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Complimentary July 2013

Living the Good Life

Dr. Michael Oswald, Ophthalmologist at Piedmont HealthCare IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2013






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Welcome to the July issue. Much has been written about our independence from Great Britain. Those early patriots endured many hardships but persevered and won this precious thing called freedom. After all these years we continue to celebrate the many freedoms we enjoy. Get out and celebrate America's 237th birthday this July Fourth, and show your patriotism by flying the American flag and wearing the patriotic colors of red, white and blue. During my youth, the July Fourth holiday meant parades, ball games, food, fireworks and most of! It also included going to the beach the week of the Fourth for summer vacation and hanging out with family and friends. Ah, those were the about “living the good life!” Be sure to check out our events page inside this issue for a listing of various entertainment and events going on during the month of July. There is bound to be something of interest for the whole family to enjoy.

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July 2013

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• Dr. Michael Oswald, Ophthalmologist At Piedmont HealthCare


• Taking Care Of The World Around Us: Teaching Your Child About Conservation & Recycling


• Freedom Boat Club: Boating Made Easy


• Allison Woods…A Classroom In The Forest


• July Events


• What's Cooking?! Chipotle-Herb Butter Porterhouse Chop


• A Word From The Statesville Chamber: Career Academy and Technical School–Providing Students With State Certified Skills


• A Word From The MooresvilleSouth Iredell Chamber: Volunteers Are PRICELESS!




• 40 Dog Days Of Summer

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40 Dog Days Of Summer By April Dellinger





















is upon us, bringing with it the most July devastating heat of the year. You’ve probably heard it referred to as the dreaded dog days of summer. Ancient civilizations believed the dog days to be spoiled with bad fortune and insanity. Protecting themselves from high temperatures came at a cost to the people as they sacrificed to the gods for safety. Have no fear, however, you won’t be expected to give up any valuable possessions to the gods in order to find protection from the daunting days ahead. The term “dog days” was actually coined by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who referred to the sultry summer days as diēs caniculārēs in honor of the Dog Star, Sirius. In ancient Rome, Sirius rose in the sky around the same time as the sun, which caused some confusion amongst the Romans. Although Sirius appeared in the morning sky during this time, it still shone with spectacular luminosity, and the Romans believed Sirius to radiate a heat more powerful than the sun. This belief ultimately gave way to a sacrifice to the gods, and what better to sacrifice to the Dog Star than a brown dog in hopes that their crops and people would be spared from the exasperating heat. 8


Much like their counterparts, Greeks heralded the appearance of Sirius as the beginning of the hot and dry season when their crops wilted and their people grew wild. They believed that anyone suffering from madness during this time must be star-struck from the effects of Sirius. Much like the Roman gods, Zeus and Sirius received sacrifices in exchange for cooling breezes during the dog days. If the star rose clear, the Greeks were under good fortune, but a misty Sirius foretold pestilence. Today, the dog days are in full effect from July 3rd to August 11th, but don’t expect to find Sirius laying in wait when you wake. Thanks to the precession of the equinoxes, Sirius can only be found at night in our modern world, which warrants no need to rush to sacrifice our most brown of canine pets to the gods, but we do have our own superstitions about the long, stagnant season. For instance, it is believed that dogs go mad and foam at the mouth, wounds will not heal, fish will not bite, snakes crazily strike at everything, and the amount of rainfall depends on whether or not it rains on the first day of the 40-day period.

So, how do we protect ourselves from the hottest season of the year if we aren’t offering up hot dogs on the grill to the starving gods? Stay hydrated even if you don’t feel thirsty and avoid alcohol at all costs. You’ll know if you are consuming enough fluid if you use the restroom every two to four hours. If you are out in the heat and begin to suffer from headaches and cramping, these are the late signs of dehydration. Also, stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you have to be out in the heat, or you’re enjoying a day by the pool or beach, wear broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen with a SPF higher than 15, sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection or a wide-brimmed hat to protect the eyes and face and protective, tightly woven clothing. Don’t risk your safety during the 40 daunting dog days to come. Ancient civilizations may have been overly superstitious, but they knew the true dangers high temperatures bring. Stay indoors with your pups, and enjoy lazily lounging as much as possible.







cover story


Dr. Michael Oswald,

Ophthalmologist at Piedmont HealthCare By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography



On the cover and pictured on opposite page– Michael Oswald, MD, Piedmont HealthCare Ophthalmologist Pictured left–A patient is measured for glasses by Dr. Oswald.

“I’m a comprehensive ophthalmologist,” Dr. Michael Oswald told me as we met in his office. “We see just about everything related to the eyes.” Dr. Oswald joined the Piedmont HealthCare team in 2011 to replace Dr. Stanley Sliwinski who had practiced ophthalmology in Statesville for over 30 years. “Dr. Sliwinski was part of the process to recruit me; he hand-picked me to continue working with his many patients.” Indeed, care of the eyes is such a critical aspect of our overall health care, Piedmont HealthCare made a very thorough and intentional search for just the right ophthalmologist. Dr. Oswald has practiced ophthalmology over 13 years, and moved to Statesville in 2011 after working in Waynesville, North Carolina for ten years. “I saw this move to join Piedmont HealthCare as an excellent opportunity to be part of a very well respected, multi-specialty health care group. I’m glad to be part of this quality group of doctors.” Dr. Oswald is a softspoken man with a great smile and, no pun intended, a twinkle in his eyes.

EYE CARE FROM KINDERGARTEN ON As a family eye care practitioner, Dr. Oswald and his assistants see patients from pre-school to seniors. “We like to see children around the time they start school to make sure there are no vision concerns and to correct any vision problems we find. Of course, if parents have specific concerns, they should bring their child in sooner, but the start of school is the perfect time to begin regular eye exams.” Dr. Oswald explained. “Children can’t tell us that they aren’t seeing well, because they don’t know what they’re missing. It’s important for parents to bring school-age children in each year throughout their school years, especially if they wear glasses, because vision can change as they grow and learning will suffer if they can’t see well.” The recommended schedule for eye exams is every two to three years for adults up to age 30; by age 40 to 50 we may find that reading glasses are helpful, and yearly eye exams will keep us ahead of any vision problems that might develop. Dr. Oswald always welcomes new pa-

tients for routine eye examinations, fitting contacts and prescribing eyeglasses, as well as diagnosing and treating a wide range of eye disorders. EYE HEALTH AND AGING As we age, we become more likely to need vision care for eye problems that usually affect older adults. Dr. Oswald is both a medical doctor and a surgeon. He is trained in the specialized medical and surgical treatment of such eye disorders as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, opacities of the cornea, glaucoma, and cataracts. “People over sixty typically have more medical and vision issues,” Dr. Oswald explained. “Many of our patients are troubled with these conditions, and we can diagnose and treat them, especially when we catch them early–again an important reason to keep a regular, annual schedule with us.” Cataract surgery is the number one outpatient procedure Dr. Oswald performs. Cataracts–the gradual clouding of the lens inside the eye–may affect both eyes. Treatment is generally done one eye at a time, about two to three weeks apart. IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2013


Recuperation and post-op follow-up exams will take about a month. Dr. Oswald performs cataract surgery at both Iredell Surgical Center and Davis Regional Medical Center. Diabetic patients have unique requirements for regular eye care by an ophthalmologist. Good vision is critical to our quality of life, and those who are more predisposed to vision issues need to partner with their doctor to maintain eye health. Diabetes can alter the small blood vessels in the back of your eye, the retina. Diabetic retinopathy increases your risk of other eye problems, as well. If recommended, retinal laser surgery may be used to prevent further eye damage. Everyone, especially diabetics, should schedule an appointment if their vision changes in any way. MEDICAL AND SURGICAL EYE CARE Dr. Oswald’s sphere of eye care specialty also includes emergency patients whose eyes have been injured (call immediately for a same-day appointment), those suffering from headache (Dr. Oswald can determine if an eye problem may be the cause), poor vision in children caused by abnormal development of the eye, optic nerve damage, misaligned eyes, eyelid lifts, dry eyes, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and even allergies that cause red, itchy eyes. If you have any concerns about your eyes or vision, first call Dr. Oswald for an appointment! “We have the advantage of our partnership with Piedmont HealthCare’s extensive network of physicians,” Dr. Oswald shared. “I consult with our patients’ primary care physicians when their medical issues affect their eye health, and our doctors can call on me when needed. It is a valuable relationship, and our patients are the beneficiaries of this whole-health approach.” Piedmont HealthCare is one of the largest physician-owned, multispecialty groups in North Carolina and the Southeast. There are 50 convenient Piedmont HealthCare locations throughout our region–you will recognize their signature green signs! Quality health care is always readily available at Piedmont HealthCare offices close to home. EYE CARE TEAM The team in Dr. Oswald’s office follows Piedmont HealthCare’s overriding principles of top-quality, consistent care in all instances, superior patient care for everyone in every case, and the most advanced technology and treatments. In the office you will meet certified oph14


Above, top to bottom–Dr. Oswald measures a patients’ eyes with a slit lamp microscope. • Reviewing a visual field test • Kasi Davis, receptionist, is happy to make your appointment.

thalmologic technicians Denise Boyd and Catina McIver. Both are Caldwell Community College graduates, and they assist Dr. Oswald, do patient in-takes and update records, test for glaucoma and do visual acuity tests. Receptionist Kasi Davis will likely be the first person you meet when you call or arrive for your appointments.

graders who love their pets and animals. Dr. Oswald completed graduate school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, did his internship at the University of Tennessee, and his residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and LSUMA in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

“We always try to spend as much time as necessary with our patients,” Dr. Oswald said. “You won’t feel like you’re rushed, and you will feel like your concerns have been heard and your questions have been answered. Our team makes a point to treat everyone as though they are family. I believe our patients understand and appreciate that they are our first priority.”

“I want to invite folks to call for an appointment, whether they are looking for an eye doctor here in Statesville, need an annual exam for themselves or children, or if they are concerned about changes or symptoms they are having,” Dr. Oswald said. “We believe that by providing comprehensive eye care, we contribute to the overall good health of our community.”

Dr. Oswald and his wife, Laila, have been married 18 years–they met in medical school on a blind date–and have four daughters: 15-year-old Sara enjoys writing and music; 13-yearold Ashlyn, a gymnast who competes with the KPAC gymnastics team, and twins, Melina and Alison, rising first

Our eyes are our windows to the world– we all need to take special care of our own eyesight and that of our families. Dr. Oswald, his professional team, and the Piedmont HealthCare family are here to keep you healthy–a call now can help you keep your eyes in good health for many years to come.

Above, top, left–Denise Boyd checking the lens power of a pair of glasses. Above, bottom, left–Catina McIver measuring a patient's glasses prescription with an autorefractor. Above, right–Office staff of Piedmont HealthCare Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Michael Oswald, MD Ophthalmology 208 Old Mocksville Road Statesville, NC 28625 704.838.8235 IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2013


Taking Care of the World Around Us: Teaching your Child About Conservation & Recycling By Stacey K. Hinman


o understand complex words like “conservation” and “recycling,” children need to be able to associate them with specific, memorable behaviors. Explain what it means to recycle and conserve, and then give concrete examples like drawing on both sides of the paper or reusing boxes. Make simple, environmentally friendly activities a habit in your home for everyone, and talk about why it’s important to take care of our world. Following your example and receiving your reinforcement will give your child a sense of accomplishment every time he puts a plastic bottle in the recycling bin or turns off the faucet while brushing his teeth. The best learning techniques include those that place emphasis on enabling children to participate in experiences and model what it means to conserve and recycle resources. As you walk through your at-home routines, be sure to include your child in environmentally friendly tasks he can easily accomplish on his own: turning out the lights when leaving a room or using only one pump of soap when washing his hands. “After each environmentally friendly activity you do with your child, be sure to tell him how he’s taking care of the environment around him,” advises Dr. Gloria Julius, vice president of education for Primrose Schools. “With your positive feedback and explanation, he will be very proud each time he knows he has done his part to conserve!” Incorporating this way of thinking into your family’s everyday routine will help turn conscious decisions to conserve into responsible habits. About the author: Stacey K. Hinman is the owner of Primrose School of Lake Norman located at 173 Raceway Drive, Mooresville. For more information call 704-658-0460 or visit



Conserve. Young children typically don’t understand what it means to save resources like water and paper. Teach your child that less is more and that we should only use as much as we actually need. Encourage every one in your family to take shorter showers, turn off running water when not using it and to only use one paper towel at a time. Talk with your child and think of other ways to practice conservation around the house.

Reduce. Think before you buy, and make a conscious effort as a family to cut back on the amount of disposable products you use. Try to purchase washable and reusable food containers and water bottles, and try to use fewer items that can easily be thrown away. Teach your child how to care for his clothes and toys, and show him how these items can be used for a long time if they are taken care of.

Reuse. Many items we typically throw away can be repurposed in creative ways. Work with your child to find ways to reuse containers, toilet paper rolls and magazines for crafts, organizational tools or even instruments!

Recycle. Contact your trash service provider for recycling options in your neighborhood or make a weekly family trip to your local recycling drop-off center. Have your child make a sign for your family’s recycling bin, and give him the responsibility of rinsing out used plastic containers and placing them in the bin. Giving your child a sense of responsibility helps him learn by doing.

Take a trip. Try taking a trip to your local park and, with your child’s help, make a list of all the things you both can do to help keep the park clean. Or, visit your local recycling center or library to learn more about what everyone can do to help the earth.



Freedom Boat Club:

Boating Made Easy Left–The crew at Freedom Boat Club is ready to greet and assist with all your boating needs. Come visit their location and meet the friendly staff.

dock. There is a ship's store for items you need, like snacks or sunscreen and also changing rooms.

Article by Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

Want to enjoy boating, but don’t want to deal with the hassles of boat maintenance, transportation and storage? Freedom Boat Club makes boating simple. They believe boating should be an escape and a time to create powerful memories with family and friends rather than being a nuisance. Freedom Boat Club currently has 65 franchises across the country. A franchise opened in May on Lake Norman at the WaterStreet Seaport Marina in Cornelius. A Freedom Boat Club membership gives you unlimited use of the fleet on Lake Norman and the opportunity to use the other 65 locations up to four times each year. The Lake Norman 18


fleet includes six boats serviceable for just about anything you would want to do on the water–fishing, water sports, or just cruising and exploring. They even have a pontoon and a tritoon. “The tritoon is an upgraded version of your typical pontoon,” says Jeff Weir who, along with his father Perry Weir, owns the Lake Norman franchise. “It has three tubes with lifting strakes and a 115hp motor. It’s easier to drive, and it can get up out of the water to ski behind it.” All you have to do is reserve the boat you’d like (up to six months in advance) or you can call the dockmaster on the spur of the moment. Your boat will be waiting for you, ready to go, at the

The Freedom Boat Club makes sure members are comfortable with the boats. “We have a water training orientation and boating safety training taught by captains who are US Coast Guard licensed,” Weir said. “The training is unlimited in the sense that if a member ever feels uncomfortable with anything, we can go back on the water.” Training covers everything from the rules of the road and navigation to how to dock, fuel and anchor the boat. The instructor will also point out good places to eat and interesting places to see on the lake. “We’ve always been involved in boating,” Jeff said. “My father actually built a houseboat from scratch in the 1970s, and we rode a lot of jet skis and ski boats, too.” Last May, Jeff and Perry were down at North Myrtle beach in the market for another boat when they learned about the Freedom Boat Club. Living near Lake Norman, they knew

a membership at the Myrtle Beach location wouldn’t be worthwhile due to the distance. “We inquired about a location on Lake Norman and learned there wasn’t one here yet,” Jeff said. “We started looking into it, and here we are a year later.” The club is open year round from 10 am to 7 pm. However, members can keep boats out past 7 pm with prior arrangement.

For more information about membership options contact:

Freedom Boat Club Waterstreet Seaport Marina 17505 West Catawba Avenue Cornelius, NC 704.659.1294

Photos, left:

The Adkins family prepares for a fun day on the water. The dock staff answers any questions and makes sure the boats are ready for departure. With several styles of boats to choose from, members have the convenience of taking whatever boat suits their needs. Whether fishing, cruising or enjoying active water sports, the fleet at Freedom Boat Club can satisfy many interests.



Allison Woods… A Classroom in the Forest Article and Photos By Janet Harriman

Heritage & History. Our county’s earliest pioneers, the Allison Family of Scottish descent, inhabited and cherished a pristine landscape known today as Allison Woods. It was settled by William Allison in the early 1740s. In the early 1900s Major William Locke Allison, a successful industrialist in the railroad business, returned to the family plantation and created a gentleman’s estate for entertaining friends while pursuing his farming interests. 20


Today, the property is still privately owned by the Allison family. In 1995, Allison Woods was designated as a National Historic Place and is one of the few early 20th century country estates in North Carolina. The massive acreage is north of Statesville near Turnersburg, along US Hwy 21. Allison Woods is also designated as a Natural Heritage Site of Regional Importance. Iredell native and patriarch Tom Allison is an environmentalist and historian

on a very personal mission. His intention is to preserve 900 acres of north Iredell’s natural environment for others– especially for children. With community support, his classroom in the forest continues to teach young and old about the beauties of nature. “This is a dream I’ve held sacred since I was a young boy,” Allison notes.

About The Mission. The Allison Woods Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1992 with the specific mission of providing educational programs to serve students and educators in Iredell County and surrounding areas. This foundation relies upon grants, private gifts, memberships, and program fees to underwrite activities. Executive Director Selena Goodin has a specific goal in mind: to see Tom Allison’s dream realized. “In a technical world of learning, a memorable outdoor classroom environment awaits everyone. Over 2,000 students from the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia have experienced the wonder of nature through a field trip to Allison Woods, where we share how to be sensitive to the environment. Everything has a function in nature: water, trees, plants and wildlife. Children need to know how things work together,” states Goodin. “I am very fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated individuals who serve on the board of directors of the Allison Woods Foundation. We are blessed to have a group of folks in Iredell and surrounding counties who support and volunteer at Allison Woods. Our goals are met by the collaborative effort of individuals working together to assure the outdoor classroom concept is achieved.”

Plan to Visit. Allison Woods is a treasure of natural, cultural, and historical heritage worthy of preservation and enjoyment. The woods, waterways, and meadows are still teeming with natural wonders. The estate is an ideal location

to host public and private events in its historic buildings and on its beautiful landscape. Beyond functions, historical programs, and educational seminars, there are miles of trails weaving through native forest and ornamental plants, including dense stands of bamboo. The summer offerings include evenings with local musicians and stargazing with the Piedmont Astronomy Club. Ongoing activities that address environmental, cultural and historic themes are planned throughout 2013 into 2014 for students, educators, families, groups, and organizations. These programs include:

• Environmental programs about water resource preservation • Education programs on forest eco-systems • Piedmont area wildlife • Birding • Stars & constellations • Native Americans & early settlers • Natural Valentines • Decorate with nature • Create & clear a trail • Native & invasive plants • Wilderness survival • Trapping safety To experience this special preserve, contact The Allison Woods Foundation at 704.873.5976 to make an appointment. The public is welcome to attend advertised events. Photography donation fees to Allison Woods Foundation are $25 for the first two hours and $15 per hour thereafter. To explore the history and beauty of Allison Woods online, visit



JULY EVENTS Enjoy! Fireworks, music, festivals and movies–all for your enjoyment in July! Mark your calendars for fun!

June 29 9th Annual Troutman Independence Day Parade • Main Street, Troutman 11:00AM • Troutman Independence Festival Iredell County Fairgrounds Food & craft vendors, Beer Garden, Kid's Zone $5/hr, corn hole 5:30PM - 9:30PM Fireworks at dark 5:30PM - 7PM Al Yountz - Comedian/ DJ 7:00 PM 'til Dark - Rockie Lynne

July 3 Lowe's YMCA Summer Celebration Lowes YMCA • 170 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville • Games, Music, Inflatables & Food • 4:00PM - 10:00PM Program Begins at 8:00PM Fireworks at 9:30PM lowes/lo.aspx

host the largest and most spectacular fireworks display starting at 9:30PM. Parking is limited so plan to arrive early.

July 5 Music On Main • Mooresville Town Hall lawn, 413 N. Main Street Food and beverages available for purchase. • 6:30PM - Fantastic Shakers

July 6 Mooresville Cruise-In Classic Car Show • Broad Street Downtown Mooresville from 4:00PM - 8:00PM No registration or charge to attend.

July 12 Statesville's Friday After Five Summer Concert Series W. Broad St, Statesville Food and beverage vendors. Bring a lawn chair. No coolers or pets. 5:30PM - 8:30PM July 12: Divided By Four (Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk, 70's hits, Classic Rock)

July 3

Signal Hill Mall July 4th Celebration 1685 E Broad St, Statesville • Children's activities at 5:30PM • 7:00PM DJ from the roof • 9:30PM Fireworks

July 19

July 4 Trump National Charlotte July 4th Celebration • 120 Trump Square, Mooresville • Trump National will 22 22


Live in the 115 Concerts John Franklin Moore Park • Mooresville (corner of Main St. & Center Ave) No coolers or alcoholic beverages. 5:30PM - 7:00PM Stoney Creek Boys 7:30PM - 9:30PM Moses Jones

July 2, 13, 27 Kannapolis Concerts in the Park Village Park, 700 West C Street, Kannapolis at 7:00PM July 2: Charlotte Symphony with Fireworks July 13: Darrell Harwood & Gal Friday Band July 27: Jim Quick & Coastline

July 11 Kannapolis Evening Series Concerts Veterans Park, Corner of North Main & East First Street, Kannapolis 6:00PM - 9:00PM July 11: Coconut Groove Band

July 5, 19 Movies in the Park on Fridays Village Park in Kannapolis • 8:45PM July 5: Madagascar 3 (PG) July 19: Back to the Future (PG)

July Queen's Landing Free Concerts Every Friday and Saturday in July 1459 River Hwy • Mooresville 7:00PM - 11:00PM - Bands start at 8

July 20 Shelton Vineyards Summer Concert Series • 286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson Coconut Groove Band 6:00PM - 9:00PM See website for ticket prices. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.





What's Cooking?! Chipotle-Herb Butter Porterhouse Chop

Nothing beats a tender, juicy pork chop on the grill – a versatile canvas for a wide range of culinary creations. At your next gathering, impress your guests with these flavorful ChipotleHerb Butter Porterhouse Chops. Be sure to check out www.PorkBeInspired. com/porksocial for more grilling tips and recipes.

Chipotle-Herb Butter Porterhouse Chop Serves 4 Prep - 10 minutes • Cook - 25 minutes

4 Porterhouse Chops (AKA bone-in loin chops), about 1-inch thick 2 teaspoons paprika Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil for brushing Chipotle-Herb Butter 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice Preheat grill over medium high heat and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper on both sides of chops. Grill pork for 8-9 minutes, turning once halfway through, until cooked to 145ºF. Remove pork from grill, tent it with foil and let rest for 3 minutes. In food processor, combine softened butter, cilantro, chipotle pepper and freshly squeezed lime juice. Pulse for 1

minute until fully combined. Dish up 1 tablespoon of herb butter on top of each piece of pork, and serve. Note: You can find chipotle pepper in adobo sauce canned in the ethnic or Latino section of most major supermarkets. For the most juicy and tender chops, grill to an internal temperature between 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare and 160 degrees Fahrenheit for medium,

followed by a 3-minute rest. Be sure to use a digital cooking thermometer to ensure an accurate final temperature.

Corn on the Cob

4 pieces of corn, shucked 2 teaspoons olive oil

Brush corn with olive oil and place on grill. Grill corn for a few minutes on each side, turning regularly until charred. Remove from grill and set aside. Recipe and photo courtesy of the National Pork Board IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2013



here are many reasons to be proud of the Iredell-Statesville School system. With limited funding, virtually every metric that determines the quality of education tells us Iredell-Statesville Schools flourish. Over the course of the last ten years, the level of diversity of programming has grown dramatically. The driving nature is the quest to provide the right resources and educational plan for every student.


Career Academy and Technical School–Providing Students With State Certified Skills

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



Perhaps the hidden gem of the system is the Career Academy and Technical School in Troutman. Opened in 2010, CATS’ directive is to provide students in the public school system an opportunity to more sharply hone their technical skills in focused areas of study. Juniors and seniors from throughout the county descend on the town of Troutman each day to study intensive technical training. Principal Larry Rogers notes, “Kids can come here and leave with state certified skills. They can then choose to move directly into the workforce and into post-secondary education.” The foundational program of CATS was the nationally recognized Automotive Technology program. Participants in this curriculum have won state and national awards, paving the way for very successful careers within the field. Pro-Start (culinary arts) and Fundamentals of Nursing (CNA) soon followed. The intensive vocational study prepares the students to excel in their chosen areas of focus immediately after receiving their diploma. New and innovative programs have since been added, including Heavy Diesel Technology, Automotive Body and Repair, Digital Film Production and Fire Science Technology. Mr. Rogers’ eyes light up, though, when he addresses the latest programming initiative. In the fall of 2013, the Exceptional Child Academy will open. These

students will have an opportunity to work on CTE (career technical education) programs such as small engine repair and culinary arts. Rogers notes, “I believe that EVERY child deserves to groom their skills and to be integrated into the world. This is a program that is near and dear to my heart.” The Career Academy and Technical School provides a cost efficient and very effective way to maximize the learning experience for participating students. Instead of each ISS high school having extensive, and oftentimes expensive career curriculum, system wide financial and human resources can be centered at one place. The large facility, previously the Thomasville Furniture plant, lends itself to continued growth. Rogers and his staff have organized an advisory board comprised of local business and industry leaders to provide input on current and expected job/skill set needs. “We just missed out on a grant that would help us create an Advanced Manufacturing program. We’ll get it next time,” Rogers said. This unique teaching environment is not totally unique, but it is a program that most want to emulate. Educators and administrators from throughout the Southeast have toured the school seeking to better understand the win/ win/win philosophy. Students emerge from the program with extraordinary skills. Iredell-Statesville Schools gain regional and national exposure for outstanding, effective programming. Local businesses gain skilled workers who are able to immediately contribute. This creative environment helps serve as an attractant in seeking new and expanding industry. Larry Rogers is proud to showcase the school. If you would like to tour the facility and talk with him directly, please call him at 704-978-2791 or email him at




Volunteers Are PRICELESS!

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce



Photo by Captain Gus


olunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!

The Oxford dictionary defines “volunteer” as a person who does a job willingly without being paid for it. The intent of volunteerism is to both generate and harness the community’s desire to assist in the overall improvement of the quality of life for everyone. Each individual brings a unique perspective which fosters relationships and interaction with others. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. Prior to the 19th century, few formal charitable organizations existed to assist people in need. In the first few decades of the 20th century, several volunteer organizations were founded, including the Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Club. The Great Depression saw one of the first large-scale, nationwide efforts to coordinate volunteering for a specific need. During World War II, thousands of volunteer offices supervised the volunteers who helped with the many needs of the military and the home front, including collecting supplies, entertaining soldiers on leave, and caring for the injured. After World War II, people shifted the focus of their altruistic passions to other areas, including helping the poor and volunteering overseas. A major development was the Peace Corps in the United States in 1960. When President Johnson declared a War on Poverty in 1964, volunteer opportunities started to expand and continued into the next few decades. In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was established as a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans

in service through its core programs– Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund. As the nation’s largest grant maker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service. CNCS harnesses America’s most powerful resource–the energy and talents of our citizens–to solve problems. The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS is guided by the following principles: • Put the needs of local communities first. • Strengthen the public-private partnerships that underpin all of our programs. • Use our programs to build stronger, more efficient, and more sustainable community networks capable of mobilizing volunteers to address local needs, including disaster preparedness and response. • Measure and continually improve our programs' benefits to service beneficiaries, participants, community organizations, and our national culture of service. • Build collaborations wherever possible across our programs and with other federal programs. • Help rural and economically distressed communities obtain access to public and private resources. • Support diverse organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations, minority colleges, and disability organizations. • Use service-learning principles to put

volunteer and service activities into an appropriate context that stimulates life-long civic engagement. • Support continued civic engagement, leadership, and public service careers for our programs' participants and community volunteers. • Exhibit excellence in management and customer service. Several factors drive people into community service, but the powerful force behind volunteering is the social change that is made through the inspiration of people to make a difference by helping those in need. The Chamber of Commerce could not function without the energy and input of our volunteers. To quote Erma Bombeck: ”Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.” Portions excerpted from and






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