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March/April 2018

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72 From Ashes to Better 80 Hanging Out at Hanging Rock 84 Trail to Victory 86 Fly-fishing Fun in the Yadkin Valley 88 Go or Stay Home? 92 Shelf Life: Jennifer Davis’ The PURSUIT OF ENDURANCE 94 Stokes County Quilt Trail 95 Surry’s Walk for Autism 98 Budbreak, Wine & Craft Beer 102 Easter Egg Crafts 120 Collectors 125 BizFest

105 Getting Outside for Creek Walks 107 I Kids 110 Anti-biotics, Do I Need One?

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115 all about PETS 112 Dr. Brock: Packing in the Smokies, Part 2 114 Spring Horse Management 115 pet pics 116 Bringing Home an Elderly Dog

Gardening 60 Fragrant Spring Flowers 62 Creating the Perfect Soil for Planting 64 Season’s Change 66 YV People: Joan Johnson, Gardener 68 Rules for Your Garden 70 LTD’ s Advice on Good Soil 74 A Special Community Garden 76 I Love NC Wildflowers!

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39/98 foodsandflavors™ 22 In Amanda’s Kitchen: Peach Cheesecake 24 Cookbook Collector: Artful Eating 26 Carmen: Go Further with Food 36 That was Delicious! 38 John Byrd: Yadkin Valley Wines 40 Jan: Spring Flavors 44 José’s POZOLE 46 Lemon Balm 48 Which Potato to Use? 58 Creative Cole Slaw 59 dessert tray: Orange Nuggets


19 Best YV Cooks: Cindy Parlier 20 Best YV Cooks: Peggy Long


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Apple Slaw 58 Baked Avocado Eggs 40 Baked Sweet Potatoes 55 Broccoli Slaw 58 Brussels Sprouts Caesar 28 Candied Sweet Potatoes 56 Carolina Cole Slaw 58 Choc P-nut Butter Pound 20 Cowboy Potatoes 54 Cucumber Potato Bisque 24 Cucumber Tomato Salad 25 Cucumbers in Sour Cream 25 German Potato Salad 52 Golden Sweet Potato Fries 56 Heavenly Deviled Eggs 42 Holly Taters 53 Hungarian Potatoes 52 Italian Potatoes 52 Kraut Slaw 58 Lemon Balm Butter 46 Mini-Coconut Pies 18 Orange Nuggets 59 Pasta Carbonara 43 Peach Cheesecake 22 Perfect Baked Potato 48 Potato Puffs 54 Pozole 44 Roasted Brussels Sprouts 30 Summer Tomatoes & Pasta 25 Sweet Potato Balls 55 Sweet Potato Casserole 55 Two Potato Salad 54

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Yadkin Valley Magazine is a publication of Creekside Communications, Inc. 413 Cherry Street East Bend, NC 27018 336-699-2446 March-April 2018 Volume 18 Number 4 Publisher/Editor Barbara Krenzer Norman Advertising Sales John Norman Ken & Denise Knight Sue Harrison

84 It’s hard to believe it has been a whole year since our premier issue with our new magazine name. More than ever, we are committed to making each new issue of Yadkin Valley Magazine even better than the previous magazine packed full always with upbeat and informational articles of our region. Our best wishes to Marilyn C. Wells who has retired from the N.C. Extension Service. Don’t fret for a second, Marilyn will continue to contribute food/nutrition articles to Yadkin Valley Magazine from her years as a Family Agent for Yadkin and Davie counties. This issue is all about spring gardening and the opportunity to put our bitter cold winter behind us, way behind! We love everything floral and appreciate our contributors’ great articles on N.C. wildflowers, fragrant spring blossoms, tips on preparing the perfect soil for successful spring planting and the seasonal changes going on in your garden right now. In the kitchen with foodsandflavors, the concentration is on spring with some incredible homemade recipes using some of the season’s first garden veggies. Our regular features serve up new and favorite recipe ideas. Use those colorful Easter eggs for decorating, eating, crafting and hiding! It’s inspiring to have longer sunshine filled days—more daylight to see the grass and trees change into bright greens, to inhale the rich heady mix of new growth and fresh mellow breezes of this season, to observe jonquils burst out and dogwood buds multiply, well, it’s just hard to beat. Here’s hoping you can get outside more to watch demure puffs of wind make flowers nod, take a creek walk, try some Yadkin Valley fishing and also hiking, picnicking, camping and more at the magnificent Yadkin Valley Hanging Rock State Parkin Stokes County. With excitement, we see Yadkin Valley festivals begin again with bluegrass music in Dobson, wines and beers in Mount Airy, the Alpha Omega Easter Egg Drop in Yadkin County, Farm Fest in Mount Airy and more. Are you aware that the trusty pecan tree will let you know when winter has truly passed? Pecan trees refuse to put out new leaves until the threat of a freeze has also passed. Mother Nature has all kinds of little secrets that if we observe carefully enhance the offer of a fresh, spring start, another chance to make the most of each day given—so make the most of it! Savor a leisurely cup of coffee and the newest copy of Yadkin Valley Magazine to start your day—good food, good fun, good feelings and good friends.


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Birds are so entertaining this time of year. One of my favorites is the feisty, little Carolina Wren. Their easily distinguished, melodious song, so loud and clear, outside my window never fails to lift my spirits. I always run and look out trying and get a glimpse of the cinnamon colored little body with is perky, uplifted tail. Have you ever noticed when they sing their song, they bend their knees and turn their head from side to side as if proclaiming to all near and far, “Listen to me, Listen to me.” My husband and I once observed three Carolina Wren fledglings taking their first flight. The parents had built their nest on our screened-in porch that had the door removed during house renovation. Mom and Dad flew in and out, and in and out, trying to show their small charges the path to freedom. Two of the three caught on pretty quickly and were off. The third, sat and watched. It didn’t seem to want to leave. It repeatedly fluttered it’s wings, fell to the floor and tried climbing up the screened walls. After several attempts, it’s little body was heaving with exhaustion as it hung upside down, it’s claws holding onto the screen. My husband named him, “Stretch.” It was growing dark and I felt so sorry for little “Stretch.” We propped a broom handle beside him to offer a nearby, stable perch option and wondered if he would still be hanging there in the morning. I woke to sunshine and the chirping of Carolina Wrens in our yard by the screened porch. Stretch was gone and as I looked closer, I was delighted to see all three fledglings hopping around clumsily testing their wings. Stretch was out there with the best of them, ready for anything. Spring is a time of beginnings and while some may come with struggle and leave us hanging, just like Stretch, we can do it. Happy Spring, June. Ready for Spring Robbins

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Peggy Long is an only child that grew up on a Yadkin Valley tobacco farm. Her mother always worked at public work and when she came home from work, Peggy would have dinner ready for the three of them. “I learned mostly from trial and error,” Peggy quipped. Initially, she became interested in cookbooks in grammar school and started baking cakes. Canning and preserving their garden harvest was a skill she learned early on. She admits to still loving to cook and create her own recipes of which this pound cake recipe is one. As far as the peanut butter ingredient amount, Peggy says to use 1/3 cup up to 3/4 cup depending on your taste for peanut butter. Enjoy!

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2 sticks margarine or butter 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 to 3/4 cup peanut butter 6 whole eggs 3 cups flour 1/4 cup cocoa 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon soda 1 cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla Cream together butter, sugar and peanut butter. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and soda. Add dry mixture alternately with milk and vanilla. Bake in a large greased/floured tube pan at 325°F for 1 1/2 hours or until cake tests done. Cool completely and frost. Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting 1 stick butter or margarine 1/2 cup peanut butter (or more!) 1/4 cup cocoa 3 cups confectioner’s sugar 4 Tablespoons milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Cream butter and peanut butter. Add sugar and cocoa alternately with milk and beat until fluffy. Stir in vanilla and frost away! yad kin valley ma gaz

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Amanda’s Peach Cheesecake Crust:

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Be sure to include all the prep and baking steps and important elements such as pan sizes. And tell us about your dish. Is it one your Mom made? Is it a family tradition for Sunday dinner?

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24 ounces room temperature cream cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1 cup white sugar 4 eggs 1 small can of peach slices, drained and chopped into chunks

This is my go to, super easy cheesecake recipe! I make it all of the time and have done several varieties of it. If you're not a fan of peaches you can certainly change the fruit to strawberries, blueberries, lemons or oranges! A lot of people don't know that while I bake cakes for a living, I'm really not a fan of them! I'm more into pies, candies and cheesecake. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Aluminum foil Combine melted butter and graham crumbs until well mixed, press into an 8" springform pan, set pan on a sheet of foil and cover all sides of the pan but not going over the top edge; set aside. In a mixer combine the sugar and cream cheese, beat at medium high speed until there are no lumps and the sugar isn't visible. Next, add the sour cream and then the eggs one at a time. The peaches need to be folded into the batter not beaten, so remove bowl from the mixer and combine peaches with a spoon. Pour mixture into the pan and place into the top rack of a 325°F oven for an hour to an hour and ten minutes. I always place a shallow pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven, this keeps the cheesecake from cracking on top! Once done the cheesecake should be slightly browned on top but not burnt, also it will be a little jiggly! This is perfectly fine, a cheesecake will settle more as it's cooled. Just place in the fridge for a couple of hours-even better if overnight!


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foodsandflavors~™ cookbook collector with Caroline Donalson Everyone loves the mountains in any season. While at the Folk Art Center, headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild located basically in Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I happily stumbled across Artful Eating, A Collection of Recipes from the Guild. It is so different from other cookbooks on my shelves it is my new favorite! Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild come from so many diverse backgrounds this cookbook celebrates various ethnic styles of cooking. Each food category is introduced by a full page photo of a piece of artwork—from all genres in the Center or in the Guild collection. Proceeds from the sale of Artful Eating support the educational programming of the Guild including craft demonstrations, workshops, special events and exhibitions as well as the Guild’s library, archives and permanent collection. If you are interested in ordering a copy of Artful Eating, ($18.95), please visit the Guild’s website at or PO Box 9545, Asheville, NC 28815 or call 828-298-7928.

Cucumber Potato Bisque submitted by Susan Maslowski 1 large cucumber, pared, seeded and diced 1/4 cup onion, sliced 2 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cups milk 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 2 Tablespoons butter

2 cups potatoes, sliced thin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

Sauté cucumber and onion in butter until soft. Stir in broth and add potatoes. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Puree mixture in blender. Add milk, salt, cayenne, pepper and nutmeg. Heat through.

Marilyn shares some tips on buying perfect cucumbers: Cucumbers for slicing purposes should be firm, fresh, bright, well-shaped and of good color. The flesh should be firm and the seeds immature. Withered or shriveled cucumbers should be avoided. Their flesh is generally tough or rubbery and somewhat bitter. Overmaturity is indicated by a generally overgrown puffy appearance. The color of overture cucumbers is generally dull and not infrequently yellowed, the flesh is rubbery and tough, the seeds are hard and the flesh in the seed cavity is almost jelly-like.

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Summer Tomatoes & Pasta

Cucumbers in Sour Cream

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from Viola Hibbard

3 medium (4”) pickling cucumbers, diced 2 medium firm tomatoes, diced 1 small onion, finely diced 1/4 cup mint freshly chopped OR 1 Tablespoon dried mint 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 Tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste

2 to 4 tomatoes, chopped Olive oil Chopped fresh basil Salt and pepper to taste Linguini pasta Parmesan cheese

2 to 3 medium cucumbers, peeled, thinly sliced 2 scallions, diced 1 cup sour cream 2 Tablespoons vinegar 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon fresh dill 1/2 teaspoon salt Black pepper to taste

Combine finely chopped vegetables in a medium bowl. Toss or stir to mix well. In a jar, add vinegar, oil, salt and pepper; shake to combine. Drain off some of the liquid from the salad, then add the dressing. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. May be served immediately, if necessary. Decorate with a few fresh mint sprigs.

Chop the tomatoes and put in a bowl. Drizzle olive oil and add fresh chopped basil. Mix well. Salt and upper to taste. Let stand at room temperature at least 1 hour. Cook pasta in boiling salted water. Drain and mix immediately with tomatoes. Pass with grated Parmesan cheese for a wonderful summer dish with any grilled meat or fish and salad.

In a bowl, combine cucumbers and scallions. In a small bowl, mix sour cream, vinegar, sugar, dill, salt and pepper until well blended. Toss over cucumbers and scallions: chill at least one hour. Serve cold.

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raw, others like cooked. Experiment and see what your family likes best. Packed full of nutrition, Brussels sprouts are a vegetable whose popularity is rising and one you may want to add to your menu. Not a food we had very often when I was growing up, Brussels sprouts is something my family and I now enjoy. Especially delicious when roasted or prepared as Brussels Sprouts Caesar, give these vegetables that look like miniature cabbage heads a try. Brussels sprouts peak growing season is fall through early spring. A Brussels sprout plant grows to be between two and three feet tall depending on the variety. The heads grow closely together on the stalk from the bottom up. Sprouts are clipped from the stem and packaged for sale. Bright green color is the best guide to freshness. Removed any wilted or yellow leaves before storing them in the refrigerator in a covered container. When ready to use the sprouts, soak in a bowl of lukewarm water for 10 minutes to remove any insects hidden in the leaves. Rinse the Brussels sprouts in clean water, trim the stem ends, but leave enough that the outer leaves don’t fall off. Try one of these recipes. Brussels Sprouts may be a new option of a healthy vegetable for you to use to fuel your body to “go further with food.” Source: Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition

Brussels Sprouts Caesar 1 pound shaved Brussels Sprouts (you can sometimes find them already cut for you, if not, cut each sprout into thin slices) 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese Dressing 1 teaspoon dijon mustard 1 Tablespoon olive oil mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (preferably fresh squeezed) 2 Anchovy filets, finely chopped (optional) 1 Tablespoon olive oil

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Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet or stir fry pan. Add the shaved Brussels sprouts and cook for 7 to 15 minutes depending on how crunchy you like your sprouts. Make sure to get some char on the leaves. Transfer the Brussels sprouts from the pan to a large bowl. Allow to cool while you make the dressing. To make the dressing, add the dijon mustard, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and anchovies (if you are using) to a medium bowl and mix well. Whisk in the tablespoon of olive oil to complete the dressing. Add the dressing to the warm Brussels sprouts and combine. Divide the salad into 4 servings. Sprinkle each serving with a good pinch of Parmesan cheese. yad kin valley ma gaz

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Light up the eyes of your favorite girl, of any age, with collectible dolls and accessories Roasted Brussels Sprouts 1 pound (approximately 4 cups) Brussels Sprouts 4 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 turkey bacon slices, cut in Âź-inch pieces cooked until crispy. (optional) Preheat oven to 425ÂşF. Clean and trim Brussels sprouts. Cut any very large heads in half through the core. Tip: Save the outer leaves that fall off and bake those along with the rest of the sprouts, they get extra crispy and are delicious! Place the Brussels sprouts in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, kosher salt and pepper. Toss to evenly coat. Pour the Brussels sprouts onto a large sheet pan in a single layer. If you are including the turkey bacon, evenly sprinkle the cooked bacon pieces over the Brussels sprouts. Roast in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time, until lightly browned. Serves 4. Serve immediately and enjoy. Source: Med instead of Meds 30

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March is National Quilting Month We’re celebrating with Special Offers on the Coronet!

This well-known, inspiring and very creative Baby Lock Educator will be in our store sharing her knowledge for Two Sessions on Thursday, April 26.

While Deb is a Sewing Educator and Baby Lock Ambassador her favorite role is to provide projects for serger owners to get more fun out of their machines. Her projects are varied and include Decorative Serging with fun threads. Don’t miss this opportunity to met and learn from one of the nation’s industry leaders Call the store for details at 336-766-8271. Hurry, seating is limited!

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foodsandflavors~™ that was delicious! e Center Bistro It’s exciting…there’s something new at the Yadkin Cultural Arts building on Main Street in downtown Yadkinville. The Center Bistro is new and under the management of Jody Pounds.

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Now with table service and adventurous menu changes including a popular homemade veggie soup and daily specials, local wines, plus an enlarged local wine list and beer both domestic and craft...lunch and dinner become an experience. The lunch menu touts Small Plates of dips and hummus, Soup Pick Two, a 10 and under Kids’ Menu, Salads with housemade dressings and a Build Your Own Sandwich opportunity! There’s a Potato Pick Two and Specialty Sandwiches also. Be sure to ask your server about our speciality desserts. “Since coming on board as the new Food Services Director last July,” Jody says, “we have implemented many changes. We have brought in two talented chefs: Dalton Swaim and Wendy Davis. We have overhauled our menu and now offer three different menus. Our daily menu for the local business person along with a Friday night dinner menu which caters to our party crowd and a Saturday night dinner menu which caters to our theater crowd or offers an upscale dining opportunity. On Saturdays when there is not a show in the Willingham Theater, we will be offering diners a Sentimental Journey. This is where we offer upscale dining with soft, background music performed live, starting at 6p, by our very own crooner, Hunter Osborne.” The industrial ceiling and exposed vintage brick walls flank large windows that let in natural light during the day and set a romantic mood for dinner in the evening as well as an enticing view of the patio dining area, exterior landscaping and mural. Interior walls display some exquisite artwork to browse while waiting for your food. After you have eaten, walk down the hall to check out an Arts Council exhibit in the Welborn Gallery or take your tickets for a play or musical event in the Willingham Theater. John chose a Chicken Salad Sandwich on Sourdough with a side of potato salad and a dill pickle slice; I decided on the Spinach Salad with crumbled bacon, chopped hard-boiled egg, sliced button mushrooms and pickled red onion tossed in a warm bacon vinaigrette. “I am very aware that change is hard,” continued Jody, “The changes we have made were not made lightly and our end goal is threefold. First is to provide healthy lunch choices, second is to offer an evening of live entertainment featuring local artists and dinner. Third is to offer an opportunity to experience an evening of upscale dining here in the Yadkin Valley. yad kin valley ma gaz

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foodsandflavors ~™ Yadkin Valley Wines The FIVE S’s of Wine Tasting...

See, Swirl, Smell, Sip & Savour By John Byrd, Yadkin Valley Wine Tours As we prepare to depart for each wine tour we always review the basics of wine tasting etiquette with everyone to ensure that all of our participants are ready to engage in a full day of wine tasting in the Yadkin Valley. We instruct participants to follow a simple format of 5 S’s as a guide to enjoying every sip of wine they will encounter.

1. See the Wine Wine will be poured into a glass and the first step will be to look into the wine in the glass as it is tilted at a 45 degree angle. We looking into the wine using a white paper as a background to detect flaws in color, consistency and more importantly anything in the wine that shouldn’t be there. It is never fun to swallow God’s creatures down our throats when they can be fished out prior to tasting.

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2. Swirl the Wine

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We then Swirl the wine using a slight wrist rotation. Swirling the wine ensures that we introduce the proper amount of oxygen back into the wine to release its bouquet. Remember, the wine has to been aging in an oxygen deprived environment for months and years. This will probably be the hardest part of tasting etiquette and will take some practice.

3. Smell the Wine After swirling, to capture the release of its bouquet, place your nose inside the rim of the glass. This might look a little funny to most but is the most effective technique. We are looking for those aromatic hints of what the wine might taste like. Enjoying the distinctive bouquet of the wine is often dismissed by novice wine tasters, but is actually one of the most important elements of any wine tasting experience. Marrying your sense of smell to your sense of taste is what wine tasting is all about.

4. Sip the Wine Notice it says Sip the wine (not guzzle, funnel, gulp). Follow the smelling of the wine with a Sip of the Wine. Most tasting rooms will pour a few ounces of wine into your glass and since you are tasting flights of wine we must sip the same wine a few times each. The first sip will be a palette cleanser to wash out the previous tasting of wine. The second sip will be a truer taste of the wine.

5. Savour the Wine Let the second sip reside in your mouth for a while moving it around your tongue where all those wonderful taste receptors are located. You will detect Tannins, Sweet or Sour, Alcohol content, Acidity, and the general body of the wine ( how thick or thin it is). Most people miss this part of wine tasting as the wine usually rushes to the back of the throat and misses the tongue altogether. There could be a sixth S – Spit the wine but we never waste wine on our wine tours and there is always someone in the group who will gladly be the designated “Dump Bucket” for everyone to discard the wine they don’t want to consume! Remember that tasting wine is an individual experience and everyone has different senses of smell and taste so just follow your 5 S’s and look like a professional the next time you visit a tasting room. Check out my video link and practice, practice, practice. 38

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Grape vines are starting to show signs of life again and we do this tour to celebrate the beginning of the growing season. We start at Laurel Gray Vineyards with a tasting and a vineyard tour. Then on to Shiloh General Store to pick up lunch before we head to Lazy Elm for another tasting. Last stop is at Raylen Vineyards where we taste and do a winery tour. May 12th Mothers Celebration Wine Tour We take time to celebrate all Mothers this month with a wine tour starting at Westbend Vineyards where it all began— the pioneers of the Yadkin Valley. Lunch will be at Westbend; fingers crossed the new restaurant will be open. Next stop is Flint Hill Vineyards to taste wine and do a vineyard tour. Last stop we visit the beautiful Stony Knoll Vineyards with a winery tour and tasting. To book your tour or learn more: John or Carrie Byrd Yadkin Valley Wine Tours 336-408-3394 yad kin valley ma gaz

The Mount Airy Rotary Club in cooperation with the Department of Tourism & the Mount Airy Downtown Business Association presents the 9th Annual Budbreak Wine & Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2018 12:00 to 6:00 pm

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2 medium size, firm, ripe avocados 2 Tablespoons olive oil 4 large eggs

Salt and pepper to taste ½ teaspoon ground pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Form 4 circular rings out of aluminum foil to use in keeping the avocados upright for prepping and baking. Slice the avocados and remove the pits. Place avocados inside the foil rings on the baking sheet. Brush with olive oil. Scoop out a hole where the pit was. Hole should be large enough to hold one broken egg. Break an egg into the center of each of the avocados, being careful to keep the yolks intact. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake until egg whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, about 15 minutes. Top with parsley and ground pepper and serve to four. NOTE: Picture perfect baked avocado eggs - separate egg whites from yolk. Using a spoon, first add the yolk to the avocado hole, then add the egg whites to just cover the yolk. Slice off a small piece of the bottom of avocado to make it stand up straight. Large size muffin tins can be used in place of a baking sheet and foil to keep them straight up and easier to fill. yad kin valley ma gaz


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Heavenly Deviled Eggs 14 large, hard-boiled eggs 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon 1/4 cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (1-ounce) 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Remove yolks to medium bowl. Reserve 24 white halves. Finely chop remaining 4 white halves and set aside. Mash yolks with fork. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice and pepper; mix well. Add chopped egg whites, bacon, cheese and chives; mix well. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of yolk mixture into each reserved egg white half. Refrigerate, covered, to blend flavors. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving, if desired. 42

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Deviled Egg TIPS: No-mess method: Combine filling ingredients in a 1-quart plastic foodstorage bag, press out air and seal bag. Press and roll bag with hand until mixture is well blended. Push filling toward one bottom corner of bag. Snip off about 1/2-inch of corner. Squeeze filling from bag into egg whites. Make ahead: Deviled Eggs can be made up to 12 hours ahead. Keep covered and refrigerated. Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling. Cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell. To peel a hard-boiled egg: Gently tap egg on countertop until shell is finely crackled all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Start peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off. Hard-boiled egg storage time: Hard-boiled eggs in the shell can be refrigerated safely up to one week. Refrigerate in their original carton to prevent odor absorption. Once peeled, eggs should be consumed within two days. Portable tip: Prepare filling in plastic bag, as above. Carry whites and yolk mixture separately in plastic food-storage bag. Fill eggs on the spot, pressing filling out of snipped corner of bag. Yields: 24 servings

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Pasta Carbonara 1 pound linguine 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into ¼ inch strips 1 large shallot, finely chopped 2 large eggs 2 large egg yolks ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2/3 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese, plus extra for serving 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2/3 cup flat leaf parsley leaves Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, Fry bacon in large skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer bacon with slotted spoon to a paper towel covered plate; Drain all but 1 Tablespoon of the drippings. Add shallot to skillet and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Whisk eggs, egg yolks, pecorino, salt and pepper in medium bowl; set aside. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Add pasta, bacon and oil to skillet mixture. Toss to coat. Remove pan from heat. Add egg mixture, tossing constantly. Gradually add enough of reserved cooking liquid, tossing, until sauce is creamy. Sprinkle with parsley and extra pecorino cheese, if desired. Serve at once. Yields: 6 servings NOTE: Parmesan cheese can be used in place of Pecorino. ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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by Catherine Rabb

Senior Instructor College of Culinary Arts Johnson & Wales University 801 West Trade Street Charlotte, NC 28202 980-598-1450

José’s Pozole

One of the great joys of teaching in a culinary school with a bunch of foodloving people is discovering the dishes and flavors that each person (faculty or student), brings to the table to share. Every year, a few of the best and brightest students are chosen to be “fellows”, meaning they assist in teaching in culinary classes. They also are tasked with creating and executing menus for special classes and events, and they often choose to prepare dishes that have a personal meaning for them, or that they love. This year, I was teaching a special for class for students that focused on service and dining room management. Jose Magana, a student fellow, worked in the kitchen, created and prepared the menu that my class served, as they practiced service skills. His menu was rich with character; handmade tortillas, slow cooked, spicy beans, a cilantro accented jicama slaw, and Jose’s’ pork and hominy pozole. It was all excellent. But this pozole…. It was, as my students say “off the chain”. The word spread 44

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through the building to come taste it, and every food-loving faculty member came to the kitchen for a bite. There may have even been a minor scuffle among the faculty for the last serving. The students in my class begged Jose for the recipe, and all the campus foodies talked about it for weeks. Jose is close to graduation, and is a handsome, super polite, slightly shy kid. He’s one of those students who is a joy to teach, and in his quiet way, is an excellent citizen of the classroom, supporting and encouraging other students. He grew up in Dalton, Georgia. Jose fell in love with the restauJosé Magana rant business working at his uncle’s restaurant as a fifteen year old. His dream is to travel across Mexico to learn more about his roots, and one day hopes to open a restaurant that features modern cuisine that includes both his southern, and his Mexican heritage, filtered through his classically trained interpretation. His pozole is a glimpse, I believe, of what he will do in the future. While this dish is inspired by the cuisine of Mexico, it also includes influences from Georgia, and some techniques he learned in culinary school. Jose’s family makes a red pozole, and this is a green version. He learned to sear the meat before braising at Johnson & Wales, and the soupy, rather than more traditional stew-like version is his own, as are the garnishes. It’s fun to see all the influences bump up against each other, and to see a young chef begin to create his own interpretation of a classic dish. Jose graciously shared his recipe, and it’s just about perfect for early spring. Lighter than a stew, but heartier than a soup, it’s warming without being overwhelming or too heavy. The recipe is sturdy, and flexible, so feel free to modify if you like, but just be prepared for lots of requests for seconds.

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2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 (#10) can hominy 1 ½ Tablespoons oregano 1 Tablespoon cumin 1 Tablespoon thyme Salt and Pepper TT (NOTE: Abbreviation we use in commercial kitchens is TT, or “to taste”) Possible garnishes: radish slices, cilantro, red onion, or thinly sliced red cabbage. In a hot skillet with a bit of oil, sear the cubes of pork on all sides. In a large pot add the pork and enough stock to cover the pork. (if 6 cups aren’t enough, its fine to add water to cover). Add oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, thyme and let simmer until the pork is fork-tender, about 2 hours. Remove pork, either shred or cube depending on preference. Set aside and reserve cooking liquid. In a separate pot boil the 1 ½ onions with the tomatillos until soft. In a blender, combine the cooked onions and tomatillos, add the Poblano and Jalapeno peppers, garlic and remaining onion until coarsely chopped. You may need to add a little liquid-braising water or stock is fine. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the mixture from the blender, and heat until the mixture thickens, usually 10 to 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to low; add salt and pepper to taste. To this add the hominy, remaining onion and the pork. At this point, you can make the mixture thicker or thinner by adding the cooking liquid from the pork or additional chicken stock. José makes a more soup-y version of this, but you could also make a thicker, more stew-like version. Garnish with thin sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, slivered onions, and/or thinly sliced cabbage. ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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LEMON BALM By Laura Mathis

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), also known as balm mint, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family. Its native home is in the more southern parts of Europe and various parts of the Middle East and Central Asia, but it’s now grown regularly in the Americas and various other locations around the world. The leaves have a mild (" \o "Lemon") lemon scent that will increase in intensity when rubbed between your fingers. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear which are used to attract bees for honey production. (" \o "Lamiaceae) The leaves of lemon balm are used as an herb, in teas, essential oil, flavoring, and baking. One of my favorite scones to make for our garden luncheons is the lemon balm scones. I also use the dried herb in my herbal shortbreads simply by incorporating the herb into the dough. Lemon balm can be infused into vinegar or honey, used in herbal butters and to flavor fish or chicken dishes. It has even been used to flavor some toothpastes. Because lemon balm doesn’t contain citric acid, it can be used to provide a lemon flavoring in drinks without causing stomach burn for those who suffer from peptic ulcer disease. Try steeping dried lemon balm in a tea ball with your favorite tea to add that popular Arnold Palmer flavor without using lemon juice" stomach," bloating, and intestinal gas; for pain, including menstrual," cramps, headache and" toothache; and for" Alzheimer's disease and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (" ADHD). Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they use it for" anxiety," sleep problems, and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used to treat cold sores and" insect bites. If you don’t have lemon balm oil available, you can simply crush some fresh leaves to expose the oil and hold them on the effected area. I’ve use it when feeling the tingle of a cold sore coming on and was able to keep the blister from forming.

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1 stick of butter at room temperature ½ cup of dried Lemon Balm 2 Tablespoons Lemon Thyme (optional) Put softened butter in a bowl and add dried herbs. Hand mix well. Lay out a piece of wax paper and spoon out butter mixture. Roll wax paper around butter to form a log and refrigerate. Once it has cooled and become solid again, you can easily slice it. If you want to skip this step, you can simply place the herbed butter in a plastic bowl, cover, and refrigerate. Want to be a little fancy? Put the softened butter into candy molds and then chill. Pop them out and put them in a bowl to provide individual servings for your dinner guest. Use herbed butter to flavor baked chicken, fish, or vegetables. yad kin valley ma gaz

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foodsandflavors ~™ Marilyn C. Wells Most heartfelt wishes go out to Marilyn on her retirement from N.C. Cooperative Extension centers in Davie and Yadkin counties. Marilyn’s expertise continues to be shared with her tips and recipes on potatoes and which potato to use for one of your favorite recipes.

Which Potato to Use? By Marilyn C. Wells Retired Family and Consumer Agent N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yadkin & Davie county centers

Potatoes are one of the favorites of Southern cooks and knowing the differences in potatoes can make for a more successful dish. The six basic types of potatoes are yellow, red, russet, white , fingerling and blue/purple. For soups or stews choose yellow, blue or red potatoes because they are low in starch and will not fall apart. For baking choose a dry potato such as yellow or russet potatoes which are high in starch making the texture soft when baked. The following are some of the common varieties and the best methods of cooking: Yellow potatoes - considered “all purpose” to use in recipes such as mashed or baked potatoes. Best for mashing steaming, boiling, baking roasting, and frying. Red potatoes - low in starch and holds shape well. Best for steaming, boiling, roasting, au gratin, scalloped and salads. Russet potatoes - high in starch and good for mashing and baking. Best for baking and boiling. White potatoes - low in starch and good for salads. Best for mashing, boiling, steaming, au gratin and roasting. Fingerling potatoes - low in starch and shape long and slim like a finger. Best for baking, boiling and roasting. Blue/purple potatoes - medium in starch and works for all kinds of dishes. Best for steaming, baking and boiling.

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Which do you prefer? Personally, I like them both. Where would we be without these versatile tubers that often grace our lunches and dinners? Let’s start with the common name of Irish potato whose origin has been traced back to 3000 B.C. – 4000 B.C. from Peru. Introduced to Spain in 1536, it passed from mariners to various ports throughout the world. The name “Irish” potato came about because of the major Irish potato famine (potato blight) in Ireland in 1845. Today, there are many different colors and varieties. This no fat, starchy vegetable, with only 110 calories per medium potato, has become the world’s 4th largest food crop. It is packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium and other minerals plus a good amount of fiber. The best method of storing potatoes at home is in a paper bag in a dry, cool, well ventilated area at room temperature. If mature potatoes are refrigerated, the starch in them turns to sugar and gives a sweet taste when cooked. Exposure to light causes them to turn green under the skin which forms a toxin known as “solanine.” The potato must be trimmed of any green color or sprouts to make them safe to eat. Through my work with NC Cooperative Extension, I often met people from across our country. These recipes are from many different locations for you to enjoy. continues on page 52

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Most German potato salads are loaded with calories and fat but this is reduced to 2 grams of fat per serving but has the same robust flavor. 3 slices bacon 1 large onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 Tablespoon flour ½ cup cider vinegar ¼ cup water 3 Tablespoons sugar ¾ teaspoon dry mustard ¼ teaspoon celery salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 6 cups boiled, peeled, thick sliced potatoes

This recipe is from an Extension and Community Association cookbook from Macon County. 6 medium potatoes 4 boiled eggs ½ cup butter 2 cups sour cream 1 ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 cup fine breadcrumbs Paprika

In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels; crumble. Drain all but 1 Tablespoon bacon drippings; add onions and celery. Sauté over medium heat until onions are tender. Add flour; stir until smooth. Stir over heat for 1 ½ minutes, then stir in vinegar and water until smooth. Add sugar, mustard, celery salt, pepper, bacon. Remove from the heat. Add potatoes; toss gently until well-coated. Serve warm.


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Cook, peel and dice potatoes and eggs. Melt butter; gradually add cream with seasonings. Pour into a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with the crumbs and paprika. Bake about 30 min or until lightly browned at 350°F.

ITALIAN POTATOES Since potatoes were first introduced in Europe from Peru, this recipe is a quick version of an Italian recipe from Texas. 4 medium potatoes, cut in half lengthwise ¼ cup butter 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese Spread butter on potato halves. Sprinkle salad dressing and cheese over potatoes. Bake on a greased baking sheet, cut-side down, for 45 minutes at 400°F or until tender.

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HOLLY TATERS Several years ago in Wilkes County, there was a chicken restaurant called Holly Farms Chicken which served very tasty chicken and what they called Holly Taters. Many people tried to duplicate the recipe and this one from Wilkes is very close to the original taste. 1 stick butter seasonings ¼ cup Parmesan cheese ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ cup flour 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 Tablespoon chicken 4 to 5 baking size potatoes Cut potatoes in quarters, leaving peel on. Melt margarine in large baking pan. Combine other ingredients in a zip lock bag. Mix potatoes with dry ingredients, coating potatoes well. Place potatoes evenly in pan. During baking, turn to coat all sides with butter and other ingredients. Bake at 400°F for 1 hour.


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Most kids like to mix potatoes and green peas on their plate but this 4-H’er from Bladen County prepares a dish combining these veggies from the start! This young man likes to cook over the campfire in a Dutch oven but this recipe can be adapted to oven use. 12 slices bacon, diced 3 medium onions, diced 12 medium potatoes, sliced 2 cups frozen green peas 2 cups grated cheddar cheese Salt and pepper to taste

This Kansas recipe is a good use for leftover potatoes or instant potatoes. 3 cups mashed potatoes 1 cup hot milk 2 eggs, separated 1 teaspoon parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1 ½ Tablespoons butter ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese

This recipe combines two different types of potatoes in an old fashioned salad mix. The sweetness of the sweet potato adds a unique flavor addition. 2 potatoes 1 sweet potato 4 eggs, boiled, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped ½ onion, chopped ¾ cup mayonnaise 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper

Brown bacon in a large Dutch oven or large skillet. When crisp remove bacon from the grease; drain. Lightly brown onions in bacon grease. Stir in sliced potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. Bake, covered, for 35 to 45 minutes on 350°F or until potatoes are tender. Remove from oven; stir in frozen green peas, bacon. Sprinkle cheese on top; return to the oven until the cheese melts.

Separate eggs and egg whites. Beat egg whites (until stiff) and egg yolks separately until well blended. Add beaten egg yolks to mashed potatoes with salt, parsley, melted butter, milk. Mix together. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Butter muffin tins or a flat baking dish; drop by spoonfuls. If you use a baking dish allow 1-inch between puffs. Sprinkle with grated cheese; bake at 400°F for 20 min. Serves 8.

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain, cool, peel, chop. Combine potatoes, eggs, celery, onions. Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper. Add to potato mixture and toss until well coated. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

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weet potatoes were found in 1543 by DeSoto’s Spanish explorers in the gardens of Indians in what later became Louisiana. There are many varieties and different colors of sweet potatoes from white, orange to the newer purple variety. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, potassium and iron with more fiber than oatmeal. The complex carbohydrate in the sweet potato digests more slowly than “Irish” potatoes so blood sugar is not raised as quickly. The best method of storing sweet potatoes is in a cool, dry, well ventilated area around 55°. Do not refrigerate— it can cause a hard core to form in the center of the potato. Is it a sweet potato or a yam? This question is asked very often by many people and it is confusing because of the labels from USDA. In the U. S., the yam is marketed as a variety of sweet potato grown in the South but a true yam is a starchy root imported to America from the Caribbean. The skin of the yam is rough and scaly and has a very small amount of beta carotene. NC produces 45% of the nation’s potatoes mainly grown in Eastern counties. A new variety of purple potatoes has been experimented with and is developing into a field crop in Stokes County.

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE Another recipe from the Eastern part of NC comes from Carolina Beach. This is particularly delicious with the addition of cranberry sauce and apples. 4 sweet potatoes, boiled 1 can whole cranberry sauce 1 large apple, cubed ½ cup brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup butter ½ cup orange juice


The first sweet potato recipe comes from Cumberland County which is one of the top 10 counties in NC to produce sweet potatoes. This recipe is an oldie but kids love the fun shapes. 3 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed 4 Tablespoons butter ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 Tablespoons orange juice ½ teaspoon grated orange rind ¼ teaspoon salt 8 large marshmallows 2 cups crushed corn flakes Mix first 6 ingredients; roll into 8 balls. Shape each ball around a marshmallow; roll in corn flake crumbs. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Potato can be frozen before baking for a period of 3 months. Makes 8 servings.

BAKED SWEET POTATOES Trying a new recipe doesn’t have to be hard like this one with peanut butter added. The kids will love it! 4 medium sweet potatoes, baked 2/3 cup milk ¼ cup peanut better ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Cut hot potatoes in half. Remove from shell; mash. Add milk, peanut butter, salt, pepper and beat with a mixer until fluffy. Refill shells. If desired, sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Brown on a baking sheet at 425°F.

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From West Virginia comes this method of baking spicy sweet potato fries or nuggets. 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes

From a Mennonite Community in Pennsylvania comes an even healthier version of a sweet potato dish with the addition of orange juice and honey. 6 medium sweet potatoes 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup butter ½ cup honey ½ cup orange juice

Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, garlic powder and olive oil in a sealable bag. Slice potatoes in strips or cubes; add to the spice mixture. Shake the bag to coat well. Spread on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, turning over the potato pieces during baking. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes longer or until tender. Serve warm.

Cook potatoes until soft; remove skins. Cut in half lengthwise; arrange in a baking dish. Sprinkle with salt. Melt the butter; stir in orange juice and honey. Pour this mixture over potatoes. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes.

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After a long, bitter cold winter, our tastebuds welcome and embrace early spring veggies. Cole slaw is a versatile year round favorite dish of freshness from the garden. With a cook’s little tweaks and some creativity here and there you will have an interesting and healthy dish. Try mixing in some purple cabbage, fresh sweet apple or pimento to the traditional, basic cole slaw recipe.

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6 cups coleslaw mix 2 large carrots, shredded 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped 1 large sweet apple, chopped 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar 1 teaspoon salt

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Carolina Cole Slaw 1 large head cabbage 1 medium bell pepper, minced 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 cup cider vinegar 2/3 cup oil Grate or chop cabbage; toss with bell pepper and onion in a large bowl. Mix sugar, salt, mustard and celery seed in a small saucepan. Add vinegar and oil; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour over cabbage mixture and toss well. Cool slaw to room temp, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Slaw will keep several days in refrigerator.

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The widespread epidemic that took the country by storm this winter season was a case of cabin fever. The cold winter weather kept most of us indoors waiting and hoping that spring would come sooner this year. Spring offers gardeners not only an escape from the winter blues but a sigh of relief that a brand new gardening season will soon begin. yad kin valley ma gaz

Spring for gardeners is like taking an extended vacation to a warm place where we can sit back and utilize our five senses. The croaking of frogs tells us that it’s time to be outdoors. The winter landscape changes from a blanket of white to a carpet of emerald green in just a few short days. The smells coming from the hyacinths and lilac reminded us of our childhoods. This is the time of year we all look forward to. A spring garden welcomes change and an invitation for creativity and harmonization through plants. The biggest harmony that one can create is the addition of hundreds to thousands of spring blooming bulbs. They have become the best investment, some priced at just pennies but the quality they add to the garden is priceless. The gardens awaken by Hyacinths and Crocus followed by the many varieties of Tulips and Daffodils. An exhibition of bulbs begins in late February and will last until the beginning of May. Hyacinths are the most fragrant of spring blooming bulbs. In the North Carolina, expect blooms beginning in late March lasting well into the middle of April. Place hyacinths on containers at the front door to enjoy coming and going. Deciduous azaleas make a bold statement in the garden and appeal to the eyes and nose. Place azaleas in the woodland to brighten up the garden or plant throughout the landscape to offer an unbeatable fragrance. The most colorful of the rhododendron group, deciduous azaleas come in fiery-orange to electric-yellow to vibrant-pink and more. Some species begin flowering in late March, others will begin in April and some will last well into May. Not only are they useful in the gardens, but most are native throughout the Eastern United States and very adaptable to North Carolina. They are a perfect size, reaching heights just under a canopy of medium sized trees but tall enough to enjoy over a carpet of groundcovers. Plant one and you’ll be hooked. For the small flowering tree category, there are many fragrant ones to choose. Magnolias are one of the best for large, fragrant flower that come in an array of sizes, colors and quality. One magnolia species that often goes unnoticed is the banana shrub or Magnolia figo. Banana shrub has evergreen leaves ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

Magnolia Figo with small, sweetly fragrant flowers. One will notice the smell of the blooms first and yes, the flowers smell like bananas. Flowers are numerous, held close to the stems and bloom for several weeks beginning in mid to late April. The color is pale yellow but the variety ‘Port Wine’ has merlot colored flowers. Place banana shrub near a window or doorway to enjoy the pleasant odor. Expect this multi-stemmed shrub or single trunked tree to reach 10 feet tall. This is a just a few of the many plants to add to the spring gardens for fragrance or intense color. Visit your local garden center or farmer’s market to see the many deciduous azaleas that are currently in the trade. It may be more of a challenge when searching for unusual magnolias and lastly, hyacinths can be added in fall to get your excited for the following spring season.

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Yadkin Valley Home & Garden Healthy Gardens Start with Healthy Soils

written by Colleen Church Colleen Church, County Extension Director/Horticulture Agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Yadkin and Davie counties.

Soil represents a complex, diverse ecosystem, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. Numerous organisms and microorganisms, such as plants, small vertebrates, arthropods, earthworms, nematodes, protozoa, fungi and bacteria, call the soil home. In fact, one tablespoon of soil contains approximately 50 billion microbes. These organisms interact with one another and play a very important role in maintaining healthy soils and plants, clean air and clean water. Nutrient cycling and retention are two very important roles soil organisms play, especially when related to plant growth. Soil organisms influence every aspect of decomposition and nutrient availability. When organic materials decompose, nutrients become available to plants, humus is produced, and those residues present at the soil surface move deeper into the soil. Soil organisms decompose plant residues and other materials, including manures, pesticides and fertilizers. The degradation of these materials prevents them from becoming pollutants and entering water sources. Many soil organisms degrade a wide range of pollutants 62

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under a wide range of environmental conditions. Various soil organisms are also responsible for disease and pest suppression, so it is important to create conditions that enhance the growth of these beneficial organisms. Soil organisms also play an important role in improving the soils infiltration rate and water holding capacity. As soil organisms move through the soil, they form channels and bind soil particles together to form aggregates. This increases the amount of large pore space present in the soil, which increases the rate of water infiltration. When water moves through the soil profile at a faster rate, runoff and water erosion decreases and available water for plant growth increases. To maintain healthy soils, employ practices that encourage a great biodiversity of soil organisms. Avoid excessive tillage. Tillage breaks up soil structure leading to increased compaction and threat of erosion. It also speeds the decomposition and loss of organic matter, the food source of many soil organisms. The vast majority of soil organisms live very close to the soil surface or in the root zone, where the highest levels of organic material is found. Tillage creates conditions that destroys many of these organisms and this unique habitat as well. Soil compaction provides other problems for soil life by reducing the amount of air, water and space available. Deep compaction is virtually impossible to correct, so prevention is key. One of the most important ways to improve and maintain soil life and soil

quality is to build the organic matter content of soils. Soil organisms depend on a constant supply of organic matter to survive. Increased organic matter content and diversified cropping or landscaping systems supports a more diverse and active population of beneficial soil organisms. Manage and apply pesticides and fertilizers properly to prevent harm to non-target organisms and air and water pollution. Organic matter also plays a vital role in improving soil structure, which increases the rate of water infiltration, increases the soils water and nutrient holding capacity and decreases runoff, crusting and erosion. Practices that build soil organic matter are also beneficial to soil organisms. The addition of manures, compost and organic mulches all contribute to soil organic matter content. A very simple way to build organic matter and provide food and habitat for soil organisms is by leaving crop residues in the field to decompose. Growing cover crops and crop rotations with high residue plants and using no or reduced tillage also contribute to increased organic matter content and habitat for soil organisms. Healthy soils contain both a healthy, diverse population of soil organisms and a reasonable level of organic matter. When soil biological activity and diversity increase, crop health and vigor increase. Soil life and organic matter rely on one another and work hand in hand to maintain healthy, productive soils. Manage soil as a living system; conditions that favor soil life also promote plant growth. yad kin valley ma gaz

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Seasons Change from Winter to Spring in the Garden

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article and photos by Judy Mitchell I love this time of the year! It was a cold winter especially around the first of the year with a streak of seven days of below freezing temperatures, and yet, star and tulip magnolias are some of the first trees to bloom. A slight fragrance accompanies the star magnolia. Both bloom before the leaves emerge in spring. Star magnolias have white flowers, and tulip magnolias have blooms shaped like purple tulips. They usually bloom January to March depending on the weather. Pears flower following the magnolias. I delight in seeing the dogwoods (the North Carolina State flower) and redbuds bloom. They color the woods often blooming at the edge of woodlands. They are both native here in NC along with serviceberry. Birds eat the dogwood berries along with the serviceberries that follow the blossoms of both trees. Spring has sprung when the landscape is painted in the beautiful colors of these trees, and we need to re-

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member to plant them for the birds, pollinators supported by the blossoms like butterflies and larvae, and other wildlife in addition to what we like. After spending the winter indoors, I am excited to get out in the garden and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. I can’t wait to taste fresh spinach and lettuce, crunchy broccoli and spring onions for salad. We plant early plants in raised beds here at the nursery. The ground is easy to plant in. Last year my granddaughters pulled off the leaves of onions in the garden and nibbled on them. They won’t eat a fresh onion, unlike their daddy. One day we were visiting neighbors when Jay, our son, was about five. He came through the house with an onion in one hand and a chocolate chip cookie in the other. He would take a bite of cookie and then a bite of onion. I bought broccoli florets in winter for broccoli salad. Jim and I make a meal of it sometimes with cheese, dried

cranberries, onions and walnuts with a dressing of mayonnaise mixed with sugar and vinegar. I graze on the flats of spinach we sell. The baby spinach has a pea nutty flavor. Other early vegetable plants that may be planted now are kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, cauliflower, chard, kohlrabi, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. By mid- April, warm season vegetables such as cucumbers, squash, beans, and tomatoes may be planted if you are careful to cover them if temperatures below 40° are predicted. Mulching helps to keep down weeds, retain moisture, and may be used to cover tender plants on chilly nights. My daddy always spread old newspapers around the plants and put straw on top to keep down weeds and conserve moisture. Have your children and grandchildren help plant vegetables. It will encourage them to eat a variety of vegetables if they help to grow them. Jay would eat

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raw green beans and lima beans right out of the garden. Nothing is better than a tomato picked fresh and eaten in the garden. We grow some heirloom plants. None of our plants are GMO. Now is the time to clean up the old foliage on perennials. This makes them look so fresh as the new growth appears. Fill in with new plants if any have died over the winter. Some may be divided now such as daylilies, lirope, dianthus, mums and astilbe. Fertilize shrubs, trees and perennials with a slow release fertilizer. It lasts longer than liquid and requires less work. Rake out debris and apply a fresh layer of mulch or clean pine needles while you can still get good needles. The pine needles fall in the autumn and winter, so they should still have good color. Prune summer flowering shrubs now as they bloom on new growth. Wait to prune spring flowering shrubs after they bloom and before mid-July. If you prune spring flowering shrubs in the fall, winter or early spring, they will not flower as you have pruned off the bloom buds. Evergreen shrubs may be pruned lightly or severely in early March if it is needed to control the height. Pansies and violas are blooming as they have most of the winter. The yellow ones are fragrant, but others are not. Remember they are edible, but I think they taste like they smell which doesn’t appeal to me. Rabbits have been a problem at the nursery this winter eating pansies, especially the blooms. We have had to spray them with liquid fence more than once. They stink for a day, but the odor is gone the next day and it is organic. Easter is coming early this year on April 1st. We planted mums, geraniums, pansies and hanging baskets in January so they would be ready. The greenhouses are full of growing plants. We have planted more mixed hanging baskets this spring that are starting to bloom. A mixed basket is a combination of different plants that should have something blooming all season. We plant geraniums in planters for graves or for your porch or patio. We can custom wrap flowering plants. Get outdoors and enjoy the new life springing forth which makes spring my favorite season! ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com


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Joan Johnson is an inspiration to me. Her calling card is gardener. She’s a burst of energy, full of life, witty and sure minded. Her blue eyes, silver hair, and petite frame makes me think of the celebrated New England gardener, Tasha Tudor. Joan and I met through the Master Gardener Program here in Wilkesboro. I learned fast she knows a great deal about gardening and that working with seeds, plants and the good earth is her life. “I took after my Momma and Grandma. Momma was an avid gardener. We grew everything and then canned it,” muses Joan. Joan grew up in the Moravian Falls community and then spent nearly 40 years in Raleigh as a landscape and horticultural professional. “I loved my job and I was truly blessed, but when retirement came I knew I wanted to come back home. I wanted to do everything I could to give back to my community, to help it be a better place.” And that she did. In addition to being in the Master Gardeners, Joan is involved with the Apple Blossom Garden Club, the Community Garden, Friends of the Library, Wilkes Heritage Museum, Women Who Wander and the Brushy Mountain Optimist Cheer Box fund raisers. Joan enjoys working outside, planting flowers, preparing her own compost, growing vegetables and sharing the fruits of her labor with others. She donates much of the produce from her gardens to Samaritan’s Kitchen, her family and Library for Lunches. Gardening friends like to share news and hints, so I’ve been all ears when Joan talks garden. She says for those just starting gardening, “Keep it simple and enjoy it. Watch what grows.” Her top choice for cucumbers is “Summer Dance” she starts from seeds. They are long, slim cucumbers that are heat tolerant. Joan says preparing vertical trellises for the vines will help create a successful crop. Joan is not bashful about growing peppers and tomatoes, planting seed from fourteen different varieties of each. Her most successful has been “Sweet Alliance” Bell Peppers. Joan soaks the seeds in warm water for 24 hours before planting. As for tomatoes, “Amelia,” a hybrid is her favorite. The yad kin valley ma gaz

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RULES FOR YOUR GARDEN Plant 3 rows of squash: Squash gossip Squash criticism Squash indifference

Plant 3 rows of peas: Purity Patience Perseverance

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SOIL An example of a soil test kit.

written by Steve Preston LTD Farm and Garden

can be applied directly to the soil, an injection of sorts. Customer feedback on humics has been very positive. Another new product to hit the market is Holganix. It is an all natural, slow release organic blend rich in humates, mycorrhizae, carbohydrates and trace minerals, naturally creating a robust soil ecosystem that results in strong plants that are less susceptible to environmental pressures. Healthy Grow Holganix is a granular fertilizer created from egg-laying poultry manure produced by Pearl Valley Farms. Healthy Grow has an ACCM (Aerobically Composted Chicken Manure) base, which means the manure is aerobically composted to promote beneficial microbe activity. Our soils have nutrients that are locked up magnetically or in such a state that plants cannot metabolize them. The increased microbial activity of this product acts as a catalyst such that it conditions the soil to be more plant friendly by making nutrients more available.

Whether you are growing a lawn, a garden or a landscape, it truly begins with the basics, those basics being two-fold; weather and soil. One can only imagine the impact that controlling weather could have on food production, our society and the world. Imagine a world of no storms, no drought, no floods, no sub-zero or 100+ temperatures. Such power is not for this world and we are much better off simply talking about weather rather than controlling it. Let’s discuss something over which we have some control, the soil. If you have a raised bed garden, no problem! You can buy good top soil with which to fill the bed. If you are dealing with acreage for a garden or a lawn, the best option is to work the soil. Perhaps you live in a housing development and have struggled to establish a lawn whereas your neighbor across the street has a lush lawn with little effort. Typically, this is a result of initial grading in the complex where top soil was moved around for elevation and drainage. Your neighbor got the top soil and you are left with the subsoil. What to do? Do a soil test. This is a free service from the State of North Carolina during the months of April-October. The soil test will alert you to specific needs. We can assist you in how to take the sample and interpretation of the results. Aside from the usual recommendations for pH, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, considerations should be made to build organic matter into the soil. One of the soil test results is a scientific term called CEC (Cation Exchange Capacity). Basically, this is a measurement of the soil’s ability to retain nutrients. This ability to retain nutrients typically increases as organic matter in the soil increases. When people say they have “poor soil,” that usually means good old red dirt with little to no organics and consequently a low CEC. Organics can be built into soil over time. In lawns, allowing the clippings to fall is a good start. In gardens, cover crops over the winter help build such organics. Recently, products have been developed that can speed the means of building those organics. Humic Acid, a carbon derivative, is somewhat of a liquid organic that 70

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Keep in mind, the microorganisms infused in ProBiotic Fertilizers like Holganix will enhance the effect of the nutrient analysis. What does that mean for you? A bag of 7-9-5 will be empowered to work at a higher analysis by working the soil. Lots of research is going into fertilizers these days with the objectives of enhancing their effectiveness while making them more environmentally friendly. These products work and are worth consideration. To learn more visit: LTD Farm & Garden 1073 Meadowbrook Drive, King 336-983-4331 M-F 7:30-5:30 • Sat 7:30-1 yad kin valley ma gaz

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Asst. Librarian, Dewey Sturdivant, a Sparta native, is passionate about keeping his environment healthy with practices of composting and more for years. He has managed this project adjacent to the library parking lot for almost a decade. In 2018, Dewey plans to double the garden beds to eight that he covers spring and fall as cold frames. He and faithful library youth volunteers work the beds. This year Dewey has scheduled to plant all Asian greens, all edible raw or stir fried to harvest and let grow back again. Included will be root vegetables such as Karabi, turnips, radishes, beets (edible roots and tops) and three varieties of carrots of different colors for kids to watch grown and then munch on! What a perfect out-of-the-classroom teaching experience‌kids learning to distinguish between weeds and edibles and when and how much to feed and waterbeds. Of course, when you talk volunteers, the interest fluctuates but in 2017, Dewey enjoyed the overall help and interest of about 85 kids. The harvest is shared with the volunteers and folks from the community. If you are interested in volunteering call Dewey at 336-368-2370.

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I love Wildflowers

by Mary Bohlen

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I love wildflowers—pink, purple, yellow, blue—no matter what size or shape. Wildflowers grow everywhere and sometimes in the most unlikely places. The pretty colors splatter meadows, roadsides, creek banks, trails and forgotten homesites. None tended by human hands, rather designed by the Master Gardener Himself. Some of my old favorites are Black- eyed Susan, Star of Bethlehem, Primrose, Butter Cups, Chicory, Fire Pinks, Blood Root, Ox-eye Daisy and wild Pansies. One of my favorite gardens to visit is the Daniel Boone Native Garden located in Boone which showcases native flowers from spring to fall. It is interesting to study these natural beauties. Some are so small they are overlooked or stepped on. I reach over and hold it in my hand to look at it and examine the details. How many petals? Is shiny or fuzzy? How many colors? What kind of stem? Does it have a name? Sometimes identifying the flowers has been a challenge for me. When I can not find a picture in my books or on the internet, I just keep looking and searching like a detective. There are many species and sub species. New ones I have discovered of late include Trout Lily, Dwarf Crested Iris, Coreopsis, Halberd-leaved Violet, Wild Yellow Violet and Ironweed. Jotting down names, descriptions, places and dates in a notepad helps keep track of my findings. The first time I saw wild irises I thought someone had tossed them out of their garden onto the side of the lane. As I saw more, I realized this was a wild iris. It was a small discovery yet it made me very happy. I had the same feeling when I found the yellow violets. Have you ever tried to transplant wildflowers? My luck has not been so good unless I am able to get the whole root system enveloped in soil and sometimes that is not a success. For some kinds of flowers it is best to collect or purchase seeds. I have learned to give consideration in choosing a location best for the plants and to prepare the ground before sowing. If you have barren ground where even weeds do not grow, wildflowers will probably not make it either. I have some places like that and I plan to build up the soil with good dirt, compost and mulch before sowing seeds. In other places I can use a wide tooth rake or hoe to break up the ground and scratch out a plot. For larger areas or for hard compacted ground you may want to use a tiller. A friend told me to mix in some sand with the seeds so I could see where the seeds had been scattered. Walking over the seeded area or tapping the ground lightly with a hoe or shovel helps keep the seeds in the ground and from blowing away. Watering the seeded area will give a boost. Plantings can be done in the spring and in the fall. A low nitrogen fertilizer can be beneficial to many wildflowers especially in poor soil. Organic materials like well rotted compost, grass clippings and leaves can be a help, too. For germination and the establishment of healthy plants try to keep the seeded area moist for about four weeks. When I was a young girl, my father and I found the prettiest wildflowers along a county road. So smitten by them, I wanted to dig them up and take some home. A few days later we went back with a shovel and bucket. I had high expectations of transplanting some to our yard but it was no use. The delicate roots and stems did not make the transfer. yad kin valley ma gaz

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I could not understand how those little flowers could be so well cared for by the roadside. I have learned part of the beauty of wildflowers is that they are uncultivated, and grow freely without human intervention. From season to season, early spring till the last days of autumn they come and go. I have even found violets and wild pansies around my house in the middle of December. How I wish they would come live with me like they do in the fields, ridges, in the damp nooks and crannies of the hollers or the narrow dirt lanes of the piedmont and foothills. These heavenly creations really are wild and free as the wind. The Bible says they toil not, neither do they spin, yet they

are clothed in beauty, a reminder that God will take care of me as He does the lilies of the field. Many wildflowers and seeds are sold at specialty garden shops or nurseries in North Carolina. Gardens of the Blue Ridge has a good selection. Once the plants are established they will most likely reseed themselves. Before planting make a plan about the kind of areas the flowers will need to flourish; damp soil, shady, full or partial sun. This year one of my garden goals is to prepare several natural spaces for wildflowers that are favorable to the location where I live and then watch with anticipation.

Listed below are North Carolina Wildflower resources. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office in your county. North Carolina Native Plant Society Daniel Boone Native Gardens, Boone, NC - Gardens of the Blue Ridge, Pineola, NC off Blue Ridge Parkway Eden Brothers, Arden, NC North Carolina Botanical Garden Seed Program, Chapel Hill, NC -program/

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Hanging Out at Hanging Rock by Stephanie Koreneff

CONTACT INFORMATION/RESERVATIONS 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury 336-593-8489 • 877-722-6762 •


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When you think of Hanging Rock State Park, you probably think about hiking to the iconic hanging rock peak. But did you know that the park offers much more than just hiking trails? For example, they offer nearly one hundred camping locations with different kinds of amenities ranging from very little to a homey cabin. They have many tent and trailer camping locations that includes a grill, picnic table, and tent pad that can accommodate up to two tents. For these types of locations, access to a bathroom and running water is nearby, but not right at the site. Unless reserved, these sites are on a first come, first served basis. If your group is a little bigger, they have five campsites near the entry gate that can accommodate up to sixteen people. These types of sites are pet friendly. If you prefer to camp in comfort, their cabins are for you. They have ten available for reservation. Each is equipped with things such as two bedrooms with two single beds, a queen size sleeper sofa in the living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, heat and air conditioning, a charcoal grill, and enough dinnerware for a family of six. All you need to bring are your bed and bath linens, blankets and pillows, food, and toiletries. Pets are not permitted in the cabins. Hanging Rock State Park also offers fun activities outside of hiking. At their twelve-acre lake, swimming is allowed during the summer months for a small fee of $5 for adults and $4 children ages 3-12. A bathhouse is conveniently located and includes restrooms, dressing rooms, a snack bar, and a lounge area with a view of the lake. There are paths along the shore that take you to the dam and offer beautiful views of the lake and surrounding woods. Also at the lake, fishing is permitted year round. You can choose to fish from the shore, the pier, or from a rental boat. Rowboats and canoes are available for rent during the spring, summer, and fall, but private boats are not allowed. For those who enjoy a challenge, rock climbing is available by permit at Cook’s Wall and Moore’s Wall. These are a series of cliffs up to four hundred feet high that extend for almost two miles. They welcome both seasoned climbers and novices, but these are the only two places available for rock climbing. Mountain biking is another enjoyable activity that offers a challenge. Their trails for riding offer rock ledges, stream crossings, and great views throughout. Hanging Rock State Park is also available as a wedding venue. Generally, the park is better for smaller ceremonies, but you do have to keep in mind that passersby may stop and watch your wedding since the park is open to the public. yad kin valley ma gaz

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Weekends are busier times, so the chances of this happening are greater then. If you still want to have your wedding there, all you would need to do is fill out a Special Activities Permit—this can be found on their website—and deliver it to them in person. Once approved, you can begin planning your big day. You may rent one of their shelters for a small fee. Overall, they are very hands off. All of the setting up and cleaning up is up to you or whomever you designate. Some of their facilities may have enough seating, but they recommend bringing your own chairs and decorations.

Stephanie, Baby Girl and husband, Kirk at Hanging Rock.

One of the cabins available for rent. Have I convinced you to go to Hanging Rock yet? I hope so, because it is truly beautiful and has something for the whole family to enjoy. Their visitor center is full of information and their staff is friendly and helpful. For more information on this great park, check out their website, give them a call, or even visit it yourself. You won’t regret it. ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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It won’t be long before the lake will be teeming with bathers and fishermen. Upper right is only one of the exhibits inside the Visitors Center.

A perfect mountain getaway in our backyard.

L to R: Robin Riddlebarger and Advanced Rangers at Hanging Rock, Sam Koch and Jason Anthony. Below: the newest and most accessible shelter in the Park.

• Hanging Rock State Park is the 4th NC State Park to be created. • Plans for the park began in 1936 and 3,096 donated acres of land. • Today the park contains 7,869 acres. • CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) built much of the structures; dam in 1938. • The 12-acre lake is man-made. • The Visitors Center is open daily, 9 to 4:45 year round. • A family-friendly nature respite. • Inside the Center find an auditorium, exhibits of local wildlife, gift shop, art gallery. • The stone bathhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1991. • The park is named for the Saura Indians. • The only NC park hosting Wehrle’s salamander. DIRECTIONS From Winston-Salem, take Hwy.8N to Danbury. Go through town, turn left at hospital on Hanging Rock Road, 1.5 miles to park. From Wilkes County, short of a 2-hour drive on 421 E to 77N and then 74E to the park. From Davie County, only minutes more than 1 hour via I-40 and NC 66N. From Surry County, less than an hour by US 52S and then NC 286.


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Saturday, March 31 More than 20,000 plastic eggs will fall out of the sky in what will look like a shower of Skittles, during the 3rd annual Easter Egg Drop at Alpha Omega. Kids' pick up areas will be designated by age. In an effort to reach out to the community and provide a fun family event, Pastor Kenny Pardue with Union Baptist Church will share the Easter Story of the Resurrection before the egg hunt begins. Joining in the day’s fun will be Thumper the Easter Bunny, Sweet Frog and the Chick-fil-A cow will make appearances. This 20-acre agritourism complex consists of: Helicopter Egg Hunt of 3 drop times, Corn Cob Express, Corn Box, Picnic Pavilion, See Saws, Tug of War, Animal Acres, Pipe World, Bounce Pillow, corn hole and lots of photo opportunities! The snack bar will be serving a breakfast menu: Bunny pancakes, sausage or ham biscuits, plus popcorn, hot and cold beverages.

Gates open at 8a; close at 4p. Egg Drops are at 9a, noon and 3p. Admission is $7 online; $10 at the gate. Kids 2 and under are free. Tickets are on-sale. 1129 Cheek Road, Hamptonville, NC 27020 For the latest event info: or call 336-466-5402.

Come have a free tour of our greenhouses at Mitchell’s Nursery & Greenhouse at 1088 W. Dalton Rd. in King and get a preview of our Easter and spring flowers on Saturday, March 17, at 11a. We will show and explain the innovations that help us grow better plants while conserving water and energy. See the geraniums and other plants we are growing for Easter. They will be ready for purchase and can be custom wrapped. Orders for churches and businesses are due. 336-983-4107. "Open

House at Black Cat Railroad Station on March 10th and April 14th. Huge Model Railroad HO Scale with more than 10

trains running at once. Also two layouts of Thomas the Tank for the tykes to run themselves. Hours are from 10 a til 2:00p at the Club: 800 Elizabeth Street, North Wilkesboro, 28659. No admission charge however donations greatly appreciated to help defray costs of operations as we are a non-profit Org. (501-C3). Come have fun with the Trains!" ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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Trail to Victory Wilkes - Surry in 1780 courtesy of OVTA, Elkin photos by Dawn Hemric Osborne

When: March 24-25, 2018 10a to 4p Where: Elkin, NC - across from the Elkin Public Library The Wilkes/Surry Chapter, Overmountain Victory Trail Association invites you to a Revolutionary weekend at our 2nd annual Revolutionary War Days! Come see life on the Carolina frontier as you interact with local historic characters like Joseph Winston and Benjamin Cleveland who helped shape our nation during her fight for independence. Experience the struggle of neighbors turned enemies by the politics of the time. Learn about the crucial roles women played on the home front. See first hand musket fire between Whigs and Tories. At the OVTA’s Revolutionary War Days you won’t just see history, you’ll live it. The event is open each day from 10a to 4p with demonstrations scheduled throughout the day. Be sure to spend some time exploring our military and civilian encampments and walking on the historic trail. The eastern trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail is located in Elkin and is one of only 19 national historic trails in America. The 330-mile trail is part of the National Park System. Park representatives will be at the event to share information and literature about the trail. In September, 1780, the Surry Militia was notified to meet at the Muster Field located in what today is Elkin Municipal Park. The citizen soldiers gathered there under the leadership of Col. Joseph Winston. These men formed up and moved west following the Yadkin River where they met up with Col. 84

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Ben Cleveland and the Wilkes Militia. Together, they traveled further up the Yadkin to Fort Defiance picking up William Lenoir and some of his men. These mounted riders, pushed further west to Fort Crider, located in present day downtown Lenoir and from there to Quaker Meadow near Morganton. There, they rendezvoused with McDowell, Sevier, Shelby, Campbell and others from over the mountains in present day eastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia. This large force of men from different walks of life came together in a united effort to pursue the British invader Col. Patrick Ferguson, who had threatened to march his men into the western settlements and over the mountains to destroy homes, farms, crops and hang the leaders of those who did not lay down their arms and swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown. The Patriot resistance led to the Battle of Kings Mountain and a glorious victory for the colonies which Thomas Jefferson hailed as the turning point of the Revolution. This living history event is sponsored by the Wilkes/Surry Chapter in an effort of tell the story of the Surry and Wilkes Militias and their participation at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Taylor Osborne, one of the event organizers said “We want to teach the public about the Revolutionary War events that happened practically in their backyards. Kings Mountain was fought only an hour and a half drive away on the border yad kin valley ma gaz

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of North and South Carolina.” He reminds us too about the nearby Battle at Shallow Ford fought on the Yadkin River near Yadkinville just one week after Kings Mountain. “We want visitors to not only see the military side of the American Revolution but the civilian side of the war through period trade and craft demonstrations.” There will be camp cooking, spinning and musket demonstrations, clothing exhibits, along with history talks and music of the time. Osborne, a Public History Major at Appalachian tells how he first got interested in history, “On a field trip to the Outer Banks my seventh grade year, I fell in love with North Carolina’s rich Colonial history after watching the outdoor drama, The Lost Colony.” Then, later, after going to several battle reenactments Taylor says, “ I joined the 6th North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Line who portray an actual Continental Regiment from the American Revolution.” You might say young Osborne has become hooked on history. In the fall of 2016, Taylor was on a return trip from the Battle of Camden Reenactment when he received a message from OVTA member Joe Hicks asking him to help spearhead an event that would be happening along side the annual Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail gathering in 2017. After several months of planning the Overmountain Victory Trail Revolutionary War Days Event was in motion. Osborne stated he, along with the other OVTA members believe this local and national history must be preserved. “These pivotal events happened so close to home yet many people have never heard of them or the leaders and soldiers who fought and died in those battles. My ultimate goal with the 2018 Overmountain Victory Trail Revolutionary War Days is to tell the forgotten story of North Carolina in the American Revolution and spark an interest to learn more about our rich Revolutionary War history,” stated Osborne.

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Fly Fishing for Fun story by Emily-Sarah Lineback

I prayed for cloudy water. I did! The idea of traipsing into a cold river in the rain to catch fish that we’d only throw back felt like punishment. I’d never been fly fishing—hadn’t been regular fishing in years—and coffee somewhere warm and dry sounded like a far better morning endeavor. But when we reached the Tuckasegee River (“the Tuck” to Jackson County locals), Chris Maney, our guide, proclaimed the water clear. The others said great (“Great!”), and I deemed that this was the day I’d no longer let the fear of looking dumb or having a monster-bad hair day (rain + humidity = Chia Pet head) sideline me. Maney gave us a few more tips and tricks on fly fishing, a type of fishing that employs an angling method and an artificial “fly.” (You cast the fly using a fly rod, a reel, and a weighted line, with different techniques than traditional fishing.) So down the river bank and into the strong current we trudged…and I was quickly transformed. We all were transported. The feel and sound of the water pushing up and around us (while our waders kept us bone dry) was a peaceful, powerful experience. “If you can enjoy just being in the river, you’re ahead of the game,” shares Maney. “Yes, it’s about the fish, but it’s also about the experience of fly fishing.” It’s an experience more and more people are consuming; the popularity of the sport hit a new high in 2016, with 6.5 million participants (nearly a third of them women and a million of them first-timers). “Americans are finding fewer and fewer places for adventure in the urban setting, pushing folks to seek the outdoors,” says Dale Collins, owner of Tuckasegee


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Fly Shop in Sylva and Bryson City, N.C., who outfitted and took care of our group. Fly fishing offers that outside experience with adventure, without having to drive (or fly!) states away to find it. Part of why I liked it was because unlike conventional fishing, you’re not only watching and waiting; you’re in the river and interacting with it—a part of it, really—you’re more physically involved. “Engage in the river and the rest will take care of itself,” shares Collins. “Take it all in! Putting fish in the net is secondary to the overall experience, given the setting…” The setting is especially part of the draw with fly fishing, says guide Cole Stewart, who owns The Experience Fly Fishing and Guide Service in Pilot Mountain. “Anywhere you go, you’ll have really pretty areas. And every experience is different,” which adds to the allure. Fans of the sport agree: “It doesn’t have to always look like a Brad Pitt cast from ‘A River Runs Through It,’” quips Austin Caviness, an avid fly fisher and pastor. “When you get hung up in briers or overhanging tree limbs, the peace and joy from the scenery usually helps forgive the frustration!” That attitude helped us. It didn’t matter that my total catch was four leaves, two twigs and zero fish. None of us snagged any fish that morning—and we all did look a tad bit swallowed in our gear. But we had caught the fly fishing bug! We waded back on land feeling a lot more satisfied and accomplished than we could explain. Sometimes unanswered prayers yield fast, higher blessings! (And I got coffee, too.)

Fly-Fishing 101 Find a guide/mentor.

Even if you’re an experienced conventional fisher, fly fishing includes a learning curve. If you don’t know a fly fisher to serve as a mentor, commit to having a guide (and, says Cole Stewart, “listen to the guide to learn!”). Talk with folks who fly fish before you go. You’ll learn lots of tips, like this one from Austin Caviness: “It is all about presenting the fly just upstream from where you think the fish may be and gently laying the steel to him when he strikes! That can realistically happen anytime you walk up to the riverfront. Learning what they like to feed on and identify when is the challenge.”

Practice patience.

“Timing is crucial,” says Chris Maney. And part of mastering it is practice…and patience. Take the time to practice casting, and each time you’re in the water, practice patience in knowing that part of the goody is “just being in the river, taking in your surroundings.”

Be prepared.

A guide can help you with that (going so far as even including lunch as part of the package along with providing outfitting and, sometimes, your fishing license, too). On a more personal basis, sunglasses and a hat are helpful, too, whether you’re dealing with rain or shine/glare or, some days, both!

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L-R: Taralynn McNitt, Emily-Sarah Lineback, Haley Barton, and guide Chris Maney catch a lot of fun on the women’s first fly fishing trip. The Experience Fly Fishing and Guide Service, 244 Ararat Longhill Rd., Pilot Mountain, NC; 336-712-6374 Tuckasegee Fly Shop (and guided tours), 530 W. Main St., Sylva, NC, and 3 Depot St., Bryson City, NC; 828-488-3333. For those wanting more, check out the first fly fishing trail in the United States—in our own state. The trail includes 15 western N.C. spots for catching brook, brown and rainbow trout. Call 800-962-1911 or visit

Go or Stay Home written by Scott Lewis

After deer season, it’s time to start thinking about Fishing Season! Some us are always thinking about fishing but may take time off to hunt a little. The weather is always a factor. For me reading the Almanac or based on past experiences, I basically know what my plans are going to be. South Carolina lakes usually warm up earlier than North Carolina so those of us that are eager to go usually pack up and head south. My fishing buddy and I usually head to Clarks Hill Reservoir SC/GA Lake where we always have great week of fishing and reminiscing. Paying close attention to the weather is very important and a factor none of us have control over, but we do have control of being smart about clothing and using common sense as to whether to put the boat in or not is the decision we make at the lake upon arrival. However, if you fished in the early 80s on some lakes you waded the waters and weather wasn’t usually a factor. While fishing Santee Cooper many years ago I was wading water belly deep in an area of the lake watching the sun come up looking around watching the fog lift and hearing the bird’s wake up from another When Scott isn't fishing, you will find night and seeing lily pads for as far as you could see. Kinda spooky you might say, him on the job with his business, looked like Jurassic Park, but mainly I was looking and watching for Cottonmouths Safety & Technical Solutions, Inc., snakes as they are plentiful down south. You see when we waded we took a small developing safety programs and boat to get us over the deep water until we reached the wading area which was manuals, MSDS manuals, and assisting about four to five feet deep, then one of us would get out, and then the next guy businesses in meeting OSHA and DOT would get out several hundred yards down the lake and do the same. The last guy requirements. Scott can be reached at would tie the boat to his waist and the pull the boat behind him while he waded back to our meeting point. 88

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But as a true fisherman, I was hoping my next bite would be the giant bass I had come for and that Santee Cooper was known for. During the course of the morning as I was wading I saw a board floating so I wondered over near it flipped it over and what did it say “Beware of Alligators.” So, now I have cottonmouths and gators to worry about. This was one of my first trips on this lake and I wasn’t thinking about gators. My friend said not to worry, they won’t bother you if you don’t have a stringer tied to you with fish on it so, that made me feel a lot better. Ha! As we were fishing I saw my friend swatting the water with his fishing rod like he was trying to get rid of a bug or something. I said what are you doing? He said Cotton mouth! He was trying to hit him with his rod while trying to run as best you can in belly deep water with waders on. Naturally, I went the other way. He was no longer my friend. The snake moved on and we moved on. They are the meanest snakes I have ever seen, and very aggressive. That’s when you ask yourself what am I doing here? Famous quote by John Wayne, “You can’t fix stupid” Well, Mr. Stupid was there with all his buddies.


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This was before the bass boats as we know today, so if you wanted to go fishing you did the best you could, you just put on your waders and walk on in. To a fisherman the next cast is the going to be the big one. The giant bass never showed up for me on that trip, but we did catch several five to six pounders and my friend caught one weighing almost 13 pounds, but that’s another story. When you go fishing, either wading or boating, make sure you are prepared for the worst, in my case because of gators and snakes carry extra clothing. And for me, I always pack extra underwear and a snake bite kit. If you are not prepared and the weather turns on you, you have to make a decision … either go home or stay and if you stay, it might be best to find another location to fish that does not post signs “Beware of Alligators”! ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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CIENER BOTANICAL GARDEN EVENTS FOR MARCH/APRIL March 15, noon to 1p, Backyard Stream Repair with Wendi Hartup, FREE to members, $2 donation for other guests. March 22, 2p Slow Growing: NC Style by Felder Rushing, $10, register: 336587-5727 or April 12, noon to 1p, Eat Your Way Through History & the Edibles in Our Kitchen Garden with Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG Garden Curator, Register. FREE to members, $2 donation for other guests. April 14, 8a to 1p, SPRING PLANT SALE, items available on cienerbotanicalgarden,org April 14 2p to 4p the Spectacular Spring Tulip Bloom, FREE and open to the public, refreshments. 215 S. Main St., Kernersville, 27284 or 336-996-7888

EVTA Gathering of Friends Annual membership meeting is March 23-25 in its home base: Coley at the

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The Liberty in downtown Elkin. Trail & town excursions across the Yadkin Valley. Registration fees depend on days/events attending. Contact Betsy,, for more details.

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March 23, EVTA and the Yadkin Riverkeeper, Ronda to Elkin, 6.8 mi paddle, 1p to 5pp, paddlers meet at noon at Crater Park, Elkin. Part of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Weekend. Register: 336-722-4949. PFDs required.

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Nursery & Greenhouse at 1088 W. Dalton Rd. in King. Come and see our large assortment of hanging baskets, ferns, bedding plants, lantana, Proven Winners, Wave Petunias, geraniums, perennials, trees, and shrubs. We have one of the widest selections in the Triad. Free hotdogs (served from 11:00-1:00), drinks, and cookies will be served with drawings for door prizes. 336-983-4107. yad kin valley ma gaz

at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park Event Date: April 20: 8am - 1pm April 21: 8am - 1pm April 22: 1pm - 4pm Location: The Arboretum and Gardens at Tanglewood Park 4201 Manor House Circle Clemmons, NC 27012 The Forsyth County Extension Master Gardener/SM Volunteers will hold their annual plant sale at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park from 8am to 1pm on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st, and from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, April 22nd. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens while making your way to one of Forsyth County's premier plant sales. Selections include unique annuals and herbaceous perennials, as well as flowering shrubs and trees, such as natives, milkweed, herbs, vegetables, and more. Be sure to visit the Garden Boutique at the plant sale for incredible deals on gently used garden accessories and tools. This event is one of the major fundraisers for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Proceeds from your purchase help to maintain The Arboretum and Gardens at Tanglewood Park and fund the monthly Adult Education lecture series held at the Arboretum office throughout the year. Shop early for best selection. For more information, call 336-703-2850.

Historic Civil War era Richmond Hill Law School and Nature Park, home of North Carolina Chief Justice Richmond Mumford Pearson, will open its season on the third Saturday in April: Saturday, April 21. The Open House runs from 2p to 4:30p with docent guided tours by volunteers.

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This historic site is open every third Saturday through October, two picnic shelters /restrooms are available for picnic reservations and rugged trails are open for tough-shoe primitive hiking. Call 336-473-1853 for additional information.

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A new trail for Pilot Mountain State Park completed by Piedmont Land Conservancy, Friends of Sauratown Mountains and NC Clean Water management Trust Fund. Hike the new Pilot Creek Trail April 14, 10 to noon; 336-325-2355. ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience

book written by: Jennifer Pharr Davis reviewed by: Cindy Martin

In her new book, THE PURSUIT OF ENDURANCE, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, long distance hiker, ambassador for the American Hiking Society, author, wife, mother, record setter and North Carolina native, Jennifer Pharr Davis, is on a quest to determine what defines endurance. In storyteller fashion, she describes and details her own adventures while training and setting the overall record of hiking the Appalachian Trail and chronicles the journeys of those with the fastest known time (FKT). In this fascinating, genuine account, Davis records and analyzes the theories and methodologies of her mentors and explains how readers, too, possess the capacity to endure and cope with suffering, overcome failures and continue to persevere. “We all have our long trails,” Davis writes, “and most of them do not include much hiking or running. Outside the forest, our paths take the form of higher education, climbing out of debt, navigating a career, staying married, undergoing divorce, surviving tragedy and coping with illness. It behooves us not to come to quick conclusions about other people’s paths and instead approach each individual with encouragement and compassion. We might be on different trails, but we are all midjourney.” Davis spent nearly a year researching, as well as doing personal interviews with people like Warren Doyle, who holds the record for most miles on the trail (36,000) and is the founder of the Appalachian Trail Institute and David Horton, who completed over 160 ultramarathons despite losing his ability to run due to a freight accident. Included in her list of FKTs are Scott Williamson, the first person to complete a continuous round trip of the Pacific Crest Trail in one season and Heather Anderson, the first person in history to hold the self-supported records for both the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trails simultaneously. Andrew yad kin valley ma gaz

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Thompson, Scott Jurek and Karl Meltzer complete her cast of FKTs. As she shares her up-close-and-personal accounts of the wisdom and insight they gained on the trail, Davis explores their insatiable desire to raise the bar and push themselves to the limit. “Endurance isn’t a human trait,” Davis writes. “It is the human trait. We exist only as long as we persist. And there is the confounding hope and limitless possibility to rise up, change direction and take one more step.” THE PURSUIT OF ENDURANCE will be on sale April 10. Published by Viking Press, the book will be available for purchase at local, independent bookstores and on Amazon and other online booksellers. The price is $27.00. About the Author Jennifer Pharr Davis has hiked more than 14,000 miles on six continents. In addition to countless stories featured in such prestigious publications as The New York Times and The Washington Post, she has written two other books: BECOMING ODYSSA and CALLED AGAIN. She and her husband, Brew, co-authored FAMILIES ON FOOT for the American Hiking Society, and are c o-owners of the Blue Ridge Hiking Company. The couple resides in Asheville, NC, with their five-year-old daughter, Charley, and one-year-old son, Gus.

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by Cindy Martin

and the Stokes County Quilt Trail Artist and entrepreneur Lauren Byron has put Stokes County on the map. Literally! Byron pioneered the project on having Stokes added to the Quilt Trail Map connecting most of the counties in North Carolina to the Quilt Trails covering forty-eight states in the United States and some areas in Canada. Her dream has become a reality. The journey began when Byron and her partner decided to relocate their downtown “Paint and Sip” Classes to the quaint red barn adjacent to the Byron’s one hundred fifty-year-old home in Walnut Cove. Wanting a special barn theme art activity to kick-off the new location, Byron googled “barn painting ideas” and discovered the story of the Barn Quilt Trail. She investigated further and learned the idea originated in Ohio in 2001 when Donna Sue Groves painted a quilt square and hung it on her barn to honor her mother who was a quilter. The notion of a quilt block painted on a large wooden square and put on display for the world to see caught on, and others in the community followed suit. Thus, the Quilt Trail was born. Byron actually talked with Donna Sue Groves personally to applaud her efforts and pick her brain about establishing a trail in Stokes County. “If our county was added to the national directory, several of the quilt trail areas in North Carolina would be connected and people could stay on one continuous quilt trail throughout 94

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the state,” she said. “Quilting is coming back,” Byron said, “but with a modern flair. Painting pieces of wood or canvas to look like quilt squares has become an art form, a growing trend.” For those who struggle with a needle and thread and lack the patience to use material to make a quilt, the barn quilt square is the perfect solution. Elected officials in Walnut Cove have awarded a $3,000 grant towards the construction and installation of 50 barn quilts throughout their town. Byron is greatly appreciative of their support in this endeavor. She believes this will benefit the community and local businesses by promoting tourism and economic development. “I hope we can do a hundred in Walnut Cove, a hundred in King, and a hundred in Danbury,” she said. Designs for the squares may incorporate something to symbolize the business. Mitchell’s Nursery selected a poinsettia, since they are nationally known for producing this beloved holiday flower. Busted Knuckle Motorcycle Shop chose a motorcycle outline for the center of their square. “The silhouettes are generic,” Byron advised. “They’re not for advertisement.” For individuals the possibilities are endless. Perhaps the square will represent an event or pay homage to someone special in their lives. Folks are willing to drive from other states or organize group tours to explore and visit the quilt sites. “These people stay in a hotel, eat in local restaurants, and shop downtown,” Byron explained. “Just think of the economic impact.” For more information about the barn quilt trail, check out the Hanging Rock State Park app or follow the Stokes County Barn Quilt Trail on Facebook. To sign up to paint a barn quilt, contact Byron at Reporter’s Note: Byron’s Barn offers a variety of art programs. She has classes such as basket weaving and cake decorating on the spring calendar. In addition, the Barn is available for rent for weddings, bridal showers, church gatherings, birthday parties, and more! yad kin valley ma gaz

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AUTISM WALK FOR SURRY COUNTY by Cindy Martin photos courtesy of Bridget Soots and the Autism Society of Surry County April is Autism Awareness Month. On Saturday, April 21, at Riverside Park in Mount Airy, the Autism Society is sponsoring the seventh walk for Surry County to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by autism. The event will be held rain or shine, with on-site registration beginning at 8a. The Walk and Zumba are scheduled to begin right after Kick-Off and there will be special singing at 9a. In addition, special guest speakers from Surry County Schools will be on hand to share appreciations from parents, teachers and county board personnel for the supplies, training and support provided by the Autism Society of Surry County. Bridget Soots, Autism Walk Director, and Tammy Singletary, Walk Chairman, are both parents of children with autism and are working tirelessly, volunteering their time and expertise, to meet or exceed last year’s total of $50,000. The statistics are shocking. According to Soots, every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism, a brain disorder that impacts communication, social interaction, and behavior. No two cases are the same, and there is no cure. “One out of every 59 children born today has some form of autism,” Soots said, “and the numbers keep going up. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer combined.” For Soots and Singletary, it’s personal. Both realize from experience the increasing need for assistance with individualized treatment, education and financial and emotional support for autistic children and their families. “Caring for a child with autism will cost a family over $1.5 million dollars over that loved one’s lifetime,” Soots said. The funds raised in Surry County stay in Surry County and are used to provide training for parents and teachers, respite care, funding for needy families to help with medical expenses, and to purchase much needed materials in the classrooms of autistic children. “You should have seen the faces of the teachers and students when they first saw the supplies and equipment we bought for them,” Soots proffered. “It was like Christmas.” This year the Autism Society plans to use some of the funds raised to organize a camp for autistic children. “It costs $800 per child per day,” Soots explained, “and we hope to create a place where recreational and skill development activities for these individuals are offered at no charge.” By participating in the walk, sponsoring a team, or making a donation to the Surry County Walk for Autism, you, too, can make a difference. A jigsaw puzzle piece symbolizes the complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since each puzzle piece is different in some way, many feel it accurately depicts the diversity of those individuals affected. Several local businesses have puzzle pieces available for purchase for a $1 donation. Sponsorship ranges from $250 to $3,000. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. For more information, go to or contact Bridget Soots at 336-401-7105. Tammy Singletary may be reached at 336-429-2456. ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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e 9th Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention It’s spring and time for two days of activities to celebrate Surry County’s rich music heritage. Since its inception in 2009, Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention (SOTFC) has continued to increase its fan base of Old Time music lovers. Join us on the main Surry Community College campus (Dobson) in the gym to enjoy square dance, adult and youth instrument dance, folk song and band contests... $5,000 in prizes. Lots will be going on with a quilt raffle, workshops from noted musicians, cake walks, 50/50 cash drawings, Luthier displays, jamming space inside and outdoors and dining at the SCC’s The Knight's Grill. Friday, April 6, evening activities begin with square dancing from 7p to 9p led by two well-known, award-winning local old time bands. A/$5, kids 12 & under are free for a family-friendly time of music, fellowship and dancing. Buck Buckner, an organizer of SOTFC, says, “The dance is aimed at being a large community type dance bringing together all the smaller dance events to reflect the area’s traditional dancing."

Friday April 6, 2018 Square Dance 7-10pm ($5 Admission, Kids 12 & under free) Dance led by two well-known local old time bands Saturday April 7, 2018 Fiddlers Convention $5 Admission, Free for contestants and Kids 12 & under

Saturday, April 7 is the actual Fiddlers Convention with an all-day adult and youth competition. Admission is A/$5, kids 12 & under are free. 10a until 5p. Registration. There is no fee for contestants. (Youth registration closes at 2p) 11a to 2p Youth Individual and Band contests, followed by Youth Dance and Awards 3p to 6:30p Adult Individual contests 7p until Adult Band contest Adult Dance and Awards following “The goal of this event is still a concerted movement to preserve the old time music heritage indigenous to Surry County in a straight forward and pure manner,” says Buck. Mark the dates and don’t miss mingling with seasoned and new musicians specializing in area traditional music. Music, dancing and fellowship for the entire family to enjoy…what a magical path to spring! Directions: Surry Community College, 630 South Mill Street, Dobson, 27017. SOTFC website: More information: The Foothills Arts Council, 336-835-2025

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Registration: $65/per person/postmarked by March 23, $75 afterwards. $15 charge for refunds requested after March 30. NO refunds after April 6.

DETAILED AGENDA: Friday, April 13 4 PM – “Reunion of Descendants and Friends” 5 PM – Three Historical Lectures and Friendship Banquet

Saturday, April 14 10 AM to 4 PM Four Historical Lectures and Light Lunch

Sunday, April 15 Memorial Services for Confederate and Union Soldiers ~ Open to Symposium Attendees and the Public ~ 10 AM – Salisbury National Cemetery 11 AM – Old Lutheran Cemetery 1:30 PM – Tour of Prison Site for Symposium Attendees


The Confederate Prison at Salisbury as depicted in an 1886 lithograph. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.

All topics relate to the Salisbury Confederate Prison •. History Professor Dr. Gary Freeze of North Carolina will speak on the Prison’s history. •. Historian Benjamin Garrett of Virginia will talk about North Carolina Prison guard Augustus Y. Wooten. •. Descendant Shelly Gaylor-Smith of Texas will share about New York POW Adolphus Guyette. •. Descendants John and Dr. Mike McCully of North Carolina will speak on WI POW Osgood Dwinnel. •. Author Rebecca Morris of Maryland will discuss Camp Parole, Maryland. •. Retired History Professor Dr. William Partin of North Carolina will speak about North Carolina Prison guard Brodie Duke. •. Historian William Searfoss of New York will share about POWs from the Chenango County, New York.

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May 5 • noon to 6 • Downtown Mount Airy

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In celebration of top North Carolina wineries and craft beer producers, the 9th Budbreak will be May 5 from noon to 6p on Main Street in downtown Mount Airy. Mount Airy Rotary Club and Mount Airy Downtown Business Association work together to create a family-friendly, welcoming event for lovers of music, food, wine, beer and friends. Rotarian Bob Meinecke compares Budbreak’s popularity, “... to a boutique; it’s small, intimate yet meaningful.” Main Street will be closed to vehicles so guests can enjoy marvelous food, experience relaxed tasting, sensational live stage music and unique shops downtown and their sidewalk sales. All proceeds from the Budbreak event will benefit charity organizations supported by the Mount Airy Rotary Club. New attending wineries this year are Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery of State Road, Cougar Run Winery out of Concord and the grandfather of Yadkin Valley wineries, Shelton Vineyards in Dobson to total 17 wineries. Craft breweries attending will be Morgan Ridge Winery/Brewery and returning is Foothills Brewery and Skull Camp Brewing. Also new this year is The Gambler Run—a one hour prize walk/run event preceding the Budbreak Wine & Craft Beer Festival at 10a. It’s a race with a new twist. Go to for more information regarding registration and prizes. 13 Bones with Ribs, Steaks and Seafood will head up the food options along with all of Main Street’s local eateries including Barney’s Café, Downtown Deli, Loaded Goat, Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies, Leon’s Burger Express, Snappy Lunch and Walker’s Soda Shop. After your appetite is happy, be sure to check out the Mount Airy Regional History of Museum, the Andy Griffith Museum and the sculptures on the whittling wall, on Oak Street, by artist, Brad Spencer. The covered music stage opens at 11:45a and continues until 2:30p with The Mulligans. This band concentrates on the southeast coast with upbeat acoustic renderings of music from the 50s to today’s top hits. At 3:00p Phatt City will keep your toes tapping with beach music, rhythm and blues until 6:00p. One of the region’s favorite, this yad kin valley ma gaz

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Tyler, Haley, Kristene and Bryan enjoyed the 2017 festival 10 member band includes four lead singers. Advance tickets are $20, at the gate $25. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. To comply 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 have a tasting wristband. A photographic ID must be shown to obtain your wrist- band and commemorative wine glass. Insurance for the health and safety of attendees does not allow pets or coolers inside the Festival area. If traveling with a pet, call the new Grand Pup Resort Hotel and Spa at 336-648-8458 and Bark & Meow Pet Spa, both on Main Street. A courtesy wine pick up tent will be at the Carlos Jones Pavilion.

Advance Tickets Available at: Mount Airy Visitor’s Center 200 N. Main St. Old North State Winery • Webb Interiors Hampton Inn Mount Airy Also offering special packages, visit Check out for additional ticket and event information and updates.

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Friday May 18 6pm Saturday May 19 9am to 6pm

Coming May 19th... ...the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival! Tractor Parade and kids ride-on parade Friday, May 18 6pm with Grand Marshall Caroline Mills

Saturday, May 19 9am-6pm Music all day • Demonstrations Vintage Tractors & Farm Equipment Food and Craft Vendors Agricultural Exhibits • Petting Zoo Award ceremony 6pm

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Always held at the Elkin Municipal Park in Elkin...a picturesque, rippling creek, walking trails and park area make the 11a to 5p event extra special. The stage has bleachers and plenty of grass to sit on a blanket right in front of the stage. There’s also a spot for dancers when the music moves you. Covered shelters have picnic tables for dining bought from food vendors and trucks: there will also be craft vendors, shuttle service to hotels (YVEDDI), plenty of parking (Elkin Rescue Squad), a wine-check area so you don’t have to carry as you taste and shop, a grape stomp for the kids and from noon to 4p, hourly drawings for free wine. Live music opens on the stage with the Legacy Motown Venue, followed by the famous Embers, featuring Craig Woolard. Tickets go on sale March 15 at the Yadkin Valley Chamber office in Elkin or from Admission is: $22 in advance $30 at the gate, the day of $20 military with ID at the gate $102/VIP Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce 336-526-1111 116 East Market Street, Elkin yad kin valley ma gaz

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Easter Eggs Over centuries eggs have become the symbol of new life and of nature’s rebirth each spring. And of course, Christians adopted the egg to represent Christ’s Resurrection. Decorating Easter eggs, hard-boiled or hollow, make for traditional fun for all whether it’s a simple craft or one more complicated. You don’t have to be a professional artist to decorate eggs. For a family project, you can even divide the tasks assembly-line style. The youngest family members can dye the eggs while the older kids, teens and adults can paint or glue decorations on the dyed eggs.

GLITTER EGGS Add some sparkle to your Easter basket or table centerpiece by adding a modern glitter design to your already dyed Easter eggs. Thank Jan Kelly for some creative ideas. Supplies needed: • Dyed Easter eggs • Glue • Glitter – various spring colors • Empty egg cartons Instructions: Dye your eggs with your preferred method. Let dry. Pour about one to two inches of glue in a small bowl. Pour small amount of a glitter in a small bowl– one color per bowl. Dip egg halfway into the glue and then roll in glitter. Place clean end (unglittered) in egg carton and let dry for 1 hour. When eggs are completely dry, repeat directions for unglittered side.

NATURE INSPIRED EASTER EGGS Use leaves or flowers to create a unique design. Simply place your chosen leaf or flower on the outside of an egg. Slip egg/leaf into a pantyhose, tightly securing the hose with a knot. Lower the egg into your chosen dye color. Leave eggs in the dye until you’ve achieved your desired brightness. Remove from dye. Helpful Hints: • Cut panty hose into squares and tie a knot at the bottom. • When tying the open end of the panty hose, ensure that it’s tied as tightly against the egg as possible, so the leaf does not slip during eg dyeing. • Use scissors to cut open the nylon to easily extract the egg and leaf. • If leaves aren’t available, try fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley or sage.

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Create word scrambles by placing number or letter stickers on eggs before dipping them into egg dye. Remove eggs from dye once desired color is achieved, gently removing the stickers from the outside of the egg. Helpful Hints: • Number and letter stickers are available at any craft, home or office store. • Avoid numbers and letter that are PAPER stickers, to ensure stickers come off cleanly and don’t dissolve in the egg dye.

Painted Easter Eggs You need: Whole eggs, contents removed Bleach water Decorative basket Florist foam Easter grass Craft acrylic paints Craft paint brushes Felt tip pens

Wash emptied eggs with bleach water. Dry completely. Cut and place foam to fit bottom of your basket. Paint eggs in solid colors. Dry completely. Then write a message on each using a felt tip pen. Let dry and arrange eggs in the basket of Easter grass for your table centerpiece. Suggestions: For a marble finish, coat egg with pink paint. Then coat very lightly with red paint. Apply lines with

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A reliable dictionary will define wellness as a condition of being in good physical and mental health. It is up to us to keep tabs on our health. Take obesity for starters. It continues to gain ground in our country, though we are no longer the most obese country in our world, chin up France! Surely you have already heard that being overweight in the long run affects every part of our body and mind. Our days are filled to capacity with work, school, family, friends. Everyone as well as your total body daily compete for your time and energy. Be active preemptively and have a regular wellness screening— often required by some insurance companies. Ask your caregiver for a wellness questionnaire or at least where you can find a dependable one. Some workplaces offer free screenings to keep their employees healthy, thus more productive. Screening numbers measure vitals such as cholesterol and blood glucose. And a questionnaire can help us understand small changes we notice in our overall health such as daily sleep, activities, stresses and nutrition. There is no reason to stew over a new discomfort or change in our body’s routine. Don’t put it off, Work directly with your caregiver for his/her insights and recommendations. Before you realize it, daily victories will result into weekly wins—you’ll ultimately enjoy more success, less stress; more energy, less fatigue.

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Water is life and somehow we always end up near it or in it! I'm delighted and blessed my son loves water as much as I do. From puddle jumping to spinning in a warm summer rain we're loving water. One of our favorite things to do as soon as it is warm enough, and sometimes when it isn't, is to go on a creek walk. Have you ever heard of a creek walk? You can literally walk in the creek either carefully balancing on rocks (call it rock hoppin) or splashing through the water. We look under rocks for salamanders and crayfish as well all kinds of macroinvertebrates too. These are creatures that live most of their lives under water and can actually tell you about the stream. They also have very tiny mouths so they cannot bite you. Mayflies, Stoneflies, and Caddisflies are some of the most sensitive critters to poor water quality and are used as indicator species for a healthy stream. Each macroinvertebrate has a job in the stream. Some are shredders that rip up leaves for others to eat while critters like Dragonflies and Hellgrammites just munch on their neighbor. These critters have really interesting adaptations too. Baby Dragonflies (aka naiads) live totally underwater. I call them little jet skis because their gills are located inside their abdomen. To breathe they suck water in through their rear end to absorb the oxygen they need and shoot it back out. This propels them forward and is a lot of fun to watch. After a time ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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depending on the species Dragonflies will alter to emerge from the water to be a colorful, flying skeeter eater. One of my favorite aquatic critters is found in very good water quality and basically licks algae off rocks. It is called a water penny because it is copper-colored and kind of shaped like a penny. Crayfish swim backwards and are fun to hold for the thrill of proving you can't get pinched; just grab them behind the pinchers. The bigger they are, the more the pincher can hurt (like when someone has snapped you with a rubber band) and they don't tend to let go that quickly. Salamanders are also fast and slippery but make sure when you handle them to keep your hands wet. Sallies need to stay moist and too much human handling can kill a Sallie. They likely won't make it home with you so it's best to let him/her go. Salamanders and most of these other creatures will be happiest in nature. You can find these creatures by turning over rocks/leaves and counting for three seconds (small kids don't know how long that is so have them say 1 alligator, 2 alligator, 3 alligator). You may be surprise by what starts crawling around on the rock or leaves. Then put them back in the water. Other ways besides splashing, throwing rocks or looking for critters that we've enjoyed creeks: Bring a waterproof camera to take pictures under water. Everything looks so different. Bring toys to play. My son loved to bring cars and Power Rangers to the creek when he was little. Build small forts with sticks, rocks and sand. Create small dams with the rocks to watch how the water will knock it over but leave it in the stream so it can shift back into place. Now you might wonder if we've run into snakes. The answer so far is no. We're so loud and noisy the only wildlife we typically see is what is in the water. If you do see a snake just back away slowly; do not try to kill it. We don't have snakes in this area that chase you. If you have young kids visit parks with creeks that have designated, cleared pathways for you to enjoy the creek. My best advice is to be aware of your surroundings while you have fun. We always try to leave the area as we found it, except for trash. Unfortunately, a lot of trash makes it way to our creeks from people directly dumping or dropping it on the streets which washes into the creeks. There are some really great activities planned throughout several NC counties as part of Creek Week (March 1725) to celebrate our wonderful water resources. One of my favorite quotes by a man known as Buffalo Joe, "The song of the river ends not at her banks but in the hearts of those who have loved her." I hope you will try a creek walk soon and give yourself time to wander.

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I remember all too well the days when staying in the house felt torturous. Being outside in the fresh air, running freely with friends and an infinite imagination was the only priority. Climbing trees, endless games of hide-and-seek and bike races down a neighborhood street were a few of the many activities that kept my brother and I occupied nearly all day during the summertime. When we heard our father whistle, we knew we had 5 minutes to make it home before punishment ensued. Otherwise, we may have stayed out all night, too. I know that there have been even simpler times that preceded me, and that with every generation comes advances. However, I still feel as though I have been a witness to a slow and steady decline in a generation of rapidly increasing technologies. As a Physician Assistant and mother of two children, I can sympathize with two different perspectives. As a parent, we strive to provide our children with what they need, and when able, with things they also want. Maintaining a balance there is difficult and a whole other topic in and of itself. So when your child comes to you asking for something as if their entire life depends on it, I know very well the struggle it is to say “no” when necessary. On the other hand, as a medical professional, I also see frustrated parents with children who have succumbed to the ever-advancing world of technology. “I wish I’d never bought that thing” is a common statement I hear. Suddenly this child is less interactive as their world starts to revolve around a technology that provides them the convenience of instant entertainment. There are several ramifications that can come from dependence on technology for entertainment or to avoid that ohso-awful thing called “boredom”. Some of these children use these devices for such an extensive amount of time that it actually starts to affect their health. Some common symptoms I’ve seen are frequent headaches, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.

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Surprisingly, I’ve never heard a parent say “I think they have headaches because they use their phone too much.” Usually, it takes some questioning before the connection is made and the 3+ hours of screen time a day suddenly makes sense as the culprit of the symptoms. What many parents are surprised to find out is that most screens (cell phone, iPad, television, computer, etc) use blue light which is stimulating to the brain and has long lasting effects. This blue light can make it difficult for kids to get an effective sleep at night, which can in turn lead to daytime fatigue and frequent headaches. There are also increasing studies showing that excessive screen time puts strain on the eyes and can lead to vision problems as well. First and foremost, I recommend to parents that a limit be put on the amount of screen time their children have, preferably less than 2 hours a day. This is made harder when they spend most of their class time at school on a laptop, however, there are also screen

protectors made for some devices that help reduce blue light emission and can therefore reduce some of the effects. Screen protectors shouldn’t be the end-all be-all, though. If I could prescribe anything, it would be more time for imaginative play and social development. Although headaches and fatigue may be some of the only symptoms we see, the overuse of technology has the

potential to cause long lasting effects on a child’s ability to communicate well and relate to others. By handing them a screen to play on, we are removing the

need for them to create, imagine, and explore. When they play a virtual game, watch a video or have conversations through a device, there is little room left for them to learn about the very real world around them. What children fail to realize is that one day they will have to face this world without solely relying on their devices. Although there may be many technologies out there to help make their life more “convenient”, they will have entirely missed out on developing many vital skills. So let them be young. Make them adventurous by allowing them to dream up an entire world around them outside. Let them fall off of a bike and learn consequences of poor decisions. Teach them how to develop strong relationships and also constructively repair broken relationships using spoken words and actions instead of the pushing of keys. One day they will have to do all of this without a screen. As parents, if they have no idea how to do so, we will have failed them.

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Spring & Summer Yard Work Can bring low back pain Every season brings unique activities requiring us to perform some physical activity we may not want to do but have no choice. In the winter, shoveling snow comes to mind while spring, summer and fall may include yard clean up, mowing, and raking. All these seasonal activities are "I have to" activities of daily living, (ADLs). Let's talk about gardening, digging a hole or some other yard related shoveling activity. First, a few facts to help us appreciate why back pain is so common. 1. When we bend over, approximately two-thirds of our body weight is being lifted in addition to what we're lifting. So a 180-pound person lifts 120 pounds of body weight every time he/she bends over. 2. A five-pound weight equals 50 pounds to our back when it is held out in front of us. Consider the 10 to 20 pound weight on the end of a shovel. 3. Our legs are much stronger than our back and arms. If a person bench presses 300 pounds, they can usually leg press 500 pounds, almost two times more weight. Yet, most of us use our arms, not our legs when shoveling. 4. Most of us bend over using poor technique, lifting with the arms and back rather than the legs and rapidly extend and twist the back when emptying the shovel. 5. When this faulty action is repeated many, many times and it is not something we're used to doing, we're not physically adapted or "in shape," it's no wonder we often can barely move after an hour of digging in the garden. So what can we do? We can't change the fact most of our body's weight lies above our waist so we're stuck with that and, we're not going to lose weight in time for yielding the shovel. But we can certainly put less material on the shovel so the load on our back is less. It's important to squat down using our strong leg muscles while keeping our back as vertical/straight as possible, DO NOT BEND OVER! Try sticking out your posterior to keep an inward curve in your back; lift the load of material straight up with your legs, maintaining that arched back/posterior out position. Keep your arms/elbows straight and walk the shovel load to the dumping spot, don't try to throw the dirt by twisting your body. Take multiple breaks and switch sides so you don't "beat up" the same muscle groups repeatedly. If you do hurt your back, using an analogy of a skin cut, avoid picking at the cut so it can heal. Use ice/rest followed by gentle stretching and modified activities, DON’T go back outside to work again. Some wise considerations include warming up before starting your gardening routine, staying "in shape" by regular exercise throughout the year, maintaining a good nutritional diet and getting enough sleep.

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Antibiotics: Do I Really Need One?

Jessica O. Wall, MPH Assistant Director Yadkin County Human Services Agency Medical Clinic and WIC 336.849.7588


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Oh no…the dreaded stuffy and runny nose, the headache, sore throat and cough. Sounds like you have one of those winter illnesses that are common this time of year. So you think to yourself, “I better get an appointment with my doctor for an antibiotic”. But not so fast! Did you know that antibiotics have zero effect on an illness that is caused by a virus, such as a cold, the flu, and bronchitis? You have to have a bacterial infection before an antibiotic will do you any good. If you have a virus, an antibiotic will not cure you, make you feel better or keep you from giving it to others. Our quickness to the doctor for an antibiotic is leading to an antibiotic crisis! Over time, our overuse of antibiotics has begun to create antibiotic resistance. What does that mean exactly? It means that the germs (bacteria) that are making people sick are no longer as susceptible to the common antibiotics and their usual dosages as they used to be. Some people have to take stronger antibiotics, for longer, than what they would have taken before. But it’s more than just what changes for the individual person. These super germs are contagious just like regular germs. This means that more people can become infected with bacteria that are harder and harder to treat. Then more and more people get them. You get the picture. But what can be done and how can you help? It takes the entire medical community to work against antibiotic resistance. Doctors are trained and educated to only write these prescriptions if there is a known or suspected bacterial infection, and to do cultures to make sure they are prescribing a medicine that will work. I know with our pediatrician’s office, they will educate the parents on signs and symptoms over the phone. If they sound viral, the office will tell you that there is very little they can do. When you have a viral infection, you have to treat the symptoms, not the virus. For cold and flu season, this means rest, fluids, and medicines for fevers, sore throat, and/or congestion… but not an antibiotic. And you can help too. Know the signs and symptoms of a bacterial infection versus a viral infection. Call your doctor and tell them what you are experiencing. Ask if you need to be seen for an appointment. Another issue that yad kin valley ma gaz

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tibiotic resistance very seriously. The WHO provide the following key points about antibiotic resistance: Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and

animals is accelerating the process. A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and salmonellosis – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective. Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and

increased mortality. We are worried a super bug will come along that will be resistant to most antibiotics and we will not be able to treat and cure people. This means people dying from something we were once able to treat. Most people have heard of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). According to the CDC, this is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. Staph and MRSA can cause a variety of problems ranging from skin infections and sepsis to pneumonia and bloodstream infections. This is just one example of what can happen when infections are no longer treatable with antibiotics. So, when you are feeling sick, have a conversation with your doctor about your symptoms. They will educate you on whether you need to come in. And if they do suspect a bacterial infection and they prescribe medications, take them as directed. This way, we can all do our part to make sure our medicines keep working like we want them to!

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This article is part of a multi-edition account of a horse pack trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina. This edition is about planning. Any of you who have been to the Smokies know how beautiful the landscape is there. If you have ever packed (with or without horses) into the backcountry, you also know how rugged and potentially treacherous it can be. Proper planning is essential to having a safe and enjoyable trip. The first stage of planning involves planning your route. If you are traveling with horses, you must pay attention to which trailheads allow trailer parking and which of the back country sites allow horses. Sites designated for horses have adequate room to highline your horse (more on this later) or, in some cases, have prepared tie stalls to keep your horses in camp while you are sleeping. I have a large map of the Smokies which I like to spread out on the table. The same map is also available online. As my eyes have gotten older, I appreciate the larger size and close up view provided by the map. I understand how to make the computer screen zoom to a larger font but I like being able to look at the entire map at once. However you do it, map study is an essential part of planning. You need to decide how far you can travel each day and which sites you can stop at each night. There are over 800 square miles of beauty in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and approximately 800 miles

of trail. The park service has only a limited number of employees to maintain these trails. Volunteers are allowed to help and are allowed to use chain saws for a two week period in April. These trail maintenance hours are just not enough to keep 800 miles of trail open year round. If you are backpacking or hiking and encounter trees on the trail, you may well be able to crawl under or over the blockage. If you are traveling with horses that option is unlikely to be available. You would be wise to carry at least an 18 inch saw for minor blockages but there will be many times that you will have to find another way around. These unexpected trail diversions and related problems can easily turn a three hour ride turn into an 8 hour ride. You should keep this in mind when planning how many miles you are able to traverse in a day. Generally, two miles per hour is a good way to figure but major problems may slow your pace even more. The great Smoky Mountain National Park requires reservations at the back country sites. Some say this cramps their style because they would rather just ride and decide where to camp as they go. I understand this thinking but one should also understand that the Smokies are rugged and the weather is often unpredictable. (Remember this when packing clothing) Knowing where you plan to be is essential if the park service is contacted by a relative saying that you have not come home and they need to go look for



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Spring Management

Tips For Horses by Phil Rucker Extension Livestock Agent Davie/Yadkin counties


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With spring upon us, here are some seasonal tips to help the horse owner transition from winter to spring. Review health records with your veterinarian. A vaccination, deworming and dental assessment are routine for health maintenance. Check teeth for uneven wear and sharp edges as well as for gum inflammation or soreness. Dental issues will contribute to chewing difficulties, weight loss, colic and may cause bit challenges as well. Check hooves and legs. Consult with a veterinarian and/or farrier who can objectively evaluate your horse and address issues if necessary. Evaluate body condition score (BCS). Determine if the horse needs to gain or lose weight. Aim for a BCS 5 to 6 depending on how the horse will be used. Adjust feeding amounts based on BCS and activity level (is the horse is working, pregnant, breeding stock, growing, etc.). If you do not weigh your horse’s feed‌start! Flakes, scoops, coffee cans are only useful once the weight of each has been determined; 15 lbs. of baled hay is not equivalent to 15 lbs. of hay pellets. Guessing costs $$. If you have not ridden much over the winter, your riding partner will not be in shape and will need a slow return to work to avoid soreness. Allow adequate time for acclimation and adjustment to the new routine. It is tempting to turn horses out on spring pastures at the first sight of green grass after a long winter. However, spring grazing should be introduced slowly and delayed until grass growth reaches 6 to 8 inches in height to optimize both the health of the horse and pasture. Cease grazing forages when grazed down to 3 to 4 inches. Move to another lot until grass is 6 to 8 inches. Consider building a sacrifice area or having a paddock for turnout to limit your horse's time on pasture and to prevent pasture damage during wet or muddy conditions. Early spring grass is succulent—horses tend to overindulge. Transition horses slowly to pasture. Start with one to three hours per day with increases of 15 to 30 minutes every other day. Easy keepers tend to deposit fat along the crest of the neck, abdomen and tail head might be more susceptible to issues from too much exposure to spring grasses. To prevent your easy-keeper from eating too much grass, you can keep him confined to a stall or dry lot for part of the day or section off a small part of a pasture to limit his access to grass. You can outfit him with a grazing muzzle to slow down his consumption. Supplement your horses with hay to ensure adequate fiber intake and to slow down pasture consumption during grazing times. Before heading down the road, be sure to test your trailer's lights, brakes and floors as damage or corrosion from snow and salt might have occurred. Check tack and equipment for worn or cracked leather, broken pieces, rusted bits, etc. Nothing is worse than getting ready to ride, only to discover your tack is missing, broken or damaged. The most important thing is to enjoy your horse and this beautiful time of year! yad kin valley ma gaz

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Welcoming an Older Dog to Your Home

If you have decided to enlarge your family by getting a dog— choosing an adult dog over a puppy, you will have some profoundly different needs between the two. Older dogs have a history that they can never tell you about—they may have had previous owners that may not have treated them well taking that canine/human bond totally out of the picture or they may have spent a good deal of their growing up years in a shelter with limited camaraderie, man or beast. Bringing home a new older dog should be a pleasant experience for both of you, so an absolute must is to remember to be patient. Do your research—try to find out as much as possible about your new dog’s past. If you are adopting from a shelter, they may not have a lot of information, but it never hurts to ask. Things that would be helpful to know are whether the dog has been toilet trained, had any behavior training, is comfortable with kids, cats and other dogs and what

grooming habits it is used to. When you first get home with your new dog take it outside to the area you want it to use as a toilet. Allow the dog to sniff around and if it goes to the toilet, praise the dog profusely. If the dog does not go to the toilet initially, take it

on a quick tour of the house and give it some water. After a few minutes, take the dog back outside and hopefully this time it will go. If not, just keep trying. If the dog is not toilet trained, the method is the same for adult dogs and puppies...take it outside regularly and say something like “Toilet.” If the dog

relieves itself indoors, do not make a huge deal about it, (some canine experts advise you not to let the dog see you cleaning up the mess). So, just clean up the mess, say “No,” and then take the dog outside. If your new dog has not had any behavior training, it is never too late to start. Just be patient with the dog and offer lots of praise. Your tone of voice, not necessarily the words you say, makes all the difference in the world. You may also want to consider obedience classes where a professional can help you achieve your desired results. Stop and consider the trainer that will work with you and your dog simultaneously…talk about bonding and building a great band of trust. Never hit your dog for doing something wrong; this will not make the dog learn any faster and may make the dog fear you and become defensive.

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We’ve concluded hand held cardboard fans are making a subtle comeback, especially for advertising purposes as several of our guessers mentioned them currently being in their church hymnal pockets. While the majority of the guesses recall the fans in their churches, they were also fondly recalled being used on the front porch on those sultry summer afternoons. Imagine those entries wish they had kept some of the fans they experienced—Vickie from King has kept a few fans and if you are an antique shop hopper and if you look intently into those vintage booths you’ll find a handful. Donna from Tobaccoville remembers using a fan in church (before churches had air-conditioning) while growing up but her fan didn’t have advertisements. Gwyn from Mocksville said her church’s fans were supplied by Eaton Funeral Home, a common theme from our contestants. Janet from Mooresville mentioned the fan was cardboard and that brought to mind the old Davis Bros. fan we have that isn’t smooth cardboard as the What Is That? item but pleated paper and the handle was not wooden but woven straw. Lots of guessers were more nostalgic about the Royal Crown soda memories!

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Ever since I was a 10-year old kid traveling in the summertime with my chewing tobacco salesman dad, I’ve found history fascinating. Those early times were days of emptying the bottle tops from the drink boxes of all the mom and pop country stores we visited. By end of the day, I’d make it home with a grocery bag full of tops. Once home, the brown Mt. Dew tops became Confederate soliders and the red and blue Pepsi tops were (I shutter to say the word, Yankees). What treasures those simple bottle caps were. Wish I still had the thousands that I accumulated. Unfortunately, when we sold the house we lived in at the time, I actually poured them out into the driveway like gravel. Spending days in those old country stores started a passion for old things and for some reason I have always been focused on the time from the early 1890s to the 1950s. That love of history and country general stores is the reason for the magazine you’re reading. Barbara and I had the idea of expanding our store newsletter into a

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grandfather clock ______________________ a heirloom that will last a lifetime _______________________ local magazine to help promote the old general store, Davis Brothers, we ran for over a decade back in the 1990s. Well, the magazine took off and we wound up closing the store. The building still stands and today is a popular restaurant. I can still study an old photograph with long time pleasure. Looking not just at the people who were the main subject of the shot, but what really catches my eye are all the things in the background. The buildings, the buggies, signs, the streetscapes. On and off for around 50 years I’ve been accumulating history and photos of our hometown. Over those many years people have been extremely kind to me, opening their photo books, sharing stories. Now I’d like to return that kindness by passing some bits of history on for you to enjoy over several upcoming issues of the magazine. I’m betting you did not know that East Bend was once touted as home to the largest buggy factory in the South, operated by JG Huff. And there were two more large buggy factories, the Tomlinson and Smitherman shops. There is the incredible Morris family story, owners of the 1895 Yadkin Valley Hotel which stood till just a few years ago, but we’ll talk about them in the July/August magazine. Talk about interesting, are the hundreds of old store receipts we have that show prices from circa 1913. We even found a receipt where my grand dad had purchased a bedroom suite, including bed, night stand and two dressers from Davis Bros. for $7.75. Back to those soda pop caps, wait till you see what a case of Coca-Cola sold for wholesale at Christmastime in 1912. ya dkin vall e ymagaz i ne. com

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What Should You Do With Your Tax Refund? You may not get much of a thrill from filing your taxes, but the process becomes much more enjoyable if you're expecting a refund. So, if one is headed your way, what should you do with the money? The answer depends somewhat on the size of the refund. For the 2017 tax year, the average refund was about $2,760 – not a fortune, but big enough to make an impact in your life. Suppose, for example, that you invested this amount in a tax-deferred vehicle, such as a traditional IRA, and then did not add another penny to it for 30 years. At the end of that time, assuming a hypothetical 7 percent annual rate of return, you’d have slightly more than $21,000 – not enough, by itself, to allow you to move to a Caribbean island, but still a nice addition to your retirement income. (You will need to pay taxes on your withdrawals eventually, unless the money was invested in a Roth IRA, in which case withdrawals are tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions.) Of course, you don’t have to wait 30 years before you see any benefits from your tax refund. If you did decide to put

a $2,760 tax refund toward your IRA for 2018, you’d already have reached just over half the allowable contribution limit of $5,500. (If you’re 50 or older, the limit is $6,500.) By getting such a strong head start on funding your IRA for the year, you’ll give your money more time to grow. Also, if you’re going to “max out” on your IRA, your large initial payment will enable you to put in smaller monthly amounts than you might need to contribute otherwise. While using your refund to help fund your IRA is a good move, it’s not the only one you can make. Here are a few other possibilities: Pay down some debt. At some time or another, most of us probably feel we’re carrying too much debt. If you can use your tax refund to help reduce your monthly debt payments, you’ll improve your cash flow and possibly have more money available to invest for the future. Build an emergency fund. If you needed a new furnace or major car repair, or faced any other large, unexpected expense, how would

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Count Me in! Mark Your Calendar for the 2018 BizFest, Celebrating and Increasing Business Awareness In Surry County It’s networking at its best for Surry County community businesses. Increase your referrals in Surry County and support growth in the local economy on April 12 at the BizFest in The Liberty in Elkin. Admission to all BizFest events are free. The event Kick Off Celebration is from 12:00—1:30 with WorkForce Unlimited and The Small Business Center at Surry Community College presents Amanda Pearce and Marie Palacious with Funding for Good to facilitate an interactive session on Successful Partnerships. The title, “Competing or Collaborating? Keeping the Community in Mind and Dollars in Hand” perfectly describes the dilemma so many small businesses face today. The goal will be to explore ways to grow your business through innovative partnerships across diverse business sectors. Many business owners struggle with finding new ways to grow their business, how to find needed services and how to engage partners to strengthen your work. Join us for this interactive session and learn new ways to think about partnerships that will help you stretch and grow in new directions as you and your business evolve. Show Floor Activities: 1:30—6:00 for business to business opportunities for exhibitors to showcase and increase awareness of their products and services to fellow business professionals. Business After Hours: 4:00—6:00 to increase awareness of products and services offered, or created in Surry County, Duke Energy and the Town of Elkin will host a Business After Hours to wrap up a great day of celebrating business with our exhibitors and business leaders from around the county. The exhibitor booths will remain open during this time to allow additional networking opportunities. If you’d like to become an exhibitor you must be a member of one of the following organizations: Surry County Economic Development Partnership: 336-401-9900 Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce: 336-526-1111 The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce: 336-786-6116 BizFest is sponsored by Surry Telephone Membership Corporation, AllStar Rentals, Duke Energy, Greater Mt. Airy Chamber of Commerce, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Pine State Marketing, Small Business Center, SCC, Surry County Economic Development Partnership, Inc., The Liberty, Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce. For more event and registration information Call Emily at 336-401-9900 or email

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The Things We Say

Closing Devotions with Sandra Miller

Yadkinville Jonesville

Gentry Family Funeral Service is a family owned and operated full service funeral home that was established in 1994. As a family-owned and operated establishment, we are committed to providing the very best in personal and professional service. The families we service are not just our clients, they are our neighbors and friends. Just as each life follows its own path, deciding how you would like to remember and honor your loved one is truly a personal journey. Whether you prefer a simple private gathering, full traditional funeral, cremation or a non-traditional service, we will assist you with all of your options.


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As long as I can remember I never heard either of my parents curse. As a matter of fact, my dad would not allow me to say “gosh.” That might seem a little extreme, but the reasoning behind that restriction was the word’s indirect reference to God. Have you ever noticed that many of our by-words start with a “g”: gosh, gosh almighty, goodness, gracious, gee, good grief, etc.? The word gosh is used to give emphasis and is a euphemism (the substitution of mild, indirect or vague expression for another felt to be too blunt or offensive) for God. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging—I say some of those words, but I’m wondering if I should work on changing some of my habits. As much as I hear OMG, especially on TV, I wonder if they know that saying God’s name for emphasis is using his name in vain. God’s name should be adored, not thrown around as a by-word. Think about it: “my goodness,” “for heaven’s sake,” “holy cow” and “my word” are concepts associated with God. “Gee” is a substitution for Jesus. Wow! What can we say, then? Jeepers, maybe? I’ve certainly not arrived but considering the above, at least I’m aware that I need to pray for help in this area I mean, the last thing I want to do is disrespect the Name of my only hope for salvation. One of the 10 commandments in Exodus 20 says to not take the Lord’s name in vain, but it also includes nine other commandments that most of us have broken at some time. You may not be guilty of all of them, but it takes grace to pardon each one. Ephesians 4:29 says to “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth” for a reason.That covers a lot! Prov. 6:2 says we are snared by the

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words we speak, so it’s a warning for our benefit to control our words. Why do we say things like, “I could just die?” Of course, we don’t take those idle comments seriously, so what could it hurt? Well, for one, angels listen to what we say and they respond to the voice of God’s Word. (Psa. 103:20) If they wait to hear us quote God’s Words, do idle words render them idle? The words we speak carry more weight than we realize. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” (Prov. 15:1) It’s foolish to say foolish things. Looking back at my communications, all I can say is well, jeepers! And thank God for grace.

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 or 4324 Mt. Bethel Ch. Rd., East Bend, NC 27018. Phone: 336-699-3757

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Yadkin Valley Magazine March-April 2018  

Lifestyle magazine for Northwest North Carolina's Yadkin Valley Wine Region. Celebrating Southern Foods, people and Yadkin Valley and North...

Yadkin Valley Magazine March-April 2018  

Lifestyle magazine for Northwest North Carolina's Yadkin Valley Wine Region. Celebrating Southern Foods, people and Yadkin Valley and North...