversized sandbox, exploring big trucks and equipment, and making wheatgrass containers for home windowsills. Adults can discover the newest techniques in gardening and composting, check out the latest in outdoor activity gear, buy spring plants, and visit with a variety of vendors offering information and insight. An assortment of food trucks will be provided. This year’s grand sponsor is Whole Foods Market. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Dirt Day.”

FRIDAY NIGHT ON WHITE Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along S. White Street from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. The 2019 series gets underway April 12 with The Magic Pipers, and continues May 10 with Sleeping Booty, June 14 with Love Tribe, July 12 with Soul Psychedelique, August 9 with Big Love, and September 14 with Crush. While you’re enjoying the music, be sure to visit sponsor exhibits and enjoy delicious food at outstanding dining establishments throughout downtown or from several food trucks that will be on-site. 6

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EASTER EGG HUNT The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will host its annual Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, April 13. Presented by Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest and Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics, the festivities will take place at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, beginning at 10:00 AM. PRCR will offer several egg hunts for children of different ages along with an Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt for children with special needs. The occasion will also feature food vendors and Easter-themed arts and crafts activities in the Joyner Park Amphitheater. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Egg Hunt.”

STEM NETWORKING FAIR Area middle school and high school students and their parents are invited to the Wake Forest STEM Networking Fair on Saturday, April 13. Presented by the Wake Forest Wireless Research Center, this free family event is scheduled from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Designed to expose students to a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career options, the STEM Networking Fair will feature STEM-related exhibits, demonstrations, and handson learning activities. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “STEM.”

SIX SUNDAYS IN SPRING Grab your picnic blanket and lawn chair and head to Joyner Park for the 2019 Six Sundays in Spring concert series. Scheduled from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on consecutive Sundays from April 28 through June 2, these free outdoor concerts offer something for all music lovers. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase or bring your own picnic. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Six Sundays.”

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White Street. Parking is available within the cemetery grounds. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cemetery Tour.”

Wake Forest will host its fourth annual paper-shredding event on Monday, April 29. Free and open to the public, “Shred-It” will take place – rain or shine – in the Renaissance Centre parking lot from noon – 6:00 PM ... or until the four Shred-it trucks are full. The occasion offers area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible manner. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Shred It.”

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at Joyner Park. For the first time, this event will include a 5K race, followed by a free Environmental Education Expo featuring interactive learning stations. Set up throughout the park, the stations will offer both children and adults a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of nature while learning about the environment. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Trails Day.”

MUSIC AT MIDDAY Beginning Thursday, May 9, and continuing on consecutive Thursdays throughout May, enjoy live performances by local music artists from noon – 1:00 PM in Town Hall’s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks Street. Assorted dessert food truck vendors will be on-site during each concert. Bring your lunch and come enjoy the entertainment, while experiencing springtime in beautiful downtown Wake Forest. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Midday Music.”

WAKE FOREST CHARITY CAR SHOW The Wake Forest Charity Car Show is Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the event will take place along S. White Street in Downtown Wake Forest. This year’s Grand Sponsor is Auction Direct USA. Benefitting several area charities, this free event

will showcase vehicles of all makes and models, including muscle cars, sports cars, pony cars, classic and antique autos, street rods, and trucks. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Car Show.”

STAY CONNECTED! Be the first to know about Town of Wake Forest announcements, programs, and special events by signing up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx, downloading the Town of Wake Forest app at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx, visiting the Town’s website at wakeforestnc.gov, or following the Town on social media @ TownofWakeForest.  Bill Crabtree is communications and public affairs director for the Town of Wake Forest. He may be reached at bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov. Anna Bolton is the marketing and business relations specialist for the Town of Wake Forest. To learn more sponsorship opportunities for these events, contact Anna at 919610-4916 or abolton@wakeforestnc.gov.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS AT JOYNER PARK The PRCR Department is delighted to offer Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park. Presented by Thomas Walters Allstate, showings are scheduled for May 25 (Incredibles 2), June 22 (Wreck It Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet), July 27 (Mulan), and August 10 (Bumblebee). Family Movie Nights will also include movie-related pre-show activities beginning at 7:15 PM. Showtime is 8:30 PM and admission is free. Various food vendors will be on-site selling snacks and beverages. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Movie Nights.”

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and are so incredibly versatile that you’ll want to incorporate them into your food repertoire as often as possible. Though they likely haven’t hit your favorite grocery store just yet, you can find them at farmers markets – and there are a growing number of local microgreen farmers that are blazing the trail to bring these babies into the mainstream. Chefs in restaurants, big and small, are also integrating them into their menus with great acclaim. So, what exactly are microgreens? Aside from being the cutest little greens in the market, microgreens are the shoots of future greens like arugula, cabbage, and kale, and your favorite herbs like basil and dill ... even carrots and radishes start small and make the most delicious little greens. They offer a much higher nutrient density than their more mature counterparts, and provide tremendous flavor, gorgeous color, and a terrific texture to any dish. I’m not going to lie – they are not your cheapest ingredient, but fortunately a little can go a long way. If you are lucky enough to have access to microgreens, I assure you that they can be used in the kitchen in many ways, so you are sure to get your money’s worth. BY STACEY MORITZ

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pring is such an exciting time – the winter chill is finally gone, flowers are blooming, and we all have a renewed sense of wanting what’s fresh and healthy. Now that area farmers markets and neighborhood produce stands are in full swing, there is no better time to dive in and experiment with all the beautiful produce that’s available. Some of their greatest offerings are the amazing selections of leafy greens and baby lettuces. If you are still reaching for the traditional head of Iceburg lettuce, then it’s time to stop the madness! By now you’ve no doubt discovered the magic of kale and arugula and all the wonderful array of baby greens that flood the aforementioned farmers markets and produce departments. While these little beauties still deserve a prominent spot on your dinner plate, you should also know there are new little green gems that are taking the culinary world by storm. They say the best gifts come in small packages – and microgreens do not disappoint. These little darlings are nutritional powerhouses 8

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To retain their full nutrient punch, consuming microgreens raw and freshly cut is your best bet. They make the most beautiful salads and are a great addition to many veggies, pairing just as wonderfully with tomatoes and cucumbers as they do with potatoes. They are a gorgeous garnish for omelets, avocado toast, and your favorite sandwiches. I also love to use them in quiches and frittatas or stir them into pasta just before serving. Grilling fish or steak this weekend? Top it with a little bunch of this yummy goodness. Whether you are choosing tasty little microgreens or mature leafy greens, remember that both offer so much in the way of benefits – they are high in vitamins, especially A and C, and antioxidants with cancer-fighting properties, vitamins, and fiber. There are so many creative and simple ways to prepare these garden beauties and the boundless varieties will make it fun to experiment and introduce your family to a new way of “going green.” Because you don’t want to diminish the flavor punch that they deliver on their own, the adage “less is more” is really important here – there is no need to overdress or add excessive ingredients. Simply let them shine with just a hint of adornment. The bottom line is that there are so many ways to use these beautiful and delicious greens for added pep to your spring menus. So be sure to stop by your favorite farmers market this weekend and reach for something new. You’ll be sure to delight your palate while giving yourself a nutritional bump you can feel good about.  Stacey Moritz is the owner of The Lemon Tree Cafe, located at 113 S. White Street in Downtown Wake Forest (919-521-5806), offering freshly prepared salads, pastas, soups, and take-away fare. The Lemon Tree Cafe serves breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturdays 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

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BY TODD NELSON

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all units are positioned correctly to drain moisture to the outside. – MOLD/MILDEW ZONES. Inspect for and address any signs of mold and mildew growth, which impending humidity will be sure to feed. Hot spots for mold include bathroom fans, shower curtains, bath mats, tubs and tile, toilet tanks, the garbage disposal, and the washing machine (especially front loaders). – FANS. Most portable fans can be easily disassembled for thorough cleaning. For ceiling fans, use an extender pole to clean safely or recruit at least one person to spot you on a ladder. – LIGHTS. Remove and clean covers, recessed fixtures, and even the bulbs for brighter springtime nights. – WINDOWS, SILLS, SASHES, SCREENS. Wash panes inside and out. Clear dead bugs and other debris from casings. Remove, hose down, and wipe screens, using a bit of degreasing dishwashing liquid if screens are super grimy; dry screens in the sun, and inspect and patch holes before reinstalling. – WINDOW TREATMENTS. Remove and wash blinds and shades; either launder or send out curtains, drapes, valances, and other treatments for thorough cleaning. – BEDDING. Flip, rotate, and vacuum mattresses (which should be done at least twice a year) and dust thoroughly in and around beds to remove pollen. – REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER. Deep clean the fridge and defrost the freezer to maximize their spaces for fresh, light warm weather foods.

Finally, Ol’ Man Winter has waved goodbye and Mother Nature has once again graced us with the glory of spring. For homeowners, this is a great time to give your house, both inside and out, a little extra TLC so it’s ready for the season. After taking a little time to tackle the following maintenance tips, your home will in tip-top shape, and you can sit back and enjoy all this wonderful time of year has to offer.

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– HVAC. If you’ve not done so at least once in the past year, bring in a professional service to inspect and clean all central HVAC equipment, ducts, vents, and air filters. For wall or window-based A/C units, remove and clean or replace filters; inspect to ensure 10

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– PATIO/DECK/BALCONY. Fix winter wear and tear, such as splintering or rotting wood, loose screws, raised nails, cracks, broken stones, stains, and so forth. Wash platters, cups, utensils, and other items used for springtime alfresco dining. – FURNITURE. Address rust, rot, structural weakness, loose nails, or screws. Consider re-painting, re-staining, and treating with rust repellant. Check and treat cushions, pillows, umbrellas, and other textiles for mold and mildew. – GRILL. Fill your propane tank, clean and inspect all gas lines and connections, clean or replace lava stones, and clean grill grates. – PLANTERS. Seal nooks and crannies that make ideal nesting spots for wasps, hornets, and other stinging pests. When placing flowering plants around patios and decks, research which blooms and scents are most attractive to stinging creatures and which welcome visitors like butterflies and hummingbirds. – DE-BUG! Mosquitoes breed rapidly in standing water, so avoid having items around that might collect rainwater. Since we live in a region where mosquitos, ticks, and other pest-borne illnesses present risks – or if you simply want to reduce your family’s exposure to bites – consider a professional service to protect your yard to minimize bugs and maximize springtime fun.  Todd Nelson is the owner of MaidPro of Raleigh and Wake Forest. Visit www.maidpro.com/raleigh-north or call 919-871-9996.

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into an in-home storage and display piece; corbels, porch posts, and architecture salvaged from historic homes used for design accents. These are just a few examples of re-imagined and re-purposed vintage items showcased in on-trend and current interior design. This resurgence of the old over the new is not limited to home décor. Vintage clothing and jewelry are also making a comeback in preference over their newly-made equivalents. More often of late, jewelry and clothing are becoming conversation starters, and the topic of conversation is the history behind the piece of the stories of those who had it last.

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hiny and new has taken a backseat to the chippy, weathered, and worn when it comes to desirable home décor. Now more than ever, the most soughtafter items are those one-of-a-kind, history-having pieces that will last a lifetime, and the Triangle is one of the best places to find and furnish your home with these vintage treasures. Unlike their brand-new counterparts, vintage pieces are unique. There isn’t another one just like it. No one else can get it. It becomes a unique expression of your tastes, personality, and decorating vision that makes your home distinctive, and each little chip or imperfection tells a story of days gone by. The history and tales that these items tell give incremental value that transcends their functional purposes, and the longevity of their use is a testament to the craftsmanship and quality with which they were made.

There is something positive to be said about the shift in perceived value away from the unblemished, cookie-cutter, and brand-new and toward the charming yet imperfect furnishings and fashion from the past. It should be comforting to us that, collectively, we are agreeing that newness is not equivalent to worth and that blemishes are beautiful. In this trend, age, chips, and wear are character-enhancing, add personality, and should be admired because they are a part the story of its uniqueness. May we continue to appreciate the history, imperfect intricacies, and personality of what we surround ourselves with in our homes, and may that same sentiment continue in the way we view and embrace each other.  Chad and Rachel Lynam, owners of Vintage Market Days® of the N.C. Triangle, are a husband and wife team, parents of a sweet little boy named William, and people-loving enthusiasts of all things vintage. Vintage Market Days® of the N.C. Triangle plays host twice per year to some of the best and most-curated vintage vendors from the local Triangle area and all across the United States. This upscale vintage-inspired market features original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and more. The next event will be held May 10-12, 2019 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Jim Graham Building, and will host well over 100 different vendors. Tickets can be purchased at www.vintagemarketdays.com/market/nctriangle or at the event entrance. Chad and Rachel started their dream of hosting these events to create a context for people to gather who have a similar love for the things (and people) that are slightly worn but better for it. Follow them on Facebook @ Vintage Market Days of the N.C. Triangle or on Instagram @vintagemarketdaysnctriangle.

Many times, these pieces have been overlooked and neglected until someone comes along to rescue and resuscitate them from their past and give them a brand new life in a different form. An old minnow trap re-purposed into a lighting fixture; an old library card catalog from the days of the Dewey-Decimal System re-imagined 12

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METABOLISM CHANGING YOUR WEIGHT STARTS WITH THE SCIENCE OF BURNING BODY FAT

Most of us know that metabolism plays a role in our weight. But what is that role? For that matter, what is metabolism? Metabolism is the process your body uses to turn food and drink into energy. Knowing exactly how it works is the first step in reaching your body weight goals, according to UNC REX Healthcare dietitian Diane Danchi, RD, LDN.

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etabolism is the amount of calories your body needs every day to sustain its weight,” Danchi says. “It’s determined by how quickly your body burns calories.”

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Metabolism is affected by your: – Height and weight: The bigger your body is, the more calories it needs to sustain itself. – Age: Your metabolism slows as you get older. – Sex: Men have more lean muscle mass, so they often have a higher metabolism. – Genetics: What is your family’s metabolism like? That will affect yours. – Lean muscle mass: More lean muscle means higher metabolism. – Hormones: Your thyroid can slow down or speed up calorie burning; decreased estrogen in menopause also slows metabolism. – Cardiovascular exercise: Regular exercise consumes calories in the moment and boosts metabolism for hours afterward.

MEASURING METABOLISM Metabolism is measured by determining how much oxygen your body consumes over a specific amount of time. Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is a measure of the calories needed to sustain basic body functions at rest, such as breathing, circulation, and kidney function. Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is BMR plus the calories needed for basic daily activities. It does not include calories for heavy work or exercise. RMR can be determined by breathing into a device called an indirect calorimeter, which measures the 14

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oxygen you consume over eight to 10 minutes and tells you how many calories you need per day without heavy exercise or heavy work – such as 1,500 or 2,000 calories, for example. The numbers from the indirect calorimeters are used in nutrition counseling with clients, Danchi says. “Once we know their RMR, we can figure out what they need to maintain their current weight, and then, if they’re trying to gain or lose weight, we can determine how many calories a day will help them meet their goals.”

METABOLISM, FOOD, AND EATING Eating can actually increase your metabolism because of the thermal effect of food. It takes calories to process food, which involves eating and chewing, digesting, and eliminating waste. “It’s estimated that the amount of calories you need to eat, digest, and absorb food is about 10 percent of your total calorie needs for the day,” Danchi says. So, if you consume 2,000 calories in one day, your body will burn about 200 calories just processing that food. “Chewing the food takes energy, as does the working of your stomach to break it down,” Danchi says. “Your stomach actually contracts when you eat. After that, digestive enzymes and acids work, and then your colon works.” Scientific studies suggest that some foods might slightly increase metabolism or increase fat-burning signals to the brain, Danchi says, including hot peppers and caffeine. Also, because it takes more physical energy to eat them, very chewy foods slightly increase your daily caloric needs, as do foods very high in fiber, which require more energy to chew and digest.

EXERCISE AND METABOLISM “If you want to increase your metabolism, do at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise on most days and do a full-body strength-training workout two to three times a week to keep up your lean muscle mass,” Danchi says. Aerobic exercise can burn calories at the time you do it, and it can trigger your body to burn calories at a higher rate for hours afterward. Lifting weights to increase lean muscle mass will also increase the amount of calories you need.

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This becomes even more important as people get older. “One of the reasons people gain weight and need fewer calories as they age is they’re doing nothing to keep their lean muscle mass at least stable,” Danchi says. “Lean muscle naturally atrophies starting in your mid-20s, and when your lean muscle mass is shrinking or atrophying, your daily calorie needs are gradually declining as well.”

METABOLISM AND HORMONES If you start gaining or losing weight unexpectedly and for no apparent reason, you should get your thyroid checked with an “easy blood test,” Danchi says. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid functions at a lower level than normal, causing your body to burn calories at a lower rate. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists changed the norms it used for diagnosing hypothyroidism several years ago. She says the change in thyroid norms resulted in more people being diagnosed with hypothyroid disease and being treated a little more aggressively. “For a lot of people, that [diagnosis] has been very welcome news because they’ve struggled with all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, including weight gain, and were getting no help,” Danchi says. Another way hormones can affect metabolism is that women after menopause lose about 30 percent of their calorie needs with the loss of estrogen. That’s why postmenopausal women tend to gain weight and need to be careful, Danchi says. “But if they pay attention, they will notice that their appetite has fallen. Unfortunately, a lot of women just keep eating,” she says. “I had one female client who tracked her metabolism with an indirect calorimeter all the way through menopause. It fell from about 1,750 calories that she needed per day down to around 1,300 over about five years.” Because the client’s metabolic rate was tracked consistently, she was able to take steps to avoid significant weight gain.

LOSING WEIGHT WITH A SLOW METABOLISM If someone has a lower metabolic rate, they can still lose weight; it’s just going to take longer, Danchi says. You have to burn 3,500 calories of body fat to lose one pound, so that takes time if your daily calorie needs are already low. If you have a 500-calorie deficit every day for seven days, that’s going to give you about a pound of body fat loss per week. That’s not as difficult for people who need 1,700 calories or more to maintain their weight. They can cut out 500 calories with diet and exercise. But if you can only eat 1,500 calories or less to maintain your weight, you won’t be able to cut 500 calories per day and stay healthy, Danchi says. “We don’t really like to go below the threshold of 1,200 calories a day because it’s almost impossible to get basic nutrition if you drop lower than that,” she says. However, “If you eat a 1,200-calorie diet of all healthy foods, you should be able to meet your nutrition needs.”  Diane Danchi, RD, LDN is a dietician with UNC REX Healthcare.

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BY JENNIFER SMART

DRIVEABLE DESTINATION

A PERFECT DAY FOR PERQUIMANS COUNTY

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ust hearing the word Perquimans sparks tiny flickers of mystery, like it could be anything from an exotic fruit to one of those color strips on a paint store sample card. Of course, it’s neither. Perquimans is a location and the term translates to “the land of beautiful women.” It’s from the language of the Yeopim, one of the original Native American tribes who lived in what today we know as Perquimans County, North Carolina. Along with its unique name, this locale in the uppermost corner of our state’s eastern edge has become famous for a few other things – specifically its historic sites, impressive homes, endless miles of shoreline, and country hams. If you’re finding yourself with a free weekend this spring, hop in the car, head east, and visit this issue’s “Driveable Destination.” Perquimans County is an excellent example of why it’s a good idea to ask a historian about the best places to visit. Wake Forest Historical Museum Executive Director Ed Morris tipped me off to this lovely spot, and I’m very happy he did. Historians know all the stories, the geography, and where to find the finest handmade pot16

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tery. Check, check, and check – in all those categories, Perquimans County gets high marks. It’s loaded with picturesque landscapes, crumbling mansions, and good old country stores. In fact, there’s a place in the tiny community of Belvidere that will knock your socks off with scadoodles of cured hams slung on the walls. No LED screens here. For the going price on ham hocks, homemade sausages, or whole fryers, you just check the handwritten signs clipped to a wire with clothespins. This is Layden’s Country Store, an oldfashioned grocery that’s been family-owned since 1952 and stands as a heroic outpost in the nationwide landscape of supermarket conglomerates and big box chains. Legendary for its butcher shop – those hams! – Layden’s Country Store is open every day but Sunday and lies at the end of a scenic route that takes you 137 miles from Wake Forest and into a different world. For iconic mid-century disc jockey Wolfman Jack, that world was Belvidere Plantation. Built around 1767, the Georgian-style farmhouse gave the community its name and served as the focal point of the rural village long before the property was purchased by entertainment royalty – or at least entertainment phenomenon – gravel-voiced Robert Weston Smith. Known to all as the Wolfman, Smith acquired Belvidere Plantation in the mid-1970s and lived there until his death in 1995. The home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Belvidere is also home to the oldest surviving Quaker church in the United States, the Piney Woods Friends Meeting House, and it’s where the Perquimans River – located entirely within this single county – splits the center of town as it runs its course from the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp. Honestly, nothing hits closer to the quirky essence of eastern North Carolina than that.

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In the olden days, when it was time to take crops to market, early villagers from Belvidere traveled the slow, meandering river to the county seat of Hertford. It’s still a trip worth making. Fortunately, it’s much faster by car. You can drive the eight miles in about 10 minutes, seeing flat countryside all the way. When you arrive, stop in at the local Chamber of Commerce to learn more about Hertford native Jim “Catfish” Hunter, the Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher who was born and died in the charming little town. The Catfish Hunter Museum is located inside the Chamber building and occupies a small but special space that’s brimming with memorabilia. The exhibits include caps, jackets, baseball cards, pennants, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Hunter is a true hometown hero. The eight-time All-Star played on five World Series championship teams, won the Cy Young Award, ushered in baseball’s free agency era, and inspired a musical tribute by none other than Bob Dylan. A song titled “Catfish” was released as part of the musician’s Bootleg Series in 1991.

sive array of the columns, balconies, and porches so closely associated with Southern plantation architecture. Hunting for a historic home that’s open to the public? You’re in luck! One of Hertford’s notable, and largely unsung, landmarks is the Newbold-White House, built in 1730 by Colonial Quakers on the bank of the Perquimans River. The house is restored with period furnishings and the garden is planted with herbs and flowers traditionally used in old-fashioned recipes for eating and doctoring. The museum shop features jewelry, history books, souvenirs, and some of that local pottery that North Carolina historians love.

As if more is needed to make this “Driveable Destination” such a special attraction, Perquimans County also benefits from its gorgeous location, not too far from the barrier islands and practically within shouting distance of the Albemarle Sound. Outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, and canoeing abound. Mix in the exceptional houses, history, and hams (never forget the hams!), and it seems very possible the name Perquimans just might actually mean “perfection.”  Jennifer Smart is assistant director at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. You can visit the website at www.wakeforestmuseum.org.

The museum won’t take long, so you’ll have plenty of time for a relaxing stroll through the downtown Hertford Historic District. If you’re a planner, just go to hertford.com/downtown to check out photos and get a sense of the layout. Also near Hertford is Cove Grove (pictured), a historic plantation house built around 1830. As a historian touring the county with other professional historians, Ed was invited to visit the mansion. This will not happen for the rest of us. However, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is visible from the road for those who’d like a glimpse of one of those rare homes that actually lives up to Hollywood’s fantasy of the antebellum South. Together with a second local property called Land’s End – which ranks as the county’s only 19th century brick mansion – Cove Grove is considered among the most important antebellum buildings in North Carolina. Both possess an impres-

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We all have mason or empty glass jars in our kitchen cabinets. These items can easily be spruced up and are so simple to decorate with. All you have to do is pick up some chalk paint at your favorite craft store; grab those jars, the paint, and a paint brush (foam brushes are great for this project, and are cheap as well); slap a couple coats of paint on the jars; and allow them to dry thoroughly. To give them the very popular and trendy shabby chic look, use a small piece of sandpaper to lightly sand the paint in several areas. Seal the painted jars with a spray polyurethane sealant. Tie a little jute cord around the neck of the jar; add fresh, fragrant flowers; and now you have created a sweet vase to add beauty and a pop of color to any space. Or for a more natural texture, simply wrap the jar in twine, tied neatly in a bow, and again grace your creation with a beautiful spring bloom. Group several together for a cheerful centerpiece.

BY DOLORES RIGGINS

DIY AND SPRINGTIME TWO PEAS IN A POD Spring is such a splendid season that breathes new life into everything around us. Flowers poke their heads up from the ground to fill our yards with vibrant colors. Beautiful leaves begin to fill the trees (we won’t talk about the pollen, though – just happy thoughts.) Neighborhoods become alive again as we all venture outside after our winter hibernation. And our homes crave a good, deep spring cleaning and some fresh, fun seasonal décor to brighten and

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There are so many different DIY decorations you can create with clay pots. Simply pick up some acrylic or patio paint to cover the “red” clay, and start painting. Then with a foam pouncer or two, add polka dots all around the pot, using different sizes and colors. After the paint has dried, be sure to use the previously mentioned polyurethane sealer. Add some bright ribbon or go the more natural route with jute twine tied around the rim; or maybe adhere a few buttons at the top for a little added whimsy. Fill your colorful clay pot with candy or plant a pretty flower in it. These make great endof-year teacher gifts to show your gratitude for all they do. You can also use several different colors of paint on different sizes of pots, plant brightly colored flowers, and group them on your front porch or patio. What a beautiful and welcoming addition that will add personality to your outdoor living space when the weather is warm. For an adorable Easter egg garland that will brighten and enhance your Easter décor – as well as provide an opportunity for you and your little ones to spend precious time together – you will need a dozen glitter eggs with ribbon at the top and a dozen glitter mini clothespins and baker’s twine in three happy colors. Measure the length of your mantel or the area where you wish to hang it. When determining the length of the twine, keep in mind that the weight of the eggs and clothespins will cause it to hang lower. Attach the twine to no-damage hooks or small nails if you have these already on your mantel. Decide on your spacing and pattern, and simply clothespin the eggs to the baker’s twine. You and your children will have a great time making this super cute decoration together.

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his is a time of year when handy crafters jump into the DIY scene and create their own seasonal décor. If you’re feeling the urge to tackle your own DIY springtime projects, there are many quick, easy, and creative options for you to make. In fact, Pinterest is full of them. So to narrow the idea search just a bit, I’m here to share just a few to help get you started. 18

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There are so many more fun and beautiful DIY ideas out there. These are just a few quick and easy ones that you can do in only an hour or two. Borrow ideas from Pinterest and the Internet. Be bold and try something new and different. Just remember to embrace your creative side and enjoy these beautiful spring days.  Dolores Riggins is the co-owner of Southern Suds & Gifts, featuring over 35 craftsmen and artists, located at 213 S. White St. in Downtown Wake Forest (www.facebook.com/SouthernSudsAndGifts).

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Creativity can be developed in various ways – however, the top four that stand out are: – Being a curious learner; – Having an experimenter’s mindset; – Using whole brain thinking; – Having a passion for being a creator, not just a consumer. Computer programming teaches kids to experiment. If we encourage children to explore their ideas, make mistakes, and learn from them, we are allowing them to be creative. With coding, kids are exposed to the process of experimentation. They start out by learning a handful of commands to make a computer do simple tasks, and with each successful result, they gain the confidence to try something new and take the next step. Once they have the confidence, they test their assumptions, which allows them to work towards a solution. When the solution works, more confidence is gained and they can progress to more complex problems. All of this builds out the coders’ skills and has them using their entire brain. When we put our entire brain to work, we are using both the right and left sides to solve a problem, and by leveraging art with science, we become creative thinkers and problem solvers. BY ANDREA DABAL AND MICHELLE PREDDICE

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CREATIVITY WHEN KIDS LEARN HOW TO CODE, THEY ARE ALSO DEVELOPING THEIR CREATIVITY

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many girls traditionally drop out of STEM fields – they’ve not even been exposed to it at that young age in many cases, and that’s when we need to start, according to Hadi Partovi, co-founder of code.org. Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Halo Game Developer Bonnie Ross states that research that’s been done at Microsoft indicates that 91 percent of girls identify with being creative. But when they’re asked about computer science, they don’t see the field as creative. According to Ross, “We do need to connect the dots because it is incredibly creative – it’s just that we’re not doing a good job of showing them what they can do with it.”

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Children pick up on technology with ease, so giving them a basic knowledge of programming with a fun, easy-to use platform is one of the best ways to get them practicing and enjoying the process. When a child learns how to code via a platform that is engaging, it puts them on the path to fluency in the language and logic of computer programming. It even gives them a springboard to create their very own games and apps they love to play. Using creativity and experimentation through technology is brain time, not screen time. It is believed that coding is today’s language of creativity and children should become creators – instead of consumers – of technology.  Andrea Dabal and Michelle Preddice are the owners of Code Ninjas, located at 941 Gateway Commons Circle in Wake Forest. For more information about how coding can help your child or to get your child started on his or her coding path, call 919-296-8330 or visit www.codeninjas.com/locations/nc-wake-forest.

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e live in a time when there are always fresh salad offerings available at our local grocery stores, but with spring upon us, I love visiting area farmers markets and loading up on spring lettuce for the base of my salads; early season veggies for some added crunch, color, and fun; microgreens for a super boost of nutrition; lots of fresh herbs to add some interest; and making some amazing homemade dressings. Not only is a visit to the farmers market a great way to support our farmers and artisans, but it’s also a great refreshing reset from our winter eating habits. A delicious spring salad may be a welcoming delight to the taste buds, but the nutritional boost from all the green goodness is a benefit to your health as well. Fresh herbs like basil, parsley, and cilantro are loaded with antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, while microgreens are absolutely packed with nutritional benefits, and a few well-placed varieties will provide a huge flavor punch as well.

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bought. The recipe I am sharing with you today is my absolute favorite – and a great homage to all things spring. Our Green Goddess Dressing is so fresh, so flavorful, and without heavy additives or processed sugar. Coconut milk adds a little creaminess, and honey rounds out the sweetness from the fresh-squeezed orange juice. So, when spring fever hits you, head on down to your local farmers market and stock up on all the glorious fresh ingredients you can handle. Scurry home and whip up a batch of our delicious and refreshing Green Goddess Dressing to top off that scrumptious salad. I promise, you will be smiling after the first bite.

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Zest the oranges and limes before squeezing. Doing so will save you time in the end. Then chop the herbs and place them in the bowl (rough chopping is fine, as the immersion blender will do the fine chopping for you). Place all the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a large bowl that is big enough to contain the liquid while you use the immersion blender. For easiest preparation, have the olive oil in a measuring cup with a pour spout or in a squeeze bottle. Start by using the immersion blender to completely puree everything together before beginning to add the oil. Next you will use the olive oil to emulsify the dressing. It is very important that you slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl while the immersion blender is continually running at a medium-high speed – this is how the emulsification works.

– 1½ cups rough chopped cilantro – ½ cup rough chopped parsley – 8 rough chopped scallions – Zest from the orange(s) needed for juice – ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (1 or 2 oranges) – Zest from the limes needed for juice – ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice (3 or 4 limes) – 1 can coconut milk – 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard – 2 tablespoons honey – Salt and pepper to taste – ¾ cup olive oil

The final product will be a little thick, but still a very pourable consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.  Holly Hopkins has spent many years working in and with food, starting off at her Grandma’s elbow, making wedding cakes and cookies galore. Since then, she has been a manager and business owner and is thrilled to be combining her passions for high quality food and superior customer service at Chef Mario’s. For more information, visit www.chefmario.com.

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3. SAVE FOR AN EMERGENCY. Even if you already have funds in a savings account, will it be enough if an emergency arises? You should have an emergency fund equal to at least three months’ worth of expenses saved, just in case, says The Balance. If you find that you’re behind on savings, consider depositing your tax return into your savings account. Additionally, a certificate of deposit may be a good savings option if you can find one with a higher interest rate, says U.S. News & World Report.

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4. START AN EDUCATION SAVINGS FUND. Start saving for your child’s education. A 529 savings plan may be a good place to start. You will have a few different options to consider, as you can typically choose between a prepaid tuition plan or an education savings plan, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – and both may offer some tax benefits. Choosing how to spend your tax refund can be an important part of planning for your financial future. By considering and researching your options, you can choose how to put your refund to use in ways that work best for your lifestyle.  Thomas Walters is the owner of Walters Insurance Agency (with offices located at 3207 Rogers Road, Suite 100 in Wake Forest and 5620 Six Forks Road, Suite 103 in Raleigh). Call 919-554-0267 or 919-848-8015 or email ThomasWalters@allstate.com for help with all of your financial needs.

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pring is here and brings with it sunny days and warm temperatures, so you can finally emerge from winter’s hibernation. Spring also brings with it can’t-miss books for you enjoy on your back porch or in the backyard hammock on a lazy Saturday afternoon. But with so many books stocking the bookshelves today, it can be difficult to pick out the right ones for you and your family – so I’m here to offer up a few suggestions to help you spring into a good book this season (or if you are already thinking of which books to pack for your upcoming summer beach trip, I’ve got you covered there too). Please note that some of these books will be available later this spring.

ADULT NON-FICTION The Pioneers By David McCullough According to publisher Simon and Schuster, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough “rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story – the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country. The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough’s signature narrative energy.” Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl Ruth Reichl exploded onto the food scene and struggled with her newfound fame while raising a teenage son. Within the pages of Save Me The Plums, she shares an honest depiction of a woman coming to terms with herself and what the world expects from her. Generous with her stories and recipes, this is a great Mother’s Day gift to treat the favorite ladies in your life (and yourself).

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews Who doesn’t enjoy a novel by queen-of-the-beach-read Mary Kay Andrews? The New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels delivers once again with this new blockbuster that is full of mystery, a bit of family drama, and a little romance. Sunset Beach is a captivating journey packed with Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm.

YOUNG ADULT Kingsbane by Claire Legrand Furyborn was incredible ... but I’m here to say that Kingsbane is even better! The sequel offers even more magic, cliffhangers, and romance. There is so much packed into this book that I want to sit with Legrand and understand how she can possibly make all this come together so eloquently. This wild ride is so good that I’m already excited for the final installment of the Empirium trilogy. The Haunted by Danielle Vega Described as “the young adult answer to Stephen King,” author Vega doesn’t disappoint with her newest work that is destined to become a horror classic. Boasting just as many thrills and scary moments as her previous novels, this one comes with a ghoststory theme. According to publisher Penguin Random House, The Haunted is a “paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deepseated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.” (Be warned, there is a good chance this book will keep its reader up at night …)

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Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt From the author of the New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree comes a compelling and hopeful story about perspective and learning to love the family you have while navigating growing up. This very relatable book also deals with the ending of friendships you may outgrow.

The Guest Book By Sarah Blake If you’re looking for the perfect read to enjoy on vacation this summer, or simply need to escape from your couch this spring, The Guest Book is your answer. Spanning three generations, you will be enthralled by what is behind closed doors. The rich and powerful may seem like they have it all ... but we all have skeletons.

Ending #2: The First by Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate once again delivers an action-packed middle grade fantasy with a unique setting, fascinating characters, and gripping adventure that is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan, Brian Jacques, and Tui T. Sutherland.

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CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS

High Five by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri The authors of Dragons Love Tacos, which gave us years of laughs, have now blessed us with a “rollicking, rhyme-tastic, interactive high five competition – starring YOU!,” according to publisher Penguin Random House. They continue, “Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next. Acclaimed creative duo Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri have dreamed up another one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud book that kids will beg to read again and again.” I’m so excited to see this pair team up again with their humorous read that is perfect for those who have a hard time sitting. 

Nugget and Fang Go To School by Tammi Sauer When Fang the shark is invited by his friends to attend Mini Minnows Elementary, he thinks it’s a great idea. But then his first day of school arrives … and suddenly, he’s not so sure. This reassuring first day of school and friendship story is full of heart and humor, showing that everyone feels like a fish out of water sometimes, and it’s important to be a good friend. Camp Tiger by Susan Choi Penguin Stunning pictures illustrate this book about a talking tiger who approaches a family during their annual end-of-summer camping trip and is befriended by their youngest child, the main character who voices his fears about entering first grade while being frustrated that he is being forced to be more independent than he feels ready to be. This is a tender story about growing up – reluctantly – and the magic of nature, imagination, and empowerment.

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to the efforts of several local veterans’ organizations and the Town of Wake Forest, deceased veterans – who either joined active duty while living in Wake Forest, died in Wake Forest, or served as a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization – are honored and remembered. During these monthly ceremonies, the family and friends of the honored veteran are invited to share special remarks; participate in a memorial wreath laying; and display photographs, medals, and other remembrances. Each service includes the raising of the American flag, followed by the raising of the service flag in recognition of the military branch in which the veteran served. Both flags fly in Centennial Plaza throughout the remainder of the month. Family members then return for the next month’s ceremony when the American flag is retired and presented to them.

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HONOR PATRIOTIC OBSERVANCES AND CELEBRATIONS AROUND TOWN

Throughout our area, there is an abundance of people and events that express love, respect, and support for the United States of America, its veterans, its flag, and its heritage. From April 1 through November 11 of this year, there will be several free and open-to-the-public events in our community

Memorial Day is a national holiday designated specifically to honor and show respect and reverence for those veterans who were POW-MIA or died during military service while defending our country. Celebrated on the last Monday in May (May 27 this year), all American flags are lowered to half-staff position from sunrise until noon, many local scout troops and organizations place small American flags on veterans’ graves, and memorial services are held throughout the United States. Plan to attend a ceremony at the Rolesville Veterans Memorial near the intersection of Main Street and Young Street or at the Wake Forest Veterans Memorial at the Heritage Golf Club located on Heritage Club Avenue. These observances have traditionally included an explanation of the POW-MIA missing man table; a brief program with special guests; and moments to pause, reflect, and remember. You can also pick up a red poppy, the symbol of remembrance that reflects back to a poem about fields of poppies that grew among graves of soldiers in Flanders. The 4th of July is a festive holiday filled with family and community celebrations, commemorating the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. This year, on the evening of July 3, the Town of Wake Forest will host its annual Fireworks Spectacular, featuring live music and over a dozen food trucks, followed the next day by a Children’s Parade and Art & Games in the Park. The Town of Rolesville will host its annual parade, followed

that celebrate patriotism, thank those who serve, and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom. These occasions feature patriotic music, including the National Anthem and “Taps,” the Pledge of Allegiance, the American flag, and more.

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t 11:00 AM on the first Monday of the month from April through October, the Town of Wake Forest hosts a Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony in Town Hall’s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks Street. Thanks

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by games, food, music, and fireworks, at dusk on the evening of July 4 at the ball fields located behind Rolesville Elementary School. Every year, on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:00 AM, Veterans Day is celebrated. This special day honors the service of all past and present brave men and women in the United States military. These uplifting and patriotic ceremonies are held at the Rolesville Veterans Memorial, the Wake Forest Veterans Memorials, and Stony Hill Church (7521 Stony Hill Road in Wake Forest). All of these special observances are attended by more and more people each year, so please plan to arrive early to these events. And be sure to don your red, white, and blue; share your patriotism; and proudly wave your American flag as we honor, remember, and thank the veterans of and those who are currently serving in the United States of America military. For more detailed and updated information on these events, please visit wakeforestnc.gov and rolesvillenc.gov. ď Ž Jill Bright is with Bright Funeral Home, located at 405 S. Main Street in Wake Forest. Bright Funeral Home serves the Wake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville, Franklinton, Falls, Bay Leaf, Loiusburg, Raleigh, and surrounding areas. For more information about Bright Funeral Home, call 919-556-5811 or visit www.brightfunerals.com.

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GOOD NIGHT

SLEEP TIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP FOR CHILDREN

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very part of the body benefits from sleep. Our tissues, brain, heart, and muscles all need enough rest to rejuvenate themselves each day and function properly. The amount of sleep you need varies based on your age.

For adults, getting enough sleep means six to eight hours per day. Teens often need about nine hours of sleep each day, while babies, toddlers, and children need even more because they are still growing. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the recommended amount of sleep a child should get, based on age, is: – Infants under 1 year: 12 – 16 hours; – Children 1 – 2 years old: 11 – 14 hours; – Children 3 – 5 years old: 10 – 13 hours; – Children 6 – 12 years old: 9 – 12 hours; – Teenagers 13 – 18 years old: 8 – 10 hours.

HOW TO DEVELOP HEALTHIER HABITS

– MAKE SLEEP A FAMILY PRIORITY. Set a good example by not only making sure your child gets to bed at the right time, but also ensuring that you put yourself to bed at a decent hour. – BE CONSISTENT. Maintain a healthy routine, including waking time, meal times, nap times, play times, homework time, etc. Have a nighttime routine that involves changing for bed, brushing teeth, and maybe some light reading before turning the lights off. Having a routine schedule adds consistency and helps children feel more secure and comfortable and will help ease them into a smooth bedtime routine as well. – MONITOR SCREEN TIME. The AAP recommends keeping all screens – TVs, laptops, tablets, cell phones – out of children’s 30

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bedrooms, especially at night. Prevent issues with sleep by shutting off all electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime. It may be beneficial to create a family media use plan to help you and your children set healthy boundaries about screen time before bed. This includes you too, parents! – AVOID OVERSCHEDULING. Depending on the age of your child, he/she may have homework in addition to other afterschool activities (i.e. sports, music lessons, appointments, etc.). All of these may create challenges when it comes to winding down at bedtime. Remember that kids need extra downtime in order to relax and prepare for bed. Scale back on certain activities and be mindful of how busy your child’s day is. Always allow for downtime before bed to ensure that your child gets the rest that he/she needs. – PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CHILD’S BEHAVIOR. If you notice that your child’s grades have dropped, he or she is getting into trouble at school, is falling asleep in class, or is acting out in other ways – it may be due to a lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep. Speak to your child’s teacher to address any issues that may be going on at school. You may also want to discuss your child’s sleep habits with your pediatrician, as most sleep issues are easily treated. Your doctor may be able to offer additional suggestions to help improve his or her sleeping habits.  WakeMed Physician Practices – Pediatrics provides primary medical care to children ages newborn to 18 years, treating a variety of services and diagnoses. To schedule an appointment, call 919-3507846. Adults can learn more about sleep medicine services offered at WakeMed, including obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as at the WakeMed Cary Hospital Sleep Center, at wakemed.org/physician-practices.

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ne of the beauty industry’s hottest hair crazes today is the Brazilian Blowout – just flip through the latest fashion magazines or check out the thousands of before and after pictures all over social media and you’ll quickly see that its popularity is on the rise. Often referred to as the most innovative and effective smoothing treatment on the market, the Brazilian Blowout is described by many as simply “transformative.” But what exactly is this treatment, why is it so popular, and who is the best candidate for it?

WHAT IS THE BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT? Through the use of breakthrough bonding technologies, this customizable hair smoothing treatment actually improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. When I say customizable, I mean that the treatment can allow you curly-haired folks to keep your curls if you so wish (depending on your hair type) – but now they will be enhanced and more defined – or, if you long for a smoother, sleeker look, then this is the treatment for you too. So no matter if you have wavy, straight, or curly hair, but are faced with frizz, the Brazlian Blowout will tame those tresses, resulting in smooth, frizz-free hair with radiant shine.

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This semi-permanent salon procedure, which takes approximately 80 minutes, is pretty straightforward. First, the hair is washed, followed by application of the amino acid-protein solution. Then it’s dried with a blow-dryer to seal the protein solution. Your stylist will then use a flat-iron to completely seal the solution into the hair strands. Your hair will be washed once again to remove the product, followed by the application of a deep conditioning hair mask, and then a blow-dry yet again, with flat-ironing repeated. That’s it! And as soon as you step foot out of the salon, you have the freedom to immediately wash your hair, exercise, put it up in a ponytail, or add a clip without having to wait days to do so. Generally, the Brazilian Blowout lasts for up to 12 weeks if the proper after-care maintenance regimen described and provided by your stylist is followed (it should be noted that frequent hair washing may shorten the lifespan of your Blowout, because shampoo leads to the breakdown of the protein component of the product).

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS In addition to achieving hair that will be left beautifully frizz-free, effortlessly manageable, and full of body and bounce that you are able to wash and style immediately, the Brazilian Blowout – which does not expose you to harmful chemical ingredients – provides

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the freedom to blow dry and straighten hair in a fraction of the time you’d been investing prior to receiving the treatment. Who doesn’t want to cut down on their getting-ready routine? This is great if you are growing your hair out or want to transition from another straightening or keratin treatment, as there is no line of demarcation with new hair growth once you’ve received a Blowout. Since we live in an area that deals with its fair share of humidity during the spring and summer months, many of us struggle with its effect on our hairstyles. Another benefit of the Brazilian Blowout is that it locks in moisture and locks out humidity, resulting in better manageability ... and finally, a good summer hair day.

OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE – Can I receive a Brazilian Blowout if I have highlights and/or color? Yes, the treatment will actually improve the health of colortreated/highlighted hair by conditioning it while sealing the cuticle for enhanced color, reduced frizz, and radiant shine. – Is the Brazilian Blowout going to make my hair straight? As I said before, if your hair is very curly, it will remain curly after the treatment, but the frizz will be minimized while enhancing the appearance of the natural curl. If it’s wavy, your hair will appear smooth and healthy. If you have hair that is already straight, but frizzy, it will eliminate that frizz and promote shine. – Will my hair lose volume if I receive the treatment? No, your hair will not lose volume as a result of receiving the Brazilian Blowout. Your hair will maintain its natural volume and you will still have great bend and memory when blowdrying and/or using a curling or flat iron. – Can I color my hair the same day I receive it? Yes, however, you must color your hair prior to receiving the smoothing treatment. If you get a Brazilian Blowout first and then wish to receive a color service, you will need to wait two weeks. With spring upon us, and the warmer days beckoning summer’s impending heat and humidity, now is the perfect time to consider getting what some deem to be a hair miracle. The Brazilian Blowout, while not necessarily the hair savior for every hair type, is certainly a great option for most who dream of gorgeous, luscious locks.  Amy Vulgamott is with New Vision Salon, located at 1318 S. Main Street in Wake Forest. She may be reached at 717-880-4349.

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more may be worth it to your family for a more functional and attractive space. If you are an empty nester and may sell in the near future, then a minor remodel may be the best option. Contact a knowledgeable realtor in the area to find out the worth of your house “as is” and with a remodeled kitchen. Resale should always be on your mind. Add 15-20% to the cost of the remodel for unexpected items, such as outdated plumbing, wiring, or damaged subfloors.

STEP TWO: KITCHEN NEEDS

BY RHONDA BENVIE PLUMMER

KITCHEN TIPS FOR TACKLING YOUR

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Figuring out what your kitchen needs are is the next step. Is your kitchen functional in its current format, but just outdated? If so, keeping the current layout will certainly save you money because you will not have to change electrical and plumbing, demo walls, etc. If it is not functioning well for your family’s needs, then now is the time to start researching what will work best. Go online and look at kitchens that mimic your space. Will you need to take down a wall to get the space you need? Will you need to add more storage space? Will you want to relocate the kitchen island? Gather all the information that will help you determine the function and style you desire.

STEP THREE: BRING IN THE PROFESSIONALS Determine if you need a general contractor (GC) or if you want to oversee the project yourself. The latter is very time consuming, so you need to be realistic about the amount of time this will

The weather is warmer, the flowers and trees are blooming into their full glory, and the birds are singing – this means that spring is in the air. This is a season of rejuvenation, and a time when homeowners start to think about the projects that need to be done to breathe new life into their living environments. One of the more popular projects in this arena is the kitchen remodel. While this sounds like a daunting and overwhelming task to tackle, in actuality, careful planning and realistic expectations can make it go fairly smoothly.

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major kitchen remodel comes with its share of major headaches for sure. But a beautiful new kitchen is certainly worth the time, money, and stress – as long as you do your homework and understand the steps involved before you start.

STEP ONE: BUDGET

I know, “budget” is a dirty word. But in this case, it is imperative that you set one. Money invested into a kitchen can add value to your home; however, too much may leave you in the negative. If you plan on staying in your home for many years, spending 34

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STEP FIVE: PREPARE FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR KITCHEN

take. If you are sticking with your current layout and just updating finishes, some interior designers can oversee this for you. If you are going with a general contractor and/or interior designer, start the interviewing and hiring process. Moving forward with selecting cabinets, countertops, and so forth is a waste of time until a GC and/or interior designer is hired for your project. If you plan to GC the job yourself, then you must have a plan in place in order to get the appropriate quotes from subcontractors. This is a big investment, so you want to make sure the final outcome is what you envisioned it to be. At the very least, a few hours with an interior designer will help you in your quest – and may save you thousands in the long run.

After all the research, planning, scheduling, selections, etc., the demo has finally begun. You are excited to see it all start to come together, but soon will realize it’s not a lot of fun to be without your kitchen and living in a construction zone. Be prepared with a makeshift kitchen area so that you and your loved ones don’t have to eat every meal out. Spring and summer are perfect times to remodel your kitchen as you can utilize your grill for meal cooking. Also be ready to endure a lot of noise and even more of a mess ... not to mention that big dumpster and portable toilet that have taken temporary residence in your driveway. Remember that sub-contractors are there to work, so be ready to have the family and pets out of their way for safety reasons. When planning for this remodel, know that an average kitchen remodel can take four – eight weeks, if everything goes smoothly, so plan accordingly.

STEP FOUR: DESIGN OF YOUR NEW KITCHEN At this point, the general contractor and/or designer, or the sub-contractors, should be finalized. The selections are now ready to be made. Appliances need to be the first decision and must be finalized before the kitchen designer can accurately configure your cabinet plan. Once those selections have been made, complete your cabinet layout and drawings. Choose the cabinet style and color. This sets the tone for the entire kitchen – and don’t forget about the décor style of the rest of your house. I know you may want the everso-trending bright white kitchen, but if the rest of your home is warmer in color tone, you may want to consider a softer, creamier white. Next, pick your countertops – granite and quartz are still the top contenders in this area. Flooring, tile backsplash, the kitchen sink, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, paint color, and cabinet knobs are next, in that order, for the best design outcome. A word to the wise – do not demo your kitchen until everything you have ordered is in, or you at least know for sure when it will be delivered. I assure you, there is nothing worse than having no kitchen and having to wait weeks for the backordered flooring that is holding up the entire project.

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And now, the remodel is complete ... almost. Even though I know you’re itching to put the dishes back in the cabinets, restock the pantry, do a little decorating, and get back to cooking, there will surely be little details to attend to, so make a punch list of these particulars and notify the contractor if you hired one or the sub-contractors if you are the GC so they can promptly tackle them. This is a normal part of any construction project, and if you hired reputable people, it should not be a problem to get the items fixed quickly and properly. After enduring weeks (that probably felt like years) of stress, headaches, and chaos, you’ve finally turned the heart of your home into the kitchen of your dreams.  Rhonda Benvie Plummer is the owner of Help Me Rhonda Interiors, 1600 Heritage Commerce Court, Suite 103 in Wake Forest and Open Door Furniture & Accents, a furniture and accessories store also in Wake Forest. Visit www.helpmerhondainteriors.com or www.opendoorfurnitureandaccents.com, or call 919-263-9054.

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here’s something about hopping aboard a train ... the feeling of nostalgia it brings, of an era long gone by; the sweet memories of childhood days spent playing with your favorite choo choo; the beauty of Mother Nature breezing by as you gaze out the window. Who isn’t fascinated by a train? If you find yourself dreaming of a leisurely trek on the tracks, then this issue’s “Hidden Gem” that is located just about 40 miles southwest of Wake Forest is just for you. The New Hope Valley Railway, which has been treating train lovers with the thrill of a ride on a real train for 30 years, straddles the historic towns of Bonsal and New Hill, off U.S. Highway 1, Exit 89.

and the Garden Railroad features tunnels, bridges, plants, trees, houses, churches, and its own engine house. Multiple tracks allow several trains to run simultaneously. If you have a special occasion to celebrate this spring, consider hosting it at NHVR by renting its vintage 1913 party caboose. Or tap into your inner train engineer and experience the thrill of driving a real diesel locomotive through the organization’s Operate-a-Loco program. This program, which is open to anyone aged 16 and up with a valid driver’s license, puts you in the engineer’s seat and lets you spend an hour at the throttle for the entire eight-mile route. (Participants are able to bring up to two additional people as riders.)

After a winter hiatus, New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR) – the Triangle’s only tourist railway – re-opened to the public on April 10 and offers a full season of special events in its rail yard. Once you arrive at this hidden gem, you’ll discover a fleet of four real working diesel locomotives – and a caboose – that will take you and your fellow passengers on an eight-mile round trip, one-hour scenic excursion through the piney woods and over a wooden trestle in covered, open-air train cars.

EXPERIENCE THE JOY From April through December, NHVR typically offers two 10:30 AM weekday rides, one “Slow Down Sunday” ride, and one Saturday “Brew ‘n’ Choo” ride event each month (you can’t really beat a spring Saturday spent on a train, enjoying delicious food truck fare with a cold beer from a local brewery in your hand). And even though they are months away, go ahead and mark your calendar for October’s “Track or Treat: Halloween Express” and December’s “Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express” trains. In addition to riding real working trains, train enthusiasts and visitors can also tour the North Carolina Railway Museum (for free!), which is home to antique railroad cars, artifacts, memorabilia, and more; and view the Garden Railroad (G scale) that runs on more than 1,000 feet of track. Garden model railroad trains, including Thomas and Friends train cars, are built to represent real trains 36

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PLAN YOUR VISIT When planning your visit, there are several important details you should know about the rail yard and trains. Most importantly, dress appropriately for the weather the day of your ride. – The railroad operates open passenger cars with a covered roof, rain or shine. These open cars are furnished with cushioned bench seats for comfortable seating, with limited seating in the caboose, cupola, and window compartments. – The train cars and property have rugged areas, so shirts and shoes are required. Please note there are no bathrooms on the trains, so plan accordingly. However, there are portable toilets in the rail yard. – Arrive 30 minutes before your train’s departure time. Allow ample time to park and board the train, and boarding is first come, first serve (if the train is full, there is a chance the trains will depart a tad early). Additionally, free guided walking museum tours begin 45 minutes prior to each train departure time on weekend ride days. Guided museum tours are available upon request during weekday rides. It should be noted that the New Hope Valley Railway is 100 percent staffed by volunteers, so while they don’t operate on a regular basis, you can plan ahead, purchase your tickets online, and count on a memorable experience. However, it’s recommended to call to verify the trains are operating before visiting. – Adult tickets on NHVR’s diesel trains range from $10 - $14, with children’s tickets (ages 2-12) ranging from $7 - $14. Special pricing is available for seniors age 60+ and children under two years of age can ride for free when sitting on the lap of an adult ticketholder. (All ticket sales and donations help fund the restoration and construction projects at the railway.) – Since train departure times and ticket fares can vary, it’s best to check the ride calendar at www.TriangleTrain.com/buy-tickets for exact details. “For more than 30 years, children, parents, grandparents, and others have visited us to enjoy a ride on a real train,” said Peter Jasion, NHVR director of sales and marketing. Join those throes of folks, and don’t wait another day to unleash your inner train lover – this spring, on a beautiful, warm day, make the drive with your family over to the Wake-Chatham county line, and hop aboard this edition’s “Hidden Gem.” Not only will you make memories together, you’ll help keep the spirit of railroading alive in the Triangle.  New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train, is the Operating Division of the North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc. NHVR is located at 3900 Bonsal Road in New Hill, about 40 miles from Wake Forest, just off Old US 1 South. The 501(c)3 organization was chartered in 1983 as the East Carolina Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and soon began its all-volunteer operated public train ride days. To learn more about the railway, its history, view a full up-to-date schedule, purchase tickets, and more, visit www.triangletrain.com. You may also connect with them on social media – Facebook: @TriangleTrain; Twitter: @Triangle_Train; Instagram: @TriangleTrain; and YouTube: Triangle Train – New Hope Valley Railway.

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it could hamper some outdoor spring plans. Of course, it’s best to keep an eye on shorter term forecasts when making plans. Rain increases breeding opportunities for mosquitoes, so pay extra attention to water accumulation in your yard this season. Don’t forget to “tip and toss” anywhere where water accumulates. It’s best to do this within two to three days after a rainfall. Despite the wetter spring, the Old Farmer’s Almanac forecasts that September and October will be drier than normal, with near-normal temperatures ... at least we have that to look forward to. So now that we’re confident better weather awaits, we should plan on taking advantage of more “play time.” After seven years in a business where my primary mission is making outside fun again, I come loaded with ideas that will provide fun for the whole family – and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own backyard. BY MARGARITA COHEN

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– TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: Baseball season is in full swing. Not able to make it to a Carolina Mudcats or Durham Bulls game? Why not turn your backyard into your very own ballfield? Whether it’s a game of wiffleball, catch, softball, or a good ol’ game of baseball, root for the home team – literally! – BE YOUR OWN PERSONAL PICASSO: A fun craft can make your outdoor space even prettier. Whether it’s a handmade bird-

lather on your sunscreen, break out your sunglasses, and grab those flip-flops. The days are sunnier and the temperatures are rising, so now you and your family are finally able to get outside. After months of cold and rain, you finally get the opportunity to enjoy your yard.

FIELD OF DREAMS Fun Family Event May 8, 2019

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When I wrote this, the weather was still chilly and wet, and the dreary weather made it seem like spring was never going to get here. To predict when it would finally warm up, I opened up the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the oldest continuously published almanac in the country. Believe it or not, this resource has been helping farmers since 1792! It also claims to have an 80% accuracy rate ... not bad for a weather forecast that’s made 18 months in advance. So what is the Triangle forecast? The prediction is that April and May will be warmer than normal – a good sign that you can count on some great days to get outside. The Old Farmer’s Almanac also predicts that our summer won’t be as unbearably hot as usual – also good news for outdoor activities. As far as rain, the Almanac foresees higher than normal rainfall for the spring. In fact – sorry to be the bearer of bad news – but its forecast for May is seven inches more rain than average. That’s great for lawns and gardens, and maybe even your water bill, but 38

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house, wind chime, or garden stone, a cute DIY project is a great way to let your creativity – and yard – shine.

whole family pass the time on those rainy days. The only thing you have to do is create a treasure list of things to find, and then the fun can begin.

– LAWN GAMES: Host a backyard somersault or cartwheel contest, or challenge your kids to a potato sack race. Badminton, croquet, corn hole, and bocce ball are perfect for the competitive people in your life. Turn the fun into a tournament by extending one game into a day-long affair. Prizes or small trophies will motivate everyone to play their best.

– THROW A TIE-DYE PARTY: Tie-dye shirts are almost as American as apple pie. It’s impossible to be sad while making or wearing your own colorful creation. – BAKE UP SOME SWEET TREATS: Most kids love to bake, and all kids love to eat sweets. If you don’t have your own favorite recipes, just search online for ones that

– PACK A PICNIC: With all the playtime you and your family are enjoying, surely you’ll need to recharge for lunch. Make your family’s favorite sandwiches and pour some ice-cold lemonade for a quick, easy meal. Lay down a blanket, get comfortable, and leisurely enjoy a good ol’ fashioned picnic together.

sound good – be sure to stock up on the ingredients ahead of time so you don’t have to venture out in the rain. Whether you’re spending time inside on a rainy day or outside on a beautiful sunny one, I truly wish you a great spring.  Margarita Cohen is the owner of Mosquito Joe of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, making “Outside Fun Again” with mosquito control treatments for residential and commercial customers. For more information, or to schedule a treatment, call 919-926-8851 or visit raleigh-durhamchapelhill.mosquitojoe.com.

– SLIP-N-SLIDE INTO SUMMER: Stay cool on a hot June day by setting up some water activities. Young ones will love to splash in the kiddie pool while a Slip-N-Slide guarantees a day full of water fun for the older kids. Setting up the sprinkler is not only fun for kids to jump through, but pets too! – BBQ BOSS: With extra summer daylight, you’ll be able to man the grill and cookout for your friends and family while it’s still light out. Hot dogs and hamburgers are warm weather dinner staples that will be sure to please. Lettuce, onions, relish, ketchup, and mustard are classic condiments. Serve up side dishes like fruit, chips and dip, mac and cheese, and potato salad to complete your backyard meal. I know this is going to be a great time to play outside here in the Triangle, but as I unfortunately shared earlier, The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecasts more rain. If that’s indeed the case, here are a few suggestions for great indoor family fun. – CREATE A TREASURE HUNT: This is a really fun, yet easy, activity to help the

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ooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, but it’s actually the dentin that determines the color of your teeth. The best way to maintain your pearly whites is through good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, because there are many causes for teeth discoloration and staining.

Some of the reasons for teeth discoloration and staining include: – Food and drinks we consume like coffee, tea, and wine; – The use of tobacco products like chewing tobacco and cigarettes; – Medications, such as prescription drugs like some used to treat high blood pressure and over-the-counter products like antihistamines, as well as antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline; – Treatment for certain diseases like radiation and chemotherapy, specifically when used in the head and neck areas; – Excessive fluoride use, whether it comes from high levels in your water source or in products used to clean your teeth and refresh your breath; – Aging and genetics; – Poor dental hygiene, especially during orthodontic care.

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comfort with Zoom!, but discuss any concerns about sensitivity of your teeth with your dentist. KöR is a comprehensive, multi-step bleaching treatment, effective even on what was believed impossible – tetracycline stains. This scientificallyadvanced process virtually eliminates dental sensitivity that can be caused by other procedures, and can offer stunning, lasting results with only a few periodic touchups.

For the best whitening results, a consultation with your dentist is key to determining the treatment that will have the greatest impact on your smile. Keep in mind that whitening takes place on natural teeth, so crowns and/or veneers need to be replaced to match your newly whitened teeth. Before any whitening procedure, it’s important to understand your overall dental health.

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A WORK-LIFE

BALANCE IS WITHIN REACH

BY MAURANDA DALZIEL

We all hear the popular phrase “work-life balance” when it comes to achieving the right mix of business and personal life. But in reality, how many of us have found the proper balance? Today’s digital world lets us work anytime, anywhere – which is certainly beneficial for our jobs and careers – but as a result, the “work” part of the phrase often has us overworked, overscheduled, and overconnected, while the “life” part is somewhat sacrificed when it comes to things like quality time spent with friends and family, exercising and eating right, enjoying hobbies, etc. People always say they are going to work less and spend more time doing what they enjoy, but

Allison Caudle ... having been in the local real estate world since 2007 as Realtor®/Broker, Allison helped co-open an international real estate company back in 2014, which grew to over 50 agents. While this venture proved to be very successful, she wanted to “get back to her roots” and own her own business, just like her parents did ... parents who successfully demonstrated what it was like to have a work-life balance. So after following in their footsteps, she opened a smaller scale, boutique real estate business right here in town. This opportunity allows her to do what she loves most business-wise, which is work directly with both the buyer and the seller. “I truly love what I do,” says Allison. “Working with buyers and sellers is such a deep passion of mine. Staging homes, watching people fall in love with a house, hearing stories of why couples met,

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we all know that isn’t as easy as it sounds. chieving a balanced work and personal life isn’t at all out of reach, and the benefits of attaining it are plentiful, both at home – for instance, less stress, less fatigue, better health and wellbeing, increased time with loved ones, and more time to focus on you – and at the office – such as increased productivity, better time management, the potential for increased responsibilities, and quite possibly, even enjoying your job more, and remembering why you started your job in the first place. Yes, we work to get a paycheck, benefits, etc. – but many of us are fortunate enough to really enjoy what we do so many hours of the week, and the likelihood of this increases with a better work-life balance. If you’re a small business owner, you know that the struggle to find this balance is very real, as you can’t always ignore the email or text inquiries you receive after hours that could possibly have you forsaking business or losing a money-making sale, or leave the store right at 5:00 if a customer has just walked through the door ... but owning your own business is extremely rewarding in its own right – it allows you to have a more flexible schedule, share your passion of what you created with whom you do business, and interact one-onone with great people who are interested in what you do. One such example is Wake Forest resident and small business owner 42

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meeting their entire family, hearing squeals of kids as they pick their rooms during the final walk-through, watching sellers glow with pride as they give me a tour of their home – for me, that’s what it’s all about. This is my ‘why,’ and why I started my business.” The rest of her “why” is her new husband Scott, and her daughter, 15-year-old Sydney, and stepdaughter 10-year-old Sophie ... now she can be more present in their lives and show them that they too can achieve a healthy work-life balance one day – perhaps they will follow in her footsteps, just as she did with her parents. “Let your children see where your priorities lie, and they will learn by example. I think when I started vocalizing my ‘why,’ I knew nothing could stop me. When I get to do what I love every day, make a good living at it, AND raise our daughters ... trust me, I know how fortunate I am. I love being a mom. I love real estate. And lucky me – I get to do them both! And so can you.” While striking and maintaining a proper work-life balance is certainly no easy task, it is possible, and very rewarding. By identifying some strategies that will aid you in your journey – such as scheduling life, not just work; setting goals; setting boundaries; and caring for yourself – you’ll quickly realize that you are on the right path to a happier, healthier way of life, both at home and at the office.  Special thanks to Allison Caudle, owner and broker-in-charge of Southern Lux Living (southernluxliving.com) located in Wake Forest.

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driving, watching television, navigating around one’s home, cooking, and eating can be daily hardships for those with low vision.

BY TYLER STIEGEMEIER, OD

LIFE WITH LOW VISION UNDERSTANDING HOW OTHERS MAY SEE

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The most common condition that causes low vision is age-related macular degeneration. Others include glaucoma, diabetes, retinitis pigmentosa, premature birth, cataracts, glaucoma, corneal scars, and traumatic brain injuries. Macular degeneration comes in two forms – dry and wet. The dry form of macular degeneration is most common, and can cause a slow, but progressive reduction in the central portion of one’s vision, often just noticeable by patients who have been diagnosed with the condition. The wet form of macular degeneration is much less common, but unfortunately is more visually devastating in a shorter period of time. The reason for this is due to the rapid formation of weak blood vessels that leak blood, plasma, and other material into the retina. These substances are toxic to light sensing cells, resulting in a much faster decrease in vision compared to the dry form of the disease. Many people who suffer from low vision are often unaware that there are many other tools to assist them in their day to day lives. Psychologically, many people also find it difficult to admit that they would benefit from the assistance of a low vision device. This is precisely the time when undergoing a low vision evaluation would be most beneficial. A low vision evaluation is unlike a traditional eye examination and is carried out by an eye doctor with

any of us know of a parent, relative, or friend who suffers from an eye condition that reduces their vision. When their vision is reduced despite the use of glasses or contact lenses, they have what is known as “low vision.” Low vision is not the same as being truly blind. While glasses and contact lenses may assist in improving vision, people with low vision often can’t appreciate the same vision as those with 20/20 vision because their eye health is compromised. When cells that sense light inside the eyes don’t work correctly, or don’t work at all, our ability to see well-defined images is reduced. People with low vision are often very bothered by bright lights and have more difficulty with glare. They may be able to make out objects, but might have difficulty seeing fine details, such as facial features or text on a page, due to shadows, distortion, or blind spots in their field of vision. They usually have difficulty seeing objects with poor contrast. For example, reading gray text on a white background would be a significant challenge for someone with this condition. Often, we may struggle to understand how those with low vision see or find it difficult to comprehend just how much reduced vision can impact the quality of their day to day lives. Those with reduced vision often must utilize different techniques in order to continue performing daily tasks independently. Tasks that those with normal vision might take for granted such as reading, writing, 44

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a special interest in helping those with the condition. A comprehensive visual analysis will be performed to determine how the visual impairment affects the ability to perform various activities. Using low vision charts, the doctor will assess the level of vision, prescribe, and provide instruction on how to use low vision devices. Low vision doctors can also be great resources for other services that may be available. There are many ways in addition to glasses or contact lenses that visual performance can be enhanced. In the cases of individuals with low or reduced vision, glasses or contact lenses can be prescribed for use in conjunction with special magnification devices, such as handheld or stand magnifiers; glasses mounted telescopes; loupes, like a device your dentist might use; and video magnifiers. These devices use lenses to magnify images so that print or objects appear much larger. Low vision doctors will also take the time to discuss how nonoptical devices and modifications, such as improved lighting, large-print reading materials, or using highly contrasting colors throughout the home can also make objects or the surroundings more easily visible. Doing something as simple as making sure that a person with low vision is using a white mug for their morning cup of joe rather than a black mug can make the difference between an enjoyable cup of coffee and a spilled cup of coffee! Low vision doctors are also excellent resources for adaptive daily living equipment that can make everyday tasks easier, such as clocks with large numbers, programs that can read text from a computer, or products that help with money identification. If you have a loved one who may be suffering from low vision, seek out a low vision doctor in your area and take the first step in helping them regain some independence with their daily tasks. 

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A FURRY

FELINE IT'S JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

BY SONDRA TRIBLEHORN

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ats have been around for at least 10,000 years and have warmed our hearts and souls with amusing antics and a soft-spoken presence ever since. If you have never owned a cat, it is hard to imagine the feelings of love and comfort that these fourlegged friends inspire. But did you know, according to science, that cats are actually good for your health?

MENTAL HEALTH Cat ownership improves mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness. They are incredibly entertaining as they respond to both your voice and touch and can keep you smiling all day long. Spending time with a cat triggers the release of oxytocin, the hormone known for inducing feelings of love and trust, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. In fact, a Swiss study revealed that owning one is similar to having a romantic partner.

RELIEF FROM GRIEF Losing a loved one is incredibly painful, but one of the best coping strategies is owning a pet. Cats offer a calming presence, comfort, compassion, and unconditional love which can be extraordinarily soothing when faced with feelings of isolation. These furry companions have been known to help people get over their loss more quickly and show less physical symptoms of pain. Felines are intelligent animals and serve as social support during difficult times. People in mourning report that talking to their pets helps them work out feelings of grief – they don’t judge or talk back.

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER We all know that cats have a reputation for being aloof, but Frontiers in Veterinary Science reports that they tend to be affectionate with children with ASD, and those children with autism appear to be calmer and less anxious while petting a cat. Researchers from the University of Missouri found that the social interaction of children with autism dramatically improved when around pets. In the study, half of the participating families were cat owners, with parents reporting strong attachments forming between the feline and their 46

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child. “These kinds of social skills typically are difficult for kids with autism,” Gretchen Carlisle, a research fellow at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction said. “But this study showed children’s assertiveness was greater if they lived with a pet.” I must stress the importance of finding a cat with ideal traits for a child with ASD – I recommend looking for one who is affectionate, well socialized (preferably with children), and is very low on the aggression scale. But the benefits don’t stop here ... in a 2017 study, cat owners who

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were in their late 50s had half as many diagnosed health conditions and took 30% fewer prescribed medications as did their counterparts who didn’t own one.

the physical healing of infection and swelling. Therefore, nearby humans may be therapeutically benefitting from these vibrations. Purring also decreases the symptoms of dyspnea, the difficulty or pain with breathing, in both cats and humans.

HEART HEALTH The University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute has reported that cat owners have 40% less risk of suffering a heart attack and have lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. High levels contribute to heart disease and are symptomatic of type 2 diabetes, as well as strokes, liver, and kidney disease. Naturally, reductions in these levels lead to a decreased risk in these diseases as well.

If you aren’t ready to adopt right now, why not foster? This way, you get all the benefits without the commitment and cost. I asked one of our foster families to tell you about their experience. According to Karen Agama, “We began volunteering as a foster family to help address our teenage son’s depression (including suicidal thoughts), anxiety, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, and social isolation. To our delight, having cats and kittens in our home and doing the work to rehabilitate and socialize them over time has significantly improved his outlook and overall wellbeing, as hoped. To my surprise, I found that my own mood has experienced an enduring boost and motivated me to become more active and approach life from a more purposeful perspective!”

ALLERGIES Furry family members may help to increase children’s immunity and reduce the risk that they will have or develop asthma, allergies, and even eczema. The National Institute of Health reports that infants who were exposed to cats were less likely to develop allergies – and not just pet allergies, but also common ones such as allergies to dust mites, ragweed, and grass.

It seems that cats may have the ability to relieve us of our troubles – or at least push our worries a little further away while we are with them. These furry creatures have always struck me as being a bit mystical and magically mysterious – but possessing healing powers? It’s nice to know that having a fuzzy furbaby around can add years to our lives ... I guess those crazy cat ladies aren’t so crazy after all!  Sondra Triblehorn serves on the Purr Partners Board of Directors. Purr Partners Feline Rescue is a no-kill, foster-based, all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving the lives of cats and kittens in North Carolina. This year marks a decade of saving lives – over 3,500 adoptions and their mission continues. Purr Partners is proud to be a PetSmart Charities Adoption Partner, hosting adoption events every weekend from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM at three locations: Wake Forest (11835 Retail Dr), Six Forks Station (8825 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh), and half-time at Capital Crossings (2800 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh). Find out more at purrpartners.org or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @purrpartnersnc and Twitter @purrpartners.

THE POWER OF PURRS This is my favorite feline healing power – purrs, those vibrating sounds a cat makes. While much of why a cat purrs is still a mystery, recent studies suggest that purring acts as a natural healing mechanism in both cats and humans. It has been compared to a human smile. People smile for a variety of reasons – when they are happy, nervous, unsettled, or when they try to make someone else feel comfortable. It’s that way with a purr as well. Cats may purr when happy or content, but they may also use it as a way of self-soothing and healing. They may do so when they are nervous, sick, in pain – or even when close to death. This makes sense because of the endorphins that are released during the act of purring. Purrs vibrate at 20-140 HZ, which is also the same frequency that assists in the mending of broken bones, as well as muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries. The vibrations increase bone density levels and help with

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THE POWER OF

MINDSET 5 WAY-OF-THINKING TRAITS TO WHICH YOU SHOULD ADAPT

BY MAURANDA DALZIEL

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indset is a powerful thing. It can launch you into success, whether it be business, your personal life, or relationships with family, friends, or colleagues. It can also shift and change depending on what is happening in the world around you. It’s important to check your mindset, get purposeful on your goals, and be sure your mindset is aligned with those goals. Here are five mindset traits to which you should adapt.

5. FOCUSED. In today’s world, it’s easy to be distracted. Distractions lead to time wasted and tasks not getting completed. In order to accomplish goals, a diligent focused mindset is important.

1. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Just like the saying goes “Before you can take care of anyone else, you have to take care of yourself.” The same is true with mindset. If you don’t first believe in yourself, you won’t be able to consistently and continuously move forward towards success.

Mauranda Dalziel is the founder and CEO of Gather Group & Co., a full service marketing firm located in Wake Forest. She may be reached at 919-446-5511 or gathergroupco.com.

Having these specific mindsets is an acquired skill, and a daily struggle for some. If you have big dreams in life, achieving them all starts with a proper mindset and ability to have discipline. Work hard, dream big, and go after those goals! 

2. SET GOALS. The more goals you have written down (having them written down is crucial), the more you can see what is ahead of you and what you want to reach. Goals motivate people, and motivation is key in setting your spirit on fire to reach for what you want out of life, whether that be in your career, your relationships, your health, financially, or another part of your life. 3. POSITIVITY. Being positive doesn’t mean saying “yes” to everything. It means looking at things with a “glass half full” perspective. It means having an open mind to an outcome in each situation versus focusing on negative reasoning. Happiness is beautiful and will attract other positive things in your life. While it’s not always easy to look at obstacles in a positive light, it is obtainable. 4. EDUCATION. Striving to learn more each and every day is a valuable mindset. There are many people who enjoy not being the smartest person in the room, and/or who choose to be the quietest person in the room. This is so they can learn more from others and absorb more information. Some people read feverishly, listen to Podcasts every chance they get, read articles, watch tutorial videos, etc. Continuing to learn and truly wanting that for yourself and your future is another great mindset to have. 48

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OUR HERITAGE REVISITED HORSE HIGH, BULL STRONG, AND HOG TIGHT BY AMY PIERCE “Our Heritage” is reprinting and updating earlier articles as a way of introducing a ballooning newcomer population to Wake Forest history and culture.

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ne of my favorite things about residing in Wake Forest is that nearly every day I get to drive by or walk through a campus surrounded by an old stone wall. Stones are living things to me and ever since childhood, I’ve gathered them from creek beds, tree laps, and neighbors’ driveways to carry home in hands and pockets. When friends go far away, I ask them to “bring me back a rock, please.” I can hold Canada, Scotland, England, France, Australia, and the Forum in Rome anytime I choose. Blowing Rock, Missoula, Baton Rouge, Swansboro, and Jackson all live with me still. Parading up my front steps right now are nine smooth, round, oddly marked beach stones from Maine, special “friends” lovingly rescued from beneath piles of rubbish by a dear neighbor years ago after an inward-traveling hurricane sheared off the front porch and southeast corner of my house. Wood and glass, fabric and living green … all were gone. But the stones lived on, whole and complete. The “old campus” of Wake Forest College, now Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, beautiful as it is, would seem less stately without the 100-plus year old stone wall still defining its original boundaries. Understandably, it is the Arch that most people express a fondness for. But that grand welcomer would stand as an awkward sentinel without the thousands of dry-stacked stones meandering out and away from it to the four directions. Construction was begun on the wall in 1885 during the administration of President Charles E. Taylor as part of his plan to “clear and beautify” the campus. Tom Jeffries, a custodian and groundskeeper who was employed by the college for nearly 50 years, is credited with building the wall. Born a slave in Virginia around 1850, Jeffries was called “Doctor” Tom by those who 50 50

valued his work on campus, particularly his contributions as landscaper and unofficial student adviser. When Jeffries was called upon to replace the school’s fences with the 3000’ stone wall, instructions were to build it “horse high, bull strong, and hog tight” because, at that time, with professors’ salaries rather low, the school offered additional compensation by allowing them “the right to pasture their cows on the college grounds.” A century exacts a toll, even on stone. By the mid 1980s, the wall was in need of major repair. In December of 1990, young seminarian Doug Buttram began the three-year process of rebuilding the wall from the ground up. He says he gave up more than once, but ultimately he just “couldn’t keep away from it. I was more miserable after I left than when I was there.” Along with the rest of the community, I watched him, even prayed for him, as he toiled on his knees day in and day out. When he wasn’t visible, I wondered about him. Was he all right? Had he quit? How was he holding up under the backbreaking work? And then, one day in 1994, it was finished. Both Doug Buttram and Tom Jeffries are memorialized by bronze busts held in stone, Doug’s at the south entrance and Tom’s at the north. “I don’t think it is as amazing that I’ve rebuilt the wall as it is that it was ever built the first time,” Doug says. This writer would disagree; one feat seems to me as grand as the other. And I know that generations of Wake Foresters are grateful to both men for the testament to Earth and Heaven each has brought forth.  Speical thanks to Jennifer Smart and Beverly Whisnant. Amy Pierce lives in Wake Forest’s Mill Village, where she is a writer, minister, and spiritual counselor. She can be reached at 919-554-2711 or visit www.authenticself.us.

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