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Expanding orthopedic care right here in Brunswick Ted Parcel, DO, and Benjamin Browning, MD are accepting new patients Joint, bone and muscle pain can interrupt your life. Are you ready to get back to doing what you love? Like walking, tennis or golf? Then it’s time to meet our experts at Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Supply. Board-certified surgeon Ted Parcel, DO, is fellowship-trained in adult joint replacements. Benjamin Browning, MD, is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy. Both are experienced in providing high-level care for sports injuries and orthopedic conditions.

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At Northwest Land & Cattle, fifth-generation farmers AJ and Wade Stanaland are doing things in the new oldfashioned way. By Melissa Slaven Warren

HOLY COW, WHAT A PLAY!

Legendary sports broadcaster Frank Herzog, once known as The Voice of the Washington Redskins, is now a Magnolia Greens resident. By Brian Wilner North Brunswick Magazine

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63 BRUNSWICK NEW HOMES & REAL ESTATE

A sneak peek at what's coming in our 2020 Brunswick New Homes and Real Estate Guide.

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When Chris Stevenson moved to Leland he began putting his skills and wisdom to use by giving back. Texas' loss is Brunswick County's gain. By Dennis Hetzel

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With years of practice and the help of mentors, classically trained chef turned knifemaker Nicholas "Nic" Nichols is perfecting the art of making kitchen cutlery. By Melissa Slaven Warren

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31 SPIRITS

18 CONTRIBUTORS 20 WHAT’S HAPPENED

What’s been going on around town.

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Extras you’ll only find online

101 SNIPPETS

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32 WHAT’S COOKIN’

Lobster Macaroni & Cheese By Sandi Grigg

35 EDUCATION

The opening of Town Creek Middle School this fall didn't go as planned due to COVID-19, but the new school is already well on its way to building strong community connections. By Denice Patterson

103 BUSINESS PROFILES Melissa Owen, DDS, Aesthetic Dentistry

105 ADVERTISERS INDEX

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Leland native Joey Upchurch remembers the small town of his youth and reflects on it becoming a big city. By Heather Lowery

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Leland-based Clean Brunswick works to keep the town and its roadways free of litter. By Rich Mina

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Michael and Lannin Braddock stay busy with their jobs and parenting but still find time to help in the Leland community. By Kathy Blake

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Some days I’m afraid to even open my laptop, scroll through social media or turn on the news. It’s hard to watch everything unfolding around our country these days, and it’s especially hard to do it without some of our favorite people close by. Social distancing is taking its toll, and I know I’m not alone in itching to get back to some collective peace, health and normalcy. At the same time, we are doing a little celebrating around here. With this fall 2020 edition, we are marking our 15th year of publishing North Brunswick Magazine. I am so grateful for all the staff, contributors, advertisers and readers who have supported us over the years and helped make this magazine the success it has been. This area is amazing. Its natural beauty is a gift that helps people of all walks of life find respite, but there’s something else about it that makes visitors feel so welcome and restored: the community. The people around here are friendly and welcoming, not only those in the service industry who work with visitors day in and day out, but also the people who contribute in a such a great variety of ways. This community thrives and supports everyone, and I am passionate about this place. I love living here and meeting and working with the people here and greatly appreciate their support with North Brunswick Magazine for the last 15 years. It truly means the world to me. I hope you enjoy this fall edition of the magazine. We have a lot of great stories about the people who contribute to this community. You’ll meet people who help with nonprofits, such as Michael and Lannin Braddock, Chris Stevenson and Nancy Celli, along with people who contribute through their craft, such as knifemaker Nicholas Nichols and cattle farmers AJ and Wade Stanaland. Enjoy the off-season in our area, take action to help your neighbors and community wherever you are and find ways to rest and restore as much as possible. And don’t forget to vote in November. Happy fall!


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CONTRIBUTORS

Megan Deitz CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

I turned my love of photography into a full-time career in 2003 when I began traveling up and down the East Coast as a sports photographer. Today, I specialize in portrait and commercial photography but can be found fueling my true passion for landscape and wildlife photography through my travels around the world. My work can be viewed at megandeitz.com and @megandeitz_photography on Instagram.

Heather Lowery CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Although I’m a native Marylander, through vacationing on the Outer Banks as a kid and attending Belmont Abbey College, I had always considered North Carolina my second home. My family and I moved to Brunswick County in 2007 and couldn’t be happier! My husband, three kids, two dogs and one cat keep me on my toes, as does my classroom full of sparkly eyed elementary students. I love pursuing my creative side through writing for NBM and teaching! My future goals include spending more time at the beach with my family, reading the entire Agatha Christie collection and learning how to paint a masterpiece (well, maybe not a masterpiece…but certainly something other than paint-by-numbers).

Bill Ritenour CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic back in 1966. It was not much of a camera but it got me interested in photography. I started seeing things differently and appreciating things more than before. There are so many things in everyday life that I had never really noticed before. I started composing images in the viewfinder of my camera, isolating what I wanted to emphasize in the finished photograph. The main thing I learned with time is how important light is as an element. Light affects color, shadows, contrast, texture, mood and the impact of an image. My wife and I moved from Richmond, Virginia, to Wilmington in 2011. After five years of visiting our daughter and her husband, and after the birth of their first child, we knew it was time to make the move. Wilmington and the surrounding area had already become to feel more like home than Richmond. With the beautiful coastline, slower pace of living and friendly people, we have never regretted the move. We are proud to be Tar Heels.

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Your New Orthopedic Surgery Center Opens 2020

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Located in the new EmergeOrtho building, Brunswick Surgery Center is the region’s first outpatient surgery center dedicated to orthopedics and spine. With 28 board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons, this technologically advanced facility gives area residents another convenient option for specialized surgical care. Patient health is our top priority, and we take all precautions to ensure a safe environment. For more information, call or visit our website. 910.660.4600

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Justin Garza Moves to Athletic Director at SBHS Big news for South Brunswick High School. Justin Garza, athletic director for South Brunswick Middle School (and BCS Teacher of the Year), will now be the athletic director at South Brunswick High School. Coach Garza has spent his entire teaching/coaching career, 11 years, at SBMS and was athletic director for five years. He coached middle school sports for 11 years and was coach of varsity volleyball at SBHS for three years. Garza will take over for longtime N.C. Hall of Fame Athletic Director Coach Chris Roehner, who is retiring this school year.

Brunswick Electric Awards $10,000 to High School Seniors Each spring since 2008, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) awards two $5,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, one from Brunswick County and one from the Columbus County area. The 2020 Scholarship Highway recipients are Richard John “R. J.” Thomas and Lillie Jacobs. The Brunswick County recipient, R.J., graduated from Brunswick County Early College High School and is the son of Richard and Kris Thomas of Bolivia. The Columbus County recipient, Lillie, graduated from South Columbus High School and is the granddaughter of Barbara Osborne of Nakina. A total of 21 applications were received from all area high schools. R. J. and Lillie were selected based on a combination of academic achievement, participation in community and school activities, SAT/ACT scores, letters of reference and a 1,500-word essay providing ideas for innovative ways the electric cooperative can connect with young people.

Brunswick County, Town of Navassa Enter Utility Acquisition Agreement The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners recently moved to unanimously accept ownership and operational responsibility of the Town of Navassa’s water and sewer systems, initiating an important step toward improving the town’s utility infrastructure and furthering the county’s commitment to providing a strong regional option for the benefit of the county’s utility systems and customers. Staff from both the town’s leadership and the county’s Public Utilities teams worked to finalize the agreement for the commissioners’ final review and approval at the June 15 regular meeting. The county assumed ownership and operational responsibility of the water and sewer

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system July 1, 2020. Navassa water and/or sewer customers will not need to take any action in response to this merger. The county is working with the Town of Navassa to transfer all customer accounts to the Brunswick County Utility Billing Services department.

Brunswick County Schools Teachers of the Year The 2020 Brunswick County Schools Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the Year are: Lisa Banester, Southport Elementary School Caitlyn Diaz, Leland Middle School Jennie Bryan, South Brunswick High School At the end of July, the three finalists were interviewed to be the next overall Brunswick County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2020–21.

Courts Lift Injunction Order in H2GO, Leland, Belville Case On May 1, 2020, The Honorable Charles Henry, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, heard a joint motion that had been filed by Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO and the Town of Belville, asking the court to lift the stay on the current permanent injunction filed in July of 2019 that was preventing Belville from returning the assets of H2GO to H2GO and preventing H2GO from proceeding with the construction of the aquifer sourced reverse osmosis (RO) plant. On May 18, 2020, Judge Henry entered an order granting the joint motion and ruling in favor of the Town of Belville and H2GO. This ruling will allow Belville to return the assets of H2GO to H2GO and allow H2GO to resume construction of the much-anticipated RO plant. As of June 5, 2020, all assets have been returned to H2GO from Belville. Requests for bids have been advertised for construction of the RO Project, which is expected to resume this fall.

New Date for Brunswick County Future Generations Golf Tournament The Future Generations Golf Tournament was postponed until September 26 at Ocean Ridge Plantation. Fifteen years ago, Rusty and Carol Petrea had a vision to bring golf to area youth to help grow the game. They found the First Tee, and 15 years later it is bigger and better than ever. In honor of the 15th year as a chapter, and to celebrate the 10th Annual Future Generations Golf Tournament, First Tee is proud to recognize Rusty and Carol Petrea as this year's honorees. Mark your calendars for September 26 at Ocean Ridge Plantation to not only raise money to continue growing the game of golf and providing character and life skill classes for area youth, but also to honor the Petreas for their vision and development of this amazing organization.

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ATMC Presents the Town of Belville with Smart Rural Community Signs ATMC recently presented the Town of Belville with Smart Rural Community signs. The Smart Rural Community designation, given by the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, highlights member projects that make rural communities vibrant places to live and do business through the implementation of innovative broadband-enabled solutions. The Town of Belville received this recognition because of ATMC’s commitment to provide WiFi to the town’s Brunswick Riverwalk and the Duke Energy Education Pavilion as well as providing fiber optic technology to hundreds of businesses and residents with access to one Gigabit broadband speeds. In addition to providing fiber optic technology to the Town of Belville, ATMC has also helped to bring fiber optic technology to all Brunswick County public schools, local healthcare facilities, the Brunswick County 911 Communications Center and more. ATMC’s network upgrade and expansion project was another major factor in its selection for the prestigious award.

State Farm Agents Step Up to Help Brunswick Family Assistance Demonstrating what it means to be a good neighbor in challenging times, local State Farm agents Franklin Rouse and Josh London recently delivered a $2,000 donation to Brunswick Family Assistance to support their summer meal program for children. Brunswick Family Assistance helps families and individuals in crisis in Brunswick County by providing emergency assistance and educational and skills-development programs. Brunswick Kids Summer Food Program provides breakfast/lunch/ snacks for the entire 12-week summer break for children in need. They were prepared to provide these meals for 3,000 Brunswick County children. Each bag consists of enough food to feed a child for an entire week.

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA receives NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant Battleship NORTH CAROLINA has received a NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. Funding for NC CARES has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. Because of restrictions designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Battleship has been limited in its ability to present its customary onboard programs for visitors. The award will enable the Battleship to develop educational outreach and distance learning programs. The funding will make it possible for the Battleship to reach current visitors and a new audience in the

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continually changing digital age. The NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant is opening doors shut by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Art League of Leland Features Heather Divoky The Art League of Leland (ALL) invites artists and art enthusiasts to its online meeting featuring artist Heather Divoky on Thursday, October 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Divoky will discuss her distinctive technique of storytelling through her colorful, detailed artwork. If you would like to attend the virtual meeting, email artleagueofleland@gmail.com by September 24 to register. If space is still available when they receive your request, they will email you details about how to attend the Zoom meeting a couple of days prior to the meeting.

Forbes Recognizes First Bank as N.C.’s Best-InState Bank For the second year in a row, Forbes has chosen First Bank as one of America's best banks on its 2020 Best-In-State Banks list. This year First Bank was ranked the number one bank in North Carolina, and it remains the only one on the N.C. list that is headquartered there. According to Forbes, banks were scored based on "… an independent survey of more than 25,000 U.S. consumers who were asked to rate banks at which they have or previously had checking accounts. Participants made recommendations regarding overall satisfaction; they also assessed banks in the following areas: Trust, Terms & Conditions, Branch Services, Digital Services and Financial Advice. Over the last year, First Bank received accolades not only from Forbes, but also from WalletHub, Fortune and local civic organizations for its community involvement and growth.

Brunswick Community College Named #1 Community College in Nation Brunswick Community College (BCC) has been named the #1 Community College in the United States. SmartAsset analyzed more than 800 community colleges on three metrics: student-tofaculty ratio, graduation and transfer rates and cost of tuition and fees. Congratulations to BCC!

Novant Health Selected as Partner for New Hanover Regional Medical Center Last year the New Hanover County Commissioners and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) created a 21-member Partnership Advisory Board (PAG) and charged it with determining the future of the medical center. The advisory board consists of hospital board of trustee members, physicians and members of the New Hanover County community. After nine months of research and work, the PAG made its recommendation. In July Novant Health was selected as the recommended partner for New Hanover Regional Medical


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Wilmington; and enhance local pediatric care.

In its proposal for NHRMC, Novant Health is committed to providing the community with more:

The New Hanover County Commissioners voted and approved the matter on July 13.

 Access to affordable healthcare and generous financial assistance programs for families in need.

For more information on Novant Health’s potential partnership with NHRMC, visit NovantHealth.org/bettertogether.

 Clinics, hospitals and advanced equipment to meet the region’s needs.  Support for the behavioral health crisis, including opioid management, substance abuse treatment and whole-family resources.  Jobs that will boost the local economy and support for maintaining current leadership and team members.  Innovative treatments and technology advancements to deliver specialized care faster and locally.  Support for the medical group and independent physicians, who already deliver high-quality care to the region. To continue the academic success of NHRMC, Novant Health entered into a long-term agreement and partnership with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine, which will provide continuity and expansion to medical education at NHRMC. The partnership will enhance and expand the Wilmington branch campus of the UNC School of Medicine; extend and establish the clinical research of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to

Foundation of Brunswick Community College Thanks Town of Belville for Its Support On July 14 Belville Mayor Mike Allen and Town Manager Athina Williams presented a check to the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Foundation. This donation provides scholarship support for BCC Continuing Education / Workforce Development programs. BCC has designed career pathways for students who are seeking programs that accelerate the development of employable skills and lead to nationally recognized third-party credentials. Students enrolled in workforce development can experience a series of interconnected educational training programs that can be completed in six months or less. The pathway framework enables individuals to secure a job or advance in a high-demand industry. Courses are affordable and conveniently located throughout Brunswick County. Since 2014 the Town of Belville has been a consistent supporter of BCC Workforce Development programs and has provided $13,275 for scholarship support over the last seven years.

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Four century-old Holden Farm outbuildings revealed by a recent timber cutting have sparked curiosity along Highway 17. By Teresa A. McLamb

A glimpse of Brunswick County’s farm history is visible along Highway 17 near Four-Mile Road. When the land was timbered this past spring, four century-old outbuildings were revealed, including a log cabin–style corn crib. The painted white house nearby was part of the original farm as well.

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Seventeen-year-old artist AJ Kochuba, who splits his time between family homes in Sunset Beach and Raleigh, has a strong artistic voice and a clear vision for his future.

The Sunset Inn, owned by local Realtor Dave Nelson, was inspired by a visit in 1995 to Morritt’s Tortuga Club in Grand Cayman. The Sunset Inn celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 30, 2020, and the story of how it came about is an interesting one.

By Melissa Slaven Warren

If truth be told, there probably are not many adults who possess the level of self-awareness that 17-year-old Andrew Joseph “AJ” Kochuba already has. This talented artist and academically gifted student already has an impressive artist’s curriculum vitae that includes creating a permanent installation for his school, designing logos and t-shirts, organizing charity art events, painting commission pieces, donating art to charities like Amnesty International and leading school events like Art Farm and an outreach program that promotes the arts to underfunded area schools. Though he may be young, Kochuba is not a novelty and hopes that people don’t “limit me to being just a teen and consider my work for my talent rather than my young age,” he says.

Ageless Warrior Ginny MacColl, actor, competitive swimmer and American Ninja Warrior, proves that age is never a barrier to reaching your goals. By Annesophia Richards

We oftentimes convince ourselves that strength and athleticism go hand-in-hand with youth. We think athletes are made from great genes and good fortune, and we assume we ourselves could never rise to such a challenge. Then we meet someone like Southport resident Ginny MacColl, a woman who couldn’t complete a single pull-up at the age of 63 and yet went on three years later to become the oldest female to ever compete on America Ninja Warrior. Then we realize that strength is truly ageless. Fall 2020

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GREAT IDEAS OF THE PANDEMIC by Melissa Slaven Warren

Nona Phelps of Leland got creative and taught kids to cook in her Tween Cooking Classes. With more people eating at home and tasked with preparing their own meals, many families isolating at home are relying on take-out from local restaurants or frozen dinners from the grocery store as their go-to dinner sources. As convenient as they may be, they are not always the healthiest choices. That’s why Nona Phelps has made it her mission to bring fun and education into the kitchen by teaching not only her own four children how to cook, but her neighbors’ kids as well. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE

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Channel your autumn energy into these creative classes with Leland Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. What once grew from necessity rather than an indulgence, the Do-it-Yourself, or DIY, movement goes far beyond building a coffee table or sewing a dress. It’s a state of mind! It brings people together for productive leisure and sharing interests and hobbies. Doing it yourself doesn’t mean you have to go it alone! | CONTINUE READING ONLINE

CIS SPELLS SUCCESS by Jo Ann Mathews

Communities In Schools helps local students succeed, especially during these unusual times. When a third grader at Waccamaw School couldn’t get a virtual connection, Communities In Schools Success Coach Amber Malave stepped in. She visited the student at her family’s home three times to deliver a laptop computer and help her make the network connection so she could do her assignments and communicate with her teachers. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE 28

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LELAND HAS A NEW FIRE CHIEF by Michelle Macken

Chris Langlois comes to Leland from Omaha, Nebraska. The Town of Leland has a new fire chief. Chris Langlois began work with the town on August 17 and was officially sworn in as Leland’s Fire Chief during a ceremony on August 24 at Leland Town Hall.

EARTH-FRIENDLY LIVING by Michelle Macken

Eric and Donna Lazzari are building downtown Wilmington’s first net zero home. Downtown Wilmington will soon have its first solarpowered net zero home. If you’re not familiar with the term, a net zero home produces its own energy locally and aims to produce as much energy as it consumes. Eric and Donna Lazzari are building their net zero home on 4th Street. The home features 30 solar panels and two Tesla Powerwalls, which will help them avoid losing power during a power outage, all installed by Cape Fear Solar Systems. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE

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Langlois came to Leland from Omaha, Nebraska. He served 20 years with the Omaha Fire Department, which serves approximately 500,000 residents, operates 24 fire stations and has a team of 650 firefighters. He was originally hired as a firefighter and rose through the ranks as a paramedic, fire captain, training officer and battalion chief. As battalion chief, he oversaw the safety and wellness division of the Omaha Fire Department. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE

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MOVED TO IMPROVE by Kurt Epps

Skull & Bones Athletics by Coastal Integrative Health helps athletes young and old move more efficiently and establish better movement habits.

LELAND LAUNCHES NEW INTERACTIVE MAPS Recycling, utilities maps add to growing online resource for residents.

Skull & Bones Athletics is a new athlete-building business, and who better to launch it than a guy who’s already a popular, successful chiropractor in Leland and Shallotte? The brainchild of Brian Lank and co-founder Paul Hrvol, Skull & Bones Athletics is powered by Coastal Integrative Health, Lank’s successful total health business. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE

Leland residents and visitors with questions about utility service, flood risks or economic growth now need to look no further than the town’s website. On July 27 the town added to its online catalog three new maps that determine recycling routes, water and sewer providers, and land characteristics. Created by Town of Leland GIS Analyst Elizabeth Galloway, with the assistance of Asami Minei, a graduate intern from UNC-Wilmington, the interactive maps help more immediately meet the needs of citizens and the community at large. |

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Mix the classic cocktail with the flavors of fall for a delicious dessert nightcap. BY SANDI GRIGG

Don’t you just love fall? It is my favorite season because I finally start feeling some cool temperatures and I can enjoy outdoors without having to be near water or spontaneously combusting. Also, pumpkins! A few weekends ago I had a little fun in the kitchen putting together some new cocktails, and this Pumpkin Spice White Russian was remarkable. I like to embrace the fall season by coming up with fun and different ways to infuse pumpkin into my cooking and cocktails, and this is my new go-to autumn nip. Most White Russians are made using three simple ingredients — vodka, coffee liqueur and milk or cream over ice. They are so easy and perfect for those who enjoy sipping their coffee drinks. This is definitely a dessert cocktail. It’s so rich creamy smooth and satisfying, who needs cake? If you are watching your waistline, reduce the calories of the drink by using the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer instead of the regular one. You can also omit the whipped cream topping, but I don’t know why you would want to do that. The vodka and cream have a way of putting me right to sleep, so enjoying one of these after a big dinner is ideal for me.

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Memories of Maine There are many ways to enjoy Maine’s signature crustacean, but one of the best and most indulgent is to tuck chunks of lobster meat into creamy mac and cheese. BY SANDI GRIGG | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES STEFIUK

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ast summer my spouse and I and a couple of our best friends rented a van and drove to Rockland, Maine, to attend the Lobster Festival. It was an amazingly epic trip. I was dreading the long drive, but it was surprisingly quick because we took turns driving and made the most of it by stopping to sightsee along the way.

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We took the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel through Virginia, skirted the New York City skyline, drove to Cape Cod in Massachusetts and hopped breweries in Portland, Maine. We even drove up to Acadia National Park and watched the sun rise over Canada before finally making our destination in Rockland, Maine.


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While at the Lobster Festival we had lobster every way — in chowder, on a roll, steamed whole, on a salad and in macaroni and cheese. It was the creamiest, boldest and most delicious macaroni and cheese I have ever had; I knew I had to recreate it. Our Airbnb was right on the harbor, and we watched boats come and go with fresh catches such as clams, cod and lobster. We walked down to the water and purchased lobsters right off the boat. Talk about fresh! I used those lobsters and made my version of lobster macaroni and cheese. There are two different types of lobsters. There are warm water spiny lobsters like offered in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia. Then there are cold water lobsters offered in Maine and shipped all over the United States. Cold water lobsters usually have a whiter, sweeter and more tender meat than warm water lobsters. Cold water lobsters have meat in claws and tail, while warm water lobsters only have edible meat in the tail. For this recipe, you can find cold water lobsters at your local fish market or you can

purchase meat at your local grocery store. My local fish market offers just the claws and tails to purchase, so I boiled those and picked the meat right out. I am not sure of the exact recipe I had in Maine, but this rendition is very close in flavor. I use white cheddar, fontina and Gouda cheeses for a super-cheesy result. The cheddar is the classic taste in macaroni and cheese, while the fontina adds a creamy, extra-melty quality. The smoked Gouda incorporates a hint of smoky flavor, as if it has cooked all day on an open fire. The dish I had in Maine had a crunchy topping, so I used panko, Parmesan and oil for a guaranteed crunch. As the weather starts to cool down, you might find yourself craving a comforting, stick-to-your-ribs dish on an upscale level, and this is one you have got to try. And if you get the chance to visit Maine for some fresh lobster, definitely do it!

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese INGREDIENTS 1 pound cavatappi pasta, cooked and drained ¼ cup butter ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2½ cups whole milk or heavy cream 1 teaspoon paprika Pinch of nutmeg Salt and pepper 1½ cups shredded white cheddar 1 cup shredded fontina cheese ½ cup shredded smoked Gouda ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided 1 pound cooked lobster, roughly chopped ½ cup panko bread crumbs 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley for garnish

METHOD Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large saucepan over medium/high heat, melt butter. Sprinkle flour over butter and cook until slightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in milk and whisk until combined. Season the mixture with nutmeg, salt, pepper and paprika. Let simmer until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheddar, fontina, gouda and ½ cup of parmesan. Fold in pasta and lobster meat. Transfer into a 9 x 13 baking dish. In a bowl, combine panko, remaining Parmesan and oil. Season breading with salt and pepper, then sprinkle over the pasta. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden and bubbly. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve hot.

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The opening of Town Creek Middle School this fall didn’t go as planned due to COVID-19, but the new school is already well on its way to building strong community connections. BY DENICE PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL RITENOUR

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Dr. Jonathan DeBerry opens the front door to greet his students at Town Creek Middle School. With a slight bow and a swoop of his arm, he says, “Welcome to our band of coyotes.” The principal and his team have planned for this very moment for months, and while the pandemic has since shifted the initial plans for the school opening, the goal remains the same. “We are building a culture,” he says. “From our very first day we want to build relationships between our staff and students as well as the extended community.” Building a culture also includes planning a brief ceremony at the beginning of each year in which new students will walk across the stage to accept a memento from the staff. “When the eighth graders leave at the end of the year, we will reverse the pattern and send them off with their last memento from Town Creek Middle,” DeBerry says. Assistant Principal Sonya Oates is on board with the plan. “My role is to help make the school culture positive so that students and staff feel safe,” she says. Oates also believes that learning is at the forefront because school culture can affect student achievement. She followed her students here from Leland Middle School. “Part of my job is to promote all the wonderful learning and opportunities that our school has to offer, so families will always remember how they felt when they walked into the school,” she says. Oates says that as a new school, they have the opportunity to shape their beliefs, traditions, attitudes and relationships the way they want them. “We must build our core 36

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values as well as create conversations and laughter in the hallways, which will empower us to achieve high standards and ensure the success of all students,” she says. As for the extended community, DeBerry says they are planning events in which residents can join the principal and other staff members as they walk around the track at Town Creek Park. “This will provide an opportunity for informal discussions about our school,” DeBerry says. Plans for an athletic booster club and Parent Teacher Organization are also in the works. Town Creek Middle School is the 20th school in Brunswick County. The district had included the design and construction in the $152 million construction bond that voters approved in 2016, and they broke ground in 2018. The nearly 93,000-square-foot building on Lake Park Drive in Winnabow shares a campus with Town Creek Elementary. “As we were finalizing construction, we added a cover to the walkway that connects the two buildings, signaling our connection,” DeBerry says. “We are extremely grateful to our board for making that lastminute approval and being so very supportive every step of the way.” The custom-designed building has a central hallway flanked by the administration suite, gymnasium, media center and cafeteria. The choral, band and visual arts rooms are just around the corner from the gym in the

Top: The front entrance at Town Creek Middle School; middle, the new media center; bottom, the logo for Town Creek Middle School, home of the Coyotes, includes the shape of Brunswick County in the paw.


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The cafeteria, above, has a bank of windows overlooking a green space. The library, outfitted in the school colors, is designed for creativity and collaboration.

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Town Creek Middle School Principal Dr. Jonathan DeBerry, left, gave a tour of his new school before the opening of the 2020-21 school year.

academic wing. The gymnasium includes state-of-the art lighting and sound, a full stage across from pull-out, bleacher-style seating, and locker rooms with energy-efficient lighting. There is a custom, mobile sound system as well.

We want students to have some freedom during their lunch periods, so flexible outdoor seating is a perfect option.

“This space will of course be used for sports but also for music and theater productions,” DeBerry says. There is ADA seating for wheelchairs, and a lift for wheelchair access to the stage. The cafeteria has a bank of energy-efficient windows overlooking a green space, where students can gather or play soccer and Frisbee. “We want students to have some freedom during their lunch periods, so flexible outdoor seating is a perfect option,” DeBerry says. Town Creek Middle’s two-story, L-shaped academic wing houses the 6th grade hallway on the ground floor, which shares space with the Exceptional Children’s’ resource rooms. Upstairs, the 7th and 8th grade hallways include additional resource rooms and a satellite office for the assistant principal. “Mrs. Oates will spend a lot of her time here,” DeBerry says with a laugh. If it were up to Oates, she would spend her time in the media center — her favorite room in the school “From the seating to the carpets to the windows and the beautiful, vibrant school colors of vast sky blue, mannered gold and indigo — who wouldn't want to go to our library?” she says. Even the tables are innovative as they’re designed to be written on with erasable markers. “I enjoy reading and believe the media center should be a place for students to be creative and collaborate, and our library is just that,” Oates adds.

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Unique to the building is an innovative maker space adjacent to the media center. “We are providing researchbased curriculum, and project-based learning is at the forefront of that research for adolescents,” DeBerry says. “We are excited to offer this resource to our students.” The maker space includes a 3-D printer, sewing machines and consumables for student work. The campus does not include a sports field, but it is

adjacent to Town Creek Park, and an access road was added during construction. All field sports will be played there, and the athletes will be transported via activity buses. The school was designed for 550 students, and there are 341 students registered for the inaugural 2020–21 academic year. “With thoughtful redistricting, we have students coming from Belville, Bolivia and Lincoln elementary schools as well as Leland and South Brunswick middle schools,” DeBerry says. “After this year, our traditional feeder schools will be Bolivia and Town Creek Elementary Schools and we will feed into both North and South Brunswick High Schools.” With the current rate of growth in the county, the district expects the school to be at capacity within two years. A Hamlet native, DeBerry joined Brunswick County Schools in 2009 and took the helm of Town Creek Middle last year to coordinate the That’s why we’re proud to be here to help life go right ™ – staffing, interior finishes and cultural and to support Brunswick County. details like the school colors, mascot If there’s anything you need, call us. ™ and logos. They decided on three That’s why we’re proud to be here to help life go right – logos, the centerpiece of which is and to support Brunswick County. If there’s anything you need, call us. located at half court on the gym floor. That’s why we’re proud to be here to help life go right ™ – “The coyote paw is in the shape of and to support Brunswick County. Brunswick County,” DeBerry says. If there’s anything you need, call us. Attention to details like this are how DeBerry and his team make community connections. Other connections already exist among the staff and the students. His staff includes 22 teachers, and like Oates, many of them followed their students from other schools. Josh London Ins Agcy Inc Rouse Insurance Agency Inc “We were so fortunate that many of Josh London, Agent Franklin Rouse Jr, Agent 1112 E Cutlar Crossing Ste 104 1107 New Pointe Blvd our teachers transferred to Town NC 28451 JoshLeland, LondonNCIns28451 Agcy Inc RouseLeland, Insurance Agency Inc Creek Middle,” he says. “Building Bus: London, 910-383-1303 Bus: 910-371-5446 Josh Agent Franklin Rouse Jr, Agent relationships has already begun.”  1112 E Cutlar Crossing Ste 104 1107 New Pointe Blvd NC 28451 JoshLeland, LondonNCIns28451 Agcy Inc RouseLeland, Insurance Agency Inc Bus: London, 910-383-1303 Bus: 910-371-5446 Josh Agent Franklin Rouse Jr, Agent 1112 E Cutlar Crossing Ste 104 1107 New Pointe Blvd Leland, NC 28451 Leland, NC 28451 Want to know more? Bus: 910-383-1303 Bus: 910-371-5446

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At Northwest Land & Cattle, fifth-generation farmers AJ and Wade Stanaland are doing things in the new old-fashioned way. BY MELISSA SLAVEN WARREN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN DEITZ

AJ Stanaland never had a doubt about her career plans before owning and operating Northwest Land & Cattle just outside of Leland. The 32-year-old, who graduated from North Brunswick High School and North Carolina State University with a degree in livestock management, is a fifth-generation Brunswick County farmer. And her husband, 34-year-old Wade, is a fifthgeneration farmer from Columbus County. Collectively, their 10 generations of farming have covered the range of agriculture from tobacco to row crops to raising cattle and hogs. “Farming has always been what I’ve wanted to do,” AJ says. “I grew up farming. I grew up on my daddy’s and granddaddy’s heels. I was their little shadow learning everything I could.” After college, AJ came home to Brunswick County, where she and her dad were raising Angus cattle and growing small row crops of corn and beans. And then she met Wade, who graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in agronomy. It turns out the pair

Opposite page: Wade and AJ Stanaland with their twins William Weston and Sawyer Jean.

attended NCSU at the same time, but their paths never crossed. For Wade, there was also no question that farming would be his passion. “I wanted to continue on the family tradition because it allowed me to work outside, walking in the same fields that generations before me did,” he says. After they married, their families combined their efforts. In addition to the cattle farm in Brunswick County that AJ manages, Wade manages their farmlands in Columbus and Bladen counties, where they produce corn, soybeans, peanuts and sweet potatoes. The Stanalands, following in the footsteps of AJ’s dad, Chip Carroll, and her granddad, Charlie Carroll, began raising and selling heritagebreed pigs — pigs whose bloodline dates back hundreds of years — to restaurants in Wilmington. But a few years into the endeavor, a high-risk pregnancy for AJ forced the couple to exit the business at that time. “I had to go on bed rest so we sold our herd,” AJ says. “The twins were preemies, so they had some health concerns. Everything just got put on hold for a while.” Once the twins, William Weston and Sawyer Jean, now 4, were older and healthier, AJ felt that it was time for her to

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“ I grew up farming. I grew up on my daddy’s and granddaddy’s heels. I was their little shadow learning everything I could.

regroup and focus on her goals of taking her cattle herd in the new direction of farm to doorstep. Beginning in 1898, AJ’s greatgrandfather raised and sold cattle along the Cape Fear River to the local general store, where consumers could purchase the meat. Originally, the Stanalands sold their calves at auction. But the idea of not knowing where the calves went to feed out (after they’re sold, where they are fed and raised before being processed) troubled AJ, who sees a trend in farming that is moving away from old school agriculture. Plus, consumer demand for local and sustainable foods is growing. “Especially now, with COVID-19, I think people are a little more interested in who raises their food and how it gets to their table,” she says. She saw the 44

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need to be able to connect her beef directly to the consumer. AJ and her dad started concentrating on better genetics in early 2000 and bought their first Black Angus bull based on marbling and ribeye scores. Each of their cows is born, pastureraised and fed all in one location. AJ started her plan to pivot their marketing in 2019, and on February 2020, they sold their first steaks. “I want to give my customers piece of mind,” AJ says. “I look at the cattle every day. I know what they eat, what they drink and if they are healthy. I want them to have healthy lives so that they are healthy for the people they feed.” Utilizing the power of social media as well as their website, Northwest Land & Cattle has successfully connected with the consumer directly.

Clockwise from top: Cattle at Northwest Land & Cattle; young AJ on the family farm; the Stanaland twins; 92-year-old Charles Carroll, patriarch of the farm.

There is a waiting list for the subscription boxes because AJ has to plan everything a year in advance, though they always have single boxes that can be purchased through their website. The beef boxes vary by month, with special box-of-the-month options. Additionally, single cuts of meat can be added to a box as well. Each box includes a recipe card for one of the cuts of meat. They are also producing signature steak butters (five herb, garlic and chive, and blue cheese) and share cooking tips on their social media pages as well.


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Currently, the Stanalands offer free delivery in Wilmington, Southport, Leland and Supply. “I’m competing with butcher shops and retail stores, so I have to make it convenient,” AJ says. They are currently working on farm pick up options for those consumers south of Supply. Just as AJ’s 92-year-old grandfather did before her, she dry-ages all of her beef from 14 to 21 days. “It’s the new old-fashioned way,” she says, adding that it is unheard of in beef that comes from the grocery store. Dry-aged is the way beef used to be prepared — hung in a cool room, until the beef starts to break down and becomes tender. The modern way, wet-aged, means that as soon as the

beef is dressed out, it is immediately cut into steaks and vacuumed sealed, going out the door wet. “I’ve been told my dry-aged hamburger makes phenomenal burgers,” AJ says. With their farm-to-table business model, the Stanalands are part of a growing trend of young farmers who are changing people’s view of what it means to be a farmer. “I feel like as young, educated farmers, it’s our job to stay up with the times,” AJ says. “We want people to trust us to raise their food right.” In addition to raising livestock, managing a successful crop business and bringing up sixth-generation farmers, AJ and Wade are very active in serving on the N.C. Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers board and are very active with other state and local agriculture advocacy groups. Even with the technological advances in agricultural equipment and techniques, the time-honored tradition of good, old-fashioned hard work is still at the heart of farming. As one would expect, a farmer’s day doesn’t end at 5 pm. AJ leaves one farm and drives 45 minutes to the other where they live. There are evening rides together, along with the kids, to check on the fields or make sure their horses and pigs have water. For Wade, the best part about farm life is that no two days are the same, and everything changes from season to season. “I also enjoy a challenge, and farming can definitely be that,” he says. “We’re at the mercy of Mother Nature, markets and regulations that are out of our control.” Just a year into their vision of bringing beef to the door of the consumer, the Stanalands are already looking to the future. AJ is partnering with local chef Sarah Gore of Ocean Isle Beach to create a series of small dining events on the farm, hopefully in the fall. 


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Holy Cow, What a Play! Legendary sports broadcaster Frank Herzog, once known as The Voice of the Washington Redskins, is now a Magnolia Greens resident. BY BRIAN WILNER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT MCGRAW

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than 100,000 crazed fans and was the second highest rated televised football game in NFL history. The table was set for a memorable game — and the teams delivered. Late in the game, the Redskins were trailing by 4 and had fourth and 1 at the Miami 42 and decided to go for it. And then came the famous WMAL radio call by Frank Herzog: “There’s the snap, hand to Riggins, good hole! He’s got the first down at the 40, he’s gone! He’s gone! He’s gone! Touchdown, Washington Redskins!

Holy cow, what a play! 42 yard touchdown run on fourth and a foot!” It was the run that earned the Redskins their first Super Bowl ring and crushed the hearts of Dolphins fans like myself. Frank Herzog is now a Leland resident. I recently sat down with him to ask how he got into sports and broadcasting. He grew up in the Denver, Colorado, area and has been a huge sports fan since his youth. As a child he loved the Denver Broncos and the Triple A baseball team Denver


Bears. He shares a great story about meeting baseball legend Whitey Herzog at one of the many games he attended. “I had a seat near the visiting team’s dugout and got Whitey’s attention,” he says. “I told him people ask me if I am related to him as we share the same last name. He slyly looked at me and said, ‘There is no way — I am way better looking!’” Herzog also loved basketball and played for his high school team. It was in college in 1965 at Colorado State that he got his start in broadcasting.

He had some friends who worked at the college radio station and was hanging around at the station one day when someone suggested that he try doing some play-by-play on the school radio for the football team. He had no training or prior experience, yet his friends were amazed at his natural ability to call the game. Just like that, he had begun what would become a lifelong career in broadcasting. Herzog got his first radio job while in Air Force Tech school, working part time at KGKL on the banks of the Rio

Concho in San Angelo, Texas. There he began listening to the Dallas Cowboys radio on Sunday afternoons, the same year Cowboys Coach Tom Landry was beginning his record 20 consecutive winning seasons. After spending two years in Vietnam, Herzog finished his Air Force tour working for the National Security Agency. He met his wife, Sharon, there; they married in 1969 and have been happily together since. During the 1970s Herzog had several radio positions in the Washington, Fall 2020

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He was The Voice. We were a team, and Frank was the leader of me and Sonny. And to be able to handle a quarterback and a linebacker all that time, you had to be somebody special. And Frank Herzog is somebody special.

D.C., area. In 1976 he got his first big break and became the play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Washington Bullets. When the Bullets made the championship series against the Seattle Supersonics in 1978, Frank was there to call a “thrilling seesaw battle” that went to game 7. The Bullets took game 7 to become NBA champs, and little did Herzog know that he had just called the first of four championship games for a D.C.-area team. In 1979 Herzog was asked to do radio play-by-play on Redskins radio WMAL with two former Redskins fan favorites — Hall of Fame Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen and Hall of Fame Linebacker Sam Huff. Thus began the 25-year radio show that fans affectionately called “The Sonny, Sam and Frank Show.” Herzog felt empowered by the

knowledge of Jurgensen and Huff, while they were impressed with his broadcasting abilities. They became a beloved broadcasting team, and Herzog was known as “The Voice of the Washington Redskins.” Many Redskins fans would turn their television volume all the way down and listen to the radio broadcast while watching a game on TV. It didn’t hurt that the Redskins won three Super Bowl titles while they were together! When asked to describe what it was like working in the booth with Herzog, Huff said, “He was The Voice. We were a team, and Frank was the leader of me and Sonny. And to be able to handle a quarterback and a linebacker all that time, you had to be somebody special. And Frank Herzog is somebody special.” It was the iconic call of the Riggins

run that paved the way for Herzog’s eventual induction into the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame. When asked why his “Touchdown, Washington Redskins!” call became such a hit, Herzog explains, “It caught on because it spoke of a collective team effort and not just an individual.” Herzog called 498 consecutive Redskins games over 25 years, including two more Redskins Super Bowl victories. When I ask which coach he admired the most, he replies, “Joe Gibbs. He was always a players’ coach and very conscientious of their state of mind.” During his career Herzog also called college basketball and football games for CBS. He did radio play-by-play for the Maryland Terrapins basketball team during their successful run with Hall of Fame coach Lefty Driesell. He also did play-by-play for the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team. In the 2000s Herzog did something he had always wanted to try — acting. “I started out as a movie extra, then would talk with the casting director and found out how to show up for ‘calls’ and started doing it,” he says. “It was fun to take part, watch how movies are made and meet some very talented people.” Some of the stars he worked with include Nicholas Cage, Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck. He appeared in 11 films including two in which he had speaking roles. In 2010, while he was the news anchor with WTOP radio in D.C., the vice president of news took Herzog out to lunch and told him they were very happy with his work and said if there was anything he wanted to do they would make it happen. “I went home that night, talked it over with Sharon and then typed up a list of all the things I had done in my career, all the events I had covered and all the places I had been,” he says. “And I realized at that moment, there was Fall 2020

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right, but they are all accomplishing things and we are very proud of that.” When we talk about the current state of affairs for the Washington football team, we agree that they certainly have a class act with new head coach Ron Rivera, and with a new name and hopefully a new philosophy, the team can go nowhere but up. With all the uncertainty in pro sports these days, Herzog and I agree that we prefer to reminisce about the good old days, when our sports heroes were being made on the field and those all-time classic calls echoed out over the airwaves — “Touchdown, Washington Redskins! Holy cow, what a play!” 

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Joey Upchurch takes great pride in having grown up in Leland. It is evident in how he lives his life and manages his business and how he never once forgot where he came from. When Upchurch reflects upon his youth, he can’t help mentioning the many names of family, friends, neighbors, teachers and community leaders who influenced him. As a child, he fully embraced the “small, tight-knit country town” where everyone knew each other and lent a hand to their neighbor. Leland’s positive values shaped who he is today and continues to fuel his ambition for future goals. In the 1980s, Upchurch’s father, who is from Wrightsville Beach, met his mother after she relocated from Raleigh to Wilmington. The family moved to Leland after Upchurch was born in 1988. Upchurch and his three brothers grew up in Pickett Ridge on old Fayetteville Road and attended the schools in the area: Lincoln Primary (elementary), Leland Middle and North Brunswick High School. “I started third grade the year Belville Elementary opened, and I remember we had a school-wide vote on what our mascot would be — the Patriots, Gators or Sharks,”

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was a real drag,” he says. “My life pretty much revolved around riding bikes all day with neighborhood kids, exploring the woods (which are now known as Waterford and Magnolia Greens), playing soccer and going to the beach as much as possible.” Those woods played a major role in his life. “The woods were the perfect escape for a couple of kids to get together and build forts and dirt jumps for our bikes, and just bond,” he says. During the summer, the kids were usually outside playing from sunup to sundown. “We often got in big trouble if we weren’t home before the streetlights came on.” Every year, Upchurch looked forward to the Leland Christmas Parade put on by the Unity Group of North Brunswick. An added bonus was seeing the smiling faces of many of the members of the Unity Group and other local citizens ride around in decorated golf carts. “Things have changed quite a bit as far as the parade goes, but hopefully one day I will be able to bring my children to the same small-town, simple parade I went to when I was a child.”

Another highlight for Upchurch was eating in a restaurant where locals would gather and everyone felt like family. “Mr. Frosty’s was a staple, and Preacher Bob was always a joy to be around,” Upchurch says. “I can still smell that place and taste those pickles!” After high school, Upchurch went to work at one of the first more upscale restaurants in the area called Eddie Romanelli’s. For a while, he decided he wanted to be a chef, “then I decided I wanted to be a real estate agent so I could be rich, then I wanted to be a cop, and I always wanted to be a pro wrestler ... and the list goes on.” The career path was a tricky one for Upchurch, but finding what suited him came to him by surprise. “I got a construction job building piers ... that I absolutely took for granted. I worked that job for about five years off and on,” he says, “looking to get a paycheck so I could go out and party with the boys all weekend. I was living at home, no kids and no real responsibilities. I wasted many years living that life.” To this day, it baffles him as to why his boss had so much

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patience with him. He wished he had applied himself more, but he ended up gaining valuable skills that came in handy when his mindset began to drastically change. “When I met Lindsey and started having kids and could see my future, I took a huge leap of faith, quit my job and started my own business.” He opened Coastal Decks and Docks in 2019 and is going strong. “I started out with literally a saw and a screw gun ... that's it! No money, no business plan, nothing but one deck job. Year one of my business, I pretty much took all of my money from working and put it back into the business: tools, trailers, advertisement, etc.,” he says. “Year two has been crazy! We have been blessed with so much work that we are booked out three to four months, and my phone rings non-stop.” Upchurch’s main goal is to really

establish his business in Leland and focus on serving the community he loves. “I want to change the game completely,” he says. He believes what sets Coastal Decks and Docks apart is the way that they are transparent and take extra time to form relationships with their customers. “We aren't out here taking shortcuts or using cheap materials to make the biggest profit we can,” he says. “We are serving our community, treating customers like family rather than just a paycheck, and we build a quality product every time. We do things the old way ... the honest way.” He especially loves working in areas like Waterford because of his history there. “That's my old stomping ground. I literally grew up on that land and fished and swam in the lake. It becomes personal then.” He also finds time to give back to the community by donating his time and talent Fall 2020

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to those in need. He is currently building a ramp and stairs for the nonprofit Paws Place Dog Rescue. When Upchurch isn’t working, he is home spending time with Lindsey and their three children, Mason, 5, Hadli, 2, and newborn Blakely. Even though they now live just outside of Leland in Maco, they enjoy raising their children “the old school way,” he says. Reminiscent of Upchurch’s childhood, their children have plenty of room to play and are continuing the tradition of creating strong relationships with neighbors. “We have an amazing neighbor, Papa Reggie, who has chickens and goats. So, we basically have our own small zoo, but without the work!” he says with a laugh. When asked about what he feels is important to Leland’s future, Upchurch doesn’t hesitate. He would like to see community involvement, especially among the young. “We should all love our neighbors and especially love and help the sick, poor and children of this town,” he says. While he believes that the future of Leland is looking bright, Upchurch would like things to slow down a bit so that the emphasis is on building the infrastructure needed to keep up with the growth, especially making clean water, road repairs, flooding issues, traffic concerns and trash and recycling facilities a priority. He compares Leland to cultivating a garden. “You have to prepare the soil, plant seeds and give it water ... you have to take care of it if you want it to grow.” 


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NEW HOMES & REAL ESTATE [ 2020-21 EDITION ]

The following is a sample of what’s in our 2020-21 edition of Brunswick New Homes & Real Estate. In addition to getting the publication at area real estate developments and builders, pick up the full copy at bulk locations from our racks this fall at the following locations: LELAND Harris Teeter at Waterford Lowes Foods at Brunswick Forest Port City Java at Waterford Port City Java at Brunswick Forest NHRMC Building at Brunswick Forest HWY 55 at Walmart Cross Creek Commons PT’S Grille North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce SOUTHPORT/OAK ISLAND Lowes Foods Port City Java Downtown Southport (outdoor rack at Margaret Rudd) Southport Visitors Center Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Food Lion on Oak Island Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce OCEAN ISLE/SUNSET BEACH/ SHALLOTTE Lowes Foods at Ocean Isle Beach Publix at Ocean Isle Beach Food Lion at Sunset Beach Ingram Planetarium Shallotte Visitor Center Ocean Isle Fishing Center Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Lowes Foods in Little River Callahan’s at Calabash

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TOP AGENTS & TEAMS IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC FOR 2019 From January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 Ranked by total sales volume.

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HANK TROSCIANIEC & ASSOCIATES

Keller Williams Realty — OKI Brunswick County 53,120,895

KIM S. ANDERSON

Art Skipper Realty Inc.

42,988,871

FRANCES WARNER REAL ESTATE GROUP

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

37,567,982

JOHN G. HAMILTON

Better Beach Sales & Rentals, Inc.

35,160,769

SARAH HARRIS TEAM

Intracoastal Realty

34,191,377

THE CHEEK TEAM

Keller Williams Realty — Brunswick County

28,869,155

CRONICK & ASSOCIATES

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

27,920,617

MCNEELY GROUP

Landmark Sotheby's International Realty

27,706,970

LISA S. FRYE

St. James Properties LLC

27,655,120

WENDY R. WILMOT

Wendy Wilmot Properties

27,545,000

NOLAN K. FORMALARIE

Discover NC Homes

27,477,420

WADE G. JURNEY

WJH LLC

24,977,160

CHRISTOPHER J. KUHN

RE/MAX at the Beach / Oak Island

22,809,350

THE KOZEL TEAM

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

20,313,600

ALAN A. HOLDEN

RE/MAX at the Beach / Holden Beach

18,002,000

SETH BARBEE

Carolina Plantations Real Estate

17,489,625

THE ANDREWS TEAM

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

17,184,200

WWP JOHN MUNROE TEAM

Wendy Wilmot Properties

16,192,300

COREY M. RILEY

D.R. Horton, INC

14,891,750

MARY B. OVERROCKER

Coastal Development & Realty

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CINDY HUTTLESTON — The Lakes, Brunswick Forest —

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Where did you live before relocating to Brunswick County and what was your job?

I lived in Aiken, South Carolina, before moving here. I am a speech language therapist. Why did you choose to move here and did you previously have friends or family here?

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not on it. I received a brochure from Brunswick Forest, and it had all the amenities I was looking for. I came here without knowing anyone. What community did you decide to move to and why?

In Brunswick Forest I found the perfect lot. I actually looked at Compass Pointe first and fell in love with a house, a Logan model. But I ended up choosing Brunswick Forest because I liked the lot and the people

and Cape Fear National Golf Course. How long have you lived here?

I have lived here three months. Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them?

Logan Homes. It was the first model I looked at and it was exactly what I wanted. I had built several homes prior to this one and knew exactly what I wanted. I worked with Todd Garrett, who was so professional and friendly.


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What are your job and hobbies here?

I started working as a PRN at Novant Hospital on September 8. I volunteer at Paws Place, and I run, bike, golf, paddleboard, kayak and take my dog, Abbie, to microbreweries. What’s your favorite thing about southeastern North Carolina?

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I love the wide variety of outdoor activities, beautiful landscapes and wildlife, friendly and interesting people and the history and culture of Wilmington.

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BOB AND KAREN CONGER — The Bluffs on The Cape Fear —

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Where did you live before relocating to Brunswick County and what were your jobs?

We have moved many times associated with Bob’s job. We have lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina (three times), South Carolina and Texas (three times). Bob is a chemical engineer and worked 36 68

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years with Celanese and DuPont then continued to work as a consultant in the field of environmental remediation for the past seven years. Why did you choose to move here and did you previously have friends or family here?

Our first time living in Wilmington was from 1995 to 1998 when Bob was

the technical manager of the Celanese polyester facility. We love the area and returned a year after our youngest daughter and her family relocated back to Wilmington. A year later we moved Bob’s parents from northern New Jersey to an independent living facility in Plantation Village in Porter’s Neck.


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What community did you decide to move to and why?

We moved to The Bluffs on The Cape Fear in March after building a house for the first time. We chose The Bluffs for sense of community, quiet and beautiful location, larger lot sizes and better value of land and building costs. How long have you lived here?

We moved to our new house in The Bluffs in March 2020. We previously lived in Wilmington from 1995 to 1998 and in the River Bluffs community in Castle Hayne from 2015 to 2020. Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them?

We chose Southern Pines to build our home. They are the on-site builder that provided excellent custom home design, diligent daily oversight of the building process and good value. What are your jobs or hobbies here?

Bob continues to work part time as an environmental remediation consultant. He has a number of hobbies including home improvement projects, building fountains, pickleball, kayaking, ping pong, bike riding and traveling. Karen enjoys sewing, yoga, bike riding and traveling.

The communities, people, activities and weather.

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What’s your favorite thing about southeastern North Carolina?

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TOP 10 BUILDERS

IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC FOR 2019 From January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 Ranked by total number of permits pulled.

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D.R. HORTON

1121 Military Cutoff Road Suite C-322, Wilmington, NC 28405 (910) 821-8553; DRHorton.com President: Brian Gardner

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BILL CLARK HOMES

127 Racine Drive, Suite 201, Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 350-1744; BillClarkHomes.com President: Bill Clark

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LOGAN HOMES

60 Gregory Road, Suite1, Belville, NC 28451 (800) 761-4707; LoganHomes.com President: D Logan

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TRUSST BUILDER GROUP

481 Olde Waterford Way #100, Leland, NC 28451 (910) 371-0304; TrusstBuilderGroup.com President: Shawn Horton

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STEVENS FINE HOMES

2922 Orville Wright Way, Suite 110, Wilmington, NC 28405 (910) 794-8699; StevensFineHomes.com President: Craig Stevens

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TRUE HOMES 5051 Main Street Unit #13, Shallotte, NC 28470 (910) 754-6314 TributeHomesUSA.com

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H&H HOMES

1107 New Pointe Boulevard, Suite U-B1-2, Leland, NC 28451 (910) 219-1485; HHHomes.com President: Jack Rostetter

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PYRAMID HOMES

5022 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 29403 (910) 392-7201; BuildPyramid.com President: Chris Stephens

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WAYNE LAMBERT HOMES

13 Poorman’s Pepper Trail, Bald Head Island, NC 28461 (910) 457-9513 President: Wayne Lambert

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PULTE HOMES

4008 Norseman Loop, Southport, NC 28461 (877) 517-8583; Pulte.com President: Ryan R. Marshall

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Keep It Clean Leland-based Clean Brunswick works to keep the town and its roadways free of litter. BY RICH MINA

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The watchdog group Clean Brunswick of Leland offers some practical answers to get individuals and citizen groups involved. Headed by its founder, Nancy Celli, these locals have declared, “Enough is enough!” Celli acknowledges the challenges of dealing with litter while living in the fastestgrowing county of North Carolina. The group, which was formed last December, has devised a five-point action plan 74

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tailored to grow local community involvement while seeking additional support from the state. Group member Nina Griffin of Brunswick Forest is encouraged by the grassroots acceptance their group is having with local residents and that more help is out there “Individuals would do more to curb litter if only they knew how they could help,” she says. “Many residents are

Flash Trash Pickup volunteers work in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Transportation to keep roadways clean.

frustrated with the problem.” Clean Brunswick addresses those concerns with an innovative program called Flash Trash Pickup. This plan works in conjunction with N.C.


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Department of Transportation laws and the limited state funding for (NCDOT) by providing surveillance of that issue. At present, the NCDOT impacted regions or hot spots for litter sponsors a litter sweep only twice each in towns. While driving around, if any year, in April and September. Clean member of Clean Brunswick sees a Brunswick would like to see significant litter problem, a call is made improvements to the two week per to a designated group leader. A year commitment. In few on-duty clean-up crew addition, they will ask members are for stronger dispatched to that area with gloves and bags. The trash is bagged, tied and stacked If you see someone littering the N.C. roadways, call the NCDOT hotline at that site. A (877) DOT-4YOU (877-368-4968). corresponding If possible, report the license plate call to NCDOT number of the car or truck notifies them of you see littering. the location and that the bags are ready for pickup. One established state program that Clean Brunswick endorses is Swat a Litterbug. By calling a special NCDOT hotline (see above), drivers or pedestrians can report littering violations by phone. This is especially helpful to motorists who witness littering but are unsure of who to contact. There is a general reluctance to call 911, which is reserved for emergencies. If license plate information is obtained by the caller, offenders are tracked down by the state and notified by letter of the fines and littering laws in North Carolina. This also alerts them that their violation has been reported to authorities. With more than 80,000 miles of paved roadway in North Carolina, how North Carolina will the problem be contained? Clean has more than 80,000 Brunswick is awaiting approval of their miles of paved application for a 501(c) 3 license, which roadway, and will establish them as a nonprofit volunteers are organization within the state. Once the needed to help license is obtained, group members plan keep them to meet with state lawmakers in Raleigh clean. to bring renewed attention to the litter

penalties for first-time offenders by increasing fine limits and communityservice requirements. As we can understand, the responsibility for creating roadside litter is not limited to people who roll down windows and toss out bags, cups and cigarette butts. Just the accumulation of cigarette butts is estimated to be more

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TIPS FOR KEEPING BRUNSWICK CLEAN Here are some quick tips from Clean Brunswick for the average resident who wants to be part of the solution:

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Source reduce litter by using reusable beverage containers, straws, cups, etc. Carry a grocery bag and gloves on neighborhood walks, nature hikes, dog walking and similar outings. Collect trash you see as you go. Brunswick County residents can learn more about Clean Brunswick’s efforts and get involved by visiting their website: cleanbrunswick.org.

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Bag all small loose items like packing peanuts, shredded paper and the like to prevent them from blowing out of garbage trucks when collected.

Experts estimate that roadside litter is “50% blown and 50% thrown."

than one third of the litter tossed to the ground. A large portion of highway debris comes from being blown out from open-backed trucks and other transport vehicles. A secured tarp or covering for loose materials, as required by law, would reduce that debris considerably. Surface winds can also create litter storms by blowing debris from business dumpsters and unsecured neighborhood trash bins. Some experts estimate that roadside litter is “50% blown and 50% thrown.” Celli points out, “Taking personal responsibility for securing trash bin covers would be an important

contribution from the general public.” Clean Brunswick of Leland is vigorously involved with educating all residents about what they can do each day to help curtail the litter in Leland and Brunswick County. The group hopes to continue spreading their belief that litter control is a shared responsibility among federal, state and local governments and all citizens. Increasing fines and efforts of reporting litter are just a part of the solution. Community involvement and individual responsibility are key. As committee member Sanders sums it up, “If it (litter control) is to be, it’s up to me.” 

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A FOR COMMUNITY WORK When Chris Stevenson moved to Leland he began putting his skills and wisdom to use by giving back. Texas’ loss is Brunswick County’s gain. BY DENNIS HETZEL

s Chris Stevenson recalls the moment, his wife, Lisa, provided major direction when it was time to retire, as spouses often do. “She wanted to go somewhere near water,” he says. “And not the brown water of the Texas Gulf.” The blue water they found laps the shores of southeastern North Carolina, and Texas’ loss surely has been a big gain for Leland and Brunswick County. Stevenson is Exhibit A for the notion that life’s journeys send you to a place where you can put your skills and wisdom to use. The result is that at age 65, Stevenson is anything but retired. His community work has become not just a hobby like his photography but a

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passion. Stevenson is finishing a term on the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, volunteering for the Cape Fear chapter of the American Red Cross and serving as an area governor for Rotary District 7730. His area of supervision includes the five Rotary Clubs in Brunswick County, including the Leland Area Rotary Club that he joined about three years ago. “I have a passion for the work,” he

says. “I started with a very humble beginning. I want to give back. My military training is that if you see a void, you do something about it.” Stevenson grew up in New Orleans, where his father died when he was 10. “We were very, very poor,” he says. “My mother was a domestic; my father was a longshoreman. But there was lots of emphasis on education and treating people right. I wanted to be a civil rights lawyer. That was my

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as he started a family. “We saw the world,” he says. “Latin America, Southeast Asia, Italy, Germany, Panama.” Stevenson’s specialty was data communications and tactical planning. He taught noncommissioned officers and joined inspector general teams. “I tested secure email around the world,” he recalls. “I really was in one of those jobs where if I didn’t do it right, people could die.”

they saw was Army green.” The lawyer dream died when he dropped out of the University of New Orleans due to lack of funds with four brothers and sisters at home and a widowed mother. “So, I decided to join the military,” he says. “I could do my three years, go back to school on the G.I. Bill and get on with my life.” Well, those three years turned into 20

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While overseas, he earned a degree from University of Maryland European Division in 1997-98. He returned to college at Western International University in Phoenix in 1992 and left the military in 1994 as a sergeant with a good set of skills to begin a civilian career in Arizona. It turned out to be a good decision. He became a software specialist in ticketing systems, working with everyone from sports teams to Vegas casinos. A few stops later, he landed in San Antonio, consulting to the city on projects such as the city’s famous outdoor River Walk. Eventually, he began a lengthy stint with Federal Express in Corpus Christi. Stevenson credits Leland Town Council member Mike Callahan with pointing him to the Leland Area Rotary Club as a newcomer looking for ways to contribute to the community. Like most Americans with a conscience, Stevenson was touched profoundly by recent events that exposed institutional racism at a glaring level of intensity. Will this time be different? His voice becomes emotional as he shares a story about his daughter, Janelle. “After her first eight to 12 weeks at college, she called me, heartbroken. ‘Dad,’ she said, ‘I don’t fit in. I’m too white for the black folks and too black

for the white folks.’ I told her, 'Yes, it's hard,' but I said, ‘If you run now, you’ll run for the rest of your life.’” Janelle, one of Stevenson’s three adult children, graduated from the University of Chicago and works as the associate director for annual giving at Yale University, so she obviously took Dad’s advice to heart. “We still have a long way to go,”

Stevenson says. “It’s disheartening at times. My father was in Korea. He was a true patriot. That’s why I enlisted. I believe everyone should be afforded an opportunity. We have to recognize the contributions of everyone. This continues to be a great country because of our diversity and differences.” 

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The Braddocks live in Leland’s Brunswick Forest community and have turned their love for their city into several endeavors that help its citizens. With platforms in real estate, health and government, their lives are a constant outreach to serve others. Michael, who turns 36 in September, has been an onsite sales executive for Brunswick Forest for 10 years. He’s also vice chairman of the Leland Tourism Development Authority, where he, along with fellow board members helps, formulate a “strategic plan to engage more people locally, regionally and nationally to discover And then our beautiful town.” you throw And, he’s an executive a 3-year-old board member of the Cape Fear Council of in the mix Boy Scouts of America, …What is where he chaired the saying? Brunswick County’s Investment in The busiest Character Campaign, people raising more than get things $120,000 for scouting programs in Brunswick done? County. Lannin, 40, is a commercial real estate agent and founder of The Braddock Group, LLC, as well as the co-campaign chair (along with Marnie Williamson of The Isles Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach) of Novant Health’s A Path Forward Campaign, which is raising funds to provide treatment, community education, programs and support centers for mental health and well-being in the Brunswick County area. Lannin also is on the board of directors of Novant Health Foundation. “And then you throw a 3-year-old in the mix … what is the saying? The busiest people get things done?” Michael says. “If we ever go on vacation, it’s usually wrapped around a business conference.” The Braddocks’ daughter, Emilia, turned 3 in July. “I work from home and she is constantly here with me, since she’s not enrolled in a play group or day care or preschool, and we have a lovely young girl who comes a couple of days a week and takes care of her,” Lannin says.

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There were classmates, she says, who struggled with issues related to mental and behavioral health and seeing their lives day-to-day planted a seed. She wanted to help. “That was one of the things that was really important to me. Since she’s been a baby, she’s been on multiple real estate trips. Michael’s in residential real estate and I’m in commercial, so I’ll be at a commercial project and she’s over there picking up rocks…” The couple met through co-workers at Brunswick Forest and married in 2015. Back then Lannin was the property manager who oversaw leasing for The Villages, the 160-acre retail, dining, medical and professional area of the development. Michael worked in home sales. “We went out on a few dates and it turned into an engagement,” he says. Michael started in real estate in 2004 with a master-plan community and worked in similar communities in Ocean Isle Beach, Chattanooga, Knoxville and along Lake Oconee in Georgia. In Leland, he’s helped promote Brunswick Forest through “The Forest Life Show,” a former weekly video series of various onsite neighborhoods, and did a Facebook Live series for the called “Adapt, Attack, Advance,” to help local business owners gain visibility and share creative solutions for navigating COVID-19. Lannin grew up in Baltimore and attended an all-girls boarding school, Oldfields School, in Glenco, Maryland,

where she first caught a glimpse of her future work. There were classmates, she says, who struggled with issues related to mental and behavioral health and seeing their lives day-to-day planted a seed. She wanted to help. After graduating from Radford University with a communications degree, Lannin returned to Oldfields as a communications department intern and later as assistant director of admissions. She then was director of admissions at Aiken Preparatory School in South Carolina from 2005 to 2007, before becoming a property manager at Brunswick Forest, where she oversaw building operations of the welcome center, fitness center, wellness center and golf clubhouse. But it’s her work with Novant that she’s pushing as a necessity for Leland, Brunswick County and the surrounding area. The goal of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center’s A Path Forward campaign is to raise $3.5 million to help people with substance abuse, mental and behavioral health and eating disorders and to provide ways to detect problems earlier, such as in schools. The plan is to expand the emergency room at Novant’s Brunswick Medical Center with five beds reserved for behavioral health patients Fall 2020

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and to staff schools with more nurses trained to “look out for these kids.” The campaign’s soft phase began in 2019 and last February pushed its launch with a disco-themed party complete with disco ball, a Diana Ross impersonator and Twinkies. It raised $40,000. “Mental health in our country is a huge problem, and in our county it’s a huge problem, and there’s really more that can be done,” Lannin says. “And with COVID, there’s a problem with mental health because people are isolating from their friends and family and routine. A routine is so important, and this is adding to the stress, and it gives us even more reason to propel forward.” Lannin emphasizes the importance and sensitivity of this work. “Mental health is an umbrella for a wide berth of many things, from postpartum depression to schizophrenia to suicide to everything in between, so it’s a hard concept to share with people. Some might think it means one thing, but it can also mean another. “You can raise money for cancer, but mental health is swept under the rug or it’s seen as embarrassing. You have to break down those barriers and say, yes, it’s affecting women, men and children. It’s a vast ocean of subject matter to talk about.” So how do these two busy people find time to relax? Before COVID-19, Lannin found solitude and personal time by working out or in Pilates class. “Now, I love to go for a run or a long walk in the morning just as the sun is coming up,” she says. “That’s kind of my time, to listen to what I want, to think about what I want to think about. I’m not a mom, not a wife. I’m just me. Talk about mental health … I enjoy being around people, and I get my energy from their energy. But I have my downtime, for me.” If Michael is away from the office and doesn’t answer his phone, chances are he’s in channel waters at Wrightsville Beach. “I enjoy standup paddleboarding,” he says. “It’s a very relaxing setting. I’ve had a pod of dolphins in front of me, and that’s cool because I'm not making a wake. I went on a recent Sunday morning, and the water was so calm I could see schools of baitfish swimming around. I leave the cell phone in the car and go for about two hours and have time to think and reconnect with nature. Just to have time to be in the present.” Keep an eye on these two. They’re just busy enough to accomplish good things for Leland.  90

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Forging Ahead With years of practice and the help of mentors, classically trained chef turned knifemaker Nicholas “Nic” Nichols is perfecting the art of making kitchen cutlery. BY MELISSA SLAVEN WARREN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT MCGRAW

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F For chefs, the perfect knife isn’t just a kitchen tool they randomly pull from the block to get the job done, but a carefully selected, mission-critical instrument that cuts exactly where they want it to. It’s an extension of their arm and offers consistent quality every time. Classically trained chef Nicholas Nichols knows this well. Kitchen cutlery is his passion. So much so that he learned to forge his own, which gave him a chance to compete on the History channel’s Forged in Fire competition series. A Leland native and resident, Nichols graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte in 2006 with a degree in culinary arts and began a career as a chef, though he had been cooking long before that. His inspiration for cooking came not only from both of his grandmothers’ passion for food, but also from The Food Network. “That channel changed cooking for me,” he says. “I watched it all the time.” His favorite chefs on the channel, whom he credits as influencers, were Emeril Lagasse and the late Anthony Bourdain.

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after an exercise in genealogy. “I found out that my great-great-great grandfather was a blacksmith in Columbus County, and it led me down this crazy path to learn how to do ornamental metal work,” Nichols says. Before he could learn how to make kitchen knives — “they’re one of the hardest knives for beginners to forge” — he first had to hone his skills on everyday carry knives. He found a mentor in Hampstead who would teach him just that. While he worked on his ornamental craft, Nichols began to search for blacksmith equipment, which he discovered was hard to come by. When he did find equipment, if it wasn’t what he needed, he would sell it to other smiths. One day he sold and delivered a leg vice to a gentleman who was forging knives out of railroad spikes. “He encouraged me to try it. I did, and I found myself going back to there the following week, and the week after that, and the next several weeks,” Nichols says. “It morphed into a quest, and it was this thing I had to find out more about.” That year Nichols made railroad spike knives for Christmas gifts, and that experience has evolved into where he is today.

The processes between everyday carry knives and kitchen knives are vastly different. Everyday carry knives are very rustic and not refined so you let the material dictate the knife. Kitchen knives on the other hand are made from either carbon steel or stainless steel. Nichols equates the differences in the two types of steel with this analogy: “A stainless-steel blade is like having a new 2020 Corvette that you just need to change the oil and put gas in it, and you can drive it every day. Carbon steel is like a ’60s or ’70s muscle car; it’s fun to drive, but it takes some maintenance.”

The nuances of craftsmanship that Nichols has learned over the past several years propelled him to apply to appear on Forged in Fire, the competition series that airs on the History channel. Each episode features four bladesmiths who compete in a three-round elimination contest. Though he received a couple of call backs the first time he applied, ultimately, he wasn’t selected. Finally this year he got the call for season 5. Nichols competed on the episode titled “Japanese Ono,” (it aired on July 22, 2020), in which the four smiths were tasked with forging a blade that had to Fall 2020

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challenge. He was eliminated in the first round. After being eliminated, contestants are no longer part of the show, so Nichols took the opportunity the next day to go to New York City, where he had never been, and spend the day going to “some of the nicest restaurants in the world.” Back home, Nichols continues

fit perfectly into a puzzle piece cut out. “We filmed this past October,” Nichols says. “It all happens in four days. They flew me up one day, and the next morning, early, they drove me to the studio in an unassuming neighborhood in Connecticut. It was a lot of hurry up and wait.” Nichols was feeling the pressure, but felt he was doing okay until the middle of the episode. He had difficulties using the tongs they provided and dropped his work on the ground a few times. And then, at the grinder, with 30 seconds left to go, the tip of his knife split, and he wasn’t able to recover from the

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perfecting his kitchen knives. He finds inspiration in the art deco period and in the cars, ships and planes of the post-World War II era because of their clean lines. One of the things that sets Nichols’ knives apart from other makers is choice of materials. He incorporates a piece of history when he uses reclaimed teak decking and steel from the USS North Carolina. He also uses wood from aged Maker’s Mark and Jack Daniels whiskey barrels and maple that was originally intended for Gibson guitars but didn’t meet their specifications. “I try to offer something that makes my knives different,” he says. “In our throw-away society, it’s nice to have something that means something to you. That way you are less prone to throw them away when they are worn out, but instead get them fixed or sharpened.” Next on Nichols’ blade-forging bucket list is hunting knives. He’s been working with a master smith in Bladen County to learn the process. “That’s where I am today,” he says. “We never arrive in this knife-making thing. It’s always an evolving process.” 

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ave you ever really considered the uniqueness of oral health? Teeth go hand-in-hand with self-confidence, how you smile, how you chew, how you speak, how and what you eat and your overall health and well-being. For all these reasons and more, including the holistic impact that dentists can have on their patients, it’s no wonder that a career in dentistry can be personally fulfilling. Dr. Melissa Owen couldn’t think of anything else she would rather do in life. In fact, she comes from a dental family. Her dad was a dentist and her mom was the office manager at the family’s practice. Owen’s two siblings are also dentists. “What can I say, we love teeth!” she says with a laugh. In August 2020 Dr. Owen joined Dr. Jon Ludwig in his practice, Aesthetic Dentistry at Magnolia Village in Leland, which strives for a good patient experience with high-quality care. Dr. Ludwig’s dental practice has always been relationship-based and patient-centered, which is one of the things that Dr. Owen is passionate about. Building relationships with patients is something she first learned from her dad. Growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Dr. Owen loved watching her father work at his dental practice. She enjoyed learning everything she could about the science and nuances of dentistry, but she also noticed that her father took the time to get to know his patients. It’s something she values as she practices today. “Dad was a wonderful role model,” she says. “I decided to follow in his footsteps. He had a good work-life balance and was such a people person, which I am too.” Dr. Owen received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and then attended dental school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating

dental school in 2015, she completed her General Practice Residency in the Veterans Administration near Los Angeles, California. She also practiced in Charleston, South Carolina, before moving to Wilmington, North Carolina, where she and her husband, Conally, had lived previously while he pursued his master’s degree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. What Dr. Owen enjoys most about working at Aesthetic Dentistry at Magnolia Village, and what sets it apart from other practices where she has worked, is the well-organized, communication-centric relationships between the entire staff, doctors and patients. “Everyone in the practice is so good at their jobs and in making people feel comfortable and relaxed,” she says. “We’re not just taking care of their teeth but the patient as a whole.” Something else that Dr. Owen believes sets the practice apart is the comprehensive new patient exams. Each new patient receives an hour and a half consultation with a thorough exam, but that time allows the doctors and staff to get to know the patient and learn about their families and what they have going on in their lives. “I know it’s cliché, but I really love being able to help people,” Dr. Owen says. “When someone comes to you in pain or has a problem, knowing they leave feeling so much better is what I like about being a dentist.” Aesthetic Dentistry at Magnolia Village 1108 Eastowne Court, Leland (910) 371-5965 teethbythebeach.com

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4ever24fit..........................................................................................910-399-4760 81

Leland Ace Hardware..................................................................910-383-6688 45

AA Self Storage............................................................................ 910-408-1600 72

Leland Veterinary Hospital...................................................... 910-371-3440 60

Aesthetic Dentistry........................................................................910-371-5965 11

Livingston Creek Farms.............................................................910-655-4333 102

ATMC.......................................................................................................844-755-1814 91

Local's Tavern...................................................................................910-769-1289 62

Art Catering & Events................................................................ 910-754-4949 14 Lockwood Folly Country Club................................................ 910-842-5666 104 Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery....................................910-769-1605 90

Logan Homes.................................................................................... 910-507-2115 71

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McPherson’s Acme General..................................................910-655-4006 102

Bill Clark Homes...............................................................................910-550-1167 20

MME Insurance Solutions.........................................................910-520-8748 47

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BlueWave Dentistry.......................................................................910-383-2615 BC

New Hanover Regional Medical Center.......................... 910-342-3400

Brodee Dogs.......................................................................................910-523-5121 47

Niche. Décor & Gifts.....................................................................910-769-8839 62

Brunswick County Dept. of Social Services......................910-253-2112 86

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce..................... 910-383-0553 102

Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity.........................910-338-3648 98

North Brunswick Chiropractic ................................................910-371-1200 99

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Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation...............910-754-4391 7 Novant Health...................................................................................910-754-5988 4 Brunswick Forest............................................................................910-371-2434 30

Paul Whitehead – Allstate.........................................................910-338-5686 91

Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital...............................910-777-2107 86

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Cassian Films....................................................................................919-267-0242 57

Pinnacle Storage ...........................................................................910-408-1394 88

Capeside Animal Hospital.........................................................910-383-2100 83

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Carolinas Oral and Facial Surgery.........................................910-762-2618 95

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Cherubini Orthodontics............................................................... 910-371-2323 100

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Coastal Insurance...........................................................................910-754-4326 26

RJB Tax Associates, LLC...........................................................910-338-3001 96

Coastal Integrative Health......................................................... 910-408-1778 107

Robert G. Merz, CPA, P.C...........................................................910-383-6644 12

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage................................. 910-371-1181 41

Sandpiper Pediatrics...................................................................910-207-0777 104

CommWell Health..........................................................................877-935-5255 96

Sandra Britt, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage....910-262-4400 65

Complete Dental Leland..............................................................910-663-1223

Scarless Vein Care........................................................................ 910-726-3737 77

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Computer Warriors.......................................................................910-216-9399 61

Sean Skutnik, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage.....910-279-1016 95

Committee to Elect Jason Disbrow................................................................. 54

Seidokan Karate..............................................................................910-616-7470 104

Cucalorus Film Festival............................................................................................ 23

Shallotte Electric Stores......................................................... 910-754-6000 67

Curley Implants & General Dentistry.................................910-463-2267 3

Shuckin' Shack...................................................................................910-221-5522 77

Dew Oil Company......................................................................... 910-655-2295 53

Signature Wealth Strategies................................................... 910-371-0366 86

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Smithfield’s Chicken N Bar-B-Q............................................ 910-371-6900 6

Farm Bureau Insurance.................................................................. 910-371-2111 100

Swell Vision Center......................................................................... 910-408-1116 100

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The Bluffs..........................................................................................866-383-2820 17

Franklin Rouse – State Farm Insurance.............................910-371-5446 40

The Chef and The Frog.............................................................910-640-5550 12

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Trinity Wellness Center...........................................................910-769-5004 95

Holmes Security Systems..........................................................910-793-4181 99

Tropical Smoothie Café...............................................................910-765-1144 91

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries........................................910-371-2707 99

Troy Williamson – On Q Financial.........................................910-262-2613 50

Intracoastal Realty Corporation............................................910-201-2200 15 Trusst Builder Group..................................................................910-371-0304 52 J & K Home Furnishings............................................................ 843-249-1882

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Venture Business Park................................................................910-523-1984 50

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Kingfish Bay......................................................................................910-579-4657 9 Wine & Design.................................................................................910-399-7874 38 Legacy Homes by Bill Clark.......................................................910-550-1167 21

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