Granite Falls Makos Finish Top 15 in the State Championships

— April 2017

Makos Take Six Top 8 Finishes and Fourteen Top 16 Finishes

After a successful season leading up to the state championships, the Makos had the most ever swimmers qualify for the state championships with 2 swimmers qualifying for Senior Champs (Feb 16-19) and sixteen swimmers qualifying for Age Group Champs (Feb 23-26). Still a very young team, the Makos proved that hard work pays off, by almost quadrupling the number of events qualified for at the state meets this season.  The Makos set 32 new team records over the past two weekends.

“This has been one of the most rewarding years for the Makos during a short course season,” said Head Coach Blair Crosscup, “I’m very proud of all the swimmers that competed this weekend. We prepared for every event mentally and physically throughout the year and it payed off.  They worked hard and put a lot of time and effort into their success.”

In the North Carolina Senior Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, Hunter Young (15) and MaKayla Ciancanelli (13) represented the Makos in ten events, the most ever by the Makos at a Senior event. Young set four team records in the 50, 500, 1000 and 1650 Yard Freestyle, while Ciancanelli added an additional two team records in the 200 and 1000 Yard Freestyle.

At the North Carolina Age Group Championships at the Triangle Aquatics Center on the boy’s side, Greyson Young (9) led the way of all point scores for the team with 49.5 points. He tallied these points by setting three new team records in the 100 and 200 Yard Freestyle and in the 100 Yard Backstroke. Young also notched three top 8 finishes and two top 16 finishes. His 3rd place finish in the 200 Yard Freestyle earned him a Golden Ticket to North Carolina’s Select Camp in April. Young’s other top 8 finishes include the 100 Yard Freestyle (8th) and the 100 Yard Backstroke (7th). Other 10 and under performers include Nate Derwin (10), CJ Eickhoff (10) who set three team records in the 50 Yard Butterfly and the 100 and 200 Yard IM and Ben Walcott (10) added a top 16 finish in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Second leading scored of the boy’s side was Tate Bacon (12) with 19.5 points. Bacon broke three team records in the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 50 and 100 Yard Backstroke. He also grabbed a top 8 finish in the 50 Yard Backstroke (6th) and a top 16 finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle. Other 11-12 boys include David Walcott (12) who added five new team records in the 50 and 100 Yard Butterfly as well as the 100, 200 and 400 Yard IM and Michael Keleher (11) set a new team record in the 500 Yard Freestyle which was also a top 16 finish. Walcott also swam to three top 16 finishes for the team.

The 13-14 boys qualifiers included Jadon Valles (14) and Austen Davis (14) who set two new team records in the 100 and 200 Yard Backstroke.

On the girl’s side, Julia Turner (10) led the way with 29 points. She accomplished this by setting six new team records in the 50 and 200 Yard Freestyle, 50 and 100 Yard Backstroke and the 100 and 200 Yard IM and grabbed two top 8 finishes in the 200 Yard Freestyle (8th) and the 100 Yard Backstroke (8th). Turner also tallied three top 16 finishes. Other 10 and under swimmers include Lily Mitchell (10) and Emilie Phillips (9) who scored two top 16 swims.

The 11-12 girls were represented by Caroline Prather (12), who battled sickness all weekend, and Avery Thomas (11).

Rounding out the competitors for the Makos were the 13-14 girls which consisted of Avalon Uveges (14) and MaKayla Ciancanelli (13) who set three new team records in the 500 and 1650 Yard Freestyle and in the 100 Yard Butterfly. Ciancanelli also added one top 16 finish.

The Makos will now move on to the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone to compete in Sectionals held this year at the Greensboro Aquatics Center, where fourteen swimmers have qualified and will compete in fifty-five events. These swimmers will compete against swimmers from ten states.

The Granite Falls Makos swim team is a member of the USA Swimming Organization. This program will help swimmers of all ages and abilities, from the novice 8 & under to the advanced 15 & over. Granite Falls Makos swim team is designed to teach the fundamentals of competitive swimming, instill confidence in young swimmers and mold children of all ages into well rounded athletes. The year round swim team is open to members and non-members. (granitefallsmakos.com)

Town of Wake Forest Accepting Applications for Youth in Government Advisory Board

— April 2017

The Town of Wake Forest is currently accepting applications from area high school students interested in serving on the Youth in Government Advisory Board (YGAB) for the 2017-18 school year.

Applications and recommendation forms are available in the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall and on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-in-government-advisory-board.aspx. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, and should be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Town of Wake Forest, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Only high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to serve on the YGAB, including rising ninth graders. Members serve four‐year terms or until graduation, whichever comes first.

The YGAB is comprised of eight to 20 members. No more than four can live outside the corporate town limits. For the upcoming school year, the board will have an opening for at least seven members, one of which may be an out-of-town member.

The YGAB advises the Board of Commissioners on issues of interest to area youth. Board members also learn leadership skills, gain knowledge of how local government operates and volunteer during Town-sponsored events.

The YGAB meets on the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Ground Floor Meeting Room at Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Applicants should plan to attend the YGAB meeting on May 20 to introduce themselves and discuss their interest in serving on the board.

The Board of Commissioners will announce the official appointments to the YGAB during its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 18.

The first meeting of the newly appointed YGAB will be Saturday, Aug. 19. The year for the YGAB will coincide with the school year – August through July.

Rolesville Police Dept. hires Patricia Myers

Newest Hire Evokes Integrity and Community Involvement as Keys to Good Law Enforcement

— Mason Lipman • mason.lipman@rolesvillebuzz.com • April 2017

Roleville Police Department’s newest hire, Master Police Officer Patricia Myers, brings nearly seven years of experience in law enforcement and some strong beliefs: that a police officer’s duties goes behind her duties while in uniform and that a police officer should be a positive force in the community even while off duty.

“One of the biggest things when it comes to law enforcement in general is your integrity – who you are. Even behind closed doors. I think that’s one of the good qualities I have. Whether in uniform or out of uniform, I’m still the exact same person,” said Myers, who added, “If somebody needs help, I’m not going to just turn my back on them.”

Myers was sworn in as a Rolesville police officer on February 17.

Although she grew up in Sandy Ridge, North Carolina, “which is out in the boondocks of Rockingham County,” Myers is originally from Winston-Salem, and she returned there after completing high school. She was studying at Piedmont Baptist College in Winston-Salem when she decided to transition into a career.

“It was from that point where I decided to go ahead and venture into the career of law enforcement. I went to Forsyth Tech Community College, where I got my BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training) certification,” she said.

She worked at the Henderson Police Department for six years, and she now has experience in several different fields within law enforcement.

“I was part of the narcotics unit for about two years while I worked at the Henderson police department. I worked on patrol for four years, I worked in the criminal investigation division for six months over there, and I was part of the SWAT team for about eight months,” she said.

Myers knows that the amount of experience she has in law enforcement is invaluable to the police department and the community of Rolesville. She says she has a commitment to the community and the department because, to her, it is of sincere importance that the department maintains the great relationship that it has with the community.

“Coming up here, everyone is nice, polite and actually likes law enforcement,” she said of the relationship that Rolesville has with its police officers.

She compared what she has seen in Rolesville since becoming a resident only a month ago to her experiences in Henderson, saying, “It’s kind of like culture shock,” and that “in Henderson people wanted to avoid you whether you were on duty or off duty.”

“It’s a really good community,” Myers said, “especially the relationship with law enforcement.”

Myers hopes to show Rolesville that the police department has chosen the best officer for the position and that her years of experience will lend to good community policing and further the trust that the community of Rolesville has in the police department.

“I want to be able to learn their way of doing things,” Myers said, “and be able to go out there and show them that they picked a good officer.”

RHS Students Graduate ACE Mentor Program

— April 2017 

Congratulations to the four Rolesville High School students who graduated from the ACE Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) and were honored at a ceremony at Broughton High School on March 8. Students met with architecture, construction, and engineering professionals who mentored them for several months through the ACE Mentor Program. At the ceremony, Allyson received a Leadership Award. Their group won the Adherence to the Program and Sustainability Award.

Rolesville High School - ACE Students March 2017

(Left to right) Colby Hardin, Daniel Gonzalez, Vinny Ponzio and Allyson Nowell.
Photo courtesy of Rolesville High School


'RAM'arks - April 2017

— Dhedra Lassiter, Principal • April 2017

Rolesville HS Rams logo

Since I last mentioned our athletic teams and invited you to see our Rams in action, our athletes and coaches have continued to distinguish themselves. During the winter sports season, Rolesville High School wrestlers secured the Greater Neuse River Conference championship, and our gymnasts garnered their first state championship. Seniors Jaylin Powell in girls basketball and Matthew Mims in wrestling each earned the distinction of conference player of the year. Matthew was also chosen a WRAL Athlete of the Week. More recently, freshman Nhyla Bryant was named to The News & Observer’s All-Metro Gymnastics Team. We also saw Christian Pigues place first in the state indoor track championship for the 1,000 meters to bring home the first state championship for boys track. And Coach Logan Brendle was selected conference coach of the year for girls swimming.

On February 21, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of many of these athletes and many others during a very special celebration at Town Hall hosted by our mayor and town commissioners. Along with being recognized by Mayor Frank Eagles and Commissioner Michelle Medley, students were also presented with formal proclamations to recognize their excellence in competition.

Our athletes and coaches are not the only ones who have distinguished themselves. Senior Adeira Hunter recently attended the Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) solo adjudication event and scored 99 of 100, which is simply remarkable. Also, our “Brain Games” TV show team advanced to the playoffs following the first round of competition hosted in the WRAL studio.

RHS Arts Boosters should also be commended for their outstanding work. They hosted our first Winter percussion and guard competition on March 11. Winter percussion ensembles and guards came from all over North Carolina for adjudication and competition. It was a fantastic opportunity to view the shows of exceptional ensembles and guards. Rolesville High’s winter percussion ensemble represented our school.

Now I’ll change the subject to let you know about something else we are very excited about. Our wonderful media specialists Monica Gropp and Sheila Scott have been working hard to think of ways our school and the broader community might support expansion of the media collection. Community members might wish to support our students and media center, and one way is through starting Friends of the Library. Parents often purchase books for their children, and, once read, those books are put on a shelf and never read again. If you have books that are appropriate for high school collections and that you would like to donate, please feel free to bring them to school or contact the media specialists. If you would like to donate a book in honor or memory of someone, we would happily recognize the donation with a book plate.

As always, follow us on the RHS webpage and on Twitter at @RolesvilleRams. We will link you to the wonderful activities and achievements that happen at RHS each day.


Sign up for Emergency Alerts from Wake County

— March 2017

Wake Upgrades Emergency System for Residents

Wake County Emergency Management urges residents to sign up to receive alerts from its new and improved emergency notification system, ReadyWake Alerts. The system provides residents, businesses and visitors with important information in the event of an emergency.

People can sign up to receive alerts for a variety of situations occurring in their area, including severe weather impacts, unexpected road closures or evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. Residents can choose to receive alerts by phone, text or email.

“Wake County is committed to ensuring all residents receive accurate and timely information in an emergency,” said Josh Creighton, Wake County Fire Services Assistant Director. “Our new system allows us to directly contact people who are affected by an emergency in a way that is convenient for them.”

Sign up for ReadyWake Alerts at readywake.com, or go to any Wake County Public Library and ask for assistance.

ReadyWake Alerts is Wake County’s new emergency notification system; anyone who was signed up for the county’s old system must re-register at readywake.com to continue receiving alerts.

North Carolina Insurance Agent Ted Wilder Celebrates 30 Years with State Farm

— March 2017

Ted Wilder

Ted Wilder

Insurance agent Ted Wilder is celebrating his thirtieth anniversary with State Farm. “I feel great and fortunate to have been with such a great company as State Farm and to have had such a long career with them,” said Wilder, who is a State Farm President’s Club and Chairman’s Circle qualifier and Million Dollar Round Table recipient. “I look forward to many more years with State Farm.”

Throughout his thirty-year career with State Farm, Wilder has been a firm believer that the company does right by its clients every time. Furthermore, if a client is not satisfied, Wilder prides himself on making it right.

“I am always confident in the promises I make on behalf of the company and never hesitate to put my reputation on the line representing State Farm,” concluded Wilder, a lifetime resident of Wake County who has been married over twenty years and has seven children and nine grandchildren.

Wilder is also known for his community-mindedness. He is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer as well as a volunteer for Samaritans Purse through Bay Leaf Baptist Church.

Wilder’s office is located at 934 a Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC.


Grand Opening of the Little House Museum Set for First Week in April

Susan London • susan.london@rolesvillebuzz.com • March 2017

Five years of blood, sweat and tears will come to fruition Saturday, April 1, when the Little House Museum and Gallery in Rolesville celebrates its grand opening.

For the first time since owner Terry Marcellin-Little purchased the house in 2012, the public will be welcomed to explore the historic property through a series of guided tours offered at set times throughout the week.

Little House Museum & Gallery

The exterior of the restored John Lewis Terrell House, site of the soon-to-open Little House Museum and Gallery.

Marcellin-Little, who will be spending the weeks leading up to the opening attending to the remaining details, is excited about the continued exploration into the town’s history and the opportunity to involve the public.

“The opening is about home. Rolesville is our home,” she said, adding that we still have a lot to learn.

The John Lewis Terrell house sits at 201 N. Main St. and marries the ghosts of Rolesville’s past with the people of its present. The house dates to the 1800s, and its restoration has been the pet project of Marcellin-Little and historian Betsy Wall, who have extensively researched public records relating to the property in an effort to uncover its story.

Little House Museum & Gallery

An original painting by Gayleen Aiken will be on display at the Little House Museum.

The tours will take guests inside and outside of the house to explore six aspects of Rolesville’s past, including the lives of the early inhabitants of the house, the role the granite bedrock that makes up much of Rolesville’s geology has played in the town’s history, an exploration of artifacts found in Rolesville and the vicinity, and how Vermont folk artist Gayleen Aiken’s paintings of life in a quarry town tie in with Rolesville’s past.

Michael Bailey, the local history enthusiast whose hobby has involved excavating Native American, Revolutionary War and Civil War artifacts, will be on hand at the tour’s first stop to talk about the items he has found in the area.

“These local artifacts represent some of the earliest history in Wake County. … Many were here before we were, and the evidence and artifacts are exciting to share with the community,” said Bailey, who has worked with Marcellin-Little throughout the process of developing her vision.

Little House Museum & Gallery

Original artifacts from the John Lewis Terrell House in the Family History Room.

Wall will also be present in the Family History Room to discuss the textiles of the time and the daily life of the home’s early residents.

The outside portion of the tour will include a stone-lined well, an explanation of how historic wells were built, and a peek at the detached kitchen – a separate building with authentic cut-stone chimney and hearth that is still in the process of being restored.

Pam Eagles, an officer of the newly formed Rolesville Historic Society, will conduct walking tours of the original historic downtown, highlighting historic structures that are still standing, hidden in plain sight.

The museum will open at 9 a.m. April 1 with tours every two hours, the last tour starting at 5 p.m. On April 2, special craft activities for children ages 6-8 and 9-12 will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and kids tours will take place at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

During opening week April 3-7, there will be extended hours and tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. On Saturday, April 8, tours will start at 9 a.m. and continue every two hours, with the last tour at 5 p.m. The museum will be closed April 9-16 for Easter and spring break before regular operating hours take effect, with the museum open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.am. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.

In response to growing need, Tri-area ministry opens for Saturday hours

— Lisa Brown • lisa.brown@rolesvillebuzz.com • March 2017

As the region grows, the need to offer food to those in need also grows. Awareness of that need has prompted one local organization, Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry (TAMFP), to open its doors for one Saturday morning a month.


(Left to right) Joe Vartanesian, Carolyn Rogers, Leslie DuBois and Jerry Bender
pose in front of the new refrigeration unit.

“We heard from many people that because they found jobs, they could not come during the week,” said Joe Vartanesian, chairman of the nonprofit, non-denominational organization that serves the towns of Wake Forest, Rolesville and Youngsville along with Wake County. “We wanted to offer them a chance to receive groceries at a more convenient time.”

The third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. was added to the busy days of Monday and Wednesday mornings. Response has been slow, but as the word gets out, the pantry is hopeful traffic will increase. With more than 45 active volunteers and donations coming in at a steady pace, the pantry is ready to handle the growing need and demand.

Volunteer Lisa Groeschner started four weeks ago and is enjoying the experience and everyone she works with and meets at the pantry.

“I wanted to help and make a difference. I’ve learned a lot about hunger and found out that there is also a big need for other things,” Groeschner said.

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry

A group of volunteers takes a break from duties.

One of those needs is for feminine hygiene products, items that are not covered under assistance programs. In front of the pantry, a chalkboard tells the greatest current needs, and feminine products have been high on the list. So have cereal and baby food.

Lowes Food on Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest is the pantry’s number one donor, supporting the cause for years by donating food and recently allowing the TAMFP to hold a hot dog fundraiser in front of the store. The hot dogs and buns were donated by Lowes, and all proceeds went to TAMFP. This partnership is one of the many the pantry relies on.

The money raised is going solely to purchasing produce. With recent grant money, the pantry was able to purchase a refrigeration unit that will house perishables, something the pantry has not been able to offer.

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry

Veteran volunteer Gene Schulz and new volunteer Lisa Groeschner take a moment to share their experiences.

Leslie Dubois, a seasoned fundraiser before joining TAMFP as the fundraising chair, is planning a gala event on October 20 to raise funds to purchase more perishables, especially produce. DuBois aims to make this an annual event with area businesses providing goods and services for a blind auction.

“We have an initiative to have healthier food options, including produce, milk, eggs and cheese. This fundraiser is just for this,” DuBois said.

Another volunteer, Gene Schulz, has been with Tri-Area Ministry for 21 years and has witnessed the need grow. He is happy to be a part of a dynamic team of volunteers who are so dedicated to the cause.

“God blesses us all in different ways,” Schulz said. “I believe this was part of God’s will for me, and I am called to do it.”

“There is always a line out the door on Monday and Wednesdays,” Groeschner said.

With added hours, all the volunteers are certain the same will be the case on the third Saturday of the month.



Town of Rolesville Hires New Planning Director

— Mason Lipman •mason.lipman@rolesvillebuzz.com • March 2017

Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson Encourages Sense of Community for Growth in Rolesville

Planning Director Danny Johnson is the most recent addition to the Rolesville Town Hall. An experienced planner, Johnson has worked in various local governments throughout his nearly 40-year career, and he expects to put that experience to work quickly.

“My years of experience and knowledge of planning should be valuable for confronting the issues that the town is going to experience in the next coming years with the challenge of growth and development,” he said.

A 1978 graduate of East Carolina University’s planning program, Johnson started his career working as a planner for the city of Salisbury for 10 years before working as a senior planner in various counties, including Rowan and Granville. From 2002 until being hired by Town Manager Bryan Hicks this year, Johnson was the assistant planning director in Fuquay-Varina, a town he noted as similar to Rolesville in the growth that it has experienced since he was hired there.

He emphasized the growth that Rolesville is expected to experience along with the need to deal with the changes that growth can bring while maintaining good customer service and cultivating growth that is “positive, growth that the community welcomes.”

“The current trend is predominantly residential,” he said. “What we want to do is encourage and promote commercial and employment jobs to help provide a balance of shopping and employment close by.”

The 401 bypass has land – particularly on the southern side – that could be “a great opportunity to create a mixed-use type of development that is more walkable and bikeable.”

“If the right developer takes a look at it, there could be a very positive mixed-used, residential-commercial space and a lot of civic space that makes it very attractive for an active neighborhood,” Johnson said.

Johnson spoke of an upcoming land-use plan that will begin to make preparations for developers to look into building in Rolesville. The plan will also help make preparations for public transit in Rolesville, specifically for a bus service for residents who are at a disadvantage when it comes to transportation or would prefer the lower cost of public transportation rather than driving.

“We are working on it now, and it is getting ready to be released. That was one of the tasks that I was assigned when I got here,” said Johnson, who also said the plan will be available for public input, comments and the possibility of adoption by the summer.

“It’s important to maintain the sense of community with all the types of development,” Johnson said. “That’s just a key element. That’s what makes Rolesville very attractive for new families or even empty-nest households, senior citizens.”

That sense of community and cohesion is central to Rolesville’s growth and development for  Johnson.

“That’s the important element we’ve got to try to maintain here as best we can,” he said, “particularly with the various businesses and interests here in the town. We just have to make Rolesville attractive and appropriate.”

What's Buzzin' at RMS - March 2017

Rolesville Middle School Rams— Kinea Epps • March 2017

Hello, RMS Families! I’m sure the talk around the kitchen table is course registration. It certainly is the buzz word around here.

I know there’s a lot of information coming home to you about registration processes and helping your child select courses for the next school year. While it’s an exciting time, you may be feeling a little nervous, particularly if this is one of the big transition years. Please make sure you are reading all the information coming and definitely reaching out to your child’s school counselor for questions. We want to make sure you and your student have all the information you need to ensure a smooth transition. With that in mind, we’ll be offering extra help for our rising sixth grade families: Please be sure you have the Open House dates marked on your calendar – March 23 for tracks 3 and 4 and April 13 for tracks 1 and 2. Both events start at 6:30 pm.

As I’ve mentioned before, the Open House events are one of the first opportunities you will have to tour the school building. We will have student leaders providing tours to families through the classrooms, elective areas, cafeteria, media center and the gym. This will also be a time to hear from our principal, Mr. Thaddeus Sherman, who will provide an overview of the school day, share information about expectations and explain school procedures. He will also share information regarding the concept of “teaming” in middle school, where your student will have multiple teachers.

Another cool event that is coming up is our Rising Sixth Grade Ambassadors Program. This is where we take our sixth graders back to their elementary schools and talk to students about all things RMS. It is such a neat experience for our students to showcase their leadership skills, and it’s also a good opportunity for rising sixth grade students to hear from students who know exactly how they feel. And we get some really good questions from the fifth grade students.

As you can see, there’s lots going on within the next few months. Stay tuned for additional information regarding the upcoming school year, and we’ll also keep you in the know about high school information for your rising ninth grade student too.

If you have questions, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you at the Open House events and helping you transition to middle school.

Kinea Epps is lead school counselor at Rolesville Middle School.

Lighthouse Eagles Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Win Kerr Vance Holiday Tournament

— February 2017

Lighthouse Basketball Team


The Lighthouse Eagles Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls teams battled to tournament championships in the Kerr Vance Holiday Tournament in Henderson, North Carolina, over the December 17 weekend.  Tough games were played against John Paul II High School (Greenville), Franklin Academy (Wake Forest), and Kerr Vance Academy (Henderson), but when the final buzzers sounded, the Eagles were victorious and brought home the tournament champion titles.

Lighthouse Basketball Team

Lighthouse Eagles are part of the Lighthouse Sports program with the Lighthouse Christian Home School Association which while based in the this area has members throughout Wake, Franklin, and surrounding counties. The Eagles basketball consists of teams for boys and girls from middle school through high school and participate in a competitive conference and league in which they play other homeschool and private school teams in a rigorous schedule that spans from November through final tournament play in March.  If you would like more information, please visit www.lighthousehsasports@com.

This Valentine's Day, Pledge Your Love to Your Heart

— Lisa Brown • lisa.brown@rolesvillebuzz.com • February 2017

Every February, stores and florists are abuzz with shoppers looking for the right and best presents to show their loved ones how much they care. This adoration is usually measured in dozens and carats, but why not measure in pounds and milligrams this year and give yourself a gift of renewed heart health?

The statistics for heart disease are not good: It is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with coronary artery disease (CAD) being the most common type. Plaque, made up of deposits of cholesterol, builds up over time, blocking blood flow and causing CAD. Symptoms include angina, or chest pain or discomfort. CAD can eventually lead to heart failure as the heart becomes weakened over time.

heart health

Dr. Mohit Pasi, a cardiologist with North Carolina Heart & Vascular and UNC Health Care, each day sees and treats patients who are struggling with heart disease and the surrounding causes. While we all have non-modifiable risk factors such as genetics, some things can be done to reduce and even eliminate risk factors. He promotes a three-pronged intervention approach, all of which can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and death.

“The first thing patients should do is take medication that is prescribed to them. This has been proven over and over to be the best way to either prevent the first heart attack or not have a second,” Pasi said.

The second and third interventions are often talked about, especially with January and resolutions behind us, but they are harder for many of us to keep up with.

“Exercise and diet are also very important,” Pasi said. “Aerobic exercise 30 minutes a day, five days a week is optimum. Not only will you get healthier, especially your heart, but you will feel better overall. Your mood will improve, as will your energy.”

Studies on diets vary. However, there are two that Pasi has seen work, and each has scientific backing.

“I recommend the DASH diet or the Mediterranean diet. Both of them have been proven to help with heart health,” he said.

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and the Mediterranean diet are rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, poultry, nuts and beans.

In Wake Forest, a nutritional smoothie and juice bar, Wake Up Nutrition, serves fresh drinks weekdays to customers looking to lose weight and take control of their health. Co-owner Amber Heiney has been in the nutritional health business for five years and has witnessed customers’ transformations.

“We provide healthy options to busy people,” Heiney said. “By offering nutrition classes and a weight loss challenge, we also want to help educate people on nutrition so they can make good decisions.”

Angela Bolton of Henderson works in Wake Forest and goes to Wake Up Nutrition every day for lunch. Her doctor told her she had to reduce not just her weight but her cholesterol level. The level at 245 was well over what her doctor wanted for her.

“I tried medicines and over-the-counter remedies. I found out about this and tried it, and now seven months later, my level is 203,” Bolton said.

There is heart disease on both sides of her family, so Bolton knew the urgency was real.

“I’m off insulin, my weight is down, and with my cholesterol now where it is, my doctor told me to keep doing what I am doing,” she said.

Dr. Pasi, speaking from his car on his way to a gym, said, “It’s best to focus on what you can do. You can’t change your genes, but you can change your behavior.”

Rolesville Town Commissioners Medley and Sutton Complete First Year in Office

— Teddy Durgin • February 2017

Leaning In and Moving Forward

Commissioner Michelle Medley

Commissioner Michelle Medley

With February being Black History Month, discussions often center on such past historical figures as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall. And rightfully so.

But history is being made today, even right here in Rolesville. Look no further than Michelle Medley and Sheilah Sutton, who made town history in November 2015 when they became the first African-Americans to be elected to public office locally.

The women won two open seats on the town’s Board of Commissioners. Medley was aware of their distinction from the get-go.

“The lack of diversity hadn’t been a complaint,” she said, “but it was a concern. In 2015, I had lived in Rolesville eight years, and I’d never made the move to run for anything town-wise. Until you make that move, you really can’t complain.”

Sutton said she was less aware when mounting her own campaign.

“Someone else noted that to me after I was in the process,” she said. “And I was like, ‘Great, if one of us gets elected, that will be wonderful.’ But for me, I’ve always been one of the ‘firsts.’ That’s been true working in corporate America. I tend to go places where others don’t.”

Commissioner Sheilah Sutton

Commissioner Sheilah Sutton

Sutton brings to the board extensive experience in the corporate world as a human resources professional. Medley is a local real estate agent who had served as both president of her neighborhood’s homeowners association and president of the Heritage High School PTA.

“In my line of work, I’ve gained a lot experience in seeing things that need to be improved,” said Sutton, a Rolesville resident for 12 years. “At the same time, I’ve always been one of those citizens who’s concerned with making things better. Before I got elected, I was always calling or emailing Town Hall and asking, ‘What’s going on with this?’ or ‘What’s going on with that?’ So, it was a natural transition.”

Medley has a similar philosophy of trying to make things better.

“I like being able to help people understand what we do and how we do things. I love having that knowledge,” she said. “And if it’s something I don’t know, I’ll say, ‘Let me find out and get back to you on that.’ I really like that people are spreading the word and saying, ‘Ask her. She’ll help you.’ ”

Each woman has her area of focus. Medley serves on the town’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, while Sutton sits on the Appearance Committee.

“We’re focused on looking at the town and finding ways we can be more appealing to people who are just driving through,” Sutton said. “I like that it’s an official effort, rather than a hodgepodge, at looking where we can improve – things like landscaping, Christmas décor and so forth.”

Both agree that economic development is Rolesville’s biggest need.

“I am also big on education,” Medley said. “I do my best to help whenever I can in bringing programs to the schools. Depending on what businesses come here, my goal is to have an understanding that they will work with the town in bringing jobs not only for adults in their 20s, 30s or whatever, but also for the high school kids. I want to give them a reason to stay and build in Rolesville.”

Said Sutton, “We have to have some business driver here. I want a big retailer. I personally want a Target. We need that tax revenue in order to do some other things we need to get done.”

There is certainly no doubting the tenacity of these two and their commitment to leading the town toward the future.

“Whether it’s a town council or a PTA meeting or whatever,” Sutton said, “I think having different perspectives at the table makes things a whole lot better. I feel like I have a unique story and a unique experience, and so do you. The more people we can get at the table who have these different experiences, you just come out with a better product.”

Medley appreciates that voters helped bring new perspectives and new opportunities to the board.

“The whole board is trying to show the community that we are more diverse. They didn’t put us in this position. Sheilah and I ran, and we earned it from the voters,” she said. “And I think now more people are stepping up to the plate. More people are now like, ‘You know, I want to get in there. I want to do something. It can be done. It’s not out of reach!’ “

Currin Appointed 1st Vice Chair on Triangle J Board of Delegates

— February 2017

Commissioner Ronnie Currin

Rolesville Commissioner Ronnie Currin

With a new year came new changes for the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), including changes in delegate representation from several member governments on the organization’s Board of Delegates (BOD). As a result, 2017 began with a vacancy for the BOD’s 1st Vice Chairperson position. During the full BOD meeting at TJCOG offices on Wednesday, January 25, a nominating committee presented its recommendation for filling the vacancy.

The committee recommended moving Rolesville Commissioner Ronnie Currin, current 2nd Vice Chairperson, to the position of 1st Vice Chairperson. The board voted on all the recommendation and approved Currin unanimously.

The TJCOG Board of Delegates is an integral part of the organization’s governance and role as a local government entity in the region. Each of the 37 member governments appoints an elected official from their municipality or county to serve as their delegate on the board. Together, the board sets policy for TJCOG and appoints the Executive Director who manages the affairs of the organization. Each delegate is strongly committed to the values of regional discourse, collaboration, and connectivity that guide TJCOG forward.

Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) is the lead regional planning organization for North Carolina’s Region J, encompassing Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange and Wake counties. TJCOG promotes collaboration among local governments, stakeholders and partners, tackling challenges that cross jurisdictional lines.

Eleven Letters of Intent Signed at Rolesville High School

— February 2017

Eleven Letters of Intent Signed at Rolesville High School

Friends, faculty and family gathered at Rolesville High School for an historic National Signing Day, February 1, to witness and celebrate eleven student athletes as they signed their Letters of Intent for a variety of colleges and universities. Not since the school opened in 2013 has there been so many signings at once.

After the opening given by Principal Dhedra Lassiter, coaches were given time to comment on the student athletes in their sports. Each athlete also was allotted time to speak prior to signing.

Following the ceremony and picture taking, the celebration continued as cake was served just outside of the auditorium.

Congratulations to all!

Wrestling: Matthew Mims, Belmont Abbey (Coach Smetana)

Volleyball: Carson Evans, Guilford College (Coach Harris)

Lacrosse: Nick Hongkomp, Guilford College (Coach Mokan)

Baseball: Alex Hart, Barton College; Jordan Payne, North Carolina Central University (Coach Gross)

Football: Carnaji Andrews, North Carolina A&T; Jaylen Davis, St. Andrews (Coach Helms); Jamond DuBose, Northern Colorado; Edward “EJ” Hicks Jr. (North Carolina Central University; Michael Nwachukwu, North Carolina Central University; and Lamin Trawalley, Wingate.

Thanks to Rolesville High School for the photos.


Peace. Love. Music. Shakespeare.

— February 2017

A Midsummer Night's DreamNow through February 18: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Shakespearean classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” comes to life at the Norris Theatre at Louisburg College February 10-18, 2017.

Set at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, this timeless story of lovers, fairies, and “the working folks” will leave you breathless with laughter – and with an appreciation for Shakespeare that you might not have had before, either!

Wally Hurst, director of the Norris Theatre at Louisburg College, is directing the production. “We are excited to be bringing Shakespeare back to Louisburg College,” Hurst said. “I look forward to seeing this show take shape in this incredible playing space.”

Hurst has performed professionally in the show twice and directed it three times in his theatrical career.

The show, which opened Friday, February 10. also runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 16-18, all at 7:30 p.m. The only matinee is the final show, on Sunday, February 19, at 2 p.m.

Tickets to all shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Louisburg College students, staff and faculty are admitted free with a valid ID. Call 919-497-3300 for tickets and more information.

Tickets on Sale for Forest Moon Theater’s “Agnes of God”

— January 2017

Agnes of GodForest Moon Theater will present “Agnes of God” at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Feb. 10-12 and 18-19. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday showtimes are 3 p.m.

When a newborn child is found dead in a convent, a court psychiatrist must determine whether the nun accused of the crime is mentally fit to stand trial, with the question of the father’s identity hanging in the balance.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for students and seniors. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and student/senior “day of” admission tickets.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. in the heart of downtown Wake Forest. For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

To receive email notifications concerning special events and programs at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Hair Undone: A Rolesville Small Business Success Story

— Shannon T. Zarb • January 2017

Part Five in a Series on Local Small Business Successes

Apryl Thurston - Hair Undone

Apryl Thurston, Owner of Hair Undone

A quick Google search reveals just how much clients respect the services of the vibrant Rolesville salon Hair Undone. Words like amazing, beautiful and dedicated are repeated in almost every review – and all reviews are five stars. But what makes Hair Undone so remarkable is not just the flawless reviews or even the dizzying array of dye colors offered.

As the salon prepares to celebrate its two-year anniversary in Southtown Circle in April, what makes Hair Undone truly remarkable is owner and operator Apryl Thurston and her mission to not only employ but to empower those who work for her.

Thurston moved to North Carolina from Virginia in 2008 looking for somewhere to “sink her roots into.” She sank those roots in Rolesville, renting a chair at Salon Anna Michelle, and began cultivating a following over the next four years.

Back then, Rolesville was a sparsely populated rural community that lacked many of the services we now take for granted.

“I felt there was a need and that I had something to contribute to this community,” Thurston recalled. “But I always had a dream of doing something bigger and opening a space [of my own].”

Four years later, that something bigger ended up being something smaller – a 600-square-foot, two-station space in town that she opened with her sister and stylist, Azriel Dannemiller.

The space was small, but Thurston kept achieving big success. The sisters gained a loyal following while Thurston remained vigilant for the next big challenge.

“I just had this impulsive need to keep stretching myself a bit further,” she said. “And once we began building the Hair Undone brand, things just caught fire.”

It didn’t take long before the sisters outgrew the space. After only two years in business – and shortly after paying off her loans – Thurston was approached about the availability of a larger space. The timing couldn’t have been better. She jumped on the chance, moved one shopping center over into her current Southtown Circle location, and set up shop.

Apryl Thurston - Hair Undone

Hair Undone is located at Southtown Circle in Rolesville.

Hair Undone’s new 1,200-square-foot space has six stations instead of just two and overflows with vibrancy. It includes a children’s playroom and showcases the work of local artisans. A hand-painted mural on the reception desk and royal-purple accents complement Thurston’s hot-pink hair and the stylistic exuberance the shop has become noted for. It’s trendy and inviting, but, more importantly, it is an accurate reflection of the cooperative business model Thurston has worked so tirelessly to nurture in her staff.

“I feel there’s a lot of oppression in the industry, like the salon owns the clients,”  Thurston said. “Here, we believe in cooperation, not competition. We work to build each other up as a community. I really want to make sure my [stylists] feel empowered. I want to teach them how to take control of their businesses.”

Azriel Dannemiller couldn’t agree more.

“My sister is a very unique boss,” she said. “She’s not corporate like you sometimes see in this business. She really cares about her employees and helps [them] along the way.”

Unlike the structure of many salons, each stylist at Hair Undone is like an independent business supported by Thurston and the Hair Undone brand. Thurston also provides her staff with professional, in-house marketing training to increase and professionalize their social media exposure using another local business, Melanie Diehl’s Your Social Media Gal. And also unlike many salons, Thurston encourages her stylists to network, trade services and refer clients back and forth.

“She’s just so generous,” stylist Jennifer Grimes said. “Whatever Apryl knows, she shares with her employees. Apryl is just as much of a teacher as she is a boss.”

It’s a business model and philosophy that has proved very successful. Thurston has just filled a vacancy and anticipates filling yet another in January, and, of course, she is looking to the horizon for that next opportunity.

“I’m not done,” she said. “I would love to be able to continue to build communities and to empower people inside this industry. Anywhere that’s willing to take me, I’m willing to go.”

What’s Ahead for Wake Forest, Rolesville and Zebulon in 2017

—  Kevin Jones • January 2017

With every new year comes new experiences, new challenges and new resolutions for individual people and for local communities. With the arrival of 2017, the town managers of Wake Forest, Rolesville and Zebulon are eager to share what new projects and initiatives citizens can expect from their towns in the year to come.


Rolesville Town Manager Bryan Hicks emphasized economic development as the chief priority in 2017.

“We have to meet the growing needs and demands of the community,” Hicks said. “It’s a diverse community with diverse needs, and we must meet them with streams of revenue that we have. We want to make sure we spend money wisely and correctly.”

To do this, the town entered into a nine-month contract with Jennifer Mizelle, an independent consultant from Holly Springs, to serve as the town’s new economic development director until spring 2017. Hicks said Mizelle’s experience and leadership will be vital in developing new policies and connections attracting private sector businesses to the town at minimal taxpayer cost.

The current project most closely associated with this long-term development plan is the construction of an expanded town center complex in downtown Rolesville.

“We know we need to further retail and economic growth in downtown Rolesville,” Hicks said.

The 11 acres of land the town now owns will be the basis for commercial development in the downtown district. Although this project is still in the development and layout stages, Hicks expects it to move forward in a big way this year.

E. Carroll Joyner Park

Joyner Park, on Harris Street in Wake Forest, is one of the most prominent public facilities getting an upgrade in 2017.

Wake Forest

In contrast to Rolesville’s big-picture goals of economic development, Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett emphasized specific building projects and other tangible town developments.

Padgett specifically touted a new senior center targeted for completion this year. The town is also looking to improve its parks. Consultant Clark Nexsen has been hired to help design a community center in Joyner Park, which will include offices and a gym. Construction is expected to begin this year, and the park is expected to open in 2018.

Meanwhile in Holding Park, renovation of the pool is scheduled for completion in December 2017, and the pool should open to the public in May 2018.

While these projects are still a ways off from completion, one new change in Wake Forest arriving right away is the addition of new police officers for the town’s new traffic unit. The unit entered service on January 1.


Zebulon Town Manager Joe Moore most looks forward to residential rather than commercial growth in 2017.

“We’re starting to see foundations really take hold and continue to take hold in the form of residential development,” he said.

Moore described Zebulon’s plan for growth in 2017 and beyond as a “Unified Development Ordnance,” and leaders’ goal is for the town to expand in population, infrastructure and size while still retaining the unique characteristics of small-town Zebulon.

One way Moore hopes to achieve this is through a streetscape match program and façade grants. The streetscape match program is designed to encourage nonprofits to make aesthetic improvements in the downtown area, and the façade grants allow small businesses to renovate their buildings and refurbish facades downtown.

These are all part of the town plan to attract businesses to downtown and to pursue town development without sacrificing small-town character that makes a town like Zebulon, as well as Rolesville and Wake Forest, special in the first place.

Planning for Your Farm's Future

— January 2017

Planning for Your Farm’s Future: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 

Regional Winter Conference

By Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County

Actually getting farm families to discuss estate planning for future generations can sometimes be difficult. Laws affecting estates change just about every year. To get the latest information to our farm families in the region, a regional conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, in Louisburg at the Cooperative Extension Center from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There will be a minimum cost to participants. A resource notebook and sponsored lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, contact Martha L. Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, at (919) 496-3344 or email,  martha_mobley@ncsu.edu. This educational event is sponsored by the NC Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center.

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - January 2017

— Kinea Epps • January 2017

Rolesville Middle School RamsHello, RMS Families!

Happy New Year! For those of you who have been in year-round for a little while, you know that the second semester moves quickly and we start talking about transitioning to the next grade level very early on. For our eighth-grade parents and students, those conversations are taking place this month.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the High School on the Horizon program at 6:30 p.m. January 17. Counselors will present information about high school requirements and the high school registration process. It is important that you review the recommendations with your students and also spend time talking about the elective choices they can make in high school. We encourage students to take not only courses they are interested in but also courses that will continue to give them insight on their future careers. You will also want to bookmark the counselors’ website (www.rmsschoolcounselors.weebly.com) for updates. On the website, information will be posted about the high school’s rising-ninth-grade events, course registration sheets and timeline information for transfer requests. During this time, many families are interested in having their students attend different high schools. Please make sure you are checking our website and the Wake County Public School System site (www.wcpss.net) for the transfer application period and the criteria required to have your transfer approved.

In addition to making sure students have the information they need for the transition to high school, this semester will be full of activities to help them prepare. The counselors will go into classrooms and talk to students about what they can expect in ninth grade, juggling school work and extra responsibilities, freedom and the very important big picture – what happens after high school. We’ll be working with our community partners to provide a lesson on understanding salaries, calculating taxes and budgeting monthly expenses. This lesson is always an eye-opener for many students. As you and your family prepare, take a moment and ask your students what their thoughts are about high school. Ask if they have any fears or concerns or anything they are excited about. It’s not too early. We’ve already heard from some students, and – trust me – they are thinking about it.

For our rising sixth-grade families, we’ll have more information for you, too, about the transition to middle school and important dates to mark on your calendar. Stay tuned!

And just a reminder: Second semester can be challenging for students as they make the final stretch of the school year. Try to keep routines the same and continue to set goals for finishing the year strong. If you need help, be sure to reach out to your child’s counselor and/or teacher to help you wrap up the school year.

Kinea Epps is Lead School Counselor at Rolesville Middle School

2015-16 N.C. School Report Cards Released

— January 2016

The 2015-16 North Carolina School Report Cards featuring state-, district- and school-level information about public school student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology are now available online.

“North Carolina has provided this comprehensive collection of public school data for 15 years to assist families seeking information about their local schools,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “I encourage parents, educators and the school community to use this data to inform conversations about what is working for their local schools and how they can support their schools to improve teaching and learning.”

This year’s report card includes school indicators provided in previous years’ reports such as school performance grades (A-F) for both traditional and charter schools and statewide end-of-grade and end-of-course test results for the five achievement levels. The latest report cards also include a couple of changes:

* Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) are replaced with Participation Targets, as North Carolina is no longer required to report AMO proficiency targets for 2015-16 and 2016-17; and

* Wireless Access Points per classroom has been added to help evaluate digital access for students.

Still to be added to the report cards are information about teacher quality and educator effectiveness as well as college enrollment and course completion.

School officials will be distributing local Snapshots, or summary versions of the NC School Report Cards, to parents beginning today. To access district/school snapshots, visit the NC School Report Cards Site and click on either District Reports or School Reports then the district/school report you would like to view. Parents and others are encouraged to contact teachers for information about grade-level and course curriculum; questions about school and district performance should be directed to principals and local superintendents.

The SAS software powering the NC School Report Cards allows for side-by-side comparisons. However, since schools are structured differently from one another in terms of size, grade levels, student populations served, and the programs offered, the NC School Report Cards should not be used to rank schools.

The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide information about local schools, districts and overall state data. The NC School Report Cards website is searchable by school or school system or by selecting desired school characteristics. Visit the NC School Report Cards website for more information.

Wake Forest Seeking Family Histories

— December 2016

Citizens of Wake Forest and surrounding communities, the Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board is seeking family histories for our Wake Forest archives to supplement the cemetery online virtual tour and the annual cemetery walking tour. The virtual tour can be found at

https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/cemetery.aspx.  The next walking tour is scheduled for May 13, 2017.

The cemetery board would like to have historical background on as many persons interred in the Wake Forest Cemetery as possible. We are interested in the background of ditch diggers and doctors, professors and mill workers, merchants and public servants.  Longtime residents and relative newcomers. All those interred in the cemeteries along White Street and Taylor Avenue have some connection to the people and town of Wake Forest and we want to share it with the community.

This holiday season as you gather with family take a moment to jot down some notes of memories of loved ones or distant relatives buried in the Wake Forest Cemetery. These don’t have to be fancy as the cemetery advisory board will gladly assist with editing.

Send your family information to;

Betty Clark-Pearce
Public Works Administrative Specialist
234 Friendship Chapel Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587-7387
Office (919) 435-9570
Fax (919) 435-9589

Wake County Commissioners Adopt Paid Parental Leave Policy, New Health and Well-Being Resolution

— December 2016

Wake County continues to implement policies and initiatives that support the health and well-being of its employees, while making it easier to recruit and retain top-notch talent.

At its November 7 meeting, the Wake County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a Paid Parental Leave Policy and a Health and Well-Being Resolution.

“Our actions tonight illustrate our commitment to continually invest in our employees,” said Board Chairman James West. “Our staff is what makes our organization successful, and through these measures, we demonstrate that we care about them both inside and outside the workplace.”

The Paid Parental Leave Policy allows an employee who has given birth, adopted a child, or become the guardian of a child through foster care or other means to take up to six weeks of paid leave time. For births that involve complications or a cesarean section, eight weeks of paid leave are allowed.

“Paid Parental Leave is associated with healthier outcomes for mothers and children,” said Commissioner Jessica Holmes. “The United States is one of the few industrialized countries that does not provide Paid Parental Leave, and today we are blazing the way in encouraging healthy living and lifestyles so we can continue to recruit and retain the best talent in the Triangle.”

The Health and Well-Being Resolution provides guidelines to:

•  Improve the nutritional quality of food sold or provided by the county and on public property, including vending;
•  Encourage a physically active environment, without competing with the private sector; and
•  Authorize the county manager to implement policies, procedures and programs to support the health and well-being of employees, as well as have a positive impact on health care costs.

“This resolution represents the next step in our efforts to create a culture of health in Wake County,” said Vice Chair Sig Hutchinson. “We want to support our employees’ healthy lifestyles and give them every opportunity to achieve their goals through healthy eating, physical activity and educational programming.”

The Paid Parental Leave Policy and the Health and Wellbeing Ordinance are the latest examples of the board’s efforts to improve employee recruitment and retention. They follow actions taken in 2015 to institute a living wage for county employees and enact a fair hiring ordinance, which gives people with criminal backgrounds who apply for county jobs the opportunity to compete fairly in the hiring process.

Wake County is recognized locally and nationally for excellence in employee health and wellness. It was named the 55th Healthiest Workplace in America for 2016 in the Healthiest 100 Workplaces awards. The Triangle Business Journal named Wake County the second Healthiest Employer in the Triangle for 2016.

The county was recognized for its Living Great @ Wake program, which helps employees improve their physical, emotional, financial and social wellness.

Merrill Named NC Superintendent of the Year

— December 2016

Dr. James Merrill - WCPSS


Dr. James Merrill, Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, was named North Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year on Thursday, November 17.

In his application, Merrill stressed the importance of the district’s Strategic Plan, a document designed by the community in 2014. The Strategic Plan calls for the district to annually graduate at least 95 percent of its students ready for productive citizenship as well as higher education or a career.

“This is a well-deserved honor, and our school board is thrilled to see the work of Dr. Merrill and our community recognized,” said school board Chair Tom Benton. “Dr. Merrill has brought the kind of stability and focus to this district that our community demands and deserves.”

Merrill is the only North Carolina superintendent to win the state award twice. He was named North Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 2005 when he oversaw the Alamance-Burlington School System. He also won the same award in Virginia in 2013 as the top administrator of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Merrill was named the ninth Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System in the summer of 2013. He oversees the nation’s 16th-largest district, which enrolls about 160,000 students in 177 schools.

He began his career in the 1970s as a teacher and coach in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He had worked in Wake County for 16 years before leaving to become superintendent of Alamance-Burlington in 2000.

Since arriving in Wake, Merrill has worked closely with county commissioners to significantly improve funding for teachers and children.

Godfrey Graduates from AOMP

— December 2016

Patrol Sgt. Lee Godfrey

Patrol Sgt. Lee Godfrey

Patrol Sgt. Lee Godfrey graduated from NC State University’s Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) on Nov. 10. He was one of 24 graduates representing 19 agencies from across North Carolina and Virginia.

The AOMP is a unique educational program for law enforcement professionals. Three times a year (Spring, Summer, and Fall), a class of as many as 30 participants attends the NC State Highway Patrol Training Academy, in Raleigh, NC, for an intensive 12-week academic program during which they earn 15 college credits and a certificate of completion. Participants, who come from across the U.S. and international locations, are nominated by their department or agency.

Since its inception in 1989, the AOMP has graduated over 2,000 officers representing 140 agencies from 13 states, the federal government, and three foreign countries. The five courses that comprise the program are Applied Police Research, Legal Issues in Police Administration, Introduction to Public Administration, Management Skills and Practices, and Management of Police Organizational Behavior.

AOMP is a partnership that brings together the theoretical perspective of the faculty and the practical experience of police officers in an effort to produce the effective and efficient public management techniques that are demanded in these increasingly complex times. In this partnership, the most up-to-date research in management and leadership is always placed in the context faced by law enforcement administrators. This “theory into practice” perspective is designed to give participants the opportunity to make meaningful change in their organizations.

A 28-year law enforcement veteran, Sgt. Godfrey is the twelfth Wake Forest Police Officer to graduate from AOMP.

In 2005 he received an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the NC Criminal Justice Standards Division. Three years later he graduated from Vance-Granville Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice. A 2012 graduate of the NC Justice Academy’s Criminal Investigation Certification Program, Sgt. Godfrey currently serves as Past President of the North Carolina Property and Evidence Association Board of Directors.

Great Holiday Gifts for Hunters and Outdoor Enthusiasts

— December 2016

Outdoors gifts(StatePoint) Will you be shopping for any hunters or outdoor enthusiasts this holiday season? Thoughtful, useful gifts will be well-appreciated.

“When it comes to hunters, think lightweight and packable,” says Louis Chalfant, director of product development at Smith’s Consumer Products.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

Sharpen their Game

Those who hunt, fish and go on outdoor expeditions know just how important it is to keep tools sharp. You can hone gamesmanship with essential gear like a knife sharpener.

For instance, a versatile tool like the Jiffy-Pro Handheld Sharpener is quick, safe and easy to use whether one is in the field, back at camp, or at home. It functions both to set the edge on a dull or damaged blade and to achieve razor sharpness. Plus, the scissors sharpening slot is large enough to accommodate game shears as well.

Lightweight enough to be a stocking stuffer, consider, the 4” Diamond Combination Bench Stone, which features coarse and fine grit sharpening surfaces. Its innovative design speeds sharpening by collecting and holding the metal filings which ordinarily build up during use. Each stone has a groove for fish hooks or pointed tools, and when one is finished sharpening; he or she can store the stones in the handle for safekeeping.

These tools are available at various sporting goods, outdoors and hardware retail stores, as well as online at www.SmithsProducts.com.

Get them Prepared

Those whose adventures take them off the beaten path need certain lightweight, compact tools to be prepared for a variety of situations. A fire starter is a must-have for any avid outdoorsman, hunter or backpacker.

Other handy items to consider for gifts are a high-quality first aid kit with all the essentials, a multifunctional pocket knife or even an IOU promising to cover the cost of this seasons’ hunting and fishing licenses.

With some careful consideration, you can make the holidays special for the hunters and outdoor enthusiasts in your life.

Time- and Budget- Stretching Tips for the Self-Employed

— December 2016



(StatePoint) The ability to stretch a budget can help businesses or those who are self-employed weather lean times and flourish in good periods, and being efficient with time can mean surviving a busy season with your sanity intact. But these principles can be hard to uphold.

To help, here are a few tips to assist freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business owners to make more happen with existing resources.

Seek Out Resources

Taking care of certain logistics is easier these days, as retailers like Staples offer resources for small businesses, such as their Small Business Hub, where you can design and order business cards, print marketing flyers and posters, get invitations, announcements, calendars and brochures, many on the same day that you place the order.

“When you are on a tight schedule, having one place where you can go that meets a bulk of your small business needs is extremely useful,” says Melanie Salinas a photographer and the blogger behind “Story of Five.”

Salinas, who recently partnered with Staples as part of their #MakeMoreHappen campaign to help small business owners learn about resources to help them get things done, is a frequent user of both Staples’ online hub, as well as their in-store Copy & Print center.

Keep Expenses Organized

“Don’t mix business with pleasure. Easier said than done when you’re working from home, but it’s a must. Keep business expenses separate from family expenses,” says Salinas.

It may seem like an extra step now, but you can avoid accounting headaches and help make tax time a breeze by staying organized. Good organization will also help ensure you don’t overlook expenses that could lower your taxes.

Create a Workspace

If you are looking to take your business to the next level, it’s important that you have a dedicated workspace where you can get stuff done. Look to programs like Staples Rewards to get cash back on purchases, special coupons and deals.

“Even if it’s just a corner of your bedroom, creating a functional workspace will help you boost productivity,” says Kayla Buell, who runs “Gen Y Girl,” a Millennial career and lifestyle blog, who recommends sprucing up the area with supplies and décor that inspire and motivate you.

Use Time Wisely

Marketing yourself or promoting your business can be tough, especially if your days are full working for existing customers and keeping your business going.

“Promoting sounds like a lot of work when you’re bursting at the seams, but you have to communicate with people you want to hire you,” says Susan and William Brinson, who own a thriving photography business and blog at “House of Brinson.” “We use the weeks where we’re slow — around the holidays for instance — to work on promotions.”

More business ideas to save time and money can be found by visiting Staples.com and by following #MakeMoreHappen on social media.

Give yourself a cushion — both on your calendar and in your wallet. Smart approaches to running your business will boost your productivity and stretch your budget.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Holiday Pet Recipes

When I think of the holidays, I think of lots of yummy foods and desserts. For me, everything is considered containing ZERO calories from November 1 to December 31.  But for my two golden retrievers, Taylor and Brady, those holiday foods and desserts are off limits. So I have started making them special snacks. I know that each ingredient is fresh and, of course, all natural.

Here are a two of my favorite Holiday Pet Recipes


2 1/3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup finely diced apple

1/2 cup pumpkin

1 egg

1/2 cup water


Vanessa's puppy Brady

Brady, Vanessa’s Golden puppy, likes to assist with the treat making process.

1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together flour and baking powder until no lumps remain. Add diced apple, pumpkin, egg and water, and stir until all the dry ingredients are moistened.

3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, and use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. Transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet.

4. Bake about 30 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely on a wire rack before sharing with your pup.


Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Biscuit Treats

Dogs are part of the family. Treat them like family members with these super-easy-to-make sweet potato dog biscuits.


3.5 ounces sweet potato baby food

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon gluten-free flour

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon honey

1 large egg, beaten


1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine sweet potato baby food, flour, rolled oats and honey. Use a sturdy spatula to combine everything. Dump contents to a lightly floured working surface, and knead dough.

3. Pat or roll dough to a thickness of about 1/4 to ½ inch. Use cookie cutters to punch out shapes. Stick to one or two similarly sized shapes to ensure even baking.

4. Place cutouts on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush the tops of the cutouts with beaten egg wash.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until biscuits are crisp and golden in color. Rotate pan midway through baking. Let treats cool in the pan before treating your dog.

Note: If your dog has no wheat/gluten allergies, you can use all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour.

For more healthy snacks for your pets, go to www.dirtydogsspa.com/treatrecipies.

Vanessa Davis is the owner of Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique in Wake Forest.

Business Briefs: December 2016

— Susan London • December 2016

Coming Soon

I Love Juice Bar Wake Forest is coming to the Shoppes at Heritage Village, 1040 Forestville Road. The store will offer a variety of vegetarian, gluten-free and organic juice combinations, smoothies, sandwiches and snacks. “Health and fitness is a way of life for us, and we enjoy juicing at home,” said Lori King, who is opening the store with her husband and co-owner, Jason. After traveling to the I Love Juice franchise headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., “we just instantly clicked with everyone and knew this was what we wanted to do,” Lori King said. The couple expects construction to be completed in February to March. This is the first Juice Bar location in the Triangle. Find the franchis on Facebook and Twitter at @juicebarwakeforest and on the web at http://ilovejuicebar.com/locations/northcarolina/wake-forest/.


ShipOnSite of Wake Forest is celebrating 13 years in business by expanding its offerings with a GiftsOnSite addition, selling unique novelty gift items for all occasions that can be purchased, wrapped, packaged and shipped all in one spot. The business held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and anniversary celebration on November 11. During the celebration, the store donated 15% of all proceeds to Mickey’s Fight, a fundraiser supporting the local Macholl family whose 4-year-old son, Mickey, is battling neuroblastoma. ShiponSite of Wake Forest, located at 12400-3 Wake Union Church Road, offers shipping via FedEx, UPS, DHL and USPS. Visit the store on the web at shiponsite-wakeforest.com. Phone: 919-570-6015.

Open Now

Old Town Market Shops opened in August at 11900 Louisburg Road at the intersection of Route 96 and Route 401. Joaquin and Monica Fernandez own and operate the shops. Their goal is to create a retail shopping destination offering specialty shops filled with wares made by local craftsmen. It will also be the venue for the Rolesville Farmers Market, as well as a Master Gardener program. “Think about it as a mix between Hill Ridge Farms, a flea market and the State Farmers Market,” Joaquin Fernandez said. Already, the business hosts pop-up markets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., mainly to bring awareness to the location and encourage small businesses in the area. Vendors have included woodworkers, potters and artists, LuLaRoe consultants, a baby boutique, food trucks, live music and kids entertainment. In the spring of 2017, the family will expand into a main building on the site, with a café and permanent spots for vendors. Visit on the web at www.oldtownmarketshops.com and on Facebook @oldtownmarketshops. Phone: 919-495-0061.


If you love your dog but feel like your schedule doesn’t leave enough time for playing, Woofinwaggle offers a unique solution. Owned and operated by Carol Frasso, Woofinwaggle is the first fitness center in North Carolina for both people and dogs. Frasso, who is both a Certified Personal Trainer and a K9 Fit Club Certified Master Trainer, offers a variety of classes, including a 6-Legged Bootcamp – a high-intensity class combining strength, agility and cardio designed to help dogs and humans achieve better health together. The facility also offers a do-it-yourself dog wash as well as party rentals. Woofinwaggle is located at 8471 Garvey Drive, Suite 115, in Raleigh. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 12-8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10-6; Saturday, 9-6; and Sunday, 12-5. Visit their website at www.woofinwaggle.com. Phone: 919-249-9663.


Wayne Cottrell celebrated the grand opening of his State Farm insurance office on October 29 at 7530 Ramble Way #105. A Rolesville Chamber ribbon cutting took place on November 17.  Cottrell’s team of agents and customer service representatives offer auto, homeowners, business, life and renters insurance. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 919-782-1912, or visit online at www.myagentwayne.com.


The Olde English Tea Room and Gift Shoppe at 219 S. White St., Wake Forest, will close permanently on December 23. A Wake Forest staple, the business was purchased by the Esguerra family in April 2012 from Tom and Judy Wishart, who had operated it since 1996.  “We’ve had an amazing outpouring from the community. … I had probably 150 emails within the first week of announcing the closing,” said Allison Esguerra, who acknowledges it will be a loss for customers, many of whom have held wedding and baby showers there over the years. Esguerra spent six months unsuccessfully looking for a buyer. She is closing to spend more time working with a ministry for abuse victims and said the physical and time demands of the business became prohibitive. “It’s time to leave. I wish it wasn’t under the circumstances,” she said. For more information, visit www.oldeenglishtearoom.net or call 919-556-6910. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9-5 Saturdays until December 23. The Sugar Magnolia Café & Emporium will open in the location in February, offering coffee, tea, food, art, jewelry and crafts.

Fire and Police Departments Offer Tips on Keeping Holiday Season Safe

— Lisa Brown • lisa.brown@rolesvillebuzz.com • December 2016

Yet another holiday season is upon us. As turkeys and trees get trimmed, holiday drivers hit the road, lights go on houses and shoppers make their way through busy malls, it is easy to forget about basic but simple things to keep the holiday season as safe as it is festive.

There is a 34% increase in property loss during the holidays due to cooking, candles and trees, and most can be prevented.

According to Rolesville Firemen Tony Arthur and Lee Price, you can take specific actions to take to ensure the safety of your family and property:

* Cooking is the No. 1 cause of fires during the holiday season. Stay in the kChristmas Treechen when cooking, or carry a potholder with you as a reminder.

* If you deep-fry a turkey, make sure the turkey is not frozen and not at all wet. The reaction of water and oil can launch a turkey into the air, potentially causing serious damage or injury.

* Burn candles away from curtains and other flammable materials, and make sure each candle is on a steady base.

* Don’t allow children to light candles or use matches or lighters. Children may become comfortable with the process, and not knowing how to handle fire-starting devices can cause injury.

* If you have a cut live Christmas tree in the house, make sure to water it daily. It takes just 13 seconds for a tree, once ignited, to become fully engulfed. Not soon after, it can take an entire room and house.

* A wood-burning fireplace should be inspected annually by a professional. Creosote buildup is unseen in the chimney, potentially causing chimney and roof fires.

* Make sure to have in the house a working CO2 monitor and a ABC fire extinguisher rated for all types of fires – Class A, Class B and Class C.

* Don’t overload outlets, and use surge protectors as much as possible. If you use extension cords, make sure they are not tripping hazards, and do not use staples to keep them down.

Arthur highly recommends that everyone have a family escape plan and call 911 FIRST.  Do not attempt to put out a larger fire yourself.

“A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, so every second counts,” Arthur said. “The longer you wait to call, the longer it will take for us to get there and the bigger the fire and harder to contain.”

He also stresses that once the fire department is called, by a security company or resident, firefighters will come even if they are told a fire is under control or everything is fine.

Personal safety from criminal activities is also a large concern during this time, and Officer Scott Graham of the Wake Forest Police Department also has suggestions for making safety a priority:

* When you’re out shopping, make sure items are secure in the car, and don’t carry too much around with you.

Christmas Gifts* Keep purchased gifts in a safe – not visible – location in your home, such as a closed closet.

* Stay alert and mindful of your surroundings while out shopping. Often mall lots are crowded and dark, so being aware of your surroundings will help.

* If using a shopping cart, do not leave a bag or purse unattended while going to look at something.

* If you have your children with you, never allow them to wander, and keep your eyes on them at all times.

* Remember to designate a driver at parties and dinners. Never drive drunk.

* As new purchases are made, it’s a good time to keep an inventory of all big ticket items in your house and make a record of all serial numbers.

“It’s important to just not take risks. Be careful and aware,” Graham said.

Police Connect with Citizens During Rolesville’s New ‘Chat with The Chief’

— Kevin Jones • December 2016

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Rolesville residents start arriving
for the first-ever Chat with the Chief.

In a time of increasing tension between police departments and their citizens across the nation, Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston is determined that this town will be a part of the solution, not the problem. On November 3, the Rolesville Police Department held its very first Chat with the Chief at Rolesville Town Hall as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to engage directly with the people of Rolesville on police issues.

“The goal of Chat with the Chief is to engage our citizens and continue to build trust and transparency within the community,” Langston said.

That philosophy led to the creation of Coffee with a Cop this past February as an activity where citizens could freely discuss police issues with officers over morning coffee. Now Chat with the Chief is an alternative platform where citizens who don’t have free time to go to an event on a weekday morning may still have an opportunity to speak directly and openly with the police department.

This commitment to transparent law enforcement is shared by Town Manager Bryan Hicks, who also attended.

“When I hired Chief Langston, I knew we were getting someone who had similar goals as me.  We both want our Police Department to be reachable, communicative, friendly and open to everyone,” Hicks said. “This Chat with the Chief program is just another tool in our toolbox to allow that relationship to get even better.”

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Lieutenant Investigator Roy Holloway (left) listens to Chief Bobby Langston (right) address citizens at Chat with the Chief.

The one-hour Chat with the Chief was divided into two parts: a presentation by the police chief followed by an unfettered question-and-answer session. Langston’s presentation outlined important police statistics as well as the department’s ongoing community outreach programs.

Langston particularly emphasized the growing diversity of the department, with its 72% white and 28% non-white personnel accurately reflecting the ethnic makeup of the community, a rarity among most small town police forces. In a further gesture of both transparency and the department’s quest to eliminate racially biased policing, Langston shared traffic stop statistics from the past month indicating that no ethnic group was stopped proportionally more often than any other.

Langston also informed citizens about more than a dozen outreach programs the Rolesville Police were involved with in the community, including a summer camp run entirely by police officers called Camp Care, DARE programs at three elementary schools in the area, and Shop with a Cop, a program where police help less-fortunate kids shop for Christmas.

The heart of Chat with the Chief is the questions from the citizens, which covered topics ranging from clarification on the laws of texting while driving to the extent of police involvement in helping independent community watch organizations.

Langston approved of the way this chat turned out, saying, “This is an opportunity for the community and police to come together and engage in making our town safer for all.”

The next Chat with the Chief will be held on February 2.

Rolesville Honors Veterans and Recent Fallen Soldier

Veterans Day 2016


— Lisa Brown • lisa.brown@rolesvillebuzz.com • December 2016

Veterans Day in Rolesville is celebrated like many around the state and nation: with a somber and proud salute to the men and women who have served our country. This past Veterans Day was especially difficult as town officials, local religious leaders and residents gathered at the Veterans Memorial site to honor a resident, Capt. Andrew Byers, who was killed under enemy fire in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on November 3.

Byers served in the Army for 8½ years and was a highly decorated Special Forces officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart posthumously.

Byer’s family, originally from Buffalo, New York, relocated to Rolesville and now consider it home. The family, not present at the service, had gone back to New York to gather with other family members and make arrangements for his funeral. Byers will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Mayor Frank Eagles, himself a veteran, made a proclamation to have flags fly at half-staff in honor of Byers.

“I’m glad to see such a good turnout to honor our veterans and Captain Byers,” Mayor Frank Eagles said.

The Hylton family of Wake Forest, with father David, mother Kelly and children Drew and Tyler, were in attendance to pay homage. Kelly Hylton’s father fought in Desert Storm, and she felt it is important to bring her children, who were home from school for the holiday, to the service.

“We’ve had family serve, and we’re very fortunate to have them all come home. Lots of families don’t have that,” David Hylton said.


Local Artist Bonnie J. Becker Earns Signature Status

Bonnie J. Becker

Bonnie J. Becker in her studio

Wake Forest resident and watercolor artist Bonnie J. Becker has been awarded signature status from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.

This honor is given to artists who are juried into three of the organization’s annual exhibitions. Nationally renowned watercolorist Mark E. Mehaffey was this year’s juror.

“I am so thrilled to be given this award,” Becker said. “Becoming a signature member of a prestigious arts organization has been one of my goals as a watercolor artist. Now my new signature is ‘Bonnie J. Becker WSNC.’ ”

This year’s juried show was to have opened on October 9, but Hurricane Matthew forced big changes to the show’s associated activities.

“It wasn’t just the opening reception that had to be canceled,” Becker said. “The seminars and weeklong workshop with Mark Mehaffey also had to be canceled. Since this is our big yearly event, we were heartbroken even though we knew we couldn’t fight Mother Nature.”

The artists’ reception and awards ceremony have been rescheduled for November 18 at 5 p.m. and, like the exhibition, will be open to the public. The exhibition is open through November 18 at the Dare County Arts Council, housed in the Old Court House, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo.

Becker serves on the Board of Directors of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and on the Board of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists. Her work can be seen at Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, 139 S. White St., Wake Forest.

Wake Forest Police Department Turkey Drive Off to a Slow Start

The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual Turkey Drive got underway in September, but donations are way down compared to previous years.

“So far donations have been sparse,” said turkey drive organizer Officer M.W. Sattler. “Now that we’re (in) to November, we’re hoping they will begin to pick up.”

The police department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, November 19. Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to purchase additional turkeys. Checks should be written to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Donations of frozen turkeys may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St., on Saturday, November 19, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The police department will distribute the turkeys while they last on Monday, November 21, from 9-11 a.m., at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this year’s Turkey Drive should contact Officer Sattler at 919-795-7270.

Officer Sattler organized the police department’s first Turkey Drive in 2007. Since then, the department has distributed nearly 5,000 turkeys to needy families in our area, including over 800 turkeys last year.

— November 2016

Sherman Takes Command at Rolesville Middle

Thaddeus Sherman - Rolesville Middle School

Rolesville Middle School Principal
Thaddeus Sherman

Thaddeus Sherman, the new principal at Rolesville Middle School, wants to avoid rocking the boat. And he’s doing his best to fit in at his new school.

Sherman started on October 1 after serving as principal of Wakelon Elementary School in Zebulon. He succeeded Dhedra Lassiter, who moved to Rolesville High School in July.

Sherman believes he is up to the challenge despite coming onto the job with the school year already in session.

“The biggest challenge was coming in and just getting a grasp of what’s going on,” Sherman said. “What’s been done? What still needs to be done? One of the most important things to me right now is that I’m visible. I want the students and staff to know I’m fully invested in being here.”

Of course, there have still been challenges in the early going. After all, a misbehaving first-grader sent to the principal’s office is very different from a troubled eighth-grader being sent.

“Oh, yeah,” he said, chuckling. “That’s definitely been one of the transitions. Obviously, students at this level are more mature, and you’re able to have a deeper conversation with them.”

He finds other differences, as well.

“How the students look at me is different, too,” he said. “At Wakelon, when I’d walk into the cafeteria, it was like I was a superhero. The kids were always excited to see Mr. Sherman. Here, it’s more like, ‘Oh, I hope he doesn’t walk near me!’”

Sherman was called to a career in education from an early age in upstate New York. After graduating from Houghton College, he moved to North Carolina and found work as a third-grade teacher.

“But I really wanted to go to middle school,” he recalled. “I liked the idea of being able to coach and focus on one subject.”

He met his wife, an art instructor, while teaching in Durham, and they’re now both in the Wake County School system. He especially likes the county’s tough stance against bullying.

“We have something called the Upstanders Alliance Club,” he said, “and it’s a group of students who lead the group and talk with others about standing up against bullying. It’s not only about speaking up if you’re being bullied but also seeing it happen to others and speaking up as well.”

Sherman has also been very active on social media.

“I look at Twitter specifically as a great platform to share all the good stuff happening at the school,” he said. “I’ve started a hashtag, and it’s #GoRMSrams. So, every tweet that I tweet out, I attach that hashtag to it. What that does is it allows visitors, prospective students and the community to search for that hashtag and see everything I’ve tweeted all in one spot.”

Mostly, though, he has just tried not to rock the boat.

“This is already such a good place that it doesn’t need someone to come in and change a bunch of stuff. You do look for places where you can add your own strengths to continue moving the school along,” he said. “I think one of the biggest things is how we, as a staff, engage and motivate students. Students learn differently today. We can’t just put a worksheet in front of them. We have to figure out how to best engage them and make learning meaningful.”

— Teddy Durgin, November 2016

Volunteering for the Holidays

With every changing season, one thing remains consistent throughout the holidays: the want and need for volunteering. Many charities, churches, food banks and clothing drives love volunteers that help all year, but during the holidays the extra help is that much more appreciated.

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Some of the nOg Run Club members after present wrapping last year.

Downtown Raleigh’s nOg Run Club – sponsored by Tir Na nOg, Chiropractic Café, Fleet Feet Sports Raleigh, Lonerider Brewery and Raleigh Beer Garden – is hitting holiday volunteering right on the head. Reinstituting “Operation Wake County Holiday Cheer” for this year’s holidays, the club will have six days of volunteer work from November to January.

The club will be sponsoring more than 110 children as well as 58 seniors through all of the various donations and volunteer work done in the course of the next few months.

“With the success of our annual races, we have continued to raise more money, and for the third year in a row will sponsor over 110 children,” said nOg Run Club’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Pagano. “This is a small way we can make the holidays a little brighter for our community.”

The club’s first event takes place at 6:30 a.m. November 5 when members will head to the Old Navy store located at Triangle Town Center Mall to shop for the children they are sponsoring for the holidays.

On December 10 at 10:30 a.m., the club will deliver presents to Wake Assisted Living in Raleigh for the fourth year in a row.

“This is an awesome way to spread holiday cheer and spend time with the residents,” Pagano said.

The nOg Run Club has been able to support local charities through its three annual races along with volunteering at other local races and various fundraisers held by the club.

With the endless opportunities to get involved with giving back for the holidays, another option is volunteering at the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

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Raleigh Rescue Mission volunteer
standing behind festive holiday cupcakes
prepared for the public.

For the past few years, Rolesville resident Cassandra Monday and her family have dedicated their holiday season to preparing meals, providing clothing and much more for the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

“I started bringing my kids here a couple years ago just to give back on the community,” Monday said. “We think if there are people less fortunate than us who cannot afford to celebrate the holidays, we should dedicate ours to them.”

The Raleigh Rescue Mission provides multiple seasonal volunteer opportunities specifically for the holidays including Gobbles to Go Meal, Thanks for Giving Holiday Food Drive, Holiday Tubs of Love and Christmas Blessings Gift Program.

According to the Raleigh Rescue Mission website, the spirit of volunteering is abundant because the mission’s Gobbles to Go Outreach Program volunteer positions and waiting list are full for Thanksgiving and Christmas 2016. However, there are many other volunteer opportunities available.

Many local churches will also ask people to volunteer for the holidays as well. Lifepointe is one such church, and the church has one site at Wake Forest High School and two others in Raleigh.

Mary Grover has been a member of Lifepointe Church for three years and enjoys creating the Christmas spirit in giving back.

“As a community, people often feel we have the help we need, but that is not the case,” Grover said. “We always have welcome arms to anyone who wants to donate their time and effort.”

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Mary Grover and friends with Lifepointe Church.

The church has a special program for providing less fortunate children with toys for Christmas. After a service, each family can go up to the giving tree to pick a name of a child that is attached to one of the branches. The family then buys a toy to bring back to the church, where it will be given to the child.

“The holidays are meant to be celebrated with happiness and love, so why wouldn’t we want everyone to feel that way?” Monday said.

For more information on participating with The nOg Run Club for the holidays, visit www.nogrunclub.com/ or email info@nOgRunClub.com.

To get involved with the Raleigh Rescue Mission, find out more at www.raleighrescue.org

To get find out more information about Lifepointe Church’s holiday programs, visit the website  www.lifepointechurch.com/wakeforest/

— Abaigeal Brown, November 2016

Legacy Auction November 11 at Neuse Christian Academy

Neuse Christian Academy is having a Legacy Auction on November 11, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. at 7600 Falls of Neuse Road. All funds raised will go towards their building expansion project. Tickets are only $15 each and may be purchased in advance or at the event.  The event will feature tasty hors d’oeuvres and both silent and live auctions to allow people to start their Christmas shopping early on any budget.  Items include:

* Vacation trips to Myrtle Beach and the mountains
* Tickets to many local attractions, including the North Carolina Symphony, Marbles
* Museum, Raleigh Little Theatre, Defy Gravity and Adventure Landing
* Food and gift certificates from local area restaurants, including Milton’s, Pie-zano’s, Bonefish Grill, Applebee’s and On the Border
* Home décor items for Christmas and other occasions
* Electronics, including an Apple watch and Lenovo laptops
*Spa items
* Photography items
* Gift baskets for NC State, UNC, teenagers, pet lovers, Christmas, and more

The Legacy Auction promises to be a fantastic evening of food, fun and shopping.  For more information, go to: http://neusechristian.com/support.nca/legacy-auction/

R & B Legends Coming to Louisburg College

The DriftersOn Friday, November 11, at 7:30 pm, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees “The Drifters” will bring their soulful sounds to the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, are once again touring the U.S.

After The Drifters began in the early 1950s, the singers had twenty years of uninterrupted hits, making them the second-most successful recording group of all time, according to Billboard Magazine. Through an historic journey involving five legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King, the group’s ongoing story has covered the spectrum of Rock & Roll.

The Drifters were the first musical group to include string instruments into Rhythm & Blues music with their song “There Goes My Baby.” They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof,” and also the first African-American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They were in the Hall’s first class, along with The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Supremes. Their classic “Under The Boardwalk” is the most-played R & B record ever. Twenty other million-sellers followed. Their songs have been penned by songwriters such as Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Carole King, Gerry Goffin and Phil Spector.

The Drifters have played at the White House three times, given a benefit concert in Berlin the day the wall fell, performed for the Pope, the Queen of England and Nelson Mandela, and toured for the USO in three war zones, from Korea to Iraq. It’s been awhile since the group toured the United States, but they are gearing up for a monumental celebration of their 50-year catalogue to support their new album: The Drifters Salute the Great American Songbook Live.

This concert will be in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium in Louisburg College’s Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC). For tickets, call the Louisburg College Box Office, (919) 497-3300 or 866-773-6354. If tickets are still available, they may also be purchased the day of the show. The Box Office, in the main lobby of the JPAC, is open Monday through Friday from 1-5 pm, as well as 90 minutes before show time. Seats are not reserved. Tickets are also available online at http://www.jpacarts.com. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, are admitted free to all performances. Louisburg College offers a special discount for groups of 20 or more.

Additional support for this series comes from the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority (www.visitfranklincountync.com).

Walk Along the Shore for Depression Awareness and Suicide Loss

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Participants of the Walk enjoyed beautiful weather in 2015.

On November 12, starting at 1 p.m., The Shore Grief Center will host its annual fundraiser walk, Walk Along the Shore, at the Southeastern Baptist Seminary in downtown Wake Forest.

The purpose of the walk is twofold: to raise awareness of depression and suicide caused by depression and to bring together people who have suffered through a loss of a loved one.

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A group shot of the 2015 participants.

“Survivors of suicide loss will be walking in memory of children, spouses and friends lost to depression and suicide,” said Carolyn Zahnow, the head coordinator of The Shore Grief Center.

It’s “boots on the ground” for supporters of The Shore Grief Center’s efforts to help people overcome their depression associated with grief. The Shore provides free grief support groups and serves three locations: Wake, Franklin and Wilson counties.

The walk itself will be 1.5 miles long, sweeping through the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary campus along brick pathways that will make it easier for women with babies to bring them along in carriages or for people who use wheelchairs.

On-site registration starts at noon. Participants can also pre-register online at www.bitly.com/ShoreWalk2016.

While there is no charge to register, participants are asked to make a donation to help the organization continue to provide care and support to those in need.

“There are many suicide awareness walks this fall in the area, but The Shore’s fund-raising efforts stay local,” Zahnow said.

The first 24 donations of $75 or more will receive a lime green cooler backpack as a thank you from The Shore.

In addition to the walk, the event will include multiple activities such as Honor Beads that represent the type of loss for depression awareness, a new Butterfly Wall, Memory Trees and a Memorial Wall where participants can bring a picture of lost loved ones to place on the wall and honor their life.

“Addressing depression is key to preventing additional suicides,” Zahnow said.

A butterfly release at the end of the event – if the temperature is appropriate – will be the culminating activity.

“This is in lieu of a balloon release, which is harmful to our environment, birds and other animals.” Zahnow said.

For more information about The Shore and its events, visit www.theshoregriefcenter.org

— Abaigeal Brown, November 2016

Wake Forest Woman’s Club to Host Downtown Scarecrow Contest October 15

As a “Hello to Fall,” and in anticipation of the sights and sounds of Halloween, the Wake Forest Woman’s Club is sponsoring a Scarecrow Contest and children’s craft event, Saturday, October 15, 2016, downtown on S. White Street, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday October 16).

Local schools, churches and businesses have been invited to participate in designing and building a scarecrow for the contest (not taller than 6 ft.). The entries will then be secured to the lamp posts up and down S. White Street on Friday, October 14. Each entry will be given a number. The public is invited to view all the entries during a Scarecrow “Walk-about” throughout Saturday morning, and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite at the Fidelity Bank parking lot, located at 231 South White Street.

The Woman’s Club will have several fun activities for children and families at the Fidelity Bank site, including scarecrow themed crafts, tattoos, a photo area with pumpkins and hay bales, and free snacks. The Wake Forest Fire Department will be there to provide an up close look at one of the fire trucks. Also, just prior to the start of the Woman’s Club event, Page 158 Books, located at 158 S. White Street, will be reading a scarecrow themed book, during their regularly scheduled Saturday Story Time of Noon to 1 p.m.

Register Now for Wake Forest Historic District Walking Tours

The Town of Wake Forest will offer four free walking tours of the local Wake Forest Historic District on the following dates and times:

— Wednesday, Oct. 19; 9:30 am
— Wednesday, Oct. 26; 9:30 am
— Wednesday, Nov. 2; 1 pm
— Wednesday, Nov. 16; 1 pm

Led by architectural historian and Town Historic Preservation Planner Michelle Michael, the tours will include areas along North Main Street, North Avenue, Front Street, and South Avenue. Along the way each group will discuss the developmental and architectural history of the area, along with the significant men and women who lived in the homes. Individual homes will not be toured.

Each tour will begin and end at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

Space is limited to the first 12 participants to sign up for each tour, so pre-registration is required by completing the online sign-up form at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-historic-district-walking-tours.aspx.

Additional tours may be planned in the spring of 2017 depending on interest.

For more information, contact Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or mmichael@wakeforestnc.gov

Application Deadline Extended to October 22 for 2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

The application deadline for participation in the 2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade has been extended one week to Saturday, Oct. 22.

Applications are available online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-christmas-parade.aspx and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Interested participants may submit their application online or by mail to Wake Forest Christmas Parade, c/o Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Entries postmarked by Saturday, Oct. 22, will be considered for inclusion based on the number of entries needed for each category. Accepted entrants will be notified via email no later than Monday, Oct. 31.

Please note: Due to space considerations, the 2016 Christmas Parade is unable to accept additional entries from automobile and motorcycle clubs.

Payment for entry must be received by Monday, Nov. 14, to secure a position in the parade. Parade packets for accepted participants will be mailed Monday, Nov. 28. The packet will include vehicle passes, parking information, and other pertinent event details.

Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Downtown Development Office at 919-435-9416 or lbeadle@wakeforestnc.gov.

Film Screening to focus on Faith, Identity and Belonging October 19

Coming Out~Coming In: Faith, Identity and Belonging is a half-hour documentary that presents personal stories from gay and lesbian Christians who live and worship in North Carolina. The screening will take place at Hatch, 103 S. White St., Wake Forest, at 6:30 p.m. on October 19.

The interview subjects, all residents of North Carolina, take viewers beyond the current debate in churches about homosexuality to reveal the everyday efforts of faithful people.

Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman, one of the film producers is a mother, a wife, a grandmother and a Chaplain is part of Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh and is starting up an outreach to the Rolesville/Wake Forest area at Hatch downtown. She calls herself a “spirit-led, progressive ponder-er, evangelical preacher, mystical meditative contemplative, social justice advocate, curious questioner, and recovering racist and homophobe.”

Rolesville Native Gains National Recognition

Chris Beguhl (Garner-Web University ’17) Among Select Group Honored for Scholarly Work

Chris Beguhl

Chris Beguhl (’17) receives the History Scholar Award at the Gilder Lehrman Institute from New York University professor Dr. Martha Hodes.
Photo courtesy of Garner-Webb University

A Gardner-Webb history major recently gained national recognition for his scholarly work. Chris Beguhl (’17) of Rolesville, N.C., was awarded a prestigious History Scholar Award by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City.

He is the son of Rachel Beguhl of Rolesville and Peter Beguhl of Youngsville.

This highly competitive award is given to 16 rising seniors from across the United States. Some of the colleges represented by the recipients include Harvard, Yale, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Columbia. The students spend five days in New York attending historical presentations, meeting eminent scholars, and participating in detailed tours of historic archives and sites.

“I learned about topics from the energy crisis in late 20th Century America to the perceptions and legacy of Abraham Lincoln’s death,” Beguhl shared. “I learned about New York City and Gilder Lehrman Institute’s history, not to mention sampling the parks, culture, food, and life in the city. I made connections with astounding people, including peers and professors.”

Selections are based on academic achievement, community involvement, public service, and most importantly, promise in historical scholarship which is demonstrated by academic transcripts, faculty recommendations and a sample of their scholarly writing. Beguhl’s submission topic was his research on Cherokee women’s views of interracial relationships, which he presented at Gardner-Webb’s Life of the Scholar Multidisciplinary Conference.

His GWU mentor, Dr. Joseph Moore, Department of Social Sciences Chair, stated, “Through this work, Chris has demonstrated an ability to conduct original historical research on an exceptionally high level and has confirmed his potential and recognition as one of the outstanding young historians in the United States.”


VFW Announces Kick-Off of Annual $30,000 Scholarship Competition

Commander Dennis Mecum of the Wake Forest Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 8466 announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students must write and record a three-to-five-minute essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by November 1. The 2016 theme selected is “My Responsibility To America.” Students begin by competing at the local Post level with an entry deadline of November 1. Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.

All state first-place winners receive a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year and VFW awards more than $2 million in scholarships every year.

Interested students and teachers should contact Wake Forest VFW Post 84466 Senior Vice Commander David Martin by phone at 919-818-2248 or email the Post at dmartin717@gmail.com or Joe Csuka Wake Forest VFW Post 8466 Post Adjutant at 203-615-2160 for more information.

For details, visit http://www.vfw.org/VOD.

3rd Annual Reindeer Day Doubles Size

Reindeer Day at RHSOn Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rolesville High School will host the third annual Reindeer Day shopping event. This holiday vendor and craft event has more than doubled in size since its first year. This year, vendors will occupy the school’s main gym, line the hallways and fill the cafeteria.

Admission will be $2, and the money raised will be used to fund a scholarship program for Rolesville High School seniors.

This is the perfect time to get holiday shopping done or to just look around. Boosters will have concessions open and sell lunch. Vendors will have all kinds of items for sale, and there promises to be something for everyone. Examples of things for sale are jewelry, candles, monogrammed items, home décor, clothing and more.

Child care will be provided by Rolesville High School’s Student Government Association.

The event is put together by Rolesville High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Anyone who fits into those three categories is welcome to join. Annual dues are $10 for parents and $5 for students. The PTSA, which meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m., supports the school in many ways by providing meals to teachers on half-days and putting on the honor roll breakfast for students.

A strong PTSA sends a positive message to our community and provides needed support to our school. The power of parents and teachers working together in the school community can be tremendous.

Early Voting Sites Sanctioned and Hours Expanded, Plus One Precinct Returned Home

Exercise your right to vote Nov. 3Early voting for the November 8 general election can be done at any of the 20 sites sanctioned by the Wake County Board of Elections on the days that they are open. In our area, voters can choose from five sites.

The East Regional Center at 1002 Dogwood Dr. in Zebulon and the Northern Regional Center at 350 E. Holding Ave. in Wake Forest will be open October 20 through November 5.

The Knightdale Recreation Center, 4201 Green Road in Knightdale; New Bethel Baptist Church, 605 E. Young St., in Rolesville; and the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St. in Wendell will be open October 27 through November 5.

For the full schedule of early voting sites, times and dates, go to http://msweb03.co.wake.nc.us/bordelec/downloads/14earlyvoting/2016/November2016EVSchedule.pdf.

The Wake County Board of Elections also voted on September 15 to return Wake Forest Precinct 19-11 to its previous location at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. It was last located at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts. This precinct change will be effective for the November 8 general election.

Young Local Athlete Goes All-American and Doesn’t Plan on Stopping There

Student-athlete Byrum Brown

Student-athlete Byrum Brown received gold, silver and bronze medals at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships held at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California.

Most kids at age 11 are usually hanging out with friends, playing games or just surviving middle school. But that is not the case for Rolesville Middle School seventh-grader Byrum Brown. He was busy winning national championships.

Attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club during the Summer Olympics year, Brown has had quite the successful Junior Olympic track and field season, which ended on July 31. While Brown went above and beyond in his athletics, he has made it top priority to be outstanding in the classroom as well.

“My parents have always told me school comes first,” the student-athlete said. “If I come home with a bad report card, I will not be able to play sports, play in the game or run in a track meet.”

Brown managed to maintain all A’s for the entirety of the 2015-2016 academic year, and he scored a 5 rating (the highest possible score) on all of his End of Grade testing exams. The 11-year-old strives in the classroom to achieve his long-term goals of competing in the 2024 Olympics and attending Stanford University or Duke University to study medicine and one day become a successful doctor.

Brown plans to make his dreams come true by “continuing to work hard and doing my best in and out of the classroom,” and he tries to ensure his success by making good choices: “I surround myself around other kids that want to do well in school and not be distracted.”

Byrum’s father, Andrew Brown, has been nothing short of his son’s number one supporter.

“The transition into middle school was not easy,” the father said, “but throughout the school year Byrum made school a priority and excelled in the classroom.”

Student-athlete Byrum Brown

Standing atop the awards podium, Byrum Brown very happily shows off his new gold medal after winning first place in his 1,500-meter race and receiving his national champion title. Photos by Andrew Brown

Along with football and track, Brown played recreational basketball at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Raleigh. During the winter, Brown and his AAU basketball teammates ended their season as league champions, and although it was a hard decision for Brown, he had to choose to either continue to play basketball or get more serious with track and field.

The decision was not easy for the athlete, but when he decided to drop AAU basketball, he set a personal goal to be a national champion in track and field and to make it to USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics Championships in each of his races.

Becoming a national champion was without a doubt going to be hard work, but that did not discourage or slow down Brown. Working with his Carolina Elite Track and Field Club coaches and his personal running coach, he followed a training plan that would best prepare him for every meet and race.

He placed first in all three of his events (1,500 meters, 800 meters, turbo-javelin) at the state Junior Olympics meet in Greensboro and the USATF Region 3 Junior Olympic Championships held in Landover, Maryland. It was clear all of Brown’s hard work had paid off. However, it did not stop there for him, for after his local and regional successes, Brown had the opportunity to compete at the USATF National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships held at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California.

Finishing each of his events with personal best times and distances, he also placed in the top three in each of the races as well. Earning three All-American titles and one national champion title, Brown not only met his goals, but he surpassed them.

— Abaigeal Brown • October 2016

Fun, Food, Run, Chat – Events Coming Up In Rolesville

Late October and early November will be a busy time for the Town of Rolesville, so mark your calendars and come out to enjoy the events!

Following last year’s overwhelming success, the Town of Rolesville’s Fall Fun Fest will take to the street again on Saturday, October 22. South Main Street near Main Street Park will be the location, and the fest will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re anticipating another large turnout like we had last year,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director J. G. Ferguson. “The street was packed all day last year.”

What’s new this year? Two popular local bands will provide the music. The Will McBride Band will perform from 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., and Redline The Band will take the stage from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The Fall Fun Fest will feature close 60 vendors selling various arts, crafts and products, plus there will be informational booths. Food trucks will be on hand for your dining delight, including Baozi Food Truck, Jam Soft Serve Ice Cream, Kona Ice, Bandito’s Taco Trailer and Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels. In addition, La Dolce Vita Bakery will sell some of their most popular bakery delights.

RPD RacesAlso on Saturday, October 22, and just before the opening of Fall Fun Fest, the Rolesville Police Department will host the Hero 5K and the Superhero Mile. There’s still time to pre-register and get the best registration fee possible for both races.

The Hero 5k is a competitive race open to anyone. Participants will run a course through Rolesville. The Superhero Mile is a fun run for ages 12 and under. Both races will start at Rolesville Community School Park, Field A, located at 121 Redford Place Drive.

“The Hero 5K/Superhero Mile is a great way to come out and dress like your Hero or Superhero while supporting the police department,” said Chief Bobby Langston. “All money that is raised will fund our Shop with a Cop program in December.”

The Hero 5k will begin at 9:00 a.m. with day-of registration starting at 8:00 a.m. Registration from October 8 to 21 is $35.00. Day-of registration is $40.00 (cash only).

The Superhero Mile will start at 9:15 a.m. with day-of registration starting at 8:00 a.m. Early bird registration is $5.00 now through October 21. On the day of the race, registration will be $10.00.

Runners can pre-register by going online to the Parks and Recreation signup page, https://secure.rec1.com/NC/town-of-rolesville/catalog . Click on Special Events and then Road Races to see both options. Shirt subject to availability.

Even if you’re not participating in either race, plan to support those who are! For more information on the races or Fall Fun Fest, call (919) 554-6582.

On Thursday, November 3, Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston will host Chat with the Chief from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 502 Southtown Circle.

“Chat with the Chief is a great opportunity for our citizens to come out and hear about the police department and have an opportunity to voice any concerns or just let us know that we are doing a good job,” said Chief Langston.

For more information about Chat with a Chief, call 919-556-7226.

— Jeanne E. Fredriksen • jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com • October 2016

Coworking Space Hatches in Wake Forest

You’re finally living the dream. You work from home. No more dealing with a boss looking over your shoulder. No more commutes, having to tune in for traffic and weather. No more inner-office politics. You can work in your pajamas. You can fix lunch in your own kitchen.

Liz Johnson - Hatch Wake Forest

Liz Johnson

After a few months, though, you actually miss people. You and the spouse are spending a little too much time together. You live in fear that the kids will sound off during an important conference call. Or you just can’t believe that Phyllis is sleeping with her husband’s brother on “The Young and the Restless,” and you find yourself scheduling important deadlines around your suddenly can’t-miss soap.

You don’t have the budget to lease an office just for you. Your best option? Coworking! Fortunately, Wake Forest has two options in the form of Hatch at 100 E. Roosevelt Ave. and Wake Forest Coworking at 335 S. White St.

What is coworking? It’s essentially a shared workspace environment where freelancers and other independent workers can go and get the basics of an office – a desk, Internet access, conference room, shared printers and so forth. Members buy time in the space from a few hours a week to full-time. Some even have a dedicated small office.

Michael Kimsal - Wake Forest Coworking

Michael Kimsal
Wake Forest Coworking

“My parents have owned this building for at least 20 years,” said Liz Johnson, the manager of Hatch. “Basically, they kept seeing coworking spaces pop up all over Durham and Raleigh. I had just become a Realtor, but I wanted something else to do. Coworking just seemed to go hand in hand. So, I told them I’d head it up, and it’s worked out.”

The remodeling of the Hatch space began in January, with new paint, flooring, electrical and other upgrades. Hatch officially opened for business on July 22. Wake Forest Coworking has been up and running for two years.

“This is a growing community,” Johnson said. “It’s crazy the amount of residential neighborhoods going up. A lot of people moving here are independent sales consultants or entrepreneurs or people who want to become entrepreneurs. Most of them don’t have an office or they have a home office. So, you hear stories like ‘My wife is going to kill me if I don’t get out of the house’ or ‘I can’t concentrate with my kids running around during the summer’ or ‘The TV is right there, and I can’t resist!’ ”

Wake Forest Coworking owner Michael Kimsal hears a lot of the same stories.

Interior - Hatch Wake Forest

The main interior of Hatch, where coworkers share desks, printers, a break room and more.

“Coworking’s been a growing trend over the last few years for several reasons,” he said. “Chiefly, there are a lot more mobile workers, a lot more contingent workers, and a lot more people freelancing. Many of them just need to get out of the house.”

Hatch, for instance, counts among its clientele an interior designer, a real estate photographer, an estate jeweler, an accountant and a babysitter. For its part, Wake Forest Coworking has an insurance professional, a writer and “a guy who used to do a lot of software development consulting but is now focused on a donor management software platform,” Kimsal said.

Most love the flexibility that coworking space offers.

“I needed a place to work that was quiet,” said Paul D. Prisco, who is a licensed agent with US Health Advisors and maintains a desk at Hatch. “This has a climate-controlled atmosphere, it’s comfortable and it offers easy access to the Internet. I can’t recommend it enough.”

Main Conference Room - Wake Forest Coworking

The main conference room at Wake Forest Coworking can be rented by the hour.
Photos by Teddy Durgin

Johnson and Kimsal each believe their locations are prime selling points, too.

“There are three coffee shops on this street. So, you’re highly caffeinated,” Johnson said.

Kimsal points out at least a dozen restaurants are within walking distance, a post office is nearby and plenty of free parking is available.

“You’re never more than a 30-second walk from your car,” he said.

And the price is right, too. Hatch’s rates, for instance, range from $25 a day for a desk to a private, corner office for $600 a month.

“It’s very much month to month,” Kimsal said. “There are no long-term contracts. A busy day, we’ll have six or seven people here overlapping for a few hours and usually one or two people here at night. Friday mornings tend to be the busiest. But it’s not the boss yelling at you or the wife and kids asking, ‘Are you almost done?’ ”

— Teddy Durgin • October 2016

The 7th Annual Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin’ BBQ & Bands Continues to Grow

BBQ 2016 - Line for the BBQ

The line for BBQ was long, but people were not planning to leave until they left with what they came for – the legendary Rolesville barbecue.
Photos by Abaigeal Brown

Although the North Carolina heat can sometimes be a little overdone, what wasn’t were the ribs, chicken and legendary pulled pork BBQ in Rolesville on the afternoon of the September 17.

BBQ 2016 - White Street Brewing

White Street Brewing

With bands, kiosks, bounce houses for the children, White Street Brewing Company as a new addition and, of course, the barbecue, the seventh annual celebration was a huge success in downtown Rolesville. Starting at 11 a.m. and going until 6 p.m., the activities in the street did not clear out until the sun had set.

With the competition being open to the public, anyone and everyone had the chance to register and hitch their grill to the back of their truck and make their way to Rolesville to compete. Most people came to just hang out with some friends and family.

Along with the newcomers, a few familiar faces made it back for the festival, such as the team known as Woodpile, which earned two flame trophies and placed second in both the ribs and whole hog categories. And Woodpile was not alone when it came to winning a few flames.

BBQ 2016 -  Woodpile Team

Woodpile BBQ Team

Twisted Pair placed first in chicken, first in ribs, and third for the whole hog for their renowned barbecue with a twist.

“They’re taking home as many hot pickin’ flames as they can get!” WRAL newscaster and event judge Ken Smith said as the team walked away from the stage.

Karate Pig made the strut to the stage twice to claim flames for second in chicken and third in ribs.

Hand Me Down was the first to receive a flame, placing third in chicken, and Hound Dog took the award for first place in the whole hog competition.

BBQ 2016 - Karate Pig team

Karate Pig BBQ Team

Along with feeding everyone who made their way down the street with legendary barbecue for $10 or $12 a plate, keeping the environment family-friendly has always been a top priority for the festival. Not only were there bounce houses and a station for the kids to learn karate moves, but White Street Brewing Company made a debut appearance for the adults.

“I like coming here with my family because the food is really good, my friends and I get to dance around to the music, and I get my face painted!” one seven-year-old proclaimed.

BBQ 2016 - Twisted Pair team

Twisted Pair BBQ Team

As the population grows in town of Rolesville, so does the number of people expected to attend the festival. That means a better turnout for what is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce and in the town.

The proceeds raised from meal sales at the festival support the town’s Chamber of Commerce, giving it the funding to support other local events during the year.

“With each festival that comes around every year, it gets better and better. Coming to the

BBQ & Bands is a big thing for our community,” said Rolesville resident Justin White. “Seeing more people come out and have a really good time is important to keep our sense of community here in Rolesville so strong.”

— Abaigeal Brown • October 2016

Grocery Wars - Development and Demographics

Part 2 of a 3-Part Series on Grocery Wars

Grocery Store Logos

Too many grocery stores! And the traffic! These complaints have circulated on social media and in conversation for months. Little wonder as Wake Forest now has 11 grocery stores, including low-cost German grocery store chain Lidl that recently broke ground at the corner of the N.C. 98 Bypass and South Main Street.

“One of the things I want to underscore is grocers are extraordinarily strategic about where they place their investments,” said Jason Cannon, Wake Forest Director of Economic Development. “With technology as it is today, the way they’re able to analyze data and how they look at the demographics of a community and the strengths and weaknesses that they bring, they’re able to input the targets that they’re looking for and easily find where they can be successful. They’re smart, savvy, strategic investors.”

Basic retail wisdom says companies are after customers who are willing to invest their dollars in the store’s location. The goal of a Publix or a Lidl is far less to put everything on the line to see if they can beat out a competitor than it is to know that they will be successful in a given market.

According to the Food Marketing Institute, retail segments fall under two umbrellas. Traditional grocery stores are divided into traditional supermarkets (Publix, Kroger), fresh format (Whole Foods, The Fresh Market), limited-assortment stores (Aldi, Trader Joe’s), super warehouses (Cub Foods, Food 4 Less) and small grocery (such as a small corner grocery store that carries a limited selection of staples and other convenience goods). Non-traditional grocers include wholesale clubs (Sam’s, Costco) and supercenters (Walmart Supercenters, Super Target).

Certainly, competition plays a part of the decision to open in a specific community, but Lidl and Aldi can coexist as direct competitors in the same town because the investors’ strategic site selection teams believe there’s enough business there for them both to be successful or they wouldn’t invest. Their market share and profit model even when a direct competitor is down the street are, as Cannon put it, “much stronger in that swell of people than it is out in a satellite area where there’s less competition.”

No retailer is going to give the consumer all of the details of what they look for in site selection, but there are some hints if searched for. Aldi’s market requirements include a dense trade area population within 3 miles and a traffic count in excess of 20,000 vehicles per day. One thing Publix, which is less forthcoming about its requirements, looks at is the demographic breakdown within 1-, 2- and 3-mile radii for any new site selection. Whole Foods looks for, among other things, 200,000 people or more in a 20-minute drive time, a large number of college-educated residents and a site located in a high foot and/or vehicle traffic area. Food Lion prefers a community/neighborhood shopping center site with a population density to 100,000.

There’s a joke many people make that there’s a mattress store on every corner in Wake Forest, and it certainly seems as if that’s true for supermarkets, too. But what does that mean, whether it’s a mattress store or grocery store?

“People are saying we’re saturated with grocery stores,” Cannon said. “That might be the on-street perception. It isn’t the market perception at this point. It’s all about what that community can support. I can’t tell you what our saturation is, but I can tell you in terms of what we see, we’re nowhere near the ceiling for retail and clearly not in the grocery label either.”

There is a point where an area reaches retail saturation, and every community is different. When asked if Wake Forest has any imposed saturation limits for businesses, Charlie Yokley, Assistant Planning Director-Development Services, said, “We’re not allowed to have those. The way that North Carolina’s set up is towns can do what the state says they can do, and the state says you can’t do that. Or they don’t say that you can, which means that you can’t.”

So what does a developer or a commercial retailer see in Wake Forest that’s so attractive? There are two big answers that go hand in hand. The town has, according to the Wake Forest Economic Development website’s Community Data page, a population of 39,012, with growth by 2025 expected to reach 47,700. But more importantly, Cannon says it’s all in the demographic profile of that population.

“We have an incredibly well-educated population of incredibly well-compensated people,” he said. “We have an incredible housing value here that people are sustaining successfully, an incredibly low number of foreclosures, and every indicator is that the trajectory for this town is nothing but up. That would stand for any retailer.

“We are competing with a very high demand for residential and retail. And those are easy developments for property owners because the people who come to those developments are well-heeled, well-capitalized, and they can expect a very quick return on their investment.”

— Jeanne E. Fredriksen • jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com • October 2016

Next Month: Traffic and the Price of Progress


Travel: October Offers Wide Variety of Visual Art in the Triangle

October is the perfect time to gallery hop or take a stroll at an art festival, and the Triangle has some extraordinary openings of visual arts and art events in October.

The Click! Triangle Photography Festival (October 1-31) is a celebration of photography promoting artistic excellence, professional development and community engagement. The festival’s exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of History, Artspace, Flanders Gallery and the Visual Art Exchange. Admission: Most events are free and open to the public. Find details at www.clicktrianglephoto.org.

The North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, has several exhibits opening this month, each one different from the next. Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases (October 1-January 8) features 10 photographs by the internationally acclaimed South African photographer and self-described “visual activist” from her ongoing series of the same title. Admission is free. Blending America’s love affair with the automobile with the art deco period, Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars (October 1-January 15) will feature the luxury and glamour of both in their Meymandi Exhibition Gallery. Admission fee required. Panorama: North Carolina (October 8-February 12) focuses on the Old North State in more than 30 photographs by North Carolina-based photographers. Admission is free. Human/Nature (October 15-February 26) features photographs from the NCMA’s permanent collection that relate individuals to both natural and manmade environments. Each photograph in Human/Nature presents the relationship between man and the environment. Admission is free. www.ncartmuseum.org

CAM-Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh, presents White Gold (October 7-January 22), an installation by artist Thomas Sayre. “White Gold” refers to the cotton industry of the American South and the artist’s respect and reverence for the land and the labor from which the cotton grows. Admission is $5. www.camraleigh.org

Art After Hours returns to Downtown Wake Forest (October 14) and will occur from 5-9 p.m. on the second Friday evening of each month from October to April. Come celebrate and support our local visual artists and the galleries of Downtown Wake Forest. Meet the galleries’ monthly featured artists and chat with artists as they work. Downtown businesses stay open until 9 p.m. Admission is free. www.wakeforestdowntown.com/aahwf/

The Raleigh Film & Art Festival (October 14-16) at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, is a cultural explosion and exploration of art, music and film. This three-day event includes parties showcasing painters, tattoo artists, filmmakers and fashion designers, plus jazz, blues, R&B and neo soul musicians. Admission $13 a day or $23 for a three-day pass. www.raleighfilmandartfestival.com

Connect & Create: Day of the Dead with Peter Marin (October 15) at Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh, from 10 a.m.-noon. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with sugar skull crafts and creepy fun. Connect & Create connects artists and families to create works of art together. Admission is $10 for members or $15 for nonmembers. www.artspacenc.org

The Pullen Arts Center, 105 Pullen Road, Raleigh, is the site of the Fall Arts Fair (October 15) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Fall Arts Fair showcases the work of Pullen and Sertoma Arts Center artists, including jewelers, painters, printmakers and potters. Bring the whole family to enjoy art activities, demonstrations and your favorite food trucks. Admission is free. http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/Arts/Articles/PullenArtsCenter.html

— Jeanne E. Fredriksen • jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com • October 2016

Buzz Woof & Meow: Protect Pets to Keep Your Whole Family Safe

(NewsUSA) – Playing outside isn’t just for the kids. Pets love exploring the backyard as well, and while letting Fluffy and Fido out may cut down on fur balls on the carpet, they could be bringing unwanted guests back inside.


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners to thoroughly check pets’ fur for fleas and ticks after they’ve been out in the yard or at the park. These pet pests are known to spread diseases to both animals and humans, and can easily infest homes.

Fleas are a very common problem for cats and dogs. Excessive scratching and red bumps
can be signs that your pet has fleas. What makes this pest a problem is the ease with which they can transfer to carpets, couches and even humans. They are also difficult to find because of how small they are and how fast they move. Fleas are an itchy annoyance, but they can also cause flea allergy dermatitis and transfer tapeworms. Though rare, fleas can even transmit bubonic plague if they’ve fed on an infected rodent.

Ticks do not spread as quickly as fleas, but they are known to transfer multiple serious diseases to humans and animals. Lyme disease is one of the most common illnesses spread by ticks and is now seen in people and animals in most regions of the United States. Pets can also suffer from “tick paralysis” if a female tick attaches near a pet’s spinal cord.

It is important to look for signs of fleas and ticks, but pet owners can also prevent these pests with a few tips.

—Keep the lawn cut short, and gardens maintained. Fleas and ticks often hide in tall grass waiting for a host to walk by.

—Groom long-haired pets to prevent pests from latching on. Shorter hair is also easier to comb through to look for pests.

—Look out for skin irritations or changes in behavior that might signal an animal is sick.

—Talk with a veterinarian to see whether preventative medication is recommended for your pet.

If you suspect your home has an infestation of any type of pest, be sure to contact a licensed professional to identify and recommend a course of treatment. You can find a professional in your area by visiting www.PestWorld.org.

— October 2016

Gardening: Fall Garden Thoughts

Fall Gardening Idea

Mixed containers, a few pumpkins and bright colors create a welcoming entrance to your home. Photo by Pam Eagles

Hello, gardeners. How did October arrive already? It has been a busy gardening year in our area.  Recalling late winter when spring emerged a little early and met with cold temps, to spring when rain just wouldn’t stop, to summer when the rain finally stopped and heat and humidity hit, I have to say my garden has not been fun to work in lately. But we who love a garden know it is only ours for a season, and we anxiously anticipate the garden of the next season.

I know I have mentioned or suggested a garden journal before. The journal is a great way to keep track of your garden. You might want to put a journal on your Christmas list. I find a spiral notebook with pockets works great. Write notes and keep plant tags and information in the pocket. Whatever you decide to use, I know you will benefit from the information you amass over the gardening years. I am hoping mine will become a family heirloom!

So the trees are losing their leaves. Do you enjoy raking leaves? Do you deposit your leaf pile by the street for the city to pick up? Instead, consider this: Mulch your own leaves. They are an excellent mulch and soil amendment. It makes fall yard cleanup a faster job too. Run your lawn mower over the leaf-covered lawn, bag the leaves and incorporate them into your compost pile.   The natural breakdown will provide you with superior amended soil to freshen your planting beds next year. If you are a vegetable gardener, spread the leaves over your garden area and work into the soil; the leaves will break down and enhance your garden bed. When I say “work it in,” do not envision hard labor – just enough to incorporate into the soil and to keep the wind from blowing the ground leaves away. It is a job we will have to face anyway, so we might as well let it benefit our gardens.

Things to think about

Fall is our best planting season for perennials, shrubs and trees. Scout your local garden centers for plants you have on your list to introduce to your garden. Planting now gives roots time to establish before the hot, dry weather of 2017 hits our gardens.

It is also time to plant bulbs for spring blooms. Black has become a must for me in the garden.   If you like the unexpected dark plant here and there, you might want to consider adding a black iris to your collection. I have enjoyed black in iris, elephant ear, daylily, calla and coleus in my garden. Incorporating the dark with bright colors complementing makes a surprising statement.  I know, I went off topic, but this is something to consider over winter and perhaps act on in spring!

Our gardening tools must be put away. Do not forget to put them away clean. Remove caked-on dirt – the red-clay type we enjoy here especially. Once they are clean, rub them with a little oil to prevent rust, then put them in your shelter for winter. Don’t forget tools and even your tiller and lawnmower. A fall-cleaned tool will be garden ready to use on that first gardening day in the new year.

Mums and pansies abound this fall. I hope you incorporate some fall color – maybe in the ground or a container. Mixed containers are a lovely hello on the porch or coming up the steps to your home. Pop in a few pumpkins, and you are oozing fall curb appeal! When the mum fades, plant it in a sunny spot in the garden. I’ll tell how to care for it when it emerges next spring in a future column.

When you remove those mums, remember to keep the pansies fed for winter color. Perhaps you might add an ornamental grass and a heuchera to take you through winter. I like to cut from the garden to fill pots, too. Nandina, acuba and magnolia cuttings fill pots, protect rooted plants and add interest during winter. If it is a covered area, continue to water if you have rooted plants in the pots. Another tip is to add cuttings from your favorite hydrangeas; they will root. I leave them in the pots for a season to establish and then incorporate into my garden or send them home with friends.

Enjoy your fall gardening and happy digging!

— Pam Eagles, Wake County Extension Master Gardener • October 2016

Goodwin Encourages North Carolinians to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin provides insurance tips for Hurricane Matthew.

RALEIGH— With Hurricane Matthew shifting toward North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin reminds all North Carolinians to be prepared for severe weather by visiting www.NCHurriClaims.com or calling the Department of Insurance at 855-408-1212.

“It’s always better to be safe than sorry,” said Goodwin. “Compiling important documents and making a home inventory are simple things you can do right now to ease the insurance claims process should you suffer property damage or loss.”

It is important to fill your prescriptions. Citizens are encouraged to review their prescription needs and seek an early refill if needed.

Here are five things that will help you prepare your home:

1.    Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Know exactly what your insurance policy does and does not cover. Homeowners policies do not cover flooding; you can only purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. However, there is typically a 30-day waiting period before flood policies take effect, so don’t wait until a storm is approaching to purchase coverage. If you live in a rental property, your landlord’s insurance only covers the building. None of your personal belongings are insured unless you purchase your own renter’s policy.

2.    Compile important documents. Gather important paperwork, including insurance policies, medical records, prescriptions, etc. Be prepared to bring copies with you if you evacuate your home.

3.    Create a home inventory. Go room to room in your home and write down the brand name, description, estimated value and date of purchase of items in your home. It is also helpful to compile receipts, appraisal documents and serial numbers. Take videos or photographs of your belongings. Store your home inventory and related documents in a safe, easily-accessible place online, on your smartphone, on your computer or in a fire-proof box or safe deposit box.

4.    Identify potential hazards around your home. Hanging tree branches, loose shingles, patio furniture and other outdoor objects can cause damage or injuries in a storm. Make repairs or secure large objects to reduce the threat.

5.    Review contact information. Make sure you have up-to-date contact information for your insurance agent and insurance company, and make sure they have accurate contact information to reach you.

Learn more about preparing for a hurricane or disaster at www.nchurriclaims.com or by calling the N.C. Department of Insurance at 855-408-1212. Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

Buzz Woof & Meow: What to Do if You See a Pet in a Hot Car

What to Do if You See a Pet in a Hot Car

hot car safety(SPM Wire) It happens every summer. Pets left in vehicles with no owner in sight. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for this circumstance to be dangerous or even deadly. Even on a temperate day, the greenhouse effect of rolled-up windows can heat up a car to 116 degrees F within an hour, according to the Humane Society.

If you see a pet in a hot car, act quickly to try to locate the owner. He or she is likely in a nearby establishment. Talk to the proprietors of nearby stores and ask them to make an announcement to customers.

Then, call the non-emergency number of your local police department or animal control. Stay on site until help arrives.

While most pet owners have the best intentions, many are unaware of the danger of leaving a pet in a hot car. You can help spread the word. Free online resources, available at HumaneSociety.org, offer tips, advice and important information on keeping pets safe.

This summer, be a hero to a pet in need.

Gardening: Fall Planting Time Is Here

Hello, gardeners. The summer has flown by. Have you begun planting your fall garden?

banana plant

Banana plant

You may have removed some of your underperforming annuals at this point. If not, prune them back for a final flush of new growth and perhaps even a bloom.

Look at gardens in your area that you admire. You might want to add some of those plants to your own garden. If you have gardening friends and they are not sending you home with pieces from their gardens, it is probably because they have not thought about it when you are around. Ask if they will share plants. They will likely be thrilled and complimented.

Labor Day has been observed, so it is time to start planting for fall harvest. Likely it will be late October before we have our first frost. With that in mind, start planting lettuce, turnip greens, radishes and kale. Cover greens if a frost is advised, and you will probably have harvest for the holidays.

While gathering seeds and plants, think about your container gardening. What is prettier than a lovely Swiss chard in a mixed planting with pansies and a colorful heuchera? Or maybe an ornamental grass or sedge mixed with leaf lettuce and a bright fall-colored mum. You will have a lovely planting to feast your eyes on and yummy greens to pick and feast on also. If the planting is used as a welcome container, that makes it easy to step right out and harvest.

It is also a good time to start thinking about spring-blooming bulbs. Check local garden centers and catalogs for availability. Did you make a list of perennials you did not have in your garden that you want next year? Order or buy them now, but wait until November to plant if they are in bulb form. Friends, it seems I always have a plant list. Along with that list, I am always out scouting new places to take over an area of lawn with flowers and ornamentals.

Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears

Are you growing elephant ears and banana plants in your garden? If not, consider a trial spot in the spring. I have great success in the afternoon shade of an old pecan tree. The plants get the morning sun and are mostly shaded in the afternoon. Be aware they are heavy feeders and also need good watering. This past spring and summer did not present much of a water problem.

In the same garden “room,” I have introduced Voodoo Lily, amorphophallus bulbifer. Having lost one in the past, I find the new additions are enjoying the same morning sun and afternoon shading as the banana. Once established, the Voodoo Lily presents a unique bloom and even more unique “fragrance” in spring. My Yorkie alerted me to the bloom in my garden this year: interesting flower and smell not unlike rotting flesh.

Whether you like the tried and true or want to introduce something new, enjoy fall gardening and planning for 2017.

— Pam Eagles, Wake County Extension Master Gardener • September 2016

Faith and Worship - September 2016

It’s been just a short time since the conclusion of the Olympic Games in Rio, but the memories linger still. We were amazed at the success of the athletes from the U.S. as they won more medals than anyone had expected. Notable also was the “faith” component of these Games. From the almost daily visits to the “Christ the Redeemer” statue on that mountaintop in Brazil to the frequent mention of God, Christ and religion, these Games had to have been the most faith-filled in memory.

Many witnessed the celebration as the Fiji men’s rugby team won its first-ever medal by beating Great Britain to win the gold. Immediately following their victory on the field, the players worshiped together, hands raised, as they sang, “We have overcome by the blood of the Lamb.”

America’s own Simone Manuel became the first African-American to win an individual medal in swimming, ending the Games with two gold and two silver medals. And she was quick to credit the Lord for that accomplishment. “All I can say is all glory to God,” Manuel said through tears after her first win. “It’s definitely been a long journey these past four years. I’m just so blessed to have a gold medal. … I’m just so blessed.”

U.S. divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson stole the spotlight in their NBC interview by giving all the glory to God after their silver-medal-winning performance. “It’s totally freeing when I stay in tune with scripture,” Boudia said. “I don’t have to worry if I miss a dive. I go into competition and it’s like, ‘Praise God no matter what.’ If I do well, that’s awesome. I praise Him. If I don’t do well, praise Him even more. Competition looks way different now.”

Allyson Felix became the most decorated U.S. women’s track and field athlete in history. “I praise God for it all. … I came to know Jesus Christ at a very young age. … Faith leads my life. That’s definitely the reason that I run,” she said.

Perhaps you saw the story of Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer who now has won 28 medals. Two years ago, he was depressed, suicidal and banned from swimming competitively. Having attained “rock star” status due to his success, he was now failing miserably at life. However, an NFL football player reached out to Michael and shared a copy of “The Purpose Driven Life,” and Phelps’ life was turned around. He now gives glory to God and is growing as a Christian.

These are just a few of many who spoke up for God at the Olympics. So, in a world filled with despair and sin, there are still people, even young people, who will speak up for and unashamedly serve Christ. And there are many, many more of them than we know! Let your light shine too!

Ron Brisson has been in ministry for 35 years, including the past 18 as Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Rolesville.

Boosterthon Fun Run Motivates Students at Sanford Creek Elementary to Put Ideas into Action

On August 19, students from Tracks 1 and 2 ran in the Boosterthon Fun Run at Sanford Creek Elementary (SCES). On August 31, students from Tracks 3 and 4 participated in their own Fun Run. The Boosterthon Fun Runs were the culminating events of the nine-day Boosterthon programs with a theme of “Backyard Box Office.”

Each day, students in kindergarten through fifth grade learned from five real-life, inspiring students whose world-changing ideas will prepare SCES students to implement their own ideas.

“The goal of Boosterthon is to raise money for our school,” said Alica Abbe, SCES PTA president, who added that the money will help fund new instructional technology and other projects. “Some of the money will be used to fund teacher mini-grants. For example, last year, we were able to provide funds for teachers to finish off reading programs in our school.”

Sanford Creek ES Boosterthon

On average, students ran 30 to 35 laps to secure the funds they raised for their school during the nine-day program. In this photo, students collected bracelets to keep track of how many laps they ran during the Sanford Creek Boosterthon Fun Run. Photo courtesy of Boosterthon

This is the sixth year Sanford Creek has participated in the Boosterthon Fun Run. The school has gained more than $89,000 in the five years it has partnered with Boosterthon.

According to a press release provided by Alpharetta, Georgia-based Booster Enterprises, Inc., the Boosterthon Fun Run is a national fundraising program that promotes fitness, leadership and character while partnering with more than 1,900 schools each year. Its popularity stems from its reimagining of an industry that relied on students selling products door to door.

“We came up with the Boosterthon Fun Run so that schools could focus on education and not on fundraising,” Chris Carneal, founder and president, said on the company’s website.

The SCES program began with a pep rally to set the tone. During the Boosterthon program, students viewed five documentary-style videos featuring the stories of five kid difference-makers. From the videos, the students learned the five steps to making a difference in their community: find a need, write a plan, rally a team, launch it now and grit it out.

The program concluded with the Fun Run. The goal was to have most of the students run 30 to 35 laps on a track set up by Boosterthon. In the case of Sanford Creek, there were two tracks: one for grades K-2 and the other for grades 3-5.

“The Bootherthon organization provides music, and they get everyone excited,” Abbe said. “The kids ran or walked around the track, and for each lap that they completed, they got a (silicone) bracelet from our teachers. Parents, grandparents, businesses pledged an amount per lap. At the end of the run, the child counted the number of bracelets on his or her arm then Boosterthon recorded it in their system. An email went out to the people who pledged for that child, and then we start the collection process at that point.”

It’s not the only fundraiser that involves the school, but it’s the school’s largest and most profitable fundraiser, allowing the PTA to make a substantial contribution of materials to the school. Last year, the PTA was able to fund 30 iPads plus protective bumpers for the tablets to complement the iPads purchased the year before by the school. The PTA intends to purchase more technology this year, although organizers haven’t decided what that technology will be.

“I am so proud of the way our Sanford Creek community – our students, parents, teachers, staff, community partners and PTA – have come together as a team with such passion to make this Boosterthon a success,” Abbe said. “With the success of our Boosterthon Fun Runs, we will be able to purchase instructional technology for our school as well as fund other PTA projects.”

— Jeanne E. Fredriksen • jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.comSeptember 2016

The Seventh Annual BBQ and Bands Festival Is Takin’ It to the Streets

Rolesville Hot Pick'n Finger Lick'n BBQ & BandsThe cook teams are fired up and ready to compete.

The bands are booked and ready to rock.

The  vendors are committed and ready to set up.

The myriad inflatables and children’s games are set to be enjoyed.

And the greater Rolesville area is ready for mouthwatering barbecue when the Seventh Annual Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ and Bands festival takes place on Saturday, September 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We’re expecting to have our best year ever,” said Rolesville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director April Sneed, because the family-friendly event sponsored by the Chamber is expected to increase in traffic with a projected number of nearly 3,000 attendees.

To facilitate the crowd, the event has moved from the Rolesville ballpark to the street. Rogers Road from South Main Street to Granite Rock Way, where the post office is located, will be closed to traffic. See the accompanying map for details.

“We moved the festival to the street so that it would have greater visibility,” Sneed said. “It won’t impact the homeowners who live near the ballfields by restricting the access to and from their homes, and it puts the festival in the heart of Rolesville’s commercial district.”

BBQ map

Chamber Chairman Sherwood Bobbitt added, “Our best events have been when we were located just off Main Street. We moved to the lot behind the ballfields, where it has been held for the past three years. Due to the space limitations on the corner across from Hardee’s, we simply outgrew the space with cook teams, vendors, bands and the crowd attending.”

Fierce and juicy competition

In past years, the competition has been fierce among champions striving to maintain their status. Judging begins with the Whole Hog competition at 9 a.m., a full two hours before the event officially gets under way.

Judges for the Whole Hog competition are members of the N.C. Pork Council, and the winner of the category will qualify to move on to the statewide competition held in Raleigh September 30 and October 1.

Ribs will be judged at 10 a.m. and chicken at 11 a.m. so that all judging is completed before the event opens. This year’s ribs and chicken judges are Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, local business owner Robert Pettyjohn, WRAL-TV news anchor and reporter Ken Smith, Charlotte Knights first baseman Jerry Sands and the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Winner, Chef Franz Propst of Peak City Grill and Blistered Pig Smokehouse of Apex. In the eclectic lineup, each judge will bring his own special flavor and flair to the competition.

Bring your appetite

Plenty of great food awaits attendees. Barbecue plates will be available at affordable prices, so bring the family and make it a day and a meal. One-meat barbecue plates go for $10, and two-meat plates go for $12. Each plate includes green beans, potato salad, slaw, roll and drink. Also available will be a two-hot dog plate with chips and a drink for $5. Tickets for the plates can be purchased at the food tent on the day of the festival.

To eliminate the step of purchasing food at the tent, festivalgoers may purchase tickets for meat plates at a $1-per-plate discount until the event opens. To pre-purchase, contact the Chamber at (919) 562-7069. Those tickets can be picked up at the Chamber tent during the event.

Other amenities and delights of the day

White Street Brewing Co. of Wake Forest will have two on-site trucks. (See separate article.) The popular Swine & Dine Café will be open again, this year with two tents to accommodate attendees. Or visitors can pull up their own chairs, enjoy the barbecue and listen to a lineup of hardworking bands that includes returning favorites as well as bands new to the festival.

A variety of vendors – from arts and crafts to services to businesses – will be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

And for the kids? Games and inflatables will await in a separate area of the festival grounds. Tickets for the children’s activities can be purchased at the kids’ section.

The event is “rain or shine” and free to attend, but tickets must be purchased for children’s rides, food and beer. Cash is king, but credit cards are accepted as well.

“This is a family fun event for everyone in the Rolesville and surrounding communities,”  Bobbitt said. “There are plenty of games, rides, music and activities for anyone attending. And great food from some great cooks.”


11-11:45 – Southern Grace Rocks
12:15-1:00 – Joe Keith and Friends
1:30-2:30 – 9 Xs Around
3:15-4:15 – The Country Justice, our Headliner Band
4:30- 5:45 – The Country Justice, our Headliner Band

— Jeanne E. Fredriksen • jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com • September 2016



Wake Forest Rolls Out Bigbelly Trash & Recycling Bins

The Town of Wake Forest recently unveiled several Bigbelly Solar Trash and Recycling compactor units in public spaces around town.

Throughout late June and early July, town crews installed eight Bigbelly receptacles in seven locations, including three town parks and along South White Street. Four of the units are trash and recycling containers, while the other four are trash units only.

Bigbelly receptacles are high-tech trash compacting containers that use solar power to compact trash. While each container has the same general “footprint” as a standard 35-gallon open top container, each unit’s compacting function allows the new containers to hold up to 150 gallons of trash, thus eliminating the need for more receptacles.

The units also use smart technology to notify town staff via email when they need to be emptied.

A system dashboard collects monitoring, routing information, and real-time and historical data from each unit to optimize the collection process. This information helps ensure the containers are emptied before they overflow, while also eliminating the need for crews to make unnecessary trips to empty containers that are not full.

This data is expected to help reduce collection frequency by as much as 80 percent on average.

“Instead of going several times a week to check on the trash receptacles, we can now go on average once a week,” said Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall. “So not only are we saving on the number of trash cans we’re emptying, we’re also saving on the number of times we’re going. This allows our crews to do their work more efficiently.”

Wall said the PRCR Department studied which of the town’s parks and facilities had the highest volume of waste collection, then made the decision to install single trash and recycling units at E. Carroll Joyner Park and Flaherty Park. The department also installed two trash units at Heritage High Park. In the coming months, additional receptacles will be placed strategically in more remote areas of town parks and greenways that take longer for crews to access.

Echoing Wall’s theme of greater efficiency, Public Works & Utilities Director Mike Barton said town crews installed four Bigbelly receptacles along South White Street to help make trash pickup in downtown more efficient. According to Barton, duo trash and recycling units are located in the vicinity of Las Margaritas, 111 S. White St., and the Wake Forest Coffee Co., 156 S. White St., while single trash receptacles are situated near B& W Hardware, 232 S. White St., and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.

As an added bonus, each Bigbelly container has a closable door that prevents animals from foraging and keeps the wind from blowing trash out.

The town is currently leasing the trash and recycling units for $185/month and the trash units for $107/month. Town officials say in the long term the receptacles will result in significant savings in labor costs and free workers to do other jobs.

August 2016

Free “Concert in the Park” Sept. 4

Concerts in the ParkSpend an evening in Wake Forest with family and friends and enjoy some foot-tapping, finger snapping good times at an upcoming concert at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The performance will feature Dark Water Rising on Sunday, Sept. 4. The performance is free and open to the entire community.

Dark Water Rising is an Native American group featuring an Indie rock/Blues sound. Based in Robeson County, North Carolina, they formed in 2010 and won the 2010 Native American Music Award for “Debut Duo or Group of the Year”.

Area residents are encouraged to bring a picnic, leashed pets, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Concert-goers are reminded that alcoholic beverages, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert may be relocated to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Updated concert information will be available by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert on Wake Forest TV 10 and the town’s Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the town’s app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. To download the Wake Forest app, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

The Sept. 4 “Concert in the Park” is presented by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department; United Arts of Raleigh & Wake County; and Wake Forest ARTS.

August 2016

Wakefield Rotary Club Welcomes New President and Officers


Wakefield Rotary

Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest installed new officers and board members on June 30 for its 2016-17 year.
Pictured front row (left) Susan Martin, Area 2 assistant governor & service project chair; Angela Jamison, president; Matt Hilliard, membership chair; back row (left) Steve Arrington, president elect; George Aux, Rotary Foundation chair; Seth Asbill, sergeant-at-arms; and Teresa Black, secretary. Not pictured Matt Archer, immediate past president and Mike Travis, treasurer.
Photo courtesy of Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest.


Wakefield Rotary club of Wake Forest recently installed a new president and officers for the 2016-2017 year.

Angela Bendorf Jamison is the new club president. Incoming officers and board members include Matt Archer, immediate past president; Teresa Black, secretary; Michael Travis, treasurer; Steve Arrington, president elect; Seth Asbill, sergeant-at-arms; Matthew Hilliard, membership chair; and George Aux, Rotary Foundation chair.

Laura Jazab will serve as newsletter editor/public image chair; Susan Martin, Area 2 assistant governor & service project chair; Heather Holding, programs chair; and Louis Mullinger, club historian.

The Wakefield Rotary Club meets for breakfast every Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., at the Heritage Club, 1250 Heritage Club Dr., Wake Forest, NC, 27587. The hot breakfast buffet opens at 7:30 a.m. and potential new members get to enjoy breakfast for free.

Some ways Wakefield Rotary helps the Wake Forest community is by sponsoring events that generate donations and volunteers for the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club, Kerr YMCA’s Camp High Hopes and other youth initiatives.

Wakefield Rotary is sponsoring the beer garden during Beach Night on White, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. in historic downtown Wake Forest.

Visit www.wakefieldrotarync.org to learn more.

August 2016



2nd Annual Beach Night on White Comes to Downtown Wake Forest on Aug. 20

Beach Night - Jim Quick & Coastline pan

Jim Quick & Coastline band returns to downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, Aug. 20, for Beach Night on White. The free beach music event will feature a beer garden this year hosted by the Wakefield Rotary Club to raise money for local youth programs. No coolers or open containers will be allowed in the streets.Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Downtown

The second annual Beach Night on White, a free event presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc.(WFD), is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2016, along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.

Jim Quick & Coastline band is the featured entertainment, playing beach music and other popular sounds at 5 p.m. New this year is a beer garden hosted by the Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest offering domestic and craft beer, wine and bottled water from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.  No coolers or open containers will be allowed in the streets during Beach Night.

“A portion of White Street will be closed to traffic to allow for the crowd that totaled more than 9,000 people last year,” said Mike Johnson, chair of the Beach Night on White planning committee. “This was the first event that proved we could attract thousands of people to downtown Wake Forest for a free evening concert.”

Downtown Wake Forest stores, restaurants, art galleries and other shops will be open late and a variety of food trucks will be lined up along Owen Street beginning at 5 p.m.

WFD, a non-profit organization of business owners, property owners and community volunteers, organizes the event. Sponsors of Beach Night on White are Ronnie White Towing & Tires, Ted Wilder State Farm Insurance and Walmart.

“There’s no better place to enjoy the end of summer with free beach music from a top Carolina coast band,” said Carter Harrell, WFD chair. “We’ll have everything but the sand!”

Event proceeds will be donated to local charities, including the Wake Forest High School JROTC’s Field of Dreams which hosts an annual baseball tournament for special needs students. Proceeds from the Wakefield Rotary Club’s Beer Garden will benefit the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club, Kerr YMCA Camp High Hopes and the Wake Forest Chamber Youth Leadership program.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestdowntown.com/beach.

August 2016

Police Offer Safety Tips for Players of Pokemon Go

The Wake Forest Police Department is joining a growing number of law enforcement agencies in jurisdictions across the U.S. and around the world to warn its citizens about the increasingly popular Pokémon Go smartphone game.

Pokémon, short for “pocket monsters,” became popular in the 1990s with the release of a television show and video games. Since then, it has become a cultural phenomenon across the globe.

Pokemon Go

The newest installment of the Pokémon franchise has come in the form of the smart phone app,Pokémon Go. The game allows users to leave the house and use their smartphone or tablet camera to explore their surroundings and catcPokémon” through augmented reality. Among other things, users also visit “PokéStops” and “PokéGyms,” typically located at public landmarks, parks, and churches.

Since the game’s release on July 6, Wake Forest police have witnessed a rise in trespassing and other suspicious activities around town. Officers have located numbers of people going to businesses, churches, and government buildings when they are closed in search of Pokémon characters. Police have also reported people staying in public parks after hours to play the game, when they can “catch” Pokémon that only come out at night. Police officials say those actions are considered trespassing and potentially puts the individuals at risk.

Police are also warning motorists about the dangers of driving and playingPokémon Go. They also urge players to be aware of their surroundings while walking around in public.

For those caught up in the Pokémon Go craze, the police department is offering the following safety tips:

• Watch out for your surroundings: Look up and be aware of who is around you;

• Parents limit places kids can go: Set boundaries to avoid stranger danger for kids who are unattended;

• Don’t Pokémon Go and drive: Catching Pikachu isn’t worth crashing;

• Tell people where you’re going if it is somewhere you’ve never been;

• Don’t trespass: People might call the police if you enter private property and hunting for Pokémon and other virtual characters is no excuse;

• If you are stopped by police: Show them you are playing a game;

• Parents – tell your kids about stranger-danger. The way that the game is designed can bring people together in the real world as they search for Pokémon in common areas called “gyms” and “PokéStops.” Obviously, you never know who you could run into while playing.

• And as always, if you run into an individual that is seemingly up to no good – don’t hesitate to dial 911!

August 2016



Local students travel abroad to new adventures

Wake Forest and Heritage High students tour Europe in educational trips

All across the area, students are united by one desire – to explore the world around them. Students from both Wake Forest and Heritage high schools participated in educational trips to Europe organized by Education First (EF) tours in June.

Many Heritage students embarked on an adventure to Greece and Italy, and Wake Forest students were immersed in the cultures of Spain, France and Italy.

Educational Trip

Wake Forest High student Lauren Brown and Heritage High students Vinny McEvoy, Rachael Leach, Paige Kwiatek and Meg Parmelee take in Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge not destroyed in World War II, located in Florence, Italy. Florence was one of Parmelee’s favorite places to discover during the trip. Photo courtesy of Lauren and Leanna Winstead

Heritage student Meg Parmelee’s boyfriend received a letter about the trip from teachers, and that is how she learned of the trip that she said changed her forever.

“I feel like I came back a different person because I guess I had to do things for myself that I hadn’t done before exactly,” Parmelee said. “I had to take care of myself, and it, of course, was a long way away in a different country with completely different customs.”

Wake Forest student Vy Nguyen, who participated in the trip to Spain, France and Italy, realized one different custom – an appreciation of nature.

“It opened my eyes to the world much more. Where we went, the places and countries, it was mostly mountains and trees. There were a lot of old buildings still standing, like old towers; granted, most of them are coming down,” Nguyen said. “It was weird, in a good way, to see things like that because I’m so used to houses being so close to each other, paved roads, barely any trees. You know, like a city. To see all of the nature was life-changing.”

A life-changing experience was exactly what teacher Leanna Winstead had in mind when she worked with fellow teacher Lauren Winstead, her sister, to launch the Heritage High Greece and Italy trip. Leanna recalled her experience traveling to Spain in high school with her Spanish teachers.

Educational Trip

Wake Forest High students and chaperones stand in front of the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square.
Pictured: Laraib Awan; Jordan Douthit and her mother, Shameka Douthit; Jada Hester; Gabby Misavage and her mother, Julie Misavage; Vy Nguyen; Jack Noble; Natalie Biser and her father, Kenneth Biser; Trinity Burks and her mother, Tiffany Streeter; Austin Burnett; Justin Cheek and his mother, Kathryn Cheek, and his aunt, Diane Hon; Isabel Cox; Melanie Dayan; Nicholas Fitzpatrick; Patrick Garner; Jackson Hackney; Ashlyn Richards; Payge Stearns; Lindsay Vaughn; Chloe Waybright; David Salisbury; Rachel Miller; and tour leaders Jeanette Salisbury and Ann Murphy. Photo courtesy of Ann Murphy

“I jumped at the opportunity because of how amazing my experience was when I was in high school. Traveling abroad changes you, and I was eager to give my students the same experience,” Leanna said. “What we hope that our students gain from these trips is worldly knowledge and experience. Being able to travel abroad in high school opens so many doors for them in college.”

The magical experience, however, requires much preparation. Wake Forest High teacher and chaperone Ann Murphy organized five meetings over the past two years. Interested students learned how to go to the bank and acquire euros as well as discovered more about the places they would be visiting.

One key lesson was to be “responsible for yourself and belongings but also for the group,” Murphy said. “We are ambassadors for Wake Forest High School.”

From the unique situation of representing one’s school on an international escapade, bonds often develop. Parmelee was among the students who made new connections.

Educational Trip

Heritage High student Vinny McEvoy peers into the mountain range of Meteora. Photo courtesy of Lauren and Leanna Winstead

“After being with them a certain amount of time, I found that I had more in common with them than I had in school,” Parmelee said. “People that I had never talked to in school, we would just come up and take pictures. We’d talk about how crazy and beautiful it is.”

The crazy, beautiful journey remains vital to Murphy, who has traveled to Madrid eight times.

“I think that all students should have an opportunity every year to travel overseas because that’s your best classroom,” Murphy said.

For Parmelee and other students, this real-world classroom also stands as a significant memory.

“You have a picture of Greece or Italy or really any European country to be,” Parmelee said, “but it’s so much better than how you imagined, and you’re going to make so many new memories. You’ll remember it for the rest of your life.”

— Suzanne M. Blake | August 2016

Rolesville, Wake Forest Programs Cater to Special Needs

Special Needs

Alex Kroner embraces his Sunday school teacher, Emily Braddy, at Richland Creek Community Church. Richland Creek has partnered with the Town of Wake Forest to conduct special needs events such as the resource fair.

Mention age 16 and many people envision a teenager involved in school activities, playing sports, calling friends on the phone or even attending those notorious sleepovers.

Meghan Sacarello is 16, but these rite of passage teenage experiences have often eclipsed her.

Meghan has cerebral palsy, one of many disorders that make it difficult for a person to participate in social activities in the traditional way. And Meghan is not alone.

Meghan’s mother, Daralyn Sacarello, has created a program to meet the social needs of her daughter and many other special needs individuals. Participants gather each Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Rolesville Town Hall.

“My daughter is not accepted in a lot of social activities due to other girls (who) don’t know how to look past her disabilities to see who she really is,” Sacarello said. “I wish to provide a place for these kids to connect and have those bonds we all desire to have with other people.”

The program incorporates music, art, dance, cooking, crafts and games. The weekly social joins a range of activities that cater to the special needs community and are offered by the towns of Rolesville and Wake Forest.

Special Needs

Landon Brogdon and Brady Armlin participate in musical activities in a judgement-free zone at Richland Creek Community Church.

Wake Forest hosts a special needs Valentine’s party, an egg hunt, movie night, bingo night and a resource fair, said Recreation Programs Superintendent Monica Lileton, who first became motivated to establish these programs after attending a Special Olympics event.

“I went to a volleyball tournament, and I saw this grandma. This was the first time her kid had ever won any medal, and that just makes you feel good,” Lileton said. “So, I was like, we don’t have anything like that around here so we need to bring something like that to Wake Forest.”

Dawn Hannum, a parent of a special needs son, said that typically she and her family avoid situations involving standing in line, turn-taking and staying seated.

Special Needs

Emma Waterman reads to her friend Will Slavik during a Sunday class at Richland Creek.
Photos courtesy of Eleanor Waterman

“The town’s special programs give us opportunities to practice these skills while having fun in a judgement-free environment,” Hannum said. “It’s also become a great way for us to meet and socialize with other families and make friends.”

Special Needs Ministry Director at Richland Creek Community Church Eleanor Waterman is also a parent of a special needs child. She, too, has benefited from the relationships fostered by these events, which are organized by both Wake Forest and Richland Creek.

“We have faced challenges that I never imagined we would, but with that comes such joy and strength. I have been fortunate enough to meet so many wonderful people along the way,” Waterman said. “Seeing my daughter’s zest and love for life can turn a horrible day into a perfect one in a matter of seconds. Her outlook on life is so different than ours because she sees mostly nothing but beauty in a fallen world.”

The outlook many of these parents gain is crucial to their understanding of their children as well as the misconceptions others hold about them.

One misunderstanding many have is that all disabilities are noticeable. In reality, many children who are perceived to be throwing temper tantrums are in fact experiencing sensory overload due to their autism, Waterman said.

Another important misconception Waterman wants to correct is that a disability defines a person.

“A lot of it is fear of the unknown and lack of awareness when it comes to disabilities,” she said. “These beautiful individuals love and hurt the same just as we do. They want to be included, invited and actively participate just like we do.”

Suzanne M. Blake | August 2016

Rolesville Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual BBQ is September 17

Are you ready for some barbecue? The Rolesville Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual barbecue festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 17.

Rolesville Hot Pick'n Finger Lick'n BBQ & BandsThe family-friendly event – known as the Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin’ BBQ and Bands Festival – features bands all day, craft vendors, games and rides for the kids, beer from White Street Brewing and some of the finest barbecue around.

The event is a North Carolina Pork Council-sanctioned whole hog competition. For grill masters, this means the winner of the whole hog competition, which will be judged by Pork Council judges, goes on to compete for the state title in October.

Local celebrity judges – Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, business owner Robert Pettyjohn and WRAL-TV news anchor and reporter Ken Smith – for the chicken and ribs competitions.

The three competitions are open to anyone, so if you are a backyard grill master who has longed to compete, this is your chance. The entry fee includes the meat. Entrants set aside meat for judging, and the rest is sold during the event as a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. Registration for teams is still open. Visit the events Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RolesvilleBBQFest for information and a link to register.

White Street Brewing Co.Dino Radosta, owner of White Street Brewing Company, says being the Presenting Sponsor of the event is an opportunity to get to know the community better and support the Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re super excited about participating because whenever you put barbecue, music and beer together, people just seem to have a really great time,” Radosta said.

The Chamber of Commerce provides all food during this event. Options for purchase of barbecue plates are two-meat plates for $10 or three-meat plates for $12, each served with two sides, a roll and a drink. A two-hotdog combo with chips and a drink will cost $5.

This event is an important fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. All funds raised go to the Chamber, which in turn supports local businesses and produces community events like the annual Christmas Parade.

“The Chamber is thankful for the support of the community. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we hope everyone comes out and enjoys the event,” said April Sneed, Executive Director of the Chamber.

The event has grown considerably from its first year, when it was held on the lot next to Sonic on South Main Street. This year, the event is a street party and will be held on Rogers Road, between South Main Street and Granite Rock Way, where the post office is located. The event is free to attend, but food, tickets for children’s rides and beer have to be purchased.

Managing an event this size is no small feat. This year, a crowd of more than 3,500 is expected. To make it happen, the Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers in two- to four-hour shifts to set up and break down, to assist cooks, to help with children’s rides and to assist the judges. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Chamber of Commerce. To volunteer, call the Rolesville Chamber office at (919) 562-7069.

Also, craft vendors are an important part of the event. Registration is still open, so contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information at (919) 562-7069.

“The Chamber’s annual barbecue is a good for the community,” said Sherwood Bobbitt, chair of the BBQ committee. “It brings people from all over to Rolesville for this statewide-recognized event. The community and local businesses love this family-friendly event. It is a great time for everyone.”

— Susan Ware Flower | susan.flower@rolesvillebuzz.com | August 2016

Business Briefs: August 2016

Beauty Restored by Alaina has opened at 9 East Mason St, Franklinton. Alaina Allen offers massage and organic products including facial cleansers, handcrafted soaps and shea butters. Allen is a licensed massage therapist and second generation organic soap maker. “I began making soaps and shea butter for myself, and the results were dramatic. People started asking me for the products, and the business grew from there,” Allen said. Her organic products are available in the shop and range from $5 to $27. She also has samples available. Massages start at $35 for half an hour. “I tell my clients that if I see them consistently, they will see results, so I offer pricing that gives them incentive to visit multiple times a month,” Allen said. Call 919-426-5530 or email berestored2day@yahooo.com. http://www.restored2day.com/. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. The shop is closed Sunday and Monday.


Details, a pre-owned bridal shop, has opened at 221 S. White St. in downtown Wake Forest. The shop features pre-owned and consignment bridal gowns, formal wear and accessories offered in a boutique setting at a fraction of the cost. “We opened Details because we realized no one else was doing it. Lots of brides we know were spending lots of money and having not good experiences. We want to flip that. At Details, you will have a wonderful experience without spending a fortune,” said co-owner Julie White. Details performs alterations and can remake an heirloom gown. And Details will work with the bride to find the perfect dress and accessories to meet her individual needs. Details is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. They can be reached at 919-608-5444 or www.detailsbridalgallery.com


Work from home and need a change of scenery? Hatch Coworking opened on July 22, at 100 E. Roosevelt Ave. in downtown Wake Forest. This community coworking office space has a modern vibe. “Our plan was to give people who work at home a place to go to get out of the house and collaborate if they want,” owner Liz Johnson said. “We hope people will come to work, then meet friends and family for dinner afterwards. It is the whole work, play, live in the same area appeal.” Hatch Coworking has a variety of monthly price options starting at $100 and a daily drop-in rate of $25. Conference rooms can be rented for $25 an hour. Johnson says she was inspired to start Hatch because of the success of coworking spaces in Raleigh and Durham with community managers. Hatch will host two events a month, one for members and one for the public. Members are able to receive their mail there. For more information, call 919-556-6590, visit www.hatchoffice.com or email hatchcowork@gmail.com


The Rolesville Annexation Bill has become law. The bill annexes, on behalf of the town of Rolesville, U.S.  401 Business (Main Street) and on both sides of the U.S. 401 Bypass from Lily Liles to Zebulon Road. This allows public safety to better serve the town, and, as far as the high school is concerned, it offers the town the ability to put in sidewalks for safety, Rep. Chris Malone said. “We would like to offer kudos to Mayor Frank Eagles and every member of the town board for their leadership and input on this matter. It is an example of good stewardship,” Malone said.


To show appreciation for local law enforcement, Chris Leith Kia www.chrisleithkia.com hosted a luncheon for the Wake Forest and Rolesville police departments on July 13. According to Johnny Dudley, Chris Leith Kia operations manager, owner Chris Leith felt that law enforcement has had a difficult time lately, so he wanted to show his appreciation for all law enforcement does for the community. “This was all Chris’ idea. He wanted to take the time to stop and say thank you to our local law enforcement,” Dudley said. Leith lives in Wake Forest. He and his family own Leith Cars, and he operates three dealerships in Wake Forest. The catered lunch was provided by Clyde Cooper’s BBQ.


East Coast Wings has opened at 12646 Capital Blvd., Suite 168, in the Wake Forest Crossing II shopping center. In addition to wings done your way, the menu offers popular appetizers like buffalo chicken dip ($6.99) and fried pickle spears ($5.99). Additionally, there are quesadillas, burgers, sandwiches and a selection of entrees including fish and chips ($10.49). Kids eat for $4.49 from a menu that includes mac ’n’ cheese, mini corndogs and chicken tenders. “We’re happy to be in the neighborhood and looking forward to being the place people go to get wings and hang out,” general manager Peter Herschaft said. Visit www.eastcoastwings.com, or call 984-377-3294 Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

— Susan Ware Flower | susan.flower@rolesvillebuzz.com | August 2016

Faith and Worship: August 2016

Recently I celebrated my 60th birthday. My reason for mentioning this is that this occasion prompted the thoughts that follow. Sixty years would seem like a long time to some. It encompasses one fourth of the 240 years that America has existed as a nation.

If we use the “one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day” formula of 2 Peter 3:8 – and please forgive me for doing so – then 60 years would equal about 90 minutes in God’s sight.

So this thought has come to mind: Just look what has happened in America in the past 60 years (or in the last hour and a half from God’s perspective).

It is not a very encouraging picture.

In 1963, Madalyn Murray O’Hair led the fight that eventually resulted in a Supreme Court decision that stopped Bible reading in public schools. The previous year, the same Court had banned prayer in schools. (These rulings, we now see, were the beginning of a snowball effect that has brought many negative consequences – from skyrocketing divorce rates to plummeting SAT scores to steadily increasing violent crime rates and much more.)

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing abortions in the United States. Now – 60 million babies later – we seldom give the murder of babies a second thought.

In the 1980s, the Ten Commandments were removed from government buildings, per court order. In the 1990s, saying “Merry Christmas” began to fall out of favor, and many communities no longer allow nativity scenes to be displayed. (Surely one can see the anti-Christian bias there.)

In 2015, same sex “marriage” was approved by the Supreme Court, and now in 2016 the transgender issue has come to the forefront with the insane requirement that male and female anatomy no longer matters when determining a person’s gender identity.

Dear friend, may I remind you of the “unconventional” way of looking at time mentioned earlier? All of these things have happened in the last hour and a half, i.e., very recently in God’s eyes.

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17).” If that makes me sound like an old-fashioned Bible preacher, then so be it, but if America doesn’t turn back to God, there’s big trouble ahead.

Ron Brisson has been in ministry for 35 years, including the past 18 as Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Rolesville.

O's Commentary: August 2016

O. Morris - O's CommentaryChances are…

If a woman gives you a chance at love and you completely mess it up, do you think you deserve a second chance? I say “deserve” as in you believe in the whole “everyone’s human” and “everyone makes mistakes” theory. Well, sorry, fellas, but I respectfully have to disagree. As a matter of fact, please miss me with that nonsense.

Times have definitely changed, but I don’t think when it comes to romance things have necessarily changed for the better. I know I’ll have my critics who differ, but before you burn my column in protest, at least hear me out.

In my opinion, when it comes to dating, there’s no such thing as “deserving” a second chance. Now, you might be worth a second chance, and that’s great, but you don’t deserve anything.

You see, the second chance means you’ve addressed whatever you’ve done wrong and you’re not going to do it again. It means you’ve seen the error of your ways and have apologized. Doing that just makes you ready for consideration. This is not to be confused with entitled.

Imagine if the situation were reversed, a woman saying she deserves a second chance for cheating. A man would never accept that. Do you know why not? Well, there’s a huge double standard: Women are NEVER supposed to mess up, but men are expected to.

The fact is the moment you do somebody wrong, misrepresent your situation or just plain lie, then tell her you deserve a second chance, you totally disregard what effects your actions may have had on that person. How can the heart heal by when it’s put back into the hands that broke it?

I know this can be a hard pill to swallow, but some people can stay in your heart but not in your life. You can’t expect loyalty if you can’t provide honesty.

While I agree that we are all human, and we do all make mistakes. I also recognize that because we’re human, we don’t always heal from the mistakes people make against us. You can’t consciously damage someone permanently and then tell them you deserve a second chance to do it again.

Listen, a man will stop going to his barber for messing up his haircut, and that damage lasts only a couple of weeks. But if a woman gives you her heart and you break it, that could take years – even decades – to heal. Do you honestly think she should give you another crack at it?

Be serious. If men stopped conducting themselves like they deserve a second chance, and starting behaving like the first one is the only one, you wouldn’t need a second chance to begin with.

So if you’ve broken a girl’s heart and now she wants nothing to do with you, I’m going to suggest what you should do:

Let her go.

Don’t ask for another chance, especially if she’s already given you more than you deserve.

If you’ve totally messed up and you know it, learn from your mistakes and move on. Don’t send her random text messages. Don’t ask her out on picnics or ask if you can take her out for coffee. Don’t run into her parents and ask them to plead your case. You aren’t fooling anyone. They know you’re just looking for a foot in the door. Besides, they were your age once, and they already know the game you’re playing. Just stop it. Sit down!

If you really loved her like you say you still do, but your actions didn’t, then love her from a distance. Safely away from you. Because, contrary to popular belief, breaking a woman’s heart is not the cruelest thing you can do to her. It’s refusing to let her move on after you’ve done it.

Face it, if you’re on your fourth or fifth failed chance at love, there’s a pretty good chance you have no idea what true love is anyway. Maybe you should spend more time looking inward.

Men, you know I love you, but if you still think you have a second chance with a woman you weren’t honest with, I sincerely suggest you pump the brakes. Deal with your issues. If you can’t be the person a woman needs, don’t pretend you can.

The truth sometimes hurts, and I’m totally sympathetic to your plight. I feel your pain. You had the attention of the prettiest, coolest girl in the room, you blew it and now she’s gone. I know it’s a hard pill to swallow. You just don’t want to look stupid, but if you continue to think you have another shot at a lady you’ve hurt, trust me…you already do.

All my best.


Travel: Beer & Science Event at the Museum

Museum Hosts 3rd Annual “Natural Selections” Beer and Science Event

Join brewers from the Triangle area and beyond at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh for a one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science. At this third annual sampling session, held Friday, August 19, 7–10 p.m., more than a dozen North Carolina breweries will offer unique creations fitting the Museum’s natural science focus.

You can also enjoy live music by The Hey Brothers, a brewing demonstration by Atlantic Brew Supply, hands-on science of beer activities, discussions on ingredient hits and misses, and interactive games (like “beer goggle” corn hole). Vote for your favorite beer during the event and award the first annual Natural Selections People’s Choice Award to one lucky brewery. Food from Rocky Top Hospitality will be available for purchase during the event.

Participating breweries include Aviator Brewing Company, Big Boss Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Bombshell Beer Company, Bond Brothers Beer Company, Brüeprint Brewing Company, Carolina Brewing Company, Clouds Brewing, Compass Rose Brewery, Crank Arm Brewing Company, Deep River Brewing Company, Draft Line Brewing Company, Fortnight Brewing Company, Fullsteam Brewery, NC State Sheppard Brewing Lab, Nickelpoint Brewing Company, Ponysaurus Brewing Company, Raleigh Brewing Company, Trophy Brewing Company, White Street Brewing Company, and more.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for Museum members) and are available now at naturalsciences.org/beer or from the Museum Box Office, which will be open until 8:00 p.m. on event night for last-minute tickets. Ticket price includes collectible Natural Selections tasting glass. You must be 21 or older to attend, and a photo ID is required for entry.

The Museum has partnered with Uber to give you free rides to (or from) Natural Selections. Enter the code NATSELECT16 to ride free in style! If you already have Uber, try referring someone who hasn’t signed up yet — you’ll both receive $20 off your next ride.

Natural Selections 2016 is sponsored by White Street Brewing Company and held in partnership with Atlantic Brew Supply, Craft Beer Collective, NC Beer Guys, NC State: The Dunn Lab, NC State: The Meitzen Lab, Rocky Top Hospitality, The Oak City Collection and Uber. Proceeds support the Museum’s educational and outreach programs.

— August 2016

Rolesville Student Serves as Page

June 2016

Mikayla Medley, Sophomore at Rolesville High School, served as a page for the North Carolina Senate from May 2 to May 6.  She was sponsored by Senator Chad Barefoot (R-Wake).

While serving as a page, Mikayla was able to assist members of the Senate during committee meetings, on the Senate Floor and in individual Senate offices. Mikayla also got a first-hand look at how state government operates on a day-to-day basis.

Mikayla Medley

Mikayla Medley (right) spent a week assisting members of the state Senate in early May.


Registration for Wake Forest PRCR sports

June 2016

Swim Lesson Registration Begins June 27

Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department’s 2016 Summer Swim Lessons begins Monday, June 27, at 8 a.m.

The start of this year’s swim lesson registration is later than normal due to the ongoing repairs to Holding Park Pool. The work is expected to be completed in late June, and the pool is scheduled to open July 1.

The PRCR has transitioned to online swim lesson registration only. To register, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/swim-lessons.aspx and click on the link to “Register Online.” Payments can be made with debit card, MasterCard and Visa.

Anyone wishing to register who does not have internet access is invited to register using the kiosks in the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Computer kiosks are also available for public use at the following locations and times:

Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.
Monday – Friday, 2-8 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

Swim lesson registration is first-come, first serve and will be open until all of the slots are filled. The cost is $35 for Wake Forest residents who reside within the town limits and $70 for non-Wake Forest residents.

Swim lesson sessions will be provided for preschoolers (ages 3-5), beginners (ages 6 and above), and advanced beginners. The 2016 sessions will be offered July 11-14; July 18-21; July 25-28; Aug. 1-4; Aug. 8-11; Aug. 15-18; and Aug. 22-25. To view the class schedule, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/swim-lessons.aspx.

Classes meet Monday through Thursday for one week, 45 minutes per day. Swim lessons are provided by a single instructor to groups with a minimum of two students and a maximum of four participants per class.

All sessions take place at Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave. Classes are conducted rain or shine and are only canceled in the event of thunderstorms and/or lightning.

For more information about swim lessons and other programs offered at Holding Park Pool, contact Athletics Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

For more information about Holding Park Pool, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/holding-park-pool.aspx


Summer Adult Co-Rec Kickball Registration is Underway through June 30

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting team registrations for Summer Adult Co-Rec Kickball from now through June 30.

League games will be played on weeknights and Sundays from July through late August.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/co-rec-kickball.aspx.

The entry fee is $225 per team, and the league is limited to participants ages 18 and older.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or mhawkins@wakeforestnc.gov.


Register for Youth Fall Baseball & Softball through June 30

Registration is underway for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s youth fall baseball and softball.

Applications for boys and girls ages 6-16 will be accepted through Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2016, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The in-town registration fee is $40 and the out-of-town fee is $80.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/fall-baseball-softball.aspx. Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration information and league rules are also provided online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Players in every league except “Rookie League” must participate in a draft to determine team placement. The parks, recreation and cultural resources department will conduct drafts for each league in August and in July will contact all registrants with draft/placement information.

For more information, contact Athletics Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

James Warren Honored as Main Street Champion

May 2016

James Warren

Left to right: Dr. Patricia Mitchell, Assistant Secretary Rural Economic Development Division; James Warren, 2015 Main Street Champion; and John E. Skvarla III, Secretary N.C. Dept. of Commerce. Photo courtesy of Town of Wake Forest

Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. board member and local attorney James Warren was recognized as a 2015 Main Street Champion during the 2016 N.C. Main Street Awards Conference in Goldsboro on March 18.  

Wake Forest Residents Urged to Follow Bulk Waste Guidelines

May 2016

The Town of Wake Forest provides free bulk waste pickup service on Tuesdays by appointment only. Defined in the town’s code of ordinances as “refuse weighing in excess of 75 pounds each,” bulk waste includes any item that does not fit in the town-issued roll-out garbage cart.  

Serious Leak to Delay Opening of Holding Park Pool

May 2016

Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., will not open Memorial Day weekend as planned because of a serious leak.  

Public Hearing on 2016-17 Budget Set for May 17

May 2016

Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett presented the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget to the Board of Commissioners for consideration on Tuesday, May 3. The budget will serve as the town’s financial and spending plan for the period and, once adopted, will authorize resources and establish a direction for Wake Forest programs and services for the coming year. 

Jason Cannon Named New Economic Development Director

May 2016

Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett announced on March 30 that Jason Cannon has been selected as the town’s new Economic Development Director. Cannon is the first person to hold the position since the town assumed economic development responsibilities from the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.  

Wake Forest Wins Award for Excellence in Erosion & Sediment Control

May 2016

Eric KeravuoriThe Town of Wake Forest Engineering Department recently received one of two top statewide awards presented by the NC Sedimentation Control Commission. The awards program has two categories based on staff size, with Wake Forest winning the top award for programs with more than three full-time staff members.

Joyner Park Beautification Project Began May 10

May 2016

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club kicked-off a joint beautification project at E. Carroll Joyner Park on Tuesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. Located at 701 Harris Road, one mile east of Capital Boulevard, Joyner Park is Wake Forest’s largest park situated on 117 acres.

Barry Whitaker Receives First Rolesville Legacy Award

May 2016

By Lisa Brown

Barry Whitaker

Barry Whitaker proudly displays the plaque he received that spells out the scope of his achievements. Photo by Kathy Fuerst

At the April 4 Mayor and Town Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Barry Wayne Whitaker, who turned 75 just two days before, was honored by the Town of Rolesville with its first-ever Legacy Award. The plaque presented to Whitaker expressed the Town’s appreciation “for the many years of volunteer service and strong leadership to the Wake County Public School System, the growth of public education, and the Rolesville community”.

Rolesville Elementary Participates in First in Fitness

May 2016

RES Fitness

RES students happily display their ribbons from the competition.
Photos by Brooke Davidson

On Thursday, March 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rolesville Elementary competed in the First in Fitness competition at Southeast Raleigh High School and placed ninth out of 23 schools.

Memorial Day: Why Does It Matter?

May 2016

By Chloe Nadyne

Memorial Day is a day dedicated to the remembrance of those who died serving in our country’s armed forces. Unfortunately, it is a holiday that is often overlooked as nothing more than a three-day weekend devoted to barbecuing and yearning for summer’s arrival. There is much more to it.

The holiday was first celebrated in 1868 as “Decoration Day” and was established as a day to decorate the graves of those who had fallen while serving in the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers alike.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Victoria Aue

May 2016

By Andrew Canino

Victoria Aue

Victoria Aue
Photo by Andrew Canino

Hobbies / Interests? “Over the summer I started flying planes. My first lesson was in July of last year, and it’s something that sparked my interest. My grandfather flew helicopters for the Navy in the Vietnam War, so that made me really interested in helicopters, but when I actually flew the plane, it was a really good fit for me.”

The House That Lucas Built: Founding Principal of RHS to Resign for New Position

May 2016

By Andrew Canino

Most people can think of a teacher who impacted them in a profoundly meaningful way, a teacher who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that students were equipped to take on the challenges that life will throw at them.

Ericka LucasEricka Lucas, the founding principal of Rolesville High School, is one such educator. That is clear from the responses after she announced she will be resigning at the end of the academic school year for a new position in the Wake County School System.

Board of Elections Announces Polling Place Change

May 7, 2016


Voters in Rolesville will soon have a new place to cast their ballots. The Wake County Board of Elections has adopted a resolution that will relocate the polling place at Rolesville Elementary School to New Bethel Baptist Church.

The new polling place will officially open for the election on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Precinct Old Polling Place New Polling Place
19-09 Rolesville Elementary School
307 S. Main Street
Rolesville, NC 27571
New Bethel Baptist Church
605 E. Young Street
Rolesville, NC 27571

All registered voters affected by the polling place change will receive a notice through the mail.

Those who receive a notice addressed to a previous owner or tenant are asked to write on the unopened envelope that the person no longer resides at the address and give it to the postal carrier.

For other voting information, contact the Board of Elections at 919-856-6240 or visit wakegov.com/elections.

Rolesville Q1 Real Estate Report

May 2016

By Brian Pate

The first quarter of 2016 (Q1) started with the stock market diving and making consumers nervous. In the real estate world, we had concerns of what that would do to the anticipation of the “Spring Market,” when the most homes are traditionally available and sellers receive the highest prices of the year.

Now that we are into May, the stock market has leveled out and so has consumer confidence, including our local market. As a result, we are again seeing robust real estate activity in Rolesville.

Gardening: Perennial Pruning Primer - Keeping Perennials Looking Great

May 2016

By Pam Eagles, Wake County Extension Master Gardener

Off with their heads! This old saying was on to something back then, and it’s now part of our gardening endeavors. Spent, tired, old, bad form in the garden? Prune it!

The basic types of pruning are deadheading, cutting back, pinching, disbudding and thinning.

Faith and Worship - May 2016

May 2016

Perhaps you’ve had that experience while visiting an amusement park or perhaps the State Fair when, after exiting a particular ride, you felt as if your head was spinning. Maybe you even wished you hadn’t eaten that last hot dog or funnel cake. You were feeling pretty good beforehand – but after that ride you felt sick and nauseated.

Business Briefs - May 2016

May 2016

Sole Reflections Reflexology has relocated its office to the Wake Forest Business Park effective April 1. The business now has space inside Health Points Acupuncture, located in Suite 833 D. Mary Margaret Steele, reflexologist, opened her practice in the fall of 2013. Sole Reflections provides innovative reflexology treatments to dissolve chronic pain, ease muscle tightness and even relieve conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure and insomnia. Steele continues to add new services including Reiki. Phone (919) 757-6116. Hours are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. Find Sole Reflections online at www.sole-reflections.com and on Facebook. For more information, email Mary Margaret Steele at m2steele@aol.com.

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Public Comment Period Goes Through May 18 for Recommended Wake County Transit Plan

May 2016

Public Information Sessions and Public Hearing Scheduled

Residents are invited to review and comment on the Recommended Wake County Transit Plan at one of several public information sessions and a public hearing held by GoTriangle and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). These meetings are part of a 30-day public comment period for the recommended plan that runs through May 18.

Wake County Commissioners Approve Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance

May 2016

Will help job applicants with criminal backgrounds compete fairly in hiring process

The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during its regular meeting April 18 to approve the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance. The new ordinance will implement several changes to the county’s hiring process to ensure fairness for applicants who have been convicted of a crime in the past.

Louisburg College Exceeds Great Futures Campaign Goal, Raises $18.8 Million

May 2016

The most successful fundraising campaign in the 229-year history of Louisburg College concluded recently, raising $18.8 million that will support and enhance every aspect of the campus. The results of the Great Futures Campaign, which exceeded the original $15 million goal by 25 percent, were announced March 18 during a dinner on campus to celebrate the campaign’s conclusion and the generosity of nearly 3,000 donors who made it a success.

Set a goal to eat more fruits and vegetables!

May 2016

By Arnetta Wilson, Nutrition Program Assistant, EFNEP
(Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program)

Every step taken towards eating more fruits and veggies helps you and your family be at your best. Because eating fruits and vegetables may reduce your family’s risk of many diseases, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating more fruits and vegetable than any other food group.

Dr. Mark Thomas Vardy Nominated and Accepted as an AIOC 10 Best in North Carolina For Client Satisfaction

May 2016

The American Institute of Chiropractors (AIOC) has recognized the exceptional performance of North Carolina’s Chiropractor Dr. Mark Thomas Vardy as 2016 10 Best Chiropractors for Client Satisfaction. The AIOC is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Chiropractors in each state. Dr. Vardy’s practice is located in Wendell.

WFHS Army JROTC creates GoFundMe Account for Food Aid Project

April 2016

By CAPT. Evan Holst and SSGT. Landon Hubbell

JROTC-Pic 7FLThe Wake Forest High School Army JROTC has had an incredible 2015/2016 school year. So far this year, our program has conducted numerous school and community service events, including the Cougar Battalion annual fish fry, Battalion Bazaar, local town and city parades, Purple Heart Recognition events, Wake Forest Town Hall flag raising ceremonies, and annual Service Learning events. The Cougar Battalion has frequent and productive success in conducting school and community fundraising events.

This year, however, the Wake Forest High School Army JROTC needs the community’s help on a service project – the most noteworthy project we’ve ever conducted. The project: a large scale food drive lead by Food Aid International Inc. (a humanitarian organization that specializes in packaging and distributing meals to orphaned children in Third-World countries around the globe).

Renaissance Centre is Site of NCDOT Mobile Driver’s License Unit

April 2016

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will offer a Mobile Driver’s License Unit in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 405 S. Brooks St., on the first and third Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wake Forest Deputy Town Manager Retires

April 2016

Roe O'Donnell

Roe O’Donnell

After over two decades of service to the Town of Wake Forest, Deputy Town Manager Roe O’Donnell retired on April 1, 2016.

The Dance Attic Brings Home First-Place Awards

April 2016

The Dance Attic of Wake Forest took 43 routines to Star Talent Productions on March 13-14 in Louisburg and received outstanding awards. The Dance Attic competitors took first place in their categories for 32 routines. Thirty-four of their routines placed in the overall highest scores for their divisions, including 17 first-place overall high scores.

Marga-RELAY-ville 5K Returns 4/30 for 3rd Annual Run to “Kick Cancer to the Curb”

April 2016

A “Margaritaville”-themed 5K run fundraiser will take place in downtown Wake Forest at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, and net proceeds will be donated to benefit Relay For Life in the fight to defeat cancer.

Local Businesses & Non-Profits Invited to Participate in Special Needs Resource Fair

April 2016

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and Richland Creek Community Church will sponsor a free Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will take place at Richland Creek Community Church, located at 3229 Burlington Mills Road.

Rolesville Students Help Pediatric Oncology Patients by Creating Therapy Dolls

April 2016
Service Project Now in its Third Year at RMS and RES

Under the leadership of Ashley Beal, the eighth-grade Falcon Team of Rolesville Middle School set a goal of 150 therapy dolls for their community project this year. This is the third consecutive year this team of students have committed to making these dolls.

The History of Rolesville: Green-Hartsfield House

April 2016

By Chloe Nadyne

The Green-Hartsfield House is a historic home located at 7404 Halifax Road and is one of three Rolesville properties in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the late 18th century or early 19th century, the house has been restored to relative historical accuracy by its two most recent owners and occupants, Thomas Mundy and Jule Holland III.

RPD Delivers During Meals on Wheels’ March for Meals

April 2016

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Meals on Wheels America launched its 14th Annual March for Meals on March 1 – and the month-long celebration’s observance in Rolesville and Wake Forest got a mid-month boost from some local dignitaries.

March for Meals is designed to unite communities coast to coast around the vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net to remain healthier and independent in their own homes.

March for Meals

Police Chief Bobby Langston and RPD Administrative Support Specialist Christina Rocha participated in the March for Meals Rolesville delivery campaign on March 14. Photos by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Oluwatoke “Toke” Lojedo

April 2016

By Andrew Canino

Toke LojedoOluwatoke “Toke” Lojedo

Hobbies / Interests? “To be honest, I really like watching a lot of Netflix! But besides Netflix, I like to take part in my church. I’m part of the choir at my church.

Northeast Regional Library Officially Opens April 16

April 2016

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

A long wait is ending for Yvonne Allen, and the library manager couldn’t be happier.

“It was part of the 2003 bond, and the plans were developed in 2008, but the county put building projects on hold because of the economy. Now we’re back in business and about to open,” said Allen, regional library manager at the new Northeast Regional Library.

Located at the corner of Green Elm and Forest Pines in Wakefield, the facility is scheduled to host its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, April 16.

Not Your Ordinary Auto Service: Pete Smith Tire & Quick Lube

April 2016

Part Two in a Series on Local Small Business Successes

By Andrew Canino

Most people don’t consider automotive repair a luxury good or service. It’s usually something that people do not purchase because they want to, but because they have to. Most customers that automotive technicians see know very little about their own vehicles, and many customers don’t know anything at all about how to make their vehicles run.

With such a complicated and universal problem that almost all adults face, drivers around Rolesville are lucky to have a small business like Pete Smith Tire & Quick Lube in the heart of the business district.

Local High School Agricultural Programs Highlight Sustainability and Service

April 2016

By Lisa Brown

Rolesville High School agricultural teacher Daniel Beasley provides a broad curriculum in agriculture to interested students. Some students come from farming families, while others are new to the concept.

Beasley’s goal is not just to provide students with the idea and perhaps excitement of commercial farming – something the teacher considers a “great industry, but with lots of risk” – but also to introduce backyard farming and the idea of sustainability.

What’s Buzzin’ @ RMS - April 2016

April 2016

By Kinea Epps

Hello, RMS Families!

Rolesville Middle School RamsThings are hoppin’ at RMS. I have some exciting news to share.

The RMS band is making some noise. Students from the band were recently given high scores from judges with the N.C. Bandmasters Association. In what is called the Band EOG or Music Performance Adjudication, students are assessed based on their performance ability and musical literacy. Students receive a score of one to five, with one being the best. RMS band students received ones.

Gardening: Cold Snap Precaution Yields Pretty Spring Plantings

April 2016

This month, we welcome a new columnist to the Rolesville Buzz family!

Pam Eagles, Wake County Extension Master Gardener

In my Rolesville garden, I have hosta in the ground and in container gardens. With local temperatures soaring over the past weeks, hosta have begun to emerge in the containers. Our problems come when cold weather visits our area again.

Faith and Worship - April 2016

April 2016

Perhaps you are one of the multiplied millions of people who’ve been saddened, disappointed, even shocked by the “un-presidential” behavior of those who are seeking the highest office in the land. Far from being, at least in the traditional sense – “presidential”, these candidates have often been more suited for appearances on a Jerry Springer show, than suited to represent the United States of America before the world.

Shakespeare Marathon to include LC Drama program

March 2016

Shakespeare MarathonLouisburg College will take part in a special event to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, as the North Carolina Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre Company present the Shakespeare Marathon, April 23-28. Various theatre companies throughout the state have been chosen to read one of Shakespeare’s plays during this non-stop, around-the-clock event at the Museum of History in Raleigh.

Diamond Awards Presented by the Men of Kappa Alpha Psi

March 2016

On February 13, the Kappa Alpha Psi Wake Forest Rolesville Alumni Chapter (WFRAC) presented the inaugural Diamond Awards Brunch, honoring community leaders, philanthropists and trailblazers. The honorees were Warrick and Chinique Scott (Wendell Scott Foundation), Angelo and Melissa Pettis (Primrose School of Heritage, Wake Forest) and Rev. Lenwood and Barbara Long (New Bethel Baptist Church–Rolesville).

Job Hunting? What Careers and Skills Are in Greatest Demand this Year

March 17, 2017

(StatePoint) Understanding the evolving job market can help you focus your energy productively and land a coveted new job.


Hot areas include information technology, human resources, finance and accounting, office and administration, engineering, and manufacturing and logistics. Photo (c) Rawpixel.com – Fotolia.com

March 2 "Read Across America Day" Celebrates Dr. Seuss and Reading

March 2016

Read Across America logo“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
to pick up a book and read with a child.”

Celebrated in schools in all 50 states of the U.S., the National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 19th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. This year, we checked in with local schools to see how Read Across America was a part of their literacy activities.

Franklin Youth and Animals: A Perfect Learning Combination

March 2016

By Martha L. Mobley, Franklin County Agricultural Extension Agent

Youth and animals go hand-in-hand.  Franklin County’s long tradition of producing outstanding livestock along with many outstanding young people interested in raising and showing animals have prevailed for decades. As a young agent who began my career as an Agricultural Extension Agent in 1988, I have seen my first 4-H’ers from over two decades ago grow up into responsible, law abiding adults and now their children are raising and showing their own animals.

Outdoors: Spring fishing heats up

By Mike Zlotnicki

Fishing in North Carolina

April and May are prime time for sea-run striped bass
on several Coastal Plain rivers.
Photos by Mike Zlotnicki

One of the many blessings of living in the Tar Heel State is the myriad fishing opportunities. From the mountain streams to the Gulf Stream, there is something for any angler.

O's Commentary - March 2016

O. Morris - O's CommentaryTalk to Him

By O Morris

Dear O,

My husband’s “Secret Santa” at work turned out to be one of his female co-workers known for her sense of humor. During the office holiday party, she gave him a pair of lime green footie pajamas as a gag gift. Initially it was very funny. He even put them on at work over his suit to show he was a good sport.

What's Buzzin @ RMS - March 2016

Hello, RMS Families!

Rolesville Middle School RamsSecond semester is cruising right along. As I’ve mentioned before, second semester not only is the time when we are still buzzing with the current school year’s activities but also is a huge time as we prepare for the transition of the upcoming school year, particularly in a year-round school.

RHS Senior Dean Pulley to Play Baseball for St. Andrews

March 2016

On February 9, Rolesville High School senior Dean Pulley signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC . The signing made Pulley the first baseball player to sign with a university or college since RHS opened.

Growing Pains: The Billboard on the Bypass

March 2016

By Julia Colborn

Shortly after the U.S. 401 Bypass was completed, a large, illuminated billboard appeared. This six-mile stretch takes vehicles around Rolesville instead of through it, and the two-sided billboard is located on the southern side of the bypass, coming from Raleigh.

The local business opinion about the billboard versus that of Rolesville citizens varies. With the town of Rolesville expanding, almost doubling in population every five years since 2000, certain growing pains are bound to come with it.

Billboard on the bypass

A 14-foot-by 48-foot billboard sits on the Rolesville bypass and has been met with mixed reviews.
Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Rolesville’s Administrative Branch: The Rolesville Town Hall Employees

March 2016

By Mason Lipman

“It’s a great place to work,” says Amy Langston, who is Rolesville Town Hall’s Accounting Technician. “The staff works great as a team. It is a blessing.”

Langston’s is the first face that visitors see upon entering Town Hall, and she is responsible for collecting payments for town utilities such as solid waste. She also answers phones. Langston came from a banking and accounting background and was hired in April 2012.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Lennox Ward

March 2016

By Andrew Canino

RHS Class of 2016 - Lennox Ward

Lennox Ward
Photo by Andrew Canino

Lennox Ward

Hobbies / Interests?  “I just recently picked up a job. After school last year, I used to be involved in track and field; I used to be the captain of the team. I’m senior vice president right now. I just like using my time to be proactive and get myself ahead.”

Fire Chief Makes Case for New Substation

March 2016

By Andrew Canino

The thought of losing your home in a fire is enough to scare almost anyone. Losing so many of your belongings, risking harm to your loved ones and having to start from square one would be a massive undertaking for most people.

However, what many people don’t take into consideration during emergencies like this is those precious moments between when 911 is called and when the fire engine arrives at a location. Time is of the essence in emergencies like this, and larger amounts of property damage and even human lives are at stake. It’s this very problem that led Rolesville Fire Chief Rodney Privette to speak at the Mayor’s and Town Board of Commissioners’ meeting on February 1.

Heritage High: A Different Take on Spring Break

March 7, 2016

Project WisdomThis month more than a dozen Heritage High School students and teachers will embark on an eye-opening journey to a very different part of the world.  They will travel to the West African nation of Ghana as part of the school’s international service-learning program, Project Wisdom. The 2½-week trip will span spring break and several days around it.

Inaugural Carolina Sled Classic March 11-13

March 7, 2016

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and the Triangle Special Hockey Association (TSHA) are partnering to bring the Inaugural Carolina Sled Classic to Wake Forest. Free and open to the public, the event will take place Friday through Sunday, March 11-13, at the Polar Ice House, located inside The Factory, 1839 S. Main St.

Registration Underway for Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Theater Arts Classes

March 7, 2016

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is partnering with the Raleigh Little Theatre to offer a variety of youth theater arts classes beginning in March.

Information about IRS phone scam

February 18, 2016

Police Chief Bobby Langston wished to pass along the following message about an telephone scam in our area.

With tax season upon us, an increasing number of citizens have reported being the target of the IRS phone scam. As part of scam, callers claim to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury Department, and tell victims they owe the government money and must pay it immediately by credit card, a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Those who refuse are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of their business or driver’s license.

A Strong Source of Local Pride: Inside Rolesville’s Police Department

February 2016

By Mason Lipman

“I take pride in our department,” said Rolesville Chief of Police Bobby Langston, “and in our learned effort to make great strides over the last couple of years.”

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Andrew Obimma

February 2016

By Andrew Canino

Andrew Obimma

Andrew Obimma
Photo by Andrew Canino

Andrew Obimma

Hobbies / Interests? “Outside of school, I like to spend time with my friends hanging out. I like to spend time with my family and play basketball, too. I like to play ‘NBA 2K’ with my little brother, and I work at Wendy’s part-time, so people catch me over there sometimes at the Wendy’s on Perry Creek.”

Rolesville Police Department’s Officer of the Year: Sergeant Roy Holloway

February 2016

By Mason Lipman

RPD Sgt. Roy Holloway

Roy Holloway, Sergeant of Investigations with the Rolesville Police Department, was voted Officer of the Year.
Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Ailey Young House: A Monument to Freedom

February 2016

By Lisa Brown

Hidden in underbrush behind overgrown trees and away from the road sits a house that was not known to the town of Wake Forest until seven years ago.

Though local residents knew of its existence, its historical significance was not certain until 2008, when the town conducted a survey. The site is now known to be the Ailey Young House, and its legacy and importance are no longer hidden.

Real Estate: More than $69 Million in Rolesville Real Estate Sold in 2015!

February 10, 2016

By Brian Pate, Keller Williams Realty

As we look back on 2015, we can see was a good year for real estate in Rolesville, North Carolina. A total of 223 homes were sold, with an average sale price of $312,651 and a mean sale price of $315,000. Overall, $69.72 million in real estate sold in the 27571 zip code for the year.

O's Commentary - February 2016

It’s in His Kiss

By O Morris

Remember your first kiss?

O. Morris - O's CommentaryI can say without a doubt mine is one of my fondest memories.

Business Briefs - February 2016

February 10, 2016

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

On January 6, the Rolesville satellite group of the Wake Forest Kiwanis Club presented nearly 100 stuffed animals as a result of the drive they sponsored. The purpose of the drive was twofold: to help comfort children and to help law enforcement officers to be the best at their jobs, Rolesville group spokeswoman Julie Smith said. “Police officers have been held in such poor light lately due to events across our country. We want to make it easy for our police to ‘be the good guys’ again,” Smith said. “When children are caught in the middle of a domestic violence dispute or worse, we want them to feel comforted with something as small as a stuffed animal, given to them by the man or woman in uniform who is there to protect them.” For more information about the Rolesville group, email Julie@SteamProNC.com.

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Redfield Martial Arts began offering classes in Wake Forest as of November 15. Concentrating on Tang Soo Do, Bernard Redfield, owner of a successful studio in Garner, teaches in his Wake Forest home studio at 3912 Heritage View Trail. The difference between what he teaches and other martial arts disciplines is, Redfield said, is that “Tang Soo Do is recognized as an effective self-defense system worldwide, taught to soldiers in Korea, and was studied by Chuck Norris, Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen. My school takes Tang Soo Do and adds Hapki-Do and Judo into the system so it’s a much more rounded self-defense system.” Call 919-628-9482 mobile or 919-661-0037 studio in Garner. Wake Forest hours: 5-6 p.m. Wednesday and 1-2 p.m. Sunday. More times will be added as more students sign up, and eventually a commercial studio will open in Wake Forest. Learn more by visiting www.redtangsoodo.com and Facebook.

New State Laws Effective January 1, 2016

February 8, 2016

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

The new year began with 23 new laws going into effect in North Carolina. Approved during the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 sessions, some laws are controversial and narrow in scope while others affect most North Carolinians. Below are summaries of some of the laws.

Make a Style Statement: Top Interior Design Trends to Try in 2016

February 8, 2016

(StatePoint) Each January, people make vows to eat right and save money. But what goals are set for their homes?

“The New Year brings fresh perspective and is the perfect time to experiment with décor,” says Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY television personality.

It’s All in Your Head, and That’s OK

February 8, 2016

By Julia Colborn

For much of recorded history, the heart pumped more than blood. The ancient Egyptians believed it would be weighed in the afterlife to determine if you were a good person or not. Philosophers like Aristotle thought the heart governed both emotions and logical reason. Some of the first recorded uses of a “broken heart” metaphor for suffering can be found in the Bible.

Franklin County Agriculture Extension Office Hosting Events in February

February 5, 2016

Horse owners in the area are invited to participate in the popular annual “Horse Mini-Series” with the next scheduled meeting on Thursday, February 11, at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center Annex meeting room. A sponsored meal will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the program on “Equine Breed Panel: Which Breed of Horse Is Right for Me?” Educational meetings will continue monthly through April, concluding with a visit and tour of N.C. State University’s Equine Unit and School of Veterinary Equine unit. If you plan to attend the February 11 meeting, contact Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County, at 919-496-3344 or email martha_mobley@ncsu.edu.

Officer Carlson Completes DRE & SFST Training

February 5, 2016

Wake Forest Police Officer Adam Carlson recently completed advanced training as a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

Applications Now Accepted for Guest Services Volunteers

February 5, 2016

The Town of Wake Forest is again recruiting friendly, outgoing volunteers to greet and help direct customers visiting town hall.

Wake Forest Jr. Girl Scouts Earn Highest Award

February 4, 2016

Seven Girl Scouts from Wake Forest have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. The Bronze Award requires fourth- and fifth-graders to work as a team to complete a project requiring at least 20 hours of individual contribution.

Excellence in Teaching Finalist at Wake Forest Charter Academy

February 4, 2016

Jessica Patton, a kindergarten teacher at Wake Forest Charter Academy, has been recognized as an Excellence in Teaching finalist by National Heritage Academies.

Area Students Make Fall Dean’s Lists

February 3, 2016

Congratulations to Joshua Stevens of Zebulon for earning Dean’s List recognition for the 2015 fall semester at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. Stevens is one of more than 300 Westminster students who made the list with a grade-point average of at least 3.6 out of a possible 4.0. The senior computer science major graduated from Clayton High School and is a son of John and Kimberly Stevens.

Sports Registrations Begin February 1

February 1, 2016

Adult Men’s Spring Softball League  

Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Men’s Spring Softball League will begin Monday, Feb. 1, and run through Monday, Feb. 29.

Joseph Pennington Honored as Wake Forest Employee of the Year

January 2016

Joseph Pennington

Joseph Pennington.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Wake Forest

Public Facilities Specialist Joseph Pennington is Wake Forest’s 2015 Jon Ray Employee of the Year.

Barefoot Named to Interim Committees, Receives Chairmanship

January 2016

Sen. Chad Barefoot has been appointed chairman of the N.C. General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Workforce Development System Reform Oversight Committee.

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - January 2016

January 2016

By Kinea Epps

Happy New Year, RMS Families!

RMS RamsI don’t know about you, but I cannot believe we are in second semester! Whew! I hope you and your family had a restful break and are ready to get back to the routines of school.

Outdoors: A long trip for bird hunting

January 2016

By Mike Zlotnicki

I knew when purchased my latest bird dog that upland bird hunting in North Carolina was an iffy proposition at best. But, by parsing together some ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, woodcock, dove and waterfowl along with some preserve hunts, it can be done.

Mike Z and Annie

The author recently returned from upland bird hunting in
North Dakota that was hard to beat. Local reports may indicate
a bump in bobwhite quail populations in some parts of
North Carolina. Photo by Jason Stanley

The other part of that equation is having a versatile hunting dog, meaning one of the pointing breeds that is just as adept at water work.

Business Briefs – January 2016

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Work has started and the ground is being prepared for the construction of the long-awaited three-story, 74-unit, elevator-equipped apartment community designated for 55-and-older tenants in the Granite Falls complex.

Rolesville High School Has First Mid-Year Graduates

January 2016

By Andrew Canino

On the final day of classes before the holiday break, Rolesville High School saw its first group of students graduate on December 18. With the exception of one student who graduated from Rolesville last year, De’Nique Pickering, 2016 will see the first full class of students to graduate from the new high school in Rolesville.

The Newest Addition to Rolesville’s Town Hall: Inside the Public Works Department

January 2016

By Mason Lipman

The Rolesville Public Works department, the newest addition to the Rolesville Town Hall, consists of a street superintendent named Isaac Poelman and a maintenance worker named Victor Sims.

Rolesville Public Works Department

Isaac Poelman (left) and Victor Sims (right) make up the new
Rolesville Public Works Department.
Photos by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Hired in July, Poelman and Sims have taken over responsibilities that had to be contracted out to various companies or people in town. Their tasks can consist of anything from removing dead animals from the road and filling in potholes to cutting the grass and taking care of the baseball field.

Rolesville High School Senior Spotlight – Susana Aparicio

January 2016

By Andrew Canino

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Hobbies / Interests?  “I’m president of the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Recently, we had a Christmas party where we wrapped gifts for a family that couldn’t afford gifts for their kids this year, so we brought stuff in and wrapped them that afternoon and evening.

RHS Brain Game Team going to playoffs

January 2016

Congratulations to the Brain Games team at Rolesville High School who won their competition on Saturday, January 9. This victory puts them in the playoffs on Saturday, February 6, at 10:15 a.m.

The RHS Brain Games coaches – Amanda Beirne, James Smetana, and Patrick Banas – appreciate everyone’s support. If you plan to attend this playoff round, they suggest you arrive at 10 a.m. They would love to see smiling RHS family faces in support as the team moves forward.

Brain Games

Rolesville High School Brain Games Team
Janell Bolden, Aaron Le, Wesley Pritzlaff, and Samantha Paw
Photo courtesy of Rolesville High School

The Future of Rolesville’s History

January 2016

By Julia Colborn

A year ago, Terry Marcellin-Little broke ground on Rolesville’s future history museum, The Little House on Main Street. That accomplishment came after nearly three years of acquiring permissions and rewriting renovation plans to pass all legal and safety inspections.

From the Rolesville Board of Commissioners passing a resolution to support the John L. Terrell House in December 2012 to the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources adding the property to the N.C. Study List in June 2014, intense research had to be conducted. With the help of volunteer Betsy Wall, Marcellin-Little explored past lives beyond names and dates and has now reached the point of planning physical exhibits to showcase it all.

More Than 200 of Wake County’s Seniors Must Wait to Receive Meals on Wheels

December 2015

Meals on Wheels of Wake County joins national #SeniorsCantWait effort to shine a light on growing demand

Meals on Wheels of Wake County has joined Meals on Wheels America’s #SeniorsCantWait campaign to raise awareness for the 213 seniors who are waiting to receive home-delivered meals in Wake County.

Flag-Raising Committee Seeks Names of Deceased Wake Forest Veterans

December 2015

The Town of Wake Forest and several local veterans organizations will honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families during flag-raising ceremonies scheduled monthly from April through November.

A committee composed of representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257, the Wake Forest High School JROTC and the Town of Wake Forest is seeking the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies.

Marine Fisheries Commission chooses combination of management tools for southern flounder

December 2015

In adopting a supplement to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has instituted a combination of size limit changes, modifications to fishing gear allowances, total allowable landings and season closures.

Beginning January 1, 2016, the commercial minimum size limit will go up from 14 inches to 15 inches, making it the same as the recreational fishery.

To minimize regulatory discards with the size limit increase, the commission established a 6-inch minimum mesh size for anchored large-mesh gill nets.

Chris Beguhl Joins Alpha Chi Honor Society at Gardner-Webb University

December 2015

Chris Beguhl

Chris Beguhl shakes hands with GWU Professor of History Dr. David Yelton.
Photo contributed by Chris Beguhl

University Inducts 35 New Members into Academic Organization

Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. inducted 35 new members into the Alpha Chi student honor society in a ceremony on Nov. 15 in Blanton Auditorium on the GWU campus.

Rolesville High School Teacher Receives Grant

December 2015

By Andrew Canino

Public education often feels like a hot-button issue when so many conflicting opinions and emotions are at stake. How can educators best decide how to educate a diverse group of learners while both challenging them and meeting their specific needs? Luckily for Rolesville High School, teachers like Amy Hodge are passionately seeking new ways to bring the outside world to their students in the classroom.

Hodge, an English as a Second Language and French teacher, recently received a Classroom Technology Awards grant sponsored by the Wake Electric Membership Corporation for her proposed project, Paperless and Rigorous. The grant is worth $3,000.

Culinary Arts Scholarship Created in Ian Reynolds’ Memory

December 2015

By Julia Colborn

On October 23, born and bred Wake Forester Ian Reynolds passed away in a tragic car accident. At only 25, he possessed a natural talent in the kitchen that had earned him the executive chef position at Real McCoy’s Restaurant and Bar, but it was his caring demeanor that earned him the town’s love.

Town Commissioners Decide Future Plan of Downtown Rolesville

December 2015

By Lisa Brown

The intersection of Young and Main streets was once known as “downtown Rolesville,” and the area was fenced and gated to keep animals in. The fences were taken down in 1941 when U.S. 401 (North and South Main Street) was paved. Two of the four original cornerstones of the town limits still stand.

While most small towns relish the idea of renovating historic buildings, this is not an option for Rolesville because a 1913 fire burned down the buildings at the Main and East Young intersection. Still, the town grew, new buildings were constructed and downtown became a commercial hub and meeting place with thriving shops and stores.

2015 Rolesville Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2015

On December 7, 2015, the Town of Rolesville held its annual tree lighting ceremony with Christmas carols sung by the Rolesville Elementary School Choir.

'Tis the Season

December 2015

By Julia Colborn

Happy Holidays from The Rolesville Buzz!

Often in thoughts of December, Christmas is the first holiday that crosses the mind: Nativity scenes and Santa competing for attention along every store aisle and around every street corner.  However, many other cultures and religions have their own celebrations at the onset of winter.

Season of Giving Provides More Ways to Pay It Forward

December 2015

By Lisa Brown

“Pay it forward” has become a popular phrase and ideology of giving. When one person does a good deed for another or gives to another, the recipient, instead of paying back the giver, in turn does a good deed or gives to someone else. It becomes a chain reaction of kindness and altruism.

The act of “paying it forward” is popular now in fast-food and coffee lines, but there are many ways to give this holiday season other than treating the car behind you in line to a latte. While the sentiment is a good one, many other people in the community are in need.

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - December 2015

RMS RamsDecember 2015

By Kinea Epps

Hello, RMS Families! As we close out our first semester, I’d like to share with you some of the first-time happenings that have recently taken place as we grow our school.

O's Commentary - December 2015

O. Morris - O's CommentaryDecember 2015

By O. Morris

With the holiday season fast approaching, I think we’ve all heard that all-too-familiar question, “What would you like for Christmas?”

Like so many of you, I’m already blessed. So my response is usually the same: Nothing.

Faith and Worship - December 2015

December 2015

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.” Some of the details have been left out, but there you have it in a nutshell – the reason we celebrate Christmas.

RHS Exchange Student Needs Host Family

December 2015

RHS Exchange Student Needs Host Family

ETC (Education, Travel & Culture) exchange students
celebrate their arrival to the U.S.A.
Photo provided by edutrav.org

Give back this holiday season and open your home to a Chinese foreign exchange student who needs a new host family in the Rolesville area through June 2016.

Tips to Ease Holiday Travel Stress

December 2015

(StatePoint) An estimated 94.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the holidays, according to AAA.

To help ensure holiday cheer, the travel experts at Extended Stay America have partnered with the ultimate holiday traveler, Santa Claus. Who better than the “Official Hotel of Santa” to offer some great holiday traveler tips?

Give Great Books to Kids this Holiday Season

December 2015

(StatePoint) For a merry holiday season, fun new books make great gifts for kids. Don’t know what’s the latest and greatest in the world of kid’s literature?

Here are four new titles to consider for the young book lovers in your life.

Optimist Club Has Wish List for Christmas Giving

November 2015

Donations to go to Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

The Northern Wake Optimist Club in Rolesville is collecting items for the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House now through December 10, and they need your help. Their Gift Wish List is comprised of everyday products and easy-to-find toys, clothes, and accessories.

Optimist Child Cancer Campaign logo

Rolesville High Track Star Signs Letter of Intent to Attend NCSU

November 2015

On Monday, November 16, Rolesville High School senior Lauren White signed her national letter of intent to attend NCSU.

Photo Gallery: Former Fire Chief Roy E. Jones, Jr.

November 2015

A Rolesville fire truck led the funeral procession to the final burial place for former Fire Chief and long-time Rolesville resident Roy Ed Jones, Jr. on Friday, October 23, 2015. Friends and family of Chief Jones gathered at the Rolesville Baptist Church Cemetary to honor him.

Local Pet-Sitting Company Creates Calendar as Fundraiser for Chained Dogs

November 2015

Pet Calendar

Photo courtesy of Pet ‘n Nanny

Pet ’n Nanny has created a 2016 calendar of its customers and their pets. The calendar will sell for $10, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, a nonprofit organization that helps improve the welfare of dogs and their living environments, specifically in under-served areas of the Triangle.

Wakefield Rotarians Sell Holiday Poinsettias until Nov. 19

November 2015

Wakefield Rotarians

Wakefield Rotary Club holiday poinsettia sales
have begun and will continue through Nov 19.
Pictured are Wakefield Rotary Treasurer Jeff Garrett (left)
and Past Presidents Louis Mullinger and Derek Bateson.
Photo courtesy of Wakefield Rotarians

The Wakefield Rotary Club’s Holiday Poinsettia Sale is underway. This year, in addition to purchasing the holiday plants directly from Rotarians, supporters can also make purchases securely online at www.holidayplantsale.com.

Allen Tate Realtors Raise $15,000 for Public Education in the Triangle

November 2015

Allen Tate Realtors in the Triangle recently raised $15,000 to benefit public education as part of the company’s 18th Annual FUNday event.

West Oak Avenue Bridge Replacement Scheduled to Begin Oct. 26

November 2015

Wake Forest, NCWork on an N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge on West Oak Avenue that spans Richland Creek began on October 26 and is expected to last until April.

Police Department Accepting Donations for Shop with a Cop

November 2015

Wake Forest Police DepartmentThe Wake Forest Police Department’s 17th Annual Shop with a Cop holiday shopping spree is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Approximately 30 area children will visit the Wake Forest Police Department, where they will be paired with their police officer “partners.”

Photo Gallery: 2015 Rolesville High School Homecoming Game

November 2015

Rolesville High School’s first Homecoming took place on Friday, October 23, 2015. Rams fans attending the evening’s game against Harnett Central saw a homecoming win for Rolesville (27-6). Congratulations to Rolesville High School!

Rolesville Elementary Family Math Night 2015

November 2015

Rolesville Elementary and Food Lion partnered for yet another educational math event this year. On October 22, the Rolesville neighborhood Food Lion hosted a wonderful night of food, prizes and math events for our Rolesville students and families to enjoy.

Real Estate Q3: Real estate is hot, but don't get greedy

November 2015

By Brian Pate, Keller Williams Realty

As we look back on 2015 so far, it has been a good year for Rolesville real estate. Although there is slightly less activity, we are seeing an average price increase, which is a good sign as we look to the fourth quarter of the year.

O's Commentary - November 2015

November 2015

O. Morris - O's CommentaryBy O. Morris


Thanksgiving Is Not Always Happy

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I recently had the gut-wrenching task of sitting with a girlfriend as she cried her heart out over her current situation. I hear holiday horror stories all the time, but this one is particularly poignant because it involves a dear friend.

Business Briefs - November 2015

November 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

D’Roc Spa at The Factory, 1839 S. Main Street, Suite 134, Wake Forest, opened Oct. 1. Owner Gabriela Ribeiro da Rocha Simmons is a massage therapist and a taekwondo and figure-skating mom who, she said, “spent countless hours in The Factory with nothing to do for adults.” After speaking with other parents (especially moms) who have nothing to do but wait, she tailored her business to accommodate a variety of timeframes.

Joseph Moore Hired as Zebulon Town Manager

November 2015

Ready for Town’s Inevitable Growth

By Lisa Brown

Just 10 weeks into the job, Joe Moore is happy to be working and living in the “Town of Friendly People,” as Zebulon is known.

Moore - Zebulon Town Manager

Joe Moore, Zebulon’s new town manager, feels right at home
helping Zebulon manage the growth that he knows is inevitable.
Photo by Lisa Brown

Born and raised in Charlotte, he has watched the growth the state has undergone with the eye of a manager and mind of an engineer. With degrees in engineering and public administration, he feels right at home helping Zebulon manage the growth that he knows is inevitable.

National Dictionary Day a Hit with the Third Graders of Rolesville

November 2015

By Julia Colborn

In honor of Noah Webster, National Dictionary Day has been celebrated annually on October 16, his birthday.  This year, the Rolesville satellite group of the Wake Forest Kiwanis chapter went to Rolesville and Sanford Creek elementary schools to distribute dictionaries to the third-grade classrooms – part of the 7,000 third graders receiving dictionaries across Wake County.

Mayor Frank Eagles with third graders

This Sanford Creek class was especially looking
forward to hearing from Mayor Frank Eagles.
Photos by Julia Colborn

The Kiwanis – whose slogan is “Serving the Children of the World” – is a volunteer group established 100 years ago to assist local communities and the betterment of individuals. Gordon Coleman helped institute the Rolesville chapter about six months ago, and he has become a liaison between the schools and the Kiwanis, keeping in touch about needs for supplies, food, volunteers or whatever else the school might be short on. He then brings it to the attention of the group, about a dozen Rolesville citizens of varying ages, who vote on if and how they would be able to assist. Although they can’t do everything, they do as much as they can. “We have a passion to help out, and all really love this community,” Coleman said.

The children seemed pleasantly surprised by the gift of dictionaries. In small groups, the volunteers went from classroom to classroom handing out dictionaries and giving a short oral presentation. The presenter would ask such questions as “Who knows what a dictionary is?” and the hands would fly up. For practice, they were instructed to look up “trust,” then “respect” and a student volunteer read the definition out loud. Participation varied from class to class. Some students were shy, looking at the foreign words with wide-eyed wonderment; others had students practically jumping out of their seat to read aloud.

Sarah Fleming, a third-grade teacher at Sanford Creek, has noticed over the years that fewer kids know what a dictionary is, often opting to use tools such as Google instead. Parts of speech are a large part of the third-grade curriculum, and the dictionaries are a way for students to actually practice the lesson.

“It really is a great resource for them,” she says. The Kiwanis visits are one of Fleming’s favorite school activities because of this. “The kids always love it,” she adds.

This dictionary distribution gives city officials a chance to reach out to the community as well. Mayor Frank Eagles was able to take the morning and visit both schools, touching base with more than half the appointed classrooms. The classes were excited to see him because he’s a familiar and friendly face since he often participates in school  activities.

The classroom visits were concluded with a brief reiteration of the importance of dictionaries, and an adage even adults could use:

“When you don’t know how to spell it, pronounce it or what it means, look it up!”

See more pictures below.

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These Sanford Creek students are very happy with their new dictionaries.

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Rolesville students carefully wrote their names in the fronts
of their dictionaries in case they got misplaced.

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Kiwanis Club member Gordon Coleman introduced
himself to a Rolesville Elementary School classroom.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Greg Bargeman

November 2015

By Andrew Canino

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Hobbies / Interests? “Now that I’m a senior, I have to focus on taking the next step in life and getting ready for college. I also want to play football for a college somewhere. A few schools that cross my mind are Campbell University, University of Charlotte and (UNC) Pembroke.”

Rolesville Police Department Continues to Add Resources

November 2015

By Julia Colborn

The Rolesville Police Department is keeping up with the town’s rapid growth by implementing a second School Resource Officer position for Rolesville High School and adding another officer to the force.

As of the end of August, Officer Christopher Langston has been serving at the school, and Officer Isaiah Mazyck has completed training for the police force.

Sgt. Snyder Is Newest Veteran to Receive a Home

November 2015

By Julia Colborn

Eight years ago, Operation: Coming Home (OCH) began as an idea among members of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and the local veterans group Triangle Real Estate & Construction Veterans.  They wanted to provide free custom homes for soldiers who injured in the line of duty.

With a goal of one house per year, OCH held its first groundbreaking ceremony in May 2008. On Oct. 27, the 11th key ceremony was conducted for Sgt. Kyle Snyder and his family, making it the third home built for a veteran and family this year. Lennar Homes built the Snyders’ new house.

Wake Forest Police Department Turkey Drive Underway, Sees Slow Start

November 2015

Wake Forest Police DepartmentThe Wake Forest Police Department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 21, as part of its ninth annual Turkey Drive which got underway in late September.  However, donations are way down compared to previous years.

Less Stress This Thanksgiving: 7 Easy Steps to Your Best Turkey Yet

November 2015

(StatePoint) Selecting, preparing and cooking the centerpiece of your family’s Thanksgiving meal can pile on a lot of stress. However, there are some easy ways to simplify the process.

Turkey: Preparation is the key.

When it comes to choosing and cooking your holiday turkey, preparation is key. Photo courtesy of State Point Media.

Retiring of Colors on Nov. 2 to Close Out 2015 Memorial Flag-Raisings

October 2015

Wake Forest, NCA flag-lowering service on Monday, Nov. 2, will bring to a close the 2015 Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising series.

Wake Forest Chamber Business & Community Expo Scheduled for Oct. 29

October 2015

Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce Expo 2015The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Business & Community Expo presented by CenturyLink will be held Thursday, October 29, 2015, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest.

3 Things to Consider During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness(SPM Wire) Approximately 12 percent of women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is an ideal time to learn more about the disease.

Rolesville High School Sophomore Selected for Scholar Society

October 2015

Tiye Jones Amen Hetep

Tiye Jones Amen Hetep, a sophomore at Rolesville High School, has been selected to become a member of The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
Photo courtesy of Tiye Jones Amen Hetep

Hartt Family Establishes Little Free Library for Community

October 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Amy Hartt cuts the ribbon to inaugurate their little free library.

Amy Hartt cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the family’s little free library. Dad Tony, mom Robyn,
and brother Brandon share in the event. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Two years ago, Tony and Robyn Hartt and their children Brandon, 14, and Amy, 11, moved from Los Angeles to Chesterfield Village in Wake Forest with the express desire “to live in a smaller, kinder town”. Feeling they made the right choice, the wanted to be a part of the community by investing time in a long-term service project the entire family could do together.

Lizzie Dunn Leigh celebrates 100 years!

October 2015

Happy Birthday Lizzie Dunn LeighOn September 11, 2015, Lizzie Dunn Leigh turned a milestone of life by celebrating her 100th birthday.

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - October 2015

October 2015

Rolesville Middle School Rams

By Kinea Epps

Hello, Rams Families! October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and I would like to take a few moments to share some information with parents regarding bullying.

Faith and Worship: October 2015

October 2015

Faith and WorshipThe Bible begins with these four words: “In the beginning God …” The whole Book presupposes His existence, informs us of His nature and character, reveals His will for mankind (His own creation), and informs us of man’s unique position as the crown of God’s creative work.

Business Briefs: October 2015

October 2015

In August, The Factory, the now-iconic 36-acre sports and entertainment complex in Wake Forest, was sold for just under $18 million by owner/developer Jeff Ammons to The Macsydney Co., a group of investors from New York and Oregon. Fortunately for the sports and retail tenants and the thousands of people who use the facility, the new owners are happy with what they’ve purchased and, according to several published sources, intend to bring in additional family-oriented businesses.

10th Annual Good Neighbor Day Recognizes Holiday Host & Hope House

October 2015

By Andrew Canino

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A young Good Neighbor Day attendee gets her face painted at Good Neighbor Day. Photo by Andrew Canino

The annual Good Neighbor Day event on Sept. 20 drew a crowd to Downtown Wake Forest, packing Holding Park with children and adults of all ages who spent the day sampling various vendors’ booths, getting their faces painted and listening to the live music provided by the Soul Play Band.

Hot Pick’n Roundup!

October 2015

By Julia Colborn

The tents and trucks set up next to the baseball fields seemed as still as the gray morning. But amid the 9 a.m. calm, nerves were on edge.

Fifteen contestants, who had started cooking almost 12 hours earlier, were putting the finishing touches on their meats as the judges began their assessments, checking for temperature, legality, presentation and taste. One by one, each team in the half-circle endured examination, finally visibly relaxing for a moment on a job well done. All they had to do was await the announcement of the awards amid the festivities of Rolesville’s annual Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin BBQ and Bands Festival.

Conpetitors set up and hard at work

Competitors were hard at work long before the vendors arrived. Photo by Julia Colborn

Rolesville Parks and Recreation: An Inside Look at the Department

Part 1 in a Series About Your Local Government
October 2015

By Mason Lipman

Town of RolesvilleThe Rolesville Parks and Recreation Department has been around at least in the form of volunteers running an adult softball league since the 1960s and ’70s. Its director, J.G. Ferguson, has been at his current position considerably less time, but since he took the post in 2011, he has made great strides for both the department and the community.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Glody Mpunda

October 2015

By Andrew Canino

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Where are you from? “I’m from the Congo in Africa. I was born over there. I’ve been over here [in the U.S.] for just eight months. This is my first year at Rolesville High School.”

Hobbies / Interests: “In school, I like to study and learn everything I can.

October Highlights Awareness of Domestic Violence

October 2015

By Lisa Brown

National Domestic Violence Awareness MonthEvery October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed with the hopes of bringing awareness to the very important and sensitive subject. Local professionals and agencies use this time for outreach, community engagement and education.

2015 Rolesville Voter's Guide

Meet the Candidates

All candidates are listed alphabetically within their categories. To access each candidate’s full profile including background, candidate’s statement, qualifications, and answers to four important question, please click the candidate’s name.

Candidate's Page: George Drewett

George DrewettRolesville Resident: 15 years

Current Civic Involvement:
- Commissioner of the Town Planning Board (2006-present)

Candidate's Page: Michelle Medley

Michelle MedleyRolesville Resident: 8 years

Current Civic Involvement:
- I believe all people should take on some type of civic duty.
- Very involved in volunteerism on both my community and county level
- Have volunteered for the past 6 years on my community Home Owner’s Association Board, with the first year serving as vice president and currently for the past 5 years as President
- Active member of the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina serving both on their DAT (Disaster Action Team) as well as in the Blood Donations centers
- Wake county court mediator
- Member of Rolesville High school booster club
- Coaching and am a 3-time coach for Girls on the Run (a running program for elementary aged children)
- Voted Coach of the Year for the RTP area this past spring

Candidate's Page: Sheilah Sutton

Sheilah SuttonRolesville Resident: 11 years

Current Civic Involvement:
- Education Advocate and Communications Specialist for Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children

Previous Civic Involvement:
- WCPSS Committee for Equity in Education
- Village of Rolesville Homeowner’s Association Architectural Review Committee
- Outreach Ministry at Living Word Family Church
- Habitat for Humanity
- Women’s Shelter improvement project.

2015 Candidates' Forum | Meet & Greet

Meet the Candidates

Koinonia Foundation Wants You to Fall For Their Autumn Décor

September 2015

Nothing says ‘Happy Fall Y’all’ more than a house decorated with pumpkins and mums.  This year, a local charity wants you to buy your autumn decorations October 2nd and 3rd on the front lawn of the Wake Forest Historical Museum.

Fall Into Autumn

Free Wake Forest Wall Calendar Now Available

September 2015

The Town of Wake Forest is making it easier than ever for area residents to keep track of popular town events thanks to a new 14-month wall calendar.

Soon to be available at several area locations, the free calendar offers a comprehensive listing of town events scheduled between November 2015 and December 2016. The calendar also lists the various holidays the Town of Wake Forest will observe throughout the period.

Town of WF CalendarThe calendar is filled with dozens of photos featuring area residents enjoying local festivities ranging from the Mardi Gras Street Festival and Meet in the Street to the Halloween Spooktacular and Wake Forest Christmas Parade – and everything in between.

The Competition is Heating Up!

September 2015

By Julia Colborn • julia.colborn@rolesvillebuzz.com

There are only a few weeks between Rolesville’s Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n Barbeque and Bands Festival on September 12 and the Whole Hog Barbecue Championship October 2 and 3 in Raleigh.

Over 20 teams will be competing in Rolesville’s chicken, ribs and whole hog competitions, many of whom will be participating in all three. First, second, and third place, plus a People’s Choice, will be awarded for each, and the first and second place whole hog teams will be eligible for the October championship.

Some of the early bird registrants show a promising array of skillsets, each bringing a little something different to the table.

Larry and Joh Snead

Town of Rolesville Asking for Input on New Comprehensive Plan

September 2015

By Lisa Brown • lisa.brown@rolesvillebuzz.com

Town of RolesvilleThe town of Rolesville has seen tremendous growth, as most residents can attest. In 2001 there were just 1,000 people who called Rolesville home. The latest U.S. Census report estimates the town’s 2014 population to be 5,785 and growing steadily.

All towns have comprehensive plans that provide the framework for how the town will adopt policies and ordinances, manage land use, protect public safety, preserve historic sites, and more. Until now, the Town had been operating under a plan developed in 2002 that town leaders say is not very cohesive because each department contributed its own ideas and visions. There was not one overall image and voice. With the town’s growth, officials know the need for a united plan is more vital than ever.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Nathaniel (Nate) Bettinghaus

September 2015

By Andrew Canino • andrew.canino@rolesvillebuzz.com

Spotlight-Pic 1Nathaniel (Nate) Bettinghaus

Hobbies / Interests:  “I don’t know, really! I have a job doing yard work, but that’s not really what I do for fun. … I like to swim on the swim team, and I like running. I ran cross country and spring track last year, and I swim every year at Rolesville High School.”

Plans After Graduation:  “Actually, I signed my apprenticeship certificate for a commercial ventilation plant this past August 5th.

Second Phase of Wake Forest Crossing Approaches Completion

September 2015

By Mason Lipman • mason.lipman@rolesvillebuzz.com

Wake Forest Crossing, the shopping center located off of Capital Boulevard near Stadium Drive, is nearly finished undergoing its second phase of construction. Wake Forest Crossing II, as it is called, brings Ross, TJ Maxx, Michael’s, and PetCo, plus other stores to town. The shopping center is also the site of Lowe’s Foods and Kohl’s.

Despite the fact that Ross, Rack Room Shoes, Kirkland’s, and Michael’s have now opened and are doing well, according to Weingarten Realty’s leasing executive Jimmy Conder, there is still a large amount of construction going on in order to complete Phase II.

Financial: Why Don’t You Have Disability Income Insurance?

September 2015

If you are injured or ill, it could help you keep afloat financially.

Provided by Glenn June

Disbility Income InsuranceIf you can’t work and pay your bills, how are you going to cope? Let’s say an injury or illness prevents you from doing your job. How do you deal with the lost income?

Disability income insurance provides an answer. Few of us opt for such coverage, even though it may help us maintain our income (and quality of life) in a crisis.

A case in point: the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America just polled 1,200 private-sector U.S. workers and found that two-thirds of them had no such coverage.

Mention that to most employees, and they may just shrug. Who cares, who wants to buy more insurance, especially coverage you don’t think you’ll need?

The Sweet Taste of Victory - Local Figure Skater Takes All at Hershey Open

September 2015

Carrington Mason-Belvin

Carrington flows into her Bielman
at the Dogwood Figure Skating Open in June.
Photo courtesy of Photo Miracles
by Stan Gilliland

Harris Creek Elementary fourth-grader and figure skater Carrington Mason Belvin practices in Cary twice a week with her primary coach, Russian Olympic medalist Elena Betchke, before the bell rings and at least twice a week in Garner and Wake Forest after school.

On August 5, she skated her way to the Group B Pre-preliminary first place spot out of six competitors at the Hershey Open in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

43 Homes in Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Zebulon Will Be Featured 2015 Parade of Homes

September 2015

The Weston by CityScape Builders

The Weston 2015 by CityScape Builders
at King’s Glen in Wake Forest.

The Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, will be held on October 3 and 4, 9 to 11, and 16 to 18. Homes will be open from noon to 5 p.m.

The 43 Rolesville, Wake Forest and Zebulon homes will be priced from $238,900 to $1.1 million, and range in size from 1,725 to 5,400 square feet.

Wake Forest Completes Renovation Project at Smith Creek Soccer Center

September 2015

WF Parks, Rec, Cultural ResourcesWake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department partnered with the Capital Area Soccer League in the fall of 2012 to renovate the three fields at the Smith Creek Soccer Center.

Per the terms of the agreement, PRCR and CASL shared the cost of installing an in-ground irrigation system, re-grading the field surfaces and installing Bermuda sod.

Town of Wake Forest to Receive Historic Preservation Grant from Preservation NC

September 2015

The Town of Wake Forest will receive the Stedman Incentive Grant from Preservation North Carolina to assist with the stabilization of the 1870s Ailey Young House, a rare example of Reconstruction-era worker’s housing, and the oldest African American house in Wake Forest and northern Wake County. The Ailey Young House, Wake Forest, NC

The $10,000 award will be presented on September 18 during Preservation North Carolina’s statewide conference in Salisbury.

The Ailey Young House, built as a duplex, is a 1.5-story board-and-batten, saddle-bag form on high stone piers.

Census records report the Young family in the house in 1880. In 1895, the house was sold to Ailey Young, an African American woman. Ailey and Henry Young’s oldest son, Allen, believed to have been born in the house in 1875, grew up to be one of the most significant historical figures in Wake Forest. In 1905, he began the first school for African American children in Wake Forest.

The school became the Wake Forest Normal and Industrial Institute, and its largest enrollment was over 300 students.

ABC Commission Launches Second Phase of ‘Talk It Out’ Campaign Against Underage Drinking

September 2015

New Ads Highlight Parents’ Role in Reducing Underage Drinking

Talk It Out CampaignThe N.C. ABC Commission is launching the second phase of its “Talk It Out” campaign with new hard-hitting ads that emphasize parental responsibility for reducing underage drinking. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the issue in North Carolina and to educate and empower parents to talk with their children about underage drinking.

The launch of the new phase of the campaign coincides with the back-to-school timeframe and encourages parents to use this pivotal time of year as a natural time to have discussions with their tweens and teens. A series of TV and radio ads drives home the message that these are not conversations parents can afford to put off.

6th Annual Hot Pick'n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands Serves Up Food, Fun, Entertainment Sept. 12

Rolesville Hot Pick'n Finger Lick'n BBQ & Bands

Save the Date! Come Hungry!  It’s time to get your BBQ taste buds ready for the 6th Annual Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands Festival and Competition which takes place on Saturday, September 12th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Rolesville, NC.

This is your chance to taste great BBQ chicken and ribs while over 20 teams vie for the trophies in the chicken, ribs, and whole hog BBQ competitions. Top winners will be eligible to compete in the state contest in October.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Are You a Good Pet Parent?

Buzz Woof & MeowSeptember 2015

By Vanessa Davis

How many times have you seen or read about the horrific treatment of dogs, cats or other pets by their “owners”? I have and, unfortunately, it’s sad to say that it’s been way too many times. But did you know there is more to being a responsible pet parent than just not abusing your pet?

Take the time to research the pet you want and the different breeds. Make a list, look at your family’s wants, lifestyle and activity level, and consider the area that you have to offer your new furry family member. There are many options for pets, so taking the time to properly select one that will fit your family will prevent any regrets or the need for a wonderful pet ending up at the shelter later on.

O's Commentary - September 2015

O. Morris - O's CommentaryWhen In Doubt, You Matter Most

By O Morris • o.morris@rolesvillebuzz.com

Dear O,

Four months ago one of my girlfriends introduced me to one of her male co-workers. They are just business associates and not romantically involved in any way. The guy and I had an instant attraction to each other, so he asked me for my phone number. I was more than happy to give it to him, and we started texting each other almost immediately. Now that we are dating and really getting along well, my girlfriend acts like she doesn’t approve. How I can make her more supportive of the relationship? ~ Dating in Wake Forest

Business Briefs - September 2015

Laster Orthodontics

Dr. W. Stewart Laster and his employees in their new office on Rogers Road.
Photos courtesy of Laster Orthdontics.

Laster Orthodontics opened at 6282 Rogers Road in Rolesville on August 13. Dr. W. Stewart Laster has 12 employees dedicated to orthodontics at the new location. “I am so excited to be able to build strong relationships and make an impact in our community,” Laster said. “Our team is genuinely thrilled to become a part of your Rolesville family, and we look forward to making beautiful smiles for years to come.” Patients are seen by appointment only. 919-676-0541. lasterortho.com

Rolesville Parks & Rec Youth Basketball Progam & Camps Begin Registration Sept. 7

August 2015

Town of RolesvilleThe Rolesville Parks and Recreation Department will begin registration on September 7 for its Youth Basketball Program and two age-grouped basketball camps. Please see below for details.

Kelly Services® Announces 2016 Future Engineers Scholarship

August 2015

Application Submission Deadline is October 15, 2015

Kelly ServicesKelly Services®(Nasdaq: KEYLA, KEYLB), is accepting applications for its annual “Future Engineers Scholarship”–a $5,000 award that will be presented to one eligible undergraduate student in December 2015. The scholarship award, which can be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board expenses for the 2016 calendar year, is awarded to one student based on a written essay, documented acceptance into a school of engineering, demonstrated academic success and an intention to pursue a career in the field of engineering.

Wake Forest Orchestra Enters its Second Year, Receives Grant

August 2015

By Andrew Canino

The WFCYO enters its second year this fall. The orchestra was founded by LaSaundra Booth with her longtime friend Tanya Suggs in August 2013 in response to the problem of widely accessible orchestral instruction being unavailable to students in public schools. Booth and Suggs founded the WFCYO to “strengthen and sustain the orchestral landscape of the Town of Wake Forest by providing an array of diverse orchestral training programs for all youth.”

Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra

Students of all ages come to the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra
to learn to play and instrument and participate in concerts.
Photo courtesy of the WFCYO web site.

International Food and Music Festival

August 2015

13th International Food and Music FestivalThe 13th International Food and Music Festival is scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 19, at J. Ashley Wall Towne Square, Cyprus and Third Streets, Wendell, NC from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival August 15

August 2015

Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival 2015The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the “Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival” on Saturday, August 15. Featuring four professional storytellers along with entertaining workshops and concerts for children and adults, the festival will introduce the art of storytelling to the Wake Forest community and celebrate one of humanity’s oldest art forms.

RST Fiber Service no Longer an Option in Wake Forest

August 2015

An initiative that was expected to earn Wake Forest the distinction as one of the Triangle’s first gigabit communities has been put on hold.

Following a frustrating series of starts and stops, town officials say RST Fiber, the Shelby-based company that promised to deliver gigabit-speed Internet service to Wake Forest, is no longer an option.

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Restricts Movement of Firewood

August 2015

An adult emerald ash borer is 1/3 to 1/2 inch long, slightly smaller than a nickel.  Photo courtesy of Eric R. Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org.

An adult emerald ash borer is 1/3 to 1/2 inch long, slightly smaller than a nickel. Photo courtesy of Eric R. Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services announced recently that Wake and Franklin counties have been added to the list of counties under an emerald ash borer quarantine after ash borers were confirmed in both counties.

Quarantine rules restrict the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other materials made with ash.

Shop Local, Give Back

August 2015

shop smallWith the surge of the “shop local” movement, it’s become common knowledge that opting to spend money at a locally owned business as opposed to a larger corporate retailer has a more substantial impact on the local economy and the community as a whole.

The upcoming Shop Local Rolesville event on Saturday, August 15, gives Rolesville residents the opportunity to spread the patronage and support locally owned businesses around town.

Edward Jones Financial Advisor receives performance award

August 2015

Marty CowardMarty Coward of the financial services firm Edward Jones recently earned the firm’s exclusive Century Award for outstanding performance during 2014.

Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, calls Coward a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve.

Gouge to Manage Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

August 2015

GougeCathy Gouge, who has served as the interim manager for the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts since May, has been selected to manage the center, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall has announced.

Prior to May, Gouge had served as the department’s Renaissance Centre specialist since October 2013.

County’s Residential Growth and Development Pays for Itself

August 2015

Recent N.C. State Study Concludes Residential Construction is an Important Part of Local Economy

The Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County confirms the positive role of local housing through the release of a new report entitled, “Economic Impacts of Residential Construction in Wake County,” conducted by Dr. Michael L. Walden, a project director and William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor at NC State University.

Another Pageant Victory for Rolesville Girl

August 2015

By Jamie Larsen

Breanna Chavez 2015Breanna Chavez, 8-year-old daughter of Darwin and Alma, competed in the National American Miss (NAM) 2015 Miss North Carolina Junior Pre-Teen Pageant on June 26-27, 2015, at the Convention Center in Winston-Salem.  Out of 65 state finalists, Breanna finished in the Top Ten for the Overall Competition and earned the opportunity to attend the national pageant at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in November.

Bypass Opens with Help from Town Leaders, Employees and Volunteers

August 2015

By Lisa Brown

Fire Chief Rodney Privette

Fire Chief Rodney Privette patrols the bypass to ensure safety. Photo by Lisa Brown.

After a delay of two years and concerns about safety, Rolesville’s U.S. 401 Bypass opened at the end of July with both a big welcome and a sigh of relief.

“A bypass is not something the NCDOT does every day. This has been new to us, and it’s been a big team effort to keep it moving along and make it safe,” said Joey Hopkins, a state Department of Transportation engineer.

Real Estate: Rolesville Real Estate Market Continues Upward Trend in Rolesville

August 2015

By Brian Pate
Keller Williams Realty

Brian PateYou have probably been hearing all of the stories about how great the real estate market is. Well, they’re true!

If you sold your home in the last three months, you have likely sold it quicker and for more money than any time in recent history.

O's Commentary - August 2015

Welcome … to the Real World

O. Morris - O's CommentaryBy O Morris

Dear O,

I graduated from college almost a month ago, received a great job offer, and happily accepted it. Needless to say, my parents are thrilled and, to be honest, so am I. They threw me a huge party and showed me the plans to turn my old bedroom into the movie theater they’ve always wanted. Well, today is Monday and I start my new job in 30 minutes. I am setting in the parking lot sweating around the waist and totally terrified. I think I might even throw up. What can I do?

Missing School

Faith and Worship - August 2015

August 2015

Faith and WorshipAs this column is being written, the author’s left wrist is sprained, right arm cannot be lifted above the shoulder without great discomfort, and left leg is healing from abrasions and cuts, and is stiff and sore.

Dance Kicks Off New School Year

August 2015

Sanford Creek Elementary kicked off the new school year with an all-school dance assembly on July 24. Organized by P.E. teacher Leigh Anne Sandy to celebrate National Dance Day, parents, Mayor Frank Eagles, staff, and over 500 students took part in the event.

Rolesville High Readies for First Senior Class

August 2015

By Julia Colborn

Rolesville High School

De’Nique Pickering, RHS Class of 2015,
accepts her diploma from Principal Ericka Lucas
on June 9. In order to complete her studies,
Pickering took some courses online as an early senior.
Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Two years ago, Rolesville High opened its doors and welcomed its first students, consisting of only freshmen and sophomores. These sophomores went on to be the first junior class, and by the end of this August, they will officially become the first senior class of RHS – the Class of 2016.

With all four grades, the school will hold about 1,800 students.

Jones Dairy Elementary Tops State Collection for Recycling Program

August 2015

By Lisa Brown

TerraCycle, founded in 2001, is the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, ranging from juice pouches to beauty care product bottles. The waste is collected through “Brigades” then reused, upcycled, or recycled into a variety of affordable, sustainable consumer products and industrial applications. Each year, in over 21 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste working in partnership with over 100 major brands. Thus far, they have donated millions of dollars to schools and charities.

Funding for Driver's Education Dropped in North Carolina

August 2015

By Mason Lipman

Over the past several years, the North Carolina General Assembly has debated budget cuts involving driver’s education in public schools. Cuts would remove the $26 million that goes to schools throughout the state for driver’s education. This would result in all North Carolina public schools being forced to fund driver’s ed out of the $100 million that already goes to schools’ general funds.

Art After Hours Artist to Donate to Animal Care

July 2015

Tammy Kaufman, a local artist loves to paint, and she loves animals. Through an unfortunate incident, she has found a charitable way to combine the two loves. Last week, despite being on routine flea and tick preventative and daily skin checks, her family dog, Frylie, was diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Frylie is lucky – he has a family who can afford to pay his medical bills, but there are many other animals who are not so fortunate.

Kaufman has put out a call to action by saying, “Together we can help!”

Siobhan Cahill, 19, Takes On Cross-Country Cycling Adventure

July 2015

By Mason Lipman

For some students, “summer” means being at home, working a part-time job and spending time with friends. For others, “summer” means parties and vacations, and for a few it means an additional school term.

Siobhan Cahill and her ride group

Siobhan (third from right, no helmet) and her entire
team took a selfie with the Kentucky sign.
Pictures by and courtesy of Siobhan Cahill

For Wake Forest resident Siobhan Cahill, however, this summer means riding her bike 4,000 miles across the country from Baltimore to San Francisco.

Summertime heightens Lyme Disease Awareness

July 2015

By Lisa Brown

Lyme disease has fought as big a battle in achieving awareness and understanding as those who suffer from it have found in obtaining treatment. Mired in controversy, the disease has been difficult to talk about and finding adequate, affordable treatment even more so.

Rolesville’s Mayor Frank Eagles understands the struggle with Lyme disease personally. As an avid outdoorsman, he’s well aware of the risk. “I love the woods. I spend a lot of time outside and have had many tick bites that I’ve had to deal with,” he says.

Having been diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, another tick-borne disease, he knows the seriousness of tick bite prevention and the need to receive treatment early and correctly.

Join Us for the Unplugged Challenge

July 2015

By Julia Colborn

One of the many great things about July is it’s National Cell Phone Courtesy Awareness Month.

O.M.G.! You can't be THAT rude, can you???Although portable telephones started surfacing in the 1980s, it wasn’t until the turn of the century that cell phones became commonplace, and now up to 64 percent of the population owns one, according to the Pew Research Center.

Jacqueline Whitmore established cell phone courtesy month in 2002, shortly after the dawn of the smartphone.

Rolesville booming according to U.S. Census report


Residential construction continues in Rolesville to accommodate the growth in population.

Residential construction continues in Rolesville to accommodate the growth in population.
Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

July 2015

‘Rooftops’ are key to commercial growth

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

It bears repeating: Rolesville currently is the fastest-growing town in the state – percentage-wise rather than actual number-wise, that is. This community, having remained a small town while others around Raleigh became much larger and more populous, now has a reason to be noticed.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets

Buzz Woof & MeowJuly 2015

By Vanessa Davis

With sweltering summer temperatures nearing 100 degrees, we need to take extra steps to keep our pets safe this summer. People and animals alike are stressed from the heat and it’s important to make an extra effort to keep pets cool, comfortable and healthy.

Dogs get lots of media attention during the summer, but cats and other creatures (including humans!) are at risk, too.

Financial: Does Your Household Have the Right Outlook for Building Wealth?

July 2015

Does Your Household Have The Right Outlook For Building Wealth?

Are you good at saving money?

Why do some households save more than others? Building household savings may depend not only on cash flow, but also on psychology. With the right outlook, saving becomes a commitment. With a less positive outlook, it becomes a task – and tasks and chores are often postponed.

Wake Forest Offering Rain Barrels for Sale

July 2015

Wake Forest, NCThe Town of Wake Forest is selling 65-gallon rain barrels for $90 each.

Each rain barrel comes with a brass spigot, two overflow valves that can be used to connect additional barrels, and a screen to keep out debris and insects.

Wake Forest Ranked Among State’s Safest Cities

July 2015

Wake Forest, NCWake Forest is one of the safest cities in North Carolina, according to a study by home security company SafeWise.

After analyzing FBI Crime Report data from 2013 to find the 50 safest cities in North Carolina, SafeWise ranked Wake Forest 26th. There are 552 municipalities in North Carolina.

Ace Hardware Tops in Customer Satisfaction for 9th Consecutive Year

July 2015

Rolesville store owner knows customers want excellent service

The J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Store Satisfaction Study ranks Ace Hardware “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Home Improvement Retail Stores.” Ace has captured this ranking every year since J. D. Power began surveying the home improvement industry nine years ago.

Nikki Aliano of Ace Hardware of Rolesville

Ace Hardware of Rolesville’s Nikki Aliano is one of the store’s associates to whom owner Paul Owens attributes the company’s success.
Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

The study is based on responses from nearly 3,000 consumers who bought home improvement products or services in the previous 12 months. Ace Hardware ranked highest among major retailers with an overall satisfaction index score of 807 on a 1,000-point scale.

The score is based on performance in five areas: merchandise, price, sales and promotions, staff and service, and store facility.

Paul Owens, owner of Ace Hardware of Rolesville, believes that the small, family-owned hardware store is able to survive primarily because of its ability to deliver excellent customer service.

O's Commentary - July 2015

July 2015

The experience of everything happens for a reason

O. Morris - O's CommentaryI would never advise any young woman today to take on a marriage at age 18, but that’s exactly what I did, much to the dismay of my adoring mother. Her eyes looked like she was in the middle of a horror movie when I told her my intentions.

Kids in Parks TRACK Trails Program Continues at Joyner Park

July 2015

Kids in Parks TRACK Trails programLooking for a fun way to encourage your children to exercise and learn about the environment at the same time? If you answered yes, then check out the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s Kids in Parks TRACK Trails program at E. Carroll Joyner Park.

An initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the Kids in Parks program works with partners throughout the country to promote children’s health and the health of our parks by increasing physical activity and engaging families in outdoor adventures that foster a meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - July 2015

Rolesville Middle School RamsJuly 2015

By Kinea Epps

Happy New Year! July 7 marks the start of the new school year for year-round students and families. With the start of any new year, it’s important to make a few resolutions to help keep you and your student on track to a great new school year.

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Never leave children or pets in unattended vehicles

June 2015

Wake Forest Police Dept.As spring transitions to summer and temperatures start to climb, the Wake Forest Police Department is warning residents to never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle. Officials are also offering clear instruction on what to do if you see a child or pet left alone in a car.

“Anyone who sees a child or animal left unattended in a vehicle should stay with the vehicle and call the police department,” said Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard.

Last year, Wake Forest Police arrested a Franklinton woman and charged her with animal cruelty after her two dogs died as a result of being left in an unattended vehicle for nearly three hours. Although the outside temperature on the day of the incident was a comfortable 80 degrees, the reported temperature inside the vehicle exceeded 120.

Rolesville Athletic Academy brings home the medals

June 2015

By Fiaunna Shivers, Head Coach for Rolesville Athletic Academy

Rolesville is making strides with its new track and field club. Rolesville Athletic Academy participated in their first track meet Saturday, May 2, 2015. The team competed in the Triangle Champions Challenge in Durham at Hillside High School. There were at least twelve different teams and several hundred participants present.

Rolesville Athletic Academy

The Rolesville Athletic Academy Track Club with Coach Beverly and Coach Fi. Not pictured are Coach Booth and Coach Leacock. Photo by Coach Hillary Leacock.

Bypass crawls to completion

June 2015

June 30 | June 26 | June 18 | June 8: Please see update below regarding the opening.

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

As the Rolesville/U.S. 401 bypass continues its crawl to completion, and the last lap is nearly in sight, everything rides on when the contractor, Michigan-based DeVere Construction Co., will give the N.C. Department of Transportation the green light to put traffic onto the road.

According to NC DOT Resident Engineer in charge David Moore, and as of this writing, it appears that final paving will occur over the weekend of June 6 and 7. This hints that the bypass will open for use sometime during the latter part of June. Before that happens, the contractor must finish a traffic shift on the south end of the bypass toward Louisbury Road as well as a list of smaller items on the road itself.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Travel pet savvy this summer

June 2015

By Vanessa Davis, owner Dirty Dogs Spa, Wake Forest.

Tips for traveling with your petTraveling with pets is becoming more and more popular. Today’s dogs and even some cats are vacationing, thanks to friendlier airlines, safety innovations, pet-friendly hotels, resorts and campgrounds, and restaurants with outdoor dining privileges.

Here are a few tips to aid in a more pleasant travel experience with our furry family members.

Financial: Talking about money before and after you marry

June 2015

No money secrets should stand between the two of you as you wed.

As we all know, marriage is a huge step in life, and with the recent engagement of my best friend, I only saw it fitting to bring up a topic that all couples should address. That topic is the conversation about MONEY.

Money Jar.  Bride and groom.  Wedding topper.  Original Filename: 85824295.jpgNo married couple should suffer from financial infidelity. If you hide debt, income or assets from your spouse, it can lead to a fight and possibly even an impasse in your relationship.

Wake Electric moves into updated quarters

June 2015

By Julia Colborn

Solar trees at the front entrance of the building

The pseudo art deco solar trees serve as a reminder not only of cleaner energy sources, but of the efficient nature of the community-focused electric company.
Photo courtesy of WEMC

Although practically sharing a parking lot with the old location, the new Wake Electric building is a far cry from what it once was. A restored warehouse that still smells of fresh paint and drywall, this epicenter is intelligently designed to be both user-friendly and prepared for the future.

The front entrance is flanked by two out of the three solar trees featured on the grounds. Although their combined 6 kilowatts of energy isn’t enough to power the 400 kilowatt building, the pseudo-art-deco solar trees serve as a reminder not only of cleaner energy sources, but of the efficient nature of the community-focused electric company. This entrance leads to the second floor, the main level where you can personally pay your bill or handle any inquiries.

Travel: Fun and Free – two words parents love to hear

June 2015

By Ryan Smith
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Summer is historically known as the time to spend relaxing in the sun and sand or taking in the cooler temperatures in the mountains, but what if you don’t have the time, money or energy to plan an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink vacation? Easy. When you live in Greater Raleigh, there’s plenty to see and do in your own community by being a tourist in your own town.

Farmers’ Markets Open for Season in Zebulon, Rolesville

June 2015

By Lori Bunn

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we don’t mean Christmas. It’s spring, and shopping the local farmers’ markets means red juicy strawberries, golden honey and fresh eggs. Being a former agriculture student and former Future Farmer of America member, I get excited and love to see local farmers and artisans selling fresh, healthy and unique produce and goods.

Zebulon Farmers' Market

The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is in its first year of operation.
Photo courtesy of Zebulon Farm Fresh Market.

I recently visited two local farmers’ markets. My first trip brought me to the opening day for Zebulon’s farmers’ market on May 2. The Farm Fresh Market is to be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday for 22 weeks, excluding Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekend.

What’s Buzzin’ @ RMS - June 2015

June 2015

By Kinea Epps

Rolesville Middle School RamsHello, readers, and welcome to the “What’s Buzzin’ at RMS” column. This monthly column will highlight news and celebrations going on at Rolesville Middle School. Let’s get started!

Faith and Worship - June 2015

June 2015

Having just returned from Washington, D.C., where along with hundreds of other clergy from all across America, we toured the Capitol hearing about our Christian heritage from men who are well schooled in the subject, and then celebrating Memorial Day remembering the great sacrifice many have made to secure the freedoms we enjoy, it would be an understatement to say that I’ve been feeling somewhat patriotic. Then, of course, we have Flag Day and Independence Day quickly approaching, which also are reminders of the freedoms and blessings we enjoy as Americans.

Outdoors: Local fishing beckons anglers

June 2015

By Mike Zlotnicki

Memorial Day was fast approaching and my wife, Renee, and I wondered what to do with our three girls. Being an “outdoors family,” it kind of struck me that we haven’t been fishing – together – in a while. So, that’s what we did.


Olivia Zlotnicki shows a nice largemouth bass before releasing it back into a local farm pond.
Photo by Mike Zlotnicki

Sgt. Collie Named N.C. Narcotics Officer of the Year

June 2015

Wake Forest Police Department Narcotics Unit Sgt. L.N. Collie has been named the 2015 North Carolina Narcotics Officer of the Year for Eastern North Carolina.

Collie was recognized during the 2015 North Carolina Narcotics Enforcement Officer’s Spring Conference at Carolina Beach.

Wake Forest, NCThe award is presented annually to two officers – one from eastern North Carolina and one from western North Carolina – who have employed innovative ideas during a drug investigation.

Police Department introduces ‘Operation Safe Sale’

June 2015

A 2014 “Daily Dot” study of Craigslist transactions in the United States over a 30-day period revealed 74 criminal incidents in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Of those incidents, 11 resulted in violence, three resulted in death, and eight carried a threat of violence.

In an effort to protect Wake Forest residents from becoming victims of crime when selling or buying items advertised online, the Wake Forest Police Department is providing a safe zone for transactions called “Operation Safe Sale.”

American Legion Post chooses five for Boys State

June 2015

The Walter E. Cole American Legion Post No. 187 has endorsed five rising seniors from area high schools to serve as delegates to the 2015 Tar Heel Boys State.

The young men selected are: Charles Douglas Moseley and Samuel Gregory Perry, both from Franklin Academy High School; John Nicholas Latz from Heritage High School; George Bailey Autry and John Taylor Noble, both from Wake Forest High School.

Boys State delegates

Left to right – Legionnaire Tom Rurka, Bailey Autry (Wake Forest HS), Jack Noble (Wake Forest HS), Sam Perry (Franklin Academy HS), Chase Moseley (Franklin Academy HS), John Latz (Heritage HS), and Legionnaire Norm Bell.
Photo courtesy of The Walter E. Cole American Legion Post No. 187.

Experts encourage Wake County families to bring back the Sunday dinner

June 2015

New Effort Benefits Area Seniors and Meals on Wheels

John Posey of Raleigh is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones and thereby lose an important family connection.

Sunday Dinner“For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime – it’s who is at the table with them,” said Posey, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Raleigh, Cary, Apex and Wake County.

Area Students graduate, make President's and Dean's lists from Barton College

Congratulations to our area graduates!June 2015

Area students graduate from Barton College

Barton College in Wilson awarded diplomas to 257 seniors during the school’s 113th annual commencement exercises on May 17.

Participating in the ceremony were Barton students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2014 and May 2015, and baccalaureate candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer.

Rolesville Police Department now bigger and better than ever

June 2015

By Julia Colborn

Captain Orlando Soto is the most recent addition to the Rolesville Police Department, and only a month in, he’s already an integral part of the multitude of changes currently being undergone.

He began his 13-year career as a patrol officer in Durham. In 2006, he moved to Knightdale, where he held a variety of positions – SWAT operator, detective sergeant, narcotics officer and most recently, lieutenant in charge of patrol supervision.

Two and a half years ago, when then-Captain Bobby Langston was brought onto the Rolesville police force, there were 11 full-time officers, two sergeants and an outdated record keeping system. Soto and Langston have congruent goals to better serve the community, and are working together to make improvements from the inside out.

Wake Forest Earns 25th Consecutive Financial Reporting Award

Wake Forest, NCFor the 25th consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Town of Wake Forest for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the town and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement was awarded to Finance Director Aileen Staples whose staff was responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

Wake Forest Police Receive Grant to Establish Motorcycle Patrol Unit

WFPD MotorcyclesThe N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program recently awarded the Wake Forest Police Department an $85,000 grant to establish a new motorcycle patrol unit.

The grant enabled the police department to buy two 2015 BMW motorcycles, two mobile data terminals and uniforms for the two motorcycle patrol officers.

“The Wake Forest Police Department is committed to maintaining safe driving conditions in our community,” said Police Chief Jeff Leonard. “Our new motor unit is intended to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.”

The Wake Forest Police Department Motor Unit is expected to focus its traffic enforcement efforts in local subdivisions and on secondary roads. Enforcement duties the unit will assume include, but are not limited to:

Motorcycle safety enforcement
Distracted driving enforcement
Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement.

The unit will also work to raise public awareness by participating in community events that help promote highway and motorcycle safety. In late May or early June, the unit will begin hosting and assist other law enforcement agencies with regular motorcycle safety classes sponsored by BikeSafe North Carolina.

BikeSafe NC invites motorcyclists to participate in Rider Skills Days that offer assessment on present skills and advice from motor officers to help make riding in North Carolina safer and more enjoyable. Along with professional riding techniques, topics covered include the system of motorcycle control and the causes of collisions.

Rider Skills Days are conducted during the week and weekends by highly qualified officers. The day includes both classroom-based advice and on-road ride-outs.

For more information about BikeSafe NC, visit www.bikesafenc.com.



Beware of Utility, IRS- and Tax-Related Scams

Utility Scams

In recent weeks, a number of Wake Forest Power customers have been targeted in a utility scam by individuals claiming to represent Duke Energy.

In each incident, the customer reported receiving a phone call from a person identifying himself as a Duke Energy employee. The caller attempted to obtain personal information and threatened immediate service disconnection if immediate payment was not made with a prepaid debit card.

Fortunately, none of the individuals provided the requested information and instead reported the incident to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Police officials are again reminding residents to protect against fraud by contacting the police department if they suspect or experience fraudulent activity. Please also note the following fraud prevention tips:

*Occasionally, Wake Forest Power may call you to discuss your account. If we do, we will provide you with information that only you and Wake Forest Power would know in order to validate that our call is legitimate. If, after receiving the information, you are uncomfortable providing personal information by phone, or if you believe the call is a scam, hang up and call the Town of Wake Forest directly at 919-435-9400.

*Do not accept offers from anyone, including those claiming to be Wake Forest Power or Town of Wake Forest employees, to pay your bill or provide any other service for a fee.

*Wake Forest Power only charges convenience fees for payments using MoneyGram for its Pay-As-You-Go program. Wake Forest Power does not charge convenience fees for any other programs.

*Wake Forest Power customers who have delinquent accounts receive multiple notifications from the Town of Wake Forest over the course of several weeks prior to electric service disconnection – never just a single notification one hour before disconnection.

*Wake Forest Power never asks or requires customers who have delinquent accounts to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid electric service disconnection. Customers can make payments any number of ways, including online, by phone, by automatic bank draft, by mail or in person.

*If you or someone you know has a question about whether someone is a legitimate representative of Wake Forest Power, call the Town of Wake Forest at 919-435-9400. Call police immediately if you believe the person is an imposter.

*Guard against fraud – never share your personal information, including birthday, Social Security number or banking account information.

IRS- and Tax-Related Scams

The Wake Forest Police Department is again warning area residents not to be fooled by scammers impersonating IRS investigators. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

Potential phone scam victims may be told they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.

The callers who commit this fraud often share the following characteristics:

*Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.

*Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.

*Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.

*Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.

*Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim.

It is important for taxpayers to know the IRS:

*Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.

*Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations.

*Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation.

Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:

*If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

*If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

*You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any social media.

The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.

Wake Forest Police are also warning residents to be aware of tax-related identity theft.

Tax return identity theft happens when thieves use your Social Security Number to file tax returns and claim a large refund. You discover the fraud when you file your own tax return and the Internal Revenue Service says they’ve already processed a return using your name and number.

The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office says avoiding tax return ID theft starts by protecting your confidential information. Don’t carry your Social Security Number (SSN) in your wallet or purse unless you need it with you for an appointment that day. Don’t leave your SSN where someone can steal it, and shred unneeded documents that include it.

If you receive a letter from the IRS stating that they already processed your return, contact their Identity Protection Specialized Unit immediately at 1-800-908-4490. In most cases, taxpayers are able to work with the IRS to straighten out their tax returns and, eventually, get their refund.

Wake Forest, NCFor more information on how to protect yourself against fraud or if you believe you are a victim of these types of crime, call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.

Inaugural WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

BalloonsA hot air balloon festival is coming to Raleigh, Zebulon and Wake county Memorial Day Weekend – the inaugural WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest. It’s the first hot air balloon festival to come to the Triangle region in nearly 25 years.

You’re invited to gather with friends and family for outdoor fun as dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky in celebration and remembrance during this free, fun, family-oriented event.

Get ready to glow Raleigh, Zebulon and Wake county – with the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest.

Organizers are bringing one of the nation’s premier hot air balloon festivals to Zebulon’s Bennett Bunn Plantation with planned public events also scheduled for Spring Forest Road Park in North Raleigh. More than 30 balloon pilots and teams from 15 states and overseas will compete.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest invite the public to a mass ascension of all participating balloons, followed by a balloon “glow” just after sunset on Friday, May 22 at Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon. Events in Zebulon continue on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with competition balloon flights.

Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, spectators are invited to experience ballooning up close with pilot “meet-and-greet” events, tethered balloon rides and an evening balloon glow each night at both Bennett Bunn Plantation and Spring Forest Road Park.

Balloon fest

All ballooning events and activities are wind and weather-dependent.

Bennett Bunn Plantation
1915 Old Bunn Road
Zebulon, NC 27597

Please see the official website for schedule of events, times, and locations: http://www.wralfreedomballoonfest.com/

Wake Forest Holding Park Pool Set to Open May 23

Wake Forest, NCThe Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will open Holding Park Pool May 23-25 for the Memorial Day weekend. The pool will remain open on weekends only through June 6-7. Beginning Saturday, June 13, the pool will be open weekdays and weekends through Sunday, Aug. 23.

Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., is one of the area’s largest outdoor public swimming pools. The 50-meter pool is open during the summer months and offers swimming to the general public, as well as swim lessons and parent/toddler swim times.

Open swim times are 1-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Daily admission fees are $1 for children ages 2 and under; $3 for children ages 3-12, and $4 for patrons ages 13 and over.

Open swim passes are now available for individuals only and may be purchased at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The fee is $40 per person for Wake Forest (in-town) residents and $65 per person for non-residents.

Wake Forest PRCR is also offering a punch card pass good for 20 visits. The punch card costs $50 and can be used by multiple pool patrons.

Parent/Toddler passes are also available and may be purchased at town hall for $30 each. Parent/Toddler passes are for one parent and up to two children ages 4 and under. Parent/Toddler swim begins June 13. Swim times are Monday through Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

Swim lesson registration will begin Monday, June 1, and will be offered entirely online. The fee is $35 for Wake Forest (in-town) residents and $70 for non-Wake Forest residents. Classes will be offered for preschoolers (3-5-year-olds) and beginners (ages 6 and above). The swim lesson schedule will be available Tuesday, May 26, at town hall and online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/swim-lessons.aspx.

Wake Forest PRCR wishes to remind residents of the following pool rules:

*All bathers must take a shower in the locker room before entering the pool.
*Swimming aids and water toys are prohibited. Flotation devices are restricted to U.S. Coast Guard-approved for infants and children.
*Eating or drinking is permitted only in designated areas. Outside food, coolers, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
*Follow the directives of lifeguards, parks & recreation staff, and the police.
*Ball playing, running, jumping, using profane language or other forms of disruptive and disorderly behavior are prohibited.
*No diving, except in designated areas.
*No smoking, pets, or glass bottles permitted.

For more information about programs offered at Holding Park Pool, contact the PRCR Department at 919-435-9560.

RHS Men's Golf Team takes home awards

The Rolesville HRHS Men's Golf Team 2015igh School Men’s Golf Team finished its second season in the Greater Neuse River Conference by placing 3rd. This means they became the first team in any sport in the school’s short history to earn a team berth in the 4A regional round of the North Carolina State Golf Championships.

The golf team improved from last season’s 6th place. It was a total team effort to reach the regional round. The team produced 3 all-conference and 6 academic all-conference golfers. The 3 all-conference golfers are Blake McShea, Peyton Windley and Justin Poole, who are also academic all-conference. The other 3 golfers who were named academic all-conference are Ryan Moss, who also earned the Conference Sportsmanship Award, Ben Bullock and Reid Bowens. One other member of the team that helped reach 3rd place in the conference was Evan Bunn.

“This was a great team accomplishment,” said Head Golf Coach Greg Kozar. “I’m very proud of all the boys on our team and of this team’s finish in the conference. With 2 freshman, 4 sophomores and 1 junior making up our team, I expect our team to move even high in the conference next year.”

The team also played in the 4A-Mideast regional tournament held at Raleigh Country Club on Tuesday, May 5. Blake McShea shot a 74 at the Mideast regional tournament and finished 2nd as an individual and 4th overall from a field of 72 golfers. With Blake’s finish of 2nd, he now moves on to the state finials at Pinehurst #2 on Monday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 12. Blake becomes Rolesville High School’s first state finalist in any sport.

The three conferences that make up the 4A Mideast regional are The Greater Neuse River, CAP-8 and Southwest Wake.

Franklin Academy team tops at building bridges

For the third consecutive year, the Franklin Academy Bridge Building Team won first place overall in the North Carolina Department of Transportation Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition.

The competition is designed to create a greater awareness of careers in transportation, construction, engineering and the services provided by the NCDOT.

The April 17 competition was the sixth time in eight years that a Franklin Academy team has won first place.

The NCDOT Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition gives students an opportunity to learn problem-solving strategies and utilize critical thinking skills, while making the connection between what is taught in the classroom and real world applications.

Working in teams, students look at methods for brainstorming ideas, designing a diagram, constructing the model and presenting the results of their ideas to a panel of judges.

This competition is a collaborative effort between NCDOT, students and teachers who work together to exchange ideas and build cooperation.

New Independence Day parade planned for Rolesville

Rolesville 4th of JulyThe Rolesville Fireworks 500 Club plans to host the Town of Rolesville’s first Independence Day parade on July 4.

The club is seeking marching units, veterans’ service organizations, law enforcement agencies, fire departments and their color guards, civic organizations, high school bands and ROTC units and historical military equipment to participate in the parade.

The theme of the Independence Day parade is “A Nation Forever Grateful.” Organizers say the parade is an opportunity for the citizens of the Town of Rolesville and surrounding cities to honor not only veterans of the Armed Services but police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at Grand Rock and Rogers roads.  It will travel Rogers Road and cross U.S. 401 onto Redford Place Drive.

After the parade, organizers will present local bands, food trucks and other festivities the entire family can enjoy, plus fireworks at the Rolesville ball fields. There is no cost to watch the fireworks show; however, the Rolesville Fireworks 500 Club will be accepting donations at the entry gates.

For more information regarding the Independence Day Parade participation, contact Gejuan Batson at Rolesvillefireworkslady@gmail.com), Paul Vilga at Rolesville4th@gmail.com) or Sandy Young at Syoung1607@gmail.com. For information about food truck vendors, contact Kathy Fuerst at Kathy.Fuerst@rolesvillebuzz.com.

Buzz Woof & Meow: What to do if your dog has fleas

May 2015

In spite of common belief, a normal dog experiences only minor skin irritation in response to flea bites. Even in the presence of dozens of fleas, there will be very little itching. On the other hand, the flea-allergic dog has a severe, itch-producing reaction to flea bites. This occurs because the dog develops an allergic response to flea saliva.

What to do when your dog has fleasWhen the dog is bitten, flea saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes intense itching. This type of reaction is not to the flea itself but rather to proteins in its saliva. Dogs most prone to this problem, interestingly enough, are not dogs who are constantly flea ridden, but those who are exposed only occasionally. A single bite can cause a reaction for five to seven days, so you don’t need a lot of fleas to have a miserable dog.

The dog’s response to the intense itching is to chew, lick or scratch. This causes hair loss and can lead to open sores or scabs on the skin, allowing a secondary bacterial or yeast infection to begin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump (just in front of the tail), and left untreated will very often develop a yeast infection. Many flea-allergic dogs also chew or lick the hair off of their legs, leading to hot spots.

In most parts of the country, the problem is seasonal. It is most severe in summer and fall in areas of the country that have cold winters. In warm climates where fleas are active year- round, they are a year-round problem that intensifies during summer.

Veterinarians may recommend treatment with small amounts of corticosteroids to give some affected pets relief during the flea season. However, these treatments may be dangerous to your pet if prolonged, and only offer relief of symptoms at best.

The most important treatment for flea allergy is to get the pet away from all fleas. Therefore, strict flea control is the backbone of successful treatment. Unfortunately, complete flea control is not always possible for pets that live outdoors in warm and humid climates, where a new population of fleas can hatch out every 14 to 21 days.

The best idea is to prevent a flea infestation, or to get rid of it fast, before it can become a serious problem.

If you suspect your dog has fleas, or if you see one or two, it’s time for a bath. An anti-microbial shampoo provides a calming and therapeutic effect for dogs with both dry and oily skin.

The second step to elimination of fleas is to kill them in the pet’s environment with flea dust.

A salve can be applied to relieving itch from flea allergies and fight the associated fungal and bacterial infestations, and promote healing of affected areas.

Reprinted with permission by Dr. Adelia Ritchie, PhD, organic chemist for Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique, 929 Heritage Lake Road, Wake Forest. Phone: 919-453-0765, www.dirtydogsspa.com.  Vanessa Davis, owner.

Outdoors: Cabela’s outdoors retailer opens first Triangle store

By Mike Zlotnicki
May 2015

Cabela's in Garner - ExteriorUnless a local outdoors enthusiast has been living under a rock (or staying in the turkey woods), the new Cabela’s store that opened in Garner last month is old news.

But it is significant news for Tar Heel outdoorsmen, and the store is a fun visit with some neat twists that more than 3,000 people were waiting in line to see when it opened April 16.

There are approximately 245 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

During a pre-opening media event, it was hard not to be impressed while wandering through the store. The product diversity is impressive, as is the attention to detail. The fishing department has a charter boat display in one corner with a blue marlin leaping out of the water. In the background there is a spit of land with a black-and-white lighthouse on the end. The walls have archival photos of fish, including our state fish, the red drum.

A quick glance at the fish finder/GPS electronics display found 28 different models out of the box and on display. Unrelated, but underscoring the strong selection, there were 32 different electronic training collars in the gun dog section.


The new Cabela’s store opened last month in Garner. It has over 100,000 square feet of retail space. ~ Photos courtesy of Cabela’s

The new Cabela’s store is located at 201 Cabela Drive off exit 306/306A on Interstate 40 near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Jones Sausage Road. Find the store and its calendar of events online at cabelas.com/garner.

Bass tournament results

The 2015 Cashion Fishing Rods Spring Team Bass Mini Trail’s February 21 Qualifier No. 1 was rescheduled because of the snow and ice storm to March 22 at Shearon Harris Lake. There were 41 boats entered in the tournament.

Veteran Harris anglers Jaime Fajardo of Fuquay-Varina and Josh Hooks of Apex weighed in five large bass weighing 27.73 pounds to take first place and $1,770 in prize money. Big fish for the day was worth $574 and was caught by the team of Dave Walton and Thomas Sheffer. It weighed 8.39 pounds. The rest of the finishers are as follows:

Second Place: John Michenfelder of Durham and Charles Stewart of Durham, five bass, 20.38 pounds, $575
Third Place: Jerry Marshburn of Sanford and Chuck Byrd of Sanford, four bass, 19.99 pounds, $460
Fourth Place: John Snead of Coats and Brandon Lassitter of Linden, three bass, 14.78 pounds, $360
Fifth Place: Glenn Stephenson of Raleigh, four bass, 11.93 pounds, $295
Sixth Place: Brian Fisher of Sanford and Jake Harvey of Sanford, four bass, 11.53 pounds, $230
Seventh Place: Tony Woodard of Four Oaks and Scott Smith of Apex, three bass, 11.24 pounds, $195
Eighth Place: Dave Walton of Raleigh and Thomas Sheffer of Cary, two bass, 9.85 pounds, $165

O's Commentary - May 2015

O. Morris - O's CommentaryFriends of unequal proportions

By O. Morris
May 2015

Dear O,

When I first came to Wake Forest, I came with both joy and anxiety. You see, my husband was given a huge promotion, but taking the position meant we had to relocate here. Moving to a new city was hard because I’m from a very large family in San Diego and we’re very close. But my worries were soothed as soon as I met my new neighbor. She and I bonded and became best friends from the very first day we met over 15 years ago. What’s even more amazing is that we were both born on the exact same day!

For our 40th birthday, we decided we should buy each other gifts costing $300 or more. I happily bought her a pair of Chanel earrings for $350, but she bought me a fake Coach bag. I know the bag is fake because I took it to the Coach store after spilling a bit of nail polish on it. I wanted to remove the stain without hurting the bag and was hoping the store could help. The sales lady excused herself with my bag and called in another sales person. They both returned to the counter and proceeded to tell me that the bag was fake, and worth about $50 dollars. I was so angry.

I called my best friend and told her that the bag was fake and that she might have been swindled. Knowing full well that she wasn’t, she pretended to be shocked. How do I know she’s pretending? Her sister told me.

We have tried to continue our friendship, but she has said nothing about the fake bag she gave me and has stopped wearing the Chanel earrings I gave her. We still laugh and joke and have a good time together, but for me there is a giant elephant in the room. I never got an apology. I still love her but I still feel resentment. Not to mention, I feel she owes me $300. What should I do?


Dear Cinderella,

I guess my biggest shock is that her very own sister dimed her out. OK, I dated myself with that one, so let me rephrase that. The snitch was her own sister? “Holy no she didn’t, Batman!”

That alone tells me your friend could be going through some things in her life she has chosen not to share with you. Or maybe she just couldn’t bring herself to tell you she didn’t have that kind of cash to lay down on a birthday gift.

Clearly, this is an important person in your life, since you’re still friends even after this huge betrayal. So before I give my advice, let me ask you this: who in this life hasn’t made a mistake? The fact that she’s not sporting those Chanel earrings is punishment enough. I know I’d be crying on the bathroom floor about it.

A real solution would be to just swap the bag for the earrings. So, if you’re ever able to talk about it, that’s my suggestion.

Listen girl; try to be understanding. Sometimes people haven’t apologized because they’re ashamed. Sometimes they haven’t apologized because they don’t feel they’ve done anything wrong. Plain and simple.

If you love her friendship, don’t let silly things like money ruin it. Move forward. Forgive her anyway. Sometimes you have to be OK with an “I’m sorry” you never got.


Dear O,

I caught my fiancé cheating so, needless to say, the wedding is off. He gave me a huge diamond engagement ring and all my friends say I should keep it. What do you think?


Dear Jilted,

First let me express my sympathy. I’m sure this whole thing has been very painful. Let’s put aside the legal implications of the ring possession. The No. 1 thing to focus on is getting the life lesson.

No, the lesson is not “he’s a jerk.” That’s a character assassination that protects your ability to feel justified for keeping that ring. Plus, it increases the odds that you’ll miss what you needed to learn, so you’ll be right back in the same place again, only with someone else.

So, I would suggest there’s an even better question to ask in order to begin the healing. Who you are committed to being in this life? In other words, if you could look back on this situation 10 years from now, will you be proud of how you handled it? It’s a very empowering moment, if you think about it.

My advice is to give the rock back without saying a word. You don’t want him or his ring.


Rolesville Elementary School wins healthy schools award

Mayor Eagles supports RES walking club by participating

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
May 2015

The days of neighborhood schools children could easily walk or ride their bikes to are fading into history in the face of newer, larger schools that service more students from a wider area. Rolesville Elementary School, however, keeps its eye on at least the walk-to-school aspect with its Walking Club.

The club recently earned the school a prestigious award in recognition of the “outstanding and ongoing walk/bike to (or at) school program.” The Wellness Star award was presented by Advocates for Health in Action, an organization that works to improve health in Wake County through healthy eating and physical activity, through policy, systems and environment change. AHA is a collaborative of more than 75 diverse organizations and community members.

RES wins healthy school award

RES-AHA award from left: Wake County Schools Supt. James Merrill, Rolesville parents Piper Davis and Melanie Connelly, Mayor Frank Eagles, AHA Director Sara Merz, Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson and Board of Education Chair Christine Kushner. ~ Photo by AHA

The Rolesville Elementary School Walking Club started in 2009. That same year, National PTA began focusing on healthy lifestyle initiatives.

“Our school wanted to offer something families and students can do together,” explained Melanie Connelly, the school’s Healthy Lifestyles chair. “Our walking club has grown from 30 students to 180. We hope to get to 200 by the end of the year.”

The walking club meets every Friday morning for 30 minutes before school with about 175 students and parents participating regularly. Miles are tracked and posted on a bulletin board in the gym so students can see how far they have walked. Even Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles participates in the walking club as often as he can.

“We start before school at about 8:15, and we meet up at the track behind Rolesville Elementary School,” the mayor said. “There are some moms that keep up with the number of times around the track, and they keep up with how much the kids walk. The kids check in as they go by, and I try to meet them whenever possible.”

How many kids can say they walk with their mayor on a regular basis, after all? The Rolesville Elementary walkers now recognize him as being their mayor.

“I see the kids in town, in Food Lion, or somewhere like that, and they’ll say, “Hey, Mayor!” he said with a chuckle. “It’s good for the kids to get out and walk. I don’t think that right now kids get enough exercise.”

Eagles also applauds the walking club concept.

“They’re encouraging kids to get out and walk,” he said, “and it’s the whole school, it’s not just one class.”

Principal Dana Primiano said, “We are so proud to be the recipient of the AHA Wellness award. Our PTA Healthy Lifestyles committee has worked hard to promote and maintain our walking club for the past several years.  It is something that students, staff and the community enjoy being part of.”

Northeast Regional Library construction underway

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
May 2015

After a quiet groundbreaking in November and a winter that hampered construction, the Northeast Regional Library building process is underway at the intersection of Forest Pines Drive and Green Elm Lane in Wakefield. The new 20,000-square-foot facility is projected to be move-in ready early next year.

“By the time the site could be prepared for an event, we were not able to predict the winter weather,” said Terri Luke, senior manager-facilities and security for Wake County Public Libraries. “At last count, we lost 45 working days to weather.”

NERL Pic 1Luke said the new projected opening is March or April 2016.

The “V” shaped building will separate the Adult Services and Youth Services wings with a center open gathering space. This center space will have a wall featuring new books, displays, four self-check-outs, and a customer service desk. Each wing will have a customer service desk as well.

“This design was based on the topography of the property,” Luke said, explaining the deviation from the standard square building. “It allows for wonderful outside views of the stream and trees from inside the library. It also provides a separation for adults and children. Kids can be kids on their side of the library and adults will have a more quiet space in the other wing.”

The Youth Services wing will feature a 600-square-foot conference room designed to accommodate 30 to 40 people and an 800-square-foot youth program room. In the Adult Services wing there will be a quiet reading/study room.

Luke was among the team that traveled to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to learn about the most innovative and comfortable furnishings available. Most of the innovations cater to the growing number of library patrons who bring their laptops, tablets, and smartphones for work and research.

“We’ll be incorporating ‘WiFi bars,’ which are stand up/sit down stations with electrical plug-ins for laptops and phones,” Luke said. “We’ll also be using some new soft seating that we saw at the furniture show in Chicago (benches for the entry lobby and program room) and a U-shape collection of soft seating that takes advantage of the outside views.

NERL Pic 2

Looking from Green Elm Lane at the library construction site with Forest Pines Drive in the background. ~ Photos by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“Some of the study tables will have flip tops with electrical plug-ins for phones and laptops. We also found new side tables that also have electrical pop-ups. There will be a mobile TV/white board combination in the conference room, and the youth programming room will have one that is a TV/flannel board combination. There are lots of new fabric ideas from the show as well.”

For patrons who do not bring their own devices, there will be 29 computers available to the public.

The Northeast Regional Library will also include an all-new collection of 155,000 volumes, 125 parking spaces, and rest rooms in both wings, plus a family-friendly rest room.

The $12 million facility is funded by a bond approved in 2003, and it is the final project covered by that money.

Until this regional library opens, the Wake Forest branch will continue to be the closest library available to our readership. Expansion of that branch, made possible by a 2008 bond, is still scheduled to begin in 2017 with a 2018 opening. The expansion will nearly double the size of the branch.


Rolesville Food Lion undergoing renovations

By Lisa Brown
May 2015

Food Lion - Rolesville

The Food Lion store #3317 will see big changes ~ Photo by Lisa Brown

The Rolesville Food Lion was chosen as one of the first stores in the area to undergo changes to improve and enhance the customer’s experience and bring more variety to the shelves. The renovation began just a few months ago and is nearly complete.

There are 160 Food Lion stores in the greater Raleigh area that are undergoing renovations in hopes of luring customers with a customer-centered focus, low prices and easy shopping.

The grocery store market in North Carolina is competitive and, with the remodels, the Salisbury-based Food Lion hopes to get a strong footing and keep customers first and foremost in the process. Making the shopping experience easy including having grab-and-go items prevalent and plentiful is part of the plan. All of the changes are based on customer feedback.

Rolesville Store Manager Kevin Green is excited for the changes and what they mean for the shopping experience. “We’re doing everything for the customer,” Green says. This includes a lower physical profile inside the store, so it’s easier for the customer to see throughout the store and to create a much brighter, open feel.

Additionally, produce tables are cooled to keep produce fresher, longer. There are new deli and dairy cases with more than 3,000 new items.

“This has been a complete remodel, and we’re nearly done with the construction in our store,” Green says.

Customers will find changes big and small, including more gluten free items added and blue plastic bags for cold and frozen items along with white bags for nonperishables. This will help customers easily identify their food, especially on hot summer days, so they can freeze or refrigerate items quickly.

The “My Essentials” label is undergoing a change as well. All store brand items will be transitioned to the Food Lion brand.

Food Lion is very careful about the foods they choose to put their name on and as a result offers a double money back guarantee if a customer is unsatisfied for any reason.

Kristal Johnson first noticed changes when her oldest daughter made a comment while they were shopping recently. Living in Rolesville just a month now, she finds Food Lion to be convenient and easy. “It’s definitely wide open, cleaner, and updated,” Johnson says. She, like other customers, is happy to see the changes being made to her store and looks forward to shopping in the future and seeing it when it’s complete.

Renovations at the Rolesville Food Lion should be complete in May, while the other stores in the area will be remodeled throughout the year and completed by October.  Customers can look forward to a grand re-opening celebration with a ribbon cutting and many promotions in the fall.

“The customers have been great through the all of this and we have just a few more weeks to go, “Green says. “It’s going to be very exciting.”

RMS Media Specialist Receives Borchardt Award

Will travel to Singapore, Malaysia this Summer

By Lori Bunn
May 2015

Angela Morris, RMS Media Specialist

Angela Morris, media specialist at Rolesville Middle School ~ Photos by Lori Bunn

Eleven years ago, Angela Morris became a media specialist. Three years ago she started working at Rolesville Middle School.

“I love middle schoolers and all their challenges,” Morris said. “I feel like I can be a little more compassionate and understanding from this vantage point.”

What makes Morris different from other media specialists? She wanted to step out of her box and be an interesting adult and role model for her students. She hopes that her students will grow up and do the same.

In January, an opportunity came along. Wake County Public Schools invited teachers to apply for the Borchardt Award through the University of North Carolina’s Center for International Understanding. The Borchardt award will subsidize the participation of 10 teachers from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake school systems in a travel experience to Singapore and Malaysia in July.

Morris applied with the blessing of Rolesville Middle school’s principal, Dhedra Lassiter. Lassiter wrote a letter of recommendation for Morris. She was granted an interview in February and offered a spot on this year’s Global Teachers team at the beginning of March.

On July 10, a group of educators will travel to Singapore to look at that country’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. These are the vital components of education. Then, the educators are off to Malaysia to find out how the schools there work with the country’s widely diverse population.

The group’s journey will take two weeks. The Borchardt Award will subsidize the approximately $6,000 cost of the program. Each award recipient is responsible for covering the remaining $450 for some meals and incidentals.

Morris will be taking her students with her via video chats. There will be a bulletin board placed in the media center at school with a map on it. Every day, students will be able to look at it and see her trip and where she is.

Angela Morris, RMS Media Specialist, checks books outMorris will have to plenty to discuss with her students. She will be able to calculate miles traveled, cost per mile, time zones and how she will be affected by time changes, and continents that she will fly over or be on. Further, she will have to plot specific destinations with latitude and longitude. There are also such facts to discuss as the types of government in the countries they are visiting, types of environments, authors from the country and books with the countries as the settings, and much more.

Meanwhile, teachers at Rolesville Middle will have the students do some research so they can ask questions when Morris Skypes them. The students may even provide her some information that enhanced her trip.

While in Singapore, the group will take a guided tour to get a glimpse of the diverse, multi-cultural trading center. The group will also see historic sites in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca, Malaysia.

The group will return to the United States on July 21.


Relay for Life seeking teams for May event

By Lisa Brown
May 2015

The American Cancer Society sponsors an annual Relay for Life, bringing together survivors, friends, families, and caregivers to celebrate the lives of those who have battled, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.  On Saturday, May 16, the local relay is returning to Richland Creek Community Church on Burlington Mills Road in Wake Forest.

Recruitment for teams from the Rolesville, Wake Forest, and northern Wake County area from businesses, schools, families, places of worship, and neighborhoods is underway.

Marty Coward, the Relay’s co-chair, says he is hoping to recruit more teams and sponsors this year to help raise awareness and money for those battling the disease.

Each year more than 4 million people in 20 countries take part in the global event and raise much needed funds and awareness. Relay teams set up campsites along a track and take turns walking in honor of friends, family, or loved ones who have battled cancer. Cancer survivors and caregivers walk the first lap, after which team members join in and have at least one participant walking at all times.


Director Dave Mead, left, with Marga-Relay-Ville coordinators Peggy Scott and Roger Scott. ~ Photo by Lisa Brown

Roger and Peggy Scott, the Marga-Relay-Ville coordinators, had 60 registered runners with 54 crossing the finish line. This was the second year they held a 5K. Dave Mead, the course director, used the same course he had for a previous running club, which winds its way through downtown. This year the Scotts added the relay hoping to garner more interest and options for people who did not want to run the entire 5K individually.

The Scotts have had friends and family members affected by cancer, and see this as a way to help. They have participated in the Relay for Life since 2003, and starting the Marga-Relay-Ville was another way they felt they could make a difference.

“We’re learning a lot as we go, and next year we hope to get even more participants,” Roger Scott says.

Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide in 2014, and thus far the North Wake Relay has 19 teams and 123 participants who have raised over $17,000.

In the past, the event was held overnight, but this year participants will be out from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the 16th, rain or shine.

An estimated $5 billion has been raised globally to date, and the funds are used for research, the Hope Lodge (a free place for patients and families to stay during cancer treatment), Road to Recovery (an all-volunteer ride service taking patients to and from appointments), Look Good, Feel Better (assisting women who are undergoing changes during chemo), and Reach to Recovery (a support system linking survivors with those in the midst of treatment).

The American Cancer Society wants everyone to understand the importance of the Relay and the money it raises. It’s not just one type of cancer participants are fighting. It’s about living in a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.

Coward emphasizes that point, stating that the Relay’s goal is to “unite communities and celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to fight cancer once and for all.

“I am excited to register more teams this year and to be one step closer to saving more lives,” he says.


To create a team contact Marty Coward at 919-760-3520 or email at martycoward@nc.rr.com or Sign Up Here.

To join or donate to an existing team Click Here.

Herbert Lee Eddins: Entrepreneur, community icon, family man

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
May 2015

Herbert Lee Eddins, Easter 2015

Herb Eddins enjoys Easter Sunday watching the family play wiffle ball a mere 10 days before he passed. ~ Photo by Jennifer Fagin

Where Young and Main streets cross in Rolesville, the recognizable buildings of Rolesville Furniture stand guard over the intersection. Next to the main building along East Young Street is Rick Eddins’ “outdoor office,” a row of unfinished garden chairs where he kicks back and enjoys the rhythm of the community. Lately, however, it’s also a place for reminiscence about the man who for decades was the town’s heart – his father, Herbert Eddins.

Herb, as he was known, passed away on April 15 at the age of 87, and though his passing took with it a part of Rolesville’s history, his son knows that the community isn’t likely to forget him anytime soon.

“I’ve sat out here some, every day since he died,” Rick said with a reflective smile. “It’s amazing the number of people who drive by and wave. Some turn around and come back. I’ve been amazed at how many peoples’ lives he touched. They’ve stopped by, told me stories, and reminisced with tears in their eyes. My father just enjoyed people. He valued friendship, fellowship.”

For as long as Rick could remember, people would stop by or call Herb just to talk about weather, business, or issues of the day.

“It’s like people just needed to hear his voice,” Rick said. “He was a hub of activity. Like a hub on a wagon wheel. He was that hub, and you’ve got all these spokes coming in, people coming in, talking, going back out. It was a constant flow of friends.”

Rick said people liked to have Herb as a sounding board because he examined all sides of an issue.

“He tried to get all the options on the table, so you’d have all of the choices that you could make,” Rick said. “I’ve had people tell me since he died, ‘Rick, I’ve picked up the phone numerous times to talk with him about something.”

Rolesville Flea Market

Items at the Rolesville Flea Market reflect a simpler time. The windmill was one of Mrs. Eddins’s favorite pieces. It ties the two of them together. ~ Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

For 40 years, Herb was employed by Burlington Industries. He was also a licensed auctioneer and a businessman who owned restaurants, a carpet cleaning company, a cleaning service, and eventually, the Rolesville Flea Market, a town fixture that even the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors’ Bureau includes on its website. He was a charter member of the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, proud to have joined when it was founded early in 1992.

“He was quite the entrepreneur, and I learned a lot from him,” his son said. “He taught me how to make a nickel. He also taught me how to save a nickel. But I found out that it’s harder to save a nickel than it is to make a nickel.

“If he’d have been in charge of the country, we wouldn’t have this federal deficit,” Rick chuckled. “Now, I can’t say what else would be going on, but we wouldn’t have a deficit, that’s for sure!

“He also taught me about business,” Rick added. “He taught me about working with people, how to treat people. He was a good role model because he was one of those folks that practiced what they preached, day in and day out.”

There was a comfortable routine that highlighted the Eddins’ days, and that comfort was strengthened by the generational bonding that held the family so tightly together.

“I’d unlock the furniture store, and about 9:15 I’d go next door (to the flea market), and he’d be unlocking. We’d sit there and talk every day,” Rick said. “How many people have the opportunity to sit there and talk with their father or parent every day? We’d been doing that for 35 years.”

Rick’s son, Kevin, is the third generation of Eddins who spent their days together, and they, too, had a daily ritual. Because of that, Kevin was the last person to sit with Herb in his office.

“It was nice to work with my grandfather,” Kevin said. “The thing about most people’s relationships with their grandparents is they don’t see them very often. A lot of times, their parents move away, and they certainly don’t see them daily, like I saw him.

“One of my favorite things was after I’d close the store for the day. A lot of times, we’d be busy, so I wouldn’t see him much during the day, but I always made sure I’d go over there and sit with him just for a couple of minutes before we went home. He’d always say, ‘Well, I’m gonna head on home for dinner,’ and I’d say, ‘That’s a good idea. I’m gonna head on home, too.’

Kevin is aware of how unique his relationship with his grandfather was, having been close to Herb all of his life and into adulthood.

Four generations of Eddins men

Four generations of Eddins men: Rick, Herb (holding great-grandson Jackson), and Kevin. ~ Photo by Jennifer Fagin

“Even when I was in college, I’d sit over there with him, so our ritual happened on and off almost my whole life. One of the things I’ll never forget is when I’d cut the grass for him at his house or around the store. I was a broke college kid trying to make some money, so he’d slip me a little extra and say, ‘Don’t tell your dad. Nobody needs to know about this.’ It made the difference between being able to go out or not have a social life.”

These days, there are still three generations of Eddins men minding the store. Kevin’s 3-year-old son, Jackson, often helps him close up. When he sees his grandfather, Rick, he says, “I help Daddy close up his store!”

The circle of family continues. No doubt Herb would approve.

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Important Message from the Rolesville Police Department – April 16, 2015

On April 15, 2015, the Town of Rolesville Police Department received two separate complaints that we wanted to notify the public about.  Both complaints stated that that two or three suspicious individuals came to their residence claiming to be either City of Raleigh or Power Line employees.  These suspicious visitors wanted to check things out in the Rolesville resident’s house and/or yard.  Both complaints reported the same description of the suspicious individuals.  Please see the description below:

Town of Rolesville*White male, 30-40 years old, black hair and goatee, 5’9” tall, 160 pounds, beige windbreaker, plaid shirt and navy slacks.
*White female, about 35 years old, sandy blonde hair, 5”4” tall, stocky, grey windbreaker, jeans, orange tennis shoes.
*Charcoal gray passenger vehicle.

Because of that, we thought it best to provide some safety tips.  If someone were to approach your home that you do not recognize, please proceed with caution.  Do not hesitate to ask for identification and make notes of appearances and vehicular descriptions including license plate numbers.  Do not allow anyone inside your residence that you do not know.  If you were to see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to contact 911. The Rolesville Police are here to assist in any and every way. The safety of our community is a top priority.

We also want to remind everyone to keep your vehicles locked at all times and your valuables out of sight or secured within your residence.  Remember that we continue to educate everyone about Operation: Porch Light.  Criminals do not like to have the lights shining on them.  You can find more information about Operation: Porch Light on the Town’s website at RolesvilleNC.gov


The Town of Rolesville Police Department wanted to make sure everyone knew about several items and programs:

Operation: Porch Light

Several years ago, the Town instituted Operation: Porch Light.  This program, offered by the Rolesville Police Department, strives to help our community be more pro-active and prevent crime before it happens.  To do this successfully, your help is needed.  The Town is asking EVERYONE to turn on their front porch lights, driveway lights, backdoor lights, etc. EVERY night.  Make it a routine thing.  Be sure to lock your vehicles, doors, and windows at all times and don’t give criminals ANY opportunity in our/your community.  The more well-lit our community is, the less darkened areas exist for criminals to hide.

 Cut-Through Traffic at CVS at Rogers Road and Main Street

The Town of Rolesville adopted a new ordinance last month making it illegal to cut through the CVS parking lot to avoid the traffic lights at the intersection of Rogers Rd and South Main St.  The logic for this new law came out of concern of safety.  We had received many phone calls about close calls.  The Rolesville Police Department is enforcing the new ordinance and we ask all drivers to use the traffic signals at the intersection.  If caught violating the local Town Ordinance, drivers can face penalties, court cost and time away from their job.  The Rolesville Police Department wants to be proactive and educate the public so that everyone is well informed.  If you would like any further information about the new ordinance, please contact the Rolesville Police Department at 919.556.7226

Three-Way Stop on Virginia Water Drive at Trillick Court

At the request of area residents, the Town of Rolesville has erected a three way stop on Virginia Water Drive and Trillick Court in the Village of Rolesville Subdivision.  Again, the Rolesville Police Department wants to be proactive in educating the public for the safety of all.  Please contact the Rolesville Police Department at 919.556.7226 if you have any questions or concerns.

Bicycle Rodeo

The Rolesville Police Department will be hosting a Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 12 noon at Rolesville Middle School located at 4700 Burlington Mills Road.  Click here for a fridge flyer that will explain what is happening at the bicycle rodeo.  If you have further questions after reading the flyer, feel free to contact the Rolesville Police Department at 919.556.7226.

Area Families Sought for Exchange Students

Rolesville-Wake Forest area families have the opportunity to learn about foreign culture and in turn educate a young student from abroad in the coming school year.

World Heritage International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from France, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Host families volunteer to provide room, board and guidance for teenagers living thousands of miles from home.

Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.

Exchange students arrive shortly before the school year starts. Each student is fully insured, has their own spending money, and is expected to share in the family’s home and life, including basic household responsibilities.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, phone World Heritage at 800-888-9040 or visit www.world-heritage.org.

Prom prep without leaving the Rolesville-Wake Forest area

By Isabella F. Vigilante

It’s that time of year. Time to shop for dresses, tuxes and corsages. Whether your date is your girlfriend, your boyfriend or your best friend, or you’re going stag, check out these tips for how to look your best at Prom in Rolesville and Wake Forest.

The Dress

Prom DressFor those who want to forgo the traditional Saks or Belk purchase and are looking for possibly edgy and less expensive dress options, try Next Consignment Boutique in Downtown Wake Forest or Hut No. 8 in Wakefield.

Grecian and mermaid silhouettes are in this year, as are non-traditional details like cutouts and crop-tops.

When thrift or consignment shopping for gowns, remember that everything comes back; you might find an older gown in a style that is popular again, and with a few simple alterations you are guaranteed to sport a one of a kind look at prom. For dress alterations, check out Pope’s Drycleaners in Rolesville. Their wonderful seamstress, Sunny, typically works from another of the local chain’s several locations and not on site. On occasion she will travel for fittings, so it definitely pays to give her a call if your dress needs to be taken in, hemmed, or altered in any way.

The Tux

Remember, if you’re renting a tux, do it early! The newest and the most popular styles are booked quickly.

Do add an unorthodox touch if that’s your thing (i.e., Chuck Taylors instead of dress shoes). Don’t opt for an orange or powder blue tux in lieu of basic black. Remember, less is more! And if a tuxedo just isn’t your thing, a simple black suit and tie will look elegant and timeless in photos for years to come.

If you’re short on cash and you know your measurements, check out the suit selection at the Wakefield Goodwill. Their swanky selection of donated menswear surpasses the typical thrift store Grandpa gear, and will definitely give you a lot to work with. And don’t fear the tailor. If your tux/suit is pre-worn, you should definitely look into having it altered so that it fits you the best.

The Flowers

Wake Forest Florist is the classic choice. Boutonnieres are consistently priced around $15, with corsages ranging from about $35 to $55.

The Hair, Makeup and Miscellaneous Grooming Services

For nails, try Megan Nails or Amy Nails, both in Rolesville. For tanning, try Total Tan on Rogers Road (Their spray tans receive rave reviews.).

Hair Undone in Rolesville is a terrific destination for prom hair.

“We absolutely love working with braids,” said Apryl Thurston, owner of the salon. “We love their texture and soft look, and they are very trendy right now,” in addition to more traditional formal hairstyles like twists and buns.

Ask your local hair stylist or salon if they do makeup if this is a service you would like to receive.

Of course, there’s always the DIY route to the prom beauty regimen if you have the skills. Abbey Brown, a senior at Wake Forest High School is “excited” to get ready for prom. “The buildup is fun,” said Brown, who will be doing her own nails.

Whether your mom, your best friend, or the area’s hottest salon is giving you a fresh cut or doing your makeup, you will definitely find that you don’t need to leave Rolesville or the surrounding area to achieve your best prom look.

Annual Used Book Sale May 2

Friends of the Wake Forest Library Accepting Book Sale Donations Through April 20

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Looking for a new book or two to read? Self-help? Cookbook? History? Novels? Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 2, when the Friends of the Wake Forest Library’s annual used book sale. The sale will coincide with the annual Meet in the Street event in Historic Downtown Wake Forest.

The sale will be held at the Ledford Center, 120 South Wingate, on the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Members of the Friends of the Wake Forest Library are invited to begin shopping at 8 a.m., and everyone else is welcome to shop beginning an hour later until 3:30 p.m.

Not a member? Memberships will be available at the door beginning at 8 a.m. Cash or checks only will be accepted for all memberships and purchases.

“The book sale has always been the Friends’ main fundraiser,” said Friends’ President Kathleen Ross. “With the community’s support, the Friends have been able to augment the wonderful programs and assets of the Wake Forest Library by funding items from electronics to furniture.”

If, on the other hand, you have no use for some of the books you have around the house, the Friends will gladly accept your donations through April 20. There are 15 sites around town set up as book drops. The Friends are looking for donations of hardcover and paperback books that are recently published and in good condition. CDs and DVDs that are playable and in good condition are also accepted. Textbooks and magazines will not be accepted.

The Friends are also seeking volunteers to collect, receive and sort donations. Donation bins are set up in these convenient locations:

Friends of the Wake Forest Library* In Heritage: Walgreens and Town & Country Hardware.

*Downtown Wake Forest: Northern Wake Senior Center, The Wake Weekly newspaper, North Carolina General Store, Wake Forest Coffee Company, The Cotton Company, and Wake Forest Farmers’ Market (Saturdays only).

*South Main Street: O2 Fitness and Wake Tire and Service.

*Other Locations: North Wake Mini Storage (Ligon Mill Road), Flaherty Park Rec Center, State Employee Credit Union (Jenkins Road), Lowe’s Foods (Capital Blvd.), and Rex Wellness Center at Wakefield (from 3/11 to 3/25 only).

“The book sale is a Wake Forest tradition,” Ross said. “It’s kind of neat to be a part of a community tradition. Of course, it’s good bit of work, too, but it’s for a great purpose. I believe public libraries are an essential part of a free and strong society.”

Because this is an event to help support the Wake Forest Library, the branch library will not be able to accept donations for this program.

The Friends of the Wake Forest Library is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group composed of local citizens who believe in, support and champion the community library in the Town of Wake Forest. The Friends join with the library in supporting the mission of the Wake County Public Libraries, which is to promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge.

The group raises funds to enhance the Wake Forest Library’s facility and program of service, promotes awareness within the community of the library’s services and programs, encourages gifts and contributions to the library, and advocates for the library.

For more information about volunteering for, donating to, or attending the used book sale, go to http://www.friendswakeforestlibrary.org or email info@friendswakeforestlibrary.org


RHS Students Perform at Rolesville Elementary Reading Rally

Evening Provides Food, Fun and Literacy for K-5

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Nearly 60 families gathered at Rolesville Elementary School March 12 for an evening of food, fun and literacy. The inspiration for the evening, called “Cozy Up with a Good Book,” came to Principal Dana Primiano at a family-involved committee meeting.

Although the Reading Rally event had a literacy theme, Primiano encouraged the reading intervention staff to work with the same team that sponsored Family Math Night last November.

“We had representation from every grade level, which was awesome,” said Betty Owens, reading intervention specialist. “We had three to four teachers from each grade level that evening.”

During the dinner, the staff gave away door prizes that include free books given as soon as parents filled out a survey about the program.

Teachers led literacy games for students in grade-level breakout session in individual classrooms.

RHS students performed 'The Giving Tree' for RES students and families.

RHS students performed ‘The Giving Tree’ for RES students and families.

The highlight of the evening was a skit based on “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein performed by students from the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America chapter at Rolesville High School. The classic children’s book marked its 50th anniversary of publication in 2014.

“We are fortunate to have many high school students who understand the importance of volunteering in the community, and they ask me weekly for the latest opportunity to volunteer,” said Cindy McPherson, Rolesville High’s career counselor.

Owens had contacted McPherson, who enlisted the help of Kimberly Hundley, the advisor for Rolesville High’s Family, Career & Community Leaders group.

Hundley, too, was proud of her students and the response of the elementary school children, parents and staff.

“We chose ‘The Giving Tree’ and, after going over ideas with the students, they really did all the work,” Hundley said. “They came during their lunch and stayed after school to create their props. I was amazed at the willingness of these teenagers to give of their time and excitement they had in presenting their skit to the elementary students.”

The audience was enthralled.

“Our students were just sitting on the edge of their seats listening to all of this,” Owens said. “Our students just idolized them.

“One high school student had attended our school, and her brother attends RES,” Owens continued. “Plus, we had an interpreter from the county, and we had an ESL (English as a Second Language) room where the ESL families could go if they felt more comfortable taking their children where the interpreter was. Everything worked out beautifully.”

Owens also said that most of the high school students said they planned to come back next year.

With a dose of RES pride, Hundley added, “The event was extra special to me, because I went to Rolesville Elementary as a student. This is one reason I chose to teach to RHS; to be able to be a part of the community and to help support events like this one. It allows me to teach my son the importance of volunteering.”

Real Estate: Rolesville Real Estate Market Update April/May 2015

Brian PateBy Brian Pate, Keller Williams Realty

Now that we have ended the first quarter, it is a great time to look at where the real estate market stands here in Rolesville. In this edition, we will look at the current market compared to last year in closed homes as well as taking a look at the homes that are currently on the market. For definition, the Rolesville market discussed herein will be anything located in the 27571 zip code.

From January 1, 2015 – March 31, 2015, 40 homes closed within the Rolesville market. The highest priced home sold for $550,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $35,000. The average sale price of Rolesville homes has increased by 41% between 2012 and 2014 with the first quarter of 2015 seeing an average sale price of $325,200 with over $13 million worth of real estate closing.

If we compare the first quarter of 2015 with the first quarter of 2014, we see a 30% reduction in the number of homes sold because 59 homes were sold in Q1 2014. The good news is that the average price has remained consistent in the$325,000 range.

Looking at the current market, there is more than $28 million in real estate available with 77 homes for sale and an average list price of $361,977. The average number of days on the market is around 134 days which is consistent with other areas of Wake County.

Going forward, April and May are the two busiest months of the year in real estate with the “Spring Market” as people look to get their house sold just before the end of the traditional calendar school year. Historically, this has been so that the family could finish one year in the current school and start the next year in a new school. With the advent of year round schools, the Spring Market today is more about the fact that more buyers are out looking when the weather is nice and homes look their best.

There is currently a three month supply of homes available and that does give some advantage to the seller when inventory is low. Buyers have a limited number of choices in any price range and prices could see an increase over the next quarter.

Historically, a three month supply is unhealthy and can be an indicator of inflated home values that could trigger a market correction. We have seen that in its worst form between 2008 and 2011 here in the Wake County market. I doubt we will see a large correction coming soon but if it maintains this pace, it could be a red flag down the road.

A perfect balance is a 5-6 month market time. This indicates there are enough homes for sale for buyers to choose from and prices will remain steady with 2-4% annual appreciation. The danger is when annual appreciation climbs above 10%.

With a couple of new neighborhoods recently approved in Rolesville, we expect to see inventory climb and give those relocating to this great town an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of small town living while being only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities of Raleigh and Durham.

If you are looking to sell your current home and move to a bigger one, now is the perfect time to do so. As families grow, so must the home so the move up market is going to be a large sector of the market in 2015.

If you want to know what your home is worth in today’s active market, please feel free to contact me.

Brian Pate, GRI, SPS
Pate Realty Group

Keller Williams Realty


Brian Pate has been a well-respected real estate professional for over 22 years. During his time in the business, he has served as an agent, manager, coach, instructor and training manager. Brian leads a team as a mega agent at Keller Williams Realty in Wake Forest.

Outdoors: Disease takes toll on local deer herd

By Mike Zlotnicki

The white-tailed deer harvest was down by half in Franklin County this past season. Several other neighboring counties were hit hard as well. A disease transmitted by midges is to blame. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The white-tailed deer harvest was down by half in Franklin County this past season. Several other neighboring counties were hit hard as well. A disease transmitted by midges is to blame. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Deer sightings and hunting harvest were down in Franklin and surrounding counties during the 2014 season. There were two main causes, depending upon where you were hunting: a large mast (acorn) crop and localized out breaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

“District 3 (which includes Franklin County) was hardest hit,” said Greg Batts, a wildlife biologist who works in District 3. “We have electronic harvest data, and it suggests about a 15 percent decline statewide with some very localized harvests down as much as 50 or 60 percent. But, we also had people complaining about seeing fewer deer in areas where there was no outbreak.”

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is the most common disease of white tailed deer. It is caused by two types of viruses, one produces Blue Tongue and the other Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. The symptoms of the two viruses are very similar, so they are both called EHD.

These viruses are transmitted to deer by biting midges (no-see-ums or gnats). There is no direct transmission from animal to animal. The disease occurs every year to some extent throughout the state. Depending on local weather conditions (wet weather increases midge populations) and acquired collective herd immunity, some areas of the state may have more severe outbreaks of the disease than others.

A huge mast crop kept deer from traveling to search for food and meant they stayed away from hunters’ bait piles of corn and other attractants.

Other counties with localized EHD losses included Durham, Granville, Orange and Pitt.

Another reason losses were higher this year was the discovery of the Variant 6 strain of the EHD. In years past, Variant 1 and Variant 2 were found to be the cause. If the deer survived being infected with those strains, they were immune afterward. It is not known whether deer that survive the V-6 strain will have immunity going forward.

EHD has occurred throughout the Southeast for a long time. Experience with the disease indicates deer populations rebound to pre-disease levels in two to three years. Wilkes County had a similar outbreak in 2012 and the harvest levels rebounded quickly.

There is no way of knowing exact losses due to this disease. Based on previous experiences with EHD, the Wildlife Commission has no plans to alter harvest limits or seasons for the 2015 white-tailed deer hunting season.

Financial: Your Annual Financial To-Do List

Things you can do for 2015

What financial, business or life priorities do you need to address for 2015? Now is a good time to think about the investing, saving or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives. Some year-end financial moves may prove crucial to the pursuit of those goals as well.

What can you do to lower your 2015 taxes? Before the year fades away, you have plenty of options. Here are a few that may prove convenient:

Contribute more to your retirement plan. If you haven’t turned 70½ this year and you participate in a traditional (i.e., non-Roth) qualified retirement plan or have a traditional IRA, you can reduce your 2014 taxable income by the amount of your contribution. Should you be in the 25% federal tax bracket, you can save $1,375 in taxes this year by making a traditional IRA contribution of $5,500.

If you are self-employed and don’t have a solo 401(k) or something similar, look into whether you can still establish and fund such a plan before the end of the year. For TY 2015, you can contribute up to $18,000 in a 401(k), 403(b) or profit-sharing plan, with a $6,000 catch-up contribution also allowed if you are age 50 or older. Your TY 2014 contribution to a Roth or traditional IRA may be made as late as April 15, 2015; if you have a Keogh or SEP IRA and file Form 4868, you can wait until October 15, 2015. There is no merit in waiting, however, since delaying your contribution only delays the tax-advantaged compounding of those dollars.

See if you can take a home office deduction. If your income is high and you find yourself in one of the upper tax brackets, look into this. You may be able to legitimately write off expenses linked to the portion of your home used to exclusively conduct your business. (The percentage of costs you may deduct depends on the percentage of the square footage of your residence you devote to your business activities.) If you qualify for this tax break, part of your rent, insurance, utilities, and even maid service expenses may be deductible.

Open an HSA. If you are enrolled in a high-deductible health plan, you may set up and fund a Health Savings Account in 2015. You can make fully tax-deductible HSA contributions of up to $3,350 (singles) or $6,650 (married couples); catch-up contributions of up to $1,000 are permitted for those 55 or older who aren’t yet enrolled in Medicare. Moreover, HSA assets grow untaxed and withdrawals from these accounts are tax-free if used to pay for qualified health care expenses. HSAs are sometimes referred to as “backdoor IRAs,” because once you reach age 65, you may use withdrawals out of them for any purpose, although withdrawals will be taxed if they aren’t used to pay for qualified medical expenses.

Practice tax loss harvesting. You could sell underperforming stocks in your portfolio – enough to rack up at least $3,000 in capital losses. In fact, you can use this tactic to offset all of your total capital gains for a given tax year. Losses that exceed the $3,000 yearly limit may be rolled over into 2015 (and future tax years) to offset ordinary income or capital gains again.

Are there other major moves that you should consider? Here are some additional ideas with merit.

Can you contribute the maximum to your IRA on January 1, 2015? The rationale behind this is that the sooner you make your contribution, the more interest those assets will earn. In 2015 you can contribute up to $5,500 to a Roth or traditional IRA if you are age 49 or younger, and up to $6,500 if you are age 50 and older (though your MAGI may affect how much you can put into a Roth IRA).

What are the income limits on deducting traditional IRA contributions? If you participate in a workplace retirement plan, the 2015 MAGI phase-out ranges are $61,000-71,000 for singles and heads of households, $98,000-118,000 for married couples filing jointly when the spouse making IRA contributions is covered by a workplace retirement plan, and $183,000-193,000 for an IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan but is married to someone who is.

What else should you consider as 2014 turns into 2015? There are some other important things to note…

Review your withholding status. Should it be adjusted due to any of the following factors?

* You tend to pay a great deal of income tax each year.
* You tend to get a big federal tax refund each year.
* You recently married or divorced.
* A family member recently passed away.
* You have a new job at a much greater salary.
* You started a business venture or became self-employed.

If you are retired and older than 70½, remember your RMD. Retirees over age 70½ must take Required Minimum Distributions from traditional IRAs and 401(k), 403(b) and profit-sharing plans by December 31. The IRS penalty for failing to take an RMD equals 50% of the RMD amount.

If you have turned 70½ in 2014, you can postpone your first IRA RMD until April 1, 2015. The downside of that is that you will have to take two IRA RMDs next year, both taxable events – you will have to make your 2014 tax year withdrawal by April 1, 2015 and your 2015 tax year withdrawal by December 31, 2015.

Plan your RMDs wisely. If you do so, you may end up limiting or avoiding possible taxes on your Social Security income. Some Social Security recipients don’t know about the “provisional income” rule – if your modified AGI plus 50% of your Social Security benefits surpasses a certain level, then a portion of your Social Security benefits become taxable. Social Security benefits start to be taxed at provisional income levels of $32,000 for joint filers and $25,000 for single filers.

Are you marrying in 2015? If so, why not review the beneficiaries of your workplace retirement plan account, your IRA, and other assets? In light of your marriage, you may want to make changes to the relevant beneficiary forms. The same goes for your insurance coverage. If you will have a new last name in 2015, you will need a new Social Security card. Additionally, you and your spouse no doubt have individually particular retirement saving and investment strategies. Will they need to be revised or adjusted with marriage?

Are you coming home from active duty? If so, go ahead and check the status of your credit, and the state of any tax and legal proceedings that might have been preempted by your orders. Make sure your employee health insurance is still there, and revoke any power of attorney you may have granted to another person.

Talk with a qualified financial or tax professional today. Vow to focus on being healthy and wealthy in the New Year.

Glen June is co-owner of June-Neri Financial in Wake Forest. He may be reached at 919-554-9318 or GJune@junenerifinancial.com

Book Review: The Story of Land and Sea

Sand and Seasickness in a Pretty but Thin Tale

Book BuzzBy Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Oh, would that Katy Simpson Smith had told a story of post-Revolutionary America that rocked with swashbuckling, colorful characters, and Beaufort, North Carolina. Her debut novel, “The Story of Land and Sea” could have been something more than strings of beautifully written sentences. But it wasn’t.

The ocean town of Beaufort is the primary setting of this early American tale built on gloriously written language that sweeps the reader away to a bleak and dreary time in America’s history. Written in three parts, the author examines desperate loves, doleful losses and the despondent relationships between them.

The Story of Land and SeaAsa, a widower who lost his wife in childbirth and who produces turpentine on his plantation, has a testy relationship with his son-in-law, John, a former pirate and soldier, who swept Asa’s daughter Helen off her feet and out to sea. Helen, the love of John’s life, died giving birth to Tabitha, their only child. When yellow fever claims 10-year-old Tabitha, both John and Asa are left with no one but themselves and Asa’s slaves.

Overall, this book is more an accounting than a story filled with characters that interact. Smith’s writing yields beautiful imagery that paints pictures so emotionally true that they are like pieces of art. However, the scarceness of dialogue and the lack of depth to her characters set up a wall between page and reader as if she were protecting her charges from harm greater than she’s already afflicted them with.

This book isn’t for everyone. Action is distant, personal communication is limited, and a dreary cloak of desperation sets a constant, heavy tone. Nevertheless, for those who love to read for the sake of beautiful writing, I can’t say “The Story of Land and Sea” shouldn’t be considered.

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“The Story of Land and Sea,” by Katy Simpson Smith. HarperCollins Publishers: New York. 2014. This book is available at local bookstores and through the Wake County Public Library system.

Business Briefs - April 2015

Myriad Homecare Agency at 262 Southtown Circle, Suite G, in the Rolesville Commons Plaza, has opened to provide home care services in the community. Owner Monty Midgette chose Rolesville for its small close-knit community feel and growth.

Myriad Homecare provides private duty nursing assistance, respite, medication reminders, psychosocial support, companionship, sitters and assistance with daily living activities (bathing, dressing, etc.). The facility is licensed by the state to provide home care services in 18 counties and to send qualified professionals to homes, establishing coordinated care services in various communities. mhahomecare.com


The Vapor Market has opened in Rolesville at 207 N. Main St., Suite 103. The store stocks premium electric cigarettes, over 100 different flavors of e-juices, and accessories. They will add a new line of e- juices each month.

Kristyl Wagner and her husband own the locations in Knightdale and Rolesville. “It is a good business model for us,” Wagner said, “Vapor e-cigarettes helped me, my parents and grandparents quit smoking.”

The Rolesville store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Phone 919-435-1417. vapormarket.org


Jenn’s Vin North Carolina Wines LLC is now open in The Factory at 1839 S. Main Street, Suite 124, in Rolesville.  Jenn Norris created this wine boutique to celebrate North Carolina vineyards and wineries. “Wine not NC?” Norris asks. North Carolina has over 100 wineries and over 400 vineyards.

The Factory location is open 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays, noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Phone 919-749-6616. facebook.com/jennsvinncwines


Jumpin JoJo’s, a new kids’ bounce house complex at 7500 Ramble Way No. 115, Raleigh, opened April 10.

Joe and Nicole Miller of Wake Forest are the owners. They have over 7,000 square feet of inflatables and games, and private party space is available. This indoor playground is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Phone 919-878-7424. jumpinjojos.com/


Hair Undone has moved to a new location, at 402 Southtown Circle in Rolesville. The salon has doubled its square footage and has tripled the room for stylists. The new location also has a special playroom for kids. Apryl Thurston always wanted to own a salon, but never expected to own one and grow so quickly.  Appointments can be made online and new clients are welcome. Phone 919-556-2592. vagaro.com/hairundone


Wake Tech Classes Help Those Seeking Employment

By Lisa Brown

Weary job seekers can be overwhelmed by the options and opportunities when job hunting. Job boards are filled with positions, and yet so many find the process tedious and often not fruitful. The State of North Carolina has developed a program with this in mind to offer help to the unemployed in need of guidance, understanding and assistance.

There are 58 community colleges in North Carolina that offer these classes, and in Wake County they are available in many locations linked through Wake Technical Community College. Trained and experienced instructors will provide guidance and tips to landing a job quickly and as painless as possible.

Classes include Job Search Skills, Nail the Interview, Make the Resume Work for You, LinkedIn – Getting Started, The Success Journey, and many more.

Fees are waived for students who are unemployed, underemployed, facing a layoff, recent graduates, stay-at-home mothers or seniors re-entering the workforce.

Rena Ferraro, director of Wake Tech’s Human Resources Development program, is eager to get the message out to job seekers of all ages about the wealth of information provided in these classes. Photo by Lisa Brown

Rena Ferraro, director of Wake Tech’s Human Resources Development program, is eager to get the message out to job seekers of all ages about the wealth of information provided in these classes. Photo by Lisa Brown

Rena Ferraro, director of Wake Tech’s Human Resources Development program, is eager to get the message out to job seekers of all ages about the wealth of information provided in these classes. “The name, Human Resources Development, was assigned by the state, but the program is not necessarily for people in the Human Resources field.” Classes are offered to prospects of any age and work background.

Ferraro has renamed the program “Skills Training for Job Seekers,” but it is still informally referred to as “HRD.”

“This is the first time in history that five generations of Americans are in the job market,” Ferraro says. This makes designing courses a challenge to meet the needs of students from 18 to 70, with the 40- to 54-year-old demographic being the largest.

Instructor Linda Lutz has been with HRD for four years and sees social media as the single most important impact on the success for job seekers.

“The biggest obstacle many face is not understanding what it takes to get a job today,” Lutz says. “The way they communicate their content and how involved they need to be with social media and technology is very important.”

Older job seekers often feel at a disadvantage in today’s ever-changing job market. Lutz says “the best way to stay relevant and current is the use of social media.”

Tim Tucker attended about six HRD classes a year ago. Once a scientist at Duke, he has a history of being able to reinvent himself. He had been working as a financial advisor for three and a half years but it proved to be a career he wasn’t happy with. In order to find something that worked, he turned to HRD to give him guidance.

“Everyone at HRD cares and knows what they are talking about,” Tucker says. His favorite class, How to Make Money When You Don’t Have a Job, motivated him to write and publish his own Amazon eBook. It is to be available online soon, he says.

Tucker posted his resume on the CareerBuilder job board, one of many suggestions made by HRD instructors. Within days a recruiter found him and placed him on a job at Cisco. “I don’t have an IT background, but they were looking for a certain skill set and I met their criteria,” Tucker says. Still at Cisco, he feels confident that any future job changes or hunts will be easier with the knowledge he gained at HRD.

Lutz has heard many success stories from former students and is pleased to receive emails from them with good news. One student, Will, had been unemployed for two years and found Lutz’s class in the Cary NC Works Career Center. Will started with the Beyond the Resume class then took another. “Eight weeks from the day he started his first class he had two job offers and started his new job,” Lutz says. Another student, Ken, who had been unemployed for six months, took the social media class. Two weeks later, he was employed.

“I find that people who take more than one class and stay active in their search with networking events are more successful in securing employment,” Lutz says.

The HRD program is funded by taxpayer money and everyone involved sees it as a fantastic use of the funds. Classrooms are well-stocked with laptops or desktop computers (when necessary) and easily accommodate all students. Class sizes vary depending upon enrollment, but may have anywhere from eight people up to 30.

Some classes provide N.C. Career Readiness Certificates, which confirms an individual’s workplace competency skills in applied mathematics, locating information, and reading information. Test results are used to award certificates and are required for certain jobs, such as teachers assistant positions.

For more information on class descriptions and schedules visit: hrd.waketech.edu or phone 919-532-5696. Find the program on Twitter at @wtcchrd and Pinterest at waketechhrd. For more information on CRC classes visit crc.waketech.edu.

Locally Made Desserts? Sweet!

Part Six of a Series on Local Food Sourcing

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

An unassuming building at 206 Wait Street in Wake Forest is home to Lumpy’s Ice Cream. Named after Lumpy Rutherford of “Leave It to Beaver,” Lumpy’s is a business that owner Buck Buchanan grew slowly and carefully. In 2001, the friendly man with the handlebar mustache started making his ice cream from his home.

Owner Buck Buchanan, left, of Lumpy's Ice Cream in Wake Forest, along with manager Kyle Darling samples batches of ice cream each day measuring the taste for consistency in flavor, quality, and texture. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen.

Owner Buck Buchanan, left, of Lumpy’s Ice Cream in Wake Forest, along with manager Kyle Darling samples batches of ice cream each day measuring the taste for consistency in flavor, quality, and texture. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen.

A chef by trade, Buchanan always loved cooking … and he loves ice cream. Beginning with an Emery-Thompson ice cream maker, his business grew with a patience that is unheard of in business today. He built a following at events, one cart at a time, while waiting for the right brick location with the right price and the right traffic.

Adhering to a simple product philosophy (to find the finest ingredients locally and craft them into the best ice cream without any preservatives, additives or synthetic hormones) and a simple selling philosophy (to make a simple, honest product at a simple, honest price), Buchanan finally opened his store in March 2012 in a structure built in 1969 as a Tastee Freez.

“The ice cream we make,” said store manager Kyle Darling, “has to be the same every time. We want it to be not just the best but also consistent. We taste every batch that is made every day to make sure it’s right. Our customers expect quality.”

The ingredients that go into each of the mouthwatering, jaw-dropping 300 flavors that rotate through the daily offerings are primarily local, including milk and cream from Maple View Farm in Hillsborough.

“All too often, we see farms being turned into developments because the land is worth more than the crops,” Buchanan said. “When we have a local farmer who believes in his land and in his community, then he’s going to raise his crops right. And when he raises his crops right, then our children grow up right. When we lose our local farms, we’re all in trouble.”

Buchanan wants to serve everyone, so Lumpy’s has gluten-free and peanut-free options. He is often asked for a dairy-free option, but he says that’s impossible. Nevertheless, he, like Patrick Robinette of Harris-Robinette Beef and Stephanie Farley of Walk Ahead Farm, learned an important lesson.

“Most people who are lactose intolerant are affected by the bovine growth hormones in commercial milk and cream,” Buchanan said. “We’re free of that. Our ice cream is artificial hormone free, antibiotic free. Most people don’t have an issue with it.”

Walk into Sugar On Top at 2010 South Main Street in Wake Forest and, if you’re from the North where bakeries are neighborhood fixtures, the first thing you’ll think is, “Oh, this smells like home! It smells so good!”

Denise Lull, whose business was long known as Daylight Donuts, has found that people don’t understand she merely rebranded.

“I’m still here,” she said. “I broke away from Daylight Donuts a long time ago.”

She now has a pastry chef working alongside her and her staff, and his strength, she said, is that he can create anything from scratch.

Sweets for the Thanksgiving buffet at Farm Table Kitchen & Bar provided by Sugar on Top stretched the length of the bar. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Sweets for the Thanksgiving buffet at Farm Table Kitchen & Bar provided by Sugar on Top stretched the length of the bar. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“We’re true scratch in what we do,” she added, “and that’s a big deal.”

Because of that approach to baking, her desserts caught the attention of Laszlo Lukacsi at Farm Table Kitchen & Bar. Rather than baking in house, Lukacsi opted for local, focused and authentic.

“One day, Laszlo walked into the store, larger than life, saying ‘I want this, I want that, I want this, too’,” Lull said, laughing at the memory, “and he’s eating and talking a mile a minute. Then he introduced himself and said he wanted those things for his restaurant.”

According to Lull, Lukacsi allows her free rein as long as she’s focused on being seasonal, uses the right fruits for the right desserts, and delivers fresh every day. Now she’s handling all their catering, and if someone compliments a dessert, Lukacsi hands over her business card. She knows that simple gesture has generated quite a lot of business for her, and her exquisite white chocolate banana caramel pudding and her unique chocolate pecan bourbon pie have become customer favorites.

Her cakes and pastries are also featured at Ollie’s, a new café and coffee shop on White Street in Downtown Wake Forest. When Lull read that they served pastries, she went over, talked with the owner – also named Denise – and brought her samples. Now Lull sells there every day. She also sells donuts at The Coffee Lodge in Rolesville and at Wake Crossroads.

“It’s been great,” she said of her relationship with Farm Table and Ollie’s. “It’s a nice mix because we can cover those parts of town. I don’t know why, but some people never come to (her store’s) part of town. Now, if people need a cake, they’ll think of us.”

For more information, visit Lumpy’s at lumpysicecream.com or Sugar On Top at sugarontopbakery.com.

Jason Brown Gives Up the Football Field for a Field of Sweet Potatoes

By Lisa Brown

Jason Brown was one of NFL’s best centers. His football career started at UNC-Chapel Hill, and after graduation he played for the Baltimore Ravens before becoming the starting center for the St. Louis Rams. By the time he was 25 he had surpassing his childhood goal of becoming a millionaire by age 30.

Now 31, instead of working hard on the football field, he’s working harder in a field of sweet potatoes, and has not looked back.

When the Rams let him go, many other teams wanted him. But Brown heard a higher calling. He came back to North Carolina, his home state, with his wife, Tay, to look for a farm.


Ex-NFLer Jason Brown works in the rear of a truck on his First Fruits Farm in Louisburg

Ex-NFLer Jason Brown works in the rear of a truck on his First Fruits Farm in Louisburg

They found “the most beautiful farm in North Carolina” in Louisburg. They named it “First Fruits Farm” even before they found it. Brown knew what he needed to do. The first “fruit” of every harvest would be donated to those in need.

Brown was raised in Henderson by parents who were hard-working. His father was a landscape architect who owned 40 acres of land. The family was never hungry, and Brown enjoyed the luxury of snacking from fruit trees his father had planted all over the farm. “I’d eat plums sometimes until I made myself sick,” he chuckles.

He didn’t know it then, but his family-farm upbringing was the beginning of a farming education.

Brown knew he wanted to farm, but what he really wanted to do was see to it that those most in need of the food he would grow would get it.

North Carolina ranks among the states with the highest food insecurity in the country, with 17.3 percent of residents living with the problem. Food insecurity is inconsistent access to adequate food because of a lack of money or other resources. Across the country, the food insecurity rate is 14.6 percent.

To get food to the people who needed it, Brown had to find a partner who understood distribution. He now works with the Society of St. Andrew in Durham, an agency that gleans produce and delivers it to soup kitchens, food banks and similar organizations. He also works with the Interfaith Food Shuttle, the Food Bank of North Carolina, churches and other not-for-profit groups.

“We’re just the farmers; we have to rely on them for the rest,” Brown says.

The process of gleaning is collecting crops that are left after a farmer’s fields have been commercially harvested or from fields that are not economically profitable to harvest.

Brown is extremely grateful to all the volunteers who show up to help glean his sweet potato fields. “It’s really hard work,” he says. Even just two to three hours can take a lot out of someone who is constantly bending over and picking up potatoes that have been dug from the ground. He says he appreciates not just their willingness to do it, but that when they finish they thank him for the opportunity.

Brown comes from a family of trailblazers so it’s not so surprising that he would not find it that difficult or unusual to leave a $37 million football contract behind. His grandfather, Jasper Brown, wanting the best education available for his four children, led the integration of schools in Yanceyville. That was in 1956, so it was not an easy road, much like the one Brown faces now.

“People thought of me as a hero when I was playing football,” Brown says. “But I wasn’t a hero. Just because I could snap a ball and run didn’t make me a hero.”

His humility is grounded in his upbringing and in his love for his brother and hero, Lunsford Bernard Brown II, who died in September 2003 while serving in Afghanistan. “He taught me that I had to help myself before I could help others,” Brown says.

“I’m able now to give back because God gave me a lot in a short time.”

To those who don’t quite grasp how he could walk away from millions, and to others who think he could have helped more by continuing to make a lot of money, he says, “This isn’t just about making a lot of money and giving it away. This is about being a leader.”

Brown doesn’t miss football, but does miss the camaraderie and the brotherhood he felt. The fields may be different, but the outcome was the same: coming together for the common good, whether for winning a game or harvesting produce.

He’s active in schools to help educate children about the importance of farming and help them understand where their food comes from. “We teach them how to cultivate and grow, which is motivating and empowering with everything they do,” Brown says.

His passion and his drive for service are what motivate him to continue and grow First Fruits Farm. His dedication to his faith and to his family sustains him and keeps him humble and certain of what he is doing.

“My purpose is much greater than myself, and I’ve been able to keep things in perspective and have a heart of humility,” he says.

Plans for bigger planting and harvests are on the horizon at First Fruits Farm. Brown’s hope is to produce 1 million pounds of crops to give away next year. Though he’s confident and committed, he still has fears and doubts like anyone. But the endless volunteers who come to help him bring him joy and comfort.

“I know I’m not doing this alone,” he says.

For more information about First Fruits Farm, visit www.wisdomforlife.org/first-fruits-farm.html. First Fruits Farms is on Facebook, and Brown is on Twitter at @WiseFarmerBrown.

Book Review: The World Made Straight

An Unrelenting North Carolina Past

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


“The World Made Straight” by Ron Rash. Available in hardcover, paperback, digital book, and on DVD.

Old conflicts die slow and hard, and Ron Rash’s 2006 novel, “The World Made Straight,” tells a raw, mountain home tale stretching from 1974 to the Shelton Laurel Massacre of 1863. The historic marker for the event stands at the intersection of North Carolina state highways 208 and 212. The graves of the 13 kin who were slain rest in a cemetery just off N.C. 212.

The World Made Straight by Ron RashWhen 17-year-old Travis Shelton stumbles upon a field of marijuana plants, he thinks he has it made. He cuts some of the plants and sells them to Leonard Schuyler. Leonard is a mountain boy who was smart enough to get out and make a good life but through his own missteps managed to find himself back where he started. When Travis goes back for more plants, he stumbles into the bear trap Carlton Toomey set for the plant thief. A tough man with his wits about him, Toomey’s not ready to let Travis walk away easily.

Eventually, Travis moves in with Leonard, who occasionally deals drugs, fanatically studies old Civil War journals, and has walls of books in his ramshackle trailer. After all, he was a teacher when he left Madison County. Travis embraces the books, devouring all the knowledge he can, yet he knows nothing of the history of his family and Shelton Laurel. Leonard, regretting his own past, helps Travis to find a way out of a life that will go nowhere before the viciousness of the past catches up with him.

Rash tells a story of personal discovery, family and history. His literary style and suspense-filled storytelling meld the characters to their turbulent, forgotten past, and to their desire for independence. He spares no one through his microscope.

His writing is simple, showing the things that hold a person back and the desires that give hope. The blush of first love is sweet against the stark reality of life. Many of the characters are good people who simply do bad things.

It is clear that life is never easy for these folk, and there’s never a doubt that their outcomes are directly related to the choices they make. In that, these characters are like anyone from anywhere else. The difference lies in their seclusion and lack of exposure to a larger world.

Last month, the filmed-entirely-in-North-Carolina movie version of the novel was released. It stars Noah Wyle (“E.R.”) as Leonard, Jeremy Irvine (“Warhorse”) as Travis, and singer/songwriter Steve Earle as Carlton. The state premiere was held at the North Carolina Museum of History and other select theaters screened the film in limited distribution. It is available for streaming through Amazon Prime and On Demand.

Translated to the screen, it is a slow, cerebral story. The performances are tight and studied – Wyle’s performance has been called his best to date. The marriage of cinematography and editing yields such a strong sense of place that the beauty of our mountains juxtaposed with the desperation of need is remarkable.

The book is a must read. The film is rental quality.


Mobile Food Market to Make Sunday Stops in Wake Forest

JPM South Development is excited to announce LoMo Market will set up in The Club at Traditions parking lot every Sunday morning to provide high quality, fresh local foods to the Wake Forest area.
LoMo Market calls itself “a team of farm loving folks who want to connect customers with farm fresh foods.” LoMo Market has created a new retail experience where the market is on wheels. It will be open in Wake Forest from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. each Sunday.
LoMo Market currently provides customers with local baked goods, dairy, eggs, fish, flowers, fruit, meat, and vegetable options. In addition, they have specialty items each week, along with “grab and go” items that are prepared and ready to enjoy. Customers can also pre-order specific goods.


“There is a high demand for fresh local foods here in Wake Forest, and we are pleased to bring this convenience to Traditions residents and the general public of Wake Forest and surrounding areas,” said John Myers, president of JPM South Development.


LoMo Market also serves locations in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham five days a week.


Traditions at Wake Forest is a neighborhood located off of the N.C. 98 Bypass near the historic downtown district of Wake Forest.


For more information and a full list of the producers that provide local products for LoMo Market, visit www.LoMoMarket.com.

Praise and Worship Page Submission - February

Within a few days, millions upon millions of Christians will be turning their attention to a religious observance that is not as popular as Christmas or Easter, but important nonetheless. This observance begins February 18, which is Ash Wednesday, and continues 40 days (not counting Sundays), leading up to Easter. This season is called Lent.

Perhaps over the years you’ve seen in the grocery store or at the bank someone who had ashes smeared on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Chances are, they were celebrating Lent, and had been to their place of worship earlier in the day.

In the Old Testament, ashes were often placed on a person as a sign of mourning or grief, usually because of a death or because of personal sin. It’s a sign of helplessness, a sign that help from God is needed; a sign of repentance. It’s a sign of humility and self denial.

So on Ash Wednesday, many gather to worship, to repent of sin, to humble themselves during the season leading up to Easter. It’s a rather noble spiritual exercise. Some people choose to fast during that time. Some give up TV, or Facebook, or coffee, or meats – anything that they enjoy.

We give those things up as a sacrifice of sorts, while we’re seeking to draw nearer to God.

As these words are being written, one realizes how utterly strange this must sound in the ears of those who are not Christians. They would likely think this sounds foolish, and quite the waste of time. But still, Scripture teaches us that there’s a place for fasting (in all its forms) and that giving something up for the God we serve has a place in our lives as Christ-followers.

As our world spirals out of control on so many fronts, it becomes evident that what we need is not to eliminate God from our lives, but to return to Him and to do it wholeheartedly. He is our hope, our strength and our source.

So this year, at a time when we really need God perhaps more than ever, let’s give consideration to a practice that’s been around for many hundreds of years. One thing is certain – drawing near to God wouldn’t hurt any of us.



Pastor Ron Brisson

New Life Church

Doggie Dental Care Requires a Practiced Procedure


By Vanessa Davis

Dirty Dogs Self Spa and Boutique


Brushing a dog’s teeth is about as much fun as having a root canal, but, if you can get Fido to cooperate, it has many benefits. The biggest benefit of brushing your dog’s teeth is just like ours. It keeps plaque from building up.

If left unchecked, plaque will eventually mineralize and become tartar. Once tartar starts to build up, it can destroy the gum line, which can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out. In other words, frequent brushing of your dog’s teeth will keep your dog’s mouth healthy, and prevent tooth loss and bad doggie breath.

Second, statistics show that a dog with healthy teeth will live longer, play more, and be happier and healthier.

Brushing Fido’s teeth should start as soon as possible, so that both you and your dog get accustomed to the practice. Your first task is to show Fido that he can trust you with putting weird stuff in his mouth. He’s not going to be too sure about what’s going on, so take the time to gain his confidence.

In your first attempt, try rubbing your fingers along your dog’s mouth and then inside his mouth, if he permits it. You can wrap your finger in sterile gauze first and put a dab of “Dog Toothpaste” on it. Do not use human toothpaste; it can make Fido sick.

After he’s used to your finger along and inside his mouth, try upgrading to a rubber finger pet brush and start gently rubbing his teeth. Do this for no more than a minute at a time. You don’t want to teach Fido that dental care time is boring and irritating.

After he’s accustomed to the rubber finger brush and accepts it without reservation, move on to introducing the toothbrush.  In the beginning stages, remember, no more than a minute at a time, and don’t worry about the quality of brushing or the number of teeth brushed.

Before putting the toothbrush to Fido’s mouth, let him investigate the brush for a minute, allowing him to lick the toothpaste if he so wishes. At this point, all you’re trying to do is introduce the toothbrush, the toothpaste and the experience itself to your dog. Again, don’t put big expectations on the quality of cleaning at this point.

Let him investigate the toothbrush at the start of each cleaning session.

The key thing to remember is that, if you make this a big ordeal that has to be perfectly performed each time, Fido will tire of it quickly and start resenting – then dreading, then fighting – tooth cleaning time. Once that happens, it will be hard to get him to accept any dental care procedure.

It may take time for Fido to get used to the cleaning procedure, but once he does you have the hardest part of brushing over.  If he isn’t fully trained to sit or lie down, then I don’t recommend using a toothbrush for a while. Stick to the rubber finger brushes so that you have more control and pose no hazards with pointy edges.

Brushing a dog’s teeth is no walk in the park. It takes practice and patience. Making it fun for both you and your dog will ensure it becomes part of your routine. It is all worthwhile when you consider the money you save on dental care and the benefits your dog derives from having healthy teeth and gums, not to mention the suffering you prevent by avoiding dental diseases in your furry friend!





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McDonald’s Fundraiser Provides Assistance to Russell Family

By Lisa Brown



On December 24, Ashanie Russell, 19, of Wake Forest was tragically killed in a car accident. Younger brother Michael Gregory was seriously injured, as was their sister, Aaleyah, who was driving at the time. Ashanie graduated from Wake Forest High School, where he was on the football team and proud to be a Cougar. He was attending East Carolina University as an engineering student and home for the holiday break.

During difficult times, small towns often come together and assist those in need.

Aaleyah works at the Rolesville McDonald’s and once the tragedy became known to Carol Martin, the franchise owner, she knew he had to help somehow.

Martin decided to donate half of the day’s proceeds from January 7 to the Russell family. Michael is expected to be hospitalized for at least another month.

“I’ve been blessed with a good business and I know the family has so much to face,” Martin said. “Aaleyah has worked here over a year and she is very important to us.”

Nadya O’Connor, McDonald’s crew trainer, knows the family and said Michael is showing signs of improvement every day. “He’s still not talking, but is moving his hands, and is expected to make a full recovery.”

O’Connor knew Ashanie since the 6th grade and remembers him as “a very nice guy who loved everybody.”

Sarah and Julia sat in a booth filled with small children. They were on babysitting duty and when they heard about the fundraiser they couldn’t wait to attend. Both went to church with Ashanie and remember him as everyone else does. “He was friendly and liked everyone,” Sarah said. Julia remembers him as being a loving friend who loved to give hugs.

Others in attendance were church leaders, teachers and classmates, all of whom were happy to help the Russell family any way they could.

Aaleyah and her mother, Jackie, were in attendance but declined to speak to the press. They were, however, very grateful for the outpouring of support and love. Martin said it is a tribute to Jackie, that she raised a son who by age 19 had had such an effect on so many people.

The community support was not just touching but successful. McDonald’s will donate $6,900 to the Russell Family, including $4,755 coming from proceeds from purchases and the remaining $2,145 from in-store canisters for those who wished to donate more.

If you were unable to attend the fundraiser, you may donate at www.gofundme.com/jc4x3k.

O’s Commentary

Does What I Wear Really Matter?

Dear O,

I was disrespected by a man in a neighborhood grocery store because I was wearing short shorts. When I protested, he had the nerve to tell me to shut up. Yes, my shorts were very revealing, but so what? To me, his reaction was totally uncalled for. Don’t you think a woman should be allowed to wear whatever she wants?


Dear Daisy,

I am no minister, so I am not going to preach. You have the right to celebrate your body and wear whatever you want. But understand every action we take has a consequence. Even down to the action of picking the clothes we wear.

Someone has taught you that love is attention. It isn’t. No shade, I promise. We all have gone through this stage at one point. But you are a grown woman now. When does awareness of yourself kick in? Don’t get mad because you got the kind of attention your short shorts were calling for.

You have to develop a better understanding of the importance of clothing. It defines your image to the outside world.  I sincerely hope you have a revolution of the mind, and come to understand the power and greatness in your DNA.  There is no need to show off your assets by putting them on public display.

Sorry, Daisy. While I do think that man was wrong, I don’t actually see you as a victim here. You can’t be angry when someone treats you the way you project yourself. You have to be held accountable for your bad choices. Think about maybe throwing away those barely there shorts, and replacing them with something more appropriate.

There is a big difference between “shut up” and “good morning.”  It’s a man’s job to respect a woman, but it’s a woman’s job to give him something to respect.

Dear O,

My fiancé and I are both allergic to dogs and cats, so he’s decided he would like to buy me a pet pig for Valentine’s Day. Now, they’re really cute and I want him to be happy, but I’ve spent years renovating my house and I don’t really want a pig running around. What should I do?


Dear Arnold,

OK, I have to ask: Who does all the cleaning up at your house? Because, while people do have pigs as pets, generally they are Hollywood people who have a staff of 3.5 people living in their house to clean up stuff. If YOU are the staff, I wouldn’t let him get the pig.

I mean, seriously, do you want to be picking up pig droppings? I suggest you be honest with your fiancé. Even if he says HE will be the one responsible for it, you and I both know that in the long run the cleanup crew will be you.

Dear O,

I recently joined a dating site and my boss found me. He “liked” all my photos, so I think he must really be into me. My question is, do you think I should ask him out? Valentine’s Day is coming and I don’t have a date. He’s 45 and I’m 21.

Lucky Girl

Dear Lucky,

If you are asking me, I have to say NO!

Young lady, for the love of humanity, what do you want with this old man? I mean, honestly, there are probably multiple ex-women, possibly an ex-wife, and children and a lot of baggage. Realistically, he might even still have a wife.

My point is, a 45-year-old man’s life is way too complicated for a young vibrant girl like you. There is nothing a 45-year-old man wants from a 21-year-old woman but a good time, and then he’ll just leave you on the side of the road. Not to mention, this man is your boss and a relationship with him could cost you your job.

Leave that man alone and ignore your ‘liked’ photos.

Dear O,

I’ve been dating this man, and he is a health food fanatic. We recently went to the movies, and I got a hot dog and some popcorn, but he sneaked in cucumber slices. I’ve been dating him for two months, but because of his disapproving looks, I’m wondering if this is a deal breaker. I love fried everything.

Hate Lettuce

Dear Hate Lettuce.

It would be a deal breaker for me. We don’t need some mean guy policing what we eat.

No man should be able to tell you what to put in your mouth.

My advice is, tell him goodbye, then soothe yourself with a large order of french fries.


Business Briefs - February 2015

Taxi Service Starts

Eric Nguyen, owner with his wife of LCN Spa Nails in Rolesville, has started the town’s first taxi service.

Rolesville Taxi runs throughout Wake Forest and Rolesville, and to RDU Airport.

Nguyen owned a taxi service in New Jersey and “saw a need for a taxi service in the Rolesville area.”

Service is available 24 hours a day. Credit cards are accepted. Phone 919-939-4050.


Chick-N-Que now Brick-and-Mortar, Too

Chick-N-Que is expanding from food trucks to trucks and a restaurant.

The restaurant is now open at 420 S. Main Street in Rolesville. This family-owned business also hopes to grow its catering service.

Owners Ernest and Queen Harris say the restaurant was the next logical step for the business. Ernest attended Rolesville Elementary and was a graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, so Rolesville seemed like a good choice for the expansion.

“The whole family likes to cook and the whole family likes to eat,” Queen said.

Chicken is the mainstay of the restaurant, which also serves sandwiches, salads and at least three side items daily. The chicken barbeque is a family recipe from Ernest’s grandfather with a “twist.”

The food truck is known for serving ostrich at the State Fair, and the restaurant will offer it as well.

Chick-N-Que is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Phone 919-369-9047.


New ‘Healing From the Inside Out’

Rosemarie Heinrich has opened Medical & Therapeutic Massage of Rolesville at 207-101 N. Main Street, in the Sophia Center for Change.

Part of the philosophy of the Center is healing from the inside out naturally, and Heinrich believes it is important “for people to take care of themselves.”

Heinrich had previously lived on South Main Street, so she opened her business in Rolesville for the “hometown feel.”

Phone 919-614-0929 for an appointment.


Subway Management Changes

The Subway sandwich shop at 411 S. Main Street in the Food Lion Shopping Center is under new management.

Less than a month ago, Hetal Patel became the new owner of the Rolesville Subway. Patel also owns the Subway in Wake Forest and two Youngsville locations.

Subway is known for its build-your-own sandwiches and salads with health-conscious options.

“Great customer service is very important to me,” Patel said. “I am very excited to be part of your community.” Patel plans on being a good corporate citizen in Rolesville by reaching out to the business community, the school system and churches, and being involved with the Chamber of Commerce.

The Rolesville location is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Phone 919-554-3511.


As Growth in Wake Forest Continues, So Do Traffic Woes

By Lisa Brown



Wake Forest has seen tremendous growth in just a few years. New housing construction and a commercial boom have brought more vehicles to roads they were not intended for. Complicating things, roads and construction that had been planned before the recession took back seats and some fell by the wayside completely, leaving the town with needs and not enough budgeted money.

The biggest stumbling block for the town and making improvements to roads is that 70 to 80 percent of the roads are controlled and maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Knowing there are certain issues that need to be dealt with is a frustration for town officials and residents alike. Changes, big and small, start with the state.

A little over a year ago, Caveness Farms resident and former accident investigator and reconstructionist Michael Janas brought a proposal to the town providing statistics and proof of the need for a light at the intersection of Caveness Farms Avenue and Capital Boulevard.

Accidents at the intersection, until very recently, had been fender benders, but Janas “knew it was a matter of time until there was a fatality.”

In September, Braden Rock, 15, a student a Heritage High School was on his way to class and sat in the passenger side of the car his sister, Faith, was driving. She was attempting to make the left turn from Capital onto Caveness and was hit by an oncoming car. The very thing Janas had worried about happened.

“This left turn is especially dangerous,” Janas says. “It is difficult to determine the speed of the cars coming down Capital Boulevard, and most people are traveling well above the speed limit of 55.” Further, the last posted speed limit sign is before South Main Street, so there is no reminder for drivers what the limit is in that vulnerable area. Nighttime darkness and adverse weather conditions compound an already problematic situation.

Turning right from Caveness onto Capital proves to be a problem, as well. Now that Caveness is an access road, drivers are using it as a cut-through to avoid the congested intersection of Capital and South Main. New apartments, The Estates of Wake Forest, plus Caveness Farms and The Villas of Wake Forest have created more traffic than, which is likely to continue to increase.

Nicole Hopkins of Wake Forest was behind another driver waiting to take a right a couple of months ago. After waiting a few minutes for traffic to clear, the driver turned. Nicole waited her turn and, not seeing traffic coming on Capital, turned right. Unbeknownst to her, the driver in front of her had not been able to merge on to Capital safely as he assumed he could, and pulled to the shoulder to get out of the way. Thinking he had gone and unable to see, Hopkins hit the back left of his car.

Hopkins now avoids that intersection altogether. “It makes me nervous and people behind me were impatient so I’d rather just go around the long way,” she says.

Many of these issues were going to be addressed when Sam’s Club was due to be built off Ligon Mill Road behind Caveness Farms. With its construction would come an extension of Ligon Mill to N.C. 98, and two additional traffic lights. One light would be at the corner of Caveness and Capital, and the other would be at the entrance to the Red Robin, Chili’s and Texas Roadhouse restaurants.

According to Eric Keravuori, director of engineering for the town, Capital would become what is known as a “super street” and those two lights would become two-phase signals that would sync with the intersection at Capital and South Main.

However, construction of Sam’s Club was put on hold and the lights were included in that delay. Chip Russell, town planning director, says the Sam’s Club is still under contract. He said the company “had some restructuring at the corporate level” and he expects construction to resume in the fall.

Wake Forest Commissioner Jim Thompson said he had just been informed of the delay himself. “To say I am disappointed is an understatement,” he said. “The greatest thing about them (Sam’s Club) coming was the lights.”

Thompson explains that spending for capital improvements, like new roads, is based on needs and development. In this case, town officials required installation of a signal, to be paid for by the developers, as a condition of building a new Sam’s Club.

There are three other intersections in town that will get new traffic lights: Franklin and N.C. 98, Jones Dairy and Chalk, and Heritage and Heritage Lake.

Traffic in the coming months will prove trying for other reasons. Bridges are scheduled to be fixed, which will cause backups in those areas. And until Sam’s Club starts construction, that section of Capital Boulevard will remain as it is.

In the meantime, Janas is hoping to see at least a caution light or sign for drivers are approaching the Caveness Farms Avenue and Capital Boulevard intersection. A larger police presence making sure drivers slow down could also help.

Ultimately, everyone asks drivers to slow down, refrain from pressuring the driver in front of you to go when it’s not safe or unknown, and to exercise a lot of patience.

Police Chief Matthew Anderson Retires March 1

Chief Matt Anderson

‘Honesty’ and ‘Integrity’ Watchwords for Rolesville Leader

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen



“I didn’t choose law enforcement,” said Rolesville Police Chief Matthew Anderson with a laugh and without skipping a beat. “It chose me.”

After nine years in the Navy, he was supposed to begin work as a civilian firefighter at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, but a government hiring freeze had been put into place. He decided to take Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, and following that, he was hired with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Six years later in 2000, Anderson moved to the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Shores Police Department. In 2006, he came to the Rolesville Police Department.

“(My wife and I) wanted to get off the beach and away from the tourist areas to someplace where life is somewhat normal instead of seasonal,” Anderson explained.

He knew nothing about Rolesville when he found a job posting for Rolesville Chief of Police in 2005. He applied for the position, but former Chief Tim Stoker was hired. A year later, there was a posting for police lieutenant. That time, he was hired.

Mayor Frank Eagles was happy that Anderson came to Rolesville. “Matt was a great addition to the Rolesville Police Department (and) a refreshing change as chief of police,” he said. “His friendly manner and community spirit has been a great asset to Rolesville. (He) is going to be missed as police chief, but I’m glad he remains in the community.”

Anderson had one major goal when he came to Rolesville: to make sure the department worked well with the community. This was done by ensuring positive community involvement between the RPD and the town.

“I wanted to make sure when I came here that the (department) wasn’t looked at as just the guy sitting on the side of the road with his radar, writing tickets. I wanted Rolesville to know we’re actually people and part of the community,” he said.

One example of this involvement is Halloween night. Anderson asks his officers to come out to walk the neighborhoods and make sure they’re safe for trick-or-treaters. It has never been required, but there has been nearly 100 percent participation by RPD officers.

“Chief Anderson has a great sense of humor,” Captain Bobby Langston said. “I don’t know if a day went by that he wouldn’t make you laugh. (He) has a heart of gold and would do anything for his employees.”

Any positive improvement between RPD and the people of Rolesville isn’t, according to Anderson, an individual achievement. He fully attributes the success to the department as a team.
“It’s an achievement to change the mindset of the officers and the community from ‘us against them’ to ‘we’re all one community’,” he said. “The (RPD) had to look at itself differently and readjust its mindset to being a part of the community. Whether in uniform or not. Whether on duty or not.”

Anderson will officially retire on March 1, and Langston will become the new chief.

Anderson said his plans depend upon how his Parkinson’s disease advances. Born with a healthy sense of humor and diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009, Anderson plans to find some sort of job if he’s able. He’ll also stay busy with projects around the house that need to be done.

“Matt has been a pleasure to work with from day one,” Town Manager Bryan Hicks said. “He has remained positive in his life and job despite whatever the struggle has been when he arrived in the morning or received a call late at night. When promoted to chief, he was the perfect man for the job and helped bring back character and professionalism to the department.”

One thing Anderson learned when he came to Rolesville was that he’d be living in a fishbowl. He talked about the fishbowl and clearly reflected what makes him a leader.

“In a fishbowl, everybody sees what you’re doing, and when you go into law enforcement, there are two things that are important: honesty and integrity. If you violate either one, you’ll never get that back. You have to hold yourself to a higher standard and, every day, you have to show that you still have your honesty and integrity.”

Fishbowl or not, the Andersons have chosen to remain in the community because they love it here.

“Out of all the places I’ve been to in 25 years in law enforcement and the military, I’d never been to a place like Rolesville,” he said. “The people are so nice, and everybody working for the Town of Rolesville is great. It’s a pretty neat place.”

Deer harvest may be down

Outdoor Deer

By Mike Zlotnicki

It’s been a very slow deer season, for me anyway. A combination of family obligations and other duties have kept my trips to the Halifax County lease to a minimum.

On the last four trips, I haven’t seen a deer, and I’m not the only one not seeing as many animals this season.

The outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease that occurred this summer and into the fall might be a factor.

According to a Wildlife Resources Commission news release, hemorrhagic disease is a common disease of deer caused by two types of viruses – one producing blue tongue and the other producing epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Tests of infected animals indicate that epizootic hemorrhagic disease appears to be the responsible virus for this year’s outbreak.

Hemorrhagic disease is a cyclic disease and tends to occur in North Carolina every year, although with varying degrees of severity and distribution. The counties with moderate to severe cases of HD this year are Granville, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Vance, Franklin and Warren counties.

Transported by a biting midge or gnat, the HD viruses enter deer through insect bites. Common symptoms of sick animals include emaciation, loss of motor control, fever, lameness, and swelling of the neck and head. Feverish deer often seek relief near cool bodies of water, resulting in a higher frequency of dead deer near water than on adjacent uplands. Examinations of dead deer usually reveal ulcerations on the tongue, dental pad and roof of the mouth. The mouth and tongue also may be bluish and the skin and other soft tissues may be flush or reddish.

A combination of a strong mast crop (mostly acorns) and EHD may be to blame.

“While HD can have an impact on deer populations in some counties, it likely isn’t the only reason people aren’t seeing as many deer as they have in previous years,” said Dr. Maria Palamar, the Commission’s wildlife veterinarian, in a release. “Because the acorn crop has been so abundant this year, deer really haven’t had to move around as much, so people aren’t seeing them as much as they would in years with less food on the ground.”

When the results of this year’s harvest are available they will be published in The Buzz.

Annual Public Hearings Scheduled

Every year, the Wildlife Resources Commission holds nine public hearings (one in each of the state’s districts) about proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the coming seasons. The District 3 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 22, in Smithfield in the auditorium at Johnston Community College, at 245 College Road. Public comment is encouraged at these meetings. For more information about the other district meeting dates and locations go to ncwildlife.org and click on the Public Notice tab.

Book Review: Anybody Shining by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Letters to a Friend: Anybody Shining

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Anybody ShiningFrances O’Roark Dowell is an award-winning children’s author whose latest novel, “Anybody Shining” brings her readers to the mountains of North Carolina and into a world she loves.

Twelve-year-old Arie Mae Sparks lives in Stone Gap, N.C., in the early 1920s and knows little about the outside world beyond the National Barn Dance she hears on WLS-AM radio from Chicago. What she does know is that everyone else has something she desperately wants: one true, shining friend. When she learns that she has a cousin about her age living in Raleigh, she writes letter after letter to Cousin Caroline, even though she never once receives a letter in return.

At the same time, a settlement school is started near her home, and some children from Baltimore come for the summer. Arie Mae feels that she just might have found her one friend in Tom Wells. She doesn’t care that Tom has a limp and a weakened heart, and he doesn’t seem to care that Arie Mae doesn’t have new clothes or even shoes. That never stops him from exploring with Arie Mae, and it never stops Arie Mae from including him in activities.

But soon he is sent home to Maryland to recuperate away from Arie Mae’s influence.

Could Arie Mae be left on her own again – forever? Were her efforts all for naught?

A story filled with “haints” (ghosts) and bears, and an old lady who lives alone near Pilgrim’s Gap, “Anybody Shining” is an uplifting tale of determination.

The author cleverly pulls the reader into the story through an engaging and personable protagonist whose innocence is as endearing as her simple longing is palpable. And still, Arie Mae remains the picture of happiness and hope.

Each chapter opens with the beginning of Arie Mae’s next letter to her cousin, segues into a narrative about the happenings about which she writes, and ends with the letter’s closing. Arie Mae’s narrative is rich in detail, chronicling life in Stone Gap and juxtaposing American society – city folk coming to the mountains to teach modern methods while attempting to preserve folk arts and ways. Arie Mae even makes mention of embracing the modern convenience of ordering from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog (also out of Chicago).

One of the joys of Dowell’s writing is its Southern-ness attention to detail – the characters, the language, the settings. After graduating from Wake Forest University with a degree in English, she received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Eventually, she moved back to North Carolina, where she lives with her family.

On her web site, Dowell states: “There’s no doubt that living in the South has had a strong influence on what I write. For the most part, I write books set in the South, in places where I’ve actually lived and know the people and the streets and the weather. I’ve listened to a lot of Southern voices talking, and they make their way into my stories, too.”

You don’t have to be 12 years old to take pleasure in “Anybody Shining.” Dowell’s unquestionable affinity for the mountains of our state, the people who live there, and their traditions shines through as brightly and as true as does young Arie Mae.

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Dowell, Frances O’Roark. “Anybody Shining.” New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. 2014. Available in hardcover, as a digital book, and as an audiobook. francesdowell.com



Community cookbook will support 4th of July celebration

The Rolesville Fireworks 500 Club is seeking local recipes to be included in a community cookbook to be called “Taste of Rolesville.”

All proceeds from sale of the cookbook, to begin April 15, will benefit this year’s Rolesville 4th of July celebration.

This one-of-a kind collection of recipes will contain recipe categories from appetizers to desserts and everything in between, a news release from the club says. Each recipe will be labeled with the contributor’s name so it will be easy to find recipes submitted by friends and neighbors.

Submit recipes along with a high resolution photo to rolesville4th@gmail.com, or by mail to: Rolesville Fireworks 500 Club, P.O. Box 266, Rolesville, NC  27571. All entries must be received by March 1.

The below format is required for all recipe submissions:

Recipe Category:

Recipe Name:

Serving Size: (i.e., “serves 2 to 4”)



From the kitchen of:


The cookbooks will be available for purchase online and at the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce offices.

For more information, contact Gejuan Batson at Rolesvillefireworkslady@gmail.com, or Paul Vilga at Rolesville4th@gmail.com. The club is on Facebook as “Rolesville Community 4th of July Celebration” and on Twitter as “@Rolesville4th.”

Area towns have resolutions for the New Year

By Lisa Brown


Now that the holidays have drawn to a close, people are readying themselves for the New Year. With that comes the dreaded word – Resolutions! What will it be this year? Work out more? Eat less cheese? Reduce stress? Then there’s the treadmill that by the end of the year is buried under the pile of clothes.

Regardless of whether we worry about success or failure, having resolutions and goals is always good for individuals, but also for local towns as a way to make 2015 a great year. Town officials here say 2015 will bring interesting and exciting happenings.

Rolesville’s first resolution may be one that many residents put on their lists – “to walk more,” as Mayor Frank Eagles put it. The town’s goal is to put more sidewalks in areas where there is sidewalk missing to make it easier for residents to get around. Other plans include for Rolesville to have its own library and bus services.

If getting some exercise is on your resolution list, traversing Rolesville will be more enjoyable and easy. And if a longer trip is needed, hopefully a bus will be available.

Wake Forest has much planned for the coming year, which can be heard first-hand from Mayor Vivian Jones at the State of the Town Address and Dinner, Monday, February 16 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Jones will go over accomplishments for 2014 as well as talk about goals for 2015.

For more information go to http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/state-of-the-town.aspx.

Look for 2015 to bring new bridges to Wake Forest in “Operation Bridge Exchange.” Old bridges are being replaced with new, safer ones. Also, “Play It Forward” will be unveiled to outline a new Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which will look at anticipated needs and how the town can upgrade facilities and programs as needed.

Zebulon is in the process of hiring a town manager, and the mayor is currently working to define the skills needed and should be ready to start the hiring process at the beginning of this year. Zebulon is also poised for more growth and expects to see housing and commercial development increase in 2015.

Get ready for an exciting 2015 as area towns welcome a new year and new challenges.

Pet Winter Safety: Know the Signs of Hypothermia and Frostbite

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When cats and dogs are exposed to the cold for too long, their body temperature – which is usually between 101°F and 102.5°F – can drop fatally. Here’s what you need to know as you keep a close eye on your pets in winter.

Signs of hypothermia symptoms in dogs and cats include violent shivering, followed by listlessness, weak pulse, lethargy, muscle stiffness, problems breathing, lack of appetite, rectal temperature below 98°F, coma and cardiac arrest.

Treatment for hypothermia can be simple but should be applied with caution. First, bring your pet into a warm room, then give your pet a solution of four teaspoons of honey or sugar dissolved in warm water to drink. You can also put one or two teaspoons of corn syrup on their gums if your pet is too weak to drink. This provides an immediate energy boost.

Place warm, towel-wrapped water bottles against your pet’s abdomen or at the armpits and chest, then wrap her in a blanket. These blankets may be warmed in a dryer prior to wrapping around you pet. Do not use hair dryers, heating pads, or electric blankets to warm up a hypothermic pet, because this can cause burns or make surface blood vessels dilate, which compromises circulation to vital organs. Call your veterinarian immediately.

The best way to manage hypothermia is to avoid it. Always provide warm, dry shelter for pets when they’re outdoors.

Signs of frostbite in dogs and cats

Frostbite happens when a part of your pet’s body freezes. For cats, that may involve the paws, tail or ears; for dogs, the tail, ears, foot pads or scrotum. Severe winter weather, especially when windy or humid, can lead to frostbite. Watch for pale, gray, or blue skin at first; red, puffy skin later; pain in ears, tail, or paws when touched; skin that stays cold; and shriveled skin.

Treatment for frostbite should begin immediately. Apply warm (not hot) water for at least 20 minutes to the frostbitten area. Do not use hair dryers, heating pads, or electric blankets to warm up a frostbitten pet as this may cause burns. Handle the affected areas very carefully; don’t rub or massage them because it could cause permanent damage. Call your vet immediately.

When the temperature gets frigid, keep your pets’ safety in mind. Just like us, our feline and canine friends need shelter, warmth, food and care. Limit outdoor play time for your four-legged babies just as you would for your two-legged tots.

Wake Forest High Cougars Play for State Championship

Football players

By Lisa Brown


Not very long ago, Wake Forest High School (Wake Forest-Rolesville High back then) did not have much luck on the football field. But, both the 2013 and 2014 seasons ended with a trip to N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-AA state championship, playing Mallard Creek High School both times.

The Cougars have yet to bring the champions’ title home, but their accomplishment is recognized by coaches and the community.

Reggie Lucas, head coach of the team, is proud, not just of the natural talent many of these players have, but also of the attitudes they bring with them every day.

“They really enjoy playing football, and don’t want the season to end,” Lucas says.

But willingness and love of the game aren’t the only requirements for a team to be so successful.

“The players have each other’s backs, and spend time together on and off the field,” Lucas says.

The team is known for its standouts, including some being courted for scholarships at schools all over the country. However, Lucas is most impressed by the players “who show up every day, don’t get to play much, but don’t complain. They’re my favorite players.”

Four Cougars coaches are former WF-RHS students and football players, including Lucas, which helps create more of a community environment. It’s this feeling of family and cohesiveness that Lucas thinks makes them a winning team.

The players have opinions about what has made and continues to make WFHS Cougars so successful, and it’s much the same as Lucas’ impressions.

Senior Dajaun Green, a running back, echoes Lucas’s statement that the players are as much a team on the field as they are off. “Everyone hangs out together, and it makes a difference on the field,” he says. Green is also impressed with the seasoned coaching staff and its ability to play to each player’s strengths and know exactly how to work them and challenge them.

Freshman Devon Lawrence, also a running back, exudes both confidence and talent with what appears to be a good high school football career ahead of him. After his first year with the team he notes there is “good chemistry between players, and we feel like we’ve known each other for a long time.”

The team extends out to the training staff, which is led by Head Athletic Trainer Rick Baker. Baker reiterates the overwhelming respect and closeness of the team and coaching staff.

“I’ve been around a lot of teams, and there is something intangible about this group of players and coaches,” he says. “They truly care about one another, and that’s not something you can teach.”

Baker says the team’s seniors and juniors set good examples for the underclassman and the younger players not only look up to the upperclassmen but follow them in attitude and behavior. “They’re demonstrating real leadership and respect, and we can see it on and off the field,” he says.

Lucas knew the game with Mallard Creek would be challenging. Mallard Creek is one of the top recruiting schools, and many of its players move on to well-known colleges. But Lucas felt his team had a good chance to win this year. “The team is very confident and playing well,” he said prior to the game. “We are going to win this.”

Unfortunately, the 25-14 end result was not as hoped and planned. It was Wake Forest’s first loss of the season.

Regardless of the defeat, this year’s team will continue to be known as winners. Some graduating students will be moving on college teams and scholarships; some will leave football behind. Underclassmen will return in the fall to continue the tradition of being a respectful and close team.

Coaches and players alike are looking forward to a new season with a new chance to win.

Lawrence is excited to continue the legacy, of not just the team’s scoring and winning success, but carrying on the team’s spirit and bond. Things aren’t always easy between team members but regardless, they will continue to take care of one another, increasing their chances of another great season.

“Even when we argue we still pick each other up,” Lawrence says.

Betty Langley: Wake Forest’s Newest Centenarian

By Lisa Brown


For most of us, living to 100 is hard to imagine. Betty Langley of Wake Forest will hit that impressive milestone on January 25, and isn’t showing many signs of slowing down.

Born in 1915 in rural Wake County, Miss Betty was raised on a farm and worked hard for her sharecropper family. Her life was never an easy one. She and her brother and three sisters walked to school and church many times barefoot. It was a five mile walk from their remote farm to their one-room school house and to church. It was a difficult one in the cold and heat of summer.

Her family’ rented house was a small log house structure with flimsy shingles that allowed rain to come through during storms. Buckets and pails caught drops until the rain subsided.

All of the children worked the fields when not in school and back then, Miss Betty remembers, “We had to pick the cotton by hand.” Not an easy task for anyone, especially a child.

They also grew and harvested peas, beans, corn and, of course, tobacco. Their clothes were hand-sewn from fertilizer bags or cornmeal bags, and those worn to church were taken especially good care of. “You respect God, and put on your best to meet him,” she says.

As hard as those moments were for her, there were some darker times in Miss Betty’s life. When she was 13, her mother and stepfather went to Pennsylvania to see his parents after receiving a telegram telling of their recent illness. Not long into the trip, the family received a telegram that stated Miss Betty’s mother had suddenly taken ill and died. It was everyone’s belief that she was killed by the stepfather. It is still Miss Betty’s assertion today that she was murdered, and she speaks sadly of her mother whom she loved so dearly but lost so tragically.

After this, she and her siblings moved to an aunt and uncle’s house, which was not a happy home life they had had with her parents. There were many times they didn’t have enough food and there was always a lot of fussing about them being there.

In another incident, Betty was burned with a hot shovel on her inner thighs by her uncle and brother. Her mother was still alive then and, as Miss Betty puts it, “she tore them up.”

In spite of all of this, Miss Betty found a good man to marry and stayed married for 60 years until he passed away from cancer. They had a daughter born in 1935 who lives with Miss Betty in their apartment. What is most impressive is that she and her husband took in 10 more children because, Miss Betty says, “It hurt me so bad to see them mistreated.”

Their house was not lavish and she and her husband were hard-working sharecroppers, but together they tried to raise the children and give them the best chances. “Some of them turned out OK; some didn’t. But I did my part,” she says. “I enjoyed those children. They never got into trouble and they were never hungry and never ragged.”

Miss Betty has a good sense of humor and recalls many stories with a laugh and a twinkle in her eye. One in particular is about watching some of the kids going off with her husband and upon returning telling Betty everything they had done and everywhere they had gone. But, when they went with her, they didn’t tell her husband anything. He would often remark about this, wondering why they told on him and not her. “I don’t know, why don’t you ask them?” she laughed.

She recalls her husband with affection. “We got along fine, and he never fussed at me or asked me where I was going,” she says.

Miss Betty even took a second job at night, after working long days on the farm. She went into Raleigh and stuffed chickens. “I didn’t have to do it, but I liked to work.”

The later years for Miss Betty have been easier in some ways, but the physical strain of her life has caught up to her. Her shoulders are forever damaged from lugging firewood and chopping tobacco stalks. She has had several hospitalizations and two of them were for up to six months. Her heart has stopped twice, and she has had heart and knee surgery. Just recently she had a pacemaker put in. She’s in need of teeth, hearing aids and even just support hose that cost more than she has and that Medicaid won’t supply.

Miss Betty no longer leaves her house because injuries she suffered in a car accident five years ago have made getting around difficult. Her walls are adorned with pictures of babies, children and many mementos of her life.  A nurse visits daily, as do volunteers from Meals on Wheels, all of whom adore Miss Betty. She gets around her house by herself with some difficulty but manages. She still insists on doing as much as she can.

“Someday, I’m going to really need the help, so for now, I’ll do what I can,” she says.

When asked what the secret and key to her longevity is, for her it’s simple. “The Bible tells you that if you’re obedient, you will get more time. I guess somewhere along the way, I was obedient.”

She remembers her life as being filled with ups and downs and says, “It wasn’t always easy. But I looked up to God.”

Miss Betty is grateful and happy with her life. “I wouldn’t have done it

Biscuits and the world’s problems on menu at local breakfast clubs

Breakfast Club-Hardees

By Lisa Brown



Walk into McDonald’s or Hardee’s in Rolesville on any given day and you will find table after table filled with senior citizens enjoying not just the food, but each other’s company as well. They trade stories, jokes and friendly jabs, and solve all the problems of the world.

Hardee’s in Rolesville has been in business for 20 years and Herb, a Rolesville resident, has been coming since it opened. He’s the one everyone pointed to when it was time to talk. The group’s informal leader was born in Rolesville and was in the graduating class of 1965. Back then, the school was elementary, middle and high school all together. He’s joined by two other classmates, Curtis and Wallace, and many others from neighboring towns. Some are new to the area; some have lived here their entire lives.

Although many of them have known each other for a long time, they openly and gladly welcome new “members” to the club, even Yankees, they joke. Don, a Midwesterner originally, moved from Wake Forest to Rolesville and has made friends by coming to the group. He brings with him his beloved German shepherd, Scooby, who stays in the car, but has been adopted by the group as their mascot.

They like to “cut up” as Patty put it, and have fun with each other. Politics is always a hot topic. They reminisce about the old days, and give each other wanted and unwanted advice. They’ve watched Rolesville change and grow, and are all accepting and eager to see what happens in the future.

Down the road at McDonald’s, the same conversations are being had with a different group of people. They, too, joke about solving the world’s problems and about allowing Yankees to join the club. They are as diverse as the Hardee’s bunch – former truck drivers, plumbers, policemen, firemen. Some still work but start their busy days with a biscuit and informal conversation.

McDonald’s sponsored a Christmas parade float this past December, and Ray, also known as “Radio” or “Porky,” was proud to be on it representing the McDonald’s breakfast club, which has become a second family. Norm is the informal president of the group, though during this breakfast, the title vacillated between vice president and president at least twice. He had the honors, but was stripped of them when the “membership book” was stolen from his car some two years ago.

Even though Norm was not to blame, the rest of the club jokingly demoted him to vice president. Feeling forgiving, they restored him to the presidency, but for how long remains to be seen.

When the McDonald’s was renovated, a special table was made just for the group. They point to it across from where they sit. “It doesn’t work for us because it’s round. If someone has to get up and go to the bathroom we all have to get up,” group members joke. While they all laugh and joke about it, they agree it was a nice gesture.

What’s obvious in both clubs is the respect and fondness they have for one another. When asked if they talk about each other when someone isn’t there, Radio chides, “We talk about each other when they are here.” The Hardee’s group celebrates each other’s birthdays with cake or cookies, but Norm says with a laugh, “You have to bring your own cake.”

The most apparent attribute of both groups is their sense of humor and not taking too much too seriously. They love to have fun, kid with each other, and give each other a hard time. Curtis from the Hardee’s club remarks how much he likes the coupons, while Janie loves the menu at McDonald’s.

Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker once stopped in to McDonald’s, and the group invited him to join them, which he gladly did. They will do the same for anyone and, as one member put it, “This is a great place to socialize.”

Contemporary Christmas Stories for Your Young Readers

By 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.


In “Nickel Bay Nick,” 11-year-old Sam Brattle has had a tough life. He had a heart transplant before he was 4 years old, but his mother left before that. He has no friends his own age, and those who are his friends are older and of questionable reputations. On top of that, his father’s business is on the brink of closing.

The small, failing seaside hamlet of Nickel Bay had long been the home of a secret patron who sprinkled almost 50 $100 bills around the town for people to find. Timing is everything as this money brought joy to families to do what they wish with the cash – feed the family, buy gifts, pay bills. But this year, there are no $100 bills to be found, and Christmas is only days away.

When Sam damages a neighbor’s home, his penance is to help the old man with various tasks as payment for the cost of repairs. On his first day of service, Sam learns the neighbor has a broken leg and that his tasks aren’t in the realm of housekeeping. Time becomes precious, and Sam has no recourse but to listen, obey and assume responsibility. Through this, Sam changes his perception about community, friends and family.


                  “The Angel Tree” tells the story of Pine River and the Christmas tree that is set up without warning overnight each December. Once the tree is erected, the citizens attach pieces of paper expressing their wishes, wants and needs. They’ve learned that those desires will be fulfilled, even if they don’t know how.

Wishing to express thanks for the angel tree, an unlikely foursome of middle school students set out to find the source. Cami is a violinist who struggles with confidence about her talent. Max, the class clown, hides his difficulties with reading. Lucy, who was born blind, wants to help but feels she’s a burden that hinders their progress. And Joe is the new kid who doesn’t easily make friends because he’s more concerned about his mother, who is fighting in the Middle East.

The book is wrapped in a welcoming small-town blanket, and the quartet learns about giving as well as about each others’ lives and challenges as they pursue their common goal. Like a Rockwell painting with imperfections, the story offers mystery, holiday fun and the magic of Christmas accompanied by loveable characters.


“Nickel Bay Nick” is available in hardcover, paperback, e-book and audio download. “The Angel Tree” is available in hardcover and e-book.  


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.

The modern era of black bear management started in the early 1970s with the establishment of the black bear sanctuary system. Bear hunters have played a large role by participating in the Bear Hunter Cooperator Program, where hunters work with Commission biologist to collect data. Premolar teeth are pulled to age the bears and weights are taken when practical, and often sows reproductive systems are studied to gauge breeding success. Bands of biologists dubbed “roving check stations” work with area hunters to collect biological data.

For decades, the main black bear populations have been in the mountains and Down East, with the greatest number (and heaviest bears) living in the east. Bears – often young males – have steadily expanded into the middle of the state in search of new territories. With that came a surge in the number human/bear encounters.

So, over a five-year period, the Commission took new bear management proposals to annual public hearings and 32 public meetings (in addition to separate surveys) to gauge the public’s opinion on bears. Afterward, the Piedmont bear season was born.

Basically, in heavily populated areas, the Commission (and the majority of residents) want to keep the bear population much lower than in its traditional habitat.

North Carolina has about 20,000 bears in the state, and balancing the biological carrying capacity (what hunters want) and the social carrying capacity (what the general public wants) is the goal of the new hunting season.

Depending upon the county, the Piedmont bear season started October 18, November 15 or November 22 and runs until January 1. (Check ncwildlife.org/Hunting/SeasonsLimits for exact dates.)

Another change is bear management is allowing bait to be used for bear hunting. Only unprocessed food can be used, and the bear cannot be harvested while consuming the bait, only while traveling to or returning from a bait pile.

The Commission has also started an urban bear study in and around Asheville to learn how bears really react and live in an urban environment. The goal is to trap 40 bears and put GPS collars on them to track their movements. During the den season (our bears do not hibernate in the traditional sense) biologists will visit dens to check on reproduction and to see just what type of dens bears use in urban areas.

With a rapidly growing human population and a growing bear population, it will take a balancing act, including expanded hunting opportunities, to achieve effective management.

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?”


Dear Patty,

Because it would be a lie! They are not sorry. Whatever they did or said, they did or said on purpose. They wanted to do it. So why lie and say you’re sorry when you’re not. The problem here is not that men won’t say they’re sorry; the problem is that women should really stop expecting and demanding to be lied to. OK, before you torch my house and start sending hate mail – I’M KIDDING! Holy lighten up, Batman!

Actually, I’ve found that men apologize in a different way than most women. To them it’s much more difficult to say the words “I’m sorry,” so they show attrition in deeds. Men buying peace offerings like flowers, jewelry and the entire Olivia Pope Scandal Collection clothing line is a sincere show of remorse. Women need to realize their men are apologizing with special deeds even when no words of apology were spoken.

Dear O,

I would love to know what you think about the Christmas season. Seems like I’ve read that you don’t care much for the holiday.


The North Pole

Dear Rudolph,

My goodness! This paper has a wider circulation than I thought. Rudolph darling, it’s not that I don’t like Christmas. On the contrary, I love the season’s true meaning. It just seems that while we’re knee deep in wrapping paper we forget that the celebration is not really about the birth of Santa Claus.

Neither is it about that very special time of the year when we join with loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions like trying to find a parking space at the mall. And let’s not forget looking at the calendar with pure dread as you realize you would rather be attacked by a pack of wild dogs than face this yearly horror: the unpleasant side of the joyous season that will predictably have you trapped in the bowels of hell praying for an escape route. The most gruesome, agonizing, infamous holiday tradition ever created by mankind. Yes! I’m talking about the annual company Christmas party. The yearly big event your spouse feels obligated to drag you to every single year because they don’t want to be labeled by their colleagues and associates as antisocial.

I don’t know about you but I’ve had stomach cramps I’ve enjoyed better. One false move and you could be water cooler gossip for months to come, and some participants even have to look for a new job the next day.

Other than those particular things, lol, Happy Holidays!

Dear O,

I’m 28 and I’ve been living with my child’s father for nine years. He knows I want to get married. I have made it quite clear to him in many words and conversations. I’m even confused over what to call him when I have to introduce him to people. He knows that my family gives me nothing but grief for living with him so long and not being married, and I can’t even tell you about what my girlfriends are saying. He is well aware of what they all think, but still he has never even mentioned marriage as a possibility. I optimistically think that as long as we are alive, there’s a chance there could be a wedding. I’m even expecting an engagement ring for Christmas. Am I being delusional?

Penny Lover

Dear Penny,


Season’s greetings! May the true holiday spirit be with you all. Want to feel the real meaning of the holiday season? Smile at a stranger who doesn’t look like you. Wave good morning to a neighbor, even if you never have before. Give everyone that crosses your path the perfect gift this season. Give Love.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your wonderful letters. Please keep them coming. Write to me… o.morris@rolesvillebuzz.com

Business Briefs – December 2014

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.

Virgilio’s will also offer spices, gift baskets, clay cookware and wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.

“Eating is a passion in Mediterranean countries,” Dixon says. “It is family-centered, and I hope to bring that philosophy to this area.”

Dixon previously had her business in Kernersville, but moved to Wake Forest because she likes the area.

The business is named after Dixon’s great-grandfather, who arrived in the U.S. in 1909 from Sicily to pursue a better life.

Virgilio’s is open at 113 S. White Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Phone 919-717-3373.

Ollie’s Coffee Shop

Downtown Wake Forest has a new coffee and gift shop open at 213 S. White Street.

Denise Floyd, formerly the owner of Mimosa Home Décor and Gifts, has moved and combined that business with a coffee shop.

Ollie’s serves coffee, espresso, Danishes, wraps, sandwiches and wine by the glass. Unique home décor, baby items, custom ink pens and gifts can be found in the back, and the art of renowned N.C. artist Mel Steele hangs on the walls.

“Everything is under one roof,” Floyd says. She and her husband, Rex, loved the old building, and decided to renovate it and create a unique place for downtown Wake Forest.

The business is named for the first cat Denise and Rex adopted after they were married. Rex likes Oliver Hardy, the 1930s and jazz music, which helped create the theme for Ollie’s.

The wood for the big farm table and the dining tables came from an old cotton mill in South Carolina and was repurposed by Rex.

Ollie’s is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  

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.

Artopia classes are led by classically trained art instructors who are all practicing artists in their own right. This allows children to learn and understand art from a historical perspective while still feeling fun and excitement. All of the instructors work to bring art history and literature into what they do.

Kids in a session about the Mona Lisa learned about the time period it was painted in and why the Mona Lisa was relevant. They then got a chance to create their own version from their own perspective.

Instructor Janelle Piotrowski, who has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Meredith College, wants her students to not just say what art they like, but why.

“Being able to discover then explain what they like boosts confidence and ability,” Piotrowski said.  “Their artistic voice can be heard and they see that it’s not just about being famous.”

The goal is to not just help kids learn art appreciation, but life appreciation as well. While boosting confidence, art appreciation can also spark interest in other areas and provide a new language for a child.

Paul Nguyen, an instructor who holds a BFA from the College of Charleston, reminds his students that art is for everyone and, though it may seem overwhelming, anyone can do it. Nguyen echoes what a former teacher once told him: “Art can be simplified, but not simple.” In other words, every masterpiece starts with one stroke and builds from there.

Artopia is currently hosting after school sessions and Saturday workshops, and can be rented for birthday parties with themes such as Gizmos & Gadgets, Under the Sea, and Alice in Wonderland. Parents may come to Artopia with their own ideas as well.

To learn more about Artopia find them on Facebook or online at www.artopia-raleigh.com.

The sister studio next door, Art Bar, operates on the same concept, but for adults. Complete with a wine and beer vending area and a soon-to-be-completed coffee cafe, it’s the urban and suburban artist’s dream.

Much like Artopia, Art Bar is stocked with high quality art supplies for drawing, painting and sculpting. Artists may use easels or tables to work on, including a long 16-person table that is used for Friday night collaborative art. Art Bar is tailored to skill level and welcomes everyone from professional artist to enthusiast.

Along with the open studio, Art Bar provides art instruction taught by classically trained artists with BFAs.

Art Bar features such events as a Saturday night jazz ensemble, a wine-and-cheese “meet the artist” night, workshops such as in wreath-making, and a monthly exhibit featuring local and out-of-town artists.

“We’ve designed an environment where artists can meet their friends or make new ones, create, and have fun,” said Samantha Velkoff, director of programs at Art Bar.

For more information about Art Bar, visit them on Facebook and online at www.artbarraleigh.com.

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.


Workshop Whirlwind

“The definition of a microgreen is the cotyledon leaves before the true leaves of the vegetable or herb appear,” explained Sweet Peas Urban Gardens partner and founder Tami Purdue. “At that stage, they are dense in nutrients and in flavor, which makes them very healthy to eat.”

On the second Saturday that Sweet Peas sold their microgreens at the Wake Forest Farmers’ Market in July, Farm Table’s Executive Chef Lotah Fields showed up. It was just before the restaurant switched cuisines, and he was scoping out what was available.

“Lotah talked with us, and we sent him home with plenty of samples,” Purdue said. “He decided he wanted them for the restaurant, and now we deliver different mixes to Farm Table three times each week.”

Sweet Peas Urban Gardens is a whirlwind success story that continues to flourish. The Raleigh company was born after Purdue attended an Inter-Faith Food Shuttle workshop in May designed to empower people to grow their own food and make their own soil.

An avid gardener, Purdue fell in love with growing microgreens and brought her tray of seedlings to her friend Yvette Ruffin, also a gardener. Ruffin jumped in, and they experimented to see which seeds grew the best and what they tasted like. After trial and error, they decided to sell the microgreens at farmers’ markets, figuring they could make a business of it.

Through the Produce Box, a home delivery service, they found their third partner, a veterinarian and microgreen grower named Julie Gauthier.

Pooling all of their contacts together, they now sell their microgreens at several farmers markets and to the Raleigh City Farm, the Produce Box, Farm to Fork Meat co-op, and Farm Table, their only direct-sell restaurant, with more outlets on the horizon.


Money That Grows on Trees

Licensed vet technician Beth Gayden has always been passionate about mushrooms and is turning that passion into Shrooms2Grow. Producing primarily shiitake mushrooms on her property, Gayden is in her second year of business and plans to be a full-fledged grower soon.

“It’s the other healthy ‘meat’ because they’re protein, and they’re just so good for you,” she said.

The idea for the business came to her unexpectedly. She had trees to remove but didn’t want to waste them. Marrying necessity with passion, she cut down the trees and recycled them into logs after taking a mushroom growing class through an agricultural extension office.

“Shiitakes have great medicinal benefits like anti-cancer properties,” Gayden said. “Also, you can dry them in the sun, and when you rehydrate them in soups, you’re putting vitamin D back into your diet.”

Rows and rows of meticulously prepared hardwood towers sit beneath trees on her property, and it’s on those logs that the mushrooms are grown. Up to six varieties grow at any given time, each log carefully marked.

“This is like money that grows on trees – dead trees at that!” she said with a grin.

Gayden finds the wood, cuts it into logs, and stacks it herself. She uses any hardwood she can find, but believes her mushrooms have grown best on sweet gum. “That, and it depends on the temperature and the moisture,” she explains. “Normally, it takes about a week to get mature mushrooms.”

Her biggest business break came last summer when she took a chance and approached Fields at Farm Table.

“I had mushrooms and decided to just go up to the restaurant around 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon,” she related. “Lotah bought them right away. He was my very first paying customer, which I appreciate, so I will always supply Farm Table.”


A Chance Meeting Initiates New Business

Leo Stallings is a friendly, unhurried man who for 40 years has farmed 150 acres just outside of Louisburg. While most of his T&K Farms land is given over to field corn and soybeans, he reserves almost a third of it for vegetables.

In summer, he plants seedless watermelons, tomatoes, butter beans, field peas, bell peppers, and sweet corn, all of which found their way onto the plates served at Farm Table.

In mid-August, he planted the cabbage he started cutting mid-October. Another field has cool weather vegetables, such as turnips, kales, mustard greens, rutabagas and collards. And, because he plants in stages, he’ll have more turnips along with carrots and beets as late as the end of the year, depending on the weather.

Stallings has built up a customer base for his vegetables, and he is known for giving them good, fresh produce at a fair and competitive price.

“Most customers have been established for years. I also sell some to a local grocery store and at the farmer’s market in Louisburg three days a week,” Stallings said. “Providing to Farm Table has certainly added to what I sell.”

A chance meeting at the restaurant between owner Laszlo Lukacsi and Stallings’s son brought Lukacsi to the farm and made him a loyal customer. Stallings charges Lukacsi based on the volume Lukacsi himself picks and orders, plus Lukacsi will accept vegetables that other customers won’t buy because of surface imperfections.

“Those imperfections don’t change the flavor. And if he picks small peppers,” he says with a twinkle, “I don’t want to charge him for big peppers.”


Next Month: Breads and Cheeses


Rolesville girl crowned 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Raleigh

Breanna ChavezBreanna Chavez is all smiles after winning the competition.
photo courtesy of AlmA sAntos chAvez

Breanna Chavez of Rolesville has been named 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Raleigh, a divisional title in the 2014 Miss Teen Raleigh pageant produc- tion. She will be moving on to the 2015 National Competition to be held at the Orlando Conven- tion Center in Orlando, Florida.

Miss Jr. Pre-Teen is one of four divisions that allows girls age 7 through 19 to compete in in- terviews and casual and formal wear modeling routines.

Breanna is a 7-year-old third grader at Sanford Creek Elementary School, where she is a mem- ber of the school chorus. She is an active girl who enjoys studying tap and hip hop at Nan’s School of Dance in Wake Forest, and is a high red belt at J Tiger Tae Kwon Do in Rolesville. Breanna finished first in the females 12 and younger group for the 2013 Road to Rolesville 5K Challenge, and fourth in the females 9 and younger age group for the 2014 Buddy Run 5K.

Breanna is the younger sister of Christian and older sister of Emily. She is looking forward to her first year as an altar server at St. Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest.

Breanna was among 172 girls selected from over 900 applicants in early September for the 2014 Miss Teen Raleigh pageant.

After personal interviews and casual and formal wear competitions on October 3 and 4, contestants with the 10 highest overall scores in each division were introduced as this year’s fi- nalists. Each girl was then asked an additional question and judged on their replies, composure while answering, and the general atmosphere created while answering.

Faith and Worship

Throughout the years, many hundreds of songs have blessed the hearts of Christians as voices were blended in worship at churches throughout the world. More recently we have experienced “contemporary” Christian music, and sometimes forget that all songs were once contemporary. Think about it – even Amazing Grace was a contemporary Christian song in the 1830s!


It’s encouraging to know that in our times people are still being inspired by the gospel of Jesus Christ and by the Word of God, and are writing new songs that encourage our hearts. But the rich theology and gospel message of the old hymns should never be altogether relegated to the past. They’re far too important in the history of the church for that to be allowed.


Take, for example, the hymn written by Horatio G. Spafford in 1873 titled “It Is Well With My Soul.” Spafford, a Chicago lawyer, planned a European trip for his family and, due to last minute business developments, remained in Chicago but sent his wife and four daughters on ahead as planned on a ship. He expected to follow in a few days, but on November 22 the ship collided with another vessel at sea and, in 12 minutes, it sank.


On Dec. 1, the survivors landed at Wales where Spafford’s wife cabled her husband, “Saved alone” – their four daughters had drowned at sea. Shortly afterward, Spafford left by ship to meet his wife and on the high seas near the scene of the tragedy he wrote: “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way / When sorrows like sea billows roll; / Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, / It is well, it is well with my soul.”


Or what about John Newton, the captain of a ship who was ashamed of his sins and misdeeds, and who after coming to Christ wrote: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, / That saved a wretch like me. / I once was lost, but now am found, / Was blind, but now I see.”


So treasure these hymns – and the contemporary songs, too! There’s much that can be learned, and much encouragement to be gained from them all.


Charles Wood, Honorary Mayor of Lizard Lick, Keeps Things Light

Charles Wood

There are small towns everywhere with best-kept secrets and older folks with many stories that many of us have forgotten to listen to. Charles “Woody” Wood may be one of the best story keepers and tellers the area has. He is a day’s worth (or two or three) of tales of his interesting life, and shows evidence of a life well lived.

Woody has been the honorary Mayor of Lizard Lick since 1974. He was given the prestigious honor when the I440 beltline was developed and regular traffic dropped off. There was hope that his appointment would bring attention to the area.

His yard, workshop, and office are a good indication of his interests and the many layers that make up an interesting person. Strewn about are a liquor still once owned by his father, who made medicinal moonshine, a 100-year-old wash basin, a cooker that is fashioned to look like an outhouse, a sawed-off school bus that has been transformed into a wrecker (just went on a call yesterday), and many other things that hint at talents and interests.

He hopes to show the still and wash basin as reminders of years passed and serve as a visual reminder of the area’s not-so-distant history. Lizard Lick was named because of how the many stills in the area attracted lizards. Not because lizards were interested in the moonshine, but more because of the flies that would swarm around the stills. The lizards would lick around looking for insects, and the town’s colorful name was born.

Woody was born in Lizard Lick in 1931, when it was just a few houses on a road. Everyone knew everyone. Though the town has grown (and eventually got a stoplight), everyone still knows everyone, and he never has to advertise. He continues to work as a welder and gets calls for his wrecker mostly by word of mouth. He once was an avid mechanic, but can’t do that as much now because, as he puts it, “Once I’m under the car, it’s hard for me to get up.”

Though raised on a tobacco farm like many in North Carolina, he never smoked. He was in the hospital once, only because he chopped off his finger while working. They took the finger and sewed him back up. He got up to go and the doctor told him he would need to stay for observation. “I’ll leave the finger and you can observe it. I’m going home,” he replied.

Woody is also an avid videographer and photographer, and his office serves as his studio, WLIZ. He is still hired to photograph weddings and some funerals. He has made many different videos, ranging from fun topics to more serious. His nephew once had a bad tooth and the school bus wrecker served as a tooth extractor, which he jokingly referred to as the tooth fairy.

Lying on the ground with a little something to drink in him, his nephew was tethered to the wrecker by a string. After two failed attempts, the third with a nylon string proved successful, and the tooth was pulled out. Woody had a good laugh and remembered when a local dentist told him he shouldn’t practice dentistry without a license. All of this was filmed and even sent to America’s Funniest Videos.

He feels strongly about smoking, but insists he never tells anyone they shouldn’t do it. He prefers instead to show them what will happen if they do. He is making a small film about the dangers and the reality of what will eventually happen. He knows only too well as his father was victim to tobacco himself.

It is no surprise that he injects humor even in a difficult subject, and that he invited his daughter to pen a script that uses cigarette names in place of people’s names. He will show the film at his church as part of a mock funeral complete with a casket and “Taps.” His intention is pure and his message is clear: smoking is bad for your health.

Woody has been given many interesting opportunities to meet different people and has had some unusual things happen to him. He was asked to film Michael Jordan at the Mudcats baseball stadium, but says he was not impressed with his lack of sportsmanship and his throwing his helmet down when things did not go his way.

He was the only photographer allowed in when Christopher Reeve, wheelchair bound, was speaking at Wake Med to raise money for spinal cord injuries, and felt very lucky to meet him. Back in the 1980s the producers of the Andy Griffith show contacted him to ask whether town leaders would consider renaming Lizard Lick “Mayberry.”

One of the oddest calls he received was from Nintendo, a game company based in Japan. They had developed a new game and were looking for the perfect launch site. Because the main character, Yoshi, is a lizard- like creature with the ability to extend his tongue over a long distance, Lizard Lick, according to Nintendo, was the perfect site for the launch. It was one of the biggest launches for the company and brought national media attention to the otherwise quiet town.

One Christmas, Woody wanted to start a Christmas parade and called the local Sheriff’s Department to tell them of his intentions. He went to Gaylee Village and rounded up participants and deputies threatened to arrest the first person who was in line at the parade, stating they weren’t allowed out on the highway. But long-time Secretary of State Thad Eure was in attendance and, once the Sheriff’s Department discovered this they came down direct traffic instead of stopping the parade, much to Woody’s amusement.

Spivey’s Corner, which is in Sampson County, holds an annual National Hollerin’ Contest showcasing the almost lost art of hollering across farm fields to communicate. Woody was fortunate one year to come in second place for his “Indian Rain Dance Holler.” This not only won him local fame, but he went to New York City to perform on “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Maury Povich Show.” He also eventually went to Hollywood to showcase his skills on Greg Kinnear’s “Talk Soup.”

Woody is a regular guy with a very eccentric and unusual life. He’s a welder and mechanic by trade, but an artist and free spirit at heart. He can fly planes and helicopters, wrote a humor column for the “Zebulon Record,” has made his own barbecue sauce for years (which he has since passed on to his son and which won 2nd and 3rd place at Rolesville’s Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ Fest), often works 14 to 16 hour days out in his shop, and much more.

However, family is very important to him and he and his wife of “I don’t remember exactly” years, host a family dinner every Monday for any family member who wants to come. With eight children, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren it’s often that 12 to 15 people show up.

“It gives them a chance to air their problems but there’s no fussing and carrying on” he says. He has raised his children to be respectful of others and understand that everyone has different opinions and ideas. He echoes the sentiment his father passed to him, that, “If you can’t say anything good about someone, then whistle and walk away.”

“Play It Forward Wake Forest”

Public Input Sought to Shape Parks & Recreation Plans

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department has announced a new initiative designed to encourage public participation in its long-range planning efforts.

“Play It Forward Wake Forest” is the name given to the town’s approach to developing a comprehensive Master Plan. Coordinated by the PRCR, the Recreation Advisory Board, and GreenPlay, the master plan consultant, the initiative will offer residents a variety of innovative ways to get involved and offer input.

The Master Plan reflects the town’s vision of a vibrant community that responds to the needs and desires of its residents, friends and visitors for fun, healthy, exciting and diverse activities. The purpose of the plan is to look at where we are now, what the anticipated needs are for the future and how we can improve and upgrade our existing facilities and programs to effectively serve residents and visitors in years to come. Upon completion, the master plan will establish a 10-year vision for future parks, greenways, programs and facilities.

Wake Forest is contracting with GreenPlay, LLC, to assist with the master plan process. GreenPlay will inventory and assess the town’s existing facilities and programs to determine how they can be updated, expanded and improved to meet the community’s current and future needs.

Community input is the cornerstone of “Play It Forward Wake Forest.” Throughout the next several months the town will offer several opportunities for area residents to share their thoughts and opinions.


Public Meetings & Workshops


On September 3 the PRCR hosted several focus groups and a public meeting designed to evaluate the town’s parks and recreation services. Focus group participants were asked to weigh in on the extent to which Wake Forest parks and recreation facilities, programs and services meet the needs of the community. Attendees were also asked to offer input concerning the need for additional facilities, amenities, programs and services.

GreenPlay will return on Wednesday, November 19, to host a Youth Focus Group from 5 to 6 p.m. and a public meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to report preliminary findings. Both sessions will be held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.


‘Engage Wake Forest’ & Household Survey


The Town of Wake Forest has created a comprehensive community engagement website to encourage public interaction and solicit feedback. Developed by MindMixer and located at www.engage.wakeforestnc.gov, the new site invites area residents to share their ideas on a variety of topics related to the Master Plan project.

The Town of Wake Forest and RRC Associates will also mail a survey to approximately 3,000 randomly selected households in Wake Forest. The survey will seek critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities, and demographics for the town’s long-range planning efforts. A web-based survey will also be offered. The data obtained from the mailed survey will be statistically summarized and used to inform recommendations within the master plan.

The town’s current Parks & Recreation Master Plan was developed in 2005 and is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/2005-parks-recreation-master-plan.aspx. Citizens contributed ideas to the plan, calling for many improvements that have been achieved to date, including the development of new greenway trails and the introduction of programs designed to promote the town’s sustainability and environmental education.

Work on the new master plan is expected to be completed in mid-2015.

For more information, including a schedule of future focus groups and meetings, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/play-it-forward-wake-forest.aspx, or contact PRCR Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.

Your canine does deserve a good massage

In simple terms, massage is the rubbing and kneading of muscles and soft tissues to relieve tension and pain. It is a well-known treatment for people, and it’s no surprise to learn that your dog benefits from it too.

There are several techniques you can use to massage your dog.

  • Effleurage is a long light gliding stroke along the length of a muscle. It encourages blood flow in the area, and helps your dog to relax. It also gives you the opportunity to feel for any areas of muscle tightness that will need more attention.
  • Petrissage is the firm kneading and rolling that is more typical of a relaxing massage. It has the same effect on your dog’s muscles as it does on yours – improved blood flow and reduced muscle stiffness.
  • Tapotement is a percussive method of massage that is less commonly used in dogs. For it, use the sides of your hands or even your cupped hands to tap lightly on your dog’s body.

What Does Massage Do?


Research has shown that like us, dogs respond to touch in a positive way. Stroking and massaging your dog will reduce stress, decrease pain and increase flexibility. It increases dopamine and serotonin levels in his brain, which makes him feel relaxed and help him sleep. Massage benefits all dogs, but it is particularly good for elderly animals with arthritis and those recovering from an injury.


When NOT to Massage


There are some circumstances in which you should definitely not massage your dog. If there is a fracture in a bone or even an area of active inflammation, massage will be painful and make his condition worse. Dogs with bleeding problems should also not be massaged because firm pressure on muscles can cause further hemorrhage.


Caring for Elderly Dogs


Massage is a useful way of improving your senior canine’s well-being. It will make him physically more comfortable and mentally more relaxed. However, it’s not the only thing you can do to care for him.


Other ways you can improve your dog’s quality of life are:

  • Provide a soft warm bed that keeps him off the hard floor. Make sure it is low enough for him to easily get in and out.
  • Keep his weight in check. His joints are more likely to be sore if they have to carry around extra pounds.
  • Give him a good supplement on a regular basis, such as one that contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and chondroitin to improve joint health and mobility. A carefully selected blend of herbs can reduce pain and inflammation, so he’ll feel better very quickly.

Apart from the obvious physical and emotional benefits of massage, you also have a chance to thoroughly inspect your pet for any new lumps and bumps or pesky fleas and ticks that may have decided to move in.


And of course, don’t discount the positive effects on your relationship. What dog wouldn’t love some quality time with his much-loved owner, while he is stroked firmly and his tired body rejuvenated with a massage? That is the absolute best part about spending an hour or so giving your dog a loving massage.


So take a moment and show your canine companion just how much you love him.

Police Department Turkey Drive is Underway

The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting donations through Saturday, November 22, as part of its eighth annual Turkey Drive.

Anyone wishing to contribute should contact Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270.

Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to buy turkeys. Checks should be written to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Frozen turkeys may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor Street, from 9 a.m. until noon on November 22.

The police department will distribute the turkeys while they last from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, November 24, at the Wake Forest Community House, which is at 133 W. Owen Avenue.

Sattler organized the police department’s first Turkey Drive in 2007. Since then, the department has distributed more than 3,000 turkeys to needy families in our area, including over 700 turkeys last year.

Neri Wins 2nd Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant Donations for Cure AHC Nearly Doubled

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Financial guru Ansell Neri (“Iwanna Mann”) donned a ceremonial belt and a sparkly tiara on September 13 as he was crowned winner of the second annual Womanless Beauty Pageant at Rolesville’s 5th annual Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands Fest. Last year, Neri was awarded the “First Loser” title.

The fun-filled pageant doubles as a fashion-forward fundraiser for CureAHC.org.

Coiffed in long ginger tresses and dressed in a stylish, black long-sleeved top, a flouncy white-with-red-trim skirt, and flip-flop sandals, Neri stole the hearts of not only the audience but also the judges.

His pageant question may have been tricky question for others, but not for him. When asked, “Tell us something that will make us remember you,” Neri shot back that he’s “a natural woman” because he doesn’t wear makeup, his boobs are his own, and he doesn’t shave his legs.

For the talent portion of the pageant, Neri performed a contemporary dance to Let It Go from the film “Frozen” that segued into “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea.

The managing director and partner of June-Neri Financial of Wake Forest beat three other contestants: Michael Davis, Bill Segreve and Jeff Wuchich.

Wuchich and his wife Renee are co-founders of CureAHC.org.

AHC, or Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, is a complex disease that is best described in terms of more familiar diseases. It creates movement problems like Cerebral Palsy, learning challenges like autism, behavioral issues like ADHD, true Epilepsy in at least half of known cases, and bouts of temporary paralysis that last for minutes to days at a time.

According to CureAHC.org, the disease is currently incurable and essentially untreatable.

When asked how the pageant/fundraiser came about, Wuchich said, “The chamber wanted to do a fundraiser for Cure AHC last year and suggested this. We went for it!”

Between online donations in support of the contestants and a donation jar passed around at the event, a respectable $3,000 was raised for the cause, which is nearly double last year’s amount.

Wuchich, whose stage name was “Jasmine,” performed Katy Perry’s “Roar” with a dual-purpose costume that, as he put it “malfunctioned left and right.”

Segreve performed an a capella rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” and Davis performed a song by Jewel. Even emcee Glen Peterson dressed in a feminine frock for the occasion.

Despite the overcast and rainy day, Jeff Wuchich estimates that most of the people who attended the barbecue festival also watched the beauty pageant. He put the crowd at “a couple hundred people.”

“Last year,” Wuchich said, “it was held the night before, when the cooks were getting set up. This year it was moved to the day of the barbeque as one of the main-stage events.”

Wuchich said he never had a chance to thank the judges for participating in the pageant. The team of judges represented some of the town’s finest: Officer Jeremy Greene and Captain Bobby Langston of the Rolesville Police Department, plus Chief Rodney Privette of the Rolesville Fire Department. None of the judges wore dresses.

Neri, who will have bragging rights to his triumphant win until next September’s pageant, knows that his people had his back.

“I would like to thank my team at June-Neri Financial for their support,” Neri said, “and my wife, Aimee Neri from Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts, for choreographing my performance.”

For more information about Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, go to CureAHC.org or to their Facebook page, Cure AHC.

Fall FunFest Organizers Look Forward to Bigger Year

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Just because summer has turned to autumn, there’s no reason to think that outdoor fun has run its course for the year. It’s time to turn our thoughts to Rolesville Parks and Recreation’s annual Fall Funfest as a prelude to the holiday season.

Fall Funfest 2014 will offer a variety of arts and crafts vendors and informational booths at the Rolesville Community Center (514 Southtown Circle) on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Recreation Program Coordinator Ryan Vinson, items sold by arts and crafts vendors will include clothing and accessories, decorative items, and jewelry. Informational booths will include a pet rescue organization and a tae kwon do school.

J.G. Ferguson, director of Parks and Recreation, is hoping for a larger festival experience this year.

“Last year, we had close to 40 vendors,” Ferguson said, “so we want to get at least that many – or more – this year, so there will be a larger variety of things to entice folks to come out and enjoy the day.”

When asked what he thought the most popular aspect of the Funfest was, Ferguson said, “Well, based on the last couple of years, the hot dog line seems to be pretty good! I think everyone just enjoys getting out and seeing the different vendors and crafts and things that they have.”

As for those popular hot dogs, Rolesville Police Captain Bobby Langston is the man in charge, but he’s also pleased to share that the Rolesville Police Department has plans to increase their participation in Funfest.

“The Police Department will once again cook and serve free hotdogs at this event,” Langston said. “We’ll also add a new event at this year’s Fall Funfest: an obstacle course set up for anyone that is 15 years of age and older to drive a golf cart with Fatal Vision Goggles.”

According to the company’s website, “Fatal Vision Goggles use special lens technology that allows the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of (alcohol) impairment.”

The Wake County Board of Alcoholic Control paid for the goggles, Langston said. “We look forward to continuing to serve the community at this event and also educating them on the importance of not drinking and driving,” he said.

The vendor registration deadline is October 17. For vendor details and the application for a booth, contact Ferguson at jg.ferguson@rolesville.nc.gov or see http://rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/festivals-special-events/

“We want to hold a Funfest that the public enjoys by having the kinds of vendors they want,” Ferguson said. “It’s a good community day when neighbors can come on out and interact with one another.”

Business Briefs - September 2014

Farmers Market Celebrates Fall Oct. 17-18

Farmers Market logo

The air is getting crisp and the leaves are falling – autumn is in full swing. To celebrate the season, the Rolesville Farmers Market is hosting a Mid-Autumn Market on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

The market will offer seasonal produce, including sweet potatoes, cabbage and apples, as well as other plants and food, crafts and homemade baked goods.

The market will be held at 105 W. Young Street from 10 am to 4 pm on both days.

Vendor space is still available – contact Leslie Rudd at 919-522-9646 or leslie.rudd@rolesville.nc.gov for more information.

Buzz Team Walks for Hope

The Rolesville Buzz will have a team walking to raise money for The Foundation for Hope’s 26th annual walk through Umstead State Park in Raleigh.

All of the money raised is donated to the UNC Neuorsciences Center for treatment and research of mental illness.

To join or sponsor the Rolesville Buzz team go to: https://walkforhope.myetap.org/fundraiser/walkforhope14/team.do?participationRef=3345.0.554842148,

or email lisa.brown@rolesvillebuzz.com

 Beauty Technician Opens Salon

Julie Collier

Julie Collier has opened a new nail salon to join others at The Main Squeeze in Wake Forest.

Collier is a licensed nail technician and esthetician (beautician).

Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Collier moved to North Carolina in 2005 and splits her time between The Main Squeeze on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays and Sheer Bliss in Durham on Mondays and Tuesdays.

She performs manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and hair removal, eyelash and brow tinting, and eyelash extensions. She is also a certified Shellac professional, which means she is trained in all areas of correct protocol to apply and remove Shellac brand polishes.

She also offers Vinylux, which can last seven days or more without chipping and will become stronger with exposure to light. She is in the process of becoming a certified Minskys Eyelash Extensionist, which is a system in which the lash can be lengthened without interfering with growth.

Julie is especially grateful to her customers and co-workers both in Wake Forest and in Durham whom have helped her get to this wonderful place she is in her life and for the services she is able to provide to customers.

The Main Squeeze: 2010 South Main Street, #400, Wake Forest.


‘Reindeer Day’ at RHS Initiates Scholarship Fund, Aids Backpack Buddies

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Rolesville High School’s PTSA anticipates great success when they sponsor their first Reindeer Day holiday fair. Scheduled to be held at the school on Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., it promises to be a memorable community event in time to kick off the holiday season.

“Being a brand new school, Reindeer Day is an incredible way for the whole school to come together,” said PTSA President Sheri Williams. “The PTSA is putting it on, the Boosters will be there with concessions, and the Student Government and other student-led clubs will have booths. Then the community gets to come in, see the school, and be a part of it all.”

A committee of 10 is working to set up the event, and there were close to 50 vendors that had already signed up as of this writing. Williams came up with the idea of Reindeer Day based on other high schools such as Wakefield, which presets Mistletoe Market, and Sanderson, which puts on Holly Days.

Vendors that have signed up will be selling a wide range of gift ideas, including hair accessories, monogrammed items, baked goods, memory books, hosiery, homemade signs, and personalized protection. Shoppers will also find holiday wreaths for their front doors, ornaments of all kinds, and mesh angels to make their season bright.

Alongside the vendors will be businesses with informational booths, including Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Scentsy, SteamPro NC, and others.

The PTSA hopes to have at least 75 booths in place. The deadline for vendors to apply for a booth is October 15.

The purpose behind the event is to initiate a scholarship fund for RHS students in need. The scholarships will be awarded starting with the Class of 2016, and the goal is to have them in place so that each year’s Reindeer Day will help to fund the following year’s graduating students.

“We’re very excited about this,” Williams said. “We want to help the B and C students who come to school, work very hard to apply themselves, and would like to go to college but who struggle at home. With just a different set of circumstances, this scholarship might help them to say, ‘Hey, maybe I CAN go to college.’ It might not be much, but it might be something to get them started.”

Other than the money used to help launch the first event, money raised by the vendor booth fee and the $2 admission fee will go toward the scholarship fund.

Reindeer Day will also assist the newly instituted Backpack Buddies program at the school, which is the first and only program of its kind for teens in Wake County. Those attending may also bring one non-perishable food item to donate to Backpack Buddies to gain admission to the fair.

“We want this to be an event where we can give back to the community,” Williams said. “The admission in part helps Backpack Buddies, the booth fees help the scholarship fund, and the whole event brings the school together with the community.”

For further information about the Rolesville High School PTSA, Reindeer Day, and the vendor application, go to rolesvillehsptsa.com.

Fall FunFest Organizers Look Forward to Bigger Year

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Just because summer has turned to autumn, there’s no reason to think that outdoor fun has run its course for the year. It’s time to turn our thoughts to Rolesville Parks and Recreation’s annual Fall Funfest as a prelude to the holiday season.

Fall Funfest 2014 will offer a variety of arts and crafts vendors and informational booths at the Rolesville Community Center (514 Southtown Circle) on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Recreation Program Coordinator Ryan Vinson, items sold by arts and crafts vendors will include clothing and accessories, decorative items, and jewelry. Informational booths will include a pet rescue organization and a tae kwon do school.

J.G. Ferguson, director of Parks and Recreation, is hoping for a larger festival experience this year.

“Last year, we had close to 40 vendors,” Ferguson said, “so we want to get at least that many – or more – this year, so there will be a larger variety of things to entice folks to come out and enjoy the day.”

When asked what he thought the most popular aspect of the Funfest was, Ferguson said, “Well, based on the last couple of years, the hot dog line seems to be pretty good! I think everyone just enjoys getting out and seeing the different vendors and crafts and things that they have.”

As for those popular hot dogs, Rolesville Police Captain Bobby Langston is the man in charge, but he’s also pleased to share that the Rolesville Police Department has plans to increase their participation in Funfest.

“The Police Department will once again cook and serve free hotdogs at this event,” Langston said. “We’ll also add a new event at this year’s Fall Funfest: an obstacle course set up for anyone that is 15 years of age and older to drive a golf cart with Fatal Vision Goggles.”

According to the company’s website, “Fatal Vision Goggles use special lens technology that allows the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of (alcohol) impairment.”

The Wake County Board of Alcoholic Control paid for the goggles, Langston said. “We look forward to continuing to serve the community at this event and also educating them on the importance of not drinking and driving,” he said.

The vendor registration deadline is October 17. For vendor details and the application for a booth, contact Ferguson at jg.ferguson@rolesville.nc.gov or see http://rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/festivals-special-events/

“We want to hold a Funfest that the public enjoys by having the kinds of vendors they want,” Ferguson said. “It’s a good community day when neighbors can come on out and interact with one another.”

Area High Schools Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

One in eight women will develop cancer during her lifetime. Almost 232,670 new breast cancer cases are expected in 2014. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American women.

Those are scary statistics found on the American Cancer Society’s website. They are also the reasons why everyone should “Pink Out.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, to raise awareness and show support, two local high schools are thinking pink.

When Heritage High School plans a major event, the organizing goes across the board, according to Parent-Teacher-Student Association President Kassandra Watson. You can bet the PTSA, Student Government Association and the various boosters and clubs have a flurry of activities lined up for Pink Out Week, October 13-17.

Sophomore Class President J.D. Burrows and Hooligans (Spirit Club) President Bobby Austin united their organizations to collaborate on the T-shirt design for this year’s Pink Out.

“It was Bobby’s idea to act as a team on the design of the shirt,” Burrows said. “The shirts will be pink with printing on them about our homecoming game and breast cancer awareness.”

To show additional support, the Huskies athletes will wear pink socks, arm bands and shoelaces at all home games during Pink Out Week. The stands will be a vista of pink T-shirts at the homecoming game on October 17 against Wake Forest High.

Watson said that to kick off the Powder Puff football game between junior and senior girls on Thursday, October 16, there will be a PTSA-sponsored $5 spaghetti dinner.

The next day is homecoming, and the “Pretty in Pink” tailgating begins at 5 p.m. in the Husky Stadium parking lot. The PTSA will have Pretty in Pink jugs to fill with donations.

The tailgate party lineup is impressive. According to Austin, the Chick-Fil-A cow will be there, and attendees can participate in a cornhole tournament. To intensify Husky team spirit, the JV and varsity cheerleaders will perform. A DJ is slated to provide music between performances by The Fun Trucking Wombats, the HHS marching band, and Heritage Records, a student rap group that has opened for Scotty McCreery. And, like last year, food vendors from around town will sell food. The vendors will donate a percentage of their profit to the school for the Pretty in Pink Foundation.

At halftime, the school’s two alumni classes (2013 and 2014) will be welcomed home.

Austin and his Hooligans are psyched about this year’s events. “This is the first year that we’ll donate money to an organization,” he said. “All of the profits from the sale of the shirts will go to the Pretty in Pink Foundation.”

SGA advisor James Burrows summarized the efforts of all involved by saying, “With everyone coming together for this, we can do a lot of good.”

For more information about the Heritage High School PTSA, email heritageptsa@yahoo.com or go to http://heritagehighschoolptsa.weebly.com/index.html. For Hooligan updates, follow their Twitter feed: @HH_Hooligans.


Pink October at Rolesville High

Rolesville High School won’t have a homecoming game, since the school hasn’t graduated its first class yet. Nevertheless, RHS cheerleaders under the direction of Cheerleading Coach Beth Duckett will be wearing pink bows and waving pink pom-poms at every RHS game in October to help raise breast cancer awareness. Between games, they will sell “Real Rams Wear Pink” T-shirts to students and staff to help raise money for cancer research.

Last year, money raised was donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation. This year’s fundraising recipient had yet to be determined as of this writing.

The SGA will stage its own Pink Out at the Rams’ home football game against Harnett Central on October 24. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the high school stadium.

“We invite all students and visitors to wear pink to the game in honor of breast cancer awareness,” said Erica Walpole, SGA Advisor.


Your beautiful sharing garden, planters, basket ideas.

Here we are; the month of August is upon us! Not much going on in the world of gardening as far as things to do other than weeding maintenance, light pruning and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

I thought this would be a good time to share the photos that we’ve received. Some are sharing gardens either at businesses or in neighborhoods, and there are pics of planters made by gardeners who followed the tips in my article in May.


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Basil, chives, peppers, blackbeans, cilantro, squash, zuchinni, green beans and more grow outside of Rolesville Nutrition.

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5-gallon buckets of vegetables are part of the neighborhood sharing garden at the home of the author.

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Calibrachoa hangs in baskets outside.

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Assorted coleus.

Franklin County Arts Council Announces Upcoming Events

The Franklin County Arts Council has a series of scheduled events beginning this month and continuing throughout the remainder of the year.

FCAC Art Stroll – Thursday August 7.  Downtown Franklinton. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FCAC photographers’ photo show at FCAC Gallery 22 S. Main Street. Free refreshments and door prizes. Free music by Greg and Sean on the patio at Johnny’s on Main. Also on the patio, Tar River Quilt River Team and FCAC Student Arts Council will answer questions about their programs and events. Other downtown businesses will be offering specials for the evening. Spend a summer evening with the arts.

FCAC Photographers Guild Annual Photo Show – August 7 through 29. Entry fee is $15/members, $25/non-members, and includes entrance of up to 3 photographs.

Cash and ribbons will be awarded in each of two categories: color, and black and white, plus a people’s choice award to be given at the end of the show.

Saturday, August 2: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., drop off entries at 22 Main Street, Franklinton

Thursday, August 7: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., opening reception and awards announced during FCAC Art Stroll.

August 8 – 29: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, gallery open

Saturday, August 30:10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., close of show, pick up entries.


Photography Four Workshop Series starts August 14, 7-9 p.m. (rest of series dates are Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13) at Youngsville Library. For beginners, age 13 and up. Joe Barta IV, photographer and cinematographer for over 30 years, will teach the workshops. Classes will be open discussion and instruction, plus critique of participants’ photos. $80 for all four sessions; $60 for FCAC members. Contact fcacarts@gmail.com or call 919-497-6910 to register.


Writers Retreat – Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild will host a Writers Day Retreat on Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rolling View Community Building at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Registration fees are $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Doughnuts and beverages will be provided on arrival. Bring your own bag lunch. Refrigerator on site. Beverages provided.

Phillip Shabazz, poet and teacher, will open the program with comments and a reading from his newest book. Writers will then disperse to write while enjoying the beautiful natural setting of the park. Published participants are invited to bring their books to sell during the day. More writing time and an open mic reading are planned for the afternoon.
Email FCACarts@gmail.com for a registration form or print out one from calendar of events page at FCACarts.org. Deadline to register with form and fee is October 15. Mail form and check to FCAC, P.O. Box 758, Louisburg, NC 27549.


A Call to Writers and Artists: The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild is issuing a call to writers of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction for submissions to be considered in the 2015 issue of “County Lines: A Literary Journal.” They are also calling for black-and-white art and photography for the book interior and color art for the cover. A cash prize of $25 will be awarded to the artist whose work is chosen for the book cover.

The current issue of “County Lines: A Literary Journal” is available for purchase at the FCAC headquarters in Leslie Martin Pottery Studio in downtown Franklinton and online from Amazon.com. To obtain a copy of the writers and artists guidelines, email your request to: CountyLinesLiteraryJournal@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2014.

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.

Completed forms may be mailed to Town of Wake Forest, c/o Virginia Jones, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Email nominations will be accepted at hrc@wakeforestnc.gov. Forms may also be submitted via fax to 919-435-9497. All nominations must be received by Sunday, August 31.

Nominations forms must include the names of the nominator and the nominee, along with a narrative of 400 words or less describing why the nominee deserves the Good Neighbor of the Year Award.

Mayor Vivian Jones will present a commemorative plaque to one youth and one adult winner during this year’s Good Neighbor Day on Sunday, September 21. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Holding Park, which is at 133 W. Owen Avenue.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/goodneighborday.aspx or contact Human Resources Director Virginia Jones at 919-435-9491 or vjones@wakeforestnc.gov.

19th Annual Tour of Artists Bigger, Better, More Fun

Significant increase in participating studios, galleries, artists

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Streaming Along (ink) by Beth Massey.

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

What better way to spend a late summer weekend than to celebrate the talents of local artists during the 19th Annual Tour of Artists on September 6 and 7. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Guild of Artists, the Tour has seen a revitalization and upward growth, making it a must-attend event.

This year will be no exception as the two-day event boasts a 158 percent increase in the number of participating artists and a 60 percent increase in the number of sites. Last year, the tour went back to its roots and embraced remote studios, and this year there will be nine remote studios, an impressive 200 percent increase.

“We are really excited about the number of artists participating this year,” Wake Forest Guild of Artists President Beth Massey said. “There is just so much incredible talent. We will have something of interest for everyone.”

The annual event continues to draw art lovers from all around the Triangle and beyond, making Wake Forest a hot destination that weekend. A map of galleries and studios will be available online at wakeforestguild.com, and a handy, easy-to-use brochure will also be available at all participating locations.

The brochure will contain tour details, including the map plus a list of downtown dining establishments that will be open during the tour. Some restaurants will extend a 10 percent discount to customers showing the tour brochure.

The first studio tour was held in the mid-1990s, when a group of artists in Wake Forest wanted to give back to the community. Maureen Seltzer, a long-time Wake Forest artist and the mastermind behind the new Artists’ Loft in downtown Wake Forest, had been on the board of the cultural arts organization (now Wake Forest Arts!) and later on the board of the artists’ association (now Wake Forest Guild of Artists) when it became its own entity.

“The studio tour was originally promoted as an educational event,” she explained. “The artists would open their home studios so people could see artists in their working environments. Artists want to educate the public about what they do, and this has been an excellent opportunity to achieve that goal.”

That was back when studios and galleries were few in old downtown Wake Forest, though artists were plentiful in the area. Eventually, more galleries moved downtown, and many artists preferred to piggy-back with other artists there rather than open up their homes and studios.

Over the years, the tour has had its ups and downs, decline and expansion and, when the artists’ guild spun off into its own organization, the Wake Forest Guild of Artists acquired not only the tour but also a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. In the succeeding years, they have streamlined the event by holding it on one weekend rather than on two consecutive weekends, tightening up the tour’s organization, and putting a fresh, new face on it. The result has been good for artists, visitors, and downtown merchants alike.

The tour, which has become a showcase and marketing opportunity for artists, continues to be an educational event. Artists will demonstrate various media and techniques throughout the two-day event, and it was no secret that the demos during last year’s tour were a highlight for young and old.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to experience art being created and, in at least one case, engage in a hands-on opportunity. The schedule of demonstrations (specific times, places, media and artists) will be available during the tour at all participating locations.

As a way of saying thank you to those attending the tour, the Guild will hold a drawing for a basket of “art related goodies,” such as note cards, prints, special offers, art materials, etc. Entry slips for the drawing will be placed in all participating locations, and the basket will be displayed at Storyteller’s Bookstore at 158 South White Street.

The event is free to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Galleries and studios in locations in and around town will be open both days.

“What a great way to spend a weekend!” Massey said. “Wandering Historic Wake Forest, interacting with the artists, seeing them at work and, in some cases, getting to try art for yourself … Come on out and enjoy the Tour of Artists!”


Camp CARE Reaches Out to Area Kids

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Members of the Rolesville Police Department with kids participating in the first Camp CARE summer program.

The Rolesville Police Department held its first ever summer camp program this year from July 28 through August 1 for children ages 9-12 yrs. old. Camp CARE (Commitment, Accountability, Respect, Excellence) focuses on helping kids understand the need to make good choices and the consequences of their choices.

Officer Bobby Langston of the Rolesville Police Department understands the need to reach children of this age and offer a positive environment in which to teach them team work and getting along with others. Instruction also emphasizes bullying prevention, Internet safety, and drug and alcohol education.

Officers, both on their own time and on duty, come to supply the Internet and bullying education, while the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh handles the drug and alcohol education.

Sports are also an important part of the camp, and the kids get to try many they may not have participated in previously, such as badminton, dodge ball, whiffle ball, flag football, cheerleading, kickball, basketball and volleyball.

In addition to the educational and sports-related activities, campers are also introduced to exciting experiences like a visit from the Wake Med hospital helicopter and the Rolesville Fire Department.

Officers all wear brightly colored T-shirts, not their uniforms, to ensure a causal, non-intimidating environment. There are also several junior counselors who help the officers while getting the benefits of the program.

Campers come from all socioeconomic backgrounds and it’s racially diverse as well as a good mix of boys and girls.

The camp was funded by a grant from Wake County ABC and the goal next year is to have the town of Rolesville provide money to ensure it continues.

This year, its first season, there were 51 kids enrolled, which is the number Langston would like to keep it at. In the future, he would like to have two one-week camps but keep the number of campers at 50.

This year there was enough need that a few kids were on the waiting list in case of cancellations or no-shows. Langston is hopeful next year everyone who wants to participate will have a chance.

Langston received support from the communities of Rolesville and Wake Forest by means of donated lunches for the campers and counselors. Chick-fil-A of Wake Forest, Little Caesers Pizza of Wake Forest, and McDonalds of Rolesville all donated. Christ the Word Church of Wake Forest provided breakfast for counselors and junior counselors.

Langston is excited about Camp CARE and its future in Rolesville. Knowing the odds can be against all kids, he’s hopeful that the impact will be far-reaching but he’s realistic. “If it helps one child, then it’s a success,” he said.

Housing, Bypass Fuel Rolesville’s Growth

Triple-Digit Growth, Building Permits Up

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“For the last five or six years, Rolesville has been one of the top two or three fastest growing towns in North Carolina,” Town Manager Bryan Hicks said.

Caveat: That means percentage-wise rather than in total number of people. The number of people moving into Rolesville in a year may be the same as the number of people moving into Raleigh in a day, but when looking at growth on a percentage basis, Hicks said, “Rolesville is growing by leaps and bounds.”

In the first decade of this century, Rolesville experienced an increase in growth that topped 300 percent. The majority of that growth has been residential, which in turn fosters commercial growth. The Town of Rolesville issued 321 building permits in the last fiscal year, which is huge when compared to the pre-recession high of 227.

“Most of the recent growth can be attributed to Heritage East, Drayton Reserve, and the new apartments,” Hicks explained, “so there’s a lot of interest in Rolesville.”

An additional indicator is the recognition of the need for a senior complex. Right now, a senior housing project – which may be a 40- to 60-unit building – is in the preliminary talk stage. Nothing has been submitted or shown to the town’s Planning Board other than interest by one group of developers. A possible location for such a complex could be near the newly completed apartments behind the post office. When and if the project appears on the Planning Board’s agenda, it will take its first steps toward realization.

Even more growth is expected to occur along the U.S. 401 Bypass when completed. The need for the Bypass was first brought to the attention of the N.C. Department of Transportation in 1985 when traffic issues began to surface in town. In 2004, NCDOT approved a route, and that route should be ready for use in September.

The September opening date does not mean full completion of the project; however, people will be able to drive on it while the construction crews finish off-pavement projects. Full completion of the Bypass should be, according to Hicks, at the end of 2015 or early 2016. After a “warranty” period, NCDOT will return with a punch list to put the final touches on it.

“The Bypass is going to open up a whole commercial area for Rolesville,” Hicks said. “We envision commercial growth all along this Bypass, which will be the commercial-economic engine for town. Rolesville will end up developing on both sides of the Bypass.”

To accommodate this continuous growth, Rolesville has applied for and received grants to help defray costs of projects around town. In 2013, the Planning Department secured a bicycle plan grant. According to the Town’s website, this grant will “help Rolesville improve its cycling environment in terms of safety and the encouragement of more cycling.”

Another grant allows the town to install a sidewalk on the northbound travel side of East Young Street between New Bethel Baptist and Rolesville Baptist churches. This will include the installation of the sidewalk, curbs, gutters and crosswalks that will connect residents along that route to the downtown area. It is hoped that the project will begin as early as this fall or as late as next spring.

“I applaud our employees for working to get those grants for the town and reduce the cost of improvements for the taxpayers,” Hicks said. “Grants are getting harder to get. It’s a real challenge.

“Our goal is to meet the needs of the community, and do it efficiently and effectively,” Hicks continued. “I’m very careful with how we spend taxpayers’ money, and I want to make sure that what they see is that we pinched every penny and did the best we could.”

For details and updates on the U.S. 401 Bypass, go to http://rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/planning/401-bypass/.

Rolesville High Freshmen Prepare With ‘Ram Camp’ Orientation

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“Rambassadors” welcomed the incoming freshmen during orientation.

By Isabella F. Vigilante

The huge banner over the front entrance to Rolesville High School read “WELCOME CLASS OF 2018” to greet rising freshmen passing through its doors for the very first time.

Students in red Rolesville High T-shirts held up signs reading “Welcome to Ram Camp!” and lined up in formation to cheer on the incoming freshman class. The red-clad “Rambassadors” acted as liaisons for the incoming freshmen over the course of the two-day orientation period, July 30 and 31.

Jennifer Abrew, a rising junior and Rambassador, explained how she obtained one of the coveted volunteer positions.

“They mentioned it last year on the morning announcements, and I thought it seemed like an interesting opportunity. I love volunteering,” said Abrew, who said her favorite aspect of the job is helping others.

The welcoming spirit of Rolesville High School made itself known throughout the orientation, with faculty and staff giving accommodating pep talks during the parent information sessions.

Assistant principal and 12th grade counselor Jeff Dolan spoke, urging parents to call or email him with any questions they may have about the upcoming school year.

The purpose of Ram Camp is to afford incoming freshmen the opportunity to receive their class schedules and tour the campus. They could also meet their future teachers and administrators, as well as other incoming freshmen who will be their classmates and friends for the next four years.

At lunch time on both days, hot dogs were grilled on-site and provided to the incoming freshmen, along with chips and drinks, in the cafeteria. They sat together at tables, eating, comparing schedules and getting acquainted. The lunch was courtesy of Dirty Dogs of Wake Forest, the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Rolesville State Farm agent Jeremy Dimmitt, Sandy Young of June Neri Financial and the Rolesville Buzz.

Young stated, “one minute we were preparing for lunch and then all of a sudden we were rushed by students. ‘Where did they all come from?’”

An air of excitement permeated the atmosphere, and the future Rolesville High School students discussed what they were most looking forward to about the upcoming school year, including some big changes on the horizon.

“I’m excited for the rules changing,” Savannah Strawbridge said. “In middle school we got bossed around for everything! Having more freedom will be nice.”

“I’m just looking forward to meeting more people,” Sarah Muti said.

Rolesville High is on the traditional Wake County school calendar. The rising freshman class will celebrate its first day as Rolesville Rams on Monday, August 25.

‘Dishcrawl’ Food Tour Sampling Raleigh Restaurants

Buzz writer Isabella Vigilante organizes local ‘Dishcrawl’ food tours.
photo by lisa brown

What better way for a foodie to discover the best of different restaurants than to go on a walking food tour? “Dishcrawl” offers interested (and hungry) customers a chance to sample the best of three restaurants and to discover parts of Raleigh they may not usually venture to. It’s also a wonderful social event, giving complete strangers a chance to meet.

Rolesville Buzz writer Isabelle Vigilante launched the first Dishcrawl Raleigh on June 18. The three restaurants that participated were all located in the Five Points neighborhood known for its antique stores and the Rialto Theatre.

The first stop was NOFO, where everyone was treated to delicious Southern cooking in a fun and eclectic atmosphere. Once a Piggly Wiggly, NOFO now offers customers delicious fare but also sells wonderful local food and gift items.

The next stop on the tour was the Bloomsbury Bistro just across the street from the NOFO. Bloomsbury offers an elegant setting and serves nationally renowned French cuisine that boasts a unique global flavor. Last on the tour was The Point Restaurant and Bar, which proudly depends upon local farmers and ranchers to bring the best flavors and tastes. The atmosphere is relaxed while the food is upscale.

Vigilante, an N.C. State University graduate with a degree in Art Studies, saw an ad for the Dishcrawl Ambassador position on Craigslist. The leap from art studies to hosting eager diners on a guided food tour may seem far-fetched, but food has always been an important part of Vigilante’s family life, and she and her parents often gather together in shared love of cooking and good food.

Dishcrawl’s philosophy is much the same: bringing people together in the spirit of  food and community. For $45, the tours are designed to keep everyone well-fed, entertained and informed, which was the outcome for the 22 happy and satisfied June participants.

Dishcrawl started in San Francisco and is now in 250 U.S. and Canadian cities. Soon, it will expand to the U.K.

Not only do organizers hope to connect communities through food, but they have hopes for the world as well.

Vigilante is excited to be part of the shared experience and to bring it to the Raleigh area. With so many restaurants in the Triangle, there are limitless possibilities.

To be part of the next three-hour food adventure, go to http://dishcrawl.com/raleigh/. It will be held on Wednesday, July 16, and the restaurants are being kept a secret until just before the event. If you are on Twitter you can be the first to know! Follow Dishcrawl Raleigh at @Dishcrawlrdu.

RMS Service Club learns how year-long project

Therapy dolls touch lives of hospitalized children

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Students at Rolesville middle school attend a Skype session with faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.
photo Jeanne e. Fredriksen

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Rolesville Middle School’s Service Learning Club, under the direction of Kim Davis, undertook a year-long project to create therapy dolls for hospitalized children. Their task was to trace and cut out the patterns for the dolls and gowns. Once community volunteers sewed the pieces, the students then stuffed and dressed the dolls.

On June 9, the club Skyped with Jessica Irven, Pediatric Psychosocial Support Program coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Pediatric Oncology Center, to learn how the dolls become teaching tools.

The first thing Irven told the students was, “Our job is specifically to make sure that any kid in the hospital gets to be a kid.”

One of the fundamental goals of the pediatric oncology support team is to help each child in the program understand what is happening with their body on their own developmental level. The team also helps patients understand that they have choices, control and ways to help them cope with what they’re going through.

In pediatric oncology support, Irven added, “We help them understand what is cancer, what does it do to your body, what is the treatment, and how we can support you to get through that.”

One of the most important support mechanisms is the dolls, which are used according to each patient’s need.

“What (the patients are) going to go through, we do to the doll so they can see, understand and rehearse some strategies for getting through it,” Irven told the students, “and we can get a sense of what they’re not understanding so we can correct that. Sometimes the dolls are used to explain a surgery, so we mark them up and stitch them up.”

The dolls allow the patient to see the real equipment that would be used in their treatment. For example, if they have to have a needle stick to get a blood sample, Irven illustrates the procedure on the doll first. To reinforce how that would happen, she went through the explanation step by step, talking to the doll as if it were the patient.

Once Irven was done with her presentation, students had the opportunity to ask questions. They learned things such as, not all chemo causes hair loss, babies through teens are treated at the center, and UNC is considered a state hospital, so it serves all 100 counties in North Carolina. Irven also stressed when asked about causes of cancer that it’s not the child’s fault; young kids often assume that they did something that caused their cancer.

Using sunscreen and not smoking were her top two pieces of cancer prevention advice.

The big question, however, was how many dolls are needed for the program? The short answer is, “As many as possible.”

According to Irven, there is an average of one to four children each week who are newly diagnosed with cancer and come to the facility. Each patient gets at least one doll, even if he or she believes they are too old for dolls. Usually, once one is used as an illustration, the patient understands the purpose of the dolls.

Patients are allowed to draw a face on their doll and decorate it how they feel is appropriate, depending upon the circumstances. Other times, a doll might be used to illustrate a different stage of treatment. A patient could, depending upon his or her situation, be issued multiple dolls.

Davis coordinated the Skype session between Irven and club members. Davis is proud of the work her students have completed.

“For the club, I wanted the kids to see was that there’s a world outside of this school,” Davis said. “There’s a lot going on in this world that we don’t know about, but that we can help in a tangible way. I was looking for a project where the kids could really get their hands on something and then see something accomplished. I believe we saw that today.”

Barbara Timmons of the North Wake Optimist Club, who worked with Davis to implement the project, attended the Skype session with cards of encouragement that were handmade by Julie Wiggins’ third grade class at Rolesville Elementary school. Those cards will accompany the completed dolls.

“Next year, we’re hoping to get the high school students involved in actually sewing the dolls and gowns,” Timmons said.

2014 Rolesville Business Expo Held at New Thales Academy Campus

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By Isabella F. Vigilante

This year’s Rolesville Business Expo was held the afternoon of June 19 at Thales Academy, the newest high school campus in Rolesville.

Over 800 visitors braved the afternoon’s thunderstorms to attend the Expo, perusing vendors’ booths, partaking in raffles and sampling food from various local restaurants and catering companies.

According to event chair Melanie Diehl, “nearly 50 exhibitors” were in attendance, displaying their companies’ wares and services.

Among these exhibitors were many first-time Expo attendees, to include Jacobi Affinnih, owner of the Rolesville Grill, located on Main Street.

Affinnih set up the Rolesville Grill’s booth in the school’s main lobby and offered samples of the restaurant’s fare.

“I’m impressed with the turnout,” Affinnih said. “But the chicken salad has been popular,” she said, referring to small helpings of the delicatessen specialty served on crackers in miniature plastic cups. “We had to call in reserves (from the restaurant)!”

Another group that was marking its first Expo was the Red/Pink Hummingbird Hatters chapter of Zebulon. The Hatters are neither makers nor sellers of hats. They are a ladies’ social group that celebrates with parades, luncheons and gatherings. They also meet periodically for pajama parties.

“We play dress-up,” said Geraldine Hildebrand. “But (the Red and Pink Hat Societies) are really about women having fun at any age!”

The Zebulon Red/Pink Hummingbird Hatters (with the participation of Avon Cosmetics) tent won an award later in the evening for the Expo’s “Most Colorful Booth.”

Other awards given out at the Expo included the “Most Creative Booth” award, which went to Vanessa Davis, owner of Dirty Dogs’ Spa. The “Most Effective Display” award went to Robert and Karen Pettyjohn, of Pettyjohn’s Carpet Cleaning.

This year’s Rolesville Business Expo was sponsored by the Rolesville Buzz, Catering By Design, and the Rolesville Weekly.

Local Girl Scout Earns Silver Award

Savannah Barnes raised funds to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) sign installed.
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By Getting to the Heart of a Safety Need

A local Girl Scout recently earned her Silver Award by making a Wake Forest recreation facility a safer place to play.

Several weeks ago, Savannah Barnes, a rising 9th grader at Thales Academy and member of Girl Scout Troop No. 1625, was considering how she might earn her Silver Award. The highest award attainable by Girl Scout Cadettes, the Silver Award promotes leadership and community service and encourages Girl Scouts to consider ways to make their communities better places.

Around the same time, Savannah, who takes tennis lessons at the Wake Forest’s Flaherty Park tennis courts, was moved by a story her instructor shared about a woman who suffered a cardiac arrest while playing on the courts. Fortunately, the woman survived, but her chances of survival would have been better had her playing partners known that an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was available inside the Flaherty Park Community Center.

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient, and treats them through defibrillation, the application of an electrical shock that stops the arrhythmia and allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. AEDs use simple audio and visual commands to make it easy for average person to use them.

Savannah decided that she would earn her Silver Award by working with Wake Forest’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources staff and a local sign company to have a sign for the tennis courts produced and installed. To top it off, she even raised the money to pay for the sign herself.

Today, thanks to Savannah, the sign indicating the availability of an AED inside the Flaherty Park Community Center is prominently posted and clearly visible to everyone who plays tennis on the Flaherty Park courts.

“We are extremely grateful to Savannah for recognizing a need at one of our facilities, and then working with us to make that facility a safer place,” said PRCR Director Ruben Wall. “This is a wonderful example of the great things we can accomplish by working together.”

Savannah is the daughter of Angel and Chris Barnes.

Renaissance Centre Introduces ‘Writer’s Night In The Forest’

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre has announced a new monthly series designed for avid readers in our community.

‘Writer’s Night in the Forest’ is a chance for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a good book to gather at the Renaissance Centre to socialize, network and explore a variety of reading selections. As a bonus, the Renaissance Centre will invite a different author each month to discuss a particular book.

The first Writer’s Night in the Forest is scheduled for Thursday, July 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature Flora J. Solomon, author of the novel “A Pledge of Silence.”

“A Pledge of Silence” is a World War II novel about American military nurses who served in the Philippines. A semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest and one of the top five entries of 2,000 in the General Fiction category, the narrative shares the incredible story of a young woman whose life changes forever when she is captured by enemy forces and held as a prisoner of war.

The August installment of Writer’s Night in the Forest is scheduled for Thursday, August 14, and will feature Nancy Livingstone, author of “Against Their Will.”

Writer’s Night in the Forest is free and open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a good book.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Cathy Gouge at 919-435-9567 or cgouge@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. in the heart of downtown Wake Forest.

Business Briefs - July 2014

Joyner Park Yogis

Bus Brief Sheila Gooch

Sheila and Marty Gooch, both certified yoga instructors, bring free yoga to everyone at Joyner Park in Wake Forest every Sunday morning at 8:30.

Marty teaches yoga at the YMCA at The Factory and at Rex Wellness Center in Wakefield. Sheila currently works for Duke and provides private yoga instruction by appointment. They are the former owners of Wake Forest Yoga and, after selling the business, wanted to provide a place for free and fun yoga to all skill levels.

Sheila has recently discovered the MELT method and has integrated it into her yoga practice for an eclectic mix of modalities that focus on health and healing. MELT helps bring your body back to a more ideal state by decreasing stuck stress that accumulates in connective tissue from daily living.

Each Sunday session is guided by either Marty, Sheila or another certified yoga instructor. Some classes have included tai chi and Pilates, and many include energy work after yoga for anyone interested.

The environment is informal and welcomes all skill levels. The Gooches suggest coming with an open mind and heart. Also, especially as it heats up, bring plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray, a yoga mat, and a towel or blanket because the grass is often wet.

Look for Joyner Park Yogis at the small stage near the butterfly garden. They gather roughly April through October, depending on when it warms up enough and stays warm.

To find out more and keep up with announcements, search for “Joyner Park Yogis” on Facebook.

For more information about the MELT method, visit www.meltmethod.com.

Heart Wisdom Holistics

Sunny Petkova Garcia has opened a new home-based business providing Reiki, energy healing, crystal energy, chakra balancing, and other modalities to assist customers with emotional release and general emotional well-being.

Garcia studied under well-known and respected Raleigh Reiki Master Vickie Penninger. She has been practicing for over a year and now provides her services by appointment at her house in Heritage.

Reiki is a healing method that draws from the universal life force to effect change physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It can help a person energize, balance and harmonize. It is said to be powerful and effective, yet subtle and noninvasive.

Garcia is offering free 15-minute sessions so those new to Reiki can discover its benefits. Schedule an appointment at 919-260-7570 or sunnypg@gmail.com.

Sarge’s Chef on Wheels

Bus Brief Sarge's

Julius West is bringing his famous and popular cuisine from his food truck to 400 Southtown Circle in Rolesville.

West, a product of a military family derived his love of cooking from his mother, and his love of different cuisines from the many places he and his family lived throughout his childhood.

He offers what he calls “Chop Soul,” a combination of downhome cooking with Asian and Caribbean flavors. He proudly boasts how unique and special the cuisine is, as well as that the name of the restaurant is a tribute to his father who served in the Air Force for over 30 years.

Sarge’s serves breakfast all day and has a lunch menu.

West recently suffered a heart attack, which made working on a food truck for extended periods impossible, so he and his wife decided to open a store front. However, the truck is still available for certain events.

The Southtown Circle location is convenient for Rolesville patrons and close to the Wests’ home in Raleigh.

Sarge’s is a family affair in every way, with West’s daughter and wife helping prepare and serve food.

The restaurant is open 6: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 919-263-8976 or visit www.sargeschefonwheels.com. Facebook: search for “Sarge’s Chef on Wheels” • Twitter: @sargeschef

Pelican’s SnoBalls

Bus Brief Pierce Tooley

Just in time for the summer heat, owners Melody Parsons and Mike Snee have opened Pelican’s SnoBalls on North Main Street in Wake Forest.

Named for the state bird of Louisiana, Pelican’s SnoBalls strives to stay true to the original New Orleans “snoball.” The shop offers more than 100 flavors, including those that appeal to kids such as Hello Kitty, Angry Birds and Shrek, and adult flavors such as mojito and pina colada. (They don’t contain alcohol!)

Pelican’s opened after Melody Parsons decided retirement wasn’t all that she hoped, and began looking for something fun and different in Wake Forest. The couple also owns a Pelican’s SnoBalls in Henderson and asked shift manager and recent high school graduate Pierce Tooley help with the Wake Forest location for a few weeks before leaving for Maine Corps boot camp.

Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday

703 North Main Street, Wake Forest

www.pelicanssnoballs.com • Facebook: search for “Pelican’s Snoballs Wake Forest”


Local Watercolorist Bonnie J. Becker Unveils

‘Bloomin’ Hot!’ at August’s Art After Hours

Bonnie J Becker pic 3Bonnie J. Becker finishes a watercolor painting called Just Another Tequila Sunrise in her studio.
photos Jeanne e. Fredriksen

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


 Bonnie J. Becker’s latest show, “Bloomin’ Hot!,” opens Friday, August 8, at the Wake Forest Art & Frame Shop during Art After Hours. The local watercolorist’s entirely new exhibit promises to showcase a different side of her already popular painting.

“I love having Bonnie here as a resident artist,” gallery owner Beth Massey said. “Her watercolors have such vibrancy and amazing attention to detail. I’m in awe of her mastery over such a challenging medium.”

Becker, a Wake Forest resident since mid-2011, has become an annual favorite featured artist with exhibits in 2012 (“Viniculture, Floriculture and a Critter or Two”) and 2013 (“Begin Again”). This year’s exhibit will be primarily florals in a blooming hot triadic palette.

When asked about her upcoming show and its palette, she said, “Although I have been referred to around town as ‘The Grape Lady,’ my focus lately has been on florals. For some reason, I have been drawn to the warm side of the color wheel. Maybe it’s a reaction to the green and purple grapes!

“Most likely it came from painting ‘Red Velvet,’ my large red-orange iris. I hadn’t done much in red, and became a bit obsessed with its vibrancy and versatility. In this case, ‘Bloomin’ Hot’ isn’t so much a reference to the weather as it is to the excitement of those red hot colors.”

During the 35 years that Becker taught art in a suburban Chicago middle school, her constant desire to present new projects to her students helped her stay fresh in the classroom and to challenge her students. She retired in 2009, which allowed her to paint full-time, yet, true to form, she never allows herself to rest solely on tried-and-true techniques when it comes to her own art.

“Looking for innovative ways to enhance my art stimulates creativity and helps me to see things from different perspectives,” she said. “Whether it’s the subject matter or the method, I love learning and trying new ideas. I also embrace the opportunity to continually evolve through engaging in experimentation, working with challenging images, participating in workshops, and networking with fellow artists.”

She works in traditional and non-traditional watercolor methods to achieve her vision. Transparent watercolor requires the white of the paper to show through rather than using white paint. A technique called “pouring” is the literal pouring of paint onto the paper after masking off strategic sections that will be painted in later. Glazing is the layering of thin see-through colors. Wet-on-wet watercolor is the act of applying wet paint on wet paper. She uses all of these methods depending upon the subject and her intended outcome.

While she has worked in many different artistic media over the years – Prismacolor, oil, pencil, pastels, etc. – she has developed a deep affinity for watercolor because there are so many factors that lead to scores of discoveries.

“One of the challenges of watercolor is that so many physical things affect the outcome,” she explained. “Surfaces are different, and that changes how the painting will look. Brushes have different shapes for different purposes and different types of hair, synthetics and blends. The paints are another challenge. Some are transparent, some are semi-opaque, some have sediments, some are permanent, and there are different levels of light fastness. It’s just an incredible medium.”

Becker has a bachelor of science in Art Education from Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, and earned a Master of Arts degree from Governors State University in University Park, Ill. She is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Fine Arts League of Cary, and she serves on the Board of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists. She is scheduled to give watercolor demonstrations during the Guild’s Tour of Artists on September 6 and 7.

Art After Hours is held in Historic Downtown Wake Forest every second Friday of the month. For more information, go to wakeforestartandframe.com/art-after-hours/

“Bloomin’ Hot!” will continue through September 9. See Becker’s work in a variety of media on her website at bjbeckerwatercolors.com.

Rolesville Parks & Rec Has Something for Everyone This Summer

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Get out and play, take a class, or volunteer with Rolesville’s Parks and Recreation department this summer.

From mid-July forward, there will be programs and classes for young and old, residents and non-residents. Full information can be found online including fees and registration forms.

Activities coming up include:

  • The 6th Annual Youth Football Camp for kids 5 to 14 years old will be held at Rolesville Middle School on Burlington Mills Road on the evenings of July 28 and 29. Rolesville Varsity Coach Gary Evans will head up the camp. Registration deadline: July 10.
  • Youth Fall Soccer for boys and girls aged 4 through 11 will get underway with practice matches during the first two weeks of August. Competitive matches kick off after the Labor Day weekend with the season running through the end of October. Open registration deadline: July 10.
  • Tai Chi classes will begin on July 23 and be held every Wednesday morning through August 27. Easy to learn, safe and effective, Sun Style Tai Chi combines slow movements and “qigong” breathing exercises to enhance healing and improve mobility. Registration deadline: July 18.
  • Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 3 and 16 will be interested in the 2014 Challenger British Soccer Camp coming to Rolesville August 4 through 8 at the Rolesville Community School Park and Ballfields. Registration deadline: July 25. After July 25, there is a $10 late fee.
  • Adult Softball Leagues are forming now, and registration runs through July 31. The season includes a preseason tournament, a 10-game tournament, and a post-season tournament. Leagues are available for men’s, women’s, and coed teams.

J. G. Ferguson has been Rolesville’s Director of Parks and Recreation for two-and-a-half years, first joining the department in late 2008. According to Ferguson, the strength of the department right now is in youth athletics, but one of his goals is to expand the programs.

“My focus is to broaden our department into other cultural offerings and programs,” he said, “but for the athletics, it all goes back to our volunteers and coaches. I can’t say enough about them. They’re the heart and soul of our program. They’re who the parents and kids see at every practice, at every game. We’ve got good quality people in Rolesville, and that’s what makes our program strong.”
If playing a sport or taking a class isn’t your thing, Parks and Recreation invites you to come to one of their Advisory Board meetings to see how you else you can participate. Meetings at the Rolesville Community Center (504 Southtown Circle) are held every second Wednesday at 7 p.m. An online questionnaire must to be filled out with volunteer interests and contact information, and then returned to town hall.

Ferguson is also the volunteer coordinator and works closely with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PaRAB). The Board also has subcommittees, such as the Open Space and Greenway Committee, which is headed by long-time Advisory Board member Terry Marcellin-Little.

“We’re looking for people who love to be outdoors,” Marcellin-Little said. “People who hike, bike, run, walk, all have their own particular needs for how they use the spaces and can bring their own unique perspectives with regard to developing the spaces for the future.”

The subcommittee works with parks and trails; the clean water initiative for which people monitor the water quality of streams; and even swamp areas where people are needed to observe birds and give input about where to put boardwalks.

“We encourage people to join us who are pro-active and will ask not only ‘why’ but also ‘why not’,” she said. “Working together with good people who have a variety of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints can only help us achieve much bigger things.

“Volunteers have had a lot to do with the shaping of the Town as it grows,” she continued. “There are many ways that your input today will help shape the future of Rolesville for succeeding generations.”

For further information about programs, classes, or volunteering, go to http://rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/

Farm-to-Table freshness based on local partnerships

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By Jeanne e. Fredriksen


If you’re familiar with Wake Forest’s Girasole Trat- toria, get ready for its new incarnation as Farm Table. The Giorgios Hospitality Group restaurant is mov- ing away from the current Italian-inspired theme and cuisine. In its place will be a contemporary farm-to- table concept restaurant with seasonal menus and a new farm house-inspired ambiance complete with barn boards, blackboards, mismatched chairs and apple crates. Partner/Owner Laszlo Lukacsi and Gen- eral Manager Todd Skipper expect the changeover tbe fully accomplished by mid-July.
“We’re working with as many local resources aspossible,” Lukacsi said, “and that means money goes back locally and to the farmers. Wake Forest is a very small community, like Rolesville, Farm Table pic 6Youngsville, Franklinton, Louisburg – those are the ones support- ing us on a daily basis, and we want to support the communities.”

Lukacsi and Skipper have been working with the Wake Forest and Raleigh farmers’ markets, other Wake Forest providers, and local farmers within a 100-mile radius.

“This is a win-win situation for everyone involved, including the customer,” Skipper added.

All providers’ names and logos will be displayed on the largest blackboard in the restaurant, “so everyone will know exactly where their food comes Farm Table pic 3from. It’s a true partnership.”

New York Bagels & Deli in Heritage bakes and delivers their no-preservative rolls and breads each morning. Beef comes from Harris-Robbinette Beef Farms in Pinetops. Poultry and lamb are provided by Pura Vida Farms in Bahama, and pork comes from Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork in Seven Springs. All meats and poultry are 100 percent grass-fed. Even cheese comes from Prodigal Farm in nearby Rouge- mont.

They’ll also feature North and South American wines, including some from North Carolina, locally crafted beers including White Street Brewing, and lo- cally distilled spirits.

Farm Table pic 4There’s an abiding respect for their providers that Lukacsi was eager to discuss. He believes that farm- ers have been pushed around for too long, “but it’s circling back. People are more conscious about what they eat, the food they put in their bodies. They want to know where their food is coming from, how it has been raised, so this is perfect.

“The term ‘organic’ is a certification that gets messy sometimes,” he continued, “but what’s more important is the relationship and love that you see the farmers put- ting into what they raise. You know they’re not tak- ing shortcuts, just like us; we don’t want to take shortcuts. And our farmers are indepen- dent growers, independent family-owned farms. Local farmers work so hard, and people seem to forget about them, but we won’t let that happen here.”

Some items have slowly been introduced into the cur- rent menu, Farm Table pic 1as have pieces of décor and fixtures, all of which have been well-re- ceived. Some of the decora- tions have even come from local antique shops. But the changeover has been a gradual one, and Lukacsi and Skipper aren’t planning a big grand opening. Instead, they want operations to be disrupted as little as possible while letting the food speak for itself.

“The great thing about this concept is that if we have two or three items that aren’t moving in a week or so, we can change the menu and bring in something new,”

Skipper said. “That’s the ex- citing, creative part.”

Farm-to-table is an old concept because that’s how it was before food was mass produced, hormone injected and genetically modified, all Farm Table pic 7of which are hot national top- ics of late.

“Good honest food with local freshness is what we’re all about,” Lukacsi said. “I believe that with this farm- to-table concept, in 10 years as more people do this, the local farmers will have their

moment and come back strong because the quality of most food people buy is poor quality.

“Grass-fed beef tastes dif- ferent. It has better flavor and is higher quality than what people are used to. We didn’t raise our prices when we in- troduced it. And it’s better for you,” Lukacsi continued. “The bottom line is that our commitment to our custom- ers is to source locally and to provide the highest-quality ingredients possible.”

Farm Table

960 Gateway Commons Circle, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Menu: Appetizers, small and large plates, small and large salads, family-style options, farm-specific dinners

Attire: Casual

Food Pricing: $6-$22

Wine: $25-$50/bottle; $6-$10/glass

Serving: Dinner only, 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Reservations: 919-569-6714

Rolesville High Wraps Up Educational First Year

By adrik garcia

The year has come and gone for so many at Rolesville High School and it has been a learning experience for everyone involved.

“The school year as a whole, at least for me, has been a big enjoyable experiment,” said freshman Aaron Le. “It was my first time in high school and my first time in a brand new school. I messed up a lot, but I also learned a lot as well.”

“0verall, I enjoyed my first year at Rolesville high school,” sophomore Hailey Von Krusze said. “Coming from a school with all four classes, it was very challenging to adapt to the maturity level of a lot of students. It’s fun being able to meet a lot of people and start new traditions, and it was easy to get involved with the school and help create better opportunities.”

Principle Erika Lucas said it has been a very rewarding year.

“We started with what I call ‘organized chaos,’” she said. “We began hiring in January and opened the door in August. Just to see the faces of the students when first entered the building gave me confirmation that we are on the right path to success.”

The school’s first year included academic and athletic highlights, Lucas said. Wins on the athletic fields earned the first trophy for the school’s display case. “Rambo” the ram became the school mascot.

Athletic director Tommy Moore said he’s “happy with the way the year went, and I think that everyone learned something.”

“I’m especially proud of our ejection-free year and our good sportsmanship,” Moore said.

Other faculty members also enjoyed the year.  Technology and Engineering teacher Gregory Kozar called it a great first year.

“All of the teachers and staff have worked very hard every day to help make the opening of our school a great experience for the students and the parents,” he said.

Students participated in a career day and a talent show, published a yearbook and started several clubs this year. Planning is already underway for additional clubs and a student newspaper next year.

Ashley-Brooke Daniels, Alex Bolster, Lauren Grossman and Grady Cook are founders of the school’s Key Club, which is to be active in the fall. It is a community service club that volunteers for such activity as community cleanups. Adrik Garcia is set to head up the student newspaper next year.

Lucas said she’s thankful for an “awesome group of teachers who stepped into leadership roles from their first day at Rolesville.”

“Many of them do multiple jobs – mentors, coaching, advisors, department chairs, etc.,” Lucas said. “I could not have asked for a better year.

“I am looking forward to next year, and our goal is to continue forward progress, because ‘We are Rolesville’.”

Duke Recognizes Rolesville Student for Academic Achievement

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Duke Recognizes Rolesville Student for Academic Achievement Thales Academy Rolesville student Ivan Bachinsky was recognized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program at a ceremony held on May 19. The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams (ACT or SAT) to learn more about their abilities. Ivan received a Grand Recognition award in addition to the NC State award. These awards honor 7th graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests.

Fall Baseball and Softball Registration Begins

Interested players can register for Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department youth and adult fall baseball and softball leagues through June 30.

Boys and girls ages 6 to 16 are eligible according to their age as of April 30, 2014, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The in-town registration fee is $40 and the out-of-town fee is $80.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-athletics.aspx.

Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration information and league rules will also be provided online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall.

Players in every league except “Coach Pitch” must participate in a draft to determine team placement. The parks and recreation department will conduct drafts for each league in August, and will contact all registrants with draft/placement information in July.

Online registration for the Fall Men’s and Co-Recreational Softball Leagues is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/adult-athletics.aspx. Registration information will also be provided at town hall.

The Men’s Fall Softball League is limited to Class E teams and lower. League play is scheduled to begin the week of August 18, and games will be played on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The entry fee is $550 per team.

The Fall Co-Recreational Softball League will also begin the week of August 18, with games on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The entry fee is $550 per team.

For additional registration information, contact Athletics Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

St. Matthews partners to host prostate cancer awareness symposium

Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is partnering with churches in 16 cities to host prostate health symposiums to address the need for increased knowledge and awareness within African American communities in the fight against prostate cancer. The Health Team Ministry of St. Matthews Baptist Church, located at 5410 Louisburg Road in Raleigh, is leading the local effort as a host facility on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is FREE and open to the public, and will followed by a catered lunch.

PHEN’s Rally Against Prostate Cancer (RAP Cancer) is a set of dynamic and highly visible national initiatives established to implement the organization’s overall mission. A key PHEN tenet is that “knowledge is the best defense against prostate cancer.”

The Saturday event is a prelude to the “Annual Father’s Day Rally”. Now in the sixth year, the annual rally was launched in 2009 in partnership with churches nationwide. This faith-based initiative is now PHEN’s largest public education and awareness outreach effort, according to their website. PHEN has established sustaining partnership with churches for on-going educational outreach within communities across the country.

For more information contact Juanita Jones-Hall at 919-608-1569. “To register for the symposium visit http://www.prostatehealthed.org/register2014symposium.php.

Exploring Some Common Myths About Dogs

Have you ever heard that a dog’s mouth has fewer germs than a human’s? Think about that for a moment. Most dogs are willing to lick their own and other dogs’ “nether regions,” and eat kitty poo from the litter box or anything they find in the trash.

Let’s take a look at some common myths about dogs.

Does a warm dry nose mean your pet has a fever? The temperature and moistness of your dog’s nose has nothing to do with his health. The only way to know if he has a fever is to take his temperature (usually with a rectal thermometer). It should be 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

A better indication of whether your dog is sick is if he’s not as hungry or active as usual. Other signs of illness include, but are not limited to, urinating more or less often than normal; drainage from his or her eyes, ears and/or nose; coughing; sneezing; vomiting and diarrhea.

Many people believe that a raw diet is the best for their pet. This may sound good in theory. But the reality is it’s an unbalanced diet that may be dangerous. A raw-meat diet can leave dogs short on calcium and other nutrients. Raw meat is also risky because it can carry harmful bacteria, disease and parasites. If you are feeding your pet a raw diet, take all necessary precautions to make sure that it is safe.

Some people believe that dogs can’t digest grains. But dogs’ digestive systems are quite robust. Corn, rice and beets aren’t just filler. They enhance a dog’s diet with essential nutrients and protein when pre-cooked, which is typically the case with commercially prepared dog foods.

Dogs are omnivores and grains are a healthy part of their diet. However, there are those pets that have a low tolerance for grains, and great care should be taken to ensure that they receive a complete healthy diet. It is always best to speak with your veterinarian or pet nutritionist about your dog’s diet.

Another myth is that you should feed your dog according to label instructions on dog food. The label is just a starting point. An extremely active dog or one with a high metabolism may require more than the label indicates. A less active dog would need less food to avoid becoming overweight. Again, asking your vet what’s right for your dog is always the best place to start. If your dog is at a healthy body weight, you should be able to feel his ribs easily beneath the skin.

Taylor is always happy to see me when I walk in the door. But how do I know the difference between excitement that I am home and him overflowing with bottled up energy. It’s very easy to come home to a dog that is jumping, running around, or spinning in circles, and interpret that as the dog being glad you’re home. But that’s not what’s really happening, says Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist and star of the TV series “Dog Whisperer.” It’s a sign that your dog has more energy than he can handle in that moment.

Millan’s advice is to ignore a dog when he’s overexcited, then reward him with attention when he calms down.

If you have concerns about your pet’s behavior it is always great to consult an experienced pet trainer. They can help you and your pet tackle some of the most trying issues.

And one of the most common myths is that dog parks are totally safe and healthy. Dog parks can be great fun, but there can be some risks. Parasites like fleas, ticks and worms, and viruses like parvo and protozoa, can lurk in contaminated water and dog stool. If your dog gets in a fight, that can also mean wounds and injuries. But most problems can be avoided by using common sense and paying attention to what’s going on around you.

Zebulon Town Hall exhibit showcases student art

Ameera Badjan, 7, a first grader at East Wake academy posses with the picture she drew when KidzArt visited her school for Teacher Appreciation week.
Photo courtesy of KidzArt
By Isabella F. Vigilante

A selection of student artwork on exhibit at Zebulon’s town hall building is a product of KidzArt, a fine arts education program with franchises all over the country and internationally.

KidzArt was established in Ohio in 1993. The Eastern Wake County franchise was started in 2011 by Knightdale-based owner Lisa Swinson.

In May, the KidzArt mobile unit, consisting of an instructor and a small pull-cart full of art supplies, has been traveling to Wake County elementary and middle schools to provide short art lessons to students as part of an extended observance of Teacher Appreciation Week May 5 to 9.

The drawings on view at town hall since May 16 represent a sampling of those Teacher Appreciation Week creations, and were created by students from East Wake Academy and Zebulon Elementary School.

Some were students’ takes on a woodland scene depicting an owl perched on a tree-branch. The pictures were drawn on paper using high quality Prismacolor markers.

KidzArt classes use safe, non-toxic college- and professional-level art supplies that most school art classes don’t see until high school. Other KidzArt classes and activities involve work with watercolor paints, oil pastels, and clay.

The KidzArt motto is, “If you can dream, you can draw,” and the program promotes the attitude that art can be a fun form of expression for all.

KidzArt also subscribes to a “no mistakes” philosophy. Students are taught to work around what might commonly be perceived as errors, rather than stress out or start over. The goal is for students to have a fun, relaxing and informative experience with art in a safe environment.

KidzArt offers classes for all ages, including “Art Soirees,” informative and social art instruction parties for adults.

The classes taught to Zebulon Town Hall students were abridged versions of the KidzArt curriculum. KidzArt has different iterations for its classes, such as birthday parties, after-school sessions, and the upcoming week-long summer camps that will be held in Wendell.

Camp sessions start June 23 and have themes, like “Around the World” in which the focus will be global art from many different cultures, and “Famous Artist Camp,” in which students will study and create original works in the styles of Monet, Matisse, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.

Typical KidzArt classes are about an hour long, and involve a warmup focusing activity, background and explanation of the model artwork, plus time to draw. Every KidzArt class has a model artwork by the creator of KidzArt that serves as the class period’s lesson.

The instructor takes students through a recreation of the primary object in the model drawing line by line so students can watch, hear an explanation and draw along with the instructor. The picture’s setting, colors, background and extraneous details are up to the students’ creativity.

Instruction also stresses that students’ drawings need not resemble the model artwork or the instructor’s beyond learning how to draw the aspect of the picture that was the instructional focus. This creative and artistic license is why no two pictures hanging in Zebulon’s town hall look exactly alike.

Swinson was very pleased with the outcome of the town hall exhibit.

“We hope that our exhibit at the town hall will give the Zebulon community a chance to come and see the amazing artwork created by these children,” she said. “The world through the eyes of a child is truly an inspiring thing to see. And the artwork created by these children is a beautiful reflection of the world.”

The KidzArt exhibit at Zebulon Town Hall is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about KidzArt of Eastern Wake County, including details about programs, summer camps and discount promotions, visit www.swinson.kidzart.com.

Business Briefs - June 2014

Dollar Tree opens in Gateway Commons

Dollar Tree Opening

A new Dollar Tree has opened in Gateway Commons in Wake Forest. It is one of almost 5,000 stores in the United States and Canada that stocks anything from health and beauty items to food and snacks, toys, party supplies, household cleaning products, glassware, electronics, and books – all for $1. This particular Dollar Tree will not be carrying frozen food items, said Manager Jessica Lindsey. A grand opening on May 24 featured Dora the Explorer and Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck. For more information visit http://www.dollartree.com/home.jsp

Meineke Car Care Center

MeinekeA new Meineke muffler shop is open in Wake Forest’s Gateway Commons Shopping Center as of June 9. The national company’s locally owned shops offer tune-ups, oil changes and maintenance of brakes, steering, suspension, air conditioning, and more. Their goal is to help customers drive smarter. Store hours will be announced soon. Visit the website at www.meineke.com.

Pink Cherry Trees Boutique offers affordable fashion

Pink Cherry Tree Downtown Wake Forest welcomes to its diverse retail shops a new hip clothing store specializing in ladies’ and young ladies’ apparel. Heather Brogdon started Pink Cherry Trees Boutique online a year and a half ago and decided it was time to expand to a retail storefront. Excited to be part of the dynamic growing downtown scene, she offers her customers both staples and trendy seasonal pieces that are not only cute but affordable. The bright and airy store offers clothing, shoes, and accessorizes to fashion- and budget-conscious consumers of all ages. Brogdon says nothing in the store costs more than $40. Monogramming and embroidery are also available. Brogdon is married with 4 children all under 7 and has lived in Wake Forest for eight years. Being in downtown Wake Forest gives her the opportunity to be part of the small business scene and give consumers a local alternative to mall shopping. She is also pleased to have “give back projects” part of her business plan, and partners with a local or national not for profit every month. In May she sponsored a fashion fundraiser from which 10 percent of the proceeds went to Lupus research and support. For more information visit www.pinkcherrytrees.com.

Cellular City Rolesville brings wireless choice to area

Cellular City offers the Rolesville area options in multi-carrier, no-contract phone plans, including but not limited to Boost, Virgin, Page Plus, Selectel, and Net10 wireless. It is now the only store in Rolesville who offers Boost Mobile. In addition to a wide and ample supply of phones in stock, the store offers accessories, phone repair, bill payment, and phone flashing. Flashing is changing a phone of one provider to another. The owner is in Buffalo, New York, and its four stores include one in the Garner area. The new manager, Miche Cromartie, will start soon at the Rolesville location. For more information call 919-500-9560.

Check Out Museums, Music and Movies for a Summer Staycation


By Stephanie Spaulding

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Just because you live in the Raleigh area doesn’t mean you’ve experienced all there is to see and do in your own backyard. With kids putting away their backpacks this month and summer vacation officially here, now is the perfect time to gather family and friends to be a tourist in your own town.

Families looking to explore more for less this summer will appreciate the value of their own backyard, where more than 40 free attractions offer summer fun for any age group. Family-friendly entertainment and eateries, festivals galore, blockbuster museum exhibitions and a schedule packed with live music, will prove why Hotwire.com just named the Raleigh area to its Top Ten list of U.S. Value Destinations for 2014.

Experience why our area is called the “Smithsonian of the South” by visiting any one of our world-class museums free-of-charge. Free is a great price to pay for a day of fun whether it’s at the N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Museum of Art or the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences where kids can observe “science in action” at the new Nature Research Center, recognizable by its three-story, multimedia globe.

While you’re there take a walk on the wild side at the special Rainforest Adventure exhibition and explore one of the least-known habitats on earth in a fully interactive maze.

For a small fee you can also visit the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh) or Marbles Kids Museum, where kids can discover and learn in dozens of interactive exhibits, including their newest exhibit, Kid Grid, which encourages kids to energize their electricity smarts and power up a brighter future.

If museums aren’t your thing, then discover for yourself why the city you live in is the state’s hottest live music destination. In addition to so many music venues, the Raleigh area is host to numerous outdoor music offerings.

North Hill’s Midtown Beach Music series is being present in a brand new park and amphitheater and the Oak City 7 summer series in downtown Raleigh are great ways to spend a Thursday evening out on the town for free. And if you don’t feel like venturing out too far from home, bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the Six Sundays in Spring concert series at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater in Wake Forest for not only music but festive activities, food and craft vendors.

Enjoy an evening under the stars at Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s Movies by Moonlight for a mere $3 and watch Hollywood blockbusters like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” or classics like “Caddyshack.”

The N.C. Museum of Art also makes for a reasonably priced date night with their great outdoor summer movie selection of award-winning films. And if you’re looking for something fun and free on a Friday night, the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series transforms City Plaza into “the living room of Raleigh” with a great lineup of movies made in North Carolina along with local food trucks and live music.

Use this summer as a way to explore more and spend less by taking a vacation in your own town. With a calendar chock-full of family friendly and inexpensive activities and exhibitions, you can experience firsthand why the place you call home is one the most dynamic and affordable destinations in the Southeast.

For a complete calendar of summer events visit www.visitRaleigh.com.

Hosta Society tour stops in on local garden


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Pam Eagles and her dog Wiley sitting on the “Path to a new day.”
By Michelle Roberson
Franklin County Master Gardener

 Among several stops on a recent tour of the area by members of the Dixie Regional Hosta Society was Bob and Nancy Solbury’s Green Hill Farm in Franklinton.

Some 75 members of the Society, who hail from Virginia all the way to Texas, and additional hosta lovers were here May 30 and 31 for garden tours, lectures by guest speakers and a live auction.

Green Hill Farm is home to more than 9,000 hybridized varieties of hosta, which are shipped all over the world. Many have been adopted by Pam Eagles, which provided the opportunity for her backyard garden to be a stop on the tour as well.

“I don’t know. I’ve been buying hostas from Bob for years,” Eagles said when asked how she came to be on the tour. “When I made my purchase this year, Bob said, ‘You know what you need to do, you need to be a stop on the hosta tour.’ So, here I am.”

Eagles started gardening over 20 years ago, with her grandmother pointing out plants and ideas with her cane.

Today, Eagles’, wife of Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, gardens are packed with whimsy, character, love, fun and memories, and she has a beautiful story to tell about every spot. A “path to nowhere” in her garden has a sweet little bench where starts every morning with her pup, Wiley, by singing the hymn “This Is The Day (That The Lord Has Made).”

While talking about it, she decided it really wasn’t a path to nowhere, but a path to start her day.

“Gardening is therapeutic,” she says. “No money needed for counselors and therapy. You just dig and throw.”

Learn more about Dixie Regional Hosta Society at dixiehosta.net. Learn more about Green Hill Farm at www.hostahosta.com.

Connections, Relationships Matter to Allison Reid, Wake County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year

Allison Reid
By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“What you see is what you get with me,” declared Heritage High School English teacher Allison Reid, Wake County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. After winning the title in May, she’ll represent Wake County for the state Teacher of the Year title.

What you get with Reid is an outgoing, confident, personable woman who is passionate about connecting with her students. Nominated by her peers for the annual honor, Reid is humble about the title but eager to use it to spread good news to the community about Wake County teachers.

“I’m a good teacher. But the best teacher? That’s crazy! There’s always somebody better than you,” Reid said. “But that is to say I hope I can represent the teachers of this county well because I want to articulate how we all feel about the work we do and the importance of the work we do.”

Inspired by her high school theater and English teacher, Reid obtained her undergraduate degree in Theater Education from UNC-Greensboro. She has taught Theater, but she loves teaching English.

After college, she taught for five years in Winston-Salem before making the decision to stay home and raise a family. During those 10 years, she launched a successful window coverings business and taught methods and technology at industry seminars.

“I’d had great relationships with colleagues in the design industry, but not with clients,” she said of her experience. “I didn’t feel like I was affecting their lives in a way that was of enough worth. It was time to get back in the classroom.”

On a Friday in August 2011, she called a former boss, who referred her to Mark Savage, Heritage High’s principal. He needed an English teacher, so Reid spruced up her resume and submitted it immediately. On Monday, she received an interview request. On Tuesday, she interviewed. On Wednesday, she received a job offer, and on the following Monday, she was in the classroom.

“I just love being here, and I love working with my kids,” Reid said. “My administration is super supportive.”

Having spent time running her own business enhances her world view and allows her to integrate that into the classroom.

“When I ran a business, I understood that if I don’t make a good impression, I don’t get the job. If I don’t meet the deadline, that’ll be my last job with that client,” she said. “I know that relationships matter. I teach that to my kids.”

Teaching American literature to juniors or British literature to seniors, she combines the business, literary and writing worlds in an attempt to prepare her students for life after high school.

“My kids all need to know how to take a piece of writing that is difficult and break it down, glean meaning out of it, and apply it,” she explained. “I care that they know how to do that. I know how important and necessary those skills are.”

She is goal-oriented, not lecture-tethered, and thrives on student involvement and discovery. To facilitate that, Reid uses every sort of technology available. Whether the class is tracked within the Game Art & Design Academy or in the mainstream, technology is no stranger to her classroom.

“One of the things that I excel at is what I’m going back for my master’s (degree) in – Instructional Technology,” she said. “It’s a tool for kids to build knowledge. Here’s the goal. How do we get there? (Teachers) are no longer just dispensers of knowledge. It’s very different from when I taught 15 years ago, but technology lets us do so much more.”

Reid often has students tweet their “exit ticket” from the classroom. Whether they use the 140 character Twitter limitation or a six-word memoir summarization, the goal is to choose words carefully when making a point. It’s an instant, insightful assessment tool that reveals what a student understands.

She also teaches technology to the staff at Heritage High as part of the professional development program. But her students are her focus, and she expects certain things from them when they step into her classroom.

“I expect their attention and their respect, but not because I demand it,” she said. “I want them to listen to me because they respect me. They don’t have to like me, but they have to at least know that we’re here for a reason.”

Expectations don’t stop with her students. She has high expectations of herself in the classroom, yet those expectations aren’t self serving. Everything with Reid goes back to creating relationships.

“I expect to make a connection with a kid,” she said. “That’s especially true if it’s a kid who’s struggling or maybe has brought something with them emotionally. When they realize I’m in their corner and that I really have their best interest at heart, then we can get down to some learning.”

Realistic about the students she teaches and the world in which they live, she knows that nothing is cut and dried from student to student, class to class, day to day.

“Kids are human. Some kids come in with baggage that I can’t even articulate,” she said. “Baggage that they ought not to be carrying. But again, if you don’t make the connection, you don’t even know that about a kid to work with them appropriately!”

Reid recognizes but never dwells on the difficulties in her students’ lives, choosing instead to help them be and do more than they ever thought possible.

“Affecting a student’s life, helping them grow, to overcome adversity? That’s a lifetime thing. If you’ve never been a teacher, you can’t explain that,” she said.

“It’s why teachers stay in education. It’s such a privilege to be able to walk with somebody through something that’s hard and help them out the other side. I mean, that’s a rush! That’s cool!”

Wake Forest Economic Development on the Upswing

Dr. Michael Walden at WF EconomicDr. Michael Walden speaks at the economic development breakfast.
photo By Jeanne e. Fredriksen

Good news for region, state, and nation

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

The Wow! factor was evident as Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce President Marla Akridge and Dr. Michael Walden, a Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NCSU, spoke at the Wake Forest Economic Development breakfast on April 16.

Statistics flew fast and furiously from the podium, but there was no denying that the majority of the news was positive. In her presentation, Akridge spoke about Wake Forest, the surrounding communities and Wake County. Walden, whose presentation was titled “Economic Outlook: Shifting to a Higher Gear,” covered the national and state economies.

Takeaways from local data are that population growth is trending upward, the number of residents who are employed is on the rise, high-tech jobs and jobs in the professional sector are major growth areas, and Wake County will reach a population of 1 million in 2015.

The greater Wake Forest area of Rolesville, Youngsville, Wakefield and Wake Forest had a combined population of 111,074 and 38,480 jobs in 2013. The average salary reached $78,000. The total number of jobs in the area grew by 1,980 in 2012/2013, with 713 new jobs in Wake Forest. Top areas of job creation in Wake Forest were retail, technical/science/engineering and healthcare.

The population of Wake Forest alone skyrocketed 139.3 percent between 2000 and 2010 to 35,609, and the city’s population is projected to grow steadily over the next 10 to 15 years. Based on approved projects, undeveloped land and recent growth trends, Wake Forest could see a population of 47,770 in 2025.

Building permits in Wake Forest have rebounded well. Residential building permits, which saw a high of 1,006 in 2005 and a low of 212 in 2009, increased to top 700 in both 2012 and 2013. Non-residential permits issued in 2013 were heaviest for personal services, general commercial and office construction.

Wake County also offers great news. The county’s median household income is higher than national and state figures, as well as those of neighboring Durham, Johnston and Orange counties. On the other hand, Wake County’s median family income is second only to Orange County’s when compared to the national, state and Durham and Johnston county figures. Wake County’s poverty rate of 11.6 percent is the lower than the region’s, state’s and nation’s figures.

The ACCRA Cost of Living Index compares the cost of living in cities and metro areas throughout the United States. An index score of 100 means a city is exactly as expensive as the national average. The Raleigh Metro Area’s score is 93.6, and is compared to Atlanta, Georgia, (95.3), Charlotte (95.7), and Richmond, Virginia, (101.7).

In our area, healthcare, utilities, and groceries are slightly higher than some other comparable metro areas, while Charlotte is higher overall, and in housing, utilities, transportation, and miscellaneous goods and services.

Walden said that on the national level, things are looking up even if we don’t feel it directly.

“Since the middle of 2009, the economy has been in an upswing,” he said. “So we’ve actually been in an expansion (recovery) for going on five years. We’re actually at an all-time high despite it being a slow recovery.”

Aggregate production has totally recovered, which is the broadest indicator representing the overall economy. Exports have risen and are higher than in 2005. Household finances continue to improve, which is evidenced in consumer confidence and spending habits. Home prices are beginning to rise, home inventories are low, and inflation has been tame. All of those activities herald better times than anticipated, he said.

The job market has also come back. Although it’s not where most people would like it, job recovery now exceeds levels just prior to the recession. Unemployment levels continue to be a topic of discussion, but it is important to remember that the unemployment figures discussed in the news are from only one of six economic reports generated each month, Walden cautioned. This single report is based on a sample taken using strict criteria and does not reflect the complete picture.

But with the good news come realities created by the impact of technology. Higher-tech machines require fewer people in many jobs. For example, it is reported that half as many welders are employed today as there were 15 years ago because technology has reduced the need for workers. Many welding jobs have been sent to off-shore sources as well.

Another issue concerning jobs and unemployment is the noticeable drop in the labor force. However, this drop is caused primarily by baby boomers retiring, people staying in school longer, and skills and training that have become obsolete, Walden said.

Here at home, North Carolina has recovered faster than the nation as a whole, and the state’s job growth has kept pace. The state’s prospects include a projection of 100,000 net new payroll jobs, a jobless rate between 6.0 and 6.5 percent at the end of 2014, and 70 percent of job creation happening in Charlotte, the Triangle and the Triad.


Ann Thomas named Wake Forest 2014 Guest Services Volunteer of the Year

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Ann Thomas is the recipient of the Town of Wake Forest’s 2014 Michealle Bozman-Barton Guest Services Volunteer of the Year award.

Jannie Chaffin, a member of the Guest Services Volunteer Committee, made the announcement during the town’s fourth annual Guest Services Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre last month.

In presenting the award, Chaffin acknowledged Thomas’ “volunteer spirit,” along with her willingness to volunteer during the “lunch shift,” which is typically town hall’s most hectic time of day. Chaffin also recognized Thomas’ contribution of nearly 400 volunteer hours since the program’s inception in 2010.

The award is named in honor of Michealle Bozman-Barton, who was instrumental in establishing the town’s guest services program in 2010 and continues to serve as the program’s volunteer coordinator. Among their responsibilities, guest services volunteers welcome and greet visitors to town hall, direct individuals to appropriate offices and answer general questions.

In 2013, town hall’s 26 guest services volunteers contributed 1,469 hours of service. During the first quarter of 2014, participants donated 457 service hours.

Approximately 50 volunteers and Wake Forest staff attended the luncheon, which included remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones and Town Manager Mark Williams. The event was scheduled as part of National Volunteer Week April 6-12, billed as “a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.”

Previous winners of the Michealle Bozman-Barton Guest Services Volunteer of the Year award include Rosa Miller-Boykin (2011), Rob Rooney (2012) and Carolyn Cort Griffin (2013).

Young Rolesville students join to assist hospitalized children

Rolesville Middle School considers “service learning” an important component in the educational process.

Teachers Frances Patterson and Kim Davis challenged the school’s 6th grade, track 4 students to participate in a service project this school year.After meeting with Barbara Timmons of the Northern Wake Optimist Club, the students decided to take on the task of completing therapy dolls for hospitalized children.

Students and parents made generous contributions toward the construction of therapy dolls. Students were able to use club time, which is scheduled twice a month for 30 minutes, for doll construction.

With the assistance of parent volunteers, students traced and cut out patterns for dolls and gowns. The pieces were then sewn together by community volunteers. The dolls were returned to school to be stuffed and dressed by the students.

Third grade students of Julie Wiggins’ Rolesville Elementary School class heard about the project and wanted to become involved. They wrote notes of encouragement to go along with each doll.

With the help of parent and community volunteers, 22 dolls were readied to be delivered to UNC Children’s Hospital.This service learning project has made a lasting impression on students at both schools.

Book Review: The Tide of Darkness

Sun on My Face, Sand in My Shoes, Blood on My Hands

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Tide of Darkness book cover“Tide of Darkness – The Lost Colony Theater Murders” by Joseph L.S. Terrell. BellaRosa Books: Rock Hill, SC. $14.95. 226 pages.

On a particularly rainy weekend recently, I happily spent time at some friends’ old family home 30 miles from the center of Nowhere, NC, near the coast. No cell service, no WiFi. Plenty of wine, good conversation, excellent friends, and the chance to read without interruption.

I was, however, tempted away from my bliss by a literary carrot: a trip to the independent bookstore, Downtown Books, in Manteo on Roanoke Island, just one bridge from the Outer Banks. There, on the shelf reserved for local authors, was exactly what I had been looking for.

Joseph L. S. Terrell’s “Tide of Darkness – The Lost Colony Theater Murders,” was the perfect prelude to the beach season. I wasn’t familiar with the author, but he was local, the book was set in Manteo and the Outer Banks, and it was a murder mystery with true crime overtones. I’ve long had seeing “The Lost Colony” on my to-do list, and as far as I was concerned, this book had everything I wanted.

My reward was a knock-down, small town, tightly constructed murder mystery complete with wind, sand, surf and a true sense of both suspense and place. The fact that the story is related to a still-unsolved murder that had happened July 1967 catapulted its standing on my Reading List Intrigue-O-Meter.

Harrison Weaver is tired. Tired of deadlines. Tired of writing about death. Tired of loss. A newspaperman-turned-true-crime-writer, “Weav” decides to relocate to the Outer Banks, where sun, surf and fishing guarantee the opportunity to de-stress, deal with the loss of his wife and move forward. The minute he checks into his hotel, though, he finds himself face-to-face with a murder case that is a gruesome déjà vu of the one he had covered there four years earlier: a female cast member of the well-known seasonal outdoor drama “The Lost Colony” has been found strangled and dumped in the water.

Drawn into the investigation by his friend, Thomas Ballsford “Balls” Twiddy, Weav struggles with his desire to see this case through and the need to settle into a quiet beach life with his bass fiddle and parakeet, Janey. Sooner than later, things turn ugly and someone in town wants to eliminate Weav.

Terrell, once a true crime writer himself, skillfully sets up a variety of reasonable suspects. The prosecuting attorney backhandedly accuses Weav of committing the murder to prop up his faltering writing career. A young deputy spreads a rumor that Weav knows more about the case than people think. A show-off father and son seem a little too interested in the investigation. The theater’s maintenance man was friendly with both of the murdered girls. The play’s fight choreographer, who was last a part of the ensemble the year of the previous murder, is belligerent and uncooperative.

Harrowing experiences and the smallest clues building upon each other make this a well-crafted roller coaster ride. As a bonus, Terrell’s love and respect for the Outer Banks is evident on every page, the rejuvenating soft breezes and surf sounds offering the chance to exhale between actions.

“I needed to breathe in the softness of the warm air that came off the water … I had become so attuned once again to the ocean and it had become such a part of everything about life here, that I made listening for its sound part of my day. If I stopped and stood still, no matter where I was, it seemed to me that I could hear the waves breaking on the sand, the whisper and the surge, and sometimes the angry crash of the surf, churning white or muddy and green with sand and seaweed.”

If you love our North Carolina beaches, you’ll feel at home in this book. If you’ve not experienced even OBX, you’ll want to go. You’ll also want to see “The Lost Colony.” Great for an “anytime” read and perfect as a beach read, “Tide of Darkness” is a true treasure.


Local high school student to get unique look at U.S. Naval Academy

Marsalis Laushaw photoMarsalis Laushaw of Rolesville will spend his summer at the U.S. Naval Academy.
photo courtesy of dwight laushaw

Marsalis Laushaw, a student at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, was among the select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad invited to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year. He is the son of Dwight and Tanya Laushaw of Rolesville.

Summer Seminar is a fast-paced leadership experience for rising seniors in high school.  This program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering applying for admission to the Academy.

Summer Seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics and professional training are key elements in developing our nation’s leaders. Each student will attend a six-day session and experience a glimpse of USNA life.

Students will have the opportunity to live in Bancroft Hall and eat in King Hall along with participating in academic and leadership workshops. They will also participate in daily physical training involving group runs and conditioning exercises. They will experience first-hand what the Naval Academy has to offer through its exceptional academic, athletic, extracurricular activities and leadership training programs.

Each Summer Seminar student attends eight 90-minute workshops covering subjects from information technology, naval architecture and mechanical engineering, to oceanography, mathematics, history and meteorology. Students will also participate in seamanship and navigation classes and will take a cruise aboard a Navy Yard Patrol Craft to apply what they learn in class.

Naval Academy Midshipmen lead Summer Seminar with oversight by active-duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a prestigious four-year college that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.  More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. All Midshipmen are on full scholarship and have a choice of 23 majors.  They also study small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law as part of their education.

Upon graduation, midshipmen have earned a Bachelor of Science degree and go on to serve at least five years as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

Find more information about the Naval Academy at www.usna.edu or the USNA Admissions Facebook page.


Create a Sharing Vegetable Garden this Spring

By Michelle Roberson

Franklin County Master Gardener

It’s that time of year: the crisp, fresh air of spring, warm sun and garden centers filling up with wonderful treasures ready to be adopted and added to your garden. Now is the time to plant!

Plants available for purchase are always set out ahead of time to spark our desire to add amazing color as we burst from winter to spring. April is the time to buy; May is the time to plant.

I am always scolded this time of year because I buy early, and wait until May to plant. Why do I do this, you ask? The answer is simple: Our latest little freeze-pranks Mother Nature likes to play in the month of April is exactly why.

April is the perfect time to plan a sharing vegetable garden; May is the time for planting. Sharing vegetable gardens are designed to allow access to fresh fruits and veggies to anyone who may choose to take advantage of the opportunity for free, fresh-from-the-vine nutrition; paying it forward. It doesn’t take much effort. The work is small, the rewards are infinite.

Start by choosing an area that is accessible to all. Taking a soil sample is a very good idea (the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services charges a small fee on samples tested from November through April 1. From April 2 to October31, there is no charge.

To get a proper soil sample, dig down about 8 inches. Don’t moisten the soil, it’s dried out for testing and just makes a big mess when it’s wetted down. After submitting your soil sample, plan what you would like to plant to share.

Measure your area and draw it out. Be creative! Cucumbers, squash, pole beans, lima beans (vine) can be trellised. Strawberries serve a dual purpose; ground cover and, of course, the delightful fruit. Buy your seeds and seedlings as they become available. If you wait until it’s time to plant, they won’t be there to buy.

Cucumber, squash, zucchini and eggplant don’t transplant well; they are better to start from seed in your garden. Pole beans grow quickly and don’t require early starting time. Tomatoes can be started early and easily transplanted.

When the first weekend of May arrives, I plant. I plant in late afternoon or early evening to avoid or reduce transplant shock. Water well. If you can, set up soaker hoses attached to a timer. Set time to turn water on in early morning (around sunrise). Depending on the flow from soaker hoses, set it to run for about an hour. You don’t want the area to be over saturated; just the areas where seeds / seedlings are located to be damp.

Water daily until seeds sprout, then water every other day for a week. Then water two to three times a week as needed depending on the amount of rain. Soon, you will have an amazing sharing vegetable garden for all to enjoy!

Be sure to let your neighbors know what you are doing; they may want to get in on it. What a wonderful thing to have a neighborhood community garden, where each home has something different to share. Families can go out each day and pick fresh fruits and veggies for their evening meal!

Ticket to Reading Rewards

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Coach Roy Williams and the Rolesville middle school students who participated in the reading program.
Photo by Lisa Brown

Rolesville Middle School hosted the wrap up of the Ticket to Reading Rewards (TTRR) Program sponsored by General Parts Interna- tional/(GPI)/Carquest and the National Asso- ciation of Basketball Coaches. The program’s primary purpose is to encourage middle school students to read.

Nationally the program boasts that students have read upwards of 4 million books. Roles- ville Middle School, one of 150 schools par- ticipating, has read more than 40,000 books in the three years.

Deidre Lassiter, RMS Principal, challenged the students with first lines of popular books. Hands shot up and students called out the names with enthusiasm and excitement. It’s clear the program is working for this group who may not need extra motivation to read. Students were given such incentives as ice cream parties, water bottles, and key chains, and books all of which were funded locally by GPI.

The highlight of the rally may have been coach Roy Williams who was in attendance to both motivate and congratulate the group. Coach Williams, known for his success as coach for the University of North Carolina Tarheels basketball team, is certainly full of energy and encouragement.

Coach Williams is himself an avid reader making it a part of his every day life even in the hectic basketball season. He told the stu- dent it’s the last thing he does before going to bed and enjoys reading westerns, history, and motivational books. A quote he once heard served as motivation to him and he passed it along to the students: “You never learn any- thing by talking.” He reminded the students to continue reading and listening.

While he encouraged the students to con- tinue reading he also challenged them to pur- sue what they love to do. Coach Williams told the story of being offered an engineering scholarship while in high school. He went to school to tell his beloved math teacher that he would not be accepting it. He knew what he loved and really wanted was to be a basket- ball coach. Many likely thought the decision was ill-informed and silly but time has shown that his pursuit of what he loved to be the best decision.

The Middle schools participating in the TTRR challenge were East Garner Magnet, Easy Wake, Ligon Magnet, Longview, Moore Square, River Oaks, Rolesville, West Lake, West Millbrook, and Zebulon Magnet. Of these, 3 students from each of the ten schools were chosen as the top readers, receiving a certificate, trophy, t-shirt and a bag. The best prize of all may have been the personal pic- ture each took with Coach Williams.

GPI/Carquest has recently been sold and will no longer participate as a sponsor. Coach Williams assured the crowd that they will find a way to continue on and encourage middle school students to read independently and keep the habit throughout their lifetime as he has. As he states, “I read because I know it’s good for me”

Cow – A – Dunga!

No way this Rolesville High fundraiser flops

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The Cow Patty Bingo planning committee, from left, Jeannie Pulley, Ronnie Peoples, Susan Kuhns, Eric Culp and Ron Wall. The May 10 event at the Rolesville High football field will raise money for the athletic department.
photos courtesy of Jeannie pulley

Rolesville High athletic boosters are raising money for sports equipment by raffling off a $500 prize for the site of a cow’s call to nature.

“Cow Patty Bingo is our biggest and most ambitious fundraiser of the school year,” said Ronnie Peoples, a member of the Rolesville Athletic Club board of directors. “Its purpose is to raise monies to help support our student-athletes. One of our main goals is to raise funds to try to purchase a new activity bus.”

The fundraiser will be part of a larger free event held at Rolesville High’s football stadium on Saturday, May 10. The athletic field will be marked off in a grid of 3×3-foot squares representing chances purchased. The holder of the ticket for the square that receives a special bovine visit will win $500.

Tickets are $5 apiece and available from Rolesville student-athletes, members of the Rolesville Athletic Club or at Privette Insurance Agency until May 7. You can also email rolesvilleAC@icloud.com.

“It is our intent to not only raise money, but to also create an atmosphere of fun for all,” Peoples said. “We are going to have live bands, good food, dancers, games, activities, many different vendors, over 50 door prizes, the official unveiling and naming of our new school mascot, inflatables and more.”

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date is May 17), and Daisy the cow is to be let onto the field at 2 o’clock.

If more than one square is soiled, the one with the largest deposit will be declared the winner. If no cow patty is dropped, the winner will be determined at 4 p.m. by the square occupied with Daisy’s right front hoof at that time.

Bingo tickets will be available at the stadium until 1:45 p.m.

“We are planning to make this an annual event and hope that it grows and gets better with each year,” Peoples said. “It is our hope that as much of the Rolesville community as possible will attend and support this event in our attempt to provide for our athletic department.”

Winding Down a Year of Firsts

Meanwhile, Rolesville students are participating in many activities as the school’s inaugural year comes to a close. The school had its first honor roll breakfast on April 23 and its first career day on April 24. Students also took a field trip to N.C. State University on April 17.

“I am excited about the career day,” Principal Erika Lucas said in anticipation of the event. “This will give our students the opportunity to speak with local business owners and ask questions. Having the opportunity to participate in mock interview will also give students great feedback on the needs of the business world.”

Local State Farm Agent Jeremy Dimmitt had a booth at career day. “I had the privilege of participating both in the career fair and speaking directly to students in their classrooms,” he said.

“Cindy McPherson and her student ambassadors did a wonderful job serving and coordinating the event. It was a great opportunity to talk to the students about their dreams and aspirations. It was encouraging to see their energy and optimism and they seemed to enjoy learning about all the opportunities that are available to them.

“It was a pleasure to spend time with the students and be a part of the first ever Career Day at RHS,” Dimmitt continued. “I would definitely encourage all businesses in Rolesville to participate next year.”

Freshman Wesley Pritzlaff said career day “was a great opportunity to meet different professions and different colleges. It was a great experience and I learned a lot of new information. Everyone was very passionate about their work and did a good job interacting with the students.”

Remembering this Mother’sDay

Carolyn, Derwood, Sherwood

Carolyn Bobbitt, center,with twin sons Derwood, left, and Buzz Publisher Sherwood Bobbitt.
Photo courttesy oF Bobbitt Family


As I sit and think about how fast the year is going by, one thought can’t be ignored this month. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, 2014. Yes, it happens every year in May but this year is different for me. It’s the first Mother’s Day since I lost my mother.

There are many firsts in life that we remember and perhaps cherish. The first time we rode our bike without training wheels. The first time we got to drive alone after receiving our driver’s license. Maybe your first job, if you enjoyed it. Or your first girlfriend or boyfriend.

Then there are the moments that it will be the first time and it’s extremely hard. Like being without one of your parents for the first year of events, holidays, promotions and all of the positives that would make them proud.

For my family and me, it was August 21, 2013, when Mom passed away. A day that you never forget, but at the same time you wished you never had to go through. We all know that we can’t live forever, but that does not lighten the load.

Mothers and fathers have significant roles in our lives. They should be our real heroes. The ones that we want to be most proud of us when we have achievements in life. And the ones we want to be by our side when the moments are not so bright. But they also have different roles.

Mom was always the most nourishing while Dad was the one that was the most firm and direct. When you needed a Band-Aid and hug, you went to see Mom, while Dad was the go-to for the let’s build something. And the “occasional” few bucks when I was a little short on cash.

I was sick for 11 days in January of this year and did not leave my house. That’s when you really miss Mom. She was always capable of reducing the fever, even over the phone.

Mom did not leave my siblings or me without a full dose of herself. Often as I cook, bake and prepare meals, it is with the knowledge, or recipe, I received from her.

Weekly, and sometimes daily, I hear from one of my brothers or sister who is just checking in, as Mom did often. We are blessed that we all live locally. We all have individual lives and responsibilities but take the time to stay connected. Often, that’s a lost art in today’s fast-paced world.

Living in close proximity to each other also allowed us to easily rotate hosting events and holidays. Mother’s Day was one that I chose, so that makes this year even more challenging. Each mother attending received a traditional lily to plant, with my mother’s personally hand-delivered with enthusiasm. More importantly, we knew our parents were happy to have all of us together in the same house, as we were when we were kids. The exception being that they now enjoyed being waited on.

As I encounter families while out and about today, some have very similar values as we do and others not so much. There are times in our lives that we spend challenging our mothers and being reminded of that later in life. Some of those days you look back on and say, if I could do it over I would cherish the moment so I can remember the times. I find myself today talking to the mother of some of my friends in a way that I talked to mine. A day does not pass without the thoughts of what Mom meant to me.

This Mother’s Day will be a day of remembrance for me. One that I’ll be sure to plant an honorary lily. One that I’ll be sure to create a dish using one of those recipes. A day to be more than thankful for the times we shared and appreciative for the way she cared. And more than ever, know that she continues to watch over me.

Whatever way we choose to celebrate the day, there’s one thing to remember: there is no one like Mom. And with that I simply say, with love, Happy Mother’s Day Carolyn Bobbitt.


What does Christianity mean?

 Who are these people commonly referred to as Christians who live and work among us? Literally, they are “Christ-followers,” people who believe in God, believe in His Son – Jesus Christ – and believe God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Hence, they are also called “believers.” They have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins, believe in eternal life, and are generally honest and loving people.

 There are chapters in the history of Christianity that we wish could be rewritten – things like the Crusades and the Inquisitions – but that’s not possible. It is also true that Christ-followers sometimes depart from the faith and bring disgrace to the name of Christ. But all the failures of the past and present (which are due to the failures of man and not God) cannot overshadow the wonderful and good influence that the Gospel and the Bible have had on our nation and the world.

As we approach one of the most important times of the year for the Christian, Good Friday and Easter, it seems fitting to acknowledge some of the beliefs of Christians that are held to be “orthodox” and accepted generally across denominational lines.

 Christians believe in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus gave His life on the cross to secure salvation for all who will trust in Him. We believe that Jesus was buried in a tomb and rose from the dead on the third day. We believe that Jesus ascended into heaven, and will one day return to this earth.

 We believe that we have an obligation to walk honestly, to forgive freely, and to love unconditionally. This doesn’t mean that we refuse to take a stand for truth. It is because we do love that we are willing to tell the truth. A parent who loves his child will not hesitate to tell them, “No! You cannot play in the street!” It is a poor parent indeed who refuses to tell a child “No.”

 So when, as a Christian, you are ridiculed for telling the truth or standing for Biblical principles, remember: you have no choice, you can do nothing less, for you are, after all a Christ-follower.  And that means something!


HerbFest Returns for 10 Days of Cultivated Fun

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Look around downtown Wake Forest, and you’ll see herbs and the ubiquitous rosemary hedges growing freely as a result of past Wake Forest HerbFests. And it’s that time of year again when herbs, vegetables, and perennials combine with music, education and activities for the 10-day event.

HerbFest 2014 kicks off on Friday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and runs daily through April 27 at Wake Forest’s Festival Park on South White Street.

According to the festival’s website, HerbFest features non-GMO (genetically modified organism) plants and has the “largest selection of non-GMO organic herbs, heritage tomatoes, heirloom vegetables, and locally-grown perennials for our climate” and gardening zone 7B. HerbFest growers are known for unique and unusual herbs, many of which are difficult to find elsewhere and sell out quickly.

Promoting herbs as plants isn’t all that HerbFest is about, however. Landscaping, environmental considerations, herb crafting, cosmetic soaps, educational seminars, and healthy cooking and eating all play a part in the festival. Volunteers will offer assistance and information regarding herbs and their many healthy uses.

On April 19, HerbFest will feature “Franklin Academy Day.” Students from the high school will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide free activities for children, including face painting. There will be free live music from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. by the school’s jazz band, two small combo groups, small choral groups, and a rock band. The students are led by Franklin Academy High School’s band director, Tony Robinson.

In addition, the White Street Brewery, Wake Forest’s only local brewer, will be on hand to pour its handcrafted beers.

Those looking for something different to do on Easter Sunday, should look no further than HerbFest, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

HerbFest continues through the following weekend, but hours will be limited to 3 to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. A fresh crop of plants is scheduled to arrive on Friday, April 25, and everyone is encouraged to come out to see what’s new to buy.

Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, April 27, the last day to buy plants, hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While there’s hope that all herbs and plants will be bought during the 10-day festival, remainders at the end of the final day will be donated to a variety of charities, schools and beautification projects. Proceeds benefit the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment.

The lighthearted humor of the organizers is evident on the event’s website: “Events are free, no admission charge, pets welcome, children on leash, please :) ” Also, all events are “Subject to Whims & WEATHER,” it advises.

For further information and to stay current with offerings and activities, see HerbFest on the web at herbfest.net, on Twitter @HerbFest, and on Facebook at facebook.com/HerbFest.

Black bear hunting changes

By Mike Zlotnicki

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved hunting regulations in February for 2014-’15 that include establishment of a bear-hunting season in the Piedmont and allowing the aid or use of unprocessed foods for bear hunting on private lands as long as the bear is not actually consuming the unprocessed foods.

The action, announced in a commission news release, came during the regularly scheduled Wildlife Commissioners’ meeting to consider wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2014-’15 seasons. The adopted fishing and hunting regulations will take effect August 1, 2014.

The adopted bear hunting proposals will help maintain a healthy bear population in North Carolina, said Dr. David Cobb, the commission’s chief wildlife biologist. The recommendations were the direct result of the state’s 10-year Black Bear Management Plan, which uses science-based decision making, biologically sound management principles and public input to guide the decision process.

The Wildlife Commission held district public hearings in January and an open comment period that ended February 14 on all conservation proposals. The commission also held a series of regional public meetings in October 2013 to discuss the Black Bear Management Plan specifically, which included the possibility of creating a Piedmont bear hunting season.

The decision on the use or aid of unprocessed foods corrects a previous inequity between hunters with hounds and stationary or “still” hunters. In past seasons, bear hunters could release hounds at or near sites containing unprocessed food products, but still hunters were prohibited from taking a bear in an area containing bait.

For more information on North Carolina’s black bears and hunting regulations, as well as bear research and management, go to www.ncwildlife.org/bear.

Bass tournament results

Seventy-four boats braved bad winter weather and slick roads to compete in the Boats Unlimited N.C. Team Tournament held March 8 out of Farrington Point at Jordan Lake. The lake level rose almost 2 feet during the course of the tournament. Only 28 fish were weighed in for a total of 104 pounds. The results were as follows:

  1. Todd Massey of Chapel Hill and Brandon Gray of Bullock; two bass, 12.15 pounds, $1,305.
  2. Manny Lenau of Vass and Brandon Morrissey of Fort Bragg; three bass, 11.53 pounds, $800.
  3. Tony Fofi of Spring Lake and Dave Murdock of Sanford; two bass, 9.38 pounds, $575.
  4. Larry Hipps of Cary and Patrick Arzonico of Raleigh; two bass, 8.01 pounds, $520.
  5. Rodney Hilber of Hillsborough and Kenneth Penderman of Durham, two bass, 7.26 pounds, $463.
  6. Corey Linton and Mark Peck of Pikeville; one bass, 5.52 pounds, $407.
  7. Jim Nichols of Chapel Hill and Jeremy Martin of Rougemont, one bass, 5.07 pounds, $351.
  8. Erik Ross and Les Walters of Fayetteville; two bass, 4.92 pounds, $295.
  9. Tim Goss of Franklinton and Jeff Vincent of Durham; one bass, 4.68 pounds, $239.
  10. Bubba Haywood of Roxboro and Steve Goodwin of Durham; one bass, 4.51 pounds, $239.

For more information about the tournament, contact Phil McCarson, tournament director, at 919-971-5042 or go to piedmontbassclassics.com.


Relay For Life adds 5K Run to May Celebration

Runners of all ages are invited to lace up for the first Marga-Relay-Ville 5K run on Saturday, May 17, at Heritage High School in Wake Forest. The charity run will be part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life that weekend at the school.

Registration for the timed 5K requires a $25 donation to the fight against cancer. Sign up at www.NorthernWakeRelay.org and look for Relay 5K, or contact Melissa Kobelinski at melissa.kobelinski@cancer.org or 919-334-5228.

People in wheelchairs, wagons, strollers and walkers are also invited to take part (but no pets or bicycles).

Vendor booths are available for $25 and commemorative race shirts are $15 each.

Every dollar raised through the 5K goes to the American Cancer Society’s efforts to eliminate cancer and support those battling the disease. The race starts at 9 a.m.

Relay For Life, which starts at 6 p.m. May 16, is an overnight celebration of cancer survivors, complete with a luminaria ceremony, food, live music, games and activities for kids.

For details about Relay, contact Marty Coward at 919-556-6870 or martycoward@nc.rr.com.

Cheating Dad O’s Commentary

 Written by O Morris

 Dear O,

I think I saw my friend’s dad out with another woman. He didn’t see me but I clearly saw him doing a whole lot of flirting, kissing and clutching with this lady. H even had his hand on the small of her back. Should I tell my friend? We have been as close as sisters for years.


Dear Flustered,

In a word, NO! Stay out of grown people’s lives or, as my mother used to say, stay out of grown folks’ business.

Listen, from time to time we find ourselves in the middle of some very uncomfortable situations. It’s natural to want to blurt out what we really feel or, in your case, what we may have seen but, darling, sometimes people just need to mind their own business.

You have two choices: Say nothing to anyone because this is not your business. Or tell your girlfriend what you saw and run the risk of very possibility being called a liar. And even more important, you risk losing your friend.

Besides, what exactly would you tell her anyway? You THINK you saw her father kissing another woman and touching her in way that you THINK was more than friendly, and you THINK this is something your friend’s mother doesn’t know about and might not be OK with?

What is the best possible outcome in your mind here? You tell your friend, she tells her mom, who then confronts her dad. They have a meaningful discussion about their marriage, misconceptions are aired and resolved, recommitments are made and everyone lives happily ever after and you have saved the day! Holy delusional, Batman!

This will happen only in the land of Peter Pan and the Easter Bunny. This whole situation will flop as bad as a sequel to “Soul Plane.”

My point here is that you have no idea what is going on in anyone’s marriage. They could be separated and have decided to see other people. Maybe they have an open marriage where having a chick on the side is part of the agreement. That does happen, you know.

And at the end of the day, this situation isn’t really about them. It’s about you. You’re standing there watching this man flirt and you’re thinking about how horrible you would feel if someone was cheating on you, and no one told you. You are transferring your own fears, indignation and concerns onto this situation and, on some level, I really do understand.

Yes, no one wants to be taken advantage of. I get that. So let’s just for argument’s sake consider what would happen if you do tell.

Well, let me tell you that even if things are not going so well in this marriage and because of your meddling it ends, do you know who your friend and her mother will blame for its demise forever and a day? You guessed it … T0hat person would be you.

Even if leaving her husband was the best decision she could have made for her and her kids, when she is missing all the good times she and her husband shared she will again blame you, and so will your friend, her daughter.

Baby girl, sometimes infidelity is a cry for help. If this man is acting inappropriately in such a public way he may be hoping to get caught. But not by YOU!

My advice: even if your friend calls crying and vomiting and complaining about her father, SHUT UP and just listen. You can sympathize, you can empathize; but under no circumstances should you tell her what you saw. Anything that happens in a married couple’s relationship should be their decision.

You might be thinking Al Green “Let’s Stay Together,” but her mom could be thinking grits!

Here’s the bottom line: People are accountable for what they do. If you share this with anyone, you run the risk of being driven out of town by a bunch of angry villagers carrying torches.

Another word to the wise is that I sincerely hope you have not shared this information with anyone else. Because – real talk – if you told a single soul about this, you could wind up reading about it on a Facebook page, with the gossip trail leading directly to you. Say nothing. Just show love to your dear friend.

“Love Stinks”

-J. Geils Band


Did you ever tell what you saw and regret it? Write me o.morris@rolesvollebuzz.com.

Pete Smith Auto Awards Big Check to Franklin County Food Pantry Millionth customer status nets $5,000

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

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Keith Smith of Pete Smith Automotive Group presents the $5,000 check to Nicki Perry of FCDSS.
photo by Jeanne e. Fredriksen

On a cold, rainy Friday morning in March, the atmosphere was electric as happy faces lit up the Care and Share depot in Louisburg. The reason was simple: a check for $5,000.

Keith Smith of the Pete Smith Automotive Group presented the check to Nicki Perry, Franklin County’s Director of Social Services, in honor of being PSAG’s one-millionth customer. Social Services turned the money over to Care and Share, the county food pantry. Care and Share also received a supply of Pete Smith’s own brand of barbecue sauce, Shop Sauce.

The race to see who would end up being the one-millionth customer had been ongoing. When the Smiths realized they were closing in on the mark, they knew they had to do something special.

“The first thing I did was to get all of our vendors onboard – like Quaker State, Walker Auto, Bridgestone-Firestone, all of them – to help promote this,” Keith Smith said. “They were great in helping us.”

Deciding how to recognize that milestone customer was easy enough. “We felt that a prize of $5,000 worth of services wasn’t going to be as good as cash because cash always works well,” Smith said. “It’s something flexible that the recipient can use however they want to. We couldn’t be happier that Social Services was our millionth customer and is receiving our grand prize money.”

The Care and Share food pantry began operation in 1985 through the inter-church council. In 2005, Social Services absorbed it to keep it from folding. The pantry serves approximately 480 qualifying families each month and is staffed by eight to 12 volunteers who organize, pack and distribute the food.

“We want to thank Keith (Smith) for all of the work he does with us,” said an appreciative Perry. “He’s a great community partner, too. In general, he does a lot of sponsorships for us. We’re the lucky ones who were the millionth customer.”

Dog Skin Problems Are Likely Due to Allergies

It’s spring; flowers are in full bloom and the tree pollen is everywhere. My allergies are at full force and Taylor has started licking his paws again.

Pet allergies, and especially dog skin allergies, are very common. Food, carpeting, blankets, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, plastic food dishes, furniture stuffing and ornamental plants all have the potential to trigger allergies in dogs.

In some instances, a highly allergic pet may have several allergies at once. The severity of allergies, which can be seasonal or year-round, varies greatly. The most common symptom from an allergy is intense itching (known as “pruritus”), which may be localized at spots or might be systemic, covering the pet’s entire body.

Contact Allergies. Fleas are a common source of contact allergies. Other common contact allergens include grasses, hay, plants and trees. Toxins and chemicals (pesticides, carpet cleaners, etc.) provide additional potential sources for skin problems for both outdoor and indoor dogs. If a pet is seldom exposed to fleas, a single fleabite can inflame a dog’s skin for several days.

Food allergies are generally due to ingredients in your pet’s food or treats. Symptoms of food allergies include itching and/or noticeable digestive trouble. A food allergy can be a reaction to almost any ingredient, such as soy, wheat, yeast or beef. Food allergies are so common that pet food manufacturers have invested millions of dollars in research, development and promotion of diets to help with food allergies in dogs.

Inhalant Allergies. With inhalants, pollen is the most common type of allergen, but cigarette smoke, air fresheners or other airborne pollutants can also be problematic.

Skin problems caused by allergies are known as “allergic dermatitis.” Regardless of what causes the problem, this condition is common but a challenge to diagnose, can last a lifetime and, once identified, can be resistant to treatment.

Dogs with inhalant dermatitis will lick and chew at their paws and scratch their face, eyelids and ears. Others may erupt in hot spots or their skin may redden and be intensely itchy all over.

Sometimes there’s a bad smell, called “seborrhea,” associated with allergic dermatitis, often because of a secondary infection.

Seborrhea is a skin disorder in which the outer layers of the skin, the sebaceous glands, and the follicles are over-productive, leading to dull fur, dry flakiness and smelly oiliness. This sebum, which becomes rancid, is the source of the odor. Frequent bathing, especially with a harsh shampoo, can irritate the skin and make this condition much worse.

The list of symptoms is endless, but severe itching is the common ailment.

In addition to being difficult, diagnosis of allergies is time-consuming, very costly, and often inconclusive. As a result, allergies are seldom properly diagnosed, and instead, the symptoms are treated in hopes of relieving the pet’s discomfort.

These treatments may include topical medications, soothing baths, ointments and sprays, oral antihistamines, or steroids. Caution: If you are sent home with a prescription for cortisone, or your dog has been given a cortisone shot “to stop the itching,” your dog may ultimately be worse off than before if the true diagnosis happens to be an unrecognized case of Sarcoptic mites.

The burrowing Sarcoptes scabiei mite can cause Sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious skin disease.

A key point to remember is this that there is no cure for allergies. What we can do is avoid the food, material or parasite that is triggering the immune response, and treat both the symptoms and the resulting infections to restore the skin to good health.

Always, at the very first sign of itching, look for broken skin, a bite, a sore or any irritation, and apply a good antiseptic salve or lotion to kill the infection and prevent the irritation from getting worse. In most cases, this is the only remedy you will need.

Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique at 929 Heritage Lake Road, Wake Forest, has a full line of all natural flea defense and skin care products for your pet.

Summer fun, summer options

By Jeanne e. Fredriksen

With the summer fast approaching and the traditional calendar schools near- ing the end of the year, we put together a list of area options for kids.



Art Buzz Kids Summer Camp.

Ages 5-9. 3325 Rogers Rd, Ste 115, Wake Forest. (919)453-0552. Half-day camps, arts and crafts. wineanddesignnc.com/wakeforest


Artful Mind, The.

Grades K-12. 1952 S Main St, Wake Forest. (919)556-1285. Theme-based integration of the arts. theartfulmind.net


Dragonfly Art Camp.
Grades 5-8. 15633 Andover Ln, Wake Forest. (919)946-1264. Arts and crafts, backyard camping, cooking, nature hikes and more. dragonflyartfarm.com

Sunflower Studio Art Camp.
Ages 6-up. 214 East Jones Ave, Wake Forest. (919)570-0765. Art workshops are two days per week and focus on the fundamentals of drawing and painting. sunflowerstudioswf.com


EasiHorse Farm.
Ages 5-up. 2309 Easy Horse Trail, Wake Forest. (919)528-773. Experience the joy of working with horses and other animals while learning kindness to animals. easihorse.com/schedule.html

Happy Trails Horse Farm.
Ages 5-13. 704 Dogwood Hill Lane, Wake Forest. (919)528-7968. No horseback riding experience is necessary. Kids enjoy other activities such as arts & crafts, swimming, playground, hiking, basketball, horseshoes, fishing, cooking, movie with popcorn. happytrailsfarm.us

Moonshine Farm.
Ages 6-up. 1009 Lawrence Rd, Wake Forest. (919)656-5611. Day or weekly camps available. Demonstration of basic equine knowledge; how to behave around and handle a horse; and a horse ride. moonshinefarm.com




Spanish for Fun.
Ages 2 mos-6. 222 Capcom Ave, Wake Forest. (919)883-2061. Spanish Immersion Camp is a unique opportunity for your child to learn Spanish in a fun and natural way. spanishforfun.com





Rock Music Camp.
Ages 8-18. 1839 S Main Street Ste 340, Wake Forest. (919)453-1688. Summer camp “rockers” will work in a band with like minded musicians to write and perform an original song along with cover tunes in a grand finale concert to conclude the camp week. raleighmusiclessons.com




Camp Invention.
Grades 1-6. 1753 Long Mill Rd, Youngsville. (800) 968-4332. Solve real-world challenges in preparation for the 21st century. campinvention.org

Robotics & Innovation.
Ages 8-up. 1839 S Main St, Wake Forest. (919)355-6263. Theme-based adventures requiring no previous Lego Mindstorm robotics knowledge encompassing science, technology, engineering, and math principles.  robotics-wf.com/


Camp Chillin’.
Ages 5-12. Polar Icehouse at The Factory, 1839 S Main St, Wake Forest. (919)229-4989. A week long activity camp emphasizing sports-based activities in a non-competitive environment organized by a professional staff. icehousewakeforest.com

Challenger Soccer Camp.
Ages 3-16.121 Redford Place Dr, Rolesville. (800) 878-2167. Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada. challengersports.com/britishsoccercamps.aspx

CrossFit Wake Forest Kids.
Grades K-5. 5101-M Unicon Dr, Wake Forest. (919)348-9311. Call for sessions. Health, fitness, field trips and more. crossfitwakeforest.com

Granite Falls GF4 Summer Camp.

Ages 4-13. 800 Granite Falls Blvd, Rolesville. (919)562-8895. GF4 is short for Granite Falls Fitness, Fun, and Friends. Summer camp sessions are fitness focused and include daily swim lessons and recreational swim time as well.  resources.granitefallsclub.com/youth-programs/summer-camp-camp/




Camp Blazing Trails.
Rising grades 1-5. 701 Harris Rd, Wake Forest. Contact jonathan.daniel@ymcatriangle.org. Half-day camp focuses on respect for the environment and the great outdoors. Activities may include hiking, exploring Mother Nature, crafts, service projects and educational sessions with special guest speakers. ymcatriangle.org/programs-and-services/camps/camp-blazing-trails-wake-forest


Camp Kanata.
Summer Day Camp: Rising grades 1-6; Overnight Summer Camp: Ages 6-15. 13524 Camp Kanata Rd, Wake Forest  (919)556-2661. Through the YMCA, Camp Kanata offers summer day camps, summer overnight camps (M-F), and weekend mini-camps that feature horseback riding, canoeing, sports, drama, water safety, kayaking, swim lessons, and much more. campkanata.org


Camp Kerr.
Rising grades K-5. 2500 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh Contact Caitlin.Herrion@YMCATriangle.org. Camp Kerr is a full-day summer camp located in Northeast Raleigh which offers swimming, playing sports, singing songs, and participating in activities, such as archery, arts & crafts and YMCA games. ymcatriangle.org/programs-and-services/camps/camp-kerr-summer-camp-northeast-raleigh Camp


Funtastic Kids.

Ages 5-12. 6410 Rogers Rd, Rolesville. (919)453-6445. Creative theme weeks give campers a chance to explore and have hands-on experience: Science, Music & Dance, Sports, Health and Nutrition, Art, Community, Reading, and Math Weeks. funtastickids.net/

Kids Educational Center III.
School age. 1020 Jones Dairy Rd, Wake Forest. (919)554-3721.
Kids Educational Center VI
School age. 3250 Forestville Rd, Raleigh. (919)266-0346.
Summer activities and field trips, including swimming, bowling, movies, libraries, parks, museums, dance classes, cooking/baking. kidseducationalcenter.com

Kids R Kids.
Kindergarten to 12 yrs. 1941 Heritage Branch Rd, Wake Forest.  (919)453-2543. Nature Kids is a summer camp that provides 10 weeks of discovery, creativity, and learning based on the natural world that lives right in our own backyards. wakeforestkidsrkids.com/

Primrose School.
Ages 5-10. 844 Heritage Lake Rd, Wake Forest. (919)453-2554. Arts and crafts, computers, field trips, general sports/games and more.  primroseheritagewf.com

Right Time Kids.
Ages 5-12. 918 Gateway Commons Cir, Wake Forest. (919)554-8030. Arts and crafts, basketball, computers, general sports/games, rock climbing and more. Call for sessions. wakeforest.righttimekids.com/

Town of Zebulon Summer Camps.
Ages 6-14. 1003 N Arendell Ave, Zebulon. (919)823-0432. Various sports plus sewing, weather, cheerleading, science activities, etc. townofzebulon.org

Tumble Gym.
Ages 4-12. 1839 S Main St, Wake Forest. (919)569-9547. Gymnastics, tumbling, playing games, making art projects, outside time, and so much more. thetumblegym.com

Wake Forest Parks and Recreation.
Ages 6-12. 301 S Brooks St, Wake Forest. ( 919)435-9560. A full-day recreational summer camp program designed to enhance your child’s summer experiences through arts and crafts, education, nature, and recreational and sporting activities. wakeforestnc.gov


Always check or ask about locations where activities will be held; what your child should bring; prerequisites for enrollment, and when camps/classes/sessions will be held that are appropriate for your child. Some camps offer sibling discounts.

Easter Events Call for Kids to Join the Hunt


Hop to an Easter event and activity near you and make sure to bring a basket and your camera! There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny!

  • Rolesville will hold its annual Easter in the Park Community Egg Hunt for children up to age 12 on Saturday, April 19. More than 10,000 eggs will be hidden throughout the park, including golden eggs for special prizes. Gates to the park open at noon and the first egg hunt starts at 1:30 p.m. The event is presented by the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce and member sponsors.

The hunt is divided by age groups with the youngest going first. There will be other fun activities as well, including food and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

The hunt will take place at the Rolesville Main Street Park, at 500 Scarboro Street (behind Sanford Creek Elementary School).

For more information call the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce at 919-562-7069.

  • The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 5, in E. Carroll Joyner Park at 701 Harris Road.

Over 10,000 Easter eggs will be hidden throughout the park, including golden eggs worth special prizes. The first hunt for children up to age 3 begins at 10 a.m., and the final hunt for older kids ends at 2 p.m.

The Town of Wake Forest has an app, and complete information about the Easter egg hunt (among other things) is provided under the “Egg Hunt” function. Once the app is downloaded, residents will be able to access egg hunt times, parking information and more. Search for “Town of Wake Forest” at iTunes, App store or Google Play.

In case of rain, the hunt will continue at the same time but move to Flaherty Park Community Center at 1226 N. White Street in Wake Forest. If you have the app, any schedule changes will be sent directly to you. Also look for updates on Wake Forest TV 10, Wake Forest’s Facebook page, and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569.

  • The Town of Wendell and The Passage Church will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for children up to age 10. There will be 7,000 eggs hidden, and there will be other activities, including a telling of the Easter story by the pastor of The Passage Church. The hunt will be held in the t-ball field at Wendell Park.

Contact the Town of Wendell Parks and Recreation at 919-66-2266 or The Passage Church 919-366-6101 for information.

  • Knightdale will hold its Easter Eggstrordinaire on Saturday, April 12, with the first hunt for children up to age 3 starting at 11 a.m. There will also be music and activities at the Knightdale Station, 810 North First Avenue. For more information, call 919-217-2236 or visit www.knightdalenc.gov.
  • Zebulon will hold its Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 12, beginning at 10 am on the front lawn of Municipal Complex at 1003 N. Arendell Avenue. For more information, phone 919-832-0432.

North East Wake Backpack Buddies Teams Up with Chi Rho Omega Chapter of AKA to Combat Child Hunger

by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

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Tables of food being set up for packing to distribute to 120 area school children.
photo by JEannE E. FrEdrIksEn


            There are many national and international organizations whose mission it is to fight hunger, and everyone is familiar with the name of one or another. However, in Rolesville and Wake Forest, North East Wake Backpack Buddies is the organization working to provide food for hungry children on a regular basis. On March 27, 2014, almost two dozen people, including members of the Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, came together for the weekly setup and packing of food bags. What made this packing session different from others was the fact that delivery day would occur on the last school day before spring break for traditional calendar schools.

            NEW Backpack Buddies packs food bags for school children specifically to help them through the weekend because, as their slogan states, “…hunger doesn’t take the weekend off.” Students on the traditional calendar won’t have a delivery while they’re on break, so volunteers enhanced the food bags with a full size jar of peanut butter to provide extra protein for the week. More than half the jars needed for the week’s bags were provided by the sorority.

            The organization relies on the schools’ social workers, counselors, and teachers to determine which children would benefit from the program. Once identified, Backpack Buddies must get permission from the students’ parents, and the forms to be filled out are supplied in English and Spanish. The bags of food are discreetly distributed to the children before they leave for the day and contain food for the weekend.

            According to Board member and Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Selna, NEW Backpack Buddies decided two years ago to use plastic bags rather than backpacks for distribution purposes.

            “The kids put our bag into their own backpack, it maintains their privacy, and we know that the food gets to the kids in a sanitary way,” she explained.

            “Everything regarding Backpack Buddies is done by volunteers,” Selna added. “We have a nine-person Board of Directors that is all volunteers. The people who pack and the people who deliver are volunteers.”

            President Lena Gott said, “We have approximately 175 volunteers in all, and it’s a good mix of people. Our volunteers come from many different organizations, churches and youth groups. I originally got involved through a mom’s group I was in, and we would help pack.”

            One such volunteer organization is the Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The chapter serves the communities of Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, Wake Forest, and Rolesville. Global Poverty is one of AKA’s initiatives and they work diligently to alleviate poverty locally, nationally, and internationally.

            BriAnna Walker is the Global Poverty Lead for the 80-member chapter. “It’s each individual chapter’s responsibility to find different organizations that cater to poverty on the local level. It’s my job to find opportunities (those opportunities). We’re here to volunteer to work and serve, and we’re glad that these backpacks are going to students who are right here in our service area.”

            The food program is funded solely by donations – corporate and individual. 100% of donations go toward the children as there is no paid staff. Started at Rolesville Baptist Church, the program continues to be headquartered there even though as a 501(3)c organization they’re independent of the church.

            A storage closet for the food and a room for organizing and packing are donated by the church to the Buddies.

            Selna said, “We pay nothing (for the space), and we’re incredibly grateful for that.”

            At times, however, space is limited since they try to keep three weeks’ worth of food on hand. With 200 children in the program and approximately 150 bags delivered each week, that’s a large amount of food on hand.

            “Space is a constant issue,” Selna said, “so instead of having food drives, we ask for donations of money instead. Then we do our shopping, keeping an eye on prices so that we’re good stewards of the money we have. Also, the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina donates approximately 25% of our food. They give us enough food to feed approximately fifty children every week.”

            For more information about the program or to sign up as a volunteer, go to newbackpackbuddies.org. For more information about the Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, go to Bottom of Form chirhoomega-aka.com

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Wake Forest Mayor Delivers Optimistic State of the Town

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By Jeanne e. Fredriksen

jeanne.fredriksen@ rolesvillebuzz.com

When Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones took the podium at the packed Renaissance Centre to deliver the State of the Town Address on February 17, she focused on people, community, and growth. The 40-minute address was both upbeat and forward-looking.

A positive beginning set the tone: “Several organizations have ranked us as being a good place to live in one way or another,” Jones said. “You know you really have it made when NerdWallet ranks you one of the top five in anything!”

Jones took time to acknowledge the town’s natives, long-time residents, and “newbies.” She also spoke of the loss of town notables, including dedicated town employee Jon Ray; Hope Newsom, who championed the Senior Center; Steve Tarangelo, the beloved owner of LaForesta Café; Juanita Dent Core Hopkins, who lived to be 109 years old; and Barbara Brown, who led the creation of many parks and other facilities.

Wake Forest town employees were applauded for their dedication and service to the community, specifically the public works team, the police force, and planners and engineers who are instrumental in enhancing life through their participation in various events and programs.

Jones also spoke of the upcoming bond referendum. “At this point we are considering two bond referendums totaling about $25 million for streets, sidewalks, parks, and recreation facilities,” she said. Details are forthcoming, but as Jones acknowledged, the residents “will have the final input with (their) vote in November.”

Jones checked off an impressive list of accomplishments, goals that have been met, and things in the works.

To solicit residents’ input, an online forum called “What Do You Think Wake Forest” went live. The online suggestion box asks residents to submit their answers to posted questions. One result of that input is park restrooms will be open year-round starting this spring. Another request was for Pickleball courts, which will be installed at Wake Forest Middle School and at Flaherty Park. (Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.)

The number of participants in town baseball programs has exploded, as has participation in basketball programs. The Arbor Day Celebration, Easter Egg Hunt, and Halloween Spooktacular continue to draw large crowds. Add to that the Mardi Gras Festival, classic car event, Farmers Market, plus White Street Brewery and Brooks Street Bowl.

Among the annual crowd pleasing events that spill out of downtown are Meet in the Street, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Wake Forest Garden Club, the Tour of Artists, Friends of the Library Book Sale, Kiwanis Club Bingo Mondays at The Factory, and Rotary Club Comedy Night.

Younger residents are offered kid-centric programs as well. The Kids-in-Parks TRACK Trails program at Joyner Park, made possible by a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield, encourages kids to “unplug” and record their hikes to earn incentives by exploring nature. A variety of programs presented in Wake Forest by the North Carolina Museum of Science gave hands-on learning opportunities to more than 225 children who participated in the Children’s Science Program.

Open space from the greenways to Joyner Park and more planned community developments are increasing the town’s desirability. A new town nursery at Joyner Park grows trees and shrubs to be transplanted to town properties. A Tree Steward program designed to maintain the town’s 14,000-tree urban forest works with the nursery, and 40 Tree Stewards now volunteer to plant trees in parks, greenways, and street corridors.

Other environmentally sensitive projects include filing for two Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grants and a Wake County Wide Open Space grant. A successful Adopt-A-Stream program assists in recording findings at specific sites.

As for the town itself, The National Main Street Program recognized the revitalization of Downtown Wake Forest along with economic growth and the protection of historic buildings. Public art now enhances the new streetscape, and plans are being made to include art on the greenways.

“Over the past three or four years, the Town has invested heavily in the Renaissance District and this investment has spurred over $6 million in private investment in the District since 2011,” Jones said. “We have seen a significant increase in the number of people visiting downtown. Many (downtown merchants) have reported that 2013 was one of their best years ever.”

The town’s arts and culture programming kicked into high gear with the purchase of the former Tuxedo Junction and adjacent space on Brooks Street. The property was transformed into the Renaissance Centre, which saw its grand opening in November 2013 with a full weekend of music, comedy, theater, and art. Beginning March 7, the Centre will hold “First Friday Flix,” and many more events and performances are planned.

To meet the goals laid out in the Strategic Plan for the town, Jones emphasized that flexibility and focus are essential. “We must keep our plans in front of us, reprioritize, add to them, and even change them when necessary, but all the while keep working toward the same goal, the development of our community.”

Side Note:

The Wake Forest State of the Town Address will be broadcast on cable channel 10 during March at 8 a.m., noon and 6 pm. It is also available on the Town of Wake Forest website at wakeforestnc.gov.

For information about The Renaissance Centre, go to wakeforestnc.gov/renaissance-centre.aspx

My 3-year-old Has A New Act

Written by
O Morris for the Rolesville Buzz

Dear O,

I have a 3-year-old daughter. Lately she has been exceptionally rude, has started to talk back to me, and is have screaming fits in public. I’ve tried punishing her and I’ve told her she can’t talk to me like that, but it has not worked. I don’t know what to do. I want to find the best way to stop this bad behavior. Can you give me some advice?


Dear Princess,

I hate to break this to you, but unless you believe in spankings you are asking the wrong person. I know there are new-school ways of handling disobedience in children these days but do they work? I sure can’t tell. I have seen some of the saddest displays of children being rude, bad and just plain old out of control lately and, to tell you the truth, none of the tactics (or lack there of) that I’ve seen have done anything but make me feel sorry for everyone including the out of control kids.

My nearly 40-year-old son was a very good child but whenever he even thought about sassing me I would wear his little behind out. No apologies here. No one had those labor pains but me. Besides I’m from the old school of thought that if your child has no respect or boundaries when it comes to you, how on earth will they have respect or boundaries when it comes to teachers? How will they have respect for other people of authority, including law enforcement?

No, sir. I always thought that it was better my child leaned obedience from me before I let him loose on the world. There was no way I was going to reason with a child who was too young to know what respect even meant.

Now in a perfect world, spanking would never be necessary. But finding spanking supporters isn’t as challenging as you might think.

A child knowing exactly what they can and cannot do is the foundation of happy and successful offspring that are honest and respectful of their parents, other adults and themselves. Kids should know that being openly defiant will result in punishment.

Now I’m not trying to promote or discourage spanking. I’m just saying it worked for me. No kid wants to be spanked. But no mother should be demoralized or feel like they are at the mercy of a small child. No one who attends to them for health reasons or in a learning situation should either.

You are responsible for their behavior, so you can’t just pretend little Sally isn’t making a complete nuisance of herself and hope and pray she will stop. And you can’t let her get away with back talk. After all, your child gets her guidance from you. It’s normal for them to test boundaries.

Talking back and being disrespectful, that should not be tolerated. You have to set the ground rules from the very beginning or the teen years will be unbearable.

I have seen parents struggling with misbehaving children and it is always awkward to witness. But what is even more awkward is watching mothers totally ignored as they try to reason with a child too young to realize the stress they are causing. I am all for a swat on the bottom and, if possible, do it in private. The aim of the punishment is to teach the child they have done wrong, not to humiliate them.

But while privacy is important, I think you should not hesitate to take your child to an area where diners or shoppers will not be bothered to carry out the promised discipline. Privacy is secondary to setting clear rules and your child understanding that discipline with be sure, and swift. Plus it has been my experience that if you discipline in a loving manner, you should not be concerned with onlookers and what they might think. This is your child and your