Profile: Renee Groom, Cary’s “Avon Lady”


Cary, NC — Last week, I had breakfast with Renee Groom, “Cary’s Avon Lady.” We chatted about volunteering, the art of being a good salesperson and a neat event she started with her friend, Lorrie, to give back to the community and have fun while doing so. Read more


Cary Artist: Susan Luster


Cary, NC — Last week, I met Susan Luster, a Cary ceramic artist who makes clay tiles with real plant impressions. She took me on a tour of her studio and even showed me a demonstration. Read more


Profiles: Remembering Jean Ladd


Cary, NC — Mrs. Jean Hobby Ladd, Cary resident since 1938, passed away this month on January 3, 2015. With the help of a transcribed interview conducted by Peggy Van Scoyoc, I’ve compiled a short biography to honor Mrs. Ladd’s life and to recognize her many contributions to the development and prosperity of Cary. Read more


Remembering Carroll Ogle


Cary, NC — It is with sadness that we report that Carroll Ogle, a lion of the Cary community, passed away on July 1, 2014. He was 86. Read more

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Cary History: Fred Bond

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Cary, NC — Fred G. Bond was mayor of Cary from 1971 to 1983, during which time he oversaw significant expansion of the town. The foundations he put in place to accommodate population growth have shaped Cary into the desirable community it is today. Read more

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Business: Making Merch for Rock Royalty

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Above: Jud Patterson of Kreative Concepts with his invention, the Hopper Beer Mug.

Cary, NC- How many of you recall spending hours as a teen pouring over record album covers full of art, lyrics and hidden treasures from the 70’s? Read more

Handel’s Messiah: A Cary Tradition for 41 Years

Story by Regina Kaiser. Above, Susan Easter and her father Bill Easter, one of the founding members of the Cary Community Choir.

Cary, NC – The Cary Community Choir, Cary’s longest-running cultural organization, will perform its 42nd annual Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Westwood Baptist Church, Cary, NC at 7:30pm. Read more

Pike and Dassau Win 2012 Cary Hometown Spirit Awards

(L->R) Joy Pike and Betsy Dassau, recipients of Cary’s 2012 Hometown Spirit Award.

Story by Lindsey Chester. Picture above via Town of Cary. Other photos, Lindsey Chester.

Cary, NC – The Town of Cary announced the fourth annual winners of the Hometown Spirit Awards – and this time two citizens will share the award. Joy Pike, who has served for years with the Heart of Cary Association, and Betsy Dassau, recent founder of Cary Creative Center, jointly were honored at last Thursday night’s Town Council meeting in Town Hall. Read more

Tony Menendez: Cary’s 2011 Employee of the Year

Story by Matt Young. Photo of Officer Menendez with Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – I had the honor of spending some time with Jose A. “Tony” Menendez recently. Before Christmas, he was named the Town of Cary’s 2011 Employee of the Year.

Tony is a humble guy, who obviously isn’t looking to be in the limelight. He just wanted to serve his country and his town. That was obvious from our conversation.

I am always taken aback when people call me “sir”, especially when it should be the other way around.  Read more

Profile: Carlotta Ungaro, New Morrisville Chamber President

Story by Matt Young. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

Morrisville, NC –  Carlotta Ungaro started her position as President of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce in May of this year. We had a chance to speak to her this week. Read more