North Brunswick Magazine - Summer 2018 Edition

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WE’RE BREAKING NEW GROUND As the first outpatient orthopedic surgery center in Brunswick County, EmergeOrtho’s new facility dedicated to orthopedics will make a dramatic difference for area residents, as well as residents of neighboring counties. A further convenience, we will consolidate our northern Brunswick County offices into this single location. The current Brunswick Forest and Waterford offices and all services, including pain management procedures and physical therapy, will move to the new, state-of-the-art facility.

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The Villages at Brunswick Forest Leland, North Carolina

It’sinyournature tochoosethebest. Come home to award-winning, amenity-rich living. Brunswick Forest offers a coastal by nature lifestyle surrounded by scenic marshes, winding creeks and stunning ocean beaches. Residents enjoy all the region has to offer, as well as an outstanding selection of lovely homes and an abundance of truly exceptional amenities. Cape Fear National® Golf • Fitness Center • Walking & Biking Trails • Tennis & Pickleball Indoor & Outdoor Pools • Town Creek River Launch • The Villages Shopping Center

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Obtain the Property Report required by Federal Law and read it before signing anything. No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of these properties. The features and amenities described and depicted herein are based upon current development plans, which are subject to change without notice. This is not an offer to sell or solicitation of offers to buy real estate in any jurisdiction where registration or advance qualification is required but not completed. © Brunswick Forest Realty, LLC Licensed NC Real Estate Brokerage Firm

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A preview of Brunswick New Homes & Real Estate, our annual real estate guide.


Following the sport’s explosion in popularity, the HOP, one of the nation’s finest pickleball facilities, is coming soon to Leland. By Kharin Gibson


SUPERFUND SITE AND WHY IS THERE ONE IN NAVASSA? The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is helping transform an unusable, contaminated piece of land into a community asset for Navassa. By Allison Barrett Carter

90 FEARLESS FOR THE FIRST TIME Cape Fearless Extreme in Riegelwood offers a radical tree-top adventure. By Allison Parker


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Explore the possibilities With more than 100 majors and minors to choose from, you’re sure to find one that’s right for you. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution. Questions regarding UNCW’s Title IX compliance should be directed to

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By Justin Williams

Meet the contributors to North Brunswick Magazine


Upcoming events you won’t want to miss


Keeping up with the local business scene


North Brunswick Chiropractic and Boys and Girls Homes. By Olivia Bardella and Annesophia Richards


Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation Charity Ball, Leland Self Storage Grand Opening


What’s been going on around town



Our directory of advertisers


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What you’ll find in the Summer 2018 edition of our sister publication, South Brunswick Magazine.


Peachy Brunch Punch By Sandi Grigg


Fish & Fruit Tacos Per Favor By Sandi Grigg


The Spoke and Wheel, downtown Wilmington’s first bike rental business, grew from an unlikely source. By Katelynn Watkins


Alligator Alliance protects and gives voice to Brunswick County’s alligators. By Emily Page Lockamy


Motivated by a love for his birthplace, Bill Sue is one of the pioneers who helped establish the framework for the growth in Brunswick County today. By Annesophia Richards


Happenings on the local scene


The new Coworking Space at Brunswick Community College’s Leland campus provides the professional space that entrepreneurs and small businesses need. By Allison Barrett Carter


Going Beyond the Pink offers breast health education and support before, during and after a cancer diagnosis. By Olivia Bardella



A contest for NBM readers. Photo by Tina Vucci

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North Brunswick Magazine – Summer 2018 Volume 12, Issue 4 CEO/PUBLISHER: Justin Williams DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Sandi Grigg MANAGING EDITOR: Allison Barrett Carter

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Like it or not, we share Brunswick County with a large population of alligators. While most people do all they can to avoid these creatures, Lisa and John McNeill do all they can to find and protect them. The couple loves alligators so much that they founded a nonprofit organization called Alligator Alliance to protect and advocate for alligators. Writer Emily Page Lockamy met with the McNeills to write our cover story which starts on page 85.

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Life in Brunswick County When I started these print lifestyle magazines more than a decade ago, I recognized the difference in “North Brunswick” and “South Brunswick.” That is why each quarter we print two different magazines highlighting the best of life in both areas of the county. But as our county and technology have evolved, people have told us that they want access to the articles that run in both of our publications. South Brunswick

My daughter, Ava, is as excited as I am about our new website.

County residents want to read North Brunswick Magazine and vice versa. Responding to that feedback, we have launched This site makes it possible for our readers to access all the content from both of our publications on one website. Is it the same as reading it in a print publication? Absolutely not. Because we all know that the emotions of reading something in print and online are completely different. But we think that having one portal for all of our content will help us reach more people with the message of how great a place Brunswick County is. This website is a portal for all of our print content and online exclusive content for North Brunswick Magazine and


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South Brunswick Magazine. One website. All of our content. One place for all things Brunswick County. Check it out and let us know what you think. While you are there, sign up for our weekly e-newsletter — North Brunswick Lifestyle or South Brunswick Lifestyle — for the latest news and stories in your region. My team and I are proud to release this summer issue of North Brunswick Magazine. We have something for everyone inside. All of you active types will like the articles on the new Cape Fearless Extreme tree-top adventure park in Riegelwood, the House of Pickleball that’s coming soon to Leland and the new bike rental business, The Spoke & Wheel, in downtown Wilmington. Nature lovers will appreciate the story about Alligator Alliance. Business-minded folks will be interested to read the story about the new Co-Working Space at BCC and the profile on Bill Sue, a longtime commissioner who paved the way for Brunswick County’s growth. In this issue we also have a preview of our annual real estate guide. In July we are releasing an expanded version of this guide, Brunswick New Homes & Real Estate, for pickup at various locations around town. It’s a useful tool for market updates, interviews with residents who have relocated to the area, Q&A with various association presidents and more. I encourage you to pick this up and pass it along to anyone who is considering a move to Brunswick County. Thank you for reading North Brunswick Magazine. As always, I appreciate your feedback.

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New Hanover Medical Group Central Office 1960 S. 16th Street, Wilmington 910.662.6000

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Myrtle Grove Office 5145 S. College Road, Wilmington 910.662.6000 Ogden Office 7420 Market Street, Wilmington 910.662.6000 Brunswick Forest Office 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.662.6000 Autumn Hall 510 Carolina Bay Drive, Wilmington 910.662.6000 NHRMC Physician Group 2000 Brabham Avenue, Jacksonville 910.376.3030 Pender Primary Care 7910 US Hwy. 117 S, Rocky Point 910.300.4500 Wrightsville Beach Family Medicine 1721 Allens Lane, Wilmington 910.344.8900 Coastal Family Medicine 2523 Delaney Avenue, Wilmington 910.763.5522

NHRMC Urgent Care 112 Medical Village Drive, Ste. G, Wallace 910.285.0333

CARDIOLOGY Cape Fear Heart Associates NHRMC Heart Center Outpatient Services 1415 Physicians Drive, Wilmington 800 Jefferson Street, Whiteville 584 Hospital Drive, Bolivia 3009 Medical Plaza Lane, Southport 2000 Brabham Avenue, Jacksonville 910.662.9500

GASTROENTEROLOGY Hanover Gastroenterology 1509 Doctors Circle, Bldg. C, Wilmington 7420 Market Street, Wilmington 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.763.1219

NEUROLOGY NHRMC Physician Group Neurology 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 1509 Doctors Circle, Bldg. C, Wilmington 910.662.7500

NHRMC Physician Specialists— Internal Medicine Specialists 1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.9300


The HIV Care Team 1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.9300

Coastal OB/GYN Specialists & Midwifery 2221 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.815.5190

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Coastal Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility 2221 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.815.5090 Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health 1809 Glen Meade Road, Wilmington 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 510 Carolina Bay Drive, Wilmington 910.763.9833

NHRMC Physician Specialists— OB/GYN Specialists 2150 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington 910.662.9300

ONCOLOGY Cape Fear Cancer Specialists 509 Olde Waterford Way, Leland 910.343.0447 NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.667.3000 New Hanover Gynecologic Oncology NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.667.3000 Onslow Oncology 221 Memorial Drive, Jacksonville 910.455.5511

PSYCHIATRY New Hanover Psychiatry NHRMC Behavioral Health Hospital 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.815.5625

PULMONARY MEDICINE Coastal Pulmonary Medicine 1090 Medical Center Drive, Wilmington 330 Military Cutoff Road, Unit B1, Wilmington 910.343.3345

RHEUMATOLOGY NHRMC Physician Group Rheumatology 1509 Doctors Circle, Bldg. C, Wilmington 1814 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.662.7550

SURGERY NHRMC Physician Specialists— General Surgery Specialists 1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.9300

NHRMC Physician Specialists— Maxillofacial Surgery

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UROLOGY Atlantic Urology 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.254.1033 1814 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.8765 3009 Medical Plaza Lane, Southport 910.662.8765 2000 Brabham Avenue, Jacksonville 910.376.3025

HOSPITALISTS New Hanover Regional Hospitalists 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington

Welcoming new patients Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health Summer 2018




I am a writer and English instructor living in Wilmington. I moved to Nags Head, North Carolina, from Delaware in 1996 to attend community college. Then I moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW, where I graduated with a BA in English in 1998 and an MFA in poetry in 2001. While at UNCW, I wrote and edited for the Seahawk and performed at poetry slams. Over the years I have written for North Brunswick Magazine , StarNews Media, Encore, The Pender Post and My poetry has appeared in Poetry East, Cobalt, Fjords, Lilies and Cannonballs, The Oklahoma Review, Scissors and Spackle and The Lyricist. My one act play Heathens was produced by Big Dawg Theater Company at Thalian Hall, and I wrote and performed with the all female performance art troupe Brawdeville from 1999 to 2003. After spending time on stage, I switched gears and taught English full time at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.I now work at Cape Fear Community College as an adjunct English instructor and a writing facilitator in the Writing Center. In my spare time, I perform with my husband, Carl Kruger, in the sound art troupe 910 Noise. I have a kind, smart and beautiful 14-year-old stepdaughter, and a 14-year-old tortoiseshell cat named Zoe Mushka, aka Mooshy.


After spending a decade as an English teacher in Florida, I moved to Wilmington three years ago to be closer to family. I now spend my time freelance writing and raising my two small, very energetic children. I love exploring all that makes North Carolina such a beautiful state, and I also enjoy travelling as much as my family and time allow. My writing appears in various parenting and local area publications. In my free time I tend to read or go for a run, and I also love to compete in creative writing contests. I have received awards for several pieces of flash fiction. My ability to tell a good tale is a talent that I use nightly when tucking my kids in with a bedtime story.


I am a writer, digital media specialist for Sage Island and a grad student with Emerson College. I moved to Wilmington in January of 2017 to seek new career and educational prospects, in addition to more sunshine and salt air, of course. I relocated from Asheville, where I completed my BA in mass communications at UNC Asheville and had the opportunity to work with nonprofits like LEAF Community Arts and to write for esteemed regional publication WNC magazine. Since arriving in Wilmington, I’ve published work in North Brunswick Magazine, Wrightsville Beach Magazine and Cape Fear Living. In my spare time, I enjoy diving into a good book or working on one of my own passion projects. Following these interests, I began working toward my MFA in popular fiction writing and publishing in September 2017 through Emerson College’s online educational program. I enjoy traveling whenever possible and can often be found at concerts, movies or theatrical productions. I’m a fan of animals and enjoy the company of two cats, Millie and Sunny. All three of us are willing taste-testers for my husband’s culinary experiments, both professional and recreational. 18

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NEW TO THE AREA? Get more information and other numbers at

Where is the post office?

Where is the library?

Leland Ace Hardware (910) 383-6688 117-B Village Rd., Leland, NC 28451

Leland Library (910) 371-9442 487 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451

Leland Post Office (910) 371-9013 1123 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451-8479

Where is the nearest drug store?

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)

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

Where is the nearest grocery store?

Walgreens (in Magnolia Greens) (910) 371-0233 1019 Grandiflora Drive, Leland, NC 28451

Food Lion on Village Road (off of Hwy. 17) (910) 371-1951 309 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451

Walgreens (Village Road) (910) 371-1806 319 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451

Food Lion (off of Hwys. 74/76) (910) 383-1467 1735 Reed Road NE, Leland, NC 28451

Where are the town halls located?

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 20

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

How do I get involved in the community or volunteer? (910) 253-2412

EVER WONDER WHAT HOMES SOLD FOR IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? Intracoastal Realty’s HomeSpotter App NOW shows SOLD properties for the past 12 months!

THE AREA’S BEST REAL ESTATE APP Find Homes for Sale View Properties that have SOLD in the past 12 months To view SOLD listings, simply touch the Filter button on the top right, and select “SOLD” under Status. SOLD properties will show as red pins!

Download FREE App at or search “Intracoastal Realty” in your App store. Leland Office: 910-201-2200 Ocean Isle Beach Office: 910-579-3050

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• Leland Cultural Arts Center’s Camp Create is for the artist in your house. This all-day camp introduces campers to various art forms, with a field trip on Wednesdays. • Brunswick Community College’s YES Camps (YES stands for “Youth Explorations for Summer”) are diverse and varied in topic, with a lot for kids interested in STEM activities. • Magnolia Greens will offer a golf camp throughout the summer through the Gordon Golf Academy. Foster their love of this sport while they are young! • Y MCA at Lifepoint is a new exciting 24

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addition for parents: a new camp where the YMCA has entered Leland! • King Tiger Tae Kwon Do offers a different theme to campers each week, so your martial arts expert will never be bored. • Seidokan Dojo not only offers karate classes for summer campers but also fun experiences such as bowling, skating, swimming and disc golf. • Coastal Dance Academy offers dance classes throughout the summer in a special summer session. • Camp Brunswick hadn’t released their schedule at our print date, but

it is sure to be a winner with the kids. This year the program is new, a cooperation between Brunswick Parks & Rec, Town of Shallotte and the 4H. • Wonderland Farm offers a horseback riding camp, a must for the child in your life who can’t get enough of those gorgeous horses. • Coastal Day School offers eight themed weeks of camps for the little ones, complete with field trips and special guests! Whatever you choose, the child in your life will be sure to enjoy the North Carolina summers.





When Sarah Lookingbill started working at Carolina Beach’s original Shuckin’ Shack nine years ago, she knew she had just become part of something truly special. Having already worked extensively in the restaurant business as a bartender and in management, Sarah recognized that the Shuckin’ Shack concept was truly unique. She was excited to see just how far it could go. “I would joke with the owners that when they decided to franchise, I wanted to be their corporate trainer,” says Sarah. ”Sure enough, they got a proposal to franchise, and I became their front of the house corporate trainer and started traveling to help open nine of the other stores.”


When Cathy and Anthony Steffen moved from Kentucky to North Carolina in 2013, they never imagined they’d soon be welcoming carloads of complete strangers to the backyard of their new home. But that’s exactly what the couple now does every Tuesday through Saturday from March until September, as they run Good Boy Hotdogs on the side of 74/76 in Delco. After vacationing in the Cape Fear region for years, Cathy and her husband, Anthony, knew they wanted to relocate to the area permanently after their children moved out. One day while planning the move, Cathy stumbled across a show on television highlighting the success of hot dog businesses across the United States, and she was immediately engrossed.



When you envision your local watering hole, the proverbial neighborhood bar comes to mind, where the atmosphere is light, your troubles disappear and everyone knows your name. That is the vibe that exudes from Local’s Tavern – South of the Bridge, an eating and drinking establishment that opened in February right here in Leland. Situated within the Cross Creek Commons shopping plaza near Walmart, Local’s Tavern is a bar that sets itself apart from the rest. Atypical of the options available in the area, this bar is not a franchise. It is locally owned and is the combined effort of six Leland residents who had the desire to continue the neighborly, hometown momentum that the former bar which previously occupied the space offered. The new owners include husband and wife, Sharon and Scott Evans, Chad and Jenny Phillips, as well as two silent partners who also reside in Leland. As patrons of the former bar, they used to contemplate the

future of the space if it ever ceased operations. Partly in jest, the couples envisioned taking it over. When the opportunity arose, they were eager to take the reins. Summer 2018





You know the events, and you love them. Outdoor concerts and movies, Night Hunt for eggs, Trunk or Treat, Founders’ Day…all the wonderful moments that bring the residents of Leland together week after week. Yet do you know the powerhouse that has been planning these for eight years? Meet Amy Ryan, the Recreation Supervisor for Leland. Ryan is the quiet yet hardworking force that makes the Town of Leland’s events happen. She dreams them, then makes them a reality.

Originally, Ryan came to the area from Greensboro to major in social work at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. But she realized that she had the tendency to become too emotionally invested and the field might not be the right fit for her. She somewhat stumbled on Parks & Recreation as a major and was immediately hooked. “I love the event planning,” Ryan explains, “and realizing that I can still give back and do things to help people, to make their life a little better, in a different way [I loved].”




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Despair can take many forms these days: terrorism, racism, grief, divorce, poverty and even the threat of war. But according to Reverend Gaylian Barbour, the key to surviving the troubles we face today is “hope.” The world can seem overwhelming. “Don’t lose hope. All the hate, the troubles, they can make you want to give up,” explains Barbour, pastor at Mt. Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church. “We have to know that there is someone up there to turn to, who will help us through it.” That’s her advice for anyone losing faith or feeling hopeless these days. And if you sit in on one of her “straightforward, no holds barred” sermons, you’ll believe it. Now in her 15th year as a pastor, the much-admired preacher has made her home at Mt. Calvary in Navassa where she leads Sunday worship service and Wednesday night Bible study.





The JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is the Department of Defense’s largest youth development program offered throughout high schools in the United States. Led by retired veterans, the program is designed to instill wholesome values, build moral character and impart effective leadership qualities in today’s youth. The local JROTC of North Brunswick High School, led by Colonel (R) Steven A. Baker, is deserving of mention for their hard work and outstanding effort in moving to the next round of competition in this year’s Leadership Bowl.

Four female cadets prepared for the 2018 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl Championship held June 22 through 26 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. This championship is a nationally recognized competition created for cadets to help them learn the value of citizenship, leadership development and educational preparedness. It allows them to demonstrate their leadership abilities in tandem with their academic abilities.



The key acronym for today’s students is STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dana Maloy, 17, of Leland, a senior at North Brunswick High School, says she has a passion for STEM classes, specifically science and more specifically biology. “I plan on pursuing a biomedical engineering degree on the pre-med track in college,” she shares. The dictionary defines biomedical engineering as applying engineering techniques to understanding biological systems and the development of therapeutic technologies and devices such as pacemakers, artificial joints and prostheses. Maloy’s stamina is amazing because she not only takes AP (advanced placement) chemistry and AP statistics at NBHS, but she also takes AP U.S. history and AP psychology through N.C. Virtual Public School. But that’s not all. She is enrolled as an online student at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the prestigious two-year STEM school in Durham.

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Downtown Sundown Concert Series

Fridays through August 31 Wilmington’s signature summertime concert series returns for its 13th season at Riverfront Park in front of the Federal Courthouse. The free concerts are from 6:30 to 10 pm and feature both local performers and touring bands. June 1: Red Zeppelin — Been a long time since you rock and rolled? June 8: Hey Johnny Park — Foo (Fighters) for you! June 15: Tuesday’s Gone — Friday night is special for this Skynyrd tribute June 22: The Core — Clapton tribute comes down to our crossroads June 29: 20 Ride — Calabash fried Zac Brown tribute? July 6: Wrong Way — Sublime and uplifting July 13: Departure — Take a Journey with us July 20: Funky Monks — Giveitaway now! July 27: Breakfast Club — The 80’s just like you remember August 3: Shoot to Thrill — These gals will shake you all night long with AC/DC

Scrapbooking Weekly

June 10 to August 14 At Leland Cultural Arts Center ages 10+ are welcome to learn the art of scrapbooking. Students will learn how to read a cutting guide, cut their paper and create 10 two-page layouts. They will use a variety of techniques such as stamping, diecuts and edge distressing. Students bring a paper trimmer, scissors and adhesives; all other materials are provided with the supply fee. This class will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 pm, and resident fee is $20. Information: (910) 385-9891; cultural-arts

Art Talk with Todd Carignan

June 14 Todd Carignan shares his paintings from his journey through India at this meeting of the Art League of Leland, which offers ongoing educational growth opportunities to artists and art enthusiasts. This free event will take place at the Leland Cultural Arts Center and will begin at 4 pm. Information: (910) 385-9891; cultural-arts

August 10: The Wildflowers — Tom Petty tribute won’t back down August 17: Skydog — Hot ‘Lanta! This Allman Brothers tribute returns August 24: Abbey Road Live — All you need is love – and Beatles August 31: Satisfaction — Tumblin’ (dice) down to this Rolling Stones tribute


Camp Create

June 18-22, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, August 13-17, August 20-24 Camp Create at Leland Cultural Arts Center will focus heavily on the arts and self-expression. During each week campers will explore a variety of art forms. This includes a mix of painting, drawing, pottery, dance, drama and film making. Campers will also take a field trip each Wednesday to various exciting places. Campers will participate in games, crafts and fun on site. This is a partnership between the Town of Leland Parks & Recreation and the Leland Cultural Arts Center. Register for one week or register for them all! Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot. Campers will be grouped according to age for arts activities. Supplies are included. Each will run Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 3 pm. Cost is $135 per week; scholarship applications are available online. at Information: (910) 385-9891;

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LCAC Gallery Exhibitions

June 14, July 12, August 26 Leland Cultural Arts Center offers monthly art exhibitions. In the month of June, Joanne Geisel, Phil Meade, Lana Stanley, Sarah Jones, Chris Bloom and Edgardo Bianchi will be featured, with a reception held on Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 8 pm. In the month of July, Ami Brown will be featured with a reception on Thursday, June 12 from 6 to 8 pm. In the month of August an instructor show reception will be held, with a reception on Saturday, August 26 from 10 am to 2 pm. Information: (910) 385-9891; cultural-arts

Airlie Summer Concert Series

June 15, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, September 3, September 21 Airlie Gardens is the perfect backdrop for a summer concert series. From 6 to 8 pm the concerts are performed in front of the famous Airlie Oak the first and third Friday of every month, May through September. Kids younger than 4 get in free. All general admission parking is offsite at the New Hanover County Government Center Building (230 Government Center Drive, West Entrance facing College Road). Free trolley service runs continuously beginning at 5 pm. Admission is $2 to $9. Information: (910) 798-7700;

Bellamy Mansion Masquerade Ball

June 15 The inaugural Masquerade Ball at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington features live music, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern NC. Tickets are $100, and this event begins at 6 pm. Information: (910) 202-4749;

Friends of the Battleship Day

June 16 Friends of the Battleship Day in Wilmington features a variety of events including specialty guided tours (10 am to noon; 2 to 3:30 pm); talks on World War II U-Boats off the mid-Atlantic Coast (12:30 pm and 4 pm); a picnic in Battleship Park with Trolly Stop Hot Dogs food truck and Ironclad Brewery (4 to 9 pm); and a screening of a World War II film (TBD, 7:30 pm). Bring blankets and chairs. Admission is $9 to $14. Information: (910) 251-5797;

Techniques in Pine Needle Basketry

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levels. Working from a cork and hardboard base, students will start a pine needle basket. After coiling a few rows, black walnut slices will be added in between the pine needle coils. This technique explores the use of curving line to create organic flow in building coils. Participants will need to be able to see well enough to thread a needle and distinguish individual stitches. Previous experience in pine needle coiling is preferred, but not necessary. This workshop costs $60 for residents and $20 paid to the instructor at the start to cover all materials. This event will run from 9 am to 3 pm and you are invited to bring your lunch or a snack. Information: (910) 385-9891; cultural-arts

Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Nights

June 22, July 27, August 24 Fourth Friday Gallery Nights are a free monthly event in downtown Wilmington, in which several galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Taking place from 6 to 9 pm on the fourth Friday of each month, the Art Walk is a self-guided tour featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, wood, metals, ceramics, mixed media and more. Showcasing art and art-related events, Fourth Fridays also include opening receptions, demonstrations, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional and non-traditional art activities. Additional information can be found on their website. Information:

The WWorld Outdoor Music and Arts Festival

June 22 to 24 WWelcome To The WWorld is presenting its second annual WWorld Music and Arts Festival, which will be hosted by Livingston Creek Farmers Harvest in Freeman. Expect all kinds of music featuring local artists on several sound stages, from jazz to hip hop to electronic to rock and everything in between. Come for the day or pitch a tent for the weekend with over 115 acres of beautiful forest to explore. Live art performances, workshops, yoga, guided meditation, drum circles, food trucks, vendors and so much more! Livingston Creek Produce and Seafood Markets will be open too. Tickets are $15 for the day or $35 for the weekend. Camping is $15 for the night or $35 for the weekend. Music begins at 10 am on Friday and ends at 10 pm on Sunday. Information: (910) 655-4333

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Date Night at the Park

June 23 Get a babysitter and come have a date night at the park from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Before the feature presentation, enjoy yard games and dinner from Vittles Food Truck (food purchased separately). As sun sets, settle down in your chairs and blanket to enjoy a Cucalorus favorite film Waffle Street (TVPG) featuring James Lafferty (One Tree Hill), Danny Glover and Julie Gonzalo. This event is free. Information: (910) 371-0148

Sea Notes Choral Society Patriotic Concert

June 30 to July 1 The Sea Notes Choral Society has performed an array of musical styles for 40 years and will present their 2018 patriotic concert at the Odell Williamson Auditorium. Concerts are always free to the public, but donations are welcome. Information: (910) 620-6275; seanoteschoralsociety/

NC 4th of July Festival

July 4 The North Carolina 4th of July festival in downtown Southport features a variety of events including a naturalization ceremony, a flag raising ceremony, a flag retirement ceremony, a veterans recognition ceremony, more than 100 arts and craft booths, food vendors, a parade, live stage entertainment, fireworks, an art show, a car show, voter registration, old jail tours, a used book sale, a boat raffle drawing, a regatta, children’s entertainment and games, a pancake breakfast, fireworks and a firefighters competition. Information: (910) 457-5578;

NC 4th of July Festival Beach Day

June 30 In conjunction with Southport’s NC 4th of July Festival, the annual Oak Island Beach Day at Middleton Park offers live entertainment, dozens of family contests, inflatables, rides and games. On the beach in front of the cabana there will also be corn hole, bocce ball and sand castle and volleyball contests. A skate-boarding contest is held at the skate park. The fun continues with a shag contest at 7 pm and live music by Midnight Allie from 6 to 9 pm. This is a free festival. Information: (910) 457-5578;

Casino Night

July 7 Casino Night at the UNCW Burney Center in Wilmington features hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and a silent auction, plus games of chance including blackjack, craps, roulette and three-card poker. Proceeds will benefit esophageal cancer 34

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research. Tickets are $75 to $125. Information: (910) 200-7327

LCAC Wheel Throwing Workshops July 11 to August 15; July 13 to August 17 Wheel Throwing workshops are held on Fridays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. The fee for residents is $100. This course introduces participants to the basics of throwing pottery and provides an understanding of ceramic terms, processes and knowledge needed to use the pottery studio safely and independently. Topics include centering clay, throwing basic forms, making handles and glazing. Sessions include demonstrations and practice time under the guidance of the instructor. Participants are encouraged to practice between class sessions and have access to the well-equipped studio. Materials are purchased at the first class, approximately $42. Information: (910) 385-9891; cultural-arts

LCAC Open House

August 26 This free event at Leland Cultural Arts Center is open to all ages. There will activities for children from 10 am to 2 pm. No registration is required. Information: (910) 385-9891; cultural-arts

Leland Founder’s Day

September 8 Help the Town of Leland celebrate its birthday with a grand party for the community. This special event is for all ages and is held at the Leland Municipal Park located at 102 Town Hall Drive each year. There will be entertainment, food trucks, a carnival, arts and crafts vendors, business vendors, fireworks and more! This free event does not require registration and is held from 3 to 9 pm. Information: (910) 408-3092;

North Brunswick Kiwanis Club Juice Jazz & Java Gala

September 15 Enjoy a fun-filled evening while supporting the needs of children in Brunswick County. A buffet dinner will be provided by Arts and Event Caterers of Shallotte along with live music by Sea and Sand Band. There will also be a wine tasting by Unique Pairings of Calabash, a cash bar, raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $70 and go on sale July 1. Tables of 8 can be reserved. 100% of proceeds will be used to fund programs for children in Brunswick County. This event will be located at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland and run from 6 to 10 pm. Information:

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Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Donates to Cape Fear Community College Foundation

restoration and community education. The last major repairs to the hull of the Battleship were completed in 1953.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage recently donated $5,000 to Cape Fear Community College to support the renovation of the Joe and Barbara Schwartz Center, a multi-purpose arena on the Cape Fear.

ATMC Receives National Recognition as a Smart Rural Community Provider

Brunswick Community College Announces President’s Retirement

Weingarten Realty Welcomes Panera Bread to Waterford Village Weingarten Realty is proud to announce that Panera Bread has opened its doors at Waterford Village at Highway 17 and Old Waterford Way in Leland. Panera Bread is known for its freshbaked bread, tasty soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. With more than 108,000 square feet, Waterford Village is located in a regional trade area at the major intersection of Highway 74 and Highway 17 in Brunswick County just west of Wilmington. The shopping center is anchored by Harris Teeter and caters to the surrounding highly successful, master-planned residential communities of Waterford, Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Forest.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Donates to Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has donated $10,000 to the Friends of the Battleship Generations Campaign to support construction of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA cofferdam, a watertight structure that will create a dry work environment for repair and restoration of the Battleship’s hull, as well as hull


After seven years serving as president of Brunswick Community College (BCC), Dr. Susanne Adams, a resident of Ocean Isle Beach, is set to retire in January 2019. As the college’s first female president, Dr. Adams joined BCC in 2011 with more than 35 years of experience in education, largely in the North Carolina and Virginia community college systems. During her time at Brunswick Community College, she steadfastly led the college through growth, campus expansion and reaccreditations. Adams also serves on the Community in Schools of Brunswick County Board of Directors, Novant Health Board of Directors, a Shallotte Rotary member, a member of Camp United Methodist Church and an officer in the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents (NCACCP).

ATMC has received a national award as a Smart Rural Community provider from the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, in recognition of their efforts as rural telecommunications providers who deliver technologies that make rural communities dynamic places to live and do business. The goal of the initiative is to foster the development of smart communities throughout rural America by recognizing trailblazers and providing resources to assist broadband providers and connected industries. Over the years, ATMC has helped bring fiber optic technology to all Brunswick County public schools, local healthcare facilities, the Brunswick County 911 Communications Center and more. ATMC’s ongoing network upgrade and expansion project was a major factor in its selection for the prestigious award. ATMC has provided fiber optic communications services to residential neighborhoods in growing areas of the county as well as to the business districts of Leland and Shallotte. ATMC is now working to provide fiber optic services to residents and businesses in Oak Island and Ocean Isle Beach. By 2021 the cooperative plans to install fiber in all key business districts of Brunswick County. Through its Project 2019, the cooperative has also begun the process of upgrading nearly 4,000 rural members to have Internet speeds of up to 500 Mbps.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Hosts Ribbon Cutting of Olympic Proportions On February 22 Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage hosted a ribbon cutting and Olympic medal ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Autumn Hall office in Wilmington. The ribbon cutting had an Olympic theme in honor of the 2018 Winter

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Olympics. Additional tenants joining in the celebration included Sea Coast Rentals, Alpha Mortgage, Don Bullard Insurance, Colby & Mincey Attorneys at Law, Herrington Homes and Drift Coffee. Drift provided complimentary coffee and pastries to guests, and Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage offered goodie bags to guests with gold, silver and bronze candies and chocolates. Prior to the ribbon cutting, Mayor Bill Saffo hosted a medal ceremony in which a representative from every tenant company received an Olympic Medal and ribbon to the accompaniment of the National Anthem.

Boca Raton Resort & Club in March. The Platinum Award is the highest achievement level for overall performance available to all Cartus Broker Network Principal Broker members. Platinum Award recognition is based on performance results related to a wide variety of goals including customer service, conversion, cost management and appraisal accuracy. Kathryn Ruth is the Relocation Director for Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage and is proud of her team for rising to the challenge and achieving this level in the network.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Named Platinum Award Winner by Cartus Broker Network

VP of Sales & Marketing for Kent Homes selected as a 40 Under 40 Superstar by Professional Builder Magazine

The Wilmington and Jacksonville markets of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage have been named 2018 Platinum Award winners by the Cartus Broker Network, the nation’s largest relocation network. This is the seventh consecutive year that Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has earned this distinction for both the Wilmington and Jacksonville markets. The awards were formally presented to Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage at the Cartus Broker Network International Conference at the

Professional Builder magazine has recognized Kent Homes Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ashley Kent for her accomplishments achieved in the home building industry before the age of 40. Professional Builder editors chose the winners from more than 150 nominations this year, illustrating the depth of talent among this collection of future and present industry leaders. Each member of the Class of 2018 is profiled in the March issue of the magazine and online at This year’s class of


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15 women and 25 men represents all regions of the United States. In addition, the 2018 class includes 12 honorees who started their own companies as well as young progressive leaders with job titles as varied as online sales consultant, communications manager, director of land development and vice president of marketing, operations or purchasing. At the age of 27, Ashley is the youngest 40 Under 40 winner recognized in Professional Builder’s annual class. Ashley is a native of Wrightsville Beach. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in International Studies, with minors in Political Science and Asian Studies. Ashley has been around the construction industry her entire life with her father, Dan Kent, being a builder and her mother, Miriam Kent, as a distinguished MIRM real estate agent. Learning the business from the ground up, Ashley spent several years on the construction side of the business working within the warranty department and as a project manager for Kent Homes. Ashley joined the sales team in 2015 and began producing tremendous results as a new home sales professional. Most recently, Ashley has become VP of Sales & Marketing with Kent Homes, leading the sales team to record growth while maintaining one of the highest customer recommendation rates in the industry.

and communications services that are critical to the success of businesses. Business customers who utilize ATMC’s new fiber optic network will benefit from low latency streaming that makes online collaboration and data services fast and reliable. Because fiber optics allow for quicker upload and download speeds it is ideal for cloud based applications and point of sale transactions. In 2016 ATMC’s Board of Directors approved an aggressive fiveyear network upgrade and expansion plan designed to improve services for current members and strengthen the cooperative by expanding into some of Brunswick County’s fastest growing communities. The plan for 2018 includes expanding the fiber optic network to other business districts throughout Brunswick County, as well as more residential areas in Leland, Oak Island and Ocean Isle Beach. ATMC will also be upgrading Internet services in Ash, Longwood, Supply and areas west of Shallotte.

Leland Police Department Welcomes Officer Britton

Weingarten Realty Announces The Duchess & The Prince coming into Waterford Village CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Weingarten Realty recently announced that The Duchess & The Prince leased 925 square feet of retail space at Waterford Village at US 17 and US 74 in Leland. The Duchess & The Prince is a stylish boutique featuring the newest trends in handbags, jewelry and accessories. With their very own handmade line of bath and body care products and personalized monogramming, this is a perfect place to shop for gifts or something special for yourself.

New Leland Police Officer Robert Britton was sworn in on February 27, 2018. Britton is pictured here with Chief Mike James.

Leland Businesses to Benefit from ATMC FOCUS Fiber Optics

Downtown Leland Announces Harrington Square Commercial Tenants

ATMC recently announced that its FOCUS fiber optic broadband services are now available to many businesses in the Leland area of Brunswick County. This $1.5 million dollar investment is part of the company’s five-year network enhancement and expansion plan designed to help attract new commercial and small businesses to the area, enhance current business capabilities and encourage economic growth. The availability of fiber optic delivered broadband services will enable businesses in the Leland area greater opportunities for cloud access with higher bandwidth and increased reliability. Once the project is complete, there will be opportunity for nearly 1,000 current and potential businesses to have access to FOCUS fiber optic communications. ATMC’s fiber optic technology provides access to gigabit broadband speeds

After years of planning, re-zoning, development and building, Harrington Square businesses are set to open this summer. D Logan of Harrington Village Holdings, LLC and Shirley Logan of Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast have confirmed that Sandalwood Shoppes and Axis Fitness + Training will be key tenants of Harrington Square, the commercial component of Harrington Village in Leland. Sandalwood Shoppes is an upscale marketplace that promises to provide a true destination shopping experience. Local entrepreneurs and artisans will fill the 60 retail vignettes with an array of merchandise from gifts, apparel, jewelry and coastal decor to candles, essential oils, clocks and more. Monthly events and a friendly staff equipped to take custom orders will guarantee shoppers a unique experience around

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every corner. This will be the third location for Axis Fitness + Training, which brings a fresh approach to group and personal fitness, combining strength training, endurance, conditioning and functional movement into workouts. They use technology to track progress and heart rates to help clients build strength, avoid injury and sweat with a purpose. Harrington Village is a 20-acre mixeduse campus of 13 buildings at the corner of Village Road and Lee Drive. The residential portion includes 10 luxury apartment buildings with a clubhouse, pool and other amenities. Harrington Square encompasses the ground floor of the three front-facing four-story buildings in Harrington Village, offering about 30,000 square feet of retail and office space for shops, businesses and restaurants in an upscale urban setting expected to draw shoppers and diners from across the region. Sandalwood Shoppes and Axis Fitness + Training have the unique opportunity to position their business in the center of a downtown Leland that will soon be an epicenter of the community with walking trails planned to link shops, the library, senior center, town hall, and the major park projects on the way. These forward-thinking business owners see the potential, and will reap the rewards.

Bryant III Appointed to ATMC Board of Directors Douglas H. Hawes, President of ATMC, has announced that Harry Conrad Bryant III from Supply has been appointed to the cooperative’s Board of Directors to serve in a newly created director position which splits the former at-large director position into eastern and western regions. Mr. Bryant will represent the eastern region which includes districts 5-7. John “Buster” Dowless, who had been serving as the at-large director, has been appointed as the director for the western region which includes districts 1-4.

14 Novant Health Medical Centers Highlighted in 2018 Healthcare Equality Index Novant Health is proud to announce that 14 of its acute care facilities have been recognized as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. This is the second year in a row that Novant Health has received systemwide recognition. Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center made its first appearance this year in its first year as a full-service hospital following the facility’s 2017 expansion. Novant Health is one of only eight health care systems nationwide that had 10 or more facilities receive the recognition this year. In North Carolina, Novant Health is the only health care system with designated facilities in Mecklenburg County and one of two health care 40

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systems with designated facilities in Forsyth County. Novant Health UVA Health System medical centers were two of the three facilities recognized in Virginia. The medical centers designated as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality are: • Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center • Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital • Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center • Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital • Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center • Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center • Novant Health Matthews Medical Center • Novant Health Medical Park Hospital • Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center • Novant Health Rowan Medical Center • Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center • Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center This 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) marks the second year that participants were given a numerical score based on their LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. HEI participants were given scores in four criteria: foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement. This year‘s index evaluated more than 1,600 healthcare facilities nationwide.

EmergeOrtho Opens Oleander Drive Office, Relocates Orthopedic Urgent Care On April 2 the orthopedic and spine specialists of EmergeOrtho opened a new location at 4815 Oleander Drive in Wilmington and relocated AccessOrtho, their orthopedic urgent care services. Located across from Hugh MacRae Park, the new facility serves as the Wilmington location for AccessOrtho, relocating the urgent care services from the practice’s 2716 Ashton Drive office. In addition to the Ashton Drive office that is moving to Oleander Drive, EmergeOrtho’s other AccessOrtho area locations are at 5160 Ocean Highway West in Shallotte and at 2000 Brabham Avenue, Suite 100, in Jacksonville.


BEMC Awards Funds to Local Community Organizations Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) recognized 39 community organizations at a recent check presentation at the cooperative’s headquarters. Community Grants totaling $48,424 will fund projects serving members in both Brunswick and Columbus counties. Now in its 16th year, BEMC’s Community Grants program has awarded more than $500,000 to local groups that provide family service programs, civic and community programs, cultural and arts programs, emergency services and community development activities. Since inception, the grants have helped hundreds of projects benefiting citizens throughout the electric cooperative’s service area. All funding is the direct result of items sold at the co-op’s equipment auction held at its annual membership meeting in September.

Noah’s wife called and said this: don’t forget your “ Noah, swimsuit – water’s just fine!

Novant Health Brunswick Endoscopy Center The Novant Health Brunswick Endoscopy Center opened on April 16 and is Brunswick County’s first freestanding outpatient endoscopy center. Patients now have access to a wide variety of endoscopy services, including colonoscopies and endoscopies, in a convenient location. The endoscopy center is located at 13 Medical Campus Drive NW, Suite 101 in Supply. A ribbon-cutting and open house was held on May 2. Outpatient procedures offered include colonoscopies, upper GI endoscopies and flexible sigmoidoscopies. To better support Novant Health Brunswick Endoscopy Center, Novant Health Gastroenterology Brunswick has relocated. The clinic is now adjacent to the endoscopy center and has added two new providers to care for patients. In addition, the general surgeons with Novant Health Surgical Associates will perform procedures at the new endoscopy center.

Noah heard this: forget your swimsuit “Just – won’t have mine! ” Catch every word with a captioned telephone (CapTel), and you’ll never forget your swimsuit. A free service provided by CapTel North Carolina is the solution for people with a hearing loss. A CapTel allows them to hear and read everything the person on the other line says to them!

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The players in Brunswick County Senior Softball League help redefine aging.

On a crisp, early spring morning, the Brunswick Bombers take on Ocean Ridge at Shallotte District Park. For this season opener, the dirt on the field is newly groomed, the white lines are freshly drawn and the crack of balls hitting bats fills the air. From their




After five generations the Potter family of Potter’s Seafood is the last of his kind in Southport. Toddling along the docks at Potter’s Seafood in Southport, little Amber Potter doesn’t realize the commercial fishing legacy that she was born into. Her father, Royce Potter, is a fifthgeneration commercial fisherman who brings his catches directly back to the docks to sell at his family business. “It was as simple as it gets: food straight from the sea, caught by a neighbor. Not much has changed at Potter’s Seafood since then.” South Brunswick Magazine Managing Editor Allison Barrett Carter met with Potter and wrote our cover story, “Where Legacy Meets Reality,” about the state of commercial fishing and the seafood business in Southport.

In his 49-year career at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative, Don Hughes has traveled a long path from meter reader to CEO. Don Hughes sits at the desk in his corner office at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative and tilts his head in the let-me-think-a-minute posture. He then lists the jobs he’s held since September 1969 when he came to BEMC after graduating from Shallotte High School.

dugouts, players from both teams joke and trade insults in jest. A group of men ranging in age from 50 to 70-plus cheer on the batter up. But these men didn’t come as spectators — they are the players.



With Makai Brewing Company in Ocean Isle Beach, the southern Brunswick beaches welcome their first microbrewery. “I’ll take a humuhumunukunukuapua’a single hop pale ale.” There’s only one place in the region where a customer might place that order. Makai Brewing Company sports a name and ambience that reflects its owner’s love of Hawaii and all things coastal. The business, which opened in the fall of 2017, is at the corner of Union School Road and U.S. 17 south of Shallotte. It’s the first microbrewery to open in the southern part of the county. By TERESA A. MCLAMB

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Just Peachy A crisp eye-opener made with fresh local fruit makes the first meal of the day extra special.


My good friend Kristen says, “It’s just breakfast unless alcohol is served, then it’s brunch.” Staying true to this saying I would like to share with you my Peachy Brunch Punch. I enjoy making a weekend brunch for my house guests. Since I live near the beach, when guests come to visit, they are usually on vacation. I tend to be an earlier riser, so that gives me time to concoct something tasty before they finally roll out of bed. I also enjoy treating them to the local flavors of Brunswick County. This area offers some of the freshest peaches during the summer season, and I like to take advantage of them while they are at their peak flavor and juiciness. Peaches are a rich provider of vitamins A, C and E and offer a rich array of minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. They are also low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are a good source of dietary fiber as well. I suppose that makes this a healthy brunch cocktail. This recipe is similar to a Bellini but includes maple syrup and Tito’s vodka. The maple syrup adds a sweet note reminiscent to the first meal of the day, whereas a traditional Bellini uses sugar or simple syrup. I included Tito’s vodka to kick it up a notch but also because Tito’s vodka is my favorite liquor and is becoming very popular among vodka drinkers. So the next time you find yourself hosting breakfast for friends or family, remember to serve some alcohol to make it a true brunch.

Peachy Brunch Punch Serves 6

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Fish & Fruit Tacos Por Favor Take advantage of fresh local fish with a crowd-pleasing meal full of diverse flavors.



It doesn’t have to be Tuesday for my family to enjoy tacos; we eat them any day of the week. Our favorite type of taco is the fish taco and living on the coast makes it easy to enjoy them anytime with some of the freshest fish available. For this recipe I have paired grilled cobia with a bright mango salsa and a cool dill horseradish sauce. Sometimes called black kingfish, lemon fish or black salmon, cobia is difficult to catch in the wild because they do not travel in groups. Most commercially sold cobia is farm raised 8 to 10 miles offshore and up to 250 feet deep in the ocean. Like salmon, cobia is known as a “superfish” because it’s a nutritional powerhouse naturally high in protein and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Cobia’s white meat is mild in flavor and firm in texture. It’s generally offered raw or fully cooked; it’s not the kind of fish you want cooked with a cool center because it is dense in texture rather than flaky. Many times when you order sushi the mystery white meat is cobia. It also cooks up firm like chicken, making it versatile in the kitchen. The mango salsa I am sharing with you is vibrant, clean and refreshing with the grilled cobia. I believe it adds a good amount of fruits and vegetables, enough that you could consider these healthy tacos. The sweet mangos and crunchy cucumbers and onions mesh well with the buttery cobia. To bring it all together I have included a dill horseradish sauce to drizzle on top. Although the horseradish in the sauce can lend to a spicy taste, the cool of the sour cream and dill overrides the bite. This dish provides two tacos per person, but be sure to make a little extra because I am sure you will want more.


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INGREDIENTS 8 soft tortilla shells 2 lbs. cobia fillets 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil Salt and pepper For the Mango Salsa: 2 ripe mangos, peeled and diced 2 cucumbers, diced 1 large red onion, diced ½ cup sugar 6 sprigs of fresh cilantro chopped Juice of 2 lemons For the Dill-Horseradish Sauce: ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream 2 tablespoons horseradish 1 tablespoon lemon pepper 3 sprigs of fresh dill, chopped fine Juice of 1 lemon

METHOD Mix all of the ingredients for the Mango Salsa and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Mix all of the ingredients for the DillHorseradish Sauce and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Combine the cobia fillets, vegetable oil and salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag; shake to coat well. Grill the cobia fillets for about 3 to 5 minutes on 400 degrees until done. Begin to plate by dividing the cooked cobia among the 8 tortilla shells. Spoon the desired salsa on top of the fish and drizzle each shell with the sauce.

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A Tropical Escape... Closer than you think!

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The following is a sample of what’s in our 2018-19 Edition of Brunswick New Homes & Real Estate. In addition to getting the publication at area real estate developments and builders, pick up the full copy at bulk locations from our racks this July at the following locations: LELAND Harris Teeter at Waterford Lowes Foods at Brunswick Forest Port City Java at Waterford Port City Java at Brunswick Forest NHRMC Building at Brunswick Forest HWY 55 at Walmart Cross Creek Commons PT’S Grille North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce SOUTHPORT/OAK ISLAND Lowes Foods Port City Java Downtown Southport (outdoor rack at Margaret RUDD) Southport Visitor Center Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Food Lion on Oak Island Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce OCEAN ISLE/SUNSET BEACH/SHALLOTTE Lowes Foods at Ocean Isle Beach Publix at Ocean Isle Beach Food Lion at Sunset Beach Ingram Planetarium Shallotte Visitor Center Ocean Isle Fishing Center Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Lowes Foods in Little River Callahan’s at Calabash




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NEW HOMES MAP Whether you’re relocating to the area or just moving across town, whether you’re upgrading or downsizing or just want a change of scenery, there’s a house for you in northern Brunswick County. We’ve plotted the area’s subdivisions on this map and given you an idea of the price range in each neighborhood. Please keep in mind that the real estate market changes daily; therefore, some of the information in this section could change by the time you read this. Call or visit websites to verify information that is important to you. If you’re in the market for a house in northern Brunswick County, we think you’ll find this guide very helpful. Happy hunting!




Adair Park

Compass Pointe

Hawkeswater at the River

• Follow Highway 17 south. Take a left turn into the first entrance into Westgate onto Ocean Gate Plaza. Follow to Westgate Drive and take a left at the stop sign. Go straight after traffic circle and Adair Park will be on your left just off of Angels Drive.

• Located on Highway 74/76 in Leland • Approx. 9 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Located on Highway 133 next to Belville Elementary School

• Contact: Sales Office, (888) 717- 6468

• Approx. 2 miles from downtown Wilmington

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• Homes from $182,990

• Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington • Homes from the $200s

• Lots from the $90s, packages from mid $300s

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02 The Bluffs on the Cape Fear • Follow Highway 74/76 west towards Whiteville. Take the Leland exit onto Mt Misery Road. Take a right onto Mt. Misery Road and proceed 3 miles. Turn Right onto Dogwood. Take your first right into the entrance of The Bluffs on the Cape Fear and proceed to guard gate. • Approx. 15 miles from downtown Wilmington • • Contact: The Bluffs, (866) 725-8337 • Home sites from the $70s, homes from the high $300s

03 Brunswick Forest

• Located off of Highway 17 on Maco Road / Highway 87 N.

08 Hearthstone • Located on Lanvale Road, about 1 mile off Highway 17 on left • Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 8 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Contact: Lisa Smiraldi (910) 782-2804

• Contact: Sales Office, (910) 332-8504


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• Homes from $250s

• Homes from the high $190s, townhomes from $159,900


09 Lanvale Forest • Located on Lanvale Road 1.2 miles off Hwy 17

The Grove at Mallory Creek Plantation

• Approx. 8 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Located off Highway 133, 4 miles from Highway 17

• Contact: Sean Skutnik (910) 279-1016

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• • Homes starting from the $170s


• Located on Highway 17 south

• Contact: (910) 332-8501

• Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington

Lily Pond

• Homes starting in the $200s

• Located on Lincoln Road

• Contact: Brunswick Forest Realty, (910) 371-2434 • • Home sites from $70s, townhomes from the mid $200s, homes from the high $200s


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• Approx. 8 miles from downtown Wilmington • Homes starting from the $200s

This Brunswick County new development map is NOT to scale and is designed to give readers an approximate idea of where the new home community locations. Prices in real estate can change often. Please check with your real estate professional for the most up-to-date pricing.



Lincoln Place

Magnolia Greens

• Located on Village Road • Approx. 7 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Located on Highway 17 south just past Waterford, across from Walmart

• Contact: Sandra Britt (910) 262-4400

• Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Town homes starting from the $160s

• Single-family homes from $175s, townhomes from $160s, condos from $140s

13 The Cottages at Mill Creek Landing • Located on Village Road in Leland just before fire department • Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington • • Contact: Sean Skutnik (910) 279-1016 • Homes starting at $130s

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14 The Pines at Mallory Creek Plantation • Located 3.5 miles from the Leland exit on Highway 133 south

• Approx. 5 miles from Downtown Wilmington

Waterford of the Carolinas

• Homes from the $160s

• Located on Highway 17 south across from Walmart


• Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington

Shoreline at Westgate


• Contact: Sales Office, (910) 332-8501 •

• Located in Westgate off Highway 17 behind Walmart Shopping Center

• Homesites start from the $70s; homes from the $200s

• Homes from the $200s

• Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington • Contact: (910) 452-6355

15 The Retreat at Mallory Creek • Located between Mallory Creek Plantation and Brunswick Forest. 3.5 miles from the Leland exit on Highway 133 south. Take a right onto Mallory Creek Drive. Travel 1.5 miles and community is on the left


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Wedgewood at Lanvale

• Brick Villas from the $170s

• Located on Lanvale Road • Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington


• Contact: Stevens Fine Homes, (910) 332• 8513

Southview Park


• Located on Leland School Road just off Highway 74/76 and Mt. Misery Road

• Homes from $196,900

• Approx. 7 miles from Downtown Wilmington • Homes start in $230s

• Approx. 7 miles from Downtown Wilmington


• Homes from the $180s

16 RiverBend at Hawkeswater • Located off River Road SE • Approx. 10 miles from Downtown Wilmington • Homes start in $530s


21 Sunrise Terrace • Located off Village Road. From Wilmington, take first Leland exit. Take right onto Village Road and follow about 2.5 miles and neighborhood is located on the left. • Approx. 6 miles from Downtown Wilmington

SeaBrooke • Located off Lanvale Road NE. From Highway 17 turn on Lanvale Road NC. Turn left onto Olde Lanvale Road NE. Turn right on W. Highcroft Drive NE. Turn left on Avington Lane. • Approx. 7 miles from Downtown Wilmington • Homes from the $180s



• Homes from the $190s

• Located off Highway 74/76. From Wilmington, take Mt. Misery Road exit off of 74/76. Take a right onto Mt. Misery Road and travel for about 4 miles, and turn left onto Cassadine Court to enter Windermere Estates. • Approx. 6 miles from Downtown Wilmington • Homes starting at $180,900

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22 Tyler’s Cove at Mallory Creek Plantation • Located off Highway 133, 4 miles from Highway 17

• Located on Highway 74/76 behind the Industrial Park, just past the second Leland exit on your right • Approx. 10 miles from downtown Wilmington • Single-family homes from $130s

• Approx. 8 miles from downtown Wilmington

Sessoms Way • Located on Village Rd. From Wilmington, take first Leland exit. Take right onto Village Road and follow about 2 miles and neighborhood is located on the left.

• Contact: Kelly Sloop, (910) 617-3081 • Homes from the low $200s

For assistance with new homes or resales in any of these communities please feel free to contact the supporters of this section: Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, (910) 371-1181

Karen Schwartz, (910) 431-9395

Intracoastal Realty, (910) 256-4503

Sean Skutnik, (910) 279-1016

Michelle Gurrera, (910) 233-5556


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TOP 20 AGENTS IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC FOR 2017 From January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017 Ranked by total volume sold




01 Hank Troscianiec

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


02 Kim S Anderson

Art Skipper Realty Inc


03 Frances Warner

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


04 Robin L Campbell

Clark Family Realty


05 Cronick & Associates

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


06 Sarah Harris Team

Intracoastal Realty


07 Ginger Dunn

Wendy Wilmot Properties


08 Rosado & Associates

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


09 Windy R Wilmot

Wendy Wilmot Properties


10 WWP John Munroe Team

Wendy Wilmot Properties


11 John G Hamilton

Better Beach Sales & Rentals, Inc.


12 Karen G Gaspar

St James Properties LLC, Marina Office


13 Larry H Cheek

Keller Williams Realty


14 Nolan K Formalarie

Discover NC Homes


15 L Haraway Group

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


16 The Kozel Team

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


17 Anne Arnold

Century 21 Sweyer & Associates


18 Robert Carroll

RE/MAX Southern Coast


19 Laura Hewett

Carolina Elite Properties LHR


20 Christopher J Kuhn

RE/MAX Southern Coast


Source: Stats compiled from the Brunswick County and Wilmington MLS.


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President of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association



At the end of May 2018, the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association and the Cape Fear REALTORS® released the 2017 Cape Fear Area Housing Economic Climate Report. This marks the third year that both Associations have worked collaboratively to bring such an invaluable report of data and information together for our collective memberships. Key Facts & Figures From a national perspective, we saw a total of 817,319 permits, which is 9% higher than what we saw in 2016. On a statewide perspective, North Carolina saw a total of 46,850 permits, which is 9% higher than what we saw in 2016. Looking locally, in Brunswick County a total number of 2,491 permits were issued in 2017. These numbers represented a 25% increase from 2016. This was expected as Brunswick County is still seeing a tremendous amount of investment and growth within the County, and the overall market has expanded greatly. In New Hanover County 1,909 permits were issued in 2017. These numbers represented a 10% increase from 2016. These trends were expected as we are seeing more and more infill development projects and smaller developments come out of the ground. At the same time, 2017 marked the first full YTD where construction numbers were captured in Riverlights™. In Pender County, 499 permits were issued in 2017. These numbers represented a 5% decrease from 2016. This slight downward trend was expected as in 2016 and early 2017 much of the supply side of buildable lots transitioned over to housing starts. As we moved into the latter part of 2017 and early 2018, we are seeing many of the developments that were working through the permitting stage now beginning to break ground. Over the course of the fall, we should see some of the inventory pressures ease. One new item that we put together to highlight this year was “Heat Maps” for each county that show the overall construction activity represented in a geographical format for each county. On page 23 and 24 of the report, you can view these maps and get a true sense of where most of the construction activity is happening. The major key within many of these concentration areas is the availability of water and sewer, and location to services, as it is the consistent driving factor for development. Key Take-Away From the Homebuilder’s perspective in 2018, we will see the Wilmington area experiencing modest gains for single-family construction. We will see the markets continue to expand outward along with water and sewer infrastructure projects. We are also seeing stronger wage growth, which in return is good for

consumer spending and housing demand. However, at the same time, we will continue to see some of the same constraints carry over from 2017 such as supply-side bottlenecks in the form of labor and rising building material prices. For example, tariff increases on Canadian softwood lumber have been enough to drive up the price of an average new single-family home by more than $6,000 and the market value of an average new multifamily housing unit increase by roughly $2,400. Preserving the affordability of housing is our top priority, but with labor gaps and regulatory overreach at all levels, housing must consistently be on the defensive side. While the overall outlook is positive for housing, these issues will continue to provide challenges for our members in 2018 and more than likely as we enter 2019. WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR THE REST OF 2018? WHAT DO YOUR FORESEE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW?

In our industry it is hard to predict what is going to happen in five years – but I think the Key Take Away statement above holds true for a while, particularly as we move into 2019. Below are some things that we believe we still hold true in any economic state. Location, location, location still reigns king when it comes to the local real estate market. When you look at what is selling quickly much of it is due to its location within the area. Sellers who understand their product and their likely buyer, coupled with buyers who understand their own needs and have done their research are efficiently finding one another. Access to information either through real estate professionals or internet-based applications further support the overall buying process. We have also seen buyers being more patient when entering into the market. We are seeing more and more buyers that have done their homework, know exactly what they want and are willing to wait for that

perfect house and perfect location. This may change once prices or interest rates rise. Looking at the purchase decision — buyers really want “convenience.” They want to be in or around easy-to-get-to neighborhood services like restaurants, shopping, movies, or just have convenient access to the places they spend the bulk of their time when they are not at home. Retirees will continue to be the dominant factor in our market, and those buyers will continue to abandon formal spaces while maintaining an open floor plan between the kitchen, living room and more casual eating areas. Today’s buyer is savvy and very critical in terms of a home’s layout and the use of space. They want to get the most out of the price of the home and are looking to utilize every nook and cranny with minimal waste. HOW MANY MEMBERS ARE PART OF YOUR ORGANIZATION? HAS YOUR ORGANIZATION SEEN GROWTH THIS PAST YEAR?

The WCFHBA has seen steady growth since the beginning of 2016 and into 2017. In November of last year the HBA hit a major milestone reaching 1,000

members, thus putting us as the second largest HBA in the state. From a YTD 2017 perspective we saw a 13.2% increase in our overall membership, with a retention rate of 84.8%. As with any membership based organization this has somewhat fluctuated as we moved into 2018, but overall we are still seeing a lot of interest in HBA, as I believe we provide a good product and show a positive value to our members. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A PART OF YOUR ORGANIZATION?

Our overall member benefits are listed on our website:

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TOP 10 BUILDERS IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC FOR 2017 From January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017 Ranked by total number of permits pulled


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Builder Name and Contact Information

Bill Clark Homes

127 Racine Drive, Suite 201 Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 350-1744 • President: Bill Clark


D.R. Horton

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


Logan Homes

60 Gregory Road, Suite 1 Belville, NC 28451 (800) 761-4707 • President: D Logan


Wade Jurney Homes

New Centre Market, 4719 New Centre Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405 (910) 613-0695 • President: Wade Jurney


True Homes

5051 Main Street Unit #13 Shallotte, NC 28470 (910) 754-6314


Trusst Builder Group

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


Kent Homes

1721 Allens Lane, Sute 102 Wilmington, NC 28403 (877) 256-5313 • President: Dan Kent


Stevens Fine Homes

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


Pyramid Homes

5022 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 29403 (910) 392-7201 • President: Chris Stephens


Southern Homebuilders

108 N Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28405 (910) 799-0192 • President: Jeff Hilton


Source: Stats compiled by M.O.R.E (Market Opportunity Research Enterprises®) and are based on permits pulled between January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017.


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Making It Happen The new coworking space at Brunswick Community College’s Leland campus provides the professional space that entrepreneurs and small businesses need for growth. BY ALLISON BARRETT CARTER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK STEELMAN


In Brunswick County you can be whatever you want to be. With both strong farming heritage inland and thriving tourism on the coasts, there are so many options. And now, with the opening of the very first coworking space in Brunswick County, another set of dreamers and achievers — the entrepreneurs and small business owners — will find a happy home in Brunswick County. Coworking isn’t a new concept. Spaces across the country have been in existence for years and take many different forms. But they all serve the same purpose: to provide professional business space to small businesses and entrepreneurs for meetings, work and collaboration. The

clientele is those who have invested in their own company but are still working at their kitchen table or home office, without brick and mortar locations. There are various models in existence regarding monthly fees and memberships. But here in Brunswick County, requirements will be light for the first coworking space. The goal is simply to provide infrastructure to grow small businesses. Entrepreneurs will be selected by an application process. While there will be monthly memberships available, there will also be the option for Daily Dose visitors — those who just want to drop in for the day. Brunswick County is the first rural county to open a Summer 2018



BCC Small Business Center Director April Scott spearheaded the coworking center project at BCC’s Leland campus.

“... having a space for people who aren’t in business to think about turning their hustle or their passion into a true business is important.” coworking space. The new center, called CINErG (Center for Innovative Networking and Entrepreneur Groups), is the result of innovative thinking by the Small Business Center at Brunswick Community College (BCC). The center saw an empty space near the incubator at their Leland campus and worked quickly and efficiently to clean it up and make way for a coworking space. To be clear, to them this program isn’t about turning a profit for BCC, it’s about the health of Brunswick County. April Scott, BCC Small Business Center director, knows what entrepreneurs are looking for, having been one herself. After leading The Carousel Center then getting an advanced degree, she started her own consulting business. “When I had my own business and was working from home, it was so easy to get distracted,” Scott shares. Drawing on personal experience and after hearing many business owners share how they had client meetings in coffee shops or took phone calls in parking lots, Scott realized how much need there was for a space where entrepreneurs could have a professional space to work without paying office overhead. So she set about solving the problem. Scott toured various coworking spaces in the region, performed 60

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information gathering and then took the proposal to BCC Vice President of Economic Workforce Development and Continuing Education Velva Jenkins, who was immediately supportive. The two ran it through all appropriate channels and solicited input, and in a fairly short amount of time BCC told them to make it happen. Everyone loved the idea of finding a way to encourage entrepreneurs to make Brunswick County their home. “The more we can offer [small businesses], the more likely they are to stay,” Scott says. “And having a space for people who aren’t in business to think about turning their hustle or their passion into a true business is important. The more help they have, the better equipped they are to survive.” While the space will offer services such as laptops, state-ofthe-art technology, printing and scanning services, a coffee bar and a private conference room for members to reserve, the unique magic will happen in the collaboration. Once a month Scott will organize a cohort of professionals at the coworking space. Members will be invited to attend and various experts around the county will host talks and answer questions on topics such as marketing, legal contracts, eCommerce and more.


“There are people out there who are truly entrepreneurs, they just don’t know how to get started,” Scott says, providing one explanation as to why these cohorts are a central component of BCC’s mission. The space is light and open. Comfortable study carrels and a whiteboard encourage members to relax and share. It is a place that invites brainstorming and big dreaming. When Scott considers what this means to Brunswick County, she isn’t looking at one potential business owner’s bottom line and earnings, but at the effect investing in small business has on the entire region. “Economic development is a forever-going topic and I am all about a great big company coming to Brunswick County, that’s great,” Scott says. “But I really believe that in any community, but especially a rural one, if we invest in small businesses, especially the mom and pops with their kids, it will pay off for our economy. They live here, they own houses, their kids go to school here. They are invested in this community. And I think if we can offer them the support they need, they will stay.” 

Want to get to work? The Small Business Center’s new CINErG coworking space is located at the Leland Campus of Brunswick Community College at 2045 Enterprise Boulevard. To learn more, call (910) 755-7306 or email April Scott at

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Going Beyond the Pink


Founded by Kara Kenan and Joy Wade, this Wilmington nonprofit offers breast health education and support before, during or after a cancer diagnosis. BY OLIVIA BARDELLA | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER FULLAGAR

“I never say cancer is a gift,” says Kara Kenan, a writer and college teacher. “It’s hell.” In 2013 Kenan was diagnosed with breast cancer. The day before her hysterectomy, her friend, Joy Wade, invited Kenan to go paddle boarding. Anxious about her surgery, Kenan faced a flood of emotions. “It was really hard,” she admits. But from the encouragement of Wade, Kenan says she found the strength and power to not only paddleboard but also to face her battle with cancer. Tears well up in both women’s eyes as Kenan tells how from then on they knew they wanted to work together to

help others with breast cancer. In June 2017 the two women founded Going Beyond the Pink, a nonprofit community center offering comprehensive education, financial assistance and resources on breast health before, during and after a cancer diagnosis. With a shared passion of educating the community about breast health and breast cancer and providing lifechanging post-diagnosis resources, Going Beyond the Pink opened its doors in September and has quickly established itself as an integral part of the breast cancer community.

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— More Than Pink — I walk in the rowhouse-style building at 4018 Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington and Kenan greets me enthusiastically in the lobby that’s also used for their educational classes. The calming gray-blue wall color reflects their name as Kenan says they didn’t want it to be all about pink. Down the short hall Kenan points out framed black-and-white photos that display moving images from a local photographer documenting women undergoing breast cancer treatments. Past the office, the Resource Room houses numerous donated wigs, bras and prosthetics free to cancer patients. Serving six counties, the nonprofit is funded mainly by donations and its partnership with Pink Trash. In turn, this

supports its financial assistance program that provides funds for a cancer patient’s medical needs regardless of their insurance status. “We may run the organization, but it’s the community that’s funding it,” Kenan says. “We’re serving them.” — Supporting with Knowledge — When Kenan was undergoing treatment she knew there was an abundance of resources available but didn’t know where to start. “A lot of people don’t seek help because they’re overwhelmed or scared,” she explains. Going Beyond the Pink not only connects patients with local resources and community experts, but also offers its own

“A lot of people don’t seek help because they’re overwhelmed or scared. Going Beyond the Pink not only connects patients with local resources and community experts, but

also offers its own support.”

Kara Kenan, left, and Joy Wade started Going Beyond the Pink to offer breast educational and wellness programs and postdiagnosis support resources like wigs, bras, prostheses, hats, scarves and care bags.

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support. Specifically, Kenan developed Thrive, a program that offers traditional, alternative and supplemental wellness and survivorship curriculum to nourish the mind, body and spirit. Wade, who has been involved in the breast cancer community for 10 years, also developed a program called Your Breasts: What’s Normal? What’s Not? that helps women and men be their own breast health advocates. A former second-grade teacher and the program manager, Wade is a Southern belle through and through, so I’m stunned for half a second when she asks me with a big smile: “Do you want to see my boobs?” Before I can respond she jumps from her chair and returns with two synthetic MammaCare breasts — half spheres made of clear material with various-sized lumps inside — which she uses during her breast health class. In a fun, interactive, hour-long PowerPoint class, Wade teaches women and men visual and tactile skills in performing a proper self-exam, signs and symptoms to be aware of and how to spot changes in breast tissue. The class, also available in Spanish, is geared for high schoolers to senior citizens. She also posts Tata Tuesday videos on their Facebook page to provide quick tips on self-exams. For now Wade is the only one who teaches the program. But she plans to recruit volunteer advocates to teach the class in other counties and eventually around the nation. She says, “It’s important to save lives, and I’ll do whatever I need to do.”

— Finding Hope and Healing — I quickly realize that Kenan and Wade’s energy, passion and empathy is the source of hope and healing for those who come to Going Beyond the Pink. “It’s a scary place to be,” Kenan says about having breast cancer. “Even with an amazing support system, like one’s family, it’s nice to have people who have been there.” The nonprofit organization does not have set office hours, but visitors can schedule to meet with Kenan or Wade any time of day for a bra fitting, to go over financial assistance or just to talk. Wade mentions how one woman came for a bra fitting, which only takes about 10 minutes, and stayed for an hour to share her struggles and victories. “People will come in and feel broken and not beautiful,” Wade says. By the time they leave, “they feel whole again,” Kenan adds. — Life Beyond Cancer — Kenan has been cancer free for five years — a big milestone that her family plans to celebrate with a trip to Italy this year. From it she says she’s learned to make the most of every day and value all gifts. “You love deeper,” she says. “There’s this other life that springs up when you get through it.” That “other life” is exactly what Going Beyond the Pink is all about. 

Want to learn more about breast health or need breast cancer support? For more information, visit or call (910) 465-6286 or (910) 620-9871. 66

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Glenda Pfister and Richard Holloman discuss the plans for the new House of Pickleball in Leland, which Holloman says will be the finest pickleball facility in the nation.


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PICK LEBA LL Following the sport’s explosion in popularity, the HOP, one of the nation’s finest pickleball facilities, is coming soon to Leland. BY KHARIN GIBSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY CONRY DAVIS

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I had never heard of pickleball until I moved to Brunswick County, where it’s all the rage. I was curious about the game, but even more curious about the name. It conjured up all kinds of intriguing images, so I had to see it for myself. After witnessing pickleball firsthand, I decided it was a hodgepodge of a few pastimes — a combination of tennis, badminton and whiffle ball, which are all fun games. According to pickleball lore, the game was created in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, a Washington state congressman, and his pal Bill Bell. Their kids were bored one afternoon, so the two wrangled together some Ping-Pong paddles and a whiffle ball and made use of an abandoned badminton court in an attempt to create some familial harmony and keep the little ones entertained. It proved to be an entertaining activity for the entire family. Interest in the game grew, and by the 1980s the USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) was formed. By 1990 it was being played in each of the 50 states. The sport, played with a modified tennis net, perforated ball and paddles a bit larger than Ping-Pong paddles, is scored on a point system and can be played in roundrobin fashion. An explosion in pickleball popularity has occurred in the Cape Fear and Brunswick County areas over the last several years.


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“When my wife and I retired and relocated from Wilmington in 2014, there were less than 20 pickleball players in Brunswick Forest and almost none anywhere else in the Cape Fear region,” says Richard Holloman, a Leland resident. But at Brunswick Forest the Hollomans began to see an upswing in people’s interest in pickleball. “Brunswick Forest Pickleball Club currently has membership of more than 510 players,” Holloman says. “Fifteen of the communities in Brunswick County currently have more than 1,600 pickleball members. The overall Cape Fear region is one of the five most densely populated pickleball areas in the world. The larger

areas are Arizona, Florida, Oregon/ Washington and Utah.” Holloman and a group of Leland residents recognized the niche as well as the need for a facility that would cater to the increasing numbers of avid players. And after an arduous, threeyear effort, he and handful of local investors are finally seeing the execution of that vision. A new, state-of-the-art pickleball facility is being erected right here in North Brunswick County, 1 mile south of Brunswick Forest’s main entrance on Kay Todd Road off Highway 17. Dubbed the HOP, an acronym for House of Pickleball, the facility is privately owned and, contrary to

Holloman and Pfister tour the 14,000-square-foot facility that is projected to be completed in July of 2018.

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popular belief, not a Brunswick Forest amenity. “It was built with private money and will be available to the public,” says Holloman, who is the managing director of the facility. Site work on the property began last December, and the facility is projected to open in July of this year. Indoor pickleball facilities are a new concept because a majority of courts are either outdoors or dedicated to other sports

our growing senior population,” Holloman says. While there are a few facilities that have revamped old buildings to house a few covered courts, there are only two in the world that would compare with the HOP — the ChickenNpickle (four indoor courts) in Kansas City and Pickleball Zone (eight indoor courts under construction) in Bend, Oregon. On completion the facility will boast more than 14,000 square feet, ample

but alternatively being used for pickleball play. There are no other indoor pickleball facilities comparable to the HOP in this area or in the eastern part of the United States. The HOP will be a world-class pickleball facility containing six multi-colored indoor courts with a granular rubberized cushion, similar to the Tennis US Open, Pickleball US Open in Naples and indoor tennis courts at Duke University and Wake Forest University, Holloman says. The f loor is the centerpiece of the HOP. “It will provide great comfort to the hips, knees, ankles and feet of

room to host community events and private parties. It will include 2,040 square feet of lobby area, restrooms and storage in the front of the facility. The back area will include another 12,000 square feet devoted to playing areas. The entire facility will be climate controlled and lit with LED lighting. The facility will be open to the public by offering daily play rates as well as memberships. For convenience, courts will be able to be reserved online by any member of the public. Pickleball is sport for all ages and can be learned somewhat quickly. It’s an extremely social sport with an edge


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of competitiveness. As a public facility, the HOP will serve as a sporting center as well as a source of connectedness for the community at large. “I envision local community fundraising events taking place at the HOP,” says Holloman, who feels the space will be perfect to celebrate birthdays in the spacious lobby, followed by a few rounds of pickleball. He also visualizes the facility as a space to hold company team-building retreats, intercommunity events and local, regional or national tournaments. “It will have a very positive economic impact to the Town of Leland,” he predicts, “with guests from across the U.S. and other countries coming to participate in tournaments and special events.” For those new to the sport and a desire to learn, Leland is home to eight of the 255 certified IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) instructors in the world. “These instructors have been instrumental in the growth of pickleball in the local area,” Holloman says. With training being a significant component of the HOP, everyone from elementary students to active seniors can learn to enjoy the game of pickleball and connect with other residents within the community. I now have a better understanding of pickleball and have seen the joy and camaraderie it brings to players. I’m convinced that the HOP is destined to become a social hub for community interaction and connectedness. 

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Downtown Spin The Spoke and Wheel, downtown Wilmington’s first bike rental business, grew from an unlikely source. BY KATELYNN WATKINS PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY CONRY DAVIS


How does one work his way from wedding planning to bicycle rentals — and how do those two seemingly disparate businesses meet in the middle? For Michael Braxton, who owns the local and highly sought-after wedding planning service L’evenement Epique, it was all about fun.


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“All of my brides would mention at some point during the planning stage that they wanted something fun to do while they were here for the wedding, something that wasn’t just going to a bar or hanging out downtown or something like that,” Braxton says. “And since they aren’t from here, it makes sense that they would want to do some sightseeing while they were in town, too.” That set the wheels in motion for downtown Wilmington’s first bike rental business. After nearly two years of planning, and obstacles of both a personal and professional nature, Braxton has opened The Spoke and Wheel, offering bike rentals for adults and children. At the beginning of 2018 he opened this bike rental shop in Chandler’s Wharf as a novel way for tourists to get to know the area and for locals to better enjoy their hometown. The Spoke and Wheel provides a safe and enjoyable way to test out a bike, enjoy the many unique flavors and sights of Wilmington and maybe even leave with a new set of wheels.

Braxton also drew in other businesses, partnering with some downtown favorites like Tavern Law, Goat & Compass, Waterline Brewing Co. and Louie’s Hot Dogs to offer special discounts while riders enjoy their tour. Braxton developed his business skills with his wedding and event coordinating business, which he opened with the help of a good friend, Michaela Birdyshaw. “When we started out, we pretty much said to each other, ‘You know we’re not exactly going to get rich,’” Braxton says. “‘But it’s something to do and at least we’ll have fun with it!’” With so many couples choosing Wilmington and the surrounding areas for their destination weddings, the success of L’evenement Epique kept him quite busy. And with brides continually asking for suggestions for fun activities to take part in while visiting Wilmington with family and friends, Braxton realized that he could just as easily provide the entertainment as well as help with the main event. In 2016 he began drawing up the plans for a bike rental

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“We work hard every day, and we have no reason to stop defying the odds, so it’s a constant reminder to keep going,” Braxton says.


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service and shop, only to have his personal life throw him for a bit of a loop. “We had some things stand in the way at first, some good and some not so much,” he says. “That year my wife got pregnant, lost her sister and was diagnosed with breast cancer.” Needless to say, Braxton’s blueprints for The Spoke and Wheel were put on the back burner for the time being, but the adversity he and his family experienced did make one thing easier, he says. They were having a tough time deciding on a name for the LLC under which Braxton would operate his business. After his wife, Karen Braxton, managed to beat her diagnosis while pregnant, he says that piece of the puzzle was eventually placed with relative ease: Defying All Odds, LLC. “We work hard every day, and we have no reason to stop defying the odds, so it’s a constant reminder to keep going,” Braxton says. Braxton consciously contributes positivity to the downtown scene. For him, it’s all part of keeping young, energetic people invested in his favorite town. He invites everyone to his shop to rent a bike and explore all of the eclectic shops, eateries and points of interest that downtown Wilmington offers. If you are in need of a bike, you can test out one of his before purchasing. So next time you’re in downtown Wilmington, hop on a bike. As Braxton says, walking is overrated. 

Want to ride? The Spoke and Wheel specializes in bicycle rentals and offers hourly, half-day, full-day and weekly rental options. All rentals include a helmet and lock. Tandems, child bikes and baby seats are available. 225 S. Water Street, Wilmington (910) 228-5150 Facebook: The Spoke and Wheel Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm Summer 2018



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The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is helping transform an unusable, contaminated piece of land into a community asset for Navassa. BY ALLISON BARRETT CARTER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL CLINE

Ideally situated on the Brunswick River in the Town of Navassa, next to the S. Navassa Road bridge with a line-drive view of downtown Wilmington, lies 245 acres of land that prime for development. The problem is, a large portion of the land can’t be used. Yet. Many government agencies, environmental scientists and local citizens are working to change that. Decades ago, a creosote plant operated on the edges of the marsh in that spot. From 1936 to 1974, it was here that wood, such as railroad ties and telephone poles, would be treated with creosote, a dark oil derived from coal tar. It was unknown at the time that creosote is a dangerous substance, toxic to humans and animals. It causes intense skin irritation, and prolonged exposure leads to respiratory illness and can cause cancer. Although the industrial plant was destroyed and all equipment removed in the

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1980s, the damage had been done. This valuable property in Navassa cannot be used in the shape it is in right now. Throughout the decades after the plant was removed, the land sat unused as it was transferred from company to company through mergers, transfers and buyouts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came to be an advocate for the proper cleanup of the acreage in 2003. That started with the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s building of a bridge. As they drove pilings, they discovered the soil contained with alarming levels of creosote and delivered their findings to the EPA. The EPA immediately

millions of dollars for environmental cleanup for its hazardous properties, there were hundreds of sites that fit the bill. It turns out that Navassa was one of the more complex, and $92 million was earmarked for its remediation. Once finally settled, research, remediation and work could move forward. In 2010 the EPA designated the Navassa land a superfund site, making it a national priority. A superfund site is land marked by the government for cleanup as it poses a hazardous risk to human health and/or the environment.

Top: The 245-acre Navassa Superfund Site was used for creosote-based wood treating. Left: David Mattison, an environmental engineer with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, says there is no hazard for anyone living or working near the Navassa site today. Above: A ground water monitor well.

referred it for further action and started to work with state agencies, such as the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). Unfortunately, the site was tied up in intense legal proceedings as owners Kerr-McGee transferred the liability to a newly created company called Tronox, which then declared bankruptcy. While federal courts demanded that Tronox set aside 82

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“The thing to realize,” explains David Mattison, an environmental engineer with NCDEQ who has been working on this project for some time, “is that [the plant] was fine for practice at that time. New laws weren’t created until 1980. But the point of superfund status means that we clean up an abandoned waste site and put it to beneficial community use.” There are stages to making this

happen: remedial investigation, feasibility studies and then the actual clean up. For years, engineers such as Mattison have been monitoring the property and trying to get a handle on the exact scope of damage. They found that the creosote soaked nearly 100 feet into the ground in some areas, with most damage on the southwest side of the site, where the creosote ponds were. “But it is important to understand

To this end, the Multistate Trust has been holding public forums and community hearings to solicit feedback from people who live in Navassa and the surrounding areas. From hours of meetings, surveys and visioning workshops with more than 70 residents in attendance, a few plans have been drafted, trying to put to paper what the site could be eventually. The current redevelopment concepts include a park, a kayak launch, light industrial use, residences, a riverwalk and, what seems to be most important to the town, a cultural heritage center, possibly including a museum. “We really wanted to engage the public, to see what they want,” Elliott says. “We have been working hard to bring this land back to where it can be

later this year, the Multistate Trust will begin to explore sale of the land to owners that may be able to bring the neighborhood’s vision to fruition, yet no concrete deadlines have been determined for any transfer of land. And while the southwest part of the site will take longer to be reclaimed for us as its contamination is more intense, it is possible the northern part could be available for reuse in just a few short years. “Because of its proximity to infrastructure, a railroad and I-140, there is a lot of value in this property,” Elliott says. “This is going to be gem in the Navassa crown, and a positive influence for the area.” “This land isn’t helping anyone right now,” Mattison adds. “Our goal is to that there is absolutely no hazard for take a contaminated piece of land, fix it anyone living or working near the site and put it to beneficial use to the today. The damage is far underneath community.” the ground surface,” Mattison says. According to all agencies and Since creosote is such a thick, sludgy companies involved, the substance, it turns out it people of Navassa have doesn’t leach or been nothing but permeate much. “In 2010 the EPA designated the Navassa friendly and helpful. It Today the site is seems that everyone formally owned by the land a superfund site, making it a national acknowledges that what Greenfield priority. A superfund site is land marked by the happened can’t be Environmental completely undone, but Multistate Trust. This government for cleanup as it poses a hazardous there is a plan to move organization was created forward, complete with risk to human health and/or the environment.” during the Tronox available resources and bankruptcy settlement passionate people. And to oversee some of the now we know there will funds and lands a productive part of the community. likely be a better future for the Navassa earmarked for cleanup. Richard Elliott, The town was negatively impacted by Superfund site.  project manager of the Navassa the operation of this facility. But we are Superfund Site for the Multistate Trust, here to turn a negative into a positive.” has been working hard to get this While the Navassa Superfund site is valuable land remediated and back to Want to learn more? still early in the redevelopment productive use for the community. planning process, it helps the “Part of the superfund process is to The public is encouraged to get involved. Multistate Trust to know the possible figure out potential future use of the For more resources, start at http:// uses of the property as envisioned by land,” Elliott says. “It is about the community. The goal is to initiate The next public meeting will be held on returning it to beneficial use.” cleanup by January 2019. Sometime August 9, 2018, at 6 pm.

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Most people living in areas where alligators reside make it a point to avoid them. But Lisa and John McNeill go out of their way to find North America’s largest reptile. Residents of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the McNeills operate a small organization called Alligator Alliance to protect and advocate for the alligator population of North Carolina. It all started with Lisa’s first sighting of an alligator in July 2010 in Southport. “It was the coolest thing I had ever seen,” she says. From that point forward she made it her mission to find alligators during the warmer months, when she and John visit Brunswick County. Lisa loved admiring the creatures from a distance, but she grew increasingly dismayed at how much trash was in their habitats. To change that she enlisted the help of her maintenance mechanic husband, who engineered the long grabbers that enable the couple to safely remove litter from the local waterways. The McNeills decided to focus their efforts on cleaning up alligator habitats throughout Brunswick County, which has a large number of alligators coupled with a booming human population. Brunswick County also holds special meaning to the couple, who got



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engaged in Southport in 1984. By 2014 the McNeills had cleaned up countless alligator habitats throughout Brunswick County, but they wanted to do more. They created a website and brochures with information on how to co-exist with alligators. Before long Alligator Alliance was born and the McNeills were being invited to deliver presentations in the community, dispelling myths about alligators and educating people about how to handle encounters with the cold-blooded creatures. “Society has taught us that alligators are aggressive and attack, and it’s just not so,” John says, explaining that alligators don’t pose a threat to humans unless they’re provoked. John and Lisa caution people never to approach alligators and never under any circumstances try to feed them. “People are scared for obvious reasons and we understand that,” Lisa says, “but we say take a common sense approach and don’t mess with them ... keep your distance and don’t let kids or pets around them; let them exist as they were intended to ... they were here before us.”

The McNeills believe that people’s fears and misconceptions about alligators is what leads to widespread disrespect and destruction of their habitats. Lisa asserts that there’s a major lack of advocacy for the creatures. “Nobody was speaking up for alligators,” she says. “They’re our last living dinosaurs with incredible history.” “The amount of years they’ve survived unchanged in their habitats is amazing,” John adds. “They’re very adaptive.” Lisa and John share that neither of them has degrees in biology or related studies, but they’ve dedicated the last eight years to doing extensive research on alligators and their relationship to the environment. John says that alligators are an integral part of the ecosystem. The private dens they make around warm ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, lakes and swamps also provide necessary shelter for other creatures seeking protection from the elements or a hiding spot from predators. In addition, alligators provide a “natural cleanup” in nature, controlling populations of the animals they prey on. It’s for these reasons and many more that the McNeills are passionate about preserving the alligator population, which they say is now being threatened by a change in regulation by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. For the first time since 1973, the commission has approved an alligator-

“...we say take a common sense approach and don’t mess with them ... keep your distance and don’t let kids or pets around them; let them exist as they were intended to ... they were here before us.”

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hunting season from September 1 through October 1, 2018. The McNeills say that many taxidermists and businesses hunt alligators in order to get a trophy. Alligators are viewed as exotic creatures in the hunting world. But killing members of the Alligatoridae family has serious implications, John says. With the animals’ slow growth rates, hunting by humans could damage the population for years to come. After writing numerous letters and attending every meeting possible for the last four years to protest this change, the McNeills say that their focus now is on fighting for restrictions to the current hunting season and hopefully preventing future hunting seasons. They say that Alligator Alliance has garnered a mainly positive response from the community. Many people are curious about the organization and even surprised to learn that alligators live in this state. Many support Alligator Alliance’s mission and want to know how they can get involved. John says the best way to help is to communicate. “If you see something, say something,” he says. “If you see someone illegally feeding or harassing an alligator, get their information ... and report them to local wildlife or law enforcement officials.” Lisa says that naturally they hear negative comments, too, about the work they do. Some people openly express their dislike of alligators, often remarking on the creatures’


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unattractive or fierce appearance. In response, Lisa says, “Who decides what is beautiful and what is not? Everybody loves rabbits and kitties, but all wildlife has a purpose and something positive about it. I love the underdog and I think the alligator is the underdog of the wildlife population.” Lisa and John now make regular trips to Brunswick County from March through October (alligator season) and they plan to move here full-time in the near future. “We’d love to have 5 acres of land and a pond in case we found an injured alligator and could relocate him to our property for rescue and rehab,” says John. The couple names each alligator they come in contact with and they maintain a log of the sighting, including the date and the temperature, so they can keep up with the conditions of the alligators’ habitats. Lisa frequently drives around Brunswick County in the springtime to visit friends, discover new locations for gators and distribute pamphlets, wristbands and stickers to people she meets along the way, referring to herself as the Gator Patrol. Three years ago, Lisa and John renewed their vows for their 30th wedding anniversary overlooking a marsh full of alligators. “A [group] of alligators is called a congregation,” John says, “so we had a whole congregation attending our vow renewal.” Going forward, the McNeills hope to educate younger people about alligators. They plan to create coloring books that they can hand out to kids and they’re currently working on a children’s book about alligators. John says the most rewarding part about their work is knowing that every impactful teaching experience means less chance of a harmful incident occurring to an alligator, such as relocation or euthanization. “Our main priority is keeping them in their homes,” he says. “And we feel blessed to be able to enjoy alligators in our home of North Carolina, and not just in a zoo or aquarium,” Lisa adds. 

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First Time Cape Fearless Extreme in Riegelwood offers a radical tree-top adventure. BY ALLISON PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN DEITZ


I’m a child of the ’90s, when everything was extreme. Extreme juice boxes and candy. Extreme nachos and Big Gulps. Extreme sports. Wasn’t there even a band called Extreme? While the ’90s were full of risk for a lot of kids, my most extreme activity was downing a bag of Triple Xtreme Doritos after school. Let us just say I have never been an athletic or particularly risky person. But at the age of 41 I was willing to take a stab at extreme physical activity for the first time at Cape Fearless Extreme in Riegelwood. The tree-top aerial adventure course is set on a beautiful 25-acre forested property that’s about 30 minutes west of Wilmington. It officially opened in April but I got to experience two levels of the course

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early, on a sunny day in March, with the guidance of the business’s managing partners, Chris Sherry and Ron England, and their team of guides. The course requires hands-on interaction, but the level of preparation is minimal: wear closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, don’t wear jewelry, avoid flowy, over-sized clothing and use the bathroom before strapping into the complicated harness. I met those initial requirements and was eager to get through the demo training. Sherry helped fit me into my

harness and showed me how to attach myself to the safety cables and ziplines. Once I could demonstrate that I could handle the equipment, he said I was ready. He assured me that along the way, he and the guides would observe and lead me in the proper use of equipment. And as we reached different patrol points along the course, I would know exactly where the next level begins and ends so I could pull the cord, so to speak, and exit if I had enough. But first I had so many questions. Is it safe? Will I fall? How do I do this? Sherry and England reassured me of their team’s experience and know-how. “We managed a course up in

Pennsylvania for years,” England said. “And our builders are from Outplay. They travel around the world building parks like this.” Outplay Adventures is accredited by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), which is the world’s foremost supporter, educator and standards developer in the tree-top adventure industry. “So you know Chris and I aren’t out there building it ourselves,” England said. “We’re not just two guys saying hey let’s build a zipline park and move down south and you know, start hanging things from trees.” In fact, he said, the production and design team is one of the best in the

Top: Writer Allison Parker, center, meets with Ron England, far left, and Chris Sherry, second from left, and some of the guides at Cape Fearless Extreme. Below, Parker and Sherry on the course.

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world. They are based in France and have built parks in Dubai, all through Europe, in Canada and in the United States. They look for trees that are strong, healthy and durable. “Everything we’ve done is to make the forest healthier,” Sherry said. “A nationally certified arborist checked every tree for health. The trees actually become stronger once they are cabled and guided out.” Running, maintaining and owning the only tree-top adventure park in the area also involves keeping an eye on the

Hidden in a forest setting on the back roads of Riegelwood, the new treetop adventure course include swings, climbing apparatus and ziplines.

weather. The guides have the ability to lower guests down no matter where they are on the course. “We watch the radar and we know when those thunderstorms are coming,” England said. “Our guys can do [an evacuation] pretty quick. We evacuated 100 guests up in Pennsylvania in 10 minutes.” And the gear? They said it’s the best in the business. “It’s a state-of-the-art safety system called CLiC-iT. By using a system that prevents doubleunclicking, the guides can concentrate


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more on the good guest experience,” England said. CLiC-iT minimizes the risks of accidental unhooking between ladder and turbine. The systems ensure everything locks in place, from the carabiner to the climbing rope. Fully prepped and satisfied with the answers to my questions, I set out to master the Green level – the bunny slope so to speak. I clicked onto the rope line and climbed the ladder to the first platform. I stepped out, walked across the tightrope and made it to the

next tree. It’s where I got comfortable with the equipment and the rhythm of moving through each element. “Hey, that wasn’t so bad!” I shouted to Sherry. “You just walk across!” He and England traded a glance. Little did I know, the Blue course was waiting for me. It’s an understatement to say that strategy, not strength, must be utilized when crossing the wobbly bridges and swinging pieces of wood on the Blue course. I clung to the cable line overhead and awkwardly placed a foot onto a pendulous plank – and proceeded to form a goofy half-split. I prayed. I took another step and did another weird split/walk onto the next plank. And another. And another. And I made it across, heart rate slightly elevated. “You were supposed to grab onto the ropes,” England said when I made it to the platform. I looked back and realized

I had clung to the wire overhead instead of the easily accessible ropes. Had I just become a FAIL video? I looked behind as Sherry demonstrated the right way to meet the adventure, sort of like a swinging gibbon monkey. Okay. So I was learning, and with each stage completed, I found a natural rhythm and forgot I was dozens of feet in the air. I noticed the fresh pine fragrance, the sweet bird songs. As I climbed even farther into the tree canopy, I felt like I could touch the sky. I wasn’t afraid to fall. “It doesn’t matter if you are one or fifty feet up, because even if you slip with your harness, the lifeline is overhead, hanging the same way,” England said. “You can’t go anywhere.” He said they have a lot of guests who say they’re afraid of heights. “But after they try the course they say, ‘I didn’t

even realize it — I was concentrating so much on what I was doing, I really wasn’t paying much attention to how high off the ground I was!’” While it normally takes three to four hours to get all the way through a course, on this occasion our tour ended after an hour, near the Red and Black courses, which were still under construction during my visit. Ron surveyed the clearing, the giant hardwood tree they named Bob and the busy consort of French and Canadian workers. “Here we’ll have water spread throughout the course, a 650-foot zip at the end, action elements, a rope. We’ll have a surfboard to stand on and go zooming through the course.” He looked around proudly, and I was impressed. Not many locals would guess such a magical forest and tree-top adventure is hidden away on

the backroads of Riegelwood. I left feeling grateful for my first extreme experience and touched by the spirit of camaraderie I enjoyed with the team. This is a tree-top adventure worth sharing with friends, co-workers, family and kids — whether 7 or 97, fit or not-so-fit. I’ll be returning with my family this summer. (And maybe pop an aspirin or two after the course. Oh, my aching hamstrings!) 

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Former Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Sue at home in Leland with one of his six great-grandchildren.

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Motivated by a love for his birthplace, Bill Sue is one of the pioneers who helped establish the framework for the growth in Brunswick County today. BY ANNESOPHIA RICHARDS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA GLANTZ

Bill Sue is a man of many passions. Most days you can find him riding a tractor on his 45-acre family farm, tending his garden, caring for his beehives or making a bit of local wine from the muscadine grapes he harvests. Take a peek inside his home office and you’ll find a flag for the N.C. State Wolfpack (his alma mater) displayed proudly on his desk and an American Flag hanging on the wall. Spend a little time talking to Sue, however, and you’ll quickly discover his first true passion, the one he holds for the county he’s called home for much of his life.

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Born in Leland in 1934, Sue grew up in a little red house on Lincoln School Road. He graduated from Leland High School in 1952 and from N.C. State in 1956. After being commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the army, Sue spent the next two years serving active duty as a missile officer, followed by 10 years in active reserves. While in the reserves he married his first wife, Daphne, and the couple had two children. Those years also included a variety of plant

during his second term that Sue helped pave the way for the opening of Brunswick Community College in 1979 as well as push for the school system’s accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1983. “One of my platforms during my term was to get that accreditation, because when I came back to Brunswick County, all I kept hearing was ‘Don’t move to Leland because their schools aren’t good!’” remembers Sue.

“I think my biggest accomplishment as a commissioner is the fact that we provided the infrastructure to substantiate the growth in the county...”

management positions that led Sue and his family to Texas, Illinois, Virginia and Florida, but he never lost the desire to return to his hometown in Brunswick County. An open management position at the Wilmington DuPont plant finally gave Sue the opportunity to return to Leland. Shortly afterwards his position switched to the Kinston plant, where he spent the next 23 years until his retirement in 1993. During that period Sue also served two terms on the Brunswick County School Board (1973-76, 1978-82). It was

Sue’s work on the school board isn’t the only way he made his mark on the county. In December of 1994 Sue took a seat as Brunswick County commissioner and he served on the board for 18 years. He and his fellow commissioners made many advances at a time when the county’s population was growing rapidly. “When I first started, there were no subdivision ordinances and no zoning ordinances,” Sue says. “We made those effective in 1995. We moved our credit rating up to AA and we built a new courthouse, a new sheriff ’s facility, a new jail, a new department of social services and several schools. I served during one of the biggest growth periods we’ve had up until now.” During his tenure, Sue and the other county commissioners also greatly extended the area’s water system. By starting a centralized sewage system, the board made possible the growth that the county is now experiencing. “I think my biggest accomplishment as a commissioner is the fact that we provided the infrastructure to substantiate the growth in the county,” Summer 2018



he says. “We were able to maintain a strong financial position that at the same time met the requirements of growth, all while trying to keep what growth we had environmentally friendly.” Although many who surrounded him encouraged him to run for higher politics during his years as commissioner, Sue believed he could accomplish more for his county on the local level. His tireless efforts were rewarded in 2012, when the Governor of North Carolina honored him with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Considered to be one of the most prestigious awards a civilian can receive, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to individuals who exemplify extraordinary service to their state. “Bill Sue was among Brunswick County’s most influential leaders, and his vision and hard work established the framework for the Brunswick County we see today,” says Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman. “Bill Sue loves the area he was born in and has and always will be the head cheerleader of Brunswick County.” These days Sue can be found working on his farm or


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keeping busy with his family. After Daphne passed away in 1999, Sue married his current wife, Bidgie. The two enjoy spending time with Sue’s five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Sue is also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Leland, the very same church he attended as a child. “Bill is a compassionate man,” Bidgie says. “He has a heart of a servant when it comes to his church, his family, his friends and his county. He might have an image of being quite gruff at times because he says what he means and is always honest. That’s what I love about him.” As for the future of Brunswick County, Sue is hopeful for the great things still to come. “I don’t think Brunswick County is going to stop growing,” he says, “and the reason why is because of our location and environment. We’ve got one of the lowest tax rates in the state, we’ve got beaches, creeks, woods and a good climate. It’s a great place to live, and we still have so much potential.” 

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r. Chris Rizzo D.C. and Dr. Steve Maniscalco D.C. of North Brunswick Chiropractic have been serving Leland residents for 10 years. They love how active the community is, and their mission is to keep everyone as active as they can be. “Our goal is to get our patients back to the things they love to do,” Rizzo says. Maniscalco goes by the motto, “Life is a sport.” Whether their patients love pickleball, tennis, CrossFit, golf, walking or playing cards, North Brunswick Chiropractic strives to keep their patients moving and enjoying life at any age. With more than 30 years of combined experience, Rizzo and Maniscalco offer progressive chiropractic care that focuses on muscles as well as joints. Rizzo is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic, and Maniscalco has worked on countless athletes, so both bring to the practice an extensive background in sports and muscle-related injuries. “We are one of the very few chiropractic clinics in the region who are certified in Graston, a technique used to rebalance the muscles and break up scar tissue and muscle knots we acquire through many of our daily repetitive activities,” says Rizzo, who is also golfinjury certified. Healing more than just neck and back pain, they address common injuries to the knee, shoulder and hip as well as care for patients who are pregnant or suffer from headaches, arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Doctors Rizzo and Maniscalco are always researching and learning new methods to provide the most advanced treatment options and to help their patients recover faster. They offer more than traditional chiropractic adjustments, including gentle instrument-assisted adjustments as well as advanced techniques such as kinesio taping and flexion distraction. Patients are provided a thorough consultation, including a neurological and orthopedic assessment in order for the doctors to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. “We take a partnership approach with the patient,” Maniscalco says. Their goal is to make each patient feel better without having to return to the chiropractor excessively, so patients should not expect a long-term, onesize-fits-all care plan. Also, they are

in-network with most major insurance companies, ensuring that their services are convenient and affordable. In addition, both doctors take time to prescribe an at-home rehab exercise plan to further each patient’s care and support their recovery. “We want a more permanent change,” Rizzo says. If chiropractic care is not enough, Rizzo and Maniscalco will refer patients to other medical providers in the region, such as physical therapists, orthopedists or acupuncturists, to comanage a patient’s care and promote comprehensive healing. “We have a great relationship with other providers,” Maniscalco says. “Our patients know that we’re going to give them an honest opinion.”

Looking into the future, the team at North Brunswick Chiropractic is excited and prepared for the area’s growth. “Our practice is not just the boundaries of our clinic,” says Maniscalco. “It’s the community.” North Brunswick Chiropractic aims to preserve that sense of community with personalized care, up-to-date treatments and a passion for helping others enjoy life. “We don’t believe there should be any need to cross the bridge for exceptional care,” Rizzo says. North Brunswick Chiropractic Waterford Medical Center, 509 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 201 (second floor), Leland; (910) 371-1200;

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f anyone understands that what makes a family is so much more than blood, it’s Donna Yalch. As Vice President of Community-Based Services for the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Yalch works with families every day who have made the decision to open their hearts and homes to a foster child. With five offices across the state, the Boys and Girls Homes has been working hard to find loving homes for North Carolina’s foster children since 1954. Brunswick County is one area that Yalch says is currently in great need of foster parents with a lot of love to give. “We’re looking for families or single people who are willing to take these children in and treat them like their own, but they also need to know there’s a chance that the children will be reunited with their parents,” Yalch says. “The best case scenario is that the kids can go back home after their parents get the help that they need.” All the Boys and Girls Homes’ foster children come from across the state through the Department of Social Services. The organization’s main goal is to keep children in their same


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Business Profile BY ANNESOPHIA RICHARDS community and school if at all possible. “That’s why we need a lot of homes in Brunswick County,” Yalch says. “Every time a child is moved, it sets them back developmentally about six months to a year. We try to keep our kids in an environment they’re used to.” Parents who want to foster go through a 40-hour training in which they are taught how to deal with a variety of issues unique to foster children, such as loss, behavior management issues and trauma. The large amount of support given to both foster parents and children is something the Boys and Girls Homes works hard to provide every single day. “The more we support our foster parents, the better they can parent their child so that the child isn’t moved from place to place. We’re simply there to support our foster parents and make sure that the children get all the services that they need while they’re with us.” Do you have room in your heart and home for a foster child? To find out more about becoming a foster parent, call (877) 211-5322 or visit


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Lindsay M. Benton Foundation Volleyball Tournament Seeking Volunteers and Sponsors Lindsay Benton believed her purpose in life was to save the lives of others. Through her organ donation, she had the opportunity to do just that. In her death, three others lived. The Lindsay M. Benton Foundation seeks to raise money and awareness for the importance of organ donation as well as other organizations and programs that were personally important to Lindsay. The foundation will hold the second annual Lindsay M. Benton Foundation Volleyball Tournament on her birthday,

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2018 Excellence in Education Awards North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosted its tenth annual Excellence in Education Awards Dinner on May 3 at Leland Cultural Arts Center. Martha Jackson, president of the program, was the announcing emcee. Jerry Oates, associate superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, was the guest speaker, and Catherine Cooke, school board vice chair, shared a supportive message as well. Leland Middle School Band provided entertainment during dinner. The honored students were selected on the basis of academic achievements, character, community service and involvement in extra-curricular activities. The students chose a teacher who has made a difference to them and who they felt is worthy of being honored as well. The honorees and their teachers were: Town Creek Elementary: Daunte’ Aker-Bryant and teacher Christy Cox Lincoln Elementary: Valentina Hernandez Martinez and teacher Crystal Walker Belville Elementary: Jacob Monroe and his teacher Carrie Barrett Leland Middle: Abby Trexler and teacher Eric Bradford Leland Middle: Isabella Little and teacher Jeffrey Mason North Brusnwick High: Parker Smythe and teacher Kelly Sedbrook North Brunswick High: Alexis Alphin and teacher Jessica Lewis 108

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Residents and business owners gathered to support the Leland business community at the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO on March 3 at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. More than 30 local businesses large and small displayed their products, knowledge and services. This free event also welcomed community service organizations. Attendees took advantage of a free Shred-a-thon sponsored by Corning Credit Union to securely shred sensitive documents. Also available was a RX Drop-off sponsored by Novant Health to safely dispose of medicines. Additionally, there was a household cooking oil collection sponsored by H2GO to reduce sanitary sewer problems and to recycle the oil into biofuel. Attendees and vendors were able to grab a bite to eat from A&M Red Food Truck, one of the top 10 food trucks in Wilmington. The menu included sliders and tacos as well as fish and vegan items. Event sponsors were Cruse Construction Inc., Select Bank & Trust, Compass Pointe, Corning Credit Union and Novant Health.

Stud Signing at New Office Building in Brunswick Forest Well-wishers gathered for a stud-signing ceremony at the future home of Coastal Dance Academy on April 13. Attendees wrote words of encouragement and signed their names on the wooden studs and frames, and while the words were soon covered by drywall, their show of support lives on indefinitely within the walls. Contractor Plantation Building Corp. and architect Romero Architecture PLLC expect the new office space at 1010 Evangeline Drive in Brunswick Forest to be open by the end of July.

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Women in Networking Leland-Belville Small Business Mixer


Women in Networking (WIN) sponsored the LelandBelville Small Business Mixer on Thursday, April 19 at The Joyce Irish Pub and Grill in Brunswick Forest. More than 100 people came out to network, have a cocktail and enjoy hors d’eouvres. The first 24 attendees got a goody bag, and 25 lucky attendees won door prizes donated by sponsors. Women In Networking (WIN) is a group of professional ladies working together to promote each other’s businesses within their industry. The Leland-Belville Small Businesses group was created on Facebook to connect the small business owners of Leland with one another – as well as with general consumers who may prefer to spend their money with locals – and generate discussion that helps feed their continual growth. Follow their Facebook page to find the details on upcoming mixers. Go to lelandncsmallbusinesses/


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Hall and the Art in Bloom Gallery. All proceeds from art sales went to benefit the nonprofit Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, Thalian Hall and contributing artists. This community project was sponsored by the film festival for the first time with guest curator, Amy Grant, owner of Art in Bloom Gallery. Artists of all religions and beliefs were welcomed to submit art. Via a jury process, original art was selected to create a diverse exhibit to complement the Film Festival.

The fourth annual Belville Founders Day Celebration took place at the Belville Riverwalk on May 5. Soul-R Fusion and two other bands broke in the New Cultural Arts Music Pavilion at the Riverwalk. A food truck and dessert vendors were on site to feed the hungry crowd. There was also a bounce house, horseback rides, free face painting, custom made balloons by Mr Twister, a raffle and a 50/50 drawing. New Hope Clinic was the charity recipient this year.

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Billy Currington and Ludacris were among the 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival Main Stage acts in April. Billy Currington took the stage on April 12. Support acts included Drake White and Kenton Bryant. All acts performed at the Main Stage Festival Site, the lot adjacent to CFCC’s Schwartz Center, and a great time was had by all.

On February 25 Chamber Music Wilmington presented a program called ACRYNYM, which was hailed as “groundbreaking” and “gutsy.” ACRONYM is more like a contemporary music group than an early music string band, so guests didn’t expect to hear anything stiff or artificial. These modern troubadours performed the wild instrumental music of the seventeenth century, bringing to light delightfully lesser known composers of the early Baroque alongside fresh interpretations of Vivaldi and Telemann. Their “Baroque with a Twist” selections were loaded with rhythmic and harmonic surprises and heartbreaking tunes.

Pet Oxygen Masks Donated to Leland Fire Department Leland Pet Resort recently donated two sets of specially designed pet oxygen masks to the Leland Fire Department. This donation will help save the lives of family pets when they are victims of smoke inhalation in home fires. Family pets are often at risk when fire strikes a home, but because human oxygen masks don’t fit over an animal’s snout, they are not effective for resuscitating pets. Each kit contains three sizes of oxygen masks. According to the American Red Cross, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires. They suggest practicing with pets as part of your family fire plan. This can include making sure they come when called and making sure you have a safe place to evacuate pets if you need to leave your home.

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Cinematic artistic expression is a key element of the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, and that aspect was expanded with an affiliated art exhibit called “Jewish Art: Diverse Cultures.” It was on display from April 22 to May 6 with selected works displayed and for sale at both Thalian


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Brunswick County Early College High School Students Honored Two Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS) Brunswick County Intercultural Festival (BCIF) student volunteers were honored at the February 16 National Honor Society induction and award ceremony at Odell Williamson Auditorium. Shaye Hanes, a senior, delivered the welcome address and received the Community Involvement award from BCIF festival Chair Mari-Lou Wong-Chong. Shaye was an integral part of 2017 BCIF success as the


Student Volunteer Coordinator. Mason Tart, a sophomore and the 2018 BCIF Student Volunteer Coordinator was inducted to the National Honors Society (NHS). NHS recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Boogie and Bid; it featured Compass Pointe homegrown band Flashback and a live auction on March 10. The main event in Compass Pointe took place April 21. The all-day event included activities such as a silent auction, a dunk tank, food, a bake sale and much more from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Everyone in the family was invited to this event. In conjunction with the April 21 event, The Compass Pointe Community also held athletic events including a golf tournament at the new Compass Pointe Golf Club on April 20. Tennis and pickleball tournaments also took place April 14 to 21. Athletic events were open to anyone in the area and were held at a variety of venues including Brunswick Forest.

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Battalion Chief Jason Fuller, Firefighter/Paramedic Amy Burton, Firefighter/Paramedic Brian MacNamara and Paramedic Joseph Crowder recently competed in the 2018 JEMS International Paramedic Competition in Charlotte, where 27 teams went head-to-head using true to life emergency scenarios that tested their skills and abilities as paramedics. The Leland team came in second in this international competition!

Going Beyond the Pink Benefits from Compass Pointe Events The Compass Pointe community in Leland recently headed up a series of events to raise funds for the local nonprofit organization Going Beyond the Pink. This is the fourth year that the development has coordinated an effort to fight breast cancer. According to projections, more than 465 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties this year. And of all cancers, breast cancer has the highest incidence in North Carolina. Going Beyond the Pink not only assists men and women with the disease with financial assistance, they also provide free educational resources and workshops to prevent breast cancer. The first event was a benefit concert aptly named,

The Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) elected officers for 2018 at its February 16 meeting. Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams was unanimously re-elected chair and Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann was unanimously re-elected vice chair. The Cape Fear RPO covers Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties and serves as the intergovernmental organization for local elected officials, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and residents of the region to work cooperatively to address rural transportation issues. The Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) is the RPO’s advisory board and is comprised of elected officials from Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, in 2000 the State of North Carolina recognized the need for more coordinated transportation planning in rural North Carolina areas not within a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) by enacting Chapter 136, Article 17, Section 136-210-213 of the General Statutes. This provided for the development of Rural Transportation Planning Organizations (RPOs). There are 20 Rural Planning Organizations in the state.

Former Leland Town Hall Building Serves Citizens One Last Time as Live Fire Training On March 17 Town of Leland Fire/Rescue Department conducted live fire training at 117 Town Hall Drive in Leland. The event began at 8 am and concluded around 6 pm. Approximately 50 to 70 area firefighters participated in this training. This rare opportunity provided realistic training for firefighting while remaining in a controlled environment.

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Princess Ball locations, with the Southport site selling out completely. The Little Princess Ball would not be possible without support from partners including Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Brunswick Senior Resources and Leland Cultural Arts Center. More than 65 volunteers including CIS and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation staff, families and friends worked hard to make sure the event was a success. The Little Princess Ball is sponsored by CIS and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

In recognition of National Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Memorial offered free admission on May 13 to all law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, 911 call center operators, correctional officers and first responders and their immediate families. In 1962 President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as Police Week. Peace officers and first responders share a common bond with our nation’s military in that many men and women from these communities made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedoms, keeping us safe and responding to our needs in times of emergencies.

Leland Puts Power in Citizens’ Hands with New Real-Time Reporting Tool The Town of Leland is looking to improve public services by empowering citizens to report non-emergency issues within their communities straight from their smartphones and other devices.

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The annual Little Princess Ball sponsored by Communities In Schools (CIS) and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation gets better every year. Each February the Little Princess Ball is held for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade accompanied by an adult male role model. Little princesses came dressed in their prettiest dresses, ball gowns and favorite princess costumes. Little girls in sparkly shoes, princess slippers with tiaras and bright smiling faces filled the Brunswick Center in Southport, the Brunswick Center at Stone Chimney Place in Supply and the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland. It was a special afternoon filled with dancing, balloons, face painting, games and merry-making. Hundreds of girls and their male role models danced, laughed and made memories. Refreshments were provided and every girl took home her very own tiara with streamers. This year more than 300 tickets were sold between the three Little 118

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Leland’s free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools allow citizens to report quality-of-life issues and request town services with pictures, videos, specific descriptions and more directly from their smartphone or computer. This real-time data promises to provide Town of Leland staff with valuable information needed to get the job done efficiently. In addition, SeeClickFix provides town staff and officials with a centralized system to manage issues from creation to resolution, while also engaging citizens with email updates to track progress of the issue until it is fixed. Citizens can even create their own watch areas to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of service requests. The Leland SeeClickFix mobile app is free and available for download on Android and iPhone. Once the app is installed, the user can open the SeeClickFix interface and follow simple steps to send photos, videos, descriptions and exact locations of issues they encounter in the Town of Leland such as potholes, broken sidewalks and other non-emergency issues directly to Town staff.

Art League of Leland Featured Speaker Nationally renowned oil painter Dan Beck was the featured speaker at the first meeting of the Art League of Leland (ALL) on April 12. Beck’s presentation included a painting demonstration of his award-winning, contemporaryImpressionist style with model Patty Riley. The Art League of Leland offers ongoing educational growth opportunities at its monthly meetings through guest speakers, demonstrations and group discussions. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 4 to 6 pm, except during the months of July, August and December, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC).


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

Sweyer Property Management............................................................910-256-3031 119

First Bank..................................................................................................................910-383-3955 98

The Bluffs................................................................................................................866-725-8337 44

Fisher’s Roofing Services..........................................................................910-625-5424 104

Tina Lee Massage Therapist & Health Coach..............................910-233-5615 41

Four Seasons Dry Cleaners......................................................................910-859-8394 101

Troy Williamson — On Q Financial........................................................910-262-2613 73

Franklin Rouse - State Farm Insurance.............................................910-371-5446 84

Trusst Builder Group....................................................................................910-371-0304 105

Turf Medic................................................................................................................910-769-2818 73 Harrington Village Apartments.............................................................910-408-1644 3 University of North Carolina at Wilmington.............................910-962-3000 9 Holmes Security Systems............................................................................910-793-4181 119 Hughes & Hughes Nursery.......................................................................910-287-3810 89

UPS Store...................................................................................................................910-383-1401 64

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries.......................................................910-371-2707 76

Waterford Wellness.......................................................................................919-337-7300 115

Intracoastal Realty Corporation............................................................910-256-4503 21

Wilmington Computer Warriors..........................................................910-726-9552 102

Island Breeze..........................................................................................................910-579-4125 67

Wilmington Yoga...............................................................................................910-769-2289 102

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

Winds Resort Beach Club...........................................................................800-334-3581 48

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