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No-Excuses January Jumpstart Experts say “just as you are” IS good enough Julie Smith, 39, of Mooresville made a New Year’s resolution to lose five pounds last January. She met her goal and lost eight more by March. Days on the lake last summer were more fun, she says, because she’d lost 23 pounds and lowered her blood pressure … just by overcoming her fear of the gym. “I always thought I needed to get in shape before joining the gym,” says Smith. Many people resolve to get healthier and start a fitness routine this time of year, says Dr. Kevin Craft, co-owner of the four Gold’s Gym locations in the Lake Norman area and North Charlotte. “But they think they have to drop a few pounds first, so they look better,” adds Craft. Not true. Gold’s Gym has been a leader in health and fitness since 1965, with 700 locations around the globe, and it draws not only singles, but also working parents and retirees. “About 55 percent of our members are women,” says Craft. “We’re not the gym filled with muscle heads people perceive us to be. We’re the official gym of AARP and a sponsor of the American Diabetes Association — we’re about helping people live longer, healthier lives.” Smith now laughs at her fear of not knowing what to do at the gym or being so out of shape that she’d be laughed at. “I’d thought the equipment would be too sophisticated and I would fall off the treadmill or pass out on the elliptical machine,” she says. “I went twice the first week and joined a class. Everyone was very helpful, and I didn’t feel out of

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Contents |

10 The Main Channel 14 Porthole

What’s hip at Lake Norman

The 2010 Ryan Newman Foundation 6th Annual Charity Dinner and Artists in Action

16 The Captain’s Chair

Discovery Place KIDS’ Debbie Curry talks about a dream come true

18 Rip Currents —

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The Popp family knows a thing or two about throwing the pigskin around

22 Smooth Sailing 24 Around the Track

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A day at Well of Mercy soothes the soul

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes a charge to the top

26 Special Section

The Lake Norman Homebuilders Association’s 2010 Best of the Lake Design winners

40 Strong Currents A local urology practice offers robotic-assisted surgery

42 Game On

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Mooresville’s Dave Kiley turns a setback into a winning sports career

46 Galley 50 Grapevine 54 Home Port

Café 100 feels like home

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A Denver lakeside home offers rustic elegance

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The Ice Bucket starts 2011 off with a splash

— 20 Questions Blair Miller talks about living the sweet life at Lake Norman

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LAKE NORMAN’S MOST DISTINCTIVE HOMES Point Waterview One of the Point’s most tastefully appointed homes. Fabulous setting with views of both the water and Golf course. Phenomenal furnishings package included in offering price. Perfect 2nd Home. MLS# 978647 Agents: Reed Jackson 704-7133623 & Doris Nash 704-201-3786 $ 1,999,900

Cornelius Waterfront Out of a Magazine New Kitchen w/wood beams, huge island, granite, stainless appliances w/adjoining family room w/stone fireplace. Huge windows looking out to sandy beach & great waterview. 3 car garage, circle drive. Hardwoods, 2 story great room, huge master closet. Lower level recreation room. MLS#988597 Agent: Lori Jackson 704-996-5686 $ 1,299,000

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Unique 2 home compound on LKN Island. Boathouse with BR/ Kitchen/1Bath residence with walls of windows that slide open and turn it into an open pavillion. Boathouse has drive-in garage/boat lift. 4 BR, 3 full baths, Brazillian Wood floors. MLS#986562 Agent: Lori Jackson 704-996-5686/Jan Sipe 704-453-4677

4 Bed, 3.5 bath, custom built. Blocks from Davidson College & village center. Kitchen with thermador appl’s, stone fireplaces, hardwood floors & tile baths. Voted Best Of Class 2010 Homebuilders Association Show. MLS#965737 Agent: Reed Jackson 704-713-3623

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Waterfront on beautiful park like flat lot. 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths. Oversized 3 car garage. Floating dock. New roof, updated appliances & HVAC. MLS#971775 Agent: Lori Jackson

Tranquil setting. Exquisite WF home, gourmet kitchen, granite, two bonus rooms, arched windows, extensive lighting, hardwood floors, pre-wired built-in generator. MLS#983902 Agent Lori Jackson 704-996-5686/ Judy Flowe 704-608-9261

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his is the time of year when everyone talks about New Year’s resolutions. Friends vow to make it to the gym at least twice a week and to cut sugar out of their diets completely. Others pledge that they’ll read at least one book a month. While others swear that this is the year they’re going to relax and enjoy life more, smell the roses if you will. There’s nothing wrong with any of these resolutions, but if you read them carefully, you’ll see that they don’t really involve others. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about taking care of yourself, but I think it might be even more rewarding if we also promised to do something for someone else this year. While we were putting this issue together, we asked folks about their New Year’s resolutions (page 12). When Jeff Tarte, mayor of Cornelius, sent me his resolutions, his first line screamed out to me — “Do random acts of kindness randomly and regularly. (I challenge everyone to do this on Fridays in 2011.)” Right then and there, I decided that I too was going to make this my resolution. We all know how good it makes us feel when someone does something nice for us unexpectedly. Perhaps someone let you have a parking space, gave you an extra coupon while 8

you were standing at the checkout or told you how nice a certain color looks on you. As a mother who constantly pushes a double stroller around, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when someone helps me with the door. Just think of what a difference it would make if you could spread that type of joy around just one day a week for a year. To borrow a line from The Kinks, we live in a “mixed up, muddled up, shook up world” these days. Sometimes the headlines are so grim, I either turn the news off or flip to an old Seinfeld episode. We all need comfort in some shape or form, and one of the best ways to get it is to pull together and know that we’re not alone. So this year as you make your way to the gym, take a minute to wish the person running on the next treadmill a good morning. As you’re checking out that book you’re going to read, tell the librarian how much you appreciate them being there. And while you try to relax and enjoy life more, remember that one of the best ways to do that is to help someone else enjoy life more. Maybe this “random acts of kindness” thing will catch on, and we won’t have to limit it to just Fridays. Happy New Year!

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Feast, Not Famine

Local food options abound in the Lake Norman area during the winter months if you just know where to look By Renee Roberson

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Lots of flavors, cupcakes and bargains galore •Michaella and Jon Dalton of Cornelius have opened 32 Flavors

Boutique in Downtown Mooresville. “When we came here [Mooresville] we took a lot of our best-selling artists from our Birkdale [Village] location and kind of carried them over here. We’ve also found a lot of additional local artists,” explains Michaella, who managed the former Maddi’s Gallery in Birkdale Village before opening her

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With memories of summer tomatoes and mornings at the local farmers’ markets slowly fading, residents who enjoy piling their plates with locally grown food might be wondering where to shop for similar fare in the winter. But in reality, local farms typically don’t stop producing in the winter months, you just have to know where to look, says local resident Wes Shi, co-founder of Know Your Farms, a subscription-based food program that offers members local food selections from a variety of farms within a 30-mile radius of Davidson. Local fruit is harder to come by during the winter months, but you can find root vegetables and dietary staples such as collards, kale, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, beets and turnips at many of the local farms. Farmers also continue to produce meat and dairy products during the winter months, although fresh poultry may be a little harder to find. “We use crops that can survive colder weather,” explains Shi. “If you’re trying to eat a local diet, you have to be willing to eat a little less of a varied diet. But the proteins are there year round.” The Scoop To learn more about Know Your Farms, visit www.KnowYourFarms.com or call 980.225.1020.   Here’s a look at other places to find local selections: The Bradford Store What you’ll find: Organic dairy, meats, produce, baked goods and more 15915 Davidson-Concord Road, Huntersville www.thebradfordstore.com 704.439.4303 www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org. Old Store Produce What you’ll find: Produce, jams, baked goods 14720 Brown Mill Road, Huntersville www.localharvest.org/farms/M38608 704.992.6106

own shop. “We primarily focus on jewelry, but we’ve got lots of wall art and small gifty items as well.” www.32flavorsboutique.com.

•If you’re sweet tooth has withdrawal from all of the holiday goodies you consumed last month, stop in for a fix at Just Baked Cupcakes inside the Carolina Art Garden at The Oak Street Mill in Cornelius. Owned and operated by Chris and Missy Wallace of Davidson, Just Baked offers a variety of flavors from Campfire Smores to Salted Caramel to Chocolate Bacon. “We have over 30 flavors, and we update our weekly menu on the Web site every


Joel Morris paints the retro mural of a Sundrop ad (circa 1958) on the side of Tullulah’s Antiques in Downtown Mooresville.

A Day in the Life of a Mural Artist Davidson’s Joel Morris shares the ins and outs of what’s involved Joel Morris is the guy who’s been painting the retro mural of a Sundrop ad (circa 1958) on the side of Tullulah’s Antiques in Downtown Mooresville. We asked the Davidson artist to chronicle a typical day. Turns out there’s a lot of horn blowing, weather watching and Joel Morris Sundrop drinking involved when painting the side of a building. 8:30 a.m. — Coffee. Try all the new coffee places. Need coffee to contemplate — and concentrate. Plus, it’s an excuse not to get on the lift and get up high, which I’m not that crazy about. 9:02 a.m. — Horn blows, “Get a bigger brush. You’ll never finish with that tiny brush.” Only the school bus rolling by sends more scathing verbal messages. 10 a.m. — It’s a little intimidating,

painting something that’s supposed to look like something specific in public. 10:18 a.m. — Hot. And it’s not getting any cooler. But a grandmother stops by and informs me that her pre-school granddaughter, who she takes to school, insists on coming by the wall every day to check my progress. And she loves it. So there are some rewards for my efforts. 11:25 a.m. — Marsha or Sheila [the owners of Tullulah’s Antiques] come out to see how I’m doing. Without them I would have dehydrated many days ago. They keep me in water (and Sundrop). Noon — Really hot. Need to get off the lift for a while. Shade. Yes. 1 p.m. — Back on the wall. The brick is over 100 years old. Not the smoothest

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Tabor’s name. She’s the brain behind the Huge Kids Sale held twice a year in Cornelius, Concord and Mooresville. Now she’s opened Kids Emporium, a consignment store for kids and teens, in Cornelius. “People can tag their own things, let me tag it or they can sell to me outright,” says Tabor. “I call it creative consignment.” www.kidsemporium-nc.com.

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•In our November 2010 issue, we mistakenly listed a few incorrect designers

for Apricot Lane Boutique. We regret the error and would like to correct it. This new Birkdale Village boutique carries the Rock Revival denim line for women, as well as Big Star for men. Brands such as Free People offer a selection of stylish pieces for all ages, and Tulle coats and jackets have been a hit with the colder weather. The boutique will soon offer Miss Me Couture. “Apricot Lane opened with a lot of West Coast and celebrity-inspired looks,” says Leslie Benjamini, who co-owns the store with her brother, Bruce Hackel. “It really offers people some of the styles that they see in all of the magazines.” www.apricotlanebirkdale.com 11

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surface to paint on. Much patience... 1:35 p.m. — A lot of people like to make photographs. One says “I like to paint, but couldn’t do that, but my sister could.” Everybody’s got a relative with work in the Louvre. 2:15 p.m. — One bad thing about painting a mural at a stoplight is blaring horns. People stopped at the light look over and watch me paint. The light turns green, they don’t move, horns blow — very unnerving. 3 p.m. — Hoping it doesn’t rain. Yesterday it rained, paint ran and I had to do it over. 3:42 p.m. — Dave, the ice cream man, stopped by on his way home. I see Dave just about every day now. We chat for a minute. 4 p.m. — My friend, Dennis, a local business owner stops by to heckle me a little — we banter. 4:18 p.m. — My young friend, Christian, and his buddy stop by. They’ve just gotten out of school. I met Christian while painting another mural five years earlier. He would stop by to watch and chat. 4:37 p.m. — I’m tired. This kind of work is tedious and physical. It’s time to stop. I’ve got to clean my brushes and try to get a little paint off myself. 5:10 p.m. — Marsha [the building owner] comes out with her camera. She makes pictures every day, which is great because it documents the progress. 5:30 p.m. — Home. Thinking about tomorrow and what to do. I really do enjoy it. It’s a good life. — Joel Morris, photography by Sarah McGraw


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“My New Year’s resolution is to get my blood pressure down and my blood sugar numbers down and to try to start walking again. I also want to make some outstanding photographs and paintings and get my new novel [Trouble in Love Valley] published.” “Cotton” Ketchie Artist, photographer and writer “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries, Inc., Mooresville

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“Just now, it looks like I have three personal resolutions: lose 10 pounds, increase my exercise program and retire. I’ve done each of them more times than make it credible that I’ll succeed on either/ any of them in 2011. So maybe I’ll just resolve to ask forgiveness for failures.”

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John W. Kuykendall Interim President of Davidson College “Do random acts of kindness randomly and regularly. (I challenge everyone to do this on Fridays in 2011.) Treat ALL people respectfully. (The “all” is the hard part.) Help Speaker Thom Tillis advance his vision for the state. Get and keep my weight in 180s. (This is a classic and almost a cliché as a resolution — still important.) Drink no sodas during January. Improve my sporting clays and golf handicaps. Work with Mayor [John] Woods [Davidson] to ensure Mayor [Jill] Swain [Huntersville] has an occasional piece of key lime pie for her daughter. Encourage everyone to read CURRENTS Magazine (hope this is politically correct).” Photo by Ken Yung

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The 6th Annual Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Dinner and 5th Annual Fishing Tournament raised over $300,000 for its conservation and animal welfare efforts. The dinner, presented by Haas Automation, was held at the Newman farm in Statesville on December 10. SPEED TV Race Reporter Krista Voda was the emcee for the evening’s festivities. For more photos of these events, plus the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade, Christmas in Davidson and Currents 2nd Anniversary Party, please visit www.LNCurrents.com.

Krissie and Ryan Newman lead the activities at the 2010 Ryan Newman Foundation 6th Annual Charity Dinner.

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From left, Carrie Collins, Michaela Ruiz and Jill Gregory.

From left, Stuart and Kendall Greene traveled from Asheville to attend the event.

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Lily Olver creates one-of-a-kind button rings.

Pete Brown and Mitchell Mayhew discuss the intricacies of acrylic and oil painting.

Tondra Williams creates custom jewelry.

The Rusty Knox Band entertained the crowd with its distinct style of bluegrass, country and folk tunes.

Artists in Action

Robert Burke designs and paints his own unique creature art.

On Wednesday, December 8, two dozen artists from Carolina Art Garden in Cornelius displayed their unique crafts at a fundraiser for Bella Love Charlotte at Havana Banquet & Ballroom. The mission of Bella Love Charlotte is to provide events and social gatherings that advance the development of local music and art while promoting cultural awareness and positively impacting charitable causes in our community. Artists in Action was an event held to raise funds for Kaye Bastian, a member of the Lake Norman community who is suffering from stage IV cancer.

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Flavia Lovetelli creates baskets and accessories with recycled, coiled paper.

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Lake Norman resident Ruth Habersham makes sweetgrass baskets just like the ones you see in Charleston.


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f you’ve been to Discovery Place KIDS (DPK) in Huntersville, you probably found yourself saying, “Wow! They thought of everything.” Well, the children’s museum pretty much did, especially if you’re less than 42 inches tall. One of the people who helped think of everything is Debbie Curry, director of Discovery Place KIDS. As the former vice president of education at Discovery Place, Curry led the charge for DPK and has worked for the past six years making it a reality. We recently talked with the Cornelius resident to find out how the first few months of operation have gone.

How do you think DPK has been received so far?

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Oh I think it’s been received very well. Our attendance has been great. The parents give us great comments that they’re so excited that it’s opened. They really love it. We’ve had 100s of blogs on the Internet. We do our Google alert so we can see whenever our name is coming up. Parent after parent puts photos up of their trip and talks about what a great time they had while they were here, so that’s been great feedback for us and great marketing for us too because mothers are sharing with other mothers, parents are sharing with other parents. It’s kind of word of mouth.

Do you know how many visitors you’ve had so far? We’ve had over 25,000. We opened October 23, 2010. That figure is through the end of November. We knew it would be popular, but I think it’s much more popular than we ever dreamed. We’ve had a great response of families buying memberships. We tell people when they come in, “You can pay your admission and then go try it out and see how you like it.” That’s all we have to do. Then they come back, and they buy a membership.

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weren’t really sure about. That’s what we wanted it to be, that kind of place, but I think people are really seeing it as that. We kind of thought that’s the way things would work but to actually see it happening has been really great.

What seems to be the most popular exhibit so far? I think it’s different things for different children. The grocery store of course is always very popular. The fire truck being right there at the front, that’s the first place that folks gravitate to. The clubhouse, the climbing structure. I stay in the lobby sometimes and try to greet people and as people are leaving, I ask the children what their favorite thing is. What did you do today that was your favorite? They love the

activity of climbing. Climbing all the way up and sliding back down, climbing up and sliding back down. They’ll do it over and over again. The car care center has also been popular. Little ones are there all the time. Of course, the water table is popular. The thing I love is the babies at the water table. It so fascinates me. …It’s so much fun to watch them, just that look of pure wonder on their faces.

What are DPK’s goals for the future? I think we’re interested in really seeing how we can be more of a community resource. I think our future goals are working with teachers and getting school groups in here, being in the community for teachers and pre-school teachers.

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We hopefully want to be seen as a place where they can go for resources, for help, for education. We really want to become a resource throughout the community, seeing that we carry the banner for play and helping people understand that play is important for all children. It’s really something for a community to have a safe place for children to come and play. LNC More on www.LNCurrents.com THE SCOOP Discovery Place KIDS is located at 105 Gilead Road in Huntersville and focuses on children from birth to second grade. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. www.discoveryplacekids.org.

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Jim Popp’s Montreal Alouettes just won their second consecutive Grey Cup — the Canadian equivalent of the Super Bowl — in November.

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Joe Popp coached at several major colleges and reached the NFL as a defensive coordinator with Cleveland in the 1980s.

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or an amazing eight decades, football has been a constant in the Popp family of Mooresville. It all started in the late 1940s when patriarch Joe Popp moved from his native Pennsylvania to North Carolina to play football at Catawba College. Ever since, either Joe or son Jim have been involved in the sport as a player, coach or front-office official.

Both are proud of their accomplishments in the sport — and of each other. “Some people just have it,” Joe says of his son. “He was a great football mind,” Jim says. “I grew up liking football because of my dad.” These days the two are spending more time together than they have in years. Unsure of his future with the Alouettes, Jim moved his family from Montreal to Mooresville last summer. A few weeks later, he signed a fouryear contract extension. Now, he’s a commuter — going back and forth between North Carolina and Canada. But thanks to e-mail, the Internet and iPhones, the transition has been easier than Jim expected. “It’s like I’m there,” he says, “And I’m able to tune into all games if I’m not there. The way technology is, we can video stream everything, and I can have games and video like that.” When he is needed in Canada, Jim takes advantage of a direct flight from Charlotte to Montreal. During the offseason, he’ll travel

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Today, the Popps boast a resume that reads like football royalty. Joe coached at several major colleges and reached the NFL as a defensive coordinator with Cleveland in the 1980s. In September, Mooresville High School named its stadium after Joe, who won a state title as head coach in 1961. Jim attended Michigan State on a football scholarship and soon pursued coaching. Today, he’s widely seen as the top general manager in the Canadian Football League. His Montreal Alouettes just won their second consecutive Grey Cup — the Canadian equivalent of the Super Bowl — in November.


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the United States, scouting colleges and NFL training camps for potential players. Popp says that will be easier to do now that he’s based in North Carolina.

Home sweet home The relocation is also paying Jim personal dividends, as he’s purchased the longtime family home from his parents. “I always wanted to live in this house,” Jim says. “I grew up in it, and Mom and Dad wanted us to be back here. This gave us a great opportunity to be around my parents, and for me to be able to live in my hometown in a home I wanted to live in.” Part of Jim’s new routine is playing Mr. Mom. He and wife Kim have six children, ranging in age from 1 to 12. “I started doing things that I never really got to do with any of my kids, and that is to sit there and watch them practice their sports and In September, Mooresville High School named its stadium after Joe Popp, who won a state title as head coach in 1961.

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take them to school and pick them up,” he says. “And in between that I’m here working football while they’re at school. It’s worked out great.” But the Popps’ new life may not be permanent. If an NFL team came calling, for instance, Jim says he’d consider another relocation. “If the right situation comes along,” he says. “That’s the biggest thing. I’m going to do what’s best for my family. The issue is being happy and doing what you like doing and being treated well. I’ve been fortunate the CFL has treated me phenomenal.” One thing is certain, the Popp family is enjoying its time together. Joe Popp says having his son back in Mooresville is a blessing. “Oh my, it’s the greatest thing that’s happened to me,” he says. “It’s been just fantastic. I thank the good Lord every day.” LNC Scott Graf is a Corneliusbased broadcaster and freelance writer. A native of Iowa, he has lived in the Lake Norman area since 2006.

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like to greet a new year with a positive outlook and some personal goals jotted down in my journal. Until recently, I didn’t have either. Last year was riddled with challenges, and I was feeling a bit disconnected from “me.” An escape to Well of Mercy — a place of retreat just an hour north of Lake Norman — was the antidote I needed. More than a year ago, I heard about it from Cammie Howard, a wise woman and friend at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville. During a Lenten workshop, she had shared the many benefits of setting

apart time for solitude. The idea intrigued and terrified me at the same time. As posted on its Web site, Well of Mercy offers “quiet sanctuary for adults in need of a temporary respite from daily demands, expectations and stresses, or those who may simply wish to move apart for a time of prayer, rest and renewal.” I immediately called to reserve a day visit and blocked it out on my calendar. Resisting the urge to pressure a friend into accompanying me, I stayed true to my objective and prepared for a day with just me, myself and I … unplugged from being a

wife, a mother, and an employee and writer with deadlines to meet. A few weeks later, as I pulled out of my driveway just after 9 a.m., I smiled to myself, knowing that I was going it alone. The passenger seat was filled with devotional books and journals, my camera, and my iPod. Would I be bored after the first hour, or wishing I could stay a week at the end of the day? I drove north on I-77 unhurried. The sky was a brilliant blue, and the air was crisp. Exit 65 (toward Harmony) and a few winding roads led me to Well of Mercy, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. A main lodge, two guesthouses, two small cottages and a chapel are situated on some 100 picturesque acres. I arrived just after 10 a.m. and was greeted warmly by Julia Vogler and the dogs, who are part of The Well family: Patches, Rascal, Max and Hunter. I was given a tour and then met the founders, Sister Brigid McCarthy and Sister Donna Marie Vaillancourt, as well as the other staff. After dropping my stuff in a cozy sitting room, I set out to explore with my camera. A

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twists and turns my life has taken. My six-hour soul retreat at Well of Mercy left me wanting more of God’s peace. The Sisters’ ministry of hospitality and healing was both a cupful of refreshment and a loving hug of encouragement. And so, this is my resolution for 2011 — the year I will say goodbye to my 40s (hopefully with grace) and embrace a new decade of opportunity: to be intentional about gifting myself with time set apart for “me” and to return to Well of Mercy for reconnection and renewal. LNC

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last-minute decision to bring along a devotional book and my journal was a good one. Many spaces at Well of Mercy beckoned me and allowed me to exhale: front porch rocking chairs and hammocks, quaint garden benches, beautiful nature trails along the creek, a peace-filled chapel in the woods and a hilltop labyrinth. As I walked, I truly felt the presence of the Lord on this holy ground. Back at the main

house, I shared a delicious lunch with the Sisters and a few other guests around a long table in the very spacious kitchen/dining/living room area. I stayed a while to chat and laugh with Sister Brigid, whose sunny and sweet demeanor almost made me want to abandon the plans I’d made for the afternoon. But just after 1 p.m., I set out again, choosing to spend silent time reading down by the creek and in the chapel, as well as walking the labyrinth. As I strolled along the creek and listened to the soothing sounds of the water gently rushing over the rocks, I allowed self-doubt to be cleansed from my mind. And as I meandered through the labyrinth, I prayed for patience and steadfastness on my journey — mindful of the many paths,


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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year award after overcoming a 35-point deficit.

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The New Kid on the Block Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes a charge to the top

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f you listen to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. talk racing, you’d have no idea that he is the new kid on the block. Sure, he’s only 23 years old and, yes, he just completed his first full season driving the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. But Stenhouse knows the intricacies of the sport and talks about the importance of sponsorships, the value of teamwork and the stresses that come with being the front man like he is a seasoned veteran. He’s also a local guy who digs the food around the lake and says he has no plans to get on a bull again anytime soon.

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“It’s not as easy as I kind of thought it might be,” says Stenhouse as he reflects on the lessons of his first season. “I learned a lot of patience, and I learned that there’s a lot of teamwork involved to compete each and every week. The driver can’t just go out there and do it all himself. You need a good crew chief, a good spotter, a good team owner and a great crew that believes in you, and you need to believe in them if you want to win.” Stenhouse knows sponsorship is a vital component of a team’s success, too. “Sponsorship is what ultimately makes things happen, and it is what gives a team the chance to compete successfully. Racing is an expensive sport to be sure, and sponsors help pay the bills and pay the guys,” he explains. “And you have to keep the sponsors happy by working for them

off the track when you aren’t racing for them.” How did his rookie season conclude? Stenhouse capped the 2010 season by winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year award after overcoming a 35-point deficit, the largest deficit by a rookie of the year across all three of NASCAR’s divisions. “It was probably the toughest thing I had to go through in my racing career so far,” he says. “It says a lot for the team that we came back from being down by so much. Everyone stood together even when we weren’t running well, and that’s what made it special.” The Memphis, Tennessee native, who has lived in Cornelius since 2008, does make time to relax and keep a balance. He says the lake area has a unique culinary appeal for a single guy. “I don’t really like to cook. It’s kind of tough cooking for just one person, so being around the lake, you know there are restaurants everywhere. It’s nice to be able to run out and pick up food in the neighborhood.” As for what most people might be surprised to learn about him, Stenhouse admits, “I tried to ride a bull a couple years ago but let’s just say it didn’t go too well. I don’t have any plans to try that again.” In addition to that, he has a strong interest in plantation homes and old houses. With the new season on the horizon, Stenhouse says he is more focused on racing than ever before. “It’s crazy to think that I’m doing this because when I was younger, I hoped I’d be here but wasn’t sure I’d ever get to this point,” he recalls. “Now, I’m definitely thankful and realize that not everybody gets to do this for a living. I’m working really hard to make sure I stay here because, ultimately, it is one of my goals to be in the sport for the long run and compete for championships.” LNC

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Honoring The Best Of The Best Announcing LNHBA’s 2010 Best of the Lake Design Winners

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It’s time once again to salute the winners of “The Best of the Lake” design competition, an annual contest sponsored by The Lake Norman Home Builders Association, the area’s preeminent professional association dedicated to the enrichment of the Lake Norman community and its housing industry. The renowned competition affords designers, builders and trade craftsmen with the opportunity to showcase their extensive creative talents.

This year resulted in builders, designers and craftsmen entering more than 40 projects with a combined value in excess of $24,000,000. That value includes new homes, whole house renovations, kitchen and bath renovations, additions, and outdoor living projects. The latter is a new category for the competition, as is the newly added green building category. As in year’s past, entries were kept anonymous, ensuring that all of the professional and well-qualified judges were unaware of which entrants provided which entries. Judging is based on set criteria formed around design originality, construction accomplishments and challenges, and solutions to those challenges. The winners of this year’s competition serve as inspiration to the greater community at large, reminding us of the positive impact of the association and of its constant embrace of integrity. This special section is devoted to those winners and serves to briefly extol the merits of each, highlighting the timeless and innovative features that set these projects apart.

OUTDOOR LIVING LESS THAN $50K 1st Place - Debra Xedus with THE GRILL DOCTOR for the Childers residence.

This project winner created a fully functional outdoor kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, while making the space appear as if it were part of the original home’s construction. Comments from judges included: “Looks so good — I would spend all of my time in this outdoor living space!”

MORE THAN $100K 1st Place - Ron Carroll of STONEBRIDGE LUXURY HOMES.

This outdoor living project winner incorporated a full bath and shower, LED floor lighting with flag stone surface, and granite countertops into this covered porch. Fire pits with water fountains flank the custom pool. The judges commented: “This is unbelievable! Why have a home when you can live in this gorgeous outdoor living area?”

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HOME ADDITIONS (ROOMS & SUITES) $75K TO $175K 1ST PLACE - Team of Starr Miller Interior Design, Inc., Starr Miller and Metropolitan Builders, Dominick Ristaino.

This renovation was a challenge to the award winner — who created a master bedroom, luxurious master bath and walk in closet — while integrating the existing guest room and bath, and steep roof line. Judges of this project commented: “Artistic and clever use of space, materials and color. Very well done!”

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Continued - HOME ADDITIONS MORE THAN $275K 1st Place - Ben Mandon with ANDREW ROBY.

This next winner was asked to bring luxury, and space for enjoyment to a growing family of four. Our winner accomplished this by creatively planning space, remodeling one bathroom, adding two more bathrooms, creating a beautiful gaming area, and building a new rear porch and patio, and adding a new two-car garage. Comments from the judges included: “Beautiful work! Home takes on a whole new feel and yet maintains the colonial look. Great job!”

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LESS THAN $10K 1st Place - Starr Miller with STARR MILLER INTERIOR DESIGN, INC. for the Lindquist residence.

This project was a dated master bath that was brought into the new millennium. From the new vanity to the granite, fixtures, tile, lighting and mirrors, this master bath is now cohesive and transitional. Judges commented: “Nice blend from old to new on a budget. Tasteful use of color and materials make this an elegant upgrade.”

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$31K to $50K 1st Place - Brian Tarle with INTERNATIONAL KITCHEN & BATH for the Byrnes residence.

This winner was asked to create a clean, sophisticated, urban design. Vessel sink bowls, wall mount faucets, large porcelain tile, and a frameless shower door completed the look. The judges commented: “Very nicely done. Good tile selection, especially the shower floor.”

KITCHEN RENOVATIONS LESS THAN $50K 1st Place - Myrna Caudle with KITCHEN VISION OF LAKE NORMAN for the Durfee residence.

The goal of our next winning project was to create a family bond around mealtime. This renovated kitchen was opened up to connect with other living areas in the home and provide better traffic flow. Flair was added by creating a barrel ceiling in the dining portion of the new open area and using knotty alder cabinets. Comments from the judges included: “”Beautiful redo! Great cabinet selection and use of space.”

$51K to $100K 1st Place - Ben Mandon with ANDREW ROBY for the Handford residence. Lake Norman Currents | January 2011

Our next winning kitchen renovation was once a basic room separated from the rest of the house, and lacking the comforting feel that people look for in a kitchen. The contractor added 28 square feet off the back of the room to make space for an island. Windows, sitepainted custom maple cabinets, and soapstone countertops were added, and appliances were hidden with cabinet panels. The result is a comfortable kitchen with room and flow to accommodate a crowd. Our judges said: “Amazing how an addition of square feet will make such a difference. Lots of light, tremendous character, great job!”

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The clients on this winning project woke up every day to a kitchen glowing with white Thermofoil cabinets with brass knobs, and laminate countertops. Trashcans were visible in the open space due to lack of storage. First, the kitchen was expanded by enclosing a porch. New windows brought in natural light and enhanced the view of Lake Norman. Full renovation included the addition of two islands, a hutch and office workspace, new appliances, natural stone floor and backsplash, and granite countertops. The judges said of this project: “Timeless form meets function. Beautiful blend of materials and mechanicals to meet customer’s wants and needs.”

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WHOLE HOUSE RENOVATIONS $76K to $175K 1st Place - Nicole Goolsby of RION HOMES for the Lance residence in Huntersville.

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This structure was built in the 1940s and renovated in the 1970s with paneling and ceiling tiles. Interior walls were taken down to the studs, foam insulation was installed and sheetrock attached. Plumbing and wiring was updated, and new energy star fixtures and appliances were added. Windows, cabinets, arches and columns were added. Rooms were renovated or created. Materials were recycled where possible and locally milled oak hardwood floors replaced carpet and linoleum. Best of the Lake judges commented: “Great use of creativity in solving problems. Great effort went into this.”

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$276K to $500K 1st Place - Roger Layman of ROGER LAYMAN ARCHITECTURE for the Owens residence.

This contractor was challenged by his clients to create an open, inviting floor plan, add more height to the existing rooms by raising the ceilings, give the exterior elevations new life and character, and increase square footage by adding a second floor. This home was transformed in Low Country style and now is both lovely and functional. Once old and dark, the home is now warm, light and open, with a welcoming feel. The judges said: “Classic enhancement with timeless material upgrades on a well-executed transformation.”

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MORE THAN $500K 1st Place - Karl Plattner with PLATTNER BAILEY CUSTOM HOMES for the Kiser residence in Cornelius.

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Originally a house with low ceilings, small windows, a dark feel and choppy layout — it has now become a comfortable and beautiful space. The contractor accommodated setback restraints by building up instead of out with the addition of a half-story, and by utilizing basement space. The client was emotionally attached to the original footprint, so care was taken during construction to leave some spaces intact. Judges said of this project: “Great example of form fitting function. Good execution to meet customer’s needs.”

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SPEC GREEN HOME (Speculative) $701K to $1M 1st Place - Paul Clark of PAUL B CLARK, ARCHITECT for the home on Peter’s Place in Davidson.

A 20-year-old, wooded lot with steep slope issues became the starting point of this sustainable home. Landscaping involved installing plantings to attract wildlife. Natural materials such as Tennessee fieldstone and red western cedar were selected for the exterior of this home. The interior boasts fir doors and trim, fir columns and beams, and slate and travertine tile. The judges of this category said: “Exemplary use of sustainable products! Perfection!”

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SPEC NEW HOME (Speculative) $350K to $500K 1st Place - Jim Feldman with LAKEMIST HOMES for his project at 135 Lakeshore Hills Drive.

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This 2,800 sq. ft. English Cottage-style home has an open floor plan that permits personal interaction within the main living areas. It features an eat-in kitchen with island, formal dining room with butler pantry, and a spacious study. Storage space is highlighted in a second floor unfinished room and in the oversized garage. Comments from the judges regarding this entry included: “Great functional master down design in a smaller square foot range.”

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$701K to $1 MILLION 1st Place - Paul Clark of PAUL B CLARK, ARCHITECT for the residence at 114 Peter’s Place. Design goals of beauty and sustainability can be compatible as this entry proves. This winning property appeals to both the eco-conscious buyer and the buyer simply looking for good design. Judges of this entry commented: “Elegant and contemporary portrayal of a modern, sustainable home.”

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Since hammering out forts and tree houses in the backyard as a child, this winner has strived to build quality. This project was no different. Accommodating the client’s needs along the way, this contractor focused on constructing a well-built home with every detail. Our judges said: “Beautiful job! This home shows higher than category.”

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$350K to $500K 1st Place - Ron Carrol with STONEBRIDGE LUXURY HOMES for the Dunkel residence in Sherrills Ford.

Different textures were used in this construction to create a clean, urban, modern look. High ceilings, hardwood floors and 22-foottall windows take advantage of the Lake Norman view. A custom staircase leads to the second floor, which has three bedrooms, a study, a laundry room and a finished bonus room. Judges of this project said: “Fantastic light! Wonderful openness and exposure, great for entertaining.”

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$501K to $700K 1st Place - Matt Peterson of STONE CLIFF BUILDERS for the Bunce residence on Pinnacle Ridge Drive.

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No details were spared in the construction of this home. Features of this residence include real stone foundation and chimneys, and cedar shake exterior, while flagstone and colored concrete give the home added dimension. Comments from judges included: “Extremely well done with superior craftsman detailing!”

$701K TO $1M 1st Place - Bruce Hafley with TIMBERFRAME CAROLINA for Cheezem residence.

A 20-year-old weekend cottage was converted into a garage/ bonus room that adjoins a new 3,400-square-foot, 3BR 3.5 BA Craftsman-style home. This home is energy efficient with views of the sunrise over Lake Norman from the master bedroom. Our judges said: “Warm and consistent use of theme materials, thoughtful planning for site and customer use.”

$1 MILLION to $2 MILLION 1st Place - Shannon Plattner of PLATTNER BAILEY CUSTOM HOMES for the Little residence in Davidson.

This home’s interior combines the best of traditional features with contemporary sensibilities. Living and dining areas are off the foyer making the home feel elegant and established. An open kitchen with keeping and family rooms make the home extremely practical for everyday living. The judges said: “This home exemplifies a rich attitude for quality and elegance without flaunting it. Extremely good use of space!”

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MORE THAN $2 MILLION 1st Place - Ron Carroll of STONEBRIDGE LUXURY HOMES for residence on 171 Washam Road in Mooresville.

Situated on over an acre with more than 300 feet of shoreline, this home has the feel of an English countryside. Entering the front of the home from its 13-foot-tall custom iron door, your eyes are drawn to the extensive view of Lake Norman. The home’s travertine floors are heated throughout the main floor to provide comfort as you make your way toward the two-story hearth room with hand-hewn beam trusses and a stone fireplace. Our judges said of this entry: “What can I say? Perfection!”

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Strong Currents | by Renee Roberson Photography courtesy of Urology Specialists of the Carolinas Robotic surgery, such as the da Vinci Prostatectomy, is growing in popularity with surgeons because it offers a better tool to spare critical nerves, and strives to improve a patient’s recovery experience and clinical outcomes. Now folks in Lake Norman can take advantage of this technology.

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tectomy, just routine follow-up visits with the surgeon to make sure cancer has not returned, says Vick. A Variety of Procedures Urology Specialists of the Carolinas also offers other robotic-assisted surgical procedures for bladder cancer, kidney stones, kidney cancer and female reconstruction in its Huntersville office. Other non-robotic assisted procedures offered by the office include no-scalpel vasectomies, treatments for low testosterone and outpatient treatment for women suffering from incontinence issues with little pain and no catheters. Vick has consulted with patients from

Urology Specialists of the Carolinas also offers other robotic-assisted surgical procedures for bladder cancer, kidney stones, kidney cancer and female reconstruction in its Huntersville office.

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Dr. Ralph Vick purchased the da Vinci with one of his partners and performed the area’s first robotic prostate surgery more than five years ago.

Reduced Recovery Time Vick explains that with a da Vinci Prostatectomy, a surgeon makes five or six small incisions to a patient as opposed to one large one. Individual ports connect the robot and a camera to the patient, with the surgeon controlling the robot’s movements through a console, allowing the surgical site to stay tightly confined. After surgery, most patients can expect to receive early return of continence and sexual function, a shorter recovery time (usually only one night in the hospital after surgery), minimal blood loss and less scarring, as well as a positive prognosis. In most cases, radiation therapies are not necessary following the robotic prosta-

all over North and South Carolina, and has even had one patient travel from as far as Honduras for the prostate cancer surgery. He says that very few urologists offer patients the advantages of robotic surgery for anything other than prostate cancer, and he is happy to offer procedures to patients without requiring a drive into Charlotte for surgery. “It’s exciting that smaller hospitals are now getting this technology,” says Vick. “It’s good for the patients to stay close to home.” LNC Renee Roberson is a freelance writer who has called the Lake Norman area home since 2003. She specializes in writing about health and fitness, parenting and pop culture. She lives in Huntersville with her husband and two children.

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treatment of localized prostate cancer in the United States. With this type of procedure, the cancerous prostate gland and related structures are removed, and followup radiation treat- Dr. Ralph Vick ments are typically not necessary, according to Dr. Ralph Vick, who treats patients at the Huntersville office of the Urology Specialists of the Carolinas. Robotic surgery, such as the da Vinci Prostatectomy, is growing in popularity with surgeons because it offers a better tool to spare critical nerves, and strives to improve a patient’s recovery experience and clinical outcomes. Better yet, patients can opt for surgery close to home, as Vick performs all surgeries at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville. Vick, who received his medical training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, purchased the da Vinci with one of his partners and performed the area’s first robotic prostate surgery more than five years ago. Today, the 13 physicians at Urology Specialists of the Carolinas, which has eight offices in the Charlotte area, have performed more than 1,000 surgeries and have the region’s most extensive robotic prostatectomy experience.


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In 1973, at age 19, Dave Kiley broke his back when his inner tube hit a tree on the snowy slopes of California’s Big Bear Mountain.

Starting over Kiley’s athletic accomplishments are the stuff of legend. He is the owner of 13 Paralympic medals — nine of them gold — in basketball, skiing and wheelchair racing. To go along with his eight national wheelchair basketball championships, he has won an unprecedented six MVP awards. He was elected to the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Hall of Fame in 2000 and, on top of it all, he was voted Most Valuable Player of the First 50 Years of the sport by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF). For a while though, it looked as if basketball might only be a short chapter of his life. Coming out of high school as a self-proclaimed “ball-handling and play-making fool,” Kiley was weighing college scholarship offers when his life hit an unexpected bump. In 1973, at age 19, Kiley broke his back when his inner tube hit a tree on the snowy slopes of California’s Big Bear Mountain. The scholarship offers disappeared. His dreams faded, too. “I knew I loved basketball, and it had been a part of me all my life but at that time it was pretty touch and go,” Kiley recalls. “I was really fresh and confused. When my physical therapist, Ed Owen, came in and started talking to me about wheelchair basketball, I wasn’t having it. My mind hadn’t even gone there.” Kiley’s hospital room had a view of an outdoor basketball court and watching others do something he loved had a powerful influence on changing his mindset. “When I saw the guys out there mixing it up, I knew I wanted some of that,” Kiley remembers. “But I was too proud to do anything about it and coming from an able-bodied basketball world, I thought I was above playing in a wheelchair.”


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But when the other patients left the hospital with weekend home passes, Kiley found his way onto the court. “I was still too newly hurt to leave the hospital, but when everybody went home for the weekends I would sneak out on the court when no one could see me.” Win after win Kiley relearned the game quickly and

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ley. “We wouldn’t have won gold were it not for our last camp at the lake.” So, Michael, are you ready to share your Carolina basketball throne? If so, Dave Kiley certainly deserves a seat. LNC Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.

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everything about. It’s totally different being a great player versus a great coach. I’m not even close to being a great coach, and that’s what I’m chasing right now.” The Charlotte Junior Rollin’ Bobcats are already national champions thanks to Kiley’s leadership. “When we first started a few years ago, we had to take Nerf balls and small baskets to games and ask the other team if we could use them because our kids were so small,” he says. “Now we have kids who are driving, dating and getting recruited to college with athletic scholarships.” Kiley is also a national team coach who brings his love of the Carolina outdoors to the basketball scene. In June 2010, coach Kiley brought his USA Women’s National Team to Lake Norman for their last training camp prior to competing in the World Championships in England. While most camps run three intensive sessions a day, coach Kiley changed the schedule to take advantage of the surroundings. “I was more about using the lake as a way to bond in the evenings and become a family than about sticking to tradition,” he explains. “We had two sessions a day, and then I had them out on the lake. We had a fish fry and bonded in the back yard.” His strategy worked to perfection. “The women’s team hadn’t won in 24 years. That’s six different World Championships they either came home with a silver, bronze or no medal at all,” says Ki-


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The Cuban Sandwich with pasta salad at Cafe 100 in Huntersville.

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Cafe 100 feels like home with its hardwood floors and bead board panels. Tables are spaced among three rooms, and a small bar with six stools provides additional seating.

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eggs, home fries, black beans and onions and is topped with melted cheddar cheese and a homemade red chili sauce.” From the straightforward breakfast menu, the lunch menu yields more creative options. Hill says a consistent favorite is the Asian Chicken wrap, which is made with grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, field greens and fried wontons mixed with a Continued on page 49

Top Five Ingredients • Warm, inviting atmosphere sets appropriate tone for first meal of the day. • Artwork by local artists. • The chance to eat breakfast for lunch. • Friendly service. •V  ariety of daily features makes ordering a challenge.

“I wanted to open my own place — I found my passion is the restaurant business,” says owner Jay Hill, who formerly worked at Toast Café. The café, which opened about six months ago, is very much a family affair. Dad Reggie helped renovate the building, and mom Debbie is the artist behind many paintings displayed on the walls. In fact, she suggested that the restaurant could also be an art gallery by displaying and selling work by local artists. As much as his family is part of the restaurant, he wants customers to feel equally at home when they come in. “We want them to leave feeling a sense of family and ownership,” Hill says.

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just a sampling of what to expect. “All the recipes are from [Chef Matt Lynch],” says Hill, who works alongside Lynch in the small kitchen. “He puts his heart into cooking, and you can see that.” Dining with kids won’t be a problem here. The kid-pleasing menu (pancakes, French toast, PB&J, hot dogs, buttered noodles and others) is printed on paper that features ready-to-be-colored artwork drawn by Debbie.

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homemade soy sauce dressing. “It’s different,” he says. “Everybody that’s gotten it has been happy with it.” They’re also happy with the Cuban Sandwich. Sliced ham, pork Swiss cheese, pickles and a spicy mustard sauce are layered on a hoagie that is then pressed panini-style. The soup of the day and quiche of the day are other tempting alternatives at lunch. These can be found daily on Facebook, with past selections including Tuna Melt on sourdough bread; New England Clam Chowder and Butternut Squash Bisque; and Roasted Red Pepper, Bacon and Mozzarella quiche.

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Dinnertime On Friday and Saturday nights, the café puts hand-painted candleholders on tables and opens its door for dinner. The evening fare includes several sandwiches but is geared toward features. Chicken linguine with a tomato basil cream sauce, crab cakes, roasted prime rib and broiled salmon piccata with a pea white wine cream sauce are


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ine is a living thing. It changes in body and character as it ages in a bottle. And then, open a bottle and the wine reacts to the environment that it finds itself in — more accurately, the wine reacts to the oxygen that it finds in the environment. That’s what we mean when we say a wine “breathes.” Breathing can do a lot for a wine. For red wines, it smoothes out bitter tannins that can get in the way of a wine’s more subtle flavors; flavors like fruit and all the nice, earthy stuff that I get such a kick out of. For white wines, and for some red wines as well, breathing can smooth out some acidity that might be a little too sharp and mask out, in their own way, some of these wines’ subtle flavors. So, for wine, just like for people, breathing is a good thing. The bottom line is that breathing brings to the fore the more delightful aspects of a wine. What’s not to like about that?

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Let’s Get Physical Now for one of my pet peeves. How many times have you ordered a bottle of wine and have the wine server ask if he or she should open the bottle to “let it breathe?” Balderdash. Let’s look at some basic physics. Wine breathes by being in contact with air. The rate at which a wine can breathe is a function of the volume of wine and the surface area exposed to air. The neck of a wine bottle is about the size of a dime. That’s a little bit of surface area and a whole lot of wine. It could take days for oxygen to work its magic on an open bottle of wine. In fact in the Tuscan and Piemonte areas of Italy, some wine makers insist that the best of their young wines should be opened 24 to 48 hours in advance of drinking. Have you ever wondered why the second glass of wine from a bottle tastes less tannic (less bitter) than the www.LNCurrents.com


first one? Back to that physics stuff. After you’ve poured out the first glass, the area of the remaining wine exposed to air now becomes the size of the whole bottle, and there’s less volume of wine to breathe for — faster smoothing out. So, what’s the best approach in a restaurant? When your wine server asks if you’d like your wine to breathe ask him or her to pour it into a glass up to the level at the widest part of the glass and let it sit awhile. This way you’re going to have lots of surface area for a lot less volume — translation, better breathing conditions, a shorter time to get a tasty wine. Creating Breathing Space There are a couple more ways that you can get wine to breathe more efficiently. There are devices called wine aerators. Aerators let a wine breathe sufficiently in the time it takes to pour a glass. We’re back to physics again. As the wine passes through an aerator and into a glass, an effect known

as Bernoulli’s principle takes hold. Daniel Bernoulli was a Dutch-Swiss mathematician who figured out that when the speed of a moving fluid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases. From a wine perspective, the decrease in pressure draws in air — the wine breathes. There are a myriad of practical applications for Bernoulli’s principle. Wine is my favorite; thanks Dan. A fun thing to do is to pour two glasses of wine from a just-opened bottle. Choose a wine that’s fairly young and is going to have some strong tannins — a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Petite Sirah, for example. Pour one glass through an aerator and pour the other one straight into a glass. Then taste the difference. You’ll find it’s like night and day. Even though I like the experience that an aerator can provide, I’ve still got a little disconnect in the back of my mind about the whole process. Let’s try a mind experiment. Instead of using an aerator, why not put the wine into a cocktail shaker and give

it a whirl. The basics of Bernoulli’s principle still hold, but it somehow wouldn’t seem right. I don’t think I could do that without a little tinge of guilt. You get the feeling that, if such an organization existed, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Wine would frown on this treatment. Fortunately, there’s a great alternative. It’s decanting a wine. Decanting is simple. All you have to do is pour the wine from its bottle to another container — a decanter. The simple act of pouring all the wine from the bottle exposes it to air, and decanters have a wide diameter that exposes the wine to lots of oxygen. In the old days decanting was almost obligatory. Back then wine wasn’t “fined,” it was bottled with a lot of solid material

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still in it. Wine was decanted to pour off just the liquid and to leave solid materials in the bottle. Decanting still serves this purpose with some older wines that have thrown off sediment. But, by far, the main reason to decant, today, is to get your wine exposed to air. There’s another reason I favor decanting. An aerator with all its swishing and gurgling takes away a little of the ceremony and elegance of serving a wine. Serving your wine to your guests from a beautiful crystal decanter just adds that extra touch. So, back to the beginning. It’s important to get wine to breathe. You get so much more for your money in terms of wine experience. It’s especially important for young, powerful wines that haven’t fully mellowed by aging in their bottles — wines like a Bordeaux, a Barolo or a Cabernet Sauvignon. For a fairly expensive Bernoulli’s Principle in action. Daniel Bernoulli was a Dutch-Swiss mathematician who figured out that when the speed of a moving fluid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases.

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ne of the most unique homes in Denver was built eight years ago, but its natural beauty remains ageless. The 4,400-square-foot “mountainesque” home on the lake is exquisite, according to Bruce Hafley, but what sets it apart is the Douglas fir mortise-and-tenon timber frame. Hafley, owner of Timberframe Carolina, says the owners for whom he designed the home often brag, “There’s not a nail in the framework of this house.” Expertly crafted, the custom-built Timberpeg® home accommodates both the retired couple’s lifestyle and personal taste. “They love the beauty and warmth of wood combined with the casual elegance of traditional interior detailing,” explains Hafley. Green with a view Large south-facing windows provide stunning views of 180 feet of shoreline, and the open layout shows off vaulted postand-beam ceilings. Another eye-catcher is the many arched trusses. With a timber frame home, what’s structural becomes decorative. “The couple had owned their waterfront lot for 30 years and wanted something special” says Hafley, noting the couple’s love

of the mountains influenced the look they wanted. Hafley worked with L.C. Dellinger Building in Stanley to deliver the look, feel and custom features the homeowners wanted. Wide white pine tongue-and-groove paneling fills the framing for the exterior walls, and Brazilian cherry floors enhance the ambiance. The home features a lot of natural light, much of which shines through one of two stained-glass windows

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over the front door. Found in a 19th-century church in South Carolina, the windows were stored for safe keeping until the couple’s lake home became a reality. The home also boasts state-of-the-art technology, including an elevator that rises from the walkout basement and guest suite to the main floor. Certified timbers (from forestation projects that meet the criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council), energy efficient Structural Insulated Panels and lowe windows make this Lake Norman home very green. Timberpeg®, based in Claremont, New Hampshire, reports that timber framing is one of the top 15 eco-friendly trends in building. Wood in his blood Hafley’s commitment to quality design and wood construction is rooted in his passion for family. He grew up in Raleigh, the son of a forestry professor and wood-

worker. “We used to build furniture projects together when I was a kid,” says Hafley, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at N.C. State. “A timber frame home is just a large piece of furniture.” Hafley moved to Charlotte in 1992 to work for Andersen Consulting, but left that full-time travel schedule when he married in 1999 and began planning for a family. He started Timberframe Carolina after his father chose timber framing for his retirement home in the mountains, and Hafley researched N.C. suppliers. Hafley and his wife moved to Denver in 2002. “In general, I have wood running in my blood,” he says. Construction of a Dream While they found Hafley on the Timberframe Carolina Web site and originally had brought him a photo of a log cabinstyle house, the owners now tout their oneof-a-kind home as a “dream come true.” Hafley says, “After meeting them and in-

terviewing them about what they wanted, I visited the lot. I then custom designed a timber frame house that captured their vision, accommodating both their needs and unique qualities — as well as the limitations — of their lot.” A timber frame home, Hafley adds, rewards those who live in it with natural beauty, architectural grace and structural fortitude. “These homes have unique character that is built from what homeowners envision and then help create.” LNC THE SCOOP Bruce Hafley was a first-place winner in the Custom New Homes $701K-$1M category in LNHBA’s 2010 Best of the Lake Design Winners, see page 42. Lee McCracken is a Charlottearea freelance editor and writer who lives in Stanley and grew up spending  summers on Cayuga Lake in upstate New York. Since moving to the Charlotte area in 1994, she has written about business, education, health care and real estate for various publications.

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ew Year’s Day is a day of relaxation for most of us. Maybe you prefer to watch sports by a crackling fire, eat black-eyed peas and greens for luck, or sleep off the previous night’s activities. But if you’re into sailing, New Year’s Day means one thing —The Ice Bucket. Held at the Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville, The 25th Annual Ice Bucket Invitational attracts anywhere from 25 to 30 boats, including Ensigns, Flying Scots, Highlanders, J-Boats, MC Scows, San Juans and Ultimate 20s. Chuck Lineberry, past rear commodore of the Lake Norman Yacht Club, says no matter what the temperature, sailing on New Year’s Day is just as good as sailing during the summer. In some ways it’s even better because there aren’t any motorboats on the water. “Motorboats make a lot of wakes,” explains Lineberry, who has won the race five times and plans on racing in it this year. The day begins with breakfast at the Lake Norman Yacht Club’s clubhouse followed by a Short Skipper’s Meeting. The first race starts at 11 a.m., and the second race sets sail promptly at 2 p.m. “We started this as an alternative to hangovers and watching football,” says Lineberry. “We’ve had a low of 25 degrees and a high of 50 with wind about six to eight knots.” LNC


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CHILDREN Monday Morning Movies (Mondays) Treat you and your child to a free movie. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. War Memorial Building, Mooresville.

CONCERTS 5th Year of Organ @ Davidson (January 11) Thomas A. Warburton, Jr., professor of music emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill, performs. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 North Main Street, Davidson, www.dcpc.org. Davidson College Concert Series (January 30) Enjoy an evening of American popular music performed by Jon Singleton and Charlotte-area bluegrass and folk musicians for a performance of music for banjo, fiddle and dobro that highlights their origins in Celtic and African traditions. 3 p.m. $12, $8 seniors, $5 youth 18 and under. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2848, www.davidson.edu/tickets. Music at St. Alban’s (January 30) Cedric Meekins and the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble perform a rich blend of music from traditional spirituals to gospel to contemporary choral works. 3 p.m. $15, students and seniors 65 and over $10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, 704.941.0650, www. musicatstalbans.net.

EVENTS Polar Bear Plunge (January 1) Polar Bear Club members of all ages plunge into the freezing cold waters of Lake Norman to benefit Mooresville Soup Kitchen and SCAN of Iredell County. The event also features music, food, coffee, hot chocolate, spirits and kids’ activities. 11 a.m. To participate $100 per adult, $25 per child, veterans and teachers participate free. The Point Lake and Golf Club, 110 Meeting House Square, Mooresville, www.hope-point.org. Behind the Scenes Tour at Carolina Raptor Center (January 2) Enjoy Carolina Raptor Center’s education trail, the raptor hospital and sights not generally open to the public. Sign up in the Visitor’s Center, as participation is limited. Behind the Scenes Tour 1 p.m., Live Bird Presentation 3 p.m. $5. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.

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Lake Norman’s 13th annual Polar Bear Ride (January 8) The Rocky River Road Club sponsors the half and full metric century bicycle rides through the North Mecklenburg/Lake Norman area. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. The 100-K (62 miles) starts at 10 a.m. and the 50-K (31 miles) ride begins at 10:15 a.m. Registration for both rides starts at 8:30 a.m. Rain date is January 15. $20 is preregistered, $25 on the day of the ride. Both rides start and finish at Ingersoll-Rand on Beaty Street in Davidson, 704 896-3331, www.rockyriverroadclub. org, www.active.com. Davidson Farmer’s Market (January 8, 22) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads,

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cakes and pies. 9-11 a.m. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.davidsonfarmesmarket.org. Meet the Keeper (January 8-9) Meet the volunteers and staff who care for the birds at Carolina Raptor Center and ask questions about each bird’s behavior, history and personality. Saturday Meet the Keeper 11 a.m., Live Bird Presentation 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday Meet the Keeper 1 p.m., Live Bird Presentation 3 p.m. Free with paid admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, www.carolinaraptorcenter. org. Trail Trivia Tours (January 15-16) Come visit your favorite raptors up close. Saturday Trail Trivia Tour 11 a.m., Live Bird Presentation 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday Trail Trivia Tour 1 p.m., Live Bird Presentation 3 p.m. Price TBA. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. King Day Celebration (January 17) Davidson College invites the public to its annual Martin Luther King Day celebration. Events begin at 9 a.m. in the Brown Atrium of the Knobloch Campus Center with “King Day for Kids.” Children (grades k-6) are invited to participate a variety of activities including small group “read-ins,” arts and crafts, and a “First Book Speed Read” with local celebrities. Space is limited. To register, contact Ashley Sherrill at assherrill@davidson.edu or 704.894.2872 by January 7. The afternoon will feature several seminars led by Davidson professors concerning civil rights history and social justice. For the full schedule, visit www.davidson.edu after January 10, or call 704.894.2225. King Day Community Convocation (January 18) Davidson College invites the public to attend its Martin Luther King Day Community Convocation. The featured keynote speaker will be poet, writer, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni. 11 a.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2423. Live Bird Presentation (January 22-23, 29-30) Get up close and personal with the stars of Carolina Raptor Center. Saturday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Price TBA. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. Upgrade 5K at Birkdale (January 29) Enjoy running on a rolling course through Birkdale. All proceeds benefit Battens Disease Research. 8 a.m. Registration TBA. Birkdale Resident’s Club, 8915 Devonshire Drive, Huntersville, 704.506.9403, sarah@upgradelifestyleinc.com.

GALLERIES Artworks on Main First Light: Paintings by Lori Neill. Through January 12. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 165 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www.artworksonmain. com. Carolina Art Garden Lake Norman Art League Fall Exhibit features 2D and 3D works from a number of artists. Through January 2. Tue-Sat Noon-6 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius. www.lknart.org.

Christa Faut Gallery Monthly exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Jetton Village, Cornelius, 704.892.5312, www.christafautgallery.com. Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibits. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.corneliusartscenter.com. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Monthly exhibits. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, wwwfcfgframing.com. Lake Country Gallery Various exhibits. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, www.lakecountrygallery.net. Landmark Galleries The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.landmarkgalleries.com. Merrill-Jennings Galleries Monthly exhibits. MonFri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, www.merrilljennings.com. Mooresville Artist Guild Monthly exhibits. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.magart.org. Tropical Connections Monthly exhibits. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center People, Places, Power: Reframing the American Landscape is an art exhibition which focuses on the complex interplay between personal, social, political and economic forces in rural and urban America and features works by contemporary photographers including Mitch Epstein, Lisa Kereszi, Victoria Sambunaris, David Hilliard, Andrew Moore, Ryan McGinley, David Taylor, Robert Bergman, David Maisel and Alex Prager. January 14 through February 25. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519, www.davidson.edu/art/ galleries.

 ONTHLY M EVENTS Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn about water and wastewater through a hands-on tour. Fun for all ages. Tours are available the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of the month on a first-come, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission TBA. Call 704.621.0854 or e-mail Bplanet@ci.charlotte.nc.us to schedule a tour. At the Corner of Art & Main ArtWalk (Second Friday Night) Downtown Mooresville shows its artistic side with its monthly Art Walk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www.artworksonmain.com. Gallery Crawl at Oak Street Mills (Fourth Friday) Visit artist exhibits in each shop, along with the Carolina Art Garden. 6-10 p.m. Free. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius.

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SPORTS Davidson College Men’s Basketball The Wildcats promise not to disappoint this year. Appalachian State (Jan. 5, 7 p.m.), Furman (Jan. 12, 7 p.m.), Wofford (Jan. 15, 7 p.m.), The Citadel (Jan. 26, 7 p.m.), College of Charleston (Jan. 29, 2 p.m.). Davidson College campus, Belk Arena, www.davidsonwildcats.com. Davidson College Women’s Basketball The lady Wildcats are poised for perfection this season. College of Charleston (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.), Chattanooga (Jan. 14, 7 p.m.), Samford (Jan. 16, 2 p.m.), Appalachian State (Jan. 19, 7 p.m.), Elon (Jan. 31, 7 p.m.). Davidson College campus, Belk Arena, www. davidsonwildcats.com. Lake Norman Yacht Club Bring in the new year with The 25th Annual Ice Bucket Invitational Lake Norman Championship for J-boats, Ensigns, MC Scows, San Juans, Ultimate 20, Highlanders and Flying Scots. (Jan. 1, 9 a.m.). www.lakenormanyachtclub.com.

THEATRE The Emperor’s New Clothes (January 21-23) The Davidson College Department of Theatre and Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company perform this classic retold by the late Rupert T. Barber, Jr. and directed by Melissa Ohlman-Roberge. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story, this family-friendly comedy follows two scheming weavers who promise a vain and selfish emperor a new suit of clothes. The show is recommended for ages 4 and up. $7. Friday 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. The Barber Theatre of Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College, 704.892.7953, www.DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org.

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ure you see Blair Miller anchoring the news on WSOC TV Channel 9 in the evenings, but did you know that he’s also a neighbor? That’s right, Miller moved to Cornelius in the summer of 2009 after living in Uptown Charlotte for six years and has never looked back. “[I’m] so close to everything, yet [I] feel like I’m on vacation every day,” says the Ohio native. “Just far enough away.” We recently played 20 Questions with Miller and here’s what he had to say.

by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of WSOC-TV Lake Norman Currents | January 2011

Blair Miller

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1. What made you decide to move to the Lake Norman area? Being in Uptown for so long, just wanted to try something very different…And one visit here…thought I had to move here.       2. How long have you worked at WSOC? Worked here since 2002. Started out anchoring the early mornings and weekends, then moved up over the years. 3. Favorite thing about your job. The variety. Never know what the day will bring. It’s always different. You get a front-row seat to some amazing things. 4. What do you do to prepare to go on the air? Lots of prepping with producers/ writers, going over scripts to make sure it’s the best product we put out every night…and what people need to know.      5. What’s the first thing you do when you go off the air? Well, since I do an hour and a half solid every night from 5 to 6:30 without a break, [I] usually just take a moment to stop talking. 6. Who do you most admire (living or deceased)? We interview people every day who face extreme adversity. I’ve been fortunate and blessed to not handle many tragedies or devastation in my life. I admire the people who face adversity and keep going with a positive attitude.       7. What are you currently reading? Ike — bio about Dwight Eisenhower by Michael Korda. My dad let me borrow it. Love biographies where I learn something.

8. Favorite book. Hmmm…No favorite. Like portions of many books. 9. Favorite newscaster. I’ve always been a big fan of Brian Williams (loved his work as a White House correspondent years ago).      10. Quote that you live by. It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond to it. 11. What do you look for in a friend? Transparency. My good friends let it all shine through, not just the good. Love the friendships where it’s no work at all, just very natural and real. 12. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Candy — tangy, sweet stuff like Sour Patch Kids. Yes! 13. On a free afternoon you prefer to... Be on the water, of course. (Unless it’s the fall, then I’m rooting on the Ohio State Buckeyes.) 14. What’s your biggest pet peeve? People who are late.      15. Who is your favorite writer? These days, probably Don Miller. 16. Hardest thing you’ve ever done. Last year I had to put my first dog down. Never understood how hard that would be until it was happening. Dog owners understand, I’m sure. 17. Favorite TV show. Modern Family — hysterical. 18. What makes you happy? Quality relationships. Ever have those weekends where you don’t want it to end because of the people you spent it with? I love that feeling. 19. This year I hope to... Travel more (for fun — not work). 20. This year I hope I don’t... Have to see the Panthers have another losing season!!! www.LNCurrents.com


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