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Yadkin Valley People

Strawberries Spring Blooms

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Strawberries are one of my favorite things! I am always in a hurry for really good ones. I can usually resist them in the grocery store until about February, but inevitably there will be a day that they will smell heavenly and I cave and get a container or two.I am often surprised if the berries that are hauled here from Florida or California are actually tasty, since I know that it is hard for them to live up to our local berries yet to come. My favorite way to eat them is right out of the field, even with a little grit still on them. When there were still berry patches in Yadkin County, my girls and I could eat most of a gallon on the short ride home. Whether you like your berries on top of a cake, in a pie, or in homemade ice cream, I hope that you get your fill of them this year.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up, too. Regardless of who raised you, I hope that you get to spend these special days celebrating them, or at least their memory. In addition to great parents, I have been fortunate to have extended family, church family, and other adults in my life who have been like a bonus moms and dads to me. My love and thanks to all of them.

Yadkin Valley Weekends are about to get busy! Get ready for fun and festivals celebrating the good things about living in The Yadkin Valley. I hope you will enjoy reading about some Yadkin Valley People, and enjoy some of the delicious recipes in this issue.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

1 quart berries

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 pint whipping cream

1 cup sugar, or to taste

1 tablespoon vanilla enough milk to finish filling the freezer, about 3-4 cups

Wash berries and remove stems. Blend berries, sugar and cream. You can chop the berries and mix by hand if you do not have a blender. Pour in ice cream canister. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Stir well, and add milk to reach the fill line on your canister. Freeze for 30-45 minutes in ice cream maker.

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It’s Showtime!

Every spring, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds fly straight across the Gulf of Mexico to spend their summers with us. There are over 330 hummingbird species. Fewer than two dozen venture into the U.S. and Canada and only Rubythroated nest east of the Mississippi River.

Weighing less than a nickel, these tiny emerald gems provide hours of summer entertainment. Their blade-like wings beat fifty-three times a second and their flexible shoulder joints allow their wings to rotate 180 degrees while moving forward and backward in a horizontal figure-8 pattern. Combine these aerial feats with the male’s diving and swooping mating dance and we’ve got quite a show.

Hummingbirds have the highest metabolic rate of any animal on earth, but each night they have the ability to enter controlled hypothermia by lowering their body temperature and heart rate. By morning, they emerge from the temporary torpor state and resume their active lives.

They eat up to half their weight in sugar daily. No wonder they stake out and claim the feeders we put out for them. Below, are a few tips to ensure our wild and chattering guests have a wonderful summer:

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Feeder Basics

1. Mix 1/4 cup table sugar with 1 cup water. No need to add red dye, some wildlife experts say it is harmful to hummers. No need to boil for a small batch. Do boil for large batches that will be refrigerated.

2. Change water daily or every other day to avoid sugar water fermenting in summer heat.

3. Clean the feeder with hot tap water or weak vinegar solution when needed.

4. Place the feeder 3 to 10 feet from your house to allow space for aerial acrobatics.

5. Avoid direct sun, dappled is preferred, to minimize heat causing fermentation.

6. Be mindful of one of their top predators, domestic cats, who are attracted to and stalk their darting movements.

7. If using more than one feeder, which is recommended to see more hummingbirds, space at least 10 feet apart. The dominant male claims one, leaving the second feeder for others.

8. Consider placing a solar powered planter fountain near the feeder. Hummingbirds rarely use a birdbath, but they

love mist.

9. Ward off ants by hanging the feeder with sturdy fishing line. Some feeders come with ant moats.

10. Saucer-shaped feeders discourage bees and wasps and are less prone to dripping. Keep in mind, feeders with yellow also attract bees.

Or, go natural. Hummingbirds prefer nectar from red or orange tubular flowers. Here’s a partial list of favorites:

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Sit back and enjoy. It’s Showtime!

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Family and Consumer Agent

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Late spring and summer bring many special treats, but fresh berries happen to be one of my favorites. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all absolutely delicious! Most berries are naturally sweet and a handful can be added to many foods you already eat. Just wash and enjoy. Not only do berries taste good, but there are other benefits to including berries in our diets. Berries are full of vitamins and minerals, many of which are classified as antioxidants. Researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries were among the top foods for antioxidant activity. Antioxidants may help increase our immune function and protect against cancer and heart disease. Berries are a great source of fiber. A cup of raspberries has eight grams of fiber and only 15 grams of carbohydrates. Try some of these tips to help increase your berry consumption:

• Look for firm, plump, full-colored berries.

• Avoid buying bruised or shriveled berries. Make sure you turn the container over to check the berries at the bottom.

• At home, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

• Wash berries before preparing or eating. Under clean, running water, rinse berries briskly with your hands. Pat dry with a paper towel.

• Add berries to a bowl of whole grain cereal, stir into vanilla yogurt, or sprinkle on a salad.

• Berries may be a little more expensive than other fruits, but they work well on fruit kabobs. Incorporate berries with inexpensive fruits like grapes, apple pieces or watermelon. Skewer sticks come in different lengths, so select skewers based on the size of kabobs you would like. Coffee stirrers work great for smaller kabobs.

• Berries do not always have to be fresh; you can keep a variety of frozen berries on hand to add to yogurt or oatmeal. Blend fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt with frozen berries for a delicious smoothie.

While berries are in season, freeze some for later. Berries are one of the easiest foods to preserve. Run cool water over berries in a colander. Pick out any damaged berries, leaves or stems. Shake off water and pat dry with a paper towel. Spread berries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and place in the freezer. Once frozen, the berries can be transferred to a freezer bag or container or sealed with a vacuum sealer.

Frozen blueberries are one of my favorite summertime treat. Try this easy recipe for Frozen Yogurt Bark which incorporates frozen fruit.

For a quick and easy berry treat full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, turn your sundae upside down. Instead of a big dish of ice cream topped by a handful of berries, top your bowl full of berries with a small scoop of ice cream.

Upside Down Berry Sundaes

1 cup berries – any flavor, can be mixed ½ cup scoop light ice cream

Fill bowl with berries. Top with ice cream. Enjoy!

ONE cup of strawberries and blueberries mixed is about 75 calories. The half cup of light ice cream adds about 100 calories, so for a total of around 175 calories, your taste buds AND your body can be happy. If the sundae was made the traditional way in reverse with 1 cup of regular vanilla ice cream topped with berries, it would have approximately 315 calories, minus the fiber, vitamins and minerals from the extra fruit.

Not only are berries, berry delicious, they are berry nutritious! Think about ways you can incorporate more berries in your day.

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Yogurt Bark with Berries

Serves 5

Serving size: 1/5th of recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours (freeze time)

Total time: 2+ hours


1½ cups nonfat, Greek vanilla yogurt

1 cup berries (blueberries, sliced strawberries, raspberries)

1/4 cup crunchy toppings: unsweetened coconut, chopped nuts, or granola


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Spread yogurt across the parchment paper to make a thin layer about 1/4-inch thick. You don’t need to spread the yogurt all the way to the sides of the pan.

3. Evenly sprinkle berries and crunchy toppings across the top.

4. Store in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set.

5. Take out of the freezer. Using your hands or a sharp knife, break the Yogurt Bark into pieces.

6. Store in a large airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve.

Be creative with this recipe and try different flavors of yogurt, kinds of fruit and crunchy toppings. The possibilities are endless.

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Gluten Free with Peggy Isenhour

In May and June, we think about the weather turning warmer and the days becoming longer with lots of outdoor activities. Grilling immediately comes to my mind. In warm weather, nothing beats a great grilled hamburger or hot dog with all the fixings and some watermelon.

In May and June, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Family celebrations and cookouts are always fun. My mother’s birthday was in May, so we had plenty of celebrations with lots of cooking that brought our families together.

Fresh strawberries, blueberries and peaches are my favorites to find at local Farmer’s Markets this time of year. When I was a little girl, I used to go with my mother to the strawberry patch and pick enough strawberries to freeze for the year. We enjoyed lots of homemade pound cake with strawberries and fresh whipped cream throughout the year. Taking our grandson to the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market in Greensboro is always fun. We love all the beautiful flowers and fresh produce. We usually end the trip with some yummy ice cream.

This month’s recipes are Blueberry Salad, Fruit Dip and fresh Strawberry Muffins. The salad and dip are naturally gluten free. If you need to cook gluten free, the muffins only need a substitution of gluten free flour for the regular flour. I have included in parentheses my preference for gluten free flour. Not all gluten free flours are the same. The secret to moist and tender muffins is not to over-mix.

Enjoy the warm weather and family time.

Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Father’s Day! Blessings!

Blueberry Salad

2 3oz black cherry Jello

2 cups boiling water

2 cups frozen blueberries

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

8 oz crushed pineapple, drained (reserve juice)


8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup sour cream

1/3 cup sugar

½ tsp vanilla

Cook blueberries, ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water just until boiling. Drain and reserve juice. Add this juice to pineapple juice to total 1 cup of liquid. Add water if necessary to make 1 cup. Dissolve Jello in 2 cups boiling water. Add juices and fruit. Pour into 2-quart dish. Refrigerate until firm. Blend topping ingredients with mixer. Pour on top of congealed salad; optional garnish is chopped nuts.

Fruit Dip

8 oz jar marshmallow crème

8 oz cream cheese at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat all ingredients until smooth, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate and serve with fresh fruit.

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Strawberry Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour)

2 tsp baking powder

¾ tsp salt

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp almond extract

½ cup milk

¼ cup sour cream

2 ¼ cups diced strawberries, divided

2 tbsp turbinado sugar, for topping

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with papers or spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar for about 2 minutes. Add the eggs

one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts. Add flour mixture in three separate additions, alternating with milk and ending with flour. Do not over mix! Fold in sour cream. Toss the strawberries with 2 teaspoons of regular or gluten-free flour (this will keep them from sinking to the bottom). If using gluten-free flour, spoon out the flour into the cup measure instead of scooping. Scooping gluten-free flour does not always give an accurate measurement. Set ½ cup of berries aside. Add remaining berries to the batter and fold with a spatula just until evenly distributed. If making muffins gluten-free, let batter sit for 20 minutes, then stir and proceed. Scoop batter into muffin tins. Muffin tins will be very full. Scatter reserved berries evenly over muffins; then sprinkle with turbinado sugar or regular sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes. If muffin liners are not used, run knife around edges of muffins and cool in pan for about 25 minutes. Transfer muffins to a rack to cool. These muffins can be frozen for up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw overnight on countertop. Makes 18 regular size muffins or 12 large muffins.

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Coconut Rum Pie

1 unbaked 9-inch deep dish pie shell

½ cup butter, melted

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp coconut extract

2 tbsp coconut rum

1 cup shredded coconut

2/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whipped Cream Topping:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons coconut rum

Chill bowl and beaters for approximately one hour while the pie is baking. Pour heavy whipping cream into chilled bowl. Beat until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar, clear vanilla extract, and coconut rum. Beat until stiff. Place whipped cream into a pastry decorating bag. Add a star tip and decorate the cooled pie with whipped cream “stars”.

Toasted Coconut:

In a large bowl combine melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and coconut extracts, coconut rum, coconut, and buttermilk. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until well blended. Pour batter into pie shell.

Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and set.

Place on a wire rack to cool completely.

1 cup shredded coconut

Place coconut onto a glass plate and microwave on high at 1-minute intervals until toasted a light golden brown, stirring after each interval. Cool completely.

Sprinkle toasted coconut over the whipped cream and refrigerate the pie until ready to serve.

I’m a big fan of coconut and I also enjoy making my own homemade pie crusts. This pie is good anytime, but with the real whipped cream topping, it’s great for a cool spring or summer dessert.

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Meal prepping can be a major time saver ahead of a busy day or week, so we’ve rounded up our favorite make-ahead recipes to give you some inspiration! With ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a healthy meal will be ready when you are. The first six recipes are at ncegg.org.

1. Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Stored in a Mason jar, this salad is perfect for a healthy on-the-go lunch! Protip: add the dressing immediately before enjoying so other ingredients stay fresh and crisp.

2. Ham & Egg Drop Soup

Looking for a cozy dinner? Stop searching because this soup has it all! Combining sweet green peppers, chicken broth, eggs and more, we guarantee this will be your new go-to.

3. Sun-Dried Tomato & Kale Frittata

Packed with protein, this frittata is an excellent breakfast that yields six servings. Before sealing and storing it in the refrigerator, be sure to let it cool.

4. Easy Vegetable Egg Casserole

Not only is this casserole delicious, but it is also American Heart Associationcertified! Plus, you will be set for breakfast for a full week.

5. Overnight French Toast

If you’re not a morning person and have trouble waking up in time to make or eat breakfast, then this Overnight French Toast is exactly what you need! It’s also a great source of vitamins A and D.

6. Caprese Egg Muffins

These muffins are a tasty addition to a summer brunch with friends and family! Make them ahead of time so you don’t have to stress while getting ready.



Total Time: 30 MINS

Cook Time: 20 MINS

Prep Time: 10 MINS

Servings: 4

8 Eggs

3 cups chopped broccoli

¼ cupwater

¼ cup milk

2 tsp.Dijon mustard

1 tsp.salt

1/8 tsp.

¾ cup 1 Tbsp.


shredded Cheddar cheese

chopped green onion

Pre-heat oven to 350˚. Combine broccoli and water in a 10-inch, oven-proof nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain well.

Beat eggs, milk, mustard, salt, and pepper in large bowl until blended. Add broccoli mixture, cheese, and green onion; mix well.

Coat the same skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat until hot. Pour egg mixture into skillet and cook over low to medium heat until edges are set, about 5 minutes.

Remove from burner and transfer to oven. Bake until eggs are completely set, and no visible liquid egg remains, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.

Extra Tips:

For an impressive presentation, invert frittata onto a plate to show its nicely browned bottom.

For a quick dinner, add slices of chopped ham or chicken.

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1 lb. Chicken Breast, split into two pieces

1/2 tsp. Dried Parsley

1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano

1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

4 cups Baby Kale

4 Hard-Boiled Eggs, halved

1 cup Red Grapes, halved

1 medium Granny Smith Apply, thinly sliced (about 1 cup) 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add chicken pieces. Spray chicken lightly with cooking oil spray.

2. Top each piece evenly with parsley, oregano, and garlic powder until well coated. Bake chicken breast for about 15-20 minutes until cooked through with an internal thermometer of 165F. Slice evenly into half-inch strips.

3. Add kale, mixed greens, chicken, eggs, grapes, granny smith apple, and pecan to a large serving bowl. Toss with dressing and serve.

Note: The USDA recommends cooking eggs until the yolk and whites are firm.

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1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

6 tbs cubed unsalted butter

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 tsp salt

Add sugar and water to a small sauce pan. Stir a little so it sits in an even layer in pan. Continue to heat on a medium heat-mixture will start to bubble (careful VERY HOT!). Continue to cook until mixture starts to turn a light amber color-this is a very important step! You must not stop watching for a second! Mixture can go from perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds. While constantly stirring add butter a few pieces at a time-it will bubble very quickly, just keep stirring! Once all the butter has been added remove from the heat and drizzle the milk in a little at a time while continuing to stir. Once milk has been completely added, remove from heat at add salt-set aside to cool. The longer it cools the thicker it will get. Can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks!

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The Wood Box Highlighting Healthy Eating, Locally

This edition of Food for Thought showcases The Wood Box Bar-B-Que. The Wood Box is located at 401 N Bridge St, Jonesville, NC in Yadkin County. The owners, Alan and Cynthia Hicks, have operated The Wood Box for 10 years and recently remodeled and renovated in 2022. The restaurant was built in 1951 as a BBQ restaurant by T.W. Rose and was named "Village BBQ" prior to The Wood Box. The restaurant prides themselves on becoming the 2019 Surry County BBQ Champions, beating many of the competitors in the blind taste test!

The Wood Box is open for lunch and dinner Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They are open from 1AM to 2:30PM on Sundays and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Local deliveries are accepted on Fridays and Saturdays. Along with Alan and Cynthia, staff includes Amy Williams as assistant chef, Laurel Edwards as

front house staff, and Shawn Lomax as week-end front house staff.

Janah Speer has also been a long time employee for 5 years and served as front house staff.

Everyone loves to take a break and unwind at their favorite restaurant. Try something new, healthy, and delicious! Food for Thought is a healthy eating arlicle produced by the Yadkin County branch of the NC Cooperative Extension. The goal of these articles is to showcase local restaurants in Yadkin County and highlight their healthy menu options.

Want your local restaurant featured on Food For Thought? Send an email to Chelsea Johnson at cpjohnss@ncsu.edu.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity provider.

Hog In A Garden Salad

The BBQ at The Wood Box contains no additives and is cooked with hickory logs to enhance the flavor of the meat. This BBQ can be put on a saladfor the "Hog In AGarden Salad". This is an excellent way to enjoythe BBQ while getting your vegetables.

Salad includes lettuce, cucumber, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese. For those seeking extra protein, adding hard-boiled eggs is a fantastic idea. The BBQ sauce is served on the side. This dish is healthy and delicious option that caters to both BBQ and salad lovers.

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Grilled Chicken Wrap

There are a variety of wraps featured on the menu including grilled or crispy chicken wrap, buffalo chicken wrap, and a BBQ wrap. These wraps includeletluce, tomato, shredded cheese and either the homemade ranch sauce or BBQ sauce. For a lighter and healthier alternative, consider ordering the grilled chicken wrap with the sauce on the side. This allows you to control the amount of sauce you use, making it a great option for those watching their calorie intake. Whichever wrap you choose, you are in for a treat with these flavorful and satisfying options on the menu.

Smoked Chicken

The smoked chicken half is not only a delicious choice but also a nutritious one. Packed with protein and low in carbs, it's a great option for a balanced meal. The lightly seasoned chicken pairs perfectly with your choice of two sides. If you're looking for a healthier combination, consider complementing it with grilled veggies or green beans. To add some freshness, you can include a side salad for an extra fee.provider.

Homemade Fried Pork Rinds

Pork rinds make an excellent low- carb snack! You can enjoy them as an appetizer or buy them ready- made. These homemade pork rinds are seasoned to perfection, offering a crispy and tasty snack for any event. Choose from flavors like Original, BBQ, or Cajun.

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The Wood Box also offers Family Picnic Packs for easy dinners at home or for large get togethers! These packs include one or two pounds of chopped BBQ, baked beans or green beans, potato salad, homemade slaw, tea, hush puppies and your choice of sauce. Sauces include Eastern Vinegar, Sweet Hickory, or Hot Hickory.

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Yadkin Valley Museum

In a small building on West Main Street in Jonesville, nearly overlooking the Yadkin River, is a treasure trove of historical photos, documents, and artifacts. Curator Charles Mathis has a story to tell about nearly everything inside, and he packed as many stories as possible into the afternoon I spent there recently.

The Yadkin Valley Museum, formerly called the Jonesville History Museum, is maintained by the Jonesville Historical Society. For the community

there is documentation that shows it as a thriving town before the Revolutionary War. The Mr. Allen it was originally named for owned an early iron ore forge there. According to Mr. Mathis, it was once the largest town west of Raleigh. For a brief time, the name was changed to Martinsborough, but eventually it became Jonesville to honor Hardy Jones, a Revolutionary War soldier who later helped bring the Jonesville Academy to the town.

The museum has Native American artifacts, chronicling the original inhabitants of the area. Military history is documented beginning with the Regulators during the colonial period. Mr. Mathis can name families whose third or fourth generation are now serving their country. His brother, John, was a beloved teacher and coach, and there are photos, articles, and trophies in the John W. Mathis High School Collection.

The Jonesville Historical Society also maintains the nearby Mineral Springs Park, which is located on the mustering grounds where the Overmountain Men gathered before traveling south and joining with others to fight the British at Kings Mountain and turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. The park is home to a veteran’s memorial honoring locals who have defended the area as well as served in conflicts around the world. The park also showcases the ticket booth from the Jonesville Speedway (that is a story for another time) and concrete railings that once lined the suspension bridge connecting Jonesville and Elkin across the Yadkin River.

Newspaper clipping: “Charles Mathis of Jonesville takes a closer look at the wallsof the abandoned iron mine on his property. Holding the light is Carol Harris.” The Yadkin Valley Museum is packed with similar historical photos, documents and artifacts.

The Jonesville Historical Society works to include information and artifacts from all over the Yadkin Valley.

If you would like to visit the museum, it is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2-5 pm, or by appointment. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted.

You are also invited to join the Jonesville Historical Society, or volunteer to help with the collection, or special events like the Jonesville Jubilee.

You can get more information by calling 336-428-2176 or by attending a meeting at the museum on any first Sunday at 3 pm.

The Yadkin Valley Museum will participate in the North Carolina Trail Days Event in Jonesville. Author John Hood will be present on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. Learn more about him and his books at www.folklorecycle.com.

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Charles Mathis as Daniel Boone. Photo Judy Wolfe
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Editor’s note: This is Part One in a two part article on Daniel Boone. Look for the second part in the July-August issue of Yadkin Valley Magazine.

It’s spring, and there’s no better time to seek adventure in the Yadkin Valley. Why not spend some time following the footsteps of a real American adventurer?

Daniel Boone was a remarkable frontiersman and leader with multiple ties to our region.

The Bucks County, Pennsylvania native was born October 22, 1734 to Quaker parents, Squire, Sr., and Sarah (Morgan) Boone. Following a dispute with church leaders when two of his children married “worldlings,” Squire moved his family south via the Cumberland and then Shenandoah valleys. Historians dispute the details, but it is generally accepted that Daniel Boone arrived in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley in the early 1750’s. He spent about 20 years in the state, meeting and marrying Rebecca Bryan on August 14, 1756.

During his remarkable life, Boone was a North Carolina militia colonel during the French and Indian war, settler, long hunter, Virginia assemblyman, Missouri salt licks entrepreneur, tavern keeper, surveyor and land speculator, and father of at least 10 children. He was at various times a friend, hunting companion, prisoner, escapee, and violent attacker of indigenous people in his path.

Although Boone traveled, worked and fought alongside slaves, it’s unlikely that he was wealthy enough to own any himself; however, at least one text reported that he and Rebecca owned seven. While in Kentucky, he famously rescued his daughter, Jemima, and two other young girls from an Indian party of three Shawnees and two Cherokees. He was raised a Quaker but could raise a rifle as needed.

The two decades Boone spent in North Carolina must have been special both to him and to Rebecca.

The well-traveled adventurer was settled here longer than in any other location in his life. Even today, it is easy to understand why. For all the perils and problems of frontier life, the boundary lines had fallen in pleasant places. Eight of the couple’s ten children were born to them during this time and in these naturally beautiful locations.

One Boone cabin was located along the Sugar Tree Creek, near a particularly beautiful part of Davie County now known as Farmington. Later, a family cabin was located along the northern end of the Yadkin River, at Beaver Creek near Wilkesboro. A recent archaeological dig discovered a foundation stone that may be viewed at Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro, NC. Museum Research Specialist Jason Duncan continues to conduct research on land records in the area.

Boone descendant Robert Alvin Crum is a North Carolina historian, author and visual artist. In a recent e-mail interview, Crum noted Boone’s “high moral character” as his most important trait.

“I believe his character was influenced by his

mother’s Quaker influence, especially with the amount of time Daniel and his younger siblings spent with her when they were children in Pennsylvania,” Crum wrote. “Many men during Daniel’s time could be violent and abusive toward their fellow man. Boone was more reserved, thoughtful and treated others with more respect.” Even in the face of tragedy, his integrity remained intact.

“[Boone] witnessed two of his sons and a brother be savagely killed by Shawnee and Cherokee, and yet he

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“This portrait was made near the end of Boone’s eventful life after several embellished accounts of his exploits had transformed him into national legend.” Artist, Chester Harding, 1820 Type Oil on canvas National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of the William T. Kemper Foundation and of the Chapman Hanson Foundation

didn’t react with revenge. He evenmaintained friendships with and respect for Native peoples all his life. He also was captured frequently by the Shawnee and even the British army in 1781, and he always kept his cool to find a way to escape to freedom without resorting to violence.

Speaking to this, scholar Nelson L. Dawson wrote in 1998 that, ‘For me, the most striking and surprising result of a closer look at Boone is the way his sterling moral character shines steadily through the vicissitudes of his remarkable life,’ and I agree,” Crum concluded.

Another area historian and reenactor places emphasis on Boone’s frontier spirit and leadership qualities. “What ‘frontier spirit’ embodies to me is a person who went beyond the normal limits of the day and had the courage, fortitude, and vision to explore the frontier,” said Ray (R. G.) Absher in a recent telephone interview. “That sums up what Daniel Boone was all about.

“He took those steps. He had the vision to look across the Blue Ridge to see what was beyond. That spirit of the frontiersman to me is the spirit of exploration and stepping forward and getting people to follow behind you, so with that goes the leadership skills,” Absher said. Absher is an award-winning musician and vice-chairman of the North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Trail Inc., a not-for-profit historical association. The interactive website helps travelers get the most out of following in Boone’s footsteps.

Both Crum and Absher highly recommend visits to Davie County.

Today, one can still see the Boone Tract on Bear Creek, Davie County land Daniel Boone purchased in 1759 from his father, Squire Boone, Sr. A marker on Highway 64 is easily found and is a short drive from Mocksville’s Joppa Cemetery, where Boone’s parents are buried. It is likely that Daniel Boone himself carved and placed his father’s tombstone at the cemetery.

Further along off of Highway 601 in Davidson County, NC is Boone’s Cave Park, where you can cast a line in the Yadkin River as the Boone family did. This spot is said to have been the site of a family cabin during the early 1750’s.

If cabins pique your curiosity, don’t miss the fine replica of a Boone family cabin at Wilkes County’s Whippoorwill Village, presumably located on Beaver Creek during 1767-1768. Alongside the replica are several restored historical buildings.

Daniel and Rebecca Boone eventually left North Carolina for Kentucky and Missouri. Absher, himself a descendant of Boone scout Richard Calloway, credits John Findley’s visit along the Yadkin in Wilkes County with encouraging Boone to go west. This spring, get outdoors and enjoy the natural and historic wonders of the area. Fill a rainy day by discovering a book, file or museum to learn more about this family that did so much to explore and develop our region, and beyond.

Want to learn more?

Upcoming Daniel Boone Events:

Daniel Boone Festival, Mocksville, NC. Saturday, May 4, 2024, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. At the Carolina Frost Cabin in historic downtown Mocksville. Lectures and reenactments.

Daniel Boone Day, Boone, NC. Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. At Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, 591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, NC 28607. Historic log cabins provide the setting to celebrate the life of Daniel Boone. Reenactors, musket firing and cooking demonstrations, and lectures by historian Robert Alvin Crum.

Lisa Brewer is Executive Director of Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival in Mocksville. She is married to attorney Gregory Joseph Brewer. He is a direct descendant of Rebecca Bryan Boone’s grandfather, Morgan Bryan, whose people claim they taught Daniel Boone to shoot more accurately. They live in Wilkesboro with their dog, Boone.

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A Man of Few Words

Odell Cheek is a man of few words, but as is often the case, there is a story there. As I drove to his house to spend some time with him, I thought that I probably knew him well enough that I could probably write a decent article about him without asking any questions, but I planned a visit anyway. I knew that I should confirm some details, and that I would enjoy a chat with him, as he doesn’t get out as often as he used to. As expected, I spent a lovely morning with him, his daughter Sue, his son Charles, his granddaughter Miranda, and caregiver Melissa. There were some stories I hadn’t heard, though.

Odell will turn 99 years old by the time you read this article. I thought he would be a good choice for the Yadkin Valley People issue for many reasons, but primarily because his is the very definition of “a life well lived”. My family and the Cheek family have been intertwined as neighbors and “church family” since well before I was born. They were friends with my grandparents, and their children and grandchildren grew up together.

He is the youngest and last remaining of seven siblings. Odell’s mother died of pneumonia when he was five months old. His only sister, Mabel, was the oldest. Only fourteen at the time, she spent her young adulthood helping her father raise her six younger brothers. Odell recalled snow blowing through the cracks of the log cabin onto their beds and hoping it wasn’t his turn to get up and build the fire in the cold house. Mabel lived in the cabin until her death, and it still stands near the creek. Sue remembered her grandpa telling the story of a whipping he gave Odell. Apparently, the whipping happened before Grandpa found out that it was one of the older brothers who deserved it.

Like most families then, the Cheeks farmed, and Odell grew up learning how to work hard. Like most families then, the Cheeks were proud Americans, and one by one Odell’s older brothers were drafted or joined either the Army or the Navy to fight in World War II. One brother was discharged

for medical conditions during training. Being the youngest, Odell did not join until 1944 at age 19, but for the remainder of the war, five of those six brothers served simultaneously. If you have seen the movie “Saving Private Ryan”, that should give you chills. His brother Joe was on an aircraft carrier near Okinawa while Odell served there, but neither of them knew they had been that close to each other until later. Miraculously, all five of them returned home after the war, though Odell was injured on Okinawa. While driving a truck, another vehicle threw a large rock, which came through the side window, glanced Odell’s cheek, and went through the back of the truck. He said that if it had fully hit him, he expects it would have knocked his head off. As it was, he spent three months in an Okinawa Army hospital with his mouth wired shut while his jaw healed. It seems he got tired of drinking only juice while he healed. Mabel always told them that he talked a lot less after he came home from the Army, so maybe that is why he doesn’t waste words. Perhaps those three months

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in a hospital spared him from worse injury. It most likely delayed him from being shipped to Japan. He never got there, as the war ended the day before he was to go. So maybe that broken jaw was a blessing in disguise.

Among other stories that I hadn’t heard, was one of an encounter in California before Odell shipped out to Okinawa. He and his brother Jim ended up being there at the same time, and were going to hitchhike from Burbank to Hollywood. Odell chuckled and said, “Jim wouldn’t stick his thumb out, but I did!” When a Lincoln convertible pulled over to give them a ride, they realized the driver was Ronald Reagan himself! Odell recalled that he was a really nice guy.

Odell left his sweetheart behind when he left for the Pacific. He said that Ellen wrote to him, just about a letter a day. He wrote to her less often, saying there wasn’t much time to write over there. I thought it was pretty incredible that he managed to get home with those letters, which she saved. Sue and Charles said she always told them they could read them only after she and Odell were gone. Odell and Ellen had celebrated their seventy-seventh anniversary when she passed away. He said that they were married so long because she was a good woman. Sue and Charles laughed at that, and said it was more likely due to him walking away if Ellen was fussing at him. In addition to two children, there are also three grand daughters and three great-grandchildren in the family. Odell’s life says a lot, even if he doesn’t.

I have many memories of both Odell and Ellen as I grew up, but perhaps what made the greatest impression on me was their patriotism. Odell served in the Honor Guard of the local VFW for more than 25 years, honoring deceased service members during funerals. I remember him proudly wearing a cap that showed he was a veteran. Ellen was active in the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and presented many programs at church, from the significance of the red poppy on Veteran’s Day to MIA/POW remembrance services. They both set an example of pride in their country, and I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed it

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Ellen was an excellent cook, and her dishes were always emptied at homecoming. Odell’s favorite was her Apple Stack Cake, which she submitted to Beth Tartan for her Winston-Salem Journal column in 1976, and is shared again below.


1/3 cup butter

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses

2 eggs

2 2/3 cups plan all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger

Filling, recipe follows

Cream together butter, sugar, molasses and eggs. Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture. Chill covered dough thoroughly. Divide into six parts. Roll or pat out to make eight-inch circles in cake pans. Bake quickly in a 400 degree oven for eight to 10 minutes or until done. Fill with filling and let stand for 24 hours to become moist. To serve, cut into wedges.


1 lb. dried fruit, cooked

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

Mix ingredients and spread between layers.

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Stitched with Love

A couple of years ago, I saw a friend post on Facebook that she had surprised her husband with a unique birthday gift, a basket made from clothing that had belonged to his mother. That was when I first learned about Mount Airy native Kristie Brady and her unique way of preserving special memories from the clothes of loved ones.

Kristie began making memory baskets in 2017 when a friend entrusted her with her late mom’s favorite Tweety Bird pajamas. She did not have sewing experience at the time, but carefully cut the pajamas up, then sewed a basket using the strips of cloth. The basket was a gift to her friend. Kristie hoped that it would bring comfort as her friend went through the second Mother’s Day without her mom.

Since then, Kristie has comforted many people. What began as a thoughtful gift for a friend turned into a hobby that turned into a part time home business. Over the next few years, Kristie’s basket business grew so much that she was able to leave her job in 2020 in order to make baskets full time. She put her heart into each one, and last year she created about 1,400 baskets from July to Christmas. She estimates that she has made between 6,000-7,000 baskets altogether.

The work does take its toll. Kristie is emotionally investedin each project, and puts her heart into every basket. She has recently started a new job, and plans to scale back some on her sewing business. She does not want it

You may have seen Kristie featured recently in a interview with Chad Tucker for FOX 8 on “Roy’s Folks”. She has also been featured on Fox 8 with Brad Jones and WFMY News 2 with Maddie Gardner. You can see more of her beautiful creations on her Facebook page, Speckled Chick Designs.

to ever be just a job to her, but instead it is a way to reach out to families and create a special keepsake. Though her baskets may initially bring tears, hopefully they are healing tears, and eventually those who have one will be able to look at their basket and remember their loved one with smiles. She believes in helping others when you can, and has found her calling in helping others grieve.

I had to ask her where “Speckled Chick” came from. Kristie laughed, and gave credit to her father-in-law. He used to tell her she was “as cute as a speckled pup”. When she needed a name for her business, she put “speckled” with “chick” because she loves chickens. A memorable name for someone in the memory business.

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Clinton Cave may drive a truck to earn a living, but he would rather ride a horse. He has ridden since he was four or five, and got a horse of his own when he was twelve. And I am fairly certain he has never met a stranger.

Clinton has always loved to see other people interested in his horses and never tells anyone no when they ask to pet or even sit on his horse when he is out on a trail. This is especially true for kids. A few years ago, he and his wife Denise had been riding the trails at Moses Cone Manor on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A family approached him and asked if their child could pet his horse. The whole family gathered around and ended up posing for pictures with the horse. Clinton recalled that a few minutes later, there was a line of people waiting to do the same!

A friend had recently given him some New Testaments, and Clinton had been unsure of exactly who he should be giving them to. That day on the trail, he felt led to begin a ministry using his horses. After passing out all of the New Testaments, he searched for a religious tract with horses on it that he could purchase to hand out. Since nothing like that was available, he had his own cards printed. On the front is a photo of his horses. On the back, his ministry is listed, “Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ on Horse Back”. In addition, the plan of salvation is outlined along with select scripture. To date, he has handed out 7,000 of these postcards, and only seven people have refused to take one.

On Horse Back

Besides witnessing to new friends that they meet on horse trails, Clinton and Denise also haul their horses some weekends from their home in Davie County to a children’s home in South Carolina. This ministry provides entertainment for the youngsters. The kids at the home, who range in age from infants to eighteen, get to ride on horseback, as well as learn some responsibility for the care of the horses. I haven’t had the opportunity to see this for myself, but if the kids enjoy doing it as much as Clinton enjoys telling about it, then I am sure that they have a blast. He calls the children’s home his “happy place”. The Caves have also made their horses available closer to home for birthday parties and other events. Though they never ask for payment, when it is offered they use it to help offset travel expenses.

Clinton has managed to combine his love of horses and riding with his calling to lead others to Christ.

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Home & Garden

Kellee Payne


Kellee Payne

Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent

N.C. Cooperative Extension Yadkin County Center


Facebook @YadkinCountyHorticulture

Companion Planting

Companion planting is "the practice of growing two or more types of plants in combination to discourage disease and insect pests." Companion planting has many other benefits such as: maximizing your space, deterring harmful insects, provides support for crops, offers shade to smaller plants, provides weed suppression, attracts beneficial insects, and increases overall soil health. Plants can have a positive or negative relationship to one another. The best practice to companion planting is to plant those with known positive relationships within two or three rows of each other. Plants with negative relationships should be planted at least two to three rows apart. Diversify your garden using a variety of plant odors, colors, and textures as a natural pest barrier. An example is to plant marigolds with cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, or potatoes to repel most insects and inhibit green hornworms. Herbs also aid in deterring or repel-

ling pest. Use oregano to deter most insects, thyme to repel cabbage worm, and rosemary to deter cabbage moth, bean beetles, and carrot flies.

One of the important goals that companion planting can offer for your garden is maximizing your space. You can plant early, short-season crops in beds where you also plant later maturing crops. This practice allows you to conserve space and grow multiple successions of plants in one space. By the time you harvest the early, short-season crops, the canopy of the late season crops will begin to fill in. This practice also helps with weed management and soil health. Companion planting improves soil health by keeping living roots in the soil and allows for a plant canopy above the soil surface. Achieve this by planting a variety of plants with different root structures. Plants with taproots and tubers, such as, carrots or potatoes can help with

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soil compaction. Deep-rooted crops such as, melons and tomatoes can help pull water and nutrients from deeper within the soil profile. It is also important to add legumes to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, resulting in reducing your total fertilizer needs. Add legumes that you plan to harvest like peas and beans or you can sow a legume cover crop underneath your main crop.

Companion planting also aids in insect management in three primary ways. The first way is with smells as plants emit odors that repel and attract insects or mask the odors released from other plants. The second way is attracting predators or parasitoids. Predator insects eat other insects and parasitoids lay their eggs inside of other insects. If you provide a habitat and food for these types of insects, they will help manage garden pests. Lastly, adding bright colors to your garden can attract pollinator and other beneficial insects.

Reminder, companion planting is not an exact science. Use the companion planting chart to help you get started in your garden.

Our office is an equal opportunity provider, so if you have any questions related to companion planting or other horticulture questions, please contact Kellee Payne at kellee_payne@ncsu.edu or 336-849-7908.



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MOUNT AIRY Most Certainly Blooms

Remember the garden scene in the movie Dennis the Menace? You know, where the stuffy garden club members are waiting to see the very brief bloom of an orchid

that blooms only once every forty years? In true Dennis fashion, however, he distracts everyone just as the orchid opens, and the moment is gone.

Fortunately, the blooms in Mount Airy are not so brief, and the garden club members are not at all stuffy. As a group, they plan, plant, and maintain many of the beautiful areas in and around Mount Airy, and they are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Actually, Mount Airy boasts not one but three garden clubs: Garden Gate, Modern Gardeners, and Mountain View. Each one has separate projects throughout the year. But for one Saturday in May, they come together for one very special event. Planning involves all three clubs, and many hours of meeting and behind-the-scenes effort is required for success.

The Mount Airy Blooms Garden Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 and is a self-guided tour of carefully chosen home gardens. Ticket holders can visit some of the most spectacular private gardens in and around Mount Airy. Club members will be stationed at each location to answer any questions you may have

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about particular plants. In addition to the home gardens, there will be a Master Gardner presentation. Tickets are available in advance, as well as on the day of the tour (see page 66 for how to get yours).

Tour proceeds will help fund local club projects, including the Woltz Hospice Home rose garden, maintenance and upkeep at the historic Moore House and of the Main Street mini-garden fountain, and maintenance of the Pollinator Garden on Main Street. Additionally, garden therapy projects with exceptional children at Jones Intermediate School are funded by this event.

Please be aware that the chosen gardens are at private homes. Signs will direct you to parking at each location. Garden members will be available to provide information, but home owners may or may not be present. The event will be held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Access to the gardens will vary by location and weather conditions. Comfort stations will be available in downtown Mount Airy, but restrooms will not be available at participating homes.

For more information, visit mountairyblooms.org.

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Tickets can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com

Tickets on the day of the event will be $25, CASH ONLY. You may purchase one from a garden club member at any of the participating gardens.

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Home & Garden


Leslie Rose

Horticulture Agent N. C. Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center leslie_rose@ncsu.edu

Draw Inspiration from Local Gardens

As days get longer and the weather is beautiful, this is one of the best times of year to spend time in the garden. Not only is the weather favorable, but most gardens are also bursting with flowers and springtime activity. On warm, sunny days, it’s a great time to watch birds and insects that visit your garden for food and shelter.

You should definitely allocate some time to enjoy your garden this spring, but it’s also a great time for planting and working in the garden. Springtime is ideal for both planting and editing your garden. Maybe you are looking to add something new, or perhaps you’d like to divide a perennial that has outgrown its space or move something to a new part of your yard. You may also be looking to change your garden a bit. If you’re in need of inspiration for your garden this season, I highly recommend planning a visit to a local public garden in your area.

There are lots of gardens in the Yadkin Valley area for you to visit. One that you might consider visiting is the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. The Arboretum is managed by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, with help from NC State Extension Master Gardener℠

volunteers and Forsyth County Parks & Recreation. The Arboretum is open year round whenever Tanglewood Park is open, and visitors are invited to visit in all seasons.

The Arboretum contains examples and inspiration for all types of gardens. For gardeners who like a neat and tidy garden full of color, you might check out the Formal Garden or the Annual Garden, which feature bright spots of color and neatly maintained garden beds. The Shade Garden can give inspiration to anyone with large trees and a shaded landscape, while the Children’s Garden includes a pollinator garden that thrives in full sun. Native plants add both beauty and utility to the garden because they are well adapted to our local climate and support local insects and wildlife; visit the Wildflower Garden to see a variety of native plants. Whatever your gardening preference, you are likely to find similar areas during your visit to the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

In addition to visiting the gardens on your own, I invite you to participate in one of the many activities hosted by Extension at the Arboretum. At the spring plant sale on May 3 and 4, you’ll get an opportunity to purchase plants and talk with

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Extension Master Gardener volunteers about what plants may grow well in your yard. You can also come back for an Arboretum Adult Education class; these classes focus on seasonal gardening topics and are free to attend. Visit go.ncsu.edu/forsyth-eventbrite to view our Eventbrite page with upcoming events at the Arboretum and elsewhere.

If you can’t visit the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park, go online to forsyth.ces.ncsu.edu/whats-in-bloom to see photos of what is blooming each week throughout the season. You can also draw inspiration from one of the numerous other gardens in our region or within your own neighborhood. A short visit to a new garden is sure to get you excited about the possibilities in your own backyard.

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You may have heard a new term recently: edibles. This is a term used to describe recreational marijuana products that can be eaten. The types of products can look different from item to item. They may be in baked products like brownies or cookies, or they may be in candies like chocolates or suckers or even chips. As you can imagine, this could create some confusion around small children. This is especially true when the product’s packaging is designed to mimic actual sweets and candies. In 2023, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Federal Trade Commission, sent warning letters to six companies for illegally selling copycat food products containing a product with a high level of tetra-

What do you know about “edibles”?

hydrocannabinol, or THC. This was in response to over 125 adverse events that were reported in roughly 18 months, some of which the victims reported that the product was in packaging similar to popular snack foods.

These edible products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so manufacturers are not required to provide information to consumers like ingredients, nutritional information or product warnings. Based on this, the amount of THC can vary by product. According to the drug fact sheet on THC by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), THC is “believed to be the main ingredient that produces the psychoactive effect” from marijuana. Information from RTI International includes that consuming marijuana edibles, “can cause longerlasting and more intense highs, because the intoxicating effects of edibles can be delayed by two or more hours.” Essentially, if someone consumes these products without paying attention or being unaware, they can consume too much and experience adverse effects or ones that were not intended.

According to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) article by Steve Schering from April 2022, studies are showing an increase in the number of children visiting emergency rooms for exposure to marijuana since these edible products became legal, as well as an increase in the number of calls to the Poison Control Center. Data from a study published in Pediatrics on January 3, 2023 by Marit S. Tweet, MD, Antonia Nemanich, MD, and Michael Wahl, MD showed that “The number of cases rose from 207 cases in 2017 to 3054 cases in 2021, an increase of 1375.0%”. Other data

showed that the top ages for these cases were two and three years old.

It’s very important to know if you have these products in your home or around your children. They should be kept in locked locations. These items need to be clearly packaged and labeled as such to prevent accidental exposure or ingestion. If adults are going to consume these items, they should do so away from children so they can’t see. Also, it’s recommended that adults who are actively supervising children not consume these items. This safety information is true for both small children and older children. Younger children may accidentally consume these items thinking they are candies or sweet treats instead of medicinal. Often times, there is more than one serving in the package, so the child can quickly over-consume and be at risk for adverse effects. In older children, they could also be confused by the packaging, but they may also take these items in experimentation and could share with peers. Children should be taught to not take or eat items that they don’t know what they are from friends or others. Older children should also be taught how to read and review packaging before consuming items.

The AAP article provided the following list of symptoms a child may have if they have eaten edibles: intoxication, anxiety, panic, paranoia, dizziness, weakness, slurred speech, poor coordination and heart problems. If you believe a child has consumed these items, call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 as soon as possible. If the symptoms you see are severe, seek emergency medical care right away.

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“Sunscreen Savvy: The Key to Healthy and Protected Skin”

In the midst of our bustling lives, amidst deadlines and appointments, there's one vital ritual we mustn't overlook: sunscreen application. It's not just about a shield against the sun's rays; it's a safeguard for our skin's health in the long run. As we delve into the significance of sunscreen, let's uncover why it's a non-negotiable component of our skincare regimen.

Protection Against Harmful UV Rays

The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation, comprised of UVA and UVB rays, both of which pose significant risks to our skin. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and contribute to the development of skin cancer. On the other hand, UVB rays primarily affect the skin's surface, causing sunburn and also increasing the risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen acts as a barrier, deflecting and absorbing these harmful rays, shielding our skin from damage.

Prevention of Premature Aging

Sun exposure is one of the primary culprits behind premature aging signs such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation accelerates the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, leading to loss of firmness and elasticity. By incorporating sunscreen into our daily routine, we can reduce the effects of sun damage and maintain youthful, radiant skin for years to come.

Reduction of Skin Cancer Risk

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer globally, with exposure to UV radiation being a significant risk factor. Regular application of sunscreen, especially one with a broad-spectrum SPF (Sun Protection Factor), helps prevent sunburn and reduces the risk of developing skin cancer. It serves as a crucial line of defense, shielding our skin cells from the harmful effects of UV radiation and minimizing the likelihood of malignant growths.

Preservation of Skin Health

Our skin is a delicate, intricate organ that requires protection and care. Sunscreen not only shields us from the sun's harmful rays but also preserves our skin's overall health and vitality. By establishing a consistent sunscreen routine, we prioritize the well-being of our skin, safeguarding it against environmental aggressors and maintaining its natural balance.

Incorporating Sunscreen Into Your Daily Routine Integrating sunscreen into your daily skincare regimen is simpler than you think. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it generously to all exposed areas of your skin, including your face, neck, arms, and legs. Reapply every two hours, especially if you're outdoors or engaging in water-related activities.


Sunscreen is a vital component of any skin care regimen, offering protection against the harmful effects of UV radiation, including sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. By making sunscreen a nonnegotiable part of your daily routine, you can safeguard your skin's health and maintain a youthful appearance for years to come. So, remember to lather up with sunscreen every day to keep your skin, safe, healthy and glowing. Let's prioritize sun protection today for a brighter, healthier tomorrow.

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Madaline Jones

4-H Agent Yadkin County madaline_jones@ncsu.edu

Dive into 4-H Summer Fun

Can you believe that summertime is here already? I know many of us have been absolutely longing for those long warm sunny summer days out and about around the pool and outside in general. But as excited as we adults get for summer, it pales in comparison to how excited children get for the summer. Endless days of play? Out of school? Say less! They are more ready for the summer than we could imagine.

However, as excited as children are for the summer, something not so exciting happens to them during this time off. Youth often forget a lot of what they learned during the school year during the summer break. This can be seen in the extensive research that the American Educational Research Journal has conducted regarding this topic. Their research explored the magnitude of summer learning loss across grades 1st8th. Their students found on average that students “lost 17–34% of the prior year’s learning gains during summer break, as well as that students who lose ground in one summer are more likely to also lose ground in subsequent summers (Atteberry & McEachin).”

But what can we do about this? This is major information to take into consideration, but we also know the importance of children being able to

go out, play, and just getting to be kids. There are many solutions to this situation in the summer, but I want to talk about how 4-H can help kids learn while still having fun!

Many of the County 4-H programs in the Yadkin Valley offer what we call 4-H Summer Fun. These programs are designed summer enrichment programs that help youth learn about various subject matters in fun and engaging ways. Some of those programs might include learning how to cook from a real chef, others might be learning about agriculture through visiting farms, others might learn about robotics and other STEM related topics. Every county is different in

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what they offer during the summer. These programs can be one day programs to programs that last Monday-Friday. Although I cannot speak for every county, here are some of the things we have done for our Summer Fun programs in the past.

One of our most looked forward to programs is called Chef and the Child. This program was designed by real chefs that come and teach children how to cook easy, healthy, and fun recipes. This program lasts for three days in our county and the kids come home with a lot of new recipes, knowledge, and confidence in the kitchen. Cooking is an amazing skill to have so we try to have a few programs every year to promote this whether that be through this program, baking, canning, etc..

Another type of program we do is go on trips to places in North Carolina that provide educational opportunities for youth and promote exercise. Some of those adventures have included visiting Grandfather Mountain, Hanging Rock, North Carolina State Zoo, Pilot Mountain, and more. These adventures we go on offer nature, education, and exercise.

One more area we try to offer programs every year on is agricultural related topics including animal science through visiting local farms in the county. We also have explored plant science many times through our Junior Master Gardener program where children get to learn everything

about plants from how they grow, their parts, and how to protect them. Another element of agriculture is one of our often forgotten helpers in the field, pollinators. With these insects being so important to our ecosystem, it is crucial to teach others on how to protect them and how to create an environment for them.

If you are interested in Summer Fun, make sure to contact your local 4-H office through Cooperative Extension to see what they are offering and how to sign up. North Carolina Cooperative Extension and 4-H are an equal opportunity provider, so anyone is welcomed to contact us. Our county’s websites can be found via https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/ by selecting the “County Center” and choosing your county.

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Cameron Kent’s Book Signing a Huge Success!

Despite the rain, Cameron Kent’s book signing at Books & Brew on Friday, March 15, 2024, was an overwhelming success. There was a standing room only crowd and over the course of two hours at least 100 people were in attendance. This was by far the best turnout at a book signing for The Oak Island Book Club since the book debuted in December 2023 and 88 copies were sold at the event.

This was the first time many of the attendees met Cameron in person, but most felt like they knew him because he was invited into their homes for over 30 years when he was the main news anchor for WXII-TV.

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Cameron read a humorous excerpt from The Oak Island Book Club regarding the relationship between Drew, the author character in the book, and his feisty young neighbor, Victoria. He also explained his writing process and shared comical stories about comments from his

teachers and professors regarding his writing. His next book, Summer of Skye, a romantic comedy, should be out in 2025. Maybe Cameron can return to Yadkin County to promote it!

Cameron is a people-person and enjoyed interacting with those in attendance. He was thrilled that so many showed up on a rainy Friday afternoon. He expressed his appreciation to Debbie Gough, owner of Books & Brew, for hosting this amazing event and selling so many of his books. He was also impressed with the article that ShaRee H. Parker wrote about him for the March/April edition of Yadkin Valley Magazine.

If you were unable to attend the book signing, his other books: Make Me Disappear, Road to Devotion, When the Ravens Die, The Sea is Silent, and Mayor Molly are available for purchase at Books & Brew. The Oak Island Book Club will be restocked. Books & Brew is located at 2909 Nebo Rd., East Bend, NC 27018. They are open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Drop by, buy some books, and enjoy some delicious coffee and let Debbie Gough know that we want Cameron to come back to Yadkin County to promote Summer of Skye in 2025!

Editor’s Note: In the March/April issue, Sharee Parker also wrote “Cameron Kent Life After WXII” on pages 76-78. My apologies for the omission, Sharee.

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Small Blueberry Bushes: Who says you need a sprawling garden to enjoy fresh berries? Compact blueberry bushes are perfectly suited for containers, offering both beauty and bounty in a limited space.

Container Gardening Essentials

Before diving into the world of container gardening, it's essential to gather the right tools and knowledge. Here are some key considerations:

Pot Size: When selecting pots for your container garden, opt for sizes that provide ample room for root growth. For most plants, a depth of at least 12 inches is recommended. Larger plants like patio fruit trees may require even larger containers to thrive.

Soil Selection: The soil you choose plays a crucial role in the success of your container garden. Look for a highquality potting mix specifically formulated for container gardening (we love Daddy Pete’s). These mixes are lightweight, well-draining, and enriched with nutrients to support healthy plant growth.

Planting Time: While container gardening offers the flexibility to plant throughout the year, certain seasons are more favorable for specific plants. In general, spring and fall are excellent times to establish container gardens, as temperatures are mild, and plants have ample time to establish roots before the extremes of summer or winter set in.

Sunlight: Consider the sunlight requirements of your chosen plants when selecting a location for your container garden. Most fruits, vegetables, and flowering plants thrive in full sun, while some shade-loving varieties may prefer a partially shaded spot.

Tips for Success

Proper Drainage: Ensure that your pots have adequate drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot.

Regular Watering: Container plants typically require more frequent watering than their in-ground counterparts, especially during hot, dry weather. Monitor soil moisture regu-

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Fertilize Regularly: To replenish nutrients lost through watering and promote healthy growth, fertilize your container plants regularly during the growing season using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

Embark on Your Container Gardening Journey

At Mitchell's Nursery, we're dedicated to helping you unlock the joys of gardening, no matter the size of your space. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, container gardening offers a rewarding and accessible way to cultivate beauty and abundance right at home. Happy gardening!

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Financial Freedom: A Gift to Your Family

Here’s a sobering statistic: 72% of retirees say one of their biggest fears is becoming a burden on their families, according to a study by Edward Jones and the consulting firm Age Wave. If you are near retirement, how can you prepare yourself to become financially free, so you won’t have to depend on grown children or other family members?

Here are a few suggestions to consider: Keep adding to retirement savings. Today, with a greater awareness of healthy lifestyles, many people are spending two, or even three, decades in an active retirement. To help pay for those years, then, you’ll likely need to build your retirement savings as much as possible. So, while you’re still working, try to contribute as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. If you are in the later stages of your career, possibly close to your peak earning power, you may be able to put in sizable sums every year.

Choose an appropriate withdrawal rate. While it’s obviously important to build your retirement savings, it’s just as essential to make the money last. Once you retire, you’ll want to establish an appropriate withdrawal rate — that is, the amount you can take out each year from your 401(k) and other investments without running the risk of outliving your money. The amount you can safely withdraw each year will depend on a variety of factors, including your age, your account balances, Social Security benefits, inflation, income tax rates and spousal income. In any case, selecting a suitable withdrawal rate can help go a long way toward preserving your financial freedom throughout your retirement.

Think about downsizing. One possible way to boost your savings and add liquidity is to downsize your living arrangements. This may be an attractive option if your children are grown and your current home feels too large. Of course, downsizing is a highly personal decision — if you’ve lived in your home for many years, have fond memories of raising a family in it and still enjoy the neighborhood, it can certainly be hard to leave. Consequently, you’ll need to weigh these emotional factors against the potential financial benefits of moving into a smaller, less expensive space.

Prepare for long-term care costs. If you were ever to need some type of long-term care, such as an extended stay in a nursing home, you could face some sizable expenses, most of which may not be covered by Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan. And clearly, you would not want to put your grown children in a position where they might feel the need to step in financially. To help avoid this possibility, you may want to consult with a financial professional about addressing these costs through strategies that may be appropriate for your needs.

These aren’t the only ideas to consider in helping maintain your financial independence and reducing your potential dependence on your family during your retirement years. But taken together, they can give you a good start — so think about putting them to work.

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WRITER/Rev. Dr. Heather Kilbourne

The Bible gives us a lot of images of different ways to be a mother. We find women, like Sarah, who are past menopause and still able to conceive a child. We find childless women who weep like Hannah in the Temple and who dance like Miriam, Moses’ sister. We find mothers who disobey like Eve and mothers who are faithful like Mary. We find mothers rejected like Jacob’s wife, Leah, and we find mothers who are celebrated like his wife, Rachel. In all these stories, God hears the cries of women and responds. A Mother’s Day celebration grounded in the life-giving images of these great heroines of the Bible is beautiful.

However, some times the message of Mother’s Day focuses on the ideal of motherhood and ends up making us feel worse. We need to remember that Mother’s Day can bring up a lot of raw emotions for many people. It can be hard for a woman who has spent years in fertility treatment and just found out that the last round of treatment did not work. It is hard for anyone being raised by their fathers because their moms are not able to take care of them. It is hard on everyone who lost their mothers over the last year. And it is even hard for the sacrificial moms who never feel they are doing enough and constantly feel guilty.

What feelings does Mother’s Day bring up for you? Is it a day of joy and celebration? Is it a time to allow the moms in your life to relax and be spoiled for a day? Are you the one being spoiled? Is it a day that brings up sadness for you? Is it day of remembering a mom who is no longer with us?

Mother’s Day isn’t a day to ignore raw feelings about our own mothers and about being a mother. We can create a space to feel all these conflicting feelings of joy and sadness, guilt and love. Church should be a safe place where we can bring all these raw emotions, knowing that it is okay to not be okay. God’s holy word is big enough and true enough to hold all our sorrows and joys. I invite you take time this Mother’s Day (or any day) to reflect on all the beauty and sadness that Mother’s Day brings to your heart. Whether you are a Hannah longing for a child or a Mary with a rich blessing of motherhood, whether you are a Sarah laughing at God’s plans for you or an Eve blazing your own trail, I give you permission to be okay with exactly who you are and know you are celebrated by God.

Rev. Dr. Heather Kilbourne spends her days helping rural churches dream God-sized dreams for their communities. She is the founder and Director of Faith in Rural Communities at the NC Rural Center. She is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and served churches in Yadkin and Burke Counties. She can be reached at hkilbourne@ncruralcenter.org.

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