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Table of contents
Entrepreneur Rube McMullan is known for bringing his big ideas to life. PHOTO BY Ethan Sigmon
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Alysa and Grady Watkins bring a sweet new venture to Shallotte. PHOTO BY Jason Frizzelle
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20 sbm contributors Meet the contributors to South Brunswick Magazine
faces & places
Brunswick Novant Medical Center Foundation Flip Flop Ball
101 what’s happening Upcoming events you won’t want to miss
107 tide charts
What’s been going on around town
Tracking the highs and lows at Shallotte Inlet from August to October
109 ad index
Keeping up with the local business scene
Our directory of advertisers
110 capture the moment
A contest for SBM readers. Photo by Trevor McDonald
43 up north
What’s happening in North Brunswick County
NCDOT’s projects in southern Brunswick County will improve traffic flow and safety. By Denice Patterson
Dewey Hill creates a community shopping experience at Hills Supermarkets. By Claire K. Connelly
Happenings on the local scene
66 across the cape fear The story behind the new copper turtle at the Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department. By Carolyn Bowers
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Summer Recipe: Kale Pesto By Beth Mincher
Meet the owners of Check Six Brewing Company in Southport. By Jason Frye
Shallotte leaders are planning a revitalization project to return the town’s focus to the river. By Teresa A. McLamb
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About the cover: Photographer Ethan Sigmon captured this photograph at the new Shallotte River Swamp Park. Local entrepreneur Rube McMullan created the park, which opened in June. See Denise Patterson’s profile on McMullan, who also founded Ocean Isle Fishing Center as well as local restaurants and fishing tournaments, starting on page 44.
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Above: South Brunswick Magazine publisher Justin Williams zipping through the Shallotte River Swamp Park.
Paying Attention Pancake. The word makes most of us think of the yummy breakfast food served with butter and syrup. But if you’re on a zipline at Shallotte River Swamp Park, it has an entirely different meaning. When we showed up at the new zipline and ropes course for a photo shoot for this edition, I heard the instructors tossing around the term “pancake” in reference to a hand-braking technique on the zipline. Once I was harnessed up and out there, though, I struggled to remember their instructions on how to stop. At one point as I was zipping along, I grabbed the line. One slightly pulled muscle later, it dawned on me: Oh, that’s what they mean by pancake! Their specific instruction had been not to grip the line with your hands to stop yourself, but rather to pat the line with your hand flattened — like a pancake — to bring yourself to a gradual stop. You can learn from my mistake: Follow the simple instructions at Shallotte River Swamp Park, and the only thing you’ll leave with is a giant smile on your face. This is a fabulous new attraction and we had a great time there. Read more about the park in our story about founder Rube McMullan on page 44. 18
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I might not be the best at paying attention to sports instructors, but as a magazine publisher I have to be great at paying attention to what’s going on around me. Everywhere I look in Brunswick County I find great people and stories that make it to the pages of this magazine. In addition to our article about Rube McMullan, we feature many more interesting local residents, including the owners of The Filling Station, Check Six Brewery and Hills Supermarkets. We also give you the latest news about NCDOT’s traffic improvements and Shallotte’s plans for a riverfront park. Whether you read this issue while lounging by the pool or rocking in the porch swing, we hope you are out there enjoying these glorious days of summer. Soak them up because they’ll be gone before you know it. Happy Summer!
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I was raised in the small town of Madison, N.C., and I am truly a country girl at heart! I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I studied hospitality management, business and theater. By way of a career in hotel management, I arrived in Wilmington and fell in love with living at the coast. Wanting to pursue my passion for the arts, I opened my own photography business in 2013. I have a genuine love for meeting new people and hearing their stories. Thanks to Justin Williams, with South Brunswick Magazine I continue to build relationships as an account executive and contributing photographer for our magazines. I live in Wilmington with my husband, Jess, and our two rescued dogs, Bailey and Onyx. When not working, we love fishing, boating, going out on the town with friends or traveling to visit family. My work can be viewed at LeeAnnBoltonPhoto.com.
I am a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in Wilmington. Coming from my hometown of Hickory, N.C., I moved to Wilmington in 2011 to pursue a degree in film studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After graduating, I picked up my freelance career, traveling around the country filming documentaries, shorts and experimental films, as well as shooting fashion, commercial, documentary and fine-art photography. I continue to reside in Wilmington and plan to pursue grad school.
I’m a dedicated surfer / shower singer / bad ’90s cover-song guitar player (to my poor wife) / Peter Pan wanna be (who doesn’t want to stay young and fly?). I have spells of OCD when it comes to a clean house, organization, exercise and feng shui. I’m addicted to Coke (the drink) and have pizza at least once a week. I’m a movie addict: dark fairy tales and thrillers (Perfume, Pan’s Labyrinth, Let the Right One In) are my favorite, but I feel nostalgic about the classics (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, Never Ending Story). I wish I had time to read a book.
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Raised Flower Beds at Carillon Assisted Living Michelle Spencer, program assistant at the Extension office, finds her work incredibly rewarding. This spring, a Southport resident who works at Carillon Assisted Living called the office asking if there was any way to deliver some gardening capability to residents of the center. Spencer had a long-standing working partnership with Fred Michael, then deputy director of Health Services at Brunswick County Health Services. A phone call later, there was a promise of a raised bed and soil to fill the bed. A few weeks after the design was chosen, the bed was delivered in a box as a kit. Steven Sowers, Brunswick County resident and the newest employee at the office, assembled the kit in a couple of hours. It is built to be accessible to someone sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Within a short time of the original request, a planter, soil, shovels and trowels were delivered to the facility in Southport. Recently the office received an email from the facility with photos of Mario Toro gardening, raising his Mountain Merit tomato plants, and smiling and watering. He is obviously enjoying his newly found gardening spot on the back patio. It would have been very easy for this simple request to be ignored. For a few hundred dollars, some gardening capability, peace of mind and sense of accomplishment were available to some folks in our county who needed it. Toro is the father of Jeanne Pavero, who is an active Master Gardener and Junior Master Gardener 4-H Club leader. Philanthropists wishing to donate $500 to repeat this project at other similar facilities are welcome to contact Michelle Spencer, program assistant at North Carolina State Extension, (910) 253-2610.
Student Attends Basketball Camp on BEMC Scholarship A local middle-school student shot hoops and ran drills at basketball camp at the University of North Carolina, thanks to a scholarship from Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation. Ryan Wagner, recipient of a 2015 Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship, took to the court June 20 to 24 at the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp. Ryan is the son of Cheryl and Fritz Wagner of Shallotte.
campus and worked directly with coaches to hone basketball skills and practice working cooperatively with teammates. This is the 10th year the cooperatives have sent young men to the Roy Williams camp and the 12th year North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives have sponsored young women to attend an N.C. State women’s basketball camp. The co-ops’ partnership with universities provides a unique educational and athletic opportunity for our state’s youth and keeps with Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community.
Shallotte Rotary Acknowledges Paul Harris Fellows
At a recent meeting of the Shallotte Rotary Club, Ellen Deaton pinned Rotarian Kiersten Gordon as a first-time Paul Harris fellow and Rotarian Nancy Boston as a two time Paul Harris fellow. The Paul Harris Recognition program acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The Shallotte Rotary Club meets at Planet Fun on Thursdays from 12:30 until 1:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome. Visit the website shallotterotaryclub.com for more information. Photography: Contributed
ATMC Awards $25,000 in Community Grants
“These scholarships are a fantastic way for young athletes to experience life on a college campus and learn from mentors at their favorite NCAA athletic programs,” says Don Hughes, CEO/ general manager at Brunswick EMC. “We’re proud to continue our tradition of providing outstanding local students with this opportunity to develop fundamental skills that will help them excel on the court and in the classroom.” Ryan earned the all-expense paid scholarship by completing an application that included academics, community involvement and enthusiasm for sports. He is one of only 59 students selected in a highly competitive process to receive a Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship from North Carolina’s electric cooperatives this year. The Roy Williams camp was led by two-time NCAA national champion coach Roy Williams, his staff, and current and past Tar Heel basketball players. During camp, students stayed in dorms on
ATMC recently awarded Community Connections grant funds totaling $25,000 to 13 organizations serving Brunswick County. The funds were part of the cooperative’s grant program, which has awarded more than $450,000 in community and education grants to 292 programs since its inception in 2006. Organizations receiving funding were Boiling Spring Lakes Fire and Rescue; Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic; Brunswick Summer 2015
County Homeless Coalition; Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.; Hope Harbor Home; Pretty in Pink Foundation; South Brunswick Interchurch Council; Brunswick County Literacy Council; Comfort Socks; Committee to Honor America’s Veterans; Shallotte Lions Club; WAVES4K.I.D.S.; Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc.; J.C. Skane (The ATMC Rebuild). ATMC will also be awarding education grants through its Smart Connections program in the fall of this year. For more information, call (910) 755-1755 or visit the grant section of ATMC’s website at atmc.com. Photography: Contributed
Novant Health Volunteers Recognized, Scholarships Awarded
the selection committee. Members of this team included Pam Duncan, Mary Pat Lynch, Gene McKethan, Elaine Eggers and Jim Holmquist. In addition, the volunteers donated $1,000 for a healthcare scholarship to Brunswick Community College nursing students. The hospital’s home volunteers were recognized with an afternoon tea at Brunswick Medical Center. Home volunteers knit quilts and caps for newborns and senior patients, sew teddy bears for children who are patients at the hospital, knit prayer shawls that volunteer chaplains share with patients and provide comfort bags to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information on Brunswick Medical Center’s volunteer program or to request an application, call (910) 721-1484 or visit NovantHealth.org/Volunteer. Photography: Contributed
Brunswick County 4-H Youth Succeed in District Project Record Book Event
At recent volunteer appreciation events, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center leaders recognized the hospital’s 207 volunteers for the 41,370 hours of time they contributed to the hospital in 2014, as well as the numerous contributions home volunteers make to the medical center. Traditional hospital volunteers and volunteer chaplains were celebrated with a luncheon at Brick Landing Plantation. Special recognition went to Carolyn Moskowitz, the volunteer with the most service hours. Moskowitz has generously donated 6,219 hours of her time over the last 23 years. Three volunteers were recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for donating more than 4,000 hours. At the event, hospital volunteers were also able to announce two $1,250 scholarships awarded to local students. This year was the first year the medical center volunteers retained the funding in order to provide scholarships to students who had recently provided volunteer service at the hospital. Donavan Testerman and Samantha Michalski were this year’s recipients. Testerman has served as a volunteer for two years in Brunswick Medical Center’s ambulatory care unit providing transport assistance to patients. He works full time, has completed his associate degree at Brunswick Community College and is now pursuing a nursing degree at the college. Michalski is a senior at the Brunswick County Early College High School and has been a junior volunteer at Brunswick Medical Center for almost four years. During her time as a volunteer, she has gained volunteer experience in many different departments at the hospital. She will graduate from high school with two associate degrees and plans to attend Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in the fall to major in biology with an emphasis on cell structure. Hospital staff and volunteer council members created the new process and criteria for the scholarships, and several served on 24
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Project Record Books allows 4-H members to reflect on their experiences and what they learned from them throughout the 4-H year. Youth complete a 4-H plan, set goals, provide evidence of activities and learning, tell their 4-H story, and elaborate on leadership, citizenship and community service activities each year. They submit Project Record Books representing the previous year’s work to the county in January, and two from each age division and content category are selected to compete in the Southeast District Project Record Book event. This year, 12 youths submitted 13 books in Brunswick County, and all 13 moved on to the district event. Volunteers and staff judge project records in April. Each book receives a score on the 4-H scale of Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair or Poor, and each age division and content category names gold, silver and bronze medal winners. Brunswick County 4-H is proud to announce the following medal winners: Lena Devlin, Emily Toney Alexis Apple, Jillian Bowling, Rebekah Taylor and Bobbi Jane Lawrence. Other award recipients were Katlyn Toney, Rose Green, Kaitlin Jones, Amelia Apple and Christopher Gallup.. All 4-H members are encouraged to complete project record books, and the Brunswick County 4-H Office offers training for members and volunteers to help. Contact them at (910) 253-2610 to learn more about this and other great opportunities for youth. Photography: Contributed
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Brunswick SHIIP Named Statewide SHIIP County of the Year Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, congratulate the winners of four statewide awards for their outstanding work in providing free, unbiased counseling about Medicare and other health insurance issues to seniors in North Carolina. This year’s awards were presented at the annual North Carolina SHIIP Coordinators’ Training Conference in Greensboro on June 25.
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American Legion, Post 543 and Marine Wounded Warrior Battalion East March in Parade
Brunswick County Senior Resources, Inc., the SHIIP coordinating site in Brunswick County, was named SHIIP County of the Year. SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, longterm care insurance and other health insurance issues. SHIIP has nearly 1,000 trained volunteers across the state providing one-onone counseling in all 100 counties. For more information about SHIIP or to get answers to your Medicare questions, call SHIIP at 855-408-1212 or visit www.ncshiip.com.
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The Richard H. Stewart Jr. American Legion Post 543 and the Marine Wounded Warrior Battalion from Camp Lejeune marched in the Southport Fourth of July Parade. The Marines were the Grand Marshalls of the parade and all were led by America Legion Post 543 Commander Rick Sessa. This patriotic celebration in the City of Southport has been held for more than 200 years in this small waterfront community on the Cape Fear River. This four-day celebration of our nation’s independence draws up to 40,000 people each year. Prior to the parade, the Marines were taken to the Methodist Church in Southport to have a hearty pancake breakfast; after the parade they had lunch at the Arbor Creek Community Center. Photography: Contributed
Rivers Edge Golf Community Relay for Life Golf Tournament Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) hosted a free electric vehicle (EV) workshop and test drive on June 16 at its headquarters in Supply. Approximately 40 people participated, learning how electric and hybrid vehicles work, the benefits of driving one, and their impact on the community. Speakers included representatives from Advanced Energy, Cape Fear Solar Systems and NC Green Travel. “At BEMC, we’re always looking down the road to see what technological advances might benefit our members,” said BEMC spokesperson Heather Holbrook. “This type of education is an important part of our Green Initiative, which includes the future installation of public EV charging stations, expanded solar energy options and spreading the word about energy efficiency.” The workshop included a Driving Electric overview and a panel discussion that covered topics including The Solar and EV Link, 26
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Rivers Edge Golf Community sponsored a successful Relay for Life (RFL) Golf Tournament, raising $17,000 for the American Cancer Society Brunswick County. Other RFL activities brought the grand total of the 2015 Rivers Edge RFL contribution to $18,869. This was $7,000 more than what the community raised in 2012. Tropical Storm Ana visited Shallotte on the original date of the tournament, forcing a postponement to May 31. But that delay
didn’t cause anyone to miss a beat. Jon Evans, news anchor for WECT Wilmington, acted as the master of ceremonies and also played in the tournament. Guest Golf Professionals Mike Benson, head golf professional at The Pearl Golf Links, and Derek Reed, assistant golf and teaching professional at Ocean Ridge Golf Club, donated their time by helping the golf teams with their drives across the very difficult #9 at Rivers Edge. Winners of the Mixed Men’s/Women’s Flight were Marion Wise, Ashley Sloup, Dan Lynes and Mike Reaves. The Men’s Flight winners were Dennis Denihan, Nick Micale, Bruce Miller and Ron Johnson.
finisher in their age group and topic category, and earning a minimum score of 65%. Agnes Taylor, 4-H Volunteer, led a workshop for the youth to polish their presentations and incorporate judges’ feedback in April. Photography: Contributed
4-H Members Participate in Citizenship NC Focus in Raleigh
Winners of the Women’s Flight were Renee December, Sue Dillman, Laura Clark and Lynn James. The Rivers Edge Community wants to thank all the sponsors, volunteers and other benefactors for their contributions. And special thanks to all the golfers who not only played in the tournament, but also participated in other fund-raising events that day. Finally none of this could have occurred without the leadership of Jason Abernathy, senior relay manager for Wilmington & Myrtle Beach; Michelle Fisher, community manager for RFL; Denise Moore and Sandy Forde co-captains, Rivers Edge Sundowners RFL team; Linda Lynes, chair, Rivers Edge RFL Golf Tournament; and Jeff Pianelli, head professional at Rivers Edge Golf Club. Photography: Contributed
Brunswick County 4-H Members Strike Gold at District Activity Day
Brunswick County 4-H members Rebekah Taylor and Lena Devlin participated in 4-H’s Citizenship North Carolina Focus in Raleigh on June 15-18. All sessions tied back to the event theme, “Stand up. Speak out. Do something.” The Brunswick County youth participants and 4-H agent Katie McKee received funding from Brunswick County Farm Bureau to cover the cost of attending. A representative from Farm Bureau met with the youth prior to the event to help them understand legislative issues facing agriculture. Jane Kulesza, 4-H volunteer, coached the youth on meeting with legislators. Workshops throughout the conference prepared youth to meet with their legislators and to be participating citizens when they return to their communities. On the last day of the conference, youth traveled to the Capitol to meet with their senators and representatives. Representative Frank Iler met with Rebekah, Lena and Katie and discussed how he became a representative, how he interacts with his constituents and how he decides how to vote on issues.
Four Brunswick County 4-H members qualified for the Southeast District Activity Day and participated in the Public Presentations category on June 13. Rebekah Taylor’s presentation, “The American Mule,” addressed the history, significance, and genetics behind mules and earned a gold medal in Horse Presentations ages 14-18. Jillian Bowling discussed the habitat, behaviors and significance of the blue crab in her presentation, “The Blue Crab,” winning gold in Fisheries and Aquatics ages 14-18. Lena Devlin’s presentation in Poultry ages 14-18 covered raising and showing chickens and earned a gold medal. Mackenzie Snyder won gold in Healthy Lifestyles ages 11-13 for her presentation, “Earning a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.” All four youth earned the opportunity to participate in State Presentations on July 18 in Raleigh. Youth qualified for District Activity Day by competing in Public Presentations at the Brunswick County 4-H Fair, being the first or second place
As a result of Citizenship North Carolina Focus, both youth are developing citizenship projects to enact in Brunswick County. Photography: Contributed
Communities In Schools of Brunswick County Receives Duke Energy Donation Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) is pleased to announce Duke Energy as one of its two 2015 Platform Sponsors in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of CIS of Brunswick County and the 14th Annual Benefit Gala to be held November 5. Nancy Lamb, executive director of CIS Brunswick County, says, “We are thankful to have such a strong community partner in Duke Energy and appreciate the support of our mission of student success and helping them to achieve in life through continuing education.” Summer 2015
Founded in 1995, CIS of Brunswick County’s mission is to “surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” The efforts of CIS making a difference in the lives of students and families is well-documented and can be found in 17 schools where CIS operates in Brunswick County communities. In the 2013-14 school year, the organization continued its mission, resulting in more than 3,100 students receiving services including academic tutoring, social enrichment and intervention services that reach far beyond the classroom. “We are pleased to support Communities In Schools with this donation,” said Randy Gideon, site vice president of the Duke Energy Brunswick Nuclear Plant. “Helping young people stay focused on their education is something that benefits all of us and we are happy to support this important work.” For more information about CIS of Brunswick County and its 20th Anniversary events, contact the CIS office at (910) 457-3494 or visit cisbrunswick.org.
Commanders Award Awarded to Adjutant Gary Crowden
a number of good ideas throughout the community that could use focus and support, but weren’t necessarily things that the town government should or could prioritize with its resources,” said Mayor Watts. “Adrienne and I are excited to see that the group shared a similar vision and has begun its enthusiastic launch.” “The group has self-funded a couple of initial projects to get started,” stated Catherine Milioti, acting chair of Sunset Vision. “For example, we are donating a bike rack to the new Sunset Beach Park, and the mayor and his wife have funded a birding kiosk sign for the community bird walk along Shoreline Drive.” The group has identified additional bike rack locations throughout the community on public property as one of its initial projects. This and future projects will be posted at the sunsetvision.org website and citizinvestor.com crowd-funding website. Once a project’s funding goal is achieved, it will be donated to the town and installed by the Town of Sunset Beach. One of the group’s fundraising projects was a raffle. Tracy Blumburg was the lucky winner of a new beach bike from Island Hopper’s Bicycles. The winning raffle ticket was picked by Rich Dobkin of Fibber McGee’s. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the ongoing mission of the Sunset Vision community organization, including making Sunset Beach a safe place to ride bikes.
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At the June 24 meeting of the Richard H. Stewart Jr. American Legion Post 543, Adjutant Gary Crowden was honored by receiving the Commanders Award for the year 2015. Crowden, a special legionnaire and past army Lt. Colonel, is always in a place that he can help out. He is involved in the American Legion and is extremely knowledgeable in all facets of legion life. Gary also volunteers many hours with the South Brunswick High School JROTC. Photography: Contributed
Sunset Vision Forms in Sunset Beach A group of Sunset Beach residents have formed a committee named Sunset Vision to work together on community projects. The Sunset Vision committee’s mission is to identify projects around Sunset Beach that will be promoted and funded through a variety of ways including, but not limited to, crowd-funding, local events and other fund-raising initiatives. The group was formed by about a dozen Sunset Beach residents after a meeting was hosted by Mayor Ron Watts and his wife, Adrienne, last November. “We pitched the thought that there were 28
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Judge Ola Lewis, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Judicial District 13B, gave the keynote address during the 2014-15 Leadership Brunswick County Graduation Ceremony. Leadership Brunswick County is a program sponsored by Brunswick Community College and the Brunswick County, North Brunswick and Southport-Oak Island Area chambers of commerce to develop corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for Brunswick County. It is designed to identify highly motivated, emerging leaders and educate them about the needs of our community, as well as about the dynamics of social and economic changes. To graduate from Leadership Brunswick County, participants were required to attend an orientation retreat, a minimum of six sessions from the eight sessions held between October and April, attend the Meet the Candidate Night last October and attend any three chamber or community college functions. They were also divided into two groups and required to work together to complete a project in Brunswick County.
Prior to the Graduation Ceremony, the participants made presentations on their completed projects. Group one held Brunswick Catch Waterway Sweep in Ocean Isle Beach, in which 2,533 pounds of trash was removed from the Intracoastal Waterway. The Ocean Isle Fishing Center may continue this as an annual project, and the members of this group were so excited about the results they are thinking about continuing and expanding the sweep to include more of the county. Group two created a marketing and brand awareness plan for the Brunswick Literacy Council. The plan included a new brochure outlining all their services, a new logo that better reflects all the services offered by the Brunswick Literacy Council and a consistent message across all marketing efforts. The 2014-15 Leadership Brunswick County graduates are Tony Carico; Carolina Cowan, Strings & Beyond.com; Elina DiCostanzo, Brunswick Community College; Jonathan Paul Dupree, Brunswick Community College; Onya Z. Gardner, Brunswick Community College; Victoria Humphrey, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center; Cindy Leonard, Farm Bureau Insurance; Stacey McCumbee, Arbor Landing; Brandon Sauls, InterCoastal Net Designs; and Venus Vaden, NewBridge Bank.
Coastal Living editors unveiled the list of the top 10 America’s Happiest Seaside Towns in the March issue and invited the public to vote for its favorite town. Fans rallied, voting Southport into first place, followed by Venice, Florida; Delray Beach, Florida; Narragansett, Rhode Island; and Ocean Springs, Mississippi; rounding out the top five. “I’m thrilled to extend my congratulations to Southport, North Carolina, on being named America’s Happiest Seaside Town,” said Coastal Living Editor Steele Marcoux. “The residents of Southport put their hometown pride on display in a make-yousmile video encouraging people to spread the word about the competition. The town charms residents and visitors alike with its picturesque setting on the Cape Fear River, sprawling oak trees, and quaint art galleries, shops and cafés.”
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Southport Named America’s Happiest Seaside Town 2015 Time Inc.’s Coastal Living, the leading authority on coastal home and travel, announced that Southport has been named America’s Happiest Seaside Town 2015. Southport received the most online votes among 10 finalists in the Coastal Living fourth annual ranking of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns. The complete ranked list of the 10 best places to live and visit by the sea is online now on coastalliving.com and will be featured in the July/August issue of Coastal Living, on newsstands June 19.
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Brunswick County Schools and Communities In Schools (CIS) held an appreciation luncheon for the volunteers at Shallotte Middle School (SMS). Volunteers were treated to a wonderful lunch prepared by Starz Grille and even a show. The volunteers enjoyed a hand bell concert and musical song and dance numbers from SMS students. Tables were decorated with beautiful flower arrangements provided by Coastal Floral Designs. SMS is very thankful for the many individuals who volunteer their time weekly for the benefit of the students. SMS welcomes volunteers to assist with the Action for Success program by being a mentor or tutor. For more information about becoming a SMS volunteer, call Michele Rau at (910) 253-5327 ext. 1531. Photography: Contributed
4-H Youth Volunteers and Strong Bones Education May was osteoporosis prevention month, which means kindergarteners and after school programs in Brunswick County were visited by Brunswick County 4-H Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) youth volunteers with strong bones education CalciYUM! Marking the fourth year of presenting CalciYUM! TiLT youth volunteers visited kindergarteners at Waccamaw, Jessie Mae and Union on May 5; Bolivia, Virginia Williamson and Southport on May 12; and made a final kindergarten visit on May 19 at Lincoln and Town Creek. CalciYUM! was also shared with students at Town Creek Elementary CIS after-school program and Boiling Spring Lakes Parks and Recreation after-school program. This May CalciYUM! reached 700 youth, their parents through literature sent home, and their teachers through teacher literature and follow-up materials. May is not the only month 4-H TiLT youth volunteers teach healthy living and strong bones education. 4-H youth volunteers teach CalciYUM!, Organ Wise Guys and other programs throughout the school year and during the summer at Communities in Schools after-school and summer programs and through other outreaches. If you would like to schedule a presentation delivered by
The Richard H. Stewart Jr. American Legion Post 543 issued scholarship awards to Cadet Captain Trey Eastman for the Military Achievement Award and to Cadet 1st Lt. Anna Hakey for the Scholastic Award at the Brunswick South High School award ceremony on April 16, 2015. There were approximately 250 people in attendance at this ceremony. Giving the scholarship awards for the American Legion Post 543 was Commander Rick Sessa and Post Americanism Committee Chairman Doug Pratt. Photography: Contributed
Communities in Schools Awards Scholarships Communities in Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) awarded scholarships to college-bound seniors from the class of 2015 in each Brunswick County high school. Each CIS scholarship recipient received $1,000 toward college tuition. Student winners were selected by the CIS Scholarship Committee based on an application, essay and interview. Students receiving 2015 CIS scholarships are: Heather Marie Soucek, Brunswick County Early College High School; Hayley Watson, North Brunswick High School; Kristine Slade, North Brunswick High School; Skyler Ballantine, South Brunswick High School; Garret Dixon, South Brunswick High School; Katrina Galloway, South Brunswick High School; Khaliya Williams, West Brunswick High School; Bryan Willis, West Brunswick High School; and Lindsey Ragon, West Brunswick High School. Lauren Demko from West Brunswick High School was awarded the CIS Cynthia Tart Scholarship for $1,000, in honor of Cynthia Tart who served as CIS of Brunswick County Executive Director for 19 years. Nikayla Ramsey, North Brunswick High School, received the Teddy Hiatt Pageant Scholarship for $1,700. Kelsi Kazmierczak, South Brunswick High School, was awarded the Teddy Hiatt Scholarship for $1,000, and Hunter French, South Brunswick High School, received the Teddy Hiatt Pageant Scholarship for $5,000. Summer 2015
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Long and Bryan Willis. Applicants were interviewed by representatives from Brunswick Community College, and selection was based on academics, involvement in school and community activities, and interview skills. Courtney Dees is the daughter of Christa and Donnie Dees, Jr. of Leland. She plans to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she will major in Production Design. Thomas Eichorn is the son of Jason and Debra Eichorn of Winnabow. Thomas plans to attend Belmont Abbey College and major in Education. Brandon Long is the son of Billy Long of Nakina and Jennifer Holcomb of Tabor City. Brandon will be attending N.C. State University, where he will major in Paper Science and Engineering. Bryan Willis, son of Al Willis and Terry Willis, both of Shallotte, will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he plans to major in Pre-Med. “It is an honor to help these students further their education,” said Roger Cox, ATMC General Manager. “We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them much success as they enter this next chapter of their lives.” ATMC has awarded more than $61,000 in scholarships to 45 students since 2002. Photography: Contributed
At the July meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club, a print competition was held for prints depicting “Architecture” in various forms. The Novice Division had no entries. Winning first place in the Intermediate Division was Joe Hamel’s print entitled “Mission Revival.” Second place honors went to Rosemary Connell’s “A Round at Sullivan’s Island” and Candy Fowler’s “The Bridge” took the third place ribbon.
BEMC Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to Local High School Seniors Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has awarded $5,000 scholarships to two graduating seniors from Brunswick and Columbus counties. Recipients of the 2015 awards are West Brunswick High School senior Virginia K. James, daughter of Joseph D. James of Ash, and South Columbus High School senior Mikayla Fowler, daughter of Melanie and Ricky Fowler of Clarendon.
Harvey Lindenbaum’s “Duke University Chapel” placed first in the Advanced Division. Winning second place was Michelle Tinger with “North Beach Tower.” Irene Dowdy’s “Duke Chapel Façade” received third place. The club meets monthly, every second Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main Street in Shallotte. Membership is open to photographers of all skill levels. Meetings consist of informative programs on photographic techniques and software usage, member photo presentations and critiques, guest speakers and much more. Guests are always welcome. Visit the website at coastalcarolinacameraclub.org or call (910) 287-6311 for more information.
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Chamber Leadership Changes and Awards
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Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held its 40th annual membership meeting in June at the Brunswick Center at Southport. Nearly 100 members attended the event sponsored by AT&T and Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation. Five members of the 15-member Board of Directors were presented with a plaque recognizing their service after serving a three-year term: Trisha Howarth, Bald Head Island Limited; Paul Keane, Zeetlegoos Pet & People Store; George Yu, Brunswick Community College; Ali Travis, DVM River Road Animal Hospital; and Kirk Singer, Dosher Memorial Hospital. Carol Magnani of The State Port Pilot won the Ambassador of the Year. Ambassadors are special volunteers who visit with existing members in order to keep them abreast of the activities, update contact information and gain feedback from the members concerning programs and activities they would like to see their chamber implement. Singer presented the President’s Award to Cin Brochure of the City of Southport Department of Tourism and Development. The President’s Award is given annually to an individual who has contributed greatly to the chamber or community. Nominations for the next two awards, Small Business Person of the Year and Customer Service of the Year, were accepted from the general public, and any business that received a Golden Pineapple Award during the year was automatically eligible to compete for the awards. Singer announced that the 2014–15 Small Business Person of the Year is Ali Travis, DVM at River Road Animal Hospital. Singer congratulated Kathy Smith of River Run Pack & Ship, winner of the 2014–15 Southport-Oak Island Customer Service of the Year Award. Singer then passed the presidential gavel to Ali Travis, who accepted the responsibilities of leading the chamber and stated that she was honored and excited to serve as the organization’s president in the coming year. She challenged the members to become an active on a chamber committee and/or attend a function such as Coffee with the Girls, Business Networking After Hours or Business Connections and recruit one new member. She then introduced the 2015–16 Board of Directors: Blake Conklin, Shagger Jack’s; Jason Disbrow, Stiller & Disbrow Attorneys at Law; Gina Essey, Gina Essey Attorney at Law; Brad Fisher, ADM; Scott Gilland, Hampton Inn Southport; Tasha Helms, Tasha Helms, CPA; Blakely Huntley, BB&T; Barb Olsen-Gwin, Brunswick Air, Inc.; Carol Magnani, The State Port Pilot; Melaney Robbins, Oak Island Accommodations; Brooke Rudd, Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS; Karen Taylor, Taylor’s Cuisine Café & Catering; Tim Tippett, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation; Karen Williams, Duke Energy; and Kim Wiggs Gamlin, Brunswick Community College Small Business Center. The meeting ended at the conclusion of keynote remarks by Karen Collette, Division 3 Engineer for North Carolina Department of Transportation, who discussed road improvement projects in the Southport-Oak Island Area and fielded questions from the membership. For more information about the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce contact (910) 457-6964 or visit the website at southport-oakisland.com.
On June 19 The Olive Press hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its new business located at 7645-4 High Market Street in Sunset Beach. At The Olive Press you can sample olive oils and balsamic vinegars from the tasting bar exclusively made for the shop. The Olive Press specializes in imported, extra virgin, infused and fused olive oils as well as aged dark and white balsamic vinegars. The store also provides tastings and private parties with their products. For more information or to book a tasting, contact The Olive Press at (910) 622-6718 or email@example.com. Photography: Contributed
Novant Health Receives Grant Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center has received a $46,150 grant from Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast to provide free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women in Brunswick County. To qualify for a free mammogram, women who do not have health insurance or are underinsured must be age 40 or older, live in Brunswick County and cannot have had a mammogram in the last year. “Mammography is the gold standard for screening women ages 40 and older for breast cancer,” says Robin Ashmore, manager of imaging at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. “In many cases, we can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages and plan the most effective treatment.” The American Cancer Society recommends that all women age 40 and older receive an annual mammogram, yet less than half of women age 40 to 85 years had a mammogram in the last year. “We know that early detection greatly increases the rate of survival for breast cancer patients,” Ashmore says. “The Komen grant means so much to us as it will help us bring a vital diagnostic tool to the women in our community who forgo mammograms because they cannot afford them.” Mammograms are available at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center six days a week or on Novant Health’s mobile mammography coach. The mobile mammography coach is available at various Brunswick County locations three days a month and features digital mammography technology, all female technicians, private changing areas and a separate clinical exam room. The mobile mammography coach will be in Brunswick Summer 2015
County on August 26 at Sea Trail Medical Center in Sunset Beach and on August 27 at Brunswick Family Assistance Agency in Shallotte. For more information or to schedule your mammogram, call (910) 721-1485 or visit NovantHealth.org/Pink.
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Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care Growing Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care in Shallotte is growing to meet the healthcare needs of the community with the addition of three new providers at the practice and construction, now underway, of a new addition. In recent months, Olga Samplawski, PA-C, Jennifer Schweer, FNP-BC, and Jennifer Cully, FNP-C, have joined Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care in Shallotte. Samplawski is a certified physician assistant. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and went on to obtain her Master of Medical Science in physician assistant studies at
On June 18 The View at Brick Landing Plantation celebrated its new menu with light refreshments and a ribbon cutting. The View at Brick Landing Plantation is situated on a premiere golf course overlooking the stunning Intracoastal Waterway. In addition to a new brunch and dinner menu, The View offers private dining, including wedding, graduation, anniversary and party accommodations. For more information or to book your private dining reservation, contact The View at (910) 754-5540 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nova Southeastern University in Jacksonville, Fla. Most recently she worked at Novant Health Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine in Matthews, N.C.. Samplawski will work exclusively in Oceanside’s convenient care, which is designed for more urgent medical needs. Schweer is a certified family nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., and her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, she spent several years in nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.
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The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Flights, a new business specializing in fine wine, craft beer and tapas. The ceremony was held to celebrate and welcome new manager Liz Cervantes of Southport. Flights is located at 1513 N. Howe Street (beside Slainte Irish Pub) and combines a wonderful dining experience with retail selections of their ever-expanding wine and beer list. The local art sold right off the wall also creates a beautifully changing atmosphere. With a menu that stays fresh, changing at least every two weeks, and wine and beer tastings always alternating their lineup, Flights promises a new, quality experience each time you visit. Photography: Contributed
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Cully is also a certified family nurse practitioner, and she most recently practiced at Varnam Family Wellness Center in Shallotte. Cully received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Prior to joining Varnam Family Wellness Center, Cully worked for several years on the mother/baby unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Both Schweer and Cully are accepting new patients of all ages, from infants and children to adults and seniors. The renovation will increase parking at the clinic and add 12 new exam rooms. There will also be a few cosmetic updates throughout the facility. Construction is expected to be complete this summer. For more information, visit nhoceansidefamilymedicine.org or call (910) 754-4441. Photography: Contributed
Ribbon Cutting for Shallotte River Swamp Park
Boutique at 303 N. Howe Street in Southport. Lexi B’s Boutique is a small, Southern boutique bringing the latest fashion, jewelry and accessories from L.A. to the East Coast. Owner Lisa Perdue says the store is a labor of love since it is named after her two daughters, Alexis and Brittany. Lisa and Brittany are seasoned retail shop owners with 13 years of experience at their Greensboro boutique, Silver Gallery Int’l. Contact them at (910) 363-4959 or stop in. Photography: Contributed
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand-opening celebration at Shallotte River Swamp Park. Featuring a zip-line course, an aerial challenge course and a Shallotte River boat tour, there is something for every age group at the park. It’s located at 5550 Watts Road in Ocean Isle Beach. Contact the park at (910) 687-61001, (844) 778-9471 or online at shallotteswamppark.com.
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Ribbon Cutting for Sunset Beach Concerts Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Emmi Lu’s at 1105 N. Howe Street in Southport. Emmi Lu’s is a gift boutique with ladies’ apparel, candles, garden, jewelry, home décor and many more fabulous finds. Donna Ferriero and Rosa Brigman form a mother/daughter operation with 31 years of retail experience in North Myrtle Beach. They relocated to Southport because of the quaintness of the town. Emmi Lu’s is named after Donna’s daughter, Emmi Lou. Photography: Contributed
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the first Sunset Beach Concert of the Summer. The concert started with the colors being presented and a pre-show featuring CC Martin. Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot performed to a crowd of more than 3,000 people. Sunset Beach Concerts are held every Wednesday night and benefit a different nonprofit organization. Concerts are located at the gazebo on Queen Ann Street.
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Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Lexi B’s
Thanks to the support and generosity of the local community, the McLeod Health Foundation, supporting McLeod Loris Seacoast, has Summer 2015
granted more than $93,000 to various departments at McLeod Loris Seacoast. The foundation raises money each year from individuals and corporate donors and by hosting various events and sales. The mission of the foundation is to generate philanthropic and community support to perpetuate medical excellence at McLeod Health. Foundation donations to McLeod Loris Seacoast include: • Infusion Center to prepare Chemotherapeutic Medications • Pediatric Broselow Resuscitation Cart • Retrofit Gynocart for Emergency Department • Iris IQ Body Fluid Software for the Laboratories • Computers on Wheels for Respiratory Department • Proximity Tap Badges for Nursing • New Stretchers for the Pain Clinic and Same Day Surgery • Upgraded Security Software
“Silver Coast Winery is excited to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” says Maryann Charlap-Azzato, owner and general manager of Silver Coast Winery. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience and exceptional wines; this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.” Silver Coast Winery & Tasting Room, 105 S. Howe St., Southport, has an eclectic gift shop and art gallery. Wine and beer tastings are available daily with hours of Monday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday 1 to 6 pm. For more information visit silvercoastwinery.com or call (910) 287-2800.
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“Without the support of our community donors, employees and volunteers, none of this would be possible,” says Kelly Hughes, director of the McLeod Health Foundation at McLeod Loris Seacoast. “Their generous donations allow the foundation to continue to grow and be able to fund items that will benefit our patients and their families for years to come.” Last fall Dr. James Broselow, founder of the Broselow Tape and ebroselow.com, visited the McLeod Loris Seacoast Emergency Departments. Dr. Broselow’s medical innovations have offered the medical field a quick color-coded resource to determine body weight and body height, which in turn provides proper dosage and airway information for children. Time is critical in the Emergency Room and with the help of this valuable resource countless pediatric lives have been saved. The McLeod Health Foundation understands the importance of having Pediatric Broselow Resuscitation Carts available and granted the request to purchase another cart for McLeod Loris. Both McLeod Loris and McLeod Seacoast Emergency Departments were already equipped with the Pediatric Broselow Resuscitation Cart, but McLeod Loris now has an additional cart for pediatric inpatients. For more information or ways you can contribute to the foundation, visit McLeodFoundation.org or call the foundation office at (843) 390-8215. Photography: Contributed
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new re-fit of Endless Summer Sailing Charters located at Dock C- Slip 45 at the South Harbour Marina near the G.V. Barbee Bridge to Oak Island. Jim and Barb Carey are the captain and crew for a memorable trip through the waters of the Lower Cape Fear region. The new re-fit of the cabin will make unique sailing adventures more enjoyable for up to six passengers aboard Endless Summer, a 38-foot sloop under the guidance of a Coast Guard licensed captain. For more information contact them at (910) 253-0531 or (910) 612-3279. Or visit their website at endlesssummer.net. Photography: Contributed
Silver Coast Winery & Tasting Room Earns Certificate of Excellence Silver Coast Winery & Tasting Room in Southport, home to international award-winning wines, announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. 38
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Ribbon Cutting for Bagel Dock Cafe Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location for Bagel Dock Café, owned and operated by Carmine and Margaret Barbaro. They offer a large selection of bagels and spreads, including a great lunch menu. Visit Bagel Dock Café at 1162 River Road or call (910) 575-1200. Photography: Contributed
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Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sunset Inn to celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Sunset Inn overlooks the marsh toward the Intracoastal Waterway and is just a five-minute walk to the ocean. Sunset Inn is located at 9 North Shore Drive and can be reached at (910) 575-1000. Photography: Contributed
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On July 15 Gold’s Gym hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and customer appreciation event to celebrate its current and future clients. Gold’s Gym offers fitness for everyone, including group classes, Silver Sneakers senior fitness classes, personal training and onsite childcare. For more information on memberships, call (910) 754-2270 or visit goldsgym.com/shallottenc. Photography: Contributed
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Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting ceremony for Coastal Companion Care’s new Skill Center located at 5101 Southport-Supply Road, Suite 4, in Southport. Coastal Companion Care provides personalized, assisted living care to seniors and their families living in their own homes. The Certified Nurse Aides and In-Home Aides provide services customized to meet the needs of each client and are supervised by an RN Service Supervisor staff. They provide assistance in daily living activities such as: bathing, meal preparation, household management, caregiver support, hospice support and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Education in care giving and health issues is also offered to families and clients. Mike Ramsey, director of operations and manager of Coastal Companion Care, is excited about the Skill Center, saying, “The training offered in the new Skill Center will give the caregivers and staff additional opportunities to maintain and increase their highly professional and skilled services.” The Coastal Companion Care Skill Center has additional training area for caregivers and staff; dementia and Alzheimer’s training; skills verification; a new office work area; a conference meeting area; and a video and audio instructional area. Photography: Contributed
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Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Grand Strand Realty Group. Located in the heart of Calabash, their experienced team is ready to help clients in all aspects of real estate, whether it’s buying a new home, selling a home, commercial real estate, searching for a long-term rental or renting a home. Visit Grand Strand Realty Group at 10020 Beach Drive SW in Calabash or call (910) 575-0000. Photography: Contributed
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Up North What’s up in North Brunswick County? Here’s what you’ll find in the Summer 2015 issue of our sister publication, North Brunswick Magazine. Look for it online at NorthBrunswickMagazine.com. Subscribe at NorthBrunswickMagazine.com/subscribe
Dog Days Brunswick County’s best places for dog walking. Story by Kate Smith
Live Music Awakening
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Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre is at the heart of Wilmington’s new status as a major stop for nationally touring artists.
Local brewing companies that need to be on your sud-sipping radar.
A new golf course will soon be the focus of the Compass Pointe community.
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ew restaurants and service professionals are N coming to The Villages at Brunswick Forest. By Heather Lowery
Entrepreneur Rube McMullan is known for bringing his big ideas to life, including Ocean Isle Fishing Center and the new Shallotte River Swamp Park. STO RY BY
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Rube McMullan sits in his “office” overlooking the dock of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Also known as the “Liars Club,” the shaded, ground-level deck is the perfect place to view the activity at the first of his many local business ventures. Mack, the family’s aging golden retriever, sits nearby, watching a group launch Jet Skis. “Mack’s job is to make sure everyone has a vest on before they ride,” McMullan says. The view is so inspiring it can almost be a detriment for McMullan, especially if he has a scrap piece of paper. As his family and friends well know, Rube McMullan and something to write on are a dangerous combination. That’s where his many big ideas come to life. In the early 1970s, the Greensboro native graduated from the University of Georgia and began a successful career in real estate and land development around Atlanta, all the while jotting down his ideas for different business ventures. By the time he started a family, his roots and the lure of the ocean started calling him. As a youth, he had spent many summers fishing from the Carolina Beach Pier under his mother’s tutelage. He often watched the boats go by and wished he was on one. “When my wife and I had our family, we knew we wanted to raise them on the water, too,” he says. “A North Carolinian always finds his way back to his roots.” Ocean Isle Beach seemed to be the perfect place, so in 1981, the McMullans bought their beach house. There he taught his boys how to fish and boat. 46
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More than two decades later, the avid saltwater fisherman crossed another idea off his list when he purchased a canalfront lot on the island and built a marina there. Sons Brant and Barrett shared their father’s love for saltwater fishing, so much so that both men settled in Ocean Isle Beach after college and became charter captains. The new marina was the perfect place to grow a family business, and the Ocean Isle Fishing Center (OIFC) was born in 2002.
Today the OIFC marina is home to boat and Jet Ski rentals, a restaurant, a gift shop and charter fishing operations. It is also home to six saltwater fishing tournaments a year, including the renowned Jolly Mon King Mackerel Tournament in June. “The Jolly Mon brings in fishermen from all over the country,” McMullan says. The jovial entrepreneur owns several businesses in Ocean Isle Beach and Georgia and he and his wife, Linda, split their time between the two locales.
“Sometimes I wish I had gotten a pilot’s license,” he says. “We spend so much time flying down I-20.” McMullan has passed along his mother’s love for saltwater fishing to his entire clan, and he especially loves fishing with the third generation. They often compete in tournaments as a family team. The McMullan family’s Team OIFC has won several local and regional tournaments and is a threetime national champion on the king mackerel circuit. “We put everyone to work on the boat,” he says. “Even the little ones get a job.” Captain Brant McMullan met his wife, Amy, 17 years ago on a little excursion that had been arranged by Rube McMullan and his longtime friends Jamie and Melissa Milliken. “Those two men sent us on a boat ride to Little River one Sunday in May and from that day on we stuck,” says Amy. Today she and Brant run the OIFC operations and she is a charter captain as well, often working at the helm alongside her husband. Brant and Barrett host a half-hour weekly local television show called “No Limits Fishing.” “The show gives people a glimpse into our fishing family,” Brant says. “It showcases the fresh fish and how it is caught before it is served at our restaurants.” As the McMullan family has grown, so has its list of businesses. McMullan saw an opportunity in Shallotte when some riverfront property came up for sale. He has purchased and renovated several business properties since then, with youngest son Barrett in charge of rentals. In downtown Shallotte, McMullan’s visions came together once more when Barrett and his wife, Stephanie, opened the Wing and Fish Company in one of his buildings. “It was the perfect place to prepare and serve some of our fresh catch,” McMullan says. Specials often include deepwater grouper and the specialty, tilefish. Since then McMullan has added the Ocean Isle Fish Company restaurant at
Above: McMullan began his numerous local business ventures with Ocean Isle Fishing Center.
the marina, which Stephanie and Barrett manage as well. A Georgia native, Stephanie grew up 15 minutes outside of Atlanta in Kennesaw. “Barrett and I graduated the same year from rival high schools,” she says, adding that they did not meet until they were both living in Ocean Isle Beach. “The family business is constantly growing,” Stephanie says. “It is both challenging and rewarding. We have so many moving parts and it takes a village. Each one of us has our own strengths that we bring to the businesses. “Rube is constantly dreaming up new ventures, and sometimes we have to tell him to pump the brakes because there are only so many of us to implement these dreams!” she says. Linda is also an important, if often unsung, behind-the-scenes member of the team that helps Rube achieve his dreams. From composing print materials and developing advertising strategies to opening her kitchen to photo shoots and helping shape the visions for ventures new and old, her talents lend a refined touch to the various businesses.
It was on a visit to a family farm in Mississippi that the seeds for a zipline adventure park were planted in the McMullan patriarch. “The kids were riding this homemade zipline and having such a great time,” he says. “It just got me to thinking…” McMullan’s Shallotte River Swamp Park opened in June 2015. The 60-acre venue offers ziplines, an aerial park ropes course and swamp boat tours. The rustic, cabin-style gift shop includes equipment fitting rooms for both the zipline and the aerial park. Upstairs there are rooms for birthday parties and corporate training. Porches with rocking chairs flank the front and back of the building. The zipline area includes five towers, ten lines and three hanging bridges, taking riders on a 2.5-hour aerial tour 40 feet above the pristine swamp. Groups of up to eight guests go through an extensive ground school in which they learn how to use the equipment properly. Two seasoned guides accompany each group. Reservations are recommended for the popular ride. The adventure is not for the faint of heart, however, and McMullan made Summer 2015
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Above: The Shallotte River Swamp Park includes an aerial park with ropescourse-style challenges.
sure there was a graceful way to back out of the trip if a rider is uncomfortable with the height. Midway up the 90-foot tower launch there is a short practice run called the bailout. “It’s much better to have an idea of what the ride is like before you get out there,” he says. “Because once you leave this tower your feet don’t hit the ground until you return.” McMullan rode it several times in the testing phase. “You see 300-yearold cypress trees,” he says. “The wildlife is really unbelievable.” The aerial park was inspired by an experience he had with his oldest granddaughter, Caroline. “We went on a ropes-challenge course on a trip to Charleston,” he says. “That ten-yearold was fearless.” At the Swamp Park the three-tier ropes course includes 49 challenge
The zipline includes five towers, ten lines and three hanging bridges, taking riders on a 2.5-hour aerial tour 40 feet above the pristine swamp. items and is open to guests from ages 4 and older. “You start out on the lowest tier and once the guides see that you are comfortable, you can progress up higher,” McMullan says. Always thinking of ways to include the entire family, McMullan has plans to build a playground under the ropes course for the little ones. “I wanted to have a spot for grandparents and expectant moms to sit and watch the fun,” he says. “We don’t want to leave anyone out.” McMullan plans to add a restaurant next year. Down at the river, the mildest activity at the park is the swamp boat tour. The 12-person flat-bottom boat glides quietly upriver along the edge of the 50
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park. An electric trolling motor ensures little disturbance to the native wildlife, and guests are asked to speak softly. “The boat is a 50-minute round trip and includes a view of the spot where we think George Washington crossed when he visited the William Gause family here in the 1790s,” McMullan says. The river tour approaches the headwaters of the Shallotte River through a rarely seen patch of swamp brimming with animals. “We have seen deer, beaver, raccoon, turkey, egrets, owls, alligators and snakes,” McMullan says. “We’ve only seen bear tracks so far, but we are hopeful.” When McMullan envisioned the park, he desired to provide an ecofriendly adventure as well as an
opportunity to educate visitors and locals about the rich resources right here in Brunswick County. “We were careful not to leave a big footprint here,” he says. “The only dirt we really turned up was in the parking lot.” And even that is a permeable gravel surface that allows rainfall to seep into rather than run off. Landscaping is a combination of drought-resistant and native species. The grassy areas are planted with bird feeding in mind. “The grass will not be mowed,” McMullan says. “The pheasants and turkey will love it,” Participating in the construction of the Swamp Park was an amazing experience for Amy. “It was so exciting seeing this all come together,” she says. She smiles as she reflects on her life as
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Above: A few of the McMullans, from left, Barrett, Stephanie, Rube, Amy, Brant, Caroline and Brayden. Rube’s wife, Linda, and grandchildren Blakley and Annabelle are not pictured.
a McMullan. “All of this is thanks to Rube and his vision he had for the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. It was supposed to be a place that we would one day pull up our rocking chairs and watch the boats come in,” she says. Brant, Amy, Barrett and Stephanie are still waiting for that to transpire. “I believe that at this stage in our lives all of the McMullans hope that this latest venture with the Swamp Park will keep Rube entertained for a bit,” Amy says. “When Rube gets bored and the fish stop biting, we all brace ourselves for his next great idea. “ And what great idea will McMullan sketch out on his next scrap of paper? “I have to stop for a while,” he says with a wink. “We are running out of McMullans. We will have to wait a little while until the third generation grows up.” n
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With Hills Supermarkets, Dewey Hill has created a caring, hometown shopping experience. story by Claire K. Connelly
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in Shallotte, one of five independent Hills stores in the Carolinas, is the perfect combination of small-town flavor, modern convenience and superb customer service. Owner Dewey Hill, who purchased the Shallotte store in 1975, learned at an early age what the food business is all about. His father, Otto Hill, was a Columbus County farmer who also operated a food store from the 1920s until the 1950s. The store sold groceries, farming supplies and equipment and was well known in the Whiteville community. Hill helped out in the store, and his love of the food business was born. After finishing high school, Hill joined the Navy for a two-year period. Following his military service he returned to the family store and expanded his involvement in the food business. In 1991 Hill became a Democratic member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and served 10 terms. In the early years he represented the counties of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Robeson. In 2012 he decided not to seek re-election but had no thoughts of retiring. He returned to his involvement with the Hills stores and with Hillcrest Corporation, a commercial realty company located in Whiteville. During his service in the General Assembly, Hill was highly regarded for always being mindful of the needs of hard-working people, coastal issues and the economy in general. His level of caring for the community has always been high, and that attitude transfers to the shopping experience at his stores. Hill strongly believes that his employees should be involved with the daily business like close family members,
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Above: Dewey Hill has operated Hills Supermarkets since 1975.
rather than being just a name on the employee list. The employees have a friendly rapport with the customers, emphasizing that caring attitude. Jason Bernier is the store manager in Shallotte. He relocated to this area from a small coastal Maine town. His first job in a Hills store was in Whiteville in the year 2000. Bernier says the Shallotte store is
ideal for him, as it reminds him of the small-town atmosphere of his hometown in Maine. His pleasant, relaxed attitude and ongoing smile reflect his love of the store, fellow employees and customers. Hills has always strived to serve its customers with the best and freshest products with the best value pricing. Ongoing relationships with local produce
Clockwise from top left: Store manager Jason Bernier, Dee Butler, Dewey Hill and a customer; Bernier and Hill arranging cakes; inside the store; Bernier and a customer; Hill with customer Pat Faircloth; customers at Hills.
Hill guarantees that his small-town supermarket always has large ambitions with the daily desire to make things better for the customers. vendors reinforce the policy of having the freshest produce available, and returning money into the economy is an added bonus for all. Hills also does its best to provide exactly what customers are looking for, right down to chicken, rabbit and alligator feed. Hill believes that if people are fairly treated they will keep returning as loyal customers. In that vein Hills offers the Our Family store brand and believes it offers considerable savings for their customers. Many customers have commented on making the transition to store brands from their forever favorites, which were often passed on to them from grandmothers and mothers. Hill guarantees that his small-town supermarket always has large ambitions 56
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with the daily desire to make things better for the customers. He also loves helping the community and has long provided assistance and donations to community food banks, church groups and other nonprofit organizations. Hill shared an experience that has remained with him for many years regarding his very first store and his love for helping others. The store budget was tight. Prior to Christmas he purchased 25 Christmas trees to sell in his store. On Christmas Eve there remained one lonely tree, which he described as ugly, almost without needles, shapeless and totally hopeless. Into the store came a man who asked about this tree and expressed a sincere
Above: Employees Jason Rivenbark and Bobby Harris discuss displays with Manager Jason Bernier.
interest in purchasing it. He shyly asked, “How much?” Hill took inventory of the situation in his usual caring way and responded: “How about 50 cents?” SOLD! He remembers that they were probably the two happiest men in the town that Christmas Eve. For me, shopping at Hills brings back memories of early Saturday mornings holding my Dad’s hand as we visited the small food and meat market in our New England town. Hills’ charm and conveniences made it an enjoyable stop in my day. n
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Novant Health to open new medical office building in southern Brunswick County The town of Carolina Shores hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Novant Health medical office building on July 27. Novant Health will open a 20,000-square-foot medical plaza in southern Brunswick County in early 2016. The new medical plaza will offer primary care, specialty care and imaging services. The medical plaza will be located at 75 Emerson Bay Road in Calabash. Novant Health Internal Medicine Calabash will move to the medical office building, where it will have more exam rooms and additional parking to accommodate the growing clinic. Novant Health OB/GYN and Novant Health Surgical Associates will also relocate their Sunset Beach offices to this new medical plaza. Imaging services offered will include X-ray, ultrasound, mobile MRI and mobile mammography. Vannoy Construction is acting as the contractor for the medical office building, which will be managed by Coastal Medical Properties, LLC. In addition to the Novant Health services in the building, 8,000 square feet will be leased to other medical offices. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,200 physicians and 26,000 employees at nearly 500 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. It is headquartered in WinstonSalem, N.C., and serves more than four million patients annually. For more information, visit NovantHealth.org. Photography: Contributed
Cycling for a Cause By Melissa Warren One hundred miles long and crossing the coasts of both Carolinas, the annual Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach is a scenic, two-day cycling event that raises money to support people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). On October 17 and 18, an estimated 700 cyclists will take to the coast to do their part to create a world free of MS. The popular biking event attracts cyclists from all over the country as well as internationally. It starts and finishes at the Sea Trail Resort in Sunset Beach. Cyclists can choose 30, 50, 75 or 100 miles each day through coastal locations, flat landscapes and rural roads. The course both challenges and rewards riders, as it’s designed for beginners, intermediate fitness riders and seasoned cyclists. Breakaway to the Beach began 30 years ago as a two-day destination ride from Columbia, South Carolina, to Charlotte, North Carolina, with a stop at the beach. A group of compassionate cyclists started the event, realizing that their pastime could be a powerful opportunity to raise money for those living with MS. Multiple sclerosis is a long-lasting disease that involves an immune-related process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system, affecting the brain, spinal cord, optic nerves, balance, muscle control and other basic body functions. The first symptoms of MS often start between ages 20 and 40. Most people with MS have attacks, also called relapses, when the condition gets noticeably worse, with periods of recovery. For other people, the disease continues to get worse over time. “Multiple sclerosis is a nasty, thriving disease,” says Juli Somers, development coordinator for Breakaway to the Beach.
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“I look forward to the day when we can celebrate and say that MS is no more. We exist so that it doesn’t have to.” According to Somers, there are more than 18,000 individuals living with multiple sclerosis in North Carolina and South Carolina. The funds raised from the three rides directly serve local people who are affected by MS through The Greater Carolinas Multiple Sclerosis Chapter. The money raised helps support research aimed at finding the cause of MS; discover better treatments and a cure; educate people with MS about their disease; provide support for FDA-approved medications; support emotional health and physical well-being through grants, classes and self-help groups; and so much more. The Greater Carolinas Multiple Sclerosis Chapter organizes three cycling tours each year — Breakaway to the Beach, The Historic New Bern Ride and Tour to Tanglewood. Last year, the three rides combined raised more than $3.2 million for MS research. Breakaway to the Beach alone raised more than $400,000 last year, and the organizers have a fundraising goal of $535,000 for October’s event. To ride in the Breakaway to the Beach tour, cyclists must raise a minimum of $350. Some cyclists register as teams and collectively seek donations from businesses and community organizations, while individuals ask family, friends and neighbors. The Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach website provides riders with online philanthropic tools like a customized personal webpage in the Participant Center. Organized and supported by volunteers, Breakaway to the Beach attracts participants and helpers from all walks of life and all stages of life. At 83, Roy Cundiff is sure he’s the oldest participant of the event. “I’ve been doing this for the past twenty five years,” he says. An avid cyclist for decades, he saw a brochure for the bike event and he’s been involved ever since, both as a rider and a volunteer.
Two years ago the ride changed from its original destination tour to a loop ride because the vehicle traffic was too cumbersome for riders. Last year was the inaugural loop ride, and the event is having renewed success. “Cyclists will continue to register up until the day before the ride begins,” explains Cundiff, who adds that the event’s popularity is two-fold: “The cycling is great, and the reason we’re doing it is great.” Support from the communities where the rides take place has been overwhelming to the volunteers, as well as to the cyclists. In 2014 Breakaway to the Beach volunteers formed a task force of 10 in Sunset Beach to help bring awareness to the bike tour. “Mayor Watts and his wife, Adrienne, have been extremely helpful to our task force and our mission,” says Cundiff. “The event requires a lot of volunteers to manage rest stops, registration and all of the logistics and post events, so the added support has been tremendous.” The route starts and finishes at Sea Trail Resort on both Saturday and Sunday and allows every level of cyclist to participate and choose their route each day. No matter which route cyclists ride — the 30, 50 or 75-mile loops or the entire 100 miles — all boast beautiful views, stocked rest stops every 10 to 15 miles, SAG (support and gear) vehicles, food and an after party at the Team Village and finish line. The routes are clearly marked with signs and arrows, with volunteers to help cyclists find the way. You don’t have to be a cyclist to get involved with the Breakaway to the Beach ride or to support The Greater Carolinas Multiple Sclerosis Chapter. Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to volunteer for a variety of positions. And, of course, you can donate directly by going to breakawaytothebeach.org, where you can easily choose to ride, volunteer or donate. The community’s participation helps aid in creating support programs, services and research that can make a major difference to our friends and family members who fight MS on a daily basis.
WANT TO RIDE OR VOLUNTEER? Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach 2015 Date: October 17 and 18, 2015 Location: Sunset Beach Time: 8 am Contact Information: Juli Somers, 855-372-1331 email@example.com breakawaytothebearch.org
BEMC Bright Ideas Grants Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects can apply for grants of up to $2,000 through Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s Bright Ideas education grant program. The Bright Ideas grant application requires an outline of the proposed project, a detailed budget and a description of the benefit to students. Applicants are encouraged to highlight the innovative, creative elements of the project and to proofread carefully. The Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $9.6 million for 9,200 projects benefitting more than 1.8 million students in North Carolina since 1994, according to Don Hughes, CEO/General Manager of BEMC. “We are committed to local communities, and we believe there’s no better way to contribute than by investing in the education of our youth,” says Hughes. Teachers who submitted their applications by the early bird deadline of August 14 were entered into a statewide drawing for one of five $100 Visa gift cards. The early bird prize winners will be notified and recognized on the Bright Ideas website and
Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ncbrightideas. In addition, BEMC will award an additional $100 Visa gift card locally to an applicant from the BEMC service area. Applications will be accepted through September 21. The application, grant-writing tips and more information are on the Bright Ideas grant website at ncbrightideas.com.
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CIS Benefit Gala forÂ Children Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) and sponsors Cygnus Technologies and Duke Energy will hold the 14th annual CIS Benefit Gala for Children on November 5. Jon David, Brunswick County District Attorney, will host the gala, which includes a decadent tasting of the best foods of Brunswick County provided by the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest chefs. Also included in the evening are live and silent auctions, 50/50 raffles and entertainment by the Band of Oz from Raleigh. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, and individual tickets can be purchased for $125 per person. CIS of Brunswick County is celebrating 20 years of bringing the community together to support and empower student success. Founded in 1995, the organization works in 17 Brunswick County schools and provides tutoring, social enrichment and intervention services to more than 3,000 students yearly.
When: November 5 at 6 p.m. Where: Sea Trail Golf Resort and Conference Center, Sunset Beach
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BCC Foundation Awards $140,895 in Scholarships Brunswick College Foundation has awarded $140,895 in scholarships to students in nearly every course of study at Brunswick Community College. The foundation distributed a total of 129 scholarship awards to 66 students, who received an average of $2,135 each. The 2015-16 academic year awards represent a tremendous growth of nearly double the amount awarded in the last universal scholarship cycle. The growth is attributed to a healthy return on the foundation’s invested endowment, as well as the new fundraising efforts of the foundation board of directors and staff. “We are proud that we not only increased the number of scholarships awarded but also the amount of scholarship money granted to individual students,” says BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams. “This support significantly increases the likelihood that these students will complete their degree, certificate or diploma from BCC debt-free and obtain a job 64
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that offers sustainable wages. The giving of scholarship funds is the purest example of philanthropy and the notion that part of living and working in Brunswick County is giving back.” During the 2015 Campus Fund Drive, faculty, staff and volunteers pledged more than $25,000 toward scholarships, emergency funds, and other campus needs. Since 2014, the BCC Foundation has added five new endowed scholarships and seven new community scholarships, some of which are in honor of local leaders who have passed, including Southport resident and business owner Ann Brock Duke and Brunswick Community College faculty member Cornelia Rogers. Brunswick Community College is the fastest growing community college in the North Carolina community college system. It is listed in the top five community colleges in the state by online publication BestColleges.com, which factors student retention, graduation rates and affordability in its rankings. Brunswick Community College Foundation, organized in 1982, is a charitable organization 501(c)(3) instituted to enhance the mission of Brunswick Community College to benefit students and the community. For more information about how to create a scholarship or become a volunteer, contact Elina DiCostanzo at (910) 755-8517 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photography: Contributed
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Turtle Tribute The Town of Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department receives a special gift crafted by Wilmington sculptor A. Dumay Gorham III. story and PHOTOGRAPHY by Carolyn Bowers
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T The loggerhead sea turtle has special significance to the residents and visitors of Oak Island. Loggerheads are the most common of the four species of sea turtles that nest on the beaches of Oak Island. Since the beginning of the Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program in 1989, volunteers and town officials have been monitoring turtle nesting and hatching activity in an effort to protect these turtles. Some vacationers even try to time their visits around nest-hatching season. The loggerhead turtle is now memorialized in a new 5-foot copper sculpture that was commissioned by the Oak Island Art Guild and fabricated by famous Wilmington sculptor A. Dumay Gorham III. Here’s the story behind this tribute to the turtles and gift to the Town of Oak Island. In February 2014 an ad hoc committee of the Oak Island Art Guild, chaired by Joyce Grazetti and consisting of Penny Prettyman, Jennifer Fountaine and Phyllis Riley, met to explore ideas for a project that would benefit the community. The committee decided on a piece of sculptured artwork. The choice of a loggerhead sea turtle was a no-brainer, given the revered status turtles enjoy with the residents of Oak Island. Next the committee needed to select the artist they would commission to do the work. According to Grazetti, “We listed sculptors in the area and narrowed our search to four. We chose Gorham because he stated that the client was part of the process of
Opposite page: The new copper loggerhead turtle, crafted by A. Dumay Gorham III, at Oak Island Parks & Recreation. This page: More of Gorham’s local work. Top, Nick Frick snaps a photo of his daughter, Megan Frick, in front of Gorham’s Soaring Seahawk at UNCW; middle, Gorham’s Dram Tree sculpture on the grounds of the Wilmington Covention Center; bottom, a turtle in a pond at the New Hanover County Arboretum.
Above: Gorham crafted the serpent in the pond at the New Hanover County Arboretum.
creating a sculpture. Also, Gorham said he would keep us apprised of the progress of our turtle. After the sculpture was installed we knew for sure that we had selected the right person for the job.” The decision about where to put the sculpture was another easy one. The Oak Island Art Guild has had a long history and partnership with the Oak Island Recreation Center. They hold their monthly workshops there and consider it their home base, so the lawn in front of the building at 3003 E. Oak Island Drive was the obvious choice. Gorham’s loggerhead sea turtle was unveiled and dedicated in a ceremony in May. The sculpture has already received rave reviews from grateful passersby. People like long-time Oak Island resident and Beach Preservation Society member Jeannie Suther, who said, “I think this is awesome. I love it.” And Brunswick Arts Council past president Jo Ann Staat, who said, “I think the turtle is gorgeous.” Gorham has a long list of communities and parks that he has enhanced with his magnificent sculptures. Perhaps the most visible is The Dram Tree on the grounds of the Wilmington Convention Center. It stands 24 feet high and is made of steel and other metal, and its natural weathered 68
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patina is a unique feature. This piece commemorates the original dram tree, a scraggly moss-covered cypress that reached out into the Cape Fear River and had huge significance as a landmark for colonial mariners. The story goes that passing it meant that an incoming vessel had successfully navigated past the dangerous Frying Pan Shoals at the mouth of the river, and the sailors were allowed a dram of rum to celebrate their safe passage coming in, or to toast to a safe return while sailing out. Unquestionably Gorham’s most photographed piece would be his 20-foot Soaring Seahawk at the entrance to the UNC Wilmington campus, where every graduating senior’s parents take their picture. UNCW has also commissioned Gorham to make several smaller Seahawks to give as gifts for major donors and other unique pieces to present as gifts to speakers at the school. Two of Gorham’s sculptures are in the New Hanover County Arboretum — a serpent in the middle of the pond and a turtle climbing up on a log. Gorham has also worked for companies involved in the filming of TV shows, most recently “Sleepy Hollow.” But he said future opportunities with the Wilmington movie
industry may be limited. His latest project is a commissioned work involving a series of sculptures for Airlie Gardens, where he has a solo show through October. This series consists of a couple of dragonf lies, two gargoyles, owls, hummingbirds and a praying mantis, all of which are massive complex copper structures and guaranteed to amuse and delight Airlie Gardens visitors. Gorham designs and fabricates his works at the Acme Art Studios at 711 N. 5th Street in Wilmington. This studio is home to 19 artists and is open from 6 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month, at which time they welcome visitors to view their latest creations. n
Right: Gorham in his workshop at Acme Art Studios in Wilmington, working on a series of sculptures for Airlie Gardens.
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“We are blessed beyond measure with friendly people and natural beauty, and our county commissioners are committed to ensuring that our quality of life is maintained and improved upon.” The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is overseeing the construction of two new roundabouts and two new roads in addition to the upgrades of several major routes in Brunswick County.
North Carolina Department of Transportation’s projects in southern Brunswick County will improve traffic flow and safety.
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are no strangers to road construction. Did you know that the eighteenthcentury trans-Colonial Highway passed through this county? Completed in 1735, it connected Boston to Charleston and was known as King George’s Highway. The sandy path was cut through the swamp and wild brush by local men, who, out of duty to the king, were responsible for maintaining their respective portions of that first roadway. Today the southeastern coast of North Carolina is booming, and local residents are accustomed to maneuvering around orange and white construction cones and waiting in long
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lines for a flagman to flip a sign. Improvements to our asphalt infrastructure are important because for the past several years Brunswick County has been known as one of the fastest-growing areas in the state. Being such a hot spot for growth increases the need for new and improved routes, wider roads and better-functioning intersections. Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy is excited about the growth of Brunswick County. “It is wonderful that so many people have discovered all that is exceptional about living here and are choosing to call our community home,” she says.
Long Beach Road Extension In the Southport/Oak Island area, the Long Beach Road Extension Project is a new route from N.C. 133 (Long Beach Road) at Oak Island to N.C. 87/N.C. 133 River Road, south of Sunny Point Military Terminal. The project involves the construction of a new Long Beach Road extension and upgrades to the existing Long Beach Road as well as to N.C. 211 and N.C. 87/N.C. 311 River Road. Construction on N.C. 211 began in the Sandhills in 1921 as a primary state road and slowly stretched east for 70 years. In 1990 construction was completed on the 162- mile long highway to bring it to the
Above: NCDOT’s plan for Southport’s Rob Gandy Boulevard Extension, which opened in early June.
ferry terminal in Southport. Today, the two-lane road is being widened as part of the construction project. This is a $22 million contract awarded to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. of Atlanta. Work began on this project in the summer of 2013, with all work scheduled for completion in the spring of 2016. Oak Island native Alicia Sander is excited about the improvements. “The intersection at 211 and Long Beach Road was a bit of a problem long before our population boom,” she says. “I am so happy the DOT is addressing the issues. “The Oak Island area has grown so much, it is almost unrecognizable as the little family town that I grew up in,” she adds. The Town of Southport has been coordinating with NCDOT to relocate water, sewer and electric lines for the project. Southport City Manager Kerry McDuffie also is coordinating with NCDOT to resurface Howe and Moore streets. “We are happy the DOT designed the contract so that no work would take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” McDuffie says. “This schedule reduces the delays and inconveniences that are required with these types of projects.” 72
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Rob Gandy Boulevard Extension Southport is home to a new road as well. The Rob Gandy Boulevard extension project is a private and public partnership to build a third route into Southport. Capital Power invested more than $1 million in the project, three private land owners donated the land, and NCDOT made the improvements at the existing roads. “The Southport mayor and board brought the parties together to make this happen,” McDuffie says. “This is truly a great example of how private and public partnerships can be used to provide the best services to our citizens.” The new road that extends from N.C. 87 to Leonard Street opened on June 11, 2015, just in time for Southport’s annual Fourth of July Festival.
Old Georgetown Road Extension Farther south, between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte, the Old Georgetown Road Extension project is an extension of Old Georgetown Road (S.R. 1163) from Ocean Isle Beach Road (S.R.1184) to Bricklanding Road (N.C. 179) south of Shallotte.
The new road begins at the new roundabout at the Old Georgetown Road and Ocean Isle Beach Road intersection. A stretch of nearly 3 miles of roadway cuts through the woods and overlaps Hale Swamp Road. A second roundabout is being built at the end of the new road at the Bricklanding intersection. The $8.9 million contract was awarded to A.O. Hardee & Son, Inc. of Little River, S.C. Work began in the spring of 2014 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2016. Locals Gib and Suzanne Gibson are happy about the new road construction. They retired to Ocean Isle Beach eight years ago. The Laurinburg natives bought their property nearly 50 years ago and have witnessed the county’s tremendous growth over that time. “I am all for the new roundabout,” Gib says. “The theory is that they save lives, and anything that improves safety is fine by me.” Safety is one of the main reasons NCDOT has begun installing roundabouts at major intersections. “Roundabouts are designed to address safety and congestion concerns at intersections,” says Brian Rick, spokesman for NCDOT. “They enhance traffic efficiency, safety and aesthetics and minimize delay and cost for all users including motorists and bicyclists.”
At traditional intersections the most serious types of crashes are T-bone, left-turn and head-on collisions. With roundabouts, these types of crashes are reduced because vehicles travel in the same direction at a lower speed. “The initial construction cost of a roundabout is more expensive than a traffic signal,” Rick says. “However, maintenance and utility costs of a roundabout cost less than a traffic signal over time.” For more information about roadway projects in Brunswick County, visit ncdot.gov/projects. n Summer 2015
Doughnut Dreams Alysa and Grady Watkins combine their talents into a sweet new venture called The Filling Station. STO RY BY
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Alysa Watkins is a food entrepreneur.
Two chalkboards display the menu. The Classic menu lists the traditional She started selling Get Sauced, her homemade bottled offerings —glazed doughnuts, chocolatecovered doughnuts and doughnuts holes, barbeque sauce, after it won first place at the N.C. State Fair plus muffins, fritters and their customin 2010. After catering her own wedding (to Grady Watkins made Seanuts, fried, glazed croissants, on May 10, 2014), she and her husband decided that catering some of which are filled. It’s the Designer board that was an opportunity to pursue and established Yums the emphasizes the shop’s creativity. It lists Word, LLC, concentrating on special events. Not satisfied more than 40 choices in alphabetical on stopping there, the couple opened The Filling Station, a order starting with Almond Joy and ending with Zoo. For example, the doughnuts and coffee bar in Shallotte, on June 16, 2015. Minions selection is decorated to look like the characters in the newly released “I grew up going to the bakery every Saturday,” says Alysa, who movie. The Dreamsicle includes orange juice and orange zest. grew up in Dunn, N.C. She moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 2006, The Grasshopper is reminiscent of Thin Mint Girl Scout and says, “There was no place to get a doughnut here.” Sitting at cookies. The most popular doughnut so far is Maple Bacon, one of the tables inside The Filling Station, she spreads her arms but Alysa says they do their research and know this is one of wide to encompass the shop. “This has been a dream of mine, the popular choices at other doughnut shops, too. Gluten-free and I’m blessed [that] my husband is helping fulfill that dream.” doughnuts are among the selections. 76
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Above: Grady and Alysa Watkins and staff members at The Filling Station.
Alysa makes “whatever I feel like” and allows the nine employees to help her experiment and develop combinations. Her aim is to provide tastes for the entire family. Apple Jacks, Cocoa Puffs and Froot Loops decorate doughnuts. Familiar names like Snickers, S’mores and Key Lime have a place on the menu, too. The crew makes 11 dozen doughnuts in the first batch, so plenty are ready when the shop opens at 6:30 a.m. Typically a line forms throughout the day, and it’s not unusual to have up to a dozen people enthusiastically buying their favorites or checking out what’s new on the menu. Alysa doesn’t have the exact count on the number of doughnuts they make each day, but she says, “We’re still working on that. We’re trying to meet demand.” Coffee is essential with doughnuts, and Alysa says that they buy their coffee from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea in Columbus, Ohio. Company representatives came to Shallotte to train the staff in preparing and serving the coffee. “We put designs in it to make sure people enjoy it even before they taste it,” she says. Employee Dylan Clayton demonstrates by making rosette swirls in one cup.
The Watkins’ dream began to take shape when they met one of the Rourk brothers, who own the building at 209 Village Road in Shallotte. Grady and Alysa shared their vision of a bakery, and in January the couple, along with the Rourks, began remodeling, redesigning and arranging the former print shop. Grady had owned his own construction business, so he understood what was required. He suggested they name their business The Filling Station because in the 1940s the building had been a gas station or, in early twentieth-century parlance, a filling station. Alysa praises her and Grady’s combined families with pitching in to help. Grady’s daughter, Melissa Watkins, painted murals of doughnuts and coffee cups on the walls. Alysa’s daughter, Jordan Clear, is a chef with the Coast Guard and offered suggestions. She’s on hand to bake and decorate the doughnuts and wait on customers when she’s available. Alysa also credits Freddie Williford, 83, and his son Freddie Junior, owners of Sherry’s Bakery in Dunn, for providing invaluable information about equipment and other basics needed for a successful bakery. Summer 2015
Alysa has experience in the business world, having received her bachelor’s degree from Campbell University with majors in marketing and economics and a minor in accounting. After working in the court system as director of day reporting and community service, she pursued a career as an energy consultant, a position she still holds. At the bakery, she is focused are proper training, cleanliness and presentation. The staff received training from a professional doughnut chef, and six of the nine employees are certified by ServSafe, a food and beverage training program administered by the National Restaurant Association. “It’s important to me that my employees handle things properly,” Alysa says. “Everything in here is about presentation.” Susan Williamson, Alysa’s mother, arrived one morning with three friends from Dunn. “She’s loved cooking all her life,” Susan says. “I am thrilled she opened this shop because this is perfect for what she
wants to do.” She laughs and adds, “I want to get back in the business and be a barista myself.” Alysa turns 49 on August 26 and realizes how fortunate she is to be fulfilling her dream because she was near death in 2012. She explains that she was diagnosed with viral meningitis and minges encephalitis, was f lown by helicopter to New Hanover Medical Center and was in a medically induced coma for several days. “It’s the only time I got a helicopter ride, and I don’t remember it,” she says. She has simple recommendations for anyone wanting to open a business. “Do your homework up front and work with officials up front,” she says. Alysa did all of this but adds another dimension. She greets all of the customers, wishes them well and adds a personal touch to the regulars — “We just made them,” she says to customer John Gober. “We knew you were coming.”
“Everything here is homemade… We roll the dough out. We do it the oldfashioned way.”
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As she explains it, “I love good food, presentation and interaction with people.” The only downside to this new endeavor is rising around 3 am. “It is an adjustment, but it is part of the process,” she says. “Everything here is homemade, so we need time to make it. We don’t have a machine that shoots out the doughnuts. We roll the dough out. We do it the old-fashioned way.” And about all those calories? “The center of a doughnut is one hundred percent fat-free,” she says with good humor. “I wish people would come and try the doughnuts. I think we are filling a void at this end of the county.” n
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Kale Pesto A light, easy-to-make summer snack that’s also super nutritious. story by Beth Mincher
have been linked to cancer prevention. The true start of kale season is midsummer, and the good news is that it continues to thrive all the way through December. So keep this recipe handy for summer and fall dishes. The perks of this recipe are the incorporation of almonds, olive oil and garlic. Adding olive oil, which has heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, to your greens helps your body absorb the nutrients from the greens even more. Almonds are the healthiest of tree nuts, adding an extra source of good fat and protein. There has been some concern or caution about eating raw, cruciferous vegetables in extreme quantities (such as an all raw food diet), as it can affect your thyroid function and the body’s use of iodine. However, as long as you add these foods to your diet wisely (one cup a day) and eat supportive foods with iodine (like iodized sea salt, seaweed, saltwater fish and shellfish) this should not be an issue.
Kale Pesto Prep time: 10 minutes Prep notes: Food processor required Yields: 2 servings
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2 cups of kale (about 2 handfuls) 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil the amount of processed foods in your diet and increase the amount of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, your body composition can change. You may notice a more vibrant complexion and glow. In addition, you keep your oven off and keep your house cool. Kale is high in vitamins A, C, K and E and also has a high mineral content for manganese, iron, calcium and potassium. It even has a significant protein value and is packed with phytochemicals that
½ cup raw almonds (about a handful; if a creamier texture is preferred, soak almonds in water for 1 to 2 hours, then drain) 1-2 cloves garlic Sea salt (I prefer Himalayan sea salt) Pepper In a food processor, combine almonds, rinsed kale and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. Blend until all ingredients are chopped and
combined and to desired consistency. Season with Himalayan sea salt and pepper if desired. Serving Suggestions: Serve as a spread on sliced apples, tomatoes or crackers, as a dip for carrot sticks or
healthy chips, or as a dressing on salads, vegetables or starches. Note: I make this recipe fairly dry/coarse. You can increase the amount of olive oil or add some grated Parmesan to make the pesto creamier. I am a big fan of
playing around with recipes and adjusting them to your liking. Food is meant to be fun, creative and enjoyed! Beth Mincher is a Holistic Wellness Coach at Body Edge Fitness. This recipe and more can be found at www.bethmincher.com/recipes n
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Check Six Brewing Company story by Jason Frye PHOTOGRAPHY BY Megan Deitz
When asked where he learned to brew, Noah Goldman, brewmeister of Southport’s Check Six Brewing Company, has a cheeky answer. “I think I have a special chromosome or something,” he says. “My grandfather actually had a brewery in the 1920s; unfortunately he lost it in a card game, but that’s a story for another day.” In short, it’s genetic. The rest of the story is this: He and his business partner, Tim Hassel, learned the basics from Goldman’s cousin. Then they read every book about beer and brewing they could find. Then they drank a lot of beer for “research.” Then they brewed their own time and again until they got it right. Goldman and Hassel met in 2006 at a Cub Scout meeting in New Jersey (Goldman’s grandson and Hassel’s son were the Cub Scouts) and started talking home brewing. “I told [Tim] I had a cousin, Norm, who had been brewing since the early nineties,” says Goldman. “We invited Norm down with his brewing stuff and started making beer. Norm started in Brooklyn [New York] with a 5-gallon 84
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Above: Tim Hassel, Noah Goldman and Mike Goldman of Check Six Brewing Company in Southport
setup on a kitchen stove; we started in Tim’s garage with a 10-gallon system and a propane burner; then we moved to the basement.” Like any good passion project, that 10-gallon system quickly grew. Counter-flow chillers, temperature controllers, pumps, hoses and clamps crowded the basement. It was out of hand. It was fantastic, they say. Then Goldman retired. Like so many others, he moved south in
retirement. Having vacationed on the Outer Banks for countless years, he and his wife thought of going there, but the rough ocean, propensity for hurricanes and bleak winters there forced them to look elsewhere. “Our youngest son lived in Wilmington at the time and he suggested we look at Southport,” says Goldman. “We fell in love with the place.” It wasn’t long after moving here that the thought of brewing reappeared.
Now, five years after landing in Southport, Check Six Brewing Company is open. Check Six is a two-family business. Hassel, a Lt. Colonel and F-16 pilot in the New Jersey Air National Guard, and his wife, Wendy, are in New Jersey until retirement comes along, but their oldest son, Jared, represents the family in the brewery. Goldman and his wife, Cathy (the Minister of Hopaganda), work the brewery too, as does their son, Michael. Check Six’s name garners a lot of questions. The name is a phrase used by air force pilots that means to look behind you for enemy aircraft. References from the pilot’s position and the direction of the aircraft are given in terms of numbers on a clock face. Twelve o’clock is straight ahead, nine o’clock is to the left, three o’clock the right, and six o’clock directly behind. The brewery’s flight theme carries on through the beers, where all are
aeronautical in nature and most have a direct tie to World War I aviation. Brews include Red Baron, a Christmas ale; Curtiss Jenny Brown Ale, which gets its name from a trainer plane; Flying Circus Coconut Hefeweizen, named for the Red Baron’s squadron of brightly colored planes. One beer in particular, the Harley Pope Imperial Porter, has a tie to the area. First Lieutenant Harley Pope was on a mapping mission of the Cape Fear River in 1919 when he crashed his Curtiss Jenny and died. That year, the Army Air Corps renamed the airfield at Fort Bragg to Pope Air Field.
“There’s a lot of history from [WWI] and a lot of stories that are very interesting, so we use them,” says
Above: One of the owners, Wendy Hassel, has a beer, Wendy’s Blonde Ale, named after her.
Goldman. “It’s one of the things that differentiate us from other breweries.” “I get asked about Wendy’s Blonde Ale a lot,” he continues, referencing one of the few non-WWI beers on Check Six’s list. This one features a label that’s right off the nose of a WWII bomber. “Wendy [on the label] is a blonde, and it’s my partner’s wife’s name, and Wendy, she flies… remember Peter Pan?” Another beer, Dugan’s Chocolate Stout, was named for Michael Dugan, a famous WWI aviator. Or was it for Goldman’s wife, whose maiden name
happens to be Dugan? “Either way, Dugan was a distant cousin, we think,” he says. Check Six is up and running, with events in place and more in mind as the brewery gets settled. Currently there is trivia on Sundays and live music now and then, but Goldman has his sights set on a pig pickin’, food trucks, car shows and other special events. Oh, and just to make sure the craft beer craze stays crazy, he just might be planning a home-brew competition. Stop by and ask for the details, and a pint, next time you’re in town. n
Below: Two families – the Goldmans and the Hassels – along with a team of brewers combine their efforts at Check Six. Pictured here are Justin Maggard, Tim Hassel, Jared Hassel, Noah Goldman, Mike Goldman and Norman Weiss
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T Travel a few feet down
Mulberry Street off Main Street in downtown Shallotte and the road dips. To the left, the Shallotte River flows. From the river, a little finger creek takes off in a northerly direction, trickling under Mulberry and across several acres. Here in this creek, among oak and pecan trees draped in purple wisteria blooms, is where generations of children have played. Shallotte alderman (and former mayor) Alan Lewis was one of those boys. In the 1960s these woods were his favorite playground. 88
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This fall, a new generation of children have that same opportunity as the first phase of the town’s new Mulberry Street Park opens. Located on 10 acres behind what generations of locals know as Kirby’s Department Store (now Wings & Fish), running from Mulberry Street almost to Shallotte Avenue, the park will contain a children’s playground, community garden, amphitheater and much more. At a ground-breaking ceremony in February, Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard
stressed the park’s role in the revitalization of downtown. “I look forward to the days when this will be the recreational center of Shallotte, when festivals will return to Shallotte and when all of us will enjoy the farmers’ market, the movie and concert series and the natural beauty of this area,” Eccard said. Plans include construction of a new road that connects the downtown area and provides more accessibility to Mulberry Street Park. Shallotte businessman Robbie White donated land for a piece of that road.
Most of the park land was purchased in foreclosure for $200,000, a very good deal according to Lewis and Eccard. Funding has been made possible in part by grants, including $85,000 toward amphitheater construction from the Shallotte Tourism Committee, which collects room occupancy tax. A USDA grant of $75,000 is slated for constructing the parking and entrance. Community support has been overwhelming, Eccard says. Civic organizations such as the Shallotte Lions and the Shallotte Rotary Club are in discussions with the town about building and maintaining garden spaces. “There’s a lot of excitement about the parks,” Lewis says. Beginning about four years ago, Lewis introduced the idea of a town park to elected officials. The town already had a popular concert and movie series as well as a farmers market, but the locations were not ideal. The centralized location of Mulberry Street Park allows for several activities to occur at once in a safe location. The plan got a boost when landscape architect Dan Weeks saw sketches in Lewis’s office more than a year ago. They drove to the property, which had been mowed revealing the roll and flow of the natural land. “It lent itself to a natural amphitheater,” Lewis says. Weeks, who works for Paramounte Engineering, asked if he could become involved and over time provided many hours of pro bono work before town officials decided they should hire him. He also brought in Allison Engebretson, whose expertise in grant writing has been a big plus. The effort has benefited, Lewis says, from the committee’s multidisciplinary expertise. In addition to town staff, committee members include Lewis, who is an engineer by trade, and Alderman Larry Harrelson, who owns a landscaping business. “Larry has been instrumental in the landscaping plan and the preservation of some of the pecan trees on the property,” Lewis says. The
trees are the remnants of an expansive grove that ran along Mulberry Street many years ago, he says. Residents also got involved. At public hearings, “we had overwhelming support,” Eccard says. “There was strong support for relocating the farmers market and moving the concert series, very strong support for walking trails and the playground and for event space so we can attract festivals and major events.” Eccard also met with local organizations, soliciting input. Town
Economic Development Coordinator Rachel Johnson noted that the playground was moved from a later phase to Phase I after public requests. A community garden will be built in the first phase and expanded in the second. The town and community garden committee are working with the county’s cooperative extension agency to plan the project, which will include more than a dozen rental plots and two beds of produce that will be donated to local food pantries, according to Johnson. Summer 2015
Phase I construction is expected to be $1.3 to $1.4 million, which includes the land cost, Eccard says. It includes preparation of the entire facility, event lawns, a temporary amphitheater and a community garden. A soft opening is planned for October. Phase II will include trails additional amenities, although the plans depend upon receiving a $300,000 PARTF (N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund) grant. “I think we can do most of Phase II at a cost of about $900,000,” Eccard says, “but I caution only that if we don’t get the grant, we may have to scale back and stretch out the project a little longer.” The entire project is expected to take three or four years to complete, with a permanent community building being part of the long-range plan. Along one edge of the park is an historic cemetery where Shallotte’s first mayor, George Leonard, is buried. Several years ago, then-mayor Lewis discovered that a small trust fund had been set up with Security Savings & Loan for maintenance of the cemetery. An agreement was reached for the town to take over the fund and maintenance of the property. 90
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Above: Water from the Green Swamp flows into the Shallotte River where it continues to flow south to empty into the Intracoastal Waterway at Shallotte Inlet. Prior to construction of the ICWW, Shallotte Inlet was the mouth of the Shallotte River.
Lewis and others have become increasingly interested in the town’s history and are trying to re-establish the Shallotte Historical Preservation Society, Lewis says. They hope to hold meetings in the renovated Sunny Side School. The park is one piece of a larger revitalization effort by the town to create a downtown recreation destination that will help to support the central business district. Currently defined as Mulberry Street to Al Street,
that district is expected to evolve as the park and planned riverfront development present opportunities for low-impact commercial use, according to Town Planner Robert Lewis. Ambitious plans for the riverfront include multi-use development and public space, including a riverwalk and direct public access to the river. The town has assembled more than 20 acres along Cheers and Wall streets at a cost of about $5 million thus far,
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Above: The blue concept plan for the riverfront park was one of several ideas presented to the public for review and input. Components of the plans came from many sources including a public want-list.
says Eccard. “We were very fortunate to receive, through BEMC, a loan for $2 million for ten years and zero percent interest that made the acquisition of the largest portion possible,” he says. “The other land was acquired over several years.” In contrast to the Mulberry Park project, the town will not actually build any of the Riverfront Park. Committee members and engineers are working, with public input, to develop a concept that will be used for an RFP process with potential developers. After reviewing multiple concept plans, the committee settled on a final plan that is being used in the RFP process with developers. Even that plan may change as developers determine what works best in the market, Lewis explains. “Whoever we select, there’ll be a
negotiation process because they will have their own ideas about what they can develop successfully,” Eccard adds. Committee members (Jimmy Bellamy, Gene Casile, Eccard, Steve DeRose and town staff) are also in conversations with property owners to the south of the town’s property about eventual extension of the riverfront walkway along the river to the bridge over Highway 17 (Main Street) at Camp United Methodist Church. “That area is a historic area known as White’s Landing where schooners used to tie up back in the 1800s and early part of the 1900s,” Lewis says. His research and conversations with the town’s unofficial historians, Bobby Williamson and Elwood Cheers, indicate there were several wharves in the area.
The types of businesses being considered for the area are based in large part upon public input, the mayor says. They include a mix of retail on the bottom, office on the next floor and residential on the top. There’s also been discussion of a boutique hotel and several restaurants as well as a parking deck. “We’ve had and will have public hearings,” Eccard says. “We came in with preliminary designs and took back public comments. We incorporated features people liked.” After a hearing in May, a consolidated concept plan was drawn. The bid process opened in June and will conclude in October. “Whoever we select, there’ll be a negotiation process because they will have their own ideas about what they can develop successfully,” Eccard says. Summer 2015
Above: After many meetings and conversations, the conceptual plan above was adopted by the town to be presented to developers. The RFP process is expected to conclude in October. Further modifications may be made based upon developer views of market conditions.
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The key to it all, according to Eccard, is the riverwalk. “I think we all believe it will be a catalyst for additional growth,” he says. “Our goal has been to open up the waterfront and start creating a new town center. If that works, we would expect it to grow out from what we start.” The town currently owns about 2,700 feet of waterfront. “We’d like to extend [the riverwalk] up to Camp Methodist and then across to the [Mulberry] Park,” he says. “There’s no written agreement at this point, but everyone is supporting [the idea]. It could be a good thing for the town and the property owners.” Support is strong for kayak and canoe launches as well as the public event space and walkability of the project, he adds. Throughout the development process, the town has received assistance from the Development Finance Initiative (DFI) of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government, a group that helps North Carolina towns with economic development projects. The initiative is tasked with locating developers, Eccard says, noting that the group believes there will be substantial interest in the project. When proposals are received, the committee, DFI and staff will review them. The board of aldermen will make the final decision. Part of the review will be to determine how well the plans meet six guiding principles developed by the committee. “One of the six guiding principles was doing this in a way that protects the integrity of the Shallotte River and mitigates any adverse environmental impact,” he says. This project has been seven years in the making, coming out of a town Vision Plan in 2008. Town leaders are hopeful the revitalization project will return focus to the river around which the town grew, bring private investment to downtown and provide a platform for local citizens to re-engage with downtown and the natural beauty of the Shallotte River. n
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Brick Landing Plantation Country Club
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hen Larry and Karen Doyle saw the disheveled greens and simple bones of the clubhouse at the Brick Landing Golf
Course in 2010, they saw a diamond in the rough. “It had been closed for several years and the course was very overgrown,” says General Manager Zac Weiner. “But the view Photo by Time 2 Remember
sold them.” Larry Doyle, CEO of Katierich Asset Management, started his New York–based investment company in 2010 to acquire distressed real estate holdings. In addition to Brick Landing, the firm owns a thoroughbred horse farm in Lexington, Ky., and Olde Point Golf and Country Club in Hampstead, N.C., among others. Weiner, a Wilmington native and UNC Chapel Hill alumni, met Doyle in New York City and worked for him in a marketing capacity. Weiner went back to his N.C. roots to manage the Hampstead golf course in 2013. He jumped over to Brick Landing in 2014. When Doyle bought Brick Landing, he began renovations to the Ocean Isle Beach property immediately, starting with the grooming of the greens. “He brought the course back to life,” Weiner says. Once that jungle was tackled, the course reopened in August 2011. The clubhouse, built in 1987, was next on the agenda. Doyle took one look at the 14,000-square-foot building and saw its potential. “He bumped up the ceiling and added a grand staircase to a new second story,” Weiner says. The 10,000-square-foot upstairs addition is a perfect location for weddings and other receptions and hosts a bar room, bathrooms, a dance floor and a waterfront balcony. “Brides love the staircase,” Weiner says. “It’s a photographer’s dream.” The crown jewel of the property is the restaurant, The View, which opened when the course reopened. With 150 indoor and outdoor seats, the waterfront restaurant offers a distinctly Southern American menu with a few Italian American favorites. Executive Chef Scott Euvrard is making a name for himself among local diners. The View’s Sunday brunch is a highly regarded favorite and serves more than 300 patrons every weekend. Euvrard, a New York native, came to Brick Landing via Landfall in Wilmington. “Chef Scott really has a talent for creating an incredible selection,” Weiner says. “His shrimp and grits are well known from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach.”
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The clubhouse at Brick Landing includes The View restaurant and banquet facilities. Brick Landing is a semi-private club but open to the public. Members receive a discount and a monthly charge account. The picturesque 18-hole course begins and ends on the Intracoastal Waterway. Holes 1 and 18 have a waterfront view and are perfect locations for a wedding. “We’ve hosted several ceremonies down there on the event lawn,” Weiner says. The success of Brick Landing Plantation Country Club has expanded to the adjacent but unaffiliated Brick Landing subdivision as well, inspiring a rebirth of sorts. “Two well-known builders have added over 30 homes to the neighborhood since the beginning of 2014,” Weiner says. Weiner says there is more in store for Brick Landing Country Club. “We’d like to add a pier with boat slips, of course, and a few more tournaments wouldn’t be out of the question,” he says. Brick Landing Country Club: 1882 Goose Creek Road, Ocean Isle Beach. (910) 754-2745; bricklandingcc.com
Floor Coverings International
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o one knows flooring better than John and Cindy Henson, owners of Floor Coverings International in Shallotte.
After graduating from college in 1981, John went straight into the flooring industry and made flooring his life’s profession. He worked in all aspects of the flooring world throughout his career, from retail CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
and manufacturing to wholesale. Ten years ago, John and Cindy decided that they wanted to start their own business, one that would benefit and serve the local community. With this intent in mind, they moved from their home in Hamilton Township, N.J., to North Carolina’s coast. After much research, they opened their own franchise of Floor Coverings International. For the past eight years, the Hensons have fulfilled their dream of owning a small business and helping customers enhance their homes. Floor Coverings International is a full-service flooring design and installation service that offers a huge selection from all the leading manufacturers. Hardwood, carpet, stone, ceramic, glass, bamboo, cork, vinyl and laminates are just a few of the choices. Whether it is for flooring, backsplashes or countertops, Floor Coverings International offers the right material to suit all needs and budgets. “We also specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling,” says John. “Something else popular in our area is transforming outdoor spaces to include things such as tiki bars.” What makes Floor Coverings International unique is that they offer customers two ways to shop. They have a 2,500-square-foot showroom in Shallotte, or they can bring the showroom to your door for an in-home shopping experience. “The Mobile Showroom is a new addition for our business,” says John. “No one else offers mobile flooring service in the area. We
Floor Covering International’s Mobile Flooring Showroom houses thousands of flooring selections. the customer reviews the proposal, financing options can be reviewed with the design associate before making the final decision. The flooring then arrives at the home and installation begins by experienced installers who will not only provide custom workmanship, but also carefully clean the flooring area and remove or replace furniture as well. Once the installation is complete, customers are walked through the project and given maintenance guidelines on taking care of the new flooring. A flooring project coordinator is with the customer every step of the way to ensure a smooth installation process. Updating the customer, maintaining timelines, guaranteeing detailed work and delivering customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance. “We give superb customer service and competitive pricing, and we’re your neighbors,” says John. Floor Coverings International: 4902 Main Street, Suite C, Shallotte NC 28470; (910) 755-5999; shallotte.floorcoveringsinternational.com
service from Calabash to Wilmington.” The process is extremely streamlined so customers get an easy, convenient and stress-free experience with a highly trained professional team. For those customers that choose the Mobile Showroom the process is simple. Customers first schedule a free in-home consultation with one of the design associates. Then the Mobile Flooring Showroom, which houses thousands of flooring selections, comes right to their home. The design associate will measure and evaluate the space, inspire design elements, assist the customer through choosing the desired flooring and provide an estimate. Once
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Feed Marine Animals at the Museum of Coastal Carolina
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 am, visitors to the Museum of Coastal Carolina can help docents feed the marine animals in the museum’s touch tank. The touch tank is home to sea stars, hermit crabs, conchs, sea urchins, a horseshoe crab and more. Knowledgeable docents will be on hand to supervise the feeding and answer your questions. Since your museum admission is good for the entire day, you can return later for the afternoon and evening programs. On Monday, the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization presents a sea turtle program at 3:30 pm. On Monday at 6 pm, enjoy Family Pirate Games. On Wednesday, the Ocean Isle Fire & Rescue presents a program at 3 pm (as long as the weather is good and the fire trucks have not been called away for an emergency). The program is held outside in the museum’s parking lot. On Wednesday at 3:30 pm, kids and parents will enjoy Judy Sobota’s Who Are You Swimming With? program that highlights beach safety. The program is followed by a craft activity for kids. At 6 pm on Wednesday, learn about Sunset Beach’s nesting shorebirds. Information: museumplanetarium.org
Free Vessel Safety Checks Offered by USCG Auxiliary
Ongoing This boating season, members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-05 are offering free Vessel Safety Checks to all interested boaters. The safety checks are performed free of charge without any legal obligations or penalties. If potential problems or violations are discovered, options and information are given to correct the problem. Boaters receiving a USCG Auxiliary safety check report that the check opened their eyes to potential safety hazards they would have never thought of on their own. The free Vessel Safety Check enables boaters to take command of their own boating safety. Qualified Vessel Examiners inspect boats to make sure that required safety equipment is present and in functional condition. The examiners also check for any basic mechanical problems, make sure registration and documentation is current, and offer information on a variety boating safety issues. Free Vessel Safety Checks can be performed on any kind of watercraft from kayaks, canoes and personal watercraft to large cabin cruisers and sailboats. Boaters may schedule an appointment for a time and place that is convenient for them. To request a free Vessel Safety Check in our area, visit Flotilla 10-05’s website or contact David Tester. Information: flotilla10-05.org or email@example.com
Win a Golf Cart
Ongoing Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. is raffling off a roadready golf cart. The golf cart on exhibit in the museum’s lobby happens to be blue, but the winner gets to select his/ her own color preference. Proceeds from this raffle benefit the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. Raffle tickets are on sale now at the museum. Each ticket costs $100. One hundred tickets will be sold. Once 100 tickets are sold, the winner will be announced. There are only a few tickets left. You do not
have to be present to win. To purchase tickets, call or stop by the Museum of Coastal Carolina located at 21 E. Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach. Information: (910) 579-1016
Free SciFly Program at Ingram Planetarium
Thursdays at noon Every Thursday at noon this summer, Bruce Stedman hosts a free, fun, interactive program at Ingram Planetarium called SciFly. During this program, Bruce demonstrates the effects of air pressure, based on the work of Archimedes, Newton and Bernoulli. But don’t mistake this program for some kind of dull science lecture. The program is interactive from start to finish; kids of all ages are encouraged to participate. Stedman uses everyday objects such as air cannon, beach balls, leaf blowers, pressure mats and other toys to convey his ideas. Stedman is a retired science/math/computer teacher who spent more than 30 years in public education. Most of his teaching was done in the Monmouth, Maine, school system. After he retired from teaching, Bruce developed educational videos for Leisure Maine, taught seamanship and piloting for the U.S. Power Squadron, and volunteered at Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine, helping to create and present outreach programs presented at local schools. He and his wife, Sharon, now live in Sunset Beach. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach. Admission to Stedman’s noon program on Thursdays is free. Information: museumplanetarium.org
Art Show at Silver Coast Winery
Through August 31 Silver Coast Winery is pleased to announce that the works of artist Caroline Merino are currently on display. Merino has a passion for art. After living in North Carolina for three years, she decided to root herself within the Fayetteville art community. Coming from a military family, she has had the opportunity to travel the United States to broaden her artistic experiences. Much of her inspiration is derived from her trip to France, where she fell in love with Monet and his contemporaries. Her preferred mediums are acrylic and watercolor. A few of Merino’s accomplishments include Northern New York’s Tri-county Art Show Judges Choice Award in 2008, the Silver Key Award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in 2009 and Judges Choice from Jack Britt High School’s juried art show in 2011. She obtained her associates of arts degree at Fayetteville Community College in 2014 and plans on attending Liberty University, where she will earn her Bachelors of Arts in Christian Counseling so she can counsel youth. She envisions opening her own studio where she will produce art, teach classes, and throw in some art therapy. Information: facebook.com/CarolineMerinoArt
Brunswick Arts Council Accepting Grant Applications
Through September 7 Brunswick Arts Council is accepting 2015-16 Grassroots Grant Applications through the first Monday on September. Additional information on the North Carolina Arts Summer 2015
Council’s Grassroots program, as well as the application form, is available on the Brunswick Arts Council’s website, or you can find The Brunswick Arts Council on Facebook and Twitter. The North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots program, using a per capita based formula, provides funding for the arts in all 100 North Carolina counties through partnerships with local arts councils. Brunswick Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local arts-based organizations in Brunswick County. In 2015-16, the Brunswick Arts Council hopes to distribute $17,000 to its qualifying sub-grantees. As an advocate for the arts, Brunswick Arts Council seeks to develop partnerships with county governments, schools and
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Food Preservation Events and Educational Materials
September 2 CAN IT! will be held on Wednesday, September 2 from 5:15 to 6:45 pm. This class will update potential canners with the latest safety methods and also discuss myths and misconceptions of canning and the basics of boiling water bath canning and pressure canning. Cheryle Jones Syracuse from the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Brunswick County will teach the class at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center, Building N at the Government Center in Bolivia. The registration fee is $5 per person. This will include all instruction and up-todate recipes. To reserve a seat contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Brunswick County at (910) 253-2610. Pre-registration is requested. NCSU Cooperative Extension can provide recommended and tested procedures for canning, freezing, drying and making jams and jellies. Handouts and fact sheets are available at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center in Bolivia. Some can be mailed or emailed to you free of charge. Information: (910) 253-2610.
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August 22 & September 5 The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport will team up with The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. to offer tours of historical Southport for 2015. Upcoming scheduled bicycle tours will be held on Saturday, August 22 at 8 am and Saturday, September 5 at 8 am. Meet at The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. located at 807 Howe Street in Southport. Take a guided tour through the live oak–canopied streets and along the waterfront and pedal by Fort Johnston, Brunswick Inn, the Old Brunswick Jail, the Crimes of the Heart home, the Indian Trail Tree, along the Cape Fear River and more. Bikes are single-speed, the pace is slow and all participants must wear helmets. The cost is $28 for bike and helmet rental and tour (for those with their own bike, the tour fee is $20.) Space is limited, and advanced registration required. Information: (910) 454-0607
Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s Last Chance for White Pants Gala
August 29 Upscale party band The Free will bring its energetic music mix to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation’s Last Chance for White Pants Gala from 7 pm till midnight on Saturday, August 29, at Audi Cape Fear, 255 Old Eastwood Road in Wilmington. The Free is known for its versatility that touches on almost every genre, playing the best of rock, pop, country and R&B. The band performs a mix of songs from artists such as Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty and Johnny Cash. “There’s an underlying theme of change for this year’s gala,” says Lindsey Champion, LCFH development manager. “A new weekend, a new night, a new venue, a new band and the biggest raff le prize ever offered means guests will enjoy what has traditionally been one of the season’s must-attend events. The changes will make the gala feel fresh and exciting.”
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LCFH’s spectacular raffle item is a 2015 Audi A5 Cabriolet convertible. Tickets cost $100, and only 1,500 will be sold. “In addition to the value of this beautiful, white convertible, we are also paying the federal income tax to the IRS on behalf of the winner,” says Champion. The raffle winner does not have to be present to win, but everyone is encouraged to come to the event. Gala tickets cost $125 each. Proceeds from the gala and raffle go to work immediately by providing the gift of hospice to the community. Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit and buying a ticket helps patients facing end of life get the important care they need and helps support their families. Information: hospicewhitepants.org; (910) 796-8099 ext. 6; Lindsey.email@example.com
A Day in the Yard
September 1–November 11 The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents. Entitled A Day In The Yard, the course is offered for people who want to increase their knowledge of yard or garden maintenance in this zone, but do not want to involve themselves with the time commitment required of a Master Gardener. The cost of the class is $75. The proceeds from the class go to the Brunswick County Master Gardener Association. The course includes six classes lasting two and a half hours each, utilizing Power Point presentations and handouts. A Master Gardener teaches each class. The course is offered multiple times in the spring and fall every year at the Cooperative Extension Training Center in Bolivia, Building N. Classes are offered Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 am from September 1 through October 6; Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 7 pm from October 7 through November 11. Classes are also
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First Tee of Brunswick County 10-Year Anniversary
September 6 First Tee of Brunswick County is thrilled to celebrate its 10th anniversary throughout 2015. To commemorate this milestone, the organization will host a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, September 6 at 5 pm at The Carolinas Leadership Academy at The First Tee of Brunswick County. First Tee is inviting all of its current and former volunteers, donors, parents, participants and friends to join them. This event will be a celebration of tireless support of the First Tee’s mission and kids. The group will spotlight ten amazing young people who have been impacted, influenced and inspired by the generosity and selflessness of First Tee’s supporters. Information: (910) 754-5288
Go! Jump in the Lake
September 6 The Go! Jump in the Lake 5K, 10K and 1.5-mile walk/ run is exactly how it sounds — a race with the finish line at the banks of Spring Lake, where jumping-in is highly encouraged. The course takes participants through Boiling Spring Lakes on a flat course of mostly paved asphalt. This is the Southport Rotary Club’s seventh annual 5K, and the 10K is new this year. This fundraiser is to support the important work New Hope Clinic and other Rotary-sponsored charities. The New Hope Clinic provides basic medical and dental care, diagnostic services and prescription drugs to lowincome, uninsured residents of Brunswick County.
and pony rides will also be available at a nominal charge, along with a free petting zoo. Food vendors will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, Italian Ice, snow cones and ice cream. Admission is $5 per person, with children 4 years and younger admitted free. The maximum entry fee is $20 per car. The concept and intent of Big Toy Day is to create an event designed to stimulate the minds of young boys and girls by allowing them to see, touch and experience “big machines” that they would not normally have the opportunity to see up close, as well as to foster a positive family experience. The proceeds from this event benefit the programs and scholarships provided by Kiwanis Club of Southport/Oak Island to the children of Brunswick County. Information: southport-oakisland-kiwanis.org
Seafood Chowder Contest at Southport Wooden Boat Show
September 26 Change is in the air. The Southport Wooden Boat Show, a nonprofit organization, has changed the rules for its Seafood Chowder Contest. It is now free! All individuals, civic and service organizations, church groups, businesses and neighborhood groups are invited to participate. The SWBS is one of the fastest growing events in Brunswick County, with attendance in the thousands. Participating provides the opportunity to build community spirit and provide business exposure. The event carries with it a grand prize of $500, a unique plaque and bragging rights as “SWBS 2015 Chowder Champion.” The Seafood Chowder contest will be held in conjunction with the Southport Wooden Boat Show. The deadline for entry is September 12. Only the first 12 entrants will be accepted, so start making plans now. Information: southportwoodenboatshow.com or (910) 457-5223
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Come out early Sunday morning, September 6, of Labor Day weekend. Races start at 8:30 am. Enjoy refreshments, cash prizes for the fastest 5K and 10K male & female runners, awards for age group winners, and cash prize for best splash. Race T-shirts are guaranteed for registration before August 15. Information: southportrotary.com
September 26 See wooden boats of all shapes and sizes and meet boat builders and boat owners to talk about the craft of boat building. It happens at the Southport Yacht Basin from 10 am to 4 pm. There will also be maritime arts and crafts, demonstrations, kids’ events and a chowder cook off. Admission is free. Information: (910) 457- 5223
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September 19 The 7th annual Big Toy Day will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 19 at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport. The event is presented by the Kiwanis Club of Southport/Oak Island in conjunction with Papa John’s Pizza of Southport/ Oak Island. There will be many participants, including fire trucks, 18-wheelers, construction vehicles, speedboats, monster trucks, NASCAR vehicles, helicopters and more. A highlight will be free Young Eagle flights for children ages 8 to 17 offered by EAA Chapter 939 from 12 to 2:30 pm. A parent or legal guardian must be present. Camel 104
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September 26 The 12th annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 10 am to 3 pm at Brunswick County Community College on the grounds of the Odell Williams Auditorium in Bolivia. The event is free to attend. Festival goers will have the opportunity to learn more about the different cultures represented in and around our county. The festival is packed with performing artists, children’s activities, displays and ethnic food tastings. If you would like more information on the festival, or if you would like to sign up as a volunteer or vendor, visit the website. Information: bcifestival.org
Sunset at Sunset
October 3 The day begins with a 5K bridge run/walk at 8 am and is followed by a festival that includes music, crafts, vendors, children’s activities and food from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s held in front of Ingram Planetarium on Sunset Boulevard. Admission is free. Information: (910) 579-9021
down the Holden Beach Causeway. It’s the only day pedestrians can walk across the bridge, so don’t miss it. The festival includes art vendors, a horseshoe tournament, a sandcastle building contest, children’s activities, rides and amusements, live music and more. Admission and parking are free. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, and it’s held at the Holden Beach Pavilion. Information: greaterholdenbeachmerchants.com/nc-festival-by-the-sea1
Run Ocean Isle Beach
October 3 The second annual Run Ocean Isle Beach includes a 1-mile Doggie Dash, a 5K run/walk and a half marathon. This is the final race of the beach/bridge series, which allows runners to traverse local bridges by foot to enjoy the picturesque views. After the race, enjoy an after party with live music, food, a beer garden and activities for the whole family. Races begin at 7 a.m. Information: coastalraceproductions.com/ run-ocean-isle-beach/
Fall Brawl King Classic
October 9 to 11 Here’s a local king mackerel fishing tournament with great food, fun and fishing for all the members of the family. The event is held at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and offers more than $35,000 in prize money. Information: (910) 253-3474; oifc.com
Greenlands Farm Fall Farm Fest
October 10 Come join Greenlands Farm in celebrating homestead farming and the harvests of fall. The Fall Farm Fest will include activities for children, live music for adults and lots of fun for everyone. There will be opportunities to meet, learn from and interact with all of the rescued farm animals on the farm. Pony rides, llama cart rides and hayrides will take place throughout the day. Admission is free, and there is a nominal fee for rides. Bring your own chair. Food and beverages are available at the Farm Store. Hours are 10 am to 3 pm. Greenlands Farm is located at 668 Midway Road SE in Bolivia. Information: (910) 253-7834; greenlandsfarmstore.info
North Carolina Festival by the Sea
October 24 and 25 Head to Holden Beach for a two-day event that kicks off with a parade
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Shallotte inlet tide chart
D a t e
August September October High Tide
Time Height Time (EST) (ft) (EST)
Height Time Height Time Height (ft) (EST) (ft) (EST) (ft)
D a t e
Time Height Time (EST) (ft) (EST)
Height Time Height Time Height (ft) (EST) (ft) (EST) (ft)
-0.6 3:49 pm -0.6
-0.8 5:20 pm -0.4
-0.8 4:42 pm -0.6
D a t e
Time Height Time (EST) (ft) (EST)
Height Time Height Time Height (ft) (EST) (ft) (EST) (ft)
-0.5 5:58 pm
-0.2 6:54 pm
-0.8 5:35 pm -0.4
-0.8 6:31 pm -0.2
-0.6 7:30 pm
0.8 10:09 pm 1.1
-0.4 8:35 pm
0.4 10:37 pm 0.9
-0.2 9:46 pm
0.6 11:39 pm 0.9
10:56 pm 0.6
0.9 12:00 pm 0.9
0.1 11:58 pm 0.6
12:24 pm 0.6
12:42 pm 0.1
15 10:09 am
15 10:12 am
16 10:05 am
16 10:45 am
16 10:50 am
17 10:43 am
17 11:24 am
17 11:33 am
18 11:24 am
18 12:11 am
18 12:33 am
12:46 pm 0.8
19 12:05 am
20 12:50 am
10:13 pm 1.1
10:06 am 0.8 10:46 pm 0.5
10:27 am 0.8 11:14 pm
0.8 10:47 pm
12:37 am -0.3 12:16 pm 0.2
10:54 am 0.6 11:45 pm
12:32 pm 0.1
-0.1 1:28 pm -0.2
0.5 11:44 pm 0.1
-0.6 2:08 pm -0.4
-0.5 2:23 pm -0.5
-0.8 3:02 pm -0.5
-0.8 3:55 pm -0.5
-0.4 2:39 pm -0.5
-0.8 4:10 pm
29 10:00 am
-0.7 4:47 pm -0.3
-0.7 3:32 pm -0.6
30 10:21 am
-0.7 5:04 pm -0.3
30 10:53 am
-0.5 5:39 pm
-0.8 4:26 pm -0.6
31 11:49 am
-0.2 6:31 pm
*Tide charts are accurate to the best of our knowledge. If you are checking tides for navigational purposes, please verify these times with another source.
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce
Visit us at our new location!
Open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 4433 Long Beach Rd. Southport, NC southport-oakisland.com 800.457.6964
is more than a name. It’s where we live. It’s where we work. We appreciate the challenges (and the rewards) of coastal living because it’s what we do every day.
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1-800-Pack-Rat............................................................... 910-722-5728 80
Islands Art & Books..................................................... 910-579-7757 91
Allendale Furniture...................................................... 843-390-9075 16
Island Classic Interiors............................................... 910-579-8477 92
Allstate – R&R Insurance Services, Inc............910-754-6596 102
J&K Home Furnishings............................................. 843-249-1882
Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle..................................910-754-8080 19
Josh London, State Farm Agent..........................910-383-1303 105
Art Catering & Events................................................ 910-755-6642 100
Keston Law....................................................................... 910-509-7121 100
Austin Oral Surgery.................................................... 910-769-1605 39
Kimberly Jo’s Boutique............................................. 910-579-7670 106
Bill Clark Homes............................................................. 910-575-2933 15
Kristin Dowdy, State Farm Agent........................910-754-9923 105
Blue Heron Gallery....................................................... 910-575-5088 14
Logan Homes.................................................................. 800-761-4707
BlueWave Dentistry.................................................... 910-383-2615 42
Martha Lee Realty........................................................ 888-560-2402 57
Body Edge Fitness Solutions.................................910-575-0975 87
McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute...............843-390-8320 21
Braddock Built Renovations...................................910-754-9635 16
myeyedr............................................................................. 866-693-9336 39
Brick Landing Plantation...........................................910-754-2754
NewBridge Bank........................................................... 910-457-7705 103
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.....910-754-6644 58
New Hanover Regional Medical Center..........910-815-5188 BC
Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.............800-842-5871 83
Novant Health................................................................. 910-754-4441 IFC
Brunswick Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.....910-269-2420 69
Ocean Isle Creamery.................................................. 910-579-5300 106
Callahan’s of Calabash................................................800-344-3816 17
Ocean Isle Family Dentistry....................................910-579-6999 87
Cambridge Crossings................................................ 910-446-1170 13
OrthoWilmington......................................................... 910-332-3800 5
Camilla J. Desmarais.................................................. 910-363-4540 95
Phillips Nursery.............................................................. 910-253-6692 100
Cape Fear Cancer Specialists................................910-343-0447 29
Pope Real Estate............................................................ 910-619-7673 91
Coastal Carolina Pediatric Dentistry.................910-794-2266 57
Purple Onion Café........................................................ 910-755-6071 100
Coastal Insurance......................................................... 910-754-4326
Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach....................................910-575-2933
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Sea Island Trading Co................................................. 843-273-0248 30
Coast Road Hearth & Patio......................................910-755-7611 108
Seaside United Methodist Church......................910-579-5753 69
Columbus Regional Healthcare System.........910-642-5832 52
Shallotte Family Dentistry.......................................910-755-7645 33
CommWell Health......................................................... 877-935-5255 65
Shallotte Insurance Services, Inc........................910-754-8161
Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach................................910-579-2002
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber...............800-457-6964 108
Curiositees........................................................................ 910-575-7605 14
St. James Plantation................................................... 866-749-9757 41
Deeb & Fanning, DDS, P.A.......................................910-579-5260 80
Sunset Properties........................................................ 800-525-0182 80
Deep Point Marina........................................................ 910-269-2386 95
The Shutter Production, Inc...................................910-289-2620 65
Douglas Diamond Jewelers...................................910-755-5546 3
Tides at Calabash.......................................................... 910-579-8433 IBC
Farm Bureau Insurance.............................................910-754-8175 48
Time 2 Remember Photography........................910-253-7428 108
First Bank........................................................................... 910-754-5250 34
Trusst Builder Group.................................................. 910-371-0304 4
Floor Coverings International................................910-755-5999
6, 7, 96
Twin Lakes Seafood.................................................... 910-579-6373 91
Foster Insurance........................................................... 910-755-5100 81
Visit Leland North Carolina.....................................866-529-0967 87
Genie Leigh Photography........................................910-470-0456 92
Website Factory............................................................ 910-579-7757 91
High Tide Helicopters................................................. 910-477-1926 92
Winds Resort Beach Club........................................ 800-334-3581 99
Coastal Integrative Health.......................................910-755-5400
Island Breeze................................................................... 910-579-4125 91
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The Tides at Calabash is an exquisite apartment community located in the heart of Calabash and only 5 minutes away from the beach front of Sunset Beach, NC. Imagine living somewhere that's only moments away from putting your toes in the sand and having the water from the ocean splashing up against your feet. It's no longer your imagination wondering. It's a way of life at our luxury apartment homes. Our luxury 1 & 2 bedroom apartment homes are within a 5-minute drive to the beach where you can experience all the perks of Coastal Carolina living. We are conveniently located near Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Shallotte, Southport, Bolivia with easy access to Leland, Wilmington, Cherry Grove and North Myrtle Beach.
COMMUNITY & RESIDENT AMENITIES: Premium Kitchen Appliances 24 Hour Expansive Cardio-Wellness Center Bark Park Comfortable Master Suites Outdoor Swimming Pool with Expansive Sundeck Garages & Storage Units Available 24 Hour Business Center with Wi-Fi Convenient to Golf and Water Sports Hardwood Vinyl Flooring Plush Carpeting
Built-In Microwaves Ice Makers Walk In Closets Dishwasher Garbage Disposal Ceiling Fans Washer & Dryer Connections Patio and/or Balcony Plantation Blinds Picnic & Grilling Areas
PET POLICY: Don’t forget about your furry friend(s). We are a pet friendly community, dogs and cats accepted with breed restrictions. $300 non-refundable pet fee for each pet, maximum 2 pets per apartment with monthly pet premium. We look forward to welcoming both you and your "furry friend(s)" to our community.
Give us a call today at 1-866-393-8171 to schedule your appointment to view your apartment home. You can also visit us online at www.hpitidesatcalabash.com. *Bring in this ad and receive one waived Application & Administrative Fee and $300.00 off your first full month’s rent (or current move-in special –whichever is greater). Only applies to a 12 month lease.
GO LD PLU S R EC EIVI N G
2015 A WWII veteran, Mr. Gore put his heart into serving his country. When it needed repair, NHRMC was there. When London Gore needed valve replacement surgery, he found that advanced level of care close to home. Fully recovered, he’s back to hustling pool, composing songs and fishing for the big one. “I’m 91 and fixin’ to start all over again.”
Interested in hearing Mr. Gore’s story and learning more about NHRMC’s Heart Valve Program? Visit nhrmc.org/heart.