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Meet the contributors to South Brunswick Magazine
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12th Annual Benefit Gala for Children, Leland Area Rotary’s Murder on the Cape Fear at St. James Community Center, Tri-Chamber Business After Hours at Brunswick Community College, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center’s Glitz, Glamour & Glow Sponsored by Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
What’s been going on around town
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Keeping up with the local business scene
Upcoming events you won’t want to miss Tracking the highs and lows at Shallotte Inlet from February to April
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Our directory of advertisers
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A contest for SBM readers. Photo by Trip Purcell
What’s up in Northern Brunswick County
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Southport Plein Air Paint-Out By Carolyn Bowers
Not Another Roadside Attraction: Dale Varnam’s Fort Apache is a wild spectacle that proves one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. By Mike Johnson
P.E.O. Antique Appraisal Fair By Carolyn Bowers
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A Just and Noble Fight: A retrospective look at No Port Southport, which spent years battling a proposed port in Brunswick County. By Jason Frye
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Cover one features, left to right: Daniel Simmons from OIB Ready Mixed Concrete, Michael Braddock II from Brunswick Forest, Crystal Babson from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, J. Ryan Smithwick from Baxley Smithwick PLLC and Dr. Brian Lank from Coastal Integrative Health.
Cover two features, left to right: Whitney Sauls from Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty, Aaron Perkins from Brunswick County Parks & Recreation, Dr. Patrick McCauley from Coastal Integrative Health, Jace Myers from Brunswick Community College & Lolas Olas and Michael Abushakra from Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers.
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The OrthoWilmington The most common cause of shoulder pain in the recreational athlete is rotator cuff disease, which ranges from simple inﬂammation and bursitis, to partial and full thickness tears. Avoiding overuse of the shoulder and low impact strengthening of the shoulder girdle helps prevent injury. If pain in the front of the shoulder persists with activity or at night, then evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon is needed. Rotator cuff tears do not heal and often enlarge with time and use.
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We become more prone to injuries as we age. I believe most athletes can differentiate between the typical aches and pains of sports versus injury. In general, if it hurts during sport or exercise, then stop and assess. I favor a light cardio warm-up followed by gentle, dynamic stretches prior to the core exercise. Stretch after. I think maintaining ﬂexibility should be a key part of your exercise regimen.
Robert B. Boswell, MD
I ﬁnd that we tend to focus on cardiovascular or aerobic exercise as we try to maintain our youthful image, but there needs to be much more emphasis on stretching. The ﬁrst priority for active adults is to maintain motion; strength comes second. Whatever the activity— swimming, surﬁng, ﬁshing—it’s vital to stretch. In the gym, it also becomes important to do more repetitions with less weight as we shift toward endurance-driven activities.
Shawn B. Hocker MD A certain amount of day-to-day discomfort can be difﬁcult to distinguish from pains of pathologic conditions. Generally pains that will resolve spontaneously will do so within six weeks. More persistent problems deserve evaluation by a physician. While warming up before exercise is not required, it does seem to decrease injury in the mature athlete. My current recommendation is light cardio to get the muscles to temperature, followed by sport-speciﬁc stretching.
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Sports Team Specialists I recommend exercise to the point of soreness, but when pain and/or swelling ensue, you’ve done too much. Everyone’s pain threshold is different. The beneﬁts of doing something outweigh the risks of not doing anything. We need to raise our pulse to 75% maximum, three times a week—through swimming, biking, running, etc. Warm up before activity is still in play. Heat before, ice afterwards for at least 10 -15 minutes.
A common running injury, plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by micro tears in the bundle of tissue that runs from the undersurface of the heel towards the toes, and is responsible for maintaining arch support. Most runners do not get symptoms during training, but experience pain and discomfort after a run and into the next day. Proper shoes, training techniques and maintenance Achilles stretching are probably the best ways to prevent plantar fasciitis from occurring or reoccurring.
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In the last couple of months we have done some pretty cool things and partnered with some awesome organizations that help support the community, which you will read about and see more of in this issue. In early November, South Brunswick Magazine (SBM) and Genie Leigh Photography set up a photo area at the first annual Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center Glitz, Glamour & Glow women’s show. We photographed attendees on a purple backdrop (one of the event’s theme colors), and afterwards we created custom covers of SBM so that each attendee could have a digital copy sent to them. This event was sponsored by Summit Plastic Surgery and Dermatology and raised money for women and children in Brunswick County. Later in November, SBM and Genie Leigh Photography were at the St. James Community Center, where the Leland Area Rotary Club presented Murder in the Cape Fear. Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David and New Hanover County District Attorney 16
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Ben David gave a presentation to more than 450 people on how three real-life Cape Fear area murder cases were actually solved. This event raised $10,000 for Nourish NC and Matthew’s Ministry, and we were proud to be on hand to photograph and promote the event. The ever-so-passionate twin brothers donated their time to this event, and if it happens to take place again, I highly suggest that you get your tickets early because this is a must see. And, once again, SBM and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to present the second annual Future 10 awards. Future 10 showcases young Brunswick professionals who are passionate about helping our community and excelling in their work. This annual feature is always fun as it allows us to meet a lot of new people and showcase talented and inspiring folks who care about Brunswick County. Whether it’s helping out at community events, recognizing people who do good things, promoting fundraisers and events or raising awareness about local issues, at SBM we like knowing that our efforts are helping to make a difference, however small, in the Brunswick community. We’ve got a great issue for you here. Read on to learn about the events and awards I mentioned above and much more. I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading and happy winter!
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of my personal passions is to give back to my community, and it has been my mission from the start for North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine to support the Brunswick community in as many ways as possible. As I get older (and, hopefully, wiser), I realize that it’s impossible for one person (or one magazine) to support every single cause, charity and event. But the magazine staff and I try our best to give exposure to as many organizations as we can on these pages and to help out personally when possible.
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I met photography on a winding country road in the mountains of North Carolina while visiting my grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home place. I remember the feel of the shutter release and the stillness of the moment as history unfolded in my viewfinder. Now, 15 years later, I get the same feeling when photographing families and children and working with South Brunswick Magazine. I live in Holden Beach with my
wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. Check out my work at www.GenieLeigh.com.
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I have been documenting life and love since 2003, when I took my first photojournalism class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I entered the School of Journalism and Mass Communication thinking I would be a writer. I was always drawn to a good story, in part because of evenings spent with my dad narrating 8 mm films starring my sister and me. I first came to Brunswick County while attending summer camp at The North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell. This place has shaped my life more than any other. Here I found a deeper Contributed Photo
relationship with God during quiet time at the boat basin, fell in love during walks around the parade ground, formed lasting friendships in the staff house, got engaged on Caswell Beach and then got married by the seawall that looks over toward Southport. I grew up in western North Carolina and have lived in France, Colorado, South Carolina and Delaware. Whether photographing a destination wedding or an editorial piece, I feel blessed to be in the Old North State once again and thankful that I get to tell some of the great stories of our community. View my work at www.KristinGoodePhotography.com. 18
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Smart Start of Brunswick County Holds Oyster Roast Fundraising Event An oyster roast to benefit Smart Start of Brunswick County was held recently at the home of Polly and Rusty Russ. Polly is the board president of Smart Start of Brunswick County. Guests from throughout Brunswick County enjoyed an afternoon of delicious local oysters, refreshments and fellowship while raising funds for Smart Start of Brunswick County and its programs as well as learning more about the First 2000 Days message. The approximate number of days between when a child is born and when that child enters kindergarten is 2,000. It is also when 90 percent of the brain develops. Smart Start administers programs and services for children from birth to 5 years old, including Child Care Resource & Referral, Parents As Teachers, Raising A Reader and NC Pre-K. To become a volunteer or to learn more about Smart Start of Brunswick County, visit the website at smartstartbrunswick.org or call (910) 754-3166.
American Legion Richard H. Stewart Jr. Post 543 to set up Auxiliary At an October meeting of the American Legion Richard H. Stewart Jr. Post 543, members discussed the creation of an American Legion Auxiliary. The Richard H. Stewart Jr. Post 543 has invited several Lady Auxiliary Members from other posts in the area to provide information on forming an Auxiliary Post for Post 543. Post 543 Commander Don McGuire made an announcement recently stating, “We invite all ladies who are wives, daughters and granddaughters of a veteran to come and listen to our presenters. Our goal is to find a few good women who would be willing to form an Auxiliary for our post. We need a minimum of 10 or 12 ladies to start.” The Richard H. Stewart Jr. Post 543 would also like to remind the female veterans in our community that they are eligible to join the Legion.
Mystery of the Seneca Drums If you live on the Carolina coast, you have probably heard mysterious cannon-like booms from time to time. These booms are often referred to by locals as the Seneca Drums. What produces these booms? Opinions differ as to what causes them. Edward Ovsenik, manager of Ingram Planetarium, recently held a special lecture and discussion to explore the theories behind the Seneca Drums. The event took place on the evening of November 12 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Ovsenik, who has degrees in biology, marine botany and law, enjoys interacting with visitors to both the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium and encouraging educational exploration of the many interesting aspects of life in our coastal region. For more information, visit museumplanetarium.org or call (910) 579-1016.
Michele Clark of ResCare Workforce Services Speaks to Shallotte Rotary Michele Clark, business services consultant for ResCare Workforce Solutions, recently spoke at the Shallotte Rotary Club meeting. Michele related that ResCare is the nation’s premier provider of workforce programs. It provides a multitude of services for employers, including pre-screening of potential employee candidates, on-the-job training, dislocated workers programs and more. An outreach site is located at the Brunswick Workforce Center at 5300-7 Main Street in Shallotte. Employers and job seekers can register online at ncworks.gov to take advantage of all that ResCare has to offer. Pictured: Michele Clark and Nancy Boston.
Waste Industries Donates Recycling Containers to Museum and Planetarium Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium are now able to help the environment more than ever, thanks to a generous donation from Waste Industries. Waste Industries recently gave two large blue recycle containers to the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and two to Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. Prior to receiving the recycle containers, the Museum and Planetarium had to manually transport recyclables to nearby recycling centers. The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation thanks Waste Industries for its support. Winter 2013-14
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Recycled Art Contest at Museum of Coastal Carolina Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach recently held a Recycled Art Contest that encouraged students ages 5 to 18 to create original works of art from recycled materials. Ribbons were awarded by school grade category — elementary, middle and high school — on November 16 at the museum. The event was organized as a way to inspire students and others in the community to work toward creating a waste-free environment while also creating interesting, original pieces of art. The winners of the contest are as follows:
Coastal Water Watch recently partnered with the City of Southport Parks and Recreation Department and The City of Southport Tourism Department to host an educational tour of birds that live in or visit Southport on their way back to their wintering grounds farther south. Mike Campbell, coastal outreach educator with the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission, led the tour and identified birds that the casual observer might have missed. The tour began at 9 am the morning of October 30 at the construction site for the Caswell Avenue Community Garden, between 8th Street and Owens Street, where participants were able to learn about ecologically sound gardening. The next stop took participants to the Smithville Burying Ground, where arching oak trees shelter historic graves and birds. The tour then proceeded by Kingsley Park, Waterfront Park, Keziah Park and the Salt Marsh Boardwalk. Participants ended the tour at Caviness Park, on Caswell Avenue and Owens Street, where they enjoyed conversation over a picnic lunch. Fun Tours supported the event by providing rides on an electric tram for a special rate of $5 per person. People with electric carts or bicycles were able to follow along. Bikes were also available for rental from the Adventure Kayak Company, just two blocks away from Caviness Park at 807 Howe Street, for $10 per half-day. For information on upcoming events, visit cityofsouthport.com or call (910) 457-7945.
Elementary School category: First place (tie) – Grace Gundrum, Grace Kayler Second place – Avery Bishop Third place – Rose Green Middle School category: First place – Shaylene Jacobs Second place (tie) – Amelia Apple, Skylar Buchanan Third place – Cody Atkinson In addition to the winners, contest participants included Alexis Apple, Angelique Apple, Autumn Apple, Bruce Beatty, Marrisa Cruz, Tyanna Grissett, Amelia Harrison, Madeline Harrison, Ashanti Munn-Goins, Sterling Thomas, Dakota Toney and Emily Toney. All participants and winners received ribbons and gift certificates to the museum’s Nature’s Treasures Gift Shop. The contest prizes were made possible by the generosity of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – South Brunswick Isles Chapter.
Civil War Comes Alive The action, drama and history of the Civil War came alive recently at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. A Civil War reenactor in full costume made a special appearance at the museum on November 9 to discuss the Civil War and answer the public’s questions about this historic conflict. Those in attendance learned about various aspects of the war and how it related to North Carolina. This is just one of the many special events organized by the Museum of Coastal Carolina throughout the year. For more information, visit museumplanetarium.org or call (910) 579-1016. 22
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Paddle for Presents Kayak Outing Eleven enthusiastic kayakers joined in the annual Paddle for Presents kayak outing on Rice Creek on December 6. A great time was had by all, and a truckload of gifts was donated to the Toys for Tots program of Brunswick County. The Adventure Kayak Company sponsored the event and provided kayaks for the paddlers. Photo credit: Emma Thomas
March of Dimes Celebrates 75 Years of Breakthroughs for Babies during Prematurity Awareness Month During the month of November, as organizations around the world observed World Prematurity Day, the March of Dimes also celebrated its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to give all babies a healthy start in life. About 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. Many of these efforts have benefited premature babies. “Throughout its history, March of Dimes has dedicated itself to giving all babies a healthy start in life,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of March of Dimes. “Although we have made progress, the U.S. still has the highest preterm birth rate of any industrialized country. We must continue to improve the health of babies by supporting strong policies and bold leadership and by investing in research and programs to prevent preterm birth so more women will have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.” Prematurity Awareness events took place throughout November, with prominent buildings and landmarks in several states being lit in purple to honor all the babies born too soon. Professional educational programs and family events and gatherings were also planned throughout the month of November. Several celebrities also spoke out and made contributions to the March of Dimes’ mission, including singer Celine Dion, recording artist and actress Thalia and photographer Anne Geddes, world renowned for her pictures of infants. To learn more about the March of Dimes North Carolina chapter, visit marchofdimes.com/northcarolina or contact the South Eastern Division by calling (910) 452-1515.
Fundraiser for a New Planetarium Roof Approximately 200 people gathered at Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on November 29 for a fun evening of beer, brats and live music performed by John Cubito. The purpose of the event was to raise money to help pay for the new roof that was recently installed at Ingram Planetarium. Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, which hosted the event, would like to thank everyone who participated and made the evening such a success. Special thanks go to the event’s sponsors: Greek Boys, Jessie Myers Construction, RA Jeffries and Victoria’s Ragpatch. Be sure to save the date for the next fundraising event, the 2014 Wine Fest, scheduled for May 3 at Museum of Coastal Carolina. For more information, visit museumplanetarium.org or call (910) 579-1016.
Second Annual Hunger & Homeless Banquet Brunswick County Homeless Coalition held its second annual Hunger & Homeless Banquet on November 16 at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach. Resea Willis, president of Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc., was the keynote speaker. The event included several opportunities for guests to learn about valuable housing and food resources for children, families, senior citizens and veterans in the area. Volunteer opportunities were also presented. Those in attendance enjoyed hands-on information, table discussions, raffles and more. A lunch of soup and water was served, as a way to further bring attention to the plight of the hungry in our area. To learn more about the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition, visit BrunswickCountyHomelessCoalition.com or call (888) 519-5362 ext. 1.
Safe Haven Set Director Visits Fort Johnson – Southport Museum On December 10, Patrick Cassidy, the set director on the movie Safe Haven, returned to Southport to visit the Fort Johnston - Southport Museum Safe Haven exhibit. Cassidy has many movie credits, including Last Vegas, Safe Haven, Secretariat, The Book of Eli, Race to Witch Mountain, The Great Debaters and Hart’s War. Several other members of the cast and crew have dropped by to view the one-of-a-kind Safe Haven exhibit in the 2013, including Mimi Kirkland (“Lexie”) and Ric Reitz (“Police Cheif Mulligan”). Visitors and residents are encouraged to come out to see the exhibit and learn about how the Southport area was used as the filming location for this blockbuster film. The Fort Johnston-Southport Museum is located at 203 E. Bay Street in Southport, directly behind the N.C. Maritime Museum. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. Visit cityofsouthport.com for more information.
Communities in Schools Receives Landfall Foundation Grant Communities In Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) recently received a grant from Landfall Foundation to benefit its Action For Success program. Recognized as the most effective dropoutprevention program in America, the Communities In Schools Action for Success Program follows the best practices of the national CIS Model. This program works by building oneon-one relationships with caring adults and removing barriers to learning. Meeting basic needs and providing support helps students concentrate on learning, which greatly enhances their ability to become career ready, helps close the skills gap and increases the talent pool for the local workforce. The Landfall Foundation grant will support CIS Success Coaches, providing students in Brunswick County’s four middle schools with tutoring, mentoring, counseling and case management. Winter 2013-14
American Legion Post 543 Oratorical Competition
Coastal Carolina Camera Club Announces Competition Winners Coastal Carolina Camera Club enjoyed its annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and also held an open juried print competition at its December meeting. Awards were given in three divisions: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. In the Novice Division, the first place winner was Steve Edwards for his image titled “Fungi.” Trish Brock placed second with “Excuse Me, I’m Fishing.” Phil Connell received third place honors for “California Sunshine.” In the Intermediate Division, Fred Schwartz received first place for his image titled “Eagle Eyes.” Arlene Cook placed second with “Radiant Sunset,” and Russ Pendred received the third place ribbon for “Top Hat.”
Richard H. Stewart Jr. American Legion Post 543 held its first Oratorical Competition on December 14. The competition was held in the St. James Chapel at 1 pm with Post Adjutant Rick Sessa officiating. The competition is open to U.S. citizens or lawful residents under the age of 20 and currently enrolled in grades 9 to 12. Katy Buchanan, who spoke on states vs. the federal government and the legalization of marijuana, won first place in the competition. Katy plans to attend Brunswick Community College and plans on going into law enforcement. Coming in first place will allow Katy to continue on to represent the post and South Brunswick High School at the district level of competition. Cody Hummel, also a student at South Brunswick High School, was the runner-up. Cody spoke on the understanding of the Bill of Rights. Cody plans on going into the United States Army in July. Honored guests of the competition included Past Dept. N.C. Commander Ben Lee; Dist. 9 Commander Lonnie Davenport; American Legion Div. III Greta A.M. Crayton; Commander Post 543 Don McGuire; St. James Mayor Becky Dus; St. James FD Chaplin Rev. Bob Lee; SBHS Principal Dr. Vicky Snyder; and SBHS Teacher June Loveless. Judges for the competition included St. James Mayor Becky Dus; St. James FD Chaplin Rev. Bob Lee; and Past Dept. N.C. Commander Ben Lee. The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938 the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
In the Advanced Division, the first place ribbon went to Michelle Tinger for “Seasonal Fruits,” and Harvey Lindenbaum took second for “Barn Owl - Birds of Prey.” Carmen Daughtry earned third place for “Beached.” Coastal Carolina Camera Club meets monthly, every second Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main Street in Shallotte. Membership is open to photographers of all skill levels using both film and digital cameras. Meetings consist of informative programs on photographic techniques and software usage, member photo presentations and critiques, guest speakers and much more. Guests are always welcome. Visit the website at coastalcarolinacameraclub.org or call (910) 287-6311 for more information. Pictured (left to right): back row, Steve Edwards, Michelle Tinger, Russ Pendred; middle row, Phil Connell, Fred Schwartz, Harvey Lindenbaum; front row, Trish Brock, Arlene Cook, Carmen Daughtry. 24
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Shallotte Rotary Inducts New Members At a recent Shallotte Rotary Club meeting, Assistant District Governor for District 7730, Bob Stinson inducted five new members into the club. These new Rotarians are: Mark Lewis, Chris Creekmore, Chris Edens, Brent Seaver and Joseph Causey.
Local Delta Kappa Gamma Society Plants Tree Members of the Delta Iota chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society gathered at Supply Elementary School recently to plant a tree for their annual recognition of National Educators Month. Pictured (left to right): Heather Woody, Christy Talmage, Delta Kappa Gamma President Sarah Lewis, Supply Elementary Teacher Miranda Lombardi and Principal Askia Kirby.
Volunteer Awards Luncheon at Museum of Coastal Carolina On October 22, volunteers and staff of Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium gathered at the museum for the Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon. This highly anticipated event gives all volunteers and staff a chance to meet and greet each other, enjoy a nice lunch and congratulate the award recipients. Of course, all volunteers are winners in the eyes of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, but it is customary to recognize exemplary service by those who meet specific criteria in various categories and celebrate their special contributions. The 2013 honorees were: Gail Ehrhardt – Lifetime Achievement Award Marge Waltz – Volunteer of the Year at Museum of Coastal Carolina Sophie Hall – Rookie Volunteer of the Year at Museum of Coastal Carolina Sandy Fisser – Volunteer of the Year at Ingram Planetarium Tom Shankle – Rookie Volunteer of the Year at Ingram Planetarium
GFWC Donates to Widow’s Mite Experience The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of the South Brunswick Islands (GFWC-SBI) recently presented a $700 check to Widow’s Mite Experience of Shallotte. The money will go toward Widow’s Mite’s cause of providing clean water to those around the world who have no clean water source. Widow’s Mite also provides water for disaster relief in America and also locally in Brunswick County. Just recently the group donated 900 cases of water for the homeless in the county. Widow’s Mite also was one of the first charities to respond to the typhoon in the Philippines by sending a water-purification plant to a village whose water source was contaminated during the storm. Widow’s Mite has now financed and installed more than 600 wells in 27 countries. If you or your organization would like to help in the cause of providing clean water around the world, consider making a donation or holding a fundraiser on behalf of Widow’s Mite. Every dollar goes towards water. All office, travel or other expenses are paid for by the volunteers themselves. Donations may be sent to Island Breeze, 101 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, NC 28468. Make the check payable to Widow’s Mite Experience. Pictured: GFWC-SBI President Eileen Brown and member Kimmie Durham with Tracy Coleman, Jennifer Coleman and Clarice Holden of Widow’s Mite Experience of Shallotte.
A few special awards were also given this year. Ronnie Bryant was recognized for his ceaseless activity on behalf of the museum and planetarium. Long-time volunteers Martha Benton, Sue McCann, Peggy Hughes, Carol Jones, Pat O’Neil, Louise Ingram, Jo Lammonds, Fran Allen and Sharon Bowling were honored for their many years of dedicated service. Judy Sobota and Lisa Mosca were recognized for their interim service as volunteer coordinators. Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium are always accepting new volunteers. Anyone interested in exploring volunteer opportunities should contact Beverly Binetti, volunteer coordinator, at (910) 579-1016.
Calabash Elks Lodge Presents Grant to Local Elementary School Calabash Elks Lodge recently presented a $2,000 Gratitude Grant to Waccamaw Elementary School to assist them in upgrading their library. The Gratitude Grant is presented to Elks Lodges nationwide by the Elks National Foundation to assist them in charitable causes in their community. Present at check presentation were Elks Lodge Leading Knight Tom O’Brien, Waccamaw Elementary Principal Beverly Marlowe, Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Dick Wilson, Waccamaw Elementary Librarian Theresa Hamilton and some of the students of the school. Winter 2013-14
CROP Rockers & Rollers at Autumn Care The residents and caregivers at Autumn Care in Shallotte kicked off the annual CROP Hunger Walk on October 24 with an event that saw them rolling in wheelchairs, using walkers and walking to help in the fight against hunger. They kicked off the 2013 CROP Walk campaign with their donation of approximately 50 pounds of food items as well as cash donations. Participants enjoyed refreshments after the event. CROP Hunger Walk is a national fundraising event to help end hunger here and abroad. In Shallotte, walkers have raised $149,921 since 1991, with $37,480.25 benefiting people who come to the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry located at Camp United Methodist Church on Main Street in Shallotte. The pantry serves an average of 330 residents of Brunswick County in need of food each Saturday. This year’s CROP Hunger Walk took place on the afternoon of Sunday, November 3 at Calvary Baptist Church on Route 179. Participants walked 1.6 miles up to Eastside World Outreach Church and back again. Local providers of support included Marty Cooke (music), Boy Scout Troop 129 and BB&T (water stop), Woodmen of the World (apples), Knights of Columbus (safety) and Boy Scouts Troop 129 (color guard).
ATMC Sponsors Scholarships After receiving applications from Brunswick-area high school students, ATMC will be selecting recipients for their $2,000 scholarships. This year, three deserving Brunswick County seniors and one Columbus County senior will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to help pay for their college education. All public school, private school and home-schooled graduating seniors in Brunswick County were encouraged to apply. Graduating seniors at South Columbus High School in Tabor City also were eligible for the Columbus County scholarship. After careful consideration of each applicant, the ATMC scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academics, extracurricular activities, community involvement and interviewing skills. Applicants also must be customers of ATMC or one of its subsidiaries. Winners of the ATMC scholarships may also be eligible to apply for a separate $2,500 Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) scholarship. These scholarships are awarded annually to 30 students nationwide. ATMC has provided more than $45,500 in local scholarships since 2002. 26
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West Brunswick High School Interact Club Inducts New Members Thirty-three new members were inducted into the West Brunswick High School (WBHS) Interact Club on October 22. Club members and guests were welcomed to the ceremony by Mr. Doug Keill, Rotarian. The ceremony started with Alexis Cohan and Katie King singing the National Anthem. Jen Vanasse, president of South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club, addressed the group. Bob Stinson, Rotary assistant district governor, then spoke to the Interactors about leadership. Speakers from the Interact Club included Gregory Johnson, president; Alexis Cohan, committee chair of publications; and Katie King, secretary. Interact Club is a community-service club that has been active at WBHS for 21 years. This club builds leadership and confidence and also inspires self lessness in young adults. It organizes service projects, which the students achieve throughout the year. The Interact Club thanks all of the South Brunswick Island Rotarians, Dr. Edward Pruden (Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools), Millie Venegas (Interact Club Advisor) and Mr. Brock Ahrens (West Brunswick High School Principal) for all that they do to support the WBHS Interact Club. Pictured (left to right): back row, Jordan Clemmons, Meg Fletcher, Taylor Pelos, Seinna Dodds, Farris Carter, Aleigh Rhyne, Téa Davis, Alexis Cohan, Dr. Edward Pruden, Mr. Bob Stinson, Katie King, Jen Vanasse; middle row, Micah Rupp, María Pia Sanchez, Haley Gavrilis, McKenzie Decker, Katelyn Prince, Courtney Cannon, Sharanté Gore, Hillary Medel, Rosario Dominguez, Alvaro Rendon; front row, Noah Faircloth, Bryan Willis, Sam Zeng, Gregory Johnson, David Venegas. Not pictured: Sylvia Craig, Luke Bollinger, Faith Long, Aaron Biagotti, María Aguilar, Corina Seirra, Ashlen Graves, Ian Niggles, Marisa Reins and Chelsea Sibbett.
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Southport Christian School Celebrates Opening of New Campus Southport Christian School recently celebrated the grand opening of its brand-new campus at Beach Road Baptist Church with a Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony. Southport Christian School officially opened in 1996 with an enrollment of only 27 students. The school has grown to 147 students this year and added a new middle school. It currently serves grades from 3-year-preschool through middle school, with future plans to add a high school. The academic curriculum includes a new technology lab, physical education, Spanish, art, music, 4-H Master Gardening Club, Girls on the Run, and golf and tennis clubs. Pictured (left to right): Pastor Todd Houston, Beach Road Baptist Church; Meredith Jones; Nancy MacLean; Kim Anderson; Christy Jones, chamber ambassador; Sally Turner; Megan Canny, chamber events and sales coordinator; John Turner, president of Southport Christian School Board; Honey Martin, chamber ambassador; and Lisa Kjome, principal.
Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Camilla J. Desmarais, CPA to celebrate the business’s new location at 4320 Southport Supply Road SE (Route 211), Suite 300 in Southport. The firm provides a wide range of services to individuals and small to medium-sized businesses in a variety of industries. Services include bookkeeping/ write-up, payroll services, accounting services, QuickBooks accounting assistance, reviews and compilations, tax planning and preparation, and wealth management services. The firm also offers a free newsletter, a referral program and up to one-hour free consultation. For more information, visit their website at www.cjd-cpa.com. Pictured (left to right): Diane Morin, client; George Morin, client; Jeremy Cullen, client; Brenda Fisher, therapist; Elaine Kontos, CPA; Jackie Cooper, chamber ambassador; Camilla J. Desmarais, CPA and owner; Mark Koval, business development manager; Jim Martin, chamber ambassador; Honey Martin, chamber ambassador; Carol Magnani, chamber ambassador; and Karl Taylor, tax preparer.
Walmart of Shallotte Celebrates Grand Re-Opening Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce joined Walmart of Shallotte in celebrating its Grand Re-Opening event on Friday, November 8. The store underwent an extensive remodel, which included the addition of a new self-checkout area on the Market side of the store. Brent Guice, store manager, recognized his store-planning associates, along with recognition of “Charter Member” associates who have been with the store since its opening. Contributed Photo
Vapor Paradise Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Vapor Paradise, LLC. Vapor Paradise is located at 5298-4 Main Street in Shallotte. It specializes in selling electronic cigarettes and flavored vapors that are used in the tobacco-free smoking devices. Visit them in person to browse their selection, or call (910) 754-7848 to learn more about their products, sales and business hours. 28
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Walmart also presented community donation checks to three Brunswick County charities during the ceremonies. Motorcycle Enthusiasts of Brunswick County’s Jerome Munna accepted a check in the amount of $200 for their yearly assistance with the “Toy Run.” Union Elementary School Principal Vickie Smith accepted a check in the amount of $1,000. Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) received a check in the amount of $50,000 through a national grant program on behalf of all three Walmart locations in Brunswick County. Fred Stevens accepted the check on behalf of BFA. Shallotte Walmart Supercenter is located at 4540 Main Street and is open 24 hours a day.
A New Tradition at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Bringing a baby into the world is an exciting time for parents, and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is now making the experience extra special for families, staff and visitors by playing “Brahms’s Lullaby” Contributed Photo on the intercom system each time a baby is born in the facility. Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center began the tradition this summer, thanks to surgical services employee Liz Boyer, who advocated for the creation of this program. Local couple Krista and Drew Bunch welcomed their fourth child, Mannix, recently at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. “When a baby is born, you feel like the whole world should stop what they are doing and rejoice with you. It was so nice to hear the lullaby and know that the hospital was celebrating the birth of our son,” said Drew. Krista also commented: “It was neat to have the lullaby play announcing Mannix’s arrival. One of our fellow church members who works in the hospital immediately sent me a congratulations note on Facebook after hearing the lullaby.”
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Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Names Employees of the Year Each year Brunswick County Parks and Recreation recognizes people from the department who have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to make a difference in their workplace as well as in the community. The Employees of the Year are chosen by vote by their peers as role models for the department, going above and beyond to help other co-workers and always striving to be the heart and soul of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation. The 2013 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Employees of the Year are Khrystye Haselden, 55+ Program Coordinator; Richard Wilder, Seasonal Part-Time at Cedar Grove Park; and Toni Leonard, Ocean Isle Beach Park Supervisor. The department congratulates these outstanding employees for their hard work and dedication to making Brunswick County a great place to live, work and play.
Kellie Griggs, nurse manager in women’s services, said, “The new lullaby system provides us the opportunity to include our patients, visitors and families through sharing the joy of new life being brought into the world.” Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center offers a wide range of women’s services. For more information about Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center’s maternity services, visit www.brunswicknovant.org or call (910) 721-3030.
Wrappingirls Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wrappingirls. Owned by Mark and Cindy Pentecost, Wrappingirls offers all-natural health supplements and beauty products, including the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Applicator, a site-specific body wrap that tightens, tones, firms and detoxifies in 45 minutes. Shop their line of products and check out the “It Works!” opportunity, by visiting www.wrappingirls.com, or call (336) 543-5986 for more information.
Ribbon Cutting for Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage Realty Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Realty branch in Ocean Isle Beach. Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage Realty is staffed by more than 300 real estate professionals in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties, with offices located in Wilmington, Leland, Jacksonville, Carolina Beach, Topsail Island, Hampstead, Southport, Sneads Ferry, South Brunswick and Oak Island. Visit them online at www.seacoastrealty.com or call (910) 274-5067 for more information. Winter 2013-14
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Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is proud to be named among the country’s top-performing hospitals in The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2013. Brunswick Medical Center is one of only 1,099 hospitals nationwide to be named a Top Performer.
Golden Pineapple Awards Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its 2013 third-quarter Golden Pineapple Awards, which honor those in the local business community who have provided excellent customer service.
Recognition is given in several specific categories, and Brunswick Medical Center received Top Performer recognition in five of those categories: surgical care, heart failure care, pneumonia, stroke and immunization.
Dining Category: Dry Street Pub & Pizza - 101 E. Brown Street, Southport; (910) 457-5994 Fuzzy Peach of Southport - 5130 Southport-Supply Road, Unit 108, Southport; (910) 363-4180 Moore Street Market - 130 E. Moore Street, Southport; (910) 363-4203 Oak Island Deli & Pub - 5422 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island; (910) 278-4005 Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering - 6220 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island; (910) 278-4944
“We’re extremely pleased that our medical center is being recognized nationally for quality performance in five separate categories,” said Shelbourn Stevens, medical center president. “This is a tremendous achievement that speaks to the expertise of our physicians and staff. It’s their ongoing dedication to achieving the best outcomes for our patients that drives us to be the best.” The Top Performer designation is based on performance related and accountability measures and evidence-based care processes, which are closely linked to positive patient outcomes. Brunswick Medical Center demonstrated that it provides evidence-based interventions in the right way and at the right time.
Service Category: Coastal Computers - 4130 Long Beach Road, Oak Island; (910) 457-0337 Coastal Painting, Eugene & Lucinda Arnold - 599 Littler Circle, Southport; (716) 474-0016 Cooper Electric - P.O. Box 10834, Southport; (910) 363-4398 Premium Moving - 2992 Southport-Supply Road, Bolivia; (910) 253-6714 Robert Ruark Inn - 119 N. Lord Street, Southport; (910) 363-4169
Two additional Novant Health Hospitals earned recognition as Top Performers: Novant Health Medical Park Hospital and Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Both hospitals were recognized for surgical care.
Libba Motsinger of Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® has been awarded the Champion Associate trophy for the third quarter of 2013. The award is presented to the sales associate who has the highest production for the quarter. Motsinger, who has 14 years of experience working with both buyers and sellers, also has furthered her education by earning several certifications and designations including the ABRAccredited Buyer Representative, RRS-Recreation and Resort Specialist, GRI-Graduate, REALTOR® Institute, CRS-Certified Residential Specialist, SRES- Seniors Real Estate Specialist, and CLHMS- Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. She is based out of the Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® Oak Island office at 210 Country Club Drive. 30
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Libba Motsinger Named Champion Associate by Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS®
Activities Category: Yeah Right Sport Fishing Charters, Captain Butch Foster South Harbour Marina, 4909 Fish Factory Rd., Oak Island; (910) 845-2004 Retail Category: Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery - 211 N. Howe Street, Southport; (910) 457-1129 Boo & Roo’s - 303 N. Howe Street, Southport; (910) 363-4275 Cattail Cottage - 122 N. Howe Street, Southport; (910) 454-4533 Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts - 113 S. Howe Street, Southport; (910) 457-0957 Village General Store - 1102 N. Howe Street, Southport; (336) 324-4801 Professional Category: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office - Brunswick County Government Complex, (910) 253-3906 non-emergency Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry - 8212 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island; (910) 278-3268 and 3071 SouthportSupply Road, Bolivia; (910) 253-0000 Renee and Thom Yost (Intracoastal Realty) - 128 Country Club Drive, Oak Island; (910) 201-2211 Nonprofit Category: Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce - 4433 Long Beach Road, Southport; (910) 457-6964 Nominations for the next awards will be taken until January 31, 2014. Go to www.southport-oakisland.com, Membership Programs section.
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Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine has extended its outreach to the community with a new practice in the medical office building adjacent to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia. The new practice welcomes Kenneth Hamby, D.O., who will serve as the lead primary care physician for the facility. To help introduce the office and Dr. Hamby to the community, Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine held an open house on the afternoon of December 5. Guests had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hamby, tour the new facility and enjoy light refreshments. The new office is located at 584 Hospital Drive, Suite C, in Bolivia. Dr. Hamby brings a great deal of expertise and knowledge to the community. He received his medical degree from A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medical School in Missouri, and completed his family medicine internship and residency with Ohio University at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. He most recently practiced as an IHS scholar and medical officer at the Pawnee Indian Health Clinic in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Hamby served in the United States Army as a combat medic and EMT, worked as an inspector for Gulfstream Aerospace, and held the title of master sergeant in charge of nursing services with the Oklahoma Air National Guard while working with the U.S. Postal Service for more than 14 years. “I am excited to begin a new chapter at Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine,” said Dr. Hamby. “I look forward to serving the families of Brunswick County.” Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine in Bolivia offers a wide range of services for all ages, including care for every member of the family from children to adults and seniors. Services include preventive healthcare, physical exams for school, sports, and employment, women’s health visits, immunizations, and same-day sick appointments. Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine also has locations in Shallotte and Southport with convenient care services offered on evenings and weekends in Shallotte. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.OceansideFamilyMedicine.org or call (910) 721-4100. 32
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OrthoWilmington is pleased to announce the addition of three new providers to its medical staff. OrthoWilmington welcomes Joanne B. Allen, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine specialist to its medical team. Dr. Allen maintains a private practice and has joined OrthoWilmington on a part-time basis to treat OrthoWilmington’s established patients. Contributed Photo
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Dr. Allen is a board-certified specialist in both physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R, also known as physiatry), as well as in sports medicine. She specializes in musculoskeletal medicine, noninvasive pain management, nonsurgical spine and sports injuries, and rehabilitation medicine, which includes Workers’ Compensation injuries. She will be performing electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction studies for patients of OrthoWilmington. A cum laude graduate of Duke University with degrees in zoology and psychology, Dr. Allen earned her medical degree from Bowman School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Spain Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Allen served as a medical staff/ consultant for the 1996 Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, China, and she actively volunteers with many sports-related associations, including the 2012 London Paralympics. She is currently Team Physician for the U.S. Sailing Team. Dr. Allen treats patients at the 2716 Ashton Drive office of OrthoWilmington. OrthoWilmington has also added two physician assistants, both of whom are board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). The two new members of the medical team are Catherine Williams, MMS, PA-C, and Renee Wall, PA-C, MPAS. Catherine Williams, MMS, PA-C (Master of Medical Science, Physician Assistant- Certified), treats sports medicine injuries and general orthopedics and has prior experience in emergency medicine. Along with Dr. John O’Malley, Catherine provides comprehensive sports medicine care for patients at the 2716 Ashton Drive, Wilmington office. She joins Dr. O’Malley in providing team coverage for many local professional, collegiate and high school teams. Williams graduated from Wake Forest University with double Bachelor of Science degrees in Health & Exercise Science and Biology and earned a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Wake Forest School of Medicine. Renee Wall, PA-C, MPAS (Physician Assistant- Certified, Masters in Physician Assistant Studies) brings more than seven years of spine experience to OrthoWilmington. She has a special interest in operative and nonoperative spine care, as well as general orthopedics. Along with Dr. Todd Rose, Renee provides comprehensive spine care to patients at the 3787 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington office and the Brunswick Forest office in Leland. Wall received her undergraduate degree in Experiential Education from Prescott College in Arizona and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in Portland. For more information, including patient education resources, visit www.orthowilmington.com. Call (910) 332-3800 for an appointment.
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Perceptions Eye Health and Wellness Ribbon Cutting Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location of Perceptions Eye Health and Wellness, 1456 N. Howe Street in Southport. In 2004 Dr. Tara Parnell established the eye-care clinic that specializes in caring for all vision needs. Perceptions Eye Health and Wellness offers a wide range of services, from eye exams and hard-to-fit contact lenses to computer vision problems, specialty lenses and eye surgery. Visit them online at www.perceptionseyehealth.com or call (910) 454-9226. Pictured (left to right): Sabrina Kirkland, patient care coordinator; Doreen Eversole, optometric technician/ optician; Tara Parnell, O.D. and owner; Gina Oldham; Brandi Sellers, administration; and Tyler Wriston, optical manager.
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Gina Essey Attorney at Law Opening and Ribbon Cutting Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new office of Gina Essey Attorney at Law on Oak Island. A graduate of South Brunswick High School, Essey has a BA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and earned her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law. She was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Florida, a prosecutor for the State of Florida and worked at the District Attorney’s office in the 13th Prosecutorial District (including Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties) before opening her law practice. Gina Essey Attorney At Law’s office is located at 200 Country Club Drive on Oak Island. Her areas of legal practice include criminal defense, misdemeanors, all traffic matters, felonies, real estate, family law including custody and divorce, personal injury, and wills and trusts. For more information, call the office at (910) 457-4577. Pictured (left to right): Mark Koval, Karen Sphar, Crystal Johnson, Dorothy Essey, Gina Essey, Town of Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace, Jackie Cooper, Robin Thomas, and Alan Essey.
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Up North What’s up in North Brunswick County? Here’s what you’ll find in the Winter 2013-14 issue of our sister publication, North Brunswick Magazine.
Marsh-Side Haven An “envelope home” surrounded by nature was the perfect resting place for an adventurous couple. Story by Jason Frye
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New Faces, New Places
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Karen Mealey shares equestrian love at Wonderland Farm in Leland.
New businesses are taking a chance on North Brunswick County.
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things have happened and good things are coming. We know you want to be in the know about everything that’s going on in the area, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happened or what’s coming up on the local scene. For more upcoming events, flip to What’s Happening on page 98. Winter 2013-14
Murder on the Cape Fear! An overwhelming crowd of about 450 people turned out for the David brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Murder on the Cape Fear presentation at the St. James Community Center in Southport on November 15, proving that people love a good investigative thriller. The live presentation by Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David and his twin brother, New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David, focused on three real-life local murders and all the details on how the cases were investigated and prosecuted. It was a chance for the public to get the full stories straight from the men who led the investigations and prosecuted the cases. The program, which cost $25 a head, was a benefit for the Leland Area Rotary Club, with proceeds benefitting the various charities the clubs support. The brothers donated their time for this unique charitable event. See more photos from this event on page 94 Photography by Genie Leigh Photography
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Glitz, Glamour and Glow Wine, shopping and beauty secrets made for the perfect girls’ day out on November 2. Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s Glitz, Glamour and Glow, sponsored by Summit Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, drew about 300 attendees for a day of fun at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. Guests sampled six wines and tasty eats while shopping for the latest fashions from local boutiques. Coral Tree Salon & Day Spa supported the event as a makeup partner, while Family First Chiropractic served as a massage sponsor and Summit Plastic Surgery and Dermatology offered skincare seminars. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction and a runway fashion show. Randy Aldridge, anchor of WWAY’s Good Morning Carolina and host of “Your Hometown,” served as the emcee. Funds from the event supported an extensive women and children’s wellness outreach program in the Brunswick community. With an ultimate goal of improving the health of children in our community, the outreach initiative focuses on decreasing childhood obesity, decreasing the number of women who smoke while pregnant and increasing the rate of breastfed infants. “This was a great opportunity for women to get together with a few girlfriends to have a fun afternoon while also 40
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helping improve the health of women and children in Brunswick County,” said Event Chair Whitney Sauls. Guests went home with a signature wine glass and a variety of special gifts. When they got home, they were emailed a special mock-up photograph of themselves on the cover of South Brunswick Magazine. The Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center was formed in 2011. In addition to the women and children’s outreach program, the foundation, in conjunction with hospital volunteers, constructed a Healing & Respite Courtyard on the campus of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. See more photos from this event on page 96. Photography by Genie Leigh Photography
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Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show If you’re sprucing up your home or yard for spring, you won’t want to miss the 11th annual Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show. You’ll find vendors displaying hundreds of products and services for the home and garden, including landscaping, gardening, pools and spas, windows, grills, home decor and utilities. You’ll also find resources for home construction and improvement as well as real estate and financial services. More than 1,000 people attended the show last year, and even more are expected at the new location in 2014.
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Little Princess Ball The much-anticipated Little Princess Ball is a highlight of winter for many Brunswick County girls. Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escorts enjoy snacks, dancing, crafts, face painting and more, and every girl takes home a tiara and wand. Little princesses are encouraged to dress in a pretty dress, ball gown or their favorite princess costume. Tickets are on sale January 21 through February 7 at Brunswick County Parks and Recreation or at Communities In Schools. Space is limited, and payment is due when registering. This event is sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Communities In Schools, Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. and Brunswick Community College. Due to high demand for tickets, this year there are two locations to choose from: Brunswick Center at Southport and South Brunswick Island Center in Carolina Shores.
When: February 8, 3 to 5 pm Where: Two locations to choose from: Brunswick Center at Southport or South Brunswick Island Center in Carolina Shores
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Diamonds & Denim Charity Ball The Brunswick Sheriff ’s Charitable Foundation Inc. presents this event to raise funds for different causes each year. For its third annual event on March 6, the foundation will donate proceeds of the ball to Hope Harbor Home and Brunswick Senior Resources. The night features hors d’ oeuvres, a buffet dinner, wine, beer, music by Jim Quick & the Coastline Band, dancing and a live auction, and guests enjoy the dress code of dressed-up denim. Sponsorship packages are available. 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 of its citizens.
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In 2012 Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce introduced the Future 10, a group of young professionals who are community-minded and enthusiastic about Brunswick County and who live up to the chamber’s motto: “Building Community and Supporting Business.” A new crop of Future 10 professionals were named for 2013-14. They were nominated by coworkers, supervisors,
employees, fellow business owners, friends and even spouses. In the following pages, you’ll hear their stories and come to see that they, like the inaugural class, are key players in the future of Brunswick County. Nominees for the Future 10 award demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their careers and to making a positive impact on the
Brunswick County community and quality of life. Additionally, they met internal requirements: younger than 40, actively involved in the community through a civic organization, and passionate about Brunswick County. Read on to see the future in Brunswick County.
B r u n s w i c k C o u n t y P a r k s a n d R e c r e at i o n At h l e t i c s C o o r d i n at o r
â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a dream come true to come back, especially into my dream job.â&#x20AC;?
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When you grow up
playing sports year round, it’s no surprise when you go to college and major in Recreation Management. It’s also no surprise when you return home and land a job as the athletics coordinator in your home county. That’s the story of Aaron Perkins. “It was a dream come true to come back, especially into my dream job,” he says. Returning home after college was an easy choice for Perkins; he grew up here, his family was here and he wanted to serve the community that helped make him who he is. “Plus, I have a lot of little cousins and I knew they’d need what I did at their ages — a great athletic outlet,” he says. Perkins says his passion for sports keeps him going. And it must be true — the time it takes to coordinate 45 to 50 basketball teams, a dozen football teams and 20 baseball and softball teams every year is incredible. “I just try to stay ahead of it,” he says. “I try to make each season better than the last.” From his earliest days as an athlete to his collegiate baseball career, Perkins has kept sports as a central focus in his life. As he sees interest in outdoor sports dwindling in the face of iPods, iPads, game consoles and endless TV entertainment options, his passion makes him press forward to encourage more youth to get up, get out and get moving.
That’s why he always makes time to volunteer with one sports team or another as time allows. By getting in with the kids, coaches and parents, he can find ways to not only streamline his operation, but also grow participation. Perkins calls his Future 10 award a “big accomplishment,” and says, “I never expected to be where I am today. I’m amazed that I can return home to my dream job and then be recognized by the people around me for the job I do. I do it because I love it, but this validates it in a much different way.”
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chiropractic gave me that ability and the education to help people without the use of drugs or surgery.â&#x20AC;?
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We don’t often think of a sports injury as a positive thing, but in the case of Dr. Brian Lank of Coastal Integrative Health, an injury led him to seek help with a chiropractor. “Pain meds and muscle relaxants didn’t do the trick,” he recalls, “but the chiropractor had me fixed within a few visits and I loved the fact that all he needed were his hands, rehab exercises and knowledge.” A lifelong athlete, Lank was excited to see a profession that focused on taking care of your body and keeping performance at top levels with natural methods. “Chiropractic gave me that ability and the education to help people without the use of drugs or surgery,” Lank says. When he’s not at work, you’ll find Lank with his family — he lives with his wife, three kids and a “shoe-chewing black lab,” and his parents as well as his brother and his family live nearby. If he’s not with them, though, he’s on the golf course. “My weekends are all about family, but when I get some ‘me’ time, I go for golf,” he says.
Lank says being named one of the Future 10 is an honor as well as a challenge. “There are a lot of young, successful people in our community, so being named as one of this year’s Future 10 is humbling,” he says. “With that being said, I see this as a challenge to surpass expectations and constantly innovate.” Lank has picked an ideal spot to constantly innovate. With a population that keeps growing, he is frequently presented with new challenges and opportunities to utilize new techniques. He sees the future of Brunswick County as a bright one and plans to serve the citizens as both a chiropractor and leader for some time.
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“I prayed that if I could make a difference in someone’s life, that God would allow our paths to cross.”
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Real Estate is Crystal Babson’s job, but her true passion is helping others. Whether it is assisting people with buying a dream home or selling a current one, to something more profound like becoming a surrogate aunt or a foster mother to a child in need, it all comes back to strengthening her community. “Three years ago my son and I went on a mission trip to Nicaragua, where we saw people literally living in cardboard communities,” she says. “I realized then just how fortunate all of us are to live where we live, do what we do and have what we have. I prayed that if I could make a difference in someone’s life, that God would allow our paths to cross.”
Her path did intersect with a grandmother in need of help not long after she uttered that prayer. The grandmother was raising three kids on her own, and Babson was able to provide the grandmother with some rest and relief while being a positive force in the grandkids’ lives. Then the worst happened: the granddaughter received a cancer diagnosis. Babson began a fundraising campaign to help the family. It succeeded and gave birth to a Kid Sister/Kid Brother program that Babson spearheads, enabling her to help many others. Additionally, Babson has worked with a local Adaptive Water Sports charity that provides disabled adults with a day on the water doing everything from riding in the boat to wakeboarding. “I saw this program in operation in Wrightsville Beach years ago and I thought, ‘Why can’t we do that?’” she says. “So I started working to bring it to Brunswick County.” When she’s not in the office connecting homeowners with the perfect properties, you can find Babson scuba diving or horseback riding or maybe even at a photo shoot (she models a little on the side). But when it’s family time for her and her two kids, you probably won’t find them at home. “We love a road trip,” she says. “We love to explore.” When asked about the Future 10, Babson says, “It shows you what people think of you, and for me it says they believe I’m doing something positive in my community. I can’t think of a better compliment.” Winter 2013-14
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;What could be more rewarding than to receive such an honor from the community where I work and live?â&#x20AC;?
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couldn’t have done what he’s done without help from his father and mother. From introducing him to the coastal lifestyle by emigrating from Lumberton to Ocean Isle Beach every summer to providing the financial (and moral) backing to purchase the first of three ready-mix concrete facilities, Simmons’ parents instilled in him the qualities required to succeed in business and become one of the Future 10. “My father, Grady Simmons Jr., had a Commercial Design/ Build and General Contracting business, so after graduating from N.C. State, I went to work with him,” says Simmons. “That’s where I learned about the many uses for concrete and found out about a concrete plant that was in distress in Whiteville. The owner was ready to sell and I was ready to buy, but it took six months of worrying my dad over it until he finally agreed to help in acquiring what would be our first concrete plant in 2003. Without that help, I’d never be where I am now.” Here’s where he is now: owner of Whiteville Ready Mix, Tabor City Ready Mix and OIB Ready Mix. In less than a decade, he learned the ins and outs of the industry and expanded his concrete kingdom. He’s all business — “business is inevitably on my mind,” he says — except when he’s on the water, fishing, boating and reliving his childhood summers. In the moments he’s not on the water or on a paying job, he’s working with local municipalities to find solutions to problems he can solve. He’s worked with the
Town of Shallotte and the Calabash and Sunset Beach fire departments, and he assisted on a community boat ramp, to name a few of the outreach efforts he’s made. OIB Ready Mix and his other plants are helping change the ways builders use concrete. Innovative finishing techniques as well as products like pervious concrete, through which storm water can flow, are helping homeowners, homebuilders and municipalities find new uses for concrete. “Being named as one of the Future 10 is quite an accomplishment and a surprise,” he says. “To think that I’m one of the top 10 brightest, most talented young professionals in Brunswick County is quite an honor. It says to me that the community has confidence in me to bring about positive change to the place we call home. “What could be more rewarding than to receive such an honor from the community where I work and live?”
B r u n s w i c k C o mm u n i t y C o l l e g e a n d L o l a ’ s O l a s T u r f g r a s s M a n a g e m e n t I n s t r u c t o r a t B CC , owner of Lola’s Olas
“Whether it’s a freshman in the Turfgrass Management program or a 60-year-old on vacation who wants to try out paddleboarding, I find it’s very fulfilling to play a role in helping them accomplish their goals.”
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“I’ve been teaching
for seven years now and truly feel I have found my calling,” says Jace Myers, Turfgrass Management Instructor at Brunswick Community College (BCC). Intrigued by an advertisement for a Turfgrass Management Instructor vacancy at BCC, he threw his hat into the ring and found that his experience — an associate’s degree in Turfgrass Management and years spent at courses in California and North Carolina, including Pinehurst #8 and #1 as well as the Members Club at St. James Plantation — qualified him for the job. He hasn’t looked back. Growing up just north of Charlotte, Myers spent a lot of time on Lake Norman. “My father encouraged me to try things like sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and wakeboarding. Simultaneously, my stepfather introduced me to golf,” he says. Combine that early love for the outdoors with frequent trips to Ocean Isle Beach and Figure Eight Island, and you end up with someone who has a passion for working outdoors. Hence, the travels and years at various golf courses (and countless rounds played in his lifetime). Myers extends his love of the outdoors through Lola’s Olas, a business he started as a way to connect with people who want to learn how to surf, standup paddleboard or skim board. He says the most rewarding aspect of his professional life is sharing in others’ successes. “Whether it’s a freshman in the Turfgrass Management program or a 60-year-old on vacation who wants to try out
paddleboarding, I find it’s very fulfilling to play a role in helping them accomplish their goals,” he says. Through Lola’s Olas, Myers is able to help several charitable organizations — Widow’s Mite, the Novant Health Foundation and local animal rescue groups — and he’s an active member of Coastal Vineyard Church. Through the Turfgrass and Horticultural Department at BCC, he works with First Tee of Brunswick County, a group dedicated to introducing golf to children from across the social and economic strata. His work with First Tee extends to the many golf courses in Brunswick County, where his ongoing relationships with the various turfgrass teams keep him and his students connected to the industry. From internships to job opportunities, this work pays off for his students in tangible ways, and an advisory council of local Turfgrass pros helps Myers identify trends and make curricular decisions that best serve his students. “In some ways,” he says, “I’m a matchmaker between the golf courses’ needs and my students’ knowledge.” Myers says it’s humbling to be thought of and recognized alongside the other Future 10 recipients as well as those from the inaugural group. “I view all of these folks as professionals who excel at their roles in the workplace while contributing greatly to the local community,” he says. “To be included in such a group really means a lot.”
Michael Abushakra Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers Owner
“It’s great to come back home and work in a place you know and love.”
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Ask Michael Abushakra what drives him to be the best in his industry, and he’ll tell you this: “No matter how good or smart you believe you are, there’s always something to learn, there’s always a challenge, there’s always something you can do to improve. I try to practice that at work and in my personal life.” Abushakra owns Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers in Ocean Isle Beach and is following squarely in his father’s footsteps. His father has owned a jewelry store for 30 years, so Abushakra has been around the business all his life.
“It’s great to come back home and work in a place you know and love,” he says. “It seems that no matter what I need here or at home, when I call someone, I know them or their parents or their kids, so there’s something comforting about that. On the business side, because so many people are familiar with me and know me as a hometown boy, they trust me to do right by them.” As a jeweler, trust is a key component to good relationships with your customers, and he’s won that trust, not only through having a wide network of friends and acquaintances, but also by being active in the community and lending a helping hand wherever it’s needed. In addition to operating the soundboard at his church (Waterbrook Community Church in South Carolina), he’s involved with the South Brunswick Rotary Club and is always ready to help anyone who needs it. “I was raised to believe that we’re very fortunate to have what we have, whether it’s a little or a lot, and no matter what it is or how much you have of it, you help others when you can,” he says. “So I try to help. It’s just who I am.” His peers recognized this, garnering him the Future 10 nomination and award. “To get that call saying ‘You’re one of the Future 10’ was awesome,” he says. “It’s an honor enough to be nominated, but to receive the award and be part of this group is really something.” Winter 2013-14
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During your first
conversation with Michael Braddock II, it’s apparent that he’s good at his job. A champion and cheerleader for both the community of Brunswick Forest and Brunswick County as a whole, his attitude, demeanor and professionalism speak volumes to his enthusiasm for his home county and his longtime passion for real estate. “In college I was looking at going into engineering or pharmaceuticals, but something always attracted me to real estate and development,” he says. “Seeing the potential in a raw space or a piece of land and then turning it into reality? That seemed more thrilling and more satisfying than anything else I could study. I was fortunate that I have a knack for seeing that potential and being able to show it to other people.” While in college, this Brunswick County native discovered the world of real estate and began working for a local developer and hasn’t looked back since. From 2004 to 2007, he worked locally, and then followed opportunities to Tennessee and Georgia before returning home. “I came back to Brunswick County in 2009 and that was enough time away,” he says. “I missed the people here, but after working in other states and other developments, I was ready to step up and highlight the place I love the best and do it better than ever before. In 2010 I joined Brunswick Forest and I haven’t slowed down since.”
What makes Braddock such a success is his approach to his job; he sees his function in real estate as helping to fulfill the housing and retirement dreams of his clients. “Relationships,” he says, “are 70 to 80 percent of the job.” Braddock volunteers with Communities in Schools and mission outreach, and in 2013 he went to Honduras for eight days to distribute medicine, food, shoes and other supplies. “Being named one of the Future 10 is exciting, and I’m honored and humbled by it at the same time,” he says. “I know a few members of the inaugural class, so I have some big shoes to fill.” With his attitude toward work and the world, and his vision of Brunswick County — he calls it “fertile ground” for positive growth — he’ll have no problem helping steer the county in the right direction. Winter 2013-14
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Dr. Patrick McCauley,
a physical therapist at Coastal Integrative Health, works closely with Dr. Lank, also a 2013 Future 10 recipient. McCauley became interested in physical therapy after he was injured playing lacrosse at Miami of Ohio. There, he required the help of a physical therapist to return to competitive play. Plus, the medical field is in his genes. “I grew up in a medical family,” says McCauley. “My paternal grandfather was an internal medicine MD back in the time of house calls; my maternal grandmother was a nurse; my father was an obstetrician; and my mother a hospice nurse. Medicine just seemed like a natural fit.” In the office, McCauley is driven by the unique circumstances and needs each patient brings. The way these come together challenges him to devise a plan that meets his patients’ rehab goals, while keeping them healthy, safe and operating within their own limitations. Out of the office it’s another story. “Hands down, my three sons and my local siblings and their families keep me going when I’m not at work,” he says. “I love cooking for friends, seeing live music, traveling and meeting people. There’s always a story to hear and a story to tell, and I like finding those stories.”
McCauley’s three sons (ages 10, 8 and 6) keep him active outdoors between playing football on the beach, camping and hiking and volunteer coaching for their soccer teams. “Locally, we love Carolina Beach State Park for camping and Brunswick Nature Park for hiking,” he says. “We also love jumping in the car and taking road trips to explore places like Grandfather Mountain and Asheville.” He sees Brunswick County as poised for even more growth as more retirees and young families move here. “I just hope that I can be an asset to the community and that Coastal Integrative Health can continue to set a high bar for quality, forward-thinking healthcare for them,” he says. “It’s absolutely flattering to be named one of the Future 10. I see it as a confirmation that healthcare can be provided in a personal manner today, just like it was years ago.”
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“I became an attorney
by a process of elimination,” jokes Ryan Smithwick, a partner at Baxley Smithwick PLLC. “My father was a doctor and my mother was a nurse and I didn’t really want to go into medicine, so I got a degree in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. I was working at three different jobs and hating it, and then I saw the movie A Time to Kill with Matthew McConaughey and Samuel L. Jackson. It inspired me to become an advocate for people.”
The movie was about a young lawyer defending an AfricanAmerican man who stood accused of murdering two men who raped his daughter. “After seeing that movie, I applied to law school, got in and earned my degree,” says Smithwick. He met his wife, Kim Baxley, in law school, and the pair now have three children — a 7-year-old daughter and twin 2-year-old sons. “When I’m not in the office, I’m busy with my family,” he says, but that’s not entirely true. Smithwick, an Eagle Scout, volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and continues his involvement with youth through Teen Court. He’s also active in his church, the South Brunswick Rotary and Habitat for Humanity. All of these activities reinforce his statement that he and his family are “here and here to stay,” so anything he can do to strengthen his community, he’ll do. “I think I’m making a difference, but with all the time in court, with clients or at home with my family, you never really know if you are or not,” he says. “[The Future 10] tells me that I am. I’m grateful to be recognized for doing the right thing.”
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Whitney Sauls’ story
begins in 1955. That was the year her maternal grandparents moved to Ocean Isle Beach and created Sloane Realty. Her mother and uncle followed in their parents’ footsteps, and Sauls followed in theirs. Now, a third-generation member of the Sloane Realty legacy, she’s the woman in charge of their vacation rental division. “I manage the operations of our vacation rental division and nearly 500 properties and homeowners associated with it,” she says. “I oversee revenue management, recruitment, staff development, financial performance and marketing. Many people think we ‘just rent houses,’ but it’s much more than that, especially as the industry continues to evolve.” Growing up in a real estate family, she learned the ropes early by helping out in various aspects of the business. Her early experiences guided her to make the family business a lifelong career choice. “Essentially, I grew up working in several departments within our company, including the Ocean Isle Inn,” she says. “After graduating from College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Tourism, I chose to return home and work in the family business.” Sauls credits her grandparents with laying the groundwork for the family’s future, but she says she “learned from the best” when
she watched her mother and uncle. In them she saw the same work ethic, strong will to succeed and commitment to the business and community that drove her to be nominated as one of the Future 10. “To be acknowledged amongst a successful group of young professionals is a privilege,” she says. “Knowing that my efforts and dedication in my professional life are being recognized motivates me to work harder.” When she’s not strategizing or developing new programs, Sauls enjoys time with her family — a husband and twin daughters — and teaching them the same lessons she learned at their age: hard work, a will to succeed, and dedication to her job and community. To that end, she’s a volunteer at her daughters’ school as well as a board member for the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation. n Winter 2013-14
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Southport Plein Air Paint-Out Last year’s outdoor painting event on the Southport waterfront was a huge success, and this year’s promises to be even better. Story and photography by Carolyn Bowers
Above: Chappy Valente, an art instructor from Bald Head Island, held a class on Howe Street during the 2013 Southport Plein Air Paint-Out.
on last year’s tremendously successful Southport Plein Air Paint-Out and Wet Paint Sale, the City of Southport is sponsoring the event again this year — and that’s a good thing! Most of last year’s participants say they are looking forward to visiting Southport again and having another opportunity to capture its charm on canvas. The 2014 event will be held over two days, April 11 and 12. Many artists are sure to arrive early enough the day before to scope out the area and decide where and what they will paint. Last year more than 50 artists came from as far as 200 miles away, from Lexington, Raleigh, Durham and Jacksonville, as well as from the nearby locales of Wilmington, Sunset Beach, Calabash and Oak Island. Each artist painted his or her own interpretation of Southport’s picturesque scenery, including the waterfront, fishing boats, historic homes, Fort Johnston, Kezia Park, the yacht basin, Whittler’s Bench, Fishy Fishy and Amuzu Theater. Winter 2013-14
Here’s how the paint-out works: The artists choose wherever they would like to set up their easel within the city limits of Southport. They may not start painting until 8 a.m. on Friday, April 11. They may paint as long into the night as they can see what they are doing, and then resume their work on Saturday at 8 a.m. All brushes must be put down by 2 p.m. on Saturday, and the work and easels are then taken to the Fort Johnston Southport Museum & Visitors Center for the Wet Paint Sale. Each artist is responsible for giving his or her painting a title and a price. A required registration fee of $20 includes lunch on Friday and an artists’ reception at the American Fish Company on Friday night. The registration fee is waived for students under the age of 18. Last year’s paint-out and wet paint sale drew a tremendous crowd of onlookers who enjoyed watching the artists and asking them about their work. The artists were all very patient with the frequent interruptions, and they were enthusiastic in their praise for the town, the people and, especially, the rich diversity of subjects to paint. Walt and Sarah Sheffield, both artists, came to the PaintOut from Cary in 2013 to enjoy the town they love. Walt 72
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Top: Artists painting the Fishy Fishy Cafe. Bottom: Ten-year-olds Hannah Greer and Olivia Cunningham were the youngest artists at the 2013 Paint-Out. Opposite page: top, Susan Dade painting the Pilot’s Tower; middle, Nancy Clookie, a student in Chappy Valente’s art class, painting the Cattail Cottage; bottom, several artists on the lawns of historic homes along Bay Street.
grew up in Wilmington “on Robert Ruark,” as he puts it. He chose to paint Whittler’s Bench, made famous by Ruark’s ageless classic “The Old Man and the Boy.” Sarah, who painted the famous 800-year-old Indian Trail tree in Keziah Park, enjoyed the event, too. Legend has it that Indians bent the young tree to mark the trail to their fishing grounds. The tree took root a second time, which is what caused its fascinating and improbable formation. Sarah confesses that this experience took her out of her comfort zone. “These things (paint-outs) can be very stressful,” she says, “but this one wasn’t. It was a really good experience.” Paulette Wright and her husband, also from the Raleigh area, celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary with her spending the day painting. “We stayed at the Brunswick Inn B&B,” she says, “and enjoyed it very much. Just as I set up my easel, I saw a lady picking up shells on the beach, so I painted her.” Missy Ronquillo, owner of Pescado Y Amor, an art gallery, gift shop and painting classroom on Oak Island, called the day “amazing.” “It was my first one, and I will definitely do it again next year,” she says. Susan Cheatham, from Oriental, chose the famous Southport landmark, Potter’s Seafood, to paint, while Bernie Rosage, Jr., who heads up OOPS (Onslow Outdoor Painters Society), painted one of the several historic homes along Bay Street.
About 12 artists set up on the lawns of several historic homes that face the yacht basin, Fishy Fishy and Potter’s Seafood for the quintessential picturesque view that was made even more famous by the movie “Safe Haven.” Chappy Valente, an art instructor from Bald Head Island, held his class that day in downtown Southport. He and his students painted Cattail Cottage on Howe Street. Last year’s event was for adults only, but this year the younger set will be encouraged to participate as well. That’s because Hannah Greer and Olivia Cunningham, two talented 10-year-olds, saw what was going on and joined in the fun. They set up an easel at Waterfront Park and collaborated on a painting of a steamship that cooperated by going by very slowly. When Southport Tourism & Economic Development Director Cindy Brochure, who was the person responsible for this event, saw the two girls, she said, “Next year I am going to add a children’s section.” Hopefully Hannah and Olivia will come back in 2014 and bring some of their friends. The Wet Paint Sale that followed last year’s event was well attended. The general consensus was that the artists thoroughly enjoyed the day, the spectators appreciated the rare opportunity to watch and learn from the pros, and the quaint little town of Southport was the perfect venue. That made last year’s event a success by any measure. And this year’s promises to be even better. n
This page: top left, Bernie Rosage Jr.; top right, Walt Sheffield; middle, Susan Cheatham; bottom, a scene from the Wet Paint Sale.
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Roadside Attraction Dale Varnam’s 28-acre Fort Apache in Supply is a wild spectacle that proves one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. STO RY BY
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down any back road in Brunswick County and you will see something interesting. Perhaps it’s a solitary horse standing in an open field or two boys bouncing along on a four-wheeler. Perhaps it’s a shabby barn in such disrepair that if you pulled over and watched it long enough it may just crumble into the dirt. But if you find yourself on Stone Chimney Road heading towards Holden Beach, you will see an open toilet with human legs sticking out of it. No, you didn’t just miss an epic Swirly. The oddity you spotted is part of a vast collection of random junk and artwork that comprises the funky, 28-acre spread known as Fort Apache. Trust me, the legs in the toilet won’t hold your attention for long. Considering there is something weird and eye-popping anywhere you look, a visitor must be ready to slow down and pay attention if he wants to process even a fraction of what’s on display. 76
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Above: Brunswick County native Dale Varnum in the wild trove of treasures he calls Fort Apache.
Before you enter the front gates, there are several old police cars and other vehicles with stuffed dummies riding shotgun in the front seats. There’s also a giant bus called the Crack Head Express warning passersby of the dangers of drugs and to “stay off the rock.” Upon entry, the true scale of the place comes into focus as you stroll down a dirt promenade that snakes through storefronts and trippy dioramas that bring to mind a psychedelic Disney World. Much of the spectacle is made up of materials used in regional film and theater productions. The giant white hands and feet scattered around came from a production of Seussical the Musical. Many of the boards and other materials used for the fronts and roofs of the buildings lining Fort Apache’s “Main Street” are pieces of wood salvaged from deconstructed film sets. Look closely and you can see “Annie National Tour” on the backs of the supporting architecture. There are also pieces from the productions Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Sweeney Todd, Emerald City and countless other movies. Taking one long panoramic look at the place, it’s like someone has transformed a dump into an attractive and thoughtful showroom with one magical sweep of the hand. The man behind that magic is 62-year-old Dale Varnam. A Brunswick County native, Varnam has turned a family junkyard that deals primarily in scrap metal into a roadside attraction that is a visual smorgasbord. Varnam has a perpetual smile nested in his long, graying beard. His voice is high and sweet, and his eyes exude equal parts warmth and mischief; he must instantly disarm anyone he meets. I have no scrap metal negotiating experience, but it’s probably difficult to play hardball with such a gentle presence. Winter 2013-14
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Above: The cast and crew of History channel’s TV show “American Pickers” made a stop at Fort Apache in 2011.
When asked where all of this stuff comes from, Varnam hints at a wide network of contributors and collaborators. “Everything I get — the buildings, the rooms, all of the items — comes from other people,” Varnam says. “I have a lot of friends in the industry who contribute both the theatrical and studio stuff. They inspire me a lot, and they give me stuff that’s been discarded. One man’s junk really does become another man’s treasure.” Some of Dale’s treasure made a blip on the radar of the producers of “American Pickers,” the hit television show on History. In the winter of 2011, the crew shot part of an episode at Fort Apache, and apparently the Pickers were keen on a few of Varnam’s prized vehicles, particularly some that were featured in The Godfather movies. As it turns out, they made Varnam an offer he could refuse, so those cars remain in lockdown at Dale’s place. While Dale and his resourceful team at Fort Apache receive and recycle materials from the film industry, they also contribute to current and future productions. Take one trip to the site and it’s clear: The place is an obvious choice as a film location. Don’t Know Yet, an independent feature that filmed in various spots around North Carolina, used Fort Apache as a location for their film and featured Varnam in a speaking role. Terry Linehan, writer and director of Don’t Know Yet and Film Studies professor at UNC-Wilmington, experienced the charm of the place himself. “Everything about Dale’s fantasy junkyard makes it an ideal place to shoot,” says Linehan. “It’s an actual working metal
recycling facility, so there’s that aspect. Then there’s his treasure trove of stuff he’s collected from far and weird. Fort Apache is one of the most memorable and unusual roadside attractions you’ll ever see. He is a gem of Brunswick County.” When asked about Varnam’s unique energy and how it affected the crew and overall shoot, Linehan portrayed Varnam as a kind host and something of a scene stealer. “Dale is so sweet and eager to talk and never seems to be in a hurry. So I think his pace and ‘sit a spell’ demeanor made us slow down and enjoy the moment,” reflects Linehan. “Dale was concerned about his first-ever role as an actor, but he soon eased into the job as he became more comfortable with his fellow seasoned actors from LA and NC. By the end of the second day, we were simply rolling the camera and letting Dale be Dale.” Since he is a character all on his own, directing Dale by not directing Dale is a wise strategy. Dale reminds me of my uncles who once ran wild and welcomed trouble, but mellowed into quiet, domesticated family men. And Dale did find a bit of trouble. If a life is like a book, Dale’s middle chapters were full of lawlessness and adventure with one plotline ending in a prison term. Listening to local lore and conducting casual online research reveals a different side to Dale Varnam, and it’s a fascinating story for sure. So Varnam has a history, but don’t we all? There are pockets in every man’s past that are dotted with questionable decisions that yield unsavory results. Part of the maturation process is figuring out ways to leave the baggage on the road, transforming those moments into necessary stepping stones on the path to a better life. People change and grow, and hopefully earn a chance at redemption. Fort Apache is where Dale has staged his comeback. Varnam often refers to himself as two separate people, the Old Dale and the New Dale. I get this. There’s an Old Mike that would have enjoyed a guy like the Old Dale. I like to think of Dale as another interesting artifact in the Fort Apache collection. Something fascinating that you can look into and ponder its origins and its history. You don’t need to know the whole story to find value in the piece; you take hold of it as it simultaneously takes hold of you. As owner of a complicated past and a level of local celebrity, Varnam leverages both to give back to the community. Knowing what can happen without a positive peer group and a meaningful plan for the future, Dale takes an active role in nudging misguided teens in the right direction by acting as an informal mentor. “For 20 years I danced with the Devil, then I had to pay the piper,” admits Varnam. “I want to keep these young people from going down the same paths in life that I took. I try to keep them from taking the wrong turns.” 80
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Besides his outreach with wayward youth, Varnam finds other ways to support community causes. A large volume of donated clothes ends up at Fort Apache, and Dale and his team send items to Goodwill or provide clothes directly to needy people in the community. Varnam also sent food and clothes up to New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy relief last year. If you want to experience Dale Varnam and Fort Apache through the lens of gifted filmmakers, look out for Terry Linehan’s Don’t Know Yet and a second short film, Another Man’s Treasure. Both films screened at last year’s Cucalorus Film Festival and pop up around the area on occasion. Another Man’s Treasure was conceived, shot and edited by Maryosha Eggleston, a talented young filmmaker who has used Fort Apache in her work for a number of years. Eggleston is no stranger to the mystique of Varnam and his junkyard. “I met Dale in 2009, after a classmate in a still photography class told me about his junkyard,” says Eggleston. “I grew up in Holden Beach and I’d always passed it and knew it was a crazy place, so I went with her to take photos. After walking around and meeting Dale, I realized very quickly that it would be a great place to shoot a documentary film. Over a couple of projects, Dale has always been the kindest person. He will genuinely give you the shirt off his back without even second-guessing it. He’s become a big part of my life and I care so much about him and his family. It’s been an amazing and beautiful connection.” While both films are highly recommended, the best way to experience Fort Apache is to see it for yourself. Once Labor Day passes, Fort Apache remains open, but only on the weekends. Though it opens occasionally on Sundays for tours and parties, Saturdays are the best days to visit during the winter months. Stop by next time you’re traveling through that part of the county and explore Varnam’s curious creation. Whether it’s movie memorabilia, a classic car or Dale Varnam himself, you’re guaranteed to find something one of a kind. Fort Apache is located at 2383 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. n
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much is it worth? That is the question on everyone’s mind as they line up with their prized possessions at the annual P.E.O. Antique Appraisal Fair. As they meet with one of several antiques experts, some will be excited to find out they are suddenly rich, while others will learn something about the history and age of their treasures.
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At the 2013 event, Virginia Lauzon was delighted to find out from appraiser Robert Brown of Northrop Antiques Mall that her “School Days” series of lithographs by Norman Rockwell are worth from $3,000 to $5,000 each. She has no intention of selling any of them. “I just wanted to know what they are worth,” she says. The 2014 event will be held on Sunday, February 23 from 1 to 4 pm at the
Southport Community Center. The doors will open at 12:30 pm to purchase tickets. The cost is $7 for one item or $20 for three items, and all of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward college scholarships, educational loans and financial assistance for women to further their education. All items must be hand-carried — no 19th-century armoires, please.
Above: Virginia Lauzon with her one of her valuable Norman Rockwell prints. Top right: Debbie Bjorkman with her great-grandfather’s walking stick from China.
Eleven certified antique appraisers, both specialists and generalists, will be on hand to give participants their opinions about the value of their items. Debbie Bjorkman brought an interesting item to the 2013 event — a very thick, exquisitely carved bamboo stick her great-grandfather had brought from China. Evidently, he never told her about the stick, so she had no idea what it was. Upon appraisal, Brown admitted that he wasn’t too sure what it was either, but he conjectured that it could be a Samurai warrior stick. “It’s spectacular,” Brown said. “Certainly the most interesting piece I have seen. He thought it would be worth in the range of $300 to $500. Imagine Brenda Capestrain’s surprise when she found out the Italian Marano glass vase that she had previously purchased for $70 at an auction was more likely to be worth $1,500. Mary Ann Pittman brought in her grandmother’s “piano baby” figurine, so named because the dolls were used to hold down the shawl that draped a piano in the well-decorated Victorian parlors of the 1800s. Pittman’s piano baby was appraised at $200 to $300. Kevin Young had two entries. One was a painting of a British red coat; however, the gentleman in the painting could not be identified, which appreciably reduced the appraised value. Nevertheless, his wife had bought it at an auction for $200, and Dave Henderson of Azio Media appraised it at $500. Not a bad profit margin there!
Above: Brenda Capestrain has her Italian Marano glass vase appraised for around $1,400 more than she paid for it.
Young’s other treasure was certainly the most unusual item of the day: a 15-inch bronze statue of a pregnant, praying nun! Young said, “That’s why she’s praying; she’s pregnant.” Admittedly, she looks pregnant, but a more charitable and probably more accurate explanation would be that she simply has a disproportionately large tummy. We will leave the reason for that to the viewer to decide. In any case, Henderson pegged the piece as being from the 1920s and put a value of $1,000 on it. Another big winner of the day from a profit standpoint was Nancy Bosserman. Her sister gave her a walking stick that Winter 2013-14
Top left: Nancy Bosserman with her $800 to $1,200 walking stick. Top right: Paula Jackson is taking this 1912 book to the 2014 event. Bottom right: Judy Bowes is bringing her netsuke figurines to the 2014 event.
she had purchased in an antique shop near Somerset, Pa., for $25. Carol Mahoney from Northrop Antiques Mall said it dated from around 1799 and was worth more like $800 to $1,200. No one thought to ask Nancy if she planned on splitting the profit with her sister! People are already searching through their attics, china cabinets, bookcases and jewelry boxes to find something that they will take to this year’s event. Paula Jackson has the original version of Sanford Bennett’s classic “Old Age; Its Cause and Prevention,” published in 1912. The book has been reprinted several times, and recent editions are still selling on Amazon.com. Bennett’s research is on himself. The story goes that, at age 50, he was a sickly old man with numerous health issues and complaints. So he devised a series of exercises, all of which are to be done in bed. By age 72, Bennett was a healthy man with an enviable physique, no sagging skin and excellent muscle tone. The book contains several photographs of Bennett and shows the correct positions for each of his recommended exercises. Obviously, Paula isn’t about to give up a book with that much useful information, particularly the part about trading workouts at a gym for stretching in bed! But she would like to find out how much this first edition of a classic might be worth. Judy Bowers’ great uncle was a rug importer in China in the early 1900s. He gave his sister, Judy’s grandmother, a set of Japanese carved ivory figurines, known as netsuke. Family folklore has it that her great uncle traded one of his rugs for 84
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the set. Now that Judy has inherited them, she is curious to know if he made a good deal or if he got taken. Lyn Mangiapane will be bringing two items to be appraised. One is a painting by the renowned artist and illustrator Grant Reynard, with whom her mother painted in Leonia, NJ. She has a couple of his works, but the one she has selected to bring this time is a watercolor of a boatyard in Edgewater, NJ, looking across the Hudson River to the George Washington Bridge. The other item is an exquisite pin. “I remember my grandmother wearing it all the time,” Lyn says. “And I wore it as a necklace to my high school senior prom.” Obviously there is too much sentiment here for Lyn to ever consider selling it, but she is curious to know what it would be worth. If you wonder what your inherited treasures or auction finds are worth, you can bring them to the P.E.O. Antique Appraisal Fair at the Southport Community Center on February 23 and get advice from the experts. As one of the appraisers said at last year’s fair, “The item you least expect to have any value is often the thing that is worth the most.” And then he recalled the time a couple of years ago when a gentleman brought in a rifle from the early 1900s that was still in working condition. It was packed in the original cardboard box, which shed all over the floor, much to the consternation of the P.E.O.’s clean-up crew. The appraiser said, “I told the guy the box was worth more than the gun. He couldn’t believe it, but it was true.” n
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No Port Southport, which spent years battling a proposed port in Brunswick County, has officially disbanded now that the project is off the table. STO RY BY
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2008, things in Brunswick County weren’t going so well. Housing had taken a hit. Construction had slowed to pre-2000s levels. Countywide, the working-class economy had taken a hit, a big one. Developers were folding, builders were laying off framers and roofers and carpenters in droves, and things were looking bleak. At the time, I was on the front lines of the slowdown. Working with my father-in-law’s Southport cabinet shop, we saw our work go from fully booked three months out to working projects week to week. We, like many other folks in the area, were hurting. The rumblings of a new port project — a huge, 600-acre complex just north of Southport, one capable of serving tens of thousands of cargo containers a day — reached our ears, and, for a moment, the prospect of a new port project and all it promised — hundreds of jobs preparing the site, hundreds more building the infrastructure, hundreds more finishing it off and still hundreds more working the docks and cranes — looked to be the boon Southport and Brunswick County needed. The port project, if it went through, would pump millions of dollars into the local economy, deliver massive tax returns over the ensuing decades and provide hundreds if not thousands of secure jobs for the foreseeable future. It seemed like a golden opportunity. Looked. Seemed. These are the optimal words here. At coffee break and over lunch, we talked about the project. How big is the site? Where is it? Can they really deliver the thousands of jobs they’re talking about? What do the roads look like with hundreds of trucks on them every day? We didn’t have answers, but the more we asked our questions, the more holes we saw in the positive stories spinning through the local media. Little did we know, concerned Southport
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citizens, led by Rhodes Messick, were asking the same questions. And they didn’t like the answers they were hearing. Messick and a handful of others went to a public meeting with the Port Authority, where they had the opportunity to speak with representatives presenting the proposed port in all its golden glory. “Walking through the room with them, we kept hearing the same things from different PR people, advisors and consultants,” says Messick. “The port would provide thousands of jobs. The port would not only fill the economic gap left by the construction industry, but it would fill it to
Above: clockwise from top left, Former members of the No Port Southport nonprofit organization: Becky Felton, Woody Wilson, Jim Miller, Susan Toth, Ellen Messick and Rhodes Messick.
overflowing. The port would encourage growth. The port wouldn’t change Southport’s circumstances much at all. Naturally, we had questions and we asked them.” At table after table, they asked and received an earful of double talk. Messick says they heard this line more than once: “That’s a great question. We don’t know the answer to that, but we will find out.” “That got us going,” he says. “A few of us decided then that we needed to make a real effort to oppose the port project.” A dozen people joined an informal steering committee, and
Messick began the process of creating a 501c3. They called themselves No Port Southport. It wasn’t long before more and more members of the greater Southport community began to ask the same questions and come away dissatisfied with the answers they were receiving. As they formalized, they raised funds to be used to promote their cause and push for answers from the Port Authority and Army Corps of Engineers. “The [Army] Corps of Engineers weren’t objective in the stance they were taking regarding the proposed port,” Messick explains. Winter 2013-14
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According to him, the Army Corps of Engineers had a stake in supporting the port project. The proposed port required a massive amount of dredging, a complex set of facilities and infrastructure elements, and dozens of unforeseen elements, all of which would add up to a very lucrative contract (and set of subcontracts) for the Army Corps of Engineers if they were to win the contract. To win the contract, they needed to support the project. To No Port Southport, the conflict was obvious, made even more so by comments made by a number of individuals within the Corps. “Even though their official stance was in support of the port, most of the individuals we spoke with expressed doubts, and it didn’t appear there was much internal support, at least not with the men and women who’d be doing the work, for the port,” says Messick. As new information became known, No Port Southport released statements and press releases. As funding increased, they created shirts and signs and bumper stickers (my father-in-law’s truck sported one almost immediately). As the Steering Committee looked deeper into their questions, they commissioned impartial third-party investigators to uncover some truths. “We focused on a core of six questions and they directed just about everything our Steering Committee, researchers and volunteers did,” says Messick. The questions were these: How will the port be kept safe and secure? How many new jobs will it actually create and how many will it support? What are the infrastructure requirements for the port? How will it impact the environment during and after construction? What will the impacts be to the health of local and regional citizens? What are the true economics of the port, factoring in construction, infrastructure, tax incentives, taxes and ongoing maintenance and comparing those numbers to profits? Breaking down those six questions, No Port Southport saw even more cause for concern. “Take the safety question,” Messick says. “The site abutted the nuclear power plant; how do they keep that safe from attacks and other security risks? The structures and ships could possibly interfere with the intake canal, which delivers one million gallons of water a minute to the reactors to keep them cool; what happens if there’s a problem? Sunny Point [Military Ocean Terminal] is just up the river, what concerns do they have? How do they plan to check, scan and adequately test inbound and outbound cargo? They already can’t keep up with Wilmington or any other port, how would they adequately keep up with one that’s bigger than the one just upriver?” And each of those questions spawned more questions. “The initial jobs reports from the Port Authority claimed
477,000 or so jobs created and supported by the port. We questioned that publicly and challenged them to justify it. Their next report said 98,000 jobs.” Even at that drastically reduced number, 98,000 jobs would have been a godsend to southeastern North Carolina. But with that “absurdly large” number of jobs, as Messick calls it, came problems, particularly pertaining to infrastructure. The 600-acre site, which was secured by the Port Authority, was just north of Southport, with a decrepit two-lane road being the only way on or off the property. If their cargo projections were correct, they’d put 3,000 trucks a day on the road, congesting highways 211, 133, 17 and I-40 (and especially the already congested causeways between Leland and Wilmington) and having an unknown impact on traffic along these roads. N.C. Department of Transportation would need to widen the road to the port. They’d need to build another entrance or exit to handle the traffic load. The roads themselves, especially highways 211 and 133, were not designed for that volume of traffic and would require massive improvements and changes, including the possibility of replacing every bridge and causeway between Southport and Highway 17 and widening both roads to be two lanes in either direction. The port officials said they’d be using railroads for half of their cargo, and projections on the trains that would run to and from the port on a daily basis (or even more frequently) said they’d be a mile or more in length and require untold logistical solutions to reduce delays on the highways and railways around. To do all this would require an unprecedented upsetting of the natural landscape in Brunswick County. “Who knows the irreversible damage they would have caused Brunswick County just by putting in the necessary infrastructure to support the port,” Messick says. “The port itself would destroy hundreds of acres of wetlands and marsh along the river. The ships’ exhaust, fuel and waste runoff would foul the waterways. Their constant traffic would clog the channel and have unknown effects on Bald Head Island and Caswell Beach.” Environmentally as well as logistically, it would be a nightmare, he says. It would take years to construct the port, even more years to bring highways 211 and 133 up to date, and even more to truly measure the impact it would have on the environment. Not to mention the billions of federal and state tax dollars such an undertaking would require. Reports from towns in California and other U.S. locales with similar port projects came back and showed that the toll of the port wasn’t just environmental or inconvenient, it showed that in port communities, the public wasn’t as healthy, that lifestyles changed, that living there just wasn’t the same. Winter 2013-14
“I came to Southport in 2000,” says Messick. “My wife and I had sailed down from upstate New York, looking for a place to retire. Southport ended up being that place because of the beauty, the solitude, the people here. The port would’ve ruined that for us and hundreds, maybe even thousands, of other people like us.” Then there’s the economics of it all. Building the port and supporting infrastructure would cost how much?
What tax incentives did it receive? What taxes did it pay? “What were the projected economic benefits of the port? That was a key question, but one we didn’t get a real answer to no matter how often we asked it,” says Messick. Messick never even mentioned tourism, a major economic driver in Brunswick County. In 2012 tourism pumped in $445,860,000 in revenue and $47,390,000 in taxes collected;
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supported 4,850 jobs; and provided $80 million in payroll revenue. What if the roads were clogged with trucks and the beach view was of container ships? The negative economic impacts from this alone would countermand projected gains from the port. Then, after several years of fighting the port, almost overnight talk of the project dwindled then disappeared. Funding that was earmarked for it was diverted elsewhere. It appeared that the project was dead in the water. “We saw a victory, but didn’t want to act the minute we heard the news we’d wanted to hear,” says Messick. “We waited, cooled out for a while. If we’d have prematurely shuttered No Port Southport and they decided to go forward with the port, we’d have been in a bad position. So we waited. Now, five and a half years later, we’re confident that the port project is dead.” No Port Southport was dissolved in early October 2013. Their remaining funds, some $2,400, were donated to the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a group dedicated to protecting our coastal environs. Today, my father-in-law’s truck, which I now drive, still has the No Port Southport bumper sticker on it. When I see it, I’m reminded of the hard decisions many people had to make regarding their own stance on the port. What do they sacrifice, their bucolic lifestyle and the beauty of Southport or the potential economic gains from years of construction? The environment or the pocketbook? The present or the future? Messick and many others, from his dozen Steering Committee members to my in-laws, would agree that to stand up and fight for Southport and Brunswick County was the right thing, that to protect what we have here was the just and noble fight. n
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Free Senior Activities at the Brunswick Center at Southport Various dates The Brunswick Center at Southport is a nonprofit center located in Smithville Crossing, 1513 N. Howe Street. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Activity hours vary. For information on various activities, fees and to RSVP, call the phone number listed below. All activities are free of charge to those 60+ years old. Individuals younger than 60 will be asked to pay a $2 activity fee per class unless otherwise noted. A few popular activities are listed below. Visit brunswickseniorresources.org to view the complete list of available activities. Low-Impact Aerobics: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm; Friday from 9 to 10 am Watercolor Painting: Wednesday beginner class from 9 to 10 am; intermediate class from 10 to 11 am; advanced class from 11 am to noon Party Bridge: Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Space is limited; call (910) 754-2300 to RSVP Yoga for Health and Wellness: Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am Games: Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm
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 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is for you. This comprehensive fitness class takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm at the Lockwood Folly Community Building in Supply. The class is running from January 7 to 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 & Thursdays Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering shag dance lessons to area residents. Classes are divided into beginner and intermediate levels. The Tuesday night classes will be held at the South Brunswick Island Center from January 28 through March 11. The Thursday night classes will be held at the Brunswick Center at Southport from January 9 through February 27. Class times will be the same for both days and locations — 7 to 8 pm for beginners and 8 to 9 pm for intermediate. The fee to attend is $60 per person. Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583
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Aqua Zumba Mondays & Wednesdays Brunswick County Parks and Recreation has organized the next season of its popular Aqua Zumba class. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm at the Winds Beach Resort in Ocean Isle Beach. Classes are running from January 6 to May 29. The cost for the class is $35 per person for eight classes or $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
Water Fitness Class Mondays – Thursdays Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering a water fitness class beginning January 6 and running through May 29. The class is offered Monday through Thursday, 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 a month (two classes per week); $45 a month (four classes per week) and $8 per drop-in class. Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2670
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The Women’s Healthy Ways Program of the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a Weight Wise Women class for women who would like to learn more about ways to maintain a healthy weight. The Tuesday class will be held January 14 to April 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Calabash. The Thursday class will be held January 16 to May 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Bolivia Government Complex, 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia. The cost for this class is $70 per person.
Registration is now open for the Brunswick County Gator Senior Games and SilverArts Program. Games will be played from April 2 to May 9 at various locations throughout the county. The games are for people ages 50 and older who would like to stay active, renew old skills, learn new ones and participate in friendly competition in athletics and arts. Activities include, but are not limited to, swimming, bocce ball, tennis, track and field, golf, bowling and table tennis, as well as all heritage, visual and performing arts. Registration will remain open until March 28, 2014.
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Brunswick Civil War Round Table Meeting Schedule Various dates If you’re interested in learning more about the Civil War, consider attending one or more of the upcoming Brunswick Civil War Round Table meetings this spring. The Round Table is announcing its upcoming meeting dates and guest speaker lineup for their next three monthly meetings. Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month and take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street in Southport. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. The visitor fee is $5 and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues. The Round Table now has more than 620 members, making it the largest Civil War Round Table in the country. See descriptions below for each of the monthly meetings: “Did Lincoln Own Slaves?” – Tuesday, February 4 Guest speaker is Gerald J. Prokopowicz, associate professor of history at East Carolina University. He has written numerous reviews and articles for popular and scholarly periodicals. His current research interests include public perceptions of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War military tactics. “The Civil War Navy” – Tuesday, March 4 Guest speaker is Craig Lee Symonds, a retired professor and chairman of the history department at the United States Naval Academy. He is a distinguished historian of the American Civil War, has received numerous awards, and has authored numerous published works on naval Civil War involvement and battles. “The Reconstruction of Wilmington: 1865-1898” – Tuesday, April 1 Guest speaker is Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., Ph.D., popular local historian and UNCW history professor. Chris is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker, and has an incredible understanding about the Civil War in southeastern North Carolina and the Lower Cape Fear region. Information: Wally Rueckel, (910) 253-7382; email: email@example.com; brunswickcivilwarroundtable.com
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April 22 & 24 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering two babysitter training classes for youth ages 11 to 15. Class 1 will take place on Tuesday, April 22 from 9 am to 5 pm. Class 2 will take place on Thursday, April 24 from 9 am to 5 pm. Only one class is required. Both classes will be held at the Bolivia Government Complex , Building M in Bolivia. The cost to attend is $50 if registered before April 14, $75 if registered between April 14 to 18. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583 Discovery Map of Brunswick County, NC Formerly Resort Maps of Brunswick County A publication of Carolina Marketing Company LLC
Master Gardener Volunteer Program February 5 The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training beginning on February 5. The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is designed to teach home gardeners research-based information on the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina. Course participants will receive more than 40 hours of training from Horticulture Extension Staff in a variety of subjects such as coastal soils, composting, fertilizers, adjusting soil pH, lawn care, landscape plants, fruit and vegetable gardening, indoor plant care, insect and pest management, plant disease management, integrated pest management and safe pesticide use. Following successful completion of the course, participants will be certified as Extension Master Gardener Volunteers by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. As a certified Extension Master Gardener, volunteers are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service. Volunteer time takes place during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Classes will meet from 9 am to noon every Wednesday and Friday, beginning February 5 through March 28 at the Brunswick County Extension Center located in the Government Complex in Bolivia. The cost of the course is $160, which covers the cost of an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Reference Notebook and other class materials and expenses. Information: (910) 253-2610; brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu
55+ Golf Schedule for 2014 Various dates Brunswick County Parks and Recreation has announced the 2014 55+ golf outings schedule. January 22 – Tiger’s Eye at Ocean Ridge $45 9 am sign-in, 10 am shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants, refreshments and prizes. February 19 – Cape Fear National $45 8:30 am sign-in, 9:30 shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, refreshments and prizes. Cart attendant tip is not included in price. March 12 – Thistle Golf $45 8 am sign-in, 9 am shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants, refreshments and prizes. April 17 – Oak Island Golf – Brunswick County Gator Senior Games Qualifier for N.C. Senior Games State Finals *For Brunswick County Gator Senior Games participants only. Senior Games registration packet must be completed by March 28, 2014, to play in this tournament. Call (910) 253-2670 for more information. May 21 – Oak Island Golf $40 8 am sign-in, 9 am shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants, refreshments and prizes. June 18 – Player’s Club at St. James Plantation $45 8 am sign-in, 9 am shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants, refreshments and prizes.
Little Princess Ball
July 16 – The Lakes – Scramble/Captain’s Choice $28 8 am sign-in, 9 am shotgun start
Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants and prizes. Visit brunswickcountync.gov for details.
On Saturday, February 8, little girls and their adult male role models can enjoy an afternoon of dancing, crafts, face painting, snacks and making very special memories to cherish for years to come. Girls get their own tiara and wand to take home with them as special keepsakes. There are two locations for this year’s Little Princess Ball: Brunswick Center at Southport and the South Brunswick Island Center in Carolina Shores. Events at both locations will take place from 3 to 5 pm, and tickets are $10 per person. The Little Princess Ball is open to girls from kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escorts. The girls are encouraged to come in pretty dresses or ball gowns or costumed as their favorite princess. Tickets will be on sale January 21 to February 7 at Brunswick County Parks and Recreation or at Communities in Schools. Space is limited, and payment is due when registering. Tickets are location specific and not interchangeable. The annual Little Princess Ball is sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Communities in Schools, Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. and Brunswick Community College. Information: Brunswick County Parks and Recreation (910) 253-2670; Communities in Schools, (910) 457-3494
August 19 – Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation $40 8 am sign-in, 9 am shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, refreshments and prizes. Cart attendant tip is not included in price. September 16 – Carolina National Golf Club $40 8 am sign-in, 9 am shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, refreshments and prizes. Cart attendant tip is not included in price. October 22 – Lockwood Folly Golf $35 8 am sign-in, 9 am shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants, refreshments and prizes. November 19 – Crow Creek Golf $40 8 am sign-in, 9 am shotgun start Price includes cart fee, greens fee, refreshments and prizes. Cart attendant tip is not included in price. December 10 – Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation $45 8:30 sign-in, 9:30 shotgun start Information: Khrystye Haselden, (910) 253-2670; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lucky Leprechaun 5k
Youth Tennis Lessons
Don your best St. Patrick’s Day apparel and get ready to run or walk for a great cause. This event takes place on Saturday, March 15 at the Winds Resort Beach Club in Ocean Isle Beach. On-site registration begins at 8 am, with the race beginning at 9 am. Racers can register in advance by visiting the website below. The most festive race participant has a chance to win the “Best Dressed Leprechaun” award. Race proceeds will provide financial aid to low-income youth and adults for Brunswick County Parks and Recreation programs. This is a pet-friendly event, so participants are welcome to bring their well-behaved canine companions. As an added bonus, the Winds Resort (which is also pet-friendly) will be offering special room discounts for race participants. Call the number below for more information or to reserve a room.
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering youth tennis lessons for the spring/summer 2014 season. There will be two sessions, 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.
Information: To register for the race, visit active.com and search for “Lucky Leprechaun”; to book a room at the Winds Resort, call (800) 334-3581 or visit thewinds.com.
Adult Tennis Lessons Various dates Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering adult tennis lessons for the Spring/Summer 2014 season. There will be two sessions, 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. Ocean Isle Beach location: Address: Ocean Isle Beach Park, 6483 Old Georgetown Road, Ocean Isle Beach Days: Wednesdays Fee: $70 per person Dates per session: Session 1: March 26–April 30 Session 2: May 7–June 11 Skill Levels/Times: Beginner: 5:30–6:30 pm Intermediate: 6:45–7:45 pm Southport location: Address: Smithville District Park, 8340 River Road SE, Southport Days: Wednesdays Fee: $70 per person Dates per session: Session 1: March 26–April 30 Session 2: May 7–June 11 Skill Levels/Times: Beginner: 5:30–6:30 pm Intermediate: 6:45 7:45 pm Private Lessons Address: Offered at both Southport and Ocean Isle Beach locations Fee: $30/hour or $40/hour for group of three plus $5 per each additional person per group Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583; email: email@example.com
Ocean Isle Beach location: Address: Ocean Isle Beach Park, 6483 Old Georgetown Road, Ocean Isle Beach Days: Mondays Fee: $70 per person Dates per session: Session 1: March 24–April 28 Session 2: May 5 June 9 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 Southport Location: Address: Smithville District Park, 8340 River Road SE, Southport Days: Wednesdays Fee: $70 per person Dates per session: Session 1: March 26–April 30 Session 2: May 7–June 11 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 Private Lessons Address: (Offered at both Southport and Ocean Isle Beach locations) Fee: $30/hour or $40/hour for group of three plus $5 per each additional person per group Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Fling Tennis Tournament (Youth & Adult) April 26 & 27 (Rain date May 3) Youth and adult tennis players of Brunswick County and surrounding areas are invited to register for the 2014 Spring Fling Tennis Tournament, sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation. The tournament is open to both beginner and intermediate players. The youth tournament is open to players ages 6 to 17. The youth tournament will take place on Saturday, April 26. The adult tournament will take place the following day, Sunday, April 27. Rain date for either tournament will be May 3. Both tournaments will begin at 9 am. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 am. Fees are $10 for singles, $15 for century doubles and $20 for same gender and mixed doubles, as long as players register before April 17. On-site registration will cost $5 more for each category. Proceeds for the tournament will go toward funding a back board for Ocean Isle Beach Park. Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583
Wine Fest May 3 Ocean Isle Museum Foundation will be holding its 2014 Wine Fest fundraiser on Saturday, May 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. 2nd Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Guests will enjoy a variety of wines provided by a local distributer and get to sample tasty treats provided by several area restaurants. Guests will also be able to bid on some fantastic items through live and silent auctions. Information:(910) 575-5999; museumplanetarium.org
The Golf Ball February 15 Treat your Valentine to dinner, wine, music, an auction and dancing while helping The First Tee of Brunswick County raise money for scholarships. Now in its fourth year, the black-tie optional Golf Ball is held at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center. Ticket prices are only $75 per person. The First Tee of Brunswick County provides college scholarships to graduating seniors based upon academic performance, involvement with The First Tee and need. Information: (910) 754-5288; email: email@example.com
Shallotte’s Las Vegas Night January 26 The Rotary Club of Shallotte presents the 8th annual Las Vegas Night on Saturday, January 26 from 6 to 10 pm at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. If you love the excitement of Vegas and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping your community, be sure to mark your calendars for this fun event. Try your luck at blackjack, craps and other fun casino-inspired games while enjoying great food and a friendly atmosphere. Tickets are $65. For more information, and to register to win a seven-day Las Vegas vacation, call the number listed below. Information: (910) 616-0644
Singing Valentines from Coastal Harmonizers February 14-15 Brunswick County Coastal Harmonizers, an organization of Barbershop singers, will be offering their singing Valentines on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. You can arrange to have a quartet come and sing two love songs to your loved one at a time and place specified by you. The quartet will deliver your personal message and present that special person with a rose from you. You can schedule your Singing Valentine by calling the number below. The specific time of your request may be negotiated to make sure the quartet has sufficient time to travel from a previous engagement. Information: (910) 228-4558
Sea Notes Choral Society Spring Concert March 27, 28 and 30 Sea Notes Choral Society’s annual spring concert — Sea Notes Sing the Best of the Best Grammys, Tonys and #1 Hit Songs — will be held from 7:30 to 9 pm on Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28 and from 3 to 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 30. All three performances will be held at Hatch Auditorium at the N.C. Baptist Assembly, 100 Caswell Beach Road, on Oak Island. Dianne Hoffman is director, and Susan Linton is accompanist. Sea Notes Choral Society, a nonprofit organization, has provided quality choral entertainment for more than 35 years and is made up of 150 volunteer singers from all parts of Brunswick County as well as a few neighboring counties. Their concerts are free. Information: (910) 362-4183; sea-notes.com
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12th Annual Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show February 15 & 16, 2014 ~ 10am-3pm Sea Trail Resort Conference Center, Sunset Beach, NC LEARN ABOUT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR YOUR HOME AND GARDEN
Exhibitors and Vendors Giveaways and Door Prizes Home and Garden Related Seminars Admission $5 and children under 8 free Check us out online and enter to win a 2 night stay and 2 free tickets to the show!
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Allstate – R&R Insurance Services, Inc................910-754-6596 90
Island Carts & Rentals....................................................910-712-0212 81
Anchor Wood Products................................................910-399-5952 31
Island Classic Interiors....................................................910-579-8477 91
Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle......................................910-754-8080 13
Josh London, State Farm Agent.............................910-383-1303 81
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BlueWave Dentistry.........................................................910-383-2615 34
Kristin Dowdy, State Farm Agent...........................910-754-9923 81
Body Edge Fitness Solutions.....................................910-575-0975 27
Lawn Doctor of Brunswick County.......................910-452-0090 41
Braddock Built Renovations.......................................910-754-9635 12
Logan Homes.......................................................................800-761-4707 20
Brunswick Community College Foundation...910-755-7473 85
McLeod Physicians Associates................................888-335-4584 19
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce....910-754-6644 103
NC Junior Sorosis & NC Sorosis Antique Show & Sale...............................................................................43
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Cape Fear Consignments............................................910-383-1895 70
Ocean Isle Family Dentistry........................................910-579-6999 33
Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery...............................910-762-2618 41
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Shallotte Family Dentistry...........................................910-755-7645 4
Douglas Diamond Jewelers.......................................910-755-5546
Shallotte Insurance Services, Inc............................910-754-8161 27
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Eye Care Associates........................................................910-782-1883 45
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Sunset Properties.............................................................800-525-0182 85
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Trusst Builder Group.......................................................910-371-0304 6
Foster Insurance................................................................910-755-5100 88
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Winds Resort Beach Club............................................800-334-3581 70
Farm Bureau Insurance.................................................910-754-8175
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