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Complimentary October 2009

Living the Good Life

Rock Barn Golf & Spa:

Conover Living At Its Finest HICKORY LIVING • OCTOBER 2009

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If you’d rather mow the lawn, trim the shrubs or weed the flowers, please accept our apology. Rock Barn Rock Barn Realty Golf & Spa

Rock Barn is perfectly located off I-40 just a few miles east of Hickory.

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• Two Championship Golf Courses • European-Style Spa • Eight Tennis Courts • Outdoor Swim Complex • Fitness Center & Racquetball • Two Clubhouses • Fine and Casual Dining • Equestrian Center

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, the premier luxury residential community in western North Carolina introduces two new residential subdivisions: The Laurels at Rock Barn

Features beautiful, maintenance–free townhomes located on and around the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship golf course. Three magnificent designs to choose from, with floor plans starting at twenty eight hundred square feet. The Augusta, Oakmont, and Turnberry units are available today for immediate occupancy.

Lease Incentive Program

Premier (50/50) lease to own program. The luxury Laurels townhomes subdivision has 20 townhomes available for our lease to own program. The lease to own program will credit 50% of your lease payments to the purchase of a Rock Barn developed home site or townhome. Our real estate agents are ready to showcase these units with you today, start moving in tomorrow. The added advantage to your lease is the temporary full club membership at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. We will activate your membership immediately to the finest country club in the western region of North Carolina.

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LIVING Living the Good Life

Welcome to the October issue. October will be a busy and exciting month in Hickory. The biggest event for our area is Oktoberfest, now in its 24th year. This much anticipated, three-day annual festival offers something for the whole family and will attract approximately 100,000 people downtown. There is the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” which raises money and increases awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Also, the Hickory Metro Center hosts the “Quilts of the Valley” celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Catawba Valley Quilt Guild. These are just some of the local events taking place in October. With only a few confirmed Swine Flu cases in our area, there is no need to panic. If you can, take the vaccine when it becomes available. If you are sick, see your doctor and stay home from work or school. Remember to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands with soap and warm water often. Remaining calm and using common sense will go a long way toward helping us get through this. October is a great month to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. There is no better example I can think of than watching the leaves as they change color. I never cease to be amazed at this awesome spectacle Mother Nature provides each year! Thank you for reading the October issue of Hickory Living Magazine.

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Publisher, Hickory Living

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Publisher - Myron T. Gough 2359 US Hwy 70 SE, Suite #310 Hickory, NC 28602 828-464-4060 VP / Partner / Advertising Manager - Mark Wallace 704-402-3602 Art Direction / Graphic Design - Kathy Wheeler 828-238-3224 Advertising Consultants - 828-464-4060 Kathy Wheeler - 828-238-3224 Contributing Writers - Amy McCauley G. Daniel Hearn Diane Watkins Wesley Pritchard Nancy Haverford Cover Photography - Shane Greene Photography Rock Barn Golf & Spa E-mail submissions and ads: HickoryLiving@gmail.com Web site: www.HickoryLivingMagazine.com Hickory Living reserves the right to deny any advertisement or listing that does not meet Hickory Living standards. Submissions are welcome, but unsolicited materials are not guaranteed to be returned. Hickory Living assumes no responsibility for information, products, services or statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited.


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October 2009 8 • Choosing And Using Your Pumpkin 12 • Rock Barn Golf & Spa: Conover Living At Its Finest 18 • Discount Cruises Make Incredible Vacations 22 • 10th Annual NC Foothills Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure® Seeks Participants 24 • 24th Annual Downtown Hickory Oktoberfest 26 • How To Deal With A Difficult College Roommate 27 • Food! Quick Chili Beans Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip 29 • Inside The Chamber: Education Does Matter! 30 • Hickory Resources

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Choosing and Using Your Pumpkin By Diane Watkins

It’s officially fall and the pumpkins have arrived. Our local pumpkin patch is in full swing. It’s time to pull out the carving tools and pie recipes. Here are some tips to help you choose the right pumpkin for your purpose.

Preparing a Pumpkin For Cooking When baking, leave the shell intact or halve it according to the size and intended use. For stewing, peel the pumpkin and cut into uniform size pieces.

For cooking and pie making, choose a pie pumpkin or sugar pumpkin variety. These pumpkins are not as fibrous as the large carving pumpkins and will produce a better taste and texture. If these are not available, a small to medium-small size tender carving pumpkin will do.

This pumpkin puree recipe can be used in any recipe where you might use canned pumpkin puree.

Choosing a Pumpkin For Carving If carving is your goal, choose your pumpkin according to the design you have in mind. Small, tender pumpkins are easier for children to carve, but will not last as long as an older, tougher shell. Choose a pumpkin large enough for the amount of detail you intend, but not so large as to lose your design. Inspect the pumpkin carefully for bruises, soft spots, or any indications of mold or mildew. Don’t forget to inspect the bottom and the top around the stem. Firm, hard flesh and a sturdy stem are signs of a healthy pumpkin. Look for a pumpkin that has a flat spot and will sit upright without toppling. This will help keep it stable for carving and displaying. For longer life, consider painting your pumpkin rather than carving, or wait until the last minute to carve your design. Prepare your pumpkin for carving or cooking by removing the lid and scooping out the seeds and fibrous mess in the cavity. Be careful to create a ledge when removing the lid so that it will sit on the pumpkin when replaced. Scrape the flesh clean. The seeds can be saved and toasted later for a tasty treat. For easier carving, remove most of the flesh, leaving about an inch of shell. Your carved pumpkin will keep longer if soaked in water with a little bleach added. This will kill the mold and rot and help preserve the flesh. After soaking, be careful to dry the pumpkin thoroughly. 8

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Pure Pumpkin Puree for Pie 1 (6-7 pound) pumpkin water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1. Halve pumpkin crosswise and scoop out seeds and strings. Place halves in a large baking pan with a bit of water, hollow side down, uncovered. 2. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven 1 ½ - 2 hours or until fork tender. Remove from oven and cool. 3. Scrape pulp from shells and puree, a little at a time, in a blender 15-20 seconds or on high speed in a food processor fitted with a metal chopping blade for 10-15 seconds. Mix in salt. Makes 1 quart. Pumpkin Pecan Pie Try this delicious variation of two holiday favorites: Pumpkin Layer: 1 cup pure pumpkin puree 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie shell (4 cup volume) Pecan Layer: 2/3 cup light corn syrup ½ cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 3 tablespoons butter or margarine (melted) ½ teaspoon vanilla 1 cup pecan halves 1. For pumpkin layer: combine pumpkin, sugar, egg and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl; stir well. Spread over bottom of pie shell.


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Pictured from left to right: Gavin Arsenault, Vice President and Jeff Isenhour, Director of Golf on the 18th hole of the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship course on the eve of the 2009 Greater Hickory Classic Champion’s Tournament. 12

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Rock Barn Golf & Spa:

Conover Living At Its Finest By Amy McCauley

The name Rock Barn has always been associated with quality. From its beginnings in the 1970s as a small suburb with a modest golf course, this Conover community has evolved into Rock Barn Golf & Spa – a thriving development that features a full-service country club, two championship golf courses, a luxury spa, an equestrian center, an assisted living facility, and a variety of real estate opportunities. This evolution took place at the hands of Don Beaver, president and CEO of Rock Barn Golf & Spa. In 1997, he had the vision of transforming Rock Barn into a nationally-recognized golf club and residential community. By creating three distinct areas for growth – Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Rock Barn Development, and Rock Barn Realty – Beaver, along with his wife, Vickie, has worked hard to make this vision a reality in less than a decade. Rock Barn Golf & Spa Rock Barn Golf & Spa, a semi-private club operation open to the public seven days a week, is much more than a country club. Its unique amenities – from beautiful golf courses to

a luxurious spa – make it as much a destination as a place to live. Offering full golf, single golf, social, and dining memberships, Rock Barn embraces both members and residents as part of its commitment to exceptional service and quality living.

“The premium quality of every service and amenity at Rock Barn is what separates us from other residential communities and country clubs,” says Gavin Arsenault, vice president of Rock Barn Golf & Spa. “We are committed to maintaining a premier lifestyle for our guests, and our amenities and services reflect that.” A big part of that lifestyle is golf – which is easily accomplished on one of Rock Barn’s two professionally designed courses. With 18 holes designed by

Tom Jackson and a second 18 by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Rock Barn is a golfer’s dream. As testament to this, the Jones Course has hosted the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour for the past seven years. Rock Barn is also home to the Rock Barn Golf Academy, which offers professional instruction and clinics to golfers of all ages and skill levels. The Spa at Rock Barn has only served to enhance the Rock Barn lifestyle. A supremely relaxing and pampering environment, the Spa features therapeutic waterfalls, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, a fitness center, and a full menu of indulgent spa treatments. No other spa in the area matches the ambiance and service provided in this unique setting. And the club itself, with fine dining at Alexander’s and social dining in Rockers Lounge, “is the central hub of activity for the Rock Barn community,” says Arsenault. It also serves as the perfect backdrop for social gatherings and events. “Rock Barn members are most attracted to the quality of our amenities, golf courses, dining operations, 1313

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Photos left: Top - Standing, Tanya Hartsoe, Membership Director and Danielle White, Spa Manager. Sitting is Natalie Davis, Finance Director. Middle - Rock Barn Realty Left to Right−Back Row: Mary Smith, John Hemmings. Middle Row: Steve Harbison, Natalie Davis, Gavin Arsenault. Front Row: Angie Rogers, Tanya Hartsoe, Megan Snider. Bottom - Real Estate Closing on a new Laurels townhome. Mary Smith and John Hemmings with new homeowners, Les and Kate Fogel. spa, fitness facility, and the other dozens of sports and social options available here,” Arsenault adds. Rock Barn Development Rock Barn Development plays a big role in creating the atmosphere Rock Barn’s residents and members expect. As president of Rock Barn Development, Deborah Beaver serves as the caretaker of her father’s vision – and as such, she is perfectly poised to help carry that vision into the future. “The people make Rock Barn what it is,” says Deborah. “You’ve got luxury at your fingertips, but it doesn’t feel pretentious at all. It feels like home. That’s what makes Rock Barn so special. “Our amenities attract people of all ages,” Deborah continues. “We have something to offer everyone, and we’re looking to build upon that.” Under Deborah Beaver’s guidance, Rock Barn is experiencing its largest residential expansion in years. Two exciting new developments – Walnut Ridge and The Laurels – now offer even more opportunities to become part of the Rock Barn community. Walnut Ridge, a custom single-home development, features large, secluded lots where buyers can build the home of their dreams. “Phase One recently opened with 35 available lots,” says Deborah. “Many are located along the Jones Course. The land is open with rolling hills, and there are some peaks where you can look down at all of Rock Barn. It’s just gorgeous property, and the opening has been highly anticipated.” The Laurels subdivision represents a new direction for 14

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Photo right: Pro Shop Activity Jeff Isenhour and Golf Pro, Daniel Fowler with Rock Barn member, Bob Inman. Below: Golf Maintenance (from left to right) Al Lassiter, Director of Greens and Grounds’ Assistants, Curtis Macemore and Josh Rice.

Rock Barn: townhomes. First conceived in 2003, The Laurels recently expanded by an additional 14 units. But with an average of 3,300 square feet per unit and beautifully appointed interiors, they feel more like luxury homes than townhomes. “With three models available, The Laurels is another avenue for homebuyers to enjoy the Rock Barn lifestyle,” says Deborah. “They have a custom-home feel with all the benefits of a maintenance-free development. Our goal was to create living spaces that feel high-end and homey at the same time.” Rock Barn Realty With so many opportunities to reside at Rock Barn, Rock Barn Realty plays a major role in the community’s success. It has also had a significant economic impact. Home values in the area have increased by 115 percent since 2003 – a rise, according to the City of Conover, “attributed to development occurring in the Rock Barn Golf and Spa area and other higher end housing development[s] around Conover.” “Rock Barn Realty has sold more homes in Rock Barn than all other real estate agencies combined,” says John Hemmings, president of Rock Barn Realty. “Our staff knows so much about our real estate options and the amenities we offer that they can provide top-notch service to anyone looking to make Rock Barn their home.” And the options are growing. Recognizing the difficulties of the current economy, Rock Barn Realty launched

its Lease Incentive Program to assist buyers on the path to home ownership. Twenty townhomes in The Laurels subdivision are available as lease-toown properties, through which Rock Barn credits 50 percent of the lease payments toward the purchase of a Rock Barn developed home site or townhome. “We’ve leased several units to interested buyers,” says Hemmings. “In some cases, this program has been a solution for people who want to move now but can’t sell their home, wherever it may be. They can lease a unit from us and buy it when they sell their property.” Another exciting program is Rock Barn’s Stay and Play Vacation Package, which offers luxury overnight accommodations in a fully-furnished Laurels townhome. Daily to monthly rates are available, along with special golf and spa packages. “It’s a wonderful way for people to get away for a weekend,” says Hemmings. “It’s also an excellent option for people who want to get acquainted with living here. It’s been a huge success.” A huge success – a phrase that could

apply to just about everything at Rock Barn. But at Rock Barn, success is never taken for granted. “Our three companies must constantly work in harmony and in a growing, synergistic dynamic with all employees to create the best services and amenities possible,” says Arsenault. “We always appreciate the opportunity to be of service to our members and residents, as well as to the public.”

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Discount Cruises Make Incredible Vacations By Wesley Pritchard

If you have been looking for the ultimate amazing vacation, and have been trying to figure out how to get the most vacation for your money, there has never been a better time to consider taking a cruise. Discount cruises are among the best and most affordable vacations available today. As the economy tightens and vacationers look for the best vacation deals, cruise lines are putting together packages designed to appeal to every budget and vacation population. There are a few specific aspects of a discount cruise, as discussed below, that make them a truly incredible vacation to consider. Discount Cruises are Cost Effective When you choose to book a discount cruise, you are getting more “bang for your buck,” so to speak. While a discount cruise may seem more expensive than an ordinary vacation on the surface, the flat fee that you pay includes all meals, lodging, and many exciting daily activities. When you plan an ordinary vacation, you will need to also add in expenses for meals and admission to attractions that you would like to visit, which makes it far more expensive than it appears to be at first glance. While there are some added expenses, such as tips and extra costs for certain shore excursions, the price you pay for your cruise includes almost the entire cost for your vacation. The Cruise Line Makes the Planning Easy for You Once you get through the check-in procedure and step on board the ship, you do not have to worry about anything. Everything you need is right on board including restaurants, attractions, activities, your bedroom, and an extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff ready to wait on you hand and foot. On a cruise vacation you do not have to worry about maps or driving directions, and there are no concerns about getting lost or finding a gas station before you run out of gas. Taking a discount cruise makes your vacation planning simple. All you have to worry about is which excursion or activity to do first. Cruise Vacations Offer an Amazing Variety of Options to Vacationers Whatever activities that you want to do on your vacation, chances are that you can do it on a cruise. Long gone are the days that going on a cruise meant seven days lazing around a pool and eating. Today’s ships have a huge variety of activities for those on board to enjoy. Some of the larger ships even include full size water and amusement parks with water slides, wave pools and thrill rides to please even the most enthusiastic amusement park aficionado. You can find rock climbing walls, full gyms, spas that would be the envy of any luxury resort, casinos and more on many of the newer ship models. That is all in addition to the traditional cruise fare of games, dinners and dancing. Discount Cruise Vacations Offer Fabulous Food and Dining Options for Everyone Years ago, dining on board a cruise ship meant getting to the dining room on time for your dinner seating, and sharing your table with whomever the cruise line assigned to sit with you. While some ships, especially smaller ships on older cruise lines, still adhere to that model, most of the new cruise ships have different, more flexible dining models. They include buffet dining options and relaxed seating requirements, as well as a huge variety of café’s, dining rooms and restaurants on board the ship. Food is a major highlight of most cruise

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10TH ANNUAL NC FOOTHILLS SUSAN G. KOMEN

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Walkers and runners are invited to participate in the 10th annual NC Foothills Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® on Saturday, October 17 at Lenoir Rhyne University. Events, including a one mile fun walk and a 5K run/walk, will begin at 7 a.m. “Our goal is to have 2,000 participants walking or running to raise money to aid in the fight against breast cancer in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties,” said race co-chair Ava Jarrett.

June 1989. Her friend’s positive attitude helped McGimpsey cope when she was diagnosed. “August 3, 1989, I was given a new lease on life. I now celebrate the new birthday, being thankful to God for survival and my family for such great support.” As the Honorary Team New Balance Member, McGimpsey has been outfitted with New Balance Lace Up for the Cure® shoes and apparel. She joins other individuals at more than 100 locations around the country, hosting the Komen Race for the Cure® in 2009.

As well as being a road race for competitive runners, the NC Foothills Race for the Cure® is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first-timers, recreational runners and walkers. It is an up-beat, family-oriented fundraiser to increase the public awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds for breast cancer programs.

In honor of the affiliate’s 10th anniversary, honorary race chairs have been selected from each county in the affiliate. Debbie Hershock will represent Burke County. She is a breast cancer survivor who works tirelessly for all breast cancer activities. She started and continues to chair the Komen Golf Tournament in Burke County to raise funds for the NC Foothills Affiliate.

The 2009 Honorary Team New Balance Member is Erma McGimpsey, a 20-year breast cancer survivor from Burke County. McGimpsey explains she lost a dear friend to breast cancer in

Wilma Brewer has been selected as honorary chair from Caldwell County. She was diagnosed in August 2001, and was instantly willing to do whatever it took to fight this disease. Her first race was

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only 1 month after her surgery in 2001. She came to the race but did not walk. However, she was there cheering others on. She never let the cancer get the best of her. The Catawba County honorary race chair is Malinda Primus, a long term survivor and member of the Catawba County Breast Cancer Coalition. She is also a CC Wig Bank volunteer and a Race volunteer. Since its inception, NC Foothills Affiliate’s Grant Program has awarded more than $1 million to local agencies, national breast cancer research, and educational programs. Locally, the Affiliate has funded screening mammograms, stereotactic breast biopsies, ultrasounds, and breast health educational classes in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. Organizations that have received grants include Blue Ridge Health Care, Catawba County Health Department, Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Frye Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary and Good Samaritan Clinic. Of the funds raised by the Susan G. Komen


Race for the Cure®, up to 75% of the net proceeds stay in the community to fund local grant projects. A minimum of 25% of the net funds supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation Award and Research Grant Program. To register individually or to form a team for the Susan G. Komen NC Foothills Race for the Cure®, visit their website at www.komenncfoothills.org or call 828-781-CURE (2873). Forming a team is easy, fun and a great way to show support for those you love who are touched by breast cancer. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Photos provided by Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®

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24th Annual Downtown Hickory

Oktoberfest

Come and celebrate the 24th year of Hickory’s Oktoberfest on October 9, 10 and 11, 2009. Two stages will present non-stop musical entertainment on Friday from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm, and Saturday from noon until 11:30 pm, and on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. A Singer/Songwriter stage has been added along with a Teen Scene that will feature local teen-age musicians and garage bands. Kids will enjoy the Kidsfest area, located in the parking lot on the east side of Olde Hickory Train Station. Amusement rides and games offer a thrill for all ages. Kid-friendly entertainment happens each day on the Kidsfest Stage. Parents and children alike will enjoy the fine craftspeople bringing handmade Arts & Crafts to Union Square Commons. Artisans will be selling items such as: beautiful pottery, jewelry, glass, fabrics and wood crafting, just to name a few. Commercial vendors will fill Second Street with a wide variety of merchandise ranging from sunglasses to handmade soaps to imported woodwork. When you need a break from the excitement, there will be over 70 different treats, goodies and great food offered by the many food vendors located in the Pepsi Food Court. Look for the Castle of Cans next to the Union Square cannon. Help fight hunger in Catawba County by donating food to build the Castle of Cans—the Castle of Caring. Area churches, civic organizations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate. 24

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Oktoberfest 2009 is made possible by donations from our fine sponsors: Carolina West Wireless, Coors Light, Pepsi, Beck’s, Kicks 103.3, WHKY 1290, the City of Hickory, Hickory Jaycees, Timberwoods Family Restaurant, Klingspor, 8th Floor Media and Hickory Downtown Development Association.

You’re Invited!

Downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest hours: Friday, October 9, from 12:00 p.m.—11:30 p.m., Saturday, October 10, from 10:00 a.m.—11:30 p.m. Sunday, October 11, from 12:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

For The Oktoberfest Entertainment Schedule, Please Visit www.hickoryoktoberfest.com For more information, please call 828-322-1121 or visit our website at http://www.hickoryoktoberfest.com . Help Fight Hunger in Catawba County. Donate Food to Build the Castle of Cans!

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Oktoberfest is back and better than ever!


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The word midwife means “with women,” and if you’re an expectant mother, you’ll cherish your time with our boardcertified nurse-midwives. From vital prenatal care, to literally holding your hand through labor, you can rely on our nurse-midwives for information and inspiration. Whether you choose an epidural or a natural childbirth experience, our midwives always deliver unmatched support and care. CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIVES Sharon Kay Varner, CNM; Margaret Marsden, CNM, IBCLC; Jamie Brumley, CNM

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How to Deal with a Difficult College Roommate By Nancy Haverford

For many people, one of the realities to be dealt with when going to college is moving out of the house and into a college dorm or apartment. Sure, some may find it quite exciting to be away from their parents and experience college living on their own, but what happens when they get stuck with a roommate who is difficult to deal with? Roommates come from all different walks of life; some are quiet, tidy, and kind, while others can be loud, shabby, and obnoxious. If you are having a hard time dealing with your college roommate, for whatever reason, then read on to find out how to make peace, get along, and live in a happy and harmonious relationship. Find out what your roommate does that pushes your buttons The first step in dealing with a difficult roommate is to find out why you think your roommate is being difficult. Remember, different people come from different backgrounds, so what is annoying or unbearable to you may be perfectly fine for others (like your roommate). Do you get annoyed by dirty linens tossed around the room? Are you upset that your roommate always plays loud music or has friends over? Is your roommate just plain obnoxious? The sooner you figure out what is bothering you, the sooner you will be able to confront the problem and find a way to solve it. Keep an open mind about the situation and be willing to compromise Now that you have a good idea of what exactly is bothering you, it’s time to put a little more thought into the matter. Try to be reasonable in your assessment of your roommate, because you may just be a bit too finicky or your expectations for your roommate may be a

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tad too high. In other words, you may be thinking too much about your own needs and desires, without keeping an open mind toward your roommate’s needs. Think of areas in which you are willing to compromise with your roommate. Perhaps you wouldn’t mind guests during nights that you’re out working or during weekends. Make a list of some of the compromises you are willing to make and try to be fair about your judgment. Approach your roommate and negotiate There will come a time when you will probably have to confront your roommate about the issues that are bothering you. When you do, be kind, considerate, and gentle. It wouldn’t help any if you threw a tantrum, going off about every little thing that your roommate does. Remember, you may be roommates for a long time, so it’s important to be diplomatic about the situation. Try not to make your roommate feel as though you are attacking him or her. Explain your position, what you are having trouble with, and express that you are willing to make compromises if need be. Here are some more tips that may help: - Set up schedules for visiting hours, days, and times. - Agree on schedules for using the bathroom, kitchen, entertaining guests, etc. - Try not to be the boss of your roommate, because your roommate also deserves his or her own privacy. - Offer alternatives that you can think of and be open to the alternatives that your roommate presents as well. - If worst comes to worst, talk with your resident advisor about how you can deal with the situation and if there is a possibility to switch rooms (or roommates).


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Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip 2 packages cream cheese 6 chicken breasts 1 bottle Texas Pete wing sauce 1 8 oz. package shredded cheddar 1 8 oz. package shredded mozzarella 1 container blue cheese 2 tablespoons butter Slow cook chicken in crock pot with ½ cup of wing sauce and 2 tablespoons of butter on low until it will easily shred. Spread cream cheese on the bottom of the dish. Mix the rest of the wing sauce with shredded chicken. Add chicken over the cream cheese, then layer the cheeses with mozzarella, cheddar, and blue cheese. Bake in a 13x9 dish on 350° for 25 to 30 minutes. It will be bubbly and crispy around the edges. Serve with Tortilla chips, carrot chips and celery.

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Education Does Matter! Did you read about Apple’s incentive agreement where it states that in order to receive local incentives, those workers hired must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)? That’s part of a new and critically important Champions of Education partnership program between government, business and education called “Education Matters.” We are leveraging the power of partnerships for the purpose of increasing the value of education in Catawba County, and creating a culture in our community where dropping out of school is no longer an option. That particular incentive agreement is part of the local government’s commitment to the Education Matters program they will require for all new companies coming into Catawba County that require incentives. The commitment by business, education and government to the success of this new initiative and how it relates to our current and future economic recovery is enormous. There is nothing more important right now to our struggling economy than an educated workforce. Yes, an educated workforce without the jobs is another challenge. But we don’t get the looks unless we have a skilled workforce. When Target Distribution said at their ribbon cutting this area had the best skilled workforce they had ever seen in the country, that assures me we are heading in the right direction. The Education Matters Certification Program has three levels for businesses to commit to: Gold, Silver or Bronze. Our objective now is to make contact with our major employers and ask them to commit to the Gold level first. This states that all new hires, effective 2012, will have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED); promote “Leave for Parental Involvement in Schools” (state law) and communicate the employer’s commitment to this initiative in an effective and appropriate manner; provide

human and capital resources in support of education annually, such as teaching about 21st century work skills to students; participate in a Champions of Education staff consultation to determine education needs in Catawba County; display Education Matters certification in a prominent location to demonstrate the value and their commitment to education in the county; participate in Champions of Education programs; and encourage employees to participate in educational opportunities as a tutor, mentor and/or volunteer. Dr. Tony Wagner, Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, described to over 200 people at the NC State Chamber’s Education Summit last month about the Global Achievement Gap. This is the gap between what our best schools are teaching and testing and the skills all students will need for careers, college and citizenship in the 21st century. Dr. Wagner emphasized what most of us already know: students lacking the new skills required for careers and college are relegated to marginal employment and citizenship. What’s missing from American classrooms and students’ toolboxes are: …Critical thinking and problem solving skills …Collaboration across networks and leading by influence …Agility and adaptability …Initiative and entrepreneurship …Effective oral and written communications …Accessing and analyzing information …Curiosity and imagining Perhaps most important in his presentation, Dr. Wagner described the three cornerstones to “reinvention” of our schools: 1) holding ourselves accountable for what matters most (percent of students graduating, attending and persisting with post secondary education or careers)

2) doing the new work, teaching and testing the skills that matter most (critical thinking, communication and collaboration in every class at all grades) 3) doing the new work in new ways, where every student has an adult advocate for his/her success and every teacher is on teams to learn new approaches. Dr. Wagner also emphasized that what he calls the “Net generation” is differently motivated to learn. “Today’s students are accustomed to instant gratification and an “always-on” connection. They use the Web for extending friendships; for interestdriven, self-directed learning, and as a tool for self-expression. They are constantly connected, creating and multi-tasking in a multimedia world, everywhere except when they are in school. Overall, they exhibit less fear and respect for authority and are accustomed to learning from peers. And they want to make a difference in the world and do interesting, worthwhile work.” There is a place for you and your business to help this “Net generation” become successful and do interesting and worthwhile work, hopefully right here. Please join us in this effort. For an Education Matters application, contact Lamar Mitchell at 828 328-6000 Ext 248.

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Hickory Resources Women’s Resource Center 828.322.6333 www.wrchickory.org

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Catawba Science Center 828.322.8169 www.catawbascience.org

Hickory Downtown Development Association 828.322.1121 www.downtownhickory.com

Hickory Museum of Art 828.322.4731 www.HickoryMuseumofArt.org The Green Room Community Theatre 828-464-6583 www.the-green-room.org Hickory Choral Society 828.322.2210 www.hickorychoralsociety.com Hickory Community Theatre 828.327.3855 www.hct.org Hickory Landmarks Society 828.322.4731 www.hickorylandmarks.org Lenoir-Rhyne University 828.328.7359 www.lrc.edu

Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau 828.322.1335 www.hickorymetro.com City of Hickory 828-323-7400 www.hickorygov.com Hickory Police Department 828.324.2060 Hickory Regional Airport 828.323.7408 Hickory Parks & Recreation 828.322.7046 Catawba County Chamber of Commerce 828.328.6111 www.catawbachamber.org Catawba County Government 828.465.8200 www.catawbacountync.gov

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Catawba County Sheriff’s Department 828-464-5241 www.catawbacountync.gov/ depts/shf/ Catawba Valley Community College 828.327.7000 www.cvcc.edu N.C. State Highway Patrol www.nccrimecontrol.org Catawba County Schools (828) 464-8333 www.catawbaschools.net YMCA 828.324.9622 www.ymcacv.org Hickory Motor Speedway 828.464.3655 www.hickorymotorspeedway.com Hickory Crawdads 828.322.3000 hickory.crawdads.milb.com Catawba County Library System 828.465.8661 www.catawbacountync.gov Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry Client Services: 828.327.0979 www.ccmhickory.com


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