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Throughout this issue, you’ll find a wealth of fun discoveries to fill your Yadkin Valley Weekends. Visit yadkinvalleyweekend.com and sign up to receive a free weekly email with suggestions for fun ways to visit a special event or make a special memory. 8

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Home & Garden 54 Updating Kitchen Storage 60 The Kitchen and Utensils 64 Old Salem’s New Seed Lab 68 Five and Two Farms 70 Flower Boxes & More 76 The Red Bud Tree 78 Create a Butterfly Garden 81 A Visit to Salisbury’s Hurley Park 84 Getting a Headstart with Starts 86 Spring Cleaning Advice

People & Celebrations 42 Budbreak 88 Author, Helen Walker Webb 90 Musician, Marsha Bowman Todd 92 Musician, Presley Barker 94 A Chorale, The Clif Notes

96 Musician, Gordon Myers 106 Alpha & Omega: Helicopter Easter Egg Drop 108 East Bend’s Town Square

Health & Wellness 62 caring hearts: Bette’s Box of Sunshine 100 What is Public Health? 102 Aging Gratefully 103 Sandra Warren, hearing specialist Find class and schedule information in-store and on our Facebook page. Have fun while you’re learning! Classes fill quickly, reserve your place now.

all about PETS 94 102 104 121

Hook, Line and Sinker Dr. Brock: Horses, Dogs & Hikers Pet Pics canine café: Sardine Bites

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Anyone can provide advice. At Edward Jones, our goal is to provide advice and guidance tailored to your needs. That’s why we live and work in your community. When it comes to your financial needs and goals, we believe you deserve face-to-face attention.

You talk, we listen, and we get to know you.

Retirement Plans Rollovers and Consolidation Individual Retirement Accounts Portfolio and Retirement Plan Reviews Business Retirement Plans Education Savings Strategies Insurance Fixed Income Investments

Frank H. Beals Financial Advisor

Logan Draughn Financial Advisor

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Christopher L. Funk Financial Advisor 128 South State Street PO Box 790 Yadkinville, NC 27055 336-679-2192 chris.funk@edwardjones.com

Tammy H. Joyce, AAMS Financial Advisor 136 W. Lebanon Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336-789-6238 tammy.joyce@edwardjones.com

Tanner Joyce Financial Advisor 136 W. Lebanon Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336-789-6238 tanner.joyce@edwardjones.com

Aaron L. Misenheimer Financial Advisor 1530 NC Hwy 67, Suite A Jonesville, NC 28642 336-258-2821 aaron.misenheimer@edwardjones.com

Barry Revis Financial Advisor 1810 North Bridge Street, Suite 101 Elkin, NC 28621 336-835-1124 barry.revis@edwardjones.com

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just a note from Barbara staying in touch.... Spring awakes… Be open to new ideas, Activities and people. Life will continue to Surprise you in good Ways if you allow it. —Dr. Jeffrey Maslow

A renewal, a rebirth, you name it, spring gives us a chance to literally grow in any ways we like. Of course, there are always challenges but spring is synonymous with brightness and new growth. Let’s talk new growth in our gardens… we have a basket full of garden topics from enriching your garden soil, creating a butterfly garden, Old Salem’s new Seed Lab, flower boxes, the NC redbud, plant sales and much more. Grab garden gloves and enjoy the season. We love our paperwhites. They have inhabited the Norman land much longer than John and I. These resilient little perennial blooms can be traced back to when the Norman Farm encompassed hundreds of acres and was large enough to have its own miller housed on the farm. The miller’s cabin is long gone but the land is still being tended and so the little guys’ ancestors, planted by some wonderful woman decades ago keep their history growing. We dug up some bulbs over the winter and brought them to the office and sure enough they are coming up...to visit their cousins the daffodils in downtown East Bend! We hear music! Meet a church chorale like no other, a reenactor’s musical charm, a local musical woman and a rising star. Chef Laura Lea says, “Cooking is such an incredible way to ground yourself." It wasn’t that long ago a man wouldn’t be caught in the kitchen for any amount of money...that room belonged to women. Thank goodness that mindset has evolved into a free-range room still known as a kitchen but the “welcome” plaque welcomes both sexes. With so many women working outside the home, you’ll observe the man of the house not only sharing the cooking but actually enjoying it! J.Dwaine has kept challenging our imaginations and Jim Collins shares more fish recipes this issue as well as a hunter sharing his venison chili. So the next time your hubby asks, “What’s for dinner?” Simply answer, “Why don’t you surprise me.” A recipe is totally non-sexist so always encourage and praise the results of your man in the kitchen apron even though it’s pretty likely you will still get stuck with the dishes! We have over 20 recipes tempt all tastes and ages.

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Yadkin Valley Magazine is a publication of Cherry Street Media,LLC. 413 Cherry Street East Bend, NC 27018 336­699­2446 March­April 2020 Volume 20 Number 4

Sometimes the Best Seat in the House

is not in the house at all.

Publisher/Editor Barbara Krenzer Norman Advertising Sales John Norman Sue Harrison Ken & Denise Knight Contributing Writers Ashley Beard, Kimberly Blaker, Mary Bohlen, Robin Brock, D.V.M., Jim Collins, Caroline Donalson, Ryan Guthrie, Shannon Holden, Delores Kincer, Hannah Lepsch, Scott Lewis, Carmen Long, Cindy Martin, Laura Mathis, Sandra Miller, Andrea Nichols, ShaRee H. Parker, J. Dwaine Phifer, Lisa Prince, Adrienne Roethling, June Rollins, Mike Simpson, Phyllis Baker Smith, Jessica O. Wall, Andrea Willey, Tip Wood, Vicki Yount.

Photographs & Photographers John & Barbara Norman, June Rollins, Cindy Martin, Carmen Long, Hannah Lepsch, Amanda Joyner, J. Dwaine Phifer, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Judy Mitchell/Mitchell’s Greenhouse & Nursery, Shannon Holden, Yadkin County Public Library. Distribution Cindy & Wayne Martin Rebecca Cranfill Ken & Denise Knight

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Baked Apple French Toast Chef Jim’s Jamaican Shrimp Chocolate P-nut Butter Pudding Doritos Taco Salad Easter Fruit Kebabs Easy Apple Pie Granny Lib’s Baked Beans Grape Salad Hidden Veggie Meatballs Lemon Glaze Lemon Pound Cake Maryland Crab Cakes Mini-Corn Dog Muffins Pan Fried Scallops Parmesan Fish Fillets Red Velvet Mug Cake Roasted Asparagus Rosemary Potatoes and Asparagus Sheet Pan Sizzle Super Scramble Tater Tot Fritata Tie Fighter Cookies Vanilla Bean Custard Venison Chili

52 22 Lisa Prince: Spring Has Sprung 24 NC Egg Assoc. Eggscellent Adventures 26 Herb: Vanilla 28 Lemon Pound Cake & Glaze 30 Published Best Cook: Brenda 31 Published Best Cook: Gilda 32 New Best Cook Sherry Hanes 34 New Best Cook Jim Reid 36 Carmen & a Sheet Pan Sizzle 46 In Amanda’s Kitchen: Mini Corn Dogs 48 Ashley & the Love of Asparagus 50 Teen Cuisine at the YCPL 52 Chef Jim’s Simple Seafood Recipes 56 a busy Mom’s Kitchen: Veggie Meatballs

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What’s In Your Basket? When I was little, more than anything, I wanted to wake up to one of those purple or pink, I didn’t care which, cellophane wrapped baskets on Easter Morning. It never happened. Don’t get me wrong. I got the chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, candy eggs and jelly beans. I just didn’t get the fanciful basket, taller than I was, mysteriously delivered by the Easter Bunny. By now, you might be thinking it was against my parent’s religious beliefs. No, we weren’t an every Sunday, church going family. They probably weren’t aware of and could have cared less that early church leaders adapted the Germanic traditions of the Easter Hare delivering baskets of candy to children, so as not to lose converts.

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My parents were just pragmatic. I get it, I guess. They weren’t into showy appearances. We lived a simple, down to earth life. It was what was inside the basket that mattered, not the fanciful wrapping. Tell that to a five year old peering under her bed looking for a magical basket the Easter Bunny left her. I was yearning for something, but didn’t know what. I no longer dream of an imaginary rabbit bringing me gifts at Easter. I do ponder an All-loving God calling me to step out of my basket and live into the new. Happy Miraculous Easter To All.

on the cover June Rollins has been a Yadkin Valley Magazine contributor since 2004. She is a signature member of Watercolor Society of NC and The Southern Watercolor Society. June is the author of Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Quick Reference Guide and is currently working on her first novel. “I’m so thankful to have been a contributor since 2004. I’ve saved every column and have been reading through them.” ................................................... from Barbara & John... Over the years we have known June we watched her paint through multiple mediums, all of which we have enjoyed. The very second John & I saw “Stepping Out” we looked at each other and simultaneously said, “It’s Spring on canvas”—new life and energy from adoreable babies, perfect for a spring cover. Hope you enjoy! 20

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foodsandflavors~™ Lisa Prince Spring has Sprung AND Easter is Right around THE Corner WRITER & PHOTOS

Lisa Prince, Director, NC Egg Association

Lisa Prince

This issue, I am sharing with you a French Toast recipe that you bake instead of fry and includes apples, perfect for Easter morning. Eggs may not be the focus of the dish but in baking they can be essential. We also have an egg frittata with a (wait for it) tater tot crust! With all these egg recipes, you need something to do with all the empty egg cartons. How about some cute crafts creating animals?

I thought you may also be interested to learn a little about the Incredible Edible Egg and our Incredible NC Egg Farmers: Did You Know 7.5 Million Eggs are Produced Daily in North Carolina? Did You Know North Carolina Ranks in the top 10 for US Egg Production? Did You Know North Carolina has 9 Million Laying Hens? Did you know Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse? Did you know one large egg contains 6 grams of protein? Did you know one large egg is only 70 calories? Did you know one large egg contains almost every essential vitamin and mineral?

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Baked Apple French Toast 4 cups day-old whole grain bread, cubed 5 large eggs 1 1/2 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided 1/8 teaspoon ginger 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

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Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan. Add bread cubes to the baking pan. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon,the ginger, nutmeg, cloves, coconut palm sugar. Pour over the bread, pushing bread down to soak up the liquid. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add apples and butter. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cinnamon, stir and cover to steam 3 minutes. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Continue cooking with cover off until tender and slightly

caramelized, (you don’t want them to get mushy). Remove from heat to cool slightly. Spoon caramelized apples over the bread. Bake on center rack for 20-30 minutes. Knife inserted in the middle should be dry. Remove from oven. Drizzle with maple syrup. Lisa’s NOTES: During holidays or when company visits, it’s always nice to have a homemade breakfast dish that is sweet, comforting and delicious. To watch a video of this recipe being made go to: https://www.wral.com/lifestyles/food/video/17229666/

Tater Mater Frittata 6 eggs 1 Tablespoon oil 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped 1 (10-ounce) can Original Rotel tomatoes and chilies 3/4 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/2 pickled jalapeno pepper, finely chopped 1/2 cup cream 1/2 can green chilies, chopped Salt and pepper 1 Tablespoon cilantro or parsley, chopped 1 large tomato, thinly sliced

To make potato crust: Thaw tater tots and heat waffle iron. Spread tater tots to completely cover waffle iron. Close lid and cook for 5 minutes until crust is crispy and brown. Set aside.

To make frittata: Sauté onion and pepper in oil just until soft. Beat eggs vigorously; add sautéed vegetables, Rotel, cheese, cumin, jalapeno pepper, cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place potato crust in frying pan; pour egg mixture over crust. Arrange slices of tomato evenly on top of frittata. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro or parsley. Cook 2 minutes on stovetop on medium heat until edges are set. Transfer skillet to oven; bake at 375°F. 20 to 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool before cutting into wedges and serving. Makes 12 servings.

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Lisa’s Notes: Children and adults will love the tater tot crust!

To watch a video of this recipe being made go to: https://www.wral.com/lifestyles/food /video/13631419/

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With Easter vacation fast approaching and lots of time to keep out of school kidlets busy, Explore the Eggscellent Adventure Book from the NC Egg Association offers FREE access to activities such as recipes, puzzles and more. Here are two sample recipes:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 sheet (4 rectangles) chocolate graham crackers, crumbled In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, stir together egg, milk, peanut butter, syrup and sugar. Stir in graham crackers until well blended. Cook egg mixture in microwave on HIGH power. Stir every 30 seconds until thickened and no visible sign of liquid egg remains, (About 2 1/2 to 3 minutes). Let set for 2 minutes. Top with whipped cream!

Shelldon’s Super Scramble 1 serving 2 eggs 2 Tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon butter 2 Tablespoons (1-ounce) reduced-fat veggie cream cheese spread

Visit for your FREE download visit NCEgg.org, click on “kid connections.” The booklet will come up and be there for you to copy.

With a fork, beat the eggs and milk in a small bowl until well mixed. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Push it around the skillet so it covers the bottom. When the butter is bubbly, pour in the egg mixture. As the eggs begin to cook along the edges, use the pancake turner to push them gently across the bottom. Let the eggs cook a little more and push the turner across the skillet again. Keep cooking and pushing until the egg is thickened and you can't see any more liquid egg. Serve the eggs on a plate, or try them Shelldon’s way. Shelldon likes to put these eggs on a flour tortilla and spoon on salsa. If he rolls it up, it's easy to carry and eat. Sometimes he uses plain cream cheese or other flavors of cheese spread.

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We accept Baby Lock & Husqvarna Viking Machine Trade­ins.

One Day Tote Serger Class Friday, March 27 10­5 Saturday, March 28 10­5 She is back by popular demand and we are THRILLED to be hosting Deb Canham at the shop. Come explore just how much your serger can do for you, and how creative you can become. In one day you will serge the bag shown while learning techniques. . If you do not own a serger, not a problem, one will be available for you to use.

Visit our web site: sewinglyyours.net to register or call the store at 336­766­8271 Embroidery Event • 10am to 3pm Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16 This all day event includes Lunch – all for only $29 It’s hands­on­projects. Hoops / Stabilizer, learn tips for any level of embroidery skill For every model and make of machine.

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foodsandflavors ~™ Laura Mathis

Laura Mathis

Vanilla Vanilla, Vanilla planifolia, the only orchid in the world that produces an edible fruit. The flavor is derived from the ripened vanilla bean of the tropical orchid. In the wild, vanilla vines (which attach themselves to living trees) may grow to a length of 80’ or more. In Mexico, vanilla’s native habitat is pollinated by melipona bees and, occasionally, by hummingbirds. Each flower remains open for just 24 hours, if not pollinated, it wilts, dies and drops to the ground. If pollination is successful, a fruit develops in the form of a 6 to 10inch-long pod, filled with thousands of minuscule black seeds. They must be checked daily so each pod is harvested at just the right time. After harvest, pods go through an elaborate process of being dried and conditioned in order to maximize flavor and fragrance. This long and painstaking process of producing vanilla is why it is the second most expensive spice. The ancient Totonac Indians of Mexico were the first to learn to use the fruit

of the orchid. The bean was first used as a medicine and as a perfume. Later, the Aztecs began to mix the dried bean with cocoa to make a favorite chocolate drink. Because vanilla was quite expensive, these special drinks were enjoyed only by the royals. It wasn’t until 1602, that vanilla was actually used as a flavoring all on its own. Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing vanilla to the United States in the late 1700s. While serving as Ambassador to France, he learned the use of vanilla beans, and when he returned to the United States, brought vanilla beans with him. In 1841, Edmond Albius, a 12-year-old French slave boy on the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, figured out how to hand-pollinate the vanilla blooms using a stick, increasing the rate of pollination. After the discovery, vanilla plantations sprang up across the globe. This brought the price of vanilla down, allowing it to become a staple ingredient in the common kitchen. In 2017, a cyclone wiped out 30% of the vanilla crop on Madagascar, the island that produces 80% of the world's vanilla beans. This is why we have seen the price of vanilla increased in recent years. Like coffee, vanilla beans come in many different types. Each has its own distinctive flavor profile. This profile can directly impact your dish. Madagascar and Indian vanilla are two of the most popular. Vanilla can be purchased as the whole bean, as an extract, or as a paste or powder. When purchasing the whole vanilla, generally the dried and cracked beans you often see in grocery stores are Grade B or sometimes Grade C. Grade A beans, used by most gourmets, will be bendable and have more moisture inside. Vanilla extract is made by soaking vanilla pods in alcohol and water. Vanilla paste is made from the extract, with sugar and thickening agents added. Most brands also add specks of the coarsely ground bean. The biggest difference between vanilla extract and paste is the sugar. Vanilla powder is made from ground up dried vanilla beans. It is easy to use and you can make the powder yourself. But, if you buy it, there is no way to know the quality of the beans that went into the powder and you may end up with a pretty low-quality product. Artificial vanilla extract is manufactured each year using a chemical process that starts with a substance called guaiacol—manufactured from components of clove oil, wood pulp, or other sources, but most of the world's supply is derived from petroleum. America’s test kitchen tested several artificial and pure extracts and found: Baker's Imitation Vanilla Flavor as the winning imitation vanilla product, and Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract as the winning pure vanilla extract. The bottom line is this, if you’re making something in which the flavor of vanilla will stand out, use a high quality vanilla. If it is just to be a contributing flavor, you can use the less expensive. My personal preference is to use pure vanilla when the flavor will stand out, such as baked goods, ice cream, puddings…otherwise, just leave it out.

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Old Fashioned Vanilla Bean Custard 2 cups milk 5 egg yolks 1/4 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean, split, or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Place milk and whole vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Scald milk over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, cover, let vanilla bean steep in milk 10 to 15 minutes. Remove vanilla bean. Scrape, remove flesh of bean to milk. Using extract add to warm milk. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour warm milk into eggs, whisk constantly. Pour mixture back into saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until mixture thickens and coats back of wooden spoon, 4 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl or individual cups; cover with plastic touching cream to prevent skin from forming. Let cool. Enjoy with fresh fruit, apple pie or your favorite shortbread cookie.

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Lemon Pound Cake WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER Vicki Yount

Vicki Yount

It looks like spring is just around the corner. The sun is brighter and the days are longer and the weeds in my garden are starting to grow; but I am not going to think about that just yet! My cooking changes as the temperatures rise. As much as I love the fall and winter months and all of the great comfort foods my family enjoys; it is a nice change to have lighter meals and desserts. Easter is April the 12th this year and I am already planning my Easter dinner. A beautifully glazed Smithfield ham, tangy potato salad, made with tiny new potatoes, and hopefully, some fresh 1/2 runner green beans. I can usually find them at my country market when they start coming in from Florida. To top it off, buttery golden light rolls and my lemon pound cake. My lemon pound cake is light and sweet with great lemon flavor and the glaze is tart and tangy, a perfect compliment to this luscious cake. I do not know where I got this recipe, but the card I wrote it on is brown and speckled with spills, which in my mind says it is a good one. When my maternal grandmother died, I went to her house alone and headed straight to her kitchen. She had given me a cake pan she started housekeeping with because she told me one time the reason my cornbread was not good was because I made it too thick. The pan was nearly 100 years old, completely blackened with age and only about one-inch thick. (They must have made cakes thin 100 years ago.) But, my cornbread was wonderful and I still use it today. I wanted the matching pan I knew she used and found it, along with her cookbook. When I came home, I opened her cookbook and while tears fell, I saw many of the pages were speckled and brown from her cooking her favorite recipes. So, now I look at my cookbooks differently. The speckled and brown pages mean a great recipe lies within.

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I hope you love my Lemon Pound Cake recipe as much as my family does. I always have to make extra icing for my daughter-in-law, Marcie Yount. She loves to put extra on her slices. If you find it too tangy, just add a little more powdered sugar.

Happy Spring,Vicki

LEMON POUND CAKE 3 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 sticks softened butter 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 3/4 cup Crisco shortening 1 teaspoon lemon zest

3 cups cake flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup sour cream 5 eggs 1/4 cup milk

Cream butter, sugar, shortening and salt until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time mixing well. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and the sour cream. Blend well. Add the flour and baking powder along with the milk. Mix well. Bake in a well greased and floured tube or bundt pan at 325°F. for about 1 hour and 1/2.

LEMON GLAZE In a small bowl, add 1 packed teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 cup lemon juice and 3 1/2 cups of powered sugar. Stir well. Pour the icing over the top of your cooled cake and down the sides of the cake. *Save any extra for your daughter-in-law!

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with Caroline Donalson

In every magazine I feature one or two cookbooks. It may be one just released by a church or civic group. Possibly an old ragged page book Barbara bought at an estate sale. Occasionally a really neat book released on a national level. This issue we wanted to continue to celebrate our magazine’s 20-year collection of incredible Southern cooks. Local Yadkin Valley people who have shared with us and you some of their most treasured recipes. Here are two of our most popular recipes from the cookbook, featuring Brenda Hauser and Gilda Lynch.

Brenda Hauser’s Easy Apple Pie Brenda Hauser’s family says this is the best apple pie ever. Brenda says it is the easiest apple pie ever! She chose the Granny Smith apple, an apple she prefers. Because her husband Steve is diabetic, she uses all Splenda brown sugar and a 50/50 ratio of Splenda and granulated sugar. Brenda makes this pie regularly for the family and even when it is only she and Steve. PS — Serve it with Butter Pecan ice cream! says Brenda. 4 pounds Granny Smith apples 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 cup butter 1 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts 1 egg white 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

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Peel apples. Cut apples into 1/2-inch thick chunks. Toss apples in cinnamon and granulated sugar. Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron pan, medium heat. Add brown sugar. Cook, stirring constantly 1 to 2 minutes until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat. Place 1 pie crust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust. Top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg until foamy. Brush top of pie crust with whisked egg white. Sprinkle on 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in the top crust to release steam. Bake at 350°F. 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. (shield pie with aluminum foil the last 10 minutes if needed) Crust will be golden brown. Pie will be bubbly. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving. ya d kinva lleyma gazine.com


Retired from 35 years at US Airways, Gilda Lynch is known for being a great cook. This delicious and light recipe came from her sister-in-law, Ginny Long. It has to be one of the yummiest desserts ever created. Gilda recommends you always use fresh purple grapes for this simple, quick recipe. The fresh fruit has redeeming qualities making the perfect excuse for a second helping. She always takes her Grape Salad to family reunions. Gilda has an outgoing personality and had one of her popular Grape Salad dishes prepared for us, so we can confirm its scrumptiousness! We hear her sweet potato casserole gets rave reviews also.

Gilda Lynch’s Grape Salad Crust Mix crust first and while baking, mix ingredients for grapes. 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup chopped pecans 2 Tablespoons sugar 1 stick butter, melted Mix all together, press in oven safe glass dish. Bake at 400°F. for 10 minutes.

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Filling: While the crust is baking, mix the following together: 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese 1 (8-ounce) tub sour cream 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 Tablespoon vanilla flavoring 2 bunches seedless red/purple grapes, approximately 1 1/2 cups Spread grapes over crust and pour other mixed ingredients over the top of the grapes. Keep refrigerated.

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Granny Lib really was not my Granny but I claimed her and lived her just like my two grandmas. I stayed with Granny Lib while my parents worked from the time my mom went back to work after I was born until I went to Kindergarten. I became quite attached to her and her husband, Bates. In my opinion no one could cook like my Granny Lib. I visited with her and Bates throughout my childhood and teens. I took my now husband to meet her when we started dating. We built our home on the property beside Granny Lib who would

come to our house with our parents and grandparents to celebrate special occasions. Sometimes she would bring her special baked beans as she called them. They were loved by all. The recipe was handwritten on a little tablet Granny Lib kept on a shelf in her kitchen. Late in her life, she gave me her handwritten recipe which I still have and treasure today. In all my years of collecting cookbooks and recipes, I have never seen a recipe that resembled Granny Lib’s Baked Beans!

A memory written and submitted by Sherry Hanes

Granny Lib’s Baked Beans Elizabeth Bates, my Granny Lib

3 to 4 carrots, halved or quartered 2 potatoes, diced 1 large onion, thinly sliced 1 small onion, thinly sliced 2 small yellow squash, thinly sliced 1 pint can of tomatoes, cut up WITH juice 1 quart green beans 1 teaspoon granulated sugar Salt to taste Butter Bacon

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Soak carrots and potatoes in salted water overnight. Next day, cook carrots and potatoes just until they stick tender. Drain water. Put layers of all vegetables in a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar. Sprinkle with salt. Dab with butter and 3 Tablespoons bacon grease. Put uncooked bacon on top. Bake at 350°F. for 2 hours. NOTE: Sherry fixed this recipe without bacon/grease but extra butter and olive oil; it’s good BUT better with bacon! ya d kinva lleyma gazine.com


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Want a quick and delicious dinner with not much clean up? Try a sheet pan meal. Sheet pan meals cook your meat and vegetables in the oven on the same pan at the same time. Use foil or parchment paper to cover your pan to eliminate extra scrubbing and just throw the cover away when you are finished. This versatile cooking method works whether you are cooking for a few or a large group. I recently made the Simple Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables recipe which follows times three for a “Diabetes and You” class where it received very positive reviews. I cooked a brown rice/quinoa blend to go along with the chicken and vegetables and had enough food to serve close to 20 people prepared in the 30-minute time frame. To bake, I divided the food onto multiple sheet pans which allowed the pans to fit into the two ovens which were available at one time. Rotating the pans when I stirred the food half-way through helped to ensure even cooking. If you are just cooking for one or two, the amount of the ingredients for the recipe can be reduced. However, the chicken and vegetables reheat well and are delicious added to a salad or as ingredients in a soup or other dish, so why not cook some extra while your oven is on? For best quality and safety, refrigerate leftovers and eat within 3 to 4 days. Recipes are only guides. Be creative. Utilize the vegetables you have on hand, or purchase what you and your family will most enjoy. The possibilities of meat, vegetables and seasoning combinations are endless. Strive to use vegetables of lots of different colors for the most attractive and nutritious plate. Just remember to cut vegetables into similar size pieces and give firm vegetables which take the longest to cook a head start in the oven. While they begin cooking, you will have time to get the rest of the meal prepped. There are several ingredients in Simple Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables, but don’t let that be discouraging. You are getting your whole meal in this one easy recipe with very few dishes to wash. The delicious taste and extra fast clean up makes up for the prep time.

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Simple Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables Makes 4 servings 1 sweet potato 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 broccoli head ( 2 cups florets and stems) 1 red or orange bell pepper cut into 1/2” pieces 1 zucchini squash 1 yellow squash 1 medium lemon, juiced 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 400°F. To make cleanup easy, cover a large, baking sheet with at least a 1 inch edge, with foil. Scrub and peel sweet potato with a vegetable peeler. Cut potato in half- length wise. Place flat edge of the potato on a cutting board. Cut into bite size pieces, (always working with the flat side down). Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl or plastic bag. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Toss to coat; spread into a single layer on the baking sheet. (No need to wash the bowl or throw the bag away just yet. It can be reused to mix the oil and seasonings for other vegetables).

Bake 10 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are just beginning to soften on the outsides but are still too firm to eat. Wash remaining vegetables. Cut into bite sized pieces. It works well to cut the squash into 1/2” slices. Then cut each slice in half, making half circle pieces. In the bowl you used previously for the sweet potatoes, add broccoli, bell pepper, zucchini and yellow squash. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. To save time and clean up, ask at the grocery store or meat market if they can cut it for you. Add to the vegetable bag or bowl. Drizzle mixture with the remaining 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Add lemon juice, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat. Transfer chicken/vegetable mixture to sheet pan with sweet potatoes. Use a spatula to stir potatoes; spread into an even layer. Return sheet pan to the oven. Bake 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through, or until the chicken is cooked to 165°F. and vegetables are tender. Top with Parmesan cheese. NOTE: Due to the liquid that cooks from the chicken and vegetables, the vegetables will not be crisp like roasted vegetables, but they are still delicious.

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You are invited to the 11th Annual spring Budbreak, Wine and Craft Beer Festival in the enchanting downtown of Mount Airy on May 2. The day begins at noon and continues until 6p. Count on some great entertainment with Hometown DJ Blanton Youell and his B-Dazzle Productions. When any musician with the lists of accomplishments that the event’s headliner Tim Elliott carries, you know it’s going to be great entertainment! Tim is a Two Time Carolina Music Awards Country Artist of The Year, Music Row’s Discovery Award Winner, has three charted singles on The Music Row Chart, Top 40 Song on Music Row Chart, featured on Spotify ‘New Boots’ Playlist, Over 1 Million Streamed (and counting) plus he has performed with Darius Rucker, Billy Currington, Kip Moore, William Michael Morgan, Rodney Atkins, Dustin Lynch, and many more. Enjoy the wonderful menu of 13 Bones and all the local eateries on the main street in the heart of a town blended with lots of nostalgia and the newest food styles and trends.

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Returning and new vendors for 2020 include: Carolina Heritage, Slightly Askew, Round Peak, Skull Camp Brewing, Olde North State, Herrera, Surry Cellars, Cougar Run, Waldensian, Native Vines, Southern Charm, Thistle Meadow and Foot Hills Brewing. The big picture of this special event is that the proceeds from Budbreak flow into the Rotary Club. From the Mount Airy Rotary Club, support goes out to over nine local non-profits as well as support for projects both regional and global. “Mount Airy Rotary Club has been able to provide exceptional service to benefit local, regional and the world,” says Rotarian Bob Meinecke. It really is the best of both worlds, you enjoy the delicious foods, taste great wines and beers, enjoy the day with friends, treat your self to top of the line music all while helping the Rotary do good for others you need a helping hand. A great way to stay up to date on the festival is to visit budbreakfestival.com and sign up to receive the festivals’ email newsletter. The festival website holds a host of information too.

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Budbreak...Come early and stay late and stay overnight at one of Mount Airy’s many inviting accommodations. There are always things going on in downtown Mount Airy like the following Budbreak weekend events: Kick Off Summer Series at Blackmon Amphitheater with The Embers featuring Craig Wooland Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7:30 pm, $15 or Season Pass, children 12 and under free. 231 Spring Street, Mount Airy

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The impressive teamwork of the Mount Airy Rotary Club, and the Mount Airy Downtown Business Association, always results in a fabulous day. Mix a familyfriendly, welcoming event of giving, shopping, learning about the North Carolina wine and craft beer industries, with fellowship and fun. To go along with North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement, all attendees tasting drinking and/or purchasing alcohol on Festival grounds must be 21 years of age and must wear a tasting wristband. A photographic ID must be shown to obtain your wristband and complimentary wine glass. Insurance for the health and safety of attendees does not allow pets or coolers inside the Festival area. If traveling with pets, call Grand Pup Resort Hotel and Spa at 336-648-8458 and Bark & Meow Pet Spa both on Main Street for a beautiful, comfortable place for your pets while you enjoy the festival. Buy your tickets online or locally at the Hampton Inn by Hilton, Webb Interiors, Mt. Airy Visitor’s Center and Olde North State Winery. Visit the Budbreak website for address information for the ticket outlets. See the facing page for ticket pricing. (Prices remain the same as last year!) Major Budbreak Festival sponsors are Allegacy, Eagle Carports, Fish Hippie and Hodges Realty. Check out budbreakfestival.com for additional ticket and event information and updates or Rotarian Bob Meinecke, hello@ budbreakfestival.com, 336-710-5703. Remember, for health, safety and insurance reasons, no pets or coolers on Festival grounds. Talking food and the wide variety available downtown during your Budbreak weekend: North State Winery, Leon’s Burger Express, The Loaded Goat, Mi Casa on Main, Mam’s Eatery, Barney’s Café, Walkers Soda Shop, Snappy Lunch, Miss Angels, Kazoku Sushi, and So Ho Bar & Grill and on festival day, 13 Bones. 44

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Carolina Soul Band, Blackmon Amphitheater Friday, May 1, 2020, 7:30 pm, $15 or Season Pass, children 12 and under free. 231 Spring Street, Mount Airy

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Amanda Joyner

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Amanda Joyner owner Manny J’s Bakery Speciality cakes, desserts, wedding cakes Facebook: @mannyjsbakery amanda9joyner@gmail.com

Mini Corn Dog Muffins 1 (8.5-ounce) package of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 1 egg 1/3 cup (2%) milk 1 small pack of hot dogs Make muffin mix to the box instructions. Dip batter into a greased 24-mini cupcake or muffin pan. Fill each cup about 3/4 full. Cut 3 hotdogs into 8 pieces each. Push one into each of the 24 muffin cups, (not quite to the bottom). Bake at 350°F. 10 to 12 minutes. I made these for my daughter's first birthday and they were a hit—minimal ingredients and easy to assemble. They are the perfect size to make for a party, picnic or pop a few in a plastic bag for a kid's lunch!

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foodsandflavors~™ Ashley Beard For the Love of Asparagus WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER Ashley Beard

Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Yadkin County N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yadkin County Family and Consumer Sciences Follow along on Facebook at Yadkin CountyFamily and Consumer Sciences Ashley Beard

March winds and April showers bring asparagus flowers. In North Carolina, asparagus is in its peak freshness during the months of March and April. For that first taste of spring where you get thrilled for all the blossoming beauties of the season, try out asparagus! Add it as a side to your favorite chicken, salmon or even add it into your favorite pasta dish. There are endless possibilities on how to cook your asparagus and it is fun to experiment and find what you like best. Roasting is my favorite way to cook asparagus but you can also steam, broil, stir-fry and grill. If choosing to grill the asparagus, follow the same preparation as roasting and grill for about 3 minutes

or until the desired tenderness. In my opinion, asparagus should be ranked at the top of a vegetable pyramid for its overall nutrition profile. In a 1/2 cup, there are only about 20 calories, it is low in fat, low in sodium and is jammed packed with nutrients. It is a great source of vitamin K and folate (an important B vitamin during pregnancy), a source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. Asparagus has been seen in aiding with heart health, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure, antiaging properties from the antioxidant glutathione and can act as a natural diuretic to flush out toxins in the kidney and prevent some types of kidney stones. With it being such an easy vegetable to cook and all the health properties, why not incorporate it into your weekly meal planning? When picking out your asparagus,

choose crisp and straight spears, with tightly closed and compacted tips at the top. Try choosing ones similar in size so the cooking time stays the same. Store the asparagus in the refrigerator with a damp paper towel around the bottoms and place in a storage bag if you are not cooking it that same day. For preparation, always rinse off your produce under running water and dry off with a paper towel so the oil of choice will best stick. Make sure you snap or cut off the bottom ends as they tend to be tougher. I have found that when choosing to snap off the ends, it always snaps off at where the most tender part begins! Try out one of the asparagus recipes below that will hopefully leave you feeling satisfied with yumminess and feeling healthy.


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Preheat oven to 425°F. Cover a cookie sheet with foil for easy clean up. Place asparagus in a single layer. Coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 12 to 15 minutes until tender. Squeeze lemon juice or parmesan over top. Serves 4

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Teen Cuisine

at the Yadkin County Public Library WRITERS Andrea Nichols and Andrea Willey

Andrea Willey demonstrates how to make a red velvet mug cake.

Teen Cuisine is one of our four new programs, led by Andrea Willey, aimed at teens and young adults (ages 13-22). It meets the first Tuesday of every month at 3:30pm. Attendees will explore cheap, quick and easy ways to cook meals. Most events will be free; however, a nominal charge of $2-5 may apply, but will be advertised. This is the perfect way to gain skills and tips useful for cooking while attending college, managing a crazy high school schedule, backpacking across the globe, cooking on a small budget, or moving out of the house for the first time.

Matthew Wampler making a mug cake Our first meeting on focused on a Valentine’s Day dessert of red velvet mug cake. Using three ingredients: 6 Tablespoons Betty Crocker Delights Super-Moist Red Velvet Cake mix, 1 Tablespoon water, 2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce A large mug Microwave the stirred mixture in a 1000-watt microwave for one minute. Decorate the cooked cake after it cools for a few minutes, then enjoy the sweet rewards of an individual-sized dessert! If you do not have applesauce on hand, you can use 2 Tablespoons water and a 1/2 Tablespoon of oil. Using applesauce, though, makes the cake more loose. NOTE: Skinny, tall mugs do not work as well as an oversized coffee mug, which helps to make the cake cook more evenly. For more information, see the Yadkin County Public Library Facebook page, newsletter, or our website https://nwrlibrary.org/yadkin/ 50

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On April 7, we will learn how to make Doritos Taco Salad. The eight ingredients are easy to combine, serve, and store as it only needs one dish, a bowl. The ingredients are reminiscent of making Sloppy Joes and or tacos (ground beef, taco seasoning, Romaine lettuce, black beans, a fresh tomato, shredded cheese, Doritos, and Catalina dressing) without having to worry about keeping it tucked between bread slices or in a taco shell. The only ingredient to cook is the ground beef, as the rest is mixed and layered in the bowl!

May 5 is Revenge of the Fifth (after May the Fourth Be With You), a Star Wars fandom holiday, so we will be making Tie Fighter Cookies and a Star War-themed sherbet or sorbet drink. Feel free to dress-up in your Star Wars cosplay! Tie Fighter cookies are fun to make and eat, requiring only three ingredients and no cooking: Oreo thin crisps, white cookie icing and white mini marshmallows. Depending upon which side of the Force calls to you, you can make green Yoda Soda; cherry for Kylo Ren, Darth Maul and Darth Vaderís lightsabers; orange for the sands of Tatooine or lava of Mustafar; blueberry for the lightsaber colors of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Rey and lemon for Reyís new lightsaber in Rise of Skywalker (which you can come watch on May 12 @ 4pm for Teen Screen!).

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foodsandflavors~™ Jim Collins Chef Jim’s Simple Seafood Recipes, Part 2 WRITER Jim Collins When we first met Jim Collins, he was a busy man in his job as Wine Superintendant of the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition held in conjuction with the Carolina Classic Fair. As we talked about Jim’s path to being part of the fair’s wine competition he shared he used to do wine tastings at some of the area’s leading grocery stores. In that role he had developed some delicious ways to prepare fish that used wine in their preparation or went will with wines. He very graciously shared his recipes with customers and now he shares them with you. If you missed those delicious recipes, visit yadkinvalleymagazine.com for access to our on-line digital issues. Jim Collins

Maryland Crab Cakes 1 pound crabmeat 1 cup cracker crumbs* Mix together the following: 1 egg 1 Tablespoon Old Bay seasoning 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon yellow prepared mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Butter as needed Add crabmeat and cracker crumbs. Mix well. Form into patties. Refrigerate 30 minutes for patties to firm up. Pan fry using butter on medium heat until golden brown on both sides. *I use Oyster Crackers. Put in a zip lock bag and beat the heck out of them! NOTE: If there are any crab cakes left over, quick freeze and save for later. They are excellent leftovers. Just nuke them and they taste as fresh as ever.

Pan Fried Scallops 2 Tablespoons Chef ’s Butter–tequila lime 1 pound sea scallops Old Bay seasoning Melt tequila lime butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning lightly on both sides of the scallops. Place scallops in frying pan. Fry to a light golden brown on both sides. Approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Makes 4 servings

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Chef Jim's Jamaican Shrimp 1 (4-ounce) can chopped jalapeno chilies 3 Tablespoons lime juice 2 Tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons jerk seasoning 2 pounds cooked peeled and cleaned large shrimp 1 medium mango or 2 medium peaches 1 medium papaya Drain chilies in a strainer. Make a marinade in a large glass or plastic bowl. Mix chilies, lime juice, honey, Jerk seasoning. Stir in shrimp until coated. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour, stirring occasionally. While shrimp are marinating, cut mango lengthwise in half. (sliding a sharp knife along the flat side of the seed on one side.) Repeat on the other side. You have two large pieces plus the seed. Cut away any flesh from the seed. Make lengthwise and crosswise cuts, ½-inch apart, in the flesh of each mango half in a crisscross pattern. Be careful not to cut through the peel. Turn each mango half inside out; cut off mango pieces. Cut papaya lengthwise in half. Scoop out seeds using a spoon. Remove the peel. Cut papaya into ½-inch pieces. Add mango and papaya to shrimp. Mix all the ingredients. Refrigerate 1 hour. Serve with toothpicks.

Parmesan Fish Fillets 1 egg 2 Tablespoons milk (can use low or soy milk) 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 5 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 tilapia fillets (or any other white fish fillets)

In a shallow bowl, combine egg and milk. In another shallow bowl, combine cheese and flour. Dip fillets in egg mixture, then coat with cheese mixture. Place fillets on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350°F. 20 to 25 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Makes 4 servings.

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for More Kitchen Storage A kitchen is as any artist’s study—often used equipment needs to be within arm’s reach and seldom used pieces need to be stored out of sight and not requiring extra cleaning. An actual total organized friend once shared she kept nothing on her counters that she did not use every single day. Everything does come back around…I grew up decades ago when older homes all had pantries. If you watch HGTV at all you see fixer uppers getting new pantries slipped in directly off the kitchen work area for super storage of food stuffs and equipment. Open shelving is awesome to see, convenient to get at but if you have kids and/or pets in the house…well, it’s more work to keep items 100% clean. Kids play, pets shed! Closeable containers work well on lower shelves. Woven and fabric baskets look great but make total cleanliness difficult. Glass doors let you stay organized and find things easily plus offering more protection. That’s where a china cabinet can be squeezed into the kitchen for extra storage in top and bottom sections. Kitchens always have odd spaces between appliances or on outlet switch walls.…using a wooden frame and attach pegboard offers space for the

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likes of perforated spoons, spatulas, pasta forks…to be hung in easy view and quick access. Everything you use all the time is right in front of you…no digging in the drawers necessary.

technology out there—clear glass doors help kids from opening the door and gazing at the contents if they know where the beverages are to begin with. Plate racks have been around a long time. Countertop racks take up too much working space for me…a Dowling rack built at the kitchen window—high enough to keep the window view but low enough to reach up to store plates as they come out of the dishwasher. The rack also provides storage to eliminate knicks and chips on your plates when they are stacked.

Life without an island is unheard of today. Allow a hangover for eating. Close in the space underneath for items used infrequently. Within reach, not bumping even the tallest heads, hang a pots and pans rack from the ceiling, over your island. Love to see clear glass canisters on shelving and counter tops Keep in mind they clutter AND no food fairy comes in at night to keep them filled! Refrigerator storage is easier

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a busy Mom’s Kitchen

WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER Ryan Guthrie

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“In a busy household like ours, the perfect dinner involves minimal dirty dishes and food prep! I have quickly learned in my kitchen that most veggies can be hidden in tomato sauce. My little guy will devour every single meatball from a can of Spaghettio's (leaving the pasta—who is this kid?!) but he wouldn't touch a bare one if I put it on his plate. So, moms have to work around these picky eater hiccups. One day I hope my little guy will love lean meats and veggies in any recipe, but for now, I will follow his formula. In trying to make my own healthier version of mini meatballs I found a new favorite for the whole family. We often make them in bulk to freeze and add to a meal of rice, pasta or, of course, with a big serving of tomato sauce. These are also customizable—substitute grated carrots or other veggies in place of zucchini.

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Hidden Veggie Meatballs 1pound lean ground beef 1 large egg 1/2 cup grated zucchini 1/4 cup rolled oats 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon minced garlic Salt and pepper to your preference Grated parmesan (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine and mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using a small cookie scoop or a teaspoon, scoop out and roll meatballs. Place them on parchment lined baking sheets. Not that some moisture cooks out of the meatballs, so a baking sheet with a lip is helpful. Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 12 minutes. Top with your favorite sauce and some grated parmesan.

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What a fun way to entice kids to enjoy "nature's candy" along with their Easter Morning goodies! Set up your fruits of choice in a buffet and let kiddos construct their own kebabs topped off with a bunny Peep!

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She said yes, so now it’s time to register! Trying to decide on everything you need may seem like an overwhelming task, but with the internet you’ll find wedding registry checklists for every possible item you may ever need or want. You’ll be able to upgrade from the hand-medowns in your home and possibly receive items to last you a lifetime. Let’s focus on the kitchen, since that is my specialty. Whoever does the cooking should be the one to choose items for the registry in this area. I was young when I got married. I only cooked a few items (fried chicken, fried pork chops, fried cube steak, green beans and corn). I really had no idea what I needed in the kitchen. I thought as long as I had the basics I was fine. Now I know better. I’d like to share with you some of the items I use every day and consider essential in my kitchen.

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I have several frying pans. I hardly ever fry foods, but I use one or more pans every day. An 8” non-stick is great for cooking a couple of scrambled or fried eggs. You can even make an omelet. I guess I think of this as my egg pan. A 12” non-stick is my go to pan. I use it for just about anything. A 14” stainless steel is used mostly for when I’m making a big batch of stir fry. I’m able to stir the food without it coming out of the pan. This pan is great for frying foods as well. A square cast iron grill pan is not a frying pan, but it is great when you want to grill inside. It leaves grill marks on meat and can be put in the oven to finish the cooking. Knives make a difference in your cooking. A high end knife will be sharp and hold its edge longer. If you are not used to a sharp knife, bandages will be a great bridal shower gift! A good knife can last you a lifetime. My must haves are: 8” chef ’s knife, serrated trimmer, serrated bread knife (the longer the better) and three pairing knives. I have some other specialty knives, but these are the ones I use most often. You’ll also need a way to store these—a block, magnetic strip or a drawer holder. A good knife sharpener (not just a honer) is also something to make your list. Don’t forget a cutting board, wood or polypropylene are good choices and won’t dull your knives prematurely. Cooking utensils should be able to take the heat and work 60

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with your pots and pans. For example, if you have non-stick pans you must use non-metal utensils. Usually this means plastic or silicone. Keep in mind plastic will melt. I highly recommend Dreamfarm utensils (available at Farmhouse Spits and Spoons). These are made with GX nylon and silicone and can withstand temperatures starting at 480°F. Don’t forget tongs. Dreamfarm also has these with silicone tips. I use these products in my kitchen. Serving utensils are not a necessity when it is just the two of you, but is often forgotten about until people come over for supper. Every side dish will need a serving utensil. Solid spoons, slotted spoons, wide fork for meat, cake/pie server and spreaders are a few utensils that will be helpful. If you already have a well equipped kitchen, think of what you may want to add. A charcuterie board is the latest appetizer server for entertaining. Don’t forget a cheese knife for each cheese you’ll be serving. Small bowls for olives, nuts and condiments are also a nice addition. Register for a wellstocked pantry with infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars, spices and gourmet food items. Fun outdoor cooking items like a pizza oven or grill with all the accessories. Environmentally conscience? Consider reusable items. Bees Wrap is a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap. Reusable, sealable plastic bags are the latest product on ya d kinva lleyma gazine.com


the market to replace the single use bags. Silicone mats will fit your cookie sheets, cake pans and baking dishes to replace parchment paper. If neither the bride nor groom cooks, a cooking class for the couple would be a fabulous gift. You can always add to your kitchen collection through the years, but now is the time to really let people know what you would like to have. Give your registry list thought. Items you love will show others your style. Dressing a table is a way to highlight your style. When choosing a table setting, think about how it will look in your space. The items you use must work with your lifestyle. That principal applies to items that are more utilitarian as well. If baking doesn’t turn your spoon, then a stand mixer should not make the list; if cooking seems unsavory, a basic set of pans will do the job. Tailor your registry to you. On Tuesday, March 10, Farmhouse Spits and Spoons will be hosting a Wedding Party for engaged couples. You will be able to meet representatives from businesses that cater to weddings. Please contact Farmhouse Spits and Spoons to register to attend this event. 336-648-8130 farmhousespitsandspoons,com

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Over the past year, Tammy gifted almost 100 boxes filled with the mini-yellow bags of Oreos, gold-wrapped Hershey kisses, mini yellow Lays chips, handmade sunshine lip balm, mini-Butterfingers for example. Too there is a bracelet that says, “Today is My Birthday” and always a "Today’s My Birthday” sticker to wear. For the guys there is a baseball cap and

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The Seed Saving and Gardens Lab at Old Salem Writer Eric Jackson

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There was a deep history and connection with plants and the Moravians, and folks, who lived in Salem, the NC town founded in 1766 by Moravian settlers. Gardens were fundamental to life in Salem for not only subsistence, but the Moravians were lovers of plants, there were a lot of botanists that lived in Salem, and Salem had one of the first Foresters in the Untied States. Because of this deep connection to plants, for the past 45 years gardens have been a big part of telling the story of Salem at Old Salem Museum & Gardens. The museum began landscape restoration rooted in historical research in 1972. Since then historically appropriate plant material has been the foundation of the museum’s gardens and 33 acres of landscape. Now for the first in the museums history Old Salem has made its seed collection, the backbone of the restored gardens and landscapes, public facing. “We have 200 varieties in all that we steward in the seed lab” says OSMG Head Gardener Eric Jackson. “We want them to be old enough to fit into Old Salem’s time period, between 1766 and 1856. We also want them to be of a southern providence and tied to the Moravian story (ideally) or tied to the northwest piedmont of North Carolina.” What is in the seed lab used to be behind the scenes until fall of 2019 when the Old Salem Horticulture department moved their workspace and offices to the Herbst house at 511 S Main Street. “The seed saving space that we’ve had for 30 years is now public facing.” says Jackson. “One of the challenges is how to impress the story and the history of these plants to the casual visitor, so they know it’s not just an orange carrot but that there are many varieties of carrots, and this is one has a history that goes back and may have passed through Salem at one point. The seed lab is one strategy people can visit, we can talk about the seeds and therefore the varieties. Visitors can look at the diversity

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of seeds, we show images and direct people to go and see these plants out in the gardens.” Old Salem has three main gardens. “The Single Brothers garden is our largest garden which is really six individual gardens within the large garden, and those are themed. We have a flower garden, a seed garden, a tree nursery and perennial vegetable garden, and then we have agricultural crops from Africa, from the Americas and Europe.” “The Miksch garden is behind the Miksch house and it’s a seed to table garden used in daily interpretation of the Miksch kitchen. And then the Triebel garden is in between the two and it’s also a kitchen garden used a lot in the Miksch house. “ “These are varieties that are known to have been old enough they possibly could have been here in Salem. Some varieties we do know. We have some seed ads of seeds sold in Salem in the 1830s.” “Some things do have a tie to the Moravian story. We have a rutabaga brought over by a Moravian to Broad Bay Maine. The short lived Moravian settlement dissolved and they all moved down to Forsyth County. We don’t know if they brought that rutabaga with them but we have the Charles Huebner rutabaga here in our gardens now.” “We have a garlic, Maxatawny, that according to William Woys Weaver, was brought by the Moravians to the Pennsylvania area. We grow that. Then we have a columbine, a double flowered European columbine, that supposedly the Moravians brought over.” “Just the fact that there is this genetic link to the past and it’s also a way to experience what it would have been in the past.”

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Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm for “Visitors from Heaven,” a One-man Show by Raymond Reid, National Award-winning Artist, Newspaper Columnist and Author. The show will consist of original paintings and drawings of Reid’s inspirational and dramatic depictions of cardinals. Reid’s original watercolor, “Come Fly With Me”, featuring a cardinal in flight at the Garden, will be drawn for raffle at 5:00 that day. A limited number of raffle tickets will be sold for $25 each with all proceeds going to the Garden. For more information and to purchase a raffle ticket online, visit: cienerbotanicalgarden.org

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:00 noon for our May Lunch and Learn, “Bonsai for Fun” by Josh Williams, PJCBG’s Garden Manager. Have you ever wanted to learn about the living art of Bonsai? Hear how to care, cultivate, maintain and train your own Bonsai tree with easy to understand and step-by-step guides. Free to members of PJCBG or $2 for non-members. Register online at or call 336-996-7888. Bring your lunch. The Garden will provide drinks. Visit our website for more information regarding our upcoming events! cienerbotanicalgarden.org

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The Five & Two Farms WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER Shannon Holden Located in in the Yadkin Valley town of Yadkinville. The Five & Two Farms gets its name from the Bible story in Matthew 14:16-17. It tells about Jesus feeding the multitudes with five loaves and two fish. Verse 16 says, “Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’” A big part of the farm’s mission is they are a ministry and want to be a positive influence in the community. They have affordable, nutritious food and give fresh vegetables to local ministries such as Yadkin Christian Ministries, local group homes and many other food pantries. They also provide fresh, delicious vegetables to some restaurants around the community. They are currently in the process of setting up a second hydroponic house for tomatoes. Five & Two Farms uses hydroponic systems such as bato buckets with perlite for tomatoes and Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) table for lettuce and herbs. Hydroponics means the process of growing plants using water with added nutrients without using soil. Perlite is a type of horticulture growing media you put in the buckets for the plants’ roots. As of now on the farm, they are growing in one hydroponic house, one controlled greenhouse, two controlled high tunnels, and one high tunnel. They also have a no till garden outside. A perimeter of herbs and plants to attract pollinators are grown outside in grow tubes. Growing in high tunnels will help provide an extended growing season with less water and fertilizer use. They 68

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are utilizing and growing in grow tubes. A grow tube is a tube filled with soil with a hole in the top where the plant grows from. It allows them to use less space but harvest more crops and have more yield. On Five & Two Farms they harvest tomatoes, lettuce, mixed greens, kale, herbs, carrots, peppers, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, okra, peas, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, turnips, onions and plants. They are looking to grow strawberries, blackberries and raspberries in the near future. Food safety is a big concern in the world today. A very good example are the issues with romaine lettuce that’s been in the news recently. When the world has problems with romaine being contaminated, the romaine at the farm is safe to eat. They know what they have put in the tanks to give the romaine the nutrients it needs to be safe to eat. Currently working part-time at Five & Two Farms, I have the opportunity to learn so much with hands-on experience helping seed, plant, transplant, water, harvest, handle and prepare farm fresh produce. Go by their retail store at the farm to visit and purchase fresh produce. Also, schedule a farm tour and see what they are all about! Located off of Old Stage Road at 1132 Conifer Ridge Drive, Yadkinville, NC 27055. Phone number: (336) 463-4600. Email: office@fmrcompany.com or www.fiveandtwofarms.org. Hours: Monday-Friday 9a to5p; Saturday 9a to 1p. Follow Five and Two Farms on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Wonder and Pleasure of Window Boxes and Planters WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHS Delores Kincer We wait all winter long impatiently for the first sign of spring, glancing out our windows longingly for something of color. When it finally arrives, we are overwhelmed with ideas, goals and to do lists. The first thing you may want to put on your list is cleaning out the window boxes and planters, making a place for the beauty of spring and summer. I would recommend adding a little fresh soil to your planters and some fertilizer as your old soil has been depleted of valuable nutrients. When you choose plants for your planters and window boxes always be mindful of their location. If they are full sun all day long, you definitely do not want to fill them with shade loving plants. Likewise, if they see a fair amount of shade, you do not want to put sun loving plants into them. This might mean you will not have all of your planters and window boxes to match. Embrace the variety different lighting demands. Also, keep in mind the containers need a lot more watering attention than ground plantings, especially if they are in the sun. Think about planting for the ongoing seasons so you don’t have to replant numerous times to keep up with the life cycles of your plants and the ever-changing weather the sea70

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sons bring. If you are planting in window boxes or containers with coco liners, you will have to be diligent about watering during dry times. A trick to keep them from drying out as fast is to line the inside of the coco lining with black plastic and punch a few holes for drainage before adding soil. If your window boxes are under the eve of your house, they may not receive enough of what Mother Nature offers in the form of rain. Above all, be sure to fertilize. Plants like to eat just like we do. Container soil doesn’t hold nutrients as well as clay soil. The more you water them, the more fertilizer that they will need. Liquid fertilizer works well on containers. Window boxes take a little more thought than most planters because of their close proximity to your windows. You don’t want to establish a lot of height in front of your windows and block the view. Whereas in a planter, you usually choose something with height for the center or the back of the container for a visual wow. Window boxes are best planted with things that stay low or trail and spill over. A combination of the two is best practiced for the most visual appeal. Mixing texture is as important as color. Variegated foliage ya d kinva lleyma gazine.com


always brightens any container. Mixing glossy foliage with matte and switching between larger leaves and finer leaves is a good practice that ads dimension and character to your containers. Balance is everything. A good rule to follow when planting in any container is 1.5 times the height of the container and 1 times the width of the container on all sides. So if your container is 10” high, your tallest plan should be 15” above the pot. If it is 12” wide your plants should not trail more than 12” beyond the perimeter of the pot on any side. Window boxes tend to be a bit shallow and obviously one sided. The rule is different for window boxes. One half the depth above the top of the box and equal width beyond the perimeter. The next set of rules has to do with content and visual appeal. You may have heard the terms filler, thriller and spiller. This speaks to the visual concept of your planting. Your filler is generally a lower growing plant that fills space easily. Most of the time it will either be all foliage or something with a smaller bloom. Your thriller is exactly what you would expect. This is the part of your container that makes the eyes go, wow. Usually something very bright or with a larger bloom. Last but certainly not least is your spiller. This is something that will spill over the side of your planter or window box. This can be foliar or have blooms. It is important to bring the visual effect full circle and pull the eye down so you can take in the plantings in their entirety. It could be compared to walking through a beautiful forest and ending up at the waterfall. It just completes the journey that your eyes have just taken. Containers are not rocket science but they can be difficult if you don’t put some forethought into it. Being mindful of light, fertilizer and water availability as well as learning how to achieve perfect balance will help ensure success with your containers and window boxes.

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Revival of the Redbuds! WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHS Adrienne Roethling Director of Curation & Mission Delivery

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden Redbuds are one of the first small flowering trees to bloom in spring. For me, Easter is not complete unless there is a redbud in full bloom in which to hang pastel colored Easter eggs. As a native plant to the Eastern United States, it grows almost too well along the highways. However, we are fortunate to have local plantsman who have bred varieties that are sterile and different from the normal. Over the years, we have seen pink, white, double and reddish blooms, maroon or small leaves as well as dwarf and weeping tree forms. Among the weepers is one called Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls.’ It’s a cross between a weeping, green leaf form of redbud and the ever popular ‘Forest Pansy’ redbud which is an upright, maroon leaf form. ‘Ruby Falls’ redbud typically is sold as a 5 to 6’ tall tree with strong arching branches. If a branch were young and pliable, it can be trained to grow taller. Or place ‘Ruby Falls’ above a rock wall and let it cascade. ‘Tennessee Pink’ redbud experiences the same overall habit as Eastern redbud but has a light pink flower instead of the lavender flowers. Place ‘Tennessee Pink’ in a sun to part sun location in amended soils for best results. Because of its size, this one will make a great specimen for a patio garden. ‘Oklahoma’ redbud is a favorite as the flowers are a richer plum purple. It has some Texas blood in it that gives it the sharp color. The leaves that emerge in spring are shiny green. ‘Oklahoma’ redbud stands out in the landscape because of its smaller stature. Expect mature height and width to reach 8 to 12’. Though, I could go on and on with redbuds and their wonderful cultivars, the last in this article is a variety called ‘Ace of Hearts’ redbud. Topping out at 10’ tall and wide, it’s the stacked leaves that set this one apart from the straight species. The leaves along the stems are arranged like an accordion making it the most talked about redbud in the landscape. Eastern redbuds typically produce an abundance of lavender flowers that resemble little peas followed by pea pods in summer. Their heart shaped leaves offer a nice, clean appearance that is equally attractive after the flowers are spent. In fall, once the leaves have fallen, their structure is unusual in that the stems form a zig-zag habit forming a nice rounded tree overall. Tennessee Pink

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E. Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio glaucous. ©Bill Smith, used with permission.

Creating a Garden Plan to Host a NC Treasure WRITER Phyllis Baker Smith Agent, Natural Resources and Environmental Systems North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center

As butterflies go they’re distinctive, large and showy with long “tails” emerging from hind wings and bold black stripes dissecting a bright yellow background. When conditions are favorable they’re abundant, producing several generations in one season throughout our fair state. Their beauty provides a stunning addition to flower gardens, rendering otherwise static spaces alive with shimmering iridescence as they flit from plant to plant. With features such as these it’s no wonder the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucous) “earned their stipes” by being declared the 78

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official State Butterfly of NC in 2012, but with one look at these flying jewels it’s apparent they need no special designation to be considered one our state’s natural treasures. There’s a long list of nectar-producing flowers that attract adult swallowtails. I recall being fascinated by these butterflies as a child, watching them land on a carpet of Sweet Williams, or the old-fashioned varieties of lilac and phlox that graced my Grandmother’s flower beds. Grandma didn’t “design” a butterfly garden, but her mass plantings of colorful and fragrant blossoms, scattered in sunny locations throughout the yard, provided a perfect habitat. Additional butterflies were no doubt encountered during our walks bordering the forests and fields of what was then an extensive Piedmont tobacco farm. Many of the native wildflowers and trees we encountered back then can easily be incorporated into today’s home garden to provide additional opportunities for nectar-seeking insects. Perennials such as black-eyed Susans and native trees and shrubs such as redbud and buttonbush provide abundant nectar with relatively less maintenance due to longstanding adaptations to local soil and climatic conditions. The opportunity to observe a tiger swallowtail in the home garden can be enhanced with knowledge of a few interesting facts. Like other insects, adult butterflies have two compound eyes positioned on either side of the head. Unlike human eyes, which possess just one lens each, an insect eye is composed of thousands of tiny lenses that each function independently. This provides insects with an excellent ability to detect movement, whether it’s from a potential predator or a human admirer. Butterfly watching is a lesson in patience. A good position next to a sunny flowerbed will likely pay off if one sits still long enough. For optimal viewing it also helps to know that prior to going about their daily activities, butterflies often perch motionless with wings fully open to soak up the heat from the morning sun. After absorbing sufficient warmth, feeding activity begins in earnest. Close observation may reveal a swallowtail stepping gingerly over the surface of a flower, utilizing taste pads on the botya d kinva lleyma gazine.com


tom of six slender feet before uncoiling a straw-like tongue to sip the flower’s sweet nectar. Look closely and one may even observe that the striking colors of butterfly wings are actually produced by tiny overlapping scales. These scales rub off easily, so forget the butterfly net and any urge to capture a butterfly in a jar! Including a few well-placed benches in a sunny garden can provide a tranquil spot for enhanced observation without harming our butterfly companions. But it takes more than a flower garden to produce a tiger swallowtail paradise. Butterflies require “host” plants to produce a new generation. The four stages of the butterfly lifecycle begin when a female lays eggs on an appropriate host plant, which is selected according to the food preference of the emerging caterpillars. Some species of butterflies are able to take advantage of both feeding and egg-laying opportunities within the confines of the same plant. Monarchs, for example, can sip on the nectar of native milkweeds, and then dip below to lay eggs on the underside of leaves. Swallowtails may seek sustenance from milkweed nectar as well, but laying eggs here is not an option. Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtails seek host sites among the leaves of trees such as of black cherry (Prunus serotine), Carolina willow (Salix caroliniana), and the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), where caterpillars feed before transforming into well-camouflaged chrysalises that will later emerge as adults. When a forest is cleared the native trees crucial for the sur-

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vival of tiger swallowtails are eliminated as future host sites. The residential development that often follows is typically populated with hybrids such as Bradford Pears that offer few benefits to native wildlife. To create a complete habitat for tiger swallowtails and maintain their presence for future generations it is necessary to incorporate host trees into the landscaping plan. Yes, butterflies need sunny locations offering nectar-bearing flowers for feeding, but islands of native shade trees provide shelter from inclement weather, protection from predators, and most importantly, a place to lay eggs and provide food for hungry caterpillars. Excluding native host trees from a gardening plan ignores a vital link in the chain of tiger swallowtail survival. To assist in creating a landscape that’s inviting to a diversity of native butterflies, NC Cooperative Extension provides the free publication Butterflies in Your Backyard, where one will learn that the diverse habitats of our home state is home to at least 175 butterfly species. It offers specific suggestions for creating home landscapes that provide everything butterflies need to complete their lifecycle. An extensive list of native host trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, and flowers correlates with the names of specific butterfly larvae (caterpillars) that depend on these plants for survival. Some plants act as hosts for multiple species. For example, black cherry trees attract coral hairstreaks, red-spotted purples, spring azures, and viceroys, in addition to tiger swallowtails. A good landscape

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Leaves and flowers of the tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera¸ a host plant for the E. Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. ©Phyllis Baker Smith, used with permission.

design will also take into consideration blooming periods, and this publication offers guidance for providing continuous sources of nectar beginning in early spring and extending until first frost. Using such expert advice allows one to create a well-designed plan that brings vibrant color into the landscape while creating a haven for future generations of butterflies. With centers in every county, there’s a N.C. Cooperative Extension office near you. Go to ces.ncsu.edu and click on “County Centers” for a complete list and then click on your home county for address and contact information. Offices are open Monday-Friday from 8a to 5p, excluding holidays. Drop by any time during operating hours, or email your county office for a PDF version of “Butterflies in Your Backyard,” because no flower garden is complete without butterflies!

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WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER J. Dwaine Phifer

A visit to Hurley Park In like a lion; out like a lamb. This ancient proverb has always been reassuring for winter-weary gardeners, especially after the Old Farmer’s Almanac appeared in the late 1700s. The astrological symbol for March, Leo, is the lion—for April, Aires, the ram. Granted “ram” refers to an adult sheep, not a lamb; however, if one has spent winters in the Yadkin Valley, the symbolic nature of the proverb fits perfectly. The Yadkin Valley is known for some of its fiercest “wintery” weather in March. Certainly, by the middle of April, though, gratitude, greenery and gardening are foremost on winter-weary minds. Gently sunshine, tilling the soil and gardening set the area abuzz. Spring has sprung! For Rowan County and the City of Salisbury, however, plants, trees and carefully maintained garden areas are a twelve-month responsibility. The city of Salisbury has a full-time arborist, Mark Martin. Mark is responsible for city tree maintenance along roadways and

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rights of way. Because trees are long-lived, Mark often speaks of trees either in the past or future tense: “What I plant now could still be living 200 years from now.” Salisbury is shaded by many ancient monarchs. Mark traces his love for trees back to 1975 when his dad retired from the USAF and bought a farm in rural Rowan County. His appreciation for growing things dates to those early days on the Rowan farm. Danelle Cutting, another plant/garden specialist with the City of Salisbury, manages Hurley Park. “Managing,” from Danelle’s point of view, is defined from a proactive standpoint. She keeps the park in tiptop shape by overseeing planting, weeding, mulching, removing debris, fertilizing, maintaining park structures and ensuring the park is always “company-ready.” Think about the upkeep folks put into a modest front and backyard. Enlarge Danelle’s “yard work” to 18 acres. As she says, “There’s always something to do.” She also handles planning all sorts of events ranging from educational programs to special celebrations like weddings or parties. Of special note is the Monarch Butterfly release each fall. After all the outside work, Danelle comes inside to attend to marketing and public awareness tasks. Ensuring the public knows about the beauty and value of Hurley Park is very important to Danelle: Visitors warmly welcomed! On the county level, Amy-Lynn Albertson serves as the Director for the Rowan County Extension Programs on Old Concord Rd. Under Amy-Lynn’s guidance, the extension agency serves as an outreach for the Land Grant University System (NCSU and NC A&T). She helps Rowan County citizens translate university research findings and scientific agricultural information into practical solutions for everyday application. Amy-Lynn focuses on agriculture, food and youth training programs throughout the year. Of particular importance is the onsite Master Gardeners’ Program, an educational opportunity designed to increase public awareness and interest in consumer horticulture. Over the years many Rowan County gardeners have completed the 45-hour program and have established beautiful display gardens: A Southern Living Garden, a Sensory Garden, the Sloop Garden, a trial garden used to evaluate plants and their ability to flourish in Rowan County, and a grouping of raised beds. Dr. Bethany Sinnott, retired Catawba College professor and Master Gardener program graduate, emphasizes how much Master Gardeners “enjoy their time learning and working together for a common good. Close, enduring friendships develop as we work together. The program benefits both the gardeners and the public.” The group’s assistance is especially vital to the success of the Rowan County Fair each year. Amy-Lynn is very excited about the future of the Rowan Masters Gardeners program. The county now owns the old Salisbury Mall located at the intersection of Hwy 70 and Jake Alexander Blvd. Although the present established gardens will remain at the Concord Road location, there will be all kinds of space and new opportunities for the Extension Agency to grow and beautify what is now a mundane, vacant building complex and lots of monotonous, boring parking lots. 82

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Of special note, Danelle, Mark and Amy-Lynn all feel strongly that their love of plants and gardening positively shapes their lives. Their current positions are direct outgrowths of career seeds sown on the fertile ground of childhood. They emphasize how much young people gain from building an early, interactive relationship with the outdoors. They encourage kids and teens to get involved with horticulture, learn about the natural world and appreciate the awe and beauty growing things inspire. As winter gives way to spring, Rowan County and Salisbury will be ready to burst into flower because of the hard work, caring attention and pride Mark, Danelle and Amy-Lynn put into their jobs every day. Two important dates to put on the 2020 calendar are the Master Gardeners’ plant sale in May and the June cooperative Farm and Art Saturday. Artists and artisans will offer demonstrations and have displays of their work at a number of productive, working farms. Check websites for more information.* While cold, wintery days of March continue to roar across the Yadkin Valley, make plans to visit Rowan County during the beautiful, warmer days of April. Come prepared to appreciate the hard work and labor of love folks put into the “greening” of Salisbury/Rowan’s parks and Master Gardens. The parks and recreation areas will be rolling out a carpet of buds, blooms and birds as a welcome. *Contact Amy-Lynn Albertson through the Ag Extension website— if you are an artist who would like to participate, or if you want to plan a family outing to visit the farms and artists as they work. For more information about Salisbury parks and recreation opportunities, go to https://salisburync.gov/Government/Parks-and-Recreation.

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“Starts” Smart Hannah C. Lepsch, WRITER

Horticulture Extension Agent, Yadkin County Center

Hannah Lepsch

Get a jumpstart on your vegetable garden by growing starts, AKA transplants or seedlings. You will have strong, fast growing plants ready to go when it’s time to plant. Transplants are seeded in containers indoors or in a greenhouse prior to planting outdoors. Why starts? Transplants maximize growing time by starting seedlings indoors before weather is favorable. Early transplants also help with succession planting, the practice of planting a subsequent crop in the space where a plant was harvested. With succession planting, you can keep your garden in constant production and grow 2-3 crops in a single growing season. Save money by growing your own transplants instead of buying them,

and try rare or heirloom varieties which are only available as seeds. To “start your starts,” you need containers, potting media, and a warm, well-lit space. Containers: Plastic cell packs, peat pots, and peat pellets are suitable containers and widely available. Peat pots decompose after planting and cause the least damage to a plant’s tender root system at transplanting. Many gardeners, like myself, prefer to recycle yogurt or other containers. Don’t forget to create drainage holes! Large seeds, like melon, squash and beans, can be directly seeded into individual cells. Small seeds are more easily started in a seeding tray. Cover tray with a piece of clear plastic or plastic bag to encourage germination. Clam shell containers, what grocery store strawberries are sold in, work well for this. Once seedlings develop two true leaves, gently move them to individual pots to mature until transplanting outdoors. Potting media: Sterile, loose potting

soil that drains well is critical for success. DO NOT use garden soil. A good quality potting mix contains peat moss, pine bark and filler material such as perlite or vermiculite. You can create your own media by combining these in equal parts. For a home garden, I find it easiest to purchase a commercial mix. There are some exceptional, locally-made products available at farm supply stores in our area. Light and heat: You don’t need LED Grow lights or a greenhouse to start plants indoors; a sunny, south-facing window provides all the light and warmth necessary. Once seeds germinate, move to a well-lighted location. The optimal temperatures for transplants is 65 to 70°F. during the day and above 55°F. at night. If sunny windows are in short supply, construct a simple grow bench on a table using 40-watt fluorescent lights and a heating pad. Position plants 6inches below the light source and provide 16 hours of light per day.

Secrets to success: Timing: Generally start transplants 4 to 6 weeks before you intend to plant outdoors. The seed packet or planting calendar provides specific guidelines. It’s critical to not seed too early to avoid leggy or overgrown plants at transplanting. Warm season vegetables can be set out when soil temperature is 60-70 F and after the last frost date (April 15 for our zone 7b). Plants with delicate root systems do not transplant well. These include carrots, spinach and sweet corn. Direct seeding will yield the best results. Dampen potting soil before seeding. Doing so improves seed to soil contact and reduces surface crusting and thus poor germination, from overhead watering. Sterilize your planting containers before use. I can’t emphasize this enough! Using sterile containers reduces the risk of root diseases and damping off of young seedlings. To sterilize, soak clean containers in 1 part bleach to 9 parts water for 5 minutes. Healthy plants are more disease resistant and less susceptible to pests. Starting with disease-free transplants sets you up for a productive garden Harden off transplants before planting them outside to acclimate plants from an indoor to outdoor growing climate. Begin the process by setting plants in an area protected from wind and direct sunlight for a few hours per day. At first, set them out in the morning or evening when sunlight is less strong. Gradually expose the plants to more light and increase the time outside by a few hours each day. After 2 to 4 weeks, the plants will be ready to transplant in the garden. If hardening off is not done, plants can undergo shock and get sunscald, sunburn on the leaves, when transplanted. It’s a harsh world out there for baby plants. Growing starts is growing smart. If done properly, it’s like planting your garden a month early! For more information about transplants or other horticulture topics, don’t hesitate to contact me or your local county agent. 84

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Table 1. Growing time (from seeding to transplanting), seeding and transplanting dates for common vegetable crops for the N.C. Piedmont Region Crop Lettuce Cabbage, broccoli Pole beans, sweet corn Tomato, pepper, eggplant Melons, summer squash, cucumber Collards, kale

Growing time (weeks) Seeding date 4-5 Jan 1 5-7 Jan 1 NA NA

Transplanting date Feb 1 Feb 15 April 15

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NOTE: Figure 1. Start transplants 4 to 6 weeks prior to transplanting them. Figure 2. The back of seed packets can offer a wealth of information.

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Spring Cleaning…Conquer the Task WRITER Kimberly Blaker

The emergence of spring has long been associated with the deep cleaning of our homes. Although its origin is presumed of Middle Eastern cultures, it’s a popular custom in America. For most, it signifies a fresh home or a new start to compliment the blossoming of spring.

So join the ranks of spring cleaners by using these tips to conquer the task. To keep the job from feeling overwhelming, schedule a block of time each day, or even each week, for your annual cleaning. Work on one room at a time and reward yourself for each room until you’ve completed the job.

The basic tips for every room in your home: Dust wall and ceiling light fixtures, then remove globes and wash them. Dust ceiling fan blades. Remove cobwebs with a vacuum and brush attachment or a clean rag attached to the head of a broom. Remove and wash window coverings. Dust the top of curtain rods and window trim. Remove wall hangings, knick-knacks

and other decor; runs in warm soapy water. Wash doors and knobs. Dust top of doors and entryway trim. Wash walls with an all-purpose cleaning solution. Touch up mars and chips with paint. Wipe off switch plates. Empty cabinets and drawers then wash them inside and out. Wash windows, sills and unsightly tracks.

Clean unupholstered furniture from top to bottom with appropriate cleaner. Vacuum upholstered furniture from top to bottom and under cushions, paying particular attention to creases and crevices where dust and grunge build-up. Vacuum lampshades with a soft bristle attachment. UNPLUG electrical cords and run through a damp rag to remove built-up dust. Wash baseboards, vacuum carpet edges with a marrow attachment. Vacuum and mop under furniture and other stationary items. consider this... Some time saving tips include gathering leaning tools and supplies before you get started. Have plenty of rags, an old toothbrush, q-tips, cleaning solutions, spray bottle, step stool or small ladder and vacuum/attachments. Work room-by-room for efficiency and to avoid duplicating or missing tasks. Work around the room from top to bottom. Play music as you clean! It may not save time but will make time pass more quickly.

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Writing Her Own New Beginning WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER Mike Simpson

Helen Walker Webb “Today I am sitting on the porch to escape from what is happening inside the house. My husband is in the process of dying. He wants to die at home. He wants to be on the main level of our split-level house.… In late afternoon I can escape to the front porch. Here I can use the phone to make calls to family and friends. Calls which I do not want overheard. Here I can write in my journal. Here I can ponder death while watching cars go by or wave to neighbors walking. Some folks come up to the porch and chat. Others just wave. Here is fresh air and life. Here my eyes watch the world go by while my heart breaks and my soul cries out to God. Here the beauty of life and death merge.” These are the poignant thoughts of Winston-Salem author Helen Walker Webb as expressed so powerfully in her brief essay “The Porch.” Her husband’s passing four years ago stirred her to begin writing down her thoughts and her recollections. Eventually she began to share her writing with friends and family, who encouraged her to make it available to others as well. The results were dramatic, immediate and positive. “The Porch,” submitted to the Second Spring Literary

Anthology in 2016 won the Gold Award for best narrative. Accolades for her writing began to accumulate swiftly. In 2017, her work took gold and silver in the Piedmont Plus Silver Arts literary contest. Later that year one of her essays won a prize at the Dixie Classic Fair. During the Piedmont Plus Silver Arts literary contest in 2018, she took home gold, silver and bronze awards. When asked how she felt about the sudden acclaim for her writing, she responded that she had been quite surprised—and pleased. For Helen, moving through the loss of her husband and the myriad of changes it brought about literally meant writing a new beginning to her life. In one of her most triumphant pieces, “Zip Lining,” she vividly describes being dared to follow through on a casual comment: “I happened to say that I would like to go zip lining. Zip lining seemed to be the ‘in thing’ with the younger generation. At age 77, I did not want to be outdone by my grandchildren.” She goes on in the piece to describe losing her helmet—and the wig below it—the first time she zipped off a platform and zoomed between massive trees. It was another amazing accomplishment in her time of new beginnings.

As her body of essays, poems and vignettes grew, people around her began to encourage her to compile them into a book. Never one to resist a dare, Helen indeed published her first volume, Old Ladies Can Zip Line Too, in the fall of 2018. She dedicated the book to her mother, Virginia Wood Walker, whom she called “...a woman of deep faith and inner strength.” Once again her family and friends found themselves in awe of Helen and her achievements. “They were amazed and delighted,” she said. “They kept saying, ‘We can’t wait to read your next book!” Asked if she is still writing, Helen replied, “Yes, I’m working on the same sort of pieces, talking about everyday experiences: about the stick that caused me to fall and be injured, about my lost skirt, about straw, about the contents of my pocketbook. I’m writing about the little things in life in the new retirement community where I’m living.” When a friend asked her if she thought others should take up writing about their lives—that they should write themselves new beginnings as well, Helen replied, “Oh yes. It’s easier than I had expected. It’s such a fun adventure.”

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Music to Your Ears... Participating in music, listening to or in a group is more than making melodious music, it has all kinds of physical, cognitive and psychological means for improving well-being that can continue throughout life. Music groups have been shown to suppress symptoms of anxiety and improve the overall mood—good for all of us at any age! Cindy introduces us to Marsha Bowman Todd, a wife, mother as well as a local and international musician. Singing with others helps regulate the heartbeat, lower blood pressure, improve lung stamina as well as strengthen the immune system. (2016 study, Royal College of Music.) When you read about and see the Clif Notes, you will observe the pleasure of music on the chorale songsters’ faces. Merely listening to music has health benefits, including lowering cortisol, the stress hormone. Mary interviewed one of her co-members in the OVTA, Gordon Myers, and talks with him about his passion for music. Decades of exploration shows music brings opulence to our lives in many ways. As you meet Presley Barker you will admire his youthful success and imagine what the future holds for him told to us by one of his strongest fans, ShaRee Parker. The Yadkin Valley is rich in musical talent in all venues. But it is known best for hosting one of the country’s largest music events in Wilkes County’s famous MerleFest.

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Mount Airy award-winning old-time and bluegrass musician and flatfoot dancer Marsha Bowman Todd always has a song in her heart. She began her musical career when she was only fouryears-old. “Dad bought me a cello, and I started playing it like a bass,” Marsha said. From the bass she progressed to the mandolin, guitar, fiddle and banjo. And, of course, she enjoyed singing along as she played. “Dancing came naturally,” Marsha added. From the time she was a tiny tot, Marsha accompanied her parents to dances, festivals, jams, conventions and all sorts of get-togethers to share a tune. “They never left me at home,” Marsha explained. A practice she and her husband Marty continue today with their three-year-old daughter, Malyn. “My husband and I love to fish and camp at toddler-friendly events,” Marsha added smiling. Malyn, the light of their lives, is following in her mother’s footsteps, sharing her mom’s love of music and dancing. After mastering the bass, Marsha moved on to other instruments. At nine, she became one of the Slate Mountain Ramblers, a group featuring her parents Richard and Barbara Bowman. From time to time, various guitar players like

the late, great Clyde Johnson and Randy Hiatt of the Carolina Travelers have come on board to accompany them. In 1991, the Slate Mountain Ramblers became a family band. Today, the claw-hammer banjo is Marsha’s instrument of choice, but her musical skill and versatility permits her to join in with any instrument needed for a particular number. Over the years, Marsha has developed her own unique style of banjo picking. “Everyone should be their own person,” she said. “They should be themselves and have their own style of dancing and playing.” After high school graduation, Marsha attended East Tennessee University, the only college that offered a bluegrass music degree. Later, she decided to return home and attend Surry Community College and pursue a degree in Business and Accounting. Presently, Marsha works as a bookkeeper for Surry County Schools Nutrition Department. She made a conscious decision to choose a meaningful job that would allow her to spend the most time with her daughter. “I have never regretted it,” she said. Music has been a constant in Marsha’s life. Often, she and her family compete at the conventions they attend. “It’s not about winning,” Marsha said.

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“If we win, it’s nice. If we don’t, it’s okay. We enter to show our support for the various organizations like the local fire departments or VFWs or the Moose Lodge or whatever charity they’re fundraising for.” There have been loyal fans who have followed them to every event. Marsha explained she and her parents will be forever grateful for their loyalty and support. “I am thankful to the Lord for these folks,” Marsha proffered. Currently, Marsha also plays with the Country Boys. “We go to lots of churches. It’s wonderful to give back and share.” Wherever they have traveled, the Slate Mountain Ramblers and Country Boys have been embraced by the communities, building relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime. Marsha and her family have performed internationally, traveling to England, Austria, France, Canada and have been featured on several cruises. “These are experiences I would not have had without the music,” Marsha said, “and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. But I didn’t want to stray too far.” This is the place she wanted to call home. To contact Marsha, email her a:t smrclogger@hotmail.com.

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Presley Barker

A Rising Star

WRITER ShaRee H. Parker

Nestled amidst the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural Wilkes County in the Traphill community lives the phenomenal musician, 15-year old Presley Barker. Presley has loved music for as long as he can remember. Although the legendary Doc Watson passed away in 2012 when Presley was only six years old, Doc has had a huge influence on Presley’s musical career. Presley loves bluegrass music and wants to keep the old time music alive. Presley began taking guitar lessons from Larry Skipper when he was only seven years old. He has also taken lessons from Grammy Award winning guitarist Bryan Sutton and multi-award winning guitarist and banjo player Steve Lewis, but he has his own intuitive flatpicking style where his picking hand floats above the strings. Presley first met Wayne Henderson, world renowned guitarist/luthier, at the Ole Time Fiddler’s and Bluegrass Festival in Union Grove, NC. Although there is almost 60 years difference in their ages they have become the best of friends and Wayne has been a great mentor to Presley who says, “Every chance I get to play with Wayne is special.” They enjoy picking tunes in Wayne’s guitar shop in Rugby, VA. They have performed together at Muddy Creek Music Hall, The Blue Ridge Music Center, Christmas in July in West Jefferson and more. Presley said he was very excited when he won his first guitar competition at the Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Convention when he was about eight or nine years old. Since then he has won the 2015 and 2017 Adult Guitar Competition at the Annual Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, 2016 West Virginia State Flatpicking Competition and 2017 Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Competition where he won a D-28 guitar made by Wayne. Wayne has made guitars for numerous celebrities including Eric Clapton, Doc Watson and Vince Gill. Wayne custom built a D-42 guitar made of Brazilian rosewood and Appalachian spruce and put Presley’s name on the fretboard. Presley also has a D-18 guitar, a mahogany replica of Wayne’s #52; Presley’s is #752 of about 800 guitars Wayne has made.

Presley Barker – November 11, 2019 Presley Barker’s Home – Traphill, NC PHOTO ShaRee H. Parker


In the summer of 2014, young musicians Presley Barker, Clay Russell, Luke Morris, Kyser George and Kitty Amaral formed a band, ShadowGrass, at the Elk Creek Fiddler’s Convention. Presley was a member of ShadowGrass until December, 2019. They performed at exciting venues such as Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, the Montana Folk Festival and opened for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder in Radford, VA. My husband, Terry, and I met Presley for the first time in 2015 at the Rex Theater in Galax, VA for the annual concert by Jeff Little, master pianist and Wayne Henderson. We were very impressed when 11-year-old Presley joined Jeff and Wayne on stage playing his guitar with such speed and precision. We purchased his “Just 10” CD where Wayne Henderson quoted “At such a young age, Presley has a special gift. He’s an amazing player and I can only imagine what the future holds for him.” We asked his mother, Julie, if she named him after Elvis, but she said no. However, Julie and her husband, Eric, have discovered they share the same wedding anniversary date, June 17th, as Elvis’ parents, Vernon and Gladys. Wayne Henderson introduced Presley to Ricky Skaggs at Houstonfest in Galax, VA in 2016. We were there to see Presley perform on stage with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder along with Presley’s friend, Carson Peters, a phenomenal young fiddle player who has also performed on the Grand Ole Opry. Presley said it was “really cool” to be on the NBC show “Little Big Shots” in 2017 and to meet Steve Harvey.

One of Presley’s bucket list dreams came true in 2018 when Ricky Skaggs invited him to perform on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Presley stated, “It was the biggest thrill I could imagine. It was amazing. I was honored to be a part of it and I hope to perform at the Opry again someday.” Although Presley has performed at MerleFest several times he still aspires to perform on the Doc and Merle Watson Stage. Presley is slated to perform at MerleFest on April 24th and 26th, 2020 so hopefully his dream will be fulfilled this year! When asked if he could perform with any musical legend he said “definitely Elvis!” He is a fan of Elvis’ music, especially the blues and rockabilly songs. Presley was excited when he got to hold Elvis’ microphone when he toured Sun Studios in Memphis. Besides playing the guitar so proficiently, Presley has been playing the piano for about a year and is doing great! When asked if he wants to make music his career he said “Yes, if I can make money and make a living at playing music.” He said he will always play music and hopes to record a new CD soon. He has started writing songs and also aspires to go into acting. Presley and Wayne Henderson had major roles in the multi-award winning documentary, “Fiddlin’,” which centers around the 80th Annual Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, the oldest fiddler’s convention in the United States. “Fiddlin’” is available on Apple TV, Amazon and DVD. Their friend, Helen White, who passed away in 2019, is also

featured in the documentary. In 2000, Helen founded an after school program for disadvantaged youth called Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM). JAM classes are held locally at the Yadkin Arts Council in Yadkinville and other Yadkin Valley counties. In 2019, Presley performed on Song of the Mountains, Wayne C. Henderson’s Music Festival, Carolina in the Fall, MerleFest, opened for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at the Ramkat in Winston-Salem, and was featured on David Holt’s State of Music— Rising Stars, just to name a few. In his spare time Presley likes to hunt, fish, be outside, read biographies, watch old Westerns and spend time with his family, especially his 9-year-old brother, Luke. He is a freshman at East Wilkes High School and is excited about turning 16 this year and getting his driver’s license. When asked what he wants his legacy to be Presley stated, “I want people to remember me as somebody who loved music, loved God and somebody who loved to make people happy. I like to make people smile and I love to see them enjoy the stuff that I do.” Every time I see Presley he has a smile on his face and I can tell he genuinely enjoys what he does. He is a very humble, respectful, talented, kind and handsome young man—I hope all of his dreams come true. You can follow Presley on Facebook, Instagram and can view his videos on YouTube.

Presley Barker, Ricky Skaggs & Carson Peters June 11, 2016 Houstonfest – Galax, VA PHOTO ShaRee H. Parker

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The Clif Notes director, Clif Arnold, retired educator and now pastor, is dedicated to sharing the word of God and his chorale members feel the same...their enthusiasm is evident in their total concentration to his directions, the powerful, confident performance of a new song for Easter, and the gloriousness of their heartfelt “Amen.” The chorale, The Clif Notes was formed in the summer of 1990 after a reunion concert of the South Stokes High School Madrigal Singers. The chorale is named after its director and mentor, Clif Arnold, who as the Director, taught chorus and concert band at South Stokes until 1973 when he left to become a minister. Following the reunion concert, many of Arnold’s former students discovered that their love for choral music and admiration of each other had not diminished and that they wanted to continue to sing together. Immediately and with Mr. Arnold as Director, the group established its name and the first Christmas concert was planned and conducted in December of 1990. Many of today’s group were part of the original South Stokes Madrigal Singers and original Clif Notes. Considering themselves a family, the Clif Notes professions and religious affiliations run the continuum. They are a group of friends who

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continue to share a love of fine choral music, a tradition of musical excellence and most importantly their love of the Lord. As with any family, over time the group has mourned the loss of members and their beautiful voices. However, the group has been blessed with the addition of new voices that have maintained the group’s high standards and passion for singing. The Clif Notes have been honored to sing at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion, the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association Memorial Service, the Biltmore Estate’s Christmas Candlelight Tours, the North Carolina International Choral Festival and for an invitation only audience in the East Room of the White House. Performing regularly for church services, community benefits and civic functions, The Clif Notes’ annual Christmas concert is a highlight each year in the community. To schedule a performance please call Jill at 336-408-7671.

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The chorale practices once a week in the beautiful First Baptist Church of King. The youngest member is 25 and most members are in their “young” 70s. No one in the chorale is a member of the church they practice in but all are committed to singing praises once a month, on a Sunday evening, at churches requesting a performance. Don’t wait to call for a reservation—2020 is booked!

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From a Child’s Guitar to a

Master Musician, Gordon Myers

WRITER Mary Bohlen PHOTOGRAPHER John Norman

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At age 21 Gordon Myers won 1st runner up at the 1975 World Champion Fiddlers Convention at Union Grove, a feat he never thought possible and a long way from the little guitar he taught himself to play as a boy. “I had no idea I could win anything because you were playing against fiddlers from all over the world—Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany just everywhere. There were 300 entries, good ones too. I played a tune I had just learned called “Gold Rush,” and got a ribbon and a check for $125. That was a lot of money for a country boy. I thought that was really something.” Gordon’s musical interest started at the age of 10 when he got, what he calls, a “cheap guitar” for Christmas and started learning to play by ear. There were no lessons for young Gordon. He had a natural ability. “I would put on some records and listen to them over and over until I knew I had the tune. Then I would pick it out on my guitar. There was a line of musicians in our family—my daddy and uncles .I guess that passed to me too.” In the 8th grade Myers was in a small band of his peers that played rock, pop music. He began learning fiddle about the same time and again, he would listen to a song or tune until he had it down pat. Gordon notes playing fiddle is different because there are no frets. “You have to know exactly where to place your fingers on the strings and in your mind know that will bring the right notes. The musician and the instrument intertwine to become one. It’s a feeling hard to explain. It just flows from inside you.” Bluegrass and Country are Gordon’s favorite genres. “Most all Bluegrass tells a story about something. It is the kind of music that makes you feel good. You can relax and have fun.” Gordon has performed in various bands over the years including a 10-year ya d kinva lleyma gazine.com


run with the Local Boys at Merle Fest. Currently he is lead guitar in the Backwater Classical Country Music Band but also participates in other musical arenas. He’s accomplished in keyboard, mandolin, five string banjo, acoustic and electric guitar and drums. One of the highlights of Gordon’s music journey is playing for the Overmountain Victory Trail Association living history events in Elkin and Wilkesboro. Each fall the OVTA provides tours for school children in commemoration of the local patriots who marched to the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. As part of these programs, Gordon plays 18th century style music.

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SOLD “It’s very popular with the children. They like to dance or clap their hands and it lets them experience something about life during colonial times.” Gordon says it is important for young people to know our history and teaching them with music is a great way to help them learn. We know from some of the old records when the men stopped for the evening, along the trail, fiddle tunes were heard around the campfire. Music is Gordon’s heart. He has performed in all kinds of venues but he says the best music you can hear is when the musicians, unannounced, gather under a shade tree and jam. “There’s just nothing like it,”and if you stop by and listen you will catch exactly what he means. ya d kin va lle y magaz i ne.com

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What is Public Health? WRITER Jessica O. Wall

The first full week in April is National Public Health Week. The American Public Health Association serves as the organizer of the campaign. According to their website, the initiative serves “as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health.”This year, the event will be celebrated between April 6th and April 12th. Many people may hear the term ‘public health’ and wonder what this means. When I tell people I work in public health, I will sometimes get a long look, like they are waiting for more information. Sometimes, I have people ask me if I work at the Health Department. A local health department is very much public health and an integral part of public health. However, public health is more than what is done through a local Health Department. Public health is a mission carried out in our state by the Department of Health and Human Services and even nationally through organizations like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health even stretches into governance, as there are many general statutes and laws pertaining to public health in such areas as food inspection and communicable disease control. There is a national campaign called “What is Public Health?” and according to its website (www.whatispublichealth.org), public health is “the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and research for disease and injury prevention.” Public health is in place to protect communities from disease through education, promotion, and prevention. Common examples of public health include immunization requirements, environmental health such as water testing and food inspection, and communicable disease testing and treatment. But there are examples where you might not have real10 0

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ized public health is at work, such as: the creation of bike lanes and other built environments to promote active living, increasing accessibility to healthy foods, enforcing smoking regulations, vehicle emission regulations, providing hand washing education and promotion, sanitation and waste management. There can be clinical approaches to local public health as well. Many counties in NC have programs providing physical well screenings to low income individuals, as a way to help remove cost, travel or language barriers. Health education is also an important part of public health. Every day, groups are implementing programs and activities to engage the community to participate in a healthy lifestyle. The programs can be opportunities for physical activity, education on nutrition, smoking cessation classes, community wide screenings and health fairs, or media campaigns. Each year, during the national public health week, each day has its own focused priority. Below is a list of the different areas that will be spotlighted through the week this year: • • • • • • •

Monday: Mental Health — advocate for and promote emotional well-being Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health — ensure the health of mothers and babies throughout the lifespan Wednesday: Violence Prevention — reduce personal and community violence to improve health Thursday: Environmental Health — help protect and maintain a healthy planet Friday: Education — advocate for quality education and schools Saturday: Healthy Housing — ensure access to affordable and safe housing Sunday: Economics — advocate for economic empowerment as the key to a healthy life ya d kinva lleyma gazine.com


Public health wants to keep you healthy and prepared. Take a look at some of the resources below to better educate yourself on overall wellness so you can participate in this year’s Public Health Week! • Mental Health — the National Alliance on Mental Health has many resources on their website. The local Iredell County chapter offers classes such as peer-to-peer and family support. • Maternal and Child Health — March of Dimes does work to educate and support healthy mothers and prevent preterm births and birth defects. • Violence Prevention — this area can encompass a variety of areas. A top issue in NC right now is around unintentional injury, especially from drug overdose. Visit the NC Injury and Violence Prevention branch at https://www.injuryfreenc.ncdhhs.gov/ to learn more. • Environmental Health — there are many environmental health areas to learn more about. Visit NC’s Environmental Health website to learn more about how the department is working to keep residents safe at https://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/. • Education — Visit the website of a non-profit agency that advocates for better education in NC. Some include EducationNC, ZERO TO THREE and NC Child.

Healthy Housing — NC Healthy Homes is a grant funded initiative addressing common household hazards. Their website has information on many topics, additional resources and was to get involved and get trained. Found out more at https://nchealthyhomes.com/. Economics — Family Forward NC is a non-profit that has the public health focus of working to improve the health and well-being of children while also keeping NC’s businesses and workplaces competitive.

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The Yadkin Valley can claim Sandra Warren as its own. It took a few years, but she fell for a Mocksville man who became her husband. Sandra, her husband, and 8 1/2 year-old daughter make Mocksville their home and the perfect place for her to begin her own business in helping folks hear better. “I like working with older adults,” she admits quickly. Sandra is a licensed hearing specialist. At 19, she began working with a hearing aid company and stayed almost seven years. She then spent 16 years with a NC Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon as a registered medical assistant and then ran the audiology department. It’s a NC law that a hearing aid specialist spend a year under an already licensed audiologist. After passing the NC Boards, she earned her license. When Sandra opened her new business, she was pleased that a lot of her previous patients moved with her into her new building. Her offices are easy to find with lots of free parking. Warren Hearing Solutions is the only full time hearing health office in Davie County. As you enter the front door, the entire place is welcoming and stylish, thanks to her father, a retired mechanic, who obviously has lots of other talents too! You may ask how you know when your hearing ability is being challenged? "One way,” says Sandra, "is when you hear more background noise in noisy situations than you hear the person that you are having a conversation with.” Also when you notice you keep raising the volume on the TV remote! Thirdly, when you realize the conversation you “hear” sounds like mumbling. Sandra begins with a check for ear wax first. Ear wax can prohibit accurate testing. “All my hearing tests are free all day, every day.” Tinnitus- that nerve-racking, constant hi-pitched ringing in one or both ears, is caused by a degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids have a masker that plays a subliminal noise to help mask this irritating ringing. Sandra also provides help with assisted listening devices, amplified telephones, and security alarm systems for the hard of hearing. Warren Hearing Solutions makes a variety of custom molds. There are molds for swimmers, musicians, hunters, and even snorers! Caption Call is a free caption phone offered to all persons wearing hearing aids, only an internet connection is needed. The options, says Sandra are many. ya d kin va lle y magaz i ne.com

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Visitors are Welcomed to Richmond Hill

Richmond Mumford Pearson Every third Saturday of months April through October, The doors of the Richmond Hill Law School site open form 2 to 4:30 for docent-guided tours of Justice Pearson’s home. Pearson served on the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1848 until his death in 1878. Located at 4650 Law School Road in East Bend, there are four fully furnished rooms and a children’s room has become one of several ongoing projects at Richmond Hill. 10 4

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Richmond Hill Commission member, Terré Helffrich Listed on the National Register of Historic sites, East Bend Junior Historians used Dixie Class Fair winnings to buy a bronze plaque designating the honor. Pearson taught hundreds of young men, many of whom went on to become judges and governors.the site is also one of six Civil War Trail markers in Yadkin County. The standing brick house is the second house to have been built on the property for Pearson’s second wife, c. 1860. There are two picnic shelters. Reservations for picnic shelters and group tours can be made by calling Yadkin County Parks & Recreation: 336-840-7902. ya d kin va lle y magaz i ne.com

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Alpha & Omega Corn Maze

Alpha & Omega Corn Maze will host their 5th annual Helicopter Easter Egg Drop. More than 20,000 plastic eggs will fall out of the sky on Saturday, April 11th in what will look like a shower of Skittles. The children will move through the grass like vacuum cleaners on legs. As the crowd of children descend on areas designated for individual age groups, their movements mimick an organized stampede. Saturday, April 11 will mark the fifth year that Alpha & Omega Corn Maze has coordinated the effort as a way to reach out to the local community and provide a fun family event. Pastor Kenny Pardue with Union Baptist Church will share the Easter story of resurrection before the egg hunt begins. Hi tech helicopters will be offering helicopter rides between drop times for an additional fee. Our very own Thumper the Easter Bunny will join us for pictures with the children. Explore this 20-acre agritourism complex with the farm consisting of: Helicopter Egg Hunt, ( 3 drop times for your convenience ), Corn Cob Express, Corn Box, Picnic Pavilion, See Saws, Tug of War, Animal Acres, Pipe World, Bounce Pillow, custom corn shaped bounce pad, corn hole, Hayride, & lots of photo opportunities. An on site restaurant will be serving a delicious breakfast & lunch menu. Breakfast items include our famous bunny pancakes, sausage biscuits, popcorn, soft drinks, coffee and hot chocolate. We will also be serving for lunch our famous burgers along with our traditional corn maze menu. Indoor restroom facilities are on site. Customer’s post they are drawn to farms like this as they search for a wholesome and unique outdoor activity for their whole family. “This type of recreation is educational for our kids, and we as parents often enjoy re-visiting our own childhood memories vicariously through this farm. And, it is a great value when you consider the recreational aspect relative to other competing attractions, such as movies and malls."

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Saturday, April 11th. Gates open at 8 AM. The event is from 9 AM until 4 PM. There will be three drop times. 9am, 12pm & 3PM. Cost for the event is $9.00 online and $11.00 at the gate. Children 2 and under are free. See Facebook for posts & updates on special events. Or visit the website at alphaomegacornmaze.com Call 336-466-5402.


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Building a Town Square ...a conversation with committee members Anna Matthews & Jan Hicks Directly in the center of the Town of East Bend a park space is being developed…guaranteed to be a valuable asset to the East Bend community. Committee member Anna Matthews,says, “I am excited to be part of such a wonder project, it has been such a joy to watch our small town foster such growth and development." Incorporated in 1887, the town was named tor the east bend of the mighty Yadkin River and is composed of 600 folks inside town limits and some 7,600 folks in the 27018 zip code. A parcel of land at the intersection of Pauline Street and W. Main streets will use the Town’s sidewalk system to link it to the design plans that include a small walking track, playground, picnic areas, grassy areas for games and events and an amphitheater and gazebo. Some historical items like the Drive-In Ticket Booth, an Arrowhead Monument anda buggy representing the ”Buggy Factory of the South,” as East Bend was historically designated. The park is a win-win for folks’ health and well-being-with daily cyclists locals and visitors from neighboring counties riding and walking, a central gathering space, to support and develop local businesses. “Working with such a dedicated group of people, passionate about improving their town, is a fantastic feeling,” says committee member Jan Hicks. You can donate for an engraved brick paver, a single bike rack, restoration of the East Bend Drive In Ticket Booth, 10 engraved recycled plastic slatted benches (7 already sold), construction of an arrowhead, landscaping elements, playground components and the amphitheater. All contributions are appreciated as some of us are making pledges and small donations over time. There are several ways to donate money for the East Bend Town Square and receive donor recognition. Town secretary, Vicki Matthews, 336-699-8560, can take tax deductible checks made payable to East Bend Town Square. Additional information on engraving process and more can be provided to interested parties. Mail donations to Town of East Bend, 108 West Main Street, East Bend, NC 27018 or drop by the Town Hall.

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23rd Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium, April 24-26 23rd Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy is open to all interested in the history of the 1861-1865 Confederate military prison located in Salisbury, NC. The event begins late afternoon Friday with 3 lectures, displays, Friendship Banquet, music and recognition of veterans. Scheduled Saturday are 4 lectures, light lunch, door prizes, displays and books. Lectures presented by authors, historians and descendants on subjects relating to the Salisbury Confederate Prison. On Sunday there is a 10a Memorial Service for prisoners at the Salisbury National Cemetery and an 11a Service for guards at the Old Lutheran Cemetery. On Sunday afternoon Prison there is a site tour for registered Symposium attendees. Registration $70 per person when postmarked by April 3, $80 afterwards. $15 charge for refunds after April 10. No refunds after April 17.

Ed Curtis, Elizabeth Sherrill, NC Society of Historians President and Sue Curtis presents the Prison Symposium organizers with the Historian of the Year Awards.

Send checks to Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, UDC, PO Box 83, Salisbury, NC 28145-0083. Information: Symposium Chairman Sue Curtis (704) 637-6411.

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Spring is as busy a time and more so at the Mount Airy Regional History of History. While in town for the Budbreak, slip into the Museum for multiple floors of some totally memorable displays, exhibits and workshops (pre-registration required for workshops). There is truly something for everyone inside this impressively large museum.

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March 14 & April 4. Annual Batik (Ukrainian Easter egg) Egg Workshop 1 to 4p, Use a kistka to scribe intricate designs with beeswax. Lock in your reservation 336-786-4478. $15 Museum members; $25 non-members; All supplies included.

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March 28 Blacksmithing Workshop with Master Blacksmith Joe Allen, 1 to 5p, pre-register 336-786-4478. Participants limited to 5. $75 Museum member; $100 non-members.


Additional programs at the museum...

Friday May 15 - 6pm Saturday May 16 9am to 6pm

March 29 & April 18 Ghost Social 7 to 8p; folklore, tales & treats $15/person. Pre-register 336-786-4478. FREE History Lectures at the Museum: March 5 Granite city Historical Group: Women Who Impacted History, 5:30 to 7p, Marion Venable. April 2 History of Libraries & Local Authors; 5:30 to 7p, Pat Gwyn. April 26 Mountain Ballads, 2p, Emily Morgan. Mount Airy Museum of Regional History 301 North Main Street, Mount Airy 336-786-4478

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Tractor Parade and kids ride­on parade Friday, May 15 6pm

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33rd Annual Shepherd’s Center Used Book Sale May 7 through 9 The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will hold its 33rd Annual Used Book Sale on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8 from 9a to 9p, and on Saturday, May 9 from 8a to 2p. (1/2 Price on all items!). The book sale is one of the largest in our state. Parking and Admission are FREE!

The sale will be held in the Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Entrance for parking is through Gate 5 from Deacon Blvd. There is no admission and there will be thousands of used books and other items on hand at exceptional prices. This is truly a book sale with a purpose! All proceeds of the sale benefit the programs and services provided for older adults in our community. During 2019, the Shepherd’s Center will have provided services to over 6,000 individuals. Over 400 volunteers provided in excess of 40,000 hours of service in our community. The Shepherd’s Center mission is to support and promote successful aging through direct services, educational, volunteer and support programs for older adults. The Faith In Action Care Program, staffed predominantly with volunteers, served the needs of over 2,300 individuals and families during 2019 while responding to over 5,200 transportation and 800 minor home repair requests. Attendance of over 38,000 was recorded in the wide variety of daily health and wellness programs and activities offered through our Vital Living Senior Center locations. For more information or to donate books contact the Shepherd’s Center at 336-748-0217 or visit info@shepherdscenter.org.

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APRIL 18. SURRY COUNTY WALK FOR AUTISM Now it’s 1 in every 57 NC kids! Help support the NC Autism Society... This walk begins at 8a at 350 Riverside Park in Mount Airy. Proceeds help kids in Surry County to go to local special needs summer camps: 800-442-2762, ext. 1101. T-shirt $15, Registration $20.

Robert B. Holder, Master Gardeners Association Scholarship Committee, shared some good news with a MAY 1 deadline of application. If you are a Surry County high school grad and are beginning your 3rd and 4th year of a four-year program in horticulture or a related field, you may qualify for a $500 scholarship presented annually for your last two years. One letter of recommendation, (not from a relative) is required. Application forms are available at the NC Extension Office at 915 E. Atkins St., Dobson, 336-401-8025. Don’t forget to return your form by May 1!

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Hook, Line and Sinker one man’s fishing stories WRITER Scott Lewis

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you open the door Here we go! It’s that time of the year when Bass Fishermen and Crappie Fisherman are headed to the lakes. The big bass are getting ready to spawn just like all other species, but for me I am only interested in the bass movement. I have been tracking the weather now for several weeks and every day monitor the water temperatures and lake water levels, In my last article I mentioned I was headed to either Lake Kissimmee or Santee but due to weather both have been delayed somewhat. I am scheduled for Santee both March and April and hopefully, a few more trips in between. Kissimmee was postponed due to travel and weather conditions, as they are having the same problems there as we are having here with unusually high amounts of rain and the lakes are running over their boundaries. The NC lakes are so full the dams are overflowing. I saw the lake report for Lake Jordon near Cary, it is 12 ½ ft high with the lower lakes down stream being flooded out due to the rain as well. This reminded me of a trip many years ago. I was with the bass club and we were heading to Kerr Reservoir Lake better known as Bugg’s Island to fish a tournament about this same time of the year. There were 12 to 15 cars and boats of us driving to the landing and it was still dark. As we were traveling to the boat landing, low and behold brake lights started coming on and all you could see were red lights everywhere and the first lead car was sliding to a halt as he was driving into the water! We had so much rain just like we have had this year and the lake was beyond full. The water was up so high the boat landing was covered; fortunately we all got to a stop before anyone had a rear end collision. We had to back up the road

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and turn around but we managed to get it done. After all this was complete, we all got out to survey the situation and give our expert opinions on the matter. The opinion was let’s wait until daylight so we can see what the heck to do. Well, as the sun came up we all decided that since we were already here let’s go ahead and fish. Then we just unloaded on the road and got everything ready. We begin our normal day, first by having a prayer and telling everyone to be careful and started our tournament. Not long after being on the water, before my eyes appeared were picnic tables and logs, floating all around us, the tops of shelters sticking out of the water. I know, any normal person would never have unloaded their boat to fish in the first place, but hey, we are not normal. We were there, so what the heck lets fish. As the day went on we caught a few in the bushes, as that’s where the fish had migrated to; there was a lot of fresh food for them so we managed to catch a few. What was really “SPECIAL” was during the course of the day as we were fishing along came a Port A Jon floating by. Kinda like the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” really, we laughed, made a few jokes and were glad to see no one was inside or at least no one was yelling for help. As Forest Gump would have said, “Just like that,” it kept on floating by. That was a trip to remember with a lot of laughs with old friends! Stay safe, clean up your mess and hey, if you are out fishing and see a Port A Jon float by be sure to holler and ask if anyone is in it before you open the door. Just saying.


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The item in the January/February, 2020, magazine’s What Is That is a syrup pitcher. The syrup pitcher shown in the photograph is a sentimental favorite. We were fortunate to get to live in an old hotel/home called the Drummer’s Home here in East Bend for several years. While working on installing insulation in the home’s crawl space we found this pitcher. (along with some other collectibles)

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more potential to cause harm to either its rider or another trail user if it becomes startled or gets crowded. Horses have eyes which are more on the sides of their faces than directly in front. This gives them very good peripheral vision to look for those predators sneaking up on them from almost all directions. However, it also leaves blind spots directly in front and behind them. Walking up quickly directly in front or behind a horse can startle him and cause a potentially dangerous reaction. The person making this approach may enter the horse’s blind spot too quickly causing the horse to either retreat or react. Rapid retreat may dislodge the horse’s rider and rapid reaction may result in a hoof in the face, chest or leg of the “attacker”. Dogs are predators by nature. These predator features make them great companions. Dogs love to fetch because chasing and catching things would result in a meal if they were having to survive in the wild. Their instinct to chase things is why dogs can be a problem around horses. If the dog chases the horse, then the horse will either retreat or react. A rapid reaction by a horse can result in broken bones or worse for the dog. A rapid retreat by the horse can result in an unexpectedly fast pace for the

Spring is upon us and the outdoors is calling. For those of us who like to enjoy the hills and forests, hiking and horseback riding on public trails will be occupying more of our time now. It is becoming more and more common for both horseback riders and hikers to bring their dogs along on the trail. We are also starting to see more bikers using the trails. With all this trail traffic, it is important for each trail user to understand a little about the others. Animals fit into this mix in a unique way. Horses and dogs do not think like people. They also don’t see people with backpacks and people on bicycles the same way that they see other people in their lives. One big difference between horses and dogs is that horses are prey animals and dogs are predators, at least that is how they see each other. In the wild, a pack of wolves might kill and consume the weakest horse in the herd. Although that natural instinct for horses to fear dogs has tamed some over the years as these animals have become part of a partnership with humans, the basic in-

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stincts of predator and prey still exist in each. These instincts affect how the animals react to the world around them. As a prey animal, a horse’s natural tendency is to be alert and ready to run at the slightest sign of danger. This behavior can get them (and their riders) in trouble in a trail situation. Particularly flighty animals might spook and run when a twig cracks behind them. Most horses are not this sensitive but when a twig cracking behind them is caused by a dog running after them or maybe even a jogger or backpacker, this “attack” from the rear can send them running. If the trail is narrow and unsafe for running, this creates a dangerous situation. It is important for all trail users to understand this potential instinctual reaction of a horse. Trail etiquette and posted rules in most national parks and forests are that horses always have the right of way. Other travelers are supposed to yield to the horse. It is not because the people who made the rules just like horses better, it is because the rule makers realize that a horse has

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rider whose ride might end with an unintentional dismount onto hard ground. Bottom line for trail dogs is that they must remain under control at all times. If a dog is not taught to remain with its party and respond to voice commands at all times, he should not be off leash on a trail. This is true whether the dog is traveling with a hiker or with a horseback rider. Bicyclists present unique challenges for both dogs and horses. Dogs think bicycles are great fun. They bring out that natural predator instinct better than any other invention known to man. What fun to chase this thing that is trying its best to get away. While most dogs just think it is a fun game, the occasional dog does get drawn back in time to the days of chasing food for survival and will bite at tires, pedals and heels. This brings us back to the rule of no dogs on trails that are not under control. While dogs see the bicycle as a potential prey, horses have the opposite reaction. This weird thing pedaling towards them must be a horribly hungry monster deeply bent on having them for lunch. The faster the predator is approaching, the more acutely the horse will react. Standard trail etiquette says that bicyclists must yield to all other travelers. Failure of a bicyclist to yield can result in injury to all parties when hikers, dogs and horses are involved. So load up your backpack or your saddle bags and get ready to hit the trails this spring. It is great to be able to share nature’s beauty with your best four legged friends. Just remember that horses and dogs are not people and that other humans don’t look the same to them when they are carrying a backpack or pedaling a bike. Spending time getting your horse acclimated to these other people forms will be a big plus and getting both dogs and horses used to each other is also essential. Remember the trail right of way rules: bikers yield to hikers yield to horses. Most importantly, when you take your canine companion along, make sure he is well trained to voice commands or keep him on a leash. The trails should be both enjoyable and safe for all including horses, dogs and hikers. ya d kin va lle y magaz i ne.com

These treats are so easy to make and you will find your dog thinks they are very good—guaranteed to make your dog run over from the other side of the park to you!

Sardine Bites 1 8-ounce) can sardines in oil 2 1/4 cups rolled oats 1/4 cup buckwheat flour (Keep a little more flour for dusting) 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsulphured blackstrap molasses 1 1/2 to 3 Tablespoons water Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with baking parchment paper. Add all ingredients but water into a food processor. Pulse until well blended. Add enough water to bring together in a ball. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half on a floured surface. (Use flour covered rolling pin) Roll to 1/4” thickness. Cut out with a 1/4” round cutter. (Can cut into squares with a knife). Bake for 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. NOTE: Keep in an airtight dish for a week. Can freeze for up to 4 months.

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The Business Section Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning Spring is officially here – and for many of us, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning around our homes and yards. But why stop there? This year, why not do some financial spring cleaning, too? You can apply some of the same principles of traditional spring cleaning to your financial environment. Here are a few suggestions: • Clear your vision. Spring brings extra hours of sunshine – and to enjoy them, you’ll want to clean your windows, inside and out. As an investor, you also need to take a clear-eyed view of your situation periodically. Are you on track toward achieving your goals? If not, what moves can you make to get back on the right path? You need to be honest with yourself to see if you’re doing all you can to help make progress toward your objectives. • “De-clutter” your portfolio. As you go about sprucing up your house, you may find that you have a lot of clutter. Do you really need three mops? And are you holding on to those old calendars for any good reason? You’ll probably feel much better about your surroundings when you de-clutter them – and the same may be true of your investment portfolio. For example, do you own several investments that are virtually identical? If so, you might want to consider ways to help diversify your holdings. While diversification can’t guarantee profits or protect against losses in a declining market, it might help reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio. • Recharge your batteries. When you do your household spring cleaning, you may want to check the batteries on your smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector and other devices. And as part of your financial spring cleaning,you might need to recharge your own investment “batteries,” so to speak. In other words, increase the power you’re providing to your portfolio. You can do this in a few different ways. First, you can increase your contributions to your 401(k) or 122

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similar retirement plan every time your salary goes up. You can also try to “max out” on your IRA contributions each year. (For 2020, you can put in up to $6,000 in an IRA, or $7,000 if you’re age 50 or older). Another way to increase your investment voltage is to make sure you’ve got adequate growth potential in your portfolio based on your goals and risk tolerance. • Put your house in order. As part of your spring cleanup, you may want to check for damage on your roof, windows, siding and so on. But you also need to put your financial house in order, especially as it regards to protection. Do you have adequate life insurance? If not, your family could suffer if something were to happen to you. And have you thought about how you could pay for long-term care if you needed it? The average annual cost for a private room in a nursing home is about $100,000, according to the insurance company Genworth. To retain your financial independence – and also to help protect your grown children from possibly having to deal with these costs – you may want to explore some type of long-term care insurance. By doing some spring cleaning around your home, you’ll lighten up your living space. And doing some financial spring cleaning may help you brighten your future.

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What to Watch for in the New Year, 2020 The SECURE Act “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” The staff at North Iredell Records, Inc. Left to right: Whitney Barker, Zeth Davidson, Steven Howard, Chris Barker, Rose Speece

WRITER Rose P. Speece Enrolled Agent, ATA, ATP

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement, or SECURE Act was signed by President Trump on December 20, after approval by the House of Representatives (December 17) and the Senate (December 19). Congress passed these significant changes to retirement savings law that will affect individuals in or nearing retirement, new parents, small business owners and employees, and could have a major impact on estate planning. The new SECURE Act was one of two bills to fund government operations. The SECURE Act averted another government shutdown that would have taken place on December 20, but at what cost to the American taxpayers.

new law, those assets must be distributed within 10 years. There are exceptions for spouses, minor children, disabled individuals and people less than 10 years younger than the decedent. The bill does not affect existing inherited accounts. It applies only to accounts that are inherited in 2020 and beyond.

Here are some key details of the SECURE act as well as a few other things to be aware of on the retirement front for 2020 and beyond:

Part-time workers can participate in a 401(k) plan. Employees must have worked at least 500 hours a year for three (3) consecutive years in order to be eligible.

Changes to RMD age: The new law raises to 72 from 70 ½ the age at which individuals must begin taking RMDs from their retirement accounts. IMPORTANT: The new law only applies to people who turn 70 ½ after December 31, 2019. Anyone who turns 70 ½ after January 1, 2020, won’t have to take their RMD until they’re 72.

Lifetime income disclosure. The bill requires the Department of Labor to propose rules for a new disclosure to plan participants that will illustrate the participant’s projected monthly income in retirement based on current retirement assets. More to follow but this likely to take a year or more, followed by an implementation period, so could be several years before this become a standard in estate planning.

Old rules still apply if a person turned 70 ½ in 2019, the law does not apply – that person must take an RMD in 2019, 2020 and beyond.

Penalty-free withdrawals for birth/adoption expenses. New parents can withdraw up to $5,000 from an IRA or an employer -sponsored retirement plan to pay for birth and/or adoption expenses, through the first year after the birth or adoption. Taxes will still be paid on pre-tax contributions, but no penalties apply.

Makes it easier for annuities to be offered in 401(k) plans. The new law lowers barriers to offering annuities in employersponsored plans, though plans are not required to do so.

Contributions to traditional IRAs after age 70 ½. The law ends the prohibition on contributing to an individual retirement account (IRA) after 70 ½. Individuals may continue contributing to an IRA at any age, as long as they have earned income.

Change to 529 plan. Assets in these college-savings plans can now be used to repay up to $10,000 in student loans.

New rules for inherited retirement accounts: Under the current law, inherited retirement accounts can distribute those assets over the beneficiary’s lifetime. Under the

Provisions to help small businesses. Several provisions in the bill are designed to make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement plans to their employ-

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ees, including a provision that will allow unrelated small businesses to band together in so-called “multiple employers plans” to offer a plan to employees.

The bottom line: The SECURE Act includes both good and bad news for taxpayers who don’t enjoy paying taxes. The new law is just one month old, includes more important tax changes. Like most Americans, you likely have already started taking withdrawals from your retirement accounts to meet your retirement income needs, or you have student loans to repay, or you own and operate a small business, these are just a few changes everyone needs to know about. So, if you believe these new rules might impact you and your family, reach out to a qualified financial professional or to your tax advisor to learn more. Find out about these changes, the more information you have will help to incorporate the new changes into your future plans. Learn more by contacting North Iredell Records for an appointment. Telephone: (704) 539-4715 Mobile: (704) 450-8593 Fax : (704) 539-4842 Email: rspeece@yadtel.net PO Box 40 • 152 Indian Hill Rd. Union Grove, NC 28689

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Celebrating Business & Innovation in Yadkin County The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual “Showcase Yadkin” event on Thursday, April 16, 2020 sponsored by Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the various products and services offered to the community by our Chamber members. Mark your calendars now to attend! Showcase Yadkin will be held at the Yadkin County Agricultural & Educational Building located on the campus of the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College in Yadkinville. The business expo will be held from 2:00pm-7:00pm with a Chamber Business After Hours to wrap up the day from 5:00pm-7:00pm sponsored by Skyline National Bank. This is event is free and open to the public. Our vendors will be handing out information and promotional items. We also have some wonderful door prizes that will be given out throughout the day! Bring your business card to be entered into the drawings for door prizes. Event Sponsors include: Russell Cellular, Yadkin Vision Center, Unifi, Surry Community College, Surry-Yadkin EMC, Workforce Unlimited, Yadkin Ripple

If you’d like for your Yadkin County business to participate, contact Jamie Johnston at 336-679-2200 for details. Don’t miss this great opportunity to come support our Chamber members showcasing their businesses!

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A One-Way Street Years ago we loaded up the truck—two small grandsons, my mom, my husband, and I—and headed east, anticipating arriving at the beach in a few hours. My husband decided to let our new GPS guide us, since the house I booked was somewhere south of our usual beach location. It became evident right away that the route Siri was taking us was unfamiliar, but Jerry figured she was taking us on backroads because it was a short cut. Keeping two young boys occupied and one chatty elderly lady calm was no small feat. But Jerry was determined to follow Siri to a tee. Too many hours later we reached a destination—a field near a housing development! When Jerry stopped for gas, he asked the million-dollar question: Where am I? “Columbia, South Carolina!” What? We were two hours away from our beach house and we’d been driving for five hours, with I might add, an antsy crew!

Closing Devotions WRITER Sandra Miller

When it comes to life’s final destination, are you on the right road? Contrary to what some are saying, there are not many roads to God! And that’s not just my opinion. Jesus said plainly that He is the way, the truth and the life; no one can come to God the Father except through Jesus, God’s Son (John 14:6). So I’d like to take you down a one-way street called Roman's Road. The Bible says that strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and only a few will find it (Mat. 7:14). Sandra welcomes you to contact her if you need prayer for salvation. You can also order her book “When Mountains Move” and music CDs at sandram4324@gmail.com. or 4324 Mt. Bethel Ch. Rd., East Bend, NC 27018. Phone: 336-699-3757

Notice Jesus did not say that the Christian’s way was “straight.” He alludes to heaven’s gate as being “strait.” A strait is not manmade. It is a narrow waterway that connects either two larger bodies of water or two masses of land. Many straits are too shallow to travel through. The word strait is also used in reference to being difficult. Living a Christian life is not a ticket to sail through life with ease. It rains on the just and the unjust. But we have the promise of God’s ever-present help in times of trouble. I love the eighth chapter of Romans, especially verse 31: …If God be for us, who can be against us? How, then, can one know he or she is on the right road? First, you must confess you are a sinner. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). We were all fearfully and wonderfully made, but because of the first couples’ fall, each of us was born into sin and we need a Savior. The good news is: But God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). Now that’s good news! No other religion has a leader who died for humankind, rose from the dead, and is alive today making intercession for His followers. Do you believe that? Trekking down to Romans 10:9 Paul explains, If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him (Jesus) from the dead, you shall be saved. In other words, believing on Jesus and His sacrifice for your sins and not being ashamed to confess your faith to others gets you on the right road. Whosover shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (verse 13). Whosoever means all of us, no matter what we’ve done. If this were to be my last devotional article, I would want you to know for sure that you’re traveling on the road that leads to heaven. Trusting in Jesus and following Him is the only way. And it’s a 128

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