Lake Norman Woman Magazine May 2015

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This month, we celebrate “Action Figures.” It occurs to me, though, as I scramble from one activity to the next, while adding yet more and more to my iPhone calendar, that we’re all action heroes, really. And while most of us are women of action, in this issue we honor two groups of action figures in particular: women veterans and mothers. In a special section beginning on page 34, we highlight a number of Lake Norman women who, through their military service to our country, fought to protect our freedoms. We owe them all a tremendous debt. We owe our mothers the same, of course. It amazes me as I think back to my childhood how different parenting is now. Our parents didn’t try to create a perfect playland for us, nor did they spend their leisure time organizing and supervising our activities. Back then, women smoke and drank during pregnancy (My mother-in-law says she even had a cocktail with the doctor in the hospital after delivering my husband.). We didn’t have playdates; we took off into the neighborhood on our bicycles, without helmets, to play with other kids. My mother would go so far as to warn us not to come home any time soon. If we got thirsty, we found a garden hose and drank from it. Our mothers didn’t worry about fructose, trans fats, or calories—and a T.V. dinner was a hearty meal (It did come with a vegetablelike substance, after all!). Our seatbelts were our parents’ forearms, and our sunscreen, once we had burnt our skin to a lobster-red crisp, was a white t-shirt that I’m pretty sure did absolutely nothing except get in the way of our ability to drown or maim our siblings in a game of chicken. I can hear some of you younger mothers gasping in horror, but believe it or not, they did love us—they

just didn’t worry a lot. They didn’t have the Internet so they were blissfully unaware of the horrors of drinking out of a hose or fighting to the death with your brother while perched on the less-than-steady shoulders of your cousin, unsupervised in three feet of water. Today, we never stop parenting. With good intentions, we try to stop every accident and fix every problem before it occurs. There’s no doubt a fine line between safety and independence, and I can’t argue that there weren’t times as a child that my well-being was in jeopardy (the time I curled up in an inner tube and barreled down a hill into the path of a busy road comes to mind). However, I fear that when we constantly remind children to fear the worst that can happen, we cause them to doubt themselves and to be anxious. I see this firsthand with my son, who recently got his learner’s permit. In my generation, this life-defining moment caused anxiety in the parents, not the teens. However, it is not an emergency brake pedal I need to quell my fears—it’s an emergency gas pedal. This ever-cautious child of mine would never dare exceed the speed limit or run a yellow light, which is good, of course. But as we trod along at a pace slightly faster than the speed of snail, I worry that perhaps I’ve been a bit too protective. My mom’s greatest gift to me was allowing me to take action: to have adventures as well as blunders, the occasional rebellion as well as the opportunity to defend my position (albeit mostly unsuccessfully), and moments of boredom along with healthy doses of solitude. And though it might not be easy, it’s very possible that we might reduce our own stress levels—and create future adults who are independent and maybe even more fun loving in the process—if we take some notes from our own moms.

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Family A Mother’s Love Mom’s The Word

Home My Action Heroes Sing And Dance

Self mind, body, spirit: It’s Time To Check In!


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LKNW Staff’s: What Lesson Did You Learn From Your Mother?


A Day in the life Kim McBee


success story Faith-Inspired Action


cover success story Taking Action To ‘Battle Crooked’


special feature Real-Life Action Heroes


Cornelius Honors Veterans


success story Taking Community Action

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No matter how much sometimes we don’t want our moms to be right, they are. The LKNW staff salutes our mothers and their sage advice!

“Resilience. My mother showed me that life isn’t exactly a present tied with a pretty bow—it can be messy. But it’s still a gift. The only way to really appreciate that gift is to keep on keeping on. The sun will shine again in the not-too-distant-future; you just have to pick yourself up and walk through the rain to get there.”

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“My mother taught me to be polite and respectful to others, no matter how old they were or where they came from. Everyone is human, and they all deserve to be treated equally and respectfully, even when we don’t agree with them.”


“When I was little, my parents divorced because of my father’s alcoholism, but Mom never spoke negatively of him. She always said, ‘There are better fathers in this world, and there are worse fathers; this is yours.’ It made perfect sense to that 7-year-old little girl, and those words still help me today. Everybody’s got stuff to deal with—could be better, could be worse…play the hand you’re dealt and stay positive!”

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“Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to wear black t-shirts, in addition to any items she thought were boyish. As an ‘80s-hair-band child, this was difficult; but I learned that my mom was only trying to make sure I dressed appropriately. She understood the value of a first impression, especially in what could be a narrow-minded world.”


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“Whether I was disappointed with a lost love or frustrated with the latest challenge, my mom would say, ‘Don’t let it get you down; when one door closes, another will open, and it will be way better!’ She said it wasn’t worth my time being upset because I’m worth so much more than that. Now, I teach this lesson to my kids.”

“In high school, I used to compare myself to friends, who seemed to have newer clothes, cooler parents, or a bigger house. Mom taught me to be careful and to remember that things aren’t always what they seem. It’s true: You don’t know what’s going on with someone until you’ve walked in her shoes. Be grateful for what you have. Comparing only leads to unhappiness or self-doubt. Thanks, Mom!”

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“Although I moaned throughout the process as a child, writing thank-you notes and having genuine gratefulness is advice I’ll forever heed, and do!”

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A Day in the Life…


Kim McBee

Realtor® and Partner at On Point Carolinas Realty

A l l i n a day ’ s wo r k I have always loved helping put people in their dream home. However, walking vacant lake lots has its disadvantages—I’ve had to kill a few snakes. My dear friend and business partner, Gus Testa, gets a big kick out of watching this small-framed woman chop off a snake’s head! Ha p p y M ot h e r ’ s Day ! I lost my mom five years ago; she was my best friend. She was giving, loving, kind, and would do anything for her kids and grandkids. I strive to be the same kind of mom to my son, Tyler.

Ac t i o n f i g u r e s At the grocery, I met Michael who, at 21 years old, had served in Afghanistan. Becoming fast friends, I sent him care packages throughout his second tour. He’s such a blessing, and he gave me crucial perspective: I’d been emotional about sending Tyler to college, but I considered what his mom was experiencing. We owe sincere gratitude to our military and their families.

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My family members are huge UT fans (University of Tennessee Vols). Tyler will transfer there in June from King University. One of my all-time favorite people is Pat Summitt. To say she’s an inspiration is an understatement; I just respect and admire her so much.


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W h at a ru s h ! Some might be surprised to know that I went skydiving several years ago. The thrill of jumping out of a plane from 10,500 feet in the air and free falling is definitely an adrenaline high.

After losing my mom and recently, my dear friend, Adele (pictured below), I say to live each day like it’s your last. Life is too short, so make it count.

S p l u r g e - wo rt h y I really do care about my health and what I eat, but I admit I love eating hot dogs at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on game day. No other hot dog is the same—I think I ate four one day! © Jose Barcelo |

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Motherhood is a substantial, yet commendable sacrifice— the hours are long, stakes are high, gratitude may be forgotten, and criticism hurts. Your heart will ache, tears will be shed, and you will question some decisions. While you are not perfect, you will work to be as close as possible, as you care for each member of your family. Your children’s needs, without fail, will come before your own. The phrase “This hurts me more than it hurts you” will painfully ring true in your ears. As a mother of 17 years, I get it. It’s a supreme sacrifice but also supreme reward.


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I am blessed to have an incredible mother who truly is the reason I am the person and the mother I am today. As an adult, I understand more and more the sacrifices she made. When my father died, my mother became a widow at 45. I was 19, and my brother, 16. Her strength during that time still amazes me: she stepped right in and became a pillar of strength—the family leader. I missed my father terribly but I never felt like I missed out—my mother was everything I needed. She has always been and is still without fail my confidant, my cheering squad and pep team, my voice of reason, and my giggle buddy. She is always there for me, unconditionally and without judgment. Throughout my life, she has shown me the importance of integrity, honesty, and dedication. She has taught me that above all, no matter what, to be a good person, care for others, and work hard. I believe in all relationships, personal and professional, you must have respect and honesty. The lack of those qualities are absolute deal breakers, and I have taught my children the same. In the moments your child wraps their arms around you and says they love you, you understand completely why as a mother you do all you do. It’s impossible to

know your capacity for love until you have a child and the pride that bursts forth as you see them grow into amazing young adults. Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky that God chose me to be the mother of these wonderful, sweet, smart, and beautiful human beings. I am truly blessed to have them in my life, and they always will be my most important accomplishment. My own mother has worked so hard her entire life and approached her career with a sense of unfailing pride and dedication. These values I have taken into my company and profession. I continuously strive to work as hard as I can and provide my clients with the best possible home buying or selling experience. I am unbelievably proud of her as she now retires from her job of more than 20 years. She is respected and adored by many, and I know she will be missed. Her heart is huge; she loves her family, and I am blessed that this special, amazing woman has taught me so many wonderful things in life. I will always and forever be grateful.

Kristi Hand is the owner and Realtor® at Titan Realty in Mooresville. For more information about buying or selling a home, call 704.201.3691 or visit

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Write a memory associated with the recipe on the back.

Print favorite family recipes on pretty cards.

Start her a stack-ring collection in silver (prices start under $100), from R. Gregory Jewelers, perfect with adorned family birthstones.


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Seems it gets tougher every year to get Mom creative, meaningful gifts worthy of the woman who reared you and still helps you out of those tough spots today. Here are a few Lake Norman Woman ideas to make this Mother’s Day special.

Change light bulbs and smoke-detector batteries.

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Have a blanket made with family photos.

Chore day at Grandma’s house!

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F r i e n d s a n d business partners Molly LaPorta and Melanie Jones identify their relationship as a “divine appointment.” Proverbs 16:9 reads, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” (NIV). After meeting through a mutual friend in 2009, both say that day was truly a God-wink. “We just clicked,” Molly recalls. “We are spiritual sisters.”

Like most good partnerships, Melanie and Molly share similar passions, especially healthy living. Enter Healthy Home Company, a membership club that offers household, personal health, and body-care products made with all-natural, organic, and toxic-free ingredients. “I’m so happy to be part of this company,” Melanie says. “We bring the store to your door, and we’re fueled by faith.”

Melanie adds: “We’re not only grateful for each other, but we never lose sight of everything in life that God has given us. We both let Jesus guide our lives.”

Melanie and husband Russ are founding members of Healthy Home Company. They are one of four couples asked by the owners to launch the company. “They refer to us as the Core 4,” Melanie grins. In addition, Melanie works in furniture-showroom design and photography, while Molly works in real estate. She and partner Nick Amini (Amini & Associates) work with buyers and sellers throughout the Charlotte region.

Today, both Molly and Melanie live in Cornelius. Molly is originally from Chicago, and Melanie moved a lot growing up, attending 11 different schools as a child. But, she admits, all the moving allows her to adapt easily to new environments, and—with a certain level of comfort—to greet strangers, or as she calls them, “FTBs”, or Friends-to-Be.


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“I used to love looking at all the architecture in Chicago,” Molly shares. “And I absolutely

love to help people find their dream home. I’m also in love with Lake Norman, which makes my job easy. My son, Luke (11), and I started over when we moved here. Melanie was the only person I knew, but it’s home now; it’s an incredible place to live.” Melanie couldn’t agree more. In 1997, she moved from Greensboro; today, she and Russ, along with their blended family of three children and seven grandchildren, enjoy everything about Lake Norman. “It’s alive and refreshing,” she smiles. “It’s like being on vacation all the time.” Both women have an enthusiasm and exuberance for life and faith. They want to share what they have learned, not just in life, love, and faith, but in their belief in Healthy Home Company and its products. “What we put in our bodies, what we expose ourselves and our children to is becoming a huge problem,” Melanie says. “From toothpaste and deodorants to laundry detergent and cleaning products, the toxicity is astounding.” Melanie and Molly commiserate about all women have to juggle—homes, children, jobs, relationships. They depend on one another’s support. “We make a point to constantly surround ourselves with women who exude love, kindness, and encouragement,” Molly says. “The best way to stay positive is to find good female friends who genuinely care about how you’re doing.” Melanie echoes those words: “You don’t build a business; you build a friendship.”

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My Action Heroes

Sing and Dance By: Starr Miller

I t i s a r a r e t r e at to fi n d c l i e n t s wi t h wh o m y o u s h a r e s i m i l a r pas s i o ns . It i s e v e n r a r e r t o fi nd cl i e nt s w h o w a n t t o e nt e r t ai n g u e s t s a t e ve r y t u r n.

CLIENT: He works in racing engineering; she is a party planner, flutist, and speech therapist. One of their sons is an acclaimed Broadway and Smash choreographer; another son was 3rd finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance” and a highly sought-after Broadway dancer; and the third son is a creative Google engineer genius, who sings in a barbershop quartet.



MISSION: To design a home that reflects their

passions and humor THE

SPACE: The powder room



At t h e r i p e o l d a g e o f 1 4 , I fell in love with the Broadway theater. Since then, I have seen more than 40 shows on the Great White Way. Imagine my surprise when I connected the dots and found my new clients’ son’s bio in my collection of Playbills!

It is okay to have a theme room when:


it is truly a passion, not just this week’s whim.


you are showing a collection that has meaning in your life.


you’re sure that the level of design is elevated—and not a Hildi explosion from “Trading Spaces” (If you need to Google that reference, it’s worth your time.).

avoid theme rooms:




when a client does not have a vested interest in the theme.


when the necessary items to fill the space are all just “stuff” that have no meaning to the client.


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When we started discussing options for their powder room we knew that ordinary, expected, and serene were not the adjectives we were working toward. How do you surprise and enchant guests? What does the family collect? Broadway, of course! When I learned that they had a massive collection of Playbills, we decided they could be made into a fabulous custom wallpaper. Picture it: one wall, 196 playbills, all actual size. Some signed by the cast, others special because a family member was in them or a fiancé of one son had cast the show. We painted the ceiling Playbill yellow, the other three walls a mid-range gray found in many of the Playbill images. We removed the plain white door and replicated the door from the show The Producers. We replaced the vanity with a sharp, contemporary, white vanity to reflect the sharp lines of the celebrated programs. The slim mirror over the vanity looks as if a young Maria wrote, “I feel pretty...” on it in lipstick, while the iconic dressing room mirror hangs from the ceiling. What you can’t see from this small peek inside this marvelous home is that the black and yellow connect to the colors we have used in the other public spaces of the home. So while this is a fun treat, aesthetically, it remains consistent with the entire house. Aren’t I a lucky girl to always have such fabulous clients? Starr Miller is the president and principal designer at StarrMiller Interior Design, Inc. Contact her at 704.896.3321 or visit

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Her grandfather was a compounding pharmacist, and her father took over his business, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Her older sister, Jennifer, is the president of the Michigan Pharmacy Association. “I also have a half-brother and a half-sister, Tommy and Taylor, who are 14 and 12,” Dr. Megan says. “Though I was in college when they were born, I can’t imagine anything more fantastic! Jennifer and I love them so much!” Dr. Megan says she has always kind of done her own thing. Her mother, Marianne, teases her, saying her daughter, Mia (19 months), is just like her. She also has a son, Mason (4). Perhaps influenced by her mom’s career as an orthodontic assistant, Dr. Megan graduated Purdue University with a biochemistry degree and University of Michigan dental school. After dental school, she married Dr. Matt, a UNC graduate, on South Carolina’s Daufuskie Island. The June wedding was a beautiful destination event despite the 110-degrees temperature. Though they hadn’t begun dating right away, Megan recalls introducing herself to Matt on the first day of dental school. “In my class, there were 110 students,” she says, “and a friend told me about a great guy that I should meet—just so I’d have a friend in this new environment.” When she entered orthodontic school at Michigan, Dr. Matt was in his final year. And three weeks into her third year, Dr. Megan learned she was pregnant.

babies do, everything changed. “Sporty Meg,” a name her friends gave her, once considered playing college basketball. Having grown up enjoying Lake Michigan—albeit only three months of the year in their cooler climate—Megan teased Matt that she’d consider moving if there was a lake nearby. Dr. Megan believes what makes them such a great married team also makes them a great professional team. “He really brings out my best side. Where I tend to be more cautious—I’m the biggest worrier!—Matt sees the world as a perfect place where nothing bad happens, and it spurs his creativity. I love that!” Their office scenario is an example of what modern professionals have come to enjoy: being creative and progressive. Dr. Megan works in the office two days a week, and Dr. Matt, the other two. Matt also spends a half-day at their satellite office in the Elizabeth area of Charlotte. “It took a little time to get the system in place and the details polished,” she says. The first two years of Mason’s life, she worked 40 hours a week and felt she was missing balance. “With us, every patient gets two sets of eyes; it’s a second opinion built-in! “Sharing patients compelled us to communicate better, which all partners— married or business—benefit from.” The couple has been married for seven years, and the Huntersville practice, almost two years. “Even though we work together,

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“I’m such a planner,” she laughs. “It was such a shocker! God obviously had a different plan.” They had planned to move to uptown Charlotte in 2011, after Matt finished orthodontic school. “We were going to be the young, uptown, professional couple from Ann Arbor—ha!” she says. But as

it’s not like I see him all day, “ she says. “We can be a team; it’s the best of both worlds.” The pair strives to create memorable and fun experiences for families, which includes iPads, coffee, and a future photo booth for before-and-after smiling shots. Patients have reward cards and build credits for things such as good hygiene and avoiding breaking an appliance. While staff and families enjoy

“Sharing patients compelled us to communicate better, which all partners—married or business—benefit from.” the different office vibe, shaped by which “doctor is in,” patients and parents can tell you they don’t like it when appointments are running on time because they look forward to enjoying the laid-back office atmosphere. “From the initial consultation, we want families to choose us. We sincerely feel that we don’t treat patients, we treat families.” It becomes apparent very quickly, that at Lineberger Orthodontics, being a successful orthodontist is not about being the face of the business; it’s about the smiles of their clients. Lineberger Orthodontics is the official orthodontist of the Charlotte Hornets. This partnership allows for some fantastic events for patients. Recent events have included box seats, food, and meet&-greets with players. Community support is important to Dr. Megan and Dr. Matt, and they look forward to being able to give Smile On scholarships in the future. They engage patients via Facebook; a recent challenge asked contestants to call the office, talking in their best Hornets’ buzz! They were the first to bring TeamSmile Dental Clinic to Charlotte, which gives needy children treatment. Also this year, they partnered with Carolina Panthers’ Kawann Short and Charles Johnson in Stats for Smiles. For every sack, the doctors gave a free treatment for Smiles Change Lives. “We also worked with Panthers’ Brandon Williams for Receptions for Smiles. They had a really awesome season,” Dr. Megan says, “so we’re still pretty busy with this one. “But it’s icing on the cake” she says. Sugarfree, of course.

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The Executive Women of LKN raised $7891 for

Safe Alliance Makeover. Vendor contributions and time donated by the StarrMiller Interior Design team reduced the actual cost of renovation from $20,000 to $7,891, including new paint, art, recovered furniture, and other decorating touches. The professional women’s group also donated a check for $1,000 to Safe Alliance at their winter luncheon. Vice President Danielle Ratliff presented the check to Kathryn Firmin-Sellers, Chief Strategy Officer for Safe Alliance.

Sutton Place Interior Design has been awarded Best Of

Houzz in customer satisfaction. The 30-year-old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals by the more than 25 million monthly individual users that comprise the Houzz community.

Carol Ann Stratton, a

Mooresville author, recently published her second book, Lake Surrender, a romantic mystery novel that centers around a fictional Christian camp in Michigan.The protagonist, Ally, finds renewed hope and a faith in God when she takes a job as a camp cook. Published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, the book is available at,, and local bookstores.

The Lake Norman United States Tennis Association Women’s

Combo Doubles Team clenched the sectional title in March in Mobile, Alabama. The team won at the local level (Charlotte), then advanced to win the N.C. State Championship. The team competed against 10 other state champions to clench the sectional title. Players (left to right): Carrie Fisher, Pamela Bender, Cecilia Balderrama, Cristen Inman, Susan Moore, Jean Little (Captain), Tessa Radziej, Christine Richards, Janet Marek, & Lisa Laws.


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The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club ends its year having

raised more than $47,000 for the community. This money, representing 100 percent of the proceeds from this year’s fundraisers, will be distributed to over 15 different local agencies.


DID YOU KNOW? There are over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, thousands

of which are banned overseas. Of those, only a very small percentage of those chemicals are regulated at all. Leading third party research directly links these chemicals in the products we use everyday with serious concerns and health risks.*

Julia Austin, owner of Fifi’s

Fine Resale in Cornelius, will begin implementing customer service techniques she learned in continuing education seminars at the National Association of Resale Conference in San Antonio. The mission of ARI is to promote awareness of resale and consignment as a critical component of the “green” industry.

Katy Kindred and husband

Chef Joe Kindred opened Kindred Restaurant in Davidson. Katy brings vast hospitality industry experience to this new venture. The restaurateur couple’s seasonally inspired restaurant will combine modern and classic techniques and a blend of global and traditional southern influence. Kindred is committed to sourcing ingredients from local farmers.







*Each health risk has been sourced by a vetted, third-party resource. Plese refer to for specific sources.



Melanie Jones 980-721-6137 // Molly LaPorta 312-804-1010 Visit: or

Jodi Wright, co-owner of Savory Moments Catering, announces that Our State Magazine’s signature recipe tester and food stylist, Wendy Perry, featured one of Savory Moment’s signature products, Carolina Blu, in the April 2015 issue. You can find Savory Moments Carolina Blu at Harris Teeter stores in the gourmet cheese section.

Rachele Caputo has joined

LivingWell Counseling Associates as a licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA). Rachele will offer personalized and confidential counseling with individual adults, couples, or families in need of hope, healing, and restoration.

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Relay For Life of Huntersville/Cornelius

Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Rd., Cornelius 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Don’t miss Relay For Life of Huntersville & Cornelius, the family-friendly event for the Relay For Life of Cornelius-Huntersville Facebook entire community! This annual overnight fundraising walk honors those who have been touched by cancer and allows supporters to come together to find a cure.

2nd Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast & Tour

Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte 7:30-10 a.m.; Breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. Take your families and honor mothers of all ages with a buffet breakfast and a guided Journey of Faith tour. Each mother in attendance will receive a special gift. Tickets are $20 per person (children 3 and under are free) and should be purchased by May 7.

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Fri. & Sat., May 8 & 9:

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association


Sat., May 2: Town Day

Davidson Village Green 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Because May is National Bike Month the Town of Davidson encourages all citizens to walk or ride a bike to the Green. Police officers will be stationed at key intersections to ensure safety. This year’s event continues the tradition of the original Town Day, a celebration of community service accomplishments of Davidson’s citizens.

Sat., May 9: North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville 12 noon-10 p.m.

This festival is a ten-hour day with six great bands and lots of North Carolina ales and lagers—plus a few select out-ofstate craft breweries. Enjoy a day of beer tasting, great food, and kids’ activities. All proceeds from North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival will go toward the preservation and advancement of Historic Rural Hill and its mission. See for ticket information.

Sat., May 9: Hello Huntersville, Music & Arts Festival

Downtown Huntersville 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This annual local arts celebration will include live music, demonstrations, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, the Huntersville Growers’ Market, and local businesses.

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Thurs., May 14: 2nd Annual Catwalk to Camp

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Rd., Charlotte 6:30 p.m. Individuals with autism, parents, and friends of Autism Society of North Carolina strut the catwalk, modeling fashions from Amina Rubinacci and Macy’s in an evening of fun and fashion. OMB will provide craft beer and savory delicious hors d’oeuvres from Famous Toastery. Catwalk to Camp is one of ASNC’s signature fundraising events to raise scholarship funds for individuals with autism to attend summer camp program at Camp Royall. Tickets range from $25-50 each.


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Autism Society of North Carolina

Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race

Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Rd., Cornelius Heat races start at 9 a.m., Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The 16th annual Charlotte Asian Festival is a family-oriented event for the Asian and non-Asian community in and around Mecklenburg County, to celebrate Asian cultures and history. The 10th Annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race is an exciting team competition, rich in Chinese tradition, and open to anyone 15 and older.


Please note that there is no public parking at Ramsey Creek Park. Organizers say parking is available at Rubbermaid Medical Solutions on 16905 Northcross Dr. in Huntersville, with complimentary shuttle service to the festival site. © George Kroll |


Sat., May 16: Shirley’s Angels: Love Your Headlights 5K and 5.5 Miler

Huntersville Business Park, 9735 Kincey Ave., Huntersville 7:30 a.m. 5.5-miler start; 7:45 a.m. 5K start

Registration costs vary; see

Town of Mooresville

Shirley’s Angels: Love Your Headlights 5K & 5.5 miler is being held to support Shirley’s Angels, local nonprofit, that helps those battling breast cancer. This event is family friendly and a lot of fun! 107.9 the Link will be providing music and fun! We will have medals for all children under 12.

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Sat. May 16: Race City Festival

Downtown Mooresville 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

This annual outdoor street fair attracts people from all over every year, showcasing the various cultures, arts, businesses, and people. The family-oriented festival is held rain or shine. There will be 200 vendor booths, food court, live entertainment on two stages, and a beer garden.

Relay For Life of Mooresville & Lake Norman

Joe Popp Stadium, Mooresville High School, 659 E. Center Ave., Mooresville 6 p.m.-6 a.m. This family-friendly overnight event brings together community members to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease.

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Be Scene L a k e Norm a n Wom 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

LKNW’s Sandy with Nicole Clark from New Penn Financial

“ S ce ne W i t h L a k e Norman Wom a n ! ”

LKNW’s Amy with Dr. Megan Lineberger at Waterbean Coffee in Huntersville (Amy won 2nd place in Lineberger Orthodontics’ March Madness Bracket Challenge!)

LaDonna Bumgarner, Nadine Deason, and Lorraine Giordano at Team Nadine’s Premier Sotheby’s International Realty ribbon cutting in March

LKNW’s Sandy with Heather Scovel and Jodi Wright, sisters and owners of Savory Moments Gourmet Catering and Magnolia Woods in Huntersville

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Dr. Marsha Cook and Heidi Kent of the Kent-Cook Institute at The Nook in Cornelius

LKNW’s Sandy with Diane Wilkowski, owner of Sweet Pea Box

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Branch of Armed Services:

U.S. Air Force, 1990–1995

Wartime Service: The Gulf War Inspiration for enlisting: I love adventure, traveling, experiencing new things, implementing structure in my life, being part of a team, being part of a good cause, and participating in a common goal. I also wanted to further my education. Assignment during tenure: I was

an engineer assistant in the Civil Engineer Squadron. I helped maintain the base by drafting and surveying buildings and updating as-builts. My wartime job was rapid runway repair, which was very dangerous.

Best part of the experience: I loved

all the amenities on the base and all the benefits, including a college education (I’m now an occupational therapist). I loved wearing my battle dress uniforms. I was in the Honor Guard for a few funerals, which touched my heart greatly. Family members were so thankful that the military cared enough to present an American flag, play taps, and have a 21-gun salute for their loved one.

Branch of Armed Services: U.S. Air




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Force, 1986–1990

Wartime Service: The United States Invasion of Panama, codenamed “Operation Just Cause” Inspiration for enlisting: After

I completed two years of college,

Greatest challenges: On the first day of my job, a staff sergeant tried to intimidate me. I didn’t allow him to deter me. Soon after, I entered a competition called Below the Zone, and I beat all the guys in my squadron. Also, I rode in a general’s private jet and attended a high-profile conference with the Chief of Staff. I didn’t allow that one enlisted man’s remarks to hinder me from doing great things! What should U.S. citizens know about our military personnel?

Freedom is not free! There are perks to being in the armed services, but ultimately, we are soldiers. Many soldiers go to war and don’t come home. Many go to war and come home with injuries, noticeable and unnoticeable. No veteran should be homeless, without services, or unaware of what kind of help is out there for them. Advice for potential female military personnel? Go for it! You

will learn so much about yourself, others, and life. It’s a pretty amazing thing to serve your country and salute your flag. There are so many awesome opportunities to take advantage of !

my father refused to pay any more so mostly, I joined to continue my education. Assignment during tenure:

Logistics Specialist

Best part of the experience: The best part about serving my country was just that, serving my country. The

Marine Corps, 1964–1969

Branch of Armed Services: U.S.

recruit training taught me that there is nothing I cannot do if I just try!

Wartime service: Stateside during

Greatest challenges: Being a female

the Vietnam War

Inspiration for enlisting: Many friends and family were against the war. But, my family had always served in the military and had always been patriotic, so I felt it was my duty to uphold that tradition. Assignment during tenure: I was trained as a radar approach controller, GCA controller. I was privileged to be the first woman Marine to complete this training. At the end of my enlistment, I spent a year on recruiting duty. Best part of the experience: It

was a privilege to be a Marine, although it was not easy. I enjoyed the friendships, the training, and work I was a part of. Parris Island

Marine was difficult because there were so few of us, and not all of the male Marines accepted us. Often, I was set aside and made to house with women of other services, which was hard to accept with my Marine Corps pride! Groundbreaking into air traffic control was difficult, but very rewarding. And, recruiting duty in Boston during antiwar demonstrations and riots was very difficult but an excellent life lesson.

Advice for potential female military personnel? Be ready to

accept harassment, but don’t accept abuse. Keep a higher-than-required work ethic and morals. Get as much education and training as possible. Be proud of yourself, your courage, and your service (even if you are not a Marine)!

What should U.S. citizens know about our military personnel?

Soldiers are from all walks of life and all faiths, each with their own motivations. Meet them where they are, accept them for who they are, and be thankful that they stand between you and any enemy, foreign or domestic.

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something and knew that joining the military would be the best way to fight for our country and our freedom. Assignment during tenure: My job was 42A, or human resources specialist. Best part of the experience: The brother and sisterhood! You meet so many people from all different walks of life and make lifelong friends. You know that no matter what, these men and women will always have your back.


to March 2008

Branch of Armed Services: U.S.

Inspiration for enlisting: 9/11

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Wartime Service: Operation Iraqi

really played a part in my decision. As a sophomore in high school, I was in Spanish class when the planes hit the twin towers. I wanted to do

people I served with were some of the best people in this world.

What should U.S. citizens know about our military personnel?

Army, 2004–2012

Freedom and Iraq, from August 2007

Greatest challenges: Trying to

adjust to civilian life afterwards. I have lived with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for the last 25 years. I’ve had friends who have suffered too, even some who killed themselves because they saw no hope.

All wounds cannot be seen. I have a service dog, named Ella Fitzgerald, for my PTSD; she is not always accepted or welcomed in public. My service dog warns me before I have an attack by sensing changes in my body temperature. Because there are so many smells in our environment,

Greatest challenges: The greatest challenge, though having a new Army family, was the time away from my family and friends back home.

who volunteer to serve and protect the freedoms of this country. There is more to our military than just combat and war. We learn many skills that make us more than qualified for civilian employment. Service members are adaptable; we learn quickly and are very reliable and efficient at getting the job done. Advice for potential female military personnel? Don’t hesitate

or be scared. The military has much more to offer than just combatrelated jobs.

What should U.S. citizens know about our military personnel?

Service members are unique and a very small percentage of Americans

she has to be as close to me as possible. Those who don’t accept her don’t understand. People wrongly assume that only big dogs can be service dogs. Advice for potential female military personnel? Be strong, and

be brave! You are a warrior. God bless you, and God bless America.

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Branch of Armed Services: U.S. Army

Reserves, 1988 to present Wartime Service:

Operation Enduring Freedom, from January 9, 2009 to March 22, 2011 Inspiration for enlisting:

The desire to serve our country! I knew I could make a difference and help this world become better for future generations.


Assignment during tenure: I am

a finance officer and have served as finance specialist, budget officer, team lead, payroll specialist, and comptroller assistant.


Best part of the experience: I take

pride in defending this country and protecting our values. The military allows me to grow as a person and a leader, by enhancing my critical thinking skills, creative problemsolving abilities, and interpersonal skills, making me an asset in both the military and the civilian world.

Greatest challenges: My greatest challenge is balancing my service with family life. I strive to be an

engaged parent and supportive friend, yet those obligations sometimes conflict with my military obligations. Fortunately, I have a wonderful, supportive husband. Our families are the real heroes because they sacrifice time with us and fill in gaps when we are absent from home. What should U.S. citizens know about our military personnel?

Military members believe in this country, and we’re willing to stand by our convictions. We don’t care about politics; we care about America. I have no desire to go to war, but I’m willing to sacrifice my personal welfare to honor my commitment. I’d like citizens to recognize the contributions we make to allow Americans the freedom to pursue their goals. Advice for potential female military personnel? You have as

much to offer the military as any man, although you may lead in a different way. Be true to yourself and to your individual gifts. Mentor other females, and break down the barriers to equality. With hard work, faith, perseverance, and knowledge, women are paving the way for others and climbing a bit higher every day!

Best part of the experience:


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Branch of Armed Services:

U.S. Air Force, 1971–1993

Wartime Service: Vietnam and

Operation Desert Storm

Inspiration for enlisting: The desire to serve my country and the endless opportunities for travel and education Assignment during tenure:

Contract Law, Procurement, and Administration


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Stability, income, health care, education, and retirement benefits. The huge family of people who share a common bond was a blessing; and I made lifelong friendships. Recently, I reconnected with my best friend in the Air Force, whom I hadn’t seen in 15 years! The military allowed me to finish a graduate degree and enter the civilian work force with a great job and excellent salary upon retirement. Greatest challenges: There were

few women in uniform, and we were limited to administrative and medical career fields. We had our own Women Air Force (WAF) Squadron, under separate command from male airmen. Earning respect and keeping it could be a challenge. I felt I had to work harder to excel and to prove that I deserved more challenging positions and equality. Other challenges were the numerous assignments that

required a move, starting a new job, and leaving friends and family. Sometimes I didn’t see my mother for two years! What should U.S. citizens know about our military personnel?

A military career is more than a job—it’s a profound commitment to protect and preserve our country and national security. We, and our families, make many sacrifices, many of which can be forgotten during peacetime. We are all

children of God and the privilege of wearing a military uniform deserves admiration and respect. Advice for potential female military personnel? Set your sights

and standards high, and live up to and maintain them with fervor and respect. The military affords women a real sense of purpose as part of a cohesive team. Behave yourself, always act like a lady, and always maintain a high sense of respectability.

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Cornelius Honors Veterans The town of Cornelius honors its military veterans, who were honorably discharged, living or deceased, with a beautiful monument located at 21445 Catawba Ave., just behind the Cornelius Town Hall. At p r e s e n t, 1,115 names of veterans are inscribed on the black, 3.5-feet by 5.5-feet granite panels on the walls around the perimeter of the monument. In 2011, during the monument’s planning stages, the town received twice as many names as anticipated and had to enlarge the original design by adding more wall space.


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Raising the funds to pay for the monument was truly a community-wide effort. The town of Cornelius committed the land and agreed to match community donations up to $50,000. Three area Rotary clubs donated a combined total of $15,000; and citizens, town leaders and staff, business owners, police, and fire fighters joined together in efforts, including two poker runs, a gala, a charity softball game, a barbecue lunch, and individual donations, to raise the remaining funds needed. The Town of Cornelius continues to collect the names of additional Cornelius veterans to add to the inscription each year. If you or a loved one has served in the United States Armed Forces, received an honorable discharge, and lived in Cornelius at some point, your name can be included on the wall. Contact the Cornelius Town Clerk, or visit for the application and more information.

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Taking Community Action By: amy hallman | photography by: chelsea bren

Left: Pat with Robin Byrd of Lake Norman Lucky Cat & Tanya Hill of Family Addition Dog Rescue Below: Rescuees, Daisy & Mickey

T h e o r e t i c a l ly, we all

recognize community service is important, but Pat Blaney, owner of Wagz ‘n Whiskerz in Huntersville, puts theory into continued practice. She created Pet Sitting with a Purpose, an offshoot of her pet-sitting business, to support local disadvantaged animal populations by donating a portion of proceeds biquarterly to two local beneficial organizations. Pat developed this plan while walking a client’s dog. Since she successfully maintains more than 100 Lake Norman clients, she was determined to “put our money where our mouth is,” she says. “Our nation’s animal shelters can’t provide for the 8 million in accidental litters, strays, and pets brought to their doors (Nearly half the surrendered animals each year are euthanized.). We cannot save them all, but we’re committed to helping.”

Pat Blaney (middle) Wagz ‘n whiskerz owner

‘Pull her; I’ll take her.’ With heartworms and a UTI, this dog was a hot mess! They thought she had a tumor, but turns out she was pregnant with five puppies! Today, Daisy is thriving in Raleigh.”

Because a large proportion of her business is dog care, and she fosters for this group, Pat selected Family Addition Dog Rescue, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit. “We were the first local petsitting business to support them on-going,” she says. “It’s unbelievable—but not unusual— to find a dog tied in the backyard and the family moved away.”

Family Addition assists abandoned, abused, and neglected area dogs, many from rural kill-shelters, and houses about 45 dogs at a time. Tanya says, “Each dog is vetted, microchipped, altered, and given quality nutrition and flea and heartworm preventative; we’ve placed over 400 dogs and a few cats.” Tanya personally keeps unadoptable, older, or infirm dogs. Pat encourages Tanya to bring adoptable dogs—and awareness—to events such as Bark in the Park and the AllAmerican Dog Show.

Pat has known director Tanya Hill’s work since 2009. “Recently, Tanya called to say Char-Meck was going to euthanize this pure-bred Westie,” Pat says. “I said,

“Pat is a savvy businesswoman and a great role model for other business owners,” Tanya says. “Her mission raises awareness and shows true commitment. Her contributions always come


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at just the right time—coinciding with medical debt. It’s a relief to continue these dogs’ care without financial stress. I love that she supports the cat community, too!” Pat also sponsors Lake Norman Lucky Cat, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Lucky Cat is not an adoption organization; it uses TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Return) to care for feral cats. “We live in a transient area, evidenced by all the apartment buildings,” Pat says. “Often, those who had a cat and move, leave it behind; all ‘wild’ cats aren’t necessarily feral. If you call animal control, animals are

trapped and generally killed; it’s not a long-term solution.” Before returning the cat, Lucky Cat tips its ear, a common practice enabling easy identification later. An example of Lucky Cat’s good work is Mickey, who was trapped at McDonalds. After being snipped, clipped, and returned, he’s stepped over to Lake Norman Chrysler and become their mascot. “They feed and look after him,” Pat says. “It’s about taking a community approach to caring for these cats. This community has been really good to us,” she says. “It’s about giving back to that community. Every client visit we do can help.”

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better me

better you

better world

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.

It’s Time to Check In! By: Ann Taboada

T h e p e r s i s t e n t t w i n g e in your low back. That tightness in your left shoulder blade. The pain in your jaw. Body awareness, or proprioception, is how the body senses itself and for many of us, the distractions of everyday life force us to “check out” and ignore these signals. But what are the ramifications of doing so? Injury, joint degeneration, pain, days out of work—and the list goes on.

Becoming “body aware” can lead to a more productive lifestyle. Joseph Pilates said, “With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person?” So, it’s time to check in! Your body has a myriad of connective tissue; pain in one area can be caused by tightness in another. Being conscious of your alignment is the first step to becoming efficient in your movement patterns. First, look in the mirror: Can you draw a straight


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line from your nose, through the middle of your sternum, belly button, and pubic bone? What about your legs—can you draw a straight line from your hip bone, through the center of your knee to the second toe? Now, draw horizontal lines: Are your shoulders level? What about your hip bones, knees, and ankles?

Being conscious of your alignment is the first step to becoming efficient in your movement patterns. With this information, you should strive for symmetry. When walking or jogging, do you put more force into one foot? When you are seated, are you shifted into one hip? When you stand, do you turn that right foot out? Like any habit, uneven alignment is hard to break but it can be done with persistence.

Everyone is aware of the benefits of exercise, and incorporating 30-40 minutes of vigorous exercise into your weekly schedule 3-4 times a week is ideal. Use this time to find forms of exercise that can help you check in and create symmetry. Mind-body exercises are perfect for this. The Pilates Reformer and its associated components (foot bar, jump board, padded carriage, shoulder blocks, and springs) provide external stimuli to help you become aware of and correct your misalignments. Yoga and Tai Chi are also forms of exercise that allow you to use the earth and energy systems of the body to find alignment. Take the time to check in, note your postural deviations, and then work to incorporate daily awareness to correct these misalignments. Soon you’ll be on your way to efficient and graceful movement, whether you are playing with your children, carrying your groceries, running your first half-marathon, or holding your posture as you give a speech at your next conference.

Ann Taboada is a certified Pilates instructor and the owner of Perfect Form Studio in Cornelius, a fully equipped Pilates studio that provides individual and small group instruction to correct misalignment, muscular imbalance, postural deviations, or fitness goals. For more information, call 704.560.0383, or visit | may 2015

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