Lake Norman Woman Magazine July 2015

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now accepting n o m i nat i o n s Lake Norman Woman Magazine is seeking nominations to recognize “Women of Will” in the Lake Norman community. Honorees will be profiled in a printed salute in our December 2015 issue as well as at an event in December at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville. We are looking for women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and passion, have a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others through their business and their community, who serve as an inspirational role model for other women, and/or who have otherwise enhanced the lives of the residents of Lake Norman.

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I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first learned how to read. When I was a child, and then a young adult, I spent hours writing short stories and plays, pretend newspaper columns, and letters to family and friends. I had something to say all the time, and I spent most of my spare time—and a lot of the time when I should have been doing homework or working at something else—saying it on paper. And now, I am lucky enough to make my living with words. So you would think that I would still have plenty to say, right? Not so much. Oh, how I suffer when it’s time to turn in my publisher’s letter each month. This month’s agony over my writer’s block, along with our theme of “Taking the Plunge,” has led me to ponder on how easy it is to dream of doing things…and how very hard it can be to make those dreams reality. It’s not that I’m lazy. I don’t spend my day eating bon-bons and watching Jerry Springer reruns (not that there’s anything wrong with that). In fact, I sit down at my desk in preparation to write, with every intention of really writing, but then I immediately have the urge to take up bonsai tree cultivation or to clean out the garden shed. In short, I’ve discovered that my talent for writing is only exceeded by my talent for coming up with ways not to write. Thank goodness, renowned procrastinator and fellow writer Robert Benchley came up with a solution that I think might work for me. And who knows? If you are distracted from your to-do lists as easily as I am, maybe it will work for you, too. What Benchley discovered is that anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work she is supposed to be doing at that moment. Isn’t that genius?

According to Benchley, the only way to complete a project is to commit yourself to something even bigger. So, I am going to commit to writing the next great American novel. I figure that if I dedicate the top of my to-do list to that, in order to avoid actually writing it, I’ll be able to get my bonsai trimming done, get the shed cleaned out, and sit down and knock out my letters to you in pretty short order. And then I can turn to even more lofty goals. There are other mundane chores that I need to tackle, but I’m thinking I’m going to really take a plunge and put together a bucket list of important things I want to accomplish during my time here on earth—intangible and personal things that mean something. For instance, I want to learn how to be a good golfer so I can play with my husband when we retire. I want to learn Spanish. I want to be the wife and the mother my family deserves. I really do want to write something spectacular. I want to change someone’s life for the better. So I’m going to do it. I’m going to top my list with novel writing and follow that up with things that really matter. I’m going to stop dreaming and start realizing…the first chance I get. What about you? Are you ready to take a plunge and begin realizing your dreams? Of course, if you can’t get yourself to do it, I understand. There are a lot of bonsai-tree trimming videos out there you could be watching right now instead.


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5 t h i n gs to d o i n j u ly

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Features LKNW staff question: What’s Something You Did— And Thought, Girl, People Are Going To Talk About This!


a day in the life: Molly LaPorta


success story: Plunging Into Positivity


Davidson Community Players Celebrate 50 Years


cover story: Getting People To Where They Need To Go


woman to watch: Barbra Bryan


success story: The Best Of Both Worlds


barbra bryan, the goddard school of mooresville



Patrea Aeschliman, 15 to fit pilates, barre, & fitness


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maureen roberge of ph oto g r a ph y by:

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Family The Heat Is On

Health Are You Nuts For Nuts? Every Child Deserves A Healthy Smile

In The Kitchen 6 Snacks That Make Your Waistline Plunge Fresh Tomato Summer Salsa

Self Do You Remember These Details From History Class?


book buzz: Atonement by Ian McEwan


mind body spirit: Swimming In Life’s Deep, Uncertain Waters

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W h at ’ s s o m e t h i n g y o u d i d — a n d t h o u g h t,

Girl, people are going to talk about this! a young adult, I was more of a lamb than a lioness. When my grandfather was extremely ill, a very insensitive nurse awakened my lioness. My mother stood with jaw dropped as I told the nurse in no uncertain terms that her behavior was unacceptable. Since that day—although my family isn’t as happy about it as I am—I’ve made sure my voice is heard!

Amy Hallman This birthday, I made a giant impulse purchase. I’m known to agonize over making decisions— gift giving topping the list. My mother charged me with buying my own gift, and I’d basically narrowed it down to a piece for my Nativity collection. But during a quick mall run to buy my evergrowing teen a longer pair of pants, I fell in love with a 3-foot aluminum great white shark. Turns out she’s a beverage cooler, but no matter: she came home with me that minute!

Dana Nieters I stood up for myself (and my family). When it came to assertiveness, as


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canceled—but I went out on the one boat that would take me. Although I’m a strong swimmer, the huge waves made snorkeling impossible, so I changed into scuba gear. Before I could clean my mask, the wind knocked me right off the boat! But once I was underwater, it was peaceful and amazing.

Juli Patterson I was always scared to ride a motorcycle, and even my father told me not to ride. So when my husband, Doug, decided to get a Harley for his 50th birthday, I told him I wouldn’t ride. Finally, I hesitantly agreed to take one ride and, of course, I loved it. In fact, I want to ride more than he does now!

Sandy Comer On an Australian trip, I was excited to do my very first scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef; but a tropical storm threatened my chance. Most excursion companies

Leslie Ogle The last time I “took the plunge” was literally, not metaphorically! My family and I were at the beach, and people were jumping off this very high bridge into the ocean below. I am not a thrill-seeker, risk-taker…nor am I nuts! But on this occasion I took the plunge and jumped off the bridge. It was terrifying, but it was so out-of-character for me that I loved it!

Chelsea Bren

Stephanie Sullivan After dating for seven years, I broke up with my high school sweetheart to date Ryan, my best friend (and now husband). One day, we were having lunch, and a feeling I’d never had before came over me. I was falling in love with him! So I broke it off to tell Ryan, who had no idea at the time, that I was in love with him. Now we’ve been together 15 years, married for 12. Wow!

As part of my planning for my move to North Carolina from Arizona, I wanted to spend some time in the Grand Canyon. A few girlfriends and I signed up for a week-long excursion that included whitewater rafting the Colorado River, setting up camp every night amongst the desert and under the stars, and using the river to both bathe and relieve yourself. Luckily, I journaled every day, so I have written proof of the adventure, and that I can “rough it!”

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A Day in the Life…


Molly LaPorta

Broker with Amini & Associates

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Career Plunge(s)!

I taught school for a few years and then worked in sales for Neiman Marcus and Barney’s New York. After my son was born I needed more flexibility, and my mother talked me into getting my real estate license. Best thing I’ve ever done!

I m p r e ssions My mother was my boss from the time I was 15 until I graduated from college. I watched how she treated people and I learned so much from her. My son, Luke, who is now 11, has been going to work with me since he was a baby. And he has learned so much about how to treat people. I love that I am making an impression on my son, teaching him about being invested in and helping others.

A l l Sm i l e s It really makes me smile when I know that my family is happy, healthy, and doing well. I have been given the greatest gifts in this world: being a mother and a daughter. I’m reminded daily how rewarding, and sometimes frustrating, being a parent can be. However, nothing makes me smile more than seeing Luke well adjusted and thriving.

f r e e l i v i n g : I ’ m v e ry passionat e abo u t h e a lt hy l i v in g , e sp e cia l ly ch e m ica l an d tox ic - f r e e l i v in g . That ’ s why I ’ m pa rt of H e a lt hy H o m e C o m pany.


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Th e Dawn I know that the Lord has so many great things in store for my life, and I’m excited every morning to see what the new day will bring. I’ve gone through various trials in my life, so finding the positive in everything is a space I like to live in. Having a child has definitely motivated me to keep learning new things, staying healthy, and glorifying God with my personal life and work life to be a great role model for him. | july 2015

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B i g A dv e n t u r e s G e tt i n ’ A M ov e O n Before I moved to Chicago I remember feeling that the city was so huge and overwhelming, but it quickly became “home” and I stayed for 15 years. I learned so much about myself and about life. That experience gave me the confidence to move to Lake Norman four years ago, hardly knowing a thing about the area and only two people.

I went on a major trip in my late 20s, and I had never really traveled before. I went to Fiji, Australia, England, France, and Italy. It broadened my world in so many ways and caused this small-town, Midwestern girl to see life in a much bigger way.

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Are You Nuts for Nuts? While some of the most popular “nuts” are actually drupes, or fruits with a single pit or seed, these following delicious snacks are packed with a host of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber, and the essential omega-3 fatty acids. (Information is based on 1/4 cup of whole, raw nuts.)

Pecans According to the USDA, pecans are among the top 15 foods recognized for antioxidants, namely vitamin E. With 175 calories per serving, the pecan is especially high in fiber to help maintain healthy digestion. Tip: Add 1 tablespoon butter to chopped pecans; add a tablespoon of brown sugar and generously drizzle with maple syrup; warm in microwave and serve over ice cream or frozen yogurt. © Bert Folsom |


Walnuts The walnut packs its punch in the skin, where as much as 90 percent of antioxidants reside. With 200 calories per serving, the walnut contains the most antioxidants and is the richest in omega-3 fatty acids of any nut. Tip: Store shelled nuts in the freezer. They thaw quickly at room temperature, and eating them very cold makes the bitter skin more palatable.

Cashews are the seed of the cashew apple, an edible fruit indigenous to Brazil. Packed with antioxidants, cashews have 180 calories per serving and high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, helping support “good” cholesterol (HDL). Tip: Cashews are great in stir-fry dishes, or try them with a little maple syrup in your oatmeal. © Fotoplanner |

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High in monounsaturated fats—the LDL-lowering fat like you find in olive oil—almonds are full of vitamin E and potassium with 132 calories per serving.

These delicious nuts, a member of the cashew family, date back to ancient times. Pistachios contain the most potassium and vitamin K of all nuts, and have 175 calories per serving.

Tip: Crush and sprinkle over casseroles for a crispy crust.

Tip: If the shell is closed, it is not quite ripe; the greener the nutmeat, the more flavorful. © Sergii Kolesnyk |

For more information on nut nutrition, visit or

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Patrea moved to Florida for an internship and discovered a love for warm weather and the South in general. She was offered a graduate assistantship back at Ball State and reluctantly returned to the colder climate, vowing to make a permanent move south when the time was right. That day came in April 2014, when Patrea, husband Troy, and children Seth (12) and Brooke (9), relocated to Lake Norman.

Patrea Aeschliman 15 to fit pilates, barre, & fitness owner

Plunging I n t o Positivity By: Leslie Ogle | photography by: chelsea bren

born in the South, but I got here as fast as I could,” reads a sign on Patrea Aeschliman’s mantel. Owner of 15 to Fit Pilates, Barre, & Fitness in Mooresville, Patrea grew up in Clinton, Iowa, but is now happy to call Lake Norman home.

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At an early age, Patrea found gymnastics or, as she likes to say, gymnastics found her. “I knew it could be my ticket out if I only worked hard enough,” she recalls. “From the time I was 14, I worked to pay for my lessons by coaching other kids.”


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Not only was Patrea doing what she loved, but she was hoping to make a difference for other young girls. Her coaches made a difference in Patrea’s life, serving as powerful role models and inspirational motivators. One of the most influential, she says, was Mr. Douglas who still teaches gymnastics—at 82 years old! “His love for gymnastics and fitness inspired me,” Patrea says. “His favorite words were ‘GO!’ and ‘Once More!’—which he said wasn’t a number because you can say

‘once more’ indefinitely when it comes to practicing skills. He taught me how to work hard and to love it. Still able to do a headstand and front tuck flips on the trampoline, he definitely walks the walk!” With gymnastics as a catalyst to bigger and better things, Patrea attended Ball State University on academic and athletic scholarships. This, she says, was a firm game changer. “It altered the entire trajectory of my life,” she contends, “opening my eyes to what was possible. I left Iowa and saw a whole new world.”

With a career spanning more than two decades, Patrea has had some remarkable experiences, and she plans to continue the trend by opening two more locations before the end of 2017. Among her achievements, Patrea was an ESPN2 Fitness America Pageant winner in 1997; she did fitness modeling for national campaigns for Fila, Nike, and Champion; and she has trained athletes from the NFL, PGA, NBA, and the Indianapolis racing circuit. She has also written, produced, and starred in three award-winning fitness DVDs: “Prenatal Fitness,” “Recharge It!” and “Dance It!” Two of these, from the Go Mom Fitness series, include Tamilee Webb, star of “Buns of Steel.” “Although I’ve worked with many elite athletes in my career,” Patrea says, “what makes me most proud is when someone tells me how I changed their life on a personal level, when clients tell me that I helped them learn to walk again, get stronger, and dramatically improve the quality of their lives. That’s what it’s all about.”

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6 Snacks That make your waistline plunge!

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Mini “PB &J”

Two Fig Newton cookies with one tablespoon peanut butter is a nutritious snack for under 200 calories— surprisingly satisfying!

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Nutri t i o nal W h at ?

While the name “nutritional yeast” is not particularly appealing, vegan recipes use it a lot for its bountiful flavor. Sprinkle on air-popped popcorn and it tastes just like cheese— without all the salt and calories.


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“Surprisingly satisfying!” Gr ap e Fun

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H o me made Tr ail Mix

Get creative—just read nutritional labels carefully and combine your favorite flavors of cereals, nuts, pretzels, dried fruit, etc. and measure into ziplock baggies. You can even add a few chocolate chips without wrecking your diet.

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Top cucumber slices with feta, cream cheese, or yogurt and crown with an almond or olive…delicious!


Cucumbers I n s t e a d of C rack ers

Pop grapes in the freezer for about two hours. They are delicious and make a fun frozen snack. You can even toss them in your favorite beverage, yogurt, or smoothie.

Choc olate-Dipped F ru it

Chocolate-flavored hazelnut spreads have gained in popularity and are perfect for adding a bit of indulgence to your fruit. Dip with caution, though; these type spreads have around 100 calories per tablespoon.

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The Heat Is On! S ummer P et S afety T ips

It’s fun-in-the-sun time for the entire family, and that includes

our furry four-legged family members, too. Dogs can overheat easily because of the fur coats they don year-round—not to mention their boundless energy that contributes to high body temperatures. So don’t forget to keep an eye on Fido and keep these safety tips in mind.

Ice water for dogs

stay out of the dog house

Hydration is crucial; keep your dog’s water bowl full of fresh, cold water. While there are many Internet rumors about ice water causing bloat and stomach problems in dogs, the Humane Society says ice water ok—and even recommends—putting a few cubes in your pooch’s water on hot summer days. It is best to have a tarp or something that provides shade but doesn’t restrict airflow. Dog houses do not provide appropriate shelter on hot days because they trap heat.

common dog-sense

Don’t expose your dog to the heat of the day. Practice basic summer safety such as walking them early in the morning when it’s cool and letting them play in the sprinkler. Never, ever leave your dog in the car, not even for a minute with the car running and the air conditioning on!

cool treats

In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 cup peanut butter with a little water and half of a mashed banana; line a cookie sheet with wax paper, drop the mixture onto the tray like cookie dough and freeze. You can also freeze fruit juice, chicken broth, or any of your dog’s favorite treats for a cool “pup-sicle,” using ice-cube trays or cupcake liners for best results.


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For more information on pet safety, visit or the American Kennel Club at

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Dogs show signs of overheating that are similar to humans, such as difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, and lethargy. If signs of heatstroke you suspect heatstroke, get to a vet; however, overheated dogs should be cooled immediately by putting ice packs or cold towels on their head, neck, and chest.

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new Teen Summer Stock Series, which offers challenging roles for performers ages 14-20.

Davidson Community Players Celebrates 50 Years! By: Leslie Ogle

T h e y e a r i s 1 9 6 5 — The Rolling

Stones have their first #1 hit in the United States; Mariner IV sends back the first images of Mars; LBJ sends 50,000 additional soldiers to Vietnam; and a handful of Davidson residents, under the leadership of local actress and drama teacher Constance (Connie) Welsh put on the first production by what is now known as the Davidson Community Players. The theater has had its share of pitfalls through the years, especially when the

founder, Connie, moved to Charlotte in the early 1980s. Later that decade, DCP received nonprofit status, which allowed them to increase productions, hire an executive director, and bring on other personnel, such as stage directors and set designers. Now celebrating 50 years, the community theater produces eight main stage shows each year, five adult and three youth. They also offer summer camps, acting classes, workshops; and they recently added a

“We routinely have more than 14,000 people attend our shows,” says Allison Wilhelm, marketing and development director for the theater. “Over 5,000 children participate in our youth program, and we’ve grown immensely over the decades. So much so that we regularly have space needs. In fact, we are currently searching for permanent rehearsal space.” Despite the challenges that a nonprofit in the arts inevitably faces, Davidson Community Players is firmly embedded in the community that has embraced them over the course of five decades. “I am proud to say that with strategic management and strong discipline,” Allison adds, “DCP has been able to persevere. I think that speaks to the support from residents and businesses and to what we offer the community: highquality, award-winning productions.”

For more information about the Davidson Community Players, contact Allison at 704.892.7953, or by email at Also, visit for a list of shows, ticket reservations, and venues.


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getting people to

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proverb that says, “No road is long with good company.” And though the road from New Hampshire to North Carolina is indeed long, for Maureen Roberge, the journey from her home state to Lake Norman was a smooth one thanks to Jennifer Lizotte, her best friend since they rode tricycles together at 3 years old. In fact, it was Jennifer’s family’s move to the area in 2004 that prompted Maureen to follow with her own family.

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“She is more than my best friend; she is my family,” says Maureen. “We lived side by side in a Victorian duplex as children, and now we live within three miles of one another. We’ve been there for each other through thick and thin!” In New Hampshire, Maureen worked in marketing and development for the state’s oldest branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). There she managed more than 250 volunteers, created fundraising events, and published the branch’s newspaper. Once in North Carolina, however, it was real estate that called to Maureen. By July 2005, she was working as a real estate marketing manager; and within two weeks of earning her real estate license, she helped her first client find the perfect property. From there, Maureen’s real estate career has flourished. In 2012, with a solid foundation of experience, Maureen created in Cornelius. With what she calls “a different vision,” Maureen approaches her role as a real estate broker much as she does friendship: she’s there to help her clients through their journey. “I want my clients to know I will take care of them, that they can trust me to do what is in their best interests, always,” she explains.

“It is important to me to eliminate any potential conflict of interest. When I list a home, I am their agent. If an interested buyer calls or texts the number on the sign in the yard, I will refer them to a buyers’ agent within my office.” Maureen uses her expertise to ensure clients don’t get lost in the process. She reminds staff to consistently be client advocates, have a solution before you present a problem to a client, and know clients’ communication styles upfront. “If you know they’re text savvy, you can text,” she says. “But if they’d prefer a phone call, you need to know that. “This business is not just about selling property; it’s also explaining the process, updating contacts, and yes, sometimes even talking clients out of buying a property.” Her key to customer service is to treat all her clients as she would her friends: “Whether it’s a $100,000 house or a $2 million house, we treat them the same.” Though Maureen admits she works hard, being her own boss affords her quality time with her children, Nicholas (14) and Anna (12). They boat and ride mountain bikes. Anna plays tennis and Nicholas surfs; but sometimes at the end of a busy day, Maureen likes to kick her feet up and watch a movie with the kids. This summer, they will go to Essen, Germany, to visit her Oma (her mother’s mother) who is 96 years old. And though spare time is a rarity, Maureen does still find time to volunteer, sticking close to her New Hampshire experience with working with animals by sponsoring events for Friends of the Animals locally. In fact,

Maureen plans to continue her efforts once she retires, perhaps serving on the board of an animal nonprofit. “Lost dogs find their way to me!” she says of her proclivity for helping animals in need. “Once, I went by the office and a Boston terrier literally ran between my legs, and a few weeks ago, two dogs wandered up to my house. I used social media to find their owners.” Maureen has three pets of her own: an 18 1/2 year-old orange tabby named Copper, two dogs Lucy and Lacey. Maureen strategically uses social media at work, too: she thanks her team publicly and you can tell that they adore working with her. She commends them; when one is away, the others come together and take up the slack. The Charlotte Observer recently interviewed her about her Instagram marketing strategy. Her advice is “It’s always good to keep your comments positive. People will remember negative rants.” And, as always, an important part of Maureen’s marketing strategy harks back to simply being a friend: “God creates someone’s path, and you never know what they’re going through when they seem inattentive, angry, or distant. So, don’t lash out; see if you can help.”

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Michelle Campos has joined Team Nadine as the buyer specialist with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Lake Norman. Michelle has been with Premier Sotheby’s since it opened in the Charlotte market.

Nest Homes designer and owner of Indigo Creative Concepts, Brooke McReynolds, has been named lead designer for the waterfront community, Sisters Cove on Lake Norman. Also, Brooke has used reclaimed, sustainable wood from an abandoned hotel in Troutman to cultivate a rustic flair in each Sisters Cove home.

Hair designer Kelly McCumber has opened Salon

KRAZZ in Mooresville. With 19 years experience, Kelly’s salon also includes massage and esthetician services.

Following the retirement of the department’s longtime director, Shelley Venable was promoted to director of materials management at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Shelley has served in the department for 15 years, starting as a stock clerk on hospital floors and being promoted to buyer before assuming the directorship.

Julie Mauney, MHA, BSN, RN, has been promoted to director

of women’s services at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. With more than 17 years experience in the maternal-child field, Julie also has prior experience as a director in this field.


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Teepa Snow, nationally

renowned Alzheimer’s and dementia care expert, will speak on August 6 and 7 at the Statesville Civic Center, hosted by Iredell Health System. This Duke and UNC alumnae has more than 30 years experience and serves organizations in leadership roles on the state and national level. The education is primarily for Iredell Health System employees and clinical partners, but there is a limited number of seating for outside guests. Visit to register. The Executive Women of Lake Norman raised

$2,736.50 in the 2015 Cornelius-Huntersville Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society at Bailey Road Park on May 1st. The organization also sold energy drinks, raffled a massage and 50-50 split, and offered hair-color streaking for the children, raising $476.50 on the event day alone. EWLKN was the 7th highest fundraising team from 31 participating teams. Overall, Cornelius-Huntersville Relay for Life raised a total of $54,831.80 this year.

Reverend Stacy Cochran Nowell (right) is

the new senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Huntersville. She is the established church’s first female senior pastor in its history. The church held its Installation Service last month.

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July 4th Celebration

Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Dr., Huntersville 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate our country’s independence with a parade, bike decorating, children’s activities, music, and food. And don’t forget the annual water fight between local fire stations!

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Sat., July 18:

Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival

Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry St., Cornelius 4-9 p.m.

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Movies at McGuire, Home

Duke Energy’s Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Rd., Huntersville 8:45 p.m. Come one, come all! Boat up, drive, or walk over and watch the familyfriendly movie on one of two large screens. Don’t forget your blankets or chairs. Boaters may anchor in the Energy Explorium’s cove at the southern tip of LKN. Refreshments for purchase will be available.

Sat., July 18: 11th Annual Big Day at the Lake Picnic

Duke Energy’s Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Rd., Huntersville 1-3:30 p.m.

Benefitting the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization of Charlotte, boat owners and friends join together at 9 a.m., with their “Little” brothers and sisters for some lake fun tubing, skiing, and cruising. At 1 p.m., everyone meet at the Energy Explorium for lunch, games, and more!

This is a 1st annual, family-friendly, community event, hosted by Bella Love and the Smithville Community Coalition. Enjoy local jazz bands, food trucks, craft beer, children’s activities, and more! Free admission and parking.


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Fri., July 24: Summer Food Truck Rally

Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville 5:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy dishes from more than 20 local food trucks, with children’s games, local beverages, games, and music by the Josh Daniel-Mark Schimick Project.

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Be Scene L a k e N o r m a n W o m a n is getting out and about each month, looking for great events and the fabulous and exciting Lake Norman people who are making them happen! So next time you’re at a chamber event, a new business in the area, or just out having fun, look for Lake Norman Woman and our camera. Who knows, you just might find yourself in next month’s

“ S ce ne W i t h L a k e No rman W o man! ”

LKNW’s Amy with Jennifer Alfaro, chief administrative officer at The David H. Murdock Research Institute, at Waterbean Coffee in Cornelius

LKNW’s Stephanie with Doug Balog, pharmacist and owner of Healthsmart Pharmacy in Mooresville

Dr. Matthew Lineberger, from Lineberger Orthodontics in Huntersville, awards LKNW’s Amy with orthodontic treatment prize for winning the Bracket Challenge.

Mainstream Boutique owners Anitra Mitchell and Charlotte Parris with April Tilley, manager of the Winston Salem location at their ribbon cutting and grand opening

LKNW’s Stephanie with author and life coach Deann Scheppele

Alain Jeantet, owner of The Wine Cellar; Julia Austin, owner of FiFi’s Fine Resale; LKNW’s Dana; and Bill Kenney, owner of Kilwin’s Chocolate; panelists at the LKN Chamber discussion, Small Biz Best Practices, at the June Business Works meeting

LKNW’s Amy and son Colby at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue’s open house

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Brittany Duvall, Barbara Justice-Cook (property manager), Casey Halter, and Jessica Good at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of The Grove at Morrison Plantation

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Do You Remember These



from History Class? the Fourth of July commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. According to the National Park Service, while the original Thirteen Colonies officially separated from Great Britain on July 2, 1776, the signing happened days later (historians still debate the actual date). John Adams, one of the Committee of Five who prepared the document, said the event “will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America…celebrated by succeeding generations …with pomp and parade, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

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Blueberries, ice cream, and hot dogs, oh my! July is National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month, and National Hot Dog Month—all coming together for National Picnic Month! Parks and Rec Parks and Recreation Month is also in July. Visit the National Recreation and Park Association at for more information and a toolkit to plan activities in your area. You may also contact Lake Norman State Park at 704.528.6350 or by email at All Cracked Up The Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846; however, every July 4th it is symbolically tapped 13 times. Cast in London, the bell arrived in Philadelphia in August 1752, and got its infamous crack when it was rung to test its sound. Coincidence or Fate? According to A & E Network’s Bio,Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe all died on July 4th. Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826, and Monroe, years later in 1831. Bird Watching According to Smithsonian Magazine, there is some question about whether or not Benjamin Franklin wanted a turkey as the national symbol, rather than the bald eagle. But they share an excerpt of Franklin’s letter to his daughter: “[The bald eagle] is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest…the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.” Franklin prefered the turkey, writing, “though a little vain & silly, the Turkey is a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”


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barbra bryan LKNW recognizes a woman doing exceptional work in the Lake Norman community, a leader who is paving the way to changing our attitudes and inspire confidence in the future.

Barbra Bryan The Goddard school Of mooresville mooresville, nc

on Taking the Plunge: Seven years ago, my husband, Gordon, and I were living in Chicago; my early sales career had taken us there. One day, I became intrigued by an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal for The Goddard School franchise. At the time, my grandchildren were of preschool age, and we were learning firsthand just how vital a quality preschool experience is. I’d always wanted to own my own business, and I knew the Mooresville school franchise would be a place where I can make a real difference. I was ready for the challenge, and I was ready to return to North Carolina (I was born in Concord and raised in Charlotte.). I’m having a blast and loving what I do! on Spreading the Love: I really enjoy this stage of my life. My two children are grown with children of their own, so I enjoy being around the kids at school every day. They grow up so quickly, and I don’t want to miss a minute of it—I cry at every graduation! I just adore the morning hugs, the special surprise gifts, or a flower from the garden. on Horsing Around: Besides early childhood education, my other passion is horses. I love to ride! I own an Appaloosa named Expresso. He’s my best friend. There is nothing like a day at the barn and saddling up Expresso for a long ride. We have a few blue ribbons under our belt, so I hope to get him back in the show ring soon. on Perspective and Perseverance: Owning and building a small business is hard work; don’t let anyone kid you. But I think my stubbornness translates into perseverance, which has kept me in the game when it was tough. I’ve learned to accept there will always be challenges, and to take them one at a time. During this journey, I’ve learned a lot about myself, and my spiritual growth has deepened my faith, knowing God is with me always.


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Barbra Bryan is the owner of The Goddard School, located at 179 Town Square Circle in Mooresville. Using the F.L.EX.® Learning Program, the school provides the optimal environment for your child’s social and academic development. For more information and a tour of the school, contact Barbra at 704.663.5006 or email at

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E v e r y Ch i ld D e s e r v e s

a Healthy Smile

Dental infection and pain can interfere with eating, speech, daily activities, and self-esteem. Untreated dental disease can be associated with bacterial infections and emergency treatment. Children with dental pain are reluctant to eat and may become malnourished. Debilitating problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, are associated with dental disease. Loss of tooth structure from dental abscess can lead to inadequate spacing for the developing permanent teeth, which can result in crowded teeth. Dental trauma and emergencies can also be a significant problem. Often associated with contact sports, dental trauma can also occur on the playground, at school, and during at-home play. Toddlers learning to walk are at risk for falls. Students with fractured teeth are often reluctant to attend school due to cosmetic concerns. The good news is dental disease is largely preventable. Water fluoridation is still the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent tooth decay. Community water fluoridation, public awareness, and better nutrition and techniques contribute to the reduction of dental caries in children. Maintaining good oral health requires less time and expense than the increased trips to the emergency room associated with poor oral health, which can run into thousands of dollars if general anesthesia and hospital dentistry are required. Because disease in the mouth can affect the rest of the body, children with healthy mouths generally have better health. Better health means children missing less school and being more attentive in school. Also, a healthy smile is attractive and can attribute to positive self-esteem. They feel better— they perform better. Sharon L. Holley, DMD, is the owner and pediatric dentist at Dentistry for Kids, located at 10115 Hickorywood Hill Ave. in Huntersville. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 704.948.8494, or visit


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Creating Healthy Smiles in Children Establish a dental home.

A child’s first dental visit should occur by his or her first birthday or about six months after the first tooth erupts.

Establish proper oral hygiene.

Clean a baby’s mouth prior to the arrival of the first tooth, and brush children’s teeth at least twice per day, typically after breakfast and before bed. Floss daily.

Drink water at bedtime and between meals.

Babies should not be put to bed with a bottle or sippy cup with sugary liquids. Also, the sippy cup should not be used as a pacifier throughout the day.

Establish healthy eating habits.

Reduce frequent snacking and choose nutrient-rich foods for children, such as cheese, yogurt, and vegetables. Foods with a high-sugar content can play a role in tooth decay.

Use fluoride toothpaste.

Even babies can benefit from fluoride toothpaste. Children who are not yet spitting should use only a smear of toothpaste to clean the teeth.

Invest in dental sealants.

This protective coating typically is placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, is minimally invasive, and provides the greatest protection on a newly erupted tooth.

Use athletic mouth guards.

Children participating contact sports, as well as those participating in activities with risk of falls and collisions, should wear a protective mouth guard.

Continue preventive care.

Visit the pediatric dentist every six months.

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Summer Salsa Is there anything better than a home-grown southern tomato? Now’s the time—when they’re plump and delicious, and right off the vine. But they’re also delicious in this tasty summer salsa.

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Atonement by Ian McEwan



T h e s ay i n g goes: “To err is human, to

forgive is Divine.” But what happens when you aren’t able to ask for forgiveness, at least from the people whom you have wronged? What do you do when your lapse in judgment causes irrevocable harm and there’s no way to seek the redemption you so long for? Is there any way to atone for your sin? Or, sometimes, is it just too late to undo the damage? This is the struggle that faces Briony Tallis, the protagonist, of this Ian McEwan novel. A love story, a war story, a story about youthful imagination and the loss of adolescent innocence, and a story about both the power and limits of forgiveness, Atonement is an oldie (2001), but one of my favorites. And if, like me, one of your preferred summer past times is to get lost in a good book, you’ll find this one difficult to put down. However, if you’re looking for warm fuzzies and happily-ever-after endings, this novel might not be for you. The story begins with a family gathering at an estate in 1930s’ England, at which 13-year old Briony and her overactive imagination—and perhaps


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a bit of jealousy as well—help to wrongly accuse an innocent man of sexual assault. The man is Robbie, the 23-year-old son of the family’s maid and the childhood playmate of Briony’s sister, Cecilia. Robbie is also the object of Briony’s secret crush, and she’s quite disheartened when she bears witness to a sequence of events between Cecilia and Robbie—events that fly in the face of her own youthful fantasies. The homecoming of Briony’s adored older brother, the introduction of his smug and pretentious college friend, and the distraction of an attention-starved 15-year-old cousin add to Briony’s dilemma. Many events lead up to Robbie’s arrest that night, and—just as so often happens in our own lives— chance, misunderstanding, and the desire for something to be true (even when you’re fairly certain that it isn’t) have a tremendous impact with catastrophic results. In what follows, Briony, after five years, begins to realize that she may have wrongly placed blame on Robbie—a move that alienated Cecilia from the household and ultimately tore her family apart. In an

effort to make atonement, she drops out of Cambridge and signs up as a nurse serving the English army during World War II. Robbie, given the choice of more jail time or conscription, joins the military and becomes part of England’s disastrous campaign that led to the retreat to Dunkirk. I won’t reveal to you what happens beyond this point. But trust me, the surprise ending is the perfect close to this beautiful and heartbreaking story. Whether you love it or not, as a human, you’re sure to relate to the wisdom that Briony eventually gains: Sometimes we make mistakes that simply can’t be righted; the best we can do is learn to live with the consequences, and in whatever way is available to us, seek atonement.

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The Best of Both Worlds By: Amy Hallman photography by: chelsea bren

Tammi Murphy Blarney stone marketing and design & owner

Ta m m i M u r p h y laughingly recalls taking that leap of faith to quit her 9-to-5 job to run Blarney Stone Marketing and Design in Cornelius full time in 2013: “My husband, Colin, said, ‘Now you’re unemployed.’ I said, ‘I’m not unemployed—I’m self-employed.’” Immediately, Tammi developed strong relationships with many Lake Norman people and their businesses. One in particular,, began to feel so much like her own that, when given the opportunity, Tammi acquired the local savings website.

Afterwards, people asked, “Why buy it? Why didn’t you just start your own? You have access to all the same contacts and events.” Tammi’s answer is a testament to her ethical and eminent business leadership: “I could’ve started from scratch, but I would have been competing with someone I worked closely with for almost two years. Taking advantage of someone is never a good idea. And it’s not something I want to teach to my children.” Addison is 6, and Mackenzie, 4. That’s not all she teaches her daughters. “I’m in the support business, and I can stay up all hours, developing a logo concept, if necessary. It also points to my need to be a good mother, which to me, includes being present and available,” she says. “If that means shifting my schedule to fit everyone else’s calendar, I’m happy to do that.” Tammi’s flexibility is something she learned with motherhood. “In 1996, I was a bank teller, a salaried employee, and I made a whopping $12,000—a year! I had arrived, you know? Clearly, my perspective is different these days,” she says. “But I’ve still not been swallowed up by greed. I don’t want to be rich; it was never about that. I just want to be with the kiddies and to have a career that I love.”


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Her style expresses her philosophy. Tammi prefers creating simple, clean, and not overwhelming websites, logos, and all the accouterments for clients. “Too many links, I’m out,” she says. “Too much going on. Respectfully, will soon unveil some exciting things to offer subscribers a well-rounded resource. Our goal is to become a community website for anything Lake Norman, including events, news, businesses, coupons, real estate, and jobs. “I like being real. People identify with real—not that perfection garbage that’s shoved down our throats every day. Just today, as I left a meeting, I remembered to buy sprinkles for Addison’s class party,” Tammi laughs. “That, my darling, is the epitome of my balance. Before my girls, my idea of success was defined in titles and salaries. I wanted to be a working mother; but sometimes field trips, ceremonies, or performances can seem overwhelming that we justify not volunteering ‘this time.’ The truth is the time our kids will want us to attend events is limited. This summer, I have all sorts of camps scheduled, but just half days, so we can sneak away for movies, pedicures, or afternoons at home, waging a Wii ‘Just Dance’ war. I love that I can take my dog to the vet on a Tuesday afternoon without having to move heaven and Earth. At the end of it all, at your memorial, no one is going to say, ‘Wow, she had a really great 401K.’ Of course not; the goal should be: ‘She was a happy dude.’”

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Mind Body Spirit The mind, body, and spirit are intimately connected. Because unhealthy thoughts and emotions can create a vicious cycle that leads to unhealthy physical patterns, we can choose a victorious path that includes a positive, healing, uplifting spiral. By mixing the ingredients of attitude and action, we can change the flavor of our own lives. Learn to nurture your body and soul to lead a more balanced life.

Swimming In Life’s Deep, Uncertain Waters By: rachele caputo

my five-year-old daughter swim in the pool, I am reminded that life, like swimming, is a solitary act. Like water, life is something through which you have to move. Water is life-giving, but it can also feel like it is taking you under. Sometimes we are able to breaststroke gracefully through the ripples, and other times we just end up doing a painful belly flop.

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When we are feeling the pressures of life’s uncertainties weighing down upon us from every direction, remember a few simple lessons from swim school. First things first: we need to Stay Afloat. Life has a way of coming in waves, from the smaller ones, such as an unexpected meeting or a temporary illness, to bigger ones, such as the loss of a job or loved one, an unexpected relocation, or a painful separation or divorce. We feel like we have had the breath knocked right out of us. It is during those times that we must keep reminding ourselves to simply stay afloat. Grab hold of a healthy flotation device. This could come in the form of daily meditation, or quiet time, which slows you down and focuses your breathing at times


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that you may would rather hyperventilate. Also, your lifesaver may be reaching out to a friend, family member, or counselor to help you see past your rough waters. That person can remind you to swim when you feel stronger; but for now, rest, conserve your energy, and stay afloat.

“Are we going to stand frozen on the high dive, staring at the situation below, or are we going to dive in?” Sometimes the currents of life may feel stronger than we can handle. During those times, we need to remind ourselves to Fight the Current. We shouldn’t wait for the ship to come in—we should swim out to it. The sooner we take control of our mindset, the better. The mind is a powerful resource; we have more control over our thoughts than we realize. When we take captive the negative thoughts, we can fight against what seems to be an overwhelming situation.

Take time to reflect on the troubled waters that you have been able to navigate. Remind yourself of your positive qualities that can get you through this time, too. Also, it is possible to feel uncertain how to even begin swimming through a tough current. First, take a moment to get out of the pool and to gain some perspective before you Dive into the Deep End. Take deliberate steps up to a higher platform and get above your circumstance. Competitive divers know that there is a process to the act of diving, which includes the approach, takeoff, elevation, execution—and only then—entry. Each part plays a role in how gracefully the diver enters the water. Changing your mindset and perspectives takes time and practice. In the end, despite our fears or misgivings, eventually we have to make a choice: are we going to stand frozen on the high dive, staring at the situation below, or are we going to dive in? After all, there’s only so much we can accomplish from surveying our situation; at some point we just need to go for it and make the necessary changes to improve our circumstance.

Rachele Caputo, MA, LPCA, specializes in group and individual counseling of adolescents, children, and adults. Contact Rachele with Living Well Counseling Associates in Cornelius. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 704.464.0065, or visit

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