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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jeanne & Red Travel to Hidden Oaks Dog Park

This week I am highlighting a local dog park located in Wilkesboro, NC. Hidden Oaks Dog Park was opened in 2004 and has been a great asset to the community. This is a summary of the article that will be featured in my column for the Wilkes Gazette. Dog parks are ideal places for citizens and their pets to socialize. Usually, there are rules posted to keep the park enjoyable for all its visitors. As for my dog Red, he is good with some dogs and not so good with other dogs. If I visit Hidden Oaks Dog Park with him, we remain outside the fenced area where pets may roam off leash. We reside outside city limits on a farm. So, Red does most of his off leash roaming at home. However, for owners and dogs who do not have yards if they live in apartments or condos, the dog park is ideal for these pets to be able to roam free for a little while. Supervision is necessary as dogs can be unpredictable in new surroundings. It is probably a good idea to socialize your pets on leash first and then venture to off leash. Dogs in heat and dogs with history of agression are not permitted in the fenced areas for obvious reasons so as not to cause conflicts between dogs. Usually, water fountains and dog poop stations are available. Benches are located at Hidden Oaks for owners to socialize while still keeping watchful eyes on the activities of their pets. Please visit to learn more about our beautiful dog park.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Wilkes Gazette

Today I am pleased to let my readers know that my first articles for the Wilkes Gazette newspaper have been added to the online website at this afternoon. I am very happy to again be serving as a freelance writer for Teresa Maynor's newspaper published in North Wilkesboro, NC. It is currently a weekly publication.

I contributed a restaurant review for J. Armonk's Restaurant Reviews column. I reviewed the local Sagebrush Steakhouse in Wilkesboro, NC. I ordered one of the advertised Five for $5.00 lunch specials and was very pleased with the Grilled Chicken Tips. In this time of economic hardship, the restaurant exceeded my expectations as to ambience, cleanliness, friendliness, quality and value.

In addition to the restaurant review, I am extremely proud to have a new weekly column entitled Jeanne's Travels Around Wilkes County. I will be highlighting places and events in Wilkes County which are pet-friendly. I will be collaborating with my dog Red. I had previously mentioned Red in my blog posts regarding our travels around the Outer Banks, NC (OBX) earlier in this year. We will highlight Wilkesboro's local dog park in our column next week. So, please continue reading my blog posts here or please visit

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Jeanne's Travels Around Wilkes County

After a long month plus absence, I am blogging again. I have now relocated back to Wilkes County. I will once again be freelance writing for the Wilkes Gazette. In the time since I last contributed to Teresa Maynor's newspaper, I have learned that it has experienced increased circulation. The Wilkes Gazette is currently selling for a quarter a copy which is published weekly.

I will be writing a new weekly column entitled Jeanne's Travels Around Wilkes County. This will highlight places and events in Wilkes that my dog Red and I have or will travel. Red has been mentioned in my blog prior to now and he is a truly great traveling companion. For as large a dog as he is, being a chow rottweiler cross, he is completely adaptable to his surroundings. He prefers cooler climates, however with shade and a great deal of water, he can also take the heat of North Carolina. He has transplanted well from the bitter cold winters of New York/Connecticut to the balmy weather of Wilkes County. Today, for instance, has felt unseasonably high temperature for mid-November. Most of the leaves have fallen from the many beautiful trees and shrubs here.

So, now, Red and I will collaborate on weekly articles sharing our experiences traveling around Wilkes County. We are located here in the foothills to the mountains to our west such as the Blue Ridge and the Great Smokies. Also, we are nearby to the Eastern Continental Divide where US HWY 421 intersects the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. So, please continue reading our adventures either posted here at or at

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My interest with writing began by composing poems about nature in my childhood. I also co-wrote a play in my 4th grade class when I lived in New Rochelle, NY. It generated enough positive feedback that my class put on the play in the school auditorium. I was fortunate to have a lead part. After my high school graduation, I entered the working world. For over 30 years I have been steadily gaining writing, editing and digital publishing skills. I began by composing letters and emails to company clients. I contributed to articles written for The Commuters Register based in Windsor, CT. Since 2009, I have added social media, digital publishing and blogging here in Wilkesboro, NC. Since 2010, I write ad copy for the listing descriptions for each of my 3 Internet shops open at In 2012, I entered a poem about my dog Red in the World Poetry Contest. The poem was chosen for publication. I have written articles for the Winston-Salem Frugal Living Examiner and Hub Pages. In 2012, I acquired The Wilkes Gazette digital newspaper that was renamed the Wilkes County Gazette in 2014. I write under both my own name and my pen name, Jeanne Armonk.

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