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Features 21

Fun in the Sun Summer Camps at Lake Lynn Community Center


Innovations in Oral Surgery BIONIC Total Smile Replacement Enhancing Quality of Life in a Day


Providing Hope, Honoring Life Renaissance Funeral Home Offers Respectful, Meaningful Services


More than Just a Gym CrossFit RDU True Community Sharing Their Fitness Journey


Top 5 Habits Organization Isn’t a Natural Gift, It’s a Practice


Achieving a Healthier Smile Colonnade Dental Specializes In Whole Body Health, Smiles


A Passion for Fashion Wakefield’s Hut No. 8 Offers Big Discounts, Trendy Vibe


Spring Sports Previews Check Out Local High School Coaches’ Outlook


Estate Planning Advice What Happens to Your Estate Without a Will or Testament?

On The Cover

Jake Haufler gears up for a game of youth baseball at the Lake Lynn Community Center. Photo by Marlana Semenza

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Enjoying Family, Friends

Leesville Family Really Loves the Raleigh Lifestyle

Cheer, Coach, Encourage

Adventure-Filled Road Leads Coach Pat to North Raleigh

Planners 9 9

Community School Events


Extracurricular Activities


Community Sports

Departments 8

Publisher’s Notes


Teaching Road Safety

Sherbert Works to Retain Freedoms and Saves Lives

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Spring Sports Previews


Food Break


Advertisers Index


Bulletin Board

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It’s That Time of Year

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It’s that time of year, friends: Spring Training is here, longer days of sunshine are evident, and the birds are coming home. Everything is alive!

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Art Director Ben Bipes

Who doesn’t get excited for the extra hours outside after work or school? There’s now time to take a walk in the neighborhood after dinner, maybe start a new project, or get involved with youth baseball. Since we love our sports here at 919 Magazine – especially sports programs for our local kids – we hope to get you fired up for baseball season. Up to bat first is Chris Nadeau. A Familiar face around the Lake Lynn Community Center, Chris is the Program Supervisor and Interim Center Director. He offers up details on the programs available for youth baseball and softball leagues, where to get registered, the various age groups and more. It all begins on Page 24. Also in this issue: • A very interesting profile on the Mike Tadych and Denise Mullen family, who really love the lifestyle in the Leesville/North Raleigh area. Family members are grateful for the local educational opportunities, friends and neighbors — and the Springdale Area Recreation Club. See it on Page 14. • Find out why Tommy Sherbert’s goals include retaining motorcyclists’ rights and saving lives. Those goals drive his effort to teach thousands of young drivers on how to be aware of others on the roadways. Be sure to take a look on Page 18. • Leesville resident Pat Gardiner grew up swimming, then moved to coaching others in swimming and water safety. Her coaching took her around the world through a 31-year career. Now she brings that vast experience to North Raleigh. Check out the story on Page 16. • And, finally, don’t put down this issue of Leesville’s local full-color magazine without spending time reviewing the High School Spring Sports Previews for Leesville Road High School and Trinity Academy of Raleigh, starting on Page 40. As I mentioned in our last issue, 919 Magazine now offers video engagement technology. Be sure to look for specially-placed 919 mobile icons throughout this publication, scan with your mobile device and learn more about our advertisers’ products and services. Get details on where to download your FREE app on Page 6. Big things are in store for 919 Magazine this spring and summer, so be sure to stay connected with us on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, or drop us a line at Our number one goal is to deliver a magazine readers want to read, and we sincerely hope we exceed your expectations and continue to grow with you…our community friends.

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Village of Pinecrest Family Really Loves The Raleigh Lifestyle By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Michael Tadych and Denise Mullen and their family really love Raleigh. A lot. “We feel very lucky to have the WCPSS magnet schools that have given our children so many wonderful opportunities and experiences,” said Tadych (pronounced “toddy”). “We also enjoy spending time at the Springdale Area Recreation Club with our friends.” Tadych, an attorney and partner at Stevens Martin Vaughn tap dance at Carolina Dance Center, art, writing and piano. & Tadych, PLLC in downtown Raleigh, is board president Owen, a 7th Grader at John W. Ligon Middle School, plays at SARC, a swim, tennis and recreation club comprised of piano, creating videos and animation, and playing video games more than 375 member families on about seven acres on and soccer. Lauren, a 4th Grader, is in the dance ensemble Leesville Road. “SARC is genuinely a community,” said and orchestra (playing violin) at Lucille Hunter Elementary Tadych, a native of Ohio. “It is also a great value to its School – and enjoys making duct tape creations, modeling members and a great asset to the Leesville area. SARC in clay, tap and jazz dance lessons (also at Carolina Dance is where our children (Caroline, 15; Owen, 13; Center), and getting together with her many friends. All and Lauren, 10) learned to swim, where Denise and I three are long-time members of the SARC swim team. learned to play tennis, and where we can gather with family Together, they all enjoy traveling. “We love to travel,” and friends for cookouts and pool parties in the summer said Tadych. “We try and get to the beach and to the and bonfires and brisk tennis in the fall and winter.” mountains at least once every year. Most summers, we Tadych and Mullen, originally from Virginia, met travel to Ohio to see family and get our roller coaster fill at when both attended undergraduate school at Indiana Cedar Point on the shores of Lake Erie. So far in 2014, we University. Mullen now is Assistant Director of have trips planned for New York City, California, London Specialization for the North Carolina State Bar. They and to an Indians vs. Red Sox game in Cleveland.” moved to the Village of Pinecrest neighborhood near And both Mullen and Tadych are involved in the the Leesville schools’ complex more than 10 years community. She is a hospice volunteer, a Guardian and ago – where they truly enjoy friends and family. Litem volunteer, a school volunteer, and a HOA board “We have a neighborhood supper club with friends, member, while he is part of the Downtown Raleigh Rotary and we get together at one another’s houses for dinner and for family game nights,” Tadych said. “We recently finished our basement and Tadych-Mullen Family Profile can often be found playing ping pong, pool or PARENTS: Michael “Mike” Tadych and Denise Mullen watching movies or Indiana basketball there.” RESIDENCE: Village of Pinecrest, Leesville area (North Raleigh) CHILDREN: Caroline, 15; Owen, 13; Lauren, 10 The entire family is active and involved. Caroline, PETS: Molly (dog); Tiger, Simba (cats) a freshman at William G. Enloe High School, INTERESTS: Swimming, tennis, music, reading, art competes on the varsity swim team; and enjoys 14

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We try and get to the beach and to the mountains at least once every year. MICHAEL TADYCH VILLAGE OF PINECREST RESIDENT

Club and works with The Justice Theater Project. The entire family belongs to The Catholic Community of St. Francis in North Raleigh. But it’s the family that is the center of life in Raleigh for them, especially since Tadych’s parents, Al and Mary, relocated from Ohio to Raleigh’s Falls River neighborhood. “We especially enjoy sitting around our large, round kitchen table talking about the events of the day, playing cards or board games with our family and friends,” Tadych emphasized. “It’s amazing what you learn and how hard you laugh sitting around the table.”

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Adventure-Filled Road Leads Pat Gardiner to North Raleigh By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

The road that brought Leesville resident Pat Gardiner to coach the Brier Creek Country Club Barracudas Swim Team is long and filled with adventure. “I grew up swimming and training year round from age five through my college years, and I began coaching at age 19,” said Gardiner, who begins her second season with the Barracudas this spring and summer. “I have coached summer leagues – such as Brier Creek – year round USA Swimming Club teams, and USA Swimming Elite level swim camps for rising Olympians; invited to coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and year round YMCA National level age group teams; and put on swim clinics in Zambia and Kenya.” Gardiner and husband of 35 years, Paul (who assists her with the Barracudas as a volunteer coach), relocated from New Jersey to the Cornerstone Park neighborhood to be near their grandchildren. “We have lived here three years, and I love the genuine friendliness and ease of conversation with the folks here,” she said. In addition to her extensive experience, training and certification

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in swimming, Gardiner worked as a registered nurse both in oncology and in schools. In 1988, she and her family moved to Kijabe, Kenya, for mission work – which included a wide range of activities and responsibilities. “I was nurse, local veterinarian for the many dogs owned by the other missionaries living in the area, and a dental assistant for the 500 kids at the school who needed to have care by the “one” local dentist. I learned how to help with all dental care, even doing some root canals,” Gardiner said. “In Kenya, I learned quickly that

‘You do what you can, in the bush!’” The Gardiners have three children: Daughter Monica Reeves, who swam four years at East Carolina University, is an optometrist in Raleigh; daughter Lindsey Takkunen, who also swam four years at ECU, is Director of Aquatics for all British schools in Kenya and Tanzania; and son Joshua Gardiner, who swam at George Mason University before entering the military. They also have five grandchildren – and unofficially fostered 13 children in their home over the first 19 years of

I grew up swimming and training year round from age five through my college years, and I began coaching at age 19. PAT GARDINER LEESVILLE RESIDENT


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their marriage (some a few months, some a few years). Pat Gardiner still enjoys swimming today, for its great cardio workout benefits and for its “ease on the knees” – and certainly continues to enjoy coaching, especially with her spouse. “It’s been 30-plus years work experience of coming together to use each other’s gifts and using them to really give the kids we’ve coached a more complete package than if we had coached alone,” she explained. “Together we cheer, coach, instruct, encourage, give input and choices…and, yes, sometimes disagree.”

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Tommy Sherbert’s Goals:

Retain Motorcylists’ Freedoms and Save Lives By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Tommy Sherbert can sum up his goal in being a community volunteer in two words: Save lives. Sherbert – a 14-year Stonehenge resident – actually participates in several volunteer activities, including North Raleigh Ministries, but it’s his work with the Concerned Bikers Association/ABATE of NC (Raleigh Chapter) that tops his list. Last year, he and associate Paul Wilms presented the Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Program (MSAP) in 308 driver education classes throughout Wake County for 10,490 students, while logging over 10,000 miles.

I get my most fulfillment by helping future drivers know that they are not the only ones on the road. TOMMY SHERBERT NORTH RALEIGH MOTORCYCLIST, VOLUNTEER

“This presentation shows the students the unique differences between cars and motorcycles, as well as what they can expect when they see motorcycles on the road,” said Sherbert. “But most of all, it is designed to make them aware of others on the road. We try to ride our motorcycles whenever possible so the students can come out after the presentation and see a motorcycle up close.” Sherbert said CBA/ABATE of North Carolina (Raleigh Chapter) was formed in 1971 as a state motorcycle 18

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rights organization. “While we do many different things now, our primary reason for forming was to promote fair legislation towards all motorcyclists regardless of brand or style you ride,” he said. “We have in the past either stopped proposed harmful motorcycle legislation or improved on some motorcycle legislation being proposed.” How did the Raleigh native get involved with the organization? “We

all have our interests and things that are important to us,” he said. “In my case, one of them is keeping my freedom to enjoy riding a motorcycle. I think typically after you try it, you either hate it or it’s in your blood for the rest of your life. For me, it’s the latter, since I had my first mini bike when I was 9.” And, in large part, that’s what drives his involvement to ensure the safety of motorcyclists on the roads of

Tommy Sherbert Profile AGE: 50 RESIDENCE: Stonehenge neighborhood VOLUNTEER AFFILIATION: CBA/ABATE of NC (Raleigh Chapter) HOMETOWN: Raleigh PET: Pomeranian (spoiled dog) INTERESTS: Motorcycles, travel, gardening, music

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North Carolina. “I get my most fulfillment by helping future drivers know that they are not the only ones on the road,” Sherbert said. “Everyone on a motorcycle is just as important to someone. Most of all, I would hope it saves lives!” Sherbert is one of only two individuals making safety presentations to driver education students in Wake County. He encourages others to become involved, beginning with attending a CBA/ABATE of NC (Raleigh Chapter) meeting the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Scooters on Atlantic Avenue, or on third Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Barbeque Lodge on Capital Boulevard.

‘Love’s Labours Lost: The Musical’ Performances March 21-22 Trinity Academy of Raleigh presents its spring musical, “Love’s Labours Lost: The Musical”, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 at the campus, located at 10224 Baileywick Road in North Raleigh. A unique version of the Shakespeare play, it includes music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Admission is $7 in advance (or $10 at the door) for adults and $5 for students and children in advance ($7 at the door). Cast members include Andrew Evans, Sarah Lawrence, Jake Kaylor, Tracy Wegner, Jack Trebel, Hailey Price, Ethan Johnson, and Hunter Lee. Performances will be directed by Marajen Denman, with Hannah Nelson serving as assistant director. For advance tickets or for more information, call 919-786-0114, ext. 304.

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Leesville Road High Presents ‘Grease’ April 10-12 Leesville Road High School presents the musical “Grease” at 7 p.m. on April 10-12 in the campus auditorium. The entire Performing Arts Department is involved in this performance, which is a spoof of 1950s movies. Talent from the theatre, technical theatre, chorus, dance, strings, and band programs all are participating. “Grease” is directed by Lou Catania and produced by Pride Productions. Tickets are $10 for the evening shows, and $5 for a pre-show scheduled for 4 p.m. on April 9 -- and may be purchased online at Cast members include Hannah Campo, Elizabeth Moore, Ford Nelson, Natalie Daumen, Christina Brewer, Lizzy Gifford, Ian Klug, Nathan Bossing, Edgar Veloz, Tommy Perkins, Emily Foley, Tatianna Shumoski, Matthew Cesari, Logan Rose, Ryan Schiman, Kimberly Fox, and Marques Wilson. Additional participants include Kasey Baker, Eunique Browder, Kellie Burgess, Katie Gould, Georgia Haley, Anna Longenecker, Zhane Riley, Caroline Sager, and Kortney Williams. For more information, contact Jody Banasiewicz at LRHS is located at 8410 Pride Way.

Pridefest 5.0 to Raise Funds for Murphy Scholarship Leesville Road High School plans a new school-wide event in March to raise money for the Richard J. Murphy Scholarship endowment fund. Combining a full student assembly, concert, tug of war competition, a 3v3 basketball tournament, a Mr. Leesville competition, a mass participation dance, a class competition and dance marathon, Pridefest 5.0 is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 21 on campus. The event, which will also raise additional funds from gate admission ands and concessions for the Pride Athletic Club, is casual and replaces the Winterfest event held previously. Activities will take place in the main gym, the auxiliary gym and the cafeteria. Parents may purchase $5 tickets to see student performances between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Angie Scioli is charing the new event. LRHS is located at 8409 Leesville Road. Call 919-870-4250 for more information.


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Summer Camps at Lake Lynn Community Center Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department plans a wide range of summer camps for youths of all ages this year, ranging from hobbies and crafts, to sports and outdoor activities, to dance and educational endeavors. Mail-in and drop-off registration is available at any time, with processing to begin Feb. 3. Walk-in and online registration begins March 26. Costs vary, depending upon location, age group, and other criteria. Dates also vary for the specific camps. Among the camps at North Raleigh locations: Lake Lynn Community Center (919-870-2911) • Summer X-Press Camp weekly sessions (age 6-11): 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 16-Aug. 15, $53. • Baseball Camp (age 7-10): 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 23-27, $125. • Early Einsteins Science Lab (age 6-8): 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday,

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July 7-11, $94. Campers are exposed to a variety of early science concepts. • Jewelry Creations Camp (age713): 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., MondayFriday, June 16-20 and July 28Aug. 1, $94. Campers learn to make a variety of accessories. • Play Dough and Picasso (age 6-8): 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., MondayFriday, July 14-18, $94. Participants will study a variety of master artists and create in projects. • The Works Basketball Camp (age 6-12): 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 30-July 3, $124. Structured activities by the staff of Networks Basketball.

• Young Thespians Acting Camp (age 7-13): 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., MondayFriday, June 23-27 and July 21-25, $94. Last day of camp includes a performance. Umstead State Park (919-996-2117) • Camp Ranoca West weekly sessions beginning June 16 and continuing through Aug. 8 for ages 8-12 ($130). Campers spend the day outdoors, with activities such as hiking, boating, games, and arts and crafts. A complete listing of all 2014 Summer Camps can be viewed at or in a special printed guide available at no charge at all community centers. For additional information, call 919-996-4800.

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Leesville Road High School’s Art Showcase at Margaux’s Restaurant provided local residents, parents and LRHS supporters a chance to mingle with student artists and their artwork in February. Pictured left to right: Justin Gray, Chris Gray, Katie Harris, Akijah Parrish, Laura Young (Art Teacher), Yethaira Vazquez Hernandez, Art Instructor Lin Stevens, Maddy Blatt, Hillary Peters

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Youths enjoyed a fun afternoon with tea and cupcakes, while creating tea cup masterpieces for keepsakes at Kidz Celebrate’s Valentine’s Tea Party. Photo submitted by Ashley Stoick

Trinity Academy of Raleigh Middle School Theatre Arts Class presented its first production, “Deadly Ernest”, directed by Donald Payton, in January. Photos submitted by Trinity Academy


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Leesvile Road High School Honors Theatre Class’s MainStage performance of the adaptation of Tina Fey’s film, “Mean Girls” in January. Photos courtesy of Jody Banasiewicz

Leesville Middle School boys basketball team — coached by Tadearl Pratt — completed another competitive year recently, with good support from the LRMS cheerleading squad, staff, parents and fans from the community.

LRMS Girls’ Basketball Tourney Benefits Kay Yow Cancer Fund

Leesville Road Middle Girls’ Basketball team hosted more than 40 teams at the 3on3 Basketball Tournament in February, which raised over $3,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

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Leesville Road Middle 7th Grade social studies teacher and Girls Basketball Head Coach, Trumaine McCaskill, with Kay Yow Cancer Fund Executive Director Sue Donohoe. March | April 2014



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Youth sports sponsored by the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department provide the opportunity for boys and girls to learn good sportsmanship and progressively develop skills. CHRIS NADEAU LLCC Interim Director

Across North Raleigh – including the Leesville area – hundreds of boys and girls get outside with balls and gloves and participate in the youth baseball and softball leagues offered by the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. In fact, in 2013, more than 600 eager North Raleigh youngsters used the sports to fend off spring fever, get some exercise and participate in America’s Past Time. It takes a lot of planning, a lot of organization, a lot of time and effort…and a lot of volunteers. Lake Lynn Community Center plays a significant role in the program, hosting a number of leagues for practices and games – and coordinating the Bronco League (for youths age 11-12). And in this issue, 919 Magazine talks to the center’s Interim Director, Chris Nadeau, about the details and benefits of the leagues.

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Raleigh’s Youth Baseball, Softball Leagues Focus On Good Sportsmanship, Improving Basic Skills A Conversation About Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues with Lake Lynn Community Center Interim Director Chris Nadeau: What youth baseball and softball leagues are available in Raleigh at Lake Lynn Community Center? * There are citywide leagues for youth ages 5-18. At Lake Lynn Community Center, we host games and practices for age 5-6 T-ball, age 7-8 Pinto (coach pitch), age 9-10 Mustang (kid pitch) and age 11-12 Bronco. There are 4 districts total and each district has the opportunity to house 10 leagues (by age). The program’s leagues involve various centers – including the Lake Lynn center, which is one of four sites in District 1, along with Brier Creek Community Center, Optimist Park Community Center, and Millbrook Exchange Park Community Center. Each of these centers is a registrations hub for all of the different age group leagues. In District 1, Brier Creek hosts the age 5-6 leagues; Millbrook Exchange Park hosts the age 7-8 leagues, and Optimist Park offers the age 9-10 leagues.

What is your involvement with the leagues at the Lake Lynn center? As the league administrator I am responsible for securing coaches, scheduling games, scheduling officials, umpires, and scorekeepers – plus overseeing player placement on teams, and managing the day-to-day activities for the league.

How large is the league based at Lake Lynn center? Last season, we had 10 teams and 120 players participate in the league.

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Recreation Facility and Program Supervisor II; Lake Lynn Community Center Interim Director 4 years (with Raleigh Parks, Recreation And Cultural Services) BS Sports Management, Lasell College (Newton, MA) Raleigh, NC Newington, CT Wife, Becky; daughter, Nora (4); son, Bennett (3 mon.) Sports, camping, golfing Brewer (beagle)

What are the specifics of the league at Lake Lynn center? Lake Lynn’s field is used for the younger ages that are managed by other centers in the district. The Bronco league that I manage plays and practices at Baileywick Park at 9501 Baileywick Road in North Raleigh. With all of the different leagues that play here, the field is in use every day. More specifically, the Broncos play Monday through Friday every evening, and on Fridays they play double headers. In pre-season, the Bronco teams practice once during the week and once during the weekend; and, in the season, they practice once during the weekends.

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Are there other fees to participate, other than the basic registration? No, the city’s general fund budget offsets the cost of the youth athletics program. In addition, individuals can apply for financial assistance for registration.

What equipment must youths provide to participate in the leagues? We provide all of the equipment needed to participate, with the exception of baseball pants. Equipment provided includes balls, bats, and helmets. The jerseys and hats are included in the registration fees. We also have a few extra gloves for players who may need them during the games.

Registration costs for the leagues are $36 for residents, and $48 for non-residents. Practices start in midMarch and games begin in early April.

What is the general philosophy of the recreational baseball and softball leagues? The Youth Athletics Program caters toward children ages 5-18 and provides numerous benefits. Youth sports sponsored by the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department provide the opportunity for boys and girls to learn good sportsmanship and progressively develop skills.

Are playoffs or tournaments involved with the leagues playing at Lake Lynn center? The Bronco league has a league tournament at the end of the regular season. At the end of the tournament, the champions and the runner up team receive trophies.

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What challenges do you face in coordinating the leagues? Securing volunteer coaches is one of our greatest challenges for each sport and league we run. Many of our coaches are parents of players in the league, but we do have several coaches that do not have children and just simply volunteer because they love the sport.

What are the registration fees for the leagues? Registration costs for the leagues are $36 for residents, and $48 for non-residents. Practices start in mid-March and games begin in early April.

Lake Lynn Community Center YEAR OPENED: 1996 SIZE: 52 acres ADDRESS: 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 PHONE: 919-870-2911 WEBSITE: EMAIL: DIRECTOR: Chris Nadeau (interim) KEY PROGRAMS: Brad Foster (Youth Programs) HOURS: Mon-Fri, 10 am-9 pm; Sat, 9 am-3 pm; Sun, 1 pm-6 pm


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How can a parent or other adult in the community become involved in the leagues? We are always looking for coaches and umpires. We offer umpire clinics during the month of February that anyone interested can attend and become an official with the city. To coach, we have interested candidates fill out our coaching application and background check. Once we review that information, we find the right fit for the league and the coach.

Anything else you want 919 Magazine readers to know about leagues at the Brier Creek center? For more information on other leagues and aspects of the Youth Baseball and Softball Program, visit www. If interested in becoming a coach for any of the leagues, contact the Athletics Division at 919-9966836 or Additionally, individuals interested in volunteering should email Volunteer Services Director Cindy Trumbower at cindy.trumbower@ or Volunteer Services Coordinator Ashley Dean at

North Raleigh’s Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers youth baseball and softball leagues for ages 5-18 at facilities throughout North Raleigh, including the Lake Lynn Community Center in Leesville. The city is broken down into four districts, with each providing youth baseball programs to ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18 (all are coed). Youth softball leagues are offered for ages 10-12 and 13-16. Lake Lynn center is located in District 1, which also includes Brier Creek Community Center, Optimist Park Community Center and Millbrook Exchange Park Community Center in North Raleigh.

* Through the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

Austyn Sasse and Kyle Garrison with Christopher Nadeau Photos by A Photographic Memory by Steffanie

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919 ›› COMMUNITY North Raleigh’s Camp Trinity Offers Day Camps, Sports Camps in Summer 2014 Camp Trinity offers a variety of camp opportunities for several age groups for Summer 2014 in North Raleigh. • Trinity Day Camps for Rising K-6th Graders for Summer 2014 combine the adventure of a resident camp with the convenience of a day camp. Campers are divided into groups according to age and gender, allowing them to build relationships and have a great experience on Trinity Academy’s 40-acre facility in North Raleigh. Activities include daily devotions, swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, archery, gym games, arts and crafts and more. Camps are open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and run as one-week sessions beginning June 9 and continuing through Aug. 8. Cost is $185 per week (with discounts for siblings). • Trinity Sports Camps offer several summer camp sessions in basketball, soccer, baseball and cheerleading. Each session is 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday thorugh Friday. Check schedule for age groups and dates. Cost is $135 per week. Camps Trinity also provides both junior and senior drama camps and a special LEAD Program experience for Rising 7th-9th Graders that allows youths to split time between classes and assisting camp counselors. For more information or to register, visit

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Original Flying Burrito Expanding in North Raleigh The Original Flying Burrito is expanding at its North Raleigh location at 4800 Grove Barton Road. Expected to be ready for use and connected to the current restaurant and bar space in February or March, the expansion will not only allow additional seating of Taco Tuesdays and weekend crowds — but it also allows room for events and activities, such as weekly corn hole tournaments, special events and parties. The Original Flying Burrito is located next to the Raleigh Grand movie theater, and is open 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 919-785-2734, or visit

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A Rabbit’s Tale – An Easter Day Camps - Sports Camps North Raleigh Author’s New Story is the first book of a planned Book Features Easter Message three-part saga by Ruiz. “My goal was to create a story that would Born in the Dominican Republic and engage a broad range of readers, both raised in New York City’s Washington Catholic and non-Catholics,” the author Heights, Diogenes Ruiz — the said. “I wanted to write about Easter Communications Specialist at the Catholic without being preachy. It is one of the Community of St. Francis of Assisi in most important celebrations for Catholics, North Raleigh for the last four years – is yet many people don’t understand the true publishing a new book that delivers a significance of this day. It is celebrated message of Easter through a modern day by many non-Catholics as a time to buy tale filled with suspense and humor. new clothes and chocolate covered eggs. While the celebration of Easter is a good thing, the focus should not be the Easter Bunny. In a similar way that Santa Clause is not why Catholics celebrate Christmas.” The story – set in Raleigh and Cary – centers on the lives of two men whose paths cross during their youth and then again later in life. One has accepted his numb day-to-day Godless existence. The other has embraced his self-serving ego. One of them eventually discovers the gift of Christ’s death and resurrection. As a

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result of a bizarre, non-fatal accident, he discovers the true meaning of Easter. Officially due for release on March 5 on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, the book will be available as a free Kindle eBook on Amazon at dp/B00BEIQYPC for a limited time. For more information, visit

919 ‹‹ COMMUNITY Second Empire 5K Classic March 8 in North Raleigh Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern presents the 14th Annual Second Empire 5K Classic – which is USAT&F certified and one of the fastest 5K courses in the Triangle. The race is Saturday, March 8 at 10224 Baileywick Road in North Raleigh and benefits the Trinity Academy of Raleigh, which works to equip students to live with wisdom, excellence, and purpose in the modern world. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the 5K starting at 9 a.m. A one-mile fun run and a 100-yard kids’ dash is also planned. The awards ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. For information, call 919-829-3663 or visit

Lynn Road Elementary School Olympic Fun Run Scheduled for March 7 Lynn Road Elementary School’s Fun Run is 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at the campus, located at 1601 Lynn Road in North Raleigh. The LRES Parent Teacher Association fundraiser features an Olympic Games theme and students are encouraged to celebrate global diversity by participating in the run dressed in clothing that represents their family’s country of origin. Former Olympic swimmer, Nick Paleocrassas – a Lynn Road Elementary parent who participated in the Barcelona Games in 1992 – will begin the ceremony for the Fun Run by sharing the Olympic Pledge with the students. For more information, call 919-870-4074.

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Short Takes Che-Von Stone, assistant principal since 2010 at Leesville Road Elementary School, is the new principal at Cedar Fork Elementary School in Morrisville. Jodi Lay moves into the LRES Assistant Principal slot…Sarah Kelly of Leesville Road High School, signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at UNC-Wilmington… Matthew Price was appointed Assistant Principal at Leesville Road High…Royal Oaks Building Group purchased a 30-acre infill site near Lake Lynn, at the intersection of Howard and Ray roads in North Raleigh to develop an 82-lot subdivision…TransAtlantic Bank recently donated 2,795 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina…Leesville Road High athletic trainer Susan Ennis was named North Carolina athletic trainer for the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas football all-star game in December. Former LRHS football coach David Green, currently the head coach at Walter Williams High School in Burlington, will serve as an assistant coach for the NC team…Leesville Road High Women’s Swim Team won the Cap 8 Championship, and the LRHS Men’s Swim Team finished second (just 21 points out of first)...

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Mansueti Agent of Year With Linda Craft & Team North Raleigh resident Pamela Mansueti is Agent of the Year for 2013 for Linda Craft & Team, Realtors.


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“Our team knew that 2013 would be a year of increasing market opportunity,” said CEO and President Linda Craft. “Throughout 2013, Pamela was consistently in competition for agent of the month as well. We’re proud of her achievement!” Mansueti, a Buyer’s Agent, joined Linda Craft & Team in 2011. She is a decade-long resident of the Triangle-area, and this is the second Agent of the Year award for her (also winning in 2012). Mansueti accepted her award at the Team Advance meeting in January. Other honorees for 2013 included: Most Closed Volume: Andrew Truesdale, with more than $10 Million.

Atta-Boy Award for Team Assistance: Brenda Miller. Rookie of the Year: Ashley Rummage. Linda Craft & Team Realtors is a Triangle-area based, local residential real estate firm. For more information call 919-235-0007 or visit

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919 ‹‹ COMMUNITY Triangle Ladies Power Lunch Networking Group Meets March 18 in North Raleigh

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The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch will resume quarterly meetings at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at Brier Creek Country Club with North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker as the keynote speaker. The quarterly networking event – which is being restructured to meet changing the needs of Triangle women business owners, offers a wide

Leesville Road High School Baseball’s “Strike Out Cancer” event is planned for Saturday, March 8, during varsity and junior varsity home games against Panther Creek High. The event involves a silent auction fundraiser during both the 12 p.m. game and the 3 p.m. contest, which will raise money to benefit pediatric cancer research at UNC Lineberger.

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variety of speakers, quarterly meetings to fit demanding schedules, new vendors, and new location. “In the past, we have held our luncheons at various area country clubs and event venues, including North Ridge Country Club most recently,” said Carrie Peele, who leads the organization. “Brier Creek Country Club was highly recommended by our ladies and we are excited to reach new markets within the Triangle.” Triangle Ladies Power Lunch is unique to other networking luncheons because it gives back to the community through Pretty in Pink Foundation, honoring the monthly hero and cancer survivor. Future meeting dates for the group are June 10, Sept. 9 and Nov. 18. Cost to attend is $35.

For more information, visit www. or contact Event Coordinator Erica Starnes at 919-772-9595,, or

For more information on the fundraiser or to make a donation, email coach Civitello at LRHS baseball games are played at the campus, located at 8410 Pride Way.

Spring Fling Offers Fun, Face Painting and More Trinity Academy of Raleigh’s Spring Fling – a free community-wide event – is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at 10224 Baileywick Road in North Raleigh. Featur inflatables, face painting, and concessions, the event also offers open fields and a playground for playing. For more information, call 919-786-0114.

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919 ›› COMMUNITY Leesville’s Robby Thomas, WNCN win Multiple Emmys Leesville resident Robby Thomas, Director of Marketing at WNCN Television in Raleigh, recently received two honors at the 28th Midsouth Emmy Awards. Thomas won the Graphics Art category for the station’s new on-air graphics package, “L-8”, which is now featured daily in all WNCN newscasts. He also won the Promo Campaign category with the popular “Weather Facts” promos featuring Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein. Senior Marketing Producer Zak Ciotti and Hohenstein were also recognized for the award. WNCN News at 7 p.m. won for its investigative special, “Poison in the Water.” Producer Kathleen Jacob, former WNCN reporter Charlotte Huffman and photographer Dave Hattman were recognized for the honor. The report earned national attention after exposing the existence of toxic chemicals in the private wells of some Wake Forest neighborhoods and the state’s failure to warn neighbors. The coverage sparked legislative action encouraging private well water testing and a public service announcement by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. The NBC affiliate, owned by Media Journal Inc., also was nominated for its news special, “The Wilmington 10.” The special broadcast looked back on one of North Carolina’s most heralded civil rights cases and featured a rare interview with the prosecutor Jay Stroud, in which he said he had no regrets for the way he handled the case.


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Trinity Academy Group Tours in March, April Trinity Academy of Raleigh provides group tours in March and April to parents seeking more information on its educational programs for youths. The tours are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, March 21 and 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 10 at the school facility at 10224 Baileywick Road in North Raleigh. For more information, call 919-786-0114 or visit

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Steffanie Lafors Enjoys a Passion for Photography and babies,” Steffanie said. “I enjoy coaxing natural smiles out of people and getting big belly laughs from kids. I even enjoy the eye-rolls from teenagers. I meet so many different people with photography…kids, families, artists, and entrepreneurs. I love the variety. Each photo session has its own unique feel to it, and it’s fun to see that uniqueness come across in the photos.”

A resident of the Bedford community in North Raleigh, Steffanie Lafors – a professional photographer for 919 Magazine and owner/photographer for A Photographic Memory by Steffanie – loves her family, enjoys life in the Triangle, and has a real passion for taking pictures. “Photography, for me, is not work – especially when I’m photographing kids

Married to Peter Lafors, an operations manager with Siemans, and a mother of two, Steffanie grew up in New Mexico and lived in Minnesota, where she worked originally as a medical assistant before moving into Human Relations (she earned a Certified Medical Assistant designation in 1996, and obtained a degree in HR Management from Concordia University in 2006).

Christmas gift when I was 9 years old. I remember climbing up on the furniture, to my mother’s dismay, trying to achieve different angles and perspectives. I was immediately hooked, and I finally started my photography business in 2012.” Working with 919 Magazine has given her additional exposure in North Raleigh. “I’ve met a lot of great people,” Steffanie said. “It’s great being able to give people and their businesses or causes exposure. I like being able to help highlight people in the community.” Steffanie Lafors and A Photographic Memory by Steffanie can be reached at 919449-0354 or aphotgraphicmemorybysteffanie@ For more information, visit www. or www.facebook. com/APhotoMembySteff

But photography kept calling her. “Photography has been a passion of mine for a very long time,” Steffanie explained. “I got my first camera as a

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919 ‹‹ BUSINESS PROFILE As a fourth generation funeral home owner, Joseph Smolenski Jr, proudly serves the Raleigh community as president and CEO of Renaissance Funeral Home. Son Joseph Smolenski III runs the family owned business carrying out the long tradition of compassionate and loving care to families in time of need. “As a family business, we bring a level of personal service and the warmth and love of home when families need it most,” said Smolenski Jr.

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CrossFit RDU More Than Just a Gym

North Raleigh Facility A True Community Of People Sharing Their Fitness Journey

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In building CrossFit RDU of Raleigh, Steve Johnson has built much more than a gym. He has built a community. “One of the things that makes CrossFit RDU unique is our community of people from literally every walk of life who come together to share in their fitness journey: Stay-athome parents, elite athletes, students, nurses, teachers, CEOs, members of the armed services, firefighters, you name it,” said Johnson, who co-owns the business with his wife, Claudia. Within the newly expanded 14,000 sq. ft. state of the art gym, members participate in a host of CrossFit classes, Olympic weightlifting and strengthening programs, and power lifting programs – as well as athletic sports performance programs for younger athletes. “In building CrossFit RDU, I wanted to develop a community-based gym where everyone feels equally important regardless of experience or goals,” said Johnson. Whether a competitive athlete, training for the Olympics, or recovering from an injury, CrossFit RDU members learn the strategies to become empowered to reach their goals. And anyone in the community is invited to join in the free Boot Camp Class offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays. Inspired to create a first class strength and conditioning facility accessible to the entire community, Johnson and his team of experienced coaches and trainers work hard to help members every step of the way. CrossFit RDU coaches and trainers execute proven methodologies and safe strength based conditioning to improve the fitness of

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their members. These world class athletes, international and national competitors, and life-long students of movement combine their professional education with in-house training and translate that knowledge to each and every member. “Our coaches are simply the most diverse and most experienced you will find in Raleigh,” said Johnson. Whether losing unwanted pounds, building strength, or training for an athletic competition, CrossFit RDU members from all walks of life are inspired to achieve their health and fitness goals. “The fitness goals that our clients arrive with typically evolve from wanting to look better, to actually feeling better, and to ultimately discovering how they can utilize their new found fitness to experience more and get more out of life,” said Johnson. “For me, it doesn’t get any better than that.” CrossFit RDU is located at 6808 Davis Circle, Raleigh. To contact or for more information, call 919-324-6904, email, or visit

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The Top 5 Habits of Organized People Organization Isn’t a Natural Gift – It’s a Practice By GRAZIELLA MARENGI and JESSICA QUISON KRESS If you still struggle with clutter or aspire to be more organized, adapt these habits in your life and see how things change! • Put everything in its place: We all have many tiny loose items, such as batteries, paperclips, and do-dads that need a place. Clearly label baskets or bins in every location, such as playroom, office or pantry. When containers are clearly marked, then everyone in the household immediately knows what goes where. • Delegate household chores: Begin by having a family meeting to create a chore list. This is a great way to get every family member on the same page. Set ageappropriate chores for children and adults. • Set and review goals: While everyone’s goals are different, most of us want the same thing – time to do the fun stuff. Identify what you’re passionate about and then set

goals to create the time to pursue it. Write them down and review frequently. You’ll soon see how you’re spending your time and where you need to make adjustments. • Plan and manage time: Most organized people create allotted times for specific tasks from the moment their day starts. Keep a calendar of events that sync with your smartphone. Keep active alerts to ping as reminders throughout the day. No more forgetting or missing appointments. • Learn to purge: The key is to learn to separate and detach from possessions. If the items haven’t been touched or used in a year, it gets donated. Do this quarterly so it doesn’t get overwhelming. Once unnecessary items are identified, they can be taken to the nearest charity in town. California Closets is located at 8411 Glenwood Ave. in North Raleigh. For more information, call 919-785-1115 or visit

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Colonnade Dental Specializes In Whole Body Health and Providing Beautiful Smiles Colonnade Dental specializes in beautifying smiles and maintaining dental health while focusing on whole body health. Dr. Mark Stephenson, DDS, and his experienced and friendly staff take great pride in providing products of the highest quality and durability to improve their patients’ dental aesthetics and oral health. “Our promise to our patients is that the veneers, fillings, crowns, and bridges we create will look as good as or better than the teeth nature gave you,” said Dr. Stephenson. Originally from Fayetteville, NC, Dr. Stephenson earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the UNC School of

Dentistry in 1985 after earning a degree in chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Dental Association, as well as the Wake County Dental Association and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support through the American Heart Association. Dr. Stephenson offers a wide range of dental services with a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and denture placement. At Colonnade Dental, patients can receive metal-free fillings, root canals, implants, digital x-rays, antioxidant screenings, as well as Fastbraces®. Dr. Stephenson is currently the only dental office in the Raleigh

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Colonnade Dental Profile YEAR OPENED: 2012 ADDRESS: 8511 Colonnade Center Dr, Ste 160 Raleigh, NC 17615 WEBSITE: EMAIL: PHONE: 919-241-5161

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area offering Fastbraces®, which are designed to help virtually anyone who has crooked teeth achieve a straighter healthier smile more quickly and for less money than traditional braces. Dr. Stephenson is committed to helping patients improve their overall health. He offers his patients BioPhotonic scanning designed to measure antioxidant health by reading skin and tissue antioxidant levels with a soft blue laser light. According to the National Institute of Health, the amount of antioxidants maintained in the body is directly proportional to how long a person will live. “This easy to use, 90-second low energy laser scan is essential to your anti-aging wellness plan,” said Dr. Stephenson. To help his patients achieve the cosmetic improvements they desire, Dr. Stephenson offers whitening, smile design, re-contouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, all-ceramic/ porcelain crowns, and implants. “Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed,” said Dr. Stephenson. “The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance — any of these can be repaired to give an attractive appearance to your smile.” Colonnade Dental is located at 8511 Colonnade Center Drive #160 in North Raleigh. For more information, call 919-241-5161, or email, or visit March | April 2014



Trinity Academy

Women’s Soccer

Spring Sports Preview


Steve “Woody” Woodard


Mark Myers


Feb. 17


Mar. 4 at Trinity School

2013-14 RECORD:



2013-14 PLAYOFFS:

NCISAA 1A Quarterfinals


Feb. 17

2013-14 HONORS:

CCC Conference Champions; CCC


Mar. 4 at Trinity School

First Team All-Conference: Jessica

2013-14 RECORD:


Hofer, Jordan Thomas, Meredith

2013-14 PLAYOFFS:


Lyons; CCC All-Tournament: Kristi

2013-14 HONORS:

David Puryear, CCC First

Demski, Meredith Lyons; NCISAA All-

Baseball HEAD COACH:

Jim Ranieri

Team All-Conference

State: Jessica Hofer, Jordan Thomas

COACH’S OUTLOOK: The team will be made up of some

COACH’S OUTLOOK: Last year was a strong year with strong

talented underclassmen and led by some

senior leadership. We will look to build

strong returning upperclassmen. We

this year’s squad upon their legacy and fill

will look to build off of last season

in their loss with young talented players.

and try to get better each day.

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Leesville Road High

COACH’S OUTLOOK: As our conference continues to improve and become more competitive, we are counting on our veteran leadership to continue driving our program in the right direction.

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Leigh Ann Genetti First year Feb. 17 Feb. 28 vs. Apex 8-8 0-1 All Conference: Laura Zievis, Avery Morris, and Erin James COACH’S OUTLOOK: We have quite a few experienced players returning, and that leadership should pave the way for a successful season. I fully expect this team to make a run for the Cap 8 Championship.

HEAD COACH: Guy Civitello YEARS IN POSITION: 2 OTHER COACHES: Mick Prochaska, Sean Russom, Eddie Hoffman PRACTICE BEGINS: Feb. 12 FIRST GAME: Feb. 28 at North Davidson 2013-14 RECORD: 14-9 2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Lost in second round, 4A playoffs 2013-14 HONORS: Jack Conley, Cap 8 Newcomer of the Year; 5 All Cap 8 Conference Players: Jack Conley, Dillon Cooper, Sam Duncan, Will Stephens, Michael Kelly COACH’S OUTLOOK: We hope to be competitive in a very tough Cap 8 conference and make another state playoff appearance. We will need strong leadership from our returning seniors Alex Doane, Sam Duncan, Will Stephens, Nate Duell, Jackson Overturf, and Derrick Dabney.



Jerry Canada First year Karen Hawkins, Brent Hale Feb. 17 Mar. 5 N/A N/A Winter track champions 4x800 relay (all returning for spring and No. 13 in the country); Nevada Mareno, 1st in state winter track, 1000 meters (new NcHSAA state record); Carson Ellerby, 5th at winter state championships, 1000 meters, Joe Talbert, 7th place in state winter track. COACH’S OUTLOOK: Our girl’s team will look to build off the success of the winter season (8th). A top 5 finish at the state competition is possible. Our boy’s team looks to add some younger talent as our seniors are strong and carry the team. With hard work, I’m hoping for multiple state champions from both the girls and boys.

Men’s Lacrosse HEAD COACH: Jeremy Fullbright YEARS IN POSITION: 4 OTHER COACHES: Pete Marino, Jeff Spear, Kyle Stephens PRACTICE BEGINS: Feb. 12 FIRST GAME: Feb. 28 at Havelock High School 2013-14 RECORD: 12-5 2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Lost in 1st Round 2013-14 HONORS: N/A

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Paul Dinkenor 34 JV Coach Chaska Mendoza, Varsity Assistant Coach Sarah Cade PRACTICE BEGINS: Feb. 12 FIRST GAME: Feb. 27 vs. Green Hope 2013-14 RECORD: 18-5; Cap 8, 12-2 2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Reached Quarter Finals of State Playoffs 2013-14 HONORS: N/A COACH’S OUTLOOK: Despite losing nine great seniors, the expectations for our program remain sky high. The schedule is the most exciting we have ever set up. Leadership, chemistry and toughness will be question marks until resolved. I am looking for 20 or so young ladies who clearly demonstrate that they can be low maintenance and max output at the same time.


Andrew Wilkinson 2 Feb. 12 Mar. 7 at Keith Hills High School Finished 2nd in Cap 8 Finished 3rd in regionals; qualified for state and finished 5th Cap 8 Player of the Year Carter Jenkins; All Conference team: Carter Jenkins, Zach Seabolt, Jake Hutchinson

COACH’S OUTLOOK: I’m looking forward to this year and its challenges. Last year we lost three seniors and two of the best players in Leesville Golf history and in the state: Carter Jenkins and Zach Seabolt. This year I’m excited to welcome Doc Redman, a transfer from Cary Academy and one of the best up and coming junior golf players in the State.

Men’s Tennis:

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What Happens to My Estate Without a Last Will and Testament? By MISTY PIEKAAR

Estate planning attorneys are always recommending people get a Will. After all, it is our business. But what really happens if you never get one? In North Carolina, if you pass without a Last Will and Testament, your property, real and personal, will pass under the NC Intestate Succession Act (ISA). The ISA does not generally apply to property where beneficiaries are named, which can include 401(k)s and Payable-on-Death (POD) bank accounts. If your property passes by ISA, then your surviving spouse, children and parents may all be entitled to inherit your property as outlined in Chapter 29 of the NC General Statutes. Contrary to popular belief, a surviving spouse does not always inherit 100 percent of their spouse’s property. How the property is titled and when the property was acquired can make a difference.


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At the very minimum, a thorough estate plan should have Powers of Attorney, a Living Will and a Last Will and Testament and/or Trust. While most people concern themselves with a Will/Trust, in my opinion the Powers of Attorney are of upmost importance, as these documents permit other people to pay your bills and determine your standard of care while you are living. For those individuals who state they do not need a Will/Trust because they will be dead, please know you are potentially setting up your family for failure. Simply stated, it is important to have an estate plan because it is everything you have worked for in your life. It is your stuff. If you truly don’t care, then why did you work all those extra shifts and days? A thorough estate plan is the last gift to your family. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice.

Misty L. Piekaar

Attorney at Law 8801 Fast Park Drive, Ste. 301 Raleigh, NC 27617 919-747-8795

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Ashley’s Swai Roulettes Ingredients 1 pkg (6.24 oz)

Long grain or wild rice mix

1 pkg (3 oz)

Cream cheese, softened

2 tbsp



Medium fresh spinach leaves

4 fillets

Sole (about 16 oz)

To taste

Salt and ground black pepper

1/2 cup


1/4 cup

Dry white wine

Instructions 1. Cook rice mix according to package directions. 2. Place 2 cups of the cooked rice mix in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate the remaining rice, saving it for another use. 3. Combine cream cheese and milk into a medium bowl. Then stir it into the rice and set it aside. 4. Swish spinach leaves into cold water. Repeat several times to remove grit and sand. Put spinach in heatproof bowl and pour hot water over spinach in order to slightly wilt leaves (this should not be boiling hot water). 5. Rinse sole and pat dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of the fillets, then cover each fillet with the spinach leaves. 6. Divide rice mixture evenly and spread over top of each spinachlined fillet. To roll the fillets, begin with the thin end of the fillet, roll up and secure it with wooden toothpicks. 7. Combine water and wine in a large bowl or heavy sauce pan. Stand fillets upright on rolled edges in saucepan and then cook. 8. Simmer over low heat for 10 min. or until fish flakes easily when tested using a fork. Do not boil, or the fish will break a part.

Leesville Resident Now Includes Fish Dish as a Weekly Tradition Although she recommends sole for her recipe, Ashley Michalec indicates that any white fish can be used for her Swai Roulettes recipe. “I always try to make a new dish at least once a week,” said Michalec, a hairstylist who lives in the Leesville area with her boyfriend. “This recipe originated in my household when I got a new recipe book and began trying out new fish recipes.” Michalec said she loves fish dishes, and finding new ways to prepare it is always rewarding. “We enjoyed the Swai Roulettes so much that it is now tradition to serve it every week,” Michalec said. “And, over time, I’ve learned to make it my own trying various spices.”

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