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Free on murder charge, Boyer wrecks again

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News The woman charged with murder in the death of a county transportation van passenger has been involved in another serious motor vehicle accident. Nora Christine Boyer, 37, of Colby Road, Spruce Pine, was involved in a head-on collision “early Monday morning” in Mitchell County, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Henley. He said she has been charged with driving while impaired for this most recent accident. Henley said the wreck was “a head-on


collision” involving two vehicles on U.S. 19E west of Spruce Pine, and that occupants from both vehicles were transported to the hospital. He said the wreck occurred between 2 and 3 a.m. Monday. A Yancey County grand jury indicted Boyer last month on

charges of second-degree murder and death by vehicle in connection with a February wreck that killed a passenger of the county transportation van she was driving at the time. The indictments were handed down after a trooper said a blood test shows that Boyer was driving under the influence at the time of the accident. She was arrested and charged with driving while subject to an impairing substance in connection with the fatal wreck. Billy R. Grindstaff, 48, died in the Feb. 12 accident as the van Boyer was driving ran off the road and burned near Newdale. See Page 8

Co-founder of There’s something about horses Evening School program dies Andy Faller, a local retiree who helped

create the Evening School Project to give dropouts a second chance in Yancey County, died Saturday. Andy and his wife, Cass, who owns the popular A Touch of Cass decorative center on town square, moved to Burnsville after his retirement from the A.C. Neilsen Co., in 1987. He helped found the Evening School Project in 1992, and it continues today through outside donations that are used to help education kids who have dropped out of school. At one time Faller himself was a high school dropout, because he left school to enlist in the Navy to fight in World War II. He served

as a radiogunner in a carrierb a s e d torpedo bomber, but after the war he Andy Faller returned to finish high school and to attend Seton Hall University. Faller volunteered at the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce and served two terms on the board of the Toe River Arts Council. You can read the full obituary inside.

Visitors ride horses on one of the afternoon trail rides at Clear Creek Guest Ranch, a vacation destination for families and groups out N.C. 80. The ranch attracts visitors from across the world who come to swim, relax, ride horses and fish or play golf.

Visitors find Clear Creek Guest Ranch perfect for relaxation

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News You may envision many reasons vacationers choose to come to Yancey, but one somewhat overlooked purpose is to ride and relax. Visitors from around the country and across the world have come to find peace and quiet - and horseback riding - at Clear Creek Guest Ranch, located off N.C. 80 South near Carolina Hemlocks. “We have families and groups that return year after year,” said Rex Frederick, who,

with his wife, Aileen, envisioned creating a ranch destination after visiting their son at one out west in the 1990s. In fact, two of their sons worked at dude ranches in Colorado, and when one hung around to run a ranch, the Fredericks went out to visit and fell in love. “We’d always owned horses,” said Rex, “and I love people and the outdoors, so one day I said, ‘shoot, we’ll open our own place.” He and Aileen wanted to located their ranch near the Blue Ridge Parkway, and had in fact put down a deposit on land near Blowing Rock when he decided to take a drive down N.C. 80 in Yancey. He saw a sign for a campground that was for sale, and once he drove up the draw to the facility he knew this was where he wanted to be. See page 3

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‘How does Parkway Playhouse serve ... school children?’

Thank you for your coverage of the Burnsville Little Theatre’s (BLT) on-going request to the Parkway Playhouse Board for reasonable weather dates to use this tax-payers’ facility with our spring & fall productions. There is one area in your news coverage which I feel conveyed some erroneous information that I would appreciate a clarification for your readers: During my presentation to the Commissioners, I asked that they review the part of the June 8 Parkway Playhouse Memo to BLT where Parkway Playhouse states that their “work with schools and the flexibility required to work with/around school calendars in multiple counties in the fall and spring does not put us in a position to permanently guarantee fixed dates to any groups on an ongoing basis’.’ This implies that the Parkway Playhouse is heavily involved

with the public schools. If one reviews their record, they are involved with some of the public schools on a very limited basis, and often times they do not use the Parkway Playhouse building at all for spring/ fall productions with their Parkway Playhouse Jr. Outreach Program. Records clearly show that during these cold spring & fall months, they use instead the Burnsville Town Center and the Mountain Heritage High School facilities. Furthermore, if one really wants to look at a group who is heavily involved in the public school system, it is not the Parkway Playhouse, but rather it is TRAC who is very much involved with the public schools on a free basis. Certainly the Parkway Playhouse Jr. Outreach Program is a wonderful opportunity for young people, but it is only possible if your parents can afford the drama class fees and the high cost

of going to competitions. This ask the question: how does the Parkway Playhouse, through their outreach program, serve the many public school children who cannot afford the Parkway Playhouse Jr. experience ? Finally, I do not recall stating at the Commissioners meeting that BLT serves the public schools, as we do not except when there is an occasional need for young adult parts in our spring and fall productions, and when this happens, we welcome young adult involvement. In closing, I would like to reiterate my opening comment to the Commissioners: There are many who support the Parkway Playhouse who support also BLT and vice-versa. All of us wish to see the Parkway Playhouse succeed. Our request and interest has remained one and the same throughout this ordeal: Simply

allow the Burnsville Little Theatre to have guaranteed reasonable weather spring & fall dates, a request which has never interfered with the Playhouse prime production months of June through September. The BLT members and I fail to see what is complicated about this basic request to the Parkway Playhouse Board for use of a historic building which truly belongs to ALL Yancey County citizens ! Thank you for printing this follow-up letter for your readers covering my meeting with our Yancey County Commissioners on July 8, 2013. I appreciate also the Commissioners willingness to listen to this BLT concern. Sincerely Theresa Coletta former BLT president

DSS says Family Violence Coalition ‘in financial crisis’

The purpose of this letter is to inform the citizens of Yancey County our concerns regarding the major loss of funding for the Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County. The Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County is in a major financial crisis now due to two of their primary grants they receive via the state of North Carolina, but are federal grant funds. Their TANF-DV funds were cut entirely in this year’s NC Budget which was a loss of $13,000. Also, the DSS-Family Violence Prevention grant was decreased from $25,000 to $18,600. The total loss they have suffered for this fiscal year is $19,600. Samantha Phipps, the Director of the Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County sought several foundation grants this year but all of the foundation sources were denied, telling them to try again another year. The Family Violence Coalition annually houses an average of 125-140 people in the shelter, which includes victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and their


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children. Clients stay in the shelter for an average of two to three months with the average bed nights coming to 2,500 to 3,100 per year. (Bed nights are calculated by the number of people in the family times the number of nights they stay in the shelter.) As you can see, this agency is a vital need in our community. The Family Violence Coalition shelter is required to be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to sheltering victims, they offer support groups that meet weekly and a variety of other services such as prevention based services, outreach, community education, advocacy, etc. In addition to all these services, they also manage a thrift store called “The Crazy Daisy Thrift Boutique” in downtown Burnsville. This financial crisis is very real and the major loss of funding could lead to major cuts in services and even potentially closure. The Yancey County Department of Social Services works closely with the Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County and is a major referral source. The majority of our

child protective services and adult protective services reports involve domestic violence. The possibility of losing this agency in our community is daunting. We are asking that you see this potential loss to our community seriously and do what you can to help this highly important agency get out of their current financial crisis. This agency is extremely important to the people of Yancey County and we would like your assistance to ensure that all services are able to be maintained. Thank you. By working together, we are making strides in breaking the cycle of violence. Jenifer Morgan, Chair Elaine Boone, Vice Chair Randy Ollis Peter Franklin Erica Edwards Yancey County DSS Board Members Darrell Renfroe, MSW Yancey County DSS Director

Teen pens winning ‘don’t hate’ essay Z o e Ya s m i n e Allen recently placed third nationwide in the Ultimate Don’t H8 Teen Competition. She competed with 180 other teens across the country. Teens wrote essays on how they or someone they love had been affected by bullying and what they did to prevent it. Zoe was the youngest competitor in the contest. She won a cash prize as well as other honors from the Don’t H8 organization. Don’t H8 Inc works to promote

equality and combat bullying among all individuals. Zoe is a 14-yearold rising eighth grader at Harris Middle School where she is very active in the music program. She is the daughter of Rhonda Allen and Derek Freeman. Her maternal grandparents are Pete and Faye Jarrett of Bakersville. Her paternal grandparents are Doris Freeman and the late Bill Freeman of Spruce Pine. She has a sister Georgia, who is 2.

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Stuart Jolley promoted to principal job at Clearmont From a press release At its regular monthly meeting on July 11, the Yancey County Board of Education took several personnel actions which included the extension of Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton’s contract an additional two years and employing Stuart Jolley as the new principal for Clearmont Elementary School. Upon a motion by Norb McKinney and seconded by Bill Whiteside, the Board extended the superintendent’s contract by two years. Dr. Tipton is currently in his third year of a four year contract and this move will extend his contract through June of 2017. In making his motion, McKinney stated, “It is our desire to maintain stability in a time of several retirements and the placing of employees in new leadership roles. This contract extension does not include any increase in pay for Dr. Tipton, it just simply assures continuity and stability for our system.” Chair Orr said, “We are simply assuring stability without any expense to the system.” This motion was approved 3-1 with Orr, McKinney and Whiteside for the contract extension and Weatherman opposing. Board Member Jack Tipton was unable

to attend this meeting. In response to this extension, Dr. Tipton stated after the meeting, “I am humbled by the responsibility but honored by the confidence the Board has placed in me. It is my desire to provide stability as we all work together for the betterment of Yancey County Schools.” Stuart Jolley will immediately begin his transition from Mountain Heritage to Clearmont Elementary. Jolley has served as assistant principal for the last six years at MHHS and assistant principal at Cane River Middle School for the five years prior. Before entering into the administration of Yancey County Schools, Jolley was a geography teacher in the Social Studies Department at Mountain Heritage. Jolley is replacing Angie Anglin, who was approved at the June 27th meeting to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of long-time East Yancey Middle School principal Rick Tipton. On her move to East Yancey, Anglin said, “I couldn’t be happier to be returning as Principal to East Yancey Middle School. I taught English/Language Arts at East Yancey for fourteen years, and was EY’s Assistant Principal for a year and a half before leaving to gain

elementary experience. While the Clearmont School and community will always be near and dear to my heart - middle grade students are a special age group, and I love working with them, as well as the outstanding faculty and staff at East Yancey. I feel fortunate to return as Principal to the school where I began my career. To quote one of my favorite movies, “There’s no place like home.” In other items during the meeting, Dr. Tipton provided an overview of the summer facility projects currently underway in the schools. A couple of the bigger projects include the roof project at Micaville Elementary School which is approximately 50 percent complete and the bathroom renovation projects at Bald Creek and Micaville Elementary Schools. The most exciting project for the school system this summer is the installation of new building access systems at each elementary and middle school. This project includes a new audio/video community system at the main entrance of each school that allows visitors to call the office to be admitted into the building. Also installed with this project are additional interior and exterior

cameras at some school sites, smart card readers and live video access of school entrances from the central office. Dr. Tipton stated, “I want everyone to understand that our schools will be safer and parents are always welcome. Our goal is to maintain our small community feel with the highest level of safety for our students.” In other news, Architect Mike Cox of Architectural Design Studios updated the Board on the progress of the visitor bleachers at the football field at Mountain Heritage High School. Cox reported that the project is currently running ahead of schedule and should be complete, easily, by the end of this month. The new bleachers will increase the seating capacity from 350 to 770 and meets all ADA requirements for visitors with special needs. Also approved during the meeting was the recommendation to continue with American Advantage Marketing Group as the provider of student insurance for the 2013-14 school year. Information for purchasing student insurance will be available to parents when students return to school on Monday, August 19.

Semon honored Sale of downtown coffee shop annnounced for 4H support Daniel Semon of Burnsville received the Young 4-H Alumni Award during State 4-H Congress in Raleigh June 24, at North Carolina State University’s Jane S. McKimmon Center. As a 4-H v o l u n t e e r, Semon gave more than 140 hours to 4-H in 2012. He has conducted training for 4-H vo l u n t e e r s a n d ambassadors and is involved with 4-H S c h o o l Enrichment programs at the county, district and state levels. Semon is a supporter of 4-H Operation Militar y Kids, the North Carolina 4-H Honor Club and the 4-H Alumni and Friends Association. He has served on the North Carolina A&T State University Strategic Planning Council and

volunteers for the local FFA program. He is vice president of the Smoky Mountain Case Bird Society and helps raise funds to support student veterinarian projects. 4-H is N.C.

Appalachian Java, located at 8 W. Main St., Burnsville, posted this note on its Facebook page this weekend, and owner Ronnie Gregory confirmed it: “In 2004, excited and unsure of the future; with high hopes, determination, and desire to succeed, Appalachian Java & Café evolved. The past 9 years has introduced us to some wonderful people, forged an abundance of new friendships, and developed numerous business relationships. It certainly wouldn’t have been possible without a loyal customer base, and support from family and friends. We are forever grateful to all those

who have, in any way, played a part in our success. God has and continues to truly bless us. After considerable thought and consideration, the time seems right for us to move on with other personal goals. The keys to App Java will be passed to the new owner, Mark Bozulich as of the close of business on Saturday, August 10. Mark, recently separated from military service says he is ready for an adventure. We’re confident he’ll do a great job establishing himself as a new business owner. Mark says, “Expect no immediate changes. It will be business as usual. Why mess with a good

thing?” Words simply can’t thank our amazing staff enough, or offer adequate accolades for the contributions they have made on our behalf. April, Linda, Liz, Silver, and of course Brandon; App Java is what it is today because of you guys. We love you all! It will be business as usual for us the next few weeks; however bittersweet, as we transition to new ownership. Please join us in a warm welcoming of Mark to Appalachian Java & Café on Monday, August 12. We wish him and the staff all the best!”

Clear Creek is a destination for vacationers From the front

Cooperative E x t e n s i o n’s y o u t h development program, based at N.C. State and N.C. A&T State universities. Through N.C. 4-H, more than 237,500 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,780 adult and youth volunteers.

The majestic view of the Black Mountain range caught his eye, as well as the room for expansion. They built a lodge, guest quarters, barns, a riding arena, pastures, a swimming pool and hot tub and trails, he said. Guest quarters allow families and visitors as much privacy as they seek, or everyone can gather at the hot tub or at the pool. The Fredericks employ a staff of wranglers who wear western hats and chaps both for the atmosphere but also because the clothing was designed for riding.

Guests can book three-day stays or the entire week, and the schedule is filled with activities including whitewater rafting, tubing, golf, a trip to a Spruce Pine gem mine, a ‘Cowboy Cookout for children,’ craft tours, dancing, karaoke, and, of course, horse back riding. In fact, guests can take two rides a day, following mountain trails that bisect the property and cross the South Toe River. “You can stay busy, or you can just sit and read a book,” said Aileen Frederick. Some families come year after year to the ranch, and

children have been known to write school reports touting how much fun they have had at the ranch in the mountains. County residents are welcome to call and join the horseback riding schedule for a fee if space allows, Rex Frederick said. The ranch can accommodate up to 68 guests, and the Fredericks said corporations are beginning to again book retreats and getaways as the economy improves. Anyone seeking further information about Clear Creek Guest Ranch can call 6754510, or tollfree at 800-6514510.

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Andy Faller

We said goodbye to Andy “Moose” Faller, as he left in his Ford F-250 Moosemobile looking for another two-lane road to drive with hope in his heart that he will find another fork in the road which will deliver the feeling of mystery, hope and excitement that he loved. This is not his first trip down a two lane road. He has taken many extended driving trips across this big country since he retired in 1987. During World War II he dropped out of high school to enlist in the Navy Air Program. Following extended training he was assigned to a squadron as a radiogunner in a carrier-based torpedo bomber. After his tour he reenlisted in the Navy Reserve for four more years flying TBFʼs at Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y. After the war he finished high school and continued his education at Seton Hall University while raising a family of four children. Andy worked for A.C. Nielsen Co., based in New York City for 40 years overseeing operations in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. He also was on special assignment with Nielsen in Japan, England, Ireland and Canada. He served as executive vice president of the company for many years. After retiring, Andy and Cass settled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina near Burnsville. He immediately began to volunteer his considerable talents by tutoring students at Mt. Heritage High School to help improve their literacy. This was the beginning of the Evening School Project, which was cofounded by Andy in 1992 and continues today. It is supported through outside donations to help students who dropped out of school. He also volunteered at the North Carolina Arboretum with the Bonsai Director and at the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce, both for over 10 years. He served two terms on the board of the Toe River Arts Council and helped create the Cultural Resource Commission. One of his many passions was photography. Each summer he would enroll in a photography workshop at the Penland School of Crafts or venture out on one of his driving trips traveling the 2 lane roads taking photographs and recording his conversations with hundreds of people he met. He drove through all the lower 48 states, Alaska, and Canada, accumulating over 500,000 miles.

Andy leaves his loving wife, Cass, four children, 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, two brothers, an d one sister, in addition to an enormous number of wonderful friends. Andy’s wish is for continued support of the Yancey Evening School (YES) and The Hospice of Yancey County. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Andy Faller Memorial Fund at 570 Doan Town Road, Burnsville, N.C. 28714. Memorials will be split between the two organizations with great hopes for their continued success. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date and will be announced. Yancey Funeral Services is serving the Faller family. Andy lived his life with this motto: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming....’Wow, what a ride!”

Paul Albert Reecer Jr.

Paul Albert Reecer Jr., 71, passed away on Saturday, July, 13, 2013, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Ocala, Fla., he was a son of the late Paul Reecer and Elise Cherry Reecer. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Mike. Paul was passionate about auctions, where he collected many antiques such as guns and jewelry. He was a salesman for trucks and trailors and he also raised horses but most of all Paul loved his grandchildren. Surviving are his sons: The Rev. Jeff Reecer, and wife, Susan, of Burnsville, Allan Reecer of Burnsville and Darin Reecer of Chicago; two daughters: Carrie Reecer and Carey Harmon of Lakeland, Fla.; two brothers: James Reecer and wife, Patty ,of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Anthony Reecer of Indianapolis Ind.; a sister Margaret Reecer of Tennessee; grandchildren Megan and Lauren Reecer, Joseph Ferrich, Candice Munford and Christen Harmon; and two great grandchildren, Johnny and Peyton Harmon. Funeral will be at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at South Estatoe Baptist Church. The Rev. Jeff Reecer will officiate. Burial will be in the South Estatoe Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. at the church prior to the funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Childrens Hospital c/o South Estatoe Baptist Church, 32 South Estatoe Baptist Church Rd., Burnsville, NC 28714.

Danny Ray Letterman

Danny Ray Letterman, 48, of the Cane Branch Community, died Friday, July 12, 2013, at his home. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of James Ray Letterman of Burnsville and the late Lillie Mae Butner Letterman, who passed away in May of this year. Danny loved his family, his church and was a true witness for the Lord. He enjoyed hiking, beautiful waterfalls and never complained. Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Ida Holloway Letterman; stepmother, Ruby Letterman of Burnsville;

step-son, Joshua Swink; sister, Carolyn Ann Jones and significant other, Greg Young, of Spruce Pine; stepsister Donna Huskins of Burnsville; stepbrother Donald Braithwaite and wife, Kelly, of Spruce Pine; niece Sarah Morrissey and husband, Jamie, of Morganton; nephew Bradley Jones and wife, Deidra, of Kingsport, Tenn.; great niece and nephew Caleb and Emma Morrissey. Several special cousins, aunts and uncles also survive. Funeral was Monday in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service. The Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Crabtree Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

Nelleen T. Robinson

Nelleen T. Robinson, 94, of the Swiss Community, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at St. Josephs Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Nola Tomberlin Robinson. Nelleen was also preceded in death by two brothers and sisters. She was a retired employee of Yancey County schools and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Surviving are three nephews whom she raised: Ronnie Luyckx of the home, Gary Luyckx and wife, Darlene, of Leicester, and Roy Burton Hensley and wife, Faye, of Hudson. Funeral was Sunday in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. The Rev. Jerry Shelton officiated. Burial was in the ShepherdRobinson Family Cemetery.

Shirley Murphy Loftis

Shirley Murphy Loftis, 76, of White Oak Creek Road, died July 11, 2013, at Mission Hospital, surrounded by her family after an extended illness. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Lawerence and Dora Self Murphy, and the wife of Fred Loftis who passed away in 2007. She was also preceded in death by a son: Freddy Loftis; and, a daughter: Diane Sheldon. Shirley was an avid gardener, a community leader, a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving are two daughters, Sylvia Cox and husband, Bob, of Asheville, and Rebecca Lynn Miller and husband, Casper, of Weaverville; a son: Thomas “Audie” Murphy of Burnsville; 7 grandchildren: Jerry Angel and wife, Crystal, Chance Blevins, Victoria Murphy, Darby Cox, Sydney and Kasey Miller and Ashley Richards; 5 great grandchildren: Alyssa, Katelyn and Fredrick Angel and Jeremiah and Kaitlyn Richards; 3 sisters: Rena Mace, Dorothy Young and Cartha Biddix; and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral was Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Father Ross Jones officiated. Burial was in the Goode Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

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Rain a nuisance, but seldom do we suffer The family camping trip turned into a rain soaked weekend. The rain seems to have been non-stop for nearly a month or more. The Kerr Scott Reservoir shut down all water activities such as swimming and boating because the water was nearly 22 feet over the banks. This didn’t bode well considering this was the location of the camping trip along with the potential of three different species of black bass fishing. But rain and river and lake flooding is just a nuisance to most of us. The closest the majority comes to actually having it effect a way of life is by knowing a farmer that is having trouble getting into the fields. Just a few generations ago weather such as we have had over the last couple of months completely affected everything about one’s life. Today, I can make changes in the itinerary by taking the family to see the Linville Caverns, Linville Falls, and Linville Gorge. During breaks in the clouds we can try throwing a cricket or artificial lure into the water. If we do not catch anything it does not really matter. We can go underneath a shelter that has a picnic table and grille, start a fire with a butane lighter and some fire starter while

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remaining dry, and ‘rough it’ by cooking a few hot dogs. It was not long ago when this weather could have made it all but impossible to catch a fish due to the high water. Hunting would have been difficult due to the animals being bedded down. Dry wood and leaves would have been non-existent killing any good chance to start a fire for both warmth and heating or cooking raw meat of any fish or animal that may been caught. Any crops planted would have taken their

toll on the land owner or tribe since the land would have been tended by man power rather than machinery. There would have been no government assistance in the form of money and no grocery store to stock up on any food sources destroyed. Today, we become angry or disappointed when the weather keeps us from our activities. We are agitated because we cannot play a round of golf, fish, hunt, or even mow the grass because of rain. We sulk because one or days off of work is taken away due to bad weather. Back then, just a few days of bad weather meant the family would go hungry. A few weeks of bad weather meant the family could go hungry for an entire season. There was no day off of work. Today we look at weather forecasts and plan our activities around the predictions from as far as two weeks away. If severe tropical systems are present we

watch them develop from little more than a large thunderstorm all the way to a full-fledged hurricane. We stock up supplies days in advance and protect our homes and boats and property. Back then there were no weather satellites, weather balloons or storm chasing aircraft. Hurricanes that hit the East coast gave little warning. They did not carry names. Instead they carried the name of the year it came in. For instance, if you check old tombstones, you may see a family plot with something along the lines of ‘The Smiths, Father, Wife, Son, and Daughter taken by the Great Storm of 1893.’ So while we enjoy our outdoors activities, we still can learn and appreciate them a little more when obstacles appear in the way. Think about how our ancestors and those before us may have handled the same obstacles. Bill Howard teaches hunter education (IHEA) and bow hunter education (IBEP) in North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Bowhunters Association and Pope & Young, and is an official measurer for both. He can be reached at billhoward

Parenting that creates behavioral disorders “I’m a yeller,” she said, she being the mother of three young children. “No,” I replied, “you’re not. There is no genetic predisposition toward yelling, and no biochemical or neurological condition that makes yelling inevitable much less irresistible.” “But I yell at my kids all the time it seems.” “I’m not arguing with that.” “Well, why then do I yell?” “My best answer, based on experience, is that you yell for the same reason many of today’s mothers yell: you’re trying not to be mean.” She stared at me for a few seconds, then said, “You’re pulling my leg, right?” No, I wasn’t pulling her leg. As in this case, too many of today’s moms think they’re “yellers.” First, they think yelling is the inescapable consequence of having children. Have child, will yell. Have more than one, will yell even more. Then they justify their yelling by conjuring up some disability that compels them to open their mouths, bulge their eyeballs, and scream at the top of their lungs on a regular basis. When said disability strikes, the calmchallenged mom will often call another mom looking for consolation. “I did it again,” she confesses, to which the other mom says, “It’s

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all right. We all do it.” Several years ago, I asked around 500 people in Des Moines, “Raise your hand if your mom never yelled.” About 300 hands went up. Then I asked, “Raise your hand if you’re a mom with children living with you in the home and you’ve never yelled.” Not one hand went up. They thought it was funny. It’s not. (I’ve done that same exercise many times since, always with the same outcome.) Yelling is not good for the parent and it certainly isn’t good for the child. It doesn’t traumatize a child, mind you, but it certainly fails to convey confidence in one’s authority. And children need a constant, calm, confident authority like they need a constant unconditional love. You see, all the love in the world cannot make up for a lack of leadership in a child’s life. Authority, properly conveyed, is a form of nurturing, in fact. Over the past several generations, yelling has become epidemic in American mommy culture. Why? Because today’s moms, as opposed to moms in the pre-psychological

parenting age (pre-1970, approx.), are trying not to be mean. They’re trying to be nice. Example: When a modern mom wants her child to perform a chore, she bends forward at the waist, grabs her knees, and employs a pleading tone like she’s petitioning the King of Swat for a favor. Oh, and she finishes this wheedle by asking the child if her request meets with his approval, as in “Okay?” How nice! With the best of intentions (she wants to be nice), Milquetoast Mom gives her child permission to develop attention deficit and oppositional-defiant disorders. As these disorders develop, she finds herself having to exert more and more energy to get her kids to do something simple, like look at her when she speaks. She begins raising her voice, then she screams, then she feels guilty, then she goes back to grabbing her knees and wheedling. “But I don’t want my kids to think I’m mean!” said Yelling Milquetoast Mom. “Yes, you do,” I said. “From a child’s point of view, a parent is mean when the child accepts that the parent means what he or she says, the first time he or she says it. When you have convinced your child of that, which requires that you stop trying to be so nice, you will stop yelling, and you and your child will have a far more creative relationship.” I don’t think parenting was ever so ironic as it is today. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his web site at

be challenged to learn about a particular country. Class Mayland international cooking the culture and foods of begins on July 31 at 3:30 p.m. certain countries. You will For information visit www. class

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Raleigh aims to dramatically change state tax laws

Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis have announced an agreement on tax reform. “All of us were elected to change the status quo here in Raleigh and address problems head on,” said McCrory. “One of the biggest challenges we faced coming into office was working to help create jobs in the existing environment. This tax reform plan is a major step in restoring confidence in the economy so that employers start hiring again, and it will help us continue to attract new employers. Just as important, this tax reform will allow North Carolinians to put more money in their pocketbooks so that they can spend and invest in North Carolina.” In a press release, the governor’s office said that the tax reform agreement provides tax relief to all North Carolinians. It will lower income tax rates for all taxpayers to 5.8% in 2014. The corporate tax will be reduced to 6.0% in 2014 “to make North Carolina more

attractive to job-creators.” “Reforming a state’s tax code is no easy task in the face of a barrage of special interests fighting to preserve the special treatment they receive at the expense of all taxpayers,” said Berger. “Since tax reform is expected to grow the state’s economy and bolster the tax base, further rate reductions could be triggered by revenue growth in 2016 and 2017,” the governor’s office said. “However, if for whatever reasons the tax revenue does not grow, the further reductions will not be triggered, ensuring that state revenue is preserved for public services.” “This plan will provide tax relief for working families throughout North Carolina and will enable businesses to create jobs for our citizens,” said Tillis. The plan reduces and simplifies the 3-tiered state personal income tax from the current maximum rate of 7.75% and minimum rate of 6% to 5.8% in 2014 and 5.75% in 2015. It increases the standard deduction for all

taxpayers, applied to the: - First $15,000 of income for those married filing jointly - First $12,000 of income for heads of household - First $7,500 of income for single filers; It retains the state child tax credit and increases it for families making less than $40,000; offers a $20,000 combined maximum deduction for mortgage interest and property taxes, and makes charitable contributions fully deductible.

Soccer league plans events for upcoming season T h e Ya n c e y County Youth League has planned several upcoming events to improve skills and have fun. The fall season is right around the corner and the excitement is building. Free Soccer Camp for U10-U14 Players – July 22, 23, 25 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Cane River Park. No sign-up is necessary,

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just show up! Cleats and shin guards are recommended. Your child may bring his or her soccer ball if they wish. Games and fun soccer activities will be geared towards the U10 - U12 age group, however skill level is irrelevant. Regardless of whether your child is just checking out soccer for the first time or if they have been playing since the U6 days, everyone will enjoy themselves and learn in the process at this free camp. Every

child should bring an individual drink, preferably water or a sports drink. Please do not send your child to camp with soda or candy. Ya n c e y S o c c e r Summer Fest for All Ages – Saturday, July 27 from 10 am to 1 pm at Cane River Park. Activities in this fun-filled day include field games, skills challenges, face painting, music, raffle, and a shorts/cleats exchange. There is no admission, but there will be concessions

for sale. Players may register for the season during the camp or at the festival. There will be a pick-up game at 1 pm. Free Soccer Camp for U-6 – U8 Players – Details have not yet been finalized, but plan on the first week of school and stay tuned. For additional information and reminders about Yancey County Youth League, find them on facebook at YCYLA Soccer.

Church offers school supplies, clothes

Liberty Hill Baptist The program is Church will hold from noon – 4 p.m., its second Back to or until supplies are School Bash on July gone. Everyone is 27, rain or shine. The welcome. Children church outreach offers can enjoy a dunkin From the front free school supplies, booth, inflatables, a Trooper Henley new clothing and free lunch and at 2 s a i d B o y e r w a s backpacks to school- p.m. will be a puppet driving a 2009 Mazda aged children. show. Quantities are that is not hers when she went left of In the General Court of Justice, Yancey center early Monday County, North Carolina, Superior Court morning. Division The head-on File no. 2013 E _____ collision caused “significant damage” PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE’S NOTICE to both vehicles. He said Boyer was probably treated and Having qualified as the Personal Representative the Estate of Charles John Hardin of Indian released after the of River County, Florida, this is to notify all accident. persons, firms and corporations having claims He said records against the Estate of the deceased to present indicate that Boyer them to the undersigned on or before 25 had no passenger with October, 2013 or this notice will be pleaded her in the Mazda, and in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted this paper is choosing to said estate please make immediate payment. to not identify the driver of the car Boyer This the 27th day of June, 2013. hit. Henley said no other charges were David C. Hardin, Personal Representative East Broward Blvd. filed. He said blood 500 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394-3004 was drawn as evidence June 27, July 4, 11 & 18, 2013 against Boyer.

Hey, my name is Balto. I am a three year old Siberian Husky. Not only can I pull a sled through Alaska, but I can be your best friend! Hurry in to meet me today! Psh, who needs to pull a sled? I will stay at your house and hold down fort! That sounds purr-fect to me. By the way, my name is Wilma!

limited, and supplies will be given on a first come, first served basis. Clothes are children size 4/5 to Week of 7/22/13 - 7/28/13 16/18. Each child must be present and of schoolage to receive supplies - no exceptions! Liberty Hill Baptist Call the shelter at 682-9510 for more informaChurch is located at tion on these or other pets, or plan to visit us at 241 Hoot Owl Road, 962 Cane River School Road. Spruce Pine.


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Please take notice that Articles of Dissolution for Chestnut Hill Farms, Inc. have been filed with the North Carolina Secretary of State pursuant to the provisions of G.S. § 55-14-03. Persons, firms and corporations with claims against Chestnut Hill Farms, Inc. should file them with the undersigned at the address shown below. The claim should state its amount and general nature and include any documentation the claimant has in support thereof. All claims against the corporation not filed within 5 calendar years after the publication of this notice will be barred unless a proceeding to enforce the claim is commenced within said period. This the 18th day of July, 2013. Olga M. Lantz 1065 Inverness Drive St. Augustine, FL 32092

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The Weekly Crossword ACROSS 1 Trivial quarrel 5 Eye-related 10 Palm starch 14 Falco of "Nurse Jackie" 15 Sports stadium 16 Type of sandwich 17 Pencil part 18 Do a double-take, e.g. 19 Hold sway 20 Piece of information 22 Hit the slopes 23 Shabby 24 Yesteryear 26 Social climber 28 TV movie network 31 Like a perfect world 33 Gullible person 36 Walnut Grove schoolmarm surname 38 Dietary fiber 40 Land measure 41 Surrounded by 43 Distinctive air 44 Fine skipper 46 Carroll's is mad 48 Holiday entree, often 49 ESPN star 51 Snakelike fish 52 Workplace watchdog org. 53 Ancient Greek harp 55 General Motors' birthplace 58 Roulette bet 60 Luxury boat 64 Helpers 65 Beast of burden 67 Thunderous applause 68 Slushy drink 69 Absinthe flavoring 70 Peter, Paul and Mary, eg.


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Are soy products really healthy for you?

By Medea Galligan MS Nutrition, CHHC, AADP If you, like many of us over the last 20 years, have heard that soy was good for your heart, your bones, that it lowers cholesterol and is a good source of protein because you gave up meat, you will be very surprised to learn the latest information on soy. And the latest information shows that there is NO evidence that consuming soy products can improve health, reduce environmental degradation or slow global warming! In fact, the evidence suggests quite the opposite. The studies cited below regarding the effects of soy on health are eyeopening, particularly the review by the American Heart Association -- which no longer supports the health claims about soy endorsed by the U.S. government. 85 Percent of Consumers Believe the Marketing The rise of soy as a health food is in large part due to highly successful marketing to otherwise health conscious Americans who set the trend. According to the survey Consumer Attitudes About Nutrition 2008 (by the United Soybean Board), 85 percent of consumers now perceive soy products as healthy. The survey also found that consumers rank soybean oil among the top three healthy oils, with 70 percent recognizing soy oil as a healthy oil, and depend on soybean oil, commonly sold as vegetable oil, as one of their two most frequent cooking oils. This is a tragic case of shrewd marketing of misinformation and outright lies taking root among the masses, which will likely take some time to undo. Ever since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a health claim for soy foods in 1999 (which said diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease), soy sales have skyrocketed. In the years between 2000 and 2007, food manufacturers in the U.S. introduced over 2,700 new foods with soy as an ingredient, including 161 new products introduced in 2007 alone. This has resulted in a booming multibillion dollar business. From 1992 to 2007, soy food sales increased from a paltry $300 million to nearly $4 billion, according to the Soyfoods Association of North America. However, the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit nutrition education foundation, submitted a petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January of this year, asking them to retract its heart-health claim from soy in light of the inconsistent and

contradictory evidence showing benefits, and its many proven health risks. What’s So Wrong With Soy? Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities -protein and oil. And there is nothing natural or safe about these products. Says Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, “Today’s hightech processing methods not only fail to remove the anti-nutrients and toxins that are naturally present in soybeans but leave toxic and carcinogenic residues created by the high temperatures, high pressure, alkali and acid baths and petroleum solvents.” Dr. Daniel also points out the

findings of numerous studies reviewed by her and other colleagues - that soy does not reliably lower cholesterol, and in fact raises homocysteine levels in many people, which has been found to increase your risk of stroke, birth defects, and yes, even heart disease. Other common health problems linked to a highsoy diet include: • Thyroid problems, including weight gain, lethargy, malaise, fatigue, hair loss, and loss of libido • Premature puberty and other developmental problems in babies, children and adolescents • Cancer • Brain damage • Reproductive disorders • Kidney stones • Weakened immune system • Severe, potentially fatal food allergies Most soy, perhaps about 80 percent or more, is also genetically

modified, which adds its own batch of health concerns. Despite these findings, many people still want to believe the hype, thinking that these studies must somehow be wrong. But the content of soy itself should be a clue. For example, non-fermented soy products contain: • Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) genistein and daidzein, which mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen • Phytates, which block your body’s uptake of minerals • Enzyme Inhibitors, which hinder protein digestion • Hemaggluttin, which causes red blood cells to clump together and inhibits oxygen take-up and growth • High amounts of omega-6 fat, which is pro-inflammatory Another unfortunate fact is that 80 percent of the world’s soy is used in farm animal feed, See next page

Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Compliments of This easy recipe is perfect for mid-summer when strawberries and rhubarb take over your garden or abound at your local farmer’s market. This strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe is not only easy and delicious, but it is also gluten-free! (Oats do not naturally contain gluten, but there is a similar protein called avenin found in oats that has the same properties as gluten. Fortunately, adverse reactions to this oat protein are rare.) This delicious recipe is not overly sweet and has a wellcooked but thick filling with a crispy, crumbly topping that lives up to its name. Makes 6-8 servings.


The filling: 1/3 cup organic sucanat (organic brown sugar) 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch/flour pinch sea salt 1 pound trimmed rhubarb, sliced 1/4” thick (about 4 cups) 3/4 pound strawberries, hulled, quartered if large, halved if small (about 3 cups) The crunchy topping: 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic turbinado raw cane sugar 1/4 cup oat or almond flour 3/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1 pastured egg, beaten well 8 tablespoons organic unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon organic turbinado

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1) Position a rack in the center of your oven, and preheat to 375°F. Place an ungreased 10” tart or pie pan (or a 10” oven-proof skillet) on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and set aside. 2) In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the rhubarb and strawberries, and gently toss to coat. Spread the fruit in the prepared pan and set aside. 3) In another medium bowl (or the same one, scraped fairly clean), sift together the granulated sugar, flours, cinnamon, baking powder, and

salt. Stir in the oats. Add the egg and, using your hands, mix thoroughly, squeezing, tossing and pinching handfuls of the mixture, to produce moist little particles. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the plums. 4) Use a spoon to drizzle the melted butter evenly all over the topping, and sprinkle evenly with the coarse sugar. 5) Place the crumble in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes, until the top is deeply golden and the fruit is bubbling thickly. Cool slightly. 6) Serve the crumble warm or at room temperature (preferably with Fresh Ginger Ice Cream!). 7) The crumble will keep in the fridge for a few days. Re-warm in a 300º oven before serving.

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Classes at Mayland Usui Reiki Certification Class Level I (7 hours) Learn the history and philosophy of Usui Reiki, how to balance your 7 chakras (energy centers), and how to clear and ground energy. At the end of this class, you will be able to use the techniques you have learned to treat yourself and others. Class is limited to 20 participants. Class begins on July 20 at 9:30 AM at Mayland’s Yancey Learning Center. For more information visit and click on the Continuing Education link or call

828-682-7315. Moving on with Clay (40 hours) A course geared toward those with previous experience that will incorporate numerous aspects of creativity. Throwing on the wheel, altering pieces, hand-building, decorative techniques, glazing techniques and sculpture techniques. Take your art to a new level. Let your imagination come alive and we will help you make it a reality. Class begins on August 1 at 9 AM. For more information visit www. and click on the Continuing Education link or call 828-682-7315. Phlebotomy (210 Hours) Program content includes; communication


skills when working with patients, selection of venipuncture sites, care of blood specimens, record keeping, and equipment maintenance. High school diploma or GED® is required. You must be at least 18 years of age. Clinical rotations will be scheduled in addition to the dates for the classes listed below. Clinical sites may require drug testing and background checks. Preregistration is required. Students in this class may be eligible for Project Skill-Up scholarship funds. Class begins on August 5 at 6 PM at Mayland’s Yancey Learning Center. For more information visit and click on the Continuing Education link or call 828-682-7315.

Do soy products have health benefits for adults, babies? from page 10 which is why soy production is contributing to deforestation. Some soy propagandists have suggested that the solution to this is for all of us to become vegetarians - a reckless recommendation rooted in total ignorance about nutrition - whereas a far better solution is a major overhaul in how farm animals are fed and raised. So how much soy does the average person consume in a day? Someone on a junk-food diet is getting soy flour in the fast-food hamburger bun, soy protein in the burger itself, and soy oil in the fries; soy is in every one of these products because it’s cheap and abundant. You’ll find soy hidden in so many foods, and small quantities add up. People wanting to eat healthier will often start by drinking a lot of soy milk. Soy is widely promoted as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in relieving hot flashes, bone loss and other symptoms of menopause. And since soy is a natural food, many health-conscious women mistakenly believe it is a safe choice. If you are currently taking soy to relieve your menopausal symptoms, you should know that not only is it ineffective, it could actually be damaging your health. Even scientists working for the soy industry will say they support soy food but do not support use of soy supplements. Even if you know better than to gulp down large amounts of soy milk, slabs of tofu, and other soy snacks, you are still consuming soy if you’re eating processed food, in the form of soybean oil and lecithin. So depending on your dietary habits, your (unfermented) soy consumption could really add up. In fact, Dr. Joseph Hibbeln at the National Institutes of Health told he estimates that soybeans, usually in the form of oil, account for 10 percent of the average person’s total calories in the United States. When you consider that 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes toward processed food, this amount of “accidental” soy intake is not surprising. Soy Infant Formula Puts Your Baby’s Health At Risk If your baby drinks soy formula, he or she is at risk for serious health problems. It is estimated that infants fed soy formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times the amount of estrogen in their little bodies than infants fed other types of formula or who are breast fed. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. infants are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm your baby’s sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day and have an increased risk of: • Food allergies and digestive distress • Behavioral problems • Asthma • Thyroid disorders • Early puberty and fertility problems

(including anovulatory cycles; the inability to menstruate) • Cancer -- It’s also important for pregnant women to avoid eating non-fermented soy, as a high estrogenic environment in utero may increase their child’s subsequent breast cancer risk. Boys could increase their prostate cancer and testicular cancer risk. Vegan moms who use soy as both milk and meat replacements AND are trying to take in more protein are at very high risk. GM Soy – Danger to Both Mother and Child? One of the worst facts about soy is that 90-95 percent of it is genetically modified (GM). So what are the dangers of genetically modified soy? There are plenty. While even organic soy can cause a host of serious health complications, genetically modified soy only makes things worse. Since the introduction of GM foods in 1996, we’ve had an upsurge in low birth weight babies, infertility, and other problems in the U.S. population, and animal studies thus far have shown devastating effects from consuming GM soy. Genetically modified or GM seeds are designed to be “Roundup Ready”. In other words, GM seeds planted in the ground have been engineered to withstand high doses of pesticide without killing the plant. The active ingredient in Roundup herbicide is called glyphosate, which, in addition to the soy itself, can also disrupt the delicate hormonal balance of the female reproductive cycle. So truly, you have a triple whammy: the soy itself, the genetic modification, and the increased pesticide load. If you consumed soy during your pregnancy, the damage to your child may begin in the womb. Glyphosate is toxic to the placenta, which is responsible for delivering vital nutrients from you to your child, and eliminating waste products. If your placenta is damaged, it could result in miscarriage or serious birth defects. Women who consume genetically modified soy products are also at increased risk for developing retrograde menstruation (the menstrual cycle backs up into the body instead of outward), causing endometriosis, which can lead to infertility. So, if you are pregnant, you would be wise to stop consuming unfermented soy products immediately! How Can I Avoid Soy Foods? Because soy is so pervasive in the U.S. food supply, avoiding it is not an easy task. The best way to completely avoid soy in the food supply is to buy whole foods and prepare them yourself! This may also be your only option if you’ve developed a soy allergy and need to eliminate soy from your diet entirely. If you still prefer to buy readymade and packaged products, for whatever reason, Dr. Daniel offers a free Special Report, “Where the Soys Are,” on her website www.wholesoystory. com. There you can find the many “aliases” that soy might be hiding under in ingredient

lists -- words like “bullion,” “natural flavor” and “textured plant protein.” Which Soy Foods DO Have Health Benefits? The few types of soy that ARE healthy are all fermented varieties. Properly fermented products like natto and tempeh have been consumed for centuries and do not wreak havoc in your body like unfermented soy products do. For example, the enzyme nattokinase—derived from natto--is a safer, more powerful option than aspirin to dissolve blood clots, and has been used safely for more than two decades. After a long fermentation process, the phytic acid and anti-nutrient levels of the soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties -- such as the creation of natural probiotics -- become available to your digestive system. The fermentation process also greatly reduces the levels of dangerous isoflavones, which are similar to estrogen in their chemical structure, and can interfere with the action of your own estrogen production. So if you want to eat soy that is actually good for you, following are all healthy options: • Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor. It’s loaded with nattokinase, a very powerful blood thinner. It is the highest source of vitamin K2 on the planet and has a very powerful beneficial bacteria, bacillus subtilis. It can usually be found in any Asian grocery store. • Tempeh, a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor, and is delicious well sautéed and added to a stir fry. • Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture -commonly used in miso soup- a delicious warming and nourishing soup. • Soy sauce: traditionally, soy sauce is made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes, however, be wary because many varieties on the market are made artificially using a chemical process. Be sure to read labels. Sources 1. 2. 3. 4. Risks and benefits of soy phytoestrogens in cardiovascular diseases, cancer, climacteric symptoms and osteoporosis. Sirtori CR.Institute of Pharmacological Sciences, University of Milan, Italy. Medea L Galligan earned her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University, and also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program, located in New York City. Since 1998, she has helped thousands of people of all ages improve their health and well being through support and encouragement, exploring which foods are right for them, and assisting them in bringing back the joy of cooking and eating. Visit www.HealthyLifestyle for more information.

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