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Winter Warmer

Hot Bourbon Chai

Porching in the South

A Filmmaker’s Sunset Beach Inspirations

The First Family of Ocean Isle Beach


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Table of contents

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Sandi Grigg

Pick Me!

Adopting a shelter pet benefits owners, animals and the community.

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In South Brunswick County, people understand that porch is both a noun and a verb.

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Denice Patterson

Beach Beginnings

Members of the Sloane family were the first permanent residents of Ocean Isle Beach, and their legacy continues to this day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Porching

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Claire K. Connelly

The Odyssey of Destiny

A vacation tradition in Sunset Beach inspires a young man to pursue his filmmaking dreams.

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publisher’s note

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faces & places

Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s Glitz, Glamour & Glow

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Meet the contributors to South Brunswick Magazine

Upcoming events you won’t want to miss

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What’s been going on around town

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tide charts

Tracking the highs and lows at Shallotte Inlet from December to February

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ad index

Our directory of advertisers

29 business buzz Keeping up with the local business scene

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Turf Medic Lawn & Landscape & RJB Tax Associates, Inc.

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A contest for SBM readers. Photo by Mark Head

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Wild Mushroom Soup By Sandi Grigg

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What’s happening in North Brunswick County

42 spirits Winter Warmer: Hot Bourbon Chai By Sandi Grigg

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Quick Fitness By Cindy Black

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Happenings on the local scene


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About the cover: Photographer Lindsay A. Miller captured our cover shot during a photo shoot for our spirits department in this issue. The drink is a Hot Bourbon Chai, a recipe developed by our staff member Sandi Grigg. To get the recipe for this belly-warming combination of bourbon, tea and cream, see page 42.


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Publisher’s note

I always enjoy closing out the year and entering into a new one. It’s a great opportunity to look at my successes and failures from the previous year and reflect on what I could have done better. Then, of course, I must apply it by setting realistic goals and hopefully making a better version of myself in the coming year. Personally, I love the fact that I continue to learn, fail, succeed and grow as an individual and as the publisher of South Brunswick Magazine. I am entirely grateful to be able to produce this publication for our readers and advertisers, and I don’t think I can express that enough. A lot of reflection has been taking place here at our company. We have been applying small changes over the last several months that our readers and advertisers will see in the upcoming year. As always, we appreciate your feedback on anything that we bring to you. Thank you for supporting us, embracing us and giving us the feedback we need in order to improve. As you move along in this edition, you will notice stories about people and the way they live in southern Brunswick County. You’ll meet the Sloane family, the first permanent residents of Ocean Isle Beach, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be envious of the time when they had the whole island to themselves. You’ll meet a young filmmaker who made his first movie on Sunset Beach, and discover the meaning of the term “porching,” a favorite pastime here in the South.

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A New Year’s Reflection

Above: SBM Publisher Justin Williams with his daughter, Ava.

We hope you also like our wintry recipes for a hot bourbon cocktail and wild mushroom soup. May your new year be one of deep reflection and great successes. Thanks for reading!

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Molly Perkins Harrison

Editor

I’m a native North Carolinian who has been pulled toward the water ever since I left my hometown of Burlington at age 18. I graduated from East Carolina University, moved directly to Nags Head and have never considered leaving. I’ve been working as a writer and an editor for the last 25 years, and I’ve worked with North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine since their beginnings. Though I don’t live in Brunswick County, I feel like I really know it editing from these publications for the last 11 years. When I’m not working, I am practicing or teaching yoga or doing something outside — running half-marathons, swimming in the ocean, paddleboarding on the sound, gardening with my husband or trying to keep up with my two kids.

Mark Steelman

Photographer

I am a full-time, professional photographer and work hard to ensure anyone or anything looks its absolute best. A few weeks ago I was at the Convention Center and took a photo of a group of women. One woman was particularly stressed about having her photo made and pleaded, “You be sure to photoshop me.” I replied, “Lady, I don’t mess with perfection!” Her face beamed and she gave me a kiss right there in the middle of the grand ballroom. I love my job! See for yourself at: www.marksteelmanphoto.com or marksteelmanimages.com

George Jacob

Account Executive

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Md., and have four years of military experience in the U.S. Air Force. My wife, Barbara (a.k.a. Bobbie or BJ), and I moved to Brunswick County with our Shihtzus Gotcha and Gizzmo and are now raising our three girls — Paula, Cheryl and Tiffany — here. My work experiences have taken me from paper distribution to book manufacturing to printing and mailing to now selling advertising for North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine. My hobbies include snow skiing, water skiing, bowling, golf, and trap and skeet shooting. I’m an ambassador for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Shallotte Rotary Club and an instructor for the First Tee Carolina Leadership Academy.

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What’s happened

BCC Foundation Scholarship Luncheon On October 30 Brunswick Community College Foundation scholarship recipients enjoyed lunch with the donors who made their scholarships possible. More than 200 attendees crowded into the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatic Center to meet, greet and have their photos taken together by Megan Fogel of Genie Leigh Photography. The 2015-16 academic year was a record-breaking year for scholarship recipients, who received $203,545 in 188 awards. Scholarship recipients represent nearly every course of study on campus and all areas of Brunswick County. The foundation also recognized community members and donors who have gone the extra mile to create opportunities for BCC students. Fundraisers of the Year William O. (Bill) Duke and Marta MacCallum were honored for their successful fundraising efforts to create a memorial scholarship endowment in memory of the late Ann Brock Duke, who passed in April 2014. The Ann Brock Duke Memorial Horticulture Scholarship Endowment was raised in nine months with donations from the friends and family of Ann. Mr. Duke and Mrs. MacCallum led the fundraising efforts for the creation of the endowment.

dancing, line dancing and occasionally a waltz or two step were all a part of the event, which has a mission keeping the shag dance alive. For information see coastalshagclub.org.

Ocean Isle Beach Park Update Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is beginning phase 2 construction for Ocean Isle Beach Park on Old Georgetown Road in Ocean Isle Beach. The town held a drop-in open house meeting on December 10 at Town Hall to offer citizens an opportunity to provide valuable information to parks and recreation representatives as well as park planners about the future development at the park. For information about the park, call (910) 253-2670.

Southport ABC Store Opens

Community leader and visionary W. J. McLamb, Jr. was recognized as a BCC Foundation Board member emeritus for his advocacy and financial support of the college. The W. J. McLamb Family Scholarship Endowment distributed nine scholarships totaling nearly $20,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. The McLamb family donated the funds to create the W. J. McLamb Family Scholarship endowment in 2009, and a building on BCC’s main campus was dedicated in the name of W. J. and Sibyl McLamb in 2012. Brunswick Community College Foundation board member and scholarship donor Linda Lynes spoke to attendees regarding her personal support of the foundation and the many ways in which education has changed her life. In her moving speech, Lynes stated, “Education doesn’t necessarily provide answers. It teaches one how to develop questions and provides a pathway to answers. Education changes lives.”

Southeast Brunswick Civitan Club Chili Cook-off Southeast Brunswick Civitan Club Held a Chili Cook-off at the Oak Island Moose Lodge on Long Beach Road on November 14. The winners of the cook-off were the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 238. The Southeast Brunswick Civitan is a volunteer service organization located in the Southport/Oak Island area committed to making Brunswick County a better community. With a primary focus on helping children with developmental disabilities, the cookoff raised money for one the club’s many programs. In 2013 the Club created The Civitan Apple Project, which places iPads in EC classrooms throughout Brunswick County.

Coastal Shag Club Dance Dancers shagged the night away on January 16 at the Shallotte Moose Lodge in Shallotte. Great dance music, a 50/50 raffle, shag

On December 8 the Southport ABC Store celebrated its Grand Re-Opening at 714 N. Howe Street. City of Southport Mayor Robert Howard gave some history of the Southport ABC store while General Manager Todd Dunn explained how the remodel has been updated to adequately provide products to the local restaurants and customers. “We almost doubled the amount of shelving we previously had and already have added approximately 200 new items,” Dunn said. “We want people to feel comfortable shopping around when they come and be able to easily find the product they are wanting.” Photography: Contributed

BCC Student Art Contest at the Cstore The second annual Art Contest to benefit Brunswick Community College (BCC) took place on January 15. BCC selected students to participate in the art event to win a scholarship for a semester at BCC. Holt Cstore donated a scholarship and hosted the art show and secured a match of scholarship funds from the product sponsors so that a second semester scholarship could be awarded. The students were allowed to select one product of their choosing to advertise on the store’s windows. The products selected were: Monster, Red Bull, Pepsi and Coca Cola. The public was invited to see the artwork the students created on these windows throughout the month. Winter 2015-16

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American Legion and Cape Fear U.S. Navy Seabees Build Ramp for Disabled Veteran

Shallotte Rotary Club Donates to Wings Backpack Full of Blessings Program

American Legion Post 543 recently funded construction of a ramp for a disabled veteran in the Southport area. Post Service Officer Paul Witmer and legionnaire Steve Muir have been working with a disabled veteran in the Southport area to help him with his benefits and get around in his electrical wheelchair. The Cape Fear U.S. Navy Seabee’s Veterans of America were called in to build a ramp, which allows this veteran access to the outside world.

BCC Nursing Student Gains Recognition From 40/8 Voiture Nationale

Wilmington’s 40/8 Voiture Locale 245 recently announced that the George B. Boland scholarship for nursing has been awarded to Brunswick County Community College (BCC) nursing student Hannah White. The BCC 40/8 Nursing Scholarship Committee bestowed the $1,000 honor to White. Committee Chairman Don Eisenman, Vice Chair Rick Sessa and Committeeman Ben Lee wished White the very best as she pursues her dreams in a nursing career. They added that this honor would not have been possible without the unselfish efforts of BCC Director of Student Financial Resources Tracy L. Somerlad and Foundation Director of Resource Development Elina DiCostanzo. The committee is in the process of establishing an endowment for a nursing scholarship at BCC through fund-raising projects. Donations are needed and will be used solely for this scholarship; they can be mailed to P.O. Box 7141, Wilmington, NC 28406. All donations are tax deductible; please make checks payable to V245, B.C.C. Scholarship Fund. For additional information call (910) 754-9315. Photography: Contributed

Southern Cape Fear Bridal Showcase Brides and grooms find the Southport-Oak Island area irresistible as the location for their special day, and destination weddings have increased locally in the last several years. To assist couples in wedding planning, the Southern Cape Fear Bridal Showcase was held on January 24 at the St. James Community Center. 24

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At a recent meeting, Joyce Sheldon of the Shallotte Rotary Club presented a $500 check to Missy Settlemyre, director of the Wings Backpack Full of Blessings Program. The Wings program supplies backpacks with food for the weekend for more than 900 food-insecure children and their families in seven local schools. Joyce Sheldon volunteers her time each week, assisting Settlemyre with collecting food and packing up the backpacks for distribution. The club frequently supports this program with donations. For more information about the Wings program, visit the website at wingsministriesinc.com or the Facebook page at facebook.com/wingsbfob. Photography: Contributed

American Legion Post 543 Supports Horseplay Farms for Wounded Warriors and Exceptional Children Southport native Ruth Jenkins and her husband, Phillip Jenkins, opened Horseplay Farms to share the spirit of Christmas and love of horses. In December they held a celebration of Santa at the Farm. It was Ruth’s passion and desire to offer an event open to all free of charge. American Legion Post 543 supports Horseplay Farms financially when possible, and Commander Rick Sessa and other legionnaires stopped by Santa at the Farm to visit with the children. Children of all ages romped in the hay stacks, interacted with the horses, enjoyed a free hot dog lunch and visited with Santa, who brought a gift for every child. American Legion supports the Horesplay Farms because of its strong interaction in the community. In 2013 the Jenkinses established Our Heroes, Inc., a 501c3 public charity, with the goal of providing, through the human-horse bond, a haven for healing, recuperation and regaining of the joy of living for our country’s military personnel and their families and Brunswick County adults and children who face daily, mental, emotional and physical


challenges. Our Heroes is also there to improve the lives of our disadvantaged and/or at-risk youth. Phillip, a Vietnam veteran, retired from the U.S. Army after 26 years of service. Ruth, a retired Department of the Army civilian, was working at the Pentagon when it was attacked on 9/11 and lost eight close friends. With strong military ties and deep family roots in Brunswick County, Ruth and Phillip established Our Heroes to give back to our Brunswick County heroes. Neil Ward, operations manager, is also a Brunswick County native and a wellknown horseman. Since joining their team in June 2014, Ward has established an on-site, equine-assisted therapy program at Camp Lejeune; provided Brunswick County Exceptional Children’s classes with a life-changing equine experience; established a summer camp program; and provided one-on-one equine-assisted therapy for adults and children.

Prevention Council, Brunswick County Schools and the District Attorney’s Office. Students are trained to serve as attorneys, jurors, bailiffs and clerks in real cases involving first-time juvenile offenders. These volunteers get a hands-on educational experience, which helps them better understand our system of justice. Juvenile offenders’ participation in this diversion program saves the county at least $2,000 per case. In 2014, 74 defendants were served and 76 volunteers participated in the program. For information, see cisbrunswick.org.

Dosher Foundation Awards Three BCC Scholarships

American Legion Post 543 Makes Presentation to Member of U.S. Coast Guard

Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation recently awarded $1,000 college scholarships to Brunswick Community College students Chelcie Cruce, Courtney Nygaard and Cheryl Walton. Dosher Foundation’s Scholarship Committee selected the students from a pool of applicants submitted by the Brunswick Community College Foundation. Scoring was based on the students’ grade point average, financial need and an essay. The funds were made available to the Dosher Hospital Foundation from the Noren Foundation, a private foundation focused on education. For more information, call the Dosher Foundation at (910) 457-3850 or the BCC Foundation at (910) 755-8517. Photography: Contributed

Daddy Daughter Dance At the December 16 meeting of the American Legion Post 543, Post Commander Rick Sessa presented a gift card to BM1 Todd Murray and his wife, Krystle, to open an N.C. Sec. 529-c educational fund for the new addition to their family, Camden. BM1 Murray is assigned to the Coast Guard Station on Oak Island.

Girls and their adult male escorts made sweet memories at North Strand Park Daddy Daughter Dance on January 30. Young ladies age 4 to 14 years old and their dads, granddads or other significant adult male in their life enjoyed a catered dinner, a 5x7 photo, dancing and a goody bag. For information go to parksandrec.horrycounty.org.

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Silver Coast Bridal Show Brunswick County Teen Court Brunswick County Teen Court took place on January 26 at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Teen Court is a Communities In Schools program in partnership with the Juvenile Crime

The Silver Coast Bridal Show was held on January 31. Couples were able to talk with caterers, photographers, officiants, bakers, DJs, event rental professionals, transportation companies, venue representatives, event planners, florists and more. For next year’s date see silvercoastwinery.com. Winter 2015-16

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Little Princess Ball

Breeden, Caleb Vanasse, Stephen Janeda, Aaliyah Pridgen, Krystian Yates, Arlene Velasquez, Raquan Stanley, Alice Leland and Carly Paige. Photography: Contributed

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Sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreations and Communities in Schools, this year’s Little Princess Ball was on February 6 from 3 to 5pm and cost $10 a person. The Little Princess Ball is open to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade accompanied by an adult male role model. Little princesses are encouraged to wear their prettiest dress, ball gown or favorite princess costume. Everyone can take part in the dancing, face painting, games and much more. Refreshments are provided, and each girl takes home their very own tiara and wand. Two locations are offered: Brunswick Center at Southport and South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores. Photography: Contributed

Good Neighbor Breakfast at Shallotte Middle School In December, 13 students at Shallotte Middle School were recognized during the Good Neighbor Breakfast hosted by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County in partnership with Brunswick County Schools and Shallotte Middle School. CIS Success Coach Michele Rau coordinated the breakfast, with sponsorship by Walmart, Hardees, BoJangles and McDonald’s. Students were selected by their teachers for representing good citizenship and being model students. Jessica B. Swencki, director of Quality Assurance & Community Engagement for Brunswick County Schools, spoke to the students and their families about the importance of good citizenship and acknowledged the students’ accomplishments. Students receiving the Good Neighbor Award included: Sidney Jones, Hayden McKeithan, Oscar Sainos, Shelby Everhart, Morgan 26

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On January 9 the Richard H. Stewart American Legion Post 543 held its annual High School Constitutional Oratorical Program, chaired by Mike Fegan, at the St. James Community Center. The two high school competitors were senior Cella Parmelee and junior Cagney Hodge. Each spoke about a pre-determined section of the U.S. Constitution and then spoke for up to three minutes on a section of the Constitution pertaining to women’s suffrage. The judges were sequestered, and a short time later announced that Parmelee was the first place winner and Hodge placed second. Both were given certificates and a scholarship. Parmelee went on to compete in the American Legion District 9 competition in Wilmington on January 20. Photography: Contributed

N.C. Jazz Festival One of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast and a STS Top 20 Event, this musical weekend began Thursday, February 4 with Gypsy Jazz played by Galen & Friends, then Professor Cuningham’s Old School Tribute to the Big Band Era and “Jazz Master” pianist Hod O’Brien with the kick-off celebration performance of his 80th Birthday Anniversary Tour. Friday and Saturday nights featured all-star musicians in the traditional seven sets of six or seven players, each with a different leader. Events were held at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside at 301 Water Street.


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BEMC Bright Ideas Grants Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has awarded $28,313 in Bright Ideas education grants to 30 teachers in Brunswick County and Columbus County to fund engaging classroom learning projects. Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, BEMC has contributed more than $450,000 to local teachers. “Our Bright Ideas grant winners are making a real difference for students,” said Heather B. Holbrook, marketing communications specialist at BEMC. “Educators have so many innovative ideas to engage students in learning, and we’re excited each year to support pioneering initiatives and creativity in the classroom.” To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit bemc.org or the Bright Ideas website at ncbrightideas.com.

Personnel Changes at Wilmington International Airport Robert J. Campbell, CPA joined Wilmington International Airport (ILM) as the new finance director on October 30, 2015. Campbell has more than 25 years of experience in public and private accounting and finance. “ILM conducted a nationwide search and, we are pleased to have found an extremely skilled candidate right here in our community,” said Airport Director Julie Wilsey. “Bob will be an outstanding addition to the ILM staff.”

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December Business After Hours Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held its December Business Networking After Hours at Hippie Chick Granola Co. and Ocean Nails and Spa of OKI. For more information about the chamber’s events, visit southport-oakisland.com

Coastal Kidney Center Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for Coastal Kidney Center on December 11. The center is within Fresenius Medical Care, 98 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. Lori Taylor in the clinic manager and can be reached at (910) 625-8110.

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Campbell graduated from the School of Business at the University of Albany with a concentration in accounting and a minor in economics. He obtained his certified public accounting license in New York and now holds a reciprocal license in the state of North Carolina. Bob spent the first eight years of his career in public accounting before moving into the private accounting arena. His career spans many industries including real estate, restaurants and financial services. Another recent announcement is the promotion of Gary W. Broughton, CM, to the position of deputy airport director. Broughton has been the operations director at ILM since July 2004. His 30 years of experience with US Airways and accreditation as a Certified Member (CM) with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) earned Broughton the promotion effective October 29, 2015.

Brigade Boys & Girls Club Selects Allison as CEO Darren Allison has been named the new CEO of the Brigade Boys & Girls Club. His experience includes having served as an officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps for 15 years. A combat veteran, Allison flew numerous missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon and worked extensively in Southeast Asia. While on active duty, he taught as an adjunct professor for the Marine Corps University’s Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program. Allison earned a bachelor’s degree

Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty has opened a new office location at 701-3 N. Howe Street in Southport. The real estate firm specializes in representing the sale of luxury, waterfront and lifestyle properties throughout coastal North Carolina. “We see tremendous potential for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in Brunswick County,” said Eloni Temple, the firm’s operations manager. “We believe that properties in Southport, Bald Head Island, St. James Plantation, Caswell Beach and the surrounding communities are worthy of the global exposure that Sotheby’s International Realty offers.” Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty also operates office locations in Wilmington and on Topsail Island. “I am very excited about the new Southport office,” said the firm’s owner Nick Phillips. “This location on Howe Street in Southport will be very much like an art gallery. Our office will display beautiful paintings by acclaimed local artists, and this will offer a Winter 2015-16

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very unique conduit for the public to connect with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.” Sotheby’s International Realty agents are a part of a global real estate network of more than 17,000 brokers operating from 760 offices in 60 countries and territories around the globe. Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty brokers also enjoy an exclusive relationship with the legendary Sotheby’s Auction House. This connection provides unique benefits to agents and clients alike, offering targeted exposure to a coveted and influential audience of real estate buyers from around the world. Photography: Contributed

Transport as a new member of the chamber. The mission of the Pender Transport Service Division within Pender EMS & Fire, Inc., is to provide non-emergency transportation to citizens both in and out of Pender County who are unable to safely travel by other means due to medical disabilities. This service is available year-round and is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Photography: Contributed

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Duke Energy Employees Contribute to Community in Many Ways Employees at Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport have a tradition that has persisted through mergers, acquisitions and management changes. Employees reach out to area schools to develop a list of children who need a bike, and oftentimes these children would not get anything for Christmas if not for the generosity of the Brunswick employees. The employees raise the money themselves and insist on keeping it that way. With the bikes and helmets costing about $100 each, these employees genuinely care about giving back to their community. The bikes are picked up, sorted, labeled and then delivered to each of the schools, who then make sure the kids get them in time for the holidays. This year employees raised funds to give away nearly 300 bicycles with helmets to kids in Brunswick, New Hanover, Columbus and Pender counties. The employees also contributed gifts to children through their Gift Tree program. Duke Energy employees at the plant fulfilled 150 of these holiday wishes, delivering the packages to staff at Brunswick County Children’s Services for distribution to the children. The gifts ranged from shoes to toy trucks to a train set. Additionally, Duke Energy employees from the Brunswick Nuclear Plant traveled to Lake Waccamaw to volunteer with the pecan harvest at the Boys and Girls Home. Volunteers spent two half days sorting the pecan harvest so the nuts could be sold, helping fund the Home. The Boys and Girls Home has approximately 400 pecan trees and expects to harvest about 6,000 pounds of nuts this year.

On October 28 Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Website Factory/ Island Art & Books new office space, new look and products, and new employee, Tony Carico. The new office is at 6885 Beach Drive Suite C in Ocean Isle Beach. Photography: Contributed

Ribbon Cutting for Salty Paws Salon

On December 3 Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Salty Paws Salon. Salty Paws Salon is a mother/daughter team that specializes in dog grooming for all sizes of dogs. The salon is at 2789 Ocean Highway West in Shallotte. Photography: Contributed

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On November 12 Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the SW Kiwanis Club.


Kiwanis Club is a group of men and women dedicated to serving the children of Brunswick County and throughout the world through service, education, guidance, leadership and the creation of a better community. They are looking for new members to start a new chapter in southern Brunswick County. For information contact Peggy McDonald at pegngreg48@gmail.com or (910) 477-3151. Photography: Contributed

Home Design Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for CLARUS Merchant Services Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for CLARUS Merchant Services at Uncorked By the Sea, one of CLARUS’s new clients. Founded in 1999, CLARUS is a leading provider of credit-card processing services and comprehensive merchant payment solutions. The company is committed to setting the standard of professionalism in the payment processing industry while providing merchants with the next generation of competitively priced payment processing products and services to power profitability, productivity and cash flow.

Naber Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Raises Funds for Union Elementary School

On November 3 Home Design Center celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Southport/ Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. Home Design Center’s office includes the interior design firm Port City Design Group, Strickland’s Window Coverings, Carolina Closet Company and Prestige Kitchen and Bath. These companies are collaborating to better serve the Southport/Oak Island market and expand upon their Wilmington locations. The services include interior design, window coverings, custom closets/garage systems and cabinetry. Photography: Contributed

On October 16 Naber Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Inc. helped Union Elementary raise $1,430 at a “Drive for the Kids®” fundraising event held during the school’s Fall Festival. Participants earned a $10 contribution to the school from the Chrysler brand by taking a brief test drive in a 2015 model Town & Country, Chrysler 200 or Chrysler 300 vehicle during the event. Since its inception in 1993, the Chrysler brand’s “Drive for the Kids®” program has contributed more than $6 million directly to local schools. The program has helped parents and educators in communities across the nation raise needed funds for everything from playgrounds and field trips to reading programs and new computers. For more information, visit drive4kids.com.

Ribbon Cutting for Brunswick Family Assistance & New Hope Clinic

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Premier Fitness Studio

Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Premier Fitness Studio at 8164 River Road in Southport. Premier Fitness Studio is a personal training studio, with individual fitness training, nutritional coaches and small exercise class sizes in which instructors can focus on providing clients with a more individualized workout.

On November 25 Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new expansion of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) and New Hope Clinic at Twin Creek Plaza in Shallotte. Brunswick Family Assistance is a private nonprofit and has been in business since 1981. It has expanded its operations at its Shallotte location to 4600 Units 10 and 11, and the Pantry will remain in its previous location. The expanded location has a beautiful new waiting room, private offices and a break room. Most importantly, the new space gives BFA the opportunity to have a New Hope Clinic office and examination area for New Hope Clients. BFA Family Thrift Store has also expanded into the previous office area to offer furniture and more great items.

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Ribbon Cutting for Palm & Sol Nail Boutique

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Palm & Sol Nail Boutique, members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, family and friends joined Brunswick County Commissioner Pat Sykes, boutique owner Molly Malone, licensed nail technicians Raven Wilcox and Leah Noel McGhee and manicurist/gel nail specialist Jessica Wheeler in celebrating the opening of the new nail salon at 5016 E. Oak Island Drive in Oak Island. Palm & Sol Nail Boutique offers a salon experience that takes your manicure and pedicure to the next level. Photography: Contributed

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N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport Hosts Chamber After Hours Event

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport hosted the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Networking After Hours in November. The museum collects, preserves and interprets material culture pertinent to the maritime heritage of Southport, Brunswick County and the Lower Cape Fear region in order to inform, educate and engage present and future generations. Its mission is to tell the story of the Lower Cape Fear region’s people and their relationships to the water … a tale of tides, wind and ocean. Photography: Contributed

Christopher Washburn Named Controller at Dosher Memorial

After three years of renovations, the Southport Center reopened earlier this fall offering classes and Continuing Education Courses. The newly renovated space includes six classrooms, offices, restroom facilities and a vending and snack area. The Southport Center is slated for courses in healthcare and the arts. Two of the classrooms are dedicated for art classes, with one equipped for painting and the other for pottery.

Christopher Washburn is the new controller at Dosher Memorial Hospital. He has 23 years of experience in accounting and financial services and reports to Dosher Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dan Porter. Washburn joins Dosher from Lenoir, N.C., where he worked as controller at Caldwell Memorial Hospital for the past nine years. Previously, he held similar positions with several non-healthcare organizations in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Joining a host of BCC faculty, staff, Board of Trustee members and local leaders, Mayor Robert Howard of Southport addressed guests with closing remarks. The Southport Center is located at 705 N. Lord Street in Southport and is open for classes every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 8 am and 9 pm.

Washburn has served on the boards of directors for Communities in Schools and Crime Stoppers and has been a high school swim coach. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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On December 8 Brunswick Community College (BCC) held a celebration to commemorate the completion of building renovations to the Southport Center. Brunswick Community College Board of Trustee’s Chairman Alan Holden welcomed guests and spoke about honoring the history of the building and celebrating the future of the college. BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams provided an overview of the center’s history and recognized the many individuals whose work contributed to a physical transformation of the center.

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Business After Hours at Virginia Williamson Room at BCC

On November 18 the four local chambers of commerce held a joint Business After Hours event in the Virginia Williamson room in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. This is an annual event in which members of the Brunswick County Chamber, the Bald Head Island chamber, the North Brunswick Chamber and the Southport-Oak Island Chamber get together in order to network throughout the county. Photography: Contributed

Fall 2015 Golden Pineapple Awards Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce awarded nine local businesses a Golden Pineapple Award at a ceremony held at the chamber office. Fall 2015 Golden Pineapple Award Winners were: Retail: Carolina Jewelry Exchange in Southport Food & Beverages: Check Six Brewing Company in Southport Service: Collins Insurance Agency in Southport, Cooper Electric in Southport, Sentry Self Storage in Southport and Yeah Right Charters in Southport Professionals: River Road Animal Hospital in Southport and Dosher Memorial Hospital Doctors, Nurses & Support staff, specifically Dr. AndrĂŠ L. Minor, Dr. Philip D. Bates and Dr. Robert M. Zukoski Nonprofit: The Warrior Ride in Oak Island Golden Pineapple Awards are given quarterly to those businesses nominated by their customers for providing consistent and exceptional customer service. To nominate a business go to southport-oakisland.com.

Ocean Ridge Charities 5th Anniversary Event On October 27 the Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA) held a Wine & Cheese Party at the Ocean Ridge Plantation Club to celebrate its fifth anniversary. This gave ORCA and its top charities, who were also represented, an opportunity to thank the residents for their generosity of time and money over the five years since ORCA began. Mike Gildea, president of ORCA, opened the event with a summary of the contribution success over the year and

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what the organization has been able to accomplish as a result of the community’s generosity. It was followed by presentations by Amy Kelly (ORCA Board Member) and by Dr. Susanne Adams, president of Brunswick Community College. They spoke about the Ocean Ridge-David Kelly Endowment of BCC that marked the beginning of ORCA’s philanthropic efforts. This endowment has become highly successful and can now fund a one semester scholarship each and every year. Joining the ORCA Board and Ocean Ridge Residents at this event were the top charities that are the focus of ORCA giving: Brunswick County Homeless Coalition, Communities in Schools, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Harbor Home, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Matthews Ministry, New Hope Clinic, Ocean-Ridge-David Kelly Nursing Endowment at BCC, StreetReach and Veterans’ Welcome Home & Resource Center. In five years ORCA has raised more than $132,000 for 27 different local charities and nonprofit organizations. In 2014 ORCA received donations from 340 Ocean Ridge residents, a near 60 percent participation rate among full-time residents averaging $70 per household. ORCA has grown its corporate sponsorship from 40 in 2011 to more than 150 today, alone netting over $30,000 for ORCA and local charities supported. In 2014 ORCA involved 178 neighbors in its fund-raising and other activities. ORCA has limited it expenses to less than 7 percent of all funds raised.

Brunswick County Extension Employees Honored at Conference

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Diana’s Income Tax Service Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new location of Diana’s Income Tax Service on January 19. Their new location is 270-A Holden Beach Road in Shallotte.

ATMC Education Grants ATMC has awarded $30,000 in grant funds to 20 educators for programs intended to enhance the educational opportunities of Brunswick and southeastern Columbus County students. The cooperative recently honored the recipients with a reception at ATMC headquarters in Shallotte, where recipients talked about their funded programs and the impact they will have on area students. Lincoln Elementary School (Sarah Braswell): In the Fairy Gardens, students will use imaginary play to create micro habitats through problem-solving and will acquire a sense of the use of the Earth’s resources as they relate to sustaining life. Lincoln Elementary School (Nick Westfall): A collaborative effort of the guidance, art and PE departments, the Solution-Focused Answer to Obesity for the Community program will provide free fitness activities for students, staff and community members. Old Dock Elementary School (Lydia Coyner Harrelson): Project Phoenix: Rising from the Ashes will provide supplies and materials to help rebuild the school’s music department after being destroyed in a school fire in early 2015.

Several Brunswick County Extension employees received awards at the North Carolina Extension Conference on December 7 in Raleigh. Brunswick County Extension Director Mark Blevins received the Carol Birckhead Outstanding Award for County Extension Directors and The Billy and Wilma Caldwell Extension Leadership Award for County Extension Directors. Brunswick County Horticulture Agent Sam Marshall was awarded the Grange Search for Excellence Agriculture and Natural Resources Award. Brunswick County Family and Consumer Science Agent Morgan McKnight was awarded the Grange Search for Excellence FCS Award. Brunswick County 4-H Program Assistant Angie Lawrence was awarded the Grange Search for Excellence Program Assistant, Associates and Technician Award. Brunswick County Extension Support Specialist Gina Britton was awarded the Grange Search for Excellence Administrative Professional Award. All received engraved crystal plaques and scholarships. In addition, former Brunswick County 4-H Agent Dr. Katie McKee, currently faculty improvement developer at N.C. State, was awarded The Research Friend of Extension Award. The purpose of the Search for Excellence Awards is to promote and identify professional excellence within all facets of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. The Awards are funded through the North 34

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Old Dock Elementary School (Kelly Strickland): Shaping Our Children’s Future/Fit for Life will use physical education equipment to help children stay active and learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Supply Elementary School (Jennifer Kuhnemann): The Soles for Education program will provide shoes for students in need. Supply Elementary School (Stephie McCumbee): At the PBIS School Store, students will be able to spend Starfish bucks they have earned through exhibiting good behavior in the Positive Behavioral Instructional Support Program. Town Creek Elementary School (Brenda Brown): It’s a Gator Thing is an incentive program that encourages students to read at least 20 minutes per night for 100 nights. Union Elementary School (Polly Westfall): Through Making Fun Fridays More Meaningful through Math Games, students learn important math concepts by engaging in hands-on games. Waccamaw School (Barbara Evans): Using iPads to help autistic and special needs learners, Apples and Apps for Autistic Adolescents offers an interactive learning style that improves fine motor and verbal skills, increases eye-hand coordination and increases socialization and academic abilities.


Cedar Grove Middle School (Dale Giannastasio): Using calculators in Classy Calculations will help middle school students to master real-world math skills in the classroom and beyond. Leland Middle School (John Holleman): 1-2-3 Success is a program that uses visual metaphors to teach social, emotional and leadership principles and reduces disciplinary referrals and aggressive behavior. Shallotte Middle School (Karen Atkinson): Reading Interventions is a Cloud-based program that uses visual and auditory prompts to aid students in developing fluency and phonics skills, supporting comprehension and increasing vocabulary. Shallotte Middle School (Anthony Tantillo): Using Computation and Problem-Solving Tools for the 21st Century will help middle schoolers to improve their advanced math skills and apply them to real world problem solving.

North Brunswick High School (Shannon Bates): Classrooms Embracing Mobile Technology/ Mobile Learning in the Classroom uses apps to embrace mobile technology in the classroom and aid development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. South Brunswick High School (Samuel Jennings): iWatch and Learn is a project designed to get technology into all students’ hands, teach them appropriate usage and enrich their learning experiences in the mathematics classroom. West Brunswick High School (Lindsay Caraway): Innovative Transformations will provide graphing calculators to enrich learning in math and science classes and will help to prepare freshmen for college. West Brunswick High School (Carol Desmond): Using iPads and digital subscriptions, Magazines in the Digital Age will facilitate increased reading during students’ free time. West Brunswick High School (Elizabeth McKinley): Through Journalism in the Digital Age, journalism students will use a DSLR

Communities in Schools of Brunswick County (Bonnie Jordan): Why Try? Curriculum is a research-based program that assesses and builds resiliency, utilizing student strengths to face interpersonal and academic challenges, increasing success in school and in the community. ATMC began awarding community and education grants in 2006. To date, 312 local community and education grants have been awarded totaling almost $500,000. ATMC will begin accepting applications for its Community Connections grants in early 2016.

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out there. We see the infomercials on TV and even on social media, and some of them are too good to be true. But when it comes to exercise, a quick fix is real. Did you know that 30 minutes of exercise a day may be the magic number to lose weight and get fit? Part of the explanation may be that just about everyone can fit 30 minutes of exercise into their busy schedules. Regardless of their work or social commitments, they can find 30 minutes to move, and it doesn’t sound as overwhelming as finding an hour every day. Plenty of research supports the 30-minute workout theory. Here are just a few points to consider: “Following a strength-training program featuring natural, total-body movements (squatting, lunging, push-ups, pull-ups, etc.) helps you develop and maintain lean muscle mass, increase metabolism, increase bone density, prevent injuries and balance blood-sugar levels. Short duration (20 to 30 minutes), high-intensity workouts two to three days per week will produce superior results to long, drawn-out workouts taking place too often. The latter is a recipe for fatigue and mental burn out.” – from The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson “Short-duration workouts that include full-body movements will build lean muscle, increase your metabolism

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The Barn at Rock Creek A wedding in the family leads to a new business venture. Story by Denice Patterson

The Artistic Years Mike Demonte is a master artist disguised as a Brunswick Forest retiree. Story by Adam King

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My family has a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. We go to the cabin a couple times a year, usually in the colder months, to take advantage of the fishing, hiking, fall colors and crisp refreshing weather. I remember my father sitting in front of the fire grasping a mug of something piping hot. He held that mug like it was

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gold. As I got older and became of drinking age, I got the chance to perch beside him and embrace this delicious, warming and recharging drink. This Hot Bourbon Chai takes me back to our family cabin sitting beside my father at the fire. Make this recipe and make your own memories. Enjoy!

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On The Menu: Wild Mushroom Soup The marriage of earthy mushrooms and rich cream make a heavenly meal.

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knew it contained mushrooms. She would chop the mushrooms so small I couldn’t identify them and she would pair it with bread fit for dipping. It was so good. I recently made my own rendition of this earthy soup. The wild mushrooms I used consisted of portobello, shiitake, crimini, oyster and chanterelle. All of these have a woodsy, nutty flavor. There are many health benefits to mushrooms and they have been used in ancient medicines since the beginning of time. Mushrooms have been linked to boosting the immune system, and there are many studies relating them to weight loss. Try my take on this delectable wild mushroom soup. The addition of toasted pita points provides a dipping sponge that can be torn off for each bite. Enjoy!


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12 ounces wild mushrooms, roughly chopped 1 cup chopped onions 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon thyme 3 tablespoons butter 4 teaspoons flour 2 cups heavy cream (can substitute whole milk) 3 cups chicken stock ½ cup sherry cooking wine Dash nutmeg Salt and pepper Sauté the onions over medium heat in 2 tablespoons of the butter for about 10 minutes or until opaque. Add the mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper, sherry and the remaining butter. Sauté for another 10 minutes on medium-low heat. Add the flour and thyme and stir into a paste. Stir in the cream and stock, then give it a dash of nutmeg. Bring it to a boil, and then simmer on low for 30 minutes. Serve with some Toasted Pita Points.

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BEMC unveils electric charging stations in Brunswick County The future is here. Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) recently installed two DC Fast Charger CarPower electric vehicle charging stations in Brunswick County. There are fewer than a dozen of these stations in North Carolina, which can charge an electric vehicle in approximately 20 to 30 minutes. This is much faster than the four to six hours it takes to charge a car using a standard Level 2 charger like those commonly found in Wilmington and North Myrtle Beach. BEMC CarPower’s northern location is in Brunswick Forest near the development’s entrance and Port City Java. CarPower’s southern location is at Callahan’s of Calabash. These fast charging stations are the result of the collaboration between BEMC, the manufacturer SigNet and Nissan North America. Nissan is expanding its charger infrastructure and asked the electric cooperative to place them in well-traveled Brunswick County locations. “We are delighted to be able to offer this to our members and the general public, and BEMC is pleased that Nissan chose us to partner in this venture,” says Monte Herring, manager of distributive generation/renewable energy at

The Avett Brothers to Headline The Azalea Festival Immersing themselves in their musician dad’s record collection of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Concord, N.C., boys went on to shape their own band. In 2001, banjoist Scott Avett and guitarist Seth Avett formed The Avett Brothers with standup bass player Bob Crawford. They 48

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BEMC. “We’re always working on ways to provide access to the latest in energy trends and technologies. This is really special because DC Fast Chargers are somewhat scarce, and EV drivers love them because they can fully recharge a vehicle in less time.” In June, Brunswick Electric hosted a free electric vehicle workshop in association with Advanced Energy at its headquarters in Supply. Attendees learned how electric vehicles work and the benefits of having them in the community. Since plug-in electric vehicles were introduced in 2011, every major auto manufacturer is now developing or selling a plug-in model. More than 300,000 electric vehicles have been purchased across the United States. For more information go to bemc.org. Photography: Contributed

rose to define a musical genre all their own over the course of six albums, including 2007’s acclaimed Emotionalism. The Avett Brothers have performed on well-known shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They have also performed sold out shows all over the world all while planning their next step of making their own type of music. For the third time, The Avett Brothers will headline the The Azalea Festival. Tickets are $55 each and are on sale now. The show is a rain or shine event. The venue is general admission, standing room only, non-smoking, and chairs, backpacks, umbrellas, coolers and alcohol will not be permitted. Food and beverages will be available inside the venue for cash purchase.

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Strawberry and Wine Festival Old Bridge Preservation Society will host the fourth annual Strawberry and Wine Festival on Sunday, April 24 at Silver Coast Winery. Mike’s Garage Band from Southport is headlining the entertainment for the day starting at 1 pm. But, of course, the star of the festival will be the large, luscious, ruby-red strawberries dipped in chocolate or served atop shortcake. Inside the winery will be opportunities to sample and buy award-winning wines and learn more about the winemaking process. A great number of local vendors’ booths will showcase the goods and services of local artists, businesses, service providers and sponsors, both inside the winery building and on the grounds Admission is $5, and parking is free. Coolers, outside beverages or pets are not allowed. Bring your own lawn chair and your dancing shoes!

When: Sunday, April 24, 12 to 5 pm Where: Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, NW, Ocean Isle Beach Information: (910) 579-9021, oldbridgepreservationsociety.org

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Brunswick County 4-H Fair The third annual Brunswick County 4-H Fair was a great success! On Saturday, October 10, the opening ceremony was led by Cooperative Extension County Director Mark Blevins, and pledges were led by 4-H Teen Council President Bobbi Jane Lawrence and Fair Board youth representative Rebekah Taylor. There were 22 4-H youth member-participants and more than 150 individual entries in arts and crafts, livestock, horticulture, posters, prepared foods, talent and presentations. The Fair Board gave out $250 in prize money, thanks to our sponsors Brooke G. Smith Law Firm, Charles Williams with Village Mart, Tompkins Land Surveying, Blue Planet Watersports, Elph’s Accounting Services, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Debbie Bartholomew, and Brunswick County Farm Bureau. Brunswick County Farm Bureau sponsored the money to purchase Corral Panels for the Horse show, which grew to three participants this year. All 12 4-H presenters and two talent acts will represent Brunswick County 4-H in 2016 at 4-H District Activity Day. The closing ceremonies were led by Angie Lawrence, and ribbons were presented by the Brunswick County 4-H Fair Board President Benjie Jones assisted by Dr. Katie McKee. Pledges were led by first-time Junior competitors Rose Green and Autumn Apple. Because of the generous donations received from sponsors, each overall class winner received $5 and an additional $5 for each Division Champion. A division is a collection of similar classes; this year’s 2015 Fair Division Champions were: Arts Division Junior Champion Ella Kirby Arts Division Senior Champion Jillian Bowling Craft Division Junior Champion Bobbi Jane Lawrence Craft Division Senior Champion Lena Devlin Project Poster Junior Champion Autumn Apple Project Poster Senior Champion Lena Devlin Writing Division Champion Lena Devlin Horticulture Division Champion Rose Green Prepared Food Junior Champion Mackenzie Snyder Prepared Food Senior Lena Devlin Poultry Division Lena Devlin Horse Division Champion Katherine Rheuby Presentation Jr Class winner Bobbi Jane Lawrence Presentation Sr Class winner Lena Devlin Presentation Division Champion Lena Devlin Talent Champion Lena Devlin

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To end the closing ceremony Rebekah Taylor, the 2014 Sportsmanship winner, presented the 2015 Sportsmanship Award to Lena Devlin, who was nominated by her peers and selected by an independent judge. Lena is known for her enthusiasm for 4-H, amazing public speaking skills, passion for poultry, and connecting others to the 4-H experience. She is tirelessly involved in 4-H Citizenship, Volunteering, and Project work and shares her knowledge with new and old 4-H youth, and adult volunteers. She always has an encouraging word and a “can do” attitude. In addition, several of Devlin’s entries were sent to the N.C. State Fair, winning First Premium in 4-H Photography and Second Premium in 4-H Entomology Collection. Pictured, left to right: Angie Lawrence, 4-H Staff, Division Champions – Jillian Bowling, Bobbi Jane Lawrence, Lena Devlin (also Sportsmanship winner), Mackenzie Snyder, Autumn Apple, Rose Green, Katherine Rheuby. Back Row – Fair Board President Benjie Jones. (Not pictured: Ella Kirby) Contributed Photo


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Museum of Coastal Carolina & Ingram Planetarium Honor Volunteers at Awards Luncheon On January 12, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium honored their volunteers with an awards luncheon. Approximately 75 volunteers attended the luncheon at the museum. Art Catering of Shallotte provided the food and drink. Volunteer Coordinator Joyce Houle thanked the outgoing members of the Volunteer Board. She introduced the 2016 Volunteer Association Board members: Chuck Wilson, president; Mary Lou Miller, vice president; Ginger Trapanotto, secretary/treasurer; Robin Wilson, planetarium member-at-large; and Lynn Moore, museum member-at-

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large. She also recognized those volunteers who contributed more than 100 or 200 hours in 2015. “Volunteer Rookie of the Year” awards were presented to Robin Wilson (Planetarium) and Joanne Vogel (Museum). “Volunteers of the Year” awards were presented to Bruce Stedman (Planetarium) and Marlene Eick (Museum). The “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to Judy Sobota. Judy’s son, Rob, also attended the luncheon. The Museum and Planetarium welcome new volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Volunteer Coordinator Joyce Houle by calling (910) 579-1016


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Adopting a shelter pet benefits everyone — the pet, the pet owner and the community. story by Sandi Grigg

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If you’ve ever been in an animal shelter, then you know the feeling of every dog and cat looking at you eagerly as if to say, “Pick me!” Each animal is unique in its own cute way, but I have always been a sucker for the animal that looks the most pitiful or the one that no one else wants. I have two rescue dogs, and both are success stories. My oldest rescue,

Roxy, is an 11-year-old female purebred Chihuahua that was taken away from her previous owner after neighbors reported a small dog in a raccoon cage on the back porch. I was told the original owner was an older lady who had purchased Roxy from a breeder for the sole purpose to entice and entertain her grandchildren when they came over. She was only 4 months old when animal services intervened, and she had never been around outsiders or fully stood upright on her own. Roxy was confiscated from the original owner, taken to the shelter and deemed unadoptable because she continually snapped at the workers and volunteers. When I first saw her I thought to myself, “That is one bizarre-looking Chihuahua.” Her joints had developed strangely due to no exercise and the constraints of the raccoon cage, causing her to look bow-legged, and she had all-over spots, which I had never seen on a Chihuahua. She was scheduled to be euthanized the following week, and I knew she was meant to be mine, or should I say, I was meant to be hers. I was fortunate to learn the details of Roxy’s past, as not every adoption facility is aware of the history of each animal. In Roxy’s case, it was relevant to her rehabilitation. She required months of vitamins and special food and needed someone to work with her on socialization. I’m happy to say that Roxy is doing well and has not exhibited any negative effects of her younger years. She is still shy around strangers and frequently barks as a sign of protection, but I attribute that to her breed in general. Hoochie is my second and youngest rescued fur baby. She is a 2-year-old Shar-Pei/Boxer mix that was found when a friend, Matt, was about to tear down a barn on his land and discovered a litter of puppies huddled in the corner. Matt had a male boxer and the neighbor had a female Shar-Pei and well … you know the rest (which is

why it is so important to spay/neuter your animals). Matt told me he was going to take the litter to the pound, which prompted me to frantically search for people to adopt them and subsequently volunteer to take one myself. Many of the people that I talked to who would have made great pet parents said they lived in apartments that didn’t allow pets or that their landlord didn’t permit them. The American Humane Association confirms that the number one reason animals are relinquished to shelters is because the owner’s current housing situation doesn’t allow them. In the end, we found forever homes for all six puppies and none of them had to go to the pound. Hoochie was literally born in a barn and needed some socialization, training and love, but with a little work she has grown into the sweetest, most obedient dog I have ever owned. She has never met a person or dog that didn’t become her best friend. I attribute her now-friendly demeanor to putting her in doggy day care at least once a month, and it has really helped socialize her with strange dogs as well as new people. I’m telling you about my dogs to illustrate that good pets come in all shapes and sizes and from all types of places. Sometimes it’s hard to look past the dirty paws and mangled hair of a shelter dog, but under that coat is an animal desperate to become your pet. A survey released in 2014 by Hartz Mountain Corporation revealed that the top three attributes that make a good pet are personality, loyalty and obedience. Notice that looks and breed are not listed in the top three qualities. And while it is true that the majority of animals in shelters are mutts or cross breeds, according to the Humane Society for Shelter Pets, 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebreds.

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Below: Hoochie, top, and Roxy are the author’s happy rescued animals.

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an animal is a very rewarding endeavor. Know the right questions to ask when you have found a pet that think you might want to adopt. Ask about the animal’s history and if they are good with children or other pets. It is important to know the animal’s medical information and how to properly care for it. Inquire about the animal’s behavioral personality and exercise requirements to ensure it will fit your lifestyle. Most times a facilitated adoption center will deny your adoption if you do not provide certain necessities. For example they will want to make sure you have a fenced in yard for the dog or that you are keeping the cat indoors. Do not be offended or discouraged from adopting if you do not meet these certain requirements. The prerequisites for adopting are different for every group and the safety and health of the animal is always considered. Pets are not cheap, but if you can find it in your heart and budget it is worth every penny. The average vet visit costs me around $120 per pet not including prescriptions. My pets go to the vet once a year to get up-to-date vaccinations, overall check-ups and prescription renewals. It is important to keep your dog on a flea/tick medication as well as a heartworm medication. Most pets adopted form shelters are already taking prevention medications and have already had their vaccinations. Some younger pets may not have all the rounds of shots, so it is important that you complete any rounds not yet administered. Shelters require that the pet be spayed or neutered before it is adopted, and often there are low-cost options for this if the pet is not already spayed or neutered. Many shelters offer a trial period that allows you to take the pet home to determine how he or she does in the new environment. This is particularly important if there are already pets or children in a household. Occasionally a behavioral or medical problem may be discovered that was not noticed in the

shelter. Some shelters offer postadoption assistance with minor behavioral or adjustment problems.

Animal Shelters Just like the animals, shelters come in many different shapes and sizes also. Some are large, some are small. Some care for only dogs and/or cats, while others open their doors to all types of animals. Some have physical locations, whereas others house their animals only in foster homes. The traditional humane society usually takes in animals directly from the community and then adopts the animals to new families. They are privately funded through donations, grants and adoption fees. Oftentimes traditional shelters offer services to society such as education programs and natural disaster assistance. It is at these types of facilities that low cost spay/ neuter clinics are offered in effort to further combat the pet overpopulation. Animal sanctuaries serve as a relief for animals that may be deemed unadoptable. Sanctuaries get their animals from other shelters, directly from the public, pet stores, farms, puppy mill raids, etc. In some limited situations animals may be adopted from a sanctuary, but most often they live out their lives with the organization. Sanctuaries are privately funded and rely on donations and support from the public. Like a rescue organization, sanctuaries may have paid staff, but mainly rely on volunteer participation for daily operations. Control organizations serve as a homeless shelter as well as the enforcement division of the local municipal animal laws. Stray animals will most often find themselves at a control facility. Control facilities are funded by the local government and therefore are staffed by paid employees. Rescue organizations regularly focus on certain breeds or groups of animals. Most often, these organizations obtain their animal populations by receiving them from traditional shelters or


control facilities. More often than not, these organizations are volunteer-based and may have one or two paid staff members. What makes the rescue group different from other types of animal shelters is that they usually do not have a physical location where the animals are housed in one location. Rather, they rely on social-media promotion and a foster home network and/or boarding facilities to house their animals. Rescue groups are privately funded through donations, grants and adoption fees. There are different means of adopting a pet. Not always do you walk in a building and select an animal from a cage that is prepped and ready to go home with you. According to the ASPCA, the majority of pets are acquired through acquaintances and family members. Twenty-eight percent of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29 percent of cats and dogs are adopted through shelters and rescues. With outlets like Craigslist, Facebook and newspaper classified ads, pets can come from anywhere.

Adopting Pets in Brunswick County Brunswick County offers numerous pet shelters and facilities, such as Brunswick County Animal Services in Supply, Fix a Friend Spay & Neuter in Winnabow, Paws-Ability in Ocean Isle Beach, Furever Friends Animal Rescue in Leland, SOAR (Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue), Cat Tails in Ocean Isle Beach, and Paws Place in Winnabow. These facilities are the ones our society relies on to take in, take care of and take responsibility for animals that are unwanted or come to them needing special care. Most of these groups have websites and Facebook pages and they are constantly holding fundraisers to aid in the care of these animals. Most of the shelters in Brunswick County have information about their specific adoption process on their websites so you can prepare in advance. Although this process may seem extensive, it is beneficial to all parties

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involved — you will have a relationship with your pet for many years so it is worth the time and effort to insure the best match possible. Remember, just like no human is perfect, no pet is perfect either. It will be a learning process for both you and your adopted pet, so practice patience and your pet will love you forever. n

Brunswick County Animal Services 429 Green Swamp Rd NW, Supply (910) 754-8204 Online: brunswicksheriff.com Facebook: facebook.com/Brunswick-Sheriffs-Animal-Adoption-Page-262992420481607

Cat Tails 6622 Beach Dr. SW, Ocean Isle Beach (910) 253-1375 Online: cattails.org Facebook: facebook.com/Cat-Tails-150503128330880

Fix a Friend Spay & Neuter 6033 Ocean Hwy. E, Winnabow (910) 253-8161 Online: fixafriendclinic.org Facebook: facebook.com/FixAFriendSpayNeuterClinic

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Paws Place 3701 E Boiling Spring Rd., Winnabow (910) 845-7297 Online: pawsplace.org Facebook: facebook.com/pawsplace?fref=ts

SOAR (Southport /Oak Island Animal Rescue) 3376 St Charles Pl. SE, Southport (910) 457-6340 Online: soar-nc.org Facebook: facebook.com/SOARanimalrescue?fref=nf

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Porching In southern Brunswick County, people understand that porch is both a noun and a verb. S T O RY B Y

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part of American architecture since Colonial days. Other cultures have them, but no one else has embraced porch life as wholeheartedly as Americans. The front porch is “the interface between the private world and your community,� says Claude Stephens, founder of the Professional Porch Sitters Union.

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We all know that a porch is, as Merriam-Webster defines it, a covered area adjoining an entrance to a building with a separate roof. For any etymologists in the room, the word originated from the Latin porta (passage) to porticus (colonnade) to porche (old French) and finally porch (Middle English). But did you know that the word porch is also used as a verb? The

contemporary online Urban Dictionary says porching is the act of sitting on a porch and talking. Porching is a path to community building and a way to watch the world go by. Have you ever taken a walk, planned or otherwise, but stopped when greeted by a neighbor to join the person on their porch in conversation? That is porching.


The anatomy of a great front porch definitely includes rocking chairs, and Max L. Hill, III (in Michael Dolan’s The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place, 2002) suggests additional elements to include a fan, a welcome mat, room for a dog, a sitting-height rail, real plants, a swing, little or no lighting and bicycle close by. In Woodsong, a quiet, secluded neighborhood in Shallotte, the charming Charleston-style cottages all have front porches, and its residents are all about porch living. In an informal survey, Woodsong residents offered more anatomical suggestions for porches: a glass of wine or a cold beer on a hot day, comfortable furniture with pillows, an area rug and seasonal decor. Other suggested requirements included morning coffee and a newspaper, favorite books, friends and laughter. One household specialty in this

neighborhood is muscadine popsicles, which are a great addition to porching. “If the kitchen is the heart of our house, the porch is its soul,” says Woodsong resident Julia Steffen. “Inside the house is where the tasks of daily living that seem to grow by the day get checked off the list. But outside

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or a time to simply be alone to plan the day or read the paper. People porch at the end of a beautiful day to reconnect with each other, neighbors and surroundings. They may watch a child grow or a pet fish thrive. They porch as a family or with neighbors, relatives, friends, houseguests and pets. Young children and teens alike can be found porching. And how long do they porch? On a good day it can last for hours. Most

Right: The Woodsong community’s Meeting Hall is the neighborhood public porch where neighborly activities take place.

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residents porch daily — morning, afternoon or evening. One Woodsong resident says, “I porch until the sun goes down, the dinner bell rings or the wine is gone.� Something magical happens when people are into porching. A common thread among the residents of Woodsong is that they have gotten to know their neighbors better here than in any other neighborhood where they have lived. So many people are out walking and jogging through the narrow streets, saying hello in passing or stopping to chat on the porch. This is a recipe for a caring, happy community. Try it yourself. Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll featuring Sunset River Marketplace artists, live music, wine and concessions will be held Saturday, April 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Find tickets at woodsongartstroll.eventbrite.com. n

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Above: Rae Sloane Cox at Sloane Realty, in front of photos she and George Sloane just before they moved to the Ocean Isle Beach in 1955.

When Rae Sloane and her husband, George, arrived at Ocean Isle Beach in the summer of 1955, the young mother of two toddlers took one look at the empty stretch of flat, desolate sand and thought, “Oh my, what have we gotten ourselves into?” Just eight months after Hurricane Hazel had completely devastated the barrier island, local developer Odell Williamson hired the young George Sloane, a former merchant marine and graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. “Williamson said he wanted a young man living on the island to sell the lots,” Rae says. “George said we were going and off we went.” The couple made the best of it, moving to an uninhabited island, renting a home that had been returned to its foundation after being washed off during Hazel, and selling island lots for a small commission. “It wasn’t easy,” Rae says, “but it was ours.” And that was the year that Sloane Realty was formed. 70

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Rae, a native of Loris, S.C., was used to hard work and long hours. She grew up working the tobacco fields in Horry County with her family. Determined to work in an air-conditioned office one day, she graduated business school and did just that for a short time before marrying George. The first winter on the island was tough on the family. “That was when oceanfront lots were selling for $500; there’s not a lot of income from that as you can imagine,” she says. They headed to Florida, where George took a full-time job for four months, and then returned to Ocean Isle in the spring. It has been their home ever since. “From then on, we could get enough oysters and fish and shrimp to live off of,” Rae says, adding that her parents brought them cornmeal and grits and home-grown vegetables. Their children, George “Tripp” Sloane III, Debbie and Pamela, were raised on the 7-mile long island in near solitude. “We had the whole island to ourselves,” Debbie Sloane Smith says with arms outstretched. “You can imagine how wonderful that was.” “Tripp’s favorite times were when the fisherman would build a fire, split open a mullet and roast it on a cedar stick,”


Above: The Sloanes had Ocean Isle Beach practically to themselves for more than a decade. On left, Rae with her sister, brother and two of her children. On right, Rae on the beach.

Rae says. “That and a hot sweet potato fresh from the coals were the best eating he ever had in his life.” “It was,” Tripp says in agreement. “Some of my fondest memories are of eating with the fisherman on the beach.” Access to the island was limited by a small, two-car ferry. The ferry stopped running at 11 pm and didn’t start again until 7 am. “We had to take the kids across the ferry to meet the school bus in the early years,” Rae says. George and Rae expanded Sloane Realty to include the waterfront, six-room Ocean Isle Motel, where they lived in an apartment onsite. “There weren’t any roads then, and the sand was so thick, we had to tow our first customer all the way in with our four-wheel drive truck,” she says. “Then when they left we had to tow them back out.” “The motel office was our living room,” Debbie recalls. “Guests felt right at home.” Ocean Isle Beach was incorporated in 1959, the same year the Sloane’s third child, Pamela, was born. She was the first native of Ocean Isle Beach. “That year, the World Book Encyclopedia listed the little island community as the smallest incorporated town in the United States, with five residents,” Debbie says. “It was our family.”

New land owners built small vacation homes here and there, but development of the island was slow to start. There was a slight spurt in the 1960s, but the real boom came in the 1970s. George was the third mayor, and Rae was the first town clerk for the small community. “George did so much for the island, really,” Rae says. “He even collected the garbage for years. He did it all.” For the first 16 years, the Sloanes were the only permanent residents on the island. “We felt like we had the run of the place,” Tripp says. “What few people that were here were locals that had come over for the day or property owners that we knew, or vacationers that we knew because we were renting to them.” George expanded the family business venture with partner Gene Hardee and opened the Breakers, where Pam operated the bingo room and Tripp and Debbie ran the grill. “It wasn’t a real money maker as you can imagine,” Rae says. “The kids gave nearly all the food away to their friends.” Eventually Tripp and Debbie went on to college at UNCChapel Hill. Debbie got married and moved to Wilmington. And then tragedy struck. George was killed in a car accident Winter 2015-16

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Above: Started in 1955, Sloane Realty of Ocean Isle Beach is now run by the second and third generation of family members.

in 1971. Tripp came home to help with the family businesses, and Debbie soon followed. “It was the middle of summer,” Rae says. “We couldn’t stop. The boom was on.” All three children got their real estate licenses. Pamela, whose last name is now Yoho, decided not to stay with the family business, but she lives locally and is married to the town fire chief. Rae married Connor Cox in 1978, and he joined her on the island, even serving on the board of commissioners for a time. When his health began to fail, Rae moved them off the island into a condominium overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. “I can see the beach from my balcony,” Rae says. “I am not too far away.” “She can see everything we do,” Debbie adds, laughing. Debbie has been the mayor of Ocean Isle Beach for the past 12 years and served on the town council for 16 years before that. It is a position she doesn’t take lightly. “It is important to give back to the community,” she says. “This is home.” “We wanted Ocean Isle to grow in the manner that it has grown,” she says. “We didn’t want it to become another Myrtle Beach” 72

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The family has been a living witness to the complete history of the island community, including the establishment of a swing bridge to replace the ferry in 1960 and the construction of the arch bridge to replace the swing bridge in 1986. The town hosted the first Oyster Festival in 1980 and continues to do so to this day. The island now has nearly 5,000 houses and condo units and a combination of lush landscaping and miles and miles of large grassy dunes. The old Ocean Isle Motel has been replaced with the new, 70-room Ocean Isle Inn. There are three additional hotels, a gas station, a police department, a fire station, a town hall, a fishing center, a miniature golf course, a variety of shops and a handful of restaurants. Fewer than 600 permanent residents make their home on the island, but the summer vacationers increase the seasonal population to 25,000. Island staples for 60 years, Sloane Realty and The Ocean Isle Inn are now run by the third generation of Sloanes. Together, the businesses employ more than 50 locals. That number more than doubles with seasonal employees in the summer. “We are primarily in sales and rentals,” Tripp says. “We manage well over 300 properties on Ocean Isle alone.”


Above: Ocean Isle Beach has grown exponentially since the Sloanes moved there in 1955. Now there are more than 5,000 homes on the island.

Sloane Realty also has two offices in Sunset Beach, managing both beach and golf condominium rentals and real estate sales. Debbie’s daughter Whitney Sauls joined Sloane Realty immediately upon graduating from The College of Charleston and is now the general manager of the rental division. Tripp’s stepson, Chris Bryan, is the sales manager for the real estate division. Tripp’s daughter, Leah Petersen, works in the accounting department. The members of third generation run the day-to-day operations now; however, Tripp and Debbie are both involved. “I grew up in this office,” Whitney says. “But when I came back I started at the bottom, they put me at the front desk.” Nearly all of the grandchildren were put to work at one time or another over the years, answering phones, cleaning rooms and picking up trash in the parking lots. A member of the fourth generation took a summer job filing in the office last year. Rae and George Sloane created a lasting legacy at Ocean Isle Beach, with three children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, many of whom remain local. So very many years have passed, but Rae loves to reflect back on the very beginning.

Above: Tripp Sloane and his cousin at the Ocean Isle Fishing Pier.

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THE ODYSSEY OF DESTINY and Beyond A vacation tradition in Sunset Beach inspires a young man to pursue his filmmaking dreams.

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Did you know that Sunset Beach plays a role in a new independent film? In December 2014 Hoover Studios, LLC, of Aiken, S.C., shot a film under the guidance of studio owner Brent Hoover. It was completed after just two weeks of filming in Sunset Beach and on Bird Island, with the Kindred Spirit Mailbox playing a critical role. The film is aptly titled “The Odyssey of Destiny.” The journey to creating the film was indeed a personal odyssey for Hoover as the writer, director, producer and composer. More than 20 years ago Hoover made his first visit to Sunset Beach with his family for a vacation, which became an annual event. He began composing the story for the film in middle school, 13 years after that first visit. At that time

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Sunset Beach was a rather desolate area without commercial areas and tourist traffic, and in Hoover’s mind it was the perfect setting for the theme of the story that would eventually become a film. Hoover never wavered from his vision, and the film reflects his passion and inspiration. “I consider Sunset to be my muse,” he says. “The island has always captivated my imagination and relaxed my soul. Sunset will also remain my ‘home away from home.’” The result is a memorable and exciting film that will inspire you and remain with you. “The Odyssey of Destiny” is set at the end of a brutal war, and the main character, Christian, is a renegade soldier who is the sole survivor of his men. An international union is in power under control of the magistrate. Christian decides he


From top: Don Hartman stars as Talon Adkins in the film. Middle: At the Aiken Center for the Arts screening of Odyssey of Destiny last March: Visual Effects Artist Aaron Pate; Filmmaker Brent Hoover; Elena Lazorishak, who portrayed Ava; and Quentin Johnson, who played Lt. Robert John Smith. Bottom: Hoover (back center) was honored at the South Carolina Cultural Film Festival Awards Ceremony in May 2015.

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must ensure the survival of his people and his soul mate, Jen, who is trying to save the children. He enters the world of good and evil via the dramatic nature of humanity. The film depicts the cycles that human civilizations have endured and at the same time highlights real world issues currently on front pages, such as child soldiers, war and dictatorships. The list of complimentary reviews is long, from such reviewers as Indyred, Unsung Films, Fraking Films, The Independent Critic, Diamond In The Rough and The Film Philosopher. Comments include:

“ambitious and entertaining” “surprises you at every turn” “ Hoover remains faithful to his bold vision and creates a film that transcends its limitations with relentless integrity” “ imaginative, engaging and well produced film” “ a rare gem” “ As far as Indie films go,‘Odyssey of Destiny’ may well be one of the most ambitious and epic in scope that I have ever had the chance to experience.” Film festival awards include Global Music Awards, Indie Fest, South Carolina Cultural Film Festival, Global Film Competition, North Carolina Film Award and Audience Choice Winner – International Film Festival at Gwinnett Center. Hoover is currently utilizing the knowledge he gained from completing the film to teach Macroeconomics at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The film and original musical soundtrack are both available on DVD from Amazon and CreateSpace. The official movie novelization, a unique reading experience, is also available. The film’s website is odysseyofdestiny.com n 76

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Turf Medic Lawn and Landscape, Inc.

Business Profile BY Heather Lowery

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tephen and Danielle Caracciolo of Turf Medic, Inc. pride themselves in being hands-on business owners.

“We are fully committed to this business and to our customers,” says Danielle, vice president of Turf Medic. The passion and devotion the husband and wife team possess for their work is apparent, and their clients reap the benefits. Turf Medic CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

has been servicing the Wilmington and North Brunswick County and Southport areas year-round for the past eight years. It is a comprehensive professional lawn maintenance and landscaping service that caters to residential, commercial and HOA properties. Services include lawn and shrub care, property maintenance, landscape design and installation, gardening and horticulture services and IPM (Integrated Pest Management). Turf Medic is known for its high standards and knowledge in the field. The Caracciolos promote professionalism within their industry

Run by Danielle and Stephen Caracciolo, pictured here with their sons Matthew and Nicholas, Turf Medic is a family-oriented business.

by providing top-notch employee training and hiring certified professionals. Turf Medic is one of the few companies in the state to

“We excel at all the extra steps to provide a plus-one service,” says

have a certified North Carolina Turfgrass Professional on staff. These

President Stephen Caracciolo. “The fact that we do little personal

experts treat all aspects regarding turfgrass, from diagnosis to care

things — as simple as bringing up the newspaper on a customer’s

and management. Licensed pesticide specialists, lawn-care

driveway or turning on the sprinkler system for an out-of-town client

technicians, North Carolina Certified Plant Professionals and a fully

— is what sets us apart.”

licensed and registered Landscape Contractor and design professional complete the team. Turf Medic offers unsurpassed, reliable service. The staff members listen to their customers and take a proactive approach. In

“Getting to know each of our clients is important to us,” adds Danielle. “We care about them, and we think education is also crucial to establishing solid relationships with our customers.” The Caracciolos care about and are involved in the community.

order to provide seamless and efficient customer service, the office

They belong to the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and have

uses state-of-the-art technology for ease of scheduling, dispatch,

sponsored local golf outings and soccer teams. Stephen also found

instant access to notes from their crew in the field, client information

time to coach his older son’s soccer team.

and property-maintenance history. Additionally, Turf Medic recently launched a blog, which serves to be a valuable resource for lawn and landscape needs. Individuals also have an opportunity to receive a newsletter that offers special promotions and highlights the latest

“We are very family-oriented,” Stephen says. “We are a sports family and enjoy anything that takes us outside.” Turf Medic: 9550 Ploof Road SE, Leland, NC 28451; (910) 769-2818; turfmedicNC.com

seasonal tips about lawn care. “We are very accessible to our customers,” says Danielle. “They can contact us through calling, texting or email.” The company is located in Leland with office hours Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm; crews typically work from 7 am until 4 pm. Going above and beyond is typical of Turf Medic employees, and customers can expect added personal touches.

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RJB Tax Associates

Business Profile BY Sandi Grigg

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f you dread your annual visit to the accountant at tax time, you need to meet Ray Borges with RJB Tax Associates. Ray is one accountant who doesn’t fit the stereotypical persona of

the boring or intimidating “tax man.” He’s personable, outgoing, genuine and friendly, and his philosophy is to make tax filing and personal accounting worry-free. I was so impressed after meeting him at a Business After Hours event that I hired him to do my own taxes. “I am a partner in this relationship and I want to help you achieve your goals and relieve the stress,” Ray said at our first meeting. Needless to say, working with RJB was the most painless tax-filing experience I’ve ever had. Ray knew he was cut out for accounting work early in his life. He worked in a grocery store as a teenager, and upon filing his first tax return at age 17, he decided to take a different path. He took an internship that same year doing a variety of accounting jobs for a local firm in New York, where he grew up. He excelled in this field and began to pursue an accounting degree from CW Post on Long Island. After graduating he worked for the prestigious Deloitte & Touche LLP Company, providing various auditing and financial. In 2008 Ray moved to Leland and brought his wife and daughter here to begin their lives in North Carolina. He moved operations of RJB Tax Associates beginning in 2009. “I feel most valued in this role versus all the others I have had in my career as I feel like I can help give back, in a way, to the people of this area,” he says. He enjoys listening to his clients and getting to know them personally so he can better advise them to achieve their goals. “I want people to feel comfortable to talk to me about their financial plans,” he says. “When they succeed, we succeed.” Ray says he fell right into the lifestyle of southeastern North Carolina, which he describes as being focused on health and active wellness. Spending time with family, playing golf and staying in shape are important to him, and he contributes a portion of his success to the many gyms and services promoting health. RJB Tax Associates gives back to the community by being a sponsor of the Port City Soccer Club, where the Borges’ daughter plays.

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Ray Borges, pictured with his wife and daughter, is the owner of RJB Tax Associates. RJB Tax Associates has been very successful in its Leland location and was seeing an increase in clientele from the Hampstead area, so Ray has expanded the business to include a newly opened Hampstead location. RJB Tax Associates not only provides tax preparation services but also offers accounting services for business startup, accounting system setup, bookkeeping, accounts payable/accounts receivable assistance, payroll support and in-house CFO support. “We are as involved as our clients want us to be,” Ray says, “but eventually what happens is that they want us to do more, which is a tremendous complement and something we do not ever want to lose sight of.” RJB Tax Associates: 161 Poole Rd., Ste. D, Leland; 223-A Merchants Circle, Ste. 201, Hampstead; (910) 338-3001; rjbtax.com


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What’s happening

Connect Program for Tweens

February 17 Seaside United Methodist Church is excited to announce a new weekly program just for fifth and sixth graders. Those tween years can be a little scary as kids transition from elementary to middle school lives, so the church is offering to help guide them through that process by looking at Bible stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the world. Each week will begin with supper provided by the church followed up with fun Bible study using videos, handson activities and games. There is no cost, and any fifth or sixth grader in the community is welcome! Information: sriley@seasideumc.org

Coastal Shag Club Dance

February 20 Come out and dance with the club at Shallotte Moose Lodge. You’ll always hear great dance music, have a chance to participate in a 50/50 raffle, do some shag dancing, line dancing and occasionally a waltz or two step. Time is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Information: coastalshagclub.org

Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

February 22 Learn the basics of social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and find out how these tools can promote your small business. The event will be held at Brunswick Community College Main Campus, 50 College Road in Bolivia from 6 to 9 p.m. Participation is free. Information: brunswickcc.edu/continuing-education/smallbusiness-center/

Sustainability Talks: The Brunswick County Greenways, Blueways, and Trails Plan February 25 This free presentation will give an overview of the plan and areas included. This is a business and quality of life opportunity for Brunswick County. Guest speaker will be Kirstie Cook, Brunswick County senior planner. Information: (910) 755-8561

2016 Chairman’s Awards

February 27 Join Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce at the South Brunswick Island Center at 9400 Ocean Highway 17 W in Carolina Shores for a Red Carpet event. Participants will get to enjoy a presentation of awards, a cash bar and a room filled with people in cocktail attire. Hours are 6 to 9 pm and cost is $45 per ticket. Information: (910) 754-6644

Antique Appraisal Fair

February 28 P.E.O. stages this annual event at the Southport Community Building at 201 E. Moore Street in Southport from 12 to 4 pm. Tickets cost $8 per item or three items for $20. Each person can bring up to three hand-carried treasures/ antiques and receive an appraisal from licensed experience 84

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appraisers at Perry’s Emporium in Wilmington, Aziomedia in Shallotte and other locations. Typically, 10 to 12 appraisers donate their time to this worthy cause. Items to bring might include jewelry, toys, dolls, china, silver, books and other unique items. P.E.O was founded in 1869 and provides educational opportunities for women in multiple program areas from graduating high school seniors to women needing financial assistance to update their education to become selfsupporting to post graduate studies. Information: carlagarr@atmc.net

Brunswick Civil War Roundtable

March 1, April 5 Roundtable meetings are held monthly at Hatch Auditorium on the grounds of the North Carolina Baptist Assembly on Caswell Beach. Registration begins at 6:30 pm, and all are welcome. The visitor fee is $10 and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues. The Roundtable is a non-profit organization with almost 900 members, making it the largest Civil War Roundtable in the country. On March 1 the speaker will be Dr. James (Bud) Robertson, one of the most distinguished names in Civil War history research. An award-winning historian, he has received every major award ever given in Civil War history and is a lecturer of national acclaim. His topic: “What Ever Happened To…,” discussing the lives of various Civil War generals and their lives and careers after the war. On April 5 the speaker will be Wade Sokolosky, retired U.S. Army Col., a committed Civil War historian with a focus on North Carolina history. Currently he is a Civil War Battlefield guide and since 2000 his focus as a Civil War researcher has been on Sherman’s Carolina Campaign of 1865. The departure from his usual focus for this meeting will be to discuss the situation of N.C. hospitals and prisons during the war. Information: (910) 253-7382

Coastal Consumer Showcase

March 3 No matter if you are new to the area or just want to know what’s new to the area, the Coastal Consumer Showcase is a must attend event. We know that sometimes it is difficult to find a business that provides a product or service. The Coastal Consumer Showcase is held annually, the first Thursday in March (3/3/2016) from 4pm-7pm at the St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road, St. James, NC 28461. The Showcase is organized by the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce for the general public. There are many free seminars, samples, giveaways, and cash drawings provided by the participating businesses. Admission is free. Tickets are available for the Chinese auction. Information: (910) 457-6964

Fifth Sustainability Symposium and Expo

March 4 Join us at the Brunswick Community College - Leland Campus Industrial Park at 2045 Enterprise Blvd. Expo is


from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s focus will be on Sustainable Spirits: Growing, Building, and Brewing Sustainably. Our keynote speaker will be Cheri Chastain, Sustainability and Special Projects Manager at Sierra Nevada Brewery. In 2012 they were listed as the second top craft brewing companies in the United States according to the Brewers Association. And named “Green Business of the Year” by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 for its practices in sustainability. Our Luncheon will have Scott Maitland with Tope of the Hill Distillery makers of TOPO Vodka, Gin and Whiskey – and currently the only exclusively organic and all-local distillery in the South. Other Speakers include: Leah Wong Ashburn with Highland Brewery Company Brock Ashburn with Highland Brewing Company Dr. Stephan Sommer with Fermentation Sciences specialist from Appalachia State University Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, the Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Technology, East Carolina University(ECU) Information: (910) 269-1294 Individuals: $40.00 Students: $25.00 More to come….

a variety of vendors showcasing their home-related gods and services. Admission is $5. Information: mbishop@brunswickcountychamber.org

McLeod Health Foundation’s Sporting Clays Classic

March 25 and 26 Welcome spring in style at the Southport Spring Festival, a tradition for more than 25 years. Running from 10 am until 5pm on Friday and 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, this festival features a wide variety of activities such as musical entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, azaleas and other plants for sale, and food vendors. There will also be a 5K run/walk. The festival is sponsored by Downtown Southport, Inc. and the Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club. Information: (910) 279-4616

March 5 The McLeod Health Foundation benefitting McLeod Loris Seacoast announces the Sporting Clays Classic presented by Sportsman’s Choice Marine. The event will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Low Country Preserve in Tabor City. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Children’s Services at McLeod Loris Seacoast. Registration for the Sporting Clays Classic will begin at 9 am, and the tournament starts at 10 am. Lunch and awards will immediately follow. Participants can choose from two entry levels. The Individual Entry Fee of $100 includes 50 rounds of sporting clays, a T-shirt and a chance to win class prizes. The Sportsman’s Entry Fee of $150 includes the Individual Entry Fee plus 25 warm-up rounds, three mulligans and tickets for prizes. Participants who register by February 1 will receive a $25 discount. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Information: (843) 390-8338

Seaglass Salvage Market

March 19 – 21; April 15 – 17; May 20 – 22 Seaglass Salvage Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with local vendors, artists, artisans and craftspeople. Open the third weekend of every month, hours are Friday 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 to 5 pm. Find it at 1987 Andrew Jackson Highway in Leland. Information: seaglasssalvagemarket.com

Coastal Shag Club Dance

March 19 Come on out and dance with us at the Shallotte Moose Lodge. We love to shag and will be happy if you will join us. You’ll always hear great dance music, have a chance to participate in a 50/50 raffle, do some shag dancing, line dancing and occasionally a waltz or two step. Keeping the Shag dance alive is or mission. Having fun shagging is what we do. Admission $5 member, $8 guest. Information: CoastalShagClub@yahoo.com

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Benefit Wine Dinner at Angelo’s Pizzeria & Bistro for Ocean Isle Museum Foundation

March 9 Ambassadors are highly visible volunteers who serve as the chamber’s primary liaison to new and existing chamber members. Upon appointment, each ambassador makes a commitment to build lasting relationships with the chamber membership, in order to build a loyal membership base that will continue to support, participate in and invest in the chamber. Information: brunswickcountychamber.org

March 28 On March 28 from 6:30 to 9 pm, Angelo’s Pizzeria & Bistro in Shallotte will serve A Taste of Tuscany to benefit the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. (OIMF). OIMF manages two local facilities, the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. Tickets cost $60 per person and do not include tip. Angelo’s chef has designed a special dinner that complements the foundation’s Tuscany-themed Wine Fest fundraiser to be held on April 30. The multi-course dinner will consist of Sformato di Broccoli, Bucatini alla Carbonara, Risotto con Salciccia e Funghi, Bisteca Florentine and Tiramisu. Each course is accompanied by wines from Petrea Imports featuring Palagetto Winery. Information: (910) 754-2334

Brunswick County Chamber Home Show

North Carolina Azalea Festival

Brunswick County Chamber Ambassador Committee Meeting

March 12 The Brunswick County Chamber Home Show will be held at Shallotte Middle School from 9 am to 4 pm and will feature

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at Wilmington, Inc. offers fine art, fine craft, crafts, commercial/retail, homegrown products, information exhibitors and 50 food booths. There will be four stages with international, national, regional and local talent offering swing, Top 40/pop, beach, jazz, DJ/dance/techno, salsa, ethnic, Cajun/Zydeco, blues, bluegrass, country, world, New Age, reggae, rock, folk, Christian, gospel, Latin and children’s music. This event will also include a parade, home and garden tours, a circus, a queen’s coronation, a coin show and a juried art show. Information: ncazaleafestival.org

Self Defense/Kickboxing Class

April 11 Dosher Fitness is offering a kickboxing and self-defense class for any age, gender or fitness level every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In this class you will receive training in Boxing, Muay Thai (Thailand Kickboxing) and American Kickboxing. Fee is $10 per class. Information: dosherfitness.com

Ladies’ Night

April 15 Family First Healthy Center in Shallotte is holding its third annual Ladies’ Night from 6 to 8 pm. Attendees will enjoy a night of appetizers, shopping, a photography booth, door prizes and relaxing. Admission is free. Information: (910) 755-5483; family1chiropractic.net

Oak Island Lighthouse Run

April 16 Starting at 8 am the Oak Island Lighthouse, the 5K, 10K and half marathon races showcase the best scenery on the North Carolina coast. You will see salt marshes, the Atlantic Ocean, beaches, historic Fort Caswell and a lighthouse. Information: (910) 457-6964, (800) 457-6964

Spring Craft Fair

April 16 The very first Spring Craft Fair will be held at The Villages at Brunswick Forest on April 16. We hope this will be a big success with many more fairs to follow. Information: (910) 399-7198

Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll

April 23 The Woodsong community in Shallotte is sponsoring this event. Featuring Sunset River Marketplace artists, live music, wine and concessions, the Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Information: woodsongartstroll.eventbrite.com

Days at the Docks Festival

April 23 and 24 Days at the Docks is the Holden Beach way to kick off spring and start the vacation season. More than 30 arts and crafts vendors and a dozen food vendors set up for a day of fun. In addition to the food and crafts, enjoy live music and entertainment, a horseshoe tournament and the world famous Bopple Race. The festival offers free admission and free parking and has lots of activities for the entire family. Saturday’s entertainment features The Imitations at 10 am. The Cardboard Box Paddle Race is on Saturday, and the Bopple Race is on Sunday. It’s held on Jordan Boulevard under Holden Beach bridge. Information: (800) 426-6644, (910) 754-6644

Fueling Your Business

To our wonderful volunteers, individual donors and attendees, and businesses who donated goods and services. CIS programs and services are only possible with the generous support of our community. Thank you for helping students in Brunswick County prepare for life.

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May 3 North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar on Tuesday, May 3 from 1 to 3 pm. The seminar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center’s Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its


lending criteria and application process. Participation is free. Information: brunswickcc.edu/continuing-education/smallbusiness-center/

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Southport Oak Island Golf Classic

May 7 The classic includes a shotgun start, four-person Captain’s Choice, numerous door prizes, cash and prizes, cart, greens fees, breakfast, lunch and more. R.A. Jeffreys Distributing of Wilmington, proud distributors of Budweiser, Bud Light, Natural Light and Michelob Ultra, will provide beverages. Registration is at 7:30 am. It’s held at Oak Island Golf Club at 928 Caswell Beach Road in Caswell Beach. Fees are $320 per team. Proceeds benefit the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Information: (910) 457-6964

Anchored For A Cure

May 21 The 2016 Relay For Life of Brunswick County will be held Saturday May 21 from 11 am until 11 pm at West Brunswick High School on 550 Whiteville Rd NW in Shallotte. It will be a day of remembering and fighting back. Information: (910) 508-2863

www.blueherongallery-nc.com

Elegant yet Whimsical Jewelry, Pottery, Glass, Metal, Fine Handcrafts & Gifts Over 200 American Artists 1780-10A Chandlers Ln, Sunset Beach, NC

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IT’S YOUR LIFE. YOUR CARE. YOUR WAY. In 1980, Sandy Morgan was 28-years-old when she became Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s first patient. Medical professionals and volunteers surrounded Sandy and her family with compassionate care and support as she faced end of life. The selfless, kind and giving spirit of those early hospice volunteers remains the heart of hospice and still guides the care we give all of our patients today.

Every patient matters. You matter! 1-800-HOSPICE www.LCFH.org

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*Tide charts are accurate to the best of our knowledge. If you are checking tides for navigational purposes, please verify these times with another source.

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Advertisers Index

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Allstate – R&R Insurance Services, Inc................910-754-6596 35

Islands Art and Books.....................................................910-579-7757 66

Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle......................................910-754-8080 11

Island Breeze........................................................................910-579-4125 57

Art Catering & Events....................................................910-755-6642 43

J&K Home Furnishings.................................................843-249-1882

Austin Oral Surgery.........................................................910-769-1605 62

Josh London, State Farm Agent.............................910-383-1303 61

Bill Clark Homes.................................................................910-575-2933 IFC

Kristin Dowdy, State Farm Agent...........................910-754-9923 61

Blue Heron Gallery...........................................................910-575-5088 87

Logan Homes.......................................................................800-761-4707

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BlueWave Dentistry.........................................................910-383-2615 40

Lower Cape Fear Hospice...........................................800-HOSPICE

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Body Edge Fitness Solutions.....................................910-575-0975 68

McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute..................843-390-8320 9

Boundary House................................................................910-579-8888 6

New Hanover Regional Medical Center..............910-667-8110 BC

Braddock Built Renovations.......................................910-754-9635 46

NHRMC Physicians Group New Hanover Medical Group....................................910-332-0241 33

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Brick Landing Plantation...............................................910-754-2754 27 Novant Health......................................................................910-721-4050 7 Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce....910-754-6644 IBC Ocean Isle Family Dentistry........................................910-579-6999 28 Brunswick Forest..............................................................888-371-2434 81 OrthoWilmington..............................................................910-332-3800 19 Brunswick Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery........910-269-2420 10 Permanent Makeup by Theresa..............................910-232-1001 43 Callahan’s of Calabash....................................................800-344-3816 13 Phillips Nursery..................................................................910-253-6692 68 Cape Fear Cancer Specialists....................................910-343-0447 12 Pope Real Estate.................................................................910-619-7673 66 Carolina Marketing Company....................................910-207-0156 77 Purple Onion Café.............................................................910-755-6071 43 Carolinas Oral and Facial Surgery..........................910-762-2618 50 RJB Tax Associates..........................................................910-338-3001

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Clark’s Seafood and Chop House............................843-399-8888 22 Sea Island Trading Co.....................................................843-273-0248 17 Coastal Insurance..............................................................910-754-4326

39 Seaside United Methodist Church.........................910-579-5753 53

Coastal Integrative Health...........................................910-755-5400

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Shallotte Insurance Services, Inc............................910-754-8161 Columbus Regional Healthcare System.............910-640-4070 63

Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber..................800-457-6964 68 Communities In Schools...............................................910-457-3794 86 Sunset Properties.............................................................800-525-0182 10 Deeb & Fanning, DDS, P.A...........................................910-579-5260 55 The Shutter Production, Inc.......................................910-289-2620 55 Deep Point Marina............................................................910-256-9083 53 Tides at Calabash...............................................................910-579-8433 57 Discovery Map of Brunswick County, NC.........910-776-0047 78 Time 2 Remember Photography............................910-253-7428 28 Douglas Diamond Jewelers.......................................910-755-5546

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

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Floor Coverings International....................................910-755-5999

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Trusst Builder Group.......................................................910-371-0304 49 Turf Medic..............................................................................910-769-2818

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Twin Lakes Seafood.........................................................910-579-6373 57 Foster Insurance................................................................910-755-5100 45 Website Factory.................................................................910-579-7757 53 Genie Leigh Photography............................................910-470-0456 43 Wilmington Biz Expo.........................................................................................................50 Historic Wilmington Foundation.............................910-762-2511 61 Winds Resort Beach Club............................................800-334-3581 55 Island Classic Interiors....................................................910-579-8477 62

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