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Welcome to the December issue. “December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory...” – John Geddes, A Familiar Rain The holidays are officially in full swing! But as we cheerfully decorate our cozy homes with twinkling bulbs, ornaments and tinsel, we hope everyone remembers those in our community who are not as fortunate as we are. Some of our neighbors do not have a warm place to sleep or food to eat. So, this month, JC Summerford tells us about a couple of local charities that could really use your generosity and volunteer spirit during this season of love and giving. Our contributor Linda Wilson profiles prolific North Carolina artist Bob Timberlake, whose artworks often depict nostalgic, natural winter scenes. By coincidence, it’s Bob’s 50th anniversary as a professional artist! For those of you who crave total holiday immersion, we offer some “Making Memories This Holiday” with destinations that offer unique light displays, Christmas music, hay rides, and much, much more, all within a short drive from home! Many towns start early with holiday celebrations which continue through the month, but a few wait until early December to put on their parades and festivals. 4


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contents DECEMBER 2019 FEATURES 12 • COVER STORY Maple Leaf Health Care Rehabilitation Care with Exceptional Results

IN THE KITCHEN 16 • Flourless Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Roulade

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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING 21 • ‘Tis the Season for Giving 22 • Fifth Street Ministries 24 • Solace for the Children

IN THIS ISSUE 10 • Making Memories This Holiday 18 • Bob Timberlake North Carolina Artist for Almost 50 Years 17 • Pet Adoption 29 • Tips to Prepare Your Car for Winter



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lmost every town puts on holiday celebrations, from parades to shopping events to light shows. But for those of you who are looking to make more Christmas memories, we’re offering a few ideas that might be worth a bit of a drive! Biltmore Estate More than fifty hand-decorated trees grace this year’s Biltmore House Christmas displays, including a 35foot Fraser fir. Around the magical estate, you’ll find a 100 more trees, plus thousands of poinsettias, garlands, wreaths, and kissing balls. Day and night tours are available through January 5th, but you’ll need a reservation. For details, visit biltmore.com. National Gingerbread House Competition If you’re visiting Biltmore, check out the 27th annual National Gingerbread House Competition in nearby Grove Park, which runs through January 4th. The Omni Grove Park Inn welcomes visitors Monday through Thursday, and Sunday afternoons, excluding holidays and certain other dates. Check out omnihotels.com for more. Lake Norman Flotilla The Wrightsville and Carolina Beach Flotillas are impressive, but Lake Norman’s annual Keelboat Flotilla and Parade of Lights on December 7th promises to be equally spectacular! The beautifully decorated boats sail from Lake Norman Yacht Club at 6:00 p.m.


Left–The 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir in the Banquet Hall at the Biltmore House and Biltmore House in the fall. Photos provided by The Biltmore Company 8


Winter Lights at North Carolina Arboretum This nationally renowned botanical garden near Asheville presents a three-acre holiday walking tour through January 4th. You’ll see lighted, animated exhibits, quilts, interactive games, and model trains, all set to holiday music. Go to ncarboretum. org for more information. Holiday on Ice NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Ceremonial Plaza in Charlotte becomes a 7,000-foot ice rink for the holidays. You can skate, enjoy a hot chocolate, skate with Charlotte Checkers Hockey players, or take a photo with Santa. For more information visit holidayonicecharlotte.com One of the winners last year at the National Gingerbread House Competiton at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Photo provided by The Omni Grove Park Inn

Speedway Christmas Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord offers a drive-through light show featuring more than 4 million lights. You can listen to Christmas music on your radio as you marvel at the twinkling displays. The Christmas Village is open evenings from December 12th through the 29th (except Christmas Day). It features a Ferris wheel, photos with Santa, holiday food, and more. See charlottemotorspeedway.com for more. Christmas Town USA For a totally immersive Christmas experience, you must visit McAdenville. This year marks their 64th annual Christmas Town, which kicks off with the tree lighting on December 2nd and runs (evenings) through the 26th. Displays include a huge nativity scene, hundreds of lighted trees, and lavishly decorated homes. For information check out mcadenvillechristmastown.com. Zootastic Park Christmas Wonderland of Lights Through January 1st, visitors to this Troutman animal park can drive through a holiday light display and reindeer forest, plus visit the animals, for $8. For details visit zootasticpark.com. Moravian Cookie Trail Moravian cookies boast a distinctive North Carolina history. The Moravians, a religious group from Eastern Europe, settled in today’s Winston-Salem in 1753. They brought with them special recipes for super-thin cookies, flavored with ginger, molasses, and cloves, made especially for the Christmas holidays. Today you can visit bakeries along the Moravian Cookie Trail, or just order a tin of your favorites. Find out how at visitwinstonsalem.com/moraviancookietrail.

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Tanglewood Festival of Lights If you’re in the Winston-Salem area, you could also stop by the Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights in Clemmons. Open evenings through January 1st, the festival offers Santa photos, S’moresville, and a gift shop in addition to an awesome light display. There are fees to enter. Find complete information at www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/#home Cut your own tree If you pine for a real tree this year, you’ve got plenty of choices in our state. You can visit a choose and cut farm, buy from a nearby retail lot, or even have a fragrant, fresh tree delivered right to your door! Some tree farms offer hayrides, Santa visits, seasonal refreshments, and tours. Go to ncchristmastrees.com for complete information.

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Rehabilitation Care with Exceptional Results By Kristie Darling | Photos by Lisa Crates Photography

When we’re well and feeling fine, we take things for granted. Physically, we can do what we love. We feel safe and comfortable being active, and we go about our lives with enthusiasm. If we’ve been ill or had an accident or surgery, perhaps our abilities have been diminished. We can’t do the things we need—and want—to be doing. We need to recover from what ails us. It can be a daunting task. This is where Maple Leaf Health Care comes into the picture. This is where you want to be. Where you invest your time and energy toward recovery is your choice. Recovery from illness, injury, or surgery isn’t an option—it’s a necessity. 12



On the cover–The dedicated therapy team at Maple Leaf Health Care. Above, ffrom left to right–Front row–Tiffany Hecker, PTA; Kathryn Aultman, COTA; Pallavi Gatare, PT; Michelle Bryant, OT; Kelli Scapicchio, COTA Back row–Laura Holland, SLP; Aimee Bly, PTA; Pat Putney, PTA; Anna Craft, COTA; Beverly Gibbs, COTA; Libby Rutledge, OT; Steven Gonzalez, Rehab Tech; Jody Brown, SLP

As with any challenge, rehabilitation should be undertaken with the intention of success. The professional medical team at Maple Leaf shares this approach in every treatment plan they develop for their patients and in all the tools they bring to the table. In fact, their shared goal is to begin your therapy program quickly, to focus on getting you back to your healthy self, and to return you to living and working fully. “Maple Leaf provides our community the best quality in outpatient rehabilitation services,” senior administrator Jennifer Simon shared as we talked about Maple Leaf’s services and the longevity of her dedicated staff. “We want what you want—for people who are healing to return the activities they enjoy and to provide exceptional daily care for your loved ones who live here. We’re definitely more than a nursing home.”

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A COMPREHENSIVE FACILITY, EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE The rehab programs at Maple Leaf are comprehensively designed so you will quickly accomplish your goals. “Our highly trained physical, occupational, and speech therapists help people recover from a stroke, surgery, illness, or injury,” Michelle Bryant shared. Michelle is rehabilitation program director, and, as with lots of staff, she has been with Maple Leaf for many years. “We take into account the whole person, whether we are continuing therapy that was begun here or with an outpatient who needs to regain lost abilities, such as walking, eating independently, dressing, or speaking.” There are 10 therapists under Michelle’s direction. When rehab patients are discharged from therapy, the staff works alongside their home health workers with in-home visits and evaluations. They ensure that family members are prepared, that the home is safe, appropriately set up, and ready to go. “We see this as an essential continuation of care for any patients whose recovery is dependent on good days ahead.” PHYSICAL THERAPY Whether short-term rehabilitation is needed or long-term, skilled nursing services are planned, physical therapists working in tandem with medical, nursing, and support staff design a treatment plan that can be intensive when the situation calls for it. “We’re flexible. If we’re working with a morning person, we’ll schedule their sessions early in the day,” Michelle said. “We recognize that everyone has unique needs, and we personalize our therapeutic care as much as we can.” OCCUPATIONAL & SPEECH THERAPY In addition to physical therapy, residents often need occupational or speech therapy. Occupational therapy addresses the

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• The main entrance at Maple Leaf Health Care • Pallavi Gatare PT; Anna Craft, COTA; and Mr. Bobby Miller • Recreation therapy at Maple Leaf



activities of living—dressing, bathing, eating. “For someone who has been injured or ill, something as ordinary as getting the mail can be a challenge. We help people get on with their lives,” Michelle told me. Speech therapy can include assisting with cognitive improvement, problem-solving skills, as well as speaking and swallowing. In all cases, restoring the highest level of function is the goal. LONG-TIME EMPLOYEES MAKE A DIFFERENCE Debi Early is social services director, and among her many roles are admissions and community outreach. “I believe that one reason we get so many referrals from past patients and their families is our employees,” Debi explained. “We have 18 staff who have been here twenty-plus years—they are our silver stars! They come from every department, from housekeeping to nursing, dietary, to administration. The NC Health Care Facilities Association in Raleigh has told me that our low turnover is unheard of in a rehab or nursing center. That makes a huge difference in our quality of service.” Nancy Goodman is a weekend activities assistant. She started out 28-years-ago as a CNA, and after retiring, she returned to help keep patients engaged and involved in the facility’s events. “I see this as my ministry,” Nancy says with a smile, “as I’m here every Sunday morning.” HR director Wanda Poole is a 28-year employee who has worked at Maple Leaf since its opening. The medical director, Dr. Carla Pence, has been with Maple Leaf 16 years. All-in-all, when you have people caring every day for someone you love, experience and compassion are everything.

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• Our dedicated Silver Team who have been with Maple Leaf Health Care for twenty plus years! • Medical director, Carla Pence, MD and Nunta Campbell, FNP • Cindy Arnold, DON; Patty Van Dorn, unit manager; Rhonda Barker, ADON



COMPASSIONATE CARING The entire team of dietary, housekeeping and laundry, maintenance, business office, administrative, activities, and nursing staff contribute to Maple Leaf’s success. “Our employees really do treat their patients like family,” said Cindy Arnold, director of nursing. “A favorite story of mine is about a CNA who cared for a young girl who lived here. She knew that it meant a lot to the girl to have her underwear match…that might sound silly, but to the patient, it was a happy moment every day. The CNA made it happen, and she told the other staff about this critical part of her care. Makes me smile every time I think about it.” The Life Engagement Unit is specially designated with certified and trained staff to provide memory and dementia care— not many facilities have this distinction. The 20-bed residen-

tial unit’s devoted team provides peace of mind in caring for your loved one in a safe, appropriate, and calm environment. “We also employ a dedicated wound-care nurse and surgeon,” Jennifer said, “for those who require that critical, specialized type of care.” During my visit, I wasn’t surprised to learn that not only can patients visit with their precious fur babies in their rooms but that Maple Leaf has its own “almost a therapy dog,” Bud. Bud’s mom, Carolyn Reed, is an LPN, and she brings Bud with her just about every day. In residence is also Sweet Pea—aka Baby Suzy—who once was Jennifer’s cat but who now lives on-site as, “our cat.” She’s cared for by Kathryn Aultman, occupational therapy assistant. More pets, more smiles. I know first-hand that Maple Leaf’s team is dedicated to their work. My mom stayed there for rehabilitation some time ago, and my questions were always answered, Mom’s therapy helped her heal, and we were pleased she was there. My friend Anna Rhyne also stayed at Maple Leaf, and I can tell you she was always in a happy mood and told me she had new friends among the staff. I believe it must be true that personal referrals to Maple Leaf continually come in. AN AWARD-WINNING FACILITY Maple Leaf has also received numerous awards: it is a FiveStar Medicare Quality Measures facility, a Four-Star Medicare facility, and a Silver American Health Care Association award winner. The parent company, Sava Senior Care, has named the center a Blue Ribbon award-winning facility and it has been on its C&O Roundtable for the past 10 years.

Photo provided by Maple Leaf

I suggest you give Debi Early a call to learn more about outpatient rehab therapy or for a tour. She is a true resource center of information who can show you around and answer your questions. You will be well-served at Maple Leaf.

Photo provided by Maple Leaf

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• Facility therapy dog, Bud Reed • Short-term rehab family room • A pleasant outdoor space for patients to get some fresh air



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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Ingredients

Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan

125g (4½ ounces) dark peppermint chocolate (Equal Exchange brand is my favorite.) 4 responsibly laid eggs, separated 4 tablespoons (40 g) coconut palm sugar 2 tablespoons cacao powder, plus a little extra for dusting (I love Navitas brand.) For the filling ¾-cup organic powdered sugar 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 7 ounces goats’ cheese 1 dark chocolate mint crunch bar, chopped (I prefer Equal Exchange brand.)


Flourless Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Roulade

This chocolate roulade has a dark, heart-quickening chocolate intensity that’s paired with a creamy meltin-the-mouth filling that passes all the crucial tests for depth of flavor, supreme lightness, stick-to-the-fork moistness and neverending bliss. A roulade that is a gift from heaven, as it’s low in sugar, gluten free, and chock full of protein and antioxidants, too. It’s a perfect holiday (or anyday) dessert, just be sure to leave a piece or two for Santa!


Line a 9 x14-inch baking tray with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 350 F. Melt the chocolate in a heavy enamel pot on low heat just until melted. In another bowl, mix the egg yolks with the sugar and add the cocoa powder, stirring until the mixture is thick. Pour the melted chocolate into the egg yolk mixture, and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk with clean beaters the egg whites until stiff, and then beat or fold the egg yolk mixture in gently. Pour the mixture into the pan, and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until springy when touched.

Invert cake onto a piece of parchment paper dusted with cocoa and powdered sugar, remove cooking paper and cool. For the filling, beat the butter, cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add a little water if too thick. Spread onto the cake, and sprinkle with some of the chocolate peppermint. Roll up the cake from the long horizontal side onto a serving platter. (Don’t worry if it cracks a bit.) Place remaining frosting in a plastic bag with one tip cut off, and drizzle over the cake. Garnish with the rest of chocolate peppermint and mint leaves. Cut across into slices to serve. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Jill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com. To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit www.sunninghilljillkids.org.

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Iredell Living magazine and extend our warmest wishes to you for a holiday filled with joy, surrounded by those you love.

Fro m t h e S t a f f o f



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Bob Timberlake North Carolina Artist for almost 50 years By Linda B. Wilson

Pictured left–Gloria Hager and Bob Timberlake pose for the camera at GG’s 50th Anniversay Celebration. Below–Bob signing his latest book Bob Timberlake’s Letter to Home (Photos by Linda B. Wilson)

Last month when Gloria Hager, owner of GG’s in downtown Statesville, celebrated 50 years in retail business, she did it with her usual, tasteful flair. Selling quality art and featuring local artists are a major part of her business, so it was no surprise that her special guest was North Carolina’s own, Bob Timberlake.

ture design, home decor, men’s apparel, and a line of rustic and charming cottage and cabin designs which are available through Southern Living magazine. The Inn at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock is one of his designs. It features his furniture and home decor. “Blowing Rock is one of my favorite places to fish and enjoy the mountains,” Bob says.

You may have heard that Bob is as down-to-earth as anyone you are likely to meet. That is very true of this renowned artist, top designer of furniture, cottages, and home décor. Bob is a true southern gentleman. 2020 marks Timberlake’s 50 years as a professional artist. All the fame he has experienced these last 50 years hasn’t changed the man who loves the outdoors and finds beauty in simple rural settings. His renown lies in his depiction of these iconic places in detailed watercolor paintings and reproductions. Internationally acclaimed realist painter, Timberlake is also known for his furni18


After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, he made his home in Lexington, where he and his wife have three children and seven grandchildren. In 1990, he launched a very successful furniture line which has passed the $1.5 billion

mark in wholesale sales. These designs led to Timberlake being inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. Bob is also a great sportsman, enjoying many outside activities. If you have followed his career, you know his paintings have been exhibited in the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries. He was the first artist to sell out a one-man show at Hammer Gallery in New York before the opening. He has been honored by US presidents for his accomplishments and was summoned to Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles. Quite an accomplished life for a man who never had any formal art instruction. “I never remember a time when I didn’t draw and sketch,” he recalls. His legacy will no doubt live on with his children and grandchildren. Working closely with Timberlake is his granddaughter Evanne. “She has been working with me in the gallery since she was three, and she’s one of the most creative people I know. Evanne is a tal-

ented artist in her own right but not in my shadow,” Timberlake explains. “We work together on projects, and she knows she has my love and support in whatever she chooses to do.” Reflecting on his career he says, “I have been fortunate to have a supporting family, friends, and acquaintances who have helped me achieve my dreams,” Timberlake adds. “In the future, I want to continue doing all the things I love to do, art, design, outdoors, and time with family and people I love. People ask me if I still paint. I can’t imagine not doing what I love the best. If I lived a thousand lifetimes, I wouldn’t have time to paint everything I want to paint or do all the things I want to do.” In other words, Bob isn’t slowing down any time soon. Timberlake says one of his favorite quotes is, “A love unexpressed is only an illusion.” Look for press releases next year on the celebration of his 50th year as a professional artist. For a day trip, I recommend visiting The Bob Timberlake Gallery, a 15,000-square-foot retail space at 1714 E. Center Street, Lexington, NC. The building features his art, apparel, furniture, home accessories, and gift selections. Thank you, Gloria Hager, for bringing Bob Timberlake to Statesville. He said he especially enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones.


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he holidays are traditional times to feel love and generosity toward friends and family, and needy causes. Many of us will give seasonal gifts and cash to non-profit organizations or volunteer our time. Maybe you already have a favorite charity. But if you’re still looking for a cause, first consider your beliefs. Do you care deeply about environmental issues? Education? Homeless people? Animals? Once you decide where your heart resides, do a bit of online research to learn about organizations’ missions, operations, and financial makeup. Sites like CharityNavigator.org, GuideStar.org, or GiveWell. org can assist you. It’s a good idea to call or write your chosen charity to get a feel for who they are and what they do. There’s no question that giving strengthens our personal values and principles and sets a strong example for children. If you’re short of money this year, volunteer. Sometimes a strong back, valuable skill, or loving attitude is worth much more than cash! Other benefits of big-heartedness are a feeling of oneness with your community and a sincere gratefulness for everything we have. In fact, why not consider giving to your chosen charity year-round? It could change your life in so many positive ways! To get you started, we’re listing a couple of local groups that could use your help.



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By JC Summerford | Photos provided by Fifth Street Ministries

Thirty years ago, Fifth Street Ministries began operations in a humble neighborhood just south of downtown Statesville. Today, the agency continues to address the needs of the homeless, poor, and victims of violence or sexual abuse. People who receive services work at the shelter, helping others in need. Their chores include cleaning, making beds, and doing kitchen duties. Staffers, many who were once in need themselves, help supervise and encourage residents. Some people just need a warm place to sleep for the night and a hot meal, while others seek transitional housing, looking forward to a stable residence. Renting can be difficult for Fifth Street clients. “The barriers include criminal records that keep individuals from obtaining housing or employment and lack of adequate resources for those who are mentally ill or are substance users,” Patti West, Fifth Street Ministries director, says. “One of the biggest barriers is the stigma associated with homelessness, substance use, mental illness, criminal history, and poverty in general.” The organization’s Community Kitchen serves three meals a day, seven days a week, to anyone who’s hungry, with special meals served on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. That amounts to more than 7,000 meals per month. Fifth Street primarily helps individuals from Iredell County, although it accepts people from Surry, Yadkin, Davie, and Stokes because 22


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of the lack of shelters in those areas. “Any individual who is homeless, hungry, in danger, and in search of a support system is welcome here,” Patti says. “We advocate for change and offer hope.” Besides food, shelter, transportation, and clothing, the organization provides individual and group therapy, substance abuse and mental health treatment referrals, a health clinic, and life skills training. Their continuing education includes classes on credit counseling, parenting, and money management. Clients are treated as individuals, each with a unique set of needs and abilities. The goal is to get people back on their feet with a solid roof over their heads and the life skills to take care of themselves. A special unit called My Sister’s House addresses the specific needs of domestic violence and sexual abuse victims. It provides hospital and court advocacy, personal counseling, and case management. Mothers and children can stay together in their own shelter and cook their own meals. The Heroes House provides transitional housing to homeless military veterans, many of whom suffer from mental health issues, such as addiction and PTSD. The Ministries’ clients need vehicles, good jobs, affordable housing, and childcare. Food donations are always needed, along with clothing, toiletries, diapers, and feminine hygiene products. All items should be new. For a list of needed items visit their website, fifthstreetministries.com, or call 704-872-4045.

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By JC Summerford | Photos provided by Solace For the Children

Solace for the Children’s main mission is to build peace using health and education as its foundation. The organization began in 2007, when members arrived in Afghanistan to help injured or sick children during that country’s long-running war. “The families of these children had nowhere else to turn and no resources to help their children,” says Patsy Wilson, Solace for the Children president. “Most families had already lost family members to the war. Solace assembled a medical and community body of volunteers ready 24


and willing to help relieve some of this suffering.” Solace for the Children provides limited medical services through Afghan clinics, but the problems of most cannot be treated within that country because of wartime conditions. A few children selected from the hundreds of applications the group receives each year are invited to travel to America to participate in the Solace Summer Medical Program. The children live with loving host families

and are given medical, dental, and optical treatments before returning home. “In this way,” Patsy says, “lives are saved. Lives are changed.” Patsy emphasizes that medical treatment of these children is an integral facet of Solace for the Children’s mission, because it plants seeds of trust and partnership with Afghan families and communities. The next peace-building phase is the Solace Education Program. Solace Afghan volunteers and the families of each

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child first meet to discuss how to attain their educational goals. “We work within the communities to partner with schools, organizations, and businesses to provide the resources needed,” Patsy says.



taking flowers or fruit to children in the local clinics or planting trees in communities,” Patsy says. “It’s all about Afghans helping Afghans to build peace.”

Along with basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills, Solace teaches community service. “One of our largest partnerships is with the students of the American University of Afghanistan located in Kabul,” Patsy says. “Students of AUF volunteer regularly to plan and implement special opportunities for the children, including art and music classes, college prep classes, and community service opportunities.”

The larger truth, according to Patsy, is that Solace for the Children changes the lives of both American and Afghan communities by bringing people together in trust, cooperation, healing, learning, and serving. More than 300 children in 76% of Afghanistan’s provinces have participated in the Medical Summer Program. More than 500 students have been served within the Solace Education Programs. The Community Service Program works with up to 12,000 people each year.

For example, each year Solace children and volunteers carry out a winter clothing drive, distributing much needed items to thousands of families. Solace also carried out the first known public blood drive in Afghanistan. “In addition, we implement monthly activities, such as

Solace for the Children depends on cash donations to continue operations. You can mail a check to: Solace for the Children, PO Box 5129, Mooresville, NC 28117. Make online donations through SolacefortheChildren.org, or text “Donate” to 205-525-8639.

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• Very cold temperatures reduce a vehicle's battery power, so it’s important to keep the connections clean, tight, and corrosion-free. Batteries don't always give warning signs before they fail completely, so if your vehicle's battery is more than three years old, it's wise to replace it. • Have the brakes inspected and check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly. • Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance, or rough idling, so have the problems fixed before the temperatures drop. • Clean, flush, and put new antifreeze in the cooling system as needed, and have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed. • Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Consider changing to winter weight oil if you live in a cold climate. Check the fuel, air, and transmission filters at the same time. • Keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.

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Harsh winter weather can be tough on vehicles, and the last thing any driver needs is to break down. Ensuring your vehicle is winterready now is a sensible approach to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold. “An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of car trouble during severe weather,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. The experts at the Car Care Council recommend the following steps to winterize your vehicle: • For good visibility, make sure that exterior and interior lights work, and headlights are properly aimed. Also check to see that heaters, defrosters, lights, and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades, and use cold weather washer fluid.

• Check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk, and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water, dry food snacks, and your medications. • Store important telephone numbers in your cell phone or glove box in case of a breakdown or travel emergency. Also keep a car care resource, such as the Car Care Council’s 80-page Car Care Guide, in the glove box as a handy reference tool. To order a copy of the Car Care Guide or for more information on regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair, visit carcare.org. Compliments of Car Care Council IREDELL LIVING • DECEMBER 2019


Accepting ng n Nominations Membership Investment The Statesville Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Iredell Health System Future5. We award five of Statesville's young professionals that are currently growing and excelling in their respective fields and positively influencing growth, prosperity and quality of life in Statesville, NC.

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