South Brunswick Magazine - Spring 2012 Edition

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK MAGAZINE Life in Southern Brunswick County, NC

Spring 2012 - www.SouthBrunswickMagazine.com

THE TOYMAKER Paul Guerin

the pinterest craze

the flip side of

superintendent edward h. pruden

amateur winemakers’ competition

greenpeace sails into southport

a vietnam war reunion

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table of contents

spring 2012 F E AT U R E S

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Hilary Brady

Have Fun and Feel Good Six Great Events that Support Your Community

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Jason Frye

The Toymaker Paul Guerin’s Life in the Fun Zone

PHOTO BY Kristin Goode

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Hilary Brady

Very Pinteresting Meet the Pinspired People of Brunswick County

PHOTO BY Bryce Lafoon

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Jo Ann Mathews

The Man behind the Superintendent The Flip Side of Edward H. Pruden

PHOTO BY John Urban

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“Nice legs, Dr. Kamran!” Michelle Maneval, Actual Patient

SCARLESS VEIN CARE By Dr. Kamran Goudarzi

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In Every Issue 16

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publisher’s note

By Justin Williams

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sbm contributors

Meet the contributors to South Brunswick Magazine

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what’s happened

What’s been going on around town

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business profiles

Brunswick Novant Medical Center Begins Nurse Bedside Reporting; Coastal Integrative Health; Carolina National Golf Club; Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery; Stone Garden; Wall to Wall Cabinetry. By Hilary Brady, Jo Ann Mathews and Amy Myers

business buzz

faces & places

Shallotte Rotary Hosts Las Vegas Night; 10th Annual Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show; Island Breeze Tent Fashion Show; Coastal Consumer Showcase; Shrinettes Ladies Luncheon; 2nd Annual Golf Ball; Floor Coverings International Celebrates New Location.

Keeping up with the local business scene

111 tide charts

30 what’s happening

113 ad index

Upcoming events you won’t want to miss

Tracking the highs and lows at Shallotte Inlet from May to July

Our directory of advertisers

114 capture the moment A contest for SBM readers. Photo by Jason Kehn

Departments 36

up front

Opera for Opera Lovers – and Everyone Else By Carolyn Bowers

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looking back

Greenpeace Sails into Southport By Carolyn Bowers

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around town

Grape Geeks and Gurus: Silver Coast Winery’s Amateur Wine Competition By Carolyn Bowers

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community

Struggling Students Find Help at the BCC Food Bank By Teresa A. McLamb

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relocation

The Withrows: A New Life in Sunset Ridge By Jo Ann Mathews

80 history Old Friends/New Friends: A Veteran Reunites with a Vietnamese Friend By Jo Ann Mathews

Photo by Kristin Goode

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Photo by Carolyn Bowers

Photo by Carolyn Bowers

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publisher’s note

Conquer the pallet Hanging a pallet on a wall.

Photo by Keith Ketchum

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know. It sounds crazy. Why would anyone take a 50 lb. slab of wood and hang it on a wall? There is really only one simple answer to this — Pinterest.com. If you haven’t heard of this truly efficient, totally awesome and very addicting website, then take my advice and check it out (see our story on page 66). No, I do not work for Pinterest nor do I get anything out of promoting them here. I have no family or friends who work there and I have no ties to them other than the fact that I think the site is just plain awesome. I don’t normally write about what to look forward to when you get deeper into the pages of this magazine, but this time I had to make an exception. A few pages on in this issue, you will see a feature we have done on people who have used Pinterest locally. It’s very cool, and trust me when I say the site will change your organizational life. Since the beginning of Pinterest in my life, my wife and I have managed to: - Completely reorganize our master bedroom closet - Organize our pantry so that we don’t have to guess where everything is

Above: SBM Publisher Justin Williams takes charge of organizing his life in unusual ways.

These are just a few examples of the things Pinterest can teach you. There are all types of different ideas on do-it-yourself projects, from cooking and baking, photography, organization and art, to outdoor and technology projects, and I really suggest checking it out. But be prepared, your first time on the site could last half a day — it will suck you in! I hope you get sucked into this issue of South Brunswick Magazine too. We’ve got some great local content in the pages, so kick back and enjoy reading about the people, businesses and organizations that are making Southern Brunswick County a great place to live!

- Get almost everything off the floor in the garage by adding overhead storage and other cabinets - Bake what I am 100% sure to be the world’s best chocolate chip peanut butter cookies - Combine different types of foods into recipes that I did not know existed - Take a pallet that our magazines ship in on, wash it, sand it, stain it and hang it on the wall for use as a shelf

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Keith Ketchum

Photographer

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 & 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.

Hilary Brady

Account Executive/Contributing Writer

I was born in San Diego, California, but moved to Wilmington 15 years ago to attend UNC-W, where I quickly realized that this “California girl” was better suited in the Carolinas. I met my verySouthern now-husband in college, graduated from school and landed a career that I enjoyed. As a marketing manager for years, I fell in love with all-things-creative. But the birth of my daughter a few years later immediately turned my priority to parenting. Now a stay-at-home/ working mom, I have perfected the fine skill of focus. Typing while my toddler colors on my toes? Easy. And a dream come true. I started working with NBM during my time as a marketing manager for a local real estate sales firm. I became very familiar with to advertise. When I went out on my own as a marketing contractor, I knew that one of the things I wanted to do was write for quality publications. So NBM was the first magazine I contacted. I started writing for NBM, then added writing for SBM to the mix, then began helping with editing and selling. The magazines have been a fun blessing to my very busy life as a marketing mom!

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SBI Rotary Donates Dictionaries The South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club donated more than 125 English and Spanish dictionaries to the Brunswick County Literacy Council. Dot Hoerr, executive director of the Literacy Council, accepted the donation from Vince Juric, a member of the service committee of the SBI Rotary Club. Rotary International recognizes March as Literacy Month, and most Rotary clubs around the world promote literacy in their local community.

South Brunswick Middle School (SBMS) was filled with good neighbors on March 16 as 31 students were recognized during the Spring Good Neighbor Breakfast. Teachers chose the students based upon their positive work ethic and allaround good citizenship. The Good Neighbor Breakfast is a collaborative effort of SBMS and the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and is sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital and Hardee’s of Southport. Spring Good Neighbors include Adain Armstead, Jacob Ashley, Jeremiah Baldwin, Richard Berry, Joshua Carter, Kaitlynn Fleming, Sydney Fox, Shawn Grisso, James Hardin, Michael Hardison, Katelyn Hatch, Natasha Hiltz, Bailey Johnson, R’daajah Joyner, Tyler Kopp, Ethan LaCroix, John Lee, Jacob Lopez, Nautica Lowe, Michaela McIntyre, Megan Miller, Juliette Parinello, Derrick Parker, Ashley Ramos, Danielle Rich, William Rockenhauser, Caitlyn Rohrer, Taylor Scott, Sarah Staiger, Brystina Tallman and Adrienne Walton.

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SBI Rotary Donates to Alzheimer’s Research Mary Ellen Good, president of The South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club, presents a check to Norm Rogers of the Shallotte Rotary for Rotary’s Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART). Norm is the district representative for the CART program. Proceeds from CART go toward grants for research on Alzheimer disease. Each week at Rotary Club meetings a blue bucket is passed around to collect monies for the CART program. More than $50,000 has been collected since the program began at area Rotary meetings in 1999.

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SBI Rotary Presents $2,500 to Raffle Winner Belinda Vereen recently accepted a check for $2,500 from Mark McKeithan of South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club. Belinda was the winner of the club’s annual raffle. The proceeds from the raffle are used by SBI Rotary to support local programs including Dictionaries for Third Graders, Student of the Month, school trips to Ingram Planetarium and the OIB Museum of Coastal Carolina and many other programs.

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Rotary Names March Student of the Month The South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club awarded its March Student of the Month to Courtney Turner, daughter of David Contributed Photo and Cindy Turner of Shallotte. Club member Jimmie Fletcher presented the award at a recent meeting. While a student at West Brunswick High School, Courtney has been an active member of the National Honor Society and a regional and state qualifier in DECA for the past two years. She also participated in Varsity Track and Field and Student Government. In the fall, Courtney plans to attend NC State University to study Nutrition Science and to compete for the NC State gymnastics team.

Lowes Foods Supports CIS Mark Koval (left), Resource Development Director with Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, was recently presented with a check from Lowes Foods of Contributed Photo Southport’s Store Manager, Mike Murrill (right). Communities In Schools (CIS) was chosen to be the beneficiary of the funds from this year’s Food For All Holiday Season Campaign conducted by Lowes Food. Lowes Foods of Southport has supported the work of CIS and the students and families of Brunswick County for several years.

SBI Rotary Welcomes GSE The South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club held a welcome reception for a Buenos Aires Medical Group Study Exchange group on March 9 at Mama Brava’s Restaurant in Shallotte. Each year, Rotary Clubs worldwide “exchange” teams of young professionals in a cultural and vocational exchange program. This year, the SBI Rotary Club welcomed a team from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who specialize in the medical field, most with a primary focus on pediatric care. 22

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Bradshaw Speaks to SBI Rotary Club Jim Bradshaw, executive director for the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, recently spoke with members of the South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club. Bradshaw spoke of the five companies that relocated to Brunswick County in 2011 and the seven projects he is currently working to bring to our area.

Business After Hours Held at Museum The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Business After Hours on February 23 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach. The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. (OIMF) is a nonprofit organization with two facilities, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. The Museum stimulates interest in and understanding of the natural science, environmental and cultural history of the coastal region of the Carolinas through activities and exhibits. Contributed Photo

Little Princess Ball More than 375 people participated in the 4th annual Little Princess Ball, which was held on February 5 in two locations this year. The event included dancing, face painting, crafts and fun. Girls dressed in their favorite princess Contributed Photo outfit or special dress and enjoyed spending quality time with their father or other adult male role model. Net proceeds from the event went to support the programs and services of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Communities in Schools.


BCWRT Draws Record Attendance A record audience of more than 300, including 37 new member sign-ups, attended the Brunswick Civil War Round Contributed Photo Table (BCWRT) meeting on January 11 at the Brunswick County Senior Center to hear special guest Ed Bearss. Bearss’ knowledge of the Civil War and his presentation style captivated his audience as he spoke on the war relationship between the president and his commander of all Union armies. Bearss’ presentation was entitled: “President Lincoln and General McClellan: A Troubled Partnership.”

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Networking at Shagger Jacks More than 100 members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce gathered on the side deck at Shagger Jacks (8004 E. Oak Island Drive) in Oak Island for the March Business Networking After Hours. Shagger Jacks features indoor and outdoor seating in a casual and affordable setting. Business Networking After Hours is an event of the Chamber’s Business Development Committee and serves an important function for the business community.

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A Hollywood Affair a Huge Success The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held its first Chairman’s Gala: A Hollywood Affair on February 16 at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. The evening was filled with old Hollywood glamor, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and an awards ceremony. The following awards were presented at the event: Volunteer of the Year, Tammy Triplett-Kesky of the Red Apple Group; Ambassador of the Year, Ellie Smith of TBS Blinds; Town of the Year, Ocean Isle Beach; Visionary Award, W.J. and Sibyl McLamb of Farmstead Development and Meadlowlands Golf Club; Business of the Year, Jumpin’ Java, Espresso Company; Member of the Year, Home Depot #3648; Employee of the Year, Mark Koval of Communities In Schools; and Citizen of the Year, Roger Cox of ATMC Wireless.

Great Backyard Bird Count On January 21 local bird expert Kurt Hugelmeyer and Museum of Coastal Carolina Educator Allison Contributed Photo Smith presented a clinic on how to participate in the 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count. The 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count took place from February 17 to February 20. Bird enthusiasts from beginners to experts from around the United States and Canada participated. The annual event provides valuable data for monitoring trends in bird migration and health.

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Toastmasters Presented with Official Banner During its January 10 meeting, the Brunswick County Toastmasters Club was presented with its official club banner. Bryan Walsh, District Governor for the state of North Carolina, made the presentation. Also in attendance were Kim Nelson, Division Governor, and Bill Carleton, Area Governor.

The third annual Fire in the Lakes Festival at Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center was held on March 24. The City of Boiling Spring Lakes, the Boiling Spring Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, The Nature Conservancy and the N.C. Department of Forest Resources started the festival to promote controlled burning and to help make the community “fire wise.” The festival also promotes the practice of controlled burning, which can help reduce the impacts of wildfires while promoting the ecosystems. Attendees of the festival enjoyed music by a local bluegrass band, food, jump castles, fire performances, kids’ games, a kids’ eco-scavenger hunt, a 5K race, an appearance by Smokey Bear, fire clowns, a walking Venus flytrap and more. Spring 2012

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Out of the Box Lunch at Bella Cucina Members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce met at Bella Cucina Seafood, Pasta and Pizza for an Out of the Box Lunch on January 27. After introductions, members discussed best practices on advertising, marketing and other business related issues.

BCWRT Features Award-Winning Author More than 190 guests and members attended an informative and entertaining Civil War presentation at the February 13 meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table (BCWRT) in Southport. The special guest speaker was A. Wilson Greene, a popular speaker on the Civil War speakers’ circuit. Greene is an award-winning author, battlefield tour guide and executive director of Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia. His topic was “April 2, 1865: Day of Decision at Petersburg.” Pictured, from left: Max Williams, BCWRT director and program chairman; presenter Will Greene; and, Wally Rueckel, BCWRT president.

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Kiwanis Club Celebrates 18 Years The Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club celebrated 18 years of service to the children of Brunswick County at its annual Charter Night Banquet held at the Southport Community Center. The student speaker was Kayla Hall, recipient of a Key Club scholarship and now a junior at UNC Chapel Hill. The evening Key Note Speaker was Ruth Thompson, Communities in Schools (CIS) Success Coach from Leland Middle School. Builders Club students Hannah Pfeiffer and Kelly Adams presented a check for the Kiwanis Cabin at Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home to Tom Simmons, a member of the Board of Directors at the home. A special award for service was presented to Larry Delong for his many years of service as club treasurer. Current President Greg McDonald presented the Past Presidents Plaque to Mike Clune and (pictured) McDonald, and Carolinas District Governor Doug Day presented the highest award the club can give, ”Kiwanian of the Year” to Dennis O’Connor. 24

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Hundreds Say “I Do” to Bridal Showcase The annual Southern Cape Fear Bridal Showcase was held on February 18 at the Southport Community Building. Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses specializing in all forms of wedding services were on hand to assist brides and grooms as they planned for their important day. The event drew 30 percent more brides than the 2011 event, which organizers at the SouthportOak Island Area Chamber of Commerce view as a positive indicator for the local economy. The Showcase is an event of the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by 3 Cheers Party Rentals.


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Student Wins Sports Camp Scholarship Lindsey Jones of Nakina Middle School was recognized for winning a Touchstone Energy Sports Camp scholarship during a special halftime presentation at a Wolfpack Women’s basketball game. Jones reunited with 22 basketball camp scholarship winners at Reynolds Coliseum to watch the Wolfpack Women take on the Lady Tar Heels on January 22. Jones was selected out of numerous applicants to attend the Kellie Harper Women’s Basketball Academy at N.C. State University last July, representing Brunswick EMC. Jones is the daughter of Sammy and Melissa Jones and won the scholarship because of her outstanding application and accompanying essay. The scholarship winners and their guests received tickets to the game and a catered lunch from the cooperative. At halftime, the young women were recognized by name at half court and received a certificate of achievement. The state’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives also presented the Kellie Harper Women’s Basketball Academy with a check for $14,600 in support of the upcoming 2012 summer basketball camp scholarships.

West Brunswick High School (WBHS) student Katy Bartholomew was honored as the Student of the Month at a recent South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club meeting. Katy is the daughter of Joey and Ann Margaret Bartholomew of Sunset Beach. She is an active member of the National Honor Society and also participates in youth group, dance and cheerleading. After she graduates this year, Katy plans to attend college and study nursing. Jimmy Fletcher, a Rotarian and faculty member at WBHS, presented Katy with the award.

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Bob Stinson, Rotary Assistant Governor, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI). As Rotary Assistant Governor, Stinson works with seven Rotary Clubs in Columbus and Brunswick counties. Zone 33 RLI provides leadership development programs to more than Contributed Photo 37,000 Rotarians from Delaware to South Carolina and the Southern Caribbean. Stinson is a resident of Sunset Beach and is past president of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club. He is partner in the firm of Patriot Business Coaching and is adjunct professor in the Tillman School of Business at Mount Olive College. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100.

The N.C. 4th of July Festival Chowder Cook-Off was held on March 4 at the Oak Island Moose Lodge. Attendees enjoyed good chowder-eating weather while voting for the best recipe. Pictured front row: Gerald Leonard, Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering for Best Decorated Booth and 3rd Place Restaurant Division; Earl Rush, Fishy Fishy Café for 1st Place Restaurant Division; Jennifer Biggs, Chowder Cook-Off Chairperson; Paul Yeso, Lucy’s Choice Chowder for 1st Place Individual Division; and Nancy Kelly, Champ Chowder for 3rd Place Individual Division. Back row: Jeff Todd, Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering for Best Decorated Booth and 3rd Place Restaurant Division; Joe Caldropoli, Coastal Catering and Events for 2nd Place Restaurant Division; Denise Pacula, Pacula Builders Best Constructed Chowder for 2nd Place Individual Division; David Kelly, Champ Chowder for 3rd Place Individual Division; and Brad Fisher & Drew Fisher with picture of Smudge, Dog Gone Good Chowder for 3rd Place Individual Division. Spring 2012

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Bachara Law Opens in Oak Island The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Bachara Law, PC on March 26. Located at 8821 E. Oak Island Drive, Suite 1 in Oak Island, Bachara Law, PC is a general practice firm that provides legal counsel to clients across a wide range of industries throughout the Lower Cape Fear Region. From left: Mark R. Bachara, Attorney; Pauline Burkhart, Legal Assistant; Laura Bachara; Susan Sabatine; and Nick Sabatine.

Ocean Isle Beach Gets Cool The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 8 for All About Coastal Comfort. All About Coastal Comfort offers 24/7 heating and air repairs and emergency service and is located at 7156 Beach Drive South West in Ocean Isle Beach.

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Ribbon Cutting For New Office Location A ribbon-cutting event was held for John T. Madison D.D.S. PA on March 9. The dental office is located at 301 S. Willis Drive, Suite 100, in Shallotte.

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State Farm Supports Community Will Rogers of State Farm Insurance in Supply held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 21. During Rogers’ grand-opening event, his team raised $250 for the Supply Volunteer Fire Department and secured donations of school supplies for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County.

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OIB Surf and Java Opens The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for OIB Surf and Java on March 16. OIB Surf and Java is a locally owned, full-service surf shop that carries unique clothing brands, surfboards and surf accessories. Located at 6278 Beach Drive SW Unit 6 in Ocean Isle Beach, OIB Surf and Java also features a complete coffee shop with Wi-Fi.

Two years ago, Dosher Nursing Center was honored to be named one of the Best Nursing Homes in America in the February 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine. In all, only 173 skilled nursing facilities were named to the honor out of the nation’s thousands of nursing homes. In February 2012 the Nursing Center was named to the Honor Roll of the Best Nursing Homes in America, a distinction given to only 39 nursing homes out of the 15,500 facilities reviewed by U.S. News. No other skilled nursing facility in North Carolina was named to U.S. News’ Nursing Home Honor Roll. Spring 2012

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Oak Island Senior Center & Gift Shop Re-Opens The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening of the Oak Island Senior Center and Handcrafted Gift Shop located at 5918 E. Oak Island Drive in Oak Island. Joining Helen Cashwell, Oak Island Senior board president, in cutting the ribbon were Mayor Betty Wallace, Town of Oak Island; Peggy Jones, Oak Island Senior board member; Carol Jackson, Oak Island Senior Handcrafted Gift Shop manager; Jennifer Biggs, Chamber board member; Dot Moore, Oak Island Senior Center member; Jack Moore, Oak Island Senior board member; Nancy Burnett, Oak Island Senior Center treasurer and members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Network After Hours at the Inn Members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce gathered to Network After Hours at the Robert Ruark Inn, 119 N. Lord Street, Southport. New owners and Innkeepers Linda and Rick Pukenas welcomed close to 100 people during the event.

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Members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce exchanged business cards at the January Business Networking After Hours at ATMC Wireless located at 1671 N. Howe Street, Suite 7 in Southport.

The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribboncutting ceremony for Coastal Holiday Events & Happenings, a event planning and party rental company, on February 24.

After Hours Gets Fit The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Business After Hours on January 26 at The Fitness Studio, 6741-B Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach. The Fitness Studio offers a wide range of fitness services for men and women and variety of group classes like Pilates, yoga, Zumba, Contributed Photo Power-barbell programs and Ridecycling classes. They also offer all-natural nutrition lines for weight loss, increased energy and overall good health. 28

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Concierge Services Beach Communities The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of NC Coastal Concierge with a ribbon cutting on March 16. NC Coastal Concierge serves Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach and Holden Beach. The company’s mission is to help meet the needs of resident and nonresident property owners as well as vacationers and VIPs through services such as a home inspection after a storm, storm prep services and concierge services.


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Summer Camp Registration Now Open

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Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Communities In Schools (CIS) are teaming up to offer a summer of fun and educational activities. Activities will include two field trips per week to area attractions such as Jungle Rapids and Alligator Adventure. On-site activities include sportacular fun, tennis adventure, art from the heart, popcorn toss, fast-crafts, geocaching, trivia and quiet reading. Registrations are now being accepted at each of the CIS After School elementary school locations throughout Brunswick County. Students from pre-K through grade 5 can register for one week of fun for $110.

A new men’s chorus group that sings acappella, four part and close harmony (Barbershop) music is seeking singers, regardless of experience. Open to men from high school age to “older than the hills,” the group practices every Thursday at 7 pm at the Brunswick County Literacy Council building, 282 U.S. Highway 17, Supply, near the intersection of 211.

Information: (910) 253-5327 ext. 1432, www.cisbrunswick.org

SilverSneakers Strength Program Ongoing The Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center now offers the signature SilverSneakers® Muscular Strength and Range of Movement program. The SilverSneakers Fitness Program has been proven to reduce healthcare costs by improving the health and well-being of its members, helping them become active and motivating them to stay that way. To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, contact your health plan or stop by the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, 210 College Road, Bolivia.

Information: Joe Loughlin, (910) 269- 4038, jloughlin@ec.rr.com,

Brunswick Stew Cook-Off April 21 Local craft vendors, live music, a kids’ area and more will entertain guests of the Brunswick Stew Cook-Off on April 21 at Planet Fun/Starz Grille in Shallotte from 10 am to 4 pm. Don’t forget the main event — the food. Take part in choosing the area’s best Brunswick Stew. Tasting tickets are $5. The Bluegrass Boys will perform from 11 am to 3 pm. The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will be selling handpainted and homemade chocolates similar to the products offered during the Christmas season. Admission is free. Chef and arts and crafts vendor applications are still being accepted. Information: (910) 754-6644, www.brunswickcountychamber.org

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Coastal Carolina Camera Club Second Tuesdays The Coastal Carolina Camera Club meets monthly, every second Tuesday evening, at 7 pm at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main Street, Shallotte. Membership is open to photographers of all skill levels using both film and digital cameras. Meetings consist of informative programs on photographic techniques and software usage, member photo presentations and critiques, guest speakers and much more. Guests are welcome. Information: (910) 287-6311, www.coastalcarolinacameraclub.org

Oak Island Lighthouse Run and Walk April 21 The 13th annual Oak Island Lighthouse Run and Walk will be held on April 21 at the N.C. Baptist Assembly Fort Caswell. The event, which includes a half marathon, a 10K, 5K and a Fun Run for children, entertains participants each year with scenic routes including sections of Oak Island, beachfronts of Caswell Beach and the Oak Island Lighthouse. The annual event has grown each year with record participation levels and an estimated economic impact of more than $125,000. Information: (910) 457-6964 or www.lighthouse10k.com

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Blooming for a Cause

Second and Fourth Tuesdays

April 21

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit, educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. The Brunswick County Toastmasters meets at 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative in Supply. All are welcome.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) of Holden Beach’s 4th annual Charity Gala, Blooming for a Cause, will be held on April 21 from 11 am to 2 pm. The event will include a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon and will be held at the Brunswick County Association of Realtors Building, 101 Stone Chimney Place, in Supply. The primary designees for the charity event are Providence Home and Hope Harbor Home.

Information: Chuck Olson, (910) 540-1363, www.toastmasters.org

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Charity Bowling Event

April 23 - June 11

April 28

The Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College offers a variety of American Red Cross Programs throughout the year. Coming this spring, the Aquatics Center will offer Learn to Swim, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor courses. The Learn to Swim program, held April 23 through June 4, offers swim lesson opportunities for students ages 6 months through adult. Learn to be a certified Lifeguard or update Lifeguard certifications in the Lifeguarding and Lifeguard Recertification courses, held June 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and June 11 through 14 from 10 am to 7 pm.

The 2012 Bowl to Strike Out Diabetes event will be held at Planet Fun in Shallotte on April 28. Registration begins at 11:30 am and bowling starts at noon. The cost to participate is $75 for a team of four or $20 for a single bowler. Three games of bowling are included. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.

Information: (910) 846-2348, www.bccfitness.com

Chamber Business Expo April 26 The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Expo, open to Chamber members and the public, on April 26 at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. The event will begin at 4 pm with a Business After Hours following the Expo from 5:30 to 7 pm. Information: Jessica Walker, (910) 754-6644

Paws-Abilty Golf Tournament & Silent Auction April 27 The third annual Paws-Ability Golf Tournament and silent auction will be held on April 27 at Cape Fear National Golf Course at Brunswick Forest. Registration begins at noon, with a shotgun start at 1:30 pm and a cash bar reception at 6:30 pm. The Western-themed dinner and silent auction will begin at 7 pm. The tournament fee of $100 includes lunch, range balls, golf, snacks, entertainment, dinner (including beer and wine) and silent auction. Information and registration: (910) 579-4707, www.paws-ability.com

Information: Bubba Todd, (910) 274-2739

Spring Garden Tour and Tea April 28 The Coastal Garden Club of Shallotte will hold its annual Spring Garden Tour and Tea fund-raiser on April 28. The Garden Tour will be held at Seascape and Lockwood Folly Plantations from 10 am to 2 pm, and the Tea will be held at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church from noon to 3 pm. Proceeds support civic beautification and the Horticultural Department of Brunswick Community College. Tickets are $15. The Coastal Garden Club of Shallotte meets the third Monday of each month from September through June. Information: tourandtea@coastalgardenclub.org

Healing for Generations Gala April 28 The second annual Dosher Hospital Foundation Gala, An Evening of Elegance Celebrating Excellence in Medicine, will be held on April 28 at 7 pm in the Saint James Community Center. Tickets to the black tie-optional event cost $100 each and include cocktails, dinner and dancing to music by Andrew Thieland Big Band. Catering will be provided by Mr. P’s Bistro. Tickets and information: www.dosher.org

BCWRT Meetings May 1, June 5

DJ Dale Clemmons, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament April 28 Lockwood Folly Country Club will present its third annual DJ Dale Clemmons, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on April 28. Hole in one prizes, kid’s face painting, a long range competition and more than $3,000 in prizes will be available. The event benefits Duke Children’s Hospital.

The May 1 meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table (BCWRT) will feature Jack Davis. The June 5 meeting will feature Round Table’s director and program committee chairman Max R. Williams. His topic is entitled: “When Cotton Wasn’t King: Civil War Diplomacy.” Registration for both meetings will begin at 6:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street, Southport. There is no fee, and guests are invited to become members of this nonprofit organization. Information: (910) 253-7382, BrunswickCivilWarRoundTable.com, wrueckel@questor.com

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The Brunswick Concert Band will be performing on May 4 at 7:30 pm at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach and May 6 at 3 pm at the Calabash Presbyterian Church. The band will be conducted by Steve Skillman, a frequent performer with the Wilmington Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Opera Carolina and chamber groups throughout the region. He has appeared in shows in Myrtle Beach with Burt Bacharach, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, and the late Ray Charles, as well as many touring Broadway productions. Skillman is a former president of the Brunswick Arts Council and is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the North Carolina Bandmaster’s Association.

Brunswick County Parks and Recreation will be accepting registrations for the 2012 Men’s Softball League May 16 through July 18. The men’s softball league plays a regular season and finishes with a tournament. Two divisions of play will be offered (Recreational & Competitive). The season starts in early August. Teams may play on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Lockwood Folly, Shallotte or Smithville Park.

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May 5

The Fourth Annual Big Toy Day will be held on May 19 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport on Airport Road (behind the airport in Oak Island). Planes, trucks and automobiles will be on display. Children 8 to 17 years old will be given the opportunity to fly — free of charge — in singleengine planes provided by the Brunswick County Airport Commission as part of the Young Eagles Program. Camel and pony rides, other activities, souvenirs and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge. Admission is $5 per person (free for 5 and younger) and will benefit the programs and services of Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc.

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2012 Golf Classic on May 5 at the Oak Island Golf and Country Club, with a 8:30 shotgun start and four-person Captain’s Choice. Cost is $75 per player ($300 for team of four) and includes golf cart, greens fee, special gift, breakfast biscuit, coffee, hospitality cart and lunch. Information: (910) 457-6964

Youth Tennis Lessons May 7 - June 12 Youth Tennis Lessons will be offered this spring through Brunswick County Parks and Recreation at Smithville Park (Tuesdays), Lockwood Folly Park (Mondays) and Ocean Isle Beach Park (Mondays). Classes will be held between May 7 and June 12. Ages 4 through 7 will meet, followed by ages 8 through 11, and finally ages 12 and older. Times vary by park location. Fee is $65 per person. Information and registration: (910) 253-2670

Adult Women’s Softball Registration May 16 - July 5 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation will be accepting registrations for the 2012 Women’s Softball League May 16 through July 5. The women’s recreational softball league plays a regular season and finishes with a tournament. There will be two different women’s leagues, one at Lockwood and one at Northwest Park. The season starts in early August. Teams play on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Lockwood Folly and Northwest Park.

Registration and information: (910) 253-2676, www.brunswickcountync.gov, aperkins@brunsco.net

Information: (910) 457-3494, www.cisbrunswick.org

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Registration and information: (910) 253-2676, www.brunswickcountync.gov, aperkins@brunsco.net

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Seaside Garden Tour

Brunswick Arts Council Art Camp

May 19

June 20 - July 1

Holden Beach Beautification Club (HBBC) will hold its annual Seaside Garden Tour on May 19 from 1 to 4 pm. Eight private gardens and five refurbished public parks will be featured on the tour. Tickets are $10 and will be available in advance or at the Holden Beach pavilion on the day of the tour. Funds will be used for beautification of Holden Beach and an educational scholarship for a horticulturalist student.

The Brunswick Arts Council, in conjunction with several arts groups in Brunswick County, will conduct a series of Art Camps this summer from June 20 through June 23 and June 28 through July 1. The camps will allow middle school students to work with local professional artists to create an art project in three days that will be shown to parents and friends on the fourth day. The camps will be held at five separate locations: Ash, Oak Island, Bolivia, Calabash and Supply. The cost is $15, which will cover instruction, classroom rent, insurance, art supplies and snacks.

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The Oak Island Beautification Club will host its 13th annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale on May 20 at the Oak Island Recreation Center, 3003 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island. The tour, which will feature eight gardens, will be held from 1 to 5 pm, with the plant sale beginning at noon and lasting until all plants are sold. Advance tickets are $8 or $10 on the day of the tour. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Oak Island Recreation Center, Oak Island/Southport Chamber of Commerce, Oak Island Senior Center, Southport Visitor Center, Blue Crab Blue and Backyard Wild. Information: (910) 278-7752, johnjaneh@bellsouth.net

Zumba Classes Through May 31 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering Zumba classes at Brunswick Center at Southport on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm. Information: (910) 253-2583

Brunswick County HBA Golf Tournament June 8 The 22nd annual Golf Tournament for the Brunswick County Home Builders Association (HBA) will be held on June 8 at Farmstead Golf Club. Additional details are coming soon. Information: (910) 579-5544

Planet Fun Camp Cosmos Ongoing Planet Fun Camp Cosmos, available for children 5-years old or older, is now open for registration. Camp is available during school breaks from 7 am - 6 pm at a cost of $100 per week or $30 per day. Activities and lunch/snacks are included. Information: (910) 755-2386 34

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June 24 The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter will hold an open house on June 24 from 1 to 4 pm at the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane SE off Old Ocean Highway, Bolivia. The center will offer tours of its seven patient and family suites, living room, kitchen and dining area, laundry, conference room and courtyards. Opening this summer, the facility will provide acute hospice and respite care in a comfortable, homelike environment to patients in Brunswick County. Refreshments will be available. Information: (910) 523-2770

Brunswick County Intercultural Festival September 9 The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be held on September 9 from 10 am to 4 pm at Brunswick Community College. The event will “Bring The World to Brunswick County� with an international pavilion, food tasting ($6), vendors, story telling and performances from different regions of the world. Information: (910) 755-8083, interculturalfestival.wordpress.com or interculturalfestival@hotmail.com


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Opera for Opera Lovers — and Everyone Else STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY Carolyn Bowers

Left: UNCW associate professor Nancy King explains opera as only she can. Below: Marina De Ratmiroff, UNCW vocal instructor, opens the Southport Opera Series program accompanied by Pat Ainspac at the keyboard.

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years ago UNC-Wilmington voice professor Nancy King had a vision and a plan. Her vision was to popularize opera, to introduce it to school children and to bring it to the community at large. Her plan was to take her opera students on the road and have them perform in a variety of venues. This would expose more people to opera and also give her students a chance to perform in front of a live audience. “They were missing the acting portion of singing,” King says. “And they needed a fan club.” King teamed up with her good friend and accompanist Pat Ainspac and launched the UNCW Opera Outreach Project, or UNC-WOOP! Here’s how it works. First, King introduces an opera with the knowledge that only a learned professor could and with the wit of a seasoned comedian. Then her students sing several selections with their beautiful young voices and just the right amount of dramatic flair. The result? Their audiences appreciate opera as never before, and her students have a solid fan base. Clearly, a win-win. When UNC-WOOP! was in its infancy, the Friends of the Library Southport/Oak Island were looking for a way to honor a very special Southport resident and library supporter by doing something a little out of the ordinary. They decided to sponsor a program of music in her memory.

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Marge Leuschner and Mary Jones had heard about UNCWOOP! and asked King to perform at the Southport Community Center. King agreed, and she and Ainspac brought several of their students down for that first Southport performance. Every year since then, the group has performed the first two Sundays in February and has always attracted a standing-room-only crowd of devoted followers, both longtime opera buffs and recent converts.


When they returned this year to celebrate their 10th annual performance, King and Ainspac were greeted with a standing ovation. It was a well-deserved “thank you” for 10 years of extraordinary music, a little opera education and a lot of laughter. To commemorate their 10th performance in Southport, King chose selections from some of the most popular past performances and brought back a couple of alumni. Stephen Brand, Eastern Carolina University masters candidate, and Marina De Ratmiroff, UNCW voice instructor, opened the program with some Mozart pieces. First, a duet from Don Giovanni, where they acted out the seduction scene. Marina followed with an aria from Queen of the Night, and Steven sang a selection from The Marriage of Figaro. Last year’s graduate and opera series favorite Mary Claire Curran was back to team up with King. She let everyone hear her lovely soprano voice one more time before she leaves for graduate school. King and WHQR’s Bob Workmon wrapped up the afternoon with a selection from Franz Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow. In keeping with the Southport opera series tradition, the performance was followed by a reception, which gave the audience a chance to thank the vocalists personally. The following Sunday’s performance featured selections from the opera students’ upcoming road show, Cinderella, in English, and for kindergarten and first grade school kids. The opera

version that was selected was Massenet’s Cinderella, originally written in French, and translated by King. Mezzo-soprano Whitney Lanier started the afternoon off with Cinderella’s Lament, complete with broom in hand. Heather Bobeck sang the Rodgers and Hammerstein version of Ten Minutes Ago, which was followed by a duet with returning alumnus Alex Gazda and Bobeck singing Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful? The afternoon concluded with mezzo-soprano Connie Waddell knocking it out of the ballpark with an aria from Rossini’s Cinderella, sung in Italian, for which she was given a standing ovation. There is no charge for these performances, however the Friends of the Library have tables set up at each door to make it easy for attendees to pay the membership fee and become Friends for the current library year. To encourage that effort, the names of those who have signed up and paid their dues by the second Sunday’s performance are eligible for a drawing. This year, prizes were donated by Captain Bert Felton for a ride on the Solomon T, Oak Island’s Thai by the Sea for a dinner, Emma Thomas for a trip with The Adventure Kayak Company, and Stephen Phipps for a dinner at Mr. P’s Bistro in Southport. The second Sunday ended, as it always does, with a very vocal crowd asking King and Ainspac to promise to come back again next year. And once again, they did. n

Far left: Whitney Lanier sings Cinderella’s Lament. Left: Heather Bobeck and Alex Gazda sing Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful? Below: UNCW associate professor Nancy King with her daughters, Kyra (left) age 5, and Ella, age 8.

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Greenpeace Sails into Southport STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY Carolyn Bowers

In

February the environmental organization Greenpeace sailed its newly launched $33 million ship, Rainbow Warrior III, into Southport. Greenpeace is all about encouraging the people of the world to transition from environmentally harmful behavior to responsible conservation of the earth’s natural resources, and they came to Southport to protest Duke Energy’s use of coal-fired power stations. During Rainbow Warrior III’s two-day stay, a free shuttle boat transported more than 1,000 visitors from the Southport yacht basin to the 190-foot schooner, which was anchored in the Cape Fear River. Guests were shown the main features of the ship, including the helicopter deck and wheelhouse, where the younger passengers were invited to sit in the captain’s chair. Visitors were told about Greenpeace’s campaign against the use of fossil fuels, and their push for the development of wind power in North Carolina. Passengers were then encouraged to get out their cell phones and text Jim Rogers, president and CEO of Duke Energy, to register their complaints. Students from UNC Wilmington (UNCW) were on hand to assist the passengers on and off the Scuba South II shuttle boat and to answer any questions

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Left: Greenpeace encouraged passengers to immediately text Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers. Below: Crew member Lila Marjamaki describes the ship’s features from the wheelhouse. Bottom: Scuba South II ferries passengers from the Southport Yacht Basin to Rainbow Warrior III in the Cape Fear River.


Left: Greenpeace’s newest ship, the 190-foot Rainbow Warrior III, cost $33 million to custom build to the organization’s exact specifications. It launched in October 2011.

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Have Fun and Feel Six Great Events that Support Your Community

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may consider Brunswick County quaint and quiet, but one thing is for sure: there’s no lack of parties in this place. What makes our area different from big cities, aside from the beautiful beaches, friendly people, clean air, scrumptious Southern food and — well, you get the point — are the types of events that pop up on calendars around town. Sure, we have our galas with ball gowns and big limos, but we also have a wealth of relaxed golf outings, country shindigs and wine tastings. Our events may not feature the President of the United States or Donald Trump, but we attract fun country music stars and fabulous baseball greats to the towns of Brunswick County. So strap on your diamonds, but don’t forget the denim. Dust off the golf clubs and prepare the Nikes. Here’s a listing of our favorite events taking place this spring in this special place that we call home. What do all these events have in common, regardless of location and dress code? The causes that these events support are all wonderful. There’s no shortage of charitable folks living in Southern Brunswick County, that’s for certain.

What:

Ocean Isle Museum Foundation Wine Fest

Ocean Isle Museum Foundation

April 28

Benefits: When:

The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, which encompasses both the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium, has been enriching the coastal Carolina community for two decades. The two facilities provide educational programs for both the public and local school students through activities and exhibits in order to offer a “broader understanding of our earth, our solar system, and our universe.” What’s most attractive about the museum and the planetarium, however, is that they please all parties — parents are happy with the education instilled in their children, and children are happy with the fact that learning doesn’t feel like learning. With programs like touch tank feedings, beach walks and bird walks, sky theatre shows and laser light shows, guests benefit greatly while also having a blast. To celebrate 20 years of natural science and environmental education, the Foundation will hold a Wine Fest on April 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach. Proceeds from the Wine Fest

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will be used to refurbish the Museum of Coastal Carolina, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and Ingram Planetarium, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The Wine Fest will feature 16 different wines provided by the Yadkin Valley Wine Growers Association. Located in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley is rapidly gaining a reputation for its high-quality grapes and award-winning wines. In addition to an interesting variety of wines, tasty treats will be provided by Sharky’s, Sunset Beach Deli and Causeway Gourmet. The event will also feature live and silent auctions. The live auction, with auctioneer Ernie Perry of Perry’s Emporium Charlotte, will offer several unique items for bidding, including a signed and framed sea turtle giclée print by artist Guy Harvey, a weeklong stay in a Grand Cayman condo, an authentic Civil War musket, a private French and Low Country cooking class for 10 to 20 guests with Chef Eric Masson from The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro, and more. Event organizers expect to draw more than 300 guests to the black tie-optional event. “It should be a fun night of friends and neighbors sipping wonderful Yadkin Valley wines, tasting yummy treats prepared by local restaurants, and, best of all, supporting two great local attractions: the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium,” says Deb Boyce, who works in membership services for the Museum and Planetarium. Tickets cost $50 per person and are on sale now at the following locations: the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ingram Planetarium, Victoria’s Ragpatch (Ocean Isle location only), Brunswick Business Center and Sunset River Marketplace. Individual and corporate sponsorships ranging from $125 to $5,000 are available.

For more information about the event or becoming a sponsor, contact Deb Boyce at (910) 579-1016 or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.

What:

Girls on the Run Race

Girls on the Run and STRIDE

April 28

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Visit Ocean Isle Beach on April 28 and you’ll see mobs of children running through the streets. Safely, of course, and for a great cause. Girls on the Run of Coastal Carolina is a program of the Wilmington Family YMCA that encompasses a tencounty area including Brunswick County. The nonprofit, after-school program is designed for girls in third to eighth grades, with a mission to “educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.” The Girls on the Run program draws community volunteers, teachers and parents together to coach girls over a ten-week period, with a goal to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” At the end of the ten-week program, the girls participate in a 5K race together. As a result of the popularity of the girls-only Girls on the Run program, STRIDE was developed for boys in the 44

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spring of 2010. Girls on the Run of Coastal Carolina and STRIDE are funded entirely by donations, fees, grants and sponsorships of events like the upcoming April 28 race. Naber Dodge and the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club, along with other area Rotary clubs, will be major sponsors of the April 28 race. Organizers anticipate almost 150 girls and 30 boys in Brunswick County schools to participate.

For more information about — or how to support — the Girls on the Run and STRIDE programs, visit www.nckidsrun.org.

What:

Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball

Brunswick County’s Lower Cape Fear Hospice

May 3

Benefits: When:

Hosted by the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation, the inaugural Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball will be held on May 3 at the St. James Community Center. The event will raise funds to support Brunswick County’s Lower Cape Fear Hospice Closer to Home campaign. “The Sheriff’s Foundation was started this past January by Sheriff Ingram because he wanted to create an annual fund-raising event that would support a different local nonprofit each year,” explains Sheriff’s Foundation chair Monique Stenquist. “He wanted to make sure that all of the money raised will stay in Brunswick County, so we created our own foundation to do just that.” When asked why the foundation chose Hospice as the beneficiary for the inaugural event, Stenquist explains the desire to help complete a project that is so critical to the community. “We felt it was important to support the Hospice Closer to Home campaign because we wanted to help complete that project,” says Stenquist. “You see, there is no Hospice facility in Brunswick County. People in need of their services have to travel to New Hanover County. There’s just such a dire need to get this Hospice house built and functioning here, so we decided to support them with our event. In the fall, we’ll take applications and pick a different nonprofit for the second annual event.” The Closer to Home campaign is an effort by the Brunswick County Lower Cape Fear Hospice to raise funds needed to build its third hospice care center. Construction of the seven-bed facility located off of Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia is anticipated to be complete by June 2012. The Western-themed Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball will feature a social hour with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine; a full sit-down dinner of surf and turf by Coastal Catering; live music by 2010 Carolina Music Awards Country Artist of the Year Madonna Nash; dancing; a live auction with items like diamonds and designer jeans, a weeklong rental at a lakefront estate near Lake Lure and a round of golf at St. James Plantation, among other items; and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets cost $125 per person and, due to limited space in the Community Center, are only available to the first 240 guests. “We purposely chose the Diamonds and Denim theme because it will set us apart from other events,” says Stenquist. “I’ve been involved in many events and they’re all black tie-optional. I said to the Sheriff, ‘That’s not you, that’s not us.’ We wanted to reach out to the people who don’t want to do black tie. I had heard about a Diamonds and

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For more information about this event, visit www.sheriffscharity.com or call (910) 253-0922.

What:

FORE! KIDZ Golf Tournament

Local and international charities of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary

May 19

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The South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club will host its 18th annual FORE! KIDZ golf tournament at Tiger’s Eye in Ocean Ridge Plantation on May 19. Last year’s tournament helped the SBI Rotary to raise more than $25,000 to support several nonprofit programs. “The focus of our club’s fundraising continues to be the youth of our local community as well as international communities around the world,” says SBI Rotary president Mary Ellen Good. “Locally, we have a fully endowed scholarship at Brunswick Community College and we also extend scholarships to graduates of West Brunswick High School for academics and marching band. Each year we give a dictionary to third-grade students and we promote good citizenship through our Citizenship Awards for elementary school students. We also support Girls on the Run, a program for building self-esteem among young girls. These are just a few of the community programs we support through funds raised each year at our FORE! KIDZ Golf Tournament.” SBI Rotary is seeking sponsors and golfers for this year’s tournament. Entry fees and most sponsorship levels include greens and cart fees for four, a full breakfast buffet, hot lunch, beverages (nonalcoholic) on the course, one ticket for a door prize drawing, a golfer’s goody bag, driving range balls and a 2012 FORE! KIDZ Golf Tournament souvenir. The tournament will feature three flights of play with a payout to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in each flight. There will also be prizes for numerous on-the-course skills challenges. Golfers should plan to arrive well before the 9 am shotgun start in order to enjoy the free breakfast buffet (at 7:30 am) and practice at the driving range. The breakfast buffet and driving range balls are included in the entry fee. Golfers may apply only as a complete foursome for an entry fee of $500 (per foursome). All of the net proceeds will benefit the local, regional and international charitable programs of the SBI Rotary.

For more information about the 2012 FORE! KIDZ Golf Tournament, visit www.sbirotary.org, email Lin Kelly at lin@linkelly.com or call (910) 393-7194.

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Future Generations Golf Tournament

The First Tee of Brunswick County

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The First Tee of Brunswick County (TFTBC) is a not-for-profit organization that utilizes the game of golf to “impact, influence and inspire” children throughout Brunswick County. The group has found a creative way to captivate youth through educational programs that “build character and citizenship, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices”, and has been successful in doing so for more than seven years. A major fund-raiser for the organization, the Future Generations Tournament has been recognized as the biggest golf tournament in the area. Now in its second year, the event will be held on June 2 at St. James Plantation, and event organizers anticipate just as much success as the inaugural event. “It’s the biggest tourney around,” says Wayne Moody, this year’s event chairman. “And it’s for a great cause.” All four of the acclaimed St. James courses will be in play: The Reserve, The Members, The Players and The Founders clubs. The tournament format is Captain’s Choice with registration beginning at 8:30 am and a shotgun start at 10 am. The team entry fee of $380 will include cart and green fees, a box lunch, cocktail hour with complimentary beer and wine as well as dinner and entertainment for guest foursomes. Only team reservations will be accepted. The tournament will also feature live and silent auctions, a raffle, autographed memorabilia and gift certificates for golf, area restaurants, stores and businesses. A Hole-in-One Contest on each course will feature four tickets to the 2013 Masters Tournament (Tuesday’s round) with limo service to and from Brunswick County and admission to the hospitality suite. All of the net proceeds from the tournament will go to TFTBC for its year-round programming, which reaches nearly 7,000 Brunswick County children. Dalton Gore, a graduate of The First Tee of Brunswick County, explains what the program has meant to him. “The First Tee changed my life,” Dalton says. “What I learned from the Life Skills and Nine Core Values along with the caliber of the coaching was awesome. The First Tee paved the way for me to play in their national tournament at Pebble Beach and helped me earn a full golf scholarship to Mt. Olive College. I can’t imagine where I’d be without The First Tee.” “This tournament raises the resources we need to impact the lives of thousands of Brunswick County youth,” notes Carol Petrea, co-founder of TFTBC along with her husband, Rusty. “Through our programming, we teach character development and life skills and provide leadership training through the medium of golf. We’re all about nurturing the future generations of our youngsters and helping them to become model citizens as well as the community leaders of tomorrow.” Registration for the tournament will be on a first come, first served basis. To register a foursome, prospective players should visit the Future Generations Tournament website at www.thefirstteebrunswickcounty.org. On the site, registrants can use a credit card on PayPal or pay by check.

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Grape Geeks & Gurus Silver Coast Winery’s Amateur Wine Competition STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY Carolyn Bowers

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of buying that first $99 wine kit. It could be the start of what will morph into a very expensive hobby. But it might also be the beginning of an exciting new passion and priceless friendships. At least that is how it turned out for Jim Wilgus of Mableton, Georgia, three-time gold medal winner in the Silver Coast Winery 9th Annual Amateur Wine Competition held in March in Ocean Isle Beach. Wilgus got his start in the winemaking business 10 years ago when his wife, Judy, gave him a gag gift — a “Make Your Own Merlot” winemaking kit from the Discovery Store. “The wine was terrible,” Wilgus says. “But making it was a lot of fun.” Wilgus quickly became hooked. Ten years and over a thousand dollars later, he has accumulated 16 medals and met a lot of other wine hobbyists who have become friends. “This year’s entries in the competition were the best wines we have ever had,” says Al Gomes, Silver Coast Winery tasting room manager and one of the competition judges. “This is the first year we have had anyone get a ‘perfect score,’ and we had three of them.” Gomes explains the scoring system like this. Each judge scores the wine based on a 20-point system. The wines are 50

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judged on five elements: appearance (3 points), aroma (6 points), taste (6 points), aftertaste (3 points) and overall impression (2 points). Medals are awarded as follows: gold (18-20), silver (15-17) and bronze (13-14). The three that had perfect scores were wines by Jim Wilgus, Chris Miller and Ricardo Torres. Miller won Best in Competition with a nearly perfect sherry. Forty-two wines were entered in this year’s competition, which drew contestants from as far away as New York, Maryland, Ohio and Georgia. About 20 people were on hand to cheer the medal recipients, compare stories and enjoy sampling all of the entries. Josh Bennett had to work, so he couldn’t be there to hear the applause when his name was called again and again. His wife, Linda, made five trips to the winner’s table to collect his medals — two golds, a silver, a bronze and an honorable mention. And this was Bennett’s first competition. Linda says he prefers to start with the real fruit, instead of using juice or a concentrate. He hopes to grow his own grapes one of these days, but for now he gets his grapes and peaches from her parents’ home in Hickory, N.C. “The quality of his wines has gotten better every year,” Linda says. “He listens to the comments they give him and he does what they tell him. He plants, cares for, and picks his own blackberries.


Clockwise from top: Judy Wilgus, Regina Berg, Linda Fritz, Linda Bennett, Jim Wilgus, Kay Bolick and Al Gomes enjoy a glass of wine and some snacks after the medal ceremony; David Thorp, manager of the Silver Coast Winery store in Southport does a wine-tasting on St. Patrick’s Day; After the medals were given out, the participants shared their entries with the group.

Josh thinks, ‘If it’s a fruit it can be made into a wine.’” Charles Fritz, from Hickory, also was unable to attend the medal ceremony, but was represented by his wife, Linda, who couldn’t wait to call him and let him know that he won two gold medals, his first ever. Gomes is the man behind the Silver Coast Winery’s annual competitions. He has been the tasting room manager ever since he answered an ad in the Brunswick Beacon in 2002 for a barrel washer. “When I interviewed with them, they soon discovered that I knew a little something about wines,” Gomes says. That was a bit of an understatement. Gomes began helping his amateur-winemaking father when he was five years old. “He used to take me with him to taste the grapes,” Gomes says. At age 18, his dad gave him his own equipment and they competed against each other. Silver Coast Winery started the amateur winemaking competitions nine years ago as an outgrowth from the seminars Gomes gave. A lot of the same people compete each year and look forward to the annual medal ceremony to see their friends,

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congratulate the winners and encourage the new folks. The competition makes the event exciting, but the camaraderie is what makes it so much fun. The stories of winemaking as a hobby morphing into an all-consuming passion are matched only by the story of how the Silver Coast Winery came into being. A transplanted Southport resident by the name of Maryann Azzato had a little idea that didn’t work, so she turned it into a much bigger idea. And that worked perfectly. As Azzato tells the story, when she moved to Southport 18 years ago, she was struck with the fact that if you lived in Southport and wanted a good bottle of wine, you needed to travel either to Myrtle Beach or Wilmington. So, she thought, why not start a wine club? The club would import fine wine. That sounded like a reasonable solution, until she learned that, at the time, importing wine was also a felony. Private individuals could not import wine into North Carolina; it had to be made here (the law has since been rescinded and now individuals can import no more than two cases per month). Not to be deterred, Azzato had another idea. She learned of a winery in Massachusetts that was run by a bunch of Italian iron workers. They were closing, so she bought their inventory. Next she bought an old barbecue restaurant, hired a local architect, wrote a business plan, got the bank to give her a loan, and in May of 2002 became the owner of southeastern North Carolina’s only winery. But she didn’t stop there. In a conversation with her best friend and artist, Justine Ferreri, Azzato said, “I don’t want to move out in the woods by myself. Let’s incorporate your art gallery and the winery together.” Ferreri agreed, closed her shop in the Lowes Foods shopping center and set up a gallery in the winery. 52

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Clockwise from left: Linda Fritz with her husband’s winning wine bottles; Judy Wilgus, Jim Wilgus and Kay Bolick with Jim’s winning entries; Linda Bennett with her husband’s winning entries.

Today the art gallery is one of the main features of the winery, with juried artists from all over the state competing for a chance to hang their works there. Currently, the well-known metal sculptor David McCune has several distinctive pieces on exhibit, and the featured artist is Michael S. Green, whose paintings include whimsical pieces as well as landscapes and scenics. And, of course, Ferreri’s easily recognizable figures dot the walls. In addition to sampling good wine and enjoying lovely works of art, visitors to the winery are treated to a tour to see how the wine is made. Then there is the Barrel Room, which is available for weddings and other events and is filled on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons with line dancers. Now that the winery is doing so well, the entrepreneurial spirit in Azzato has sprung up again. She has recently opened a satellite store for Silver Coast Winery in Southport on Howe Street. Taking advantage of its proximity to the water, the theme is the coastal waterway. The bar is the hull of a boat, and, as soon as it is delivered, the cashier’s desk will be a stern. Clearly the overriding theme for both locations is the same: Come join us for a wine tasting, a little education, a bit of art and a lot of fun. And all this is because Maryann Azzato didn’t want to go to jail for starting a wine club. n


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Paul Guerin’s Life in the Fun Zone

STORY BY Jason Frye PHOTOGRAPHY BY Kristin Goode

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a corner of the basement workshop in his Boiling Spring Lakes home, Paul Guerin’s wooden toys line the shelves. Here, a city bus, a tow truck; there, a dump truck, a crane, a pickup truck. Airplanes and trees and trains. A Jeep hauling a trailer loaded down with an ATV. And what looks to be a 1946 Ford Super Deluxe woodie station wagon, complete with a surfboard. Each one of these creations is made with glue and dowels. The only nail to appear anywhere acts as the hinge for an opening door on one truck. The toys are hand-sanded, and while a few have been painted, most are natural wood. In a lot of ways, the toy woodie and surfboard are the perfect confluence of Guerin’s past and present. Guerin grew up in San Jose, California, an hour southeast of San Francisco, 45

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minutes east of Half Moon Bay (home of the world-famous Mavericks surf break), so he saw his share of woodie wagons, top racks loaded with surfboards. Now, when he heads to the beach he sees similar sights: surfboards in the beds of trucks, lashed to the tops of vans, sticking out the windows of cars. “It’s great here,” Guerin says. “And not just my shop, but here, in this part of North Carolina. There’s surf – though I haven’t been on a board in years – and there’s a supportive arts community, I love the weather, and my grandkids are nearby.” The grandkids – 6-year-old twins Max and Ally – are what brought Guerin and his wife, Paulette, to Brunswick County. They’re what made him finally settle in and make a space for himself – and ultimately find a new career.

Top: Guerin’s daughter’s first car. Left and right: Paul and Paulette Guerin in the toyshop with their grandchildren, Max and Ally.

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“I was an industrial sheet metal installer specializing in the HVAC systems of textile mills, a van customizer, a roofer, framer and carpenter of all sorts,” Guerin says. That sort of work puts you on the road a lot, which means you’re away from home, which means you don’t get to see your daughter grow up quite as much as you want to. Guerin’s most prized toy car is one he didn’t build; it’s his daughter’s Pinewood Derby car. The car is little more than a wedge of wood with the edges sanded and a slight but purposeful waviness to the top. She painted it blue with polka dots all over. “I wasn’t home when she made this, but it makes me proud,” says Guerin. “This


Clockwise from top right: Paul and Max; toy plans on paper; Max: Paulette and Ally.

car’s about 22 years old, so’s that train up top. Around the same time she made this, she got me this book of plans and patterns for building toys.” He turns the car in his hands before putting it back in its resting place. Guerin made the first train 22 years ago; it’s on the top shelf. On the next shelf down is the second train, from 20 years ago. There are a few trucks here and there before a decades-long gap when cars and trucks began appearing on the shelf again in earnest. The story of the gap goes like this: Guerin moved from Maine to Mexico, all across the Midwest and northern plains before moving to the Carolinas. He lived first in Greenville, South Carolina, then

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migrated to Lexington, North Carolina. He got out of van customization and sheet metal fabrication and into home construction. He and Paulette bought a house on the lake in Lexington, fixed it up, added on to it and lived there, believing they’d be there the rest of their lives. Then their daughter called. “She said, ‘Daddy, I have a five-year plan. In five years, I want you to move down here,’” says Guerin. “Paulette and I thought it sounded like a good idea, so we started thinking about an exit strategy.” Guerin’s daughter graduated from UNCW, but not before the Cape Fear area could make a lasting impression on her. She stayed, moving to Boiling Spring Lakes and finding work at Progress Energy. Then one day she called again. “Oh, it was maybe a year later and I pick up the phone,” Guerin says. “She says, ‘Daddy, there’s been a change to the five-year plan. Can you make it a nine-month plan?’ That thrilled us, the prospect of our daughter and her growing family, getting to see our grandkids grow up. It sounded perfect.” The Guerins got busy putting the house together to sell, looking for property near their daughter and making preparations to move, when they got another call from their daughter. “Daddy,” she said, “can you make it more like seven months? I’m having twins.” “We put the house on the market on January 1, it sold on January 16, and Max and Ally were born on January 29,” says Guerin. “It was a pretty busy month.” In the six years that have followed, things changed for Guerin. “When I moved here, I built my house and had a hard time finding anyone to help,” says Guerin. “It was booming. Once I finished, I found some work doing construction, then it all came to a halt. For going on four years now I’ve been mostly unemployed.”

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Then he saw Tony Aweeky’s work at the Oak Island Craft Show, and his tools in the garage workshop began to call to him. “The whole reason I make these wooden cars and trucks is because of Tony Aweeky,” says Guerin. “I was at the Oak Island Craft Show and I saw some of his wooden toys and it reignited the spark I had to make some myself. So I did.” Guerin decided to make toys again. “It’s what I wanted to do for a long time and now I have all the time I need,” he says. Guerin broke out the book of plans his daughter gave him and studied, went to his shop and began working on a truck. Then another and another. Soon he had a shelf full of cars and trucks, a box full of jigs used to speed up making the parts, and some momentum. Now he has a wall full of cars, trucks, a pair of airplanes and even a sternwheeler river boat. With his daughter’s encouragement he’s placed a few in Lantana’s, a gallery in downtown Southport, where he says he’s garnered a lot of interest. This year he’s looking forward to joining the ranks of other local artists at craft and art fairs like the Oak Island Craft Show. And maybe not with just wooden cars and trucks. For many years, he and Paulette have been making leaded stained glass panes. Recently, he’s experimented with fused glass heated in a pottery kiln. “We’d love to do more of this,” Guerin says, holding up a nearly completed stained glass piece. It’s of cattails, a common sight in coastal North Carolina, and it’s quite good. “You have to play with it, like with wood, to get the grains of the glass going in the right way,” he says. His fingers trace a leaf on one cattail and you can see the fine lines of the glass grain running through it, following the shape of the leaf. “This – the cars, working on projects with Max and Ally, the stained glass – is more satisfying than anything I ever did professionally and I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” he says. Neither would Max or Ally. Guerin made them rocking horses when they were one, and something else each birthday thereafter. Hanging in his workshop among antique hand tools are their aprons, their tiny hammers and some projects the three of them have completed. “They love the shop,” he says. “I’ll turn around and one of them has half the trucks off the wall playing with them. It’s about the most satisfying sight I can imagine.” n

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Struggling Students Find Help at the BCC Food Bank STORY BY Teresa A. McLamb PHOTOGRAPHY BY Kristin Goode

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Above: Faculty, staff and students at BCC are working together to help combat hunger among the community college’s students.

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students in our nation’s public schools receive free or reduced-cost lunches. Some even benefit from various programs that send food home with kids on the weekend. None of these programs, however, extends to college-age students. It has become obvious that the need for free or low-cost meals continues into college, and the students, staff and faculty at Brunswick Community College are doing something about it. A budgeting exercise in a classroom underscored the need. “Last semester, we had an instructor who did a project on budgeting,” says Julie Olsen of Student Services at Brunswick Community College (BCC). “She found that several people in the class live on $20 a month for food. She brought that to our attention.” Olsen says she had been aware of some need and had wanted to do something like a food bank in the past, but couldn’t get it pulled together. After this discovery, however, she became determined. “I said, ‘This can’t go on any more. I can’t have my kids hungry. It breaks my heart,’” says Olsen. “We sent out emails, and I now have more food in my office than I know what to do with. It’s a great thing.”


Below: Julie Olsen, who works in Student Services at BCC, was instrumental in starting a free food bank at the school.

BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams says she first learned of the students’ food needs shortly after coming to the college, through a conversation with the school’s comptroller, Sheila Galloway. Discussions with the school’s business office and student services staff pushed the idea forward. “The college came together in an unusual way to meet the need of the students,” Adams says. With the Student Government Association’s (SGA) involvement, a process has been set up so that students can explain their need and apply to receive food. “We have an application process,” Olsen says. “I want the right people to get the food.” Using forms she collected from other food banks, Olsen

designed a process that takes into account family size and income. Faculty and staff members become involved by making recommendations based on their knowledge of students. Thus far, all students who have applied for food have been granted access to the program. Food is distributed twice each week. The SGA helped get the word out to students in need as well as to those who could donate food. There are also signs up at the school detailing the program. SGA President Mike Matthews says, “It’s still a work in progress,” but he believes that the people who really need the food will be helped. Even before applications were accepted, emergency food was handed out to individuals who were identified. Spring 2012

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“Our goal is to provide the food free of charge,” Matthews says. “We’re here. The student government’s mission is to help students.” Help for the BCC Food Bank came from a variety of sources. “Beverly Binetti [in the BCC Foundation office] has been instrumental in securing donations through the Foundation office,” Olsen says. Although those donations have been primarily food, they also have included hygiene products, paper towels and other nonperishables. “I’ve really got the gamut of stuff in here,” Olsen says, noting that school supplies such as pens and paper are also needed. “If [the students] are on a Pell Grant, they can get these items from the bookstore, but if they’re not, they could use these items.” The BCC Foundation office also has some latitude to assist students with emergencies. Students can borrow small sums from the foundation for emergencies or when they’re waiting for their Pell Grant funds to arrive. The business office also can make small loans to students who are on financial aid, Binetti says. As for the food bank, donations have quickly rolled in from the community. One community member called and said she and her family do not exchange gifts [for the holidays]; instead they pick a charity. She brought in $200 of nonperishable foods. Others brought in bags of nonperishable items, including hygiene products and school supplies. Even the ceramics class at the New Hanover County Senior Center has joined the effort, donating food on a weekly basis. The fact that there is not a dedicated area for the food bank hasn’t tempered anyone’s enthusiasm. Food is stacked in Olsen’s office. “We don’t have a place to put it,” says Olsen. “I have it on the couch, on a bookshelf.” After she mentioned needing another bookshelf, a foundation board member donated one. Although Adams says the facilities office is attempting to find a place with cabinets and lockers to house the food, Olsen likes having it in close proximity and she enjoys the opportunity it gives her to interact with students.

In addition to the food bank, the college has collected information on community resources such as other food banks and social services for those students in need. While food banks have cropped up in enough universities to catch the attention of network news programs, Adams says she is not aware of one in another community college. “We have such a large county,” says Adams. “So many students don’t know where they should go for help. Julie has done a marvelous job of putting together resources.” The number one reason students leave college is financial need, Adams says. “They could be homeless and have no food, living in a car,” Adams says. “The face of the homeless has changed. It’s families. It’s young college students. They can get to the university, but they can’t pay for food to eat. The difficult thing is that we are not social services, but we feel that as a part of the educational process, we need to educate the students on where they can get help. What has worked really well is it coming through our faculty. They know when a student is hungry or in trouble, and they know to send that student to Julie. That’s the route we’ve taken so far.” n

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Very Pinterest-ing

Social Media Site Inspires Locals to Get Creative

STORY BY Hilary Brady

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massive movement in the world of DIY-ing has commenced, and creative folks around the nation — and in your neighborhood — have one website to thank: Pinterest. Your friends are cooking more frequently, your children’s teachers are teaching more creatively, your spouse is ... well, your spouse is being forced to build things typically left to the professionals. All because of Pinterest. Pinterest boasts millions of ideas on thousands of topics, from teaching grammar using fun techniques to getting tough stains out of fabric; from how to make homemade Snickers bars and drool-worthy doughnuts to ways to tone flabby abs after eating said sweets; from hairstyle inspiration to home renovation. The site is best explained as a virtual pinboard, a place to collect and share ideas among friends and, actually, anybody who chooses to “follow” you. The online community replaces the archaic concept of website bookmarks by allowing the user to categorize ideas —

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This page: Pinterest gives you not only the ideas, but also the instructions for getting it done.

illustrated by a photo thumbnail — for simpler and more visually appealing browsing. Each pinboard, or category, makes up a square on your homepage and, within each square are pretty little pictures of sample pins on that board. It’s so much more appealing than a bunch of text in a dropdown box. Bottom line? You won’t truly understand Pinterest until you become a user. And — I speak from experience here — once you become a user, you will become a Pinterest addict. Don’t believe me? Ask my family. This once mac n’ cheese–only makin’

momma is now whipping up baked cheesy chicken penne with a side of bacon-wrapped asparagus and Chocolate Earthquake Cake for dessert. And I do that five times a week. It’s not a miracle, people. It’s Pinterest. Because you need to know what you’re missing here, let me offer an example. You find a recipe online that other Pinterest users are buzzing about — a recipe that claims to be simple and scrumptious. Instead of printing out the instructions to collect dust in a hard-copy cookbook or filing it away in the unorganized abyss that is your Spring 2012

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computer’s bookmark toolbar, you “pin” this recipe to your “dinner ideas” pinboard. The recipe, visually represented by a photo thumbnail of the prepared dish, now awaits you in an organized and easy-to-find format. While it sits on that board, you continue to hear other friends/Pinterest users raving about this dish. The recipe that tempted you in the first place continues to reappear on other user’s pinboards, enticing you even further. Therein lies the beauty of Pinterest. The once uninspired, intimidated and way-too-busy-too cook mom of two tries her fate. Pinterest users create the buzz; she thinks “I can do this.” The Rocky theme plays. She caves. She clicks it, she cooks it, she impresses herself and her family. Voila, she becomes the new Bobby Flay of Brunswick County. And the addiction begins.

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So much more than mouth-watering meals Although it is one of the most common themes, Pinterest is not confined to cooking. You can find “Bucket List” pinboards where users pin photos and links to beautiful locations that they’d like to visit; “Cool Crafts” pinboards where pinners channel their inner Martha Stewart; “Dream Home” boards that collect fun home décor ideas; “Inspirational Words” boards that showcase a pinner’s collection of motivational quotes found online; and “My Style” boards where users save favorite clothing items or outfit combinations.

This page: DIY projects that turn out this well are empowering and fun.

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Want a sewing pattern for a ruffle-bottom romper? Pinterest has it. Need a cool craft for your five-year-old on a rainy day? You have thousands to choose from on Pinterest. Don’t know how to get grease out of a T-shirt or silly putty out of pants? Pinterest does. You name it; you can find it on Pinterest. The social media site is more than just storing ideas, though; it’s sharing ideas too. Most of the fun is found by browsing your friends’ and followers’ pins, and then repinning the pins that you like to your own pinboard. You can view comments made by others — for example, what can be used as an alternate ingredient in a pinned recipe — and the number of repins the item boasts, which is a good way to identify hot trends. It sounds confusing, but you’ll get the hang of it quickly. Before you know it, your Pinterest inspiration will have you building barn doors for your home and bringing Hollywood’s Boho style to Brunswick County. True story. How have you lived this long and not heard about Pinterest, you ask? The site was launched two years ago — early 2010 — but it wasn’t until recently that this social media sensation took off. The site’s traffic increased 429 percent between September and December of 2011, now claiming 3.2 million users. Pinterest has been identified as one of the top five referring sites for retailers, and Time magazine named the site one of the top 50 websites for 2011. Experts predict that 2012 will be to Pinterest what 2006 was to Facebook. Brace yourselves husbands because Pinterest is here, which means only one thing: Mama’s gettin’ crafty this year.

Photo by Bryce Lafoon

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Favorite things to pin: “Whatever strikes my fancy that day. I have over 60 boards, so I’m all over the place with what I like. Some days it’s home-school ideas, sometimes it’s recipes, and some days, when holidays are coming up, I look at ideas for things that go along with that event — crafts, gifts, foods to make, you know? I’d say 90 percent of the time I am looking at what my friends are pinning. And, sometimes, if I’m looking for something specific, I’ll do a general search to find what I need.”

Favorite things to pin: “Craft projects and cutesy gift ideas. For example, my husband has a nephew who is 14 – his birthday is in June. There’s this idea on Pinterest to take balloons and fill them with money, blow them up, stick them in a box and ship it. It’s such a neat idea because the person has to actually work for the money and it’s so much cuter than just a Walmart gift card. There’s also that idea for a teacher gift — the beach towel wrapped with a magazine. I just don’t have enough time to think of these cute ideas so I’m glad that somebody else does!”

Favorite pin completed: “Probably the solution that removes yellow stains from shirts. You know how your kid’s or your husband’s or even your own white shirts get those nasty yellow stains under the arms? This solution is the first thing I have found that actually works to get them out. I was like, ‘Hallelujah, this is the best thing ever!’”

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Number of pins completed to date: “Ten or more.”

The kids think: “[My daughter], who’s ten, actually has her own account. We were constantly looking on Pinterest together and she kept saying, ‘Wow, why didn’t I think of that?!’ So [because it’s required to have a Facebook or Twitter account], I set her up with a Facebook account, which she doesn’t know how to get into, and now she has her own Pinterest profile. She enjoys it for the same reasons that I do, it’s a one-stop-shop to find everything that you’ve ever needed.” How Pinterest changed my life: “Pinterest has given me an unlimited source of information on so many topics. I can always count on Pinterest to find everything from DIY projects for stain removal to low-carb recipes for my daughter who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, from educational home-school ideas to holiday crafts. It’s just overall a really great source.” The creative cook trapped within a working mom’s schedule

Holly Biasi, Ocean Isle

Pinterest profile: 22 Boards • 1,094 Pins Pinterest obsession began in: November 2011 How did you discover Pinterest? “I was out of town visiting my cousin, who I always get these great recipes from, and we were talking. She asked if I had heard about Pinterest and I was like, ‘Um, what?’ She sent me an invite and I have been addicted ever since.” How much time do you spend on Pinterest? “I sit down for an hour at a time at least five days a week. On the weekends, I love to sit in my living room and catch up on my DVR while pinning away.”

Number of pins completed to date: “Probably 30.” Favorite pin completed: “One of the recipes, for sure. It’s a cheddar bacon ranch pull. You take sourdough, slice it, fill it with cheese and a bacon ranch sauce, bake it and then eat it. It was the most awesome thing. Everyone tore that up. Oh, and we loved the chocolate chip cookie dough dip and the Funfetti cake mix dip. Those are wonderful too. Almost everything that I cooked for my Super Bowl party was from Pinterest. I got rave reviews on everything I did and it was the first time I had made any of it.” How Pinterest changed my life: “I get so busy in everyday life — but that creative person inside with all of these good intentions doesn’t have time to get it all done. I love that I can pin things that aren’t complicated, like quick recipes. [Pinterest] stimulates that creative part of my soul that needs to be fed but that the working mom that I am doesn’t have time to do. Basically, it takes the chore away from being creative.” Spring 2012

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The obsessed with organizing clinical specialist

Diana Boso, Shallotte

Pinterest profile: 19 Boards • 382 Pins Pinterest obsession began in: June 2011 How did you discover Pinterest? “I follow a photographer’s blog and she talked about Pinterest all the time. A couple months went by and I started to see friends post about it on Facebook. That’s when I decided I needed to see what it was all about. I got hooked, and now I have a lot of coworkers hooked too.” How addicted are you, on a scale of 1 to 10? “Oh this is embarrassing … I’d say a 7 or 8?!” Favorite things to pin: “Anything for the home, easy DIY projects, and crafts or anything to do with the kids. I’m really into the organizational stuff right now; that’s my new hobby, so I’m going crazy with all the tips I’ve found [on Pinterest].” Favorite pin completed: “My mirror; it looks so good. And [my daughter’s] birthday party. I saw the idea for the rainbow theme on Pinterest and just went with it, from the food served and the favors to the decorations and her hand-made outfit. It turned out really awesome.” The spouse says: “Well, he has mixed feelings. He doesn’t really get what the big deal is about the site, but he always likes the finished product. I like it because I can show him the project instead of trying to just explain it. We painted our laundry room this weekend and it was so much easier to just show him exactly what I wanted.”

Photos by Bryce Lafoon

How Pinterest changed my life: “More than anything, it gives me an outlet for creativity. I want to be a creative person but I just don’t have that brain. With Pinterest, I can copy other people’s ideas and it still satisfies that desire to actually make something. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.”

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The recently revived creative queen and familyfocused mom

Wendy Fullerton, Ocean Isle Beach Pinterest profile: 13 Boards • 240 Pins Pinterest obsession began in: December 2011 Favorite things to pin: “Recipes and photo poses to try with the kids.” Number of projects completed to date: “Four. My first project was making hand soap. The Mrs. Meyers basil scent. It was pretty intense, but rewarding — grating the large bar of soap was fun for about two seconds! I have a gallon of it, though, and it cost me less than $3 to make! I’ve covered light switches with fabric, and I even found a recipe for hair repair that I used on my baby girl when she had cradle cap — problem solved! I have found beautiful fabric ideas and gorgeous color combinations that I used during the process of painting our home the second time around. I’m now working on Mason jar lights and an outdoor wreath that is very special to me. My grandparents — who are no longer with us — made it together many years ago. I want to decorate it with dragonflies, flowers and maybe a wooden ‘F’ for our last name.” Favorite project completed: “My stairway photo wall. I love the way it turned out — it’s basically a documented timeline of our family since we’ve had babies. For my husband and I, having children is by far the most amazing thing we’ve ever been a part of. I love being a mama! The captured moments of Eli and Caroline are simply priceless, and I also have a couple of impressive photographs of the ocean. I am a

North Carolina girl, born and raised; the two loves of my Southern life are family and the beach, and I’m glad that I was able to capture and memorialize that, all from a simple idea on Pinterest.” The spouse says: “He actually thinks it’s healthy for me to have [Pinterest] as an outlet. Plus, he loves all the new meals on our family menu.” How Pinterest changed my life: “[Pinterest] has inspired me and made me feel more like a ‘mom’. It’s opened my eyes to see that I need more Wendy time and it’s allowed me to get back to my creative side. [Pinterest] has also helped me be more creative when it comes to putting together fun outfits, which is something I look forward to — looking cute — when I can actually get out of the house and go somewhere!” n Spring 2012

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The Withrows A New Life in Sunset Ridge STORY BY Rebecca Pierre PHOTOGRAPHY BY Chris Campbell

Above: Susan and Jan Withrow chose the Sunset Ridge community in Ocean Isle Beach for their retirement years.

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Susan and Jan Withrow have only been in their home in Sunset Ridge for about a year, they are not exactly strangers to the area. For Susan, moving to Ocean Isle Beach was almost a homecoming, as she was born in nearby Wilmington and is a graduate of New Hanover High School. Jan, on the other hand, is originally from a small town near Pittsburgh, Pa. Jan and Susan met in the early 1970s when Jan, who recently retired as director of Contract Manufacturing for DuPont, came to Wilmington, N.C., in 1972 for the start-up of the DuPont


Plant. Susan and Jan married and began their family in Wilmington. Eventually, in 1979, Jan was transferred back to corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. Susan was a stay-at-home mom raising five daughters. Jan’s dad had been a scout for the Cardinals and Jan played baseball in college as well as in the army, so it’s no surprise that all their girls were involved in sports. Susan says when she and Jan were dating he dragged her all over Wilmington to baseball games to be sure she would be happy with someone who loved sports. The Withrows spent countless hours hauling the girls to and from basketball, field hockey, soccer and softball practices and attending their games. One of the girls was a four-sport athlete, and another was awarded a college scholarship to play field hockey. Four of the five girls attended colleges in North Carolina, at N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Greensboro. After their children married, the Withrows liked to spend their family Thanksgivings near the ocean on the Outer Banks, renting a house large enough for the entire family, including the parents of their sons-in-law. Starting about ten years before Jan’s retirement, the Withrows began searching for the perfect place to spend their retirement years. They wanted to live near the ocean and searched the East Coast from Delaware to Palm Coast, Fla. They eventually decided on the Ocean Isle Beach area. Susan, who still has family in North Carolina, is very happy to be back in her home state. The Withrows chose to build in the Sunset Ridge community and were extremely pleased with their experience with Bill Clark Homes. Jan says their experience with Bill Clark Homes Sales Consultant Eric Lank was without pressure and was very positive. “Eric was professional, knowledgeable, helpful and cooperative,” says Jan.

From top: The Withrows searched the East Coast from Delaware to Florida before deciding on South Brunswick County, which is comfortably close to Susan’s hometown of Wilmington.

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Not only were the Withrows able to tour a model home in the development, but also many of the people who were already living in the community opened their doors to the Withrows and allowed them to tour their homes so that they could get a look at the interiors of other available models. The Withrows settled on a house plan, but they moved walls, increased footage and changed a two-car garage to a three-car garage. “The production quality is impressive and the key word for Bill Clark Homes is flexibility,” says Jan. “You can add, modify or delete any part of the standard model you choose except for the elevation.” Susan’s favorite parts of the house are the screened-in back porch and the area of the bathroom where they chose to make a private area for her and all her things in lieu of a garden tub. The Delay Start Program was especially helpful to the Withrows. This program allows for flexible time from the start of construction through closing. The Withrows had a target of 10 to 12 months, and their house was ready to be occupied in 11 months. Jan says living in Sunset Ridge could not be better. The location is close to both Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach. There is a community center, a club house and a pool as well as a golf course right next door. The development is quiet and has a neighborhood feel to it.

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Above: The Withrows like Sunset Ridge’s location near the beach along with its abundant community amenities and social opportunities.

Susan is involved in a book club and wants to learn to play golf. She says there are card clubs, Mahjong and even groups that get together for cruises and trips to places like Jamaica. “You can choose to get involved in activities as much or as little as you want,” she says. “The people are extremely friendly and active,” agrees Jan. “There is something to do every day. There are monthly parties where everyone brings a dish, Super Bowl Parties, St. Patrick’s Day events and many other social activities. The residents come from diverse backgrounds and have valuable knowledge and resources with a willingness to share them to help not only their neighbors, but the community at large. It is a willing and supportive community for the local area and helps out the Food Bank, the Oyster Festival and many other nonprofits.” The only drawback of Sunset Ridge for the Withrows might be the physical distance from their family. It was understandably difficult for Susan to leave her grandchildren behind, but she and Jan are confident that living near the beach will be a draw for the children and grandchildren. n


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Old Friends/New Friend s A Veteran Reunites with a Vietna

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Jack Gang (left) was instrumental in reuniting Jim Milstead and Soan Ngo.

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veterans seldom reveal their combat experiences, and Ocean Isle Beach resident Jim Milstead was no exception — until recently. A phone call on December 13, 2011, freed a host of memories sealed in Milstead’s mind since 1971. The caller identified himself as Jack Gang and mentioned someone from Milstead’s past: Soan Ngo (pronounced Sean No). “He’s been trying to find you for 40 years,” Gang said. “I’m not pulling your leg. He’s a success and owns a Japanese Steakhouse, Shogun, in Venice, Florida.” Ngo had told Gang how Milstead helped him improve his English and how they shared their hopes and dreams when they patrolled the waters of Vietnam on Tango 1277, River Division 41. “Soan remembers everything up until he got shot,” Gang told Milstead. “He has no memory of the bombing. He woke up in a hospital.” After the call, Milstead’s emotions collided. “I hung up and walked outside,” he says. He remembered the South Vietnamese sailor who spoke some English, loved America and wanted to move to the States. “We were both 20 at the time,” Milstead says. “He was always smiling, always friendly.” Milstead had sustained wounds from shrapnel in the January 4, 1971, attack by the Viet Cong, but he believed Ngo and the other five men on board their riverboat were killed. The memories remained painful, so when Ngo called a half-hour later, “I couldn’t pick it up,” Milstead says. He listened to Ngo’s message and settled his anxiety before he returned the call. The conversation renewed the agonizing sorrow. When his wife, Cathy, came home, Milstead was sitting on the porch swing.

“He was talking in bits and pieces,” Cathy says. “He was scaring me.” She thought her husband of 38 years was telling her he had a son in Vietnam. “Soan sounds like son,” she says. Cathy then heard her husband’s account of his war experiences for the first time. “I’ve never seen him so emotional,” she says. “It was a closed door. Now it’s open. I think it’s good therapy for him.” The Milsteads traveled to Florida over Presidents’ Day weekend in February to meet the Ngos. Both 62, each man now has three grown children and grandchildren. “Both of us were very quiet for a few moments,” Ngo says about their reunion. “Every time I have a pain, I remember what happened in the war, and I remember Jim. He put me on a helicopter. He saved me.” Milstead, who earned two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star with V for Valor and several other commendations, downplays his role. “We were in the Ca Mau Peninsula, as far south as you can go in Vietnam,” he says. He stops and takes a deep breath before going on. “Every time we went out, it was bad. The Viet Cong owned that part of the country.” He stops again. “I knew several rockets hit the boat.” He learned later that 11 rockets hit the boat. “Soan asked for his glasses,” Milstead remembers. “That was the most important thing to him. I found his glasses and gave them to him.” He shakes his head. “Soan’s face was a bloody pulp. I had to get him on a helicopter.” He pauses and looks down. “I had superficial wounds,” he says. “I was told all the others were dead.” A helicopter took Milstead to the base to treat his wounds, and within a week he was back on patrol. He dismisses the extreme stress the experience caused. “A tour of duty is a tour of duty,” he says. In April 1971 he was wounded again and sent to Philadelphia Naval Hospital.

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In the meantime, Ngo was recovering from his near-fatal wounds. He lost hearing in one ear, was discharged from the South Vietnamese navy and worked for Vietnam’s water company. He was opposed to the new government and wanted to leave the country. After several attempts, time in refugee camps in Thailand and other difficulties, he, his wife, Hanh, and their three children reached New

York on September 24, 1981. The family lived in The Bronx, and Ngo studied English in the morning and worked nights as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan. The commute took up to five hours, and he often didn’t return home until 2 a.m. “It was a lot of headache,” he says in his heavily accented English. He moved his family to Binghamton, New York, and hoped to get a job in

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drafting design. Instead the restaurant business beckoned, and he became a cook in a Japanese restaurant. Other doors opened, and he moved his family to Florida. He has owned Shogun since 1990. “I was reborn in the U.S.,” Ngo says. “It gave me the opportunity to rebuild myself and my family.” Gang met Ngo about 10 years ago and explains that he volunteered to conduct an Internet search to find Milstead. The first place he checked was the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Wall. No Jim Milstead was on it. “I knew then we had a good chance of finding Jim,” Gang says, “but a thousand different things could happen over 40 years.” Many months passed before Gang saw a picture from a VFW publication that showed three veterans preparing for a golf tournament. One was Jim Milstead. “I didn’t know how Jim was going to react when I called,” he says. “At least he didn’t hang up on me.” Milstead says it took about 15 minutes for his apprehension and anxiety to fade when he saw Ngo again, but then, he says, “We were back to joking like we did 40 years ago. He was the same guy. He had the same smile I remember.” Milstead is awed by Ngo’s accomplishments. “I learned how he survived and how he immigrated to the United States,” Milstead says. “He makes me feel I have underachieved.” Ngo has his own spin on the subject. “He’s luckier than I am,” he says with a laugh. “He’s semi-retired.” Milstead works part-time at Farmstead Golf Club in Calabash. The two friends exchange phone calls often, and Ngo plans to visit the Milsteads this summer. “I found a very old friend and a very new friend in one man,” Ngo says. n


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the Man behind the Superintendent: The Flip Side of Edward H. Pruden STORY BY Jo Ann Mathews PHOTOGRAPHY BY John urban

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principal of Douglas Southall Freeman High School in Henrico, Virginia, Dr. Edward “Ed” H. Pruden joined a group of students at a home basketball game and strummed hit songs on his Fender Jaguar electric guitar. Pruden sold the guitar two years ago, but he still owns a Steinway baby grand piano that sits in a nook of his Ocean Isle Beach home. “I play at it,” he says and explains that his mother was a conservatorytrained pianist. “He can play the Navy hymn ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save,’” adds Peggy, Pruden’s wife of 40 years. Pruden’s musical talent was not a factor, though, when he was hired as superintendent of Brunswick County Schools in 2010. Shirley Babson, chair of the school board, cites Pruden’s ability to relate to others as the reason why she believes he surpassed nearly three dozen other candidates for the job.

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“He listens to parents and teachers,” Babson says. “They know he’s listening to them, and he tries to solve the problem.” School board member Olaf “Bud” Thorsen explains that extremely qualified people applied for the superintendent’s job, but Pruden set himself apart by understanding the area. “He was very well informed about our schools,” Thorsen says. “I felt he could fit into Brunswick County.” This territory is familiar to the Prudens. They began vacationing in Sunset Beach about 20 years ago when a cousin invited them to a summer home. “Now it’s our permanent vacation,” Pruden says. “I like the beauty of the coast and the friendly people.” “And you love your job,” Peggy adds. “I found great teachers and an exceptional staff,” Pruden says. “What I enjoy most is working with the board and staff to improve the daily experience of the children.” This includes the 12,300 students in 19 Brunswick County Schools. “He’s all about the children,” Peggy says. Pruden, 61, explains that he knew he wanted to be a teacher at age 13 when he saw the movie To Sir, With Love.

This page: Edward H. “Ed” Pruden, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, and his wife, Peggy, now retired from a career in financial aid counseling, at home in Ocean Isle Beach.

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“I was fascinated by his reaching out to poor young people of London,” Pruden says of Sidney Poitier’s starring role. The youngest of three children, Pruden grew up in the nation’s capital, where his father was pastor of The First Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. In high school Ed was selected as a page for the Senate and has fond memories of the experience. He remembers retrieving a speech at Senator Robert Kennedy’s office and delivering it to him on the Senate floor. “The speech was in opposition to the Vietnam War,” Pruden says. Pruden also remembers when President Lyndon Johnson came to the Capitol Rotunda to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Ed climbed a television scaffold to get a clear view of the signing. Another memory is of Senator Edmund Muskie announcing the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before dinner at a fund-raiser. The entire audience rose and quietly left the hotel. Pruden received his high school diploma from the Capitol Page School, which didn’t offer organized team sports, so he decided to try out for football when he entered University of Richmond. “It was a learning experience,” he says with a smile and says he played one season. A life-long runner, Pruden has completed two marathons and at least a dozen half-marathons, but says he’s satisfied to run 10Ks now. He can be seen running on the beach as Peggy pedals her bike next to him. The couple also enjoys dancing. “That’s how we met,” Peggy says. “He asked me to dance.” Pruden’s nod indicates he recalls the scene. He says students from University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, Peggy’s alma mater, congregated at a popular club in town. When he glimpsed Peggy there, “I thought she was the prettiest girl I had ever seen,” he says. Two years later, with Pruden entering his senior year, the pair married in Peggy’s hometown of Martinsville, Virginia, although their parents had hoped they’d wait until Pruden graduated. “I had my best year after we got married,” Pruden says, his satisfaction evident. He was president of his class and he made the dean’s list that year. Pruden explains that education, politics and religion have always held special interests for him. He chose political science for his college major and educational administration for his master’s degree, also from University of Richmond. He received his certificate of advanced studies and doctorate in educational administration from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Below: At 61, Pruden shows no signs of slowing down and has no plans to retire any time soon.

Peggy’s career was also in education. She spent 32 years at Virginia Commonwealth University, 25 of them as a financial aid counselor. When she retired in 2000, Pruden surprised her with a new red Chrysler Sebring LX convertible. “He wanted to make my retirement special,” Peggy says. “It was a wonderful surprise.” It isn’t the first sports car the Prudens owned. When they met, Pruden had a 1965 red Corvette convertible and later bought a 1964 marina blue Corvette convertible. The couple switched to family friendly cars when their children arrived. Now grown, all three live in Richmond. The Prudens have a lot of fun, but at heart Pruden is an academic, a serious man with serious concerns. He set challenging goals for himself as superintendent. He wants to improve the reading skills of every student, increase the number of students who take advance placement classes and increase the number who take a “world language,” which now stands at 17 percent in BCS. Not foreign language? Spring 2012

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Brunswick Novant Medical Center

Business Profile BY Amy Myers

Begins Nurse Bedside Reporting

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Novant Medical Center now have the opportunity to participate in the daily report conversation between nurses and other healthcare providers concerning the patient’s treatment. The conversations traditionally took place in a secluded conference room or other “private” area, far away from the patient. For years, television shows depicted the traditional daily reporting model of nurses and physicians huddled outside the patient’s room or at the nursing station down the hall, quietly talking among themselves about important healthcare decisions. Rarely, if ever, did these conversations include opportunities for the patient or family members to participate. Today that traditional method of information sharing is being retired, emphasizes Denise Mihal, president of Brunswick Novant Medical Center. Brunswick Novant Medical Center and other hospitals in the Novant Health system have begun to emulate what CONTRIBUTED Photos

only a handful of other hospitals around the country have adopted: to begin inviting the patient, as well as any family members or friends that the patient wishes to include, to participate in a new communication model called “Nurse Bedside Reporting.” Nurse Bedside Reporting provides a safe method to hand off care of the patient to new staff. Reporting can take place when a patient is transferred to another unit or during a change of staff, since patients’ nurses do change during the course of a 24-hour period. The new nurse and the current nurse, and sometimes other members of the healthcare team, conduct the report in the presence of the patient and they invite the individual to join them in the conversation. Topics during Nurse Bedside Reporting can include a review of patient allergies or medications, discussion of the tests or procedures that are scheduled for the day, concern about a patient’s unstable blood sugar or high temperature. Anything that impacts the care and safety of the patient can be part of the bedside report. Nurse Bedside Reporting provides many benefits to both patients and staff, including improved communication and patient understanding of their care, tests and procedures; the ability to return nurses to patient care needs more quickly; higher overall quality of care; patients being more satisfied with their hospital experience; and safer care with fewer incidences of medical errors.

Brunswick Novant Medical Center’s new Nurse Bedside Reporting model opens up greater communication between patients and medical professionals. “Most patients don’t have any medical training, but what every patient does have is an intimate knowledge of his or her own body and medical history,” explains Mihal. “Combine that knowledge with the desire today’s patients have for information about their care and treatment, and we have a tremendous opportunity for improving healthcare communication in hospitals.” Mihal explains that Bedside Reporting is one new strategy at Brunswick Novant Medical Center and Novant Health for improving the overall patient experience. “We’re embracing Nurse Bedside Reporting and a host of other strategies that, when paired together, are powerful tools that are helping us improve healthcare for our patients,” says Mihal. Brunswick Novant Medical Center: (910) 721-1000; 240 Hospital Drive NE, Bolivia; www.brunswicknovant.org Spring 2012

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Wall to Wall Cabinetry all to Wall Cabinetry is well known in Brunswick County and

Tru-Wood, Door

New Hanover County for its beautifully created custom

Components,

kitchens, libraries, offices, bedrooms, playrooms and outdoor areas.

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The company, founded by Sandy Torbit in 2008, works with both

Duracraft, Kitchen

homeowners and builders to manage all aspects of the project

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design and installation process, whether it’s a complete new home

Outdoor Cabinetry.

design or a simple renovation.

The company also

“We take pride in our professionalism, integrity and quality of

maintains

workmanship,” says Torbit. “Customers really appreciate our

relationships with a

attention to detail and full-service wood-working shop, qualities that

network of highly

lend a one-of-a-kind craftsmanship to every project.”

skilled industry

Torbit’s team brings more than 30 years of experience with the

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BY Hilary Brady

Wall to Wall Cabinetry offers custom cabinetry for new homes or remodels.

professionals, from

nation’s top cabinetry companies, offering clients fresh perspective,

appliances to flooring, in order to assist customers in all areas of the

artistic insight, the latest computer-assisted design technology, and

design process from start to finish.

valuable data about new features available. “We work hard to offer our customers the very best in service, design, product and performance at a competitive cost,” says Torbit. Wall to Wall offers an extensive product line, including Duracraft,

Wall to Wall Cabinetry: (910) 686-4877; 7217 Ogden Business Lane, Unit 112 in Wilmington; www.walltowallcabinetry.com; designs@ walltowallcabinetry.com. Open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday by appointment.

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Stone Garden ocated on the corner of Military Cutoff Road and Market Street,

all the way through each

2 miles from the Mayfaire Shopping Center in Wilmington,

step of your project. If

Stone Garden offers the largest selection of building and

you don’t want to tackle

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Stone Garden carries everything needed to build stone fireplaces,

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patios, pathways, drystack walls, water gardens and more. The staff

experienced mason who

can custom-cut stone grill tops, hearths, mantels and capstones and

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can assist customers with outdoor living accessories such as fire

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line of statuaries, ranging from classical to whimsical. Water garden

website gallery for ideas

supplies include pond and pond-less waterfall kits, pumps and

and inspiration or to join the monthly e-newsletter, which offers

algaecides and everything in between. Stone Garden carries and

coupons, do-it-yourself class schedules and event announcements.

delivers mulch, gravel, river rock, sand, soil and compost. “We make shopping for stone easy,” says Stone Garden owner Nina

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Coastal Integrative Health

Business Profile BY Jo Ann Mathews

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rian S. Lank, D.C., C.S.C.S, and his team of professionals at

Coastal Integrative Health adopted this motto: “One patient,

multiple solutions.” “We always have multiple minds on a case,” the chiropractic physician says. “We ask, ‘What is the most effective way to get this patient out of pain?’” Teaming up with local physical therapist Dr. Patrick McCauley, their clinic offers a unique blend of chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and strength and conditioning programs. Other popular offerings are the famed Titleist player development programs with golf pro Ash Pearce. With golf a major attraction in the area, Dr. Lank and members of Photo by Chris Campbell

his staff are Titleist certified professionals. As specialists, they believe each person is unique, thus each golfer has a unique swing. They study a person’s body type and concentrate on how a person’s makeup affects their golf swing. When asked if Coastal Integrative Health can improve a person’s golf game, Dr. Lank answers, “Absolutely!” Injuries from golf can be traced to physical limitations as well as faulty swing mechanics. His team can determine how the body affects the golf swing and correct the abnormal dysfunctions. “We can do so many things to help you improve your game,” he says. “It’s a team approach, and we find the issues and determine a blueprint for correcting them.” The clinic offers something else unique, Functional Movement Systems. FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents

Coastal Integrative Health offers a team approach to healing.

movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these

injury prevention for local college teams. He did research studies

patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and

with the chiropractor for the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Blues.

asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness. Physical therapy services at the clinic include treatment for musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction, post-surgical care for conditions

After earning his doctorate, Dr. Lank returned to the area and became an associate at Coastal Carolina Chiropractic in Shallotte. In January 2010 he bought the practice and renamed it. Dr. Lank explains that the most frequent complaint patients have

such a total knee replacements and rotator cuff repairs, and other

when they call him is lower back pain. He recommends that as soon

conditions such as difficulty with balance or history of falls.

as the pain arises, a person should seek treatment. In that way, relief

In 2002 Dr. Lank’s family moved to Sunset Beach, and Dr. Lank completed his undergraduate studies at Coastal Carolina University.

comes faster. Dr. Lank continues his interest in offering care to athletes and is

He chose Logan University in St. Louis to earn his D.C. degree. His

fulfilling his dream of providing integrative care. He welcomes

interest in treating athletes was instrumental in his

people to come and see what it’s all about.

accomplishments there. He and another student designed programs in strength and conditioning and golf-specific rehabilitation and

Coastal Integrative Health: (910) 755-5400; Red Apple Professional Park, 712 Village Road SW, Suite 101, Shallotte; www.coastalhealthnc.com. Spring 2012

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Carolina National Golf Club Carolina National’s

Audubon-Certified Sanctuary golf facility nestled within

director of sales and

Winding River Plantation on the Grand Strand. As the exclusive Fred

marketing. “But for

Couples–designed course in the area and with a beautiful setting

those who aren’t ready

along the Lockwood Folly River, Carolina National is popular to locals

to commit, we want to

and tourists alike.

encourage them to

In addition to the three distinctive nines of the course — Egret,

take advantage of our

Heron and IBIS — players of all skill levels also enjoy a 14,000-

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square-foot putting/chipping green, a 320-yard driving range, the

deals, which are

Pro Shop and the Plantation Grille.

available on our

Currently in the midst of its annual membership drive, Carolina

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website. These

Carolina National offers golf for all experience levels and a Grille for all palates.

National Golf Club is offering discounted rates and special trial

programs are great

membership packages through July 1, 2012. Membership benefits

opportunities to stay in the know and take advantage of the

include access to the 27-hole signature golf facility, discounts in the

discounts on greens fees and pro shop merchandise, among other

Pro Shop and Plantation Grille, advance tee time booking, special

promotions, that we offer throughout the year.”

guest rates, member events throughout the year, and access to the club’s two Class A PGA professionals.

Carolina National Golf Club: (910) 755-5200; 1643 Goley Hewett Road SE in Bolivia; www.carolinanationalgolf.com

“Our membership drive is going really well,” says Tyler Hahn,

Carolinas Oral and Facial Surgery Center

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Business Profile By Jason Frye

arolinas Oral and Facial Surgery Center has been meeting the needs of oral-surgery patients in the Cape Fear area for nearly

40 years. The four doctors who share the practice have a combined 57 years of oral and facial surgery experience, and the two dozen employees — from surgical assistants to administrative assistants CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

— are well versed in patient care, making their customer service unparalleled in the region. Another thing that sets Carolinas Oral and Facial Surgery Center apart is the fact that the doctors are all specially trained in oral surgery and board-certified or board-eligible. But what is oral surgery? Commonly it is the removal of wisdom teeth, but also it includes tooth extractions as a result of accident, injury or impaction; help correcting bite alignment and painful TMJ issues;

Mark Bufalini, DMD, MD, Ronald D. Gaitros, DDS, MS, Michael C. Kinnebrew, MD, DDS, Jennifer M. Good, DDS, MD

dental implants; facial trauma reconstruction; and corrective surgery to

teeth aren’t repaired but are replaced by implants that take the place

repair cleft lips, gums and palates.

of and function like one’s own teeth.

For injuries to the teeth, dentures used to be the only option. But at Carolinas Oral and Facial, patients have more choices. Missing

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Shrinettes Ladies Luncheon PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ronnie Holden The 8th annual South Brunswick Islands Shrinettes Ladies Luncheon was held on February 18 at the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club. The event was catered by the Shrinettes and lunch served by the Sudan “Daredevils” and “Hillbillies”. Clarice Holden of Island Breeze hosted a fashion show, followed by a live auction with Alan McDowell as the auctioneer. Luncheon proceeds supported the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club’s efforts to promote and support Shriners International and the 22 Shriners Hospitals. Shriners Hospitals for Children provide free medical care to children under the age of 18 that suffer from severe burns, spinal cord injuries as well as other orthopedic issues.

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2nd Annual Golf Ball PHOTOGRAPHY BY Wendy Hunt & Ronnie Holden The First Tee of Brunswick County hosted its second annual Golf Ball on February 25 at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing to the live music of Fat Jack Band. The black tie-optional event also featured a silent auction and 50/50 drawing, raising funds for the First Tee of Brunswick County scholarship fund.

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Floor Coverings International Celebrates New Location PHOTOGRAPHY BY Wendy Hunt Floor Coverings International held a ribbon cutting and grand opening reception on February 2 at its new location (4902 Main Street) in Shallotte. Guests enjoyed food, refreshments, door prizes and entertainment.

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4.6

4:49 pm

4.7

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5:01 am

4.7

5:45 pm

5.2

11:41 am

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5:59 am

4.8

6:40 pm

5.6

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6:56 am

5

7:33 pm

6

1:17 am

-0.4 1:26 pm

5

7:51 am

5.1

8:25 pm

6.3

2:11 am

-0.7

2:18 pm

6

8:44 am

5.1

9:16 pm

6.4

3:05 am

-0.9

3:10 pm

7

9:37 am

5.1

10:09 pm

6.3

3:58 am

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8

10:31 am

4.9

11:04 pm

6

4:51 am

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June

High Tide AM

Low Tide

PM

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5:31 am

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6:16 pm

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6:32 am

4.7

7:13 pm

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7:30 am

4.8

8:07 pm

6.3

1:54 am

-0.7

4

8:26 am

4.9

9:01 pm

6.3

2:49 am

-0.9

5

9:21 am

4.9

9:54 pm

6.2

3:43 am

-0.9

6

10:16 am

4.8

10:47 pm

5.9

4:35 am

-0.8 4:42 pm

4:03 pm -0.9

7

11:13 am

4.7

11:43 pm

5.6

5:26 am

8

12:40 am

5.2

12:13 pm

4.6

6:16 am

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6:13 am

4.5

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7:14 am

4.6

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8:11 am

4.7

-0.8 2:52 pm -0.9

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9:06 am

4.8

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9:59 am

4.8

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4.8

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6:37 am

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1:35 am

4.9

2:11 pm

4.5

7:55 am

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8:28 pm

0.7

10

1:52 am

4.4

2:26 pm

4.4

8:01 am

0.2

8:47 pm

1

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1:04 am

5.3

1:37 pm

4.5

7:32 am

-0.1

7:51 pm

0.3

11

2:29 am

4.5

3:05 pm

4.5

8:46 am

0.2

9:32 pm

0.9

11

2:41 am

4.1

3:14 pm

4.4

8:48 am

0.4

9:48 pm

1.2

12

2:04 am

5

2:38 pm

4.4

8:29 am

0.1

8:59 pm

0.6

12

3:19 am

4.3

3:55 pm

4.5

9:38 am

0.3 10:36 pm

1

12

3:29 am

3.9

4:00 pm

4.4

9:39 am

0.5 10:48 pm 1.2

13

3:01 am

4.7

3:36 pm

4.5

9:28 am

0.3 10:10 pm 0.7

13

4:08 am

4.1

4:43 pm

4.5

10:28 am 0.4 11:32 pm

0.9

13

4:18 am

3.8

4:47 pm

4.5

10:31 am

0.6 11:42 pm

1.1

14

3:55 am

4.5

4:30 pm

4.5

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0.7

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4:58 am

3.9

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4.6

11:16 am

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5:08 am

3.8

5:35 pm

4.6

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4:47 am

4.3

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4.6

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5:47 am

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5:58 am

3.8

6:22 pm

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4.2

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4.7

12:55 am

0.6 12:01 pm 0.3

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6:36 am

3.9

6:58 pm

4.8

1:06 am

0.7 12:46 pm 0.3

16

6:48 am

3.9

7:07 pm

4.9

1:16 am

17

6:27 am

4.2

6:52 pm

4.8

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7:22 am

3.9

7:39 pm

4.9

1:48 am

0.6

1:29 pm

0.2

17

7:34 am

4

7:49 pm

5.1

1:58 am

0.6

1:44 pm

0.1

18

7:12 am

4.2

7:32 pm

4.9

1:37 am

0.5

1:22 pm

0.2

18

8:05 am

4

8:18 pm

5

2:29 am

0.5

2:12 pm

0.1

18

8:16 am

4.2

8:29 pm

5.2

2:38 am

0.4

2:29 pm

0

19

7:55 am

4.2

8:09 pm

5

2:17 am

0.4

2:02 pm

0.1

19

8:45 am

4

8:55 pm

5.1

3:08 am

0.4

2:54 pm

0.1

19

8:57 am

4.3

9:07 pm

5.3

3:18 am

0.3

3:13 pm

0

20

8:35 am

4.2

8:45 pm

5.1

2:56 am

0.3

2:41 pm

0.1

20

9:24 am

4

9:32 pm

5.1

3:47 am

0.3

3:36 pm

0.1

20

9:37 am

4.4

9:46 pm

5.3

3:56 am

0.1

3:57 pm

0

0

4:41 pm

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0.8

12:12 pm 0.4

0.8 12:59 pm 0.3

21

9:13 am

4.1

9:20 pm

5.1

3:34 am

0.3

3:21 pm

0.1

21 10:03 am

4.1

10:10 pm

5.1

4:25 am

0.3

4:19 pm

0.1

21 10:19 am

4.5

10:27 pm

5.2

4:35 am

22

9:50 am

4.1

9:56 pm

5

4:12 am

0.3

4:01 pm

0.2

22 10:44 am

4.1

10:50 pm

5

5:03 am

0.2

5:01 pm

0.2

22 11:04 am

4.6

11:11 pm

5

5:13 am

-0.1 5:27 pm

0.1

0

23 10:28 am

4

10:33 pm

4.9

4:49 am

0.4

4:41 pm

0.3

23 11:29 am

4.1

11:34 pm

4.9

5:41 am

0.2

5:45 pm

0.3

23 11:54 am

4.7

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0.2

24 11:09 am

3.9

11:14 pm

4.8

5:27 am

0.4

5:22 pm

0.4

24 12:23 am

4.7

12:19 pm

4.2

6:20 am

0.1

6:32 pm

0.4

24 12:55 am

4.7

12:49 pm

4.9

6:37 am

-0.1 7:06 pm

0.3

25 11:54 am

3.9

11:59 pm

4.7

6:05 am

0.5

6:05 pm

0.5

25

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1:13 pm

4.4

7:01 am

0.1

7:23 pm

0.4

25

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1:46 pm

5

7:24 am

-0.1 8:04 pm

26 12:49 am

4.6

12:45 pm

3.9

6:44 am

0.5

6:51 pm

0.6

26

1:16 am

4.6

2:08 pm

4.6

7:47 am

0

8:21 pm

0.5

26

1:53 am

4.5

2:44 pm

5.2

8:17 am

0

0

9:26 pm

0.5

27

2:52 am

4.4

3:43 pm

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9:19 am

0

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28

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0.4

7:43 pm

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27

2:12 am

4.5

3:03 pm

4.9

8:40 am

28

1:42 am

4.6

2:32 pm

4.3

8:15 am

0.4

8:42 pm

0.6

28

3:09 am

4.5

4:00 pm

5.2

9:39 am

9:48 pm

0.5

29

4:09 am

4.4

4:58 pm

5.5

10:42 am -0.2 11:40 pm 0.1

29

4:57 am

4.4

5:44 pm

5.7

10:55 pm 0.3

30

5:10 am

4.4

5:58 pm

5.7

11:44 am -0.4

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6:00 am

4.5

6:43 pm

5.8

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7:01 am

4.7

7:39 pm

5.9

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29

2:37 am

4.5

3:26 pm

4.7

9:09 am

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3:33 am

4.5

4:22 pm

5

10:08 am

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4:31 am

4.6

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Buy Local... Buy Brunswick The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization, striving to enhance and promote Brunswick County through building community and supporting businesses.

CHAMBER EVENTS OFFER EXCEPTIONAL NETWORKING AND MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR BUSINESS. Brunswick Stew Cook-Off-April 21st-10am-4pm located at Planet Fun/Starz Grille in Shallotte Perfect for the entire family and will feature a Brunswick Stew Cook-Off, a kid’s area, live music, local crafters, food vendors and much more! The Brunswick Stew Cook-Off recently was awarded the “Rising Star” award from the NC Association of Events & Festivals! The event is FREE; however, you must purchase tasting tickets to try the delicious stews. Business EXPO-April 26th-4pm-7pm located at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply

2012 Business EXPO is for Chamber members and the public. This event begins at 4pm with the Business After Hours following the Expo from 5:30pm to 7pm. There will be LOTS of Door Prizes! This years theme is Earth Day, so feel free to decorate your space!

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October 20th & 21st 32nd Year for the NC Oyster Festival!

The beach center becomes a walking district that offers something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, Oyster Stew Contest, children’s activities, live music and the Oyster Shucking Contest. Events away from the crowds include 5K, 10K road race and children’s fun run. The ‘Fest is made possible by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and the support of many generous area businesses and a wonderful group of volunteers and, most importantly, the weekend’s dedicated revelers.

Sponsorships, vendor and exhibitor applications are now available on the NEW EVENTS website. Please go to: www.brunswickcountychamberevents.com Want to know more about the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, or interested in becoming a member call:

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All About Coastal Comfort, LLC....................910-579-8866

90

Josh London, State Farm Agent...................910-383-1303

107

Allstate – R&R Insurance Services, Inc......910-754-6596

82

Kimberly Jo’s Boutique....................................910-579-7670

53

Andy’s Burgers, Fries & Shakes....................910-754-7571

88

Kenneth Scheiss..................................................877-728-4720

32

Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle..........................910-754-8080

13

Kristin Dowdy, State Farm Agent................910-754-9923

107

Barefoot Landing................................................843-272-8349

99

Lawn Doctor of Brunswick County.............910-452-0090

40

Barrier Reef Pools..............................................843-399-4314

12

Little Friends Children Boutique..................910-579-9363

20

Bill Clark Homes...................................................910-988-4888

17

Martha Lee Realty..............................................910-579-2402

29

Blue Heron Gallery.............................................910-575-5088

90

McLeod Health.....................................................843-716-7000

65

Blue Sky Photography.......................................910-233-7470

95

Mulch & More........................................................910-253-7663

32

Blue Sky Building Company............................910-755-3444

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center.....910-815-5188

58

BlueWave Dentistry...........................................910-383-2615

19, 110

North Brunswick Financial Alliance............877-728-4720

32

Braddock Built Renovations...........................910-754-9635

104

Novant Medical Group......................................910-755-1276 4, 91, 96, IBC

Brightstar of Brunswick County...................910-599-9555

10

Oceanside Family Medicine............................910-754-4441

4

Brunswick Community College....................910-755-8517

46

Ocean Isle Creamery.........................................910-579-5300

46

Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce...910-754-6644

112

Ocean Isle Family Medicine............................910-575-5242

4

Brunswick Forest................................................910-371-2434

9

Brunswick Novant Medical Center..............910-721-1000

91

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Calabash Internal Medicine.............................910-579-8363

4

Precision Environmental..................................910-763-3445

35

Cape Fear Consignments................................910-383-1895

26

Prestige Outdoor Lighting..............................910-612-1910

101

Cape Fear Debt Relief.......................................910-399-3458

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Raymond James Financial Services, Inc... 910-371-0366

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Orthopaedic Specialists...................................910-755-7217 IBC 14, 15

Captain Raymond’s Fishing & Cruises.......910-579-3474

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Sandpiper Heating and Air.............................910-579-1497

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Carolina National Golf Club.............................855-448-5683

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Seaside Bakery & Wedding Cakes...............910-579-3052

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Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery....................910-762-2618

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CertaPro Painters...............................................910-398-7790

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Shallotte Family Dentistry..............................910-755-7645

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Coastal Insurance................................................910-754-4326

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Shallotte Insurance Services, Inc.................910-754-8161

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Coastal Integrative Health...............................910-755-5400 93, 109

South Brunswick Magazine............................888-299-3309

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CoastalNC.com.....................................................910-754-7677

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Southeastern Healthcare................................910-754-9000

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Coast Road Hearth & Patio.............................910-755-7611

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Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce...800-457-6964

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Columbus Regional Healthcare System....910-570-0919

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St. James Plantation..........................................800-245-3871

Curiositees.............................................................910-575-7605

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Stone Garden........................................................910-452-1619

Scarless Vein Care..............................................1-855-4-VEINCARE

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Discovery Map of Brunswick County.........910-776-0047

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Sunset Properties...............................................855-284-5596

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Doran’s Transmission........................................910-755-7600

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Sunset River Marketplace...............................910-575-5999

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Douglas Diamond Jewelers...........................910-755-5546

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Surfside Implant & Oral Surgery Center.. 910-371-3700

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Edward Jones - Emily Thompson................910-575-0353

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Terri L. Andress...................................................910-632-4944

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Elder Law Firm of Andrew Olsen................910-254-0599

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Tideline Fabrics...................................................910-754-5600

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Farm Bureau Insurance....................................910-754-8175

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Tidewater Dental................................................910-579-0464

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First Bank................................................................910-754-5250

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Timbercraft Cabinets & Millwork................910-755-3397

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Fitness Studio.......................................................910-575-0975

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Trusst Builders.....................................................910-371-0304

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Floor Coverings International........................910-575-5248

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Foster Insurance.................................................910-755-5969

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Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant...................910-579-6373 IFC Varnam Family Wellness.................................910-754-2273

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Frank Williams Committee.................................................................... 104

Victoria’s Ragpatch............................................910-579-2015

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Freedom Boat Club............................................910-653-1307

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Wall to Wall Cabinetry.......................................910-686-4877

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Hearthside Builders...........................................910-371-0304

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Will Rogers, State Farm Agent......................910-755-7003

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Island Breeze.........................................................910-579-4125 IFC

Winds Resort Beach Club................................800-334-3581

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Island Classic Interiors......................................910-579-8477

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ADVANCED ORTHOPAEDIC CARE In Your Neighborhood

For more than 25 years, the nationally board-certified physicians of Orthopaedic Specialists have provided high-quality, advanced orthopaedic services. Whether you are a “weekend warrior,” a golfer, or a senior, our priority is to help you stay active and enjoy life by reducing or eliminating the pain that keeps you from doing the activities you enjoy. We offer a full-range of orthopaedic services at convenient locations in Brunswick and New Hanover counties to serve your needs wherever you live. Five Convenient Locations: Southport • 910-457-4789 Supply • 910-755-7217 Sunset Beach • 910-579-4585 Leland • 910-371-3331 Carolina Beach • 910-458-8884

John A. Azzato, MD Michael M. Marushack, MD Eric Lescault, DO Thomas Kelso, MD, PhD Joanne Allen, MD Eric Dyer, PA-C, ATC

Comprehensive services include: • Hip, knee and shoulder replacements • Direct anterior total hip replacement • Arthroscopic treatment of all major joints, including rotator cuff, wrist, ankle and elbow • Minimally invasive surgery

Treating a range of conditions including: • Sports-related injuries, pain or discomfort • Arthritis • Shoulder, knee and ankle problems • Neck and back pain • Osteoporosis • Fractures • Neuromuscular conditions

Welcoming New Patients • www.TheOrthoSpecialist.org Spring 2012

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