Yadkin Valley Magazine May-June 2022

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May/June 2022

Lisa Prince

American Healthcare Services, Inc. offers up to 24 hour care, 7 days a week Hourly Rate Does Not Change Regardless Time or Day of Service Providing In‐Home Aide Assistance

For the Following Programs:

PRIVATE DUTY SERVICES in Surry and Stokes Counties American Healthcare Services, Inc. offers sitting and companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands and personal care. We sit privately in hospitals and nursing facilities. All caregivers provide socialization, a safe environment and support.



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336­789­2273 Through all the Seasons of the Year,

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For The FOURTH Year Voted Best of Wilkes Women’s Boutique!

Visit us, shop online, or on our App to find your next outfit.

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

and Dad’s love our candies too!

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Our candy cases are filled with so many candies

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Mount Airy

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Safely order your delicious homemade fudge online at: www.BEARCREEKCANDY.com

This Spring & Summer No matter your age, we got you covered!

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Spring...time to brighten up your

yard with new plants and lots of color! At Joe’s we carry… a large selection of trees and shrubs complete line of soil amendments pine needles, mulch and bark grass seed and fertilizers for yard and shrubbery beds Don’t miss our Encore Azaleas Family owned and operated

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For more information or to schedule a complimentary financial review, call or stop by today. www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC

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

Retirement Plans Rollovers and Consolidation Individual Retirement Accounts

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

Dobson Paul J. Bunke, Sr., AAMS Financial Advisor 124 W. Kapp Street, Suite C PO Box 407 Dobson, NC 27017 336­386­0846 paul.bunke@edwardjones.com

Audra Cox Financial Advisor 124 W. Kapp Street, Suite C Dobson, NC 27017 336­386­0846 audra.cox@edwardjones.com

Elkin Frank H. Beals Financial Advisor 965 North Bridge Street Elkin, NC 28621 336­835­4411 frank.beals@edwardjones.com

Barry Revis, AAMS Financial Advisor 116 E. Market St., Elkin, NC 28621 336­835­1124 barry.revis@edwardjones.com

Business Retirement Plans

Portfolio and Retirement Plan Reviews

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

Mount Airy Andi Draughn Schnuck Financial Advisor 496 N. Main Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­1707 andi.draughn@edwardjones.com

Dale Draughn, AAMS Financial Advisor 140 Franklin Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­0136 dale.draughn@edwardjones.com

Logan Draughn Financial Advisor 492 N. Main Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­3323 logan.draughn@edwardjones.com

Kody Easter, AAMS, CRPC, CFP Financial Advisor 304 East Independence Blvd Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­2079 kody.easter@edwardjones.com

Education Savings Strategies Insurance Fixed Income Investments

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

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

Pilot Mountain Mike Russell Financial Advisor 106­B South Depot Street, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 336­368­2575 mike.t.russell@edwardjones.com

Michael Warren Financial Advisor 101­S Shoals Road, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 336­368­0782 michael.warren@edwardjones.com

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

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May‐June 2022

contents Throughout this issue, you’ll find a wealth of fun discoveries to fill your Yadkin Valley Weekends. Visit yadkinvalleymagazine.com and sign up to receive a free weekly email with suggestions for fun ways to visit a special event or make a special memory. 10

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Home & Garden 22 New Best Cook 26 Cookbook Collector 38 More Pound Cakes 40 Trail Friendly Treats 46 About Strawberries 54 Plants in a Perennial Border 60 Stink Bugs 62 Lawn Care 68 Lots of Love for Lavender 112 Bugs in My Creek?


People & Celebrations 70 YVP Lyle Wheeler 72 caring hearts: The Daughenbaughs 74 YVP Robin Shore 76 YVP LaDonna Neal McCarther 78 YVP Lisa Prince 80 YVP Tami Langdon 82 YVP Jonathan Young 84 YVP Archie Matthews 88 caring hearts: Jacob Scott Shore 89 YVP Gold Girl Scouts 90 EB American Legion Memorial 92 Books: The Fight for Native Plants 93 Books: Forever Boy 100 Yadkin Valley Wine Festival 104 Mt. Airy Farm Fest 106 It Starts with a River 114 YVP Charlene Rollins 123 collectibles: Jadeite

116 Iis Your Cat Sick at Its Stomach 115 Books: Horses of Proud Spirit and Hoof Prints 118 petpics


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Our personnel have many years of experience in all the various areas of Automobile Restoration. Plus our 10,000 square feet facility is FULLY EQUIPPED with everything we need to complete your project

Paint Removal using our Enclosed Plastic Media Blasting Room


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Construction Projects that make a difference What we do: • Forestry • Crushing • Utilities • Bridge Construction • Demolition • Grading & Site Development • Highway Signage • Walls & Foundations What we offer our team members: Competitive Salary Company Paid Employee Medical Insurance Premiums Company Paid Life Insurance Health Reimbursement Account 401k with Company Match Short Term Disability Accident Insurance Cancer Insurance Vision Dental Vacation Holidays

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It’s been said, “If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life!” To learn more about specific job openings visit us on Facebook, click on www.smithrowe.com or call Human Resources (336) 789­8221. Family Owned and Operated since 1983

Smith Rowe, LLC 639 Old US 52 South Mount Airy, NC 27030 (336) 789­8221

Equal Opportunity Employer ­ Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

STORY IDEAS. At Yadkin Valley Magazine we value the concerns, ideas and interests of our readers. We welcome all story ideas and suggestions, always keeping an open file and working them in when possible. All story ideas should be submitted by mail to: 413 Cherry Street, East Bend, NC 27018.


Give your system a little tender loving care now, so it will be ready to perform when that North Carolina Summer starts baking.

We’re really good at helping keep your family comfortable Need repair service NOW? Call us and we’ll dispatch trained service techs who take pride in their work. From repair calls to whole house installations, we’ll get your home or office back to comfortable. UV Lights Digital Thermostats Air Filtering Systems Humidifiers Duct Balancing

Our services also include:

Seal Ducts Carbon Monoxide Detectors Preventive Tune-Ups

Scheduling a BI­ANNUAL TUNE­UP for your heating and cooling system is as easy as calling K&V Heating and Air Conditioning today at 336­699­2088. A little money spent in preventative tune­ups can save you big money and stress for emergency repairs when temperatures soar and dip.

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DISTRIBUTION. The magazine is available FREE at locations throughout the Yadkin Valley. You will find a highlight listing of pick­up locations on our web site at www.yadkinvalleymagazine.com. Not all locations will always have copies in stock.

ADVERTISING. We view our advertisers as people providing a service who are genuinely interested in their customers. These businesses make it possible for you to enjoy the magazine for free. We hope that you’ll make them your first choice when you need the products and services they offer. Be sure to share that you read about them in Yadkin Valley Magazine. For advertising information, please call 336­699­2446. Information about advertising is also available at: yadkinvalleymagazine.com/advertising Health and educational articles included in Yadkin Valley Magazine are for education purposes only. Be sure to consult your personal physician before you begin any diet, medicine or course of treatment.

Yadkin Valley Magazine is a publication of Cherry Street Media,LLC. 413 Cherry Street East Bend, NC 27018 336­699­2446 May­June 2022 Volume 22 Number 5 Publisher/Editor Barbara Krenzer Norman Advertising Sales John Norman Sue Harrison Ken & Denise Knight Contributing Writers Mary Bohlen, Jim Collins, Ryan Guthrie, Wendi Hartup, Shannon Holden, Amanda Joyner, Ashley M. Martin, DVM Assistant Cindy Martin, David May, Sandra Miller, Judy Mitchell, Jayla Breanne Parker, J. Dwaine Phifer, Lisa Prince, June Rollins, Sarah Smith, Courtney Tevepaugh, Vicki Yount. Photographs & Photographers John & Barbara Norman, Cindy Martin, June Rollins, Amanda Joyner, Lisa Prince, Mary Bohlen, J. Dwaine Phifer, Mitchell’s Greenhouse & Nursery, Sarah Smith, Vicki Yount, Courtney P. Tevepaugh, Amy Beam Distribution Rebecca Cranfill Ken & Denise Knight Cindy & Wayne Martin Michael Scott Test Kitchen Chef Amanda Joyner To inquire about advertising in Yadkin Valley Magazine (336) 699­2446 john@yadkinvalleymagazine.com

Yes my baby, you’ll grow up to produce only the best all natural, grass fed dairy products. Grass Fed Cow’s Milk Whole Cow’s Milk Butter Milk Butter Half & Half Heavy Cream Chocolate Milk Flavored Yogurt Drinkable Yogurt

Kefir Ice Cream

Only ice cream produced here on our farm can be this fresh, this delicious.

Vacuum Packed Pork and Beef available 6400 Windsor Road, Hamptonville

336-468-1520 Farm Store Open Monday-Saturday 9:00-5:00

Naturally Wholesome Products

Everything is Naturally Wholesome

just a note from Barbara Our telephone number is: 336-699-2446 web address: yadkinvalleymagazine.com Email Directory: Editor- Barbara Norman: barbara@yadkinvalleymagazine.com Advertising- John Norman: john@yadkinvalleymagazine.com

Hi there, Join us celebrating Egg Month, parental holidays, our regular reader-friendly features on seasonal foods, wellness, home decor, happenings, wineries, pets, book reviews…all to fit into your Yadkin Valley lifestyle.

Weekends/Events Calendar submissions: weekends@yadkinvalleymagazine.com BEST Yadkin Valley COOKS recipes: bestcooks@yadkinvalleymagazine.com Share your pet photos: petpics@yadkinvalleymagazine.com

The Yadkin Valley is inhabited with folks whose ancestors go back hundreds of years while new comers from all across the country have joined to call the Yadkin Valley home, too. That blend of personalities and customs make a quintessential recipe for a variety of new and old neighbors. Enjoy a sampling of our Yadkin Valley folks in this issue—it’s interesting to meet a surveyor, a music teacher, a forest ranger, a chair maker, volunteers working with pets and humans and Girl Scouts. In our caring hearts feature you’ll meet Jacob, a special little Yadkin Valley person. On a summerish note, seasonal foods are flooding the markets and grocery stores now. Our foodsandflavors cooking crew has brought you some extremely tasty recipes to read and try in addition to a new memoir/cookbook for a collector with or without a rock’n roll passion, a new Best Cook and believe it or not, another pound cake recipe or two! I still believe the Yadkin Valley is simply a state of mind ‘cause it IS the thought that counts and that remembrance just might bring an unexpected smile to another soul. Not only is the Yadkin Valley landscape vividly in bloom but so hopefully are our spirits in this pleasant season. This is our 22nd summer with you promoting the Yadkin Valley and all that is special within it. Looking forward to the thros of summer and its adventures. Be sure to watch for the July/August Heritage issue of Yadkin Valley Magazine for our history aficionados. See you again soon.


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Yadkin Valley Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Entire contents copyright © 2022 All rights reserved. Reproduction of our created advertising materials and design work are strictly prohibited. Yadkin Valley Living, Yadkin Valley Magazine, Yadkin Valley Weekends, Best Yadkin Valley Cooks, 52 Pounds and then some!, are trademarks of Cherry Street Media LLC, 413 Cherry St., East Bend, North Carolina 27018. Proudly printed in the USA. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in the magazine. We assume no responsibility for changes in schedules, prices, hours or information. Before traveling long distances, it is always wise to use the contact numbers included in the magazine to confirm that the events you wish to enjoy are still on schedule. The contents of advertising and articles do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. The publishers assume no responsibility for errors or omissions of any advertisement beyond the actual cost of the advertisement. In no event shall the publishers be liable for any consequential damage or any damages in excess of the cost of the advertisement.

From the coziness of your bedroom, to the library’s shelves filled with books, to the openness of our living room areas, to sit, talk and enjoy, or the gazebo for nature’s beauty, we share the comforts of home.

We offer: Short Term Rehab • Respite Care Skilled Nursing – Long Term and Short Term • Assisted Living Independent Apartments • Offering in-patient & Out-patient therapy Now Open Our NEW Physical Therapy Wing

It’s 2,400 sq ft of helping patients reach their full potential with kitchen, bedroom & bath set­ups, so patients can practice preparing meals, bathing, getting in & out of bed... building the overall functional abilities they’ll need to return home, including speech therapy. Open for out­patients, our residents and all of the community.

Our Administrative Staff strives to create a family environment throughout our facility. Happy National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 8-14 To our staff, a sincere


Elizabeth Lockett Administrator

Rachel Trivette, RN Director of Nursing

Kathy Sparks Candy Crissmon Dietary Manager Household Supervisor

Elizabeth Pardue Social Worker

Johnathan Smouse Tammy Johnson Maintenance Supervisor Office Manager

for all your hard work!

Where kind hearts welcome you Yadkin Nursing Care and Rehab Center 903 West Main Street • Yadkinville • (336) 679­8863 Call Crystal Watkins to schedule a visit. Now a part of Wilmington, North Carolina’s Liberty Healthcare. This well known, well respected partner brings new resources and years of experience to providing our residents only the best in care.

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Jar Goods featuring Salsa • Pickles • Jams And just wait till you taste these new

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It’s Picnic Time

We’ve got everything you need for a family fun picnic! Crackers, Meats, Cheeses, Spreads, Soft Drinks, Breads...even our delicious fresh made­to­order sandwiches

Shiloh General Store and Bakery 5520 St. Paul Church Road, Hamptonville (336)468-4789

Store Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am–5pm Saturday 9am–4pm

June: What’s rewarding and what’s challenging? Andrea: The rewarding and challenging part of my work are the same. It’s challenging to sit with folks during the hardest times in their lives, but I’m also so honored to be the one who is walking in that liminal space with them. Because of my training and the things I’ve seen, I feel I can walk into any circumstance calm, cool, and collected, at least on the surface. Part of being a chaplain is being that non-anxious presence for people while their world is falling apart.

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June: Have you had to make Covid adjustments? Andrea: Yes. It’s so hard to tell people they can only have two people visit in a whole day. And if their loved ones leave, they can’t come back until the next day. Plus, having to choose which family member(s) can be present at the end of life due to Covid restrictions. I think the hardest thing for me during this season is that chaplains won’t be allowed to do the imposition of ashes in the hospital for Ash Wednesday, so we’re having to do a more sterile version by passing out stickers.

with June Rollins Visit June’s website at: www.junerollins.com

Love and Laughter Ya d k i n • Va l l e y

PEOPLE I’d like to introduce you to someone I admire, Andrea Simmonds. I recently asked her a few questions to show you why. June: What’s a typical day for you? Andrea: I’m an oncology chaplain at Novant Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. During the week I work 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., however, just because I know where I’ll be, doesn’t mean I know what’s going to happen during the eight hours I’m there. I’m typically in the outpatient infusion center and the inpatient oncology unit. Ninety percent of my job is listening to folks and their stories. If people request prayer or want scripture read to them, I do that. I also help people get in touch with their particular faith leader or community if they desire. As a chaplain I care not only for patients, but also their loved ones, and my fellow staff.

You don’t mind sharing, do you? Jamie and Andrea June: What keeps you inspired? Andrea: I listen to a lot of podcasts about the human experience and that brings me joy. I read poetry and other books that remind me we’re not alone in this crazy world. I also create when I’m at home, watercolors, knitting, crochet, etc., I deal with so much death on a daily basis, it’s nice to have something coming into existence instead of leaving it. When gardening season arrives, I’ll be spending a lot of time in the dirt. My dogs and fiancé, Jamie Mitchell, also help keep me recharged and inspired. June: Any advice for readers during these times? Andrea: My advice would be to laugh a lot, tell the ones you care about that you love them, and do the things you like with incredible joy, because this life isn’t guaranteed. M ay-June 2 0 2 2




Best Scrambled Eggs Cherry BBQ Glazed Ribs Couscous Energy Bites Irish Stew Lavender-Mint Green Tea Lemon Coconut Pound Cake Lentil/Sausage Marble Pound Cake Mountain Dew Cake Old Fashioned Egg Custard Oreo Cheesecake Pie Pina Colada Cake/Frosting Quattro Quarti Strawberry Angel Food Delite Strawberry Bread Strawberry Buttermilk Salad Strawberry Cobbler Strawberry Smoothie Three-Day Refrig Cake/Frosting

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Judy Mitchell’s Lentil Stew 22 Quincy & Becky’s Pork Ribs & Rub 23

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Judy Mitchell with her grandkids from a few years ago. The kids have grown up but Judy still looks like her healthy thin self!

Judy Mitchell, a working housewife and business woman (horticulturist) not only has a talent for the plant world, she seeks out healthy, inexpensive meals for she and her husband. She reported finding success with this easy recipe. give it a try and let us know how pleased your family was!

Lentil Stew 1 pound brown lentils, dried 1 pound bulk sausage opt. (leave out for vegetarian) 1 onion chopped 1 green pepper-fresh or frozen diced 1 (15-ounce) can, fresh, or frozen-diced tomatoes 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tumeric turmeric 1 teaspoon chilli powder 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 cup chopped cabbage Brown sausage; remove from heat. Use a paper towel to remove all grease. Add remaining ingredients. Stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 minutes until lentils are soft. Serve with corn bread. May cut recipe in half as it makes a lot. It makes about 8 servings as a meal. May top with sour cream, shredded cheese or pimento cheese. May add diced carrots or celery before cooking. 22


Join our Best Cooks by sharing a favorite recipe! The first time we publish your recipe in our Best Cooks Series we’ll send you $30. Tell us a bit about the recipe, and why it’s a favorite. Is it a handed down family treat or one shared by a friend? Remember to include all the basics, from ingredients to dish sizes, baking times and temperatures. A photo of you with your recipe, just a shot of the dish or just your photo would be nice. Thank you! Send your recipe submission(s) to: bestcooks@yadkinvalleymagazine.com or mail to: Best Cooks, Yadkin Valley Magazine 413 Cherry Street, East Bend, NC 27018 Discover more delicious recipes in our Best Cooks Cookbook. These are the best of the best down home Southern recipes. All Color • 152 pages • paperback just $16.95 purchase at: cherrystreetfarmhouse.com or visit yadkinvalleymagazine.com for a list of retail purchase locations

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Reader Favorite recipe from Best Yadkin Valley Cooks Cookbook

Talk about hard to believe, it’s been 10 years since Quincy and Becky McBride shared their incredible pork ribs and cherry glace with us. One of our most popular BYVC recipes, it was first featured in May/June of 2012. Becky McBride was born and raised in Dobson. She is currently living in Oklahoma City with her husband, Quincy, children and grandchildren. Becky comes from a line of excellent cooks and has published a cookbook using some family recipes. “This is a very good recipe using Cheerwine. When I visit NC, as we do a couple times a year, I bring back Cheerwine just for this dish!”

PORK RIBS & CHERRY GLAZE Quincy and Becky McBride

Rub 2 teaspoons Kosher salt 2 teaspoons light brown sugar 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper 1 teaspoon chili powder 4 pounds boneless pork ribs 2 cups Cheerwine Cut pork into pieces, 1-inch each; place in 9x13-inch baking dish. Rub spice mixture over pork. Pour Cheerwine on pork; cover with aluminum foil; bake for 1 1/2 hours or until tender at 350°F.

Glaze 1 1/2 cups Cheerwine 1/2 cup cherry preserves 1/4 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup tomato paste 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 3 Tablespoons soy sauce Mix all glaze ingredients in a pan, medium heat, stir occasionally. Cook 25 minutes. Drain off Cheerwine. Pour glaze over pork; bake additional 20 to 25 minutes.


11th Annual 2022 Juried Exhibition

Statewide Fine Art artists are invited to compete in both 2D and 3D categories. Age minimum is 18. Must live in NC. Combined prizes $3,500. Deadline is June 9 by midnight. Display: July 15 through September, 2022 Awards ceremony/opening reception: July 15 from 5p to 7p. Download prospectus: yadkinarts.org/annual-juried-show/ To apply: artist.callforentry.org/festivals unique info.php?ID=10035

Sharon Hardin is slated as the juror for this exhibition.

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The Power of Prayer is undeniable. This inspirational bracelet has 7 beads, one for each day of the week, to remind us to pray each day. 14k gold, artist wire & silver beads

Christy Beane & Robert Jones offer customer service that perfectly matches our beautiful jewelry.

Remember, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th

R. Thomas Jewelers

336-983-4923 rthomasjewelers@windstream.net

614 C South Main Street Lowes Food Shopping Center King, NC 27021

Meet up with your Friends over a Cup of Coffee!

Linda Mills, Kathy Hobson, Anne琀e Nickerson, Mary Norwood, Nancy Caron enjoy the Books & Brew bookclub, Between the Pages, which meets every other Wednesday at 10 am. The club meets May 4 and 18. Call for more info.

We offer: All specialty coffees Sparkling Waters & Teas Pastries

Frios Gourmet Popsicles in a variety of flavors


Mrs. Pumpkins Chicken Pies and Spaghetti New & Used Books There’s table games to play & enjoy Ask about our Special Events & Activities for Kids!

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Repair, Restore, Resurrect

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Just About Anything Leather

Enough Already Learning to Love the Way I Am Today

Patti Miller & Sadie • Soles & Heels • Zippers • Belts • Leather Apparel (patches/tears)

The only leather repair shop from Winston­Salem to Boone, Hickory to Galax

Patti’s Leather & Shoe Repair 209 E. Main St., Elkin 336­468­0211 Open Tuesday ­ Friday 10am­2pm Tuesday ­ Wednesday ­ Thursday 4­6pm

You’ll immediately recognize this fresh, youthful face of Valerie Bertinelli from television and One Day at a Time and Emmy-Ward-winning host of the Food Network show, Valerie’s Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship and now an author. The title is a tad misleading, encouraging you to believe it is solely about her struggle with her weight. What you will find is a few family shared recipes and a smattering of family photos B/W and color and the total inside story of her life as a mother and rock star’s wife and beyond . Let’s start with the Best Soft Scrambled Eggs in the World “Like so much of life, the secret to making the world’s best eggs is to take your time. Go slowly. The day is ahead of you. Enjoy it.” 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon olive oil 8 large eggs 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Heat butter & oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. When butter is melted add the eggs. Use a rubber spatula or whisk to break the yolks. Scramble eggs. Stir eggs continuously until small curds start to form. Season eggs with salt & pepper. Continue stirring eggs with spatula over a low heat until eggs are soft but solidified, 10 to 15 minutes, turn heat off; serve immediately.

No Appointment Necessary


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Mom Knows Best!

Just like Mom, she wants her children to eat well so they will feel better and live better, “Mama Helen” wants us all to eat healthy, to be healthy, and have a happier life.

We joke about how “Mama Helen” has transitioned from being a mom of eight (her family) to a “mom” of thirteen (store employees). Helen Holmes, store owner, is always concerned about the health and welfare of everyone in the Mill Creek family of employees and customers! Local folks routinely come in our store seeking advice on foods and supplements. Because Helen tries to stay current on nutrition, healthy eating, and alternative treatments, she can offer direction. Over the past nine years, as our store and deli have grown, we have added more healthy foods, supplements, and health care products to serve all the wonderful folks that shop with us. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask us!

Need a Wellness Coach?

Muffins by Misty’s Bakery Made with Coconut, Almond, Oat Flour & Xylitol Low Glycemic Diabetic Friendly!

Helen Holmes, store owner

We’ve got you covered! Lisa Martin, store manager, and Helen are Wellness Coaches for the many customers that participate in The Next 56 Days Wellness Eating program.

ARIIX PureNourish & Power Boost Clean Protein and Clinically Proven to Stabilize Blood Sugar Daily

Of course, you don’t need to be in “56 Days” to get knowledgeable advice on eating healthy, quality supplements, and health care products. Lisa has over thirty years’ experience in the food industry and food preparation. Also, as an avid athlete, she has used and continues to use many of the products we sell for improved physical performance and wellness. Helen and Lisa teach The Next 56 Days Wellness Eating class on most Tuesdays. Contact us anytime to find out when the next session begins.

Clean Supplements: Rejuveniix Excellent Energy Boost, Optimals V & M ­ Complete Vitamin & Mineral Blend

Whatever your need, please stop by and see us at Mill Creek General Store & Deli!

Local Family Owned • Made-In-USA Products! Our popular Grilled Club Sandwich & Chicken Salad Croissant, just two of the amazing sandwiches from our deli

541 West Pine Street, Mount Airy, NC 336‐755‐2340 millcreekgeneralstore.com Monday‐Saturday 9:30am‐6pm • Sunday: Closed

foodsandflavors~™ Carmen Long

The Surry SHIIP Crew... Here to Help YOU!

WRITER & PHOTO Carmen Long Family and Consumer Agent N.C. Cooperative Extension Surry & Alleghany county centers.

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If you or someone you know has celebrated a 65th birthday, it is amazing how much “fan mail” fills the mailbox. Much of the mail is advertising insurance plans. Every envelope claims to have the perfect plan, not to mention the endless phone calls which are also received. The gift of Medicare due to age or disability and all of the insurance decisions which go along with that, can be overwhelming. Don’t despair, SHIIP is here. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is part of the North Carolina Department of Insurance. Because there are so many insurance companies, and because the Medicare system is so complex, SHIIP was founded in 1986 to provide people who are eligible for Medicare with an objective information service. Trained volunteers work in each county to help provide unbiased information to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities in their community with questions regarding Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare claims processing, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare prescription drug plans. We also provide information on consumer fraud and preventative benefits. In Surry County, the Surry County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension serves as the coordinating site. Our Surry County volunteers include Tom Bachmann, Jessalyn Bridges, Donna Collins, Tammy Haynes, Mary Jane Jenkins, and Marilyn Lambert. Even in the midst of the pandemic when we were not meeting face to face or doing group presentations, in 2020 our Surry volunteers counseled 215 individuals who were able to save over $276,000. If you have Medicare questions, give the Extension Office a call at 336-4018025 to be connected to a volunteer or visit the SHIIP website at www.ncshiip.com. There are many helpful publications including On the Road to Medicare, a planning guide for those getting ready to turn 65 and a Medicare 101 video. SHIIP is always looking for more volunteers. With the many decisions people with Medicare have to make, we can never have too many volunteers to assist our Yadkin Valley beneficiaries. If you like to help others, have computer skills, want to learn more about Medicare, we need YOU!

SHIIP. Volunteers should: Not be or have an immediate family member who is an active insurance salesperson. Complete a 13-hour on-line training certification course. Provide one-to-one counseling by appointment at counseling site or by telephone. Enter all counseling and outreach efforts into the federal STARS website. Keep all client information (medical and financial) confidential. Never recommend a specific insurance company or policy. Attend quarterly follow-up meetings. For more information on becoming a volunteer, call the Extension Office at 336-401-8025.


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3 Day Refrigerator Cake For a birthday (all are special, not just the 65th), Mother’s Day or any other time you would like an easy, moist and delicious cake, make a 3 Day Refrigerator Cake. Strawberry is my favorite and perfect for strawberry season. If you are watching your carbs, substitute the Fluffy Pudding Icing.

1 cake mix made according to directions – strawberry, pineapple, or orange 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 (16-ounce) tub sour cream 7 ounces shredded coconut 1 (8-ounce) tub whipped topping, thawed. Bake cake as directed. Cool & cut each layer in half horizontally with a serrated knife to make 4 layers. Place cake in freezer until lightly frozen (makes cutting and icing easier). Can cut cake layers with unwaxed dental floss: Wrap floss around middle of cake layer, criss-crossing ends and pull. Can also use clean, thin string or thread. Mix sugar, sour cream, coconut together; save 1/4 cup. Spread remaining mixture between layers. Stir reserved 1/4 cup of mixture into whipped topping. Frost the top and sides of the cake. Store cake in the refrigerator 3 days before serving Helpful Hints: Substitute unsweetened applesauce in place of oil for a reduced fat version of the cake. Substitute unsweetened Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. Can use vanilla flavored yogurt and omit some or all of the 3/4 cup sugar. A low-carb icing? Substitute Fluffy Pudding Icing which uses a box of sugar-free instant pudding. Flavor possibilities are endless (vanilla, cheesecake, chocolate, white chocolate, lemon, etc.) Fluffy Pudding Icing 1 cup fat-free milk 1 (1-ounce) box sugar-free instant pudding mix 1 (8-ounce) tub whipped topping, thawed (regular-size) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk milk/pudding mix until mixture thickens. Add vanilla; fold in whipped topping until blended. If lumpy, use a whisk to beat out lumps. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before frosting cake or cupcakes. It will thicken a little bit more as it chills. Store frosting in the refrigerator.

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foodsandflavors~™ in Amanda’s Kitchen

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Oreo Cheesecake Pie

1 store bought Oreo crust 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 small box of Jello instant pudding (cheesecake flavor) 1 (16-ounce) tub of Cool Whip 10 double stuff Oreos Mix together cream cheese and sugar. Add 3/4 of the cool whip; continue to mix. Add box of instant pudding and mix. Stir in 8 Oreos, crushed by hand. Scoop mixture into pie crust. Spread evenly. Top with remaining Cool Whip. Crush remaining Oreos on top! Best if refrigerated overnight This pie tastes just like you are eating Oreos with milk. This was my favorite treat when I would spend the night with my Grandma. My oldest baby loves it as well, as you can see...I think she may be just a little bit like her mama! 32

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foodsandflavors~™ Lisa Prince Mother’s Day & Father’s Day

May and June bring reasons to celebrate those we love! To help with those celebrations, we are bringing you two recipes that are easy to make and are perfect for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. This year, we celebrate Mother's Day on May 8th and Father’s Day on June 19th. Mothers and Fathers are those who have shown us love and taken care of us through the years. Let’s show them love in return with these delicious recipes featuring eggs, of course! For more Egg-cellent Recipe ideas visit: https://ncegg.org/recipecategory/easter/

OLD FASHIONED EGG CUSTARD https://ncegg.org/recipes/old-fashioned-egg-custard/ 8 servings

WRITER & PHOTOS Lisa Prince, Director, NC Egg Association

4 cups milk 6 large eggs 2/3 cups sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla Pinch of ground nutmeg Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large saucepan, bring milk to a simmer over medium-low heat until bubbles form around the edges. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, & salt. Once milk is hot, remove from heat. Slowly add milk into the eggs while whisking vigorously. Then stir the vanilla into the custard mixture. Pour the custard mixture into a 9x13-inch casserole (or small custard cups) and sprinkle with nutmeg. Place baking dish in a large roasting pan and fill the pan with enough water to reach about 1 inch from the top of the baking dish. This is a water bath. Bake 45 minutes (35 minutes for custard cups) or until the custard has just set (it can still be a little loose). Cool before serving and refrigerate if not serving the custard warm. Tips: Use freshly grated nutmeg. You can strain the custard through a fine mesh strainer prior to pouring into the baking dish. Serve custard plain or with fresh berries and whipped cream. Served warm or cold. Can store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.

We’d like to introduce you to Lisa. Enjoy her story in our Yadkin Valley People feature on page 78. You’ll find her photo on this issues cover. 34

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MOUNTAIN DEW CAKE https://ncegg.org/recipes/mountain-dew-cake 12 servings 1 box (15.25-ounce) lemon cake mix 1 (3.4-ounce) box lemon flavored instant pudding mix 1 (12-ounce) can lemon-lime soda, (Mountain Dew) 3/4 cup vegetable oil 4 large eggs Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease/flour a 10-cup Bundt pan or spray with flour- based cooking spray, like Bakers Joy. In a large bowl, combine cake mix & pudding mix. Add soda, oil, eggs. Beat at medium with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Lisa’s Notes: This cake comes out moist and delicious every time! The best part, it does not need any icing and travels well for events and gatherings.

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can you believe it...three more pound cakes With our cookbook 52 Pounds, that’s one for every week of the year, we felt confident we had a complete collection of old and new pound cake recipes. It amazes us that more varieties continuously keep popping up to our attention. These three recipes have been “passed down” from one generation to another—recipes that, in the past, have brought fame to the cooks and the kitchens in the Yadkin Valley. Each recipe was tested time and again under ordinary home kitchen conditions and the “proof of the pudding was in its tasting."

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Marble Pound Cake

3 cups flour 2 cups granulated sugar 1 Tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups Crisco 3/4 cup milk 6 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup chocolate syrup


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Lemon Coconut Pound Cake 2 sticks butter 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3 cups granulated sugar 6 eggs 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 3 cups CAKE flour 1 cup milk 1 (6-ounce) can coconut Cream shortening, butter, sugar until light & fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beat after each addition. Add extract, zest & flavoring alternately with milk. Stir in coconut. Spoon batter into a 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350°F. for 1 1/4 hours. Glaze is optional: 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring. Bring ingredients to a boil 1 minute; pour over hot cake.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Blend shortening & sugar. Gradually add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating constantly. Sift flour, baking powder, salt; alternately with milk. Add vanilla.

REMOVE 1 cup batter. Mix with chocolate syrup. Pour 1/2 batter into tube pan. Top with remaining batter. Use knife to swirl batter. Bake for 1 hour & 25 minutes.

Quattro Quarti This cake is Sophia Loren’s favorite cake. She wrote about it in her autobiography, Sophia Loren, Recipes and Memories. 1 1/8 cups granulated sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 large eggs 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup plain yogurt Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter/flour a 10-inch tube pan. Combine sugar, butter, zest, vanilla. Beat mixture until fluffy. In separate bowl beat eggs until light & foamy. Sift flour & baking powder into mixture. Stir carefully with a wooden spoon. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth top with a spatula. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Use the toothpick test! Let cake rest a minute. Turn onto a cake rack to cool.

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Trail Friendly


WRITER Courtney Tevepaugh Family and Consumer Science Agent, Wilkes County North Carolina Cooperative Extension Courtney_tevepaugh@ncsu.edu Follow along on Facebook @wilkesFCS

With warm weather on the horizon many folks are planning for summer outdoor activities. I always enjoy this time of year, new life is breathed back into the world and I can feel my spirits lifting with it. The Yadkin Valley is full of outdoor opportunities for family fun. I have great memories throughout the years of hiking with friends and family at parks like Stone Mountain and carrying a picnic along to enjoy. Now that I have my own family I want to create those special memories for my child as well. Whether it’s a picnic in the backyard or along the trail, I want to plan for food safety and fun. Packing a picnic is an exciting way to enjoy a day outside and can be a budget friendly option when traveling. However during the summer months foodborne illness increases. This may be due to foods being held at unsafe temperatures. Don’t let this news deter you from fun. There are a few preventative steps we can take to keep our family and friends healthy this summer. Keep Cold Foods Cold and Hot Foods Hot. Remember in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit perishable food can only safely be left outside the refrigerator for one hour. Plan for a way to keep foods cold or hot while traveling and during gatherings. Pack non-perishable foods. Limit your worry of keeping food at a safe temperature by opting for baked potato chips rather than potato salad; whole or dried fruit instead of fruit salad; and other snacks like crackers and hard cheese. Pack a cooler. If necessary bring two coolers, one for perishable foods and one for beverages. Transport perishable foods in an insulated cooler with ice packs and open as infrequently as possible. Keep it clean. Check ahead to see if your destination has a source of safe drinking water. If not, plan ahead for a way to clean hands and surfaces before eating. If planning to grill, remember to keep raw and cooked meats separate. Bring enough utensils along so you have different tools for raw and cooked meats, as well as utensils for serving and eating food. Now for the fun part, here are some picnic friendly recipes for your next summer outing!

Energy Bites

Couscous Salad

1 1/2 cups oats (old fashioned or quick) 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips 1/4 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/3 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup dry couscous 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup italian salad dressing 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced (about 1 cup) 2 green onions, sliced 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

Stir all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Cover a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper. Drop mixture by Tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour. Roll each drop of mixture into a ball. Place in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 25 bites.


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Place couscous and cranberries in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over the mixture. Cover; let stand until just warm, about 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork to separate. Add dressing & mix lightly. Add the rest of the ingredients. Toss lightly to mix. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. Makes 5 cups.


Hello Friends,

Vicki Yount

It feels good to be back writing for Yadkin Valley Magazine again...I broke my wrist after Christmas and was in a cast for the March/April issue of the magazine. A word to the wise, do not leave your vacuum cleaner lying on the floor, (especially while running around like a chicken with her head cut off. It could be hazardous to your body parts!)

PINA COLADA CAKE You can make this cake with your favorite white or yellow cake recipe. My Aunt Jenna used a white cake mix and so do I. This cake is all about the frosting, so use your favorite white or yellow cake recipe and bake three layers or in a 9x13-inch greased/floured pan, according to the directions. Cool the layers.


Vicki Yount


1 1/2 cups sugar 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream 1 (12-ounce) bag coconut 1 1/2 cups cool whip 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (well drained) 1/4 cup drained and chopped maraschino cherries *This makes lots of frosting! Mix together well. Frost your cake layers. Refrigerate cake. Wait three days to eat. Good luck with that! I do well to wait until after supper.

Have a great spring, Vicki * This cake would make a wonderful and very pretty trifle.


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Although not technically classified as a berry by botanists, the odds are that if you were seven to nine years old then you would say strawberries are your favorite fruit. NO matter your age, most people would agree there is nothing like a springtime, freshly ripened strawberry. With strawberries being grown in every state in the United States, the sky is the limit of what we can do with them!

Some strawberry fun facts are fun to know... The average strawberry has 200 seeds on its outside. California produces over 1 billion pounds of strawberries per year. Each and every year, the average American eats over 5 pounds of strawberries. The strawberry is a member of the rose family. When the spring season arrives, strawberries are the first fruit to ripen.

Strawberries come and go so quickly, it’s important to know strawberry storage tips. Do not wash strawberries until ready to use. Bruised strawberries will mold quicker. Refrigerate strawberries in un-crowded trays and loosely cover with a paper towel. Strawberries can be frozen whole by being laid out on a tray and THEN stored in airtight containers or bags.

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2 cups frozen strawberries 2 Tablespoons strawberry jam 1 cup milk 2 Tablespoons lemon juice Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Note: If you choose to use fresh strawberries, freeze them before making into the smoothie for a thicker consistency.

STRAWBERRY BREAD 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil 3 eggs 2 cups sugar 3 cups sliced strawberries 1 cup chopped pecans

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Combine first 4 ingredients, set aside. Combine eggs and sugar; mix well. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet mixture, stir just enough to mix. Fold in berries and pecans. Spoon mix into two (8 1/2X4 1/2-inch) greased/floured pans. Bake at 350°F. for an hour. Use toothpick test for doneness. Cool IN pans 10 minutes, then wire racks.

STRAWBERRY COBBLER 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 Tablespoons reserved 1 Tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 cup water 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 pound strawberries, green tops removed 2 Tablespoons butter, diced 1 cup All Purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons melted butter 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Vanilla ice cream Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 9x9-inch glass baking dish. Combine sugar, cornstarch, water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium hear. Stir constantly. Cook until thickened. Add strawberries into saucepan. Stir to coat. Pour strawberries into glass baking dish. Sprinkle butter pieces evenly. Sift flour, baking powder, salt together. Add melted butter and cream. Mix to combine. Note: Mixture should be fairly soft. Spoon flour mixture evenly over berries. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Best when served warm with vanilla ice cream!

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Jim Collins Jim lives in Winston­Salem. He is a great cook who knows Yadkin Valley Wines and, his way around a kitchen!

Irish Stew I know it is a little after Saint Patrick’s Day, but I tried this Irish Stew and it was wonderful and delicious...I just had to share it with you. It is good anytime, not just for Saint Patrick’s Day.

Traditionally, Irish Stew is made with lamb or mutton. Since we eat more beef here in America, we normally make it with beef. Either way it is wonderful. And the leftovers are just as great. Make sure you cut your vegetables into large pieces so that they don’t get mushy during the long cooking time. You can add other vegetables to the stew such as peas, green beans, mushrooms, butternut squash or parsnips. This is a hearty stew that the whole family can enjoy. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Now more than ever we are trying to cut expenses. Hopefully we can help save you $$ when the weather is warm, getting warmer and we want to keep our home cool. Use Your Windows to Gain Cool Air & Keep Out Heat If temps are cooling off at night, turn off your cooling system; open the windows while sleeping. In the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. Install window covering to prevent heat gain through your windows.

Energy $$Saving$$ Tips

Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently Set the thermostat as high as comfortably possible in summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temps the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Keep your house warmer than normal when away and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back the temperature. Avoid setting the thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on the air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense. Use Fans & Ventilation Strategies A ceiling fan allows you to raise the thermostat about 4°F with no reduction in comfort…fans create a wind chill effect on people. Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. When bathing, using the laundry room, oven, use outdoor vented fans to remove heat and humidity. Keep System Running Efficiently Schedule regular maintenance, avoid having other electrical appliances next to thermostat.Vacuum registers to avoid dust buildup. Don’t block vent with furniture, etc, On hot days, avoid using oven and grill outside. Install efficient lighting that runs cool. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes; consider air drying both! Take short showers, minimize use of curling irons, hair dryers. Seal cracks and openings around doors and windows to block hot outdoes air. Turn down temp of water heater (120F).


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Plants in a Perennial Border Writer/ Adrienne Roethling Director 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 reimagine 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 sea-

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sons 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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This time of year in the Piedmont gardeners begin thinking about all aspects of their landscape. At the same time we are trying to clean up our flower beds we wonder just what should be done with our grass. To make our flowers and shrubs look good we want our lawn to look good. An established lawn is one that has been growing long enough for you to mow the lawn three times. In this article we will take a look at some tips for an established lawn.

Watering Properly Improper watering of the lawn results in wasting water and unhealthy plants. In the absence of rain, water should be applied only when the lawn shows signs of moisture stress. The signs of moisture stress include a dark bluish-gray color; footprints that remain after walking and wilted or curled grass blades. Some general recommendations for watering are listed. If possible water in the early morning. This is the preferred time to water to reduce risk of disease and water loss through evaporation. Water to a depth of six to eight inches. Usually one inch of water per week is adequate. Use cans or a rain gauge to determine how much water is being applied in a certain time period. If you do not plan to irrigate during the summer months you can slowly condition your lush lawn into dormancy. You can accomplish this by allowing the drought stress symptoms to appear between infrequent watering; by mowing high, and by not over fertilizing with nitrogen in the spring. Most turf grasses can withstand from three to six weeks without rain if conditioned. In the absence of rain water the dormant lawn with .25 inch of water every three weeks to keep the growing points hydrated.

Mowing You will choose to use either a rotary or reel mower. The reel mower is preferred if grasses are cut to less than 1 inch. Our common fescue lawns are not cut to this low height but usually maintained around 2.5-3 inches. Warm season grasses are best cut with a reel mower where a rotary mower is better for the cool season grasses. Some general recommendations for mowing are listed. Keep mower blades sharp and balanced. Dull mower blades reduce quality of the grass by tearing instead of cutting.


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Mow at the proper height for the grass you are growing. How often you mow is determined by the desired height and the amount of growth. The amount of growth of your grass depends on the temperature, fertility, moisture available, season of the year, and the type of grass you grow. To have a high quality lawn, mow often enough to not be removing more than 50% of the grass blades each mowing. When the grass is short leave the clippings to decompose. Lawn clipping do not add to the thatch build up. Thatch is made up of roots, stems, and lower leaves below the mower blade. Short clippings left on the lawn release valuable nutrients back to the soil. Rake, bag, and remove clippings if too long or mowing is delayed and use them as a green in your compost pile.

Fertilizing A soil test should be taken every 2 to 3 years to determine how much lime, phosphorus, and potassium is needed by your established lawn. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture Soil Testing Division will run a soil test at no charge if you send them a sample of your soil. Although a poor substitute, a complete fertilizer in the ratio of 4:1:2 can be used if you have not taken a soil test. One should determine the amount of fertilizer, ratio of nutrients and when to apply based on the type of grass you are growing in your landscape. At the end of the article I have given you a reference that has many charts to help you with this determination. Some general recommendations for fertilizing are listed. Cool-Season Grasses: The proper months to fertilize are September, November and February. Best to avoid excess nitrogen fertilizer between the February and September applications in our area to avoid fungal diseases. If color improvement is needed in early summer an application of not more than .5 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet. (In our area it is best to apply this before April 15th.) Warm-Season Grasses: The proper months to fertilize are May, June and September. It is best to avoid winter applications of fertilizer to reduce winter injury. Lime: Most soils in North Carolina and our area are acidic and often require applications of lime to sweeten the soil for best grass growth. For most turf grass except centipede the soil pH should be between 6.5 and 7.0 for optimum nutrient availability.

Coring (Aerification) Soils that are subject to heavy traffic are prone to compaction. Coring will alleviate this condition. Use a device that removes soil cores. Chop up the ores and distribute them by dragging with a span of chain-link fence or a mat. Do coring during the active growing season for the grass you are growing.

Power Raking (Verticutting) Sod forming grasses such as Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass, and Centipede grass tend to build up thatch when heavily fertilized and watered. When thatch exceeds ¾ inch power rake and core the lawn to cut through the thatch. Thatch build up can also be removed from warm-season grasses by cutting closely at spring green-up and raking by hand.

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Lavender- just reading the name can remind you of its beautiful color, delicate flavor, and fragrant scent. A beloved and coveted flower, lavender has been cultivated for thousands of years for stress relief, medicinal use, cosmetics, cuisine, and so much more. English Lavender originates from the Mediterranean area and is considered an evergreen perennial, though the plant can be hard to grow and maintain in North Carolina. However, it can be done with determination and research. Lavender does best in well-draining soil and does not like to keep its roots soaked. It fares best in dry soil with full sun. Lavender will die out quickly in most clay soils, so it's important to provide soil that will best suit your plant. We recommend amending the soil with Raised Bed Mix. Lavender is extremely difficult to grow from seed. Mitchell’s grows them from plugs that specialized greenhouses grow for us. We will have them available from mid-March through fall. We have found our customers seem to have the best luck with Super Blue. We are also growing Hidcote, Provence and Grosso. In North Carolina, lavender usually blooms from May to September. The blooms will be the most plentiful and beautiful in mid-June. Personally, I try not to harvest all of my lavender blooms at once, allowing them to grow to their full potential and provide enough blooms to last throughout the summer. Pollinators love lavender, so planting them in your garden with other pollinator plants like butterfly bushes, coneflowers, allium and gaillardia will attract plenty of bees and butterflies. Lavender has a strong scent that will also deter flies, moths, fleas, and those pesky mosquitoes! Lavender makes a great addition to any garden. While fresh lavender is beautiful, rejuvenating, and sweet-smelling, dried lavender has plenty of benefits as well.

A bundle of lavender can be used for decoration, smudging a living space, for teas and food, cosmetics, and so much more. It’s always nice to have a few bundles of lavender handy for a plethora of DIY projects. To dry lavender, I personally use some leather cording or thick string to wrap all of the blooms together by the stems. Once they’re in a tidy, tight bundle, I hang them upside down in a dry place. Sometimes I even like to keep the bundles up for decoration. It usually only takes a few days to properly dry lavender. After the blooms are dry, you can use them for whatever you’d like! Personally, I like to use lavender blooms to make tea. Lavender and mint combined with green tea are some of my favorite tea combinations, especially for warm summer mornings. The lavender delivers a calming effect, the mint provides a cooling property, and the green tea has antioxidant properties to heal you from the inside out. Here’s how I make my lavendermint green tea:

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PEOPLE The people that make our region such a neat place to live in and grow, those are Yadkin Valley People. Our region is an interesting blending of native Carolinians and newcomers seeking their own spot in the Valley’s countryside, its beauty, its quiet, its theaters, wineries, breweries, sports activities, its great cooks and some of the best folks in the State. Within the next pages you will meet our crop of 2022 Yadkin Valley neighbors and how they lead fulfilling lives. These first person accounts of some very talented, caring and busy people will give you some inspirations for your life. There is no way you won’t be impressed with the generous, compassionate and creative tendencies you will read about. It was difficult to limit our interviews—our sources— our Yadkin Valley people, whether natives or newcomers, but our great writers have selected some interesting articles for you. While researching in past issues, we realized how many fantastic folks we have met over the past 22 years. We’ve decided to bring some of those people stories back, to again tell their stories. For you long term readers it will revive a pleasant memory. For those new to us, here is an opportunity to meet an old and dear friend. While there have been many life changes over the decades to these former YVP, the message of a life well lived remains the same. And so, starting in this issue we present .

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Lyle Wheeler Master Wood Crafter


Walk into his shop and there is an immediate sense that you are coming into the company an extraordinary and man—Lyle Wheeler, there is no other woodsmith like him. He makes custom crafted chairs, tables, spinning wheels and Whimmy Diddles, all top of the line. He was chosen First Place, Made in NC 2019 and is a five time national Whimmy Diddle Champion. Wheeler loves what he does. “It’s who I am, it’s what’s inside me,” he smiles. Wheeler comes from a long line of craftsmen, way back to the late 1700s in Pennsylvania. “Some were blacksmiths, cabinet makers, operated sawmills, makers of buggies and wagon works. That’s where it comes from. I remember seeing my great grandfather in his shop. I have some of his tools.” It has been passed down the line for Lyle. He says he believes his calling is to “preserve, protect and defend the traditional ways for working with wood and metal – teaching old age techniques.” One morning in mid-February I caught up with Lyle at his shop in Millers Creek. Carpeted with wood shavings and soft dirt, small bits of coal or clinkers, the room is filled with work tables, a journeyman tool chest, piles of scrap wood, his shaving horse and buckets and barrels of kinlin.’ Spider webs on the overhead beams, a chair waiting repair, a handmade broom in the corner, three or four walk-

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ing sticks leaning near the door, lumber stacked up in the corner or leaning against the wall. One vintage florescent light over a work table plus one pull cord light bulb. Wood sash windows allow daylight to shed some light on things. A salvaged old four section door serves as an entrance between two rooms. Hand tools lay across the notched bench top. It looks like a hodge podge of stuff. But don’t be fooled, the man knows exactly what is in his shop and where it is. It will look the same every time you visit. It’s his cave or maybe his palace. Either way is Lyle Wheeler. I love it. To the far end is the Wheeler forge and anvil with a collection of heritage blacksmith tools needed to strike out pokers, hooks, fireplace implements, handles or accent pieces. He is a master blacksmith. The smell of a working forge is distinctive. A few morning rain drops panged on the tin roof. Lyle and I sat around the wood heater as I soaked in his story. It was a good time to just listen. In his early years Lyle was an engineer. He worked on robots of all things and was very good at, but his heart was pulling in a different direction. He could feel it he says. In 1983, Lyle set his hand to making chairs. He was inspired by the Foxfire Book’s interview of Lon Reid an old time chair maker using simple tools and age old skills. So following his instincts and desire, Lyle made his own shaving horse something he uses almost daily. He also took a chair making class in Marshall, NC. It was the right track. By 1986, he garnered a position at the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair and has demonstrated and sold his woodworks there ever since. “Working at the State Fair was one of two springboards that kinda got me on the map. It helped get my name out there.” The second springboard was to become a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In 1990 Lyle applied for membership to the Guild. It is a juried process and he knew it was a tough standard. Being part of both the Guild and the State Fair were coveted honors for this Wilkes County man. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is the second oldest organization of its kind in America which showcases the masters of Appalachian crafts. “They are the gate keeps. To be included in the Guild you must show the mastery of your medium. My medium is wood. These organizations have opened a lot of doors for me.” Lyle takes his work seriously from start to finish. He is particular about the wood he uses and actually goes to the lumber yards or sawmills to hand pick logs or pieces of lumber. He gauges the quality by eye and the grain of the wood, its looks and color among others. Some wood he retains locally and others from outlining areas including Virginia and Pennsylvania. What you start out with makes a difference. In addition to chairs, Lyle makes and repairs spinning wheels which is most interesting. “My first wheel took me two years to make. I still have it. Since then I have made 63 great wheels, those are the big ones and have repaired I don’t know how many.” Lyle has taught many years at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. His next class coming up is teaching how to make dovetails with simple tools. He also teaches chair making and blacksmithing. He has become very well known for his craftsmanship, even his whimmy diddles. His notoriety reaches across the country and the world. He is solid in his belief and commitment to working wood the way his fathers before him did. “It’s important to me that this workmanship is not lost and that it is passed down the line. That’s why I teach classes and give demonstrations and take apprentices under my wing.” If you want to know more about Mr. Wheeler, his chairs, spinning wheels, calendar of events, and contact information log on to his website at lylewheelerchairmaker.com Visit his shop by appointment only. M ay-June 2 0 2 2


caring hearts To reach out to all who are hungry-hurting-lonely-homeless. That's the banner statement on Maranatha Homeless Outreach's website, and that is just what they are doing. Reaching out. Maranatha was founded by Rickey and Chrissy Daughenbaugh in 2006 when they felt the call on their lives to feed the hungry. Mrs. Daughenbaugh had been through some hard times herself, and while the couple was traveling as a truck driving team, they really felt the need to help those that were hurting. Chrissy knew one thing she could do was cook, and that was how the ministry began, with her heart to feed the hungry. Since then, Maranatha Homeless Outreach has helped many. The organization has regular weekly feedings for any who are hungry on Friday evenings in Flat Rock, NC at Flat Rock Church of God and has recently been helping another ministry with a weekly feeding on Thursday evenings that takes place behind Roses in Mt. Airy, NC, as well as helping individual families with groceries, rent, warm clothing, blankets, and more. The organization also provides holiday meals each holiday, as well as Easter baskets and Christmas toys for children. People tend to associate homelessness and hunger with larger cities, but according to Daughenbaugh and Maranatha's secretary, Penny Rinehart, there is agreat need in this area. People are homeless, hurting, and hungry, and they need help. Beyond their local events, Maranatha has also organized under the bridge feedings in nearby large cities, including Greensboro and Winston Salem, as well Knoxville, TN, Savannah, GA, and more. Maranatha has traveled to help those in our nation who are suffering from hardships related to natural disasters and have even traveled to New York City and Skid Row in California to help those in need. According to their Facebook page, their ministry is “called forth by God to feed, clothe and to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people – everywhere!” According to Mrs. Rinehart, who has helped the Daughenbaughs from the beginning when she met Chrissy at church, Mrs. Daughenbaugh is always ready to help. “That girl never stops. She's always going, helping people whenever she can,” Rinehart said. When asked how others can get involved, Rinehart mentioned that Maranatha can always use prayer, funds, and food, particularly cases of bottled water or canned goods. Others can also volunteer to help with food prep for the weekly feedings. The organization has recently started a fundraiser to help raise funds for an RV so they can travel more to help others around our nation. They will be hosting some events on social media soon to spread the word and try to get some monthly sponsors to help as well.

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Reaching Out WRITER/ Amy Beam

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As a child I did not realize I was artistic or think of myself as an artist I just knew I loved all forms of art and being creative. In my teens, I began to explore painting. My sister Kathy, was taking a paint class and I decided to tag along. This class opened a new door for my creativity. I knew then I wanted to learn more about brushes and color. I am mostly self taught but I have taken art classes in college and online as well. My work is freehand. Art has always been a relaxing form of expression for me. To escape into a canvas with some brushes and color and create is sweet joy—a true gift from God. In more recent years I have displayed my art and have shared many of my pieces with others. Art speaks to us in times of joy and in times of sadness. Being able to share something touches others in a special way at a special time is rewarding. When I paint I always pray God will use my work to bless others. As an artist, this is an emotional bond. Painting is a gift of expression to be shared. I offer group sessions to paint for adults and children—for fun, special occasions and sometimes like myself these sessions can open the door for someone to find and explore their own creativity in art. As a skill that grows and effort invested, painting is a talent you have— a talent as unique as you. I love to paint in the early morning— in my opinion the sweetest part of the day. All is quiet and you can hear God’s voice in nature all around. Quietly my canvas comes to life. Painting is rewarding to me in so many ways. I have lived in NC all my life. I grew up in a small town in the Yadkin Valley. God and family has always come first. My husband Harold and I have two sons. Our family has grown to include daughter-in-laws and four wonderful grandchildren. Harold and I are both retired—more time to paint! Aside from my personal painting/paint classes, I enjoy cooking, crafting and mission work in my free time.


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PEOPLE LaDonna Neal McCarther “I am an American. I am a child of God. I love life.”

WRITER Cindy Martin LaDonna McCarther is a woman who uses her unique gifts and talents to make a difference in the world. When my husband Wayne and I encountered LaDonna while visiting friends at Ridgecrest Retirement Center, she greeted us with her warm smile and a loving embrace and graciously granted me this interview. I simply needed to know more about this person whose very presence lit up the room. And so our conversation began..


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“I was born in Mount Airy on the corner of Rockford and Worth Street,” LaDonna told me, “Dr. Robert Caldwell brought me into this world.” She was just a toddler when her dad finished his stint in the military and she and the rest of her family moved to Washington, D.C. Four years later, she and her mom and siblings returned to Mount Airy, where LaDonna attended Surry County community schools, including J.J. Jones High School in seventh and eighth grades. First and foremost, LaDonna’s family valued education, and she followed in her family’s footsteps. “My mother, who had Cherokee roots in Oklahoma and Arkansas, was a teacher with a master’s degree; my grandmother was a teacher with a master’s degree, and my grandfather was a Presbyterian minister with a doctorate in divinity,” LaDonna explained. And so it was, that in ninth grade, LaDonna left to further her studies at Mather Academy, a private Methodist school for African Americans in Camden, SC. After graduation, she attended Texas College in Tyler, TX, where she earned a Music Education degree in kindergarten through the first year of college with an emphasis in piano and organ. “I loved to travel,” LaDonna confided. “I happened to be visiting a friend in Dallas when Kennedy was assassinated.” Following her heart, LaDonna came home to teach and married a hometown boy, James Avery McCarther. The couple had three children, Leslie, James II, and Janell. Sadly, James Sr. passed away just a few months shy of their 40th wedding anniversary. LaDonna still wears his wedding band on a chain around her neck. When LaDonna began her teaching career, she was assigned four schools with as many as 500 students a week. One of the highlights of her life was being chosen as White Plains Elementary’s Teacher of the Year. “At that time,” she continued, “it was unheard of for an itinerant teacher to be Teacher of the Year. It wasn’t even considered.” LaDonna has dedicated her life to helping others for over six decades. She served on the Surry Community College Board of Trustees; the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History as a volunteer/ docent/ member of the Board of Trustees; the Surry Arts Council, where she was one of the founders of Arts Alive Program and a key coordinator of the Arts Alive Parade. LaDonna collaborated with her sister, Cheryl Yellow Fawn Scott to establish the Mount Airy/Surry County National Association of University Women. Also, she was a member of the Surry County Chorale with Sandy Beam. “I couldn’t really sing, but I could hold a pitch,” she said. “So the director listed me as a tenor and put me between the tenor and alto section to keep them in tune. Tenors had to wear a tux. Men don’t wear dresses, you know,” she laughed.

Additionally, LaDonna was a moderator for the Salem Presbyterian Women. She was in charge of 150 churches! Encouraged by her nieces Kara, Krishna, and Kimberly, LaDonna joined the ranks at Ridgecrest. She continues to be attentive to friends in need, whether it means being sure one of the residents gets dinner or taking a piece of fruit to someone who has stomach troubles. In her “spare” time, she reads, listens to music, plays the piano, and dances. She loves puzzles like word finds, fill-in-the-blanks, and dot-to-dots, too. As we ended the interview, LaDonna shared some parting advice: “Treat others as you want to be treated. Always say ‘Thank-you,’ ‘Please,’ and ‘You’re welcome.’ Decide what you want to do and dedicate your life to doing that. Do what you want to do – not what someone else wants you to do. There is no time limit.”

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Lisa Prince Director NC Egg Association

As a child I loved television and playing in the creek. What child didn't? So, I imagine I always did have the media bug in someway. In high school I even went to WRAL and interviewed Adele Arakawa. But I never really thought it was possible to be in television living in North Carolina. In my mind you had to live all the way in California to be on TV. My career path is quite curvy, and never would I have guessed it would have mapped out as it did, but God knew. I graduated NC State with a bachelor's degree in communication, specializing in Public Relations and married my high school sweetheart a few months later. I knew I wanted to have a family and have time to take care of them, so I was looking for a job in state government. Why? The pay isn't great, but the benefits made up the difference with time off to be the mom who helped at school. My husband and I were both hired by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture during the time of Jim Graham! I started at the Pesticide Section answering phones, but the goal was to move to the Marketing 78

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PEOPLE Division which I did within 2 years eventually becoming a Marketing Specialist working with Food Service and Restaurants promoting our NC Commodities. However, when our son turned 4, I just felt like I really hadn't had the time with him that I had wanted so I left and even though we had to be on a tight budget, it was the best year of our lives until he started kindergarten. His first day of school, my previous supervisor called and asked would I consider coming back. I said yes but only part-time. In 2003, I became the Superintendent of the Special Cooking Contests at the state fair which lasted 15 years. Of course, a few years into that job (2006), my supervisor calls again and asks if I would contact WRAL and pitch a promotional idea of showing how you can have a North Carolina Christmas with all the food and plants we grow. We did that segment and WRAL asked if I would do it monthly. That lasted a month or two and then they asked if we could do it weekly and we enjoyed sharing recipes with viewers weekly for 14 years until Covid.

In 2009, while I was doing the cooking contests and Local Dish (and most importantly still taking our son to and from school and being the mom who chaperoned, etc.), I got a call from the producer at BlueWater Media asking if I would consider hosting a new series on UNC-TV called Flavor, NC. I told them I had never hosted a series, I had 2 other part-time jobs and my family had to come first. We decided to shoot the pilot and it all clicked. Flavor, NC ran for 8 seasons, we even added a sister show, From the Vineyard for 3 seasons. It was a lot of travel and hard work but so much fun! Meeting the people and sharing their stories was the best. In 2019, the owner of BlueWater Media was ready to semi-retire and filming stopped. As I said earlier, God knew through much prayer that I wanted to be able to take care of my family and be present but also feel productive and contribute financially. He worked it out beautifully with basically 3 part-time jobs and employers who knew if they let me put my family first, I would give them 100% too. When Flavor, NC

ended and I had decided I didn't have time for the cooking contests anymore, again I prayed, "what is your next plan for me?" A few weeks later I received a call from the Executive Director of the NC Egg Association (who I had run into at an event and mentioned Flavor, NC was ending) she was retiring after 31 years and asked if I would consider applying for her position. Again, God answered my prayers and the opportunity to now work with NC Egg farmers from the mountains to the coast representing them across the state and on a national level with other states was meant to be my next step. People without a doubt make the favorite part of my work! I get to talk to and learn about what people do and how they got there and why they love it. Everyone has an interesting story. The position I have now as Executive Director for the North Carolina Egg Association began in 2019. I have a Bachelor's degree from NC State and a lot of on-the-job experience. I would encourage others to go into this field because working with NC Agricul-

ture and our farmers is worthwhile. Farmers are genuine, hard workers who want to feed people. I have lived in Fuquay-Varina my entire life and so has my husband. With this accent, are you kidding? So many people have moved here they are shocked that we are natives. My family is why I love to cook and take care of those I love. My grandmother Bullock (Swannie Alberta—the names they had back in the day) probably had the biggest influence on me. She taught me to be nurturing and the joy that comes with feeding and taking care of my family. We had a Sheltie, Chase and she passed 9 years ago. I still miss her so much that we haven't gotten another pet. We will one day! I enjoy traveling, walking daily, hiking, good food, good wine and spending time with friends and family. I wish I had time left to volunteer— we volunteered until our son who is now 25 graduated from college. Our focus is family and work until life slows down again and we have time.

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Tami Langdon Community Development Coordinator for Mocksville Although my degree is Public Relations, I have held several marketing positions. The American Diabetes Association position allowed me to create special events for the general public, the children age sector and the medical services. Once I came to Mocksville, I knew I had to “jump in” with volunteer work and I did! We, merchants, created small events like the Concerts on the Square before these were popular…20 plus years ago. One special merchant, Mary Lou Musselman, who had a Downtown Doll House retail store; was a historian and motivator. She motivated me to get involved with their Merchant Association which was needing some energy and sparks. To this day, I talk with her at least twice a week…she is so beautifully smart. From there, we Merchants provided many of the events until Tourism funding was provided. My day never starts or ends as I had planned. The day can change due to a new citizen needing information regarding the Town, the services, the events, etc. There could be a “situation” that calls for immediate attention by the Town and our services. These challenges provide opportunities to work with several persons, departments, and services and that is wonderful. But most importantly, I love to “connect” with our citizens and many times, to learn a fact or gain knowledge from these


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folks. I have volunteered here in Mocksville for 20 plus years and working for the Town about six years. I enjoy this job with all the multitasking and working in several “areas” with this position. This job entails Mocksville Tourism with the large events plus the Town’s events such as Concerts on the Square or Movies in the Park plus Downtown projects of beautification, revitalization, and maintenance. One day I will be working the Farmer’s Market and the next day planning a revitalization project on East Depot. There is never an ordinary day with this position. Therefore, this job is not for a person wanting a 9 to 5 position or a routine day but must enjoy the many challenges. I was born in NC…but spent my childhood in the Midwest…moved back to NC in 1983. When I moved to Davie County in 1989, I found out my family heritage started here in Davie County around the Fork area. God leads us in a positive path. I don’t do much Facebook regarding my grandchildren or myself…I like the privacy. I utilize Facebook for Town events and marketing. I have three wonderful grandchildren…15, 13 and 11 years of age. I have a super daughter and son-in-law. Also, I have the best guy in my life—my husband really puts up with my personality! Love the flowers in my yard…but not as good as my friends. Currently my interest is still my family and the seniors I have the privilege of “watching” over...my volunteering is time caregiving some very special people.

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I grew up on a rural tobacco farm and I have worked outside my entire life. Growing up on a farm and working the land provided me with the desire to always try to work outdoors if possible. My dad has always been an inspiration to me. He has always been an avid outdoors person and jack of all trades. He can fix anything. I didn't acquire that trait from him, but he instilled in me no matter what you are doing to do the best job possible. If you're going to do something do it right the first time and to always strive to work hard and try to make other's job easier if you can. As a kid I grew up in the Boy Scouts in Danbury, and former long time scoutmaster Lewis Wood was always an inspiration to me as well. He taught us as kids to always obey the rules, our parents and respect others. I enjoy meeting landowners and seeing their excitement of managing their own property to meet their individual objectives whatever they may be is the best part of my job. I enjoy giving advice to help landowners in better managing their property to meet these objectives and seeing them work through a plan

and accomplish their goals. Seeing landowners take pride in bettering their property for future generations is fulfilling to me. My career began with the NC Forest Service in December of 1997. I worked as an Assistant County Ranger in Forsyth County working for County Forester Ken Talley when I began my career. After Ken's retirement the County Forester Job was changed to a County Ranger job and I became the first County Ranger in Forsyth County in 2004. Early in my career I used to travel all over the United States fighting wildfires. In my 25 years with the NC Forest Service I have had the opportunity to fight fire in Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Texas, Wyoming, Montana, California and Oregon. Due to knee and back surgery in the last 10 years, I no longer travel to fight fire and leave that to the younger folks! I transferred to the Stokes County Ranger position in May 2005 after the retirement of Mike Pell. I am a native of NC and grew up in Danbury, NC. I was gone from Stokes County from 1991-1995 when attending college at Western Carolina Univer-

sity. After graduation I returned home and worked for a land surveyor for a few months before moving to Georgia working for the US Forest Service doing Forest Inventory and Analysis from 1996 through December of 1997 when I returned to NC and moved to Forsyth County. I lived in Tobaccoville for eight years while working in Forsyth County until I moved back to Stokes County in 2005 when I became the Stokes County Ranger. In 2011, I married Katina Young. I have two step sons. Derrick is the youngest at 24 and Christopher is the oldest at 27 and he is married to Tori. They have one son Bentley who will be two in July. Grandson Bentley already loves being outdoors running around and I look forward to teaching him about the outdoors as he gets older. Another family member is my Black Lab/Boxer dog named Roxy. As far as what I do in my free time, I enjoy working on our family farm improving things to make it better for the future. I enjoy photography and traveling to the mountains.

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Archie Matthews

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Estate Auctions memories to the highest bidder

A day of fresh air and sunshine surrounded with friendly people, at the lake, at the park, no way! We’re talking an estate auction. It’s a weekend social event with everyone talking to people they haven’t seen in ages or making new friends with the common interest and desire of finding their specific antique at their preferred price. There are always homemade concessions from the local fire department or the church around the corner. It’s a wonderful time to listen to all the antique experts as some have more expertise than others on what to look for and look out for. Whatever you do, don’t wave across the crowd to a long lost cousin or casually scratch your nose because you may have just bought yourself a three-piece bedroom suite. Archie Matthews began his auctioneering career in 1972. When most of us heard Leroy Van Dyke’s “Auctioneer’s Song,” our country music toes started to tapping, but to Archie it also got his mind thinking that this was something he wanted to try. Archie attended Mendenhall Auction School in High Point for 110 hours of preparatory study for the required state exam in Raleigh. His typical day started at 8 am and usually went until 11 pm. His day was spent in book study and chant practice. In the evening, the class attended actual auctions, for example a car auction to observe other auctioneers’ hand gestures and hear their chants. Preparation for the auction itself can take up to two weeks. Archie has learned that when a real estate sign goes up people seem to take it in stride, but when he puts up his auction sign, “You have folks’ attention.” When setting up, Archie encourages his seller to discard nothing. In one instance he remembers an old cupboard a client was just going to throw away, thinking it would never sell. Taking Archie’s advice it was put on the auction block and brought a surprised seller $2,500. It’s a Matthews’ custom to start the sale with chairs. If you forgot to bring one from home you can always buy one. Most estate auctions are a full-day event and the feet always seem to go first. “The actual sale day is a fun day,” says Archie. It’s enjoyable to meet all the people, each one having his or her agenda of searching for a specific collectible, that makes the day more challenging and competitive. Archie finds himself walking a fine line because his job is to get the best price he can for his client though he has lots of regular followers and, of course, they want to buy as cheaply as they can. He wants both the seller and the buyer to be happy with the results of the sale because he wants to be used for future auctions. Being a diplomat is part of the job description whenever there is a dispute over who actually bought the item on the block. “I work hard at treating everyone fairly,” comments Archie. story continues on page 128


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caring hearts My Journey with Diamond Blackfan Anemia as told by Jacob Scott Shore

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Doctors determined I was breech before birth and stress tests weren’t successful. Mom was sent to the hospital for monitoring and biophysical profile after tests sensed heart issues twice. After 24 hours of felling no movement, Mom and Nana went from doctor’s office straight to the hospital. A C-section was immediate. Once stabilized I was rushed to the NICU where I was given blood twice. My family was told I might not make it. Other health issues developed and I was taken to Brenner’s. At 10 weeks, I was sedated for first bone marrow biopsy and was then diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemis: life-threatening causing severe anemia and abnormalities. Side effects include stunted growth, cataracts, thinning bones, diabetes and predisposition for cancer. Only 5 to 7 live births out of 1 million each year produce a child with DBA. I’m rarer because I’m of the 3% that do not produce white cells either to aid in immune defense. Some DBA patients respond to steroid treatments, I did not. I don’t have a family marrow match and the chemo used during the bone marrow transplant has been known to trigger cancer in some patients so no transplant for me right now. I have had three ports implanted in my chest, 161 blood transfusions (every two to three weeks at Brenner’s). I usually don’t get the amount of blood prescribed due to the blood shortage. I’ve been to Duke Hospital to discuss transplant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for testing and bone marrow match, Cohen Children’s Medical Center for testing evaluation by the most highly regarded DBA specialist in the country.I attended Camp Sunshine in Maine where DBA patients get to associate with others like them and get updates from the best researchers and well-informed doctors in the country. I am 8-years old, a cub scout, play basketball and softball. I am a second grader in Courtney Elementary School, a member of Center United Methodist Church and live with my Mom April, Dad Scott and sister Jenna.

Clara Holcomb, Jacob’s Nana,shared the lack of blood donations in this country is critical. the Red Cross says we have the worst blood shortage in years...38% of the population is eligible to donate but only 3% do so. I’m sharing Jacob’s story in hopes it will inspire people to donate. American Red Cross Blood Drive website: wwwredcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 Delete Blood Cancer Organization signs up anyone interested in becoming a bone marrow donor at DKMS.org 88

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PEOPLE Earning the Gold Award in Girl Scouts is the highest and most coveted award. You’ll notice all three of the girls’ projects were to help others.

Lexi Edsall, Troop 2335

Katherine Claybrook, Troop 41772

Bailey Hicks, Troop 41495 Bailey constructed

worked with the Sauratown Trails Association to make improvements to the association’s facilities and make them safer and more accessible to all its horse back riders. She built a new mounting bench, updated the picnic shelter and added an informational kiosk.

in Advance, won her gold by creating a children’s book on anti-bullying. She created a companion activity workbook on the topic. She has a book for kids’ age of four and one for older kids, aged 5 to 7. Her goal: Teach kindness, responsibility and what to do when bullied.

three sensory bin tables for the enrichment room at Midway Preschool. Each table holds two large flat plastic bins. Four at each table totals 12 playing at the same time. She created activity booklets for each month. Sensory bins help preschoolers develop hand/eye coordination as well motor skills.

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Left and below Vets and volunteers including the East Bend Volunteer Fire Department, install the six flag poles at the memorial, representing all six branches of our military.

East Bend American Legion Post 336 proudly presents

An Honor In recognition of service and A Memorial selfless Supreme Sacrifice A Monument

Do you know a veteran? If you do, you already know they are a tight group of human beings with a lot in common and a tremendous spirit of patriotism. Jim Wall, a project spearhead, shared that when the word got out the East Bend American Legion Post 336, was interested in having a special memorial, folks would stand up immediately, grab their wallets and make a cash donation. Separate donations have covered all the expenses for example folks such as Brian Southern helped with the concrete base manually and financially. The most precious gift one can give is the gift of their time. It has been emphatically true with this project...If anyone knows how valuable life is, these folks do and they never forget a brother or sister...we observed the East Bend Fire Department join in with a great turnout of manpower from the veterans of all wars with a ladder truck to help with the installation of the flag poles—one for each branch of the service military including our new space flight flag. Black marble benches will be placed at each corner of the cement base of flag poles as well as a black marble statue of the soldiers’ cross. A new sidewalk will lead directly from the meeting hall to the memorial.

Commander David Shore extends an invitation to a formal dedication on Sunday, May 29th at 3:00 in East Bend. (rain date: June 5) David is the Commander of the Joseph E. Martin Post 336 will be the emcee. Chaplain Keith Colie will have the invocation and benediction. Shannon Wall Thomas will sing the National Anthem. Larry Adams and Jim Wall will raise the American flag. Danny Weatherford will conduct the Pledge of Allegiance. Billy Waddell and Calvin Wright will raise the Marine Corp flag. Rick Matthews and Eddie Vogler will raise the Army flag. Larry Crews and Bruce Flood will raise the Navy flag. Stephen Mosteller and Bud Johnson will raise the Coast Guard flag. Neal Nichols and Tommy Wagoner will raise the Air Force flag. Pete Knight and Jonathon Phillips will raise the Space Force flag. During the National Anthem we will have our American Legion color guard present our nation’s colors along with the American Legion colors. Guest speaker is Jim Quinlan the Commander of the NC Department of the American Legion.

Above are the prime black marble monument’s inscriptions: one side displays the emblems of each service military branch; the other side memorializes the site. To the right is the black marble statue of the Soldiers’ Cross. East Bend American Legion Post 336 is located on the Highway 67 Bypass. Coming east, drive through the traffic light, Memorial is on your left. Coming from the west, Memorial is on your right before the traffic light.

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Books The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction Author: Georgann Eubanks Photographer: Donna Campbell Reviewed by: Cindy Martin In this magnificent manuscript, writer and Emmy-winning documentarian Georgeann Eubanks not only reveals the beauty and biodiversity of the South’s plant life, but also shows how land development, environmental crime, and natural disasters are threatening many types of plants, placing them on the federal list of endangered species. She defines “plant blindness” and encourages parents and grandparents to take children outdoors and experience nature and the world around them. “Plants are part of our identity,” Eubanks explained. She quotes George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, to drive home her point: “We could never have loved the earth so well if we had no childhood in it, if it were not the earth where the same flowers come up again every spring that we used to gather with our tiny fingers.” Accompanied by botanists, conservationists, horticulturalists, and dedicated stewards of the land, Eubanks explored areas from Alabama to North Carolina where various endangered species grew in the wild, on privately owned land, or were housed in botanical gardens. Her research was extensive, and her narrative personal, as she draws from those who love all things green and growing. Eubank’s journey begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains where she and her colleagues follow in the footsteps of two young plant-hunters who documented the Yadkin River Goldenrod and Heller’s Blazing Star in 1891. From there, readers learn of the Florida Torreya, the Alabama Canebrake Pitcher Plant and Green Pitcher Plant,


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Forever Boy Author: Kate Swenson Reviewed by: Barbara Norman Kate Swenson, author of Forever Boy and blogger, "Finding of Cooper’s Voice" has written this account of a mother’s memories of Autism and finding joy. "Forever Boy is her candid journey through the beauty and battles of having a child with Autism. Kate melds wit and wisdom,” said Colin Balfe. "She tells of her marriage, motherhood and unconditional love. Don’t look for techniques to use with the child.She offers support and connection to others and illuminates the strength and perserverance of mothers. In 280 pages you will soon realize this is a worthwhile read, every word of value, whether you live with a special needs child or not…because hopefully everyone is aware of this huge and increasing disease, with no cure,has become and the tremendous need for professional medical caregivers,teachers, therapists of speech, occupational, social and feeding skills. Supportive therapy for the parents is another much needed support factor. According to the Autistic Society in 2021 one child in 55 was diagnosed with Autism by the age of two and studies show, the disease is more prevalent in boys.

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Using a hard bristled brush with an aggressive brushing technique can cause irreversible damage to your teeth and surrounding tissue. Use a soft brush and avoid bearing down on your teeth and gums. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or at least water after every meal to help kill germs.

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Hand Washing Saves Lives WRITER Jessica O. Wall, MPH

Director, Yadkin County Human Services Agency Medical Clinic and Wic jwall@yadkincountync.gov 336.849.7588

There have been many messages over the past several months, and one we have heard repeatedly is "wash your hands". Let's take some time to remember when, how, and why we wash our hands. You've always been told, since you were little, to wash your hands before coming to the dinner table or after going to the bathroom. And those are important times, but not the only times. You should always wash your hands:


Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut or wound After using the toilet After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing After touching an animal or animal waste After handling pet food or pet treats After touching garbage After coming in from playing or working outside

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The Headache & Neck Connection Patients with headaches also commonly complain of neck pain. This relationship is the rule, not the exception and therefore, treatment for headaches must include treatment of the neck to achieve optimum results. The term “cervicogenic headaches” has been an longtime accepted term because of the intimate connection between the neck and head. there are many anatomical reasons why neck problems result in headaches: • The first 3 nerves exiting the spine in the upper neck go directly into the head penetrating the muscles at the top of the neck, near the attachments to the skull. Any excess pressure on these nerves by the muscles or spinal joints will result in irritation and subsequent pain. • Problems located in the upper neck will often result in pain radiating up from the base of the skull/upper neck over the top of the skull to the eyes and/or face. • Injury anywhere in the neck can result in spasm and pain in these large muscle groups. • Other interconnections between the 2nd cervical nerve and trigeminal/5th cranial nerve include communication with the 7th cranial/facial nerve, the 9th cranial/glassopharyngeal nerve, and the 10th cranial/vagus nerve. These connections can affect facial muscle strength/movements, taste, tongue and throat movements and stomach complaints such as nausea from these 3 cranial nerve interconnections, respectively. When patients seek treatment for headaches, a thorough examination of the neck, upper back and cranial nerves is routinely performed for the above reasons. It is common to find upper cervical movement and vertebral alignment problems present in patients complaining of headaches. Tender points located between the shoulder blades, along the upper shoulders, on the sides of the neck and at the base of the skull are commonly found. Pain often radiates from the tender point over the top of the skull when pressure is applied in the upper neck/base of the skull area. Tenderness on the sides of the head, in the temples, over the eyes, and near the jaw joint are also common. Traction or pulling the head to stretch the neck is often quite pain relieving and is often performed as part of the chiropractic visit. It can be applied at home with the use of a home cervical traction unit. Chiropractic adjustments applied to the fixated or misaligned vertebra in the upper neck often brings very satisfying relief to the headache sufferer. Exercises that promote movement in the neck, as well as strengthening exercises, are helpful in both reducing headache pain and in preventing occurrences, especially with stress or tension headaches. Since neck pain and headaches are one of the most common complaints presented to the chiropractic physician, pleas ask for more information about this if you or a love one is suffering. It’s one of the most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about. **Please mention coupons when making your appointment. Insurance accepted. If further care is needed, you have a right to request a refund within 72 hours.

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If you or someone you know suffers from headaches, neck, back, arm, wrist or leg pain, please let them know we would be happy to help them!

The best way to wash your hands is with soap and warm running water. According to the Center of Disease Control, follow these simple steps: Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands well under running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

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If you're out in public, let the water run while you use a paper towel to dry your hands, then use that same paper towel to turn the water off and open the bathroom door. This helps keep your hands clean when maybe others haven't use the best technique like you have! But what if you don't have water and soap? You can use an alcohol based hand sanitizer, but make sure it is at least 60% alcohol. These will work to reduce the number of germs on your hands, but cannot completely eliminate all germs. Also, they don't work as well when the hands are visibly dirty. Why should we be so concerned with washing our hands? How does hand washing save lives? Well, we use our hands to perform all types of tasks like work with raw foods or pet our animals or even when we sneeze or cough.

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Our hands come in contact with bacteria and viruses, which can be passed from person to person, or even to ourselves if we touch our eyes, nose or mouth. By keeping clean hands, we can decrease the number of germs and lower the risk of infection. To get more information visit www.cdc.gov/handwashing or www.globalhandwashing.org. Help the next generation learn too! Teach children the proper times to wash their hands and the proper technique. Teach them to sing a song while washing, so they know they have really gotten their hands clean. Also, keep a small step stool in the bathroom to encourage them to learn to wash their hands on their own. To help make hand washing learning fun, visit www.scrubclub.org. It's never too early to start learning and having healthy habits!

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2022 and the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival is coming back with a bang! Claiming seniority with 18 previous years of festivals under its belt, this event offers tastings of the Yadkin Valley’s finest wines in a complimentary wine glass. You’re going to find multiple Yadkin Valley Wineries and Vineyards on the festival grounds.

In these photos from past festivals, it looks like the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival is a day of friends and fun!

Here’s some things to know before you go: Meet at the Elkin Municipal Park on Saturday, May 21 from 11a to 5p. General Admission is $5, 16 plus, if you only want to visit craft & food vendors. Tickets range from $30 ($22 in advance from eventbrite.com) to $100 for tasting privileges. A case of wine will be given away every hour to lucky Festival goers. Tasting requires a wrist band that is given by guests witha photo ID. Shuttle service to area hotels is available for $10 per person. Parking at the Park lot is $5 per vehicle and benefits the Rescue Squad. Picnic tables are on site in this family-friendly park setting for vendor-purchased food and beverages…come hungry! Live entertainment will get those toes tapping with the DJ Ronnie Lane opening the event at 11a and entertaining until 1p followed by music with The Castaways from 1 to 5p. There’s plenty of room to bring a blanket or chairs in addition to a set of bleachers to enjoy the stage. The festival is presented by: The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call 336-526-1111 or visit yvwf.com Follow the festival on Facebook. For safety reasons, please leave pets at home.

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Meet new vineyards and wineries and rekindle friendships with your old friends. These wineries are scheduled to attend. Carolina Heritage Elkin Creek Golden Roads Vineyards Grassy Creek Vineyards Hanover Park Vineyards Haze Gray Vineyards Herrera Vineyards Hidden Vineyards Jones von Drehle

Native Vines Winery Old North State Winery Sanders Ridge Shadow Springs Windsor Run Shelton Vineyards Slightly Askew Winery Surry Cellars Weathervane

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WRITER/ SARAH SMITH Michael Isley lives in Winston Salem with his husband of twenty-two years and their three rescue Maltese. Originally from the Greensboro area, he has always had a passion for visual art, decorating and designing. His affinity for stained glass was sparked by the many beautiful stained-glass windows seen in churches. In addition to these in our own community and across the U.S., Michael’s travels have allowed him to study the stained glass found in a number of churches and cathedrals in Western Europe, and more recently, in Havana, Cuba. Michael turned his interest into skill by taking classes at Winston-Salem’s Sawtooth School for Visual Art. He learned that crafting a stained-glass piece involves more work than most would realize. It takes a significant amount of time to make a single piece, from the creative process of drawing the design and choosing glass colors and textures to the hands-on process of cutting, grinding, soldering and many other steps required to complete it, but Michael feels like it is worth the time and effort. “In the end, when it is done and you can hold it up and see the light coming through to illuminate all the different colors and textures, it really is breathtaking. And it’s fulfilling to know it’s your creation!” Michael has work on display in several triad area galleries. One of his pieces was awarded first place in a Second Spring show a few years ago, and he was recently awarded the “People’s Choice” award in the Yadkin Arts Council’s 2021 Juried Exhibition. In addition to creating self-styled pieces for sale, he does custom commission work for home or office décor and for gifts. He specializes in abstract and mosaic designs. May 5 through June 24th, Michael will exhibit his work in the Welborn Gallery of the Yadkin Cultural Center on 226 E. Main Street, Yadkinville. Queries: 336-679-2941.

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MOUNT AIRY FARM FEST Friday and Saturday, May 20th and 21st Cost of admission: FREE Memories you’ll make with friends and family: PRICELESS


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Mark your calendars for the annual Mount Airy Farm Fest, where you and yours can experience the rich agricultural history of Surry County and surrounding areas, while sampling tasty treats, shopping for handmade items, plants for sale, playing games, listening to musicians jamming on the street and checking out tractors of all makes and models. There will be something for everyone. Did I mention there will be fresh made donuts, ice cream, cotton candy, hot dogs, lemonade and icees! Oh my! Phil Marsh of the Downtown Business Association and Gail Hiatt of Mount Airy Tractor Toyland are working with various organizations to make this a truly magnificent event for one and all. “Over the past years our Farm Fest has really grown and this year’s festival, being our first since COVID, will be bigger and better than ever,” Marsh said. “Farm Fest pays homage to our farming heritage and allows people to experience a simpler time,” Hiatt explained. “It reminds us of the way things used to be.” This family friendly event has something for children of all ages. There’ll be cakewalks and face painting and a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Live animals will allow you to get up-close-and-personal with everything from chickens, horses, cows and pigs. Plants will be for sale on Main Street. Numerous organizations, including Mount Airy Saw and Mower and Mount Airy Equipment, will have handouts and demonstrations, and the stores downtown will be open for business as usual. Festivities begin on Friday, for a oneof-a-kind parade, beginning at 6 p.m. Dozens of tractors will roar down Main Street with the children’s tractor parade bringing up the rear. “We anticipate as many as 60 to 80 tractors in the parade. The children are encouraged to ride their toy tractors, cars and bikes, as well,” Hiatt said. “There’s no entry fee for the children and every child with a riding toy is welcome to participate.” There’s plenty of free parking and public restrooms are available. “This is going to be one great and wonderful event for family and friends,” Marsh concluded. For a complete schedule and list of activities, visit mountairydowntown.com See you there!

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It Starts with a... WRITER­PHOTOS/ Mary Bohlen


Yadkin Valley River Adventures brochure is a brand new water recreation guide put out by Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor. It’s a valuable tool for water enthusiasts, that includes information on paddling, fishing, hiking, and camping in a four county area – Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes and Caldwell. Complete with maps, it shows 11 Yadkin river access points, 10 tributary points, identifies outfitters, water safety, trout fishing, boating and river terms. Know what an Eddy means, a Run, or a Tailout? Learn how to find the river gauge or current river level for the Yadkin by phone. What Class rapids are on the Yadkin? Do you know what a delayed harvest means for trout fishing? Where are nearby campsites? The brochure will provide this information and more. The most important part this brochure is the PLAY IT SAFE section, that puts attention on safety gear, boating terms, flotation devices and how to get help if needed.

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It was created by team members of the Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor led by RG Absher. “We’ve been working on this for two years. It has encompassed a great deal of planning and collaboration with other agencies. The purpose of the brochure is to make the Yadkin River Valley a destination by promoting river recreation. We want to brand the Yadkin Valley as a tourist destination. The Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor sees this as creating a big economic impact on our area. We promote agritourism with the many vineyards, heritage sites and museums, trails and biking, music and camping. Putting an extra emphasis on river recreation is another way to bring visitors to our area. Kayaking, canoeing and tubbing are very popular sports. The brochure provides a lot of information for many activities.” RG’s life-long love of being on the water has pulled him in as a natural to work on project. Since a youngster in Boy Scouts RG has been what he calls a “river rat”. He has had extensive experi-

RG Absher ence in kayaking and canoeing some of the Southeast’s most noted white water rivers including the Chattooga, Oconee, Gauley and Watauga. As a young boy he cut his river teeth on the New River and says, “I’ve been down the Yadkin more times than I can count.” For years RG competed in river racing achieving victorious finishes. RG urges folks who want to experience success on the Yadkin and her tributaries to be mindful of the dangers of the water. “People need to be prepared and have

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Yadkin Valley Wines

Shadow Springs Vineyard and Windsor Run Cellars Here Cheryl and I are, driving down a 2-lane narrow country road with farms, farm houses and fields on both sides of the road and there in the distance rises this large diamond of a place called Shadow Springs Vineyard. A beautiful large rock structure overlooking a large pond and a field full of grape vines on the other side. I call this place a Diamond in the Rough. Shadow Springs Vineyard is located in Hamptonville, NC and is co-owned by husband and wife team, Chuck and Jamey Johnson. As we parked our car, we noticed a lot of other cars in the parking lot, a tour bus at the front door unloading guests and a long stretch limo waiting in the distance. Wow! This is a busy place, mid-day on a Saturday in the middle of February. We can’t wait to go inside to see what was instore for us. Happy, happy, happy and excited we were as we entered the tasting room. What a wonderfully decorated and beautiful world we had stepped into. And how friendly everybody was, from the 10 8

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Retired Wine Superintendent Mid­Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition owners, staff, guests and even down to that will interest your different pallets. some dogs guests were allowed to bring Windsor Run Cellars came with a in. We introduced ourselves and were im- distillery in which they use the spirits to mediately whisked away to a corner table fortify some of their dessert wines. They overlooking the pond and vineyard by now produce three different 80 and 90 Chuck, but not before seeing Jamey and proof spirits they sell on site or you can getting a big hug from her. She was busy find in local ABC stores. This winery has entertaining a large group of guests doing enough wine making capacity that they a wine tasting and couldn’t Join us. can use this facility to produce wines for We visited with Chuck for a while as other vineyards in the region as well as he explained how he and Jamey got their own. started here in the wine business. In After Chuck visited with us for a 2005, they planted their first grapes. while, he had to leave to take care of Four acres of Merlot and Cabernet some other guests. Now here we were Franc. Now they have nearly eleven with our wonderful glasses of wine and a acres planted with various white and red view to die for. We sat there enjoying our grapes and are looking forward to plant- wine and conversation just like on a date. ing more grapes in the future. Their tastWhat a great time we had. You will ing room was opened in 2008 and they have to visit Shadow Springs Vineyard had their first wine tasting. This facility like we did. And if you do, we hope can accommodate couples up to groups your experience will be as interesting of 50 inside and large weddings outside. and wonderful as ours was. They recently held a wedding for 200 When we left, we stopped by Shiloh guests outside. In 2011, they bought a General Store, just about one mile winery nearby and named it Windsor away. Now that is another story in itself. Run Cellars. Both wineries make wines

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The Yadkin County Historical Society in conjunction with the Yadkin Cultural Art Center is hanging an historical Photography exhibit in the Red Wall Gallery entitled New Look at Yadkin County History. The opening reception will be on May 19, 5p to 7p, with light refreshments. The display will run through June 27th. Admission is free during the hours of 7:30a to 4:30p, Monday through Friday, no weekends. The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is located at 226 East Main Street, Yadkinville, 336-679-2941.

Mount Airy Blooms Come On In

Mount Airy Blooms is a tour of nine private gardens with Master Gardener demonstrations and vendors Presented by the Mount Airy Garden Clubs Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com, Webb Interiors, Mount Airy Visitors Center and mountairyblooms@gmail.com Ticket price: $20 Ticket purchase is nonrefundable. Tour will be held rain or shine.

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Tour proceeds benefit the Woltz Hospice Home rose garden, the gardens at the historic Moore House, the Main Street mini-garden fountain, and the exceptional children’s class at Jones Elementary School. Mount Airy Blooms offers a self-guided tour of nine eclectic private gardens. Showcased are successful garden practices as seen at homes ranging from the cottage on the corner to the mini-estate.


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The tour includes the opportunity to see Master Gardener demonstrations and to purchase from vendors.

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BUGS in my creek? Look closely...

WRITER­PHOTOS/ Wendi Hartup Stonefly Many people have seen flies of various types near creeks and rivers. If you like fishing, you may recognize some of these names: mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, dragonflies and dobsonflies. Did you know that these critters are needed for the ecosystem? Most of these flies begin their life cycles in the stream and are food for fish. As a group they are called benthic macroinvertebrates. Benthic refers to living on the bottom of a waterbody, macro means large enough to see with the naked eye, and invertebrate refers to animals without backbones. Not all benthic macroinvertebrates are insects; some other types of macroinvertebrates are mussels, clams, snails, crayfish, bloodworms, and leeches. Macroinvertebrates are an important part of the stream environment. When a leaf falls into a stream, it becomes colonized by fungi and bacteria. Several types of macroinvertebrates consume bite-sized chunks and digest the fungi and bacteria off the outside of the leaf. The leaf is broken into smaller pieces as it passes through the guts of these organisms and is released as feces into the stream. The feces break apart and the tiny leaf fragments are re-colonized by more bacteria and fungi which become 112

food for another group of invertebrates that have special adaptations to strain food fragments from the water. The leaves continue to be broken down in this way as they are carried downstream with the stream current. Nutrients provided by streamside vegetation are important for stimulating the aquatic food web and overall productivity of a stream. It is, therefore, important to protect vegetated areas along the banks in order to maintain stream health. The presence or absence of several types of benthic macroinvertebrates is one of the best ways to assess the level of human disturbance and pollution in streams. Each species has unique characteristics regarding habitat requirements, life history, behavior, and pollution tolerance. Macroinvertebrates are easy to collect and identify using inexpensive equipment and simple identification keys making the method safe, fun and cost-effective. Macroinvertebrates are very abundant in healthy streams and may practically cover the bottom. Often it is possible to collect hundreds of individuals in just a few minutes, making them ideal organisms for assessing environmental conditions. In one intensively studied stream in South

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Carolina, more than 1000 species were found! Hundreds or even thousands of them can live within one square meter of substrate. Many may be seen just by looking on or under stones, sticks and leaves in the stream. Benthic macroinvertebrates spend most of their lives in the same general stream location and are exposed to the water quality conditions at that location over a long period of time. They generally do not relocate even when conditions are poor. Macroinvertebrates make good pollution monitors because some groups are very sensitive (pollution intolerant groups) to water quality changes. They are like “minimeters,” monitoring water quality at their “home locations” 24

hours per day, seven days per week… every week. Some can survive in very clean and stable streams while others survive well in polluted, disturbed habitats. Did you know…Dragonflies as adults are not only colorful but they feed on small flying insects such as mosquitoes and gnats. Immature dragonflies (naiads) are predators in the stream and eat other critters (i.e. insect larvae, small crustaceans, small fish and tadpoles). These critters, also known as “rear-end breathers,” have gills inside of their abdomen and breathe by pulling water into their abdomen through their rear end where they absorb the oxygen they need. When they expel this water (as if they were exhaling a breath of air), they

are able to launch themselves through the water using a type of jet propulsion. Think of them as the original Jet Ski! Stoneflies when they live in the water have gills along their chest and belly. When there isn’t enough oxygen for them, they will get on a rock and do push ups to force water along their gills. I love taking kids out to play in the creek and look for critters. You can do this anytime of the year. Just lift a rock and say a long word like, alligator, three times. Then watch for critters to start moving. You can also turn over leaves and find all kinds of things.

There are all kinds of websites and games to help you learn the critters (check out "https://vasos.org/monitor-page/stream-insect-id-resources/" https://vasos.org/monitor-page/stream-insect-id-resources/). You can also search for Izaak Walton League's Macroinvertebrate Identification sheet. Once you’re comfortable you can also submit observations to the State’s Stream Watch website, "https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-public-information/water-educationprograms/water-education-and-outreach/nc-stream-watch"

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For the Love of Dogs

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WRITER/PHOTOS J.DWAINE PHIFER Geographically the Yadkin Valley covers lots of NC territory. Over hundreds of years, the Yadkin River has carved out the valley that starts in the western mountains near Blowing Rock and then winds eastward toward the South Carolina edge of the NC Piedmont region. Within so much inclusive territory, the number of everyday Yadkin Valley heroes—giving of their time, resources, passion and commitment—is phenomenal. Whether heroes are born to their role, or grow into it due to life events, becomes a brain-teaser best left to the philosophically minded. Celebrating them is important. Certainly one of the hardest working, most devoted, and intensely focused YV heroes is Charlene Rollins of Statesville. Charlene is the founder and dynamic energy behind For the Love of Dogs Rescue. Starting in 1996, Charlene's mission to rescue dogs, find them caring, appropriate forever homes and enrich the lives of both humans and dogs had its start. “Growing up on a farm with so many animals and learning how to truly care for them made me appreciate and take to heart what I was taught as a child.” Compassion for others and the dogs depending on human care has become her life's focus. For the Love of Dogs Rescue is based on a foster-home model. Through hard work and constant networking, Charlene locates quality, vetted households willing to foster a new rescue dog. The new rescue has to go through an extensive health assessment and treatment regimens. All Charlene's rescues must be spayed or neutered, evaluated and treated—if needed—for heartworms, and be in best of health before adoption. Some dogs come to Charlene due to overwhelming human life events. Many arrive via other rescue centers during times of catastrophic weather circumstances such as hurricanes. Too, animal control services from all 100 NC counties have Charlene's phone number at the ready. From her experience, too many people decide to get a dog without really thinking rationally. A small young dog can grow into quite a large adult. S/he can average as much as a 16-year-plus life-commitment needing purposeful socialization training and play reinforcement, yearly health care checks and possible emergency veterinarian visits. Too, every dog 114

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Charlene Rollins, For the Love of Dogs Rescue, with Lahlee, reunited four years later.

Off the Book Shelf will display an individual unique temperament that plays a roll in placement decisions. S/he will also require daily and attentive loving interaction and physical exercise. If in doubt, adopting a dog is a serious long-term commitment and nothing at all like getting a new pair of shoes! Charlene's says, “My goal for every adopter and dog is a best fit for both the dog and potential adopters.” All potential adopters must go through a thorough, structured screening and interview process. She states with a chuckle, “I get very nosy about the lives of potential adopters.” Her interview procedure and questions are designed to target specific signifiers about dog ownership, opinions about dogs, thought processes about having a dog and history with dogs. “Through personal interviews and home visits, we get an excellent idea of the family's lifestyle, home environment and what the dog can expect and what the new family can expect. To qualify as an adoptive family, the dog must be considered a family member who lives inside as part of their family.” She, however, does not require a fenced-in yard for adoptees. She believes caring families want to be with their dogs and to spend time enjoying walks and exercise play. Having a family dog companion encourages folks to stay active, meet their neighbors, develop new friends, and dial down the hectic noisy pace so many call “daily living.” Too, research substantiates petting a dog and looking into her/his eyes has been scientifically proven to cause humans to release the “feel good” brain chemicals that improve mood and boost human happiness. Charlene's wish: “If I could ask for anything, it would be for more foster homes to give a dog a minimum of two weeks care to settle in. We then would go from there.” There is always a need for funds. She has an account set up with a dedicated, supportive veterinarian. Donations can be made directly to this account to cover health care costs. “We are very fortunate to have a number of very fine trainers willing to donate time for dogs who have specific training needs.” Public support and assistance is so very crucial to her work of finding forever homes for her rescues. Charlene states adamantly, “I take responsibility for each and every dog that has ever come my way. All our dogs are micro-chipped. Our info is forever on the chip and cannot be removed. If one of our adoptees ever ends up in a shelter or vet's office, we are immediately notified.” Once an adoption is finalized, the new family's info is also added to the chip. Finding the very best fit between a trained Service Dog and someone needing a canine help-mate is one of Charlene's major joys. She also works closely with families of special-needs children in finding and training a loving companion for the child. “These dogs have made some major changes in the lives of these children as well as giving the dogs a job which they love and enjoy.” She also works closely with the U.S. Veteran community to find a supportive and dedicated friend: A match that enriches life for both the service veteran and the companion dog.

The HORSES of PROUD SPIRIT If you are an avid equine lover we have two books right up your alley for reading! Melanie Sue Bowles has also written Hoof Prints, More Stories from Proud Spirit. Over the years Melanie and her husband Jim have intervened on behalf of nearly 500 horses in need. Enjoy learning how she took this courageous journey to make a difference in the lives of abused and abandoned horses and how she started Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary. These true stories inspired the Emmy-Award Winning PBS documentary about The Horses of Proud Spirit and sequel Hoof Prints.You’ll get to read about horses with personality like Dusty, an alleged hat stealer and many more, even two donkeys. "Her accounts are touching, uplifting and at times even hilarious.” —Horse Capital Digest

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Is your cat sick at its stomach? WRITER/Ashley M. Martin Associate Veterinarian with Stokesdale Veterinary Hospital and Stoneville Veterinary Clinic.


A common misconception that cat owners have is that vomiting is normal for them. Some even believe that cats vomit as a means of getting revenge after their owners have upset them. This is simply not true in the majority of cases. Occasional vomiting in an otherwise healthy, happy cat can be normal. However, if your cat is vomiting once a week or more, you really should have him or her evaluated by your veterinarian as there is likely an underlying health condition causing that to happen. Some common causes of frequent vomiting in cats that I would like for you to be aware of include: Food allergy/intolerance—this is usually related to the protein source in the food IBD—a condition in which the GI tract is chronically irritated or inflamed, commonly diagnosed in middle-aged to older cats Internal parasites Diabetes—either from blood glucose not being well-controlled or from chronic low-grade inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) Toxin ingestion—houseplants are a common culprit Kidney disease—common in older cats, they feel nauseous due to build-up of toxins in the bloodstream Hyperthyroidism—mostly seen in cats that are middle-age or older Liver disease—like with kidney disease, these cats feel nauseous due to build up of toxins or other waste products in the body Stomach and/or intestinal cancer If you have a cat that vomits frequently, I would highly recommend you reach out to your veterinarian. Especially if you are noticing other issues such as weight loss, increased drinking and urination, unhealthy coat, etc. Your veterinarian will want to start with a physical exam and will likely also recommend further testing such as blood work or a fecal float based on clinical history, patient signalment (breed, age,etc.) and physical exam findings. Fortunately, for many of these conditions, your veterinarian should be able to help you come up with a treatment plan so your cat can continue to live with a reasonable quality of life.

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“To become a therapeutic canine companion, the dog must have a minimum of 120 hours of training that follows the guidelines set by the International Association of Assistance Dogs. In addition, I have additional training expectations my Animal Behaviorist and I have developed.” Throughout such placements, Charlene is working to ensure those needing a thoroughly trained canine helper gets the best buddy imaginable and a happy rescued dog doing what s/he so wants to be doing. In closing, Charlene says she does her work because, “My life was literally saved by a dog. I believe I have the ability to make the very best matches between dogs and adopters.” Call this ability intuition, years of dedicated experience or divine intervention for people and dogs. This writer knows exactly how hard Charlene works and what her work means for both a dog and his/her person. Through the magic Charlene offers, our dog Lahlee found her forever home in our hearts four years ago. Oh, what a magical and meaningful four years it has been! Please contact Charlene at 704-464-9999. Your very best new friend and companion is waiting with a proven Yadkin Valley hero working for the love of dogs.

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This has been one of the most fun What Is That games we have had. When I was told we had so many similar guesses. I’ve read several of the entries and found them heartwarming to say the least. This issue’s item was a candy dish called Hen on a Nest.There were so many mentions of recalling mothers, grandmothers and even aunts having a candy dish like this one filled with hard candies. They remembered too that they weren’t allowed to touch that candy dish! It was amazing to learn there were so many different colors and lots of collectors of the Hen On a Nest. The first correct guess drawn for the $100 prize was Judy Peters, “My guess of the March/April contest is a hen candy dish. I have two that belonged to my grandmothers. I know of no other name for this candy dish that most always contained some type of hard candy. I loved the beautiful green dish featured in Yadkin Valley Magazine I have a carnival glass and a pale pink one.” Donna Smith’s entry was drawn for a Yadkin Valley cookbook, One Last Bite. “My guess is this is a hen covered candy dish. I have one…it is amber colored and it came from my mom. I gave it to her 55 years ago and she wrote a note and put it inside the dish that says I gave it to her on Mother’s Day. It makes the candy dish more special now.” Lori Frye also won a cookbook with her correct entry. “I love your magazine and this contest…these old candy dishes were called HON—Hen On a Nest. My grandmothers had them and kept candy in them; usually hard candies or mints. My one grandma put nuts in hers."



One of the things about being an incurable collector of all antiques is the way the objects in your home reach across space and time. Jadeite glassware is a favorite collection to build. It was introduced in the wartime era of the 1940s. Jadeite kitchenware offered just the right mix of style and substance. The products were wildly successful because they were attractive yet durable and very inexpensive. In fact some sparkling pieces of Jadeite were packaged inside popular food products and given away as free promotions. Although several different glass companies produced Jadeite lines, the most popular pieces were kitchenware items produced by Anchor Hocking and their Fire King line of products. The term Jadeite refers to the milky sage green color of this heavy glassware. Mixing bowls, tableware and kitchen products are among the most common types of Jadeite. Though the color of the glass was soft and gentle the pieces were strong and reliable for any task a home cook needed to perform.

To increase your collection search yard sales and flea markets, being positive, you can find a green treasure. Of course online resources such as Ebay, online auctions and individual town virtual yard sales might prove fruitful. Jadeite has increased in popularity among collectors but the price point for most pieces is still quite reasonable. Flat bottom, D Handle mugs can go for as much as $49 each or most impressive was a gorgeous Fire King Swirl Bulb Bowl priced at $65...(simply added to my wish list!) Now when you reach this amount of money you need to know for sure if you have the real thing or a reproduction. The best way to date a piece is to become familiar with the subtleties of the markings Fire King used through the years. An Internet search can quickly reveal a list of Fire King markings that can be printed out and taken along on your next vintage treasure hunt. Establishing a relationship with some reliable antique dealers never hurts for their advice and also the thought they will call you when new vintage pieces arrive at the store. M ay-June 2 0 2 2


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Closing Devotions WRITER Sandra Miller


According to Scriptures, the Jews are God’s “chosen people.” God chose a young Jewish maiden to bring the long-awaited Messiah into this world. Yet Jews have been oppressed for centuries. Hitler’s Holocaust killed six million innocent men, women, and children. 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps to be tortured and starved. Their homes and businesses were destroyed, and we need to educate our children about the atrocity of the terrible acts against the Jews. Today, the battle still rages for the future of the Jewish nation. A big deal in God’s prophetic time-table was when Israel was declared a nation in 1948. Since then, Jews have been regathering to Israel to claim their God-given territory. There is no doubt that God has not forgotten His covenant to return Jews to their homeland. Israel is about the size of New Jersey, yet they’ve won every war in which they have been engaged. In 1967, it took only six days for Israelis to annex the land around the Golan Heights. As I’ve said before, it would be to our advantage to remain an ally to Israel, but Bible prophets say that even the US will eventually turn against her. Ezekiel predicted a time when Israel will be restored after much persecution. His vision of dry bones coming alive is interpreted as a picture of the Holocaust and God’s intervention and the future forming of a great nation and mighty army (Ezekiel 37:1-9). After they wandered in the wilderness for forty years, under Moses’ direction, God said they would become few in number, because of their disobedience. Their temple was torn down and they were scattered among the nations. Nine hundred years later, they returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the city and temple, only to have that temple destroyed in AD 70. Dark days overshadowed the Jews, but no disaster in history compared with the conspiracy of the Holocaust in 1938—1945, when allies began liberating the survivors of the camps. Today, radical Islamists hate the Jews and war against them to take the land that God gave them by covenant. Hundreds of poor Holocaust survivors struggle just to survive. That’s why Mike Evans and Friends of Zion (FOZ) and The Jerusalem Prayer Team work tirelessly to provide food and shelter for them. As an ambassador for Israel, Evans organized a “spiritual army” of Christians who recognize the needs of the Jewish remnant in Israel. These supporters commit to pray for Israel and send financial support. Evans worked closely with the Trump administration in getting the American Embassy moved and Jerusalem recognized as the capital. Seventy-five million Christians combat antisemitism on the Jerusalem Prayer Team’s Facebook page. But in May, 2021, Facebook shut down FOZ’s page for three months. The shutdown created a huge crisis for Evan’s organization. I posted my concern about the shutdown on Facebook, but my post was banned. So much for freedom of speech! There is a battle raging in the spirit world. Evans thinks social media companies were behind the shutdown because of his friendship with Benjamin Netanyahu, who worked closely with FOZ and expressed his appreciation for the prayers and financial support given to Israelis. Other organizations fueled by contributions of concerned Americans are C4i , Jewish Voice Ministries, and The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, all ministering to impoverished Holocaust survivors

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and poor Jewish families in Israel. These and similar organizations are worthy of our support. Genesis 12:3 is clear about the importance of supporting God’s Chosen and we would do well, individually and nationally, to be God’s hands of mercy on behave of them at this critical time on planet earth. God said, “I will bless them that bless thee [Israel], and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all of the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis12:3). We should take that literally. Ultimately, the temple will be rebuilt at the Temple Mount and sacrifices will again be offered. Sadly, the antichrist will stand in the temple and declare himself to be God. This is what the Bible refers to as “the abomination of desolation.” In Psalms132:13-14, God declared Zion (Jerusalem) to be His resting place. It’s where His presence dwelt before Jesus came and grace replaced the law. It’s where He will return to rein on earth. Israel rightly belongs to the Jews. Many Jews, who are scattered in other nations, long to migrate to Israel, but they simply can’t afford it. That’s where organizations like FOZ come in. “This is not a natural battle between flesh and blood. It is a spirit battle,” says Evans. Facebook followers let them know how displeased the removal of The Jerusalem Prayer Team’s page was, and after a few months they put it back up. This was a revealing example of social media’s attempt to “cancel” recognition of the needs of many in the Jewish remnant. Time is running out for conservatives to fight the battle of censorship. Those who are advocating changing our Constitution and dumping Israel as an ally clearly have no love for America and our heritage! Even in a recession, FOZ supporters remain faithful in prayers and support to feed and share the gospel with poor Holocaust survivors. They also have a museum in Israel and kitchen to bless victims of acts of terrorists. They also need bomb shelters to protect them against the enemies firing at them today. If you want good ground to support, consider an organization with hands and legs to minister help to God’s Chosen people.

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Archie Matthews

Often an estate auction is the preferred way to settle family affairs in a fair manner. This way everyone has the same opportunity to bid. Sentimentality can drive up prices quickly. The highest priced antique Archie has sold was a $25,000 cupboard. A rare walnut blanket chest made in Old Salem brought $15,000. Archie Matthews Auctioneering is a family business where wife Barbara helps record who and what is involved in each sale. Aunt Rosa and Uncle Lovell use their knowledge of antiques to help in the setting up process. Son and son-inlaw are included on auction day to search the crowd for bidders as they hold up items on the block. Is there life beyond auctioneering? My yes, there are beautiful grandchildren and golf. First done as a joke, Archie planned what has now become a tradition. The day after Thanksgiving and also on Good Friday, you will find the Matthews clan and friends on the greens—that is, whichever golf course Archie has rented for the day. The event is The Archie Matthews Auctioneer Invitational Golf Tournament. All proceeds go to help a needy family in the area. As Archie looks back on his retirement prior to his second career of auctioneering, would he consider doing anything differently? “Yes,” says Archie. “I would have started earlier.” Even though now he’s an old timer at auctioneering, his education continues as he must study and attend classes to keep up to date on state laws and changes in both auction and real estate regulations. The future looks good. Three years ago Archie entered a partnership with an auctioneer from Stokes County named Joy Tuttle. The auction arena is filled with bidders at their highest adrenaline levels. Private citizens and dealers alike feel the thrill of competitive bidding. There is no reality check like realizing you absolutely cannot bid higher. Not everyone can walk away with their prize but it’s exactly this exciting atmosphere that keeps auctioneers like Archie Matthews chanting and pointing and selling memories to the highest bidder.


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