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Ah, sweet summertime! Each season in North Carolina boasts its own distinct treasures and unique opportunities, and summer is no exception. Our summers are packed full of fun in the sun, beautiful Carolina blue skies, and thrilling adventures, with a touch of leisure and relaxation thrown in. And this issue is packed full of ways for you to have your best summer yet. If you’re looking to celebrate summer relishing delicious food; savoring time with friends, family, or Fido; by showing your home a little seasonal TLC; enjoying fun and exciting experiences and outings; or simply by lounging around with a good beach read; we’ve got you covered. Delicious fare is a summer staple around here – and nothing screams summer in North Carolina more than succulent seafood! Hence, our stunning front cover photo featuring a mouth-watering seafood boil. A great big thank you goes out to Bracy and Bridget Dutton, owners of Fishin’ Shrimp, for this delectable feast; Stacey Moritz, owner of The Lemon Tree, for the scrumptious slaw accompaniment; and Natasha Gentile-Leshchiner, owner of Femme Fromage, for capturing it so beautifully on camera! To learn more about this summer must-have, check out “Shrimply Delicious” and “Summer Slaws.” But summer isn’t summer without firing up the grill as well. In fact, July is National Grilling Month! We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate, and are excited to share a couple out-of-this-world summer grilling recipes that are perfect for a summer supper. And “Sweet Summer Corn” features ideas and inspiration for cooking or grilling with this sweet summer treat. Top off your seafood boil or grilling sensation with a refreshing peach dessert provided in “What A Peach!” or a satisfying watermelon summer cocktail shared in “A Toast To Summer.” Enjoying time with loved ones during the summer months is another must. But if you find yourself brainstorming for innovative ways to entertain the kids now that school is out, then consider an escape to this issue’s “Driveable Destination” – the quaint and scenic coastal city of Southport. Take advantage of sunny summer days with the must-ride Triangle trails highlighted in “Hidden Gems.” And be sure to fill your calendar with all the exciting events detailed in “An Unforgettable Summer In the Forest.” With all this family-friendly fun, this will surely be a summer to remember. Welcome the season into your home with “Fruitful Décor” and tips for DIY decorating with fresh produce – lemons’ sunshiny yellow will undoubtedly bring cheer to any room, and a smile to your face. “Décor Dilemma” is here to answer your questions about how to lighten and brighten a space, and “Seasonal Selling” shares tips on how to prep your home for a seasonal sale. As for your home’s exterior, don’t miss “Outdoor Inspiration” for drought-tolerant plants, hot weather turf tips, and suggestions on how to take your outdoor living space from drab to fab. “Planting A Pollinator Garden” offers insight into the necessity – and delight – of these beauties, and “Garden Watering” provides expert advice on how to help plants not only survive the hot NC summer, but also thrive. All of this and so much more awaits on the following pages – including cleaning tips to keep cool, the hottest summer reading recommendations, how to protect your pup in sweltering heat, and ways to save on your energy bill as the temperatures rise … this issue has it all to help you enjoy your best summer yet. I hope you enjoy our hot summer edition, and while you’re out there enjoying your summer of fun, please continue to support the amazing businesses that advertise with us and are a big part of why our neck of the woods is so special – and be sure to tell them you saw their ads in CIRCA Magazine! Here’s to a wonderful, happy, and safe summer!


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An Unforgettable Summer In The Forest

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Summer Skin Check – What Shape Is Your Skin In?

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Summer Slaws – The Quintessential Seafood Side

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Keep Cool And Save Money This Summer

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Financial Focus – What Investors Can – And Can’t – Control

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Planting A Pollinator Garden

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Healthy Smiles – Can Children Develop Gum Disease?

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Seasonal Selling – How To Prep Your Home For A Summer Sale

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Driveable Destination – Salubrious Southport

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Function By Design – Tips For Making The Most Of Your Living Space

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Outdoor Inspiration For A North Carolina Summer

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Hurricanes And Homeowners Insurance

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A Toast To Summer – Watermelon ... The Perfect Fruit For The Perfect Summer Cocktail

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Hidden Gems – Must-Ride Triangle Trails

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Shoulder Ultrasound – Key To Diagnosing A Shoulder Injury

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“Shrimply” Delicious – The Succulent Seafood Boil

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Fruitful Decor – DIY Decorating With Fresh Produce

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What’s Lurking In The Fresh Waters We Swim In?

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Be Clean To Keep Cool – 8 Stay-Cool Cleaning Strategies

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Good Reads

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What A Peach!

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Protect Your Pup – Tips For Keeping Your Dog Safe This Summer

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Decor Dilemma? Design Tips, Tricks, And Helpful Hints

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Grilled In Tradition – Sizzling Hot!

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Living With Pets – How You Need To Clean Differently

PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kent Lower CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Allison Caudle Abbott Todd Nelson Robyn Goss Bennai Tom Piper Buck Buchanan Rhonda Benvie Plummer Camp Bow Wow Raleigh Radiology Margarita Cohen Dolores Riggins Mauranda Dalziel Dr. Macon Singletary Bridget Dutton Dr. Edmond Suh Alli Hurley Jimmy Tompkins Grace Lower Thomas Walters Suzanne Lucey Town of Wake Forest Tina Mast WakeMed Sean McGahy Dr. Cassandria Warr Stacey Moritz Brad Wynn Ed Morris CONTACT INFORMATION BallPointe Publishing & Design, LLC P.O. Box 1182 Wake Forest, NC 27588 919.453.2555 • info@circamagazine.com circamagazine.com ADVERTISING SALES 919.453.2555 • info@circamagazine.com

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Pregnancy And Vision – Changes, Causes, and More

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Garden Watering – It’s A Matter Of Life Or Death

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Sweet Summer Corn

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Is Your Jaw Becoming A Pain?

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Summer Strategies – Social Media Tips For Small Businesses This Season

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Our Heritage – Royall Mill And Village

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AN UNFORGETTABLE

SUMMER IN THE FOREST

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re you ready for some fun in the sun this summer? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! Offering something for the entire family, Wake Forest’s impressive lineup of summertime events includes our two-day Independence Day Celebration, outdoor concerts, family movie nights, and more. Gather your family and join your friends and neighbors for these exciting events guaranteed to deliver an unforgettable summer in the Forest.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Fireworks, food, live entertainment, and more await you at Wake Forest’s 2022 Independence Day Celebration. Presented by Capital Chevrolet, this community extravaganza is Wake Forest’s most eagerly anticipated summertime event, serving up two days’ worth of free fun and excitement for the entire family. The festivities get underway with the Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, July 3, inside Husky Stadium on the campus of Heritage High School (1150 Forestville Road). Admission is free and gates open at 5:30 PM with the Band of Oz, one of the southeast’s most popular beach music bands taking the stage at 6:15 PM. The evening will conclude with an amazing fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:30 PM. The excitement continues Monday, July 4, with the annual Children’s Parade along North Main Street. Area youngsters are invited to hop on their bicycles and be a part of their very own “walking parade.” The lineup begins at 10:00 AM at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest Historical Museum. The procession gets underway at 10:30 AM. Participation in the Children’s Parade is free, but bicyclists must wear their helmets. The festivities continue at 11:00 AM with Art in the Park & More. Free arts and crafts activities will take place inside the Wake Forest Community House (133 W. Owen Avenue). In addition, the Wake Forest Fire Department will be onsite grilling and serving free hotdogs, interacting with the children and their families, and providing information on fire prevention and safety. A very special thanks to Dawn Nakash, the Wake Forest Optimist Club, a group of incredible volunteers, and the Wake Forest Police Department for making this year’s July 4 Children’s Parade possible. A sincere thank you also to the Wake Forest Woman’s Club 6

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for again sponsoring Art in the Park. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Independence Day.”

FRIDAY NIGHT ON WHITE Friday Night on White is in full swing! Recognized far and wide as Wake Forest’s most popular outdoor concert series, these free performances continue July 15 with Love Tribe, August 12 with The Brickhouse Band, and September 9 with Crush. The concerts take place along South White Street from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. While you’re enjoying the music, be sure to visit sponsor exhibits and enjoy delicious food at Downtown’s outstanding dining establishments or from several food trucks that will be onsite. A special thank you to our Grand Sponsor, White Street Brewing Co., for their continued support. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Friday Night on White.”

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS AT JOYNER PARK This summer, you’re invited to enjoy a movie under the stars. Our Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is excited to host Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park. The outdoor movie series continues Saturday, July 23, with The Little Mermaid (G) and Saturday, August 6, with Shang Chi (PG-13). Free and open to the public, the movie screenings begin at approximately 8:30 PM. Each Family Movie Night also includes a movie-related pre-show activity for kids beginning at 7:15 PM. Bring chairs or a blanket and arrive early to give you and your family time to find a spot and settle in before the movie begins. Assorted food vendors will be onsite selling snacks and beverages. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Family Movie Nights.”

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN The Renaissance Centre will host performances of North Wake Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Saturday, September 17, at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM, and Sunday, September 18, at 3:00 PM. With charm, wit, and heart, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” explores life through the eyes of this beloved character and his friends in the Peanuts gang. Together, they explore life’s great questions as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, and celebrate the joy

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of friendship. General admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and older and $10 for ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. For more information, visit wakeforestrencen.org.

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A FALL EVENING MOTOWN CABARET The Renaissance Centre is partnering with Pure Life Theatre to present “A Fall Evening Motown Cabaret” on Friday, September 23, at 7:30 PM. The evening will feature the iconic music of The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. This fabulous show will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles. Ticket prices range from $20-$30 (reserved) and can be purchased online or at the box office. For more information, visit wakeforestrencen.org.

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Simple ingredients can be tailored to accompany a wide range of backyard fare. When pairing with seafood, you can offer up a few different choices that are sure to please everyone. A seafood boil invites an abundance of rich flavors to the table, and slaw’s cool, crunchy, and tangy contribution provides great balance. I like to offer up two or three options to guarantee all palates are satisfied. A more traditional slaw is always a good idea, but a seafood boil deserves a nod to its southern heritage – so why not concoct one with collard greens? Collards are an amazing addition to many salads, but I particularly love them in slaw. Their vivid dark green color is a beautiful complement to the other ingredients. If you are a maynonnaise lover and have a favorite mayo-based dressing, add a splash of apple cider vinegar to it – the added vibrant, tangy note and the extra acidity will provide the perfect balance. BY STACEY MORITZ

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uring the summer months, alfresco dining is a must. Firing up the grill this time of year is always a great idea. But summer in the south also calls for another (and my favorite) backyard extravaganza – the seafood boil! Warm weather has no better partner than fresh seafood on the table, and the beauty of this fare is its ease of preparation. I love everything about this meal – it’s perfect for a crowd, setting the table couldn’t be easier, and who doesn’t love the ceremonial presentation when it’s time to eat? The classic seafood boil includes shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes steamed in a large pot and seasoned to perfection (check out the article on page 24 to learn more). All you need to complete your experience is a few tasty sides. There are so many summer sides that complement seafood … what a great opportunity to showcase some of the season’s best veggies. My favorite accompaniment to any barbecue or seafood feast is, without a doubt, slaw. I love slaw! I am not talking about the mayodrenched, finely minced slaw that you find in many a restaurant, but rather freshly made, lightly dressed, cool and crunchy homemade slaw. Easier than you think to make and worth a little effort, it’s time to go beyond just cabbage and carrots. 10

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My other seafood slaw of choice is cabbage-based and features a sweet and sour vinegar-based dressing – perfect for those hot summer days when you crave a cool and refreshing salad. I am a huge fan of using a variety of cabbages in my slaw, as I love the variation of color and texture. Green and red cabbages are a must, but I also love incorporating Napa cabbage as well. When preparing your cabbage, thinly slice and roughly chop it from there. The rest of the ingredients are up to you. Think shredded carrots, bell peppers, scallions, and even radishes or sugar snap peas. Ingredients such as these add crunch, texture, and color to your slaw, and can be topped with your favorite style of dressing to suit your taste. Cabbage is the perfect canvas because it pairs well with so many different flavors. If you want to integrate some of summer’s bounty, then reach for some fresh fruit. Crisp apples are a great addition, adding even more crunch to your slaw. Add some sweetness (and color) by combining your cabbage with blueberries and diced pineapple or nectarines. Round out the flavors by tossing in a light ginger lime vinaigrette and a sprinkle of candied almonds or sunflower seeds. You will love all the great texture and summery sweetness. Whether needed for a big backyard boil or just a nice Friday night family cookout on the patio, an added bonus is you can make your slaws and dressings ahead of time. Simply refrigerate separately a few days in advance, then toss with their dressings an hour or so before serving so they stay nice and crisp. This summertime staple is the perfect addition to any outdoor festivities – no matter enjoyed with friends or family, seafood or steak – so have fun creating your new favorite sides!  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. Photo courtesy of Natasha Gentile-Leshchiner, owner of Femme Fromage (@Femmefromagenc).

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most people, you probably have short-term goals, such as saving for a new car or a dream vacation, and long-term ones, such as a comfortable retirement. Once you identify your goals and estimate how much they will cost, you can create an investment strategy to help achieve them. Over time, some of your personal circumstances will likely change, so you’ll want to review your time horizon and risk tolerance on a regular basis, adjusting your strategy when appropriate. And the same is true for your goals – they may evolve over time, requiring new responses from you in how you invest. YOUR RESPONSE TO MARKET DOWNTURNS: When the market drops and the value of your investments declines, you might be tempted to take immediate action in an effort to stop the losses. This is understandable – after all, your investment results can have a big impact on your future. However, acting hastily could work against you – for example, you could sell investments that still have solid fundamentals and continue to be appropriate for your needs. If you can avoid decisions based on short-term events, you may help yourself in the long run.

BY TOM PIPER

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FOCUS WHAT INVESTORS CAN – AND CAN'T – CONTROL

As an investor, you can easily feel frustrated to see shortterm drops in your investment statements. But while you can’t control the market, you may find it helpful to review the factors you can control. Many forces affect the financial markets, including geopolitical events, corporate profits, and interest rate movements – forces beyond the control of most individual investors. In any case, it’s important to focus on the things you can control, such as the following: YOUR ABILITY TO DEFINE YOUR GOALS: One area in which you have total control is your ability to define your goals. Like 12

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YOUR COMMITMENT TO INVESTING: The financial markets are almost always in flux, and their movements are hard to predict. If you can continue investing in all markets – good, bad, or sideways – you will likely make much better progress toward your goals than if you periodically were to take a “time out.” Many people head to the investment sidelines when the market tumbles, only to miss out on the beginnings of the next rally. And by steadily investing, you will increase the number of shares you own in your investments – and the larger your ownership stake, the greater your opportunities for building wealth. YOUR PORTFOLIO’S LEVEL OF DIVERSIFICATION: While diversification itself can’t guarantee profits or protect against all losses, it can help greatly reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio. Just how you diversify your investments depends on several factors, but the general principle of maintaining a diversified portfolio should govern your approach to investing. It’s a good idea to periodically review your portfolio to ensure it’s still properly diversified. The world will always be filled with unpredictable, uncontrollable events, and many of them will affect the financial markets to one degree or another. But within your own investment world, you always have a great deal of control – and with it, you have the power to keep moving toward all your important financial objectives.  Tom Piper is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, located at 203 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 107 in Raleigh. He may be reached at 919-833-3390 (office) or 386-299-2434 (cell). For more information, visit edwardjones.com.

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OUTDOOR INSPIRATION FOR A NORTH CAROLINA SUMMER

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ummer in North Carolina. Bright, sunny days. Warm lovely evenings. The perfect time to take advantage of your outdoor living space. But if you find your garden could use some seasonal pops of color, your lawn needs some TLC, and your porch or patio could use a bit of a facelift, I’ve got you covered. Following are a few drought-tolerant plants that can withstand the swelter of summer, some turf tips for a luscious lawn, and several ideas and inspiration for taking your outdoor living space from drab to fab.

DROUGHT-TOLERANT PLANTS Summers in North Carolina can be hot and humid, but that doesn’t necessarily mean more moisture for plants. Summer tends to be dry, which doesn’t make it the best environment for all types of flowering plants. If you want to make sure your garden has plenty of color this summer, here are some plants that will do well in the hot and dry conditions.

tall, making it perfect for planting right next to your edging and in front of taller plants.

A LUSH LANDSCAPE To achieve a lush landscape during the hot summer months, it’s important to follow a strict lawn care schedule this time of year. Mow only to 3.5 inches, and before grass grows taller than 5 inches. Heat and humidity can be tough on your lawn, so keep a close eye on the health of your grass throughout the summer months, and be on the lookout for any discoloration. Fertilize as needed to promote color and recovery from any damage. Drought will continue to be a threat through August, so adhere to a weekly watering schedule and monitor your lawn for signs of stress. If you are looking to expand and enhance your landscape, September is the perfect time to plant additional trees and shrubs. Do not use herbicides for weed control during this time of year, and wait until fall to aerate.

LEOPARD FLOWER: This colorful perennial flower is part of the iris family and starts as a bulb. It will bloom during summer and provides rich, green foliage along with reddish-orange flowers with distinctive spots that helped it earn its name. The plant will grow 2-3 feet in height, and once the flowers are done blooming, they will be replaced by black seed pods. CATMINT: Catmint is actually considered an herb and its lavender flowers emit a pleasant aroma. It is characterized by tall spikes covered in flowers. It is an aggressive grower, so be sure to give it plenty of space, and thin as necessary. It is also a good idea to place some edging around the catmint to prevent it from spreading too far. PURPLE CONEFLOWER: The purple coneflower is native to the region and can withstand just about anything. If you don’t necessarily have a green thumb, this flower could be a good place to start. It can tolerate heat, drought, and poor solid conditions. You also don’t have to worry about placement too much because it will grow in full sun or part shade. PORTULACA GRANDIFLORA: This is a fun option because you can find single plants that will grow a variety of different colored flowers. It is more of a mounding plant and doesn’t grow very 14

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OUTDOOR ENHANCEMENTS If you’re looking to give your exterior space a little bit of a facelift this summer to further enhance your outdoor living experience, here are a few quick and easy ideas and inspiration to take it from ordinary to extraordinary. REPURPOSED FURNITURE: While patio furniture comes at a variety of price points, not all of them are budget-friendly. It is always a good idea to visit your local thrift or resale store with an open mind. Even a rusty old table can easily be brought back to life with a good scrub and a new coat of paint. Most patio furniture is made to be durable, so even if the surface looks like it has seen better days, you may be able to reuse old furniture and avoid having to buy new. PATIO PILLOWS: Dress up or spruce up your outdoor seating with colorful pillows. Choose bright fabrics and durable material that is easy to wash. If you have some basic sewing skills, you can even put them together yourself. A few strategically placed pillows will make the space more inviting. ADD STRING LIGHTS: Want to add some ambiance to your backyard and make sure that you can keep socializing well past sunset? Hanging string lights is a simple and affordable way to add some personality to your outdoor living space. They can be strung across trellises, or between the house and trees or other architectural points to create a web of overhead lights. Their warm glow will make any evening feel a little more special. INSTALL VERTICAL GARDENS: If your backyard space is bordered by plain brick walls, consider adding vertical planters for a garden space that blends right into the home. Succulents do especially well in these types of planters and will add some greenery and personality to what could feel like an ordinary space. ADD OUTDOOR ARTWORK: There is no rule that says paintings and statues can’t be placed outside to add some color, shape, and a little bit of whimsy! Outdoor artwork is the perfect way to express yourself and make your outdoor living area your own. Now that warm weather and long summer evenings are upon us, it is time to get the most out of your outdoor space. With beautiful drought tolerant blooms, gorgeous green grass, and lovely outdoor enhancements, you can create an outdoor living space to enjoy from sunrise to sunset, all summer long.  Jimmy Tompkins is the owner of JT’s Landscaping and Lawncare. If you are in need of pruning or any other landscaping and lawncare service, contact the experts at JT’s. They have decades of experience serving homeowners throughout Raleigh and the Triangle area. Jimmy may be reached at 919-453-2716, or visit jts-landscaping.com for more information.

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That exclusion also pertains to flooding brought on by or as a result of a hurricane. However, if a hurricane’s wind damages your roof, and rain gets in as a result, you may find that homeowners insurance offers some protection if your policy includes coverage for wind. You may be able to purchase a separate flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program to help cover the cost of replacing or repairing your home and belongings after a flood. It should be noted that a flood insurance policy can take up to 30 days to go into effect, so it’s important to be proactive. BY THOMAS WALTERS

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ince we live in a region that is prone to hurricanes, you likely have certain emergency plans in place. But do you know what types of insurance you may need to provide coverage for the kinds of damage a hurricane can cause? The answer may depend on where you live, what types of damage your home sustains, what limitations your policy may have in place, and how much coverage you purchase. Here are some things to consider when it comes to hurricanes and homeowners insurance.

Being prepared and putting some protective measures in place ahead of a storm or flood may help you stay safe if one strikes. This includes steps like cleaning out gutters and downspouts in advance of a storm, safeguarding important documents by making digital backups, devising an evacuation plan that includes potential routes out of the area, and creating an emergency kit to take with you in case of an evacuation. But it also includes the important step of reviewing your insurance policy now – and potentially making necessary adjustments – before a hurricane hits, ensuring you, your family, and your property are protected.  Thomas Walters is the owner of Walters Insurance Agency, located at 3207 Rogers, Road, Suite 100 in Wake Forest. Call 919-554-0267 or email twalters@allstate.com for help with all your insurance needs.

HURRICANE DAMAGE CAUSED BY WIND A peril is an event, like a fire or a break-in, that may damage your home or belongings. The perils covered by your homeowners insurance are listed in your policy. Wind is typically among the perils covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. However, some policies partially or completely exclude wind-related damage. It’s important to read your policy or contact your agent to learn if and how your home’s structure, as well as your belongings, may be covered against a hurricane’s winds. If your policy does offer coverage for wind damage, you may find that it includes a separate hurricane deductible that is higher than your standard deductible. And, if coverage is provided, it’s important to remember that coverage limits will apply.

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easonal fruit such as strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, lemons, limes, and many others are common staples in bars across North Carolina. With a little persuasion – i.e. blenders, food processors, or your hands (don’t judge me) – these fresh fruits can be deliciously transformed into simple syrups, jams, and purées which mix well into summer cocktails. One of my personal favorite fruits for summer cocktails is the humble watermelon. A great place to buy this seasonal staple is at area farmers markets, and they are generally available late June through August. Watermelon tastes great warm straight from the market or chilled in the fridge – but if you’re going to use it in a drink, then you need to purée it. The processing method is simple, and while you’ll probably use it all in whatever drink you concoct, any remaining juice will last a day or two when refrigerated. Watermelon juice is super healthy (watermelon is a good source of fiber and vitamins; is a source of protein and carbohydrates, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous; contains enzymes, organic acids, and natural sugars; and has no fat or cholesterol, and limited sodium content) and is delicious as is or as a great base for refreshing non-alcoholic drinks and soda waters. However, I’m not here to talk about those ... instead, I’m here to share how to turn this beautiful purée into a satisfying summer splurge.

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WATERMELON ... THE PERFECT FRUIT FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER COCKTAIL When summer rolls into North Carolina, it brings with it heat, humidity, thunderstorms, and an abundance from our state’s many great farms and farmers who grow and process some of the nation’s best produce. Fortunately for us, these farms provide us with the tools to do battle with the heat and humidity. These tools are fruits, herbs, and vegetables, many of which can be incorporated into cooling ciders and beers. Now most of you know I normally focus on beer … but what many of you may not know is that I really like cocktails too. And these bounties are perfect for creating the perfect summer cocktail. 18

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To make the juice, simply cut the watermelons into chunks and blend until you get a smooth purée. I like to pass the purée through a fine sieve to remove some of the pulp, but you don’t have to. Pack a highball glass with ice. Add two ounces of your favorite vodka, followed by two ounces of the watermelon juice. To balance the drink out, add one ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. Fresh juice makes a world of difference in cocktails, as it tastes so much fresher. Top off with one ounce of simple syrup (for instance, rosemary) for a little added depth. (Rosemary simple syrup is equal parts sugar and hot water to melt the sugar, so it more evenly mixes into the drink. Throw in a couple of rosemary sprigs while it’s still hot for added flavor.) Finally, toss in a few chunks of watermelon, and now you’ve created a very well-balanced, easy-to-drink, delicious cocktail that will surely help you beat the heat this summer. For those of you who aren’t necessarily watermelon fans but still crave a fruity, refreshingly delicious summer cocktail to stay cool on a sweltering evening, give this concoction a try. Take three large basil leaves and lightly muddle them with a splash of lime juice in a pint glass. Add two ounces of lime juice, two ounces of simple syrup (flavor of your choice), and two ounces of your favorite vodka. Pack the glass with ice, roll with a shaker, and pour all the combined ingredients back into your glass, top with soda water, and be prepared to be refreshed.  Brad Wynn is the brewmaster for Norse Brewing Company. For over 25 years, Brad has committed his heart and soul to redefining the craft of brewing. His skills and talent have made him a brewing legend – not just in the area, but among beer lovers around the world. Now, as co-owner and brewmaster of Norse, he continues to push the boundaries of the art, creating truly unique and delicious beers. Norse Brewing Company is located at 203 S. Brooks Street in Downtown Wake Forest. For more information, visit norsebrewingco.com.

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Let’s cover some ground, literally. Summer is abundant in myriad ways: daylight, fresh produce, vacation days. And of course, heat! For those of you who have braved it year after year, you are surely intimately acquainted with the early season cravings for sun and warmth only to immediately retreat on the first blistering, 100% humidity afternoon. When bath-like pool water barely qualifies as a respite, I cast my vote for biking to keep the outdoor fun rolling (pun absolutely intended). Wind in the hair, a destination on the map, and perhaps a drop or two less sweat than a broaddaylight jog, bike riding affords a kind of playful freedom reminiscent of the gleeful, carefree, popsicle-laden summers of childhood. Whether you’re an off-roader or a leisurely pedaler, the Triangle has routes for days.

PAVED Neuse River Greenway Trail 12101 Old Falls of Neuse Road, Wake Forest Part of the 100-mile Capital Area Greenway system and Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the Neuse River Greenway is a wide, paved pathway extending 27.5 miles from the Falls Lake Dam to the Johnston County Line. What’s truly lovely about it is the diversity in scenery along the way. It winds by waters’ edge through forests, marshes, and historic sites. Completely independent from road traffic, it is the premier, safe passage to exploration along the Neuse River. As an out-and-back path, you have the option to park multiple cars, one at each end of a trail segment, or go all in for the double distance. While just one of many spots along the trail to begin, the Falls Lake Dam may be the most grandiose – especially when the flood gates are open. 20

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Art to Heart Corridor 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh While the Neuse River Greenway is bursting at the seams with scenic nature, Art to Heart covers the culture department while still not skimping on plenty of shady foliage. Shorter, but ripe with endpoint and midway attractions, it’s a zippy ride through some of Raleigh’s most desirable pockets. This is a six-mile ride beginning at the NC Museum of Art and heading straight into Downtown (hence “Art to Heart”). The trail takes you through Meredith College, NC State, Pullen Park (a fun place to stop for littles), and Boylan Heights neighborhood, with plenty of bridges to cross and tunnels through which to zoom. Perks of this corridor are the many refreshment options along the way. Also an out-and-back trail, you can pedal home with the help of a little roadside sustenance or else park a car at either end.

OFF-ROAD Umstead 2139 Old Reedy Creek Road, Cary Umstead is a veritable slice of heaven in between I-40 and US 70. Expansive and friendly to all types of creative movers (including horses!), the trails are wide, well-maintained, and completely shady, a blessing on days when the summer sun feels no less than punishing. Umstead is well-known and loved as an off-road haven for bikers seeking a nature-fueled ride, but nearly never feels crowded thanks to generous passageways and vast acreage. Since the gravel trails are well-packed, Umstead is a gentler foray into off-roading compared with more technical mountain biking. In terms of ruggedness, a hybrid tire would be the most optimal for a smooth, yet navigable ride. A loop encircles the eastern half of the park and is accessible via Raleigh and Cary. Coming from Raleigh, use the Graylyn Drive entrance and head south on the Graylyn multi-use trail to complete the loop counterclockwise. The Cedar Ridge multi-use trail (at left if heading south) cuts the loop in half and also offers a fun and curvy downhill ride, including a creek crossing at the bottom.

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If coming from Cary, use the Old Reedy Creek Road entrance and take the Reedy Creek multi-use trail until it links up with the aforementioned loop. While the trails are labeled boldly, I recommend bringing along a map or phone since the park is large and speedy downhill riding can carry you far from an intended route (relaying the experience of a friend of course…). New Light Trails 1221 Old Weaver Trail, Wake Forest Full-on mountain biking, this is more than a casual jaunt through the woods. Ideal for intermediate and advanced riders, these trails offer fantastic opportunities to hone technical skills, head far away from pavement of any kind, and maybe even catch some air. A bit off the beaten path (can’t stay away from the puns!), I advise heading to trailforks.com to find detailed instructions for how to get there and where and when to ride. Since the land is managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the trails are only open on selected days in the off season. This is bike riding in its most rugged form with a quintessentially Raleigh twist as some of the trails flank the shores of Falls Lake and offer stunning views of the water. These are a few friendly favorites for the keen adventurers this summer, but they by no means cover the extent of the Triangle’s fabulous cycling opportunities. Many other hidden biking gems

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are waiting to be discovered and experienced. As mentioned earlier, the Neuse River Greenway is part of the Capital Area Greenway system and connects to other lengthy and scenic routes, all of which are worth exploring. For example, try out the Walnut Creek Greenway for access to Dorothea Dix Park and Lake Johnson, both of which offer community engagement via classes, events, and festivals. Crabtree Creek Greenway is a winner for stops at North Hills and the NC Museum of Art. Another idea: Cap off an afternoon of summer riding with a wildly scenic hilltop picnic at Green Hills County Park, accessible via Abbotts Creek Greenway. The possibilities are endless! Blustery and rewarding, biking around town gets you from point A to B (even if A and B are the same spot) with none of the frustrations of traffic and all of the endorphin-fueled joy of self-propelled movement. As our neck of the woods expands, my hope is to see bike lane mileage growing alongside it. There are many arguments to be made for why cycling can elevate our quality of life and community, but I think the most obvious is that it’s simply fun. So this summer, if you’re craving some amusement and adventure, look no further than these local cycling gems.  Alli Hurley is a local screen actor, content creator, and writer. Several ideas here appear in her book, 100 Things To Do In Raleigh Before You Die, available at Quail Ridge Books, Bayleaf Market, Nofo @ The Pig, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and her website, allihurley.com.

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Often, these injuries can be attributed to repetitive microtrauma (frequent repetitive motion), but they can also be caused by a distinct, traumatic injury. Additionally, as people age, they become more susceptible to shoulder pain due to normal wear and tear. However, anyone, at any age or activity level, can injure a shoulder and experience shoulder pain.

WHY SHOULDER PAIN NEEDS ULTRASOUND When it comes to shoulder pain, diagnosis is complicated – the actual problem does not always correlate with where the patient hurts. Therefore, a physical exam is not enough, and an x-ray can only be used to see bones, not tendons.

SHOULDER ULTRASOUND KEY TO DIAGNOSING A SHOULDER INJURY

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aising, reaching, lifting, playing, painting, building, and fixing … we use our shoulders every day, mostly without thought, for many significant activities. Therefore, any type of shoulder pain can quickly become difficult to ignore.

Within the past 10 to 20 years, shoulder ultrasound has emerged as a critical method for investigating and diagnosing shoulder pain. For example, it can reveal with 100% sensitivity a full thickness tear of the rotator cuff, and a partial tear with 90% sensitivity. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it is important to visit your primary care doctor or orthopaedic surgeon, who can order a shoulder ultrasound for a definitive diagnosis. “With shoulder ultrasound, we can look at many important structures,” explains Dr. John Bardini, a musculoskeletal radiologist with Raleigh Radiology. “The ultrasound probe can be angled wherever we need it to go, so we can evaluate each tendon at different angles and hone in on the reason for the pain. Shoulder ultrasound is an alternative to shoulder imaging in patients who can’t undergo MRI. It is cost effective and can be scheduled and performed quickly.”

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The three most common causes of shoulder pain include an injury or tear to the rotator cuff, a condition called bursitis, and an injury to the biceps tendon.

An ultrasound of the shoulder should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Because the shoulder anatomy is complex, the accuracy of the exam is very dependent on technique. Therefore, a musculoskeletal radiologist will be present in the room, with patient and technician, to perform the exam. “I try to make it interactive, educating the patient on what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” explains Dr. Bardini. “At the end of the exam, I will talk with the patient about what I saw and give them a general idea of my findings, often showing them the images.” Within a couple of hours, the radiologist will read the images and report final results to the referring doctor.

– ROTATOR CUFF TEAR OR INJURY: The rotator cuff is made up of the four tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder joint. The upper arm bone depends on the rotator cuff to stay attached to the shoulder. Tears can be full or partial. Typical symptoms of this injury include a dull, deep ache in the shoulder, difficulty reaching up or behind, and arm weakness. – BURSITIS: Bursae are small sacs of fluid that help cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near the shoulder joint. When these sacs become inflamed, pain will occur. Symptoms include swelling, redness, warmth/tenderness around the shoulder, or feeling achy or stiff. Sometimes even fever can develop. – BICEPS TENDON INJURY: Symptoms of a tendon tear include warmth at the injury site, swelling, bruising, pain, or ache at the injury site and throughout the arm, arm weakness, and pain when rotating the palm. 22

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While shoulder anatomy is complicated, getting a shoulder ultrasound is a quick and effective tool that can help accurately diagnose a patient’s reason for shoulder pain. A quick and accurate diagnosis is the key to moving forward with a treatment and recovery plan to get patients feeling better and back to their lives.  John Bardini, MD is a musculoskeletal radiologist with Raleigh Radiology. To learn more about Raleigh Radiology and their imaging services, visit raleighrad.com.

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and the types of side dishes that accompany them. Here are examples of what is typically included in various regional boils: – Louisiana and the Southern Gulf region of the United States traditionally include shrimp, crab, and crawfish, and may include crab boil seasoning packets that contain cayenne pepper, hot sauce, salt, lemon, and bay leaves. – Our northern friends in New England prefer the clambake route ... clams, corn, potatoes, sausage, and beer for boiling. It wouldn’t be a shock to see lobster show up in a New England boil. – Here in the South, the traditional seafood boil consists of boiled shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes, all seasoned to perfection using a seasoning such as Old Bay for added zest. Tailor your boil to your tastes. You can kick it up a notch or add whatever you desire – if you crave clams or love lobster, go ahead and toss them in! For added flavor, use beer instead of water, or different types of seasoning. When it comes to boils, the elements are always the same – delicious seafood, the beautiful outdoors, and time spent with great people … the ingredients are up to you. Summer can also be a great excuse just to get together and have a good time! If you choose to do so, you can turn your backyard into the perfect party destination for celebrations or just share your love for the seafood boil with friends, family, and neighbors. While a seafood boil is easy, sometimes throwing a party isn’t quite as

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“SHRIMPLY ”

DELICIOUS THE SUCCULENT SEAFOOD BOIL Summertime brings family and friends together to commemorate graduations, holidays, and weddings. What better way to celebrate these occasions than the iconic seafood boil? This summertime tradition pairs some of the best parts of summer: delicious seafood, warm weather, and the beautiful outdoors. Whether big or small, on the beach or

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he name “seafood boil” is a generic term for the type of meal served at events where the seafood is the primary dish. However, boils vary across parts of America depending on the seafood, the seasonings used, the way the seafood is prepared,

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stress-free. Here are some tips to take the stress out of planning a gathering including a few practices on how to keep yourself relaxed and engaged throughout the event, and some easy touches to help make your boil the best backyard party it can be.

looks great on a summer tablescape. Make a playlist of your favorite beach tunes for a vacation vibe, or get one of your favorite Pandora or Spotify stations ready to play throughout the party. String twinkling lights around trees or wrap around fence posts, or hang globe lights above your outdoor dining area – not only will they help illuminate your space as the sun goes down, but their beautiful effect will elevate your ambience.

COOKING AND CLEAN-UP Not only is it delicious, but the seafood boil is also easy to cook – all you need is a large pot of hot, boiling water. It’s also fun to eat, with minimal clean up too! The traditional way to serve is to cover a table with newspaper or craft paper, then simply strain and pour out the seafood and veggies directly onto the table, and guests can dive right in. After everyone has eaten to their hearts’ (and bellies’) content, gather up any leftovers, collect all the scraps in the center, roll up the paper around them, and throw them away. Other than washing the pot, your cleanup is done. Another reason why the seafood boil is the perfect party cuisine!

No matter how you go about your seafood boil, do not hesitate to get creative with the ingredients, side dishes, or decorations.

What is most important is that you get to spend quality time with friends and family, whether celebrating a big event or just enjoying one another’s company.  Bridget Dutton and her husband Bracy are the owners of Fishin’ Shrimp. Fishin’ Shrimp is bringing fried and steamed seafood specialties to the area via their food truck, seafood boils, and party platters. For great seafood (that you don’t have to cook yourself), follow Fishin’ Shrimp on Facebook and Instagram @fishinshrimp and visit fishinshrimp.com. Photo courtesy of Natasha GentileLeshchiner, owner of Femme Fromage (@Femmefromagenc).

If you want to sit back and just enjoy the boil with everyone else, you can always have it catered. Having someone else come in and lighten the load gives you a lot more time to relax before the event.

ON THE SIDE When it comes to the menu, of course, the seafood is the star. However, delicious sides will elevate your menu even more. A staple that is sure to please all palates is summer slaw (check out the article on page 10 for ideas and inspiration). Veggie dishes, cornbread, hush puppies, and pasta salad are great options as well. Refreshing desserts like lemon bars or fruit kabobs are sweet accompaniments to perfectly top off the event.

DECORATIONS As for the party décor, using the festive items you already have on hand makes the decorating process quick and easy. Flowers fresh from your garden displayed in mason jars are a simple DIY decoration. Write guests’ names on lemons with a permanent marker for place cards if you’re planning on a seated meal. Their vibrant splash of color

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irst, let’s talk lemons! These beautiful yellow pops of color will instantly brighten any room, and their decorating possibilities are endless. While fresh lemons are lovely, artificial ones are certainly a good substitute. For a statement piece for your kitchen counter or family room coffee table, simply grab a glass vase or a ginger jar and fill it with these bright beauties. Group three jars of assorted sizes together for a stunning centerpiece for your summer tablescape. Scatter a few extra lemons around the base of the jars for depth and additional splashes of sunshine yellow to the space. Throw in some limes and/or oranges for added vibrancy, and a little greenery for extra texture. Wooden dough bowls are a creative alternative for showcasing the lovely lemon. While showstoppers on their own, they are equally as stunning when surrounded by fresh greenery. If you don’t have a dough bowl on hand, you can achieve a similar aesthetic by spreading greenery atop a tablecloth and topping with the summer citrus. Who doesn’t love flowers fresh from the garden or the local farmer’s market? For a simple, creative, summery aesthetic, why not combine these beauties with slices of lemon? Gather a large vase and a small vase that are approximately the same height (cylinder vases tend to work best). Slice a few fresh lemons. Place the smaller vase inside the larger one, then add water to both. Do not overfill either container, leaving room for the water to rise when

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What does summer mean to you? Maybe beach trips and backyard cookouts. Or perhaps the childhood traditions of catching fireflies and staying out past dark playing hide and seek. While my family and I eagerly anticipate these summer staples every year, for me, summer also means it’s time for another of my favorite past times … decorating my home to embrace the brightness of the season! I love transitioning my decor season to season, and summer is no different. Mother Nature’s bounty of fresh fruit and summer flowers, along with items such as bowls, ginger jars, and mason jars (of course!) make this task quick and easy without breaking the bank. 28

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the flowers and slices are added. Slide the sliced lemons in between the two vases, making sure the face of the fruit is visible. Top off with a little more water. Add your beautiful blooms for a gorgeous, citrusy, flower centerpiece.

anyway. Instead of store-bought repellents, why not make your own? Mason jar luminaries are pretty and so simple to assemble, and are helpful in keeping pesky pests at bay. Fill each jar three-quarters full and add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. Place 10 drops of your favorite essential oil into the water. Cedarwood, lemon, lavender, and tea tree are particularly helpful in keeping those nasty bugs away. Place one slice each of lemon and lime into each jar, adding more water if needed. Finally, place a floating tea candle on top and enjoy a pest-free evening with family and friends.

Lemons aren’t the only summer fruits that make beautiful floral arrangements. Watermelons can easily be transformed into great vessels for flowers, especially when entertaining. The trick to turning this sweet summer treat into a creative floral container is quite easy, and your guests will certainly be wowed by its beauty. Any size watermelon can be used for this project, but a smaller one will work better. Also, make sure it has a flat bottom so it can stand on its own. Slice off the top and scoop out the inside just enough to be able to slide a jar in. But don’t throw that fruit away – it makes a great snack to enjoy while the creative “juices” are flowing! Place your favorite summertime blooms in the jar and stand back to enjoy this clever creation. For a different look or party theme, use a pineapple and follow the same steps (you may want to fill the cored-out center with a plastic baggie or a small glass to protect the flowers from the acid of the pineapple). This tropical vase will surely add that extra oomph to your party décor.

Summer fruit, flowers, mason jars, dough bowls, glass vases, ginger jars, and more can all be used to bring a bit of happiness and joy into your home, whether you’re entertaining or you just enjoy pretty things. Their decorating possibilities are limitless. Just tap into your creative side and enjoy the fruits of your decorating labor all summer long.  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).

We all know how useful mason jars can be anytime of the year. Summertime is no exception – in fact, I think summer screams mason jars! Serve freshly squeezed lemonade in them, and add a festive paper straw at your next cul-de-sac cookout. If you’re feeling extra crafty, wrap bright green twine around a small section on the lower portion of the glass and add “watermelon seeds” with a permanent black marker. Spray paint a few jars yellow, pink, or orange to match your citrusy centerpieces, and add a narrow piece of ribbon or burlap around the top for a fun and colorful set of utensil holders at your next summer soiree. While mosquitoes are not invited to summertime cookouts, they seem to show up

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ummer is here. It’s hot outside and families are enjoying summer break. While summer is a time for fun in the sun, it also presents certain dangers. One local family is sharing their heartbreaking story and urging others to take precautions that could prevent more tragedy.

Aven Moffat loved the outdoors, chasing frogs, playing baseball, and swimming. “He was a happy kid living his best life ever,” says Aven’s father, Craig. Last August, Aven passed away just days after swimming in fresh water. He contracted Naegleria fowleri which is a brain-eating amoeba that is present in all bodies of fresh water (lakes, rivers, ponds, hot springs, creeks, etc.). It may also be found in improperly chlorinated waters, such as pools, hot tubs, and splash pads. The amoeba thrives in warm water and is commonly found during the summer months when water temperatures are high. It enters the body through the nose during water activities and travels to the brain where it causes a deadly infection known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Although PAM infections are rare, the amoeba itself is not. Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, and fever. Symptoms begin one to nine days after exposure, and death typically occurs within five days of the onset of symptoms.

preventable infection. Another tip is to ensure that pools, splash pads, and hot tubs are properly chlorinated and that the chlorine levels are checked on a regular basis. “Aven always said he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up and help save other babies. I guess now he is helping save other kids in a way we could have never imagined,” says Debra. “If there is one thing I hope people will remember as they go out this summer, it’s that the risk is not worth it. I hope people will think twice before engaging in activities in fresh water.” She goes on to say, “Think about what’s in the water and remember our story. We can’t bring our son back, but we can help keep his legacy alive by helping to save others.”  Learn more about Aven’s story, Naegleria Fowleri and PAM by visiting the foundation’s website at amazingaven.org.

According to the Center for Disease Control, from 1962-2020 there have been 151 cases of PAM in the United States. Sadly, there have only been four survivors. Over 99% of PAM cases have resulted in death. The Moffat family and their foundation hope to spread awareness and prevent another unnecessary death. “Immediately following Aven passing away, we knew we had to do something,” says Aven’s mother Debra. Only three days later, family and friends founded Amazing Aven’s Quest for Amoeba Awareness, a non-profit foundation devoted to raising awareness, improving early detection methods, and advancing medical treatment for infections caused by Naegleria fowleri. This summer, the foundation is urging members of their community to take steps that could prevent a possible infection. If engaging in freshwater activities, minimize the risk by preventing water from entering your nose. Keeping your head above water or wearing a nose plug are your only lines of defense against this 99% fatal, yet 100% 30

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2. DUST FANS: Nothing collects – or spreads – dust faster than a constantly running fan. Most tabletop and floor fans can be safely disassembled for easy dusting or washing of filthy blades and grills. For ceiling fans, use a high-quality microfiber duster with an extension pole. Don’t forget to also clean bathroom exhaust fans, which will likely be working overtime as summer hits peak humidity. 3. DECLUTTER: When it’s cold outside, having more things around you can feel cozy. The opposite is true when it’s blazing hot out. Decluttering and then keeping living spaces extra tidy will create a feeling of airiness, enable air to move more freely, and present fewer opportunities for oppressive dirt and dust to collect. If you have hard flooring with area rugs in your home, summer is also a great time to send those rugs out for professional cleaning and let your floors go naked for a few weeks. 4. BAN BULKY BED LINENS: If you have the space for it, clean and stow away all heavy comforters, blankets, and bedspreads, plus any extra sleeping or decorative pillows. As with decluttering other living spaces, this creates a feeling of airiness and extra space to beat the heat while you sleep.

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8 STAY-COOL CLEANING STRATEGIES s summer’s heat and humidity rises, a little strategic cleaning can go a long way to easing the physical discomfort, especially if you prefer not to run your A/C all season long. Here’s a quick list of stay-cool cleaning strategies.

1. CLEAN BLINDS AND OTHER WINDOW TREATMENTS: The best way to keep a room cool is to prevent sunlight from ever entering, especially at midday. Even if you have A/C, darkening rooms will help the system to run more efficiently. And crisp, clean window treatments make the prospect of blocking outside views more palatable. 32

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5. INCREASE LAUNDRY FREQUENCY FOR BED LINENS AND TOWELS: You know that delicious feeling of slipping into a bed with freshly laundered sheets and pillows? That rises exponentially when it’s as hot as Hades outside, especially for anyone who tends to perspire when sleeping. 6. AVOID HANGING WET TOWELS TO DRY: If the air is already humid, wet towels will most assuredly contribute to the unpleasantness and can quickly become breeding grounds for molds, mildews, allergens, and other yucky stuff. Especially if not laundering with each use, at least toss wet towels into a clothes dryer on the air-only setting to send extra humidity outside via the dryer’s venting system. 7. SHIFT LARGE-APPLIANCE RUN TIMES: Plan to run large cleaning appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, and vacuums – all of which throw heat from their motors – either later in the evening or early morning when temperatures are cooler and electric power is less in demand. 8. CLEAN OR REPLACE A/C FILTERS: Finally, if you’re running A/C, be sure to regularly remove, inspect, and either clean or replace A/C filters, as these can also be breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and other allergens, which will only serve to compound the misery of summer’s high heat and humidity.  Todd Nelson is the owner of MaidPro of the Triangle. Call 919871-9996 or visit maidpro.com/raleigh-north.

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BY SUE LUCEY

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READS Do you remember snuggling on a grandparent’s lap and having them read to you? Can you recall a beloved childhood

Hey, Bruce! by Ryan T. Wiggins As described by publisher Disney Books, “In Hey, Bruce!, the bear experiences … well, whatever readers want him to. Rupert, Thistle, and Nibbs, the fun-loving mice in Bruce’s begrudgingly expansive family, guide readers on a quest for a fun reading experience, with Bruce the ever-reluctant star. As readers turn the page, flip the book, and follow the mice’s increasingly silly instructions, Bruce is sent flying and tumbling – all as he looks right up the reader’s nose! How will you interact with Bruce? Bruce’s life is what YOU, the reader, make it ...” Jessi’s Secret Language (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #12): A Graphix Book (Adapted Edition) by Ann M. Martin Do you remember this series from your childhood? Well, these are the same books – now adapted in graphic novel form! Not only are graphic novels fun and entertaining, they really help with reading comprehension. In this brand new book, Jessi is new to The Babysitter’s Club and is trying to fit in when she meets a deaf boy and they need to communicate with sign language. But soon, all of the kids want to learn how to sign. How will Jessi juggle it all?

TEEN Belladonna by Adalyn Grace New York Times’ bestseller Adalyn Grace’s latest work features a girl who teams up with Death to solve a murder mystery. Set in a

story you read cover to cover, time and again? Perhpas you’ve recently discovered a new favorite, recommended to you by your best friend who instantly knew you’d love it. Books create such a bond that ties us to certain people, places, and memories. My wish for you this summer is that one (or all!) of these great reads will sweep you off your feet, forever connecting you to when and where you enjoyed reading it.

CHILDREN Mom, Me and the Mulberry Tree by Tanya Rosie As the sun starts to rise, a young girl and her mother set out on a bus, riding knee to knee to visit their mulberry tree in the English countryside. What ensues is a lovely outing to be remembered for days to come. This tender and heartfelt story that is beautifully illustrated sweetly honors time spent with the ones you love. The Royal Trials – Last Gate of the Emperor #2 by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen The action never stops in this second book of the Last Gate series by Prince Joel Makonnen and North Carolina’s own Kwame Mbalia. Yared the GR8 is still trying to lead his kingdom as well as be the head gamer extraordinaire. More problems and more fun are waiting to be discovered in this well-paced story. (Also out this summer is Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky: The Graphic Novel by Mbalia.) 34

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gothic manor full of family secrets, Belladonna has everything – romance, a dash of fantasy, and twist and turns that are as dark and mysterious as the halls of Thorn Grove.

getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help …” Filled with bonkers science, boundless curiosity, and Randall’s signature stick-figure comics, What If? 2 is sure to be another instant classic adored by inquisitive readers of all ages.

Aces Wild: A Heist by Amanda DeWitt The Six of Crows goes to Las Vegas in this teen heist suspense novel. Per the author’s website (amandadewitt.com), “Some people join the chess club, some people play football. Jack Shannon runs a secret blackjack ring in his private school’s basement. What else is the son of a Las Vegas casino mogul supposed to do?” Find out as he tries to save his family and friends in this thriller.

The It Girl by Ruth Ware After reading The It Girl, you will undoubtedly be convinced of Ruth Ware’s talent for writing a compelling, riveting novel. Centered around a mismatched group of devoted and inseparable Oxford Uni friends (think St. Elmo’s Fire), with April as the “It” girl – flamboyant and ritzy and living a plush lifestyle … and by the end of their first term, dead – the story comes in waves of past and present. A decade after her death, with the man convicted of killing her having died in prison, her roommate and best friend’s world is turned upside down when a young journalist sets out to find the truth as new evidence surfaces. But there is danger in discovering the truth –

ADULT Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck As described by publisher Simon & Schuster, “The eagerly awaited return of master American storyteller Rinker Buck, Life on the Mississippi is an epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure in which Buck builds a wooden flatboat from the grand ‘flatboat era’ of the 1800s and sails it down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of America’s first western frontier.”

each friend has a different version of the real April, and are all questionable in her death. With the truth being right in front of me, which I was unable to figure out, The It Girl contained a definite twist that left me shocked and dumbfounded. The Big Dark Sky by Dean Koontz According to the author’s website (deankoontz.com), “A group of strangers bound by terrifying synchronicity becomes humankind’s hope of survival in an exhilarating, twist-filled novel by Dean Koontz, the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense … Through a bizarre twist of seemingly coincidental circumstances, a band of strangers now find themselves under Montana’s big dark sky. Their lives entwined, they face an encroaching horror. Unless they can defeat this threat, it will spell the end for humanity.”  Suzanne Lucey and her husband Dave own Page 158 Books, located at 415 S. Brooks St. in Wake Forest. She may be reached at 919435-1843 or visit www.page158books.com.

The Edge of Summer by Viola Shipman Protagonist Sutton grew up with her mother in the Ozarks. It was just the two of them because her mom always told her that the rest of her family perished in a fire. The older Sutton got, the more she wanted to know who her family was – but her mother never said a word about them. Upon her mother’s death, Sutton discovered that the lifelong answers she sought may be found in a resort town on the Lake Michigan shoreline … what ensues is a heartwarming story that is perfect for beach or poolside reading. What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe According to publisher Penguin Random House, “The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are

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WHAT A

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fraid of spirits? Plant a peach tree near your house. At least the ancient Chinese culture recommended doing so, as its wood was believed to protect people from ghostly evils. In the 10th century, the Chinese emperor had an entire army march before him carrying peach blossoms as he travelled from town to town. Today, the peach tree promotes great health, as its fruit is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, aids with digestion, improves heart health, decreases inflammation, contains beta carotene which is important for healthy vision, and much more. While Georgia has a long history of being the “peach state,” (that is its nickname, after all), you may not realize that North Carolina is a top peach producer as well. (However, internationally, China claims the #1 spot of peach production by a long shot.) Some of my favorite varieties of peaches were developed right here in the Tar Heel state. Candor, Bisco, Norman, Winblo, and Carolina Gold (no relation to Acapulco Gold) are some of the best and most popular North Carolina peaches. With some of these varieties dating back to the 1920s, you might be tempted to call peaches heirlooms – but that’s a dirty word among Tar Heel peach growers. Instead, they prefer heritage. In the early days of peach production in our state, the peaches of choice were Georgia Bell and Elbertas. Prized for their canning and freezing, everyone wanted them. But they were the only game in town at that time. There was a peach boom – farms that were worth a fair dollar switched their crops to peaches to ride the wave of popularity. But as more and more peaches flooded the market, topped with bad weather, “short tree life” (sudden wilting of a couple of branches or collapse of the entire tree soon after bloom), nematodes, and among other things, cankers (caused by fungal diseases), the market took a dive and farms went broke – thus, there was a peach bust. Thankfully, in the 1940s, the NC Department of Agriculture and NC State came to the rescue and formed the Sandhills research station where they were able to develop better varieties to grow in that particular region of the state. The resulting Sandhill peaches, such as the Emory, Troy, and Whynot – while perhaps not quite as famous as their predecessors – are absolute must tries for anyone passionate about peaches. With such a great texture and flavor, it’s no wonder that the peach

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is great for everything your taste buds crave. From salads to desserts, there is no reason that every meal, during season, can’t feature the fruit. Peaches are perfect in pancakes, oatmeal, and yogurt for breakfast. For lunch, how about a peanut butter and sliced peach sandwich? For a mouthwatering dinner, perhaps grilled pork chops and grilled peaches served with a frozen peach daiquiri. Cap off your evening with a refreshing peach bramble or ice cream topped with a bourbon roasted peach sauce.

PEACH BRAMBLE – 6 fresh Sandhill peaches, sliced – 3/4 cup sugar – 1 teaspoon cinnamon – 1/8 pound butter – 2 cups rolled oats – ½ cup flour In an 8½ x 11 baking pan, add sliced peaches, ½ cup sugar, and cinnamon, mixing well. In a food processor, cream the butter and the remaining ¼ cup of sugar. Add oats and flour. Mix well, but don’t chop the oats too much. Sprinkle the oat mixture over the top and bake at 350 degrees for one hour, or until topping is brown. Serve hot, and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

BOURBON ROASTED PEACH SAUCE – 3 peaches, sliced – ¼ cup sugar – 1/4 teaspon cinnamon – 1 tablespoon bourbon – 1 tablespoon butter Place all ingredients in a sauce pot and cook at low simmer until peaches break up. Serve hot on top of vanilla ice cream. This summer, whether you’re looking to ward off evil spirits, fill your body with vitamins and nutrients, or you simply want to sink your teeth into one of Mother Nature’s seasonal sweets to cool you off on a hot day, look no further than the good ol’ peach.  Buck Buchanan is the owner of Lumpy’s Ice Cream, located at 306 Wait Avenue in Downtown Wake Forest. Follow them on social media and visit lumpysicecream.com.

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PROTECT YOUR PUP TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE THIS SUMMER

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ummer is heating up and people are eager to get out for fresh air, sunshine, adventures, and fun with Fido! But while summer is a time for fun in the sun, it can also be a dangerous time for your pooch. Here are some ways to keep your pup safe in the hot summer weather.

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While we may love taking our dogs with us whenever can, this may not be the best choice during the hot summer months. If you have errands to run, stops to make, or cannot take your dog into the place you are visiting, it’s best to leave him home. A quick trip inside the grocery store could quickly become deadly to a dog left in a parked car this time of year, even with the windows cracked or parked in the shade.

Help protect your pooch from the sun when out and about this summer with dog-safe sunscreen; a UPF t-shirt; doggie goggles, sunglasses, or visor; and portable shade such as an umbrella, sunshade, or collapsible canopy.

SUMMER HEAT Be sure to take products that can help keep your dog cool as you venture outdoors – for instance, a collapsible bowl for hydration on the go, along with plenty of drinking water; a cooling mat or vest for extended periods outside (cooling bandanas are also good options); a frozen bone, chill fill, or KONG toy; and protective

It’s important to know that: – Pets most at risk for overheating are young, elderly, or overweight animals, those with short muzzles, and those with thick or darkcolored coats. – A car may overheat even when the windows have been left open an inch or two. – Even if the temperature outside is only 70 degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter! On an 85 degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees – and within 30 minutes, its interior can climb from 85 degrees to 120 degrees. – Shade offers little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun. – Many states and local governments have laws that prohibit leaving an animal unattended in a motor vehicle under dangerous conditions, which includes hot days. Your car could be damaged or you could be charged with a crime if you leave your pet in it unattended.

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boots for hot ground pavement so your dog’s paws stay safe. Speaking of hot pavement, how do you know if it’s too hot for your pup to trot? Rest your hand on the pavement, wait seven seconds, and if it’s too hot, wait to take the walk when it’s cooler. A good “rule of paw” to remember – if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your hound. For reference, if the outside temperature is 77 degrees, the asphalt temperature is 125 degrees; at 87 degrees, the asphalt temperature is 143 degrees; and at an air temperature of 102 degrees, the asphalt temperature is 167 degrees. A few health tips to keep in mind this summer: avoid mid-day walks, and stroll during cooler hours of the day; invest in a good pair of dog booties; try a topical product to toughen paw pads; and walk in the grass during the hottest part of the day.

KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE Heatstroke means a dog has lost the ability to regulate its body temperature and is overheating. This is a medical emergency! It is vital that dog owners recognize the signs of heatstroke and can act accordingly. While all dogs have risk of heatstroke, short-nosed, long-haired, and very young or very old dogs are at most risk. Signs of heatstroke include: – Excessive drolling (may be thick or gray in color); – Heavy panting; – Rapid breating; – Bright red gums and tongue; – Elevated heart rate; – Difficulty balancing (may stagger or wobble). If you are concerned that your dog is suffering from the heat: – Get him to a cool, shaded area; – Wet towels with cool water and drape over the dog (do NOT use ice), or pour cool water over him. Refresh frequently; – Allow small sips of cool water; – Transport to the closest veterinary hospital. Prevention is key! Heatstroke is often deadly to a dog. While understanding the signs and how to respond is important, taking the steps to prevent it from occurring is best. Exercise your dog early in the morning or later at night when it’s coolest. Make sure he has plenty of fresh water all day. Provide shade when outdoors. Never leave your dog outside in the heat of the day. Never leave him in a car alone. If you will be outside for an extended period of time (such as a sports game, picnic, or hike), leave your pup at home.  Camp Bow Wow – where a dog can be a dog – offers doggy daycare and overnight boarding. Camp Bow Wow is located at The Factory, 1839 S. Main Street in Wake Forest. For more information and to book your reservation, visit campbowwow.com/wake-forest.

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weet summertime! A break from school, beach vacations, and afternoons at the pool are what summer is made of. And so are lazy mornings and peaceful evenings lounging on your front porch or back patio. Until that leisure is spoiled as you notice that your home’s exterior is in need of a makeover. Or maybe you dread heading back inside because your indoor living space isn’t nearly as cheery as your outdoor one. If you fit into either of these scenarios, you aren’t alone. Read on for readers’ questions about how to incorporate this bright and beautiful time of year into your living spaces. Q: I have an older brick home and I’m considering painting the brick to brighten and lighten it. I also need to replace the windows. Should I paint first, or tackle the windows first? How do I know if the painting of the brick is being done correctly? A: Painted brick is not only beautiful, but it has a classic, timeless look. But before you paint, you’ll need to replace the windows. This is a great time to decide if you want to make a few windows larger. Or maybe substitute an existing window with a French door for additional outdoor access. Since you will be painting the brick anyway, the brick mason can cut out larger spaces or fill in where you may want to move a window. Most of the time they can reuse the brick, or find brick the same size and texture. Since you will be painting it, the color does not matter. To ensure the best painting result, I recommend hiring a professional painter. It goes without saying that planning for a few days without rain is a must. Prior to painting, your house will need to be power washed and possibly scrubbed if any mold or mildew is present. Some filling in of cracks with caulk may also need to be done. Priming with a primer that is specifically made for brick is crucial, and spraying versus rolling will get you much better coverage. Remember that brick is porous – it takes twice as much paint to cover brick than siding. When it comes to picking the shade for your brick, keep in mind that your trim, railings, shutters, front door, etc. will need to be refreshed as well, so select a complementary color for these areas. Different hues of white are the most popular colors for painted brick. However, brick houses are stunning and make quite the 42

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statement when painted a color, such as gray or soft black – so if you’re looking to make a bit of an exterior transformation, this may be a color route to consider. Think about your shingle color as well – it does matter! Q: Summer has reminded me just how dark and dreary some of the rooms in my house have become. How do I lighten up these spaces without breaking the bank? A: For starters, clutter can make a space feel dark and dreary, so I recommend beginning with an accessory refresh. Less is more when it comes to accessorizing a space, and scale is very important. You want to draw the eye up so that a space feels larger, which in turn will make it feel less bleak. Clutter also applies to artwork. In smaller rooms, one big piece of art that fills the space is better than 10 small ones. Busyness makes a small space feel smaller and closed in, so it naturally feels darker. Mirrors hung opposite a window will reflect light and brighten up a room. If you have blinds or shutters on your windows and do not need them for privacy, remove them – or at least open them up as often as you can. This will allow in natural light, one of the best ways to illuminate a room. Bringing in lighter pillows, accessories (again, not too many!), and rugs will help brighten a space as well. Just remember to keep the color hues consistent. Fresh flowers and greenery add brightness and texture. New paint is a surefire way to lighten up a space. If your rooms are conveying a dreary vibe, then my guess is your walls are darker toned. If you like that shade, consider painting the room in a much lighter shade. Or embrace change and try a vibrant and cheery hue – don’t be afraid of color! And don’t forget the trim and ceilings. If they are dark and dingy, then a refresh of a nice white will be an absolute wow for the space.  Rhonda Benvie Plummer is the owner of Help Me Rhonda Interiors and Open Door Furniture & Accents, a furniture and accessories store located at 11605 Durant Road in Raleigh. Visit helpmerhondainteriors.com or opendoorfurnitureandaccents.com or call 919263-9054. Rhonda is also a regular guest on WPTF’s “Making Your Home Great” radio show, the second Saturday of every month, when you can call in with any design questions you may have.

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CHECK WHAT SHAPE IS YOUR SKIN IN? Summer can be tough on your skin – with all the sun, sand, travel, and recreation, your skin is probably taking a beating right now. While you may notice dry summer skin without much thought, more serious skin conditions can arise during the summer months that require a closer look. That’s why family medicine doctor Dr. Bradley Evans recommends performing a summer skin check – particularly for those

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iven people’s high exposure to sunlight and the possible development of new, precancerous, or cancerous skin lesions during the summer months, checking your skin this time of year is highly recommended,” explains Dr. Evans. “Catching skin problems in their early stages makes them far easier and less invasive to treat – resulting in better outcomes and (when applicable), less scarring.” While everyone can benefit from a skin self-check, if you answer yes to any of the questions below, it’s even more important for you.

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– SKIN LESIONS SUCH AS FRECKLES, MOLES, BIRTHMARKS: Whether the lesion is new or growing, it’s important to check them carefully. Any lesion that is new or has become larger, darker, or has begun scabbing, scaling, or bleeding should be looked at by a medical professional. – NEW, UNDIAGNOSED SKIN CONDITIONS: If you notice irregularities in your skin, such as flaking, scaling, or discoloration, you could have a skin condition that could be caused by an underlying medical condition. One such condition, known as tinea versicolor, is a type of yeast infection that often declares itself during the summer months. The good news is that it’s common and easily treated if properly diagnosed. Others include eczema or psoriasis, and even acne, all of which can be easily treated by your family medicine doctor.

EVALUATE YOUR SKIN Taking just a few moments to carefully evaluate your skin – from top to bottom – can help identify any potential skin problems. If you notice anything concerning, check in with your family medicine physician who can often take care of you right in the office without the need for a dermatologist appointment.  Dr. Bradley Evans is a family medicine physician with WakeMed Physician Practices Primary Care – Cary Parkway. Visit the WakeMed Voices blog for more healthy lifestyle tips (wakemedvoices.com). The WakeMed Voices blog provides an outlet for their many experts to share information on topics important to the health of patients and the community. WakeMed has three hospitals, seven emergency departments, dedicated children’s services, 80+ physician practices, and much more. For more information, visit wakemed.org.

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tiny fraction of the energy that a central air conditioner does – approximately only 1.6% of it – you may want to give this cooling route a whirl. You’d have to run a ceiling fan for approximately 100 hours in order to use the same amount of energy you do to run your A/C for just one hour. While fans don’t actually lower the temperature in the room they are in, they can make that room feel up to eight degrees cooler than it actually is simply by circulating the air. This makes them efficient and cost-effective substitutes, saving you up to 40% on your energy bill. 2. CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTERS: Dirty air filters restrict airflow through your air conditioner, and that costs you money. In fact, dirty air filters can increase your cooling expenses by up to 15% every month. HVAC specialists advise checking your air filter every month, and replacing it every three to four months as needed. Doing this will help you hold on to your cash at the end of the month, as well as in the long run if it helps you avoid having to prematurely replace your home’s cooling system.

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3. BE STRICT WITH YOUR THERMOSTAT: A surprising number of people don’t know how to set their thermostat properly. They either set it far too low to cool their homes faster, or they allow their home’s temperature to swing wildly by shutting their system off completely during inopportune times. The best way to set your thermostat is at your ideal temperature, and let your system do the work to get there. Setting it cooler will not get it there any faster. Likewise, do not turn your system off entirely when you leave. This will lead to longer and more expensive cooling cycles when you return. Instead, set your thermostat three to four degrees higher, which will shorten cooling times and save energy.

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4. DISCONNECT DEVICES THAT ARE NOT IN USE: Before you step out of your house, unplug the devices you won’t be using while you’re gone. Even though something might be in the “off ” setting, many of these devices still use power while they are shut down. This is often referred to as “standby” or “vampire” power, and this will still accumulate and show up on your monthly electric bill. Having a few of these devices adds up fairly quickly.

KEEP he summer season is a time for outings, vacations, and cookouts with the ones you love. However, it is also the time of year when your energy bills skyrocket. But the hotter months don’t mean that extreme energy costs have to burn a hole in your wallet. Here are nine ways to help you save your hard-earned cash this summer.

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5. SPEND TIME OUTSIDE: Summer is the best time of year to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Warm temps offer a great opportunity to enjoy nature, take in a music festival, go to a restaurant and sit on the patio, or even head to a local park to enjoy a picnic. It’s also a perfect time to enjoy beach days or fishing trips, or take that trip abroad you’ve been dreaming about. The more time you spend outside, the less time you will spend inside, burning through electricity that will show up on your monthly bill.

1. REPLACE A/C WITH RUNNING CEILING FANS: I know some of you think this is crazy, especially in North Carolina’s sweltering summer heat. But once you realize that ceiling fans use only a

6. START A GARDEN: Nature has a great way of protecting itself from harsh sunlight while also benefitting from this sunlight greatly. Trees and shrubs provide shade that blocks light and

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heat from reaching your home where it increases your indoor temperatures. A home positioned under shady trees and shrubs can keep it cool and increase your A/C unit’s efficiency by roughly 10%. Start a garden today, and within a few short years, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of natural shade. 7. LIMIT YOUR WATER USE: Did you know that 18% of the electricity used in the average home is dedicated to water heating? Creating hot water requires a pretty sizeable amount of energy, and that adds up quickly. Laundry cycles and long showers can be costly for this reason. Be sure to always fill your washing machine as much as you can to save hot water. Likewise, limit hot showers to just a few minutes. 8. AVOID PEAK HOUR CONSUMPTION: Avoiding what the electric companies call “peak hours” is important when it comes to cutting costs. Peak hours are when demand on the grid is at its highest, and the limited supply mixed with the high demand makes prices skyrocket during these periods. Generally, these occur between the hours of 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM. By limiting your usage to early in the day or very late at night, you can avoid paying premium power prices. 9. COVER WINDOWS DURING THE HEAT OF THE DAY: The sun pelts your home with a ton of energy every day, and this energy is often carried into your home through windows. When the temperature outside soars, your windows may be allowing this heat inside. Covering your windows may block out some of the light, but it will also block out a lot of the heat that could otherwise be sapping away the energy your air conditioner is using.  Sean McGahy is the owner of Zar Electric. Zar Electric, residential, commercial, and pool electricians, is always “On the job, doin’ the job, gettin’ the job done right!” He may be reached at 919-948-3066, or visit zarelectric.net.

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Pollinator gardens are great for adding interest and diversity to your yard – and in a world that is becoming increasingly urbanized, they also help in restoring the beneficial insects that are crucial to our ecosystems. These gardens are designed to attract bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, bats, and even hummingbirds. But why would you want these critters in your backyard? Because they perform the crucial ecosystem service of pollination, making it possible for our

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den a favorite destination for them. Choose carefully to match the site conditions; natives will flourish without the addition of fertilizers and pesticides. Examples of great North Carolina plants include asters, daisies, golden rods, and sunflowers. For a more comprehensive list of plants native to North Carolina, check out the Pollinator Conversion Guide page on the NC State Extension website at growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinatorconservation/. Avoid modern hybrids which often have been bred to produce larger blooms and color but may have lost their ability to produce nectar and pollen. When buying annuals, purchase older heirloom varieties known to have them.

here are many factors that have been putting pressure on pollinators. Creating a pollinator-friendly yard can help address one of the biggest issues – urbanization. The loss of a habitat that provides sites for overwintering, foraging for pollen and nectar, or nesting has been extremely detrimental. Creating a pollinator garden for your home can be a relatively simple task, as it requires minimal upkeep, and provides a positive impact for these important critters. Creating a pollinator garden is a fun and rewarding project that the whole family can enjoy. As a mother and grandmother, I am always looking for things my family can do together. Creating a pollinator garden is not only fun and educational, but it also gets the whole family outdoors and away from their screens. It also creates a rewarding feature in your yard you can enjoy together for years. Also, finding ways to teach the benefits of protecting pollinators ensures that everyone understands their role in our ecosystem and food chain. Involving your children is not only educational, but it will also help them make eco-friendly choices as adults. They can take what they learned as children and apply it to their future, educating others along the way. Native plants share a long evolutionary history with their pollinators, so including a wide variety of natives will make your gar48

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Some pollinators emerge in early spring, while others don’t appear until mid-summer, but they all need pollen and nectar while they are active and rearing their young. To maximize the effectiveness of your habitat, have a variety of plants in bloom throughout the season. Overlapping bloom times will ensure there is always something in your garden to provide nutrition for pollinators. And plant in drifts. Pollinators are more likely to find plants in gardens that provide larger drifts of color. Get at least three of one kind – more if you have the room – and plant them near one another. Pollinators overwinter in different life stages: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. Some overwinter in hollow stems, while others attach to plants. Some overwinter in the leaf litter. To protect overwintering pollinators, don’t cut down your perennial gardens until spring, and keep beds of leaves intact through the winter. To attract butterflies, include a variety of larval host plants for caterpillars to consume. These caterpillars will eat the leaves of their host plants, so don’t panic when you see some holes … it just means the plants are doing their job. You can find many lists of larval host plants online. Planting a pollinator garden is more important than you may realize. Even a small garden can make a huge difference, as pollinators have suffered greatly from loss of habitat, misuse of chemicals, and spread of invasive plant and animal species. But just as important as building a safe place for our critical pollinators is the fun you and your family will have creating your own pollinator garden, and the enjoyment and satisfaction it will give you year after year.  Margarita Cohen is the owner of Mosquito Joe of Raleigh – Durham – Chapel Hill, making “Outside Fun Again” with pollinator friendly mosquito, tick, and flea control treatments for residential and commercial customers. For more information, or to schedule a treatment, call 919-926-8851 or visit RaleighDurham-Chapelhill.MosquitoJoe.com.

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habits, children going through puberty face an increased risk for developing gum disease.

BRACES Kids with braces often have a difficult time maintaining a consistent oral hygiene regimen. Flossing and thorough tooth brushing presents a greater challenge, and many children avoid flossing, and sometimes even brushing, as much as possible. However, without regularly removing the bacteria and debris around and between the teeth, plaque will accumulate quickly. Plaque ultimately hardens into calculus (calcified plaque). Calculus irritates gum tissue, causes bleeding, and accelerates gingival recession.

POOR NUTRITION Poor nutrition damages children’s gum health in a number of ways. First, many adolescents tend to consume an inadvisable amount of sugary, sticky snacks and beverages specifically marketed towards children. Such refreshments include sugary cereals, fruit juices, and even yogurt. Although many of these products may be marketed as “healthy,” they are frequently loaded with sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Such food and drink coat the teeth with a bacterial biofilm that can irritate the gum tissue if not regularly removed.

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CAN CHILDREN DEVELOP GUM DISEASE? Periodontitis (gum disease) is a multifactorial inflammatory disease that destroys teeth-supporting structures such as gum tissue and the jaw bone if left untreated. Although we often think of periodontal disease as a condition that only impacts grown-ups, in fact, children and teenagers can suffer from gum disease as well. There are a number of reasons why an adolescent might develop periodontal disease.

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Second, poor nutrition weakens the immune system as a whole and can cause inflammation. A child whose diet consists of unhealthy, sugary substances will have a harder time fighting off gingival inflammation than one whose diet consists of healthful, less sugary nutrition.

GENETIC FACTORS Genetics may also help determine whether a child faces a greater risk of developing periodontitis. Some individuals are more genetically susceptible to gum disease. For instance, gum disease may present more severely in children whose cells produce the interleukin-1 genotype, which is an inherited cytokine. If you notice that your child’s gums appear swollen, inflamed, or tender, or that the gums bleed upon flossing or brushing, your child might be experiencing the early stages of periodontal disease. It is crucial to ensure that children practice consistent oral hygiene habits at home, including brushing after every meal and before bed and flossing daily to prevent the buildup of bacterial plaque. If the symptoms persist despite a regular, thorough oral hygiene regimen, this could be a sign that your child is suffering from periodontal disease, and it may be time to seek the help of an oral health professional.  Dr. Macon Singletary, periodontist at North Raleigh Periodontics, is a diplomate with the American Board of Periodontology, and has been improving smiles in the Raleigh area for over 25 years. For more information, visit northraleighperio.com or call 919-518-8222.

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summer months can offer. Dust off the porch and patio furniture (and repaint or restain if needed), replace outdoor furniture cushions, and pop those patio umbrellas open. By creating sections for seating, entertaining, and grilling with pristine landscaping as a backdrop, buyers are sure to be delighted by the additional exterior space your property has to offer. Clean up your yard entirely. Make sure your lawn is mowed and your grass, flower beds, and planters are looking their best. This will help create a good first impression for buyers when they come to see your home. BY ALLISON CAUDLE ABBOTT

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HOW TO PREP YOUR HOME FOR A SUMMER SALE ummer is the perfect time to sell your house. The warm weather and longer days make it easier to show your home, and buyers are typically more active during this season. As we all know by now, the real estate market has been heating up on its own for months. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the real estate industry, and keeping my finger on the pulse of the ever-changing market. Sure, some slight shifts are happening with mortgage rates rising slightly; however, rates are still at historic lows, allowing for additional buying power. This means that with so many active buyers, and minimal listings on the market, we are still very much currently in a seller’s market. Many times, demand creates complacency. We are noting that in order to get that tip top dollar for your property, the proper steps need to be taken in an effort to showcase your listing in the best light to prospective buyers. During each changing season, the prep work for getting your property ready to launch live on the market shifts. Obviously, no one needs to worry about fallen leaves in the yard or snow and ice during these steamy summer months. However, summer invites different checklist items to complete before placing your home on the market. If you’ve been pondering the current market and opportunity that could mean for you, here are a few tips to get you started. OUTDOOR LIVING: The beautiful North Carolina weather allows for much desired outdoor living opportunities. Creating or enhancing your outdoor living space allows prospective buyers to envision themselves entertaining friends and neighbors, relaxing with a lemonade on a warm summer day, grilling out with family, and the tranquility of a warm evening spent under the stars that only these 52

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KEEP IT CLEAN! With warmer months come the less flattering tasks like power washing buildup on the home, removing leaves and such from the gutters, properly washing down a front porch and back deck, power washing the driveway and walkways, tidying up the mailbox, and enhancing the front door with a new layer or two of paint, as needed. First impressions count, especially with a large investment such as a house. Keeping the outside of your home as clean and freshened up as possible will go a long way in attracting buyer interest and getting you top dollar for it. And don’t forget that cleaning doesn’t stop outside. Be sure to wash the windows, inside and out, and have your home professionally cleaned prior to professional photos and showings. DECLUTTER: No matter when you sell your home, it’s imperative to declutter it as much as possible. Remove knick-knacks from countertops, mantels, and bookshelves. Declutter the garage and storage areas to show prospective buyers that there is plenty of storage throughout the house. Full storage areas beg buyers to question where they will be able to put all of their own stuff. It’s also been studied that prospective buyers better visualize themselves in a home that is free from additional clutter, dreaming of where their items would be placed. FIX WHAT’S BROKEN: Are there any cracks in the foundation or chipped exterior paint? These are things that potential buyers will notice, so it’s important to address them before putting your house on the market. STAGE YOUR HOME: Staging your home can make a big difference in how quickly it sells. Hiring a professional to help you stage your home can be worth the investment. Or, hire a real estate agent who does light staging as part of their services to clients. By taking the time to prepare your home for the market, you’ll be sure to attract serious buyers who are willing to pay top dollar for your property. So get started today and enjoy a successful summer selling season!  Allison Caudle Abbott is the owner and broker-in-charge of Southern Lux Living, serving buyers and sellers throughout the Triangle. She may be reached at 919-395-6186 or visit www.southernluxliving.com.

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Not to mention, Southport is an integral part of North Carolina’s coveted film industry. Did you know that our state is ranked third for film production in the United States? Much of that ranking is owed to our state’s picturesque coastal communities, like Southport. The city’s film and

television credits include Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003), Safe Haven (2013), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), A Walk to Remember (2002), and more. Be sure to cross “Hollywood-hunting” off your bucket list by checking out the numerous locations

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Located on the Cape Fear River near the southern tip of North Carolina’s coast, Southport is a vibrant community blooming with shops, restaurants, and history. According to the Brunswick, NC Visitors Guide, the Cape Fear region was first explored by the Spanish in 1521 and 1526, but the first settlement, Brunswick Town (located up the river), was not established until 1726 (ncbrunswick.com). The town was officially commissioned in 1792, and was named Smithville after Revolutionary War veteran and future Governor of North Carolina Benjamin Smith. The town developed upon fishing and military presence with Fort Johnston, which is still active today. Smithville became Southport after the Civil War, as part of an effort to grow the town’s presence as a port of the south (hence the name Southport). Since then, the City of Southport has become a quaint yet lively community with a growing tourism industry, boasting a variety of activities and attractions. 54

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around Southport that have been featured in films and TV. Other fun activities to do in Southport include: visiting the Southport Summer Market, featuring fresh produce, artisan crafts, baked goods, and more (see downtownsouthport.org/southport-summer-market/ for more info); touring Fort Johnston and other historical locations; paddling on one of the local rivers, creeks, or lakes; exploring the Southport Pier and Riverwalk and Downtown Southport; taking a ride on the Fort Fisher / Southport Ferry to the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area; and dining at one of the many delicious local restaurants and waterfront eateries (information courtesy of the Brunswick, NC Visitors Guide). Additionally, Historic Downtown Southport and Oak Island have been home to the Official North Carolina 4th of July Festival and Fireworks for over 220 years. The festivities begin July 1st, and the week following has a variety of awesome events for the whole family. If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s festival, plan a fun trip to look forward to for next year’s Independence Day. Check out nc4thofjuly.com for more information. When it comes to choosing a place to stay, select an area hotel, inn, motel, or rental house for a convenient and cost-effective option. If you’re looking for a bit of a longer stay and want to visit other nearby beach towns for some fun day-trips, check out Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, or one of the many other charming coastal communities in the area. With a plethora of things to do and places to see, Southport is sure to provide an enjoyable vacation for all. And when you visit, don’t forget to take in all those salubrious sea breezes!  Grace Lower is a sophomore at UNCChapel Hill. She is studying Biology and Environmental Science, and also enjoys dance, theater, and writing for CIRCA Magazine.

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reating or redesigning a room requires a thoughtful assessment of how you will function in that space. As with any good design, a well-planned foundation will help make the design process go much more smoothly and decrease the chances of running into issues mid-way through, which can be both frustrating and expensive. There are many ways to approach the design process, but determining the function(s) of the space should always come first. Answering the question of who, what, when, where, and why will help determine how to design it. Here is a list to get you started considering the function of the space and some examples of how to do that.

sider replacing ceiling lights with wall lights or lamps to draw the eye down. SEATING: Determining seating needs may seem like an easy task, but it still requires forethought. For living rooms, determine how many people need to have a place to sit. If you desire seating arrangements that accommodate conversations as opposed to watching TV, you may want to include more individual chairs versus a sofa. For eating areas, if you have a leaf for your dining room table that you will use for special occasions, consider where the extra seating will go when the table isn’t extended. You also want to decide on seating options for places like a bedroom, where you may want to have a chair for reading or watching TV.

LAYOUT: The layout of a room is determined by the size and use of the space. You should consider who is using the space, when they will use it, and why they are using it when determining the best layout. Here are some examples of user experience that can impact the space planning of a room: – What will the flow of traffic be? If the room is centrally located in the house (such is often the case with the living room), arrange the furniture so people can move through it without interrupting a conversation, the view of a television, or any other activity happening in that room. – When a room is being used for more utilitarian purposes, such as an office, verify the items that are often used are easily accessible. – In a bedroom, consider the direction in which the doors to a closet or a bathroom open to ensure they don’t interfere with furniture placement. – If in a space there is an activity that requires concentration, determine how you can best achieve this environment. LIGHTING: Lighting shouldn’t be an afterthought when designing a space. The glare from natural light will impact where to place a computer screen or a TV. The room’s natural light can also help determine the type of window treatments you use. Make sure you have enough light fixtures to accommodate activities for that room as well. Take into account how lighting impacts the overall aesthetics of a room; e.g. if you have low ceilings, con58

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STORAGE: Each room will accommodate different activities, so consider how the function will impact storage. You may need a place to keep gaming consoles or toys in the living room. You may want to have a place for your fine china in the dining room. Taking an inventory of what you need in that room will also help you determine if you need to come up with creative solutions such as an ottoman that holds blankets.

BUDGET: When assessing your project, think about any additional costs that may impact your overall budget. Adding sconces or mounting a TV on a wall requires an electrician and adds additional costs. You may decide you want to retile the bathroom floor and determining which tile you want ahead of time will prevent heartache when you find the perfect one later, but it doesn’t fit in the budget. Many added design details require hiring a professional, and you will want to plan for those.

AESTHETIC ENHANCEMENT: Consideration of the current aesthetic attributes of the room will be important. If there are interesting architectural details, such as beams or intricate molding, think of ways these can be highlighted with something as simple as paint. If you want to hide a particularly displeasing detail, consider painting it the same color as the walls, so it will blend in. If the ceilings are low, think about using vertical stripes or hanging curtains well above the window to give the illusion of height. If the room is small, reflective surfaces such as mirrors or glass will help make it feel larger.

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At CIRCA, we believe that one of the many pleasures in life is gathering around with friends and family to enjoy a delicious meal. While spending time together is most important, the meal you prepare helps set the stage for the enjoyment of all. That is why we love that July is National Grilling Month! Preparing food on the grill can be nostalgic for many. One of the most common classic American traditions is grilling burgers and hot dogs for a July 4th or Labor Day celebration. Grilling can make food just taste

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cumin, chile powder, and salt and pepper together in a large mixing bowl and whisk ingredients together. Place the meat in a resealable food-storage bag. Add the marinade and toss to thoroughly coat the meat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours, turning every so often to further coat the meat. Preheat the grill to 550-600 degrees on the grill; if using a cast iron pan, you’ll want high heat for a sear. Place steak on the grill for five minutes, flip, and cook for another five minutes. Take the temperature of the steak (this should be done by placing the thermometer in the thickest part of the meat). It should be around 90 degrees at this time. Close the grill lid and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Take the temperature of the steak again –

ANCHO CHILI LIME FLANK STEAK Courtesy of The Butcher’s Market – Flank steak – 3 limes – 2 green onions chopped – 3 garlic cloves, minced – 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped – 2 teaspoons olive oil – 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder – 1 canned chipotle pepper, chopped – 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce – 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder – 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder – 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder – Salt – Cracked black pepper Mix the lime juice and some lime zest, the green onions, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, cocoa powder, chipotle pepper, adobo, coriander, 60

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if the internal temperature is 125 degrees. Take the steak off the grill. Let rest for 10 minutes. After resting, it’s time to cut into the steak. In the middle of the meat, cut it in half, going with the grain. Then slice against the grain, and enjoy your ancho chili lime flank steak. For visual instructions, check out The Butcher’s Market tutorial at youtube.com/watch?v=_r2gPEd_oQs.

ROAST PORK LOIN WITH MANGO SALSA Courtesy of B&W Hardware and Traeger.com You can add mango salsa to just about anything to make it better. This fruity twist on a classic pork loin is sure to please everyone. The rub: – 1 teaspoon chili powder – 1 teaspoon granulated garlic – 1 teaspoon onion powder – 1 teaspoon smoked paprika – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper – 1 (5-6 lb) boneless pork loin In a small bowl, combine chili powder, granulated garlic, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Coat the pork loin with the rub mix and set aside.

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Combine all salsa ingredients, set aside, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Preheat grill to 450 degrees. Place the pork loin on the grill and turn every few minutes, closing the lid between each turn, until it is seared all around. Reduce the grill temperature to 350°F. Cook until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 140°F.

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HOW YOU NEED TO CLEAN DIFFERENTLY ets certainly contribute much love and joy to a household … and they also contribute their fair share of dirt, grime, dander, odors, and other messes. Much like babies and toddlers, pets are particularly vulnerable to fumes, fragrances, and residues from cleaning solutions. And, while pets are adept at recognizing and avoiding dangers they might encounter in the wild, they have few defenses to prevent them from sniffing or licking complex chemicals and other man-made substances found in homes. So, if you live with fur babies, clean just as you would around babies and toddlers, plus the following: – Groom pets frequently (and preferably out of doors). Beyond tracking in grime via their paws and claws and shedding fur, pets routinely release dander – tiny skin and other protein62

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containing microparticles – into the air by scratching, shaking, rolling, panting, licking, and even urinating. When inhaled by humans, our immune systems frequently mistake these pet proteins for pathogens, generating a host of unpleasant allergy symptoms. What’s more, pet dander has a habit of sticking to surfaces and can travel around on clothing, bags, and other portable items. Brushing pets consistently and, if possible, out of doors is a first line of defense against both shedding messes and dander. Overbathing, by contrast, can dry out a pet’s skin, making dander problems worse rather than better. – Increase cleaning frequency. In a home with just humans, you can typically get away with vacuuming and dusting, say, once a week. With pets, depending on number and type, you may need to increase that frequency, especially during shedding seasons (typically late fall and early spring). If there are allergy sufferers in a home, consider using an allergen denaturing agent, typically a spray or powder, that neutralizes the proteins in pet dander. Note, however, that denaturing agents can be acidic, so follow all cautions carefully and test for color fastness when using on carpets, curtains, bedding, and other textiles. Even with no pet-allergy sufferers in a home, consider the long-term implications for home value and sale-ability when deciding how often to clean. – Invest in high-quality cleaning tools. To maximize capture and removal of pet dander, invest in a pro-quality High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtered vacuum cleaner; dust with highquality microfiber cloths; and, to ensure thorough removal of cleaning-solution residues, which can be a particular hazard for pets, use high-absorbency mops, cloths, and sponges. Where cleaning solutions are concerned, choose products that are mild, pH-balanced, and engineered to rinse away cleanly, leaving minimal residues and follow – to the letter – all manufacturer’s instructions for using them. – Be super wary of DIY solutions. The Internet offers plenty of suggestions for do-it-yourself cleaning solutions that are supposedly pet friendly. But, compared to well-designed commercial cleaning solutions, which are developed and tested thoroughly in labs under controlled scientific conditions, the DIY world is a bit of a Wild West. DIY solutions are often ineffective for cleaning, potentially damaging to home surfaces, and/or possibly lethal to pets, especially if they use essential oils for fragrance, which pets cannot always metabolize, leading to toxic buildup and even organ failure. – Remember to clean pets’ personal belongings! Finally, be sure to consistently wash (and occasionally replace) pet toys, feeding bowls, bedding, and so forth, which are pet dander magnets and, in the case of bedding, feeding grounds for dust mites and breeding grounds for other pathogens.  Todd Nelson is the owner of MaidPro of the Triangle. Visit maidpro.com/raleigh-north or call 919-871-9996.

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PREGNANCY AND VISION

CHANGES, CAUSES, AND MORE BY DR. CASSANDRIA WARR

Congratulations! A baby is on the way! Pregnancy brings big physical changes to your body so it’s no surprise that it can have an effect on everything from your blood pressure to your dental health. But did you know that pregnancy can also cause changes to your eyesight? When you are pregnant, you might experience changes in the quality of your eyesight. Most changes are usually minor and may be temporary. Your eyesight should return to normal slightly after your baby is born, but some vision problems linked

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to pregnancy may require medical attention. regnancy involves an enormous surge of hormones, increased fluid retention, and often a change in blood pressure, all while your body is under considerable strain. The cascade of hormones flooding a pregnant woman’s body affects every tissue and organ, including the eyes.

Not every person will notice changes to their eyesight during pregnancy, since it affects people differently. It is impossible to predict whether you may be affected or not, but it is important to know the potential issues that could occur. Following is an explanation of the most common eye changes of pregnancy, what causes them, and what to do about them. BLURRY VISION AND DRY EYES: The surging hormones of pregnancy can cause the quality and amount of tear production in the eye to change, leading to dry eye syndrome. Symptoms can be excessive tearing, intermittent blurry vision, and often a burning sensation. Symptoms of dry eye can often be treated with warm compresses and over-the-counter artificial tears. If needed, your eye doctor can also prescribe medication to help. REFRACTIVE CHANGES: Clarity of vision depends on the way our eyes bend, or refract, light. When we need glasses or contact lenses to help with the clarity of vision, it is called a refractive error. Fluid retention in pregnancy can cause changes in refractive error by

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altering the thickness of the front of the eye (the cornea). This change will typically revert to normal once delivery has occurred. WEARING CONTACT LENSES: It is good to know that contact lenses, contact lens solutions, and enzymatic cleaners are safe to use while you are pregnant. If your eyes are dry and irritated while wearing contact lenses, you can use artificial tears with the contacts. Sometimes pregnancy can make the eyes dry enough that the contact lenses just feel too uncomfortable. After delivery of the baby, your eyes should return to normal. PREGNANCY AND LASIK: Doctors do not recommend LASIK during pregnancy, since most vision changes are often temporary. Also, because changes can occur due to swelling, this could cause the results of LASIK to not be correct. It is recommended to wait at least six months postpartum before having LASIK. PUFFY EYELIDS: Puffiness around the eyes is a common side effect of certain hormonal changes that women may have while pregnant. Drink plenty of water and stick to a moderate diet low in sodium and caffeine to help limit water retention and boost overall comfort. MIGRAINES AND INCREASED SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT: Around 40% of women will experience migraines at some point in their lives. Pregnant women who suffer from migraines often experience some relief in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, but migraines may flare during the postpartum period due to abrupt declines in estrogen levels. Sensitivity to light, also called photophobia, is a common symptom of migraines. Wearing sunglasses or turning off lights when having this symptom is helpful. DIABETES: High blood sugar levels linked to diabetes can damage the small blood vessels that supply your retina, resulting in diabetic retinopathy. The chances of this happening increase as pregnancy progresses. Signs of diabetic retinopathy include blurred vision, floaters, and dark spots in the field of vision, fluctuating vision, and missing areas of vision. It is best to keep close tabs on your blood sugar while pregnant. Some women may develop gestational diabetes, which is typically a temporary form of diabetes. This can sometimes cause blurred

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vision. Keeping your blood sugar under control will help prevent vision changes. If you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should be examined by your eye doctor.

distress are often present. It is important not to ignore these visual symptoms; you should see a doctor right away. Treatment may include blood pressure medications; however, if these do not work and the pregnancy is far enough along, the doctor may decide an early delivery is necessary.

PRE-ECLAMPSIA: Your eyes can provide a warming sign of a potentially serious condition during pregnancy called preeclampsia, which is dangerously high blood pressure. This complication affects about 5% of pregnant women and may occur around the twentieth week of pregnancy. New onset hypertension and proteinuria (excess protein in the urine) are two cardinal signs. Since blood pressure can soar rapidly and endanger the health of both mother and baby, medical attention is needed. Visual symptoms can include blurred vision, auras of flashing lights, floaters, or dark spots in the field of vision, sudden inability to focus the eyes, and even temporary blindness. More significant eye problems can occur, including retinal swelling and bleeding. Headaches and digestive

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Pregnancy is a glorious time when the body is changing rapidly and it makes sense to nourish your entire body, including your eyes, with healthy foods and an adequate amount of rest. Be sure to eat well, including lots of leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish high in omega-3s, such as salmon and sardines. Finally, get plenty of rest, keep hydrated, and look forward to the moment you will see, with your own eyes, your newborn baby.  Cassandria Warr, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, is with McPherson Family Eye Care, located at 3150 Rogers Road, Suite 100 in Wake Forest. For more information about pregnancy and vision, call 919-263-9163 or visit mcphersonfamilyeyecare.com.

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ESTABLISHED TREES AND SHRUBS Trees and shrubs that have been in the landscape for two or more years should be well established, and not require much supplemental watering, except during prolonged dry spells. A good rule of thumb for the average plant is approximately 1” of water per week during periods without rain. Encourage deep root growth and prevent root rot by providing this amount of water in one to two waterings. To measure the water output of your irrigation system, put a small container on the ground to catch the water.

NEWLY PLANTED TREES AND SHRUBS Because their rootballs are small, newly planted trees and shrubs require more attention than established ones. Planting in the fall will give the root system time to develop before the heat of summer, but supplemental watering will be required for up to two years. After, water the rootball thoroughly. Watering during the first month after planting is especially critical. After that, you should be able to decrease watering frequency. Every time you water, the goal is to soak the rootball (anywhere from one to five gallons per plant). Irrigation timers set for lawns are not suitable for trees and shrubs.

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During warm weather months with little rain, you may need to water every two to three days. Plants in one or three gallon pots often need water more frequently than those with larger rootballs. If unsure, check moisture by sticking your finger down into the rootball.

GARDEN WATERING IT'S A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH! Improper watering is the leading cause of plant death in the landscape. Prescribing when and how much to water is a challenge, since many variables must be considered, and each situation is different. Weather, sun exposure, soil type, mulch, whether or not the plant is actively growing, and the type of plant must all be factored in. To help plants thrive, it’s important to know the ideal conditions for each. While some are adapted to extreme conditions, most prefer moist, well-drained soil. One indicator is if a handful of soil sticks together, but falls apart easily, when squeezed. 66

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ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS These plants establish more quickly than trees and shrubs, but can require more frequent watering. During the first month after planting, some may need daily watering. After that, two to three times per week should be enough.

WATERING AND WATER CONSERVATION – Make a watering basin around plants, so water stays near the roots, instead of running around the soil surface. – Water deeply to encourage deep root growth and drought adaptability. Keep water pressure low, allowing water to seep in rather than run off. Important: water roots, not leaves. – During warm weather, water early in the morning, or in the evening, to reduce evaporation. – Two to three inches of mulch will decrease watering frequency, improve moisture retention, and reduce weeds. Be sure mulch doesn’t rest against the base of the plant. – Consider using rain barrels to collect runoff from downspouts. Fill watering cans while waiting for shower water to heat. – Signs of improper watering: brown leaf edges, stunted growth, wilting that doesn’t recover with watering. – Group plants by their water needs, placing those that prefer dry conditions together and those that prefer moist conditions together. – For ease of watering, plant drought-lovers further from the house, and those that need more attention closer to the house (and the hose). – If irrigating your lawn, be mindful of plants receiving water. Make sure they are not staying too moist. Irrigation timers set for lawns are not suitable for trees and shrubs.  Tina Mast is communications director for Homewood Nursery & Garden Center and can be reached at info@homewoodnursery. com or 919-847-0117.

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t wouldn’t be summer in North Carolina without sweet, summer corn to brighten up your diet. Native to North Carolina, corn (also known as maize) grows here primarily in the coastal plains where the rich soil is ideal. It’s typically planted in April, and is harvested during the summer months – making it the perfect addition to any cookout menu. While the starchy vegetable is often a key ingredient in many processed foods, in its purest, fresh form, corn can bring a variety of health benefits.

If you need some inspiration, here are a few creative and healthy suggestions for incorporating corn into your summer menu. – TOSS IN A SALAD OR SALSA. The crunch and color of sweet corn make it a great addition to a summer salad or salsa. It pairs well with salad greens, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, and red onion. – SPICE IT UP! Corn’s mild flavor can be kicked up a notch with any blend of herbs and spices. Options such as pap-

rika, cumin, chili powder, and parsley are popular favorites – and can serve as a good substitute for salt for patients with high blood pressure. – PAIR IT WITH PROTEIN. Since corn is fairly high in carbohydrates, it’s best to use in moderation – and pairing it with a protein can help balance blood sugar and keep you feeling full for longer. Consider serving with black beans or a lean protein such as chicken or fish … and it’s also a must-include ingredient for a summer seafood boil!

High in fiber, corn aids with digestion and contains both vitamin C as well as important B vitamins that support a number of important functions in the body. It’s also rich in several essential minerals, including zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese. Featuring antioxidants such as carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin, a diet rich in corn can support good eye health. However, it’s higher in starch than most vegetables, which can raise your blood sugar, so it’s best to keep your portion size small, particularly for people with diabetes.

INCORPORATING CORN INTO A HEART HEALTHY DIET Corn is delicious by itself, and it tastes great boiled, broiled, roasted, steamed, or grilled. It’s ideal for incorporating into a wide variety of side dishes, and can be used in just about any type of cuisine – from Southern style cooking to Southwestern meals. 68

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– BRIGHTEN UP YOUR SOUP. Corn is a perfect addition to a tasty summer soup, adding color and texture. Try incorporating sweet corn into any vegetable soup, chowder, or even in a light chicken chili. – GET IT ON THE GRILL. Corn is bold enough to stand on its own as a tasty and healthy side dish. Grilling corn on the cob is easy, and brings out its sweet flavor. Avoid slathering with high-fat butter or mayonnaise and instead use cooking spray and opt for a blend of spices before grilling. A squeeze of lime juice and honey, low-fat sour cream mixed with garlic, or a sprinkle of low-fat cheese make for tasty and healthy toppings once it’s off the grill.

– Cooking spray – Optional garnish: Lime wedge, sliced radish, quartered cherry tomatoes, sriracha sauce Blend salt, pepper, and chili powder into a small bowl. Set aside. Spray each ear of corn lightly with cooking spray on all sides. Sprinkle with seasoning blend. Grill for about 10 minutes over medium heat, turning frequently to avoid burning. Top with cheese and parsley. Garnish with lime wedge, sliced radish, tomatoes, and a squeeze of sriracha sauce. 

Please send us pictures of these corn creations you make yourself, or of your own maize masterpieces (info@circamagazine.com), or tag us on social media! We’d love to hear about your favorite recipes featuring this summer staple! Visit the WakeMed Voices blog for more healthy lifestyle tips (wakemedvoices.com). The WakeMed Voices blog provides an outlet for their many experts to share information on topics important to the health of patients and the community. WakeMed has three hospitals, seven emergency departments, dedicated children’s services, 80+ physician practices, and much more. For more information, visit wakemed.org.

CORN AND BLACK BEAN SUMMER SALSA – 2 cups low sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed – 2 tablespoons red onion, diced – 1 tablespoon Serrano chili pepper, minced (can be replaced with jalapeño or bell pepper for milder flavor) – ½ cup chopped cilantro – 1/8 teaspoon salt (pinch) – 1 teaspoon black pepper – ½ cup tomatoes, diced – 1 tablespoon lime juice – 2 cups corn kernels (frozen, defrosted) – 1 tablespoon canola oil Drain and rinse the beans and add to a large bowl. Chop the onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and Serrano pepper. Add to black beans. Add defrosted frozen corn, salt, pepper, oil, and lime juice. Toss together, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow blending of flavors. Serve on top of chicken or fish, or with your favorite tortilla chips.

ZESTY GRILLED CORN ON THE COB – 4 ears shucked corn on the cob – 1/8 teaspoon salt – ¼ teaspoon black pepper – ½ teaspoon chili powder – 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese – 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

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even slightly off, you are going to feel that popping sensation you noticed. When this doesn’t go away right away, it could be a sign of a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. TMD is the correct name for the problem, but many people call it TMJ after the joint that is affected.

CAUSES OF TMJ The biggest question after being given this diagnosis is, “Does TMJ go away?” The answer isn’t black or white, though. It depends on the cause for your symptoms. Although we don’t know exactly what causes TMJ, we do know that it all stems from the joint itself. TMJ is a common side effect seen after a trauma to the jaw or to the side of the head. With this type of injury, symptoms are frequently moderate to severe.

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Other cases of TMJ start out as annoying or mild discomfort. They seemingly appear out of nowhere, but are usually the result of damage to the joint from an ongoing habit. Grinding or clenching your teeth or chewing gum are frequently the reason your jaw starts popping. What’s happening is that your facial muscles attached to the joint are overworked and are tightening up. This is painful enough, but if it continues, the problem gets worse. There is a little disc

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f you’ve been to the dentist because of ongoing “popping” in your jaw, you may have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder. TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint, is a disorder that ranges from annoying and uncomfortable to severely painful. It sounds scary, but for most people, this condition is a short-term one that goes away with rest and treatment.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE TMJ? Before I delve into what it means to be diagnosed with TMJ, let’s look at the body parts it involves. Your temporomandibular joint is the part that acts as a hinge to connect the temporal bones in your skull to your jaw. It’s a complex joint that functions with a wide range of motion. Think about all the ways you can move your jaw. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for the way you move your mouth and jaw forward and backward and side-to-side. To be able to make all these complicated movements, like talking, chewing, and yawning, the joint must be aligned perfectly with the bones. Any time it is 70

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made out of cartilage that sits between the bones and the TMJ to protect the joint. Over time and with too much pressure, this disc gets damaged.

might be acting up include: – Arthritis, specifically rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, conditions that naturally cause inflammation and joint pain; – Sleep apnea, a treatable but serious condition in which your airway can become obstructed when you sleep and your jaw and neck clench down to prevent this from happening; – Myofascial pain syndrome, a disorder in which the individual has chronic pain in certain muscles, such as the facial ones connected to the jaw; – Infections in the salivary glands, usually easily noticed because the patient will also have other symptoms, such as swelling, facial pain, and dry mouth. 

When TMJ is a result of overuse, it can go away on its own if you are careful about how you move your jaw and allow it to rest. A mouthguard custom made for you can help with clenching and grinding. Stopping your gum chewing habit for a little while (or permanently) gives your jaw time to rest and heal. But sometimes the cause of TMJ is an underlying medical condition and your jaw pain is one of the symptoms. If your TMJ symptoms go on for longer than one week and you’ve been trying to rest your jaw, touch base with your dentist to determine if there is something simple, like clenching, going on, or if there is a more complicated medical issue.

Dr. Edmond Suh, DDS is with Supremia Dentistry, located at 1704 S. Main Street in Wake Forest. He is an international lecturer on contemporary dental techniques. At Supremia Dentistry, expect something different as they welcome you to their patient family. Call 919-556-6200 to learn more or schedule an appointment. You can also visit supremiadentistry.com.

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SUMMER STRATEGIES

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ummer is a time for fun in the sun, but it’s still a great time to market your small business. While people are spending more time outside and on vacation, tap into your creative social media side to ensure you’re continuing to reach new customers this time of year.

I’ve got you covered with 20 social media content ideas for small businesses during the summer season. 1. Use bright and summery colors in your posts to grab the eye. Images and videos are key when it comes to creating engaging social media posts, and people are more likely to stop and take notice of a post featuring bright, vibrant hues. 2. Post photos and videos of your products or services in action. 3. Share helpful tips or advice related to your business and your products or services (i.e. if you sell swimsuits, share tips on how to choose the right swimsuit for your body type). 4. Offer discounts or promotions specifically for social media followers. 5. Host a contest or giveaway on social media, offering a prize that is relevant to your business. People love a good giveaway! 6. Live stream events or product demonstrations. 7. Collaborate with other businesses and influencers in your industry on social media campaigns. 8. Share user-generated content on your social media channels. Ask your customers to share photos of them using your product by tagging you. 9. Use social media to tell your brand’s story and show off your company culture. 10. Share a behind-the-scenes look at your business. People love getting a peek of what goes on in a business, so don’t be afraid to share some of this type of content on your social media channels. This can help humanize your brand and make people feel more connected to you. 11. Highlight a customer or client testimonial. 12. Share industry news or interesting articles. 13. Ask questions to engage your followers, or host a live Q&A session. People love to give their opinions – but they love it even more when you ask for their input. Creating engagement also helps with your overall social media algorithms.

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14. Give a sneak peek of upcoming products or services. Did you just get a shipment of products in? Take photos or videos of you opening the boxes and create anticipation. Are you about to launch a new service for your company? Share minor details and tell your audience to “stay tuned” for more details. 15. Introduce your team members. 16. Share customer or client success stories. 17. Highlight positive press or reviews. Be sure to add these to your website as well. 18. Share fun facts about your products or services. 19. Preview an upcoming event. 20. Share photos and videos from past events. Here are a few tips to help manage your social media so you can enjoy these beautiful Carolina blue skies and not be stuck behind your computer screen all summer. 1. Be active on social media, but don’t be afraid to take a break if you need it. 2. Take advantage of social media tools and apps that allow you to schedule posts (Hootsuite, Buffer, etc.), saving you time and increasing productivity. 3. Reach out to social media influencers in your industry and see if they’re interested in collaborating on a post or two. 4. Focus on quality over quantity when it comes to social media posts. Be patient and don’t give up – success with social media takes time, effort, and consistency. 5. Don’t be afraid to outsource your social media management if it’s not your strong suit, or you just don’t have the time to dedicate to it. Social media is a valuable marketing resource for any business – big or small. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or feel like a chore. You can have fun with it, and promote and grow your business at the same time. So this summer, sit back, relax, and start posting!  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.

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OUR HERITAGE ROYALL MILL AND VILLAGE

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BYBY EDAMY MORRIS PIERCE

ake Forest has been called five towns in one – Wake Forest College and Faculty Drive, The Northeast Community, Forestville, The Harricanes, and a hidden gem that many folks who live in Wake Forest today aren’t even aware of – the Royall Mill Village. If you drive up North Main Street past the stately homes, you will skirt the Royall Mill Village. Proceed just a little farther where the road becomes two-way and look for the entrance to Royall Mill Apartments on your right. There is an imposing threestory massive brick factory building, now apartments, that for nearly a century was Wake Forest’s textile mill. In 1899, Robert E. Royall and his brothers-in-law, Thomas E. Holding and William C. Powell, all three Wake Forest College alumni, formed a partnership to establish a cotton mill just north of the town’s limits. While successful and prosperous businessmen, not one of them had any real knowledge of the textile business. But fortunately, Thomas Holding’s brother, William W. Holding, was a cotton merchant in town. By September of 1900, the mill building, the commissary, and approximately 30 houses were constructed and ready for operation. Not too long after, a 1908 addition made Royall Mill one of the largest textile mills in North Carolina. To attract workers to the mill, the company built houses, each with two front doors, four rooms with 10-foot ceilings, a hip roof, and a central chimney serving a corner fireplace in each room. The houses could accommodate one or two families, and rented for 25 cents per room monthly. Soon, two other home styles were added to the village, along with a school for the mill workers’ children. By 1907, the village was incorporated as the town of Royall Mills, predating the incorporation of the town of Wake Forest by two years. Many local families were attracted to mill life, looking to escape share-crop farming. The mill also offered employment for many women to help support their families. Several workers were widows looking for a way to raise their children at a time when work outside the home for women with limited education was difficult to find. In addition to housing, the mill company offered a commissary where workers could buy groceries, clothing, and just about anything else a family needed at the time. Hours were long and work was hard, but these

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jobs provided a much-improved lifestyle for many from the poor rural areas surrounding the relatively affluent college town. But not all of the workers were locals – the mill also attracted laborers from other depressed areas of North Carolina and southern Virginia. Life in the mill village was often referred to as that of a large closeknit family. Families looked after each other’s children, and after one another. Mrs. Joyce Alford Davis, whose parents and grandparents were mill workers, was born in the Town of Royall Mills. She describes her early years as happy ones, when family meant everything. Mrs. Davis grew up, got married, and eventually moved to one of those stately homes on North Main Street directly across the street from those of the original mill owners, the Royalls and the Powells. While life in Royall Mills was tranquil, trouble did pay a visit. In the spring of 1951, a group of “outsiders” came to the village and made efforts to unionize the mill workers. Friends and even family members took opposite sides. In late April, while a cookout to support striking workers was taking place on the grounds near the commissary, a shooting broke the peaceful night air. Several community members were injured by gun shots coming from a gunman (or gunmen) from an upper story of the mill building. Many families took their children and left Royall Mill. Fortunately, peace soon returned to the community. After changing ownership several times, Royall Mill finally closed in April, 1976. Eventually the houses were sold, many to families who had lived there for generations. Today, the village – now long a part of the Town of Wake Forest – is one of the town’s National Register Historic Districts. Houses now privately owned have been remodeled. The villages two churches, the Church of God and Glenn Royall Baptist, still thrive and remain home to many families with ties to Royall Mill. Next time you are taking a drive out North Main Street in Wake Forest, make a left turn onto Cedar Street or Oak Street and discover the Mill Village. You will surely agree that it’s a hidden gem.  Ed Morris is executive director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum and Wake Forest College Birthplace, located at 414 N. Main Street. For more information, visit wakeforestmuseum.org.

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