The North Carolina Mason

September/October 2010

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Page 8 WhiteStone begins expansion GREENSBORO — WhiteStone (MESH) held a groundbreaking August 14 to celebrate the launch of a building project which will add 52 new residenc- es and make improvements to the common areas at the retirement home. Te units are already 65% sold. Te expansion of the popular WhiteStone retirement The North Carolina Mason September/October 2010 community will help meet a critical need in Greensboro, as a growing popula- tion of seniors pursues active lifestyles in communities known for outstanding wellness and continuing care. On hand to celebrate the community’s milestone were local dignitaries, WhiteStone current and future residents, Board mem- bers, and staff, as well as representatives from its managing company, Life Care Services. Don Browning shows his newly regained ring. It’s a Rite fishy tale By Ric Carter SHALLOTTE — Tis fish tale does not involve size exaggerations about the one that got away. Tis fish tale is about many years and a thou- sands-of-lakes, millions-of-fish long shot. It’s a tale of Albert, the North- ern Pike, the one who didn’t get away. Back in the 1950s, Don Browning and a buddy Mason who lived three doors down went fishing every summer. Tey did it the rugged way, backpacking in canoes through the myriad wilderness lakes around Parry Sound in Canada’s Ontario province. Tey made the trip every year for ten or more years. Exact dates are today hazy. Browning’s not quite sure what year it happened, but one of those years Te additional residences include six houses and 46 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, as well all new common areas and amenities. Phase One of the expansion includes 46 of the 52 total new residences and is expected to be complete in 2011. Construction on this $35 million expansion is slated to begin see EXPANSION, page 7 In this issue of The NC Mason in the late ’50s, after the trip, he realized he had lost his Scottish Rite ring. Te ring was the standard issue gold band Scottish Rite Masons get for completing the 14th Degree. He had gotten the ring in 1956 when he joined the Rite in Cincinnati. “I had no idea where it went,” says Browning. “One of those lakes, we overturned the canoe when we put it up on a big rock. Everything went see FISH TALE, page 5 Browning talks about capsizing his canoe in a cold Canadian lake. NORTH CAROLINA The Mason Volume 135 Number 5 page 1 Grand Lodge holds Annual Communication. September/October 2010 page 1 Old sign fins a new shine in Grand Lodge museum. page 2 Orr Lodge volunteers as emergency shelter. pages 8 A Masonic ring takes a fishy journey home. The Grand Lodge held its 223rd Annual Communication September 24–25. It was a pleasant meeting with plenty of good fellowship and little friction. Learn more about what happened on page one of this issue. The North Carolina Mason The Grand Lodge of North Carolina, AF&AM 600 College Street Oxford, North Carolina 27565 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED NON-PROFIT ORG. AUTO U.S. POSTAGE OXFORD, NC 27565 PERMIT NO. 56 PAID Ric Car ter photo Ric Car ter photos

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