CaryCitizen http://carycitizen.com Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:31:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Don’s Blog: Because Gale http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/26/dons-blog-gale/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/26/dons-blog-gale/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:06:37 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62785 Well, unless you happen to be the post office or an advertising agency, you have to be glad the elections are over.

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Cary, NC — Well, unless you happen to be the post office or an advertising agency, you have to be glad the elections are over. The constant barrage of negative ads and outright lies were absolutely nauseating to say the least. When did it become acceptable to knowingly mislead the public anyways? And when did winning become more important than ones integrity?

Ya, I know that negative campaigns are nothing new – but I just can’t recall a year as bad as this one. It is a wonder any good person runs for elective office any more.

Speaking of good people…..

As I am sure you are all well aware, my council colleague and friend, Gale Adcock was elected to the North Carolina State House last week. Congratulations Gale!

While I am so happy for Gale, I can’t help but be sad that she’s leaving us on the council.

It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve with Gale. She is good people – and good governance begins with good people.

Gale has been a consistent voice of reason. Things are never partisan or personal with her. She is firm but fair and stands for what she believes best for Cary – And when we’ve found ourselves on opposite sides of an issue – which honestly isn’t very often – we can agree to disagree.

She always does her homework and comes prepared to meetings. Nothing slips by her.

Gale is very much a process oriented person and it is that focus on process that has led to such great success in her life. Gale doesn’t just set goals – she makes sure that she achieves her goals by following a process. And then when she achieves those goals, she sets new goals because without goals, there is no process. I honestly don’t know which part she enjoys the most – reaching the goal or the process it took to get there – but either way, it works. As a member of the council, Gale brought that focus on process which has really helped us as we work to achieve our goals. We will surely miss that.

Gale has also been someone I can lean on. Whenever I’ve struggled with a particular town issue or wanted a different perspective – or even if something was bothering me on a personal level, the first person I call is Gale. I can always count on her to listen and give me honest feedback – even when she knows I may not want to hear what she has to say. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that.

Gale is also one of the most caring people I know. It’s probably what led her to a career in nursing. When I had surgery (all 3 times) the first person to call and check on me was Gale – and then a few days later she brings me her home-made apple pie! How cool is that?! Its almost enough to make you want to have surgery on a regular basis….almost ;-) And as much as I’d like to think that *I* am the reason why…..I’m not. That’s just the kind of person Gale is.

On election night I had the opportunity to attend a number of campaign celebrations. It was no contest as to where I was headed – I was going to Gale’s. And apparently I wasn’t the only one. The entire Cary Town Council was there to celebrate with her. That says something.

While Cary’s loss is surely North Carolina’s gain, I am confident that Gale will continue to represent Cary well in the state legislature. But I’m going to miss the heck out of her nonetheless.

And just a head’s up for those of you in Raleigh who may be working with Gale for the first time – if she tilts her head and say’s “bless your heart” with a smile – ya, that’s usually not good. ;-)

The council may or may not appoint someone to take Gale’s place on the council – not that anyone really could. We haven’t decided yet. I personally would prefer to see the seat left open until next October and let the voters decide. By the time we get through the holidays, take applications, conduct interviews and ultimately make a decision (process!) it wouldn’t be long before folks would begin gearing up for council campaigns. But that’s just me. We’ll know more in a couple weeks.

In the meantime I’m just not going to think about it and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. I hope someone is making apple pie ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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From the blog of Don Frantz, Member of the Cary Town Council District B. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

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Weekend: Small Business Saturday, Disc Golf, and a Turkey Trot http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/26/weekend-small-business-saturday-disc-golf-turkey-trot/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/26/weekend-small-business-saturday-disc-golf-turkey-trot/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:23:04 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62783 Happy Thanksgiving, citizens! If you're not out of town this weekend, here's what is going on at home in Cary.

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Cary, NC — Happy Thanksgiving, citizens! If you’re not out of town this weekend, here’s what is going on at home in Cary.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Are you an early riser? From 8:30-11 am, Inside-Out Sports in Cary is hosting a Turkey Trot.

The morning starts with a one mile “fun run/walk” at 8:30, followed by the 8k at 9 am. There will also be a 100 yard dash for the little ones (under 7).

The Inside-Out Turkey Trot is the seventh event in the ten-race Second Empire Fall 2014 Grand Prix Series. Runners who participate in these races accumulate points and are awarded money and prizes at an awards banquet held at the Second Empire Restaurant at the conclusion of the Series. Find more information about the 8k.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, November 28, 2014

It’s Final Friday, and the Cary Art Loop is back. The weather will be chilly on Friday–though not as much so as it has been–so be sure to bundle up as you enjoy wine, snacks, and downtown’s art galleries.

Tired of Thanksgiving leftovers already? The Corner Tavern & Grill on Maynard Road will be home to both a TGIF party–with dinner and bar specials–and a Karaoke Night Friday evening. Festivities start around 9 pm.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Downtown Urban Open Disc Golf Youth Exhibition and Clinic is here this weekend! Youth of all ages can participate in the clinic, held in the Herb Young Gym, to learn general disc golf safety and etiquette, disc identification, and throwing technique.

After the instruction, participants will be invited to play on a tournament course set up at Town Hall campus. Registration fee is $10, and pre-registration is recommended.

It’s Small Business Saturday–be sure to support locally-owned businesses in Cary and throughout the triangle this weekend while you Christmas shop.

More Saturday details on the calendar

Across the Triangle

A Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival will take place from 9 am-7 pm at the fairgrounds in the Jim Graham Building in Raleigh all day on Friday. Shop for arts, crafts and holiday gifts from more than 250 exhibitors.

Experience the largest covered outdoor real water ice skating rink in North Carolina at American Tobacco Campus in Durham. Skating on the 40 x 100 real ice rink is just $10 and includes skate rentals. More info at AmericanTobaccoHistoricDistrict.com.

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Weekend update by Jessica Patrick. The Calendar of Events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Teddy Llovet.

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Cary Holiday Gift Guide 2014 http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/25/cary-holiday-gift-guide-2014/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/25/cary-holiday-gift-guide-2014/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:58:26 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62342 Just in time for Small Business Saturday, here's our 2014 Cary Holiday Gift Guide. Get service with a smile and forget those big box stores.

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Cary, NC — Just in time for Small Business Saturday, here’s our 2014 Cary Holiday Gift Guide. Get service with a smile, give back to the local economy and forget those big box stores.

Small Business Saturday

Celebrate the season by shopping with our locally owned retailers in Cary. Here’s why it makes sense to do so:

Civic Economics analyzed data from fifteen independent retailers and seven independent restaurants…and found that the local retailers return a total of 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared to just 14 percent for the national chain retailers.

In this story, we focus on some of our favorite locally owned shops in Cary. If you can’t make it out this coming Saturday, give them a try during the holiday season and beyond. You’ll be glad you did.

New-Fangled Toys

It wouldn’t be the holiday season if we didn’t talk about toys. In Cary, we are lucky to have two independently owned toy stores–Science Safari in Saltbox Village and Brilliant Sky in Stone Creek. They have very different vibes.

In Science Safari, you will find toys for the curious scientist and adventurer. At Brilliant Sky, you are welcomed with high quality toys reminiscent of yesteryear. Both provide quality products at reasonable prices.

This device can be controlled by a smart phone to make your paper airplane really fly

This device can be controlled by a smart phone to make your paper airplane fly

Tatoos Alive create 3d images after applied to skin

Tattoos Alive create 3D images after they are applied to skin

Make Christmas morning thrilling with Tattoos Alive temporary tattoos (available at Science Safari for $5.95 each). After application, these tattoos jump to 3D and “move.”

Have a budding engineer? Try the Power-Up Plane ($59.95) that adds a bit of real power to those paper airplanes and, better yet, can be controlled with your smart phone. Science Safari also stocks some toys from local makers like Fun Lights, a temporary chalk hair dye.

At Brilliant Sky, there’s a Gyrobot ($53.99) that looks especially cool for hours of holiday fun. And for the more traditional, well-loved gifts, look for Thomas the Tank Engine, Corolle baby dolls ($44.99), and the new Lottie dolls that look more like real girls and are priced at just $21.99.

Dolls that look like real girls

Lottie Dolls have realistic proportions

Everybody loves robots, this one combines robotics with gyroscope technology

Everybody loves robots. This one combines robotics with gyroscope technology.

Man Cave / Dorm Fun

This variation on darts (also available at Science Safari) is the perfect addition to Dad’s man cave or to a college kid’s dorm room for entertainment. The Ring Toss ($10-$30) can be mounted to a stud in the wall inside or outside.

a game fit for the man-cave or dorm room

A game fit for the man-cave or dorm room

Do you have school spirit? Get a framed monogram of your school’s name ($39.95) from The Perfect Piece In Downtown Cary.

High School and College initials at Perfect Piece

High School and College initials are framed at The Perfect Piece

The House Gift

This is the newest color that potter Kenneth Neilson has added at Cary Pottery

This is the newest color that potter Kenneth Neilson has added at Cary Pottery

Many Cary residents own second homes at the Beach. Cary Pottery in Downtown has recently developed a new glaze called Sea Spray. The many pieces of this collection, including vases and mugs, would make great gifts for a beach house owner (priced $10-$30 for most).

Stuffed cat door stopper pillows from Elizabeth's Home and Garden

Stuffed cat door stopper pillows from Elizabeth’s Home and Garden

Cary has several stores with great house gifts, including Elizabeth’s Home and Garden, Garden Supply, Whisk and The Perfect Piece. Know a cat-lover? At Elizabeth’s, we found these adorable stuffed cats that can be used both as pillows and as unique tromp ‘l’oeil door stoppers ($39).

Nespresso makes several sized coffee makers. this one at Whisk is ideal for an office or first apartment

Nespresso makes several sizes of coffee makers. This one, located at Whisk, is ideal for an office or first apartment.

Whisk in Waverly Place has every kitchen tool that a cook could ever want. They carry Nespresso coffee makers–trendy machines that use pods and can be programmed for pressure and volume to make a perfect cup of espresso or a latte.

At $99, the Nespresso pictured above is priced at a great value for a pod-type maker. Prices range up to $349 for the all-in-one machine that includes an electric frother.

For The Chef

Mason Cash bowls and bread forms are wonderful for the cook you know

Mason Cash bowls and bread forms are wonderful for the cook you know

You can find beautiful serving pieces for your chef friend at Whisk. The Mason Cash bowls and bread forms range from $16.99-$38.99 and sport a beautiful glaze with interesting patterns.

Is your friend or family member a real cook? How about buying them the time-saving tool of a Fagor 3-in-one electric cooker ($129) pictured below? It is a rice cooker, a pressure cooker and a slow cooker all-in-one.

a 3-way cooker takes care of rice, pressure cooking and slow cooking in one device

A 3-way cooker takes care of rice, pressure cooking and slow cooking in one device

The Hostess Gift

How many times are you invited to a party and need to pick up a quick gift to take with you? These local retailers have some great ideas that won’t break the bank.

Vom Fass has this gift set that includes both a balsamic vinegar and an infused extra virgin olive oil

This Vom Fass gift set includes both a balsamic vinegar and an infused extra virgin olive oil

Vom Fass, which opened this summer in Waverly Place, has a wide range of flavored oils and vinegars. The shop is very happy to make gift baskets and also has some pre-packaged (like the one pictured above) for your quick gifts ranging in price from $15 to $50. Any hostess would be happy to receive something this special that she probably would not think to buy for herself.

These fun Tea Towels are sold at Made in Stone Creek Village

These fun Tea Towels are sold at Made in Stone Creek Village

Have a friend who cooks and has a wacky sense of humor? These tea towels ($13.50) from Made in Stone Creek Village will give them a laugh every time they use them in the kitchen.

The coasters pictured below depict many fun restaurants and shops in the area. They are sold individually at Whisk, so you can make your own sets.

Coasters are specially made for Whisk with Cary familiar icons.

Coasters are specially made for Whisk with Cary familiar icons.

For the Girls

When you don’t know what to get a niece, mother, or friend, jewelry is always a safe bet. Size is never an issue, and many women don’t think to buy jewelry for themselves. It’s a welcome gift.

Several Downtown Cary shops now carry a selection of jewelry, including Paisley, A Perfect Piece, The Purple Polka Dot, and Elizabeth’s. In Stone Creek, look to Made, Scout & Molly’s and Pink Alli.

Lilly and Laura bracelets at Pink Alli. Mix and match these are great for young girls.

Lilly and Laura bracelets at Pink Alli are perfect for mixing and matching

We love Lilly and Laura bracelets, found locally at Pink Alli. Why buy one for $12 when you can get three for $30? It’s an easy way for young girls to buy their friends an affordable gift, too.

If your daughter or friend is obsessed with monograms, check out the Purple Polka Dot. They have carried “Moon and Lola” for ages and are known for their acrylic monogrammed necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Most items range from $38 for a key chain on up to $78 for a more elaborate necklace. But beware, you need to allow at least 4 weeks to place an order during the holidays!

Monograms for earrings, necklaces, or a key chain like this one, allow at least 4 weeks to order.

Monograms for earrings, necklaces, or a key chain like this one, allow at least 4 weeks to order.

No time to wait for an order to ship? Try these gold or silver charm bracelets and necklaces with initials. Most letters are usually in stock and are a steal at less than $30 each.

Pressed for time? This initials are in stock at Purple Polka Dot

Pressed for time? Initial bracelets are usually in stock at Purple Polka Dot

Rocks and geodes are all the rage this season. Look to Paisley’s necklaces on long chains, made by a local maker in Raleigh, and Purple Polka Dot’s bracelets from Bourbon and Bowles ($28-$32). They can be worn grouped or by themselves.

Bourbon and XXX bracelets incorporate real semi precious stones and gold wire

Bourbon and Bowles bracelets incorporate real semi precious stones and gold wire

Cary's Newest retailer, Paisley in Downtown carries locally made jewelry like these crystal necklaces $50-$70

Cary’s Newest retailer, Paisley in Downtown, carries locally made jewelry like these crystal necklaces $50-$70

For the Sporty

Cary is known as a town that likes to bike and run, and there are several independent retailers here that cater to sports enthusiasts. Why go to a big box when you can get personalized attention at Omega Sports, Cycling Spoken Here, The Bicycle Chain, and Inside Out Sports?

If you know a runner, you know that a little cold weather doesn’t stop them from exercising. Why not gift them Northface’s newest lightweight quilted down zipfront jacket (from Omega at $99)? Or a pair of patterned leggings ($45-60)? Know a techie athlete?

How about the Vivo (similar to FitBit), available in colors for men and women at $99?

Vivo is a wristband that tracks your steps and workouts

Vivo is a wristband that tracks your steps and workouts

Light weight quilted down jacket great for those cold work out mornings

Light weight quilted down jacket great for those cold work out mornings

Inside Out Sports focuses on triathlon trainers, and this time of year there are plenty of tech tools to keep runners safe as our daylight diminishes. Bandelier vests keep runners visible to motorists at $24.99, and Pulsar Strobe lights strap on hats or handle bars for only $9.99.

The store also stocks plenty of lightweight running jackets that stop the wind and actually warm up as you begin to perspire. These tops and jackets run $69-$89.

With less daylight in winter, bikers and runners keep safe with a strobe light

With less daylight in winter, bikers and runners keep safe with a strobe light

Stone Creek Village has a store called Love All that specializes in the popular sport of tennis that has gift items and workout gear as well. Their tennis bags are always a great gift, and there’s a price for every budget ranging from $56-$148.

The store says folks come in for “Captain’s gifts” when teammates look to buy gifts for each other. We found a tennis wine stopper for $12 and a tennis racket necklace that fit the bill at $24.

Love All Tennis has this cute tennis necklace for your court star

Love All Tennis has this cute tennis necklace for your court star

Shop Local

You can find unique gifts right here in Cary for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Save yourself the trip to the mall and keep more of your retail dollar right here in town this season.

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CaryCitizen is grateful this Thanksgiving for the support of Waverly, Great Harvest Bread Cary, Rally PointVom FassAcademy Street BistroElizabeth’s Home & GardenWhisk and Chatham Hill Winery.

 

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David J. Martin Wins Hometown Spirit Award http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/25/david-j-martin-wins-hometown-spirit-award/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/25/david-j-martin-wins-hometown-spirit-award/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:48:14 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62767 Cary's Annual Hometown Spirit Award was presented David J. Martin, longtime resident, developer and volunteer.

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Cary, NC — Cary’s Annual Hometown Spirit Award was presented to South Hills developer David J. Martin last week on Thursday, November 20, 2014. 

Cary’s Hometown Spirit Award

Each year since 2009, the Town of Cary has given the “Hometown Spirit Award” to a resident who has shown dedication to enhancing the town’s quality of life. The annual award is presented to honor an individual who “preserves, promotes, and carries out positive and quantifiable traditional small-town community values and traits.”

Some of these characteristics include helping neighbors and fellow Cary residents, preserving traditional American past-times, demonstrating concern for preservation, promoting entrepreneurship by supporting locally-owned businesses, and demonstrating patriotism and support for our country and for those who have served.

Small Town, Big Winner

David J. Martin, Cary resident since 1936, was honored this award at last week’s town council meeting.

Through his willingness and dedication to help others, Martin has always demonstrated the small-town spirit that is the hallmark of Cary. Born in Randolph County, he moved to Cary when he was nine years old.

At 13, he built his first house–a chicken house made of scrap lumber and two Tru-Aid signs! As a teenager, he constantly assisted neighbors and community members with their leaky roofs or home repairs. As an adult, he refurbishes houses, provides emergency housing to those in need, and incubates churches with free meeting space.

Martin’s hard work and kindness extends beyond his reputation as a handyman. After graduating from Cary High, Martin served in the United States Coast Guard and attended UNC-Chapel Hill before he returned to Cary to pursue his business.

Cary Developments

As founder and president of Martin Properties, Martin opened Southland Center–now known as South Hills–between Buck Jones Road and US Highways 1/64. This establishment is known as Cary’s first shopping mall.

In addition to his South Hills project, Martin is well-known for many other construction endeavors that have led to the progression of our area. Martin started University Apartments on Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh in 1954 by moving old houses to the site and refurbishing them. In 1961, he designed and built the first swimming pool at an apartment complex in Raleigh that is still used today.

Today, at age 86, Martin is still an Unlimited Licensed General Contractor.

Chicken Coops to Commercial Centers

Martin and his wife, Marilyn Broadwell Martin, have six children, 21 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Martin still works six days a week and is an active member of First Baptist Church in Cary. He has served as a deacon and on two boards at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Town Clerk Administrative Assistant Ginny Johnson summarized Martin’s contribution:

Be it chicken coops or commercial centers, David’s thumbprint is leaving a lasting impression on Cary, one our community is so grateful to receive. His community involvement is a model for other citizens as we all work together to keep Cary one of the greatest places to live, work and raise a family.

A Community of Role Models

Martin coined the phrase, “The only place you can go that is better than Cary is heaven.” Indeed, despite the town’s incredible growth and development (Cary is larger than some NC cities), our community is known for a kind of charm and close-knit support between citizens that is traditionally found in small towns.

It is the efforts of hard working and caring people like Martin that have given Cary this reputation. Willingness and desire to help others is an important foundation of “hometown spirit”–the inspiration for this award.

Other nominees for Cary’s Hometown Spirit Award include Steve Linton, who works to help recovering alcoholics and victims of abuse, and Barbara Magee, who promotes community service and environmental responsibility.

All three of these individuals, along with other outstanding Cary residents, deserve thanks and recognition for contributing to our community.

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Story by Jessica Patrick. Photos from South Hills Shopping and Martin Properties.

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Harold’s Blog: Preparing for the Holiday http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/24/harolds-blog-preparing-holiday/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/24/harolds-blog-preparing-holiday/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:17:14 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62763 School information provided to me by our school board representative stated that in western Cary additional elementary capacity won’t be available until 2016, high school capacity won’t be available until 2018, and middle school capacity even later.

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Cary, NC — This was a busy week, as we tried to do as much as possible before the holiday.

Monday

Monday started with calls to council members to hear their questions or concerns about the agenda for Thursday’s regularly scheduled council meeting. I was only able to contact council members Yerha and Bush. Our discussion focused on appointments to the Wake County Transit Investment Strategy Study Advisory Committee and a couple of rezonings.

Later Monday I met with staff and Mayor Pro-Tem Adcock to go over the agenda. Since there were only two public hearings and no closed session I predicted that our meeting would conclude by 9:30.

Mayors Association Meeting

Monday night I met with the Mayors Association in Fuquay. Our main topic of discussion was the legislature and the actions they are planning to take. Some mayors disclosed information from inside sources that the assault on municipal revenues would continue.

In this session it is predicted that sales tax money (25% of Cary’s revenue) would be distributed to more rural areas rather than the point of sale. That is, even though sales tax is collected for something sold in Cary, some of that revenue would go to rural areas rather than come back to Cary.

In addition, it was also disclosed that the state might move maintenance of all roads within municipalities to the towns and cities. In Cary that would mean about 200 miles of state roads would become our responsibility. That would be a HUGE cost. To put it in perspective, one lane mile of road is about a million dollars which is about a penny on our tax rate (34 cents per $100).

We all agreed that at this point we need to develop better relationships with our Wake County delegation before the session and before we are asking for anything.

Tuesday

Tuesday I joined council member Bush in the taping of the December episode of Cary Matters. Our main segment explained zoning in detail. The Q&A addressed police body armor and discounted taxes for seniors.

Later Tuesday the council held a work session on three topics.

Legislature Advocacy Conference Goals

The first topic was to review Legislature Advocacy Conference Goals from the NC League of Municipalities. We took 41 goals, selected the top 25, and categorized them into High, Medium, and Low priorities. That process took about 15 to 20 minutes.

Cary’s Legislative Agenda

The second topic was somewhat related as we reviewed last year’s Cary legislative agenda and provided comments for this year’s legislative agenda. We will vote on that agenda at a later date. This portion of the work session took about 40 minutes.

Appointing a Replacement for Mayor Adcock: Pros and Cons

Our last topic of discussion was the pros and cons of appointing a replacement for Mayor Pro-Tem Adcock who will be serving in the NC Legislature starting in January. Some of the benefits of appointing a replacement included avoiding 3-3 ties and having a representative for district D citizens.

Comments related to not appointing included the point that council member Yerha lives in district D, council rarely has 4 to 3 votes on critical issues, and that it takes months to get up to speed and comfortable serving as a council member regardless of experience.

The council decided not to make a final decision since council member Frantz was absent recovering from surgery. However, it did appear that the majority of council members were leaning not to appoint a replacement. We will take up the subject again at the December 9th work session.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a very busy day for me which required me to take vacation time from work. Taking vacation for town functions is nothing unusual and I usually use about 2 of my vacation weeks a year for this purpose.

Water Reclamation Facility Dedication

Wednesday afternoon I had the honor of giving remarks at the dedication of the Western Wake Regional Water Reclamation Facility. It took about 10 years and $300 million dollars to get this facility built, and it will serve our citizens and our region for about 20 to 25 years.

This project was on time and under budget. Partners in the building of this facility included Wake and Chatham County, the Towns of Apex and Morrisville, the New Hill community, a laundry list of state and federal agencies, and private contractors.

The Western Wake Regional Wastewater Management Facilities is an excellent example of how all the levels of our government can accomplish great things when we have a shared vision and commitment to our community and our county’s future. The ceremony lasted about 20 minutes and was followed by a reception.

Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Meeting

After the dedication I hurried to downtown Raleigh to attend the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting. We only had a few items on the agenda and none of them were critical decision items.

Back to Town Hall

Next it was back to Cary Town Hall. I sat in and listened to the Aging issues Task Force. The purpose of the group is to assess the Town’s level of age-friendliness by reviewing the Triangle J Council of Government’s Livability Toolkit and providing recommendations to Town Council to support an aging population.

An Interview

Next I met with UNC Chapel Hill reporting student Madison Gardner. She was doing a final report on how Cary is still a town even though it is larger in size than some North Carolina cities and how Cary works to keep an intimate, small town atmosphere even though it is continuing to grow and flourish. Her interview lasted about 30 minutes. As a side note, Madison is a cheerleader at UNC.

Thursday

Hometown Spirit Award

Thursday evening I attended a reception and gave remarks at the annual Hometown Spirit Award. There were three fantastic nominees this year.

Steve Linton

The first nominee, Steve Linton, served his community by helping with recovering alcoholics, Jobs for Life with Dorcas ministries, and starting a company to assist women getting back on their feet.

Barbara Magee

The second nominee was Barbara Magee who has been teaching at Green Hope High School ten years. She promoted community service, as a requirement of your curriculum, in order to foster a sense of stewardship in students and build pride and investment in our town.

Her students have logged over 42,000 of service by doing things like maintaining trails at Hemlock Bluffs, removing litter from our streets and streams, helping the Town with compost education and outreach goals, supporting the Town’s green events and celebrations such as Reuse Rodeo, Arbor Day, and Earth Day.

David Martin

The third nominee was David Martin who coined the phrase “The only place you can go that is better than Cary is heaven.” In addition to being a successful businessman, Mr. Martin has been a strong advocate for our town and helps preserve our neighbor-helping-neighbor community.

Some examples of his kindness include helping a widow repair a leaking roof, giving emergency housing to a family in financial stress; incubating beginning churches with free meeting space are just a few examples of the many acts of kindness and generosity.

Council Meeting: Selecting a Winner

Thursday night the council held the only regularly scheduled (non quasi-judicial) meeting of the month. At the beginning of the meeting I was joined by 2013 Hometown Spirit Award winner Jerry Miller. He announced this year’s winner, David Martin, and we congratulated him and presented him the award. We are blessed to have so many great people serving and helping to keep our small town feel.

Other Items

The remainder of the meeting included three major rezonings west of Highway 55 which were tabled after applicants pre-meeting talks with various council members and after applicants heard our discussion about issues related to growth in western Cary. Council members expressed desire to approve low density single family residential in western Cary but with no relief school overcrowding coming in the near future and major traffic issues they couldn’t approve these requests.

School information provided to me by our school board representative stated that in western Cary additional elementary capacity won’t be available until 2016, high school capacity won’t be available until 2018, and middle school capacity even later.

Other items at our meeting included two public hearings, the Wake County Transit Investment Strategy Study Advisory Committee Appointments, and a request to investigating potential risks supporting a resolution recommending the approval of tax-exempt bonds for the financing of Triangle Math and Science Academy. Our meeting concluded after about an hour and a half.

Friday

Friday I had the pleasure of welcoming everyone to the 4th Annual Waverly Place Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. After my remarks I introduced Santa and he lit the tree with his magic after a count down. There was a good crowd on hand and great entertainment. What a great way to start the holiday season.

Emails from Citizens

Emails from citizens this week included a concern about rezonings in west Cary and a concern about homes being built in Fryars Gate. I also received a lot of invitations, dinners, and performances. While I would like to do them all there just aren’t enough free slots on the calendar. But I do look forward to those I can attend.

Get in Touch

Next week is the Thanksgiving holiday week and will be very slow for me. It only includes a couple of meetings. I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends and enjoying some down time. My wish to all of you is that you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, November 30th. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me. Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to Harold.Weinbrecht@townofcary.org and email personal comments to augustanat@mindspring.com.

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From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht.  Photo courtesy of Mayor Weinbrecht.

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Cary Invasion Beats Raleigh 104-99 http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/24/cary-invasion-beats-raleigh-104-99/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/24/cary-invasion-beats-raleigh-104-99/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:52:30 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62739 In the second game of the Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL) season, the Cary Invasion faced off at home against the Raleigh Revolt, a team with several Ex-Invasion players on their roster.

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Cary, NC — In the second game of the Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL) season, the Cary Invasion faced off at home against the Raleigh Revolt, a team with several Ex-Invasion players on their roster.

Former Invasion Players Suit Up For Raleigh

On paper, the game looked to be every bit as good as it was. Raleigh Revolt, a team made up of three former Invasion players and five former TRBL All Stars, suited up to play against the league powerhouse Cary Invasion, a team that has lost only twice in Cary in its last five seasons.

Through a whistle-heavy three quarters, neither team could muster a lead of more than a couple of baskets. Cary utilized dribble penetration from its lightning-fast back court to score its points. The Revolt put its strong post and swing players to work to keep pace.

Former Invasion player and Shaw University standout Daniel Jackson had a monster game, leading all scorers with 30 points and 15 rebounds for the Revolt. But the effort still came up short.

Fourth Quarter Pivotal

The pivotal point in the game occurred late in the fourth quarter. Leading 95-90 with the ball with just four minutes left, the Revolt looked like they were on their way to closing out the game.

Another former Invasion player and TRBL All Star, Freddie Little, barely missed an open three-point shot that would have put the Revolt up by 8 points. Instead, the Invasion grabbed the rebound and went the length of the court for a quick score.

A few quick turnovers by the Revolt put Cary in the driver’s seat. The home team went on a 14-4 run to close out the game, capped off by an intentional foul in the closing seconds of the game. Cary won 104-99. Guard Paul Wright (Mountain State) led the Invasion with 20 points.

Next Up

Raleigh (0-1) hosts the All American Ballers (Fayetteville) on December 6, 2014 at 6 pm on the campus of Shaw University. Cary (2-0) next hosts the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (1-1) on the same day at 7 pm at the Herb Young Center.

To view the entire Cary Invasion schedule and learn more about Cary’s own professional basketball team, click here.

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AniMall of Cary: Adopt, Shop, Save Lives http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/21/animall-cary-adopt-shop-save-lives/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/21/animall-cary-adopt-shop-save-lives/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:23:47 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62111 We love our dogs and cats, but how many work every day to save the lives of homeless animals? I spoke with Jeremiah Adams of AniMall, who does just that.

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Cary, NC — Many people love dogs and cats, but how many work hard every day to save the lives of homeless animals? I had the privilege of meeting Jeremiah Adams, Executive Director of AniMall, who does just that.

Adopt, Shop, Save Lives

“Adopt, Shop, Save Lives.” It’s a simple mission, but it represents a whole lot. As the statement suggests, AniMall is a place to adopt furry family members and shop for high-quality pet food and supplies–all while supporting the hard work of a team that strives to support local rescue societies and save homeless animals along the way.

One Location

AniMall is located in Cary Towne Center and is accessible through doors both inside and outside of the mall. This AniMall is the world’s only AniMall–so far. The store originated as a small space in Morrisville, but its current location provides much more room for adoption events, merchandise, and the many services that AniMall offers.

One Goal

AniMall has one ultimate goal: to raise money for rescue societies in the area. Founded on this premise, AniMall at Cary Towne Center serves as a “central hub for rescues.”

True to their mission, the store does everything they can to support local rescue missions, from giving them their space to hold board meetings and education events to showcasing their pets that are in need of good homes.

No More Homeless Pets

To support local rescue societies, AniMall holds weekly adoption events that showcase homeless dogs and cats to the community. On Saturdays and Sundays, you will find the store full of animals in need of a good home.

The tables of merchandise that normally fill AniMall during the week are pushed aside to make room for as many animals as possible.

Cary Towne Center traffic brings lots of much-needed attention to homeless animals

Cary Towne Center traffic brings lots of much-needed attention to homeless animals

While dogs are only found in AniMall on the weekends, shoppers and potential adopters can find cats and small animals in the store all week long. The cats come from numerous rescue societies and remain in the store for one week before they are brought back to their rescues to be rotated with other felines seeking homes.

This gives multiple animals from multiple rescues a chance to be showcased and decreases the stress cats feel after a week of being on display in the “fishbowl” that is the mall.

AniMall hosts a group of cats from one featured rescue society in their “Cat Shack” each week. They also have future plans to start a “Spotlight on a Shelter Dog” program, where a dog from a local rescue will spend time in the store during the week with the hope of finding a new home.

There are not many small animal rescue societies in our area, so most of the guinea pigs and rabbits found at AniMall are brought to the store solely from Carolina Pet Rescue. AniMall takes as many of these small animals as they can.

Guinea pigs Spencer and Devon found homes through AniMall's support of Carolina Pet Rescue.

Guinea pigs Spencer and Devon found homes through AniMall’s support of Carolina Pet Rescue.

The efforts of AniMall to present homeless animals to the public don’t stop there. The store also hosts yearly fundraisers and large-scale adoption events to create even more awareness.

Coming up soon on November 28 and 29, 2014, AniMall will be hosting a “Purses for Pooches” fundraising event. Every dollar shoppers spend on new and gently used purses will help fund spay and neuter surgeries, heart worm treatments, and vaccines for needy animals.

A Team of Heroes

AniMall fulfills a huge need of rescues–a facility or space–by holding these events and hosting these animals. Jeremiah Adams, Executive Director of AniMall, explains that,

There are all these rescues doing this amazing work in our area. These are just dedicated, selfless people. They are networks of people who get together and go to high kill shelters, pull as many animals as they can, and foster them. People who are really involved in rescue are in over their heads because they have bigger hearts than they do hands. The rescues are our heroes. They are the ones doing the work. Animall is a support system for them in any way that they can really use us. The invitation is there and open to them.

Merchandise and Services

As a nonprofit, AniMall is funded primarily through its retail sales. Shoppers’ purchases in the store help AniMall continue to grow, expand, and support local rescues through adoption events, fundraisers, and services.

Whether you are looking to adopt an animal or have a full house already, AniMall is a great place to shop for pet food and supplies. The store places a special interest in pet nutrition and wellness and offers unique, healthy, hard-to-find products. Employees are always available to guide shoppers in selecting the right items for their furry friend.

High-quality pet food and supplies from a store in the mall may sound expensive, but AniMall proudly carries competitively priced merchandise. Jeremiah prices each item himself to make sure that the product is valued at the same price–or lower than–the prices found at chain pet stores.

AniMall also offers numerous services to local pet owners.

AniMall's in-store dog wash makes bathing your furry friend easy and fun.

AniMall’s in-store dog wash makes bathing your furry friend easy and fun.

The store’s self-service dog wash is available for pet owners to use during regular business hours. The wash includes everything you need to give your dog a bath–aprons, grooming supplies, a variety of shampoos, and a dryer are all there. AniMall will even clean up for you after you’re done.

The dog wash is always open but fills up quickly on weekends, so customers may want to call ahead to make an appointment. Washes are $12 for one dog and $5 for each additional dog. The dog wash is always available for rescues to use at no charge to help them keep their animals clean for potential adopters.

AniMall also offers dog training classes four nights a week and on Saturday afternoons. A private room located within the store provides ample space for K9 Solutions, AniMall’s exclusive trainer, to provide instruction to owners and their pets.

For the Love of Animals

Jeremiah told me, “One of the greatest parts of this job is that I get to work with the most selfless people in the world.”

To continue supporting the hardworking staff at rescue societies who are working to save homeless animals, AniMall is always looking forward. The store has plans to initiate a sponsorship program that will allow them to raise more money for local rescues by reaching out to local businesses.

Connect with AniMall

Even if you aren’t looking for a pet yourself, many homeless animals find homes through word-of-mouth. Be sure to recommend AniMall to friends and family who are planning to adopt a dog or cat this holiday season.

Connect with AniMall through Facebook or Twitter, and visit their Calendar of Events for more information on upcoming events and shelters featured in-store each week. Together, we can raise awareness about the importance of supporting rescue societies and of adopting animals that desperately need homes.

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Story by Jessica Patrick. Lead photo by jeffreyw; All others by AniMall.

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Coverage sponsored in part by Concert Singers of Cary.

 

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Recipe: Apple Cider Brined Turkey http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/21/recipe-apple-cider-brined-turkey/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/21/recipe-apple-cider-brined-turkey/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:49:39 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62536 Instead of a simple salt water and spices brine, the chef has added apple cider, oranges and maple syrup to impart the flavors of fall.

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Cary, NC — Several years ago, we discovered how easy it was to brine our turkey and loved the results of a moist and flavorful bird.

Tips for Brining

Brining (or soaking the bird in salt water and spices overnight) makes the meat juicy and flavorful. We generally cook at a low (325°) temperature for an extended amount of time.

This recipe, the third in our Thanksgiving 2014 Recipes series, comes to us courtesy of  The Matthews House in Cary. Instead of a simple salt water and spices brine, the chef has added apple cider, oranges and maple syrup to impart the flavors of fall.

Make sure you have a container that can accommodate a gallon and a half of liquid along with the size of your bird. We generally use a large cooler that is set aside every year just for this purpose. A lobster pot may work as well. As temps get pretty cool the week of Thanksgiving, we keep the bird in our garage, covered, as opposed to trying to fit a large pot in our already packed refrigerator.

Recipe: Apple-Cider Brined Turkey

Brine:

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 6 strips of orange rind
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 gallon cold water

Turkey:

  • 1 (12 lb) turkey, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons sage
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ½ onion, sliced

Directions:

  1. Prepare the brine – combine all of the ingredients, except water, in a large pot over high heat. Cook until salt dissolves, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 gallon of cold water. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Remove the giblets and neck from turkey. Trim excess fat. Add turkey to brine. Refrigerate 18 – 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Remove turkey from brine and pat dry and loosen the skin from the turkey.
  4. Combine olive oil, rosemary, sage, and black pepper. Rub the mixture under loosened skin and over turkey. Place in a roasting pan and bake at 375 for 1 hour. Cover loosely with foil and bake for an additional 1 hour. Allow more time for a larger bird
  5. Mix ½ cup apple cider and ¼ cup bourbon in a saucepan. Cook over medium high heat; boil 3 minutes. Drizzle over turkey.

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The Thanksgiving Food Column was sponsored in part by the Matthews House of Cary. View their complete Thanksgiving menu.  Photo by Steven Depolo.

 

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2014 Holiday Gifts for The Gardener http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/2014-holiday-gifts-gardener/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/2014-holiday-gifts-gardener/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:05:49 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62595 Here are some gifts for the gardener that will give good reason to be joyful while cooped up during the dark of winter.

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Cary, NC — The yard may be laying dormant, but the gardener is planning the next season. We found some gifts that will give that special green-thumbed person reason to be joyful while cooped up inside.

2014 Holiday Gifts for The Gardener

These special gifts will extend the growing season and lay plans for Spring.

pretty ceramic cache pots coupled with a bright indoor plant will warm a gardeners heart in winter

Pretty ceramic cache pots coupled with a bright indoor plant will warm a gardener’s heart in winter

Cyclamen blooms during the winter and provides a welcome shot of color on dreary days

Cyclamen blooms during the winter and provides a welcome shot of color on dreary days

Cache Pots

When you can’t garden outdoors, bring the garden indoors. Start with some beautiful ceramic pots and add a bright winter flowering indoor plant like cyclamen to warm up the dark days of winter. The pots shown above run from $12- $20, and the cyclamen pictured is $14.

Remember not to over water! These low commitment gifts are a perfect one-size-fits-all for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The flowering plant can remain in its original pot and be switched out after the blooms fade.

Terrariums have gotten an update with fairy furniture

Terrariums have gotten an update with fairy furniture

Terrariums

Part decor and part living plant experiment, terrariums have gained popularity lately–along with the trend of “fairy gardens” that add whimsical personality. Pick a large decorative glass container, add some soil and moss, and then pick out smaller indoor plants.

To make it a fairy garden, add in miniature furnishings to create a scene that can be a pretty distraction on a living room table. For $10, the Garden Supply Company can help you put it all together, practically guaranteeing your success.

Nannodome makes a neat system for indoor growing

Nanodome makes a neat system for indoor growing

Germinating

Many gardeners set up seeds to germinate indoors during the winter months so that they can be planted outdoors after the last frost in prepared raised beds. For that special someone, there are an array of tools that take the guess-work out of indoor growing.

Because the winter can create dimly lit, drafty spaces that may be cool at night, it is often difficult to germinate seeds successfully. With the following growing tools, the gardener can have well established seedlings ready in time for spring.

This mat ensures even temperatures when seeds are germinating.

This mat ensures even temperatures when seeds are germinating.

The Seedling Heat Mat keeps temperatures optimally warm for $99.99.

Plants need quality light. A quality grow light can run at about $50 and can be attached to a frame that hovers above your growing area. Starter kits with a stand, growing tray and light run at about $60 from the Nanodome company.

Indoor Growing- Hydroponics

If you want to grow lettuce or other greens indoors year-round, a hydroponic system makes the process easy, not messy.

This tray includes a soil-less growing medium, and you have the option of adding fertilizer. Again, an indoor grow light is required to ensure that the plants receive the sufficient number of quality light hours, which won’t be possible indoors during the winter.

Pictured here are some lettuce and parsley plants for that winter salad.

Hydroponic growing goes mainstream with this system for indoor soil-less growing

Hydroponic growing goes mainstream with this system for indoor soil-less growing

Watering Tool

The Plant Nanny is a globe that you fill with water, invert, and place in a potted plant’s soil. It is both decorative and functional. Whether you travel often or are just forgetful, this handy tool can keep the plants watered indoors and out. There are two sizes: the 12 oz small is $22, and the large 24 oz runs at $33.

The plant Nanny waters your plants while you are away

The plant Nanny waters your plants while you are away

Treat a Friend–Or Yourself

Any of these innovative gardening tools would be welcome gifts to the gardener. Maybe you will purchase them for yourself with your “Christmas money.”  Either way, let us know of any other tools that you have seen that would be welcome gifts in your gardening arsenal.

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Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by SunChild 57.

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Recipes: Apples and Cranberries http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/recipes-apples-cranberries/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/recipes-apples-cranberries/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:13:39 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62509 This is the second in our series of Thanksgiving 2014 Recipes. Today's installment focuses on recipes you can make with help from the kids.

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Cary, NC — This is the second in our series of Thanksgiving 2014 Recipes. Today’s installment focuses on recipes you can make with help from the kids.

3 Days of Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanks to The Matthews House of Cary, who shared their recipes with us, you can try something new this year.  The ingredients for today’s recipes are items you may already have on hand, and the preparation is simple and straight forward.

If you have school-aged children, you can keep them busy helping in the kitchen peeling apples, stirring a pot, and mixing ingredients together. They will be proud they had a hand in helping put the feast together.

Simple Spiced Cranberry Sauce

I generally make the simplest cranberry sauce recipe there is. You know, the one printed on the bag of cranberries. My family prefers whole berry sauce, and while it’s better than the stuff that comes out of a can, our standard lacks imagination.

I plan to try this recipe, which uses maple syrup in place of all the sugar and adds the kick of a fresh orange. The prep time is the same as my current recipe, and I have all the ingredients in my pantry already. It may become a new family staple at our holiday table.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups raw cranberries
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • Juice from one orange
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Rinse and clean berries well. Transfer to a large saucepan.
  2. Add the syrup, orange juice, spices, and ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
  3. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and boil gently until the berries pop, about 10 minutes

Chill for 1 hour before serving

Apple Crisp

Are you nervous about your pie making skills? Haven’t rolled out a crust since last year’s disastrous pumpkin pie? Why not try a crisp that is so simple that the kids can help assemble it? You can make it the night before. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream when you serve it, and everyone will be happy.

Filling:

  • 3 medium apples
  • 3/4 t nutmeg
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 c sugar

Topping:

  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c butter

Directions:

  1. Place the apples in a greased casserole dish.
  2. Mix the sugar and spices.
  3. Sprinkle over the apples.
  4. Mix the topping. Crumble over apples.
  5. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees.
  6. Top with whipped cream or ice cream.

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