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Farm Fresh

Walker Farms Produce is satisfying North Brunswick’s need for farmfresh food. PHOTO BY Keith Ketchum

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Life Behind Bars Leland’s nightlife scene gets a boost with the opening of two new watering holes.

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Working Smarter Meet Hwy 55’s Chris LaCoe, presenting sponsor of this year’s CIS Gala.

PHOTO BY Emerald Design Photography

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Designed To Shine Hilary and Jim Brady are finding success with their leap-of-faith jewelry business.

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Business After Hours at Capeside Animal Hospital, Franklin Rouse State Farm Hosts Business After Hours, Business After Hours at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Third Annual Mini Trade Show at 101 Stone Chimney Place, The Friends of Leland Cultural Arts Center Open House

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106 what’s happening

what’s happened

Upcoming events you won’t want to miss

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113 ad index Our directory of advertisers

Keeping up with the local business scene

114 capture the moment A contest for NBM readers. Photo by Frank Herzog

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North Brunswick news you want and need to know.

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What’s up in southern Brunswick County?

44 community Leland’s Art Attack: Jill Brown is the Town of Leland’s first cultural arts manager. By Jason Frye

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Happenings on the Local Scene By Molly Harrison

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Fix and Friend Spay Neuter Clinic opens in Winnabow. By Denice Patterson

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publisher’s note

The Summer of Accomplishments & Non-Accomplishments

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I’m willing to go on record saying that this was of the more fun and successful summers, for me personally, in quite some time. In just three short months, I was able to accomplish a few things I had never done before as well as add to my list of “non-accomplishments.” Let’s have a look: Accomplishment: I successfully stood up and paddled on a stand up paddleboard for the first time ever. See my ever-so-confident picture above (this was before I almost fell into the water). Non-accomplishment: On the same day I bombed a skimboard attempt — and in my dress clothes. Bad idea. Keith Ketchum caught me bombing in mid-air, as you will see above. Accomplishment: I was able to take a four-day vacation to a place I had never been before — Key West, Fla. Non-accomplishment: My wife and I rented bikes to get around the island when we were there. You almost get hit by cars — a lot. And my legs were sore the whole time due to my out-of-shapeness. Accomplishment: I got to play golf for the first time in over two years.

Non-accomplishment: Not staying there long enough to enjoy the peace, quiet and relaxation. Accomplishment: I got North Brunswick Magazine out despite having so much fun this summer. Non-accomplishment: I ran out of time and forgot to get a photo with my daughter, Ava, for the publisher’s note per her request! But with a little scrambling I kept my promise, as you can see from the picture above. Accomplishment: Successfully saw my daughter to her first day of preschool. Non-accomplishment: Couldn’t hold back tears when I dropped her off. But enough about summer. We’ve moved on to fall, and we have some great stories for you in this fall issue of North Brunswick Magazine. You’ll meet Chris LaCoe, a top franchisee with Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, and Jill Brown, the Town of Leland’s first cultural arts manager. We introduce you to two local farms, Walker Farms and Greenlands Farm, and take you to the new Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic in Winnabow. Plus, we head out on the town for a look at nightlife in Leland. Yes, I said nightlife in Leland. I hope you enjoy this issue!

Non-accomplishment: I shot a 200 and lost 30 balls. Accomplishment: I took a day trip to Bald Head Island with my family. If you want to feel like you’re a thousand miles away, this is the place to go, and lucky for us it’s only 20 to 30 minutes away. 16

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Lee Ann Bolton

Account Executive/Photographer

I was raised in the small town of Madison, N.C., and I am truly a country girl at heart! I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I studied hospitality management, business and theater. By way of a career in hotel management, I arrived in Wilmington and fell in love with living at the coast. Wanting to pursue my passion for the arts, I opened my own photography business in 2013. I have a genuine love for meeting new people and hearing their stories. Thanks to Justin, with North Brunswick Magazine I continue to build relationships as an account executive and contributing

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photographer for our magazines. I live in Wilmington with my husband, Jess, and our two rescued dogs, Bailey and Onyx. When not working, we love fishing, boating, going out on the town with friends or traveling to visit family. Her work can be viewed at www.BlueCottonPhoto.com.

Megan Deitz

Photographer

Megan Deitz started her professional photography career in 2003 as a sports photographer traveling up and down the East Coast. While traveling, she fell in love with New York and now splits her time between her hometown, Wilmington, N.C., and NYC. She shoots everything from newborns and families to weddings, but while working in NYC she feel in love with fashion and editorial photography. She has recently started shooting with film again, using vintage film cameras from her collection. She dreams of one day shooting for National Geographic and traveling the world. Her work can be viewed at CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Mike Johnson

Contributing Writer

Mike Johnson is a previous winner of the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open and a two-time winner of the S.C. Fiction Project, but much of his sillier work can be found on his blog, Lunaphyte. He’s published widely, including work in The Asheville Poetry Review and Adventure Cyclist, and is the former editorial

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director of Men, Ink. He lives in Leland with his wife and two children.

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North Brunswick County Numbers & Info‌ New to the area? Get more information and other numbers at TheNBM.com/needtoknow Where is the post office? Leland Ace Hardware (910) 383-6688 117-B Village Rd., Leland, NC 28451 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 How do I get cable, phone or internet access? Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. (910) 754-4311 (phone, cable or internet) AT&T (888) 436-8638 (phone, internet) Time Warner Cable (910) 332-7800 (phone, cable or internet) Where is the nearest grocery store? 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 medical facilities? 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 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 Rite Aid (in Waterford) (910) 383-1098 501 Olde Waterford Way, 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 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 205, 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 How do I get involved in the community or volunteer? (910) 253-2412 www.volunteer.brunsco.net

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Leland Hotel Changes Brands Comfort Suites Magnolia Greens has converted to the Holiday Inn Express Leland-Wilmington Area. The conversion cost a half-million dollars and includes all new bedding, new bathroom amenities, a breakfast bar, new patio and pool furniture, a new lobby, entry planters, an updated fitness room and much more. “We believe the strong national and international brand recognition of Holiday Inn Express will be a good fit for us,” says Barry Eagle, director of operations and finance for Crown Hotel and Travel Management. “Holiday Inn’s IHG Reward Club is the largest in the world, and we think it will create a strong pull of new business for our hotel and the area.” The hotel is located in the golf plantation of Magnolia Greens, close to the Brunswick County beaches and just 5 miles from downtown Wilmington. The hotel features an indoor, saltwater, heated pool with an outdoor patio, a 24-hour fitness center and pet-friendly rooms. It is a 100 percent nonsmoking facility. Holiday Inn Express Leland-Wilmington Area is at 1020 Grandiflora Drive, Leland. Call (910) 383-3300 or (888) 315-2621 for reservations.

Brunswick Forest Seen on the Big Screen “We’re the Millers,” a comedy starring Jennifer Anniston, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts, was a box office hit this summer, and its millions of viewers got to see shots of Brunswick Forest in the film. In the summer of 2012, the cast and crew filmed “We’re the Millers” in the Wilmington area. For the film’s carnival scene, the production crew established a large fair set in Brunswick Forest across from the Lowes Foods supermarket. At least 300 local extras were part of the scene. Area residents were able to watch the stars filming the scenes. The R-rated movie’s storyline focuses on a veteran pot dealer who creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of marijuana into the United States from Mexico. Part of the movie was filmed in Mexico.

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Local Wins Big in HGTV Contest Leland resident Mimi Kronkowski was watching one of her favorite shows, HGTV’s “Love It or List It,” one night in June when an advertisement came on about their new contest called Love It, List It, Watch It, Win It. Apparently, all viewers had to do was watch a new episode and enter the code word and their contact information on the online registration form the next day. Mimi’s husband encouraged her enter, so she did. “Imagine my surprise when I received a call saying they drew my name and I was one of the weekly winners!” says Mimi, who works at North Brunswick Chiropractic. “I really did not believe any of it was true until I saw my name on the official winners list on their website about two weeks after the call. Then, a little over a week later, the check came in the mail.” Mimi ‘s check was for $50,000! And she didn’t have any trouble figuring out how to spend it. “I decided to take a good part of the money and pay for my sister-in-law’s family to go on vacation with us over Thanksgiving. My husband’s brother passed away last year and they have had a rough year, so I wanted to treat them all to a nice family vacation,” says Mimi. “I also paid off my son’s car loan since he was paying 29 percent interest on it, and we are getting a generator for the house.” That took up about half the winnings, and Mimi is saving the rest for taxes. “Hopefully we won’t have to pay the full 50 percent to Uncle Sam,” Mimi says, “but I figure we should set aside that much just to be on the safe side.”

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Brunswick Forest Residents Seek Lower Speed Limit on Highway 17 For years, Brunswick or Forest has asked the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to lower the speed limit along U.S. 17 near the entrance to their subdivision from 55 mph to 45 mph. “The problem comes down to residents having difficulty pulling out onto U.S. 17 and accidents blocking the entrance to the homes and businesses,” says Jon Tait, Leland town councilman and resident of Brunswick Forest. But NCDOT traffic engineers believe that a 45 mph speed limit is too low, saying their studies of speed, existing road conditions, crashes and road geometry do not support a lower limit. Instead, NCDOT has placed a yellow speed 24

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advisory sign of 45 mph on the existing flashing warning signal of the northbound approach of U.S. 17 just before the Brunswick Forest subdivision. Tait says that NCDOT’s response also stated that it won’t make any difference what the speed limit is on that stretch of U.S. 17 without some sort of enforcement from the Town of Leland. But the town’s police force is not large enough to devote constant man hours toward speed enforcement, though Lt. Joseph Pierce of Leland Police Department says officers are keeping an eye the high crash areas and are working to ensure that people are safe. Tait says that he expects the speed limit will be lowered as both sides of

U.S. 17 are built up over time and that the I-140 connector should alleviate some of the traffic coming through Leland on U.S. 17 when that project is completed several years down the road. In the meantime there is another option. “Although it is not a popular option among Brunswick Forest residents … one solution to this dangerous outcome would be to increase the speed at which the Brunswick Forest/Mallory Creek connector is completed,” says Tait. “That new connection would give residents another way in and out of the neighborhood that’s not on Highway 17.”


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No Sleeves Magic Camp a Summer Success

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Leland Area Rotary Distributes Food to Families in Need On Saturday, August 24 members of the Leland Area Rotary Club and their family members and friends assisted Manna Ministries with their monthly food distribution. The Rotarians and other volunteers served more than 100 families in the Leland area with canned goods, meat and other staples. Manna Ministries is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to serving food-poor families in the area. Visit www.MannaLeland.org for more information.

No Sleeves Magic Camp, voted best day camp by Wilmington Parent Magazine for the past three years, finished up a successful summer camp in June. From June 17 to 21, campers learned how to perform impressive illusions while learning about math, science and creativity. Field trips and guest magicians added to the fun and educational experience. Founded as a Christian-based organization, No Sleeves Magic Camp also incorporates biblical virtues and lessons through stories and activities. To learn more about No Sleeves Magic Camp visit www.nosleevesmagic.com or call (910) 200-5300.

The Leland Area Rotary Club, a local chapter of Rotary International, promotes goodwill and community involvement in northern Brunswick County.  For more information about the Leland Area Rotary Club, visit www.LelandAreaRotary.com or contact club president Clyde Queen at (910) 909-1111.

First Bank Customer Appreciation Day First Bank, located at 10 Waterford Business Center Way in Leland, held a Customer Appreciation Day on the afternoon of June 14. A local blood dive sponsored by the American Red Cross was held in conjunction with the event. Area residents came out to enjoy prizes, food and fun while giving the gift of life-saving blood.

Furever Friends Sponsors Bowling Tournament Furever Friends Animal Rescue of Brunswick County sponsored the “SPARE ME!” Crazy Bowling Tournament on August 12 at Thunder Alley in Leland. Local pet-related businesses were invited to choose teams and compete for prizes while raising funds to support animal rescue efforts in the community. The games consisted of fun and unique themes with accompanying music. Attendees were encouraged to bring noisemakers, pom-poms and anything to help their team stand out. Furever Friends Animal Rescue is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the medical and rehabilitation needs of abandoned animals then placing them in loving permanent homes. Visit www.FureverFriendsAnimalResuce.org for more information.

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Leland Area Rotary Hosts Uniform Drive The Leland Area Rotary Club recently hosted a uniform drive to benefit Lincoln Elementary School. Rotarians helped collect several hundred pieces of clothing, including new socks and underwear. Donations are still being accepted for new or used solid color polo shirts and navy or khaki bottoms. Those who would like to donate can drop them by Josh London’s State Farm office in Brunswick Forest. To learn more about Leland Area Rotary Club, please visit www.LelandAreaRotary.com or feel free to attend one of their weekly meetings, held every Thursday morning at 7:30 am at the Magnolia Green clubhouse in Leland. Pictured: Mrs. Hall of Lincoln Elementary, who picked up the donated uniforms from Leland Area Rotary Club. Fall 2013

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North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Announces Award Winners & Board Members The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce congratulated award recipients and welcomed new board members at its 2013 Annual Meeting on June 26.

Leland Goes Smoke-Free As of July 1, all Leland Town Property is designated smokefree. This includes the town’s parks and playgrounds, office buildings and other public spaces owned and maintained by the Town of Leland. The town asks its residents for their cooperation in helping keep the community’s health in mind while reducing the amount of litter from cigarette butts.

Awards Recipients Ambassador of the Year: Leacy Sauer of Holiday Inn Express – Leland, Leland Humanitarian of the Year: Paul Ford of PF Catering, Leland Door of Opportunity: Joan and Mick Loch of Crescent Moon, Wilmington Non-Profit of the Year: Jeanette Serens for The Brunswick Arts Council, Ocean Isle Beach Audrey Award: Sheila Hanby of Capeside Animal Hospital, Leland

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Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS) proudly announces the addition of three new members to the board of directors. Mark R. Bachara, of Bachara Law, PC on Oak Island, enjoys volunteering his time with Peer Court at South Brunswick Middle School. Joyce M. Beatty, Brunswick County Schools (BCS) Executive Director of Student Services, earned the title of BCS Principal of the Year for 2006-07. Kristy Kopp is the owner of Koppatan in Boiling Spring Lakes and serves as a community volunteer. CIS would like to welcome and congratulate them for their new positions in the community. Pictured from left: Kristy Kopp, Joyce M. Beatty and Mark R. Bachara.

New Board Members Terri Andress, Vice President - North Brunswick Financial Alliance Christina Consalvo, Secretary - Al Fulford HVAC Susan Cruse, President - Vantage South Bank Emily Flax, Board - Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Kimberly Wiggs Gamlin, Board - Brunswick Community College Todd Godbey, Board - Nancy Hall Publications Heather Holbrook, Board - Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation Brian Joyce, Board - ATMC Wireless Gina Marshburn, Board - BB&T Brunswick Forest George Murray, Board - Murray Art & Frame Vann Pearsall, Board - North Carolina Coastal Land Trust Scott Reeves, Board - Azalea Plaza Estates James Shoemaker, Ex Officio - Cape Fear Merchant Solutions Shelbourn Stevens, Board - Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Michelle Wall, Treasurer - Corning Federal Credit Union For more information on the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, visit www.NBChamberOfCommerce.com or call (910) 383-0553.

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Leland Area Rotary Club Welcomes New Member Leland Area Rotary Club (LARC) welcomes Brian Joyce as one of its newest members. Brian was inducted at LARC’s July 18 meeting. Brian is a business sales specialist with ATMC Wireless and lives in Leland with his wife, Lynn. Meetings are held weekly and are open to all visitors. Visit www.lelandarearotary.com for more information on Leland Area Rotary Club and to learn about becoming a member. Pictured from left: Club Membership Chair Anne Sedler; Brian Joyce; Lynn Flowers Joyce; and Club Programs Chair Frank Williams, who sponsored Brian as a new member.


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North Brunswick Newcomers Club Announces New Officers The North Brunswick Newcomers Club (NBNC) recently installed its club officers for the 2013-2014 year. The club would like to congratulate the new officers and invite new residents of the area to come learn more about their organization. NBNC is a social organization established to help members become familiar with the area, its culture, history and lifestyles. The club is open to adults residing in Brunswick County. NBNC meets the second Friday of each month beginning September 13 at 9:30 am. Meetings are held at Brunswick Community College, Leland Campus, 2050 Enterprise Blvd. in Leland. Refreshments and social time begins at 9:30 am followed by a program and the general meeting at 10 am. For more information, contact Pat Thompson, club president at RRThompson@ec.rr.com or visit info@capefeargardenclub.org to learn more about the club’s activities. Seated from left: Pat Thompson, president; Susan Mahoney, vice president programs. Second row from left: Peggy Verlangeri, treasurer; Vita Seely and Paula McFarland, hospitality cochairs; Barbara Rydell and Cris Allen, co-chairs publicity; Casey Finn, secretary; Pat Smith, newsletter. Third row: Don Ullam, activities. Not pictured is Susan Raia, membership.

The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, was proud to partner with the Friends of Brunswick Country Treatment Courts to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, August 3, at the Applebee’s restaurant at 1113 Newpoint Blvd. in Leland. Those in attendance enjoyed a delicious breakfast of short stack pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. All proceeds raised went to help continue the Brunswick County Treatment Courts, which serve the community by monitoring and supporting offenders with mental illness and/or substance dependence. “With help from the Brunswick County Treatment Courts, offenders are less likely to reenter the criminal justice system,” said Michael Olander, President and CEO of the Apple Gold Group. Applebee’s is proud to partner with local nonprofit organizations as a way to raise money for their cause. From ticket sales to event-day staff, the breakfasts are managed by the nonprofit organization with the assistance of Applebee’s employee volunteers. Breakfasts can be held on Saturday or Sunday morning, and cost the organization around $2 a meal. The Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraisers represent the restaurant chain’s efforts to remain active within its local neighborhood. Please visit www.AGGRestaurants.com to request a Flapjack Fundraiser to benefit your nonprofit organization.

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Amari Poindexter, 10, recently presented Furever Friends Animal Rescue (FFAR) of Brunswick County with more than $100 in donations. Amari made her donation at Capeside Animal Hospital, where Dr. Sheila Hanby, Phyllis Filgate (FFAR chair), Kim Sherwood (FFAR board member), Chris Gillis (FFAR volunteer) and Ilene Breckel (FFAR vice chair / secretary) were present to receive the donation. Amari moved to Leland at the end of March 2013. After attending FFAR’s May Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s, Amari decided she wanted to help the sick, abandoned and homeless animals here in our area. She decided to make rainbow loom and paracord bracelets, perler bead designs, necklaces, rings and earrings and donate the entire proceeds to FFAR. Furever Friends is so grateful for her efforts to help their animals.

Rotary District 7730 Governor Andy Chused was the featured speaker at the Leland Area Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Since 2010, the Leland Area Rotary Club has been serving the local area while building strong, ethical, professional business leaders and community bonds in northern Brunswick County. LARC is a chapter of Rotary International, an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Visit www. lelandarearotary.com to learn more about Leland Area Rotary Club. Pictured from left: President-Elect Michael Braddock; President Clyde Queen; District Governor Andy Chused; Past President George Murray; Past President Frank Williams.

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Early Bird Speed Networking The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce recently held its monthly Early Bird Speed Networking event at Eddie Romanelli’s at 503 Olde Waterford Way in Leland. The event took place on July 3 and began with a free breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by speed networking from 7:50 to 8:50 am. Chamber members attended for free, while other members of the business community could attend for $5. Each month, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts the Early Bird Speed Networking event to help foster connections within the business community. To learn more, visit www.NBChamberOfCommerce.com or call (910) 383-0553. Contributed Photo

Chairman of the Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Addresses LARC Frank Glossl, chairman of the Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA was the featured speaker at the Leland Area Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, August 29. The Leland Area Rotary meets on Thursdays at 7:30 am at the Magnolia Greens clubhouse meeting room, 1800 Linkwood Drive in Leland. Visiting Rotarians and invited guests are always welcome. Please visit the Leland Area Rotary Club website at www.LelandAreaRotary.com for details on the club and membership requirements. Pictured from left: Clyde Queen, LARC president; Frank Glossl, chairman of Friends of the Battleship NC; Heather Loftin, promotions director for the battleship; and Frank Williams, LARC past president and current programs chair.

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Local Publisher Addresses Leland Area Rotary Rob Kaiser, publisher of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, was welcomed as the featured speaker at the July 18 meeting of the Leland Area Rotary Club. The Leland Area Rotary Club was chartered in early 2010 and serves northern Brunswick County. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. Visit http://www.lelandarearotary.com for more information about the Leland Area Rotary Club. Pictured from left: Leland Area Rotary Club president Clyde Queen; Rob Kaiser; and Leland Area Rotary Club programs chair and past president Frank Williams. 30

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James E. Moore Ribbon Cutting The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting ceremony for James E. Moore Insurance Agency on July 23. The celebration welcomed James E. Moore Insurance Agency to the chamber family and was held at the company’s location at 1508 Military Cutoff Road, #104 in Wilmington. Founded in 1954, the James E. Moore Insurance Agency has dedicated itself to providing affordable comprehensive insurance coverage for the residents of North Carolina. For more information, visit www.jamesmoore.com or call (910) 256-7844.


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Strategic Behavioral Center Holds Open House and Ribbon Cutting Strategic Behavioral Center recently held an open house at its newly expanded facility in Brunswick County. On August 1, Strategic Behavioral Center opened its doors to the public, offering tours of its new, 10,000-square-foot wing, featuring 20 acute psychiatric inpatient beds for males and females ages 5 to 17. According to community liaison Janet Janoski, the facility expansion was done to relieve the un-met needs of acute psychiatric inpatient programs in the state. For more information, visit www.sbcwilmington.com or call toll free (855) 537-2262 to reach someone in their adolescent facility in Leland.

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Ribbon Cutting for Ganey, Byrd & Dunn Insurance Group North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting celebration for Ganey, Byrd & Dunn Insurance Group at their new office in Cross Creek Commons in Leland. Ganey, Byrd & Dunn is a multiple-line insurance agency offering coverage for personal, business, auto, health and life insurance needs.

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Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy Speaks to Leland Area Rotary Club Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy was the featured speaker at the Leland Area Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, August 1. Pictured from left: President Clyde Queen; Past President and current Sergeant at Arms George Murray; and Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy. 32

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P.T.’s Grille at Magnolia Greens Celebrates 5 Years in Business P.T.’s Grille celebrated five years in business on July Fourth with music, kids’ games, horseshoes and cornhole. Guests enjoyed the music of Tony Ward and Dave Vaughn. Throughout the year, all P.T.’s Grille locations have held a fund-raiser in which they donate a percentage of their sales to an organization in need. So far this year P.T.’s Grille locations have donated funds to Oklahoma Tornado victims and the Leland location has donated to Belville and Town Creek elementary schools as well. P.T.’s has five locations in Wilmington and one in Leland.


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Farm Fresh Walker Farms Produce on River Road in Belville is satisfying North Brunswick’s need for fresh, local produce, eggs and meats. S T OR Y B Y

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linger over large bins of brightly colored vegetables and shuck corn by a stand at Walker Farms Produce in Belville on a rainy weekday afternoon. The store has only been open a few weeks but is already doing brisk business. Owners Heather and Matthew Walker opened the store at 50 River Road, adjacent to the Belville ABC Store, on August 2. The Walkers are third-generation farmers, continuing a tradition started by Matthew’s grandfather, Bill Walker Sr., who grew tobacco. About ten years ago, when faced with the decline in demand for the tobacco crop, the family members decided to try their hand at growing produce and turned out to be very successful. Heather and Matthew reside on the 120-acre farm in Franklinville, N.C., along with their infant son, Lane, who they say is a future fourth-generation farmer. In addition to the Belville store, Walker Farms Produce also sells at the Piedmont Farmer’s Market and the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh. The Walkers chose to open a location in Brunswick County because they have family in the area. They originally opened a produce stand in Winnabow in April of this year, but when the Belville location became available they moved, a decision that, so far, has proven to be successful. They have seen much more business in the past few weeks than they ever did at the Winnabow stand. Every Wednesday the Walkers harvest the week’s crops and load them onto a truck to be delivered to the store. Their goal is to keep stocking the store with what is in season and fresh. At this writing the selection includes

several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, including Cherokee Purple, German Pink and Mr. Stripey, and a wide selection of peppers, including sweet and hot varieties, and the very unique Ivory Bell Pepper, which is thin-skinned and sweet. The Walkers frequently win blue ribbons at the State Fair for their produce and are proud of their wide selection and heirloom varieties. “We grow 12 to 13 different kinds of squash,” Heather says. She points out a Bush Baby squash, which she says has a firmer texture than yellow squash or zucchini, making it great for grilling. The store also sells the pretty, two-toned Zephyr squash, which is a cross between an acorn squash and a summer yellow squash and has a mild, nutty flavor. In addition to all of the different kinds of peppers, tomatoes and squash, the store offers potatoes, onions, corn, peaches, nectarines, apples, cantaloupes, watermelons, kiwis, mangos, figs and several varieties of eggplant and cucumbers. Almost all of the produce is grown on 30 to 40 acres on the family farm or on nearby North Carolina farms, with the exception of the tropical fruits, which Heather says they added to the store due to customer demand. The store also has some jams, jellies canned items and ciders for sale,

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all made with Walker Farms fruits and vegetables and prepared specifically for the Walkers by Divine Foods. Because everything is picked within a day or two of being delivered to the store, Heather assures her customers that the produce they are buying is extremely fresh. In addition, the Walkers do not have a chemical license and use minimal pesticides on their fruits and vegetables. The crops that are grown in the farm’s greenhouse are not treated with anything at all. They also do not grow any genetically modified fruits or vegetables. One particular offering that is unique not only to the store, but also to the surrounding area, is the bison meat. The Walkers keep a herd of about 20 bison, feeding them primarily grass and produce from their own farm. Heather explains that bison meat is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef and also leaner.

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“You don’t have to feel guilty about eating a bison burger,” she says. The bison meat is available in almost all of the same cuts as beef and can be found in a large freezer at the store. All of the Walkers’ livestock, which includes cows and pigs in addition to the bison, are able to free roam and graze in their pastures and are vaccine, hormone and steroid-free. The Walkers keep about 200 laying hens for fresh eggs, which they sell at the store in various sizes. The hens also are allowed free range of their enclosures. The Walkers plan on keeping the store open year-round and will offer the winter vegetable varieties that they grow in their large greenhouse at the farm. Heather says they plan on growing kale, beets, radishes, spinach, cabbage, broccoli and three varieties of cauliflower: purple, yellow, and white. As an

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additional offering in the fall, the Walkers are considering selling Christmas trees, turning the patio into a pumpkin patch and using it as a small nursery in the spring and summer, selling herbs and hanging plants. If the level of customer interest in the store so far is any indication, it seems that the Walkers may have found the right business for the River Road location, which has seen several different businesses come and go over the past few years. With increasing consumer awareness in the benefits of farm-to-table dining, it is no surprise that customers are eager to purchase fresh produce directly from the farmer. The Walker family’s pride in their work is evident as they unpack some beautiful heirloom tomatoes to display. “It is hard work,” Heather says, “but we enjoy it. We get to eat very healthy and the communities do too, and that’s very rewarding.” n

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Leland’s Art Attack Jill Brown, the Town of Leland’s first Cultural Arts Manager, is planning a host of activities for the new Cultural Arts Center. story by Jason Frye

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“I’m excited,” says Brown. “I have the challenge of building a new arts program from the ground up in a community that told their leaders, ‘Hey, culture and the arts, they’re important to us,’ and the leaders listened.” Brown will be building her program at the new Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way. The new facility has a sizable auditorium, a dance studio, pottery and painting


studios, a wood shop and a classroom. That’s plenty of room for community members to create and exhibit art as well as perform plays and recitals. “I don’t want to start small,” she says. “I want to open the doors to our new facility with a pretty full slate of classes and activities.” Doing so will be a bit of a challenge for Brown. Not because she lacks experience, she’s got plenty of that — five years as the director of the Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh, manager of the Durham Arts Council’s art school and facility, and faculty member at Bowling Green State University — but because the community and its needs are new to her. That means a fair amount of her time, at first anyway, will be spent talking with community members about what they want and what they need and then lining up qualified instructors to lead classes. “For this thing to succeed, the Cultural Arts Center has to serve the community,” she says. “That means

working in tandem to meet as many needs as possible, and by that I mean serving our adult, teen, youth and preschool citizens.” In her varied tenures as a professional art instructor and program director, Brown has designed and taught courses providing arts education and outreach for each of these constituencies and believes that Leland’s vibrant and still-expanding (albeit more slowly than in the past) population is ripe and ready for an artistic outlet. “I started as a middle school art teacher,” Brown says, “and when I came in, I worked in photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture: I had to learn them and begin doing them myself, so I did. And I found that I liked them all quite well.” When she moved away from middle school teaching to join the faculty at Bowling Green State University as an art instructor working with future teachers, she stressed the need for proficiency, practice and enjoyment of

working in several artistic disciplines. But it wasn’t until she left her native state of Ohio to work for the Durham Arts Council that she realized the breadth of her statement. To her, several mediums meant her love of photography, and then drawing with pen, pencil, charcoal and pastel; oil, acrylic and watercolor painting; and pottery and sculpture. She’s always offered programs in those mediums. She has a strong grasp on the visual arts as well. Here in Leland, the importance of the performing arts is not lost on her, and it takes, pun intended, center stage at the Community Arts Center. “Once I embraced the performing arts, I found that I loved it just as much as every other artistic outlet I’ve encountered,” Brown says. “We have a beautiful auditorium and dance rehearsal space at the Arts Center, and I hope folks there are as excited to use them as I am.” The sizable auditorium, which has more than 250 seats,

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Above: The new Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way will be a vibrant hub for the arts in Leland and Brunswick County.

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facilities found around town. With successful outdoor programming already in place in communities like Brunswick Forest, she sees opportunities to collaborate with outside groups and offer programs like kayaking photo safaris to uncover inspiration in nature. “The culture here, it’s invigorating, especially for such a small area,” Brown says. “You have the university, retirees, beaches, rivers and a truly eclectic mix of interests, backgrounds and artistic tastes. All of that will come together to make for a lively arts scene. Add to all this the fact that the Town of Leland, the leaders here, are behind it, and you have a real chance at success here.” The Town of Leland Cultural Arts Center will offer a variety of classes for adults, teens and kids, from painting, drawing, woodworking, pottery, acting and dancing to literary arts like writing groups and classes. Slated to open in the fall of 2013, the center will have a full menu of classes available from the start. Check the Cultural Arts Center’s website: www.townofleland.com/recreation-cultural-arts-center and calendar page for more information on opening dates and upcoming classes and events. n


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Leland under the Lights Car Show The 10th annual Leland under the Lights car show was held Saturday, August 24 at Lowes Foods in Brunswick Forest. Organized by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, this popular event featured stunning automobiles, live entertainment, and fun and games for the whole family. Photography by Blue Cotton Photography

Brunswick Brawl MTB Endurance Race Cape Fear SORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Association) will host the third annual Brunswick Brawl Mountain Bike Endurance Race on Saturday, October 12 at Brunswick Nature Park in Leland. The 9-mile, single-track course offers 6-hour, 3-hour or 1-hour options, and there will be cash payouts for the winners. Race times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is available until the day before the race. Proceeds will be used to maintain and build mountain bike trails in Brunswick County and to promote off-road recreational opportunities in the surrounding region.

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PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP Triathlon On October 26, Wilmington will host more than 2,000 triathletes representing nearly all 50 states and many countries at the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon. The largest triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic region, this event is rated as one of the top five triathlons in the world by readers of Triathlete magazine as well as one of the top 20 triathlons in the world by Men’s Health magazine. Athletes like the PPD Beach2Battleship for its fast swim in the ICW in Wrightsville Beach, flat sweeping ride and festive finish in downtown Wilmington. The Beach2Battleship offers full and half distances. The full includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run, while the half is 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. Awards are given to the top five male and female finishers. PPD Beach2Battleship is produced by Set Up Events, one of the largest triathlon production companies in the United States, with more than 150 events produced in eight states annually. R.A. Jeffries is the official beer sponsor and will be serving Michelob Ultra and Natty Greene varities. Now in its sixth year, the triathlon is sponsored by PPD, a global contract research organization headquartered in Wilmington. PPD sponsors the event to raise awareness about the importance of participating in clinical trials and their crucial role in developing tomorrow’s life-changing medicines for patients in need. Funds raised benefit the 54

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Wilmington Family YMCA, supporting programs in the local community. Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Volunteers can sign up on the event website.

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uanita Winner suffered from painful ankle arthritis. Her condition was due to age related degenerative changes in her ankle, although other conditions may also cause arthritis to occur. Mrs. Winners pain was disabling, as her pain would only allow walking for short distance and times. She continued to experience pain despite conservative measures such as antiinflammatory medications, activity modifications, bracing, and heating pads. She even used medications at night to help her sleep. After years of frustration, her Rheumatologist referred her to Albert W. Marr MD, an Orthopedic Surgeon with OrthoWilmington. He recommended a STAR Total Ankle replacement.

echoed by a statement issued by the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). This US based organization of orthopedic surgeons stated that “Total ankle replacement surgery is a safe and effective treatment option for select patients with ankle arthritis.” With the support of the AOFAS and

In 2009, after a clinical trial that began in 2001, the STAR ankle was approved by the FDA for ankle replacements. The STAR Ankle is the only FDA approved total ankle with a mobile bearing – a mobile bearing more closely imitates the function of a natural ankle – providing a return to near-normal mobility. While used in Europe for over

20 years, the implant builds on the success of over 25,000 uses worldwide. Over 600 US surgeons have now trained on implantation and the appropriate patients for the new device, and have begun using it. After her ankle replacement surgery, Mrs. Winner received a cast, and began a recovery process. She had virtually no pain, but needed to keep her leg elevated for a few weeks in order to reduce the swelling in her foot. After her incision site had healed she began physical therapy and was weight bearing as tolerated by 6 weeks after surgery. Within 6 weeks of physical therapy, she regained mobility and flexibility in her ankle. A year and a half after the procedure, she described her ankle as being ‘100% better’, and ‘back to normal’. At 70, she is able to ride her tricycle almost every day, and does water aerobics 3 times a week. She recommends others with painful ankle arthritis to see Dr. Marr to determine whether they are a candidate for ankle replacement surgery.

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Dancing with the Brunswick Stars 2013 a Big Success On April 9 the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Foundation hosted its 5th annual Dancing with the Brunswick Stars (DWBS) scholarship fund-raising event, and the rewards paid off big time for student scholarships at BCC. This year’s event raised more than $146, 000 for scholarships! Every year the community enthusiastically supports this cause by attending the always-sold-out event and also by voting for their favorite dancers online and on the night of the performances. “This was the fifth edition of Dancing with the Brunswick Stars and everyone in the community contributed to making this event a success,” said Terry Mohr, executive director of the Foundation of BCC. “We had a wonderful committee of volunteers, led by Linda Lynes, and a group of dedicated dancers who gave of their time and energy to entertain and raise money for student scholarships.” “We are always grateful for the participation of our wonderful dancers within the community and of course the dance professionals who give so much, too, to make this event a success,” added Susanne Adams, president of BCC. “My husband, Tom, participated this year so I can attest to the amount of dedication required by all the dancers and professionals who support this worthy cause.”

Cindy Hewett and her professional dance partner Juan Gonzalez were the overall 2013 winners. The dance team of Tom Adams and Debra Hughes were Runners Up. The Most Entertaining category was won by Randy Aldridge and Jessica Baltos. The Runners Up were Arthur Mallory and Sara Misiti Clemmons. The Best Performance category was won by Sue MacCallum and Brad White. The Runners Up were Lydia Chandler and Phillip McGee. For additional information about the BCC Foundation or to donate to student scholarships, contact the BCC Foundation office at (910) 755-8517. Photography by Time 2 Remember

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Carolina Farmin’ Port City RibFest The inaugural event, held August 9 through 11, was an overwhelming success, with so many more people than expected in attendance that the organizers ended up turning people away. Maybe it was the beautiful setting adjacent to the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship on the banks of the Cape Fear River. Or maybe it was the 15+ live bands over the course of three days. Or maybe it was the ribs and barbecue cooked by barbecue teams from all across the country — famous “ribbers” and “pitmasters” who’ve been featured on many cooking TV shows. Whatever it was that drew them to the three-day festival, it all added up to good times and full bellies for somewhere in the ballpark of 17,000 people on one of the hottest weekends of the year. The event was the perfect fit for sponsor Carolina Farmin’, which strives to revive the agricultural heritage of the Carolinas by selling locally grown and produced farm-fresh foods. Festival goers enjoyed pork and beef ribs, beef brisket, chopped pork, chicken and sausage along with sides, desserts and plenty of icy cold beverages. Cook-off Competition winners were: 58

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Leland Names First Cultural Arts Manager After a nationwide search that yielded hundreds of applications, the Town of Leland has selected Jill M. Brown to lead the development of the Leland Cultural Arts Center. Brown is a highly accomplished professional who served as director of the City of Raleigh’s Sertoma Arts Center, one of two city arts centers, since 2008. Prior to that, she managed the Durham Arts Council’s art school/facility. Brown has a passion for arts education and served on the faculty of Bowling Green State University, preparing future art teachers for the classroom. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University and a Master of Arts education degree from the University of Toledo. The public was invited to meet Brown at an open house event sponsored by the Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center in August at the Leland Best Western Plus. In addition to meeting Brown, the public also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while learning the latest information on the development of the arts center. See more from this event in faces and places on page 105. n Photography by Blue Cotton Photography

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Above: Jill Brown, left, speaks with Leland residents at the open house event.


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Life Behind Bars Leland’s nightlife gets a boost with the opening of two new watering holes. S T OR Y B Y

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Above: David Murray is the owner of Billy Goats II, a Leland offshoot of Billy Goats in Wilmington.

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of northern Brunswick County, no true watering holes have made much impact here. That is about to change with the recent opening of two Leland bars, Billy Goats II and Halftime Sports Bar. Here’s a pertinent biographical revelation as we belly up to the bar: As of press time, I have been on the wagon for over a year. So why would a teetotaler write a profile on local bars? Because I’ve spent a lot of my adult life in bars and no one loves a bar more than I do. Ice hitting a glass is like music, and the smell of stale beer stirs me like a pheromone. Meeting a stranger on a nearby bar stool and letting the random conversation compete with sports chatter on an overhead TV is a near magical encounter. But a bar must have multiple layers in order to court and entertain anyone who walks in the door, not just the person in search of a drink. Atmosphere, activities and diversions,

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likability, convenience and decent prices in an inviting and social context are as important as the cold beverage that is set before you. And as a proud Lelander, driving over the bridge into Wilmington just to feel the unique energy of a busy bar is a waste of time and gas and a misappropriation of funds. As we all know, bridge traffic runs both ways, and there are countless people making a mark in Brunswick County after experiencing success across the river. David Murray, 47, has owned and operated Billy Goats in Wilmington (6324 Market Street) for six years, so he’s no stranger to the fickle bar business. This past May he bought a property at 8951 Ocean Highway, extensively remodeled and reopened the doors in June as Billy Goats II. Surely the differentiator for Billy Goats II is its location. Sitting just off of the southbound lanes of Highway 17, there are no surrounding businesses, and a nice buffer of woods separates the bar from the closest residential area. There’s ample parking, outside benches and cornhole, and plans are underway to put in horseshoe pits, a tiki bar and twin volleyball courts. To further refine his curb appeal, Murray has more plans. “We’re gonna put palm trees out front and build an awning,” Murray says. “And we want to build a deck around with rocking chairs to make the whole place more inviting.” While the white unadorned building itself has character, upgrades and a new look will serve it well. For as far back as I can remember, stopping at that location seemed out of the question. My own immature assumptions and natural timidity did not pair favorably with a parking lot full of motorcycles, so I simply drove past. Although Billy Goats II is saddled with the unfair stigma of being a former biker bar, Murray takes it in stride. “A lot of bikers are teachers, principals, lawyers and doctors, and they’re good people, but bikers are a small percentage of our clientele, maybe five percent,” he says. “We do have bikers that follow Billy Goats because we do a lot of charity events, but people have to realize it isn’t what it used to be.” The community connection is clearly a big motivator for David Murray. Though he grew up in Chicago, his family history runs deep in Brunswick County. As a business owner, he’s organized a number of fund-raisers that have helped collect money for sick children, cancer victims and unexpected funeral costs. “The first day Billy Goats II opened, we raised $15,500 to benefit a local firefighter with leukemia,” Murray says. “I’ve always used Billy Goats in Wilmington to reach out to the community, and I plan on doing the same thing here.”


Billy Goats II operates as a private club so membership is required (it’s only $1). A guest will find a variety of activities, including open mic, karaoke, trivia, live music on the weekends, video games, a pool table and the NFL Sunday Ticket. Murray also has plans to offer a variety of golf packages, promotions and giveaways in the coming months. Like Billy Goats II, Halftime Sports Bar is still in a transition period. Like ghosts that tell the stories of bygone days, pizza ovens sit in shadow behind the far end of the bar. They are out of the way and will eventually go, but seeing them reminds me that this location in Cross Creek Commons recently housed a pizza place that never got my order right. Not even once. But change is a constant force, and Halftime Sports Bar is surely a change for the better. Owner Charlie Almond, 33, has created a lively environment that matches the surrounding bustle of the plaza in front of Walmart.

While Halftime is an achievement as a sports bar — with 16 beers on tap and enough games, blinking screens and pool tables to entertain even the most attention-challenged among us — it is also a fine place to eat. Their menu features so many appetizers, burgers, Phillies, wraps and crispy chicken wings that I could eat here every day if my doctor allowed it. Once the pizza ovens are moved out and further enhancements are made to the kitchen, the menu will see the addition of four to five specialty burgers, more wraps and other options. To Almond, having not only available but also exceptional food is part of a winning combination. He says, “You lose a lot of late-night business when you don’t serve food. People want to eat and say they’ll come back after dinner but most of the time they don’t come back. Having good food draws people in and some will have a few drinks, and people that are coming to drink will want something to eat. It’s kind of like a casino in Las Vegas — you never have to leave.”

Belly up to the Bar Billy Goats II 8951 Ocean Highway, Leland (910) 371-9007 facebook.com/billy.goatsii

Halftime Sports Bar 1107 New Pointe Boulevard, Leland (910) 859-7188 facebook.com/HalftimeSportsBarLeland

Charlie McGrooders 117 Village Road, Leland (910) 399-7924 facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Macgrooders/174158732618898

Applebee’s 1113 New Pointe Boulevard, Leland (910) 371-6315 facebook.com/ApplebeesLeland

Eddie Romanelli’s at Waterford 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland (910) 383-1885 facebook.com/pages/Eddie-Romanellis/123721456010

The Magnolia Grill and JJ’s Patio Bar in Magnolia Greens 1800 Linkwood Circle, Leland (910) 383-0999 facebook.com/magnoliagreens

The Forest Restaurant at Cape Fear National Golf Course in Brunswick Forest 1281 Cape Fear National Drive (910) 383-3283 facebook.com/CapeFearNational

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From top: Halftime Sports Bar in Cross Creek Commons; Billy Goats II; cold draft beer and football season go hand-inhand at Halftime.

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Almond, who currently lives in Winnabow and is a lifelong Brunswick County resident, has applied lessons learned from previous endeavors to shape his current venture. He opened his first bar in Sunset Harbor and ran Spectators sports bar in Southport for more than two years. Halftime resided off of Highway 133 near the intersection with Highways 74/76 for a year before landing at its current location. At the old spot, they had a chance to build clientele and see that Leland was indeed fertile ground. Like Billy Goats II, Halftime Sports Bar opened in June and anticipates continued growth as football season rolls out. Even if you aren’t a sports nut, there are plenty of alternative entertainment activities. Open mic, live music, trivia and monthly comedy nights are on the schedule, and that variety is leading to increased numbers. “Every day we’re seeing new people,” Almond offers. Whether you’re a drinker or not, it’s worth your while to check out both of these establishments. And if you do drink and need a ride home, both clubs have transportation shuttles available to get you home safely — perhaps the most welcome way to give back to this community. After three years of living in Leland, I know all of our local watering holes. So visit these places and get to know your neighbors. Head into the belly of Brunswick Forest and Magnolia Greens to visit their fine clubhouse grills. Drop into Charlie Macgrooders and see what’s happening. Pay a visit to Applebee’s and Eddie Romanelli’s and thank them for being here. Have a margarita at each of our fine Mexican restaurants, toss back a cold one at P.T.’s, and let them know how much you appreciate the variety they’re bringing to the table. n


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Fix A Friend A new spay-neuter clinic in Winnabow is tackling the overwhelming problem of animal over-population. story by Denice Patterson

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the grand opening of the Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic in Winnabow, Jill Jones and Sherry Gloer took yet another step toward fulfilling their lifelong dream of reducing euthanasia rates of unwanted animals. They have always known that prevention is the key. As the treasurer and president of Adopt an Angel, they have seen firsthand the desperate need to reduce the number of cats and dogs that are euthanized in the area.

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The numbers are astounding — since 2004 at least 55,000 animals have been euthanized in the three-county region. “That is a conservative estimate, the true figure is probably much greater,” says Jones. Adopt an Angel is a nonprofit animal rescue that has operated in the area for nearly a decade. The idea of the Fix A Friend clinic was inspired by a business model designed by the nationally recognized Humane Alliance in Asheville, N.C. In December 2012, Adopt an Angel was accepted into the Humane Alliance Mentorship Program and became a part of the National Spay Neuter Response Team. After nearly 16 months of planning and preparation, the Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic opened in August 2013, thanks in part to donations from the Miss Avis Davis Foundation, PetSmart Charities®, Adopt an Angel, Paws-Ability, State Farm Insurance and the hard work of the new staff.

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As a member of the board that advises Fix A Friend, Jones makes it clear that the new clinic is in no way designed to compete with local veterinary providers. Their target clientele is local animal shelters, caretakers of feral cats, rescue groups and anyone who is seeking affordable spay and neuter services. When the clinic works with a member of the public, it serves as a referral agent for those who do not have a veterinarian yet. She explains: “Once the animals are spayed or neutered, we never see them again. They are referred to local vets for regular veterinary care.” The organization plan for the clinic required a bit of research and

thoughtful planning. Because North Carolina law prohibits nonprofit organizations from owning medical practices, Adopt an Angel could not own or operate the clinic. Dr. Amy Eutsey, a local veterinarian with nearly two decades of experience, jumped at the chance to be a part of the project. “When you work in private practice, you tend to avoid the shelter and euthanasia aspect,” says Eutsey. “Now I can take an active role in prevention of unwanted animals.” Fix A Friend’s new home is a 2,400-square-foot facility on U.S. Highway 17 in Winnabow, 14 miles south of Wilmington and 20 miles north of Shallotte, just south of the

For more information about Fix A Friend, call the office at (910) 253-8161 or visit www.fixafriendclinic.org. For more information about Adopt an Angel, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.adoptanagel.net.

Below: Jill Jones and Sherry Gloer are the two of the founders of the Fix a Friend Spay Neuter Clinic.

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junction of N.C. Highway 87 SE. Open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm, the facility can serve up to 27 patients per day. Joe Needham, the office manager for Fix A Friend, is adamant about their work. “We are waging a war here,” she says, further explaining that cats can have three to four litters per year with an average of five or six kittens per litter. “By the time the mom is in heat again, her first litter is also ready, so in four months we’ve gone from one mom to potentially five or six.” Prevention is her motto. “If we spay ten cats, we are preventing a potential of 40 unwanted cats in just one birthing season,” she says. Additionally, dogs and cats can continue to have litters until natural death, so the potential for the number of progeny is off the charts. Needham schedules the appointments in a delicate balance to make the best use of time for each patient. “We have to take into consideration the size and age of the animal as well as the gender, because each of those factors determines the amount of time on the surgery table,” says Eutsey. Eutsey is especially proud of her staff. In addition to Needham, veterinary technicians Ashlee Whitfield and Siobhan Newton play intricate roles in surgical preparation and post-surgery care. The clinic provides a limited menu of services that include spay and neuter of cats and dogs only. Lieutenant Thomas Tolley manages the animal shelter for Brunswick County. He is enthusiastic about the new clinic. “I believe as a community we will see the effects in a very short time,” Tolley says. “It has already helped to bring awareness about the over-population of animals in our county and surrounding areas and the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.”

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Tolley says he admires the work of the Fix A Friend staff. “They are very passionate about the war on overpopulation and have put themselves on the front lines to combat this problem — that speaks greatly about how caring they are,” he adds. Tolley says that the Brunswick County shelter sees approximately 5,500 animals per year and places about 33 percent of those into homes. Unfortunately, they are running out of available homes for the animals, so those that are not adopted must be euthanized. “We must reduce the intake of animals coming into the shelter, and the only way to do that is through responsible pet ownership and spaying and neutering,” he says. “I sincerely hope the pet owners in our area take advantage of this spay and neuter clinic and help us to reduce the number of unwanted animals.” Jones and the staff of Fix A Friend are optimistic yet very realistic about their work. Their ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for animal euthanasia in our area. It may seem like a Pollyanna approach, says Jones, but she thinks it might be possible some day. In the meantime, Jones is certain that Fix A Friend will make an impact. “We intend to take 5,000 animals a year out of the birthing cycle,” she says. “So while we may begin to see a small difference in a year from now in the reduction of the number of sheltered animals -- we will certainly see a big difference in three to five years.” That thought alone brings a collective smile to the faces of the staff at Fix A Friend. n Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic prices range from $35 for a feral cat up to $90 for a dog larger than 65 lbs. 910-253-8161 6033 Ocean Highway E., Winnabow

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“Try doing 80 hours per week of farm labor,” he says. “It doesn’t get any tougher than that.” College was the logical place to get training in business management, so LaCoe entered Mount Olive College but spent as much time as possible associating with successful businessmen. He read the same magazines they did and discussed the same topics. After 18 months at Mount Olive, he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, but his professors weren’t telling him what the business community said. One semester later, he left and came back home, ready to establish his career. LaCoe decided to take a direct route and ask Kenny Moore for a job. In 1991 Moore founded Andy’s Burgers, Shakes & Fries, the ’50s-themed restaurant chain now based in Mount Olive. At the time there were 13 restaurants and the chain was continuing to grow. Moore listened to LaCoe’s request and hired him. “I started out on the fries,” LaCoe says. “I loved it.” He worked in the Clinton Andy’s and became the manager after nine months. After a year and a half, he worked in the corporate office and then was offered an opportunity to buy the proposed Richlands Andy’s. LaCoe discussed the investment with his parents, Don and Marian, and they agreed to be partners in the business. Marian quit her teaching position at North Duplin Elementary School and came to work in the restaurant while Don continued to work at the hog operations of what is now Murphy-Brown LLC, the world’s largest producer of pork products. At 24 years old, LaCoe poured all of his efforts into making the Richlands Andy’s successful and learned that the restaurant business is all-consuming. With the restaurant open every day

except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, he says he had to put his social life on hold. He couldn’t attend family gatherings, go to parties and concerts or relax with friends. “The restaurant is your life,” he says. “You are to work it 24/7.” It took six years of 70 to 80 hour weeks to reap the benefits, but he liked the business so much that during that time he opened nine more Andy’s restaurants. At different points through the years, his older brother and younger sister have also been part of the business. Over the course of the 19 years, LaCoe has been associated with the chain and owned 14 restaurants. He has sold all but three; the ones in Shallotte, Leland and Surf City. “Whenever I’ve had good people work for me, I sold a store to them,” he says. “If you want to be a manager, it’s 60 to 80 hours a week for two to three years. Nobody else is selling businesses to 23 year olds.” LaCoe says that he assists the buyer with financing his or her first restaurant. “I’ve been blessed,” he says. “I found good kids who worked hard and stayed out of trouble. You have to adhere to the standards we had in place.” His goal is to teach the new owners the process of making the business successful without going through as much work as he did. “I’m trying to teach them to work smarter,” he says. About two years ago, when Moore decided to expand the Andy’s Burgers, Shakes & Fries franchise outside of North Carolina, he had to obtain a federal trademark. It turns out another Andy’s name was already trademarked, so rather than deal with the legal battle, Moore changed the name of the Andy’s franchise to Hwy 55. The name came from a North Fall 2013

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Carolina state highway that connects Durham to the coast and winds through several small towns. “Hwy 55 is the road that goes in front of the corporate office,” LaCoe says. “There are 13 or 14 restaurants on it.” LaCoe, 38, became a Master Franchisee when he and a business partner bought the rights to build 100 restaurants in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Lexington and Irmo have Hwy 55 restaurants. LaCoe’s longer term goal is to buy the Master Franchisee rights to Colorado and do the same thing there. Leland native Bridget Brodie, Hwy 55 supervisor of N.C. operations, will partially own the Colorado rights. “She has worked hard and deserves the right to be part of that,” says LaCoe. With a keen business sense, LaCoe is always looking for ways to expand his ventures. An avid surfer and beach lover, he and a partner founded Odysea Surf and Kiteboarding School in Carolina Beach. When he was asked to help at-risk children learn to surf, he didn’t hesitate. “Most had never been in a pool or been to the ocean,” he says. Seeing the children’s excitement about the sport and the lessons made LaCoe want to do more, so he co-founded the local nonprofit organization Ocean Cure, a 501(c)3. He also works with the Wounded Warrior Project, Little Pink Houses of Hope and Communities In Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County. He has been on the CIS board for three years and is presenting sponsor for the 12th annual Gala on October 24, “Taste of Brunswick County Hollywood Charity Night,” at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College. “Chris is a quiet, hard worker,” says Joan Madsen, past

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president of the CIS board. “He doesn’t profess to be allknowing and he is very loyal to Communities In Schools.” “Isn’t he amazing?” says Cynthia Tart, executive director of CIS. “When he walks in a room, his presence lights it up. He is modest about what he does. He is a genuine philanthropist. You know you’re going to be a better person by knowing him. You feel good that you met him.” Tart explains that no matter what she asks LaCoe to do for CIS, he is available to discuss her concerns and help in any way he can. “He is a wealth of leadership walking around,” she says. “He is a phenomenal businessman.” And LaCoe has finally found time to pursue his personal interests. He plays golf as often as possible, goes to the beach and participates in triathlons. “That’s kind of my new hobby,” he says. He has made other changes in his life as well. He married Kristen Brahosky on November 3, 2012, and she will have their baby in March 2014. He met Kristen, a Jacksonville, N.C., native, 10 years ago when she was an employee at one of his restaurants. He and Kristen will be greeting people at the CIS Gala on October 24. “He is going to do so many good things in his life. He is a very giving person,” Tart says. n

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Hilary and Jimmy Brady’s leap-of-faith jewelry business combines their love of creativity and business sense with their need to find meaning in life’s events. S T OR Y B Y

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a sleepy little street in a quiet neighborhood in Leland, three golden haired girls run and squeal. It is bedtime and chaos reigns. Hilary and Jimmy Brady work as a team to get them all comfy, sleepy and tucked in for the night. Prayers and stories tumble out of open doorways; kisses are softly planted on freshly washed heads. Little eyes drift closed as the door softly closes. Hilary sighs and then laughs softly. We settle down to chat about the path this extraordinary family’s life has taken in the past six months since launching their custom jewelry company Designed to Shine. Born to an artist mother and a businessman father, Hilary grew up wanting to be both creative and

Top: One of Designed to Shine’s newest pieces, a “Beach Mama” sterling silver starfish and personalized sea glass necklace. Right: One of their most-requested pieces, a memorial necklace for mothers of angels.

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business savvy. She studied business and went into marketing, honoring both of her creative and practical parents. After she and Jimmy married, necessity required them to live as frugally as possible. Part of that frugal living was creating homemade gifts for loved ones, and that included making homemade jewelry. In 2012 friends and relatives began asking for more jewelry — custom pieces and one-ofa-kind gifts. The couple began putting together orders in the evening after their girls went to sleep. Word of Hilary’s unique designs spread, as did demand. What was at first a fun hobby quickly morphed into a booming business. And six months ago, she and Jimmy took a

This spread: Hilary’s own experience with labor complications and the premature birth of their middle child inspired the design of pieces for other preemie families and appreciation gifts for NICU staff.

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huge leap of faith and quit both of their jobs to run Designed to Shine full time. In a sun-soaked room brimming with metal stamps, bracelets, rows of beads and piles of shipping envelopes, the Bradys create amazing custom jewelry. Jimmy does all the metalworking and Hilary does all of the designing. Together with two support staff, the Bradys ship out roughly 250 orders a week. They work primarily through an etsy website, where clients can request anything from a completely custom piece created by the client themselves to one that the Bradys have full creative control over.


“Some people write me and have no idea what they want,” says Hilary. “But others will draw something, take a picture of it and send it to me and want that exact thing. I love it all, from giving the customer exactly what they requested to working with them to find out what they are truly trying to communicate with a piece.” Very soon after launching their etsy shop, the Bradys were receiving orders for specialty jewelry. Pieces personalized for women battling cancer. For women running triathlons. For women pregnant

with their first babies, or grandmas celebrating their sixth grandchild. Pieces from men looking for something special for their wives. Women looking for unique personalized jewelry for their children. The Bradys created unique designs for them all, lovingly handstamped specifically to order. Then came the requests from mothers battling the worst loss any woman can experience: the loss of a child. Whether a woman was grieving a baby lost in the womb or a child lost in the world, every single piece strikes a deep chord for the couple. “We’ve lost several babies,” says Hilary. “We understand grief. We

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understand pain. When I create a piece for a grieving mother, I think, ‘What would bring ME peace?’ I want them to hold their necklace and have hope. I want them to know how much they have to live for. Both here on earth and in heaven.” Their pieces for lost babies reflect this deep understanding of the pain and of the sweet burden of knowing one or more of your children waits for you in heaven. Their stories are also carried in the Bradys’ hearts and souls. “I get these orders, and I just understand the pain,” says Hilary. “I’ve been there. I know what these women are going through. It’s a sisterhood of sorts, one you never would have chosen, but a powerful one all the same.”

Just a few weeks ago, Hilary miscarried twins. When she came home from the hospital that day, there was an order waiting for her. A woman wanted a necklace to celebrate the fact that she had just found out she was expecting twins. “I made that piece with a lot of tears,” Hilary says. “There was pain, yes. But there was also joy. I got to celebrate with a woman who was carrying what I knew to be so precious.” Also poignant for the couple are pieces made for mothers of premature babies. Their own miracle middle child, Aubri, was born at 29 weeks gestation. “We’ve been there too,” Hilary says. “We know the fear and the worry. I want to give these women hope and peace. I want them to know it’s going to be okay.” Recently, Hilary received an order from a woman dealing with debilitating dementia in her grandmother. Because Hilary’s mom is struggling with this herself, the order hit home. “I hadn’t grieved my own situation yet,” she says. “But this order forced me to go there, to think through it — what is it that brings me peace? The promise that my mother may not be healed in this life, but she will be made whole for eternity? How do I want to remember her? In creating a design for this woman, I found myself dealing with my issue head on. It initiated a healing process in me with something I didn’t think I was even ready to tackle.” Sometimes the Bradys are contacted to make a piece for a grieving widow. Two entwined fingerprints. A bracelet with a beloved spouse’s handwriting; Hearts; Angel wings; Names of their Fall 2013

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loved one, set into metal, to be worn next to the heart. Destined to be bathed in tears as fingers trace the letters over and over again. Nearly every memorial piece carries a name. Names of babies that never drew breath. Names of children that left too soon. Spouses lost to cancer, to accidents. Parents of young children. All of them have traveled the path to the Bradys door in words and phrases on an order form and have been turned into beauty. Hilary says she prays over every single piece. “Our hearts are poured into each order,” she says. “We can relate to so many of the struggles and can literally feel their hurt, so not only are they in our prayers but it’s inevitable that we’re shedding tears on order forms on a regular basis. People contact us from around the world with these amazing stories. We feel so blessed to be able to create something so meaningful for so many.” There are joyful pieces as well. Celebrating new babies, new marriages, love and life and laughter. Best friend necklaces and sparkly bracelets any woman would squeal over. Dog tag necklaces with soccer balls for boys and pretty gems for little girls. All of them are given the Bradys hands-on treatment. They work to place the words just so, the symbols in the perfect spot to make the recipient smile. Joy is the goal of these pieces, to make people happy. 88

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“We have two sections to our jewelry — ‘In the Heart’ and ‘On the Town,’” says Hilary. “Both are important, both celebrate very meaningful parts of our lives. One is for remembering, the other for feeling beautiful.” Children can also get special goodies just for them. Bracelets designed specifically with a message inside just for the child from their parent. Tags that warn of an allergy. Strings of multi-colored pearls. Book bag toggles. From simple to deeply meaningful, there’s something for every child. Even the name of the Bradys’ business has special meaning. “We wanted something that honored all we have been through and captured what we have learned,” says Hilary. “Yes, we all have our share of tragic events. I truly believe God wants us to use these things in our lives. They are so hard, and they hurt. But He carries us through, all while watching us grow stronger, love deeper, live bigger and shine brighter. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from the most difficult moments of my life? It’s always going to be ok. He designed us to shine. And so we will.” n Find Designed to Shine online: designedtoshineaccessories.com facebook.com/DesignedToShineAcc


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In the animal barn at Greenlands Farm in Bolivia, one of Heather Burkert’s goats is on the verge of giving birth. Leah, a black and gray French Alpine, is expecting twins, Heather says, as she points to the doe’s swollen udder. Leah rises and falls in her stall with each contraction, shifting in the hay nest she scratched together earlier in the morning. Heather says it should only be a few hours now, and it’s lucky the doe is birthing mid-day. Usually this happens around midnight, Heather says, which makes for a long, exhausting night. Bundled in her overalls and a sweatshirt, Heather will handle the birth herself with no help from a vet. For Heather, becoming a goat midwife was a necessary part of running an operation where the circle of life is an everyday occurrence. Or, as Henry, Heather’s husband, says, “Nothing waits — you have to be there or something goes haywire.” Henry, his unlined face red from the cold, has come in the barn to check on Leah’s progress. He says that last year Leah gave birth to triplets in a difficult birth. The three baby goats breached in a tangled knot and Heather had to reach inside to help re-maneuver the triplets so they could come out normally, one at a time.

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Clockwise from left: Henry Burkert with one of the farm’s newest spring additions, Fiona; King the Llama; the exterior of the Greenlands Farm Store.

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Right: Heather Burkert makes all of the baked goods sold in the Greenlands Farm Store.

downturn. So they decided to use their farm to make ends meet. When they originally bought their 20-acre property in 2001, there wasn’t much there, Henry says. Now the compound boasts a bright gray, cottage-like farm home, which Heather designed with Wilmington architect Troy Kenny, a petting zoo area that includes rescue llamas, the animal barn, and a large barn-like structure that houses their store. Farmland surrounds the buildings and includes an orchard with lemon and apple trees (yes, you really can grow lemons in North Carolina), a

pasture, grazing land, and areas for storm-water processing. The yearround, 4-acre vegetable farm produces everything from greens, tomatoes, and summer squash to eggplants, carrots, and spinach, while the similarly sized pasture is big enough for their 70 chickens, a small herd of goats, and a pair of pot-bellied pigs. The Burkerts run the farm together with their 37-year-old daughter, Maude, a group of dedicated volunteers, and counter help for the store, which sells their farm produce, baked goods, organic meat and milk, eggs, and crafts from local artisans.

From its buildings to its farmland, Greenlands Farm has a holistic feel about it, with each aspect enriching the other. This isn’t by accident; the Burkerts carefully planned the farm to be on the cutting edge of contemporary agriculture. Greenlands is what’s called a polycultural farm, or a homestead farm, which means the Burkerts grow multiple crops alongside animals and rotate the crops and animal pastures throughout the year. This way, the soil can rejuvenate itself and plants can grow more plentifully without the need for harmful pesticides. Fall 2013

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It’s a self-sustaining cycle of life where everything serves a purpose. The animals are fed trimmings from the farm and leave their droppings, which are used to make compost to fertilize the soil. The soil produces vegetables, which go back to feeding the animals and consumers at the store. And it’s all done without chemicals. Henry says homestead farms are an antidote to corporate agriculture practices in the United States, where farmers grow one crop year after year as a commodity, which means they have to rely on harmful pesticides and end up damaging the soil. Inside the Greenlands Farm store, sunlight fills the room from high windows and skylights. Light reflects off the yellow walls and jam-packed shelves, highlighting the general-store feel of the place. Appalachian folk music hums from a small speaker while customers munch on sandwiches at a side area furnished with tables and wicker chairs. The store, which the Burkerts opened just two years ago, is the hallmark of the couple’s self-sustaining philosophy. Everything inside either comes from the farm, is organic or recycled, or produced by a local artisan. In one section are bright red, purple and green hand-crocheted scarves by Brunswick County crafter Toni Miley; in another, local llama rescue worker Vicki Sundberg displays winter hats made with fur from the llamas in Greenlands’ petting farm. “There are so many incredible resources around here [in Brunswick County] if you know where to look,” Heather says. The Burkerts also have a goat-milk soap business in the store, called Whiff and Whims, which uses milk from the

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farm’s goat herd. Heather says that name-brand commercial soaps have antifreeze-type chemicals in them and cause toxins to collect on the skin. “Our soap has goat milk and oils that are naturally healing, and that makes a huge difference,” she adds. Heather’s soap has helped many customers with skin problems, which she says is very fulfilling. But the bakery and deli counter are truly her domain. Here, Heather puts her homesteading credo, “from the farm to the fork” into practice. She makes all the bakery goods, including a range of gluten-free foods, from homemade recipes. She also designed the sandwich menu, which features organic meats and cheeses and veggies from the farm. If the ingredients aren’t from the Burkerts’ farm, they’re carefully selected and certified organic, which holds true for every other food section in the store. Other items sold here include hormonefree, antibiotic-free ice cream and shakes, as well as organic coffee, teas and flours.

The Burkerts’ concern for the public touches every program and activity at the farm. “We make sure our prices are affordable for our neighbors,” Heather says. One of their primary efforts is a Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA, which is another growing movement in U.S. farming. With CSAs, locals buy a share of Greenlands’ seasonal crops for a flat fee and in turn receive a half-bushel of first-quality produce each week for 10 weeks. The program, which also helps spread the idea of healthy eating to the community, started when the Burkerts had leftover produce that they gave away to neighbors. By word of mouth, more and more people became interested and now 50 families participate in their CSA. Katie Dean from Oak Island enjoys lunch with her husband and two daughters in the store. They come for the food and the Saturday petting farm. Katie discovered Greenlands “just by driving on Midway Road so often,” she says. “I thought it was just a little barn, so it was a nice surprise to find so many things here.” Katie likes to eat organic and says Greenlands is less expensive than organic foods giant Whole Foods in Wilmington, “and a lot closer,” she adds. Plus, her daughters are enthusiastic fans of the petting zoo. “I want to see a donkey,” says blonde-haired, blue-eyed Madison, who just turned eight. The Burkerts started the petting farm just last fall. It has, among other animals, a mini-donkey, a mini-pony and two llamas that cart children around the grounds. Families plan birthday parties at the petting zoo, and the Burkerts are certified with the Brunswick County school system for field trips to see the farm and pet the animals.

Below: The Burkerts sell their own Whiff and Whims soap, which is made using milk from their goats.

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“Kids love it and that’s my favorite part,” says Heather, “to give them something permanent that can last throughout their lives.” The Burkerts have built a self-sustaining community with Greenlands Farm. “Here we have the whole circle, economic and cultural,” Heather says. “It’s in the fabric of our lives.” But their homestead is facing an alarming threat: N.C. Department of Transportation officials are planning to overhaul a small bridge on Midway Road near the entrance to Greenlands. This means that customers coming from the south will face a 24-mile roundtrip detour for at least six months. This could be a disaster to the farm that has taken years to build up. Construction is slated for early 2014. In the meantime, the Burkerts have a petition at their store protesting the bridge construction and the potential lack of access to local businesses on Midway Road. Back in the animal barn, it’s late afternoon and Heather has surprising news: Leah the goat finally gave birth. But instead of twins, just one very large girl, named Maggie, came down in

Above: Linda and Bland Clarke of Lockwood Folly enjoy lunch inside the Greenlands Farm Store.

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perfect order, with no need for Heather to intervene. Later, Heather will go to a local thrift store to buy a sweater to keep Maggie warm for the night. Now with nine goats, the herd and farm are growing strong. “But we’re not really interested in getting bigger,” Henry says. “We prefer to do better with what we have. That’s the whole idea — to let getting bigger happen on its own.” n

Want to go? Greenlands Farm 668 Midway Road Bolivia, NC 28422 Phone: 910-253-9515 www.greenlandsfarmstore.info


Sapos Cleaning

Business Profile By Hilary Brady

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n the fall of 2010 Javi and Lauren Mendoza were the average newlywed couple. They worked during the day and spent time

together at night. As time went on, their work time seemed to increase and their time together decrease. The Mendozas didn’t like this new pace of life, though, as family is very important to them. They felt as if they were in an undertow – work, sleep, work some CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

more, then spend less time with your family. So they began to brainstorm: “How can we arrange our lives so that we spend more time together? How can we use our gifts and skills to serve and impact the community?” With these questions in mind, the Mendozas created Sapos Cleaning. Sapos Cleaning offers residential and commercial cleaning services in New Hanover County and northern Brunswick County. But the company strives to provide more than just a cleaning service to its clients. “We want to enable our clients to spend more time with their families, just like we want to do,” says Lauren. “Imagine spending a Saturday morning teaching your daughter to bake – not scrubbing the bathroom floor – and the memories you will share.” By offering their services at a price the average family can afford, Sapos Cleaning hopes that all families can experience the joy of spending time together. “Sapos Cleaning helps me be a better mom,” says Sapos customer Melissa Phillippi. “Now, what little free time I have I spend with my kids instead of cleaning.” Sapos Cleaning allows the Mendozas to create a professional yet personal relationship with all of their clients. In addition to managing the behind-the-scenes activities of the business, Javi and Lauren visit their clients during cleanings to say hello and make sure they are

The Mendoza family started Sapos cleaning as a way to help other families – and themselves – to spend more time together. Ever since Sapos Cleaning began, the Mendozas envisioned the Bullocks as a part of the business; however, the Bullocks lived across the state at the time. “We Skype regularly with the Mendozas just to stay in touch,” says Laura. “Moving back will allow us to do so much more than just grow a business together. We can share meals, serve our neighbors and be a part of the Mendoza’s children’s lives. Simply put, we can do life together.” Sapos Cleaning offers free estimates and a line of “green” products and is a licensed, bonded and fully insured business. Sapos Cleaning: (910) 227-9172; www.saposcleaning.com; also find them on Facebook.

satisfied. They love going above-and-beyond for their clients, simply as a thank you for their business. “We want to know our clients, employees and suppliers personally,” says Javi. “We are not just cleaning your house, we are caring for your home.” This coming January, the Sapos Cleaning family will continue to expand as the Mendozas welcome long-time friends Laura and Corey Bullock into the business. “We’re excited to return to Wilmington and put down roots,” says Corey. “Though we’re not blood relatives with the Mendozas, they are family to us just the same.”

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Progressive Concrete

Business Profile BY Mike Johnson

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lthough many home and business owners try to enhance the appearance of their interior spaces by hanging attractive

artwork or displaying winning furniture combinations, the floor is often overlooked. The staff members at Wilmington-based Progressive Concrete are experts at drawing the eye down to foot-level and creating stunning surfaces that give a twist to what it means to worship the ground we walk on. For an interior space you may consider a one-of-a-kind acid stain to enliven your dining room or go for an epoxy finish on your garage floor. For the outside of your structure, you can choose from an assortment of landscape borders, stamped concrete patterns and funky overlays. Whether you’re looking to augment the appearance of your front flower beds or need creative flooring options for your 50,000-squarefoot warehouse, Progressive Concrete has the solution. Owner Matt Hine has been mastering his trade for the last 10 years. A 20-year resident of southeastern North Carolina, Hine knows the CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

trends of the business and the popular styles of the area. Put these components together, and a homeowner can hire Progressive Concrete to put in flooring that sets their home in a different class. As any homebuyer or seller can tell you, memorable details like an eye-popping, original reflective floor can prove to be a deciding factor in a buyer’s mind. Progressive’s scalable menu of options can be customized to meet the needs of both residential and commercial spaces, and the professional staff can help you decide on the best look to fit your budget.

What’s beneath your feet is often overlooked, but Progressive Concrete knows that unique flooring can dramatically change an indoor or outdoor look for the better.

“We provide free estimates,” says Hine. “We will come to you and do an on-site consultation, getting true measurements and evaluating

spot. So whether you’re looking to renovate your garage or want to

the existing surface or concrete. From there we use an iPad to show

place pathways and an outdoor kitchen in your back yard, consider

the customer the different options, and we can refer them to past

calling Matt Hine and the guys at Progressive.

clients who had similar projects done for them.” While the attention to detail, professional versatility and exceptional

To see work samples and get decorative ideas, visit their website at www.progressiveconcretecoatings.com or drop by their display at

customer service could easily set them apart, the creative edge of

this year’s Wilmington Fall Home Show at the Wilmington Convention

Progressive Concrete may prove to be their finest asset. It’s easy to

Center, a free event taking place October 4 through 6. Also check their

get trapped in a maze of possibilities when considering renovations,

Facebook page for testimonials and photos.

so why not let a professional guide the design decisions? “I have an artistic background and that enhances the process,” says Hine. “There’s no extra charge for the design side and finding the proper color scheme. We have the experience and we also have the creativity.” Progressive Concrete works jobs as far south as Myrtle Beach and north to Jacksonville, putting Brunswick County right in the sweet 100

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faces & places

Business After Hours at Capeside Animal Hospital On August 14, in conjunction with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Capeside Animal Hospital held a Business After Hours event at their location at 511 Olde Waterford Way. Guests enjoyed networking and refreshments. Photography by Lee Ann Bolton Albert Sykes & Lee Ann Bolton

Barbara Tuzzeo & Gina Marshburn

Betsy Head, Marge & Bruce Brown & Winston Dangler

Susan Cruse & Vann Pearsall

Alice Razzano, Joan & Busby Smith

Edgar The Pup, Bobbie Canada, Jeannie Leonard & Robin Heck

Frank Williams & Scott Reaves

George Murray, Dennis Walsh & Alina Piunno

Dr. Shelia Hanby & Terry Grillo

Jessica Hurst & Louis Maitland

Jon David & Mayor Brenda Bozeman

Kerry Kasotsky & Laura Stoy

Jeff Lakeman, Robert Delano & Keith LeRoy

Rick Leggett & Keith LeRoy

Sandy & Jerry Stevens

Pat Batleman, Michael Braddock & Rhiannon Wagoner

Nancy Wilcox, Ashley Miller & Dana Fisher

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Franklin Rouse State Farm Hosts Business After Hours

Art Klein, Dana Fisher & Terri Andress

Bruce & Marge Brown

Tim Blanton & Haven Holsinger

Connie Reeves & Alice Razzano

Franklin Rouse State Farm celebrated five years of business while hosting the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event on June 13. Those in attendance enjoyed snacks, beverages and live entertainment as well as hot dogs and hamburgers from Hwy 55.

Kristen LaCoe & Josh London

Tom Rickman, Franklin Rouse, Jim Tuzzeo & Susan Cruse

George Murray, Randy Rhodes, Mark Koval & Chris LaCoe

Vann Pearsall & Emily Flax

James Bozeman, Scott Reeves, Winston Dangler & Peggy O’Leary

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Business After Hours at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Members of all three chambers of commerce in Brunswick County — Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and

Ryan Wick & Michael Cox

Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce — attended a Business After Hours networking event hosted by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on June 20. Sheriff Ingram initiated the event as a way to show appreciation to the business community. A trio of deputies entertained the members as they sang patriotic and fun songs. Photography by Wendy Hunt Lt. Routh, Major Brian Sanders & Capt. Roger Herrington

Mose Highsmith & James Payne

Mark Koval & Melinda Johnson

Randy & Sharon Thompson & Karen Sphar

Julie & Dave Bianchi

Emily Flax & Dana Fisher

Eli Smith & Becky Long

Cynthia Tart & JR Triplett

Wendy Hunt & Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram

Adam Stanley, Ken Medlin & Drake Phelps

Connie & Scott Reeves & Allice Razzano

Woody Clookie, Ted Carlson, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, Emily Flax, Carol Cini & Dr. Carl Henderson

Allison Stone & Regina & Heyward Lowry

Monique Stenquist, John & Hellen Pannulo & Martha Warner

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Third Annual Mini Trade Show The North Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held its third annual Mini Trade Show at 101 Stone

Anthony Fotia & Carol Magnani

Dan Lane & Cindy Linville

Gail Cashman & Mary Ameling

James Reynolds & Kim Perry

Adam Glisson & T.K. Nowell

Amy Causey & Dawn Carter

Chimney Place in Supply. More than 30 vendors were in attendance to showcase their businesses, products and services. The event was jointly sponsored by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and 101 Stone Chimney Place. Photography by Lee Ann Bolton

Ron Proper, Pat Brookman & Bill Scott

Michelle Wall & Susan Cruse

June Baker, Amy Myers, Stephanie Herron, Victoria Humphrey & Shelbourn Stevens

Pat Grandinetti, Nancy Browning, Jane Appel and Joan & Ron Fracalossi

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The Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center Open House

Theresa Morgan & Brian Galeucia

The Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center held an open house event on Thursday, August 29 at the Leland Best Western Plus. Guests met Jill Brown, Leland’s new cultural arts manager, and got updates on the latest developments at the center, which is scheduled to open this fall. Photography by Lee Ann Bolton Jim Strouse, Skip Richardson, Celia Strouse

Linda Killian & Marion JohnsonMcIntyre

Jeanette Serens, Paul Hill & Rhonda Bellamy

Bunny Wilkins & Gail Wilson

Butch Haislip & Jeffrey Davies

Carol Koenig, Annmarie Procino & Irene Herstine

Pat Batleman & Cathy Byrne

Dana Fisher & Bobbie Cartus

Tinisha Green & Pat Hickey

Joyce Grazetti, John Lewis and Judy Lewis

Doris Young & Connie Petroni

Eleanor and Douglas Wille

Guy Boggio & George Sotomayer

Wendy and Hal Kider, Bernie Alicona

David & Audrey Hollis

Jeff King & John Still

Jill Brown, Glenda Browning, Niel Brooks, Brenda Bozeman

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Body Sculpting Mondays & Wednesdays Town of Leland Parks and Recreation is offering ongoing Body Sculpting classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Leland Municipal Parks and Recreation Building. Rev up your metabolism with a challenging full-body workout combining cardio bursts, athletic drills and strength-training exercises using hand weights. All fitness levels are welcome no matter if you already have a core strength in place and are ready to take your fitness to the next level, or if you are a beginner who needs modifications. Bring water, an exercise mat and a towel. The cost of these classes is $95 for eight weeks. Information: (910) 332-4823

Unity Group of North Brunswick Planning NC Christmas Festival Second Mondays The Unity Group of North Brunswick is now in the process of planning the 2013 NC Christmas Festival. The Unity Group meets the second Monday of each month at 7 pm at Leland Dixie Youth Building. New members are always welcome. If you would like to take part in the planning and coordination of this year’s NC Christmas Festival, plan on attending one of the meetings or contact the group by calling the number below for more information. Now in its 21st year, the Unity Group of North Brunswick is a non-political, nonprofit, communitybased organization that brings the community together to place children first and to make activities free to all who attend. The group coordinates the NC Christmas Parade with an annual festival following the parade at Leland Town Hall. In addition, the group has added the Miss NC Christmas Festival Scholarship Pageant. Information: (910) 371-3128; NCChristmasFestival.com

Leland’s Little Learners Tuesdays This free program takes place every Tuesday at 9 am at the Leland Classroom Annex (102 Town Hall Drive). Geared for children ages 3 to 5, this ongoing program seeks to stimulate the minds of Leland’s children through story time, arts and crafts/activities and time outside on the playground. During the program, parents or guardians must remain with their children. Space is limited. Information: Amy Ryan, (910) 332-4823

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Venus Flytrap Potters Second Thursdays Have you been looking for a place to work with clay in Brunswick County? Or maybe you have always wanted to learn how to make pottery? Venus Flytrap Potters may be the group for you. This group works closely with the Town of Leland to help develop the pottery studio in the Leland Cultural Arts Center. Activities include planning meetings, workshops and more. Come to a meeting to learn more about the group’s efforts and get involved. Meetings take place on the second Thursdays of each month from 2 to 4 pm at the Classroom Annex beside Town Hall (102 Town Hall Drive in Leland). There is no cost to attend. Information: Pat Goodman, (910) 395-1716

Scrapbooking Group Second Saturdays Have you caught the scrapbooking bug? The Town of Leland offers a free, monthly scrapbooking interest group on the second Saturday of each month. Meetings take place at the Classroom Annex beside Town Hall (102 Town Hall Drive in Leland). The meetings begin at 9 am and continue throughout the day to 9 pm. Bring your latest scrapbooking project and join others in a fun, supportive environment. There is no cost to attend. Information: Faye Burckhalter, (910) 471-7498

Chamber Music Wilmington’s 19th Season Various Dates Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) will kick off its 19th season on September 29th with several performances following throughout the rest of the 2013-14 concert series. Ticket and subscription information can be found on the website listed below or by contacting the Kenan Auditorium Box Office. The concert lineup is as follows: September 29 – Einstein: Speaking of Mozart – Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW Cultural Arts Building – 7:30 pm October 13 – Salon: Meet the Cavini Quartet – Landfall – 4 pm November 3 – Focus on the Future: Rising Stars, Music of Rachmaninoff, Haydn and Adams – Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW Cultural Arts Building December 8 – Candlelight Concert – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington – 6:30 pm January 26 – Collage: Music and Poetry, Music of Dvorak, Bartok and Brahms – Beckwith Hall, UNCW Cultural Arts Building Information: Kenan Box Office, (910) 962-3500ChamberMusicWilmington.org


Thalian Association Children’s Theater Presents Family-Friendly Shows

Snoopy, Sally, Schroeder, Lucy and Linus all tag along on a delightful day full of fun in a way only the “Peanuts” can provide.

and the Pink Ladies in their everyday life from school to the hop to that famous school dance.

Grease

Various dates

June 6-8 and 13-15, 2014 (Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 3 pm)

Information: TACT Artistic Director Jason Aycock, (910) 632-2285; thalian.org

Wilmington’s premiere children’s theater is proud to announce a season of crowdpleasing shows that can be enjoyed by the entire family. The 2013–14 lineup is filled with talented youth performers and great works of theater. All shows are presented at the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center at 120 South Second Street in Wilmington. All ticket prices are $12.

Grease is the wonderful musical showcasing the lives of teenagers in the 1950s, made famous by the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Filled with all the classic songs, it features the Burger Palace Boys

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever December 5-8, 2013 (Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm) In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. This delightful comedy is adapted from the bestselling book and was the only story ever to run twice in McCall’s magazine.

Seussical, Jr. February 14-16 and 21-23, 2014 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 3 pm) This show is a delightful journey into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss, which melds many of his most famous characters into an original work about loyalty, friendship and the power of the imagination. A fantastical conglomeration of the bestloved Seuss story lines and characters, this magical show hones down the full-length Broadway production into a fast-paced experience the whole family will love.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown April 3-6, 2014 (Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm) In a loving homage to the wonderful characters of Charles Schulz, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is presented as an ordinary day in the life of our favorite down-trodden hero, Charlie Brown. Audience members will get to experience all the classic characters set to exciting music by Clark Gesner & Andrew Lippa.

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Wilmington Symphony Announces 2013-14 Masterworks Series Concert Season Various Dates The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce its 2013-14 Masterworks Series Concert Season. This 42nd concert season includes great works by composers such as Berlioz, Strauss, Grieg, Menotti and Mozart. Opening night will be an exciting way to kick off the concert season with Wilmington soprano Nancy King singing selections from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs. Single tickets are $25 to $27 and $6 for youth and are available by contacting the Kenan Auditorium Ticket Office by calling the number listed below. Season subscriptions are also available for $100 to $115 and $30 for students and youth younger than 17. The Wilmington Symphony concerts are performed at Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus. Evening concerts are Saturdays at 8 pm, and matinees are Sundays at 4 pm. Opening Night - September 21 – Le Corsaire Overture; Four Last Songs; Sleeping Beauty, featuring Wilmington soprano Nancy King October 19 – Adagio for Strings - Holberg Suite; Toward a Distant Light, featuring Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi December 7 – Holiday Concert - Amahl and the Night Visitors

Golf Tournament to Benefit Good Shepherd Center October 7 The second annual Brunswick County Good Shepherd Center Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, October 7 at the Cape Fear National Golf Course in Brunswick Forest. All proceeds benefit Good Shepherd Center’s work with the hungry and homeless in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. Registration fee is $100 per golfer. Check-in will take place at 11:30 am with a shotgun start at 1 pm. The tournament fee includes golf, cart and dinner. Sponsorships are also available. A silent auction and Games Day will be held during the day. Information: Dave Huber, Tournament Chair, (910) 256-1125; register online at GoodShepherdWilmington.org

CPR Certification Classes October 9 and December 11 The Town of Leland Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Leland Fire and Rescue to provide the public with CPR Certification Classes. These classes will cover CPR training along with first aid. The classes will be held on October 9 and December 11 from 6 to 10:30 pm at Leland Fire and Rescue (1004 Village Road in Leland). The cost for attendance is $31.50, which includes a course book (must be preordered) and certification card. Space is limited so call to register in advance.

February 8 – A Change is Gonna Come – a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Bill

Information: (910) 332-4823

March – Symphony Pops! Concert featuring Amy and Ben Wright performing selections from Broadway

Paws-Ability Third Annual Bicycle Poker Run

April 26 – Finale Showcase – Mozart’s Symphony No. 25; Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra; The Fountains of Rome Information: (910) 962-3500 or (800) 732-3643

Chords for a Cause September 28 The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is proud to join forces with Chords for a Cause again this year for a benefit concert with Sister Hazel and the Hoggard High Voyagers on Saturday, September 28 at 6:30 pm in Kenan Auditorium at UNCW in Wilmington. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization Chords for a Cause and this year’s charities The Taylor Campbell Burn Unit Initiative of Southeastern North Carolina, The Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Feed the Children International. Tickets are on sale now. Information: ChordsForACause.com

October 12 (rain date October 13) Local animal welfare organization Paws-Ability will host its third annual Bicycle Poker Run on October 12th in Ocean Isle Beach. This fun and unique event features a bicycle ride through beautiful Ocean Isle Beach with designated stops throughout where riders can pick a playing card. The riders try to make the best poker hand with the cards they select at each stop. Prizes, music, food and fun make this a great event for the whole family. Registration is $25 per adult and $15 per child. Proceeds will help raise funds for animal welfare in Brunswick County. Information: Paws-Ability.org

Bark & Wine November 2 Furever Friends Animal Rescue will hold its annual Bark & Wine fundraiser at House of Wine and Cheese in the Waterford shopping area in Leland. Wine enthusiasts love this event, which includes wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres for only $10. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. The event is from 3 to 5 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at House of Wine and Cheese, Capeside Animal Hospital and Splish Splash Dog Wash. Information: fureverfriendsanimalrescue.org

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Big Dawg Productions Traveling Show

Venus Flytrap Potters Workshop

Various Dates

October 26

Big Dawg Productions Nonprofit Theatre Company will be bringing its popular traveling show to various communities in the area this fall. Instead of inviting the community to come to their playhouse, Big Dawg will be bringing the fun of their live theater performances to the community while furthering their goal of emphasizing education and promoting the performing arts. This year’s traveling production will be Completely Hollywood (abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Dominic Conti. Show dates and locations are as follows:

Venus Flytrap Potters is a recently formed nonprofit association that will be administering the new pottery studio at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. The group is presenting a beginner’s hand-building workshop at the Leland Classroom Annex on October 26 from 9:30 am until 3 pm with a one-hour

break for lunch on your own. Clay, tools, morning snack and refreshments will be provided. The class is limited to 12 individuals aged 16 or above. The fee is $50 and can be mailed to: Venus Flytrap Potters, Joyce Grazetti, 5706 E. Yacht Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465. Information: (910) 278-7560, email: artslavenc@yahoo.com

October 3 - Brunswick Forest October 4 - Waterford October 5 - Magnolia Greens October 14 or 16 - Knights of Columbus at Castle Street October 17 or 20th - Plantation Village October 17 - Porter’s Neck Country Club October 19 - Winding River January 11 - Landfall Information: (910) 367-5237, BigDawgProductions.org

Griffin Riso Blood Drive & fundraiser for the American Red Cross October 26 The public is invited to join the Riso family and the American Red Cross for a fun-filled day of children’s activities, music, prize drawings, food, fun and a silent auction. You can also make an appointment to give the Gift of Life at the on-site blood drive. Proceeds raised will benefit the vital programs and services provided by the American Red Cross in honor of Griffin Riso. Griffin’s life was saved through a transfusion facilitated by the American Red Cross only days after he was born with a rare platelet disorder. The event takes place in the Westport community of Winnabow. Information: (800) RED-CROSS; redcross.org/capefear (see News and Events page) or redcrossblood.org

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Back Door Kitchen Tour October 12 Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW) is excited to present the eighth annual Back Door Kitchen Tour on Saturday, October 12 from 10 am to 5 pm. The event will showcase nine kitchens in the Downtown Wilmington Historic District, each with their own charm and function. Each home has something unique to offer and is sure to impress home-design enthusiasts, gardeners and culinary experts alike. The self-guided walking tour offers guests the convenience of going at their own pace. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as you make your way through the beautiful downtown residential area. Trolley service will also be available between homes. The homes featured on this year’s tour are as follows: 502 S. Front Street

Wilmington Concert Association’s 83rd Season Various dates Wilmington Concert Association presents its upcoming performance schedule for the remainder of 2013 and early 2014. This marks the association’s 83rd season of bringing beautiful, quality music and dance performances to Wilmington. Season subscriptions or tickets for individual performances can be purchased at the Kenan Auditorium box office at UNCW in Wilmington. All performances are held at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW. Upcoming performances are as follows: October 9, 2013: The Canadian Brass February 2, 2014: Emanuel Ax, concert pianist March 3, 2014: opera, Carmen April 3, 2014: ballet, Cinderella Information: WilmingtonConcert.com

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October 31

521 Dock Street 512 Grace Street 214 N. 6th Street 206 N. 7th Street Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger and free for carried babies. All funds earned by ROW from the tour will be utilized for downtown projects. Past projects have included the Fifth Avenue reforestation project, the purchase and installation of the “Southern Hospitality” sculpture at Market and Water streets, the Ann Street pedestrian and bike crossing, and the new display cases at Thalian Hall. Tickets will be on sale through the month of September as well as on the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased in person at several retail locations and will be available for purchase at each of the featured homes on the day of the tour. Group discounts for tickets purchased in advance are available by sending an email to the address listed below. Information: tickets@rowwilmington.org; rowilmington.org

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce this year’s LA Open Golf Tournament, to be held on October 31 at Cape Fear National in Brunswick Forest. Registration begins at 7:30 am with a shotgun start at 9 am for the Captain’s Choice tournament. Registration is $100 for single players, $400 for teams. Visit the website below for details on this fun, piratethemed golf tournament. Information: NBChamberOfCommerce.com/events For team or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Terri at 910-632-4944.

First Tee Cape Fear Region Future Generations Golf Tournament November 2

The 12th annual Communities in Schools Benefit Gala for Children will be held on October 24 from 6 to 10 pm at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island. In keeping with the excitement of the recent filming that took place in the Southport/Oak Island area, the theme for this year’s event will revolve around various movies while guests enjoy the “Hollywood treatment.” The evening will be a spectacular black-tie-optional event featuring A Taste of Brunswick County by the area’s finest chefs, live and silent auctions, 50/50 raffles and special live entertainment by the Andrew Thielen Big Band. Sponsorships are available.

Registration is now open for First Tee Cape Fear Region’s Future Generations Golf Tournament. The First Tee Cape Fear Region is the new sister organization of First Tee Brunswick County, and this tournament marks their first fund-raising event. Those who attend will enjoy a fun-filled day of golf, food and entertainment. Proceeds for the event will benefit more than 5,000 children in the Cape Fear region. The team entry fee is $500 and includes golf, carts, box lunch, post-round party with a complimentary cocktail hour and dinner, awards presentation, and live and silent auctions with lots of great items up for bid. Format is Captain’s Choice, four-person scramble in three divisions: men (3+ men per team), women (3+ women per team), and couples (2 men, 2 women). Registration begins at 8:30 am; shotgun start is scheduled for 10 am. Registration is available on a first-come, first-serve paid basis so early registration is encouraged. Sponsorships are also available.

Information: (910) 457-3494 or www.cisbrunswick.org

Information: (910) 367-1450, TheFirstTeeCapeFearRegion.org

CIS Benefit Gala for Children October 24

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Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Hosts Holiday Show & Sale November 1-3 In celebration of its seventh year, the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild’s annual Holiday Show and Sale will open with a reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, November 1 at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center in Wilmington. The reception will feature music by members of the Tallis Chamber Orchestra of Wilmington. The Show and Sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3 from 10 am to 4 pm each day at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center, located at 120 South Second Street, Wilmington. Admission is free. Members from all over southeastern North Carolina, including well-known potter Hiroshi Sueyoshi, will be exhibiting and selling their work at the show. The ever-popular raffle will be held again this year. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit Empty Bowls and other community projects. Each artist represented in the show will donate a piece for the raffle. Those attending may purchase chances to win artwork of their choice. The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2007 by a group of Wilmington potters to promote and exchange information about all types of ceramic arts and to provide mutual support, encouragement and education for its members and for the community. Its membership now includes over 100 ceramic artists from the southeast coastal region. The guild offers workshops each year with nationally known sculptors and potters, provides community outreach and uses its membership dues to offer scholarships and grants to its members.

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55+ Holiday Trips Various dates The Brunswick County Parks and Recreation department is pleased to offer a special selection of holiday trips exclusively for Brunswick County residents age 55 and older. Advance registration is required. The deadline for registration is November 12. Legends in Concert – Myrtle Beach, S.C. November 5, 9:45 am to 5 pm Cost: $40 includes transportation from Leland/Bolivia/Shallotte and admission to the show. The South’s Grandest Christmas Show – Myrtle Beach, S.C. December 3, 10 am to 6 pm Cost: $37 includes transportation from Leland/Bolivia/Shallotte and admission to show. Night of 1,000 Candles – Brookgreen Gardens, Murrell’s Inlet, S.C. Pick your day: December 12 or 13, 1:30 pm to 10 pm Cost: $22 includes transportation from Leland/Bolivia/Shallotte and admission to show. Information: (910) 253-2670, khasleden@brunsco.net

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4ever24fit................................................................................................................................910-399-4760 53 A Touch Above Massage............................................................................................910-262-0448 86 All About Energy Solutions......................................................................................910-520-3036 20 American Mini Storage................................................................................................910-383-6500 86 Asset Storage......................................................................................................................910-371-2331 13 Backyard Creative Solutions...................................................................................910-223-9973 96 BlueWave Dentistry........................................................................................................910-383-2615 BC Bluffs on the Cape Fear...............................................................................................910-371-9053 5 Brunswick Forest..............................................................................................................888-371-2434 7 Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital...........................................................910-777-2107 65 Brunswick Novant Medical Center....................................................................910-721-1000 4 Cape Fear Chorale..................................................................................................................................................................... 28 Cape Fear Consignments and More................................................................910-383-1895 75 Cape Fear Dental Care..................................................................................................910-371-5965 15 Capeside Animal Hospital.........................................................................................910-383-2100 12 Carolina Family Medicine & Urgent Care.....................................................910-210-0656 10 Carolinas Coastal Health, PC....................................................................................910-338-0588 49 Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery Center.........................................................910-762-2618 59 Carvers Creek Shires....................................................................................................910-669-2243 78 Cherubini Orthodontics..............................................................................................910-371-2323 10 Coastal Cremations, Inc...............................................................................................910-392-6032 28 Coastal Dance Academy.............................................................................................910-833-8308 59 Coastal Day School..........................................................................................................910-383-3919 50 Coastal Office Designs................................................................................................910-833-8721 102 Coastal Insurance..............................................................................................................910-754-4326 72 Coast Road Hearth & Patio.......................................................................................910-755-7611 86 Communities In Schools.............................................................................................910-457-3494 48 Compass Pointe.................................................................................................................888-717-6468 17 D. Baxter’s................................................................................................................................910-791-8431 56 Discovery Map of Brunswick County & Wilmington..........................910-776-0047 96 Edward Jones......................................................................................................................910-383-3797 27 Elder Law Firm of Andrew Olsen.......................................................................910-777-5733 72 Emerald Design Photography...............................................................................910-617-7912 95 Eye Care Associates.......................................................................................................910-782-1883 46 Family Dog Naturals.......................................................................................................910-859-7605 75 Farm Bureau Insurance...............................................................................................910-371-2111 13 Feast Down East..........................................................................................................................................................................72 First Bank.................................................................................................................................910-383-3955 14 Four Seasons Dry Cleaners.....................................................................................910-859-8394 78 Franklin Rouse-State Farm Insurance.............................................................910-371-5446 43 Fuzzy Peach...........................................................................................................................910-371-1238 27 Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health......................................................910-763-9833 19 Glo Medspa............................................................................................................................910-256-2690 109 Holmes Security Systems........................................................................................910-793-4181 40 Honeybees Frozen Yogurt........................................................................................910-859-7357 89 House of Wine and Cheese......................................................................................910-383-2344 40 HWY 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries.........................................................................910-371-2707 11 Intracoastal Realty Corporation...........................................................................800-533-1840 31

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Jim Tuzzeo, Ph.D., Financial Advisor, Insurance and Financial Services........................................................................910-371-3054 111 John A. Azzato MD, P.C................................................................................................910-454-8030 39 Josh London – State Farm Insurance..............................................................910-383-1303 43 Leland Veterinary Hospital.......................................................................................910-371-3440 72 Logan Homes.......................................................................................................................800-761-4707 69 Luxe Home Interiors Waterford..........................................................................910-371-0464 20 Massage Therapy at North Brunswick Chiropractic.........................609-977-4526 23 M&M Mini Storage...........................................................................................................910-253-7763 95 Miller & Associates Family Dentistry...............................................................910-371-9444

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Morgan Internal Medicine, PC................................................................................910-332-0241 61 Mulch & More.......................................................................................................................910-253-7663 61 Murray Art & Frame.......................................................................................................910-371-3833 69 New Hanover Regional Medical Center.........................................................910-342-3400 IFC North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.................................................910-383-0553 112 North Brunswick Chiropractic & Acupuncture.......................................910-371-1200 61 Novant Health......................................................................................................................910-721-2773

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Ogden Family Chiropractic......................................................................................910-686-5220 81 O’Leary’s Automotive Repair.................................................................................910-371-1844 39 Ortho Wilmington............................................................................................................910-332-3800 9 PC Solutions..........................................................................................................................910-371-5999 12 Permanent Make Up by Theresa........................................................................910-232-1001 23 Phillips Nursery..................................................................................................................910-253-6692 42 Port City Java ......................................................................................................................910-383-2429 111 Progressive Concrete...................................................................................................910-392-7400

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P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille........................................................................................910-399-6808 28 Quality Work ........................................................................................................................910-383-6558 89 Raymond James Financial Solutions, Inc.....................................................910-371-0366 50 Rhodes Law Offices, PLLC.......................................................................................910-383-3610 107 Riegelwood Federal Credit Union......................................................................910-251-5354 78 RJB Tax Associates, LLC.............................................................................................910-338-3001 49 Robbins Nest Landscaping......................................................................................910-352-8782 112 Robert G. Merz, CPA, P.C............................................................................................910-383-6644 75 Sapos Cleaning...................................................................................................................910-227-9172

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Seidokan Karate.................................................................................................................910-371-3351 49 Small Bone Innovations, Inc.............................................................................................................................................. 55 Soothing Touch Therapeutic Massage..........................................................910-233-5615 56 Splish Splash Dog Wash..............................................................................................910-399-3426 59 St. James Plantation.......................................................................................................800-245-3871 3 Stevens Fine Homes......................................................................................................910-332-8501 33 T.L. Andress & Company, LLC................................................................................910-632-4944 66 Troy Williamson – PrimeLending.......................................................................910-262-2613 59 Trusst Builder Group.....................................................................................................910-371-0304 34 Turf Medic...............................................................................................................................910-409-3124 53 Tyler’s Cove at Mallory Creek Plantation.......................................................910-617-3081 66 UPS Store................................................................................................................................910-383-1401 81 Wall to Wall Cabinetry...................................................................................................910-686-4877 27 Wilmington Blind and Shutter Co.......................................................................910-799-8101 50 Winds Resort Beach Club..........................................................................................800-334-3581 96

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With Novant Health’s physician specialists located throughout Brunswick County, you don’t have to travel far from home for the care you need. Our experts are board-certified in a wide range of specialties, which means they have the knowledge and experience to provide care customized for you at every stage of life. We’re the neighbor you can count on to get you better and keep you healthy. Novant Health Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine 910-754-4572 Babysarojah Ravindran, MD Novant Health OB/GYN 910-721-4050 novanthealthobgyn.org Tracey McCarthy, DO Lee Toler, DO Edward Woo, MD Li Xu, MD Sara Brown, FNP

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