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Complimentary July 2012

Living the Good Life







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Welcome to the July issue.


We celebrate the birth of our nation this July 4th. Independence Day is steeped in tradition and marked by parades, cookouts, fireworks, baseball games and other fun activities. In all the hoopla and celebration, I hope you remember the real reason we celebrate is because of our hard fought freedom won from the British.

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Many local communities throughout our area will have some type of Independence Day celebration. Please check the July 4th article on page 8 in this issue for parades, fireworks, etc. in your area. July is also National Parks Month. There are several parks and historical sites within a short drive. One of these is Carl Sandburg's home, Connemara, which is located near Hendersonville. This is a great time of year to get out and discover the beauty that lies within our fabulous state. Thank you for reading the July issue of Hickory Living Magazine!

July 2012

Living the Good Life

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Meredith Collins Grace Moore • April Dellinger Joe Vagnone COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography COVER STORY Catawba Valley Internal Medicine Editorial Stock photography, unless otherwise noted, is from ThinkStock.

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Celebrating The

Birth Of A Nation By Grace Moore

I have to tell a truth. Although I passed all the history classes I ever took, somehow, as I left school and spent year after year enjoying fireworks, grilling out, lazy days at the beach and picnics with family and friends at the lake, I developed the erroneous idea that the 4th of July celebrated our country’s independence victory–the end of the Revolutionary War–the day we won our independence, not the day we defined our intention to become a free nation. I don’t know where that belief came from, other than perhaps it seemed to me that celebrating victory was more likely than celebrating an idea. Not so, it seems. Victories are hard won, huge endeavors. Victories can be measured, counted, cherished, fought long and hard for, and certainly, celebrated. But, intention–that is equally powerful, but really just a concept. Imagine the men (and the women who supported them!) embracing this notion of freedom, determining and declaring on paper (and to the world!) that our citizens had the wherewith-all, strength and courage to make it happen–that the thirteen colonies and the scattered townships and cities within them, could actually become a nation by reason of their intention to do so. To fight for independence! That took courage, and courage is always worth celebrating.

In and around Hickory, we celebrate in many ways: John Adams, one of the key founding fathers and second president of our new nation, wrote prophetically to his wife, Abigail, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Well, Mr. Adams got the date wrong by just two days, but his prophecy was absolutely correct. We continue, some 236 July fourths later, to celebrate with pomp and parade, games, bonfires and illuminations. In every city, town and hamlet across our nation, plans are being made to gather families and communities together to commemorate in spectacular ways this most important day in America’s history–the day we decided we were destined to become our own sovereign nation, free from the governance of Great Britain.



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It is rare that a medical group has as long a history as Catawba Valley Internal Medicine. Dr. James Gaither founded this practice in 1967, just across the street from Catawba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Arthur Lynn joined in 1968. In 1972, the two were joined by Dr. Edward Boone, and in 1993, Dr. Douglas Miller came on board. Although Dr. Boone and Dr. Lynn have since passed away, the founders continue as Catawba 12


Valley Internal Medicine at their Tate Boulevard office. In the intervening years, Dr. Billy Price, Dr. Garland Hughes, Dr. Nitin Shenoy and Dr. Jonathan Moseley have joined the group. In support of these doctors’ work, CVIM has a full staff of 23 additional medical professionals. Catawba Valley Internal Medicine is the largest primary care internal medicine practice in the Unifour area.

Internists serve as primary care physicians for adults. They are skilled and experienced at diagnosing and treating diseases of the internal organ systemconditions such as diabetes, thyroid issues, heart conditions, hypertension, stroke, high cholesterol, kidney disease, sleep disorders, COPD and asthma, and stomach disorders such as acid reflux or GERD. “Many of our patients are very healthy forty to fifty year olds who come in each year for a physical, and that’s it,” Dr. Price explained. “If they develop anything that needs attention, they’ll come in to see us. Older patients and some young people often have complicated health issues, and, of course, we see them more often. We diagnose and treat their conditions and can refer them to specialists if needed.”

Excellence In Training and Skill All of the physicians at Catawba Valley Internal Medicine attended and graduated from major university medical schools, and Drs. Hughes, Shenoy and Price each completed medical school in the top five percent. Dr. Gaither attended Washington University School of Medicine. He interned at Jackson Memorial Hospital and completed his residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Miller also attended Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. Dr. Price received his degree in pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill, attended East Carolina School of Medicine, and completed his residency


On the cover–Managing Partners: Nitin Shenoy, MD, Garland Hughes, MD, Billy Price, MD (Not pictured–Douglas Miller, MD) Opposite page–Founder of CVIM James C. Gaither, MD Above–Medical staff pictured, left to right, front row: James Gaither, MD and Lisa Rudisill, FNP; back row: Billy Price, MD, Garland Hughes, MD, Jonathan Moseley, MD Douglas Miller, MD–Photo by Bob Huffman HICKORY HICKORY LIVING LIVING •• JULY JULY 2012 2012


ning his work at CVIM last July. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill, earned his medical doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The physicians at CVIM are all board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Full bios of each physician can be found at www.

Compassionate Professionals


Above, left–Cynthia Ferguson calibrates Dexa scanner to check bone density Above, right–Lab Staff, Sonia Hartley and Kaylie Chewning Below, left to right– Dr. Shenoy with patient Mae Goeller Dr. Moseley with patient George Brown Amanda Hager and Dr. Price discuss patient care

at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Dr. Price received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Senior in Basic and Clinical Sciences while in medical school, and he is a member of the honorary medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Hughes went to Purdue University and attended Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Shenoy attended medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill and completed his residency at Stanford University Hospital. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and is also board certified in sleep medicine. Dr. Jonathan Moseley is the most recent member of the medical team, begin-



We know the doctors can’t do it all, and they are the first to say that their support staff is critical in providing quality patient care everyday. On staff at Catawba Valley Internal Medicine are seven medical office assistants and a nurse practitioner who work hand-inhand with CVIM’s physicians, collecting histories, taking vitals and seeing patients. All patient records are managed by a full-time and a part-time medical records technician, and there are two staff who handle the switchboard–every patient knows how critical that job is! Delinda Mauney has been office manager for 11 years, and she oversees the entire operation. “We consider our own individual patients as the practice’s patients,” Dr. Hughes shared. “We’re on call once a week and one weekend every five to six weeks, so whoever is on call takes care of our patients who are in the hospital. Over time, we all get to know those

patients.” The doctors at CVIM have a unique relationship with Catawba Valley Medical Center–they can admit and attend to their own patients while they are in the hospital rather than have a hospitalist (a doctor who has chosen not to have a private practice office, but rather work solely at a hospital) manage their care. “Our patients appreciate knowing that if they are admitted, they will be seen by one of our physicians,” Delinda said. “We have a stellar group here; we work so well together, and I believe our patients benefit from that.”

entire staff here.” Lisa has been with Catawba Valley since 2004 and worked at CVMC for 25 years before that. She engaged the team at CVIM as active supporters of Relay for Life after a staff member and two family members were challenged with breast cancer. In their second year as Relay Team CVIM For A Cure, they raised over $7,000, and the good news is that the three cancer patients are now survivors! As a Relay team and individually, the doctors and their staff work in the community giving back in many ways.

Women's Health Goes Into The Community

“We provide care for the healthiest to the sickest. We have our own in-house lab for diagnostic tests, an imaging center for x-ray and MRI, we can do vascular studies, nerve conduction tests, ultra sound and bone mineral density tests,” Dr. Price told me. “I feel fortunate to work with top-of-theirfield associates. Good quality doctors breed good quality doctors, and that has been the case here for 45 years. I’ve seen a couple of patients whose records go back that far. It’s wild to see Dr. Gaither’s handwritten notes on yellowed paper from the 60s. We have a great track record, and I believe we’ll be here for years to come.”

Lisa Rudisill is a family nurse practitioner with a Masters Degree in Nursing from Western Carolina University. She sees her own group of patients and some of the doctors’ patients, as well. She does annual exams and physicals and treats not just women’s issues, but also many general health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. She works with patients on anticoagulants helping manage dosages and works closely supporting and medically following patients who want to lose weight. “I have a full schedule of patients everyday,” she says. “My greatest reward is my patients. I have a good relationship with them and also with the


Above, left–Business office staff, left to right, front row: Jo Matty, Brittany Kanupp, Delinda Mauney, Office Manager, Tam Yount, Amy McMurry; back row: Tammy Angley, Jennifer Guthrie, Peggy Conner, Pat Wilcox, Madeline Stanbury Above, right–Clinical staff, left to right, front row: Cynthia Ferguson, Amanda Hager, Kaylie Chewning, Sonia Hartley; back row: Candace Grooms, Stacie Messer, Amy Lehmons, CJ Mulligan, Tessa Patrum

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any young girls dream of having their own horse, but for most, it only comes true in books and drawings. For two little girls in Catawba County, this dream has become a reality and has turned into something much more. “Our family has always loved all animals,” Tara Norris said. “Our youngest daughter started collecting Breyer model horses when she was around three years old and begged for riding lessons before she could ride a bike. We finally gave in, and she started riding lessons around five years of age. Her enthusiasm for horses was contagious, and her older sister quickly followed suit.” That passion has turned into a family affair for Todd and Tara Norris and their two daughters at Walnut Creek Farm, a 26-acre equestrian farm, complete with indoor and outdoor facilities, training and boarding. “We were traveling over an hour, four to five times a week, to a barn in Concord to board and train, because there were not any barns close by that could 18


offer the opportunity for year-round riding and training,“ Tara Norris said. “When we saw this barn for sale, we kept praying about it, and God has led us here. We just could not stand to see this beautiful farm be developed into anything other than what it was originally intended to be–a beautiful horse farm.”

of their choice with a certificate of insurability. Jennifer Flowers of Full Circle Farm, and her assistant, Caitlin Oikemus, are available several days a week for training.

Now their family not only has a place to board and ride their own horses, but they offer training from novice to advanced, summer camps and room to board up to 20 horses. “One of the big draws to the farm is the covered riding arena,” Todd says. “This indoor arena allows riders to train year round despite bad weather, and the outdoor arena is wonderful on beautiful days.” A caretaker is on site twenty-four hours a day to ensure the horses get the best care possible.

“She is spectacular,” Tara said about Flowers. “Her experience and list of credentials are amazing. She makes it fun and at the same time really challenges my girls. They have become such confident riders under her instruction.”

For training at Walnut Creek Farm, boarders are allowed to bring a trainer

In addition to training, summer day camps are available and will be held

this month on July 5, 6, 19 and 20 from 9am to 2pm. Skills will include grooming horses, riding an obstacle course, a riding lesson, an art activity and much more. They will also teach when to call the vet and what horses eat. You don’t want to miss the fun of this summer camp!

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Photos: Opposite page, top–Beautiful Walnut Creek Farm Below, A boarder gets a hand from the caring staff at WCF. Above–Left, A boarder and her horse riding in the indoor arena. Right, 22,500 square feet riding arena Left–One of two 20 horse stall barns











JULY EVENTS Enjoy! Fourth of July events are always fun. You can find local parade and fireworks information on page eight of this issue. Listed below are some fun events to enjoy the rest of July.

June 30-July 4 Red White and Bluegrass Festival Catawba Meadows Park, Morganton Fireworks at the park on June 30th

July 6-August 11 44th season of the outdoor drama "From This Day Forward" Waldensian Amphitheatre, Valdese Fridays and Saturdays at 7:45pm

July 6-7 Christmas in July Festival West Jefferson Arts and crafts • live music Friday - Street Party 7–8:30pm: The Buck Haggard Band 8:30–10pm: Wolf Creek Band Satuday Festival: 9am–7pm

July 6, 13 Movies in the Park Southside Park, Newton Free popcorn, concessions available, bring a lawn chair/blanket. No pets. Movies begin at 9pm – rated "PG". July 6 – Despicable Me July 13 – The Blind Side 24


July 13, 20, 27 Morganton's TGIF Old Courthouse square lawn in downtown Morganton. Bring a lounge chair. Bands perform from 7 10pm. Food and beverage available. July 13 – The Buchanan Boys (Country) July 20th – The Alligators (Blues/R&B) July 27th – Buick MacKane (S. Rock)

July 14, 27, 28 Kannapolis Concerts in the Park Village Park, Kannapolis, NC Saturday, July 14 – Band of Oz–7pm Beach Music Festival Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28 July 27 – The Tams – 7pm July 28 – The Holiday Band – 5pm Atlantic Groove – 7pm Jim Quick and Coastline – 8:30

July 6, 20 Movies in the Park on Fridays Village Park, Kannapolis, NC July 6 – The Muppets (PG) Boys in the Well – 7:30 July 20 – Footloose (2011 • PG-13) Curtis and the Dilettantes – 7:30

July 13, 27 Statesville's Friday After Five Summer Concert Series W. Broad St, Statesville, NC Food and beverage vendors. Bring a

lounge chair. 5:30 - 8:30pm July 13 – Mediocre Bad Guys July 27 – 2nd Drink Band

July 20-21 BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival • Downtown Spruce Pine Bluegrass • BBQ• vendors and More

July 21 Shelton Vineyards Backyard BBQ and Summer Concert Series. 286 Cabernet Lane Dobson, NC BBQ – 10am-6pm – An American vintage car show and outdoor games. Hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixins. Free Admission. Concert – 6-pm featuring The Tams See website for ticket prices. Bring a lounge chair or blanket.

July 28 Motorcycle, Truck, & Car Show Southside Park, Newton, NC 11am-6pm; $2 admission, children under 12 free, concessions available. For more info call 828. 695.4317.

July 27-29 Bele Chere Historic Downtown Asheville, NC Live music, arts and crafts, entertainment and activities for children.




By April Dellinge


s summer approaches, finding cost-friendly family activities can be a difficult task. Luckily, Iredell County and the Hickory metro areas offer stimulating venues for enjoyment, relaxation and family togetherness without the hefty cost and travel distance of many vacation areas. Here are just a few fun ideas for local family field trips that require little travel:

South Mountains State Park Located between Hickory and Morganton in Connelly Springs, NC, this state park offers twenty backpack campsites within a 1.4mile to 5.4-mile hiking distance. You can walk the trail one mile across river terrain to visit the 80-foot tall High Shoals Falls. If you have small children and prefer accessible camping and hiking, then South Mountains’ 11 primitive family campsites are available to guests, as well as a child and handicapped friendly nature trail that follows Jacob Fork River through the forest. Summer Kid’s Club, presented by park rangers each Tuesday and Thursday in July, teaches children about various aspects of the outdoors. Visit their website for more information: www.

Zootastic Park For families without the time to travel roughly two hours to visit the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, Zootastic Park in Troutman can quench your desire to view a wide array of wild animals. Admission for adults is $8 and $6 for children, ages two to 11. Snakes, camels, tigers, kangaroos, emus and ostriches can all be observed at Zootastic Park. It is a hands-on adventure for children and adults of all ages. 26


Family Fun! Lazy 5 Ranch Those closer to Mooresville may be interested in Lazy 5 Ranch’s interactive petting zoo. The ranch offers buckets of animal feed for $3 a pail, and families can drive their vehicles through a 3.5-mile safari trail to view over 750 exotic animals from six continents. Fees are $8.50 per adult and $5.50 per child, ages two to 11. Horse drawn wagon rides are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. Giraffes, rhinos, llamas, porcupines, lemurs, zebra and much more can be viewed–some of them fed from the comfort of your car.

Catawba Science Center The Catawba Science Center in Hickory features the “Dinosaurs” exhibit this summer through September 2. Visitors are sent back in time to the late Permian, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, where they can see robotic dinosaurs varying from the thunderous, carnivorous Tyrannosaurus Rex to the herbivorous Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus). The paleo-research camp is open for fossil discovery to the mini-paleontologist within. Outside the featured exhibit, the center also offers exhibits about rotation, infectious diseases, salt and fresh water dwellers, energy, astronomy and more. The cost of admission varies between $7 to $8 for adults and $5 to $6 for children over three.

Swimming and Recreation Centers • Iredell County YMCA, Statesville, NC • Statesville East KOA, Statesville, NC • Statesville Fitness and Activity Center, Statesville, NC • YMCA of Catawba Valley, Hickory, NC • Kool Park Pool, Hickory, NC • Hky JC Club House, Hickory, NC • Granite Falls Parks and Recreation, Granite Falls, NC • Lake Norman • Lake Hickory

Summer Camps for Children • Camp Iredell for ages five to 11, Statesville and Mooresville, NC • Camp Iredell Adventures ages 11 to 13, Statesville and Mooresville, NC • Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC • Summerscapes Camp CVCC, Hickory, NC Before you plan to travel out of town this summer and spend money on hotels, rentals and other expenses, remember to check your local visitor’s center for new, innovative summer hot spots in your own area.









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