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Child’s Play

KinderStop Kids, Leland’s first drop-in childcare center C O M PL IM E N TA RY






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Thanks to changes at Cape Fear National, Magnolia Greens and Compass Pointe, brighter days are here for North Brunswick golfers. By Brian Mull


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Steve Taras of Watered Garden Florist in Raleigh will share his talents to raise funds for Lower Cape Fear Hospice on May 1. By Teresa A. McLamb


Margaret Shelton of Shelton Herb Farms not only grows luscious herbs and vegetables, but also contributes to the horticultural and environmental priorities of the Cape Fear region. By Joan Leotta

Before, during and after Hurricane Florence ravished the coast of North Carolina in September, so many people stepped in to help. By Lauren Krutchen


IT’S TIME. TRANSFER TO UNCW. Soar into academic excellence. Dive deep into research, internships, and applied learning. Discover a new community and a beautiful campus—while staying close to home and within your budget. Imagine yourself joining the Seahawk family: small classes, big ideas, and constant innovation. UNC Wilmington offers 55 undergraduate majors and accepts up to 64 hours of credit from two-year institutions. Contact Leigh Smith, the Transfer Student Success Advisor dedicated to Brunswick County students, with questions about how to take flight at UNCW. Leigh Smith 910-962-7200 601 South College Road | Wilmington, NC 28403-5904 tel 910.962.3243 |

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By Justin Williams


Meet the contributors to North Brunswick Magazine


Upcoming events you won’t want to miss


Keeping up with the local business scene


Select Bank & Trust, Josh London State Farm Insurance, Complete Dental Leland and Blue Wave Dentistry by Sandi Grigg, Annesophia Richards and Lensey Wilson


Dink for Pink, 2019 Cape Fear Heart Ball


What’s been going on around town

Our directory of advertisers


A contest for NBM readers. Photo by Jay Carmine


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Blueberry Margaritas By Sandi Grigg


Three Takes on Deviled Eggs By Sandi Grigg


Leland Lady Runners connects more than 300 local women with exercise, camaraderie and caring. By Lauren Krouse


Residents for nearly 50 years, James and Brenda Bozeman genuinely care about the Leland community. By Justin Williams


Three entrepreneurial Leland mothers team up to offer KinderStop Kids, Leland’s first drop-in childcare center. By Melissa Slaven Warren


Happenings on the local scene


Meet Dr. Rick Hessman, principal of Belville Elementary School and Brunswick County Schools’ Principal of the Year. By Lauren Krouse


Nine writers known as The Writers of the Forest combine their talents into a new anthology about family and friendship. By Jo Ann Mathews




What you’ll find in the Spring 2019 edition of our sister publication, South Brunswick Magazine.





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Child’s Play

KinderStop Kids, Leland’s first drop-in childcare center C O M PL IM E N TA RY






Photographer Matt McGraw captured this image of the Long, Middlesworth and Dobstaff families inside their new Leland business, KinderStop Kids. The area’s first drop-in childcare center, KinderStop Kids offers an imaginative environment for ages 1 to 12, along with specially designed facilities and specially trained staff to accommodate the needs of children with sensory challenges. To find out more, read Melissa Slaven Warren’s story starting on page 90.

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Why I Love Raising My Daughter in Brunswick County Publisher Justin Williams and his daughter, Ava, at KinderStop Kids in Leland.


One of the best things about Brunswick County is the people who live here. Having friendly neighbors, cultural programs, beautiful beaches, waterways, parks and nature makes our area such a great place to raise children. Sure, the county is a super-popular retirement location, but a lot of families live in northern Brunswick county as well. One thing that Leland has never had for families, though, is drop-in child care. When Ava was younger, this would have helped me immensely. I don’t have immediate family in town, so doing things like running errands or attending a meeting was hard sometimes. That’s why I’m excited to tell the families of northern Brunswick County about a new drop-in childcare center for ages 1 to 12 called KinderStop Kids, located in Waterford where Capeside Animal Hospital used to be. One of the owners, Lisa Dobstaff, used to help me when Ava was younger and I totally believe in what they are doing, so I wanted to let our area know about it in this edition. Read more about this on page 90. Another cool thing for kids this spring in Brunswick County is the Kids Expo on May 1. North Brunswick Magazine is partnering with North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to bring this opportunity for local children to set up a table and sell their handmade products. Children ages 8 to 18 can run their own sales from 10 am to 1 pm at Brunswick Riverwalk Park in Belville. If you are looking for more details, contact us at (910) 207-0156 or the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce at (910) 383-0553.

We have a lot of great stories in this issue. You’ll meet Brunswick County Schools Principal of the Year Rick Hessman of Belville Elementary School, another shining example of the good fortune of Brunswick County kids. And since spring is here, we wanted to celebrate our return to the great outdoors with stories about gardening (Shelton Herb Farms), flowers (Hope Harbor Home’s upcoming Festival of Flowers), outdoors pursuits (all the changes at North Brunswick golf courses plus the Leland Lady Runners). And Sandi Grigg gets us feeling springy with recipes for deviled eggs three ways and blueberry margaritas. Happy spring to all of our readers! Thank you for reading the spring 2019 edition of North Brunswick Magazine.

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Growing up in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, I always felt drawn to the ocean. Family vacations to the Outer Banks with beachcombing, boogieboarding and Frogmore stew helped to solidify my ideal life plan: move to the coast, adopt some dogs and write. After receiving my degree in English and creative writing from College of Charleston and teaching English in Poland for a year, I relocated to Wilmington to earn my MFA in creative nonfiction. Nearly four years later, I’m building a life here with my partner, Ren, and two rescue pups, a black lab named Forrest Gump and a Benji look-alike named Abi. I’m thankful to have a growing writing career with wonderful support from the Carolina Marketing Team.


I am a freelance photojournalist with more than 15 years of experience in the field of photojournalism, documenting the people and places of North Carolina for several prominent newspapers. I attended Randolph Community College in Asheboro, North Carolina, where I earned an associate’s degree in photographic technology with an emphasis on photojournalism. As someone who is an ardent animal-rights supporter, I have a passion for photographing pets and capturing moments that will reveal their personalities and characters. I donate my time and skills to help raise funds for several animal-related organizations, including Canines For Service and the Wilmington Fur Ball, in addition to producing the monthly PawPrints Magazine cover photo. My work can be viewed at


After graduating from Meredith College with a degree in mass communication, I decided to move to West Palm Beach, Florida. Born and raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I could not imagine living too far from a coastal area. After spending nearly two years in Florida, I decided it was time to move back to North Carolina (maybe my love for Bojangles and Carolina barbecue had something to do with it!). I am very thankful that I now get to call Wilmington home and for having a career that lets me do what I love to do.


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Leland Post Office (910) 371-9013 1123 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451-8479 Winnabow Post Office (910) 253-5576 6351 Ocean Hwy. E (Hwy. 17 South) Winnabow, NC 28479-5559

Where is the nearest grocery store? Aldi on Ploof Rd (off of Hwys. 74/76) (855) 955-2534 9410 Ploof Rd SE, Leland, NC 28451 Food Lion on Village Road (off of Hwy. 17) (910) 371-1951 309 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 Food Lion (off of Hwys. 74/76) (910) 383-1467 1735 Reed Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 Harris Teeter (Waterford Commercial Center) (910) 371-3944 2021 Old Regent Way, Leland, NC 28451 Lowes Foods (Villages at Brunswick Forest) (910) 371-5544 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing, Leland, NC 28451 Piggly Wiggly on Village Road (off of Hwy. 17) (910) 371-2696 112 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 Walmart (910) 383-1769, (910) 383-1872 1114 New Pointe Blvd., Leland, NC 28451

Where are the nearest Hospitals? Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Bolivia (910) 721-1000 240 Hospital Drive NE, Bolivia, NC 28422 New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington (910) 343-7000 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Where is the library? Leland Library (910) 371-9442 487 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451


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Where is the nearest drug store? CVS/pharmacy (Villages at Brunswick Forest) (910) 371-1464 1132 East Cutlar Crossing, Leland, NC 28451 CVS/pharmacy (Village Road) (910) 371-0794 117A Village Road, Leland, NC 28451 Family Pharmacy (Clairmont Shopping Center) (910) 371-3181 112-G Village Road, Leland, NC 28451 Walgreens (in Magnolia Greens) (910) 371-0233 1019 Grandiflora Drive, Leland, NC 28451 Walgreens (Village Road) (910) 371-1806 319 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451

Where are the town halls located? Belville Town Hall (910) 371-2456 63 River Road, Belville, NC 28451 Leland Town Hall (910) 371-0148 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451 Navassa Town Hall (910) 371-2432 334 Main Street, Navassa, NC 28451 Northwest Town Hall (910) 655-5080 4889 Vernon Road, Leland, NC 28451 Sandy Creek Town Hall (910) 655-3153 114 Sandy Creek Drive, Leland, NC 28451

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Brunswick County Intercultural Festival

March 10 Committed to celebrating cultural diversity, Brunswick County Intercultural Festival provides the community with the opportunity to learn about different cultures that reside in and around our county. Enjoy cultural performing arts, ethnic food, displays, diversity workshops, children’s activities and more. International Village exhibits will feature more than 20 countries and cultures from Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. The festival will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium Lawn, and festivities begin at 2 pm. Information: (910) 842-6566;

Phil Bruschi in Concert

March 15 Presented by Leland Cultural Arts Center, Phil Bruschi in Concert will feature an evening of “edutainment.” The Brylcreem Boys will also be performing the music of Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and more. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and admission is $10. Information: (910) 371-3391;

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16 Wilmington’s 20th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take over the streets of downtown starting at 11 am on Saturday, March 16. Beginning at the Red Cross on N. Front Street, the route will last 60 to 90 minutes and end at 2nd and Market streets. Immediately following the parade, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival will start. There will be live entertainment, food, dance, beverages and crafts available

for sale. This is a rain or shine event. Information:

Women, Wine & Chocolate

March 18 Starting at 6 pm, the annual Women, Wine and Chocolate event will be at the Lockwood Folly Country Club. This year there will be a fashion show showcasing clothing, hair and makeup trends from local boutiques, salons and make-up specialists. The event ticket will include a gift bag valued at more than $100 with products from the fashion show participating businesses. Information:

Youth Arts Day

March 23 The fifth annual Youth Arts Day will be celebrated at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. Bring everyone in the family and enjoy activities for children of all ages. Wilmington Ballet and Mr. Scooter are returning to perform live entertainment. The gallery will display art by Brunswick County youth. At the end of the day there will be an announcement for the winning artist. Information:

Price is Right Live

March 24 Come on down! Everyone’s favorite game show is on its way, along with the chance to win a share of the more than $10

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million in cash and fabulous prizes! Alongside a celebrity host, randomly selected contestants will play games like Plinko™, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel and even the fabulous Showcase. Lucky audience members can even win prizes right from their seats. This event will be held at the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College. Information: (910) 362-7999;

WilmingtonBIZ Conference & Expo

March 27 The Wilmington Biz Expo connects more than 2,500 business professionals and features a Keynote Lunch, Expo Hall, Strategy Seminars and an After Hours party. The Keynote Lunch begins at 11:30 am. The Expo is held from 1:30 to 7 pm with more than 100 exhibitors and the winners of the MADE competition plus local makers, artisans and manufacturers. Information: (910) 508-5723;


March 29 & 30 The Cape Fear River Watch’s largest fundraiser of the year will be held at the Coastline Convention Center. Striperfest is two days full of all things angler, with all funds going toward restoring the Cape Fear Fishery. Enjoy an exciting live silent auction and banquet on Friday night and get ready for all of Saturday’s happenings. Educational events, boat trips, seminars, a fishing tournament and more will happen on Saturday. Information:

Herb and Garden Fair

March 30 & 31 The 27th annual Herb and Garden Fail will be held at Popular Grove Plantation and there will be concessions, activities for kids and performances by Mark Herbert and Folkstone Stringband. Vendors will be featuring everything from perennials, annuals and shrubs to vegetables,


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houseplants and garden art and accessories. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Information: (910) 686-9518;

72nd Annual NC Azalea Festival

April 3 to 7 Founded in 1948, NC Azalea Festival is an annual community celebration and includes entertainment by well-known performers, festive galas and many family fun events. Over the years Azalea Festival has become Wilmington’s premier event. County music star Tyler Farr will be performing on April 4, and Hank Williams Jr. and Frank Foster will perform on April 5. Don’t miss the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club. The tour has been recognized by Southern Living and is one of the longest-running, most popular garden tours in the South. Visit the festival website for a full listing of events and all the details. Information:

All-County Middle School and High School Honors Band Concert

April 16 The All-County Middle School and High School Honors Band will be performing at Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7 pm. Admission is free if you bring a non-perishable food item. Information:

Easter Egg Night Hunt

April 18 The Town of Leland’s adults only Night Egg Hunt has gained popularity over the years. The egg hunt takes place at Leland Municipal Park and kicks off at 7 pm; don’t forget to bring a flashlight. Food from local food trucks and adult beverages will be available for purchase. If you are looking for a slower paced egg hunt, then you should check out the Master’s Division. Information: (910) 408-3029;


Brunsco Spring Fling

Leland Egg Hunt

April 18 to 20 Join Brunswick County for a weekend of family fun. The 2019 Brunsco Spring Fling will have plenty of activities for people of all ages. Enjoy fair rides, games, entertainment, food, a beer and wine garden and so much more. More than 50 vendors will be set up so you can sip on a beer or wine as you browse and shop. On the last day of Spring Fling, children can participate in an egg hunt. A full schedule of the Brunsco Spring Fling events can be found on the Brunswick County website. Information: brunswickcountychamber. org/scheduleofevents

Leland Egg Hunt

April 20 The Town of Leland will hold its annual egg hunt at Brunswick County High School. Children participating will be divided into six groups according to age: 0-12 months, 13-23 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years and 8-10 years. Make sure you bring a basket and get ready to hangout with the Easter Bunny himself! Information:

Alzheimer’s Research Golf Outing

April 25 Leland Area Rotary Club will host its annual Alzheimer’s Research Golf outing at Cape Fear National Country Club. Players of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. The event will be from 1 to 5 pm with a shotgun start. Information: lelandarearotary/

Concerts at The Park

April 25, May 9, June 2 & June 16 Join friends and neighbors in Leland Municipal Park for a free concert series. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, beverages and your friends and family, and be prepared to dance. Local food trucks will be on site selling food. Reminder: No smoking or e-cigarettes are allowed on town property. Concerts are held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm April 25: British Invaders (CheeseSmith Co. Food Truck) May 9: Jim Quick & Coastline (2 Bros Coastal Cuisine

Food Truck) May 30: Painted Man (Bill’s Front Porch Brew Food Truck) June 6: L Shape Lot (Food Truck TBD)


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Johnny Folsom 4

April 26 Close your eyes and it’s Johnny Cash! Johnny Folsom 4 will perform all the Johnny Cash classics and will bring back memories of the Man in Black. The event is presented by the Leland Cultural Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30, and admission is $10. Information:

Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll

April 27 The Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll is a charitable event in Shallotte, occurring each spring to support the Village of Woodsong Scholarship for Construction Industry Careers at Brunswick Community College. The Porch & Art Stroll of 2019 will feature local artists on the beautiful porches of the quaint, Charleston-style neighborhood of Woodsong. You are invited to stroll through to enjoy art, architecture, food, wine, beer, music and fun! Information:

Battleship Alive!

April 27 Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. This is a great event for all ages, be sure to bring your questions and camera. Information:

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

April 28 & 29, May 1, 5, 6 & 8 The 2019 Spring Festival will run for two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, beginning on Sunday, April 28 and ending Wednesday, May 8. Opening night will include a limited seating dinner, and a family-friendly film will be shown the second Sunday afternoon. Check the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival website for updates. Information:

Belleville Founders Day

May 4 A day of fun for the entire family, Belville Founders Day will have various vendor booths, music by SoulR-Fusion and Soul On the Beach. Kids can enjoy face painting, pony rides, bouncy houses and more. There will be food and dessert trucks. A portion of the money raised will go toward a charity fund supporting The Brunswick Animal Protection Services Medical Division. Information:


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May 4, May 18, June 1 & June 15 The Town of Leland hosts Movies in the Park at Leland Municipal Park. You are invited to join friends and neighbors for a family-oriented movie under the stars. Movies begin Saturdays at sunset, and concessions will be available for purchase. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. Reminder: No smoking or e-cigarettes are allowed on town property. May 4: Star Wars - The Last Jedi May 18: Ralph Breaks the Internet June 1: Incredibles 2 June 15: Mary Poppins Returns


Rivermist in Concert

May 17 Dance the night away at the Leland Cultural Arts Center as they present Rivermist in concert. Rivermist, the award-winning party band, will put on a show you don’t want to miss. Tickets will go on sale April 27. Information:

EmergeOrtho 5K

May 18 The EmergeOrtho 5K benefits and celebrates the achievements of the boys and girls in Girls on the Run and STRIDE of Coastal Carolina. Beginning at 8 am at Port City Community Church, more than 600 boys and girls will celebrate their season of training. Runners, walkers and strollers are welcome. The EmergeOrtho 5K is a great family and community event. Information: (910) 251-9622 ext. 266;

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Blue Clay Breakout Bike Race

May 25 Blue Clay Breakout is a locally owned and operated race that started out of an idea and a love for running trails. The run is 6 miles through a perfect mixture of beautiful pine forest and well-maintained trails. The Blue Clay course is a great mixture of what our area offers in trail running. It provides an awesome experience with a challenge to break out of your comfort zone. The race festivities begin at 7:30 am. Information:

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Kayak Adventures at Shark Tooth Island

June 10 Explore the Cape Fear River, hunt for fossils and prehistoric shark’s teeth and catch a breathtaking sunset on a kayak adventure to Sharks Tooth Island. The excursion starts at 5:30 pm and costs $45. Information:


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Building the most Beautiful Homes in the Neighborhood

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear, St. James Plantation, and the Greater Wilmington area The Acacia Model (above) now open in The Bluffs on the Cape Fear: 3820 Silver Melon Road, Leland, North Carolina Rodanthe Model open in St. James Plantation: 3299 Moss Hammock Wynd, Southport, North Carolina Homes starting from the $400s (excluding lot) For more information contact: Larry Morse • 910-367-6975 • | Debra Woodall • 910-398-5150 •


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Wilmington Symphony Executive Director Reed Wallace Retires

Sandalwood Shoppes Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

Wilmington Symphony Executive Director Reed Wallace retired this past December after more than 18 years of exemplary service to the organization. A search committee chaired by Board President Bob Austin has been organized to hire Wallace’s successor. Wallace was hired by the Board of Directors in July of 2000 to direct the orchestra’s administrative, development, marketing and fiscal affairs. During his tenure, Wilmington Symphony expanded its educational footprint across the Cape Fear Region with the establishment of a Youth Orchestra for 9th through 12th grade students and a Junior Strings program for 6th through 8th grade students.

Sandalwood Shoppes, located at 212 Village Road NE in Leland, held a ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony on February 2. They are open for business and offering a unique shopping experience.

NHRMC CEO Presents 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner to Jack Barto At its annual meeting on February 27, New Hanover Regional Medical Center presented the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jack Barto for his significant impact to the Wilmington region. Formerly CEO of NHRMC, Barto is now retired.

Cape Fear Seafood Company Expanding into Raleigh

SECU Ribbon Cutting On January 24, State Employees’ Credit Union held a ribboncutting ceremony at their new branch located at 51 Gregory Road in Belville.

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Cape Fear Seafood Company, based in Wilmington, has announced the opening of a new location in Raleigh. The fourth location is due to begin serving guests in the spring of 2019 at 832 Spring Forest Road just west of Falls of Neuse Road. Cape Fear Seafood Company (CFSC) is an award-winning American seafood restaurant concept whose menu includes fresh fish, hand-cut steaks, steamed shrimp, crab legs, mussels, scallops and more. Signature entrees include Cape Fear Shrimp and Grits, which was highlighted in Our State magazine as one of five to try in the state of North Carolina. Since 2008, patrons and critics alike have raved about the exceptional cuisine and service. Owner and franchisor Evans Trawick is a southeastern North Carolina native with more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He has been voted one of Wilmington’s top 10 chefs twice in his career. Trawick now serves as CFSC’s owner and CEO and has his sights on expanding the brand through franchising. Expansion into the Raleigh area will be led by franchisees Eddie Elliott and Matt Wivell. Elliott was hired as a bartender for CFSC in 2011 and worked his way up to his current role as area director of the three Wilmington locations. Wivell is a seasoned and talented chef who currently serves as general manager of CFSC’s Leland location.

Pioneer Strategies and Pioneer Specialties held a ribbon-cutting at their new shared office in Leland on Thursday, Feb. 21. Brunswick County residents Frank & Lori Williams recently launched Pioneer Specialties, LLC, a promotional products and advertising specialties company based in Leland. Frank Williams has owned and operated Pioneer Strategies, a public relations agency, since 2001. Lori Williams has over 20 years of sales and business development experience in southeastern North Carolina, focused primarily in the banking, mortgage and financial services industries. Throughout her career, Lori has earned a reputation for going the extra mile to help her clients accomplish their goals. Her outstanding performance earned sales awards at both First Citizens Bank and Wachovia Bank. Lori is a member of the Leland Area Rotary Club. She earned degrees in business administration and marketing from UNC. A Brunswick County native, Frank Williams has over 25 years

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of public relations and marketing communication experience. Frank formed Pioneer Strategies, a public relations agency that is co-located with Pioneer Specialties, in 2001. He is actively involved in civic and political affairs and has served on a variety of civic, professional, governmental and political boards. Frank is also a self-published author of two novels. Frank earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from North Carolina State University. Charlotte.

Wilmington Health Offers Extended Hours with Leland Walk-In Care Wilmington Health at 9101 Ocean Highway E. in Leland is pleased to offer Walk-In Care for patients with non-emergency conditions. Open 8 am to 8 pm daily, Leland Walk-In Care treats patients of all ages with conditions like allergies and infections, abrasions and bruises, colds and flu, and sprains and pains. The dedicated team at Wilmington Health in Leland recognizes the importance of quick care when sickness or accidents occur. Wilmington Health in Leland provides primary care and a number of specialties to patients in North Brunswick County.

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Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association Announces 2019 President and Officers At its annual installation meeting on December 12, Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) installed its new president and board officers.


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Wilmington Health Endocrinology Welcomes New Provider Wilmington Health Endocrinology at 1500 Physicians Drive in Wilmington welcomes Jennifer Dove, AGNP-C, to its team. As a nurse practitioner in endocrinology, Dove will work alongside Michael Favorito, MD, ECNU, to help treat adult patients who have diabetes, thyroid conditions and other endocrine disorders. Dove completed her masters of science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her diploma of Practical Nursing and associates degree in Registered Nursing at Cape Fear Community College. She earned her bachelor of science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dove is accepting new patients.

BEMC Board Appoints New CEO/General Manager The board of directors of Brunswick Electric Membership


Waterford Village, anchored by Harris Teeter at the major intersection of Highways 74 and 17 just west of Wilmington, will be getting a new tenant in Club Pilates. Club Pilates has been expanding across the nation since it was born in San Diego in 2007. With more than 448 studios in operation and more than 800 locations already sold, they serve more than 17 million annual workouts to club members taught by more than 1,500 certified instructors. The Joseph Pilates reformer–based method is enhanced with additional equipment like the TRX, Exo-chair, Bosu ball and more. With eight signature classes across four levels of fitness, there is a class for everyone. This will be the first studio in Leland and is scheduled to open for business in the second quarter of 2019. Leasing Executive Jimmy Conder of Weingarten Realty represented the landlord. Broker Associate Lindsay Stafford of Katz & Associates represented the tenant.

The 2019 president is Shawn Horton of Trusst Builder Group. Horton succeeds David Spetrino of PBC Design + Build and officially took over as the association’s president on January 1, 2019. Spetrino will serve as the immediate past president, and remain on the association’s executive committee. Horton comes to the association with more than 20 years of real estate development and building experience with developments and homes constructed within New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington and Brunswick County. The 2019 Executive Committee for the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association also includes: 1st Vice President Craig Smith of 70 West Builders; 2nd Vice President Steve Swain of Coastal Cypress Building Company; Secretary Heath Clark of Bill Clark Homes; Treasurer Jordy Rawl of Coastal Home Corporation; Past President’s Council Deans Hackney of Horizon Homes; and Past President David Spetrino of PBC Design + Build. At the same meeting, North Carolina Home Builders Association Region I Vice President Craig Johnson swore in the 2019 Board of Directors with an effective date of January 1, 2019, as well as Kristin Freeman of Thirty 4 North Properties as the 2019 Chair of the Wilmington-Cape Fear New Home Sales & Marketing Council.


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Corporation (BEMC) has appointed Joshua L. Winslow as the new CEO and general manager of the electric cooperative. He succeeds retired executive Don Hughes, who had been with BEMC since 1969 and had served as CEO and general manager since 2014. Winslow officially assumed his position February 1, 2019. Hired at BEMC in 2004, Winslow has served BEMC as a staff electrical engineer, manager of operations and most recently as chief operating officer. Winslow holds a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from N.C. State University and is a licensed professional engineer. Winslow and his wife, LeeAnna, have been married for 16 years, live in Supply and have three children: Raleigh, Reagan and Roslyn. Winslow is a member of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Brunswick County Real Estate Market Sees Highest Sales Volume in 14 years Brunswick County’s 2018 residential real estate market saw its highest annual sales volume since before the recession, according to statistics released today by the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR). Average sale prices were also up last year, while the number of new listings was down slightly. Brunswick County saw $1,307,842,000 in total sales in 2018, compared to $1,212,047,561 in 2017, a 7.9 percent increase. The number of units sold in 2018 inched up 4.4 percent from 2017, rising from 4,613 to 4,807, while the number of new listings fell 3.6 percent, dropping from 6,233 to 6,011. The average sales price was up 4.4 percent over 2017, rising from $261,925 to $273,435 — the highest average sale price since 2007. Leland was Brunswick County’s top performing market in 2018 with $292.9 million in sales, followed by Southport with $172.8 million in sales.

Company Eyes Brunswick County Site to Bring 238 Jobs The 60-acre former U.S. Marine Building site in Navassa is in the sights of a New Jersey–based company interested in relocating its manufacturing business there and creating 238 jobs in Brunswick County. The company has not been named and it is not known what type of manufacturing the company would bring. The property has two buildings, with access to the Cape Fear River and CSX rail, and is listed for $8.5 million. According to the listing, the site is under contract. Brunswick County is seeking the board of commissioner’s support in submitting an application to the N.C. Department of Commerce for a Rural Development Building Reuse Grant to aid in renovations of an existing building at the site. The state

grant is for $700,000 and requires a 5 percent local match, or $35,000, from the county. The grant would help the company offset the costs of making improvements to an existing building. The grant is made to local governments for approved economic development projects that meet certain requirements. The site used to be home to Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts and has been vacant since 2008.

2019 Cape Fear CREW Presents Awards of Excellence Cape Fear CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) is a group dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate. On February 28, 2019, Cape Fear CREW held its inaugural Awards of Excellence, recognizing excellence and leadership in commercial real estate in the Cape Fear Region. The Placemaking Award recognizes a team for a development, major renovation, historic preservation or redevelopment project that demonstrates excellence in functionality, aesthetics and relationship to surroundings. The 2019 award finalists were: Economic & Community Enhancement South Front Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Waterfront USS North Carolina Coffer Dam & Memorial Walkway Placemaking Harrington Square & Harrington Village Ogden Market Place Autumn Hall Best Interior Porter’s Neck Country Club – Porters Restaurant The Nir Family YMCA Monteith Construction – 208 Princess Creative Marketing Downtown Trolley Route Expansion Sunset Commons Choose Cape Fear Career Advancement for Women WILMA – Women to Watch Leadership Initiative Sepi Saidi, SEPI Engineering YWCA Lower Cape Fear

The Cape Fear Board of Directors has named the winners of the individual achievement awards: Impact Award Winner: Beth Pancoe Beth Quinn Excellence Award: Dana Pellizzari

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Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce names Mari-Lou Wong-Chong as its Women of Impact Volunteer of the Year. By JOAN LEOTTA








“Volunteering is love in motion,” Mari-Lou Wong-Chong says. She has been volunteering in Brunswick County since she and her husband, George, moved here in 2006, and in November 2018 her loving actions earned her the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Impact’s first Volunteer of the Year award.





The Man Behind the Mazes Morning by Morning

Hunter Gibbes, a.k.a. the Sunset Beach Maze Man, creates life-size walking puzzles in the sand, much to the delight of beachgoers.

An introduction to the photography of Terrah Hewett. By JOAN LEOTTA


Every morning I turn on my computer and click on my morning visual inspiration — a Terrah Hewett photo of the stunning beauty of Holden Beach or the wonders of the Lockwood Folly River. Nearly every morning since 2015, in the pre-dawn chill, Hewett has dragged a long lens and other equipment down to her favorite shooting sights. She waits patiently to capture the stunning images and colors of dawn either at the ocean or on the river. After shooting, she returns home and selects one shot to post on her Facebook page, giving all of her followers a quick injection of beauty for the day. When the weather does not allow her to tramp into the wild for a fresh photo, she posts a shot from her “rainy-day file,” as she calls it.

The Last Shoemaker Bolivia’s Danny Galloway and the lost art of shoe repair.

Hunter Gibbes’ first life-size sand maze happened arbitrarily after a long day on the beach. On a quiet piece of beach in the late afternoon, shovel in hand, he began to draw a series of spirals. At first making the random “lanes” were a way of relaxing, a contemplative exercise. But when he stood back and looked at what he’d drawn, he thought, “Maybe I can make a maze out of it.”


Who do you call for shoe repair in Brunswick County? After a frustrating Internet search, you will find a number of dead-ends and, finally, the contact info for perhaps the last man in the business in the entire county. He is 76-year-old Danny Galloway.

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A Bolt of Blue


Spring meets Cinco de Mayo in this festive twist on the margarita. BY SANDI GRIGG

Last year my spouse and I celebrated Cinco de Mayo in our home sipping blueberry margaritas. We made nachos and toasted in a festive fashion. We created this recipe using the common margarita ingredients but incorporated a few additional elements to make it ours. They turned out delicious and after making a few rounds I thought it would be a good one to share with you. We Americans sure like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but oddly enough the May 5 Mexican holiday isn’t widely celebrated in Mexico. Mistakenly thought to be the Mexican Independence day, Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is still celebrated in Puebla today and by Mexican-Americans north of the border. Do Americans recognize this holiday because the margaritas are so delicious? Probably. Though, truth be told, a good margarita is a great way to celebrate any occasion. With its proximity to the United States, Mexico’s berry farmers meet some of the North American demand for year-round premium blueberries. However, states such as Washington, Georgia, North Carolina and California provide the majority of our annual seasonal blueberries. And, remember, blueberries provide vitamin C and are a natural source of antioxidants. Whatever occasion you are you are looking to celebrate with margaritas this spring, consider this unique and colorful recipe.

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Three takes on everyone’s favorite egg preparation. BY SANDI GRIGG

Yes, eggs are incredible and, yes, they are edible, but don’t forget that they are quite versatile, too. There are so many ways to cook and prepare eggs, but my personal favorite is the deviled egg. In the South it seems everybody has their own way of making deviled eggs, and, as with almost every other Southern staple, it’s a recipe handed down through generations. Some recipes use mustard and others do not. Some include dill pickle relish while others use sweet relish and some use none. And then there’s the ages-old debate about what kind of mayonnaise should be used — in my family, Duke’s mayonnaise is the only way to go. I honestly don’t believe there is a bad deviled egg recipe. It’s all about tweaking the ingredients and proportions. Creating unique recipes is also fun and tasty. When I make deviled eggs, I always make extra because I know I will eat at least half before I ever present them. I believe they are called deviled eggs because they are so delicious it should be a sin. But, actually, eggs are superhealthy because they provide high quality protein — 6 grams to be exact. This helps sustain mental and physical energy throughout the day. Eggs do not contain any carbs or sugar so they make for a well-rounded breakfast during the week. Easter is a big time for deviled eggs in my family. After the children have discovered the hidden hardboiled eggs, it is time to devil them up. My in-laws play a very different egg game at Easter gatherings — in which two people ‘fight’ eggs. Each person holds a raw egg in their hand and they tap the egg against their opponent’s egg, gradually hitting harder until one breaks. The winning egg breaks all the others. (Full disclosure: The winner has usually cheated and used a hard-boiled egg). What follows are three easy recipes: the basic Southern deviled egg recipe that my family enjoys; a flavorful avocado-infused deviled egg; and a tuna-filled egg with no yolk. Feel free to customize these by adding in some bacon, celery, ranch dressing or even some pimento cheese. The possibilities are endless!


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Avocado Whipped Deviled Eggs

Traditional Deviled Eggs INGREDIENTS 4 hard-boiled eggs 4 additional hard-boiled egg yolks 2½ tablespoons Duke’s mayonnaise 1 dash hot sauce 1 teaspoon sugar Fresh chives Paprika Salt and pepper

METHOD Peel eggs, then slice each egg in half. Remove yolks and combine with other egg yolks in a bowl. Set empty egg whites aside. Mix mayonnaise, hot sauce, sugar, salt and pepper with yolks using a hand mixer till smooth. Fill a Ziploc bag with the mixture, making sure to push it all to one corner and remove as much air as possible before sealing. Then cut a tiny X in the corner of the bag. Gently squeeze the bag, filling each egg white with the mixture in a circular motion. Sprinkle paprika over each egg half. Top with a chive stalk.


Totally Tuna Deviled Eggs INGREDIENTS 4 hard-boiled egg whites only, halved 4 ounces of tuna 1 teaspoon of dill pickle juice 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon dried parsley or chopped fresh parsley Fresh chive stalks

METHOD Mix tuna, pickle juice, parsley and cream cheese with a fork. Spoon the mixture evenly into egg whites. Top with a chive stalk.

4 hard-boiled eggs 1½ ripe avocados 1 teaspoon lime juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 dashes chili powder 1 teaspoon olive oil Paprika

METHOD Peel the eggs, then slice each egg in half. Remove yolks and place them in a bowl. Set empty egg whites aside. Mix avocado, lime juice, Dijon mustard and chili powder with yolks using a hand mixer, then drizzle in the oil until the mixture is smooth. Fill a Ziploc bag with the mixture, making sure to push it all to one corner and remove as much air as possible before sealing. Cut a tiny X in the corner of the bag. Gently squeeze the bag, filling each egg white with the mixture in a circular motion. Sprinkle a dash of paprika over each egg half.

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Run Therapy Leland Lady Runners connects more than 300 local women with exercise, camaraderie and caring. BY LAUREN KROUSE




Three years ago, there were no official running groups in Leland. Tired of driving over the bridge to join the Wilmington Road Runners, Eva Pittman, a nurse and lean strategies coach at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, decided to start her own. Leland Lady Runners (LLRs) got its start as a closed Facebook group in January 2016. Pittman invited every woman she knew in Brunswick County with the goal of connecting ladies who love to run or who wanted to start running. Then, she started in-person recruiting — on her runs or driving around town, if she ever saw a woman running alone or women she hadn’t met yet, she waved them down to tell them about the group.

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While the average Leland Lady Runner is in her 30s or 40s, the group has members of all ages, from teens to 70s and older.

In one year, 100 women joined the LLRs Facebook group. The next year the Leland Lady Runners had the largest team at the WILMA Dash, and in 2018 they earned the title for a second time with 77 runners. Today, the group has more than 330 members and is applying to become an official nonprofit organization. “You don’t have to accept the norm,” Pittman says during a drop-in meet-up with fellow LLRs. “You can see opportunities and create them where you are.” While the average Leland Lady Runner is in her 30s or 40s, the group has members of all ages, from teens to 70s and older. Pittman carefully vets Facebook requests to protect the group, and she works to pair new members with runners who are close in age, pace and location, like their own neighborhood. While many runners have been lifelong athletes, many others are just getting started or getting back into running post-pregnancy. “We get as excited about one 44

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mile as we do about the other end of the spectrum,” Pittman says. The group currently has a team training for the Southern Tour Ultra, a 50K trail run and 50-mile relay race. Lauren Clark, a marathon runner, joined the group after Pittman flagged her down from her car. “Nine months after having my daughter, I needed something,” Clark says. “I was a health and wellness coach telling my patients, who often suffered with mental health issues, that they needed to exercise and eat healthy, and I wasn’t doing it. So I took a dose of my own medicine, and that’s when I fell in love with it.” Lisa James had been running her whole life but didn’t sign up for her first race until the age of 50. She discovered the group when Clark’s LLRs t-shirt and its characteristic pop of pink caught her eye at a race. The t-shirt shows a feminine figure with a long ponytail dashing forward. Tough runs don’t last, tough runners do, it reads. After asking Clark about the group and checking it out online, James was hooked.




Girls like to talk and share their heart. You’re hearing life stories, the daily struggles and bonding through running and sharing. We call it our run therapy.

Eva Pitmann founded Leland Lady Runners in 2016.

Got Fast Feet? Interested in joining Leland Lady Runners? There’s no membership fee, and group members can participate as much or as little as they like. Head to Leland Lady Runners on Facebook and request to join.

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Leland Lady Runners provides an opportunity to find running meet-ups throughout the week no matter the distance or time, as well as support and inspiration from other runners, who regularly share post-run updates. These ladies don’t run in silence, either — many chat throughout their runs. “The dynamics are very different compared to co-ed running groups,” Pittman says. “Girls like to talk and share their heart. You’re hearing life stories, the daily struggles and bonding through running and sharing. We call it our run therapy.” Carolyn Heath had run plenty of half and full marathons before she found the LLRs, but after the birth of her child, she struggled to return to running. “I don’t think I would have made it through without all of the love and support I had in the group,” Heath says. “We’re a whole other family, we just happen to run together.” Surrounded by her support system, Heath ran her first 5K after her pregnancy, pushing her stroller in front of her the entire way.


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Lace up and join in! Leland Lady Runners is partnering with two other non-profits to create the RISE Up Race Series. All races take place in Brunswick Forest and feature different routes and distances. April 27: 5k or 1 mile Sept 21: 2 miles or 4 miles Nov 16: 5k or 5 miles The series allows runners to challenge themselves to progress in distance. Novice runners and walkers run one mile the first race, two miles the second race and three miles the third race. Advanced runners start with a 5k (3.1 miles), then four miles and 5 miles in the last race. Visit Leland/RISEUpRaceSeries

LLRs celebrate their successes with monthly raffles, currently managed by Clark and Ann Maynard, the group’s very first member. Every time someone posts a photo from a race, their name is entered into a drawing for runningrelated goodies. The winner is announced via live video or at a LLRs event, such as a gathering or anniversary party. Moving forward, Leland Lady Runners want to continue building their community and giving back with fundraising and their own race series. After Hurricane Florence, they pulled together to plan their first 5K run and fundraiser in just three and a half weeks. The event raised more than $12,500 for 11 families, all flood victims in Brunswick County without flood insurance. 



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Above PAR Thanks to changes at Cape Fear National, Magnolia Greens and Compass Pointe, brighter days are here for North Brunswick golfers. BY BRIAN MULL

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Yet the three golf courses in North Brunswick County — Cape Fear National, Compass Pointe and Magnolia Greens — survived these trying conditions, bounding ahead with relentless optimism stemming from renewed growth and progressive leadership. Billy Casper Golf, a Virginia-based management group with 150 courses in its portfolio, assumed operation of Cape Fear National, the Tim Cate–designed course in Brunswick Forest, on January 1, 2018. Renaissance Golf Group purchased Compass Pointe and Magnolia Greens from developer Bobby Harrelson in May of 2018. Billy Casper Golf installed Kris Reinert as the general manager at Cape Fear National, which it sees as a high-end public premium course striking the balance between memberships available to Brunswick Forest property owners and walk-up greens-fee play. Since Billy Casper assumed management of Cape Fear National, membership has increased.


Golf demands cooperation from the elements, and 2018 was anything but ideal in that regard in southeastern North Carolina. It was a year that began with snow and record cold, ended with historical rainfall totals and in between offered a chilly spring, extreme heat and a latesummer drought. And let us not forget the devastating impacts of Hurricane Florence, which toppled trees, destroyed bunkers and dumped 3 feet of rain on already saturated turf when it made landfall in September.

Renaissance Golf Group purchased Magnolia Greens in May 2018, with plans to expand the offerings at the 27-hole course.

“Any golf club is only as good as the manager on site,” Billy Casper Regional Manager Steve Brown says. “A lot of credit goes to Kris for getting everyone up to speed for how best to work with a management company. Getting him in there was the big domino to fall. Reactions from the guests and members have significantly improved. We’ve seen and heard a lot of positive response from the course.” Increasing memberships are a bucking of the national golf trend. It’s an interesting time for the game of golf in the United States as over the last decade the number of recreational golfers has neither grown nor shrunk. Golf courses, however, grew at an unprecedented rate in the 1980s and ’90s, fueled by the real estate sold around them. As time and cost constraints deterred a new generation of prospective golfers, supply of courses now exceeds the demand of golfers.

In 2017 more than 200 courses across the United States closed, while only 15 opened, according to the National Golf Foundation, a golf market research provider. Locally, within the last 18 months the Echo Farms and Masonboro courses in New Hanover County shuttered their pro shops. The newest trend in golf is to offer other golf-related options for those wanting to swing the clubs while also seeking seek an enhanced social experience, a relaxed environment and less demands on their time. This explains the popularity of entertainment-driven options such as indoor golf simulators (three opened or are scheduled to open soon in the region) and TopGolf, which bills itself as a place for golf, drinking, dining and sports viewing. Places like these attract a younger crowd, which is often more interested in hanging out than posting a scorecard.

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Along those lines, Cape Fear National offers fun programs such as Margaritaville Bunkerville, in which a golf pro teaches participants how to hit bunker shots while a bartender shows them how to make the aforementioned cocktail. “Golf has become more social,” Reinert says. “That’s been our main focus in driving our golf experience.” “We’re all competing for the same golfers,” Brown says. “If you don’t deliver that experience that Kris has put in place there, that when you show up it’s a social experience, where every time you come you’re greeted by a smile and the customer service level is raised to the expectation, people will go elsewhere because they have so many choices.” Renaissance Golf is also bucking the trends with its success at Magnolia Greens and Compass Pointe, which opened in June of 2016, making it the newest course on North Carolina. Jay Biggs is the president and chief operating officer of Renaissance Golf. A PGA member, Biggs came to the coast after a successful tenure at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Renaissance also owns The Beaufort Club and Ironwood in Greenville, North Carolina Compass Pointe, a Rick Robbins design, survived the wrath of Florence better than any course in the area, reopening for play days soon after the storm thanks to its sandy soil and undulating property with excellent drainage. Similar to Cape Fear National, the course at Compass Pointe is located inside a booming residential development. There are 900 homes built and room for another 1,400, meaning the course will transition to a fully private course at some point in 2019. “We have to leave enough golf space for current and future residents,” Biggs says, expecting a waiting list to be in place in the coming months. “Before the acquisition, 40 percent of the residents were members and now we’re over 75 percent. I always tell everybody, if you want to be part of it, right now is

Compass Pointe, also purchased by Renaissance Golf Group in May 2018, will transition to a fully private course in 2019. Below left: Jay Biggs, president and COO of Renaissance Golf Group, manages the daily operations and membership at Compass Pointe and Magnolia Greens.

the time to do it because it will be full in the near future at the rate we’re going. We’re trying to avoid a situation where the course becomes compacted and members can’t get on the course.” BLUR Workshops, an architectural firm out of Atlanta, is designing a new clubhouse at Compass Pointe, and Biggs hopes to present those plans to the club’s advisory board in February. Magnolia Greens, a 27-hole facility off U.S. 17 in Leland, caters to the area by offering a public driving range and short game practice area. Biggs envisions expanding Magnolia Greens’ offerings soon, with preliminary plans to move the driving range tee 30 or 40 yards and add a three-hole short course or putting course. “On the corner of the driving range you could do an outdoor stone rectangular bar area, have music by the driving range, make that area a great golf hangout, give it a great Spring 2019


atmosphere in the evenings to generate some family golf and provide a golf experience different from what anybody around can offer,” Biggs says. A former president of the First Tee Sandhills, Biggs also wants to continue cultivating the junior program at Magnolia Greens. In addition to being neighbors, Cape Fear National and Magnolia Greens both are addressing bunker problems in 2019. Incessant downpours from Hurricane Florence washed the sand out of the faces and exposed drainage issues. Under the direction of contracted maintenance company 19th Green, Cape Fear National began a major renovation in early January with hopes of completing the project by mid-April. “The recovery process is ongoing,” Reinert says. “The golf course tees, fairways and greens are all in great shape right 52

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Kris Reinert is the new general manager at Cape Fear National. Below, scenes of the Cape Fear National Golf Course at Brunswick Forest.

now. We really had to look at our bunkers and are focused on returning the golf course to its original condition, which our residents and guests have come to enjoy. We’re really excited about the direction of the golf course. The residents are happy to see the progress we’re making.” Compass Pointe architect (and resident) Robbins, a former president of the American Society of Golf Course

Architects, has devised a bunker restoration plan for the 27 holes at Magnolia Greens. Biggs says that project will begin in the spring with crews working on nine holes at a time so golfers always have access to 18 holes. Those crews will also address various drainage problems scattered across the property, after a year in which 115 inches of rain fell at Magnolia Greens. “It’s been fun to be around both courses and get a really good feel of the culture and what you can do at each place,” Biggs says. “They’re both great and both are little different. I see a lot of growth potential in both.” Assuming that Mother Nature possesses a gentler touch in 2019, we can expect the sun to shine on the 63 fairways and greens in North Brunswick County and anticipate a path of golfing progress in the days ahead. 


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The People’s Principal Meet Dr. Rick Hessman, principal of Belville Elementary School and Brunswick County Schools’ Principal of the Year. BY LAUREN KROUSE



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If you’re looking for Dr. Rick Hessman, principal of Belville Elementary School, chances are you won’t find him in his office. Throughout the day, Hessman can be found greeting students in the morning, checking in on classes, strolling through the hallways and waving students goodbye at the end of the day. And if you show up at the right time, he just might be mounting a horse or taking a bus-full of students out for pizza. It’s no wonder Hessman recently won Brunswick County Schools’ Principal of the Year award. Sporting a big smile, Mickey Mouse tie, navy button-down and slacks, he’s the picture of approachability and authority, and he prizes being visible and accessible to students, teachers and parents alike. Hessman says there are three key things to know about him: He’s a mega Dallas Cowboys fan, an avid golfer and someone who understands people. “I am not the smartest person in this building by any means,” he says. “I do not know elementary school curriculum like a lot of people in this building, but what I do know is people. I understand how to motivate people, how to be consistent and organized, how to plan well and how people simply want you to treat them


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fairly. Probably the most important thing an administrator does is set an example every single day.” Hessman’s office is covered in Dallas Cowboys memorabilia, golf balls, family photos and plaques. The latest is a framed congratulations poem presented to him by students and staff, with a description for each letter of his name. “E is for Energetic,” one reads. “He walks around the halls, a lot.” “The kids love him,” Assistant Principal Allison Dixon says. “They’re always high-fiving him in the hallway, razzing him about his Cowboys. Most of the time, he’s in the classroom, and that’s where he should be. That’s where we want him to be.” Before Hessman started his academic career, he played baseball at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina, and graduated with a degree in journalism. After two years at the Williamston Enterprise newspaper as a sports writer covering four high school counties and East Carolina University athletics, Hessman decided he wanted to make athletic decisions, not just write about them. He returned to school for his degree in physical education and began


Whether it’s kissing pigs or riding a horse around the playground, Dr. Hessman always does something funny to reward his school for their book-fair fundraising efforts.

coaching and teaching in 1991. For the first 16 years of his career, he worked as a high school health and PE teacher and athletic director. He loved coaching — “golf was in the spring, basketball was in the winter and cross country in the fall,” he remembers. But his principal at the time, Mike Campbell, encouraged him to consider moving into an administrative position to make the most of his leadership skills. “Your impact increases tremendously when you go into administration,” Hessman says.

Hessman has been principal of Belville Elementary School for three years. This is his fourth principalship in his administrative career, and he has spent a total of 28 years in the public school system. When he began his tenure at Belville Elementary School, he was given three goals: improve communication with parents, rebuild relationships with staff (who had had three different principals in four years) and increase students’ access to technology for learning opportunities.

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fundraising goals for its book fair, and every time, Hessman promises to do something fun to celebrate. Last year, he kissed three pigs. This year he had planned to jump out of an airplane — but there wasn’t enough room for a proper landing. Instead, he mounted a horse (on loan from a kindergarten teacher) and rode it around the soccer field for a crowd of students. One tradition Hessman brought to Belville is the student of the month luncheon. Each month, teachers choose one student from each homeroom to go to Pizza Hut with the principal for an all-you-can-eat-buffet. Naturally, the students love it. Along with improvements in communication and relationship building, Hessman addressed Belville’s deficit in technology. “This school was lacking in technology big time when I got here,” he admits. “We have been able to put up 45 SMART Boards, those nice interactive televisions, in classrooms, and we’re almost 1:1 with our Chromebooks and 1:1 in the upper grades.” Under Hessman’s leadership, Belville Elementary School’s report card has increased from a C to a B rating, and

In order to improve communication, Hessman had a large LED sign installed in front of the school, which flashes messages for parents driving by or waiting in the long drop-off and pick-up lines before and after school. Once inside the school building, parents and visitors see a large-screen television installed for the same purpose: school information and announcements as well as a regularly updated slideshow of photos of the children learning and playing at Belville Elementary. Beyond this, Hessman set up a weekly email, phone call and text message to stay connected with parents. Every Sunday at 5 p.m., parents receive an update with the five things they need to know for the upcoming week, as well as any PTO announcements or bus information. Over the past few years, Hessman has forged quality relationships with Belville’s teachers as well. “He’s a classroom principal,” Dixon says. “He wants our teachers to be successful so our students can be successful. He puts the teachers and the students first.” Pamela Cannon, also an assistant principal at Belville Elementary, adds, “He’s really good with parents and seeing concerns from their side as well. He tries to involve everyone when he makes a decision.” Hessman makes time to connect with students, too. For the last two years, Belville Elementary has exceeded its 58

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students’ test scores have risen as well. On a daily basis, Hessman aims to grow students academically and socially and keep the building safe. Looking back on his legacy, Hessman says he tries to be consistent every day. He’s not sure just how soon he’ll retire. His aunt and uncle were teachers, his sister and daughter work as English teachers at the same high school, and his wife is a retired teacher. For now, Hessman will stick to what he knows best: working with people and bettering education in Brunswick County. 

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The Herb Lady Margaret Shelton of Shelton Herb Farm not only grows luscious herbs and vegetables, but also contributes to the horticultural and environmental priorities of the Cape Fear region. BY JOAN LEOTTA




“How could such sweet and wholesome hours be reckoned, but in herbs and flowers?”

These words of 17th-century poet Andrew Marvell could easily have been written to describe the days and ways of Margaret Shelton, owner of Shelton Herb Farms in Leland. Shelton started the farm in 1986 on land that had been in her family for more than 200 years. “It came down to me through the Goodman side of my family — the road we are on is named for the family,” she says. Shelton originally grew vegetables on the land, but started to do something a bit different when she got tired of her meal repertoire. “It got boring to use the same recipes all the time,” Shelton says. “I looked to herbs to

diversify my cooking. They were not easy to find, so I started growing them myself.” A friend from Maryland who worked for the National Herb Garden introduced her to the business of growing herbs, and Shelton got involved with herb growing organizations.

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Shelton combines her love of herbs in the kitchen, garden and medicine cabinet with a delight in local flora and how these contribute to the overall health of our environment, especially birds and bees.


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6-inch rosemary plant she sold me into a 3-foot high, equally wide shrub that supplied cooking goodness and recuperative powers of rosemary aroma to my entire neighborhood.


Nowadays, Shelton Herb Farm is well known locally for its wide variety of herbs. Shelton and her staff grow all the herbs on site and start them on the farm so they are adapted to local conditions. “I do not ship things in. I start everything here,” she says. Shelton and her staff are happy to guide newcomers around the greenhouses and rows of plants on the hilly property off Goodman Road, helping each person select the right plants for culinary needs, beautification and more. In fact, it was through a hunt for a rosemary bush and other herbs for my own garden that I discovered Shelton’s abundant offering of culinary herbs, seasonal vegetables and heirloom and native plants. Thanks to her good information, I was able to cajole the

The most popular herbs she sells are basil, oregano, thyme and sage, with basil being number one. Some customers are looking for medicinal herbs. “We sell a lot of comfrey and turmeric, which are touted for their anti-inflammatory properties,” she says. Lemongrass is another popular seller, in part of because of its mosquito-repellent properties. Shelton combines her love of herbs in the kitchen, garden and medicine cabinet with a delight in local flora and how these contribute to the overall health of our environment, especially birds and bees. She grows plants that attract butterflies, bees and birds, and has a vast knowledge of the local ecosystems. While native plants are most effective in providing habitat for birds and other local animals, herbs play

a role in aiding the environment as well. “Herbs like many annuals and perennials are hosts to insects and caterpillars, which we consider pests, but birds think of as food,” says Krystyna Ochota, vice president and education chair of the Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. “Herbs are also attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies.” Ochota notes that most culinary herbs, however, are not native plants in this part of North Carolina. While native plants are the best choice to provide protective cover for area animals, herbs also help native birds and other mammals. Charley Winterbauer, president of the Cape Fear Audubon Society, concurs. “Herbs, especially native herbs, are a great source for caterpillars, which is primary

food source for 96 percent of our parent backyard birds to feed their young,” he says. Shelton is well-known in the Cape Fear area for her contributions to horticultural and environmental organizations, including the Audubon Society. “When she, along with the rest of us, became aware of the importance of native plants in helping birds, she really climbed on board,” Winterbauer says. “She is an active participant in our annual fall Native Plant Festival and is a generous donor to our nonprofit to support education about native plants in our area.” Mark Blevins, Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Service director, says he first met Shelton through her work on the local extension Advisory Council to work on the priorities for the

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region. “Everybody who is anybody in horticulture, gardening and herbs in the Cape Fear region knows Margaret Shelton,” he says. “Margaret was a big help on starting local farmers markets and creating other opportunities for local people to connect with area farmers about local foods. She still makes this work a

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priority and lives it too.” People like Blevins and Shelton encourage Cape Fear area residents to discover the pleasures of growing their own food. “We live in an incredible place where we can grow and harvest edible plants all year long, so why not give it a try?” Blevins says. “Superfoods like

collards, blueberries and others are garden staples in this area, so it can be a boost for your health and get you outside and moving to get edible herbs and plants into your diet and into your landscape.” Shelton and her staff sell the plants and offer good advice about helping them thrive. However, for a more individualized approach on specific issues like drainage, soil type, heat and pests, they may recommend you to the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension. The extension service offers everything from soil testing to diagnosis of plant problems to help home gardeners. “There are so many different herbs and edibles that add different smells, tastes and textures to the garden and to your plate,” Blevins says. “You won’t regret adding a few to what you already do. You have the support locally between Shelton Herb Farms and the Cooperative Extension to get things growing.” Shelton Herb Farm offers both herbs and native plants, so an ardent gardener can arrange a lovely, fragrant and delicious garden that benefits both local birds, mammals and pollinators and offers variety in the kitchen. “Every time I go (to the farm), the staff is always hustling and bustling around,” Blevins says. “Then, as soon as you ask a question, they transform into superheroes who can downloads all kinds of horticultural know-how into the minds of the humans. It’s always worth the trip to the outskirts of Leland to see the incredible variety of plants they pack into the rows and plots, and experience the great outdoors and a different kind of farm.” 

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Before, during and after Hurricane Florence ravished the coast of North Carolina in September, so many people stepped in to help. BY LAUREN KRUTCHEN


In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Leland appears to be a town severed. “Leland is a like a Dickensonian tale of two cities right now,” says Reverend Dr. Doug Cushing of The Bridge Presbyterian Church. “Some communities were untouched by the storm and are pretty much back to normal, while other parts of the town were absolutely devastated and remain that way.” However, that division is helping the community form a new bond, Cushing says. “In a sense Leland is still an emerging community. And this storm has brought us together and given us an identity.” In Leland and southeastern North Carolina, there are hundreds of stories about neighbors helping neighbors before, during and after the storm. As Cushing says, “People are listening to their better angels of compassion,” and acts


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generosity, kindness and mercy are free-flowing. Even before the storm, people found a way to contribute. Chris LaCoe, local business owner and former franchisee of several Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, donated hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, bread, chicken breasts and more to first responders on the Thursday before the storm hit. While many decided to evacuate the area before the hurricane, LaCoe and Brunswick Forest Realty agent Braddock were two of the few who chose to stay and help out in the community during the storm. “I’ve been through numerous storms, but nothing quite like Florence,” Braddock says. Braddock became somewhat of a local Facebook newscaster, providing video updates during the storm for those who had left the community, in order to keep his neighbors abreast on what was happening. “What they were

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seeing on a national perspective was one thing, but they weren’t sure what was happening on a micro level within the specific area of Leland,” he says. He also sent out text updates on what was taking place in real time leading up to the storm. He says he received a ton of responses via Facebook from folks who were extremely grateful for his informative postings. Everything changed once the hurricane really hit Leland on Saturday night. Braddock remembers waking up on Sunday morning to waterlogged streets, after the worst of the rains made it almost impossible to drive anywhere. That morning, Braddock and LaCoe, who owns a lifted truck that made it easier for him to navigate the flood waters, drove around Brunswick Forest

community needs following the storm. The church, which was already heavily involved in missions throughout North Brunswick County before Hurricane Florence, reached out to three organizations with which they already had partnerships to identify the most urgent needs in the community. Then they jumped right in to help. From Brunswick County Streetreach, a nonprofit organization that aids the local homeless population, they learned that the number of homeless people in Brunswick County tripled after the storm. The Bridge’s Plastic Bags Mission Project team doubled up their efforts to crochet sleep mats from plastic grocery bags for the homeless. The Help in the wake of Hurricane Florence, clockwise from top left, handing out free water, Josh London State Farm Insurance’s hot dog stand, Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman and kids helping BFA, passing out supplies at Stoney Creek Plantation. Below, Brunswick Forest residents helping BFA, and locals serving free meals.


looking at the damage that had struck their town the night before. While driving, LaCoe and Braddock came upon an elderly couple who had driven into an area of water on their way to get medication, stalling their car. LaCoe, Braddock and a couple of other gentlemen were able to push the car to higher ground and get the couple to a dry location. With LaCoe’s truck, they were able to take the gentleman to get medication for his wife and bring him back home. The duo continued to take people to and from their homes to get medication, deliver gas or help out in any additional ways they could. The two men were just a sample of the hundreds who helped save lives as flood waters rose that day. As the days passed, the devastation became more apparent. Cushing and his congregation of The Bridge Presbyterian Church were immediately reactive to

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church also donated money and a new refrigerator and freezer to Streetreach. From Matthew’s Ministry, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger, they learned that their needs transcended food. A lot of children, especially those whose homes were destroyed, had a need for school supplies and other personal goods. The church had a supply drive for children at Town Creek Elementary School and other local elementary schools. The money that was raised during the drives was given to principals in the form of gift cards to distribute as the principals saw fit. Brunswick Family Assistance Executive Director Stephanie Bowen tasked Cushing and his congregation with helping find new food distribution locations in the Leland area. “Our church got very involved with food distribution for the first month after the storm,” Cushing says. “We found locations, helped distribute food and helped sort and distribute donations from all across the country at their 70

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Even though each person might consider their contributions small, it is through collective efforts that Leland and other North Carolina communities are able to build themselves back up from the devastation...

Josh London, Michael Braddock, Chris LaCoe, Doug Cushing and Brenda Bozeman — just a handful of the many Hurricane Florence helpers.

main distribution center.” Cushing worked with Town of Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman and Braddock, in conjunction with Josh London of State Farm Insurance, to secure a post-storm distribution site inside the commercial village at the front of Brunswick Forest. London was able to obtain a hot dog stand in order to provide free hot dogs alongside the non-perishable foods being given out to those in need at the distribution site. Cushing says he could go on and on about the acts of kindness of his congregation members. One family opened their home to their next-door neighbors, a family of three, who lost their home. The church also has raised money for that family, has purchased new appliances for their home and is scheduling a work day to help them rebuild. As Leland continues to recover from the effects of the hurricane, Cushing and the church’s three drives are still ongoing; they continue to collect school supplies for children in need and

provide gift cards to Streetreach, as well as continuing to help out with Brunswick Family Assistance distributions. As for the next phase of hurricane recovery, Cushing is learning from the national organization Presbyterian Disaster Assistance the steps it takes to be a local church committed to longterm recovery. The organization offers workshops for pastors, first responders and key community leaders on resilience and emotional and spiritual health, which he hopes to offer to the community sometime in the near future. To be a resilient, cohesive community it takes people like Cushing, LaCoe, Braddock, Bozeman, London and so many others to band together and do what they can. Even though each person might consider their contributions small, it is through collective efforts that Leland and other North Carolina communities are able to build themselves back up from the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence into a town that’s stronger and more united than ever. 

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Finding Their Voices Nine writers known as The Writers of the Forest combine their talents into a new anthology about family and friendship. BY JO ANN MATHEWS


Lorraine Gilmore arrived at Brunswick Forest in the winter of 2016 with a major idea. Wanting to form a writers’ group, she posted to the social media platform Next Door to see who was interested. Before moving to Leland, she had worked for an executive placement firm in Braintree, Massachusetts, and began writing essays and poems in 1974. Her children’s book, Matilde, was published in 2015.

Several people came to the first meeting. Gilmore explained that she planned to use the Amherst Writers & Artists Workshop method she learned in Lancaster, Massachusetts, where she returns during the summer. A half-dozen writers agreed to meet with her for two hours every Thursday. She provides writing prompts for inspiration and motivation, and the group writes independently for 20 minutes then shares

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what they write. “We agreed to critique, but it had to be supportive,” says John Stipa, originally from Abington, Pennsylvania. “There’s a difference between harsh criticism and being supportive. We have a positive spin.” His wide-ranging publications include three novels, The Angel Solution, The Foiled Knight and No Greater Sacrifice, several short stories and a picture book with experiences from coaching soccer for 14 years. Two more joined the group, and in March 2018 the six women and three men held a reading of their works. The event attracted 93 people, many of whom were so impressed they asked if a book was available. “That began the discussion to

publish,” says John Stickney, who hails from the Cleveland, Ohio, area. A professional writer since 1976, he has written art and book reviews, literary criticism, essays, fiction, poetry and other works published in several magazines and anthologies. “Publishing a book was in the back of my mind,” Gilmore says. “We discussed what would work for us,” says Claudia Blanchard, a transplant from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She retired as professor of marketing and chair of the business department at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. For the book, the group decided on “Family and Friendship” as their theme and wanted a variety of genres, including poems, short stories and

essays. They set a deadline of August 1, 2018, and Stipa and Blanchard volunteered to be editors. Lee Mehler, a retired architect from Durham, painted the cover art he titled “Three Generations on Market,” which portrays his wife, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. They named themselves The Writers of the Forest and published It’s All Relative(s) in October 2018 through CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing service. All nine members have personal stories, poems and/or fictional pieces in the anthology of 37 works. They held a second reading in December 2018 with more than 60 people attending. “A lot of the stories are from the heart,” Gilmore says.

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I write because it’s cathartic for me and others,” Dismore says. “To think that a written thought has the power to change the thoughts of others is inspirational and life affirming.

Suzy Tenenbaum, who has a background teaching kindergarten and developing and directing several children and parent projects in Vermont, has seven pieces in the book. “The Blue Chair” is the comfortable seat in the hospital room of her son, Luke, who was waiting to receive a heart transplant. “Itchy Tights” recounts the stresses a six-year old experiences. Barbara Dullaghan, formerly a coordinator and consultant for gifted and talented students and co-author of three children’s books and other publications, moved from Minneapolis to Brunswick Forest and has three pieces in the book. “Harsh Realities” tells of how she learned of her mother’s childhood. “Making a Statement” explores the possibility of a family member being a lesbian, and “A New House, A New Family” explains her family’s relationship with a woman who needed assistance. “[The group] is therapy,” says Terry L. Dismore, a retired New York elementary school science facilitator and author of Calling All P.A.R.E.N.T.S., a book that helps parents make wise decisions regarding their children and family. “I call myself your ME, Motivational Encourager.” She explains that her story “A Fork in the Road” is for those who need to overcome suffering and or tragedy. “It’s a reminder that it truly takes a village when standing at the fork in the road,” she says. Diane Pascoe, retired from human 76

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resources at Xerox in Toronto, Canada, and Nomaco Inc. in Zebulon, North Carolina, has been writing for 15 years with a specialty in humor. Her “Lightning Strikes Twice” elicits belly laughs from readers. Memories of Thanksgiving as in Lee Mehler’s “Our life with Mother and Father” and an Italian Christmas that

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Stipa describes in “Feed Your Face” will have readers reminisce about their own holiday celebrations. John Stickney’s “The Awful Truth” recalls the Santa Claus fantasy and will have readers aghast. People will nod and recall lifetime connections when they read Tenenbaum’s “Pink Sneakers.” What makes The Writers of the Forest successful? “You have to show up,” Tenenbaum says. “You have to put in the time.” “We feel compelled to come here,” Stipa says. “It’s magic,” Tenenbaum adds. “I’ve found the voice I have,” Dismore says. “This is a very special group of people. It is magical. It’s hard for others to duplicate what we have. It’s a commitment.” “It’s become a very safe place,” Tenenbaum says. The book can be considered a compilation of meditations, a source of inspiration and consolation for those experiencing anguish and grief in their lives. “I write because it’s cathartic for me and others,” Dismore says. “To think that a written thought has the power to change the thoughts of others is inspirational and life affirming.” Humor, reminiscences, family gatherings and family members are all part of the book. “It’s a commonality regardless of the kind of writing you do,” Dismore says. “There’s a common thread. The common thread is family. No matter what we write, it’s relative.” 


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Genuine people are rare. If you can’t find any, be one. This quote crossed my path recently, and I thought about how true it is. To feel that you’ve met a genuine person can be like a breath of fresh air. The day I met James and Brenda Bozeman of Leland, I knew that I found two genuine people. I met the Bozemans many years ago. In my first conversation with James, I sensed the realness

about him in his voice and demeanor. He’s quiet at first, but after a few more encounters in which I observed his kindness and appreciated his presence, I realized what a great person he is. Then there’s Brenda. With her positive attitude and outlook on life, she is the definition of an advocate for the community. Spring 2019




magazine and I walked in cold to try to get them to advertise. At this point in time, James helped Brenda with all things real estate. From client follow ups, yard signs, mailers and photos of

help motivate me, it also gave me the support I needed to continue to move forward with launching this product you are holding in your hands. I often wonder if I would have been the one to create the lifestyle magazine for Leland if it wasn’t for James and Brenda Bozeman. That’s the key role they have played in my life. I got to know both of them better over the next several years through the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, which Brenda helped found in 2003. Whether it’s chamber Business After Hours events, ribbon cuttings or luncheons, the Bozemans are always there, normally together with huge smiles on their faces, and always supporting our community. In addition to serving as Mayor of Leland, Brenda is an active real estate agent with Coastal Properties. James is the sales


James, a Brunswick County native, grew up in Shallotte until he was a young teenager. His family moved from Shallotte to Wilmington in the early ’60s and he went off and served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969. When he came home to Wilmington from service one Christmas break, he met Brenda. His family had moved right next door to hers in a neighborhood in Wilmington. The two dated for a year and a half and were married on May 30, 1970, in Wilmington. Since their marriage they have resided in Leland. “James was used to country living,” Brenda says. “And we stayed because this is home. I love the people here.” They have two children, James Jr., who now lives in Charleston, and Micki, who lives in Leland, and four grandchildren (one of whom is in heaven now).

I observed the respect they had for one another as well the way they worked as a team. It was truly heartwarming to witness.

After his service in the Air Force, James worked at Cape Fear Industries (although it changed names many times during his tenure) until his retirement there in 1996. Brenda, who grew up in Wilmington, has been a real estate agent for almost 35 years. She is the current and first female mayor of the Town of Leland, an elected position she’s held since 2011, and she is active in many community activities. “I was always taught to be there for others,” Brenda says. I met them both back in 2005 at their RE/MAX office on Village Road in Leland. I was attempting to start this 80

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properties, he was always helping her out while she was busy working with buyers and sellers. I observed the respect they had for one another and the way they worked as a team. It was truly heartwarming to witness. I’ll never forget the feeling I had walking out of their office that day. I not only received positive encouragement and support from the both of them for starting a magazine for Leland, but also I got my very first advertising sale. It had been more than two months that I was out trying to get supporters. So, not only did their encouragement of what I was doing

manager at Graceland Portable Buildings in Leland, a position he’s held for almost a decade. James was hired by Bob McWaters, who also hired Brenda at RE/MAX and now Coastal Properties. “James holds it all together,” McWaters says. “He does an excellent job of managing our property between selling our sheds, propane refills and renting our Penske trucks.” James’s smile, knowledge and warm presence are obviously making lasting impressions with lots of other people too. Without any prior sales experience, he has sold more than $1 million each


year over the past seven years, and in 2018 he was number 2 out of 630 sales lots in the Graceland Portable Buildings system. “In the last 12 months, James and our team have sold 419 buildings for Graceland,” McWaters says. “That puts him at number 1 in the company.” McWaters says he considers Brenda and James like family. “They have been extremely loyal to me,” he says. “I have managed hundreds of people throughout my life and have never come across two as genuine and loyal as they are.” When she’s not fulfilling her mayoral duties, Brenda keeps busy with the area’s constantly growing real estate market in her Leland office, which is in the same location as the storage

buildings. “One of the many great things I can say about Brenda is that she’s just as devoted to her clients as she is her citizens,” McWaters says. “She doesn’t mix her politics with her business, I have never seen her do that in the 15 years she’s worked for me.” Personally, I concur with everything McWaters says. My experiences with the Bozemans have all been positive,

uplifting and inspiring, and they inspire me to be as genuine and caring as they are. As they near their 50th year of living in Leland, they are as committed to the community as ever, serving in politics, working hard and contributing whenever they can. “We are here to support and help,” Brenda says. “I get so much happiness and pleasure in showing our town to our new residents and sharing the history and letting them know that they have made their new home in a very special place.” I know I’m not the only one who considers the Bozemans a huge asset to the Leland community. If you get the chance to meet them, I’m sure you’ll agree. 

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Festival of Flowers Steve Taras of Watered Garden Florist in Raleigh will share his talents to raise funds for Lower Cape Fear Hospice on May 1. BY TERESA A. McLAMB

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As the son of a forester, Steve Taras developed an early love of plants. “We were always connected to trees, plants and blooming things,” he says. “As a child, when my brothers were playing with GI Joe, I was growing orchids and violets. I would spend my time at the local greenhouse.” Despite taking a few turns in the road, that love of plants eventually led him to open his own floral business, Watered Garden Florist in Raleigh. On May 1, Taras and his design team will bring their highly prized floral skills to Brunswick County as the feature presenters at Festival of Flowers, a fundraising event for Lower Cape Fear Hospice. “We’ll bring a lot of flowers,” Taras says. His interactive presentation will include demonstrations of various techniques, discussions of his design process and more. “I like it when the crowd gets engaged in the process,” he says. “I will present questions to the group as we make a design and talk about how adding a different color flower changes the design to elevate the essence of the arrangement or to bring it down. That’s a fun process.” Taras says that some people believe they must continue an arrangement until they’ve used all the available material, which is often too much. “It’s always interesting to know when to stop,” he says.


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... Pouring myself into what I do and sharing my talents with people and being engaged with the community, like we’re doing here with Hospice to help people.

“You reach a point where [the design] is balanced and clean. We’ll talk about it.” Born in Asheville, North Carolina, and raised in Athens, Georgia, Taras studied finance and accounting in college. He moved to Raleigh and took a position as corporate controller of a development company. During that 10-year stint, he continued his love affair with flowers, designing arrangements for himself and friends. When he left the controller job, he took the summer off before going to the next company. That hiatus included working at a wholesale floral shop, a summer job that turned into nine years. He became the fresh-cut flower buyer and learned that process. He continued to do design work on the side as well. “Eventually I was doing more design work on the side than I was making at the wholesale house,” he says. That was when Taras took the leap to opening Watered Garden. The name is from Isiah 58:11, “You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” He was inspired by the idea of incorporating that sentiment into his

business: “Pouring myself into what I do and sharing my talents with people and being engaged with the community, like we’re doing here with Hospice to help people.” As soon as he opened his business, he enjoyed connections with other business people who helped to promote Watered Garden. “We got going right off the bat, connected with some nice caterers who would include us in some of their jobs, and we were able to create a good reputation quickly.” One of their early clients was the North Carolina Museum of Art, where they not only supply arrangements but regularly present flower-themed workshops and events. It turns out that having the accounting background has helped tremendously as well. “It has enabled me to run a successful business,” he says. “There are a lot of good floral people who are terrible business people.” Watered Garden’s reputation has resulted in a demand for his services around the country and overseas. “We’ve been able to travel the Southeast as well as to New York City, Washington, D.C., and

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Minneapolis, and we’ve been as far as Ireland and the Caribbean. It’s been fun. You never know who’s going to walk in the door.” Taras is also the floral designer for Umstead Hotel and Spa, a five-star property in the Triangle. Each week they deliver fresh flowers to the Umstead. “The flowers are treated as art,” Taras says. “The goal is to combine something modern and contemporary with some natural elements of the landscape. That’s

something we want to do when we do the Hospice program, to incorporate seasonal flowers, things from the yard and garden, sticks and twigs and branches, and a new spin on old things.” For the May 1 program, Taras anticipates bringing a variety of interesting containers, which he says is 50 percent of any arrangement. He anticipates making about a dozen arrangements. He wants the attendees to come armed with questions. The

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focus will be on spring flowers that are blooming in May, but he’ll also talk about how flowers travel around the world, making a great variety of blooms available to everyone. “The thing I hope people walk away with is to not be afraid to experiment with flowers, to try different combinations,” Taras says. “Go out on a limb and mix it up. 

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When friends Liz Long and Jessica Middlesworth were brainstorming ideas for a business they could start together, they kept coming up against one stumbling block: child care. And then it dawned on them: They weren’t the only ones in that situation. Inspired by their own need, they opened KinderStop Kids, a convenient, premier drop-in child care center in Leland. For busy parents with young children, finding a last-minute babysitter can be impossible. Whether it’s for a lengthy doctor’s appointment during the day or a much-needed date night on the weekend, sometimes parents need flexible child-care options. KinderStop Kids offers safe and fun hourly drop-in care, after-school programs and summer camps for children ages 1 to 12 years, all in a clean, imaginative environment. It is also the first service of its kind in the area to feature specifically designed facilities and specially trained staff who can accommodate the needs of children with sensory challenges. Best of all, they are open seven days a week. 90

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youngest son has been diagnosed with autism. The interconnection between the partners is what makes KinderStop Kids the positive endeavor that it is. Long, who moved to the area with her husband from New England 10 years ago, used her background in interior design to create an inclusive look and feel. “Bright colors and sounds can be overwhelming to kids of any age, especially ones with sensory challenges,” she says. “We also wanted to bring the outside in.” There are no TVs on during the day, just opportunities for children to explore through play. They also have a calming room, silencing headphones and cocoon

Between the three owning families there are eight young children, so these families understand the need for flexible child care.

Long, Middlesworth and Lisa Dobstaff, another friend and business partner, made it their goal to set a standard for drop-ins with a clean, inclusive and enriching environment. The collaboration for a business venture began when Long reached out to Middlesworth about starting some type of business together. Both had young children and were looking for a path back into the workforce. “We weren’t thinking drop-in at all, but for every business idea we came up with, we started thinking about where we’d leave our kids and where our customers would leave their kids,” Long says. Details for KinderStop Kids progressed as Long and Middlesworth worked on a business plan. Their original intent was to locate the business in Wilmington, but their real estate broker found the perfect space in Leland. “The fastest-growing market in

KinderStop accommodates all children, even those with sensory challenges.

Leland is people with young families,” says Middlesworth, who is on the board of the Leland Parks and Recreation Department. “Leland is where our community is. We thought, this is where it needs to be.” From the beginning the pair knew they wanted to set their business apart by focusing on the aesthetics that would accommodate children with sensory challenges. Middlesworth’s

swings. “We met with the Autism Society of North Carolina to develop a training program for our staff,” Long says. Middleworth’s professional business and sales experience managing 11 stores for Enterprise gave her the chops to handle all aspects of human resources and employee relations. She moved to the area in 1999 after graduating from Averett University in Danville, Virginia, with a degree in Spring 2019



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sports medicine. “Whether I was managing accounts or managing people, I found that I just really liked business,” she says. Having a place like KinderStop Kids where she brings her own son is life-changing. “It was hard for me to do things as a mother, like the grocery store and doctor’s appointments. No matter where I took him, my son couldn’t get a break from sensory overload.” Originally from Atlanta, Dobstaff moved to the area 10 years ago when

her husband fulfilled his residency at New Hanover Regional Medial Hospital. Dobstaff worked for years as a preschool teacher and then became a nanny. Now a mother of three boys, she was very supportive of her friends opening up KinderStop Kids. “I was in the corner rooting them on, and then they eventually asked me to partner with them,” Dobstaff says. “It was the perfect collaboration of the three of us. I have a passion for children, so just having this opportunity was a blessing

that I wasn’t planning for.” Dobstaff is the activities director, coordinating crafts and the camps for Kinderstop Kids. She’s also learning hands-on training in marketing the business as well. Newly opened in January, KinderStop Kids has been well received in the Leland community. Long is humbled by the positive response to the business. “Leland is such a great place,” she says. “We’ve been having fun getting to know people better in the community.” 

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Select Bank & Trust


eadquartered in Dunn, North Carolina, and founded in 2000, Select Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Select Bank & Trust Company (Select Bank), offers a broad range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services. Select Bank Leland is one of 19 full-service Select Bank offices throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. While the bank may be small, it offers many of the conveniences you’ve come to know and love from larger banks. Some of the bank’s offerings include personal checking and savings, business checking and savings, CDs, IRAs, personal loans, small business and commercial loans and mortgage services. 2018 was a year full of accomplishments for Select Bank, the most successful being the capital raise of nearly $60 million in August 2018. This funding allows the bank to focus on investments as well as to grow in currently served markets and enhance its capital position overall. Select Bank is deeply involved in the community in many ways, including contributions and employee involvement. Leland Branch Manager Susan Cruse was named the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year for 2018 and she serves as the treasurer for the chamber’s board of directors. “Knowledge, coupled with unwavering integrity and trustworthiness are the keys to my personal success in 29 years of banking,” Cruse says. Committed to customer service, Select Bank offers convenient



banking methods such as online baking, mobile banking and mobile deposits, so customers can bank on their own schedule. “Successful banks are made of great bankers who are knowledgeable about all areas of their role and industry, project an image of professionalism, confidence, humility and most of all trustworthiness and even during times of constant change can dedicate themselves to serving their customers and improving as bankers,” Cruse says. Select Bank & Trust 1101 New Pointe Boulevard, Leland (910) 371-3041;

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t Josh London State Farm Insurance, relationship building and customer education are the top priorities. Whether the customer is looking for auto, home, life or disability insurance, Medicare supplement or financial services, London and his staff know that each customer has unique insurance needs that can’t be met through a 15-minute phone call or internet questionnaire. By spending time with their potential and existing customers, they can offer valuable education and the best possible service. “We take the time to make sure people understand what their insurance actually does and that they are adequately protected for their specific situations,” London says. “We build customized solutions designed to protect their lifestyle and assets in the event they have an incident that requires they utilize their insurance.” Beyond the initial insurance purchase, London and his staff make it a point to foster the relationship. “I think no matter who you are insured with, it is important to sit down with them, establish a relationship and get a broad understanding of your policies,” London says. “You want to find someone

you trust and who can help you identify any gaps in coverage that you may have through a needs-based conversation.” He suggests touching base with your agent every two to three years at minimum to let them know about the changes going on in your life. “As we age, get different jobs, get married, have kids, retire, etc., our insurance needs can change dramatically,” London says. In order to make the best recommendations to their customers, London and his staff constantly stay on top of changes in the industry. “I am huge believer in both personal and professional development,” London says. “I afford my team the opportunity to continue to learn and become better versed in the ever changing insurance and financial service industry environment.” London has been with State Farm since 2009, when he began working for an agent in the Research Triangle Park area. His goal from the start was to one day open his own office, so when the opportunity came to open the Leland office in 2011, he jumped at the chance. “My wife and I fell in love with the area when I was serving in the United States Marine Corps,” he says. “I knew Leland

was perfect since I would be able to get involved in the local community and have a positive impact.” London has been married to his wife, Jen, for 23 years. He is a member of the Leland Area Rotary Club, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Southport Oak-Island Chamber of Commerce and North Brunswick Merchants Association, and in 2016 won the North Brunswick Chamber Business of the Year award. An avid hockey fan and father of two boys, he has served as president of the Coastal Carolina Hockey Association for five years (and served on the board for six) and served on other nonprofit boards as well. The business has donated to countless local charities. He is thrilled to be helping his Brunswick County neighbors with their insurance needs. “The State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams,” he says. “Our goal locally to build upon that is to ensure that we are protecting our customers’ lifestyles and assets.” Josh London State Farm Insurance 1112 E. Cutlar Crossing, Suite 104, Leland (910) 383-1303 Spring 2019


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Complete Dental Leland


hen Dr. Devinn Geeson of Complete Dental Leland says “We always go the extra smile,” she really means it. For starters, she and her dental team make it a priority to offer an uplifting and positive atmosphere for their patients. Geeson’s personal motto — “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody” — describes her priority of giving each patient her utmost attention. Geeson knows it’s important to keep her staff members happy so they can pass on the positivity to the patients. In the dental industry for 30 years, she has worked in every capacity in a dental office, starting as a dental assistant then working as a dental hygienist before going to dental school. She knows the challenges and rewards of each position, which helps her support her staff and keep them smiling. Geeson opened the Complete Dental office in Leland in October of 2017 to much success. Since then she has opened two additional locations, one in Shallotte and one in Chadbourn, to better serve her patients. Complete Dental offers just that — complete dentistry in the broadest scope.

“We offer general dentistry, cosmetics, implants, sedation, orthodontics, dentures, crowns and bridges,” Geeson says. She is always learning and incorporating new technologies into the practice and has gained extensive continuing education in implant dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, sedation and sleep dentistry. Now she’s getting into the role of education as well. Complete Dental is in the process of opening a dental assisting school, and Geeson looks forward to helping people enter this rewarding career. Another way Complete Dentistry goes the extra mile for patients is by offering early morning, evening and Saturday appointments. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Complete Dental offers a high level of customer service when it comes to working with insurance companies, and they also accept patients who do not have dental insurance. “We tailor make the experience of each individual based on their personal and financial needs and desires,” Geeson says. “We really listen to our patients.”

Finally, it’s important to Geeson to be involved in the community. “We contribute to the community in many ways,” she says. “We offer dental education to cancer patients and survivors at the annual Run for the TaTa’s race in Wilmington. We gave more than $100,000 in free dentistry last year to the community during daily operations as well as our Give Kids a Smile day for children. We had a hurricane relief dinner for patients and first responders, and we offered a patient appreciation dinner on our anniversary. We also volunteered at St. Mary’s dental clinic in Wilmington, offering dental care to the underprivileged and underserved in the area.” She wants to make a difference in this community because it’s a place she deeply appreciates. “We love the area — there is something for everybody and the population is so diverse and cultural. It’s so easy to love the ocean and the way of life here.” Complete Dental Leland 1215 Westgate Dr. Suite 180, Leland (910) 663-4405

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atients at BlueWave Dentistry in Leland now have one more reason to smile. Dr. David Vurnakes, DMD, recently joined the practice, bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for helping people. A Wilmington native, Vurnakes attended N.C. State University with plans to study architecture. He soon realized, however, that it wasn’t the profession he ultimately wanted; instead, he felt called to pursue a career in which he could help others in need. He was interested in medicine but found dentistry to be a better fit. “I was pleasantly surprised to discover that dentistry actually shares a lot of the same concepts as architecture,” he says. “With architecture, you have to have a picture of what you’re designing in your mind and then be able to reproduce it, which is very similar to dentistry. You have to visualize the anatomy of the tooth and be able to design a way to fix whatever problem exists.” In 2010 Vurnakes became a dental assistant and also started working with the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation’s Missions of Mercy. For two years he helped run the program’s traveling dental clinics, providing free services for people across the state.

“It was during this time that I really found a passion for helping people through dentistry,” he says. “When I got into dental school, I changed roles and continued with Missions of Mercy as a dental student volunteer. Finally after school, I was excited to volunteer my services as a dentist.” After graduating from dental school at East Carolina University in 2016, Vurnakes spent the next few years working in a solo practice in Morehead City. But he kept feeling the call to come back to the Wilmington area. Late last year, Vurnakes reached out to a longtime family friend, Dr. Chad Biggerstaff of BlueWave Dentistry. Since Biggerstaff’s partner, Dr. John Sweeney, was already preparing to leave the practice, the timing was perfect, and Vurnakes soon made his way to Leland. “It’s been really exciting for me, and a super easy transition,” he says. “This practice has a great reputation within the community, so my goal and hope is to continue and only improve upon that.” As a general dentist, Vurnakes’ work also includes cosmetic dentistry, extractions, root canals and surgery. When not seeing patients, both he and Biggerstaff focus on continuing their education, as learning is a passion both men share.

“Our office has a lot of technology, and we want to make sure we always know how to use it effectively to be able to provide the best dental care we can,” Vurnakes says. When not in the office, Vurnakes spends much of his free time outside golfing and boating, as well as hanging out with Jerry, his new golden retriever puppy. As he looks toward the future, he says he would love to see BlueWave Dentistry continue to grow and maintain the standard of excellence that Sweeney and Biggerstaff started. “We always take the extra time to go over everything and get to know our patients,” Vurnakes says. “That way we can make a good, long-term plan and not just fix things as they break. We focus on a patient’s overall oral health and how it relates to their general health. I think we’ve got a great reputation in Brunswick County and with the patients that have been with the practice from the beginning. I’m excited about meeting the new people moving to our area every day.” BlueWave Dentistry 1300 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland (910) 383-2615 Spring 2019


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More than 50 vendors set up booths at the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s annual North Brunswick Business Expo on March 2 at the Leland Cultural Arts Center and WWAY. Vendors featured goods and services in the fields of education, healthcare, pets, professional services, computer and

technical needs, recreation, relocation, home and garden and more. The expo is free to attend and is a way for business owners, employees, potential customers and community members to network and check out what is happening in the North Brunswick business community. South State Bank sponsored a free shred

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North Brunswick’s young entrepreneurs will have a chance to sell items they have made or produced at the Kids Expo on Saturday, May 4. New to northern Brunswick County, the Kids Expo will be held at Belville River Park from 10 am to 1 pm. Kids ages 8 to 17 can set up a booth all to themselves or with a group. Kids must do everything themselves — no help from adults! Age categories are 8-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17, and awards will be granted at the end of the expo. There is no application fee, and the deadline to submit applications is April 8. Sponsorship opportunities of $100 and $250 are available for participant goodie bags; sponsors receive logo placement, signage, a listing on the flier and website, and social media recognition. For information visit or call (910) 383-0553.

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North Carolina Azalea Festival Since its inception in 1948, Wilmington’s North Carolina Azalea Festival has celebrated spring and its beautiful bloom of flowers. The festival has grown immensely in the last 71 years, growing to five days of events and widening is scope to be a celebration of the city’s art, culture and history. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people gather in Wilmington for the early April festival. The 2019 event will be held from April 3 to 7. Festival goers will enjoy concerts, art shows, street fairs, home and garden tours, special exhibits, a circus, a parade, pageants, parties, fireworks and a variety of other entertainment and events. For many attendees the highlight of the Azalea

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NBHS Coach Honored at the Carolina Panthers/ New Orleans Saints Football Game

Brunswick County Commissioners Move Forward with Advanced Water Treatment and Capacity Expansion Project Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved the engagement of several firms needed to meet legal requirements to issue debt, as Brunswick County continues to move forward with advanced water treatment methods and expanded capacity at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. Brunswick County plans to increase the water capacity at the


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Last fall NBHS Assistant Principal Kimberly Brown nominated head football Coach Bryan Davis for the Carolina Panthers High School Football Coach of the Week, and he was selected! On December 17, Coach Davis was honored during the Panthers game against the New Orleans Saints. Coach Davis and a guest received Panthers tickets and a parking pass for the game. During the recognition ceremony, he also received a personalized game ball honoring the achievement. From the Panthers: “The High School Football Coach of the Week award is designed to recognize coaches who, through their hard work and dedication to young people and student athletes, create successful football teams and players. Your passion for coaching and mentoring young athletes has not gone unnoticed by the other coaches, school administrators and parents who have nominated you for this award. It is through your hard work and dedication that these young athletes will be able to develop their football knowledge, as well as skills to help them succeed on and off the field.”

Northwest Water Treatment Plant by 12 million gallons per day and add low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment at the plant to address new and emerging compounds, in addition to other improvements to the water and wastewater systems. In order to issue debt to fund this project, the county must engage a bond counsel and provide the Local Government Commission with an independent analysis of the county’s financial ability to incur the debt; if revenue bonds are issued, an underwriter is also required to market the debt. In 2017 Brunswick County filed a lawsuit against Chemours and DuPont, seeking damages including recovering the cost of advanced water treatment methods to ensure the cost falls upon those who dumped the unregulated chemicals in the water and not on rate payers. That lawsuit remains active and ongoing. Meanwhile, Brunswick County continues to make progress toward securing an NPDES permit for discharge of concentrate from the planned low-pressure reverse osmosis facility at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. The application was submitted to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Division of Water Resources on November 8, 2018. NCDEQ is in the process of reviewing the application and providing comments. Brunswick County and CDM Smith, a firm hired to research and review data, will continue to provide responses.

Bruswick County Schools Launches Digital Library Brunswick County Schools has launched a Digital Library to give students and staff access to more than 2,400 titles whenever and wherever they want to read a new book. The new online library features everything from picture books to novels available in a variety of formats and accessible on most devices including Chromebooks, computers, Kindles, iPhones and Android phones. The library can be found on the platform. The collection also has more than 400 audio books and more than 260 Spanish language texts. All staff and students have access to resources using their Google login credentials. The available selections are based on their grade level. For


example, elementary students would not have access to eBooks of a high school student level. Staff has access to all resources.

NBHS ROTC Receives Top Accreditation Score

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A couple of Santa’s little helpers made the rounds this past December with $25,000 to give to six school districts severely impacted by Hurricane Florence. Members of the United Methodist Church Harbor District presented Brunswick County Schools with two checks totaling $4,169 dollars. $2,000 was earmarked for the BEST for Kids program that provides one-on-one help with children who are struggling to learn to read. The remainder will be used for supplies for children and classrooms that need it the most.

North Brunswick High School’s JROTC program received a 100% score during the JROTC Program of Accreditation (JPA). The JPA inspection occurs every three to five years and involves inspectors from the JROTC 4th Brigade, part of the U.S. Army Cadet Command headquartered at Fort Bragg. All BCS Army JROTC programs scored above 95%, which classifies them as Honor Units of Distinction. However, NBHS is only one of only two 100% scores in the last 26 years within the hundreds of JROTC programs in the Southeast. The inspection involved individual uniform inspections, cadet knowledge, cadet portfolios, instructor portfolios, color guard routine inspection, unarmed drill platoon routine inspection, continuous improvement briefing, service learning briefing and cadet interviews.

Sheriff’s Office Hosts Basic Self-Defense Class

Students Participate in Brunswick County Schools Science Olympiad

Brunswick County Sheriff ’s Office hosted a Basic Self Defense Class at the Sheriff ’s Office in Bolivia in February. The first night was an overview of safety precautions and risk reduction strategies. The remaining nights were hands on techniques. There was a limit of 15 participants due to size of the training room. Daughters around the age of 12+ were welcomed to accompany their mother if they wished. If you couldn’t make this class, there will be more throughout the year.

On February 9 at the Center of Applied Sciences and Technology (COAST), students from NBHS, SBHS, WBHS and BECHS participated in the second annual BCS High School Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament. Students got first-hand experience in competing in this event that mirrors the regional competition at UNCW in March. Volunteers from the high schools, including Science Olympiad

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coaches as well as community volunteers, were running the event and the tournament was managed and supported by the BCS STEM Council. The event was open to the public.

the Town of Leland. He takes the lead in Leland’s economic development initiatives and oversees the operations of the Planning and Building Inspection departments. Harlow recently joined the Town of Leland in a position supporting tourism to communicate the brands of both the Town of Leland and the Leland Tourism Development Authority.

Leland Middle School Robotics Team Brings Home 1st Place

All-County Honors Chorus Concert Held at BCC The annual All-County Honors Chorus Concert was February 7 at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. There was no charge for the event but those attending were asked to bring non-perishable food items to replenish the local Brunswick County food pantries. It was an outstanding family show featuring students from all grade levels highlighting various types of songs from around the world. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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The Core Value section is one of the most important pieces in the competition as it shows how well a team works together as one unit and how they came about to do the project they are presenting that day. The Tech Tigers are coached by Sarah Anderson. Coach Anderson was unsure of what would happen since Hurricane Florence cost the team a lot of practice time. The team has a lot of resilience though and went to Regionals, finished second and now they will proudly be displaying their 1st place state trophy at Leland Middle School. Congratulations to each member of the team.

North Brunswick Newcomers Club January Meeting The first meeting of 2019 for the NBNC took place on January 11 at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. After a meet-and-greet gathering, newly relocated residents were welcomed to northern Brunswick County Speakers were Jason Clamme, Gary Vidmar and Jackie Harlow. Clamme is engagement manager for the Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) and is in charge of the agency’s involvement and educational initiatives in the community. LCFH is a nonprofit agency that has been serving patients and their families in Brunswick County for nearly 40 years. Vidmar is the economic and community development director for


The Leland Middle School Robotics Team “The Tech Tigers” competed in the state tournament against 60 other teams. The state tournament was held at North Carolina A & T in Greensboro. This is the first time in school history that the Tech Tigers of Leland Middle School have made the state tournament. The Tech Tigers put on an exceptional performance and took 1st place in “Core Values – Teamwork.”

Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) is pleased to announce that Cygnus Technologies Inc. donated $5,000 to support the CIS Action for Success Dropout Prevention program. Cygnus Technologies supplies specialized analytical products to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for use in process development and quality control. Cygnus Technologies has been a long-standing community partner of CIS and Brunswick County students, continuing to invest in education helping the students of today, become tomorrow’s leaders. CIS is continually looking to improve programs and expand educational experiences for students in Brunswick County. Program funding and support comes from grants, community and corporate partnerships, as well as fundraisers throughout the year. CIS currently provides an Action for Success program in all four Brunswick County middle schools, Waccamaw School and Supply Elementary utilizing Success Coaches to provide case management and implement needed services, as well as recruiting volunteers and community partners to support student achievement. The CIS Action for Success Program supports Brunswick County students using tutors, mentors, truancy and behavioral interventions. CIS also

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provides Teen and Peer Court programs, Parenting Education classes and support groups and a 21st Century Community Learning Center after school program, with a focus on dropout prevention. Through formal partnerships with Brunswick County Schools, Brunswick County Government, the District Attorney’s Office and the support of other community partners, CIS programs directly touch the lives of more than 4,000 students and families each year.

Winter Fling. This is an event that allows 4-Her’s to come together, attend workshops and hold business meetings. Brunswick County had six 4-Her’s attend this year’s lockin in Lenoir County. The theme was “Every Snowflake’s Different — Just Like You!”, with the focus of appreciating your uniqueness. The group made blankets to donate to The Little Pink Houses of Hope, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a supportive environment for breast cancer patients and their families. There were also four workshops offered: “I’m Right, You’re Wrong, You Jerk!”, about how to have a civil conversation when there is a disagreement or difference of opinion; “Parliamentary Procedure”, teaching youth how to properly run business meetings; “Public Speaking”, with tips about speaking in public; and “Cooking” allowing youth hands-on experience in the kitchen.

Thalian Association Performs at LCAC Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) brought its first show to Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) with the original review The Best of Broadway at Brunswick. The show, sponsored by LCAC and the Town of Leland, was a fundraiser to support TACT theatrical productions and youth theatre programs. There was one show on March 3. Tickets were $25. The Best of Broadway at Brunswick is a musical tribute to American theatre with local veteran theatre performers singing beloved songs from award-winning Broadway productions. The show is directed by Elisa Eklof Smith with music direction by Michael Lauricella and hosted by Jeff Rivenbark of WWAY’s Carolina in the Morning.

Leland’s Fire Rating Score Goes Up, Insurance Rates Expected To Go Down

Little Princess Ball Held in February


The Little Princess Ball, a co-sponsored program between Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Communities In Schools, was held the first of February in three different locations. Girls in kindergarten through 5th grade were encouraged to dress in a pretty dress and their favorite princess outfit and were escorted by a male role model in their life. The event consisted of dancing, crafts, face painting and more. Girls took home their very own tiara and wand.

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After receiving a thorough inspection conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Leland Fire/Rescue received an increased fire insurance rating of 4/10, up from the previous rating of 6/10. The new classification should result in a decrease in the property insurance calculations for many insured commercial properties, according to the OSFM. Rates on dwellings, including those insured under homeowners policies, are established by the North Carolina Rate Bureau. OSFM is advising them of the change. The new rate will be effective on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) collects and evaluates information from communities in North Carolina on their structure fire suppression capabilities. Among other things, the routine inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities, community risk reduction and availability of a water source. The rating system ranges from 1 (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a certified fire department by the state). While lower ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a higher rating does suggest that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district. Higher ratings can also significantly lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district.

Art League of Leland Features Photographers The Art League of Leland (ALL) invited artists and art enthusiasts to its March 14 meeting featuring presentations by professional photographers John Mehalik, Alan Morris and Paul Schreiber. Each shared his photographic journey, personal tips for shooting great photographs and suggestions for artists who take photographs for reference in their future creations. The meeting took place at Leland Cultural Arts Center.


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4ever24fit..........................................................................................910-399-4760 120

Leland Ace Hardware..................................................................910-383-6688 92

AA Self Storage............................................................................ 910-408-1600 78

Leland Christian Academy.......................................................910-371-0688 119

A&B Dog Training.........................................................................910-320-8989 71

Leland Veterinary Hospital...................................................... 910-371-3440 104

Aesthetic Dentistry........................................................................910-371-5965 19

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Local’s Tavern...................................................................................910-769-1289 109

American Mini Storage............................................................. 910-383-6500 82

Logan Homes................................................................................. 800-761-4707 77

Art Catering & Events.................................................................910-755-6642 110

Luxe Home Interiors Waterford...........................................910-371-0464 82

Arthur Rutenberg Homes........................................................ 910-707-3679 30

McPherson’s Acme General..................................................910-655-4006 96

ATMC.......................................................................................................844-755-1814 110

Miller & Associates Family Dentistry..................................910-371-9444 50

Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery....................................910-769-1605 89

Mr. Appliance.......................................................................................910-796-1118 82

Bianchi Brickyard Supply...........................................................910-454-4445 54

Mulch & More...................................................................................910-253-7663 13

Bill Clark Homes.............................................................................. 910-350-1744 27

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

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

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Niche. Décor & Gifts.....................................................................910-769-8839 72

Boys & Girls Homes of NC..........................................................877-211-5322 54

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

Britt’s Steel Building......................................................................910-612-5947 116

North Brunswick Chiropractic ................................................910-371-1200 53

Brodee Dogs.......................................................................................910-523-5121 119

North Carolina Azalea Festival..............................................910-794-4650 104

Brunswick County Dept. of Social Services......................910-253-2112 24

Novant Health...................................................................................910-754-5988 7

Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity ReStore.....910-338-3648 115

PC Solutions.......................................................................................910-371-5999 14

Brunswick Forest............................................................................910-371-2434 6

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

Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital...............................910-777-2107 114

PODS....................................................................................................910-452-0322 12

C&J Cleaning...................................................................................910-383-0057 96

Port City Java ..................................................................................910-383-2429 72

CAMS.....................................................................................................877-672-2267 116

Port City Outdoors........................................................................910-795-9352 25

Cape Fear Seafood Company.................................................910-399-6739 100

P.T.’s Grille.........................................................................................910-399-6808 59

Capeside Animal Hospital.........................................................910-383-2100 14

Purple Onion.....................................................................................910-755-6071 110

CapTel North Carolina................................................................ 866-545-4012 109

Raymond James Financial Solutions, Inc......................... 910-371-0366 119

Carolinas Oral and Facial Surgery.........................................910-762-2618 120

Rhodes Law Offices, PLLC....................................................... 910-383-3610 65

Charlie Graingers — Leland.....................................................910-399-7722 71

RJB Tax Associates, LLC...........................................................910-338-3001 59

Cherubini Orthodontics............................................................... 910-371-2323 89

Robert G. Merz, CPA, P.C...........................................................910-383-6644 74

Club Pilates — Leland...................................................................910-725-6190 98

Sandalwood Shoppes.................................................................910-408-1800 50

Coastal Insurance...........................................................................910-754-4326 106

Sandpiper Pediatrics...................................................................910-207-0777 92

Coastal Integrative Health......................................................... 910-408-1778 42

Seaglass Salvage......................................................................................................... 110

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage................................. 910-371-1181 15

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Curley Implants & General Dentistry.................................910-463-2267 11

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Custom Home Furniture Galleries......................................910-799-4010 33

Smithfield’s Chicken N Bar-B-Q............................................ 910-371-6900 36

Darby Home Inspection.............................................................. 910-777-3232 65

Splish Splash Dog Wash.............................................................910-399-3426 110

Dead Crow Comedy......................................................................910-399-1492 78

Swell Vision Center......................................................................... 910-408-1116 54

Dentures in a Day............................................................................910-371-9444 53

Sweyer Property Management.............................................910-256-3031 53

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Farm Bureau Insurance.................................................................. 910-371-2111 81

The Winds......................................................................................... 800-334-3581 120

First Bank............................................................................................910-383-3955 22

Tina Lee Massage Therapist & Health Coach.................910-233-5615 104

Four Seasons Dry Cleaners......................................................910-859-8394 102

Town Creek Trading Post....................................................... 678-502-9898 100

Franklin Rouse - State Farm Insurance..............................910-371-5446 98

Tropical Smoothie Café...............................................................910-765-1144 74

Ganey Byrd Dunn Insurance Group.......................................910-371-1988 109

Troy Williamson - On Q Financial..........................................910-262-2613 96

Go Store It............................................................................................ 910-371-2331 106

Trusst Builder Group..................................................................910-371-0304 34

Graceland Portable Buildings of Leland..........................910-344-0484 47

Turf Medic...........................................................................................910-769-2818 92

Harrington Village Apartments.............................................910-408-1644 5

University of North Carolina at Wilmington................ 910-962-3000 9

Holmes Security Systems..........................................................910-793-4181 100

UPS Store............................................................................................ 910-383-1401 72

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries........................................910-371-2707 50

Water Doctor of NC, INC............................................................781-420-5634 68

Intracoastal Realty Corporation............................................910-256-4503 17

Wilmington Health.........................................................................910-371-0404 71

J & K Home Furnishings............................................................ 843-249-1882

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Wilmington Jewish Film Festival...................................................................... 119

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Don’t miss out on the 1st Annual Kids Expo

May 4, 2019 | Belville River Park | 10 am - 1 pm The Kids Expo is the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce's new event geared toward the next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners. The event offers kids ages 8 to 17 an opportunity to create, develop and market a product or service that they are passionate about. It's strictly for kids — adults are not allowed to help sell or market the child's product or service.

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