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Complimentary September 2011

Living the Good Life



Celebrating Life HICKORY LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2011




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The Heart Center at Frye Regional Medical Center has been the first in our community to reach many milestones in cardiac care. And that tradition continues today. Frye remains the only hospital in the area with board-certified heart specialists on site with over 200 years of combined experience, providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What does this mean for you? In the event that your heart condition needs advanced treatment, our team is prepared and able to treat you instead of transferring you to another facility, saving you precious time and possibly your life.

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from the publisher

Welcome to the September issue. All good things must come to an end. And so it is with summer and vacation season. The hot, humid, lazy days of summer will soon give way to a refreshing cool down. With fall just around the corner, we will be treated to cooler weather, football, outdoor festivals and many other events that are synonymous with the season. September also begins our fourth season of publishing Hickory Living Magazine. It has been a fast but rewarding three years. Thanks to all of you for reading the magazine each month and for offering your comments and suggestions. A special thanks to our advertisers who make it possible for you to receive Hickory Living Magazine for free. Inside this issue, you’ll enjoy reading our cover story on Jenkins Funeral Home and the wonderful facility, friendly staff and compassionate service they offer. We also feature articles on ways to take care of yourself, fall lawn care tips, how to remodel a room at little or no cost, and an exhibition at the Hickory Museum of Art.


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September 2011 10 • Fall Lawn Care Tips 12 • Jenkins Funeral Home–Celebrating Life 16 • A Fresh New Look On A Budget 18 • Pink Fire Truck Tours Comes To Hickory 20 • Discover Folk Art Hickory Museum Of Art Renovates Third Floor For New Exhibition 22 • When It Hurts Too Much To Move 24 • Inside The Chamber... Labor Board Says, "Speed Up Organizing Votes" Thank you for viewing our online version of Hickory Living Magazine. We invite you to read this month's cover story and browse through our advertisers. You can pick up the full version of the magazine at one of our many distribution locations. You will find a list on our website where you can get your free copy today! Thank you for reading Hickory Living Magazine!



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Lawn Care Tips By Kathy Wheeler

recently interviewed Bruce Hartsell, the lawn care specialist at Killians Hardware, to see if he had any fall tips for homeowners. Last year my lawn wouldn’t have won the neighborhood’s best kept lawn award for sure. There were a few issues I was hoping he could address for me and others with similar problems. When is the best time of the year to sow grass and fertilize your lawn? If sowing fescue grass, the best time to sow is September 1st through October 31st. If you are seeding new soil, you will need six to ten pounds per 1,000 square feet; if reseeding, three to five pounds per 1,000 square feet. Check the tags on the bags for purity. Each bag should have a tag that says no noxious weeds and you want 97% or more purity. Basic K-31 or turf type 10


blend tall fescue is fine for seed. The recommended fertilizer to use for a fescue type turf is a slow release starter fertilizer, which is 18% nitrogen, 24% phosphate and 12% potash, or 18-2412 fertilizer. My yard was full of dandelions and clover last year. Is there anything I can do in the fall to prevent this problem in the spring? Pre-emergent is used to kill seed germination of weed seeds, crabgrass or any other plant that comes from seed. Pre-emergent can be applied by the end of August and as late as the first week of September, but you can’t reseed in the fall. Most commonly in this area, pre-emergent is applied in early spring between February 15th and March 15th.

I laughed, saying that if I kill all of the crabgrass and clover, I may have no grass at all. At least it is green! “Well, that is why you need to reseed,” Bruce replied. I have bare spots in my lawn. What can I do to fill in the grass? Loosen the soil by aerating or plugging these areas. Apply seed, fertilizer and lime. Cover with straw or peat moss and lightly water. The best time to do this is in the fall between September 1st and October 31st. Is fall a good time to prune shrubs and trees? No. You shouldn’t prune shrubs after August 15th except for a light hand pruning. Trees should be pruned as a general rule before August 1st depend-

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JENKINS Celebrating Life 


By Kristie Darling

Photos: On the cover, from left to right–Ben Jenkins, son and Assistant Funeral Director; Lori Cooper Jenkins and Carl Jenkins, Owners of Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pictured–Lori Jenkins, Assistant Funeral Director (sitting); from left to right, Ben Jenkins, Carl Jenkins and D.R. Lutz. Carl and D.R. are both licensed funeral directors. Opposite page–Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service has the largest funeral home chapel in the county. 12



hen you find the career you are meant to have, things naturally fall into place. That’s been the experience of Carl Jenkins, owner of Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Carl and his wife, Lori, believe this family owned funeral home is their true calling, and you will find that they are perfectly suited in experience, commitment, and personality to serve your family with care and compassion. From the moment a phone call is received, any hour of the day or night, Carl and Lori attend to the family with answers to every question and supportive suggestions on how to move forward. They are there to provide a comforting, memorable and affordable remembrance. A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS An independent family business, Jenkins Funeral Home differs from many corporate funeral homes in the area. “I’ve worked in both independent homes and corporate, and I know that here I am much better able to meet our families’ immediate needs,” Carl says. “Because we live here, we’re able to develop unique services that suit this community. I can make decisions for each family in such a way that they receive exactly what they need without delay, in an affordable manner.” Indeed, Carl’s many years of experience serve him well at Jenkins. He and a partner opened Catawba Funeral Home in 1987. When that business was sold in 1992 to Stewart En-

terprises, a funeral home franchise based in Louisiana, Carl was promoted with the company. As vice president of funeral operations, Carl travelled extensively, managing 32 homes in four states. The life-changing lesson he learned during that time was how a large corporation is often not compatible with family-oriented funeral arrangements. “Carl and I are personally involved with each family who comes to us,” Lori shared. “We chose this career path because we’re committed to supporting families when they need it the most. This wasn’t a decision made because we inherited a funeral business from our parents or because we needed a job.” Carl received mortuary training at Fayetteville Community College in 1978. He’s a graduate of N.C. Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. He has served as district director and board member of the N.C. Funeral Directors Association and currently serves on many local boards. Lori graduated from Fred T. Foard High School. She obtained her insurance license and has extensive insurance and administrative experience. CAREER INSPIRATION Carl’s decision to enter the funeral profession was a personal one. “I remember when my dad died. I was 16, and it was Christmas Eve. Neighbors came to see my mom and bring food, but Mom was inconsolable. I watched Mom when the funeral director knelt down beside her and spoke to her. I don’t know what he said, but it was like he’d sprinkled fairy dust on her–she started smiling and talking to our guests,” Carl remembers. “I imagine he told Mom that she could rely HICKORY HICKORYLIVING LIVING••SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER2011 2011

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on him to help her through this journey; that she could count on him. That made a huge impression on me. I’ll never forget that.” EXPERIENCE, SERVICE, ATTENTION TO DETAIL DuRay (D.R.) Lutz has worked with Carl and Lori in their funeral home since early last year. He is well known in the community as a former license examiner with the DMV, and as a long-time funeral director at Catawba Funeral Home. “I don’t worry about a family when D.R. is working,” Carl says with a smile. Shane Greene Photography © 2011

Shane Greene Photography © 2011

“Most people have never gone through an occasion like this,” says D.R. “We listen, pay close attention, and guide them so their wishes are achieved, even when they don’t know exactly what their wishes are. Families share with us, and we learn who this person is who has died. We help the family plan a celebration of their life.” There are many decisions to be made about arrangements to suit the deceased and the family. Each life should be celebrated, but they are celebrated in different ways. A traditional funeral service with burial is just one option. “Some people don’t realize that cremation does not preclude having a funeral service with viewing, a burial, or memorial service,” Carl explained. “Folks should explore and understand all their options. Our unique facilities can accommodate all types of services.” Carl sometimes thinks it was his reasonable price that led someone to select his funeral home, but more often folks say it was because he said the right things and provided more information. Carl recently conducted a survey that indicated his prices are very reasonable. “It surprised us, but as a family owned business, we know our overhead is less,” Carl explained. “The name on the sign is who will serve you.” Carl and Lori’s 23 year-old son, Ben, will soon join the business full time when he finishes training in Fayetteville.

Shane Greene Photography © 2011

Photos: Above, top to bottom • Ben and Assistant Funeral Director Mike Groce prepare the chapel for a veteran's service. • D.R., a veteran, is holding a photo of himself at the age of 19. He is standing in front of the morgue in Guam, which started his 60 year funeral service career. • Ben, Carl, and D.R. in the casket selection room. 14


Jenkins Funeral Home is located in the former Startown First Baptist Church. The newly renovated chapel is warm and welcoming, the largest funeral home chapel in the county. Sunday school rooms have been beautifully redesigned as receiving halls and private visitation rooms. There are plans for an enlarged foyer, three additional visitation rooms, a new receiving hall/multi-purpose room and outdoor pavilion. UNIQUE SERVICES FOR DIVERSE FAMILIES Lori and Carl take pride in serving all families, regardless of financial need, culture or religion. They serve diverse communities in our area. “The Hmong people of Laos were our allies in the Vietnam War. Burke and Catawba counties hold the fourth largest population of Hmong in the country,” Lori explained. "They have funeral traditions that we are

pleased to accommodate. For instance, they may bring 200 or more people to the service who will want to stay for 24 hours. The Startown Gathering Center, formerly the fellowship hall, is perfect for these families.” The Hmong also require custom made caskets that Carl offers. “We know that many in the Hispanic and Romanian communities are very comfortable with our funeral services,” Carl says. “Because of our unique facility–over 15,000 square feet–we can accommodate just about anyone. There are so many ways to celebrate life.” The Gathering Center, with its own catering kitchen, is available at no extra charge for meals or community gatherings. Families want to understand all their options when there is a death, from music, video tributes, full-color bulletins, military honors, to pre-planning and all attendant services. A visit to the website, www.jenkinsfuneralhome. net, will answer your questions, and a phone call will uncover more. On the website there are details about funeral service options and their costs; the transferring/saving of existing pre-

planned funeral arrangements; the Startown-Jenkins Cemetery, with its green burial opportunities and lovely Garden of Angels section for infants; merchandise choices for every possible budget and preference, as well as details about the facility, insurance claims, pet cremation and more. IT’S ABOUT PEOPLE Truly, it’s the people who make Jenkins Funeral Home the special place that it is. Carl, Lori, D.R. and their staff take their jobs very seriously because they realize they are caring for your loved ones. “This is a mission for us,” Lori told me. “We pray for our families and treat them as our own, with dignity and respect.” Exceptional professional service, affordable to all, with all details attended to by caring, compassionate people–this is what we all want when funeral services are required. You couldn’t put your family in any better hands.

Carl and Lori Jenkins Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service 4081 Startown Rd • Newton 828-464-1555

Photos: Above, top, left–Ben Jenkins, Mike Groce, D.R. Lutz, Lori and Carl Jenkins are ready to serve families. Top, right–Families are provided with keepsakes that celebrate their loved ones' life, such as a memorial blanket, full color bulletins and a DVD video tribute. These items are at no additional charge. Bottom, right–Carl and Lori at the entrance to the chapel. HICKORY HICKORYLIVING LIVING••SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER2011 2011

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A Fresh New Look ON A BUDGET

By Anne Simmons A.S.I.D. member and owner of Anne Simmons Designs

This economy hasn’t been conducive to big remodeling projects, but you can STILL have a beautiful home. A little creativity, a fresh new idea, and a modest investment can change your environment and give your home and spirits a lift. Let’s start with the room furnishings.

Think outside the box!

Can you move the room around? A new placement of your pieces can change the perspective on how you enter the room. Float the sofa or group some chairs with an accent table. Look around the house and bring a chest or table from another room into the room, and use it as an end table or focal point with a mirror for reflection to enlarge the room. Or change out the chairs from the bedroom or living room to the den. Revitalize the room in unexpected ways! Move the sideboard from the dining room into the bedroom or den, use your bench at the dining table, or use that hall chest as a nightstand. There are no rules as to what a piece has to be used for. Think of your room in how you want to use it. Maybe you want to read in the bedroom or living room. Create this space and make it comfortable. Don’t limit yourself by lining up everything along the wall. Angle your pieces and create conversation and reading areas. Create a focal point If when you walk into the room. the room needs some architectural drama or a focal point, consider doing this with furniture. For instance, use a buf-

Create drama!



fet instead of a sofa table with a large painting over it or a dramatic grouping of pictures. Maybe use an old mantle even though you don’t have a fireplace, put a fern where the fireplace box would be. Now the fun part, add personality to the room with accessories. You may have or need to purchase some pillows, artwork, a large decorative bowl, or draperies. This can be the starting point for your color and style direction. Take your lead from that item and scout the rest of the house to find compatible accessories to fill in with. Remember that today’s Look at each area as a look reflects vignette and create the balance.

less is more.

Now tie everything together by adding the new wall color or area rug. Just a fresh coat of paint or changing the color can give a room the lift needed. How about a dramatic color on one wall to direct your attention? That could be your drama! With all the indoor/outdoor rugs and patterns, an attractive area rug can still be used and hold up to the traffic of kids and pets. An inexpensive area rug with a border can be made with remnants from your local carpet shop. If all of this is too overwhelming and you need direction, enlist the services of an interior designer to help you pull everything together. For smaller projects, a single consultation may be all you need. For larger remodeling projects, a designer can make magic happen in your home by marrying beauty, style and function to fit your budget.

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Pink Fire T ruck T ours Comes To Hickory

Pink fire trucks and more will parade through Hickory in September. Founded in 2007 by a firefighter, the Guardians of the Ribbon is based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Guardians of the Ribbon, dressed in pink fire suits, drive pink fire trucks across the country every year to spread an awareness campaign supporting women in their fight with cancer. They ask cities to support women in their community with a “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, where money is raised for local non-profits that help cancer patients. For short, it’s called the Pink Heals Tour. Spearheaded by the Hickory Fire Department along with fellow city departments, and with thanks to many sponsors, the funds raised in the community will go to Through Healing Eyes. Through Healing Eyes' funds go to the community to provide for health and education, as well as diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with all types of cancer. 18


PARADE AND WELCOME EVENT A parade of pink fire trucks and local fire trucks and police cars will begin on September 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, which is at the intersection of US 70 and Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. The parade will continue on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, take a left on 7th Avenue, NE (near LRU), veer left on 5th Avenue Place, NE (pass McComb Park), cross NC 127, turn left on North Center Street (in front of Frye Regional Medical Center), pass the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, take a right on Main Avenue and stop in Downtown Hickory. A welcome ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. and trucks will be on display until 7 p.m. On September 23, the trucks will visit health care facilities and be on display at Valley Hills Mall between 4-7 p.m. DO YOU HAVE A MOTORCYCLE? Register to participate in the Pink Heals Tour–Love Run, which will escort the pink fire trucks from Hickory to High Point, North Carolina! There, the escort

will join the High Point parade. This Hickory Pink Heals Tour Benefit Ride, hosted by the City of Hickory Fire Department and Police Department, will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The event will depart promptly at 8:30 a.m. from Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson located at 2002 13th Avenue Drive SE, and arrive in High Point at 10:30 a.m., just in time for the 11:00 a.m. parade. Pre-registration is available online at and is highly encouraged. Registration fees are $20 for a single rider and $5 for a passenger. Completed forms can also be mailed in with a check as long as they are postmarked by September 10th. Participants who pre-register by September 10th are guaranteed an event T-Shirt. On the morning of the benefit ride, limited on-site registration will be held between 6:00 a.m. and will end promptly at 7:45 a.m. Between 300500 bikes are expected to participate, so it is important to register early! For more Information, call 828-217-5246.

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Hickory Museum of Art Renovates Third Floor for New Exhibition

fter more than two years of planning and months of renovations, the Hickory Museum of Art will re-open its third floor mezzanine on September 17 and unveil the new exhibition, DISCOVER FOLK ART: Unique Visions by Self-Taught Southern Artists from the Hickory Museum of Art Collection. This interactive exhibition invites viewers to explore folk art in a whole new way. Along with traditional labels and text panels, the exhibit also includes: • Touch Screens with information and videos about folk artists in the exhibit

• Family Activities Stations including a place to make rubbings of reproductions of some of the stone artwork, and an area to design folk art assemblages • Re-Creations of Artists’ Working Environments including a school bus where James Harold Jennings lived and stored artwork, and the barn where Raymond Coins made and stored his wooden figures • Cell Phone Tour Stops that allow visitors to use their own cell phones to access audio information about folk artists and their creations • Sounds and Smells that round out visitors’ sensory experiences, and help

evoke memories of growing up in the South. The new exhibition is a way to showcase the Museum’s extensive collection of Southern Contemporary Folk Art, most of which came from the Collection of Barry and Allen Huffman. More than 140 objects will be on exhibit divided into themes: Personal Beliefs, Memories, Nature and Collecting. The public is invited to a free Family Day on Saturday, September 17 from 1–4 p.m. The event includes family art activities, prizes, tours of the new exhibition, and light refreshments. Ninety

Photos, above: Left–Arie Reinhardt Taylor, Family Reunion, oil on canvas, gift of the artist Right, top–Installation photo of “Discover Folk Art” exhibition at HMA; view of the re-creation of Raymond Coins' barn with his wood figures and stone sculptures. Right, bottom–Q.J. Stephenson, Untitled (T-Rex), mixed media, from the Collection of Allen and Barry Huffman, gift in honor of William Austin Huffman.



year-old folk artist and Vale native, Arie Taylor, will also be present to talk about her memory paintings and those of her mother, Minnie Reinhardt, whose paintings are also featured in this exhibition. Free Family Guides for the exhibition will be available at the Museum’s check-in desk on the first floor of the HMA Galleria. Copies of the children’s book, Discover Folk Art: An Adventure with Artie at the Hickory Museum of Art, will be available for $9.95. In the book, Artie (HMA’s art-loving mascot) takes a group of children on a tour of the galleries and introduces them to works by several folk artists, including Sam “The Dot Man” McMillan and Q.J. Stephenson. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional major support has been provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Inc. and the Unifour Foundation Endowment Fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation. The Hickory Museum of Art presents the 3rd Annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival on September 30 & October 1. The festival kicks-off with Friday Night Folk Art Festivities on September 30, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Museum. Tickets are $30 (advance purchase only). The free Festival will be

October 1, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Sherrills Ford, at 4689 Giles Ave. Visit The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information please visit www. or call 828-327-8576.

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he National Labor Relations

once formal notice of an election is

Board has proposed the most

given. This would, in effect, severely

sweeping changes to the

limit the workers capacity to receive

federal rules governing union organiz-

adequate information on union mem-

ing elections since 1947, which would

bership from both their employer and

dramatically shorten the election pro-

a labor union, hindering their ability

cess for workers to vote over whether

to make a fully educated decision. Ad-

or not to form a union. The NLRB is

ditionally, unfair labor charges would

accepting comments for 60 days.

not be taken up until after the elections are held.

Currently, 95% of union elections take

Inside The Chamber

Labor Board Says, "Speed Up Organizing Votes"

place within 56 days of union election

Closer to home, Boeing is a great

petitions being filed by a labor union.

American company. They recently

Last year, the average time frame for

moved from Washington State to

elections was 31 days. Under the pro-

South Carolina to build the 787

posed rules, the time between filing a

Dreamliner airplane, creating 1,000

union election petition and the elec-

jobs. The NLRB has taken exception

tion would be shortened to as little

to this decision, based on the fact

as two weeks. The new regulations

that South Carolina is a right-to-work

would also limit the time employers

state, unlike Washington State. That

have to submit an electronic list of

means they are like 21 other states

all employees, including their e-mail

that protect a workers right not only

addresses and phone numbers, from

to join a union, but also to make the

seven days to two days.

choice not to join or financially support a union. The NLRB has issued

This is the latest in a series of ac-

a complaint against Boeing, which,

tions by the Board and other agen-

if successful, would require them

cies controlled by the administration

to move back to Washington State.

that respond to labor leaders’ calls

When a federal agency takes it into

for more union friendly federal labor

its grubby hands to dictate where a

policies. Only 6.9% of private sector

firm may locate some of its facilities,

workers belonged to unions in 2010,

America stands at the dividing line

and just 11.9% of all U.S workers. In

between freedom and tyranny.

1983, unions represented 20.1% of all

G. Daniel Hearn, CCE President/CEO Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

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workers. Their voice and effectiveness

The NLRB’s reckless attempt to break

has been in decline for decades.

a great corporation, and by extension all businesses, to government’s saddle,

The proposed regulations put employ-

never mind the collateral damage to

ers at a disadvantage to the unions,

the economy, is emblematic of this ad-

giving them only a short window to

ministration’s willingness to sacrifice

share information with employees

the economy for politics.

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