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I started off my letter in the previous issue saying, “Happy Spring!” I may have said that a little too early. As we’ve all seen, the last couple of months have brought some crazy weather, both cold and wet. But I think we’re officially here! I am ready for the sunshine, warmer days and to say goodbye to the pollen. If you’re like me and ready to entertain outside, be sure to turn to page 67 for some great decorating ideas for your outdoor living space. Another reason to get outside is to head to the U.S. Open in June! Be sure to read about this historic event happening in Pinehurst – for the first time ever, golf’s best men and women will play back-to-back in June at Pinehurst No. 2, less than an hour away. On page 34, we talk to some caddies who know the course well and are hoping to get the chance to caddy in their first major championship. On page 18, check out the slew of things made right here in Western Wake County, not to mention the interesting stories behind how they came to be. Ever watch How Stuff Works? On page 24, writer Kurt Dusterberg talks to Marshall Brain, the creator of the show, who just happens to live in Cary. You’ve heard of mud runs and triathlons, but what about barrel racing? It’s happening right here. Check out page 60; you’ll be amazed at what these women can do! Enjoy these beautiful days we have coming; soak in the sun with a copy of Cary Living. Please keep your letters and comments coming; I love reading them.




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18 18 HOMEMADE HERE Buy local. You’ll find cooler stuff! 34 ROUGHING IT Pinehurst No. 2’s transformation won’t be a walk in the park for U.S. Open players. 44 STILL BRINGIN’ IT Clay Council has been dispensing baseball wisdom – and home run pitches – for most of his life.

44 49 NINETEENTH HOLE NOSHES Wow your guests with these fun and festive golf-themed snacks from Chef Mario’s kitchen! 54 ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a perfect time to focus on the unique challenges faced by adolescents. 60 THEY’RE NOT HORSIN’ AROUND For local rodeo riders, barrel racing is a way of life.




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PUPPY UPKEEP VOYCE REMOVES THE GUESSWORK FROM DOG CARE Virginia-based i4C Innovations has developed a collar-like device that can help you better understand what your dog is thinking and feeling, and what s/he needs. If you just pictured Dug, the dog from Up, you’re not alone – but the device isn’t quite like that. It won’t translate dog thoughts into words, but according to i4C, it will provide “unprecedented insight into your dog’s health and wellbeing, information and tools for you and your dog to grow together, and ways to share with your veterinarian and social networks.” Known as Voyce, the comfortably wearable device tracks your dog’s movement and non-invasively measures vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory 10 |

rate, calories burned, activity levels and rest patterns. All of the information is easily displayed in an app, allowing you to monitor trends in your dog’s wellbeing and behavior. Changes in the data can be early indicators of potential concerns, allowing you to be proactive regarding your dog’s health. Voyce also adapts, getting to know your dog, and sends you customized tips and advice, as well as relevant articles. It also keeps you and your dog connected, allowing you to share information digitally with your veterinarian, and helps you to improve your relationship with your dog as you learn and set goals. The team at i4C collaborated with biomedical engineers, dog experts and the veterinary virtuosos

at Cornell University to develop this crucial tool in understanding and caring for your furry best friend. The Voyce band is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, with a full charge lasting about a week. It is waterproof up to one meter, comes in three sizes, and includes a docking station, micro-USB cable and wall charger. The device is optimized for all current major browsers; syncs with PCs, tablets and smartphones; and supports up to 10 separate networks. Voyce is set to cost $299, plus a subscription fee for the ongoing data monitoring. It should be available this spring from


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A scenic waterfall hole at Raleigh Country Club, which was the first private club purchase in the McConnell Golf portfolio a decade ago.

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AGAINST THE GRAIN MCCONNELL GOLF’S UNPRECEDENTED MEMBERSHIP MODEL SUCCEEDING It started innocently enough and made total sense to Raleigh businessman John McConnell. The final design of legendary architect Donald Ross was on the verge of being plowed under for a condo development when the single digit handicapper stepped in for the save. Embedded at the time in the Triangle technology community with ownership of two high-tech firms, McConnell not only purchased Raleigh Country Club in East Raleigh but immediately poured millions of dollars into a renovation. The seed was laid, so to speak. Few knew – likely not even McConnell himself – that one private club purchase in December 2003 would turn into a portfolio of eight elite clubs scattered across North Carolina and South Carolina a decade later at 3,000 members strong, and that he would divest his firms to form McConnell Golf. He is now described by many as the state’s most influential man in golf, offering his 12 |

members 153 holes of golf designed by such legendary architects as Ross, Pete Dye and Tom Fazio. “I’m not sure that’s necessarily true,” McConnell said of the tag. “A better description is I may be viewed with some jealously because I probably have the life that everybody would love to have. But hey, I’m doing my taxes today. You’ve got to stay focused.” A large portion of McConnell’s golfing empire – and the tens of millions of dollars spent on numerous course and capital improvements – has been accomplished in the toughest of times for the private golf sector as the Great Recession rendered many memberships luxuries golfers could do without. “The biggest challenge is trying to maintain membership in a market and industry that is flat and has been declining,” McConnell said. “That’s everyone’s challenge. The formula is you have to keep providing high quality at an affordable value and certainly

maintaining high service standards. Every year you have that commitment you’re going to take a market share from others who aren’t willing to make the investment.” The 63-year-old McConnell hasn’t backed off his vision and unique membership plan, which centers on declaring a “home club” while members enjoy reciprocal playing privileges at the other seven. Most recently, McConnell has headed into the Myrtle Beach market to manage Grande Dunes Members Club. “I guess everyone gets hung up on an acquisition and certainly I always enjoy that, but it’s like a person that starts buying art, and to me these golf courses are like art forms,” McConnell said. Three McConnell Golf courses – Raleigh Country Club, TPC at Wakefield Plantation (North Raleigh) and Treyburn (Northern Durham) – are scattered strategically across the Triangle, giving members a series of “connector courses” they can navigate. “In the Triangle you can play three great golf courses any time you want to play them, and one of the advantages is we rotate green maintenance so golfers always have smooth greens to play on,” McConnell said. “Just the fact that you get different varieties and it doesn’t cost you anything more is special and cool. And Raleigh Country Club and Treyburn are ranked No. 1 and 2 in the Triangle, so you have high value and high quality.” “Our greatest accomplishment is we’re still growing in an industry where a lot of private clubs are closing their doors or turning into semi-private or daily fee,” said Brian “Boomer” Kittler, the firm’s director of golf. “That last 10 years has been a great ride and I’m looking forward to the next 10 years.”


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It’s good to have something to believe in, right? The environment, animals, kids, trees. But where do you shop? That has a bigger impact than you might think. Did you know independent retailers return to the community more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than their chain competitors? For every

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square foot a local firm occupies, the local economy gains $179 vs. $105 for a chain, according to the US Department of Labor and the Small Business Administration. In addition to shopping and buying local, you can also buy products made right here. We got a few local shopowners to give us the scoop.

Mission trip leads to mission at home WHAT: JustNeem Body Care WHERE: North Harrison Avenue, Cary WHAT DO YOU MAKE? Skin and body care products WHAT’S YOUR STORY? While on a mission trip to Africa, Peter and Magda Radtke wanted to help the Mauritanian people find a way to earn a living using a natural resource. Neem trees grew naturally in the desert climate; the oil from the trees had been used for years in other countries for its anti-viral and antiinflammatory properties. Magda, a Cary teacher and hobby soap maker, and Peter, a chemist, created the Neem line of skin and body care products, made in Cary and sold across the country. WHY HERE? The German couple moved to Cary from California several years ago for Peter’s job. OWNER FAVE: The Neem Clay Mask (as seen on the Dr. Oz Show) and Adios Outdoor Spray, the latter natural and kid-friendly, a perfect solution for pesky summertime bugs.


FIND IT LOCALLY: JustNeem products are carried by all Whole Foods locations in North Carolina as well as in 16 more states and at A Southern Season (in Chapel Hill) and many local shops and spas. The manufacturing office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm on North Harrison Avenue.

A cool cache WHAT: Made Authentic Goods WHERE: Stone Creek Village, Cary WHAT DO YOU MAKE/SELL? Handcrafted hats, jewelry, baby items, etc. They also host crafting parties, camps and classes for kids and adults. WHAT’S YOUR STORY? “We sell all things handcrafted by artists all over the US,” says Made’s owner Ursula Ellis. “I am a single mother of two with a business degree from Northwestern University. I have a huge love of crafting and all things handcrafted. I have dreamed of opening a store like Made since I can remember.” WHY HERE? “There was nothing else like it in the Cary area.” OWNER FAVE: “I love the edible garden seed bombs that we just got in.”


‘Big city’ taste, small town price WHAT: Chocolate Smiles WHERE: West Chatham Street, Downtown Cary WHAT DO YOU MAKE? Premium handmade chocolates WHAT’S YOUR STORY? “Chocolate Smiles began in 1984 in downtown Cary; I’ve been the proprietor for close to eight years,” says owner Melanie Williams. “After close to 19 years in the computer services and manufacturing areas, I had the opportunity to change professions. The chocolate shop was perfect for me. I have enjoyed where this journey has taken me. The name of my business is perfect: Chocolate Smiles. Everyone is always happy at the chocolate shop!” WHY HERE? “Cary has been referred to as ‘a big city in a small town.’ Where better to share our delicious chocolates and treats?” says Williams. “We carry a ‘big city’ selection at great small-town prices.”


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OWNER FAVE: “Our most popular chocolates are our handmade truffles, snappers (a.k.a. turtles) and almond toffee,” says Williams. “I also love a challenge. If people come in with a special event or moment in their lives to celebrate, I think of a way we can make it more special with chocolate.”


Cary: the top pick for relocating

WHAT: Jim’s Own Sauce WHERE: Woodwinds Industrial Court, Cary WHAT DO YOU MAKE? North Carolina-style barbecue sauces and rubs WHAT’S YOUR STORY? In the ‘90s, Durham resident Jim Arnold used his mom’s recipe to launch an awardwinning variety of NC barbecue sauces, a business he operated until 2010 when, due to his wife’s illness, he sold the brand to Willem and Marilene van Schalkwyk, owners of Gentlewoods Foods Co. in Cary. WHY HERE? The van Schalkwyks are originally from South Africa. “When we were considering expanding our South African operation to the US, we searched far and wide internationally for places with a balance between business and family life,” says Willem Schalkwyk. “Cary, North Carolina came up number one on our list. “We have traveled extensively for business and vacation throughout Europe, Asia and the US, but we had never been to Cary,” Schalkwyk continues. “After visiting briefly in 2009, we loved the people and just knew this was where we wanted to raise a family and expand our business.” OWNER FAVE: The mustard sauce, based on a German recipe from Marilene’s mother. | 21

Cheers, mate WHAT: Fortnight Brewing Company WHERE: SW Maynard Road, Cary WHAT DO YOU MAKE? English-inspired beers WHAT’S YOUR STORY? “Our aim is to reproduce tastes of the UK beer styles that some of our partners drank in their native England,” says Fortnight president Stu Arnold. “Our current core range of English Ale and Porter use only English-grown ingredients and yeast. Core offerings to come include English IPA and ESB. We will also offer seasonal releases.” WHY HERE? “There’s no other craft brewery in the Cary area,” says Arnold. “There are also a lot of UK expatriates and well-traveled people who miss authentic English-style beers.” OWNER FAVE: “In the next few months we will sell traditional cask ale,” says Arnold. “We’re all really looking forward to making this a permanent addition to our core range.”


Brush better WHAT: The Toof-inger Brush WHERE: Based out of Apex WHAT DO YOU MAKE? A toothbrush that creates healthier brushing habits as a result of its shape and design WHAT’S YOUR STORY? “This invention is a direct result of my military service in Afghanistan,” says owner and inventor Steven Walther. “There, as a Green Beret and medic, while providing oral health clinics to the local population, I first discovered the need for this innovative toothbrush. After returning home to North Carolina, I made it my full-time work to create this revolutionary product as a way to help improve oral health care.” WHY HERE? “My home and heart is in North Carolina;” says Walther. “I’ve been a proud resident for more than 25 years.”

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Fresh veggies hand-delivered WHAT: The Produce Box WHERE: Delivering all over the Triangle and to the Triad and Wilmington WHAT DO YOU MAKE? “We deliver North Carolina farmer-grown fresh fruits, vegetables and local specialties like meats, seafood, honey, jams, granola and more – right to your home or office,” says founder Courtney Tellefsen. “It’s the farmer’s market brought to your doorstep.” WHAT’S YOUR STORY? “In 2007, I was a stay-at-home mom with two children under age five. I wanted to support local and eat healthy, but I just couldn’t make it to the Farmer’s Market, and a CSA didn’t work for us. I thought there had to be a way to make this work for busy people and families like ours. I hooked up with one farm and a few friends and neighbors, and The Produce Box was born, says Tellefsen. “In just a few short years, we have grown from a business working with one North Carolina farmer to one supporting 40 farmers across the state, and from one stay-at-home mom in her garage to 200 moms, dads and even kids helping their neighbors eat healthier.” WHY HERE? Plenty of opportunities to give back. “Giving back to our community is our top priority,” says Tellefsen. Every box ordered provides support for local organizations such as the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Backpack Buddies. OWNER FAVE: “The variety of fun meal kits we create,” says Tellefsen. “Each week we put together special boxes to help our members create a meal from scratch. They are creative combinations of fruits, veggies and specialty items like Soup Kits, Italian Meal Kits, Creole Kits and Cookout Kits. Plus, we are coming up with new ones every week! They help our members think outside the ‘Box.’” | 23

PEOPLE You Should Know

Ho w Mars Hall ’s Brain w ork s From TV to publishing, NC State professor has a well-documented history BY KURT DUSTERBERG


t is mid-morning on Friday, and Marshall Brain is taking a break in the Hunt Library on the NC State campus. He has already gathered with his students, held a meeting with his teaching assistant and called a local entrepreneur to offer his counsel. Just an ordinary day for a guy who does a little bit of everything. Brain teaches, publishes books and maintains websites and blogs on deep-thinking topics. He is the CEO of a local start-up company, an angel investor in the entrepreneurial community and a public speaker. If you ask Brain a question, be prepared for a pause. Maybe it’s the computer engineer in him, but Brain seems to be

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constantly buffering, the little gray circles rotating before he delivers his answer. Then with a slight grin, you’ll usually get an “OK, so...” That’s what happens when you ask him to explain what he does for a living. “I am the Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurs program at NC State,” he says with amusement. “I think it’s the first time I’ve ever had what I would call a real job.” There was a day when Brain envisioned a pretty simple working life. “My life plan was to go get a degree in electrical and computer engineering and then go work for Intel and design chips,” Brain said. “That was the plan.”

That never happened. Instead, Brain embarked on a little bit of everything. He is still widely known as the founder of the website, a niche site he began in 1998 to provide how-to explanations for everything from firecrackers to infantry carrier vehicles. He sold the site more than a decade ago, branching into a variety of activities. He has hosted the TV programs “Who Knew? With Marshall Brain” and “Factory Floor” for the National Georgraphic Channel, expanding on the How Stuff Works idea. At the heart of Marshall’s brain (yes, Brain is his real last name), is the need to explore and explain – and not just on topics comfortably in his engineering wheelhouse. He has published several computer programming books, but also “The Teenager’s Guide to the Real World,” as well as countless essays. “I write every day about something,” Brain says. “If you put something out there that happens to resonate with people, it will gain an audience almost without you having to do anything.” You can find it all at The topics are many, and the writing is voluminous. You can learn how to make a million dollars or you can discover how much it costs to care for a dog for one year. The writing is clear, to-the-point and entertaining. But if you’re willing to read, be prepared for a challenge. He does not tread lightly where religion is concerned. He has a website asking “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?” and another declaring “God Is Imaginary” (just add a .com to either). To a guy who wants to know how things work, religion is fertile ground, and he feels the need to speak up. “Religion is a very interesting part of being human,” says Brain. “If we look at it as unbiased observers, there is stuff that is different about religion from anything else in the human experience – the amount of passion that some people feel around it, the very wide uptake.” And lest you fear that he intends to launch a confrontation, he finishes his summary with a pause, then a smile. “That’s interesting!” he blurts out. Brain teaches three high-level classes at NC State as part of the entrepreneurs program. While the conventional job still

feels a bit outside his comfort zone, he takes pride in completing a full circle in his academic life. In high school, he came to the university for a six-week summer program. Years later, when he found the job market tight after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), he came back to NC State for graduate studies in 1985. But the better part of the experience was teaching undergraduate classes in the computer science department. “I loved it. It was the greatest experience of my life probably,” Brain says. “There was just a lot of energy and a lot of creativity there. We used to go out to dinner every week – whoever wanted to come – on Hillsborough Street. You didn’t make any money doing that, but it was a fantastically pleasant experience.” Today, he seems at ease back in the college environment. He wears jeans and a blue oxford shirt with rolled-up sleeves, which certainly takes the edge off the teacher-student relationship. “I have the opportunity to beneficially impact the lives of 150 people and expose them to different possibilities of how their lives could unfold,” Brain says. “I get a lot out of it.” His teaching role also brings up a necessary question: What do the students call a college professor with that last name? “I ask them to refer to me as Marshall,” he says, before losing himself in laughter. “Because Professor Brain sounds so ridiculous – to the point of being nauseating.” While he spends part of every day on the college campus, Brain hasn’t given up his many avocations. As long as technology and human life intersect, Brain will ponder things like how to heal spinal cord injuries – then write about it. “We don’t have a good technology for working with nerves yet,” he says. “In an electronic world, we should be able to just splice the cable back together and it would be fine. It’s conceptually pretty easy to imagine doing that.” Brain is married with four children. He and his wife enjoy taking walks and gardening. Their kids are teens now. “So if they’re not attached to their phones or their games and they want to do something with me, I instantly leap out of my chair,” he says. Otherwise, Brain is usually in pursuit of something that expands his horizons – or someone else’s. Most days begin at 4am, after just four hours sleep. He starts with writing, and then it’s off to teach or deliver a speech or lend a hand to someone with an idea. “Any given day is a blend of those things,” he says. “That just happens to work well for me.” | 25




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Yellow is the great communicator and loves to talk. Yellow is the color of the networker and the journalist. Yellow is the scientist constantly analyzing; methodical and decisive. Yellow is the entertainer, the comic, the clown. What type of yellow are you? Go buy some yellow today and find out what kind of yellow you are tomorrow!




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HOW’D THEY GET THAT NAME? Ever wonder how something got its name? We take a look at our parks and how they were named. SHOPPING Western Wake has a variety of shopping. We will highlight some of our local shopping areas. Be sure to check them out and go shop till you drop! WANT TO CHANGE YOUR BATHROOM? We offer some suggestions for decorating your bathroom. It can be purposeful and fun all at the same time!




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WAKE COUNTY GARDENS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE GARDEN CONSERVANCY’S OPEN DAYS PROGRAM May 16, 17 & 18 Begin at the JC Raulston Arboretum 4415 Beryl Road | Raleigh Or check us out online to see other start locations for certain dates. or

INSIDE OUT 5K May 10 | 7:15am Lucy Daniels Center | Weston Parkway Cary | the-inside-out-5k-run-walk/event-information


NATIONAL TRAIN DAY May 10 | 10am-2pm Downtown Cary Train Depot

TRIANGLE STEALTH AT CARY INVASION May 17 | 6:30pm Herbert C. Young Community Center


GROWERS MARKET OF FUQUAY-VARINA GRAND OPENING May 10 | 9am-2pm Fuquay retail district

WHEELS ON ACADEMY CAR SHOW May 17 | 9am-2pm Downtown Cary |



LIVE IN THE DISTRICT MUSIC SERIES – BLACK HEART KINGS May 8 | 6-8:30pm Park West Village | Front of Stone Theatres – Park West 14

LIVE IN THE DISTRICT MUSIC SERIES May 15 | 6-8:30pm Front of Park West 14 Theatre

NEARLY NEW KIDS CLOTHES ETC. CONSIGNMENT SALE Through May 3 High House Crossing | 2723 Highway NC 55 Cary | 3RD ANNUAL PURPLE CLOTH 5K AND KID’S DASH May 3 | 8am Bond Park | 919-412-6400 APEX PEAKFEST May 3 | 9am-5pm Salem Street Downtown Apex DINNER ON DEPOT STREET May 3 (Rain date – May 10) | 7–11pm Fuquay retail districts

BISCUIT BAKE-OFF FINALS May 8 | 2pm McDonald’s | 1831 Walnut Street | Cary 1410477889220907



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WIND DOWN WEDNESDAYS – BULL CITY SYNDICATE May 28 | 6-9pm Waverly Place | Cary CARY ART LOOP May 30 | 6-8pm WAVERLY ARTISTS GROUP ART RECEPTION May 30, 6-9pm, Cary 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209 SUMMERFEST SERIES – CARMINA BURANA May 31 | 7:30pm HOB NOB JAZZ SERIES – STEPHEN ANDERSON June 4 | 5:30-8:30pm WIND DOWN WEDNESDAYS – JOHNNY FOLSOM 4 June 4 | 6-9pm Waverly Place | Cary MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT – CADDYSHACK June 5 GLOW IN THE PARK 5K June 6 | 8:45pm WakeMed Soccer Park locations2014/cary.html



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WIND DOWN WEDNESDAYS – MAGIC PIPERS June 18 | 6-9pm Waverly Place | Cary

11TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS FESTIVAL June 7 | 10am-4pm Downtown Fuquay-Varina | 919-552-0848

ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS LEGENDS AND DIVAS June 19-20 | 7pm June 21 | 10am, 12pm, 3pm & 6pm




THE HISTORIC POLK HOUSE PRESENTS A DOLL CAMP FOR AMERICAN GIRLS – DOLLS GET COOKING June 23-27 The Historic Polk House | 537 N. Blount Street | Raleigh | ESPRIT DE SHE CARY RUN June 26 | 6:30pm INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCRATCHBOARD ARTISTS – 3RD ANNUAL EXHIBITION June 26-August 16 Cary’s Page-Walker Arts & History Center 119 Ambassador Loop | Cary LITTLE BIG TOWN June 27 | 7pm CARY ART LOOP June 27 | 6-8pm SUMMERFEST SERIES – LEGENDS OF BEACH June 28 | 7:30pm

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The 3rd Annual Peak City Pig Fest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the nation’s leading BBQ sanctioning body. Cook teams from all over the country will come to compete against each other for prize money cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork.

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(Left) Few people know the ins and outs of Pinehurst No. 2 like caddies Joe Crnko (left) and Jamie Whitley (right). It’s their dream to be carrying a bag in the upcoming U.S. Open. (Bottom) Phil Mickelson celebrates with his caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay after he holes out his chip shot on the 10th hole for an eagle during the final round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

rough for golfers to tackle at the U.S. Open for the first time in history? Technically, that’s true...well, sort of. There won’t be gnarly Bermuda rough to suck balls to the turf’s bottom for nearly impossible aiming to the turtleback greens of Pinehurst No. 2. No, what this Donald Ross layout has in store for the world’s best male and female golfers in June appears far more sinister now than it did three years ago when Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw took rake and shovel, and a set of 1943 aerial photos, to this old gem, restoring its yesteryear charm. It appears harder at first glance because it is, under further examination. The native areas, or “the junk” as described by Pinehurst Director of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance Bob Farren, have expanded significantly, with plants now reaching 24 inches and once-barren portions of the sandy graveyard resembling organized vegetation chaos. Just like in U.S. Opens played here in 1999 and 2005, a winning score of par now seems more realistic, more reasonable to most than a potential and almost unheardof U.S. Open double-digit under par champion. “The chance of your shot being perfect or having to punch it out sideways was about 50-50 a year or so ago,” said longtime Pinehurst No. 2 caddie Joe Crnko. “By the summer it will be thicker and your percentage may go down to 30-70. That’s the last thing the golfers want to do is hit

Pinehurst No. 2’s transformation won’t be a walk in the park for U.S. Open players

Photograph © USGA/John Mummert


it out sideways, but if you get right behind a clump of grass it’s not like deep rough where at least you can advance it forward; you have to go sideways. It’s tough, it’s brutal.” “This stuff here is where people can actually get injured trying to get out of some spots,” added fellow caddie Jamie Whitley. “I could see Tiger or Phil getting injured out there. They have added so many more of these native plants and they are now filled in. And the course is firmer, faster and harder now. And they’ve already tightened up the fairways since they reopened.” The course’s throw-back center line irrigation system has purposely “greened up” the optimal landing area of the fairways and rendered the outer edges exposed to the natural elements, which has turned the grass brown, crusty and hard, leaving plenty of room for errant drive run-offs. “Hey, if you don’t get behind a lump of that native stuff you may be in somebody’s heel print, and if that’s the case you’re going to be hitting a sand wedge, man,” Crnko said. “This will be a different flavor for the men’s and the women’s championships,” added Farren. “One of the unique aspects of the roughs now, or broken ground, is it changes seasonally. You can play it once a month for a year and it will be a little bit different each time you play it. These are spring and winter annuals, and they will flower. As we approach the end of the spring they will go away and the summer plants will come on. They just grow naturally, and there should be a beautiful palette in the summer.”

Photograph © USGA/John Mummert

Cary Living magazine golf editor David Droschak has enlisted Crnko, Whitley and Farren to guide us through the ins and outs of Pinehurst No. 2 and touch on some of the most intriguing storylines golfers will face trying to tackle Pinehurst No. 2 under the most intense scrutiny and stress. THE D Most championships in team sports are won with great defense, and most of the time No. 2 wins with defense – a defense centered around its diabolical putting surfaces and surrounding run-off areas. For all the talk and debating about “rough, no-rough,” Crnko and Whitley say the greens at No. 2 are some of the trickiest golfers can encounter. Ross was a master at angles and slopes off the tee, and he extended his magic to the greens, where players will often leave the putting surfaces shaking their heads from what I can best describe as optical illusions. Two of the most treacherous greens sit within a chip shot of where Ross lived, his historic brick house with white columns situated along the third fairway. The third green has what can best be described as a “ramp effect,” where an uphill putt from the front of the green actually gains speed, while the nearby fifth green is arguably the most difficult on the entire layout. “As romantic as it might sound, I think there is some validity that Ross lived there and Nos. 3 and 5 are the two most complex, strategic and most difficult greens on the whole course,” Farren said. “I can see him sitting out there on the back porch saying ‘Yeah, I’m going to change that one tomorrow.’ They have so much movement in them.”

(Above) The Third Hole of Pinehurst No. 2. (Bottom) Putter Boy Sundial of Pinehurst No. 2.

Photograph © USGA/John Mummert

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The caddies describe the movements on the greens as “little, small subtleties that most people just don’t see.” “From one side of the hole to the other can be totally different,” Crnko said. “I tell players I’m caddying for not to pay attention to that putt coming from the other side, because it has nothing to do with ours,” added Whitley. “We’ve caddied here so much we know where all the little nuances are.” Creativity will come into play if balls roll off the putting surfaces. “I think the majority of the players will keep the ball down on the ground as much as possible off the green,” Whitley said. “It takes the guesswork out of it. It’s just easier to judge. These old-style greens with all the elevation and humps are hard, but these golfers are so good with their feel, their distance control. If they have shots with a lot of green to work with, and if they are barely off the green, then they are going to chip it.”

2014 U.S. Opens

SCORECARD SELECTION Possibly hidden behind one of the thousands of tufts of native grasses sprinkled throughout No. 2. are a few little secrets not many are discussing. More than a dozen new tee boxes have been added, and the course now plays as long as 7,500 yards. And that’s just at par-70. But don’t expect USGA executive director Mike Davis to set up the course that long each day for the men. There are a few holes, such as No. 3, where he’ll shorten up the hole and tempt the long hitters to try to drive the green. The 13th hole also played as a drivable par-4 during the recent U.S. Amateur played here, so expect players like Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson to be swinging from their heels. But is that the smart play on these two scoring holes? “Those guys don’t mind hitting it up there into a greenside bunker,” Crnko said. “Some of them can carry the ball 310 or 320 so these holes could produce a fair amount of birdies.”

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viewing areas ON-COURSE

18TH GREEN GRANDSTAND << Sit and watch the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2 in a 4,500+ seated grandstand, where one of the most memorable moments in sporting history happened when Payne Stewart made a putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open Championship. 3RD GREEN/5TH GREEN << One of the more interactive areas on course where you can see the 3rd & 5th green, along with the 4th and 6th tee shots. We will have grandstand seats in this area, which will provide great views of all this action which includes a short par-4 (3rd hole), a par-3 (6th hole) and the 4th and 5th holes, which will be two of the more talked about holes since the 4th is now a par-4 and the 5th is a par-5.

Or heartache. “I personally don’t think it’s a smart play to try to drive the green on No. 3, because there is so much trouble around the green,” Whitley said. “But if you can get it in a greenside bunker that is an easy par, an up-and-down 50 percent of the tie for a birdie for most of the field. Most will play short of that waste bunker on the right with a 4-iron. Heck, Zach Johnson will lay up every day and probably birdie it three of the four days.” And on No. 13? “If you go for it and miss left, you might lose a ball over there now in that stuff,” Crnko joked. “And the green is sitting up elevated, and it has probably the hardest pin location of the entire golf course if they put it on the front right,” added Whitley. “It has a false front and if you hit it past that hump, past the flag, good luck – you may spend 10 minutes going

difficulty of a strategic ‘thinking man’s’ layout. “On a shorter par-4 you would expect the penalty to be greater, if you miss the fairway as it gets narrower the further you get from the tee,” Farren said. “We’ve talked so much about wider fairways in 2014, and they are significantly wider than they were in the 2005 Open, but there is still much to be paid penalty-wise if you do stray from the fairway, or try to hit it farther up the fairway on some of these shorter holes than your skill set might allow.” CLOSING STRETCH Expect a handful of players to be within striking distance in the final round, with the closing stretch at No. 2 providing a stage for pure drama. Manufacturing a series of pars on holes 16-18 – a 520-yard par-4, a 200-yard par-3 and an uphill par-4 – on Sunday would be

17TH GREEN << The 17th green is a great par-3, which inevitably will have a big impact on the outcome of the Championships. The grandstand for this hole actually sits players left of the 18th tee so spectators will be able to watch the demanding par-3, while still being on top of the players on the 18th hole teebox. 8TH GREEN << With a grandstand conveniently located players right of the 8th green, you’ll be able to see both the 8th hole and the tee shots on the 9th tee (par-3), while being close to a food court in case you want something to eat or a refreshment. 13TH GREEN << Being able to watch the professionals tackle this challenging green will provide for an entertaining place to sit during the Championship. Centrally located, too. DRIVING RANGE/PUTTING GREEN << Allows you to get an up close look at how the players prepare to compete in our National Championship, there will be grandstand seating behind the practice range tee box.

Photograph © David Droschak

up and back, not even able to keep the ball on the green. If the pin is there, hit it to the middle of the green, get your par and get out.” The 13th hole is a classic example of the Coore/Crenshaw restoration work on No. 2, displaying the diversity of the plant material as well as the severity and

a monumental task for anyone on the first page of the leaderboard. “A lot of them are going to drop one or two shots, possibly three coming down the stretch, especially if they are not playing all that well,” Whitley said. “It would almost be simpler to try to just make pars and let everyone else make the mistakes.

Photograph © David Droschak

(Left) Golfers in contention Sunday can keep a watch on the competition with a unique view of the 14th green through a tree on the 13th tee box at Pinehurst No. 2. (Below: left to right) The approach shot to the 5th hole. Pinehurst Resort Director of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance Bob Farren talks to the media from a knee-high waste area on the 13th hole. Rough terrain awaits any drive missed left on the closing hole

Photograph © David Droschak Photograph © David Droschak

“The 18th hole will most likely be into the wind, and from the tee box it looks intimidating because it really looks narrow – and it really is narrow,” added Crnko. “They pinched in the landing area and there is not much room.” Remaining focused and poised with the pressure on is easier said than done, according to the two caddies. Remember, Payne Stewart’s winning putt on the 18th green in 1999 was for par, not birdie, after

Photograph © David Droschak Photograph © David Droschak

he blocked his drive to the right. “It is mentally draining,” Crnko said. “And it is going to be hot, too. Most of the good players do fairly well with hanging in there, but a lot of resort guests who play here check out on the second or third hole. Some of them, after they walk off the third green, they’ve just had it and quit keeping score.” And we’re not even including the par-3 15th hole on our “closing list” of demanding holes. | 39

Photograph © USGA/John Mummert

(Above) The 16th Hole of Pinehurst No. 2.

In the 2005 Open, only 27 percent of the tee shots stayed on the green. “And we’re talking about PGA Tour players,” Whitley said. “That green is just that crazy.”

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Photograph © David Droschak

DREAM COME TRUE Crnko and Whitley seemingly know every break on every green. Crnko’s caddying days at Pinehurst date back to 1992 when he was a student at Methodist University, while Whitley estimates he has looped 315 times within the last 12 months. Now they need a break to get into the Open field. Only about a half dozen Pinehurst-based caddies will get an opportunity to carry a bag in the men’s championship, while the odds are a little better a week later when the ladies tee it up. Players with full-time caddies are encouraged to secure some of Pinehurst’s

best caddies when they come to town for practice rounds, while amateurs and some of the more obscure qualifiers may be looking for that “local knowledge” come Open time. “A lot of it is being at the right place at the right time,” Whitley said of his chances of caddying in a major championship. “It would be awesome,” added Crnko, whose first caddying experience at Pinehurst No. 2 was more than two decades ago in the Tour Championship pro-am. “Oh my gosh, as a caddy it would be the best experience I could ever have, being able to caddy in a major championship.” Whitley remembers his first loop at No. 2 more than four years ago. “The first thing I asked the caddie master after my first week was: ‘Can I do

this full-time?’” Whitley said. “I went and gave two weeks’ notice at the car dealership I worked at back in Rockingham. I’ve walked a lot of miles in the last year, maybe 20,000 miles or more.”

Welcome t o the hist ori c

2014 U.s. open and U.s. Women’s open cha mp ionship s! We are delighted to have the honor of hosting these unprecedented back-to-back championships and are so happy to welcome you to Pinehurst and the Sandhills of North Carolina. The legendary Donald Ross designed Pinehurst No. 2 in 1907 and carefully crafted it for the next four decades. He called it the “fairest test of golf.” We believe that remains true. Over the next two weeks, the best men and women golfers in the world will test their skills on the same course under the same conditions. We can’t think of a more exciting event for the game we all love. You may not know that Pinehurst was first established in 1895 as a “wellness retreat”, as the pine-scented air was thought to have medicinal effects. The first golf course wasn’t developed until three years later. But, visitors from the world over attest that our quaint village and tranquil golf environment indeed soothe the soul. It’s what sets Pinehurst apart and what makes our national championships at Pinehurst that much more special. The spirit of golf runs through the veins of this community. It motivates the 6,500 volunteers who dedicate

their time and effort to make sure every guest leaves with memories of a lifetime. We hope our passion for golf is in part conveyed by the gracious hospitality you receive while you are here. Again, welcome to Pinehurst. We hope you enjoy this unprecedented event and come away with a renewed passion for this great and timeless game. Cordially,

Donald Padgett II, President, Pinehurst Resort General Chairman, U.S. Open and Women’s Open Championships | 41



U.S. Open Events

CAMERA POLICY Cameras are only allowed on the championship grounds for the U.S. Open practice rounds, Monday through Wednesday, and for the U.S. Women’s Open on Tuesday and Wednesday, and only for personal photographic use. No

men ’s

Women ’s

photography is permitted in the presence of a

All times are EDT and schedules

All times are EDT and schedules

until the completion of his/her swing (i.e., when a

are subject to change. Starting times

are subject to change. Starting times

marshal’s arms are raised). Video recording is not

will be posted when available at

will be posted when available at

permitted at any time with any device.

Practice Rounds

Practice Rounds

all the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open security

>Monday, June 9th (6am-7pm)

>Tuesday, June 17th (6am-7pm)

procedures. Spectators and other championship

>Tuesday, June 10th (6am-7pm)

>Wednesday, June 18th

attendees will go through security screening prior

player from the time he/she addresses the ball

SECURITY We appreciate your patience and cooperation with

>Wednesday, June 11th



to entering the championship grounds, and will not be allowed to bring any of the items listed here. To expedite admission into the championship, it is

Championship Rounds 1 and 2

recommended that all prohibited items are safely

Championship Rounds 1 and 2

>Thursday, June 19th (1st round)

stowed prior to arriving at the championship.

>Thursday, June 12th (1st round)

(6am to conclusion of play)

(6am to conclusion of play)

>Friday, June 20th (2nd round)

>Friday, June 13th (2nd round)

(6am to conclusion of play)

(6am to conclusion of play)

Please be sure to read the following list of prohibited items carefully: • No Cell Phones, PDAs, Tablets and/or other Portable Email Devices. • No Noise Producing Electronic Devices, including

Championship Rounds 3 and 4

MP3 Players. • No Cameras (other than Monday through

Championship Rounds 3 and 4

The first starting time will be

The first starting time will be

determined by the number of players

determined by the number of players

who make the cut at the conclusion of

who make the cut at the conclusion of

the second round (60 lowest scorers

6”W X 6”H X 6”D in their natural state (Note:

the second round (60 lowest scorers

and anyone tying for 60th place).

transparent/clear plastic hand and shoulder bags

>Saturday, June 21st (3rd round)

play from the first tee between 8-9am;

(6am to conclusion of play)

the last pairing for both days will start

>Sunday, June 22nd (4th round)

from the first tee at approximately 3pm.

• No Backpacks, Briefcases and/or Bags larger than

smaller than 12”W X 12”H X 6”D are permitted).

and anyone tying for 60th place). Generally, the first pairing begins

Wednesday for personal photographic use). • No Video Recording at any time with any device.

(6am to conclusion of play)

• No Cases and/or Covers (such as camera cases or chair/umbrella covers). • No Signs, Posters and/or Banners. • No Televisions and/or Radios unless provided by the USGA. • No Food and/or Beverages except for medical or

>Saturday, June 14th (3rd round)


(6am to conclusion of play)

If there is a tie for the low score after

>Sunday, June 15th (4th round)

72 holes, a 3-hole aggregate playoff

(6am to conclusion of play)

will take place immediately following the conclusion of play


of the fourth round.

If there is a tie for the low score after

If the playoff results

72 holes, an 18-hole playoff will be held

in a tie, play will

on Monday, June 16th. The playoff will


begin at approximately noon and finish

continue, hole-by-

at approximately 4pm.

hole, until a champion

(Gates will open at 6am)

is determined.

infant needs. • No Containers and/or Coolers except for medical or infant needs. • No Pets (other than service animals assisting disabled individuals). • No Lawn Chairs and/or Oversized Chairs (only portable compact chairs are permitted). • No Bicycles inside admission areas or on the championship grounds. • No Ladders and/or Step-Stools or other similar items. • No Metal-Spiked Golf Shoes. • No Fireworks, Explosives and/or Weapons (regardless of permit, including but not limited to firearms and knives). • No other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USGA and/or championship security personnel, in their sole discretion.

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YOU’LL NEED: • An old window (vintage is best) • Fabric • knobs • Glue gun • Chalkboard paint • Paint/stain • Staple gun


We found our vintage window at a flea market for just $10 and, honestly, we didn’t do much to it, aside from cleaning the glass with a razor blade first (to remove paint) followed by glass cleaner. Our window came with two portions of glass. We painted the top portion with chalkboard paint (at least four coats; allow for drying time between coats). The bottom portion we covered with a brightly colored fabric remnant stretched taut across the back of the window, securing it to the window frame with a staple gun. You could display coordinating fabrics in both panes or photographs as well; it’s up to you. We secured a shelf to the bottom of the window with two screws to give it more stability. initially, our shelf was unfinished, bought at craft store for about $10. We painted our shelf an aqua blue, allowed it to dry, then dabbed on a wood stain, which we immediately wiped off with paper towels. We wanted to “vintage” up our shelf a bit to go with our old window. Next, it’s time to secure the knobs. We tried a few things but what worked best for us was removing the screws from the knobs and simply gluing two knobs to our window (in the upper left and right corners) and also to the shelf beneath it. We tried “Liquid Nails” initially, but hot glue yielded better results. Here, it’s a master bath accessory holding bath salts and driftwood, but it would be a perfect piece for a kids’ room to display trophies or organize jewelry or accessories.

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Still Bringin’ It Long past retirement, Clay Council’s pitching arm launched the careers of major league baseball players – and he’s still throwing. BY KURT DUSTERBERG

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Photo by Ron Powell

lay Council can throw batting practice with the best of them. He’s done it for teenagers right up to major leaguers. What makes him unique is that he still brings the heat at age 77. “It just gives me a thrill to work with these guys and see them develop and see them play at the next level,” Council says. “Even if they just play high school and become the best player they can.” If there were an odometer on Council’s arm, he would have turned it over a dozen times. Surely he has thrown more than one million pitches over the years. And here’s what’s remarkable: he’s never made a dime doing it. Throwing batting practice is no easy task. You stand behind an “L” screen in front of the pitcher’s mound. The screen provides protection as the pitcher serves up nice, flat strikes to the batters. You have to throw reasonably hard and find the strike zone consistently if the batter is to sharpen his hitting stroke. Council has done just that for a couple generations of players. He can fairly claim his pitches sent a few local players to great heights. Los Angeles Angels star Josh Hamilton, retired Oakland Athletics catcher Landon Powell and former first-rounder Paul Wilder (Tampa Bay Rays) all launched their share of Council’s perfect pitches. Council grew up on a tobacco farm between Morrisville and Apex, living on Davis Drive when it was just a country road. For many years, his exposure to baseball was limited. “I stood on the side of the road hitting rocks with an ax handle,” he recalls. “When I wasn’t in the tobacco field, I was throwin’ against the barn.” He didn’t play organized ball until the ninth grade. Once he did, he found out he was a pretty good catcher. He played high school ball and joined the the local American Legion team, and soon he drew the interest of pro teams. His Legion coach did some scouting for the New York Giants, and offered him a pro contract. Instead, Council accepted an offer to play at East Carolina University. But after a couple bitter cold outdoor workouts in February, he was second-guessing his decision. One of his old teammates had turned pro and was basking in the warmth of spring training in Florida. “He was writing me letters about the sun, the fun, the beaches, the bikinis. It was more than I could take,” he says. So Council packed up his catching gear and headed out on the minor-league circuit, playing in places like Hastings, Nebraska and Fresno, California. But his career stalled after he broke his leg in spring training, so he headed home after three seasons. Council settled in to his working life as a customer service representative with Eastern Airlines. Eventually he became a volunteer assistant coach with the Cary American Legion team as well as Cary High School. He spent 22 years at the high school, outlasting five head coaches. They all asked him to stay on. “I kind of liked assistant coach better than head coach,” says Council, who has lived in Cary since 1964. “I never had a problem with the boys. But every parent wants their boy to be a major-league ball player. Sometimes you wonder why a boy is out there. (Often) he’s out there to keep his dad off his back.”

Above: After signing his first professional contract, Landon Powell presented Clay Council with a new set of wheels. Below: Council sports the jersey he wore while pitching in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. | 45

It wasn’t the first time a former player remembered Council’s He didn’t have to wonder why Hamilton or Powell played the generosity. He had worked countless hours with Apex High School game. Both were hard workers, and Council played a role in both graduate Landon Powell, who was drafted by Oakland in the first players reaching the majors. In fact, Hamilton gave Council the round in 2004. When Powell came home for a visit, he asked his ultimate thrill in 2008, inviting him to pitch batting practice old coach if he would pitch a round of batting practice for old time’s during Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby. At 71 years sake. Powell drove up to the field in a new Ford Explorer. When they old, he became the biggest story in American sports for 24 hours, finished batting practice, he dropped the keys in Council’s hand. garnering lots of media attention for setting up Hamilton’s 28 first“I can’t tell you how many balls round home runs at Yankee Stadium. he’s thrown to me,” says Powell, who The invitation to pitch was a played three seasons in Oakland and make-good on a promise from is now an assistant coach at Furman years earlier, when Council used University. “We would go in the woods to serve up home-run balls for and pick up all the home run balls. Hamilton as a teenager. He unselfishly gave his time to a ton “The dialogue was the same at of kids around the area to help them every practice,” he says. “I would become better baseball players, and say, ‘If you ever make it to the major - LANDON POWELL leagues and you make it to the home he did it for the love of the game.” run derby, you better let me throw it. Council is still dispensing I hit your bat good, boy.’” baseball wisdom. Once a week, he Council wasn’t sure his heart gives lessons at Base Hits in Pittsboro. could stand the pressure after Hamilton called to invite him, He takes video of his students and reviews their swings at home, and he was even less certain when it came time to take the mound. where his equipment is hooked up to his flat-screen TV. “I’ve picked up a lot from playing,” he says. “I studied the When he told Hamilton he was scared to death, the Texas Rangers mechanics of the game. I used to try to make a major-league ball star suggested they go back in the clubhouse and pray. player out of every boy I coached. A lot of them don’t work hard “Of course, he prayed and thanked God for the opportunity enough. But if a boy wants it, I go all out with him. I try to make to be there,” Council remembers. “He said, ‘Oh Lord, calm him better for the next level – college and professional. Just to Clay down where he won’t have a heart attack.’ I said, Amen. see them progress.” I was really panicking.”

“I tell him I love him every time I see him, he’s a family member to me.”

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Landon Powell (left) gave Council new wheels after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics.

There are no shortcuts to becoming a great hitter. And for every swing a batter takes, there’s a pitcher willing to stand there and throw. That’s why Clay is remembered by his players. That, and he’s a likeable guy. During his day at Eastern Airlines, he struck up a friendship with NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano. Once in a while, the coach would need a recruit to visit on short notice. He knew who to call. “Sometimes the flights would be booked full,” Council says. “Valvano would call and say, ‘Clay, I got to get this boy down here or I’m going to lose him.’ I would go to the computer and override it and book the boy a seat.” After one instance, Council told Valvano he owed him a ticket to the State-Carolina game as a thank-you. The game was sold out, but Valvano re-booked a few seats of his own. Council ended up sitting with the recruits behind the Wolfpack bench. His coaching services were always free of charge, but his kindness has usually been returned in some fashion. That’s

Photo by Ron Powell

perfectly fine with Council. He has friends and memories and stories. And he still has the Ford Explorer. More importantly, he has the gratitude of the guy who gave it to him. “I tell him I love him every time I see him,” Powell says. “He’s a family member to me. All those times he threw to me, all the things he did for me, he would never take our money. He just wanted to help you out.” | 47


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N neteenth Hole Noshes It’s tee time! After you finish up with 18 holes, get into the swing of things and wow your guests with these fun and festive golf-themed snacks!

Turkey Bacon BLT Club with Tee Pick


Turkey Bacon BLT Club with Tee Pick Makes approximately 16 sandwiches Ingredients 1 package

Turkey bacon, cooked according to package directions (we prefer extra crispy) 1 head Lettuce (we prefer green leaf or spinach leaves) 2-3 Fresh tomatoes, cut into fat slices Your choice of sliced bread, lightly toasted Directions Cut bread into triangles or squares (you will need three pieces per sandwich). Gather all your ingredients and stack sandwiches in the following order (from the bottom up): bread, tomato, lettuce, bacon, bread, tomato, lettuce, more bacon, and top with bread! Garnish with a golf tee pick (we recommend twisting the pick gently as you insert it though the sandwich for best results) and enjoy!

Caponata Wedges (Eggplant Relish) Serves 8-10 as an appetizer Ingredients Jumbo shell pasta Cooked to package directions 1 Globe eggplant (about 1 lb size), diced Salt 4 Tbsp Olive oil, divided 1 Small onion, minced 1 Celery stalk, minced 1 Garlic clove, minced 4-6 Plum tomatoes, finely chopped 1/2 cup Pitted green olives, finely chopped 1/4 cup Pine nuts, toasted 2-3 Tbsp Small capers, drained 1 tsp Red pepper flakes 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar 2-3 Tbsp Sugar 1 Tbsp Tomato paste 1/4 cup Chopped basil 1 bunch Fresh dill, for garnish Directions Toss the diced eggplant with about 2 Tbsp salt and put into a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a plate that just about fits the bowl and weigh it down with a heavy can. Let this sit for 1 hour. Drain the eggplant, rinse with fresh water and pat dry with paper towels. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onion begins to soften (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic. Cook 1-2 minutes more. Remove from the skillet and set aside. Wipe the pan with a paper towel, turn the heat to high and add the remaining olive oil. Let this heat until the oil is nearly smoking. Add the eggplant and spread it out in as thin a layer as you can in the skillet. Let this sizzle for 1-2 minutes before stirring, then let it sit for a full minute before stirring again. Cook like this for 5-6 minutes. Add the onion celery mixture, tomatoes, olives, pine nuts, capers and red pepper flakes. Stir well. Add the vinegar, sugar and tomato paste and stir once more. Cook, stirring occasionally until eggplant is very soft, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Mix in the basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Caponata can be refrigerated, covered, up to 5 days. To Build Place jumbo shell pasta on a sheet pan or platter, opening facing up. Carefully spoon the caponata into each shell. Gently insert a golf tee into the shell, garnish with a sprig of fresh dill and serve!

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Shrimp Salad Stuffed Golf Bags Makes approximately 18 servings Ingredients 1 package Large frozen shrimp (21-25) 2 Cucumbers, whole [Cucumber dill sauce, recipe at bottom] For Garnish 3 3 1 Bunch

Celery stalks Bell peppers (one each, red, yellow/orange, green), cut into strips Scallions, cut into 3� long sections (as long as your celery and peppers)

Golf Tees Directions SautĂŠ shrimp until pink and season with salt and pepper. Chop shrimp into large chunks and toss in the cucumber dill sauce, season and set aside. Taking a peeler, peel the cucumber lengthwise into long strips. Set aside. To Build Lay out the cucumber strips and place a couple of strips of celery, scallions and peppers about a third of the way in from the end of the cucumber strip. Spoon a small amount of the shrimp salad onto the peppers/scallions/celery. Starting from the end closest to you, roll the cucumber slice over the shrimp salad and garnish. Continue to roll and garnish with a golf tee.

Cucumber Dill Sauce Makes approximately 5 cups Ingredients 1 Quart 1/3 cup 1 cup 2 Tbsp

Sour cream Shallots, minced Shredded cucumber Lemon juice

3 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1/3 cup Dill, fresh Salt & pepper

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Tee Time Cobb Sandwiches Makes approximately 24 sandwiches Ingredients 1 carton 24 1 package 1 package 1 package 1

Pickled quail eggs, cut in half (see additional recipe on the next page) Grape tomatoes, whole Bacon, cooked to package directions Bleu cheese, in a block so you can cut slices Fresh arugula Fresh baguette, toasted and cut into slices

Directions Cut baguette into thick slices, toss in a little olive oil just until it glistens, and season with salt and pepper. Toast in the oven until toasty but still soft (or skip this step and toss it in the toaster). To Build Using a small paring knife, make a small incision in your grape tomato on each side (this will make it easier to “pick” with your golf tee). Carefully, using a twisting motion, slide your quail half on the golf tee. Then follow with the grape tomato and set aside. Place your crouton down. Top with a slice of the bleu cheese, bacon and arugula and top with the golf tee with the tomato and quail egg.

How to Boil and Pickle Perfect Quail’s Eggs Ingredients 1 carton Pickle juice

Quail eggs You can also use caper juice, olive juice or pepperoncini juice.

Directions Fill a small saucepan two-thirds full with water and bring to a boil. Add the quail’s eggs using a spoon. Do not overcrowd the pan. Boil for 2.5 to 4 minutes, depending on your preference. Remove with a slotted spoon and cool under cold running water or in a bowl filled with ice water. Peel very carefully. To Pickle Place in pickle juice for a minimum of 24 hours. 52 |

Hole in One Crudité with Dips

Now you don’t have to make a golf course display (have fun if you do!) just serve up these delicious dips with your choice of crisp veggies!

Green Goddess Dressing Makes approximately 6 cups Ingredients 2 cup 2 cup 1/2 cup 1/4 cup 1 Tbsp 1/4 cup

Mayo Sour cream Cider vinegar Dijon mustard Soy sauce Parsley

1/4 cup 1/4 cup 1 tsp

Scallions Tarragon Anchovy paste or fish sauce Water if needed to thin Salt and pepper

Directions Process all ingredients together with a blender. Season with salt and pepper. Adjust consistency if necessary.

Herb Vinaigrette Makes approximately 6 cups Ingredients 4 Tbsp 4 Tbsp 1/2 cup 1 cup 1/2 cup 1/2 cup

Rosemary Oregano Basil puree Fresh parsley Shallot Sherry

5 Tbsp 1 tsp 1 tsp 4 Tbsp 2 cups 2 cups

Dijon mustard Salt Pepper Sugar Red wine vinegar Canola oil

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According to a 2010 report published by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the following statistics reflect the prevalence of mental health disorders among youth ages 13 to 19:

hances are you have been touched by the story of a young person dealing with a serious illness. Seeing an entire community rally to support a family whose child has been diagnosed with cancer, kidney disease or other potentially devastating illness can be incredibly heartwarming. It’s important to remember that families whose children experience mental health challenges are also deserving of compassion, understanding and support. Increasing mental health awareness is the first step in supporting these young people and their families. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a perfect time to focus on the unique challenges faced by adolescents.

Nearly a quarter of those diagnosed with a mental illness experience severe distress or impairment as a result. In addition, suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 24, and mental illness is present in nearly 90 percent of teens who die by suicide. While these statistics are sobering, there are encouraging developments in child and adolescent psychiatry that offer hope to teens and their families. Research in neuroscience has progressed in the last few decades, and what we now know about the brain and its development has led to greater understanding and more refined diagnoses of mental illness, as well as more comprehensive and effective treatment options. Anne-Marie Turnier, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She completed her residency and fellowship in 2004, and in the decade since, she’s seen a dramatic shift in the way professionals approach mental health disorders. “It used to be that childhood and adolescence was seen as a carefree, happy time,” she says. “No one believed that young people experienced anxiety and

depression. We now know otherwise.” Turnier, whose practice is in Apex, says that imaging technology shows that the prefrontal cortex doesn’t fully mature until about age 25. This region of the brain is responsible for activities like organization, planning, impulse control and the ability to assess potential long-term consequences when making decisions. So while adults consider jumping off a third-story balcony into a swimming pool a terrible idea, to a teenager, the temptation can be hard to resist. Add an audience of like-minded teenagers and a video camera, and you have the makings of a potential disaster. Along with risk-taking and attention-seeking behaviors, adolescents are also vulnerable to anxiety, depression and substance abuse. “We don’t appreciate how complicated adolescence is,” Turnier says. “We have to remind ourselves that we’re asking kids to perform an incredible array of tasks at exactly the time the brain is taking in a lot of new information and responding to the raw emotions that come with hormones. It’s understandable that confusion and stress accompany these changes.”

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19.6% met criteria for behavior disorders

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SIGNS YOUR TEEN MAY NEED HELP: Excessive sleeping or any change in sleep habits. Change in eating habits, including weight loss, that can signal an eating disorder. Decline in academic performance. Change in peer group or school group. General lack of interest in activities once enjoyed. Excessive isolation or secrecy. Aggression or extreme moodiness, beyond what is typical for teens.

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THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION Increasingly, health professionals are seeing physical health and mental health as inextricably linked. Turnier is encouraged by the shift. “Mental illness used to be thought of as a separate issue, but the brain works in conjunction with the body; you can’t treat mental health disorders without looking at the overall health of the individual,” she says. She points to the connection between sleep disorders and focus, the role of inflammation in cognitive functioning, and recent research indicating a brain-gut connection, where probiotics have been shown to benefit brain activity. “Not only are we introducing promising new treatment options to patients, we are also presenting information that makes mental illness less stigmatizing,” she says. PROTECTIVE FACTORS The adolescent brain is a work in progress, and because there is still growth and development ahead, there are opportunities to improve teenagers’ resilience and well-being. Turnier says parents can begin building protective factors the moment a child is born. By creating a safe, loving, supportive environment, parents lay a foundation that greatly influences a child’s future mental health. In addition, a family where relationships are based on honesty and mutual respect helps build healthy self-esteem and better equips the adolescent to navigate social interactions and resist negative peer influence.

Other protective factors include: • School connectedness. Participating in band, chorus, theater, athletics and clubs provides a sense of belonging to a community. • Support from peers and adults outside the immediate family. • Physical activity. Exercise enhances focus, builds selfesteem, helps regulate cortisol (the stress hormone), and produces feel-good endorphins. • Age-appropriate responsibilities. Completing chores brings a sense of accomplishment. • Increasing degrees of freedom. Adolescents need opportunities to experience independence and demonstrate good judgment while still receiving appropriate parental guidance. Helping adolescents learn to manage stress makes them about half as likely to develop depression, so it’s important to teach them coping skills and to seek counseling when necessary. Turnier says we’re getting better at detecting early signs of anxiety and depression, which is crucial for effective treatment. “Schools are on board, and students are being educated on how to recognize feelings that are troubling to them. They need to know there are adults they can talk to who are trained to help them,” she says. INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA The Internet and social media can be useful tools and a means of connecting with others who share an adolescent’s particular interests. Turnier cautions, however, that parents need to be aware of their children’s online and social media activity. “With an adolescent’s reliance on the amygdala region of the brain, their focus is on the here and now,” she says. “The ability to effectively predict consequences hasn’t | 57

“When Caroline was 12 and needed braces, I asked for orthodontist recommendations and got a ton of support and encouragement on Facebook. Two years later, when she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, I realized this was a whole different kind of battle. I’ve never felt more alone.” LISA, RALEIGH

fully developed, so inappropriate photos are taken and shared, hurtful or embarrassing comments are made – the results can be quite damaging.” She recommends parents ask for all passwords and regularly monitor teens who are new to social media. Using a graduated approach, allow them more freedom as they demonstrate good judgment and restraint. Parents should be aware that the threat of strangers contacting teens online is just one of many potential concerns. Social media sites are rife with unhealthy messages about alcohol and drug use, as

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well as images that glamorize self-harming behaviors and eating disorders. A HOPEFUL TIME Despite all that can go wrong in adolescence, parents can be assured that a great majority of teens emerge healthy and well adjusted. Turnier describes the process as a metamorphosis, with the peak time of vulnerability being the middle school and early high school years. “By the time a kid is a junior or senior in high school, you begin to see evidence that their decision-making and planning skills are becoming more refined,

they’re starting to know themselves better and are more comfortable making decisions that are right for them versus caring quite so much what their peers are doing,” she says. “It’s really a beautiful thing, seeing how resilient they can be.” Parents who want more information can go to, (includes info on medications and help finding a provider), and www.NIMH. Also, is a website specifically designed for teens and includes support via text – meeting teens where they connect most.



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they’re not horsin’ around For local rodeo riders, barrel racing is a way of life BY KURT DUSTERBERG

Mechelle Watson and Kristin Yde share a specialized skill. They can ride horses at high speeds with power and precision, with twists and turns. But if you want to see them at work, you’ll need to check out a rodeo. Both local women are barrel racers. They train on their family farms, investing time and money in the sport they love. If there’s a weekend rodeo within a day’s drive, they’ll be there. On a good weekend, they’ll come home with a paycheck. If not, there’s always next weekend. | 61

Watson with her horse, Dreamer.

Mechelle Watson was 14 years old the day she fell in love with barrel racing. One of her mother’s rodeo friends stopped by to board a horse overnight at the family’s barn. Watson watched while the friend worked the horse and eventually asked if young Mechelle wanted to take a turn through the barrel pattern. Until then, Watson had been riding hunter jumpers, but she couldn’t resist the offer once she heard the instructions: Just hold on and let the horse do the rest. “I ran that horse and that was it,” says Watson. “I told Mom, all this English [riding] stuff has got to go. I’m barrel racing.” From her farm in Garner, Watson continues to pursue her passion. For many years, she would plan a route and haul up and down the East Coast, hitting a different rodeo or barrel racing show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. These days, her travel schedule is a little lighter. Back at home, she brokers horses and gives lessons, but she always feels the itch to get out on the weekends. “This is still my other way of making a living,” she says. It’s not an easy way to do it, either. “It all depends on what your pocketbook can stand,” she says. “You’ve had to pay for a $40,000 truck, a $20,000 trailer. If you find an untrained, unfinished colt, you’ve got $3,000 to $5,000 in him. If you don’t fall in the money hole that weekend, you’ve lost money.” 62 |

“Every motion you make, you and that horse have to be a team.”

By the time you factor in entry fees, travel and the cost of maintaining the horse, most barrel racers are hoping to break even. “There’s a lot of work going on at home. We have to spend a lot of money to win money,” she says. “These horses are athletes just like people. They have to be legged up, they have to be in shape, they have to have enough wind to make that pattern.” The horse and rider run a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. The horses go from a sprint to a virtual stop in order to make the turns. It is a breathtaking show of speed, power and agility. “There is so much that goes on between this 1,500-pound animal and that 120-pound girl in the 13 cary welcome_jf 12/9/11 1:58:06 PM or 14 seconds,” Watson says. “People have no idea. It’s caryjust welcome_jf 12/9/11and 1:58:06 PM not sitting there hanging on.”

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Watson runs the barrel pattern in a recent competition.

Watson’s top competition horse is Dreamer. Together, they have formed the right chemistry. “They know when we change our center of gravity,” she says. “They know the difference when we’re sitting in the saddle or we lean forward a bit. Every motion you make, you and that horse have to be a team.”

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At 22, Kristin Yde is 12 years into her barrel racing career.

Yde, riding Smack, is among the top-ranked barrel racers in the region.

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“This is just addictive,” she beams. “The speed is what gets you.” That’s why Yde is out on the road every weekend. In 2014, she plans to hit the circuit all but two weekends. She prefers rodeos to barrel racing shows. If a rodeo starts at 8pm, she’s there by 7pm and gone by 11pm. Barrel racing shows are another matter. “There might be 500 horses running,” she says. “I’ve been at shows where I haven’t run until 4am. We’re sitting around, wondering why we’re up.” But she wouldn’t want it any other way. On a recent weekend, she started with a rodeo in Georgia on Friday night, followed by another in South Carolina on Saturday night before hitting one more event in North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Yde usually travels with her father. Her trailer has living quarters, with a bed and a shower. If she’s travelling solo, there are some girls she likes to haul with, so there’s a social side for her too. But all the travel and chatting is just killing time. She lives for that brief run when everything comes together. “The most fun part of it is when they’re going up the alleyway and you know they’re about to take off. You know they’re going to feel that launch. It’s amazing.”

Yde spends nearly all her weekends competing in rodeos.

“This is just addictive, the speed is what gets you.”

Her horse, Smack, gives her a chance to win every time out. Yde is among the top-ranked racers in the Southern Extreme Barrel Racing Association. Last year, she earned enough prize money to make a real difference in her life. “With him winning, it allows me to pay for my other horses,” she says. “The money definitely helps because if you’re not at least breaking even, it’s hard to continue to go. You’re doing your shoes every six weeks, you’ve got equipment, hay, grain, joint injections, fuel, maintenance on your truck.” When Yde isn’t on the road, she works full-time to support her rodeo lifestyle. She is a dental assistant with a perfect schedule, working Monday through Thursday. At her family’s farm in Raleigh, she has a couple of horses in training and many other boarders, whose owners take lessons from her. In addition to the financial commitment, there is danger involved. Last year, Yde damaged her hand, dislocated a knee cap and suffered two concussions. “A lot of people think it’s so easy, that you just run and you make three turns, but there’s so much that goes into it,” she says. Yde’s dream is to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. If enthusiasm can help get her there, she has a jump on the competition. “It’s almost like being a little kid again and just going for it,” Yde says. “You’re just running a horse. What gets better than that? As long as I can ride, I’m a happy camper.” | 65


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Summer Vacations for Everyday Mental Health


Every day millions of Americans deal with the burdens of making crucial decisions, meeting encroaching deadlines, and facing the complexities of running a household, including but not limited to raising children, caring for pets, dealing with elderly parents, and maintaining finances. All of which can lead to stress and anxiety. Chronic stress can lead to serious health concerns and the effects of stress can be psychological, emotional and physical. As stated by the American Psychological Association (APA), stress can be directly linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. When you are stressed you become more moody, sleep less, don’t digest your food properly, become less productive, often become anxious and, yes, more stressed. As a stressed-out person, you’ll enjoy summer less and be less fun to be with, allowing you to become more isolated, lonely and depressed, destroying your summer and probably others’ as well. So why vacation? Vacations enable us to take our minds off our problems and break the ugly stress lifecycle. If we have returned from a great and restful vacation we should be ready to take back our life and the world again. We have left our stress behind and are better for it. A successful vacation also allows us to gain a healthy perspective of our lives and problems, and our daily routine. And with effort, to be able to readjust our lives to be more healthful and enjoyable. In her recent article titled “Fulfillment At Any Age,” Psychology Today writer Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. divulged the top five tips for enjoying a successful vacation, avoiding stress, and not spending a lot of money (which is a very real cause of stress): 1. Plan ahead. 2. Know the rules and regulations of the airlines and hotel before making the reservation. 3. Don’t feel guilty because you are taking a vacation. 4. Don’t feel guilty for checking your email when on vacation. 5. Make your vacation an adventure. the-importance-vacations-our-physical-and-mental-health

By following these simple tips, we can enjoy the planning and prep, revel in the “work-free” fun while we’re vacationing, and return with renewed stamina and a healthy way to move forward with less. | 69





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Hearing loss is a reality for over 36 million people in the United States and effects people of all ages. Hearing loss can range from very mild to significant hearing impairment and can often place social and emotional burdens on those affected, as well as their loved ones. If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, feel you need hearing assistance, or think you may be a candidate for a hearing aid, answer these simple ten questions to see is you should schedule an appointment with a doctor of audiology to have your hearing tested. 1. Do people seem to mumble or talk in a softer voice than they used to? YES NO 2. Do you feel tired or annoyed after a long conversation? YES NO 3. Do you sometimes miss important words while talking with someone, or often need to ask others to repeat themselves? YES NO 4. When in a crowd or in a busy restaurant, is it hard for you to follow the discussion? YES NO 5. When you are in the company of others, are you easily distracted by background noise? YES NO 6. Do you regularly feel the need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio? YES NO 7. Is it hard for you to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring? YES NO 8. Is it difficult for you to carry on a telephone conversation? YES NO 9. Do you feel that it’s difficult to identify where an object is (an alarm clock, doorbell or cell phone) from the sound it makes? YES NO 10. Has someone close to you pointed out that you may have a hearing problem? YES


How did you do? The answers you have given may be an early indicator of whether your hearing may be impaired. You may not need help just yet if you answered “yes” to just one or two of these questions. If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you may be experiencing some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids are getting smaller and smaller. It is unlikely anyone will notice when you are wearing them. The truth is, people are more likely to notice you have hearing loss than notice you are wearing a hearing aid. Studies show that people who wear hearing aids often have a better quality of life. Call a doctor of audiology today to schedule an appointment and improve your quality of life through better hearing! | 71

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On March 15th and April 12th, guests enjoyed an afternoon of music in the vineyard with Terry Dean and Cloer Family Vineyards. The series will continue through November. For dates and times please check out

March 29th marked the 11th annual celebration of Great Grapes! The event has grown to be North Carolina’s premier casual NC wine festival, with hundreds of wines available.

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Guests came out on March 29th to the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary for the Beer and Bacon Festival. It was an all-you-care-totaste extravaganza complete with the best craft beers for your tasting pleasure…and of course the food of the gods – bacon.

The Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce showcased the local food scene on April 12th. Fresh local food was prepared by Fuquay-Varina’s finest restaurants, taverns and food producers. There was food tasting, a beer and wine garden, a large silent auction, a live auction of painted chairs, and a $5,000 reverse raffle.

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2014 Red CaRpet Rendezvous


The 2013 Women Build Homes were dedicated on March 15th on Ada Street in Apex to welcome the Tefah/Slassi and Melese/ Abrha families into their new homes.

On February 21st, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving held its Red Carpet Rendezvous as a benefit fundraising event to support the center’s mission and care recipients. All proceeds went to help seniors and adults with disabilities remain safe at home through the help of volunteers.

On March 22nd, the Friends of the Judaic Art Gallery hosted a fun, lively party to celebrate Purim, followed by a high-energy after-party. Crowns, masks and other festive attire were encouraged! All proceeds benefit the Judaic Art Fund.

Kite Realty Group is proud to announce that Target is now open at parkside town Commons. at over 249,000 square feet, phase I will feature Target, Harris Teeter, Jersey Mike’s and Petco in addition to a variety of small shop retailers. | 73

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The Cary Art Loop’s signature event, the Final Friday Art Crawl, was held on february 28th from 6-9pm. final friday events are hosted by the group throughout the year. Large crowds of art appreciators enjoy original art and more in our local art galleries.

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On April 12th, a local team of Alzheimer’s awareness advocates skydived to raise money for Alzheimer’s North Carolina (AlzNC). The team, led by AlzNC’s Dee Dee Harris, was inspired by the courage and strength of those affected by Alzheimer’s.

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