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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 Pumpkinfest on November 2nd is worth attending with the family. It features food, music, arts & crafts, a kids’ zone, and of course—a pumpkin pie eating 4


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LAW Daly Mills f family Law • Adoption • Alimony/Post-separation Support • Child Custody/Child Support • Divorce • Division of Marital Property • Estate Planning • Guardianship/Incompetency • Living Will/Advance Directive • Power of Attorney • Prenuptial Agreement • Probate/Estate Administration • Separation Agreement • Wealth Transfer/Asset Protection • Wills and Trusts

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contents NOVEMBER 2019 FEATURES 12 • COVER STORY Daly Mills Family Law Integrity, Understanding, Experience, Attention 18 • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Shopping Local this Holiday Season with Aqua B Boutique


IN THE KITCHEN 16 • Roasted Squash on the Med

IN THIS ISSUE 8 • Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving! 17 • Pet Adoption 20 • DIY Christmas Gifts 24 • Enjoy the Season. Shop Local! 28 • 10 Tips to Avoid Over-Spending this Holiday 30 • Walk to the Stable



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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.

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. 8


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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Daly Mills Family Law Integrity, Understanding, Experience, Attention By Kristie Darling | Photos by Lisa Crates Photography

FAMILY is a hallowed concept. We are each given one and taking care of all the modern-day issues that surround us is critical. Just like food and shelter, legal concerns need to be met with integrity, understanding, experience, and attention. Partnering with a dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate legal team can help assure a hopeful outcome. “It is critical to me that the legal services we provide are done right,” Judith Daly shared. “Working in a civilized fashion with opposing counsel, with families and individuals, in court or out, is who we are. The attorneys and paralegals in our firm believe that we can work without mudslinging and uproar. Our focused approach to providing the best possible advice, specific to each personal situation, serves everyone best. In order to make a positive difference in people’s lives, we must offer solutions to these challenging times.” 12


A PROFESSIONAL TEAM Over the last 13 years, Daly Mills Family Law has grown. “At this point, our team is just right—a perfect fit—with everyone in sync providing expert legal advice and service to those who need it,” Judith said. “Our attorneys, paralegals, and office administrators work diligently every day. I enjoy their energy and enthusiasm, and our clients feel that, too. We really are a well-oiled machine.” Judith’s role isn’t just family law attorney—she’s also trainer, coach, and mentor to the women in her office. Judith has worked exclusively in family law, and her guidance and expertise have created a supportive team whose values align. “It’s best when the entire practice is focused on one area of law—in family matters, we all know our stuff,” said Terri McKesson, paralegal and office administrator. “This work isn’t always easy, so we’re here for each other, especially when working on a stressful case. We’re not going to let anyone burn out.” WHAT IS FAMILY LAW? The specialized area of family law includes legal issues like separation and divorce, child custody and support, adoption, grandparents’ rights, paternity and parentage issues, LGBTQ issues, prenuptial agreements, property division, school district guardianship, domestic violence orders of protection, wills, trusts, and estate planning and administration. “One couple might only need a final divorce decree, while another couple’s case might involve child custody, alimony, and property issues,” attorney Torrey Lomas said. “We determine what course to take by listening as people explain their circumstances. Sometimes folks are happy to realize they don’t even need us.” AT YOUR SERVICE Judith Daly, Attorney. Since opening her family law practice in 2006, Judith has earned a reputation as knowledgeable, dedicated, fair, and hardworking on behalf of the families she represents. After experiencing a difficult divorce, Judith knew she could help people in a better way. She understands the nuances of getting good results by working fairly and honestly. She might take a forceful approach if that’s useful, but Judith prefers negotiating a compromise when that’s most effective. Her clients spend less time and resources moving toward a favorable resolution. Judith earned her law degree from DePaul College of Law in Chicago. Miranda Mills, Attorney. Daly Mills Family Law’s newest partner is Miranda Mills. With over a decade of experience in the courtroom, Miranda brings a strong history of dedication to her clients and legal knowledge to her work. She takes time to volunteer for advocacy organizations and mentor new attorneys. As current chair of the New Lawyers Division of the North Carolina

On the cover– cover–Attorneys Judith Daly (right) and Miranda Mills (left) of Daly Mills Family Law Opposite page, from left to right Front row: Attorney Meg Stacy, Attorney Judith Daly, Attorney Torrey Lomas, and Attorney Miranda Mills Back row: Paralegal April Moss, Paralegal Sara Moore, Office Administrator/Paralegal Terri McKesson, and Receptionist Sheryl Smith Above–Attorneys Judith Daly and Miranda Mills reviewing process and procedures with Office Administrator/Paralegal Terri McKesson. Attorneys Miranda Mills and Torrey Lomas discussing the possibility of deviating from the mandatory child support guidelines.



Association of Justice, Miranda authored three chapters in the first edition of the New Lawyers Survival Guide, including chapters on family law and criminal law. She attended Wake Forest University School of Law where she graduated in the top 25% of her class and was a member of the Wake Forest Law Review. Meg Stacy, Attorney. Meg joined the firm to devote her efforts to practicing family law. “I’m dedicated to my clients’ best outcome,” Meg shared. “I know what needs to be done to get that for them, and if I don’t know something, I’ll find out and make sure we’ve exhausted all avenues. I do my homework.” Meg is from Raleigh, and she graduated cum laude at NC Central School of Law. Torrey Lomas, Attorney. When Torrey decided to focus on law, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology, she moved to North Carolina to earn her law degree at Charlotte School of Law. “Before joining Judith at DaIy Mills Family Law,” Torrey said, “I held off on other offers hoping to work in family law…that was the right decision for me, for sure.” Terri McKesson, Paralegal, Office Administrator. Terri has been with Daly Mills Family Law for ten years, so she’s the go-to person for everyone in the firm. She trains staff and helps them stay on track with established processes and procedures. As a paralegal, she prepares accountings required by the clerk of court in the Estates Department for both guardianship clients and probate clients. She also assists in the administrative management of the firm. Sara Moore, Paralegal. As a paralegal, Sara helps prepare and review pleadings, motions, discovery, and other legal documents. She stays in touch with clients to answer questions and keep them informed of the status of their matter. Sara served in the United States Army for eight years where she worked in the information and technology field.

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• Attorney Meg Stacy researching equitable distribution statute for client regarding classifying property as nonmarital. • Office Adminstrator/Paralegal Terri McKesson and Receptionist Sheryl Smith discussing how to get new clients scheduled as soon as possible. • Paralegal Sara Moore receives a call from a client expressing appreciation for help in obtaining emergency custody. 14


April A. Moss, Paralegal. April earned an Associate Degree in Paralegal Technology, Phi Theta Kappa from Western Piedmont Community College in 2004. “I decided to work in family law because of my compassion for people,” April explained. “I’ve been through the process of divorce, so I have both professional and personal experience to offer our clients.” Sheryl Smith, Receptionist. Sheryl is a welcoming voice on the phone helping clients schedule appointments or greeting them when they come in. She enjoys meeting new clients and the personal satisfaction of helping families. She graduated from Newton Conover High School and then continued on to Lees McRae College.

ALWAYS READY TO HELP To fully discover the client’s needs and goals, a free consultation is offered. “It’s important to understand what the issues are, determine what needs to be done, and plan the right strategy to benefit a client’s long-term interests,” Judith explained. “We are advocates for our clients, and we each take that role very seriously.” As financially savvy businesswomen, the team understands the implications of each course of action they undertake in representing clients. Positive results are the goal, and a client’s financial situation going in, the extent of their investment in legal representation, and the monetary outcomes for families are always considered. “We are very mindful of our clients’ financial wellbeing,” Miranda explained, “and our policy is always to develop a strategy that is not cost prohibitive. We propose options that are affordable and protect what is at stake. We are transparent about our fees—clients are well advised of the costs involved at the start.” No matter what issues Daly Mills Family Law might help you with, your final goal is to get the best possible results for your circumstances. If you have questions or family issues that need to be addressed, contact the Daly Mills Family Law team. They can explain your legal rights, work toward a positive outcome, and help you get on with your life.


Above– Above–Attorneys Miranda Mills, Meg Stacy, Judith Daly, and Torrey Lomas are ready to handle all of your family law matters. Paralegal April Moss clearing her work area to begin a large discovery response project.

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan



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 To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit

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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 20


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


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)



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

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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.

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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!

This makes for a strong partner partnership to do business with any and all ISO registered companies in Iredell County! Our ISO status ensures that we not only have a detailed process for finding and screening top talent, but we also follow it. If we didn’t, we would lose our ISO certification.

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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?

something 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

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.



Special events. A number of local towns including Hickory, Mooresville, Morganton, and Statesville participate in national Small Business Saturday on November 30th, when downtown merchants offer special deals to entice early holiday shoppers. Marin Tomlin, executive director of Statesville’s Downtown Development Corporation, says that many businesses will host holiday open houses starting in early November. The city’s Holiday Shop & Stroll is scheduled for December 6, featuring the annual tree lighting, a live nativity scene, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Santa’s arrival. You can see the full schedule at “We’re planning to mail out a holiday shopping guide to help people understand all of the amazing shops we have

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We invite you to visit these specialty shops in Statesville! Carolina Mountain Sports: Wherever the outdoors takes you, from hiking the Appalachian Trail, to canoeing on the New River, Carolina Mountain Sports has you covered with equipment and the clothes you will need. With years of out door experience himself, owner Richard Griggs can personally steer you in the right direction for the perfect gear to suit your needs. GG’s: Celebrating 50 years in the retail art and frame business, Gloria Hager has an eye for decorating, and it shows in her shop filled with prints to frame, home décor, and gift ideas for every occasion. Promoting local artist and craftsmen is another of Gloria’s talents.

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Just in time for the Holidays! IREDELL LIVING • NOVEMBER 2019


and where they can find the perfect gift right here in Downtown Statesville,” Marin said. “We will also be promoting a $500 shopping spree giveaway.” Shannon Viera, president and CEO of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce, says that member businesses are actively adding events and special shopping deals to their website, www. Mooresville’s Holiday Light Spectacular kicks off on November 29, and runs through December. The show features 150,000 lights set to holiday music! Downtown merchants host Friday night holiday celebrations featuring Santa visits, wagon and carriage rides, a giant snow globe, and a Christmas tree lane. The city’s Annual Christmas Parade is on Tuesday, November 26th. Helping your local community. Supporting our community shops 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. Marin adds, “The year has been positive so far for our downtown retailers. They expect this to continue during the upcoming holiday season. According to some of our merchants, this year’s sales are already up compared to last year, and businesses are seeing more shoppers. Sixty percent of a retailer’s yearly business typically comes from the fourth quarter, so shopping locally is very important to their success.”

Shannon agrees: “Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, and they provide many jobs to residents. Our local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.” Small businesses are the nation’s largest employers, accounting for 99.7% of all businesses in the country. Small businesses donate 250% more to nonprofits and community causes than larger businesses, nationwide. Shopping local means more money stays here. For every $100 you spend in your town, $68 of it remains in the local economy. It’s clear that if our merchants fare better this holiday season, then we all do!

Holidays Happen Locally!

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Shop Local! Our Shop Local issue will continue in December! We will have special rates for small businesses to promote their products and services just in time for the holidays! Let us know if you would like to be in our December issue!

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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 28


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,, coupons. com,,, and, 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. 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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Walk to the Stable

By Linda B. Wilson | Photos provided by New Salem UMC

Always presented the first weekend in December, “Walk To The Stable” cast members bring out the period costumes, dust off the props, and install the back drops in an effort to recreate the miracle of Christmas. It has been nineteen years since the property of New Salem United Methodist Church was first transformed into Bethlehem, and visitors were given a chance to experience the time when the Christ Child was born. This year, New Salem, in partnership with Countryside Baptist Church and Visions Outreach Ministries, will present the outdoor re-enactment of Jesus’ birth. Imagine being able to visit the stable where the miracle happened. Experience the hustle and bustle of the marketplace in Bethlehem. We hear word a Savior has been born not too far away, and a guide has agreed to take us to see the miracle. A torch-lit path lights up the night sky, and we pass by other travelers who have 30


camped for the night. Stopping to warm by their fires, they tell us about their lives and prayers for a Messiah. In the distance, shepherds watch over their flocks. Then, in a quiet stable, an angel announces the birth of our Savior. It is a peaceful time of reflection, and we are filled with the wonder of what we have witnessed. After the walk, everyone is invited into the warm fellowship hall for hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies. Tricia Hardin, coordinator of “Walk To The Stable,” wants everyone to come out and start the Christmas season blessed by this experience and reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. You are invited to attend this year’s “Walk” on December 7 and 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. (weather permitting) at 155 New Salem Rd., Statesville, NC 28625. Golf carts are available for anyone who needs assistance.


Above–Michael, Julia, and McKayla Cable are travelers camped along the path. Don Hankins demonstrates making pottery in the marketplace in Bethlehem.



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