Zebulon Native Serves in Japan Aboard Forward-Deployed Ship

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thedoore Quintana, Navy Office of Community Outreach • September 2017

Zebulon native Seaman Carolina Ramirez

Seaman Carolina Ramirez
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

A 2015 East Wake High School graduate and Zebulon, N.C. native is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown. Seaman Carolina Ramirez is serving aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

A Navy seaman is responsible for maintaining the material readiness of the ship.

“The best part about being undesignated is that I can familiarize myself with various rates, more than your average sailor can, so when I strike I will be well prepared,” said Ramirez.

With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the U.S. has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world.

“Our alliance is rooted in shared interests and shared values,” said Adm. Harry Harris, U.S. Pacific Command Commander. “It’s not hyperbole to say that the entire world has benefited from the U.S.-Japan alliance. While our alliance helped stabilize the region after the Second World War, it also enabled the Japanese people to bring about an era of unprecedented economic growth. And for the last six decades, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have worked side by side with the Japan Self Defense Force to protect and advance peace and freedom.”

Commissioned in 1986, Germantown is the second Navy ship named after the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown. With a crew of more than 900 sailors and Marines, Germantown is 609 feet long and weighs approximately 16,000 tons. Designed specifically to operate landing craft air cushion small craft vessels, Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have the largest capacity for these landing craft out of any U.S. Navy amphibious ship.

“I love the fact that everyone here at this command is so nice and they really help you a lot, the people here do not let you down, they have your back,” said Ramirez.

Sea duty is inherently arduous and challenging but it builds strong fellowship and esprit de corps among members of the crew. The crew is highly motivated and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

“Serving in the Navy means that I can fight for my country and at the same time the Navy is making me a better overall person,” said Ramirez.

The Navy’s presence in Sasebo is part a long-standing commitment.

“The U.S.-Japan alliance remains the cornerstone for peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Harris.

Travis Manion Foundation to Host Annual 9/11 Heroes Run

— September 2017

The Travis Manion Foundation will host the inaugural Raleigh 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race at 8 a.m., on September 23 at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive in Apex. The race will unite the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who serve our country and our communities. Proceeds from the 9/11 Heroes Run will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K national race series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day. Now in its tenth year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world.

“As I reflect on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 Heroes Run, I’m in awe at the number of communities across the country and around the world that have united to honor all those touched by the events of September 11, 2001.” said Ryan Manion, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “We challenge all Americans to join us this September, to ensure our next generation never forgets the sacrifices of our veterans, active duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.”

Last year, more than 50,000 people participated in race locations around the world or as virtual runners, to support military, veterans, first responders and their families through TMF. National sponsors of the events include Comcast NBC Universal and CBS Radio. To learn more and to register, visit www.911heroesrun.org.

Better Lighting Coming for Interstates and Major Highways Across North Carolina

— September 2017

It will be a brighter drive along many interstates and major highways in North Carolina, because of a $30.8 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to upgrade more than 10,600 roadway light fixtures at more than 350 locations across the state.

In addition to improved lighting, the agreement with Trane U.S. Inc. and J. Brady Contracting, Inc. will also save the state money, as it is expected to result in more than $56 million in reduced electrical and maintenance costs over the 15-years. That savings will primarily come from switching from existing high intensity roadway lights to longer-lasting and lower-maintenance LED lights.

Improvements are planned for lights along such interstates as I-95, I-40, I-77 and I-85, as well as I-440 and 540, and the Triangle Expressway in the Raleigh-Durham area, I-485 and I-277 in Charlotte, I-73/74 in the Triad, and I-240 and I-26 around Asheville. Several non-interstate highways around the state will also see lighting improvements.

The contract also calls for upgrading more than 12,000 building lights, including those at rest stops and visitor centers around the state, in addition to weigh stations and NCDOT county maintenance facilities.

The project includes the installation of a lighting and control system that will not only support the maintenance of the lights, but it will also save and measure energy usage and lower costs.

Construction work is scheduled to start in September of 2017, with the initial locations still being determined. The light and equipment installation should wrap up in November 2018.

Veterans’ Services Offer Wide-Scale Opportunities

— Douggy Johnson • September 2017

Even though Veterans Day is two months away, the veterans of Wake County have plenty to be excited about. As many as 1,000 veterans are expected to attend the Veterans Experience Action Center (VEAC) in Cary – some from as far away as southern Maryland. This VEAC is a partnership between the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Wake County Veterans Services to allow veterans the rare opportunity to engage the VA face-to-face. Veterans can find out the statuses of their pending VA claims or can sit with an experienced veterans’ services officer (VSO) to learn how to start a VA claim. The VEAC will be held at the Herbert Young Community Center in Cary, NC from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16, 2017.

While the VEAC is a great opportunity within the veterans’ community, Wake County veterans don’t have to wait for events like the VEAC to apply for benefits. The Wake County Veterans Services Office has been offering facilitative services for Veterans Affairs’ and North Carolina veterans’ benefits since 1981. Its main office hours are by appointment from 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. at 3000 Falstaff Rd. Monday through Friday.  In addition, Wake County offers appointments at the County’s Northern and Southern Regional Centers once per month (second & fourth respectively) Call 919 212 VETS top schedule an appointment.   Veterans Services also provides home visits to veterans physically unable to meet at an office. Some of the most sought after VA benefits are VA Compensation for those veterans who were injured during their military service, VA Pension for economically challenged wartime veterans with exorbitant medical expenses, VA Education and VA Healthcare. The Wake County VSOs are technical experts who are in tune with the VA and its expectations for claims’ outcomes.

Wake County is North Carolina’s most veterans’ populous county where almost 60,000 veterans and their families call home. Like many other Wake County residents from other areas veterans are separating from their NC military base and not returning to their original home state. They may be drawn to the many conveniences NC has to offer like the beaches and the mountains being hours away; or the state’s relatively “doable” cost of living; or the state’s amenable weather.

Veterans who visit the Wake County VSO can expect great customer service. The office consistently receives very high customer service surveys regularly exceeding the 90% threshold of “very satisfied” veterans.

Tri-Creek Greenway Crawl September 30

— September 2017

The Wake Forest Greenways Advisory Board will celebrate the opening of 3.7 miles of new trails in the area greenway system on Saturday, September 30, during the Tri-Creek Greenway Crawl.

The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the newly constructed sections of the Smith, Sanford and Dunn Creek Greenways. The ribbon-cutting will take place at the trailhead near Foundation Drive – next to Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. The ceremony will include brief comments by Mayor Vivian Jones and other local dignitaries.

A scavenger hunt highlighting several interesting features along the length of the new trails will follow.

Free and open to the public, the Tri-Creek Greenway Crawl will include exhibits, handouts and special prize giveaways. The VFW Chuckwagon will also be onsite selling hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and other sweet treats.

For more information, visit our website at https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/tri-creek-greenway-crawl.aspx or contact Assistant to the Town Manager Candace Davis at cdavis@wakeforestnc.gov.

Forest Moon Theater presents “California Suite” September 15-17 & 22-24

— September 2017

Forest Moon Theater will present “California Suite” September 15-17 and 22-24 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday showtime is 3 p.m.

If the walls in room 203 of the Beverly Hills Hotel could talk, these are four comic stories they would tell of couples who crossed the threshold. Confrontations over custody, sexual orientation, infidelity, and disastrous vacations are all material for Neil Simon’s incisive humor. Wrap up your summer with this trip to comedy in California.

Please note: This production, contains adult situations and strong language. It is recommended for mature audiences only.

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.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Heroes of Two Worlds: Michael & The Marquis exhibit set for September 22-24 at the Little House Museum and Gallery

— September 2017

Spend much time around Rolesville and the phrase “George Washington Slept Here” is one vague observation you’ll hear from time to time.

Historic Rolesville Society - Lafayette

Plaster bust, Little House collection, after “Marquis de Lafayette, before 1789,” by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Photo by Patricia Roseman

Like that 1942 film – the comedy starring Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan – this phrase references a rural spot where folks believe our first president once stayed. In both cases, local lore is based on a bit of misinterpretation. The truth behind Rolesville’s legend may prove more fascinating.

This tale rarely notes the full name of the fellow – Georges Washington Motier de Lafayette – who actually visited our area with his famous father. George’s dad was the French Marquis de Lafayette or, simply, General Lafayette to the colonial troops he led in America’s bid for independence. After the Battle of Brandywine and the hardships of Valley Forge, Lafayette returned to France in 1797 to bestow his friend’s name on a newborn son while gathering reinforcements that turned the tide and changed the course of history. 

Now add in local patriot Michael Rogers, first sheriff of newly formed Wake County and also one of our state’s colonial representatives. Colonel Rogers fought at the Battle of Moore’s Creek and led local militia under Governor Caswell. Rogers’ son, Colonel Allen Rogers, also led militia and was known for his inn on family land at Rogers Cross Roads, a landmark that survived into the 1960s.

Our heroes blazed parallel trails to victory, but Lafayette’s path continued onward with his celebrated return to America. The national hero’s story intersects local legacy when son George and Lafayette were hosted at the inn by Michael Rogers’ surviving son.

Historic Rolesville Society’s founding president, Michael Bailey, models fashionable HRS militiawear. Photo by Terry Marcellin-Little

“If you want to hear more about these fellows, visit Little House Museum and Gallery’s upcoming exhibit spotlighting important donations to Historic Rolesville Society from the Rogers family and Wake Cross Roads Church,” Museum Director Terry Marcellin-Little said.

Featured gallery artists include goldsmith Janice Eagle Roberts of Janice Originals in Wake Forest, offering a few gem creations with insight into the historic “marquise cut.” Copper artifacts on display at the museum inspire copper works by Rolesville artist Kevin Kirkendoll.

Marcellin-Little notes the newly formed Historic Rolesville Society is heating up its 2017 awareness campaign at the Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin’ BBQ & Bands event on September 16.

“Please stop by the HRS tent to see artifacts and become an HRS sponsor,” she said. “You’ll help us meet the W. Harold (Hal) Perry Challenge. Mr. Perry became a sponsor at $10,000 and challenged us to get 50 new sponsors at any level for an additional $15,000.”

HRS Vice President Lou Sellett added, “There’s a movement afoot to form a Revolutionary Rolesville Militia and build a 12-pound cannon.”

Historic Rolesville Society

HRS members, with banner and costumes, participated in the 2017 Rolesville July 4 parade.
Photo courtesy of Historic Rolesville Society

“The militia,” Sellett noted with a smile, “is gender-neutral. Required uniforms may vary, while powdered wigs remain optional.”

Interested recruits may sign up at the BBQ for what Sellett describes as a “militia based on shared American ideals. History starts here!”

“Heroes of Two Worlds: Michael & The Marquis” opens September 22-24, with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, two HRS walking history tours on Saturday that begin at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.  at Main Street Park. The museum at 201 N. Main Street offers additional tours at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking is available at Main Street Park and town lots at Main Street and West Young.

For more information, find Historic Rolesville and Little House Museum Gallery on Facebook, call 919-271-0923 or go to www.littlehousenc.com.

Wake Forest Dance Festival to debut all-day park event

— Suzanne M. Blake • s.blake@n-que.com • September 2017

Wake Forest Dance Festival - Masha Maddux

The Wake Forest Dance Festival’s director is Mariya “Masha” Dashkina Maddux, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company in New York City. Maddux is a professional concert dance performer and dance educator living in Wake Forest. Photos provided by Masha Maddux

Masha Maddux was just 4½ when she watched a dance performance in her home country of Ukraine that changed her life aspirations forever. After that, Maddux knew her main dream: to dance.

Now, Maddux is bringing an all-day dance festival to Wake Forest’s E. Carroll Joyner Park in hopes that the September 30 event could evoke a similar calling in future dancers and introduce residents to professional talent as well.

Maddux became inspired to create the event when she saw Joyner Park shortly after moving to Wake Forest from New York.

“The first time I went to Joyner Park and I went out there and saw the stage and this lightbulb went off. It just got under my skin, and that’s when I knew. It was past the inspiration part. I was driven there,” Maddux said.

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Professional dancer Bailey Shaw (left) and Wake Forest Destiny Dance Institute student Chloé Neunsinger dance at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road in Wake Forest.

The festival will commence with an educational technical rehearsal, followed by dance performances in select areas of Joyner Park to combine nature and art. The activities will end with a more formal, staged performance that night. Manuel Barriga and wife Mayerlin Munoz are just two of many professional dancers who will take the stage.

“I think it’s a great idea to be outside and perform for people for free so people can just come out and enjoy a nice performance, which is not usually something people can do here. So I guess that and also, in my personal case, performing with my wife, which is not something that we’ve done before,” Barriga said in describing what he looks forward to at the festival.

Barriga hails from Holland but was trained in Madrid, Spain. He has worked for dance companies in California and New York and most recently in Raleigh with Carolina Ballet.

Another professional dancer is Renay Aumiller of Renay Aumiller Dances, or RAD, a company based out of Durham that travels across the United States. Aumiller will bring a performance called “Breathing Lessons.”

“This dance started as an exploration of the broad concept of change. I wanted to see if changing the way I move could change the way I think. If I could find a new way of patterning my movement, would my mind more easily accept and deal with larger changes?” Aumiller said. “This particular solo works with the breath slowing and speeding up, holding and letting go as a catalyst for the movement performed by the dancer.”

The performances planned for this pioneer festival, from dance companies in the area and professionals from all over the world, signifies something deeper for Aumiller.

“This festival highlights the growing North Carolina dance community. It gives our state one more opportunity to celebrate dance, in all its forms, in a fresh and exciting series of events. It means that there is possibility for growth in dance visibility and appreciation in Wake Forest and beyond,” Aumiller said.

For Maddux, the goals of the dance festival are almost endless.

“I would love for people to be inspired and walk away with a feeling of joy, a feeling of having learned something new, new experiences that will be memorable,” she said. “Maybe there will be a couple of new students who were not students prior to that who are now interested in taking dance. I would love to present that type of opportunity to somebody else.”


Pilot.dog makes difference as unique dog rescue group

— Suzanne M. Blake • s.blake@n-que.com • September 2017

Pilot.dog - "Dude" the plane

“Dude” is the 1974 Cessna 182 airplane that serves as transportation to all of the rescue dogs Steve and Pam Rhode save by relocation. Photos courtesy of Steve and Pam Rhode

If you look up in the sky one day, you might not know it, but a rescue dog could be soaring above in a 1974 Cessna 182 airplane named “Dude.”

This dog would be among the 125 animals Steve and Pam Rhode, the founders of Pilot.dog, have saved by flying rescue or shelter dogs to be relocated to safe places.

The Rhodes, originally from the Washington, D.C., area, moved to Wake Forest 10 years ago from the U.K. Steve is the publisher of the Wake Forest News and a certified instrument and drone pilot. In 2015, he and his wife, Pam, took up a new venture and founded the nonprofit Pilot.dog to address the plight of many strays and rescue dogs in the South.

Pilot.dog - Steve and Pam Rhode

Founders of the Pilot.dog organization Steve and Pam Rhode hold one of around 125 animals they have saved via their unique service of taking rescue dogs in bad situations to the location of a safe rescue or home.

“We’ve loved dogs all our lives, and we’ve always had a family member who has a dog, so being compassionate people, doing what we could to help dogs find better futures seemed like a no-brainer,” Steve said. “We fly. Dogs needed help. I wish it was something sexier than that, but it’s not. We saw the need to help rescues relocate dogs from overcrowded kill shelters in the South to rescues who had a waiting list of people to adopt dogs in the North.”

During these transports aboard “Dude,” Pilot.dog frequently accepts volunteers to stay in the back of the plane with the dogs as the “designated cuddler,” volunteer Dorothy Ledford said.

The experiences and the memories that volunteers gain on the flights have been transformative for them as well.

“One of the puppies, June, she was so scared the whole time, and she just had to lay there buried behind my back. She had to be touching, and then Benny just slept the whole flight like you wouldn’t believe,” volunteer Michele Bobe said. “These were the sweetest puppies, and these puppies were found chained up in someone’s yard in just not a good situation. If I moved a fraction of an inch, she would move as well. You can’t forget these two mushes. They were amazing.”

Pilot.dog - Volunteer Dorothy Ledford

Volunteer Dorothy Ledford holds rescue dogs Molly, Polly and Lilly in the back of the Pilot.dog airplane as they transported them to Maryland. All of the dogs had been abandoned by former owners.

Ledford, who volunteered on a flight in April 2016 and this past May with Pets for Vets, felt compelled to help as a dog-lover.

“That just seemed like it was a win-win for everybody. Both flights we’ve taken multiple animals, and it just does your heart good. Steve and Pam are amazing, and Pilot.dog is amazing. They give up their time and the use of that plane and the donations for the gas, and they just do it out of the goodness of their heart. It’s such a feel-good thing,” Ledford said.

Ledford said she felt like a “temporary mother” for the dogs she cuddled with and took care of during the flights. She had a message she wished she could impart to the animals.

“They don’t know it, but their futures are about to change, and the looks in their eyes as they look up at you with trust. You want to go, ‘I wish I could explain to you what’s coming. You know, you’re going to be so happy,’ ” Ledford said.

The pilot, volunteers and rescue groups all come together to lead these dogs to a better life. For pitbulls Gus and Goblin, this included becoming therapy dogs.

“Our volunteers are people who love dogs and are excited about flying with us,” Steve said. “We love to bring people along to help share the experience. It’s not often you get a chance to spend a few hours cuddling a dog and know you help make a dog’s life better today.”


Magic Pipers to headline “FNOW After Party” September 8

— August 2017

The Magic Pipers will headline the first “FNOW After Party” at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Friday, September 8.

The popular Raleigh-based band, which kicked off the 2016 and 2017 Friday Night on White outdoor music series, will perform inside the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – following that evening’s Friday Night on White concert featuring Crush.

FNOW After Party tickets are on sale for $5 each (plus tax) at www.wakeforestnc.gov/fnow-after-party.aspx. A limited number of tickets are available, and the event is expected to sell out in advance. If not, then tickets will be available at the door. Tickets will also be available for purchase during the Aug. 11 Friday Night on White at any of the three Town of Wake Forest points of sale tents.

Food and refreshments, including pizza and popcorn, will be available for purchase at the after party, along with beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Anyone wishing to purchase beer and wine will be required to present age identification.

Designated drivers will be eligible to receive two complimentary soft drinks or waters during the after party. To be eligible, you must be at least 21-years-old with a valid driver’s license.

White Street Brewing Company, Wake Forest Acoustical Corporation, Gladwell Orthodontics, McPherson Family Eye Care, Hasentree by Toll Brothers, Benchmark Community Bank, Superior Medical Staffing, The Dental Care Center and Coastal Credit Union have generously agreed to contribute to the FNOW After Party. Additional sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton at 919-610-4916 or abolton@wakeforestnc.gov.

The FNOW After Party is designed for area residents ages 21 and older. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/fnow-after-party.aspx or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Rolesville Mayor Pro Tempore Ronnie Currin Elected Chair of TJCOG Board of Delegates

— August 2017

Rolesville Mayor Pro Tempore Ronnie Currin Elected Chair of TJCOG Board of Delegates 

Commissioner Ronnie CurrinTriangle J Council of Governments is honored to have Rolesville Mayor Pro Tempore Ronnie Currin serving as the newest Chair of the TJCOG Board of Delegates for Fiscal Year 2017-18. In his new role, Mr. Currin will lead a board of thirty-seven delegates from across Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Wake and Johnston counties to make key decisions on programs, initiatives and future opportunities that span across the Triangle J region. Mr. Currin has served as a delegate on the TJCOG Board since 2006 and as an elected officer since 2015. He has been a strong advocate for both the region and his local community.

“The Town of Rolesville is honored to have Mayor Pro Tempore Ronnie Currin not only serving as our representative on the TJCOG Board of Delegates but also as the Chairperson”, said Rolesville Town Manager Bryan Hicks. “He brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the table. Mr. Currin has worked hard for the Town of Rolesville for almost 20 consecutive years as an elected official. He has the greater good of the community and region at heart bringing a common-sense mentality to the important issues at hand. The Town of Rolesville congratulates Mr. Currin for this wonderful achievement.”

The FY 2017-18 officers for the TJCOG Board of Delegates consists of the following: Chair Ronnie Currin representing the Town of Rolesville, First Vice-Chair Rebecca Wyhof representing the City of Sanford, Second Vice-Chair Jim Crawford representing Chatham County, and Secretary/Treasurer Bethany Chaney representing the Town of Carrboro.

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. Learn more at www.tjcog.org

Louisburg College Honors Outgoing Alumni Board President

— August 2017

Louisburg College - Alex Cheek

From left to right: Jamie Patrick ’84, Director of Alumni Relations, Alex Cheek ’94, outgoing Alumni Board President and Chad Barefoot, Vice- President for Institutional Advancement. Photo courtesy of Louisburg College

On Saturday, July 15, the Louisburg College Alumni Association Board of Directors recognized outgoing board President Alex Cheek ‘94, of Louisburg, N.C., for four years of dedicated service. Cheek led the board of 28 members for two consecutive terms. As a gift of appreciation to Cheek, the College commissioned a personalized, framed print of the Louisburg College Main Building by Cary artist Jerry Miller.

Cheek’s successor is Charles Knight ’87 of Elon, N.C. Knight will serve as Board President through 2019. Mr. Knight also serves on the College’s Board of Trustees.  Knight has a long legacy of Louisburg alumni family members. Most recently, daughter Caroline graduated from Louisburg College in 2014.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors fosters and helps maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the College and its nearly 15,000 alumni. It is comprised of Louisburg College alumni who represent the interests of alumni to the College and advance its mission through service and financial support.

Great Books to Get Kids Excited for School

— August 2017

(StatePoint) As kids head back to school, you can help put them in a learning mindset by beefing up your home library.

Here are a few new books to consider that can make learning fun, as well as support STEAM education initiatives.

Photo source (c) Andrey Kiselev – Fotolia.com

It’s Elemental

Created in association with the Smithsonian Institute, “The Elements Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table” is an easy-to-understand guide to the 118 chemical elements that make up our world.

Cataloged by type, each element’s properties and atomic structure is explained. More than 1,000 full-color photographs showcase the natural forms of each element, as well as a wide range of unexpected everyday objects in which each is found, to make them relevant to a child’s world. This guide brings the periodic table to life for children ages 9 and above.

Creative Coding

For kids ages 10 and over, “Coding Projects in Python” teaches those with some experience already how to build graphics, games and useful apps. All they need is a desktop or laptop, and an Internet connection to download Python 3.

Instructions illustrated with pixel art teach essential coding basics, like loops and conditionals, and outline seven fun projects, including a script that cracks secret codes, a quiz to challenge family and friends and a tic-tac-toe game. Once kids are feeling confident, they can creatively use the tips and tricks provided to personalize each project.

Coding is a sought-after skill that teaches kids how to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically.

Kitchen Adventures

With easily prepared recipes, visual step-by-step instructions and charming designs, “Look I’m a Cook” is a great activity book for parents and little ones to share. From ice pops to chocolate muffins, more than 20 hands-on recipes for kids aged 3-6 will help children discover everyday science and cook up fun-filled food.

Scientific Discovery

More than 20 hands-on projects await kids aged 3-6 in “Look I’m a Scientist.” From an iceberg animal rescue to stretchy slime, each sensory-friendly activity becomes an exciting science experiment that’s easy to prepare and create. Visual step-by-step instructions make it a fun activity book for parents and kids.

Fun Formations

Colorful and informative, “My Book of Rocks and Minerals” gives kids the expert knowledge they crave and will have them digging deep to discover all they can about rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils, from the deepest caves to outer space.

From crystals to glow-in-the-dark minerals, illuminating images provide a closer look at amazing geological formations. Kids can take their fascination one step further and use the catalog and activity pages to help them collect and group rocks to discover how different rock types fit into the world around them.

Applied Science

“Maker Lab” includes 28 projects and crafts requiring only household materials. From exploding volcanoes to race balloon rocket cars, photographs and facts detail the “why and “how” of each experiment using real-world examples.

Help make this school year a success by offering kids fun learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Rolesville Puts Emphasis on Resident Veterans by Adding Web Page

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

When the Town of Rolesville held a public dedication for its newly constructed Veterans Memorial in May 2016, the attendees included more local veterans than had been expected. Town employees were surprised and touched.

“It was truly a pleasure to watch them gathered together, and I recall the mayor (Frank Eagles) and I remarking at how many of Rolesville’s citizens are veterans,” Robin Reif, the town clerk, said recently.

Seeing so many veterans in attendance helped Reif realize many more veterans reside in the area and that some may need or want assistance of some sort.

With that in mind, a web page, Veterans Services (http://rolesvillenc.gov/veterans-services/), has been added to the town’s website to help veterans learn about and obtain services they may not be aware of. The town can act as a liaison and assist veterans in getting in front of someone to find help and resolve issues more quickly and fully.

Veterans' Web Page screenshot

During the administration of former Gov. Pat McCrory, the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members and Their Families was instituted to focus on job creation, work enrichment, health and wellness, legal and financial services, and benefits. The intragovernmental group strives to help the 800,000 veterans living in North Carolina.

Reif attends the monthly meeting, which provides information and resources specifically targeted to shelter, employment, benefits, healthcare, caregiver support, legal assistance and other topics.

“I hope to continue to bring back information and resources from these meetings that can be posted on the web page and be an ongoing source of information and referral for our citizen veterans,” Reif said.

Town Manager Bryan Hicks is confident in a staff he knows will serve all residents of Rolesville, but Reif will be especially important to veterans.

“The veterans who live here in Rolesville are an important part of the community. Robin, our Town Clerk, comes from a family of veterans, and making sure their needs are met is close to her heart,” Hicks said. “Her initiative to reach that certain part of the community is worth applause.”

Reif hopes to learn from veterans themselves what they would like to see on the site and what services they need.

“In short, as a municipality, when presented with an opportunity to serve a large and unique demographic, you go where the need is,” Reif said. “We are public servants and want to be there for our citizens. It is just a bonus to possibly give back, honor and show respect to a unique demographic that has already given so much to its country and community.”

She doesn’t plan to stop at just creating a web page.

“I personally would like to see our veterans gathered for Veterans Coffees like they are holding periodically in other areas of the state,” she said, “but what it boils down to is what they need and what they would like to see happen.”

RHS Has a New Band Teacher, Tim Kohring

— Gabrielle Ryan • August 2017

Rolesville High School is welcoming a new member to its music department, Tim Kohring. After teaching band at Rolesville Middle School for four years, Kohring has taken a position as band teacher at RHS. He says he is excited to begin teaching at a newer school.

Timothy Kohring

Timothy Kohring

Kohring, who also is a conductor with the Triangle Youth Orchestra since July 2008, comes to Rolesville High armed with honors including Teacher of the Year at both North Garner Middle (2011) and Rolesville Middle (2015). In July 2014, he earned he earned his National Board Certification, and in February 2016, he was a semi-finalist for Wake County Teacher of the Year. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004 with a Bachelor in Music (Music Performance) and again in 2005 with a Masters of Arts in Music Education, he spent 12 years teaching middle school band.

This will be his first time teaching at a high school, and Kohring says he has always been intrigued by high school brains.

“High school brains think longer-term than the middle school brain does … a lot more creative because they have more of a base of knowledge,” Kohring said. “Since they have more experience and knowledge to draw from, they can come to conclusions that are a lot more complicated. … They can sometimes come up with conclusions that I didn’t think of.”

For example, he said, a student of his was put in charge of signing up students in class for a trip to a drum corps show. The student had come back with a signup spreadsheet that included phone numbers and a way to collect money for the trip. That proved to be an example of how Kohring enjoys helping to point the direction and watching students run with it.

When Kohring was asked what he wished to accomplish while at RHS, he gave an unusual answer. “Unnecessary,” he said. His goal, he said, is to make everything that happens in the band room happen whether he is in there or not.

“My job is to teach students how to be their own leaders, their own educators, how to be their own musicians,” Kohring said.

As an example, he cited a program in South America where older students teach younger students, and by the time the younger students become the older, they’re better than the older students were. Kohring believes his job is to empower his students to do this in ways not limited to music.

Dhedra Lassiter, principal of RHS, said she believes what empowers Kohring’s teaching abilities and style with the students is that he “lives and breathes music,” and even more than his love for music is his commitment to the growth of students. She expects that Kohring will bring a high level of expectation to the RHS band.

“His standards are high for his students, but not more so than they are for himself,” Lassiter said.

Adriene Vaglio, Kohring’s former co-worker and a dance teacher at RMS, also sees that Kohring creates high expectations in his classroom and will not allow his students to fail. Another thing she believes Kohring will be able to accomplish at RHS is giving his students a love for music.

Kohring said his decision to get into music was his fun band classes growing up. He would go on trips with the band and compete with the group as well as individually. Music was big in Kohring’s family, too. Although he admits that his mother was terrible at playing instruments, his father was a drummer. In first grade, Kohring asked to play the piano and played that up to sixth grade, when he started to play in the band.

Kohring decided to be a music teacher due to his own music teachers growing up. His band teachers were always his favorite teachers, and they instilled a lot of what he believes made him who he is.

“They always seemed to be having fun,” Kohring said. “What better job to do than one you’re going to have fun doing?”


Knightdale native participates in live-fire exercise aboard USS Princeton

— July 2017

Knightdale NavyWATERS OFF GUAM – Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Brittany Spicer, from Knightdale, N.C., loads
an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise aboard the Ticonderoga-class
guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59). Princeton is currently on an underway period
in the 7th fleet area of operations. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely
for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger/Released)

American Heritage Girls Troop to Hold Ice Cream Social July 27

— July 2017

Are you looking for a meaningful scouting group for your daughter(s) that is focused on faith, service and fun? You should consider our local Wake Forest American Heritage Girls troop!

Founded in 1995, the American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered, non-profit organization, dedicated to building young women of integrity while embracing our Christian values.  We offer a wholesome character and leadership development ministry for girls, ages 5-18.

Our local Wake Forest American Heritage Girls Troop 4673 is having our annual get-to-know-us event and ice cream social on July 27th at 6:30pm at Hope Lutheran Church on Rogers Road in Wake Forest.  We invite all families who may be interested in joining this amazing organization to come out for this event and learn more.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact our troop at ahg4673@gmail.com

UNC Asheville Announces Spring 2017 Chancellor's List and Dean's List Students

— July 2017

University of North Carolina-Asheville

The Chancellor’s List is made up of full-time students who have achieved a 4.0 grade point average.

The Dean’s List is made up of full-time students who have achieved between 3.5 and 3.99 grade point average.


Alexis Moon — Chancellor’s List


Fatin Ishraq — Dean’s List


Emily Ashlan Andrews — Dean’s List


Anna Margaret Slayton — Chancellor’s List

Wake Forest

Olivia Louise Allen — Dean’s List

Casey Collen Clennon — Dean’s List

Summer Coby — Chancellor’s List

Ty Austin Higginbotham — Dean’s List

Trevor Charles Jenkins — Dean’s List

Darby Rebecca McKnight — Dean’s List


Sloan Alexandra Hunt — Dean’s List

Tianna Berne’ Knuckles — Dean’s List


Zachary Mason Carter — Dean’s List


A note from the publisher

— Sherwood D. Bobbitt, Publisher, Rolesville Buzzsherwood.bobbitt@rolesvillebuzz.com • July 2017

Rolesville Buzz Bee logoAs I look back and read through the article written by our Managing Editor, Jeanne Fredriksen, I fondly remember the town I was introduced to 10 years ago. Not big, by population, but larger in life than most may have known. While I was not working in Rolesville at that time, my twin brother was a resident.

My daily commute to Rolesville stated after I had recently been displaced from a newspaper publishing company that I had spent over half my life working at that time. That’s when I joined the Rolesville Buzz. As I reviewed the ten years of publishing, I recognize that we still do many things the same even though much change has taken place around us. We still publish monthly and are still true to our roots, the good news that the community wants to read about.

With the growth that Rolesville, Wake Forest and other surrounding areas have experienced, we are even more challenged for revenue dollars with the list of publications in the area steadily expanding. But the good news is that we are using our years of experience and knowledge to expand our product list and offerings.

We are no longer just a monthly community newspaper but have transformed into a print services operation that includes a newspaper with a hyperlocal reach. Today, we provide our ever growing customer base with a long list of marketing and promotional items to go along with reaching the community through the Buzz. Many days we find ourselves knee deep in business cards, postcards, banners, flyers, and direct mail.

We still enjoy what we do and we are extremely excited about the future, especially with more grown and expansion in Rolesville. That alone will provide us lots more fun and amazing opportunities. We look forward to adding several more decades to being a part of this community including publishing the Buzz.

Many thanks to our current, past and future writers, graphic artists,  account representatives, etc. that help us get all of our products completed. A huge thanks goes out to our advertising and marketing partners for believing in us over the past 10 years. We value each and every relationship. And last but not least, an enormous thanks goes out to our readers and the community for allowing us to be a part of your lives. We appreciate YOU!


Hard Work Equals Success for Main Street Grille Owners Tom and Roselie Halik

— Susan London • susan.london@rolesvillebuzz.com • July 2017

Part 8 in a Series on Local Small Business Success Stories

The Main Street Grille

The Main Street Grille on South Main/ U.S. 1A,
open since the fall of 2010, is one
of Wake Forest’s popular restaurants.
Photos by Susan London

Along U.S. 1A in Wake Forest, less than a mile from the N.C. 98 bypass heading toward downtown, is an unassuming strip mall anchored by a gas station and inhabited by a nail salon, a Chinese restaurant and a diner. The diner is no greasy spoon, and the owners are no fry cooks.

The Main Street Grille, open since the fall of 2010, is owned by Tom Halik and his wife, Roselie. They are the kind of people who, when newcomers meet them for the first time, seem as though they’ve been friends for years. Indeed, family friend Natalie Valchar describes the Haliks as quintessential hosts. “It’s clear they really care about people,” she said.

It’s appropriate, then, that the art of feeding people has shaped their lives.

Tom Halik found a love for cooking when he started preparing food for his fraternity house. When he got a job making sandwiches in a gourmet food store frequented by staff of the French embassy, one of the members ended up referring him to a well-known cooking school in Paris. “It was a God shot,” Tom said.

He graduated from the acclaimed École de Cuisine La Varenne in 1982 and was chef at the U.S. Embassy in Iceland before settling at the Fifth Avenue Epicure in Manhattan. There, he met Roselie, for whom he credits much of his success.

“We became instant friends,” Tom said.  “My wife is an incredible graphic artist. She’s wildly talented. Unfortunately, she’s always in the background, and I get the limelight. … She deserves 90% of the credit.”

The Main Street Grille Pizzeria off Highway 98 in Wake Forest
also serves as their catering headquarters.

Together, they opened Just Rugelach, Inc., a bakery specializing in a pastry made from a sour cream or cream cheese dough that they sold at the Greenmarket farmer’s market locations throughout New York City for nearly 13 years.

The couple might have spent the rest of their lives near New York, but when the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks happened, things changed. Their second daughter was just six weeks old, and “it felt like the end of the world,” Tom said. In 2008, they sold their business and moved to North Carolina.

Unable to stay away from the restaurant industry for long, they opened the Main Street Grille in 2010 in the small space attached to the gas station.

The restaurant is reminiscent of both a Southern kitchen and a Manhattan deli, and their North Carolina venture draws the same long lines that graced their market stands in New York. On any given morning, people snake around the corner waiting to place orders. Inside, a long counter display is filled with all sorts of pastries, baked fresh overnight. The bustling, noisy kitchen behind the display is filled with staff cooking breakfast and lunch items, and the dining room off to the left is busy with customers.

The Bake Shoppe

The Haliks soon will open The Bake Shoppe in the old Daylight Donuts/Sugar On Top location
at 2010 South Main Street in Wake Forest.

But it’s a tight space, and the need for more room – a driving force in their business – led them to expand the 35-seat restaurant to 75 within the first year. And they opened the Main Street Grille Pizzeria off Highway 98 when Tom needed a larger kitchen for their booming catering business.

And now, they are on the verge of opening The Bake Shoppe in the old Daylight Donuts/Sugar On Top location at 2010 South Main Street, a space Tom has had his eye on for a while and which will allow customers to buy their baked goods without waiting in the line at the Grille.

“I wanted to open something that has a different feel from here, that has some breads, that has some savory goods, that has a vibe,” he said, adding that he’d like to offer more European items.

While Tom handles the cooking, Roselie, a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, is busy overseeing the administrative part of the business. A self-taught artist, she also creates the signage and promotional materials and designs the floor layouts of the restaurants.

She attributes their success to hard work, something she learned from her experiences in New York. “Everything in New York is hands on. If you make a decision or make a mistake, you have to figure out how to deal with it right then and there,” Roselie said.

The Haliks are happy to have found a welcoming home in Wake Forest, where their four kids often can be found helping in the restaurants. Last year, Tom, along with friend and fellow chef Franz Propst and chef Ryan Summers, won the North Carolina Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series. And they are happy to be able to help in the community, volunteering efforts and providing food at school functions.

“Tom is not happy unless he’s helping someone,” Roselie said.

ACT to Prevent Tragedies in Hot Cars

— July 2017

Safe Kids NCDuring this summer heat, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Safe Kids North Carolina are reminding people of the dangers of leaving children in cars. According to Safe Kids USA, 11 children have died of heatstroke in vehicles so far in 2017 and three children died in North Carolina in 2016.

“Never leave a child alone in a car, even for a short amount of time. And if you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 immediately,” said Causey, state chair of Safe Kids North Carolina. “One child’s death is one too many, so I’m asking all parents and caregivers to take a few simple steps to prevent an avoidable tragedy.”

The danger of vehicular hyperthermia in children in North Carolina spreads from February through November due to the subtropical climate. Hyperthermia can occur even on days with mild 70-degree temperatures. The temperature in a closed vehicle can reach over 180 degrees (www.noheatstroke.org) and rise about 20 degrees in 10 minutes and nearly 30 degrees in 20 minutes. Cracking a window has little effect.

Parents and caregivers can cut down on the number of hyperthermia deaths and near misses by remembering to ACT:

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child that you need at your final destination, such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine. Many child heat stroke deaths occur because parents and caregivers become distracted and exit their vehicle without their child.

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Safe Kids North Carolina reaches out to parents, caregivers and children in 71 counties served by 46 coalitions across the state. For more safety tips and information about Safe Kids North Carolina, visit www.ncsafekids.org.
Safe Kids NC

Rolesville Graduate Michael B. Fowler II Accepted to West Point

— Gabrielle Ryan • July 2017

Michael B. Fowler - From RHS to West Point Academy

Michael Fowler and his parents, Michael and Latishia,
on Michael’s graduation day.
Photo courtesy of The Fowler Family

Rolesville High School has a 2017 graduate to be particularly proud of: Michael B. Fowler II.

Fowler has been accepted to upstate New York’s West Point Academy after four years of hard work in the classroom and on the field. With credit to his parents for always pushing him to do well in school and to use wise judgement of who to hang out with, he graduated with summa cum laude honors.

Fowler was chosen to go to West Point as a reflection of his academic excellence and outstanding ability. He didn’t always know West Point was his dream school, but in his sophomore year, he received a letter from the academy suggesting that he apply to college there. After a tour of the campus, Fowler said knew that this school was for him.

“Old-fashioned, beautiful view” was how Fowler described the campus. Along enjoying the great view, he said he was already able to get a good sense of the campus. “Respect and leadership” were laced through the academy’s halls.

It wasn’t until Fowler visited West Point that he knew he wanted to be involved in the military. In fact, in the beginning, he didn’t want to at all. Fowler’s family has a long history of veterans who all enlisted. Although Fowler hadn’t shown much of an interest in military when he was younger, his parents – Michael (a veteran himself) and Latishia – said they believe he’s always had the qualities right for the military. The new graduate believes that “sky’s the limit” and to “strive to be the best you can be” – philosophies he says father taught him.

Fowler was also offered scholarships to Hampden-Sydney, Wingate, and other universities as time went on. But by that time, he knew West Point was the priority.

While at Rolesville, Fowler participated in sports such as football, baseball and wrestling. He was appointed to the RHS Football Leadership Council in 2015 and 2016 and was a member of the Harriet B. Webster Student Ambassador Program in Raleigh. He was a well-known member of the National Honor Society, as well as the reading and math clubs. Not only did he participate in sports and clubs, but he also completed 90 community service hours by volunteering at a food pantry, Rolesville High School, Heritage High School, the YMCA-Downtown Raleigh, Durham Rescue Mission, Raleigh’s South Wilmington Street Shelter and Raleigh Rescue Mission.

Michael B. Fowler - From RHS to West Point Academy

Rolesville High School Principal Dhedra Lassiter with Michael B. Fowler II following a presentation made in his honor at the June 6 Mayor and Town Board of Commissioners meeting.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Rolesville

“He is genuine and has a good heart. He is not swayed by outside forces. He does the right thing,” Rolesville High School principal Dhedra Lassiter said in describing what make makes Fowler stand out.

Fowler has had the “opportunity to learn in advanced classes, participate in athletics and contribute through clubs,” Lassiter said.

Fowler, his parents and Lassiter, when asked where they believe he will be in 10 years, gave similar answers. In 10 years, Fowler is seen to be in deep into his military career and getting his bachelor’s degree in computer science. Fowler himself said he hopes to complete 20 years or more in military service and then retire to go into cybersecurity.

Asked what one word describes how they feel about their son’s accomplishments, Fowler’s parents didn’t hesitate to say “proud.”

At the June 6 Mayor and Town Board of Commissioners meeting, Fowler was honored with a proclamation that highlighted his achievements.

When introducing his mother, Fowler said, “She’s the one who, if it wasn’t for her, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get into West Point. She’s the one who made sure the application process stayed on track.”

He also introduced – with words of affection – his father, his sister, his niece, his godmother, his aunts, and his good family friends.

Mayor Frank Eagles wrapped up the presentation by saying, “Michael, we’re so proud of you. Thank you for what you’ve done and where you’re going and what you’re going to do.”

Fowler said he is nervous about his move to New York because he’ll be away from his family and friends, and his parents are, of course, nervous as well. His father said he understands his son and what he wants to do. His mother says she is “happy for different technology” to easily get in contact with him while he’s away.

The younger Fowler left on the road trip to New York at the end of June. R-Day is scheduled to begin at the academy on July 3, officially launching the new chapter in his life.

This Father's Day, Let's Hear It for the Man Who Made You What You Are Today

Fathers Day— June 2017

(NewsUSA) – You can thank Richard Nixon for all the presents about to come the way of American dads.

Yes, it was President Nixon, of Watergate fame, who in 1972 signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday. That Mother’s Day had already achieved such status 58 years earlier perhaps says everything about how — even today — we’re only truly beginning to recognize the enormous impact fathers have on their kids’ happiness and sense of well-being.

“Paternal involvement seems to predict adult adjustment better than does maternal involvement,” Psychology Today reports.

Still wondering what to get your dad to show how well he helped you turn out? Read on.

Daughters: If you were daddy’s little girl, frame that photo of him teaching you to roller skate in the park. Though he probably didn’t know it at the time, taking such an active interest in his daughter’s development helped give you the self-esteem needed to conquer the world (or, at the very least, a small corner of it).

Sons: Back in the late ’80s, Hollywood discovered that, as much as some men feared becoming like their fathers, they still longed to bond with them. If that sounds like your own father-son relationship, buy a DVD of the Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams” to watch together — and see who tears up first at the end when Costner’s character joyously plays catch with his late father after erroneously thinking the voice that had commanded him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond (“If you build it, he will come.”) was referring to someone else.

Sons and Daughters: If it hasn’t already, there’s a video by the Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier (www.baume-et-mercier.com/en-us/clifton-10055.html) destined to go viral that perfectly captures the moment when grown children realize their father has made them the adults they are today. Called “Celebrate Giving,” in this case a young man flashes back to scenes from his childhood — his father is omnipresent, even comforting him over his first heartbreak — while out at dinner with his pregnant wife and parents.

“I had no idea how much time we spent together, how many little things he showed me,” the son silently muses in one particularly emotion-tugging scene.

RHS Principal, PTSA President, Seniors Discuss Highlights and Successes of the School Year

— Jeanne E. Fredriksen • jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com • June 2017

“The negative is always louder than the positive.”

That’s what Sheri Williams, three-term president of the Rolesville High School (RHS) PTSA, reminded Rolesville’s mayor and commissioners at the April 18 Town Board meeting. And then Williams and RHS Principal Dhedra Lassiter, along with seniors Sydni Williams and Oluchi Chukwunyere, addressed Mayor Frank Eagles and the commissioners for nearly an hour to highlight the achievements and good things happening at the school.

Distributing a six-page printout covering Academic Impact, Student Support Services, Extracurricular Activities, Athletic Achievements, Community Impact, Safety and Security, and Planning for 2017-2018, Lassiter wasted no time in getting to the task at hand by pointing out the simple truth about the effects of positive reinforcement on students.

“When students are told that they aren’t good, they don’t make good choices, they make poor choices, and sooner or later, they begin to act out in the same way,” she said. Then she cautioned, “I think it’s really important to flip the script and remember that when they do the right things, you make sure that you take the time to reiterate that and say the right things.”

Lassiter also believes that leadership development is important in building success and that having a development program in place is imperative.

“In order for us to really make the kinds of changes we need, we have got to leverage the student potential to help us move where we need to move,” she said. “That would be with student council, our Rolesville Riot, wherever we’ve got student leaders. We’ve got to help build the potential there.”

Rolesville HS Rams logo

Sydni Williams and Chukwunyere, seniors who began high school in the first freshman class at RHS, are examples of that positive reinforcement and leadership learned via the big building on East Young Street. Both young women spoke at the board meeting about how RHS impacted their lives.

Williams, the daughter of Sheri Williams, said life at Rolesville High has helped her “to become more of a leader and a different person.”

“I’ve been able to help with different community activities, to volunteer,” the younger Williams said, “and I’ve done all of that with the help of the school because I wouldn’t have looked for it or gone and done it.”

One exciting opportunity that came her way during her time at RHS was her Early Childhood Education class, which introduced her to pre-K and day care education. She interned at and now works at a day care center, and through the class she earned credentials to be a day care teacher.

Chukwunyere, who is from Nigeria, calls herself “a true original” because she started as a freshman when the RHS doors opened. Never having thought about joining a club, Chukwunyere said she has been a Rambassador for the three years the program has been available, plus she’s the RHS National Honor Society community service chair, co-founder of STAG (Sisters Together Achieving Greatness) and the vice president of Key Club.

“Coming in, I never thought I’d take the jump to join a club, let alone start and co-found one,” she said. “With STAG, we’ve been able to build connections and network outside the school so the girls can see what other women have done and can do. We’ve had resume workshops and even public speaking workshops.”

When Lassiter spoke about academics, there were numbers to be proud of. Lassiter announced the expansion from 12 to 17 Advanced Placement course offerings and that 851 out of approximately 2,100 students were on the semester honor roll. Forty percent of the senior class had a 3.75 GPA or higher. In June, 389 seniors were on track to graduate, and of those graduating, two seniors will be going to West Point. Dedicated support was provided to 587 ninth-graders in Freshman Academy.

Career and Technical Education continues to flourish, including more than one Rolesville student competing in Anaheim, Calif., at the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Nationals and a new class – Nursing Fundamentals – that offers students the opportunity to earn their CNA certification. There also are students who are OSHA-certified through the Electrical Trades class, and next year a Pharm Tech class will be added.

The fine arts enjoyed achievements from the marching band winning a trophy in its first year of competition to one student scoring 99% at the NPA Solo Vocal Adjudication. Both the fall play and the spring musical were hits, the National Arts Honor Society and the Red Gallery hosted a variety of visual arts shows including an exhibition of senior projects, and a charity talent show was instituted as a senior project.

Athletic achievement included 192 N.C. High School Athletic Association scholar athletes for fall and winter – each maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher to qualify. State playoffs included volleyball plus girls and boys basketball. State championships came in gymnastics (small team). Conference championships were won by boys cross country and wrestling, plus there were additional individual awards for student athletes and coaches.

Being a part of the community is a large part of being a Ram, and Lassiter enumerated the long list of student service learning activities that includes blood drives, food drives, support for a women’s shelter and an invitation by Sonic for the National Arts Honor Society to work on a mural this summer. 

“Independent community groups have been inviting our students to come and participate in events,” Lassiter said. “I would like to ask that the community continue to invite our students to do that because they’re looking for those opportunities. … They want to feel relevant. They want to feel like they’re important.”

Another item that Lassiter discussed was the exploration with Wake Tech of the possibility of a mentor program. Volunteers are welcome; however, mentoring is more involved.

“If a person wants to be a mentor, … it’s just like fostering a child,” she said. “If you’re going to do it, you’ve really got to make that commitment because a lot of times kids have had things fall through, and they don’t need something to fall through for them again.”

Lassiter ended her portion of the presentation by speaking directly to the mayor and the commissioners. She thanked them for recent financial support and asked them to think of ways to include the students in community events. She asked them to “tell the positive story and recognize the good work that is being done” and to “celebrate the hard work that our staff is doing. They need a thumbs up.”

Sheri Williams spoke next, explaining that her children had come to Rolesville High School after having spent kindergarten through eighth grade in a charter school. Now, because of Rolesville High, she is “a firm believer in public schools and what they offer,” she said.

“With the experiences I’ve had being the president of PTSA, I’m very proud to say that that’s where my children are,” Williams said.

After discussing the variety of activities and events the PTSA sponsors for the students, faculty and staff, Williams shifted gears, saying she was also speaking as a mom and resident of Rolesville.

“The benefits from having my kids in public school have been enormous,” she said. “The teachers that have loved on these kids and the impact it has is phenomenal. When you come into the school, they’ll put you in honors classes, and you can opt out if it’s too hard. At Rolesville, they’re raising the bar for these kids, and I’m thankful for that as a mom.”

She ended with a challenge to the parents – herself included – and to Roleville’s town council, to “help push the positive and the things that are going out there.”

To see the 6-page document circulated by Mrs. Lassiter at the meeting, click here: State of RHS Spring 2017.

Board of Elections Announces New Voting Precincts

— May 2017

The Wake County Board of Elections has adopted a resolution establishing four new voting precincts and four new Election Day polling places. The new precincts and polling places were created by splitting two larger precincts.

Previous Precinct

New Precinct


16-08 16-10
Barwell Road Community Center
5857 Barwell Park Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
 _________________  _____________  ___________________________
16-08 16-11
East Garner Elementary School
5545 Jones Sausage Road
Garner, NC 27529
__________________  _____________  ___________________________
19-10 19-18
Jones Dairy Elementary School
1100 Jones Dairy Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587
 _________________  _____________  ___________________________
19-10 19-19
Sanford Creek Elementary School
701 Granite Falls Blvd.
Rolesville, NC 27571


All registered voters affected by the polling place change will receive notice of the change by mail. People who receive a notice addressed to a previous owner or tenant should write on the unopened envelope that the person no longer resides at that address and give it to a postal carrier.

For other voting information, contact the Board of Elections at 919-856-6240 or visit wakegov.com/elections.

Wake Forest Police Seeking Donations of Bottled Water

— May 2017

The Wake Forest Police Department is now accepting donations of bottled water, which officers will give away while patrolling Town greenways.

In the summer of 2015 the Wake Forest Police Department began distributing free bottles of iced water to walkers, joggers and bicyclists along the Town’s greenways. Officers regularly patrol the trails in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) purchased through a grant. The police department continued to hand out bottled water throughout the summer of 2016.

Police Chief Jeff Leonard says the initiative accomplishes two important goals.

“Handing out bottles of water is a great way for our officers to interact with the public, while also providing a useful service during the extreme heat,” said Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard.

Over the past two years, several local businesses donated the water, along with one in Fayetteville whose owner heard about the initiative and wanted to lend his support.

The police department is planning to give away bottles of water again this summer. Individuals, businesses or families wishing to donate cases of bottled water for distribution may drop them off at the police department located at 225 S. Taylor St.

NC Superintendent Johnson Unveils Statewide Reading Initiative; "NC Reads" Will Connect Literacy Efforts from Preschool to Career

— May 2017

NC Superintendent Mark Johnson announced the state’s NC Reads initiative <www.dpi.state.nc.us/ncreads/>. The launch of NC Reads will promote three goals for the summer of 2017 to combat the summer brain drain:

• collect books, and funds for books, to donate to preschoolers and students for summer reading;
• distribute free subscriptions for every student in K-5 to myON, which provides each user with a personalized literacy environment; and
• develop the NC Reads online resource to seamlessly connect volunteers, donors, and stakeholders to literacy efforts and programs across North Carolina.

As NC Reads continues beyond this summer, NC Reads will expand to:

• encourage and support preschool literacy efforts to ensure children are kindergarten ready;
• align the efforts of donors, volunteers, and stakeholders to best support literacy in preschool and throughout school; and
• maintain a seamless continuum of literacy support from preschool to graduation.

“All North Carolinians can play a role in developing a state of readers,” said State Superintendent Mark Johnson. “Every parent or caretaker should take the time to read to their preschooler. Every student needs access to books at home. NC Reads highlights literacy programs and connects donors and volunteers to local opportunities to support literacy.”

This is the fifth consecutive year that the NC Department of Public Instruction has encouraged local communities to collect or purchase and distribute appropriate books to elementary school students. A revamped website < http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/ncreads/bookdrives/> will provide a clearinghouse of local book drive sponsors so that volunteers and donations can be connected to local organizations that sponsor local book drives and fundraising efforts.

Johnson noted that, beyond community engagement and donations for students, NC Reads will focus on providing books to preschoolers and encouraging adults to read to their children.

“Consistently reading to our youngest from the very start is an important way that adults can help their children be ready for kindergarten and beyond,” Johnson said. “We will partner with hospitals, pediatricians, preschools, and others who serve our state’s youngest learners so that we make sure books are read in every preschooler’s home.”

Renaissance Centre to Host Dementia Awareness Series

— May 2017

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host several events over the next several months designed to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event in the Dementia Awareness Series will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community.

The Renaissance Centre will kick off the series by hosting a dinner and movie screening of the PBS documentary “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” on Thursday, May 25, from 4-7:30 p.m. The occasion will begin with exciting news from medical experts concerning dementia research and care, followed by dinner and the special movie screening.

The program and dinner are free, but registration is required. Seating is limited to the first 200 people to pre-register at www.wakeforestnc.gov/dementia-awareness-education-series.aspx.

The Renaissance Centre will then host monthly seminars from July through September as part of the 2017 Wake Forest Dementia Awareness Education Series.

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” on Thursday, July 20, will focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

“Effective Communications Strategies” on Thursday, Aug. 17, will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about deciding when to stop driving, going to the doctor and making legal and financial decisions.

“Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors” will round out the series on Thursday, Sept. 21. Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present challenges for caregivers to manage. Area residents are invited to attend this session and learn how to decode behaviors, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m., each workshop will feature a different speaker and include professional vendors that specialize in providing assistance to family members of people with dementia.

The sessions are free, but online pre-registration is required at www.wakeforestnc.gov/dementia-awareness-education-series.aspx.

For Some Athletes, Age Is Just a Number

— Susan London • susan.london@rolesvillebuzz.com • May 2017

It takes a certain mental fortitude to get up at 4 a.m., wriggle into a bathing suit, swim 2.4 miles in open water, get on a bike and ride 112 miles, and then get off that bike and run 26.2 miles. To do those things at an age when most people are content to retire quietly takes something else entirely.

Yet there are people who enjoy extreme sports and don’t consider age to be a limitation in any way. One of them is Wake Forest resident John Austin.

John Austin

John Austin points to his name on signage at the 2016 Kona Ironman in Hawaii.
Photos courtesy of John Austin

The laid-back, lanky, soon-to-be 65-year-old started running when he was 36 – not old, but not exactly young, either. Though he was a gymnast and wrestler in college, he hadn’t done much in the intervening years and decided he’d try running to stay in shape.

“I figured I’d try to stick with it for six weeks,” Austin recalled recently.

Six weeks morphed into 28 years and 41 marathons, 10 of them the Boston Marathon – a race many runners spend their entire careers striving for.

When he was 49, though he continued to compete in marathons, finishing 15 more as of this year, he switched his focus to triathlons because he’d reached a point where his run pace was no longer improving.

“I always figured a triathlon was the thing to do,” he said.

He figured the new endeavor would afford him another eight years in which he could work on getting faster again. For those unfamiliar with the sport, triathlons combine swimming, biking, and running, and there are races covering varying distances, from short sprints to medium-distance races to half-distance and full-distance Ironmans.

A full Ironman involves the aforementioned 2.4-mile open-water swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon-distance run. It is a challenging race for which participants typically train a year in advance and the average athlete needs about 12 hours to finish.

Austin has since completed 137 triathlons. Twenty-two of those were half-distance and six were full Ironmans, in which he finished in the top three in his age group in 11 races. His first full Ironman was in 2011 at age 59, and he competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in 2014 at age 62 and in 2016 at age 64, taking on an event he describes as the holy grail of races.

Much of his success in these races involves conditioning through specific training plans. It’s not uncommon for Austin to swim 13,000 yards in a week, usually at the Kerr YMCA in Wakefield or at Falls Lake, in addition to running and cycling.

That type of training requires time – something that is in bigger supply now that he’s retired from DuPont, where he worked for 40 years in project management. And while competing requires the ability to travel, it is a great excuse for visiting different locales and often provides a great story to boot.

John Austin

Austin in the cycling portion of the 2016 Kona Ironman in Hawaii.

For example, Austin competed in the Lake Placid Ironman in July 2014, which qualified him for the 2014 Kona race, but effort wasn’t without drama.

Severe thunderstorms and lightning led officials to pull swimmers from the water before they completed the swim portion of the race, and Austin recounts a cold and harrowing 2,000-foot decline down a mountain at breakneck speed on his bike while thunder and lightning crashed around him. “It was absolutely terrifying,” he said.

Austin notes other mature athletes who have competed in extreme races. A friend of his, Laurie O’Connor of Wake Forest, just turned 60 and was preparing to compete in a 50-kilometer race at Zion National Park in Utah. And an 85-year-old competitor from Japan finished Kona in 2016.

Austin shrugs off the craziness of it all. The swim is the most daunting aspect for him – he worries a rogue leg cramp will take him out of the race – but once the swim is over, he can move on to the bike, his favorite of the three sports, and it all goes surprisingly fast. He said he tends to break a competition down into small increments, focusing on the task directly in front of him.

As for the future, he has no intention of slowing down. He runs a coaching business, Austin Tri-n-Run Coaching, where he trains athletes for similar races. And if he has his way this year, he’ll qualify again for both the Boston Marathon and the Kona Ironman.

U.S. Chamber’s Institute Awards April Sneed the Regent Scholarship

— May 2017

April SneedA Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that April Sneed, Executive Director, of the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship. Given to professionals across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background.

“Regent scholarships offer executives the opportunity to attend Institute and learn about emerging industry trends, expand their organizations’ influence, and grow their peer network,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We are pleased to help these talented professionals advance their careers and organizations.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.  Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Each of the Regent Scholarship recipients will attend one of Institute’s five sites in 2017. At the completion of the four-year curriculum, each of the recipients will receive the IOM graduate recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and their commitment to the industry. In addition, all credit hours earned through Institute may be applied toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) industry certification.

Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

Rolesville Elementary Places 3rd in Fitness Event

— May 2017

Rolesville Elementary students in 2nd through 5th grades competed in Northern Wake County First in Fitness on March 22, and came in 3rd place (1 point away from tying for 2nd place).  Events consisted of the mile run, the 100-yard dash, the shuttle run, pull-ups, 1-minute speed rope, the standing long jump and a triathlon for 5th grade. Students who participated came in first in the event they competed in among their grade level.

Coach Meredith Barringer said, “It was an action-packed day full of fun!”

The competition took place at Southeast Raleigh High School.

Rolesville Elementary School Fitness

Photo by Melanie Dawson

Front Row, 2nd Grade: Sanaia Spaulding (4th shuttle run), Logan DeLaurentis (3rd pull-ups), Hanna Lee, Natalie Wilson, Tanner Treece, Lyardia Dawson (5th mile run), Sadie Duval, Leah Siagyi (5th pull-ups), Matthew Snowden, Wyatt Feinman (4th long jump), Nolan Springer, Jonathan Flores.

2nd Row, 3rd Grade: Calvin Danley (4th speed rope), Thomas Clayton (2nd pullups), Nhan Nguyen, Joshua Carr, Donovan Pullins, Syardney Mason, Moiya Sharpe (1st 100 yard dash, Kennedy Lyerly, Cooper Closson (4th long jump), Aigereanna Davis (2nd mile), Lauren Lewis, not pictures: Hannah Anand.

3rd Row, 4th Grade: Maleigh Dawson (1st place pull-ups), Dylan Crow, Erin Mountain, Teyanna Rogers (2nd 100 yard dash), Sakiyah Clark, Chidi Chukwunyere, Weston Hughes (5th speed rope), McKenna Elcock, Kelcey Simmons (1st place shuttle run) Jonothan Dunn (3rd place 100 yard dash), Brody Walston, Ricky Tawagon.

4th Row, 5th Grade: Kate Dawson (5th triathlon), Leila Haynesworth (2nd long jump), Landon Hall, Cassius Danley, Leo Aleman (4th shuttle run), Kaliyah Cofield, Mackenzie McAdoo, Jonathan Workowski, William Clayton (3rd pull-ups), Lane Davis, Tristian Pretlow, Bella Lytle, Jasmine Nalls (5th 100 yard dash)

A Mother's Day Tribute to Single Mothers

— Lisa Brown • lisa.brown@rolesvilllebuzz.com • May 2017

Mother's DaySometimes it’s twice the headaches, but mostly it’s twice the love and hugs and kisses for moms who are raising their children on their own.

Once considered an anomaly, single motherhood is now commonplace as busy moms take on dual parenting roles and strive to balance work, raising children and having lives of their own.

Not having another person in the household to take some slack is at times overwhelming.

“I don’t get to be the ‘fun’ weekend parent,” said Jennifer, a single mother of two teenagers in Youngsville who spoke as Mother’s Day approached and asked to be identified by only her first name. “I have to make them do homework, go to bed early, clean their rooms, do their chores.”

While there are households run by single fathers, households with single mothers are nearly quadruple that of single dads, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Whether divorce or death, choice or forced situation, single motherhood can be difficult and challenging. Often, divorced parents can still continue a good relationship of co-parenting. Other times, mothers are left with most of the responsibilities of caring for and raising children.

Family, friends and co-workers who are supportive and understanding of the mother’s situation can make a big impact on the success of a single mom and her family. Jennifer had help from her parents even though they live three hours away.

“My parents have been a big help even though they aren’t close,” Jennifer said. “But I would rather have had a responsible partner in the raising of my kids.”

Michelle from Wake Forest, who is a single mom of a teenager and a younger child, also feels blessed to have the support of family and friends who love her and her children unconditionally.

“I have learned to ask for help,” Michelle said. “That has taken time and sometimes desperate situations, but allowing others to help is a gift to us all.”

Difficult for each, and likely most single mothers, is the burden of being “everything.”

“I am the decision-maker, the disciplinarian, the late-night homework project helper,” Michelle said. “Having to be the one to stay home when one of them is sick, trying to be both mom and dad, being the driver for all activities, doing all the house and yard work, and being emotionally present through it all.”

Michelle has made a point to maintain as good a relationship as she can with the father of her children, a situation she knows is best for them regardless of how it is for her.

“I have dealt with receiving and not receiving child support during my children’s years. At this stage, I get along with my children’s dad, his family members and girlfriends. It is about the children and what is best for them. This takes time though,” Michelle said.

Kenzie, a Wake Forest teenager raised primarily by her mother, feels her experience has both hampered and benefited her. She continues to have a relationship with her father. However, she feels her mother had to take on most of the responsibilities and hardships.

“I believe being raised by a single mother made me better and worse. I learned how to be independent and appreciate time with my family,” Kenzie said. “However, I have a hard time trusting people.”

The children can at times worry about their mothers and their future. Michelle’s daughter opened a Match.com account without her knowledge because she was so worried about her being lonely.

“I don’t have time to be lonely,” Michelle said she told her daughter.

Kenzie went off to college recently and was worried about leaving her mother alone.

“I worry about her having someone to rely on,” Kenzie said.

However, with the struggles of single motherhood come many wonderful moments and emotions.

“The rewards I receive from being a mom, a single mom, are double – double the kisses, the hugs, the I love yous, the laughter and love. The struggles are outweighed by the love we have for each other,” Michelle said.

Jennifer knows there are times when people judge or condemn her single motherhood status. She understands the perception but clarifies it this way: “It may be our choice, but it likely was not our intention to be single moms.”

Kenzie has learned to take what many see as a bad situation and turn it into something good.

“I hate when people pity me, because I know that I would not be the person I am today without going through the things that my family and I went through,” she said.

Rolesville Parks & Recreation Upcoming Events

— May 2017

Family Movie Nights in May and June

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The Town of Rolesville invites everyone to free Family Movie Nights on Saturday, May 13, and Saturday, June 10. Movies will be shown at Rolesville Middle School, located at 4700 Burlington Mills Road. The May 13 movie is E.T., and on June 10, moviegoers will enjoy Home Alone. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the movies, plus dinner and dessert from popular local food trucks, from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m.; Baguettaboutit and Kona Ice food trucks will visit on May 13, and Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels will visit on June 10. All movies are shown at 8:15 p.m. on the football field, so bring a blanket or chair to sit on. For more information, contact the Rolesville Parks & Recreation Department at 919-554-6582, or visit online at www.rolesvillenc.gov.

Town of Rolesville Spring Concert June 3

Spring Concert Series 2017

On Saturday, June 3, the Town of Rolesville’s free Spring Concert Series at Mill Bridge Nature Park, located at 425 Nature Park Drive, will feature the Will McBride Group. The band is a guitar-bass-percussion trio that creates fresh interpretations of cover material from jazz, rock, Latin, pop and funk superstars. Bring your family and friends to enjoy live music and dinner from the CockADoodleMoo food truck from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Parking is limited, so reserve a free parking pass online through a Rec1 account  at www.rolesvillenc.gov, or carpool with friends and family who have a parking pass. For more information, contact the Rolesville Parks & Recreation Department at 919-554-6582, or visit online at www.RolesvilleNC.gov.

Wake Forest’s Annual “Meet in the Street” Festival to Be Held May 6

— May 2017

Meet in the Street to Bring Thousands to Downtown Wake Forest for Art, Music, Food and Family Fun

The 37th Annual Meet in the Street festival returns to downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, May 6. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Chris Leith Automotive, Meet in the Street annually draws well over 30,000 people to downtown Wake Forest to enjoy many of the best artists and craftsmen in our area.

This year’s festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will again include portions of South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street and South White Street.

White Street

Wake Forest’s annual Meet in the Street festival draws thousands of people from all over the Triangle.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Wake Forest

Visitors to Meet in the Street are invited to browse over 200 arts and crafts vendors, indulge in their favorite festival foods from more than 20 food vendors and food trucks, and enjoy a variety of live entertainment.

Two stages, the Performing Arts Stage in Town Hall’s Centennial Plaza and the Main Stage at the corner of White and Owen Streets in the vicinity of the Beer Garden, will showcase the best in regional talent. This year’s lineup for the Performing Arts Stage includes a variety of acts and demonstrations from local groups and schools. Live music on the Main Stage features such popular groups as UrMom, Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey, Arts Fishing Club, and East Coast Rhythm & Blues.

New this year is the Young Entrepreneur’s Fair. Located in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 350 S. White Street, the fair will feature more than 15 vendors from the ages of 9 to 14. Each young person will be selling handmade items they created. In addition, the popular Children’s Village, Bicycle Safety Fair, and fire truck exhibit will be back on Taylor Street.

In order to accommodate Meet in the Street, the Town of Wake Forest will close the following streets and parking lots on May 6 from 4 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m.:

• South Taylor Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• South Brooks Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• South White Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• Town Hall’s Brooks Street parking lot; the lot will be the site of the Bicycle Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., however, it will remain closed throughout the day.
• All other municipal parking lots in the vicinity of Town Hall, including public and staff parking lots

A welcomed feature again this year will be the free shuttle service. In conjunction with Sam’s Club and Banks Kerr Family YMCA, visitors will be able to hop on one of two YMCA buses at the Wake Forest Sam’s Club, 11460 Royall Cotton Road, for the short trip into downtown. The free shuttle will drop off visitors in multiple downtown locations. The shuttle will run continuously beginning at 9:30 a.m. The final shuttle will depart from downtown at 5 p.m.

Free parking will be available in signed spaces along several downtown streets and parking lots. Handicap parking will be provided in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.; and the upper SunTrust Parking Lot, 353 S. White St. A complete listing of free parking options is provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/MITS-parking.aspx.

Town Officials March for Meals

— April 2017

March for Meals 2017

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles participated in March for Meals by delivering meals to homebound recipients.
Photos courtesy of Meals on Wheels of Wake County

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston and Administrative Support Specialist Christina Rocha helped deliver meals to homebound Meals on Wheels clients in Rolesville. They participated in March for Meals, a program to raise awareness about Meals on Wheels of Wake County and its impact on our community. Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals five days a week to people 60 years old and over who are homebound and/or disabled.

March for Meals 2017

Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston and Administrative Support Specialist Christina Rocha participated in March for Meals by delivering meals to homebound recipients.

To become a Meals on Wheels volunteer call 919-833-1749 or e-mail marlene@wakemow.org. Many volunteers help just one day per month, with the pick-up and delivery process only taking about 1-1.5 hours between 11 a.m. and noon. 

To refer someone as a prospective client, call 919-833-1749 to begin the application process by phone.



The Graying of America

— Kathy Uveges, CDP

It is no secret that the aging or “graying of America” is in full swing. In 2006, the “baby boomer” generation (over 75 million Americans born 1946 – 1964), began turning 60 years old. The state of North Carolina’s 2015-2019 Aging Services Plan puts the state 9th in population of persons 60 and over in the United States, and 11th in population 85 and over. Estimates indicate that by 2025, 90 counties, out of the 100 in North Carolina, will have more people 60 and over than ages 0-17.

Today’s 65+ population is living longer than this same population twenty-five years ago.  Increasingly adult children are in the position of caring for an aged loved one at the same time they are raising children.  This happens so frequently that it has led to the term “Sandwich Generation” to refer to this group.  According to the Pew Research Center, just over 1 out of every 8 Americans aged 40 to 60 is both raising a child and caring for a parent. In addition, between 7 to 10 million adults are caring for their aging parents from a long distance.

An AARP study found nearly 90% of Americans 65 and over want to “Age in Place”, stay in their residence as long as possible and over 80% believe their current residence is “where they will always live”.  As the generations age, you or a loved one will face a situation when some help is needed at home, but how do you know when?

Here are 20 signs you need help:

Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away
Missing important appointments
Unexplained bruising
Difficulty getting up from a seated position
Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
Unpleasant body odor
Infrequent showering or bathing
A strong smell of urine in the house
Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care
Dirty house, extreme clutter and dirty laundry piling up
Stacks of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox
Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from bill collectors
Poor diet or weight loss
Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
Forgetting to take medications, or taking incorrect dosages
Unexplained dents and scratches on a car

If any of these signs sound familiar to you, it is time to consider getting some help.  Fortunately, there are options available.  You can get help from friends, siblings, and other family members, as well as professionals.  There are multiple options available, including home companion care, adult day care, senior center programs, etc.  A member of the Aging Life Care Association (formerly known as a geriatric care manager, www.aginglifecare.org) can work with you to develop a plan to address more complicated situations.  Many companion care agencies like Seniors Helping Seniors®, inhomecarenc.com, will visit the home and perform a free needs assessment.  For those with limited resources, the local Area Agency on Aging, https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/adult-services/area-agencies-on-aging, is a great place to start to find what options are available for you.

Kathy Uveges, CDP is the owner of Seniors Helping Seniors®

RHS Drafting Students Attend Design Blitz at Red Hat

— April 2017

Five RHS Drafting students attended the DESIGN BLITZ event at Red Hat on March 22. The students collaborated in groups with other WCPSS high school students.  Each group was led by at least one industry professional from various architectural and design firms.  The student groups worked with those professionals to problem-solve, create, complete, and review prototypes. Students were later divided up according to their design interests to learn portfolio development, understand marketing, or participate in industry panel discussions.

Ronin Gomez was in the group whose “wearable tech” product won, earning each of the students in that group a laptop.

Rolesville High School Students - Design Blitz

(Left to Right): Vinny Ponzio, Allyson Nowell, Robert Morales, Taylor Eaton and Ronin Gomez participated in Design Blitz at Red Hat on March 22.
Photo courtesy of Rolesville High School

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - April 2017

— Kinea Epps • April 2017

Rolesville Middle School RamsHello, RMS Families! Three cheers for our RMS band program! Our seventh- and eighth-grade students recently earned high marks from judges at the N.C. Bandmasters Association Music Performance Adjudication. Around RMS, we call it the Band EOGs. This is where students prepare and perform three musical selections and also perform a piece they have never seen before with just a few minutes to prepare. Our eighth-grade students scored a grade of excellent, and our seventh grade students scored a superior. We had 19 eighth-graders participate and 41 seventh-graders. Awesome job, students, and hats off to Tim Kohring, our band director, for his hard work with these students.

We’re excited to partner with Quail Ridge Books and Music to welcome noted author Scott Westerfeld to RMS in April. Westerfeld is the author of several books for young adults including “Uglies,” “Midnighters” and “Zeroes” series. He has two new books coming out in the spring. Our librarian, Mrs. Morris, gave me a little scoop on the latest Horizon series. Morris said the series will be written with different authors and will feature an online component that will allow readers to explore the world of the characters. During his visit at RMS, Westerfeld will share with students the process of researching for writing. Our students will also have a chance to attend a book signing in our media center after the presentation.

Now for a few updates: Rising seventh- and eighth-grade registration forms are coming home with students. Please be sure to review the information with your student and have your student turn in the forms to the designated teacher. Counselors will begin working on schedules for next year very soon, and we want to make sure students have had the opportunity to select their elective courses. The deadlines are different based on grade and track, so please be sure to check with your student and also our web site for that information. Rising sixth-grade information is being shared through the elementary schools. If you have questions, please reach out to either your elementary school counselor or counselors at RMS.

Also please go ahead and put the EOG dates on your calendar:  Track 1: May 25, 26, 30, 31; Tracks 2, 3, 4: June 20, 21, 22, 23. We’ll be sending out more information and looking for proctors in the next several weeks.

Kinea Epps is Lead School Counselor at Rolesville Middle School


NCDOT Works to Integrate Drones in Emergency Response

— March 2017

NC DOT DronesThe N.C. Department of Transportation is exploring how to best implement unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into future disaster relief efforts. The department’s Division of Aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers for a three-day workshop, which included interactive demonstrations of drone operations in simulated scenarios.

“Our goal is to ensure that drones flying within North Carolina are flown safely and responsibly,” said Aviation Division Director Bobby Walston. “A better understanding of drone capabilities and evolving regulations will give emergency management professionals tools to safely use this technology during disasters and routine operations.”

Without proper coordination, drone operators can unintentionally interfere with emergency management operations. A goal of the exercise was to organize communications with the public, to ensure hobbyist drones do not hinder disaster relief efforts.

The workshop was organized by the NCDOT Division of Aviation and North Carolina State University’s Next Generation Air Transportation Consortium, within the school’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education. The team is leading research and testing efforts to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System.

The Federal Aviation Administration has exclusive authority over the use of airspace in the United States, including the airspace used by drones. NCDOT has authority to implement and manage regulations that pertain to state laws concerning operations within North Carolina.

North Carolina has more than 15,000 registered drones, which is almost double the number of registered manned aircraft.

A report on best practices for natural disaster response will be available in March.


Cougar Walk of Champions

— March 2017

Honoring the 2016 4AA State Champs

The Town of Wake Forest invites area residents to a special community celebration in honor of the 2016 Wake Forest High School football team on Saturday, March 25, at 1 p.m.

The “Cougar Walk of Champions” will recognize the team for its consistency on the field, emphasize the school’s place in the town’s history, and demonstrate the collective sense of pride shared by the Wake Forest community.

Last season the Cougars won the 4AA state championship game in Raleigh defeating Greensboro Page 29-0. The team’s championship appearance marked the fourth time in six seasons the Cougars advanced to the finals as the 4AA eastern regional champions. Wake Forest High School’s football state title is the first for a Wake County school since Garner’s championship in 1987.

Shortly after the Cougars’ championship victory, Mayor Vivian Jones appointed a nine-member committee to plan a celebration honoring the team. The committee is comprised of town officials, community and civic club leaders, and Wake Forest High School boosters and supporters.

The celebration committee is in the process of finalizing the details about the “Cougar Walk of Champions,” but initial plans call for the parade to begin at 1 p.m. at the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St., proceed south along South White Street, turn left at Owen Avenue, and conclude in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. The Wake Forest High School Marching Band and the Wake Forest High School cheerleaders have been invited to participate in the procession along with the members of the football team and coaching staff.

The entire Wake Forest community, including fans, family members and supporters of the team, are invited to line South White Street and Owen Avenue to cheer the squad as it makes its way from the Depot Parking Lot to town hall.

Upon arriving in Centennial Plaza, the team will be greeted by Mayor Jones and members of the board of commissioners. The ensuing pep rally will include a few numbers by the band, brief remarks by local officials and school administrators, and more.

Wake County 2017-18 Teacher of the Year semi-finalists named

The journey to finding the 2017-18 Wake County Public School System Teacher of the Year is now officially under way. Each spring, the process begins, and Teacher of the Year selection committees have completed the first step by identifying the 27 semi-finalists who will compete for this honor.

Among the semi-finalists are teachers from six of our local schools:

• Heather Collins, Heritage Elementary
• Christa Hayden, Wakefield High
• Angela Joyner, Zebulon Magnet Elementary
• Lauren Miron, Rolesville Middle
• Katherine Russell, Wendell Middle
• Erin Van Sickle, Wake Forest Middle

Teacher of the Year candidates are nominated and elected by their peers at their individual schools. The 27 nominees develop an eportfolio that highlights their work and philosophy around teaching.

Selection committees review the portfolios and narrow the field to a group of semi-finalists, who then submit short videos reflecting how they incorporate the 4Cs (Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking) into their work. After reviewing these videos and making classroom visits, the committees determine the 13 finalists.

The finalists will appear before an interview committee for the selection of the Teacher of the Year.

The semi-finalists were recognized at the March 7 Board of Education meeting, and the 13 finalists will be announced in early April. The winner will be named at a special celebration on May 8 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Unique Apparel, Student-Run Business at Heritage High

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

Heritage High School Teachers Create New Opportunities for their Special Needs Students

Heritage High School teachers Suzy McCabe and Christie D’Amore teach their special needs students a variety of skills. When the teaching duo encountered challenges finding off-campus opportunities for the students, they put their own problem-solving skills to work and came up with an on-campus solution.

The project, Unique Apparel, was cultivated from the need for their students to have a location where they can receive job training. The students are given the opportunity to do what’s called community-based vocational training, which lets them spend time off their campus volunteering in order to get work experience.

“That’s just part of the high school program,” D’Amore said. “Two years ago, Suzy and I were trying to find different locations for our students to volunteer, and we had a lot of businesses turn us down. So we started brainstorming what we could do on our own, what we could do internally and came up with the idea to start their own retail business that is located within the school.”

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Heritage High School’s special needs students and their teachers celebrate Unique Apparel’s February 14 ribbon cutting with Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones (center) and Principal Scott Lyons Lyons (second from right). Photo by Kathy Fuerst.

McCabe found a grant that they could apply for, a Wake Education Partnership grant that is specifically for students with autism, and Jim Burrows, Heritage’s carpentry/shop teacher, helped design and build the mobile store.

Unique Apparel is a mobile vending cart that is located in the commons area of Heritage High School and is open during the school’s three lunch hours. It is run by students from McCabe’s and D’Amore’s classes, who check the inventory, work the register and maintain the cart during business hours. Aside from being a viable option for vocational training that is on the campus and specifically for special needs students, Unique Apparel has already shown some social benefits for McCabe’s and D’Amore’s students.

“It’s given our students the opportunity to interact with other people,” said D’Amore, who has taught in a variety of special education classrooms in Virginia for two years and Wake County for five.

Although she readily acknowledges that the student body of Heritage High School is supportive of special needs students, Unique Apparel has helped to make the student body more aware of their classmates in special education classes.

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Photo courtesy of Suzy McCabe
The Unique Apparel shop at Heritage High school
also sold roses on Valentine’s Day.

The T-shirt that Unique Apparel sells is the winning design of a contest that was led by the school’s art club and included designs submitted by anyone who was interested. The student body then voted on the designs, and the winning design became the first item available for purchase at Unique Apparel.

“The first thing we sold was the T-shirts. We bought 300 of those, and we’ve sold about 100 so far,” said McCabe, who has been teaching special education for the past 20 years, “give or take a few years that I took off when I had my third child,” and has been teaching at Heritage High School for the past three years.

Since starting with the T-shirt, the teachers have surveyed the student body to get advice about what Unique Apparel should add to its inventory.

“The biggest vote so far has been socks, so that might be our next venture, and we’ll probably sell sweatshirts in the fall,” McCabe said.

Unique Apparel opened for business on February 14 in Heritage’s commons area, and the student body showed their support for their special needs classmates by purchasing roses for Valentine ’s Day.

“We sold 400 roses on opening day, and it was just really cool to see the student body interact with our students,” McCabe said.


Rolesville Furniture Looks to the Past and Plans for the Future

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

Part 7 in a Series on Local Small Business Success Stories

At the corner of East Young and North Main streets in Rolesville sits a large building, the cinderblock exterior painted to look like brick, and signs regularly adorning the windows to advertise the latest sale. There aren’t many people around town who aren’t familiar with Rolesville Furniture or who haven’t stopped in at least once to check out the newest inventory.

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Rolesville Furniture Company is a well-known landmark at the northeast corner of Young and Main streets.

The business is known for offering good pricing, availability of online searching, quick delivery and friendly service. Store owner Rick Eddins and son Kevin will go out of their way to make a customer happy and will even sell display inventory if a customer wants it.

Customers will attest to that fact.

Ella Santangelo, who purchased furniture when she first moved to Rolesville, said she “likes the store because I know I’m supporting a local business and they always offer competitive pricing.”

And Connie Wilson said when she needed good-quality furniture quickly at a reasonable price, Rolesville Furniture had a large selection of name brands at discounted prices.

“In one hour, I purchased several rooms of furniture, and it was delivered the next day,” she said.

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A picture of the old Herbert Eddins flea market sits in the window of the new building constructed on the site.

The store has been a fixture in what is the original town center since 1980, when the late Herbert Eddins opened a flea market in an old livery stable and his son, Rick, began to sell furniture next door.

Since then, the property, like the town, has changed, and as Rolesville experiences tremendous growth, Rolesville Furniture is likewise poised to move with the times rather than get stuck in the past.

When Herbert Eddins passed away in April 2015, Rick Eddins began to consider what might lay ahead for the store. He spent the next year thinking of his father, who he’d seen nearly every day, and thinking about the future of his business, and how the town was changing.

“It took me a year to sell 90 percent of what we had in the flea market. … While that was going on, I was thinking of ‘what if,’ ” he said. “ ‘Where are you going to move this, move that.’ ”

Eventually, he and Kevin decided to expand.

While the decision was practical – the furniture store had limited space, and excess inventory was kept in tractor trailers behind the main building – Rick Eddins said it was also a testament to his family’s confidence in the town where he was raised. He believes Rolesville will continue to move in a positive direction, and he feels good about investing in its future.

They had the flea market building removed, salvaging as much wood as possible, and constructed a 6,400-square-foot building for an additional showroom and a second building for a staging area and warehouse. The additions have allowed them to improve access for deliveries, house more product and add outdoor furniture to their inventory.

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The exterior of one of the new buildings features a loading dock area that makes it easier for delivery trucks to unload their wares.

Much of the daily operations are now overseen by Kevin Eddins, who has worked closely with his father over the past 11 years to learn every aspect of the business. The son, who grew up at the store and spent weekends as a child attending auctions with his father and grandfather, didn’t originally plan to take over for his dad, but a year after he graduated from NC State University, he decided he’d like to give the furniture business a try. Rick Eddins took him under his wing and showed him the way he’s always done things, and Kevin’s role grew.

Kevin Eddins transitioned the store from paper receipts to a computer-based point-of-sale system four years ago, updated the website and expanded digital marketing efforts. He also introduced two kiosks with oversized display screens that allow customers to easily peruse different furniture offerings, all but replacing the paper catalogs of the past.

Kevin Eddins said he’s looking forward to the future and maybe someday branching out.

“My dad always says, ‘If you’re not getting bigger, you’re getting smaller,’ ” he said, adding that the store “put me through college.”

“I have a five-year-old son,” he said. “The goal is for this to put him through college as well.”

With the expansion complete, Rick Eddins and Kevin Eddins are now focused on aesthetic changes. The father pointed to other buildings nearby and how the owners and occupants all are working hard to look good as the town grows. He and his son have been painting the exterior trim and already have changed the awnings to create a more cohesive appearance among the buildings on the property. They upgraded the parking, built a fence and added landscaping.

And if customers should happen to come by and find Rick Eddins outside on a ladder, paint brush in hand, they shouldn’t be surprised.

“There’s always more to do,” he said, and he and his son will be the ones to do it.

Community conversation addresses the School-to-prison pipeline and role of SROs in Wake County Schools

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

Approximately 150 people filled Rolesville Town Hall on February 23 to participate in a forum organized by Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes.

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From left: Judge Craig Croom, Mayor Frank Eagles and Sheriff Donnie Harrison participate in the panel to discuss the school-to-prison pipeline.

Although the Thursday night meeting was prompted by the January 3 viral video incident at Rolesville High School in which a school resource officer was shown throwing a student to the ground while responding to a fight, Holmes said, “the focus of the event was a community conversation on solutions to address the school-to-prison pipeline and better understand what the community believes should be the role of school resource officers.”

The video, which generated backlash on social media, has renewed focus on the discipline problems administrators face in Wake County Schools and has the public seeking answers on root causes of the problem and potential solutions.

Former N.C. Teacher of the Year James Ford and education advocate Toshiba Rice moderated a five-member panel consisting of Holmes, Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, District Court Judge Craig Croom and WCPSS school board member Monika Johnson-Hostler.

Panel members shared thoughts on the role of SROs, ways to address the disproportionate number of African-American students disciplined by the school system, solutions to ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and the movement to raise the age of juvenile distinction from 16 to 18.

All of the panelists agreed an SRO’s main role at a school should be that of protector rather than disciplinarian. But with budgetary restrictions limiting the number of counselors on school campuses and the fact that SROs are law enforcement professionals, the boundaries of the role is a gray area.

Harrison pointed out SROs are there to ensure a safe environment, build good relationships with students and enjoy working within schools. However, Harrison said, they are police officers, obligated to respond to violations of the law whether they take place on school campuses or on public streets. He added there were 25 student arrests between 2015 and 2016 in Wake County Schools.

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Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes talks with a participant at the Community Conversation on February 23 at Rolesville Town Hall.

North Carolina’s status as one of only two states in which 16- and 17-year-olds are treated as adults means an arrest in school can result in a student being tried in the adult criminal justice system. And students who once might have been sent to the principal’s office for minor infractions now face the potential of being placed in handcuffs, Holmes said.

Eagles would like to see SROs removed from schools, believing authority to deal with discipline issues needs to be returned to teachers and principals. Most panelists, though, felt removing SROs wasn’t feasible. “We’re in a society of Columbine and school shootings,” said Holmes, who said she wouldn’t want to remove SROs who are there to protect.

Panelists also were asked about disproportionate discipline numbers among minority students. 2015-16 data from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction indicates black students in North Carolina are 4.2 times more likely to be suspended from school. Croom and Johnson-Hostler pointed to the implicit bias that exists, and Croom said “continued training is very important to make sure we’re addressing some of those implicit biases.”

Harrison suggested students’ home life contributed to actionable behavior. To that end, panelists agreed an increase in counselors was essential toward helping students in crisis.

Johnson-Hostler, who has worked with fellow school board member Christine Kushner to open food pantries in five high-poverty schools, cited hunger, homelessness and drug addiction as some of the problems at-risk students face. Johnson-Hostler said the ratio of students to counselors in Wake County Schools is currently 1:658 – one counselor for every 658 students – a number Holmes called embarrassing.

Panelists discussed the positive effect school counseling has on at-risk students, the need to address the whole child and the importance of determining the cause of discipline issues. When school staff identify which challenges a student is facing, there is potential to implement counseling and social programs. But Holmes noted the challenges that still exist. For example,  homeless students may be hesitant to identify themselves as such, thereby making it difficult to get them help.

Eagles suggested reintroducing trade programs and ROTC, saying some kids are never going to college, but “if we can find out what a kid loves, that kid is going to stay in school.” Judge Croom agreed students who find their niche do better.

In addition to addressing the causes of discipline issues, panelists agreed the Raise the Age movement would be an important step toward interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Croom said there are great juvenile court counselors in Wake County who will do everything to keep kids out of the adult system.

Croom and Harrison were both quick to stress it cannot be an unfunded mandate. Raising the age requires more resources overall to handle the influx of kids back into juvenile court.

When the floor opened for comments at the end of the meeting, almost immediately a parent referenced the viral video, asking what interim steps were being put in place to ensure similar situations would be handled differently. Another parent cited SROs dealing with kids in an adult manner.

Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation but said it was an unfortunate situation they were working diligently to resolve. The officer involved recently resigned his position.

Audience members discussed the digital divide, suggestions for increasing volunteerism in schools, resources for homeless students, use of force in schools and SRO training.

Holmes said she hopes to hold similar Community Conversations in the future to address similar issues facing the community.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Grooming Tips 101

— Vanessa Davis • March 2017

Spring is almost here, and along with it comes the dirt and pollen that accumulates on your pet’s coat. If left unattended, it will lead to a nasty, grimy, matted mess on your pup. That’s where an expert in the field of pet grooming can help you keep your pet comfortable without sacrificing the style you love.

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Marcia Weatherly-Barnes of Franklinton and her 16-year-old “Justamere” dog, Sam, find bath time and grooming
at Dirty Dogs to be easy and fun.

Many times, the owner’s first instinct is to “shear the coat” to reduce shedding and prevent matting. However, that isn’t always the best solution for the pet. Their coat/fur is their insulation; therefore, your pet may overheat in the summer or get too cold in the winter without this protection. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a short cut that is both practical and stylish.

Taking the time to brush your pet not only provides one-on-one quality time with your pet but also helps to reduce the tangles and mats that form from rolling in the grass and swimming, as well as helping to reduce shedding. While brushing, you will also be able to detect any skin issues that may be forming. Hotspots, ticks and fleas are just a few of the many issues that can occur and go unnoticed on longer-coated pets. Just because your pet stays indoors most of the time doesn’t mean it is immune to the dreaded fleas and ticks. These pesty critters can hitch a ride on you or your pet from just one outing on a beautiful day.

Dirt and pollen can stir up allergies in both the pet and the owner. Having a dampened cloth, pet wipes or all-natural unscented baby wipes at the door is a great idea. Take time to wash your pet’s face, eyes and paws, and check its ears after each walk. This will help in reducing the pollen carried indoors as well as in finding any ticks that may have been picked up on your stroll.

Many people question the frequency of bathing their pet. Bathing too frequently can reduce the natural oils and not often enough can lead to a grimy and stinky pooch. It all depends on your activities. If your pet does a lot of swimming, you want to be sure to rinse, dry and brush it after every swim. This will prevent hot spots and matting on longer-coated pets. If you notice a dry, flaky coat, your pet may be getting bathed too frequently.

If you have questions regarding the recommended grooming needs for your pet, consult a certified pet groomer. They can help you select the most suitable cut and style that meets your pet’s needs and activity level.

Vanessa Davis is the owner of Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique in Wake Forest. All products mentioned in this article are all-natural products and are sold at Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique.

Mazie's Mission Brings Cheer to Children at Duke Hospital

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

Raising kids can be a challenge, even on the best of days. Imagine, then, having a child who from birth seems to be struggling physically with something that no one can diagnose.

Mazie's Mission

Mazie doing what she loves:
showing her cows.

The Bunn family tried for years to get answers as to why their daughter, Mazie, even as young as 2, was complaining of severe headaches. As she grew into a toddler and went on to kindergarten, the headaches persisted.

Ashley Webster, Mazie’s kindergarten teacher, was worried about her otherwise bright and energetic student.

“She was so outgoing and was my social butterfly in class,” Webster said. “She had such an impact on me, even before I knew about her diagnosis.”

Mazie missed a lot of school because of the pain, and the student Webster knew to be full of energy was becoming less and less so.

At a doctor’s recommendation, the family took Mazie to Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham to run more extensive tests.

Duke doctors soon discovered Mazie had a little known condition called Chiari malformation in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal because that part of the skull is abnormally small or misshapen.  Given the severity of Mazie’s pain and the likelihood of it continuing to worsen, her doctors recommended surgery.

At 7, Mazie was then, and still is, very active in 4-H. With Mazie just three weeks away from showing her cow at the North Carolina State Fair, one of her doctors asked her if she had anything to say about the surgery. She thought for a moment then said, “I’ve worked very hard to get ready for the fair. I’ve had these headaches for years, so three more weeks won’t matter.” The surgery was scheduled shortly after the fair.

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The kindergarten team at Rolesville Elementary and their students and families held a toy drive to help Mazie’s Mission.

Josh and Emily Bunn spent many hours at Duke before and after surgery. The holidays were approaching, and Mazie asked where the other children at Duke would be spending their time.

“I told her that the children had to stay in the hospital, which upset her,” Emily Bunn said.

Being an outgoing and compassionate child, Mazie asked if her family could collect toys to bring to the children who would be spending their holidays in hospital beds instead of home with family. This began Mazie’s Mission of delivering toys to hospitalized children at Duke. Donations poured in to the Bunns, and a 25-foot trailer was filled and delivered.

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Mazie herself helped deliver the toys
to the hospital at Duke last year.

As anyone who knows Mazie would expect, she hopes to make next year even bigger and better. In June, the Bunn family will sponsor the second Mazie’s Mile, a mile walk that last year raised $6,000, all of which went to the Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF). There will also be another toy drive starting in September.

Two years after her surgery, Mazie, who is now homeschooled, still struggles with her health and has been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and epilepsy. Aware she will always need extra care and help, she maintains a positive attitude and outlook and is still concerned about the other children at Duke Children’s Hospital.

“She’s been a trouper and very strong through all of this. Her attitude has made it much easier on me,” said Emily.

Despite her continuing health issues, Mazie remains dedicated to the concept of giving back.

“I wanted to do this because it makes me feel good to make other people happy,” Mazie said. “When I was at Duke, everyone was so kind to me and always did so much to keep the kids happy that I wanted to give back so it could help the staff to help others.”

Rolesville Elementary Renovation Update

— Shannon T. Zarb • February 2017

Phase 1: Gymnasium renovation completed

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Excited students tour the new addition to their school.
Photos by Shannon T. Zarb

Students at Rolesville Elementary finally got the chance to see what all the noise has been about as the first of three renovation projects was unveiled on January 17.

There were plenty of “ooos” and “aahhs” as Principal Dana Primiano welcomed wide-eyed students to the addition complete with brand-new gymnasium, cafeteria and art and music rooms.

“I’m so excited that we’re finally in one building,” the principal said. “There’s none of this back and forth between buildings with students often needing keys. It’s exciting, but it’s obviously much safer for the kids too.”

The gymnasium demolition and rebuild was the first of a three-phase renovation project for Rolesville Elementary. Funded by a 2013 Capital Improvement Plan, phase one of the project included the gymnasium remodel, a loading dock and bus loop improvements. Now that these projects are complete work, has begun on phase two, which includes a two-story classroom addition on the right side of campus to replace the old cafeteria. Phase three will tie the two new additions together with a full remodel of the main building.

“These improvements have been a long time coming,” Area Facilities Manager Anthony Zarb said, “The buildings were not only outdated but it’s been increasingly difficult to repair and get parts to maintain them. The new buildings are state of the art and more efficient, but overall they are much safer for students and staff.”

If everything goes smoothly the entire renovation should be completed for the start of the 2017–2018 school year.

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The new bus loop and gymnasium were the first of three renovation projects for Rolesville Elementary.

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The recently renovated gymnasium and stage of Rolesville Elementary mark the completion of phase 1 of the construction.




Wake Forest Hires First Senior Budget Analyst, Benjamin Blevins

— February 2017


Benjamin W. Blevins

The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the hiring of Benjamin W. Blevins as the town’s first Senior Budget Analyst.

Blevins, who began working for the town on Monday, Jan. 30, will be responsible for assisting with the annual operating budget process, as well as reviewing performance management and outcome-based data. He will also evaluate departmental operations and make recommendations that have a town-wide impact, prepare budgetary reports, determine the financial impact of new programs, and identify ways to reduce costs.

“Ben brings valuable knowledge and experience to the town,” said Finance Director Aileen Staples. “He will be a tremendous asset as we incorporate our performance measures into our budget process.”

The Senior Budget Analyst comes to Wake Forest from New River Community College where he served as an Education Coordinator. In that position he ensured grant compliance and aided in preparing grant proposals for transitional programs. Prior to that, he was a Budget Officer in Page County analyzing capital projects, operations, and procurement and recommending strategies to increase revenue, reduce expenses, and utilize existing resources more efficiently.

A native of Abingdon, VA, Blevins earned a Master’s of Public Administration from Virginia Tech in 2014. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Emory & Henry College.

A former collegiate tennis player, Blevins still enjoys playing tennis during his free time. He’s also a huge Virginia Tech football fan.

Minnick completes FIC course

— February 2017

Chauncey Minnick

Chauncey Minnick

Chauncey D. Minnick, Rolesville, North Carolina, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has attained the Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) designation.

The FIC title is an educational designation that can be earned by career life insurance representatives associated with fraternal insurance societies.  Representatives devote more than one year to meet the examination and career development criteria set by the Fraternal Field Managers Association.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures.  The fraternal financial services organization offers financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

Commercial Vegetable Production Symposium February 15

— February 2017

On February 15th, 2017, the Vance and Franklin County Extension Centers will host a Commercial Vegetable Production Symposium at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market. The Symposium will provide growers with the latest updates on season extension, disease and insect management, irrigation and fertility, and more. This event will feature expert speakers from NC State University, NC A&T State University, the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and NC Cooperative Extension. The registration fee is only $10 and includes lunch and refreshments. The event starts promptly at 9 am and will conclude by 1:30 pm. Advanced registration is required, simply visit http://go.ncsu.edu/veggiecon2016 or call 919-496-3344. For more information, contact charles_mitchell@ncsu.edu. The Vance County Regional Farmers Market is located at 210 Southpark Drive in Henderson, NC.

'RAM'arks - February 2017

— Justin Carrington, Administrative Intern • February 2017

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Greetings, RHS families! With second semester now underway, I’d like to share some important information about one of the major things we will be working through over the next month or so: course registration for the 2017-18 school year.

At the end of January, underclassmen received course registration packets in their advisory classes. Throughout February and early March, counselors will meet with students to review this information and to assist students in selecting courses. Juniors will do this in formal conferences, while freshmen and sophomores will do this with counselors during their second period classes.

As an educator, I cannot overemphasize how important this process is for high schoolers and how vital your role is as parents.

When speaking with your student, I encourage you to have the same conversations that we will have with them – conversations around the need to challenge themselves while maintaining balance; conversations about what they hope to get out of certain classes as well as what they are willing to put in; conversations about how certain courses will help them achieve their future goals. These are just some of the conversations you can have to assist your child in navigating this process.

To provide some context into one reason that these selections are so important, I thought I’d share a little bit about what we do with student course selections.

Using student course selections, we develop the master schedule for the entire school. This schedule not only dictates which students take what classes but also how many sections of certain classes we offer and which teachers teach what classes and how many students are in each class and where classes are taught and what blocks/periods courses are taught in and so many other things. As you can probably tell, this is not something that can be easily changed without disrupting many other pieces of the puzzle – especially when there are more than 2,100 students who we are considering. To develop a schedule that provides the best opportunities to our students requires much planning and careful consideration on the parts of all involved.

As such, we ask students and parents to plan and register very carefully – specifically because schedule changes are considered only for very specific reasons.

I hope that you will find this information helpful as you assist your child in selecting classes for next year. For more information, please visit the course registration section of the RHS website or feel free to contact your child’s counselor.

Perkins CSP Announces Free Education Series

Beginning in January 2017, Perkins Counseling & Psychological Services is introducing a series of free monthly, educational presentations on issues of interest to the greater, Wake Forest community.

The monthly presenters will be professional counselors and psychologists from Perkins CPS, as well as other experts from the community.

The 12 month program is entitled, “Hope for Healing Education Series” and will be on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  It will be held in the Clubhouse at the Villas of Wake Forest, 989 Blue Bird Lane, Wake Forest, NC. 27587.

Following is the schedule for the first quarter of 2017:

January 1/17/17 Combating Post-Holiday Blues, presented by Dr. Pamela Perkins, PsyD

February 2/17/17 Stop Eating Your Feelings, presented by Dr. Joanna Schechner, PsyD

March 3/21/17 The Dangers of Emotional Spending, presented by Joy Alford-Brand, JD and Erin Terry, LPC

For more information about the Hope for Healing Education Series, visit our website website www.perkinscps.com.

Letter From Principal Lassiter

— January 3, 2017

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Rolesville High School Community,

Tuesday a video was circulated showing a school resource officer using force on a Rolesville High School student. I, like many of you, am deeply concerned about what I saw in the video.

The safety of our students is always our first priority. Our school district works with many dedicated officers who protect our students. It is vital that our children have a positive relationship with these law enforcement officials. Those relationships are built on mutual respect.

Immediately after becoming aware of Tuesday’s incident, we reached out to the Rolesville Police Department. I appreciate the quick action of Chief Langston, who placed the school resource officer on administrative leave and began an immediate investigation.

Two years ago, our school district enacted a unified agreement with all local law enforcement agencies that provides training and a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities for School Resource Officers. As part of the investigation, the district and law enforcement are reviewing those standards.

I understand this incident brings up questions and conversations about the manner in which we keep students and staff safe in our schools. We will continue to be in conversation as we learn additional information.


Dhedra Lassiter,
Rolesville High School

Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference

— January 2017

Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference, Saturday, February 25

By Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County

Small farms continue growing in Franklin County and surrounding counties!  In 2015, a Franklin County Small Farm Association was formed to meet the demand for educational information to help members be successful and to network with one another.  The popular Annual Small Farms Opportunities Conference will be held at Vance-Granville Community College, Franklin Campus in Louisburg on Saturday, February 25, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Topics include: Raising & Marketing Cut Flowers, Hands-on Shiitake Mushroom Production & Marketing, Foraging in Woods for Farm Products; Small Scale Poultry Production & Marketing utilizing heritage breeds, and much more.

There will be a small fee to participate.

Contact Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County; 919-496-3344 or martha_mobley@ncsu.edu for information. Program details at  www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com or https://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu 


Town Leaders Ask Community to Be Patient During Investigation of High School Incident

— January 2017

Town of RolesvilleAn incident between two female students at Rolesville High School occurred on January 3. At the regularly-scheduled Mayor’s and Town Commissioners’ meeting on January 3, the incident was addressed.

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles asked Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston to make a statement to the public early in the meeting, and Chief Langston read a press release as follows:

“A fight occurred today at the Rolesville High School (1099 East Young Street) at approximately 7:10 a.m. in the cafeteria area. It was between two female students.

“The Town of Rolesville School Resource Officer, Ruben De Los Santos, responded to this incident. Officer De Los Santos has subsequently been placed on paid administrative leave, per Town of Rolesville Personnel Policy, pending the outcome of the investigation of this incident.

“The Rolesville Police Department has officially requested that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conduct a third party review of the incident. We will work diligently to review any and all pertinent information so that we can provide an accurate account of the events.

“No further information will be released until the investigation is complete. We ask the community and all members involved to be patient while we investigate this matter.”

Following his reading of the press release, Langston restated, “I have requested for the SBI to come in to give a third-party review. That’s all I have at this time.”

Three days later, on January 6, a follow-up press release was made available, announcing a second investigation into the incident. This release begins:

“The North Carolina SBI continues with their investigation of Tuesday’s incident at Rolesville High School. To continue an effort to reach the highest levels of transparency and accountability, the Chief of Police has officially requested from Sheriff Donnie Harrison that the Wake County Sheriff’s Department take the lead role in conducting the Town of Rolesville’s internal investigation into this incident.”

The press release reiterates that School Resource Officer Ruben De Los Santos remains on paid administrative leave and that the Town of Rolesville cannot release further information due to the ongoing investigations.

“We continue to ask everyone in the community, and all members involved, to be patient while this process continues,” the release ends.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Finding the Right Trainer for Your Puppy

— Vanessa Davis, Dirty Dogs Spa & Boutique • January 2017

Brady - training


Many of you know Taylor, my 8-year-old golden retriever who is always on his best behavior.  Add one 14-week-old golden retriever puppy, and we have “almost chaos” at our home – a daily reminder that knowing and having the right tools and trainer in your life will make life much easier for owners and pets.

With January being National Train Your Dog Month, here are some tips for everyone who received a puppy over the holidays.

Whether you have a purebred puppy or a shelter rescue, you will need to train your pup to be on his or her best behavior. When your pet, just like your child, knows what to expect from you and you know what to expect from your pet, the transition to “pet parent” becomes an enjoyable time.

Unless you have a lot of experience working with or training dogs, you will want to work with a professional trainer. As with daycare facilities or sitters, you will want to take the time to interview your trainers. Look at their training backgrounds, references and experience. Fetching the Perfect Dog Trainer by Katenna Jones is a perfect book to help you select the right trainer for your pet’s needs. In the book, Jones guides you to properly evaluate and interview a prospective trainer as well as points out red flags to watch for based on your interview.

One tip I always stress to my clients who are interviewing potential trainers is to look for the use of positive reinforcement versus negative reinforcement in training. When training your dog, treat positive behaviors with positive rewards. Negative behaviors should be guided into positive actions.

According to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, “use of aggression to get what they want” doesn’t mean dogs are displaying dominance, but rather they are showing anxiety-based behaviors, which will only increase if dogs are faced with verbal and/or physical threats from their human owners. Basing interactions with a dog on dominance is harmful to the dog-human relationship and leads to further stress, anxiety and aggression from the dog, which also learns to fear the owner. Keep this in mind when you think about the use of shock collars or shock fences for your pet.

Dogs are pleasers. If they are treated kindly and guided properly, they will reward us with their very best behavior.

Vanessa Davis is the owner of Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique in Wake Forest. All products mentioned in this article are all-natural products and are sold at Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique.

Wake Highlights Accomplishments in State of the County Report

— January 2017

At today’s Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting, Chairman James West presented the 2016 State of the County Report, highlighting the year’s accomplishments in the board’s nine goal areas. They include community health; economic strength; education; great government; growth and sustainability; mobility; people, arts and culture; public safety; and social and economic vitality.

“The state of our county is strong,” Chairman West said. “The board used the goals that we established to guide our work this year and ensure we addressed the county’s most pressing needs. I’m proud of the steps we’ve taken to improve the services we offer our residents and the partnerships we’ve formed to do more good in our community.”

Chairman West showed a video during his State of the County Report, which showcased many examples of positive strides made in 2016. They include:

* Serving more than 294,000 meals to nearly 7,700 children in June, July and August through the Summer Food Program;

* Increasing our investment in the Wake County Public School System by $24 million in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for a total allocation of $626 million, or more than half of our total General Fund;

* Developing and adopting the Wake County Transit Plan, which voters approved funding during the General Election; and

* Purchasing 324 acres of land in eastern Wake County, bringing our total open space acquisitions to about 6,300 acres.

Wake County has received many national accolades for being a great place to live, work and play. Chairman West noted that the county’s population is growing by an average of 64 residents a day and is expected to top two million people by 2054. He explained that the county is planning now for that expected growth, so it will not impact the high quality of life that makes Wake County so attractive to so many people.

During his presentation, Chairman West also recognized outgoing commissioners Betty Lou Ward and Caroline Sullivan for their dedicated service to Wake County and welcomed incoming commissioners Greg Ford and Erv Portman. Ford and Portman are scheduled to be sworn in during the regular board meeting on December 5 at 5 p.m.

View the full 2016 State of Wake County Report at wakegov.com/stateofthecounty.

Franklin County 4-H’ers Win Big at N.C. State Fair

— Meg Wyatt, Franklin County 4-H Agent • December 2016 • Photos courtesy of Franklin County 4-H

Franklin County 4-H @ NC State Fair

Lillian Jackson

Franklin County 4-H’ers have been busy the past few months as they prepared their crafts, produce, poultry, and livestock for the 2016 NC State Fair. We had an overwhelming 73 youth participate in the State Fair this year. There were 31 youth who entered items in crafts and 38 kids that showed livestock.  Some of the categories that the youth showed or entered items into included but are not limited to: livestock (cows, goats, sheep, and hogs), poultry, crafts in the 4-H division and other divisions, culinary, produce, and canned items.

Franklin County 4-H @ NC State Fair

Caleb Davis

It was amazing to hear from youth and parents the excitement of receiving a ribbon, regardless of the placing. Youth have worked hard and put in a lot of time and dedication to get to the fair and they see their efforts pay off! Some youth showed their personal livestock and some 4-H’ers showed 4-H volunteer

club leaders’ livestock. Below is just a glimpse into what youth participated and some of the awards they brought home.

Franklin County 4-H @ NC State Fair

Lance Williams

Lance Williams, age 11, received six 1st place ribbons, three 2nd place ribbons in culinary, crafts, horticulture, and honey and one Best in Show Ribbon for his True Pound Cake in the Culinary category.

Destiny Adams, age 7, entered her two chickens and received 1st Place with her Black Australorp and 1st place with her Buff Orpington.

Franklin County 4-H @ NC State Fair

Lily Chadwick

Kendal Thornburg, age 8, received Grand Champion Belted Galloway Cow/Calf Pair, 2nd place Black Australorp Pullet, 5th Place Dominique Hen, Honorable Mention decorated pumpkin, and many 4-H green participation ribbons for the 4-H Cloverbud Crafts.

Holly Thornburg, age 7, received 1st Place Belted Galloway heifer, 4th Place Buff Orpington, 6th place Dominique Hen, 3rd place decorated pumpkin, and many 4-H green participation ribbons for the 4-H Cloverbud Crafts.

Haddon Joyner won Grand Champion showing a sheep.

Lillian and Fairbanks Jackson showed in four sheep categories each. Lillian received a 3rd place and Fairbanks received a 2nd Place.

Franklin County 4-H @ NC State Fair

Natalie Perry

Wyatt Sampson showed a belted Galloway and received 2nd place in the All Other Breeds category.

Lily Chadwick entered her chicken Newton and won 1st place for her breed and black polish.  She entered a poster in the poultry poster contest. She also showed a belted Galloway in the breed category and won 3rd place. She showed in her sire group and won 1st place.

Natalie Perry won 2nd and 3rd place ribbons in the Open Beef Belted Galloway show. She also won 1st place ribbon in the five pounds or less decorated pumpkin competition.

Caleb Davis showed a Belted Galloway and won 1st place in one class and received Champion Heifer.

Teorah Snelling-Won 1st place with her quilt that she made at a 4-H summer fun program.

Other youth that participated in the 4-H craft division included: Ayden Wyatt, Addie Pearce, Jenna Andrews, Emily Gilliam, Sabrina Odom, Tia Iversen, Alyssa McDowell, Rebakah Mcphetridge, Georgia Plascencia, Jack Davis, Connor Horton, Mazie Bunn, Sarah Kenny, Zachary Smith, Ellie Wilkins, Jackson Gupton, Megan and Abigail King, Elizabeth Reece, Natalia and Daniela Dominguez, Carter and Sydney Byrum.

4-H’ers not listed above that also showed livestock included: Heidi and Hope Latta, James Hinton, Cody and Paige O’Neal, Mazie Bunn, Abigail, Grayson, and Laithan Blankenship, Landon Amarin, Rayn Farrell, Hayden Yeargin, Weslyn Pendergraft, Andre King, Nicholas Vasquez, Natalia and Daniela Dominguez, Hannah Haley, Jonathan Hopkins, Taylor Whitley, Layton Perry, Abigail and Ethan Graham, Ian Nemitz, Sage and Jake Moore, Madison Pippin, Bethany Allen, Aslan and Sheperd Joyner, and Ella and Luke Pendergrass.

We are proud of all the Franklin County 4-H’ers accomplishments. Way to go!

Teacher of the Year Miles Macleod Selected as North Central Region Finalist

— December 2016

The celebration continues for Heritage High School teacher Miles Macleod.

This May, he was named the 2016-17 Wake County Public School System Teacher of the Year. On December 14, he moved up in the ranks to become the North Central Region Teacher of the Year. Macleod, who received the news during a surprise announcement at a schoolwide assembly, will now compete against eight other finalists for the statewide title.

Miles Macleod

“Miles is an outstanding educator. His enthusiasm and dedication set high standards for others in the profession,” said Superintendent Jim Merrill. “He is admired and respected among colleagues, parents, students and members of our community. He represents our school district and our region well.”

This is Macleod’s seventh year teaching English and Global Studies at Heritage High School. He also taught English as a Foreign Language to middle school students in South Korea earlier in his career.

Project Wisdom is one of Macleod’s many projects at Heritage and in the surrounding community. The unique service learning program includes an after-school club, travel program and elective course. Macleod and 13 students traveled to Ghana last year as a part of the program. In just two years, Project Wisdom has grown from five students to 120 students and is now a registered non-profit.

Macleod holds a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Salisbury University in Maryland and is completing a master’s degree in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University.

The North Central Region is made up of 16 school districts. The selection of North Carolina’s nine regional teachers of the year is managed by teams of Regional Education Facilitators. It includes a class visit, candidate interviews and interviews with parents, colleagues and members of the school community.

The statewide Teacher of the Year winner will be named during a ceremony Thursday, April 6, in Cary.


Wall Completes LGFCU Fellows “Leading for Results” Course

— December 2016

Ruben WallOn October 21, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall successfully completed the “Leading for Results” program at the UNC School of Government as a Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Fellow. Wall was among 50 individuals from across North Carolina identified as emerging leaders in local government and was selected in a competitive process from among 135 program applicants.

“Leading for Results” is an intensive program with an emphasis on organizational leadership. Participants were introduced to models of leadership as well as management and leadership tools and strategies. LGFCU Fellows had the opportunity to gain insight into their individual leadership styles and strengths and practice ways to increase their effectiveness within their organizations.

Wall joined the Town of Wake Forest in April 2011, after serving as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Goldsboro. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director for Durham Parks and Recreation where he was in charge of the Programs Division.

Wall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation from Shaw University, and a Master’s Degree in Recreation Management from North Carolina Central University. He is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association, as well as the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.

Program Helps Vulnerable Residents Stay Warm during Winter

— December 2016

The expense of heating a home during the winter months can be too much for some of Wake County’s most vulnerable residents. The Warmth for Wake program helps to ease that financial burden by providing assistance to low-income residents during the coldest months of the year.

In partnership with the North Carolina Bankers Association, Warmth for Wake provides two types of assistance for qualifying residents:

Firewood Delivery: The program provides free firewood deliveries to homes that can use it to offset their gas or electric heat consumption.

Space Heaters: The program provides new and gently used space heaters to households lacking another heat source.

Last winter, Warmth for Wake served 132 homes thanks to more than 283 loads of firewood. This year, the program hopes to help 150 households.

Warmth for Wake is made possible through the work of volunteers and generous donations. Wake County residents interested in helping their neighbors stay warm this winter are encouraged to volunteer to deliver firewood, or donate new or gently used space heaters.

More information about the Warmth for Wake program, including how to get involved, is available at http://www.wakegov.com/humanservices/social/energy/Pages/warmthforwake.aspx

Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know

— December 2016


(NewsUSA) Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

Yes, for those wondering, if you’re planning on popping The Big Question — marriage, that is — a diamond engagement ring can also count as her Christmas or Hanukkah present. “If a guy’s gonna pop the question eventually, he might as well use the opportunity to avoid shopping for a holiday gift and kill two birds with — ahem — one stone,” the Washington Post declared.

And you won’t be alone: While 39 percent of all marriage proposals occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, what sane-thinking male wants to be the one who waited till February to give his girlfriend a ring she was expecting in December?

Ergo, to help you out, it’s time to separate some myths from facts when it comes to the whole engagement ring-buying process. (Alternate Plan Alert: For those not quite ready to propose — or, for that matter, who have other diamond jewelry lovers on their holiday lists to shop for — we’ve also got some tips for you.)

MYTH: You need to be prepared to spend two months’ salary on a ring.

FACT: That’s just a guideline. Your financial circumstances — and your girlfriend’s taste — ultimately rule.

MYTH: There’s no way of telling whether a diamond has been produced “ethically” or not.

FACT: This is a big issue for some couples, so know that the Diavik mine in Canada’s North West Territories, for one, has gone to great lengths to provide buyers with proof that it’s adhering to international standards of labor, health, safety and environmental practices in producing the nicely sized diamonds of good color and gem quality it’s famed for.

“Each certified gem is laser-etched with a unique number that indicates the date mined, and each gem’s unique optical fingerprint is recorded in an international database so that it can be positively identified,” says an expert in the field, noting that many insurance companies offer discounted rates in such cases.

MYTH: Most women want a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring.

FACT: Round diamonds are the most popular.

MYTH: You must pick the ring out yourself in order to maximize the effect.

FACT: Thankfully, no, so you’ve dodged a bullet there. But if you prefer shopping stag, at least have your girlfriend’s hints in mind.

Finally, about those other diamond jewelry gift-gifting tips we promised.

“Classic diamond stud earrings will never go out of fashion,” says jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor, “and diamond line bracelets can be worn with any outfit.”

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - December 2016

Rolesville Middle School Rams— Kinea Epps • December 2016

Hello, RMS Families!

From hitting the track each week to team building with marshmallows, our students and staff have been engaged in some really cool projects. I’m excited to share what we’ve been up to at Rolesville Middle.

♦ Over the past several weeks, 13 of our girls have been participating in the Heart and Sole running program by Girls on the Run. Rolesville Middle is one of the first sites in Wake County to host the middle school running program, which, according to the website www.girlsontherun, focuses on building self-esteem, setting boundaries and creating positive support systems. Each week after the girls run a few laps around the school, they engage in lessons that create an opportunity for them to share their experiences and learn from other students. Our girls are nearing the end of the program for first semester. Several of our staff members have joined in and are running buddies for the girls. We are excited to cheer them on at the Reindeer Romp 5K on December 10.

♦ Our Spanish Club recently received a package of handwoven bracelets from Nicaragua as part of the Pulsera Project. The project unites artists from Central America with students in U.S. schools. As part of the project, our students at RMS are learning more about the culture, employment and education in Nicaragua. Our Spanish teacher, Ms. Eichenlaub, said, “The goal is to bring cultures together through this service learning project, benefiting both sides, and creating international relationships while becoming global citizens.” (That’s our mission at RMS.) For more information, visit www.pulseraproject.org.

♦ With the help of our AIG teacher, Mrs. Warren, sixth-grade students participated in the Marshmallow Challenge. The idea is to build the tallest structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one string and one marshmallow. The purpose of the activity is to encourage team-building and collaboration skills (www.tomwujec.com). The students have learned how to appreciate their unique strengths when working in a group. (Might be worth a try over the winter break when the family is in town.)

Be sure to check out the RMS website and the Counselors’ website for pictures of activities and upcoming events at RMS.

I can’t wait to see what second semester holds for our students and staff. I’ll see you all in 2017.

Kinea Epps is lead school counselor at RMS.

Gardening: Oh, The Fun That We Will Have

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

Gardening - December 2016

Poinsettias with orchids and amaryllis combine to make an unusual and visually striking display.

Hello, Gardeners!

Have your seed catalogs begun rolling in? It might yet be a little early, but what fun when they begin to arrive. Pen in hand, turning down pages, comparing plant colors and habits – gardeners can’t be gloomy after the holidays. We’ve so much planning to do!

A large part of a successful gardening is your soil. When was the last time you tested your yard or garden soil? Did you realize our county extension office will assist us in this critical endeavor? Drop by and grab a soil testing kit, and check the status of your earth. The NC Department of Agriculture’s Agronomics Laboratory tests soil as a large part of the lab’s consumer function. The soil test is free to garden variety consumers April through October.   November through March, there is a $4 charge. We will watch the dates for 2017; last year, testing was extended into fall by one month.

Soil test results will be one of your top tools for gardening success. If your soil is not right, nothing is! It will take a couple weeks to get your results, but what a detailed report you will receive. If you are uncertain what the report is telling you, feel free to contact the local extension office for help. Master Gardeners are on duty Monday through Friday taking telephone calls at the extension office to help with any gardening questions you may have, including soil test results. Telephone calls, emails, photos, drop by with questions – we are happy to help.

Before we know it, garden shows will begin. Are you up for a road trip or train trip? If so, check out the Philadelphia Flower Show.The show will run March 11-19 with a theme of the flowers and culture of Holland. Consider boarding Amtrak in Raleigh and disembarking in Philadelphia for a fun gardening, history and eating weekend. It is a trip I think all gardeners should take at least once.

Another must is the Charleston House & Garden Tour. How about a road trip to Charleston on April 7-8? In addition to beautiful historic homes and gardens, you know there is superior shopping and eating too.

A trip is fun, but so many local events await in the spring. Look for information on gardening interest events in our area for 2017. One I am looking forward to is The Tour D’Coop, Wake County’s finest chicken keepers highlighting their backyard chicks; look for this around May. If you enjoy the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour, you will also enjoy the Spring Garden Tour.

Gardening - December 2016

The annual mid-November Holiday Open House at Homewood Nursery always showcases the many varieties of poinsettias.

Do not forget that Wake Forest gardens will open in the spring too. Who knows, Rolesville may host a 2017 Garden Tour. Watch for details on these and others in 2017. I think one of the best sources for garden interest events is the bimonthly Triangle Gardener publication. It is free to consumers, which is always great. Look for it at your favorite garden center or in Rolesville right inside the front door at Town Hall.

Keep the JC Raulston Arboretum in mind when planning outings. Our area has no better source for garden and plant ideas. If a plant grows in our area, you will likely find a specimen at the arboretum, and when you find it, you might pick up an idea or two of how to use it in your garden.

Of local interest, a garden is in the Rolesville Main Street Park, planted with partial-shade-loving and deer-and-rabbit-resistant plants. Check the trail right over the bridge. The old frog pond has been filled in and planted. Note: When deer are hungry, they will eat anything, but planting to deter deer never hurts.

Remember that when snow falls, shaking it off shrubbery will help ward off damage. If you are still working with falling leaves, mulch them and use as mulch around plantings – or throw them into the compost pile. Keep the birds fed during the cold months, and they will repay you with lovely songs and be a cheerful spot during dull winter days. Also, that amaryllis making your holiday bright can be planted outside in a sunny spot this spring.

Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. Enjoy a winter of making gardening plans and planning to attend events that interest you.

My best wishes for your holiday season and winter planning!

The Top Christmas Scenes – in Non-Christmas Movies

— Teddy Durgin • December 2016

This is the time of year when folks spend countless hours at home flipping channels and watching such perennial favorites as “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Heck, many will even click on the Hallmark and Lifetime channels to catch one of their shameless, made-for-TV cheapies starring everyone from Tori Spelling to Candace Cameron to Dean Cain.

Some are such suckers for all things red and green, naughty and nice that they can get that holiday feeling throughout the year, watching flicks on cable, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime that are not holiday movies but still feature a memorable scene or two centered on the Christmas season. So, between now and December 25, if you can’t stomach another traditional holiday movie but still want just a little of that spirit, I recommend the following 10 flicks (in no particular order):

“Mean Girls” – Guys, is it wrong that, whenever this flick is on cable, we have to stay and watch until Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and the other Plastics appear in their sexy-cute Santa outfits singing “Jingle Bell Rock?” OK, don’t answer.

“Lady and the Tramp” – Wholesome movie picks, Buzz writer! Wholesome! OK, what could be more innocent than that lovely Rockwell-esque beginning sequence of a family opening presents and one of them is an adorable spotted puppy?

Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

Lucille Ball hangs Christmas stockings in “Yours, Mine and Ours” (1968).

“Yours, Mine and Ours” (1968 version) – What’s the opposite of getting a puppy for Christmas? Coming down on the morning of December 25, being part of a blended family of 18 kids and finding out mom (Lucille Ball) is going to having – gulp – No. 19! Lucy, you have some es-plainin’ to do!

“American Psycho” – There’s a murderous yuppie at your office holiday party, and his name is Patrick Bateman. He’s the one with the fake-whimsical reindeer antlers on his head talking about the genius who is Huey Lewis.

“Goodfellas” – Or how about that post-heist Christmas party in which you show up with your new Cadillac and your woman draped in fur after Robert DeNiro told you NOT to buy anything expensive with the loot money. “What are you stupid? Are you nuts? What’s the matter with you?!”

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – Probably the best Santa cameo ever in a movie. He gave the Pevensie kids weapons!

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – The Christmas scene in this first “Potter” flick is a charming, magical bit. And it’s not wrong to love Ron Weasley’s Christmas sweater MORE than Harry’s cloak of invisibility!

“Star Trek: Generations” – There’s a great, seven-minute Christmas scene midway through in which Captain Picard wakes up inside the Nexus – an interstellar phenomenon that allows you to be in the time and place you’ve always wanted to be. He finds himself in a Victorian-era Christmas scene with an adoring wife and children in an immaculately decorated home. The mysterious, melancholy tone of this sequence is marked by this one lone ornament on the tree – a clear ball inside of which is a tiny, repeating supernova. It catches Picard’s eye and briefly puts the thought in his head: “Hey, I really shouldn’t be here.”

About a Boy

Hugh Grant stars in “About a Boy” and has a peculiar relationship with Christmas in the film.

“About a Boy” – Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) is the son of a one-hit wonder musician whose one hit was one of those catchy evergreen Christmas carols that gets played ad nauseum on the radio every December, then goes away for the other 11 months. Will’s come to hate the season as a result.

“Bridget Jones’s Diary” – Between the title character not being able to carry a Christmas tune during her infamous holiday party to Colin Firth’s ridiculous reindeer jumper, the Christmas bits in this flick can put anyone in the holiday mood, whether in March, August or December.

Local History Enthusiast Holds Meetings to Gauge Interest in a Rolesville Historic Society

— Susan London • December 2016 – revised 12 December 2016

Historic Rolesville Society

Terry Marcellin-Little speaks to the crowd gathered November 14
at the John Lewis Terrell house at 201 N. Main St.

On a chilly November evening, approximately 15 Rolesville residents, some who have ties to the town dating to the 1700s, filled the front room of the John Lewis Terrell house at 201 N. Main St. They were just the type of folks Terry Marcellin-Little was counting on to attend – people who had a common interest in the town and who might share her passion in preserving its story through the formation of an official historic society.

Marcellin-Little purchased the house from Morgan and Katie Womble in 2012 after the couple had lived there for more than a decade. She plans to open the Terrell House as the Little House Museum and Gallery in the spring of 2017, and in preparation, has spent the past four years researching its story, renovating the property specifically to restore historic accuracy and to meet exacting codes for the sake of a national register application, and successfully persuading town leaders to support its possible addition to the National Historic Register.

In conjunction with the museum’s opening, Marcellin-Little is leading efforts to create a Historic Rolesville Society through a series of interest meetings that, she hopes, will culminate in a legal, organized entity that can move forward in documenting and preserving the town’s history.

A native of Chapel Hill, Marcellin-Little quickly developed a passion for her new hometown after moving to Rolesville in 1994.

“I became very curious about Rolesville’s past. … A lot of old buildings have been knocked down. I really want to create an awareness and appreciation of the history of the area,” she said.

If the residents who attended the November 14 meeting were any indication, there is definite enthusiasm for her endeavor. After Marcellin-Little opened the meeting with a discussion of the timeline leading to the creation of the museum, she asked attendees to introduce themselves, and they soon engaged in conversation about their own ties to Rolesville.

Historic Rolesville Society

Rolesville residents gather to hear plans for a potential historic society.

Many of them already knew each other – Rolesville is still a relatively small town, after all – and stories soon emerged of how their individual lives and families intertwined. As long-time resident Barbara Williams Timmons noted, “Once you get out of the city limits, everyone is kin to each other.”

When someone mentioned that their family had a stash of old paperwork they’d never found time to research, Betsy Wall, the historian who has been helping Marcellin-Little pore over documents and public records related to the John Lewis Terrell house, said, “Bring it to us!  We’ll do it for you!”

The revelation opened up hope for the possible discovery of other documents hidden away in attics around town that might shed more light on the ghosts of the past.

Through the course of the evening, Marcellin-Little discussed the legal formation of the historical society as a nonprofit and asked people to weigh in on the official name of the proposed organization. She also asked attendees to consider roles they might be willing to take on, and she secured potential volunteers to assist in developing bylaws and articles of incorporation, assist with financial matters and help with publicity.

After the meeting was over, the group previewed the nearly completed interior of the building and took some time to look at an extensive array of artifacts discovered by history enthusiast Michael Bailey. The items, including buttons, coins and tableware dating to the Revolutionary War that were discovered in and around the Rolesville area, will be displayed at the museum when it opens in the spring.

The next interest meeting for the Historic Rolesville Society will take place on Monday, January 16, at 7 p.m. For information, visit www.facebook.com/LittleHouseMuseumGallery, or contact Terry Marcellin-Little at 919-271-0923.


Wake Forest High Football Coach Reggie Lucas Is Bowled Over by Latest Honor

— Teddy Durgin • December 2016

In football, bowl games are supposed to be for college players and coaches, right? Don’t tell that to Wake Forest High School Coach Reggie Lucas, who has been selected to coach in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 7.

WFHS Coach Lucas

Wake Forest High School’s Reggie Lucas is set to coach in the high school all-star bowl game in Texas.

The annual game, which will be played in San Antonio, Texas, will feature 90 of the top high school football players from around the nation.

“It is the most prestigious all-star high school game in the country,” Lucas said. “Players and coaches will have the opportunity to meet other top high school athletes, and NFL Hall of Fame athletes will also be in attendance to speak.”

Many of the athletes playing in the game have scholarship offers. Some players will announce their college of choice on national TV during the game. The game and everything leading up to it will have a social responsibility aspect to it, as well. The goal is to make both good citizens and good players out of these college-bound teenagers.

“Community service projects will be performed throughout the week,” Lucas said. “U.S. Army personnel, including generals, will be present, and both players and coaches will attend seminars.”

Lucas is the only coach from the state of North Carolina to be selected to the coaching staff. He will work as an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball for the East team, serving under Coach Mike Kirshner of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

“I don’t know much about the head coach,” Lucas said. “But we spoke on the phone recently, and I am looking forward to getting to know one another. I will know more about the schedule and process when I arrive.”

How did all of this come about? Lucas credits last year’s bowl trip. In 2015, Wake Forest High standout Dexter Lawrence played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“Dexter played for Wake Forest High School and represented our school and our community with high class. I attended the game and was able to meet the director of player personnel. He was very impressed with Dexter’s character,” Lucas said. “That being said, I received a phone call a month ago from the committee asking if I would coach this year. It was an honor to be selected. I don’t know if I would have been selected without Dexter representing our school and community as well as he did.”

But Lucas’ record speaks for itself, too. In his eight seasons as coach of the Wake Forest football team, he has compiled a sterling record of 100-16, with the team appearing in state championship games in 2010, 2013 and 2014. A bowl game lengthens his list of accomplishments.

“I am just looking forward to the overall experience of this great event,” he said, genuinely humbled at the honor. “I love learning from other coaches and helping student-athletes.”

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised live nationally on NBC.

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry needs volunteers, expands schedule

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry


The Board of Directors for the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry in Wake Forest has announced that the Pantry will be open on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to receive much-needed donations for the holidays.

“We will be open that Saturday because we have heard loud and clear from the community that our operating hours of Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are too restrictive for many potential donors,” said Chairman of the Board Joe Vartanesian. “We are in desperate need of cereal, pancake mix and canned meats. As always, we need canned fruits, vegetables and all other non-perishables.”

Tri-Area Ministry Food PantryThe Pantry will also be open for clients on Saturday, December 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Board is taking this action to open one Saturday because the current operating hours do not service the working poor who cannot get to the facility during the week. Donations will be accepted on that day as well.

It is the Board’s hope that the Pantry will be able to be open one Saturday each month starting in January 2017. Adding extra days to the Pantry’s schedule, however, requires an increase in the need for volunteers. To volunteer or to learn more about volunteering, contact Jerry Bender at jb99nc@yahoo.com. The  Pantry is strictly a volunteer-driven entity with no monetary compensation offered to anyone involved.

“We have heard from many locals working at low paying jobs that they are in need of our services but just can’t miss work,” said Ellen Kilberg, Marketing Director. “We helped over 2,000 individuals in love –  700 households last month. Imagine what we can do if we are able to reach these hard-working but underserved neighbors.”

The Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry is located at 149 E Holding Avenue in Wake Forest.  For more information about the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry, please go to http://www.triareaministry.com/

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry

Local Artist Bill Wallace Named Craftsman of the Year in Village of Yesteryear at N.C. State Fair

Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace

A wood turner and a felter were honored as the craftsman and craftswoman of the year in the Village of Yesteryear at the N.C. State Fair. Bill Wallace, a wood turner from Wake Forest, and Jane Campbell, a felter from Boone, received the honors.

“This award is given to one man and one woman each year,” Village of Yesteryear Director Pam Earp said. “All the members of the village vote for who they view as most dedicated to their craft and the village’s mission of demonstration and education of heritage crafts.”

Wallace has been a part of the Village of Yesteryear for 16 years, and he started the same year the Village celebrated its 50th anniversary. He’s been teaching wood turning for 31 years. His classes are offered at the craft center at N.C. State and at Alamance Community College. He also teaches out of his shop in Wake Forest.

Wallace uses reclaimed wood; such as wood from felled trees or old buildings. About 50 percent of his business comes from story wood.

“An example of story wood would be a tree that fell at grandma’s farm,” Wallace said. “Because that tree has special meaning, the family will want to preserve it as something else. A lot of time people make bowls, small salad bowls or one large bowl.” Wallace also uses reclaimed wood to make the Environmental Awards each year for the City of Raleigh.

Both awards have been given annually since 1977. To be eligible for the award, a craftsman must be in his or her sixth year at the village. Each winner receives a gold medal with a village symbol designed by former village craftsman Ken Arensbak and a portrait done by village member William Creech.

The Village of Yesteryear is held in the Holshouser Building during the N.C. State Fair and features nearly 100 heritage craftsman demonstrating, educating and selling their one-of-a-kind pieces. This year, the Village of Yesteryear celebrated 65 years of being at the fair.

Local student moves up in Punt, Pass & Kick competition

Connor Mrazek - Punt Pass Kick

Connor Mrazek

Connor Mrazek, a second grader at Sanford Creek Elementary School, recently received news from the NFL that he will be advancing to the Team Championship round of the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition. Competitors had to compete at local and sectional level, and Connor took first place at both competitions in the 6- to 7-year old age range. He will compete again at the December 11 Panthers vs. Chargers game in Charlotte in order to try and win a spot at the National Level. The National Level competition will be held at the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL, on January 29, 2017.

— November 2016

Bridge Now Open! Businesses Celebrate Opening with Bridge Bash November 12

Rogers Road Bridge Bash

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With much eagerness and anticipation, the Rogers Road Bridge is scheduled to reopen as planned on November 8. Though Hurricane Matthew blew through and left some damage, the N.C. Department of Transportation determined the storm did not cause any serious problems.

Businesses on Rogers Road will be celebrating the reopening with a Bridge Bash on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public and packed with family fun and excitement.

Featured will be a DJ, bounce house, obstacle course, demonstrations, face painting, food trucks and much more.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets. Proceeds will be divided, with half going to a lucky winner and the other half equally divided between two deserving charities: Cancer Shucks Foundation, which provides aid to individuals diagnosed and undergoing treatment for cancer in the Wake Forest area, and Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry, which is a volunteer-run not-for-profit that provides food to eligible clients in Wake Forest, Rolesville, and Youngsville.

The grand prize drawing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., and raffle ticket holders must be present to win.

Parking will be at the Heritage Pointe Shoppes, 3309 Rogers Road, and volunteers will be available to help direct traffic.

Weather may or may not delay the Bash. Interested attendees can keep up to date by checking the webpage at www.wakeforestnc.gov/rogers-road-bridge-reopening-celebration.aspx.

Nicole Humphrey, president of Nicole Yvette Signature Events, is assisting the businesses with planning the event.

“This will be a great event and a good way for the community to show support for the local businesses impacted by the bridge closing,” Humphrey said.

— Lisa Brown, lisa.brown@rolesvillebuzz.com, November 2016

Historic Rolesville Society Interest Meetings in November

Historic Rolesville SocietyIn preparation for a spring museum opening, Little House Museum & Gallery is hosting the first two interest meetings scheduled for its (future) Historic Rolesville Society.

The meetings, each beginning at 7 p.m., will be held on Monday, November 14, and Monday, November 21, at Little House Museum & Gallery, 201 N. Main St. in Rolesville.

Anyone with an interest in local history is encouraged to attend. Museum parking is limited, so overflow parking will be available one block down in either of two Town of Rolesville parking lots located at 101 N. Main St. and 105A W. Young St.

RSVP to historicrolesville@gmail.com to help meeting organizers plan seating and light refreshments. For more information, contact Terry Marcellin-Little at 919-271-0923.


Annual Craft Market Returns to Showcase the Best Selection of Fine Craft Made in the U.S.

Annual Craft Market - Mind's Eye

Photo by Teresa Merriman, Mixed Media Artis

More Than 100 Master Craft Artisans Will Be Featured
During the Weekend-Long Event

This November, master craft artisans will convene in Raleigh for the annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market – a premier three-day event opening November 11 and representing a showcase of jury-selected artists from North Carolina and across the United States.

Formerly known as the Fine Designer Craft Show, the 2016 Market has established a new home in the heart of Downtown Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center to connect artists and enthusiasts through a love of exceptional artisan craft.

“The Guild has always represented the very best of craft in North Carolina and the surrounding areas,” said Jeff Pender, ceramic artist in Mooresville, NC. “It is an honor and privilege to be able to show my work alongside the high-level of craftsmanship that is required of all members.”

Hosted by local nonprofit the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild (Guild), the 47th Annual Market will feature a diverse mix of craft art including pottery, sculpture, wearable and decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, furniture, leather, basketry, printmaking and mixed media. The diverse representation of artists appeals to every type of craft enthusiast from the established collector to holiday shoppers looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.

“The Carolina Artisan Craft Market celebrates the individuality, uniqueness and innovation expressed by our fine craft artists, and it’s a great opportunity to see and experience the highest caliber of craft,” said Amy Etheridge, Guild Executive Director. “We’re presenting 118 artists from a rigorous jury-selection process to ensure an amazing craft experience. With the Market, you don’t have to travel to New York or D.C. to find creative, handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces because they’re available right here in N.C.”

The Guild is dedicated to elevating the craft community by connecting artists and consumers over an appreciation of craft. Attendees will not only have the opportunity to shop amazing, handmade craft pieces; they’ll be able to meet and engage with the artists presenting their craft.

Woodworker Archie Smith of Mt. Pleasant, NC said, “Attending the Market allows shoppers to view the work of many skilled craftsmen while meeting and talking one-on-one. It makes the experience much more meaningful than simply going to a store or gallery and purchasing a piece.”

While attendees browse the finest collection of craft and handmade art, they’ll also enjoy live music and artist demonstrations. The Carolina Artisan Craft Market opens Friday, November 11 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Single-day and weekend passes can be purchased online atcarolinaartisancraft.com.

Rolesville High’s Red Gallery Gets New Digs

National Art Honor Society Students Move to Town Hall

Red Gallery - Move

Head Curator Taylor Eaton discusses the new exhibit
with Rolesville High School Principal Dhedra Lassiter.

When Leo Barthelmess and Jeannette Stevenson, faculty advisors for Rolesville High School’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS), recently learned they’d have to give up the space that had housed the NAHS’s student-curated Red Gallery since 2014, they had no reason to worry.

It turns out the Town of Rolesville, which had been letting them use the old white house at 101 N. Main St. for free for the past three years, had no intention of leaving the students high and dry. Instead, the Town offered an alternate space to showcase the gallery’s student and community artwork at Town Hall.

“We have a lot of wall space in there that isn’t being used, and this is a great opportunity for both of us,” Town Manager Brian Hicks said.

NAHS students spent the last two weeks of October moving furniture and shelving to the new digs at 502 Southtown Circle, where a coat of neutral gray properly befitting an art gallery had been freshly painted by town staff and the promise of increased exposure for the students’ work was on the horizon.

“Rolesville High students, while really grateful for the use of the other space, were so happy for the opportunity to move here,” said Taylor Eaton, Head Curator. “It allows more visibility for their art because Town Hall is open daily.”

Stevenson agreed, noting the challenges the previous space presented. Because the building wasn’t shared with another entity, the gallery was open only at limited times – either when local artists were willing to “gallery sit” or when students held events to showcase the opening of a new exhibit. Additionally, because the space was older and often uninhabited, students had to allocate time for cleaning to ensure it was ready for visitors.

Located just outside the council chambers, the new gallery location offers daily accessibility for viewing by the public. It’s open when Town Hall is open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Red Gallery - Move

NAHS faculty advisor Jeannette Stevenson and student curators
Taylor Eaton, Leah Harless, Morgan Laurio and Zoe Pasion
pose in front of some of this month’s artwork at the new Red Gallery location.

Barthelmess had been tossing around the idea of a student-run gallery for years, but procuring a location proved difficult. An impromptu meeting with Hicks several years ago led to the Town offering the original 101 N. Main St. location.

“The Town of Rolesville was so incredibly supportive of us, and I hope we did them proud,” Barthelmess said. “Creating the shows and running the gallery is a constant learning experience for my students. Some shows are better than others, but it is all about the process and the experiences they have.”

While Eaton is the head curator for the gallery this year, NAHS students take turns each month so everyone has an opportunity to gain experience organizing a show. Gallery shows feature student artwork or artists from the community whose subject matter mirrors the theme for the month.

The first exhibit at the new location opened October 28 and features Raleigh artist Knathan Weissenstein. Student curators for the November show are Morgan Laurio, Zoe Pasion and Leah Harless.

In December, 27 student-created pieces will be installed by new curators. The opening of this show will be December 9 at 6:30 p.m. Artwork from the show will be featured in a 2017 NAHS calendar available for sale during the RHS PTSA Reindeer Days shopping event November 4.

For more information on the Red Gallery, visit www.rolesvillehsnahs.weebly.com

— Susan London, November 2016

Outdoors: Spotted sunfish record established

Elijah Crabbtree - Sunfish

Elijah Crabtree holds the newly established state record for spotted sunfish, a 7.7-ounce fish caught on June 25.
Photo courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

In a relatively obscure pocket of Big Swamp in Robeson County, 12-year-old Elijah Crabtree set a newly established freshwater fish state record on June 25.

Elijah, the son of Kevin and Amanda Crabtree of Bladenboro, caught a 7.7-ounce spotted sunfish using a green Beetle Spin lure. While spotted sunfish are closely related to bluegill and redbreast sunfish, they are typically much smaller – rarely exceeding the 5-ounce mark, according to an N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission release.

Elijah and his dad caught their first spotted sunfish in May. Unsure of what it was and thinking it might be a hybrid sunfish, Kevin Crabtree took it to a few local anglers for identification. One said it looked like a “bank bream,” a localized nickname for the small fish. He sent a photo of the fish to Michael Fisk, the District 4 fisheries biologist with the commission, who confirmed it as a spotted sunfish and told him that it was an “overly large specimen.”

Fisk then told Crabtree if he or Elijah caught another one of a similar size to let him know and he would start the process of creating a new freshwater fish state record category through the  commission’s Freshwater Fish State Record Committee.

Within a month, Elijah caught another spotted sunfish as large as, if not larger than, the previous one while kayak fishing with a friend in the same area of Big Swamp, which is a tributary of the Lumber River. He knew it was a potential state record shortly after reeling it in, noting that it was “a monster spotted sunfish.” After weighing it on certified scales at Southern Peanut Company in Dublin and having it identified by Fisk as a spotted sunfish, Elijah and Kevin submitted the fish as a potential state record.

The Freshwater Fish State Record Committee identifies new state records on a “case by case” basis and takes into account if the species’ population is stable, is easily identified by the public and can be caught by hook and line.

Fisk said the Crabtrees’ uncertainty about the fish’s identification isn’t unusual in coastal North Carolina.

“It’s a species that a lot of folks catch but may not be 100 percent sure what it is, so it gets labeled as a ‘bream,’ ” Fisk said.

To qualify for any N.C. Freshwater Fish State Record, anglers must have caught the fish by rod and reel or cane pole; have the fish weighed on a scale certified by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, witnessed by one observer; have the fish identified by a fisheries biologist from the commission; and submit an application with a full, side-view photo of the fish.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, go to www.ncwildlife.org/fishing or call the Inland Fisheries Division 919-707-0220.

Bass tournament results

Twenty-three teams fished a make-up tournament on Oct. 22 on the Cashion Fishing Rods Team Bass Fishing Trail at Jordan Lake. Here are the top finishers:

1st place: K.C. Choosakul of Sanford and Keith Barker of Cameron, five bass, 14.69 pounds, $1,433

2nd: Vinston Nettles of Pittsboro and Jimmie Spencer of Asheboro, five bass, 14.11 pounds, $615

3rd: Jason Kopp of Greensboro and Daniel Jenkins of Burlington, five bass, 14.04 pounds, $420

4th: Matt Dean and Bryce Pederson, both of Clayton, five bass, 11.44 pounds, $185

5th: William Small of Wake Forest and Charles Stewart of Durham, five bass, 10.90 pounds, $110

Big Fish: Tony Fofi of Spring Lake, 4.97 pounds, $322

— Mike Zlotnicki, November 2016


Wake Forest Chamber to Host Candidates Meet & Greet

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from Hartsfield and Nash Insurance Agency, is hosting a Candidates Meet & Greet on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks Street in downtown Wake Forest.

Candidates running in local, state, and national elections have been invited. No speeches are on the agenda. Instead, the event will provide voters with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with candidates to learn more about their positions on issues of interest.

“The Chamber is pleased to organize this event,” said Ann Welton, president. “All elections are important, but this year’s races are especially significant. Our intention is to give all Wake Forest area residents the opportunity to meet and talk with candidates before they cast their votes.”

As of September 29, candidates who have committed to the event are: John Alexander, Marilyn Avila, Chad Barefoot, Mike Causey, Terence Everitt, Joe John, Chris Malone, Charles Meeker, John McNeil, and Deborah Ross. As commitments are confirmed, names are being added to the Chamber’s website. The updated list can always be found here: http://wakeforestchamber.org/event-info-candidates-meet-greet-2016/.

Registration is not required. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and residents are invited to arrive any time before 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-556-1519.

2016 Christmas Historic Home Tour Tickets on Sale Now

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will present their biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Offered only in even-numbered years, the Christmas Historic Home Tour is a self-guided tour featuring several Wake Forest homes and other properties decorated for the holidays and open for viewing. This year’s event will also offer wonderful Christmas music and more.

Advance tickets will go on sale for $18 (price includes tax) beginning Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmashometour.aspx and at several area locations.

Tickets are limited to a total of 2,000 to ensure the best possible experience for everyone and may not be available for purchase on the day of the tour.

Well-mannered children under the age of 12 will be admitted free.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s Christmas Historic Home Tour in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Christmas Historic Home Tour” function. Designed to provide smart phone users with useful information about this year’s tour, the function offers instant access to contact and ticket information, as well as tour directions and news.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

Wake Forest is also offering email updates about this year’s tour through E-Notifier, the town’s free email subscription service. Anyone interested in receiving announcements about the tour can sign up for free at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

For more information about this year’s Christmas Historic Home Tour, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmashometour.aspx or contact Senior Planner Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or mmichael@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest Chamber to Host Speed Networking Event

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce invites interested business people to participate in its speed networking event, Schmoozapalooza, on Friday, November 4, 2016, from 9:00 – 11:30 am at The Mill Room at The Factory, 1839 S. Main Street, Wake Forest. This event is open to the public, and the cost to attend is $20 per person.

Attendees will meet face-to-face with prospects from a variety of industries and gain business contacts during this fast-paced networking event. The structured “round robin” approach allows participants to make numerous connections in the course of just a few hours.

More information and registration is available online at www.wakeforestchamber.org/schmoozapalooza.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period October 15 – December 7

Change is a part of everyday life and change may be necessary to get the most out of your health care benefits.  Each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plans and make changes as necessary.  Just as your health needs may change from year to year, so may the benefits and costs of your health plan. By comparing plans during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries can save money and make certain that their 2017 plan will be the best for their needs.

“Many Medicare beneficiaries assume that the plan they are in this year will also work for them in the coming year and that is not always the case,” said North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. “The staff from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are available to help over the phone or in-person in all 100 counties in North Carolina.”

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and offers free, unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues. In addition to helping Medicare beneficiaries compare and enroll in plans during the Open Enrollment Period, SHIIP counselors can help people find out if they are eligible for Medicare cost savings programs.

Here are some of the ways to review and compare plans available for 2017:

—Get one-on-one help from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, by calling 1-855-408-1212, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also request in-person assistance in your home county.

— Visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.

— Review the Medicare & You handbook. It was mailed to people with Medicare in September.

— Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

For more information about SHIIP and the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, call 1-855-408-1212 or visit www.ncshiip.com.

VFW Kicks Off Annual Essay Competition

Commander Dennis Mecum of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post Wake Forest Memorial Post 8466, announced the kick-off of the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition. Middle school students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards.

The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay. The theme for the 2015-2016 competition is “The America I Believe In.”

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District competition with District winners advancing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year, more than 125,000 students participate nationwide. Deadline for student entries is November 1, and interested students and teachers should contact their local VFW Post 8466 by phone at 919-818-2248 or email the Post at dmartin717@gmail.com for more information.

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

Wake Forest/Rolesville Chambers Host Business Expo

The Chamber Business Expo, hosted by the Wake Forest and Rolesville chambers of commerce and presented by CenturyLink, will be held Thursday, October 27, from 3 – 7:00 pm at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest. The Expo will feature more than 115 booth displays by local businesses, non-profits and government agencies. Admission is free, and business professionals and residents alike are encouraged to attend. Many exhibitors will have giveaways, and seminars will be held on car buying, cooking, and gadgets for the holidays. Free food samples will be provided from Simply Crepes, Chick-fil-A, Gooey’s American Grille, Real McCoys, and Hand Me Down BBQ.

FOOD DRIVE! New this year is a food drive. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to bring canned goods and other non-perishable foods (no glass, please) to be donated to Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry and a Rolesville food pantry.

DOOR PRIZES! Door prizes have been donated by B & W Hardware Co., AAA Wake Forest, and Lowe’s Foods. Attendees who complete an Expo Passport may enter to win a Traeger Elite 22 wood pellet grill with accessories, a Southern Getaway, or a catered Thanksgiving meal. Many exhibitors will also have giveaways and door prizes.

New Hope Valley Railway offers Halloween & BBQ-Themed Railroad Days

This fall, New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), The Triangle’s Train, is offering its traditional Halloween train rides in October and hosting a new family-friendly barbecue and craft beer event in November at the rail yard located 30 minutes southeast of Raleigh.

Track or Treat Halloween Express transports passengers on a spooky ride during three Saturdays — Oct. 15, 22 and 29, and the new Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo takes place Sunday, Nov. 13.

Track or Treat Halloween Express

New Hope Valley Railroad - HalloweenIn its 21st season, the Track or Treat Halloween Express transforms NHVR’s steam engine into a Ghost Train that at mid-way point turns around on a second set of tracks enveloped in heavy mist with spooky décor and eerie noises. Riders will see interactive Halloween scenes along the track, including flying witches and a 13-foot tall grim reaper.

After the train ride there is more to see and do throughout the rail yard like the popular singing pumpkins, a new Count Cluckula kids’ game and a stand-alone caboose featuring a gallery of creepy artwork.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costumes and take advantage of the many photo opportunities.

“Even though this is our 21st year of offering our Halloween train rides, we keep it fresh and fun by adding new decorations and activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy,” said Shannon Curtin, who has coordinated the event for nearly a decade. “While there are other Halloween events in the Triangle, the Track or Treat Halloween Express is the only one that includes a ride on a real train.”

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Apex, Top This and Frank’s My Way will serve food truck fare that includes a kid-friendly menu.

Tickets are $13 each for adults and children, with kids under age 2 free. The Halloween event is family-friendly, but earlier departure times are recommended for younger children. Visit www.TriangleTrain.com to view train departure times and purchase tickets.

Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo

Take advantage of the cooler weather by enjoying a relaxing one-hour train excursion and eating some pit-roasted barbecue during NHVR’s new Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo event on Sunday, Nov. 13.

New Hope Valley Railroad - BBQ & BeerEastern- and western-style North Carolina barbecue will be available for purchase, along with traditional sides. Visitors get to choose from a variety of sauces to enjoy with their barbecue.

Fortnight Brewing Company will pour some of its most popular craft beers – including its Porter and Blonde Ale. Visitors can drink wine from RagApple Lassie Vineyard and listen to classic rock music played by Last Band Standing from 2 to 5 p.m. Food and drinks are not included in the train ticket price and alcohol won’t be served until noon.

The rail yard is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first train departing at 11 a.m. and the last train leaving at 3 p.m.

“Barbecue is a staple in our state and most North Carolinians have strong opinions on which is best– eastern or western. This event celebrates the different barbecue styles and gives visitors the opportunity to sample other sauces as well,” said Dave Chasco, NHVR marketing director and trainmaster. “Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo is the last regular ride day of our season before our Holiday Santa Trains begin in December.”

Halloween Movies Without the Screams

Some people just don’t crave scary movies come Halloween. Oh, they like the candy and the costumes and hearing “Thriller” and “Monster Mash” on the radio. But flipping around the various cable movie channels that evening? It’s nothing but a murderers’ row of masked killers, homicidal dolls and menacing monsters.

For those sensitive souls, have no fear! There are a number of good flicks for rent or purchase that can still get you in the mood for the holiday, but won’t leave you trembling under the covers into the wee hours of Nov. 1:

Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) – One of the classic scenes from director Steven Spielberg’s fantasy blockbuster was when Elliott (Henry Thomas) and his big brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton), took their new friend from outer space trick-or-treating. Of course, the real reason for hiding E.T. under a white ghost sheet was to safely get him into the nearby woods where he would build a transmitter to “phone home.” The best moment comes when Elliott leads E.T. through a rush of neighborhood kids. E.T. takes one look at a boy in a Yoda costume and immediately starts following him, chanting, “Home! Home!”

“The Karate Kid” (1984) – No one was in need of a Halloween costume more than poor Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), the new kid in school constantly picked on by a cabal of karate-crazed bullies. Dressed as a shower (yes, a shower), Daniel is chased by his tormenters from the school’s Halloween dance to a chainlink fence where they proceed to kick the living plumbing out of him. Just in the nick of time, Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi shows up and lays a geriatric beat-down on the pack of teens brutalizing his ward.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) – This twisted Tim Burton fantasy centers on the efforts of Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon), the pumpkin king of the fantastical Halloween Town, who kidnaps Santa Claus and turns Christmas into a dark, ghoulish holiday. Warped, but not scary, this flick features amazing use of stop-motion animation. The best line comes during a musical number when Skellington croons, “There’s children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads. They’re busy building toys, and absolutely no one’s dead!”

“A Perfect World” (1993) – Clint Eastwood directed this kidnapping drama in which a young boy (T.J. Lowther) confesses to his captor (Kevin Costner) that he’s never gone trick-or-treating because his parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Costner’s sympathetic Butch Haynes steals the boy a Casper costume and goes to the first house he sees. Unfortunately, it’s the evening after Halloween, and the candy has all been handed out. But the woman at the door sees Butch’s gun and offers cash and food instead. Well, at least the kid didn’t get a rock!

“Fun Size” (2012) – This is one weird teen comedy! Victoria Justice stars as Wren, a not-quite-popular teenager who’s invited to a Halloween party by Aaron (Thomas McDonell), the cutest boy in school.  Unfortunately, her widowed mother (Chelsea Handler) has a hot date and orders Wren to take her mute little brother, Albert (Jackson Nicoll), trick-or-treating and then watch him for the evening. The kid brother is abducted no less than three times during the course of Halloween night. The film also features references to Aaron Burr, Charlie Rose and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg throughout, and one of the supporting characters is a Mixed Martial Arts fighter suffering from … a yeast infection! Hmmm. Come to think of it, a good “Friday the 13th” movie on Halloween might not be such a bad idea.

And a few more:

ODDEST COSTUME: Scout’s canned ham in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

WORST THING ALIENS CAN DO ON HALLOWEEN: Invade a small town in the Midwest in “Spaced Invaders.” Everyone will think you’re costumed trick-or-treaters!

LEAST SCARY VAMPIRE TO AN 8-YEAR-OLD TRICK-OR-TREATER: The elderly Bela Lugosi, opening his door in full costume and makeup in “Ed Wood.”

BEST LINE OF DIALOGUE: “How would you like to go through all eternity dressed as a head waiter?” laments George Hamilton’s excessively tanned Dracula in “Love at First Bite.”

AND, finally, WORST FAUX PAS A TEENAGE GIRL CAN MAKE ON HALLOWEEN: Not dressing like a total prostitute as Lindsay Lohan finds out in “Mean Girls” when she attends her first high school Halloween party. Of course, maybe that wasn’t the best lesson the young Lohan could have learned at an early age.

— By Teddy Durgin • October 2016

Rogers Road Update: New Businesses Mean More Traffic

With the opening of the new Publix, traffic has increased. However, the Town of Wake Forest and the grocery store are prepared for the changes.

Operation Bridge ExchangeKim Reynolds, Publix Media and Community Relations Manager, says the company understands the bridge enhancement is necessary and ultimately will help the area.

“We are flexible and adapting to the situation. It was just bad timing, but it will be OK,” Reynolds said.

The Wake Forest Police Department is working off-duty through an agreement with the shopping center, according to Bill Crabtree, Wake Forest Communications & Public Affairs Director.

“Off-duty officers are scheduled to direct traffic Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m. at the request of both Publix and the shopping center management,” stated Crabtree. “Publix paid for the off-duty officers for a few days after their Grand Opening but later requested officers to be there Monday through Friday afternoons to help with the afternoon traffic until the opening of the Rogers Road bridge in November. The management company agreed to pay for the officers through this time.”

Although the officers are considered “off-duty” they will have the same authority as if they were working regularly scheduled hours for the town.

The Publix store manager, Chris Hogue, is happy to have the police assistance, especially during peak hours.

“The bridge work may hinder traffic into the store for now, but we had a great grand opening, and we may even have another after the bridge is complete,” Hogue said.

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


Helping Hands-Wake Forest Proves Small Gestures Reap Large Rewards

Helping Hands logosHelping Hands-Wake Forest might seem typical of a community group – “a local group of volunteers delivering meals to families in need due to illness, hospitalization, or physical hardship,” according to its Facebook page – but it is much more in what it is not.

“This isn’t a business. It’s not a formal entity,” founder and Wake Forest resident Courtney Selna adds. “It’s a community-based group. You just kind of step in and help.”

Selna is a former board member of North East Wake Backpack Buddies and, with her husband Mike, has been a foster parent. Always striving to make a difference, she started Helping Hands-Wake Forest after a high school friend from California sent her an invitation to Helping Hands-Corona.

“Just out of curiosity, I clicked on it and thought, ‘What a beautiful thing,’ ” Selna said. “Many of us are fortunate that if something happens, if we get ill, if our kids get ill, we’ve got friends, work friends, a church group, whatever that can help with meals.”

However, she also knows there’s a percentage of the population that doesn’t have those safety nets.

“When dealing with a chronic illness, sometimes favors are used up. Or maybe you need people to run to the grocery store for you,” Selna said. “The whole premise behind this is for community members to help community members, doing something as simple as providing a meal.”

Helping Hands-The Pietrowski Family

The Pietrowski Family (clockwise from left): Hunter, Adam (dad), Kyran, Nathasha,
Dakota (front), and Tiffany (mom, center).

The Pietrowski Family has received more than 20 meals since a friend responded to one of Selna’s Facebook posts and nominated them for meal delivery. Thirteen-year-old Hunter, an eighth-grader at Wake Forest Middle School, is battling brain cancer, and in August, he had radiation treatments five days a week. His mother, Tiffany, the mother of four, spent a great deal of time at the hospital with him.

“(The meals) helped immensely,” Pietrowski said. “It provided us with delicious homecooked meals a few times a week while we were caring for our son. It relieved the stress of having to buy groceries and prepare meals.”

“(Fresh food) makes a huge difference, as do the volunteers,” Selna said. “The volunteers do it because they love to cook and because they want to help.”

One such volunteer is Christy Van Ness. Self-employed as a caregiver/nanny and personal chef/cook, Van Ness got involved immediately. She and Selna knew each other from Backpack Buddies.

“When I saw what Courtney had posted on Facebook, I thought, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s the next thing I want to do,’ ” Van Ness said. “I love cooking, so it’s an easy way to offer help with something I know how to do.”

Selna estimates that 25 percent of her volunteers don’t cook, but that’s not an obstacle. Stacey Moritz, owner of The Lemon Tree in downtown Wake Forest, reached out to Selna – one of her long-time customers – and suggested how she could help.

Helping Hands-Food from Lemon Tree

A chicken pot pie and summer berry salad is one
of the meals volunteers can purchase at a discount
from The Lemon Tree in Downtown Wake Forest.
Photos Courtesy of Courtney Selna
and Helping Hands-Wake Forest

“I said if we can help when people don’t want to do the cooking themselves, I’d be happy to put together some specially priced packages that people can buy,” Moritz said.

Moritz now develops meals based on the size of the family plus dietary needs and restrictions. A typical meal is a chicken pot pie with salad and dessert, or it may be a pasta dish with salad and bread. The meals are such that the volunteers bring it home, bake it and then deliver it to the family, hot and ready to serve.

Scheduling deliveries through Meal Train online (mealtrain.com) has made it easy for all involved. After a volunteer schedules a delivery, Meal Train emails reminders and details. Selna also texts the volunteer and the family on the day of the delivery to introduce the two parties and provide contact information.

“Everyone feels that it’s a pretty good system,” Selna said. “There’s so much negativity and craziness out there right now that I just wanted to do something positive.”

Selna’s innate positivity and generosity is reflected in how people see her and Helping Hands.

“Courtney’s a great lady. She walks the walk,” Van Ness said. “I think (Helping Hands) is a friendly gesture from the community. For me, it’s just a small thing I can do to help somebody.”

Moritz sees the benefit of the extra hands doing a necessary task.

“It really is a huge help to put a good meal on the table for someone who’s struggling every day, trying to keep up with everything,” she said. “We’re just happy to help, and I’m thrilled to be able to work with Courtney on this.”

Pietrowski’s feelings mirror Selna’s positivity.

“We were overwhelmed with the generosity and support of strangers,” she said. “It really warms our hearts that people still go above and beyond for complete strangers. We consider them family and hope to return the gesture to another family very soon.”

Selna just wants to do what she can.

“We’re not solving cancer or world peace,” she said. “It’s a very little thing that we’re doing.”

To volunteer or to nominate a family for this “very little thing,” call Courtney Selna at (919) 369-7086, visit the Helping Hands-Wake Forest Facebook page, or email her at courtneyselna@yahoo.com.

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


Local Flood Drive Provides Relief to Louisiana Residents

Lousiana Flood supplies

Supplies are loaded at Wake Forest Middle School and
ready to leave to provide relief to Louisiana flood victims.
Photo by Stacey Weddle

Just before the school year started, Wake Forest Middle School Principal Stacey Weddle, a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge who is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, went to her home state and witnessed the August flood devastation first hand. Seeing the staggering loss left her wanting to help.

“It really impacted me,” Weddle said. “I saw more water than land. In the water were houses, businesses and cars. It was a little surreal.”

The area affected is not in a designated flood zone, and the Vermillion River had taken over the area quickly, leaving residents little time to prepare.

Weddle was impressed with how the “Cajun Navy,” as local volunteers are now known, came together to help with rescuing, rebuilding and other services. The motto for the volunteer group is “We don’t wait around for help. We are the help.” Others residents have helped one another as well, doing what they can for one another.

“What stood out to me was how the people were handling it all. Everyone was helping each other, no matter what they had lost. Immediately, regular people stepped up and began recovery efforts. It made me proud to be from Louisiana,” Weddle said.

Lousiana Flood supplies

Students at N.P. Moss Preparatory School in Lafayette Parish are grateful for the gift of school supplies.

Hearing that a local high school in Lafayette was the drop-off location for food, clothing and cleaning supplies, Weddle knew she wanted to include school supplies in that list. Weddle decided to start a school supply drive, understanding the impact not only as a parent but a middle school principal.

School had just begun the previous day, and she wanted the Lafayette Parish School System’s (LPSS) loss to be turned into a LOSS – Lots of School Supplies.

Jody Slaughter-Duhon, Principal of N.P. Moss Preparatory School in Lafayette Parish, is grateful for the help and overwhelmed at the response from a town so far away.

“Several of our students had been displaced due to the damage to their homes,” Slaughter-Duhon said. “This amazing donation will allow us to help provide them with items they need and have lost. This will go a long way in reducing the stress on kids and parents by providing supplies and materials to help give them a feeling of stability in their daily school life.”

Weddle reached out to the Wake Forest community through a Facebook post, and many people responded.

“The response has been amazing. We collected enough to fill a 16-foot Pack Rat,” Weddle said.

Weddle said a variety of schools contributed: Rolesville Elementary, Heritage Middle (Wake Forest), Wakelon Elementary (Zebulon), Sycamore Creek Elementary (Raleigh), Wake Forest High, Wakefield Elementary and Durant Middle (Raleigh). And the Maintenance and Operations Department of Wake County Public School System pitched in.

Lousiana Flood supplies

Students and teachers at N.P. Moss Preparatory School in Lafayette Parish show the variety of school supplies that had been donated through Weddell’s supply drive. Photos by Jody Slaughter-Duhon

Local and area businesses donated as well, with contributors including Delta Airlines (Raleigh-Durham International Airport), Novant Health Care on Rogers Road, Allied Rehabilitative Services, and Women In Network. Wake Forest Awards and Engraving donated approximately 100 school uniform polo shirts. Pack Rat, LLC provided the storage offered to transport the donations to N.P. Moss Middle School for free.

Church groups, private counseling groups and so many more brought a steady stream of school supplies. Extreme couponers used their skills and brought extras for donation.

“We are so incredibly grateful and will be eternally thankful to this community for reaching out to our community,” Slaughter-Duhon said. “We are blessed, and though it will take a little time, we will recover strong because of caring people like you.”

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

SIDENOTE: All of the school supplies and other items were delivered at the end of September. Slaughter-Duhon expressed her gratitude again in a note sent to Lisa Brown:

“It was very overwhelming to experience, first hand, the generosity of the people of your community. Everyone here in Cajun country is incredibly grateful to our North Carolina friends! I have enclosed a few pictures. THANK YOU ALL, sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts!!!”

Wake County Organizations Work Tirelessly to End Food Insecurity

Part 2 of a 3-Part Series on Food Insecurity

While Wake County is a desirable destination for relocators, food insecurity rates remain high. The county’s population, nearly at 1,000,000, has a food insecure rate of 13.8%. Though still high, it remains in the lower segment. Some North Carolina counties have a rate as high as 25%.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is one of the largest collectors and distributors of food in the area, serving 34 counties, including Wake. According to Jennifer Caslin, Communications Specialist for the Foodbank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Wake County makes up 21% of the recipients.

Food Insecurity-1

“Incomes have gone down, and while there has been a rash of people to move here in recent years, the opportunity they came for maybe wasn’t what they hoped. They either can’t find a job or are finding jobs that aren’t paying as well,” said Caslin.

This increase in population and decrease in income has created a significant need for food.

There are dozens of food banks in the area as well as agencies that distribute food to those in need. Most of these are volunteer operated. The Food Bank vets all agencies they work with, a total of 800 including approximately 200 in Wake County alone.

“Without these small groups we could not do what we do,” said Caslin.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle also serves a seven-county area and concentrates on food distribution. It also operates a food recovery program.

“We have relationships with almost 200 food donors – grocery stores, food distributors, and the state farmer’s market – and strict guidelines on what we pick up and redistribute,” said Cindy Sink, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Development. “We train our recipient agencies in safe food handling and certification.”

Feeding the County’s Children

Each agency has programs – Backpack Buddies at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Kids Meals and More at the Food Bank – that make sure school-aged children have adequate and healthy food after school and on weekends.

BackPack Buddies serves many elementary and middle schools throughout the county. Rolesville High School was the first High School in Wake County to launch the program. The backpacks are stuffed with food items that students may discreetly take and often bring home with them to help the rest of the family. As a result, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle has expanded its program with a school pantry program. Enloe High School and Daniels Middle School currently have pantries where families may come and choose the food they need. Thanks to a grant, the program will be expanded to East Wake, Knightdale, Longview, Mary Phillips and Southeast High Schools.

The Food Bank of North Carolina’s Kids Meals and More is an umbrella for three programs that target children especially when school is out, a time when students are more likely to be hungry. Kid’s Café offers an afterschool program complete with tutoring and a snack. Weekend Power Pack provides a backpack each Friday to eligible children containing enough nutritious food to last until Monday. Finally, the Kids Summer Meal Program provides eligible children with nutritious meals during the summer through partnership organizations.

Feeding the County’s Seniors

The Senior population along with children is a vulnerable group. A recent survey by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) found that North Carolina ranks 8th in the nation for at-risk seniors, which translates to 18% of Wake County Seniors being at risk. Nationally, 1 in 6 seniors is at risk of going hungry.

Meals on Wheels of Wake County serves hot meals to seniors daily providing not just a nourishing meal but also comfort and companionship. Mary Kate Keith, Director of Communications and Marketing for Meals on Wheels of Wake County, sees the struggles first hand that many of her clients face with food insecurity.

“The 60-plus population is often overlooked when discussing hunger, but it clearly needs attention,” said Keith.

The Push to End Hunger 

All of these agencies – statewide, county and local – work tirelessly to do what they can to end hunger knowing it’s a massive undertaking. All agree that feeding those in need is important; however, more needs to be done.

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“Putting food on a plate only solves a problem in the short-run. We must address the root causes of hunger as well: lack of access to healthy food and lack of income to purchase healthy food.  As a community, we need to look at the community food system as a whole and work to make healthy food a priority for everyone, regardless of income or where you live,” said Sink.

Though food insecurity rates have decreased in the past few years, they are still not at pre-recession numbers. North Carolina remains in the top 15 nationally, proving there is more to be done.

“We’d like to work ourselves out of a job, but I don’t see it happening any time soon,” stated Caslin.

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

Planning a New Town Center Complex, The Heart of the Community

Three buildings totaling nearly 115,000 square feet to be completed in three phases. State-of-the-art construction and amenities that will meet the needs of the future. A reconsideration of the placement of the police department. Ways to fund the project. Decisions! The Town Center Complex, targeted for the southwest corner of the intersection at Young and Main streets, is in the planning stages.

Town Center now

Aerial view of the intersection of Young and Main Streets
as it looked prior to the December 15, 2014, demolition
of the long, narrow building at 101 West Young Street.

Town Center with plan

Aerial view of the intersection of Young and Main Streets
with the approved Town Center Complex plan inserted.
Images courtesy of the Town of Rolesville.

On September 20, a Town Commissioners Workshop featured presentations by three committees on proposals, recommendations and details about buildings that will be part of the future Town Center Complex. Presentations covered the Town Hall facility, the Community-Recreation facility and the Police facility. Rolesville Finance Officer Amy Stevens followed the presentations with a broad overview of the projected costs.

The Town has been acquiring property since 2002, starting with Main Street Park plus a portion of the downtown area and working its way out, Town Manager Bryan Hicks said.

“We knew wanted something downtown to set a benchmark,” Hicks said. “We did the community plan for all of Rolesville, and the goal is that Rolesville will have a downtown district that reflects its small-town character, functions as its essential

commercial and civic district and is readily identifiable as the heart of the community.”

Within that overriding goal are four objectives, each with its own policies: a vibrant community featuring unique local shops and businesses; a downtown district in tune with today’s lifestyles while maintaining small-town charm; a unified design for all civic buildings downtown; and a “village” style of development in and around downtown that includes a mix of shops, offices and homes as well as accommodations for pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic.

Rolesville resident Michelle King led off with the findings of the Town Hall Facility Committee, which included the recommendation that the Town Hall should be sized to meet future needs and growth of the community.

During Rolesville resident Brian Massie’s presentation for the Community-Recreation facility, Parks and Recreation Department Director J. G. Ferguson supported Massie’s emphasis on the need for sports accommodations, saying, “We’re currently maxed out athletically in every program, so regarding gyms or fields, we’re at capacity.”

The lengthiest and most detailed presentation came from resident Bill Dougherty as he discussed what the Police Department Facility Committee members learned in their research about what every police station should have to stay current.

“We do believe that the police department is a vital resource for the community,” he said, “so we need to make sure that it’s appropriately resourced and it has the tools that it needs to be able to function effectively.”

Finally, Stevens put everything into financial perspective when she spoke to the needs and costs of the project.

The projected bottom line to build and open the facilities in five years, albeit not set in stone, is slightly over $33 million. That figure also includes site preparation costs that include roads, utilities, water, sewer, storm water, landscaping, parking lot – everything that needs to be done for that facility before the buildings even go in.

How will Rolesville pay for this? Either through existing funds, dedicated revenues or debt financing.

Commissioner Frank Hodge posed the rhetorical question, “How do you feel about a 25 cent increase in your taxes (per $100) in order to put these facilities on the ground?”

Rolesville native and Town Hall Committee member Billy Perry expressed his concerns because, “the center of town is not the center of town anymore,” and he pointed out that the post office, grocery store and other businesses are no longer there.

“I think that if you plan this strategically,” he said, “you can have ultimately these facilities and a live-work-play concept.”

Resident and Community Center Committee member Joyce Newman mentioned the fact that Rolesville attracts a younger population with young kids, which should be taken into consideration when asking if residents are willing to pay.

Mayor Frank Eagles responded by adding that it’s not just the young the leaders should be thinking of with regard to tax increases because there is an older population on fixed incomes as well. He also agreed the entire population of the town needs to weigh in on the tax issue via a method to be determined.

“We agonized over the tax increase of 2 cents,” Hodge said, “which is probably the largest tax increase we’ve done. Yet there was very little pushback because I think the public trusts what this board is trying to do in growing the town and the community.”

Commissioner Sheilah Sutton weighed in as well, saying, “We as board want to do this responsibly. We don’t want to make any rash movements, and we don’t want to overburden anyone unnecessarily, but we recognize the growth and where we are.”

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie Currin reflected on the presentation and some of the questions that will need to be answered aside from how the residents of Rolesville feel about funding a new town complex.

The goal now is for the board to bring prioritization to the meeting in November.

“There are a lot of things we can start doing, start planning for,” Currin said. “We’re a long way from spending any money.”

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


What's Buzzin' @ RMS - October 2016

Rolesville Middle School RamsHello, RMS Families!

We just kicked off our Character Education monthly recognition program. The Character Education program at RMS is under the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program. Each month, our teachers recognize a student who has demonstrated one of the following character traits: perseverance, integrity, good judgment, kindness, responsibility, courage and self-discipline.

With the help of the PTA, we are able to invite students and their parents to attend a breakfast where an administrator reads a writeup about why each student was nominated. Over the past four years, the program has been a success with students and parents. The program is not just about celebrating students once a month but also creating a culture throughout the school building. When students are able to demonstrate the character traits listed above, they are able to be upstanders among their peers.

October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month, and research has shown that having character education programs where traits are part of the fabric of the school helps combat bullying and negative peer interactions. We look forward to this year and the continued efforts to increase our character education program.

Because it is National Bullying Prevention Month, I do want to take a moment and offer a few tips for students from the website www.stopbullying.gov if they see an issue occurring:

—Tell a trusted adult
—Don’t give bullying an audience
—Set a good example
—Be a friend

Please stay tuned to our school website and other communication tools as we share various activities that will happen this month. We will also include articles and resources on our school counselor’s website (www.rmsschoolcounselors.weebly.com). You can also find additional information at the Wake County schools’ website (www.wcpss.net) under the parents tab. And if there is a concern, please be sure to speak with a teacher, counselor or administrator. We encourage our students and parents to make us aware so that issues can be addressed.

—Kinea Epps is lead school counselor at RMS.

O's Commentary: October 2016

O. Morris - O's CommentaryA Man Wants What?

A mild-mannered man was tired of being bossed around by his wife, so he went to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said the man needed to build self-esteem, so he gave the man a book on assertiveness, which the desperate fellow started reading and finished by the time he got home. With book in hand, the man stormed into the house and walked directly to his wife.

Pointing a finger in her face, he said firmly, “From now on, I want you to know that I’m the man of this house and my word is law! I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I’m finished, I expect a scrumptious dessert. Then after dinner you’re going to draw me a hot bath so I can relax. Then when I’m finished with my bath, guess who is going to dress me and comb my hair.”

“The funeral director,” his wife said.

Joke, yes! But it makes one wonder is this really what men want from women? Come on. Seriously. Isn’t this what babies want from their mothers?

If this isn’t what they want, then what exactly is it that they DO want? What makes them happy and satisfied in a relationship with a woman?

Women often say men confuse them. Stereotypes about men suggest they’re unthinking, knuckle-dragging oafs who mostly think about sports. Granted, I’m not a man, but I’m sure men are as thrilled with that description as a hostess who gets a can of roach spray as a housewarming gift.

While I will admit there is some truth to their obsession with physical love and physical competition, in my personal experience they’re much more layered than that.

“So what do they want from me?” you might be screaming. Well, to that I say, relax. Contrary to what you might have heard, men don’t wish to be bottle-fed and burped.

It seems the modern man is struggling to find his place in the world. He has started to evolve and is starting to grasp the fact that the man’s role in a relationship may not be what it once was, but this doesn’t essentially change what men are looking for.

Trying not to be too general because every man is different, I do think there are certain things about a woman that will make any man stand up, take notice and make him decide he wants to know you on a deeper level. Now keep in mind I’m talking about a real man, one who is mature and grounded on an emotional level. Not one a woman would eat her young to get rid of.

What do men want from women? Wonder what I think? Ready? Here goes:

– Give respect. Aretha Franklin made this clear in the 1960s, and it still rings true today. Men would rather feel unloved than inadequate and disrespected. They thrive when they know their women trust, admire, listen to and believe in them.

– Exhibit femininity. Men love women who are soft and kind and have a good sense of humor. Men don’t like angry women. Uptight, mean and abrasive is never attractive.

– Stay pretty. No, I’m not saying a woman has to stay the same weight she was when she met her man, but a man does want a woman who takes pride in her appearance.

– Talk less. Yes, ladies, I said it. You’ve got to save the chitchat for your girlfriends. Men just can’t take a whole lot of talking, especially after a hard day’s work.

– Be trustworthy. A man wants someone he can have faith in.

– Be playful. Be his road dog, his shotgun. Men are raised to express themselves through action. Now, that doesn’t mean they want you to act like one of their drinking or golf buddies. While every women in the world belches, passes gas and has the right to drink pints of beer, these actions aren’t seen as attractive to the opposite sex.

– Have goals. Men love a challenging woman who has her own interesting life to bring to the table. So keep your girlfriends, keep your hobbies, keep your job and keep your life. The relationship can’t be all about him.

– Give him space. Understand that a man needs private time to unwind, to engage in sports and to spend time with other men. Encourage that. Don’t run out to take golf lessons so you can join him on the links. Trust me, your presence won’t be all that welcome.

– Know that men say “I love you” without actually saying the words. They say it with actions.

This is just my opinion. All in all, my point is love is complicated, and relationships are hard. If you have someone really good in your life, hold on to him. Men really want that!

Peace and love,


Business Briefs: October 2016


“It may be Rolesville’s best-hidden secret,” said Carol Martin, Controller for Red Eagle Management and Raleigh Ice House. Not as of this printing, it’s not! The company recently installed a free-standing ice machine at 500 S. Main St. in Rolesville, across the street from Food Lion. The machine is an exclusive to the area, Martin said, and $2 buys 20 pounds of ice either in the provided bags with ties or in the customer’s cooler. Another feature is that a gallon container can be filled with filtered water for a mere 25 cents, saving customers’ money and helping the environment. During football season and the holidays when an abundance of ice is needed, filling a cooler or two can save room in the freezer.

Jerry Brooks, owner of Dickey’s BBQ in Knightdale and Wakefield, now has a food truck. In addition to at least 90% of the Dickey’s BBQ menu, the truck also has hot dogs, loaded fries and other items that people like to eat at festivals. Brooks is booking events and taking requests from companies that want the food truck for on-site visits. “I built this one because there was a big demand for events on-site that would require a food truck,” Brooks said. “We’ll be able to handle any kind of catering event that needs to be done.” The truck will be based in Wakefield. Book the truck by calling toll-free 844-GO-DICKEYS (844-463-4253) or the Wakefield store 919-263-1422.


Triangle Health Plans has moved from 1743 S. Main St. #201, Wake Forest, to 853 Durham Road, Suite E2, Wake Forest. Contact Kathryn P. Wood at 919-556-9905. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Wendy’s restaurant in Wakefield Commons has moved to its new store location at 2091 S. Main St., Wake Forest.


Lyfe Media Group opened its studio doors in August at 1002 Durham Road, Suite 1200, Wake Forest. The company provides quality media production, management and marketing services to those looking to develop iconic image, business and lifestyle brands. Partner/Director Tyler Cromartie, who specializes in web design and digital strategy, said the company’s target studio clientele are recording and visual artists and photographers who are looking for controlled environments to either work on their craft or to develop a final product they can release to the public. LMG also offers digital, graphic arts and marketing strategy management plus events hosting and podcasts. The other two partners are COO Robert Christian, who is an audio engineer and handles all of the recordings, and Jephon Scott, a graphic designer and video editor. Work is by appointment only for now. Call 984-212-5933, or go to lyfemediagroup.com.

FunKey Music Studios opened on September 7 at 105 S. Main St. in Rolesville. The studio offers group piano lessons using high-tech 2016 Yamaha keyboards. “I think integrating technology is so important to connect with the students,” owner/teacher Celeste Bryant said. Private piano lessons are also available, as are arts and crafts classes in eight- to 10-week sessions. Musical theatre students will learn the basics of acting and then present a short play. Students are welcome to join a class at any time. Bryant, who teaches sixth grade social studies at Wakefield Middle School, has been playing piano since she was 5 and teaching piano lessons since 2003. Call 919-435-3564, or visit funkeymusicstudio.com.

The Harris Teeter at Harris Crossing in Wake Forest, 13686 Capital Blvd., opened the Triangle’s first Harris Teeter-owned fuel center on September 9. As a promotion for the new fuel center, the company offered a 20-cents-per-gallon discount over the weekend of September 9-11. VIC card holders are eligible for a 3-cents-per-gallon discount per fill-up. Two other sites in the Triangle (in South Durham and in Fuquay-Varina) have been purchased by a subsidiary of Harris Teeter for fuel stations.


The Mac House will have a soft opening preceding its anticipated late October grand opening at 14460 New Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 167, in the Wakefield Commons shopping plaza. Heidi Kurtz, along with Tara and David Myklebust, her daughter and son-in-law, are the partners behind the mac ‘n’ cheese venue. The restaurant will feature six to eight gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese offerings, a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, soups and some small bites. Products are all natural, locally grown, locally sourced and never frozen (except the small bites prior to frying). The restaurant also will sell family trays as well as catering trays. Added bonus? Delivery within a 10-mile radius of the store. Vegan and gluten-free menu items are in the works. This family-friendly restaurant will be a quick-serve style, alcohol-free environment, eat in or take out, with online ordering. “We’ll also have grilled cheese and mac ‘n’ cheese monthly specials based on the season,” Kurtz said, “so there’s always going to be something different.” Call 919-263-8116, or visit www.themachousenc.com.

It was sad to see the closing of Fitzgerald’s Seafood Restaurant, but in its place will be Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, 308 Southtown Circle, Rolesville. The new restaurant, owned by the McDonald Family of Louisburg, is scheduled to open mid-October with a grand opening weekend later in the month. “We’re going to have personable staff that cares that you’re happy. We’ll have food for seafood lovers and landlubber’s food. We’ll have crab legs to pork chops, chicken to shrimp. Just all types of different food. We want people to feel at home. We’re going to have a good atmosphere so people can come in and have a good dining experience,” Shelia McDonald said. “We’re excited about helping to draw people into the Rolesville community instead of bypassing it.” Most foods will be cooked to order, and diners can top off meals with homemade desserts like a special banana pudding or peach cobbler. Weekly and monthly specials are being planned. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 919-263-1868.


Durham real estate investor Todd Zapolski acquired the 27-year-old, Food Lion-anchored Market of Wake Forest shopping center, 12217 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest in early August.The final price tag for the property was $11.45 million, according to county records. The 117,949-square-foot retail center, which also houses Habitat ReStore, Rite-Aid and other quality tenants, was purchased from Wake Forest Partners LP, a group comprising heirs of the Banks Kerr family, founder of Kerr Drug. The shopping center was 96 percent occupied at the time of the transaction.

Additional affordable housing for families and seniors took a step closer to reality in mid-August when the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s (NCHFA) federal tax reform allocation committee released its list of statewide projects that will share more than $205 million in tax breaks and low-interest loans and bonds. Shepard Greene, a 50-unit senior housing project built by The Woda Group Inc. in Zebulon, was awarded $327,796 in federal housing credits. Sterling Mill Lofts, a 96-unit adaptive reuse of a former mill factory in Franklinton by Nusbaum Associates LP, was awarded $461,349 in federal housing credits and a $10 million tax-exempt bond.


Under construction now at the corner of South Main and Rogers Road is a new Rite Aid pharmacy, and down the street at 2900 Rogers Road will be Sam’s Express Car Wash. Panera Bread is going up at 11665 Northpark Drive. Rainbow Child Care has broken ground at Gateway Commons.

According to the Planning Department’s August Development Report, plans are under review for a number of projects, including Bobby Murray Chevrolet (Capital Boulevard at Shearon Farms Road), Bank of America (919 Gateway Commons), Lily’s Garden and Glass House (9505 Ligon Mill Road) and Culver’s Restaurant (2819 Rogers Road).


The Wake Forest Community Library at 400 E. Holding Ave. is working with a rough timeline regarding its closure for reconstruction and a reopening event. Library Branch Manager Valerie Pierce indicated that construction of the new library will begin in the summer of 2017, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy our local branch. The new building will be a large community library nearly double its current size, and with a year of construction expected, opening should be sometime in the summer of 2018. Money for the project comes from a 2008 bond issue, and this branch reconstruction was put on hold in favor of the new Northeast Regional Library. “With the new Northeast Regional Library, everybody in the area will still have library services just a hop, skip, and jump away,” Pierce said. The Wake Forest Community Library serves between 500 and 600 people each day and is one of the highest-traffic, highest circulating community libraries in the system.


Kudos to White Street Brewing. According to the Triangle Business Journal on August 25, the company ranked No. 5 in the “Top 10 New Brewers’ Association Craft Vendors Based on Dollar Sales” for 2015. Information Resources, Inc., a market research company that provides consumer analysis, did the study. “Being ranked as the fifth-best-selling new craft beer is something we are very proud of,” said brewery owner Dino Radosta. “We feel we have great packaging that stands out and that our beer is well made – the Kolsch is a World Beer Cup Gold Award winner – and it seems the consumer agrees. The beer market is very competitive and especially so for the off-premise market, so having this sort of empirical data demonstrating how well our brands sell is significant. With the release of our fourth Main Street series beer, Emmalynn, a Belgian-style Blond Ale, we are excited to offer consumers even more well-made, authentic choices.”

On Wednesday, September 14, the Northern Wake Senior Center at 235 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, was awarded the First Annual Ann Johnson Senior Center Award for excellence in the field of aging. The facility’s director, Miranda Strider-Allen, accepted the award. According to her obituary in November 2014, the late Ann Johnson spent 23 years as executive director of the Durham Coordinating Council for Senior Citizens. She also served on the board of the National Council on Aging, chaired the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging and served as president of the NC Coalition on Aging. She won the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2000, and in 2001 the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services named its Institute for Senior Center Management after her. The award bearing her name is presented to senior centers that make a positive impact on older adults.

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

Outdoors: Deer hunting seminars planned

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Quality Deer Management Association are offering seven deer hunting seminars across the state in September.

The free seminars, which will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m., are designed for new and experienced hunters. Topics will include deer biology, hunting methods and equipment, as well as field care of deer, processing and easy-to-follow recipes. Pre-registration is required, and participants must register online.


The white-tailed deer is the most popular big game animal in North Carolina. The state supports about 1 million of the animals. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A question-and-answer session, along with a brief overview of hunter R3 (recruitment, retention and re-activation) initiatives, will conclude each seminar. In our area, the seminar will be held September 13 at the N.C. State University Engineering Building II in Classroom 1025 at 890 Oval Dr., Raleigh. The GPS coordinates are 35.772173, -78.674353.

“The expanding, statewide seminar series is an effort to increase awareness of wildlife-associated recreational opportunities, help the NCWRC better understand barriers to participation and continually improve the seminar series through attendee feedback,” said Walter “Deet” James, the commission’s hunting heritage biologist.

This is the second year in a row the commission has partnered with QDMA on the deer hunting seminars – and the partnership is one of many ways the nonprofit conservation organization works to ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and hunting heritage.

“Part of QDMA’s mission is to ensure the future of hunting,” said Rick Counts, QDMA regional director. “To reach the hunting public, we participate in educational seminars, conduct field days and hold fundraisers throughout the year.”

To learn more about QDMA initiatives and activities, visit www.qdma.com/events.

For more information on the seminars, contact James at 919-707-0059 or walter.james@ncwildlife.org. Visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting and click on the “What to Hunt” link for information about deer and deer hunting in North Carolina.

Bass Tournament Results

The Cashion Fishing Rods End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail Qualifier No. 4 at Kerr Lake on August 20 had a good turnout with 32 boats, but the fishing was slow. Just one limit was weighed in.

Only 35 bass were brought to the scales for a total of 77 pounds and an average fish weight of 2.20 pounds. Most fish were caught on Carolina Caraway Creek worm rigs, Texas rigs, drop shots, WLS Shake Heads and Bass Alarm jigs.

Bryan Welch and Mark Inman, both of Greensboro, got on a pattern and caught five bass weighing 13.37 pounds to take first place overall. They also took first place in the Big Fish contest (3.49 pounds) and first place in the Tournament within the Tournament. Their total winnings for the day reached $1,964.

The rest of the results:

Second place: Vinston Nettles of Pittsboro and Jimmie Spencer of Asheboro, four bass, 7.15 pounds, $539
Third place: Jason Kopp of Greensboro& Dan Jenkins of Burlington, three bass, 6.46, $384
Fourth place: Buster Seabolt of Dunn and Scott Mooneyham of Fayetteville, three bass, 5.86, $281
Fifth place: Todd Sumner of Southern Pines and Mike Dinterman of Oxford, three bass, 5.76, $230
Sixth place: William Small of Wake Forest and Lee Williams of Durham, two bass, 5.45, $205
Information on tournaments can be found at piedmontbassclassics.com.

— Mike Zlotnicki • September 2016

O's Commentary - September 2016

O. Morris - O's Commentary“Nosey Rosy” Needs to Back Off

Dear O,

I have a really annoying coworker who is becoming increasingly intrusive. She is always asking questions about my personal life that, quite honestly, I don’t feel comfortable telling work associates.

She recently asked me how much I pay for the clothes I wear, but that’s not the worst. She Googled my house, street view, to see what my home looked like. I know because she pulled it up on the office computer screen, called me over and said, “Is this where you live?” OMG, it really creeped me out!

I want to know how to tell her to back off without it becoming the subject of office gossip.



Dear Tricia,

What! Holy Invasion of Privacy, Batman! I guess I could state the obvious, but calling her a “Nosey Rosy” will most certainly not get you the result it appears you want. While I will admit I love a good snide remark, I’ve found that the best way to avoid a nosey question is to ask one right back. So when she asks a pushy question, simply say: “Why do you ask?”

Most people won’t admit that the reason they’re asking is because they’re snooping in your business, so they’ll drop it. If they say something judgmental or intrusive, just give them a surprised look and say, “Wow!”  “Wow” has enormous power. It’s polite but still puts people in their place.

Or you can treat her to lunch and sincerely tell her verbally to back off. Tell her you like to keep a business persona in the office. Inform her that you like to mind your own business and hope others will do the same.

Now, listen, I’m not saying she won’t still be nosey because anyone who has the gall to Google your house probably will be. But at least she’ll know how you feel about it.

Good luck!


Dear O,

I have a lovely neighbor. She has been a great friend and has been there for me when I needed advice or just someone to listen to me vent. Her long-term relationship ended, and after a brief period of being sad, she started to date someone new.

It was good to see her happy again, but it did come at a cost. Our friendship began to suffer because she now spends every waking moment with her new beau. Understandable at first. The relationship was new and exciting. I get it. But that didn’t wear off. When it finally did, we had lost so much time together that I made a new friend.

Is it wrong that I no longer feel safe having her as a friend because she’ll drop me like a hot potato when the next man comes along?

Fed Up


Dear Fed Up,

No, I don’t think you are, and I’ll tell you why. With technology today, it’s easy to keep up with any friend through text messaging. I have dear friends who I love even though I rarely see them. But when something is going on in my life or in the world, my girls and I hit the phone and start texting. We laugh and catch up in no time, and trust me, we still feel a very heartfelt connection.

There is absolutely no reason not to maintain a great friendship just because you have a new man, lover, soulmate or whatever term of affection you ascribe to. Your friends are not there just for your convenience to be tossed aside when you have someone new in your life. You have to have respect for people who were there for you when you needed them.

So if you’ve lost that loving feeling for your old friend, it’s her fault, not yours.


Dear O,

My boyfriend and I have been dating for six years. His daughter lives with him. She’s 22, doesn’t help with the rent and really doesn’t make enough money to live on her own. At least not in the style that she’s living now.

How can I get my boyfriend to convince her to get her own apartment?



Dear Candy,

This man has been your boyfriend for six years, but he has been her father for all of her life. If he’s not complaining about his living situation, why are you?

Frankly, I think you should stay out of her business.

Besides, I don’t think you’re looking at the big picture here. Any man who would run his daughter off because of you, but he hasn’t given you a ring and set a date for the wedding, has a serious character flaw. Why, after six years of investing the best years of your life, are you still only the girlfriend? In my humble opinion, you should be more concerned about that.

All my best,


Do you have a problem? Would you like some advice? Write to me at O.Morris@rolesvillebuzz.com, and I will do my very best to help.

Financial: The Many Benefits of a Roth IRA

Why do so many people choose it rather than a traditional IRA?

Provided by Glenn June

The Roth IRA changed the whole retirement savings perspective.

Since its introduction, it has become a fixture in many retirement planning strategies.

The key argument for going Roth can be summed up in a sentence: Paying taxes on retirement contributions today is better than paying taxes on retirement savings tomorrow.

Here is a closer look at the trade-off you make when you open and contribute to a Roth IRA – a trade-off many savers are happy to make.

You contribute after-tax dollars.

You have already paid federal income tax on the dollars going into the account. But, in exchange for paying taxes on your retirement savings contributions today, you could potentially realize great benefits tomorrow. 

You position the money for tax-deferred growth.

Roth IRA earnings aren’t taxed as they grow and compound. If, say, your account grows 6% a year, that growth will be even greater when you factor in compounding. The earlier in life that you open a Roth IRA, the greater compounding potential you have.

You can arrange tax-free retirement income.

Roth IRA earnings can be withdrawn tax-free as long as you are age 59½ or older and have owned the IRA for at least five tax years. The IRS calls such tax-free withdrawals qualified distributions. They may be made to you during your lifetime or to a beneficiary after you die. (If you happen to die before your Roth IRA meets the five-year rule, your beneficiary will see the Roth IRA earnings taxed until it is met.)

If you withdraw money from a Roth IRA before you reach age 59½ or before you have owned the IRA for five tax years, that is a nonqualified distribution. In this circumstance, you can still withdraw an amount equivalent to your total IRA contributions to that point, tax-free and penalty-free. If you withdraw more than that amount, though, the rest of the withdrawal may be fully taxable and subject to a 10% IRS early withdrawal penalty as well.

Withdrawals don’t affect taxation of Social Security benefits.

If your total taxable income exceeds a certain threshold – $25,000 for single filers, $32,000 for joint filers – then your Social Security benefits may be taxed. A required minimum distribution, or RMD, from a traditional IRA represents taxable income, which may push retirees over the threshold – but a qualified distribution from a Roth IRA isn’t taxable income and doesn’t count toward it.

How much can you contribute to a Roth IRA annually?

The 2016 contribution limit is $5,500, with an additional $1,000 “catch-up” contribution allowed for those 50 and older. (The annual contribution limit is adjusted periodically for inflation.)

You can keep making annual Roth IRA contributions all your life. You can’t make annual contributions to a traditional IRA once you reach age 70½.

Does a Roth IRA have any drawbacks?

Actually, yes. One, you will generally be hit with a 10% penalty by the IRS if you withdraw Roth IRA funds before age 59½ or you haven’t owned the IRA for at least five years. (This is in addition to the regular income tax you will pay on funds withdrawn prior to age 59 1/2, of course.) Two, you can’t deduct Roth IRA contributions on your 1040 form as you can do with contributions to a traditional IRA or the typical workplace retirement plan. Three, you might not be able to contribute to a Roth IRA as a consequence of your filing status and income; if you earn a great deal of money, you may be able to make only a partial contribution or none at all.

A chat with the financial professional you know and trust will help you evaluate whether or not a Roth IRA is right for you given your particular tax situation and retirement horizon.

Glenn June is co-owner of June-Neri Financial in Wake Forest. He may be reached at 919-554-9318 or GJune@junenerifinancial.com

Business Briefs - September 2016

Rosati’s Pizza Sports Pub has a new owner. Douglas “Smitty” Smith, a Chicago native and longtime Rosati’s customer, has taken the helm. The menu and recipes will remain the same, but Smith has added more TVs and music and expanded the hours. Smith says Chicago-style pizza is bold like the city.  “Chicago is described as having broad shoulders, and our pizza does too. It stands up no matter how many toppings you put on it. It is a stick-to-your-ribs style, so you are never left longing for more,” Smith said. The new hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Smith has added daily food and drink specials, along with DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket. Rosati’s is located at 2101 S. Main St., Wake Forest. Call 919-488-4294.


Panera Bread is getting ready to break ground at 11658 Northpark Drive, Wake Forest. This new location is adjacent to Carolina Ale House and PDQ off Durham Road and Capital Boulevard. Charlie Yokley, Wake Forest’s assistant planning director, said all plans have been approved.


Sam’s Club officially opened September 1 at 11360 Royall Cotton Road off of Capital Boulevard, Wake Forest. This is the first new Sam’s Club to be opened in the Triangle in more than seven years. The new store and gas station will serve as an anchor in the Shoppes at Caveness Farms.


Galaxy Fun Park recently opened in the former Kroger location in Wakefield Commons Shopping Center at 14460 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. Wake Forest residents Meredith Brookhart and Steve Fleming are the owners. The indoor park is huge, offering 10,000 square feet of trampolines, 15,000 square feet of indoor go-kart track, a two-story laser tag arena, an indoor ropes course, a spin zone and a three-level soft play area. There is also a full media room, a cafe and a mezzanine level for parents. Galaxy Fun Park will host birthday parties and offer track-out camps. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.galaxyfunpark.com, or email info@galaxyfunpark.com.


Starbucks has opened in Harris Teeter located at 3638 Rogers Road, Wake Forest. This location offers the La Boulange menu and mobile payment. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call 919- 562-9521.


Wakefield Barn located at 6224 Wakefalls Drive, Wake Forest, is for sale for $1.8 million. The 11.2-acre farm, which was used as a backdrop for the 2014 Uptone Pictures film “A Long Way Off,” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Wake County landmark. The property includes a 24-stall barn that was built in 1934 and contains a half-court basketball court on the second floor. The property also has a cow maternity house, a bull barn, a covered outdoor equestrian arena, a riding ring and several horse pastures and paddocks. Wake Forest real estate agent Phil Clawson of Coldwell Banker Advantage is listing the property. For more information, visit www.wakefieldbarn.com. For the listing, MLS# 2082513, call Clawson at 919-418-0882.


Wake Forest is getting a new Wake County ABC Store in 2017 to replace an ABC store on Galaxy Drive that will be closed due to the poor location. The new store, at twice the size, will be located on the newly named Royall Cotton Road near the new Sam’s Club in the Shoppes at Caveness Farms off Capital Blvd.

— Susan Ware Flower • susan.flower@rolesvillebuzz.comSeptember 2016

BBQ and Bands Is Rollin’ Out the Barrel, White Street Brewing Co. Is Rollin’ Out a New Beer

White Street Brewing CompanyNew this year to the Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ and Bands festival is Presenting Sponsor White Street Brewing Co. (WSBC), whose beers will be available throughout the day from two trucks on-site for the September 17 event.

Tokens for beer must be purchased at one of the two beer tokens booths.

“(Participating in this) gives us the opportunity to be more involved with Rolesville proper and something that’s been going on for so long,” Radosta said. “It seemed like a great fit.”

WSBC will be selling six of its beers at the festival, including a brand new that will be showcased. Tapped to be the company’s fourth flagship beer, the new year-round style named “Emmalynn” will be officially released the week before at Friday Night on White. WSBC plans to offer four flagship beers and two specialty beers at BBQ and Bands.

Emmalynn is a Belgian-style blonde ale, which Radosta describes as “not a very hoppy beer but a very approachable beer.” It’s light in color, and because it’s a Belgian, he said, “the flavorings from the fermentation process are truly exceptional, sweet and fruity.”

WSBC’s best-selling beer is its award-winning Kölsch, and, Radosta said, the Belgian blonde is just as drinkable.

“When we make a beer,” Radosta said, “we try to be as authentic as possible to the style being brewed, so the Emmalynn is a great example of what a true Belgian blonde beer would taste like. We’re using September as our rollout month, and what a great opportunity to showcase it at the barbecue festival.”

Radosta hopes to build on the festival connection.

“Our taproom’s in Wake Forest, our factory’s in Youngsville and we’re now thinking about Rolesville,” he said. “All of these communities have their own personalities – as they should – but we’re all so close to each other that we’d love to be Rolesville’s brewery just as we’re Wake Forest’s and as Youngsville has identified with White Street.”

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


Changes to State Law Will Improve Customer Service, Wait Times at DMV

NC DOT logoSeveral recent changes to the state’s transportation laws build on customer service efforts already implemented through Governor Pat McCrory’s “Driving Change” initiative, which aims to improve customer service and decrease wait times at North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles offices (Department of Transportation).

One of the provisions to become effective immediately will extend the time period for a temporary driving certificate from 20 days to 60 days. Changes broaden the use of the certificate and allow customers added time to use the certificate for driving purposes while waiting for a new license. The provision also allows the temporary driving certificate to be used to conduct other DMV services, including vehicle registration and titling.

“Many of these new provisions will help DMV better serve its customers,” said NCDMV Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. “We are happy that there are so many new ways we can bring DMV services up to date and make them more efficient as well.”

A provision becoming effective October 1 makes email notices to consumers possible for items such as driver license renewal and vehicle registration renewal notices, which will save the state money through decreased mailing costs.

Another will allow more than two commercial learner permits to be issued to a commercial driver over a two-year period and increase the permit period to 180 days. Several additional changes in commercial licensing will marry state law with federal law.

Also beginning in October, road sign tests will only be required for the initial issuance of a driver license, improving customer service and reducing wait times for in-office appointments. Vision testing will continue as a part of every in-office issuance or renewal.

Beginning December 1, a long-standing provision that requires a vehicle owner to sign a vehicle registration card upon receipt will be eliminated.

Rolesville Bypass Changed Name on July 29

Based on an ordinance recently approved by the Wake County Board of Commissioners, the name of the bypass changed on Friday, July 29, to Louisburg Road, creating a single name for the entire 13-mile section of U.S. 401 between Capital Boulevard and the Franklin County line.

The highway, formerly called the Rolesville Bypass, connects both ends to Louisburg Road, which made it confusing for some drivers. The purpose of the name change was to alleviate that confusion and help travelers navigate the area more easily by giving that entire stretch of highway one name. A map is attached and available for download at http://www.wakegov.com/gis/addresses/Documents/LOUISBURG_RD_Overview.pdf

To make the change, Wake County will also have to change the names of several other local roads:

  • Two sections of Louisburg Road, which run through the town of Rolesville currently, will be renamed North and South Main Street.
  • A portion of Louisburg Road that currently provides access to the Lakes of Rolesville subdivision will be renamed Creek Pine Drive from the subdivision entrance to where it meets North Main Street. Wake County has installed a temporary sign to help direct the public to the subdivision.

The new street name markers will cause address changes for 32 homes, one business and one church. Residents affected by the road name change were notified prior to the board approving change. Street address numbers will not change.

August 2016

Barefoot Named VP for Institutional Advancement of Louisburg College

Chad BarefootChad Barefoot of Wake Forest has been named Vice President for Institutional Advancement of Louisburg College, Dr. Mark La Branche announced.

Barefoot, a former member of the Louisburg College Board of Trustees, replaces Kurt Carlson, who established the foundation for the college’s advancement program and retired June 30 after more than six years of service here.

Barefoot will serve as chief development officer for the college, which includes directing and overseeing annual fundraising programs and alumni and community relations.  He will also serve as a member of the President’s cabinet and as a strategic partner to the Board of Trustees.

“We are excited to welcome Chad in his new role at Louisburg College,” said Dr. La Branche, president of Louisburg College.  “Chad is a proven fundraiser and is steeped in education and higher education policy.  He has a comprehensive view of colleges and universities and is passionate about the role that Louisburg College plays in the overall fabric of education in our state.  His leadership and experience will assist the College in forging the types of partnerships and collaborations that will expand and secure our mission.”

In addition to his role at Louisburg College, Barefoot currently serves in the North Carolina General Assembly, where he chairs the Senate Education and Higher Education Committees.

A native of Thomasville, Barefoot holds a Master of Arts in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in public management from Appalachian State University. He and his wife, Paige, have two children and are expecting a third in July.

Barefoot began his role at Louisburg College on July 1.

August 2016

Jet-Skiing Dog

Jack Milam's Jet-Skiing Dog

Reagan, Jack Milam’s 3-year-old white lab, has learned to ride a jet ski. Milam modified the jet ski so Reagan could grip and climb aboard. “She took right to it,” Milam said. The pair has been jet skiing together for about four months on Falls Lake.
Milam works at StorageMax of Rolesville and has lived in Rolesville for almost 50 years.

August 2016

Rolesville 8u Girls Softball Allstars Win Championship

The Rolesville 8u girls coach pitch softball allstar team was selected on June 6, and consisted of 12 girls that were chosen from 3 teams during the spring league. They won the District 6 Tarheel League championship and came in 2nd in the Tarheel League State Championship. The team played a total of 7 tournament games and 1 scrimmage game to end with a record of 6 and 2 with both losses coming to 1 team.

Rolesville 8u Girls Softball

The players are (top to bottom, left to right):
Sophia Allen 2nd base, Zoe Emerson outfielder, Samantha Langdon pitcher, Addison Vilga outfielder, Kaitlyn Bolster 3rd base, Ellasyn Howard outfielder, Peyton Robertson catcher, Abigail Deciantis 1st base, Maggie Wiggins outfielder, Kensley Harrison shortstop, Bella Gibb outfielder, Nicole Melvin outfielder.

The coaches are (from left to right):
Ken Harrison head coach, Chris Wiggins assistant coach, Rodney Emerson assistant coach, Roy Robertson assistant coach, Steve Deciantis assistant coach.

August 2016


Unity in the Community

Unity in the Community

People from Rolesville and surrounding communities came together at New Bethel Baptist Church for a prayer meeting of healing and peace.

In the wake of tragic events around the nation, nearly 150 people came together the evening of July 11 for a special prayer gathering at New Bethel Baptist Church, 605 E. Young St. in Rolesville, with the intent of healing and peace.

The service included officials and members of several local churches, and both white and black gathered together to participate in the message. Organizer and New Bethel Pastor Lenwood Long, Sr. said the church was beautiful with all the color in attendance, and he welcomed pastors from the area churches and invited each to speak or pray. Many took this opportunity to reflect on the messages they had delivered in their own churches the previous Sunday about peace and love in this time of tragedy and uncertainty.

“We know these are very critical times,” Rev. Long said. “We need to push back on the political rhetoric. And instead of appealing to our worst fears, we need to really appeal to the instinct of the God in us.”

Community Prayer Service

Rev. Lenwood Long, Sr.

Rev. Long added that all were welcome at the vigil, regardless of their belief or background.

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, several of the town’s commissioners and a few Rolesville police officers attended. As he spoke, Eagles mentioned that he should have brought his diabetes test kit so he could prick his and Pastor Long’s fingers just to show we may be different colors on the outside but are the same on the inside.

Community Prayer Service

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles

Addressing the participants, Eagles said, spoke of the need to support the police officers.

“Law enforcement has a job to do, and they’re nervous because they’re putting their life on the line and they don’t know who they’re stopping or what’s going on,” Eagles said. “On the other hand, we need to respect the people that you’re stopping and interacting with as law enforcement to make sure they are treated right and fairly.”

The gathering ended with all attendees holding hands in the front of the church and singing together in praise.

“We need each other, we need to embrace each other, we need to show love for each other,” Long said. “We’ll be a stronger and better community.”


Photos by Scottie Hundley | August 2016


Forest Moon Theater Celebrates Fourth Season with Eclectic Lineup

Forest Moon - Shakespeare in Hollywood

Shakespeare in Hollywood was a crowd pleaser during Forest Moon’s third theatrical season.

Forest Moon Theater is getting ready to open its fourth season with “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and co-founder Bob Baird is excited about the lineup of shows and the theater’s future.

“We have exciting productions planned for the season. We made some brave choices,” Baird said.

Forest Moon Theater is an educational community theater in Wake Forest that was started in 2012 by Baird and Cathy Gouge. In the theater’s first season, it did two productions. The theater has grown steadily to putting on four productions a season, presenting works that have either never been performed in the Triangle or have not appeared on stage in a long time.

“It’s difficult to pick a season because there are so many things to consider, like the talent pool, facility, support personnel and resources,” Baird said. “Plus, the Triangle is rich with theater, so we have to consider what has been done and guess what others may be planning.”

The Triangle is a hot bed of community theater, with three more theater companies opening this year alone.

Baird says Forest Moon Theater has a talented pool of local actors and directors to work with but also is attracting directors from outside the area, bringing a fresh perspective to their work. This season, Forest Moon Theater will perform “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Agnes of God,” “Anne of Green Gables” and “The Curious Savage.”

Forest Moon - The 100 Dresses

From The Hundred Dresses, March 2016,
performed at the Renaissance Centre.

“Agnes of God,” which Baird will direct, is a bold, three-person play set on an almost-bare stage. What it lacks in sets and actors, the play makes up for in an emotional punch. Forest Moon Theater will perform “Agnes of God” for six performances at the Renaissance Centre Annex in Wake Forest and then stage four performances at the new Sonorous Road Theatre, a black box theater in Raleigh.

Expanding the theater’s reach by performing at the Sonorous Road Theatre is part of the Forest Moon’s five-year plan. Ultimately, Baird says theater organizers would like to have their own black box theater in Wake Forest and run adult and children’s productions simultaneously.

A few years ago, Wake Forest resident Michael Selna was searching for acting classes for son Addison. Unable to find local classes, Addison decided to audition for “Helium” at Forest Moon Theater. He was cast in the production, and in the two years since, he has performed in nine productions around the Triangle. For Selna, having his son find his passion was what he hoped for, and in the process, Selna discovered his, too.

Selna always wanted to be on stage. When he became involved with Forest Moon Theater through his son, he had the opportunity. And he just finished performing in his first production, “Shakespeare in Hollywood.”

“Forest Moon Theater is an asset to the community,” Selna said. “Not just the quality entertainment it offers, but the access to acting that it offers people like me.’”

Forest Moon - Shakespeare in Hollywood

From Shakespeare in Hollywood, June 2016,
performed at the Renaissance Centre.
Photos by David Leone

Youth productions are important to every theater’s bottom line, as are musicals, because both typically sell out, Baird said. But Forest Moon’s organizers are resisting taking this path and prefer looking to curate a season with a mix of comedy and drama with one piece having strong youth roles.

Forest Moon Theater receives 85 percent of its operating revenue from ticket sales; the rest is from local sponsors.

Next year, Forest Moon Theater will put together a committee to read plays and make recommendations for future seasons. Additionally, the theater is looking for behind-the-scenes volunteers such as set designers, costume designers and stage managers.

The theater also needs a warehouse space with electricity. Baird said the theater rents a storage space, but it is costly. A warehouse would allow Forest Moon Theater to have a place to build sets and provide storage. Baird is hoping a local business will offer to rent the theater a space at a below-market rate and take advantage of the corresponding tax deduction.

Anyone interested in volunteering at or supporting Forest Moon Theater should contact Baird at office@forestmoontheater.org.

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

Opening the Fourth Season

“Arsenic and Old Lace”

Dates: September 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.; September 18, 25 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: Advance $15 Adults, $13 Seniors/Students ($18/$16 the day of performance)

Venue: Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest

Box Office: 919-435-9458

Website: www.forestmoontheater.org


Driving Change in the Local Food Scene

Gone are the days when food trucks were called “roach coaches.” Today’s food trucks are often mobile state-of-the-art kitchens experimenting with flavor combinations or offering authentic dishes. For their followers, there’s a sense of being among an inner circle of foodies.

Virgil's Jamaica Food TruckFor Virgil Wilson and his wife, Taffee, these devoted foodies have made their food truck business a success. The owners of Virgil’s Jamaica food truck say the food truck crowd is different than the foodie crowd that only goes to brick and mortar restaurants.

“The food truck foodies come prepared. Regardless of the weather, they will come, dressed in the appropriate gear with tents and whatever they need,” said Wilson, who also runs the quarterly Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. “For these folks, it is all about the food and the sense of community.”

On July 17, temperatures topped 100 degrees, and yet more than 3,500 people showed up to dine on the offerings of the 20 food trucks participating in the Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo.

Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones, a fan of Fuzzy’s Empanadas, didn’t find the empanada truck at the July event – the lineup switches up out of fairness – but she was happy to see the community members enjoying themselves.

“Wake Forest is such a great place to live, and events like the food truck rodeo really add to the quality of life,” Jones said. “Plus, our community festivals, like Friday Night on White are well-attended, typically 10,000 people, and there just aren’t enough places downtown for the people to get something to eat without the food trucks.”

In Rolesville, Mayor Frank Eagles has been committed to bringing more restaurants to the growing town, and one way he plans to do it is by regulating and courting food trucks. In June, the Rolesville Board of Commissioners approved amendments to an ordinance that regulate food trucks. Eagles says he has received complaints from residents that commissaries used by food trucks are taking up spaces where restaurants could open.

Eagles says he recently met a chef who wants to bring a barbecue food truck to Rolesville if he can find a spot to park it in every day.

“I want what’s good for Rolesville. And the people of Rolesville want restaurants,” Eagles said.

Cockadoodlemoo Food TruckAcross the country, communities and particularly restaurants, have a love-hate relationship with food trucks and use local ordinances to control them. For Jolie Rollins, co-owner of the CockADoodleMoo truck, that prospect is part of doing business.

“Regulations are part of any business operations. We struggle with anything that adds additional cost but does not add additional value. This does not make sense to me, but it’s what we must do if we want to continue,” Rollins said. “The people in Wake Forest, Rolesville and Raleigh are the best and why we will put up with the inconveniences.”

In Wake County, there are currently 75 mobile food unit permits. And, according to Jessica Sanders of Wake County Environmental Services, there are no new regulations on the horizon.

As for any adverse impact on restaurants, Greg Pearce, owner of the Wake Forest brick-and-mortar restaurant Over the Falls, says he sees it as positive.

Pearce says that he and his father, who owns the Renaissance Plaza on Brooks Street, offered their parking lot to the rodeo and became sponsors when the town voted against conducting rodeos. He feels strongly that anytime you can do something that brings people downtown and promotes food, it is a win for everyone.

Cousins Maine Lobster“We love the food truck rodeo. At Over the Falls, we see a small spike in sales, but the real increase is in the number of new customers who are just discovering downtown Wake Forest. That is the real benefit,” Pearce said. “Anytime people cluster together to dine and have a good time, it is a destination, and that is a good thing.”

Deb Keller, owner of Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck, says that food trucks are just one part of the overall food scene in a community, sometimes even offering dishes that can’t be found elsewhere. For Keller, the best part of owning a food truck is looking out at the crowds and seeing everyone mingling while they wait for their food.

“There’s this sense of fellowship and interaction with the food truck. People talking to their neighbors,”  Keller said. “Food trucks not only contribute to the food scene, but they also contribute to the social scene.”

— Susan Ware Flower | susan.flower@rolesvillebuzz.com | August 2016 | Photos courtesy of each food truck’s Facebook page.


Excitement for Rolesville Rams Football Season Builds with New Head Coach

When the Rolesville Rams take the field on August 19 for their first home game against Fayetteville’s Terry Sanford Bulldogs, they will be working under a new coach to continue the success of their still-young program.

RHS Football Coach Wilson Helms

Wilson Helms is the new football coach at Rolesville High School.
Photo courtesy of
Rolesville Athletic Department

This non-conference game will give Coach Wilson Helms, who was hired July 5, a chance to see the team in game action.

“Rolesville has so much enthusiasm for high school football; it’s that ‘Friday Night Lights’ level of excitement,” Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said. “The team had a rocky start, but it has gotten better and better. And with this new leadership, our players are getting a great experience, and the town is getting a great team to get out and support.”

The Rams head into their fourth season after making the 4A state playoffs last season but losing to Cape Fear 26-19 in the first round. That team also included players from Rolesville’s first senior class.

Helms said he hopes to have a winning team that is part of a growing tradition of athletic excellence at Rolesville High School, and he also wants to see his team thrive academically too.

“We have to do well scholastically. It is the most important piece, before the athletic piece. This is very much on my mind,” Helms said.

Helms is in the process of evaluating the current academic supports that are in place for athletes. This year, he will be teaching physical education with weight training at Rolesville, a change from the 10 years he spent as a social studies teacher with advanced placement classes.

Helms played fullback, tight end and center at Wingate University. After graduating from Wingate in 2006, Helms coached at White Oak High School in Jacksonville and then Southwest Guilford High School in High Point before accepting a position as a defensive line coach at Page High School in Greensboro.

“We are very excited to have Wilson Helms as our head football coach,” said Tommy Moore, Rolesville High School athletic director. We believe that Coach Helms and his staff’s commitment to our student-athletes in the classroom and on the field will promote a winning attitude throughout our program.”

Helms grew up on the sidelines of high school football. His father, Ken Helms, is the defensive coordinator at Millbrook High School and has coached high school football since Helms was born.

“My dad started coaching football at Sanderson High School in 1984,” Wilson Helms said. “Coaching has been in my blood, and it is what I was made to do.”

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

2016 Rolesville Rams Football Schedule

All games start at 7 p.m.

8/19 vs. Terry Sanford

8/26 @ Heritage

9/1 7 vs. Enloe

9/9 @ Wake Forest

9/16 vs. West Johnston

9/23 @ Knightdale

9/30@ Southeast Raleigh

10/7 vs. East Wake

10/21 @ Harnett Central

10/28 vs. Clayton

11/4 @ Garner Magnet





Buzz Woof & Meow: Tips to Keep Floors in Tip Top Shape

(StatePoint) Whether you share your home with dogs, cats, birds, turtles or anything in between, you are probably aware of the challenges of protecting and cleaning your floors.

Pets and Floors

To make this chore as easy for you as it is for your non-pet parent peers, consider the following tips:

Pets in Boots

Outfitting pets with boots before going outside will protect their paws from pollutants, hot and cold surfaces, and potentially sharp items on the ground. It will also keep their feet and your floors cleaner. There are many brands and styles available, so shop around for a design that your pets will enjoy wearing.

Post-Walk Clean-Up

After walks or other trips outdoors, check your pet’s fur and feet. Keep a cloth by the door for a quick clean-up before animals settle in and get cozy on carpets. This will make maintaining floors easier as you go.

Prevent Accidents

Prevent pooch accidents by getting your dog on a regular walk schedule. The knowledge that the next trip outdoors is on the horizon will make pets less likely to use the living room carpet as a toilet. If need be, you may want to consider employing a day-time dog walker to make trips outdoors a more regular occurrence. If you have litter box issues, keep the box clean to encourage dedicated use.

Regular visits to the veterinarian can help ensure there are no health issues at play.

Choose Flooring Wisely

Until now, even the best prevention of stains and accidents has offered no guarantees. And shedding of fur, feathers and dander is hard to avoid. However, innovations in flooring are making it easier on those who love their pets but are not interested in forfeiting a clean, stain-free and odor-free home.

Give yourself an advantage with a pet proof carpet, such as Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet, which is designed to resist the challenges pets present. Compared to nylon carpet which absorbs up to five percent of its weight in liquid, this alternative has zero percent moisture absorption to resist stains and eliminate any residue that can be left in the fiber which can lead to a musty, dingy odor. (These features will also benefit those with kids.) It also offers a permanent spill and soil shield that makes cleanup of hair, soil and dander three times easier than with conventional carpeting.

Protect Floors Financially

Consider a pet-specific warranty for carpeting to better protect your investment. For example, Mohawk offers an All Pet Protection and Warranty on its SmartStrand Forever Clean carpeting, which is the only warranty of its kind that covers all pets and all accidents. More information can be found at mohawkflooring.com.

Pet owners need not forgo a clean and great-smelling home. There are many smart ways to limit stains, prevent accidents and make clean-up easier when incidents occur.

August 2016


Gardening: Heucheras and Gardening Notes

Hello, gardeners!

Well, the Dog Days of August are closing in, so another growing season is also winding down. I know in my own gardening endeavors I have had trials, errors, successes and failures this season. If you do not try, you never know … or learn.

Coral BellsOne of my favorite perennials is the heuchera or Coral Bells. They are a lovely partly sun, part shade plant. The heuchera is an excellent plant for pots. I use them as a single specimen in a container and also in mixed container plantings. Last summer, I introduced a Grape Soda heuchera to the 50 other heucheras living in my Rolesville garden. The soda series is colorful. Nuances of pink/purple in the leaves of Grape Soda perfectly complement the bright fuchsia pink planter I chose to highlight this plant. Compliments have abounded.

If you are new to heuchera, give the tried-and-true standard Palace Purple a place in your garden.

Autumn is coming soon. If you are interested in a mixed container, heuchera is great with a perennial grass, pansies and your favorite mum. Once it outgrows your container, find a spot in the garden to start your own heuchera haven.

Have I mentioned I am a plant collector? What gardener isn’t, right? It is like shoes for ladies and fishing rods for men. Who does not love the hunt for and the giddy realization of finding that special plant. Who is not bummed when that plant does not make it? I have been known to repurchase after losing a much-sought-after plant. I do not replant replacement plants in the same area of the garden.

GardeningI keep notes on what works and what has not worked in my garden. It is like a “dear diary” of my gardening endeavors. Try this because it makes interesting reading as the years roll by. Not unlike the old diaries that I happen upon from time to time, some of my garden journal entries are a bit embarrassing too. It is surprising how little I knew 25 years ago about the garden. It is sad the plants that paid the price for my inexperience and gardening ignorance. But, gardeners, that is why we keep at it and enjoy so much our own little piece of earth, right?

I thank my grandmother for sharing her expertise and love of gardening with me. That lady was a true gardener.

I thank my mother for sharing her love of the crepe myrtle with me and my sisters. My sisters and I recently lost our mother, and one of my final visits included a chat on how pretty the crepe myrtles are this year. Must have been all the rain. It must have been a gift from God. She was.

Happy digging!

— Pam Eagles, Wake County Extension Master Gardener | August 2016 | Photos by Pam Eagles

Real Estate: Q2 2016 Rolesville Real Estate Market Update

At the beginning of the year, I wrote in this column that I thought the stock market would rebound from its opening losses and that the Fed would have a hard time raising its interest rate more than two times this year even though the intent was to do four rate hikes. I also predicted a quick acceleration in the second quarter. So far, those things have happened.

On a real estate note, this has been the busiest second quarter in Rolesville real estate history. The total of 86 homes sold in Rolesville in the second quarter surpasses the 79 sold in 2014 during the same time period.  The market is still primarily driven by resale homes, although new construction accounted for almost 35% of the total sales.

The recognition Rolesville received from Realtor.com in April had many people asking about this great town. More than 50 families per day are heading to Wake County, and those looking for small town charm and amenities close by are flocking to Rolesville.

During the second quarter, there were 86 homes sold in Rolesville at an average of $305,064. That average sale price is an increase of almost $7,000 over 2015 Q2 numbers. In addition, the time on the market has shortened from 110 days to 69 days on the market for homes to sell.

The good news for sellers is that there is less than a three-month supply of homes for sale in Rolesville right now. That means sellers still control the market and are typically getting better prices and better terms for homes while buyers have to settle for what they can get.

Keep in mind that if a seller gets greedy and overprices the home, it will sit. Buyers have the same ability to research the market that sellers do, and the numbers dictate what a home is worth. Overpriced homes still sit on the market with little activity until the price is reduced to a reasonable level.

With all good news comes some bad. As we look at the rest of 2016, we know that every U.S. president since 1980 has inherited a recession from his predecessor. Don’t be surprised if that is the case in the next six months. Now that we know who the nominees are, we can see signs of the economy preparing for a slight dip.

Mind you, I’m not predicting anything like the “Great Recession” of 2007-2010.  I do expect to see a slight dip in the real estate activity based on a few factors:

* Job growth had one of the worst reports in the past four years in May, and that is because many people have just stopped looking for a job.  The numbers say there is less than 5 percent unemployment and does not count the millions who are no longer looking.

* The “Brexit” showed us how much of an international world we live in and how something that happens nowhere close to home can still affect us significantly.

* Consumer Confidence is lower than it has been in the past few years.

* The Fed held off on a rate hike in its June meeting and said it anticipates at least one rate hike before the end of the year. I don’t think that will happen until the December meeting after the election. That hike will remove some people from the possibility of being able to afford a home, and mortgage companies will begin making adjustments a couple of months earlier in anticipation of that potential hike. In addition, we will see stocks slip after the next rate hike, too, followed by lower consumer spending during Christmas if the hike happens as I anticipate.

Refinances have also turned upward in the second quarter. People are taking advantage of the value in their homes and low interest rates to take some cash out and do updates or renovations to their homes. Keep in mind that most renovations, if done well, will add some value to your home. Plan wisely and with resale value in mind and you will be OK in both the short and long runs.

If you are updating or upgrading, make wise decisions and don’t go overboard. If the value of your home dips and you have to move quickly, you could lose money in the short run.

All of this ties into the same thing I have said for years: Real estate runs in cycles. Usually these cycles are seven or eight years long, and we have been coming out of the last recession since 2009.  You do the math.

In general, when the real estate market goes down, values decrease about 20 percent of what they have gained over the previous seven to eight years. Then there will be another run-up just like we have had for the past three or four years. This cycle has been incredibly consistent since the 1970s, and there is no reason to believe it will change now.

If you are considering selling your home in the next year, now will be the opportunity when you can get the most money in the shortest amount of time.

— Brian Pate | August 2016

PARLÉR Properties Real Estate Services Welcomes David Jerose

June 2016

David Jerose

PHOTO COURTESY OF Parlér Properties
David Jerose

Hilda Parlér, owner and Broker-in-Charge and other brokers in the office welcome David to our TEAM. He will represent buyers and sellers. David has over twenty (20) years of experience in his residential, commercial and industrial environmental consulting business, ENRISCO. His knowledge will be a very valuable resource to his residential real estate clients in regards to asbestos, lead-based paint, mold, well water testing and leaking heating oil tank issues.

He and Terese, his wife of 33 years, have lived in the Wake Forest Area for over 20 years and are currently raising their nephews. David is very active in the Wake Forest and Youngsville communities, having served as president of both the Wake Forest and Youngsville Kiwanis Clubs, having served on the Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, in the Big Brothers Program, coaching Upward basketball and assisting in Scouting. He continues to volunteer his time and expertise on numerous community projects. He is an active member of his church. Stop in to greet him and share your real estate needs and those of others you know.

VFW Honors Community Achievers

June 2016


Presiding over the awards ceremony was David Martin, Senior Vice Commander of the Post, shown left in the picture. Winners were (left to right of Martin) Firefighter of the Year, Lewis Dunston, Youngsville Fire Department; Policeman of the Year, Roy Holloway, Rolesville Police Department; EMS professional of the Year, William Capps, Franklin County; High School Teacher of the Year, Dustin Baker, Franklin Academy; Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Julie Coveleski, Wakefield Elementary School; Middle School Teacher of the Year, Janel Grosshiem, (absent from picture) Saint Catherine Catholic School.

Community winners in several genres were introduced and presented with awards at the May 5, 2016, monthly meeting of the Wake Forest Memorial Post 8466, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

All Teachers of the Year were also selected as winners of the District 7 Teacher of the Year. They will now compete for the North Carolina VFW Teacher of the Year. Selection will be announced in June at the Annual Convention in Cary, NC.

Nancy Grant Honored as 2016 Guest Services Volunteer of the Year

May 2016

Nancy Grant

Left to right: 2016 Guest Services Volunteer of the Year Nancy Grant and Town of Wake Forest Guest Services Volunteer Coordinator Cathi Roberson. Photo courtesy of Town of Wake Forest

Nancy Grant is the recipient of the Town of Wake Forest’s 2016 Michealle Bozman-Barton Guest Services Volunteer of the Year award.

Cathi Roberson, the town’s Guest Services Volunteer Coordinator, made the announcement April 14 during the town’s sixth annual Guest Services Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Alston-Massenburg Center.  

Share Your Place That Matters

May 2016

May is National Preservation Month and the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is celebrating by sponsoring a photo-sharing campaign that invites area residents to share their memories and stories about places in Wake Forest that are important to them.  

Wake Forest Home & Garden Show Coming in August

May 2016

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the inaugural Wake Forest Home & Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14. Showcasing the latest in home improvement products, services, and features, the show is scheduled to take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. 

Relay For Life to be held May 20

May 2016

The annual Relay For Life, coming up Friday, May 20, 4 p.m.-midnight will be held at Wake Forest Baptist Church’s Stephenson Campus, 12120 Wake Union Church Road, Wake Forest. Currently, Relay For Life is recruiting teams from schools, families, places of worship, neighborhoods, businesses, etc., to participate May 20 in Wake Forest. Relay is not a race – it’s a family event where team members take turns walking in honor of those who’ve battled cancer.  Relay teams are committed to finishing the fight against cancer and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission. For details, go to www.RelayForLife.org/NorthernWakeNC, or contact Mary Beth Roberson at 919-730-9847 or email MartyCoward@nc.rr.com.

Flaherty Park Tennis Courts’ Resurfacing to Begin June 1

May 2016

Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the Flaherty Park tennis courts will be closed for resurfacing and repair. The courts are located at 1226 N. White St.

Miracle Fling in the Spring

May 2016

Miracle Fling in the Spring - 4-H Dirt Club

Heidi Latta, Holly Thornburg
and Christopher Thomas

By Meg Wyatt
Franklin County 4-H Agent

The Franklin County 4-H Dirt Club hosted their 2nd Annual Miracle Fling in the Spring event on Sunday, April 24th at Ray Family Farms. This event was designed for “Cows Helping Kids”. This event is geared toward youth with special needs to be paired up with a barn buddy who is a member of the 4-H club, and they will work together to show a cow in the show ring.  The Barn Buddy from the club has had previous experience with showing cows.

Wake County Helps Promote Recycling Through Art

May 2016

recycled art

Wake County Solid Waste Management teamed up with the Disappearing Frogs Project and artist Joyce Dallal to raise awareness about the importance of reuse and recycling. Photo courtesy of Wake County Solid Waste Management.

Ever wonder what happened to all those old toys you threw out while spring cleaning? Some of them are getting a new life, thanks to Wake County Solid Waste Management. It has collected 1,010 pounds of toys over the past 10 months alone, and is repurposing them in an exciting way.

Local Business Owner Brings National HVAC Company to Wake Forest

May 2016

David Silver

David Silver

Local business owner David Silver has purchased an Aire Serv heating, ventilation and air conditioning franchise to service Wake Forest and the surrounding communities.

Silver, who has lived in the Wake Forest community all his life, recently purchased the Aire Serv franchise, which has more than 180 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Seventh-Grader Involves Rolesville Neighbors in School Food Drive

May 2016

Goal Was to Make a Bigger Impact on Community

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Justin Paul

Justin Paul took a school project to the next level and collected 17 bags of food for the needy. Photo by Michael Paul

When North Raleigh Christian Academy (NRCA) in Wake Forest conducted its annual seventh-grade service project, seventh-grader Justin Paul took it a step beyond class assignment. He got his Rolesville neighborhood of Terrell Plantation involved in the project, a food drive to support House of Hope in Clayton.

Rolesville Police Department Launches "Nextdoor"

May 2016

Private Social Network for Neighborhoods Is Used to Facilitate Virtual Neighborhood Watch
Nextdoor Enables Residents to Connect Online in Private, Secure Websites to Build Stronger and Safer Communities

Town of RolesvilleIn an effort to help facilitate a virtual neighborhood watch program and help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the Rolesville Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Emmanuel Spencer

May 2016

By Andrew Canino

Emmanuel Spencer

Emmanuel Spencer
Photo by Andrew Canino

Emmanuel Spencer

Hobbies / Interests? “I like to do a lot of music production. I work on a lot of my own projects at home. I use Logic Pro and FL Studio. I make beats, and mix songs, do recording and write music. This year, I’ve gotten a lot into video. I’ve been doing short films and promotional videos for other people and their businesses. I actually did a music video promotion for a dog grooming service named Dirty Dogs.”

Plans After Graduation? “I’m planning on going to community college and going to Wake Tech for two years. Hopefully after two years I’m going to transfer to Full Sail University to major in music production.”

Long-Term Goals? “I do plan to start my own record label after I have my degree. I also would love to get out my own personal project, like a single or an EP. I post my music on SoundCloud at www.soundcloud.com/manni-muzik, and my personal website is www.mmenter.weebly.com.”

People or Things That Have Had Major Influences in Your Life? “Oh, plenty! My mother is actually a gospel recording artist, and she has her own CD out. She’s been doing music since I was born, so music has been in the house for a long time. When I was around 6, me and two brothers and two cousins started up a group called the ‘Gospel Temptations,’ We toured around churches, and we were in the newspaper. I couldn’t even snap, but we were in good rhythm! So that just shows that music has been in my life for a very long time.”

Rolesville Schools Win Healthy Schools Awards

May 2016

WCPSS Board Chair Benton & Supt. Merrill Congratulate Winners

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) announced eight 2016 Brains and Bodies Award recipients and 10 Sneakers and Spokes Award recipients — individual Wake County schools going above and beyond to support healthy environments and behaviors at school for students and staff. Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) School Board Chair Tom Benton and Supt. James Merrill presented the awards and celebrated the winning schools’ accomplishments. The AHA awards are the only awards in Wake County that recognize healthy schools.

RES Healthy School

Left to right: Rolesville Elementary staff and parents, AHA Director Sara Merz, WCPSS Supt. James Merrill and School Board Chair Tom Benton, Sanford Creek Elementary staff, and Mayor Frank Eagles. Rolesville Elementary won the AHA Sneakers and Spokes Award, and Sanford Creek won that award plus AHA’s Brains and Bodies Award. Photo courtesy of Wake County Public Schools.

Rogers Road Bridge Closing Causes Concerns and Provides New Opportunities

May 2016

By Lisa Brown

June 13 marks the first day of construction during the Rogers Road Bridge closure. Officially part of “Operation Bridge Exchange,” which is the Town of Wake Forest’s name for four bridge replacement projects, the Rogers Road Bridge venture is scheduled to be completed in approximately 135 days, including holidays and weekends to ensure a timely finish.

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - May 2016

May 2016

By Kinea Epps

Rolesville Middle School RamsHello, RMS Families,

I recently had the pleasure of again chaperoning the FCCLA state leadership conference in Greensboro. The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization is one of the clubs we have at RMS for students.

Outdoors: Blue catfish record falls twice

May 2016

If Zakk Royce’s experiences are any indication, Lake Gaston holds some monster blue catfish.

The Murfreesboro angler caught not one but two state record blue catfishes in a 24-hour period last December.

The first fish, caught on Dec. 20, weighed 91 pounds and measured 53 inches in length. On Dec. 21, Royce landed his second state record, a 105-pound blue, measuring 55.75 inches in length. He caught both fish using cut white perch for bait.

O's Commentary - May 2016

May 2016

Just Friends … A Mistaken Identity

I love having lunch with my best friend. We can talk for hours about everything under the sun and never tire of each other’s company. As we laughed over tapas, we were  joined by her very grown, very handsome son. This Nubian heartthrob is college-educated, hardworking and completely self-sufficient.

Eddins’ Rolesville Flea Market to Make Major Changes

May 2016

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Rolesville Flea Market

The Rolesville Flea Market building will be torn down and removed, but the flea market will continue in a smaller space
in another building near Rolesville Furniture. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Dear Moms

May 2016

By Julia Colborn

Mother’s Day. The day of taking guilt-free naps, setting aside chores and watching all your children get along. For Allison Young-Barbour of Zebulon, this year also will be the first celebrating her own motherhood.

Allison Young-Barbour

Allison and Steven are thrilled to be new parents!
The picture was taken by a nurse at the hospital.
Photo courtesy of Allison Young-Barbour.

“I’m scared, nervous, and excited,” she said at the time.

Wake County Seeks Public Input on Draft Greenway Plan

May 2016

More bicycle trails along nearby rivers? Walking trails that better connect your town to greenways in neighboring towns? No matter what your vision for the future of Wake County’s greenway network is, we want to hear from you.

Louisburg College Dedicates Enhanced Softball Complex

May 2016

A variety of enhancements over the last two years were cause for celebration Saturday, April 2, as Louisburg College dedicated a renovated softball complex on campus. A short program prior to the Hurricanes’ doubleheader against University of South Carolina-Sumter featured ceremonial first pitches by LC President Mark La Branche and softball alumna Brandy Winstead Frazier, the daughter of Trustee Peggy Winstead and her husband, Thomas.

Dominque Simon Named New FCS Agent

May 2016

Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences 

Dominque Simon

Dominque Simon
Photo courtesy of Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office

Dominque Simon has been named the new FCS agent for Franklin and Warren counties.

Dominque is a native of South Carolina who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Food Management from South Carolina State University and a Master of Science degree in Food& Nutritional Sciences from Tuskegee University.

Container Gardening

May 2016

By Charles Mitchell
Franklin County Cooperative Extension Director

Container gardenContainer gardening is more popular than ever. Edibles can be grown in containers in a variety of outdoor spaces. Regardless of the scope or size of your container garden, selecting the right containers, planting media, and plant combinations are the first steps on the road to success.

Wakefield Rotary Now Meets for Breakfast

April 2016

Wake Forest Community Service Group Gathers Thursday mornings at Heritage Golf Club

Wakefield Rotary club has changed its weekly meeting time and place to better accommodate its current and future members. It now meets during breakfast from 7:45 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Heritage Golf Club located at 1250 Heritage Club Ave. in Wake Forest.

NC Public Schools Join National #GoOpen Initiative

April 2016

State Superintendent June Atkinson announced that North Carolina is joining a national initiative promoting the use of high quality, openly licensed educational resources by school districts across the state. North Carolina – #GoOpenNC – will be joining an inaugural cohort of states in the #GoOpen initiative, which includes more than a dozen states that have committed to support school districts and educators using openly licensed resources.

North Carolina Gardeners Grow Local Program to Help Birds Thrive

April 2016

Audubon North Carolina Sees Good Success Connecting Local Residents to Native Plant Offerings

Following a successful launch in 2015, Audubon North Carolina’s Bird-Friendly Communities program continues to grow building connections between gardeners, bird lovers, and plant nurseries, all to benefit our state’s beautiful and diverse bird populations.

Bird-friendly native plants are a key piece of Audubon NC’s Bird-Friendly Communities conservation effort to support imperiled birds in North Carolina. One of the 2016 featured plants, American Beautyberry, provides berries that offer a perfect fuel to migrating Black-throated Blue Warblers as they pass through NC. Research shows that migration is the most hazardous time of these birds’ lives. Providing more fuel could help more of these birds survive to better sustain the population over time.

North Carolina Pet Sitter Named Pet Sitters International's Pet Sitter of the Year™

April 2016

Gerry Arner Pet 'n Nanny

Gerry Arner

Gerry Arner, co-owner of Pet ‘n Nanny LLC in Wake Forest, N.C., has been named Pet Sitters International’s 2015 Pet Sitter of the Year™. Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest association for professional pet sitters, presents this award annually to one pet sitter who embodies the passion and professionalism of the pet-sitting industry.

Wake Forest Garden Club Mad Hatters Tea Party and Art Market

April 2016

Join the Mad Hatters of the Wake Forest Garden Club on Saturday, May 14, for a tea party, gardening seminars, art market and classic car display. And a very special addition at this year’s event will be music performed by an ensemble from the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra.

Tri-Area Food Pantry Receives PowerSecure Donation to Help Feed the Hungry

April 2016

PowerSecure International, Inc., a leading provider of utility and energy technologies to electric utilities, and their industrial, institutional and commercial customers, recently contributed $10,000 to the Tri-Area Food Pantry. As the largest food pantry serving Wake Forest, Youngsville, Rolesville and surrounding areas, it feeds more than 700 local families each month and is operated by unpaid volunteers.

Tri-Area Food Pantry

Pictured in front of the center from left are Sidney Hinton, PowerSecure CEO; Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones; Lewis Griffin of the Tri-Area Food Pantry; and Chris Hutter, PowerSecure COO. Photo courtesy of a Tri-Area Ministry volunteer

Rolesville High School Seniors to End Year with PTSA and Other Sponsored Activities

April 2016

Wake County Public Schools will hold a Job Fair at the high school on Saturday, April 30.

Senior Activity Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jump-n-Fun will supply the activities, including bull riding, an obstacle course, a dry slide, a cotton candy machine, a snow cone machine, a generator and attendants. There will be other activities as well. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available. This event is sponsored and paid for by PTSA. Volunteers will be needed to help with food and a few other activities the day of the event.

Senior Baccalaureate Service will be June 5 at 3 p.m. at Rolesville Baptist Church. All seniors are invited. Seniors who attend must wear their caps and gowns. We will have a photographer on-site for families who want pictures with their graduates.

If you would like to help, please contact Jeannie Pulley at jjpulley@embarqmail.com.

For more information, please contact the Rolesville High School PTSA at rolesvillehsptsa@gmail.com

April Recognized by Town of Rolesville as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention

The Summer Starts with Friday Night on White

April 2016

By Julia Colborn

Beginning on April 8 and running through September 9, the long-time Wake Forest tradition of Art After Hours will take on a new form this year. Friday Night on White, a celebration of live music, will be held the second Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m.


RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Hailey Von Kruszé

April 2016

By Andrew Canino

Hailey Von KruszeHailey Von Kruszé

Hobbies / Interests? “I like to play volleyball. I was on the varsity volleyball team for three years since the school opened. It’s really my outlet. I really enjoy doing that. I also like to walk on the greenways. It’s really relaxing, and it’s a good way to get exercise.”

Rolesville Middle School Beta-Tests Google Expedition Pioneers Program

April 2016

By Lisa Brown

Excited and eager Rolesville middle schoolers were treated to a virtual field trip via Google Expeditions, a new initiative Google is launching later this year in the United States as well as in schools over the world.

Google Expedition

Rolesville Middle School students beta test the Google Expeditions Pioneer virtual reality program. Photos courtesy of Angie Morris

Google Expedition Pioneers is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom, providing teachers an opportunity in which to explore the world and beyond. Google worked with teachers and content partners to create more than 100 journeys.

New Chamber Executive Director Embraces Role

April 2016

By Julia Colborn

April Sneed

April Sneed is the new Executive Director of the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Catherine Davis / SD Portraits

When April Sneed and husband John, recently named UNC Healthcare System Director – Recruitment, were ready to leave their nomadic Air Force life and settle down, they chose Rolesville.

Sneed made herself at home, enjoying a location that was near both of their families and reminded Sneed of her native Pulaski, Va. Within a year she was volunteering for the Chamber of Commerce. Nine years of volunteering later, she took on a new role, filling the executive director position previously held by Jenny Rowe.

The Giving Tree Donates $10,000 to Local Schools

April 2016

By Lisa Brown

The Giving Tree has but one mission: to donate to area schools the proceeds of selling used home goods. The money is used for support of educational, enrichment and extracurricular programs of 13 Wake Forest schools, including public, private and charter.

The schools will be sharing $10,000 this year, the proceeds from sales in 2015. Since opening in August 2013, The Giving Tree has donated $23,000 for schools to use as they see fit.

Travel: Raleigh on Tap

April 2016

BreweriesIt Takes More Than Great Beer to be a Great Beer Destination

By Ryan Smith, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

April Is Beer Month

Forget about spring showers. In Raleigh, April brings ale. The city joins the state in paying homage to beer with a 30-day salute befitting the beverage often credited as instrumental to the formation of civilization. Tastings, tours, beer dinners, the official World Beer Festival Raleigh (April 2) and ever-popular Brewgaloo (April 23) are all part of the annual celebration. For more information and a complete list of events: www.visitraleigh.com/beermonthevents.

Buzz, Woof & Meow: To Flea or Not to Flea ...

April 2016

It’s nearing that time of year. Have you thought about your flea protection? With the very mild winter we have had, fleas are expected to be a huge problem this year. Whether you decide to go all natural or over the counter, it is a very important that you keep your pet protected. One flea can take over the world – well, maybe not the world, but it can sure make your pet very miserable.

Business Briefs - April 2016

April 2016

The new Sushi Siam at 928 Gateway Commons Circle in Wake Forest had a soft opening on Monday, March 7. Don’t be deceived by the storefront. This restaurant, specializing in Thai cuisine and sushi, has tabletop seating plus a sushi bar. The extensive menu is perfect for both dine-in and take-out. Phone (919) 263-8241. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-9:30 p.m. Watch for a grand opening sometime in April.

O's Commentary - April 2016

April 2016

O. Morris - O's CommentaryWelcome, Spring!

By O Morris

It’s official! Spring has finally sprung, and I must say it’s just in a nick of time.

There’s something about this season that always fills me with optimism. The rejuvenation of nature reminds me that no matter how cold and angry the winter was, the universe brings forth a new beginning. Flowers are a blooming! All the colors of the rainbow are working together in a symphony of harmony. Green grass, I’ve missed you! Not to mention sun, sun, sun!

Nine Local Martial Artists Capture 20 Medals

March 2016

On Saturday, February 13, students of Master Bernard Redfield of Redfield Martial Arts of Garner and Wake Forest took home 10 gold and 10 silver medals at the Winter Invitational Karate Tournament in Fayetteville. Students competed in Empty Hand Forms, Weapons Forms and Sparring.

Martial Arts

Shown left to right: Olivia Bishop, Aaron White, Jonathan Johnson, Caleb Humphrey, Ivy Davis, Hayden Bishop, Alex Bridger, Joshua Whitaker, Collin Crowe, Master Redfield. Photo courtesy of Redfield Martial Arts

Sole Dimensions Donates New Shoes to Wake County Non-Profit

March 2016

Sole Dimensions

Pictured with the donated shoes are Dallas Bonavita, (left) Note in the Pocket executive director; Briony Voorhees, Note in the Pocket community advocate; and Ellie Penner, Sole Dimensions owner and operator.
Photo courtesy of Sole Dimensions

Wake Forest foot-care retailer Sole Dimensions, located at 10560 Ligon Mill Road, Suite 101, recently donated 195 brand new pairs of shoes to Note in the Pocket, a Wake County non-profit that provides clothing to homeless and impoverished school-aged children.

March is National Nutrition Month: Develop Better Eating Habits

March 17, 2016

(StatePoint) Have your healthy New Year’s habits already begun to fade? Recharge your resolutions in March during National Nutrition Month and remember the importance of developing and following sound eating habits.

March is National Nutrition Month

The 2016 National Nutrition Month theme, “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” encourages you to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences that food can add to life.

Wake County Public Schools Announce the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year Semi-finalists

March 2016

Teaching is one of the highest professional callings. So much is required to be considered a good teacher. To be recognized as a great teacher, however, is a true achievement. And the journey to recognizing the Wake County Public School System Teacher of the Year is under way.

Wake Forest Chamber announces Senior Lifestyle Expo

March 2016

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a new event specifically for the area’s growing population of active seniors. “The Senior Lifestyle Expo is modeled after our very successful Business Expos,” explained Corey Hutcherson, VP of membership for the Chamber. “It’s a way to bring together businesses that have products and services targeted to adults over the age of 50. At the same time, residents can mingle and learn about different businesses, volunteer organizations, and other recreational activities that may appeal to them.”

Financial: Smart Financial Moves in Your 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s

If you had a timeline of the financial steps you should probably take in life, what would it look like? Answers to that question will vary, but certain times of life do call for certain financial moves. Some should be made out of caution, others out of opportunity.

Faith and Worship - March 2016

We hear it every day: bad, negative, depressing news. The struggling economy, international crises, political turmoil, mudslinging and tragic local news stories – it can be deflating. You’ve likely heard people say things like, “I don’t even watch the news anymore. It depresses me.”

Let’s focus for just a moment on some Good News! There is a God who loves you! Oh, make no mistake about it: There IS a God. Our Creator, our Heavenly Father, loves you more than you could possibly imagine. And here’s something very important: He loves you even when you don’t believe in Him, serve Him or love Him. When you get it right, God loves you! When you mess things up, God loves you!

Business Briefs - March 2016

Don Julio Mexican Restaurant of Wake Forest is the latest restaurant to open its door at Wake Forest Crossing,12516 Capital Blvd. This family-owned restaurant prides itself on its authentic Mexican food and exceptional service.

The Procrastination Epidemic: Who’s to Blame?

March 2016

By Chloe Nadyne

“Procrastination” is a word that gets thrown around a lot in everyday conversation, but what does it actually mean? As defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the act of procrastinating is “to put off intentionally and habitually.” If that definition pretty much sums up your strategy of accomplishing everyday tasks, you might be a procrastinator.

Local Veterans Organization Aims to Assist Widespread Community

March 2016

By Julia Colborn

On October 1, 2012, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a busy marketplace. His target was a commander for the Afghan Uniform Police. In addition to many civilians, the casualties included three American soldiers killed and three injured.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Adrik "Rik" Garcia

March 2016

By Andrew Canino

RHS Class of 2016 - Adrik-Rik-Garcia

Adrik “Rik” Garcia
Photo by Andrew Canino

Adrik ‘Rik’ Garcia

Hobbies / Interests? “I like to exercise and keep myself in shape. I have a dog that I love spending time with, too. He’s a shih tsu/terrier mix. I also love playing games online with my cousins, like Minecraft.”

Wine and Beer 101: Expanding with Open Arms

March 2016

Part One in a Series on Local Small Business Successes

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

When Joe O’Keefe opened Wine 101 in Wake Forest in September 2008, the unassuming bottle ’n’ brew shop in a generic strip mall on Rogers Road quickly became a gathering place for locals to meet their friends over a leisurely beverage or two.

Joe O'Keefe at WNB101-Wendell

Wine and Beer 101 owner Joe O’Keefe plans seating in front of the store in addition to the rooftop patio in Wendell.
Photos by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Now renamed Wine and Beer 101 (WNB101), the brand is expanding not only in the number of stores but also in square footage. What started with one store has grown into a new building in Wake Forest, a second store in Raleigh and a third store in Wendell.

Rolesville Middle School Girls Basketball Ends Season Undefeated

March 2016

By Lisa Brown

RMS Girls' Basketball Undefeated Champs 2016

Rolesville Middle School Girls Rams Eighth-Graders
(from left) #12 Kylie Puetzer, #5 Rachel Ozio,
#22 Alisa Davenport, #11 Katie Gundry, #20 Ninah Obewu
Photos courtesy of RMS Girls’ Basketball

Representing their team, Co-Captains Alisa Davenport and Rachel Ozio beamed with pride. In December, the season started with a game that both the captains and the coach knew was going to be tough.

Plant a Tree on Arbor Day

March 7, 2016

ArborDayArbor Day in NC Carolina will be March 18 this year.  Take time to celebrate by planting a tree.  Trees are a wonderful addition to any landscape not only by providing an aesthetic complement but by increasing the quality of life and improving overall health.  Since trees are such a large visible addition to the landscape, care must be taken to ensure proper growth and development.

Summer Day Camp Registration Now Open

March 6, 2016

Summer is just around the corner and the Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is now accepting registrations for Camp Nahele.

Sidewalk Replacement Project Set to Begin Along Wait Avenue

March 7, 2016

WAKE FOREST, NC – The Town of Wake Forest will begin a six-week sidewalk replacement project along Wait Avenue starting Tuesday, March 8. The initiative will extend along the southbound side of Wait Avenue from South Franklin Street to South Allen Road.

A lane shift will be required in order to keep traffic flowing through the work area. For the safety of work crews, occasional lane closures may also be necessary. Electronic message boards will be in place to alert motorists and flaggers will on hand to manage traffic flow.

Weather permitting, the project will be completed in late April.

For more information, contact Public Works & Utilities Director Mike Barton at 919-435-9571 or mbarton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Ann Welton named new Wake Forest Chamber president

February 2016

Ann Welton

Ann Welton
Photo courtesy of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Ann Welton as its new President. Welton succeeds Marla Akridge who resigned in October after six years as Chamber President to accept a position with the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation.

Local Charity Provides Support to Adoptive and Foster Parents and Children

February 2016

By Lisa Brown

When Wake Forest residents Pam and Mac Taylor decided to adopt a child more than six years ago, they planned on one child under age 5. Now, some six years later, they have two children, brothers Trent and Michael, adopted at ages 9 and 7.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Kiaja McRae

February 2016

By Andrew Canino

Kiaja McRae

Kiaja McRae
Photo by Andrew Canino

Kiaja McRae

Hobbies / Interests? “I’m involved in a lot of things here at Rolesville. I’m a varsity cheerleader (and) captain of the Stunt Team. I’m the secretary of student government and one of the Rambassadors – the ambassador program at Rolesville.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

February 2016

By Julia Colborn

On January 9, the Rolesville Rural Fire Department held its Annual Dinner to honor the dedicated team members who make up the department. Justin Massey is the latest addition, rounding out the A shift, so there are now four full-time employees on all A, B and C shifts.

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - February 2016

February 10, 2016

By Kinea Epps

Hello, RMS Families! I hope you are settling into the routines of second semester.

RMS RamsI’d like to take a few moments and let you know of a couple of reminders to keep on your calendar.

Buzz Woof & Meow: How to choose the right dog trainer

February 10, 2016

Recently someone came to me regarding his German shepherd that was becoming a more aggressive even after the person hired an “experienced trainer.” My question to him: So, what are you going to do now?

Faith and Worship - February 2016

February 10, 2016

Before the reader has the inclination to dismiss this article because it seems to be political in nature, let me make a plea for patience. No candidate is being endorsed or demeaned here. In fact, it’s the media that will be my primary focus, and that is only to make a point that certainly is taught in Scripture and is one which we need to be reminded of.

A Teen's Guide to Speaking with Adults

February 8, 2016

By Chloe Nadyne

Many teenagers have trouble communicating with older generations. This can lead to miscommunication, annoyance and frustration on both parts. The common consensus among adults is that teenagers are moody, brooding and disrespectful. This gives teens a bad rap, when they may not even be aware of the way in which they present themselves.

Third Annual JROTC Battalion Bazaar March 12

February 8, 2016

Bazaar supports JROTC efforts throughout the area

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

The Army JROTC program’s Booster Club at Wake Forest High School (WFHS) is gearing up for its third annual Battalion Bazaar to be held at the school on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Battalion Bazaar is a fundraiser to support the program.

Exchange Students Reflect on Experience in American Schools

February 8, 2016

By Andrew Canino

Hollywood depictions of high school in America have given the high school experience a life of its own in the global collective consciousness. Big yellow buses, letterman jackets, pep rallies, homecoming and the school prom are all staples of the high school experience, and iconic coming-of-age films like John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club do little to dispel this.

5 Reasons to Filter Your Drinking Water

February 6, 2016

(StatePoint) For years, bottled water has been a go-to for clean drinking. Many believe it tastes better than tap water and assume it’s safer to drink. But at-home filtered water is another alternative, and while it gets less attention, there are many reasons why it could be the best option available.

Chief Leonard Named NCDOA Executive of the Year

February 5, 2016

Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard has been named the 2016 North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year. The honor is a tribute to Mowery, a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief who started the D.A.R.E. program in Charlotte.

Kearney Earns ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist Certification

February 5, 2016

The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce Tree Trimming Supervisor Jimmie Kearney has successfully completed the certified arborist utility specialist examination administered by the local chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

Tickets Now on Sale for 2016 State of the Town Address & Dinner

February 5, 2016

Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2016 State of the Town Address on Monday, February 15, at 6 p.m., during the Eighth Annual State of the Town Address and Dinner. Presented by the Wake Forest Rotary Club, the event will be held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

3rd-Degree Black Belt Achieved

February 4, 2016

Dante Evangelista, 14, achieved his goal of earning his third-degree black belt on August 23, 2015. A student of Tae Kwon Do at World Champion TKD in Wake Forest since he was 7 years old, the Franklin Academy eighth-grader has put in many hours of training that have made him a role model for commitment to his sport.

Fifth-Grader Tops Rolesville Elementary Spelling Bee

February 4, 2016

Rolesville Elementary School held their School Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 21.  After more than 40 rounds, which completed the Scripps School Spelling Bee Study List and began the additional words, 5th grader Jeremy Ayuk-Takem was declared the winner after spelling the word “disturbance”.

First Coffee with a Cop a Success

February 3, 2016

Rolesville residents had the opportunity to chat with 7 members of the Rolesville Police Department during the first “Coffee with a Cop” which took place on Wednesday morning, February 3, at the Rolesville McDonald’s on Main Street.

Wake Forest Meet in the Street Vendor Applications

January 2016

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the Meet in the Street arts and crafts festival.

Rall Named to NCUFC Board of Directors

January 2016

Jennifer Rall

Jennifer Rall
Photo courtesy of the Town of Rolesville

Wake Forest’s urban forestry coordinator, Jennifer Rall, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the N.C. Urban Forest Council Board of Directors.

Koinonia Quietly Makes Decades of Difference

January 2016

Annual Auction set for February 6th


The Koinonia Foundation board was named January’s Knotable Member by the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by Knotable Occasions. Photo by Chamber staffer Sherry Forbes.

Though she has been a lifelong resident of the area, Pat had never heard of the Wake Forest organization with the unique name.

In need of double cataract surgery in late 2015, Pat found herself hit with a copay bill she simply couldn’t afford.  Fearful she would lose her eyesight before she could save the money, she desperately asked people if they knew of any work she could do to earn cash.  That’s when a friend told Pat about The Koinonia Foundation. 

Buzz, Woof & Meow: New Year’s Pet Resolutions

January 2016

By Vanessa Davis

Pet ResolutionsIt’s the new year, and we have all set our New Year’s resolutions.  But what about our furry family members?  Did you know that about 50% of our pets are overweight?  Let’s help make our pets’ lives much healthier and more active for 2016.  Here are a few helpful hints to get a jumpstart on a new, healthier lifestyle.

O's Commentary - January 2016

January 2016

O. Morris - O's CommentaryWhen an ultimatum replaces a resolution

By O Morris

Dear O,

The New Year is off to a horrible start, and it has nothing to do with money. I can honestly say I wish it did. No, this year my spouse has decided that I’m too fat and has issued an ultimatum. He says that unless I lose weight, he is going to leave me.

Faith and Worship – January 2016

January 2016

Most likely, you, the reader, will have engaged in the giving and the receiving of gifts within the past few days. That practice has become so central to how Christmas is celebrated in our culture that it would be difficult to find someone who had missed out completely. But if you are reading this, you most likely have received since Christmas a gift more precious than any that could be purchased at even the finest jeweler in the world.

“What?” you say. “What could possibly be that precious?”

Rolesville Senior Looking Forward to Running Track for NC State

January 14, 2016

By Andrew Canino

Rolesville High School has a very exciting year for its seniors, who will have the distinction of becoming the school’s first full graduating class when they walk across the stage at the Raleigh Convention Center in June. Many of those seniors have begun making plans for their futures.

Lauren White signs with NCSU

Lauren White stands proudly with ribbons and trophies earned through her track and field career. Photos by Kathy Fuerst

One of those seniors is Lauren White, who plans to compete in track and field for NC State University. She has signed a letter of intent with the Wolfpack.

Local Veteran Opens Boutique

January 2016

By Lisa Brown

Brandi Turnbo has opened a new women’s boutique, Eliza Ash, in Wakefield close to Rex Wellness Center. Using everything she had to pursue this dream, including selling her house and cashing in her retirement savings, only solidified her dream and perseverance. Perhaps it was a risky move, but given her history, it may just be perfectly rational.

Brandi Turnbo

Brandi Turnbo and her stepdaughter, Jordan Turnbo,
are partners in their new store, Eliza Ash Boutique.
Photo by Lisa Brown

Rolesville High School Senior Spotlight – Dean Pulley

January 2016

By Andrew Canino

Dean PulleyDean Pulley

Hobbies / Interests?  “I’m involved in a couple of clubs at school. I’m involved in FFA (Future Farmers of America) every year I’ve been here at Rolesville High School. I’ve been an officer all three years.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Make It a Day On and Not a Day Off

January 2016

By Lisa Brown

MLK DayJanuary 18 will officially be Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a Monday set aside to commemorate and celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. King spoke of the meaning and importance of service work and put his own words into action. As has been said about him: “He inspired us in words but led us in deeds.”

Friend and Leader, Jenny Rowe Retires from Chamber

January 2016

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Jenny Rowe, Chamber of Commerce President


When Jenny Rowe became the executive director of a small group of Rolesville’s business owners nearly 13 years ago, she turned the group into a full-fledged Chamber of Commerce. On December 31, she retired as president of the Chamber to spend more time with her young granddaughter and her family. Despite her departure, her footprints will remain as a testament to her hard work and belief in her adopted town.

Get Ready to Learn This Winter With Cooperative Extension

December 2015

By Martha L. Mobley
Extension Agent, Agriculture

Sharing and teaching the latest in research-based information is our business with the land-grant universities N.C. State and N.C. A&T. To help meet the needs our area clientele, the Franklin County Cooperative Extension has scheduled many events in the next few months.

Based on the requests from landowners with timber, a “Women in the Woods” multiweek educational program will be held from mid-January through mid-February. The last session will be a Farm Estate Conference for all landowners.

U.S. Highway 401 Four-Lane Widening Project: Funding Approved, Project Accelerated

December 2015

Project timelines speed up in Wake County

As a result of budget the state legislature passed a few weeks ago, the U.S. 401 widening project will be accelerated in Wake County, Rep. Chris Malone announced. U.S. 401 will be four lanes from north of Ligon Mill Road all the way to Louisburg in Franklin County.

2016 Aviation Art Contest Call for Entries

December 2015

Aviation Art ContestIt’s that time again! The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking entries for the 2016 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme is Air Sports in Harmony with Nature. Kids are encouraged to explore the unique ways in which air sports enthusiasts experience and interact with nature.

Brian Pate Top Vote Getter, New Wake Forest Commissioner

December 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Brian PateBrian Pate was the top vote-getter in the Nov. 3 election for one of three seats for Wake Forest town commissioners. With 26.19 percent of the votes, Pate received 37 more votes than incumbent commissioner Anne Reeve and 151 more than incumbent M. Greg Harrington.

From the Heart

December 2015

By Julia Colborn

Gift giving is a universal custom. Since our own American culture is readily accepting of gifts for any occasion, it can be difficult to imagine a gift being offensive, let alone the wrapping or presentation itself.

Generally, gifts should be a representation of the relationship between the giver and the receiver.  Aside from the occasional holiday party, Westerners tend to keep fraternization out of the workforce. Other cultures, particularly Asian, regularly employ gifts as good business practices.

Rolesville Rural Fire Department Gains New Firefighter

December 2015

By Andrew Canino

With the new bypass having opened in the past couple of months, the town of Rolesville has seen many big changes. However, there are just as many new changes to the town on a smaller scale including one at the Rolesville Rural Fire Department.

Seth HallDuring a high school sports career as a fullback at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, Seth Hall found his professional career aspirations also pointed being part of a team. The team that most interested him was a firefighting team, and in November, Rolesville Rural Fire Department welcomed Hall as its newest full-time firefighter.

Mayor, Mayor Pro-tempore, New Commissioners Sworn In

December 2015

On December 7, 2015, following the Town of Rolesville’s annual tree lighting ceremony, Mayor Frank Eagles was sworn in for his third term, Michelle Medley and Sheilah Sutton were sworn in as new Town Commissioners, and Commissioner Ronnie Curran was sworn in as Mayor Pro-tempore as voted by the commissioners. Wake County District Court Judge Margaret Eagles, a cousin of the mayor, swore in all four electees.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Dante' Walker

December 2015

By Andrew Canino

Dante' WalkerDante’ Walker

Hobbies / Interests?“I like to do a lot of walking, reading or just being out and about volunteering, either with my school or my church.

Mayor- and Commissioners-Elect Focus on Development and Involvement

December 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

The Nov. 3 municipal elections produced a third mayoral term for Frank Eagles and four-year terms for new town commissioners Michelle Medley and Sheilah Sutton.

Travel: Have a Holly, Jolly Raleigh Holiday

December 2015

By Ryan Smith
Raleigh Convention & Visitors’ Bureau

Raleigh at ChristmasHoliday hustle and bustle doesn’t have to be stressful. Find everything you want this holiday, and enjoy doing it, right here in Raleigh.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Choosing a New Pet/Family Member for the Holidays

December 2015

By Vanessa Davis

Christmas puppyMany people picture getting that new puppy under the Christmas tree. But is that really the best choice for you and your family?

Financial: Just When You Think You Know It All

December 2015

On Nov. 4, I passed the milestone of 42 years in the insurance and securities industry as a licensed agent and managing owner of June-Neri Financial. June-Neri is a successful, award-winning agency located in friendly hometown Wake Forest. Recently, our agency was awarded two prestigious awards: Wake Weekly’s “Best of the Best 2015 Financial Planners” and Triangle Business Journal’s “2015 Leaders in Diversity Awards.”

Business Briefs - December 2015

December 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Ziggy’s Restaurant & Sports Bar opened under new ownership on Oct. 1, bringing New Haven, Conn.-style pizza, Apizza (pronounced “ah-beetz”), to the area.

2015 Rolesville Christmas Parade

December 2015

Rolesville’s annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, took place on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Tips to Plan Your Holiday Budget

December 2015

(StatePoint) While many will seek financial absolution in January, the first of the year will be a lot brighter if you avoid seasonal over-spending in the first place.

Here are some simple strategies for setting up a holiday budget and sticking to it.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Alex Bolster

December 2015

By Andrew Canino

Alex BolsterAlex Bolster

Hobbies / Interests? “I like to hang out with friends and relax. I like helping out the community a lot. I tutor young kids in math and reading, mostly at the elementary level.

Bypass Ribbon Cutting

November 2015

The Rolesville Bypass/401 Bypass was officially declared open on Friday, November 6, at a ribbon cutting ceremony lead by Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles.

Bypass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Photo by Kathy Fuerst

2015 Election Results

November 2015

Congratulations to the three candidates who won on November 3, 2015!

Mayor Frank EaglesMichelle MedleySheilah Sutton





Renaissance Centre Wishing for an Upright Piano

November 2015

WF Renaissance CentreWith the holiday season quickly approaching, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts has several items on its wish list, and topping the list is an upright piano.

Wake Forest to Host Winter Basketball Clinics for Children and Adults with Special Needs

November 2015

The Town of Wake Forest is partnering with the City of Raleigh and Special Olympics of Wake County to host a series of basketball clinics for children and adults with special needs on Sundays from Dec. 6 through Feb. 28.

N.C. Gardeners Have New Opportunities to Help Birds Thrive

November 2015

Audubon North Carolina is Empowering Gardeners to Grow Local with New Program

N.C. Audubon Society

A Campsis radicans with Hummingbird.
Photo by Will Stuart

Planting with the purpose of benefiting birds is a small step toward a larger effort to help them thrive, and no green thumb is required.

Franklin County Arts Council Call to Artists for Two December Shows

November 2015

The Franklin County Arts Council has a call to artists for their Winter Art Show and their Fourth Annual Christmas at Home Art Show and Sale.

“Walk Along the Shore” to honor lost loved ones Nov. 7

November 2015

On Saturday, Nov. 7, The Shore Grief Center will offer an afternoon during which people are invited to slow down and reflect on those in our lives who have died. Rain or shine, the “Walk Along the Shore” walk (and run) provides a peaceful location and energetic walk.

Tickets on Sale for 2015 Renaissance Centre Broadway Ball

November 2015

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will commemorate its second year of bringing extraordinary and diverse cultural and performing arts experiences to our community and raise money for its youth scholarship program during the 2015 Renaissance Centre Broadway Ball.


Photo Gallery: 2015 Rolesville High School Homecoming Pep Rally

November 2015

Rolesville High School’s first Homecoming took place on Friday, October 23, 2015. The festivities began with a celebratory pep rally.

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - November 2015

Rolesville Middle School RamsNovember 2015

By Kinea Epps

Hello, RMS Families! It’s hard to believe that first semester is almost over. At RMS, we have been rocking and rolling. Here’s what’s been happening:

Outdoors: Shooting ranges sprouting up

November 2015

By Mike Zlotnicki

One common question of the shooting public is, quite simply, “Where can I go?” Commercial indoor ranges and a few outdoor private ranges allow nonmembers for limited opportunities, but, by and large, it can be hard to find a place to practice.

Shooting Ranges

Shooters practice with handguns at the Caswell Game Land Range. By 2016, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have public shooting ranges across the state. Photo by Mike Zlotnicki

Faith and Worship - November 2015

November 2015

Faith – it’s a wonderful thing! We may have faith in a friend or faith in a car; after all, we do “believe” it’s going to start when we turn that key. Every time we get on an airplane, we exhibit faith in someone we’ve probably never met – the captain. We have faith when we get married that the one who says “I do” will remain faithful and honor their promise.

Free Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for Veterans on Nov. 11

November 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Our local military members will be able to eat for free on Wednesday, Nov. 11, as local businesses extend their appreciation and recognition of our armed forces’ service.

2015 Veterans Day


Renewing You Helps Cancer Patients Care for Themselves with Grace and Dignity

November 2015

By Lisa Brown


Local business women Lisa Maffucci and Gale Donovan have addressed a need that arose from their own personal experiences of survival and advocacy. Renewing You, a personal care product line, is designed specifically for women who are in treatment for cancer and undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.

Renewing You Donovan & Maffucci

Renewing You President Gale Donovan (left) and Vice President Lisa Maffucci (right)
proudly display their company’s cancer gift bag.

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Ashley-Brooke Daniels

November 2015

By Andrew Canino

Ashley-Brooke DanielsAshley-Brooke Daniels

Hobbies / Interests? “Here at Rolesville, I think the biggest thing that I do is that I’m the senior class president.

Constructing the Future of Rolesville: Inside the Rolesville Planning Department

November 2015

Town of RolesvilleBy Mason Lipman

The Rolesville Planning Department is the branch of Town Hall responsible for all matters concerning zoning laws, code enforcement, permitting, land use and planning in Rolesville. Now consisting of Director Thomas Lloyd and Planner Kevin Lewis, the department was formed in 2004, when the staff of Rolesville’s government was nothing more than a Town Administrator and a Town Clerk.

Forget Black Friday. Try Shop Local Saturday!

November 2015

By Julia Colborn                                                                                              See Our Shop Local Advertisers Here

Black Friday shopping has become almost as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey itself. However, many consumers over the years have chosen to celebrate Buy Nothing Day, a counter-observance that traditionally falls on that same Friday.

Shop SmallThen in 2005, Cyber Monday was established for consumers who don’t want to brave the Black Friday crowds. Finally, in 2010, came Small Business Saturday, also known as Shop Local Day.

Town of Rolesville Loses Former Fire Chief of 21 Years

November 2015

By Andrew Canino

Fire Chief Roy E. Jones, Jr.In 1958, citizens proposed that the Town of Rolesville establish its own rural fire department. Rolesville was little more than a crossroads, and the town relied on fire departments to travel from neighboring towns to take care of emergencies. However, as Rolesville’s population began to grow, it became apparent that having to wait for the responders from across town cost townspeople precious time. Citizens began to realize the town would need its own department right in town.

Among these citizens was Roy Ed Jones Jr., who became a charter member and went on to serve as fire chief. Jones, 78, passed away on Oct. 21, 2015.

Turkey Carving Tips for Thanksgiving

November 2015

(StatePoint) Cooking is only part of Thanksgiving prep. For many hosts, carving the bird represents the most intimidating feast feat.

Turkey carving tips

A compact electric knife sharpener is an essential tool for efficient holiday cooks. Photo courtesy of State Point Media.


Delicious Food and Wine Pairing Tips for Thanksgiving

November 2015

(StatePoint) With the weather cooling down, the kitchen will be heating up for America’s favorite holiday: Thanksgiving.

Turkey Food and Wine Pairing

This Thanksgiving, celebrate with great wines and mouth-watering dishes. Photo courtesy of State Point Media

How can you top last year’s decadent feast? The trick is to be thoughtful when pairing wines with food.

Youngsville Travel Team Winter World Series Bronze Champions

November 2015

The Youngsville Intimidators 11u Travel Baseball Team played in the Winter World Series October 24-25 at Indian Lake Sports Complex located in Tarboro, N.C.

Loose Leaf Collection Now Through Mid-March

October 2015

Wake Forest, NCThe Town of Wake Forest’s annual loose leaf collection program resumes Monday, Oct. 5, and will continue through mid-March.

Petty Officer Ragland Recognized as “Warrior of the Day”

October 2015

Petty Officer Ragland

Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 3rd Class Rashawn V. Ragland was presented the Warrior of the Day award on Sept. 17 aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Photos courtesy of the United States Navy and the Navy Office of Community Outreach

Ned Winn Honored with Distinguished Southeastern Photography Award

October 2015

Ned Winn

Local photographer Ned Winn was awarded the 2105 Southeastern Award by the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association (SEPPA). Winn is owner of Winn Portrait Studio and Persuasions Photography located in Wake Forest. Photo by Terrance Carter and courtesy of Ned Winn

Second Annual Reindeer Day at RHS Adding Vendors

October 2015

Event Funds Go to Scholarships for Graduating Seniors, Backpack Buddies

Reindeer DayThe second annual Reindeer Day, sponsored by the Rolesville High School PTSA, will be held on Saturday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school’s big gym plus the hallway all the way down to and including the first floor common/cafeteria area.

Travel: October 2015

October 2015

What M.C. Escher, Billy Graham and the Most Extreme Mammals of All Time Have in Common

By Ryan Smith
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

M.C. Escher, Billy Graham and the “most extreme mammals of all time” headline another spectacular season of art and culture this fall through winter in the “Smithsonian of the South,” the moniker given to our area for its abundant, high-caliber cultural attractions, most of which are open to the public free of charge. Impressive permanent collections, extraordinary visiting exhibits and a year-round schedule of special events and live performances at Raleigh’s museums, galleries and performing arts venues create a cultural epicenter in the South, beckoning enthusiasts to the state’s capital city.

Financial: The Long Ascent of the S&P 500

October 2015

The index has overcome obstacle after obstacle through the years.

Provided by Glenn June

For those of you who follow the stock market, it’s probably safe to say that the past couple of weeks have raised a couple of eyebrows and maybe even caused a few gray hairs. In a time of volatility like this, there is something that we as investors must realize.

O's Commentary - October 2015

O. Morris - O's CommentaryOctober 2015

Liberated and Independent: Where’s the beef?

I recently found myself in a very interesting situation at the local Harris Teeter. A beautiful, impeccably dressed lady approached me and said, “So you got you one, huh?”

Taken aback and not quite sure what she meant, I assumed she was talking about the last pack of crab legs I was putting into my grocery cart.

PDQ to Partner with National Breast Cancer Foundation for Month of October

October 2015
Proceeds from Sale of T-shirts and Milkshakes to Benefit NBCF


PDQ "Shake Out Cancer" t-shirtIn October, pink becomes the new black as millions of people show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) restaurants and National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF) are joining forces again in 2015 to help raise money to help the effort.

Rolesville Baptist Church Partners with Read and Feed and Rolesville Elementary School

October 2015

Goal Is to Assist Local Students with Reading

By Lisa Brown

Read and Feed is a local not-for-profit aimed at bridging the gaps of reading deficiencies for low-income elementary students in Wake County. The organization partners with elementary schools and other nonprofits, bringing together volunteers and eager students.

Read and Feed training at Rolesville Baptist Church

Volunteer tutors from Rolesville Baptist Church listen as Heather Cross, the volunteer and program director for Read and Feed, provides training. Photos courtesy of Ellen Holding

Rolesville Baptist Church member, team co-leader and Rolesville Elementary School social worker Teresa Bridges has wanted to bring Read and Feed to the church and community for a long time.

Dolly’s Garden Keeps Local Woman's Memory Alive

October 2015

By Lisa Brown

When Howard Fleming, area resident and Rolesville business owner, saw an opportunity in a small patch of land, he showed that small gestures can have a big impact.

What started as a project for his church, Hayes Barton Baptist, grew to a memorial garden for his wife, Dolly, who was as dedicated to helping people as she was to gardening.

Dolly's Garden

Volunteers hard at work in Dolly’s Garden. Photos by John Cashwell

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Maddie Beck

October 2015

By Andrew Canino

Maddie BeckMaddie Beck

Hobbies / Interests: “I ride horses, and I compete in horse shows. I do Western pleasure, so it’s really slow, and the horses have to keep their form.

Great Harvest Festival Needs Volunteers

By Lisa Brown

Wisdom for Life | First Fruits Farm

NFL center turned farmer, Jason Brown, and his Wisdom for Life foundation will host their second annual Harvest Festival at First Fruits Farm in Louisburg on November 7. Volunteers are needed to help harvest sweet potatoes which are donated to local organizations whose mission is feeding hungry or to food insecure residents. Make sure to come equipped with proper clothing including closed-toed shoes and bottled water.

School District Reveals Early Plans for Rolesville Elementary

October 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Marcella Rorie

Marcella Rorie, WCPSS Senior Facility Planner, explains the current layout and schematic for the nearly $21 million Rolesville Elementary construction and renovation project. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

When Wake County voters approved an $810 million Capital Improvement Plan in 2013, that money included funds for the renovation of Rolesville Elementary School (RES). Still in the design phase, the project was the topic of a public informational meeting held at the school on Sept. 8. Marcella Rorie, WCPSS Senior Facility Planner for RES, led the meeting and covered a lot of ground in a short time.

Candidate's Page: Frank Eagles

Frank EaglesRolesville Resident: 30 years Jan 1

Current Civic Involvement:
– Kiwanis
– American Legion
– Volunteer with Wake County Public Schools

Candidate's Page: Roy King

Roy KingRolesville Resident: 1 year

Current Civic Involvement:
– Cub Scouts
– Children participate in Rolesville Parks & Rec

Previous Civic Involvement:
– Several years of Rolesville Cub Scouts
– Children participate in Rolesville Parks & Rec
– Prior Road to Rolesville 5k volunteer & participant

Candidate's Page: Rosemary M. Parker

Rosemary ParkerRolesville Resident: 12 years

Current Civic Involvement:
– Member of Rolesville Parks and Recreation Board
– Extra Special Super Kids Scholarship Fund

Candidate's Page: Paul Vilga

Paul VilgaRolesville Resident: 3 Years

Current Civic Involvement:
– Chairman of Rolesville 4th of July Committee
– Rolesville P&R Soccer Coach

Previous Civic Involvement:
– P&R Soccer Coach
– Rolesville P&R Girls Basketball Coach
– Rolesville P&R Assistant Girls Softball Coach
– Co-chair of Rolesville 4th of July Committee

Fight Hunger Benefit Fundraiser Event

Hunger Action BenefitSeptember is Hunger Action Month. Hunger is something that greatly impacts people in our community, our county and our state.

So, you might ask, what can I do about it?

Moonlight Walk at East Regional Library Oct. 8

Moonlight Walk 10082015

Barbecue & Bands Festival: What a Hot Pick’n, Finger Lick’n, Boot Stomp’n Good Time!

September 2015

Dedicated teams, heavy competition key to event success

By Julia Colborn • julia.colborn@rolesvillebuzz.com

Earl Perry's Ribs

Ribs by Earl Perry and The Squeal Deal team are cooked to perfection during the 2014 competition. The team won that category and look to repeat in 2015.
Photo courtesy of Earl Perry

Six years ago, Rolesville held its first Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n Barbeque and Bands Festival. At that time, it was held at the empty field next to Sonic. The only event was the barbeque contest itself with plates for sale. No one could have guessed the turnout for the event: so many supportive town members arrived that they ran out of barbeque not once, but twice! And the fine people of Rolesville still waited while reinforcements from Smithfield’s Chicken-n-BBQ were acquired.

Exchange Program Brings Romanian Student to Rolesville

September 2015

By Andrew Canino • andrew.canino@rolesvillebuzz.com

Imagine traveling to another country and all of the things that an entirely new culture can complicate. How would you communicate? How would you find a place to live, a place to work? The sheer amount of change that it would make in one’s life would be overwhelming for most anyone.

Maricica, host, boss, diplomat

From left, Jean Downey, Vitalie Cojan, Maricica Rusulchi and Richard Jaworski meet at Rusulchi’s new workplace, the Rolesville McDonalds.
Photos by Andrew Canino

Within her first four weeks, Maricica (pronounced Mar-REE-chee-kah) was welcomed to her new workplace by owners and operators Andy and Carol Martin, and Richard Jaworski, a North Carolina State Diplomat in Residence. Vitalie Cojan, a Rolesville resident, accompanied Maricica at her welcoming event and is hosting her at his home for the duration of her stay.

BBQ & Bands 2015 Schedule

September 2015

Schedule of Events – BBQ & Bands Fest

Competition Judging
Whole Hog @ 9:00 a.m. Chicken @ 10:00 a.m. Ribs @ 11:00 a.m.
Plates Available 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Richland Creek
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Welcome from Rolesville Chamber of Commerce
and Town of Rolesville
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Southern Grace
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Whiskey River Band
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Winners Announced
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Classic Meltdown
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Whiskey River Band

RHS Class of 2016 Student Spotlight - Missel De Leon

September 2015

By Andrew Canino • andrew.canino@rolesvillebuzz.com

Missel DeLeonMissel De Leon

Hobbies / Interests:  “I like reading – fiction especially. I like to do volunteer work, too. I do a lot with the Red Cross. I planned a blood drive this summer, but it got cancelled. I’m involved with Backpack Buddies, too.

Plans After Graduation:  “One of my plans right now is that I want to get my EMT certification in the spring.

Wake Forest Guild’s Tour of Artists Turns 20

September 2015

By Mason Lipman • mason.lipman@rolesvillebuzz.com

Beth Massey, WF Guild of Artists

Beth Massey, president of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists, stands among her art in the Wake Forest Art & Frame Shop. Photo by Mason Lipman

This year is the 20th anniversary of Wake Forest Guild of Artists’ Tour of Artists, which will take place on the weekend of September 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The Tour of Artists is a multi-site exhibition by artists from the Wake Forest area, including members and non-members of the Guild.

Though consisting of a wide variety of artists, the tour is aimed at pleasing all ages and degrees of experience within the art world. The Tour of Artists has something to entertain and enlighten artists, art appreciators, and those who simply want something to do outside on a nice day in Wake Forest.

Rolesville Named to Safest Cities List

Town of RolesvilleRolesville, North Carolina has been named one of the safest cities in North Carolina by Safewise.

Safewise, an authority on safety and home security, chose the fifty (50) safest cities in North Carolina. Out of 552 incorporated municipalities in the state, Rolesville was ranked the 23rd safest amongst those with a population of 4,000 or more by Safewise based upon FBI crime report data collected.

Special Art After Hours Planned for Sept. 11

September 2015

9/11 Art After HoursWake Forest Downtown, Inc. will host a special Art After Hours in downtown Wake Forest from 5-9 p.m. Friday, September 11.

“A Night to Remember, A Chance to Serve” will commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It will also provide local organizations the opportunity to discuss their mission and the volunteer opportunities they offer.

Special Needs Movie Night September 11

September 2015

Fun Without Repercussions

WF Renaissance CentreThe Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a Special Needs Movie Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free event will offer exceptional children and their families the opportunity to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment. To help ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, the viewing area will include extra lighting, and the movie’s volume will be slightly lower.

The event’s theme is “fun without repercussions,” so audience members will be invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

Wake Forest 2016 Facility Rental Reservations Now Accepted

September 2015

Wake Forest, NCThe Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department has begun accepting 2016 facility rental reservations for selected town facilities according to the following schedule:

Reservations for E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. in the Wake Forest Town Hall Ground Floor Meeting Room, 301 S. Brooks Street. The Ground Floor Meeting Room is most easily accessible through town hall’s Taylor Street entrance. For more information, call 919-435-9560.

Meals on Wheels Receives Donation from Food Lion in Raleigh

September 2015

Meals on Wheels receives donation from Food Lion in Raleigh

Mary Kate Keith, Meals on Wheels director of development, accepts a $3,000 donation from Steve Briggs, store manager at the Food Lion on the corner of Lake Wheeler and Tryon roads in Raleigh. The donation is from the Food Lion Feeds charitable foundation. Meals on Wheels will use the money to feed homebound and disabled seniors in Wake County and provide 750 meals to area clients. Food Lion’s charitable foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations that are dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants.

Respect for the Bypass

September 2015

Respect for the Bypass

Jennifer Pieh sent us this picture, which she titled “Respect for the Bypass.” It was taken on August 12 and looks back toward Raleigh from Jonesville Road and the 401 Bypass turnaround. She wrote, “Seems that even the weather is trying to show the way for the bypass. Almost symbolic.”

What's Buzzin' @ RMS - September 2015

September 2015

By Kinea Epps

Rolesville Middle School RamsHello, RMS families! Now that you’ve settled in to the school routine, I wanted to take a few moments to talk with you about the happenings going on inside RMS. While academics are first, there is a lot of hard work going into building the culture of the school so that kids not only learn the academics but also continue to build on the things that make them good citizens.

Many of you have heard of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support). RMS is a PBIS school. Under PBIS, students are taught the RAMS expectations (Respect all, Accept responsibility, Make good choices, and Safety comes first).

Outdoors: N.C. Operates Public Land Open for Dove Hunting

September 2015

By Mike Zlotnicki

Dove Hunting

Many dove hunters use dogs for retrieving
downed birds. Make sure you bring plenty of water
for both you and the dog.
Photo by Melissa McGaw/NCWRC

With dove season opening September 5, it’s time to get out and scout some fields for dove activity.

In this area, the north end of Falls of the Neuse Reservoir, also known as Falls Lake, has eight different areas where dove fields are planted with different crops to attract mourning doves. The fields also serve as food sources for many other game and non-game species.

The biggest in both size and popularity is the Brickhouse Road complex of fields at approximately 88 acres just off of Old Oxford Highway near Butner. The fields include millet, corn, buckwheat and sunflowers.

Faith and Worship - September 2015

September 2015

By Pastor Ron Brisson

On August 15th, my wife and I had the privilege of seeing our 28-year-old son become a husband. We, of course, at the same time added a new member to the family, a daughter-in-law. The family is growing – and might just, sometime in the not too distant future, grow even more!

As we prepared for the outdoor wedding, which was to take place on family property, we discovered that there was much work to be done. More details needed to be attended to than I had ever imagined, so it was with sincere gratitude that we received offers of help from other family members. Brothers, sisters, cousins, grandparents – so many people began to help us pull this off.

Thomas Wayne Allen Recognized for Volunteer Services

September 2015

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

For the past 35 years, Thomas Wayne Allen has operated Allen’s Transportation Service of Wake County, which offers rides to the elderly, disabled, blind, homeless, and veterans. Because of Allen, citizens in need are able to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor appointment, hair appointments, and wherever they cannot transport themselves.

Thomas Wayne Allen

Thomas Wayne Allen of Zebulon proudly displays the Proclamation of Appreciation given to him by Mayor Frank Eagles. With him is his assistant, Guy Maurici, who has worked with Allen for 15 years. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Allen began his service by driving one neighbor to an appointment. She suggested that he start a transportation service because it would help seniors. Two months later, he started the service and, according to Allen, “now it’s just grown into a full-time business, because people call me almost every day.”

He uses his own car for the service, accepts donations without making a profit, and now has a helper since he handles between 50 and 100 people each week.

Rolesville to Hold Paper Recycling Event Aug. 29

August 2015

Town of RolesvilleIt is that time of year again for the Town to host another paper recycling event. The date of the event will be next Saturday, August 29th. Come to Town Hall (502 Southtown Circle) with your recyclable paper from 9 am to 12 noon.

Tree Pruning & Removal Project Set to Begin Aug. 17

August 2015

Wake Forest, NCWake Forest officials announced today that beginning Aug. 17 several trees in the Carriage Run, St. Andrews Plantation and Stonegate subdivisions will be pruned or removed due to conflicts between street lights and tree branches.

According to Urban Forestry Coordinator Jennifer Rall, the affected trees were planted several years ago in front of or in close proximity to several street lights before development standards addressed the practice. The trees’ branches now completely surround the street lamp preventing light from reaching the street and creating a safety issue.

PDQ Partners with Urban Ministries of Wake County to Collect Canned Goods

August 2015

PDQ PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) is partnering with Urban Ministries of Wake County to provide food to those in need for the entire month of August. To help support this great organization and their local community, PDQ Wake Forest and PDQ Falls of Neuse Rd. will be giving a bounce back card that can be redeemed on your next visit for your choice of hand breaded tenders, a fresh-tossed salad, or a made-to-order sandwich for every canned food donation.

Centralized Ninth Grade Returns to Wake Forest High

August 2015

By Andrew Canino

Students participate in a 'tug-of-war' at Cougar Camp as a team building activity. Photo by Andrew Canino

Students participate in a ‘tug-of-war’
at Cougar Camp as a team building activity.
Photo by Andrew Canino

“With great power comes great responsibility,” says Andrew Markoch, quoting Stan Lee to a group of incoming ninth graders in a dimly lit auditorium. The crowd buzzes with energy in anticipation of the coming weeks that will begin their first year of high school.

Raleigh Little Theatre to Offer Classes at Renaissance Centre

August 2015

Raleigh Little TheatreThe Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is partnering with Raleigh Little Theatre to offer a variety of youth and adult theater arts classes from September through December.

Wake Forest Police Encourage Neighborhood Watch Programs

August 2015

Wake Forest Police DepartmentNeighborhood Watch is an effective and inexpensive way to help prevent crime and reduce fear. That’s why the Wake Forest Police Department is inviting neighborhoods across Wake Forest to form Neighborhood Watch groups and help enhance the sense of safety in their communities.

Coyote sightings near Joyner Park

August 2015

Wake Forest, NCIn recent days the Town of Wake Forest has received reports of coyote sightings in the vicinity of E. Carroll Joyner Park, which is at 701 Harris Road north of downtown.

Experts say coyote sightings are more common in early summer due to increased daytime activity, but coyotes usually pose no threat to people or pets.

Servpro Honors Local Owners

August 2015

Carlton and Patricia Robertson and Keith and Angela Robertson, owners of Servpro of North Raleigh and Wake Forest were awarded the Chairman’s Silver award at the company’s 46th annual convention. The convention was held July 6 to 10 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The event attracted a record-setting group of more than 2,700 franchise owners and key employees.

Leah Fletcher Serves as Page for N.C. House

August 2015

Leah FletcherLeah Fletcher, a student at Rolesville High School, served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives for the week of July 13, 2015. She is the daughter of Lee Fletcher and April Fletcher of Rolesville and was sponsored by Rep. Larry Yarborough, a Republican of Person County.

Malone Appointed House Budget Conferee

August 2015

Representative Chris Malone (R-Wake)N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, a Republican from Cleveland County, has appointed Rep. Chris Malone of Wake County to the General Assembly’s Budget Conference Committee.

As a House conferee, Malone, a Republican, will meet with Senate conferees to negotiate and advocate for provisions of the House budget that passed with bipartisan support on May 22.

Poultry Meeting to be held on Avian Influenza

August 2015

By Martha L. Mobley
Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County

To better inform the many backyard poultry owners, 4-H poultry participants and commercial poultry producers in the region, an educational meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, in the Annex Meeting room at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Building in Louisburg.

New Mayoral Candidate and Five Commissioner Candidates Declared

August 2015

November 3 Elections Approach

By Mason Lipman

Mayor Frank EaglesMayor Frank Eagles has filed to run for reelection this year. He has many projects begun and wants to continue working toward realization. Of these projects, he’s determined to secure a library for Rolesville, add more commercial ventures, and introduce bus services into town.

Talk to Eagles, and almost immediately you’ll know that he’s also education-oriented.

“I believe in quality schools – the more schools, the better,” he said. “We’ve got room for another elementary school. I believe quality schools means quality growth.”

George DrewettRunning against Eagles is George Drewett, whose says his platform is “open and honest government.” Drewett said that at times town government has not been completely competent at communicating with the people of Rolesville, and he wants to remedy this.

“I want to be available at any given moment,” Drewett said. “I want citizens to feel that they can call me at any time.”

Travel: Celebrate Cultural Diversity in Greater Raleigh This Fall

August 2015

By Ryan Smith
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

BhangraFrom steel drums to sombreros and baklava to bagpipes, the Raleigh area celebrates the world’s cultures with a handful of community-wide festivals this fall.

Consistently ranked by national publications as a top place to live, work and play, the area lives up to that credential by providing a sense of community and acceptance for a melting pot of cultures, religions and lifestyles.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Canine Influenza FAQ

August 2015

Canine FluWith the recent outbreak of the Canine Flu, owners and businesses should take measures to prevent the spread of this potentially harmful illness.

Q: What is Canine Influenza?
A: Canine Influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection among dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. In the U.S., CI has been caused by two influenza strains.

Financial: Can Long-Term Care Insurance Help Protect Your Assets?

Long-term care insuranceAugust 2015

Plan to create a pool of healthcare dollars that will grow in any market

Provided by Glenn June

How will you pay for long-term care? The sad fact is that most people don’t know the answer to that question. But a solution is available.

Business Briefs - August 2015

Suong Tran - LCN Nails

Suong Tran runs LCN Spa/Nails and is shown here removing polish from a client’s nails

Suong Tran of LCN Spa Nails, 411 South Main Street Ste. G, Rolesville, in the Food Lion Shopping Center, became the owner of the salon on May 1. The salon provides pedicures and manicures, nail enhancements (gel and acrylic nails, nail art design, and a wide variety of gel colors/shellac), eyelash extensions, and hot stone spa and waxing services. (919) 554-9060. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Appointments and walk-ins welcome.

What’s Buzzin’ @ RMS - August 2015

Rolesville Middle School RamsBy Kinea Epps

Hello RAMS families!

As you get settled into the routines of a new school year, here are few important notes and dates to make sure you have on your calendar.

Rolesville Elementary readies for school start

August 2015

We will have our Meet the Teacher night on Thursday, August 20.  First- and second-grade students will come between 5 and 6 p.m.  Third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders will come between 6 and 7 p.m.

Food Lion math pic2

Parents and students attended the 2nd annual Family Math Night in 2014 hosted by Rolesville ES and Food Lion of Rolesville. File Photo

Once again, we plan to host our Family Math Night in the fall at the local Food Lion and our Family Reading Night in the spring at the school.

Heritage High School’s Football Program Gets Fresh Faces

August 2015

By Julia Colborn

Heritage High School Pre-Season Football 2015

Heritage football players participated
in a 7-on-7 tournament this summer.
Photos courtesy of Dewayne Washington

This year’s latest additions to Heritage High School’s football program include N.C. State alums/former NFL players Dewayne Washington (Vikings, Steelers, Jaguars, Chiefs) as head coach and Torry Holt (Rams, Jaguars) as assistant coach.

Rolesville Police Department to Host Open House Aug. 3

RPD Open House 8/3/2015

A Welcomed Return

July 2015

4th of July 2015The July 4th good times returned to Rolesville for 2015 in a fitting style. A local group of volunteers spent countless hours holding numerous fundraisers and collecting donations to support the event. The day started with a little rain, then the raising of the flag on Ladder 15 of the Rolesville Rural Fire Department, and ended with a big BOOM, BOOM, BOOM from a spectacular fireworks show.

Signs of Concern

July 2015

Businessman Opposes New Rolesville Sign Rules

By Andrew Canino

Signs, banners and other types of displays are the heart of any business’s advertising. A grocery store sign may persuade you to look at a sale, and a furniture display may give you that extra push for a new couch or rocking chair.

It’s easy to see how signs and displays can give businesses an advantage, and why businesses put so much time and effort into theirs. It’s for this very reason that certain Rolesville businesses are concerned about Article 11 of the Town of Rolesville’s Unified Development Ordinance.

Local Teen Deals with Bullying Through Surgery

July 2015

By Lisa Brown

Amy Arnold, a rising junior at a local high school, has known the sting of bullying. Since elementary school, she has been the target of many insults both spoken and written, leaving her desperate and lonely. This constant unrelenting torment made school a difficult place to be and learning near impossible.

Like most school systems, Wake County has responded to bullying with a policy against it. Even with prohibitions and policies for investigations and punishment in place when bullying occurs, schools are often not safe environments for everyone.

Solar Farms: The Latest in Farming Technology

July 2015

By Julia Colborn

Look out tobacco, there’s a new crop in town. As solar energy has increased in popularity, solar farms have begun to sprout in the agricultural industry.

Sun-Raised Farm sign

A Sun-Raised Farms sign is displayed
on the fence of Bunn Solar.

Merely four years ago, 10th generation farmer Chad Ray had one farm and a dream. He founded Sun-Raised Farms, a collection of farmers with fields of solar panels making use of free-range sheep for maintenance. Instead of spending money on fossil fuels, chemicals and machines, these farmers let the sheep roam the solar fields to graze the grass and weeds that would normally grow tall enough to block the panels.

Fifth Habitat for Humanity ReStore Opening in Wake Forest

July 2015

30 Years and Over 1,000 Families Served

By Mason Lipman

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is coming to Wake Forest

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is an essential part
of community building in Wake County.
Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

For 30 years, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has served residents by selling affordable homes to those who suffer from house poverty, which Engagement and Marketing Manager Monique Delage describes as “anyone who pays more than 30 percent of their annual household income on housing.”

Aside from neighborhood revitalization and providing financial freedom to hard-working families living paycheck to paycheck in order to remain in their homes, Habitat for Humanity runs the “ReStore.” The ReStore takes donations of household items, including furniture and decorations, and sells them at low prices to the community.

Outdoors: The Hunt for Cobia

July 2015

By Mike Zlotnicki

Eight feet above the console of Capt. Roy Heverly’s 25-foot Parker, Sean Braly kept a keen eye open for a school of menhaden. Not because we wanted to catch one of the diminutive baitfish.

That's a big fish!

Lisa Heverly holds a big Crystal Coast cobia caught while fishing with her husband Capt. Roy Heverly.
Photo courtesy of Roy Heverly.

When a school of menhaden, aka pogies, was spotted, there was a good chance a cobia could be cruising around it. Like fellow predators bluefish and various sharks, cobia find the tightly packed schools easy pickings, and sport fishermen find sight-casting to cruising cobia – as well as casting live pogies into the schools – great sport for the large and tasty fish.

Business Briefs - July 2015

July 2015

Rosati's Chicago Pizza

Owner Brian Hoover and super-server
Alicia McDonough are proud to be a part of
the Rosati’s Chicago Pizza family.

After a temporary closure, Rosati’s Sports Pub of Wake Forest at 2101 South Main Street reopened June 11. New owner Brian Hoover said, “I believe in the product, and the Chicago-style pizza is a high-quality product. When (previous owner) Denny Rohde brought Rosati’s to Wake Forest, he did the right thing. There’s definitely a market that’s hungry for it.”

Wake Forest Power Begins Electric Meter Change Out

July 2015

Wake Forest, NCWake Forest Power has initiated a three-year project to upgrade the electric meters for all its residential and commercial customers. From now through 2018, Wake Forest Power technicians will replace nearly 7,000 Power Line Carrier meters with new Radio Frequency, or RF, meters.

In contrast to the current Power Line Carrier meters, which rely on electric distribution lines to transmit information between the meter and the electric substation, the new RF meters will utilize a network of routers. Positioned throughout the Wake Forest Power service territory, the routers will transmit information significantly faster and allow for updates in real-time. The RF meters will also provide more detailed meter information, such as the current voltage at a particular residence, as well as voltages along the electric distribution system.

Cycle-A-Thon to Support Local Foster Care System

July 2015

Local nonprofit organization Mercy for America’s Children will hold its third annual Cycle-a-Thon Fundraiser on Saturday, August 15, at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club.

Mercy for America’s Children advocates on behalf of children awaiting adoption in the U.S. foster care system by educating the public about the benefits of foster care adoption, reforming the adoption process, connecting waiting children to potential adoptive families and supporting them through their adoption journey.

Have Tea with N.C. Musician-turned-Painter Billy Farmer July 11

July 2015

The Franklin County Arts Council will present an afternoon tea with featured artist Billy Farmer from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the council’s gallery in Franklinton.

Farmer, born and raised in Wilson, is a true renaissance man when it comes to his art and music. He had a love for music from the time he was a child, and majored in music at Atlantic Christian College (now known as Barton College). He also studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Faith and Worship - July 2015

July 2015

Faith and WorshipDo you ever get the feeling that things are just spinning out of control? We see senseless violence, tensions between different groups, disregard for the sanctity of life, and hate speech all becoming more common. We see morality disappearing, the institution of marriage weakened by marital unfaithfulness, and the family being divided. We see honesty becoming rare, integrity almost impossible to find, and a man’s promise meaning nothing anymore.

Robin Reif Hired as Rolesville’s Town Clerk

July 2015

Robin Reif, new Rolesville Town Clerk

Robin Reif, new Rolesville Town Clerk.
Photo courtesy of Robin Reif.

The Town of Rolesville has selected Robin Reif to fill the open position of town clerk.

Reif comes to the Town of Rolesville from the City of Creedmoor with five years of experience serving as both deputy city clerk and city clerk.

Council Seeks Nominations for Good Neighbor of the Year Award

July 2015

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council is soliciting nominations for the 6th 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. In order to qualify, a nominee must be a Town of Wake Forest resident who has made a significant contribution to the community between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015. Employees of the Town of Wake Forest are not eligible.

Wake Transit referendum authority protected in NC Senate

June 2015

Today NC Senator John Alexander (R-Wake) led the call in the legislature to protect transit’s future in Wake County. Alexander offered an amendment to the Senate budget this afternoon which reinstates Wake County’s ability to hold a 1/2 cent sales tax referendum for a transit plan. Previous legislative action by the Senate had restricted Wake to just 1/4 cent, which would have cut the transit vision in half. The amendment passed.  

“WakeUP applauds Sen. Alexander for his leadership for our region. He understands that transit is part of bright future for Wake County and North Carolina, and his leadership will help us get there,” said Karen Rindge, Executive Director, WakeUP Wake County.

Forestville Road Bridge Replacement Project Scheduled to Begin July 6

June 2015

Operation Bridge ExchangeWork is scheduled to begin Monday, July 6, on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge on Forestville Road that spans Smith Creek. A message board announcing the closure will be set up on site no later than Monday, June 22.

The project is part of the NCDOT’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.

The Forestville Road Bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that although the structure remains safe to use, it has required constant repairs and should be replaced. In addition, the bridge was built to design standards that are no longer in use.

White Street Running Club awards scholarships

June 2015

By Lisa Brown

As the cost for college grows, so does the need for scholarships. Wake Forest resident Dave Mead, a White Street Running Club founder and member, is elated and proud to be able to help the four chosen candidates pursue their dreams beginning with a college degree.

This marks the second year the club has given scholarships to deserving young people moving on to college. Funds raised at the Wake Forest Area Runners 5K in Wake Forest made it possible to give each student $1,000. Twelve applicants were in the running this year which both pleased and challenged Mead. “It was a very difficult decision. There were so many great applicants,” he said.

2015-2016 budget built on town’s growth and future

June 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau’s recently released data, Rolesville tops the list as the fastest-growing town in the state. That growth, with more to come once the Rolesville/ U.S. 401 bypass officially opens, is something the town administration has kept its collective eye on and carefully tried to stay one step ahead of.

The latest steps are found in the 2015-2016 budget created and prepared over the course of several months with department heads, Finance Officer Amy Stevens, and the budget committee. Town Manager Bryan Hicks confidently presented his proposed budget to the Town Board at a public hearing on May 19. On June 1, the budget was approved.

Bringing back the boom to Rolesville

June 2015

By Lisa Brown

Many residents were saddened and disappointed when in 2014 the 4th of July came and went without fireworks in Rolesville. Always a good display, the firework show was silenced in part because there was not enough money and not enough volunteers to put on the show.

While some towns have a budget for fireworks, Rolesville is not one of them. Historically it has been funded by the Chamber of Commerce or sponsorship and donations, but has always needed a group of dedicated volunteers to make it happen.

Last year, after seeing a sign asking for volunteer committee members for 2015 celebration, Rolesville resident Gejuan Batson knew she had to be part of bringing the boom back to Rolesville.

Business Briefs - June 2015

MST ribbon cutting05152015Main Street Tavern at 411D South Main Street, Rolesville, in the Food Lion shopping center, had its grand opening on May 15. Owner Jim Demchak has a full ABC license, and offers a light food menu and a comfortable place where friends, neighbors and fans can gather. MST features 10 draughts, three of which are currently craft beers, daily drink specials and an outdoor patio. In its first weeks of business, the tavern registered over 500 members.

Demchak plans a variety of activities for the future, including Food Truck Wednesdays, a Golden Tee golf game, Karaoke Thursday nights, and live music Friday nights. Open Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight; Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. 919-400-7215. Website.

The Little House on Main Street

June 2015

Work progresses on future Rolesville history museum

By Julia Colborn

Names and dates in history are records of the lives once lived to give us what we have today. Knowing these histories keeps us humble, and learning the lives makes it real. The future Rolesville town history museum at the Little House on Main Street aims to do just that.

Terry Marcellin-Little bought the John Lewis Terrell house at auction a couple years ago with the intent of preserving it for historical record, and is currently in the process of turning it into a museum. One doesn’t simply buy an old house and designate importance, of course, and the journey wasn’t an easy one.

The John Lewis Terrell House

Terry Marcellin-Little bought the John Lewis Terrell house at auction with the intent of preserving it for historical record. Photo courtesy of Terry Marcellin-Little. Click on any picture for larger image.

Marcellin-Little was bounced from board to committee, committee to board to try to obtain the appropriate permits. Over the past 170-plus years since the house was first erected, expanding families, natural wear and modernization have given way to much remodeling, and she was constantly denied due to the house not being “architecturally pure.”  After many hours of research and with the help of Becky Wall, they were able to pin down a story of the house’s origin.

Without drama or complaint: The intangibles my father taught me

June 2015

There’s more to a father than is apparent

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

My father was a mechanical engineer with only a few classes of night school to his credit. He raised three kids and sent them through college. When he retired, my parents decided to move from the Chicago area to Williams Bay, a cozy, unassuming lake community in southeastern Wisconsin, where the paternal side of my family had had a place since the 1920s.

It wasn’t until my parents officially moved to Wisconsin that I realized my father and The Bay, as it was affectionately called, would always be one and the same to me. My childhood weekends were usually spent at his parents’ cottage-then-house, where Dad would mow the lawn, wash the windows, clean the gutters, and do the same home maintenance for my grandparents that he’d do during the week after dinner at our house.

Father's Day

Roy Fredriksen, shown in a photo from 1965,
worked as a mechanical engineer.
Photo courtesy of Jeanne E. Fredriksen

True to form, Dad did all of this without drama or complaint and, in doing so, he taught me many intangibles by his example.

Relay for Life Brings Survivors and Supporters Together

June 2015

By Lisa Brown

The Relay for Life returned to Richland Creek Community Church on May 16 with 23 teams participating.

Marty Coward, co-chairman of the event, was happy to see the eager participants. “We had fewer teams this year, but really good active ones,” he said. “It’s really about quality and not quantity, and we’ve had some very strong and dedicated people here.”

Planning the Relay normally starts in January, but this year’s weather issues caused delays. “We didn’t start until March, which made it a little more difficult, but we did it,” Coward said.

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Book Review: The Silent Sister

Scars and Secrets: ‘The Silent Sister’ by Diane Chamberlain
June 2015

The Silent Sister by Diane ChamberlainAs I read Diane Chamberlain’s latest book, “The Secret Sister,” I had visions of the main character, Riley MacPherson, joining a club populated by fixer Olivia Pope from ABC’s “Scandal” and Agent Elizabeth Keen from NBC’s “The Blacklist.” The club would be exclusive and limited to women whose family histories are mysteries that have eluded or been kept from them all their lives.

O's Commentary - June 2015

June 2015

I believe love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. But if you ask your friends or your favorite uncle if they write love letters, you’ll probably get a funny look. You know, the kind of look you give someone who just asked you for money.

O. Morris - O's CommentaryIt seems that now, in the age of computers and cell phones, the traditional love letter has shriveled up and died. Today, words of heartfelt affection become a text message emoji that has hearts for eyes.

Wake Forest Power earns national recognition for reliable electric operations

June 2015

The American Public Power Association recently awarded its Reliable Public Power Provider platinum award to Wake Forest Power for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

Wake Forest, NCWake Forest Power was one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the designation.

Kip Padgett named new Wake Forest Town Manager

June 2015

Kip Padgett hired as WF's new Town Manager

Kip Padgett will become Wake Forest’s
new town manager on July 6.
Photo courtesy of
the Town of Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners on has unanimously appointed Kip Padgett as town manager.

Padgett, who has been the city manager in Gainesville, Ga., since 2009, will succeed Mark Williams, who retired in April. He is expected to begin working in Wake Forest on Monday, July 6. He will earn an annual salary of $145,000.

WakeMed delivers Wake County's first women's hospital

June 2015

WakeMedWake County’s fifth full-service hospital – and the first and only women’s hospital in the area – opened for patient care on May 11. WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital, an expansion of the health system’s existing North Healthplex, will deliver a whole new experience for families in northern Wake County and surrounding communities.

Thales Academy-Rolesville students earn industry standard certification

June 2015

Connor Briggs and Evan Gales pass SolidWorks CSWA Examination

Many of us have experienced 3D dynamic graphic simulations in which individual components of a design can be isolated, removed, modified and re-inserted. Everything turns, spins, rotates and/or floats together effortlessly.

In order to create this detailed animation, computer modeling software must be mastered by a dedicated individual who has received hours of instruction and hands-on practice.

RMS Ambassadors ease transition from elementary school

June 2015

By Kinea Epps

The transition to middle school can be scary for students. But who better to answer students’ questions than those who have already conquered middle school fears.

As part of the Rolesville Middle School Ambassador Program, sixth grade students return to their elementary schools and explain the ins and outs of middle school to some very nervous fifth grade students.

RMS students savor Shakespeare

 “There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.” ~ from Henry V, William Shakespeare

scarborough1 Recently, eighth graders in Mrs. Davis’ class at Rolesville Middle School had a very special guest speaker, Sue Scarborough, the Director of Seed Art Share (seedraleigh.org). Ms. Scarborough was invited to the school to share her expertise on Shakespeare.

The students are currently reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and Ms. Scarborough visited several classes and talked with them about the playwright’s history. She discussed the fine details of reading Shakespeare explaining iambic pentameter and the rhyme scheme of many of his plays.

Following that description, she modeled how to give a true Shakespearian insult, like “Thou art a shrewd stubborn hedgehob”. During the Insult Game, the students had to use adjectives and nouns from the play, create a modern day scenario, and then offer an authentic insult. Giggles could be heard throughout the class while they practiced their lines. The young aspiring actors also learned that Shakespeare made up many of the words in the play they were using.

The students enjoyed hearing from a real acting coach and even practiced how to annunciate sounds to make the play come to life in class!scarborough2

Sue Scarborough currently teaches adults and children at Raleigh Little Theatre, is the Director Seed Art Share, and is a private coach for acting students. Previously, she taught for 25 years in the Wake County Public Schools System and taught Theatre at Enloe Magnet High School Theatre as well as served as director for local theatres including the Raleigh Little Theatre and the Cary Players.

Her knowledge of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes from studying at the Globe Theatre in London, directing the play twice before the current production, having directed 15 Shakespeare plays, and teaching Shakespeare for theatres and educators.

Wake Forest Downtown Boosters Earn National Main Street Accreditation

Wake Forest, NCWake Forest Downtown, Inc. has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center.

“As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning.  These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

The performance standards determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts. They include such characteristics as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

“The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners, the Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. Board of Directors and town staff are to be commended for their comprehensive approach to fostering the vibrancy and vitality of our historic downtown,” said Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes.

“Earning Main Street Accreditation is a result of the combined efforts of all of these parties and their continued efforts to support the history of our downtown while creating a diverse and modern environment for business, pleasure, education and community life.”

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment.

Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their main street district revitalization efforts.

Rolesville High School Concert Band Performs at the Walt Disney World Resort

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Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Members of Rolesville High School Concert Band became stars of their own Disney show on May 8, 2015 when they entertained resort guests at Melody Gardens Theater in the Epcot Park. The group traveled from Rolesville, N.C. to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

The band, under the direction of Les Turner, entertained hundreds of Epcot Park guests with their performance of arrangements including “Rites of Tamburo” by Robert W. Smith and “Ballade” by Darren Jenkins.

This was the group’s first visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts Program.

Vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.

Disney Performing Arts unlocks student potential and helps young people make their own dreams come true – whether it’s performing in front of an international audience of thousands at Disney theme parks and resorts or honing their craft in enriching workshops and clinics taught by entertainment professionals.  Every year, thousands of vocal, instrumental, and other ensembles travel from around the world to participate in Disney Performing Arts programs at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Disney delivers workshops and performance opportunities that enrich, inspire and often lead to life-changing personal achievement.

Commissioners Suspend Plans to Develop Smith Creek Greenway Trailhead & Parking Lot

Wake Forest, NCThe Wake Forest Board of Commissioners has suspended plans to design and potentially build a proposed Smith Creek Greenway parking lot and trailhead at the City of Raleigh Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP).

The decision to discontinue the project comes two weeks after nearly 100 Caddell Woods and Moss Creek residents spoke out against the proposal during a community meeting on April 20. Many of the same residents also turned out for the April 21 board of commissioners meeting to support a neighborhood representative who spoke in opposition of the plan.

As a result of the board’s decision to suspend further action on the project, a second community meeting previously scheduled for May 18 has been canceled.

Town officials say they will consider other potential parking and trailhead sites, including an area along One World Way, but funding approval is not anticipated for several years.
The section of the Smith Creek Greenway from Burlington Mills Road to the Neuse River Bridge remains closed until late May or early June while the City of Raleigh completes the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP).

Once the greenway reopens users who are accustomed to parking along Burlington Mills Road and accessing the trail via the Burlington Mills Road trailhead will be required to utilize an alternate access point. Due to safety concerns the NC Department of Transportation has announced it will prohibit parking along Burlington Mills Road. In an effort to underscore the parking ban and deter access, the City of Raleigh has erected a permanent chain link fence across the sewer easement. In the coming months landscaping materials will also be installed to effectively eliminate parking in the area.

The Smith Creek Greenway is part of the 27.5 mile Neuse River Trail. Other trail access points in the Wake Forest area are located at 6100 Thornton Road, Raleigh; and 5956 Myakka Court, Raleigh. An established trailhead located at 2928 Horseshoe Farm Road, Raleigh, is currently under construction and expected to open in late May.

Rolesville Parks & Rec Offers Summer Camps

Town of RolesvilleLooking for something this summer to keep your 6 to 11 year old kids busy, entertained, and not just sitting around playing video games?  The Town of Rolesville has the answer.  The Parks and Recreation Department is offering a structured activity Summer Camp that is the perfect fit for your puzzle. Everything is recreation based by focusing on active and passive group games, arts and craft activities, as well as individual activities and enrichment experiences and/or field trips.  You can sign up for camp on a weekly basis if you like.

A 9-page booklet is available to download at http://rolesvillenc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-Summer-Camp-Booklet.pdf  The booklet includes registration information, camp reminders and policies, a camper health form, and a sample camp schedule.

Camps runs from June 15-August 14 Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-6:00 pm.  Class Fee: $85.00 R / $105.00 NR (per week).

Keep your eye on the ball | Guest Faith & Worship Column

By Pastor Ed Martin
May 2015

The grass is cut. Lineups are set. We’ve got our Big League Chew. It’s baseball season!

Keep your eye on the ballBaseball is a pretty big deal in Rolesville. One of Rolesville’s most fun annual traditions is the Parks and Recreation Baseball Parade. The town comes alive as teams fill up floats rolling down Main Street. The streets are lined with parents and fans of all ages. This is the official opening day for yet another season!

One of the most enjoyable sights to see during the season is the youngest league of tee-ball players. These little guys barely fit in their pants and hardly know how to hold a bat. Having coached these teams before, I always empathize with these players. They step up to the tee, and the coach (and parents in the stands) starts giving a long list of commands like, “square up your feet, bend your knees, keep your weight back, hands up, hands together, choke up on the bat, elbow up.” Then we always end with, “just keep your eye on the ball.”

As if keeping your eye on the ball is all there is to it. The poor kid has to remember a list of 10 things before he can even swing the bat. Then once he swings the bat, he has to start all over again.

Sometimes prayer can feel like that. It feels clunky and awkward as we close our eyes and pray off into the distance and imagine what will come of it. We search for words to say and how to say them. Then our phone buzzes with a notification and our mind starts to wander and wonder. Before we know it, we have bailed and “struck out.” Maybe we’ll get it right on the next at bat.

Perhaps we should listen to the coach when he says, “keep your eye on the ball.” Jesus gives us clear help on prayer in Matthew 6:9 when he says, “this is how you should pray.” He then gives us what we have called “The Lord’s Prayer.” He starts by showing us where to keep our eye. “Our Father, who is in heaven.” There is something about keeping our eyes focused on the right thing that leads to success.

The Bible also says, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). The best advice about prayer may simply be, “keep your eye on God.” With that in mind, we can enter prayer in amazement of him, thankfulness to him, confession to him, and requesting of him. Our prayers then becomes Him-focused, keeping our eye on the right ball.

Prayer brings us into the only place in life where we are fully known. Prayer is communing with the One who is in the room with us, not off in a distant land. He sees and He hears and He knows. Prayer reminds us that God is in our corner. He is for us, He is with us, and He can be in us.

As we focus on Him, we begin to release our control over our extra-detailed schedules and trust him to lead our lives (which are a gift from him anyhow). In the midst of it, we begin to understand what Paul Miller explains in “A Praying Life,” that prayer, “doesn’t offer us a less busy life; it offers us a less busy heart.”

When we step in the batter’s box of the day, don’t we all need a less busy heart? Don’t we all need to be known? Don’t we need something worth our attention?

Enjoy the new season in Rolesville. Let’s keep our eye on the ball.


Ed Martin is one of the co-planters and the Equipping Pastor of The Exchange Church, which meets at Rolesville High School.

Hometown Teams – A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution

May 2015

Did you know Wake Forest College students traveled to Argentina in 1951 to play baseball in the first ever Pan American Games?

This is just one of the incredible stories presented while the Wake Forest Historical Museum hosts the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America. It’s part of the Smithsonian’s highly esteemed Museum on Main Street program, designed to illuminate the heritage and indomitable spirit of small town America.

Appearing in the museum’s main lobby from April 16-May 31, 2015, the 850 square foot exhibit combines elements of Americana, athletic artifacts, sports stories, and local history to paint a vivid picture of the way games have influenced our culture.

 1951 WFC Baseball Team

(Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.)

Museum Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 9am to noon & 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Sunday: 2pm to 5pm

Closed Saturday and Monday

There is no charge to visit the Museum at 414 N. Main Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Wake Forest Bridge Replacement Projects Delayed

May 2015

The N.C. Department of Transportation has announced delays to two bridge replacement projects in the Wake Forest area.

The project to replace the bridge on Forestville Road that spans Sanford Creek, originally scheduled to get underway in April, is now slated to begin Wednesday, July 1, while the effort to replace the bridge on West Oak Avenue that spans Richland Creek has been pushed back from July to late September.

These local projects, along with the current Purnell Road Bridge Replacement and the Rogers Road Bridge Replacement, are part of the NCDOT’s state-funded Bridge Improvement Program. The NCDOT is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.

Each of the four bridges scheduled for replacement is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that although the structures remains safe to use, they require constant repairs and should be replaced. In addition, the bridges were built to design standards that are no longer in use.

The Forestville Road Bridge closure, which is to last until November, will reroute motorists onto a detour route using Burlington Mills Road, South Main Street and Rogers Road. Complete information about the Forestville Road Bridge Replacement Project is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/forestville-road-bridge-replacement.aspx.

Construction on the Purnell Road Bridge is in progress and scheduled to be completed in mid-summer, while the Rogers Road Bridge replacement is scheduled to take place between March 30 and August 2016. Details about these respective projects are available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/purnell-road-bridge-replacement.aspx and www.wakeforestnc.gov/rogers-road-bridge-replacement-1.aspx.

Work on the West Oak Avenue Bridge is scheduled from September 29 through late spring 2016. The lengthy closure is the result of changing the start of the project to the fall construction season, which limits the amount of work that can occur prior to the onset of winter weather.

Although demolition of the current West Oak Avenue Bridge and construction of the new bridge are expected to take place during the fall of 2015, grading and paving operations will not begin until the end of winter 2016. For complete information on the West Oak Avenue Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/oak-avenue-bridge-replacement.aspx.

Residents are advised that construction dates for all the bridge replacements are tentative and subject to change.

Operation Bridge ExchangeTo help keep area drivers informed about our area’s bridge replacement initiatives, Wake Forest has created a portal on its website called “Operation Bridge Exchange” or OBE. Located at www.wakeforestnc.gov/operation-bridge-exchange.aspx, the OBE website is designed to connect area residents with comprehensive information about each of the four bridge replacement projects, including timelines, project maps and detours. The site also includes fact sheets about each project, as well as an interactive map highlighting each project location.

By providing detailed information in one convenient location, the town aims to help reduce the impact of these projects on those who live in and travel through the affected areas.

Financial: Four money blunders to avoid

May 2015

Last month I talked about certain business, financial and life priorities that could be crucial to improving the fitness level of your finances. However, for this month, I wanted to take a different approach and discuss some major money blunders that may be keeping your finances from actually getting in shape.

As we all know, wanting to get in shape and getting in shape are two different things. So let’s make sure we’re practicing the proper habits and fundamentals so that we don’t fall victim to these money blunders.

Don't throw your money awayHow are your money habits? Are you getting ahead financially, or does it feel like you are running in place?

It may come down to behavior. Some financial behaviors promote wealth creation, while others lead to frustration. Certainly other factors come into play when determining a household’s financial situation, but behavior and attitudes toward money rank pretty high on the list.

How many households are focusing on the fundamentals? Late in 2014, the Denver-based National Endowment for Financial Education surveyed 2,000 adults from the 10 largest U.S. metro areas and found that 64 percent wanted to make at least one financial resolution for 2015. According to the Denver Post, the top three financial goals for the New Year were building retirement savings, setting a budget, and creating a plan to pay off debt.

All well and good, but the respondents didn’t feel so good about their financial situations. About one-third of them said the quality of their financial life was “worse than they expected it to be.” In fact, 48 percent told NEFE they were living paycheck-to-paycheck, and 63 percent reported facing a sudden and major expense last year.

Fate and lackluster wage growth aside, good money habits might help to reduce those percentages in 2015. There are certain habits that tend to improve household finances, and other habits that tend to harm them. As a cautionary note for 2015, here is a “not-to-do” list – a list of key money blunders that could make you much poorer if repeated over time.

Money Blunder No. 1: Spend every dollar that comes through your hands.

Maybe we should ban the phrase “disposable income.” Too many households are disposing of money that they could save or invest. Or they are spending money that they don’t actually have (through credit cards).

You have to have creature comforts, and you can’t live on pocket change. Even so, you can vow to put aside a certain number of dollars per month to spend on something really important: YOU. That 24-hour sale where everything is 50 percent off? It probably isn’t a “once in a lifetime” event; for all you know, it may happen again next weekend. It is nothing special compared to your future.

Money Blunder No. 2: Pay others before you pay yourself.

Our economy is consumer-driven and service-oriented. Every day brings us chances to take on additional consumer debt. That works against wealth. How many bills do you pay a month, and how much money is left when you are done? Less debt equals more money to pay yourself with – money that you can save or invest on behalf of your future and your dreams and priorities.

Money Blunder No. 3: Don’t save anything.

Paying yourself first also means building an emergency fund and a strong cash position. With the middle class making very little economic progress in this generation (at least based on wages versus inflation), this may seem hard to accomplish. It may very well be, but it will be even harder to face an unexpected financial burden with minimal cash on hand.

The U.S. personal savings rate has averaged about 5 percent recently. Not great, but better than the low of 2.6 percent measured in 2007, Phoebe Venable wrote in The (Nashville) Tennessean in January. Saving 5 percent of your disposable income may seem like a challenge, but the challenge is relative: the personal savings rate in China is 50 percent.

Money Blunder No. 4: Invest impulsively.

Buying what’s hot, chasing the return, investing in what you don’t fully understand – these are all variations of the same bad habit, which is investing emotionally and trying to time the market. The impulse is to “make money,” with too little attention paid to diversification, risk tolerance and other critical factors along the way. Money may be made, but it may not be retained.

Make 2015 the year of good money habits. You may be doing all the right things right now and, if so, you may be making financial strides. If you find yourself doing things that are halting your financial progress, remember the old saying: change is good. A change in financial behavior may be rewarding.


Glenn June is co-owner of June-Neri Financial in Wake Forest. He may be reached at 919-554-9318 or GJune@junenerifinancial.com

Faith and Worship - May 2015

By Pastor Ron Brisson
May 2015

Possibly the best loved hymn of all time, “Amazing Grace” has encouraged millions with its message of salvation and hope. Last fall during a football game at Carter Finley Stadium, my heart was warmed to see the response from thousands of fans as the N.C. State Marching Band and a choir of bagpipes performed a very inspiring arrangement of this sacred hymn. It was “amazing” to see the crowd spontaneously stand to their feet out of respect and appreciation of this moving performance.

In the Gospel of John, it is written concerning our Lord, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). It’s easy to see that Jesus was full of grace!

We see Him healing the blind, the lame and the deaf. We see Him reaching out to the lepers with their terribly disgusting sores and making them clean and well. We see Him extending grace to a woman caught in the act of adultery when He declared, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

We see Him show grace to Peter by appearing to him after His resurrection – Peter had denied the Lord, but Jesus made it a point to go see Peter and let him know that all was forgiven. And finally, we see Jesus in prayer asking the Father to forgive those who were nailing Him to the cross. Now that’s grace!

Another hymn writer was inspired by this same subject when she penned these words, “Grace, grace, God’s grace – grace that is greater then all our sin.” The Scripture proclaims that “where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” (Romans 5:20)

We all need to be reminded from time to time that grace brings to us something we could never earn, and certainly do not deserve. Grace brings us salvation, and forgiveness, and eternal life!

          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.

God’s grace … what He has done for us which we could never deserve. Simply amazing! Let’s tell others about it!


Ron Brisson has been in ministry for 31 years, including the past 16 as Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Rolesville.

Travel: The weather heats up the schedule of Raleigh area events

By Ryan Smith
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
May 2015

Greater Raleigh rocks 365 days a year and hits a high note when the weather gets warm in the spring. It all begins in May as outdoor concert venues join the jamming indoor clubs, bars and arenas. Discover for yourself why N.C.’s capital is the state’s hottest live music destination; from big-budget touring productions to free, weekly music festivals, Raleigh the most live music in N.C.

In May you can find the weekly Midtown Beach Music Series at North Hills and Oak City 7 at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh, both on Thursdays.

Big-name acts like Zac Brown Band (May 7), Brad Paisley (May 16) and Dave Matthews Band (May 22) play Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, while Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, a smaller, more intimate venue, hosts the North Carolina Symphony’s Summerfest (May 23) and E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater in Wake Forest has a full roster in May for the Six Sundays in Spring series.

Check out www.themostnc.com for a comprehensive list of concerts and live music events taking place throughout Wake County.

ArtsplosureBut it isn’t all about music in Greater Raleigh in May. There are numerous family-friendly festivals and events taking place. Head downtown for Raleigh’s free arts festival, Artsplosure (May 15-17) or celebrate N.C.’s deep agricultural history with foods, wines and beers from across the state, a full carnival and one of the largest displays of antique tractors in the Southeast at the Got to be NC Festival (May 15-17) at the NC State Fairgrounds. Soar to new heights during the inaugural WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest (May 22-25) at Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon and take a self-guided tour featuring docents at the family plots with photos and artifacts, representatives in Confederate uniforms who share histories about Civil War soldiers and ladies in period costumes during the 2015 Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour (May 9).

These events are just a sampling of the more than 500 events taking place throughout Wake County during May. For complete information on all there is to see and do in Greater Raleigh, use www.visitRaleigh.com as a resource for event information, special deals and offers taking place throughout Wake County.

Book Review: The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played

Stretching for Home

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
May 2015

The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played

Photo courtesy of the author.

The 7th game of the 1955 World Series is considered the greatest baseball game ever played. Less than two years later, 10-year-old Drew Bridges played in his first baseball game, a tossed-together affair that is the foundation of his memoir, “The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played.”

Drew’s brother, Mills, was on the team, and his father, Charlie, served as coach. Along with a handful of other baseball hopefuls from town, that one game helped to pave the way for organized sports in the Burke County town of Hildebran, North Carolina.

This book, however, isn’t solely about a baseball game in Western North Carolina. While Charlie was overseas during World War II, he wrote 96 letters to his wife, Charlotte, who was carrying their first child, Mills. All of those letters survived, but none of those written to Charlie made it back with him to the States.

The book alternates between 16 of Charlie’s letters with Bridges’ own memoir of his father, the progression of the game, and how the two related. The themes of Charlie’s letters are evident: his longing to be home, his dreams for the future, and his love for his new family. Penned from afar, his words are loving and caring while still being endearingly boyish and a little clumsy.

Bridges occasionally reflects that he saw his father in a different light through the letters, but he also expresses an understanding about much of what made his father the man he had become. In relating his father’s letters to the innings of the baseball game, Bridges appreciates that through baseball he learned sportsmanship and gained a sense of belonging by being on the team. As a role model, Charlie taught his son respect.

Often eloquent and introspective, Bridges’ writing hits the high and lows of the ball game while allowing time to discover his father through the letters and through his actions.

An affinity for baseball isn’t required to enjoy the book, which is a plus. Like any good story about the sport, the personal aspect frames the game, and in this slim volume of 143 pages, the ordinary manages to become extraordinary.
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Drew Bridges is the owner of The Storytellers Book Store in Wake Forest. His memoir, “The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played,” is available at Storytellers, through iUniverse.com, and as a hardcover or e-book through Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

Secrets of a successful office at home revealed in free workshops

Practical advice for home businesses and telecommuters

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
May 2015

According to a 2014 article in The New York Times, telecommuting has risen 79 percent between 2005 and 2012 and telecommuters now make up 2.6 percent of the American work force, or 3.2 million workers. A 2009 article in Inc. magazine said more than half of all businesses in the United States are home-based.

The increase in America’s work-from-home culture is said to be a result of the recent recession.

For some workers, making the change from cube to home isn’t an easy transition. For others, there are no real problems, but they still need a little help.

Joe Webb - Home Office Workshops

Dr. Joe Webb will conduct workshops in our area covering how to have a successful home office. ~ Photo courtesy of Dr. Joe Webb

Webb, a Wake Forest resident, is a co-author of the book “The Home Office That Works! Make Working at Home a Success – A Guide for Entrepreneurs and Telecommuters.” The 2015 edition of the book is available in paperback or as an e-book through Amazon, and there will be a drawing for copies of the book at each of the seven workshop sessions.

“Over our combined 40 years of working from home, we’ve made all the mistakes, so now you don’t have to,” Webb said. “Attendees can start working at home with a smoother and better process for all involved.”

Working from home has always carried both a stigma and a fantasy element. There’s the perception that you’re not doing “real” work, but the enviable reality is that you’re able to work in your pajamas if you want to.

When asked why someone should attend one of the workshops, Webb explained that there are basically two groups of people who work from home, and there are specifics that apply to either group.

HomeOfcPic3“One group is people who work at home and own their own business,” he said. “There are certain aspects to working at home that have changed over the years, and they may not be aware of them. And if they’re working at home and there’s family around, there are different ways you have to manage that. The workshop has a lot of advice for that.

“The other group is the telecommuters where there’s an extra layer of complexity because they have to manage working with a distant office or distant boss. There are things they need to do to make sure they’re always a part of the flow, so we have advice about that as well.”

In the interactive workshop, attendees will learn essential tips, tricks and strategies for running a business or telecommuting from home. The sessions, a mixture of Webb’s humor and knowledge, will cover time and money management, and how to handle family, neighbors and even pets while working at home.

In a question-and-answer session after the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask about their business, home office set-up, software, computers, communications, bookkeeping, and more.

All workshops will be held in the evening and are free, but registration is required.

For details and to register for the May 19 workshop at Heritage View Clubhouse, email Mark Menezes at mark.menezes@n2pub.com.

For details and to register for any Raleigh SCORE workshops at Wake County regional libraries, go to https://raleigh.score.org/localworkshops.

Rolesville native John Neathery given highest award for North Carolina community college instructors

By Lisa Brown
May 2015

John Neathery

Rolesville native John Neathery was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award by the North Carolina Community College System. ~ Photo courtesy of Alamance Community College

The North Carolina Community College System has awarded Rolesville native John Neathery the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2015. Established by the State Board in 1985, the award recognizes and rewards full-time community college instructors who exemplify the highest standards of instruction and professionalism in the classroom and who demonstrate excellence in service to their colleagues and communities.

The 58 community colleges in the state system each recognize one instructor per year and from that group, one is chosen for the top honors. This is the first time an instructor from Alamance Community College has received the award. Neathery had been recognized at ACC three previous years.

Neathery is a graduate of Appalachian State University with both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology. He also received his Education Specialist degree in Higher Education Teaching with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State.

Neathery began teaching in 1997 as an adjunct professor and joined Alamance Community College in Graham in 2003. His career path was something of a surprise to him, and perhaps to teachers he had back in his high school days in Rolesville.

“I didn’t even want to go to college, but I visited App State in my senior year and fell in love,” Neathery says. He entered without an idea of a major and decided upon sociology in his junior year after taking a few classes and really enjoying them.

“It’s the study of just about everything that relates to human behavior. I can talk about current events, clothing, technology, anything that is happening is relevant to sociology,” he says. His passion for the subject and his students is likely the very reason he received the award.

His “innovation” is what sets him apart and students will often come to class to find him dressed in a costume, teaching from the top of his desk, or playing games. “I like to have fun both in and out of the classroom,” he says.

“John has always been innovative in his approach to his classes. He finds creative ways to incorporate methods of teaching that will capture students’ attention and keep them engaged in the material is he presenting,” says Cathy Johnson, vice president of instruction at ACC.

Dr. Algie Gatewood, Alamance Community College president, says Neathery “is an outstanding faculty member who goes out of his way to ensure the success of students.

“John’s classroom leadership is indicative of the high quality of faculty and staff here at ACC. And this is of utmost importance as the college positions itself as a leader in preparing student for four-year college transfer and 21st century jobs.”

“Without my colleagues, friends, family and former teachers this wouldn’t have happened,” Neathery says. His parents, the Rev. Marshall Neathery and Kaye Frances Neathery, still reside in Rolesville, and he gives them much credit for his teaching success.

Neathery has many fond memories of all his students and has learned as much from them as they have from him. Many keep in touch and have gone on to receive doctorate degrees, become chefs, and work in law enforcement and many other areas.

“They have all made me very proud,” he says. “My hope is (that) all my students walk away with a greater understanding of themselves, culture and society. In turn, they will make efforts to make the world a better place and have a strong commitment to others.”

Just Another Mother's Day?

By Julia Colborn
May 2015

Mother’s Day: a welcome excuse for grown kids to come home for dinner (and to help Mom with the dishes, ahem), hand-made gifts from young ones, and a lifetime of bubbling anticipation for the first timers. But what is this time like for the grandmothers; the ones who have watched their daughters grow and become mothers themselves?

I recently sat down with Helen Burrell, co-proprietor of Jimmy V’s Steakhouse and Tavern, along with her husband and high school sweetheart, Dave, who have become akin to another set of grandparents for me from all the time spent there to talk about what it’s like watching her two daughters and son become parents themselves.

The way she talked about her nine grandchildren – the similarities all the cousins have to each other, bits and pieces of herself sprinkled in them, the radical differences between how her children parent and the effects it has on the grandchildren – there was such a light in her eye that helped me understand why my own mother is so eager to have her own grandbabies someday.

“Out of all the jobs I’ve had,” Helen said, “motherhood is the one I will always embrace.”

Just like every family, they’ve had their ups and their downs. Who among us doesn’t remember those teenage years when we weren’t sure if we were going to make it out in one piece? And just like every parent, Helen knew there wouldn’t be any lasting damage. “It’s OK that we make mistakes … just don’t deny them,” she said.

With the children ranging in ages from 9 years to 6 months, it’s not always easy to coordinate schedules. But the tradition of family dinner once a week, to set aside the whole world for a while, still holds strong.

I asked Helen about the shift from mother to grandmother. Did she ever feel like she lost her holiday, or took a back seat in favor of her daughters when they started having children? It turns out she (and I imagine most others) actually enjoys being a grandparent almost more than parenthood, and not because she gets to give the kids back when she’s done.

http://www.newearthmarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Mothers-Day-Cards-2.jpgThere is a weight lifted with the new family generation, less pressure to correct the little mistakes and make sure they become upstanding citizens. She can simply enjoy them for the growing individuals they are. Part of being a proud parent comes with knowing that they will make outstanding parents themselves. “Take the best of what I gave you, and disregard the rest,” she said.

This year, let us take a moment to appreciate the grandparents: the ones who toss in the extra scoop of ice cream when Mom’s not looking, who laugh at being covered in mud from head to toe, who keep the 1,000+-piece toys at their house, the ones who loved and worked hard for the relaxation they deserve.

Oh, and as far as what the best present is to get her for her special day? There isn’t one!

“To see your children embody what you once were, well, now that is a gift.”

Rolesville High gets a sobering life lesson

Rolesville High Gets a Sobering Life Lesson

By Julia Colborn

“You want to be treated like adults. That’s what we’re going to do,” began Darrell Cash with VIP for a VIP.

The 11th Grade of Rolesville High School was the latest of many North Carolina school classes to have an assembly and demonstration by Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person. Free to schools and run on a volunteer basis, VIP for a VIP aims to get young drivers to fully understand the reality of being distracted while driving – whether it’s because of drinking, texting or simply paying too much attention to what friends are doing in the back seat.

VIP for a VIP - extractng the body from the crash vehicle

Rolesville Fire, New Hope Fire, Rolesville Police, the state Highway Patrol, Eastern Wake EMS 67 and DC4 participated in VIP for a VIP at Rolesville High School on April 23. ~ Photos by Lee Wilson

Scattered tissue boxes lined the rows of the auditorium as the skeptical students filtered in to the sounds of such poignant songs as “How to Save a Life” by The Fray. One by one, each student became more and more engaged as each of the speakers – representatives from the police force, the fire department, state troopers, emergency medical services and wildlife enforcement – described what they see every time there is a fatal accident.

Sandra McGlone-Williams brought on the first tears of the day with her heartfelt recollection of when her two sons died in an accident on Graduation Day, 2013. A slideshow followed with some statistics and more stories of teenagers being distracted. But a picture of innocent Baby Griffin, bruised and in a neck brace, elicited the audible shock of the student body.

VIP for a VIP - working on the body from the crash vehicleWrapping up the presentation before the closing speeches was a poem read aloud by a dying girl as the story of her night played in video clips. The final lines of the poem really drove the point home: “I have one last question, Mom, before I say good-bye. I didn’t drink and drive, so why am I the one to die?”

The students were definitely shaken, but even the most stoic among them wasn’t ready for what was to come that afternoon.

Using volunteers to act the scene of what happens once a crash has occurred and been reported, VIP for a VIP was able to make the students see, hear and smell the entire incident.

The car with the victim inside was covered as the class filled out the bleachers, but it didn’t take much of a buildup for the students to know what was coming. Many murmured “I don’t want to look” or preemptively covered their faces abound before a chorus of gasps greeted the beginning of the demonstration.

Everyone was hooked, listening to the victim’s narration as the scene played out around him with a focus on the Jaws of Life and a confession about beer cans.VIP for a VIP - taking the body away

Alcohol discretely poured on the ground provided a sickly-sweet smell to blend into the simulation.

The portrayal or the crash victim’s distraught mother particularly hit home. Scattered across the crowd, pairs of friends and couples bent over and cried on each other’s shoulders. “Take me instead,” she screamed, and it was over.

The silence saw hard stares, understated eye rubbing and sniffles like wind chimes across the audience.

With a final plea to please be responsible and encouragement in faith that they will all make it to graduation, a second wind was caught to the fading sounds of Pearl Jam reminding everyone that, “She’s gone to heaven, so I’ve got to be good / So I can see my baby when I leave this world…”

To help keep this program free to schools, visit VIPforaVIP.com to make a donation.

Coffee and causes keep Wake Forest companies grounded

Part 7 in a Series on Local Food Sourcing

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

May 2015

Starbucks. Caribou. Port City Java. They’re all familiar coffee shops. But who are the people who buy, test, roast, and sell the beans? In Wake Forest, there are several purveyors of coffee beans, two of which grew out of more than just the love of a good cup of coffee. What better place to have conversations with them than over coffee at Ollie’s in downtown Wake Forest?

Mission and wellness oriented

Roasting coffee beans

An essential part of the process is roasting the coffee beans with the perfect roasting profile to bring out the most flavor in the cup. ~ Photo courtesy of Well-Bean Coffee

The Browns set out to learn about coffee, and their education has a continuing, organic aspect to it. Because they’re able to work directly with farmers in Nicaragua, they see the coffee plants, how they’re cultivated, and how the farmers process the beans.

“They’ve taught me so much. I go once a year, during harvest, and they take me all the way through the steps,” Melissa Brown explained. “It gives you such respect for the bean and the farmers.”

Well-Bean started small, testing the business to see if it was the right fit. The plan was to get a coffee cart and eventually move into creating relationships that could turn into distribution. Their focus is evident because after incorporating in February 2013, they’ve gone from a coffee cart at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, to a kiosk and selling and licensing the kiosk.

“Now my focus will be on sales so I can focus on our clients and educate them about coffee,” Brown said.

Brown has three business goals. She would like to partner with organizations around the world that focus on wellness and are in coffee-growing regions. The ability to go 100 percent direct would allow Well-Bean to give more money to the farmers. And if she had all direct-trade coffees, Well-Bean would also be able to give back to wellness foundations in each country.

In the meantime, Brown concentrates on providing the best beans and extraordinary customer service to her clients.

“It’s not just a really great coffee bean, but also it’s the relationship that you create,” she said as she enjoyed another sip of her coffee.

Coffee with a Cause

McKinion and Mathias of Bald Bean Coffee

Business partners Steve McKinion (left) and Greg Mathias display some of the equipment used to create individual, hand-crafted cups of coffee. ~ Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Greg Mathias and Steve McKinion are assistant professors at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. They share a great love for drinking, roasting and blending coffee and, since last December, they’ve focused their efforts on promoting their joint business venture, Bald Bean Coffee.

When it was suggested that the men should turn their passion into a business, it became the way to bring great coffee to the community. McKinion’s younger son, Harrison, has a rare form of childhood leukemia, and supporting pediatric cancer research through sales of the coffee became the business’s cornerstone.

“We enjoy good coffee, but at the end of the day, we wanted it to be more than coffee,” Mathias said over a cup. “With this idea of coffee with a cause and Harrison with childhood cancer, we wondered how we could engage that in a way that captures some of our passions and our dreams. It’s kind of where Bald Bean coffee came from.”

There’s always a need for good quality beverages, and coffee’s no exception according to McKinion and Mathias.

“We call one of our passions ‘community’,” McKinion said, “and we think coffee is best enjoyed with other people and the conversation that occurs. We believe that leads to awareness about our causes and, in particular, our cause of childhood cancer.”

One of the foundations the company supports is the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which has given over $100 million to fund research through small lemonade stands that people run around the country. One of the studies they funded discovered the treatment that saved Harrison’s life.

“We have a personal affinity for these groups that fund research,” Mathias said. “Even if it’s just a small lemonade stand or a couple cups of coffee, it all adds up and helps to save kids’ lives.”

“Right now, you can get Bald Bean coffee online and at Ollie’s,” McKinion said. “We’ve taken the slow-to-grow mindset because we really value servicing our customers. Whether it’s our retail customers who buy directly from us on our web site, or if they bought from us wholesale, we want to make sure that we’re providing good service.”


A portion of Well-Bean’s proceeds goes to support New Song Mission-Nicaragua’s wellness initiatives. Well-Bean.com | NewSongNica.org.

A portion of Bald Bean’s proceeds goes to support childhood cancer research. BaldBeanCoffee.com

Orlando Soto to join the Town of Rolesville Police Department


Orlando Soto will join the Rolesville Police Department as Captain on May 4, 2015

Orlando Soto will join the Rolesville Police Department as Captain on May 4, 2015

The Town of Rolesville is pleased to announce that they have selected Orlando Soto to fill the open position of Police Department Captain. Orlando Soto has over thirteen years of law enforcement experience and the last nine years with the Town of Knightdale Police Department. He enjoys wTown of Rolesvilleorking out, playing sports, and being a dedicated father to his sixteen year old son and twelve year old daughter. Orlando Soto is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Chief Bobby Langston said, “Orlando will start in the coming weeks, and I look forward to him joining and being part of a wonderful group of men and women that serve the Town of Rolesville.”

“(I am) pleased with the direction of the Police Department lead by Chief Langston,” stated Town Manager Bryan Hicks. “The hiring of Mr. Soto will only improve the quality service provided to our community’s residents and businesses.”

More Wake Forest News - April 2015

Wake Forest Cited for Excellence in Communications

The Town of Wake Forest was among several North Carolina governments to earn recognition at the 8th North Carolina City & County Communicators’ Excellence in Communications Awards presented March 19. Over 100 entries were submitted in 20 categories.

Wake Forest, NCThe Town of Wake Forest received four awards

• First place in “Printed Publications – External Newsletters” for the “Our Town” newsletter.

• First place in “Marketing Tools – Direct Mail/Print Advertising” for the “Christmas in Wake Forest” advertising campaign.

• First place in “Marketing Tools – Branding – New Logo” for the “Wake Forest Bond Referendum” branding campaign and logo.

• Second place in “Communication Technology – Website” for the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts website.

Communications Specialist Bess Martinson, who serves as the town’s graphic designer and editor of the “Our Town” newsletter, accepted the awards.

Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were award-winning government and communication professionals from all over the nation. The purpose of NC3C is to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March 2007 and is made up of government professional communicators from around the state.

For more information about NC3C, visit the website, www.nc3c.com.


Wake Forest Downtown Group Recognized for ‘Dirt Day’

Wake Forest Downtown Recognized

(Left to right): Assistant Secretary of the Rural Economic Development Division Dr. Patricia Mitchell; Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes; Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., Board Chair Michael Johnson; Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce John E. Skvarla, III. Photo courtesy of Garry E. Hodges.

Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. was among several participants in the N.C. Main Street and Small Town Main Street program to earn recognition at the 2015 N.C. Main Street Awards Conference in Morganton on March 19.

Wake Forest Downtown won an “Award of Merit” for “Best Downtown Special Event or Event Series” for Dirt Day. The award recognizes an outstanding and creative downtown special event or event series. It was presented to Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes and Wake Forest Downtown Board Chair Michael Johnson.

Dirt Day is a spring festival focused on outdoor activities like gardening, composting, camping and beekeeping. The second annual Dirt Day was held along South White Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.

In addition, Dino Radosta, owner of White Street Brewing Co., was recognized as a 2014 Main Street Champion.

“Main Street Champions recognize the possibilities in their downtowns and strive to make those possibilities a reality,” said Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street Center and the Office of Urban Development. “N.C. Main Street Champions are our communities’ most valued leaders honored for their commitment to downtown and to their community. They are Main Street board members and volunteers, nonprofit leaders, downtown developers and small business owners. They are those individuals that give 110 percent to their community and then ask, what’s next.”

Several years ago Dino and his wife, Tina, bought three buildings in the heart of downtown Wake Forest. The Radostas wanted to make a difference downtown and showcase what the historic buildings could look like when renovated with care.

Downtown Wake Forest Recognized

(Left to right): Assistant Secretary of the Rural Economic Development Division Dr. Patricia Mitchell; White Street Brewing Co. owner Dino Radosta; Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce John E. Skvarla, III. Photo courtesy of Garry E. Hodges.

Today, two beautifully renovated buildings house some of the most vibrant businesses and office space in downtown Wake Forest. The third was carefully and painstakingly renovated into a beautiful, state-of-the-art microbrewery that has garnered state and national attention, including a Capital Area Preservation award.

“White Street Brewing Co. has changed the face of our downtown by attracting new visitors from all over the region, adding fun and vibrancy to our historic area, inspiring other business owners and creating a large economic impact on our downtown,” Hayes said.

John E. Skvarla, III, secretary of the state Department of Commerce, and Patricia Mitchell, assistant secretary of the Rural Economic Development Division, presented the awards.

The N.C. Main Street Center works to stimulate economic development within the context of historic preservation, using a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and utilized by the National Main Street Center to assist communities across the country.


Wake Forest Utility Cited for Care with Trees

Mark Schissel, Randolph Harrison and Jimmie Kearney - Photo courtesy of Town of Wake Forest

Mark Schissel, Randolph Harrison and Jimmie Kearney – Photo courtesy of Town of Wake Forest

Wake Forest Power has been named a “Tree Line USA” utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The award acknowledges Wake Forest Power’s national leadership in caring for the health of trees while removing branches and limbs that grow too close to its power lines.

“Our utility’s efforts in meeting Tree Line USA requirements, training our workers in quality tree-care practices and helping our customers plant appropriate trees near utility lines, not only helps to enhance our urban forest, but also results in long-term operation savings,” said Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones.

The Tree Line USA award was presented formally to Wake Forest Power during the town’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration March 21.

Wake Forest Power conducts an extensive year-round line-clearing program to trim trees and clearing brush from more than 70 miles of distribution lines and keeping the bases of nearly 1,400 distribution poles vegetation-free. Tree trimming is an integral part of complying with state and federal laws and providing increased service reliability to customers.

For more information about Wake Forest Power, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-power.aspx.

Team Runs will Support Relay for Life

The Second Annual Marga-RELAY-ville five kilometer themed run will be held on Saturday, April 25, in downtown Wake Forest.

In accordance with the Relay For Life theme, the RELAY 5K will be run by three-person teams as well as individual runners and/or walkers. Participants are encouraged to dress in Jimmy Buffet Parrot Head garb to match the “Margaritaville” theme. Awards for the best costumes will be presented.

The run is scheduled for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The run’s certified course starts at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce offices, at 350 South White Street, and finishes downtown.

Wake Forest ACS RFL Fundraising, LLC, a group of community volunteers, is producing the event to independently support Relay For Life, a community fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society. Roger Scott of North Wake Commercial Realty serves as committee chairman for RELAY 5K.

Net proceeds of the RELAY 5K will be donated to the Northern Wake Relay For Life, which will be held on Saturday, May 16, at Heritage High School.

Get more information about the RELAY 5K and register at http://margarelayville5k.itsyourrace.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the RELAY 5K. For more information, contact Scott at 919-522-3695 or email roger@northwakecommercial.com.

Sanford Creek PTA’s ‘Spring Fever Extravaganza’ Supports Social Programs

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Sanford Creek Elementary Spring Fever ExtravaganzaSpring fever is in the air, and Sanford Creek Elementary School has the perfect cure for it. On Saturday, April 25, the school will host its inaugural Spring Fever Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will feature shopping with local crafters, artisans and vendors, and purchases will be more meaningful in the knowledge that all monies raised from this PTA-sponsored event will support social programs in place at the school for students in need.

Local crafters and artisans lined up already will offer handmade jewelry, signs, personalized gifts, crocheted items, baby clothes and towels, body scrubs, house linens, and handmade home décor. In addition, vendor reps will be in attendance selling everything from makeup, jewelry, home cleaning items, bags, personal defense, clothing, and skin care.

And, as if more incentive were needed, baskets filled with donations from vendors will be raffled off.

But the primary reason to attend and shop the event is to support school programs that assist students and their families in need.

“We recognize that some of our students struggle to have their basic needs fulfilled,” said Jenn Bernat, the PTA chairperson for the event. “This is the first time that these programs will actually have money to run on. Our hope is that this fundraiser will raise enough money to support everything until next year.”

According to school counselor Gina Haines, more than one program will benefit from the Extravaganza. The largest is the Giving Tree Service Learning Project, a two-month long project that provides Thanksgiving dinner and holiday gifts. Haines has been running the event since the school opened eight years ago, and nearly 30 families benefit each year.

“We are able to serve these families through student and community donations,” Haines said, “but we struggle each year with securing the turkeys and some of the other trimmings, as well as coats and shoes. I am always looking for new community connections to help with this endeavor.”

Sanford Creek currently has 35 children who are being served by the North East Wake BackPack Buddy food donation program; however, the problem comes in during snack time. According to Haines, about half of her students come to school with no snack and are often hungry during the school day.

“Through donations from parents and staff, we have managed to have snacks for those who want it,” Haines explained, “but sometimes I run out and have to turn kids away hungry. I would like to not have to do that anymore.”

Haines also tries to have clothing and shoes on hand for kids in need due to changes in weather or accidents. This is mostly done through donations, but she says she occasionally runs out of undergarments and shoes during the year.

Bernat is confident that the Extravaganza will be a hit. “This is a fantastic chance for all of our neighbors to come and shop with local businesses while supporting wonderful programs at our school,” she said.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and a one of a kind event for the community,” Haines added. “What a great way to spend a spring day.”

There is no entry fee. For more information about the event or to rent a space as a vendor, contact Bernat at jenniferbernat@me.com.

Wake Forest Town Manager Mark Williams Retires April 30

Served the Town for 32 Years

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“I consider myself very fortunate to have spent most of my career and to have lived here in Wake Forest,” said Town Manager Mark Williams, who will retire after a 32-year career of public service in Wake Forest. “I’m glad that I could be part of its development, and I know that I’m leaving it in good stead for the next person who comes on.”

Mark Williams, Wake Forest Town Manager, wears his retirement smile to work these days. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Wake Forest Town Manager Mark Williams wears his retirement smile to work these days. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Williams, who grew up in Raleigh, studied Recreation Management at N.C. State University, earning his degree in 1979. With diploma in hand, he moved to Henderson as the town’s parks supervisor. In 1983, he moved his family to Wake Forest and became the town’s parks and recreation director.

“Wake Forest was a little bitty town of just over 3,000 people,” Williams said with a grin, “and there wasn’t much going on, maybe two or three places to eat, and there really was no place to shop.”

Williams admitted he came to Wake Forest with the intention of staying for only four or five years, getting a department head position on his resume, and finishing his master’s degree. Then he planned to move on to some larger community. However, Wake Forest wasn’t going to let him go so easily.

In 1987, he was offered the position of assistant town manager and served in that capacity – with one seven-month stint as interim town manager – until 1993. That was when Williams assumed the town manager position.

Looking back over his 22 years as town manager, several of the things he feels were major accomplishments under his guidance were project-related community-use spaces that make Wake Forest an appealing place to call home, including the Downtown Renaissance, Joyner Park and the Renaissance Centre for the Arts. All of those community enhancements began and continued under his watchful eye.

“One of the things we’re most proud of is that we have a variety of things for people to do here so they don’t always have to go to Raleigh or Durham,” he said. One of his primary goals over the past few years has been to promote the revitalization of downtown.

“That’s really what’s going to spur future development in Wake Forest. That’s where the growth in the tax base is going to be, because we pretty much expanded out as far as where we can go,” Williams said. “And with all of the events and everything downtown, people are really excited about it.”

None of those community-oriented enhancements could have been facilitated without Williams’ fiscal know-how, and he’s most proud of the current financial status of the town. After struggling for years following the loss of Wake Forest College, the town began to see some growth and development in the mid-to-late 1980s. Now Williams is leaving the town with an AAA bond rating.

All town government departments fall under the town manager’s purview and ultimately answer to him. Williams is proud of the approximately 220 full-time employees who work for him, all of whom, he said, “are good, hardworking folks who make me look good and make my job a lot easier.”

Leaving at what he believes is the high point of his career, his exit to retirement will be felt by those who inhabit Town Hall. One person in particular is Mayor Vivian Jones.

“Mark’s character and integrity has been a stabilizing influence on own town over the past 22 years,” she said. “His leadership has kept us moving forward during our ups and downs, and his business acumen has been instrumental in helping us achieve the financial security we enjoy. Mark takes a lot of community knowledge with him that will be sorely missed.”

Williams officially begins his retirement on May 1, the first day he can “stop listening to the alarm clock go off every morning.” For the summer, he plans to take it easy and enjoy not having to work. He has a long list of projects to do around the house, plus he and his wife recently bought a place at the beach. He’ll also continue to be involved as a soccer coach and plans to get involved in activities around town as a volunteer.

“I’m very proud of the way things have turned out in Wake Forest,” he said, leaning back in his office chair. “Circumstances allowed me to stay and advance my career here. I’ve been here 32 years, and it’s been a great experience.”

Travel: Celebrate Craft Brewing During N.C. Beer Month

By Ryan Smith
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

April is Beer Month in Greater Raleigh, and the area’s 18 breweries are drafting and serving flavorful and one-of-a-kind brews around Wake County all month long. As the number of craft breweries continues to grow, so do the camaraderie and enthusiasm among the brewers and their fans, making the Raleigh area a capital of craft beer.

Bookmark www.visitRaleigh.com/beermonth to stay in-the-know about beer festivals, brewery tours, hotel packages and deals, and a calendar of events filled to the brim with “brewtivities” taking place nearly every day of the month. You can plan your brewery stops throughout the area with the Greater Raleigh Beer Trail and taste your way through breweries.

From Greater Raleigh’s backyard casks to global hops, Greater Raleigh has a festival or two where you can try it all. Sample beers from around the world at All About Beer’s 9th annual World Beer Festival Raleigh (April 11). This year’s event includes special mini festivals, including a North Carolina beer section. For another taste of North Carolina, Brewgaloo (April 25) will showcase more than 60 craft breweries from across the state, including many Greater Raleigh breweries, area food trucks and bands on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.

Kick off Beer Month with Casks on Fools (April 1) at Crank Arm Brewing, where 23 breweries from the state, including 14 Raleigh-area breweries, will tap specialty casks.

If a multicourse beer dinner fits your style, enjoy the best of the best at Beards and Beer Pop-up Dinner (April 4) as six James Beard-recognized chefs from across the state pair up with their favorite N.C. brewers to collaborate on a unique beer-and-dish inspired by James Beard. Among the participants are Raleigh’s own Ashley Christensen and Trophy Brewing Company.

Other beer-centered meals include the Nickelpoint/Manna Food Truck Beer Dinner (April 6), Zinda’s Taste of Thai beer dinner with Bombshell Beer Company (April 8) and the Farm to Table Beer Dinner (April 9) with Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing at Gatehouse Tavern. The North Carolina ’Cuegrass Festival (April 18) in front of The Pit in downtown Raleigh pairs craft beer with North Carolina barbecue, plus live Americana and bluegrass music.

Beer Month also includes fun competitions, with the 2nd Annual Brewers Olympics (April 4) at Raleigh Brewing Company and the 3rd Annual White Street Brewers Guild Open (April 18) at White Street Brewing Company in Wake Forest.

Buzz Woof & Meow: Scooping Etiquette for Dog Owners

By Vanessa Davis

Buzz Woof & MeowWe’ve all stepped in dog poop at one time or another, whether it was on the street, in a park or even on our own lawns. As we scraped it off our shoes, we muttered a few choice words about people who are too lazy or irresponsible to pick up after their animals.

Dog waste that’s improperly disposed of is more than just a disgusting nuisance. It’s unhealthy for people and other dogs, and it’s also bad for the environment.

Curbing your dog (aka, picking up his poop) is required by ordinance in most cities now, although a lot of people still don’t do it – and that makes all dog lovers look bad.

Reasons to scoop poop

The Environmental Protection Agency has classified pet waste as a dangerous pollutant. And this doesn’t come from folks jumping on the “green” bandwagon; this classification was made nearly 20 years ago.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that pet waste can spread parasites, including salmonella, tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms.

Dog poop is a team player and likes to get together with harmful bacteria like E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria. These can cause intestinal illness if ingested, including cramps and diarrhea, and even kidney disorders. And unscooped poop can be washed into storm drains and wind up in distant rivers and streams.

Scooping Etiquette for Dog OwnersSafe and clean pickup

Always pick up your dog’s waste, even if it’s in your own yard or in a wild area where people don’t often walk. Use a scoop to keep your hands safely away from the waste. Pooper scoopers come in portable sizes that are perfect for walks, or you might opt for a scooper with a long handle to use in your yard.

Instead of using plastic bags, which don’t break down in landfill, you can buy biodegradable poop bags, such as BioBag, to dispose of waste in. These are eco-friendly and easy to use. Biodegradable waste bags are made from renewable sources like corn, contain no chemical additives and decompose naturally when exposed to the earth.

Another option is to hire a company that will come to your house and pick up the poop in your yard. Poop scooping companies are a safe alternative because they disinfect all their equipment, shoes and tools after each visit. This ensures that your lawn will be clean and ready for outdoor activities.

Once picked up, bagged waste can be placed in the garbage, or you can separate the waste from the bag, flush it down the toilet, then dispose of the biodegradable bag. Or, believe it or not, you can compost it.

Garbage in, garbage out

Dogs that eat poor quality diets full of synthetic additives, and/or that take a lot of medications will produce waste containing chemical toxins, thereby adding to environmental pollution. One way to help the planet (and your dog!) is to feed him a natural whole foods diet and keep his immune system healthy enough that he doesn’t need drugs.

For details on composting dog poop, check out our website at dirtydogsspa.com


Article reprinted from Animal Wellness Magazine with permission.

Vanessa Davis is owner of Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique in Wake Forest. All products mentioned in this article are all natural products and are sold at Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique.

O's Commentary - April 2015

Remembering an unforgettable past
by O. Morris

O. Morris - O's CommentaryIt’s funny that grownups think they can hide family secrets from their children. It just isn’t so.

I tell my childhood memories about the consequences of my birth in a very matter-of-fact way to friends who know me well but, in truth, my early years were a nightmare. A lot of times, behind an “I’m fine” there’s a story that can’t be expressed with words.

When I was about 4, I remember hearing the grownups of my family whispering behind the very thin walls of our very modest home about how my birth had ruined my mother’s life. To say I found those words a total shock is putting it mildly. First came panic, then paralyzing fear. But in those days, a child was not allowed to ask questions about what was considered “grown folks’ business,” so I didn’t dare ask why my existence was causing my mother to lose her life.

As I continued to eavesdrop, I also heard my uncles whisper that because of the local Jim Crow laws, my mother could find herself in prison or, worse, dead. She had already been warned once by the police when she came into town wearing her natural hair. Back then, the laws forbid a colored woman from wearing her hair the way it grows naturally from the scalp, the way God made it. You had to either wear a head rag over your natural hair or wear a straight wig.

She went to run a quick errand one summer day and forgot to cover her hair. The moment she was spotted by the local authorities, she was warned to go home or be jailed. I remember that day. My mother ran home scared and crying, and the whole family came to the house to see about her. Now she was on the city’s radar. She was considered uppity.

The conversations of my birth continued, sometimes nightly, because my mother had already been warned about not obeying the colored laws. I was horrified. Was I a curse? An evil blight? They spoke of lynching, whippings and other gruesome trappings that, as a child, I could neither process nor understand.

I didn’t feel human, so I decided one morning to just disappear and knock on heaven’s door, like the singer Raign. But it wasn’t long before I realized that plan wasn’t going to work, so I did what I could. Nothing.

I just sat quietly in a corner after my chores were finished and thought to myself that I must have done some horrible unspeakable act, and my mother was going to be punished for it. The thing that puzzled me most was that all the whispering adults said they would be powerless to do anything without risking their own lives. All they could do was bury and mourn my mother’s imprisonment or death, and then take care of me. There was never talk of a reason. Only crying.

Unable to handle the feelings, I took them, put them away in a dark closet and sealed it shut with a thousand locks, vowing never to open it again under any circumstances. It was an easy thing to do and, most important, it made the agony stop.

No one ever spoke of my birthday. Until I started school, most of them passed without me even realizing it. My mother never spoke of it but, as I got older, my uncles would hug me tight, no words ever spoken.

I have never had a birthday party. I’ve been wished happy birthday and given cards as an adult, but in all my years here on earth, never a party or celebration of my birth. Not even a whole cake with my name on it. It was not a day any human being I knew commemorated, especially me.

I slipped and told someone once that it was my birthday and she left a cupcake on my door step with a candle in the middle. I was very grateful, but unbeknownst to her, the thousand locks of that closet slowly came undone, the door swung open and that agony and torture once again fell on me like an acid rain.

But life is surprising, I was recently almost given a real birthday party by sheer coincidence. It felt like the universe was finally saying welcome to the world; you matter. But my dream celebration was short lived. May 2nd once again became just another day.

So what was my mother’s horrible crime? In the early 1950s, my African mother fell in love with a sweet loving white man who adored her. She became pregnant and gave birth to me.


Faith and Worship - April 2015

While doing some reading recently from the scripture, the New Testament story of Lazarus being raised from the dead came into view. Perhaps you remember that story.

Lazarus became sick and later died before Jesus arrived on the scene. Since Lazarus had died four days earlier, he had already been entombed, and Jesus was met with family members (and others) who were heartbroken and grieving.

That scene of mourning was quickly transformed into a joyous celebration as Jesus bellowed those well-known words, “Lazarus, come forth!” We’re told that this dead man received life and exited that tomb with hands and feet bound, which prompted our Lord to cry out, “Loose him, and let him go!”

There must have been a party there that day, and hundreds soon witnessed the proof that a bona fide miracle had taken place. One could only surmise that the celebrating was most intense in the heart and life of Lazarus himself.

Lazarus in fact became an instant celebrity! Everywhere he went they whispered, “He’s the one, you know … the one who was raised from the dead!” And the Bible says that when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on what we call His Triumphal Entry, and the crowds were going before Him and after Him, many of them were there because of what had happened to Lazarus.

Things had never been better! Raised from the dead! Now that’s pretty awesome.

Many might remember that this unique miracle caused the enemies of our Lord to intensify their efforts to take His life. But not only that. John 12:10 informs us, “But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also.”

Did you get that? This man Lazarus had died (not a good day), then four days later was raised from the dead (a very, very good day!), and now the chief priests want to kill him.

Isn’t it a lot like that in life? Oftentimes the very best of days are followed by some of the most difficult days. Life is much like the roller coaster with its ups and downs. The only things consistent are the constant ups and downs.

But if you are a Christ-follower you are never really alone. He is always there. You can take that to the bank!


If you would like to suggest a topic, please email PastorRonB1@gmail.com. Ron Brisson has been in ministry for 31 years, including the past 16 as Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Rolesville.

Community News April 2015

Town of Rolesville

Rolesville Fourth of July Spirit Nights

The 4th of July committee is organizing several fundraisers, and will publish a community cookbook featuring local recipes. “A Taste of Rolesville,” will go on sale April 15, and all proceeds will benefit this year’s Rolesville 4th of July celebration. For more information on the cookbook, visit https://www.facebook.com/rolesville4th, or email rolesville4th@gmail.com or rolesvillefireworkslady@gmail.com.

“Spirit Day and Night Events” will be held at PDQ of Wake Forest, and 10 percent of sales will be donated to the committee when customers identify themselves as supporting the Rolesville Fourth of July between 4 and 9 p.m. The PDQ dates are: Saturday, April 18; Thursday, May 14; Thursday, May 21; Thursday, June 11; and Saturday, June 2

Rabies and Microchip Clinic

The Town of Rolesville is again partnering with Wake County Animal Control to provide a cost efficient clinic for your dog or cat. On Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Main Street Park’s Gazebo, animal control staff will provide rabies vaccinations ($5) and microchip implants ($10). For information, contact Wake County at 919-212-PETS (7387).

Rolesville Parks and Recreation Department Summer Camp

Do you have a child between the ages of 6 and 11 years old? Looking for something this summer to keep them busy, entertained, and not just sitting around playing video games? The Town of Rolesville has the answer. The Parks and Recreation Department is offering a structured activity summer camp that is the perfect answer. The camp will run from June 15 to August 14 and operate from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities will focus on active and passive group games, arts and crafts, individual activities and enrichment experiences, and/or field trips. Children may attend on a weekly basis. For further information, contact the Parks and Recreation staff at 919-554-6582.

Town of Wake Forest

“Housing a Community” Charity Dinner

We Are One Community Outreach will host its 2nd annual “Housing a Community” charity dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on April 25 at The Church of God of Prophecy Fellowship Hall, 801 North Main Street. The dinner raises money for the homeless and displaced families of North Carolina. WAOCO is a federal- and state-recognized a non-profit organization that assists homeless families by helping them find shelter.

WAOCO’s mission is to aid the homeless, families in poverty, abused women newly released from prison, individuals with impaired vision, and the PFIR literacy program. Dinner tickets are $35 per person. Raffle tickets for a seven-inch Android tablet are $1 each. For more information, visit http://www.weareonecommunityoutreach.org or contact Jermel Thomas at 919-714-9371

Six Sundays in Spring Outdoor Concert Series

Bring the kids, friends, and a blanket and settle in for some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times at the 2015 Six Sundays in Spring concerts. The series will be held on consecutive Sundays from April 26 through May 31. Bring a picnic or take advantage of food and refreshments available for purchase.

Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m. and are held at the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road. Please note: this year’s concerts will not feature opening acts, so every performance begins at 5 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, updated concert information will be available on Wake Forest TV 10, the town’s Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smartphone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes.

For more information, email info@WakeForestARTS.org. For a detailed concert schedule, go to http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/concert-schedule.aspx. To download the Town of Wake Forest App, go to http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

Meet in the Street Festival

The 35th Annual Meet in the Street festival will take place Saturday, May 2, in historic downtown Wake Forest. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities. Festivities will include dozens of artisans’ booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts along South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street and South White Street starting at 10 a.m. The event also will include multiple entertainment venues and a beer garden.

Admission is free. For more information visit www.wakeforestchamber.org, contact Corey Hutchinson at corey@wakeforestchamber.org, or call 919-229-8506.

Local Area Summer Camp Directory 2015


Art Buzz Kids Summer Camp
Ages 5-9. 3325 Rogers Road, Ste. 115, Wake Forest. 919-453-0552. Half-day camps, arts and crafts. This year’s theme is Art Through the Ages. 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

Artopia Fine Arts Enrichment Track Out/Summer Camp
Grades K-5. 6109 Maddry Oaks, Raleigh. 919-307-8144. Full-day fine art class giving children a place to explore and develop art skills using different media. info@Artopia-Raleigh.com   Artopia-Raleigh.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


Dead Broke Horse Farm
Ages 5-up. 6921 Wildlife Trail, Raleigh. 919-596-8975. Full- and half-day horseback riding camps. deadbrokehorsefarm.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 and crafts, swimming, playground, hiking, basketball, horseshoes, fishing, cooking, movie with popcorn. happytrailsfarm.us

Moonshine Farm
Ages 6-up. 1009 Lawrence Road, 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


All-In-French Camp
All ages. 9927 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-790-1219. 100 percent French immersion camps for all levels/ages. lecoleraleigh.org

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. Activities include arts and crafts, computer lessons, games and sports, gymnastics, cooking lessons, Latin folklore, splash day and more. spanishforfun.com


Burning Coal Theatre Company
Grades 9-12. 224 Polk St., Raleigh. 919-834-4001. Professional, classical, conservatory training in acting and stagecraft. burningcoal.org/stc/

City Ballet Summer Camp
Ages 3-up. 7440-17 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 919-844-9799. Performing arts and dance camps. From taking first steps to intensive study. Specific programs just for boys. city-ballet.com/schedules/summer/

Creative Discovery Camp
Grades K-12. 3707 Neil St., Raleigh. 919-348-5143. Woodworking, puppetry, creative drama, play production, sculpture and more. discovercreate.com

Dance Attitude
Ages 5-up. 8471 Garvey Drive, Ste. 109, Raleigh. 919-793-0164. Arts and crafts and performing arts. dance-attitude.com

Durant Road Musical Theatre
Ages 8-18. 8471 Garvey Drive, Ste. 111, Raleigh. 919-844-3228. Full- and half-day. See website for sessions. This year campers will perform “The Lion King, Jr.”. mydrmt.com

Falls River All-Day Music Camp
Ages 7-17. 10930 Raven Ridge Road, Ste. 103, Raleigh. 919-637-0526. Play, write, record, and perform music as a band. Beginner and intermediate camps. fallsrivermusic.com/

Justice Theater Project
Rising 2-8 grade. 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. 919-264-7089. Drama, dance, yoga, tech, and music. This year campers will perform “Into the Woods, Jr.” thejusticetheaterproject.org

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

Summer Theatre Arts School
Ages 12-21. 3043 Barrow Drive, Raleigh. 919-855-0065. See website for four-week acting camp sessions. nctheatre.com/education/summer-theatre-arts-school


Bricks 4 Kidz
Ages 5-12. 6220 Glenwood Ave., Ste 104, Raleigh. Build unique motorized creations, learn robotics, create movies and original comic books, play games, and have fun using LEGO bricks. bricks4kidz.com/northraleigh

Camp Invention
Grades 1-6. 1753 Long Mill Road, Youngsville. (800) 968-4332. Solve real-world challenges in preparation for the 21st century. campinvention.org

Carolina Center for Educational Excellence-Techsplorers
Ages 7-14. 14460 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919- 901-1197. Engineering camp and weekend workshops. Campers will take apart lawn mower engines, build electronic circuits, robots. info@techsplorers.com

IMACs of Raleigh
Full/half-day rising grades 3-8 or individual classes rising grades 1-12. 10224 Baileywick Road, Raleigh. 919-786-0246. Computer programming, electronics, logic puzzles and virtual robotics. imacs.org

Kids Club Scientific
Ages 3-14. 9801 Durant Road, Raleigh. 919-847-7625. Hands-on National Science Standard activities make science challenging and fun. northraleigh.kidzclubscientific.com

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/

STEM for Kids
Grades K-6. 9200 Strickland Road, Raleigh. 919-297-8366. Designed by engineers, STEM For Kids programs seamlessly integrate STEM with the 3Cs, 21st century skills of Communication, Collaboration and Critical Thinking. stemforkids.net


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

Camp Jellybeans
Ages 5-12. 10701 Common Oaks Drive, Raleigh. 919-562-2326. Roller skating, games, crafts, and field trips to parks, museums, restaurants, bowling.

Carolina Elite Football
Ages 8-14. 9927 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-889-1669. One-day intensity camp for all high school athletes and elite middle school players. carolinaelitefootball.com

Challenger Soccer Camp
Ages 3-16. 121 Redford Place Drive, 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 U.S. and Canada. challengersports.com/britishsoccercamps.aspx

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/

Granite Falls GF4 Summer Junior Camp Counselor Program
Ages 12-14, 800 Granite Falls Blvd, Rolesville. 919-562-8895. Opportunity to gain camp-related experience under the guidance of veteran camp counselors. Junior camp counselors will interact with campers, assist with activities, and serve as leaders in spirit and motivation while building a resume. granitefallsclub.com/youth-programs/summer-camp-camp/

Jinho Martial Arts Academy-Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Summer Camp
Ages4-12. 12267 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest. 919-569-0333. Leadership training, field trips, character development, exciting exercises, discipline, and self-defense. tkdbjj.com

Master Ray’s Camp Awesome!
Ages 5-15. 1207 N. Smithfield Rd., Knightdale. 919-266-1290. Learn a lifetime of skills, defense, and confidence in a fun and exciting environment. ismartforlife.com

Ages 5-11. 2101 Westinghouse Blvd., Raleigh. 919-948-4450. Combine fun and fitness with instructor-led activities, age-appropriate SkyFit, open jumping, 3-D dodgeball, basketball and volleyball. Daily snack and beverage included. skyzone.com/raleigh/ActivitiesPrograms/DetailView/tabid/4444/agentType/View/ListingID/6481/SkyCamp.aspx


Camp Blazing Trails of A.E. Finley YMCA
Rising grades 1-8. Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh. 919-845-3875. Half-day camp focuses on respect for the environment and the great outdoors. Activities may include hiking, fishing, canoeing, archery, meet with park rangers, and discover conservation. ymcatriangle.org/programs-and-services/camps/camp-blazing-trails-blue-jay-county-park-raleigh

Kerry Family YMCA Summer Day Camps
Ages 2-16. 2500 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh. 919-562-9622. ymcatriangle.org/programs-and-services/camps   Offers varying camp options and locations around the Rolesville/Wake Forest area including:

  • Camp Kerr | Grades K-8. Full-day summer camp at Kerr Family YMCA. Swimming, playing sports, singing, archery, arts and crafts. Highlights include Wacky Wednesdays, theme weeks and morning assemblies with camp robot, Awesome-O. Also potluck Family Nights throughout the summer.
  • Camp Kerr CILT | Rising grades 9-10. Campers in Leadership Training program full-day summer camp at Kerr Family YMCA. Teens will gain leadership experience and serve as a role model for younger campers and assist counselors and staff with summer camp activities. Teens will also participate in team-building activities, group outings, and service projects.
  • Camp Rolesville CILT | Rising grades 9-10. Campers in Leadership Training program full-day summer camp located at YMCA at the Factory, 1839 S Main St., Wake Forest.
  • Rolesville Day Camp | Grades K-8. Rolesville Elementary School. Swimming, playing sports, singing, archery, arts and crafts, and games. Theme weeks and Family nights.
  • Rookie Sports | Ages 3-5. Inside half-day summer camp featuring soccer, basketball, tee-ball and floor hockey.
  • Camp Kanata | Summer Day Camp: Rising grades 1-6; Overnight Summer Camp: Ages 6-15. 13524 Camp Kanata Road, Wake Forest. 919-556-2661. 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

Cub Scouts Camp
Boys rising grades 1-5. 3231 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-270-6669. Day camps located throughout Central North Carolina. No need to be a Cub Scout to attend. occubscouts.org

Funtastic Kids
Ages 5-12. 6410 Rogers Road, Rolesville. 919-453-6445. Creative theme weeks give campers a chance to explore and have hands-on experience: science, music and dance, sports, health and nutrition, art, community, reading, and math weeks. funtastickids.net/

Franklin County 4-H Sizzling Summer Sessions
Ages 5-18. 103 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg. 919- 496-3344. Programs will include Defy Gravity, Kids in the Kitchen, animal science and more. franklin.ces.ncsu.edu/ and meg_wyatt@ncsu.edu

Girl Scouts Camp
Girls rising grades 2-12. 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh. 919-222-8591. N.C. Coastal Pines offers resident camps at Camp Graham, Camp Hardee, and Camp Mary Atkinson. nccoastalpines.org

Keystone Creative Learning Center
Ages 6-up. 7901 Strickland Road, Ste. 108, Raleigh. 919-900-7901. Focus on visual arts, music, technology, and life skills training. Popular choices include: video game programming, art history, 3D animation, masters of art, web design, young musicians, sewing, STEM club, and more. keystonecreativelearning.com

Kids Educational Center III
School age. 1020 Jones Dairy Road, Wake Forest. 919-554-3721. kidseducationalcenter.com

Kids Educational Center VI
School age. 3250 Forestville Road, 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 Road, Wake Forest. 919-453-2543. This year’s theme, “American Road Trip,” will give campers a chance to visit the United States fueled by imagination and virtual technology. wakeforestkidsrkids.com

New Life Camp
Grades K-12. 9927 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-847-0764. A Christian camp in North Raleigh that offers overnight camps and day camps. newlifecamp.com

Primrose School
Ages 5-10. 844 Heritage Lake Road, Wake Forest. 919-453-2554. Arts and crafts, computers, field trips, general sports/games and more. primroseschools.com/our-classrooms/summer-camp

Right Time Kids
Ages 5-12. 918 Gateway Commons Circle, Wake Forest. 919-554-8030. Arts and crafts, basketball, computers, general sports/games, rock climbing and more. Call for sessions. wakeforest.righttimekids.com/

Tammy Lynn Center C.A.M.P (Children’s Alliance for Maximum Potential)
Ages 3-18. 741 Chappell Drive, Raleigh. 919- 755-6837. Serving children with severe/profound developmental and intellectual disabilities. Ages 3-12 with autism providing access to communication devices, sensory needs play, and socialization needs. tammylynncenter.org

Town of Rolesville Summer Camps
Ages 6 – 11.  Camp will run from June 15 – August 14 and operate from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.  Structured activities are scheduled from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm and choice play activities will occur from 7:30 am – 9:00 am and 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Camp is recreation based focusing on active and passive group games, arts and craft activities, as well as individual activities and enrichment experiences and/or field trips.  You can sign up for camp on a weekly basis. rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/programs-events/summer-camp/

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 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, prerequisites for enrollment, when camps/classes/sessions will be held that are appropriate for your child, and what your child should bring. Some camps offer sibling discounts.

The Purple Shoe in Zebulon gives back to the community

By Lori H. Bunn

The Purple Shoe of Zebulon is a nonprofit thrift shop that operates strictly on donations from the community so women can shop and get great bargains. The shop also helps women who are victims of domestic violence.

Many items, including furniture, are available for purchase at The Purple Show in Zebulon. Photo by Lori H. Bunn.

Many items, including furniture, are available for purchase at The Purple Show in Zebulon. Photos by Lori H. Bunn.

The store, which opened in March 2009, sells high quality name brand clothes, jewelry, handbags and shoes at a discount. Alice Coleman, owner and director of the Association of Domestic Violence Outreach Stores, said, “It’s a boutique experience at a thrift store price.”

When someone donates to the Purple Shoe, they can claim the gift as a tax deduction and have the reassurance that they are recycling and changing a life. Items that cannot be used or sold in the store are given to the poor and homeless. Nothing goes to waste.

When a customer walks in the store for the first time, they notice a friendly and comfortable shopping experience. Shopping at the Purple Shoe makes women happy. They can have some retail therapy without the guilt of spending too much. Women come in to socialize with the volunteers who work there and with each other. This brings a sense of community.

“You have to experience it to believe it,” Coleman said.

Every item that is donated is inspected for tears and stains, then hand-steamed or cleaned to be creatively displayed in the store.

The Purple Shoe also offers a designer section with original tags still on items for sale at a steep discount. For instance, a $150 suit would sell there for $20, and a $250 pair of shoes would cost only $20.Purple Shoe pic3

The prices for items are as follows: handbags and shoes, $6 to $12; jewelry, $2 to $12; dresses, $7.25; and scarves, $3.

The Purple Shoe was started in Zebulon because the area was underserved with resources to help battered women. There was nowhere for them to go.

Now, the Purple Shoe has a working relationship with local shelters. If a domestic violence victim comes into the store, the shelter is called to place them in a safe place. If need be, someone will drive them to the shelter.

Coleman, who has been in social work for 40 years, also offers free counseling to victims. There are currently six active volunteers at the Purple Shoe and they could use more.

“I love the connection with people, there’s never a dull moment,” said Marilyn Wagner, a Purple Shoe volunteer “It’s so fun.”

The store partners with local churches and civic organizations to host mini-fashion shows to show off items at the store. They provide a lunch for attendees along with discreetly given informational flyers about domestic violence. There are shows for teens as well.

About a year ago, the Purple Shoe did not have enough donations to fill up the store, so they decided to add furniture and home décor. This became the Purple Cottage. They will take furniture donations and consignments. Consigners receive half of the sale price of the item.

One of the biggest contributors of furniture to the Purple Cottage is Whitley Furniture Galleries of Zebulon.

Among the more popular items they sell are Swan Creek soy candles, which are allergy-free and only $11.

The store offers free pick-up service. To schedule pick up, contact Earl Coleman at 919-404-8323.

The stores give back to the community in various other ways, too. Families that have been displaced by fire or job loss have been helped with clothes, furniture and money. Women who have left an abusive situation have been enrolled in the Work First program, which teaches job and interviewing skills. Senior resources teach men and women more than 55 years old job skills to get them back in the workforce. The store also sponsors brown bag lunches for the hungry.

Purple Shoe pic2“We are a mini social service agency,” Coleman said.

There have been women that have told Coleman that “being able to shop at the Purple Shoe, where it is affordable, has improved their self-confidence and self-esteem.”

If you would like to help with these programs, they also accept monetary donations. The hours at the stores are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. They are located at 407 West Gannon Avenue in Zebulon. Phone 919-269-0109.

Local Teachers, Counselor Honored for Excellence

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Teachers are just one part of the Wake County Public School System, and they are celebrated each year through the Teacher of the Year program. Nominated by their peers, the best and the brightest vie for the coveted title and for the opportunity to be a spokesperson for the profession and the district.

Wake County Public School System-whiteFrom nearly 200 nominees out of 11,000 teachers in the system, 26 semifinalists have been chosen this year. Of those semifinalists, four are from Rolesville-Wake Forest area schools:

Jean Hockenyos, a reading intervention teacher at Wakefield Elementary School for the past eight years, holds certification through the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards and has taught for a total of 30 years.

“I target specific areas of need, such as comprehension, strategies for decoding difficult words, fluency, and/or vocabulary,” Hockenyos explained. “My goal, and the greatest thing about being a teacher, is positively impacting the children I serve as learners that will last a lifetime.”

Another National Board-certified teacher in the semifinals is Shannon Lowry, a sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Rolesville Middle School who is in her 10th year of teaching.

“The best thing about being a teacher is the relationships I build with my students,” she said. “I want them to remember feeling loved, respected and trusted.”

Lowry learned she was a semifinalist when she checked her email during her track-out session. “I was astonished and very excited, and I couldn’t wait to tell my students once we all tracked in,” she said.

Heritage High School is no stranger to the Teacher of the Year title. Last year’s winner, Allison Reid, teaches English there. This year, the school’s Director of Bands, Clinton McCaskill, is a semifinalist.

McCaskill, in his 12th year of teaching, instructs ninth through 12th grades and directs the marching band, jazz ensemble, symphonic band, and wind ensemble.

“I feel that the best part of teaching is getting to work with young people and, in turn, shape the future of our society,” McCaskill said. “I know that sounds really lofty, but I have to keep in mind that I don’t teach band. … I teach people through the medium of band and music.”

Laura Stiles teaches Molecular and Cellular Biology, Advanced Placement Biology and Forensic Science at Wakefield High School and is the school’s current Teacher of the Year. With over 20 years of teaching to her credit, she believes the most rewarding part of her career is “seeing the students get excited about learning science and rediscover their curiosity.”

Stiles, McCaskill, Lowry and Hockenyos, along with the other semifinalists, will be observed in their classrooms by committee members to determine 13 finalists. A reception will be held on April 14 to honor the semifinalists and to name the finalists.

In addition to Stiles’ participation in the Teacher of the Year program, Wakefield High’s Dean of Counseling and Student Services, Laura Inscoe, was honored this year as well. As one of 16 semifinalists for 2015 National Counselor of the Year, she was invited to the White House in January for a reception and a black tie gala sponsored by the American School Counselor Association. While she did not win the top honor, she took in every moment of being there.

“It was quite an honor to be surrounded by others who share my same passion for helping students,” Inscoe said, “as well as to be in the presence of Mrs. Obama, whose Reach Higher initiative strives for the U.S. to have the most college graduates in the world.”

Inscoe believes the most important thing she’s done to help students is to have been a part of the implementation of the “8+ Program,” which encourages graduation and offers mentors and support to seniors who need eight or more credits to graduate in June.

Rolesville Elementary Participates in Northern Regional 1st in Fitness Competition

On March 10, Rolesville Elementary School came in 6th place out of 24 schools in the Northern Regional 1st in Fitness Competition. Events included: mile run, 1 minute speed rope, standing long jump, pull-ups, shuttle run, 100 yard dash and triathlon.

Rolesville Elementary Participated in Fitness Competition

1st row seated on floor: Jonathan Workowski (4th place mile run), Landon Hall, Quincy Maxwell, Sierra Patterson, Aniyah Hayes (3rd place standing long jump), Brody Price, Buddy Connelly, Terrell Smith, Jonathan Dunn (3rd place shuttle run), and Tristian Pretlow

2nd row:Jonah Jacomet (2nd place pull-ups), Jackson Standley, Ricky Tawagon, Maksvie Gao, Maleigh Dawson (4th place pull-ups), Kate Dawson, Leila Haynesworth (1st place standing long jump), Ashlyn Moody, Harper Davis, Amanda Connelly (2nd place mile run), Brionna Douglas (3rd place pull-ups), Priya Murray (3rd place 100 yard dash), and Derrick Glaspy-Moore

3rd row: Kendall Wilson (5th shuttle run), Skylah Peterson, Tyren Wilson, Makayla Anderson-Hodge, Camryn Murray (5th place speed rope), Lillian Santmyer, Kayla Caulk (5th place pull-ups), Teyana Rogers (2nd place standing long jump), Aimaya Mason, Avery Walston, Olajuhwan Rolla, Richard Goolesby (5th place pull-ups), and Abel Getachew

4th row: Chigamezu Eke (1st place standing long jump), Jason Okoro, Joran Saddler, Roman Burton (5th place pull-ups), Toni Lojede (4th place Speed Rope), Katelyn Bell, Kelcey Simmons (3rd place shuttle run), Elijah Johnson, Chidi Chukwunyere, Taylor Norris, Sieun Lee, Josh Mruk, Marco Patierno, and coach Meredith Barringer.

Not pictured Madison McIntyre (1st place 100 yard dash)

State’s First Trophy Trout Lake in the Works

By Mike Zlotnicki

Trophy trout fishing in the Southeast has been around a while. Lake Jocassee in South Carolina, Lake Moomaw in Virginia, Lake Lanier in Georgia and Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas are all examples of reservoirs managed as trophy trout fisheries.

Lakes are better suited to the task than streams because stocked fish have a much higher survival rate and they grow more quickly and to larger sizes in lakes.

When blueback herring, an invasive species, was found in Apalachia Reservoir a few years ago, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission decided to make lemonade out of this piscatorial lemon and try growing giant trout to take advantage of the forage base in this lake west of Murphy.

So far, it’s working. The Apalachia project is a pilot study, making it the first reservoir in North Carolina to be managed as a trophy trout fishery.

Apalachia Reservoir is 9.8 miles long with 31 miles of shoreline and about 1,070 acres of water surface. It collects rainfall from a 1,018-square-mile watershed.

A pipeline and tunnel system carries water from the reservoir 8.3 miles downriver to a powerhouse to generate electricity distributed by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Apalachia is a run-of-river reservoir, meaning that water is passed through the reservoir without being stored long-term. The water level fluctuates about 8 feet (between elevation 1,272 and 1,280) on a daily basis, according TVA information.

Beginning in 2012, a total of 5,000 rainbow and brown trout have been stocked each year, and two different sizes of each have been used and marked to identify size class (10 inch or 14 inch) and year. All stocked trout are marked with a visible implant elastomer (VIE) in one cheek and coded wire tags (CWT) prior to release. Results of this salmonid experiment will be used to determine the best size and species for “put-grow-take” stocking at Apalachia.

The commission does gill netting and electrofishing to sample the trout. The largest trout found so far was a 23-inch brown that was about 6 pounds. Remember, that fish started as a 14-inch stocker only a few years ago.

The estimated cost for the project is about $78,000, with three-quarters of that being federal dollars and the rest state funds. In both cases, it’s yet another example of anglers “paying to play.” The state money comes from license purchases and the federal funds come from excise taxes on fishing gear.

Anglers are still perfecting technique on Apalachia. Anglers using conventional gear throw spoons, swimbaits and crankbaits that resemble blueback herring. Many troll, and they use often use planer boards and spoons. In fact, the conventional side resembles striped bass fishing most of all.

On the fly-fishing side, a 7-weight outfit if good for topwater (summer) and shallow fish, but they can be deep most of the year so heavier outfits (9- and 10-weight) with sinking lines will help get your offering to the fish. Flies are Clousers and Deceivers in blue-white and solid white. Tippet sizes from 0X to 2x are good choices, or 10- to 12-pound test fluorocarbon.

The biggest drawback to the Apalachia fishery is that it’s west of Murphy, or six hours from the Triangle. But, it’s a unique North Carolina fishery that won’t see too much pressure and should only get better over time. And since it’s a put-grow-and-take fishery, you won’t feel guilty taking some home for the table.

Choose Plants for a Creative Valentine’s Day

By Michelle Roberson

Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer


This year instead of giving the traditional candy for Valentine’s Day, let’s make a lasting gift. Let’s give plants!

Live plants are such an amazing gift that keeps on giving. Long ago, plants were a big part of gift giving. The meanings behind the gifted plant has long since been forgotten, but how blessed we are to live in an age where information is at our fingertips.

Houseplants are a very nice, casual idea for sending a valentine wish to those you would like to acknowledge on Valentine’s Day. Small flowering plants represent loyalty, and non-flowering plants, such as bamboo and ferns, represent good fortune. The peace lily is a hearty flowering plant anyone can enjoy.

Orchids are elegant, yet exotic and delicate flowers. They come in a variety of colors, such as yellow, pink, purple and white, and in striped varieties. They represent love, beauty, endurance and strength.

Succulents and cacti are fabulous to put together in a dish garden and share with your bestie. They represent endurance and longevity, and are easy to maintain.

Lavender is a fabulous plant to give. It represents purity and sentiment. Lavender is used as fragrance, soaps, sachets and body lotions.

Dwarf Pussy Willow is the perfect gift for a mom, grandmother, new mom or mother-to-be. It symbolizes maternity and motherhood. For the mother-to-be in your life, place it in a pink or blue pot. If she’s having twins, give her two plants!

Just like the concept of birthstones, a birth flower can be a wonderful thoughtful gift. This idea can be expanded not only to mark the recipient’s birth month, but to celebrate a memorable moment such as engagement, anniversary, etc. For example, for your mom, use a dwarf pussy willow, plant in a nice red pot (for Valentine’s Day), then place flowers from corresponding months when her children were born, or even add her wedding month.

Birth flowers for each month are recognized as:

  • January – Carnation
  • February – Violet or Iris
  • March – Daffodil
  • April – Sweet pea or Daisy
  • May – Lilly of the Valley
  • June – Rose
  • July – Larkspur or Delphinium
  • August – Gladiolus
  • September – Aster
  • October – Marigold
  • November – Chrysanthemum
  • December – Narcissus or Poinsettia.

The color of a flower has significance, as well. Generally recognized symbolism of flower color includes:

  • Red – Love, passion, energy
  • Pink – Sweetness
  • Yellow – Friendship, joy, good health
  • Green (or ivy vines) ­– Renewal, hope, growth, health and youth
  • Crimson – Respect
  • White – Spirituality, new starts, purity, innocence
  • Orange – Enthusiasm, passion
  • Blue – Serenity
  • Purple – Charm, grace, elegance, creativity.

Once you have your planting idea together, plant in a nice red flower pot to tie it into the Valentine’s Day theme. Can’t find a red planting pot, you say? Not a problem! You can paint any pot and, once the paint dries, apply some craft paint in a contrasting color to children’s hands and press them to the outside of the pot. Use a black sharpie to write February or Valentine’s Day 2015 under the prints.

Be sure to attach a card explaining the plant, meaning behind it, color, etc. Have tissues ready, too.


Pet Sitters Join with Pet-Friendly Fence Builders


Pet ’n Nanny, a local pet sitting company serving Wake Forest, Rolesville and Wakefield communities, is partnering with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, a non-profit organization that helps improve the welfare of dogs and their living conditions in under-served areas of the Triangle.

The Coalition helps dogs that are continuously chained outdoors by building fenced in areas for needy dog owners. It also provides free services, including wellness care, spay/neuter clinics, leashes and collars, flea and tick medication, and vaccinations. The Coalition uses a non-judgmental approach to share information and much needed resources with pet owners.

“As a relatively young non-profit, receiving support from local businesses is important to our success,” says Lori Hensley, executive director of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs. “Partnering with Pet ’n Nanny will help us create greater awareness of pet wellness in Northern Wake County communities.”

Pet ’n Nanny co-owners Shannon Arner and her husband, Gerry, say partnering with the Coalition allows them to support a nonprofit that, like their own company, focuses on creating responsible pet parents and strives for dogs to be properly cared for in their own homes.

“The Coalition to Unchain Dogs offers pet owners alternatives to tethering their dogs in the yard,” Shannon says. “Pet ’n Nanny offers pet parents alternatives to boarding in kennels by keeping pets happy and stress-free at home with pet sitters while they’re away. We have similar values and goals, which make for the perfect partnership.”

Koinonia Foundation Shows Its Heart

By Lisa Brown


The Koinonia Foundation of Wake Forest will hold its annual auction to benefit local residents who are in need at the Forks Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. February 7.

Koinonia, Greek for “communion,” “joint participation,” or “a gift jointly contributed,” is the essence of the foundation’s motivation to help community members. Founded in 1990 by the Koinonia Sunday School Class of the Wake Forest Baptist Church, it has become a non-denominational Christian organization, providing financial support for other organizations that may not be adequately funded. The Koinonia Foundation also provides support to individuals they find by referral.

This auction gives participants a chance to bid on everything from baby blankets, to sports tickets, jewelry, an event at the Southerland and much more, knowing their winning bids and donations go to a good cause.

Lynnette Beadle serves on the board, and this is her second year as auction chair. “For an all-volunteer board and having just one event a year, we do very well and are able to help a lot of people,” he said. Because it has little overhead, the organization has been able to maintain a 95 percent donation rate to those they serve.

Last year, the auction produced $37,000, including $15,000 directly from sponsors who contributed anywhere from $100 to $1,000. The silent and live auctions included 215 items.

The foundation gives to local organizations that request help in the spring. This year the focus of the donating will be to BackPack Buddies at Rolesville High School. Students chosen by the principal, guidance counselor or teachers receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of the week to have for the weekend.

Ericka Lucas, principal of Rolesville High School, will be the keynote speaker at the auction. Rolesville High was the first school in Wake County to be part of the BackPack Buddies program, and the school is excited to receive assistance from this year’s auction.

Recently, Koinonia Foundation members learned of a woman who had come to Wake Forest for employment in a job that fell through. During the hottest part of the summer, the woman was living in her car. The Koinonia Foundation was able to put her in a hotel for a week until she was able to find another job and get back on her feet.

“Sometimes just a little bit of money and support is enough to make a big change,” Beadle said.

For more information about the Koinonia Foundation, go to www.koinoniawf.org. For more information about BackPack Buddies, go to http://foodshuttle.org/we-feed/childrens-hunger-relief/backpack-buddies/.

Financial Tips Coming to Rolesville Buzz Blog

Dear Buzzites,

Hello! My name is Glenn June, and I am a partner at June-Neri Financial. I have 41 years of financial experience, and I will be writing a financial blog for the Rolesville Buzz in 2015.

My financial articles will run on a monthly basis. These articles are intended to educate and empower every reader on key financial issues.

As a financial advisor, it is my goal and passion to help people with their everyday financial concerns and ultimately help them form a self-completing, comprehensive financial plan. The articles I write will allow you to gain a better understanding of your financials, as well as some of the important topics that are widely misunderstood in our society.

Throughout the year, I will be addressing such important topics as:

  • Financial To-Do Lists
  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Social Security
  • Understanding Your Risk Tolerance
  • Money and Taxes
  • Risk Management.

I welcome your questions. It is my mission to provide knowledge and information that the people of this area want to hear about. It has been my privilege to live in this area with my wife, Ginger.

If you have a question that you would like addressed, email it to me at Gjune@junenerifinancial.com.

Over the next 12 months, each article will address key areas within a financial plan. My first article will be posted in March.

I look forward to interacting with all of the Buzz’s readers.

Happy Investing!


The Youngs of Young Street

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Dr. Lawrence Branch Young was a second-generation physician in the town of Rolesville, and his impact is felt even today, nearly 85 years after his death. The son of Dr. Allen R. Young and Josephine Anne Terrell Young, “L.B.” replaced his father in the 1896 North Carolina Business Directory as a Rolesville physician. He was 37 years old.

L.B. Young – or “Branch” as he was listed as a 20-year-old in the 1880 Census – was born on July 30, 1859. He married Alice B. Smith in 1892 and, in October the following year, had a daughter named Lillian.

Lawrence and Alice appear in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 United States Federal Census Records as the head of the household and his wife. Young’s aunt, Emily Rowland, appeared on the 1900 Census as being a 70-year-old member of the household, and his mother, Josephine, lived with them at least until 1921, when she passed away at the impressive age of 89.

Interestingly enough, a look at the 1930 Census reveals that Alice Young was listed as what appears to be “Olive,” and several genealogy sites have picked up that name, assuming a second wife. However, “Olive” was most likely recorded in error on the part of the Census taker; handwritten Census record sheets aren’t always reliable.

For example, the Census records from 1900 through 1930 (if “Olive” is Alice) show Alice as being ages that would have had her born in four different years from 1873 to 1878. Her death certificate clearly states that she was born July 27, 1861, three days short of exactly two years after her husband’s birthday.

On that Census record of 1930, daughter Lillian was already married to Lonnie F. Weathers, had three children and lived near her parents. They all appear on the same page, the Weatherses directly following the Youngs.

Dr. Young was a member of the Rolesville Baptist Church, where he was a clerk from January to May 1901. In 1958, the sanctuary of the church was renovated, and among names memorialized by the new stained glass windows were Dr. and Mrs. L.B. Young.

In Louise Freeman’s book “Our Past – History of Greater Rolesville Area,” she wrote, “In the 1910s and 1920s one of the blacks was dearly loved who was the local midwife. She had a close working relationship with our local doctor, Dr. L.B. Young, for she helped deliver many babies, including this author.” The midwife’s name was Aunt Louvenia Austin (later referred to in the book as “Alston.”)

Freeman also mentions that Dr. L.B Young and other local doctors tended to the many community members who fell ill during the attack of a “wide-spread influenza-pneumonia type” disease during the fall of 1917 and winter of 1918, and that “the first telephone came to our section in the early twentieth century soon after the first one was installed in Raleigh in 1879.” Dr. L.B. Young was one of the first to install a telephone in his home.

In 1893, the year his daughter was born, Dr. Young bought four acres in Rolesville from Thomas L. Honeycutt. In 1922, Young transferred those three tracts of land to his wife. The first tract is described as, “My home place situated in Town of Rolesville, containing four acres, more or less on the West side of the Oxford Road and know as the Methodist Parsonage Place, adjoining the lands of J.H. Mitchell, deceased, W.J. Rogers and R.L. Rogers, Being the same land purchased from T.L. Honeycutt by Dr. L.B. Young [sic].”

The Dr. L. B. Young House, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1903 and has been owned and cared for by William and Phyllis May since 1977. On July 29, 2003, the house at what is now 119 West Young Street in Rolesville was submitted to the National Register through the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. On March 7, 2005, the house was officially listed in the National Register.

The registration form for the national designation describes the house as being a “transitional Queen Anne/Colonial Revival-style house” and is “the only example of the style in the town of Rolesville.”

“When we bought the house in 1977, the roof was good,” William May said with a smile. “But the rest of the house? We had a lot of fixing and updating to do. Now I guess it’s time to do it again.”

Dr. Lawrence Branch Young died in his home on August 14, 1931, at the age of 72 years, 15 days, and is buried near his parents in Terrells Cemetery on the street in Rolesville that carries his name.


For sources used in this article, please email jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com with your request.

Community News – February 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Town of Rolesville

 Updated Guide to Services and Programs Now Available

The Town of Rolesville has updated “The Rolesville Cornerstone,” the guide to Town services and programs. Until this edition (2015, Volume 1), the guide has been available in print form only. This current edition is available as a printed booklet and as a PDF. The guide, which is updated semi-annually, is a comprehensive resource for the citizens who call Rolesville home.

The guide includes everything from Town department contact information to how to obtain a building permit. It also includes the Parks & Recreation Department’s Winter/Spring class offerings and schedules, athletics offerings and schedules, plus special events. Facility rental details, Town park system maps, a FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), Police Department programs, and how to sign up to receive alerts via phone, text, or email about emergencies, events, or Town-sponsored and Town-initiated information are just a few of the pieces of valuable information found in the updated guide.

To receive a digital copy of The Rolesville Cornerstone, go to rolesvillenc.gov or to the direct link, rolesvillenc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Guide-to-Rolesville-Cornerstone2.pdf.

Waste Collection Service Information

Rolesville residents who have signed up for Town notifications received an email in mid-December 2014 discussing new dates and schedules for waste collection services. In that email was a link to an informational flyer that specified the rules and regulations regarding the service, including what is and isn’t collected; how waste should be placed by the road and what to do if a contractor is hired; how much the Town will collect; leaf collection and yard waste pickup dates; recycling information; and restrictions.

To receive a digital copy of the 2015 Rolesville Waste Guidelines, go to rolesvillenc.gov or to the direct link, rolesvillenc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-Waste-Pickup-Guidelines.pdf.

Town of Wake Forest

 Police Appeal to Residents to “Contact Us First”

Social media sites have exploded recently with discussions and sightings of suspicious individuals and vehicles in the Wake Forest area. This comes on the heels of the Wake Forest Police Department advising residents that there had been a number of incidents in which young children had been approached reportedly by two individuals in a gray or silver four-door SUV. The advisory also stated that the individuals were offering rides to children and asking about a missing kitten.

Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard would prefer citizens to contact town police about these and similar matters instead of posting statements to Facebook. Anyone witnessing or experiencing suspicious activity is urged to call police at 919-554-6150.

Leonard said the WFPD investigates every lead and takes them seriously.

In cases involving vehicles, the WFPD asks that you note the license plate number and any other identifying or incriminating aspects, such as color, make and model.

For accurate updates and advisories, go to the Wake Forest Police Department Facebook page or use E-Notifier, the town’s free email notification system, at wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Wake Forest Partners with Nextdoor Private Social Network

The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Police Department have partnered with Nextdoor.com, the free private social network for neighborhoods, in a bid to connect directly with residents.

According to the Town of Wake Forest, the goas are “to build safer communities, develop stronger relationships and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.”

The network is free for Wake Forest residents and the town, and allows neighborhoods to establish and manage their own Nextdoor websites. Residents using neighborhood websites can share information about neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and more.

It also allows the police to post news, emergency notifications, and announcements about programs, services, and special events to Nextdoor sites within the Town. The police will not, however, be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content.

Neighborhood websites are password protected and not found through search engines.

As of this writing, 56 neighborhoods in Wake Forest have started Nextdoor websites, all of which are available only to residents that verify they live in the particular neighborhood.

For more information about the social network and how it can work for you, go to Nextdoor.com.

Passion with a Purpose

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen



Patrick Robinette, CEO and President of Harris-Robinette Beef, was once told, “You’ve got to find a passion in life, and then you’ve got to find a purpose for that passion.”

A personable, down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is guy who views every day as an adventure, he is happy to talk about his passion: raising the best beef he possibly can. After all, his company’s slogan is “A life worth living deserves beef worth eating.”

Headquartered on the Harris homestead in Pinetops, where the family’s cemetery dates to 1813, HRB is in its 15th year of producing grass-fed, naturally raised beef.

Patrick and his wife, Amy Robinette, moved back to North Carolina from Nebraska in 2000. Shortly thereafter, a mentor from Robinette’s days at NC State University suggested over lunch that grass-fed was the future.

Robinette’s immediate reaction was “I’m not feeding the hippies!”

Yet as he researched the topic, he learned that the removal of growth hormones and chemicals from the cattle raising process also removes allergy symptoms that can mimic those that signal autism and hyperactivity. This knowledge helped him evolve to his current position on raising beef cattle.

Once the zero bovine growth hormones and zero preservatives factors were introduced, Robinette looked to his pastures to see how he could take this method a step further. He naturally fertilizes by adding environmentally sound, renewable resources to the soil: fish emulsion and coral calcium (pulverized ocean shells).

Through trial and error, he has nearly perfected the method by which he raises his Senepol Cross cows to produce a high-quality beef that is affordable and nutritious, and he has become a forthright advocate for the method of beef production he employs on his farm.

Never one to sit back and be satisfied with the state of things, he’s constantly learning and educating. He also serves on the Producer and Producer Group Constituency Committee of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

“This is the only way we’re going to eat meat in 20 years,” Robinette says with confidence. “We have much better grass technologies and much better genetics in the cattle. Then we’ll educate people how to utilize the whole animal, so we’re not slaughtering a cow for just a (fast-food) hamburger. Plus the public wants to know what they’re eating, and we need to educate them.”

The farm’s web site states: “Harris-Robinette utilizes a pasture-to-plate system to best serve the interest of our farmers and to preserve agriculture in a sustainable fashion for the good of their land, their family, and our society.”

So how does he manage to keep his sustainable business model rolling?

“We’re unique, and our uniqueness is what gets us in trouble,” he said with a sly laugh. “Bankers understand an acre of soybeans, but they don’t know what will happen with the beef market. This creates risk, which they don’t like. Our blessing is that we don’t owe anybody; our curse is that we have to be creative in our growth.”

With more requests for HRB product than ever before, the company saw more than 11 percent growth in 2014 over 2013. HRB’s primary customers are restaurants in the state, predominantly in the Triangle.

Robinette started providing beef to the Gatehouse Tavern in Wake Forest early in 2014, but according to him, he had to know three years ago that he would need the beef to supply them (or to any new customer). There’s math involved in this business that no one realizes.

It takes 33 months to “grow a cow,” according to Robinette. The process begins with a nine-month gestation period followed by 24 months to grow the calf from birth to finish. HRB sells everything they produce as opposed to middlemen that buy live animals to fit the orders they have.

“That’s where the risk factor comes in with the bankers, and none of us has a crystal ball,” Robinette said. “On top of that, customers only want certain parts of the cow.”

For example, Gatehouse Tavern’s Executive Chef Lotah Fields orders chuck shoulder and brisket for hamburgers at the Gatehouse twice a week, and he has ordered rib-eye steaks and short ribs for Farm Table on occasion. But what about the rest of the cow?

“If you look at a 1,000-pound cow, it yields 16 pounds of brisket and 30 pounds of chuck,” Robinette said. “That means I’ve got a 1,000-pound animal with 370 pounds that are boneless meat, and 46 pounds are going to one restaurant. So here’s the tricky part: I have to know who else wants the other parts of that cow and exactly which parts they want.

“I’ve got 2,000 head, and I’ve tried telling these cows, ‘look, all I want you to do is raise tenderloin, but they won’t do that’,” Robinette said with a chuckle, fully secure in the fact that he is a man who definitely found a purpose for his passion.


Next month: Baa, Oink, Quack, Gobble




Radio Station Involves Communities, Assists Area Music Education Programs

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

There’s a radio station in your backyard that pumps out 100,000 watts of power 24/7. It’s nearly impossible to miss the tower for WCPE-FM 89.7 because, at 1,250 feet high, it’s the tallest structure in the area.

WCPE-FMTucked neatly in the woods off Chalk Road, the listener-supported classical music radio station comfortably and quietly straddles Wake Forest and Rolesville.

Arts & Community Liaison and on-air announcer Tara Lynn is quick to state, “Our goal here at ‘The Classical Station’ is to become the nation’s No. 1 classical music station.”

Such recognition might not be too far off, since WCPE was named one of the Best Internet Radio Stations by the U.K.’s “Telegraph” newspaper in December. Through the station’s web site, (theclassicalstation.org), listeners across the country and around the world can listen to streaming broadcasts via five different online formats.

But international success isn’t the only hallmark of the station’s existence. What began as a 12,500-watt dream of five NCSU students in 1978 (and was supported by yard sales to pay operating expenses) now has full- and part-time employees, over 200 volunteers, and impressive small business underwriters. This steady growth over more than 30 years has allowed the station to become not just a provider of beautiful music over the airwaves and Internet but also a part of the community and an instrument of music education opportunities.

Community Outreach

For starters, WCPE has enjoyed a long-time, ongoing partnership with Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh.

“They share our love of fostering knowledge about classical music and the arts in general,” Lynn explained, “so we’ve been teaming up with them regularly to offer free events that bring in local performers and national artists to talk about music and engage the community.”

The station also makes itself accessible to the public by setting up informational tables at local performances of the symphony and the ballet, and at events such as Summerfest. Station announcers have also emceed concerts at Wake Forest’s Renaissance Centre since its opening a little over a year ago.

The next big project is a concert at the Cary Arts Center designed to tie into one of the station’s themed weekends (“Piano Music of the Russian Romantics,” January 17 and 18). Because classical music encompasses such a broad range, the goal is to break it down into special themed weekends, making the event an educational exploration of a particular type of classical music.

Music Education Grants

“There are so many local programs for learning to play music in the Triangle because there’s a decrease of support in our schools,” Lynn said. “So many studies point to how important music education is to success in society, school, life. And if our public education isn’t going to cover it, then we’re finding other ways to get involved.”

In 2009, Lynn saw the need to support music in the immediate listening area. A committee was formed, made up of volunteers, members, and those who have been involved with music education. Before long, the Education Fund was born, and the station began accepting grant applications. Funding is provided through subscribers who opt to have 10 percent of their pledge money diverted to the Fund rather than receiving a token thank-you gift.

“It was difficult at first to make an impact,” she explained, “but since 2010, we’ve totaled almost $38,000 in grants.”

Since the Education Fund began, the station has worked with a wide variety of organizations around the Triangle and as far away as Greensboro. They’ve assisted the Philharmonic Association in commissioning new pieces by North Carolina composers for several of their youth orchestras. They also work with Kidznotes, a Durham-based organization helping to combat the effects of poverty by keeping children off the streets and giving them music lessons after school every day.

“This season,” Lynn added, “we’re the sole sponsor of the Ovations program with the North Carolina Symphony. Through this program, students have the chance to perform at Meymandi Hall before a concert, then they attend the main concert for free. The learning that happens in that juxtaposition is really special.”

Determined to continue this community and educational outreach, Tara Lynn says she wants to keep classical music accessible for everyone at every level because it matters.

“It ties us together in ways that we don’t realize,” she said. “It allows us to express things that we might otherwise not be able to express in our daily lives. That’s important to a healthy society.”

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“Piano Music of the Russian Romantics” will air at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 17. The corresponding live performance will be held at the Cary Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 18. This event is free and open to the public.



Rolesville Student Appointed to Naval Academy Prep School

Marsalis Laushaw of Rolesville has received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Marsalis is continuing a family tradition of service to country. His father and grandfather each served in the U.S. Navy and U. S. Marine Corps. His parents, Dwight and Tanya Laushaw of Rolesville, inspired and influenced him to always give his best and walk in integrity and courage.

Marsalis was officially welcomed into the Naval ranks in November 2014 as he accepted the appointment. NAPS prepares midshipmen candidates for success at the U.S. Naval Academy.

He is scheduled to report to the Naval Academy Prep School on July 1, 2015, for one-year post-secondary school leading to four years at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Marsalis, a Heritage High School student, was one of the 250 students selected from more than 18,000 applicants. Applicants are considered based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, leadership, physical aptitude, medical eligibility and community service.

Heritage High School principal, teachers, staff and coaches were also instrumental in submitting recommendations, providing insight, and academic preparation.

Wake Forest Police Install Drug Drop-Off Box

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The Wake Forest Police Department recently installed a drug collection unit or “drop-off box,” at the 221 S. Brooks Street Substation.

The police department received the free drop-off unit through a grant from CVS/pharmacy’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program.

CVS/pharmacy teamed up with The Partnership at Drugfree.org to donate up to 1,000 drug collection units to law enforcement agencies nationwide. The Wake Forest Police Department completed the grant application in June, was approved a short time later and received the unit in late November.

Citizens are encouraged to drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Items that will be accepted include prescription pills or patches, ointments, vitamins and over-the-counter medications. Items not accepted include liquids of any kind, aerosol cans, inhalers, needles and thermometers.

Participants can help law enforcement officials properly identify and record the medications by disposing expired, unused or unwanted medicine in its original container with the drug label intact. All of the medications collected will be secured by the police department and destroyed by incineration.

Excess and unwanted prescription medications in the home are at risk for being diverted and abused.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose from prescription pain killers has surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. The abuse of prescription medications has also reached epidemic proportions.

Providing our community a safe and environmentally responsible method of reducing the amount of unwanted medications in local households is an important tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse, the Wake Forest Police Department says.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration January 22

Several local churches and community organizations are coming together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a free, public celebration on Thursday, January 22, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road.

Area residents are invited to attend the observance, beginning with supper at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.

The event’s theme will center on one of King’s messages: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

Wake County Habitat for Humanity Faith and Advocacy Coordinator Samuel Gunter will be the evening’s featured speaker. The program will also showcase the art and performances of young people from local schools.

Local groups that contributed to the celebration include the Wake Forest Human Relations Council, Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, Heritage Baptist Church, Wake Forest Baptist Church and Wakefield Family Church. Other supporters include Faith Tabernacle United Holy Church, Corinth UCC, New Bethel Rolesville, Olive Branch Baptist Church, Wake Forest Methodist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Lori Moss at mossdj@bellsouth.net.

O’s Commentary Happy New Year


Dear O,

I’ve read that you love the start of each New Year, but I am wondering: What are some of the things you remember most about 2014?



Dear Curious,

I have to say looking back at 2014 for me is a tad bittersweet. I took note of a lot of lives no longer with us.

I listened to the great broadcaster and disc jockey Casey Kasem and his radio music countdown show for years. It was called the “American Top 40” and it ran on hundreds of stations all through the 1970s and ’80s. Casey’s voice was iconic and, along with his radio countdown shows he provided the voice for many television commercials. He was even the voice of Shaggy on the cartoon show “Scooby Doo.” His radio voice was literally the backdrop of my life and his passing made me reflect on a lot of great years.

Another standout was the loss of legendary soul and blues singer Bobby Womack. I saw him many times in concert, and his 1981 hit, “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” is still playing on a CD in my car.

Ever the lover of pugilism, I was taken aback when I heard about the death of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. He was a middleweight boxer wrongfully accused of murder and later freed after spending almost 20 years in prison. Carter’s autobiography, titled “The Sixteenth Round,” was published in 1975 and inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song, “Hurricane,” and the 1999 film, “The Hurricane” with Denzel Washington playing Carter.

Legends like Mickey Rooney, the beautiful Lauren Bacall, the activist and actor James Garner and that girl I loved to dance like, Shirley Temple, made me pause and give thanks for their presence on this earth.

The beloved actress Ruby Dee has gone on to join her fabulous actor husband Ossie Davis and I thought how happy they must now be.

The comedy club in heaven is being ripped up every night with Robin Williams headlining and Joan Rivers doing a guest spot. Both deaths helped me realize life is a gift that has an expiration date.

And what a treasure we lost in Maya Angelou. This world is definitely a better place because her. She taught me that God can plan a bigger dream for you than you could ever plan for yourself, and it doesn’t matter where you start but rather how you end and who you touch that matters.

For those I didn’t mention, please don’t think they’re forgotten. Let’s just pass around the tissue, and all say we will miss you.


Dear O,

I have made yet another resolution to lose weight, run a marathon and to stop smoking. Do you think I have a chance on it working out?

Biggest Loser


Dear Biggest,

Yes and No. Most resolutions only last for about 12 days, so to me it’s not about the resolution but about actually having the resolve.

Don’t pay $700 dollars for a gym membership; go one time, then turn your gym clothes into leisure wear. You can’t keep up a gym regimen if you haven’t done any exercise since high school gym class. Please!

I understand you want to run your first marathon but you can’t even start jogging if you haven’t walked up a flight of stairs in 20 years. Start simple, like getting up and getting that glass of water yourself instead of asking your son or grandson to do it. Also don’t go too far. If you have been smoking since you were 6 years old and now you’re 56, you can’t quit tomorrow. Take baby steps.

Remind yourself of the changes you want to make. Write down what you want to change on post-it notes and then put them someplace you will see everyday. Use your positive thoughts to bring about positive change.

Now THAT, I am sure you can do. Take heart, I am rooting for you and plan to lose weight as well. There is always a skinny woman living inside me crying to get out, but most of the time I can successfully shut her up with cookies.

To all my wonderful readers:

Let’s drink a cup of kindness for “auld lang syne.” Here is to you and here is to me, and if we should ever disagree, then we’re human and we can talk about it. May all your wishes be beautiful, mystical, magical and filled with laughter, and may they all come true.

This year I plan to be stronger, braver, kinder and unstoppable. This year, I will be fierce! Have a happy, healthy 2015!





Write to me: o.morris@rolesvillebuzz.com




Business Briefs - January 2015

Rolesville to Get First Tavern

After months of planning and work to obtain town permits, Rolesville’s first tavern is set to open in early February at 411D S. Main Street, in the Food Lion Shopping Center.

Main Street Tavern will feature local and domestic beers on draft, wine and mixed drinks. Rolesville resident Jim Demchak is the owner.

Demchak previously worked as a support engineer for Hewlett Packard, but opening a tavern has been a dream for many years. After moving to Rolesville he saw a need for a local establishment to go to to enjoy a sandwich, a game and good times with friends. “My goal is to have comfortable and safe place for yourself, friends and neighbors to come and meet, have a sandwich and socialize,” he said.

“I would like to add that the Town of Rolesville has been very supportive and helpful during this entire process, and is very supportive of this endeavor and new business in our town,” Demchak said.

Main Street Tavern will feature a friendly, safe and smoke-free environment with a light food menu and eight TVs. The Rolesville Café, next door, has agreed to provide light snack items and sandwiches to Main Street Tavern. There will be seating for 40 people and a horseshoe shaped bar that can accommodate 15.

Seating will also include an outside patio in the rear of the building with tables, chairs and umbrellas.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and to 1 a.m. on weekends. Look for Main Street Tavern on Facebook to stay updated.


Consignment Shop Moves to Wake Forest

Lulu’s Thrifty Vintage and Consignment Shop has outgrown its West Young Street location in Rolesville and is moving to downtown Wake Forest.

“We have enjoyed our time in Rolesville, but need a bigger location,” said Dan Jackson, the Junk Guy.

The new location at 317 E. Roosevelt Avenue offers four times the square footage of the shop’s current space.

In addition to expanding the inventory of antiques, thrift and consignment items, Lulu’s new location will offer a chalk board line of paint, and paint classes. Space is available for antique vendors, and shop owners hope to find an antique toy vendor.

The new store will be open by mid-January. Call 919-791-6665 for more information.


Nutrition Club Expands

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Rolesville Nutrition, at 600 S. Main Street in Rolesville, is taking over the space formerly occupied by Strike Zone and expanding.

The extra space will provide room for indoor exercise classes, such as drop-in work out sessions, kickboxing, Zumba, hoop dancing, or video exercise sessions. The membership club will also offer cooking classes about re-making healthy version of favorite foods, and a play area for kids to use while parents exercise. Morning day camps are being planned for preschoolers.

A “fit challenge” will start in January with indoor exercise sessions and food preparation help.

The club is open daily for nutritional shakes and coaching from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for evenings for classes. Phone 919-263-8230 for more information.

The West Side of Oxford Street or Market Square: Lot No. 11

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Traveling up West Young Street to where it meets Main, there once was an empty, unassuming building on the right-hand side that over the years evolved into railroad-style construction: long and thin; four times as long as it was wide. That building at 101 West Young Street (101W) factored into many Rolesville citizens’ lives for decades because the ownership represented Rolesville family history, and the structure housed a variety of goods and services.

Situated on the West side of Oxford Street or Market Square … Lot No. 11” in the Plot of the Town of Rolesville, state the early land deeds, which can be traced back to April 16, 1904, when W.J. and Fannie Rogers sold to Dr. L.B. Young.

Wake County Public Records show that in 1939 Alice G. Young (widow) sold the property known as 3rd tract … in consideration of Ten ($10.00) Dollars and natural love and affection for her daughter,” Lillian Y. Weathers. Lillian and her husband, Lonnie, owned the property until they sold it in 1962 to C.K. Brown and his wife, Effie. In 1980, Howard L. Brown bought the property from his brother.

“A bus stop in Rolesville was begun by the National Trailway Bus System in 1938,” wrote Eloise A. Freeman in her history of Rolesville. “Its first stop was at the brick building constructed by L.F. Weathers as a drug store that included a doctor’s office, then this building was later sold and became a launderette (sic).”

“The drug store, Rolesville Drug, is probably the most historic thing about the building,” Rolesville Fire Chief Rodney Privette said.

“When the drug store was built, all the streets around there were dirt,” Howard L. Brown said.

rown explained that Rolesville Drug belonged to Dr. Hardwick of Wake Forest. “Dr. Hardwick had (a drug store) in Wake Forest, too,” Brown said. “Dr. Adams, a pharmacist, ran this drugstore for Dr. Hardwick.” Brown also said the drug store had a soda fountain in the front and a doctor’s office as well.

The drug store moved to what is now 102 and 104 South Main Street in the early 1960s. The August 21, 1962, deed reflecting the sale from the Weatherses to the Browns states, “Being same lot upon which is located a building formerly used as a drug store.”

Wake County Public Records show that the building was expanded in 1967.

Privette remembers when there was a two-bay car wash at the back and the Rolesville Grill in the mid-section of the structure.

“The car wash was in the late ’60s or early’70s, before the grill,” he recalled. “The brick part was the original drug store, the original building, and then the rest was added on. The frame part was where the grill and the car wash were, and the concrete slab in the back was where you would vacuum out your car.”

A laundromat eventually replaced the drug store in the front, and in the late ’60s, it caught fire. Until the day the building was demolished, some of the beams still showed fire damage.

Howard Brown also owned the Rolesville Oil Company, which was in the mid-section of the building, and in 1977 he opened Rolesville Auto Parts in the front. David Laxton was hired as the manager when the auto parts store open.

“David remained the store manager for nearly 20 years and bought the company from Mr. Brown in 1993,” according to Laxton’s wife, Faye. “In 1996, David sold Rolesville Auto Parts to George Upchurch, Sr., who also purchased Rolesville Oil Company from Mr. Brown.”

Two years later, Ned Winn moved his portrait studio into the building with Brown as his landlord.

“When I heard that Rolesville Auto Parts was closing, I started asking how I could get into the building,” said Winn, a professional photographer for over 30 years.

By the end of 1999, Winn bought the property, and Winn’s Portrait Studio and Persuasions Photography filled the building.

“When I moved in, it was a great place to go buy tractor oil, but no women were going to go inside there. It was nasty-looking!” Winn said, laughing. “The back of the building was the ‘pretty part’ because that, at least, had paneling inside.

“I re-did the whole interior: sheetrock, paint, put up curtains, made it gender-friendly to the ladies, and made it smell good because I wanted people to bring their families in there for photographs. I had a 1,200-square-foot camera room and three studio setups.”

Eventually, however, trends changed, and much of Winn’s portrait photography was done outside of the studio and on location. In 2012, Winn sold the building back to Brown and moved his studio to Wake Forest.

Later that same year, Brown sold the property to the Pehush Family, who sold it to the Town of Rolesville in 2014. Purchased as part of the land on which the Town’s administrative campus will eventually stand, the Town determined the building had to come down.

“Because of the age and the disrepair with massive roof damage,” said Town Manager Bryan Hicks, “we decided to demolish the building.”

During the first half of December 2014, the building underwent asbestos removal, and on December 15, 101W was demolished. Still, the property, the building, and the businesses therein will continue to be part of Rolesville’s history.


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Freeman, Mrs. Eloise A. Our Past, History of Greater Rolesville Area. Broadfoot Bookmark: Wendell, NC. 1976. Digital pages 114-115; original pages 83-84. Digitized book in PDF form. Available from the Town of Rolesville. (Footnote 101- Told by L.F. Weathers, who built this structure.)



Editor’s Note: The information above is from “Our Past, History of Greater Rolesville Area,” by Eloise A. Freeman, Broadfoot’s Bookmark: Wendell, NC, 1976; and is credited as “told by L.F. Weathers, who built this structure.” Digital pages 114-115; original pages 83-84. The digitized book (.pdf form) is available from the Town of Rolesville.

Breads and Cheese Come Naturally

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Rob Nurrito of New York Bagel & Deli in Raleigh provides rolls to the Gatehouse Tavern and breads to its partner eatery, Farm Table Kitchen & Bar. The goods are baked every day and delivered around 11 a.m. Nurrito provides the restaurants with 440 brioche rolls per week as well as sub rolls plus rye and sourdough artisan breads.

Farm Table Executive Chef Lotah Fields specifically uses Nurrito’s sourdough bread for Grilled Bread Salad, which is topped with shrimp, chorizo, onions and roasted peppers with white wine and vinegar sauce. This small plate has appeared on the menu several times since the restaurant’s opening in July.

In the baking business since he was a kid in Montvale, N.J., Nurrito has lived in the Raleigh area for 10 years. He and his father do the majority of the baking, and their approach fits perfectly with restaurant owner Laszlo Lukacsi’s vision.

“My ryes and sourdoughs are from scratch, and I make my own sours instead of buying them,” Nurrito said. “I let my sours sit for a week, and that’s why they get that really good taste. A lot of people don’t do that. They get it right from the store, from the freezer.”

Nurrito supplies breads and rolls to establishments in Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street area, but welcomed Lukacsi’s interest.

“It’s been good. It’s boosted my wholesale business,” Nurrito said. “Laszlo initiated the relationship because he’s had our sandwiches, and he could taste the freshness. That means everything. You can take a frozen brioche roll and taste mine. There’s no comparison. He tasted that freshness, and that’s where we ended up.”

Terri Wilkinson is a home-based breadmaker. She puts in extended Fridays, baking goods to sell at the Wake Forest Farmers’ Market. The one-day-a-week baking schedule allows her to work around her family’s schedule the rest of week and to be able to offer the freshest breads possible.

Wilkinson started The Flour Garden in 2002 when she helped a local farmer and friend try to start a farmers’ market in Wake Forest.

“I thought, well, I can make a nice loaf of bread, so I started to bake with my kids,” she said. “I have two special needs children, and I thought it might be a good project for them to learn how to interact with people, count money, and make a little business we could do together.”

Today, she and her children sell approximately 50 loaves of bread, 20 bags of granola, 50 cinnamon buns, and 50 empanadas every week.

“I do some prep before Friday, but all of my baking is done on Friday, so 50 loaves is the maximum we can accomplish in one day.”

Wilkinson sells a variety of breads made with 100 percent organic sprouted wheat flour that she buys locally. Occasionally, she bakes sourdough breads and brioche among others. Like Nurrito, Wilkinson makes her own sours to make sure they’re right.

All of her goods are made with local, organic and fair trade ingredients, including vegetables, eggs and cheese from vendors at the Wake Forest Farmers’ Market.

“I’m really passionate about supporting our local farmers,” Wilkinson emphasized. “It’s important to support our farmers, to create a local food system, and to know where your food is coming from. In my empanadas, I use a lot of the greens and things. And I buy my cheese from the Cultured Cow.”

The Cultured Cow Creamery cheeses are produced locally through the friendly dairy cows at Agri-Science Opportunities Farm, formerly in Durham and now in Person County. The farm and creamery are owned and operated by Dr. Sam Galphin, DVM, an adjunct professor and NCSU.

Galphin, who works with several organizations, including Heifer Project International, has a clear vision about the purpose of his farm and cheeses.

“The reason I got into the dairy and cheese-making operations,” he said, “was because of my passion for feeding people. I travel all over the world, and the one thing you realize is that there’s a tremendous amount of true poverty everywhere.”

Because the world’s population has grown significantly in our lifetime and food production has not kept pace, Galphin’s mission is to teach people the concept of sustainability.

“Sustainable models are when food is grown locally and consumed locally,” he explains. “If we can model that here in the United States and then teach the rest of the world that process, then that’s what this vision is about.”

The dairy started in 2011 and Cultured Cow began a year later. The Holstein cows are “seasonally pastured and fed local hay” according to the dairy’s online FAQs. Even the water used on the farm is from sources on the property, taking nothing from the city’s drinking water supply. Most important for consumers is that none of the farm’s cows are given antibiotics or hormones designed to increase milk production.

According to Galphin, the dairy cow is the most efficient producer of human-edible protein on the planet per acre. Because she doesn’t lose her life in the process, she’s part of the sustainable process, too.

“The dairy is part of a vision to make an impact on feeding the world, and one of the things that helps keep the dairy sustainable is the ability to add value to the milk we produce,” Galphin continued. “That’s the goal of the cheese business and hopefully, that cheese will help sustain the business in down times.”

They’ve Served Honorably, Now it Was Time to Serve Them 14th Annual Golden Corral Nationwide Military Appreciation Monday

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


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

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

Heather Kinney, service manager for the front of the house, was in charge of the evening.

“This is the 14th year that we’ve done this,” Kinney said. “Last year, Veteran’s Day actually fell on Monday, so we held it then. But it’s usually the Monday after Veteran’s Day. On the actual day, everybody’s doing something for the veterans and active-duty soldiers. We want to feed as many of them as possible.”

Girl Scout Troops 1658 of Wake Forest, 1111 of Zebulon and 392 of Franklinton joined Boy Scout Troops 500 and 511 of Wake Forest and 520 from Bunn to lend a hand for the afternoon and evening. The scouts carried trays, bussed tables and cleared away dishes. All scout participants will either earn a badge for their service or have their service count toward rank advancement.

The JROTC from Wake Forest High School brought their color guard and saber team to the festivities. To honor veterans and active-duty personnel as they entered the restaurant, the saber team created a gleaming arc under the lights over the walkway.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the color guard performed “Taps.” They also presented the colors during the national anthem as sung by Wake Forest High School chorus member Denise Sherow. Sheila Absher sang “Amazing Grace,” and Pastor Jimmy Pulley blessed the food.

“With the veterans, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the JROTC, and others, this is a really good community event,” said Kinney, who came to the Wake Forest Golden Corral four years ago.

Diners were treated to the entire Golden Corral buffet from soup and salad to vegetables, rolls, side dishes, and an array of dinner options, plus the extensive dessert station.

Posted on the Golden Corral Facebook page that day was a simple notice.

”Today marks the 14th year of Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday,” the Facebook post said. “We invite all current and former military members to a free ‘thank you’ dinner today from 5 to 9 p.m. Dine-in only. You’ve served honorably, now let us serve you.”




Caring for Indoor Plants During Winter Months

By Michelle Roberson

Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer

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

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

Cut back on the water. Because the plants are in a “dormant” stage, they do no require as much water as in the active spring and summer months. Watering every two weeks is good; some plants can even go an entire month before watering. If the plants are tropical in nature, regular watering is recommended.

Unless they are tropical in nature, house plants do not require fertilizing in the winter.

Taking a soft cloth and wiping the leaves to remove the dust is very helpful. Typically (if plants are outdoors), the rain takes care of dust accumulation. Another option is to place plants in the bath and run the shower over them. Serving double duty, this will also take care of watering needs.

Running the heat in winter months causes the air to dry out. Just as we use lotion to moisturize our skin, plants require humidity. Try placing a humidifier (I use a small vaporizer) near your plants. Run it when you have the heat turned on. It can and should be a very light mist; it doesn’t need to be a rain forest.

These few tips should make the winter months a bit easier on your plants.

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

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

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

A tube of tennis balls always works for a retriever. Visit any dog-friendly beach or park in the U.S. and you’ll see at least one ball-obsessed dog staring intently at their owner patiently awaiting the launch. And if you really want to have fun, get a Chuckit Launcher ($7 to $25) for a super-long throw range, a slobber-free ball pick-up mechanism, plus less wear on your throwing shoulder. Win. Win. Win.

The Varsity Ball ($40) is an insanely durable toy (it’s made of FDA-approved linear low-density polyethylene plastic) that’s designed to stimulate your larger dog’s natural herding instinct and play drive. As the Varsity Pets website notes, it’s too big for dogs to destroy or grab onto with their mouths. Instead, they push it around, kick it, and otherwise work themselves to exhaustion as they try to “figure it out.” If you have a pet lion or tiger, they seem to like Varsity Balls, too.

Or, how about a therapeutic futon bed? Orvis has a FleeceLock Bolster Futon dog bed ($100 to $200) made of micro suede and fleece. It’s super soft and washable. The wrap-around bolster is perfect for resting your pets head.

It’s hard to get excited about leashes and collars, but how about a custom-made collar and leash with your pet’s name and or phone number embroidered on it? It’s made of durable webbing on one side and your choice of ribbons or fabric on the other. You can get multiple upgrades including Lily Pulitzer fabrics and reflective clasps. (Starting at $25.)

Just when you thought creative pet photography couldn’t get any better, portraits of dogs caught in the act of shaking off water and drool or just having fun with the family make great gifts. Give one photo or make a book with a collection of your favorites. It’ll be a welcome addition to any dog lover’s coffee table.

There are really only a handful of truly useful gadgets for dog lovers. The Tagg Tracker ($100, plus $8/month) is one of them. This GPS collar clip and charger station lets you track not only how much exercise your dog is getting during a given day, but also monitor his precise movements. The subscription service may come with a hefty upfront cost, but you’ll get fast and accurate location updates and the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly where your furry friend is.

Even though we may think the season is all about spending money and giving gifts, the most important gift if all is remembering the reason for the season. Take time to give Fido a little cuddle time. It will do wonders for helping to reduce the stress that can accumulate during this time of year.




Family Math Night Adds Up to Learning and Fun

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


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

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

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

Owens was thrilled by this year’s turnout and parent participation. Her tallies showed 250 people attended, including 101 students, almost 70 families that filled out surveys, Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, and Food Lion staff members who interacted with the students.

Family Math Night is a community outreach program created and sponsored by Food Lion, LLC. Store Manager Kevin Green explained, “It’s a community event where we get the kids involved in a learning environment. The schools bring the request to us, and we work with them. We have the activity sheets available for them to use, and we provide food for the kids, apples and bananas to keep it healthy.”

Owens praised Green by saying, “He was awesome to work with. He was always right there when we needed him, and he went the extra mile to help make this happen.”

The produce department was where most of the math problems were solved, but canned food and frozen foods came into play as well. The activity sheets were geared specifically to kindergarten through 5th grade and involved progressive math concepts from recognizing shapes, colors, fruits, and vegetables to weighing, measuring, price comparison, and budgeting. The parents accompanied their children to wherever the sheet directed them.

For Rolesville Elementary’s part, the annual Family Math Night is a PAC night (Parents Are Connected), a program sponsored by the WCPSS. According to Carter, the school is allotted a certain amount of money to facilitate involvement.

“One of the requirements for receiving funds through Title I is parent involvement in the school,” Carter said, “and each school that receives funding is required to use 1 percent of their Title I budget for parent involvement activities to support it.”

Title I, Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I funds are used to provide extra instructional services and activities to support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing to meet performance standards in mathematics, reading and writing.


In addition to the problem solving, families were able to enjoy a family-style meal along with goody bags, door prizes, and raffle items courtesy of the Title I money and Food Lion contributions.

“It was amazing to me,” Owens said. “This was only our second annual Family Math Night. Last year’s was great, but this year’s was less chaotic and even better attended.”

Play Homes to be Raffled to Benefit Autism Society

By Rebecca R. Newsome, MIRM

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

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

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

Visit the play homes at the following locations:

  • Keith Parker’s Christmas Tree Lot at the corner of U.S. 401 and Redford Place Drive in Rolesville.
  • 414 Bendemeer Lane in the Carlton Pointe neighborhood in Rolesville.
  • On the Green at Lafayette Village at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Honeycutt Roads in Raleigh.

And look for an All Play float in the Rolesville Christmas Parade on December 7.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at Keith Parker’s Christmas Tree Lot, the Carlton Pointe Sales Office, and through Lafayette Village merchants, including Executive Office Suites, Ora Designers/Fine Jewelers/Gifts, Stuf n Such, TLC for Bikes, Upper Crust Pie & Bakery, and Village Grill. Tickets will also be available for sale outside of the Chamber of Commerce Office from 3 to 5 p.m. on December 7 and online at AllPlayforAutism.com until December 18.

Raffle tickets will be drawn at 6 p.m., Saturday, December 20, at Lafayette Village prior to the Polar Express Movie on the Green.

“I’m proud to have donated a substantial amount of time and resources this year to All Play for Autism,” said Ryan Perry, CEO of ICG Homes. “Autism is a growing problem in the United States; the latest stats show 1 in 68 births (1 in 42 boys) are affected by autism.

“This project is a small way I can show support for the leading statewide resource organization that serves individuals and families also affected by the autism spectrum.”

Innovative Construction Group, LLC, otherwise known as ICG Homes, is a customer-oriented building company whose management has more than 30 years of industry experience. The company builds homes in all price ranges in targeted North Carolina cities and towns.

The Autism Society of North Carolina provides support and promotes opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families. For over 44 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community throughout North Carolina.

Every dollar raised stays within North Carolina, helping people who live and work in our local communities. For more information about autism or the Autism Society of North Carolina visit www.autismsociety-nc.org.

For more information about All Play for Autism, call 919-876-5802 or visit www.icghomes.com/ all-play-for-autism.

NCWorks Offers Programs, Services, Funds for Job Seekers

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


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

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

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

“Our No. 1 goal is to get people employed,” said Robin Garrett, who works in both regional centers. “We offer career advisement, so if someone came in and wanted to change careers, we could discuss market information and their interests.”

The Capital Area NCWorks system offers services, workshops, skills updating and retraining, and job placement assistance.

“In the computer labs, anyone can use the computers, fax, and phone for free as long as they use them for their job search,” Garrett said.  “We can help with navigating NCWorks.gov, and we can help with your resume, cover letters and job search. If you need to print out resumes, you can do that. It’s all free.”

Skills updating and retraining are also offered through the system via ResCare Academy, a free online learning tool.

According to the Workforce 101 Resource Guide, “The ResCare Academy course catalog offers nearly 4,000 vocational skills, job readiness, motivational and remedial courses in various industry sectors. ResCare Academy has also added free GED training. As you complete courses, the academy generates a completion certificate that can be printed and placed in your job search portfolio.”

Logins for the site are provided upon request by Garrett at the conclusion of an information session with her. Once registered with ResCare Academy, job seekers are allowed to take as many courses as they can during a one-year period.

“With our system, you can job search, and we have preferred employers who work directly with NCWorks,” Garrett said. “They input jobs and take out old jobs, and NCWorks can refer registered candidates to the preferred employers.

“When a candidate builds a resume on NCWorks, the preferred employers don’t look at the full resume. They look at the skills in your employment history so they can match those to their openings.”

For the first 48-hours, new job postings are on “veteran hold,” which means only military veterans can apply for them.

Veterans searching for work receive preference at all sites. At the Career Center in Raleigh, veterans will find staff dedicated to assisting them and a separate waiting room.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that sometimes veterans are ineligible for a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program because it clashes with the G.I. Bill.

“They can’t have both,” Garrett cautioned, “so we want to make sure that we’re not signing them up for something that’s going to hurt them.”

That WIA program is an often-overlooked key to job placement success. The federally funded scholarship assists with training and employment needs.

“For qualified people, I have federal funds for them to go back to school, short-term, that can result in them being employed after that training” Garrett stressed. “The maximum $3,500 is used to cover books, tuition, uniforms, certification exams, any criminal background checks that go along with that. We want to pay for all of that so that the job seeker doesn’t have to.

“To start the scholarship process, you register on NCWorks, complete the resume builder, and then you schedule an appointment with me to complete the rest of the application. Then I’m available, after you finish your training, for job search assistance. I want to help people get back to work.”

For more details about NCWorks, ResCare Academy, and what may be available to you in your job search, register for a free information session at either regional center by contacting Robin Garrett at 919-562-6388.

For more details about contacting the Career Center in Raleigh, go to http://www.servicelocator.org/search/detail-info.asp?ParentID=31209045&State=NC.

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


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

It happens every year just before Thanksgiving. Christmas tree vendors pop up all around the area with their little houses and decorated fences heralding the start of the holiday season. By Thanksgiving, their lots are filled with fresh trees ready to be sold, brought home, and decorated. The Christmas tree industry as a whole in North Carolina is no small business. According to the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association, Christmas tree sales in North Carolina totaled more than $75 million dollars in 2011 and increase each year. Second in production only to Oregon, Tar Heel growers account for over 20 percent of the Christmas trees in the United States, and those growers, with the tree vendors, work hard to provide the freshest, most attractive trees available. The current issue of AAA’s “GO Magazine” says, “The Fraser Fir of western North Carolina is the most premium and popular species of cut Christmas trees.” Brian Furches of Furches Seasonals agrees wholeheartedly, calling the Fraser Fir “the Cadillac of Christmas trees.” His family operates a third-generation Christmas tree farm that was started by his grandfather in West Jefferson near Boone. Furches worked alongside his father for 15 years, but after moving to Wake Forest to attend the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary started his own company that sells pumpkins in the fall, Christmas trees and flowers in the spring. Soon he’ll be starting a landscaping business to fill in the other months of the year. Growing naturally at elevations about 4,500 feet in the southern Appalachian Mountains, the Fraser Fir trees are found in southwest Virginia, western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. They’re also the tree that has graced the White House more times than any other type of Christmas tree from any other state between 1971 and 2012. The White House tree is chosen annually by the National Christmas Tree Association. “The Fraser Fir is the best because it has excellent needle retention,” Furches said. “They hold their needles well, plus the overall look of the tree and better color make them attractive.” These evergreen beauties, named after late 18th century Scot botanist John Fraser who explored the southern Appalachian Mountains, can grow as tall as 80 feet when left untouched in the forest. Those grown for sale, however, typically “mature” after 12 to 13 years. “From seed, the trees grow in a bed for three years,” Furches explained. “Then they’re transferred to another bed for three years. After that, they’re transplanted in the field, where they grow in 5 foot-by-5 foot blocks for six to seven years before they’re cut for Christmas.” Furches buys premium trees rather than No. 2 grade which can be “gappy” with holes in it. “No. 1 grade has a better shape, but a premium tree is full, has no holes, and has a good shape and top to it,” he said. He also said that “the trees are cut when I need them, so they stay fresh longer.” When buying your tree, make sure you ask for the best way to care for it to keep it safe and looking its best throughout the holiday season. The vendor will be more than happy to talk with you. Christmas Tree pickup and disposal It’s important to know when your community has scheduled curbside pickup for Christmas trees, but if you don’t want to wait for a specific day, some tree vendors offer a pickup and removal service. “We pick up Christmas trees on the same schedule as our regular curbside yard waste pickup,” said Wake Forest’s Town Manager Mark Williams. “We will encourage people to put them out in early January, but we will pick up as yard waste any time.” According to Rolesville Town Manager Bryan Hicks, trees are accepted with yard waste pickup on specific collection dates. For those dates and other information, consult the Town’s website, RolesvilleNC.gov. Chris Ray, Zebulon’s director of Public Works, said the town picks up discarded trees according to the normal yard waste collection schedule, regardless of the month. “The trees will be taken back into our facility to be ground up into mulch like the rest of our yard waste,” he said. Remember to remove all lights, ornaments and tinsel before disposing of your tree.

Military to be Honored at WF vs. Wakefield Game

Wake Forest High School’s DECA chapter will hold its first ever Military Appreciation Night at the Wake Forest vs Wakefield High School rivalry football game on Friday, October 10.

The event will consist of honoring each branch of the service and those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

During the weeks leading up to the game, DECA members have sold “America”-themed T-shirts. All profits from sales will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Military veterans and those currently serving in the military are invited to the 7 p.m. game at Wakefield High School, located at 420 Stadium Drive in Wake Forest. Admission to the game is $7. A free Chick-Fil-A meal will be provided for those with military ID.

Historical Program Features Tales of Local Hauntings

Ryan Keith, local photographer and collector of tales of haunted houses and places, will be giving a lecture on the topic at the Wake Forest Historical Museum from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 21, just in time for Halloween.

Keith, a native of Wake Forest now residing in Raleigh, has heard many tales passed along over the years. Some seem to be based in fact, while others are purely fabricated. However they come, they make for interesting discussion and are especially exciting this time of year.

His own experience gave him a peek into how a tale can grow larger and larger, and how imagination can often take over. But as he says, “Some are definitely rooted in truth.”

Back when Keith was in high school, before Falls Lake had been created by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Neuse River took a sharp turn behind Stony Hill Baptist Church. It was known as “Bent of the Neuse,” which can be seen on maps from that era. It was a jagged section that had a large rock and a cave. Legend had it that it served as a holy Indian burial area.

A group of Keith’s friends hiked in one night hoping to camp along the river bed. They didn’t get far in before they all saw something that scared them enough that they ran out and went home with tales of seeing strange things and hearing odd noises.

The next evening, Keith went back with friends to try to recreate the experience and see the scary sights. Already thinking about ghosts, they went prepared with cameras, Geiger counters, and a shotgun. They hiked along a dirt road on a dark, moonless night. The group walked in formation and about half way down the road the first member stopped, which created a domino effect of everyone bumping into the guy in front of them.

Finally, the leader, asked in a whisper, “Do you see that?” There to the left and then to the right was a yellowish and whitish light moving slowly and eerily toward them. Whatever it was, it was enough to make the group turn and run away.

Keith knows that, as kids, their experience was limited and they didn’t realize that often in marshy areas gasses appear much like what they had witnessed. Though no one will know for sure what they encountered, the experience stayed with him and the others for quite a while.

Morning Person Harris was a one-time Wake Forest resident who, legend says, stands guard in her rocking chair at the top of her stairs of her former house off Purnell Road (what is now an event venue). Many who have been there claim to hear her moving the chair, and one former resident said when her son practiced the piano she would bang on the pipes. During construction many workers claim to have seen a shadowy figure in the upstairs window, though they knew for certain that no one was in the house.

The Wyngate house, which has since been torn down, was home to a young student who sadly took his own life. A boarder living in the house some years later would often hear what he knew to be gunshots. At the time the boarder, Mr. Honeycutt discovered after moving out that the young student had indeed shot himself in that very room.

There are accounts of paranormal activity in Rolesville at the site of a house that a small plane crashed into and killed two people. If one ventures into the remains of the house, they will be pushed to safety.

Finally, according to “Real Haunts,” the Morpheus Bridge in Wendell is also said to be haunted because a family of three hit the bridge, were ejected, and landed below. Only the father survived, and it is said that if one parks their car on the bridge at Halloween, it will shut off and the mother will appear searching for her child.

Keith will tell more tales and will open the floor for the audience to share their own at “The Haunting of Wake Forest” sponsored by the Wake Forest Historical Association. Refreshments will be provided.

Keith said last year was packed, so make sure to get there early. Parking is plentiful both in front and behind the museum, which sits behind the Calvin Jones House at 414 N. Main Street.


‘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.

Council Names Wake Forest ‘Good Neighbors’

By Isabella F. Vigilante

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council has named Becky Rogers and Hilda Warren the 2014 Good Neighbor of the Year Award co-winners. Katie Newhouse was named the youth winner of the award.

Rogers and Warren were nominated by their neighbor, Kenille Baumgardner, who cited an annual neighborhood block party the two have jointly hosted for 22 years as the primary reason for the women’s nomination.

“About three weeks before this yearly event, all the residents in a one-block radius will find a colorful invitation taped to their door,” Baumgardner said.

“This invitation invites families to meet their neighbors and to bring a chair and food to share. (On the day of the event,) no matter what the predicted weather, the front yard is festooned with balloons welcoming all those attending.”

In addition to festive decorations, the annual block party includes plentiful food and drinks, door prizes for children and adults, and also scrapbooks and displays with photos from previous years’ parties.

“These occasions are an opportunity to meet those who are new or long-time residents, young and elderly, those with young children or grandchildren, and sometimes former neighborhood residents,” Baumgardner said.

“It is my hope to honor (Rogers and Warren) while they can be acknowledged and perhaps as an incentive for others in Wake Forest to do something similar in their neighborhoods.”

Katie Newhouse, the youth winner of the Good Neighbor Award, is a senior at Wake Forest High School. She is actively involved in school and community organizations, including the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association, and the Special Olympics. She is also a member of the Big/Little Sister Club, which works with female 9th grade students to help them to make the transition from middle school to high school.

She is also the founder of her school’s Leo Club and currently serves as its president. The club works to enrich the lives of children in our community through a variety of community service projects.

Over the past year the Leo Club has raised money to provide Christmas gifts for Wake Forest High School’s special needs class, organized a “Bowling for the Blind” event at Brooks Street Bowl, visited the Governor Morehead School as representatives of Wake Forest, and helped organize a “Forest Cleanup.”

Newhouse also maintains a 4.6 GPA and works part-time at a local pharmacy.

“I love helping the community, and I love Wake Forest. I just really love to help others,” Newhouse said. “It was a true honor to be selected.”

Wake Forest Human Relations Council Chair Henrietta Coursey said this year’s Good Neighbor Award winners’ “efforts in our community reflect the wonderful spirit of the award, and make them especially deserving of this special honor.”

The Good Neighbor award was created to recognize Wake Forest residents who make outstanding contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods, and to honor those who make a difference in their communities without seeking recognition.


Hannah Stutts Wins Three-Year Fight

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Over High School Grades, Class Rankings

Most adults would be reluctant to take on the government, but former Franklinton High School student Hannah Stutts did just that and, after three years, her fight has paid off.

North Carolina, like all states, determines a student’s grade point average based on “quality points.” Courses are assigned points according to their degree of difficulty.

While enrolled in high school, Hannah discovered that the college classes she was taking were not earning her the same points as her classmates earned in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, also called AP and IB classes.

States have intricate equations that figure GPAs that are both “weighted” and “unweighted.” Classes that require a more extreme pace, more academic rigor, and overall higher expectations of students are given more points. As a result, a student’s “weighted GPA” may be higher than a student’s whose classes did not provide the same rigorous work.

Colleges consider the weighted GPA because it provides a picture of the student’s academic success as well as their determination and degree of willingness to do more difficult work during their high school career. The unweighted GPA is also still considered by most colleges as a fair depiction of the student’s actual performance.

But, the point system is used to determine not only the weighted GPA, but also the student’s class ranking.

Hannah took college classes while in high school because she thought they would better prepare her for college and beyond. AP and IB classes are also intended to give students an extra academic advantage. But AP and IB classes were given a point value of 5, while college classes were given a value of 4.5.

The difference caused Hannah to lose a class ranking that would have made her valedictorian.

While that difference may not seem that important to many people, to Hannah and her family it made a big difference when they applied for financial aid and scholarships. There are many loans and scholarships that are available specifically to valedictorians, and though in theory she held the rank, the weighted GPA told a different story.

Hannah decided to challenge the system, but when she went to her high school’s leaders, she was told that it was a state law. Though she knew it would not make a difference in her ranking, she was determined that other students would not face the same problem.

Her campaign took her to the Department of Public Instruction, State Board of Education, University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and eventually to state Senator Chad Barefoot, who represents Franklin and Wake counties. With his help, she brought her issue to the General Assembly’s Joint Education Oversight Committee, where she testified about the GPA weighting system and the important impact it had on her and her future.

Hannah’s persistence paid off. It took three years, but college classes taken in high school are now weighted the same as AP and IB courses, so a student does not have to give up their class ranking if they choose to pursue college coursework.

Hannah graduated from Franklinton High School 9th in her class, not as valedictorian as she hoped. The difference did not keep her from getting into her school of choice, N.C. State University, which she entered as a as a 17-year-old sophomore. She is studying genetics and plans to venture into genetic counseling, research or engineering.

She never received the answers about why the system was set up the way it was, but said she is very grateful for the support and assistance of many people, especially Sen. Barefoot and officials at the DPI.

She said she is happy the “fight” is over and very relieved at the outcome. “I’m very glad the incoming class (2016) will benefit from this,” she said.

Expo To Highlight Nearly 100 Wake Forest Area Businesses

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce will present its 2014 Community & Business Expo on Thursday, October 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Wake Forest Charter Academy, 1851 Friendship Chapel Road.

The Expo is free and open to the public and business community. This annual event features nearly 100 booth displays by local businesses and non-profits.

“The Community & Business Expo is a great way for the community to learn about area businesses and what they have to offer,” said Marla Akridge, president of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s also a great marketing tool for our members and a fun experience for everyone who attends and exhibits.”

Door prizes will be given every hour. A Halloween costume contest for children to be held at 6  p.m. will award a brand-new Xbox to the winner.

A family entertainment room will feature face painting, a photo booth, and other interactive vendors. There also will be great food to sample from local vendors such as Main Street Grille Pizzeria & Restaurant, Simply Crepes, and Real McCoys Restaurant.

Presenting sponsor for the Community & Business Expo is CenturyLink. Gold sponsor is Keller Williams Wake Forest. Silver sponsors are “The Wake Forest Weekly,” Huntington Learning Center, “919 Magazine,” and Allstate Insurance-Walters Insurance Agency Inc. Bronze sponsor is “The Rolesville Buzz.”

O’s Commentary To Strip or Not to Strip … That is The Question

Dear O,

I am a 22-year-old single mother who has recently become a full-time student. I am having a hard time finding a job that will both work with my schedule and give me time to be with my children, keep my grades up and pay the bills. The only advice I have been given by my friends is to become a stripper to pay my tuition and bills. I’ve given it some thought. What do you think?

I’m No Amber Rose

Dear No Amber Rose,

First let me applaud you for furthering your education. You have chosen the best route, in my opinion, to secure a bright future for you and your children. But I must ask you to pump your brakes before your kids go from being the product of a strong women who didn’t let her circumstances stop her from going to college to the kids of “that stripper.”

My question to you is, why would a responsible person want to get herself involved in what many consider a very shady line of work? I mean, seriously; I understand you need to support your family, but your value to your children is more than finances. You are their rock, their role model and the person they look up to. You may think you can worry about your reputation tomorrow, but I assure you tomorrow IS coming and who will you blame then?

Besides, what makes you think you could even do this for a living? If you have any boundaries and you’re not accustomed to being naked in front of strangers, you’ll probably be ashamed and uncomfortable. I strongly encourage you to avoid embracing delusion as your primary compensatory mechanism. Or, in other words, I know you need to get paid, but slow your roll.

Do you realize that you will always be known as a former stripper, no matter what you do in the future? That could sabotage the very profession you are trying to enter by going to college. Plus, there is the added issue of someone coming into the club that you know, even family. That could result in not only you being humiliated, but also your babies.

Listen, I doubt very seriously they have a panic button that instantly catapults you into the stratosphere should any of the above show up. So when word gets out, little Johnny’s mom probably won’t let him play with the kids of the lady who takes her clothes off for money.

Now, I will admit that, upon doing a little research, I found out that as many as one third of strip dancers are students, with many using the cash earned to support themselves throughout their studies. Strip clubs even take out recruitment ads in campus newspapers. But that absolutely doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

If someone offered you $1 million to spend 10 hours a week swimming naked upstream with 30 50-pound dumbbells hung around your neck, would you do it? It would certainly take care of your finances. If you’re nodding yes, please stop reading and seek professional counseling immediately; if no, keep reading.

You have to understand that there are worlds you have no real knowledge of. If you go down this dark road you could end up being psychologically ravaged and in desperate need of therapy, or worse.

I realize it’s your life and sometimes people have to learn the hard way, but you did ask for my advice, so here it is, straight truth no chaser. I don’t condone stripping. It will highjack your pride. You can accomplish anything as long as you’re willing to work hard and you don’t have to wallow in the gutter to do it. No money is worth that kind of life.

I’m not suggesting you start playing a harmonica in front of the subway station but even that would do less damage to your reputation.

Dear Upset in Parkside,

I am wrapping my arms around you, and praying you find the strength you need. Discomfort is that quiet spirit urging you toward change. If anyone puts his or her hands on your mother, grab your voice, grab a phone, grab a frying pan. This is Armageddon, and YOU are silence turned fire alarm.

Do you want to comment? Write me O.morris@rolesvillebuzz.com

Drive a Truck, Earn $20 for Rolesville Football Team


The Rolesville Rams football team will host a “Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser” on October 10 between 3 and 7 p.m. at the carpool entrance in the teacher’s parking lot.

Ram Trucks will contribute $20 to the football program for each person who takes a short test drive at the event, up to $5,000. Chris Leith Dodge Ram will have the new, award-winning Ram 1500 and other trucks available for participants to drive. Volunteers from the dealership will be on hand to assist with the test drives.

Anyone age 18 or over who has a valid driver’s license may drive and earn a donation.

In the spirit of friendly competition between the school’s freshmen, sophomores and juniors, Ram Truck will award an additional $500 to the class that brings in the greatest number of test drives during the event.

“Together with Chris Leith Dodge Ram, we are challenging our families and fans to help us raise up to $5,000 in one day,” said Ericka Lucas, the school’s principal. “This is a great opportunity for our fans to lend their support without reaching into their own pockets. We are hoping everyone stops by the Ram Truck tent and takes a few minutes to drive for the Rolesville Rams football team.”

The whole community is invited to come out and join us at the Varsity home football game day, said Coach Tommy Moore.

Chrysler Group LLC has supported schools in the communities where the company does business since 1993, and has raised over $5 million for America’s schools through programs like the “Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser.” Last year, the “Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser” brought in more than $150,000 for 50 football programs nationwide.

Fall is Colorful in Raleigh


While Greater Raleigh is not typically known as an autumn “leaf peepers” destination, the Raleigh area is colorful with cultural fall events, exhibits and performances. Use all your senses this fall to discover North Carolina’s capital and everything that is has to offer.

Dubbed the “Smithsonian of the South,” Raleigh offers more than 40 free attractions, making it an affordable escape for parents and children. Raleigh is also the perfect place to discover cultural history, have a romantic weekend at a local bed and breakfast or explore the outdoors at numerous parks and lakes.

Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh is flanked on both sides by three of North Carolina’s most popular and free museums.

The North Carolina Museum of History exhibit “Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals” showcases the history of bluegrass festivals and fiddlers’ conventions, record labels, and television shows that helped to popularize bluegrass music. This year’s lobby case will feature promotional posters from events, album covers, and television clips, all to help you follow the spread of this genre.

Across Bicentennial Plaza are the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Southeast’s largest natural science museum, and the Nature Research Center. This fall, the “World’s Largest Dinosaurs,” a major new exhibition, explores the amazing biology of a group of uniquely super-sized dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, some of which may have reached lengths of 130 feet.

Enjoy lunch at one of downtown Raleigh’s many restaurants, all within walking distance of many museums and historic sites. Whether it is down home country cooking or farm-to-table cuisine, there’s a place for any craving or budget.

As soon as you walk into Big Ed’s City Market restaurant, you can smell the fresh baked biscuits or the buttermilk fried chicken. Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue has been famous for their vinegar-based Eastern-style barbecue since 1938, and The Roast Grill has served more than 200 Southern blackened hotdogs a day since 1940.

If you crave innovative Southern cuisine, visit celebrated restaurants like Poole’s Diner and 18 Seaboard, which are making names for themselves with the fusion of traditional Southern and global flavors. The restaurants use local products and wines from the region to create unique, creative and mouth-watering dishes.

If it is fun and adventure you are looking for this fall, look no further than the North Carolina State Fair. This annual feast for the senses is a must on anyone’s list. Whether it brings back memories of your childhood, or you watch as your children as they see the bright lights of the midway for the first time, taste and smell the treats only found at the fair, touch the animals in the agriculture showcases or hear their favorite performers during nightly entertainment, it will be a memory that lasts a lifetime.

This fall get out and explore your own community by being a tourist in your own town. Find information on events taking place throughout Wake County by visiting www.visitRaleigh.com.

Salon to Begin Cancer Patient/Survivor Classes

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


To coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Renewing Your Hair Salon & Wigs Salon will sponsor a Cancer Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7. Desserts and door prizes will be available at the meet-and-greet.

The salon will also introduce “A Time for Renewal” classes for cancer patients and survivors in October. These classes are designed to teach women about hair loss as well as about hair products to use once their hair comes back. The salon’s team of specialists will also introduce wigs and demonstrate how to apply makeup.

“During those two hours each week, the salon will be closed to regular clients, and only cancer patients, survivors, and their family will be allowed in the salon,” said owner/stylist Joanna K. Alevizatos, who also owns The Main Squeeze Beauty Boutique & Jewelry in Wake Forest.

“We welcome all women to come in, and they can take off their wigs, learn about various things, and be comfortable.”

The classes will be offered each month on the second Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the third Monday from 8 to 10 a.m., and the fourth Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The first class is scheduled for Sunday, October 12.

“We are an exclusive salon located inside a medical building in the Raleigh area that not only services hair clients but caters to cancer patients,” Alevizatos said. “Our dedication and main focus has set us apart from other salons with an amazing team that has their hearts and sights in the same direction.”

Renewing Your Hair Salon & Wigs Salon is located at 8300 Health Park, Suite 134, in Raleigh. For more information, call 919-977-9478.

Local teams, barbecue fans fare well at Rolesville competition

BBQ Whole Hog Winner LarryLarry Snead of Granny’s Pit Crew won the whole hog category.

A perfect mid-September day was the back drop to the 5th annual Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ and Bands Fest sponsored by the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce. More than 50 vendors and barbecue contestants prepared and served barbecue from across the state (and beyond) for all to sample and enjoy. Judges had an especially difficult time picking winners with so much good barbecue to pick from.

Father/Daughter team Woodpile BBQ, picked up second place in Ribs and third place in Chicken. Their sauce made from a secret family recipe was well-received. Joey Wood said he and daughter Chelsea were both very tired but plan to compete again next year. “We’ll forget about how tired we are by then!” he said.

The other father/daughter team in the competition, Tracy Richards and his daughter Emerald, didn’t take home a trophy this year, but Tracy knows that the experience was worth it. Pointing to the barbecue stain on an otherwise pristine baseball hat, Emerald said, “That just shows I’m making memories!” Somewhat of a local celebrity because Emerald is only 9, but still very much in the running, she boasted, “I can’t go 10 feet without someone saying, ‘Hello, Emerald!’”

Hand Me Down BBQ Sauce from Wake Forest offers barbecue lovers what they call a nice blend of both Western and Eastern flavors, and took home the People’s Choice Award.

Mark Roberts, the festival’s emcee since its inception, said he loves coming out and getting a chance to mingle with the public, and enjoys all the good food. “Everybody is pleasant, it’s outdoors, and there’s great music,” he said.

Sherwood Bobbitt, chairman of the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce board of directors, was very pleased with the day. “We had a big crowd and more vendors and competitors than ever,” he said.

As with any event of this size and scope, many volunteers are needed to make it happen. “It takes a tremendous amount of planning and execution to present an event of this size so the time investment we received from those people is invaluable and appreciated beyond words,” Bobbitt said.

The judges were delayed in choosing the winners with so many good contestants in the running. Once chosen Mark Roberts introduced everyone’s favorite entrant, Emerald Richards as his “close personal friend” to assist him in announcing the lucky few. Once all trophies were handed out Emerald’s parting words gave hope to those not lucky enough to win this year, but who were coming back for another try: “Thank you for coming and better luck next year for everyone who didn’t get an award!”

All the winners were:

Chicken – 3rd – Woodpile BBQ, 2nd – Prime BBQ, 1st – Big Bad Wolf.

Ribs- 3rd – Big Bad Wolf, 2nd – Wood Pile BBQ, 1st – Hand Me Down BBQ.

Whole Hog- 3rd – Mr. Mallory, 2nd – Hand Me Down BBQ, 1st – Granny’s Pit Crew.

The coveted People’s Choice Award was won by Hand Me Down BBQ.

Faith and worship

Over the past few days, millions have been drawn to their television screens to watch the riveting news coverage of a commercial airliner having been shot down in the Ukraine and the politics of the follow-up story – who bears responsibility? At the same time we’re watching the escalation of war between Jews in Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, with all the finger-pointing that accompanies such conflicts.

Hours after the crash, Scott Pelley of CBS Evening News said, “There are 41 wars being fought around the world right now. Most of us are busy and we race through our weeks without paying a great deal of attention. But yesterday, this week stopped, because one of those wars reached into the sky and grabbed 298 people, who could have been any of us.”

What are we to make of these times? How is the Christ-follower to respond in light of such crises? Where are we to go for answers, and in whom should we trust?

For Christians, the answer is obvious! We go to the Scripture! God’s Word provides context, gives answers, and provides hope for the one who has committed his/her life to the Lord Jesus Christ!

Here’s what Jesus had to say about our times: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will arise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginnings of sorrows.” (Matthew. 24: 6 – 8).

Christ-followers have an unwavering faith and trust in the Word of God and in the God of the Word. We understand that most of what we see unfolding before us is actually spoken of the Bible, that there will be troubles and difficulties, that it will get worse – not better, until Jesus comes back to this earth, which is a promise from God and our hope for the future!

There are many Bible-believing, Bible-preaching churches in our area. May I suggest that you find one, attend it regularly, listen to God’s Word, believe and do what it says, and thereby experience the peace, faith and hope that so many others have found in a relationship with God through His Son Jesus.


The versatile dog

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By Mike Zlotnicki

The family and I had our annual Hatteras vacation last month, and the “family” includes our 2-year-old German shorthaired pointer, Annie. We love having her around, and the $90 pet fee is cheaper than boarding her locally.

Having a wide-open hunting dog on vacation means finding a way to exercise her, so for us that meant finding a remote stretch of sound-side land to play fetch for half an hour and risk a ticket for having her off the leash.

One day a family walked by, watched and then asked what breed she was. Annie is mostly liver and loves a water retrieve, so they wrongly guessed chocolate Lab, despite the obvious tail, coat and confirmation differences. Upon learning her breed the father gave me one of those quizzical “what’s a bird dog doing in the water” looks and led his family back to their vehicle.

Many people just don’t grasp that there are breeds that can “do it all” – find and point upland birds, retrieve waterfowl and track wounded game. Typically these breeds are European in descent, and the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association was formed in 1969 to promote the philosophy and ethical breeding of versatile hunting dogs.

This column is not to knock the Lab, or the pointer or setter or beagle, or any other specialist. I just love the idea of one dog for doing it all, say, shooting wood ducks in the swamp at daybreak and then searching the oak flats for woodcock in the afternoon. Or, maybe trailing a bow kill for someone who is having trouble finding their deer. I know you can use a Lab or springer spaniel or another flushing breed as a “rough” shooting dog; I just prefer a pointing breed.

I don’t kid myself about upland bird populations in North Carolina. The decline of bobwhite quail – primarily due to habitat degradation – is well documented. But between ruffed grouse in the mountains, woodcock and dove in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, and various dove and duck opportunities, one can put together enough wild bird opportunities from September to March. Throw in some shooting preserve hunts and maybe an out-of-state trip now and then, and it’s a full calendar.

I love the shorthairs but I’m not “breed blind.” There are many wonderful versatile breeds out there, including the German wirehaired pointer, the wirehaired pointing griffon, vizsla, weimaraner, and small munsterlander, among others.

For more information on local versatile hunting breeds, you can visit the Carolinas Chapter website at rodneydecker.vpweb.com or the national site at navhda.org.


Bass tournament results

Forty teams showed up for the Piedmont Bass Classics “Cashion Fishing Rods” End of the Year Tournament held July 12 out of Farrington Point on Jordan Lake. A total of 11.7 bass were caught, weighing 369 pounds. The results were:

  1. Scott Gatton of Cary and Mark Brogan of Durham, five bass, 24.64 pounds, $976
  2. Tony Fofi of Spring Lake and Dave Murdock of Sanford, five bass, 23.50 pounds, $560
  3. Jason Suggs of Fayetteville and Britton O’Quinn of Linden, five bass, 20.92 pounds, $448
  4. Lonnie Whitfield of Burlington and Phil Smith of Mebane, five bass, 17.81 pounds, $352
  5. Steve Upchurch Raleigh and Tony Barham of Durham, five bass, 17.78 pounds, $288

1st Big fish pot: Fofi and Murdock, 7.68 pounds, $532

2nd Big fish pot: Joe Langley of Benson and Brian Fritts of Raleigh, 7.24 pounds, $228


For more information about Piedmont Bass Classics contact Phil McCarson at 919-971-5042 or philsflags@msn.com.



Book Review: Life After Life


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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“Life After Life,” Jill McCorkle’s most recent novel, has nothing to do with religion or the afterlife. Instead, it has everything to do with the living of life and, in particular, those later years in which living can be the most difficult and the most precious. With life, however, comes death and the importance of remembrance.

McCorkle utilizes her short story writing skills in chapters given over to individual residents of the Pine Haven Retirement Center in fictional Fulton, North Carolina, employees, visitors, and neighbors. A graveyard next to Pine Haven holds surprising significance for more than one character.

Fulton is a small, sleepy town, but the microcosm of Pine Haven is bursting with elderly energy, verbal activity and animated gossip. Residents of the home include Marge, who keeps a murder-crime scrapbook, and Rachel, a former Yankee who harbors a secret as to why she moved to Pine Haven.

Toby is a jolly, retired English teacher whose demeanor sparks rumors about her lifestyle, and Sadie is a retired 3rd-grade teacher who, with her Polaroid camera, is an arts-and-crafts wizard able to create pictures of people in places they’d always dreamed of going. Stanley is a rude, crude man feigning dementia in order to force his son to become independent.

In addition to the residents, Joanna, the hospice worker, delicately records the lives of each passing; C.J., the tattooed-and-pierced single-mom beauty operator pampers the residents; and 12-year-old Abby from next door makes more friends at Pine Haven than at school.

As the stories and characters connect one to another, lives are celebrated to show that old age needn’t be feared. The stories are filled with details that embrace everything from broken dreams to tender confessions, and backward glances of regret to goodhearted bickering. McCorkle’s writing is insightful, humorous, heart-warming, heart-wrenching and downright Southern.

It is, like life, a joy that has its moments of sorrow.

Business Briefs - August 2014

One Whirled Café open in Heritage

Biz Briefs-One Whirled

A new addition to the Heritage Station shopping center is One Whirled Café, a new eclectic, upscale restaurant that boasts “global comfort food” in a relaxed and upbeat environment. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, and the menu has something for everyone.

The owners and chefs, Mary Melie and Chris Ortlepp, are both Culinary Institute of America graduates who share a passion for scratch-made dishes and locally sourced ingredients. With this in mind, they have worked together in five states before settling in the Durham area. Because of the growth and diversity in the Wake Forest area, they decided