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NOW MONTHLY! Volume I, Issue 3 - March 2013

RUTHERFORD y a d y r eve Complimentary

GardenwoodS Outdoor Living At Its Best!

Spring Cleaning Safety

Get Involved With Rutherford Connect

Chamber of Commerce

May I Have This Dance?

Will Knee Pain Keep You From Dancing At Your Daughter’s Wedding? There are some moments in life that should not be missed. If you’re sitting out on the joy of living because of knee or hip pain, it’s time to seek medical help. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Brian Rosenberg, MD, and St. Luke’s Hospital have the reputation for getting people back on their feet in record time. With advanced procedures like direct anterior hip replacement and custom-fit knee replacements, you’ll experience less pain, a shorter (but impressive) hospital stay and a quicker recovery. Whether it’s to shag or to waltz, we’ll get you back on your feet, quickly, so you won’t miss the dance of her life.

Rosenberg Bone & Joint | 48 Hospital Drive, Suite 2A | Columbus, NC | 828.894.3718 |


Spring Cleaning


Although October is fire prevention month, spring is the perfect time of year to check your smoke detectors, dryer vents, washer connection, appliances, as well as de-clutter laundry rooms, garages, and out buildings. Read this month’s fire safety tips and put an emergency plan together to keep your family and home safer.

RUTHERFORD y a d y r e ev Publication Acknowledgements: Editor:

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Contributing Photographers: Everette Murray

Contributing Writers: Lt. Tammy C. Aldridge Laura Allen, BA, NCTMB Tommy Blanton Barbara Keever Beverly Knight Kevin Lovelace Chris Nelson Nikki Rhodes Pat Snyder Dan J. Thomas E.A. Kathy Woodham

Staff Writers: Joy Mabry

Sales Manager: Everette Murray

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication. However, the publisher cannot assume responsibility for errors or omissions. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission. Copyright ©2013.

Outdoor Living


Gardenwoods opens its new season on March 16th, 2013. Plants, water fountains, birdbaths, patio furniture, and pottery are just a few of the items you will find to aid in your outdoor activities. A large selection of unique of gifts, local and international art work, mosaics, and statuaries are also available for those who enjoy life from the inside. Indoors or outdoors, you are sure to find something for everyone to enjoy.

Where’s My Refund?


It is tax season again. With all of the changes in the tax laws this year, Dan Thomas, owner of the Forest City Jackson Hewitt, advises all taxpayers to acquire services from knowledgeable tax preparers. Dan shares some of the differences that individuals and business owners need to be aware of for this year’s tax returns.

Networking... Networking...Networking...


Would you like to connect with other Rutherford County business owners? The Rutherford County Chamber held its first ever “Rutherford Connects” event last month at Zaxby’s in Forest City. This free event, opened to all businesses, assisted 58 business owners in educating colleagues about their individual businesses. Don’t miss your opportunity to join Rutherford County business owners at the next “Rutherford Connects.” RUTHERFORDEVERYDAY.COM •


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t never ceases to amaze me every year at the wonderful new birth spring brings to our planet Earth. We always get a sneak peek of what is to come in March as fruit trees start to bloom, spring flowers begin to open, and everyone starts getting their lawns and gardens ready for planting. It would be nice if “old man winter” would let us know when he is finished, so we would know the exact time to plant our gardens and flowers. With planting season’s arrival and the housing market flourishing, we asked home and garden experts for their advice and ideas about our lawns and gardens, and how to prepare if you are thinking about selling your home this spring. Spring is also the time of year for cleaning and clearing away clutter and potentially hazardous materials lying around the house, garage, and out buildings. With the support of our community safety advertisers, our local public safety officials have provided tips on keeping our homes, family members, and community a safer place to live, work and play. These articles give individuals vital information to help eliminate chaos and injury, and prevent delay in arrival of emergency responders. We ask our readers to do their part by reading and planning for emergencies. We also ask our readers to support our local public safety officers and operations, and our advertisers who provide funding for critical response and planning information. Unfortunately, spring is also the time of the year to start shedding some of those harmful pounds and bad eating habits formed over the long winter months. It will be bathing suit time in a couple of months! YEEKS! You are more important to your family than anything else you do or provide. In this edition, as always, we asked our local medical and beauty experts to empower us with information that can help you be the best that you can be. Take time daily to read, exercise, and spend time with the ones you love, and eat for quality, not quantity. Happy Spring From The Staff Of Rutherford Everyday!

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Finally, You Have An Option Other Than Drugs or Surgery New research in a treatment called laser therapy, is having a profound effect on patients suffering with knee pain. Unlike the cutting type of laser seen in movies and used in medical procedures, the laser penetrates the surface of the skin with no damage. Laser therapy has been tested for 40 years, had over 2000 papers published on it, and been shown to aid in damaged tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and boost the immune system. This means that there is a good chance cold laser therapy could be your knee pain solution, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. Professional athletes and team members of the New England Patriots rely upon laser therapy to treat their sports-related injuries. These guys use the laser for one reason only‌

It Promotes Rapid Healing of The Injured Tissues.

Before the FDA would clear the laser for human use, they wanted to see proof that it worked. This lead to two landmark studies. The first study showed that patients who had cold laser therapy had 53% better improvement than those who had a placebo. The second study showed patients who used the laser therapy had less pain and more range of motion days after treatment. If the laser can help these patients, it can help you too.

Could This Non-Invasive, Natural Treatment Be The Answer To Your Knee Pain?

Natural Beauty

The Benefits of Solar Oil By Nikki Rhodes

What is Solar Oil? Solar Oil by CND, is one of the best-selling cuticle oils and has been voted best cuticle oil by In Style magazine. Solar Oil is made of jojoba oil, vitamin E and sweet almond oil. CND says it contains “a synergistic blend of naturally light oils and vitamin E.” You can get Solar Oil from your nail tech or cosmetologist and it is available in a variety of sizes.

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How to use Solar Oil… A little goes a long way! Apply a drop daily to the top and under the free-edge of nails and massage into the nail. The best time to use the oil is at bedtime so the oil will stay on longer. Repeated usage drives the oils deeper into the nail bed and improves the life of your manicure.

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Visit us at our new location: 991 West Main St. Forest City, NC 28043 (beside Grindstaffs)


Please join us in welcoming our new Plum Natural Market store manager Jacqueline McKool, DC; DABCI, who is a graduate of Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. She received the Clinical Excellence Award for her graduating class. She is one of less than 500 worldwide board certified Chiropractic Internists with a focus on Internal Disorders. The Chiropractic Internist completes 300+ hours of postgraduate education and training in medical diagnostics and natural treatments. She is distinctively positioned to provide customers with the best in natural and holistic advice and recommendations. She held a practice in Charleston, SC for 10 years before moving to the mountains of western NC and recently joined our staff as the store manager.


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Introducing Store Manager & Chiropractic Internist Dr. Jacqueline McKool, DC; DABCI

Dr. McKool’s heart is in assisting citizens of Rutherford County to greater health and wellness “wholeistically” – mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and done naturally. Dr. McKool sees Plum Natural as a “beacon on the hill” – a place of hope for health and healing. She also has an office set up right in the store to see customers as patients for consulting to address your health care needs and challenges such as nutrition, weight loss, hormone balancing, detoxing, and much, much more! You can call the store to set an appointment with her at (828)245-6842. You may locate her website at


Pet Health

By Chris Nelson

Bunny Rabbits for Easter? This isn’t going to be another article warning against giving bunnies as Easter presents. I’ve written that article before and you’ve probably read one like it in the past. All I will say here is that you should always make an informed, rational decision when adding another living being to your family. Instead, I want to use this space to share with you a bonus aspect of having a pet bunny that I’ve recently experienced. Everyone who’s ever seen a cartoon knows that bunnies like the stuff that comes out of the garden. But, do you know how much gardens like the stuff that comes out of bunnies? Whether you’re growing a vegetable garden, a flowerbed or even a lawn, rabbit poop is one of nature’s most perfect fertilizers. When I moved to Rutherford County, I hoped to grow most of my own food. I did some ‘digging’ into the manure topic, and found research suggesting there’s just no poop that works as well for the garden as rabbit poop. It has all the uber-benefits of horse and steer manure but with a distinct advantage. Because it’s considered a “cold” manure, you don’t have to let rabbit poop age or compost before you use it. Other manures that come from chickens, sheep, horse, cows, and pigs (sometimes called “hot” manures) need to be composted for months before you can safely use them or you’ll burn your little plants. Not so with rabbit poop.

right away. As they do break down, they build your soil’s structure, improve the porosity, add stability, and hold nutrients for plants as well as other organisms in the soil. If you want to get the nitrogen-rich benefit to your plants all at once, make “rabbit pooh tea”. Simply dissolve the manure into water. The easiest way to make it is to put about a gallon of rabbit manure into the bottom of a fivegallon bucket, then add water, and stir occasionally for a day or two till it looks like tea. Then dip your tea out of the bucket, thin it down till it is a weak tea color, and apply about 1 to 2 pints to the soil around each plant, not on the plant itself. Manure teas are especially beneficial in helping plants in the growth stage. Don’t apply manure tea once the plant is ready to set fruit, since the nitrogen in your tea will encourage the plant to grow larger, but set less fruit. I try to never encourage impulse pets, and I don’t want you to come into Forest City Pets and buy a rabbit only to use his poop in your garden. But if you’re considering a rabbit as a pet and have a holdout in the family, perhaps sharing these benefits will help bring him or her around.

I like to think of them as time-release capsules, because the dry, odorless pellets don’t completely decompose




Community Safety

The Comm. Before The Storm It’s a calm summer evening, with an overcast sky and not a hint of a breeze in the air. What air is stirring blows in an eerie sense of what is about to turn this quiet summer evening into a war zone as a Tornado closes in with all of its fury. This is the calm before the proverbial storm.

Severe weather can be frightening, so know what to do and where to turn when severe weather strikes. The Staff here at 911 Communications (also referred to as the Comm. Center) would like to give you some information, tips and resources you can use in times of uncertainty during severe storms. The 911 Communications center is notified by the National Weather Service of storm watches and warnings. When we receive these notifications we follow the protocol set by Emergency Management and Fire Departments. When a storm or tornado watch has been issued we notify all emergency personnel. As we receive Storm warnings we notify all emergency personnel as well as having all Fire and Rescue agencies to man their stations. In weather related events, we only set off the Fire Department Sirens for imminent threats such as Tornado Warnings. To find out if the sirens you hear are for weather related warnings DO NOT CALL 911 or the non-emergency number for 911 to ask this type of question.


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By Lt. Tammy C. Aldridge.

I will list some sources below that will aid you in obtaining the necessary information you may need. Nixle- To communicate Weather Warnings to the citizens of Rutherford County we post them on Nixle, which is a Community Information Service committed to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you. To sign up for Nixle text alerts simply text your zip code to 888777. There is no charge for registering; however standard text messaging rates associated with your mobile phone service will apply. For more information please visit Facebook-We also post these storm warnings to our Sheriff ’s Office Facebook page. You can find us on facebook at Rutherford County Sheriff Office, NC. Wireless Emergency Alerts-Another source you can use if you have Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your mobile phones. WEAs use a unique ring tone and vibration to signal you when an alert has arrived. Wireless carriers began rolling out WEA in 2012. This was made possible with the help of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and wireless carriers to enhance public safety. WEA’s will relay Presidential, AMBER, and Imminent Threat alerts to mobile phones using technology that will not get back-

Other Sources- If you do not have a WEA-enable device then you can still rely on other means of receiving emergency information. This includes Media coverage on your local weather station, Weather Radios, apps for smart phones such as ping4alerts, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on radio and TV broadcasts, social media, and other various alerting methods. Please remember if you are calling 911 or our non-emergency number to 911 to ask questions such as, “Why are

the Fire Sirens going off?” “Why is my power out?” “Has a Tornado touched down somewhere?” You are tying up phone lines and 911 personnel which are dealing with such things as power line fires, house fires, those needing medical assistance, those possibly trapped under debris, trees down, answering all of the 911 and administrative phone lines as well as monitoring and communicating with DOT, every law enforcement agency, Rescue, EMS and Every Fire Department in Rutherford County. This does not even begin to explain how busy it gets in the 911 Communications Center during a Severe Storm or Tornado. Calling when you just need to get answers to nonemergency questions can prevent others with true emergencies in getting the help they so desperately desire. If you have an emergency please do not ever hesitate to call 911 in your time of need.

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logged during times of emergency when wireless services are highly congested. Most of these alerts will be issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS will only use this for the most imminent and severe weather conditions like tornado warnings. Wireless carriers are currently selling mobile devices with WEA capability included. While not all handsets now on the market are capable of receiving WEAs, some phones may be upgradeable and they anticipate most commercially available phones will be WEA-capable by the end of 2014. There is no charge to receive WEAs. If you would like to know if your current phone has this capability check with your individual wireless carrier. If you have recently purchased a phone it will have the below logo on the box if capable of receiving WEAs. For more information please visit

Below are some phone numbers that could aid you with your utility outages…. AT&T – 1-800-737-2478 Duke Power – 1-800-POWER-ON (769-3766) Northland Cable – 828-245-1633 Rutherford Electric (REA) – 828-245-1621 Town of Forest City – 828-245-0149 For Road Conditions call 511



Community Safety


By Kevin Lovelace

Last issue we examined the North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permit Certification Course. This course is required before applying for a concealed carry permit in North Carolina to allow a citizen to legally carry a concealed handgun while off their own property. Maybe you would like to increase your proficiency with your handgun, but concealed carry is not on your priority list. Other training options can be found right here in Rutherford County that may suit your needs. If you already have a concealed carry permit but wish to take your skills to the next level, Isothermal Community College periodically offers an Interactive Defensive Concealed Handgun Course. This course will take your knowledge learned during the concealed carry certification course and allow you to apply that knowledge during practical skills scenarios with live fire using airsoft weapons. Training courses are available if you simply want to improve your skills with your handgun. The National Rifle Association offers a number of training courses, and there are currently instructors offering their courses in the County. Some of the offerings from the NRA are listed below as described on the pun. org website: • Home Firearm Safety is a four hour course for anyone who is unfamiliar with a gun. Safety rules, loading and unloading firearms, and cleaning firearms are some of the areas covered. “ Basic Pistol” covers safety, gun handling, the various types of pistols, the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, firing range exercises, cleaning, storage, and a summary of pistol sports and activities. • First Steps Pistol is an orientation program for new gun owners. FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training”. This FIRST Steps program is a basic courses abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of pistol. • Basic Personal Protection in the Home Covers defensive shooting. Self-defense is a topic somewhat distinct from the


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regular diet of shooting fundamentals. It can cover mindset, legal issues, decision-making under pressure, and planning for the worst. The Basic Personal Protection in the Home course is designed around the use of the defensive pistol. Maybe you feel that you have the knowledge that you need to safely and properly use your firearm. Remember that practice makes perfect, and that keeping your skills at the highest level requires regular practice of those skills. If you plan on using a firearm for protection, you owe it to yourself and everyone around you to become proficient in safely and properly handling that firearm. You should practice safe gun handling methods in conjunction with learning how to operate your firearm and in practicing to retain those skills. Always remember the four cardinal rules of firearm safety. 1.

All firearms are always loaded, and should be treated as such.


Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.


Never put your finger on the trigger or inside of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.


Be sure of your target, and what is around and beyond it.

Simply owning a firearm does not make you an expert any more than owning a helicopter makes you a pilot. If you tried to fly a helicopter that you just bought without any training, the results are probably going to be very dramatic as well as dangerous to all in the vicinity. If you don’t learn the necessary skills to use your firearm properly AND safely, the results may not be quite as spectacular but could be just as deadly. You need to make a commitment to understand how that firearm works and practice with it regularly so that you stay familiar with its safe operation.

Kevin Lovelace Chief of Police Rutherfordton Police Department

Community Safety


By Tommy Blanton

The transition from winter to spring tends to put a lot of people in the mood for some cleaning inside and outside of their homes. As we look toward warmer weather, the desire to bring a fresh look to our home is present. With this in mind, it is a good time to consider some valuable safety tips to keep our home free of possible fire and other hazards. It seems that regardless of the size of our residence, we never have enough room for storage, and the longer we remain at the same location, the more “stuff ” we accumulate. How and where we store certain items will definitely affect the safety and well being of our family, pets, and us. Fire Departments across the country remind everyone in the fall, typically because October is Fire Prevention Month, to change the batteries in our smoke detectors when we reset our clocks. The same should be true for the spring with day light savings time. Use this opportunity to assure there are working smoke detectors in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two-thirds of residential fire deaths occur in structures where there are no smoke detectors or where no smoke detectors work. Take the time to check out electronics and appliances. Inspect for frayed cords and faulty wiring. Take a minute to make sure everything is functioning properly and see if anything needs to be tossed or fixed. The laundry room should be free of piled clothes as this creates an egress hazard and fire load hazard. While conducting your spring cleaning, include the washer and dryer. 2010 statistics estimated 16,800 reported U.S. home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines (including combination washer/dryers). The leading causes for dryers were dust, lint, and clothing and for washers were wiring installation and drive belts. The major underlying cause was failure to clean. The statistics were equal for electric powered versus gas powered dryers. However, make sure that no combustibles are stored near the vent pipe and lint trap of gas powered dryers as there is some heat emitted from these items. Another important step in the spring cleaning process is to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in your home. Cleaners, paint and other common household chemicals can fuel a fire and are often hazardous to your health. Maintain only the amounts you need and be sure to use, store and dispose of household hazardous materials in a safe manner as outlined on the product. Never mix chemicals, even when disposing of them. Flammable and combustible liquids such as gasoline, diesel, and propane cylinders should be stored in outside sheds or buildings rather than homes or attached garages. One of the easiest things for spring cleaning and one of the most important is to reduce clutter inside and around your home and garage. While clutter doesn’t start a fire, it can provide the fuel for a fire. The greater the fuel load, the more difficult it is to extinguish the fire. Clutter may also become a hindrance for those in your home to escape if a fire breaks

out. Check your attic, garage, and closets to see if all of the stored possessions are necessary to keep. Think of donating or recycling what is not important or overly sentimental such as old clothes and toys as many of these items also create an added unnecessary fire load. Going over the outside of the home is important too. Remove yard waste and debris as this eliminates unwanted combustible materials adding to the fuel load of the exterior structure. If you have outside decorative lighting, check for frayed wires, broken receptacles, and damaged light fixtures as these could be an ignition source for an outside fire. As barbecue season draws near, remember to maintain a three foot clearance from around anything hot like grills or outdoor fireplaces. These items should also be cleaned and checked to make sure they are working properly before they are used again. If the grill is gas powered, make sure all fittings and connections are tight and that there are no leaks at the gas cylinder. Food for thought, with no pun intended, grills and barbecues attribute to an average of 3600 structure fires and over 5000 outside fires annually. Lastly, take the time to create an evacuation plan and practice it. Draw a floor plan of the house and practice evacuation routes out of the house. Decide on a family meeting place and instill with every family member where that location is and what to do should you have to use it. Hopefully that time will never occur but should it, be prepared. This and the safety tips discussed may very well save you and your family’s lives.

Spring Cleaning Check List o

Check Smoke Detectors


Check Appliances


Check Washers/Dryers


Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals


Reduce Clutter


Remove Yard Waste


Check Outdoor Lighting/Receptacles


Check Grills/Outdoor Fireplaces


Create and Practice An Evacuation Plan RUTHERFORDEVERYDAY.COM •


Health & Wellness

Massage and Injury Recovery By Laura Allen BA, NCTMB

It’s not uncommon for any massage therapist to get a call that goes something like this: “Can I get in for a massage? I was in a car accident this morning and I think I have a whiplash.” The correct answer to that is no. Diagnosing yourself is never a good idea. If you suspect you have a whiplash, you need to visit the emergency room. You shouldn’t receive a massage until your injury is at least 48 hours old, and possibly more, depending on the severity of your situation. The same applies to strains and sprains. If you still have severe swelling and dark bruising, you need to wait until that subsides before receiving massage. If there’s any doubt that it’s safe to proceed, ask your doctor to write you a note saying that it’s okay—or even recommended—for you to receive massage. Once the crisis point has passed, massage can be very helpful in assisting recovery from many types of injuries. One population that really benefits from massage is people with repetitive motion injuries. People who work in factories, either running machinery or packing goods, often suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. The same condition also afflicts people who use the computer, hairdressers, and dental hygienists—anyone who holds their arms in a specific condition for long periods of time or repetitively during their workday. Massage is very effective at relieving the pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. Massage is an effective treatment for reducing back pain. Of course massage is not going to reverse deteriorating disks—but it can be helpful in managing the pain and maintaining flexibility. You should not have the unrealistic expectation that a massage therapist can “fix” a problem—especially a chronic problem—and especially in one session. An ethical massage therapist will not make such wild promises. Your therapist should discuss your reasons for seeking massage and your goals for treatment with you prior to the session. Post-session, your therapist should discuss any recommendations for self-care between sessions, as well as recommending when and how frequently you may want to schedule therapy based on your mutually-agreed upon goals for treatment. Always visit a licensed massage therapist. In North Carolina, the correct designation is L.M.B.T.—Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist. You can verify that your therapist is licensed by visiting the website of the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy at Laura Allen is the owner of THERA-SSAGE in Rutherfordton. She is a textbook author and educator, and was recently awarded the first Board Certification, a new post-graduate advanced credential from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.


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Mother of the Bride Enjoyed Wedding Dance By Kathy Woodham

(Note: The following is the true account of a patient’s experience, but at her request, no last name is given.) A soft-spoken mother of three adult children, Judith will always remember the dance of her life when she celebrated with family and Brian Rosenberg, MD friends during her youngOrthopedic Surgeon est daughter’s wedding. This dance for the Mother of the Bride was nothing short of a miracle, having suffered major and multiple knee problems over the past several years. With a new knee and a little rehab, Judith says she has been blessed in many ways. “All you have to do is watch me walk now. It’s nothing short of perfect!” she said. “It seems and feels like a miracle.” Last fall, Judith underwent surgery for a total knee replacement at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, NC, where orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Rosenberg of Rosenberg Bone and Joint used the latest technology to ensure the knee implant ‘fit like a glove.’ This custom-fit knee replacement, Dr. Rosenberg explained, offers tremendous benefits to patients, including a quicker, less painful recovery, increased range of motion, a more “natural” feeling knee and greater ease in performing normal living activities such as a golfing, biking and gardening. Using patient-specific guides during the surgery enables Dr. Rosenberg to make precise incisions to preserve more bone and ligaments, allowing for an exact implant fit and alignment. According to Dr. Rosenberg, everybody’s knees are different and conditions such as age, weight, ethnicity, gender and lifestyle can have a tremendous impact on the success of total knee replacement. He added, “Even slight variations in the way the implant fits can cause pain, stiffness and instability. I’m glad to be able to offer paRe

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tients this new technology and pleased that St. Luke’s is leading the way with advanced procedures. My patients truly benefit from improved outcomes and shorter recovery.” For Judith, the outcome and recovery following her surgery were “unbelievable! I’m in better condition now than before the injury,” she said. Judith’s struggle with knee pain ended when she was released from therapy and from Dr. Rosenberg’s care. Prior to surgery, she suffered for more than four years after falling while hanging curtains. The fall twisted her knee and tore the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL, one of four major ligaments that surround the knee. It joins the upper leg bone with the lower leg bone to keep the knee stable. On the recommendation of a friend, Judith made an appointment with Dr. Rosenberg who treated her with cortisone injections until an arthroscopy of the knee was absolutely necessary. “I was doing well after that, but then I slipped in a local store. The fall destroyed all the work Dr. Rosenberg had done previously, and an MRI indicated that surgery was necessary,” Judith said. “It was terrible. I was in horrible pain. I walked with a limp, and my daughter was planning a wedding. The timing could not have been worse!” Dr. Rosenberg suggested they continue to plan the wedding; he’d do his part to get her back on her feet in time for the big event. She underwent surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital last August. After a short but impressive hospital stay, Judith received physical therapy at home and quickly graduated to outpatient therapy. She enjoyed getting out and working out at St. Luke’s Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation where she worked one-on-one with a physical therapist for strengthening and stretching. “She progressed quickly with the physical therapy treatment plan and made a complete recovery despite the damage we had to repair,” Dr. Rosenberg said. “She was remarkable in her determination to complete her rehab program.” “Determined” is one word to describe Dr. Rosenberg’s patient. “Thankful” is another. “I have been blessed to do so well in surgery. God has blessed me in so many ways,” she said. “I was fortunate to have Dr. Rosenberg as my doctor. He’s absolutely

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wonderful with his patients, and his bedside manner is above anything I’ve ever experienced,” Judith said. “He is one-ofa-kind, and he definitely gave me my life back,” Judith said. “I was so excited to see this advertisement for Dr. Rosenberg in a magazine because it expressed exactly what I was anxious about—I did not want to miss the dance of my daughter’s life. I wanted to enjoy her wedding, without pain and without a limp. “When I saw that ad of the father and daughter at the wedding, I took it in and asked Dr. Rosenberg for his autograph. He wrote, “So glad you are doing well. Enjoy ‘The Dance!’” “Without any doubt, his skill and my recovery have been nothing short of a miracle,” she said. “And I truly enjoyed the dance.”

Renovated Medical Building Enables Rosenberg Bone and Joint to Expand COLUMBUS, NC- St. Luke’s Hospital officials are pleased renovations will soon be completed to a 9,100 square-foot building that will become the new home of Dr. Brian Rosenberg’s orthopedic practice, as well as the new home to St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation. Formerly housing several medical specialties, the seven-year-old building is being upfitted and updated for technology and space needed for the growing practice known for providing advanced orthopedic care. Adding two Physician Assistants on staff at Rosenberg Bone and Joint, the busy practice has gained a regional reputation for outstanding results and high patient satisfaction.

Renovated Medical Building Enables Rosenberg Bone and Joint to Expand

The new, improved facilities will reflect the high level of exceptional care Dr. Rosenberg and St. Luke’s Hospital provide. To schedule an appointment with Rosenberg Bone and Joint, please call 828-894-3718. RUTHERFORDEVERYDAY.COM •


Health & Wellness

Dementia Dining

By Pat Snyder

Suzanne began to think, “I wonder if there is anything more we can do to help Ruth be more successful at mealtimes. She researched dining options for dementia patients and found little online about it other than the importance of color, contrast, and placement of food due to poor or declining vision. She discovered that lime green is the last color clearly seen by dementia patients. What other information would help her to help Ruth? It dawned on Suzanne that a good resource was just down the hall working in the Activities Department. Donna Eades was working as one of her Activity aides. Donna had a 25 year career in Retail Management and had followed her heart several years back, changing her profession to healthcare. She became a certified nursing assistant and a Nationally Certified Activity Director with a Specialization in Memory Care/Dementia. Some of her training was learned traveling to the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Connecticut, which is a cutting edge, state of the art facility. Suzanne and Donna put their heads together and came up with an innovative and transformational approach to dining for dementia residents at Fair Haven Home that is making some big differences. They first identified their goals: 1. Nutrition and Hydration needs met and exceeded Dementia residents often forget to drink and eat which can cause more serious health issues.

An innovative program that could serve as a national model Suzanne Hensley, long time administrator of Fair Haven Home in Bostic, NC, sat in the dining room and watched Ruth*,who has dementia. Ruth was not eating or drinking well, made a mess with her food, was confused about what to do with silverware, and had trouble seeing the food that was placed right in front of her. Ruth struggled with grasping her cup and raising her drink to her mouth due to muscle weakness. Donna Eades (left) and Suzanne Hensley (right), creators of the Dementia Dining program.

2. Individual Dignity and Respect By allowing more attainable independence and choices, morale and self esteem improves. 3. Socialization By providing a feel-good interactive environment, friendships are formed, self isolation decreases, and overall attitudes improve, which lessens negative behaviors.

How it Works A dining atmosphere of calm and caring is provided. A quiet dining space is provided with minimal distractions and noise. There is no TV, soft instrumental music plays, and lighting is non-glare. Temperature is controlled. It is common for dementia patients to say they are cold, so sweaters or wraps are provided as needed. Any staff member who works in the dining area is trained in techniques to assist with a “helping hands” approach. The conversational tone is kept positive, involving all residents if possible. Topics include reminiscing, childhood, food and cooking, happy thoughts. It’s like a nice, big family gathering. There is no joking or teasing since diners may take words literally or be confused.


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Lime green table cloths are layered next to darker burgundy plates. Lighter toned plates are provided for darker toned food items. Dark chair cushions are used against a lighter toned floor.

Dignity and Respect are honored. Dignity for the dementia patient is often found in choices. A choice among attractive dining scarves is provided. They look like vests without the sides attached. They are sewn with seasonal fabrics with both masculine and feminine patterns. Some patients like to wear them out after the meal because they like them so much!

measurable weight gains. They also appear to be more contented, less isolated with better social integration, and express fewer complaints in general. “We want to incorporate these ideas into some of our staff training in the future,” said Hensley. “And we want caregivers to be made aware of how these ideas can help their loved ones.”

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Color Contrast needs are met.

*Names or residents have been changed to protect their privacy. Pat Snyder is the author of Treasures in the Darkness: Extending the Early Stage of Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s and a number of articles about caregiving. You can find her book at

Individual Needs are met. Some residents are still able to use silverware and some are not. Finger food items are commonplace to accommodate this without embarrassment. Foods are also cut into smaller pieces before serving them. Lighter weight cups are also available for some whose muscle tone has weakened. Straws are only given to those who can use them. The pace of the meal is slow – sometimes up to two hours. Cueing (reminding or prompting) is common. Each individual’s consumption is charted by staff.

Simple, one step tasks are apparent. Tea or water is served first. Next a half-filled mug of soup is served. As the soup is finished, the plates are brought with defined separation of food items. Larger food items are cut into bite size. Smaller portions are less overwhelming. Sandwiches are cut into quarters as this is more manageable. Sandwiches are always offered as an addition to the meal as well as an alternate. Dessert is served separately after the main meal is removed. Drinks are refilled throughout mealtime.

Outcomes and Benefits After just four months, dementia dining benefits are already apparent to Suzanne and Donna. The diners are more independent eaters, are better hydrated, and are experiencing

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By Gabe Harden

On Christmas Eve, while turning the key to lock the door for our seasonal hiatus, we felt a rush of varied emotions. Glad to be able to spend more time in our homes, happy to know that we would have more time for friends and family, excited to have the time to work on our plans of expansion and at the same time realizing just how much we would miss our new friends and customers that have made Gardenwoods’ progress possible. We feel extremely blessed and are very proud to be able to follow the American dream in such a wonderful community. Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you in the spring.

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Spring Opening is March 16th, 2013 • • • • • • •

Plants (unique non-traditional and familiar favorites). Water Fountains Birdbaths Quality Bird Food, Houses and Feeders. Pottery (Indoor/outdoor) Patio Furnishings Spanish Colonial and Traditional Architectural Castings ( including lighting,mailboxes and statuaries). • Custom Mosaics • International and Local Art. • Large selection of Eco-Friendly Gifts for all seasons.

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Spring ushers in a rebirth of our gardens and opening our homes to a refreshing new start. Gardenwood’s unique collection of of home and garden furnishings, accessories, gifts and plants are the perfect compliment to this revitalization. Bring to life a living environment as individual as you are!

Please mark your calendar for the Foothills Daylily Society Flower Show to be held June 15th 2013 !



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Home & Garden

By Barbara Keever

TIPS FOR HOME SELLERS Spring is just around the corner and now is the time homeowners who really want to sell should be finding themselves in the need to do some planning and perhaps a little work. With a strong buyers’ market still in place, many sellers are bound to be disappointed when buyers skip over their homes for others. With a little effort, you can increase the perceived value of your home. Here’s my list of four quick and easy things you can do to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. (1) Boosting Curb Appeal. (a) De-clutter and pick up all trash from the yard. (b) Pick up and put away children’s toys. (c) Organize outdoor furniture and grilling area in an inviting manner. (d) Wash windows inside and out. Sparkling windows are a must. (e) Mow the lawn and edge flower beds. (f) Cut back shrubs. (h) Mulch. Fresh mulch gives the impression of a well maintained yard. (i) Paint the front door, porches, trim and anything else outside that needs attention. Power wash the exterior. (j) Accessorize. Set welcoming pots of color at the front door. Pansies are cheerful flowers for the spring and geraniums in the summer. Having your home look picture perfect online will make buyers want to see how good it looks in person. (2) Eliminate the Excess. Simply pack up and store the things you aren’t using. Depersonalizing and decluttering are the most critical steps of staging. Start by packing and storing away the items you won’t need until after the move and anything personal that might prevent buyers from seeing themselves living in your home. Clean out closets and clear off countertops and refrigerator, making your home look more spacious and attractive. Remove unnecessary furniture. Your home’s storage space can’t look adequate to a buyer if you’ve got it jam-packed. (3) “WOW” factor inside. Cleanliness is a sign to buyers that the home has been well cared for. Paint and putty are the best investments you can make to brighten the interior of your home. Think “neutral” in décor. Once inside, buyers need to be wowed by what they see. (4) Will Your Home Pass Inspections? You may want to consider hiring a professional home inspector prior to putting your house on the market. If you know what your home’s problems are, you can take care of them before the first buyer ever comes along. Your house may look great but if the faucets leak, the ceilings have water stains, the windows don’t lock and the heating system is on its last leg, buyers may decide on another home. Failing a home inspection is one way to lose the only offer you may get on your home.

Barbara Keever

If you would like to talk with me about getting your house ready for the market, please give me a call at 828-286-1311 RUTHERFORDEVERYDAY.COM •


Destination S.C.


Hatcher Garden By Beverly Knight

A pair of red-tailed hawks circle lazily over towering trees, catching an up-draft to give them a vantage point for surveying their surroundings. Their stick-built nest rests directly below in the fork of an old sweetgum tree on the fringe of ten acres of woodland. That scene might occur many places throughout the broad range of North America’s most common bird of prey. What makes this pair interesting is that they have chosen to nest just steps off one of Spartanburg’s most heavily traveled arteries and within a couple of miles of its busy shopping districts. Perhaps that close proximity to busy city life is what makes Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve unique. The garden provides a place of refuge not only for birds, turtles, squirrels and other small wildlife that live there but also for the more than 35,000 people who visit the garden each year to soak in the soft sounds of nature and the murmur of water racing along stream beds and cascading over a waterfall, ending in a pond beneath an observation deck. Once visitors come into the garden, they leave behind the harsh sounds of traffic and are enveloped in the natural surroundings. At the entrance to the garden, a gazebo sits in the midst of a conifer collection, one of only two American Conifer Society reference gardens in the state. After visitors cross a footbridge over the stream that fills the cypress pond, the city seems far away. A half-mile of broad paved paths wind through different garden rooms – a hosta garden, wildflower garden, butterfly garden and the Bartram Trail – that provide both outdoor classrooms and places for quiet contemplation. This free public garden is all the more remarkable because it began as one man’s backyard garden which he expanded over time, reclaiming the eroded cotton fields behind his home to create his vision of a woodland garden. The more than 10,000 trees, shrubs and flowers that Harold Hatcher planted form the bones of today’s garden, and the waterfall he built by hand to take advantage of a natural spring and a ravine serves as the garden’s iconic centerpiece. Hatcher and his wife Josephine, who moved to Spartanburg from Indianapolis after retiring, did not have to build their Re

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garden alone. From the beginning, they enlisted the help of friends and local garden enthusiasts to help them realize their dream. As the garden continued to grow through the 1970s, members of the Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club, the Spartanburg Garden Club Council, Spartanburg Community College and the Unitarian Universalist Church became intrigued with the Hatchers’ vision and volunteered their time and resources to support the garden’s development. For the past 25 years, the Hatchers’ legacy has operated as a non-profit, free public garden, open every day during daylight hours. The original greenspace has been expanded and developed to include garden structures and areas where visitors can sit and enjoy nature or a picnic lunch. And the tradition of volunteering that helped create the garden has continued, helping the staff of two horticulturists and an executive director keep the garden green and growing. Garden spaces are also available for rental for special events. That means that visitors might chance upon a wedding in the Garden of Hope and Healing, a birthday party on the observation deck or a group of school children sitting around the table at the Jess Taylor Pavilion, listening to a volunteer garden guide talk about the life of Native Americans in Upstate South Carolina. Hatcher Garden is not only a place to enjoy nature, but also a place full of people who come to work and play in the garden that the Hatchers and those who came after them worked to create, preserve, protect and sustain.

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For information about the garden, visit or call 864-574-7724. Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve 820 John B. White Boulevard Spartanburg, SC

Upcoming Events Spring Plant Sale April 18 – 19

A Tuscan Twilight in the Garden

Cocktails, dinner & auction benefiting Hatcher Garden

May 2

Carolina Artists Create: Getting Back to Nature H2

Workshop for photographers and artists at Hatcher Garden and Hollywild Animal Park

June 1

Nearby Places of Interest Morgan Square Historic District Downtown Spartanburg 5 minutes The Beacon Drive-In 255 John B. White Boulevard 2 minutes WestGate Mall W. Blackstock Road 5 minutes Spartanburg History Museum Chapman Cultural Center 200 E. St. John Street 6 minutes RUTHERFORDEVERYDAY.COM •


Financial Cents

Financial Cents By Dan J. Thomas E.A.

Tax filing is in full swing now and refunds are beginning to arrive. Here are several notes in regards to refunds. I have seen partial refunds issued to taxpayers in the amount of their withholding calculated refund. The amount that the taxpayer requested on their return for child credit and earned income credit is sometimes delayed. The delay is due to a new fraud prevention software enacted this filing year. The software is setting aside returns that have dependents where the last name does not match the primary tax filer or the relationship is not a direct son or daughter. Grandchildren, niece, nephew, and other dependent status are triggering further delays and investigation by the IRS. The delayed forms for depreciation and education credits were being accepted the week of February 14th. North Carolina taxpayers that have an education credit on their state return need to be aware that the NC credit is still undecided and may be retroactively revoked. The taxpayers that have already filed may owe back to the NC Department of Revenue if the education credit does not carry. As tax filers, everyone needs to adjust their financial calendars and expect their refunds in about two weeks from filing. The IRS has a service on their website “Where’s My Refund” and has revised it to reflect the delays. New this year will be a confirmation of the acknowledgement of the return. Taxpayers need to realize that there is no “Fast Refund” and schemes will abound promising quick money. These scammers could be out for confidential information and be identity thieves. Anyone that has filed a South Carolina state tax return since 1998 has been affected by a major security breach of the SC Department of Revenue data. Personal information that has potentially been exposed includes social security numbers, bank account information, and credit card numbers. If this pertains to you, you will need to register with ProtectMyID or call directly to Experian at 1-866-578-5422. This will be a free service offered by SCDOR. With all of the changes, taxpayers need to search out knowledgeable tax preparers. New IRS rules have tax preparers being required to be registered with a PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number). To acquire this number preparers must have completed 15 continuing education hours with an IRS approved provider. New IRS testing for all tax preparers will be required by the end of 2013. The designation for those passing the test is the Registered Tax Return Preparer or “RTRP”. Dan J. Thomas is an IRS Enrolled Agent, licensed by the IRS to represent taxpayers. He owns and operates Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Forest City and is vice president of the greater Spartanburg area Jackson Hewitt franchise. Dan is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and teaches both the IRS approved tax education and QuickBooks training at Isothermal Community College. Re

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Rutherford County

Chamber of Commerce FROM THE CHAMBER DIRECTOR ................

Chamber Content Carolina Chiropractic Plus...26 Gardenwoods...26 Smith’s Drug...26 Joy’s Bridal...27 Annual Festivals...27 GoForth Pest Control...28 Forest City Honda...29 Isothermal Community College...30 Rutherford County School...30 Patriots Precision...31 Steve’s Cleaners...31 Rutherford Connect...31 Medicine Box of Rutherfordton...32 Public Health: An Investment for Rutherford County...33 Gifts That Touch Lives...34 Chamber Board of Directors ...36 MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS Tar Heel Lift Trucks of NC, LLC

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Brent Hill 1101 West Main Street Forest City, NC 28043 828-248-5065 *Lift Trucks

Nicole & Chris Peavy 618 NC 120 Hwy Mooresboro, NC 28114 828-453-9603 *Turbo Charger repair/ Beauty Salon

West End Grill LLC Bill Short

St. Luke’s Hospital Kathy Woodham

1190 West Main Street Forest City, NC 28043 828-245-1976 *Restaurant

101 Hospital Drive Columbus, NC 28722 828-894-2408 *Hospital

Regardless with whom you talk, every person wants to be successful. Over the past few years we have all experienced challenges, some have seemed insurmountable; however here we are in 2013 and survived. We survived because many people and businesses decided they would not be defeated; congratulations to all, you kept us going. It appears that more good things are taking place throughout the county and we have to keep the momentum going. I would like to share a few thoughts about what it will take to keep us going. Let’s consider the word inclusive. Webster defines inclusive as language that avoids discrimination, limitation, or stereotypes. We often live in a world that is centered round being exclusive; which narrows our view of the world and keeps us from forming relationships with another thought or person that is different from how we define ourselves. I believe it is important to have pride in the city in which we live or the organizations to which belong. When we build a bridge, we create a line of communication that can make both parties stronger. After all; the successes of Bostic, Chimney Rock, Ellenboro, Forest City, Lake Lure, Ruth, Rutherfordton, Spindale, and all our varied communities; need to be celebrated by all of us. We all benefit from success. I marvel at the many examples of bridge building that have occurred this past year. What would happen if we took the resources and pride of our local communities and bridged them together to build a RUTHERFORD PRIDE? That collective inclusiveness would make us all stronger and increase our capacity to provide for all our citizens. Sure, we may on occasion, disagree on how to reach our goals; but we should never let our actions prevent the goals from being attained. Let’s commit to an inclusive approach in our decisions for the future. Celebrate one another in our successes and build bridges over those things that separate us. Finally, would you buy a ticket to a movie and stand outside until the movie was over? If you did; the movie would probably get a very bad review. Well, some may want to buy a ticket for the growth of our county and then stand on the sidelines. You see, buying a ticket and standing on the sideline is an EXPENSE. Buying a ticket and becoming involved is an INVESTMENT. Let’s be investors in our county’s growth. Let’s avoid discrimination, limitation, or stereotyping. Let’s build bridges; not more walls. When we collectively invest ourselves in our future; it will truly become a NEW DAY!

Clark Poole - Chamber Director

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Staff Photographer: Everette Murray

Contributing Photographer: Michele Yelton

Contributing Writers: James H. Hines, Jr. Laura S. Hodge RPh Jill Miracle Clarke Poole David Spillman Dr. Amber Thompson Michele Yelton

Golf Tournament When? May 16th (rain date May 23rd) Where? Meadow Brook Golf course Who? YOU- sign your team up! make plans to play

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Business After Hours CAROLINA CHIROPRACTIC PLUS We came together and celebrated a wonderful event. Dr. Sarah Merrison McEntire and staff were giving back to the community with their Christmas Toy drive. The food was great; the hosts were gracious; and the spirit of giving back was priceless.

GARDENWOODS Gabe and staff treated us to a delightful evening of food and fellowship. There were gift items, patio accessories, furniture, garden statues and much more. Gardenwoods also specializes in landscaping and maintenance, design and construction. By the way, the mango salsa is wonderful. As you prepare for spring and summer, visit Gardenwoods; you’ll be glad you did. Gardenwoods is located on Hwy 64/74 toward Lake Lure. A short drive for excellent rewards. Give them a call at 828-288-3556.

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MEDICATION THERAPY MANAGEMENT SMITH’S DRUGS OF FOREST CITY is focused on and committed to high quality pharmaceutical care. Along with your doctor, we can help you manage your medication. One of the best ways to prevent a medication error is to know your pharmacist and know your medication. That’s why we offer extended one-on-one consultations. This focused assesment involves a thorough review of all prescription and non-prescription medications and supplements the patient is taking. During your private consultation time, your pharmacist will review when and how to take your medications, identify drugs that are duplications of therapy and assess if you require a medication change due to side effects or interactions with other drugs. Your pharmacist will then contact your doctor to discuss the recommended changes. Some insurance, including Medicare, may cover this service.

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A Glance at the Intriguing Lineup of Annual Festivals in Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills of Western North Carolina By Michele Yelton

Photography By Michele Yelton

LAKE LURE & THE BLUE RIDGE FOOTHILLS, N.C. (JAN. 21, 2013): Step into a 30-foot dragon boat and paddle at racing speed to the cadence of a pounding drummer, or learn to dirty dance the way Baby and Johnny taught us in the iconic film “Dirty Dancing.” Whatever your passion, find it in one or all of the many unique festivals taking place this spring and summer in Rutherford County’s Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills. April 20: Bostic Lincoln Festival, Bostic, N.C. According to Rutherford County legend and substantial evidence for the claim, America’s 16th president was actually born in Bostic, N.C. before heading to Kentucky as a toddler. At this celebration of American heritage, visitors can tour the Bostic Lincoln Center Museum to learn more about this compelling story and enjoy food and craft vendors, theater performance, entertainment and a student art show from 10 a.m. until evening. Call the Bostic Lincoln Center for more info at 828-245-9800 or visit April 27: Lake Lure Spring Fling Festival & 5K Toga Run In addition to traditional festival bells and whistles like carnival games and bounce houses, Lake Lure Classical Academy invites you to get doused in an arena of silly string! Kids can enter age-appropriate silly string arenas and get covered from head to toe in total silliness. Adding to the madness is a 5K run that takes place prior featuring runners donning their best-made togas. Held at Morse Park Meadows in gorgeous Lake Lure, food, fun and friendly competition await kids of all ages with art and craft vendors mixed in for the grownups. For more info, contact Lake Lure Classical Academy at 828-625-9292 or visit June 15th: 6th Annual Lure of the Dragons Boat Race & Festival, Lake Lure, N.C. In a 30-foot dragon boat complete with head, tail and scales, teams of paddlers race 250 meters down the Rocky Broad RUTHERFORDCOC.ORG | RUTHERFORDEVERYDAY.COM •


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River to the cadence of a pounding drummer seated at the back of each boat. Lake Lure’s “Lure of the Dragons” boat races and festival combines a full day of fun, family entertainment and the joy of dragon boat racing with a mission to raise money for local area children’s charities. The 2012 festival attracted 18 teams, 216 paddlers and more than 2000 spectators. Since launching in 2007, the annual Lure of the Dragons Boat Race has raised over $24,000 for charities. Learn more at August 16-18: Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure With nearly 15 million “Likes” on Facebook, the cultclassic film “Dirty Dancing” continues to magnetize swooning adorers generation after generation, and Lake Lure takes much pride in being the backdrop for this iconic American dance drama. Proof of this force of nature is also found at Lake Lure’s annual Dirty Dancing Festival where fans can relive their favorite movie moments with a film screening, live music, dance performances and lessons, games and the crowd-favorite “Lake Lift” competition! Attracting visitors from 24 states and two foreign countries, the Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure is a dance and music festival for all ages that pays tribute to the classic American movie filmed right here in Lake Lure, N.C. Visit for more info.

Protect Your Home From Termites This Spring By David Spillman

Eastern Subterranean Termites are a major wood-destroying insect in North Carolina. Some signs of their activity show up unexpectedly, while others are discovered by accident or during renovations. Two key signs of a termite infestation are swarming and mud tubes. Swarming usually occurs during the day, usually on warm days after rain. When swarming occurs indoors, it probably means that you have an infestation somewhere in your home. Several species of ants also swarm at the same time of the year as termites. Winged termites and ants look somewhat similar, but you can tell them apart by certain features. Unlike ants, termites do not move around out in the open. They will either tunnel through wood (or other material) or else travel inside pencil-size (or larger) mud tubes that they build from soil, wood particles, and other materials. You will find these tubes on foundation walls, floor joists or other parts of the house. Tubes can also hang from the floor system. Without a periodic inspection of your home, termite activity can remain undetected for years. Call Go-Forth Services today for your FREE termite inspection. Serving Rutherford County since 1959.

August 25: 6th Lake Lure Olympiad & Annual Race to the Rock (5K Run or 25 Mile Bike) Permitted just once a year, cyclists and runners alike eagerly await the chance to climb from the entrance of Chimney Rock State Park to the top of the pinnacle Chimney Rock more than 3 miles up. The Park’s winding entrance road climbs uphill an average of 7-9%, but the stunning 75-mile panoramic views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge at the finish line are well worth the effort. The Race to the Rock on Sunday is the last piece of the 9th annual Lake Lure Olympiad’s “3 Races in 3 Days” challenge beginning with the 10K Dam Run on Friday and Lake Lure Triathlon on Saturday. Considered one of the most scenic race weekends on any calendar, the views will take your breath away if the climbs don’t first. Making the sports festival weekend even more unique is the multitude of events for kids and families. Get your competition and vacation fix all in one trip. Visit www. for more info and to register. Experience these adventures and more when you travel to Rutherford County – the Front Porch of the Blue Ridge Foothills. Home to Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City and Bostic, there is a world waiting for you to explore, enjoy and love. These events and more are part of our Endless Summer event series. We invite you to check out the view from our front porch and play in our backyard. Plan your trip today at http://www. or call 800-849-5998.

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Make Isothermal Community College Your Choice for Skilled Training and Education

Are you ready for your next step?

By Dr. Amber Thompson Are you part of a business or industry looking for quality workers and/or training for current employees? Are you a under-skilled worker or currently unemployed? Isothermal Community College can help fill your needs and get you on the right track to becoming successful. Isothermal Community College has a wide range of programs in its Applied Science and Technology division. If you are looking to gain skills in technical and public service areas, Isothermal is the place to start. The Applied Sciences and Technology division has 17 Associate Degree programs (2 year), 17 Diploma (1 year) programs, and 38 Certificate (1 or 2 semesters) programs.


Students who successfully complete courses are ready to go to work or can continue to a four-year degree at the university level. Isothermal continuously works with local and regional business and industry to understand and implement actual workforce skills into their programs. Isothermal uses the latest technology to train students for successful entry into the workforce. Courses at Isothermal can also help you to excel or advance from your current position. Classes in the Applied Science and Technology Division are scheduled for convenience and flexibility for the student. For students who prefer classroom instruction on campus, we offer more than 175 traditional day and night courses each semester. We also have fully online, hybrid, and webbased courses each semester for students who cannot fit a traditional course in their busy schedule.

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At Isothermal, we understand the needs of the community and the needs of the learner. We truly are a community college who strives to help students reach their goals. In the Applied Science and Technology division, we have expert advisors and instructors that recognize and appreciate the community college student. The Applied Science and Technology programs available are: Advertising and Graphic Design; Broadcasting and Production Technology; Building Construction Technology; Electrical Systems Technology; Computer Engineering Technology; Electronics Engineering Technology; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Sustainability Technologies; Industrial Systems Technology; Manufacturing Technology; Mechanical Drafting Technology; Welding Technology; Cosmetology; Criminal Justice Technology; Early Childhood Education; School Age Education; Computer-Integrated Machining; Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology; and Practical Nursing. For more information on these programs, you can check them out on the web at or call the Applied Science and Technology Division at 828-395-1441.

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PATRIOTS PRECISION Steven Rhoads has officially opened his new business on 369 Main Street, Spindale. The business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The shop will specialize in general machinery and fabrication/welding.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Friday February 1st marked the first ever “Rutherford Connects” Networking Event. Fifty-eight local business owners and managers attended the inaugural meeting at Zaxby’s in Forest City. The purpose of Rutherford Connects is simple. Networking… networking…networking!! Networking is the name of the game in business. The event is very simple, it’s free to attend and you do not even have to be a Chamber member!

STEVE’S CLEANERS On a rainy morning in January, a group of folks came together to celebrate with “Mo” his cleaning and laundry service. We got to see his new equipment and share with his employees their pride in the services they provide. Steve’s Cleaners is located at 217 Davis Street, Spindale. Steve’s is a full service cleaners providing the best starched shirts and alterations services. The hours of operation are: Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Phone number 828-286-2816.

Did I mention it was FREE?? Every person who attends will get 2-3 minutes to pitch their business. Who they are, what they do for the business and what kind of customers or referrals they are looking for. It’s a perfect way to get the attention of the entire room and tell everyone what will help your business. After everyone has their time to shine, everyone is encouraged to mingle with the entire group and seek out businesses who they would like to speak with. Everyone will be asked for a business card at the door, so when the event is over the Chamber will scan everyone’s business cards and email it out to everyone who attends. Even if you do not get a chance to meet everyone at the event, we’ve got you covered! Now with this business card email you are guaranteed to collect everyone’s business card! What’s a better way to get a group of business leaders together in Rutherford County than having food? Rutherford Connects will happen once a month at a participating Chamber Restaurant. Rutherford Connects will only take place in restaurants that have room to hold 50-100 people. Purchasing lunch at the event host is welcome for hungry participants. “Wow, what a great turn out for a first ever networking event! Seeing fifty-eight business leaders in one location for one purpose of networking was just terrific to see,” says Forest City Owls General Manager Jeremy Boler. “This is a must attend event, if you want to get your name out there in front of other local business leaders.” The next Rutherford Connects Networking Event will be held on Friday, March 22nd, 2013. For any questions on the event please contact the Rutherford County Chamber Office, Forest City Owls Baseball or StaffMasters for more information. And









Rutherford County Chamber - Clark Poole – 828- 287-3090 Forest City Owls Baseball - Jeremy Boler – 828-245-0000 StaffMasters - Deborah Mauney - 828-248-5641



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You may know what is in your medicine cabinet. But do you know who is in your medicine cabinet? Did you know that 2,500 teenagers begin abusing prescription drugs every day? Most of us worry about substance abuse, and our kids’ subsequent exposure, in terms of alcohol and recreational drugs. But the fact is, most young people ages 12-17 abuse prescription drugs more than ecstacy, heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamines combined! Contrary to some beliefs, prescription drug abuse is still DRUG ABUSE. It is illegal, needless to say dangerous, and potentially DEADLY! Many kids think medications are safer to get “high” on than illegal recreational drugs, but abusing prescription drugs can lead to addiction, overdose, and even fatalities. One in every five teens in America has taken a prescription pain medication that was not prescribed for them personally. What is even more frightening – 70% of people 12 years and older who abuse prescription drugs say they get them from a friend or relative. This already enormous, and rapidly growing problem is probably due, at least in part, to the easy acquisition of the drugs. Most homes will have some type of legally prescribed medication somewhere in the house, and most children will know where those medicines are kept (usually in an unsecured place). Taking a Vicodin pain pill from Mom or Dad’s bathroom cabinet or drawer is much simpler than dealing with a pusher on the street. The child may also think they are less likely to get caught in the “safety” of their own home. A common misconception is - “This medicine can’t be all that bad for me, especially if a doctor prescribed it for Mom”. Some people are even willing to sell their own legitimately prescribed drugs to their peers for quick cash. This is a common issue in schools, with attention deficit, seizure and pain medications. So, what can we do to prevent this problem in our own household? A good start is to keep ALL medications in your home together, in one secure location (preferably locked away). Know what medications you are in possession of, and frequently count your pills. To make things easier, properly dispose of any out-of-date meds. If you have prescriptions you no longer need, get rid of them, even if they aren’t yet expired. The Rutherford County Sheriff ’s Office has a locked “drop box” specifically for this purpose. Furthermore, if you have any hard (paper) copies of unfilled prescriptions you won’t

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be needing, shred and dispose of those to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands, and being filled fraudulently. Finally, and most importantly, educate your children on the dangers of substance abuse, both recreation and prescription. Let them know beforehand, about the things they will probably be exposed to or offered in society, and the rights and wrongs that come with them. Talk to your kids about peer pressure and how to handle it. Do not allow them to administer prescription drugs to themselves without your supervision, and instruct them that medications are to be taken only according to the directions on the container. Also educate yourself on any prescription medications you may have. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the “dos and don’ts” while you’re taking a particular drug, the things the drug can interact with, and what the possible side effects may be, especially if it is a controlled substance. Our staff at the Medicine Box of Rutherfordton is trained and very committed to the prevention of prescription drug abuse, and the safety of our patients. We would like to ask all of our customers and Rutherford County as a whole to do your part as well.

Laura S. Hodge, Owner / RPh Medicine Box of Rutherfordton 200 Charlotte Road 828-287-7117 Mon. – Fri. 9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. Sat. 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.

By James H. Hines, Jr. Health Director, RPM Health District

These achievements did not happen by accident. It took vision, commitment, and collaboration by many individuals and organizations. Creating a healthier community today still requires the same efforts as in the past.

When I began thinking about writing this article concerning Public Health, the first word I thought of was investment. As a kid, I loved collecting baseball cards, and many famous baseball players’ cards found their way to my bicycle spokes. I must admit that really sounded “cool” when I was ten years old. Even today I still buy a few packs just for the “thrill” of opening them to see if I get a star that might be of value. Though I have since learned that many of the cards I had were “Investments”, I sure didn’t know I was riding around my neighborhood with all those investments making a really cool sound! If my cardboard heroes are considered an investment, then surely a childhood vaccination, a restaurant inspection, dental screening, communicable disease screening and treatment, and other public health services must be “investments” we cannot do without!

The Rutherford County Health Department is part of a Health District that includes McDowell and Polk Counties. We PROMOTE healthy communities by assuring a healthcare safety net and championing practices to foster better health for everyone. We know prevention works and access to health services cuts costs for everyone. We help young people stay well and develop into healthy adults. We offer education and services to help reduce chronic illness and complications. A healthy community leads to a more productive workforce, reduced healthcare costs, and a better quality of life. We assure access to quality healthcare services. We evaluate and augment the health service capacity of the community, including care for pregnant women, immunizations for all ages, and dental care for children.

I must confess my bias. I believe Public Health is a solid investment toward the quality of life and economic growth for Rutherford County. During the 20th century, the health and life expectancy of persons residing in the United States improved dramatically. Since 1900, the average life span of persons in the U.S. has lengthened by greater than 30 years: 25 years of this gain are attributable to advances in Public Health.

We PROTECT our community health and economic vitality through public health policy and community partnerships. We uphold policies that improve our community’s health. Better foods in our schools, more physical activity, and smoke-free places are examples of policies that have a major impact on the health of our children and neighbors. A healthy community has a greater potential for positive economic growth.

Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the U.S., 1900 – 1999 include:

We help PREVENT the start and spread of outbreaks and disease. Restaurant food we eat, hotels we visit, and daycares where our children play are safer. Local health departments work with healthcare and community partners to prevent and target the cause of disease outbreaks, and then determine the appropriate response. We also prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies along with other community partners.

• Vaccination • Motor-vehicle safety • Safer workplaces • Control of infectious diseases

• Fluoridation of drinking water

Public Health is for EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY and EVERYWHERE! Our Mission is to Promote, Protect, and Prevent, and is a lifetime INVESTMENT! Yes, I probably will buy another pack of my “cardboard heroes”, but one thing is for sure - as I become a Grandpa (for the first time) this year - I now know how big an INVESTMENT a childhood immunization is today and tomorrow! Thank You, Public Health!

• Recognition of tobacco as a health hazard

James H. Hines, Jr.

• Decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke • Safer and healthier foods • Family planning

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Public Health: An Investment for Rutherford County



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Gifts That Touch Lives

understand the symptoms of their disease, resulting in a lifetime of better disease management.

By Jill Miracle

Lifeline Service $10,000 Financially distressed seniors or disabled persons who live alone can receive paid Lifeline service, enabling them to reach family members and emergency personnel in case of an urgent situation.

Rutherford Regional Health Foundation (RRHF) was chartered in 1996 to raise money for programs to improve the health of the people who live in our community. The Foundation has given over $5,000,000 to Rutherford Regional Health System for vital services and state-of the art equipment since their founding.

Employee Assistance $10,000 RRHS employees who experience a medical or natural disaster have access to a portion of employee giving funds.

Funds are secured through a combination of personal giving, special events, sponsorships and corporate donations. Honorariums and memorials, employee and physician giving programs are additional sources of support. Estate planning and grants have also been significant factors in the Foundation’s success.

Other Non-Revenue Producing Services

Patient needs and the community health assessment will dictate specific programs that will require funding. All of the services that are provided by RRHS using Foundation funding are offered FREE to local patients. No reimbursement is ever required for these services.

Volunteers carry out the majority of the Foundation’s work. Members of the Foundation’s board of trustees and over 70 community members believe in the work of our health care system and plan and implement fundraising activities.

How can you help???

Rutherford Regional Health System gave away over $25,382,245 in charity care and unpaid debt in 2012. Valued RRH Foundation volunteers carry the message that many of the services that the system offers would not be available without charitable giving.

RRH Foundation asks that you join them to help meet the health care challenges of our community. Every dollar that the Foundation raises stays right here at home. Your act of philanthropy will touch lives now, and your investment will allow RRHF to support innovative health care, immediately and locally.

Touching Lives The Foundation’s 2013 Touching Lives campaign will support the five following RRHS health initiatives: Cancer Services $100,000 Cancer patients will receive assistance from specially trained nurses from the moment of their diagnosis through their treatment and recovery. The Patient Navigator program is offered through the RRHS Cancer Resource Center. Patients who are faced with financial crisis as a result of their disease and treatment can access the Cancer Resource Fund. Women without health insurance can receive a screening mammogram to facilitate early detection. Children’s Camps $12,000 Area children with diabetes and asthma attend free summer camps. These children enjoy recreation and traditional camp experiences with medical supervision. The campers learn to recognize and

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Gifts to the 501 c(3) non-profit organization are tax deductible. 100% of each designated gift is used exactly for the purpose that the donor chooses to support. • Local businesses join our Corporate Honor Roll through a sponsorship of an event or a direct gift. They lead us to grants offered by parent companies, or partner with us to plan a promotion that provides funds for area patients AND gains publicity for their business. Business professionals can volunteer their time and talent on one of the Foundation committees. •

Individuals join our 1906 Club, a giving club named for the year that our system was founded. 1906 Club members pledge a gift

of $100 - $1000 per year. RRHS employees have a Club of their own called Helping Hands, where gifts are made through payroll deduction.

Families and individuals become members of the Founder’s Circle by making a pledge of $5000. The Founder’s Circle has honored many past and retired physicians, founding fathers and community leaders.

Let the Foundation know if you have made provision in your estate plan or will to support RRHS. You will be honored as a Heritage Circle member now for your future gift, and your endorsement will lead others to offer their gifts as well. Our planned giving professionals can assist you if you are considering estate planning.

Sunday School classes, civic groups and individuals make monthly or annual contributions to specific projects.

Recognize a friend, relative or caregiver by making an honorary or memorial gift to Rutherford Regional Health Foundation. Families may request memorial gifts to our Foundation in lieu of flowers Acknowledgements are sent to the honoree or family member and contributors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

RRH Foundation offers high quality entertainment and social outings during the year to meet our funding goals. Women Together, the annual women’s event and the fall golf classic are key examples. Special events recognize and promote contributors and help RRHF make new friends throughout the year. All events are open to the public and welcome new participants and volunteers. Join in the fun for a great cause! RRHF asks for you partnership to meet the health care challenges of our community. Every dollar that the Foundation raises stays right here at home. Your act of philanthropy will touch lives now and your investment will support innovative health care for Rutherford County. Contact Executive Director Jill Miracle 828286-5070 for more information or to schedule a visit to tell you more about the Foundation.

The RRHF Mission: Rutherford Regional Health Foundation secures current and future gifts of support for Rutherford Regional Health System, insuring that all members of our community continue to have access to a broad range of compassionate, high quality health services.

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The RRHF Vision The Rutherford Regional Health Foundation seeks to give all segments of our community the opportunity to invest in the future of our health system, to assure good stewardship of available resources for the people of our community and to be recognized as a significant contributor to economic growth and development of Rutherford Regional Health System.

Past Foundation Funding: • • • • • • • •

Launched Spiritual Care Services at RRHS Established Cancer Patient Navigator Program Constructed Family Room for our oncology unit Doubled the number of Emergency Treatment Rooms Constructed the Cancer Resource Center Purchased Fetal Monitoring System for Birth Place Provided digital imaging equipment for radiology Acquired patient safety technology for pharmacy

___________________________________ Philanthropy is an important part of any community. People who give are more engaged in public work and they commit their voice and their vote to what is right and what is important. People who give make a difference in the places where they work and live. ___________________________________ LIKE us on Facebook.



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Chamber of Commerce Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement

Helping to create and maintain a healthy business environment which will enhance prosperity and improve the quality of life in Rutherford County

Dan Thomas Vice President

Rutherford County

Debbie Gettys Office Manager

Jason Harrill First Vice President Barbara Keever Vice President


Clark Poole Director

Officers Cooper Flack President

Dolores Mayo Secretary/Treasurer

Chamber of Commerce 162 N. Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Phone: 828.287.3090 Fax: 828-287-0799

Donna McCann Immediate Past President


Laura Allen Thera-ssage

Jim Bishop WCAB Radio

Gene Booth Booth Realty Inc.

Kimagery Graphic Design

Main Street Financial Group

Dale Hamilton Cornerstone Realty

Jason Harrill BB&T

Barbara Keever Odean Keever & Assoc.

Debbie Martin Blanton Miller & Moore

Deborah Mauney Staff Masters Inc.

Dolores Mayo H&R Block

Northland Communications

Donna McCann

Sarah Merrison-McEntire

Everette Murray Rutherford Everyday

Jackson Hewitt Tax Services

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Carolina Chiropractic Plus

Kim Corbett

Cooper Flack

Dan Thomas

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Now Monthly Magazine for Rutherford County, NC. Spring Issue March 2013