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The Old Dock Woodshop Two entrepreneurs in Nakina are breathing new life into old wood.
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96 faces & places 12th Annual Brunswick Island Home & Garden Show; Shallotte Rotary’s Las Vegas Night; 2014 Coastal Consumer Showcase
100 what’s happening Upcoming events you won’t want to miss
104 tide charts Tracking the highs and lows at Shallotte Inlet from May to July
105 ad index Our directory of advertisers
106 capture the moment A contest for SBM readers. Photo by Mark D. Head
Happenings on the local scene By Molly Harrison
Lending a Helping Paw: How Canines for Service Helps Others By Carolyn Bowers
Integrative Health: A Holistic Movement By Cindy Black
60 around town Behind the Music: The Sunset Beach Concert Series By Jenny Bowman 8
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Above: Publisher Justin Williams having a moment of awe about the handmade barstool he’s sitting on at The Old Dock Woodshop.
Stick to What You Do Best I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I can’t do everything. Although I make good efforts, I can finally accept that I am just not talented at ironing, peeling boiled eggs or building things out of wood — that is too far outside my skill level. If you need some paint slapped on a table, I’ve got that. But if you want me to build the table, it’s just not going to happen. And I’m okay with that. I do have a lot of respect for people who have the talent to build things. That’s why I was intrigued when I heard about what Scott Schmidt and Jason Rogers are doing at The Old Dock Woodshop. You will read more about them later in this issue, but basically they find old barns, knock them down and reclaim the wood. Then they make awesome things out of the wood, such as tables, bars, barstools, wine racks, etc. They even collect information about the history of the barns and include that with each item they sell. I think you will enjoy reading about The Old Dock Woodshop on page 45. We have a lot of other great stories in this issue as well. We take a look at the history of Brunswick Community College, 16
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which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. We take you to the Sunset Beach Concert Series, which is starting soon, and let you know what’s happening with the Sunset Beach Veterans Memorial. We also introduce you to a beneficial nonprofit organization called Canines for Service, which trains dogs as helpers, and to two generous local men who have raised more than $40,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project by — get this — collecting stray golf balls off of area golf courses. Thanks for reading South Brunswick Magazine. I know myself well enough to know that publishing is what I do best, and I hope you enjoy what we’ve put together for you in this edition.
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Plein Air Paint Out Plein air artists from around North and South Carolina gathered on April 11 and 12 in historic Southport to participate in the second annual Paint the Town Southport Plein Air Paint Out. Painters set up their easels and pulled out their brushes to capture the landscape and culture of historic Southport. Following the active painting, the grounds at Fort Johnston were transformed into an outdoor gallery where the public could view and buy the unique works of art. Paint the Town Southport Plein Air Paint Out was sponsored by the City of Southport Tourism Economic Development.
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Brunswick County Intercultural Festival Awarded Grant Brunswick County Intercultural Festival (BCIF) is proud to announce that it is a recipient of the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) grant. BEMC awards $35,000 to local organizations that lend a helping hand to projects in five major areas: family services, economic development, cultural and arts programs, emergency services and economic development. The Brunswick Community Foundation 11th annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival (BCIF) was one of 24 awardees. The next upcoming BCIF “Bringing the World to Brunswick County” will be held on Saturday, September 27 on the grounds of the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College from 10 am to 4 pm. For information on volunteer opportunities, sponsorships and vendors, contact Mari-Lou Wong-Chong at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (910) 842-6566.
Girls on the Run is a preventative outreach program that uses the power of running to help prepare young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. This innovative health education and wellness program combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life-changing, self-esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle for girls in grades 3-8. STRIDE, like Girls on the Run, is a 10-week running program, but for boys in grades 3-6 that focuses on fun, fitness and character development. The boys are also given the opportunity to talk with each other and their coaches about issues they are facing at school, in sports, in the community and at home. During the 10 weeks, the curriculum covers topics that are designed to help develop excellent character: Success, Teamwork, Respect, Inspiration, Determination The Girls on the Run and STRIDE programs consist of 107 teams in 9 counties: New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Sampson and Columbus. This spring season, the YMCA is providing Girls on the Run and STRIDE to about 1,300 boys and girls.
Sharon Bowling Artwork on Display at Museum of Coastal Carolina The works of artist Sharon Bowling are on display at the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Coastal Gallery. Bowling’s collection of acrylic and oil paintings, titled “The Marsh,” can be viewed now through mid-May. For more information on the museum, visit MuseumPlanetarium.org or call (910) 579-1016. The museum is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach.
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American Legion Post 543 Shows Movie to Community A showing of “Honor Flight,” a movie chronicling a community’s efforts to honor World War II veterans, was shown to members and the community at the March 26 meeting of the Richard H. Stewart Jr. American Legion Post 543 at the St. James Community Center. Before the showing of “Honor Flight,” the coordinating officer of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Richard Hart, presented to Legion Commander Don McGuire a plaque of appreciation for all the support Post 543 of the American Legion has given this group of fine young men and women. The movie shows how a group of citizens from Wisconsin put together an Honor Flight for World War II veterans. This flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., became so popular with citizens of all ages that they needed three 747s to take all the veterans. This moving movie told the story of these men and women, most in their teens at the time, and their experiences. Post 543 boasts three WWII veterans as members, but there are many more in the Brunswick County community. Spring 2014
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American Legion Post 543 Provides Meals, Support for Troops Legionnaires of the Richard H. Stewart Jr. American Legion Post 543 volunteered to serve dinner to the military at the Oak Island Moose Lodge from March 8 to May 31, 2014. Starting in 2013, the Oak Island Moose Lodge #2059 has been providing two meals each day for three months each spring to the military men and women in training at The Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point [MOTSU]. The MOTSU is the largest ammunition port in the nation and the Army’s primary deep-water port on the East Coast and is the Department of Defense’s key Atlantic Coast ammunition shipping point. Feeding the Troops four hours each day, seven days a week for 125 to 200 service personnel is a big task for any one service organization to accomplish, so the Moose Lodge Leadership reached out to other community service organizations for help. The Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543 was pleased to assist in this community-driven project. Supporting our military falls within one of the Four Pillars of The American Legion (National Security) and, as such, American Legion Post 543 stood up to be counted.
T. K. Nowell Speaks at Coffee with the Girls T. K. Nowell, crime prevention officer with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, was the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of Coffee with the Girls. Officer Nowell presented information about the R.A.D. program, which Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has implemented in the county. R.A.D. is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. Coffee with the Girls is a program of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, which provides an extra support system for its female members in business. This network of women meets every month at Port City Java to discuss woman-related business issues and share helpful information and tips. For more information about Coffee with the Girls, call (910) 457-6964.
Career Ready Job Shadowing Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and Brunswick County Schools’ Career Ready program coordinated job shadowing in February, for which 68 juniors and seniors from South Brunswick High School applied to participate. The students attended an orientation session, job shadowed for the day and then provided a report about the experience. Numerous businesses participated in the program, a few of which included Atlantic Neurosurgery, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Coastal Computers, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and Oak Island Animal Hospital. Job shadowing is an excellent opportunity for students to explore careers in which they have expressed an interest, and it is offered at each of the Brunswick County high schools. Career Ready is the county’s school-to-career initiative that provides students with career awareness and exploration. For more information, contact Amy Sanders, Career Ready Coordinator at (910) 755-8082. 22
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Brant McMullen speaks at Shallotte Rotary Club Brant McMullen, owner of a BrightStar franchise with an office in Leland recently spoke at the Shallotte Rotary Club meeting. BrightStar provides home care for children and adults needing extra assistance. It offers 24/7 service and responsiveness, and a one hundred percent compatibility guarantee with the caregiver. All caregivers are CNAs and are fully insured and bonded. BrightStar offers daily, weekly, part-time, or live-in care. While private home care is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, long term care insurance can often bridge that gap. Pictured: Laurel Bellamy & Brant McMullen.
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The Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Associations (ABCPOA) voted unanimously to amend its bylaws during its February meeting. The revisions change some procedural rules, but, more importantly, allow for the admission of a larger variety of associations.
On February 22, Maria Knapik presented a program called “Lighthouses of North Carolina” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. She showed those in attendance how to recognize the lighthouses along the coast of North Carolina, explaining why they are important, and related interesting anecdotes about them. Children who attended the program had an opportunity to color a picture of their favorite lighthouse. Knapik is the education coordinator at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.
For the first time, condominium associations and other entities elected by members of a POA/HOA under the auspices of the associations’ charter, including “Residents Advisory Committees” in Declarants/Developer Manages Associations, will be eligible for membership. It is expected that at least five new organizations will seek membership in the alliance during 2014. In addition, the alliance is proud to announce and welcome three new members since last fall. They are Lakes of Lockwood, Supply; Meadowlands, Calabash; and Palmetto Creek, Bolivia. With the addition of these fine associations, the ABCPOA now includes 20 communities throughout Brunswick County. Visit www.abcpoa.org for more information on the ABCPOA.
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ATMC Holds Successful United Way Campaign ATMC recently completed its annual United Way Campaign and raised more than $25,200 to help local residents in need. Fund-raising activities included an employee giving campaign and a silent auction. Numerous local merchants were generous in contributing items and gift certificates for the silent auction. “Our staff is proud to give back to this community,” said Allen Russ, ATMC CEO/General Manager. “They understand the importance of supporting the local community and of helping our neighbors who may be in need. We are grateful to be able to support the Cape Fear Area United Way in their efforts.” Money raised during the 2013 campaign will be used for funds dispersed in 2014 for a wide scope of community, health, human services and educational needs in our region. ATMC and its employees have contributed more than $300,000 to United Way since 2000. Pictured left to right: Debra Cox, David Babson, Emily Watkins (UWCFA), Brock Holmes, Lin Kelly, Tanya Brannan, and Allen Russ (ATMC CEO/General Manager)
Southport Marina, located at 606 W. West Street in Southport, was recently named 2013 Marina of the Year by Marina Dock Age magazine in their large marina category. As noted in the official announcement by Marina Dock Age, Southport Marina has seen tremendous growth since 2006, when new ownership took over. Since then, Southport Marina has had a complete rebuild and added more services such as boatyard and marine retail. The 468-slip marina caters to transient boaters, longterm wet slip customers and dry-storage customers, boasting 102 indoor dry spaces and 141 outdoor dry spaces. For more information, visit southport-marina.com or call (910) 457-9900.
S.O.S. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina On February 15, Dr. Robert E. Morris conducted a fun and educational program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina about Morse code, nautical flags and Braille. Children in attendance were able to learn about the history and use of these forms of communication and had an opportunity to spell their names using each system. Dr. Morris is an educator at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. He has spent more than 40 years teaching physics, astronomy and mathematics. He enjoys teaching others about the natural world. The S.O.S. program is just one of many unique and educational experiences offered through the Museum of Coastal Carolina. For more information, call (910) 579-1016 or visit MuseumPlanetarium.org. Spring 2014
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Brunswick County 4-H Achievement Banquet Brunswick County 4-H members, volunteers and their families gathered at the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Service office in January to receive recognition for their hard work throughout the 2013 project year. Four 4-H clubs – Bits-n-Boots, Teen Council, Tinker Divas and Youth United – decorated their tables in keeping with this year’s theme: “There’s No Place Like 4-H.” With hot air balloons, flying monkeys, cyclones swirling overhead, Aunty Em’s farm, the Emerald City, the Yellow Brick Road, and the Witch’s Castle on the tables, 4-H members, volunteers and guests were welcomed by Brunswick County 4-H Teen Council President Bobbi Jane Lawrence and led through the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge by Teen Council Vice President Sadie Huntley. A year in review slide show scrolled while everyone enjoyed a meal. The awards portion of the evening began with recognition of all of the 4-H volunteers. Club leaders and co-leaders were recognized for their years of service with clover pins: Mary Snyder (2 years), James Knox (3 years), Trisha Apple (5 years), Debra Knox (5 years) and Benjie Jones (6 years). Benjie Jones also was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for her work with Bits-n-Boots, the Brunswick County 4-H Fair Board, the newly formed Leaders and Volunteers Association and county-wide 4-H programming. She represented Brunswick County at the NC 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Conference at the end of January. Two Brunswick County groups received recognition for their contributions to the program this year. They have been nominated for district and state recognition, which were awarded at the NC 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Conference at the end of January. The Club Support Award is given to a group whose work has strengthened the 4-H club program and/or developed volunteers and members. The Brunswick County 4-H Fair Board earned this award through the development and implementation of the first county 4-H Fair. Members Benjie Jones, Kaitlin Jones, Breanna Long, Jerry Long, Rebekah Taylor and George Wong-Chong were awarded certificates at the county level. The Donor Recognition Award is given to a group whose financial contributions have led to the improvement or growth of a county 4-H program. The Brunswick County Farm Bureau donated the money needed to run the First Brunswick County 4-H Fair. Their donation allowed Brunswick County 4-H to purchase the 24
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Fourteen members completed 4-H Project Record Books and earned the scores necessary to compete at the district event. Project Record Books are a compilation of the work the 4-H members have done throughout the year and provide the opportunity to reflect on their learning. The following 4-H members received recognition for their Project Record Books: Angelique Apple, Citizenship & Civic Education; Alexis Apple, Communication Arts & Leadership; Rebekah Taylor, Animal Science; Katlyn Toney, Consumer & Family Science; Amelia Apple, Consumer & Family Science; Lena Devlin, Animal Science; Sadie Huntley, Science & Technology; Kaitlin Jones, Animal Science; Bobbi Jane Lawrence, Healthy Lifestyle, Science & Technology; Mackenzie Snyder, Healthy Living, Consumer & Family Science; Autumn Apple, Animal Science; Bailey Smith, Animal Science; Emily Toney, Consumer & Family Science; Jordyn Smith, Animal Science; and Madilynn Smith, Animal Science. To become Youth of the Year, 4-H members are judged on their involvement in 4-H activities and an essay reflecting on the year’s events. The 9-10-year-old Youth of the Year was Mackenzie Snyder of Bits-n-Boots, Tinker Divas, Teen Council and Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT). The 11-13-year-old Youth of the Year was Breanna Long of Bits-n-Boots, Teen Council and TiLT. The 14-18-year-old Youth of the Year was Angelique Apple of Tinker Divas, Teen Council and TiLT. The Club of the Year was recognized for its community service activities, participation in the planning of the county 4-H Fair, a variety of club field trips and engagement in the county 4-H program. Bits-n-Boots, the 2013 Club of the Year, meets in Bolivia on Tuesday evenings and members learn about horses, livestock and small animals. Brunswick County 4-H is looking forward to another strong year in 2014 and hopes to bestow more awards and recognition at the 2014 Achievement Banquet. For more information on the Brunswick County 4-H, visit brunswick. ces.ncsu.edu or stop by the Brunswick County Center at 25 Referendum Drive in Bolivia. Office hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
NC Catch Summit The third annual NC Catch Summit, a large-scale commercial fishing event focusing on the economic and industrial aspects of the industry, was held February 6 and 7 at the Southport Community Building (223 E. Bay Street, Southport). The event included an opening dinner in which local restaurants served a buffet-style meal featuring a variety of North Carolina seafood. Guest speaker Greg Fisk, Alaska fisherman and owner of SeaFisk Consulting and Management, LLC, gave an insightful presentation titled, “Making ‘Wild’ Number 1 Again: Some thoughts from the salmon marketing wars.” Numerous other notable guests and speakers from the industry were in attendance, including Jim Bradshaw of Brunswick County Economic Development.
Reverend Donna Phelps Speaks at Shallotte Rotary Club Meeting Reverend Donna Phelps, president of the Board of Directors for Brunswick County StreetReach, Inc., recently spoke at the Shallotte Rotary Club meeting. BCSTR is an interfaith program for the homeless in the county that provides temporary emergency shelter during the winter months at host churches. Contributed Photo There are currently 12 church host sites and 17 partner churches. This past winter, from November through March, 77 individuals were provided with housing through the program. BCSTR also provides referral services, community feedings and resources to the homeless year round. The program is 100 percent volunteer-based, and volunteers are always appreciated. For more information on how you can help, call (910) 842-2711 or visit the website at bcstreetreach.org. Shallotte Rotary Club meets at Planet Fun (349 Whiteville Road NW, Shallotte) on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome. Please visit shallotterotaryclub.com for more information.
Stacey McCumbee Speaks at Shallotte Rotary Club Meeting Stacey McCumbee, director of community relations for Arbor Landing, recently spoke at the Shallotte Rotary Club meeting. McCumbee explained that Arbor Landing provides assisted living with some skilled nursing to its residents. Assisted living is a great alternative for seniors who can no longer live independently, but do not require a nursing home environment. Arbor Landing provides housekeeping and laundry services to its residents, as well as an onsite beauty salon and movie theater. The apartments are anywhere from 500 to 800 square feet, and it is a pet-friendly facility. Costs range from $2,600 to $3,600 a month. Some residents qualify for veteran’s assistance. There are currently 50 residents and 70 apartments. Volunteers are always welcome at Arbor Landing. Pictured: Stacey McCumbee and Laurel Bellamy.
Local Therapy Dog Brings Smiles to Early Childhood Education Center and Brunswick Interagency Program Back in February, Deacon, a certified pet therapy dog, made a special visit to Brunswick Community College’s Early Childhood Education Center and the Brunswick Interagency Program. Certified by Canines for Service, Deacon is a small Munsterlander, a pointing breed that originated in Germany. His certification from Canines for Service allows him to provide animal-assisted visitations in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, group homes and treatment facilities. His owner, Pat O’Brian, a member of the Board of Trustees at Brunswick Community College, is also Deacon’s handler. The two visited the 4- and 5-year-old preschool class at BCC’s Early Childhood Education Center, as well as the Brunswick Interagency Program, housed on BCC’s campus. The Brunswick Interagency Program enables adults with developmental disabilities to fully participate in the community by providing Compensatory Education classes in language arts, math, health, social studies, community living and vocational education. Instruction includes independent living skills and utilizes the BIP’s apartment complex. BIP students are employed on transitional crews: grounds, custodial and the Cook’s Nook cafeteria on the BCC Campus. The Early Childhood Education Center serves all of Brunswick County and surrounding areas, providing 5-star, fully licensed preschool programs. As one of few licensed daycare facilities close to BCC that accepts childcare subsidies, the ECEC provides daycare for many children whose parents are enrolled at BCC. Not only does the ECEC meet the daycare needs of BCC students, it also serves as a lab preschool for the Early Childhood Education Department at Brunswick Community College, providing an opportunity for Early Childhood Education students to participate in and observe classroom settings.
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Chowder Cook-Off Supports N.C. 4th of July Festival Close to 250 people came out to the Oak Island Moose Lodge to support the NC 4th of July Festival at the festival’s Chowder Cook-Off fundraising event held on March 9. The Cook-Off included a chowder tasting, bake sale and entertainment by Party of Two. More than $2,000 was raised with the support of those who purchased tickets, those who competed in the Cook-Off and the Oak Island Moose Lodge. These funds will be added to vendor fees and sponsorships to offset the costs of the festival. Votes for People’s Choice were tallied and the winners were: Best Decorated – Oak Island Deli & Pub – Colleen Schech & Charles Crone Restaurant Division 1st place– Fishy Fishy Café – Chef Ryan Seenes 2nd place – Shagger Jack’s of Oak Island - Robin & Blake Conklin, owners. 3rd place – Coastal Catering & Events – Chef Joe Caldropoli
Children’s author Michele Verhoosky recently spoke at Sunset River Marketplace on Thursday, March 6 as part of the gallery’s “Coffee With the Authors” lecture and book signing series. Verhoosky is the author and illustrator of “Molly Marie and the Amazing Jimmy,” a tale about a little girl, a leprechaun and their magical friendship. At the gallery event, Verhoosky read from the book and spoke about her own journey, which has included studying journalism, performing in children’s theatre, working as a church organist and overcoming her own severe hearing impairment. Verhoosky, who studied creative writing at Emerson College in Boston, says, “The world is a fascinating place and I have myriad interests, but I always knew I wanted to be a storyteller . . . always.” Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000-square-foot gallery features work by more than 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. A framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design. Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (N.C. Hwy. 179), in Calabash. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The gallery is closed Mondays between January and March. For more information, visit their website at sunsetrivermarketplace.com or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at (910) 575-5999.
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2nd Place – Kelly’s Crab & Corn Chowder – Nancy & David Kelly
Dr. Sharon Thompson has been honored as a 2014 recipient by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) of North Carolina. Thompson will receive her award at the Women of Achievement banquet on April 24 in Charlotte.
3rd Place – Caribbean Crush - Chip Shultz & Laura Dastebenbeck Congratulations to all the winners and participants for making this year’s Chowder Cook-Off a great success!
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GFWC-NC is the oldest volunteer service organization in the state, with approximately 5,000 members in over 150 clubs. Last year GFWC gave more than $1,660,000 and more than 408,000 volunteer service hours through 4,430 community programs and projects. Sharon Thompson is the vice president of academic and student affairs at Brunswick Community College. She also serves as a board member for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc.
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Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the third annual Chairman’s Chamber Awards recipients. The chamber would like to thank all the nominees for this year and extend congratulations to the following for their outstanding dedication, commitment and sense of community.
Todd Godbey, publisher of Nancy Hall Publications, recently spoke to the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club on the topic of advertising and branding. Godbey mentioned briefly the three local publications his company publishes – Kidsville, Livin’ Out Loud, and Brunswick County Schools Guide. Most of his presentation to club members was on the topic of advertising branding and the need to break through the clutter of today’s marketing messages to reach your customers. He explained that consumers buy for one of two reasons: to solve a problem or to feel good. Godbey also explained that branding is about your company being known before your products or services are needed by the consumer. Godbey talked about the thousands of marketing messages that consumers are exposed to every day and how difficult it is for your message to be remembered by consumers.
Ambassador of the Year: Regina Lowry, Autumn Care of Shallotte Nursing & Rehab Center Volunteer of the Year: BJ Jacob Employee of the Year: David Hutnik, InterCoastal Net Designs Inc. Citizen of the Year: Jennifer Vanasse, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Nonprofit of the Year: Paws-Ability Business of the Year: Black’s Tire Service To learn more about the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, please visit them on the web at brunswickcountychamber.org or call (910) 754-6644.
For more information about South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club visit sbirotary.org or check out their Facebook page at Facebook. com/sbirotary. Members meet each Friday morning at 7:30 am at Tamer’s Restaurant in Ocean Ridge.
Foundation of Brunswick County Community College Announces New Board Members The Foundation of Brunswick Community College is pleased to welcome Marc Kaplan, newly appointed treasurer of its board of directors; Elina DiCostanzo, director of resource development; and Julia Steffen, coordinator for community and donor relations. Kaplan, owner of Sunset Beach Pier and co-owner of Island Market, is a former member of the Sunset Beach Planning Board. His career has included 20 years of upper-level corporate retail management and 19 years of successful entrepreneurship. He brings a wealth of business management knowledge and accounting skills to the Foundation’s Executive Committee. He was elected at the Foundation Board meeting on January 16, 2014. Contributed Photos
Blue Marlin Hosts Business After Hours Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce January Business Networking After Hours was held at The Blue Marlin Restaurant, 4419 Long Beach Road in Southport. Members were treated to a full dinner consisting of crab dip, awardwinning chowder, quesadilla and ribs. The Business After Hours events are a great way for area chamber members to network and stay connected to the local business community in a fun and friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce online at southport-oakisland.com or call (910) 457-6964.
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DiCostanzo joined the staff of the Foundation of Brunswick Community College in September 2013. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from American University as well as an MBA from the University of Denver. Elina has extensive experience in managing a staff, starting new initiatives from the ground up, business development and marketing. Most recently, Elina worked at the College of Western Idaho as the Executive Director of Advancement and the Foundation. Steffen also joined the staff of the Foundation of Brunswick Community College in January 2014 as Coordinator for Donor and Community Relations. Formerly of United Way of the Cape Fear Area in Wilmington, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina. She is also a former member of the U.S. Peace Corps and served in Ecuador from 2003-05.
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March Business Networking After Hours Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a fun St. Patrick’s Day–themed Business Networking After Hours event, where everyone was in fine Irish spirits as they networked, enjoyed delicious food and connected with the local business community. The event was held at Oak Island Deli & Pub at 5422 E. Oak Island Drive in Oak Island. Colleen Schech and her staff did a fantastic job providing the members a comfortable place to network and wonderful food to eat. For more information on the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, visit them online at southportoakisland.com or like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events.
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting celebration for Liberty Tax Service at 120-2 Contributed Photo Shallotte Crossing Parkway in Shallotte. Liberty Tax Service believes that their abundance of industry knowledge and experience has made them capable of such remarkable growth in a short period of time. The knowledge of the management team and headquarters staff totals more than 600 years of tax and franchise industry expertise. This combination of knowledge can be a powerful resource when it comes to developing systems, training programs and marketing strategies. For more information, visit libertytax.com or call their local office at (910) 754-5007.
Legacy Hair Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Legacy Hair, located at 150-10 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte. Legacy Hair is owned by Contributed Photo Sonya Gore. This full-service hair salon specializes in styling hair, eyelash and hair extensions, and eyebrow/ full facial waxing. They also have a nail technician who does pedicures the first weekend of every month and specializes in serving senior citizens. Visit their Facebook page or call (910) 512-0137 for more information.
Ribbon Cutting for Movement Works Rivermist Skinny Wraps Ribbon Cutting Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for Rivermist Skinny Wraps. A local franchise of the It Works Global Company, Rivermist Skinny Wraps is a home-based business owned by Ellen Wester. The business features “that crazy wrap thing” as well as all-natural vitamins, supplements and skin-care products. For more information, visit rivermistskinnywraps. com or call (910) 215-4680. Pictured left to right: Ben Frazier; Chamber Ambassador Honey Martin; Chamber Ambassador Jim Martin; Owner Ellen Wester; Lucinda Arnold; and Chamber Events Coordinator Megan Canny.
The Brunswick County Chamber held a ribbon cutting in March for Movement Works. Movement Works is a holistic dance, fitness and yoga center, dedicated to giving their students both the joy of movement, and of stillness. They inspire students to express themselves authentically through a variety of classes for all levels and ages, designed to uplift one’s spirit while strengthening the body. Interdisciplinary classes are offered for adults and children. Contributed Photo
Dr. Laura Harris Performs First iStent® Surgery for Patient with Cataracts and Glaucoma at Brunswick Novant Medical Center
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Eye surgeon Laura Harris, MD, FACS of Cataract Consultants, implanted the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA into the eye of a patient with cataracts and glaucoma on February 26, 2014. It was the first such surgery to be performed at Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Bolivia. The procedure, formerly known as iStent™ Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent, is a treatment option to reduce eye pressure for patients with both cataracts and glaucoma.
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The iStent is FDA-approved for use in conjunction with cataract surgery to reduce eye pressure in adult patients with mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma who are currently being treated with glaucoma medicine. In clinical trials, iStent has been shown to safely reduce eye pressure, which is the primary cause of open-angle glaucoma. “This is great news for people who have both a cataract and glaucoma,” says Dr. Harris. “The eye drops used to treat glaucoma can be difficult to administer and expensive. With iStent, many patients will need less medicine to control their eye pressure and some may not need prescription eye drops at all.” iStent, which was approved by the FDA in June 2012, is placed in a patient’s eye during cataract surgery. “It is so small you are unable to see or feel it after the procedure is done,” said Dr. Harris. “Although you won’t even know iStent is there, it will be working to help reduce your eye pressure.” In addition to Brunswick Novant, Dr. Harris will be performing the iStent® procedure at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Atlantic SurgiCenter and Pender Memorial Hospital. The procedure is covered by Medicare and other commercial insurance carriers. Cataract Consultants was founded in 2008 by Dr. Laura Harris, a fellowship trained ophthalmologist and one of the leading cataract surgeons in North Carolina. She has expertise in micro-incision surgery, bladeless LenSx® laser surgery, DSEK corneal transplant and intraocular lenses to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia. Dr. Harris is one of just a few surgeons in North Carolina to offer telescopic lens implants for Advanced Macular Degeneration (AMD) and one of the few cataract surgeons in southeastern North Carolina to offer the ORA System®, a revolutionary new diagnostic tool that takes precise measurements of the eye during surgery to refine patients’ visual outcomes. Glaukos Corporation, the company that developed the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent, is a privately held ophthalmic company located in Laguna Hills, CA, that is dedicated to researching and developing microtechnologies to improve glaucoma therapy.
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Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the following member businesses as the winners of the fourth quarter Golden Pineapple Awards for 2013: Amusements Category: The Adventure Kayak Company, Southport; Southport Fun Tours, Southport Retail Category: Boo & Roos, Southport Service Category: Cooper Electric, Southport; SeaWay Printing & Mailing, Oak Island Professionals Category: Rob Potter, Farm Bureau Insurance Mutual; Karen Collins, Collins Insurance Agency; Family Chiropractic Plus; River Road Animal Hospital; Hank Troscieanic, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Golden Pineapple Awards are given quarterly to those businesses nominated by their customers for providing consistent and exceptional customer service. “Consistent and exceptional customer service is the foundation of a thriving small business,” says Karen Sphar, executive vice president of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. The next Golden Pineapple nominations will be taken until April 30. If you would like to nominate a business that has provided you with exceptional customer service, go to the chamber’s website at southportoakisland. com and look for the pineapple. Contributed Photo
Business Networking After Hours at Turtle Island A large crowd of SouthportOak Island Area Chamber of Commerce members showed up at Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering in Oak Island, ready to do Business Networking After Contributed Photo Hours. BNAH are monthly meetings in which members of the chamber meet and network in a relaxed atmosphere. For more information on these meetings or to learn more about the chamber, please visit southport-oakisland.com or call (910) 457-6964.
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Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter Expands Services with Merger
Pierogies Ribbon Cutting Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Pierogies, located at 8017 E. Oak Island Drive in Oak Island. Pierogies is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Pierogies gets its name from the popular dough dumplings, which will be the mainstay of the menu; however, they also offer an assortment of sweet treats including pineapple rolls, nut rolls and poppy seed rolls; homemade horseradish (white or beet); and grill selections including Polish sausage, hot sausage, all-beef franks and smoked kielbasa shipped weekly directly from Pittsburgh, PA. Pictured left to right (back to front): Greg Monroe; Megan Monroe; Payten Monroe; Owner Merle Waddingham; Owner Debbie Waddingham; Chase Monroe; Chamber Ambassador Christy Jones; Chamber Ambassador Honey Martin; Baylor Jones, Finnlay Jones, Chamber Ambassador Carol Magnani; Chamber Ambassador Jackie Cooper; Chamber Events Coordinator Megan Canny; and Mindy Ellinger.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, based in Wilmington, is expanding its services. Mercy Care, a nonprofit hospice in Myrtle Beach, will become a division of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter effective April 1. Together the two nonprofit healthcare agencies have more than 60 years combined experience of providing quality end-of-life services in North and South Carolina. “This new collaboration helps support our strategic goals to expand the reach of our hospice services and will enhance our ability to provide quality end-of-life care to everyone facing a serious illness,” said Laurie Bystrom, president and CEO of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter. “By working together, Contributed Photos we will ensure patients and families in Mercy Care’s service area have access to quality, compassionate end-of-life care. We will also have the added benefit of being able to reach more people with our non-reimbursed services like bereavement support, Healing Arts, programs for children and teens, and care for patients who are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance plans.” Mercy Care will retain its name and brand; however, several administrative and operational functions will be combined through Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter resources from its Home Office in Wilmington. “Mercy Care is a valued and well-recognized hospice service provider in South Carolina,” Bystrom said. “United as a team, we will now expand our services from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties in North Carolina to include Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties in South Carolina.”
Southport Taffy & Fudge Factory Celebrates Opening of New Location Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Southport Taffy & Fudge’s new location at 112 E. Moore Street in Southport. In addition to the new location, Southport Taffy & Fudge also celebrated the addition of Lativa Coffee to their old-fashioned candy store, where customers can watch the taffy, fudge, pralines and assorted chocolates being made. Pictured left to right: Kimberly Bandera; Assistant Manager Justin Harmon; Owner Diane Salyer; Emily Humphreys; Chamber Ambassador Jim Martin; Chamber Ambassador Carol Magnani; Chamber Ambassador Honey Martin; Owner Mark Salyer; and Clara Smith. 32
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The Mercy Care office at 8216 Devon Court in Myrtle Beach will continue to operate after the merger. Mercy Care’s 65 employees will join the more than 325 employees who already work for Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter. Patients and families with both agencies can expect to continue to receive high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care during and after this transition. Each day, Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter cares for more than 600 hospice and palliative care patients in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties in North Carolina. While most patients are cared for where they live – in their homes, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes – Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter also operates three inpatient care centers in Bolivia, Whiteville and Wilmington. For more information, visit www.lcfh.org. Mercy Care serves about 130 hospice and palliative care patients each day in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties in South Carolina. For more information, visit www.mercyhospice.org.
Don R. Spry Speaks to Coffee with the Girls Group Don R. Spry, II, U.S. Small Business Administration (USSBA), joined Coffee with the Girls on March 18 as a guest to discuss ways the USSBA can help small businesses. Spry offered helpful insight, encouraging the woman-owned businesses in the room to take full advantage of the assistance that could be provided free from USSBA, Brunswick Community College Small Business Center, SCORE, SBTDC and the BCEDC. For contact info for any of these groups please call the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at (910) 457-6964. Coffee with the Girls is an event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and is held monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 8 am in the Port City Java meeting room.
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Business After Hours at Color Me Carolina Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce members celebrated the arrival of spring with an evening of networking and shopping at the April Business After Hours at Color Me Carolina in Oak Island. Color Me Carolina offers an eclectic assortment of gifts for all occasions, including all-age birthdays, weddings, hostess, business and special events. Gift suggestions include Write Plate, candles, Tervis tumblers, collegiate and beach-themed serving pieces, kitchen linens and much more.
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6th Annual “Blooming for a Cause” Charity Gala The General Federation Woman’s Club of Holden Beach will host its 6th annual “Blooming for a Cause” Charity Gala on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Sea Trail Convention Center at 11 am. The silent auction, fashion show and luncheon will benefit Hope Harbor Home, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and Providence Home, the only emergency youth shelter in Brunswick County. The silent auction will include something for everyone: exciting weekend getaways, golf packages, jewelry, artwork, restaurant certificates, health and beauty products, gift baskets, and much, much more. In addition to surprises, giveaways, and fun, all the latest trends in women’s fashion will be presented by Clarice Holden and Island Breeze. The gala has a local flair due to the contributions and participation of businesses, associations, philanthropists and artists throughout Brunswick, New Hanover and Horry counties. Their continued support and generosity have helped to make the event a reality. GFWC-HB has donated more than $50,000 to its beneficiaries over the past five years. The members look forward to their biggest fundraiser each year; continuing this tradition is the perfect way to celebrate spring. Attend with your friends, family, and business associates on May 3. Reserve your seat with a $45 contribution. For 38
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Kyphoplasty requires only a onecentimeter incision to access the fractured The white material shown in bone. A revolutionary orthopedic balloon is the model is the bone cement that is injected into the fractured placed inside the vertebral body and inflated, vertebral body to restore it back to its normal height, acting as an raising the collapsed bone back to a more internal cast. normal position.The balloon is then deﬂated and removed, leaving a cavity that can be filled with bone cement, creating an internal cast that stabilizes the fracture and holds the repaired bone in place. Requiring less than one hour per fracture treated, kyphoplasty is performed with local anesthesia and patients are released that day. The procedure is usually covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans. Spine surgeons emphasize that the sooner the VCF is treated, the more likely the fractured bone can be restored to its original position and the pain can be relieved. Learn more about kyphoplasty at orthowilmington.com/kyphoplasty.
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Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball The Brunswick Sheriff ’s Charitable Foundation, Inc. held its third annual Charity Ball on March 6 at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. With the theme of “Diamonds and Denim,” the event included hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, a buffet dinner, live music by Jim Quick and Coastline, dancing, an auction and a 50/50 raffle. It raised money for Hope Harbor Home and Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. The Brunswick Sheriff ’s Charitable Foundation, Inc. was established in 2012 and is dedicated to serving the people of Brunswick County by building permanent charitable capital to support programs and provide services that enhance the quality of life for all its citizens. Photography by Ronnie Holden
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The Golf Ball Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day weekend was a whole lot sweeter for those who attended the fourth annual Golf Ball fundraiser on February 15. Attendees were treated to dinner, wine, music and dancing, all while supporting scholarships for local college seniors. The black-tie optional event, held at the Brunswick Community College South Brunswick Islands Center, was a fundraiser for The First Tee of Brunswick Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to graduating seniors based upon academic performance, involvement with The First Tee, and need. Photography by Genie Leigh Photography
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North Carolina 4th of July Festival The City of Southport celebrates the 4th of July in a big way, with nearly 50,000 people gathering to show their patriotic spirit. The festival features more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, festival food, live music and entertainment, a parade featuring the newly crowned Miss North Carolina, a Naturalization Ceremony, a Veterans Recognition Ceremony, a Flag Retirement Ceremony, a Beach Day at Oak Island with volleyball and sandcastle building, the Freedom Run and Walk, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment, the Shine and Show Classic Car Show, a sailing regatta, professional wrestling and, of course, fireworks. These events and many more take place over the course of a week, from Saturday, June 28 to Saturday, July 5.
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On March 3 South Brunswick Magazine and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce gathered at Brick Landing Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach to honor the recipients of the 2013 Future 10 awards. The Future 10 are young professionals who are community-minded, enthusiastic about Brunswick County and live up to the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto of Building and Supporting Business. They must be younger than 40, a member of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and actively involved in the chamber. The 2013 Future 10 recipients honored at the reception included: Michael Braddock II of Brunswick Forest, Daniel Simmons of OIB ReadyMix Concrete, Dr. Brian Link of Coastal Integrative Health, Dr. Patrick McCauley of Coastal Integrative Health, Whitney Sauls of Sloane Realty Vacations, Michael Abushakra of Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers, Aaron Perkins of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Crystal Babson of Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage and J. Ryan Smithwick of Baxley Smithwick PLLC.
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9/11 Survivor Speaks at Brunswick Community College Trapped on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center, Joe Dittmar came close to death on September 11, 2001. His escape and journey home provided him with a wealth of insight on the event and the way it forever changed the lives of Americans. Dittmar told of his experience at the Brunswick Community College Foundation’s Community Breakfast on Thursday, April 10, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatic Center on campus. Dittmar’s 45 minute presentation, entitled Lessons Learned from a Date with Destiny; An Historic and Inspirational View of 9/11/01, has enthralled many audiences. He waived his speaking fee for this fundraiser, which celebrates a victory of the human spirit. Dittmar is a 34-year veteran of the insurance industry. He is director of property underwriting for Rockhill Specialty Programs in Durham and has held senior management positions at several companies in several states. He was attending a business meeting at Two World Trade Center when the attack occurred. He is one of only seven survivors of the meeting of 54 insurance executives. He currently lives in Chapel Hill.
The Community Breakfast is a fundraising event. Ticket proceeds and donations made at the event went toward the work of the foundation, which includes supporting students through scholarships and educational needs through a variety of avenues. Contributed Photos
Future Generations Tournament The First Tee of Brunswick County will present its fourth annual Future Generations Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 7 on three courses at St. James Plantation. Play will be held on The Reserve Club, The Players Club and The Founders Club. Registration is open, and slots will fill up quickly for this captain’s choice, four-person scramble. Prizes are awarded, and there are also live and silent auctions, a raffle, a cocktail hour and dinner. Each course will also host a hole-in-one-contest. Registration is $380 per foursome. This event is a fundraiser for The First Tee of Brunswick County, which impacts the lives of more than 7,000 children between the ages of 7 and 17 by exposing them to the game of golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values and Life Skills Experience. 46
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Integrative Health A Holistic Movement story by Cindy Black
In recent years, many non-mainstream healthcare approaches once considered fringe medicine have gained traction. Practices such as massage, acupuncture, dietary supplementation, meditation and yoga are now being performed alongside conventional medical therapies in hospitals across the country. Called integrative medicine, this approach is healing-oriented medicine that takes the whole person — body, mind and spirit — into account and considers all lifestyle aspects in deciding a course of treatment. This wholesome approach, designed to treat the person and not just the disease, differs from conventional medicine in that it tends to be closer to nature. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on health interventions, practices, products and disciplines that originate from outside mainstream medicine, nearly 40 percent of all Americans use, or have used, healthcare approaches not considered conventional. These approaches typically fall within one of two categories: natural products or mind and body practices. 48
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Botanicals, probiotics, essential oils, vitamins and minerals are all natural products that are typically marketed as dietary supplements. The most popular natural product used by adults is fish oil, while one of the most popular products for children is Echinacea. Mind and body practices range from chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation to yoga and meditation. Of all complementary and alternative therapies, the use of natural products is the most popular, with deep breathing, meditation and massage coming in just behind. Esther Sternberg, MD, a National Institutes of Health senior scientist and author of The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions, explains that the appeal of integrated medicine is rooted in patients’ desires to be seen by their doctors as more than their ailments. “It’s no longer considered fringe,” Sternberg says. “Medical students are being taught to think in an integrated way about the patient, and, ultimately, that will improve the management of illness at all levels.” The broader range of treatment options also helps patients to feel that they are doing everything they can to achieve wellness.
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A College for the Community As Brunswick Community College celebrates its 35th anniversary, take look a back at the college’s history and its impact on Brunswick County.
my classmates and I graduated from Shallotte High School in the early 1970s, a few of us went off to school at the state’s universities – UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State and ECU – and a handful moved to Chadbourn or Whiteville, renting rooms within manageable driving distance from Southeastern Community College.
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Brunswick Community College did not exist.
It wasn’t until the end of the decade that a local woman spearheaded a drive to bring a college to the state’s southernmost county. It’s now known as Brunswick Community College (BCC). To commemorate BCC’s 35th anniversary, I’ve compiled a history of the school. I’ve had the extreme pleasure and challenge over the past eight months to scour board of trustee meeting minutes, newspaper clippings and annual reports and to talk with many who were involved from the beginning. The history, which I completed in February, is being shared with the community and will be available in the college’s Annual Report. The following information is gleaned from that history. Spring 2014
Brunswick County residents can thank Bobbie Varnam for their college. Varnum was tired of driving 105 miles round-trip to Chadbourn for classes at Southeastern Community College while also working at DuPont in Leland, so she approached Brunswick County Commissioner W. A. Stanley in 1978 about the possibility of establishing a college in the county. The two quickly enlisted the advice and assistance of others, and by April 5, 1979, the State Board of Education sent a letter of approval regarding a community college to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. The school opened as Brunswick Technical College in the fall of 1980. Michael Hankins of Sunset Harbor was the first student to enroll. In the first quarter there were almost 100 curriculum students and 2,400 continuing education students. Today, BCC has 1,600 curriculum and 2,900 continuing education students. BCC is now one of the top five largest employers in Brunswick
Above: The site for building A, circa 1986. Completed in 1989, the building combined administration, the library and a student center.
County, with approximately 460 employees. It is ranked 44th in enrollment within the 58 colleges of the state system, and it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities. BCC reached a particularly meaningful milestone in September 2007 when Jwantana Frink became the first school graduate to serve on the board of trustees. The school has grown 56 percent in the past seven years. Initial funding came with House Bill 33, which allocated a budget of $96,798 for operating expenses and instructional and administrative equipment. The state supplied $76,798, but the remainder was local funds. The 2013 budget was $19 million. A 2012-13 study measured the school’s economic t impact at $93.9 the permanen d. st building on , was complete es of 1983, the fir r ad be Tr cto d O an million for the In al : Above D, Technic was building campus, which school year.
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BCC has thrived under the leadership of four presidents, beginning with Brunswick County native Dr. Joseph Carter in 1979. He was succeeded by Dr. Michael Reaves. Upon Reaves’ retirement in 2005, Dr. Stephen Greiner accepted the post. Dr. Susanne Adams joined BCC in 2011 and has the daunting task of leading the school into an increasingly complex future.
Building a permanent campus The school opened in a 3,732-squarefoot cinder block building next to Supply Baptist Church at the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 211. James J. and Ethelyn Hawes donated the building to Brunswick County in 1959. Today it serves as the Brunswick Education Transition Center (BETC), and BCC’s main campus is on 194.75 acres located in Supply. The original board of trustees committed to purchase the land in 1980 and secured the final piece in 1986. The board of education donated the school’s Southport facility in 1981. It has been renovated numerous times, including the most recent renovation, which is
Above: An architectural rendering for Building B, completed in 1999, with ten classrooms, seven science and nursing labs, two computer labs, a teaching auditorium and a cadaver room.
“The original mission of community colleges was to give citizens access to educational opportunities beyond high school. Before BCC existed, those opportunities were limited for many Brunswick County citizens. Since its creation, BCC has used financial capital and the labor of dedicated staff and faculty to fundamentally change the lives of many who called Brunswick County home. That transformation process has helped move the county from an agricultural/fishing society to one that can be competitive in numerous industries.” –Dr. Ben Deblois, BCC business manager 1988–2013
Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center, located in the Leland Industrial Park.
N.C. Community College System formed
Bobbie Varnam approached Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Stanley about a college in Brunswick County
Dr. Joseph Carter hired as the first president
$8 million construction bond passed
1986 Small Business Center established
County Commissioners approved the concept of a technical institute
The college opened its doors with nearly 100 curriculum students and 2,400 continuing education students
State legislature approved the formation of Brunswick Technical Institute
The first graduation was held
1979 First Board of Trustees installed
Dr. Joseph Carter
County Commission gives the college its first building located beside Supply Baptist Church
1979 The Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Brunswick Technical College
1979 Barbara Reaves hired as the first employee
The college acquired Brunswick Training School in Southport, doubling its size
1982 Brunswick Technical College Foundation established
The 1987 name change symbolized the school’s integral involvement with the county’s citizens.
Ground broken for a permanent campus
First class held in Classroom Building (Building C) on permanent campus
First permanent building completed (Building D, Technical and Trades)
Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP) established
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College name changed to Brunswick Community College
Michael Reaves hired as second BCC president
BIP building completed
1989 Administration/Library/ Student Services Building (ALS) completed
At the first graduation, 43 students were awarded diplomas in technical programs and 31 students received their high school equivalency diploma.
Odell Williamson Auditorium completed
The Center for Aquaculture Technology (now Center for Aquaculture & Biotechnology) complex constructed
$30 million construction bond referendum passed
Dr. Susanne Adams appointed fourth president of BCC
1995 Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball program developed; Dolphins play first game
2001 Former Polish President Lech Walesa visited campus
2004 The Brunswick Educational Transition Center (BETC) opened
2004 In May of 1995, BCC developed a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team. The team played two home games at the North Brunswick High School gym and five home games at the South Brunswick high school gym that season.
1997 Small Business Center expanded to include business incubator in Winnabow
1998 BCC re-accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
May 12th proclaimed Brunswick Community College Day by county and state governments
2005 Dr. Stephen Greiner appointed the third BCC president
Applied Plant Science complex completed
Founders Field dedicated
Student Center named LaDane Williamson Student Center
Virginia Williamson Event Center addition to the OWA completed
2009 BCC reaccredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Building D named W.J. and Sibyl McLamb Building
2014 Licensed Practical Nursing program ranked #1 in NC
2009 Women in Philanthropy and Leadership formed
2009 Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center opened
1998 LaDane Williamson Universal Scholarship Program established
1999 Science and Health Education Building (SHE) completed
being completed this year. Brunswick County constructed the Leland campus and donated it to the college. The first building on the permanent campus (Building D, Technical and Trades) was completed in October 1983 at a cost of $658,000. Cosmetology and nursing classes moved from Southport, and business and general education moved from Supply. By spring the college had 540 curriculum students and 2,000 continuing education students clamoring for more offerings. Through the years, Building D has housed classes in welding, turfgrass management, computer engineering, heating and air conditioning, electronics, drafting and the Center for Advanced Studies program in which high school students take college courses. BCC’s building program has been consistently strong thanks to successful passage of bond referendums: $8 million in 1985 and $30 million in 2004. Future growth will require additional bond funding. In 1984, the school constructed the Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP) Program. BIP is the only adult vocational program of its kind in North Carolina. The program combines the resources of the public school’s exceptional children’s department, Southeastern Mental Health (SEMH) and BCC. It is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation. In 2013 BIP celebrated the 23rd annual prom for adults with I/ DD, and more than 300 participants attended. It is housed in 18,339 square feet costing $1,388,434. Other early construction starts are Building C (classroom/ laboratory/office) in 1987, Building A (administration/ library/student services or ALS) in 1987, Odell Williamson Auditorium in 1991, recreational grounds management and aquaculture in 1998, and Building B (science and health education or SHE) in 1996. In 2003 BCC donated 15 acres on campus for construction of Brunswick County Academy. The 70,000-square-foot school complex serves at-risk students from across the county. Funds from the 2004 referendum were targeted for the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatic Center, the LaDane Williamson Student Center addition, an early childhood education facility, a continuing education center, improvements to the Southport and Leland campuses and outreach to the island communities which included the establishment of the South Brunswick Islands Center. “We have such a large county, about 850 square miles, we needed to have classrooms closer to our population,” Dr. Reaves explained in 2013. The Leland center focuses on serving the business and industry community by providing training space and 56
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customized training programs through the Economic & Workforce Development Center (EWDC). EWDC also provides one-on-one counseling of novice business people and offers resources, monthly seminars and workshops. Eligible businesses and industries include manufacturing, technology intensive, regional/national warehousing and distribution centers, customer support centers, air courier services, national headquarters and civil service. The Leland facility also houses Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET), foundation studies, construction trades program, human resources development, the Small Business Center, office space for Brunswick County Schools (BCS), Career Ready, meeting and office space for the Economic Development Commission and an incubator space for start-up light manufacturing. Keeping in mind that student success is vital to the school, Dr. Adams and the trustees recently created a new committee focused on student success: the Student Affairs Committee of the board which is chaired by Lynda Stanley, former chairperson of the board of trustees. “After reviewing our meeting agenda, it became apparent that our focus was on buildings, bonds and budgets,” Stanley says. “The least amount of time was spent on our most important asset – our students. We needed to hold ourselves and our president accountable for the success of our students,
“Since my arrival in 1993, I have watched the college grow to become a true college for the community. Not only are there excellent academic programs and an Early College High School, but there are also cultural arts, wellness programs, athletics, childcare facilities, meeting locations and opportunities for the handicapped that have touched thousands of citizens of Brunswick County. I am proud to have been a small part.” -Jerry Thrift, vice president for operations, retired 2013
Sports and Student Clubs BCC proudly fields teams in basketball, baseball and volleyball, loudly cheered by the school mascot, Dunkin the Dolphin. The school is a member of Region X Division I and II, and the team and school colors are teal, navy and white. Heading into the school’s 35th anniversary, BCC has been successful in competing for national championships in three sports as well as promoting student athletes to four-year institutions. The baseball team won the Region 10 championship and competed in the World Series for the first time. Coach Robbie Allen, also athletic director, was voted the Region 10 Coach of the Year, and pitcher Zach Andrews was named Region 10 Player of the Year. Andrews and Hunter Allen were named NJCAA All Americans. Coach Walter Shaw leads the basketball team, which won the Region X tournament in 2004. For his role, Shaw was named 2004-05 Region X Division I Coach of the Year. The team set a record again in 2010 when it became the first BCC basketball team to earn the right to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.
Volleyball re-emerged in a big way as the 2008-09 team coached by Stephanie Beach McMullen went to the national championships. In 2013 women’s basketball finished fourth in the conference but had an impressive win in January over the number 3 team in the county and went to the Region 10 tournament for the first time. BCC’s athletic department and student athletes are committed to their community; they logged 1,296 hours of community service in the 2012-13 school year. In addition to the Student Government Association, BCC students enjoy a performing arts club, a computer club, a science club, National Technical Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society, Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity, Circle K, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, HIT, Loaves and Fishes, Young Americans for Liberty, student ambassadors and a chemistry club. A veteran’s club was formed in 2012. In 2014 the club raised money to send a veteran student to Costa Rica with the BIO-140 class as part of the course’s lab work. Spring 2014
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and the only way to do that was to keep it at the forefront of our discussion…to create a board committee through bylaw changes and to make it a part of our standard agenda. This level of transparency has forced us to identify opportunities for improvement and to track our success and ultimately the success of our students.” By focusing on student success and careful growth, BCC is a local success story. “I think we’re exceptional because we don’t have a lot of financial resources, but we have a lot of things others don’t have: the aquatics center, the Odell Williamson Auditorium, the aquaculture program,” said Ben Deblois, the school’s long-serving business manager, shortly after his 2013 retirement. “These were made possible by the people we hired, who were always local people. The people in the trenches were local people who were committed to the college. We’re truly a community college built by local people.” n
Above: As technology bec ame more important, BC C benefited from BioNetwork equipment grants to assist in bridgi ng education through science and tech nology.
Brunswick Community College Foundation Since its inception in 1982, Brunswick Community College Foundation has supported the development of the college, its programs, its activities and, most importantly, its students. In the fall of 2013, BCCF had an endowed fund level of $2,289,756.89 and awarded $97,000 in scholarships. A newspaper report in November 1981 described the mission of the newly formed foundation to “provide contributions of money for the support of activities and programs not funded adequately through regular sources. These include activities such as building campaigns, workstudy opportunities for students, scholarships, faculty merit awards, special library acquisitions and cultural events.” The hope was also that the foundation would provide an opportunity for more public involvement in the college. Through prudent investment and oversight, the foundation’s portfolio continues to grow. With 16 percent of county residents living in poverty in 2013, the need to support educational scholarships is great, and the foundation strives to cultivate new donor sources. The foundation board also gave renewed emphasis to the Legacy Program, planned giving and relationship building. As 2012 closed, the foundation honored two major contributors with building naming dedications. The technical and trades center, Building D, was named the W. J. and Sibyl McLamb Building. In early 2013 the student center was named the LaDane Williamson Student Center. At the 2013 Dancing with the Brunswick Stars event, a BCCF fundraiser, BCCF unveiled a newly created award to honor individuals who have unselfishly given of their time, talents and resources to the school, the community and the world. The award will be given from time to time as deserving recipients are identified, but it will always be named for its inaugural recipients: The Clarice and Ronnie Holden Humanitarian Award.
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Behind the Music The Sunset Beach Concert Series does a lot more for the Brunswick community than provide a fun way to spend a summer night. story by Jenny Bowman
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Left: Fred Thorne, chair of the concert committee, with committee members Wilson Sherrill, Anita August, Janie Withers, and Denise Williams.
The series has 15 concerts scheduled for 2014, and each concert benefits a different local charity. With corporate, business and individual sponsorships, as well as some funding from the Town of Sunset Beach, the series is able to host different bands each week in addition to paying for the concerts’ production costs. Proceeds made at the concert go to the selected charity of the week. But the concerts are free, right? Absolutely! The charities obviously don’t get money from admission fees, but they can raise funds in any way they choose, and most opt for a raffle. The charities simply sell raffle tickets for a number of prizes
such as gift cards and even cash with numerous lucky winners, and then the charities keep the remaining proceeds. The Sunset Beach Concerts are an example of how a few individuals, local businesses, musicians and a small community can come together to do something big. In the past the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club, Brunswick County Homeless Coalition, Communities In Schools, The First Tee of Brunswick County and many others have benefitted from this fantastic fundraising opportunity. “The concerts are a great way to bring people together for a nice evening to listen to some music,” says Bill McGee of Spring 2014
the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club, which supports the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children across the nation. “Everyone brings lawn chairs, they get together, sit and chat, eat a sandwich and lots of people get up and dance. It’s just a fun evening for everyone involved.” Fred Thorne of Fred Thorne Realty coordinates the Sunset Beach Concerts each year, and he says that the committee tries to keep everything local. Thorne has been running the concerts since 2012 with committee members Wilson Sherrill, Anita August, Janie Withers, Steve Mullins and Denise Williams, who just showed up in Thorne’s office one day saying, “I want to help you with these concerts.” Brunswick County Homeless Coalition, a nonprofit that raises money for people in emergency situations, participated in 2013. Board member Barbara Serafin says, “Not only is it a fun event, but it’s wonderful to see people who are compassionate and giving, so generous for giving to people in need or in homelessness, all come together for a fun evening. The committee members are a wonderful group of people to work with.” In order to benefit from the concerts’ fundraising opportunities, organizations must be a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and are required to complete an application to be considered for selection. The committee cooperatively selects the charities that will be featured each year based on qualifications, need and the organizations’ willingness to be involved and present during their event. “They put in a lot of work!” Serafin says about the concert committee and participants. “And just to see the joy in us and the joy in Fred and to see all those people come together to help others, it’s just a wonderful experience.” You can help, too, just by attending the concerts and enjoying a free show. If you purchase a raffle ticket and take part in the fundraiser, you are supporting local nonprofits that do great things for the Brunswick community.
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As it turns out, more than 90 percent of the audience members are locals rather than visitors. Many of the booked musicians are local to Brunswick County and the surrounding areas. In addition, seven of the bands this summer are playing their only local shows at the Sunset Beach Concerts. The artists and music vary from country to bluegrass, hip-hop to jazz to rhythm and blues, beach music to party bands and much more. This summer The Embers featuring Craig Woolard (beach & variety), The Fat Jack Band (rhythm & blues), The Fantastic Shakers (variety & party) and Darrell Harwood (country) will be playing, to name a few. This is a great way to spend a summer evening — pack a picnic, bring the family and even the dog — and stop by Village Park this summer for some great music and good times. Hope to see you there! n
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doesn’t know it yet, but someday she will play a key role in someone’s life. She will be a faithful companion, partner and assistant, always alert and on-call to help with routine daily tasks. Phoebe is a two-year-old black Labradoodle, and she’s in training as a service dog. Before she is ready to take on that role, Phoebe needs to learn how to do a few more tasks from her trainer, Caroline O’Brien. O’Brien is a volunteer with Canines for Service, a Wilmington-based nonprofit organization that provides a series of programs designed to train service dogs for civilian clients and military veterans as well as train therapy dogs for hospital and nursing home visits and for children who have difficulty reading. O’Brien has been volunteering with Canines for Service since 2006 and is now training her ninth dog. By the time a dog gets to O’Brien, it will have had several months of training by foster puppy parents, whose role is to teach the dog simple commands and get them used to people, places and sounds. Then trainers like O’Brien provide additional training and teach the dogs more difficult commands. After each dog passes all the required tests and is deemed ready, it 64
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Below: Caroline O’Brien does laundry with Phoebe, a two-year-old Labradoodle she is training as a service dog.
is given to a carefully selected applicant whose needs match that dog’s specific skills. O’Brien admits that giving up her dogs brings tears of both joy and sadness. “It’s hard to give them up,” she says, “but it is wonderful to know that they are empowering people to be more independent. When I make my follow-up calls, talk with clients and hear their stories, that’s what keeps me going. Luke now pulls Lisa’s wheelchair while carrying a bag of groceries. Judah makes Leroy feel confident to leave his home after being homebound for two years. And Zebulun makes Amanda feel confident enough to live on her own. These are some of my rewards.” The fact that all of the dogs have biblical names is not a coincidence. Canines for Service was co-founded by Rick Hairston, a deeply religious man, on the biblical principle expressed in Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind, and let each of you regard one another as more important than himself. Do not merely look for your own interests but also for the interests of others.” Hairston had been active with a service dog training organization in
St. Louis before he moved to Wilmington. When he looked into continuing his volunteer work here, he found that there was no such organization in this area. He felt that God called him to start one. Upon first hearing the call, he reminded God that it wouldn’t be possible because he had neither the money nor the resources. Hairston says, “God has provided all that was needed, although not on my timetable, but on His. We often disagree about the timing, but God always wins.”
O’Brien was motivated to become a service dog trainer due to her previous work in Northern Virginia as a therapeutic recreation specialist for people with brain injuries. At a brain injury rehabilitation conference, she met a woman who was there with her service dog, and she immediately thought, “I want to do that. I want to train a dog to be a service dog.”
Below: Phoebe is the ninth dog that O’Brien has trained for Canines for Service since 2006.
Help Canines for Service If you would like to participate in any of these programs, you can visit the Canines for Service website at caninesforservice.org or call them at (866) 910-3647 to find out more about their many volunteer opportunities. Or if you would like to donate money to support their work, you can mail checks payable to Canines for Service to P.O. Box 12643, Wilmington, NC 28405. It is a 501(c)3 organization, so your donation is fully tax-deductible.
O’Brien also has a personal reason for wanting to help people with functional disabilities. She was born with a birth defect that caused her to have several surgeries as a young child; after each one she had to learn how to walk all over again. She recalls how difficult it was to perform the simple tasks that most of us take for granted, like showering, dressing, picking up dropped items, etc. She knows what a difference a highly trained dog can make for someone with these challenges. O’Brien has had Phoebe for only four months and already Phoebe has learned how to load and unload the washing machine and dryer, turn the lights on and off, open doors, take off O’Brien’s clothes, help her into bed, carry packages, and fetch and retrieve whatever is asked for. According to O’Brien, “She is also the best wheelchair puller I have ever had.” 66
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The training process is not without some hiccups, however, as O’Brien’s husband can attest. One evening he was watching TV when the sound unexpectedly cut out. After spending some time trying to diagnose the malfunction, he realized that Phoebe, who was in a different room, was being
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Right: Labradoodles are particularly wellsuited to work as service dogs.
taught how to retrieve the TV remote. In executing this new command, she bit the mute button. O’Brien has so many other fond recollections of experiences with her previous dogs. Like the time she had some friends over to play cards, and Zebulun (“Zebby”) reached into a guest’s purse, retrieved her wallet and handed it over to O’Brien. “They still tease me about training the dog to be a pick-pocket,” she says. Later that evening Zebby decided that it was past O’Brien’s bedtime and time for the guests to go home, so he brought out her slippers and dropped them at her feet. No word on whether the guests took the hint and left. Then there was Issachar who did a good job of loading the washing machine and unloading the dryer, until he came upon O’Brien’s bra. That was too good a toy to let go of, so he ran around the house in circles, shaking it as fast as he could before finally being coaxed into depositing it where it needed to go. Issachar was followed by Luke, who wouldn’t touch that bra. It took several months and many treats to get him over his little obsession. Fast forward. Luke is now not only loading laundry, but also doing a whole host of other tasks for his very grateful owner, Lisa Lanier. According to Lanier, “Luke is incredibly loyal and incredibly bright. I love that dog. I 68
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don’t know how I ever got along without a service dog.” The dogs for this program are either donated by breeders or acquired from local animal rescue shelters. Labradoodles are particularly suited to being service dogs. As the name suggests, they are a cross between a Labrador retriever and a Poodle. The first Labradoodle was intentionally bred for this purpose when a visionimpaired woman in Hawaii requested a guide dog that wouldn’t aggravate her husband’s allergies. A Labradoodle, which typically combines the intelligence of a Poodle with the gentle temperament of a Lab, is allergy/ asthma friendly and non-shedding. In addition to providing service dogs for civilians and veterans, Canines for Service has a program to train dogs and their owners to qualify as a therapy dog team for visits to hospitals and nursing homes. Currently, about 300 active
therapy dog teams have been trained and certified by Canines for Service. Southport resident Stuart Callari and her Weimaraner, Bella, are graduates of this program. They have been visiting Ocean Trail, Dosher Nursing Home and Dosher Hospital for about five years. “We both love it,” Callari says. “The patients are happy to see us, and the nurses have told us that our visit calms the patients down, especially the Alzheimer’s patients, and even lowers their blood pressure.” Callari relates one particularly rewarding experience: A critically ill nursing home patient had a sign on his door that said he was asleep and did not want to be disturbed, and then it added, “But if Bella comes to visit, please wake me up.” Canines for Service also trains dogs to visit schools and listen to young children who have difficulty reading. It seems that students who can’t read out loud to their classmates have no problem reading to a nonjudgmental dog. Bella is also a part of this program. Callari tells the story of how one child stuttered terribly when reading, but he didn’t stutter at all when he read to Bella. Stories like these prove that the dogs, trainers and foster parents of Canines for Service are making a difference and “Changing Lives, Four Paws at a Time,” as their tagline says. n
Left: Stuart Callari trained her Weimaraner, Bella, to be a therapy dog through Canines for Service.
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Rogers and Scott Schmidt are hunched over a workbench in the woodshop at Rogers’ home in Nakina. One is feeding a century-old attic floor plank through the planer, the other is bracing it. As the scent of pine and sawdust fills the air, the two men smile at their find — old heart pine. “That’s the way we can tell it is heart pine,” Rogers says. “Smell that — it still has lots of pine sap in it.” Rogers is a native of Mooresville, N.C., and a graduate of N.C. State with a degree in Horticulture. Schmidt, a native of Rock Hill, S.C., is a UNCW alum with a degree in recreation and tourism management. They have known each other for five years, and both had admittedly “piddled” with wood in their garages, but it wasn’t until a year ago that they merged their talents into starting The Old Dock Woodshop.
Schimdt had needed some weathered wood for a project and Rogers knew just the right place — an old barn that had fallen down near his home. The two started picking wood and haven’t stopped since. Now they get requests to tear down old structures. One is waiting on them in Calvert County, Md., and two more are here in Brunswick County. “When we tear down a barn, we get paid in wood,” laughs Schmidt. Old tobacco barns, houses, cottages, packhouses, any old structure is fair game. The recycled wood is stored in an old barn about 15 minutes from their Nakina location. “The barn is only a third full so there’s room to grow,” Rogers says. Both men are fascinated with the history of each piece of wood and both can name exactly where each board or plank came from. “That’s part of the fun,” Schmidt says. “We enjoy the history as much as the art.” Recently, at a farm in Clinton, they sat with a local farm owner and heard stories about how his grandfather built the barn they were about to deconstruct. That was moving for the young entrepreneurs. “Now when we pick wood, we ask the owner to write down the history and we keep it,” says Schmidt. They take pictures as well. When they build something from that particular place, they attach a card with information about the wood. “The history of the wood goes with the new owner,” Rogers says with a smile. The two recently completed one of their largest custom orders to date — a dining table and benches for clients in Sunset Beach. “It was old heart pine that was the flooring out of an attic in Lowland, N.C., on the Pamlico Sound,” Schimdt reveals. “My wife, London, found the old place — she was born and raised there.” The soft wood of pine and cypress were the main materials used in barns and farm houses in Brunswick County because of the native forests — the swamps were full of cypress and the savannahs were full of pine. Although heart pine and cypress are the mainstays of their wood supply, Schmidt and Rogers are often surprised with cedar and cherry that they find stored in barns. Once the pair determines the use for the wood, they plane it to be stained and finished. For the weathered, aged and rustic look, a board is hand-sanded to hit the rough spots, then left natural. “Then it is just as we found it,” Schmidt says. “It is just as it was on the barn,” Rogers adds. Rogers is always searching and brainstorming new ideas for projects. He ran across a photo of a unique hall tree, and 72
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Above: Old barns, like this 1907 packhouse in Clinton, N.C., provide the inventory at The Old Dock Woodshop.
he and Schmidt built it in a weekend. The back is an old door that came out of a nearby farmhouse, and the trunk base is made of heart pine from a barn out of Clinton. The inside of the trunk is lined with cedar from a local tree that fell during a storm. Orders are rapidly increasing. Barstools, toy boxes and headboards are in the pipeline. Often with custom orders, clients provide the wood and an idea for a project. That is not a problem, because Rogers is an intuitive woodworker. “If he sees a picture of it, he can build it,” Schmidt says. However, Rogers admits that working with old wood is more time consuming than working with fresh lumber. “He’s a perfectionist,” his wife, Chris, teases. Right now, their inventory is displayed in the woodshop and in the Rogers’ living and dining rooms, which are bursting to the seams with occasional tables, end tables, benches and shelves. The guest bedroom houses mirrors and picture frames, and upstairs there are wine and wineglass racks, footstools, shadow boxes, key hooks and a coat rack.
The largest and most unique piece waiting for a new home is a pub table with hand-hewn cedar limb supports. “Everything is for sale!” Chris says with a laugh. In the living room, Rogers describes the construction of a pair of “live-edge” cedar tables. “The trunk of the cedar tree was cut into a four-inch slab,” he says. Then they hand scraped the sides, leaving a bit of bark for contrast, and set it on a base of another cedar trunk. Glass tops will be added to both for the big finish. Each cedar slab is unique, enormous and incredibly old. “Jason counted the rings on one of them,” Schmidt says. “Over a hundred,” Rogers adds. These men put their hearts and souls into each project from start to finish, and it is evident as they share the stories about each piece of wood. They renew the spirit of the old wood as well, whether they build a headboard out of a door or a table out of bleachers from an old high school gym. As a matter of fact, they have a huge piece of driftwood that is waiting to be reborn into an exquisite light fixture. Duck’s Unlimited of Brunswick County was the recent beneficiary of their craft. The men built a rustic, standing outdoor cooler and several frames for professionally matted prints that were then donated to the group for a recent auction.
Top: Scott Schmidt (left) and Jason Rogers with a sampling of their inventory; middle: Schmidt selecting wood stored on site for special orders; bottom: Cedar end table waiting for a glass top.
Top: Rogers planing board; middle: A barnwood serving tray; bottom: The Woodshop team hanging out in a custom-built man cave.
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The Old Dock Woodshop has included festivals and local craft shows in its sales repertoire. Debuting at the 2013 Ocean Isle Beach Oyster Festival, they completely sold out of their signature railroad spike coat racks. This year, they add the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, the Little River Blue Crab Festival and the Fourth of July Festival in Southport. In the near future, the pair hopes to have a storefront with a woodshop in the mid-county area. “We would like to showcase the items that we build and what we are capable of doing,” says Schmidt. “We are more than just furniture makers. We can install wood ceilings, wainscotings, mantels, decks and more, as well as upfit man caves, cellars and entertainment areas,” adds Rogers.
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Golf Balls as Gifts Two Brunswick County men have raised more than $40,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project by selling stray golf balls. story and PHOTOGRAPHY BY Carolyn Bowers
Duke has found a way to take the pain out of hitting a golf ball into the woods. He thinks of it not as a lost ball, but as a potential donation to his favorite charity, the Wounded Warrior Project. Of course, he still has to take a stroke, but he doesn’t mind quite as much as long as someone finds his ball and gives it back to him. Duke collects lost balls, cleans them, separates them by brand and type, packages them in egg cartons, and gives them away as a thank you gift to anyone who will donate money to the Wounded Warrior Project. Bob wants all the lost golf balls he can get. He hunts for them on his home course, Carolina National in Winding 78
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River. He jokingly says, “You can find 200 balls in an hour if you are willing to put on fatigues and combat boots and put up with the chigger bites.” He also has a list of nearly 200 friends and neighbors who regularly give him the balls they find. And then there is the greens keeper at Magnolia Greens and the guy at Winding River who works on the sprinkling system, each of whom has donated thousands. A man from Ohio who was here on a golf vacation sent Duke eight dozen balls when he got back home. Bridgestone donated 37 boxes of new E-7 balls. And occasionally someone who finds a “two for the price of one” sale gives the second box to Bob. Eggland’s Best donates the
egg cartons. Once a year they send 1,800 empty cartons to Sam’s Club in Wilmington, where Duke meets their truck at 5 a.m. Duke started this project on December 10, 2011, in answer to his wife’s demand that he get rid of the 6,000 found golf balls he had accumulated and stored in the attic. He hatched a plan and he set goals. The first year’s goal was to raise $10,000. By December 10, 2012, he had raised $13,115. The mid-range goal was $36,000 to commemorate his 36 years in the military. In May of 2012, Duke’s buddy from St. James, Jim Riviello, teamed up with him. Riviello collects balls from the four St. James courses with help from his friends and neighbors. Periodically he takes his collection of donated balls to Duke’s man cave to be cleaned, sorted and packaged and then brings them back to give as gifts to Wounded Warrior Project donors in St. James. To date, the two of them have received more than $40,000 in donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. They have given away too many thousands of cartons or single balls to count.
“We don’t count the number of balls we give away, but we do keep very good records on the money we receive,” says Duke. Every donation is first recorded by hand in a notebook and then documented in an Excel spreadsheet on Duke’s computer. He copies every check before he sends them to the Wounded Warrior Project headquarters in Topeka, Kansas. Wounded Warrior Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so the full amount of the donation is tax deductible, and the donor receives a letter acknowledging their contribution. The cleaning, sorting, packaging and labeling operation takes place in Duke’s man cave. Since the ladder to get up there is a bit challenging and would be difficult to maneuver with anything in your hands, Duke has constructed a pulley system to hoist up the dirty balls in a large box and then return the clean ones, packaged and labeled by brand and model, and ready to be given away. The cleaning process starts with washing the balls by putting them in a plastic container with holes at the bottom and lowering them into a 5-gallon bucket filled with a solution of bleach, powdered soap and water. Cleaning can take anywhere from a half-hour to overnight, depending upon the condition of the balls. Next they are transferred to the inspection station, where each ball is inspected individually and any remaining spots are removed with grease cleaner. If the degreaser doesn’t get the spot off, or if there is even the slightest indication of a crack, the ball is rejected.
Opposite page: Bob Duke, left, and Jim Riviello, are the faces of Golf Balls for Gifts; this page: top, Duke at the computer, tracking expenses and donations; bottom, the two men packing cleaned golf balls in egg cartons.
Current inventory is estimated to be 1,600 dozen balls and includes Bridgestone E5, E6, E7 and 330; Callaway Diablo, Diablo/HX Tour, orange, blue and red; Srixon; Taylor Made and Taylor Made Burner; Titleist NXT, NXT Extreme, DT Solo, DT Distance; and Pro V-1. The suggested donation is $10 per carton of premium balls and $5 for non-premium balls, which include Nike, Noodle, Pinnacle Gold, Precept, Slazenger, Top Flite XL, XL 3000 Double Dimple, Tour and XL Distance, and Wilson Pro Staff. The inventory of ladies’ balls is considerably smaller. Duke and his wife say this is because women lose fewer balls. Riviello says it is because “guys who find ladies’ balls (especially any brand of crystals) give them to their wife or girlfriend or both.” A few years ago, Margaret Clark from Carolina Shores read a story in the Star-News about Duke and Riviello and their golf ball giveaway program, and she contacted Duke about helping. Clark’s husband, Don, was a military man and had a hobby of collecting souvenir logo balls. Don had recently passed away, and Clark thought donating his collection to Duke’s project would be a fitting tribute to him. So she donated them — all 8,139 logo balls, duly recorded by type and date, and all of them dirty. “It took me four months to clean them all,” Duke says. He still has some to give away. There are ones with logos from colleges all over the country, professional football teams, various golf courses and every branch of the military service. Some are mounted on personalized plaques; others are given away individually. The program has been successful not only because people need golf balls, but also because they want to help the cause. “Everybody is different,” says Duke. “For some people it’s all about the balls, but for most it’s about supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Most people donate more than we ask for, and some just give us a donation without even taking any balls.” For Duke, a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, this project is personal. He spent 36 years as a career military man and reveres those who serve today, especially those who have been injured in active combat.
Right: Duke and Riviello clean golf balls in Duke’s man cave.
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He says the Wounded Warrior Project supports these men and women and their families for a lifetime because it is what is needed and it is what we owe them. Wounded Warrior Project develops an individualized program for each severely wounded veteran, providing life-skills training, home healthcare and help for the caregiver, transportation and, perhaps most important of all, emotional support and encouragement to face their new challenges. For many of the wounded, it starts in the trauma unit of the hospital where they are visited by a Wounded Warrior Project member and given a care package. Duke says he doesn’t know how much time he spends working on the golf ball project. “I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter,” he says. “I only wash a few golf balls; these guys risked their lives.”
How Can You Help? If you would like to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project, you can donate your found golf balls or select the renewed golf balls of your choice from Bob Duke at 1629 Silverwood Court, Winding River in Bolivia. Since Duke is usually either playing golf or looking for more lost balls, you will probably want to get in touch with him first. His number is (910) 754-9597 or email him at email@example.com. Or you might catch him with a good supply on the cart path on hole #2 of the Carolina National Ibis course. To reach Jim Riviello in St. James you can call (910) 854-0013 or email him at jimrivi123@ gmail.com. Checks should be made out to “Wounded Warrior Project,” and mailed to Duke at the above address. If you are intrigued by this program and want to help in an even bigger way, you might consider setting up a satellite program at your club, golf course or hometown. Duke says he would be glad to train anyone who is interested and walk them through it. His dream is to have this program duplicated all around the country to provide support for our brave military men and women who fought for us and now need us to fight for them. n
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Jay Kerr became police chief of Sunset Beach in 1998, he decided one way to bring the community together was to hold a Memorial Day service. It attracted enough people for him to add a Veterans Day service that year too. “The veterans felt like it was the greatest thing anyone could do for them,” Kerr says, adding that they would come and visit him at his office, bring their medals and want to talk about their military experiences. “The more time I spent around veterans, the more I got to know them,” Kerr says, and that gave him the idea that they should be honored with something more permanent. Kerr pictured creating a veterans memorial in Sunset Beach. A group of residents supported his idea and got on board to promote it, but they could never find a suitable plot of land to
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fit their needs. Kerr retired in 2005 without achieving his goal. Lou DeVita helped keep the dream alive, though. “It’s been on my plate since I got on the [Sunset Beach Town Council] in 2005,” says DeVita about the memorial. When the town council voted in 2010 to buy 5.2 acres of land for a park along the Intracoastal Waterway near the site where the pontoon bridge used to be, a group of residents renewed their interest in a veterans memorial. They believed a portion of the land was ideal for it, so they formed a steering committee in 2012 and asked retired Lt. Col. Gordon Coulson to be chairman. He didn’t hesitate to accept. Coulson moved to Sunset Beach in 2004 and has held various leadership positions at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club. A native of White Rock, British Columbia, he joined the U.S. Army in 1967 and spent 1968-69 in Vietnam.
At the end of his three-year commitment, he was back in Canada. That lasted only a few months before he decided the U.S. Army was for him. He earned his U.S. citizenship in 1984 and stayed in the Army until 1996. He lived in Fairfax, Virginia, before moving to Sunset Beach. Former town council member Karen Joseph says she and DeVita were advisors to the steering committee, now named the Committee to Honor America’s Veterans. The pair made the motion for the board to donate some land for the memorial. Architect Joe Johnson of Johnson Garrett Architects in Ocean Isle Beach provided pro bono an original design of a 2,000square-foot memorial, but the rendering did not skate through board approval. It was suggested that a water feature be included, but Coulson discouraged the suggestion. “I spent most of my Army years in the Corps of Engineers,” he says. “I understand that a water feature needs maintenance.” Councilwoman Carol Scott was on the record as saying she would vote for the project once it was less than 1,000 square feet. A redesign has the memorial in a 908-square-foot circle with an 18-inch-high wall surrounding it. Access to the circle is from three entrances. People will be able to sit on the wall and contemplate the reason for the memorial. The floor is comprised of bricks in varying sizes, which people can buy and have engraved with appropriate inscriptions of their choice. A flagpole, pedestals for each of the branches of service and a pedestal holding bronze statues of two children who are looking at the flag are inside the circle. An inscription at the base of the statues will say, “Thank you for
our freedom.” A 4-foot pedestal with a map of the world representing the presence of U.S. military across the globe is in the circle as well. “There was no problem with reducing the size,” Coulson says. “The reduced size allows us to be outside the canopy of the trees.” As a result, the flag will fly unencumbered. “I think what we came up with is a sophisticated but simple plan,” Joseph says. “It will give people an opportunity to respect the contributions of those who served. It doesn’t obstruct any part of the park.” Coulson explains that the memorial will occupy space that wasn’t going to be used at the site, and pathways will wind
Opposite page: Retired Lt. Col. Gordon Coulson is chairman of the memorial project. This page: A rendering of the memorial plan.
Kick back at the Flip Flop Ball
Dance the night away and support quality healthcare for the Brunswick community Saturday, May 31, 7 p.m. Join Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center for an evening of cocktails, island cuisine and dancing to the popular beach music sound of the Sea-Cruz band and the Sea Pans steel drum ensemble. While the festivities will be laid-back, the cause is critical. Proceeds support Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center in its continued mission to bring quality healthcare to our community. Shirts are required; flip-flops are optional, but a beach attitude is a must. Tickets are $100, and sponsorships are available. Purchase tickets by May 16: 910-721-1460 or NovantHealth.org/brunswickevents Brick Landing Plantation, Ocean Isle Beach
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through the park and go by the memorial. “[It gives] you a reason to go to the park,” he says. No tax dollars will be used for the memorial, Coulson adds. The $160,000 budget relies on donations, grants and sale of the bricks. Thus far, about $18,000 has been raised and 100 of the 2,600 bricks have been sold. The committee has received $3,700 in corporate donations or grants and is seeking 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status. Coulson emphasizes that the memorial won’t be completed until money is available. Fundraising efforts are now underway. During Bike Week, May 9 to 18, the Committee to Honor America’s Veterans will have a booth at Beach Harley Davidson, 4919 Ocean Highway W in Shallotte, to inform visitors about the memorial and to solicit donations. The committee is also considering a golf tournament. “This memorial is for all veterans in Brunswick County,” Coulson says. “It is for past veterans, present veterans and future veterans.” He has thrown all his efforts into making the project successful and will continue working on it until it is completed. “I am available to talk about it anytime, anyplace,” he says, and adds, “I never stopped serving. I really enjoyed the Army. This is another way of serving.” The target for completion is Veterans Day 2015. But the fundraising efforts, sale of the bricks and donations will determine the final dedication. “If it takes 10 years to complete, I’m not going to give up, but we need everyone’s help,” Coulson says.
What: Veterans Memorial Where: Sunset Beach Town Park Information: www.sbvets.org; 910-575-4162 HonorAmericasVeterans@gmail.com n
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If you believe in signs, then you would believe that, after our six-hour drive to Oak Island under the dingy blanket of clouds that was clinging to the North Carolina coast, the sun coming out was a sure sign that the week was going to be a good one. A low-pressure system had hugged the midAtlantic shore for almost a week, but, by the time we pulled up to our cottage, the golden afternoon sun refreshed our spirits and beckoned us to the beach. After making some obligatory trips back and forth to the truck to unpack the first round of vacation accoutrements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the perishable groceries, the toilet paper, etc. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I headed out for a short walk and was greeted by a pair of mourning doves perched on the deck. The day ended with a spectacular sunset dripping with orange and cerulean hues. Do you believe in signs?
day 2: The Fish
There is something exciting about low tide first thing in the morning, especially if you are a beachcomber. Overnight the sea deposited all kinds of treasures, and the flat sand made walking easy. I began the first full day of vacation with a 90-minute stroll to the inlet and back accompanied by breakfasting terns.
On my venture, I spotted a group of fishermen in the distance. One was running. He fetched a dip net, and as I drew closer he scooped a large fish out of the surf. I heard another emit a whoop of joy at the catch. Four boot-clad fishermen from Gaston County were photographing and posing with a copper-colored redfish. It was just one inch too long to keep. After documenting the trophy catch, they gently released him back into the sea.
day 3: A Fish of My O wn Following another morning of low-tide shelling, I decided upon an afternoon of fishing. After lunch I headed to the beach equipped with freshly caught finger mullet, a beach chair and Old Lucky â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an ancient fishing rod with a vintage green Penn 720 reel. It belonged to my grandfather and has caught more fish than I can remember. I fished on and off, and during the off time I stared out at the sea and watched the sunlight diamonds flash on its surface. One of
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Oak Island’s attributes that I most enjoy is its east-west orientation, which allows the sun to always be over the sea. As the tide came in some bluefish showed up, and while I more or less wasn’t paying attention, a nice keeper flounder found its way to the end of my line. Old Lucky and I were once again successful.
day 4: The List
Ten productive things to do while waiting for the sun to come out and the tide to rise: 1. Run dishwasher and unload. 2. Be thankful it isn’t raining. 3. Take dog to inlet for exercise. 4. Mail a postcard to your mom. 5. Restock bait supply.
6. Restock wine supply. 7. Edit manuscript for forthcoming book. 8. Do laundry, dry and fold. 9. Be thankful again that it isn’t raining. 10. See how long it takes to walk to Ocean Crest Pier.
day 5: Sim ple P leasures
Today was still with very little wind, causing one not to want to move too quickly or speak too loudly so as not to buck the system or go against the trend. It was a time to enjoy the simple beauty in everyday things that might be overlooked if one were not staying by the sea. The shade of green in the translucent wave that peaks around your knees, the reflection of a shorebird standing on the wet sand, the ebb Spring 2014
of the tide as it recedes even more than you were expecting, the joy of spotting a brown cotton rat scurrying amongst the dunes, and the steadfast feeling that comes from standing under the flash of the Oak Island Lighthouse.
day 6: For the Birds The wind switched during the night, and the change brought clear skies and the smell of salt water. That pesky cloud cover that had been hovering for two days was gone, and we were greeted by a beautiful sunrise. The sun summoned me and my sand chair for a morning of birding. I watched a willet use his thin bill to prod and probe for coquina clams. An osprey dived for a morning meal, hitting the water with a loud kerplunk. A fish crow strutted around the cooler and clucked for a handout. Offshore, two seagulls squabbled over a smackerel 90 90 South South Brunswick Brunswick Magazine Magazine
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from a fishing boat while the pelicans flew in long graceful lines, their curved wings just above the cresting waves.
day 7: The Departure The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chores began with fishing high tide and dutifully using up the bait. It was another still morning, and the sky was filled with muted tones of blue and gray. Everything out to sea was void of color â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the boats, the lighthouses, the pelicans on the water and the dolphins slowly swimming by were all silhouettes.
Small sea mullet and pompano were glad to receive the little fleshy pieces of shrimp we offered them. We threw the fish back for another day, and I wondered how big they might be in a year. As we walked back to the cottage to face the task of clean up and packing, I had a splendid plan. With any luck next time we can stay two weeks. n
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9th Annual Las Vegas Night PHOTOGRAPHY BY Time 2 Remember Shallotte Rotary held Las Vegas Night on January 25 at 101 Stone Chimney Place. As with every other year, the event was a sellout, with hundreds enjoying a night of fun and entertainment to raise money and awareness for local and international charities. One lucky raffle winner went home with a one-week Las Vegas vacation.
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Coastal Consumer Showcase PHOTOGRAPHY BY Lee Ann Bolton Winds and rain didn’t dampen the attendance at the 4th annual Coastal Consumer Showcase held in the St. James Community Center. Allie McNut t & Krysta l Clem Approximately 300 residents and fellow business owners came out to mon s investigate the 49 businesses that were showcasing their products and services. New this year was the addition of two seminars including Captain Jimmy Price’s (Wildlife Bait & Tackle) fishing seminar and Mike Ramsey’s (Coastal Companion Care) Shag Dance Lessons. There was also an Interactive Fashion Show organized by Phyllis Coffee (Seaside with Coffee) and Fitness Assessments by Cape Fear Fitness. Local television celebrity George Elliott of WWAY TV3 was also in attendance doing live reports during the event. The 2014 Coastal Consumer Showcase is an event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Its purpose is to showcase the varied products and services of the area’s business community. The Showcase Committee was cochaired by Blake Conklin of Shagger Jack’s of Oak Island and Betty Cowan of First Citizens Bank.
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Coastal Carolina Camera Club Presents Lewis Kemper May 13 Coastal Carolina Camera Club is pleased to announce a special presentation from Lewis Kemper, Canon Explorer of Light Emeritus. Kemper’s presentation, “Light, Color and Composition,” will take place May 13 at 7 pm at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main Street in Shallotte. The presentation is free and open to the public; however, those interested in attending must register online at the web address below. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. The presentation will cover a variety of photography principles, including how to compose more varied and effective images, how to think about the direction and characteristics of light, how to master composition fundamentals and more. Lewis Kemper has been photographing the natural beauty of North America and its parklands for more than 37 years. His travels have taken him through 47 states and 10 countries, including China, Tibet, India and Iceland. His work has been exhibited and published in magazines, books and calendars worldwide. You can view his website at LewisKemper.com. Information: coastalcarolinacameraclub.org/registration.php
Aqua Zumba Mondays & Wednesdays Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the next season of their popular Aqua Zumba class. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm at the Winds Beach Resort in Ocean Isle Beach. Classes will run through May 29. The cost for the class is $35 per person for eight classes, $55 per month or $5 per drop-in class. Pre-registration is required. Participants will need to bring a swimsuit, towel and water bottle. Information: (910) 253-2583
Seaside Garden Tour June 14 The Holden Beach Beautification Club is excited to present its third annual Seaside Garden Tour, to be held Saturday, June 14 from 10 am to 2 pm. Eight homes will be available for viewing. To purchase tickets before the tour, contact Donna Aycock or Cecelia Weston at the phone numbers listed below. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour; a ticket booth will be set up in front of the Town Hall. Information: Donna Aycock, (910) 494-6518; Cecelia Weston, (910) 209-6208
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Total Body Fusion Tuesdays & Thursdays If you’re ready to take on a fitness program that helps work the entire body, the Total Body Fusion program from the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is for you. This comprehensive fitness class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm at the Lockwood Folly Community Building in Supply. The class will run through May 29. The fee for the class is $30 per month or $8 per drop-in class. Call the number below to register. Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583
Shag Dance Lessons Tuesdays Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is offering shag dance lessons to area residents. Two separate class sections are offered – beginners and intermediate – on Tuesdays at the South Brunswick Island Center May 6 through June 24. The beginners’ class section will meet from 6 to 7 pm. The intermediate section will meet from 8 to 9 pm. The fee to attend is $60 per person. Pre-registration is required before May 2. Call the number below to reserve your space. Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583
At Ingram Planetarium: Take a Picture from Space! Ongoing Would you like to take a picture of the moon, Venus, Jupiter or a deep space object like a star or nebula? You can at the Dennis Science Hall at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. A computer at Ingram Planetarium is connected to the remote observatory capabilities of the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University. With a few simple clicks of the mouse, you will be asked to respond to some questions and provide an email address. Within a day or two, your picture will be emailed to you with instructions for viewing and editing it. The system allows you to vary the exposure time, magnification and filters to be used in your picture. There is no limit to the number of pictures you may take. There is no charge for visiting the Science Hall and no charge for your picture. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach. During the winter, the Planetarium is open on Friday and Saturday. After you take your picture from space, consider staying for one of the outstanding shows currently showing in the Sky Dome Theater: Undiscovered Worlds (12 pm), Astronaut (1 pm), Dynamic Earth (2 pm), Seven Wonders (3 pm). Admission is free for members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults (13-61), $7 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and younger. Information: museumplanetarium.org; (910) 575-0033
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Brunswick County Parks and Recreation department is offering a water fitness class through May 29. The class is offered Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the indoor pool at the Winds Beach Resort in Ocean Isle Beach. There are three fee options: $30/month (2 classes per week); $45/month (4 classes per week) and $8 per drop-in class.
The Round Table meets on the first Tuesday of every month except during July and August. Every meeting features renowned Civil War historians, authors, re-enactors and college history professors as well as guest speakers. They are invited to discuss a variety of subjects dealing with events and activities that took place during this period in our history. Their varied topics go well beyond battles, military personnel and weaponry. As examples, the next two meetings include:
Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2670
Upcoming Events at Museum of Coastal Carolina Various dates Museum of Coastal Carolina is pleased to announce a variety of new and upcoming programs for the spring season. See below for specific program details and dates. Animal Adventures – Stories and Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers Fridays, 10:30 am
Tuesday, May 6th Patrick Falci, historian advisor, actor and portrayer of Confederate General A. P. Hill in the movie “Gettysburg.” As you might guess, his presentation is entitled, “A Visit from A. P. Hill,” and don’t be surprised if he addresses his audience that evening in his Confederate uniform as General Hill’s look-alike. Tuesday, June 3rd Susannah J. Ural, associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi. The thought-provoking title of her presentation is, “Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: Americans at War.” This will be the second time Ural joins the Round Table, returning by popular demand.
Saturday Family Programs April 19 - Family Day, 10 am to 2 pm April 26 - Carnivorous Plants, 11 am May 10 - Make It for Mom, 11 am
Most monthly meetings are held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, across from the post office. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Meetings are usually over by 8:30 pm. Everyone is invited to attend. The guest fee is $5 and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues. The Round Table continues to grow each month since the first meeting held in May 2010. Today there are 715 members, making it the largest Civil War Round Table in the country.
Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach. For information on hours, programs and admission, call the number or visit the website below.
Monthly meetings are always well attended. There were 315 attending the March 4 meeting, including 15 new members, so there is a good chance you might run into your friends or neighbors.
Information: (910) 579-1016, museumplanetarium.org
Information: Wally Rueckel, (910) 253-7382; firstname.lastname@example.org; brunswickcivilwarroundtable.com
This program is followed by an 11 am touch tank feeding, where visitors help museum docents feed the live sea animals.
Celebrating What Matters Community Conference and Showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Mission” June 6 Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter will host a free community conference, “Celebrating What Matters,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, 150 College Road NE in Bolivia. Keynote speaker will be Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday Company and producer of “Care for the Caregiver.” His presentation, “Caregiving Can Make Life Crazy! How to Keep it from Making You Crazy!” focuses on how stresses can have major negative impacts on our lives. He offers practical strategies, tactics and tips to help handle stress, especially for caregivers. Following a free lunch, there will be a presentation of the award-winning documentary, “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.” The movie details the experiences of four living World War II veterans and a community coming together to give them a trip of a lifetime. Working together, volunteers fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial. Check out a trailer of the movie at honorflightthemovie.com. Space for this free conference will fill up fast, so be sure to register before May 30. Information: (910) 796-7943; email: Jason.email@example.com
Ingram Planetarium Announces Upcoming Programs Various dates Ingram Planetarium is excited to announce the following ongoing shows and special programs for the spring season. See specific details for each program for dates and times. Sky Dome Theater Shows Undiscovered Worlds, 12 pm Astronaut, 1 pm Dynamic Earth, 2 pm Seven Wonders, 3 pm Laser Music Shows Laser Country (NEW!): April 18-19, May 16-17; 5 pm Led Zeppelin: April 18, May 16; 6 pm Laseropolis: April 18, May 16; 7 pm Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon: April 19, May 17; 7 pm Ingram Planetarium offers a wide array of programs that entertain all age groups. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach. For information about hours, programs and admission, call the number or visit the website listed below. Information: (910) 575-0033; museumplanetarium.org Spring 2014
Brunswick Little Theatre Spring Schedule
Youth Tennis Lessons
Brunswick Little Theatre is proud to announce the 2014 spring schedule and audition information for an upcoming show.
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering youth tennis lessons for the spring/summer 2014 season. Lessons will be offered at two different locations to accommodate more residents’ schedules. Each session will offer classes for both beginner and intermediate skill levels. Private lessons will also be available.
An American Bank: Music of the Rock Revolution May 16-18 & 23-25; 8 pm Franklin Square Park, Howe Street, Southport This is Brunswick Little Theatre’s free spring show.
Ocean Isle Beach Location:
Into the Woods
July 25-26 & August 1-2, 7:30 pm July 27 & August 3, 3 pm Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College
Tickets: $18 for adults, $12 for students w/ ID, $6 for kids 12 and younger
Tickets are available at the Odell Williamson box office or by calling the number listed below. Tickets can be purchased online at the website listed below. Auditions for Into the Woods Auditions will be held Saturday, May 3 and Monday, May 5 according to the following schedule:
Fee: $70 per person Dates: Session 2: May 5 – June 9, 2014
• Children younger than age 15 (except those girls auditioning for “Little Red Riding Hood”), Saturday, May 3, 11 am-1 pm
• Adults (15+) and those girls auditioning for “Little Red Riding Hood,” Saturday, May 3, 1 pm
• Adults (15+) and those girls auditioning for “Little Red Riding Hood,” Monday, May 5, 7 pm
• Saturday auditions are encouraged
Information: Audition details, brunswicklittletheatre.com; tickets for Into the Woods, bccowa.com or (910) 755-7416
Ages/Times: 11 – 14 years: 3:30 – 4:30 pm 4 – 7 years: 4:30 – 5:30 pm 8 – 10 years: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Auditions will be held at Brunswick Community College, Building F. Full details at brunswicklittletheatre.com
Address: 6483 Old Georgetown Rd., Ocean Isle Beach (Ocean Isle Beach Park)
Address: 8340 River Rd. SE, Southport (Smithville District Park) Days: Wednesdays Fee: $70 per person Dates: Session 2: May 7 – June 11, 2014
Ages/Times: 11 – 14 years: 3:30 – 4:30 pm 4 – 7 years: 4:30 – 5:30 pm 8 – 10 years: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Address: (Offered at both Southport and Ocean Isle Beach locations) Fee: $30/hour or $40/hour for group of 3 plus $5 per each additional person per group.
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A Taste of Southern Gardens May 16 Coastal Garden Club will be hosting a Garden Tour on Friday, May 16 from noon to 5 pm. The tour will include viewings of private gardens in Brick Landing Plantation, Sunset Beach and Sea Trail Plantation. Community Gardens at Sea Trail Plantation and municipal landscape designs at Sunset Beach will also be included on the tour. Tickets cost $15 per person. Information: email@example.com; coastalgardenclub.org 102
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Fore! KIDZ Golf Tournament
Brunswick County Intercultural Festival
South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club announces its 19th annual FORE! KIDZ golf tournament at Tiger’s Eye in Ocean Ridge Plantation on Saturday, May 17. Last year’s tournament helped the SBI Rotary Club to net more than $23,000. The tournament is the club’s major fundraiser each year.
Brunswick Community College, Brunswick Arts Council, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, State Port Pilot, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and The Brunswick Beacon are proud to announce that the 11th annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The festival will take place from 10 am to 4 pm at Brunswick
The club is seeking sponsors and golfers for this year’s tournament. Entry fees and most sponsorship levels include the following:
Community College on the grounds of the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia. The event is free to attend. Festival goers will have the opportunity to learn more about different cultures that reside in and around our county. The festival is packed with numerous cultural performing artists, children’s activities, displays, vendors, nonprofits and ethnic food tasting. If you’d like more information on the festival, or if you’d like to sign up as a volunteer or vendor, please visit the website below. Information: bcifestival.org
• Greens and cart fees for four at Tiger’s Eye, one of the area’s premier courses • Complimentary full breakfast buffet starting at 7:30 am (early arrival recommended) • Complimentary hot lunch • Complimentary beverages (nonalcoholic) on the course • One ticket for door prize drawing • Golfer’s goody bag • Complimentary driving range balls
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0.4 10:06 pm 0.9
10:06 am 0.6 10:48 pm 0.9
0.3 11:07 pm 0.7
0.9 10:34 pm
0.4 11:44 pm 0.6
0.7 11:31 pm 0.8
12:07 pm -0.1
1:02 pm -0.4
12:38 pm -0.1
12:33 pm 0.3
1:28 pm -0.3
-0.3 2:18 pm
-0.6 2:53 pm -0.8
-0.5 3:10 pm
-0.8 3:48 pm -0.9
2:00 pm -0.2
-0.3 1:58 pm -0.6
-0.2 2:45 pm -0.3
-0.7 4:03 pm -0.7
14 10:12 am
4:43 pm -0.8
-0.4 3:31 pm
15 10:27 am
-0.8 4:57 pm -0.6
15 11:09 am
5:39 pm -0.6
16 11:25 am
16 12:36 am
-0.9 6:36 pm
17 10:41 am
-0.5 5:09 pm -0.3
17 12:56 am
-0.7 6:50 pm -0.2
18 11:38 am
-0.5 6:02 pm -0.2
-0.6 7:51 pm
-0.4 8:40 pm
-0.2 9:49 pm
-0.4 6:59 pm
-0.4 8:59 pm
-0.3 8:03 pm
-0.3 10:10 pm 0.4
10:57 pm 0.6
-0.2 9:13 pm
10:16 am -0.2 11:17 pm
0.1 11:57 pm 0.6
-0.2 10:26 pm 0.3
11:13 am -0.2
10:42 am -0.2 11:33 pm 0.2
12:06 pm -0.2
11:38 am -0.3
12:32 pm 0.2
0.3 12:55 pm -0.1
12:30 pm -0.3
2:25 pm -0.1
-0.1 2:04 pm -0.4
-0.1 3:32 pm -0.2
30 10:05 am
31 10:49 am
29 10:22 am
29 10:31 am
30 11:03 am
30 11:10 am
31 11:51 am
*Tide charts are accurate to the best of our knowledge. If you are checking tides for navigational purposes, please verify these times with another source.
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