I am a newbie myself, so my ability to provide knowledgable answers are slim, but I'm learning every day.
I live in Apex, and would like to first say welcome to the forums. I have learned SO much here, and there are many folks on here that can help with just about any topic. I can offer help if you need some, and an ear to bend as I always enjoy meeting new folks. Always nice to make a new friend! Good luck in your adventures, and maybe we will see ya down the road.
The WBCCI Piedmont, (region 3) chapter president lives in either Wendell or Zebulon, and is an awesome guy. Richard Paschall is his name, and I have bent his ear quite a few times. He's a wealth of knowledge, and he & his wife are extremely helpful for all things AS.
Looks like it's gonna be one very HAPPY NEW YEAR for you & your family!