North Brunswick Magazine Fall 2022 Edition

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South Columbus High School student Ryleigh Madison, who made it all the way to Showstopper round of American Idol before heading back to Whiteville, has no plans to stop the music.


Centuries-old Hawaiian outrigger canoe culture inspires the members of Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club.


As a new program coordinator with Leland Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, Alison Fore is excited to join the team that plans events and programs in Leland.


The North Carolina Gullah Geechee Greenway/Blueway Heritage Trail is being created to preserve, protect and celebrate vital African-American history in Brunswick County.


Part of a national network inspiring male community leadership, F3BruCo men’s workout groups build outer and inner strength.


The mushroom cultivators at The Lite Work Farm grow and sell a variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms at their home-based urban farm in Leland.


The Buddy Gene Foundation was formed to help old dogs live out their last days with love and help senior citizen pet owners keep their pets at home as long as they can.

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North Brunswick Magazine – Fall 2022

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So Much Gratitude

WWell, another summer has come to a close. I love summer here at the coast, but I have to admit that being able to walk from my front door to my car without sweating makes me a happy camper.

It was a busy summer season here in southeastern North Carolina, by which I mean we had a ton of visitors. Who can blame people from all over the country for wanting to spend a part of their summer in our area? The beautiful shorelines, charming communities, friendly people, amazing restaurants and shops, great fishing, boating and watersports – it all adds up to a world-class vacation destination.

Hopefully all this summer tourism was lucrative and full of positivity for all the businesses in our area. Speaking of the local business community, we here at North Brunswick Magazine are grateful every day for the longtime support from so many local businesses. Without them, this magazine would not exist. As you read through the articles, please make note of our advertisers. And if you patronize any of our wonderful customers, please be sure to let them know you saw them here. It’s a win-win for all of us.

Our fall issue is another great one. A community is all about its people, and in this issue, you’ll meet some of them: South Brunswick High School student Ryleigh Madison, who made it all the way to the showstopper round of American Idol ; a group of people who bond over their love of outrigger

canoes; a group of men who work out together; a dog trainer; a mushroom grower and so many more. You’ll also learn about a project to create the North Carolina Gullah Geechee Greenway/ Blueway Heritage Trail. As always, you'll find recipes for tasty drinks and dinners to impress your friends and family.

We love producing this magazine for the North Brunswick area, and we appreciate our readers as much as we do our advertisers. Thank you, everyone, for helping to make North Brunswick Magazine a success.

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Kathy Blake


I grew up in New Jersey and Alabama and have a journalism degree from the University of Louisville. My background includes copy editing and writing for several newspapers and magazines, with a few published books thrown in. Four years ago, my family and I moved from North Carolina's Piedmont to the coast, where we’ve settled on Oak Island. Living near the ocean always has been our goal, and when I’m not at a desk I enjoy walks along the shore, taking our little girl fishing and watching our Shih Tzu play in the waves. My husband, Dale, is an ordained preacher and Southern gospel musician/songwriter, so our weekends are busy with church and concerts. We have family in Alabama, Georgia and here at the coast, and they know the door is always open when they want time at the beach.

Laura Glantz


My background includes time spent in the U.S. Air Force working on B-1 Bombers, followed with 10 years in the design and sign industries. I have won multiple American Advertising Federation Addy Awards in design, and my design experience includes logos, brochures, business cards, T-shirts, wedding invitations, event collateral, magazine layouts, posters, vehicle wraps and signage. Custom illustration is a favorite of mine in creating a unique client brand. As an avid photographer, I feel I can capture so many defining moments that get lost in our everyday hustle. Photography is definitely one of my most favorite aspects of art. Stopping time for a moment with a “click” is truly exciting and it allows for the magic of our world to be captured forever.

Joan Leotta


I am a writer, poet and story performer who walks the beach in Calabash when I am not playing with words on stage or on my computer. I love making school, festival and group appearances. I am the author of Giulia Goes to War, Letters from Korea, A Bowl of Rice and Secrets of the Heart, historical fiction in the Legacy of Honor Series; Simply a Smile, a collection of short stories; and WHOOSH!, a picture book from THEAQ. I am available to perform for your group or speak on writing at schools, libraries and community groups. Find out more about me on Facebook at Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer.

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FOCUS Broadband Awards Connect Grant to Town of Belville

FOCUS Broadband recently awarded the Town of Belville with a $25,000 Connect Grant to assist with enhanced WiFi and security at the Belville Riverwalk Park. These enhancements will have a tremendous impact for park visitors and will expand opportunities for education, commerce and community engagement efforts for the Town of Belville. In early 2018 FOCUS Broadband established Connect Grants to aid in costs associated with the delivery and utilization of FOCUS Broadband services used by local organizations that provide technology and economic initiatives that require connectivity. The grant program is a key element of FOCUS Broadband’s vision to improve internet access and increase the use of technology in areas served by the company. Representatives from the Town of Belville applied for the grant to extend WiFi throughout the Riverwalk Park and enhance security measures by adding park entrance/exit gates with phone line, radio and license plate recognition and as well as adding additional security cameras throughout the park.

Coastal Integrative Health Third Anniversary

Coastal Integrative Health of Leland celebrated its third birthday on July 19. They held an open house with free food and drinks, and much fun was had. Coastal Integrative Health is at 1175 Turlington Avenue, Suite 103, in Leland.

Brunswick County Real Estate Market June Report

June brought yet another increase in home prices to Brunswick County, with more than half of homes sold selling at or above list price. Total sales volume was down slightly due to tight inventory and fewer homes being sold.

Brunswick County saw $248,140,000 in total sales volume in June 2022, a 3.8% decrease from last June’s $257,860,000. The average sales price increased 23.2%, from $387,170 to $477,185. New listings increased 3.4%, from 678 to 701. The number of units sold in June dropped 21.9% compared to last year, from 666 to 520, and homes spent an average of 27 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, is 1.7 months. Of the 520 homes sold in June, 68% sold at or above list price. Brunswick County’s luxury market remained strong in June with 33 sales of $1 million or more, with the highest transaction under $4 million.

Year-to-date sales volume through June is $1,292,200,000, down 0.5% from $1,298,469,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 18.8% higher than 2021, increasing from $370,896 to $440,574. The number of units sold through June is down 18.2%, from 3,485 to 2,850, and the number of new listings is down 8.1%, from 3,772 to 3,468.

Unwined on the Square Ribbon Cutting

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting ceremony at Unwined on the Square on July 27. Located at 2163 Britton Road, Suite 120 in Leland, Unwined offers wine tastings and yoga classes.

Swell Home Grand Opening

Swell Home, a Hunter Douglas Gallery servicing residential and commercial clients, opened its showroom at 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 105, in Belville on August 5. Swell Home brings a fresh concept in window treatments and interior design to the coastal Carolinas.

Red Cross Blood Drive at WWAY

On September 9 the John E. Jacobs American Legion Post #68 Leland co-sponsored a Red Cross Blood Drive with WWAY. The event was held at the WWAY Leland facility. The Red Cross collected 51 successful donations. Commander John Hacker says, “We live in a great community. The people that work and live in the Leland area repeatedly step up when there is a need identified. Our American Legion Post #68 holds several events, like this blood drive, to provide assistance to the community and the area veterans. It is an honor to participate in these types of events.” Vice Commander Dan Fortini led this operation to its successful completion.

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Commissioner Williams Facilitates Preparedness Session

On July 23 Brunswick County Commissioner and NCACC President Frank Williams facilitated a session at the National Association of Counties annual conference in Aurora, Colorado, entitled "Proactive Leadership in Crisis: Supporting Your Community Through a Disaster" with former FEMA administrator and Catawba County resident Brock Long.

Brunswick County Master GardenersSM Hold Online Plant Sale Dates

After the drought in May/June and heavy rains in July, many plants in the local landscapes had a tough time. Just in time for fall planting, Brunswick County Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer Association offered an Online Plant Sale featuring resilient plants. These plants are drought-tolerant once established, can withstand some light flooding and can handle winds and storms. They featured six types of native ornamental grasses, eight moderately salttolerant shrubs, two perennials that are proven to withstand the worst of our summers and a hummingbird favorite vine.

Bellamy Place Ribbon Cutting

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting ceremony for Bellamy Place on August 17. The ribbon cutting was followed by lunch catered by Middle of the Island. A townhome community, Bellamy Place is located on 8407 Windmill Pond Court in Leland, across the street from the post office on Village Road.

FOCUS Broadband to Issue $1.5 Million in Capital Credit Refunds

FOCUS Broadband’s board of directors announced that the cooperative will issue $1.5 million in capital credit refunds to current and former cooperative members who had qualifying services in a select portion of 1999 and/or 2021. “Because of the continued success of our cooperative, we’re once again

pleased to be able to give back to our membership through capital credit disbursements,” says Whitney King, FOCUS Broadband board president. He adds, “Whether through capital credit disbursements to members, or the millions of dollars in network enhancements we’ve recently made to improve services within our cooperative footprint, the patronage of our members makes it all possible.”

H2GO Employees Top 4,000 Days of Safety

On July 24 H2GO employees celebrated 4,000 days without time loss due to injury on the job. With 53 employees in the last 4,000 days, each one of them have taken safety seriously, largely in part to our Safety Manager TJ West. The H2GO safety policy provides basic responsibilities and tasks for all levels of employees on ensuring a safe environment. H2GO honored their employees on July 27 with a team breakfast catered by the Piggly Wiggly in Leland. H2GO looks to continue their safe practices and stint with no work loss due to injury on the job.

Mallory Creek Drive Drainage Improvements

The Town of Leland has been awarded $20,000 from the North Carolina Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP) to survey and design a grading plan to improve the frequent flooding of Mallory Creek Drive.

The Town began working with RCCP in March 2021, when it was selected to participate in Phase 1 and 2 of the program. During those phases, several projects were identified to increase Leland’s resiliency, including the Mallory Creek Drive Drainage Improvements Project. Phase 3 funding will provide a drainage plan for a portion of Mallory Creek Drive that frequently floods. The Town hopes to apply for RCCP Phase 4 funding for construction of the identified nature-based solution in spring 2023.

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Bands, Brews & BBQ

October 22

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s annual event features award-winning BBQ, local craft beers, music and a beautiful view at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville. Held from 11 am to 4 pm, the event includes a BBQ Cook-Off for both professionals and amateurs. Vendor spots are available.


Brunswick County Botanical Demonstration

October 22

Brunswick County Extension Master GardenersSM Volunteer Association invites the public to its third annual Open House on Saturday, October 22 from 9 am to noon. The Botanical Demonstration Garden is in the Brunswick County Government Complex at 25 Referendum Drive (next to Building N) in Bolivia. Parking is in the rear of Building N where access is closest to the gardens.


Live @ the Park

October 27

Come out to Founders Park, 113 Town Hall Drive, to hear free music by Striking Copper starting at 6:30 pm. Coolers are welcome, and food trucks will be on-site.


Trunk or Treat

October 29

The Town of Leland is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat on October 29 from 4 to 6 pm at Founders Park, 113 Town Hall Drive. This is a free event, and all are welcome.


Coastal Carolina Clay Guild

15th Annual Holiday Show and Sale

November 4 to 6

Coastal Carolina Clay Guild is hosting its 15th Annual Holiday Show and Sale at the Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. The event is open from 5 to 8 pm on November 4 and 10 am to 4 pm on November 5 and 6. Admission is free.

Veterans Day Breakfast

November 11

Each year North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce honors veterans living in Leland, Belville, Navassa, Northwest, Sandy Creek, Winnabow, Town Creek and the surrounding areas at its annual Veterans Day Breakfast. This event is held from 8 to 10:30 am.


American Legion Post #68

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

November 17

John E. Jacobs American Legion Post #68 is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to support local veterans and the Leland community. The dinner will be held at Blossoms Restaurant Banquet Room, Magnolia Greens Golf Course at 1800 Tommy Jacobs Drive in Leland from 5 to 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and include linguini or gluten-free penne, marinara sauce, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert, iced tea, soda and water.


Leland In Lights @ Founders Park

December 3 to January 3

Take in the joy of holiday lights with a stroll through Founders Park after dusk between December 3 and January 3. On opening night (December 3) passengers can ride the Leland Express and tell Santa what's on their wish list. From 6 to 8 pm on December 3, 9, 16 and 17, the Leland Express will be taking passengers around Founders Park. On December 10 after sunset, The Polar Express movie will be playing in the park. All activities are free.


Movies in the Park

December 10

Bring the family to enjoy a movie under the night sky. Blankets or chairs and picnics are welcome, but pets and alcohol are not. This event is free and held at Founders Park, 113 Town Hall Drive. The December 10 show starts at 6 pm and will be The Polar Express.


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26 North Brunswick Magazine Where Farming is a Family Thing. 20 Sellers Road ∙ Supply, NC ∙ 910.253.1330 INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons self-rising flour 3/4 cup white sugar 2 whole eggs, beaten 1/2 cup Light Karo Syrup 1/2 cup Dark Karo Syrup 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk 3/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans 1 9” pie crust DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 375°. 2. Mix flour, sugar, eggs, Light Karo Syrup, Dark Karo Syrup and salt. 3. Add in evaporated milk, vanilla and pecans and incorporate well. 4. Pour mixture into pie crust and bake for 50 minutes or until firm. 5. For an added homemade indulgence, serve with Katie’s Homemade Butter Pecan or Vanilla ice cream available in to-go pints at our market.
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The women of Girls Gone Boogie Boarding in Sunset Beach bond over their love of the ocean waves.

Just like anyone looking to ride the waves, Pam Parisian and Rae Matthews spend time every day analyzing surf and tide charts to get a feel for the ocean’s mood before gathering their gear and the rest of their girls and heading for Sunset Beach. The Girls Gone Boogie Boarding Club (GGBB), as they call themselves, is a group of young-at-heart women living in Ocean Ridge ranging in ages from 50 to 70-plus.


Roxanne Reed’s Farm School on Wheels fits together the pieces of the puzzle for agricultural entrepreneurs.

Have you ever dreamt about starting your own agribusiness? Maybe you’ve thought about growing produce to sell at a farmer’s market, growing wildflowers for a u-pick farm or cultivating a pumpkin patch to sell pumpkins and offer hayrides?


Nine musicians, all of whom live in Ocean Ridge Plantation, form a band that helps nonprofit organizations raise fun and funds.

Combine a lawyer, an engineer and three business leaders. Add a retail manager, a senior government manager, a finance director and a self-described computer nerd.


St. James Woodworkers build replica Ukrainian benches for G. V. Barbee Library on Oak Island.

When Friends of the Library Southport & Oak Island (FOLSOI) heard that the St. James Woodworkers were looking to partner with local nonprofits, they wasted no time in connecting.

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The NC Jazz Festival livens up Wilmington in February.

Jazz lovers can celebrate because the NC Jazz Festival is scheduled for February 2,3 and 4 in 2023.

“I want people to realize they will hear 19 different musicians at the festival,” says Sandy Evans, president of the NC Jazz Festival since 2005. “It won’t all be Dixieland.”

The venue for the Jazz Festival is the ballroom at Hotel Ballast in Wilmington.


In competitive dance fundraising is part of the routine, as Leland’s Coastal Dance Academy very well knows.

At the end of June, at their season’s final event, hundreds of young people from several Southeastern states journeyed to the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center to dance.


Leland Fire/Rescue launches a Volunteer Firefighter Recruit/ Sponsorship Program.

Leland Fire/Rescue has launched a new Volunteer Firefighter Recruit/ Sponsorship Program as part of its ongoing efforts to better serve the community and attract the best candidates to the growing department.


It’s not named for our county, but it’s delicious and this recipe makes it easy.

Brunswick Stew is widely considered a favorite Southern dish. Virginians and Georgians have had a rivalry for years about which state claims to be the birthplace of Brunswick stew. Each state has a Brunswick County, as does North Carolina, but the origins of this meaty dish are most clearly documented by Virginians, which suggests that Brunswick Stew indeed belongs to the state of Virginia.


Leland Police Department implements new technology to streamline the arrest process.

The Leland Police Department has implemented new technology to simplify the arrest process, allowing officers to better serve the community. The technology consists of the Video Magistrate System, an Automated Fingerprint Identification System and an Intoximeter. These items mean that officers can fully process someone who’s been arrested in-house, rather than making trips to and from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in Bolivia.


Apples to the Rescue

Who needs pumpkin spice when you have the flavor of fall apples?


Apple season is here, and I plan on taking full advantage of this quintessential fall flavor.

Every year between September and November my family and I venture to an apple orchard to pick our very own apples. My son loves to pull the little wagon around while we pick apples. It is also customary that we get the annual fall photo. He sits on the hay in front of the big wooden apple and “cheeses” his best smile. We have so much fun.

When I get home with the abundance of apples, I start making and freezing any and every apple recipe I can think of, including apple butter. I love apple butter on my toast in the mornings and recently found an apple butter cocktail that I love. It’s loaded with all things warm and cozy, although the cocktail is actually served cold.

I stumbled upon this recipe after about three days of cooking up all things apple, and it was time for a drink. My spouse and I wanted to use some of my apple concoctions, so we mixed some of the apple butter with bourbon and a bit of orange bitters and topped it off with ginger beer. The color was not very pleasing, but my spouse suggested that we rim the glass, and it made a much more appealing presentation.

With one sip we were hooked. The flavor is similar to a Moscow Mule, but with the inclusion of apple butter it gives the drink a slightly spicy, yet sweet blend that sends your tastebuds into autumn bliss.

Want to get into the fall mood too? You’ve got to try this Apple Butter Bourbon recipe.

Apple Butter Bourbon

Makes 1 drink


Orange wedge

1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 tablespoon sugar (for rim)

3 tablespoons apple butter

2 ounces bourbon

Splash of orange bitters

Pinch of cinnamon

4 to 6 ounces chilled ginger beer

Fresh apples and cinnamon sticks for garnish


Stir the cinnamon and sugar together on a plate.

Rim the glass with an orange wedge and dip the rim in the cinnamon sugar.

Fill a shaker with ice then add the apple butter, orange bitters and bourbon. Shake well for 30 seconds.

Pour the mixture into a glass and fill the glass with ginger beer.

Garnish with fresh apples and cinnamon sticks and enjoy!

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A Tasty Twist

White chili is healthy, filling, flavorful and quick — perfect for a fall evening at home.


I didn’t grow up eating white chili. In fact, I had never had it until my spouse and I went to our friends’ house for dinner a few years ago. It was a cool November evening, and the chili was warming, loaded with flavor and super filling.

Our hosts, Dana and Anthony, are from Islip, New York, and had just completed a kitchen upfit with many home upgrades. I was eager to see all their new décor and renovations, so when they invited us to dinner I jumped at the chance. Actually, if anyone serves food, frankly, I will come. They had just gotten a big dining table that fit their new designs and had us over to show it off.

When we entered the home, we could immediately smell the herbs and chicken permeating the air as the chili simmered on the stove. Dana offered us a cocktail as she guided us around the house, describing all their updates and hard work. I walked over to the stove and took the top off the pot to look inside. “We are having white chili,” she said as I stirred the pot with a perplexed look on my face.

Once we all sat down to eat, I was dissecting the chili with my spoon to see what all was in it and what makes it so creamy, savory and delicious. Dana gave me the rundown of ingredients and mentioned cannellini beans, which I had never cooked with. Both Dana and Anthony are Italian and informed me that is a staple in their cuisine. I have since made various efforts to re-create that dish.

One cool autumn evening I was craving something hearty and healthy, and this chicken chili immediately came to mind. The white beans make it heartier than your average chicken noodle soup, and the green chilis and jalapeno add the perfect amount of heat. If you consider that the whole thing comes together in less than an hour, it is a perfect weeknight dinner with friends or family.

I like to build up the textures by adding shredded cheese, chopped onion, fresh cilantro, crisp peppers and a lime wheel before serving. Unlike Dana and Anthony, I also serve mine with a side of rice. However you decide to garnish this chili or whatever side you decide to serve it with, I assure you that it will become a regular at your dinner table during the cooler months.

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White Bean and Chicken Chili

Serves 6 to 8


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 sweet onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 15 ounces chicken broth

7 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies

1½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon fresh oregano

½ teaspoon coriander

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper Salt and pepper

1¼ cup frozen or fresh corn 15 ounce can cannellini beans

2½ cups shredded cooked rotisserie or left-over chicken

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving Tortilla strips, shredded Colby jack cheese, chopped red onion, sliced Anaheim peppers, and lime wheels for garnish. Cooked white rice seasoned with salt, pepper and parsley.


Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium/high heat. Add onion and garlic then sauté for a few minutes.

Add chicken broth, tomatoes with green chilies, cumin, paprika, oregano, coriander and cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes.

Measure out 1 cup of the cannellini beans and put into a food processor along with ¼ cup broth from the soup. Puree until nearly smooth.

Add the corn, remaining whole beans and bean puree to the pot and stir well. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir in chicken, fresh lime juice and cilantro and simmer another 3 minutes.

Serve in a bowl topped with tortilla strips, shredded Colby jack cheese, chopped red onion, sliced Anaheim peppers, the rest of the chopped cilantro and lime wheels. Best with a side of cooked white rice seasoned with salt, pepper and parsley.

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Making Leland Fun

As a new program coordinator with Leland Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, Alison Fore is excited to join the team that plans events and programs in Leland.

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As a native of the Charlotte area, the only thing recent UNCW graduate Alison Fore used to know about Leland was that it was the town across the river. Having recently been appointed program coordinator with Leland’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, she now knows she’s a part of a truly special community.

As the department’s newest and youngest member, Fore is ready to use her marketing skills and passion for service to help make Leland the best town around.

After graduating in December 2021 with a degree in political science, Fore joined AmeriCorps, an independent government agency focused on connecting members with intensive community service opportunities. Choosing to complete her assignment with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, she spent the spring of 2022 working on marketing and event planning for the nonprofit. Fore’s largest project was planning Women Build 2022, a two-week event made possible by more than 300 local volunteers.

“Something I learned at Habitat for Humanity was that I really enjoyed working with the community,” Fore says. “Through Habitat you have all these volunteers coming and building homes for individuals, you get to meet people who are really excited about their homes, and you see the impact you’re having.”

Fore’s time with AmeriCorps came to an end at the start of

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summer, and her subsequent job search led her to the program coordinator position with the Town of Leland. Excited at the prospect of mixing her marketing experience and political science background, she pursued the opportunity and soon landed the new role.

“I chose to major in political science because ultimately I want to get into environmental policy, something I’m passionate about, and so when I saw this position, I liked the idea of learning how local government works,” Fore says. “I also thought I’d be able to

really see the impact I could make at Leland Cultural Arts Center. Students take classes and we hold events here, so you get to see the community coming together and people enjoying the work you’re doing.”

Fore started with the department in July 2022 and jumped right into the marketing side of her new position. Her work includes creating graphics, photos and other marketing materials highlighting the town’s community programming and events. She will soon also begin producing the next issue of the CAPE, the department’s bi-annual

activity guide that explains the town’s entire programing schedule and offerings. Fore says she’s excited to bring in new ideas and plan, head and develop more programming.

“The Cultural Arts Center is an educational building, and so we want to introduce people to new subjects they may have never seen or had the opportunity to do before,” Fore says.

“Every time we’re building the next CAPE, we’re thinking about enhancing the kinds of offerings we have. Ultimately, the goal each time is to make sure we’re adding programming and events that are well-rounded for the community.”

Fore is joining two existing program coordinators in her new role, and she’s excited to work with them to further the department’s mission of creating a

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sense of community for all residents through the town’s exceptional recreational and cultural activities and parks. She is part of a team of individuals dedicated to overseeing all the community programs and events hosted through the Town of Leland, which includes the events and programs occurring both at the Town of Leland's three parks as well as at the Leland Cultural Arts Center.

“Working with the two other program coordinators has been great, because they’ve both grown the events

and programing here and have really insightful information, as do all the people above me,” Fore says.

“Everybody’s been very welcoming to new ideas and new thoughts, so it’s been nice coming to this open space where discussion and sharing of ideas is wanted and encouraged.”

On the marketing side, Fore hopes to help grow the department’s social media presence because she understands how important connectivity is in today’s age.

“My goal is to work on getting and

growing interaction through social media, because it’s exciting to get to introduce people in the community to our programs and events,” she says. “I’m also looking forward to trying out new programs and watching them develop and possibly become staples for our community members who come out to participate.”

Having known little about Leland before starting her role, Fore is enjoying the experience of learning just how much the Town of Leland has to offer its residents. She looks forward to playing an active part in inspiring residents and visitors to get out and enjoy all that the makes the community so special.

“Seeing how many community events we have really surprised me,” Fore says. “In October we have an event almost every weekend. Having the opportunity to be involved in all these great events and programs and help further the town’s growth is just so exciting.” 

Want to learn more?

To see all of the programming for Leland Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, go to or You can also call (910) 385-9891 for information.

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South Columbus High School student Ryleigh Madison, who made it all the way to Showstopper round of American Idol before heading back to Whiteville, has no plans to stop the music.

South Columbus High student Ryleigh Madison, made it the way to Showstopper round of American Idol before heading back to Whiteville, has no plans to stop the music.

TV show American Idol candidate Ryleigh

Madison was born and raised in Whiteville, just over the line in Columbus County, but we love her just as much in Brunswick County and throughout North Carolina. The 16-year-old country songstress is the epitome of “God and family” and is about as level-headed a high school student as one will ever meet.

MMadison is so “Carolina,” even pop star Idol judge Katy Perry said she “caught the country” when Madison wowed her, Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan during her Nashville audition for the show’s 20th anniversary season.

Madison speaks (and sings) with an authentic country

Southern accent, and it was humorous watching the judges trying to decipher just what town she said she was from. She said “Whiteville,” of course, but they went round and round trying to determine if she meant Whiteville or Wyattville, or just Whatville. They finally figured it out with laughs all around.

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At last, Madison sang and twanged and gave it her all on former American Idol top three finisher Gabby Barrett’s great song, “The Good Ones.” The judges smiled and shook their heads “yes” throughout the performance. Perry told Madison, “You’re super country and you’ve got a great voice.” And while she loved the performance, her coaching point was to dial down the accent a bit because she missed

some of the lyrics. Madison was nervous, as most anyone would be, so Ritchie asked her to just slow down (he wasn’t worried about it for her, though), and Bryan implored her to just relax. For the vote, Perry declared she “caught the country,” and Bryan declared he could not “un-catch the country,” to laughs all around. There were three “yes” votes, and Bryan asked Madison if she had ever been past the

Mississippi River. “You know where you’re going?” And all three judges proclaimed, “You’re going to Hollywood.”

Madison went to the rack and picked out her Golden Ticket.

“I was super overwhelmed with so many emotions and was so grateful and happy,” she says.

During her Hollywood stay, Madison performed single and duet performances under the coaching of Lauren Alaina, whose singing inspired her so much when she was a child. It was a great surprise for Madison, and she broke into tears when meeting Alaina, saying it felt like a dream. Alaina told Madison she was here because she deserved to be, and she encouraged her to put her emotion into her performances because she was very special. Madison pledged to pour her heart out and give it everything she had. Her rendition of “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, whom Madison regards as the greatest all-time country singer, kept

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her in the hunt for the title of American Idol .

She made it all the way to the ninth week, and the “final judgment.” It was after the showstopper round, before Americans got a chance to vote for their favorites, that Madison

learned her rendition of LeAnn Rimes’ song, “Blue,” would not put her through to the next round.

According to Perry, it seemed to be too fast an arrangement. With Madison sitting before the judges for the last time, Perry predicted that Madison would create a career and in the next few years would get exactly what she dreamed of.

The experience cemented a foundation for a musical career for which Madison says she is most grateful.

In the past few months, Madison and Dustin Chapman as the duo Kindred wrote a number one song on the Positive Country/Southern Gospel Radio. It’s called “Family Thing,” and Chapman says it’s about all the lessons your family has taught you as you grow and continue to chase whatever life is calling you toward.

Madison credits God and her family for her life successes so far. “Family Thing” sounds like her life in a nutshell and portends well for Perry’s prediction — and Madison’s lifelong dreams. She’s one of the good ones.

Q&A with Ryleigh Madison

Madison’s so busy writing songs and performing them with her uncle and best friend, Dustin Chapman, I had to settle for a Zoom video conference with her for this interview. The two comprise the duo named Kindred, and they’ve been performing across the state and even in Nashville.

I was impressed with her poise, respectful good manners and sense of direction for her life. Some people who experience success are in your face about it, but Madison isn’t like that. I couldn’t help but tell her mother, Kayla Bunch, how special Madison is, and what a great job she and Madison’s father did raising her. Here is some of what we talked about.

SBM: Tell me about growing up in Whiteville and your early love of music?

Even as a little girl I always wanted to be a singer. I started singing in church at age 3. I would just go up and do a contemporary Christian song by myself, and it helped me on shaking my nerves. I learned guitar a couple years ago. I started singing with my uncle when I was around 13. I remember being very young and watching Scotty McCreery (American Idol 10th season winner from North Carolina) and Lauren Alaina (runner up to McCreery) inspiring me.

How did you get picked for the show?

My uncle Dustin had set it up where I could audition online,

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and he accompanied me. That’s how it worked for the first round, because of concern with the pandemic. If they approve, the staff sets up an audition in front of the judges and invites you. Me and my momma flew out from Myrtle Beach Airport to the second round in Nashville. I definitely was nervous, but Momma was very encouraging and supportive and helped me work through that.

Was it a crazy madhouse in Nashville?

It really wasn’t a madhouse. It was very organized. You sign up and sign in. They do interviews and take video footage about your life background and who you are as an artist. I auditioned the second day, and I met Ryan Seacrest for the first time when I auditioned. I was very excited. He was so nice and

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helped me calm my nerves. He was amazing. And Momma was there, and she calmed me. We were in Nashville a week.

Describe what it was like meeting the judges. I walked into the judges’ room in bell-bottom jeans, and Lionel Ritchie commented they were the best elephant bells he had seen in quite a while. He was my favorite. He was so sweet and complimented me on my professionalism and strength after my duet. They all were super nice and engaging in conversation. Their energy was super fun. They were so excited to do their jobs.

How exhausting was it, and how did your nerves, confidence and strength hold up?

I was in Hollywood two weeks. It was a lot of work and exhausting. Maybe five hours of sleep. The days are very long and hard, but the excitement and adrenalin keep you going, and you push through. I draw my strength and confidence from the Lord, who gave me my gift and He helped me through. My parents raised me to believe I can do what I put my mind to, and they love me a lot.

If you could do it all over again, what things would you do differently and will you try American Idol again?

“Blue” is one of my favorites, and I don’t regret the choice. I really wouldn’t do anything different. Age may have been a factor. I am young and have a lot to learn, but I am happy with everything. I probably won’t do it again because the experience has helped me as an artist. Now, I just want to be the best friend and family member I can be and just grow as an artist and in every area of my life. I want to continue music as a lifelong career and find out who I am as an artist and be one who spreads a positive message and connects and encourages others. My biggest dream is to play at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.


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More Than a Trail

The North Carolina Gullah Geechee Greenway/Blueway Heritage Trail is being created to preserve, protect and celebrate vital African-American history in Brunswick County.

AAlong the coast of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, the nationally recognized Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor pays tribute to the Gullah Geechee people and their culture. As descendants of Africans who were isolated and enslaved on the rice, indigo and cotton plantations of the lower Atlantic coast, the Gullah Geechee are known for their distinctive language, music, arts and crafts.

Here in Brunswick County, Brayton Willis saw an opportunity to spotlight the history of the Gullah Geechee.

“When I sat down with the president of the Brunswick County NAACP, I was explaining a lot of the things we could be doing and one of those was celebrating the Gullah Geechee Corridor, Willis says. “The celebrations come in many forms, and I suggested

Brunswick County NAACP President Carl Parker and NC Gullah Geechee Greenway - Blueway Heritage Trail Project Chairman Brayton Willis.

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one could be a greenway/blueway trail like what was being proposed in Navassa. That led to the further discussion of how we could develop the concept of the project, one thing led to another, and finally, I had a conversation with the National Park Service, who loved the idea.”

For those not in the know, a greenway is a land-based park trail for walkers,

A greenway is a land-based park trail for walkers, hikers, bicyclists and limited-mobility users, while a blueway is a water-based trail for canoeists and kayakers.

works, the next steps for the 30-mile greenway/blueway trail spanning from Navassa to Southport are underway. Willis, who serves as the chairman and executive director of the organization, has brought in four board members to assist as the group begins grant writing and master plan development.

“Barnes Sutton, recently celebrated as one of Wilmington’s 40 under 40 young professionals, has worked in planning development and has a great historical perspective on the Gullah Geechee heritage, culture and history,” Willis says.

hikers, bicyclists and limited-mobility users, while a blueway is a linear waterbased trail for canoeists and kayakers.

The initial idea was prompted in 2020, and since then Willis has completed Phase 1 (Concept Development) for the project and developed a project-specific 501(c)(3) named The North Carolina Gullah Geechee Greenway Blueway Heritage Trail. With Phase 2 in the

“Veronica Carter brings with her exceptional knowledge of the planning processes, and as a Leland councilwoman is deeply engaged with local members of Navassa, Leland and Belville communities. George Yu has years of management experience in global supply chain and international business and has a dedicated interest in making this project happen, and Simone Allen brings with her tremendous organizational leadership and an abundance of energy that helped bring the ‘Boundless’ sculpture to the Cameron Art Museum honoring Black soldiers who helped win the Civil War.”

The towns of Navassa, Leland and Belville, the City of Southport, Brunswick County and Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization have

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signed community resolutions of support for the trail. Nonprofit support has come in from North Carolina NAACP Conference, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Terry Benjey Foundation, Cape Fear Cyclists, Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization, Southern Environmental Law Center, Brunswick Environmental Action Team and Cape Fear River Watch.

While Willis has gathered a great team and community support, there is much to do, including finding additional funding. The United Way of the Cape Fear has joined as a fiscal sponsor.

Willis has also been actively connecting with the local community, and through this met George Beatty, chairman of the North Carolina Rice Festival.

Since 2013 Beatty, his brother, Alfonso Beatty, and a community group have been working to acquire and restore Reaves Chapel in Navassa. The historic chapel is directly connected to the Gullah Geechee people and is named after Edward Reaves, who was formerly enslaved at Cedar Hill Plantation. Reaves Chapel is one of the last surviving structures from the Civil War and post-Civil War period that preserves vital Gullah Geechee heritage.

The Beatty brothers grew up a quarter mile from the church. The chapel’s restoration is separate from the trail — and in conjunction with the N.C. Coastal Land Trust, which purchased the chapel in 2019 — but the chapel will eventually serve as a point of interest on the trail. Restoration of Reaves Chapel


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will be to its 1911 to 1915 incarnation, a timeframe when there were no indoor restrooms. For indoor restrooms, the group decided that they would recreate a version of the Phoenix Colored School that was also within the community, yet there was more.

“We decided if we were to do the church and school, we should probably look at the entire history of African Americans in the region from the time of emancipation up until recent years,” Beatty says. “As a result, we decided to create an entire village that would show just this, including a barn, shotgun house and juke joint. The

church is almost complete in its restoration. As for the village, we are in the process of securing five acres behind the church. Funds for planning the village are also close at hand, and fundraising will be done one step at a time.”

Eventually, the two projects will interconnect, and the Reaves Chapel project will provide a stop-off point for those on the trail. Willis is planning his own components as well including artwork and five separate demonstration garden locations in both Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

Left: Gullah Geechee story teller Anita Singleton-Prather and Brunswick County NAACP President Carl Parker share stories at the Juneteenth 2021 at Southport Pleinair Festival. Below: The inaugural Greenway ride from Navassa to Belville.

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“These will serve as an attraction point around and along the trail,” Willis says. “The whole mission of our effort is to preserve, protect and celebrate the Gullah Geechee heritage and culture in Brunswick County. That will be the primary focus of everything we do with the heritage trail.”

Moving forward, the North Carolina Gullah Geechee Greenway/Blueway Heritage Trail organization is seeking grant funding; developing a website with outreach materials; developing a Trail Master Plan with N.C. State University Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) consultants along with faculty and students from the N.C. State University Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning; developing an EcoTourism Economic Impact report; applying to the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program for Phase 2 and 3 technical assistance; and creating community workshops for 2023. 

Can you help?

Donations for the North Carolina Gullah Geechee Greenway/Blueway Heritage Trail are needed.

Make checks payable to: United Way of the Cape Fear Area and write “GG Heritage Trail” in the memo. Checks can be mailed to: Attn: NC Gullah Geechee Greenway Blueway Heritage Trail United Way of the Cape Fear Area, 127 Grace Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

For more info, Brayton Willis can be reached at

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Fitness, Fellowship and Faith

Part of a national network inspiring male community leadership, F3BruCo men’s workout groups build outer and inner strength.

IIt’s 5 am at the Southport waterfront, an hour before sunrise. The gray stillness is broken only by water lapping a rocky shore and the flapping wings of early gulls.

A group of men starts to gather. Some young as middle school, some old enough for Social Security. Most are in between — a firefighter, an insurance agent, a lawn-care specialist, a preacher. They come in shorts, tank tops, tennis shoes and ball caps.

By 5:30, they are an energized, huddled mass as their leader, called Q, recites five principles of group participation.


F3 has local workout groups in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, and as many as 6,000 men participate in the weekly workouts.

Then organized chaos breaks loose.

The Q leads a workout warm-up and assigns exercises to be done at different stations, one after the other.

The men are vocal, jumping, high-fiving, telling jokes, shouting encouragement.

“They can modify for injury, but don’t modify for effort. For instance, do push-ups instead of burpees,” says Dirty Bird, their Communicator. “The only competition is you versus the guy you were yesterday.”

This is F3, a free men’s exercise and socialization concept based on fitness,

fellowship and faith.

It originated in Charlotte in 2011. New Hanover County has had a chapter for a while. In June, workout groups from Leland, Southport and Shallotte gathered at a Brunswick Community College parking lot to officially launch F3 BruCo, the Brunswick County chapter. Dunkin Donuts provided enough to feed everyone; 117 men showed up.

In total, an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 men participate in weekly workouts throughout the two counties.

F3Nation is workout-based, but that isn’t the main ingredient.

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“I believe, personally, that the mission we have to plant, grow and serve through male leadership is extremely important,” says Dirty Bird, whose real name is Ellis. “We need men stepping up, for their own kids and for each other and for kids in their community.”

Dirty Bird joined in September 2020 and is now a regular. “First time, I was hooked,” he says.

To grasp what F3 does, some things need explaining.

Everything has a nickname or abbreviation.

A Q (random letter) is the workout group leader. The workout is held at an AO (area of operations), and every FNG (friendly new guy) is given a nickname by a PAX (member) based on something that will push him to achieve, by being slightly annoying. For example, Dirty Bird is a Carolina Panthers fan, so he was assigned a nickname used for the rival Atlanta Falcons.

There’s Top Hat, Burlap, Ramses, Sharkbait, Stiff, PowWow, Plunger, Canary, Coonbait, Snickers . . . “We try to get someone in an emotional

headlock. Had a guy on his first day who was given the name Piglet, and he hated it and when he was running and slacking a little, we said, ‘Come on, Piglet!’ and it speeded him up.”

Workouts have names based on location and type, such as bootcamp, running, rucking (running with a weighted backpack) and wild card. Group names include TorTueGa, Myrtle Kombat, Run Forest Run . . . and so on. The new BCC location is Brunswick Stew.

Specific exercises have nicknames. A jumping jack is a side-straddle-hop. Push-ups are ‘Mericans, “because they’re American and so patriotic,” Dirty Bird says. “Yeah, everything’s a little strange. Most people when they show up the first time are super confused.”

Onlookers at Southport’s pre-dawn group might see grown men bearcrawling from one street corner to the next.

“A favorite workout is the fourcorners,” Dirty Bird says, “where we pick a block in downtown Southport and each corner is a different workout station, then you sprint to the next

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corner... You might get over here and do ‘Mericans, then bear crawl over there and do air squats. Basically, we have it like, we aren’t going to run a 5K without letting guys know the day before. And if you need to modify a workout, like push-ups can be hard and if you have to do 50 push-ups and can’t, then you can hold a plank until the guy next to you is done. Or you can modify. Another motto is, ‘We leave no man behind, and we leave no man where we found him.’ I’m not going to leave you in the dust, but I’m not going to let you go six months without making progress.”

Perhaps the most crucial element of an F3 workout occurs afterward, when the guys circle up. That is when minds and hearts are free to spill, safely, without judgment. Men openly seek guidance, assurance, prayers.

“Chances are the first time, the first 15 times, a man shows up he’s not going to bare his soul, but when he hears other guys with prayer requests, you have that Circle of Trust,” Dirty Bird says. “That’s one of the things this movement is trying to overcome; you don’t have to be afraid to open up.”

He’s seen the power of the Circle of Trust work when, in another Brunswick location, a man admitted a struggle with alcoholism. A PAX mentioned a contact at a Christian recovery center. “He wouldn’t have known it if he weren’t part of F3,” Dirty Bird says.

Another PAX, elsewhere, brought his young nephew, who had lost his father. “I don’t think that kid has missed one workout,” Dirty Bird says. “He’s become an inspiration. His uncle brought him into the mix and gave him that foothold.”

F3 gatherings are: (1) always free, (2) open to all men, (3) held outdoors rain or shine, (4) peer-led in a rotation fashion and (5) always end in a Circle of Trust.

“Once we’re all comfortable with each other, we pick on each other. It’s the way men do,” Dirty Bird says. “We’ve seen a lot of physical transformations and a lot of mental transformations. It’s always an open invitation.” 

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Centuries-old Hawaiian outrigger canoe culture inspires the members of Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club.

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utrigger canoes, those long, slender vessels with a supporting side arm, were built to battle the open ocean, and humans have been using them in Polynesia for nearly 2,000 years. British explorer Captain James Cook reported seeing thousands of the strange canoes when he visited Hawaii in the late 1700s. Today, you can see members of Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club (WBOCC) paddle six of them in the Intracoastal Waterway just off Wrightsville Beach. Six paddlers provide the boat’s energy, three paddles on each side, each one joining the others to propel the canoe forward. Watching this ecstatic dance on water becomes a spiritual experience. The paddlers became the boat.

“Hut ho!” the middle paddler calls, and six paddles rise into the air with a beauty and precision that would be envied by any ballet corps. When the paddle is over, they carry their vessel back to shore and chant: Ekahi! ‘Elua! ‘Ekolu! Imua! Imua! WBOCC! (Translation: Ekahi! ‘Elua! ‘Ekolu! = 1, 2, 3; Imua = to move forward with strength.)

Members of Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club paddle the Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach.

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The first outrigger canoe club in North Carolina, WBOCC was started in 2016 by families with ties to Hawaii, says Bernadette Burton, a founder, along with Emily and Rob Disroth, Reggie Barnes, Susan and Lou Devinish and Jarrod Covington. Covington owns Wrightsville SUP, a watersport rental company, and stores the outrigger canoes. The club has grown to more than 80 members, ranging in age from the 20s to the 70s.

Kerri Allen, manager of North Carolina Coastal Federation’s southeast office, got a taste of outrigger paddling when living in Hawaii and then rediscovered it in Wrightsville Beach.

“I was walking the Loop at Wrightsville Beach one day, saw the canoes and ran back to my office, where my boss told me about the club. I came that night to novice practice and never looked back,” she says. Outrigger paddling is steeped in

Hawaiian culture, and all commands are called in Hawaiian. The Hawaiian proverb Malama i ke kai, a malama ke kai ia 'oe, which means “Care for the ocean and the ocean will care for you,” guides the paddlers.

“Malama means to take care of in Hawaiian,” Allen says, “We talk about taking care of our canoe, our community, the ocean. We’re all ohana, family.”

Wendy Smith, an original member of the team, found paddling to be “unlike any sport I had tried before.”

“With outrigger, you are completely at the mercy of nature, the winds, the tide and the swell of the ocean,” Smith says. “My favorite thing about paddling outrigger with my team is the unwavering ability for us six women to come together with one common goal to perform at our best in every practice to compete at the level we know we are capable of.”

Smith says she has traveled with her crew

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to California for the Catalina Crossing, Washington, D.C., for the National Outrigger Championship Race (4th place finish) and Dunedin, Florida, for the Shark Bite Race (1st place Mixed) and Cape Canaveral Ocean Regatta (3rd place mixed).

Paddler Barbara Costella says she’s involved because she loves all things water.

“If there is no motor involved that's even better,” she says. “I moved here and a novice camp was starting two weeks later, so I signed up. I love kayaking and standup paddleboarding and I have also been on two adult rowing teams in Virginia.”

Peggy Daughtry remembers her first paddle out to the sea buoy. Looking back at Wrightsville Beach, she thought to herself, “How fortunate I am to live and enjoy such a beautiful place. I’ve met a wonderful group of people that I consider my second family.”

Smith agrees that teamwork is part of the allure of the club.

“There’s a true sense or moment of awe at what you’ve just accomplished,” Smith says of her single canoe racing. “And as sweet as that feeling is when it’s just yourself, multiply that

feeling times a thousand and that is the honor of sharing the paddling experience with your teammates, your sisters, your Wahine.”

Some members of WBOCC, including Barbara Costella, Wendy Smith, Kerri Allen, Vicky Zubieta-Hunt, Peggy Daughtry and Bernadette Burton, also paddle with a group known as We the Water to tell the story of the North Carolina coast, from its threats and risks to its solutions and triumphs, and to show others how to protect and restore our beloved coastal environment. Over the next three years, the club will paddle all 325 miles of the North Carolina coast advocating for clean water. 

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Mushrooms Are Having Their Moment

The mushroom cultivators at The Lite Work Farm grow and sell a variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms at their home-based urban farm in Leland.


Emerging from a dark time in his life, then the existential COVID crisis, Cory Burdick found his purpose in cultivating gourmet and medicinal mushrooms.

“I’ve always wanted to grow things, and the mushrooms kind of found me,” he says.

A forager, Burdick began dabbling in mushroom growing at his home a few years ago. He has transformed that interest into a thriving business with the support and assistance of his girlfriend and business partner, Megan Cooney.

The Lite Work Farm (LWF) began selling products at the Wilmington Riverfront Farmers Market in April 2021. Now their products can be found at Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market and regularly at Tidal Creek Co-op.

Popular mushroom varieties LWF sells include lion’s

mane, shiitake, golden oyster and freckled chestnut. Their dehydrated mushrooms, jerky and medicinal tinctures are also growing in demand.

“Customers ask what the most popular type is,” Burdick says. “I find people like variety; they don’t stick with the same ones each week, they like to bounce around.”

When working with customers, Burdick likes to quiz them a little about what flavors they like before selling his very different looking and tasting mushrooms.

“People are fascinated by the sight of lion’s mane,” he says. “It is the biggest one I sell, and it looks like a head of cauliflower. I have to ask people not to touch it because it’s going to be somebody’s food. I wear gloves when I prep everything.”

Burdick likes to educate buyers about how the mushrooms



are grown out of hardwood and how they are primary decomposers. He educates them about the mushrooms’ flavors, aromas and textures and especially about their nutritional value. He says the mushrooms in grocery stores, portobellas and creminis, have very little nutritional value. And he does not recommend eating raw mushrooms as they can cause stomach upset; plus, more nutrition is released in the heating process.

“The biggest aspect of these mushrooms is that they are very nutritious with antioxidants, beta-glucans and ergothioneine. And you won’t get any of that if we don’t heat them up in some way,” he explains.

Burdick recommends simply sautéing any mushroom using olive or avocado oil on medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, achieving a nice sear. He personally always adds garlic.

“Every mushroom has a different smell, a different texture, a different flavor, and that’s why I always recommend going the sauté route before incorporating them into dishes,” he says.

Part of educating buyers on mushroom purchases includes informing people on which varieties have the longest shelf life. Some of the delicate ones last only two to three days in

the fridge. Lion’s mane or shiitake can last seven to nine days.

“We have a gold oyster that is super thin and delicate, but it doesn’t last two or three days in the fridge before it looks horrible,” he says. “It’s a beautiful, bright yellow mushroom, and when you roast it up it smells like a roasted cashew, but it unlocks a fishiness too, and some people are turned off by that,” he says.

He says lion’s mane is meaty and fibrous and the pretty freckled chestnut has a savory, umami flavor with a slight nuttiness.

The dehydrated mushrooms The Lite Work Farm sells last 18 months or beyond. Burdick suggests keeping them on hand to enhance store-bought spaghetti sauce, soups and stir fries. He also grinds them up, adds flour and uses them to dredge chicken in for extra flavor.

Medicinal Benefits

Mushrooms have been a food staple for thousands of years, and the health benefits attributed to the fungi are fascinating. Online medical magazine describes them as no-carb, low fat, a great source of fiber and protein and full

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numerous vitamins and antioxidants.

“Through no marketing of my own, people are coming across the medicinal aspects of mushrooms. There is a lot of interest in the health benefits,” Burdick says.

In his research, Burdick read that reishi has been known for 3,000 years in Asian cultures as “the mushroom of immortality.” Most medical research has been done on rats or mice with some great outcomes such as stunted tumor growth, less heart disease and diabetic complications, and increased cognitive benefits.

LWF has been selling mushroom tinctures for over a year and has begun getting good remarks from customers.

“One lady from South Carolina has had pain from, I believe M.S., for almost 15 years. She said the turkey tail tincture has helped her get off one of her long-term pain medications,” Burdick says. “And the compounds in lion’s mane may help stunt early Alzheimer’s and dementia by stimulating nerve growth factors. They may help reestablish or even create new neuropathways.”

LWF is currently selling reishi and lion’s mane tinctures. Each has water soluble and alcohol soluble compounds. You

get the use of the water soluble by heating it up slightly in soups or teas. Other compounds and nutrients are extracted from soaking in grain alcohol.

“We do a dual extraction, soaking the dehydrated mushroom in Everclear for about six and a half weeks. We save the solids, strain out the alcohol, simmer it for 24 hours on low heat, then repeat. It is the best way to get all medicinal compounds out of any mushroom and it provides a great shelf life,” Burdick says.

Burdick points out that the benefits of the tinctures outweigh simply eating mushrooms two or three times a week.

“There are 30 doses in a bottle, and you could take it once a day,” he says of the $15 bottle.

The LWF tinctures come with a label stating the FDA has not evaluated their products or claims, and he states to everyone they should check with their own doctor before taking a new medication or supplement.

The Growing Process

Burdick got his start by trial and error, garnering a base understanding of the growing process from online message

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Lite Work Farm's products can be found at Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market, Wilmington Riverfront Farmers Market and Tidal Creek Co-op.


boards and YouTube. In an unused downstairs room of the Leland home he shares with Cooney, he has outfitted a grow room and lab, doing all the framing, AC and venting work himself. He divided the room into thirds, with different air conditioning levels for each.

The mushroom growing process begins in the garage, getting the specially purchased mushroom bags with filters filled with sawdust from hardwood pellets and supplements. He buys local products as much as possible, getting wheat and supplements from Holly Bucks in Leland.

“Picture all the sawdust and supplements I use sitting in the bag. I’ll put a jar of wheat grain in there. It will have turned white from mushroom mycelium, which has colonized for seven to 20 days. I break that up, mix it and seal the bag. Slowly, you’ll see small white dots form where that mycelium is taking off and it is starting to colonize and eat that wood substrate. It will turn that bag fully white, that’s when we know it is time to go to the grow room,” he says.

Mushrooms expel CO2, making a moist environment. What triggers the pinning of mushrooms is cooler or fresh air and light. In the second step, the bags are taken from storage shelves, back to the grow room, where excess air is squeezed out. The bags are tightly refolded and a small slit is cut in the bag, and then it goes to sit on a shelf for another seven to 10 days. After that time, teeny tiny mushrooms will be ready to pick in another four to five days.

“We do a lot of prep work in the garage as far as the substrate and growing medium, and then most of the mushroom aspect is done inside in the clean room or lab essentially, which is cooled to 72 or 75 degrees,” Burdick says. “I’ll initiate the genetics into different grains depending on which strains I’m trying to run. And we run 15 different strains right now.”

The prepared grow bags are moved from storage shelves to the grow room, where moisture is pumped in and the air is circulated.

“From start to finish everything we run takes one to four and a half months,” Burdick says. “Once inoculated, the bags

can sit on the shelf for 10 days to three months depending on the type of mushroom.”

The farm’s newly expanded grow room is more than twice the size they began with, which will allow for product expansion. LWF will boost the varieties they sell and continue expanding valueadded products such as food additives, jerky and tinctures. In August, they began a first restaurant client with a retirement center, Trinity Landing in Masonboro.

“We’ve got room to expand and room to put a foot on the gas pedal,” Burdick says.

He is quick to give credit to Cooney for her behind-thescenes work, organizational skills and encouragement.

“She is the backbone of the organization with a more organized brain,” he says. “I’m good with ideas and plans, but she’s good at keeping me in check. I have free reign with ideas, but she just dials me in when things grow too crazy.” 

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Above: Rena Goldwasser and Nancy Freyberg, founders of Buddy Gene Foundation, with Buddy Gene, the old hunting dog who started it all, and Ipo the cat.

Saving Senior Dogs

The Buddy Gene Foundation was formed to help old dogs live out their last days with love and help senior citizen pet owners keep their pets at home as long as they can.


Rena Goldwasser and Nancy Freyberg both thought they would be retired when they moved to Leland, but they were wrong. Quite literally by accident, the couple was challenged to put the efforts they had expected to expend on various retirement leisure activities into a foundation to serve senior dogs.

Freyberg is founder and executive director of the Buddy Gene Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit registered in North Carolina in April of 2022. The group works primarily to support the adoption of senior dogs. Goldwasser, who serves as secretary of Buddy Gene Foundation, explains: “Buddy Gene, the dog that led us to create the organization, was literally thrown at us one afternoon.”

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The couple’s involvement in homing senior dogs began while driving one day in 2018 when they witnessed a dog being thrown toward the woods from a moving truck. Freyberg and Goldwasser swerved to miss the animal, stopped and brought him home.

“I immediately called him Buddy,” Freyberg says. “Each first-born male in my family carries the middle name Gene, so that became part of his name to honor my father. Buddy Gene fit right in with our senior cat, Ipo.”

A visit to the vet confirmed the sad state of the old hunting dog. At first the vet advised putting him down, but Freyberg and Goldwasser were determined to help the dog heal and give him a happy life. “Buddy Gene did not know what to do in a house. He was a hunting dog and had always been outside,” Freyberg says.

They worked with the vet to heal the dog’s physical issues. With love and patience and Ipo’s assistance, they helped the dog adapt to indoor life. Goldwasser adds, “He lived a happy three years in our home.”

While caring for Buddy Gene, the pair realized that the need for care for senior dogs was much bigger than one animal.

Can you help?

Donations, questions and offers of volunteer service can be made at any time through the Buddy Gene website and through the Buddy Gene Facebook page. BuddyGeneFoundation

When Buddy Gene died in October of 2021, they began to work toward creating a foundation to aid senior dogs. Freyberg notes that in addition to finding homes and caring for senior animals, one of their goals is to network with other local organizations serving animals. The Buddy Gene Foundation website states, “We can't save every animal, but every animal we save has a life and love to share.”

Since June 15, 2022, the group has found permanent homes for two senior dogs and helped two senior citizens keep their pets at home by providing a vet visit for one and medicines for two. In addition, they have donated 500 pounds of dog food for needy animals through area food pantries. They have about 20 volunteers signed up and hope that by getting the word out about their organization they will be able to place more dogs, find more folks willing to foster animals, do dog walking for senior citizens who are unable to get out, and garner more donations to help pay vet bills and for pet food for those pet owners, especially seniors, who need such

The Buddy Gene Foundation works with local veterinarians, local shelters and other

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organizations to locate senior dogs and help find permanent and foster homes for the dogs they find. They use the proven good practices of other organizations like PAWS to guide them in making placements and in training volunteers to assist their efforts. They held their first major training session for volunteers in August 2022 and have more sessions planned before the end of the year.

Freyberg’s book, Messages from Buddy Gene , is given as a gift to people who donate $25 or more to the foundation. Donations help pay for vet and food bills for those who foster or home these dogs and help with the care of dogs in the homes of senior citizens whose own health and finances may be interfering with care for their animals.

In late August Freyberg had a book signing in Connecticut. In September Freyberg and Goldwasser had a book signing in Arizona and an information table at the Compass Pointe

PAWS (Leland) golf tournament. October dates on the calendar included a Friends and Family Day in cooperation with Brunswick County Animal Protection Services on October 8 and the Compass Pointe Art and Crafts Fair on October 23.

Besides helping home senior dogs, the organization helps seniors keep their pets at home for as long as possible.

“We want senior citizens to be able to keep their animals as long as they can, so our organization also provides help to do that from dog walking, taking them to the vet delivering food and more,” Goldwasser says.

Looking to the future, Freyberg and Goldwasser would like to find land and build a homelike farm where senior and other unadoptable animals can live out their lives with dignity, respect and love. In the meantime, the pair hope to help as many senior dogs and senior citizen pet owners as they can.

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Coastal Carolina Lighting Company Business Profile

Service and satisfaction are signature qualities of Coastal Carolina Lighting Company in Ocean Isle Beach. Owners Jacob “Jake” Wilson and Melissa Wilson provide permanent outdoor lighting systems for residential and commercial properties in Brunswick, New Hanover and Horry counties and guarantee their work.

“We believe there is a right way to install lights, and we install them properly,” Jake says. “We design a system customized for your house or business that is built to last. Our customers come first, and we take pride in being reliable.”

The company holds both a corporate license and an individual license with the North Carolina Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board and the necessary insurance and warranties.

When a client requests a presentation, Coastal Carolina Lighting brings its portable equipment and offers a nighttime demonstration of its products to give the customer an idea of how the lighting accentuates their home or business.

An added feature the company offers is the ability for customers to change the color of the lights. Customers download the app on their cell phones and control the colors they wish to display. “We are one of the few lighting companies that is experienced installing this system,” Jake says.

Jake explains that although the company’s focus is installing permanent outdoor lighting, it also offers holiday decorations through the franchise Christmas Décor.

“We design your house based on what your holiday decorating needs are,” he says.

Outlining a roof, stringing lights on shrubbery and trees and adding accent lights on the ground are part of their expertise. Wreaths, garlands and special touches can be added.

“We interview clients on the theme they want,” Jake says. “Anything you want Christmas-wise, we can get done. We can take on any project as long as it’s a safe endeavor.”

The company can also provide indoor decorations for those wishing a special Christmas tree or other accents.

“We do have the ability to make custom pieces,” Jake says.

The company leases all decorations to their customers, who can observe a team installing them. The staff repairs or resolves any issue that arises and caters to its clients’ concerns.

“We have a very fast response time,” Jake says.

When the holiday season is over, the team removes the decorations. No need to have a place to store what was leased because Coastal Carolina Lighting does that for their clients until the decorations are needed the following year.

Christmas isn’t the only holiday in which Coastal Carolina Lighting offers service. Its permanent lighting systems have color-changing options that accommodate decorating for Halloween, Fourth of July and other special days. Orange and purple may be preferred colors for Halloween while red, white and blue can feature the Fourth of July.

The Wilsons brought Coastal Carolina Lighting to Ocean Isle Beach in 2021 with their 13 years of business experience.

“We’re a local, family-owned business,” Jake says. “We specialize in luxury outdoor lighting. Every house is a lighted canvas. We take a lot of pride in that.”

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Leland Founders Celebration

 Many Leland townspeople came out to Founders Park to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Town of Leland’s official incorporation on September 10. Live bands Masonboro Sound, Gump Fiction and Carolina Casuals entertained the crowds throughout the day. People of all ages enjoyed carnival rides that included a carousel and swings, the Leland Express Train, lots of lawn games, and more. Local organizations had booths with interactive activities and information. Fireworks capped off the evening around 8:45 pm. Food trucks were also on site. Attendees were welcome to bring their own coolers and set up a picnic on the lawn, but pets were not allowed. Look for the event again next September.

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IACKids Fundraiser at The Joyce Irish Pub PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL RITENOUR

 It’s About Caring For Kids’ (IACKids), an organization originally founded in upstate New York, held a fundraising event on August 13 to spread their mission to the Cape Fear region and raise funds for N.C. families in need. The Joyce Irish Pub in Leland hosted the fundraiser, and it was filled with kid-friendly activities like a bounce house, corn hole and even a fire engine for kids to hop on and explore. IACKids financially helps families that have children receiving long-term in- or out-patient care. The nonprofit targets families that make too much money for public assistance but not enough to cover medical expenses, food and bills. Every dollar goes to the family to ease their stress while their child is battling a severe illness that requires long-term hospitalization. The event raised $4,000 and the donations keep coming in. For more information go to

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Ladies Night In! Ladies Night Out! Purse Bash

 North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Purse Bash event returned on July 21. Bags by Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade were awarded to many lucky winners. The in-person event was held at Brunswick Community College’s Virginia Williamson Event Center, and many also joined in on the fun through the live feed on Facebook.

The chamber thanks Brunswick Community College and the Virginia Williamson Event Center for a wonderful Ladies Night Out Purse Event and their vendors — Onya Gardner with Ayno Classy Jewels & Accessories and Melissa Trop with Hometown Essence. They also thank Middle of the Island Catering for the wonderful food and fantastic bartender.

Congratulations to winners:

Allen Tatum, Lisa Johnson, Dr. Michelakis Office, Ashley Kaplan, Suzanne West, Peggy O'Leary, Joan Pacifico, Shauna Fuller, Karen Coyle, Kris Hulon, Priscilla Kollock, Ally Miller, Diana Buchanan, Deb Pickett, Martha Jackson, Dr. Michelakis Office, Patty Pepper, Astrid Mevsseyon, Billie Gunn, Angie Hucks and Ina Dixon

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Leland Under the Lights 18th Annual Car Show

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce held its 18th Leland Under the Lights Car Show on August 20 in the Lowes Food parking lot at the Brunswick Forest entrance in Leland. The chamber holds this event to benefit its education and scholarship funds to help North Brunswick High School students continue their education.

All registered participants received a goodie bag, dash plaque and t-shirt printed especially for this event. The chamber gives a big thanks to all sponsors and participants.

Best In Show

Sponsored by Carolyn Pirnat in memory of Bob Pirnat

David Watts, 1931 Ford Model A Sedan

Best in Class, 1985 & Older Sponsored by South State Bank Jim Wilkins, 1930 Chevy Sedan

Best in Class (1986 & Newer) Sponsored by Cruse Construction, Inc. Dennis Bosak – 2009 Ford Shelby

Powder Puff

Sponsored by Azalea Plaza Estates, LLC Lena Gales – 2021 Roush Mustang

Best Interior

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Alan Anselmo – 1967 Chevy Chevelle

Best Motor

Sponsored by Farro’s Automotive Performance

Danny & Jessica Larson – 1965 Nitro Dragster

Best Paint

Sponsored by JBG Services Painting Division

Larry & Sandy Parker – 1933 Ford Tudor

Kids Choice Award

Sponsored by Seidokan Dojo

Anthony Cataldi – 1967 Ford Mustang

Best General Motors

Sponsor by South State Bank Mortgage Division – Donnie Grooms

Roger Alibizu, Jr. – 1967 Pontiac GTO

Best Import Sponsored by Leads Inbound LLC – Rocco Campagna

Matthew Donofrio – Audi R8

Best Ford

Sponsored by DSA Builders Inc. John Cortina – 1965 Ford Mustang

Best Chevy

Sponsored by Cruse Construction Inc. Ed Mason – 1970 Chevy Chevelle

Best Mopar

Sponsor by Farm Bureau Insurance Leland Bill Smith – 1968 Chrysler 300

Most Unique

Sponsored by Domin & Schwartz- RE/MAX Executive Byron Spivey – 1931 Ford Model A Coupe

Club Participation Award

Sponsored by North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Cape Fear Cruisers

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Bella Italia

Brunswick Community College Foundation (BCCF) hosted the sixth annual Bella Italia event on Saturday, June 25. Presented by Diamanté Sponsors, Dinah E. Gore and Myong & Paul Jensen and supported by a host of other sponsoring partners from the community, the event raised funds to provide critical support to the foundation in support of BCC students. Donna Gregory, of WWAY’s “Good Morning, Carolina,” served as emcee for the event, and the program included performances by Cape Fear A Cappella, an invocation by Joe Stanley and remarks from Kent Wood and Teresa Carroll of the Foundation Board. Guests also heard from Dr. Gene Smith, president of Brunswick Community College (BCC). Over a delicious five-course dinner with food and wine pairings provided by Coastal Catering and Events, guests heard heartfelt stories from three BCCF Student Ambassadors who are working hard to achieve their educational goals. To get involved with BCCF, contact Executive Director Elizabeth Wassum at

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Last Chance for White Pants Gala

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare held its Last Chance for White Pants Gala on August 27 at The Hangar in Wilmington. High-energy party band Sleeping Booty kept everyone dancing the night away in their favorite white attire. The gala, along with an online auction, a live auction and raffles, raises funds for Lower Cape Fear LifeCare’s mission to provide care and support to people and families living with serious or life-limiting illnesses in southeastern North Carolina. This year, a large portion of funds is earmarked for the We Honor Veterans program to meet the specific needs of local veterans living with a life-limiting illness. Lower Cape Fear LifeCare gives a huge thanks to the gala sponsors and guests as well as the committee and team members who worked so hard to make the event a success.

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Coastal Insurance 910-754-4326 24

Coastal Integrative Health 910-408-1778 15

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage 910-371-1181 7

CommWell Health 877-935-5255 63 Committee to Elect Quintin McGee 74 Computer Warriors 910-216-9399 39

Cucalorus Film Festival 82

Custom Home Furniture Outlet 910-399-4229 13

Curley Implants & General Dentistry 910-463-2267 3

Dimock, Weinberg & Cherry Coastal Carolina Pediatric Dentistry

Domin & Schwartz Real Estate Group

Dwelling Place Interiors


Farm Bureau Insurance

First Bank

910794-2266 52

910-202-3638 52

910-859-1165 12

800-332-3800 6

910-371-2111 34

910-383-3955 30

Floor Coverings International 910-575-5248 9

FOCUS Broadband 910-755-8202 51

Four Seasons Dry Cleaners 910-859-8394 86

Franklin Rouse — State Farm Insurance 910-371-5446 45

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Hands to Home 910-262-8342 5

Hankins for Board of Education 86

Heritage Fresh Market 910-253-1330 26

Hello Garage 1-888-59-Garage 63

Home James Realty 910-524-2562 46

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries 910-371-2707 78

Intracoastal Realty Corporation 910-201-2200 4

J & K Home Furnishings 843-249-1882 20 & 21

Josh London – State Farm Insurance 910-383-1303 45

Katie’s Art & Frame 910-408-1757 55

Kingz Custom Concrete Coatings................................ 910-620-8979 76

Legacy Homes by Bill Clark 910-550-1167 75

Leland Ace Hardware 910-383-6688 70

Leland Veterinary Hospital 910-371-3440 49

Local’s Tavern 910-769-1289 64

Lockwood Folly Country Club 910-842-5666 64

McPherson’s Acme General 910-655-4006 64

Mimi & Papa’s Gourmet Popcorn and Homemade Ice Cream

910-408-1170 76

Mulch & More 910-253-7663 58

New Hanover Regional Medical Center 910-342-3400 2

Niche. Décor & Gifts 910-769-8839 13

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce 910-383-0553 86

North Brunswick Chiropractic 910-371-1200 78

Novant Health ........................................................................ 833-751-6027 2

PC Solutions 910-371-5999 36

PODS 910-452-0322 42

P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille 910-399-6808 52

Rhodes Law Offices, PLLC 910-383-3610 60

Sandpiper Pediatrics 910-207-0777 12

Sean Skutnik, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage 910-279-1016 63

Seidokan Karate

910-616-7470 57

Shallotte Electric Stores 910-754-6000 49

Signature Wealth Strategies 910-371-0366 69

Splish Splash Dog Wash 910-399-3426 55

Stump Hill Farms 910-231-0044 84

Swell Home 910-769-4980 72

Swell Vision Center

910-408-1116 78

Thalian Association Community Theatre 910-251-1788 57

The Bluffs 910-383-2820 17

The Bridge Presbyterian Church 910-769-4951 14

The Kitchen Man 910-408-1322 29

Triad Power Wash LLC 910-599-7798 75

Tropical Smoothie 910-765-1144 70

Troy Williamson — Cornerstone Home Lending .... 910-262-2613 69

Trusst Builder Group 910-371-0304 81

Turf Medic 910-769-2818 82

UPS Store 910-383-1401 69

Wilmington Eye 910-763-3601 11

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