Fort Mill Magazine FALL 2012

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Fall 2012




On modeling, faith, her future


buy local! Surviving buy fresh! Cancer Fort Mill Native finds strength in smiles

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cover 14 Going Vintage

with Brooke Josa

Fort Mill Native, Brooke Josa gives us the inside scoop on life as an international model.

18 Buy Local!

Start eating right with healthy, fresh, local produce right from the farms of the Carolinas.

26 Darlene’s Story Read the touching story of local Darlene Cunnup and learn how she conquered breast cancer with hope, strength, and positivity.


Cover photo and photo on left of Brooke Josa by Stefanie Morris. Darlene’s self-portrait by Darlene Cunnup. Produce photo by Laura Fenton Pidge.

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Make reading fun for your children by journeying through Fort Mill’s backyard, meet one of Fort Mill’s top athletes, and figure out the best way to keep the pounds off your pets.

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Fort Mill Native Brooke Josa gives insight on what it’s like to be an international model.

Learn what’s in season for 2012 Fall home decor. Then, read about how Fort Mill’s housing market is doing this season.

Understand what a financial consultant does, avoid the most common credit mistakes, and figure out how your mortgage rates are just like your little black dress.

Take a ride to Springmaid Mountain, or enjoy a tropical getaway on the Islands of Hawaii.

Think skinny this holiday season, learn how singing may help a dementia patient, and hear about the latest and greatest dental technology.

Finally, something to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers. Then, treat yourself to a meal at Bernardin’s.

The changing season can only mean one thing. Makeover! Turn heads with your cool new look. Or, if makeovers aren’t your thing, have a smoke and a drink with some of the finest whiskeys and cigars.

Fall means back to school. So, Plato’s Closet of Rock Hill provided some of the hottest junior fashions for this season. Also, read about how Buff Dillard became a musical success, and enjoy Todd Baxter’s beautiful new artwork.

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Fort Mill Magazine would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their assistance in the development of this issue. Nation Ford High School Plato’s Closet and their stylists: Danielle Couture, Erika Mejia, and Kha Stewart Valivia Salon and Day Spa: Owner Anatassia Laney, Senior Master Designer Jeorjia Walker, and Artistic Designer Amber Starnes Buffalo Exchange Vintage Wear on Main Street David H. Griffin and Garrard Wilson Dr. Debbie Garrick, Associate Vice President University Development & Alumni Relations of Winthrop University Carlos’ Cafe Flamboyan Imports BLACKLION Kathryn Miller of Caldwell Banker United Realtors Models: Brooke Josa, Christal Ross, Ariana Carr, and Anastasia Roman

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As a freelance feature writer, Laura covers a wide array of interesting people, places and events. She also owns Blue Beetle Photography, specializing in children and family portraits. Contact her at laura@bluebeetlephotography. com or 704-421-0707.


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The Fall issue always indicates another milestone for us here at Fort Mill Magazine. This issue marks our second anniversary. What we have learned this past year is that our hard work, attention to detail, and community involvement have created many opportunities and we are truly grateful. We promise to continue our efforts to promote this wonderful town and the talented individuals who learn, live, work, and play here. We strive for the best quality publication in content and design for our area. We hope you notice how we are perfecting the look and feel of the magazine. We are quite proud of the progress we have made in a short period of time and it does not stop there. We aim for the stars and we encourage you to do the same.

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In this issue, you will meet a local model who is on the international scene and shows us how to strike a pose with vintage glamour. A spooky tale is revived on our pages with the help of Winthrop University and some very clever photography. A Fort Mill native and an accomplished photographer shares her personal story of survival. You will celebrate fresh and tasty, local bounty and indulge in the fragrance and flavors of cigars paired with whiskey. Then, take an exploration of all the splendors in Hawaii and go horseback riding in the Springmaid Mountain air. Take a bite of uptown when Good Eats goes to Bernardin’s Restaurant in Charlotte. We have the key to an exclusive property you will want to call your home and it is all dressed up in fall colors. We have enjoyed preparing this anniversary issue of Fort Mill Magazine for you and we hope you enjoy it, too. For more information about the magazine that was inspired by this great town, go to We update our site daily to keep it fresh for you. Listen in every Wednesday when we air our weekly PODCAST. We have a few laughs while we talk with our featured guests from around town. As we strive for the best community-rich content, we look to you for suggestions, ideas, and comments. Please share your thoughts with us. Creating good,

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JAK’s Lounge Classy cocktail lounge recently opened in Rock Hill. Business casual dress code. Amenities include contemporary cocktail couches, billiards, flat-screen televisions, touch-screen bar games, outdoor patio and cornhole boards. Private rentals available. Dear Readers, On behalf of the honorable town council of the Town of Fort Mill I bring you greetings. The past few months have been very eventful for our community. April saw our SC Strawberry Festival at Fort Mill being named the top festival event in the state of South Carolina. Then in May, the marketing and communications strategy we’ve developed to market the festival brought home top honors from the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s annual meeting. In July, the Town of Fort Mill was named one of Family Circle Magazine’s Top 10 communities in the country to raise a family. All of this certainly confirms what we’ve known all along, that our community is blessed with exceptional people who are working hard to create and maintain a wonderful quality of life for our citizens.

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Fort Mill is indeed a special place. We benefit from a close proximity to a major metropolitan city with all the culture and entertainment it offers, comfortable travel distance to the mountains and coast, great climate, terrific transportation network, wonderful school system and on and on. To keep Fort Mill a special place requires the effort of a great many talented people and steadfast dedication to a calculated planning strategy. In addition to meeting twice monthly to conduct business and workshops, the Fort Mill Town Council meets in subcommittees and extended quarterly planning sessions to help keep us out front on important challenges and issues. We’re currently in the process of a five year review of our ten year comprehensive plan and we’ve commissioned a consultant review of our transportation infrastructure. As we’ve said before, we’re up to the challenge of managing our growth in an intelligent and orderly way. Our next big event will be the Fall Festival in October. Then in November, we’ll celebrate Veterans Day in our new Fort Mill Veterans Park. That’ll be followed by the start of the December holiday calendar and our annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade. Please keep these events in mind as you plan the rest of your year. We’d love to have you join us. To confirm event details and keep updated on our efforts, please visit our website at or follow us on Facebook for the latest Town of Fort Mill news. Also, when you have the need for goods and services, please always remember to shop local. Kindest regards,

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StoryWalk® on the Text by Derick Wilder Photo by Laura Jacques


Wild Side

Sometimes we don’t recognize treasure, even when it’s right in front of us. Children seem to be exactly the opposite. My daughter Tay takes great joy in uncovering all sorts of loot in the most unlikely of places like the Carowinds parking lot, under a picnic table, or between exposed roots of a tree. To store all her bounty, we finally converted a cardboard peach carton into a treasure box. Well in Fort Mill, we have a treasure that can sometimes hide in plain sight, but it definitely doesn’t fit inside any box. For our very own stash of gold is 2,300 acres of emerald and sapphire in the form of the ASCG, or Anne Springs Close Greenway. In fact, I’m perched on a rock in one of her creek beds while writing this piece. Getting into nature can be a grand family adventure with our Greenway offering plenty of options. In fact, there will be one more reason to pack up and head outdoors beginning in September. The Blue Star trail, which starts behind the ASCG Recreation Complex, will become the first StoryWalk® path in the area. The wonderfully simple concept of StoryWalk® is to literally tear a children’s book apart and then post the pages at intervals along a trail. This gives kids a chance to turn a hike into an even more interactive encounter with the natural world, allowing them to dive into a book while trekking through the forest.

This project is also close to my heart as the initial story will be The Counting Trees, which I wrote to help my daughter learn her numbers. To provide local flavor while highlighting the Greenway, we decided to take a different approach when creating the book’s illustrations. I recruited Tay’s sister, Laura Jacques, an aspiring photographer and junior at Fort Mill High. We braved the midday summer heat and hit the Blue Star where Laura’s keen eye captured some memorable shots. Those were used as the backdrop for the story’s imagery, so readers will find actual photographs of the surrounding woods on every page of The Counting Trees.


The hope is to eventually expand the project throughout the Greenway. Tammy Woods, Director of Recreation, thinks it will be yet another draw to our gem. “We are always implementing new ideas that we think will help people enjoy our Greenway as it truly is a unique combination of green spaces, lakes, venues, and historical sites.” When making plans to experience the wild side of Fort Mill amid the cool breezes and warm colors of fall, consider taking in a book while taking in the sights. To find out the latest on StoryWalk®, visit www. or contact me at Well, time to call it an afternoon. No matter how inviting they may look, boulders make for comfortable seating for only so long. Until next time, hope to see you out on the trails.

Derick Wilder

As a regular contributor, Derick focuses on children and families. He’s a director for Playball, a child development organization, and heads Reading Giraffe, a literacy initiative. Reach him at or 803-487-4687.

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Dan Text by Emily Wyatt and Dan Kimball Photo courtesy of the Kimball Family


Fort Mill is brimming with talented people. We sing, we dance, we do it all really. Dan Kimball is one of these amazing Fort Millians. In fact, it wouldn’t really be unlikely if you saw a few national trophy’s sitting around for his accomplishments. But don’t take our word for it, we’ll let him tell you his story. “My name is Dan Kimball. I live in Fort Mill with my wife and 7 children. I am also a member of the Tailwind Cycle and MultiSport Race Team. I played rugby for many years starting in college. Upon moving to South Carolina, I started mountain biking and eventually transitioned to triathlons. I have been competing in triathlons for the past 3 seasons and have been very fortunate in my endeavors. I am a multiple time member of TEAM USA. I have competed in World Championships in the USA and Europe. Most recently winning the bronze medal this past spring. I am the current XTERRA Regional Points Champion and ranked #2 in the nation. I will be competing in the USAT Nationals this fall as well as the XTERRA nationals. Working full time for CentiMark Corporation, training about 20 hours per week, and balancing a family life takes a lot of creativity and dedication. I hope that I am proof to others that there is plenty of time in the day to achieve your goals if you look for it. I was just selected to the 2013 TEAM USA road team in addition to the off-road team and given the opportunity to compete on the same course in London that the Olympics were held this summer.”


Weight Management for Our Pets


Text by Dr. James Doyle

Weight control and obesity are serious issues affecting a growing percentage of people each year. The obesity epidemic is not unique to humans. It also is a common problem in our pets. Recent studies indicate that over half (54%) of the US pet population is either overweight or obese. This can lead to a number of illnesses that can impact a pet’s quality of life and overall longevity. As caretakers, we must take steps to manage weight problems in our pets before they become too serious. A successful weight management program includes proper diet and nutrition, regular exercise, and routine veterinary checkups. All pets have an ideal weight for their particular breed and size. Your veterinarian can help assess this on routine examination, but there are some simple indicators you can use to evaluate this at home. First, as you stand over your dog or cat, you should see a gentle taper behind the ribs. If you do not notice a taper, or worse still, if it seems to get wider at this point, there is a good chance your pet is overweight. Next, when you run your hands along their rib cage, you should be able to feel the individual ribs. Finally, if you have had to punch new holes in your pet’s collar, or you had to widen the hole for the doggy door, then that just might be a sign that your pet is gaining weight. Diet and Nutrition - The biggest factor in weight gain is overfeeding or improper nutritional balance. If you think your pet is gaining weight, you may want to consider a light formula or reduced calorie diet. There are also prescription weight management diets that your veterinarian may recommend, if appropriate for your pet. As far as the amount to feed, most commercial diets give feeding guidelines on the back of the food bags. However, there are some problems with this. First, accurate measuring can be an


issue. When you feed your pet 1 cup of food, it should be a measured cup, not a souvenir cup from the ball game. If you don’t have a measuring cup at home, most veterinary clinics can supply one free of charge. Second if your pet is overweight, then you should be feeding for their target weight, not their current weight. Finally, pet food companies are in business to sell pet food, so they will always set the feeding amount to the higher limit of normal. A good rule of thumb is to feed about 20% less than the recommended amount on the bag. Remember to consider treats as part of the daily food intake. Most of the foods that people eat are much more calorie-dense than the commercially prepared pet foods. If you give your pet a piece of cheese or deli meat at feeding time, then this can significantly add to their daily caloric intake. Other treats that can be fattening are: butcher bones, rawhides, pig ears, and any chewy packaged treats, i.e. Beggin Strips. All of these are okay to give to your pet occasionally, but in very limited quantities. Exercise and Activity - Lack of exercise is another important factor in weight gain. Our pets should get at least 30 minutes of exercise and activity each day (yes, this includes cats too). Taking your dog on a 1-2 mile walk or playing fetch in the back yard are great ways to get them moving. Finding an activity that you both can do will make it more likely to continue on a regular basis. If you do run with your dog, just make sure they are developed and healthy enough for running. Cats can be a little more difficult, but it is not impossible to get them moving. Cat toys and teasers are great to get them playing and active. You can also encourage your cat to follow you through the house and up and down stairs. Some cats will also chase a flashlight or laser pointer, which can be really good for burning calories. Walking is yet another

option. Although not all cats will do this, I have known cats that will walk on a leash or a special cat harness. This allows them to be outside in a controlled environment and have that stimulation as well. Other Factors in Weight Gain As our pets age, they can become less active, have less energy, and require fewer calories. Therefore we have to make diet adjustments accordingly. Breed may also play a role in obesity. Some breeds are more prone to gaining weight, such as Cocker Spaniels, Welsh Corgis, Labrador Retrievers, and King Charles Spaniels. Multi-pet households, especially multi-cat households, can be a challenge for weight control, too. Some animals are more aggressive at feeding time and will eat another pet’s food. Separating these pets for feeding may be necessary. Some pets will also gain weight after being spayed or neutered. This is due in part to the hormonal changes that occur and lowering of the caloric requirements in these pets. Switching to an adult food after the surgery or just cutting back slightly on the feeding amount can help avoid weight gain in neutered/ spayed animals. Finally, there are some medical conditions that are associated with weight gain. These can be detected by routine veterinary exams and laboratory tests and may require specific treatments and/or prescription diets. Weight management always needs to be approached from several angles; no single change will have a high rate of success. There is never a better time to address a weight problem than right now. Consult with your veterinarian about these factors covered in this article, and together devise a detailed plan and weight loss goal for your four-legged companion. This way, you will be sure they are getting the most out of life, and will have more quality time with you.

Paws were made for

Walkin’ Text by Darlene Wyatt

Walking is one of the best ways to stay in shape for you and your pet. A walk can be exhilarating for you, but it is so much more for your pet like all the new smells, things to see, sounds to hear, and places to mark. It is kind of like happy hour for your pet. Dogs are a creature of habit. So, if you would rather wake up by the music of your alarm clock and not the whining and pacing of your pet, walk him at different times throughout the day. It can be everyday at different times or make it alternating days, so he doesn’t become so accustomed to it. However it fits into your life style, there is so much benefit from a simple walk. Your dog will love you even more and you might even see some benefit for yourself.

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Brooke Josa

On Her Life as an International Model

What do you love about Fort Mill? I love that home town feel and that I always see a familiar face. Would you change anything about the way you grew up? No, I love the way I grew up. I just remember always being outside. Do you believe the cliche, there’s no place like home? Yes, home is where your family is. I miss them so much when I’m away. I miss the small things, like babying my younger brother with plate-size pancakes. Did you always know you wanted to be a model? No, but I was fascinated by it. I knew I had big dreams. Where was your first photo shoot? On Lake Wylie, Baxter and Sayago’s! At what point in your young career, did you think you made it? I am a perfectionist, so I feel I have so much more ahead of me. In a way, I have made it because I appreciate everything I have and grown stronger. Do you have any aspirations to go from print to film? Yes, I would love to get into film. My mom tells me as a little girl I was so dramatic. Where would you say was your most beautiful location shoot? A Natural Forest in San Francisco! It took us an hour to get to the top of this mountain. We were above cloud level and looking out past the mountain. It was just beautiful.


If you could go anywhere, where would it be? It would have to be Greece. It’s part of my heritage and everything I’ve seen in pictures is stunning and the food is delicious! With your busy schedule, do you have time for fun and socializing? Yes, I always have time to meet friends for lunch or dinner. On some weekends, I get to enjoy the beach, pool, or park. The industry is very last minute though. I may have up to seven castings a day and the location can change at any moment. What keeps you grounded? I have amazing support from my parents. They allowed me to follow my dreams. I was 17 when I moved to NYC alone. They knew I was strong enough to handle it. You have to realize there is no one out there that could be you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Faith seems to play a big role in your life. Yes, I go to a nondenominational church where I get to see people of all ethnicities. It’s an amazing picture of what heaven will look like. I would like to use my fame as a platform for God’s glory! If I don’t make it further, then there must be something else. I just want my light to shine through. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I’ll be 30 in ten years. I’d like to be in love and have a family.

Have you ever been in love? If I had ever thought I’d been in love before now, I was wrong. It is just like 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: Love is the greatest thing shown to us and above all, lasts forever. It certainly does come when you least expect it!

Anita Sayago A regular contributor for Fort Mill Magazine and owner of Sayago’s Cafe and Creamery in Baxter Village with her husband.

Location and props provided by Garrard Wilson and David Griffin. The model is Brooke Josa. Clothing provided by Buffalo Exchange Charlotte and Vintage Wear on Main Street, Fort Mill.

Favorite place as a kid in Fort Mill? My neighborhood with friends.




Buy Fresh! Buy Local!


Last spring, Wendy Christley made a conscious effort to start feeding her two young sons better. She realized the boys, ages eleven and five, were reaching in the cupboards for too many snacks with extra sugar, salt, and empty calories. Pop Tarts and Goldfish were the main culprits. Like so many American families, they fell into the habit of buying foods specifically marketed to children with little nutritional value. That’s when Christley decided it was up to her to bring home better choices for the boys to reach for. Lucky for her, the boys were not picky eaters. They would eat good food if it was available. She wanted them to have easy choices, especially for snacks, full of flavor. Christley noticed that fruits and veggies in the grocery stores did not seem to have the flavor they should. Trips to local fruit and vegetable stands became a priority. She found the flavor she was looking for under the shade of the temporary tents of summer with foods locally grown in nearby farms, not shipped in from factory farms. She started asking neighbors if they’d like her to pick up anything. The response was overwhelming and she started bringing home boxes for friends. One of those friends was Beth Lange who became her partner in produce. Before they knew it, they had started a business and called Fresh From The Farms, delivering fruits, vegetables, and more to doorsteps in Fort Mill and Tega Cay. “We don’t source anything from factory


Text and photos by Laura Fenton Pidge farms,” said Christley. “We focus on providing produce from farms that have been here for a long time. Only the citrus produce comes

raspberries. The Asian Pears come from Taylorsville. Cotton Hill Farms is the local distributor for cantaloupe. Edwards Family Farms provides a wide variety of in season vegetables. The produce has that just picked flavor because it was literally just picked the day before. Each box delivered to your door is $29 for a peck or a ½ bushel for $53. The boxes are full of a variety of whatever is in season (heirloom tomatoes, corn, yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, butternut squash, kale, spinach, edamame, apples, peaches, blueberries, blackberries and sometimes a bouquet of herbs for seasoning). Lange and Christley also include by request, local honey, goat cheese, fresh pasta, free-range chicken eggs, and bread from the Breadsmith. If a customer is not home, they simply leave the order in a cooler with an ice pack provided by customer. Kristy Bengivenga is a Fresh From The Farms customer. “I get local and fresh, seasonal fruits, veggies, and herbs delivered to me every week. I’ll also get eggs, honey, pasta and bread as some great extras if I choose,” she said. “All the produce tastes better than anything in the grocery store. Plus, Beth and Wendy are so friendly and accommodating. I love that they give out a questionnaire and try not to include produce in your box that you don’t like,” said Bengivenga.

from Florida,” she said. Christley mentioned how large supermarket produce is often grown to be uniform in color, size, and form which attracts the buyer, but takes away from the taste. Fresh From The Farms truly supports and helps sustain North Carolina and South Carolina farms. Christley and Lange go to Tega Cay Farms to pick up four different kinds of lettuce grown hydroponically. Bush and Vine supplies winter strawberries and

“We are committed to customer service,” said Christley. “If you get something that is not as fresh as you think it should be, we will replace it. If we are eating the food designed for our bodies, it truly satisfies our cravings and it fills us up.” Fresh From The Farms also delivers to Rock Hill customers at the Starbucks on Celanese and will deliver to other corporate parking lots inside the delivery area. For more information, visit www.freshfromthefarms. com.

Lakeview Farms, owned and operated by Jim Price, was started in similar fashion ten years ago. His daughter Kristy Latham had two sons and wished she could give them the kind of milk she drank when she was young. Price began to look for the closest milk farm knowing there had not been a home delivery milk service in Fort Mill since the 1960‘s. As a boy, Price worked at the Spring’s dairy in Fort Mill and gained great respect for quality milk from quality cows. He searched all over. Most dairy farms are located in the north central part of the US because milk cows are less stressed in cooler

neighborhood and asked who might be interested in a home delivery service for milk. The response was good. Price looked for direction from Clemson and Winthrop

it,” said Jim. “After drinking it, the body feels fully recovered.” The demographic for Lakeview Farms is age 30-34 with young children. Price said they tend to be very green-minded and looking for quality products. “We follow our demographics into younger neighborhoods,” said Price. Lakeview delivers in Fort Mill, Tega Cay, and Charlotte as well. “Our customers are very interested in health, quality, and nutrition,” he said. “We are delivering a high-end, quality product. When they know that, they do not mind paying a little extra.” Other products like local eggs from Chester, SC, grass-fed beef from Marshville, NC, and coffee from Carolina Coffee Roasting Company are delivered, too. “We work with as many local farms as we can,” said Price. Lakeview Farms also delivers cheeses, juices, grains, and healthy snacks.

“the cows have come home”

weather. Finally, Price found two Amish dairy farms nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Burnt Chimney, VA. The cows, mostly Jersey and Guernsey, are grass fed and treated like family pets, according to Price. They are fed silage-cut foliage with natural nutrients in the winter. This was exactly the kind of dairy he was looking for. Price and Latham put flyers in the

regarding quality control and marketing. He wanted to carry a high-end product unavailable in most grocery stores. The milk from Lakeview Farms is not labeled organic, but certified all natural. “Our milk exceeds the government requirements for certified organic,” said Price. “Regular milk in the grocery store is ultra-pasteurized which kills everything in the milk. We slow pasteurize our milk leaving a probiotic to assist in digesting the butter fats properly,” said Price. “The butterfat rises to the top. It’s the all natural approach.” There are no growth or production hormones added to the cows. All the milk is tested for quality and contained in old-fashioned glass bottles. Glass being a perfect insulator for sustaining the taste. “We keep the milk at 36-37 degrees when we deliver it,” said Price. “The milk stays at its peak for 7-14 days before it begins to decline. Managed properly, it can have a long shelf life.” Lakeview Farms delivers an assortment of choices including whole milk, both cream line and homogenized, 2%, and skim. Flavors are available in Chocolate, Strawberry, and even Orange Dream. They also sell great Eggnog during the holidays. “When we first produced the chocolate whole milk, I said we would never be able to sell it as a health product because it taste too good, but it is full of enzymes and probiotics to help digest the butterfat properly,” he said. “We sell cases of chocolate milk to bikers and athletes because it delivers protein and energy back into the body quickly,” Price said. “It’s a very healthy drink.” Obviously the whole chocolate milk was a hit. “I don’t recommend drinking anything but whole milk the way we produce and process

The Lakeview Farms milkman delivers on Monday through Friday beginning at 4:00 AM. There is no club fee, contract, or minimum order necessary. Simply supply your own insulated cooler with ice or purchase a Lakeview Farms cooler box for $45. Products go in the cooler at the proper temperature. Everything is 100% guaranteed. For more information, visit or call 803-548-7111.

Laura Fenton Pidge As a freelance feature writer, Laura covers a wide array of interesting people, places and events. She also owns Blue Beetle Photography specializing in children and family portraits. Contact her at or 704-421-0707.



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Ghost Tales A few of the most popular local ghost stories

Text by Emily Wyatt Photos by Paul Culver

Winthrop University | Tillman Hall

Taylor grabbed the mail that needed to be delivered and started out the door. She looked around the halls thinking about how hard it must have been to build a place like this in 1894, nearly 100 years ago. Sure, prisoners from the state penitentiary built it, but still it must have been hard work. As she continued ducking in and out of offices, Taylor saw a man out of the corner of her eye. He was in a white shirt and jeans. He was holding a hammer in one hand and a block of wood on his shoulder. There’s no construction going on now, she thought confused. Yet, there he was...a construction worker in the basement. She went to go ask him why he was wandering the halls, but the man kept walking...right through the wall.


The next morning Barbara woke up, and saw that Susan’s bed remained in pristine condition. It hadn’t been slept in. She never came home last night. Barbara quickly dressed for the day and headed to Byrnes Auditorium, where Susan was supposed to practice. Someone must have seen her. When Barbara arrived in the auditorium, she saw Susan practicing on the organ. “Susan!” Barbara called to her. She walked up to her friend and saw how utterly exhausted she looked. “What are you doing? We have a paper due in history today and you never came home.” Susan looked up at her afraid and confused. Black circles ringed her eyes from exhaustion. “I couldn’t get up,” Susan admitted. “Every time I tried to get up, a ghostly man would put his hand on my shoulder and motion for me to keep playing. He wouldn’t let me leave.” *Currently, though many music majors practice late into the night at this famous building, it has been said that music and singing can be heard at odd times when the building is mostly unoccupied. Since the building originally had no air conditioning, it was cooled by sliding large blocks of ice down the steeply slanted floor. Some report feeling bursts of cold air in areas where vents have long been sealed shut.


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Winthrop University | Byrnes Auditorium

Barbara scratched her elbow as she read the last few pages of her history book to verify her paper’s thesis. This paper was the tipping point between an ‘A’ or a ‘B’ in this class and she really needed to do well. Finally, she was done. She wrote, October 15, 1950, Barbara Wilson, Winthrop University at the top of the page. That should do it, Barbara thought. Her desk lamp glowed a warm yellow light illuminating the room. She glanced out the window and noticed it was completely dark outside. She stretched and yawned. Where was Susan, she thought? Surely, her roommate should have been back by now. Susan left four hours ago to practice for her organ recital, but she had other things due in the morning. Concerned, but aware of her roommate’s long hours as a music major, Barbara thought nothing else of it and drifted off to sleep.

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The American tradition of Trick-or-Treating is the part of October that no child or adult forgets. This is a time of creativity, self-expression, and demonstrating good character. Please use this fabulous time to teach children about courtesy, honor, social graces, and respect.

tricks &treats Text by Celia McCarter

Children must show neighborly courtesies as they travel from home to home. They may honor drivers by using neighborhood sidewalks, sides of streets, and slowly crossing at intersections. Require children to respect homeowners by using driveways and walkways. Remind them to avoid cutting across front yards or running from yard to yard. In addition, hold them accountable for their candy and trash. If a piece falls to the ground, ask them to pick it up immediately. If the participants reach a home with a dim light, they may show consideration by skipping that particular house. As they approach a brightly illuminated door, Trick-or-Treaters display patience when they allow younger children in front of them or graciously give the right of way to parents with strollers or wagons. Next, children may smile as they warn, “Trick-or-Treat,” and look adults in the eye. Last, always prompt youngsters to answer the homeowner’s question with a full sentence and politely accept compliments.

Celia McCarter Celia McCarter is the director of the National League of Junior Cotillions, Fort Mill/Tega Cay Chapter. She teaches hundreds of middle school ladies and gentlemen. For membership information, please contact her at or by calling (803) 548-7248.


One woman’s story of strength, hope, and positivity


Text and photos by Darlene Cunnup


I am no author. I am a photographer who never thought I would be a part of the Pink Sisterhood, but in May 2011 diagnosed with Stage 3A triple negative breast cancer, I joined the club. A 44 year old photographer originally from Fort Mill, living in Rockville Centre, NY for the past 16 years, I was finally getting busy with photography and pet sitting work when I experienced a sore left breast and a swollen lymph node. This led to 2 needle biopsies, a lumpectomy, 8 wicked chemo treatments, radiation 5 days a week for 7 weeks, and a lot of photos. I have always had incredible coping skills and a positive attitude, so I wasn’t going to let the scariest time of my life get me down. I had my camera with me for every appointment and treatment. The first photo I took on my journey was the day after surgery of the drainage tube that was coming out of my left side. I felt like Frankenstein. I am not the normal Breast Cancer patient because I didn’t panic, but when hearing the words “You have Cancer,” my world was turned upside down. I chose to stay positive, increase my intake of veggies and fruits, and photograph my journey. I embraced my baldhead and laughed as much as I could. I even dressed as Charlie Brown for Halloween. I continued to work fulltime, take photos, pet sit and install 6 photo exhibits during 2011. How My Journey Began Monday, February 20, 2011, I was at the hematologist/oncologist office for a routine blood test after 4 years of seeing him for a high white blood cell count. I told him my left breast was sore, which I simply thought might be a pulled muscle from carrying my camera bag over the weekend in NJ. Dr. K examined me and found no swollen lymph nodes or lumps in the breast, but scheduled a mamo and sonogram for me the following week. I went home not worried, but the next morning after seeing Dr. K, as I was taking a shower, I felt an egg size lump under my left arm. I called Dr. K and he said it was probably an infection, so he gave me antibiotics for 2 weeks and the lymph node went from the size of an egg to the size of a grape. I saw Dr. K every other week until May 6th. At that point, we decided it was time to see a surgeon and have the lymph node removed. He sent me to a surgeon, who sent me for an ultrasound and biopsy. Diagnosis of Breast Cancer Thursday, May 24, 2011, the day I will never ever forget as long as I live and I am determined to live a very long and eventful life, I was told I had breast cancer. It was surreal at first, but then I realized “wait a minute, where’s the owner’s manual for this crap?” What am I suppose to do? What questions should I be asking? I instantly had 3 new oncologist, a surgeon, and a radiation oncologist.

I got the phone call while I was at work. I called Greg (my long time boyfriend) and told him and my supervisor at the same time. Hearing myself say, “I have breast cancer” was weird. As I was in the car driving home for the day, I had a brief moment of Why Me?!! Then I decided to take control. So what, I thought. I have breast cancer, I’m not the first and I won’t be the last. Research and treatments have come a long way and I am NOT going to let this thing beat me. I WILL get rid of it. Breast MRI and PET Scan Thursday, May 27, 2011, everything was in fast motion. I was leaving for a visit to Fort Mill and the opening reception for my photo exhibit at Town Hall. Before I left, tests had to be taken and doctors had to be seen. Questions were asked about cancer running in my family. I knew of only one person that had and survived breast cancer 35 years ago in my family. That was my Aunt on my mom’s side. The BRCA genetic test that was run was negative, so my sister was relieved. I still wondered – Why Me?! Something every cancer patient struggles with is the WHY. Was it too much candy? Was it stress? Was it eating the pizzas and other junk foods? Was it environmental? The list of WHY could go on forever. The tests I had to have were a Breast MRI and a PET scan. The results would tell me if cancer had spread and determine the size of the tumor as the ultra sound and mammogram only showed calcifications. It was frightening to think that there might be more cancer than I knew of already. I can tell you my breast were not ready for more squeezing, needles, or scanning. Surgery After my lumpectomy and axillary clearance, it was confirmed that I had Stage 3A triple negative breast cancer. The actual tumor, I was told, was tiny and no one could feel it. I had felt the pain from it. It was on the bottom of my left breast and it was like sleeping on rocks. Cancer was found in 6 of the 17 lymph nodes removed. The cancer had not metastasized to other organs or bones. I chose the conventional approach with my Oncologist. I did the 8 wicked chemo treatments and 7 weeks of radiation. With all the poison (chemo) going in my body, I was glad that I was already eating healthy. I still needed to add more greens to my diet. I wanted to do more with my eating habits to help my body heal. I started making changes like getting more exercise, eating more vegetables and fruits, and adding lots more greens and wheat grass to my smoothies. I stopped eating red meat, drinking sodas, eating candy and sweets. I started drinking

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“chemo feels like. ”

lots of water with lemon and green tea with no sugar. I was walking 2 miles or more a day and, yes, even through chemotherapy.

I had to wear a compression sleeve. I still wear it when I need to and when I am taking a flight, even though I’m not at high risk for developing lymphedema. I wear it when flying home to visit my family in Fort Mill. Going through the airports is always fun because my sleeve is covered with good wishes from friends and family in SC. Yes, I had people sign it for me because I didn’t like its flesh-colored, boring look. I like the tattooed look of it now much better.

My Oncologist I was already familiar with my oncologist, Dr. K. He had been seeing me for the 3 years prior because my white blood cell count was high. There had been no signs to make him think I had cancer. I remember telling him I never wanted to be sitting in that


chemo room. And here I was now starting my path to surviving cancer. I saw him after surgery. He told me what treatments I would need, how often treatments would be, which poisons would be put into my body, and what side effects I might have. Greg was with me to let Dr. K know that I would be eating a whole food diet and smoothies as a way of fighting the cancer.

Preparing For Chemo I met with the chemo nurse to go over what would take place and spoke to a couple of people that were getting chemo the day I was there. I would start Chemo on August 4, 2011. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be on my first day. I drove myself. I brought snacks, water and my iPad with videos and music ready to go. The nurses were great and let me document my poison, as we so fondly called it, by taking lots of photos.

Don’t count the days, make the days count. -Muhammad Ali

Chemotherapy and Side Effects How did I cope with my chemo? Well, I have to say very well indeed. I was surprised by the way I dealt with it and how it actually affected me. I seemed to always have a dizzy drunken feeling. I went for my 2-mile walk every morning that I could. There were two mornings after chemo kicked in that I just didn’t want to do anything but lay around.

Chemotherapy affects the immune system and reduces the body’s defense against infection. I was particularly at risk of picking up infections in the 7–14 days after chemotherapy when the level of white blood cells was lowest. I was told to take my temperature regularly and to contact the hospital straight away if it goes above 100.5ºF or if I suddenly feel unwell. Chemo side effects vary considerably and not all women experience them. Every woman’s body is different; so one woman may experience a side effect that another woman never will have. Before the chemo, I was given a fact sheet containing a list of all possible side effects that I may experience. The steroids that I was taking caused my face to break out really bad during the first 2 treatments. Then there was the fatigue and hot flashes that I am still experiencing. A really bad side effect was the fact that food was tasteless, but my smoothies were still wonderful. I had them twice a day and lunch was usually a salad. Hair Cut I had gotten my long blondish brown hair cut short by my hairdresser in Charlotte, NC in July. I liked having short hair again and everyone around me seemed to like it, too. I wasn’t sure what I would do when I went bald. Would I go with bandanas, wigs, hats or just go bare? I noticed that my hair was becoming very dry. It started coming out in handfulls, but no one seemed to notice but me. Just like my Oncologist said, my hair fell out after the 3rd treatment. I did dye it pink before it fell out, then I shaved off what remained and totally embraced the baldness. Time for Radiation After 4 months of chemotherapy, it was time for radiation. A mold of my upper body was made as l lay on this warm pillow and had a cat scan. I needed photos of this so the technician took a couple for me. I took photos of my finished body mold. Radiation would be 5 days a week for 7 weeks. Fun! I wanted the earliest morning appointment (6 am), so I could go before work. The appointment only lasted 15 minutes. I took photos my first day of radiation and posted them on my blog. The technician there was so excited she told someone who told the hospital Administrator and I was told through the techinicaian that the photos had to come off the blog. Well, I took down the ones in question, but continued taking photos. Every time I had to visit the hospital, I put on my glasses, hat, and scarf to cover my face. The

If ever anyone doubts it, I am living proof that, if you put one foot in front of the other towards your dream, and you never, ever quit, then anything in the whole, wide world is possible.

- Laura Roppe – Rocking the Pink

security guard stopped me once to ask what was going on and I told him I felt like I had a wanted poster with my name on it for taking photos in the hospital. He laughed and just waved at me whenever he saw me. Documenting My Journey My passion for photography is a powerful motivator that has kept me strong and positive during some of my darkest days. It was a great way to relieve the depression that can come with having cancer. I took photos, as I always do, of the cats and flowers, but I also started doing a lot more self-portraits. The first photo I took was the day after surgery of the drainage tube coming out of me. I totally felt like Frankenstein. I posted on my blog and Facebook about how I was feeling along with photos that I took. I noticed that people were inspired by my story. As a photographer, I do hope to inspire others with my photos and my story by just doing what I love to do – take photos. Like all the other cancer patients out there, I know that destiny is largely in my own hands. I have chosen to focus on living a healthy lifestyle through nutrition, exercise, and positive thinking. It has been a little over a year now that my world was turned upside down and here I am still taking photos and still fighting the cancer with whole foods. Diet and positive attitude are the biggest part of the healing process. I have both and will continue to have both. “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” -Lance Armstrong

Darlene Cunnup Darlene is a Fort Mill native, currently residing in NY. She visits Fort Mill often and offers photo sessions when she’s in town. She volunteers with Shoots for a Cure--where she offers free photo sessions to cancer patients and their families. It’s her way of “paying it forward.” For more of Darlene’s story and her photos, go to




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Autumn Photos by Emily Wyatt

LUXURY LIVING in one of the most sought after neighborhoods, Beckenham, located off Doby’s Bridge Road at 445 Hendon Row Way. This exclusive property built in 2006 boasts 6300 sq ft in a stunning 3 level floor plan. Situated on a private wooded cul-de-sac acre, you will enjoy the side entry 2 car garage that leads into the well appointed chef ’s kitchen. With 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, this home allows plenty of room for a large family or overnight guests to spread out and feel pampered. Perfect for entertaining, this property is listed at $599,000. Make this your new address by calling Kathryn Miller of Coldwell Banker United Realtors at 803-517-1975 or visit

DRESSED FOR FALL, this lovely home is decorated by the gracious folks at BLACKLION of Charlotte. Your home could look and feel as festive, too. Visit for store hours and to find a location near you.

Painting Over the Mantle $489 Mercury Glass Bottles on Mantle $49.50 each with assorted fall leaves $14.99/bunch Brocade Handmade Throw on Sofa $69 Tapestry Pillow on Sofa $27.50 each Pumpkin Silk Arrangement on Coffee Table $89.99 Antlers on Coffee Table $17 Orange Glass Candlestick Holder on Coffee Table $35 Battery Candle on Orange Glass Candlestick $4.99


Red Fringe pillow $69.99 | Butterfly Fringed Pillow $85.95 | Rusk Damask Pillow $159.95 Hooker Furniture Palisades Bench $429 | Large Hot Skwash Pumpkin on table $129


Large Floral Arrangement with Leaves $149.99 | Two Gray Turkey’s $115 (pair) | European Wooden Dough Bowl $149 | Hot Skwash Velvet Pumpkins on Sideboard $34 - $59 each | Assorted Moss Balls, Pumpkins, Vegetables and Fruits in Bowl $2 - $15.99 per item | Hot Skwash Velvet Pumpkin (Green $34 Light orange $34 Bright orange $59) | Orange burlap runner on table 12”x 10’ $32 also available in neutral and olive

Wheat Stack $37.95 | Copper Tray with Bottles $62.99 | Silver and Glass Cake Plate $79 Small Fall Floral Arrangement with Leaves in a Basket $43 | Assorted Pumpkins, Fruits and Squash $4.99 - $19.99

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Improvement all


Text and photo by Jen Mildenburger


Reflecting on how great the real estate market in Fort Mill has been over the past year is very exciting for a real estate agent in the area. Signs of improvement are abundant and both buyer and seller reluctance is not as evident as in recent years. According to the Carolina Multiple Listing Service, there has been a 35% increase in closed single family homes within Fort Mill year over year and another significant change is the number of days on the market or age of listing has decreased by 18. The increase in new home sales is an exciting sign of improvement and growth for Fort Mill. Closings are up almost 50% year over year and the pace is continuing. New communities have been started as well as planned throughout the area. Other already established communities, such as the beloved Baxter Village and Reserve at Gold Hill, are selling their remaining few lots. Chris Beard, new home sales representative at True Homes, was excited to share that new home permits are up throughout the area and that they have had to hire more contractors and vendors to keep up with the demand. Many builders see Fort Mill as a prime choice for building homes and the buyers have responded very positively at what has been introduced. Several new product lines are available such as patio homes, executive homes with large wooded lots, cottage style architecture, and other custom products. As a home seller or buyer, the opportunities are endless throughout Fort Mill. Don’t let the gloom and doom of the national media bring you down as the signs are everywhere that this is the best place to live, work, and play.

Jen Mildenburger

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Game Text by Matthew Griffin Photo by Emily Wyatt

In the investment business, we are charged with making complex topics simple and analogies are the tool that I use to accomplish this task. During a recent meeting, after failing to communicate “what I do” for a client effectively, a scenario popped into my head. So I asked my client, “Mr. Jones, are you a football fan?” “Of course I am, this is the South, right,” Mr. Jones said.

“Okay good,” I said relieved. “Allow me to explain my role to you. The underlying investments that I end up choosing for you are the individual players on the field. We have a quarterback, running back, etc. They all play different roles on the field and have different jobs. Every player is necessary to try and win the game. The Panthers can’t win a game without an offensive line, no matter how great Cam Newton is, right?” Mr. Jones nodded, “I follow.” “Okay, so if the investments I choose are the players, I am the head coach. I call the shots. I decide who plays, when they play, and where they play. Furthermore, I decide who sits the bench because I know my team better than any other person alive. The game plan is carefully structured by the coaches with a goal of winning the game.” Mr. Jones looked confused, “Then where do I fit in?” “You own the team,” I told him. “I work for you. Your only job is to honestly tell me how


much or how little risk you will allow me to take. After that, I am responsible for picking the right players to play the correct positions to work toward winning your game.” “That is all well and good, but what if my risk tolerance changes?” Mr. Jones pushed. “Then I need to know about it. If Jerry Richardson, the owner of the Carolina Panthers, decides that he wants to be more conservative, then the coach should put in his sure-handed quarter back that will execute perfect handoffs to the running back. Also, the bigger, fatter linemen will play because they can run block. Then, we run the ball. We have a chance of winning the game that way, but only if Jerry will let the coach manage the players. Conversely, if Jerry notices that the fans at the game are sleeping out of boredom, and he decides to be more aggressive, he tells the coach that. Then, the quarter back with the rifle arm will play behind the thinner, quicker linemen whose specialty is pass blocking. Also, we put in the Frisbee catching wide receivers. This is another strategy to work toward winning the game.” I told him. “So I am Jerry. I own the team. I decide on my risk tolerance, and you do the rest,” Mr. Jones asked. “Exactly, but there is one more thing. You have to stay out of the way. The coach cannot do his job if he is constantly worried about

when the owner might decide to interfere. That will create discord amongst the team, and we will lose games. Your job is to answer the risk question and then sit up in the owner’s box and watch your coach guide your team. Just like in football though, there is no guarantee that we will win every game. All we can do is try to accentuate our strengths and to attack the other team where they are weak. Similarly, all I can do is to take your risk parameter and structure your portfolio accordingly,” I concluded. Mr. Jones smiled and said, “You’re hired, coach!” Disclosure: No strategy assures success or protects against loss. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. Insurance products offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. Not NCUA Insured

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Credit Mistakes to

Avoid Photo by Emily Wyatt Text by Michelle Black


The world of credit scoring is confusing and down right secretive. The 3 major credit bureaus, or The Big 3, work for the people to whom you and I owe money. The formulas used to calculate credit scores are closely guarded. In fact, the only reason The Big 3 reveal any information at all to consumers is because the government requires it. Even though The Big 3 are so secretive about exactly where your credit scores come from, there are still some definite mistakes you will want to avoid. You may not know the precise numerical impact the following actions may have upon your credit scores, but you can be sure that the impact will be damaging. Late Payments Late payments can drop your credit scores quickly. In fact, 35% of your credit score (up to 192 points) is based upon payment history. If you have a FICO score of 780 and a single, 30 day late payment shows up on your credit report, you can expect your 780 to drop to somewhere between 670-690. That is a potential loss of 110 points. Remember, if it is your first time having a late payment with a creditor, you can always call and request a goodwill removal of the delinquency. Although the creditor may say, “No,” it certainly never hurts to ask. High Credit Cards Balances Another way to damage credit scores quickly is by carrying a high credit card balance. As much as 30% of your credit score (up to 165 points) is based upon the amount of debt you carry. Credit card debt impacts this category the most. Statistics show that people who carry a 0%-1% balance on their credit cards have a lower risk of defaulting on a loan.

Because of this fact, when you carry a $0 balance on your credit cards, you are rewarded with bonus points added to your credit score. Applying for Too Much New Credit Applying for too much new credit in a short amount of time can negatively impact your credit scores. Your credit score is pulled whenever you apply for a loan or credit card. This is called an inquiry. Inquiries account for 10% of your credit score (up to 55 points). Yes, 10% is a small category, but it is still very important if you wish to achieve high credit scores. Plus, inquiries can have damaging effects upon your score for a year. Remember, you can personally pull your credit report as often as you like and these soft inquiries will not be counted against your credit scores. Knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what you should do when it comes to credit scoring. Follow these three rules above and set yourself up to obtain strong, healthy scores. The next time you need to make a major purchase, like a car or a house, you will be glad you learned these common mistakes to avoid.

Michelle Black As a credit expert and seminar speaker with 10+ years of credit industry experience, Michelle’s articles discuss credit issues important to today’s consumer. Contact her at or 803-548-5548.



easuring Text by Ginenne Rife


How are mortgage rates like a little black dress? Huh? I know what you are probably thinking. I have finally gone off the deep end or maybe at least have been crunching numbers too long. The black dress analogy is the one I use when describing rates to female clients.

You are shopping for the perfect black dress for, let’s say, your college reunion. You want this dress to fit you perfectly, catch the attention of your old flame and, of course, get it on sale. You don’t want to shop at a big box discount store because the staff is not knowledgeable and you always end up frustrated and leave. What a waste of time. You contemplate going to a pricey boutique, but you are on a budget. You end up going to a place that a friend recommends who says they are friendly and knowledgeable. You end up finding a nice dress for $100. After you try it on, you realize that you need it altered. The hem could be shorter, $20. You would like to add some bling to the neckline, $40. Now the dress fits perfectly, and the end cost is $160. You could have shopped at the big box, bought it for $80 and ruined it in the sewing machine at home trying to save a buck, or you could have gone to the boutique and spent $300. It pays to listen to a friend who offers a referral. Back to the question of rates and how they are similar to a black dress. Rates are not one size fits all. Rates are an assessment of risk. The way the investor assesses risk is by a multitude of factors: credit score (not just that you pay your bills on time, but do it consistently over a period of time), occupancy type (primary, investment), type of property (condo, single family attached/detached), and wage type (W2, self employed). Lastly, the size of the loan is a factor as well. Investors don’t like to loan less than $100k. Many times the rate is higher for lower loan amounts. I know it doesn’t make sense, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Much of the risk assessment game makes me scratch my head. The loan officer will ask specific questions during the pre-qualification process to further assess the risk. Rates are calculated by starting with a base rate and adding or subtracting based on risk. Once the pre-qualification is complete, then a rate can be quoted. To sum up my analogy of rates and a black dress: Rates are not one size fits all and neither is a dress. Go to someone who will not only offer excellent customer service, but explain the process completely. Ask your friends who they’ve used and if they were satisfied. Only when the customer service person “sizes you up” can they quote the final price including alterations, and only a qualified loan officer can complete a mortgage loan analysis to quote the final rate.

Ginenne Rife

Ginenne Rife has worked in all facets of mortgage financing. She is a licensed loan officer with American Equity Mortgage. She is licensed in both NC & SC. Contact her at 803-403-2336 (office), 803-517-4441 (cell), or email her at


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Real World NewtonCPA’s Advice on Moving Expenses for Recent Graduates Text by Randall Newton Congratulations to our recent graduates! Now that school is over, you are probably looking for work. Unfortunately, the labor market is hard right now, so many of you will likely incur significant costs associated with landing your first real job, including job search expenses, and possibly moving expenses. So, how do these expenses translate in the tax world?

Job Search Expenses

Job search expenses for first-time employment are NOT tax deductible. However, if you are searching for employment in the same line of work as your last job, then the job search expenses are considered a miscellaneous itemized deduction. However, that’s only when such expenses exceed 2% of your gross income. Assuming you do qualify under the 2% rule outlined above, job search expenses will include the following: employment agency fees, resume preparation expenses, travel and transportation costs, employment counseling fees, postage, typing and printing costs, and advertising.

Moving Expenses

While the costs of finding first-time employment are NOT deductible, moving expenses associated with first-time employment are deductible as long as the following two tests are met: Time -The moving expenses must be incurred within a year after the new job begins. This rule gives you the flexibility to either secure the job offer first, then start packing, or move to your favorite city and then start searching for a job offer. The second aspect of the time test is that the employee must work full-time at the new location for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after arrival. The 39 weeks does not have to be consecutive weeks. Distance -This test will be met as long as the distance between the former residence (such as college or your parent’s house) and the new job location is at least 50 miles.

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I stood there looking down into a valley miles below me thinking, I wonder what it’s like to live at the top of the world. My answer came later that evening after I talked to the man that does live on top of the world, or at least, it seems like he does. Joe Glenn gazed out over a balcony at a local restaurant in Little Switzerland, NC. A shy smile came across his face, “This is my front and back yard,” he boasted. That’s what it must be like, I thought. You just can’t help but smile when you can see mountain ranges for miles. Glenn is General Manager of Springmaid Mountain in Spruce Pine, NC. He lives and works on the property. “And every time we have a guest, it’s like someone is coming to visit me. I love it,” he continued. This farm is not like others, however. Not too long ago it housed animals more fearsome than horses, ducks, and geese. “This place used to be an exotic animal farm,” Glenn told me. The man that owned it before the Springs family would raise animals such as giraffes and zebras; even lions and tigers were raised on the property. Then he would sell his animals to zoos all over the country. It makes sense when you get a chance to look around the property. You can hike to a nearby barn that doubles the height of any normal horse barn. “That’s where the giraffes would be,” Glenn told me as we continued to walk to a nearby waterfall. You can just image the animals roaming around, enjoying the refreshing mountain breeze in the middle of summer. Exotic animals aren’t Glenn’s cup of tea though. Much like Mrs. Anne Springs Close, Glenn’s passion rests with horses, which is why Springmaid Mountain is a perfect fit for him. The Springs family bought the farm in the early 1980s. They wasted very little time turning it into a rustic resort for the adventurous. Horses began to roam where giraffes and zebras used to be and the closest thing you’ll get to a wild predator is the occasional barn dog chasing geese. By 1985, Springs was offering overnight summer camps to the children of Fort Mill, most of which were run by Mrs. Anne Springs Close herself. There are many things to do at Springmaid Mountain. You can hike and raft. If you don’t mind

Text and photos by Emily Wyatt

driving a little further, you can even hit up the ski slopes in the winter. The main attraction to Springmaid Mountain is the horseback riding. Miles of trails wind through the mountains around the farm. Several horseback riding camps take place over the summer for children and adults alike. These are for people who are serious about riding. Cory Chase, who was running the current adult horseback riding camp, Giddy Up Getaway, has been coming to the horseback riding camps since he was ten years old. A Fort Mill resident, Chase resides at Springmaid three weeks out of the year to help run the horseback riding camps. “Everybody seems to learn more up here,” he admitted. It’s no wonder people at the camp learn more than the half day camp offered on the Greenway. A typical day at camp consists of getting up around 7 o’clock in the morning to feed the horses. You have breakfast made by the summer resident cook. Then, you ride. You eat lunch. Then, you ride again. You have dinner. Then, you ride again. Sometimes, there’s up to 5 hours of riding a day. The best part of this camp, at least for Chase, is seeing all the familiar faces. “Seeing them progress is what I love,” Chase shrugged. You don’t have to be a strong rider when you get to any of the horse camps at Springmaid. “Some of these people have only been riding for six months,” Chase told me. “Others have been riding for 36 years.” The point of the camps is simply to become a better rider, to learn more about this skill, and to meet great people along the way. Glenn is working on turning this rustic resort into more than just a horse-lover’s paradise. He showed me the pavilion where they plan to host wedding receptions. “Many weddings take place here already,” Glenn mentioned. “We’re just trying to make it more of a destination area.” With nine different floor plans of cabins to choose from, you can host a group event, a family reunion, a wedding, or just a little weekend getaway with your significant other and have room for everyone. For more information, go to


Destination: Hawaii

An attractive solution for island-hopping is NCL’s Pride of America 7-day Hawaiian Islands cruise. It departs from Honolulu and

American soil Text by Linda Murfin

takes you to all four major islands, providing you with transportation, accommodations, food, and entertainment for a single price. Since there are no all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii yet, the cruise can be quite a cost-saver. Here’s a quick rundown on each island... Oahu: Home of famous Waikiki Beach and the business center of Hawaii. Here you’ll find Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head Crater, Dole Pineapple Plantation, and the Banzai Pipeline, famous especially to surfers. Concrete? Yes, but also tons of activities. Hawaii: The Big Island is twice the size of all the other islands combined and is the newest island – and still growing, with the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, adding real-estate with every eruption. There are so many climate zones on Hawaii that you can

be laying on an 80 degree beach while viewing snowcapped mountains. Kauai: Sometimes called the Garden Isle, Kauai is the “Island of Discovery” and to me, best exemplifies tropical paradise. Its natural beauty is stunning. From Kalaheo Botanical Gardens to Princeville’s breathtaking scenery to the stark Na Pali Coast and on to Wailua, the wettest spot on earth, your biggest problem will be deciding where to go first. Maui: The favorite of many, probably because it has something for everyone. Maui has been voted “Best Island” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for seventeen years. You’ll find every land, sea, and air activity imaginable. Discover your own reasons to love Maui on the streets of Lahaina, wondering the heavenly beaches of Kaanapali, driving down the scenic road to Hana, exploring upcountry Maui, or playing some of the great golf courses of Wailea and Kaanapali. You can even go whale watching for humpbacks as they migrate to Maui’s warm waters every year. I am a Hawaii Destination Specialist and could go on about the destination forever. The best way to learn about Hawaii, however, is to experience it for yourself. I’ll see you there!

Linda Murfin A regular contributor for Fort Mill Magazine, Linda loves to document her travels and is owner of Above the Crowds Travel. To book your next adventure, contact her at803-835-0585 or


Photos courtesy of Tor Johnson of the Hawaii Tourism Authority


Hawaii is truly America’s tropical paradise. While there’s been much development over the 52 years since our 50th state joined the Union, Hawaii still holds much of the original charm and allure that is the stuff of dreams. Palm trees, beaches, pineapple plantations, and volcanoes – both active and long-dormant. You’ll find all this and more. The major islands of the eight are Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii. Each has its own special attractions. My advice in planning to visit Hawaii is to allow plenty of time. It is more than a “hop, skip, and a jump” between islands and trying to see them all in a week is close to impossible.

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Thanksgiving Text by Bree Zeigler Photo by Tracey Roman


Thanksgiving is a day for expressing deep gratitude. It is a time to experience thanks for our families, our freedom, and the abundance that we experience in our daily lives. Unfortunately, our abundance during the holidays often times results in overindulgence, a foodinduced coma, and a few extra pounds in the midsection. This year, I wish to encourage you to extend the focus of your gratitude to include being thankful for your personal health and well-being.

Next, make a conscious, focused plan to enjoy moderation. Avoid telling yourself that you can’t have something as that will typically lead to a binge in the future. Instead, enjoy what you love in moderation and be satisfied. There are many healthy, delicious, and slimming foods at Thanksgiving dinner. Some great choices are free range, organic white meat turkey, fresh homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, spices, leafy green vegetables, squash and pumpkins.

According to the American Council on Exercise, the average adult consumes 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day. A 160-pound person would have to run at a moderate pace for six hours or walk forty-five miles to burn off that many calories. To avoid unwanted holiday weight gain, here are a few simple tips to enjoy all of your Thanksgiving favorites without compromising your goals.

Finally, slow down when eating your meal. Research shows that it takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to signal to your body that you are full. The average American eats a meal in less than 10 minutes. Studies have shown that those who eat slowly will eat less, maintain a healthier weight, and avoid physical discomfort after a meal.

First, if you are stepping into the holidays expecting to gain weight because that’s the way it has always been for you, then it is time to change your holiday weight story. Telling yourself you will gain weight during the holidays will set you up for those exact results. This year, rewrite your story to support what you want for yourself, not what you don’t want. Tell yourself a new story that supports stress-free, pleasurable holidays without the weight gain. Let your story include that you are ultimately responsible for your results and that you are completely satisfied with smaller portions. Your daily choices will begin to reflect your new story and you will begin to receive the results you desire.


Enjoy your Thanksgiving without the binge, the bulge, and the discomfort. Nourishing the mind, body, and spirit with conscious efforts to make the best choices for your body will result in a happy, healthy holiday.

Bree Zeigler Bree Ziegler RN, BCHC is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Weight Loss Specialist and Registered Nurse. To learn more about personalized coaching and group programs, visit or contact Bree at 803-727-7607.


Therapy and


Text by Carol Howell


She had not spoken in months. Her days were spent in a wheelchair, and her communication with others was limited to motions. She sometimes smiled when you passed by, and other times she seemed to be in a world all to herself. She needed music.

experience the “waking up” of a person who has drawn totally within themselves, it is inspiring and motivating. Before we enter this world, rhythm is important to us. Dr. Concetta Tomaino states, “At five months of age, when a fetus’s neural circuits and auditory memory are forming, it experiences rhythm through the mother’s heartbeat and respiration.” Throughout our lives, music and rhythm can change our mood, inspire our minds, and motivate us. Even as our bodies are experiencing the effects of aging, or our brains are deteriorating with dementia, music remains a strong force. It is a force that is healing.

“ ” I approached her very gently, extended my hand in greeting, and she grasped my hand warmly. As she welcomed me to come closer, I began to speak to her about singing. I invited her to sing with me, and made small talk about the kinds of music she might like. She did not have a response, of course. However, she motioned that she would enjoy joining the group. I wheeled her towards the piano, began singing

Not only did she want to stand, she wanted to dance.

hymns of the past, and she sang. I was shocked! Her caregivers were stunned. Then, just to show off a bit, she decided to rise from her wheelchair. This lady, who spent her days seated, was eager to stand. Not only did she want to stand, she wanted to dance. At this, I grasped her firmly, and we began to sway. Who knew dancing to “The Old Rugged Cross” could be so wonderful. Yet, this is exactly what happened. The part of the brain that holds art, poetry, prayer, drawing, painting, crafts and music is least affected by dementia. When you can

As Perry Como wrote, “Sing. Sing a song. Sing out loud. Sing out strong. Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing. Sing a song.”

Carol Howell

Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist who offers Music Therapy. To learn more, go to



Text by Brittany Zessin and Samantha Higginbotham

If you enjoy having drills and needles in your mouth or feeling residual numbness and tingling for hours after you leave your dentist’s office,

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Is the stress from the drills, needles, and invasive dental procedures keeping you out of the dental chair? Imagine going to the dentist and leaving earlier than expected and experiencing no pain. Visualize starting the procedure with no delay and going home without the tingling or numbness sensation. Looking for a solution? India Hook Dental Care is proud to announce a solution for you. Introducing one of dentistry’s newest technologies, the Waterlase MD. The Waterlase MD is a dental device that uses a red beam laser that can be used on a wide variety of dental procedures. It can be used for both soft and hard tissue procedures. The Waterlase MD can be utilized during treatments such as gum re-contouring, biopsies, exposures of unexposed teeth, frenectomy, uncovering implants, composite or tooth colored fillings, and treatment of cold and canker sores. Many benefits of using the Waterlase MD include faster appointments and less referrals to specialists such as Endodontists and Periodontists. The Waterlase MD works without using heat, pressure, or vibrations, but continuously hydrates the tooth by spraying water and air. Most procedures can be performed without using any injection of anesthesia because the Waterlase MD creates little to no pain. The Waterlase MD is safe for everyone including children, teens, adults, and elderly patients. It is FDA approved and can even be used on pregnant patients. We recently used the Waterlase MD to treat a cold sore on one of our team members, Samantha. Samantha explained to Dr. Smith that she has had cold sores throughout her life, stating, “I’ve tried using everything from over the counter creams and medications to herbal remedies and prescriptions, without much luck. Any medication that


would work took several days, if not weeks, to get rid of my cold sores.” Samantha described the pain she endured during these episodes of cold sores as “extremely painful and uncomfortable.” After everyone put on their safety glasses, Dr. Smith began treatment using the Waterlase MD. The procedure took a total of five minutes with no numbing. The following day, Dr. Smith asked Samantha to describe her experience and results. “I did not feel any discomfort throughout the procedure and haven’t noticed any soreness or ache since treatment. It is pretty remarkable how fast the Waterlase MD took away the pain that the cold sore was causing,” stated Samantha. Dr. Smith continued to follow up with Samantha for the remainder of the week. Each day the size of the cold sore continued to decrease and by the end of the third day following treatment, the lesion was completely gone. “This machine is amazing! Waterlase MD is the first thing that I have found to relieve the pain and shorten the duration of time while treating a cold sore,” commented Samantha. According to, 97% of patients who have tried treatment using the Waterlase MD would recommend it to their family and friends. Here at India Hook Dental Care, we believe your time and satisfaction are very important, but your oral health is just as valuable. With the Waterlase MD, you can save time with faster and fewer appointments because more treatment can be performed. Waterlase MD is completely safe, causes little to no pain, and can be used without any injections. Don’t let your busy schedule or fear of discomfort keep you from excellent oral health. It’s time to experience dental care in a whole new way with the Waterlase MD.


Quiz Waterlase MD 1. What procedures can be performed using the waterlase MD? (a) Cold Sores (b) Biopsy (c) Frenectomy (d) All of the above 2. The Waterlase MD is a safe option for pregnant patients (a) True (b) False 3. Waterlase MD works without using: (a) Heat (b) Pressure (c) Vibration (d) All of the above 4. Does the Waterlase MD require anesthesia (a) True (b) False Answers 1-D 2-A 3-D 4-B

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Bernardin’s Text by Tracey Roman


The historic Ratcliffe, built in 1929 in the Mediterranean-Revival style, is home to Bernardin’s restaurant. Tables dressed in white linen and banquets of white leather are set against sea foam blue walls adorned with contemporary art. Modern light boxes accentuate the barrel vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows, and classic grooved columns with corinthian capitals. With all this opulence, one wonders how the cuisine will fare. From appetizers to desserts, you’ll be impressed. General Manager Chad Cooper describes the menu as “New American cuisine with influences from around the world.” Indeed! With something for everyone, this eclectic menu is highlighted by some rare, wild game like bison, venison, ostrich, and even kangaroo. Their wine list is well-rounded and fairly priced with some hard-to-find boutique wines and all the big names, too.

Bernardin’s offers a three course pre fixe which includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35. This is an excellent way to get familiar with their offerings. They are available to cater special events from groups of 2 to large groups of up to 90 people in the restaurant. They offer off-premise catering as well. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Bernardin’s is located at 435 S. Tryon Street in Charlotte. For more information about Bernardin’s, go to or call 704-332-3188.

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Photos courtesy of Bernardin’s Restaurant at Ratcliffe

Start your meal with a refreshing Heirloom Tomato Salad topped with mozzarella, garlic confit, toasted pine nuts, and a basil sherry vinaigrette. Arguably the best US beef you can buy, Bernardin’s selects CAB (Certified Angus Beef) for their patrons. Try the Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon crowned with goat cheese and served with sautéed spinach, garlic potato puree, and encircled with a duck fat béarnaise. Then, top your experience with the Chocolate Torte. Similar to a flour-less chocolate cake yet light like a mouse, this chocolate masterpiece and house favorite sits on an Oreo walnut crust and is adorned with vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of chocolate sauce and raspberry sauce, then dressed with a caramelized sugar wedge and a mint leaf.

Modern Family Dinner


{Leftovers Edition} Text by Valerie McGann Photo by Emily Wyatt


Fall is here, it’s time to decorate your house with pumpkins and gourds, put away the patio furniture, and spend Sundays watching football. There’s something about waking up to a smooth layer of frost on the ground outside that changes our appetites. I recently asked a group of five and six year old girls what dinner comes to mind when they think of fall. Immediately, there were several shouts, “Thanksgiving!” My next question was rather obvious, “What do you eat for Thanksgiving?” The response was a unanimous and rather loud shout, “Turkey!” What brought my group silent was when I asked what they ate for dinner after Thanksgiving was over. I had several puzzled looks as if I was asking a trick question. I then began to wonder, how many of my readers have the same puzzled looks on their faces when they are staring at a gallon-sized storage bag or a plastic container full of turkey leftovers. We need to face the fact that we can only consume so many turkey sandwiches until we start to think that we’d rather just order a pizza. This issue of Modern Family Dinner gives you a couple of my favorite recipes for my turkey leftovers. I hope you and your families enjoy them as much as mine do.

Turkey Tetrazzini 2/3 bag of wide egg noodles (cooked to

package directions) 8 oz. Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced 1/2 Sweet or Vidalia Onion, finely chopped 1 stick of butter (divided in half) 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 c chicken stock or broth 1 1/2 c milk (1% milk fat or higher) 1 1/2 c shredded cooked turkey 3 Tbsp. dry white wine (I use chardonnay) 1/2 c shredded parmesan (divided in half) 1 tsp. kosher salt (divided in half) 1 tsp. black pepper (divided in half) 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2 c panko bread crumbs Melt 4 Tbsp. of butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the mushrooms and onions, cook until soft. Season with half of the kosher salt and black pepper. Stir. Add the flour and nutmeg. Stir until all of the liquid is absorbed into the flour, cook for 30 seconds more. Slowly add the chicken stock and milk to the flour and vegetable mixture, using a wire whisk, and constantly stirring the liquid to prevent lumps. Once all of the liquid is added, and the mixture has thickened, remove the sauce from the heat. Stir in the dry white wine and ¼ cup parmesan cheese. In a greased baking dish, pour the sauce over your cooked egg noodles, tossing to coat completely. Combine the panko bread crumbs, remaining salt and pepper, and the parmesan cheese with

4 Tbsp. melted butter. Using a rubber spatula, spread the bread crumb mixture over the top of the noodles and sauce in the casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for at least 15 minutes until the bread crumb mixture has browned. Serve with a side salad.

Easy Turkey Pot Pie 2 10 1/2 oz. cans of cream of potato soup 1 1/2 cups frozen peas & carrots (thawed) 1 cup chicken stock or broth 1 cup shredded cooked turkey 1 sheet of puff pastry or 1 package of low fat crescent rolls, unseparated Combine the creamed soup with the chicken stock. In a greased casserole dish combine the creamed soup mixture, turkey and vegetables. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover with the puffed pastry rolling the edges inside of the casserole dish like a pie crust. Cut several slits into the top with a sharp knife. Bake at 375 degrees 20-25 minutes until the puff pastry is lightly browned. (If using crescent rolls, unroll the crescent rolls and lightly use a rolling pin to smooth out the perforations prior to placing on top of the casserole dish).

Valerie McGann To learn more about Valerie McGann and go to


Grid Iron Now owned and operated by the Randazzo family of the renowned Tony’s Pizza and Papa Pino’s, the Grid Iron offers two types of experiences: a cozy family restaurant and a separate bar. There is also a room for private dining and outdoor dining. Their speciality is Italian food, but they serve steaks and seafood as well. You can enjoy a live band every month, take part in the show with karaoke on Wednesdayv, or let a DJ pick your play list every Friday and Saturday night. Grid Iron 13105 S. Tryon St Charlotte, NC 28278 704-588-1130 Breakfast 8am-12pm | Lunch 11am-4pm Dinner 4pm-10pm | Late Night 10pm-2am


Ristorante & Pizzeria

Citizen Corners & The Vault

Here at Citizen Corners we offer a casual setting in what was once a bank during the 1920’s. We feature classic southern cuisine with a creole twist. From our stuffed flounder and blackened salmon filet to our hand cut rib eyes and filet mignon you are sure to have an enjoyable experience. If you are wanting a more laid back atmosphere be sure to check out The Vault, a full service bar located in the basement of Citizen Corners. Citizen Corners & The Vault 157 East Main Street Rock Hill, SC 29730 803-980-1150


Enjoy our classic Italian atmosphere right around the corner in Baxter Town Center with signature soups, salads, appetizers and genuine Italian dishes like pasta, chicken, and fish prepared fresh. Our extensive pizza selection features New York Pizza, Pan Pizza, and Gourmet Pizza, as well as Calzones. Pizza dough, bread, and sauces are prepared from scratch on the premises, we offer a full bar seven days a week and a over 100 wines on our new wine list! Serving lunch daily 11-3 with Pizza by the Slice or Lunch Specials for under $5. Fratelli Ristorante & Pizzeria 975 Market Street Fort Mill SC 29708 803-802-4449 Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm

Terrace Cafe of

Ballantyne Don’t miss an exceptional culinary experience at Terrace Café! Our new dinner menu highlights American Southern Cuisine, with small plates from Sausage & Cheddar Balls to Fried Alligator. Enjoy Terrace Fried Chicken, Lobster BLT Rolls or our signature Halibut with Stone Ground Grit Fries, Baby Carrots & Fried Spinach finished with a Sweet Corn Beurre Blanc. Terrace Café of Ballantyne 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 150 Charlotte, NC 28277 704-369-5190

John’s Family


We have been serving up delicious, home cooked meals for over 25 years here in Charlotte. From seafood and steak to southern home style dishes and more, we have all your taste buds covered! All of our menu selections are made from the freshest ingredients. Have a sweet tooth? Try our homemade desserts! Beer and wine are also available. We are family owned and operated and focus on bringing you, our customer, the best food served in a family atmosphere. John’s Family Restaurant 2002 Westinghouse Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28273 (704) 588-6613


Roasting Oven

A blend of Peruvian and Latin American flavors, we offer a variety of dishes featuring chicken, roasted pork, beef, seafood, and vegetarian. Our signature chicken is carefully marinated overnight in a special blend of spices, then slowly roasted to perfection making it juicy and full of flavor. We prepare our homemade sauces to compliment every meal. Come and discover the pleasure of new flavors. The Roasting Oven 855 Gold Hill Road #111 Fort Mill, SC 29708 (803) 547-5522 3700 Carowinds Blvd. Fort Mill, SC 29708 (803) 548-4122




Location provided by Carlos’ Cafe. Model is Joe Strollo. Whiskey provided by Carols’ Cafe. Cigars provided by Flamboyan Imports.


Drink A Smoke Photos by Stefanie Morris


Joe Strollo, owner of Carlos’ Cafe in Tega Cay, a local Cuban restaurant, prefers Jack Daniel’s American Honey Whiskey with a tubed Montecristo Platinum Series vintage 1999. This stick has a spicy, full-bodied flavor thanks to the Mexican binder, which sits below its smooth Sumatra wrapper. Priced at $10.99.


Harry White, frequent customer of The Cigar & Tobacco Shop in Fort Mill, prefers Belvenie single-malt scotch with a full bodied Prensado produced by Alec Bradley or a LaGloria Cubana “Series R� Maduro. The LaGloria Cubana is medium to full bodied with a very earthy and spicy aroma. Priced at $8.99


Valivia Salon and Day Spa would like to share some tips, tricks, and facts to help decide which look is best for you. When making a significant change, there are a lot of things to factor in when achieving a flattering end result.

Text by Anastassia Laney Photos by Stefanie Morris

Skin Color - Yes, even skin has a correct color harmony. Skin undertones can consist of red, pink, yellow, brown, etc. Â Emily has fair skin with a peach undertone, therefore, warm color tones will appear to be a natural color on her.

Best Feature - Accentuate it! It could be the eyes, eyebrows, or lips. Emily has a gorgeous blue eye color, so we chose a natural warm auburn to contrast her eyes to make them pop.


Photos taken in Valivia Salon. The model was Emily Wyatt. The Senior Master Designer (hair) was Jeorjia Walker and the Artistic Designer (makeup) was Amber Starnes.

AHot Look for Those Cool Days

Face Shape - Determines which style is most suitable for you. The oval face shape is the most universal shape to accommodate any style. Emily has an oval shape and she wanted to keep the majority of her length, so we chose to shape up and polish her existing cut, adding a little bit of framing around the face and giving her a side swept bang.

Plan for Change - Give yourself some options for the up and coming season’s changes. Emily’s existing color is a soft copper with a hint of underlying red.

For spring, foil in a very light, subtle, cool blonde all over. A summer look could place foils of a cool blonde throughout the entire color and amp up the blonde around the face by placing a heavier foil along the front hairline. Then fall, introduce a cool brown panel of color through the bang or perhaps underneath and throughout her longest layer. For winter, add lowlights throughout with a darker auburn and a cool brown, providing a good contrast of pigment, but giving contrast in tones as well. This will just add depth and richness to the hair for the colder months. That’s the top steps to a successful makeover. Are you next?


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The Finishing Touches Fall 2012 Collection

803-547-4000 212 Main St., Fort Mill, SC 29708

Ariana Carr is wearing Silver Hoop Earrings | Plato’s Closet | $3 American Eagle Sweatshirt | Plato’s Closet | $12 Wet Seal Tank | Plato’s Closet | $12 Miss Me Denim Jeans | Plato’s Closet | $50

Christal Ross is wearing White & Gold Earrings | Plato’s Closet | $3.99 Wet Seal Shrug | Plato’s Closet | $12 City Triangle Blue Dress | Plato’s Closet | $10 Brown Watch | Plato’s Closet | $6 Wooden Bracelet | Plato’s Closet | $5


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Fashion a Fraction for

Photos by Emily Wyatt

Anastasia Roman is wearing Earrings Colored Disc | Plato’s Closet | $3.99 American Eagle Sweater | Plato’s Closet | $14 Blue Bracelet | Plato’s Closet | $4 Orange Knit Bracelet | Plato’s Closet | $4 Teal Bangle and Brown Bangle | Plato’s Closet | $5 New York & Co. Colored Jeans | Plato’s Closet | $8


Christal Ross is wearing Owl Earrings | Plato’s Closet | $5.99 Black Aeropostale Sweater | Plato’s Closet | $8 WT Tank | Plato’s Closet | $6 Black Bracelet | Plato’s Closet | $4 Black and Gold Bangles | Plato’s Closet | $3 Miss Me Denim Jeans | Plato’s Closet | $50 Juicy Couture Sneakers | Plato’s Closet | $18

Anastasia Roman is wearing Ezra Fitch Denim Jacket | Plato’s Closet | $25 WD Short Dress | Plato’s Closet | $16 Long Brown Beaded Necklace | Plato’s Closet | $8 Jewelry Bracelet | Plato’s Closet | $6 Wet Seal Boots | Plato’s Closet | $22


Ariana Carr is wearing Flower Earrings | Plato’s Closet | $5 Forever 21 Scarf | Plato’s Closet | $6 American Eagle Polo | Plato’s Closet | $7 Teal Watch | Plato’s Closet | $8 Teal Bracelet | Plato’s Closet | $4 Yellow Bracelet | Plato’s Closet | $4 Charlotte Russ Skirt | Plato’s Closet | $6 Furry Boots | Plato’s Closet | $12


Christal Ross is wearing Boots | Plato’s Closet | $12

Pink Purse | Plato’s Closet | $10


Location provided by Nation Ford High School. Clothes provided by Plato’s Closet. Models are Ariana Carr, Anastasia Roman, and Christal Ross. Stylists are Danielle Couture, Erika Mejia, and Kha Stewart. Hair and Makeup by Tracey Roman.

Ariana Carr is wearing Sperrys Authentic Boat Shoe | Plato’s Closet | $18

Todd Baxter

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Todd Baxter has loved to draw the world around him as far back as he can remember. He has always been one of those enviable people who always knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. His artist’s eye first guided Todd’s successful career as a graphic designer, begun after he graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. For more than three decades, he created images that engaged audiences in the world of advertising. Then in June 2010, with the responsibilities of raising a family in the rearview mirror, he decided to adjust course to focus on his passion for fine art. Todd is currently represented by the Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, the Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC, and is a member of the Tega Cay Art League, the Charlotte Art League, and the Charlotte Plein Air Painters. Providence Gallery Christmas Show: Todd is one of 12 artists selected to exhibit large works at the holiday show in December.

Gallery Representation: (Charlotte, NC) (Charleston, SC) To view more of Todd’s work go to or call 803.367.2857 Blog: | Email:


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Jazz Text by Alexander Galloway Photo by Stefanie Morris


Ask Buff Dillard about Bonejazz and he radiates passion with every vivid description of its musical evolution. Growing up around more conventional forms of jazz, such as Second Line Jazz, a style commonly played in churches, he had a burning desire to develop a sub-genre that was in a category all to its own. “I always had this vision, even at the age of sixteen, that I would have a smooth jazz band with a trombone out front,” Dillard recounted. This unique style contrasts from a traditional jazz set that leads with a trumpet or saxophone.

He named his creation Bonejazz and has tirelessly worked to make this brand synonymous with the name Buff Dillard. On top of being a musician and entertainer, Dillard is also a CEO, promoter, manager, mentor, and videographer. He is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word, but knows that his continued success is impossible without a pure love for the music he creates. When watching Dillard on stage, it becomes clear that his mind goes somewhere else and he just gets lost in the music, a feeling he describes with one word: “Heaven.” He will play

I always had this vision, even at the age of sixteen, that I would have a smooth jazz band with a trombone out front.

However, making that transition into a non-existent area of jazz was risky. Dillard had spent the previous four years touring with gospel legend John P. Kee, so to step away and venture out into the musical abyss was a bold career move. “For the first time in my life, I really had to step out on faith,” he admitted. Dillard experienced many ups and downs in his first few years as a solo artist, but during this time the smooth jazz scene in the Charlotte area started gaining momentum. After finding a vocalist, bass guitarist, drummer, and keyboard player to match his trombone, Buff Dillard and Unique Blend was born, and his dream of developing a style of his own had finally come to fruition.


wherever the music takes him. More than anything, “it’s about the mind set,” he explained. Dillard’s sole desire is for his audience to feel that same bliss. He proclaimed, “I need you to forget the job. I need you to forget home. I need you to forget the bills for three hours. I want you to be mine, and I am yours.”

Alexander Galloway Alexander Galloway is a Risk Architect at Peoples First in Rock Hill. He enjoys the outdoors and fine cuisine. Contact him at


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Autumn Abundance Text by Tracey Roman Photo by Darlene Wyatt It’s that apple eating, pumpkin picking, cider drinking time of year. The sights, sounds, and smells of autumn abound. Take a trip to the local orchard, bake an apple pie, or roll around in a pile of vibrantly colored leaves. Explore corn mazes, tractor pulled hay rides, spider webs, and spooky sounds. Experience the football cheering crowds, the cadence of the marching band, and the orange, yellow, and red countryside. Feel the crisp chill on the breeze and watch the leaves floating down in the morning mist. Embrace fond memories of the past and create new ones with those you love. For this time sweeps by in a flash.


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