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The Pet Issue



Carla Edstrom

Jeffrey Stites

Kass Fincher editor@lelandmag.com

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Jeffrey Stites Brian Tully, MS, EP-C Courtney Milliron



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y email inbox was a constant source of joy this past couple of months. The pet photos that came rolling in were adorable, moving and funny. We received an overwhelmoing number and you’ll find them all in this month’s issue. If that’s not a great way to start your 2021, I don’t what is.


his year’s Cover Critter comes to us from Eric Mens, a name you might recognize as a conributor of stories about the Leland VFW and North Brunswick Kiwanis. He is also co-editor/co-publsiher of Cape Fear Voices/Teen Scene. But for this month’s purposes, he is Doggie Daddy to Maggie Mae, the adorable ball of fuzz you see here and on our cover, where she is enjoying a vist to the beach it Fort Fisher.


hank you to everyone who sent us phots; you really brightened our days this month!


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Celebrating Pets

A Collection Of Critters To Begin 2021 PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED


as there ever been a better time to have a pet than 2020? With the world seemingly going to pieces around us, pet owners have been able to lean on friends who don’t really care about the news. Friends who value the same things they always have: belly rubs, head scratches, a nice walk, playing with toys, snacks. I never heard it prescribed, but channeling a little of that simple pleasure sort of energy was the best mental medicine for this past year. So we dedicate this year’s Pet Issue to the the lessons learned from our critters. Here’s to belly rubs, long walks and snacks.




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Cape Fear Poop 911

It’s a Dirty Job, But Sombody’s Gotta Do It STORY BY JEFFREY STITES


he beauty of entrepreneurship is that there is a niche for everyone who works to find one. Sometimes the right business is something you’d have never expected, like picking up critter poop. But think about it, it needs to be done, right? And not everyone wants or is really able to do it themselves. There is a niche there, and Gwen Jaworski of Cape Fear Poop 911 is happy to be filling it. We spoke to Gwen about how this service fits her family and her community. Can you tell us about what Cape Fear Poop 911 is, what services it offers and what areas it services?

We are an affordable, professional pet waste removal service. We offer dog poop scooper service for your yard or cat poop scooper service

for your litter box. You choose the schedule that’s right for you whether it’s weekly, every other week, monthly or just a one time scoop. We also offer additional services such as dog walking, doggy playtime, water bowl refill and yard deodorizing. We are working on adding pet taxi ser-

vice in the near future. We service Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties.  We service residential and commercial properties, including apartment/condo communities, dog parks and homeowners associations.  How long have you been in business? 

We started our business a little over a year ago, November 2019. Is this a franchise or your own idea, and if it’s your own, how did this occur to you?

This is a franchise, and how I found it is a great story. My girlfriend in Connecticut was driving and passed a car that had “Poop 911” wrapped around the car. She called me laughing and said google this and find out what they do. I did and we started thinking this would be a great idea, especially down here (Wilmington) because it is such a dog-friendly area, and my love

for animals. What made you see a need for a service like this?

After finding the listing on Google, I said, “I would absolutely love this kind of service if it is affordable!” After all, I have two dogs and four cats that I have rescued and let me tell you, I scoop A LOT of poop on a weekly basis.  I have five litter boxes alone.  The best part about starting the business is that it is a service that people want and need and it allows me to support three family members that have had some challenges/disabilities. They love pets but struggle with customer interactions, and this has limited interaction with customers. I can interact with customers and they can interact with the pets.  This allows me to have a family business that keeps them employed and happy.  It has been a win-win for everyone.   Who makes use of this service?

Pet owners young and old. We have many elderly clients that are no longer able to bend and scoop or walk for long periods of time.  We have had a pregnant mom-to-be unable to tend to the litter box.  We have families with young children, people who travel, and those who work from home and just want to enjoy their time with their family and pets and not deal with the poopy parts. What benefits does regular poop maintenance bring from an ecological perspective?

Dogs produce waste quicker than your yard can absorb it. Your average dog produces two to three piles a day, which can add up to over a 1000 hound mounds a year! It is not a fertilizer.  Dog waste is acidic and can leave yellow spots on a neglected yard. It also carries parasites, insects and diseases that can harm your pets, your family and the environment. We have reached out to the Wilmington Stormwater Education Program Manager and New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation to see if we could 8 Leland Magazine /January /January 2021 / www.LelandMag.com

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community sponsor/work with them on some of their outreach events/programs. Most of our creeks are polluted with high levels of fecal coliform bacteria which is tied to pet waste pollution carried by stormwater runoff.  However, due to Covid this year they had to cancel most events. We are hopeful next year we can join them. What aspect of your business brings you the most joy?

The pride of knowing that we have made the family and pets’ life more enjoyable. Seeing the dogs each day - they are always happy to see their Poop 911 techs come! What hurdles have you faced this year? Has the COVID pandemic been a factor?

This first year has been great when we get a new customer and the down side is the loss of a customer, due to Covid job cuts. The worst however, is losing a customer due to the loss of a pet - this one is the hardest. We were fortunate that our business is considered an essential service as it is a waste removal service that is done outside. We were able to continue working but we lost business and customers when jobs went away. We are starting to see a few come back, so we

are hopeful for the future.  What lessons have you learned this year?

We have learned to get used to people staring at us when driving around town. People love our car and many have taken pictures of it. It was really weird at first, but we’ve adapted.  Also that running your own business is not easy but the rewards are totally worth it. What does the future hold for Cape Fear Poop 911?

We are working on building our client list and would like to expand our services to include pet taxi and possibly other services. How can people contact you to talk about your service?  

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Timely Pet Advice Our Family Pets Have Had A Lot To Overcome This Year Too



t was a long year, and not just for us humans. Many of our pets have had a long, strange trip through 2020. We worked from home. We didn’t go out as much and they got way more attention than they would have if we had still been out socializing or traveling. Let’s talk about some of the stressors we’ve subjected them to and how we’ll rehabilitate them when we hopefully, finally, go back to normal in 2021.



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may experience anxiety. This anxiety can lead to destructive behavior, vocalization (like barking and whining), over grooming, or inappropriate urination (a.k.a. peeing in the house). To prevent these problems, once you know things will be changing, have a plan. Spend short periods of time away – video what happens if you can. Consider a pet sitter or dog walker to break up the day. Distract them with puzzle treats and toys. Use calming aids, like Feliway for cats or Adaptil for dogs – calming pheromones – or supplements that contain things like milk casein, tryptophane, or L-theonine. And lastly, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian if you’re not sure what to do! It was a long year, but the crazy times aren’t quite over yet. They’re coming back. Let’s make sure all of us and our pets have a great 2021!

Overfeeding. More time with our pets led us to spoil them. And they gained weight. If this happened to you, cut back and spoil them in other ways – walks, brushing, teaching new tricks, a drive in the car. If you just have to use food,

global pandemic seem like the perfect time to spruce up the house? Some pets are stressed by unfamiliar visitors and noise. If you’re still planning on doing more work, make sure you offer your pets a safe space – away from workers and noise. If the remodeling is extensive, consider daycare while the noisy parts are going on to keep sensitive pets from getting upset. Overstimulation. As kids may be moving back to all-virtual learning, pets can experience overstimulation with so many people being around full time. Overstimulation can be stressful, and at worst can lead to avoidance and aggression. Make sure you ensure some quiet downtime for pets – no different than you may need if you have a houseful all day long. Transitioning back to normal. If all the extra time and attention you gave your pet comes abruptly to an end, your pet

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Artist Explores the Beauty of the Outdoors STORY CONTRIBUTED BY THE ARTIST, JANETTE HOPPER


anette Hopper brings her unique perspective on nature to her show “Into the Distance” at the Leland Cultural Art Center from Jan. 30 through Feb. 25. After its LCAC run, the show will move to Leland Town Hall from March 1-25. An opening reception will be held at the LCAC from 6-8 pm on Feb. 4. Hopper says the title of the show reflects her love of the outdoors and vistas enjoyed from climbing to the highest ridges or walking on the beach at sunrise where one can see into the distance and appreciate our world. When she was a child, her family went to the high mountains of Idaho, where Janette adsorbed the unfolding views starting from the creek at her feet and extending down to the lake in the far valley. In this show, her oil paintings bring this perspective from multiple places; pine savannas, mill ponds, beach and ocean, cotton fields and distant shores. “I am a painter of place, light and space. Using paint and

brush, I produce the special light, the luminosity and color of each location, bringing forth the feelings of the place using dramatic skies and reflective waters as I see it speak to me in the painting process,” Hopper said. Hopper has passed this love of distance to her grown daughters, as one is a private pilot and the other a paraglider. Hopper has traveled and taught around the world, most notably in Denmark and Germany. ”I am a regional painter everywhere I am,” she said. “In Denmark I had a double Fulbright, one for teaching a year in Denmark and the other from the Danes to exhibit my work in Copenhagen.” In

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Germany, Ulrike Soltendiek, art journalist for the newspaper Morgen wrote, “Who is this who captures the clouds of Mannheim and brings them to our notice?” Hopper noted. She was always a painter, starting from the time her mother got the newsprint roll ends so she could paint “burals” while ly-

ing on the floor. After time spent in the Peace Corps and cattle ranching, she earned her MFA at the University of Oregon where she said a few professors had a significant influence on her work. Frank Okada, a famous northwest minimalist painter, was a color expert andSa loved quality of ndwthe icheluminescent s

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munity certain color combinations. “Okada and I would run into each other while walking on campus and he would pull out his checkbook and draw on the back to show me something about movement in my current painting so that composition and formal considerations would be center,” Hopper said. Another influence was Ron Graph, a Yale graduate and respected representational painter who expected drawing to be part of an artist’s preparation and continued discipline. Ralph Baker was an expert on the planes of water and the land and had Hopper study many contemporary American landscape painters. Dr. Kate Nicholson, who was an internationally known JMW Turner expert, asked Hopper to take her graduate Art History seminar after she saw the luminosity in her paintings after Hopper had just completed Nicholson’s Romantic period art history class. “This solidified my respect for the Romantic painters including Fredrick, Constable and Turner,” she said. “Later when I was teaching, I was also inspired when I went to a College Art Association Conference in Toronto, and saw an Exhibition on the Mystical North painters of Canada such as Emily Carr.” Hopper says she has been on a lifelong

search to capture a feeling of place in her art. “All of my influences and my love of observing nature convinced me to continue in the tradition of Romanticism by painting panoramic paintings with emotion and the sublime, putting sky and water on canvas, She said. “I have pursued this search for 30 years and never tire of the never ending challenge. Each painting is a new struggle, balancing emotion, representation and formal elements against each other, using the brush and the paint in new ways that

the painting demands. As I travel I bring in new experiences of nature, observing light and beauty and feeding that through my spirit to create a sense of place.” Hopper’s work has been shown in more than 250 shows and acquired for more than 40 public collections and innumerable private collections from Washington State to North Carolina and Europe. During her career she was able to spend time in Denmark, Germany, and France visiting Skagen, Copenhagen, Munich, and Berlin,

Paris, Bordeaux, Havana, Madrid and London, seeing the art and where the artists painted. Recently she was invited to attend SIANOJA XIX, an international artist residency in Spain, and show her art in LAGALA Gallery in Merida Mexico. “My paintings are not photographic replicas but rather they capture the feelings of the place, often using dramatic skies and reflective waters,” she said. “I value these natural places now, when so much of nature is endangered. I hope I take the viewer on a journey where they were once and long to be again, a place with space and a healing memory of quieter times.”

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Art Beat

Family Portraits

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aving a professional artist paint a portrait of your child or your family can be a wonderful experience, and it also creates a treasured family heirloom that will last for generations. North Carolina artist Terry Sellers Harrison specializes in oil and watercolor portraiture of young children with an incredible eye for capturing their delicate features and bright skin tones. Her beautiful portraits result in stunning photo-realistic heirloom paintings. A native of Coastal Carolina, Harrison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and currently resides in Supply. “I would describe myself as a contemporary realist and work primarily in oils and watercolors. Color and its relationship to light is the dominate theme in my approach to painting form,” she said. “I prefer using natural light on my subjects. Over the span of my career, I

have painted a variety of subject matter, but my greatest interest has always been in the figure. I feel strongly about my work and with each new painting, strive to increase my knowledge and technical skill as an artist. I made a full-time commitment to portraiture in 2000 and have

successfully completed numerous portraits, including private and academic commissions.” From childhood, Harrison has always loved painting and drawing. “I knew I wanted to be an artist from childhood and started drawing at about five years old. Even at a young age, I was attracted to portraits and figure painting. I did a variety of other subject matter until committing to full-time portraiture in 2000,” she said. “I have always loved drawing and painting the figure. My work is primarily family portraiture, thus most of my subjects are either the children or grandchildren of my clients.” Primarily using watercolor and oil in her work, Harrison feels that watercolor is the ideal medium for young children because “it allows for a subtlety of tone, achieved through multiple transparent layers, that is unattainable in any other medium.” Understanding the importance of study and learning from other artists, Harrison has a few favorite artists including John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Juaquin Sorolla, and Claude Monet. “First three I admire their draughtsmanship and overall painting skills. Monet I love for his beautiful use of color in painting different types of light,” she said. “I study the work of artists I admire not to imitate but to understand their

approach to their subjects.” The process for her portraits includes a lot of prep work. Harrison starts with a visit to the clients’ location for a photo session. This is where she usually spends about three hours photographing the subject, taking notes, and choosing the right reference photos for the portrait. “When I’m doing the sitting, I’m watching for expression as well as pleasing shapes for the most pleasing images I can get for the portrait reference,” she said. “I prefer soft smiles for a more timeless look to the portrait. I invite my clients’ comments in choosing the final reference material so that they can be part of the process.” In 2003, Harrison was commissioned by the University of North Carolina Wilmington to paint the portrait of Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Tyndall, the former Dean of Education. Harrison was thrilled to be selected as the official artist for the 2012 North Carolina Azalea Festival. “I was selected by the president of the festival that year, Dr. Charles Kays,” she said. Her stunning portrait of three children in Spirit of the Azalea Festival is one of her favorite works. “I have a personal connection to that painting because two of the girls are my great nieces.”

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art beat With more than 100 portraits in her portfolio, Harrison has had a successful career as an artist. As her portraits are privately commissioned works, she has been able to work from home during this pandemic. “I am represented by a number of prominent nationally and regionally portrait agencies. This year and the COVID pandemic have presented a challenge for most artists. Fortunately, with the nature of my work I am alone when I am painting. I have been able to do photo sessions by masking and practicing social distancing.” Harrison currently has representation by the following Portrait Agencies. Portrait Associates, Raleigh, NC, New South Portraits, Greensboro, NC, Lori Mitchell Art, Macon, GA, J Daniel Portraiture and Fine Art and Portraits Incorporated. She currently teaches painting at Brunswick Community College. For more information about her portraits and teaching, you can email her at terrysharrison@yahoo.com. You can also find her on Facebook at Terry Sellers Harrison Portraiture.

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ne of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get back to writing this Cheers column on a monthly basis. It’s gotten away from me and I miss it. So I figured I’d use Beers To Begin 2021 as a theme. We need to start this year on the right foot, clearly. Not wanting to wiff on such an important mission, and keeping the Christmas Spirit in mind, I sought the advice of a Beer Wise Man, Dewayne Hedrick, proprietor of the Southport Tap & Cellar. Dewayne really came though for me. He sent me away with a variety of beers with a concentration on local, because buying local is the right thing to do. Here are my thoughts on Dewayne’s recommendations for First Beers of the New Year. Profusion 3.0 New England Pale Ale from Bill’s Brewing Company, Wilmington, NC. ABV: 6.2% IBU: 36 We’re off to a good start. This beer made me make “mmmmmmm” noises after the first sip. I’m not a huge IPA guy, but the New England IPA variety seems to me to be IPAs for Not IPA Guys. The IBU (a bitterness rating) level is only 36, so it’s not so hoppy it knocks you over, but the hop to malt ratio is definitely on the hops side. It has a mildly sweet, fruity taste as well that makes for refreshing beer, perfect for sipping in front of the fire. Does anyone around here even have fireplace? Even if you don’t, it’s a good one for after dinner, or during dinner I would think. I should have cracked this one open with our wings last night. Next time. This beer gets extra credit for putting the latitude and longitude coordi-

nates of the brewery on the can. Highway of Diamonds Belgian Table Beer, a collaboration from the Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance. This beer was created by New Anthem Beer project in Wilmington, Waterline Brewery in Wilmington and Salty Turtle Brewing in Surf City. ABV: 4.7% IBU: 33 Though this is classified as a ‘table beer” I’m finding it drinks just fine from a desk. Or, I should say, I did until the Lovely and Talented Lisa wandered into the room, tasted it, and stole it from me. The Belgians know beer. And even if these breweries are pretty far from Belgium, they do the style an honor. This is a tad lower in IBUs than the previous beer, but world’s more malty. I would go so far as to say bready, if that is even a word (auto-correct thinks not.) You are supporting not one, but three local breweries by including this in your

New Year’s Beer Celebration, but that is not all. A portion of the proceeds from the sales go to support Nourish NC’s efforts to feed children. So really, if you DON’T buy one of these (from Dewayne of course), you are seriously risking bad Karma. But don’t worry, you’ll get the benefit of a delicious brew. Karma works like that. Woke Up Like This Imperial Breakfast Stout from Casita Brewing Company ABV: 12% IBU: N/A I have to admit I did not save this one for breakfast, though I was tempted. Not sure it would have led to a productive morning, but may have been worth it! I see what Dwayne was doing here, starting the year off with a Breakfast Beer, right? Well, he wasn’t wrong. According to the label, this Imperial Stout is brewed with Vanilla, Coffee, Lactose and Oats. The oats and lactose make it a really thick brew, and the coffee and va-

nilla make it delicious. The 12% alcohol isn’t bad either. That’s the Imperial part. The Casita Brewing Company isn’t quite as local as the others we’ve heard from this month, but it is a North Carolina outfit, based in Wilson. So there you have it. Three perfectly suitable beers to begin your 2021. Only thing left to say is: CHEERS TO 2021!

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Upcoming Art Events ALL Programs Feature An Art Show, A Watercolor Artist and Photographers


Beginning January 15, 2021, the Art League of Leland (ALL) will accept submissions for “It’s ALL Art,” the organization’s annual art exhibition and sale to be held on May 1 and 2, 2021, at the Brunswick Forest Fitness and Wellness Center in Leland, in accordance with NC guidelines in effect at that time.  The deadline to register is March 5, 2021.   ALL welcomes applications from 2-D and 3-D artists in various disciplines throughout the Lower Cape Fear area. The cost to enter is $25 for Art League of Leland members and $40 for nonmembers. Three pieces of artwork will be selected by exhibition visitors for People’s Choice Awards.  

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Visit ALL’s website www.artleagueofleland.org for submission guidelines and a PDF of the registration forms to print and complete. Considerations for acceptance include but are not limited to the quality of the artwork and a balance of media represented in the exhibition. Accepted artists will be responsible for delivering their artwork on April 30, 2021. If you have any questions, please email itsALLart2020@ gmail.com.  

February meeting The Art League of Leland (ALL) invites artists and art enthusiasts to its Thursday, February 4, virtual meeting with watercolor artist Janice Castiglione as its featured guest speaker. Castiglione will explore her artistic journey and share her craft with attendees. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4-6 pm. To register to attend, email artleagueofleland@gmail.com by January 28. Details about how to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to registered attendees several days before the meeting. If conditions surrounding the pandemic allow for an in-person meeting at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, ALL will announce meeting updates on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and www.artleagueofleland.org. Calling watercolor painting her true passion, Janice Castiglione finds the colors and flowing textures exciting. She  enjoys a good challenge and remains determined to master a medium that many find to be the most difficult.  The subjects of her paintings are typically found in the natural world. She has won many awards and was  twice accepted into the Society of Illustrators Exhibit in New York City and published in their annual book.  Now a Wilmington resident, Castiglione teaches watercolor classes and workshops at the Museum School at the Cameron Art Museum.     Growing up in Western New York, Castiglione lived above her family’s tavern. Often bored, she would amuse herself by drawing for hours while sitting at the restaurant’s dining room table. She  went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from  Empire State College in Illustration and

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Graphic Design. While raising her family, Castiglione taught art classes and freelanced for companies like Random House, American Greetings, and Modern Publishing. Later, she joined Fisher Price and created the look of hundreds of Little People figures and play sets, including for Disney.   We hope you’ll join us to meet and learn from this talented artist.

March Meeting The Art League of Leland (ALL) invites artists and art enthusiasts to its Thursday, March 4, 2021, virtual meeting with professional photographers John Mehalik and Alan Morris. Mehalik and Morris will share their tips and ideas about photographing artwork as well as field questions following a video presentation by Chuck Black Art. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4-6 pm. To register to attend, email artleagueofleland@gmail.com by February 26.

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The Cape Fear area has inspired John Mehalik’s pursuit of “chasing shadows and light” to capture special moments in time. After retiring from the Fairfax County, Virginia, school system, Mehalik worked at George Mason University. HWatercolor, Photography and a is interest in photography led him to pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Media from the University of Virginia. His background includes teach-

ing photography classes for Northern Virginia Community College and owning his own portrait and wedding photography business. Mehalik has exhibited his photographs and won awards in various juried and non-juried local and state competitions and venues   Alan Morris specializes in sports and event photography, and his portrait photography includes celebrity portraits. Morris photographs both locally and nationally. His action shots have appeared in local newspapers and magazines and are frequently requested for sports banquets and award presentations. Morris also sup-

ports the Cape Fear Raptor Center with his photography of injured and recovering birds of prey. Following thirty years with the U.S. Capitol Police, he retired to Leland in 2014.   We hope that you will join us. Details about how to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to registered attendees several days before the meeting. If conditions surrounding the pandemic allow for an in-person meeting at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, ALL will announce meeting updates on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and www.artleagueofleland. org.

About the Art League of Leland: ALL’s mission is to encourage, guide, support, inform, and provide learning opportunities for area artists and advocates of the arts. ALL welcomes artists and art

lovers not only from Leland but also from neighboring communities. To learn more, go to www.artleagueofleland.org.

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15 Random Tips For A Better 2021 Health, Fitness and Personal Care Ideas

STORY BY BRIAN TULLY, MS 1. Set goals with conviction and true belief that you can accomplish them. As Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Don’t ever underestimate the power in that. Creating a “Vision Board” can be an incredibly powerful tool to keep you focused on your goals. If you’re thinking that it’s some silly exercise not worth doing... think again! Some of the most successful people in the world do this every single year! Here’s a great article on how to create one...http://jackcanfield. com/how-to-create-an-empoweringvision-book/

your life? This is a great tool for practicing gratitude and being more present throughout the day!

2. Keep a Happiness Jar. This is a jar that contains your happiest moments of each day. How it works is simple. When something makes you happy or feel grateful, write it down on a piece of paper and place it in your jar! How cool would it be to look back a week, a month, or even a year from now and read your happiest moments in

4. Like it or not, we’re influenced by the five people that we spend the most time with in our lives. It affects everything from our financial situation, to the decisions we make, to our personalities. Think about if the people you spend the most time with are supportive, encouraging, and truly care about you. If not, reconsider who is in your inner circle.

3. Better sleep. Part of your nighttime ritual should include shutting down all electronic equipment including your TV at least one hour before going to sleep. The blue and white light from your TV, phones, Kindles, and other devices actually prevents your body from releasing the melatonin which helps you to fall asleep. Be intentional about shutting your screens off at night and see if you can notice the difference in the quality of your sleep.

The quality of your life depends on it. 5. Ease those sugar cravings. The healthier you eat on a regular basis, the less and less you will crave sugar. But that’s not helpful if you’re in the moment and all you want is a hot fudge sundae, right?! Here are three quick tips. A. Drink some water. B. Take a “breathing break,” sit down for two minutes and focus on your breathing and listening to your body. C. Brush your teeth. Try each of these three strategies next time you get a craving and you should be able to keep them at bay. 6. Treat yourself to a massage. Getting a massage isn’t just a luxury service - it can be a part of your routine care. Not only does a massage feel good, it helps reduce anxiety, relieves headaches, treats soft tissue strains and injuries, eases joint pain, along with a host of other benefits. If it is not in the budget, there are numerous tools like a foam roller, ball, etc. to help you do it yourself. 7. It’s important to remind yourself the “why” as well as the “what” any time you’re setting a new goal, breaking a habit, or making a change in your life. Your WHY is one of THE most important things that’ll keep you going when the excuses or hesitations rear their head. Think about one goal that is really important to you right now. Write down your “WHY” for reaching that goal. If you can’t come up with at least one really great answer, create another goal! 8. Get at least seven hours of sleep. Lack of sleep will make your mind tired, lower your immune system and even cause you to overeat.

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9. Keep your stress in check; if you are a 7 or higher on a scale from 1-10 (10 being the highest) it is too high. You want to keep it under a 5. Take a break and tune into a song that makes you smile, call a friend, take a 5-minute walk, and/or take 10 deep breathes. Do daily checks on your stress level. If they are high, use your strategies. Relax and take a few minutes for yourself. Life is not a race; it’s a journey…enjoy it! 10. Keeping a journal allows you to connect…with yourself. It will help to identify areas in your life that may be on autopilot and give you more clarity. Simply writing for a few minutes each day has been proven to reduce stress, help you stay focused on your goals, increase happiness, and even strengthen your immune system. 11. Getting enough fiber in our d iets is crucial. If you’re younger than 50, men need 38g and women need 25g. If you’re older than 50, men need 30g and women need 21g. It not only aids in weight loss, but it helps keep bowel movement regular, helps control blood sugar levels, and lower cholesterol. Google “high fiber foods” to learn more. 12. People who exercise as little as 15 minutes a day have a 14 percent lower mortality risk than people who don’t exercise at all. Did you know your body heals 8x faster when you regularly exercise? Circulating fresh oxygen and blood through your body helps to flush toxic build-up from your cells. Something is better than nothing! No excuses…get in a workout everyday…even if

it’s just 15 minutes. 13. Compliment someone each day. Not only is it an easy way to make someone smile, but you just may encourage that person to do the same for someone else. 14. Doing something different every day – even just switching radio stations – shakes us out of our routine and can help us kick bad habits! Try ordering something new at a restaurant, opening doors with your “other” hand, shopping in a new store, or even sitting in a different chair at home. Extensive research has shown time and time again that variety really is the spice of life.

picking up a few indoor plants! Plants are great for improving air quality and have also been proven to enhance cognitive function. If you don’t have a green thumb, here are a few plants that need little care and are almost impossible to kill: Spider plants, Dracaena, Peace Lilly, Boston Fern and Aloe Vera. I wish each of you an amazing year ahead. I hope you will give these a try, and you truly notice a difference. If you have any questions or other thoughts to share, I would love to hear from you! Brian@BetterTogetherFitness.com BetterTogetherFitness.com

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ufus is a hound dog, actually a Black and Tan Coonhound.

wrote a column about him for the January 2018 Pet issue, and I loved reading it now and seeing that pretty much, nothing has changed. He is still just as goofy, just as sassy, just as loving, still banned from the veterinarian’s waiting room, and still a member of our family who brings us such joy.

We adopted Rufus, and he adopted us, in November of 2017 from the Columbus County Animal Shelter. Of course there are several great agencies with pets available for adoption right here in Brunswick County, including the Brunswick County Animal

Shelter, S.O.A.R. and Paws Place, but at the time, we were specifically looking for a hound, and Columbus County is where we found Rufus. We had lost our Belle, likely a Red Bone/Black and Tan mix, over the summer, and by late fall, we decided it was time to have a

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about 90-some pounds. He was so skinny and so hungry then that we probably spoil him just a bit, even three years later. Everything about suburban living was new to Rufus, but he learned very quickly. He still despises electronics though. If you’re

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community petting him and your phone vibrates, he will likely walk away. And if the oven sets off the smoke detector, he runs into the office and barks at the computer, I guess because he thinks that big unnatural box thing must be to blame for the loud shrieking noise. But otherwise, he has claimed the futon for his own and has really taken to the life of home office dog, or Rufus the Newshound, as Jeffrey likes to call him. I have to insert a side note here before I segue to the next topic. I’m multitasking, writing this and cooking dinner and going back and forth between them. Rufus was very interested in our dinner prep tonight and I had to remind him of his manners several times. He is tall enough that he can sniff, and could probably steal, food on the counters. I finally banished him from the kitchen, and apparently that hurt his feelings. He stood just outside the kitchen, cheeks puffing (it’s a hound thing) and very quietly, mournfully crying. I ignored it and he still didn’t get anything other than the food in his bowl. When our son John moved to Greensboro for college, Rufus was very confused. It must be hard for pets, adjusting to people sometimes

moving in and out of their houses. Whenever John comes home, Rufus is so excited to see him and then usually spends a few days looking for John after he leaves. For John’s birthday in the fall, we met him at a park near Raleigh. We took Rufus, and when that dog saw his boy across the parking lot, it got very loud in our car. He loves his boy. It’s that love of family that also makes Rufus very protective. We’ve had hounds before, but this one takes his job as family and home protector very seriously. Anyone who even comes in our driveway is suspect in his eyes. We thought it was just a thing at home, but one day we saw a delivery driver down the street. Rufus must have recognized the signature brown truck, and even though we weren’t near our house, Rufus was a bit too interested in the man and his truck and we had to hurry him along. So three years later since I first wrote about him, and Rufus is now a healthy dog. He still loves to play, and when I come home, he still often meets me at the door with a toy in his mouth, wagging his tail and ready to play. He still throws his toy at me sometimes, but we have now figured out that means his food bowl is empty. I know quite a few people who have adopted dogs recently, and I am so glad to see it. Some had lost a furry member of their family and were ready to welcome a new one, and others were just increasing the pack. Whatever the reason, they’ve opened up their homes and their hearts. In this crazy year of 2020, I know we could all use a little more puppy love, a little more tail wagging, and a lot more playing with joyful abandon. And if all of that comes with a little drool, well, I guess that’s okay too.

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Above: Our friends at Cape Fear Voices and Teen Scene collect more than 150 coats during last month’s drive. Congatulations, guys! L-R: Gerald Decker, Pres. Teen Scene, Inc.; Pat Batleman, Leland Area Rotary Club; BFA Leland Pantry - Christopher Rivenbark and Beth Lewis; Eric Mens, VP Teen Scene, Inc. Left: Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman bestowed VFW Post 12196 Leland with the 2020 Citizen of the Year award. Councilwoman Veronica Carter assisted with the award presentation to Post Commander, Gerald Decker, at the December Leland Town Council Meeting.

The Kiwanis Club of North Brunswick participated in a drive-by parade at the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, Lake Waccamaw, on December 12. This event was part of a group effort on the part of six of the Kiwanis clubs in Division 26 to bring holiday cheer and personal and cottage gifts to the resident children. The kids were delighted with the parade, the decorations, and the fanfare that included festively decorated and lighted vehicles, children, and even a few four-legged participants! www.LelandMag.com /January /January 2021/ 2021/ Leland Magazine 27



through Saturdays. Masks are required, as is social distancing. Online programs also available: Live Learning on Facebook on Tuesdays at 5 pm; Story time with Captain Meanie on YouTube on Wednesdays at 3 pm; Trivia Thursdays at 10 am on Facebook; Craft time on Facebook with Captain Meanie at 11 am on Fridays; and Sunday stretch at 11 am on Instagram.

Some places are opened again, and we’ve included events here that are still listed as scheduled, and also some reschedule dates pretty far in the future, but please remember that all events, dates and times are subject to change. For programs offered through the Town of Leland, visit https://apm. activecommunities.com/townofleland/ to register online or call 910-408-3092. .

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The group welcomes artists of all kinds and normally meets monthly (except in summer months) 4-6 p.m. at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way. Sign up ALL’s February meeting by Jan. 28. Details on Page 18

Enjoy beautiful holiday-themed displays at Founders Park, 113 Town Hall Drive.


Brunswick Civil War Round Table

The Brunswick Civil War Round Table meeting in January features local historian and award winning author, Philip Gerard who will present a program on “The Last Battleground: Understanding the Civil War through the Experience of North Carolina.” The Zoom meeting begins at 7 pm. Attendance is for members only, but anyone is welcome to become a member prior to the program. Email to Brunswickcwrt@gmail.com. Annual membership dues are just $25.


Demo/Work Day — Eagles Island Community Rowing Meet the crew, explore the dock and see what rowing is all about, 9-11 am at Riverwalk Park.


Water/Ways Poetry - Maritime Museum The Maritime Museum staff leads an online discussion about our three waters — the river, ocean and estuary. The program includes poems about each and will run from 2-3 pm. Send your poem in by Jan. 7 for inclusion in the program.


Mug Madness at Leland Cultural Arts Center See mugs made by potters taking classes at the Center. Mugs will be on

LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT display from 6-8 pm at the Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way. Shop for a mug or enjoy some tea or hot cocoa.

Ongoing Events

Riverwalk Marketplace

Fridays and Saturdays 11 am - 6 pm.; Sundays 11 am - 4 pm, Fresh seafood, seasonings and all things related to seafood, and lots of fresh produce, all with the beautiful backdrop of the Brunswick River.

Town of Leland — Parks & Recreation Check out http://bit.ly/lelandevents for more information on classes and online programs, including: painting, pottery, jewelry-making, acting, dance and more.

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site 8884 St. Philip’s Rd. SE, Winnabow The grounds are open, and distancing protocols are in place inside. There is plenty to do and see outside, with historic ruins, great information on the site’s history, and some of the most beautiful riverfront property in the County. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

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Leland Library - 487 Village Road

The Library is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 5 pm. Curbside delivery is still available - reserve your book and pick it up outside the library. Call 910-371-9442. Visit https:// www.brunswickcountync.gov/library/ for more information about the Brunswick County Library system and a list of other reading resources.

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Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College 701 N. Third Street in Wilmington Feb 18, 2021 — Rain, 7:30 pm. A tribute to The Beatles.

April 15, 2021 — Cirque Eloize, 7:30 pm. This cirque show centers around the happenings and characters of an art deco hotel. June 9, 2021 — Trace Adkins, 7:30 pm. The Grammy-nominated Country musician performs. Aug 10-12, 2021 — Cats — The hit Broadway musical by Andrew


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May 15 (new date)— The Kingston Trio — The iconic American folk and pop group performs. Check https://www.brunswickcc. edu/odell-williamson-auditorium/ for

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HWY 55 BURGERS, SHAKES AND FRIES 1114 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-371-2707 Retro-themed chain with 1950’s sodafountain look


Magnolia Greens Golf Course 1800 Tommy Jacobs Dr., Leland 910-383-0998 Traditional American Breakfast, Brunch and Burgers

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CAPE FEAR SEAFOOD CO Waterford Leland, 910-399-6739 American seafood, signature dishes, hand cut fish, steaks and chicken, freshly made desserts all served in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

DUNKIN DONUTS 1132 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-383-8383 Hand crafted espresso drinks, fresh made all day breakfast sandwiches and delicious donuts.

EMPIRE DELI AND BAGEL 1105 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-383-8383

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P.T.’S OLDE FASHIONED GRILLE 1035 Grandiflora Dr, Leland 910-399-6808 Burgers, sandwiches and fresh-cut fries

SAN FELIPE MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1114 New Point Blvd, #140, Leland 910-371-1188 Mexican Food and Drink

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JERSEY MIKE’S 2029 Olde Regent Way, Leland 910-523-5300 Sub sandwiches

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THE JOYCE IRISH PUB 1174 Turlington Ave, Ste 101, Leland 910-408-1400 Irish Pub, Burgers, Beverage

LATITUDES Compass Pointe, Leland 910-777-7740 Floribbean, fresh fish, sauces, tropical themed appetizers, and frozen drinks

LOCAL’S TAVERN 1107 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910- 769-1289 American Bar/Pub, Music

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Breakfast Restaurant

WOK AND ROLL 2013 Olde Regent Way, Leland 910-371-9025 Chinese


YUMMI YUMMI 112 Village Rd NE, Leland 910-371-0077 Chinese

1114 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-371-0021 Japanese, Sushi, Asian

SMITHFIELD’S CHICKEN ’N BAR-B-Q 2020 Olde Regent Way, Leland 910-371-6900 Counter-serve chain offers fried chicken &Eastern NC BBQ vinegar-based sauce

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