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Jo Ann Mathews

Preserving the Past The Old Bridge Preservation Society

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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B. Jason Frye

Dr. Susanne Adams Taking the Helm at Brunswick Community College

PHOTO BY Keith Ketchum

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Hilary Brady

The Wright Life Meet Homer Wright, Founder of St. James Plantation

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Chez Nous Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle

PHOTO BY KEITH KETCHUM

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In Every Issue 16

publisher’s note

By Justin Williams

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behind the black & white

Meet the contributors to South Brunswick Magazine

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what’s happened

What’s been going on around town

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business buzz

Keeping up with the local business scene

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what’s happening

Upcoming events you won’t want to miss

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business profiles

First Annual Brunswick Fall Home Show; Sandpiper Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical; Prestige Outdoor Lighting; Ragland’s Gifts and Accessories; Port City Fence and Railings; Carolinas Coastal Health. By Odette Arnold, Hilary Brady, Brian Sherman and Hope Thomas

90 faces & places BNMC Hosts Premiere Event, Mini Trade Show at 101 Stone Chimney Place, Second Annual Paws-Ability Golf Tournament at Cape Fear National

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tide charts

Tracking the highs and lows at Shallotte Inlet from October to December.

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ad index

Our directory of advertisers

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capture the moment

A contest for SBM readers. Photo by Gretchen Weeks

Departments 44 what’s cool New Things You Never Knew You Needed — Until Now Compiled by Hilary Brady

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around town

Fabulous Fall Festivals and Events By Hilary Brady

60 community The Intercultural Festival: Brunswick County Celebrates its Diversity By Carolyn Bowers

64 nonprofit Paws-Ability: This Charity’s for the Dogs (and Cats) By B. Jason Frye

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Looking to the Skies at Ingram Planetarium By Carolyn Bowers

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behind the business

Sprucing up Shallotte, One Home at a Time: Meet Lynne Carr-Wiggins By Jo Ann Mathews

Photo by Suzy King

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Photo by Carolyn Bowers

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publisher’s note

No Ties Required Southeastern North Carolina is a place like no other. It’s a fun, laid-back, friendly, casual place to live. Anyone who lives here or visits often knows exactly what I’m talking about. One of my favorite things about this area, one of the silly things that I like the most, is that it’s not mandatory for me to wear a tie to work. Of course, I don’t work in a bank or in hospital administration, I’m just a publisher. But if I was a publisher in a bigger city, I’d have to wear a tie around my neck every day. And it’s a good thing I don’t have to, seeing as though I don’t even know how to tie one. Somehow, I’ve made it through life without having to learn that skill. When I am in situations where a tie is required, I solicit the services of my lovely and talented wife. And I have discovered that I can keep the 20 or so ties that I own tied up and ready to slip onto my neck. Yes, I know it’s pathetic. For some reason I just can’t get the hang of tying it myself, or maybe I just don’t want to. This is how I know I’ve ended up in the right career in the exact right location for me. Fun, laid-back, friendly and, typically, no ties required. That’s Brunswick County for you.

Right: SBM Publisher Justin Williams requires a manual to tie a tie. Lucky for him, Justin lives and works in Brunswick County, a community that trades suits for sandals and ties for t-shirts.

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behind the black & white

South Brunswick Magazine Contributors Ronnie Holden

Andy Garno About Me: I fell in love with the North Carolina coast the first time I saw it and vowed to move here someday. Originally from Michigan and still in college, I remember my first vacation to Nags Head in 1991. Hurricane Bob almost prevented me from getting onto the Outer Banks but it ended up only brushing the coast. The following days, seeing the ocean with all its beauty and power created such a connection with me that I moved here six years later, eventually starting my own commercial graphic design studio. I can not imagine moving away. Hometown: Adrian, MI Occupation: Owner of AG Creative, a commercial graphic design studio How I started working with SBM: One of my clients referred Justin to me. He called me and I started working with him right away; I knew I would enjoy helping him on such a great project. Website: www.agcreative.net

About Me: I grew up in the seafood business and spent a lot of time enjoying living and exploring on the Shallotte River. Now I love to capture the beauty of native landscapes through photography for others to enjoy. I specialize in portrait, fashion, landscape and seascape photography. My work has appeared in national fashion campaigns and international publications. My clients range anywhere from high school students hoping to capture that perfect look for their senior portraits to Miss America contestants hoping to capture the crown! My love of photography has kept me intrigued by the constantly evolving technique and equipment needed to get those perfect shots. The best part about being a photographer is bringing joy to others! Hometown: Shallotte, NC Occupation: Restaurant owner for 40 years and clothing store owner for 25 years. Semi-professional photographer. How I started working with SBM: Through Dancing with the Brunswick Stars.

Hilary Brady About Me: As a marketing manager for years, I fell in love with all-things-creative. But the birth of my daughter immediately turned my priority to parenting. Now a stay-at-home/ working mom, I have perfected the fine skill of focus. Typing while my toddler colors on my toes? Easy. And a dream come true. Hometown: San Diego, California

Keith Ketchum About Me: I enjoy being active, preferably by surfing or swimming. I value the feeling of “new” brought on by travel. I appreciate storytelling, no matter the medium. I completed my Bachelor’s in Studio Art and, therefore, love observing, understanding and creating art. I married my high school sweetheart. I write down my thoughts to remember them, and I find humor in everything. Oh, and I secretly want to be a pirate. Hometown: Wilmington, NC – technically Hampstead. Went to school in Wilmington until high school then transferred to Topsail High. Occupation: Photographer How I started working with SBM: When I worked with Line Up Magazine, a surf/skate/ art/music magazine, one of the editors there, Chad Slate, asked if I’d be interested in shooting for a regional real estate magazine. I said yes and was introduced to Justin Williams. We worked together with that publication for a bit. Justin then went on to start NBM and asked if I’d like to jump on board with that magazine. North Brunswick Magazine led to South Brunswick Magazine and I’ve been working with him ever since. Website: www.keithketchum.com

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Occupation: Account executive/freelance writer/marketing contractor/mommy How I started working with SBM: I met Justin during my time as a marketing manager for a local real estate sales firm. I became very familiar with the magazine as I was constantly looking for ideal places for my clients to advertise. When I went out on my own as a marketing contractor, I knew that one of the things I wanted to do was write for quality publications. So NBM was the first magazine I contacted. And I’ve been writing for him ever since! Website: www.hbrady.com

Molly Harrison About Me: I love the sandbar I live on (Nags Head), I love my job (I’ve been freelance writing and editing for the past 15 years), I love my family (husband, 7-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl) and I love being active (mostly running and yoga). Hometown: Burlington, NC Occupation: Freelance writer and editor; yoga instructor How I started working with SBM: When SBM Publisher Justin Williams lived on the Outer Banks, we worked together at a publishing company. When he moved to southeastern N.C. and started NBM, he asked me to come on board as editor.


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Soccer Shoot for Kids

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On August 20, the Calabash and Shallotte Elks Lodges held their annual Soccer Shoot for Kids aged 6 to 13 at the Calabash Lodge on Carter Drive. Nineteen children vied for honors by kicking soccer balls for points. All contestants and their families were treated to hot dogs and beverages in addition to receiving a trophy. The winners, from left: Catherine Jennelle, Michael Jennelle, Jocelyn Palilli, Cam Devers, Monzell Campbell, Caden Deverf, Brianna Rhea and Juliahna Hege.

The Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club awarded $22,000 in scholarships to nine Brunswick County students representing all five Brunswick County high schools. The following scholarships were awarded: South Brunswick High School Key Club: Kalani Doyle, who is attending N.C. State, and Hailey Tippett, who is attending East Carolina University North Brunswick High School Key Club: Tori Colvin, who is attending UNC Chapel Hill, and Matthew Knotts, who is attending UNC Wilmington West Brunswick High School: Timothy McVaugh, who is attending Campbell University Contributed Photos

Brunswick County Early College High School: Shanna Burns who is attending UNC Charlotte, and Melanie Wolosyn who attends UNC Wilmington Brunswick County Academy: Tania Diaz and Nicole Williams, who are both attending Brunswick Community College. All of the applicants were interviewed and required to submit an academic transcript, personal essay, evidence of school and community involvement, recommendations of faculty and/or community leaders. Financial need was also taken into consideration.

NC Oyster Festival Art Unveiled The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce unveiled the artwork for the 31st Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on September 14. Keith White of the Brunswick Beacon was chosen as the artist for the third year in a row. The chamber also held a kids’ T-shirt artwork contest. Hayden Grimes, a Union Elementary student, was selected as the winner. He won a $250 savings bond donated by First Citizens Bank.

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Bridge Tenders Reunion Old Bridge Preservation Society hosted a Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge Tenders Reunion on August 25 at the new home of the Old Bridge (109 Shoreline Drive). This was the first time that all the retired tenders have met since the Old Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge was decommissioned earlier this year.

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Peer Court Trains 38 New Volunteers Thirty-eight middle school students learned how to become clerks, bailiffs, attorneys and jurors in Peer Court, a program launched in 2006 that is now available at all Brunswick County middle schools. The alternative justice system encourages youth to take responsibility for their actions and correct their mistakes. Peer Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the DA’s office and was started in Brunswick County with the support of the Shallotte Rotary, South Brunswick Islands Rotary and the SouthportOak Island Kiwanis Club. Contributed Photo Contributed Photo

Brunswick County Dixie Boys Win World Series Brunswick County Parks and Recreation’s Dixie Boys Baseball team won the 2011 World Series, defeating Bossier City, Louisiana, (17-7) to claim the title and complete their quest after coming close in previous years. The local team, comprised of 14-year-old boys, scored 80 runs in the six tournament games played. Junior Dixie Boys, comprised of 13-year-old boys, were runner-up in their tournament. Front row, from left: Gray Cheers, Dylan Howard, Shakeem Graham, Chris Graham, Hunter Price, Justin Wittkofsky and Kevon Perkins. Back row, from left: Coach Jeffrey Hollis, Blaine Hollis, Coach Randy Fennell, Randy Mac Clark, Jerry Martin, Head Coach Bobby Scoggins, Shelton Perkins, Garrett Scoggins and Dylan Darguzas.

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BNMC Welcomes First Babies Brunswick Novant Medical Center (BNMC) welcomed its first baby, Finley Adora Ramsey, on August 1, at 8:08 a.m. At birth, Finley weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and measured 13 inches. Finley is pictured with proud parents Lisa and Doug Ramsey of Wilmington and her siblings, Fisher, 7, and Campbell, 5. The hospital welcomed its first set of twins on August 3. Bruce and Brittany Long of Boiling Spring Lakes are the proud parents of Lexie Ann and Michael Allan. Lexie Ann Long was born at 12:11 pm; she measured 20 inches and weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces. Michael Allan Long was born at 12:13 pm; he measured 20.5 inches and also weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces. 22

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Flounder Classic Results The 2nd Annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic was held on July 30 at the Southport Marina. Fifty-four boats registered to compete for the $5,300 guaranteed purse. Twenty-eight boats out of the field weighed in prior to the 5 pm deadline. Captain Adam Sellers from Bolivia topped the field with a 6.50 lb. flounder worth $3,147.50. Rounding out the top three were Captain Blake Stone of Supply with a 6.40 lb. fish worth $1,688.50 and Andy Broadwell of Oak Island with a 6.10 lb. fish taking home $949.


CIS Announces Winner of 50/50 Raffle Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS), Inc. announced the $10,000 winner of its recent 50/50 raffle. Contributed Photo Al Braden of Ocean Isle Beach purchased his winning ticket from volunteer Tammy Triplett-Kesky. The raffle raised $10,000 for programs and services that help children and families throughout the county.

CIS and Walmart Stores Fill Backpacks The Walmart Stores in Leland, Shallotte and Contributed Photo Southport worked together with Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS) to collect school supplies for students attending Brunswick County Schools. The Build-A-Backpack campaign ran July 17 through August 21. Bins were available in Walmart stores to collect donated school supplies; CIS then distributed the items to teachers and economically disadvantaged students. Items such as pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, index cards, glue sticks, tissues, hand sanitizers and flash drives were collected.

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OBPS Wraps Up “Summer at the Old Bridge” Series Old Bridge Preservation Society (OBPS) wrapped up its “Summer at the Old Bridge” series on September 1 by celebrating a summer of fund-raising and spreading awareness of its plans to create a museum and interpretive center at the present site, 109 Shoreline Drive. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the society had a presence at the Old Bridge site Monday through Thursday, offering programs for all ages, stories and the sharing of memories. The Old Bridge became a popular destination for summer visitors who held special memories of the bridge. “Summer at the Old Bridge” will return next year.

Brunswick County Forms Toastmasters Club Brunswick County Toastmasters Club recently Contributed Photo held its charter meeting and celebration. The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster selfconfidence and personal growth. 

Chamber 23rd Annual Golf Tournament Contributed Photo

BCWRT Holds First Meeting The first meeting of the new season for the Brunswick Civil War Round Table (BCWRT) was held on September 6 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport with a near record audience of 190 people. The guest speaker was Stephen R. Wise, award-winning Civil War historian, writer, editor and guest lecturer. His topic was “The Blockade and the Blockade Runners.” From left: Max Williams, program chairman; Stephen R. Wise, guest speaker; and Wally Rueckel, BCWRT president.

The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held its 23rd annual golf tournament on September 23 Contributed Photo at Lockwood Folly Country Club. The tournament began with Captains Choice, Shotgun Start at 9 am. Entry fees covered greens fee, prizes, entertainment and dinner. Proceeds from the event went to www.zerocancer.org and The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce to help fund educational programs, economic development, community development and other efforts in building community and supporting business. Fall 2011

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Dr. Hall Speaks to Chamber Members Dr. William Hall, senior economist at UNCW’s Cameron School of Business, spoke to members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce about the Brunswick County Economic Outlook during the group’s annual meeting in June.

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Maritime Museum Offers Archaeology Presentation Visitors to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport learned about the conservation of artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, in a program offered on July 19. Sarah Watkins-Kenney, chief conservator and director of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab, Contributed Photo presented artifacts and discussed conservation and preservation of historic archaeological materials during the free program

Maritime Museum at Southport Re-opens The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport officially opened to the public in its new location at Fort Johnston on July 4. Massive renovations transformed the former soldiers’ barracks at the fort into one facility, housing the museum’s exhibit hall, classroom, library and store. In January the museum closed to begin packing and cataloging artifacts for the move. The museum first opened in 1992 just a few blocks away from the new location. Exhibits now offer information and hands-on learning about Native Americans, European settlers of the Lower Cape Fear region, pirates, boating, hurricanes and marine weather.

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Community Day at Novant Medical Center The new Brunswick Novant Medical Center welcomed nearly 5,000 community members at a free Sneak Preview event on July 16. Participants enjoyed light refreshments and tours of the new hospital, meeting the staff and learning about Brunswick Novant Medical Center’s special features and services.

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Elks Lodge Supports Town of Calabash The Calabash Elks Lodge (#2679) presented a check for $2,000 to the Town of Calabash to be used to purchase playground equipment for the Children’s Park in the new Calabash Community Park. The donation was the result of a Gratitude Grant awarded by the Elks National Foundation (ENF). From left: Town Commissioner Jody Nance; Lodge ENF Chairman Don Walker; Leading Knight and District ENF Chairman Dick Wilson; Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons; Lodge Exalted Ruler Teddy Acton; Local Knight Eric Mayo; and Lecturing Knight Tom O’Brien.


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Rotary Clubs Unite Leland Mayor Walter Futch presented the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club with a key to the city at the Leland Area Rotary Club’s annual officer installation banquet, held June 30 at Magnolia Greens Golf Course in Leland. The presentation was made in recognition of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club’s contributions and assistance to the Leland Area Rotary Club. From left: Jon David, outgoing vice president of the Leland Area Rotary Club; Mary Ellen Good, South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club president; Gary Younts, South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club; and Walter Futch, mayor of Leland. 

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Oyster Festival Surf Off The 31st Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival held the Oyster Festival Surf Off at Ocean Isle Beach on September 10 and 11. Presented by Salty’s Surf Shop, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, ESA (Eastern Surfing Association) and Sharky’s, the event attracted 135 contestants. Trophies and prizes were awarded to the finalists, and ESA members received points.

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Novant Medical Center Opens A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 16 to celebrate the opening of the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center. Speakers included Denise Mihal, Brunswick Novant Medical Center president; Paul Wiles, Novant Health president and CEO (speaking in bottom photo); Chip Leavitt, Brunswick Novant Medical Center Board chairman; Congressman Mike McIntyre; Bill Sue, Brunswick County Board of Commissioners chairman; Ron Anderson, Brunswick County Hospital Authority chairman; and District Court Judge Marion Warren, Brunswick Novant Medical Center Foundation board member.

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Business After Hours The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held its July Business After Hours event on board SunCruz Aquasino (4495 Minelo Avenue in Little River). This After Hours was a trichamber event with the Brunswick County Chamber, Little River Chamber and North Myrtle Beach Chamber. The August Business After Hours was held at The Fancy Flea Antique Mall at 2763 Ocean Highway in Shallotte and the September After Hours was held at the Brunswick County Literacy Council at 282 U.S. Highway 17 in Supply.

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Medical Offices Celebrate Move The providers and staff of Oceanside Family Medicine and Brunswick Pulmonary & Internal Medicine held a ribbon cutting on August 23 to celebrate the opening of their new office at 5145 Sellers Street in Shallotte. The two medical offices moved into the new building on July 25. The 8,800-squarefoot office includes space for up to seven medical professionals and includes 21 treatment rooms, an onsite lab, ultrasound and X-ray. Pictured: Chris Isenhour, MD, and family; Babysarojah Ravindran, MD, FCCP; Angela Thompson, MD; Marie Wheatley, NP; Alan Lewis, mayor of Shallotte; Allen Bryant, First Citizens Bank; Denise Mihal, Brunswick Novant Medical Center president; Heather Reardon, Novant Medical Group operations director; Tammy Triplett-Kesky, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce board of directors chair; Cathy Altman, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; as well as staff and friends of the two medical groups. Providers not available for the photo included Clark Pritts, DO, and John Fillmore, FNP.

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Amway Store Holds Ribbon Cutting The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Amway-The Kesky Store on August 29th at Red Apple Professional Park in Shallotte. The Kesky Store offers Amway products in addition to beauty, bath and body products, jewelry, apparel, foods and beverages.

CommWell Health Opens in Ocean Isle Beach An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was held for CommWell Health on July 18 at its new Contributed Photo location (6934 Beach Drive, Suites 1 and 4, in Ocean Isle Beach). CommWell Health offers comprehensive primary medical, dental, pharmacy and behavioral health services.

All About The Carolinas Holds Ribbon Cutting Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Contributed Photo the opening of All About The Carolinas on August 10. The gift shop, which is located at 10138-5 Beach Drive SW in Calabash, features items made in or related to North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Flags and More Celebrates in Shallotte On August 24, Flags and More held a ribbon cutting at its location at 5211 S. Main Street, Suite 511 in Shallotte. The store offers a variety of decorative and themed flags for all seasons and holidays, as well as mailbox wraps, flag poles and lawn ornaments.

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SBI Rotary Club Awards Service Award The South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club awarded its first annual Vocational Service Award to Talbot “Tal” Grissett, Chief of Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue Department. Rotarian Contributed Photo Jennifer Vanasse, chair of Club Service Projects, presented the Vocational Services Award. The SBI Rotarians recognized Tal for his vocational service and the high standards that he applies to his vocation and his service to the community.

Brunswick Women’s Center Welcomes Dr. Lee Toler

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Chamber Celebrates the Cottages at Southport The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Cottages at Southport, 513 Sir Williams Court. The Cottages at Southport is a bungalow neighborhood offered by Cardinal Builders. Front row, from left: Sue Sielecki, sales consultant, The Cottages at Southport; and Scott Cook, developer. Second row, from left: Roury Bourelle, sales consultant, The Cottages at Southport; Michele Cook, owner, Cardinal Builders; Bill Johnson, chamber ambassador; Reed Thompson, construction manager, Cardinal Builders; and Wayne Bigg, sales consultant, The Cottages at Southport.

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The physicians of Brunswick Women’s Center welcomed Lee Toler, D.O., to their practice. Dr. Toler, who is relocating to the area from Gastonia, N.C., is now seeing patients at each of the Brunswick Women’s Center locations in Supply, Sunset Beach and Leland. Dr. Toler joins doctors Robert E. Hassler, Tracey McCarthy and L. Joseph Swaim at Brunswick Women’s Center. All are board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

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Sunset Beach Gets Caffeinated The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 25 in celebration of Maverick’s Java opening at 303 Sunset Boulevard North in Sunset Beach. Maverick’s Java sells brewed coffee, espresso drinks and coffee beans.

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Local Builder Wins State-Wide Awards Blue Sky Building Company, a local custom home builder, was recognized at the North Carolina Home Builders Association’s 2011 STARS Awards Gala in Charlotte. Blue Sky won three first place STARS Awards: Best Single Family Home - $500k to $750k, Best Interior Merchandising - $500k to $1 million, and Best Specialty Project – Accessibility.

A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 21 to celebrate the opening of Shallotte Family Dentistry. Shallotte Family Dentistry (4704 Main Street in Shallotte) is a practice for the entire family, serving adults and children of all ages.

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Clegg’s Gives School Supplies The employees of Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control supported the efforts of Communities In Schools (CIS) in providing Brunswick County students with the basic tools needed for a successful school year. Each year CIS distributes up to $12,000 in donated school supplies throughout the county at the start of the school year. From left: Deborah Turner, Clegg’s; Steve Goforth, Clegg’s General Manager; Linda Rumsey, CIS Dropout Prevention Director; and Josh German, Clegg’s.

Consignment Shops Opens in Ocean Beach Beachgirls Consignment and the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 8 at the new store’s location (7161 Beach Drive, Suite 2 in Ocean Isle Beach). Beachgirls Consignment offers a range of new and used items for all.

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BNMC Recognize Circle of Excellence Winners Brunswick Novant Medical Center (BNMC) and Novant Health recognized four local, exceptional employees with Novant’s Circle of Excellence award, which acknowledges employees who consistently demonstrate excellence in the health system’s core values of compassion, teamwork, personal excellence and diversity. Recipients at Brunswick Novant Medical Center include Joanne Cribb, RN, of the emergency department; Jason Rutkowski of human resources; and Linda Smith of surgical services. Janet White of Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care also received the Circle of Excellence award. The honorees were named and recognized at a Circle of Excellence Celebration held at the hospital on August 1. From left: Joanne Cribb, Linda Smith, Janet White and Jason Rutkowski.

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Salvation Army Thrift Store Re-dedication The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce joined The Salvation Army to re-dedicate The Salvation Army’s newest Thrift Store at 4566 Long Beach Road. Major Richard Watts, Wilmington Corps Officer, cut the official ribbon after the performance of the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble led by Lt. Colonel Peter Hofman. 

Jewelry by Wendy-Beach House Fine Arts Grand Opening The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Jewelry by WendyBeach House Contributed Photo Fine Arts on September 16 at 10152 Beach Drive SW, Unit 6 in Calabash. Beach House Fine Arts Gallery carries Wendy’s handcrafted jewelry as well as the work of other Carolina artists.

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Local SHIIP Wins Coordinators of the Year Local volunteers from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, won Coordinators of the Year. Jennifer Sherman and René Tarquinio with Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc., SHIIP’s coordinating site in Brunswick County, reached more than 494,000 beneficiaries. The local group hosted 4,508 counseling sessions for Brunswick County residents. This year’s award winners were announced at SHIIP’s annual coordinators’ conference in Greensboro on July 20 and 21.


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CIS Announces Additions to its Board of Directors

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Communities in Schools (CIS) recently announced six additions to its Board of Directors: Tim Daniels of N.C. State Highway Patrol, Norman Hash of St. James Properties, Cindy Hensen of Floor Coverings International, Rasa Love of Atlantic Realty Professionals, Phyllis Mentel of Progress Energy and John W. Thompson of the Brunswick County Board of Education. Joan Madsen, a retired executive director of the YMCA, assumed the role of Board Chair. Pictured: Tim Daniels, Rasa Love, Cindy Henson, Phyllis Mentel and John W. Thompson.

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Southport-Oak Island Christmas Open House

Community Health Needs Survey

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Dosher Memorial Hospital is conducting a Community Health Needs Survey 2011 and is requesting the assistance of those who live or work in the local area. Utilizing a short survey, the Community Health Needs Assessment will serve to improve and promote the health of community members. It will identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address these factors. It is a systematic collection, assembly, analysis and dissemination of information about the health of the community.

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off the holiday season with a Christmas Open House Weekend on November 3 through 5 from 5 to 7 pm. Register for giveaway drawings at participating retailers and restaurants, sample products and enjoy light refreshments while shopping at participating retail stores. Attendees may bring purchase receipts dated November 3, 4 or 5 from participating retailers to participating restaurants between November 3 through 12 to receive specials on food. Information: (910) 457-6964

Spooktacular Festival October 28 The Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Spooktacular on October 28 from 5 to 7 pm. The free event will be held at the soccer field at 46th Street SE in Oak Island and will include carnival games, contests, entertainment, food vendors and more. Booths and other information: (910) 278-5518

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N.C. Maritime Museum Fall Calendar Through November 19 Following are the fall activities scheduled for the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport (204 E. Moore Street). Southport Wooden Boat Show: September 24, 10 am to 4 pm Fall into History, Colonial and Antebellum Cape Fear: October 6 to November 10, Thursdays, 9 am to noon. The Pyrate Masquerade: October 14, 6 to 10 pm Rice Creek Kayak Tour with the Adventure Company: October 15, 8:30 am to noon

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Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program, Brooks Preik, Southport Author: October 18, 7 to 9 pm

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Upper Lockwood Folly Kayak with the Adventure Company: November 5, 8:30 am to noon

Old Bridge Preservation Society will host a luncheon and fashion show on October 25 at Twin Lakes Restaurant in Sunset Beach with fashions from Island Breeze. Tickets are $20 and are available on the organization’s website, www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org, or at Island Breeze, Twin Lakes Restaurant, Pelican Bookstore, Mavericks Java Coffee Shop and Sunset River Marketplace. The ticket includes the fashion show, choice of six entrees, beverage and dessert. Cash bar will be available. Doors open at 11:30 am with lunch at noon. Seating is limited so tickets must be purchased in advance. Old Bridge Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are tax deductible. Information: (910) 575-6012

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program, Celia Rivenbark, Southern Humorist: November 15, 7 to 9 pm Information: (910) 457-0003, www.ncmaritimemuseums.com

Brunswick Little Theatre 2011-12 Schedule November 11 - April 22 Brunswick Little Theatre will present the following shows during its 2011-12 season: The Fabulous Fable Factory, dates and times vary, November 11 through 20.

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The Southport Shopping District is hosting a Shop to the Beat event every first and third Thursday from 4 to 6 pm through November. Special shopping and dining promotions are held at 38 participating merchants throughout uptown, midtown and downtown Southport. Customers will also enjoy a wide variety of live music and entertainment from wine tastings and trivia to guitarists and oldies music. Information: (910) 457-6964 32

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The Spirit of America: Popular Songs of Conflict: time and place TBA. All shows take place at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College. In addition to the BCC showing, The Fabulous Fable Factory will also be presented at Playhouse 211 at 4320 Southport-Supply Road. Information: (910) 368-6261, www.brunswicklittletheatre.com


Youth Bowling League Through December 14 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Planet Fun present the Youth Extravaganza Bowling League on Wednesdays this fall at 4:30 pm. Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583, rmchugh@brunsco.net

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Youth Cheerleading

Duke Children’s Hospital Fund-Raiser

Ongoing

November 5

Youth cheerleading teams will be organized by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, grouped in teams by age: 6 to 8, 9 to 10 and 11 to 13. Registration fee is $65.

The Duke Children’s Hospital Fund-Raiser will be held on November 5 at the Inlet View Restaurant from 9 am until 5 pm. The event will include a silent auction, charity walk (dogs welcomed), raffle, classic car show, racing memorabilia display and food. Guests may also participate in a poker run, which will start at the Harley Davidson shop on U.S. Highway at 9 am and finish at the restaurant. Donations are tax deductible.

Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583, rmchugh@brunsco.net

Tennis Lessons

Information: khickman@ec.rr.com, (910) 392-3349

Through November 28 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation will offer adult tennis lessons on Wednesdays at Ocean Isle Beach Park and Lockwood Folly Park. The session runs from October 19 through November 23 for both beginners (5:30 to 6:30 pm) and intermediate (6:45 to 7:45 pm). Fee is $60 per person. Pre-registration is required. Youth Tennis Lessons will be offered this fall at Lockwood Folly Park and Ocean Isle Beach Park. Classes will be held at both parks on Mondays from September 12 through November 28. Ages 4 through 7 will meet from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, ages 8 through 10 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, and ages 10 through 14 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Information and registration: (910) 253-2583, rmchugh@brunsco.net, www.brunswickcountync.gov

Dancing Lessons Through January 19 Square dancing lessons will be held at a location TBD every Thursday this fall, courtesy of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation. Part one will be held September 15 through November 3, and part two will be held November 7 through January 19. Fee is $80 per couple per part. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Shag-dancing lessons will be held September 15 through October 27 at both Supply Elementary School and Brunswick Center at Southport. Classes will be held on Thursdays for both beginners (6 to 7 pm) and intermediate (7 to 8 pm). Fee is $60 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Fitness Classes Through December Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering fitness classes this fall at varying times and locations. Water Fitness will be held Monday/Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 am, Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 am and Monday/Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at The Winds Beach Resort. Yoga will be held on Saturdays from 7:30 to 8:30 am and Tuesday/Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 am, both at The Winds Beach Resort. Sunrise Yoga will be held on Tuesday/Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 am at The Winds Beach Resort. Total Body Fusion will be held Tuesday/Thursday from 6 to 7 pm at the Lockwood Folly Community Building. Zumba will be held Tuesday/Thursday from 8 to 9 am at Body Dimensions. Aqua Zumba will be held Monday/Wednesday from 8 to 9 am at The Winds Beach Resort. Ultimate Fitness will be held Tuesday/Thursday from 5:30 to 6:15 pm and Monday/Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:15 am at Ocean Isle Beach Park, and Tuesday/Thursday from 6:30 to 7:15 am at Shallotte District Park. Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583, rmchugh@brunsco.net

Information and registration: (910) 253-2583, rmchugh@brunsco.net, www.brunswickcountync.gov

Brunswick Civil War Round Table Meetings November 1 The November 1 meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table will feature Charles R. “Bob” Mullauer, frequent Civil War speaker and president of the Baltimore Civil War Round Table. His topic: “Hood in Tennessee: The Battle of Franklin.” All meetings are held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street in Southport across from the Southport Post Office. Registration begins at 6:30 pm.

Roll the Dice for Reading October 21 Southport Junior Woman’s Club will hold its Third Annual Viva Las Vegas Gala, a night of Vegas-style fun to support literacy, on October 21 at the Southport Community Building. Funds raised will be donated to Southport Elementary School, Southport Christian School and L & L Montessori School. Sponsorships and tickets: (910) 363-4269

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Ingram Planetarium Laser Music Shows

The Sounds of Christmas

Beginning September 16

December 9, 11

Ingram Planetarium (7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach) presents laser music shows in its high-definition Sky Theater, featuring colorful laser images displayed on the theater’s dome ceiling accompanied by loud music in a surround-sound environment.

October 29 - Fright Light at 5 pm

The Sea Notes Choral Society will be performing its Christmas Concert on December 9 at 7:30 pm and again on December 11 at 3 pm. The concerts will be held at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium. Diane Kulp will direct the choir, accompanied by Jane Boberg at the piano. The program will consist of classical and contemporary songs and carols, and a bell choir will be featured with the choir. No tickets are required; however, the choir is a nonprofit organization that gives music scholarships and appreciates a free-will offering.

November 12 - Laser Spirit at 5 pm

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October 14 and 15 - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 5 pm and Pink Floyd: The Wall at 6 pm

November 18 and 19 - Laser U2 at 5 pm and Laser Arena Rock at 6 pm December 16 and 17 - Laseropolis at 5 pm and Laser Pop at 6 pm Beginning November 25 and continuing on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the holiday season, Laser Holiday show at 4 pm. Admission per show: $8 adults, $6 seniors and students, $4 ages 3 and 4, and free for ages 2 and younger. Information: (910) 757-0033, www.museumplanetarium.org

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Kayaking Adventures October 8, November 5 Mahanaim Adventures is offering a Holly Shelter Kayak Adventure on October 8 from 9 am to 2 pm. The adventure is ideal for first-time or experienced kayakers. Participants will paddle the slow-moving blackwater creek, followed by lunch at Holland Shelter Fish Camp. Cost is $40 per person. A Lumber River Kayaking Adventure will be held on November 5 from 8 am to 5 pm. Participants will kayak for 8.5 miles (3 to 5 hours), stopping for lunch on the river. Cost is $50 per person. Registration: (910) 547-8252, donlharty@gmail.com, www.mahanaimadventures.com

All members of Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans and Medicare Health Plans may change their coverage each year during the Annual Election Period. Beginning this year, the AEP will now be from October 15 thru December 7. All changes made during this time will be effective January 1, 2012. Local SHIIP volunteers are available to assist.

Day and Overnight Trips For Adult Community

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Seniors Helping Seniors and Their Caregivers

Brunswick County Parks and Recreation offers day and overnight opportunities for the 55+ population to get out and explore, meet new friends, enjoy shows and other activities in the local area and throughout the Carolinas. Fall, winter and spring trips include, but are not limited to: An Afternoon at the Carolina Opry, Brookgreen Gardens, Christmas at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion, Les Miserables in Raleigh, a Bald Head Island Historic Tour, as well as trips to Las Vegas, New York and Ireland.

October 25

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Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. will sponsor the inaugural Seniors Helping Seniors and Their Caregivers, an event designed to create awareness of services available for seniors and to empower participants to build stronger networks of services for the expanding senior population. The program will bring community leaders, service providers, seniors, volunteers and caregivers together to learn from each other and generate ideas for improved neighborhood and community programs and services. The event will be held at the Brunswick Center in Southport (1513 N. Howe Street) on October 25 from 9:45 am to 3 pm.

Nutcracker Ballet

Information: Debra Marlowe, (910) 452-2199, demarlowe@brunsco.net

Through April

November 19 - 20 The Southport-based Ballet Opera Alliance will perform a Russian-inspired version of the classic Nutcracker Ballet featuring guest artists Michelle Joy and Nicholas Stettenbenz from the TranscenDance Group. The performance will take place at Odell Williamson Auditorium on November 19 at 6 pm and November 20 at 3 pm. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. Information: (910) 755-7416

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ronnie Holden

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Top to bottom: Ann Bokelman, Karen Dombrowski and Chris Wilson, the founders of the Old Bridge Preservation Society.

our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Ann Bokelman, Karen Dombrowski and Chris Wilson understand what Walt Disney meant when he said that. These three Sunset Beach residents fulfilled their dream by founding the Old Bridge Preservation Society. A landmark since 1958, the bridge represented serenity, charm and character to some but was obsolete, unsafe and frustrating to others. After decades of proposals, studies and lawsuits, a high-rise bridge replaced the old bridge in autumn 2010. The “bridge ladies,” the name Ann, Karen and Chris have acquired, believed the bridge was a symbol of Sunset Beach and its history, and the town would find a place for it. All three had spent several family vacations on the island and have priceless memories of them. “The bridge was always our welcome,” Ann says. “We always called it our speed bump. It Fall 2011

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reminded us that nothing has to be in a hurry.” “Crossing the bridge was unique. It had a charm. You slowed down,” Chris says. “When you crossed it, you went to a place of beauty and tranquility and a place you’ve never been,” Karen adds. However, when Chris and Karen met in May 2010 through their involvement with the Sunset at Sunset festival, they heard that plans were underway to demolish the bridge. They felt that thousands of visitors as well as many residents would object. “We had no idea how to save it,” Chris says. “Our goal was to support the town in saving it.” Chris, a Columbus, Ohio, native, had been an agent and office manager for an insurance company before she moved to the island six years ago with her husband, Jim. Karen, who moved to Sunset Beach two years ago, had experience with a grassroots organization. While living in Tonawanda, New York, where she and her late husband, Rick, owned a wholesale fruit and produce business, she was active in Buffalo (New York) Olmsted Parks Conservancy. With the title of community outreach coordinator, she organized volunteers and fund-raising events. The two realized no group had formed to prevent the demolition, so they contacted town officials. That’s when they learned that English Construction Company, Inc. of Lynchburg, Virginia, the firm that built the new bridge, agreed to remove it. By contract they owned it. The pair met with Mark Hackney, the project manager for English Construction, to discuss the possibility of giving the bridge to the town and moving it to land. The women were encouraged by the positive feedback.


In June 2010 Ann became an ally. She and her husband, Gordon, moved from Richmond, Virginia, four years ago. Former associate dean at a school of nursing in Petersburg, Virginia, Ann had led medical missions to Honduras for 11 years and organized fund-raisers for those missions. With media attention increasing, the women decided to name the organization the Old Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society. They circulated petitions and eventually had more than 6,000 signatures. “Because of the sentiment for the bridge, we felt the town wanted to save it,” Ann says. “Our letters of support were for the town to buy land for a park and move the bridge to it.” In August 2010 the town council voted to save the bridge, but much to the bridge ladies’ dismay, the council reversed the decision in October. “I couldn’t think of Sunset Beach without the bridge,” Chris says. “It was our symbol. It led us to serenity.” The mantra for the three women became and will continue to be, “There is an answer. We just have to find out what it is.” To prove this point, the ladies changed the name to the Old Bridge Preservation Society and applied for and received nonprofit status. They continued to believe the town would buy land for a park and have a place there for the bridge. As that possibility dimmed, Ronnie and Clarice Holden, Brunswick County natives, business owners and philanthropists, came forward and offered land they own on Shoreline Road. “I had an opportunity to help preserve a part of the history of the coast I love so much,” Clarice says. “It was a small sacrifice to make to ensure that many generations will

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Above: Bokelman, Wilson and Dombrowski on Ronnie Holden’s boat. He wanted to take them on one last pass as a final salute while the bridge was open.

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get the opportunity to peek into this window in Sunset Beach’s past.” The Society has a renewable five-year lease and does not pay rent or have other obligations to the Holdens. The high point for the women was in January 2011. They bought the bridge, which includes both ramps, the middle span and the tender house, for $1 from English Construction, and the company moved it to where it rests today. Ann emphasizes that the town’s approval, also in January, to purchase 5.22 acres of land on the Intracoastal Waterway for a future park is a separate issue from the land where the bridge now rests. The bridge will not be moved from its current location. “I applaud them for preserving the bridge,” says E. Wilson Sherrill, Sunset Beach councilman, and he commends the group for receiving nonprofit status. He explains that he made the motion to reverse the decision to save the bridge because he isn’t in favor of spending taxpayer money for it. “I think the bridge is an icon,” he says. However, he adds, “It would be pouring money down a deep dark hole that has no bottom.” The society is complying with town requirements to anchor the bridge. Other phases will include extensive landscaping, installing a foundation for the Tender House and restoring the Tender House, which will become a museum. All the log books, maps, control

board and other equipment will be part of the museum. Membership in the society is explained at its website, where visitors can also buy jewelry, shirts and a tote bag. “We’ve found enough money to move forward,” Chris says. The society and its 100 volunteers hope to continue their activities for children, including the Junior Bridge Tenders Club, talks by the past bridge tenders and other programs as they did during the summer of 2011. Chris says the most gratifying feature was hearing stories from visitors. She tells of one woman who burst into tears then said, “We’re so happy it’s still here.” A young boy put his arms on the bridge and said, “I miss you old bridge.” He told Karen that he plans to build bridges out of wood when he grows up. Ann told of a young woman who said her boyfriend proposed to her on the bridge. He had arranged with the bridge tender to close both gates while they walked across the bridge. “We think the entire project will be an asset to the community,” Ann says. “Our goal has always been to preserve the bridge. It has a very real role in the development, history and culture of Sunset Beach.” n


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New things you never knew you needed — until now. Compiled by Hilary Brady

1980s Cell Phone Case

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how cool: The summer steam has settled and the leaves are beginning to change. Although it’s not “wintry” just yet, those of us in the South consider anything under 80 degrees to be hot-beverage-with-whipped-cream worthy. If you’re having trouble juggling your coffee, scone and iPad, enter the Polka Dot Dunk Mug, the vibrant polka dot design with a biscuit/cookie holder built right into the bottom. It’s genius, and pretty stinking cute.

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how cool: As humans, we are obsessed with filtered water, spring water, sparkling water. Anything but tap water. If pets are our best friends, why do they deserve anything different? The makers of the CatIt Drinking Fountain agree. Marketed as a “hydration oasis” for small pets (not just cats), the drinking fountain provides a continuous flow of filtered water. After filling up the fountain with tap water and plugging it in, water is continuously recirculated through the unit: up through filters, then through a top, down a dome and out into the bowl. The filters collect food pieces, pet hair and debris, which improves taste and removes impurities from tap water. So grab your Evian, pull up a chair and sip water in style with your fancy feline.

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New things you never knew you needed — until now.

The Nike+ SportWatch

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 ow cool: Let’s face it, a perfect fall evening on the beach with friends is not h complete without Bocce ball. And now you don’t have to worry if dusk sneaks up on you too quickly. This lighted Bocce ball set by HammacherSchlemmer includes eight balls that each have an LED that allow you to see from up to 100’ away and weigh one-third less than a competition ball, making it even easier to play on sand. Choose from lighted or flashing lights to truly impress your Bocce buddies.

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Fabulous Fall Festivals and Events

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pets? How about saying “ya’ll” and sipping sweet tea? Do oysters, funnel cakes and bacon cheese fries make you go Yum!? Do children make you smile so big it makes your cheeks hurt? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then grab your calendars and get ready. Listed below is just a sampling of the many exciting events happening in southern Brunswick County this fall.

Paula Deen VIP Luncheon at BCC Saturday, October 15

Do you want butter with that? World-famous Food Network star Paula Deen is baking up something sweet for the residents of Brunswick County. The popular Southern chef will attend an intimate VIP luncheon on the campus of Brunswick Community College (BCC), slinging lots of “hey y’alls” and sharing sugary secrets with her guests. The event, with ticket costs beginning at $100, will offer a unique way to fund student scholarships at BCC. 48

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“We constantly strive to provide as many scholarships for our students as possible,” says Susan Lawing from BCC’s Office of Development. “The need is greater than ever and we wish we could give every student the financial assistance they need, but unfortunately this is not the case. We are grateful to our community for the continued support.” At noon on October 15, Paula will attend the VIP light luncheon. Afterwards, from 1 to 2 pm, the celebrated Southern chef will join with other local chefs to meet her fans at the Odell Williamson Auditorium (OWA) on the BCC campus. “The 1 pm event on stage with Paula and the three area chefs will be fun and exciting,” says Lawing. “There will also be a few surprises in store for our audience. As we all know, there is never a dull moment with Paula Deen.” An event ticket costs $100 and includes general assigned seating and an autographed copy of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking BIBLE. For $150, a Premier ticket includes premium seating (limited to 120 guests) and an autographed copy of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking BIBLE. The Meet, Greet and Eat ticket, for $500, includes the VIP luncheon, VIP seating for the event (limited to 60 guests) and two autographed copies of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking BIBLE. Individual single tickets with no book are available for $65; groups may purchase a block of 10 or more tickets for $50 each. More information: http://pauladeen.brunswickcc.edu OWA box office: (910) 755-7416


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performance on Saturday at 4 pm. Other musical guests will include Sea Cruz, Coastline Band, Sawgrass, Faith Journeys Band, Craig Woolard Band and The Imitations. The festival not only features fabulous food and excellent entertainment, it also includes several side events. An Oyster Festival surf contest was held on September 10, a tennis tournament on September 16 to 18 and a pageant on October 1, but all other events will be held during the festival weekend. Oyster Shucking Championship: Saturday, October 15, 4 to 6 pm. Professional shuckers fight for the title of North Carolina Shucking Champion and the chance to compete at the National Oyster Shucking Championship in Maryland.

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From camel rides to cook-offs, shucking contests to seafood chowder, the North Carolina Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach offers all forms of fun and food for all ages. Now in its 31st year, the annual festival hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce expects to satisfy the stomachs of more than 50,000 guests once again this year. If you aren’t one to ooh and aah over an oyster, don’t be discouraged. The festival offers much more than just mollusks. Set your sights on traditional dishes including every form of chicken that you can imagine; classics like bacon cheese fries and baked beans; seafood and low-country dishes from shrimp burgers to sausage gumbo; and fun foods like kettle corn and blooming onions. Please don’t forget the homemade ice cream, hot apple dumplings and Key lime pie. When your belly is brimming with goodies, peruse the many arts and crafts vendors and check out the kids’ area with everything from camel and pony rides to a fishing pond and Eurobungy trampoline. “For the first time ever the kids’ area will be free!” says Kelly Mathews, programs and events director for the Chamber. “Thanks to our sponsors Bellamy Law Firm and Planet Fun, kids will be able to play in the bouncy house, ride a camel, ride a pony, climb the rock wall and play without having to pay for each individual item.” And what would a Carolina oyster festival be without the sounds of country music playing in the background? Celebrated country artist Josh Kelly will headline the festival with a

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Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16

Oyster Festival 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run: Sunday, October 16 at Ocean Isle Beach Community Center. Fun Run begins at 8 am, 5K and 10K at 8:30 am. Participants compete for cash prizes and receive a T-shirt, race medal and free admission to the Oyster Festival. Oyster Stew Cook-off: Sunday, October 16, sampling begins at noon, winner announced at 3:30 pm. Contestants will vie for the title of Best Oyster Stew, preparing and presenting their best recipe of any stew made with oysters as the only seafood. Admission to the festival is $5 and free for children younger than 8. The festival, which will be located in Ocean Isle Beach on 2nd Street (beside the Museum of Coastal Carolina), will be open on Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. “We’d like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Back to Normal Restoration, for coming on board with us this year,” says Mathews. “We have more than 30 sponsors this year. Without them we would not be able to have such a great event.” More information: www.ncoysterfestival.com Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, (910) 754-6644 Fall 2011

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Thursday, October 27

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Every year, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS) hosts a gala to benefit local children who have trouble in school. The gala promises to impress once again this year; guests will fill their bellies with the best of Brunswick foods and their hearts with the understanding that they are making a difference in the life of a child.

“We want the community to understand the impact the funds raised on this evening have on the school children we serve; those most in need of support,” says Kimberly Bandera, marketing and events director for CIS. “As an example, our Dropout Prevention program provides one-on-one tutoring, counseling and case management services to middle school children at risk of dropping out.… We cannot allow these children to fall by the side because we lack the funds necessary to provide the support they need for a successful future.” 50

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More information: www.cisbrunswick.org/gala.html Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc., (910) 457-3494,

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The 10th annual Benefit Gala for Children will be held on October 27 from 6 to 10 pm under the Palm Court Tent at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach. The black-tie optional event will present “A Taste of Brunswick County,” featuring foods from 14 of the finest restaurants from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach. A notable gourmet deli and a well-known seafood restaurant, Italian restaurants and pizzerias, several catering companies and bakeries will be onsite for a fabulous feast, with a locally famous coffee shop and Italian ice spot available to top off the evening’s meal. The gala’s food isn’t the only attraction; the event will also include live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and live music by Shoreline. Most guests, however, aren’t attending for the fine food or the fabulous entertainment; instead, they find fulfillment in supporting an organization that has helped more than 2,900 children and parents by investing more than 40,000 volunteer hours into Brunswick County’s youth. The gala simply provides a fabulous way for individuals and businesses to give back to an organization that has already given so much of itself to the community.


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Adams was born in Richmond, Virginia, but grew up in Roanoke. She stayed in the area after graduating from Cave Springs High School in Roanoke, attending Virginia Tech in nearby Blacksburg. She received her bachelor’s degree in English. Her graduate studies led her down the education path, and in 1977 she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master of Arts in English Education with a specialization in reading. During graduate school, she was hired to teach reading at her old high school. After a year there she transferred to a school in Salem, Virginia. The whole time, Roanoke City Schools paid for her master’s degree. When her husband was transferred to Danville, Virginia, they moved only a few miles from the North Carolina border. “When we got to Danville, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” says Adams. “Then I went to Danville Community College to find that someone from [Virginia] Tech had passed along my resume and a recommendation letter.” Adams joined the faculty of Danville Community College and worked over the next four years to get their reading program up to snuff. Another transfer led the Adams family south, to Southern Pines, North Carolina, in the Sandhills near STORY BY B. Jason Frye Pinehurst. Adams rejoined the ranks of the high school PHOTOGRAPHY BY Keith Ketchum teachers and then the faculty of Sandhills Community College (SCC). She stayed there for 25 years, until June 2011, when she moved to Brunswick County. 54

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If Adams’ love is teaching, then her passion is family. She and Tom have a blended family of five children — two boys, Chad and Josh, and three girls, Carice, Mary and Laura. The kids live across the Southeast and have given them six grandchildren, with one more on the way. “I don’t see them as often as I want; I don’t think any mother does,” says Adams. The level to which Adams holds her family dear and the sacrifices she will make on their behalf surprise many. In 2006 Adams received her Doctor of Education degree in Leadership Development from East Carolina University, but it wasn’t her first go-round with doctoral studies. “I was close to getting my doctorate from N.C. State in Curriculum and Instruction, but I felt like my family needed me more than I needed the degree,” Adams says. She left the program with only her thesis and defense standing in the way of her doctorate. “It ended up being a good move,” she says. “I really wanted to be a dean of instruction, not a curriculum developer.”

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The path to president Soon after coming on board at SCC, the opportunity to step into a leadership role and face a challenge head on presented itself. Adams began to research the freshman and developmental English and math courses, looking closely at graduation rates in relation to what course level — developmental (like 097, 098 or 099) or on-track (100-level courses) — a student took initially. What she found was surprising to her and prompted changes within the college, giving her the chance to make lasting changes for the good of the students and the college. “We looked at how many students in developmental courses reached credit courses and then how many graduated or completed their course of study,” she says. “The students who entered SCC at the lowest level never reached for-credit courses. Those with the bare minimum — the ones in 099 as opposed to 097 or 098 — had better odds and many went on to graduate.” Armed with that information, Adams talked to SCC’s president, who quickly asked, “Well, what do we do now?” Adams took the reins and recommended hiring two developmental teachers and consolidating all developmental courses into one department she called the Academic Support Department. The president acted on her recommendations and placed her at the head of the new department. “The first thing I did was add tutoring,” she says. Drawing on the surrounding community, which, like Brunswick County, is filled with retirees who have advanced degrees, time on their hands and a love for their community, Adams amassed more than 100 volunteers over the next two years. A $1.2 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies funded many of their initial efforts and soon her department was on its way, providing tutors, in-class aides and a neverbefore-seen menu of classes including developmental, traditional for-credit courses and self-paced instruction, and helping more students than ever before to succeed in college. Over time the department began to expand its offerings and started what she calls a “learning community.”

“Learning communities are holistic approaches to a subject,” Adams says. “We integrated history and literature, teaching English and history by reading and learning the historical context of what we read.” She also created a developmental curriculum that offered students the opportunity to earn credit for completing the 097, 098 and 099 courses. The idea was to empower students, and Adams says their response was great. Keeping students motivated and engaged has always been a focus for Adams, and it led her to develop SNAP, the Special Needs Advancement Program. In SNAP, the students on the lowest end of the academic spectrum were assigned a special advisor who worked closely with the students to ensure their success. SCC’s Academic Support Department worked so well that it received a national award for being the best Developmental Program in the nation. The program is still in place at SCC, and Adams believes that the model she developed there could be applied at any school facing similar problems. After Adams implemented the Academic Support Unit, the president asked her to be the dean of institutional effectiveness, then the vice president of institutional effectiveness and special projects, then the vice president of student services and academic support. Between her experience in the classroom, in curriculum development and implementation, the administrative side of education and the gravity of her personality, Adams has the skills, knowledge and savvy to be an effective leader. Jump to June 2011, when Adams had been on the job as BCC president only a few days. She, like UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller, had to announce a reduction in force (RIF) and a $1.4 million cut from the budget. “It’s a tough position to be in, especially when you couple our budget reduction with the fact that enrollment is down for the first time in six years,” Adams says. Adams had the task of telling six staff members that their positions were eliminated as part of the budget cut. No instructors’ positions were lost, but she worries that the situation with the budget, which now hovers around $10 million, will hinder their ability to hire adjunct and part-time faculty. Fall 2011

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The future of BCC

Needless to say, beating the budget crunch at BCC is a top priority. One way Adams hopes to overcome the budget difficulties is by repositioning BCC in the community’s eye. She wants to provide courses that will have tangible, measurable results in the students’ lives. In this economy, that means one thing: jobs. Adams believes that by offering classes that can potentially turn around someone’s job situation, everyone will win. To achieve this, she proposes more vocational and technical classes; certification, recertification and continuing education courses; and heavy promotion to existing courses and degrees like aquaculture (the only such program in the state), criminal justice, basic law enforcement training and health information technology. “Several courses of study we already have can translate into jobs very quickly,” says Adams. “We have to capitalize on that and help our students reach their career goals.” Through all of this concern over the direction BCC takes, its position within the community and how to deal with harsh economic realities, Adams keeps her family at the top of her mind. “You know, I’ve said that I’d rather have lunch with my children than anyone else, and it’s true,” she says. “I love to spend time with my kids and grandkids. We are fortunate to have them visiting our beach house, Shenanigans, on Ocean Isle. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work in a place where my family can vacation and I can leave the office and know that in one day I’ve had the chance to experience my two greatest treasures. My career and my family.” n

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Chorus sang a medley of songs, including an African folk song in Swahili. We were transported to the Caribbean Islands with the ever popular music of the Terra Nova Steel Drum Band and to Mexico with the Mexican Folklore Dance Group, resplendent in their brilliant yellow native dress. Susan Mykalcio waved her six-foot-long pink sleeves in the dance of “Butterfly Lovers,” and a Tibetan Dance Team performed “Song of Laundry.” A Chinese fashion show showcased the rich colors and ornate fabrics of their native dress for both children and adults. Rinku Das represented India with a Kathak dance, which is a dance that tells a story. She and the next dancer, Bethanie Mickles, are both members of the Natya Academy from Cary, N.C. Japan was represented by three dancers wearing brilliant blue gowns perfectly complemented by their colorful leis of red and white flowers. Left: Rinka Das represents India by performing a Kathak dance, which tells a story. Top left: Seven-year-old Sarah Heywood models in the Chinese Fashion Show; Top right: Dressed in a traditional costume from the Middle East, Kelly Hawes performs a dance using a veil; Middle: The Mexican Folklore Dance Group presents a dance in their traditional costumes; Bottom: Marilyn Green, co-chair of the International Pavilion, explains the symbolism in the brightly colored huipil.

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The entertainment portion of the festival concluded with Kelly Hawes, who, dressed in a light lavender gown with sparkling jewels, performed a traditional Middle Eastern dance. She was accompanied by the popular Transtrum Band from Wilmington. Yvonne Pagan, chair of the entertainment committee, said she was so pleased to see that the cultural traditions of the many countries represented are being passed on to the younger generation.

“This year there were two motherdaughter teams, and a woman who performed with her niece,” she said. “The traditions will continue through the families.” The International Pavilion had 17 display booths, representing countries around the world. In addition to the art, artifacts and literature at each booth, there was a representative from that area, dressed in native costume and giving their visitors authentic information and

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interesting bits of trivia. Marilyn Green, co-chair of the pavilion steering committee, staffed the Central American booth and exhibited a tunic, called a huipil, which is worn by women of various Central American countries to designate which region of the country they are from. These are exquisite pieces of fabric that fit over a woman’s head and add splendor to her dress as well as convey information. The International Food Tasting Tent, headed by committee chair Hannelore Philipp, provided samples of ethnic cuisine from local restaurants serving an assortment of traditional European, African, Asian, Mexican and American dishes. The Brunswick County Intercultural Festivals began eight years ago under the leadership of Fernando Trulin, director of the Brunswick Educational Transition Center (BETC). It was originally conceived as a way to bring the Hispanic community together, but with the intent of expanding the program to include other ethnic groups. Each year the event draws participation from an everexpanding number of countries. The estimated 500 people who attended this year’s festival left with a feeling of pride that Brunswick County is a microcosm of this glorious, colorful, multifaceted world in which we all live. Although our backgrounds may be different, our desire is the same: to live in a world where there is peace and harmony. n

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Above: Paws-Ability’s volunteers raise money to give to Brunswick County’s various animalwelfare groups.

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This Charity’s for the Dogs (And Cats) STORY BY B. Jason Frye PHOTOGRAPHY BY Suzy King

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Janie and Glenn Withers retired to Ocean Isle Beach in 2004 they did what many recent retirees do: spent six months golfing, then woke up to find there was something missing in their lives. For Janie it was her passion for animals. Back in Winston-Salem, where she worked as an event coordinator for RJ Reynolds Tobacco, Janie devoted much of her free time to rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out pets. Living at the beach, with a smaller yard and a house on stilts not suited for dogs rehabilitating from surgery, she missed it. She missed the barks and yips and belly scratches that filled her evenings and weekends, the satisfaction she got from finding loving homes for otherwise loveless pets. At their Christmas party in 2006, Janie and Glenn decided to do something nice for animals. In lieu of hostess gifts, they asked that everyone bring dog or cat food for the animals housed at Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR) and Paws Place.

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Below: Paws-Ability, led by President Janie Withers (below in the green shirt), raises money through memberships, donations and several events.

Janie and three of her friends who are also animal-rescue advocates — Carolyn Jenks, Joy David and Ellen Rothenberg — began to brainstorm ideas for helping Brunswick County animal rescue groups even more. The idea of Paws-Ability was born, and in February 2007, their first event, a Mardi Gras party, was held. “We weren’t even a nonprofit yet,” Janie says. “Honestly, we hadn’t thought that far ahead and had no idea it would grow into what it is today.” At the Mardi Gras party, everyone was encouraged to donate money to support BARK, a nonprofit that provides cat and dog food to supplement the Meals on Wheels 4 Pets program in Brunswick County. They raised $1,200 at that first event, and that’s when Janie saw this as a viable nonprofit organization. Paws-Ability was officially established as a 501(c)(3) on October 29, 2007, and from there it’s been off to the races raising money for Brunswick County’s animal welfare groups. Each year they’ve doubled the money raised and distributed throughout the county. In 2008 they gave

out more than $11,000. In 2009 it was in excess of $21,000. In 2010 more than $50,000 went to local animal groups. In 2011 they’ve distributed nearly $40,000 and are on track to exceed 2010’s high. “I wanted to make a difference,” says Janie. “I wanted to be part of the solution. I think so many retirees are like Glenn and me and want to be part of something. Well, [Paws-Ability] gives them a place to put their talents to use and we have plenty of people doing just that.” With more than $120,000 donated to rescue groups, spay/neuter programs and domestic violence pet protection programs over the last four years, the organization has made its mark as a valuable addition to the nonprofit community in Brunswick County. Paws-Ability’s fund-raising efforts have centered around two events — a golf tournament at Cape Fear National in the spring and the Wag Shag, a social event for pets and owners held in Ocean Isle Beach in the fall. But this year they’re doing something a little different. “This year we’re leaving the Wag Shag on the shelf and trying out some new ideas,” Janie says.

The new ideas involve breaking up the one large event into several smaller events, allowing more visibility for business sponsors and more opportunity for members and the public to participate. The first event was the Swim for the Roses play date and swim with canine friends, an event held in memory of two dogs — Chancey Rose and Queenie Roaslee — who loved to swim. Held September 28, the event carried no fee, but donations were accepted. The second event, coming up on October 29, is the Paws-Ability First Annual Bicycle Poker Run (see sidebar for details). Paws-Ability uses the funds it raises to support qualifying animal rescue organizations in Brunswick County, including a pet protection program for victims of domestic violence. “Last year some legislation passed that said when a woman goes back into [her] home after a domestic incident, she can gather her belongings, valuables and, now, pets,” says Janie. “Well, the sheriff’s department didn’t know what to do with the animals they’d acquired, and we’ve been helping fund their stay in shelters and giving them homes for up to two Fall 2011

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Paws-Ability First Annual Bicycle Poker Run

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Saturday, October 29 at 1 pm

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Above: All of these happy faces are helping out in the name of animal welfare in Brunswick County.

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Participants will mount bicycles or even golf carts to cruise Ocean Isle, stopping along the way to draw cards for their poker hand and sample food and drink supplied by sponsors. The ride will end back at the Ocean Isle Inn for the reveal of the poker hands, a poolside meal, prizes and a silent auction.

weeks with our members who act as foster pet parents.” So far only a handful of pets have come through as part of this program, but Janie says that each mother and child who have had a pet taken into a safe home have been grateful beyond words. One of the new programs supported by Paws-Ability is a wellness program serving the needs of Adopt an Angel. Dr. Art Daun, a retired veterinarian living in St. James, offers examinations of the rescued animals of Adopt an Angel on Mondays. He directs their care and needs to local veterinarians with a goal to get each pet healthy and happily adopted as quickly as possible. 66

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The wellness program came together with the help of many members who painted, put down flooring, built an exam table, donated computer-designed software to manage the many animals involved, and donated equipment and supplies. With this program, Adopt an Angel will adopt out 800 or more animals this year alone. Janie believes in what they’re doing with Paws-Ability. She believes that membership in the group is important to build a sense of community and togetherness and that pets are a common link between all of us. And she believes that while many want to help pets in need, it’s sometimes hard to go

to shelters and see them first hand; it’s much easier to help a group like hers. Paws-Ability’s board includes Janie as president, Ellen Rothenberg as vice president, Suzanne Gurski as secretary and Cindy Tarantino as treasurer. Currently, the group has 262 individual members and 35 business members, and the board values each one of them. “Without such great support from area businesses, and without the attention from and participation of residents, we couldn’t do a quarter of what we do,” says Janie. “It’s because of them we can help so many pets in need find homes and, as a foster parent to hundreds of pets in my life, I am truly grateful.” n


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The Wright Life Meet Homer Wright, the Founder of St. James Plantation STORY BY Hilary Brady

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Wright was born on September 20, 1924, in the town of Eden — called Spray at the time — a small city in North Carolina located just a few minutes from the Virginia border. The renowned founder/developer of the award-winning community of St. James Plantation, Wright is a big business man, but he still has his small-town heart. As I interviewed Mr. Wright, I was captivated by his humility, his humor and his gentle spirit; a shock to the expectations I held for speaking with the founder of one of the East Coast’s most successful developments. His character so sweet, his demeanor so approachable, his life story is a beautiful blend of success and struggle, demands and desires, breaking boundaries and building dreams.

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Left: Homer Wright in the earlier days of St. James Plantation’s development.

“Growing up, I had to behave myself,” says Wright. “My parents were very strict. I did, however, do the usual things. Like sneaking up to the river to swim even though my mom told me that I couldn’t. I’d wash the mud out of my hair in the spring on the way home so she wouldn’t know.” A typical little boy, Wright liked to get his hair wet and his hands dirty. “I’d build things like rabbit hutches and rabbit traps,” he says. “Oh and I built a Ferris wheel out of 2’ x 4’s. I suppose I’ve always had some construction in my blood. I just didn’t realize it.” Although Wright has a passion for building and creating, construction wasn’t in his future ... as far as he understood. His grandmother, mother and father were in Fall 2011

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the retail business and it was expected that Wright would follow in the family footsteps. Entrepreneurship was ingrained in his spirit, so running his own men’s and women’s clothing stores would satisfy his family and his personality. “Growing up, I sold various candies and I had numerous newspaper routes,” he says. “I worked in a grocery store after school for a couple years. I might have even wanted to be a baseball player somewhere along the line. “Aside from working in the grocery store for those few years, it never occurred to me in my life to ever work for somebody. I wanted to work for myself.” Wright did give in to job supervision for a brief moment in his career, but only to accomplish a very important goal. “When I got married, I knew that my marriage announcement would be in the paper,” explains Wright. “I didn’t want to be listed as unemployed, so I worked for a mill for about six weeks. And that was that.” Wright married and opened his own retail clothing stores. But the plan to live a life in retail quickly and unexpectedly changed.

Developing his dream “I bought a house after I married,” explains Wright. “With the house, I took some property with it. And I had to decide what to do with it.” Wright decided to take his extra property and subdivide it into tracts, building single-family homes for purchase. “So, that was my first construction venture,” he says. “And I loved it.” Wright continued to operate his retail stores while also dabbling in land development simply for security. “I had six kids,” he says with a laugh. “I had to make sure I could afford to feed them!” Once the kids were well fed and his family finances secure, Wright left the retail business to focus solely on his new passion — land development, specifically tract development and entry-level housing. Through partnerships with 70

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contractors and spending countless days getting his hands dirty on jobsites, Wright learned the craft of construction. “I tried to find people who knew things that I didn’t,” he says. “I had a partner for most of the apartments that I built.” What began with the purchase of a new home for Wright and his new bride turned into a successful career developing apartments and single-family homes in Eden, throughout the surrounding Rockingham County and into several counties in Virginia.

The search begins In 1960, with a successful career in progress, Wright began a quest, a journey that sent him around the world only to settle in his own back yard. “My parents were looking toward retirement and I wanted to find the perfect place for them,” explains Wright. Wright traveled to Italy, then Costa Rica and later to New Zealand in search of the ideal place for his parents to retire. Each area presented its own problems. The climate, the language barrier, the medical facilities and the distance from home were all drawbacks that Wright couldn’t seem to get past. It was 1972 when Wright received a call that would put his eye on the prize. “A friend of mine had been doing survey work in Southport,” Wright says. “He called me and said that he thought I ought to look at the area.” On November 22, 1972, Wright traveled to Southport and spent several days discovering the area. “The weather was very pleasant,” he recalls. “I went back in December and again in January. The more often I visited the more appealing it was. I found that a fairly heavy shirt was about as much comfort that I had to have. So I realized that I had found the reasonable climate that I was looking for.” In addition to his search overseas, Wright had also combed the East Coast from the major cities in the Northeast to southern Florida. He says that it was in his own back yard, Southport, where the climate was the most attractive of all the locations that he had considered. “The climate, the waterways, the coast and the golf courses,” says Wright. “Southport fell right in with all the things that I was looking for. “There’s a book written by Dr. Conwell. Acres of Diamonds it’s called. He talks about a fellow that was a farmer, and the


diamond he found in his own back yard. Just like that book, I found that the things that are closest to you may be better than those that are way out. That’s Southport.” In 1983 Wright learned of several hundred acres of wooded property available for sale just west of Southport, the perfect location to build a community to suit his parent’s retirement dreams. Together with his business partners Claude Smith and John Atkinson, he jumped on the opportunity, and in 1985 site work and construction began on the community, his plans for a perfect leisure neighborhood beginning to take shape. It was 1991 when the first homes were built and the first golf course, The Gauntlet, opened.

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The dream complete Fast-forward to 2011, and Homer Wright is a happy man. St. James Plantation celebrates 20 years in existence on October 26. The award-winning community now features a chapel, a beach club, 81 holes of golf, two fitness centers, a full-service marina, clubhouses, a marketplace, a town hall, a community center, miles of walking and biking trails, parks, pavilions and an amphitheater. Although his parents never got to live the dream that he built for them because they passed before the community was complete, Homer wears a smile that screams satisfaction. “It’s a beautiful place, our community,” says Wright. “We have the greatest homeowners that I could ever hope for. They are intelligent, they’re interested in what we’re doing, and they’re cooperative. From the beginning we wanted our HOA to do what they wished. We wanted to make them top priority always. We certainly haven’t done everything perfectly, but we try in every way possible. “These folks are contributors to the community,” he continues. “They tutor, they work in civic groups, they do everything that you would want a community to do. It’s an unusual group, our homeowners. They have our

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admiration and respect. When they speak, we listen. We’ve been most fortunate with our homeowners.”

Life as he knows it Although approaching 90 years of age, the WWII veteran and business tycoon still maintains an 80-hour work week. And even when he’s “off ”, he’s still “on”. “When I leave, I take homework with me,” Wright explains. “I like to watch the business news and public television too. Congress news and, of course, the nightly news. I spend a lot of time with the news. Every once in a while I enjoy a movie that I might have seen 40 years ago.” Wright also enjoys reading, specifically biographies, business books and the occasional fiction novel. Although he’s admittedly hurried and seemingly always focused on business, Wright finds great value in spending time with his family. “I have six children,” he explains. “I lost one to cancer, two live in Chapel Hill, one in Atlanta and two in Eden. I have eight grandchildren that I love to visit. I enjoy watching them mature and coaching my children. I’m not really capable, but I do enjoy it!” When I asked what’s next for Wright, I expected to hear “vacations in the Turks, golf with the friends, quiet afternoons on the water.” I was, once again, surprised at his answer. “Well living is my first priority,” he says, with a chuckle. “But aside from that, I have an interest in continued development. I travel a lot to projects around the world. If I hear of something that we don’t have, I go and investigate it. There’s a lot of failed developments out there. We are very careful not to join that group. If you just have the right people to begin with, like we were lucky to have, that’s what draws success.” Never stopping, always learning, always loving. Even at 87; that is Homer Wright’s life as he knows it, and how he loves it. That is the Wright life. n Fall 2011

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Thanks to the generosity of the Sunset Beach community, local businesses, Brunswick County and individual supporters Ingram Planetarium’s theater shows are presented with a very sophisticated, high-definition digital system — the Spitz SciDome HD sky theater digital projection system — that gives them an amazing depth of color and clarity. According to Mark Jankowski, planetarium director, when they installed the system in 2009, Ingram was the third planetarium in the world to have this state-of-the-art equipment. Now they are one of 12. Ingram Planetarium’s theater has a 40-foot diameter dome, large plush seats and minimal distracting aisle lighting. The shows are a patented “ImmersaVision®,” 360-degree, surround-sound experience. Each theater production is followed by a live star show, narrated by either Jankowski or Ed Ovsenik, planetarium educator, who use a laser beam to point out the exact position of the planets, stars and constellations in real time. The planetarium owns six sky theater shows and 18 laser shows, including some designed to appeal to younger audiences, a few for adults, and some for all ages. But one can never predict who will like what show the best. Sevenyear-old Caleb Jones’s parents took him to see “Zula Patrol Under the Weather,” which is billed as “best suited for younger audiences.” It is an animation film about a team of cartoon characters from planet Zula who use their spacecraft to invade earth and get around the solar system. When Caleb was asked about the show, he said, “It was good. It was a movie about aliens.” But when asked his favorite part, with a little prompting from his mother, he said, “When the movie was over, they showed the planets and constellations, and the space station, not NASA, the other one. That’s the part I liked best.” One of the shows that seems to be a real crowd pleaser is “Seven Wonders.” It begins by taking the viewers back in time to experience the seven ancient wonders of the world. And then it transports the audience through space to see the seven cosmic wonders, and finally returns them to planet earth.

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Top: The Galaxy Gift Shop has educational games and toys to reinforce the science and astronomy lessons. Middle: Ralph and Maria Shepherd team up to shoot the water guns and make astronauts rise. Below left: Maria Shepherd shows her mom, Elena, how the Nebula Ball works. Below right: Ralph Shepherd tries to direct a magnetic stick to hit a gong and ring a bell.

Another show called “Astronaut” first points out the glory and excitement of being an astronaut, and then focuses on the rigorous training involved. This film is introduced by former NASA engineer and current Southport resident Jim Harrington. At six o’clock each evening, there is always one of their spectacular music laser shows. The ever-popular Christmas show will run for most of November and December. For a listing of current programs and dates, call the planetarium at (910) 575-0033. Be sure to plan your visit to the planetarium well before show time so you can spend some time in the Paul Dennis Science Hall, where a number of great hands-on exhibits 74

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demonstrate scientific or mathematical concepts. Kids can play without realizing that they are also learning about astronomy, science and spatial relationships. Earlier this year, the Shepherd family visited Ingram Planetarium from Winston Salem, N.C. Ralph, age 11, was intrigued by the “Magnetic Circus.” This exhibit demonstrates the power and the elusiveness of magnetism. The object is to manipulate a rod in such a way as to set up a magnetic field, which will result in one of the balls hitting a bell. Ralph gave it his best shot for about 20 minutes but never did hear the gong. However, he did figure out the principle behind the project, and he was elated to have come as close as he did to making the bell ring. “I think it’s kind of interesting the way the two magnetic sides connect,” Ralph said. His little sister, Maria, was fascinated by the “Nebula Ball,” which is a glass ball with rays of light inside. An explanation above the ball describes how and why it works. But Maria preferred to figure that out on her own. She used deductive reasoning well beyond her years to conclude that “it is the heat of the hand that moves the light rays because if you blow on it, nothing happens.” Then she refined her theory when she realized that she didn’t need to actually touch the glass ball to have the light rays follow her hand. She needed only to place her hand above the rays to influence their direction. Clearly Maria knows a thing or two about the scientific method. Ralph and Maria teamed up to test their skills on the “Water Play” game. This exhibit instructs the players to shoot a stream of water at a target, which causes two astronauts to go up. The speed at which the astronauts rise correlates with the size of the arc of the water. The scientific principle printed on the sign above the game may have been a bit beyond these two kids, but the relationship between water and force was definitely not lost on them. A large model plane demonstrates Bernoulli’s lift-off principle by allowing the viewer to press a choice of buttons with varying speeds to control the wind speed over the plane’s wings. Air moving faster over the wing creates lift, causing the plane to fly. According to the sign above the exhibit, the same principle would apply to race cars. The faster the air moves over the shape of the car, the more the car has a tendency to lift off the track. Next comes the “Pipes of Pan.” This is a series of eight pipes of varying lengths. The visitor is instructed to put his ear at the end of each pipe and listen to the sound. The pipes trap the sound that is present in the room and channel it to


your ear. The smaller the pipe, the higher the pitch of the sound. According to Greek mythology, Pan was a god who was half man and half goat. In an effort to please the gods, he fashioned an instrument made out of reeds. This exhibit mirrors that instrument. No word on whether or not Pan succeeded in impressing the gods with it. At the end of their visit, nearly everyone heads for the Galaxy Gift Shop, where what they have learned can be reinforced through books, games, puzzles, posters, model kits and various souvenirs. Many of the items are surprisingly affordable. Ingram Planetarium opened in May of 2002, almost exactly 11 years after the opening of its sister facility, the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach. Both were founded by Stuart Ingram, a World War II pilot who used the planets and constellations to chart his way. When he retired, Ingram spent many evenings pointing out the various stars in the sky for his family and friends, and this eventually led to his founding a planetarium in the hope that others might share his enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe. Upcoming events at the planetarium include a special program and a birthday party from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on December 3 for all those who have birthdays under the newly acknowledged 13th sign of the Zodiac, Ophiuchus. Folks with a birthday during Ophiuchus’s reign, which is November 29 to December 17, will be honored. Check out the planetarium’s website to get the schedule for shows and other special events at www.museumplanetarium.org. Both the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ingram Planetarium are now on their winter schedule, which means they are open only on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach. The museum is at 21 E. Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach. n Above: One of the Sky Theater Show transports the viewer to the planet Jupiter with ancient illustrations of the constellations behind it. The colored band is an x-ray image of the main plane of the Milky Way galaxy.

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Carr-Wiggins says she didn’t intend to be an interior designer when she was growing up in Duplin County’s Wallace, N.C. “My mother says I had the most horrible room in the world. I was a slob,” Lynne says with a laugh. “She can’t believe what I do now.” Lynne bought the existing Island Classic Interiors in Ocean Isle Beach three years ago and uses “You talk, We listen, Beautiful happens!” as her slogan. She always had an interest in the latest fashions and accessories but didn’t consider that industry as a career choice. At Wallace-Rose Hill High School Lynne participated in various activities, and she played for three years on the Town of Wallace softball team. Two years at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville followed graduation, and then she accepted a job in retail accounting. “It was boring,” she says. “I didn’t want to do that forever.” Lynne married, and in August 1986 she and her husband moved

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accessories the residents finally chose to make their homes complete. “That was always frustrating,” she to Brunswick County, where a job awaited to choose what she says are says. “I did the outside, and they did him. A neighbor told Lynne about a job “nonremovables” — brick, tile, cabinets their own thing [inside].” opening for a receptionist with customand other permanent fixtures. He also saw Lynne stayed with Coastal home builder Mark Saunders of Coastal that she could put colors together well. Development & Realty for 23 years Development & Realty. She enjoyed this Lynne poured herself into the job but before she bought Island Classic work, and Saunders began to rely on her always wondered what furniture and Interiors. She admits it is a risky venture with the building industry continuing to be stagnant. “I decided this is the best chance I could ever get,” she says. When she bought the business, Lynne retained two employees she considers indispensable. Pam Jones is an interior designer and labels herself, “Jill of all trades.” Al Marlowe hangs window treatments, delivers merchandise and assists in innumerable ways. Lynne Above: Lynne (center) with her two employees, Pam concentrates on buying the merchandise. Jones and Al Marlowe. “When I go to market, I ask if this is going to be unique in our shop,” she Above: Lynne’s shop, Island Classic Interiors, is based in Shallotte.

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Above: Lynne married Michael Wiggins in 2008. They’re pictured here with their miniature schnauzer, Murfie.

says. “I try to get things not everybody is going to have.” Bamboo products, she says, are the rage in decorating right now. She also has lamps made of burlap, and a massive array of unusual throw pillows. Artificial flower arrangements, trays and bowls that have special designs are interspersed between the chairs, tables and beds. The products are arranged throughout the shop for people to browse or inspect. Lynne also offers services for total 78

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decorating. Another catch phrase she uses is “Specializing in Interiors from Conception to Completion.” “We have the ability to put the whole package together,” she says. While Lynne worked for Coastal Development & Realty, she had a son, Ethan Carr, now 17 and a senior at West Brunswick High School. Her marriage, however, ended, and she moved to a townhouse in Shallotte. That’s where she met Michael Wiggins, who lived across the street. Michael, a native of Raleigh, attended North Carolina State University. One summer he went to New York to be a life guard in Greenwich. While there, he was asked to do crewing on sailboats, a pastime he knew from racing small sailboats while growing up. A man who owned one of the sailboats was impressed with him and offered him a job at the World Trade Center. “I was in the right place at the right time,” he says. Michael embraced the financial services industry and worked in New York for 25 years. He married and had three children but later divorced. In 2006 he retired and moved to Shallotte. On one visit to see her son, Michael’s mother was conversing with a neighbor and said, “[Michael] needs a good Southern woman.” The neighbor responded, “I know a good Southern woman.” The neighbors, Sherri and Bob Plath, invited Michael and Lynne over, and the four of them went to dinner. “He made me laugh,” Lynne says of her attraction to Michael. “I was attracted to her Southern charm and her accent, and she’s never used a cuss word,” Michael says. Michael invited Lynne to dinner, and the romance began. They married in 2008, the same year they bought their miniature schnauzer, Murfie. Michael is not involved with Lynne’s business except to assist with advertising. But they do play golf together and are volunteers with First Tee. Michael is past club champion at Rivers Edge Golf Club and is current president of the Rivers Edge Property Owners Association. Lynne is active in Business Networking International and is involved with Women in Philanthropy and Leadership of Brunswick County. Another passion of Michael’s is cooking. “He is the best cook,” Lynne says. “He does all the cooking and all the grocery shopping. All of it. I work. He cooks. Why mess up a good thing?” A facet of her life Lynne doesn’t ignore is religion. “My faith is very important to me, and I pray every day for the success of my business,” she says. Lynne says the customer service, which is expressed in her slogan, and the quality of her merchandise set Island Classic Interiors apart from the chains. “I want it to be a shop where people can come and say, ‘I didn’t realize you have such wonderful things!’” she says. n


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Chez Nous ARBOR LANDING AT OCEAN ISLE

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I was asked to give Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle a secondary name, it would be “Chez Nous” — words of great comfort to me as a child in my French-speaking home. Translation: “at our house,” “at home.” That is exactly the premise of Arbor Landing — for people to be at home in this spectacular new option for retirement living with assisted services. My curiosity magnet brought me to Arbor Landing shortly after it opened on September 10, 2010. I had passed the beautiful new building set well back from the road several times during construction and it was time to go inside and take a tour. Staff members were full of enthusiasm about their new treasure and anxious to walk me through it. Everyone I met seemed to be a perfect fit for the job they were given. STORY BY Claire K. Connelly PHOTOGRAPHY BY Keith Ketchum

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Chez Nous I returned almost a year later to meet with Executive Director Mark McKeithan, Director of Community Relations Amy Causey and several other staff members. Causey was about to greet a new resident and take her to see her new unit for the first time. Perfect timing. The woman was accompanied by her daughter and obviously excited about her new home. When the daughter referenced having looked at other facilities, the woman quickly interrupted with a firm “no, no, no.” No question in her mind that Arbor Landing was the strong first choice. McKeithan describes Arbor Landing as “an independent retirement living community, a neighborhood, and much like the living environment of a five-star, first-class hotel.” The atmosphere obviously supports the description. There is a hum of activity at Arbor Landing that reminded me of the Top: A new option for retirement living, Arbor Landing is located between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte. Middle and bottom: From communal meal to games and music, residents have many opportunities for social interaction.

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concept “It Takes a Village.” The residents I saw engaged in various activities were also actively embracing that concept. Arbor Landing has 70 units, with 30 residents at the time of this writing. Full occupancy will mean a total of 80 to 85 residents. Residents must be 55 years or older. It is one of ten communities belonging to Ridge Care, Inc., headquartered in Kernersville, North Carolina. Nine of those communities are located in North Carolina and one is in West Virginia, but the facility is one of a kind in this area. The facility offers assisted services for those with extra needs, such as medication reminders, assistance with dressing and/or bathing, and more. The director of assisted services is a full-time RN with a staff of certified nursing assistants. All of those extra services are addressed for each resident by these qualified staff members. Residents wear an emergency necklace, which gives them added feelings of security. The staff of Arbor Landing takes particular care with transitioning residents to their new home. The six managers meet personally with each new resident for the first few days and discuss their needs in detail to create a total feeling of comfort. Most new residents have made multiple visits prior to their move-in day, and that helps with transitioning, too. Plus, residents are allowed to bring their pets with them to Arbor Landing. It’s all part of having all of the comforts of home. The accommodations available are cozy and attractive. Residents can choose a studio, a one-bedroom or a twobedroom unit. All are equipped with a kitchenette if the resident decides to stay in the unit and prepare his or her own meals rather than eating in the dining room. Three meals are served daily, and the favorite menu item for both staff and residents is the homemade meatloaf.

From top: The elegant yet comfortable setting is for residents age 55 and older. Below: Arbor Landing’s staff members seem to really enjoy their jobs.

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Food Service Director April McDonald’s famous meatloaf was an original recipe handed down from her greatgrandmother, who had actually been blind since the age of 16. Every one of McDonald’s great recipes has an interesting story behind it. She follows strict nutritional guidelines, which she feels is an asset to the residents and assists them in maintaining an independent lifestyle. McDonald has introduced Asian, Spanish and continental cuisine, to the delight of residents, and her homemade desserts are popular. McDonald wears many hats, supporting other departments and helping out with various events. She is excited for the coming first-year anniversary celebration and being involved in the event and meal planning. Visitors are welcome at Arbor Landing at any time and may choose to enjoy one of the daily meals with a resident. During my visit a gentlemen was at the piano in the dining room playing musical requests. He and his wife regularly visit Arbor Landing to share his piano-playing talent. Gathered around the piano, the residents were sharing family histories and stories, deciding who was the oldest, smartest, best dancer, etc. Social Director Tina Scott has the perfect personality and attitude for her position. Her interaction with the residents is heartwarming, and her list of activities is long — bingo, bridge, Scrabble, card and board games, off-premise outings, a library, wine and cheese socials, and much more. “This is absolutely the best job in the world,” says Tina. “I have the most wonderful residents who truly ‘travel’ home with me in the evenings. They become a part of your heart.” The beautiful back porch at Arbor Landing is always busy with the residents relaxing or enjoying conversations. An impressive garden behind the porch area has produced tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini and herbs. Once again, the total home — garden included! McKeithan says he feels that each day he and his staff are not working in a facility but in the homes of the residents. That’s why “Chez Nous” is such an appropriate feeling here. It has enhanced some old memories for me, and I have put myself on the guest list for the well-loved meatloaf! Arbor Landing is located at 5490 Arbor Branch Drive, SW on N.C. Highway 179 between Ocean Isle and Shallotte. You can schedule a tour by telephoning them at (910) 754-8080. n

Chez Nous From top: Arbor Landing has 70 units, with a capacity of up to 85 residents.

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First Annual Brunswick Fall Home Show

Business Profile BY Brian Sherman

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hroughout the year, people from across the Southeastern United States and beyond visit the Sea Trail Golf Resort to bask

in Brunswick County’s beautiful weather and enjoy three signature courses, each the creation of a highly regarded architect. Designed by Rees Jones, Dan Maples and Willard Byrd, the courses present a challenge to golfers of all ages and multiple skill levels while taking advantage of the gently rolling hills, abundant water and verdant vegetation offered in abundance along the Carolina coast. At the end of October, as the holiday season approaches and local residents begin planning, budgeting and dreaming about ways to update and upgrade their homes during the coming year, Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center will be more than simply a place to relax, enjoy the changing colors of fall, sharpen your putting skills and learn to hit a fairway wood. Golf, as always, will go on, but from October 28 through 30, Sea Trail, located in Sunset Beach, will also serve as the host of the first annual Brunswick Fall Home Show. Those who attend the home show will have the opportunity to interact with approximately 90 exhibitors who provide a wide range of services, from kitchen remodeling to landscaping to floor covering to decorative curbing to the Internet. Resorts, builders, pool experts and heating and air conditioning contractors will also be represented, and there will be a special “Holidays in the Carolinas” Christmas section. With live broadcasts on WEZV, Easy 105.9, of Myrtle Beach, fun will be almost mandatory, according to Bill Macchio, publisher of Media Services, the show’s sponsor. “We are really pumped up about Brunswick County,” says Macchio, whose company also is responsible for two successful Myrtle Beach shows, the Carolina Living Show and the South Carolina Lifestyles Expo. “We are bringing all of Brunswick County together, north and south, in a really great venue. This location is fantastic.” Carolina Homes & Interiors, a hard-copy and online magazine published by Media Services, is the official publication of the Brunswick County Fall Home Show. “Because we are a publishing house with extensive reach on the

The Brunswick Fall Home Show will be held October 28 through 30 at Sea Trail Golf Resort in Sunset Beach. Sea Trail, which will host the show in a 32,000-square-foot convention center, has won a host of awards from publications including Successful Meetings, Convention South and Meetings South. The three-day show begins October 28 with a special preview for Realtors, builders and architects who serve clients in Brunswick County. Saturday and Sunday, attendees will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with vendors with the expertise to provide helpful advice on an array of subjects related to improving the value and livability of their home. “Anyone who owns a home or is considering buying a home, building a home or getting a home ready to sell should consider coming to this show,” says Show Director Bill Cool. “We will have a great cross section of vendors. We’ll also have a great deal of fun.” Admission to the Brunswick Fall Home Show is $5 per person, but discount tickets are available from various merchants and media outlets and from vendors. For more information about the show, visit www.brunswickcountyhomeshow.com or call Cool at (800) 433-7396, ext. 11.

Internet and through our magazines, the content of the show will live beyond the weekend of the show,” Macchio says.

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Sandpiper Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical

Business Profile BY Hilary Brady

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andpiper Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical is a fullservice heating and cooling company that also offers full

electrical services to contractors and homeowners. With locations in Calabash and North Myrtle Beach and open since 2002, the business now employs nearly 50 people and operates 24 trucks that service customers from Wilmington, N.C., to Georgetown, S.C., and all points in between. Although Planned Maintenance contracts on commercial and

Sandpiper is an authorized dealer of Trane systems, as well as

residential systems are the foundation of Sandpiper’s business, the

Maytag, Carrier, Goodman and Comfortmaker, to name a few. With

company also offers installations of new high-efficiency heating and

Sandpiper’s already affordable pricing, any promotions will only

cooling units, HEPA filtration duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning,

sweeten the deal. The well-known Trane brand is currently offering

whole house generators, appliance repair and commercial

a special financing program to Sandpiper customers: 0% interest for

refrigeration service, including walk-in coolers/freezers, prep tables

three years on the purchase of new units.

and ice makers. Sandpiper recently added another item to its long list of available services: AirTight Spray Foam Insulation. “It made sense for us to become an AirTight Spray Foam

From affordable pricing programs to top-notch customer service, Sandpiper Heating and Air Conditioning works hard to keep its customers comfortable. Sandpiper’s staff boasts more than 35 years of experience in the HVAC and electrical industry, experience that

Applicator because the insulation of the building is the most

shines through in the way that they manage the business and

important item that determines how the heating and cooling will

maintain a 100% customer satisfaction rating.

work, along with the comfort levels experienced by the

“No other contractor understands energy efficiency better than

homeowners,” explains Rob Ferber, Sandpiper’s Business

an HVAC contractor,” says Ferber. “We can educate the homeowner,

Development Manager.

showing them how they can make a difference in energy losses in

Sandpiper’s top priority is the efficiency of the units it installs, as well as customer convenience and satisfaction. “The idea behind everything that we do is to keep the units running as efficiently as they can so we can extend the life of them,” says Ferber. Long lasting and efficient heating and cooling units will certainly please customers, as will fast access to a technician should something go wrong. “We’re able to be reached 24 hours a day,” says Ferber. “One of the owners always has the phone on them after hours and on weekends, so it’s not going to a service or a machine where customers have to wait for a call back. If it’s an emergency, our customers have the option of going straight to a live person. Not many other companies offer that availability.”

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their home and provide the solution with spray polyurethane foam. Spray foam and HVAC are two critical Building Science Components that will relate to efficiency and comfort in one’s home and, most importantly, reduce energy bills up to 45 percent.” Sandpiper Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC: 9983-1 Traders Lane Ext. SW in Calabash; (910) 579-1497; sandpiperhvac.com. Mention this article and receive $25 off any service call.


Business Profile

Prestige Outdoor Lighting

BY Hilary Brady

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ill and Julie Raphael founded Prestige Outdoor Lighting in 2009 and have since illuminated many beautiful homes in Brunswick

Forest, St. James Plantation, Rivers Edge and Sea Trail, to name a few. The family-owned and operated company is built on unique CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

experience. Bill, who brings a background of 30 years designing military-grade electronics, is skilled in creating lighting systems that withstand extreme environments and last for decades. Julie’s strength is customer service, a talent she learned and practiced as a dental office manager for years. The result of this dynamic duo is a company that knows its products unlike any other and treats its customers with the utmost of care. Prestige Outdoor Lighting offers residential and commercial landscape lighting, including everything from community entrances

Prestige Outdoor Lighting provides quality landscape lighting services to commercial projects and residences throughout Brunswick County.

to personal pools. From concept to installation, Prestige promises

computer. From there, we look at the options by virtually turning

cutting-edge technology, superior-grade products and reliability.

lights on and off. This gives the customer the ability to be a part of

The most impressive process, however, may be the design stage.

the design process; it allows them to see what their property will

“When we visit a client for the first time, we put a camera on a

look like before signing a contract.”

tripod,” explains Bill. “Then we place lights of different kinds in

Prestige Outdoor Lighting: (910) 612-1910; prestigeoutdoorlighting.com.

different areas to highlight the home and landscaping. We

Mention this article and receive one free fixture with an installed

photograph the area and then sit down with customer in front of the

lighting system.

“W

hat defines unique?” My favorite definition is “having the

everyone, but

ability to be an individual or business with a purpose that

Ragland’s

allows you to go against the mainstream.” Brunswick County is

provides its

lavished with gift shops, restaurants and boutiques that fit this

customers with

definition. Residents and vacationers are fortunate to have such a

an appealing

wide selection of unprecedented shopping spots.

shopping

Shallotte is a thriving business community. A resident whose family is originally from Brunswick County recalls that in the 1950s,

BY Hope Thomas

experience. Ragland’s Gifts

Main Street was filled with businesses. Several locals that I’ve

and Accessories

spoken with recall local merchants offering high levels of customer

is in a 2000-

service. Store owners knew their customers by name and treated

square-foot

them with respect and appreciation.

house that was

Ragland’s Gifts and Accessories strives to implement the same

Business Profile

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Ragland’s Gifts and Accessories

Ragland’s brings back the level of customer service Shallotte residents remember from the 1950s.

built in 1940. It

business practices of those stores during the 1950s. Customer

looks like it originally did, which is interesting for customers to tour

relations and consumer orientation are at the top of the list when

as they shop.

it comes to our clientele. We offer the community a variety of

So remember, “If Unique Is What You Seek, Stop Here.”

gifts that are unique and will be appreciated by you, your friends

Ragland’s Gifts and Accessories, 4748 Main Street, Shallotte,

and your family members. Not only is there something for

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Port City Fence and Railings, LLC

Business Profile BY Hilary Brady

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ilmington native Sonny Russell began building fences as a part-time job nine years ago while also managing a full-time

career as a police officer. When his fencing business began booming, Sonny responded, taking his duties as a police officer to part-time and launching Brunswick County-based Port City Fence CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

and Railings, LLC (formally Port City Fence) in 2004. Now owning and operating a thriving and reputable business, Sonny and his wife, Christy, manage a full staff with more than 30 years of combined experience. The fully insured company offers residential, commercial and industrial fence and railing services for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. Port City Fence and Railings offers a wide range of options for fencing projects: custom wood fences and ornamental aluminum fencing and gates, economical and sturdy chain link fences and

Port City Fence and Railings not only offers traditional fencing options, but also pool and tennis enclosures, cleaning and staining, arbors and more.

maintenance-free vinyl fencing in a rainbow of colors. Privacy, picket and post-and-rail fencing is available with heights, shapes and stains customizable to customer taste. Port City Fence and Railings’ custom wood fences are popular due to their fully customizable capabilities. Vinyl fencing is attractive to many because it is long lasting and requires no maintenance. Aluminum fencing is durable, it adds elegance to any project and can also be virtually maintenance free, while chain link fencing is popular due to its low cost and strength. All fencing designs and formats are available in a wide variety of colors, stains and styles. Sonny and his team use lumber that is treated with copper-based preservatives and organic fungicides, and fasteners and connectors that are specially treated to prevent rust and effects of moisture. Due to a proven business ethic and consistent provision of quality products, Port City Fence and Railings has become a preferred fence builder for several area homeowner associations, as well as many of the exclusive builders within the community of Brunswick Forest in Leland. Port City Fence and Railings goes beyond simply lining yard perimeters. Sonny and his team offer pool and tennis court enclosures, arbors and pergolas, decks, fence and deck cleaning and staining, gate operators with keypads and remotes, hand rails, pet fences and kennels.

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“An exciting new project that we have just started doing is crash-rated fencing for courthouses and military bases,” says Sonny. “We actually just finished one for the federal courthouse in New Bern, North Carolina. We’re looking forward to doing several more projects like that.” Sonny and his team have proven to be trustworthy and talented to local builders, developers, homeowners and government officials. Their clients span all industries but they all agree that Port City Fence and Railings provides excellent products, affordable pricing and superior customer service. “Our goal is to offer a superior product with excellent service and reliability,” says Sonny. “And in order to do that, I personally oversee each project from the initial contact and the estimate — which is free — to the final inspection with the customer. We take pride in our work; we’re always professional and always courteous.” Port City Fence and Railings, LLC; (910) 232-5453; www.portcityfenceofwilmington.com; see Port City Fence and Railings on Facebook. Mention this article and receive a free custom wood gate with the purchase of a custom wood fence.


J. Wellington Adams, MD

Business Profile

Carolinas Coastal Health Provides Total Care for the Whole Family

BY Odette Arnold

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ocated in Leland at Waterford, Carolinas Coastal Health is a single-physician, patient-centered family medicine practice.

J. Wellington Adams, MD, and his nurse, Heather Britt, RN, personally see every patient every time, providing an uncommon level of individualized, continual care. Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Adams says he chose this specialty because it allows him to develop a long-lasting relationship with each individual— from childhood to adulthood— as well as with entire families. “And because I treat patients for multiple conditions, I know much more about them than a single specialty physician ever could,” he says. “It’s so convenient and efficient to have one doctor who knows all about your medical conditions. Few people have the time or desire to continually start over with multiple physicians.” Dr. Adams began his career as an emergency room doctor, experience he says translates very well to family medicine. “In the ER, I also treated people of all ages with a wide variety of medical issues,” he explains. “It also helps me discern what is truly an emergency and what is not, as well as handle many urgent conditions in my office.” Technology plays a huge role in the practice, which opened in 2009. From appointments online and electronic check-in tablets to being able to print their lab reports from home, patients have 24-7-365 access to the office and their personal information through a secure, complimentary patient portal on the practice’s website. Patients are also encouraged to email Dr. Adams or Heather with Contributed Photos

questions or concerns, and are promised a prompt, personal reply. “We simply treat patients the way we would like to be treated,” says Dr. Adams. “We offer same-day appointments every day because if a patient is sick, he or she wants to be seen right away.” Dr. Adams also describes a comprehensive approach to care, taking into account his patients’ overall health and making recommendations for care that will help them live a fuller, healthier life—not just control their symptoms. According to Dr. Adams, the single most important thing patients

J. Wellington Adams, MD acute illness care, annual physicals, allergy testing, gynecological

can do for their health is to be involved in their own care. “An educated

exams, Coumadin clinic, smoking cessation, weight loss supervision,

patient is a healthier patient,” he says. “We teach our patients how to

and skin lesion removal and biopsy.

control and better manage chronic conditions, as well as prevent health problems by making wise, educated lifestyle choices.” Carolinas Coastal Health’s services include management of chronic conditions (such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma),

Carolinas Coastal Health, PC Family Practice is located at 1003 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 1-C, in Leland. You can reach the office at (910) 338-0588 or wellness@cchfamily.com. For more information, visit www.cchfamily.com. Fall 2011

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BNMC Hosts Premiere Event PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ronnie Holden and Wendy Hunt Brunswick Novant Medical Center (BNMC) Hosted its Foundation Premiere Event on July 14. The Hollywood-style black-tie event featured fine foods and signature cocktails, “old Hollywood” celebrity impersonators, a raffle, music by the Duke Ladd Band and a piano bar, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the newest hospital in Brunswick County. Guests were offered the opportunity to purchase memorial bricks. The hospital plans to use the engraved bricks for special projects on campus, beginning with the dining courtyard. Before leaving for the evening, guests received a commemorative plate featuring the event theme.

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Alan & Cynthia Che atha m

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Betty William son, Teresa & Trun k William son, ‘Dea n Mar tin’

April Robinson & Abby Robinson

as, Clarice Holden, Eliza beth Thom Martha Lee & Barb ara Andrews

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Second Annual Paws-Ability Golf Tournament at Cape Fear National PHOTOGRAPHY BY Time 2 Remember Paws-Ability, the nonprofit organization that raises funds for the animal shelters and rescue groups in Brunswick County, held its Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 20 at Cape Fear National Golf Club in Leland. Mary Dowling, Paula Dowling, R. J. McCord and Mary Jo Scirvani placed first among the all-women teams, while the men’s winning team included Pleas Webster, Will Hickman, Tom Thrift and George Coggins. Barry Eckelberger, Rusty Knowles, Karen Hawkes and Charlie Creach made up the first place co-ed team. Closest to the Pin winners were Angie Brooks and George Coggins. Sandy Morkel and Jimmy Durham were awarded prizes for the longest drives. A cash bar reception, luau party and silent auction followed the tournament. Proceeds of the golf tournament benefited shelters and animal welfare organizations within Brunswick County.

Silent Auction coordinator Ellen Rothen berg shows off the art items availa ble for bids.

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David Stewart, Wayne Durham, Wayne Patterson & John Weaver

John Clell Hamm, Mic hael Davenport, Brian Cox & Distric t Attorney Jon David

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Anne Keenan, Jane Glemmin g, Linda Bushy & Denise Maynard

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Mini Trade Show at 101 Stone Chimney Place A Mini Trade Show was held on August 4 at 101 Stone Chimney Place. The event was entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Passport to Networking Opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;? and was followed by the August Business After Hours hosted by 101 Stone Chimney Place and the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

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8:19 pm

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1:28 am

4

1:48 pm

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19

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8:51 pm

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19

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9:22 pm

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8:34 am

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9:25 pm

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20

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3:48 pm

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10:13 am

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21

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3:41 pm

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9:41 am

0.9 10:26 pm 0.9

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4:09 pm

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4:49 pm

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4.8

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4:53 am

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6:43 am

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7:23 am

5.9

7:38 pm

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1:14 am

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7:08 am

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7:25 pm

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1:06 am

-0.2 1:42 pm -0.3

25

7:36 am

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7:52 pm

5.1

1:27 am

-0.8 2:14 pm

-0.6

25

8:13 am

5.9

8:29 pm

4.6

2:06 am

-0.9 2:49 pm -0.6

26

8:00 am

6.5

8:17 pm

5.6

1:56 am

-0.5 2:36 pm -0.5

26

8:27 am

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8:44 pm

5

2:19 am

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26

9:02 am

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9:18 pm

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2:57 am

-0.8 3:36 pm -0.5

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9:08 pm

5.6

2:46 am

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3:12 am

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10:33 pm

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4:21 pm

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10:55 pm

5.1

4:29 am

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11:33 pm

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4:56 am

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11:54 pm

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5:21 am

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5 - 11 pm N.C. Uncorked Join participating wineries and Root Soul Project for wine tastings, food and dancing.

Saturday, October 15 11 am - 4 pm North Carolina Open Air Market An afternoon of produce, food, wine, beer, seminars and art. 6 - 10 pm North Carolina Wine Dinner Enjoy North Carolina fare and wine pairings. Open to all islanders 21 years of age or older.

Sunday, October 16 Noon - 2 pm North Carolina Brunch Enjoy a traditional North Carolina brunch with North Carolina Wines.

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Phone#

Page#

1-800-PACK-RAT.................................................910-271-0939

59

Fitness Studio.......................................................910-575-0975

43

Acme Cleaning Service....................................910-368-1603

19

Freedom Boat Club............................................910-653-1307

94

All About Coastal Comfort, LLC....................910-579-8866

59

Gotcha Covered...................................................910-409-9064

38

Allstate – R&R Insurance Services, Inc......910-754-6596

33

Grape & Ale...........................................................910-933-4384

43

Andy’s Burgers, Fries & Shakes....................910-754-7571

52

Holmes Security..................................................910-793-4181

14

Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle..........................910-754-8080

37

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

62

Atlantic Orthopedics, PA.................................910-763-2361

15

Island Classic Interiors......................................910-579-8477

75

Bald Head Island..................................................800-353-0636

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J&J Air.....................................................................910-776-0095

84

Barefoot Landing................................................843-272-8349

9

Kimberly Jo’s Boutique....................................910-579-7670

75

Beautiful Faces Day Spa...................................910-575-7707

20

Little Friends Children’s Boutique...............910-579-9363

19

Best Western – Westgate Inn & Suites......910-371-2858

33

Logan Wallace Photography..........................910-795-4091

67 56

Bill Clark Homes...................................................910-988-4888

17

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

Blue Heron Gallery.............................................910-575-5088

10

North Brunswick Financial Alliance............877-728-4720

Blue Sky Building Company............................910-755-3444

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Novant Medical Group......................................910-755-1276

4, 43, 79

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

34

Oceanside Family Medicine............................910-754-4441

79

Brunswick Fall Home Show............................800-433-7396

85

Ocean Isle Family Medicine............................910-575-5242

79

Brunswick Novant Medical Center..............910-721-1000

43

Orthopaedic Specialists...................................910-755-7217

Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.....910-754-6644

IBC

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4

Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas..................800-203-8554

56 56

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

7

Plan View Design of NC, LLC.........................910-575-8183

Calabash Internal Medicine.............................910-579-8363

79

Port City Fence and Railings, LLC................910-232-5453

Calabash Photography......................................910-579-2093

19

Prestige Outdoor Lighting..............................910-612-1910

53, 87

Cape Fear Heart Associates – NHRMC Physician Group ................................910-452-8777

51

Ragland’s Gifts and Accessories..................910-754-5599

12, 87

Cape Fear Insurance..........................................910-454-0664

14

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc......910-371-0366

20

Sandpiper Heating and Air.............................910-579-1497

46, 86

Shallotte Insurance Services, Inc.................910-754-8161

20

Carolina National Golf Club.............................800-200-6455 Carolinas Coastal Health..................................910-338-0588 Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery....................910-762-2618

10 53, 89 59

Coastal Mechanical, Inc....................................910-579-6290

14

CoastalNC.com.....................................................910-754-7677

25

Coast Road Hearth & Patio.............................910-755-7611

47

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

63

Communities In Schools..................................910-457-2929

19

Curiositees.............................................................910-575-7605

67

Douglas Diamond Jewelers...........................910-755-5546

3

Doran’s Transmission........................................910-755-7600

12

Farm Bureau Insurance....................................910-754-8175

26

Floor Coverings International........................910-575-5248

13

Foster Insurance.................................................910-755-5969

53

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Southeastern Healthcare................................910-754-9000

12

Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce...910-457-6964

84

St. James Plantation..........................................800-245-3871

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Stone Garden........................................................910-452-1619

47

Sunset Properties...............................................866-976-9286

9

Surfside Implant & Oral Surgery Center.....910-371-3700

5

Thistle Golf Estates............................................910-579-8063

38

Tideline Fabrics...................................................910-754-5600

31

Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant...................910-579-6373

84

Varnam Family Wellness.................................910-754-2273

38

Wells Fargo Advisors........................................910-454-1092

11

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

92

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