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Sean is our compliance guru. He can help get you through the technical process if you’re wanting answers to not so common questions. Hobbies- Anything involving the military, usually can find him at a range playing “hit the target” Favorite Quote- “What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence”

Donald is Mr. Social butterfly. Our concierge so to speak. Never meets a stranger. Hobbies- Going out on the town mingling, laughing, and always willing to help others. Favorite quote- Personal branding is not about you. It’s about putting your stamp on the value you deliver to others.

Josh is the community cool guy. As an experienced business owner he’s knowledgeable and always is ready for a good time. Hobbies- you can find him on the golf course with his buddies.

Wesley is our laid back, introvert. However don’t let that fool you, his sense of humor is hilarious. Hobbies- Cooking, gaming, and hanging out with his wife and 2 year old little girl. Favorite Quote- “Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Joshua is full of life and the consummate professional. Always able to make the process making it feel as relaxed as possible. Hobbies- Being a dad, the great outdoors and leading others to success Favorite Quote-“Never confuse efforts with results”

Hoyet is our loveable next door neighbor if you will. Always willing to help while wearing a smile. Hobbies- coaching baseball, on the lake or enjoying time at home with his wife and kids Favorite Quote- “if you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” – Zig Ziglar

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Jake can always find a light at the end of the tunnel. Always willing to help make a deal happen. Hobbies- Spending time with his wife, daughter and their 3 dogs and kitten Favorite Quote -“Integrity has no need of rules.”

Jackson is our resident geek squad. If theres a glitch in the system he can find it. Hobbies- photography, gaming, and spending time with family in his free time. Favorite Quote- “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Cole our strong man with a side of charisma. Always up for a challenge. Hobbies- spending time with family , Jiu Jitsu and weight lifting is how his free time is spent. Favorite Quote: “While discipline and freedom seem like they sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, they are actually very connected.” - Jocko Willink

Brie is our bilingual speaking banker. Able to make those impossible situations, possible and we love her for it! Hobbies- being on the beach, cooking, gardening and spending time with her 2 children

Diane is our sweet mother hen. If you ever need to just feel at ease she knows exactly what to do. Hobbies- spending time with family and friends, listening to live music and enjoying a competitive game of tennis! Favorite Quote- “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The Vision pulls you.” Steve Jobs

Torrie the realtor who turned loan officer. She is our industry spit fire always there to lend a hand for her people. Hobbies- Being social, spending time with her kids, and relaxing when the sun goes down Favorite Quote- “strive not to be a success but rather be of value”

Jeramie is our car guy gone mortgage guy. Mark our owner and a mortgage vet! Easy going and all about the process! Full of knowledge and always willing to Hobbies- Always piddling building somebring good energy. thing new, playing pool and spending time Hobbies- golfing, spending time with his doing family travels family. Loves to grill. Favorite Quote- “ is what gets you Favorite | OCTOBER 2021 Quote3 started. Habit is what keeps you going.” “If you’re not first, you’re last”




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Inspiring Stories from the World of Sports Not everyone can be an athlete, but we can all learn from and appreciate the hard work athletes put into their respective sports. I wouldn’t watch half the sports I do (mostly NFL and NBA) if I didn’t have a teenage son who loves to quiz us on sports statistics on the regular. I must stay informed if I want to have a meaningful conversation with him.

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Like many of you, I was glued to my television this past summer during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Over the years, I’ve bounced around on what sports I focus on viewing, and this past summer, the track and field events kept my attention the most, probably because my kids had just come out of their high school track season. Because I’m a writer, I always love hearing the stories of what the athletes have gone through to achieve their goals of becoming Olympians. While the world, including myself, collectively praised gymnast Simone Biles for courageously bowing out of the team event finals to focus on her mental and physical health, we also cheered loudly for her when she returned to win the bronze medal in the balance beam finals. It was sprinter Allyson Felix’s story that struck me the most, though. She wrote an op-ed in for the New York Times a few years ago detailing how when it came time to renegotiate her contract with Nike, they offered her a 70 percent pay cut because she was pregnant with her daughter at the time. They also refused to support maternity protections she requested. She faced a tough decision—walk away from her big-name corporate sponsor or take a stand for her beliefs. Felix didn’t believe becoming a mother would make her any less of a dedicated athlete. She ended up signing with the female-focused apparel company Athleta instead and started up her own shoe and lifestyle brand. It was a risk that paid off, and in this past summer’s games, she won her 11th Olympic medal, breaking her tie with Carl Lewis and cementing her standing as the most decorated American in track and field in Olympic history. Whatever your gender, you’ll find people in our community involved in coaching, playing or spectating sports. In this issue, we’ve highlighted a basketball coach who has no desire to retire and an inspiring young Davidson College student who earned her first spot in the Olympics this past summer in the canoe slalom event. A very well-known NBA basketball player and his family also recently established an athletics endowment at Davidson College specifically for female athletes. There’s also an innovative production studio in Huntersville assisting local pro athletes with their creative projects. There’s a lot going on in the Lake Norman area! Editor



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LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

53 Dwellings


The Curry Family Women’s Athletics Initiative

A lakefront remodel on point


For the Long Run Angels & Sparrows rebrands and forges ahead


FEATURES In Every Issue

32 Thoughts from the Man Cave

Clutch Studios serves creative content

42 Game On

Davidson College student Evy Leibfarth’s Olympic experience

48 Navigators

Heidi Horne writes and directs indie film in LKN

The YayDay! Life Foundation Jim Casciano’s philsophy for coaching at Woodlawn School and beyond


Bet You Didn’t Know The unsolved murder of Lue Cree Overcash Westmoreland


Mental health support from Davidson LifeLine


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Stephen and Ayesha Curry create scholarship endowment to support female athletes Compiled from staff reports

Support for women’s athletics has come a long way, but there’s still more work to be done, especially at the college level. In late August of this year, Stephen and Ayesha Curry announced they are creating a scholarship endowment called the Curry Family Women’s Athletics Initiative designed to elevate women’s athletics at Davidson College. “The Currys’ gift and vision provide an unprecedented push forward for Davidson Athletics and our exceptional scholar-athletes,” says Chris Clunie, Davidson College Director of Athletics. “This gift and additional support of the initiative will raise our competitiveness and open up our educational and athletic experiences to more young women. Beyond Davidson, the Currys are sending an important message about addressing the broad inequity in women’s athletics and the importance of unlocking opportunities today and into the future. Davidson aims to lead in this space and build solutions to these issues on our own campus.” “One thing about me is that I never forget where I came from, and Davidson College is where it all started for me,” the Golden State Warrior point guard said in a video discussing the endowment that he posted to his Twitter account. A press release from Davidson College noted that Davidson, where Curry led his team to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament, awards more than 80 endowed athletics scholarships each year at varying levels. Men’s sports currently receive nearly 70 percent of the current endowed scholarship funds as a result of past philanthropic support. An increased number of endowed athletics scholarships allows for annual gifts to the Davidson Athletic Fund to be applied to other athletics needs, including travel, equipment, recruiting and en-

hanced technology for training and recovery. The Currys’ initiative, with gifts from others, is intended to move the college forward in its path of doing athletics right and, as Clunie often says, doing more with more. Three years ago, Stephen Curry wrote of how the fight for women’s equality had grown “a little more personal” as he and Ayesha raise two young daughters: Riley, 9, and Ryan, 6, along with their 3 year-old son, Canon W. Jack Curry. Stephen’s voice on the topic has grown louder since, especially through his Underrated Tour for both young men and women, his unique brand partnerships that speak to women’s empowerment, and Stephen’s and Ayesha’s foundation work with Eat. Learn. Play. In addition to financial support, the initiative aims to unlock the full potential of women scholar-athletes through mentorships, career programming and community outreach. Davidson College is committed to giving women scholar-athletes greater platforms to amplify their voices—voices that influence, inspire, and push forward a more equitable culture. Today, Davidson College boasts 10 NCAA Division I women’s sports, and nearly 200 female scholar-athletes represent the Wildcats in competition, in the classroom and in the community. Since the enactment of Title IX in 1972, Davidson has won 9 regular season and 20 conference tournament titles in women’s sports. To learn more about the Curry Family Women’s Athletics Initiative and how you can support equity in women’s sports through gifts to Davidson College, contact Brandon McCladdie, Director of Athletic Development, at or 704.894.2657. You can also visit | OCTOBER 2021


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On Sept. 1, Huntersville based Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen officially changed its name to Angels & Sparrows Community Table and Resource Center. The organization’s new logo and re-branding reflect the non-profit’s broadening mission, which aims to give families a fresh start by providing additional services to those experiencing hardship and food insecurity in the Lake Norman community. Since its inception in 2007, the organization has provided more than 900,000 meals, including more than 200,000 meals thus far in 2021. The numbers are a testament to the organization and its resolute efforts to nourish those in need. “We’re committed to assisting not only food insecurity, but also its causes,” says Cindy Deutsch, Director of Development at Angels & Sparrows. “Our goal is to nourish bodies, minds, and spirits, to provide individuals with the means to realize their full potential.” The organization has remained steadfast in its undertakings throughout the pandemic, providing daily lunches and takehome meals, offering a Summer Bag Lunch Program for children, delivering meals to shut-ins, and hosting an annual children’s Christmas party. This past spring, Angels & Sparrows held a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for its senior patrons. According to Jessika Tucker, Executive Director of Angels & Sparrows, “The devastation brought on by the pandemic has a ripple effect on those we serve. For many, the ability to recover from COVID-19 is far from immediate, when faced with loss of employment and health insurance, strained finances, and the absence of school programs. Rebounding is difficult, especially for those without adequate resources.” 18


The pandemic affects Angels and Sparrows’ volunteers and the daily routines as well. Day-to-day operations require a staff of sixteen volunteers to keep things running smoothly, even as donations are curtailed, and the volunteer roster has decreased. Additionally, the cost of food preparation, packaging, and delivery has risen. Food distribution takes place outside the building, where visitors remain in their vehicles, offering safe distance between themselves and volunteers. “Relationships with our patrons are as important to us as the meals we prepare,” says Tucker. We continually check-in with our guests via phone calls or as they drive through the lunch line, ensuring their needs are being met. We provide them with additional assistance or point them to alternate means of support when it is beyond our scope.” New programs currently being piloted include tutoring for school-age children, while helping parents further their education with ESL classes. The organization also provides referral services for those in need of affordable housing, transportation, healthcare, and clothing. COVID-19 permitting, Angels & Sparrows looks forward to resuming seated dining and scheduling its two biggest fundraisers: the Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot, and the Spring Gather & Give Gala and Silent Auction. The Angels & Sparrows logo was designed by Billy Doherty, Doherty Marketing Group. For more information about Angels & Sparrows Community Table and Resource Center, visit www.angelsand

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From left to right: Ella and Zoey Boukedes encourage others to participate in Yay!DAY on Oct. 30.

The origins of Yay!DAY go back to one family dinner when then nine-year-old Zoey Boukedes and her 13-year-old sister Ella noticed the room felt ... heavy. “Everyone seemed negative and stressed, and I thought it would be cool if people could just drop all that negativity and be positive no matter what,” recalls Zoey Boukedes, who is now a veteran fundraiser at the age of 13. and donated the proceeds to four hand-selected charities that each hold meaning for the Boukedes family: Food Allergy and Research Education, due to Zoey having severe food allergies; Stand Up Speak Out, the CMS anti-bullying program; Be the Match, in honor of the girls’ grandfather who they lost to bone marrow disease; and JDRF, the leading organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

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Ella and Zoey have continued to support these four organizations as Yay!DAY has grown each year. They recently funded “Buddy Benches” for JV Washam Elementary, providing a place where children can sit to signal they need a friend. They also donated to Bailey Middle School to fund flags carrying positive messages throughout the halls.

So what exactly is Yay!DAY? The goal for the annual day, observed on Oct. 30 and rolled out for weeks beforehand, is to “spread happiness and joy through one simple word: YAY!” The name Yay!DAY conveys the enthusiasm of its youngest founder. “Me being my nine-year-old self, whenever I felt positive I would do a little cheer or dance and shout, ‘Yay,’” says Zoey. On the first annual Yay!DAY, the Boukedes family sold shirts at 20


For the Boukedes sisters, philanthropy comes naturally. “Our parents taught us since we can remember to always look to help people,” says Ella. “From doing charity donations instead of gifts at birthday parties or lemonade stands to raise money for cancer, we were taught from a young age that it is always good to give back and be positive.” Here is how you can help #RadiatePositivity for Yay!DAY 2021: Purchase shirts, pins, and more at Wear your Yay!DAY apparel on Oct. 30 and post photos to social media with #yaydaylife in your post. Follow @yaydaylife on Facebook and Instagram for more ways to help, including giveaways and community events. Most importantly, as Zoey and Ella say, “Do not let anything ruin your day!”

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The Next Level Woodlawn School’s new basketball coach Jim Casciano

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Basketball is in Jim Casciano’s blood, and even after he retired from 40 years of coaching the sport at the college level, he still couldn’t let it go. This fall he begins a new chapter as head basketball coach at Woodlawn School in Mooresville. It was a coaching opportunity at Johnson & Wales University that brought Jim and his wife Daphne to Huntersville from Maine in 2014, although he jokes that it was really the weather that brought them here. He’d spent the majority of his years as a head coach at four-year institutions in places like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Vermont, and the moderate climate of North Carolina more than appealed to them. While he’d also coached in Virginia, North Carolina is the furthest south he and Daphne have ever lived. After four years at Johnson & Wales, Casciano says he retired after 40 years because it seemed like a good number. He was starting to get tired of the travel and the year-round recruiting, and his energy levels were waning. “I would advise anyone who is retiring that they should have a plan,” he says. He didn’t really have any hobbies because coaching had taken up so much of his time. After retirement, he took a year off to decompress and regroup. He toyed with the idea of coaching part time, and then decided he’d get back in the game by searching out an assistant coach position. He worked at Lake Norman Charter School for two years in that role, and says he loved his time there. But, he 22


admits, “once you’re a head coach you’re always a head coach.” But as he sought out head coaching jobs in the CharlotteMecklenburg School System, he lost out on positions because he wasn’t a teacher, and most coaches at CMS serve dual roles. When he heard about a head coaching position for the basketball team at Woodlawn School, he thought it might be a good fit. Once he met with Athletic Director Shellee Young, who joined the school in May of this year, he says they hit it off immediately. “She’s very positive. I think she’s going to do some great things,” he says. “I hope I can upgrade and improve the basketball program to coincide with her vision.” During his career as a coach, Casciano has developed a coaching philosophy he calls “The Total Program.” “It goes simply beyond basketball, encompassing attributes such as dedication, discipline, respect, and love of learning. All of these are necessary for success not only on the basketball court but in the classroom and everyday life . . . ‘The Total Program’ consists of four cornerstones: Teaching Values, Building Dreams, Formula for Success, and my role as the Head Coach.” Some people just can’t retire, and Casciano has accepted that he’s one of those people. “I can’t get basketball out of my blood,” he says. “I still love it and have the enthusiasm for it. I like to hope that I make a difference in the players’ lives beyond basketball. At the end of the day, I hope they have fun.”

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When 20-year-old Lue Cree Overcash Westmoreland retired for the evening at the home of her husband’s family on Jan. 19, 1937, no one expected the young bride of only two months would be murdered by the next morning. Lue Cree’s husband, Herman Westmoreland, lived in an apartment during the week so he could be close to his job at Cascade Mills in Mooresville. Lue Cree was staying at the family home in the Amity Hill area of Iredell County. According to an article that ran in the Statesville Record & Landmark, members of the Westmoreland family went to call Lue Cree for breakfast the next morning and noticed she wasn’t in her bedroom. Her watch and ring were found on a table in the room and the clothes she had worn the day before were draped on a chair next to the bed. Alarmed, the family reported her missing. Local historian Chris Stonestreet, who also teaches history at Mooresville High School and at CPCC, has studied this case extensively over the years. He also wrote an article about it for The Mooresville Tribune in 2008. He says volunteers quickly gathered in the area to search for Lue Cree, when someone noticed a mule on the property was refusing to drink from a well. Lue Cree’s body was found face down in the well, dressed in her silk pajamas from the night before. She wore one patent leather shoe and had a triangular indentation on the back of her head. The 24


well was only about 50 feet from the home. Although all the members of the Westmoreland family, including Herman’s father, two younger sisters, and 17-year-old brother were all questioned, no one claimed knowledge of the murder nor said they heard anything amiss the evening before. An autopsy determined Lue Cree was already dead when she went into the well. Stonestreet says the case was worked as vigorously as it could have been for the times, no leads were uncovered, and the Overcash and Westmoreland families were unable to find closure. However, after Stonestreet’s original revisiting the case ran in 2008, he received a copy of a poem a niece in the Westmoreland family found in a cedar chest in an attic. The author of the poem, titled “A Voice from the Grave,” is unknown, but the details were chilling. Below is an excerpt: I wonder why no arrest was made, Was your sheriff so afraid? Is his back bone [sic] of the hue? Applied to jealousy and cowardice to? Oh men, hang not your heads in shame, Rise up, make your county worth its name. Chris Stonestreet can be reached at the following e-mail address:

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Davidson LifeLine offers education and support to community by Jean Spangler

Most of us have been touched at some point in our lives by tragedy and grief. According to mental health experts, one can even experience grief over the death of someone they didn’t know personally. When the Davidson community experienced five suicides and 12 attempted suicides in 2012— well above the national average, five women gathered at Summit Coffee to talk about what could be done to prevent suicide. One member of the group was the mother of a daughter who died by suicide. Unbeknownst to the five women, Town of Davidson leaders were also meeting to address the same issue. That’s when Davidson LifeLine was formed. Together with the town, community conversations about suicide prevention and ways to recognize a person in crisis were held, along with educational films, panel discussions and seminars. Forums were also focused on ways to reduce the stigma of mental illness— one of the biggest barriers to people getting help. Diana Merrifield, one of the group’s founders, and Davidson LifeLine’s current president, says even the death of someone a person doesn’t know can trigger episodes of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Many area residents remember the death of dog walker Janet 30


McFadden who was struck by a garbage truck in a downtown crosswalk in 2016. After her death, Davidson LifeLine offered grief counseling for hospitality workers, people who witnessed the accident and others from the community who felt impacted by that tragic death. When Suzanne Younts was struck and killed in downtown Davidson in June, Davidson LifeLine quickly coordinated grief counseling led by mental health professionals at Town Hall for the many people who wanted emotional support. “Traumas such as the ones involving McFadden and Younts, affect our entire community,” adds Merrifield. “You don’t always have to know the person who died to be affected by such a tragedy.” October 10 is World Mental Health Day. However, Davidson LifeLine offers education, support and training all year round. Some of their upcoming training and support sessions include: Hope After Suicide Loss Virtual Support Group from 6-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9 For more information contact: If you want to learn about Davidson LifeLine or learn about upcoming Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training for adults and youth, visit or email


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Studio Content in the by Mike Savicki


Photo by Ron Santini

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Clockwise from left: Clutch Studios team members Elliot Mabe, Matt Peeler, Michael Fawley, Warren Vigus, Cara Philyaw, and Donna Harris.

Building on a motorsports base, a local studio produces for an increasingly diverse family of clients

Pop quiz. What do NBA legend Allen Iverson, rapper DaBaby, and Carolina Panther Christian McCaffrey (plus a host of NASCAR and motorsports drivers and teams) have in common with brands like Coca Cola, Shell Pennzoil, AAA, Belk, Bank of America, Britax, and Busch? Answer. All have recently used Huntersville’s Clutch Studios for the production work and content creation which you most likely have seen on one (or more) of your digital devices. Speaking of digital devices, as a sports lover, I’ve been a fan of the ever widening and increasingly diverse ways sports reach me since the first time a Super Bowl television ad captured my attention as much as (or more than) the Big Game itself. Yes, sports is more than the game to me, it’s a total entertainment experience. And with the explosion of content of hand-held devices like my cell phone, tablet, and laptop delivering more news, scores, highlights, ads, and sound bites than I can scroll through in a sleepless, caffeine fueled, 24-hour day, I’m loving the con32


stant connection I have to my favorite athletes, teams, and events. When I learned that NASCAR driver, Joey Logano, along with his longtime business manager, Warren Vigus, opened Clutch Studios, I jumped at the chance to see the studio firsthand and learn how production goes from an idea and vision to the final product. It turns out while I had thought the production industry had totally migrated to places like South Carolina and Georgia when North Carolina changed its tax laws, the Clutch Studios team has been steadily growing since it first opened its doors with one small site wall (and high hopes) in 2017. The Huntersville space is now every bit as impressive as the studios that have long rooted in the film and production hubs of New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles. Within the walls of their 20,000 square-foot building stand an 8,000 square-foot main studio and a 4,000 square-foot secondary studio which house giant green screens as well as site walls,

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sound rooms, content creation and production rooms, plus a full kitchen set, a lounge, and enough indoor floor space to garage a tightly drafting group of race cars or yet-to-be unveiled new model trucks and cars. And out back there are nearly 27 acres of natural space if your shoot calls for a bit of mud, grass, dirt, or dust.

A behind the scenes photo from an Apex Tool Group project at Clutch Studios.

Immediately upon arriving, I learned the magic comes in the studio’s personalized approach to each and every unique and different project. “What I love about doing what we do,” Warren Vigus, Clutch Studio’s Managing Partner, tells me, “is that no two days are ever alike, no two clients have the exact same request, and there’s no one formula that works for everyone. The unpredictability of it all is what makes it fun and exciting.” The very nature of the business means Clutch Studios never knows what the next call might demand. They might get a call from a turtle organization looking to time lapse a hatching that would (hopefully) occur between two days to a month or a last minute ring from a group looking to rent a studio at 11 p.m. that very evening for a sit down testimonial video to be released the next morning. Of course, there are also the 15-20 photo and film shoots drivers like Logano do for their teams and sponsors each season. Having a close-to-home studio equipped and ready to churn out high quality digital production saves on additional travel demands in a sport where drivers and teams are already gone almost every weekend between February and November. Big accounts aside, Vigus says there are also opportunities for local businesses to create powerful and effective grassroots content, too. A lawyer hoping to announce a new service. A realtor eager to create a digital portfolio. A dentist wanting to share testimonials. A wedding planner showcasing nuptial work. Need a set built for a 1980s or 1990s

picket fence and red tablecloth backyard video shoot? Clutch Studios can make it happen. “When people hear production, they think television and movies but there’s so much more to it. It’s like there is almost an entire second grassroots side,” Vigus shares. “That’s what we are discovering, we are learning there’s more of a need for production, even locally, than most people realize.” So, with all due respect to big budget Super Bowl ads, after a visit to Clutch Studios, I’m now more excited to view and enjoy my channels of digital sports, ad, and entertainment production knowing the content grows from talented teams running here at the lake.

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& Inspired Lake Norman women are empathetic and empowered leaders by Renee Roberson

The documented hard work of women goes back centuries. On March 8, 1857, female textile workers in New York City marched in protest of unfair wages and working conditions for women. They marched again on the same day in 1908 to protest those same issues as well as questionable child labor. During World War II, women supported the soldiers as they were deployed and stepped into roles in defense plants and war-related organizations. According to the website for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, “Women in uniform also took office and clerical jobs in the armed forces in order to free men to fight. They also drove trucks, repaired airplanes, worked as laboratory technicians, rigged parachutes, served as radio operators, analyzed photographs, flew military aircraft across the country, test-flew newly repaired planes, and even trained anti-aircraft artillery gunners by acting as flying targets.”

home. Still, I was exhausted from the unpredictable sleep patterns of a newborn, and I found myself counting down the hours until I could take a lunch break and spend time with her. When we relocated to the Lake Norman area for my husband’s job when she was five months old, I began actively brainstorming how I could use my writing and editing skills to carve out a more flexible work option for myself. I taught myself how to pitch article ideas to magazines and websites and a new career was born.

Women still show that same strength and resiliency when forging their own paths in business. I grew up in a family where neither of my parents had a college degree, but I knew I wanted to go to college and learn how to use my writing skills in the journalism field. I studied hard in order to make that dream possible, even though it was challenging and I worked 20-35 hours a week at various jobs the entire four years.

The Lake Norman area is filled with stories of like-minded women who have taken control of their careers for these very reasons, whether they are entrepreneurs or simply leaders in their respective fields. You’ll find them front and center in real estate agencies, interior design firms, public relations, clothing boutiques, gift shops, the medical field, nonprofits, the automotive industry, and much more.

When I had my first child, I was fortunate to be working in a public relations firm that was only a few blocks away from my

We hope you are inspired by the powerhouse women and their unique stories featured in the following pages.

There are many reasons why women are determined to take the lead in business—they crave equitable wages, flexibility, a quicker path to advancement, and to have more control over their futures. A 2019 article about women and entrepreneurship published in Forbes noted that the number of women-owned businesses has increased nearly 3,000 percent since 1972. | OCTOBER 2021


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iedmont HealthCare Fairview Family Medicine, a primary care office with two board-certified physicians, Dr. Jennifer Scharbius and Dr. Golnar Lashgari, is now accepting new patients. The practice, located in Mooresville, provides full spectrum care to include newborns and geriatrics, women’s health, and in-office procedures. The physicians help patients feel empowered in their healthcare and encourage them to be advocates in their own health. They focus on preventative care and integrative treatments using the most current and up-to-date information and technology available. Dr. Scharbius completed her M.D. at Florida State University and a Family Medicine Residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. She also served as a team physician for a high school football team in 2013-2014, and as team physician for the Wake Forest University Men’s Ice Hockey Team in 2014-2016. Dr. Lashgari completed her M.D. at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Pennsylvania, performing 63 independent deliveries, with electives in Urgent Care, Obstetrics, Women’s Health, and Maternal/ Newborn Medicine. Both women are MDs in their field and are passionate about what they do. They are dedicated to high quality medical care and access to that great care. They feel working in primary care enables them

Dr. Jennifer Scharbius and Dr. Golnar Lashgari Piedmont HealthCare Fairview Family Medicine to provide a wide spectrum of services that are also individualized to their patients. Their office is staffed with fulltime employees who are also moms, which they believe helps offer a level of compassion

and personalized care to each patient. The two physicians feel they have been able to continue offering excellent quality care despite all the changes that came with the pandemic. They

are highly adaptive, making sure patients still have continuous access to medical care. They provide virtual visits, phone call appointments, and can monitor patients at home to support their model.

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hen Sherre’ DeMao was 13 years old, she fell in love with a quote by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi which proclaimed, “Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.” Innately curious, she was destined to be in an occupation where discovery was at the forefront. “As a strategist to entrepreneurs, what I do is see what everyone else is seeing, and then help our clients think unlike anyone else,” shares DeMao. BizGrowth Inc. is an entrepreneurial strategy, training, and intellectual property development and protection firm founded by DeMao in 1984, relocating to the Carolinas in 1994. The company specializes in developing strategies for entrepreneurial enterprises with a focus on elevating the company’s value, worth and preference through next-level, next-idea solutions, serving clients throughout the United States. The advent of COVID fasttracked opportunity for her firm’s national expertise. While businesses were suffering and even closing, her firm’s clients were able to pivot and thrive as a result of the astute advice and strategies put into place, including realizing international expansions, increased demand, and product line launches. According to DeMao, it is her firm’s proprietary insights around profitability and operations management that were the critical success factors. “COVID’s wrath reinforced the importance of a company

allocating profits effectively, in order to be prepared for the unexpected strategically,” cites DeMao. “Too many business owners focus on profit margin and forget about how profits should be distributed and leveraged effectively, resulting in poor decisions and being reactive instead of initiativetaking. A company with a high profitability quotient allocates profits in four ways at all times and is continually profit sizing its offerings, market segments, and geographic pockets in order to drive profitability.” The four ways to allocate include putting a portion in reserve for emergencies (to cover 12 months of operating expenses), dedicating a portion for sharing (with employees, community, industry, marketplace), reinvesting a portion of profits for building and growing capacity, and finally, budgeting a portion of profits for value-building initiatives in the company. DeMao also believes that prosperity in business should translate into making a difference within one’s industry and community in small and significant ways. Her firm has adopted Make-A-Wish Central and Western Carolinas as a charity to support. While training for their Trailblaze Challenge, she learned that there were certain wishes that were hard to grant, any wish that required construction. With an extensive client base in the trades, along being affiliated with Women in Construction as a board member, Sherre’ has helped three wishes come true including the most recent being a two-story Princess Castle Playhouse for a nine-year-old girl named Bristol. DeMao was named

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Sherre’ L. DeMao, CEO BizGrowth Maestro 2021 Member of the Year by the Charlotte Chapter of the NAWIC as a result of these efforts. DeMao’s proprietary approaches to time management, accountability, profitability, and economic vitality in business are being

taught across North America to CFOs and CPAs. In addition to running her company, she is a mother, grandmother, avid hiker, national speaker, and published author, currently working on her next books, The Profitability Quotient, and The Prosperity Imperative. 704.483.2941 | OCTOBER 2021


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fter the birth of her first child, Lincolnton native Barbi Dellinger was looking for a career change that would keep her closer to home. She took an insurance class and passed the exams that would make her a licensed insurance agent. As luck would have it, Griffin Insurance had just purchased an agency in Lincolnton, and she began her new career there in 2004. With seven locations in North Carolina, Griffin Insurance has been providing quality insurance solutions to clients for more than 40 years. Lake Norman area locations include Lincolnton, Statesville, Mooresville, and Denver. Services include auto, home, life, commercial, boat/ watercraft, classic car, condo, flood, motorcycle, renters, RV, special events, and umbrella policies. Griffin Insurance became an independent agency in 2019, which helps provide members with options through other markets. They now partner with the following companies, along with a continued partnership with Nationwide Insurance: Liberty Mutual Insurance, Travelers, National General, Progressive, State Auto, Utica National Insurance Group, Westfield, Chubb, Donegal, Dairyland, Penn National, Universal Insurance and more. The agency believes in giving back to the Lincolnton community whenever possible, by sponsoring local recreational teams, partnering with schools to give of monetary donations and volunteering of their time to help with events, such as

Barbi Dellinger Associate Agent with Griffin Insurance Agency back to school events and more. They’ve also contributed time and money to the Price is Right, a coalition against child abuse. Dellinger, who has been married to her husband for 18 years and is the mom of two sons, believes in leading other women by example. She helps coach the Lincolnton High School girls’

softball team and encourages her female colleagues in the workplace. “I have a strong work ethic and I come in and focus on work daily,” she says. “I acknowledge my flaws and as I work to improve myself in those areas, I also help others learn as well. I give tasks to newer employees and challenge them to work through the

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process to learn how to handle various situations. I’m also not prideful and allow for younger ones to teach me a thing or two, to help me better handle tasks that I have at hand. I’ve always believed that being a team player means allowing all to learn, grow, succeed, and become good leaders by example themselves.” 704.735.6974 E-mail:


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omen make up approximately 19 percent of the work force at U.S. car dealerships, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. Most are in support positions and, of those who are in sales, there is an 88 percent turnover rate. At Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR), which offers new and pre-owned vehicle sales and service, women make up 22 percent of the staff, and the female members of their sales staff have been working there as long as 17 years. Studies have shown that women provide the best customer-centric experience, and their customers would agree! The support staff for all departments includes strong female representation, with team members who have been with the dealership for as long as 29 years. In the service lane, women have been traditionally underrepresented, and in some cases, completely absent. Lake Norman CDJR has three female service advisors, one of which has been with the dealership for over seven years. Women tend to be very successful at communication with customers and building longterm relationships with service customers, though there can be some resistance and skepticism regarding their automotive knowledge, the ladies of Lake Norman hold their own with their male counterparts, working hard to establish trust and rapport with their customers. Robin Smith-Salzman, coowner of Lake Norman CDJR, attributes the longevity of female employees at the dealership with not only establishing a

The Women of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram female-friendly atmosphere long before it was the trend in the still male-dominated automotive field, but with creating an overall sense of inclusion and diversity among employees, without regard to race, gender, age, or orientation. Female staff members have a wide variety of training and backgrounds. Several have BS/BA degrees, as well as certifications in their specific areas. Sales team members receive ongoing training and certification from Stellantis on all new vehicle models/features; service/parts team members are


primarily trained on-the-job in all related software and systems necessary, as well as regarding proper procedures; business office/support staff also receive job-specific training, some are certified as a notary public. Over the years, the dealership has received numerous awards, including the Customer First Award for Excellence – Stellantis/ FCA/JD Power (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017) and TIME Dealer of the Year (2018), among others. Lake Norman CDJR is deeply committed to philanthropy,

with Robin Smith-Salzman leading the efforts to help animals, children, and women in need. She’s been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award, as well as having a brand-new award named in her honor by Make-a-Wish Central and Western NC. The dealership is truly leading by example when it comes to supporting the local community and SmithSalzman is the woman at the helm driving that mission.

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Your Lighting Team LightStyles


ightStyles is proud to be a locally owned company that has been a part of the Cornelius community for more than 37 years. With a beautiful 4500-square-foot Showroom that displays the best selection of lighting, ceiling fans, lamps, mirrors, artwork, and occasional furniture at the lake, you’ll find a variety of styles and price points, along with continually refreshed displays with the most current designs in the area. The experts at LightStyles always try to stay ahead of the trend to keep the Showroom on par with all the gorgeous things in your Pinterest feed. In lighting

and home décor, they’ve been seeing a lot of organic touches this year—raffia, jute, wood, and natural stone like alabaster. Mixed metals are also big—black with aged brass and bronze with antique gold, chrome with white—almost anything goes with finishes these days. They also strive to keep the classics as well—the chic pieces that will stand the test of time. This past year also saw the launch of their own private label brand, Bella Luce, which offers a wide array of lighting with a Lifetime Warranty, and much of it is in stock. 2021 has been an amazing year for LightStyles. In June, they were honored to be awarded the NORTH

AMERICAN “SHOWROOM OF THE YEAR” by Furniture, Lighting & Décor magazine. Then, the local community voted LightStyles “Best Lighting” in the 2021 Best of Lake Norman CURRENT Awards. The business strives for excellence by valuing, serving, and being respectful of people to ensure they visit the Showroom and have the ultimate lighting experience. LightStyles is grateful for the wonderful women on their team who contribute to making this happen every day. From the Showroom, to the back office and warehouse teams, they take pride in having 42 percent of a 33-person team being

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female. The company culture is one of family, inclusivity and respect for each employee and valuing what they contribute to our team and how they serve customers. With a strong belief in giving back to the surrounding community, LightStyles has been involved in a food drive for the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson and are looking forward to doing that again for the upcoming holiday season. They are also the Presenting Sponsor for “Light up Cornelius,” which is their favorite event of the year. Plans for participating in the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta are also in the works.



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astroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. It involves the action of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine, the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ. All normal activity and disease of the digestive organs are part of gastroenterology. Piedmont HealthCare Gastroenterology is now open in Mooresville at Exit 33, and it offers consultations on colon cancer screening as well as medical conditions such as GERD, diarrhea, constipation, dysphagia, irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis A/B/C, liver disease, fatty liver, cirrhosis, abdominal pain, pancreatic disease, and bloating. Dr. Laila Menon, a board-certified physician in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Internal Medicine, completed her Gastroenterology Fellowship and Internal Medicine Residency at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Dr. Menon is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The practice strives to deliver the highest level of patient care, while treating patients as people rather than a number. Dr. Menon and staff seeks to develop personal relationships with patients while also being efficient

Dr. Laila Menon Piedmont HealthCare Gastroenterology and organized. “I left a large health care system that dictated the way I manage my patients,” says Dr. Menon. “I joined PHC, which is a physician owned practice. PHC allows for more autonomy and allows me to practice medicine the way I want to, to provide the best care for my patients.” She firmly believes in


the compassionate nature of the the female employees at PHC Gastroenterology. “We are considerate, honest, and actually take the time to speak with our patients and get to know them,” she says. According to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of

cancer death for both men and women, with an estimated 52,980 persons in the US projected to die of colorectal cancer in 2021. With incidents of cases on the rise in younger patients, the American College of Gastroenterology recently changed the age to begin screening colonoscopies at age 45.


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From the left, Bethany Hanby, Owner of The Gingered Farmhouse, Kim Atkins, Exec. Director of the MDC, Kim Saragoni, Owner of Four Corners Framing & Gallery, Julie Douglas, Owner of On Tap, Stephanie Hathaway, Owner of Southern Notions, Joyce Templeton, Owner of Tropical Connections and Shawnelle Cherry, Owner of Future Fashion Designers. Not pictured: Jacque Bassett, Owner of Juelerye, Stacy White, Owner of Downtown Famous Toastery, Sue Arbucci, Owner of Sue’s Soap Shop & Boutique, and Kelly Lail and Jessica Leonhardt, Owners of WFV Designs.

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rom gorgeous home décor, works of fine art, unique jewelry, beautiful handcrafted pottery, skin and body care, gifts, fashion and sewing classes, custom framing, design services, restaurants and tap rooms, downtown Mooresville has a plethora of vibrant businesses featuring women at the helm. The Mooresville Downtown

Commission (MDC), a non-profit organization founded in 1988, champions these business owners in multiple ways throughout the year. The MDC is part of the NC Main Street Program, which provides valuable guidance on downtown revitalization within the context of historic preservation. It supports the Downtown Mooresville small

business and these female business owners through marketing efforts, events, educational opportunities, and promotions, and encourages creative entrepreneurship. They also work on development/ redevelopment opportunities and support upper floor redevelopment and housing opportunities. Kim Atkins, Executive Director

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of the MDC, says the non-profit is focused solely on the locallyowned small businesses. They utilize social media extensively and have an amazing following of people interested in what’s going on along Main Street and Broad Street. The working Board of Directors for the MDC volunteer at various Downtown events, providing guidance, direction, and supporting one another’s small businesses. “Our Facebook following is approximately 16,000, our newsletter open rate averages 35 percent, and our ‘Google my Business’ page has actions taken 597 percent more than similar pages,” she says. “This has all been done organically through marketing and branding.” While the pandemic did provide its challenges to the small businesses in downtown Mooresville, Atkins notes it only inspired owners to get more creative by offering online sales and curbside and delivery services. “Downtown Mooresville is proud to have so many women-owned and managed businesses,” says Atkins. “Owning your own business is a difficult endeavor and usually comes from a place of passion or area of high interest, but you are never truly away from the business, even if you aren’t physically there. You think about it, you live it, you breathe it, all the time,” she adds. Upcoming events include the Downtown Mooresville Wiener Race, Uncorked & Artsy and Candy Grab this month and the Holiday Light Show beginning Nov. 22.




he country may be experiencing a nationwide housing shortage, but that didn’t keep Beth Preston from having her best year in 2020 with $6.3 million in home sales. She’s on track to increase that number in 2021, and she believes that’s because she puts her clients’ dreams and goals first. “My clients know that I am there for them for whatever they need,” says Preston. “These relationships are what matters to me most in my business, and I strive to be there for my clients long beyond the closing table. I enjoy celebrating my clients with fun events and social gatherings throughout the year to stay connected.” Preston has been a realtor in the Lake Norman area since 2007 and offers full-service real estate services, from explaining the initial buying/

Beth Preston Realtor with Lake Norman Realty ®


Founder of Willow Equine & Soul to Soles Connection

selling process along with assisting the process all the way to closing contracts and beyond. “My real estate experience includes luxury properties, new construction homes, first time home buyers, move up buyers, investment properties, foreclosures, relocations, and short sales. I believe in continual professional development, and through this I am able to ensure my clients are served at the highest level,” says Preston. Community support is a high priority for both Preston and Lake Norman Realty. She volunteers with The Exchange Club of MooresvilleLake Norman, which supports veterans, youth, the local community, and the prevention of child abuse. She also works with The Fuzion Teen Center, an after-school program for Mooresville teens.

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Katie Stankiewicz

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atie Stankiewicz knows horses hold the power to heal. She founded Willow Equine, which offers ground-based mental health treatment, team building and business coaching, with horses, on a spacious 40-acre farm in Mooresville. “We collaborate with freely moving horses to deepen the experiences, personalized insights, and outcomes,” Stankiewicz says. “Clients learn from the horses’ natural instincts and communication skills. They meet us in the moment, as we are, creating heartfelt awareness. This offers the opportunity for clients to ‘get out of their heads’ and rewrite their stories. The horses are the agents of change!” Willow Equine works with clients of all ages with an array of challenges. The team of five therapists have diverse areas of expertise including trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and self harm. Brain Spotting, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

(EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), can also be incorporated into the sessions. There are also two experienced business coaches for leadership and corporate events. Stankiewicz is an Advanced Eagala certified equine specialist with her Eagala Military Designation as well as her ARCH Designation in coaching, mental health, and the military. Their 501 (c) 3 organization, called Soul to Soles Connection, offers mental health treatment, with horses, focused on reducing the impact of trauma while rediscovering confidence, compassion and trust. Participants, suffering from trauma, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), are offered the time to heal, overcome challenges and discover new solutions. Active-duty military, retired, reserves and their families/caregivers receive services at no cost.

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Leibfarth started attracting the attention of sponsors once she started placing at National-level events.

The youngest competitor in Tokyo Olympic Games paddling competitions to study at Davidson College Interview by Renee Roberson photography by Brian Hall/Red Bull

Evy Leibfarth may not have medaled in this past summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, but this 17-year-old paddler is only just getting started. She placed 12th in the kayak slalom K1 category and made history as the first American to compete in the new women’s canoe slalom C1 race, placing 18th. She was also the youngest competitor in both of her paddling competitions at the games. She is the daughter of Jean Folger and Lee Leibfarth, a former U.S. Team kayak racer who also serves as her coach. | OCTOBER 2021



Leibfarth paddling at one of her favorite spots, The U.S. National Whitewater Center.

The Bryson City, N.C. native is taking a gap semester this fall but is scheduled to begin classes at Davidson College in January. She’s already looking ahead to the 2024 Paris Olympics. Her hobbies include surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, freestyle kayaking, cooking, and drawing. Learn more about this dynamic young athletic at CURRENTS: When did you first know you wanted to compete in kayaking and canoe slalom? Evy: One of my earliest memories of canoe slalom is from when I was about six, and I was driving up the Nantahala Gorge to do a river run with my parents. I saw a race going on, and I begged my parents to let me go. So, I ended up signing up and paddling the course with my dad following close behind, and I just had so much fun. I definitely didn’t make all the gates but that’s one of the first experiences with slalom I had. I also competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials, and that’s definitely what made me sure that I wanted to really take my training seriously and be a part of the US National Team. I just remember there were so many spectators and such a cool atmosphere surrounding the race—that was so exciting. Later that year was the first time I competed internationally. CURRENTS: When did you start attracting attention from national and regional sponsors who wanted to partner with you? Evy: I would say probably when I started placing at National-level events, like the U.S. National Championships and our team selections. One of my first partners was the Nantahala Outdoor Center, which is centered around where I grew up. I’m really thankful for their continued support as I’ve grown in my paddling career. CURRENTS: What was the experience like competing at the Tokyo Olympics? Evy: It was such a phenomenal experience for me, really everything I had dreamed of. Being at the start line at the Olympics was such an incredible feeling, and so exciting. And staying in the village was so inspiring, and I got to meet so many other incredible athletes from other sports. Now that I’ve been to one Olympics, I’m already looking forward to the next. 46


CURRENTS: What advice would you give other young athletes with Olympic aspirations? Evy: Keep having fun! Every single one of the athletes at the Olympics who I met was so passionate about their sport, and I know that I absolutely love mine. Getting to the Olympics takes so much hard work, including some workouts that aren’t going to be super fun in the moment, but as long as you’re having fun, you’ll be able to look at the bigger picture! CURRENTS: Where are some of your favorite places in the Lake Norman/Charlotte area for outdoor adventures? Evy: The U.S. National Whitewater Center is definitely my favorite because there’s so much to do, and I think it’s beautiful. I train there for a lot of the year, and the course is fast and technical with bright blue water, which I love, and you can raft it, too. There are also tons of trails through the woods to run or bike through, and zip lines and climbing walls, so I definitely never get bored. I also love Midtown park for running (and getting boba tea after!) CURRENTS: You plan to start classes at Davidson College in January. What attracted you to the university and what do you hope to study? Evy: I hope to study biology on a pre-med track. It’s something that’s always been super interesting to me, and I hope to do something with sports medicine to tie two of my passions together. Really, a lot attracted me to Davidson. For so long I was looking for the “perfect college” where I could train and study pre-med, and I had almost given up on the idea when my mom suggested Davidson. It turns out a lot of my friends are Davidson graduates, and they all loved attending. It really seems like the community is full of people who are truly passionate about learning while having well-rounded interests, so I look forward to being a part of that. Go Wildcats ‘25! Another LKN Olympic Connection Erika Brown, a 2016 Hough High School graduate, received a bronze medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay event in the in the Olympic Games Tokyo. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2020, where she was named the SEC Female Swimmer of the Year.


Cornelius resident taps into her creative side as first time filmmaker

Movie Maker

by Allison Futterman

Mom Cornelius resident Heidi Horne.



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With the release of Charlotte Moon Mysteries premier film, “Green on the Greens,” Cornelius resident Heidi Horne marks her first endeavor as a filmmaker. With her talented writing and directing, she brings to life an engaging and lighthearted murder mystery—with a teenage romantic comedy vibe. It all started a little over three years ago, when Horne wrote a comedy scene for her teenage daughter Ashley to put on her acting reel. Her other teenage daughter, Brooke, loved it and encouraged her to write an entire story around it. After putting it off for a couple of years, Horne started writing last summer. A year later, it came to fruition with the completion of her film.

The film became a family affair, with everyone getting involved: her two daughters, college age son, husband, twin sister, niece, and even the family dog.

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Below is the official synopsis of the film: Humor, romance and suspense entwine teenager Charlotte Moon and her crew, as they are pulled into solving a notorious neighbor’s murder out on the greens of their southern, country club neighborhood The Queen’s Crown; a place where rich is relative and the tea is sweet. Who did it--the playful widow and her lover, the spoiled son and his fiancée, the angry greenskeeper or the loyal veteran?

Getting started Once she started writing, Horne couldn’t believe how much she loved it. “I started pulling things from around me—my family, friends, and our southern lakefront culture and lifestyle.” She was able to see it all clearly in her head and had a blast creating

the Charlotte Moon world and all the characters. Impressively, she wrote the entire screenplay in two weeks. The film became a family affair, with everyone getting involved: her two daughters, college age son, husband, twin sister, niece, and even the family dog.

Leading by example As a first time filmmaker, it was challenging. “It was one of the most stressful and all consuming times of my life, but worth it,” she says. Horne explains that she was motivated by wanting to show her kids what it means to pursue something new and difficult. “My biggest driving force was to show my kids not to be afraid to go for it—to get out of their comfort zone.” She didn’t want to just say the words, but to lead by example. She was nervous at first. “I was | OCTOBER 2021



Above: Heidi Horne and her two daughters Ashley and Brooke. Left: Horne used local film studies graduates as her crew.

A neighbor’s foyer served as the country club foyer. In addition, Horne used her own house and backyard a lot of the film.

The process

way out of my mom world. I’m a real estate appraiser, but my main job is being a mom.” She realized that “the only way to fail is not to try. Struggle is a great teacher.” Being a mom enabled Horne able to connect with the actors. In order for a film to work, there needs to be a trusting environment. There’s a lot of vulnerability involved in acting, and she wanted everyone to feel comfortable and safe. “That trust relationship was precious to me,” she says.

Paying homage to her community The film takes place largely in a lakeside neighborhood and a country club. The film’s fictional “Queen’s Crown” neighborhood, was inspired by Horne’s love of her own neighborhood, The Peninsula. “It’s such a beautiful area,” she says. It was important to her to include local places. For outdoor country club scenes, she used the Birkdale Golf Club, and the North Harbor Club restaurant was the setting for most indoor country club scenes.



As the project grew, Horne realized they needed a film crew and volunteer actors and wanted to highlight people from the North Carolina area. She put an ad on an acting website, and soon had actors from Huntersville, Mooresville, Gastonia, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro. Some even came from as far away as Charleston and Virginia. She also hired a film crew of two: a cameraman and an audio guy who was also the editor. The cast, crew, and community support wass “very humbling,” according to Horne. “I prayed every day for this project. If God opened doors, we’d keep moving forward.”

Future plans “I’m a big dreamer, and I’d love to do a mystery series,” she says. After completing “Green on the Greens” on a budget of $25,000, she’d like to partner with a higher end production company with a bigger budget for her next film. She’s already completed her second screenplay. It’s Halloween themed and called “Pumpkin Spice and a Body on Ice.” “I’d love someone to bring it to life!” Learn more: Stream “Charlotte Moon Mysteries-Green on the Greens” on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play.

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For a recent remodel in The Point neighborhood, located in Mooresville, eye-catching interior design was completed in two phases—partially before the homeowners moved-in from outof-state, and then completed once they had time to live in the space. The first stage of the renovation involved minor upfits; painting mostly, and a kitchen cabinet makeover which included removing some of the upper cabinets and shelving. Then the home was furnished and made move-in ready including having beds made and towels hung. “It was a pleasure to have the client’s trust us; my goal was to enable them to pack their clothes, toiletries, and kitchen items and we took care of the rest,” says Kelly Cruz, owner and lead designer of Kelly Cruz Interiors, a full-service design firm that has been a staple of the Lake Norman area through to the Southeast coastal region for more than 25 years. The family has college-age children and extended family who visit regularly from out of town. The layout and amenities of the property are perfect for entertaining and accommodating overnight guests. The home is stylish and functional— not ostentatious; the architecture and the client’s tastes are traditional, so the furnishings and design-style reflect that. “After the clients got settled, we renovated the master bath to create a home spa, added new front doors, and changed some flooring,” says Cruz. “From design-to-finish this project took approximately 11 months including all of the COVID-related delays.” | OCTOBER 2021



Family comes first The pool area has an outdoor kitchen and a covered living space with a fireplace. The lake/pool level of the home has a billiards table and media room that can comfortably accommodate many guests or provide a place for a temporary escape.



Cooking with a view The waterfront home boasts beautiful views. The ktichen, family and dining area all open into one another to create on large room, leading out to a covered terrace overlooking the lake. Cruz says, “They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. In this house, this open room is the heartbeat. It is the result of very good space planning for our clients who wanted an updated open-floor plan but also liked the division of a traditional plan. The space is open yet feels separated from the other areas of the home.” | OCTOBER 2021



Showstopping shower The master bathroom was a major transformation. It had a huge drop-in jetted tub under the window that the clients never used. Cruz replaced it with a spa-quality steam shower with room for two and dual showerheads, two rain showerheads, and two entry points. The shower is tiled with natural marble, and Cruz’s team was able to keep the existing large window by updating the glass with two layers of textured glass for privacy. The Ipe wood bench seat was custom made to fit the space and was designed in two sections to allow the clients to be able to move one or both sections to the middle of the shower directly under the rain showerheads. Nearby, what was originally the shower was converted to a sauna with cedar-lined walls and a removable cedar plank floor for easy cleaning. Cruz says the dramatic transformation of the master bathroom is her favorite part of the design “Overall this home has a softness and tranquil mood from the use of neutrals, textures, and a water-inspired color palette that suits the setting.”



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Washington Winners A unique terroir produces superb wines that are great values The prime rib sandwich at Table 31.

A simple metric describes wines from Washington State. In a snapshot taken a year or so back, I plotted a graph of regions around the world and the number of wines with a 90+ rating each produces. Washington came ahead of everyone. Then I did the same thing for the same regions, showing the average prices of their wines. The second graph was an inverse of the first one. Washington came in dead last. Interpretation—Washington wines are some of the best in the world and a lot less expensive than most others. Washington wine country is unique. Northerly and far away from the ocean, in the eastern part of the state, it’s basically a high desert with a huge source of irrigation flowing through it. The topology of this place was carved out thousands of years ago by the Missoula Floods. 80,000 to 12,000 years ago there was the most recent Ice Age. In Idaho, a gigantic wall of ice blocked the path of the Clark Fork River. A 2,000-foot-high glacier backed water up in western Montana. The waters formed Glacial Lake Missoula. This lake was large, totaling 530 cubic miles—more than Lakes Erie and Ontario combined. Every once in a while, ice would give way and the contents of Lake Missoula would spill out and rush to the ocean.

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Some perspective, the deluge was 10 times the combined flow today of all the rivers on Earth—that’s a lot of water. Just one of these events would be enough to shape the area’s topology and soils but the flood repeated itself many times over. The result of all this, today, is a high desert filled with canyons through which flows the Columbia River. For a grapevine, this is geological history to celebrate. This creates those wine nuggets that I spoke about. Washington has numerous sub-regions that produce wines which have a singular character. At any opportunity, I celebrate by taking a sip of Missoula’s legacy. And that brings me to Table 31 in Langtree. As per usual, I dove into the wine list first. And opportunity struck. I was able to say to my wife, Mary Ellen, “Well, well; Walla Walla.” My reward was a major eye-roll. I muttered that it didn’t much matter because of one of the splendid joys of Table 31—its next door sister, the Hidden Bin Wine Shop. For a small corkage fee, one can choose from the vast array of wines available from the Wine Whisperer, Graddie Lane.

I wanted to dig a little deeper into Washington’s treasures and he, in a whispered voice, suggested a wine from the Red Mountain region. I sipped on history and enjoyed it. Red Mountain Cabernet “Spill out” is a gentle description. The spill could put a real dent Sauvignons tend to be full bodied, dark, and dense with dark cherin your day. The flood started in the Idaho panhandle as a wall of ry aromas and flavors. Some fruit but dominated by earthiness and water 2,000 feet high. Rushing through at 70 to 80 miles an hour, it some very delicate tannins. Delicious. bunched into a rising boil at every canyon and constriction. Wooly mammoths didn’t have a lucky day. Humans who could have borne When it came to food to pair with my geological gem, I jumped witness were, likewise, out of luck. Huge chunks of Washington’s right on an old favorite. I really like Table 31’s shaved prime rib basalt, volcanic base were sloughed off like deli meat. Some gravel sandwich with hot au jus. I was on to something. Digging into an from Montana would be carried all the way to the Pacific Ocean. interesting wine that was a great value and nibbling on a favorite Other gravel would be left in piles as high as a 40-story building. dish. Thank you, Missoula Floods. 64


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While beer typically takes a backseat when it comes to the beverage selections at a winery, Davesté Vineyards in Troutman has a selection worth celebrating. While the 15-year-old vineyard originally offered an assortment of bottled beer from alternative breweries, they eventually began developing their own. Since many people still don’t know about the vineyard’s unique selection of house made beer, Davesté is planning a fall festival in mid-October, which will spotlight their craft beer selection, brewed right on site from an artisan well. The festival (which will be held predominately outdoors) is meant to be a family-friendly affair, encouraging anyone who wants to attend to celebrate the fall season and support small local businesses with a selection of food trucks, craft and boutique vendors, and live music all weekend long. The outdoor venue encourages anyone to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs for extra seating. Tented areas throughout the vineyard will provide plenty of coverage in the event of inclement weather.

The Beer:

Drink specials will be offered all weekend long, with a focus on the vineyard’s seasonal pumpkin ale and Oktoberfest. Anyone who wants to take some beer to go can stock up by purchasing a growler. The other in-house brews will also be available including a Blonde Ale, Kolsh, Amber Ale, New England IPA, Stout, and Krystalweizen.

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The Tunes:

Bands will be playing all day throughout both days of the festival, with one of the vineyard’s most popular and well received musicians – Grammy recognized Scott Marvill and band on Sunday. Polka style rock and acoustic country are some of the alternative genres that will be taking the stage.

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Saturday, attendees can take part in a candle making class with Old Oak Market. Sunday, Just Add Wine will be hosting a charcuterie board design class. Both of these pop ups are ticket events and anyone who wants to participate is encouraged to register ahead of time as there is limited attendance. If you go . . . Oktoberfest | Oct. 16 & 17 Davesté Vineyards | 155 Lytton Farm Road, Troutman Festival timing: Noon–8 p.m. Craft and boutique vendors: Noon–5pm

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DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

A SumptSLICE uous Almond Cake

There is something elegant and timeless about a slice of unadorned cake. The simple pleasures in life shine through with no fancy or lengthy list of ingredients and no specialized equipment required. Almonds, eggs, and lemon guarantee a moist, almost squidgy, crumb. Almonds are also chock full of protein, naturally gluten-free, and the oil in the nuts ensures your cake will get even moister after a day or two (if you don’t eat it all before then!) So, this autumn, remember it is the small acts of kindness that are remembered, like a chat, a hug, or a homemade cake! Ingredients: 6 large responsibly laid eggs 3/4 cup (150g) sugar 2 1/4 cups (225g) finely ground almond flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 heaping tablespoon lemon zest 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice



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Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8 or 9-inch removable bottom cake pan. Prepare two bowls, wiping the inside of one bowl with vinegar for the egg whites. Separate egg yolks in one bowl and the whites in the vinegar bowl. Beat the egg whites with electric beaters until increased in volume and soft peaks form. Gradually add in 1/4 cup of the sugar, beat until combined, and set aside. In the bowl with the egg yolks add in the rest of the sugar and beat until pale yellow in color. Beat into the yolks and sugar the almonds, baking powder, lemon juice and zest. Fold in the egg white mixture with a spoon and pour into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cake springs back and center is cooked. Remove and turn out onto a serving plate. Top when cool with powdered sugar and cut into slices to serve. Serves 8-10.


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Glorious Food! The Lake Norman Eats Group on Facebook

Realtor Lauren Rocco founded The Lake Norman Eats Facebook group and serves as its moderator.

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Who has the best burger? Where can I get authentic Italian? Where’s a good place to eat on the water? Everything you want to know about where to eat in Lake Norman is just a click away on the “Lake Norman Eats” Facebook group. And along with the inside scoop (literally, when the subject of ice cream comes up) you’ll see appetizing photos posted by fellow epicureans. Lake Norman Eats has become the place to see what’s new in the LKN food scene.

A recipe to help after shutdown

As the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down in March 2020, Lauren Rocco huddled with friends and brainstormed ways to help business owners. Her family was in the restaurant business before moving from Florida to Huntersville in 2012, and she understands their challenges. To do her part, she founded Lake Norman Eats for local restauranteurs to

share information about their “curbside service, specials and menus.” “Originally it was a good place for people to see who was serving up family style meals when all the restaurants were closed for inside dining,” she says. “It was a way for me to step up and serve and continue to build relationships in a time that was very uncertain for all of us.” Today, Lake Norman Eats has more than 14.5K members. What began as a place for restaurant owners to post updates is now also where locals highlight favorite new and old haunts. The group offers a good mix of support for casual and high-end dining. You’ll even find fellow foodies offer tips about where to eat while traveling to area destinations, from Gatlinburg to Charleston.

Restaurant owners have thanked Rocco for starting this group. “I have received only positive feedback from restaurant owners, some even saying this Facebook group helped keep their doors open,” she says. “There were a few that actually opened during the pandemic, and I was told if it weren’t for the group, some people would never have heard of the new spot.”

Moderating has its challenges

As the sole moderator and administrator, Rocco checks the site regularly. She doesn’t like to micromanage and for the most part members “do an awesome job of self-policing.” “Most people mean well, but every now and then you have to deal with someone that just needs a little more Jesus and a big ole’ coffee!” she says with a grin. And for LKN foodies looking for the latest updates, there’s no better place to meetup virtually. “It’s been a great resource for the community to access that information quickly,” she adds.

Her favorites

When asked about her favorite LKN places to eat and drink, Rocco says, “I love so many of them.” Her list includes Del Sur

Fresh Mex & Cantina, Main Street Coffee & Coworking, Barrel & Fork, Osito’s Tacos & Tortas, Juan Loco, Jason’s Deli “and I could keep going!”

Timing is everything

Rocco says had it not been for the pandemic, the group would not be as popular as it is. “It was timing for sure,” she says. “It launched right when no one knew who was open or closed and if they were doing dine in. Plus, people were bored, and food was all we had!” But now that Lake Norman Eats exists, traffic keeps coming and the group keeps growing. Rocco’s goal is to continue to be a place for people to share. “Everyone loves a hot new spot,” she says. “And I love finding out about places that have been around forever and I just never thought to try. Where else can you find out about amazing food and get a good laugh in the comments almost daily?” As a realtor for eXp Realty, Rocco adds, “My out-of-town clients always ask: ‘Where’s the best place to eat around here?’ I always have great ideas.” Check out Lake Norman Eats on Facebook. | OCTOBER 2021


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National Night Out (Oct. 5) Join the Cornelius Police Department for the National Night Out event promoting community safety and crime prevention with family-fun activities, food, and more. Free. 6-8 p.m. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www.cornelius. org/189/Police-Department. Ales & Autos Cruise-in (Oct. 9) Get ready to flex—the muscle car cruise-in is rolling in, so see all makes and models and grab a cold locally brewed beer as you peruse. Free. 4-7 p.m. Eleven Lakes Brewing, 10228 Bailey Road, Suite 201, Cornelius, elevenlakesbrewing/events. The Downtown Davidson Fall Arts Festival (Oct. 9) The festival returns bigger and better than ever with more than 40 local artists, live music and more. Free. 4-7 p.m. Downtown Davidson, www. Hooked on Cornelius (Oct. 9) In a partnership with the Town of Cornelius, Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists and North Carolina Wildlife Resources, this year’s event is free for ages 7-12 years, but registration is required. Fishing rods will be available for participant use. 10 a.m.-noon. The upper pond at Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius, Pints For Parker (Oct. 17) Help save lives with Pounding for Parker Foundation. Sign-up to donate a pint of blood or stop by for a pint of beer. All proceeds benefit LKN’s youngest cancer fighters. Pumpkins and mums available for sale, too. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius, A Taste of Davidson (Oct. 23) Celebrate the flavors of Davidson with samples from local restaurants, family-friendly entertainment, and more. Free. 6-10 p.m. Circles@30, Davidson, 9th Annual Laketoberfest Music & Brew Festival (Oct. 23) This community event features live music, beer from local N.C. breweries, a variety of food trucks, a kids’ zone with crafts and games, and more. Event proceeds benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. Free. 4-9 p.m. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www. 74


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Huntersville Halloween (Oct. 24) Boo! It’s time for balloon twisters, airbrushed tattoo artists, games, local craft vendors, food trucks, a costume contest, and a Halloween Movie in the Park. The costume contest begins at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. See website for a list of the contest categories. Free. 4-7 p.m. Huntersville Athletic Park, 11720 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, Downtown Mooresville Candy Grab (Oct. 29) Kids and adults alike have a great time visiting the Downtown businesses that are handing out candy. Dress up and have fun, but don’t be late! The event ends promptly at 5 p.m. Free. 3-5 p.m. Downtown Mooresville, Mooresville, Amazing Maize Maze (Through Nov. 7) One of the largest corn mazes in the Southeast returns. New this year is the Historic Rural Hill phone app where you can collect your map pieces, fill in your crossword puzzle, and figure out the words scramble to complete the ultimate challenge. Night mazes begin this month. Ticket prices range from $9-$13. Check website for available time slots. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, The Carolina Renaissance Festival (Weekends through Nov. 21) The festival returns and is a full-day of entertainment and pageantry as history comes alive with hundreds of costumed characters re-creating a 16th Century European Marketplace. You’ll find music, comedy and theater, food and drink, fine hand-made arts and crafts, artisan demonstrations, games, and rides. No pets, please. Free parking; tickets are $17-$27. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd, Huntersville,


Exit Laughing (Through Oct. 10) When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls,” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona, and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives. Masks required for all patrons regardless of vaccine status. Students, $15, Seniors, $18, Adults, $20. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,

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Supplement Help: Original Medicare is made up of Part A and Part B coverage - we assist in deciding between a Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage based on your needs. This includes finding Part D Prescription plans that cover your medications. Open Enrollment is coming! You can explore options and change plans between October 15 – December 7 Looking at your coverage every year is important! We research your specific doctors and medications and take your individual needs into consideration to find a plan that works for you Big Changes! With more supplemental benefits like dental, vision, and hearing aid coverage, Medicare plans are offering more than just medical benefits! Some are now including transportation, post hospital meals, and emergency response systems

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Living Well Your local resource for health and wellness services near you Acupuncture Best Acupuncture Deleon Best LAc Tom Cohen LAc Raven Seltzer LAc

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PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose & Throat Megan Mathis-Webb, AuD Susie Riggs, AuD Del L. Hawk, Au.D

PHC – Nabors Family Medicine Emily Nabors, MD

142 Professional Park Drive Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-696-2083

PHC – Lake Norman Family Medicine Timothy A. Barker, MD Heather C. Kompanik, MD Bruce L. Seaton, DO Amanda H. Bailey, DO Sherard Spangler, PA Daniel King, PA-C 357 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-7328

Internal Medicine PHC – Internal Medicine & Weight Management Manish G. Patel, MD Julie Abney, PA Andrea Brock, PA-C

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

PHC – Lake Norman Internal Medicine John C. Gatlin, MD LuAnne V. Gatlin, MD 548 Williamson Road, Suite 6 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-660-5520


Southern Oncology Specialists William Mitchell, MD Poras Patel, MD

46 Medical Park Rd, Suite 212 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-659-7850

Orthopaedic Surgery Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-0956


206 Joe V. Knox Ave. Suite J Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-4801

Stout Internal Medicine & Wellness Dr. Sam Stout Andrea Colvin, NP

PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C

444 Williamson Road, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-9310

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

PHC – Full Circle Family Medicine James W. McNabb, MD Jacqueline Swope, FNP


Orthopedic Surgery – Spine

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-873-1100

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1838

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PHC – Cardiology Jips Zachariah, MD


PHC – Mooresville Dermatology Center Naomi Simon, MD Michael Redmond, MD Kristin Prochaska, PA-C Gina Noble, PA-C Justin Loucks, PA-C Susan Stevens, RN, BSN Michelle Caamano, RN, BSN Laetitia Cloete, Licensed Aesthetician 128 Medical Park Road, Suite 201 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1827

PHC – Wolfe Dermatology Steven F. Wolfe, MD Molly Small, PA-C

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Ears, Nose and Throat

PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose, & Throat Keith Meetze, MD Thomas Warren, MD Herb Wettreich, MD Fred New, Jr., ANP 140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638

Family Medicine Iredell Family Medicine Jodi Stutts, MD Lori Sumner, PA Kristie Smith, MSN, FNP

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-5190

PHC – Sailview Family Medicine Tiana Losinski, MD

435 East Statesville Avenue Mooresville, NC 28115 • 704-663-5056

PHC – Fairview Family Medicine Golnar Lashgari, MD Jennifer Scharbius, MD

150 Fairview Road, Suite 210 Mooresville, NC 28117 •704-235-0300

PHC - Troutman Family Medicine Amrish C. Patel, MD Amanda Honeychuck, NP Kimberly Whiton, FNP 154 S Main Troutman, NC 28166 • 704-528-9903


Charlotte Gastroenterology and Hepatology John H. Moore, III, M.D. Steven A. Josephson, M.D. Scott A. Brotze, M.D. Michael W. Ryan, M.D. Devi Thangavelu, M.D. Vinaya Maddukuri, M.D. Nicholas R. Crews, M.D.

Lake Norman Offices: 13808 Professional Center Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078 115 Commerce Pointe Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 Appointment Line: 704-377-0246 Locations also in Charlotte, Mint Hill, Matthews, and Ballantyne

PHC –Northlake Digestive Care Carl A. Foulks, Jr., MD April Lockman, NP

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

PHC –Comprehensive Digestive Care Center Vivek Trivedi, MD Tiedre Palmer, FNP-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

PHC – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Dharmen S. Shah, MD

PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

124 Professional Park Dr, Ste A Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-662-3077

PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

9735 Kincey Avenue, Ste 203 Huntersville, NC 28078 • 704-766-9050

NeuroSurgery- Spine Iredell NeuroSpine Peter Miller, MD, Ph.D.

544 Brawley School Road 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-954-8277

Obstetrics/Gynecology PHC – Lake Norman OB/GYN James Al-Hussaini, MD Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Grant Miller, MD James Wilson, MD Nicole S. Wellbaum, MD Coral Bruss, ANP-C

131 Medical Park Road, Suite 102 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-1282

Occupational Medicine Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO

653 Bluefield Road, Suite B, Mooresville NC 28117 • 980-444-2630

PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Alex Seldomridge, III, MD

Physiatry –Interventional Spine Care PHC –Govil Spine & Pain Care Harsh Govil, MD, MPH April Hatfield, FNP-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

Primary Care

Iredell Primary Care for Women Eva Imperial, MD, FAAFP

114 Gateway Blvd, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 980-435-0406

PULMONOLOGY PHC –Pulmonology Enrique Ordaz MD Jose Perez MD Ahmed Elnaggar, MD

125 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-838-8240


PHC – Rheumatology Sean M. Fahey, MD Dijana Christianson, DO

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A Modern Mode of Transportation How do e-bikes work? by Renee Roberson Photos courtesy of Renee Roberson

Left: Pedego LKN owners Tom and Grace Kennedy. Right: Renee Roberson takes a bike out for a test spin.

Cycling is a popular pastime in our area. But sometimes, depending on your needs or physical limitations, you want to ride a bike that can offer a little assistance. While I had heard of e-bikes before, I was able to get even more information on how they work from Huntersville residents Grace and Tom Kennedy, who recently opened Pedego LKN in the Antiquity Town Center last month. “E-bikes allow you to travel farther and faster, and they allow you to really control the amount of effort you’re putting in,” says Grace. Pedego bikes are governed at 20 miles per hour in accordance with federal and state regulations and operate just like a regular bicycle. You can pedal normally or use the Pedalsense® feature, which has five levels of assistance for pedaling, an LCD Display and a USB charger. There’s also a throttle option that gives you a fun boost of speed with the twist of a handle. The pedal assist and throttle functions work with the use of a battery that takes about two to five hours to charge from a standard wall outlet. These bikes can be a great alternative to someone who wants to get out for some fresh air but doesn’t necessarily need to burn a lot of calories during a ride, says Grace. Others use them to replace vehicles for short commutes. Once I got a look at all the features you can add to a bike, I had a better sense of this modern mode of transportation that appeals to people of all ages. 78


I learned how an e-bike works firsthand with a short ride from the store down the Antiquity greenway, with Grace as my tour guide. After using the throttle feature to boost me up a large hill, while I stayed relaxed in my seat, I may never want to use a traditional bike ever again. I also tested out the Pedalsense® and noted the difference in how hard I had to pedal (or didn’t) depending on the level I selected. Because there are a wide range of options available, you can customize an e-bike to your specifications, whether you want “fat tires,” mag wheels, a certain color, longer battery life, a “step-thru” model for easy mounting and dismounting or a classic design, etc., plus a variety of accessories such as baskets, commuter handlebar bags, locks and more. “When you join the Pedego family, as they say, you join a community of people that own Pedego bikes,” says Grace. She and Tom plan to offer group rides and more events to the community to join in the coming months. Pedego bikes range in price from $1,295 to $5000+, but the store also rents them out for anyone wanting to take one out for a spin for half days, full days, or upcoming trips. Learn more at or by visiting 19911 Zion Ave., Ste. D3, Cornelius.







Lake Norman Humane 2106 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville 704.663.3330 This organization’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome companion animals so they can get a second chance at a forever home. To help reduce the pet overpopulation problem, they partner with clinics and area veterinarians to offer affordable, accessible spay/neuter services. Contact Lake Norman Humane to meet any of these animals and learn their adoption fees. Adoption prices vary according to the age, breed, medical needs, and size of an animal. Adoption fee includes: spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, de-worming, FELV/FIV testing, and microchipping. These animals are looking for their forever homes . . .

Rocky Hey everyone, I’m Rocky, a 2-year-old male hound mix! I love to be around people! I have lived most of my life without a home to call my own, so when I finally got one... I got a little protective. These nice people taking care of me now think I might need to go to something called training. I think it is like school to help me get more comfortable sharing my home with new people. I love meeting new people on walks and am a loyal companion. I am really just looking for someone to help me feel safe and cuddle.



Buddy is a 3-year-old male basset hound mix.

Zeke is a 3-year-old male Alaskan husky mix.


Wilson is male 4-year-old domestic shorthair mix. 80



Petunia is a 3-year-old female terrier mix.


Landon is a 3-month old male domestic shorthair mix.


Evie is a 2-year-old terrier mix.


Rizzo is a 1-year-old female domestic shorthair mix.


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