When You Buy a Christmas Tree, You’re Buying Local

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com

It happens every year just before Thanksgiving. Christmas tree vendors pop up all around the area with their little houses and decorated fences heralding the start of the holiday season. By Thanksgiving, their lots are filled with fresh trees ready to be sold, brought home, and decorated. The Christmas tree industry as a whole in North Carolina is no small business. According to the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association, Christmas tree sales in North Carolina totaled more than $75 million dollars in 2011 and increase each year. Second in production only to Oregon, Tar Heel growers account for over 20 percent of the Christmas trees in the United States, and those growers, with the tree vendors, work hard to provide the freshest, most attractive trees available………READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

NCWorks Offers Programs, Services, Funds for Job Seekers

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


The unemployment rate is at its lowest in six years, and hiring has hit a new stride. But many people are still looking to get back into the workforce.

The State of North Carolina has a system designed to help those who are unemployed, underemployed, or looking to reenter the workforce after an appreciable absence. This system is NCWorks, and in Wake County there are convenient centers that offer assistance in using the program.

The Capital Area NCWorks Career Center is located at 1830 B Tillery Place in Raleigh off Capital Boulevard, and there are several satellite offices. Those interested in what the system offers are urged to attend a free information session at any site, including the Wake County Northern Regional Center (350 East Holding Avenue, Wake Forest) or the Wake County Eastern Regional Center (1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon). Sessions last from 45 to 60 minutes and provide a wealth of options, tips, and hints about finding work through NCWorks………..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Business Briefs

Virgilio’s Premium Vinegars, Oils & Edibles

There are now over 60 different flavors of vinegars and oils available in downtown Wake Forest at Virgilio’s Premium Vinegars, Oils & Edibles.

Owner Margarita Dixon is a foodie. “I love to cook and entertain, gathering friends and family to talk, laugh and enjoy a good glass of wine,” she says.………..READ MORE ARTICLES

Family Math Night Adds Up to Learning and Fun

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


“Anytime you can get the parents involved, it improves student performance,” said Patti Carter who works with the Title I office for the Wake County Public School System. And getting parents involved was a successfully met goal at the 2nd annual Family Math Night at the Rolesville Food Lion on November 13.

Betty Owens, a bundle of energy who works as a third grade Title I reading intervention teacher at Rolesville Elementary School, initiated the event last school year and worked with the managers of the Rolesville Food Lion to get it off the ground.

“By doing this,” Owens said, “we build a lot of interest in math by working out math problems, and we also encourage community involvement. It’s just a great idea.”………..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

O’s Commentary Time for the Holiday fighting! Ready Set Go!

Written by O Morris

Dear O,

My husband and I have been arguing since Halloween. First, he bought the wrong type of sweets for trick or treat. He wanted to give out loose handfuls of candy corn. Not happening, but he had a fit when I told him he had to return it and buy wrapped candy. Next came Thanksgiving and the argument over how to prepare the turkey. Mind you, he didn’t want to cook it himself, he just wanted to tell ME how to do it. Now that Christmas is around the corner, here comes another round of arguments. He acknowledges all the misunderstandings have been initiated by him, and then just gives this pitiful look. Why is it so hard for men to say “I’m sorry?”………READ MORE

Caring for Indoor Plants During Winter Months

By Michelle Roberson

Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer

Now that December is upon us, the outdoors is officially in winter slumber and we turn our sights to caring for indoor plants. Believe it or not, indoor plants go through their own type of dormancy and their needs change during the winter months. This includes any plants that you’ve brought in from outdoors, as well.

Try to place your plants in an east-facing window to catch the morning sun. If that isn’t possible, a west-facing window will work. If that isn’t an option, try placing plants near lamps. I’ve enclosed a picture of an example of the set up I have in a north-facing window. I’ve added small lights on a timer to provide light for each level……..READ MORE

Contemporary Christmas Stories for Your Young Readers

BuzzBeeBookBy Jeanne E. Fredriksen


’Tis the season to be at a loss for what to buy that won’t blow up, exceed the decibel level, or cost the equivalent of next month’s mortgage. If your child is in grades 4 through 6 and loves to read, books just might be the key. Even if he or she doesn’t typically enjoy hanging out with fiction friends, there are two Christmas-centric novels geared to that age group that provide plenty of action to entertain even the toughest young critics.

                  “Nickel Bay Nick” by Dean Pitchford (2013) and “The Angel Tree” by Daphne Benedis-Grab (2014) contain Christmas mysteries that speak to the fundamental heart of the small towns in which the main characters live. As the holiday season approaches in both books, long-established events based on secrecy come into play………READ MORE

Success with Microgreens, Mushrooms and Mixed Vegetables

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Farmers’ markets are plentiful in this urban-rural area, and healthy food with a clean history is easy to obtain if you make the effort. Some of these vendors have been farming for generations. However, healthy food production for some has become unplanned business startups for people who never dreamed they’d be in the food business. And if the products, growing practices, and prices are right, Farm Table Kitchen & Bar in Wake Forest is ready to support local producers’ efforts………..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Art Supply Store Opens Instructional Studios for Kids, Adults

Most everyone in the greater Raleigh area has heard of Jerry’s ArtaRama. Known for its wide selection of art supplies and strong online, catalog and retail business, it’s one of the first places artists go when they need to stock up. Jerry’s has recently opened two artists’ studios in Raleigh, each with a unique goal and vision.

Artopia, a wide open, bright space has been created for kids from toddlers to teenagers to create, play and hone their artistic skills. The studio is packed with high quality materials and many different media for kids to explore. Music is played while kids work and, though this is art instruction, it’s not as structured as school, which gives children the flexibility to discover and create what interests them…….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE


Play Homes to be Raffled to Benefit Autism Society

By Rebecca R. Newsome, MIRM

Just in time for the holidays, ICG Homes has wrapped up All Play for Autism, a fundraiser to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Two innovative play homes, one for a girl and one for a boy, will be raffled with all money raised donated to the Autism Society. Raffle tickets are $20 each.

Additionally, ICG Homes has built a play home for a child with autism, which will be donated this month to a child selected by the Autism Society………READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Nominate A Deserving Good Neighbor

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council is soliciting nominations for the 5th Annual Good Neighbor of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize Wake Forest residents who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods without seeking or receiving recognition for their service.

Nominees are sought in two divisions: adult and youth between the ages of 13 and 18.

A nominee must be a Town of Wake Forest resident who has made a significant contribution to the community between September 1, 2013, and August 31, 2014. Employees of the Town of Wake Forest are not eligible.

Nominations forms are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks Street, and may be downloaded from the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/goodneighborday.aspx……..READ MORE

Gifts for Your Pet and the Pet Lover in your Life.


You provide your dog with food and shelter. In return, you get unconditional love and loyalty. It’s a pretty sweet deal, actually. And while it can be tempting to pamper your pooch with fancy gourmet treats and luxury bedding, the truth is he’s probably happier tearing apart an empty wrapping paper tube and lounging on the sofa next to you.

In fact, the best thing you can give your favorite fur ball is your time and attention. Here are five great gifts for the canine and canine lover in your life………READ MORE

Bear management in the Piedmont includes expanded hunting season

By Mike Zlotnicki

One doesn’t have to look far to see successful wildlife management in our area. Wild turkey, white-tailed deer and Canada goose are but three successful comebacks engineered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and various conservation partners like National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.

You can add the black bear to that list, and with it an expanded hunting season for black bear in the “Piedmont” region, roughly I-95 west to I-77 between the Virginia border and South Carolina………READ MORE

Faith and worship

One familiar Christmas carol begins with these words, “’Tis the season to be jolly.” None of us would deny that December is a special time of year. We spend much of it preparing for the “big day.” Please allow me to borrow from that tune and use the first four words as the springboard for further Christmas meditation……...READ MORE

They’ve Served Honorably, Now it Was Time to Serve Them

14th Annual Golden Corral Nationwide Military Appreciation Monday

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Anyone who casually decided to have dinner at the Golden Corral in Wake Forest on the evening of November 17 may have been in for a shock. Parking was difficult to find even in surrounding lots. The line to get into the restaurant was unusually long. And it was all for a good reason.

Golden Corral values our military veterans and active duty service men and women, and to show appreciation, they sponsor the annual, crowd-pleasing Military Appreciation Monday. Approximately 1,500 area military personnel were treated to a free meal and beverage at the Wake Forest restaurant……..READ MORE