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6 PUBLISHER Titus L. Workman publisher@rrdailyherald.com 252-537-2505 Ext. 248 ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Carol Crittendon ccrittendon@rrdailyherald.com 252-537-2505 Ext. 225 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Matt Lindberg mlindberg@rrdailyherald.com 252-537-2505 Ext. 233 EDITOR Kris Smith ksmith@rrdailyherald.com 252-537-2505 Ext. 238 AD EXECUTIVE Rhonda Irby rhondairby@rrdailyherald.com 252-537-2505 Ext. 266 CIRCULATION Tammy Britt tbritt@rrdailyherald.com 252-537-2505 Ext. 251

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On the cover... Chelsea Conwell practices her western pleasure riding skills at Sunny Acres Farm in Lake Country. Candace Fleming shares her love and knowledge of horses with young riders. Read about Fleming’s passion for horses starting on page 18.

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FISHING TIPS

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aston resident Rosanna Elliott said patience is the key to catching fish successfully in May, and you might also want to exploit bad weather.

Rosanna Elliott’s son Nathan King shows off a fish he caught on Lake Gaston last year. Submitted photo.

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Elliott, 28, grew up around the water and now takes her three sons Nathan, Ryan and Aden, to the Lake and watches them doing the same things she grew up doing on the water. “(Nathan) does a lot of fishing,” Elliott said of her oldest son. “He’s really great at it.” May, she said, is a very good fishing month because the weather tends to not be so hot the fish rush for cover, but it can be hot for anglers. So she said to make sure to have a cooler of drinks and keep bug repellent handy as well. “Your cooler should have water, Gatorade, flavored water, drinks like that,” Elliott said. “This will keep you from worrying about dehydration and focus on fishing instead of swatting bugs and overheating.” The cooler, she said, also will keep your bait at the proper temperature. Partial to shrimp, chicken livers, worms and minnows to go after her favorite target of catfish, Elliott knows these types of baits need to stay cool. The minnows, she said, should be kept in a minnow bucket with cool water. Other tips include timing — early morning and between 6 to 7 p.m. are the best times to go out, she said. “Catfish are active at this time,” Elliott said. “Night fishing will also pick up because of the water temperatures and feeding.” Another tip, she said people might find surprising is to not rush away when rain comes. “A lot of people tend to leave the water when it starts raining,” Elliott said. “Believe it or not, big mistake. Fish actually come higher to the surface because they feed better at this time, so don’t be scared of the rain. Me and my sons have done this for years and it works for us.”


Rosanna Elliot of Gaston took this photo of her sons — Nathan King, left, Aden Elliott and Ryan Elliott — getting ready to fish Lake Gaston in late April.

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Gene Finch of Lake Gaston stands beside the remains of a black bear he killed in Manitoba, Canada, five years ago. The bear weighed 250 pounds.

It’s where the heart is Living on Lake Gaston is Finch’s favorite place to be STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROGER BELL

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ene Finch has been all over the world, but Lake Gaston is home.

Finch, 69, settled into his Wildwood Point home in 1995, meeting a goal he had since first coming to the Lake in 1976. “I’ve been fishing this lake since 1976,” Finch said. “I always told my wife I wanted to retire on this lake.” Getting to retirement, even at age 51, was not an easy road for

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Finch, who was born and raised near Altoona, Pa., and went into the U.S. Navy right out of high school. “There was no work,” Finch said. “I didn’t want to work in the mines, so I joined the Navy.” It was while he was in the Navy and stationed in Hawaii when Finch met Janice, who later became his wife, while on leave in Waikiki. “I asked her to watch my radio,” Finch said with a laugh. “That was the big pickup line for a lot of us in those days. And she did — she


watched my radio for me.” While in the Navy, Finch was taught how to fix airplanes and was sent to a base in Japan to join a crew flying reconnaissance missions over Cambodia during the Vietnam War. “We weren’t married when he went over there,” said Janice, his wife of 47 years. “So I wasn’t allowed to know what he was doing.” Being separated from Janice wasn’t easy, but the couple stayed in touch by writing hundreds of letters to each other. When Finch’s time in the Navy ended, he married Janice and worked in Cleveland, where Janice lived, and then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics to get a license to work on commercial aircraft. Shortly after graduation, he was hired by Eastern Airlines to work at National Airport in Washington, D.C., getting a residence in Oakton, Va. Working for the airline had its perks, including free flights, which allowed Janice to fly the couple’s son Stephen to compete in tennis matches all over the country, but in 1989 Eastern Airlines went bankrupt, so Finch ran a tackle shop in Alexandria, Va., before the itch to work with his hands struck again. “I got tired of not using my hands,” Finch said. “At a tackle shop you just don’t have a lot of opportunities to do that, so I had to move on.” Finch got a job at Germantown Shell in Fairfax, Va., then retired at age 51 to his current home.

Gene Finch with the largest bass he’s caught on Lake Gaston, which is now mounted in his home.

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Janice and Gene Finch at their Lake Gaston home. They have been married for 47 years.


Today the father of two — he also has a daughter, Lisa Michanco, who works for the Fauquier County School System in Virginia, and grandfather of two boys, Shawn and Scott Michanco, spends his days fishing or hunting during the day and having dinner with his wife, who also has her daytime hobbies. “We have our own things to do during the day,” Janice said. “But we always come back together for dinner in the evenings. It works well for us.” Finch has made the most of his retirement, having taken trips all over the world. In all his travels, he’d rather live on Lake Gaston than anywhere else. “I enjoy it here,” Finch said. “The people in North Carolina are so friendly. Everyone waves at you when you drive by them on the road. It’s a different world.”

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A passion for woodworking ARTIST OF THE MONTH: John Krysa STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY SAMANTHA PULLIAM

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is passion came from him watching his grandfather. John Krysa knew the Depression Era and how to make something from nothing. Krysa grew up in Chicago, then spent more than 20 years in the Army living across the U.S. and overseas. He ended up in Washington, D.C., before retiring to Wildwood Point on Lake Gaston. He renovated houses and kitchens, but now makes furniture from no longer used wine barrels at Rosemont Vineyards & Winery in LaCrosse, Va. When Krysa, who is 60, toured the facility with his wife, he was told the

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John Krysa of Littleton recently at Rosemont of Virginia Vineyards and Winery in LaCrosse, Va. Opposite page: Krysa’s woodwork projects on display at the Winery. He makes the items out of used wine barrels.

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Winery was looking for someone who could make something out of the old barrels. “As soon as I retire, I’m your man,” Krysa told them. Beginning with candle holders and lazy Susans made from the barrel ends, Krysa then began to build more complex things. He moved on to chairs, tables, platters, trays and his very popular, dog dish stands. “(The dog dish stands) sell as fast as I can make them.” He makes a variety of items, and likes to use as much of the barrel as he can. An admirer of his work, Donna Futrell said she really enjoyed his Adirondack chairs. “Most Adirondack chairs are stiff and uncomfortable. These hug your body and are very comfortable.” Krysa does not show his pieces at art or craft shows and does not have a website because “that would be too much like work.” You can view and/or purchase his work at Rosemont Vineyards & Winery, 1050 Blackridge Road in LaCrosse, Va.

John Krysa on the deck at Rosemont of Virginia Vineyards and Winery in LaCrosse, Va. His woodwork includes clocks, chairs and more made out of used wine barrels.

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Little girls, ponies are a natural fit STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNY GRAY

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eing on horseback is a feeling nearly impossible to describe to the uninitiated, according to Lake Gaston horse trainer Candace Fleming. “When you’re up there, you’re in a different world,” she said recently. “You are closer to the sky. It’s magical.” Fleming, 20, has taken her family’s former dairy farm and converted it into Sunny Acres Farm, a place where children and ponies can learn and grow together. “Seeing that little girl, that little kid, meet a horse for the first time — it’s pure innocence,” she said. “The kids see themselves in that horse. You know what you know, and the horse knows what it knows, and you put it together.” The farm is on Fleming Dairy Road, just south of Lake Gaston and north of Littleton. Fleming grew up on the Lake and still lives there. The farm belonged to her grandparents Alvis and Delores Fleming. They retired from dairy farming and sold their stock in 2005, then gave Fleming permission to turn it into an equestrian venue. Now Fleming uses the old family farm to teach horsekeeping, western pleasure, hunter/jumper and gymnastic vaulting to about 20 students who ride regularly and more who come for the summer. “My dad helped build this into what it is now,” Fleming said. “(My stables) used to be a holding bin for cows. My outdoor arena was the manure pit. We transformed all this stuff, and it works good for us, our riders and our boarders — it’s good for everyone.” The family is in the midst of remodeling the former milking parlor into living quarters for summer camp students who will live on-site for up to a week. There will be a common room and kitchen, sleeping area and bathrooms. “We’re running the electrical now,” Fleming said. Alvis and Delores live at the Lake, but Alvis keeps tabs on what is happening at Sunny Acres. “He likes to see the barn is being used,” Fleming said. Her father Charles builds race car engines and has a background

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as a psychologist. She said she couldn’t ask for better support than what her father has given her through the years. “He is so horse involved. He hauled me to all of the shows when I was a kid,” Fleming said. “If it had been a beauty pageant, he would have been the pageant dad. He navigates and he instructs; he is the mastermind. I couldn’t ask for a better dad.” On a recent Saturday, three little girls came for an early afternoon riding lesson — 11-year-old Taia Brown of Emporia, Va., 5-yearold Cassidy Conwell and her 9-year-old sister Chelsea from White Plains, Va. “I’ve just loved horses since I was born,” Chelsea said. Starting children young with horses is the way many parents go, Fleming said. She added her grandmother Delores Fleming gave her riding lessons for her eighth birthday, but the family didn’t see horses as becoming her life-long passion. “They just didn’t think it was going to last,” she said, laughing. Fleming said she got her first horse Rusty when she was 9; Rusty was a young 5-year-old gelding bred from Quarter horse racing lines. “He was a lot of horse, and I didn’t have a lot of help,” Fleming said. “My dad knew the potential this horse had and he knew I could do it. And now my (students) ride him.” Fleming’s teaching techniques begin from the ground up, and some

of her students began riding as young as 3 years old. She shows them how to safely catch their horse and lead it in from the pasture, how to safely tie, groom and tack the horse — and then how to safely ride (helmets, appropriate clothing and boots are required), Fleming said. Sometimes students come with misconceptions about horses; they only know the animals from the ones they see on television cartoons, she said. “And those ponies talk, and they’re pink,” Fleming said, laughing. “Children don’t always understand.” She added she doesn’t flatter or coddle the children: She teaches them properly. “My kids have a nickname for me; they call me the Warden,” Fleming said, laughing. “I tell them, ‘You need to fix what’s wrong. You don’t need a cookie every time you do something right.’” Many of the children come with fear issues. “There’s a big difference between ‘I won’t’ and ‘I can’t,’” she said. “I tell them the horse is mentally capable, the (riding movement) is mentally possible, and you need to work on it until you know you can do it. I’ve had kids who were totally terrified out here, and now they rule the barn. Most of the time, it’s the parents who are more afraid. But I tell them the horse is there for them.” Training a horse is different than training a child. Horses learn

Lake Gaston horse trainer Candace Fleming has taken over her family’s former dairy farm and is converting it into an equestrian training center. Fleming said she has about 20 regular students and is gearing up for summer camp.

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Cassidy Conwell, riding her pony Sunny, lets her emotions spill out.

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from doing the right thing repetitively, earning praise. Some equines learn faster than others, but they can all learn, Fleming said. “It’s very rewarding though,” she said. “Just at the moment when you think they’re never going to get it, they tell you, ‘I got it.’” More children ride at Sunny Acres in the summer, although the facility is open year-round. Often, children come to Lake Gaston to stay with their grandparents for the summer, and soon find themselves involved at Sunny Acres. Summer rides are sometimes followed by swims at the Lake. “The Lake helps because after a long, hot day of riding, we go swimming,” Fleming said. “We take the big golf cart down and swim at the beach next to our dock.” Group riding lessons cost $25 and individual lessons are $40. “A lot of parents can’t afford horses, but I have riding lessons and wonderful horses,” Fleming said. “We go to shows, too (one is scheduled at Sunny Acres in November), but winning isn’t the only thing. They learn there are gracious winners and good losers.” Summer camp will run July through August. Stall and pasture boarding for horse owners is also available. For more information, call Fleming at 252-326-9825.

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How will Social Security fit into your retirement income strategy?

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ave you given much thought to collecting Social Security? The answer probably depends on how old you are — whatever your age, you’ll want to consider the best way of incorporating Social Security benefits into your retirement income

strategy. You may even wonder if Social Security will be there for you. The basic issue is the Social Security system is experiencing a sharply declining worker-tobeneficiary ratio — meaning fewer workers are contributing to Social Security while the huge baby boom generation is retiring and taking money out. Still, Social Security has enough money to pay full retirement benefits to every eligible American until 2038, according to the Congressional Budget Office. After that point, benefits would have to be reduced unless changes are made to the Social Security system. When thinking about your retirement income, you need to focus on those things you can control — such as when to start taking Social Security and how you can supplement your Social Security benefits.

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Depending on when you were born, your “full” retirement age, as far as collecting Social Security benefits, is likely either 66 or 67. You can start getting your checks as early as 62, but if you do, your monthly payments could be reduced by as much as 30 percent — and this reduc-


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he Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce is going whole hog this summer in promoting the many great events, businesses, communities and organizations that shape this dynamic area. For starters, we are promoting the Lake Gaston Signature Summer — one event around the Lake from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. We will kick things off with our 22nd Annual Battle of the BBQ on May 24. Held on the Saturday before Memorial Day, the excitement actually starts the night before. Cookers begin arriving Friday afternoon and set up their equipment. Pigs are WHAT’S HAPPENING brought in about 9 p.m. and the work begins. The pigs cook slowly IN LAKE COUNTRY all night, and are ready for judging BY Christina WELLS the following morning. Premier cookers from all over North Carolina, Virginia and beyond compete for the coveted Culinary Awards, and many have gone on to win state championships. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded to the top teams by three judges certified by the N.C. Pork Council. Bring friends and family for a sit-down lunch with seating under tents while enjoying the live entertainment. Barbecue will be served from noon to 3 p.m. (or until it’s gone). There will be some inflatables for the kids to enjoy, as well as other treats like Island Ices and more.

Here’s a flashback at last year’s competition Memorial Day weekend. This year’s 22nd Annual Battle of the BBQ will be May 24.

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The Big Air Fair with World Champion Wake Boarder Adam Fields and friends will be June 21. Here Fields gets air in 2013. If you do need to get home, there is even a drive thru; however, you’ll be missing out on a lot of fun. Enjoy a plate of barbecue with us and take home a few pints of barbecue for your weekend guests. The barbecue freezes well, so if you buy enough, you can appreciate some of the best barbecue in the Lake Gaston region throughout the summer. You get barbecue, potatoes, slaw and a roll for only $7 per plate, or you can buy a pint of barbecue for the same price. We even have a deal — three pints of barbecue for only $20! Inside the Lake Gaston Lion’s Den during the Battle of the BBQ, we will have our inaugural Home, Garden & Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to encourage everyone to Shop Lake Gaston 1st! Businesses from around the region will be on site, promoting their goods and services. Once the Battle of the BBQ and Expo kick off the Lake Gaston Signature Summer Memorial Day weekend, there are many events to follow for family fun: • The Big Air Fair with World Champion Wake Boarder Adam Fields

and friends on June 21. • Independence Day celebrations on the water with the decorated boats and fireworks by Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department on July 5. • Aug. 9 will bring the 10th anniversary of O’Sail’s The Crossing of Lake Gaston, where participants cross the one-mile span of the Lake at Eatons Ferry Bridge any way you can (without a motor, of course). • The summer season wrap is Labor Day weekend with the annual Littleton-Lake Gaston Festival on Aug. 29 and 30. For information on Business Expo vendor space, Battle of the BBQ tickets or other events happening around Lake Gaston this summer, contact the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce at 252-586-5711 or director@lakegastonchamber.com. We hope to see you soon! Christina Wells is the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce executive director. For more information about the chamber and Lake Country, visit www.lakegastonchamber.com.

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Time to spring clean in the garage

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pring is here and it is time to get outdoors. While the kitchen is the central focus during the colder days of winter, the garage often takes center stage during the warmer months. Lawn care, sports gear and outdoor living activities frequently use items stored in the garage. Peruse your garage and see the variety of stuff it contains and it might not be any vehicles. A “This Old House” magazine blog reports only about 30 percent of homeowners BY MARY SHERWOOD store their cars in the garage.

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and to throw away immediately. If you don’t part with them after you sort, they just seem to migrate back into a “comfortable” corner of the garage. How to get organized Arrange items in groups of how you use them. Car care supplies, sporting gear, lawn care tools, hobby materials and do-it-yourself tools are just a few suggestions. Plan a place to stash seasonal stuff you use infrequently. Measure items that will need to be sorted and stored in labeled closed bins.

Storage options Every guy has a desire for a Diamond Plate cabinet storage system. It is beautiful, but an expensive option. There are many other garage storage systems on the market that may better fit the budget. Open shelving systems are less costly and make items more visible. Closed cabinets keep items cleaner and concealed, but also may give you an excuse to stay disorganized. Try to keep as much off the floor as possible to avoid the debris and dirt brought in by vehicles. Wire shelving, peg board and overhead storage will help with your organization plan.

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Creature comforts If your garage space allows and there is no other room for a “man cave” add some creature comforts in the garage. Include things like a cooler, beer refrigerator, seating and music to create a relaxation zone after a hard day’s work in the great outdoors. About two years ago we outfitted our garage. It was a big investment but worth every penny. It does not stay perfect but it is amazing how easy it is to straighten up and keep it tidy. Paul even has his “garage man cave” with kegerator and lounge chair. There is no better time to get ready for summer. Happy organizing! 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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Garage floors Painting or covering the garage floor will help with clean up and track-in to the house. An epoxy concrete floor coating provides a cleanable surface which can hide flaws in the existing bare concrete. Vinyl, interlocking squares can be an easy quick fix. Another option is an auto floor guard containment mat which protects the garage floor as well as contains moisture dripping from cars.

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May bloomers S

outhern Magnolia is a true gem that defines the South with its large glossy green leaves and stately white flowers. Depending on the selection, magnolia will grow to a height of 30 to 70 feet. It prefers fertile, well-drained soil and full to partial sun.

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On the down side, it drops leaves year round and it is hard to get grass to grow beneath it because of the dense shade. That said, when it blooms in May and June this tree is a show stopper! Large trees give structure and focal points to your landscape but unless you have lots of money to spend on big trees, choose ones no taller than six feet. Smaller trees


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grow and adapt quickly. Peonies are another spring favorite that has large blooms in red, pink, yellow or white. These perennials have been known to thrive for 100 years. Grow them in a sunny spot that has humusrich, moist soil that drains well. They are not fussy but choose your location wisely as they resent being disturbed. Peonies may require support if their stems are not strong enough to support their gigantic blooms. Consider using three-legged metal peony rings that allow the plant to grow through the center of the rings. Deadhead peony blooms as soon as they fade and cut foliage back to the ground in the fall to avoid any overwintering disease. Roses come in countless varieties and colors. There are Ground covers, Miniature, English or Climbing Roses to choose from. It matters not if your garden style is formal, BY CAROL MOSELEY contemporary or cottage there is a rose that is right for your garden. The Knockout Rose offers extreme disease resistance and guaranteed good looks without a lot of maintainence. Make roses a part of your garden and you will be rewarded with their magnificent flowers and heady scent.

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and wave petunias in the sun and coleus, impatiens and begonias in the shade. Plant perennials like day lilies, purple coneflowers, Shasta daisies and black-eyed Susans to name a few. Don’t forget to add vegetables and herbs to your planting list. Divide and move clumps of daffodils after they have finished blooming. Treat them as growing plants and use care to protect the foliage and roots. Water them thoroughly after transplanting. Remove spent blooms but allow the foliage to die back naturally. This allows the bulbs to store energy for next years’ blooms. Early blooming deciduous shrubs such as Forsythia, Weigela and Spirea should be pruned back after they finish blooming. Cut back a third of the oldest canes to the ground and the remaining branches by one third of their height. 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.


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PARTING SHOT PHOTO BY JAMES STREMMEL

At approximately 7:14 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2013, jumpers exited a King Air from 14,000 feet over Hubquarter Landing on Lake Gaston. Jumpers, from white jump suit clockwise, are William Lovelace, white suit and black helmet; Chris Brown, camouflage suit and red helmet; Walt Burgwyn, blue suit and black helmet; and David Williams, gray and black suit, black helmet. All jumpers are from Lake Gaston.


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