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Gardening 70 Perennially Yours: Borders 72 Bermuda Run Garden Club 84 Gardening is Good for the Soul 86 Azaleas 101 88 Jason Bowen, Horticulturist 90 Davie County Master Gardeners 92 My Front Yard Kingdom 94 Improve Your Environment


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

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home and family 28 Egg Craft Buddies 34 Plan an Easter Sunday Brunch 52 Yadkin Valley Wines 54 Budbreak Festival 76 caring hearts: A Gardener’s Legacy 82 Decorating Tips & Trends 96 Frog Holler Cabins 100 Winston-Salem’s Hidden Diamond 104 FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway 126 Not Today, Maybe Tomorrow


all about PETS 114 Barn & Facility Maintenance 115 Hook, Line and Sinker 116 Dr. Brock: Service Animals 117 Humane Society of Davie County

Health & Wellness 110 Allergies or Virus? 111 Happy Teeth Tips 112 Spring & Allergies

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10 editor’s letter 20 Our Recipe Box 16 beginnings 118 What Is That? 120 Collectors 122 Business Section 127 Shelf Life 128 Sandra’s closing devotion



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just a note from Barbara Chocolate candy eggs and coconut are seasonal musts for my Easter. Everybody loves chocolate so it is easy to talk about but honestly, coconut is much more exciting. It is highly nutritious and rich in fiber. Scientific studies promote coconut’s amazing healing powers. Coco in Spanish means “monkey face”—three indentions (called eyes) on the hairy nut shell resembling the head and face of a cute little monkey appears every time a coconut shell is peeled off. I still have memories of the expression on my late father’s face when asked to open a fallen coconut— not a job my dad relished. Having a coconut palm in a Miami yard was as common as having a fig bush or apple tree in a Yadkin Valley yard. My mother always backed my request for fresh coconut! Outnumbered, Dad removed the thick insulating husk from the coconut with a flat head screw driver and a hammer. Once peeled, we smiled at that little monkey face looking back at us. We chose to call one of the Indentions a mouth because it wasn’t as repulsive to poke open the mouth as an eye to get at the coconut water. Once drained, Dad opened the nut to expose beautiful white coconut meat he wedged out in chunks—pure ambrosia—too much, not well chewed though, pure bellyache agony! foodsandflavors™ has three exquisite coconut cake recipes from Jan Kelly and I have a kid-friendly coconut cookie for your Easter basket or table. Soon Jan will be entering an exciting phase of her lifetime with retirement. We send best wishes and gratefulness for having her writing and expertise in Yadkin Valley Magazine over these years. A hearty welcome to contributor Lisa Prince who is stepping into Jan’s position as director of the NC Egg Association. For her inaugural article to Yadkin Valley Magazine, Lisa sent recipes celebrating spring.


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The grands’ first picnic of the season! In Amanda’s Kitchen, Amanda has conquered motherhood and is still loving time in her kitchen. With Easter in mind, she made peanut butter eggs dipped in dark chocolate. Easy to make, easy to eat, perfect in any Easter basket. NC Representative Virginia Foxx sent her family recipe for eggplant parmesan…we love to hear the story behind a delicious recipe. A home is where giddy moments, loony laughter and not to be forgotten memories can be found. Whether you are an experienced explorer or not, you can see the Yadkin Valley landscape is beautiful especially in our spring when the returning sun persuades every shade of green imaginable from our woodlands. Envision meadows of wild flowers blooming, bees bouncing from blossom to blossom as you read about Horne Creek’s Heritage Apple Orchard horticulturist, one extremely community dedicated garden club, Azaleas 101, strolling a well worn path at Salem Lake, guest writer Phyllis Smith’s backyard view, several announcements of spring plant sales and upcoming garden workshops. Happiness starts with good health: get on top of spring allergies with solid advice, steps in staying healthy and more dental tips. Awesomeness happens in spring. Personally, I’m anxious to see if my new tulip bulbs drowned over our wet winter! Our goal this spring is to get outside and about the Yadkin Valley…to seek some solitude, fresh air and new faces. One path of interest to consider—the FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Meet with us again in May for early summer and all the discoveries Yadkin Valley Magazine has to offer.

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Yadkin Valley Magazine is a publication of Cherry Street Media,LLC. 413 Cherry Street East Bend, NC 27018 336-699-2446 March-April 2019 Volume 19 Number 4


Publisher/Editor Barbara Krenzer Norman Advertising Sales John Norman Sue Harrison Ken Knight Contributing Writers Matt Abbott, Kimberly Blaker, Mary Bohlen, Robin Brock, D.V.M., John Bryd, Colleen Church, Caroline Donalson, Rep. Virginia Foxx, Shannon Holden, Amanda Joyner, Jan Kelly, Delores Kincer, Stephanie Koreneff, Scott Lewis, Carmen Long, Cindy Martin, Laura Mathis, David L. May, Sandra Miller, Dwaine Phifer, Lisa Prince, Adrienne Roethling, June Rollins, Phyllis Smith, Lisa R. Turney, Lauren Urrea, Jessica Owens Wall. Photographs & Photographers John & Barbara Norman, June Rollins, Jan Kelly, Shannon Holden, Cindy Martin, Carmen Long, Amanda Joyner, Dwaine Phifer, Judy Mitchell/Mitchell’s Greenhouse & Nursery, Lisa Prince, Horne Creek Living Farm, Frog Holler Cabins Distribution Cindy & Wayne Martin Rebecca Cranfill Denise & Ken Knight Test Kitchen Chef Amanda Joyner To inquire about advertising in Yadkin Valley Magazine (336) 699-2446 ya d ki n va l l e y magazi

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Spring is symbolic for renewal, hope and promise as we observe tender but tough, emerging perennials and unexpected tiny color bursts of flowering quince and forsythia dotting an otherwise gray landscape. We don’t mind those still quite chilly, frosty mornings, knowing they will soon melt into windows-open, warmer afternoons. It’s finally Spring. Last April 4th, my experience of Spring took on an even deeper significance. Martha had said, “Come at 5pm for the best light.” She was right. I arrived camera in hand, hoping to leave with a few good reference photos for a sheep painting or two. For an hour, I was immersed in a green pastured world of constantly moving wool with eyes. I loved observing the different personalities. Some sheep were more guarded, others more curious. Little lambs scampered and frolicked, ate and napped. I took as many photos as I could and hoped for the best. Back home I was pleased as I began to study the images and consider possibilities for paintings. I began with a small 5”x5” oil painting of a single lamb and progressed with each successive painting to a more challenging composition or larger size. Last year, I painted eleven paintings from that visit and I still have more photos to consider.

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Martha tells me she can recognize her sheep in my paintings, “That’s Sunshine with the crooked world view, that’s Della who had triplets and is always eating…” I gave Martha the painting, “Della’s Late Night Snack,” in appreciation of the visit.

I live in a comfortable routine of going to work and coming home. I love both and feel no need to “get away.” Martha had extended the invitation in December 2017 to come out and photograph the sheep. I guess my routine is comfortable and busy because, while I thought about the opportunity, I didn’t act on it. There didn’t seem to be enough time. There was always something else that took precedence… Last Spring, when I saw her and she said, “I have lambs now.” I’m so glad I said, “Great, when’s a good time for me to come?” This Spring, consider breaking your routine and embracing something new: a new recipe, destination, hobby, friend, book, goal, challenge, perspective or __________. If you were to fill in the blank, what would it be?

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foodsandflavors™ 32 Kookies for Kiddos 34 Plan an Easter Sunday Brunch 36 Cookbook Collector: The Vermont Country Store Cookbook 38 Asian Sweet Potato Soup 40 Made in the YV: Aunt Sis’ Salsa 43 Hot Sides from the Garden 46 Dessert Tray: Three Coconut Cakes 58 Carmen & Living Well all Year 61 In Amanda’s Kitchen 62 Fresh Garden Vegetables & Eggs 66 Rep. Foxx’s Eggplant Parmesan 68 One Last Sweet Bite

OUR RECIPE BOX... Asian Sweet Potato Soup Baked Summer Squash Butterscotch & Date Drops Caribbean Carrots Chicken Pasta Soup Coconut Cheesecake Coconut Pound Cake Confetti Cabbage Cream of Coconut Cake Curried Egg Sandwiches Eggplant Parmesan German Chocolate Cake Lemon Coconut Drops Lemon Greek Chicken /Veggies Maple/Molasses Baked Beans Mini Egg Casserole Peanut Butter Easter Eggs Peanut Butter Fudge Quinoa Strawberry Salad Raisin Drop Cookies Spinach Cheese Quesadilla Steak & Egg Salad Zesty Spinach Omelet

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22 Best YV Cooks: Lemon Greek Chicken Veggie Sheet Pan. 24 Best YV Cooks: The Oakley Family German Chocolate Cake. CORRECTION: In the last issue of Yadkin Valley Magazine please add one 16-ounce can of stewed tomatoes to Joan Scorof ’s Ranch Stew recipe.

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In a busy household like ours, the perfect dinner involves minimal dirty dishes and food prep! We have fallen in love with sheet pan dinners. Just preheat your oven while you throw everything on the pan and then let the oven do all the work. We pick a theme (Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian, etc.) and customize the vegetables tossed in olive oil and a vinegar with spices. The roasting brings out rich, sweet flavors in fresh veggies and meats stay moist. This recipe has a wonderful lemony depth that makes for a tender, delicious chicken dish accented with healthy, flavorful veggies. This dinner is great for lunch leftovers the next day and the chicken leftovers are also great on a salad!

Ryan Guthrie’s Lemon Greek Chicken Veggie Sheet Pan

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Brenda Oakley’s German Chocolate Cake has been in her family since the 1950s. Her mother-in-law (raised four boys) always made a German chocolate cake for Christmas. The cake became a tradition for every Christmas until she got so sick she had to quit cooking. The sons asked who was going to pass on the tradition of baking the Christmas cake. Well, guess who got the honor out of four daughter-in-laws? Brenda had never made a German chocolate cake in her life but went looking through her mother-in-law’s recipes

and could not find the cake recipe. Ultimately Brenda had to write down details as her mother-in-law walked her through her “recipe” and how she made the cake. Brenda confessed she made several cakes before she and her mother-in-law agreed THAT was the recipe they wanted. “I have been making this cake ever since. They tell me it is just as good as what my mother-in-law made but I doubt it. I tell them it is just made with love,” shared Brenda.

Brenda Oakley’s German Chocolate Cake 1 box Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate 2 sticks margarine, room temperature 4 eggs, separated 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon slat 1/2 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup buttermilk Melt chocolate over water; set aside to cool. Separate eggs; whip egg whites until stiff/forms peaks; set aside. Beat margarine and sugar until well blended. Add egg yolks one at a time beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and chocolate. Sift flour, soda and salt together. Pour into well greased/floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake at 350°F 40 minutes or until cake tests done. Coconut-Pecan Frosting 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk 4 slightly beaten egg yolks 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans 2 cups coconut (or to taste) 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 1/2 sticks margarine Mix milk, egg yolks, sugar, margarine, vanilla in a sauce pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Let cool before frosting cake. Note: Brenda makes the frosting first so it will be cooling while she makes the cake. “It cuts down on time!” Thanks for the tip, Brenda.


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Animal Egg Buddies an Easter Craft from Jan Kelly

The egg has been a symbol of spring since ancient times, signifying new life as the earth renewed itself after long, cold winters. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians actually dyed eggs for spring festivals. While egg coloring has come down to us through the mil-

DIRECTIONS Cow Buddies: Whole white eggs, contents removed, (remove the egg contents by using two small, carefully punched holes, *bleach water). Black craft paint, craft paintbrush, white craft pipe cleaners (6-inch pieces), craft glue, small black buttons or small pieces of felt, small plastic eyes, scissors, black felt, black yarn (3-inch pieces) and a needle.

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lennia, new traditions are born every day and the American Egg Board has just the thing to help you keep your kids busy during the spring/holiday break. Animal Egg Buddies are fun projects offering the perfect way for one person or an entire family to showcase springtime creativity.

Wash whole eggs, one for each cow you are making, with bleach water. Let dry completely. Paint irregular black spots randomly on each egg and on 4 pipe cleaners. Let dry completely. Holding the egg horizontally, glue black button on the front of one end of the egg for a nose. Glue eyes a little further back on the egg from the nose. Cut 2 small ears from the black felt. Glue onto the top of face. To make legs, bend 4 painted pipe cleaners into an “L.” Glue small parts of the “L” onto underside of the egg. Fray one end of the piece of yarn. Using a needle, insert and glue tail into hole at opposite end of the egg from the face. yad kin valley ma gaz

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Piglet Buddies: Whole white eggs, bleach water. Pink craft paint, craft paint brushes, mini-marshmallows, craft glue, small buttons, small plastic eyes, pink craft pipe cleaners, scissors and pink felt.

Wash whole eggs, one for each pig you are making with bleach water. Let dry completely. Paint egg shell and 4 mini-marshmallows with pink paint. Let dry completely. Holding egg horizontally, glue button on front of one end of the egg. Glue eyes a little further back on the egg from the nose. Glue mini-marshmallows onto underside of the egg for feet. Twist pipe cleaner around a pencil for the tail. Glue into hole at the opposite end of the egg from the face. Cut 2 small ears from the pink felt. Form pieces into a slight “U” shape and glue onto the top of the face.

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Sheep Buddies: Whole white or brown eggs, contents removed, bleach water. Craft glue, white cotton balls, small plastic eyes, black yarn, (in 1-inch pieces), mini-marshmallows, scissors and black felt. Wash whole eggs one for each sheep you are making, with bleach water. Let dry completely. Holding the egg horizontally, glue cotton balls over the egg, leaving a small space open at one end of the egg for the head. Glue eggs at edge of the uncovered space a the end of the egg. Glue yarn in place at the tip of the egg, forming a slight smile for the mouth. Glue 4 mimi-marshmallows on underside of the egg for legs. Cut 2 small ears and a tiny nose from the black felt and glue in place on the face.

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Easter break. How did it get here so quickly? What am I going to do to keep the kids happy and busy? What’s more perfect a fun/learning situation guaranteed to end up tastily but to make “cookies” with your kids? The key word in the following

recipes is “drop,” so you know right away there is no rolling and cutting out—when for kids, patience is sometimes difficult to have. Young beginning bakers should take a large part in measuring, prepping, mixing and then simply dropping the dough

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Kookies for Kiddos

Butterscotch Date Drops

2/3 cup margarine 1 cup dark brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup finely chopped dates 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt

by teaspoonful or ice cream scoops (to keep cookie size uniform) onto the cookie sheet and it’s off to the oven. Too, this is a great opportunity to sneak in some fruit kids know and introduce them to fruit they aren’t yet aware of.

1 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup shredded coconut, finely chopped Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and lemon zest. Beat well. Sift together flour and salt. Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture. Blend in coconut. Drop by teaspoonfuls on uncreased baking sheet. Bake at 325°F about 15 to 20 minutes.

Cream margarin and sugar. Add eggs; beat well. Combine milk and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together. Blend into egg mixture alternately with milk. Stir in dates. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased sheets. Bake at 350°F about 15 minutes.

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An Easter Sunday Brunch An Easter Sunday Brunch for a small, intimate get-together can be quick, easy and made up ahead of time if you choose winning decorations, beverages and menu. For a quick and easy centerpiece for your table, fill a large basket with Easter grass and softly colored hard-boiled eggs or resin eggs (good to use next Easter, too). Whether you use real or resin, they are great to hide for the kids to hunt after the brunch. Also, very popular now are clear glass containers filled with only colored eggs. Don’t stress, hit your preferred bakery the day before to order some spring berry tarts and Hot Cross Buns to place beautifully on various cake stands. You may want to add small dishes of jam and/or butter around the cake stands. Peeled eggs can also be dyed with traditional Easter egg dyes then cut in half lengthwise to then spoon in a mound of your favorite deviled egg filling dusted with some paprika. If you prefer nature’s shades over bright or pastel colors to dye your eggs, try these: yellow onion skins-dark yellow to copper; curry powder-pale yellow; tumeric-golden yellow; tea-terra/cotta brown; blueberries-blue/gray. Curried Egg Sandwiches conceal any damaged eggs during the dying and peeling processes as well as a savory flavor to partner with the sweets. Finely chop four hard-cooked eggs, mix in 1/4 cup mayonnaise, (or half mayonnaise and half yogurt) with 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder. Garnish with round slices of black or green olives. If you can find an egg-shaped cookie cutter, using a fresh bread of choice, cut out your egg-shaped slices and spread with this egg mixture.

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foodsandflavors~™ cookbook collector with Caroline Donalson Per chance do you receive the Vermont Country Store catalogs in the mail? The Orton family still owns and operates this 1940s store in Vermont. It is purely a catalog of nostalgia—fun to look at and recall items such as Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo and conditioner, mother’s Tweed cologne and so much more. You’ll see other hard-to-find candy and food stuffs of the past, sturdy and reliable clothing, health and kitchen items. It’s a delight just to read! A dear friend gifted me The Vermont Country Store Cookbook of recipes, history and lore from the classic American general store and its Orton family. A plethora of family and food photos are a genuinely a treat. Note the variety of recipes from Vermont are very different from our usual local fare but that’s exactly what makes “reading” cookbooks exciting. This perfect coffee table book, costs $30 but trust me, it is worth every penny for your collection and your cooking soul!

Maple and Molasses Baked Beans… These are not your mother’s baked beans!

1 pound dried navy beans 1 Tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cloves minced garlic (1 teaspoon) 2 medium onions, chopped (2 cups) 2 bay leaves 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon (6 slices) cut into bite-size pieces 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 cup dark unsulphured molasses 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup country-style Dijon mustard (regular mustard will do, too) 1 Tablespoon Tabasco sauce Freshly ground black pepper Place beans in a 6-quart stockpot; add boiling water to cover beans by 2 inches. Add 1 Tablespoon salt; stir, soak 2 hours or overnight. Drain beans; return beans to the wiped-out stockpot. Add water to cover by 2 inches and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic, 1 cup onion and bay leaves. Simmer over low heat, slightly covered 1 hour or til tender. Most water should be absorbed. Remove from heat; drain, reserve liquid, remove bay leaves. Cook bacon over medium-low heat in Dutch oven 15 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup onion and 1/2 teaspoon garlic. Sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and Tabasco. Stir in cooked beans, pepper and enough bean liquid (up to 1 cup) to make a soupy mixture. Cover, bake at 325°F, (center rack), for 1 hour. Stir in 1/2 cup of bean liquid, if needed—you want thick soft beans.

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Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and sriracha. Sauté another 1 to 2 minutes. Add in the diced sweet potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir well. Add the chicken stock. Stir everything together. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are quite tender. Turn off the heat. Place the stock pot in the sink. Use an immersion stick blender to cream the soup so no lumps remain. Blend in the coconut milk and adjust seasoning. Swirl a thin ribbon of sriracha sauce on top. Sprinkle with finely chopped cilantro. NOTE: The soup can be prepared in a blender. Ladle 1/4 of the hot soup into the blender canister. Leave a small space on one side, facing away from control buttons, between the lid and the canister edge. This is to allow steam to escape. Blend until soup is smooth. Pour into a second pot. Continue blending with the other 3/4 of the soup, using care to avoid burns.

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Made in The Yadkin Valley

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Aunt Sis’ Chunky Salsa

I like salsa but never enough to seek it out at a store, until now. This salsa is the best I've eaten. Bought two jars the other day. –customer comment We traveled to Walnut Cove to find Debbie and Jimmy Knight’s Aunt Sis’s Chunky Salsa. Debbie created her salsa recipe 20 years ago and has served it at various functions. As it happened, a church member originally from Texas dipped into Debbie’s bowl of salsa at a church dinner. He started looking through the congregation to find Debbie and/or Jimmy to get the brand name for the salsa. “That’s the closest to my Texas salsa since I left that state,” he said. “You need to bottle and sell it!” That’s all it took plus lots of paperwork to meet State qualifications , but now, two years later, Aunt Sis’ Chunky Salsa— mild and medium—is in 384 stores in the Yadkin Valley and beyond. Food Lion carries the Knight’s salsa in 300 of its stores, plus you’ll find on the shelves in 4 Lowes Foods in Greensboro, 4 Ingles, (one in Elkin and one in Walnut Cove), plus a plethora of small independent food stores. Jimmy recalls his first customer, David, at the Galaxy in Stokesdale. Members of NC Agriculture, the Knights do not use preservatives and rely on NC farmers for their fresh ingredient sources. Jimmy’s jalapeños come from a neighboring farmer. We found our salsa at Ingles in Elkin... pass those chips it’s great! Debbie recently created a new recipe for Blueberry Pepper Jelly…look for it on the shelves. See where Aunt Sis’ is offering tastings and new stores where you can find them:


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Grease/flour a 9-x13-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and shortening. Slowly add milk and vanilla. Continue beating until blended. Add egg whites, two at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly add flour gradually. Beat well. Stir in coconut just until mixed. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350°F until cake tests done (when knife inserted in cake center comes out clean). Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Punch 6 to 10 holes in cake top (end of wooden spoon handle works well). Slowly pour cream of coconut on cake top, letting it absorb completely. Finish cooling. Stir in 1/2 cup toasted coconut into whipped topping. Spread whipped topping on cake as frosting. Sprinkle remaining toasted coconut on top of frosting. Refrigerate for several hours. *To toast coconut, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread sweetened shredded or flaked coconut on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until golden, (5 to10 minutes).


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Evenly coat bottom/sides of a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter in a small bowl. Mix completely. Firmly press into the bottom and 1-inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake crust at 350°F 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool in pan. Reduce oven to 325°F. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer. Gradually add sugar to cheese mixture. Add eggs, 2 at a time. Beat well after each addition. Stir in cream of coconut and thawed coconut. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 325°F until cheesecake looks almost set, but still shakes slightly in center or about 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven.

Let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle toasted coconut around rim of cheesecake or in center. Cool/chill for 8 hours or overnight. Carefully run a thin bladed knife around the rim of the cheesecake. Loosen the outside of the pan. Carefully run a long, sharp knife under the crust of the pan to loosen. Carefully transfer cheesecake to serving plate. *To toast coconut, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread sweetened shredded or flaked coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring once or twice, until golden, about 5 to 10 minutes. If toasting sweetened coconut, check and stir more frequently because the added sugars can cause irregular browning.

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How Does a Vineyard Get Started? I get asked this question all the time on our tours. The quick answer is very careful planning. Sometimes that is not the case in all scenarios. Many times vineyard owners just make use of what they have in land and property. Planting a vineyard requires several steps to be successful and is generally done in springtime. Step one: Generate a topographical map of the area where you wish to plant the vines. There are many survey companies who can handle this task for you and each charge differently so do your homework. Step two: Dig out soil samples from different parts of the vineyard. Since tap roots on a grape vine can go pretty deep you will need a posthole type digger to get deep enough. Label these samples and send them off to Raleigh for examination. People are surprised a lot by these findings. Topography and soil conditions are pretty critical in the process as they will help determine which varietals and clones are planted where on the property. Step three: Consult with a Vineyard consultant on a layout of the vineyard. Vines are planted in blocks, not necessarily only in rows. Information from the first two steps will determine where different types of grapes will be planted. Grape vines are purchased from a nursery and the vines purchased arrive already a year old and transplanted. Step four: Get out those work gloves because it is time to drive posts into the ground for the rows. The rows are laid out according to the vineyard map and generally run North to South to capture the most sunlight which travels, of course East to West. 52

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Step five: Don’t take those gloves off yet, it’s time to plant the vines. You will need a mechanical posthole digger to dig out spots for the vines to be planted. Vines are planted about six feet apart and the rows are spaced about eight feet apart (need to be far enough apart for the tractor and lawnmower to fit). Vines will have a grafting point on them and this needs to be planted above ground. All vines are grafted with native vine rootstock and the varietal type on top. Step six: Keep those work gloves on because it is time to put the wire up for the grapes to trellis onto. Wire is spaced out for the main reason to tie off the vine and train it upwards. Most vines in the Yadkin Valley are trained on Vertical Shoot method, which trains the vine to grow up and out in the shape of a “T.” The vine will be tied off about waist level, which is optimal height for picking grapes and the airflow of the vineyard. Step Seven: You can take the gloves off because Mother Nature takes over for now. Some watering may be needed but it’s time to nurture them and train them up the trellis. As you can see planting a vineyard takes a lot of planning and hard work. I said in the previous article “You have to be a farmer first.” Now you see why. Next time you savor a bottle of Yadkin Valley Wine you will appreciate all the love and labor that went into the final product.

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At last…the first sign of spring and the beginning of wine and craft beer festivals in the Yadkin Valley. 2019 is the 10th Annual Budbreak, Wine and Craft Beer Festival held in charming downtown Mount Airy on May 4 noon to 6p. The teamwork of the Mount Airy Rotary Club and the Mount Airy Downtown Business Association pull off a festival of fun with wine and beer producers offering samples, wonderful food with 13 Bones and all the local downtown eateries and great, live music.There truly is something for everyone’s tastes and souls. The Mount Airy Rotary Club takes its proceeds from Budbreak to support over nine local non-profits as well as eight Rotary Projects, both regional and global. “Through the success of the Budbreak fundraiser, we have been able to provide extraordinary service to our community and the world,” said Rotarian Bob Meinecke. On this the 10th anniversary of Budbreak, the festival is taking a look back to celebrate the history of the wine industry in our state. North Carolina was the first state in colonial times to have a winery using the scuppernong-an abundant grape from the coast to the foothills. In the early 1800s, there appears to have been no particular method of producing wine. Vintners either pressed grapes and then mixed with grape juice and brandy or let the crushed grapes ferment, THEN add juices and brandy. Prior to the Prohibition era, North Carolina ranked as the leading wine producer in the U.S. Before the Civil War brought wine making to a halt, there were 25 wineries in North Carolina.Wine and grape production in the state endured an all-time low until 1950. In 1972, Jack Kroustalis’ Westbend Vineyards, Lewisville, became North Carolina’s first winery to produce wine from French and California varieties. By 2000, several successful wineries were producing in North Carolina and the industry continues to enjoy rapid growth. “Today there are over 185 wineries across the state with the largest number being in the north central part of North Carolina including the Yadkin Valley,” reports Meinecke.

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Budbreak helps The Mount Airy Rotary to raise funds for a host of local charities and worthy causes. By 2000, several successful wineries were producing in North Carolina and the industry continues to enjoy rapid growth. Budbreak offers live music and delicious food in the pavillion tent between Brannock & Hiatt and Old North State. B-Dazzle Productions, our Hometown DJ, will start the event with tunes to set the mood for the festival. Country Music star Will Jones will returning from Nashville and performing with his band. Thanks go to sponsors of the lead event. Glass sponsors are Fish Hippie and Hodges Realty. Music, food for the tummy and the soul with the ever popular 13 Bones Restaurant on site as well as a huge variety of a dozen downtown eateries serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taste 17 wines from the Yadkin Valley such as Old North State, Round Peak, Sanders Ridge, Elkin Creek, Native Vines and Southern Charm wineries and 4 craft beer breweries including Skill Camp and Foothills. Note: for your convenience, a wine pick up tent will be at the Carlos Jones Pavilion Advance tickets ($20) are available at Mount Airy Visitor’s Center, Old North State Winery, Webb Interiors and Hampton Inn Mount Airy. Kids 12 and younger are FREE with a paying adult. Also offering special packages is The Hampton Inn, visit To go along with North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement, all attendees tasting drinking and/or purchasing alcohol on Festival grounds must be 21 years of age and must wear a tasting wristband. A photographic ID must be shown to obtain your wristband and complimentary wine glass. Insurance for the health and safety of attendees does not allow pets or coolers inside the Festival area. If traveling with pets, call Grand Pup Resort Hotel and Spa at 336-648-8458 and Bark & Meow Pet Spa both on Main Street for a beautiful, comfortable place for your pets while you enjoy the festival. Check out for additional ticket and event information and updates or Rotarian Bob Meinecke, hello@, 336-710-5703. Talking food and the wide variety available downtown during your Budbreak weekend: North State Winery, Leon’s Burger Express, The Loaded Goat, Mi Casa on Main, Mam’s Eatery, Barney’s Café, Walkers Soda Shop, Snappy Lunch, Miss Angels, Kazoku Sushi, and So Ho Bar & Grill and on festival day, 13 Bones. 56

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1. Keep your family finances in check. Track your expenses and update your budget regularly. Eat at home often because meals outside of home usually cost more. Plan your menus and use coupons to help plan your menus. Use leftovers as the basis for another meal. 2. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The average adult human body is approximately 60 percent water, which is found in muscle, blood, brain, bone, etc. Water regulates every living cell’s processes and chemical reactions. It transports nutrients and oxygen. Water helps to maintain normal bowel habits and prevent constipation. Limit the amount of soda and fruit drinks consumed daily.

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7. Engage children in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity. Besides participating in sporting activities, turn on some music and dance. Be creative by assembling an obstacle course or using

hula-hoops. Take a walk or bike ride in your neighborhood. Start planning a garden. Spring is a great time to plant a garden. If you don’t have space to plant in your yard, use containers or flower pots for growing your plants. One of the easiest spring greens to grow is spinach. Spinach is a cool weather crop, so it can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. I really like planting spinach in pots and it works great to sow seeds every week or so for a few weeks. This insures you will have spinach to enjoy the whole growing season. Full of flavor and nutritional value, spinach is a great addition to soups, salads, omelets, wraps and quesadillas. Even people who say they don’t like spinach, often do when it is combined with other ingredients. Try one of the following recipes or add spinach to one of your favorites. Popeye may not be the only spinach fan.

Chicken, Pasta and Spinach Soup

Spinach Cheese Quesadilla

1 can chicken broth (14-ounce, reduced-sodium) 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes 2 ounces whole grain or multigrain pasta (such as rotini) 2 cups cooked chicken breast (diced) 1 cup packed baby spinach ¼ cup fresh basil (chopped) 1Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)

4 8-inch whole wheat tortillas ½ cup crumbled Feta cheese (or other cheese) 2 cups baby spinach 1 green onion, minced 1 teaspoon lemon juice Pinch of salt Black pepper to taste Non-stick cooking spray

6. Maintain a healthy home. Be sure your smoke detector is working correctly and test for the presence of Radon. Help manage allergies and/or asthma by cleaning and vacuuming regularly to reduce allergy triggers in the home. Avoid accidental poisonings by keeping medications locked up, and cleaning agents and other poisons out of reach of children.

In a medium saucepan, combine broth, tomatoes. Include their liquids. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the pasta. Return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover. Simmer 6 minutes or until pasta is just tender. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients, except the cheese. Let stand covered, 5 minutes to absorb flavors. Serve topped with cheese. ya d ki n va l l e y magazi

Place cheese, spinach, green onions on two tortillas. Sprinkle with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top with remaining tortillas. Press firmly. Heat non-stick pan over medium high heat. Coat with non-stick cooking spray. Cook each tortilla about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Cut into wedges to serve.

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2 eggs, beaten 2 Tablespoons water ½ cup fresh spinach ¼ cup cheese, shredded Dash of cumin

Dash of salt Dash of pepper ¼ cup salsa Non-stick cooking spray

Wash and rinse spinach leaves; remove stems. In medium bowl beat eggs, water, cumin, salt, pepper together using fork. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Heat a large skillet (10”) to medium heat. Pour egg mixture into pan. Lift edges of eggs and tip pan as needed to let uncooked mixture flow underneath and cook. Cook until almost set. Spread spinach and shredded cheese over ½ of the omelet. Using spatula, fold other side of omelet over filling. Top with salsa and serve.

Quinoa Strawberry Salad Quinoa is a popular whole grain thanks to its quick cooking time, high protein content and nutty taste. The quinoa really soaks up the dressing in this recipe. Wait to dress the salad until right before serving. Salad: ½ cup dry quinoa 2 cups baby spinach leaves, chiffonade 1 cup sliced strawberries 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted 1 handful of fresh basil leaves, chiffonade Dressing: 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 Tablespoons olive oil Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Place quinoa in medium saucepan with 1¾ cups water. Bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes or until cooked. Remove lid. Cook until all water is evaporated. Remove from heat. Make dressing: combining all ingredients in a bowl or jar. Combine quinoa, spinach, strawberries, toasted almonds, basil in bowl. Toss in dressing just prior to serving. yad kin valleyma gaz

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Amanda Joyner This is a great activity to do with kids for Easter; my nieces love to cook with me! Only your imagination limits you—be as creative as you wish. Add names with piped icing for a personalized touch, add just sprinkles or coconut, instead of a dark chocolate, use “white chocolate” with a tiny drop of food coloring to make a pastel shade for your yummy Easter egg centerpiece. consider using a different flavor chip: butterscotch or most adults like peppermint. Wrap set eggs with plastic wrap, drop in a colorful plastic egg (so they won’t get mashed by other treats) and stuff Easter baskets or hide for an Easter egg hunt.

Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs Makes 6 large eggs

3 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups of smooth peanut butter (can use crunchy if that's your preference!) 1/2 cup melted butter Chocolate Coating 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 1 stick of butter

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Combine peanut butter ingredients in a mixer until well combined. Mixture will appear crumbly, don't worry! Form mixture into 6 even egg shapes. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to help set up for dipping. Melt stick of butter. Add chocolate chips. Stir till completely smooth and melted. Dip eggs, one at a time. (If you are adding sprinkles now is the time to put them on). Place eggs back in freezer for 30 minutes to set chocolate.

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Springtime brings warmer weather and fresh garden vegetabs! WRITER

Lisa Prince, Director, NC Egg Association As the days begin to get a little longer and the sun shines a little warmer, it’s time to get outside and breath in that fresh air. The flowers are beginning to bud, everything is getting greener and the gardens are starting to burst with fresh lettuces, asparagus, spinach and herbs. Now is the time to start eating up all those vibrant green veggies so how about a hearty salad or a sinfully delicious breakfast casserole to get your mouth watering?


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Mini Egg Casserole with Spinach and Croutons 6 slices Applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and diced 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 6 ounces baby spinach 1 cup heavy whipping cream ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper (optional) ½ cup croutons, chopped (leave a few whole) 4 eggs Cook bacon in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Add shallot and garlic. Sauté over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes until soft. Add spinach; cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Return bacon to skillet. Stir in cream. Reduce heat to low; simmer until cream is thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Divide spinach mixture among four greased 5-ounce ramekins or custard cups. Sprinkle croutons evenly over the spinach. Break an egg over the spinach mixture. Place in a preheated 400°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until desired doneness. Remove from oven. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Lisa’s Notes: You can change up the cheese, use bread crumbs instead of croutons, use ham instead of bacon or even try using sausage. Serve with toast, biscuit or English muffin to dip into the sauce. yad kin valleyma gaz

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Steak and Egg Salad 1 (4-ounce) Filet 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 small shallot, minced Salt and pepper to taste 6 Tablespoons olive oil 1 cup fresh seasonal beans 4 cups mixed baby salad greens 4 Tablespoons dried cranberries 2 eggs, poached 4 Tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled

Pat filet dry with a paper towel. Season steak with salt and pepper. Grill to desired doneness. Set aside to rest until ready to slice. Blend together vinegars, mustard and shallots. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil until fully blended; set aside. Trim ends of beans; cut into 4-inch pieces. Cook beans in slightly salted boiling water until tender; drain. Toss beans and salad greens with 2 Tablespoons of dressing. Use remaining dressing to drizzle on finished plates. Place salad greens and beans on 2 plates. Sprinkle salad greens with cranberries. Slice steak and place on salad greens then drizzle with remaining dressing.

*Poach eggs until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken (no longer runny, but not hard), about 3 to 5 minutes. Place egg on top of green beans. Sprinkle salads with goat cheese and serve. *Heat 2 to 3 inches of water in large deep skillet to boiling. Adjust heat to keep liquid simmering gently. Break eggs, one at a time, into custard cup or saucer. Holding dish close to surface, slip egg into water. Cook eggs until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 3 to 5 minutes. Do not stir. Lift eggs from water with slotted spoon. Drain in spoon or on paper towels. Lisa’s Notes: According to the American Egg Board when poaching eggs; use very fresh eggs, do not swirl the water, do not poach ahead of time and hold them in the refrigerator. Adding vinegar or salt to the water to enhance coagulation is not necessary and can flavor the eggs. Asparagus tips or some fresh herbs would be a nice addition to this salad. 64

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Congresswoman Virginia Foxx’s father’s parents were Italian immigrants who came to the U.S. in 1906 and 1907. Her grandmother was a stay-at-home typical Italian mother/grandmother who cooked all day. “Eggplant Parmesan, because it is a labor intensive dish, was made for only special occasions in the Palmieri family and it is not a main dish most of the time. Remainder of sauce is used on pasta (Rigatoni is my preference), which is the main dish in almost any Italian meal. Sausage is served on side with eggplant. The sausage is the secret ingredient that makes the sauce so tasty. Other than oregano, no other spice is needed because of the spices in the sausage. If time is short, the first frying can be skipped but my grandmother always did it. I had a hard time quantifying the ingredients, especially the eggplant.


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a visit to the kitchen of Rep. Virgina Foxx featuring her Family Eggplant Parmesan

1 large or 2 medium eggplants, firm and fresh, preferably from a farm in the Yadkin Valley 3 Tablespoons salt 4 eggs 1 container of Italian style breadcrumbs 1 to 1 ½ cups of vegetable or olive oil 1 ½ pounds mozzarella cheese ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 to 3 cups of tomato sauce made from two (28-ounce) cans of tomato pureé 10 Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage Links Six to eight hours before making the dish, slice eggplants from stem to end, not long ways and as thinly as possible. Do not peel. Soak in water in bowl with 3 Tablespoons salt. Put a weight on a plate over bowl to hold slices down in the salt water. When ready to fry, drain and pat dry. Fry on both sides in electric fry pan set on 350°F. Drain on paper towels placed on newspapers or cardboard. Mix eggs (start with 2 or 3), dip fried slices in egg. Then in bread crumbs on both sides and fry again. Pieces will be crispy and tasty but don’t eat too many at this stage. (My husband is bad to come into the kitchen at this stage and snatch pieces!) Place slices in casserole dish; can do individual casseroles or up to 9”x12.” Spread tomato sauce over the eggplant. Top with thinly sliced or shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle Parmesan on top of mozzarella. Repeat, ending with cheese on top. Bake in oven for 20 minutes (more if it has been in refrigerator). If it has been frozen, leave dish in refrigerator for several hours and then put dish in cold oven and let it warm with the oven. yad kin valleyma gaz

Eggplant Parmesan Sauce Make sauce while preparing eggplant or make in advance. Will keep in refrigerator for several days. Brown sausages on all sides in tall pot, if available, or Dutch oven. Pour in 2 cans of tomato pureé. Add 3 or 4 packages of Sweet n’ Low to cut acidic taste of tomatoes. Add 2 Tablespoons oregano, McCormick or other good brand. Cover and simmer for 90 minutes. Uncover; turn stove down almost as low as it will go. Sauce will just barely bubble—be prepared for popping, put newspapers on counter and, where possible, on the stove top. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 1/3 at least will disappear as water.

These beautiful eggplants were grown by the Grady Hunter family. Their eggplants are beautiful and also tasty. –Virgina

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one last sweet bite As we leave our food section there’s just time for... !

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From our sweet desserts, grandkid pleasing cookbook, here’s a favorite ready to perk up a one young ones day, as they’re off the bus and into grandma’s kitchen. May-June 2018

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Yadkin Valley Home & Garden Perennially Yours: Borders in the Landscape

Adrienne Roethling

By Adrienne Roethling, Garden Curator of Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Like fashion, perennials go in and out of style, which can become boring or become mainstream. They continue to get you excited for the new season or offer you a reason to re-think, re-use and re-imagine the garden world. The use of plants in a perennial border is most successful when thinking with color, texture and form. A border showcasing texture forces your eyes to stop and look left, right, up and down. Consider planting ornamental grasses such as Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’. The upright texture creates a wall to its neighbors, in a pleasant way. In keeping with color, this particular grass displays a cooler hue, in this case grey-blue. Play off that color, texture and form with something low, round and maybe something with dark purple leaves. A small shrub such as ‘Concorde’ or ‘Crimson Pygmy’ barberry or Weigela ‘Spilled Wine’ would be great companions. In keeping with the perennial theme, there are so many purple leaf dahlia options. With good drainage and full sun, most will survive a zone 7 climate. Native plants are important to the ecosystem and are very appealing when attracting all sorts of pollinators. start with planting Virginia bluebells for early spring color to attract bees when temperatures begin to warm. Follow that with orange, yellow or red butterfly weed in summer for the Monarch butterfly and lastly, don’t forget about the hungry birds. The American beautyberry has wonderful, purple berries in fall. Hybrids of native plants are a must in a border also. The typical form of Echinacea purpurea, coneflower, is the best and when used as breeding stock, produced a number of exciting hybrids.

Flowers are amazing hues in the hot color range and in the cool color range. A favorite coneflower is the giant coneflower, Rudbeckia maxima with its large tropical-like grey leaves to the tall stalks producing orange petals and large brown cones. Among other star performers, the Yucca rostrata or beaked blue yucca is also a native to the US but more importantly, has 4 seasons of interest. It best appears in winter when other plants are dormant. Another favorite and something low-growing, has to be the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ which has provided us with a flower power from May-October. Flowers are about the size of a quarter, violet blue and top the light green leaves. Something to love about these borders is the ease of maintenance. Ornamental grasses should be cut back in late winter and if some start to lose their form, simply dig, divide and replant. You may find yourself sharing plants in no time. Typically, we don’t grow grasses for their flowers but the pink muhly grass, Muhlenburgia capillaris provides, bright pink, cotton candy like flowers. Herbaceous plants go dormant and dwarf shrubs rarely need pruning. One last aspect and one that may surprise you later on is the way plants move. Leaving ornamental grasses throughout early-mid winter is wonderful to watch and listen during winter winds. Yuccas often provide shelter to creatures want to hid from pray and gold finches, when landing on the stalks of giant coneflower, sways back-n-forth while gathering the seeds in fall. With so many plants to choose, repeating color, texture and form allows you to play with more plant varieties.

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BRGC members gather for their annual geranium sale the entire month of March.


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Founded in 1984, the Bermuda Run Garden Club is one of the most actively dedicated garden groups for their community around. I had a difficult time jotting down all of the organization’s ongoing projects relayed by past club president Bonnie Rockaway! The widely recognized club starts its 35th season with the entire month of March’s fundraising event, the Geranium Sale. Each member sells by pre-order at least 10 geranium plants—a perfect remembrance for Easter. Contact any Garden Club member or Linda Ernst at 336-940-6705 or to order. There are 39 active members…to be classified by the State as a small organization, this is the limiting number allowed in membership at one time. With its respected legacy of activities, any resident or Bermuda Run Country Club member may apply for membership when an opening comes up. The club also directs a Bluebird Habitat project, a monthly Lunch Buddy (for kids) program, Beautification projects for neighborhoods, quarterly the club prepares bouquets for the Mocksville Senior Center Meals on Wheels, provides a luncheon for approximately 200 elementary, junior and senior special needs students in Davie County,


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A Gift that Keeps on Giving Tom Perkins loved his community and its elementary school! He left a legacy with both that has lasted long after his passing. So let me tell you the what and how... Mr. Tom Perkins was retired from his prestigious career in Washington, D.C. to our small town, his wife’s home county. He was blessed with two green thumbs and through a second grade teacher he grew fond of her students. That’s how the tradition began. Every spring he would appear at her classroom door with paper cups filled with potting soil and a start of a snake plant…enough for each child to take one plant home. My daughter was in that room one year and proudly toted her plant home that day to stay. As an update, we are now on multiple generations from that first start as my daughter, now in her thirties, has an offspring of snake plant in her home and I (sorry, no age given!) still have several plants in my home, all from the same paper cup start. Snake plant is a hearty, slow grower that doesn’t particularly like wet feet but still can get thirsty and hungry. It possesses deep green fronds and will be happy in sunshine; happier in moderate light. New generations of living, breathing plants from an ancestor plant given over 30 years ago still smile back at me as I feed and water providing a fleeting thought of Mr. Perkins and his generous gift of love and nature that has kept on giving. Are you inspired to give a living gift to a classroom full of eager kids and create a legacy of your very own?

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Are you tired of the dated, dull, or well-worn appearance of your interior? If so, an update may be in order. But there are many ways to create a fresh look without breaking the bank. Use the following tips to create a new look by combining some of your existing furniture or dĂŠcor with a few new or newused pieces to achieve the atmosphere you desire. Painted furniture. This trend has come and gone and come around again. That's excellent news for creating a whole new look without the expense of all new furniture. Several styles of painted furniture are currently popular, so there's something to fit every personality. Painted styles include the worn look, matte finishes, and ceruse style. Colors range from the ever popular grays and muted hues to bright and bold color paints Toss the vertical blinds. These lack appeal and have gone to the wayside. The trend is for windows to add to the beauty of a room. When windows are

says boring more than a living room full of matched seating and ottomans. Create contrast with complimentary colors and patterns. If your sofa is solid beige, try adding a chair with a red, beige, and brown pattern. Combine styles. Gone are the days when everything in a room had to be of a singular style. Today, people are combining two or three of their favorite styles to create character and uniqueness. It's merely a matter of choosing the right pieces from different styles that compliment each other. Minimal is more. The decor is important to any room. It adds personality and creates intrigue. But overdone can feel overwhelming and makes it difficult to notice anything. A few scattered pieces to create focal points is better. Avoid 'fast furniture.' The era of throwing a room together with cheap, disposable furniture is over and for obvious reasons. Opt instead for quality pieces that will last and add value to a room. If the cost of new quality furniture

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ignored, they make a room feel dull and uninviting. Look for elegant fabrics in solids or prints that compliment the colors and styles in your room. Another popular choice is bamboo shades, which add texture. Mix patterns. At one time, this was a strict no-no, but it's become increasingly popular. There are several tricks to make it work though. First, use patterns of various sizes. Use a large pattern, medium pattern, and small pattern to bring them together without conflict. Also, use patterns in odd numbers. For example, rather than 2 or 4 different patterns, use 3 or 5. Be sure to balance the patterns throughout the room rather than cramming them all in one area. Navy is cool. It isn't just that it has a cool undertone either. It's one of the most popular colors right now. For larger rooms, you could paint the entire room navy. In smaller rooms, paint window casings and doors in navy and perhaps a single wall. Mix & match furniture. Nothing

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Yadkin Valley Home & Garden Gardening is Good for the Soul


Shannon Holden, completing an Associate Degree in Horticulture Technology from WCC.

Gardening is hard work that’s for sure! I am here to tell you that from experience. I enjoy being outside getting dirt on my hands and clothes, it’s good for the soul. I learn better doing the work and getting hands-on experience. I have to see the process for myself in order for me to take something away and learn from it. Knowing how to grow your own food is very important. Especially since everyone has to eat to live and stay healthy. Every year it never fails, I always hear the phrase, “There just ain’t nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwich.” I love to hear that! I like having fresh produce and see a person’s eyes light up and get excited about it. It makes me feel good knowing I had a hand in their happiness. Ever since I can remember my family and I have planted a garden each year. It’s part of our “family time” together. My parents have taken the extra step in showing me and my brother how to raise our own food. We usually plant beans, corn, tomatoes, herbs, peppers, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, cantaloupes, watermelons, and pumpkins. We have sold produce at local Farmers Markets and from our house. I have also worked for a lady named Aileen Steelman at Footville Farm for the past five years helping her with pro-


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duce, in her gardens and on her farm. We sell at three different Farmers Markets: Yadkinville, Mocksville, and Statesville Farmers Markets each week during the season. We usually plant peas, beans, peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, okra, lettuce, eggplants, and herbs. We also have blackberries, figs, apples and cherries. First, you have to have the land and space for a garden. If not, then you can get old buckets, pots or barrels, fill them with dirt and soil, and place them around your house. Just know you’ll have to water more often if they are in some type of container. Raised beds work well, too. Once you have an area for a garden, you’ll need to figure out what you want to plant for you and your family to eat. The main factors affecting a garden are soil, weather and sunlight. Gardens also take a lot of time and hard work. If you don’t have the time or space for a garden then you can visit your local Farmers Market for fresh produce! I love selling produce, being part of the Farmers Markets and meeting new people. I’ve learned a lot of tips from the older generation of farmers. I believe the main thing people need to know when planting a garden is “We plant but God gives the harvest.”

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Azaleas have been a long-time southern staple in most yards and landscapes. Most people recognize their abundant spring blooms, even if they don’t know much about them. As the blooms fade and you are left with just an attractive shrub, you may be longing for the color that was there in the not so distant past. It is these azaleas that are so lovingly planted in front of your grandmother’s house and are now blocking every window within 10 feet. Sadly these are also the ones that get dug up and discarded because of their over achievement in the growth department. Now, don’t get me wrong, these take many years to reach their full potential but the next generation is not amused when they inherit these beauties. Thankfully, there are alternatives now that grow much smaller. Some are actually as small as twelve inches at maturity. You many more options when deciding where to plant. When considering azaleas for inclusion in your landscape there are many factors to contemplate. You want to be mindful of your space. Be sure to pay close attention to the growing habits of your selection. You don’t want to put an azalea in a corner area with tight spacing, if its mature size is going to be 6‘tall and 5’ wide. Lighting is also a huge con-

sideration. If your area is full sun you may love one variety but that variety may not fare well. And you must always think about soil drainage. You definitely do not want to try to plant an azalea in a swampy area and likewise, you don’t want to try to get it to grow in a barren wasteland, where even the grass has packed up and left the area. Within this article we will try to make it easy and painless to decide what is best for your area to bring years of enjoyment and beauty, without it landing on the demolition list for the next generation. Deciduous azaleas are those that lose their leaves prior to the onset of winter. These are a good choice for areas prone to more extreme heat and are cold hardy in zones 4 through 9. We are in zone 7. While all azaleas do well in partial shade or filtered light, some deciduous varieties can tolerate more direct sunlight. Azaleas grown in full sun tend to grow just a bit smaller and their blooms will fade much faster. Generally, these azaleas only bloom one time per growing season. However, deciduous azaleas usually come in the most vivid colors, such as bright yellow, orange and hot pink. Evergreen azaleas keep their foliage year-round. Most of these varieties are yad kin valleyma gaz

hardy in zones 5 through 8. They prefer filtered light such as the edge of a tree line. New types of evergreen azaleas are Bloom-A-Thon or Encore varieties and enjoy blooms two or three times within a growing season. These seem to be able also to take more light and even full sunlight. They are not as finicky as the older varieties that just bloom in the spring. The perfect location for your azalea will be one where the plant is sheltered from harsh winds, in dappled light, and have good drainage. Fall is the best time to plant your azalea. You can plant anytime during the colder months if the ground is not frozen. If your azalea is going into new ground, be sure to till or loosen the soil to a depth of about 15 to 18” and add organic compost to the soil, taking care to mix it well. Poor drainage is a sure-fire way to kill your azalea, since they have a shallow root system. You don’t want to smother them with heavy clay or too much mulch. Be sure to plant your azalea with the root ball one to two inches above the ground level.Backfill the hole with loose amended soil. You will want to finish off your planting with a light layer of mulch. Do not put more than 2” of mulch and be sure not to pile it around the trunk of the azalea as it may cause rot. If planted properly, azaleas are low maintenance. They need very little pruning. If you feel the need to shape them up a bit, you can do so after they have finished blooming. By only taking off the leggiest branches and pinching back the tips, it will encourage fullness. Avoid late season pruning as they will be setting buds for the next growing season. During dry weather you may need to provide extra irrigation. Water your azalea deeply when you water so the ground is soaked through the whole root system. You will also want to water well before the first hard freeze. Wait until the plant is finished blooming to apply any fertilizer. A slow release or timed release is best. Most problems with azaleas are due to poor soil, improper drainage, watering—too much or too little, planting too deep, or aggressive pruning. If you are having issues with your azalea and none of these are a factor, there are a few other things that can cause problems for your azaleas. Lace bugs are the most common pests to effect azaleas, causing faded foliage. You can usually find tiny black bugs on the underside of the leaves. This can be treated with insecticidal soap, available at most garden centers and farm supply stores. Planting too deeply, over mulching, or water too much, can

cause phytophthora root rot, that will cause death. If you remove the plant do not put something immediately back in its place. You will still need to treat the area with fungicide or try another plant that isn’t susceptible. Azaleas can offer up years of beauty and satisfaction for even the pickiest of plant connoisseurs. Once you decide on the best fit for your space and preferences just plant and enjoy. Happy Planting! Learn more at Mitchell’s Greenhouse & Nursery 1088 West Dalton Road, King. 336-983-4107

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Meet Our Horticulturist WRITER & PHOTO

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Jason Bowen has been employed as Horne Creek Living Historical Farm’s Horticulturist since 2008. Jason grew up in State Road, NC and attended Elkin High School. He graduated from NC State University in 2005 with a BS in Horticulture and a minor in Botany. Tree fruit production, plant propagation and plant identification were areas of primary emphasis for him. Jason acquired job experience prior to and immediately following college with companies such as Cedarbrook Country Club, Shelton’s Vineyard, Snow’s Landscaping and Maintenance and Foothill’s Forestry & Surveying. Before coming to Horne Creek, he was employed by the NC Department of Transportation. Hired specifically to employ his skills to deal proactively with the agricultural tasks associated with the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard and the Hauser Orchard, all too often Jason is pulled away from them to help with the daily activities, programs and large special events held by Horne Creek. In his capacity as the site’s horticulturist, Jason manages the canopy of 850+ trees throughout the year. His work includes identifying and implementing solutions to any horticultural problems which arise, supervising the application of bactericides, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and surfactants used in the maintenance of the orchards, utilizing Integrated Pest Management, carrying out soil testing, application of fertilizers, weed control, erosion control and general landscaping. In addition, he is responsible for overseeing fruit management which is very labor intensive. When his time is not devoted to the above tasks, he can be found conducting research on orchard related topics, overseeing volunteers, maintaining orchard records, photographing the various apple varieties, logging ripening times for all of them, leading tours of the orchard or carrying out a variety of workshops. He must also ensure the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard and Hauser Orchard comply with all federal and state safety regulations as well as pesticide safety regulations. He has developed a strong relationship with Lee Calhoun, who donated all the trees to form the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, as well as with many other orchard and agricultural professionals in the state and across the nation. The job Jason holds is not only very labor intensive, it is also highly complex. I am extremely proud of the work he does. Because of his talent and commitment to our projects, the Southern Heritage Apple orchard and Horne Creek Farm have greatly benefitted. 308 Horne Creek Rd., Pinnacle, NC 27043, 336-325-2298 Tues. - Sat., 9a to 5p yad kin valleyma gaz

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Davie County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale May 3 WRITER Colleen Church

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program operates under the umbrella of NC State Extension at NC State University and is offered by local county N.C. Cooperative Extension centers. EMGVs complete a comprehensive training program and a forty-hour internship with their county’s horticulture extension agent before becoming a certified EMGV. For more information on the EMGV program or to locate your county’s N.C. Cooperative Extension center, visit


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The Davie County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association will hold their Annual Plant Sale on Friday, May 3 from 8a to 1p. The event is located in the parking lot behind the Mebane Foundation at 232 South Main Street in downtown Mocksville. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGVs) have been propagating and potting plants since last fall to ensure everyone has a huge selection to choose from. As you plan your spring and summer garden, you will enjoy visiting the plant sale for plants and taking advantage of all the knowledgeable EMGVs on hand to answer your questions. This event is the major fundraiser for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association in Davie County. Proceeds from your purchase will go toward the Master Gardener Scholarship for Davie County students who are pursuing a career in agricultural, horticultural or forestry related fields. The $1,000 scholarship is housed with the Davie Community Foundation, and the application can be found online at The EMGV program has a long history in Davie County celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019. During this time, this group has performed countless beautification projects in the county at places such as the historic Joppa Cemetery, Rich Park, Farmington Community Center, the Riverpark at Cooleemee Falls and many others. They have a long history of youth gardening programs and environmental education offering annual Jr. Master Gardener Day Camps for elementary age youth since 2002. In fact, this group received a state Search for Excellence award in 2012 for excellence in youth programming for their Jr. Master Gardener program. The volunteers also conducted a variety of adult gardening classes across the county and performed various school enrichment programs over these two decades. The group’s first plant sale was held in 2006 and there has been no holding them back since. The first plant sales were out front of the Extension Center, but space was limited and shopping could be quite crowded. In 2011, the sale was moved next door to the Mebane Foundation allowing customers easy access to parking and much more room for shopping. The sale features a raffle each year for a beautiful trellis, planter or other garden adornment handcrafted by one of the EMGVs, and select garden tools are typically available for sale as well. The Annual Plant Sale is a local favorite. Returning customers know to get there early for the best selection! Shoppers will find a variety of ornamental plants and edibles as well. Herbaceous perennials are a huge hit. Customers line up before gates open on sale day to get the best and most unusual picks before they all sell. Whether you are looking for vegetable or herb transplants for the garden; hosta, daylily or phlox for the perennial border; or a new lilac tree or beautyberry bush for the landscape, this sale has something for everyone. yad kin valleyma gaz

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My husband knows how to root me out of bed on a rainy Saturday morning. “There’s a flock of goldfinches in the front yard,” he exclaimed. If only my feet could hit the floor with the same amount of enthusiasm on an ordinary workday! I shifted into low gear as I approached the window to ensure my approach did not scare away the morning visitors, a dozen little bursts of gold dotting a sea of green on an otherwise dreary day. I wasn’t entirely surprised by their presence. Goldfinches had perched among the dried stalks of coneflowers in the waning days of autumn as they munched on seeds in preparation for the winter ahead. But now their heads were dipping among blades of grass to come up with what? Perhaps the remnants of our seeding efforts to produce a more uniform stand of neatly manicured grass? I slowly backed away and returned with binoculars in hand. Once brought into focus the increased magnification revealed the source of their feast. Each time a head bobbed down it popped up again with beak full of the white fluff that makes up the umbrella-like extensions of dandelion seeds. These seed heads typically take the shape of a perfect sphere, but on this wet day they were tucked neatly inside of sepals, the leaf-like structures that once protected the flower buds. The sepals were now doing their part in keeping the seeds intact until more favorable dispersal conditions materialized, but they were little protection for a ravenous bunch of goldfinches seeking an early spring-time meal. I watched in delight as other goldfinches joined the fray, sometimes jostling for the best position among the scattered dandelions, only to realize just how close I had come to destroying this spectacle before it ever happened. A generous portion of the previous sunny day had been spent waging war on the broad-leaf plantains that were threatening to take over a portion of the lawn. With trowel in hand I had sliced a neat circle around each leafy rosette to extract the sinewy roots that formed the underground network bringing these pesky perennials back year after year. Each time I staked out a new territory it did not escape my attention that dandelions usually existed in close proximity. Wouldn’t yad kin valleyma gaz

it be sensible to pop on over and extract the neighboring dandelions, knowing that each circle of toothed leaves were attached not to a network, but to a single taproot, rendering it a more conquerable adversary in my battle to create a grassy monoculture? I was further persuaded by the profusions of flowers emerging from each plant, knowing that each bright yellow disc would soon give way to a familiar sphere of seeds that would launch into the slightest breeze and parachute their way to new areas of the lawn, likely invading the spaces left behind by recently extracted plantains! As my spade was about to zero in on a dandelion in full bloom, she gently landed. A honeybee, out gathering nectar that would amazingly be transformed into the sweet liquid amber that humans collect and consume as honey— but also forms the food stores ensuring the survival of her entire colony. I looked around. What else was in bloom? Not much. It was the first week of April and an approaching cold front foretold the possibility of freezing precipitation the following day. Everything potentially encased in ice. It must be a tough time for a bee. She moved from flower to flower collecting not just nectar, but pollen, which would provide a rich source of protein for the developing larvae tucked within their hexagonal cells back in the hive. In the process of storing these tiny pollen grains in “back pockets” located on her hind legs, a few grains would make their way to flower parts, enabling the dandelion to produce the seeds of the next generation. I stopped short. How could I deprive this hardy worker of the only viable food source that my newly mowed lawn had to offer? The assault on the dandelions would have to come later, if at all, after the cold spell, when other spring buds broke to release new sources of sustenance for this foraging bee and her sisters. My mind returned to the present. After a long winter, the goldfinches had arrived in my front yard, perhaps for the remnants of coneflower seeds, but found these depleted. Or maybe it was for the promise of the bird feeder, only to find it empty. What they found instead were packets of seeds left behind thanks to the grace of a single honeybee. An entire flock, consuming the precious energy needed to survive what would hopefully be the last vestiges of winter on the verge of a new breeding season. As I watched, other birds joined the morning cacophony. There were robins extracting earthworms from the moist earth, cardinals sifting through mulch to find the tattered winged samaras of the maple trees, and a brilliant male bluebird, staking out a new territory. Perhaps he would convince his mate to select my bluebird box, and a family of hatchlings would soon follow. In a brief flash on enlightenment I realized we were all connected. The dandelions that produced the flowers, that attracted the bees, that pollinated the flowers to make the seeds that attracted the goldfinches, which brought me to my window on a dreary morning and allowed me to step into this circle of life and open a world, that for the next fifteen minutes, transcended the stress and monotony of everyday existence. We were all caught up together in this thing called survival and I was relieved that my actions of the previous day made me a participant, and unknown to this collection of avian visitors, and undetected cohort among this small but new-found wildlife kingdom known as my Front Yard.

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March and April are some of my favorite months of the year. Plants are starting to wake up and I’m so ready to enjoy being outside. It's finally starting to get warm enough to play in the creek again and celebrate the wonder of water! This is a great time to start exploring our local parks too. This issue I want to highlight some really fun activities that are only held in March and April as well as provide a little history behind them. March 22nd is World Water Day and is an annual observance day started by the United Nations, highlighting the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Eight years ago TV stations were calling around to local Forsyth County municipalities to find out how we were celebrating locally. No one had really even heard of that day. Several of us started looking around at other communities in NC and came across Durham’s Creek Week. Since 2009 Keep Durham Beautiful has been organizing a week to discover and clean up local streams. We in Forsyth County thought it was an awesome idea and gathered all the municipalities as well as environmental groups together to plan a week of activities. Every year this event has grown with 94

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more groups and more than 30 planned activities. Forsyth County has expanded to nine days of activities to help you learn, play, appreciate and help improve local creeks and rivers. There are activities for indoor people like: book readings, movies, trivia nights and lectures as well as outdoor activities like fishing, litter clean-ups, tours, bird/tree/frog walks and more. The idea is catching so if you can’t find something in Forsyth County, surrounding counties have jumped on board to celebrate water (just Google your county name and creek week). One of the newest activities this year is a special tour to the water’s edge at Quarry Park in Winston Salem during Forsyth Creek Week. The quarry was donated to the City of Winston Salem by Vulcan Materials in 1998. If you look up the history, you’ll read that the pit has slowly been filling with water since the 1930s. Its rumored there are excavators still below the surface because the water came in over the weekend at such a rate they couldn’t be removed and the mob used to drop vehicles in there. It really is a beautiful body of water. The City had a viewing platform created so you can go out over the water and look down. There are all kinds of fish and even freshwater jellyfish living in the water. There are lovely greenway trails

Wendi & Zack with sitting areas to enjoy the peaceful greenspace. Or if you’re like my son, lots of places to climb. April has really become Earth month. It seems almost every community has some event at schools, libraries, parks and along roadways to celebrate how to improve the environment. There are all kinds of festivals and clean ups offered. Earth Day is officially April 22nd. Before the 1970s all kinds of pollution was dumped or expelled into the environment. Rivers actually caught fire, raw sewage was dumped into our surface waters, and some days at noon the air was so full of smog it seemed like night. After witnessing the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had the idea for an Earth Day movement. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. He persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, yad kin valleyma gaz

and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Two thousand colleges and universities, ten thousand high schools and grade schools, and several thousand communities in all, participated in one of the most exciting and significant grassroots efforts in the history of this country. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. This first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. One of the biggest Earth Day festivals in Forsyth County is organized by the Piedmont Environmental Alliance. Now in their 14th year more than 10,000 people attend to see 100s of vendors, listen to debates, learn ways to improve the environment, enjoy local musicians and eat yummy food. Clemmons does an annual clean-up event and Kernersville has given the reigns of their long-time Earth Day event to a local non profit, Seed2Seed.



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Left to right: Teresa, daughter Anna, Anna’s girls and John on the front steps of their log cabin home.

ing from the stocked fish pond,” recalls Teresa. And so, the name Frog Holler Cabins. In 2006, the first cabin plan came to fruition. “Only one cabin at a time to see how we would like having strangers staying close. We chose a one-room floor plan to accommodate a couple or a small family of four. The next time we built an additional cabin, we tweaked the plan for the next cabin. Now there are five 400 square feet cabins, with the same amenities…all five cabins are waterfront and enjoy the total privacy and seclusion of being 70 to 100 yards from each other through dense woods and hillsides.” Many of their guests visit because of the nearby Yadkin Valley’s vineyards and wineries. The Litschkes offer Wine Tours with John being the family specialist with those tours.

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John and Teresa Litschke originally came from Oklahoma, born and raised. Theirs is a romantic tale as they met and two months later were married—that was almost 37 years ago. While they still love Oklahoma and still have family there, they wanted to experience something new, somewhere new. Because of John’s television work, their first taste of NC was in Charlotte from 1987 to 94. In 1998, the Litschkes decided they wanted to raise their family in the country and started searching for NC land. They settled on 28 beautiful acres of land flanked on three sides by the Big Elkin Creek. They built a small cabin (now the Frog Holler business office) as they built their house. It was determined the land was not well suited for agriculture, particularly the vineyard they wanted. The Litschkes toyed with other options wanting to tie-into the wine industry. One evening, sitting on their porch, they joked about the frog chatter, "…actually it was more like screaming com-


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The Cottage kitchen. cabin massage therapy available, fireplaces with gas logs, convertible couches, a spotless abode with great smelling, soft linens. Also, on the property is a barn available for larger celebrations. On the table for the future is a two-bedroom cabin and two saved lots for their adult children should they decide to take advantage of pure country living. Daughter, Anna, works with her parents now as the property manager and like her parents passed by day care to take her young daughters everywhere her work environment takes her. “Lots of my calls, locally and internationally, ask about privacy, peace and quiet—a chance to go off the grid but still they want WiFi, satellite TV and the closeness of stores,” says Anna. "It isn’t unusual for guests timed for check out on Sunday to request just a few more hours or even another night instead of checking out, that’s what makes me feel good,” shared Teresa.

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32 Annual Shepherd’s Center Used Book Sale May 2 and May 3, 9a to 9p. May 4 is 8a to 2p…everything will be 50%off today! Parking & admission are FREE. Education Bldg., Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, Gate 5 off Deacon Blvd. All proceeds benefit older adults’ programs/services in the community. Contact: 336-748-0217.

Come join us for a tour of our greenhouses at Mitchell's Nursery & Greenhouse at 1088 W. Dalton Rd. in King, NC this spring and enjoy the thousands of geraniums and spring and Easter flowers. The tour begins at 10a on Saturday, March 30. This tour will allow you a sneak peek at what is in store for our spring open-house and our new construction. We are adding new greenhouses and nursery growing area. 336-983-4107.

March 29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day Raise your American flag to honor and acknowledge thankfulness to the millions of Americans who served in the military during the Vietnam era of 1964-1975. Mrs. Carolyn Lyda of Hickory, her husband an Air Force veteran, reminded me that March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Contact your local county Veteran Service Officer to see what your local recognition events are.

April 13 Celebrating 40 Years! Spring Open House. Free hotdogs from 11a-1p. Come celebrate with us from 7:30a to 4p on Saturday, April 13 at Mitchell's Nursery & Greenhouse at 1088 W. Dalton Rd. in King, NC. This local family is growing one of the largest selection of herbs, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, geraniums, perennials, ferns, trees, and shrubs in the Triad. Door prizes. 336-983-4107

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April 12-14 Salisbury, NC 22nd Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium Open to all interested in the history of the 1861-1865 Confederate military prison located in Salisbury, NC. The Symposium is sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The event begins Friday with the Friendship Banquet, lectures, music, recognition of veterans and door prizes. Scheduled for Saturday are lectures, light lunch, displays and books. On Sunday there is a 10a Memorial Service for prisoners at the Salisbury National Cemetery and an 11a Service for guards at the Old Lutheran Cemetery. Sunday afternoon there will be a Prison site tour. Registration $70 per person when postmarked by March 22; $80 afterwards. $15 charge for refunds after March 29. No refunds after April 5. Send checks to Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, UDC, PO Box 83, Salisbury, NC 28145-0083. For additional information contact Symposium Chair Sue Curtis, (704) 637-6411,

Historic Civil War era Richmond Hill Law School home of North Carolina Chief Justice Richmond Mumford Pearson, will open its season on the third Saturday in April: Saturday, April 20. The Open House runs from 2p to 4:30p with docent guided tours of four period furnished rooms by volunteers. Open every third Saturday through October, there are two picnic shelters/restrooms available for reservations (fee returned if area is left as it was found) and rugged trails are open for tough-shoe primitive hiking.

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If you’re in Winston-Salem and want to escape the hustle and bustle of the crowd, look no further than Salem Lake. Located mere minutes from downtown, this beauty has been called Winston’s hidden diamond for a reason. Not only is it breathtaking, but you feel like you’re in a whole other world while you’re there. From walking trails to fishing piers, playgrounds to pristine waters, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Begin your journey at the Salem Lake trailhead near the marina. This is a great place to start because, depending on what you want to do, there are a lot of great activities available. Let’s start with the walking trail. Their website boasts that it is one of the most popular outings for exercise, and once there, I could understand why. Though it is not paved, the trail is wide, well-maintained, and mostly shaded. For the most part, it’s fairly flat, and there is plenty of room for the casual walker, the runner, and those who want to ride their bikes. Plus, you will often see people walking their dogs, something Baby Girl was excited about. The trail makes a seven mile loop around the lake, offering stunning views at every turn. Mile markers are placed along the trail to indicate how far you have gone. Prefer to ride instead of walk? No worries. Over by the playground at the trailhead is a rack of bikes ready to be rented for a small fee of $3 an hour, though trips under an hour are free. All you need to do is download the Zagster app, join the Winston-Salem Bike Share, and unlock a bike with a code. Once you’re finished, return the bike to the rack. Simple! Just be sure to bring your own helmet. Fishing is also a popular activity at Salem Lake. There are several different kinds of fish that live in the lake including largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and carp. It was even reported that a man caught a 38-pound catfish! You have opyad kin valleyma gaz

tions to fish from the pier or to rent or bring your own boat. Fishing from the shoreline is prohibited. If you forget your bait, or if you get hungry or thirsty while you’re there, there’s no need to leave. The fishing station and bait shop located inside the Salem Lake Marina Center is stocked with everything you might need from fishing supplies to snacks and cold drinks. Plus, they are able to issue state fishing licenses, which anyone over the age of sixteen will need in order to fish. The Marina Center is also where you go to rent a boat or kayak. For only $6 a day, you can rent a jonboat to fish from, however you will need to bring your own motor. Up to four people can use one of these at once. Kayaks are seasonal, offered mid-April through mid-October when the water is warmer. They offer several tandem or single-person kayaks. For both of these options, paddles and life vests are provided. In addition, the Marina Center boasts a rental space that is great for birthday parties, corporate events, weddings, receptions, and more. This space is available for use during regular park hours and also outside of normal operating hours for an additional fee. The great room can accommodate a large crowd, and it boasts panoramic views of the lake. The rental space also includes a comfortably furnished lobby, a catering kitchen complete with commercial appliances, and a wrap-around deck that offers views of Salem Lake. To rent this space, you will need to either call, email or visit the center in person. You will be responsible for all setup and cleanup. All in all, Salem Lake is a gorgeous park hidden away from the rest of the city. Once you’re there, you will soon forget that you’re in Winston-Salem, and it’s far enough from the roads that I didn’t hear any traffic noise while I was strolling along the trails. The people and dogs we met were friendly, and we all had a great time. I highly encourage you to visit if you haven’t already been. I promise you will be glad you did.

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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR GARDEN LOVERS Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville More info: 336-996-7888 or Two Thursday Lunch & Learns:

March 7. History of Cultivation with Josh Williams. April 18. “A Year in the Garden� with Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG, Director of Curation & Mission Delivery. Both FREE to members of PJCBG or $2. Bring your lunch. Garden provides a drink.

March 21. 2p, The Layered Garden with David L. Culp $10 at the door or FREE to members of PJCBG.

April 13. Spring Plant Sale 8a to 1p List of plants: and Spectacular Spring Tulip Bloom 10a to 1p. Open and FREE to the public, light refreshments.

The Forsyth County Extension Master Gardeners present FREE classes, 11a to noon at the Arboretum office in Tanglewood Park. Admission to the Park is free when you tell the attendant you are attending a seminar. Registration is required because space is limited. Register 2 week prior to each class date. Email at or call 336-703-2850. March 6. Mushrooms presented by Ernie and Cathy Wheeler, Borrowed Land Farm, for tips on how you can grow mushrooms at home, indoors and outdoors, as part of a garden. April 17. Container Gardens discussed buy Gary Ritz, Forsyth County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer on the fundamentals of design to enhance your home and garden with container plantings. MAY 3 THROUGH 4, SPRING PLANT SALE AT THE ARBORETUM & GARDENS at Tanglewood Park. WHERE GARDEN FORKS MEET TABLE FORKS Lunch & Learn format on Fridays, noon to 1p. No admission fee to the Forsyth County Center on 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem. Please register by email at or call 336-703-2850. March 1. Creating the Meadow Garden with Gardening Teacher Ellen Ashley on planting and maintaining. April 26. Native Plants for Your Garden. Barbara Trueheart, Forsyth County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer discusses the value of incorporating native plants in your yard.

The Surry County Master Gardeners invite everyone to get geared up for spring by attending the 2019 Gardening Symposium on Saturday, April 13. Three main speakers will be featured. Alex Tuchman of the Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary will discuss the importance of honeybees as pollinators. Kyle Montgomery of York Farm will present ideas on extending the gardening season. Wythe Morris of the Cooperative Extension Service will help you cope with clay soil. And there's plenty of that in the Yadkin Valley. Besides these dynamic speakers, you are invited to chose from interactive demonstrations, to visit specialized information and vendor tables, and to enjoy a catered lunch. The program will be held at the Surry County Center, 915 East Atkins Street, Dobson, NC, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration forms are available on the Surry County Master Gardener facebook page and at Mark your calendar for April 13 for a fun and informative event. The cost is $30, and proceeds will benefit education programs of the Surry County Master Gardener Volunteers.

Black Cat Railroad Station Open House March 9 & April 13. 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 10a til 2p at the Club: 800 Elizabeth Street, North Wilkesboro, 28659. FREE admission however donations greatly appreciated to help defray costs of operations. We are a non-profit Org. (501-C3). Come have fun with the Trains!"

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Volunteer FRIENDS keep an eye out for their designated sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway WRITER & PHOTO

The FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the nation’s second most visited park. Along the 469 miles that stretches from Waynesboro, VA to Cherokee, NC there are nine individual chapters that make up the FRIENDS group. The Northern Highlands Chapter covers from Fancy Gap at the Virginia line at I-77, to Deep Gap at US 421 west of Wilkesboro. This segment of the Parkway is closest to the northwest portion of the Yadkin Valley and one I travel the most. On my Parkway travels last fall I stopped by the Brinegar Cabin to see the heritage demonstrations where I met some local volunteers. It was joy to see log hewing, spinning, apple butter making and petting the heritage sheep. At the garden fence I struck up a conversation with a Park Ranger who told me

the FRIENDS group sponsors the garden as well as many other projects on this portion of the Parkway. Information from volunteers at the FRIENDS booth intrigued me, especially displays of pictures of the Woodruff House. I wanted to learn more about this Chapter and what they did. To satisfy that curiosity, I later met up with Joyce Spear, Chair of the Northern Highlands Chapter. She would fill me in. With her enthusiastic smile and a notebook full of pictures and articles to share there is no doubt Joyce has a heart for the Parkway. She first started going to the Parkway regularly back in the 70s. “It is a special place to come to get rid of the stress, relax and be calm, peaceful,” she said. Over the years Joyce began doing some volunteer work with the Fisher Peak Chapter and eventually

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took on the Chair of the Northern Highlands Chapter. This Chapter’s service area covers one of the longest of any chapter, almost 60 miles. The purpose of the FRIENDS group is to engage in efforts to preserve, protect, celebrate and enhance the Parkway. Joyce said there are about 200 members and volunteers in the chapter. “We have designated work days for trails, picnic areas, overlooks, campgrounds and cemeteries. One of our current projects is to document all the cemeteries in our region.” Chapter volunteers also sponsor booths at area farmers’ markets, festivals, craft fairs and special events. Joyce pointed out that one of the Chapter’s most important jobs is working at the Brinegar Cabin site. Volunteers help organize special events, provide demonstrations, and maintain

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the garden. All of the work projects are coordinated with, and approved by, the National Park Service before any work is done. “Its a partnership—we work very closely with the Rangers and Blue Ridge Parkway staff.” I mentioned to Joyce about my particular interest in the white farm house near Miller’s Campground that always slows me down for a extra long look. Could she tell me more? “It’s the Woodruff Farm House. We didn’t realize until about five years ago that the house actually belonged to the Parkway. This was discovered when examining National Park Service planning documents. I’m excited about the prospects, but I realize it is going to take a lot of effort to get it to the situation where it can become a visitor/interpretive center. There is no money in the Parkway budget for this. We will need to partner with other organizations to raise the money and get the job done.” Sometime in the future the house will be restored and will become a place for visitors to stop and visit much like the Brinegar Cabin. It will be staffed by volunteers. The two-story white clapboard house was built around 1900 by John and Ellen Miller. It was the childhood home of Ellen Woodruff Smith the iconic waitress of former Bluffs Coffee Shop at Doughton Park. The house had belonged to Ellen’s grandparents. Joyce noted the restoration of the Woodruff house falls down the list behind more pressing projects. Many people come up and help us on work days but there is always room for more. We have a long stretch of Parkway to protect and preserve. Volunteers are needed. Joyce emphasized they try to match a person to the job he or she is most suited. “We can find something for you to do. We have good people in our chapter who enjoy working with each other and getting together to socialize.” There are also members who do not wish to work or who can not physically work but who gladly contribute by being a member. All money donated is tax deductible and if someone wants to give to the Woodruff House restoration, the money is set aside specifically for that purpose.

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Friday May 17 6pm Saturday May 18 9am to 6pm Downtown Mount Airy Tractor Parade and kids ride-on parade Friday, May 18 6pm

Saturday, May 19 9am-6pm Music all day • Square Dancing Farm Displays & Demonstrations Vintage Tractors & Farm Equipment Food and Craft Vendors Agricultural Exhibits Livestock Award ceremony 6pm Mayberry Farm Fest is presented by

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April 2 through April 25 The Triad Woodcarvers of Winston-Salem will be displaying members’ carvings at the Yadkin County Public Library on Main Street in downtown Yadkinville. This club is has the fastest growing membership of the 15 to 16 clubs in the Carolinas! A free woodcarving demonstration will be held by club members from noon to 3p on Thursday, April 25. Library hours: Mon., Thurs. 8:30a to 6:30p. Tues., Wed., Fri. 8:30a to 5:30p. Contact: 336-679-8792.

Jonesville Jubilee will be held Saturday, May 4 from 10a to 9p. Over 30 craft vendors are there to sell their goods, lots of food from chicken to hamburgers to snowcones and funnel cakes. Music will start at 10a and go till at least 8p then we will all get settled on our blankets, chairs or whatever you want to watch a spectacular firework display provided by the Town of Jonesville. There will be’ area with the local fire and police departments with displays and activities, games and bouncy houses. All the proceeds go to putting all the veterans names at the Mineral Springs Veterans Memorial Park in Jonesville. Jonesville Jubilee is sponsored by the Yadkin Valley Museum, Inc, Downtown Business Association, Jonesville Historical Society and the Town of Jonesville. The event will take place at the Lila Swaim Park in Jonesville. For more information, call Becky Wood at 336-244-5064 to register your craft booth. Come to the park for a day of fun for you and the kids.

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Alpha & Omega Corn maze will host their 4th annual Helicopter Easter Egg Drop when more than 20,000 plastic eggs will fall out of the sky on Saturday, April 20 in what will look like a shower of Skittles. The children will move through the grass like vacuum cleaners on legs. As the crowd of children descend on areas designated for individual age groups, their movements mimic an organized stampede. Saturday, April 20 will mark the fourth year that Alpha & Omega Corn Maze has coordinated the effort as a way to reach out to the local community and provide a fun family event. Pastor Kenny Pardue with Union Baptist Church will share the Easter story of resurrection before the egg hunt begins. Thumper the Easter Bunny will join be there for pictures with the children. Explore this 20-acre agritourism complex with the farm consisting of: Helicopter Egg Hunt, (3 drop times for your convenience ), Corn Cob Express, Corn Box, Picnic Pavilion, See Saws, Tug of War, Animal Acres, Pipe World, Bounce Pillow, custom corn shaped bounce pad, corn hole, Hayride and lots of photo opportunities. There’s a full snack bar of concessions serving a delicious breakfast menu including our famous bunny pancakes, sausage biscuits, ham biscuits, popcorn, soft drinks, coffee and hot chocolate. Indoor restroom facilities are on site. Visitor’s post they are drawn to farms like this as they search for a wholesome and unique outdoor activity for their whole family. “This type of recreation is educational for our kids, and we as parents often enjoy re-visiting our own childhood memories vicariously through this farm. And, it is a

great value when you consider the recreational aspect relative to other competing attractions, such as movies and malls." Remember the date is Saturday, April 20th. Gates open at 8 am. The event is from 9a until 4p. There will be three drop times: 9a, 12p and 3p. Cost for the event is only $8.00 online and $11.00 at the gate. Children 2 and under are free. Check out the Facebook page or website at for posts and updates on special events. You can contact Alpha Omega at 336-466-5402.

March 10. History Talks: Maj General Nathanael Green’s Tine in the Carolinas, 2 to 3:30, FREE.

March 16. in the Mt. Airy Museum of Regional History for Pysanka Egg Workshop, 1 to 4, $15/museum member, $20 non-member, class of 15, register.

March 30. Blacksmithing Workshop, with Joe Allen, 1 to 5, $75/members; $100/non-members. Pre-registration required: Justyn at 336-786-4478, ext. 228. Mount Airy Regional Museum of History 301 N. Main St., Mount Airy, 27030 336-786-4478

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Spring Events at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm For additional information on or to register for all events call 336-325-2298.

March 9.

“It’s for the Birds!” Ranger Jesse Anderson discusses birds: species, colors, shapes, sizes. Nature hike at HCF. Make a birdseed cake to take home to YOUR birds. $7.50, plus 7% sales tax. 9:30a to 11:30a.

March 16. Arbor Day ( heirloom) Apple Trees Sale. 10a to 5p. $20 per tree. Proceeds support the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard at Horne Creek. March 23. “Grafting for the Future” Workshop. HCF’s horticulturist, Jason Bowen discusses varieties and conducts the grafting seminar. $40 fee (plus 7% sales tax) includes a grafted tree from one of the orchard’s 400 heirloom varieties. Class size is limited. Participants must be 16 or older. 10a to 2:30p. Pre-registration is required by March 19. March 30.

“Forge on the Farm” Workshop. On Saturday, HCF sponsors area blacksmith, Keith Roberts and a class on the basic skills of the craft. Class size is only 4 people, at least 18 years old to participate. $100/adult, plus sales tax. Bring safety glasses; come dressed to work around the forge. 10a to 4p. Pre-registration is required. *Call ahead to be sure this date is still accurate.

April 6.

General Henry Butner & His Family’s Rich Heritage as Gunsmiths. Join HCF’s Asst. Manager, Mark Farnsworth at 11a at the HCF Visitor Center. FREE, although donations are appreciated.

April 13.

The Fantastical World of Fairy Tales & Houses. Children’s program at HCF to hear 1900s most beloved fairy tales. Each child can make their own fairy house to take home. 10:30a to 12:45p. $22.50/child (plus tax) includes a snack. Class size is limited to 30. Pre-registration is required by April 10.

April 27.

Sheep Shearing Day at HCF for the site’s Gulf Coast Native sheep. 10a to 11:45a and 1:15p to 2:45p. FREE. Donations appreciated.

May 17. Relay for Life - YV Food Truck/Vendor Event 6p to midnight; Yadkin Community Park, Yadkinville. Paula Casstevens: Stephanie Morris:

Fun in Pilot Mountain April 13. Pilot View Vintage Market celebrating the history of Pilot Mountain and introducing shoppers to downtown and events 9a to 5p; admission is FREE.

April 27. Gather for a lovely evening of fine dining, music and company on Main Street with Farm to Table Menu featuring produce and meat from local farmers, entertainment form local artists, averages from local wineries, craft breweries and gourmet dishes from local chefs. Proceeds will benefit Downtown Revitalization. 5:30p to 9p. Advance tickets required. May 4. Opens the May-October monthly cruise-ins on Main Street. Admission is FREE, beach music, food and beverage vendors. 10 8

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Allergies or Virus? Lauren Urrea, PA-C

And How Does the Doctor Really Know? WRITER

I can very vividly remember the first day it felt warm enough to eat on our back porch last year. After months of being cooped up indoors, we were ready for some UV rays and warm spring air. After eating lunch, my children immediately bolted for the trampoline which sat near our tree-lined fence. They bounced as the sound of their giggles harmonized with the birds who had also decided to come out and welcome back the sunshine. No more than 10 minutes into their jumping, my daughter's laughter turned into groaning. She slipped off the trampoline and ran to me crying. As she got closer, I was suddenly very aware of the YELLOW tears streaming down her face, her repetitive sneezing, and her eyelids that were now nearly swollen shut. She rubbed them ferociously as I rushed her to the shower to help her flush them out. It wasn't my proudest mommy moment. How could I have forgotten about those trees and the ridiculous amount of pollen they produce? It only tortures my husband and children every single year. Had I paid more attention, I'm sure I would have seen the explosions of pollen bouncing off the trampoline all around them. It took about a week, but with some daily Zyrtec and cool compresses on her eyes, my daughter's face did return to normal and her allergies finally subsided.


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Last year, as I have been told, was apparently one of the worst years in terms of pollen count. Now that the winter is nearly behind us, I can only hope the pollen count lowers this year. Inevitably, I expect I will see many children with allergies start to come in droves to our clinic, and each time I diagnose someone with allergies I also try to educate them on some of the tell-tale signs that help solidify the diagnosis. For children specifically, here are three things I look for (in addition to the classic runny nose and sneezing) that help me distinguish their allergy symptoms from the general cold. •Allergic shiners: Does your child wake up most mornings looking like they just got out of a boxer’s ring? Many children will develop dark circles under their eyes along with the typical allergic symptoms. This occurs because of a build up of blood and other fluids in the tissues below the eyes, typically because of inflammation in the sinuses. This can range from a very subtle discoloration to a more obvious, dark bruising beneath the eyes. •Allergic crease: most parents are surprised when I show them their child’s allergic crease. This is a faint line that can be found close to the tip of their nose. It is caused by the frequent, upward wiping of the nose (also known as the “allergic salute”). Overtime, this creates a small crease in the skin where the nose has slightly bent upward with the repetitive wiping. •Allergic conjunctivitis: I frequently have parents rush their children to clinic with eye redness, understandably concerned about pink eye, or viral conjunctivitis. However, there are 3 types of conjunctivitis: viral (caused by a virus), bacterial (caused by a bacteria) and allergic (caused by allergies). Many times, children with allergies will also have some degree of redness to the whites of their eyes. They will also commonly complain of itching of the eyes, and at times may have watery eyes to accompany it. yad kin valleyma gaz

Allergies can be a very tricky thing to diagnose. There are many different variables and determining what your child is allergic to can also play an important role. I like to be conservative with medication when possible. If you can determine what your child is allergic to, I recommend trying to remove or eliminate their exposure to that trigger before adding a daily medication if possible. Sometimes I even recommend considering purchasing an air-purifier and hypoallergenic pillow cases to help reduce exposure to certain allergens. If identifying or removing the trigger is impossible, there are fortunately several different medications that could be effective at reducing your child’s allergic symptoms. If you think your child may have allergies, I recommend seeing their pediatrician or family doctor to determine what medication and what dose would be best for them. Ideally, I would recommend doing this before they develop yellow tears or eyelids the size of golf balls. But what do I know-—I’m the mom of kids with allergies who leaves the trampoline sitting directly under the pollen factory.

Love that healthy smile! help keep your teeth happy with these tips WRITER Dr. Andrew Rivers

Use a soft bristle brush. Using proper brushing techniques with a soft bristle brush are just as effective as a hard bristle brush and you are less likely to cause attrition of the enamel on the teeth. Dr. Andrew Rivers

Went to avoid cavities? The best liquids to drink are water, milk and unsweet tea. Practice exemplary dental hygiene at home—brushing and flossing!

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

This is a great time of year! The weather is getting warm again, the flowers and trees are blooming, the bees and birds are a buzz. Wait, did I say the flowers and trees are blooming? Oh no, that means allergies. Now, I can speak from experience on this one. I was the five year old in tee ball who was standing in the outfield sneezing so much that my hat wouldn’t stay out of my eyes! But, really, seasonal allergies are just a part-time annual nuisance, right? Not for everyone. An article from the Mayo Clinic, “Allergies and Asthma, They Often Occur Together” states, “The same substances that trigger your hay fever symptoms, such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander, may also cause asthma signs and symptoms”. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) state that pollen from trees and grasses, and mold, are the main culprit for springtime allergies. An allergy response happens because the body sees these as something that it feels does not belong. This kick starts the body’s immune response. This can bring on all the sneezing and sniffling and runny noses. But this responses to allergies can also make asthma symptoms worsen. If you experience a cough or trouble breathing with your seasonal allergies, asthma may be one of your allergy symptoms. And according to the American Lung Association (ALA), this time of year can also bring on other asthma triggers such as warming temperatures and air pollutions. The ALA goes on to share these helpful tips to be prepared for adventures outside in high pollen or poor air quality times:

Spring Means Blooming Flowers, Trees and…Allergies? WRITER

Jessica Owens Wall

Check your outdoor air quality every day. Poor air quality can be a trigger for someone with asthma. Prepare for lawn and garden maintenance. Before doing yard work, check the pollen count. If you have asthma, be careful around freshly cut grass or fertilizer. It may be best to wear a particle mask Keep bugs away, but also watch the scents and chemicals from candles or sprays. Be sure to check around your house for items that can hold standing water. And choose bug sprays that are unscented, and choose lotions instead of aerosol cans. Use your medications as prescribed. Make sure that you are following you doctors’ orders and taking your medications as you should. Keep inhalers and other items handy in case they are needed. Be careful to pay close attention to your symptoms and the timing of those symptoms. You may take a cough or runny nose as a respiratory infection or a cold. The ACAAI recommends consulting a physician about symptoms that last more than two weeks. This may keep you from misdiagnosis or improper treatment. This could be a serious issue, especially if you are experiencing asthma symptoms. Also recommended by the ACAAI, is to start taking your seasonal allergy medicines two weeks before symptoms begin. You can do this by keeping an eye on local pollen counts. It’s important to note that not all asthma is caused by allergies. If you are wheezing or having trouble breathing, seek medical care immediately. It’s essential to know your allergy and asthma triggers and how to avoid them and respond appropriately. Work closely with your primary care provider, as triggers and signs and symptoms may change over time. 112

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Maintenance WRITER & PHOTO

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Associate Degree in Applied Animal Science Technology from WCC

When you think about an animal, what three main factors come to mind? Food, water and shelter are the three main things I think of. Every living thing needs food and water every day to thrive. I believe the next important factor is shelter and protection. Whether you have horses, cows, chickens, sheep and goats, or pigs, they all need shelter. There are several different types of sheds, barns, and buildings you can choose from that would suit your animals best during all types of weather conditions. I said in the last issue that winter can be a time of harsh temperatures capable of affecting your animals in a big way. It’s so true. Depending on what type of animal you have and how many will depend on what kind of shelter is best. These two factors will also determine how much space you’ll need. For example, cows are tough and can tolerate all kinds of weather so some type of run-in shed is fine with them. On the other hand, sheep and goats hate getting wet but they can handle the cold temperatures. A shed or some type of shelter from the wet weather would be better for them so they can stay dry. Horses do better with more of a barn structure but a run-in shed will work too, if you have a wind break. If you have just a backyard flock 114

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of chickens then they can deal with a small coop. I have my chickens in a small coop with a fence around it and a way for them to also get inside our barn if they want. In commercial use, chickens and pigs both do better in a controlled environment facility. Easy access to feed and water is important. Having automatic feeders and waterers can reduce your labor but you have to make sure they are working properly. Pigs can walk on a slotted floor so their waste will be temporarily stored beneath until removal. It needs to have some sort of heat source and proper ventilation. A controlled facility will help make it be a cleaner living environment. Overall, you want to check your facility and make sure it’s in good condition. Repair any holes, loose boards, or any sharp objects able to cause a problem. Make sure all the doors and gates open and close properly. Check and make sure you have enough insulation and proper ventilation for the changes in temperature. Also, make sure they have fresh clean water at all times. We use heated water bowls for our chickens and a submersible de-icer in our stock tank for the horses in the winter. Using smarter techniques like that helps reduce time and labor. yad kin valleyma gaz

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

Scott Lewis

Shameful! The weather is looking better and my boat is clean, loaded and ready to go! Being on the lake in mid February is prime time, as this is when the larger fish start to come in from deep water, not that some haven’t been caught, but usually February and March are when you hope for your best. Most folks are thinking about the preparing the grass and flower beds for Spring, but for me, that has got to wait. When the big fish are calling, you have to be there. This may last up to about May, so you try to be there as much as possible. My buddies are waiting and ready. Just like at the drag strip, when the light tree hits green, you are wide open! You may laugh, but getting ready for fishing requires a lot of time, especially if you are a “list maker” like me. You need to write down and plan for the number of days you are going to be gone, varying weather conditions, lodging reservations, meals, and any unexpected cost you may incur (like a flat tire). You start reviewing the last few years of fishing and begin sorting your tackle boxes to best fit your particular fishing location. My wife says as we are watching TV, “what are you doing?” My answer is planning! But the best of plans don’t always work. After countless hours of planning and thinking about what you are going to use, the weather can change it all overnight. Last year when fishing I wasn’t doing as well as I had hoped. A friend and his

wife rode by and said “hey man how are you doing?” I replied fair, not wanting to lie, but not wanting to tell the truth either, as I had zero in the live well. His wife spoke up and asked if they could use my live well for some of their fish, knowing I didn’t have any! Women’s intuition. I smiled and replied “I’ll see you at the dock”. That’s the biggest insult any fisherman could ever give to another, asking to use their live well! And it came from my friends wife, truth be known she is a good fisherman. She even shows her husband up some times! I told my fishing partner, it’s your fault, if you hadn’t eaten that banana we wouldn’t be in this shape! Bananas are bad luck on a boat. How embarrassing, I have 40 plus years under my belt, I am supposed to do better than that! As the day went on we did manage to fill the live well with our limit but the pain I faced when we returned to the landing was shameful! Remember Ralphie getting hit in the face by his BB gun? Well this was about the same! Some of you have asked about the dog in the picture with me. That was my old buddy Amos, Famous Amos Lewis the Wonder Dog. Amos was abandoned with his sister out in the pasture, we adopted Amos and some friends adopted his sister Onyx. Amos was always in my fishing room with me for fourteen years, he and I had many conversations about politics, fishing and the Bible. I would ask Amos what do you

Scott Lewis think about certain lures, after 14 years he was as good or better than me at guessing just which lure I should use! He was my best friend for many years, we had a lot of great times together, and I sure do miss him. We adopted a large black dog from a high kill shelter recently, I named her Lillie Belle, after my Grandmother, she’s a real southern lady, who I just know will love talking fishing with me. I am hoping she will be as smart as old Amos and will help me pick the right lures. I would like to remind you, if you are looking for a new best friend, please adopt from your local Humane Society, Rescue Group, or animal shelter. It’s great to give these animals a second chance. By the way, black dogs and cats are overlooked many times, not sure why, as for me, I think they are great. Remember, take a kid fishing and be sure to bring along a big plastic bag to pick up some trash to help clean up America! As I travel, I see how much trash is out there, let’s do our part in helping to keep God’s handiwork clean. Good Fishing, Oh, one more tidbit, I saw a picture of my friend’s wife holding two bass weighing over seven pounds! Shameful!

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Robin Brock, D.V.M. Animals and humans develop strong and often unique bonds with one another. These human-animal bonds are the basis for the personal and professional relationships between them. Without these bonds we would not have pets in our homes or animals providing assistance to those with disabilities. So this is a good place to start. What is the difference between a pet and a service animal and an assistance animal? In most cases, the service or assistance animal is also a pet but the reverse is not usually true. defines a pet as “a domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship or pleasure” while the Merriam Webster dictionary says “a domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility”. This second definition begins to make a distinction between pet and service animal. The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as “dogs (and certain miniature horses) that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” The Fair Housing Act refers to “assistance animals” and not “service animals” and its definition of assistance animal is much broader than the ADAs definition of service animal. More on the legal definitions and their implications later, first let’s talk about what animal do for us. Animals can be trained for many specific tasks. “Seeing Eye Dogs,” now simply called “guide dogs” developed in the early part of the twentieth century. After WWI, an American (Dorothy Harrison Eustis) living in Switzerland, began training German Shepherd dogs as guides for veterans blinded in the war. In 1927, a young American blind man named Morris Frank contacted Ms. Eustis to see if she could help him with a trained guide dog. Mr. Frank traveled to Switzerland to receive instruction on the use of the trained dog and then re-


turned to America to show him off. He invited a “throng” of news reporters to follow him through a busy intersection in New York City with the assistance of his new canine guide. The publicity which followed resulted in the creation of “The Seeing Eye” foundation in 1929. The Seeing Eye is the oldest guide dog training facility in America. It has a 60 acre campus to raise and train dogs and to train blind students of all ages to use the dogs to increase their ability to move freely with confidence in the world. Another service animal that can improve confidence is a seizure alert dog. Some dogs seem to have the innate ability to detect that a person with epilepsy is about to have a seizure up to an hour before it happens. The alert can allow the person to seek a safer location and/or lie down before the seizure happens. Seizure alert dogs can also be trained to seek aid by alerting others that their human charge needs assistance. While it was once believed that only dogs born with the innate ability could be trained to detect seizures, there are now trainers using special scent training to instill this ability into other dogs. Scent training is also used to help train dogs to alert diabetics to a problem before their blood sugar becomes dangerously high or low. Both seizure alert dogs and diabetic alert dogs need special training as do the patients who need their services. Organizations that train these and other service dogs can be found by searching the Internet. References from former students should also be sought to be sure the organization is able to provide the training as advertised. The importance of seeking out an experienced and qualified trainer cannot be over emphasized. Some people think that they can save money and train their animal themselves. Having a service animal that has not been properly trained

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can result in injury to the patient needing the service animal or to people around him. The first step in any service animal training is obedience training. In fact, the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the Fair Housing Act require that a service animal be kept under control at all times. A properly trained service animal should never pose a threat to the handler or those around him. One that does no longer qualifies for special treatment under either of these two laws and may be asked to leave an area or be discharged from a rental unit. Some people will ask their doctors to certify their pet as “an emotional support animal.” These animals are not required to be trained for a specific task but also do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means that they do not have to be allowed in certain places like restaurants and hospitals which normally do not allow animals. It also means that these animals may not be allowed on public transportation including the cabins of airplanes. Unfortunately, this category of “emotional support animal” has been abused by people who would like to have their pets travel free or avoid pet deposits and fees in rentals. The abuse of this regulation creates a hardship for those who truly need the pet’s emotional support. For now, business owners, landlords and transportation officials are trying to sort out rules regarding emotional support animals. The best thing to do is ask before you travel if you plan to take one along. From dogs who lead their blind owners across busy streets to fuzzy friends who make us calmer when we travel, pets can provide tremendous assistance. Sorting out the laws that apply when these animals need to be with someone at all times can be somewhat daunting. The best advice is to check local ordinances and ask first. Most people love animals and are happy to accommodate those who provide assistance. Training is essential and control of the animal at all times is paramount. For those in need of assistance, your properly trained animal really is your best friend. ya d ki n va l l e y magazi

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Pets make a positive difference in our lives! Research shows that pet owners have lower levels of stress, improved mood, lower blood pressure levels and are less likely to experience loneliness and depression. 2018 was a phenomenal year for pet adoptions at the Humane Society of Davie County, (HSDC) having adopted well over 500 pets, giving them a new chance at life and a loving home. As a positive change the HSDC partnered with Davie County Animal Services, (DCAS), in June of 2017. Our goals were to decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cats that were euthanized each year, increase adoptions and spay/neuters in our communities. During our first months as partners here are the exciting results: Euthanasia rates for DCAS dropped to 18% from a high of 82% in 2008. Adoptions at the Humane Society have increased threefold above our annual average rate! Spay/Neuter numbers continue to climb to new highs and are running 67% higher than 2016! And as a new service, we transported 28 dogs and 110 cats in the past 12 months to communities that can provide them with wonderful homes. Our work begins as dogs and cats come to DCAS surrendered by their owners, as strays or come as a result of an injury. Medical treatments or even expensive surgeries may be required. Our adoption process also includes getting the animal up to date on vaccines and tests, spayed or neutered and microchipped. These procedures are very costly and always outweigh our standard adoption fees. The HSDC receives no county governmental financial assistance, but instead our revenues come strictly from our generous donors, private grants and our annual fundraisers. In November, our largest fundraiser of the year is Paws in the Park—a pet-friendly walk through Tanglewood Park. We need your donations today to maintain our growth and achieve our goal of every dog and cat to get a chance at life and have a loving home. Please consider a monetary gift. We are always in need of volunteers and donations of pet food, pet care and other necessary items. The HSDC is a 501(c)(3) non profit; all donations are tax-deductible. We greatly appreciate every donation, large or small. These pets need your help to begin the life they deserve. TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER: Visit TO ADOPT A DOG OR CAT: Visit

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This is one of those items that has brought back a lot of nostalgia for lots of folks. We were reminded, too, that not only Coca-Cola had bottle openers like this one! Above all the most interesting reading is that it has also reminded folks of the era and the father or grandfather that took them into the little neighborhood stores after school for that glass-bottled drink a Nab and neighborly conversation. Amazing was the number of people who still used this item in their home or workshop today. This opener is ours; mounted below the countertop in our kitchen...our kids learned early how to work it and loved it. Several readers say they have a collection of countertop/machine mounted openers...see, there is a collection out there for everyone!

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The Thimble Lady by Betty P. Cooper


have a friend who collects thimbles kept in specially built cases with glass fronts to protect them, although some are in open areas so I was actually able to handle them. Mind you, most are purely decorative thimbles made expressly for collectors but Aggie does truly value some old metal ones used by aunts, her mother and grandmothers—long ago departed loved ones who used them as a necessary part of life for sewing, mending and quilting. She enjoys sewing, crocheting and other hobbies requiring skill and dexterity. When asked how she became interested in collecting thimbles, she said she had seen a collection at the home of woman who taught pine needle yad kin valleyma gaz

crafts and that the idea simply appealed to her. There are a wide variety of catalogs for thimble collectors, so Aggie ordered one which got her started! I find that thimble collecting is gaining in popularity because it can be an inexpensive and space-friendly hobby since you can buy a thimble for as little as 99¢! Of course, a collector can go in many directions whether collecting wood, metal, enamel, porcelain, or the rarer ivory, bone and jade thimbles. Vintage thimbles are gorgeous with engravings and etchings but as always, a collector is wise to do some research before pushing the “enter” key on a bidding site. An antique whalebone scrimshaw thimble can run $250 while a Victorian gold thimble can go into the thousands! Thimble collecting offers the collector a chance to individualize his collection by for example, seeking only red glass top thimbles, (usually sterling ones are $20 and under). Adding stones raises the ante: antique Navajo turquoise or garnets will get you back into the hundreds.

My friend keeps busy even when she watches television with her crochet basket handy, clothing to mend or some other items to sew–still using a thimble. Often given thimbles by friends who have sought out commemorative thimbles from their travels across the country, she won’t admit to having one favorite. When pressed about whether she remembered where each came from, I got no answer, only a look which said, “You’ve got to be kidding!”

Aggie has several really unusual thimbles: Santa Claus in his red suit, a tiny old fashioned sewing machine, a metal spinning wheel, several painted butterflies, a teapot, a darling little mouse atop a stack of books with a graduation cap on his head and one cute little bear atop a thimble that she had expertly painted. The afternoon passed quickly as I visited with my friend and learned about thimble collecting.

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No charts, graphs or fancy words. Just common cents. WRITER David L. May Jr. No charts, graphs or fancy words. Just common cents. Take a look at the three simple guidelines below. I’ve found them to be helpful in my financial life over the years.

• Avoid unnecessary debt • Live and give Generously • Spend Less than you make

Not Today, Maybe Tomorrow Robert and Joan were best friends and were married now for 18 years. Robert was a successful contractor, Joan a homemaker. It was her choice and she was very satisfied taking care of Robert and their two boys. They both were happy and had worked hard raising their two sons. They were fortunate enough to own their own home, secluded in a nice neighborhood. They took a couple of vacations a year and had managed a big trip out west to see the sights a couple of years ago. Life was treating them pretty well. Every once in a while Robert would call and ask his insurance agent to figure him up some life insurance. He always told the agent he was worried that if something happened to him, he knew Joan would not be able to make the mortgage payment, pay the car loans, credit cards and just meet day to day expenses of the household. The insurance agent would promptly get the quotes over to him. Each time the agent would follow up to see if he was ready to apply for the policies. Robert’s reply was standard and predictable. The agent had heard the same reply from many others over the years. “Tomorrow or the next day I’ll get back to you. I’ve been real busy at work and don’t have time right now.” Robert was in good health, played some sports and liked to run on the weekends when he had time. This was the perfect time for him to buy his policy, but he stayed so busy at work. One fall day, late the afternoon, Joan called the insurance office and anxiously told the agent Robert had a heart attack and was in the hospital. He was doing okay, she said, but he

was really weak. He had been working late hours and was under a lot of pressure to complete the projects he was working on. She sounded very concerned. Robert quickly recovered and not many days later he was back on the job as busy as ever. He called his agent again in January, to again figure him up some life insurance. The agent asked how he was doing and sent over the life insurance quote. The agent cautioned him it would be much more difficult to get coverage and more expensive now that he had experienced a serious health problem. He said he understood and would get back to the agent that day or sometime tomorrow. The agent never heard from Robert again. About year after the agent’s office received the first call from Joan, a second more ominous call was received. Robert had another massive heart attack and was gone. He didn’t even make it to the emergency room. Joan was devastated and was looking for answers. Already the looming financial pressures were front and center. Where was the money going to come from? You can finish this story and imagine the emotional and financial hardship Joan faced. Her whole life was turned upside down. Take time to call and talk to your insurance agent today. Make sure you are not too busy to review your current coverage or put a life insurance plan in place. Remember, it’s not about you. It’s about your grieving family and the loved ones left behind that have to figure out how to pay the bills and live everyday after you are gone. Please don’t get too busy to prepare for the unexpected.

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Prepare to be enchanted with Jane Tesh’s fourth fantasy novel, Over the Edge. This delightful fractured fairy tale comes complete with castles, dragons, damsels in distress, fairies, trolls and even a gingerbread house in the forest. Imagine this magical kingdom suddenly being equipped with cell phones and laptops. Could social media be the demise of Fairyland? At the request of the king, human Mel Worthington goes over the edge to help solve their technical problem. “Flitter” is all the buzz among the young fae and is wreaking havoc in Eldenfair. The beautiful, fierce Captain of the Guard, Riley Eversong, who is secretly hoping to be next in line for the throne, is assigned to guide and protect Mel during his visit to the kingdom. Unsuspecting Mel discovers his mother was actually a goddess known as the Diamond Queen, and he may also be an heir, a position he has no desire to fill. Mel must come to terms with his emerging magical powers and join forces with Riley and her loyal sidekick,

Timmon the talking rabbit, to save Fairy tales from being warped beyond recognition. Will happy endings be trending on Flitter? This is a great read! One that will make you see the world in a whole new light. Published by Silver Leaf Books, Over the Edge is available at Pages in Mt. Airy, local, independent bookstore in print and Kindle editions.

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Sandra Miller

Winter, spring, summer and fall. Piedmont, NC has the best of all seasons. A little snow in winter, bursts of dogwoods and buttercups in spring, hot summers, and brilliant autumns. Life also has seasons and I’m not thrilled with the season I’m in right now. It seems as though winter has crept up on me. Due to complex mobility problems, my life exists of moving from my chair to the table for meals, to the bathroom and back to my chair. My loved ones and hired help are doing the tasks that once were mine. My husband has become proficient in the kitchen and his cornbread has exceeded mine. Some days I feel so unnecessary! My chair is my safe place. I think about doing things, but when I attempt them, my body screams not yet, not today, and I wonder if I ever will. But seasons are a reality. The writer of Ecclesiastes says, “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” So if we live, winter comes to us all but I’m learning that it does not have to be an invasion. There is 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

still much to enjoy when I stop to consider. I still have my mom, for which I am thankful. My husband and I are actually enjoying a slower pace. Our son and daughter-in-law have blessed us with three rambunctious grandchildren. And we cherish old friends. We are blessed! Looking back I see the importance of making good memories in each season. The spring of life is our youth. Not everyone has good childhood memories and that is sad. It’s so important to create good memories for children. You can’t avoid down times but with the Lord by your side, you can walk through them. Summer comes as we enter adulthood and start making a living and building a family. Marriage is an adjustment and is not for everyone. No matter how much you love someone, living with another person requires patience and communication—lots of communication. The Bible stresses that believers should not marry unbelievers and the life styles of both should exhibit mutual ideals. God knows marrying someone who doesn’t believe like you do only opens the door for trouble. By the autumn of life most are set in their ways. Children grow up and the nest empties. Life brings both good times and losses. You think you’re prepared for the “golden years” but often it means caring for aging parents, dealing with your personal maladies, and such. Staying productive is crucial, which is where I am right now. I find that trusting God one day at a time helps. Above all, renewing the mind in the word of God is the key to survival. It’s easy to get so wound up in aches and pains that we let the important things slip. Meditation helps me, but I have to guard against dwelling on past failures. God says He doesn’t recall them, so why should I relive unpleasant times? Even winter has its benefits as I like to think about the blessedness of heaven and all that awaits me. I’m sure that heaven has lovely springs. When I get time, I like meditating on that. And just living one day at a time keeps me from worrying about the future, knowing that when tomorrow comes, my Lord will already be there, and because of Him there is beauty to be found in every season.


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Yadkin Valley Magazine March-April 2019  

Lifestyle magazine for Northwest North Carolina's Yadkin Valley Wine Region.

Yadkin Valley Magazine March-April 2019  

Lifestyle magazine for Northwest North Carolina's Yadkin Valley Wine Region.