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predecessors, family has served as a refuge against the dangers of the world. After all, exposed and relatively defenseless, our ancestors stood a fairly good chance of being eaten by a member of a predatory species. Although I don’t have firsthand experience, my guess is that it doesn’t take long to discover there is safety and comfort in togetherness when you’re being stalked by a gi-normous tiger. Though we don’t have to dodge saber tooth cats, the protective bond of family is as important as ever. Unlike in the past, though, us modern-day humans tend to live and work in communities with vast numbers of folks we’re not related to, generally keeping to ourselves and ignoring the problems of others. And with headlines dominated by stories of mean, cruel, and cold people doing mean, cold, and cruel things, we have good reason to isolate ourselves from strangers—our world can be a downright terrifying place. I know that I had begun to lose my faith in the goodness of people, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. But then a complete stranger treated me like family. As lake dwellers, you might not be familiar with Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, but think the Daytona 500, only with six lanes of traffic. So when my car stalled, I was filled with fear as my son and I pushed it across the lanes of oncoming cars as drivers honked and shouted not-so-helpful suggestions. Just as I was about to give up, a stranger was there pushing with us. At the shoulder, I thanked

him profusely, expecting him to be on his way—after all, his beach-bound family was waiting for him in his car. Instead, this complete stranger waved down drivers, procured jumper cables, and tried to jumpstart my battery. When that failed, he drove to Auto Zone, purchased a new battery, then returned to put it in my car. When that didn’t work either, he called a friend with a towing business and waited with us until he got there. Nearly three hours later, when he should have been sitting on a beach with a cool beverage in his hand, he finally turned to leave. As I hugged him and once again expressed my gratitude, he replied, “That’s what family does, right? And the way I see it, we’re all just part of one big family.” This kind stranger showed me that the world is full of good people—family, really—I just had to look for them. So the next time I meet a stranger in the line at the grocery, instead of nodding a greeting and then burying my face in my phone, I’m going to ask, “How’s your mom and them?”…because that’s just what family does.

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C C O R D I N G TO W W W. F O R B E S . C O M , family-owned businesses seem (and often are) more stable, more customer-friendly, more approachable, and more trustworthy … a family connection increases market visibility and consumer trust. Love, honesty, impeccable customer service, and a company that cares are all intrinsic qualities of these family-focused companies. You’ll find some inspiring examples from right here in the LKN community below:

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Charlotte

WHO WORKS TOGETHER: Husband & wife Rick & Heidi Brausch

LET’S TALK LATER: “Because we enjoy our business, we don’t mind talking about it when we’re away on vacation or off for the day. However, we do try to remember not to allow our conversations with our children (we have three) to be dominated by business because they each have things going on in their adult lives too. So to make sure all of our family time is not monopolized by business, we do make every effort to talk with our kids about what’s going on in their lives, and we respect each other when one of us asks, ‘Can we talk about this later?’ JUST FOR FUN: “Rick and I love to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville at least once a year, not just to tour the house but to explore the grounds. We have enjoyed hiking, kayaking, and touring the gardens there every year for our anniversary for about seven years now.” ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS: “We try to be respectful of each other, but when we fail, we forgive. Getting some space is also helpful, and we do have a few separate roles in the business so we’re not together 24/7. I think the most important thing to remember is to be encouraging and positive rather than critical and negative.” A STRONG FAITH IN GOD: “We believe the principles Jesus taught about interacting with one another provide us with the tools we need to live together and work together. Because we love each other as spouses and as a family, we purposely remember what love is as taught by scripture, and we try to live that.”

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West Penn Hardwoods, Inc.

WHO WORKS TOGETHER: Husband & wife Rocky & Kim Mehta;

children Allison (22), Priya (19), and Abhi (17)

THE NEXT GENERATION: “All three of our children have worked or are currently working with us. Our eldest daughter, Allison, is now with us fulltime after graduating from UNCC. Having our kids work for us is just an extension of our daily lives. If they choose to be a part of the business that’s great, but there’s no pressure to take over for us.” WHO’S THE BOSS: “There have been tough times working together but we came to the conclusion a long time ago that someone has to be the boss, but no one likes to be bossed bossed. Rocky has the title of ‘boss’ because it’s better to have one person as the lead … we have figured out the balance that works for us so things run smoothly.” DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF: “We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in August and have definitely had our ups and downs like any normal couple. But we always come back to the affirmation that we are committed to each other and our family and that love and loyalty always prevail … we do not let the small things come between us.” WORK AND LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: “We have been in business for more than 23 years, which means we’ve been running it almost the entire length of our marriage. We moved our business from New York to Conover in 2015, and it was the best decision we ever made. Our family loves North Carolina!”


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North Carolina Weight & Wellness

Mainstream Boutique of Winston Salem & Lake Norman

with twin sons Thomas & Chris McIlveen

with Anitra’s mother, Charlotte Parris

WHO WORKS TOGETHER: Husband & wife Dr. Peter & Lucy McIlveen

COMFORTABLE CO-WORKERS: “It is wonderful to work with family! Lucy and I have been in business since 2006, and Thomas joined us in 2012. The best part of a family business is getting to spend more time with each other and working with people who have the same goals, passions, and values.” IF WE COULDN’T LAUGH: “We have had very few struggles from working together as a family. However, it is sometimes difficult to leave work issues at work and not bring them home … there is a unique relationship between work-life balance, and we try to achieve that by fully listening to each other, accepting constructive criticism, and laughing as much as possible!” UNITY IS STRENGTH: “We each have individual strengths and educational backgrounds that have provided abilities to better the business in our own unique ways, and we come together as a remarkable team. As the practice’s physician, I am dual board certified in ob/gyn and obesity medicine; Lucy has a master’s degree in human resources management and works as the practice administrator, and Thomas, who holds a degree in political science and entrepreneurship, is the director of business development and marketing. Chris is attending law school but works with us part time doing tech work.”   A DIFFERENT LENS: “We do not argue, but we definitely disagree, which is very healthy for us as a team … we appreciate and respect each other’s opinions and perspectives. Many of our best ideas have come out of productive disagreements.”

WHO WORKS TOGETHER: Husband & wife Brad & Anitra Mitchell,

ON LIFE’S HIGHWAY: “We began this crazy journey in 2011 as a parttime fun business to do together. We never dreamed that a few years later we would have two stores! The best part is sharing the ups and downs of a family venture (which is quite often an ‘adventure’).” KEEPING THE PEACE: “Of course we have differing opinions from time to time, and sometimes we have to agree to disagree. Anitra, Brad, and I keep the peace by settling on an answer quickly and amicably, while still remembering how much we love and respect one another. I think we have finally, after a few trials and errors, learned how to compartmentalize family time and business time. Open communication is the key.” ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL: “I think because there are three of us involved, we have an even bigger desire to succeed and to have fun while doing so. We love each other and we’ve got each other’s back, so we have an even greater reason to want to work hard at our business and play hard as a family.” A PROPER PERSPECTIVE: “Owning a family business together is an exciting roller coaster ride … lots of twists and turns, but it is always fun! We work to the point of exhaustion sometimes, but we are proud of what we have accomplished … it is very fulfilling and we are grateful.”

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WHO WORKS TOGETHER: Mother-in-law & daughter-in-law

Dr. Lora Hurley & Jessica Sarti

MUTUAL RESPECT: “The center opened in 1995, and I have been working with Dr. Hurley since 2008. We love working together because we truly enjoy one another’s company, and we support each other 100 percent. In the office place, Dr. Hurley is my boss, not my mother-in-law, so I honor those boundaries.” IT’S NOT JUST 9-5: “We try not to let work influence our family life; although, this can be very difficult because there is always another question, another email, a new client case that needs researching. It can be hard to leave the work at work … our passion is helping others and that does not end when we leave the office.” WHEN IT’S TIME TO KICK BACK: “We do try to etch out some quality time as a family. My husband and I love to take our son (he’s 3) to Oak Island, and I also enjoy yoga, reading, and any water activity I can find! Dr. Hurley spends her leisure time gardening, caring for her mini farm, traveling with her husband, and playing with her grandsons.” BREATHE AND REBOOT: “Disagreements can arise from time to time, but when they do we try to step away from the situation and regroup. We also try to give each other space when it’s needed, and we do a great job of ‘hitting restart’ each day and leaving yesterday’s problems to yesterday.”

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Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

WHO WORKS TOGETHER: Sisters Dr. Lindsay Montgomery & Dr. Kara Lembo

A REAL FAMILY AFFAIR: “Family means everything to us … it has always been a strong support system and confidence booster when we need it. Family is always motivation to work hard and be successful. When we aren’t working, we actually do hang out together and enjoy our off time with our respective families—whether it’s going to sports events, pool time, or vacation, we always have fun together.” LEAN ON ME: “Support of one another is essential, as well as sharing the same vision and goals for our dental practice. We are a team as well as family … we couldn’t be successful without the other’s partnership. We communicate very well together and talk through ideas in our efforts to better ourselves. Kara’s success is my success and vice versa.” SETTING THE TONE: “We have created an environment so that each morning when we walk through the door we feel confident and comfortable that it is going to be an amazing day. We enjoy what we do and with whom we work as we pursue our passion of providing the best quality dental care to our amazing patients.” OFFICE POLITICS: “We find that we are equally focused on prioritizing and time management. We are partners within our business, so both of us share the same leadership roles and managerial tasks. Each day we try to excel at what we do so we can be the best for our families.”


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FAMILIES FAMILIES Don’t override or criticize. While you do want to create a positive, loving relationship with your step-child, don’t try to compete with their biological parents. The kids may be feeling guilt in terms of the divorce itself as well as some level of guilt for developing a loving relationship with a step-parent. Let them know you support them and respect the relationship they have with their parents.

Create a special relationship with your stepchildren. It can be a delicate and difficult balance to strike, but it is important to be an ally and supporter for your step-kids. Although you have to establish those healthy boundaries, as discussed here, you still want to have their trust and to let them know you’re on their side.

Parents, not step-parents, should do the dirty work. Most experts agree that it is dangerous territory for the step-parent to dole out the punishment. It is important to agree on household rules and discipline, but step-parents should take a back seat when it comes to being the disciplinarian.

A C C O R D I N G TO T H E

US Bureau of Census, 1,300 new stepfamilies are formed every day, and more than 50 percent of all families in the United States are remarried or re-coupled. This combining of families and personalities can be challenging for all involved. Family meetings with open, honest conversation are helpful in coming together as one unit, and remember to keep love and mutual respect as the focus always. Here are some other stepping stones to consider:

Establish healthy boundaries. Even though the biological parent should deliver the punishment, step-parents and step-children should still maintain a proper parent/child relationship. It’s ok to be their friend, but you are still a parent and a role model and should be seen in that capacity.

For more information on step-families, visit www.empoweringparents.com.

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This summer, LKNW launched a contest to find the cutest pet in Lake Norman. The response was amazing, and with over 149 incredibly cute contestants, it was not at all easy to decide on a favorite. But there could only be one winning photo, and Waffles and Cash brought in the most votes (a whopping 1,858 likes) by far! Congratulations to the newly crowned “Cutest Pets in LKN” and their pet parents, Jayme & David Taylor, too!


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Waffles & Cash may have brought home the trophy, but these adorable contestants prove that LKN is home to some of the cutest pets we’ve ever seen (check out more photos on our FB page). Thank you to everyone who entered for sharing your pet with us!

Goldie 2.0

Bella

Bodie Blaze

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CARING LIKE FAMILY:

helping animals When They Need It Most FOR MOST PEOPLE, pets are not just animals—they are

part of the family. In fact, research shows that over 90 percent of pet owners treat their pets like family, allowing them to sleep in their beds, taking them on vacations, pouring their hearts out to their ever-eager ears, and forming familial bonds that are just as strong as those between humans. So imagine if for some unfortunate reason, your furry loved one is separated from you. Obviously, they can’t call you on your cell phone to let you know how or where they are, and the dangers that exist for them in the outside world are very real. Thank goodness there are places like Lake Norman Humane that help animals in need.

extensive search for the family best suited for the pet’s needs. This thoroughness pays off: in 2017 alone, Lake Norman Humane helped 422 dogs, 427 cats, and 27 other companion animals find their forever homes! But Lake Norman Humane does much more than coming to the aid of animals in crisis. One of its main goals, in fact, is to prevent animals from getting into situations of distress in the first place. For instance, because many families temporarily experience difficult financial times and may have to face the difficult decision of having to surrender their pet, Lake Norman Humane offers a community pet food bank to Iredell County families in need. In addition, to help reduce the pet overpopulation problem, the organization partners with clinics and area veterinarians to offer affordable, accessible spay/neuter services as well as education and training for pet parents.

Lake Norman Humane receives daily calls and messages regarding animals in need of rescue. Whether the animals are in distress due to being lost, abuse, behavior issues, abandonment, or a previous owner’s lifestyle changes, the organization works diligently with multiple animal control facilities and members of the community to shelter and provide for Both volunteers and donations them. From the time the companion animal are critical in helping Lake Norman enters its care, the ultimate goal of Lake Humane complete its life-saving Norman Humane is to return a lost pet to its mission every day. If you would human family or to provide an ownerless pet like to help, please email with a forever home. As such, its adoption info@lakenormanhumane.org or process is all encompassing, involving stop by the facility located at 110 evaluations of the pet’s physical and behavioral Robinson Road in Mooresville. condition by a veterinarian or trainer and an

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Lake Norman Humane, however, cannot accomplish its mission without the support of our community. In order to encourage adoption through reduced fees, provide care that promotes health and vitality in our animals, and assist those who cannot afford the care their companion animals require, the organization needs our help.

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Just like with human health, prevention is the key to treating a multitude of conditions that can affect our dogs and cats. By scheduling an annual well check for your cat or dog, you can work with your veterinarian to keep your pet in tip-top shape. With strong roots in the Mooresville community, MOORESVILLE ANIMAL HOSPITAL has recently moved into a new, expanded facility that offers state-of-the-art treatments and diagnostics. With specialists in veterinary acupuncture, geriatric care, and internal medicine, the clinic offers both a team of highly-skilled veterinarians and a wide range of services that include preventative care, urgent care, laser therapy, dental radiography, inhouse lab work, boarding and grooming, and a fully-stocked pharmacy. THE

VETERINARY HOSPITAL OF DAVIDSON

specializes in holistic medicine and natural therapies for your pet. These therapies include pet acupuncture, herbal and glandular medicine, holistic nutritional therapy, homeopathy, laser therapy, chiropractic, massage, and more. The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson staff often integrates these natural therapies with traditional medicine and surgery to minimize side effects and achieve the best and longest lasting results. The veterinarians and staff at STAND FOR ANIMALS VETERINARY CLINIC believe that every pet needs and deserves highquality care to keep them healthy and happy for their entire lives. With three nonprofit clinics in Charlotte, Rock Hill, and Lake Norman, Stand For Animals makes spay and neutering and other veterinary services accessible and affordable to all pet owners. By doing so, they hope to help create a world in which all pets are happy, healthy, safe, and loved.

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FOR MOST OF US,

pets are not just animals, they are our best friends, our confidantes, and yes, a treasured part of the family. They steal our hearts with their unconditional loyalty and love, so it’s actually fairly easy to treat them like the family members they truly are. After all the joy they bring to us, it only seems fair to show our pets how much they mean to the entire family by giving them our very best in return. Here are some tips on making sure our furry family members thrive.

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YAPPY HOUR BAKERY FOOD TRUCK, you will find

treats and products that are as unique and fun as our tail-waggin’ friends. The handmade gourmet dog biscuits and frozen treats are free of preservatives and available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors. Check out Yappy Hour's event schedule on its website to find out where it will be visiting pet-friendly facilities or making deliveries next.


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Keep your pet groomed.

Bath time can be stressful for both pet and owner. The founders of SNUGWICK’S, two local pet owners whose rescued animals are truly treated like family, have developed a line of highly-absorbent wearables that make it easier on both by helping to remove excess water from dogs’ coats. Useful after a bath, swim, or getting caught in the rain, the soft and breathable materials snuggle dogs while giving them the freedom to move around comfortably. Each piece is stylish and functional, and plans are underway to expand the line to include non-wearable protective items too.

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Provide excellent care when you’re away (and guidance for

when you’re home!). As much as we love our pets, there are times that we have to leave them for extended periods. And while it can be difficult to concentrate on your work or relax on vacation if you’re anxious about your pets who are home alone, you can breathe easy knowing your pets are in good hands at PAMPERED PETS INN. This state-of-the-art facility is located on 2.25 beautiful acres in Mooresville, and offers luxurious services during boarding and daycare that you would expect at a high-end human hotel! And if your furry family member’s unwanted behaviors have you feeling a little anxious at home too, Pampered Pets Inn can train and pamper your dog during his stay with a personalized, balanced approach of techniques, leadership, and affection.

Celebrate your love for your pets. You can show the entire community how much you love your canine at the 18TH ANNUAL ALL AMERICAN DOG SHOW at Robbins Park in Cornelius on October 6. Competitions will include unique categories such as “Best Dressed,” “Cutest Senior,” “Cutest Puppy,” “Best Spots,” “Best Trick,” “Best Kisser,” and “All American Dog.” In addition to the fun contests, visitors are able to enjoy vendor tents, concessions, and children’s activities. A pet owner’s worst fear worst fear is losing a

beloved companion. PET PILGRIMAGE CREMATORY & MEMORIALS understands that the death of a pet

can be a truly traumatic experience and creates a large void in our hearts and lives. They share our love for pets and offer a comforting way to find closure with compassionate personal service and a dignified pet cremation. They also are hosting a PET LIFE CELEBRATION on September 9th to give families the opportunity to honor their pets, past and present, benefitting Catering To Cats & Dogs Rescue Group.

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blind, did you know that they can also alert diabetics to glucose levels; epileptics to seizure onset; or migraine sufferers to their next debilitating headache? They also work wonders with military vets and others who deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other psychological issues. Service dogs and therapy dogs differ in that service dogs are specially trained to do tasks that help the person with disabilities—everything from opening doors and turning off lights to going for emergency help. A therapy dog is often someone’s pet that is friendly, mild tempered, and socialized. These dogs are the ones that visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and other institutions. We are focusing our attention here on service dogs. (From Assistance Dogs International and Paws with a Cause websites):

The cost of getting a service dog can vary. There may be travel expenses, application fees, equipment fees, and the actual cost of the dog. It can run as high as $20,000 or more to train and place a service dog, and costs can escalate quickly for people with very specialized needs. However, there are programs that place dogs with little or no cost to the owner, relying on fundraising, donations, and volunteer efforts to offset at least some of the expenses. While any breed can become a service dog, training a family pet for service is extremely difficult and rarely successful. The dog needs to be between 16 and 36 months and must pass rigorous health and temperament screenings before training even begins. Because of the very specialized nature of service dogs, few family pets make it through the program.

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Receiving a registered service dog can take months or even years. Once the application process is completed, approved candidates are put in a pool of applicants. Organizations specializing in service dogs take their jobs seriously and go to extreme measures to match the appropriate person to the appropriate dog, which can be difficult and time consuming.

Getting around in public is not always easy with a service dog. Unfortunately, owners and their dogs can be met with quite a bit of resistance. Owners may have to reiterate or reassert their rights when gaining access to public places. (The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees the right of a person with a qualifying disability to be accompanied by their individually trained Assistance Animal in public venues. More info can be found at www.ada.gov.

Training is life-long. This unique bond between owner and service dog must be nurtured and reinforced. And, as with any pet, their living environment must be suitable—a loving home, proper nutrition and exercise, and access to routine medical care. Although there is a lot to consider, service dogs are remarkable and can truly save lives… happy “tails” for sure!


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My mom put me on a diet, so I ate her shoe.

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I drank the baby’s milk… and ate the bottle, too.

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I tried to get through the cat flap in the door, but I’m way too big and got stuck.

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for parents and kids, but it can be a bit intimidating as well. Since September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month, we’d like to offer some safety reminders for you to share with your college kids— I T ’ S A F U N A N D E XC I T I N G T I M E

Be aware of your surroundings. Is someone walking too closely? Are they dressed inappropriately (i.e. heavy clothes in warm weather)? Do they seem out of place? Report suspicious behavior, and familiarize yourself with campus security (blue light locations). Walk in groups in well-lit, high-traffic areas.

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When going out with friends, keep your wits about you. Make sure you have a plan in place to get home safely—a fully-charged phone, reputable car service app, emergency cash, etc. Stay in a group of friends and don’t leave your drink unattended.

Be tech-savvy.

Don’t be preoccupied with your phone and other electronic devices. Headphones keep out important sounds you need to hear; cell phones distract … walk around campus like you mean it!

SAFETY APPS

For more information on campus safety, visit the Association of American Colleges & Universities at www.aacu.org.

All Apps available on iOS and Android; subscription

Watch Over Me: Built by women for women, this app allows you to enter the location and time (and other details) you want to be accounted for. If you don’t tap “I’m Safe” before time runs out, your loved ones will get an alert with your exact location. It also tells you when you are entering high-crime areas.

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Don’t share your class schedule or other regular details of your day. A good rule to follow: If you wouldn’t share it with a stranger, then don’t share it online.

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bSafe you: With this clever app, you can invite friends to follow your location via GPS, send location information to friends, set a timer that will automatically send an alarm, or initiate a phony call if you want to be interrupted for a particular reason.

StaySafe: This app notifies your emergency contacts by email or SMS if you don’t check-in after a certain time. The message provides your exact location should you need help. There is also a business version which provides personal protection for workers anywhere in the world.

OnWatchOnCampus: This has six alert modes that are customizable—allowing you to alert friends, campus police, local 911, or a combination of all three. In just two taps, an alert is sent via phone, text, email, and Facebook.


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celebrating

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these two sisters were certain they wanted to work together someday, but they never imagined it would be in the charming Lake Norman area of North Carolina. Following in the footsteps of their father, John J. Scherer, DDS, Kara Lembo and Lindsay Montgomery learned important lessons about character and leadership. Their dad also instilled the importance of family, often saying: “If you believe in your ability in your dental profession, no one will take that away from you … so no need to worry.”

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This advice was taken to heart. “We truly love being together as business partners, friends, and sisters,” Lindsay says with a smile. “You have to love what you do, have a solid plan, be organized, be a team player, and believe in trust … trust is within the family. Believe in your ability and surround yourself with positive people and energy.”

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The two sisters grew up in Cedarville, Michigan, and attended Les Cheneaux Community Schools K-12. Lindsay went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in science from Central Michigan University. After graduation, she worked alongside her father in Cedarville in his dental practice where she “discovered how dentistry can offer a variety of services to people, and it keeps you

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involved with the public.” This inspired her to enroll in Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating in May 2003. For five years, Lindsay served in the United States Navy as a general dentist at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. During her service, she deployed overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom providing dental care to military personnel. Lindsay was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her efforts. Her sister, Kara K. Lembo, also discovered her passion for dentistry while working with their father. She then went to Central Michigan University for her undergraduate studies in biology and predental. Kara attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and graduated in May 2003. She started her own dental practice in Shelby Township, Michigan, in August 2004 and was very successful for five years before moving her family south in order to fulfill her lifelong dream of working alongside her sister. The two formed Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in February 2011.

“You have to love what you do, have a solid plan, be organized, be a team player, and believe in trust … trust is within the family."

Their warm and welcoming all-female practice continues to bring smiles to those who work there as well as to their patients. “Every day is fabulous … especially when you have an amazing group of ladies who back up your vision of how you want your dental practice to be,” Kara says. “It makes us smile when our team takes care of one another, and we are very proud of the quality care we provide. It is rewarding when your patients are laughing and smiling and feeling good about their dental visit.” In 2016, the dynamic duo was named as two of the 25 honorees to receive the Inaugural North Carolina Women’s History Month Leadership in Action Award. The recognition is given to women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, iconic global presence, and inspiring business acumen. While Drs. Lembo and Montgomery are both quite accomplished, their goals in life are fairly simple: “Spend time with family,” they say almost in unison, “and stay strong in faith. Believing in oneself is paramount so that every single day you try to be the best you can be … stay true to your passion; always be humble and kind.”

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AMAZING MAIZE MAZE Times Vary Rural Hill 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville

Get lost in this giant sevenacre corn maze featuring two miles of interconnecting paths. Also enjoy a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn hole, explore the historic site, have a picnic, hike the trails, and much more.

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2ND FRIDAY STREET FESTIVAL 6pm-11pm Oak Street Mill 19725 Oak St., Cornelius

This festival features talented and innovative artists and craftsmen, live music, and food and drink from local breweries and food trucks.

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THE GREAT CHILI COOK-OFF 3pm-8pm Iredell County Fairgrounds 630 N. Main St., Troutman

2pm-8pm Oak Street Mill 19725 Oak St., Cornelius

This action-packed festival features two stages of live bands and performances, more than 100 local artists & craftsmen, multiple food truck courts, local craft breweries, sidewalk shop specials, a kids’ zone, street art, and more.

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Enjoy chili tastings, live music, beer & wine, local vendors, and a huge inflatables kids’ zone. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite chili!

CRAFT BEER FALL FEST 2018 1pm-7pm Cornelius Draft House 19818 N. Cove Rd. Cornelius

Party on the square with craft beer vendors featuring a wide selection of fall craft beers, live bands, food, a wine tent, and children’s activities.

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LKNW’s Michele (right) with Dr. Brittany Flaherty, owner of Monocle Eye Care and Eyewear Gallery in Cornelius, at their grand opening in June Stephanie Crisco, center director at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, with LKNW’s Stephanie at Fresh Chef Kitchen in Mooresville

“SCENE WITH LAKE NORMAN WOMAN!”

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Pictured left to right: Tim Parker,

Coffee break with LKNW’s Michele and local teen Julie D’Amanda at Waterbean in Cornelius

Vicki Messler of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. (right) with LKNW’s Stephanie at Joey’s Fine Food and Pizza in Denver

COO Purple Heart Homes (PHH); John Galina, CEO and Co-Founder PHH; Chris Wilcox, WEND FM; Jack Salzman & Robin Smith-Salzman, owners Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; Samantha Christopher, PHH community relations. Robin and Jack Salzman are donating $100 for every new 2019 Ram truck sold from Memorial Day through Labor Day to Purple Heart Homes.


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gina NOBLE, PA LKNW RECOGNIZES A WOMAN DOING EXCEPTIONAL WORK IN THE LAKE N O R M A N C O M M U N I T Y, A L E A D E R W H O I S PAV I N G T H E WAY T O C H A N G I N G O U R AT T I T U D E S A N D I N S P I R I N G C O N F I D E N C E I N T H E F U T U R E .

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FAMILY: God brought my husband Mark into my life while we were attending the University of Florida. We married in 2011 in Asheville and a few years later, made our home in the Mooresville area. We love the lake activities and the proximity to the mountains where we find our greatest pleasure as a family. We have three beautiful children: Landon (4), Madelyn (2), and our newest son Riley was born in late June.

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THE MEDICAL FIELD: I love helping others! I chose a career in medicine because I genuinely love being able to make a difference in people’s lives. I enjoy treating my patients’ medical concerns and educating them on skincare so that they can feel more confident. Our skin is the body’s largest organ; therefore, it needs just as much care and attention as we give to the health of the rest of our body.

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KNOWING WITHOUT A DOUBT: We are not promised tomorrow. With

the unexpected loss of my brother at 35, and my father at 65, I have learned to take the time to cherish the moments with the people I care about. Having small children of my own now, I realize more than ever that I need to absorb every moment of their lives, take time to make memories, teach them, listen to them, share in their wonder of the world, and snuggle them close every moment I can. We are all guilty of filling our lives with the “things of this world”—technology, never-ending lists of tasks and to-do’s. We just need to take a step back, simplify our world, and enjoy the sweet blessings before us.

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HAVING A HEALTHY, BALANCED LIFE: We have so many

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responsibilities as women today, and it is expected that we juggle them all and be successful. I find that prioritizing is key – and my family and faith come before anything else. Make time and take time with your spouse, family, and friends. I guarantee you will see the reciprocal feelings of appreciation and love. It is especially important to carve out some “me” time, even if it is just for 15 minutes. A little down time for yourself free from responsibilities can go a long way to destress … and to re-energize and lift your body, mind, and soul. Also, stop worrying! One of my favorite verses helps keep me in check with my tendency to worry – Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds.”


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Here are some other reasons soft washing is preferable and ultimately the best route to go for your home—

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Soft washing is the process of applying cleaning detergents at low pressure and rinsing them with clean water. We use 12.5% sodium hypochlorite (bleach), a surfactant, and mostly water. This process is used primarily to clean roofs and the exterior of homes. At Soft Home Wash, we have a dedicated soft wash machine that pumps out 9.5 gallons per minute at the gentle pressure of 149 psi. Most pressure washers provide 2500-4000 psi, which can damage your home.

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EXTERIOR HOME WASHING By: Eddie Conz

to give someone a free estimate and explain to them what we do and how we do it, they look at me and, somewhat confused, ask, “So you don’t pressure wash houses?” In fact, about ninety percent of my customers contact me asking to have their homes pressure washed; however, we do not pressure wash houses. We use a cleaning process called “Soft Washing.” OFTEN WHEN I ARRIVE

Pressure washing a home is the go-to default for many homeowners because they don’t know about soft washing. Pressure washing is just that— that—pressure! And with thousands of psi (pounds per square inch) of water hitting your house, it can cause damage and even void warranties of some shingle companies.

Eddie Conz is the owner of Soft Home Wash located at 14311 Reese Blvd., Suite A2 #388, in Huntersville. You can reach him at 704.912.1417 or visit www.softhomewash.com for your free estimate.

This process uses eco-friendly and environmentally-safe chemical solutions to clean the exterior of your home, not pressure. These solutions won’t harm your plants and will clean your building more thoroughly. Additionally, they are applied with low pressure that is not much more than a garden hose, which ultimately saves water. The overall outcome is superior to that of using only pressure to clean a surface. The sodium hypochlorite kills algae, mildew, and mold at a molecular level. After the soft washing, an antifungal residue is left behind that will continue to protect against harsh outdoor elements for 12-18 months. Having the ability to work from the ground reduces labor times and therefore cost—there is no moving of ladders or scaffolding, so it saves money and time … a win-win for everyone! The process is used to clean roofs as well. I have a lot of customers baffled that cleaning their roof is even an option. It is, and the best part is that soft washing is the only way to clean your roof and not void the warranty of your shingles. So you get a brand-new looking roof, and your warranty stays intact. Pressure washing can also shoot water under the siding of your home, potentially soaking wall cavities, insulation, wiring, flooring, plaster, etc. These intense machines can also disturb lead. It’s always there lurking beneath the surface of an old house, and pressure washing can cause paint chips to be blasted all over your property. Soft washing is also better for brick homes. Old brick and mortar are softer than the new stuff of today, so it can easily be damaged by pressure washing. And replacement costs will not make you happy.

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CAMPING TIPS

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S U R R O U N D I N G S TAT E S offer an abundance of camping choices. Whether you want to toast marshmallows on the beach or wind your way onto the Appalachian Trail, outdoor fun awaits! Here are some tips as you begin to plan your next trip to nature—

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STAYING CONNECTED

While the whole point of camping is to get back to nature and away from the connected world, many of us want or must stay connected. In order for a Wi-Fi signal to stay up, a signal-boosting antenna is a must. Apps, such as Google Earth, are helpful with locating Wi-Fi access spots, parks, and other public places for those who need to stay connected.

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FOOD STORAGE

Use plastic storage bins for items that don’t need to be kept cold. Also, consider using blocks of ice instead of bags of ice as the blocks last longer. If the campsite doesn’t provide food storage containers, store food and all cooking gear in the trunk of your car.

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CAMPING MEALS

It is a good idea to freeze foods before the trip and then load them into the cooler before you hit the road. You can even scramble eggs and mix pancake batter ahead of time; store and freeze in ziplock bags, then thaw and pour into frying pan at campsite.

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KEEPING DRY

You will want to keep all clothing in backpacks or plastic bins/bags. Regardless of weather, the outdoors are damp at night. Also, unzip and hang your sleeping bags during the day to air and dry them out; they inevitably get damp at night even in the confines of your tent.

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RESPECTING NATURE

Unfortunately, many folks leave food, trash, cigarette butts, etc. at their campsite— especially in the fire pit. Please make an effort to leave the campsite and all of nature litter free!

For more information on campsites in the area, visit North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation at www.ncparks.gov or find more camping tips at www.active.com.


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COPD is an inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow. Most cases occur in individuals over 40 who have smoked tobacco or experienced secondhand smoke. Chemicals and dust found in numerous work environments can also be factors. Genetics can play a role as well. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing, chest discomfort, and formation of mucus. Sadly, most people are not diagnosed properly and do not even know they have COPD. They can lose up to 50 percent of their lung function before diagnosis. There is NO cure. Here are some other facts:

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE

(COPD) is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, but many people don’t know much about this disease. I didn’t until my father was diagnosed. My mother and I, who both are his caregivers now, were blessed when a friend shared her experiences with COPD, offering much-needed insight into this terrible disease. I am not a healthcare professional, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding COPD, you should seek the advice of your physician. I do know firsthand what a bitter, unknown road COPD can take, and it is my hope that this information will encourage Lake Norman Woman readers to learn more in order to protect and advocate for themselves and their loved ones. PULMONARY DISEASE

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210 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE HAVE COPD 12 MILLION AMERICANS have COPD; possibly another 12 million that are not diagnosed.

15 PERCENT of all people who are diagnosed with COPD have NEVER SMOKED.

Nearly 80 PERCENT of the diagnosed WOMEN NEVER SMOKED.

6.5 PERCENT of the residents in NORTH CAROLINA are affected by COPD.

A spirometry is a simple test that is used to diagnose COPD. The results indicate the grade of the severity but do not determine life expectancy or the quality of life. Additionally, research shows that physicians are more likely to give a diagnosis to male patients. Women are less likely to even be offered the test, much less diagnosed properly. An elusive, debilitating, and terminal affliction, COPD slowly impairs breathing and robs independence as it progresses. Lack of oxygen begins to affect communication, decision making, memory, and moods. It impacts all areas of daily living and gives way to frustration and despair. Emotions of fear are exacerbated by the unknown and the ever-looming question, “How much worse can it get?” COPD is a difficult journey that is different in every case yet an emotional roller coaster for everyone involved. You cannot do this alone; you are not alone! Seek support from family, friends, medical professionals, and local support groups. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of any kind, seek help through your doctor.

Katie Stankiewicz is the owner of Willow Equine and Mind, Body & Sole Equine Care, Inc. As a certified leadership coach and equine specialist, Katie transforms personal challenges into authentic successes with the aid of her horses and equine assisted personal development. For more information on her services, visit www.WillowEquinetherapy.com or call 704.237.0644. For more information on COPD, visit the American Lung Association at www.lung.org.


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EACH YEAR, MORE THAN 22,000 WOMEN

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will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and because the symptoms may seem commonplace and lack intensity, many diagnoses are not made until the later stages of the disease. The World Health Organization reports that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide. But if it is detected in its early stages, the five-year survival rate is more than 93 percent. Ovarian cancer typically occurs in women in their 50s and 60s with the median age being 63. Many women who are diagnosed have a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene, so it is prudent to talk to your doctor about the BRCA gene test. Although there is no consistently-reliable screening test to detect ovarian cancer, women should get regular pelvic exams. Additionally, high-risk groups (and those who have had abnormal pelvic exams) should talk to their doctors about transvaginal sonography and the CA-125 blood test. Reiterating that the symptoms can be confused with normal ailments, regular checkups and physician consultations are paramount for all women of any age group. With that said, some symptoms may include but are not limited to:  

* Bloating * Pelvic or abdominal pain * Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly * Urinary urgency or frequency * Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation, diarrhea

* Extreme fatigue * Shortness of breath * Backaches * Weight Gain

If you or someone you know experiences any of the above, it is best to consult your physician immediately. Visit www.ovarian.org for more information. Locally, the Teal Butterfly Challenge is a non-profit 501(c3) organization based in Charlotte.Their mission is to raise awareness about the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer by educating the public through community events and social media campaigns. Please visit www.tealbutterflychallenge.com to donate, volunteer, or participate in an upcoming event.

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Dr. Meghan Lemke Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center MOORESVILLE, NC

Medicine was a natural fit for someone who enjoys studying science and interacting with people. “While in medical school,” Meghan recalls, “I had some specialized allergy testing and treatment which drew me into the field.” Today, she is thankful that she made that choice. “As I progressed in training, I became fascinated with the body’s immune system,” she says. Since the time of Meghan’s experience with her own allergy testing, there has been a dramatic increase in allergic diseases – especially food allergies. “Since we don’t fully understand the reason for the increase, allergists are at a medical frontier, which pushes us to keep studying, learning, and adapting our practice to provide the best care for our patients.” One of Meghan’s passions is providing education to her patients to create their best outcomes with the least amount of medications. “The only thing I know for sure is that I still have so much to learn, and as long as I’m learning and growing as a person, I’m on my way,” Meghan recognizes.

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came to the Lake Norman area by way of Birmingham, Alabama, to join the specialized team of physicians at Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center. Meghan completed training in pediatrics and allergy/ immunology at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville and has been board certified in allergy and immunotherapy since 2009. “I met my husband, Chris, at the Mayo Clinic where I attended medical school,” Meghan says. Chris was a researcher and Meghan was a medical student. The couple married and have three children: Camille, 9; Patrick, 7; and Greta, 2. DR. MEGHAN LEMKE

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“Relocating to the Lake Norman area has truly been a dream come true,” she continues. Some of her fondest childhood memories involve spending time with her family on the Finger Lakes in New York State. “When I am out on Lake Norman now with my family, those memories come together and create nostalgia of childhood magic and carefree fun,” she describes. It’s a blessing for her to be able to share these experiences with her young children, watching them participate in some of the same activities she did as a child. “Nothing makes me prouder than watching my children grow into unique and remarkable little individuals,” she smiles. Hippocrates once said: “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” Meghan has a true love of medicine and people. “I look to Mother Teresa for inspiration in ministering to my patients,” she says. While admittedly a vastly different culture, the people of the Lake Norman area are not unlike the people of Calcutta – the basic need for human connection and compassion is universal. Mother Teresa lived to bring God’s love to people, and Meghan is inspired to do the same. “My faith is my compass,” says Meghan, “my faith is what gives meaning to everything I do.” By: Michelle Love | Photography By: Toni Lovejoy


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B E T T E R M E … B E T T E R YO U … B E T T E R W O R L D

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& RECOGNIZING GOD’S PROVISION FOR EVERY SINGLE NEED! GOD IS THE GREAT PROVIDER—

I’d known that since childhood, but I didn’t truly recognize His personal provision for our every need until I was in my early 30s, with two young children and another one on the way, a husband who worked several extra jobs on the side, and an income that still didn’t cover all our expenses. The tunnel looked dark, and I couldn’t see a way out. On paper we were poor, yet I can look back now and see how richly I experienced God’s presence during that time. With a burgeoning belly, one toddler on my hip, and another wrapped around my knees, it wasn’t uncommon for me to open my near-empty refrigerator and whisper prayers of petition wrapped in thanksgiving: God, you will meet our every need. You have never failed us. You are in control. It was a “this is it” season. This, I would tell myself, is when our faith is proven real. I started looking at and crediting each and every incident— from the government WIC checks to the gift of a box of persimmons from

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a stranger—as God’s provision for our family. Like manna in the wilderness, the Lord provided again and again and again. As time passed, I saw it more clearly than ever, and looking back, I realize He provided all along. The manna or “bread” from heaven in Exodus 16 wasn’t what the Israelites wanted, but it was what they needed. It wasn’t extravagant, and in their shortsightedness, forgetting the turmoil the Egyptians inflicted upon them, they grumbled against God’s provision. Still, it met their needs. Western culture teaches that if we work hard, we will reap the benefits of that hard work. Likewise, God’s Word encourages a strong work ethic and speaks of rewarding those who are good stewards of their time and talents. While I don’t disagree with the notion of working hard in order to achieve your dreams and provide for your loved ones, I fear we’ve taken things to an extreme and too often applaud our own efforts instead of giving God credit for providing for our needs.

Yes, we are His instruments. Yes, He has given us gifts to use to bring Him glory and to provide for our families, but God’s Word reminds us that everything we have comes from the Lord. Romans 11:36 says, “For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” When we live by the philosophy that we have earned and are entitled to our possessions, we’re more likely to hold onto them tightly rather than share them freely. When we remember that all things come from the Lord, it’s easier to hold His blessings with open hands and give generously. Erin Odom is the author of More Than Just Making of  It It and  You Can Stay Home With Your Kids and is the founder of The Humbled Homemaker, a blog dedicated to grace-filled living designed to equip and encourage mothers in the trenches. Follow Erin at www.TheHumbledHomemaker.com.

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