PineCone: North Carolina’s Rich Musical Tradition

Cary, NC – North Carolina, and specifically the Piedmont, has a rich tradition in, well, traditional music.

Upon my arrival in the Piedmont some 17 years ago, I stumbled across The PineCone Blue Grass Show on 94.7 FM, which I listen to pretty religiously. Come by pretty much any Sunday before dinner and it’s coming from my garage, especially when I’m smoking ribs or fish in the driveway. Neighbors make fun, but the homeowner’s association hasn’t stopped by yet. Read more

Neighborhood Watch: Waldo Rood

Story from staff reports. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Over the last several months, there’s been a rash of Cary burglaries – 220 of them in the last 15 months, to be exact. And more recently there has been a virtual wave in the Waldo Rood/Cary Parkway area. Read more

Recycling: I’ve Got Worms!

Story and photos by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC -Did you know that food is the #1 least recycled of all waste materials? In Cary we are great at recycling paper, plastic and glass. We just put it “in the bin” and off it goes to the recycling plant. But up to 75% of what we throw away is organic material.

The crazy thing is food decomposes all by itself in nature. Read more

Money Matters: “Baskets of Money”

Story by Guest Columnist Pete D’Arruda. Photo by Michael Hodge.

Cary, NC – During the last  twelve years, we have witnessed significant and historic market fluctuations. Has this affected people’s thoughts about the market, their investment portfolios, and how they live their day-to-day lives? Read more

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

Harold’s Blog: Apartments, Taxes, Arts and Ireland

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through March 27, 2011. Photo of County Meath by Johnida Dockens.

As predicted, this was a busy week with a work session, a taping of Cary Matters and a council meeting.

Proposed Apartments

Monday began with an agenda meeting of the directors and town management staff to go over Thursday’s regularly scheduled council meeting. The main focus was the proposed apartments at Northwood’s Harrison Point. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Chatham County, Throwing Stones, Railhawks and Pink Trash Cans

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through March 20, 2011. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

This week was another slow week which allowed me to catch up on work at my paying job. 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