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On the cover... Guardian ad Litem volunteer Judith Blackman, center, with Chief District Court Judge Brenda Branch, front, and GAL District Administrator Melinda Hardy. Her love of children leads Blackman to spend time aiding area abused youth. The feature on page 16 Cover photograph: Della Rose Cover design: Hope Callahan & Kris Smith Lake the Magazine 916 Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids NC 27870 P.O. Box 520, Roanoke Rapids NC 27870 252-537-2505 Copyright 2013 Lake the Magazine No portion of Lake the Magazine may be reprinted in any form or posted on the Internet without the permission of the publisher.

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July 4 Halifax Celebration & Fireworks

The annual Historic Halifax Fourth of July celebration and fireworks festivities will begin about 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Halifax County Courthouse, 355 Ferrell Lane, with games, rides, entertainment and more. The Halifax Volunteer Fire Department will put on the fireworks around 9 p.m. For more information, call 252583-7191.

July 5 Friday Night Rides

The Halifax County Horse Council will host the summertime Friday Night Rides from 7 to 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday nights in July at the Halifax County Horse & Livestock Complex, Dog Pound Road in Halifax. Ride in a lit ring in the cooler summer evening temperatures. Free and open to anyone. For more information, call Greg Liles at 252406-4999.

July 6 Lake Gaston 4th of July

The final concert in the summer series Fridays in the Park will host Mighty Men of Valor & Gospel Sensations from 6 to 9 p.m. at Centennial Park in Roanoke Rapids. The concert is free. Bring a picnic, chairs or a blanket and come spend time with friends and family for a great evening of fun and live music in Centennial Park. For more details, visit

July 26 Hats off USO Show

Hats Off to the USO Show will begin at 8 p.m. at The Royal Palace Theatre, 500 Carolina Crossroads Parkway in Roanoke Rapids. In 1941, the USO was chartered by President Franklin Roosevelt to provide an emotional support to troops in WWII. Bob Hope became the face of America to the military men and women serving overseas. The Hobgood Players pay tribute to the USO and its entertainers with tunes from the 1940s. Tickets are $12.75 and $7.75 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 252-536-5577.



Lake Gaston July fourth fireworks celebration will be from 8 to 10 p.m. at Morningstar Marina, 1865 Eaton Ferry Road in Littleton. For more information, visit

July 12, 27 Eyes of Emiline Concert

Conoho Creek and The Eyes of Emiline with special guest Sara Dew will perform at 8 p.m. at The Royal Palace Theatre, 500 Carolina Crossroads Parkway in Roanoke Rapids. Sister act — Jessica, Amanda and Emily King — perform as Eyes of Emiline with their own originals and some country cover songs. Veteran musicians Conoho Creek and The Eyes of Emiline will do two special shows. Tickets are $12.75 and $7.75, and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 252-536-5577.

July 13 Horse Council Fun Show

Mark your calendar for the Halifax County Horse Council Fun Show at the Halifax County Horse & Livestock Complex, Dog Pound Road in Halifax. Additional details are TBA. For more information, call Greg Liles at 252-406-4999.

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The next 2nd Saturdays: A Taste of Halifax will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Halifax, 25 David St. in Halifax. Bring recipes to share at an exchange table. Prepare your favorite food dish to share with others. There will be a judging contest with a crowd favorite award. Preservation Halifax will have their Halifax hot dogs and homemade ice cream for sale as a fundraiser. For more information, call 252-583-7191.

July 31, August 3 Watermelon Festival

The 28th annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival in Historic Murfreesboro will have a theme of “the N.C. Watermelon Festival Takes Flight,” which celebrates the town’s link to early aviation. Patrons will experience a variety of entertainment, arts and crafts, food, a 5K race/ walk and a carnival atmosphere. For more information, call 252-3987695 or email

August 3 Rosemont Summer Concert Series

Rosemont’s Summer Concert Series continues from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 at Rosemont, 1050 Blackridge Road in La Crosse, Va. The third summer concert will feature The Konnection Band. Dance to your favorite tunes from oldies to Top 40 to classic rock. For more information, call 434-636-9463.

August 10 Annual Crepe Myrtle Festival

The 26th Annual Crepe Myrtle Festival will have games, rides, festival food, craft vendors, entertainment and more in Scotland Neck. For more information, visit

August 10 The Crossing

The Crossing of Lake Gaston will begin at 9 a.m. at Morningstar Marina, 1865 Eaton Ferry Road in Littleton. Swim, paddle, row or walk the one-mile trek from the Marina to WatersView Restaurant to support lake groups and causes. For more information, visit

Josh Curl’s memory is preserved by scholarship Lake Country joins to create a way to always remember local teen STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY JACQUELINE HOUGH


osh Curl was many things to his family, friends and community. He was a son, brother, a friend, volunteer and avid sportsman. Curl inspired his family, friends and community while he was a student at Halifax Academy. Though Curl died in November 2012 at 18, his influence is still felt and a new scholarship established in his memory will ensure it remains. The Josh Curl Splash Scholarship Fund was created by Sandra Shearin, her family and Southshore Realty in his memory. Shearin said Curl was a great kid. “He and his family, for as long as I can remember, always were volunteers with the Warren County Rescue Squad and the Littleton Fire Department — most of the time putting the needs of others Josh Curl first,” she said. Her oldest granddaughter, Victoria, attended Halifax Academy from kindergarten through 12th grade with Curl. They graduated from Halifax Academy in 2012. Her other grandchildren — Cassidy, who graduated this year, and grandson Brewer, a seventh grader at Halifax Academy — rode the bus with Curl. They also attended Enterprise Baptist Church with him and his family. “Josh and Cassidy went on several mission trips together,” Shearin said. For Shearin, the scholarship is a way of saying “thank” you for what they did and his family continues to do and to memorialize his life.

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Curl chose this statement from Stonewall Jackson as his senior quote: “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me ... That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.” Shearin strongly believed what he chose as his senior quote described Curl’s life and beliefs. “This is what I chose to put on the T-shirts that will be for sale,” she said. Long-time friend Amanda Clark presented the scholarship to Chelsea Turner and Joshua Pearson during Halifax Academy’s graduation June 7. “The recipients of this scholarship are two young people who exhibit the same values of kindness, lovingness and Christianity as Josh,” she said. Clark agreed the senior quote showed Curl’s faith because he lived for Christ and that was obvious to anyone he encountered. “It’s that, that gives me all of the peace in the world,” she said. “It’s that, that lets me cherish all of our memories without having to worry about where he is.” Curl was a freshman at Campbell University. In the last paper he wrote for his Christianity class — he said the class taught him not to give up on something you believe in because even though it may not happen in your lifetime, the things that you do could have and make a lasting impression on the future generation, and they themselves could

Clockwise: Above, Chelsea Ann-Marie Turner, center, and Joshua Pearson, right; Joshua Pearson; Sandra Shearin, left, and Amanda Clark; Chelsea Ann-Marie Turner; and center is Amanda Clark and Josh Curl.

take your ideas and make them into something that none of us could have imagined. Recipients of the Josh Curl Splash Scholarship — Turner and Pearson — said they are honored to have received the scholarship. Pearson will attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to earn a degree in accounting. For him receiving this scholarship was personal — he knew Curl and

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had some classes with him at Halifax Academy. “I am privileged his family picked me for this,” Pearson said. Turner said she was very blessed and honored receiving the scholarship. “Josh was such a great guy,” she said. “If I was compared to him, I must be doing something great.” Turner plans to attend East Carolina University and major in biology, and then attend North Carolina State Veterinary School.

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rt in the garden is a personal reflection of the gardener’s taste and can be subtle or bold. It might be a piece of found driftwood, a stone or large rock that speaks to a person, so a gardner places it in his or her yard as a focal point. In this case, nature was the sculpture. Wood, metal, clay, glass and stone are all natural materials that lend themselves to being outside. Garden art should also reflect the mood and personality of the garden. My Cottage Garden has a picket fence and brick walkways where flowers and herbs are allowed to spill over and ramble, begging for an informal style. The center circle is the main focal point and features a large bird bath-water fountain. The sound of running water is soothing and helps block out street noise. Radiating out from the circle are four quadrants, each has an architectural piece to add height and yearround interest. Tucked in among the plants you PRACTICAL GARDENER may find a metal watering can, a pair of clay BY CAROL MOSELEY rabbits or metal stakes with a glass bumble bee or Celtic cross gracing their tops. Peeking out from behind the oregano is a small statue of the Bird Girl. Yes, this is a replica of the Savannah Bird Girl that was made famous when her photo appeared on the cover of the best-selling novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” She only finds good in

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my garden and to make sure of this, I have a group of bottle trees and Rosenkugels (rose balls) nearby. Glass bottle trees originated in ninth century Congo during a period when superstitious Central African people believed evil spirits could be captured in a bottle. According to legend, empty glass bottles placed outside but near the home could capture roaming spirits at night, and the spirits would be destroyed the next day in the sunshine. In Germany in the 1700s, colorful glazed spheres called Rosenkugels served the same purpose. The practice of hanging bottles in trees was taken to Europe and North America by African slaves, and while Europeans adapted the bottle-tree idea into hollow glass spheres, known as “witch balls,� the practice of hanging bottles in trees became widespread in Southern regions of the United States. Today, bottle trees are considered folk art and enjoyed for their beauty. Carol Moseley learned the love of gardening from her mother and father. Both were avid gardeners, his focus was vegetables and hers were flowers and shrubs. Carol has been gardening since 1969, and in 1999 completed the Master Gardening Training Course through the N.C. Cooperative Service. She said she was very fortunate to learn how to grow and use herbs from her dear friend, the late Diane Morris, the Herb Lady.

Top: Colorful glazed spheres called Rosenkugels. Above, middle: Bird Girl. At left: Rustic glass bumble bee. Opposite page: The sound of running water via the statue/bird bath is soothing and helps block out street noise .

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Prevent senior family members from being fraud victims


t’s unfortunate, but true: The elderly population may be the most vulnerable group in our society. If you have older parents, or even grandparents, what can you do, if anything, to help prevent them from being victimized, especially with regard to their finances? There’s a lot you can do. First and foremost, you need to maintain good communication and trusting relationships with your older family members. As long as these elements are present, you should feel free to make the following suggestions: • Increase awareness: When it comes to financial fraud and scams, many seniors think: “It can’t happen to me.” But the facts suggest otherwise: Some 20 percent of Americans over the age of 65 admit to having been victimized by financial swindles, according to a survey by the non-profit Investor Protection Trust. Let your loved ones know no one in their age group is immune to financial predators. • Guard private information: Ask your parents or grandparents to not divulge personal information over the phone. Urge them to get caller ID, if they don’t have it already, and tell them if they don’t recognize the number, don’t answer. Legitimate callers are more likely to leave messages than scammers. • Don’t send money: Urge your parents

YOUR MONEY BY BONNIE CAUDLE or grandparents to never wire money to a random account — no exceptions. • Ignore limited-time offers: Your loved ones should ignore callers, mailers or emails that demand they act immediately. These offers are often overblown at best and may be fraudulent at worst. • Don’t trust “no risk” offers: Financial offers that sound too good to be true are likely just that — untrue. Legitimate investments carry potential risks and rewards. • Avoid “debt-settlement” claims: If your older loved ones have debt problems, they may be especially susceptible to offers that claim to “clear up” all their debts. But there’s no quick fix to this problem and any caller who claims otherwise is likely being deceitful. Encourage your parents or grandparents to discuss

their debt situation with an honest, professional debt counselor or a financial advisor. One more thing you can do to help your parents or grandparents avoid financial fraud: If they don’t already work with a trusted, qualified financial professional, introduce them to one. If your parents have a relationship with such a professional, they will be less likely to listen to any questionable, unsolicited offers than if they were trying to manage their finances on their own.

Bonnie Caudle has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones, 195 Old Farm Road in Roanoke Rapids, since 2000. She is a regional coach for financial advisors at advanced levels and has served as Women’s Initiative for New Growth Strategies leader, growth leader and performance leader/mentor. She has served on Edward Jones N.C. Grassroots Task Force and the Profit Sharing Committee, Halifax Horizons board and is a Roanoke Valley & Lake Gaston chamber member.

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Lake GAL aids abused youth Guardian ad Litem volunteer Judith Blackman and her husband Ray.

Judith Blackman’s motivation is the love of children STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY DELLA ROSE


t’s been 30 years since a court mandate established the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) system to provide advocacy for abused and neglected children. Since then more than 5,000 volunteers have contributed 491,000 hours of service, saving the courts $10.7 million, according to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. Those volunteers helped with 53,000 child abuse and neglect hearings, and 15,000 abused and neglected children received legal representation, while 185 juvenile appellate cases were resolved. Never-the-less, more volunteers are needed as 1,500 children involved in abuse or neglect go to court each year without an advocate. Judith Blackman said it’s the love of children that made her decide to be a GAL. She moved to Lake Gaston from Massachusetts 10 years ago with her husband Ray. She said she was at the swimming pool one day and

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overheard two ladies talking about the program. “I felt I had some extra time to give so I called,” she said. A Guardian ad Litem advocate is a community volunteer who is trained in standing up for the rights of child abuse and neglect victims. The children they represent have been petitioned to the court system by the Department of Social Services. They dig into the details of the case, work with other participants in the case and make a recommendation to the court about what is in the child’s best interest. All informaBlackman tion gathered by the GAL is confidential. Blackman took classes and was appointed by Judge Brenda Branch. She’s been working as an advocate for four years. GALs come from all educational, economic and ethnic backgrounds, according to the Office of the Courts. They work closely with an

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Judith Blackman, center, is a volunteer working with court officials in the Guardian ad Litem program on behalf of children. Pictured are Chief District Court Judge Brenda Branch, front, GAL District Administrator Melinda Hardy.

advocate attorney, and the main qualification is a sincere concern for the well-being of children. There is some commitment involved — at least eight hours per month on a case — and cases usually take at least a year to be resolved, but there is no minimum number of cases. “You get personally involved,” Blackman said. “It’s emotional with each child you have to let go.” She said she is fortunate to say the seven children she’s worked with turned into success stories. Blackman said the one she is most proud of was one of her hardest cases. The child had quit school, was dating a person of ill repute and was heading down the wrong path. She suggested to the court the child be placed in the Methodist Children’s Home. “I knew she was smart,” she said. “She had to go back to school.” Blackman said her child graduated last year and is in nursing school now. “You have to use judgement with them,” she said. Blackman said she doesn’t maintain a relationship with the children after their case is terminated. “I was with them during a bad time in their life,” she said. “I don’t want to remind them of it.” The feeling she gets when a child is taken into a good home or when a parent accomplishes parent training because they really want the child back, can’t be explained. “It’s so wonderful,” she said. “You feel better.” To become a GAL, like

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At left: Pictured, from left, Judith Blackman and Guardian ad Litem District Administrator Melinda Hardy with DSS Attorney Dana Southard. Bottom: Judith Blackman, right, with Attorney Advocate Carolyn O’Garro-Moore preparing for court.

Blackman, one must complete an application, a screening interview and a criminal record check. Thirty hours of training is required before being sworn in by a judge and appointed to a case. Volunteers are supervised by program staff and can attend continuing education trainings on advocacy issues. “(The job) is strictly volunteer, but the rewards are great,” Blackman said. Judge Brenda Branch said the Guardian ad Litem program is a great benefit to family court. It makes her job easier. “The judges place so much dependence on the unbiased opinion of the Guardian ad Litem,” she said. “They can be unbiased because they are volunteers, and we appreciate them.” For more information about the Guardian ad Litem system, call Melinda Hardy, district administrator, at 252-574-3151.


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ummer is here along with many occasions to welcome guests. Are you ready? Here are some easy tips to make your guest room a welcomed retreat. • Pillows and blankets: This may be obvious, but be sure to have plenty of blankets of varying weights to ensure your guests are comfortable. Down and fiber pillow options are also appreciated. While you’re at it, toss your pillow inserts in the dryer for a few minutes with a dryer sheet to add fluff and a fresh scent. • Robe and/or slippers: This is especially nice when your guest bath isn’t adjoining the guest bedroom. This touch will remind your guests of a resort. Make it even cushier with fluffy slippers! • Desk/writing space: BY MARY SHERWOOD Although many of us primarily communicate with our electronic devices, a hand written note or card is a classic touch. Include a small space complete with stationary, postcards, pens/pencils and postage. No room for a desk? Create a space on a night stand/dresser/tray for your “Welcome Center.” Water glasses and pitcher — Another nice touch for the “Wel-


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come Center,” give your guests this convenience so they don’t have to stumble around your kitchen in the night for a glass of water. Depending on your space, a coffee bar is also much appreciated. • Personal touches: Say “Welcome,” “Good Morning” and “Thank You” all at once with fresh-cut flowers. This soft touch really makes a stay memorable. Books can be a nice addition also. It’s also thoughtful to include back-up personal items like a toothbrush, hand lotion, etc. just in case. • Space for Luggage: Finally, baggage (whether physical or emotional) always comes with guests. Leave a few drawers empty for your guests (complete with a scented sachet) and hanging space in the closet. And don’t forget the bags — a folding luggage rack takes little space and is a valuable luxury instead of hunching over your suitcase on the floor. Think about your favorite vacations and what made them special. You can recreate those memories in your guest room with these tips. You may love it so much, you can be a guest in your own home! Mary Sherwood is owner/designer at Mary Sherwood Lake Living, 326 Lizard Creek Road in Littleton. She has been practicing interior design for more than 25 years. Mary is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and is nationally certified.


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Hatcher is where he wants to be in Lake Country STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROGER BELL


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Sgt. Carl Hatcher, of the Wildlife Resources Commission, heads up the waters of Lake Gaston. Opposite page: Top, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Sgt. Carl Hatcher patrols Lake Gaston near the dam. Middle: Hatcher looks through the dam from Lake Gaston into Roanoke Rapids Lake through a vent. Bottom: Scott Golden, left, of Roanoke Rapids, looks for his boat operator’s license.

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arl Hatcher has wanted to be a game warden since he was 17 years old. Hatcher, 52, of Halifax, now a sergeant with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, says he’s right where he wants to be — patrolling the waters and lands of Lake Country and protecting and conserving the area’s abundant natural resources. It’s this mission, Hatcher feels, most people don’t realize is the Commission’s focus, be it as a science entity or a law enforcement entity. “What would surprise most

people about what we do is the amount of training the officer needs,” Hatcher said. “Just one example is operating a boat. Most people do it on weekends, but we operate boats pretty much yearround, and officers have to be able to operate in a whole bunch of different conditions.” While on the water, Wildlife Officers have to keep their eyes on everything, from boating-safety equipment to possible fishing violations. Hatcher and his staff of three officers must even keep their eyes on fishing tournaments at the lake, since anyone holding a weigh-in has to have the required permits.


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Sgt. Carl Hatcher looks over the Wildlife Resources Commission boat as he prepares to put it in Lake Gaston near Bluebird Point.

“Our goal on Lake Gaston is to promote boating-safety education and gain compliance,” Hatcher said. “We don’t want anyone to have an accident, and we’re committed to saving loss of life, bodily injury or property damage.” Some officers, Hatcher said, are trained in boating accident reconstruction, even if the evidence of the wreck has sunk to the bottom of the lake. Hatcher, originally from Johnston County, worked in Duplin County for the Commission for 10 years before coming to Halifax County and taking over for a man he called “something of a legend,” Sgt. Jim Ward.

Having grown up hunting and fishing, going into wildlife-law enforcement was Hatcher’s passion and one he feels thrilled to have been serving since 1994. However, what a lot of people will find educational, Hatcher said, is officers in the Commission are never off the clock. “People call in the middle of the night to report spotlighting,” Hatcher said. “Or there’s been a boating accident or someone is pulling stripers out of the Roanoke River.” Officer Patrick Brown, a Wildlife Officer for 16 years, said people don’t understand the depth of the Commission’s commitment.

“Some people think they can go out on the lakes and rivers and do whatever they want,” Brown said. “They don’t realize we’re out there patrolling all-hours of the night looking to prevent boating accidents. We’ll stay out there all night and may be the only boat on the water, but we might find that one boat with an impaired driver and prevent an accident.” Hatcher also said a lot of myths surround his work with the Commission — they do not check the same boats all the time, and the intrusion is minimal and reasonable. “You get stopped, it may save your life or somebody else’s life,” Hatcher said.

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Experienced Lake Gaston fisherman Jim Teets, of Littleton, says the key to fishing the hot month of July on the lake is timing.


Timing is everything when angling in July


structure.” Teets said those who live on the lake may want to take the time in winter to hit the water without a fishing rod and do an electronic search for underwater structure, such as debris and dock parts. Return in the warm weather and you’ll know where to look for the fish. Teets warns the window closes quickly for

xperienced Lake Gaston fisherman Jim Teets says the key to fishing the hot month of July on Lake Gaston is timing. “Fish early in the morning,” Teets said. “And fish deep structure, fish underneath docks. The fish are like me and you, they don’t want to be out there in the middle of the heat either, so they will be in deep water and

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early morning shallow water fishing. After the first 30 minutes after daybreak in July, he said, fish will head for shade and deep water. The fishing is better during the morning than evening, but fish can still be had near sundown. “The shad move in the morning,” Teets said. “When you find the shad, most of the time you’re going to find the fish.”

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7. Halifax County Visitor Center & Dog Run 260 Premier Blvd. Roanoke Rapids NC 27870 1-800-522-4282


Edward Jones Bonnie Caudle, Financial Advisor 195 Old Farm Road Roanoke Rapids NC 27870 252-537-1728

8. Interiors By Design 1565 N.C. Hwy. 903 Littleton NC 27850 252-586-2583





9. Lloyd’s Decorating Center 1125 East 10th St. Roanoke Rapids NC 27870 252-537-4102

10. Mary Sherwood Lake Living 326 Lizard Creek Road Littleton NC 27850 252-586-2437

11. RCS Construction, INC. 6355 Hwy. 903 Bracey VA 23919 434-774-0945

12. Riverside Mill

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13. Story Properties Real Estate Sales & Vacation Rentals 1245 NC Hwy. 903 Littleton NC 27850 888-800-3002 or 252-586-0888

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Grilled Salmon with Honey Bourbon Glaze and sides

CHEF’S TABLE BY DAVID WATSON PHOTOGRAPHS BY KRIS SMITH INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION Per serving 1 Roma tomato, halved 1 Half fresh ear of corn, shucked & parboiled 5 minutes 6 Stalks of medium asparagus 2 Thick slices of lemon & parsley for garnish 1 oz. Olive oil 8 oz. Filet of salmon Salt, paprika, crushed red pepper & freshly ground black pepper to taste HONEY BOURBON GLAZE 2 servings 1/2 oz. Olive oil

2 oz. Bourbon 3 oz. Honey 1 oz. Steak sauce Mix well and finish with a pinch each of crushed red pepper and salt. INSTRUCTIONS AND PRESENTATION 1. Preheat grill to medium hot 375 or so. Brush grill with wire brush. 2. Lightly brush corn and asparagus with olive oil. Season corn, tomato and asparagus with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brush salmon with oil and season with salt and paprika. 3. Put salmon on grill, skin side up. Cook approximately 6 minutes then add corn, asparagus and

tomato on grill. Turn salmon and cover with honey bourbon glaze. Reserve extra glaze for plating. Turn vegetables as needed. All will be ready after 5 or 6 minutes or so. Salmon flakes easily when well done or you may prefer it less done. Plate individually or if cooking for a crowd, arrange artistically on a large serving platter. Garnish with lemon and parsley. Pour reserved glaze as needed. David H. Watson is chef and owner of david’s Restaurant and Gourmet Catering, 1011 Roanoke Ave. in Roanoke Rapids. He is a Carolinas Club Manager of the Year recipient and three-time winner in main course competition at the Virginia Peanut Festival.






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Which glass to use?


ne question I receive a lot when doing a wine tasting is whether the size and shape of the glass matters and can it affect the wine? The answer is yes, and it can make a huge difference! One way to test this theory is to look around your house and find all the different wine glasses you have. Pick a nice red wine or a very aromatic white, and pour a little of the wine into each wine glass. Note the smells and tastes of each. You may find that some wine glasses mute the flavors, some bring out odd smells and some can even make the wine smell as if it has no aromas at all. Hopefully you will find one style of glassware that brings out the best of the wine and makes it taste the best. How to pick the best glassware for each wine can be daunting, as glass companies seem to make a glass for each variety. There are three main components to wine glasses — the base, the stem and the bowl. Different wines respond well to the different variations of bowl construction and glass architecture, but I really think you can get away with just four types of glassware. At our house we have champagne flutes that are used for any type of sparkling wine; a generic 12 ounce white wine glass that has a smaller base and taller sides; a 24 ounce Burgundy glass with a wide bowl and short sides, giving a large surface area for swirling to really concentrate those fruity Pinot aromas; and a 22 ounce Bordeaux-style red wine glass which is a little taller on the sides with a narrower bowl that is used for all other types of red wine like Cabernet, Merlot and blends. The key with any wine glass is to ensure the opening of the bowl is

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narrower than the bottom of the bowl, so that when you swirl the glass the aromas are concentrated to a smaller area. When pouring a glass, only fill the glass about one third, keeping plenty of room in the cup to swirl the wine and let it breathe. Some experts say that the taste is 80 percent smell, so this really helps you to enjoy those aromas and the wine more when the aromas are showcased well. BY JUSTIN ROSE Finally, when washing your glassware, only do so by hand and make sure all the detergent is washed away. Serving wine in glasses that have residual detergent is the quickest way to spoil a wine! So find some friends, round up your glasses and a few bottles of wine and do some experimenting of your own to see which styles you like the best! Justin Rose is Head Winemaker at Rosemont of Virginia Vineyards and Winery, 1050 Blackridge Road in La Crosse, Va. Rose’s wines have won numerous awards, including Best in Show at the 2010 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition.




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ver since moving to Lake Gaston from Virginia Beach, Va., in 2006, Patricia DeJesu has found calm and relaxation in her studio filled with paints and brushes. DeJesu paints mailboxes, windows and even makes jewelry. She got started by watching television. “I saw this one-stroke method to painting and thought, ‘Well, I can do that,’” smiled DeJesu. In the past year, she salvaged old windows and began painting scenes on them. Since

then, she has branched out with her painting techniques. “I am mostly self-taught,” she said. “There aren’t a lot of places around here to take classes.” DeJesu said she believes one should be inspired by nature. Being from the beach and now surrounded by the nature at the lake, she is immersed in the color and beauty that is “God’s artwork.” She feels as if she can capture that beauty forever through painting. DeJesu excitedly showed off the piece she was most proud. It was a scene of the lake painted on an old window. It was for the Lake Gaston Ladies Club, a gift for its president. She spent a month on the painting and even though it presented its own problems, it turned out the way she wanted. Even in her jewelry making, DeJesu incorporates many natural elements. She uses semi-precious stones, coral, shells and sea glass to create pieces that relate to the beach and water. DeJesu can be contacted at 252-586-6497. She will also be showing her work at The Art Plunge Aug. 10 at Morningstar Marina.


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