Get Ready for the Pollen

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree

Cary, NC – The buds are fat on the pine trees and the sweet gums. My younger daughter already has watery eyes.

Tree-pollen season generally lasts from March through May in the Piedmont. While you can suffer in silence, here are a few tips for coping with the pollen. Read more

Recipe: Easy As (Chicken and Broccoli) Pie

 

Story by Leslie Huffman, photo from the Ditto Family

Cary, NC – I don’t know about you, but life is very hectic at our house. My children are in a gazillion activities and have tons homework. My husband and I have work and after hours meetings and of course somewhere in there we must make dinner.

Even with all the crazy schedules we hold, we do manage to eat dinner as a family at least 4 days a week. It is the prep time that I seem to lack when it comes to cooking. So here is a one dish meal that packs in all the food groups and tastes delicious.  Oh, and it’s easy as pie! Read more

Gardening: Time for Lettuce

Story & photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, N.C. – This period of the late winter should be called “Pear Blossom Season” in Cary, because the ever-popular, medium-sized tree is exploding in white blossoms all over town.

It turns out that Pear Blossom Season is exactly the right time of year to plant lettuce and other cool-season salad greens. Read more

Go Local: I’m Hooked on the Sea Depot

Story and photos by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – I am a fish out of water when knowing how to choose fresh seafood from the store. Unless you caught the fish yourself, it can be difficult to tell exactly how fresh it is or where it came from. Read more

The Story of Read and Feed

Story by Mary Beth Phillips. Photos by Brooke Meyer.

Cary, NC – Several years ago, Jan Elmo was volunteering as a tutor at Northwoods Elementary when she had an epiphany that every child does not have the opportunity to develop a love of reading.

In October of 2007, after spending  months researching what she could do about the problem, Elmo quit her corporate job and purchased an RV Van to start Read and Feed at Penny Road Elementary in Cary. Read more

Profile: Grace Li Wang Shines For Lazy Daze

Story and photos by Lindsey Chester

Cary, NC- At the recent Lazy Daze Grants ceremony the artwork was unveiled that will represent the Lazy Daze Festival this August. I had the opportunity that night to meet the artist, Grace Li Wang. She agreed to a future interview. Read more

Cary Parks #5: Marla Dorrel Park

Part 5 in our Cary Parks series.

Cary, NC — Home of the award-winning Kid’s Together Playground, Marla Dorrel Park breaks the mold of the typical suburban park.  There are many unique elements to Marla Dorrel including a dragon climbing structure (named KATAL), progressive design elements and landscaping, and management by a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit group.

After many years of visiting this park, I am still amazed at the incredible variety and quality of features packed into the 2 acre playground. Read more

Chicken and Egg Situation in Cary – Literally

Story by Mary Beth Phillips. Photo by SteveW.

Cary, NC – I was at a dinner party in Raleigh and more than half of the attendees waxed poetic about the joys of raising backyard chickens. Read more

Black History Month: Billy Strayhorn of Hillsborough, NC

Story and photos of Hillsborough by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – I’ve been pondering what to write for Black History Month. Yesterday, on a trip to nearby Hillsborough, I discovered a small hole in the fabric of black history. It concerned Billy Strayhorn, composer and arranger for jazz great Duke Ellington. Read more