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Welcome to the November issue. The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully. – Henry Rollins Chilly breezes, locally grown apples, and colorful leaves are quintessential symbols of November in North Carolina. This is also the month when our thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday season. Things really kick off with Thanksgiving, but we think it would be a great idea to set aside the whole month to express thanks for everything that we have, large and small, especially the cherished loved ones and friends who surround us. Thanksgiving is traditionally a day of feasting, each fourth Thursday of November. It commemorates the Pilgrims’ auspicious meal with the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. (Football came a bit later!) It seems that every year, surrounded by festive food and drink, many of us struggle to adhere to a healthy diet. It’s all too easy to give in to temptation, right?! So, in this month’s issue, J.C. Summerford provides some ideas to lighten up that traditional feast, while savoring our favorite fare. In November, warm weather festivities wind down, but downtown Statesville’s 17th annual Pumpkin4

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contents NOVEMBER 2019 FEATURES 12 • COVER STORY Hickory’s Happy Place Wild Birds Unlimited of Hickory Your Very Own Nature Shop 18 • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Shopping Local this Holiday Season with Aqua B Boutique

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22 • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Carolina West Wireless Competitively Priced Nationwide Plans With Local Support

IN THE KITCHEN 39 • Roasted Squash on the Med

IN THIS ISSUE 10 • Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving! 26 • DIY Christmas Gifts 30 • Enjoy the Season. Shop Local! 34 • 10 Tips to Avoid Over-Spending this Holiday 37 • Pet Adoption

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contributors

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Meredith Collins • Kathy Wheeler JC Summerford • Rebekah Holderman

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography Editorial Stock photography, unless otherwise noted, is from iStock.

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Tips for a Healthy

Thanksgiving! By JC Summerford

Turkey is low in calories, unless you cook it with the skin on. We suggest basting a skinless bird with a broth/olive oil mixture, and liberally sprinkling it with your favorite herbs. Make gravy with a mixture of broth, a touch of butter, and some whole grain flour instead of using lots of butter and pan drippings. Use part-skim cheeses instead of whole-fat and choose milk instead of cream. Offer homemade vinaigrette dressing for a green salad or make creamy salad dressings by replacing mayonnaise with a base of plain yogurt or mashed avocado. Avoid appetizers. Snacking on high-fat, high-salt chips, cheeses, and dips will quickly bust your calorie count. Instead, graze plates of cut raw veggies with yogurt-based dip and save your main consumption for the meal. Make soup your first course. A hearty bowl of butternut squash or broccoli potato soup will calm everyone’s appetite, reducing the meal’s calorie count. Of course, make these with milk or broth instead of heavy cream. Replace salt with other flavors. Instead of salt, flavor your favorite comfort foods with garlic, red pepper flakes, herbs, or citrus.

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A lighter Thanksgiving menu? Blasphemy! After all, this entire holiday is built around stuffing ourselves to the gills on turkey, potatoes, gravy, and pies. But what if we gently suggested that you can serve all of your family’s favorite dishes and make them healthier but just as tasty? You’ll save calories, and more important, you won’t experience that inevitable day-after guilt that sends you running to the gym. Get rid of some fat. Notice that we didn’t say eliminate all fat—just create dishes with a more reasonable amount of it. You can eliminate lots of fat (and salt) by making your own fresh broth. To make it, simmer a turkey neck and less desirable (skinless) bird parts in some water with herbs and a little pepper. 10

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Go with fresh veggies and fruit. Canned and dried fruits often contain lots of sugar and syrup. It’s easy to replace them in all of your recipes with fresh selections. For example, ditch that solid red gel with fresh cranberry sauce! Just boil cranberries in a little water for five minutes, add a touch of honey and lemon zest—and you’re done. Canned vegetables are often loaded with salt and preservatives. Your green bean casserole can be made from scratch with fresh beans steamed in broth and topped with oven-roasted fresh onions and crispy breadcrumbs. Always offer a few simple, healthy recipes like roasted asparagus or Brussels sprouts sprinkled with balsamic vinegar. Choose only one or two starchy vegetables for the meal, such as corn, potatoes, and squash. You could completely replace mashed white potatoes with a wild rice casserole. And, if you can do without marshmallows on your yams, much the better!


Serve healthy stuffing and breads. Store-bought white rolls are easy, but many are highly processed with unhealthy ingredients. Why not make them from scratch with whole grain flour, herbs, and seeds? If you don’t want to go to the trouble, look for those ingredients on the package. In terms of stuffing, let’s think outside of the box. Instead of reaching for that prepared mix, make yours from scratch with a base of cubed, sprouted-grain pumpernickel or sourdough bread. Combine that with chopped aromatic vegetables, sage, thyme, broth, and a little olive oil and bake, tossing frequently. If desired, sweeten it with chopped apples or raisins. If you must add sausage, crumble in some lower-fat chicken sausage. Portion size matters. Oh, sure, you say, my family will pay attention to this…not! Well, for those who are truly committed to watching their holiday waistlines, let’s establish some guidelines. If you’re hungry, indulge in extra servings of skinless turkey and chicken, green salads, and fresh veggies, because protein helps quell the appetite. A typical serving size of meat is three ounces or about the size of a typical cell phone. Limit yourself to ¼ to ½ cup of each side dish.

Alcohol No problem sipping that glass or two of wine, but keep track of your consumption. A twelve-ounce beer has about 150 calories (light beer has a few less), a four-ounce glass of wine ranges from 75 to 100 calories, depending on the type. If you’re cutting carbs, the best choice is a clear spirit like vodka, rum, or tequila mixed with plain soda or seltzer water (65 calories per ounce of liquor), or a dry white wine. Avoid drink mixers loaded with sugar, including fruit juice. Liqueurs are the worst calorie offenders. Desserts Can desserts really be healthy and still taste good? Absolutely. We suggest searching online for ideas such as fruit granita or sherbet cups, pumpkin pie pudding, and fluffy angel food cakes. If you serve a traditionally decadent pie, at least cut it into eight slices rather than six, and have only one piece. If you add ice cream, make it a scoop about the size of a golf ball. Remember to enjoy every bite, and put that fork down occasionally to engage in conversation, rather than just shoveling it in. After all, the most important Thanksgiving tradition is enjoying time with friends and family.

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on the cover

Hickory’s Happy Place OF HICKORY

Your Very Own Nature Shop By Kristie Darling

Located on North Center Street, Hickory’s Wild Birds Unlimited is a happy place you may not know exists. “Every day, people tell us our store is their happy place. They come in to talk birds, see what’s new, or just say hello,” Jessica Ryan told me as I visited this magical place. “Our goal is to bring people and nature together, and we do it with excellence. This is the motto of Wild Birds Unlimited, and we live it every day. We want your backyard to become your own personal oasis. It’s more than just watching birds; you will be entranced by their songs, you’ll recognize them, laugh at their antics, and marvel at their beauty. Families shop here to learn more about their birds and to find the right items to bring the joy of birding into their lives.” 12

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On the cover–Sean and Jessica Ryan, owners of Wild Birds Unlimited Hickory Above, The Wild Birds Unlimited team will always greet you with a quick smile. (Photos by Shane Greene Photography)


BIRDWATCHING—THE HOBBY With over 4.8 million people enjoying birdwatching, it is the second-largest passive hobby in the United States. “With everything going on in the world, sometimes what we need is the opportunity to unplug and reconnect with the world around us. I think of bird watching as free therapy,” Jessica smiled. “Nothing starts and ends my day on a better note than to watch the birds have a spa moment in the birdbath, feed their nestlings, or serenade me with a song as the sun rises and sets. It’s the best feeling in the world knowing I’ve made a small contribution toward conservation while delighting in the free show they put on every day in my own backyard. That’s why it’s so important for us to bring people and nature together. When we care for these special creatures, it’s a win-win for the birds and us.” EASY TO START AND FUN TO EXPLORE With over 30 different foods and more than 50 different feeders, the Wild Birds Unlimited team can help you find the right combination for your backyard. North Carolina has over 480 recorded bird species, and here in our region of the Piedmont, we have some of the most beautiful: tufted titmice, chickadees, goldfinches, indigo buntings, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, the eastern bluebird, and, of course, our state bird, cardinals. Jessica continued, “What’s exciting about our products is you can feed the birds on your terms. You can feed what you want, where you want. Bird feeding and birdwatching are hobbies that bring personal joy. Our goal is to help you find that joy using any combination of our products that meets your needs.” SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS What sets Wild Birds Unlimited apart is its staff. Each staff member practices the hobby themselves and is excited to share their love of birds with you. Sure, you can find bird feeders and seed at other stores, but to be successful and really know what you’re doing, you’ll want to partner with experts in the field. “You won’t receive the products and birdwatching knowledge from any other store like you do when you walk into a Wild Birds Unlimited store,” Kelli Palmer told me. Kelli is retired from the US Forest Service and has been on WBU’s staff for four years. She knows her birds, plants, and habitats and shares her extensive wildlife expertise with all who have questions. “We want to help you love your hobby. We want you—and your kids—to understand the natural world just outside your windows,” Kelli said with a smile. Some folks want more than a bird feeder hanging in a tree. As you begin to explore this hobby, you’ll realize that birds are a lot like us. Many birds have a favorite food and a unique way to eat. Some folks want a feeding station that attracts and keeps safe many types of birds. Roger Heesch specializes in repair-

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ing feeders and houses and also designing and building bird feeding stations using the Wild Birds Unlimited proprietary Advanced Pole System. The Wild Birds Unlimited system is easily configured for flexibility. “We have many styles of feeders, poles, and hangers, and we can customize exactly what you want for your yard,” Roger said. “Your imagination has no limit—we’ll work together to build something special.” SPREADING THE LOVE “Regardless of your bird or feeder preference, Wild Birds Unlimited is here for you. We don’t expect you to be an expert, but we can teach you and help you learn more,” Sean Ryan, owner of the Hickory store, explained. “We’re a place of learning.” WBU spends time in the community, too, helping everyone from two to 92 learn about the hobby. They hold bird walks at local parks, in-store talks, kids’ classes, and workshops—all for free. In alignment with their values and morals, Wild Birds Unlimited partners with local organizations to spread the word and joy of birds. “We love talking to anyone about birds and nature!” said Jessica. “We work with organizations like bird clubs, schools, libraries, the Catawba Chamber of Commerce, and the Catawba Humane Society sharing information and sponsoring events.” IT’S HARD TO BE A BIRD Now is the perfect time to get started! In winter, it’s especially critical to feed, water, and care for wild birds. “Birds can lose 25% of their body weight overnight just trying to stay warm, so high-quality, high-nutrition food is essential,” Jessica explained. “A roosting box to help birds stay dry and warm is an effortless way to help ensure their survival. Don’t be fooled, not all food and shelter are created equal. We have personal relationships with the farmers who supply our seed—our food comes in fresh each week. Our housing and feeders are the best on the market.” Sean explained it this way, “Wild Birds Unlimited has been the leader in wild bird supply for over 40 years. You won’t find that level of quality anywhere else.”

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• Roger Heesch, certified bird feeding specialist, is always willing to help you find the perfect feeder. (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) • Kid club classes provide hands-on activities and get kids and families excited about nature. (Photo by Katherine Ryan) • Learn to identify birds by sight and sound at free monthly bird walks. Whata great way to start the day!. (Photo by Jessica Ryan.) 14

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LOOKING FOR GREAT GIFTS This holiday season, what do you get for the person who has it all, or insists they’ve got it all? Give the gift of bird feeding. Whether you are in an apartment, condo, a nursing center, your first home, or you own acres of land, you can feed the birds. The products at Wild Birds Unlimited make life-long gifts for that special someone in your life. When was the last time a gift did that? In addition to the feeders, houses, and food, Wild Birds Unlimited also carries a great selection of products to round out your bird watching experience. Choose from a variety of yard accessories like colorful birdbaths, local garden flags, and windchimes to create a personal oasis at home. Additionally, Wild Birds Unlimited carries socks, mugs, games,


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home goods—lots of nature-themed gifts to help you spread the joy and love of nature year ‘round.

Left • Beautiful copper-topped eastern bluebird houses, just a few of the wide variety you’ll find. • An expansive line of hot pepper products are on the market to deter critters from your feeders. (Photos by Shane Greene Photography) Right • Chick-a-dee-dee, WBU’s mascot, is hard at work with the Lenoir-Rhyne Lacrosse team at the Catawba Humane Society Whisker Dash 5k. (Photo by Ben Ryan) • Nothing beats peeking into your nest box to find a hungry brood of eastern bluebirds. (Photo by Jessica Ryan)

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR Wild Birds Unlimited is family owned and operated. Jessica and Sean have four children you might see helping in the store: Sarah, Katherine, Ben, and Anna. Kelli and Roger have lived in Hickory for years. “We believe that nature and the birding hobbies are perfect for anyone and certainly excellent for families. Kids love watching birds, identifying them by sight and song. They like to help take care of them,” Jessica shared. “We’re here to help your entire family learn more, enjoy our planet and its creatures, become life-long nature lovers, and get out to explore the great outdoors…starting in your own backyard.”

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The holiday season is upon us, which means so is shopping for gifts! If you are local to Hickory, Mooresville, Morganton, or Blowing Rock, then you know that Aqua B Boutique is the perfect place to shop for all the women in your life, including yourself. Owner, Michele Willis, has carefully curated each store to offer the best for Aqua B’s customers.

With all that Aqua B has to offer, they make shopping fun and simple! They offer all sizes including curvy sizes at their Hickory and Morganton locations, as well as online. You can shop brands like Simply Southern, Miss Me, Blowfish, KanCan, Southern Bliss, Erimish, Roan, Free People, O-Venture, and Natural Life. There are simply too many awesome brands to mention.

From the moment you step through the doors, Aqua B’s knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you figure out your needs, wants, and the best styles to suit whomever you might be shopping for! Each store is filled with cute, southern, classic, and glamourous pieces. Whether you are shopping for a new outfit, the perfect statement accessory, or gift, Aqua B has you covered. You can create the look you are going for with the wide variety of dresses, denim, sweaters, shoes, jewelry, and so much more.

Aqua B has made shopping from the comfort of your home as simple as clicking ‘Add to Cart.’ You can shop the online boutique at www.ShopAquaB.com. If you are having trouble finding the perfect gift, Aqua B offers gift cards in any amount! Be sure to add this cute boutique to your list of places to visit this season for gift shopping and, of course, pick up a little something for yourself, as well.


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Carolina West Wireless offers many of the same products and services as a national carrier but with local service and commitment levels that a national carrier cannot deliver. The company is a premier wireless carrier serving the greater Catawba Valley area that continues to make investments in network, customers, and community relationships. The team at Carolina West Wireless is committed to providing the best value for their customers. The holidays are always a huge shopping time for everyone, and Carolina West Wireless offers huge deals to match. “You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get Black Friday sales,” Todd Elledge, director of marketing, 22

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Gifts DIY Christmas By Kathy Wheeler

November starts the Christmas shopping season. Although I am not Santa Claus, each year I make my list and check it twice to make sure all of my family and friends are accounted for. Being an avid crafter, many of my gifts are handmade, so I thought it might be helpful to share some DIY gift ideas that you can make for those on your list.

Gift Baskets Everyone has people who are difficult to buy for. They have everything they could ever want, so what could you possibly give them that they would enjoy? A gift basket with consumables! Create a theme with spa products, baked goods, chocolate, fruit, wine, or other foods. Fill the basket with anything they enjoy! A gift basket is all about the presentation. The container itself can be a basket, crate, or pretty box. Add shredded paper. Display your items by putting the taller items in the back. Add risers if needed to 26

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show off everything properly. When you have it put together, wrap in clear cellophane, secure it at the top with a pretty

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Above–Paper mache glitter houses. To make, paint the houses, apply textured snow to the roof top, paint with watered down glue and apply glitter, then decorate with minature wreaths and garland. The windows and doors were cut on a Silouette machine. Left–Gift baskets filled with goodies make a great gift especially when items used in the presentation can be repurposed for the holidays. The wooden box decorated with an ornament can be used to hold Christmas cards, or napkins and silverware. (Photos by Kathy Wheeler)


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bow, and hang an ornament or greenery under the bow.

centerpieces, or custom-made wreaths are good choices to craft.

Likewise, even a plate of homemade cookies can be presented beautifully. Place your cookies on a pretty Christmas plate, wrap in cellophane, secure with a bow and create a tag with the cookie recipe, and tie it under the bow.

Cinnamon dough ornaments are fun to make with children. They create a wonderful holiday aroma for the recipient’s home. Mix together one cup of ground cinnamon, a half-cup of both applesauce and white glue, like Elmer’s, by stirring at first and then kneading into a dough. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is ¼-inch thick, and cut ornament shapes using Christmas cookie cutters. With a drinking straw, punch a hole at the top for a ribbon or twine hanger. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake in a 200-degree preheated oven for two hours. Let them cool, and decorate with glitter and glue, puff paint, acrylic paint, or just leave them plain. A word of caution…the cinnamon can stain your countertop, so roll the dough on a silicone pastry mat instead of your counters. Also, make sure the recipient knows that these ornaments aren’t edible!

Monogramming A few years ago, I received a Silhouette Cameo machine from my children for Christmas. This machine changed my crafting world! I’ve used it mostly for stencils. I’ve made a lot of customized signs with sayings that reflect a person’s interests, decorated magnetic boards and chalkboards, personalized wooden items, and monogrammed anything and everything. A good sticky stencil cut on the Cameo and a can of black spray paint can customize anything metal. Use dark stain or paint to personalize wooden products and etching cream for monogramming glasses, cookie jars, and bottles.

Decorations For newlyweds or young adults who have just moved out, consider adding to their Christmas decoration collection. Handmade ornaments, glitter houses, 28

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Personal Comfort Those who spend their days at a computer would appreciate a heated neck wrap. These bags filled with a heating agent don’t require a lot of sewing skills, just a straight stitch. My favorite heat-

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 Monogrammed cookie jar was created using a stencil and etching cream.

 Small mason jar ornaments

were purchased at a craft store. Figurines and trees were glued to the lid, glitter was added for snow, and the tops were decorated with miniture pinecones and ribbon.

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ing agents are flax seed or cherry pits. These have the least amount of smell when heated. The advantage of using cherry pits is you can put them in a laundry bag and run through the washing machine. You can buy cherry pits online either in bulk or small bags and make wraps any size depending on the person receiving your unique gift. Generally, 6” X 20” (cut your fabric 13” X 21”) is a good size, with two pounds of cherry pits or flax seed. Good fabrics choices are flannel, heavy cotton, or you can even use terry cloth towels. Fold the fabric with right sides together, and stich along the bottom edge and up the side. Turn the long bag right side out. Fill with your heating agent to about half full and sew the open end closed. Another option is to divide your heating agent into three equal parts, and divide your bag into three equal parts, putting 1/3 of the heating agent in and topstitching the bag 1/3 of the way up to keep the seeds or pits in place, then add another 1/3 of the heating agent and topstitch 2/3 of the way up the bag, and finish the last compartment with 1/3 of the heating agent and sew the open end closed. This spreads your heating agent out equally throughout the neck wrap. Everyone’s microwave is different, so I suggest starting with one minute and add 30-second intervals until the required temperature (without burning the heating agent) is reached. For my microwave, two minutes are perfect! Hopefully, these ideas are enough to get your creative juices flowing and have your friends and family singing your creative praises!

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Enjoy the Season.

SHOP LOCAL! By JC Summerford

We know, we know—it’s getting easier every holiday season to scroll through internet sale pages, reveling in coupon codes and free shipping. But let us tempt you with the delights and rewards of shopping in your local community.

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First, it’s a beautiful walk. Pull on a sweater and comfy boots, and enjoy a stroll in the cool, crisp weather. Admire festive shop windows, twinkling and brightly lit for the holidays. Wrap yourself in the nostalgia of an old-fashioned Christmas tree in the town square, carols drifting sweetly on cinnamon-scented air. Stop for a warm mug of coffee or tea, and share a lively conversation with neighbors and fellow shoppers. Have we got you yet?

thing you will never find on eBay or Amazon: the satisfaction of examining your items up close, touching and feeling them, trying them out or trying them on, so that you know exactly what you’re getting! If you need to return something, it’s usually a simple process. At the cashier counter, think about how special it is to hand your money directly to another human being. These are local people, gainfully employed in this store, and grateful for their jobs.

Personal service. If you’re looking for something specific, ask a store clerk or shop owner for advice. If they’re not an acquaintance, take time to get to know them. They’ll be more than happy to help you and will often point out great deals and ideas you may not have considered. You can ask all kinds of questions: where was this made? What can you tell me about this company? And here’s some-

Unique gifts. Isn’t part of shopping the excitement of finding something that’s simply not available anywhere else, perhaps made by a local craftsperson or artist? Giving such a special, thoughtful gift brings extra joy. Even if you just buy a small stocking stuffer, there’s never a shipping fee. Plus, you can often get it wrapped to your specifications, right on the spot.

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Special events. A number of local towns including Hickory, Mooresville, Morganton, Newton and Statesville participate in national Small Business Saturday on November 30th, when downtown merchants offer special deals to entice early holiday shoppers. (It’s always held the day after Black Friday.) The City of Hickory gets into the holiday spirit with its annual Christmas parade on November 22, at 6:00 pm near Union Square. After the parade comes the official tree lighting and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Downtown merchants will be open late for holiday shopping and festive dinners. Find more details at www. downtownhickory.com. Morganton’s Memorial Tree Lighting on November 23 allows people to submit memories of loved ones to hang on a Christmas tree in Courthouse Square. Af-


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ter the 5:30 lighting, the Winter Carnival begins, with a Santa visit, a bonfire, and lots of family fun. On the 23rd, 30th and December 3rd, downtown merchants offer chances to win $200 in Downtown Bucks. Check out the full event schedule at www.downtownmorganton.com. The Merry Morganton Christmas Craft show runs November 1st and 2nd at Collett Street Recreation Center, and features one hundred artisans and vendors from around the region. Valdese’s Christmas in November Craft and Gift Show takes place November 8th and 9th at Old Rock School. Newton’s Christmas Crawl on November 15th is an open house for downtown businesses, with special prizes for shoppers. The town’s annual Light Up the Town celebration is November 16th from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Families can take photos with Santa, go on hay rides, and listen to a live Christmas concert. Go to

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www.downtownnewton.org for more details. Helping your local community. Small businesses are the nation’s largest employers, accounting for 99.7% of all businesses in the country. Local people own these shops, who are invested in our communities’ future. Nationwide, small businesses donate 250% more to nonprofits and community causes than larger businesses. Shopping local means more money stays here. For every $100 you spend in your town, $68 of it remains in the local economy. Supporting our community businesses means supporting each other. We should all appreciate that many of them are owned and managed by our neighbors. A dollar spent here is not just a drop in the ocean, as it is with giant retailers. These folks are truly grateful for your business, because they count on your holiday purchases to stay open and put

food on the table for their own families. They often dedicate long hours behind the scenes, doing work we never witness: stocking shelves, creating window displays, carefully collecting and curating their offerings. It’s clear that if our merchants fare better this holiday season, then we all do!

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10 TIPS TO

Avoid Over-Spending

this Holiday By JC Summerford

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Nobody wants to be called “Scrooge,” but then again, money doesn’t grow on trees! The National Retail Federation says most of us will spend about $700 this year on Christmas gifts, cards, and decorations. But you could come in well under that amount with our ten ways to avoid holiday over-spending!

Make plans. Before you hit that  crowded mall or downtown sales event, take a few minutes to write down a complete list of all gifts you plan to buy and how much you will spend for each. Now, the hard part: you must stick to 34

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this budget like glue! Such a list will keep your spending on track and also save lots of valuable time. Shop early. If you see a great sale  on a list item, go ahead and buy it right now. Purchasing a few weeks before the holidays allows you to take advantage of early-season sale prices, plus you avoid the stress of holiday crowds, that sometimes pressures us to make costly, last-minute decisions. Many retailers offer awesome early sales, but closer to Christmas, you’ll pay more for the same items. Waiting until the last minute also means you’ll probably spend extra on express or overnight shipping services in order to meet tight holiday deadlines. Use gift cards. Lots of stores offer  serious discounts on gift cards—up to 30% of the card’s face value. That means you could give a $100 gift for $70 or so. Some restaurants offer bonus gift cards when you dine there, year-round. These make good, inexpensive stocking

stuffers! Of course, always check out the card’s expiration date before giving it, and make sure that it’s something your recipient really wants. About 10% of gift cards are never redeemed. Go online. Long before the holi days, start following your favorite online stores on Twitter and Facebook. Many of them offer exclusive follower discounts, early bird sales, and free shipping. Engage with the live help button on a retailer’s website, and directly ask for a discount of 15-20%. You’ll be surprised at how often they are willing to provide it! Use discount codes and coupons.  Never buy anything without first looking for a discount code or coupon. You can save plenty by visiting sites such as retailmenot.com, secretprices.com, coupons. com, couponcodes.com,groupon.com, and rakuten.com, just to name a few.


Don’t use credit cards. Many stores offer discounts,  coupons, or cash when you sign up for their credit cards, but beware of high interest rates. Ask yourself, in the long run, will I really save money on this card? Do I intend to shop at this store a lot in the future? Also, be aware that people generally tend to spend more when using credit cards, because they seem like free money when we’re in a generous mood. But is going into high-priced debt really worth it for a few days of gift-giving excitement? Give group gifts. Family or workplace group exchanges  can save money for everyone, and provide lots of fun. Get several people together to buy a more expensive gift for the boss or co-worker. Set up a secret Santa exchange, with each friend or family member drawing a single name from a hat. Don’t buy extended warranties. During the holiday  frenzy, it’s easy to make unfortunate snap decisions. Watch out for that ubiquitous extended warranty check box or heavy pressure to buy one at the checkout counter. If an expensive item is defective, there is usually a reasonable way to return it for a replacement. In most cases, you’ll never use the warranty. Unless you really feel it’s necessary, ditto for theft protection.

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Wishing You A Wonderful Holiday!

Keep your receipts. Keep your shopping receipts in  a safe place until all of the gifts are opened and used. Many stores and credit card companies will not accept returns without a receipt, and even if they do, you might not get full value for the return. Don’t buy for yourself. This is a tough one, right?  When you’re out shopping for everyone else, you find something you’ve really been wanting on sale! The best attitude while holiday shopping is to remember that this is a season of giving to others, not buying gifts for yourself. And hey, if you wait until January, you’ll probably find an even better afterChristmas sale. Following these smart shopping tips should save you money this holiday season and help avoid that awful empty-pocket hangover as we ring in the year 2020!

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Ingredients

GREATGOURDS!

1 medium pumpkin or other squash cut into inch-wide-long wedges 2 red onions, deskinned and cut into wedges 2 tablespoons each of avocado oil and extra virgin olive oil 1/4-cup crushed pistachios 1/2-heaping tablespoon each of dried oregano and thyme 1 tablespoon of roughly chopped fresh oregano or thyme Maldon sea salt and black pepper Pomegranate seeds to garnish

Jill Dahan

Drizzle Ingredients 3 tablespoons of tahini paste 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 3 - 3 1/2 tablespoons of filtered water 1 large garlic clove, crushed

Instructions Roasted Squash on the Med

This vegetarian dish will dazzle your autumn or Thanksgiving table. It’s easy to make ahead of time, so there’s no last-minute oven crunch. It’s also chock full of Mediterranean goodies like juicy pomegranate seeds and crunchy pistachios. Pumpkin and other squashes are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are naturally low in fat and cholesterol. In addition, this dish is gluten- and dairy- free. Your friends and family will be out of their gourds when they taste it.

Use a peeler to remove squash skin. Place squash and onions tossed in avocado oil and dried herbs in a roasting pan, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 400 F oven more than 25 to 30 minutes until cooked through. Meanwhile for the drizzle, whisk the tahini, lemon juice, water and garlic until creamy. To serve, spread the vegetables on a platter and drizzle some of the sauce over it. Scatter the nuts, seeds and fresh herbs over it, and sprinkle with a little olive oil. Serve at room temperature. Serves 4 to 6. Jill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com. To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit www.sunninghilljillkids.org.

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