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Business: Making Merch for Rock Royalty

jud patterson- making merch for rock royalty

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

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 History: Dr. James Templeton

Story by Peggy Von Scoyoc. Illustrations by Jerry Miller.

James Templeton was born in 1855 in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He was chairman of the school board for thirty years, founder of the Wake County Medical Society, began a newspaper in Cary which he edited, and was in demand as a public speaker. He was a candidate for governor on the prohibitionist ticket and a soldier in the Great War.

But most of all, Dr. James Templeton was a pillar of Cary society. He ministered to the sick and tended to the growth and well-being of the community in equal measure. Read more

Meet Kay Struffolino, Cary’s Hometown Spirit Award Winner


Story & photo by Leslie Huffman.

Cary, NC – If there has ever been a person that exemplifies hometown spirit, it is Kay Struffolino. Originally from Northern Pennsylvania, Kay and her family moved to Cary in 1972. The population of Cary then was around 9,000 people. Read more

Cary History: Henry Adams

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Cary, NC – With thanks to Peggy Van Scoyoc and her book, Desegregating Cary, which is on sale at the Page-Walker History Center in downtown Cary. The book is a collection of oral history interviews conducted between local citizens and Friends of the Page-Walker. Proceeds from the sale of this book support the preservation of Cary’s history.

What follows is from Henry’s son, Charlie:

Making a Mark in Education and Local Business

Henry Adams was born and raised in Cary. He left Cary to go to college at Trinity Park, which is now Duke University. He had a sister who had a drugstore in Durham and she heavily influenced him to go to pharmacy school in Massachusetts. When he came back, he opened a drugstore in Cary. He ran Adams Rexall Drugs until he tired of that and found out that I was not going to be a pharmacist after college. So he sold the store to Ralph Ashworth and opened an appliance store on Chatham Street. He had that store until he died. Later, an elementary school was named after him – The Henry R. Adams Elementary School. Read more

Profile: Mike Bajorek, Assistant Town Manager

Story by Matt Young, photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Tuesday we stopped by Town Hall to talk to Mike Bajorek, Cary’s Assistant Town Manager since July, 2009. Prior to becoming Assistant Town Manager, Bajorek was Cary Public Works Director. Read more