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Sara
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BY LELA CASEY

Sara Evans has always had
music in her soul.
When she was five, she sang with
her family band in their small town
in Missouri. A few years later, she was
struck by a car and became temporarily
wheelchair-bound. Singing became
a way to help her family pay the
medical bills.
When she was 26, Evans released
her first album, “Three Chords and The
Truth,” which introduced her as a rising
force in the country music scene. Eight
albums and multiple awards later, Evans
is ready to make the leap from country
to other genres.
“When I came onto the country
music scene, it was so diverse,” Evans
commented. “You could hear a traditional
country song about wrecking your
car, and then you could hear ”Cowboy
Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks,

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or “Breathe” by Faith Hill. But that has One thing that she’s done is to start her a better artist because I’ve had to manage
really changed.” own label, Born To Fly Records, based on my time and make sure I schedule my
“For the last eight years, the industry the name of her best-selling album. touring properly to always put them first.”
has almost completely stopped playing “My hope is that, as the label grows, Evans will appear at Penn’s Peak in
women,” she added. “It’s devastated the I’ll be able to start signing some females Jim Thorpe, Pa., on Dec. 1 performing
careers of most of us.” and maybe get more balance back to the a different show than her typical fare.
But Evans is determined not to music industry,” Evans said.
be held back. In 2017, she released Working with other women has
“Words,” a compilation of 14 songs allowed Evans to explore issues like “The Jim Thorpe
written by female writers. motherhood on a deeper level. One show is part of the
She insists there was no of the most popular songs on “Words” Christmas program
intention to exclude male is an emotional ode to her oldest son we’ve done the
songwriters. Avery as he headed into the world. last few years,”
“I would never choose “I cried when I wrote ‘Letting You Go,’” explained Evans.
female songwriters on Evans recalled. “I wanted to really focus on “It’s actually pretty dramatic. Some
purpose, because they the idea that it is devastating when your of the songs are so intense that it’s
don’t need me for that,” kids grow up and you realize things will almost a religious experience.“
explained Evans. “It never be the same. But I also realized that
was simply that the best I once had the right to leave home and go
songs were from females. pursue my dreams, and so does he.” “I have deep faith, so I love singing
The truth is, I don’t even When she added the line “You were about the birth of Christ,” she added.
like to know who the writers also born to fly away,” it was both “The whole room just gets quiet. There’s
are. When I’m listening for a hearkening back to her hit album something really holy about it. We also
a new album, I just say, ‘Send and recognition of her son’s right do some lighter Christmas songs to get
me the song and don’t tell me to independence. the crowd in the spirit. It’s really fun to
anything about it.’ When we “I really felt that line deeply,” said step outside of my regular music.”
were done, my manager said, Evans. “It was like I had finally come Evans continues to step outside of
‘Do you realize there are 14 full circle in watching my son get his the country singer role in which she
female songwriters?’ I had own wings.” started out. In January, she’s going back
to smile about that.” Evans’ kids have always been a big to the studio to begin work on what she’s
The songs that Evans ultimately part of her career. Her son plays guitar referring to as a “specialty record.” She
selected cover a range of styles, with her band and her daughters often didn’t divulge what genre the album will
including traditional country, folk, accompany her on tours. be, but whatever direction she decides
and breezy pop. This diversity of “My kids learned to walk and talk and to go, Evans will do it on her own terms.
music reflects her overall desire to potty train on a tour bus,” Evans said. She was clearly born to fly. | r
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A rtist David Ohlerking is used to stirring things up when
he opens his studio outdoors, on the street.

David Ohlerking A few years back, in Chester, N.J., he
was painting his now famous 15-minute
portraits of passersby in front of a friend’s
“I’m not dragging stuff around,
I’m too old, and I have so much stuff
when I paint that I’ve got to be right

The World is
gallery. The women who run the local by my trunk,” Ohlerking confides.
chamber of commerce there weren’t very “I’m lazy.”
happy about it. “People always ask me why I let kids
“They told me I couldn’t paint in front paint my car,” he continued. “And I
of my friend’s place,” recalls Ohlerking. say, ‘I watch what they do, and I steal

His Studio
“Something about it being illegal.” their ideas, because they do stuff I
In Ocean City, N.J., he was issued wouldn’t do.’ They exist right where the
a ticket and told to cease and desist. paintbrush hits the car. They love it.”
In Allentown, Pa., he was forced to shut He remembers once noticing a little
down, but later received an apology boy slyly moving his body to hide what he
from the mayor and the chief of police. was painting on the car. “He didn’t want
He reciprocated their gestures by me stealing his ideas!” Ohlerking said.
sending them paintings of the buildings Another story he likes to tell involves
they work in. a three-year-old boy whom he invited to
“I always like it when somebody paint his car.
is mad at me for painting,” Ohlerking “Here, do you want to paint the car?”
explained. “When an artist gets shut Ohlerking recalls asking, offering him
down, it’s such a ridiculous thing.” a brush and cup of paint. The boy
Fortunately for Ohlerking, his current hesitated, and his grandmother said,
hometown of Doylestown is friendly “It’s okay. It’s a special car.” The boy then
toward his painting outdoors, and he said emphatically, “No! You paint on
can often be seen on State Street next paper!” and marched away indignantly.
to the open trunk of his brightly colored “I think he must have recently
1997 Crown Victoria which doubles as been busted for improper painting,”
his studio. It’s filled to the brim with Ohlerking suggested.
“tons of paint, plastic cups for mixing If his colorful Buick is one of his
paint, mineral spirits, brushes, and a hallmarks, Ohlerking’s love of children,
badminton racquet for killing zombie positive outlook on life, brutal honesty,
BY BETH HAUPTLE bomber flies back in Death Valley,” and dedication to continually improving
according to the artist. his craft are a few others.
He often chooses what and where The largest influence on his painting
to paint based on where he can find is his mentor, Philadelphia artist Alex
a parking spot for his decorated-by- Kanvesky, whom he believes to be
kids mobile studio. “the greatest painter alive.” One of the

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“I can paint a Walmart, but when “I always like it when
something is too beautiful on somebody is mad
its own, it’s already done.” at me for painting.”

“I’m too old, and I have so much
stuff when I paint that I’ve got
to be right by my trunk.”

first things Kanvesky asked of him maybe two hours—I tighten it up, but I But there are some limits to what In Doylestown, his work can be found
was to stop painting from photographs. still want it to stay violent and careless. he chooses to paint. at the Chapman Gallery. His show "New
He could tell immediately which My teacher says those first marks are like “Pretty stuff is hard,” said Ohlerking. and Old Paintings of Philadelphia" will
pieces were painted in real time and a birdsong, they are distinct and clear— “I lived in Death Valley, and people open to the public on Nov. 2 from 6 to
which were from photos. This was and the more you work on it, the more said to me, ‘Why don’t you paint 9 p.m. at Church Street Studios, 1844 N.
important to Ohlerking, since his style you erase the honest beginning, and it Death Valley?’ I can’t. It’s too pretty. Front St., in Philadelphia. The show runs
is expressionistic, which “represents becomes something you’ve worked on.” I can paint a Walmart, but when through November. | r
the feeling you have being in the Ohlerking is known for marathon days something is too beautiful on its
presence of whatever you are painting,” of painting continual 15-minute portraits. own, it’s already done.” P.O. Box 294
according to the artist. “When I paint people, I try to paint Ohlerking’s work is available at Doylestown, PA, 18901
He continues to battle between tight them like someone who loves them dozens of galleries across the country,
painting and loose, careless painting. would paint them,” he said. “I want it to including The Muse in Frederick, Md., 50 Emery St. 22
“When starting a painting, it’s just the be a celebration. I want it to be happy. the Garden Gallery in Carlisle, Pa., Pahrump, NV 89048
loose marks—careless, violent,” explained I don’t like art that is griping about Gallery Orange in New Orleans, and
Ohlerking. “When I work on it—it’s fast, stuff or political.” Gema’s in Beatty, Nev. 512.296.6624 | davidohlerking.com

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ALEX DAMEVSKI:

SEEING THINGS
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PERSPECTIVE
BY BETH HAUPTLE

A lex Damevski has been enamored
of photography since he was
a young boy.
“Holy moly, the entire country
is calling?” Damevski remembers
thinking.
“Whoa! I could pick up a camera
and take pictures of what I see,” he
recalls with palpable excitement. “I see
school that the skills he gained as
a photographer were quite useful in
the practice of dentistry.
He remembers playing with his At the time, young Alex was living something a certain way, now I have “All those things helped because
father’s cameras and pretending to in Bietola, Yugoslavia, now Macedonia, to figure out how to let other people you have to be able to see things from
take photographs. Today, he is one of with his mother and brother. His father see it the way I see it.” a different perspective,” he explained.
the fortunate among us who is able had moved to Syracuse, N.Y., to live with “I use the camera as a painter “You have to be able to look in a mirror
to pursue his passions and travel two a cousin as he prepared for admission uses a canvas and paint,” Damevski and visualize what you’re working
parallel paths: he is both a professional to a U.S. medical school. The family continued. “The photography stems on as totally opposite—left is right,
photographer and an accomplished arrived a year later in 1968, lived in from my love of looking and seeing right is left, down is up, up is down.
dentist, practicing in Plymouth Syracuse until 1970, and then moved things differently. I like to look at an With photography, that happens too.
Meeting, Pa. to Rochester, N.Y. object and hold it and turn it different Looking at a negative, things are
One of his earliest memories is of Damevski gravitated to art, and ways. I have always been interested reversed—you have to see it the other
sitting around his family’s apartment always liked to draw and sketch. His at looking at things from a different way around. It all helped with what
on a Sunday afternoon, waiting for his mother was also an influence, as she perspective.” I’m currently doing.”
father, Kiril Damevski, to make his was very creative and enjoyed painting, Damevski spent a few years away “In dentistry, you have to know
monthly call from the U.S., where he crafts, and writing poetry. It was in from photography during college at perspective, color, shape, and angles,”
moved in 1967, a year before the rest high school when Damevski deepened Syracuse University and dental school continued Damevski. “If somebody
of the family emigrated. his appreciation for photography by at Temple. But he never completely left comes to me and wants a smile
“Quiet, it’s America calling!” his signing up for Mr. Levy’s Intro to it behind. He took art history classes enhancement, it has to look right. You
mother would say. Photography course. at Syracuse and discovered in dental have to know how to proportion the

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“I shoot whenever I feel
inspired, whenever
I feel I need to unplug
the rational Alex head
and get out there.”

teeth, the subtleties and nuances
of color in the porcelains, and how
to layer them.”
Photography is a passion for
Damevski.
“I go through spurts of shooting,”
he said. “I’ll ease up a little bit, and
then one day I’ll grab the camera and
off I go. I recently went on a ‘bender’
and shot off a couple of hundred
photographs. The light was right—it
was a beautiful sunrise with fog and
a chill in the air. I shoot whenever I
feel inspired, whenever I feel I need to
unplug the rational Alex head and get
out there—you have to think with the
other side of your brain.”
Damevski’s photographs have been
shown at New Hope Arts, Artists of
Yardley, The A Space and the former
Bucks County Project Gallery. He
recently took part in a joint show with
his spouse Kirby Fredendall, an art
teacher and painter.
Alex Damevski and Kirby Fredenhall
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Pennsylvania Fights
Back Against the Spotted
Lanternfly “Spotted lanternflies have the potential
to become a major threat to Pennsylvania’s
BY CHA RLIE SA HNER agriculture and forestry industries.”

Spotted Lanternfly, Michael Houtz, Penn State

S
outheastern Pennsylvania is at risk in Pennsylvania are worth nearly as honeydew that, along with sap from of Agriculture. “Old egg masses appear
currently under invasion by the $18 billion annually. these weeping wounds, can attract bees as rows of 30–50 brownish seed-like
spotted lanternfly, and officials “Spotted lanternflies are reproducing and other insects, and also provide deposits in 4–7 columns on the trunk,
say it’s time to fight back. quickly in our area of southeastern a medium for growth of fungi, such roughly an inch long.”
The spotted lanternfly was first seen Pennsylvania, and spotted lanternflies as sooty mold, which can cover leaf Officials say homeowners should
in Berks County in 2014, probably after have the potential to become a major surfaces and stunt growth.” scan their properties for the eggs, and
stowing away in packages shipped from threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture There aren’t many options for remove and destroy any they find.
Asia, and is now present in more than and forestry industries,” advises the homeowners looking to join the fight “If you see egg masses, scrape
a dozen southeastern Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. against the spotted lanternfly, but them off, double bag them and throw
counties, including Bucks. They’ve “In Korea, spotted lanternflies have had October brings a window of vulnerability them away,” advises the Pennsylvania
also been spotted in New Jersey a major destructive impact on grapes, in the lifecycle of the pest. Department of Agriculture. “You can
and Virginia. and grape products such as wine.” That’s because it’s the time of year when also place the eggs into alcohol or hand
They feed on the sap from the tree “The spotted lanternfly attacks fruit newly laid egg masses of destructive critter sanitizer to kill them.”
of heaven, willows, and other trees, trees, but not the fruit itself,” observes become live and viable. Adults will lay A credit card, butter knife, ice scraper
weakening them, but also have a taste Pennsylvania State University on its the eggs on host trees and nearby smooth or virtually any object with an edge can
for fruit products, like grapes. That’s PennState Extension website. “It uses surfaces like stone, outdoor furniture, be used to scrape the egg masses from
why state officials are worried that the its piercing-sucking mouthparts to feed fence posts, vehicles, buildings, and plastic trees and other surfaces.
little bug could hurt the grape, hops on the sap in trunks, branches, twigs children’s play sets. Experts also warn people to avoid
and logging industries in a big way, and leaves. These oozing wounds will “Newly laid egg masses have a grey accidentally spreading egg masses to
and have already dedicated more than leave a grayish or black trail along the mud-like covering which can take on new areas by transporting undetected
$20 million to combating the pest. The bark of the plant. As it digests the sap, a dry cracked appearance over time,” hitchhikers on firewood or outdoor
agricultural crops and forest products the insect excretes a substance known notes the Pennsylvania Department furniture.

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Spotted Lanternfly on grapevines, Erica Smyers Spotted Lanternfly, Holly Raguza

Spotted Lanternfly fourth instar nymph, Michael Houtz

Officials also are asking the public to to battle the bug, and homeowners can
report destroyed egg masses, collect and also choose to band their trees. Brown
submit specimens, and take pictures of sticky tree bands are an effective,
any life stage of the insect and submit environmentally friendly way to catch
them at badbug@pa.gov. spotted lanternfly nymphs, they say.
If you can’t take a specimen But now is the time to get outside and
or photograph, call the Spotted hunt down and destroy the eggs to make
Lanternfly hotline at 1.888.4BAD.FLY sure that new spotted lanternflies never
(1.888.422.3359) with information have a chance to wreak destruction. | r
about your sighting.
Spotted Lanternfly egg mass, Emelie Swackhamer Experts say that removing tree of agriculture.pa.gov
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n November, the Bucks County and prints; Ivy Iris Antiques will bring and fishing gear; Serapi Antiques will Jane Ashton will display her fine
Antiques Dealers Association eclectic primitives and whimsies; Hickory exhibit textiles, pottery, silver, and furniture; Magic Mettle Blacksmithing
(BCADA) will host their 72nd Annual Springs Antiques will display primitives jewelry; Pentimento will delight us with will have incredible metal ware and
Antiques Show. Since its creation in 1966, and country furniture; and Imagine interesting primitives and advertising; primitives; and Foley Carrow Art &
the BCADA exhibition has grown to Antiques will deliver art, ephemera, and Bob Lucas will display extraordinary Antiques will bring unique goods. From
become the largest antique show in all of historical collectibles, and ceramics. historical documents, manuscripts, Delaware, member G. Brooks Antiques
Bucks County. Dealers travel from across From Point Pleasant, Pa., River Run and early photography. will showcase amazing eclectic antiques.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware Antiques will bring Staffordshire and Dick and Barbara Spahr will promote Other select exhibitors include
for the opportunity to display their best interesting holiday antiques, and from original art and English china, T & L Ayscough Antiques, Don Casto,
pieces at the show. Chestnut Hill, Ruth Peckmann of Antiques will offer books and ephemera, Bob Taylor, and Georgian Interiors.
Antiques are an excellent way to add Antiques in Bloom will provide decorative and John Kindig Antiques will sell The event will be held at the Eagle
character to a home, and the diversity primitives and equestrian antiques. interesting primitives and country Fire Hall on Route 202 and Sugan Road
of merchandise at the show will provide Members missing last year, but furniture, while Roadrunner Antiques will in New Hope from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
a broad array of possibilities to express happily returning, are Young & Old have ceramics, silver, glass, and art. Saturday, Nov. 10, and from 11 a.m. to
one’s unique style at an affordable rate. Antiques, with their sterling silver, BCADA members from New Jersey 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. Admission is
At this year’s show, C & C Antiques china, cut glass and linens; Long Spring include Patricia H. Burke, who will bring $6, or $5 with postcard or advertisement.
will carry ceramics, linens, and rare tools; Antiquities, who bring Native American fine art, glass, and porcelain; The Very Children under 16 enter free, and there
ELtiques will exhibit fine ephemera primitives; and Stone & Wares with Thing, who will exhibit sterling silver, will be plenty of free parking available.
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It’s Beginning to Look
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ell before the first snowflake “The business has grown into a one-
of the year lands on frozen stop shop with traditional Christmas
ground, there are many décor, artificial trees, live plants, cut
among us who eagerly yearn for the trees, fresh outdoor greens and gifts,”
sound of sleigh bells, the taste of eggnog, Dentner observed.
and the sense of childlike wonder that Their passion for Christmas is what
accompanies Christmas. differentiates bucks Country Gardens
Donna Dentner, Christmas Manager from the competition.
for Bucks County Gardens, is one of “We search for unique decorations,
those people. ornamentation and nativities that
“I love when friends and customers reflect the traditional feeling and
share the passion of the holiday as much as meaning of Christmas,” said Dentner.
we do,” she said. “We love to hear the oohs “With an exclusive brand of artificial
and ahhs as they enter the store and pick trees that are customized just for us,
out the tree as a family. It’s all about family we are sure to have the perfect tree for
and traditions, and we see that here.” you. We hope that you will be inspired
In this “true Christmas shop,” owner by our displays and will have a magical
Tom Hebel and his team have been in shopping experience.”
the Christmas business for the last 34 Even as autumn arrives, special
years. Initially, they began selling locally delights are already in store for
grown trees and their own poinsettias. customers.

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Bucks County Gardens is ringing in the holidays
with their Christmas Open House during the first
weekend of November. Here are additional holiday

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Nov. 11 Pet Photos with Santa

Nov. 17 Santa arrives, and will be there
every weekend for the season

Dec. 3–17 Barnyard animals arrive for a visit

Dec. 7 Santa’s reindeer visit

“We are a full-service garden center it’s all here,” Dentner said. “Snow many premade options, or we can create “The entire garden center is
that definitely has a seasonal business globes, nutcrackers, Byers Choice something personalized just for you!” transformed into a winter wonderland
to go along with it,” noted Dentner. Carolers, candles, bird houses, feeders Bucks Country Gardens is also proud beginning in September, and is
“For fall we offer everything from fresh and our own blended birdseed will of their locally sourced products. completed in time for our Open
pumpkins, gourds, ‘beautifall’ mums, all be available.” “We are very proud of our community House Preview Party on Nov. 2 from
cornstalks and fall holiday décor. Selecting the right tree for your and enjoy supporting and partnering 4 to 8 p.m.,” continued Dentner.
Starting in October on the weekends, home or office might take some expert with them,” Dentner said. “We have been “We will feature themed Christmas
we host Harvest Days featuring guidance, and Bucks County Gardens carrying the Byers Choice Carolers for trees complete with our premium
hayrides, an amazing corn maze, is ready to lend a hand. years and enjoy the craftsmanship of our artificial trees, ornaments and
children’s activities and of course food. “Everyone usually starts out with local artisans and all that the Byers Family nativities. We will also have indoor/
On Nov. 2, we say goodbye to fall and a fresh cut tree, but today an artificial does for Bucks County. Exclusive to Bucks outdoor Christmas décor, tableware,
HELLO to Christmas!” tree fits into almost everyone’s lifestyle,” Country Gardens are limited edition lighting and collectables. For the
Virtually anything a Christmas lover said Dentner. “With all the options on Bucks County Ornaments. Over the years, freshest cut trees, greens and custom
might need to decorate for the holiday lights, styles, and various sizes of trees, the hand painted glass ball ornaments planters, we are your destination
can already be found on the shelves. you might need some help, and we’re depict places that people recognize as Christmas shop.” | r
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Attracts a Loyal Following
BY S U SA N W EL S H

D
oylestown’s new State Street always had. They wanted to keep the in poured concrete with leaf imprint Frank credits his staff and the
Steak & Seafood restaurant integrity of the community.” fossils designed and created by Rob community for much of the restaurant’s
is a harmonious blend of the Thus, State Street Steak & Seafood Cortez, Frank’s son-in-law, and Daryl success.
traditional and contemporary. was born. The collaboration between Rost’s artisanal incorporation of shou “Our employees and staff—which
After a fire damaged the Knight Frank, architect John Wolstenholme, his sugi ban, the Japanese technique of I have to say are amazing—do what
House in 2016, owner Tom Frank assistant, Casey E. Thompson, and the charring wood. makes us famous,” Frank said. “They
decided it was time for a change. He general contractor Daryl Rost was not The new restaurant not only has a new make our guests feel good, they know
was looking for a way to conceptually without its challenges. name and look, but also a new menu. our guests, and our guests know them,
bridge the Knight House with his 86 “We had five iterations before we “We offer a very eclectic menu: sushi, and our longevity with our staff has
West restaurant next door, and also finally stumbled on a way to merge the seafood, steaks, salads, every kind been amazing—many have 7–10 years
heed the call of residents who expressed two restaurants in a way that works of food you would want, we try to roll here. We’re very, very lucky to have
a desire for a good local steakhouse. comfortably—that made the borough it into here,” observed Frank. the staff we have, and I think it’s a
“We wanted to tear down the Knight happy, made us happy, and made He also underscores the expansive byproduct of a great community that’s
House originally and start over,” our guests happy,” Frank explained. array of small plates beyond the a great place to do business.”
recalled Frank. “I was even willing to “I thank Doylestown for helping us do traditional steak and seafood offerings. Undeniably, Frank’s impressive career
tear down the building on the corner, this because both the borough and the Two of the most popular items on the in the restaurant business is also a
which I also own, and build a major residents have been behind us.” menu are the 8-ounce filet and the factor in the success of the restaurant.
restaurant, and maybe some housing on The restaurant could be described 8-ounce burger, made with Wagyu beef, Beginning at age 17 at McDonald’s, Frank
top, and the borough was not in favor of as an eclectic mix of traditional and aged cheddar and candied bacon, and worked his way up to supervisor, then
that. The borough wanted me to retain modern industrial. Of particular interest proclaimed by regulars “the best burger to business consultant, sales manager,
the outside street presence that we’ve is the vintage-style bar mirror framed in the world.” and eventually to national director of

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“We offer a very eclectic menu: sushi,
seafood, steaks, salads—every kind
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operations, where he was part of a select
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company and traveled all over the United
States, Canada, and Europe. Frank also to be known as Bucks
bought his first McDonald’s franchise in County’s place to
1988, which he grew into 21 stores before get away.” — TOM FRANK
starting to sell them off three years ago.
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big opportunity may be where you are With a beautiful patio lined with
right now,’” said Frank. “No one would heaters to accommodate al fresco
guess your greatest opportunity would dining well into November, a trendy
be making 95 cents an hour working at upstairs bar dubbed “the tree house,”
an entry level position at McDonalds’s and a popular daily happy hour with
at the age of 17, but in fact, it was the half-price drinks, his goal may already
greatest opportunity of my lifetime.” be well within reach. | r
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