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Happy New Year, CIRCA readers! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and are ready to welcome 2021 with open arms! I am excited to be kicking it off with our latest edition – and I am eager to share it with you. Within this issue you will discover loads of ideas, advice, and know-how to help you make the upcoming year a great one. If you are looking for edible inspiration to beat the dinnertime cooking blues (super soups and Tex-Mex casseroles … yum!), DIY projects to show friends and family how much you care, or fragrant flowers to include in your winter garden, we’ve got you covered. Need guidance on whether or not to build a home this year versus buying a resale, help understanding today’s hottest decorating trends, or assistance with picking out the perfect winter wine? You’ll find it all here. Literary suggestions for when you want to feast your eyes on a book rather than a screen, helpful medical information for health and well-being, some of the best-kept secrets for selling your home, and reminders about why Wake Forest is such a wonderful place all await you in this edition of CIRCA Magazine as well. In addition to sharing what can be uncovered as you turn the following pages, I also want to share my sincere gratitude to everyone for their continued support over what has been a unique time for all of us.

– A thank you to our readers: Thank you for picking up and reading each issue of CIRCA, enjoying and learning from our writers and supporting the businesses who advertise with us;

– A thank you to our writers: It’s your expertise, wisdom, insight, and personalities that shine through in your words, and keep our readers coming back time and time again;

– A thank you to our many distribution locations: You generously allow us into your businesses every month so CIRCA can be picked up easily and readily;

– And last, but certainly not least, a great big thank you to our advertisers: Without you and your loyal, amazing support, we wouldn’t be able to share with the community this magazine that has been proudly serving it for almost 19 years. Not only are you readers, writers, distribution locations, and advertisers, but you are also our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues, and part of our CIRCA family. I look forward to continuing to bring you the wonderful articles and advertisements that have helped shaped CIRCA Magazine into the publication you welcome into your homes. Once again, happy New Year! May 2021 be a year full of health, success, and happiness. I’ll see you in the spring!


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The Wonder of Wake Forest

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Heart Health

Tex-Mex Casseroles For Cozy Winter Evenings

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2021 Design Trends

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Fragrant Flowers For The Winter Garden

Hidden Gem – Preserving Nature And Fun

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Cleaning Mistakes You Might Be Making

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Shhh! 10 Best-Kept Secrets For Selling Your Home

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Breast Health – A Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Q&A

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Winter Wines

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A Sweet Treat For Winter – The Vermonter

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Cooked In Tradition – Soup-er Family Favorites

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Good Reads

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Picking Apart Pink Eye ... Identifying, Treating, And Preventing

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CBD ... What’s All the Buzz?

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Lessons Learned

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Driveable Destination – Winter Escapes To The Carolina Coast

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Winter Car Care – How To Prepare Your Car For Colder Weather

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To Build Or Not To Build?

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Our Heritage – Who Was Dr. Calvin Jones?

Love In A Jar – Food-Filled Containers Full Of Joy

Dental Resolutions

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THE WONDER OF

WAKE FOREST

ALL THE BENEFITS OF METROPOLITAN LIVING WITH WONDERFUL SMALL-TOWN CHARM BY TOWN OF WAKE FOREST

Whether you are a long-time resident, a relative newcomer, or a welcomed visitor, you already know that Wake Forest is a wonderfully charming town … but regardless if you are new to the area or perhaps need a little reminder, we are here

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to share all that it offers. vibrant community located in northern Wake County, Wake Forest is part of the Triangle metropolitan area which includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, regularly cited as one of the best places in the nation to raise a family, get an education, do business, and retire. While it’s in a growing region, Wake Forest has carefully maintained its small-town charm and unique identity. Residents and visitors alike find much to enjoy in the town’s outstanding restaurants, specialty shops, parks, and historic areas. Anchored by a picturesque downtown and the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary campus in its historic core, Wake Forest is a progressive town that attracts visitors and new residents.

QUALITY OF LIFE For those wishing to enjoy a quality way of life with all the benefits of metropolitan living, Wake Forest is an ideal place to call home. The community offers easy access to the Triangle’s first-class amenities. In addition, Wake Forest is the halfway point between North Carolina’s beaches and mountains. Pick a direction and within three hours you will be at either. Nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) will take you even farther with direct access to national and international destinations. And with about 220 sunny days a year; a pleasant four-season climate; an average snowfall of 7.5 inches that transforms the area’s rolling hills into a short-lived winter wonderland; and balmy summer days; it’s no wonder why Wake Forest and the surrounding area is such a perfect place to live, visit, and enjoy.

RECREATION Wake Forest is rich in recreational opportunities. Nestled within acres of scenic parks, lakes, and golf courses, the opportunities for outdoor recreation in Wake Forest are limitless. 6

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A growing network of greenways offers walkers and cyclists many miles of access. Currently, there are over 13 miles of developed and 45 miles of undeveloped greenways within the system, with more being built every year. An interactive map showcasing the Town’s greenways is available at wakeforestnc.gov (search “Greenways”) or view them using the Town of Wake Forest app on your smartphone (launch the app and click on the “Greenways” function). E. Carroll Joyner Park, the Town’s flagship park, celebrates all that is naturally beautiful about Wake Forest. Lush meadows, woodlands, a small pond, and a magnificent pecan grove are carefully maintained. Roam among the restored farm buildings and log cabin and enjoy three miles of paved trails that are perfect for walking, jogging, or cycling. Just moments away, Falls Lake State Recreation Area offers a 12,000-acre lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands. Fishing, boating, and swimming are only a few of the activities available on the water. On land, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, or camping along a portion of the state’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail. An excursion to the Wake Forest Reservoir is ideal for paddleboarding, canoeing, or kayaking fun, or meander along the over mile and a half of soft trail on its west side. In addition, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department offers a variety of programs and athletics available for Town residents.

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN WAKE FOREST No trip to Wake Forest is complete without a visit to the “quaint but cool” downtown area. A full day can be spent strolling the historic districts, shopping at eclectic shops, and trying new flavors at any of the area’s restaurants. From art galleries, boutiques, and specialty shops to breweries, a bowling alley, and an ice cream shop, Downtown Wake Forest is a vibrant, charming, historical, walkable destination full of unique places to explore.

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY Wake Forest has experienced a notable investment from companies engaged in various fields of technology including engineer-

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ing, research and development, design, and advanced manufacturing. The number of small firms in Wake Forest has grown by more than 300% in the past 15 years. Access to incredible talent, technology, and a network of business resources fuels this continued success. The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRC) opened its doors in Wake Forest in 2010. The WRC is an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3) research organization with a unique focus on wireless technology innovation and commercialization. The center is also a leader in loT and 5G applications, enabling entrepreneurs to advance, innovate, and commercialize a wide range of information systems solutions. Wake Forest also benefits from being part of the flourishing Research Triangle which is comprised of clusters of companies, researchers, and business supporters collaborating to advance technologies and industries that are shaping the future. The region is one of the fastest growing in the nation, touts many distinguished national and international corporations, and is home to 12 colleges and universities, including three Tier One research universities. For a detailed community profile and more information, contact the Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership at 919-435-9417 or visit discoverwakeforest.org.

EDUCATION The secret of the area’s success can be found in the classroom. Wake Forest’s excellent schools are part of the acclaimed Wake County school district. The area offers traditional public schools and magnet schools, as well as private and charter schools. As an option, the year-round calendar is offered at several schools in Wake Forest. Average SAT scores for the area exceed state and national averages. As for colleges and universities, the Triangle ranks at the top in several degree programs at nationally acclaimed Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and NC State University.

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WAYS TO STAY INFORMED If you want to know the latest information about the Town of Wake Forest and to stay current on Town programs, services, and events: – Download the app: You’ll have useful information at your fingertips. Search for the “Town of Wake Forest” app in Google Play, iTunes, or in the iPhone app store. – Find us on social media: We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Nextdoor. Search for the Town of Wake Forest. – Visit the website: Updated regularly, wakeforestnc.gov is your portal to complete information on Town programs and services. Use our Google-powered search engine to find topics of interest. Subscribe to E-Notifier. Subscribe to one or more categories to receive traffic alerts, police advisories, Board of Commissioners agendas, and more via email. – View videos: Watch Town of Wake Forest videos on YouTube and real-time streaming video broadcasting on Wake Forest TV 10 directly from the Town’s website.

STAY CONNECTED Wake Forest residents are encouraged to visit wakeforestnc.gov/ covid-19-coronavirus/alerts-closures for a complete listing of Town cancellations, postponements, and closures. Community health and safety is the top priority for the Town of Wake Forest. The situation surrounding COVID-19 is ever-changing, so Town officials are closely monitoring daily updates and following guidelines from the Wake County Health Department, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHSS), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Additional information and updates will be provided as circumstances warrant.  To learn more about town events, sponsorship opportunities, and how you can get involved, contact Amanda Cochrane at 919-4359423 or acochrane@wakeforestnc.gov.

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Casseroles are a great way to prepare for a busy week and give the home chef lots of dinner options without a lot of fuss. They are genius for several reasons ... they incorporate staples you already have in your pantry; utilize leftovers like roast chicken, steak, or veggies; and are generally a one-dish meal (yes, less after-dinner clean-up!).

BY STACEY MORITZ

TEX-MEX CASSEROLES

FOR COZY WINTER EVENINGS 2020 was an interesting year for sure – while it certainly brought about some challenges, a silver lining was that it also brought with it more treasured family time. But this time at home likely means that you’ve been cooking much more than usual. Chances are, your culinary creative side has been stretched rather thin – and now that we’ve settled into winter, you’re probably finding you’ve run out of ideas

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for cozy dinners to warm the tummies of your loved ones. on’t fret! The time at home during the chilly months ahead provides the perfect opportunity to usher in your newest dinnertime lifesaver – the casserole! Once a kitchen mainstay, casseroles took a turn for the ordinary and ended up just being the go-to for any potluck gathering. Let’s be honest ... there’s only so much tuna noodle casserole anyone can handle. Why not put a twist on tradition and kick those old standbys to the curb? No one said make-ahead dinners have to be boring! 8

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In my home, flavor is an absolute must. Thus, I tend to turn to anything and everything featuring a southwest flare. If you’re like me, keep the cozy casserole in mind … but easily elevate the traditional Taco Tuesday to rock star status using ingredients you likely have in your pantry and fridge. A family favorite of ours is Tex-Mex lasagna – a great take on the traditional casserole that is perfect for a family dinner or feeding a crowd (when we can once again do so safely). Flour or corn tortillas and basically whatever ingredients you have on hand are all you need to build this delicious dish. To start, cover the bottom of a casserole dish with a layer of tortillas, then top with refried beans and a sprinkle of cheese. Then add another layer of tortillas, followed by shredded chicken or pork or ground beef mixed with some salsa or canned tomatoes and green chilies. Cover with another layer of tortillas, and then green or red enchilada sauce. Finish up by sprinkling a Mexican shredded cheese blend over your Tex-Mex lasagna casserole, and bake for about 30 minutes. Before you know it, you’ve created a great meal of comfort with little effort. I love chile rellenos, and when enjoying them at a restaurant, I think to myself that I should tackle these at home. But then I quickly remember that making them is a lot of work. However, a few short cuts can turn this daunting dish into a casserole-style option that is sure to receive rave reviews. You can roast, steam, and peel your own poblano peppers, or save yourself some time and energy and opt for whole-roasted chilies that can be found in the international food section of the grocery store. I like to whisk a few eggs and add cheese, shredded chicken or pork, and the roasted peppers, which I cut into strips. I then pour the mixture into a greased baking dish, drizzle with our favorite salsa, top with more cheese (there is no such thing as too much cheese, right?), and bake until the egg is cooked and the casserole is puffed and golden. I finish off this culinary creation by spattering some sour cream, chopped cilantro, and even some chopped avocado. So yummy, so simple, and a great take on the traditional chile relleno. On a chilly, wintery night, whip up an easy flavor-filled Tex-Mex casserole and enjoy the opportunity we’ve been given to slow down and enjoy a delicious dinner with family – not only will their tummies be warmed, but so will their hearts.  Stacey Moritz is the owner of The Lemon Tree Cafe, located at 113 S. White Street in Downtown Wake Forest (919-521-5806), offering freshly prepared salads, pastas, soups, and take-away fare. The Lemon Tree Cafe serves breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturdays 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

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FRAGRANT

FLOWERS

FOR THE WINTER GARDEN

BY TINA MAST

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ardening is so many things, but mainly, it is a glorious employment of the senses. Sight, taste, touch, and smell – there’s so much to enjoy and experience. Smell, which sounds more romantic when you call it “fragrance,” has got to be one of the most rewarding and important of those. Or, it is to me at least. We all know some the big contenders in this department: roses, of course, and lilacs, for sure. Honeysuckle, magnolia, and lilies are also familiar to most. The list can go on, but here are some gloriously fragrant plants that do their thing in winter, when many plants are dormant and when one is most missing the delights of the garden.

LEATHERLEAF MAHONIA (Berberis bealei): Topped with spraylike spikes of cheerful lemon-yellow flowers, mahonia provides a pop of winter color. The scent evokes the sweet perfume of daffodils, another famous winter/early spring flower. As the name suggests, leatherleaf mahonia also features thick, holly-like foliage that is durable and looks nice through winter. Powdery blue grape-like fruits follow the flowers for additional interest. Few pests or disease ever bother it, and leatherleaf mahonia is drought-tolerant as well, making it a low-maintenance addition to the landscape. Plant in part sun to light shade. Mahonia is attractive against stone, brick, wood, and glass.

GOLDEN PAPERBUSH (Edgeworthia chrysantha): Of all the plants listed here, it would be most satisfying if everyone planted this one. The flowers are richly and penetratingly redolent of honey and sweet peas, and you get them in the middle of February, right when you really need something this opulent in your garden. Golden paperbush is a deciduous shrub with several nice attributes, including handsome blue-green foliage that drapes like fine plumage over the plant most of the year and drops off to reveal a spreading framework of upright branches studded with silvery flower buds. In winter, it’s an effective contrast to evergreen plants. Once open, the flower clusters resemble a deep lemon-yellow lantana. They could look like floor sweepings and you wouldn’t care because of their delicious scent! This isn’t a great cut flower, but is nice for floating in bowls of water with camellias and hellebores. Easy to grow, plant paperbush in part sun to light shade in average to well-drained soil.

JAPANESE APRICOT (Prunus mume): If you love the ethereal

WINTER DAPHNE (Daphne odora): If anything could top a paperbush for fragrance in winter, it’s winter daphne. My, oh, my, it will knock you over with the heady scent of – wait for it – Froot Loops! Winter daphne is sweet, lemony, and rich, and I’ve never met someone who didn’t like it. Older specimens will have at least a hundred or more clusters of waxy little flowers that are purplish on the outside, white on the inside, or all white. This is a small, evergreen shrub that gets about three feet tall and three to four feet wide, and likes a spot in part sun. The main thing to know is that winter daphne requires good drainage. You can’t get around that, so plant it up on a berm, on a slope, or in a raised bed. 10

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beauty of a flowering cherry tree, then Japanese apricots will become your new favorite. Delicate and showy at the same time, these small trees bloom in January or February, well ahead of their cherry cousins, and the pink or white blooms lay it on in waves of spicy clove scent that drifts through the garden. Branches may be cut and brought indoors to enjoy in tall vases or containers. All are fragrant but the ‘Omoi-no-mama,’ which translates to “Memories of Mother,” is next level with a deep and heady almond-clove fragrance. Plant in full to part sun. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Native witch hazel, winter honeysuckle, and wintersweet. Try any one of these plants to extend your season of enjoyment in the garden. All but the apricot are deer resistant, and the apricot is also so once large enough. If I had to pick a favorite of all these, it would be the golden paperbush. Besides its rich, sweet fragrance, golden paperbush is easy to grow, has handsome foliage, and can fit in most landscapes.  Tina Mast is communications director for Homewood Nursery & Garden Center in Raleigh. She can be reached by email at info@homewoodnursery.com or by phone at 919-847-0117. Photo of Japanese Apricot courtesy of Christina Haney.

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CLEANING

MISTAKES YOU MIGHT BE MAKING

BY TODD NELSON

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hat’s worse than spending a whole day cleaning? Spending a whole day cleaning and ending up with a home that’s not even really clean – and quite possibly dirtier than when you started.

Here are some of the most common cleaning mistakes to avoid. CROSS CONTAMINATING. Germs happily hitch rides – on shoes, cleaning rags, brushes, and sponges, so the last thing you want to do is use the same tools to clean your kitchen that you used in the bathroom. Gross! Consider using color-coded cloths to avoid cross-contaminating from one room to the next. USING INEFFECTIVE TOOLS. Still dusting with a feather duster? You’re pretty much throwing dust up into the air and allowing it to resettle, well, everywhere. High-quality microfiber cloths are the way to go for actually picking up and permanently removing dust. Choosing the most effective vacuum cleaner for your home is a surprisingly complex decision, so be sure to thoroughly research what’s best for your vacuuming needs before you buy (i.e. one that helps with pet hair). And even basic all-purpose cleaners deserve careful consideration of such factors as pH (alkalinity / acidity), rinsability, safety, and so forth. NEGLECTING TO CLEAN AND DRY YOUR TOOLS. Stick a dirty, wet sponge under the sink (where it’s dark) and you basically have a Petri dish for breeding bacteria that will happily jump to the next dish, utensil, or cutting board you wash with it. Yuck! The same goes for the brush you use to swish out your toilet then stick – wet – back into its stand. Clean thoroughly and allow plenty of airdrying time before stowing cleaning tools. SKIPPING THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES. Even if you’re good about cleaning daily or weekly, there are bound to be nooks and crannies that are consistently neglected. Over time, those dirty little spaces begin to harbor mites, molds, mildews, and other odorcausing grime. MAKING THE BED EVERY DAY WHEN YOU GET UP. Dust mites, which thrive on human perspiration and dead skin cells – and die off in dry, sunlit environments – love it when you make your bed 12

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first thing in the morning. A better practice is to leave blankets and top sheets turned down neatly and window treatments wide open to allow in max sunlight. WASHING WINDOWS ON A SUNNY DAY. Bright sun causes your pupils to constrict, making it difficult to detect subtle dirt and streaks on glass panes. Also, the sun’s heat can dry windows fast, making it tougher to manage streaking. Cloudy-ish (flat light) days are best for effective window washing. USING FURNITURE POLISH. Polishes make wood surfaces shine by filling in scratches or etching, making the surface smooth and light-reflecting. They don’t clean anything, and – if they contain polymers (to hide fingerprints) – they actually protect dirt, germs, and microscopic food particles, which then become breeding grounds for more germs. CLEANING IN THE WRONG ORDER. Trained cleaning professionals don’t work willy nilly. They start at a point farthest away from a home’s entrance and work gradually back toward the exit to prevent re-depositing dust and dirt on newly cleaned surfaces. For the same reason, they also work from high to low within rooms, driving dust and dirt downward and finishing by washing floors. NOT THINKING LIKE A CHEMIST. Designing safe, effective cleaning solutions — ones that dissolve and bond with dirts and oils, suspend bonded particles in water, and lift them away from surfaces without leaving toxic chemical residues behind – relies on advanced science. Using cheap, poorly designed solutions, nonabsorbent cloths and mops, and/or improper techniques can equate to simply swishing dirt and chemicals around on surfaces, rather than removing them. FAILING TO READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. All the advanced science that goes into designing safe and effective cleaning solutions goes right out the window when a person using a solution fails to follow all directions and warnings. A common example is failing to allow sanitizers and disinfectants adequate soak time to ensure maximum germ kill.  Todd Nelson is the owner of MaidPro of Raleigh and Wake Forest. Visit www.maidpro.com/raleigh-north or call 919-871-9996.

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9. INVEST IN THE KITCHEN: Just because you’re putting your house on the market doesn’t mean you need to do a complete remodel. With that said, if you are going to update an area of your home, pay attention to the kitchen. This is where you are most likely to see a return on investment. According to HGTV.com, kitchens are the place where you are likely to get approximately 85% of your money back when doing a proper remodel.    8. BE ABLE TO CLOSE YOUR CLOSETS: Gone are the days of shoving everything in a closet and barely being able to close the door before a showing. Actually, a great tip is keeping a closet only half full so prospective buyers can visualize the additional storage space the home has when they are looking in it. Yes – this secret is out … people really do open closets when exploring a home. Don’t you?    7. LET THERE BE LIGHT: Turn the lights on before showings – but first, make sure they all work. This is also a good time to ensure that all of the lights in a light fixture match and are clean of cobwebs and dust. On the topic of lights, opening the curtains and blinds will also give the feeling that a room is more spacious. Just make sure the windows are clean.   6. THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Realtors’ strategies will help ensure that your home is priced correctly, competitively, and for an amount

10 BEST-KEPT SECRETS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME

When it comes to selling your home, knowing the secrets of selling is half the battle. With years of experience as a local realtor, I’m privy to these secrets – and I’m here to let you in on them, while sharing some home selling tips and tricks to help make this process a smooth and successful one. 10. CURB APPEAL: Break out the power washer and new mulch – it’s time to spruce up the front of your home. When prospective buyers glance at your house online for the first time, it needs to pop off the screen. That first impression starts well before someone ever steps foot onto your property. A freshly painted mailbox, new exterior light fixtures, and a nicely manicured lawn can make a huge difference in how your home appears online and in-person. In addition, take the time to store your trash bins and any other clutter away from the front of your home as well. 14

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that will get the most eyes on it as possible. There are specific pricing strategies that allow for all of these. An up-to-date pricing strategy, along with a modern marketing plan, will likely have your home sold in minimal days. A poor pricing strategy will either have your home sitting on the market, turning the listing stale, or could leave money on the table. 5. DON’T GET PERSONAL: We’ve all heard the tip recommending the removal of family photos from walls, shelves, tables, etc. – and that is still true, as doing so helps a prospective buyer picture their personal items in a space, not yours. And don’t forget to remove items for your family pets. While your family dog may be the sweetest pup in the world, someone searching for their new home may not be able to fully imagine themselves in the home with the toys (and scent) of Fido when they come through the front door.    4. STAGING TO SELL: I personally stage each of our listings in order to allow home buyers the ability to feel like they can live in that particular house. I add specific pieces of art, welcoming décor items, pops of color, and more that help with professional photographs, as well as grab the eye of prospective homeowners as soon as they come through the doors. I also rearrange furniture if need be, in order to show a room’s full potential and help maximize its floor plan.

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3. CLEAN IT UP: Consider hiring a professional cleaning company for a good deep clean prior to showings beginning. This will give you a clean slate and help you to stay on top of maintaining your home’s cleanliness for when showings begin. Which brings me to #2 ...   2. SHOW READY: Once your home is listed, in this current hot real estate market you need to be ready for house showings at a moment’s notice. I advise my clients to not cancel showing requests if they are serious about selling. It may be a good idea to escape on a mini getaway for the first weekend that your home hits the market so you don’t have to worry about coming and going frequently. To help eliminate the stress of last-minute showing scheduling, make sure no dishes remain in the sink, consider storing a portable bin of toiletries under your sink for quick bathroom tidying, keep laundry from piling up, sweep and vacuum each evening, etc.   1. KNOW YOUR MOTIVATION AND DON’T FORGET IT: Selling a home can be stressful and reminding yourself of your motivation for selling is so important. It will all be worth it!  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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that you simply splash over a scoop of your favorite ice cream. (And for those of us who are “of age” and would prefer an adult beverage to warm them up on a chilly evening, add a splash of peppermint schnapps, Frangelico, or your favorite spirit – that extra touch of pizazz a wintery night in requires). I can hear you now, “What? Make my own hot chocolate? Who has time for that?” Relax, it’s easy! (So says the professional.) But I promise, it really is. There are two methods to consider for this sweet treat – cocoa and brewed cacao. Hot chocolate made of cocoa is an American mainstay, while brewed cacao is relatively unheard of. Personally, I am particularly fond of the latter. Plainly put, brewed cacao is cacao nibs brewed like coffee. They contain a ton of antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, minerals, and are the least processed of all the chocolate products. Chocolate, with all its benefits, now looks more like a health drink than a once-in-a-while treat for the kids or a guilty pleasure that will help you survive the aforementioned Lego war (knowing its health benefits just made your day, didn’t it?). So, send the store-bought cocoa to the back of the cabinet, pass on that highly-caffeinated cup of coffee, and break out the chocolate.

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Recently, many coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries have discovered the Italian coffee-based dessert drink Affogato.

CACAO VERMONTER – 8 ounces water – 1 tablespoon cacao nibs* – ½ teaspoon sugar – 1 scoop of ice cream In a coffee maker, pour water into the water reservoir. In the pot, place cacao nibs and sugar and turn on the machine. Let the cacao steep for at least 10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. Strain the steeped cacoa. Pour over ice cream and enjoy.

HOT CHOCOLATE VERMONTER – 8 ounces milk – 1 ounce 100% chocolate (cocoa liquor) – ½ teaspoon sugar – 1 scoop of ice cream

What is this exotic sounding treat, you say? Simply put – it’s a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream ...

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the perfectly sweet combination to sip on a chilly evening. ut while you’re listening to the bundles of joy you love so dearly “playfully” throw Legos at each other rather than gearing up for their bedtime routine, perhaps busting out the espresso machine for a caffeinated dessert drink isn’t high on your to-do list.

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Bring milk to a soft boil while stirring often. Pour into a cup with chocolate and sugar, stir vigorously (or use a hand mixer), taking care not to splash hot liquid on yourself or others. Pour over ice cream and enjoy. Note: It’s not always easy to find 100% cocoa (cocoa liquor), so any chocolate will suffice. Feel free to adjust to your palate.  Buck Buchanan is the owner of Lumpy’s Ice Cream, located at 308 Wait Ave. in Downtown Wake Forest. *Pick up your favorite ice cream flavors and cacoa nibs at Lumpy’s to create the perfect Vermonter. Visit lumpysicecream.com and follow them on social media.

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oom calls. Remote learning. So much screen time. Why not give your eyes a rest from all that blue light exposure and instead, feast them on the pages of a good book? Winter’s here, and what better time to cozy up by the fire or under a fuzzy blanket lounging on the couch, comforting cup of hot chocolate (or wine – just sayin’ …) in hand, and grab the latest and greatest thriller? Or perhaps jump at the chance to share that adorable picture book with your little one as he or she is cuddled up snug as a bug in a rug? Whatever your reading pleasure this winter, here are a few literary suggestions for you and the kiddies and young adults in your life.

CHILDREN My First 100 Construction Words by Chris Ferrie From the #1 bestselling science author for kids comes a simple and colorful introduction to the first 100 construction words every baby should know. With 100 colorful illustrations to look at and talk about, this is the perfect tool for your budding builder. Each spread in this adorable primer focuses on eight to 12 words related to building and construction – from hard hat to insulation, millwright to welder, trowel to rigging. This is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest readers – after all, it’s never too early to become a construction enthusiast.

City Spies by James Ponti (Available March) For fans of The Spy School series, this second book is filled with action, adventure, STEM, and teamwork from around the world. Each team member has special talents and they bond together to make the world right.

YOUNG ADULT Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher (Available February) Amelia and Jenna are more like sisters than friends, and they share the bond of intensely loving books. During their last summer before college, they plan a trip to see their favorite authors. But things don’t quite go as planned, and the two friends have a falling out. Tragedy strikes and one is left searching – searching for the mystery of who

I See You See by Richard Jackson (Available February) According to publisher Simon & Schuster, “When a brother and sister go for a walk, their imagination turns the ordinary into the extraordinary in this sweet and whimsical picture book.” I See You See inspires all to take a walk and discover and appreciate what is right in their own neighborhood. Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler (Available March) This is more than a picture book … it’s a gorgeously illustrated hand-me-down treasure. “Buildings, bridges, and books don’t exist without the laborers who are often invisible in the final product, as this joyous and profound picture book reveals,” states publisher Penguin Random House. The mantra “It takes a village” is highlighted in this book that reinforces how we all need to work together with our many different talents to make this world a better place. 18

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sent her a signed copy of her favorite book and searching for answers on how to go on with her life. Dealing with love, tragedy, friendship, and an obsession with books, Amelia Unabridged is ultimately about finding hope and strength within yourself.

crash that will shock you. Set in 1960s Cape Cod, an idyllic beach town is anything but. Liza’s young mom entrusts the handyman to watch her two daughters at night as she works as a dancer. They know him as the nice man who bought them popsicles. But, he wasn’t. At all. What she discovers later will force you to ask “Do I really know those around me?”

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare (Available March) The queen of young adult fantasy strikes again with another Shadowhunters novel – the sequel to her #1 New York Times bestselling Chain of Gold. But this time, things get a bit darker … and James turns evil.

Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino (Now available in paperback) From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a raw, heartbreaking look into our state’s past. One of the most disturbing, though virtually unknown, political events in American history, the massacre that was witnessed and overlooked by the authorities is a gut punch. Wilmington’s Lie will leave you feeling ashamed and sickened – but hopefully that is where the healing starts.

ADULT The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (Available February) Kristin Hannah proves once again that she is a master storyteller with her newest work, a contemporary fiction that packs quite a punch. When Elsa was young, her family brandished her as weak, ugly, and a burden with no future. One night, armed with red lipstick and a homemade pretty frock, she walked the town and met the man who will change her life forever. Throughout this page turner, you’ll follow Elsa as she navigates the Dust Bowl of Texas, The Great Depression, migration to California, and the heartache of feeling like an immigrant in her own country.

COOKBOOKS I love all books, but two of my favorite cookbooks are Sara Foster’s Foster’s Market Favorites and Vivian Howard’s This Will Make it Taste Good – both will always have a place on my home shelves as they are my cooking go-tos. Filled with recipes I make again and again, they contain some of my family’s favorites. The brownies, R-rated onions, chicken pot pie, and “The Little Green Dress” are so, so good! You’ll definitely want to pick these up and give these delicious recipes a try.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (Available March) It’s hard to believe this is Sarah Penner’s debut novel, as she whisks you away for hours, immersed in her incredible mystery that is searing with historical scenes and a psychological take on society. I feel so strongly about fierce females leading and supporting one another, so I was thrilled to be on this ride with her.

The new cookbook on my radar – part of The How Not To Die series – The How Not to Diet Cookbook: 100+ Recipes for Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger, MD, FACLM is filled with life hacks not for dieting, but rather how to be a food ninja when it comes to making healthy, satisfying, delicious food for the long haul. Feel better, look better, and live a long life this year! 

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan (Available March) The true crime train is still going at full speed ahead … and this chilling part memoir, part crime investigation is the

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recipients to experience that yumminess when they desire, and with truly little work. That’s what makes these so popular ... cookie deliciousness at the drop of a hat. Perhaps a neighbor is feeling a little under the weather ... leave a jar of homemade soup mix on his or her front stoop – an easy and safely social-distanced way to show you care. These mixes are so easy to make and are sure to warm anyone’s heart. While you’re whipping some up for those whom you care about, go ahead and prep a few for yourself to have on hand when you don’t feel like once again figuring out what’s for dinner. When preparing to tackle this culinary craft, it’s best to use attractive glass jars that are at least quart-size. Bonus – find jars with a flat surface on one side for a sticker identifying what type of mix you are gifting. Recipe cards with the directions neatly handwritten or typed are a must ... an easy way to ensure they are always with the mix, simply place some pretty twine through a hole-punched hole in the card, and tie around the jar’s lid with a beautiful bow.

M&M COOKIES IN A JAR – 11/3 cup of white flour – 1 teaspoon of baking powder – 1 teaspoon of baking soda – ½ teaspoon of salt – ½ cup of granulated sugar – ½ cup of brown sugar – ¾ cup of chocolate chips – ¾ cup of M&Ms (if you prefer to eliminate the M&Ms, just double the chocolate chips to 1½ cups)

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LOVE

IN A JAR FOOD-FILLED CONTAINERS FULL OF JOY The holidays and their joyfully craft-filled days are now behind us and cold, wintry days lay before us. But for all you crafty DIYers out there, don’t despair! There many wonderful projects you can make during this season to enjoy now, or save for later. One such project is “love in a jar”– food-filled

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containers that let their receivers know how much you care. or instance, cookie mix in a mason jar is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that sweet-loving, special someone in your life. Cookies fresh out of the oven, full of warm, chewy goodness … who wouldn’t want that gifted to them? Cookie mixes in jars allow their

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Please note, these are just the ingredients for the mix, and is not the entire recipe. The following are items that should also be listed on the recipe card, along with the directions. Additional ingredients needed: – ½ cup of butter (room temperature) – 1 teaspoon of vanilla – 1 egg To assemble the cookie mix, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix well. Place this in the bottom of the jar. As you add each layer, be sure to press down each ingredient. Next, add the M&Ms, brown sugar, white sugar, and chocolate chips, in this order. A funnel works great for adding the flour mix and sugar. Finally, secure the lid and tie a cute bow around it with the twine. (Be sure to add the recipe/directions card to the twine.) There you have it ... cookies in a jar! To bake these delectable cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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In a large bowl, beat the butter, egg, and vanilla, then dump in the jar’s ingredients, and stir until mixed well. Using a large cookie scoop or spoon, drop dough on a cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

CHICKEN SOUP IN A JAR Layer these ingredients in the following order: – 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules – ½ teaspoon of pepper – ½ teaspoon of dried thyme – ½ teaspoon of celery salt – ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder – 3 tablespoons onion flakes – 1 teaspoon of turmeric – Tri-color rotini pasta (use the pasta to fill the jar to the top – about 3-4 cups) Cap the jar and tie with twine, attaching the recipe card identifying the following additional ingredients and cooking instructions for the soup. Additional ingredients needed: – 10 cups of water – 2 carrots, thinly sliced (to save time, use shredded carrots) – 2 stalks of celery, thinly sliced – Can of chicken breast To prepare, empty soup mix into a large stockpot, adding water, carrots, and celery. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the undrained chicken and simmer an additional 3-5 minutes for a pot full of yummy, warm, comforting goodness. There are so many different gifts in a jar that you can make – pancakes, hot chocolate, chili, and more. Go ahead and make several at one time to have on hand when you need a quick gift or perhaps when you’re craving something sweet or savory and don’t feel like running to the grocery store. I’m not sure which is better on a cold winter’s day – crafting this love in a jar, or eating it!  Dolores Riggins is the co-owner of Southern Suds & Gifts, featuring over 35 craftsmen and artists, located at 213 S. White St. in Downtown Wake Forest (www.facebook.com/ SouthernSudsAndGifts).

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s we enter a new year, we find ourselves anticipating what lies ahead. We also find ourselves reflecting on the past year that is now just a memory – and also pondering the lessons we have learned over that period of time. The same goes for those of us who are looking to buy or sell a home in 2021. Let’s take a look at some of what 2020 taught us, as we look forward to a brand-new home buying and home selling year.

2021’s real estate footprint is going to change, just like every year. However, the basics will continue along the same path as that of 2020. While that path may have had a few unexpected twists and turns as the pandemic hit and changed how the home buying and selling process is tackled, one thing that didn’t veer off course is the need to partner with a real estate agent. He or she can help you navigate the steps of showings, inspections, negotiations, and closing. Last year showed how hot the Triangle’s real estate market is, and that’s on track to continue into the new year. So if you’re planning on buying a new home in the not-so-distant future, it’s imperative to be prepared as soon as the process begins. When you start envisioning your next home – for instance, how many bedrooms it will have, their paint colors, the beautiful bushes blooming in the front yard – keep a running list of your wants and needs. This list will be very helpful when you meet with your agent to begin your home search. Keep track of questions to ask about the buying process and the steps you will need to take to get to the closing table. 22

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As each year kicks off, the Triangle Multiple Listing Service tends to have very low home inventory. 2020 was no different, and 2021 continues to trend the same. However, this year’s home inventory, while still very low, does feature beautiful houses with wonderful updates and are turnkey ready. Rely on your agent to help you build a plan to get immediate results from your search, so you can move into the home of your dreams before it is sold to someone else. – Share with your agent the features that are on your previously mentioned list. He or she will set your MLS search in motion. – Get a pre-approval letter from a lender to document your purchasing power that will be submitted with your offer. Even if you are paying with cash, you still need proof of funds. – When you are at a showing (even if it’s virtual – another 2020 real estate pivot that may continue into the future), envision your personal items in the space. Talk your way through the home – conversations often help people to remember key features. – “This is the one!” Once your submitted offer is accepted, go ahead and get excited. Your real estate agent will review the due diligence process, inspections, and assist your lender and the closing attorney as they communicate updates regularly. – Get ready to close! Before you sit at the closing table, you and the seller will come to an agreement on any repairs that need to be done to the home. Once that agreement is finalized and the work is completed, the lender will give the clear-to-close and the final step is completed by the closing attorney. Despite the challenges of 2020, local closing attorneys and the Register of Deeds offices have done a fantastic job of making sure the closing processes are still handled in a timely manner, providing great attention to details and ensuring safety for all. If you have not purchased real estate recently, the closing process in the new year will look a little different from what you are used to. During the past several months, services such as signing in parking lots or outside offices at closing; sellers completing their documents a day or two before closing; buyers only attending closing; and more closing attorneys being able to electronically record with the Register of Deeds have been implemented. With the pandemic continuing into the new year, changes such as these are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, so all involved can continue to stay safe and well. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the real estate market is a hot one and you need to act quickly (great news for you folks looking to sell). So if 2021 is the year you plan to buy a new home, let your real estate agent share his or her experiences and the lessons he or she has learned over the years, and your home buying experience will surely be a smooth one.  Sommer Donahoe started on a team within Keller Williams Preferred Realty and transitioned to an independent agent with the market center. She was named “2019 Rising Star” for their market center and has been in the top 10 of different categories over the last year. Sommer may be reached at 919-426-1762 or sommerd@kw.com.

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Benefits of an off-season escape to a North Carolina beach community include: – Fewer crowded beaches than in summer; – Supporting the beach tourism industry during the off-season; – Quick travel time / close to home; – Less crowded than typical winter tourism sites like ski resorts; – Cheaper off-season prices; – Opportunity to explore local attractions that may be overlooked or overcrowded in summer. I have compiled a list of five fabulous North Carolina beach communities that are excellent for wintertime trips. Each of these paradises has something unique to offer, and is sure to provide you with an unforgettable stay. And although I only had space to select five beautiful beach communities for this article, North Carolina has so many from which to choose ... you’re bound to find a fun vacation no matter where you decide to visit.

BY GRACE LOWER

DRIVEABLE DESTINATION

BEAUFORT Founded in 1709, Beaufort’s presence as an influential part of North Carolina’s history makes it a great destination for an offseason visit. The charming town situated in Carteret County offers plenty of fun activities in the summer, but the delightful downtown dotted with restaurants, shops, and historical sights ensures that you’ll have just as much fun in the winter. Consider checking

WINTER ESCAPES TO THE CAROLINA COAST Vacationing in wintertime often consists of skis, snowboards, sweatshirts, and snowflakes – but sometimes we dream of a paradise getaway during these frigid months. I’m here to let you in on a little secret that you already know, but maybe don’t realize yet … we have paradise right here

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in North Carolina! he Old North State boasts a coastline of beautiful beaches that brim with visitors during the scalding summer season, but have you ever thought about a beach trip in January? February? What about March? Chances are you haven’t, and understandably so – when we think of going to the beach, we imagine swimming in the ocean and sunbathing on the sand, which isn’t really plausible during the winter (unless you enjoy 40 degree water – personally, I will be sticking with warmer activities). But there is so much more to our state’s magnificent beaches than water activities, and a wintry coastal vacation right here in North Carolina is an easy and fun way to fulfill your cravings for paradise. 24

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out the Maritime Museum, going on a ghost tour, and maybe even seeing wild horses at Shackleford Banks!

WILMINGTON Wilmington is a fantastic place to visit in the winter. Seated between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll be surrounded by water, making you feel as though you’ve transported back in time to a picturesque paradise. Visit the historic downtown’s Riverwalk, which houses shops, restaurants, and galleries. And take a walk through the Battleship North Carolina, which is anchored in Wilmington and now serves as a museum.

OUTER BANKS My extended family has held reunions in the Outer Banks for the past 17 years (each year of my life), so OBX maintains a special place in my heart. I couldn’t pick just one town in North Carolina’s famous barrier islands, since each has so much to offer, so I opted to put them all in one category to let you do the choosing! From shops and boutiques of Duck; Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head; the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras; 4x4 and wild horse adventures of Corolla; to the magnificence of its numerous lighthouses, the Outer Banks has it all.

NEW BERN I’ll tell you straight up – I love, love, love New Bern! My visit to the adorably charming town was in March of 2017 ... that’s right, a winter beach vacation! While New Bern is actually located on the Neuse River, its close proximity to the Crystal Coast makes it a great addition to your beach trip. Founded in 1710 and located in Craven County, New Bern was the first capital of North Carolina; you can visit Tryon Palace, where you’ll travel back in time to the Governor’s Palace of colonial North Carolina. Also, New Bern is famously the “Birthplace of Pepsi,” so be sure to check out the drugstore in which the drink was invented!

BALD HEAD ISLAND If you’re looking for quaint, remote, and gorgeous, Bald Head Island, commonly known as Bald Head or BHI, is the spot for you. Only accessible by private boat or ferry, Bald Head has maintained its historic and environmental prominence and is a bike / golf cart / walking village (no cars allowed). While you’re there, embrace this beach community’s luscious landscapes and local charisma. And if you’re game, take the hike up “Old Baldy,” the island’s iconic lighthouse.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and local and statewide orders, we cannot guarantee that the communities and activities listed will be open for visitors. Please check websites or contact these facilities prior to planning your visit. Grace Lower is a senior at Heritage High School, and is part of the CIRCA family by birth, and now by interning. Grace enjoys dance, theater, science, and all things outdoors.

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s spring approaches, people often begin cleaning out their homes and thinking about making a transition into a new house. This is something that happens year after year in the real estate world. As people begin thinking about making a move, there are numerous factors to consider. One of the biggest decisions is settling on a newly built home or a resale in an established neighborhood. This conversation – an important starting point, after first understanding their budget – is one that I have with all my clients as we kick off the search for their perfect home. In this article, I’m going to focus on buying a new build.

NEW CONSTRUCTION OR AN EXISTING HOME? It’s important to weigh the benefits and disadvantages of both. For instance, a new build provides the opportunity for personalization of your home and lower maintenance costs because building materials are brand-new, while an existing home provides mature landscaping. In contrast, new construction means a longer wait-time before you can move in and the potential for temporary construction noise as neighboring homes are built. But if you opt for a resale, costly repairs may be needed after you move in and there is a lack of opportunity to customize the design of your house. As you are thinking through this decision, you should be working with your own agent. The agent that is on-site in a new community represents the seller and is there to get the best deal for the developer. Your agent will advocate for you throughout the building and selection process. When looking at new construction, you should consider some of these questions. (These are just a few to ponder when deciding – your realtor will ask these, and more, before showing you a new build to make sure it’s a right fit for you). – Are the homes what you are looking for architecturally? – Does the landscape in the neighborhood appeal to you? – Do you want to be the first person who has lived in your home? – Do you want to be able to make selections on design features? – Will your moving timeframe accommodate the months the building process will require?

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simple yes or no; but for others, they may need to seriously contemplate whether a new build home is right for them.

WHAT IS STANDARD AND WHAT COSTS MORE? It’s especially important to understand the answer to this question when buying a new build so you stay within budget. Making sure you have documentation on what you are getting in your home is critical to ensuring you get what you want. There are certain selections that you must make when going through the building process. There will be a lot of options from which to choose, so make sure you understand what is designated as “Standard or Tier 1” and what is offered as an “Upgrade or Tier 2.” It’s imperative that you know the difference in the two. Standard selections will be options that come with the home at the price point at which

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you are buying it. There may be a couple of different options when you are looking through these selections, and the majority of these options are stock for the homes they are building (these are considered Tier 1). Tier 2 or upgraded material selections are the features that will add money to the cost. These may be upgrades in flooring, granite countertops, carpets, and bathroom selections. When considering these options, make sure you have a full grasp on what their additional costs are going to be as they will need to be added into your budget. Your agent should be able to help you in the selection process, and it is always a good idea to have him or her communicate with the developer for documentation of price quotes and final cost. This will ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for within the budget you have established.

two weeks prior to closing, will allow you the opportunity to walk through the home with the contractor and your agent to point out any flaws. At this point, the contractor has time to make any necessary repairs before closing, ensuring that the home is in prime condition when you move in. Typically on the day of closing, a final walk through will be performed. This is to confirm that all the repairs that were discovered in the initial walk through have been completed, and that the home is ready for you to move in. Once you have wrapped up the final walk through, it will be time for closing – and then that dream home will finally be a reality!

Typically, when buying a home through a builder, there are incentives offered if you use their preferred lender. These generally include some appliances and money towards closing cost. It is worth knowing what they offer when using their preferred lender, as it might help you to save a little bit of money at closing. Your agent can help you walk through what the builder is offering and whether or not it is worth it for you to do so.

While there is much more to buying a new construction home as opposed to an existing one, the building process can be fun. Just remember that having your own agent is important, as he or she will help guide you through the extensive process while making sure you are able to get what you want and within your budget. Keep in mind, the agent representing you is paid by the seller, not you, so he or she will be working fully to make sure you are happy in the home of your choice. Now more than ever, there are many new developments being built throughout the Triangle, so it’s a great time to create the home of your dreams. If you follow these simple suggestions, you will be able to enjoy a seamless process. 

During the building process, there will be chances to visit the home to witness the progression. An official walk through, typically about

Jonathan Daniel is a realtor with Bespoke Realty Group at Next Stage Realty, LLC. He may be reached at 919-897-4501.

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s COVID-19 continues to impact people of all ages, researchers and physicians are working tirelessly to learn everything they can about the virus. COVID-19 brings so many questions for all of us, but for patients with heart disease, those questions often come with greater worry as they are already managing health problems and risk factors. February is American Heart Month, so we asked WakeMed cardiologists to address a few common concerns about COVID-19 and heart health. How is COVID-19 impacting people with heart problems? Early evidence has shown that people with cardiovascular conditions, as well as those with risk factors such as heart disease, cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, or diabetes, are at higher risk of complications related to COVID-19. “Patients without heart conditions may develop them due to the virus,” adds WakeMed cardiologist Dr. Jason Haag. That’s why it’s very important for everyone to watch for cardiac symptoms. “Keep an eye out for chest pain, shortness of breath, increased swelling, weight gain, dizziness, or palpitations.” Is it safe to see my cardiologist right now? Regardless of what’s going on around us, we know that heart disease and other cardiac

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problems are chronic conditions that need to be monitored carefully. Getting the care you need means you will get better faster and limit long-term damage to your heart, lungs, and overall health. “We understand our patients are at greater risk of complications, so whether you prefer a virtual or an in-person visit, we’ve done everything we can to make your appointment as safe and efficient as possible,” says Dr. John Sinden, cardiologist with WakeMed Heart & Vascular. From symptom screening and temperature checks for patients and staff to wearing masks, offering electronic check-in, the ability to wait in your car rather than the lobby, modifying layouts, and, as always, deeply disinfecting all surfaces throughout the day – the health and safety of patients and staff is top priority for medical professionals. I have heart failure – what do I need to know about COVID-19? “Continue to take your medications as prescribed, watch your diet and sodium intake, and maintain your routine care,” shares Dr. Stuart Russell with WakeMed Heart & Vascular – Advanced Heart Failure. While there hasn’t been much data published about COVID-19 patients with existing heart failure, there have been numerous reports of people developing heart failure as a result of COVID-19. “What we do know is that keeping a close watch on your condition is always in your best interest,” Dr. Russell adds.

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In addition to offering virtual and inperson visits, new technologies including implantable cardiac defibrillators and cardiac fluid sensors to track how well your heart failure is being managed are available.

cardiologist, if needed. In the coming year, we should know a lot more about what the long-term effects may be.” How can I stay healthy, active, and connected at home? Remaining active in this “new normal” is more important than ever since exercise can have a positive effect on the cells and molecules of the immune system. It is paramount that we find creative ways to exercise regularly – even while social distancing. You can get active at home with your family, or virtually through exercise videos and apps. Take this opportunity to get more comfortable with new technologies – or stay active through walking, yardwork, or at-home exercises. As it relates to diet, make sure you’re getting a wellbalanced diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, and limit processed foods that are likely to be high in sodium, sugar, and fat. Set activity goals and challenge yourself to meet them.

I have an arrhythmia – what do I need to know about COVID-19? “We do know that any infection can trigger and worsen atrial fibrillation in patients,” says Dr. Ashish Patel, a WakeMed cardiologist who specializes in electrophysiology. The good news for current arrhythmia patients, Dr. Patel shares, is that there are many options that allow physicians to monitor cardiology patients from the comfort and safety of home. These include implanted devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, and looper recorders that can provide continuous monitoring. Non-implantable devices such as the KardiaMobile device or an Apple Watch can also track your rhythm, and data can be electronically sent directly to your cardiologist.

WakeMed cardiologist Dr. Hemant Solomon explains, “Cardiac patients need emotional and physical support due to their underlying chronic illness.” To achieve this while keeping higher-risk family members safe, Dr. Solomon recommends keeping visits short, limiting gatherings to less than 10 people, and wearing a mask. He also urges patients to get their flu vaccine, which can at least reduce your risk for one of the season’s common illnesses.

What long-term effects on the heart are we seeing in patients who have recovered from COVID-19? “It’s important to note that this virus is still in its earliest stages, so ‘long-term’ for us at this point is fairly limited,” explains WakeMed cardiologist Dr. Senthil Sundaram. With that said, doctors are seeing increased incidence of both myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and thromboembolic complications such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients who have recovered from COVID-19.

The bottom line is cardiovascular events don’t stop during a pandemic. Don’t ignore symptoms and don’t delay care. “That’s why we’re here for our patients, 24/7,” said Dr. John Sinden. When it comes to these symptoms, calling 9-1-1 offers the best chance of surviving or saving a life. “Just like we’ve done throughout the hospital and physician offices, emergency departments have put many precautions in place to ensure patients get the care they need in the safest environment possible.” 

These findings are not limited to patients who had severe COVID-19 or to those with previous history of cardiac disease. “While preliminary studies have brought light to these potential complications, the data is still very early and we likely need another six - 12 months of data before we can make sound conclusions,” Dr. Sundaram adds. “What we do know is that anyone who has had COVID-19 and experiences lingering symptoms should be closely followed by their primary care physician, or a

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scheme. But the one thing that the hot hues have in common right now is a sense of warmth. Sherwin Williams’ color of the year is Urbane Bronze, a brown with hints of warm gray. This is a fabulous neutral that mixes well with other warm grays and just about any warm-toned tint. Benjamin Moore’s color of the year, Aegean Teal, is a warm mix of blue, green, and gray. Both have calm, cozy, and serene nuances. No matter which pigment route you take in 2021, consider earthy ones for walls with a splash of color to accent the space. If you are feeling a bit daring in the new year, incorporate that warm dash of color anywhere and everywhere! Plants are at top of the trending list for 2021. With so much time being spent working and schooling from home, their popularity is on the rise. Plants not only add texture to a space, but they also freshen the air we breathe. Bringing nature indoors adds warmth and color, and helps with overall well-being. So tap into your green thumb this year and add a fresh design feature to your family room, home office, kitchen, etc. with plantings in beautiful pots or containers.

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COLORS, KITCHENS, WALLS, WOODS, METALS, AND MORE As we ring in a new year, we naturally reflect on the one we just left behind – and 2020 was definitely one for the record books. COVID-19 changed the dynamics of our homes and urged us to make them more comfortable, cozy, and efficient. Fortunately, home decor trends followed right along

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Carrying over from 2020, feature walls are still prevalent in today’s decorating realm. Wallpaper in all types of patterns and textures are being showcased on them. Extra-large floral murals in updated, modern patterns are also on point for 2021. Wood trim walls in varying patterns are trending as well – symmetrical squares to abstract patterns, painted all one color or in varying shades. Fabric walls are slowly making their way to the scene, and are more about texture rather than pattern. Living walls – arrangements of plants situated on a vertical façade – are great additions to kitchens (think fresh spices available at the ready) and sunrooms. But just like other plants, they need to be in spaces where light is not an issue. For a while, wood tones trended more on the medium to dark side. However, light woods – mostly inspired by Scandinavian and Modern Japanese influences – are making a comeback. These tend to be more of brown/gray undertones versus yellow … think bamboo. This light color mixes well with dark browns, blacks, and the warm paint colors I mentioned previously. Now let’s talk kitchens! While the hearts of the home are still on the “yes” list, they are now veering towards ones in warm whites versus bright whites. Stained cabinets are making a comeback as well, with tones similar to the wood colors just discussed. The mix of stain and painted cabinets are in style for today’s home decorator. Think upper cabinets painted and lower ones stained, or vice versa. Having the island be a different paint color or stain finish has been the thing to do for a while, and still is very current. Metals are always a hot topic for design trend forecasts. This year, gold tones are still making their way to the east coast. Today’s gold

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of choice is a warm, brushed gold, not one that is brassy. This gold mixes well with the brushed nickel that has been around for a while – and isn’t going anywhere. Both integrate seamlessly with the popular black finish. The mixing of metals brings lots of personality to a space, but it must be done right for it to work well. Faucets, knobs, and lighting can all be mingled, but the lines of these fixtures should be the same – for example, a stainless-steel curvy faucet and very straight-lined brushed gold light fixture will not complement each other, nor the space. Last but not least, the most talked about trend of the year is the multi-functional space. 2020 forced many of us to work from home, do school from home, and just be home much more than usual. This brought with it the challenge of needing to identify work and learning spaces that wouldn’t take over our houses. If you still need to tackle this project, know that when it comes to designating and designing these spaces, there are many available options ... for instance, guest rooms can serve as both a home office and a guest room by simply adding a murphy bed or sofa bed. Beautiful file cabinets that look like nightstands on either side can act as end tables. Nowadays, there are tons of multifunctional furniture pieces available, and with a little thought and creativity, these spaces can do double, or even triple, duty. I think we are all ready for a new year, and a space that brings us comfort, relaxation, and peace. Implementing these top design trends will help us do just that. So embrace the warmth of the colors of the year, bring the outdoors in, splash some color on your walls, mix some metals, and enjoy the solace of home.  Rhonda Benvie Plummer is the owner of Help Me Rhonda Interiors and Open Door Furniture & Accents, a furniture and accessories located at 11605 Durant Road in Raleigh. Visit www.helpmerhondainteriors. com or www.opendoorfurnitureandaccents. com or call 919-263-9054.

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HIDDEN GEM

PRESERVING NATURE AND FUN

BY ROBYN GOSS-BENNAI

Tucked away on 237 acres of land just south of Wake Forest is the Durant Nature Preserve. It’s easy to miss this nearby natural gem because both entrances are hidden from plain sight. This former Boy Scout Camp, purchased by the city of Raleigh in 1979, was designated as a Nature Preserve in

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2010 and has since served as a natural wonderland. he Preserve is home to several species of animals native to our forest habitats and pond life, as well as various bird species, including red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, and barred owls. If you’re lucky, you will hear them calling as the sun goes down. Two great blue herons have made the Preserve their permanent residence as well. Once you arrive at Durant Nature Preserve there are many areas to explore. Be sure to pick up a map to orient yourself. Here are some of the highlights of the Preserve: – Trails to explore: There are eight trails ranging from .15 to 1.88 miles, all of which except one are unpaved. The staff at the Preserve works hard to keep the trails accessible by clearing debris, cutting back limbs that block the pathway, filling holes, and keeping roots cut back. Bikes are allowed on the trails unless the weather has created very wet conditions – then staff asks that bikes not be ridden on the trails to prevent damage. You can contact the office to inquire about trail condition. All are stroller accessible, but be advised that the Secret Creek Trail isn’t ideal for them, so it would be better to choose a different path to take with a stroller. Dogs are allowed on a leash. – Fishing: There are piers from which you can fish (but fishing off the bank is not permitted as a way to prevent soil erosion). So bring along a rod and reel, some bait, a bit of patience, and cast away. NC fishing regulations apply. – Playground: There is a playground for children with a wood chip surface, featuring a large climbing structure along with other play equipment. 34

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– Picnic Area: There are picnic tables situated through the Preserve, so you can enjoy a leisurely lunch near water or close to the woods. In addition, there are three picnic shelters for rent. – Bird, Butterfly, and Sensory Gardens: Explore the Bird Garden and Butterfly Garden areas to catch glimpses of the beautiful flying and fluttering creatures that live in this habitat. There is also a Sensory Garden where kids can have fun digging and playing in the dirt. There are plastic shovels available, but it is recommended that you bring your own. – Creeks: If you love to explore under rocks and in water, you may find yourself weaving back and forth along the creek. The creeks cross the Border, Beaver Pond, and Lakeside Trails. – Discovery Backpacks: Grab one of these to learn more about ponds, insects, birds, animal tracking, and nature art. The park office loans these free of charge during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Besides its goal of protecting the land, the Durant Nature Preserve was created to provide nature-based recreation and environmental education experiences. With year-round nature programs and summer camps, the Preserve provides plenty of opportunities to fulfill its goal. Programs offered include “Campfire Stories” which focus on a different animal theme each time and often include a folk story to go along with it. There are also “Night Hikes” that take you on a guided trail during which you may be lucky enough to hear the calls of the owls. You can sign up for these programs through the City of Raleigh RecLink (reclink.raleighnc.gov).

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Campbell Lodge is an on-site building with a capacity of 200 that is available for rent (current gathering limits must be followed, however). For information, call the offices at 919-878-9116. To access the Preserve, you can enter from Durant Road – look for the small signs indicating where to turn, or use the 8305 Camp Durant Road entrance. There is also an entrance located at 3237 Spottswood Street, and the best way to access this parking lot is to enter Campbell Lodge in your GPS. Once you enter the park, you will find plenty of areas of exploration for the day. This little hidden gem will allow your imagination to lead the way because while you may not be far from home, you will feel as though you have been transported a million miles away.  Please follow Governor-mandated COVID precautions as you visit Durant Nature Preserve, and it’s advised to confirm all amenities remain open prior to your visit. The Preserve follows all safety guidelines of North Carolina and City of Raleigh. If you know of a “Hidden Gem” you think our readers should learn about in a future issue, please let us know at info@circamagazine.com. Robyn Goss-Bennai is a local writer and can be reached at robyngossbennai@gmail.com. Photos courtesy of George Randy Bass (georgerandybass.com).

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sodas. Sugary drinks create an acid attack on the enamel of your teeth, and consuming them frequently can lead to decay. The next time you are thirsty, grab your water bottle first! Water is sugar-free, calorie-free, and will keep your teeth and body happy and healthy.

DRINKING ACIDIC BEVERAGES

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Sodas also contain phosphoric and citric acids that work in tandem with sugar to eat away at tooth enamel. Even diet drinks that tout smaller amounts of sugar usually have more acid than regular soft drinks due to their artificial sweeteners.   Brace yourselves coffee lovers – coffee is extremely acidic! Not only does coffee’s acidity wear on tooth enamel, but its dark color can also cause yellowing of the teeth over time. Fortunately, coffee stains are some of the easiest stains to treat with various whitening methods. You can also limit coffee’s contact with your teeth by drinking through a straw aimed at the back of your mouth. If you drink multiple cups a day, try your best to cut back and switch to water sometimes instead. Believe it or not, water actually wakes your body up and gives it an energy boost better than coffee. The acids in wine can also eat away at tooth enamel, creating rough spots that make your teeth more vulnerable to staining. In particular, red wine contains deep pigments called chromogen and tannins, which help the color stick to your teeth. To minimize staining,

Now that 2021 has arrived, it’s time to pick a new resolution that you are dedicated to keeping. This year, try to focus on your oral health. Stay motivated throughout the year to break those bad habits that can cause serious harm – not only to your teeth, but also to your overall well-being.   

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Sugar is the number one enemy of your teeth. Cutting back on your sugar intake will help protect them and keep you on the right track with other New Year’s resolutions you may have, such as getting in shape. All sugary candies promote tooth decay because they work to erode protective enamel. The bacteria in your mouth convert the sugars into an acid that eats away at tooth enamel, causing cavities and other serious dental problems. Gummy candies are some of the worst culprits because their sugars stick to your teeth, meaning the acid produced stays in contact with your enamel for extended periods of time. To mitigate risks, get in the habit of brushing or flossing your teeth after consuming sugary treats.   Sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice should also be avoided. Did you know that sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving? And don’t be fooled by sports drinks and fruit juices that often have close to the same amount of sugar as 36

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reduce your wine intake, rinse your mouth with water after drinking, or try using toothpaste with a whitening agent.

mouth guard at night can also prevent the damage caused by tooth-grinding. Teeth grinding or clenching is also a common symptom of a TemporoMandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, also known as TMD. TMJ is the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull, and other common signs of TMD include regular migraines, earaches, and vertigo. If you think you may have this condition, check with your dentist, as there are non-invasive, non-surgical options that may be able to help.    It’s a new year filled with new possibilities, so don’t let an unhealthy smile hold you back. Your teeth will surely thank you if you kick these harmful habits in 2021! 

CHEWING HARD ITEMS Chewing on ice, pencils, fingernails, and other hard items can also cause wear and tear on your teeth. If your teeth are worn or chipped already, chewing on hard items can crack and damage their structure further. The next time you feel the need to chew something, try sugarless gum. It will trigger the flow of saliva, which can make your teeth stronger and protect them against enamel-eating acids.  

GRINDING YOUR TEETH

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is most often caused by stress and sleeping habits, so it can often be hard to control. When you grind or clench your teeth, you place a severe amount of pressure on them that can lead to fractures or wear down tooth surfaces. Seek advice from a dentist if you habitually grind your teeth. Wearing a

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BREAST

HEALTH A STEREOTACTIC BREAST BIOPSY Q&A

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What can I expect in terms of recovery? Following the procedure, you’ll be sent home with an ice pack and instructions to rest for a few hours and refrain from heavy lifting for 24 hours. If you experience pain, your physician may recommend Tylenol or Ibuprofen. When will results be available? Results typically take two full working days. Your radiologist or designee will call you with the results and guide you through any next steps if you need to be referred to a breast specialist. What are some potential results to be prepared for? The good news is that 80% of stereotactic breast biopsies turn out to be non-cancerous. There are generally three common scenarios that can play out depending on the results.

How should you prepare for a stereotactic breast biopsy? You will need to bring a driver to accompany you to the appointment. I recommend wearing a comfortable two-piece outfit. When possible, patients are asked to stop taking aspirin products, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or blood thinners five days before the procedure. It’s okay to eat a light breakfast or lunch. What can you expect once you arrive? You will first meet with the imaging technologist and then the radiologist. Each will fully explain the procedure and answer any questions. During the biopsy, you will sit in front of a mammogram machine in a comfortable chair that supports your head, neck, and back. Using 3D coordinates, the radiologist will find the abnormality. You’ll feel light compression as the technologist takes a series of photos of the breast. Before the biopsy sample is taken, the breast will be cleaned and numbed to eliminate pain. Most patients just feel a slight tingling or burning. Once the sample is taken, the radiologist will mark the area with a clip and take one last image to make sure the correct area was biopsied. The appointment typically lasts about 90 minutes from start to finish. 38

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Benign (non-cancerous) issues such as fibrocystic changes or fibroadenoma is one. Less common scenarios include sclerosing adenosis, fat necrosis, or postprocedural changes that may occur after a surgery or trauma. In these instances, no treatment is typically indicated, and your radiologist will advise you on when to return for your next mammogram.

this point to refer you to a breast specialist. From here, your breast specialist will help you determine the best course of treatment. In most cases, this could involve either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy that may be followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy. The radiologists will consult with your referring provider and help connect patients who need a referral with the surgeon best suited for your needs. 

Atypical, pre-cancerous lesion or abnormal cells is another. Some examples of this could include a radial scar or a papilloma. Treatments for these would require a referral to a breast surgeon who will work with your radiologist to provide a recommended plan of care.

If you are scheduled for a stereotactic breast biopsy, Raleigh Radiology’s highlyspecialized team of breast interventional radiologists will be here to guide you every step of the way – from mammography to biopsy and beyond. Raleigh Radiology follows recommendations by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the US Preventive Services Task Force which state that women at average risk of breast cancer get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. Women who are at risk for breast cancer should consult with their OB/GYN for personalized screening recommendations. To schedule a mammogram, call Raleigh Radiology at 919-781-1437.

The third scenario would involve abnormal or cancerous cells that are diagnosed as either breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a noninvasive precancerous condition. While your radiologist will tell you if either of these conditions is detected, the radiologists will partner with you at

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dinner table or in a tasting setting. There is great value in the red blends as well – anything not ending in “ernet” tends to be cheaper! CABERNETS: While I just took a shot at Cabernet’s cost, there are some great values to be had in the $14.99 and under range. Since March of 2020, our bestseller has been the Athena Cabernet Sauvignon. We have also found great value in the Paso Robles region at that price point (Poppy), as well as Washington State Cabernets. For a wine to be labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, it must be at least 70% Cabernet, or Merlot, or Zinfandel. You get the idea ... most wines are blends!

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SOUTH AMERICA: Many folks associate Malbec with Argentina, and that is correct. What you may not know is that Malbec is one of the original five Bordeaux varietals. Cuttings from all five – Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec – made their way to Argentina and Chile via Bordeaux over 400 years ago. As a matter of fact, when the European vineyards were wiped out by infestations, they re-planted with North American counterparts. If you want to know what Bordeaux wines used to taste like, buy South American reds – Cabernet, Malbec, Syrah, and their version of Charbono, Bonarda. Talk about value? You can get great winter reds from $10 and up from this part of the world, including the lost varietal, Carmenere, which has an amazing stronghold in the Chilean wine industry. OLD WORLD: Some of the best winter food wine options are inexpensive Bordeauxs. They tend to be Merlot-dominant so they don’t overpower food. Another growing category is Beaujolais ... not just the Noveau, but also the vintage Beaujolais which is made by a grape called Gamay. This wine is perfect for the person who likes Pinot Noir but is looking for more jam and less spice. Our bestseller in this category runs about $12.99 per bottle. BUBBLES: Have we ever needed to find ways to celebrate more than we have over the past year? You can go multiple routes here as well, starting with Prosecco from Italy. Cava is made in the Champagne-style, but with bigger and creamier bubbles. Then you can, of course, opt for traditional Champagne. Keep in mind, though, when you go this route to ask for the grower Champagnes as they are $20 to $30 less per bottle than the big guys. However, nothing beats a good bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Did you know that the current Veuve has wine in it from 1988 through 2015? Their weather is so awful that they have to save each year’s harvest and mix and match to make decent Champagne. But we pay the rent! I hope everyone has a rocking and healthy 2021. Cheers!  Joe O’Keefe is the founder of Wine & Beer 101, located at 1228 Heritage Links Dr., #104 in Wake Forest. They are offering deliveries throughout Wake Forest, virtual tastings, and sociallydistanced live music. Stop by anytime for a drink or to chat.

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COOKED IN TRADITION SOUP-ER FAMILY FAVORITES BY GRACE LOWER

Nothing says coziness in winter like a steaming bowl of

FRENCH MARKET SOUP – 1½ cups bean mix (recipe following) – Meaty ham bone – 1 large onion, chopped fine – 1 can (1 pound) tomatoes, broken up – Juice of 1 small lemon – Few drops hot sauce – Salt and pepper

savory soup. What’s more, there’s comfort in knowing that your bowl of soup is crafted from a trusted recipe used by generations past. Food brings people together, and feasting on traditional family cuisine connects you and your loved ones with those who have come before. That’s why we’ve rounded up some stew-pendous soup recipes that

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Wash beans and cover with 6 cups of tepid water. Soak 3 hours, or even overnight. Add meaty ham bone and simmer, covered, for 2½ hours. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for

hese recipes are from “GG’s Guide to Great Cooking” – my grandmother’s cherished family cookbook – and I am honored to share them with you. Whether you enjoy them around a lively dinner table with your closest family members, or nestled by the fireplace savoring some alone time, I hope these scrumptious soups bring you as much comfort as they do to my family and me.

CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER – 6 slices bacon – 2-3 cups cooked chicken, diced or cubed – 1½ large onions, chopped – 4 large potatoes, cubed – 1½ cups water – 3 cups whole milk – 4 15-ounce cans creamed corn – 1½ teaspoons salt – 1 teaspoon pepper Fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and crumble for garnish. Reserve 3 teaspoons drippings and saute onion in reserved drippings until tender. Add potatoes and water. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Stir in chicken, milk, corn, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated. Garnish each serving with bacon. 42

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another hour. This thickens during the last hour and must be stirred frequently. Bean mix: – 1/3 cup each of the following dried beans: baby limas, great northern, pintos, black-eyed peas, red kidney, green split peas, and lintels. Fill out with your favorite dried beans.

Tradition” articles, please send us your favorite family recipes of any kind – sweet, savory, you name it! And feel free to share its history, any anecdotes, etc. Send entries for consideration to info@circamagazine.com. Thank you!  Grace Lower is a senior at Heritage High School, and is part of the CIRCA family by birth, and now by interning. Grace enjoys dance, theater, science, and all things outdoors.

PAM-PAM STEAK SOUP Makes 1 gallon – 2 pounds round steak, chopped fine – 10 tablespoons butter – 1¼ cups plain flour – ½ teaspoon Accent Flavor Enhancer – Salt and pepper – 1 medium onion, chopped fine – 1 large carrot, chopped fine – 3 stalks celery, chopped fine – 1 18-ounce can diced tomatoes – 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce – 3 quarts beef stock – 1½ cups half and half Brown meat in butter. Add vegetables and flour (mixed to a paste with some of the stock). Cook 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and spices. Simmer 1 hour. Add cream last. Cook additional 5 minutes. Freezes well. If you whip up one (or all) of these spectacular soups, we would love to hear your thoughts, or even see photos of your culinary creations! Feel free to share them with info@circamagazine.com. For a chance to be featured in one of our upcoming “Cooked In

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PICKING APART

PINK EYE IDENTIFYING, TREATING, AND PREVENTING

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inter has arrived, which means it is peak season for the spread of viruses and bacteria. Chances are that due to the pandemic, you are already being extra cautious and taking preventive measures such as hand washing, social distancing, and mask wearing to reduce your risk of infection, and that of those around you. Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is a condition diagnosed in children and adults and is seen most frequently during colder months. Spending more time indoors in enclosed spaces increases our chances of encountering a virus or bacteria that may cause pink eye. Many times, people head to the pharmacy to pick up eye drops when they start to feel eye irritation, but find themselves overwhelmed with so many drops from which to choose. There are many different types of eye drops to treat a variety of ocular conditions, and choosing the wrong drop may not properly treat the condition – or even make symptoms worse. Unfortunately, there is no eye drop that cures all different types of pink eye, as each is treated differently.

VIRAL Viral conjunctivitis is the most common type of pink eye and is often very contagious. Like many viruses, there is usually an incubation time when one does not know he or she is contagious and can spread the virus. Symptoms may include redness, burning, watering, and light sensitivity. The virus commonly starts in one eye and eventually spreads to the other. Unfortunately, viral conjunctivitis cannot be treated with medication as the virus has to run its course, which usually takes several weeks to completely resolve. Cold compresses and artificial lubricating drops, and for more serious cases, an anti-inflammatory eye drop may be prescribed to help with comfort and symptoms; however, they do not help speed up recovery. Could your pink eye be coronavirus? According to recent studies regarding COVID-19, a symptom of coronavirus could be viral conjunctivitis. During these unprecedented times, many of us are hyper concerned that we have contracted coronavirus whenever an unusual symptom appears. However, rest assured that it is estimated that only 1-3% of patients with coronavirus have pink eye. 44

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BACTERIAL Bacterial conjunctivitis can also be contagious, similar to a viral infection. But with bacterial infections, the eye typically produces a thick yellow discharge. Other symptoms include redness, irritation, decreased vision, light sensitivity, and crusting on the eyelids when waking up in the morning. Topical antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat bacterial pink eye. Patients usually see improvement within 24-48 hours, but should use antibiotic drops for the entire length of time as directed by their doctor. Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can occur along with other signs and symptoms, such as an upper respiratory infection or sore throat.

ALLERGIC Allergic conjunctivitis can also present as red, watery, and irritated eyes; however, it is not contagious. Usually it is triggered by an irritant such as pollen, dust mites, animal dander, or as the seasons change. One of the most prominent symptoms is itching and puffy eyelids. Allergic conjunctivitis is diagnosed by viewing the white area of the eye and looking for bumps inside the eyelids. For mild cases of allergic conjunctivitis, limit exposure to the allergen by closing windows, using an air purifier, and keeping your home dust-free. Cool compresses can help reduce inflammation and reduce the urge to itch. In more moderate to severe cases, your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine and/or an anti-inflammatory eye drop. Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) is another noncontagious form, most commonly seen in contact lens wearers. GPC is usually caused by an allergy to the contact lens material or chemicals in contact lens solution. Symptoms may include pain, itching, mucus discharge, and droopy eyelids. Your doctor will be able to diagnose GPC by evaluating the inside of the upper and lower lids for bumps called papillae. Discontinuing contact lenses for several weeks is helpful in order to let the eye heal. Your doctor may also recommend switching to a daily disposable contact lens to avoid using lens solution. All contact lenses are made of different materials and identifying an allergy to a particular brand or solution early is important to prevent any future damage from occurring to the eye.  Many people with irritated eyes think that they have an infectious form of pink eye and that antibiotics will take care of it.

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However, it is not common for adults to have recurrent bacterial or viral pink eye. If your eyes often flare up, it would be worthwhile to undergo a more extensive evaluation to determine if a cause such as dry eye, allergies, or chronic inflammation is the culprit.

WHAT TYPE DO I HAVE? Diagnosing the correct type of conjunctivitis is important in order to determine the best treatment approach. Your eye doctor will assess your symptoms, check your vision, evaluate the front surface of the eye with high magnification, and may perform supplemental testing such as culturing or taking smears of the tissue if the condition persists and does not respond to treatment. A few hygiene tips your doctor may recommend to help prevent spread are: – Wash hands with warm water and soap; – Wash towels, linens, and pillowcases daily until the eye infection has gone away; – Keep the eyes and areas around the eyes clean by discarding any tissues that have touched the eye; – Limit makeup, especially around the eyes, and never share cosmetics; – Throw away disposable contact lenses and wear glasses until pink eye has resolved; – Avoid touching and rubbing the eye. 

WHEN TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR It is always a good idea to seek care if your eyes are painful, sensitive to light, have changes in vision, symptoms gets worse, or if you have a weakened immune system and are more prone to getting infections. Now more than ever, we are conscious of our hygiene and aware of how quickly viruses can spread. Focusing on immune health by eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising are just a few ways of boosting the immune system to help fight any germs this winter season.  Mackenzie Dziedzic, OD is with McPherson Family Eye Care, located at 3150 Rogers Road, Suite 110 in Wake Forest. For more information, call 919-263-9163 or visit mcphersonfamilyeyecare.com.

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THC (the most recognizable cannabinoid – the one in marijuana that causes a high) at less than .3% and has no psychoactive effect. CBD works with your Endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate balance or homeostasis throughout your body. This system is made up of two primary receptors – CB1 and CB2 – and can be found throughout the body, including in the brain, muscles, bones, and immune system. CBD is being studied for the potential to treat anxiety, pain, inflammation, insomnia, and much more. Now that you know CBD is not marijuana and cannot get you high, why all the buzz? Over the past few decades, people have turned to pharmaceuticals to help them feel better and live longer. However, opioids that promised us all a more pain-free existence (who doesn’t want to have their wisdom teeth removed with zero pain?) can be incredibly addictive and have destroyed people’s lives. Does that mean that all pharmaceuticals are bad? Absolutely not! (Full disclosure … I spent 18 years working for a pharmaceutical manufacturer.) But not all are good either, and some come with unfavorable side effects. This explains why many are searching for more natural alternatives. Hence, why the demand for CBD has been so great. The three primary reasons why people use CBD are: – Alleviation of stress and anxiety; – An active life, enjoyed with less pain and inflammation; – Better sleep.

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BUZZ? CBD was Googled more times than Kayne West last year ... hard to believe I know. But it’s not that surprising when you consider the demand for natural alternatives to prescription medicines is fueling curiosity. All that demand has also created a lot of confusion – confusion about whether it is legal,

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if it’s safe, and most importantly, what it is. o understand why everyone is talking about CBD – and why you should be too – let’s talk about what it does. CBD is one of the 100+ cannabinoids that can be found in the hemp plant, (yes, the one that also makes rope, paper, and clothing). It has very low

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evolution will eventually bring regulation; in the meantime, where you buy your CBD matters. To ensure purity, potency, and safety: – Ensure the product is covered by a third party laboratory analysis confirming it is free of molds, mycotoxins, pesticides, and heavy metals and has the promised potency (mg/dose). – Select manufacturers that both cultivate the crop and manufacture the products. This end-to-end process can provide higher quality as they control the complete process from soil to oil.

Many of us (myself included – I am 49) grew up in a world without the Internet, email, and social media, and when you left office at the end of the day, the work didn’t follow you home. In contrast, today nothing shuts down. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email – they are always on and keeping our minds constantly going. Customers who use CBD report that it calms the mind and helps with mild or temporary anxiety.

LESS PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

Hopefully, I have piqued your curiosity about CBD, or at least answered a few questions and debunked a few myths. The exciting part is that natural alternatives are here. I believe that we can, and should, be more present for our friends and families and live a life that exceeds that of previous generations through natural wellness.  Nick Pione is a local business owner, blog writer, and natural wellness expert. He co-founded Trek CBD and contributes to medium.com and trekcbd.com. For more information, please contact Nick at nickpione@trekvitality.com.

We all want more out of life and to be able to enjoy an active lifestyle. Exercise and a healthy diet have proven to decrease diseases like heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes, to name a few. But exercise and activity can eventually result in pain. CBD works with the ECS to relieve pain and inflammation from the inside out when taken orally or sublingually, and from the outside in with a topical pain reliever. CBD users report that it helps to relieve pain and inflammation and allows them to live a more active life.

BETTER SLEEP Why are Americans spending $52 billion trying to get a better night’s sleep? Because one in four of us suffers from insomnia. When you consider how vital sleep is to recovery, mood, and vitality, insomnia is a big deal. Because the ECS helps regulate sleep cycles, CBD can be used before bed to help you get to sleep – and stay asleep. In conjunction with the CDC’s recommendations to exercise and limit caffeine and alcohol consumption, 89% of CBD users report a better night’s sleep. Now you know the three primary reasons why people are talking about CBD and how it can help people stress less, move more, and sleep better. Please keep in mind that these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and as I write this, the evidence will continue to evolve. This

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WINTER

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR COLDER WEATHER

BY THOMAS WALTERS

While colder temperatures, ice, snow, and slush sometimes

having a special winter emergency kit as well, or add items that can be helpful in snowy or icy weather. Some of the winter items you may want to consider having in your kit include a shovel, gloves, boots, an ice scraper, and sand or kitty litter (for traction on slippery roads).

come along with winter here in the Triangle, your car doesn’t have be in a deep freeze until the spring thaw. Consider these tips for preparing your vehicle for the cold and handling inclement weather, should it hit this winter. 1. GET YOUR CAR TUNED UP. No matter the weather, regular vehicle maintenance is always a good idea. But extreme temperature changes can affect your car, so it’s especially important to make sure it is in working order before bad weather arrives. From basic tasks to those that you may want a mechanic to handle, there are a few maintenance items to address before winter. Start by popping the hood to check the wiper fluid level. It’s recommended that you keep your windshield washer reservoir full during the cold months. A full reservoir means you can keep your windshield clear, even on a snowy day. Inspect odds and ends under the hood that may fail in extreme conditions. For example, seasonal changes are good times for you or a mechanic to make sure your cooling system is in working order, ensure your battery is charged, and to look at your vehicle’s hoses to make sure that the rubber is in good shape.

Winter weather may present some different driving hazards, and the cold can also affect your vehicle. With some preparation and preventive maintenance, though, you and your vehicle can be ready to handle the colder months.  Thomas Walters is the owner of Walters Insurance Agency, with offices in Wake Forest and Raleigh. Call 919-554-0267 or 919-8488015, or email ThomasWalters@allstate.com for help with all of your insurance needs.

2. CHECK YOUR TIRES. As the temperature falls, so does the air pressure in your tires. Tires can lose pressure at a rate of about one pound per 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature. Low tire pressure can dangerously affect your car’s handling, so it’s important to keep your tires properly inflated. 3. CHECK YOUR CAR’S EXTERIOR. Check the outside of your car to ensure headlights are in working order. Clean the lenses of your exterior lights and replace any burnt-out bulbs. You’ll also want to make sure the windshield wipers are in working condition – they are constantly subjected to the elements, so it’s important to replace worn or dried-out wiper blades regularly to maintain visibility, especially if a snowfall is forecasted. 4. CREATE A WINTER EMERGENCY KIT. In addition to the emergency road kit you should already have in your car, consider 48

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OUR HERITAGE WHO WAS DR. CALVIN JONES?

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ou likely have driven on the Highway 98 Bypass around Wake Forest and seen the name “Dr. Calvin Jones.” But who was this man for which this North Carolina highway was named?

Calvin Jones was a leading North Carolina intellectual who made significant contributions to medicine, public health, politics, publishing, military strategy, and public education. Born on April 2, 1775 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Jones earned his medical license at age 17, and by the time he moved to Smithfield, North Carolina in 1795, was a 20-year-old practicing physician with a published article on scarlet fever. At the age of 25, in a groundbreaking series of newspaper editorials, Dr. Jones began urging the people of North Carolina to understand the vital importance of the strange, yet lifesaving, smallpox vaccine that had just been developed in England. It is believed that Jones was the first physician in North Carolina – and one of the first in the nation – to discard the old treatment of smallpox and substitute the new process of inoculation now known as vaccination. So up-to-date was Dr. Jones that he was extensively practicing this treatment even before the experiments of its discoverer (Dr. Edward Jenner) were completed in England. In 1799, Dr. Jones had leveraged his regional fame to establish the North Carolina Medical Society in Raleigh. According to the Raleigh Register, the society would allow the community “to distinguish the true physician from the ignorant pretender” and hopefully prevent “the fatal and criminal practices of quacks.” Soon after moving from Smithfield to Raleigh in 1803, Jones pursued politics. He was elected mayor of the capital city, and by 1807, represented Wake County in the House of Commons. In partnership with Thomas Henderson, Jr., Jones edited and published an early city newspaper, the Raleigh Star, authoring a wide array of articles covering topics such as science, art, literature, history, politics, and current events. After two decades in Raleigh, Dr. Jones moved to northern Wake County in 1821. During this time, his primary interest was the surgical treatment of eye ailments. Patients visited with a wide range of disorders, and he treated everything from cancer to blindness from cataracts. Jones developed a considerable regional reputation as an eye surgeon with a focus on the practical application of surgical techniques to improve vision. His advances (appearing in medical writings of the era) influenced the development of 19th century eye 50 50

treatments and surgeries. Dr. Calvin Jones also briefly trained medical students at his Wake Forest plantation. In 1808, Jones became concerned with the ongoing conflict with Britain. He achieved the rank of North Carolina’s Adjutant General, serving as the state’s chief military officer. During the War of 1812, he accepted a commission as General to command the Seventh North Carolina Division of Militia, and in 1813, protected the state by preventing a British fleet of approximately 150 warships and vessels from invading its coast. General Jones achieved this victory by moving his troops to Ocracoke and Portsmouth in a show of force formidable enough to dissuade the British from surging inland. It is believed that it was this strategic decision by Jones that kept North Carolina from becoming a battleground state in the War of 1812. Calvin Jones served 30 years (1802-1832) as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, where he donated his collection of material for a botanical garden and museum of natural history. He was a trustee of the Raleigh Academy and, upon his move to northern Wake County, became involved in the creation of the Wake Forest Academy (1823), the Wake Forest School (1831), and the Wake Forest Female School (1831). Jones then sold his property to the North Carolina Baptist Convention (1832), paving the way for the founding of Wake Forest College in 1834, now Wake Forest University. In fact, Jones is the man who coined the name “Wake Forest,” which he gave to both his home and his plantation. Calvin Jones’ restored Wake Forest home is now part of the Wake Forest Historical Museum complex. In 1819, Calvin Jones married Temperance Bodie Williams Jones, widow of Franklin County physician and planter Dr. Thomas C. Jones (no relation). Temperance brought a son, Thomas, to the marriage and Calvin and Temperance had three surviving children, Montezuma, Octavia Rowena, and Paul Tudor. By 1832, Jones, with his family and enslaved workers, moved to his vast land holdings near Bolivar, Tennessee, where he continued to instruct other physicians on his treatment of eye ailments and acquire land, becoming one of that state’s largest landowners. Calvin Jones died in 1846 at Pontine, his Tennessee home.  Ed Morris is executive director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum & Wake Forest College Birthplace. For more information, visit wakeforestmuseum.org.

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