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10 The Main Channel 16 Porthole What’s hip at Lake Norman

B.R.A.K.E.S. Fundraiser, Stickley Audi & Co. Grand Opening, CURRENTS Commodore Cover Dog Contest

20 Captain’s Chair 23 Tom’s Jobs 26 Rip Currents

Jane Cacchione races for the cure every day

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Tom Cotter works like a dog

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– Fashion Hot boots for fall

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— Pets

Pets and the owners who love them

34 Around the Track NASCAR Technical Institute trains students for the fast track

39 Rip Currents — People

Dr. John Schaaf works and plays with four-legged friends

44 Rip Currents — Racing

Greg and Nicole Biffle’s passion extends beyond the track

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The owners of The Prickly Pear get crazy with Burrito Loco

48 Grapevine

The path to Spain’s Bierzo wine region is tasty and rewarding

52 Game On

Carolina Panther Olindo Mare talks NFL kicking

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60 Home Port

— In My Room

Jennifer and Jeff Ross’ renovation gives a master suite a new outlook

65 Currently 68 One More Thing

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Bob Plott’s family legacy hunts and runs

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When we moved to our neighborhood four years ago, I was determined to get to know our neighbors. I went to the homeowner’s association picnic while our belongings were still in boxes. I bought tons of Halloween candy for trick or treaters. I even made chocolate fudge for everyone on our street that first Christmas — really. My efforts have paid off over the years, as I’m happy to report that I know the first (and last) names of many of our neighbors. While I’m proud of myself for making the effort to get to know the folks I live near, I have to admit that I know their pets even better. I can safely say that I know the names or have made up names for almost every single pet living within a three-mile radius of my home. I’ve cemented these relationships during my runs. Instead of listening to my iPod, I prefer to listen to nature’s soundtrack on which dogs and cats are featured prominently. None of the animals on my route are mean by any stretch of the imagination, but they all certainly have distinct personalities. There’s Black Dog One, the first black dog I see on my run. I have no idea what his name is, but he never misses a chance to bark “hello” to me when I pass by. Right after that, there’s Griff the

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Mark your calendars for one of the area’s favorite canine events. The 11th Annual All-American Dog Show will take place at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius on Saturday, October 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. and is expected to draw approximately 125 pooches in all shapes and sizes for the contest categories. The event started as a small recreation program and has grown each year in popularity and size, according to Rhonda Hollingsworth, special events coordinator for the Town of Cornelius PARC Department. The show starts with a “shelter strut” comprised of any dog in attendance that has been adopted from a rescue shelter. Owners can enter their dogs in ten categories, including “Best Dressed,” “Most Unique Tail” and “Best Puppy-Dog Eyes,” and all contestants are automatically entered into the “All-American Dog” category. Each dog entered receives a ribbon, and judges will award prizes to the top three finishers in each category. Bruester’s Ice Cream and Nathan’s Hot Dog will be on hand for concessions, and you’ll also find a variety of vendor booths and animals Those interested can register online available for adoption from local animal rescue through October 6. For $5, each dog can be organizations. The event is sponsored by North entered into two categories; the cost is $8 Mecklenburg Animal Hospital and MI-Con- the day of the event. LNC nection. — Renee Roberson 10

The 11th Annual All-American Dog Show takes place at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius on Saturday, October 8 and is expected to draw approximately 125 pooches in all shapes and sizes for the contest categories. The Scoop For more information on The 11th Annual All-American Dog Show, visit www.cornelius.org.

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50 percent of women who do have insurance are not making and keeping their mammogram appointments. “I know everyone is busy and mammos sometimes are uncomfortable, but it’s crazy to take such a risk. All my family members and friends know not to tell me they’ve missed a mammogram,” she says. “A cancer nurse once told me that when breast cancer is caught early in Stages 0-1, treatment can be so much easier and survival rates soar. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the more treatment options women have.” McCracken says her mission for the tee has become twofold: to raise money to help women in need and to start a national movement to educate women about the importance of early detection. “My mantra is ‘Get your squeeze on.’ ” — Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Lee McCracken The Scoop The “Yes, Ma’am!” tee is available locally at Monkees of Lake Norman in Davidson, as well as online at www.yesmaamtee.com. For more information, e-mail sales@yesmaamtee.com or call 704.453.4000.

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Lee McCracken admits she hated those annual mammogram appointments in her 40s. But now, she says she hates breast cancer even more. The survivor and regular contributing writer to Lake Norman CURRENTS, has a new venture to celebrate her anniversary (she was two years cancer free September 22), and her 50th birthday this month. She’s selling a pink tee that makes a sassy statement in Southern style. “Yes, Ma’am! mammograms are a must” Tshirts sell for $20, and McCracken is donating 15 percent ($3 per tee) to the Carolinas Breast Cancer Fund to help local women in need get the annual screenings they need. In this economic climate, more and more women do not have health insurance. Already, T-shirt sales to family and friends have funded two mammograms. “Women are taking notice,” says McCracken. “I wear my tee everywhere, and I’ve seen ladies look at me and then kind of shake their head, almost to say, ‘Oh yeah, I need to schedule mine.’ ” McCracken refers to statistics that reveal

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Ozzy, the winner of this year’s CURRENTS Commodore Cover Dog Contest, is one lucky dog. Two months ago he was living in the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and hoping for a wonderful home. On August 13, one-year-old Ozzy was doing his best to get adopted on the Petco sidewalk at Exit 25 (it was his second week of trying). Helen Heaton of Huntersville was walking out of the nearby Marshalls when she spotted the boxer/pit mix. “It was love at first sight,” remembers Heaton. “I had no intention whatsoever of going home with a dog that day, but Ozzy’s sweet eyes and loving Ozzy and his owner, Helen Heaton. personality quickly changed my mind.” Heaton says this past year has been a year of loss for her. “My 53-year-old husband, Joe, lost his battle with cancer last fall, my 14-year-old dog, Stewart, was put to sleep this spring with cancer, and my 18-year-old son just left for college,” she explains. “I am so grateful that we found each other.” Little did either of them know he would soon grace the cover of a magazine. “I had only had Ozzy two weeks when I took him to the contest,” she says. “I had no inkling that he would win.” Ozzy and Heaton are enjoying the fall together, and Talmadge says fame hasn’t spoiled him one bit. “He’s from humble beginnings,” she says. “He’s a humble kind of guy.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Sarah McGraw


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was to trap these cats, and since they weren’t adoptable, these cats were often euthanized.  With TNR, the result is much more humane.  The cats are trapped, given medical attention, spayed or neutered, then returned to their environment, where their caretaker provides daily food, water, and shelter. The cats are also ear-tipped, a procedure in which the tip of the cat’s ear is removed to make it easily identifiable as a “managed cat.”  A fundraiser to support this initiative is planned for October 13, in conjunction with National Feral Cat Day, at Alton’s restaurant in Jetton Village.  LNC — Lori K. Tate

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Stickley Audi & Co. Grand Opening

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On September 1, Stickley Audi & Co. opened a new location on Smith Corners Boulevard at Exit 18. Guests sipped champagne while Aminy Audi, president and owner of L & J.G. Stickley, welcomed them to the furniture line’s spacious showroom. Artist Bob Timberlake attended, as well as many other well-known executives in the furniture and interior design industry. Aminy Audi, president and owner of L & J.G. Stickley, and son, Edward Audi, executive vice president and owner of L & J.G. Stickley, officially open the showroom.

Trish Robinson and Sharon Simpson of CURRENTS stand with artist Bob Timberlake.

Guests check out the buffet table.

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On Tuesday, August 30, Tom and Pat Cotter hosted a fundraiser for The B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School at their Davidson home. B.R.A.K.E.S. is a non-profit organization that provides free hands-on defensive driving for teen drivers. It was founded in 2008 by Doug Herbert after he lost his two sons, Jon and James, in a tragic car accident. Since 2008, B.R.A.K.E.S. has provided From left, Becky Hopkins, Gaye Busch, Justin Johnson, Jenna Marie Johnson, hands-on training to more than 3,000 teens. Alexis Gamboa, TJ Bell, Justin Lofton, Laura Lovett and Cascie Kirk. 18

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Jane Cacchione, development and race director for the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is in her third year of heading up one of the biggest events in the Queen City.

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Why were you drawn to work for Komen? In 2008, I was injured in a cycling accident. That same year, I was caught in the Y’s downsizing, but it gave me time to fully recover. Then, when I saw the opening at the Susan G. Komen Charlotte Affiliate, I knew it was something I wanted to turn my attention to. I’m not a breast cancer survivor, but everyone assumes I am. My maternal aunt, who I was close to, died from it and lots of other health problems. I love the Susan G. Komen mission — ending breast cancer, a disease in which one in eight women is diagnosed with in her lifetime. That’s huge. www.LNCurrents.com


It’s 50 percent development/fund-raising and 50 percent race director. My role is always to spread the mission of Susan G. Komen and build new partnerships in Charlotte. It isn’t totally dollar driven, but I’m always talking about how we serve our nine-county area and where the money goes. Summer through fall, we’re 90 percent about the race. This is about who we serve, and it’s a privilege.

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What happens now that the race is finished for the year? The Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure stays very active. With a new breast cancer diagnosis every 69 seconds, we can’t stop. The money we raise goes back to the community very quickly. We have a very transparent grant process, and up to 75 percent of the money that’s raised is spent on our mission. Last October, the race brought in

$1.6 million and by March of this year, we had granted out $1.2 million in our nine-county service area. LNC More on www.LNCurrents.com 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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Six paid full-time staff. The race committee is completely volunteer driven — 45 people are managed by a volunteer race chair. The staff includes a volunteer coordinator; there are 350 people who volunteer just to pull off the race.

After 15 years, is coordinating the race fairly cookie-cutter? We started in 1996 with 2,300 participants and now have some 17,000 this year. And, it has so many elements to it — from the 2,600 competitive runners to the thousands walking in more than 700 teams. There are nearly 1,000 survivors, plus those who are still struggling. It’s an emotional day. Every year, we look for new best practices and ask ourselves how we can improve the experience for each and every person. This year, we added a Fun Zone for children.

What’s your biggest concern? Safety. We make sure everyone knows where to go, that they will be safe on the course and have a good time. We’re working until midnight the day before, and on race day, we start at 4 a.m.

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ust before the operation, Roxy looked into the eyes of Dr. Donna Warren as if to say, “I trust you. Now, let’s get this over with. And try not to hurt me.” Then the anesthesia kicked in, and Roxy was in dreamland. Roxy was scheduled for a Gingivectomy, the removal of a potentially cancerous growth on her gum at the base of a tooth. Dr. Warren told me this was common for her breed. You see, Roxy is a four-year-old female Boxer. With Roxy sedated, Dr. Warren took out her scalpel and removed the growth, put it into a test tube and the operation was complete. The biopsy would be sent to a lab to see if the growth was cancerous or not. The results would be back in several days. Dr. Warren was optimistic. But there was still work to do on the sleeping pooch. “We don’t waste anesthesia,” said Dr. Warren, who owns LakeCross Veterinary in Huntersville with her husband, Dr. Tom Hemstreet. They met while attending North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “We’ll clean Roxy’s teeth and ears and clip her toenails,” explained Dr. Warren. “Tartar should be removed from teeth at least once a year, and toenails should be trimmed every four months. It’s just a lot easier when they are already asleep.” LakeCross is not a fluff-and-buff doggie salon. It’s a serious hospital for dogs and cats. Five licensed veterinarians and 20 other employees dart around the spotless facility in a scene resembling a canine version of ER (the television program). The techniques employed here for healing and caring for animals are at least as

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Cotter talks with Dr. Kay Wahl, who frequently performs Eastern medical techniques on dogs and cats.

progressive as those of any human hospital. One of LakeCross’ specialties is the treatment of Feline Hyperthyroid Disease, which is common and often fatal to cats. Dr. Hemstreet operates one of only five or six treatment centers in North Carolina. “It was a personal interest,” he said. “We treat cats


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suit, mask, gloves and shoes. This is serious business. While I was there, a vet who worked in a clinic near Greensboro brought her own cat in for treatment. Another LakeCross specialty is animal acupuncture. Dr. Kay Wahl performs Eastern medical techniques on dogs and cats for a variety of symptoms including pain, gastrointestinal disorders, coughing and renal failure. For me, though, I would not be operating on gums, curing cancer or performing acupuncture; I’d be washing dogs. Specifically Sarah, Dr. Warren’s pampered 12-year-old Doberman. Sarah was carefully lifted into the washbasin before I soaked her with lukewarm water and lathered her up with shampoo. I was instructed by one of the veterinary assistants that I should not only wash the easy-to-reach places such as her back, neck and legs, but also her face and “privates.” Hmmm. Anyway, I was instructed to try and keep water from getting in Sarah’s ears as I rinsed her off. Afterwards, I towel-dried Sarah and cleaned out her beautiful doggie ears. She

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You know, in the area where road construction never ends… New construction is also taking place at LakeCross, as they have outgrown their original 3,000-square-foot building. A new 5,000square-foot addition will soon be completed that will be used mainly for wellness care: acupuncture, check ups and rehab treatments. The practice’s hope is to keep sick animals from coming into contact with well animals. Having spent a day at LakeCross, I can promise you that nobody works in this facility because they have to — the vets, technicians and assistants truly love animals. “It’s a love of animals combined with a love of medicine,” said Tara Adams, hospital administrator. Before I left, I checked in on Roxy, the Boxer who had gum surgery earlier that morning. She was still groggy, but the anesthesia was wearing off. Later on I learned that her tumor was precancerous and that she’s going to be fine. Having worked alongside the caring staff at LakeCross and observing their high level of treatment, I kind of wish I had fur and a tail. LNC

Cotter hangs out with Sarah, Dr. Donna Warren’s 12-year-old Doberman.

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Pets and the owners who love them We recently met with local pet owners to find out just what makes their furry friends so special Pet’s name: Moose, Mugsy and Pepper Owner’s name: Tracy Wolsko Breed: Moose and Mugsy are Rat Terriers. Pepper is a Toy Fox Terrier. What do you love most about your pets? They are unique personalities. They’re really little people. They all are very expressive. Mugsy is the sweet, loving one. Moose is what we jokingly call the jester because he is the class clown. And Pepper is the wise, old woman. I love their diversity.

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hen Craig Hibdon looks into the eyes of his students at Mooresville’s NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI), he sees a bit of himself. The technical team leader who joined NTI’s faculty in 2004 takes pride in training students for entry-level careers in both the automotive and motorsports industries. He appreciates their passion and remembers when he sat in their seats. “The cool thing about this job is that every time I look at a new class of students, I see a reflection of me when I was 18 or 19 years old,” says

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Huntersville’s Craig Hibdon, a former engine builder turned NASCAR engine and pit classes instructor. “It’s really neat to give some of the students who have a bit of experience the rest of the skills they need to succeed and, at the same time, to watch the light bulb come on and see the interest grow when I give a student who has no experience at all the basics he or she needs to get even more engaged in the trade.” Opened in July 2002, the $12-million, 146,000-square-foot training facility is one of 10 national campuses in the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) network that offers a complete automotive technology program. Mooresville’s NTI facility is the only one that additionally combines 34

of the job and share real world examples that the kids will understand. Our kids are not traditional students who want to master subjects like math or English, but when it comes to knowing compression ratios and the internal build-up of the engine, well, these kids get it.” After concluding a successful, 23-year motorsports career working alongside many of racing’s hall-of-famers, Mt. Ulla’s John Dodson joined NTI in its infancy before the first brick was set. He believes NTI has revolutionized the way their related industries find qualified employees. “The car you drive today has more technology in it than the first ship that landed on the moon,” says Dodson, community/NASCAR

Opened in July 2002, the NASCAR Technical Institute is a $12-million, 146,000-square-foot training facility in Mooresville and is one of 10 national campuses in the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) network that offers a complete automotive technology program.

team relations director. “It’s not simply about building a carburetor or replacing a fuel pump any more. We train students to master things like electronics and the complex systems that give cars life and keep them performing. For automotive manufacturers, this training is a must, and for motorsports teams looking to hire a new employee, we are a one-stop shop where they can go to find someone who will fit in anywhere.” After completing basic coursework in classes such as engine construction, brakes, electronics, fuel and lubrication, air conditioning, chassis and drive trains, students who want to continue their education typically advance in one of two tracks. For those interested in pursuing a career with an automotive dealer or manufacturer, onsite postgraduate training teaches the entire line of both Ford and Nissan products. Other students continue postgraduate Manufacturer Specific Advanced Training (MAST) with manufacturers such as BMW of North America, Mini USA, Porsche Cars of North America, International Truck and Engine Corporation, and Volvo Car Corporation at locations around the country. Those interested in motorsports careers are placed globally with corporations or race teams in series such as grand prix, drag racing and NASCAR. “When I worked in racing, things were very different and getting your foot in the door was a difficult first step before you even started learning,” recalls Hibdon. “Now, when we get a kid a job, and we see that kid living his dream either in victory lane or building a career with an automotive manufacturer, well, that is the reward for our school.” LNC www.LNCurrents.com


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Lakeside Boutique, a unique place to shop!

Grab a glass of wine and browse the latest fashion trends by David Kahn, Miss Me, Covet, Seduce, Soul Revival, and more!

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Frye Boot Trunk Show at Monkee’s of Lake Norman

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It’s In The Bag!

At the Valeria Boutique this fall you will find designer bags from Rampage, JPK, Chocolate and Big Buddha. Pull your look together with accessories from top New York designer’s jewelry collections. Add a bit of whimsy to your hair with a large assortment of feather extensions.

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We Dress Lake Norman’s Most Fashionable Women!

Now arriving – MUST HAVE cocktail and club wear! There is a great selection for Homecoming, Red Carpet and Special Event dresses. Every dress is registered for the event. No duplicates sold to the same event, ever!

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Monday, October 3rd 11am7pm Monkee’s favorite Frye sales representative will be at the store with the Fall 2011 Collection to take special orders. Register to win Frye leather accessories, and as a bonus, a portion of the trunk show sales will be donated to the Marnie Jude Foundation in honor of the fashionably, fabulous, Marnie Jude!

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Just in, a great selection of Sugarboo Mini Art designs. These unique works are handmade with old wood and painted with animals and wording to convey a personalized message in any room. We also carry Sugarboo frames and antique signs.

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Ashley Carol is filled with rooms of beautiful furniture, accessories, artwork, rugs, pillows, drapes and much more. Our unique, eclectic style will give your home the finished, personal look you want. Accessorize yourself while you visit also with shoes, clothing and jewelry that you won’t find in other shops. We’ve been decorating the lake since 1995!

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FALL Into Fabulosity

Denim no longer implies boring old jeans. Fashionistas everywhere have gotten much more creative. Don’t be afraid to get funky with your denim in 2011! Go for the hipster-artsy denim fashion trend, by adding bright colors or handmade embroidery to your flares or skinny jeans. The louder the color , the better! The Navajo theme is going strong this fall, adorning every type of clothing and accessories with feathers, fringes, and gorgeous prints. Stop by Tempt Boutique soon to discover the season’s top trends, and gear up in style for the chilly months to come.

Pink Mani’s & Pedi’s Support Carolina Breast Friends Project Pink House During the month of October Nannette will donate $5 from every manicure and $10 from every pedicure to Project Pink House. Project Pink House is a respite for women diagnosed with breast cancer, during any stage of their journey women will come to the Pink House for education.

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Handcrafted Furniture Made in North Carolina

Handcrafted Sectionals, Sofas, Chairs and Ottomans made just for you. We offer a unique furniture shopping experience that allows you to pick your style and choose from a great selection of new fabrics and leathers.

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chic, trendy, and highly skilled in the nail industry. Providing you with top notch products, skills, services, and the most up-to-date nail trends. Experience a professional manicure the way it should be, in the fun, relaxing atmosphere of Bamboo Spa. American owned and operated. Scheduling appointments 7 days a week. LCN Gel Nails, Shellac, Manicures and Pedicures, Me! Bath, Miche Bags

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offering a wide range of great items at unbeatable prices. Check out our newest lines of jewelry, yard flags, fall décor, and party items! Items for all ages. If you don’t see it, we’ll try to get it. Carried Away specializes in gifts that are eco-chic, personalized, and best of all, affordable. Join us for Ladies Night, Oct. 6th , 5-8pm. Incredible deals…and tasty drinks and desserts.

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technicians. And he doesn’t drop the reins when he arrives home at his 60-acre farm in Davidson.

The Schaaf family farm in Davidson includes eight chickens, one rooster, five horses, one pony, one donkey, two llamas, five cats and six dogs.

Members of the family The Schaaf family farm includes eight chickens, one rooster, five horses, one pony, one donkey, two llamas, five cats and six dogs. Most, of course, have names, in-

cluding the llamas: Feezywig and Huckleberry. “It’s a lot of fun,” says Schaaf. “The llamas have fine wool. My daughter, who’s 22 and in her sophomore year at nursing school, 39

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luck, neigh, meow, woof! Dr. John Schaaf tends to a menagerie of pets by day — and night. The veterinarian has cared for Lake Norman’s furry family members for some 20 years, the last 15 at North Mecklenburg Animal Hospital in Cornelius, where Schaaf leads a team of highly skilled veterinarians and


Rip Currents — People | “The cats are indoor pets, and they range in age from 3 to 15,” says John Schaaf.

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Being a father to both human and animal children, Schaaf, who has worked in veterinary medicine 36 years, knows how deep the bonds are between his furry patients and their owners.

spins their wool and knits.” “The cats are indoor pets, and they range in age from 3 to 15,” he adds. “The dogs are all large — a chow, Rottweiler, pit bull, Redbone Coonhound, standard poodle and a mutt (he looks like he’s half coyote) — and they’re ages 1-13. We did have a wonderful toy poodle once.” Being a father to both human and animal children, Schaaf, who has worked in veterinary medicine 36 years, knows how deep the bonds are between his furry patients and their owners. Especially when pets are hurting or

nearing the end of life, Schaaf has a lot of empathy for the families. “Every couple of years, my own family loses a pet, and I am reminded deeply afresh of the intense emotional relationship,” he says. Asked if he talks to the animals, Schaaf answers, “And they talk to me, too.” Gentle Rats Schaaf, 52, is a member of the inaugural graduating class of the Virginia-Maryland ReContinued on page 42

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gional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, where he graduated in 1984. Born into a large military family, he was raised in Northern Virginia on a “mini farm” surrounded by horses, ponies, chickens, cats, dogs and pet birds. While his father served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War, the family was watched over by a series of German Shepherds. At 14, Schaaf got his first job working for a community animal hospital. Not only did the senior veterinarian become his lifelong mentor, but a young female co-worker became his wife. Schaaf has been married to his teenage sweetheart, Amy, for 30 years. An accomplished equestrian, Amy grew 42

up riding and training horses. The couple lived on her parent’s small horse farm before moving South. “Once we started having children, we started getting out of horses,” says Schaaf. “We sold the last horse after the second baby. We moved down here with dogs, cats, birds [cockatiels], guinea pigs and rats.” Pet rats, he emphasizes. The four Schaaf children — now ages 23, 22, 18 and 16 — even were allowed to bring the rats to the dinner table. “The rats were our favorite; they’re very gentle,” he recalls. “The kids would get a kick out of the reactions they would get from their friends.” Interestingly, the family never had fish or snakes. While Schaaf is involved extensively with

the N.C. Department of Natural Resources in forestry management, reforestation and wildlife habitat projects in Iredell and Alexander County, he also makes room for downtime. He enjoys riding his horse, Skeeter, motorcycling and, of course, building and fixing things on the farm. It goes without saying, this “Dr. Dolittle” is doing lots to stay active and keep up with all the animal antics. LNC 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. www.LNCurrents.com


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Nicole and Greg Biffle are strong advocates for animal well-being and advocacy, and they work tirelessly through the Greg Biffle Foundation to create awareness and promote the humane and ethical treatment of animals.

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or the past eight months, Greg Biffle has crossed the United States racing the No. 16 3M Ford on Sprint Cup tracks from Daytona and Talladega to Fontana, Phoenix and Indianapolis. He is a fierce competitor who admits there is nothing better than winning. “Winning is what our sport revolves around,” explains Greg. “It doesn’t matter what track you are at or what race it is, there’s nothing like winning as a morale booster for the team, the sponsors and the fans.” But off the track, Greg and his wife, Nicole, share a deeper passion. They are strong advocates for animal well-being and advo44

cacy, and they work tirelessly through the Greg Biffle Foundation to create awareness and to promote the humane and ethical treatment of animals by fostering animals at their home, advocating for spay/neuter initiatives, providing puppy transports, and awarding grants to shelters and humane groups across the country. Making a difference Greg says that unwanted and homeless pets are a huge problem in our society. “As pet owners, we can make a difference,” he explains. “When Nicole and I first saw all these animals being euthanized, we both really felt

like we wanted to make a difference. I’m personally a huge supporter of getting people to spay and neuter their pets and believe that is the first place we, as pet owners, should start.” Foster, the couple’s 10-year-old boxer, was the driving force behind forming the foundation, and he also served as the catalyst for its most popular product. “Greg and I both grew up with pets and share a love of animals,” says Nicole. “So in the beginning, my idea to get things started was to do a simple spiral bound pet calendar that we could sell in the merchandise trailer at the race track, and over the years it has become bigger than we could have imagined.” www.LNCurrents.com


to where they need to be,” says Nicole. “I’m excited to see it become a reality and have an even loftier goal of seeing it become a more regional center — a good, happy place where people can go and spend time with animals.” But the 2011 Sprint Cup season isn’t over yet, and Greg still has a job to do. After a long season on the road, October means racing the Bank of America 500 on his home track in Charlotte and spending two consecutive weeks at home with the couple’s

“Every year, our NASCAR Pets calendar has sold more than the year before,” adds Greg. “We are super excited that NASCAR fans continue to invest in it and are happy that sales to the non-NASCAR population have really skyrocketed as the word has gotten out.” Animal Friends Both Greg and Nicole also serve on the board of directors of Friends of the Animals, a Mooresville-based non-profit, and support the organization’s goal of building an animal adoption and education center in the Langtree area of Lake Norman. “About five years ago, we began with an idea and have worked hard to get everyone

first child and three dogs. “The fall is my favorite time of the year to race,” says Greg. “The hot summer is over, and after a year of being on the road, it’s time to go for the win on our home track.” 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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One of the specialties at Burrito Loco is Menudo, a soup made with beef honeycomb tripe and guajillo chile broth.

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chicken and cheese, topped with shredded lettuce, red onion, crema drizzle and verde salsa. “These sell very well,” he says. “People can’t find them anywhere else — at least, not in Mooresville.” Made for you Lunches tend to be the busiest times within the mustard and terra cotta-colored walls of the space in the Shoppes on the Plaza center. People order takeout or opt to sit at a booth or one of the two communal

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ith one successful gourmet Mexican restaurant under their sombreros, the owners of The Prickly Pear in Mooresville have opened a new place in Mooresville serving Mexican crowd pleasers in a fast and casual way. Freshly prepared tacos, burritos and quesadillas are the focus at Burrito Loco, which coowners Val Panizzut and Eddie Chavez opened in May and hope to expand to other locations. “We wanted to do something that was almost like a street side vendor concept,” Panizzut says, “and put a little pizazz to it. It’s fun food. It’s something different.” Lake Norman Currents | October 2011

Sauce and salsa What puts Burrito Loco a step above other fast and casual Mexican chain restaurants is its intriguing salsas and sauces featured in otherwise ordinary fare. Adobo steak tacos and burritos are pleasers with a chipotle crema sauce. Mango-habanero salsa and avocado cilantro sauce enhance spicy 46

shrimp tacos and burritos. Tempura-battered fish tacos and burritos feature a poblano tartar sauce. Braised pork tacos are complemented with an avocado-cilantro sauce. And among the veggies in the veggie quesadilla is cilantro pesto. The large menu board on the wall reveals this creativity as well as the fact that it’s an affordable meal. Whether you chose one of the five tacos, four burritos or four quesadillas, nothing is more than $7. If the regular menu, which is offered for lunch and dinner, features run-of-the-mill fare, weekends provide the opportunity to offer specials featuring more authentic Mexican dishes such as beef tongue tacos, Menudo (soup made with tripe) and chicken in red mole. “He creates things every week,” Panizzut says of Jesus Leal, a former chef at the Prickly Pear who now brings his experience to the new operation. One recent addition has been empanadas, a fried corn-flour dough turnover stuffed with

Top Five Ingredients • Fast and affordable authentic Mexican food. • Creative salsas and sauces. • Adobo steak beats ground beef any day in a taco. • Opportunity to eat with your hands. • Pizza pans for plates.

The Loco Taco, the menu's best seller, features adobo steak, jack cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, green onion, cotija cheese and chipotle crema.

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Salsa Trio includes roasted tomatillo, avocado and roasted tomato-arbol. Or try the Cheese Dip, made with cream cheese, American and Chihuahua cheeses, and roasted red peppers. “It has a smoky, spicy flavor to it,” Panizzut says. Enjoy your meal with a glass of Horchata, rice milk; hibiscus tea; or fruit-flavored water. Soft drinks and a limited selection of beer also are available. Traditional Mexican desserts are available

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tables that run down the center of the space. Panizzut says Friday evenings are gaining in popularity with families. At the back of the restaurant, placing your order at the counter with its arched opening starts the made-for-you process in the kitchen. Within minutes, your meal will be delivered to your table. Food is delivered on small round pizza pans and presented in a more typical Mexican manner. For instance, tacos are served with the filling piled high on the round tortillas rather than stuffed in a folded tortilla. The Loco Taco, the menu’s best seller, features diced chunks of marinated adobe steak, jack cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, green onions, cotija cheese and chipotle crema on two, double corn-flour tortillas fused together with cheese and green onions. Of the burrito options, try the Shrimp Burrito. It features spicy shrimp, guacamole, rice, mango-habanero salsa, cilantro and jack cheese. Fajita-lovers will enjoy the Fajita Quesadilla, with a choice of steak, chicken or shrimp combined with onions, green and red peppers, and jack cheese. Sides include salsa and tortilla chips with a hint of fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt, pico de gallo, guacamole, rice and refried beans. The


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ne of the things that I like best about wine is the opportunity to explore different regions and discover new treasures. It’s like doing the Robert Frost thing and taking that road less traveled, which makes all the difference. One particular less traveled vinous road turned up for me at a recent wine tasting. I took the first steps on the path to the Bierzo (bee-ere-zo) wine region of Spain. I’m on a journey that’s only just begun. But, so far, it’s been very tasty. The land that time forgot From a wine point of view, Bierzo is a little like the land that time forgot. Bierzo was not even a blip on the Spanish wine radar screen less than a decade ago — even for Spaniards themselves. And that’s what makes its wine all the more interesting. What it’s really all about is a grape that’s indigenous to the Bierzo region and just a few others in the northwest of Spain — a grape called Mencía that you rarely get to taste. Mencía was once thought to be a cousin of Cabernet Franc, but DNA testing — yes, there are people who do that — has ruled out that connection. Spain has more acres of wine grapes planted than any other country, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find local wines everywhere you go. However, while other regions like Rioja and Ribera del Duero have made a name on the international

Bierzo is very much a work in progress. The region is surely expanding its production to meet increased demand — quite a bit of it from me. wine stage, Bierzo has stayed relatively unknown and undisturbed. And the good news about that is that winemakers haven’t been tempted to shape their wines to meet international demand. They’ve just kept on doing what they’ve always kept on doing — mostly. The Times they are A-Changing Bierzo is very much a work in progress. The region is surely expanding its production to meet increased demand — quite a bit of it from me. Bierzo had only 20 wineries in 2000, but today there are more than 50 of them. In some ways Bierzo’s expansion is a little disappointing. Bringing winemaking knowledge to the region is improving the wines, but there’s also the danger that more human influence may drain some of the character out of the wine, creating a more international style of wine.

Still, all of this change will take time and right now we can really experience wines that are a true reflection of their place. Mencía grown in the vineyard sites of Bierzo is a perfect example of great wine being made in the vineyard and not being manipulated too much by a winemaker. And, right now, most of these wines are not expensive. Mencía, a Deep, Dark Secret Wines from the Mencía grape are deep. They’re a very dark blackish-purple color, almost opaque in the glass. There’s a ton of black fruit and spice on the nose, profound and rich. On the palate they have a sharp acidity and lots of texture with soft tannins and a perceptible warmth. Better yet, these wines have a pleasing, rustic edge to them. They have a stony, mineral taste. They carry an underlying flavor (like rosemary and thyme) and feel of rough undergrowth. These are wines that will definitely age well although they are great to drink now. This is the perfect wine to go along with a tasty, basic peasant dish like grilled chicken, a thick beef stew or a pasta dish with a thick marinara sauce. Nice. Benefits of altitude Grapevines in Bierzo are grown on steep, Continued on page 50

A Road Less Traveled

Mencía, a deep dark secret— grapes that produce wines that are a very dark blackish-purple color, almost opaque in the glass.

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stony hillsides — that’s where all their minerality comes from. The vineyards are at a fairly high altitude, some more than 2,500 feet above sea level. I’m growing increasingly fond of high altitude wines. Maybe that’s why Bierzo’s wines have such appeal. A little “wine geek” stuff. Altitude has a marked effect on a wine’s quality and character. With every 300 feet or so of height, the

temperature normally falls by about 0.6o C. So, the higher a vineyard location, the cooler the air temperature will be. This delays ripening or, conversely, lengthens the growing period. Grapes enjoy a longer hang time, which assists in the accumulation of vital chemical compounds (acids, sugar, color compounds, etc.), which define a grape’s profile. Altitude also affects the intensity of sunlight, which means that on a clear sunny day the vines on a higher site will enjoy more intense sunlight

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than those lower down. Sunlight intensity drives the development of color pigments, as well as having an overall effect on the ripening process. Another benefit from altitude is low humidity. Vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases that affect vineyards at lower levels. This allows cultivating with little or no pesticides, enabling even organic wines to be easily produced. Add to that the fact that many of Bierzo’s grapevines are old, some touching on 100 years, and you’re into something good. All of this translates into really deep and tasty wines. Wines from Bierzo aren’t too difficult to find. In fact, they found me. But they may not be standing in plain sight on your wine merchant’s shelf. So, getting your hands on a bottle, or several, may require a little effort. Not a lot, though. Just ask your wine merchant to do a little digging and it’s pretty certain that he or she will be able to get you some. It’s effort that will be well rewarded. We’re headed into chillier weather, and so we need a little comfort food to ease the journey. As I said in the beginning, try this wine with some good, deep winter dishes and you’re in gastronomic heaven. As the weather trends toward Jack Frost, take a Robert Frost, less traveled path and try some of these wines. Enjoy. LNC

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fensive players get between 50 and 60 chances in a game to make plays. I get maybe three or four.” Mare is the NFL’s version of a sniper. It’s his job to hit the target. Every time. “Kicking is a very visible play since the game is stopped, and everybody is keyed in on you unlike an offensive or defensive play where there are so many moving parts,” he explains. “You only get so many chances during a game, and they are so obvious. It’s nice when you capitalize on the chances you get.”

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squarely on his shoulders. And he knows that the outcome of a game often rests on the accuracy of his right foot. “As much as football is a team sport, the kicking falls squarely on your shoulders,” says the first-year Panther kicker and 15-year NFL veteran. “Regular offensive and de-

Starting with Soccer Mare hasn’t always been a kicker. Raised playing soccer near his south Florida home, he admits he didn’t feel a childhood pull toward football. He says he mainly kicked in high school football games so he could be with his friends. “But there was a time when I played soccer that I noticed I had a stronger leg than most people,” he recalls. “When I got into kicking on a field with yard lines, it was obvious that I could kick better than most people.” About the time Mare realized he had a natural talent and was gifted with powerful leg strength, he began watching a soccer convert succeed as a kicker in the NFL. It was then that he felt the pull and realized he might have an opportunity, too. “When I was in Miami, I saw a guy named Pete Stoyanovich who used to play soccer, and I thought about making the switch, too,” remembers Mare. “He learned how to translate his soccer into football, and I learned from watching him.” Mare attended college on a punting scholarship and after a stint at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, he finished his collegiate career at Syracuse University. Mare then played the first 10 years of his career with the Miami Dolphins before kicking for the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. Now he’s a Carolina Panther. Timing is Everything According to Mare, timing is crucial to the Continued on page 57 www.LNCurrents.com


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success of a kick. “People don’t think the timing is difficult, but it really is. You have about 1.3 seconds to get the ball snapped and off your foot,” he explains. “Some people go to .35 but once you start getting above that, guys can start getting around the corner on you. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but tenths of a second make a huge difference.” Tenths of a second also make a huge difference when it comes to establishing a successful relationship between the snapper, the holder and the kicker. “There’s nothing automatic about any of our jobs, and sometimes it’s easy for fans to just assume it works,” he explains. “The relationship that Jason [Baker] and JJ [Jansen] have on the field goals makes my job easier, but none of us do it alone. If any of us is off by even a little, the play may not be a success.” Mare says the information he gathers from his two closest teammates helps him do his job better. “Sometimes I call Baker my caddie because I ask him questions about things like the wind speed and direction [like a golfer does],” he says. “The better the relationship is, the better we do our job.”

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Ice, ice baby One tactic commonly used by opposing teams to test a kicker’s mental focus is to call a timeout just before the play begins. It’s a move known as “icing the kicker.” Mare’s experience says it isn’t always successful. “I don’t know if that’s the right way to go,” he says. “Sometimes the chaos of getting on the field and getting the play off without a timeout adds more pressure even though we practice it time and time again. On grass, the timeout gives you time to look for better footing and find a better spot. And if [a coach] wants to ice you and you are outside, they may know what the wind is like on the sidelines, but they don’t know what it’s like in the middle of the field. You can use the extra time to get a better feeling for it.” Mare says when he gets on the field he’s fo-

cused on the same things that he’s been focusing on all week during practice. “I try to block everything else out and just do my job. I’m focused on getting the ball higher or lower depending on the wind and making sure it has the distance to get there,” he says. “You do what you know and trust in your ability.” When the game is over, and his team has earned a victory, Mare feels the most satisfaction.

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Ashley Carol in Cornelius as inspiration for the space. “This is my favorite piece of art in the room,” she says. “While shopping for a client, Linda made a mental note about how much I liked it and told my husband. I used a lot of the colors from it in this room.”

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bigger.’ … We wanted our own little retreat where didn’t feel like we were part of the house.” That’s exactly what the couple got and more. With expansive windows that reach up to the sky, this master bedroom makes you feel like you are one with the lake. Jennifer explains how she designed her warm and inviting retreat.

3 Jennifer purchased the bed from Linda years ago. “We swap things,” says Jennifer, adding that the size of the room called for a very large bed. 4 The side tables are pieces that Jennifer has collected over the years. “A lot of times when we’re shopping for clients, we come home with our own stuff,” she says. 5 The nudes hanging above the bed are from Roma, one of Jennifer and Linda’s favorite stores at High Point Market.

8 Jennifer put a comfortable chair in the seating area for watching television at night. 9 Shag carpeting was chosen because Jennifer wanted something soft and plush. Her dogs, Portia and Winston, enjoy it very much. 10 Linda found the glass vase at Marshall’s.

11 “The binoculars are actually my father-in-law’s. He lived on the marsh in Kiawah and recently moved,” says Jennifer. “The binoculars are his, and the hourglass is his.” 12 The turquoise blue vase is from Z Gallerie. “It’s one of my favorite pieces,” says Jennifer. “I love the style and the color.” 13 “I’ve had my topiary tree for at least 20 years,” says Jennifer. “I have more people questioning and complimentingt it. It’s got so much character to it.”

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lake. In 2009, they moved in. “Things kept evolving. We started with a plan, and then it worked into another plan,” explains Jennifer, who with business partner Linda Heagle make up Twisted Sisters Design. “When the master bedroom was on paper, it was probably about eight feet smaller. Jeff kept saying, ‘I can push it back. I can make it

cover the windows. Instead, Jennifer placed two medallions with neutral fabric in the window scheme. “I just decided that I wanted to warm up the corners. I went with a fabric that compliments the paint color,” explains Jennifer. “It has a little bit of a sheen to it, but I didn’t want it to stand out because the one thing that Linda [Heagle] and I tell all of our clients is that whatever you put on your window, you don’t want it to obstruct your view.”

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tion forms. In the past, there have been more than 200 entries. The dogs race in heats of six until a winner is determined. Dogs can also compete for awards in the “cutest” and “best dressed” categories. Tom Kilroe, race organizer and a local real estate developer, says you never know what these dogs will do. Some will come out of the shoot running, while others come out and look around. “It’s so unpredictable as to whether the race will be over in a nanosecond or whether it will take a few minutes for the dogs to get across the finish line,” he says. The first race was organized by Roberta Roberts in 2005 and has since been sponsored by various animal groups. Proceeds from this

year’s event will benefit Friends of the Animals and the Humane Society of Iredell. Only dachshunds can compete in the races, but all dogs are encouraged to come out and support their furry friends. “We welcome all pets to come and visit,” says Kilroe. LNC The Scoop The fee to register your dog in the Annual Downtown Mooresville Wiener Race is $25, and you must provide proof of all required vaccinations. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.mooresvillewienerrace.com. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. on October 8, and the first race starts at 11 a.m.

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veryone knows that Mooresville is Race City USA, but on October 8, a different kind of racing is going to take the spotlight when approximately 180 dachshunds hit the streets. That’s right; get ready for some serious competition during the Annual Downtown Mooresville Wiener Race. Sponsored by the Mooresville Downtown Commission, the Wiener Race has four divisions — puppies, seniors, juniors and adults. The puppy division runs first, followed by seniors, both of which will run a 25-foot long course. Juniors and adults are next, running 35 feet to cross the finish line. Organizers are limiting entries to the first 180 applicants submitting proper registra-

Get ready for some serious competition during the Annual Downtown Mooresville Wiener Race on October 8.


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A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area CHILDREN It’s the Great Pumpkin Party (October 27) Create a pumpkin craft, watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and enjoy a treat. 11-12 p.m. Free. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, Mooresville, www. ci.mooresville.nc.us. Monster Bash (October 27) Enjoy a Scare-bration including a costume parade and contest, plus a dance party. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, Mooresville, www.ci.mooresville.nc.us. Downtown Halloween March (October 28) Dress your children in their Halloween costumes and head to downtown Davidson for the parade. 5-7 p.m. Free. Davidson Town Hall. Array of Arachnids (October 30) Spiders seem to be all over the place. Learn about these eight-legged creatures and go on a hike in search of the array of spiders that can be found here and the different types of webs they weave. Ages 4-10. 2-3 p.m. $3. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org. Downtown Trick or Treat (October 31) Bring the kids in costume to Downtown Mooresville for all sorts of treats, as businesses hand out candy. 3-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, www.downtownmooresville.com.

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Chorale Concert (October 4) Davidson College invites the public to hear The Davidson College Chorale, a highly selective group of student vocalists. The group will perform a challenging repertoire from various periods. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 704.894.2848, www.davidson.edu. Mooresville Concerts Series (October 9) Wally & Dave, a local duo which has been singing and playing what is loosely called “classic rock” in the local area for just more than five years performs. A “Meet the Artists” reception will follow the concert. 3 p.m. Tickets $10, $5 for students, children under 10 free, season passes $45. Joe Knox Theater, Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.MooresvilleRecreation.org. Davidson College Jazz Recital (October 13) Davidson College invites the public to hear adjunct music instructors Adam Snow, percussion; Patrick Brown, saxophone; Dustin Hofness, guitar; and guest bassist Ron Brendle perform jazz standards and original compositions. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, 704.894.2848, www.davidson.edu. Organ Recital by Joseph Roenbeck (October 18) Long Island native Joseph Roenbeck provides improvised organ accompaniment to the 1928 French silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 704.892.5641, www.davidson.edu. Piano Recital by Cynthia Lawing (October 20) Artist Associate in Piano Cynthia Lawing performs works by various Armenian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College. 704.894.2848, www.davidson. edu. Cornelius Concert Series (October 23) In Concert features The Disciples of Central Steele Creek Presbyterian and The Men of Zion of Mt. Zion UMC. 7 p.m. Free. Sanctuary, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, www.mtzionumc.net.

EVENTS Denver Days (Through October 1) Enjoy rides and all sorts of vendors at this annual festival on the west side of the lake. Visit www.denverdays.com for hours and ticket prices. Corner of St. James Church Road and Highway 16, Denver. 3rd Annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival (October 1) Enjoy a day of local folk art and bluegrass sponsored by the Hickory Museum of Art. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Sherrills Ford, www.hickorymuseumofart.org.

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14th Annual Wine Spectacular Auction & Tasting (October 1) This evening of wine tasting and fun auction finds benefits The Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, as well as USO— North Carolina, The Hope House Foundation and Rotary — End Polio Now. 7 p.m. $75. Havana Social Club, Kenton Place, Cornelius, www.lakenormanrotary.org. 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out Queen of Vegas — Shop the Night Away (October 6) Ladies, dress in your favorite cocktail dress and enjoy a night of clothing, jewelry, purses, art work, home décor, skin care and more. All proceeds benefit the local chapter of Little Smiles. 6-9 p.m. $20. The Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius, https://www.facebook.com/LittleSmilesNC. The 11th Annual All American Dog Show (October 8) Come see some of the cutest dogs in the area during this show presented by the North Mecklenburg Animal Shelter and the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture Department. A highlight of the event is the vendor area, where pet-related businesses and rescue organizations can display and sell their services and/or products, or raise money and awareness for their organizations. 5-8 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www. corneliuspr.org. Annual Downtown Mooresville Wiener Race (October 8) Watch the area’s dachshunds race to the finish line. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Animals and the Humane Society of Iredell. 11 a.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, www. downtownmooresville.com. 2nd Annual Ahlara Art Fair (October 8) This art fair features more than 60 art vendors from all over the area. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Ahlara, 155 Joe V. Knox Avenue, Mooresville, www.ahlarainternational.com. Charlotte Oktoberfest (October 8) More than 100 breweries from across the Southeast and the world participate in this event. Charities benefiting from this year’s festival include Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, The Humane Society of Charlotte and The Carolina Raptor Center. 2-7 p.m. $35, $50 premium admission and $20 designated driver. Metrolina Expo, Charlotte, www. charlotteoktoberfest.com. The Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace (October 8-November 20) One of the largest Renaissance fairs nationwide, this festival offers outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts marketplace, a jousting tournament, a feast fit for royalty, and more. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $20, $18 seniors 60 and over, $10 children 5-12, under 5 free. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, www.royalfaires.com/carolina/. Alexander Community Concert in Denver (October 9) Enjoy chamber music at its best by the Alan Black Trio, led by Alan Black, principal cellist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Reception to meet the musicians, with refreshments, follows the concert. 3 p.m. Adults $15, seniors and students $10, children under 12 free. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.489.6249. Stargazing at Fisher Farm Park (October 10) The Davidson Lands Conservancy offers a night to look at the stars. All telescopes will be set up and ready to go by 8 p.m. After that, no changes will be made. Viewing will be held until 9:30 p.m. It is suggested that attendees bring their own flashlights. Keep car lights dimmed and your speed very slow as you drive into Fisher Farm Park to keep dust and glare from interfering with the view of the night sky. 8 p.m. Free. Fisher Farm Park, 21215 Shearer Road, Davidson, www. davidsonlands.org. Ghost Tales in the Dark (October 14-15, 21-22) Tour Historic Latta Plantation by candlelight and hear real ghost stories from staff, volunteers and previous ghost hunts. RSVP is required. 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. tours. $12 ($6 for members). Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org. All Hallow’s Eve (October 15) Come experience the history of Halloween and meet its famous characters. There will be trick or treating, Halloween baking in the old kitchen, storytelling, pumpkin painting, a costume contest and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular site admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www. lattaplantation.org.

Community Fall Fest (October 15) The Friends of the Sherrills Ford Library present this festival with something for every age — children’s games, prizes, face and pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, as well as a craft table presented by a local folk artist. Pirate Bob will be present to wow the children with balloon sculptures, and Shagreen Nursery offers a huge plant sale, while the Friends of the Library host a book sale and bake sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Sherrills Ford Branch Library, 8456 Sherrills Ford Road. Happy First Birthday Discovery Place KIDS — Can Can’s Masquerade Ball (October 21) Put on your fancy pants (and dresses too), shine those dancing shoes and get ready for an evening of enchantment. Discovery Place KIDS celebrates its first birthday with frilly fun and delightful diversions for all ages at Can Can’s Masquerade Ball. Masks and costumes are welcome but not required. Proceeds from this FUNdraiser will go to support the ongoing educational programming provided at Discovery Place KIDS. 6:30-9 p.m. $50 per adult 14 and over, $25 per child 1-13, children under 1 free. Discovery Place KIDS, Huntersville, 704.348.1994, www.discoveryplace.org. Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival (October 22) Taste vintages from more then a dozen North Carolina wineries, plus food from some of the area's best restaurants. 12-6 p.m. $20 with a canned food item, $22 without. Kenton Place, Cornelius, www.lakenormanwineandfoodfestival.org. Haunted Statesville Walking Ghost Tours (October 2122, 28-29) This walking ghost tour is full of old stories and legends from Statesville’s past. Step beyond the beauty of Statesville’s historic downtown and discover its true haunted history — where tales of spirits, scary creatures, mysterious deaths and creepy alleys become real. Evenings (call for tour times). $10, reservations are required. Downtown Statesville, 704.878.3436, info@downtownstatesvillenc.org. 2011 Lake Norman Wildlife Festival (October 22) Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists celebrates its successful Wild Over LKN Community Habitat Project with a gourmet dinner, wildlife program, music, dancing and auction. 5-10 p.m. $50 per person. North Harbor Club, 100 N. Harbor Place, Davidson, www.lakenormanwildlife.org. Historic Mooresville Tour of Homes (October 22-23) Tour seven private homes to learn about Mooresville’s rich history and the efforts by today’s residents to preserve and enrich it. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of tour. Downtown Mooresville, www.historicmooresville.org. The East Lincoln Area Annual CROP Walk (October 23) Sponsored by East Lincoln Christian Ministries, this walk raises money to end hunger locally and globally. 2 p.m. Rock Springs Campground Pavilion, Campground Road, budhawkins@charter.net. Pumpkin Run 8K Road Race & 2K Costumed Fun Run (October 29) The Mooresville Recreation Department helps you run off all that Halloween Candy. $25 for the 8K and $15 for the Fun Run before October 10. A $5 fee will be charged with late registration. 9 p.m. War Memorial Building, 220 N. Maple Street, Mooresville, www.mooresvillerecreation.org. Jonas Gerard (October 30) World-renown Asheville artist Jonas Gerard paints live and then auctions off his work for the Mooresville Artist Guild’s fundraiser for the renovation of the Historic Mooresville Depot. 2-3:30 p.m. Mooresville Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.MAGart.org. Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze (Through November 13) Try to find your way through this intricate maze of corn. Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Day Maze Tickets are $10 per person for ages 13 and up, $7 per person for youth ages 5-12, and ages 4 and under are free; Flashlight Maze Tickets are $15 per person ages 13 and up, $10 per person for youth ages 5-12, and ages 4 and under are free. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www. ruralhill.net.

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, andrechristinegallery.com. Carolina Art Garden Various exhibitions. Tue-Sat Noon-6 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius. www.lknart.org. www.LNCurrents.com


Christa Faut Gallery Cast Offs: Daniel Marinelli. Through October 8. 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 exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.corneliusartscenter.com. Depot Art Gallery Various exhibitions. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. 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 exhibitions. 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. “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.landmark-galleries.com. Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions. 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 Various exhibitions. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.magart.org. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. 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 Various exhibits. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519, www. davidson.edu/art/galleries.

MONTHLY EVENTS Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit

carolinaraptorcenter.org for more details. The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Friday Night) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. www.theartisanmarket.net. Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In (First Saturday) The cruise-in is a chance to show off your car in downtown Mooresville. To enter the show parking area, cars must be from the years 1979 or earlier. 3-7 p.m. Free. North Academy Street and West Moore Avenue, Mooresville, www.mooresvillenccruisein.com. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Saturday mornings) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.davidsonfarmesmarket.org.

TEENS Rock Band Friday (Fridays) Learn how to play Rock Band after school. 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 South Main Street, Davidson. The Outsiders (October 1) The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library observes Banned Book Week by showing the movie The Outsiders, based on a book that has been frequently banned or challenged. Watch the film and discuss the effects of gangs and violence on teens. 2 p.m. Free. North County Regional Branch, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville, www.cmlibrary.org.

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SPORTS 2011 U.S. Sailing Men’s and Women’s Championship (October 6-9) Identifying champions, selecting sailors for international competition and developing sailors for the U.S. Olympic Team are only part of the purpose of the U.S. Sailing Championships. Lake Norman Yacht Club, www.lync.org. Davidson College Football Come watch the Davidson Wildcats throw the pigskin. Marist (Oct. 8, 1 p.m.), Campbell (Oct. 29, 1 p.m.). Davidson College, Richardson Stadium, www.davidsonwildcats.com. Davidson College Men’s Soccer Enjoy some of the best soccer around. Duke (Oct. 4, 7 p.m.), Longwood (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.), North Carolina (Oct. 17, 7 p.m.), Wofford (Oct. 22, 7 p.m.), Furman (Oct. 25, 7 p.m.), Appalachian State (Oct. 29, 7 p.m.), College of Charleston (Nov. 1, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, www.davidsonwildcats.com. Davidson College Women’s Soccer Experience the local version of this past summer’s World Cup. UNCG

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(Oct. 2, 2 p.m.), Appalachian State (Oct. 7, 7 p.m.), Western Carolina (Oct. 9, 2 p.m.), The Citadel (Oct. 16, 2 p.m.), Georgia Southern (Oct. 26, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, www.davidsonwildcats.com. Davidson College, www.davidsonwildcats.com.

Love Letters (October 6-23) This unique and imaginative piece is the lifetime exchange of letters between two people who begin as friends, but grow up to lead separate lives, all the while sharing confidences. It is not until one fateful letter reveals how much they truly gave to each other over the years — physically apart but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Sat October 22, 2 p.m. $20. Armour Street Theatre, Davidson, www. davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Romeo and Juliet (October 21-29) William Shakespeare’s legendary romance continues to enthrall audiences. Assistant Professor Mark Sutch directs this classic tale in a modern-day setting. Performed by Davidson College Department of Theatre. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. (October 28, 8:15 p.m.), October 23, 2 p.m. Price TBA. Duke Family Performance Hall, www.davidson.edu/ tickets.

Good things come in three’s…and CURRENTS’ 3rd Anniversary party is going to be great!

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This is your Time to Shine so mark your calendar and don’t miss this very special evening of Glitz & Glamour! Be one of the first to hear about a huge event we’re bringing to Lake Norman. Better get your shine on! Look for your invitation coming soon.

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One More Thing | by Scott Graf photography courtesy of Bob Plott

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Bob Plott with Bud, one of his Plott Hounds.

Bob Plott’s family legacy hunts and runs “Certainly Plott Hounds are renowned for their athleticism, they’re renowned for their tracking abilities and tenacity, but I think it’s an intelligence factor that really sets them apart from all other hunting dogs.”

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ew people can say their family has been doing something constantly for 400 years. But Bob Plott can. The Troutman resident — and his ancestors — have been raising the Plott Hound since at least the 1600s. The breed is North Carolina’s state dog and is known around the world as a superior hunting dog. Plott says members of his family were breeding the dog in Germany before they arrived in North Carolina in 1750. Their first stop was New Bern, and by 1762, the first Plott had reached what is now Cabarrus County. Soon, the Plott name spread to the mountains. And a Plott has been raising the dogs every step of the way. 68

Bob's son, Jacob, pets his family's legacy.

Today, Plott says his family’s dogs live in every U.S. state and on several continents. “It’s amazing to me,” he says. “It’s something that certainly my ancestors in their wildest dreams never could have imagined.” Plott says the versatile Plott Hound was traditionally used for hunting large game like bears and wild boars but can track down raccoons, squirrels and deer as well. He says they’re also used to track cougars in Colorado, and in some instances as search and rescue dogs. Plott says the hounds are very loyal, but he thinks there’s another characteristic that’s earned the Plott Hound its reputation. “Certainly they’re renowned for their athlet-

icism, they’re renowned for their tracking abilities and tenacity, but I think it’s an intelligence factor that really sets them apart from all other hunting dogs,” he says. Do they make good pets? Plott says they can under the right circumstances. “They require a lot of attention,” he says. “They need room to run. You’ve gotta have some time to exercise them. They’ll chew through barbed wire and dig a hole to China if left to their own devices.” Plott’s pride and desire to tell his family’s story led him to write a book on the dogs. The Story of the Plott Hound: Strike and Stay was published in 2007. He’s written two other books, and his latest, Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains, is due out around Thanksgiving. LNC The Scoop For more information on Bob Plott and the Plott Hound, visit www.bobplott.com.

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Emergency Care from the Hospital You Trust When you need emergency care, come to your community hospital that is backed by nationally accredited services and advanced technologies that allow you to stay close to home for extended care. The Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville Emergency Department team of board-certified doctors and specially trained emergency nurses and staff are here to care for your serious and life-threatening emergencies 24/7. So if you require intensive care, emergency surgery or a hospital stay, you have immediate access to the care you need in your community. • Nationally certified stroke center

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