Asheboro Magazine Issue 124

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IN THIS ISSUE 5th Annual Golf Tournament


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ix years ago, Mike Key launched a golf tournament to raise funds for Victory Junction after a tour of the facility and finding out what they do for children. The Majestic Floor Covering team successfully raised enough money that first year in just nine weeks to give twenty-two children the opportunity of a lifetime to attend summer camp at Victory Junction. Victory Junction is a medically safe, yet exhilarating camp that challenges children who have a serious medical condition to try things they never imagined possible. Free from the confines of disease, illness or disability, children discover that they can just be kids! As they conquer activities like zip lining and archery or experience bowling, fishing, or swimming, children build confidence that will shape how they view the rest of their lives. The magic happens on eighty-four acres in the rolling hills of Randleman. Once children pass through the gates, the boundaries, and limitations they live with daily disappear and they simply concentrate on having fun! That is when they shine! The following year, Mike added the Cystic Fibrosis foundation to the charities they were raising money for.

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Many people have inquired over the years why Mike chose CF to be added to the cause. When Mike heard the story of a local family, Kimberly and Nathan Houston, who have two children, Kelsie and Mackenzie who were both born with CF, he began researching and realized the need was too great to ignore. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that affects 30,000 people in the US and 70,000 people worldwide. In people with CF, there is a malfunction of chloride transfer at the cell surface which leads to the buildup of sticky mucous in multiple organs. In the lungs, this residual thick mucus can lead to chronic infection and inflammation which progressively limits one's ability to breathe over time.

“It is hard to articulate how much Mike and others' support has meant to us. I didn’t even know who Mike was when he first made a large personal donation to our fundraiser, but was absolutely moved to tears by his generosity! After that point, he continued to support us, not only financially but also by showing up to help our family in a number of ways and by demonstrating a genuine love, concern, and commitment to help our cause. His generosity reached a whole new level when he decided to add Take It Away/CF Foundation as a beneficiary of his [annual] golf tournament. This event has helped us raise exponentially more than we would have been able to raise on our own. Because cystic fibrosis is a rare disease, it doesn’t receive federal funding like other more well-known diseases do. Instead, the CF community relies on individuals hosting personal grassroots fundraisers to raise money to fund life-saving research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis. Mike Key and this tournament have become our most faithful supporters and I am forever grateful for the commitment to our cause. The golf tournament has raised a significant amount of money for our organization over the past few years and those funds are used directly to help find new treatments for CF that can ultimately slow the progression of the disease and improve the lives of those affected by CF. As the mom of 2 children with CF, I believe it is not only my responsibility to care for their daily chronic health needs, but also help raise awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I used to pray for someone to help me with the fundraising portion so that I could focus more of my energy on taking care of my girls, and Mike Key has been God’s answer to that prayer. I can’t say enough how grateful I am for him and all of those who support the golf tournament. Together we can truly make a difference and hopefully one day find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Through research and advanced treatments over the past 10 years people with CF now may live into their mid to late 30’s on average and some are living well into their 40’s and 50’s which makes this tournament even more crucial and needed to continue funding vital research.” - Kim Houston “The success of this tournament is truly because of the people that are willing to get involved and give so generously,” says Mike. For example, in 2018 when Mike approached his long time friend, Michael Peele about helping sponsor the tournament by being the Platinum Sponsor, he immediately agreed without hesitation. His donation annually is the key to kick-starting this event. "This is the third year Mike Key has allowed CrossFit Asheboro to be a small part of raising funds for Victory Junction and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It is very satisfying to know funds from this tournament help with

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research and drug development for those with Cystic Fibrosis. Victory Junction is a hidden gem here in Randolph County. The work they do for children with serious medical conditions is impeccable. I would encourage everyone to learn more about these two organizations and please find a way to support them in their great causes. The Hurley, Lineberry and Peele families, along with all the members at CrossFit Asheboro are honored to be a small part in this effort." Mike Peele For 2022, the tournament welcomes the participation of Jacob Rice with Northwestern Mutual as the 3rd Platinum sponsor of the event. When asked to be involved he quickly jumped on board by reaching out to his network to include as many sponsors as possible. In addition to Jacob’s personal sponsorship, Northwestern Mutual matched his contribution! “From a personal standpoint, my wife and I believe in cheerful giving. These are two great causes that raise money and awareness in a meaningful way that benefit children. We are happy to be participating in and sponsoring this great event.” - Jacob Rice. The tournament is being held on three courses this year, Forest Oaks Country Club located in Greensboro, Colonial Country Club in Thomasville, and Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro. Each course can accommodate twenty-seven teams and Mike hopes to hit capacity at all three golf courses with teams from around the area. The golf tournament was originally held in October but moved to August to allow more youth entrants to participate before the beginning of the school year. “We want to have an impact and make a difference. The people who take the time off work to play, along with all the amazing sponsors donating, others giving of their time and resources for these two worthwhile causes is what makes this tournament special. We truly appreciate them more than they can ever imagine. We recognize these donors work extremely hard and give so generously out of their own pocket to make this tournament a success and that cannot be overstated. We could not do this without them.” Mike Key This year’s tournament will be held on August 19th. Registration begins at 7 am and tee-off is at 8 am. Participants are provided a nice lunch by Chick Fil-A, followed by a ceremony with trophies being awarded in several distinct categories. 100% of the proceeds of the tournament are going to these two charities. To-date, the tournament has raised over $246,000. There are still sponsorship opportunities available, and room for more teams to play and help these worthwhile causes. If you are interested, contact Mike Key at 336.653.5630 or email him at mike.key@ | 11

Ask the COMMUNITY expert Taxes NEWS

TAX QUIZ AND OTHER FACTS We are just more than half way through the year. Since we just passed July 4th, let’s start with a quiz.

New Retirement Plan Deadline

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If your company has less than $1 Million in sales or less than 30 employees and you have expenses that enable you to comply with the American Disabilities Act, there is a credit of 50% of the first $10,000 of costs. The typical expense would be renovations on a building (new construction does not qualify). Other qualifying expenses would include equipment that is accessible to disabled individuals (e.g. a chiropractor’s table).

If you run a business and you want to set up a Simple IRA or a Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan effective for 2022, you :T he Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. When was it signed have until September 30th to do so. and who are the 13 colonies who adopted it? Disability Access Credit


The standard mileage rate will increase 4 cents, up to 62.5 cents per mile starting July 1st. No one will turn away the increase, but it sure feels like the increase in gas prices should warrant a larger increase. President Biden is talking about a 3-month suspension of the 18.4 cents per gallon federal tax on gas, but that seems unlikely. The potential for state gas holidays is more likely. Social Security Wage Base The 2022 social security wage base is $147,000. You pay the 6.2% social security tax up to this wage base (there is no income limit to the 1.45% Medicare tax). The 2023 wage base is projected to increase up to $155,100. This increase would translate into an additional $502 of tax for both employees and employers. Future forecasts of the wage base are $165,300 in 2024, $173,400 in 2025, and all the way up to $210,600 for 2030.

Review Your Withholdings Now that we are halfway through the year, it is a good time to review your payroll withholdings. Consider increasing or decreasing your withholdings depending on if you received a refund or owed money on this year's tax return. Tax Quiz Answer The Declaration of Independence was signed by most of the delegates on August 2, 1776; 5 signed late, and 2 delegates never signed at all.

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he Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced its 2022 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholars and Heroes of Everyday Life. Five students and five Sodexo employees received a $5,000 grant to continue their work to fight food insecurity within their communities. Pat Whitley has been a valued part of Randolph Health for over 15 years and proudly accepted the $5,000 grant to support her efforts to fight hunger. Pat and her husband, Mike, started by serving grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup off a flatbed trailer to hungry and homeless people. Since that initial foray into providing meals for the homeless, they have expanded and now they feed hundreds out of their mobile kitchen all through the generosity of private donors and corporate grants. Mike and Pat actually have a reason for reaching out to the homeless and less fortunate that is a little closer to home than most. A family member grew up in public housing and, because her mother was addicted to drugs, had to care for her younger siblings. “She told us about having to go door to door, asking for food,” Pat said. “I don’t know how DSS (Department of Social Services) never got involved with them. She’s the main reason we have such a passion for helping children and families with children. We do not want to see anyone go hungry.” As Pat and Mike look to the future and retirement they are looking to do more. “Once we’re able to retire, then we can expand the meals to weekdays,” Pat said. “The more volunteers we’re able to get, then the more we’ll be able to do.” “It’s been a blessing to us to be able to do this,” Pat said. “We’re very thankful.”

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Pat’s initiatives to feed the hungry directly aligns with the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. The Foundation’s vision is that all children deserve access to sufficient healthy food every day so they can learn, play, and thrive. The Foundation mobilizes experts, innovators, volunteers, and donors to feed children in the U.S. today and advocate for policies that ensure no child is hungry again tomorrow. This includes Sodexo employees, who support Stop Hunger year-round by donating their time, resources, and expertise, holding fundraisers and encouraging others to get involved. Since the foundation’s launch in 1999 more than $34.5 million have been granted to alleviate child hunger. “We are so proud that Pat’s work to feed the hungry in our community has been recognized,” said Tim Ford, CEO. “At Randolph Health we are very blessed to have so many dedicated team members that not only provide high-quality care within our facility, but take their compassion and give back to our community through numerous charities and organizations.”


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eed to learn how to tune-up your tiller or repair car body damage? Looking to re-up your auto dealer license or add forklift operator to your resumé? You can do all that and more this fall at Randolph Community College. “Small Engine Mechanics” introduces the parts and operation of small gasoline engines such as those used on weed eaters, blowers, mowers, small tractors, and garden tillers. Students will learn the basics of carburetions, ignition, tune-up, minor repair, and troubleshooting. The class (#79432) meets from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 9 through Dec. 15, in room 102 of the Building Trades Center on the Asheboro Campus. The registration fee is $180.55. “Auto Body Repair Basics” is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the auto body repair field. Students will be taught how to identify and describe the current types of body/frame construction; evaluate vehicle damage through proper application of measuring and gauging equipment and sequencing techniques; and return vehicle to pre-accident condition. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base to perform hands-on repairs in the areas of nonstructural repairs, MIG welding, plastics and adhesives, refinishing, and other related areas. This course (#79383) meets from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, Aug. 22 through Dec. 13, in the Richard Petty Education Center on the Asheboro Campus. The cost is $180.55. “Auto Safety & OBD” courses are offered monthly throughout the semester with the first class slated for Aug. 15 (#79079). This course prepares auto technicians and service personnel as safety inspectors for motor vehicles and includes rules, regulations, and methods of inspection. Additional courses are scheduled for September, October, November, and December. The classes are held from 6-10 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Richard Petty Education Center (RPEC) on the Asheboro Campus. Registration fee is $70. The “NC OBD II Recertification” course satisfies the four-hour emissions refresher course requirement for OBD inspectors. It is offered Aug. 17-18 (#79087), Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 6-10 p.m. in the RPEC. Additional courses are scheduled for September, October, November, and December. Registration fee is $70.

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Prospective auto dealers can take the “DMV: Dealer Pre-License” course, which provides the 12 hours of authorized prelicensing training required in North Carolina. Topics include dealer license plates, vehicle inspections, titling and registration, frequently used forms, and dealer disclosures. The course (#79433) is from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 16-17, in room 223 of the Continuing Education and Industrial Center (CEIC) on the Asheboro Campus. Registration for this course is $195. RCC’s “Motor Vehicle Dealer Renewal” course is designed to meet the continuing education training requirements for Used Vehicle Dealer’s license renewal in North Carolina. The class (#79425) is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in room 223 of the CIEC. Registration is $135. RCC also offers a Saturday course on forklift operation in September. “Forklift Operator Training” (#78665) is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, in room 223 of the CEIC. There also is a class slated for Saturday, Dec. 10 (#78666), from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in room 223 of the CEIC. This course provides instruction on the operation and maintenance of a Powered Industrial Truck (forklift). It is OSHA compliant and taught by a State of North Carolina certified instructor. It is a comprehensive, hands-on program that covers all aspects of lift truck training. A certificate of completion will be provided to all students who successfully complete the course. Students should wear sturdy closed toe and heel shoes (no Crocs or flipflops) and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions as the hands-on portion will be outside. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to enroll in this class. The cost of the course is $70.55. An additional section is slated for Dec. 10 (#78666). For more information or to register for any of these classes, visit workforce-development/automotive-and-transportation/ index.aspx or call 336-633-0268. For a full list of upcoming fall Workforce Development and Continuing Education classes, visit academics/workforce-development/upcoming-courses. aspx.



ave you always wanted to work in healthcare, but weren’t sure where to start? Randolph Community College has plenty of opportunities this fall that are sure to give your career a jumpstart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. You can be a part of the solution by taking RCC’s 132-hour “Electrocardiograph Essentials” hybrid class. It is designed and approved to prepare students to become certified EKG Technicians through the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians Inc. (ASPT). The course covers the anatomy and physiology of the heart; principles of EKG, dysrhythmia recognition of sinus; junctional/atrial rhythms; heart blocks and bundle branches; and ventricular ectopy rhythms. Skills will include operating EKG equipment and running and mounting strips as well as reading and interpreting cardiac lead tracings produced from 12 lead monitors as it relates to heart function. The class (#79385) is Aug. 22-Nov. 11 online with two on-site clinical days, Nov. 4 and 11 from 9-11 a.m. at the Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. Allied Health Center. The cost is $180.55 plus the required textbook, “ECG Essentials of Electrocardiography,” which can be purchased through the RCC Campus Store by calling 336-633-0236. Students are asked to prepay two weeks in advance of the start of class. The cost does not include the cost of the EKG Certification Exam, which will be administered during the on-site clinical portion and costs $60 plus a membership fee of $30. The cost of the exam must be paid prior to the exam date. If you’re detail-oriented and organized, a career as a certified medical coder might be up your alley. Medical coders play a key role in reviewing and analyzing medical billing and coding for processing. In two online classes, students learn medical terminology and anatomy as well as how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM to work as a coder in the healthcare field (doctors’ offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, etc.). These classes help prepare students for the American Academy of Professional Coders CPC (Certified Professional Coder) National exam. The CPC is the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings. The first course (#79386), “Medical Terminology & Anatomy,” is Mondays, Aug. 22-Nov. 11. A high school diploma or equivalency diploma is required. The cost is $181, plus approximately $75 for textbooks. The registration deadline is Aug. 1. The second course (#79387), “Medical Coding,” is Mondays, Aug. 22-Nov. 11. The cost is $180, plus

approximately $640 for textbooks. The prerequisites for this course include a high school diploma or equivalency and successful completion of the first course, “Medical Terminology & Anatomy.” The registration deadline is Aug. 1. The “Medical Coding” class will also be offered in the spring to accommodate students taking the class in the Fall 2022/Spring 2023 sequence. If you are both detail-oriented and a “people person,” you are the perfect candidate for being a medication aide. Medication aides perform a variety of patient care duties, including administering medication, reporting changes, collecting samples, and recording medication dosages. RCC’s online “Medication Aide” class is designed to prepare non-licensed personnel with the skills required by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to practice as a Medication Aide in long-term care/skilled nursing facilities within the state of North Carolina. Topics include oral, topical, and instillation medication routes; medical asepsis; hand hygiene; terminology; and legal implications. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to take the NCBON/NNAAP (North Carolina Board of Nursing/National Nurse Assistant Assessment Program) Medication Aide Exam to become listed in the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation Medication Aide Registry. Students must: • Have high school diploma or high school equivalency, • Be 18 years of age, • Have a current listing with the Division of Health Service Regulation as a Nurse Aide I with no substantial findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property, • Have proof of completion of a minimum 75-hour, stateapproved Nurse Aide I course, • Have a Social Security card (name must match a government-issued photo ID), | 17

• Have a government-issued photo ID (name must match Social Security card). RCC is offering four sections of this class, each with its own registration deadline — Sept. 12-28 (#79367, Sept. 2 deadline), Oct. 5-24 (#79368, Sept. 28 deadline), Oct. 31-Nov. 16 (#79369, Oct. 24 deadline), or Nov. 28-Dec. 14 (#79370, Nov. 21 deadline). All online sections are Mondays from 6-10 p.m. The cost is $70 plus $25 for a textbook. For information or to register for any of the above courses, call 336-328-1750 or visit https://www.randolph. edu/academics/workforce-development/healthcare/ index.aspx. The online “Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review” prepares students for the pharmacy technician certification exam. It focuses largely on pharmacy mathematics which constitutes a large portion of the exam and is generally considered the most difficult portion of the exam. In addition, the text focuses on the primary content areas covered in the exam. The review

includes a mock certification exam for students to monitor their progress. Both tests are written in the same format as the actual certification exam, providing students with valuable practice. This review of basic concepts to reinforce learning includes pretest to assess individual's current knowledge and identify areas that require further study, numerous review problems and practice exercises to help users improve computational skills, solutions/ answers to review questions and practice exercises facilitate understanding of materials. The course (#79394) is Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 16-Nov. 29, on Zoom. There is a required math test prior to registering. The cost of the class is $180 plus approximately $291 for a textbook. To register for this course, call 336-633-0268 or visit For a full list of upcoming fall Workforce Development and Continuing Education classes, visit academics/workforce-development/upcoming-courses.aspx.



o you love making others feel better? Randolph Community College can help you on a pathway to a career in helping others with several opportunities this fall. The College’s Therapeutic Massage program prepares students to become licensed massage therapists by providing comprehensive hands-on training with a focus on working in a spa or opening a business. The program prepares students for taking the Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx). The program (#80139) runs from Aug. 1, 2022-July 19, 2023, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 5:308:30 p.m. in room 109 of the Continuing Education and Industrial Center (CEIC) on the Asheboro Campus. There will be some Saturday classes that run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The program requires a reading test prior to registering and other supplies. The cost is $196.55 plus a textbook, which cost approximately $543 and can be ordered through the RCC Campus Store. The hybrid Health and Wellness Coach program provides individuals the basic knowledge, tools, and resources to work under the supervision of licensed professionals supporting individuals to improve their personal health. The program (#80132) has been approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) for the education and training of health and wellness coaches. This approval allows its graduates to be eligible to sit for the HWC Certifying Examination. RCC is the only community college in the state approved by the NBHWC. The class (#80132) meets Mondays from 1-4 p.m. in room 148 of the CEIC or online Aug. 15-Dec. 12. Another section (#79400) meets Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in

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room 148 of the CEIC or online. Aug. 15-May 8, 2023. The cost for either class is $180 plus three require textbooks. RCC’s “Veterinary Assisting I” has recently been approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). RCC is the only NAVTAapproved Veterinary Assistant program in the state and one of 28 programs approved at technical or community colleges nationwide. RCC graduates are now eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination and, upon successful completion, can use the AVA designation and receive a documenting certificate. The course (#79395) introduces students to the principles and physiology of animal management, issues facing the animal science industry, contributions of the animal science industry to humanity, and the importance of the animal science industry to North Carolina. The class includes studies on animal behavior, animal anatomy, reproduction, nutrition, genetics, social issues, current events, and animal management for livestock, poultry, equine, and companion animals. This course is designed to prepare students for careers in production, processing, and distribution of livestock or to pursue a career in the veterinary or applied science fields. The class meets from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, in room 103 of the CEIC. The registration fee is $180.55 plus approximately $155 for a textbook. For more information or to register for any of the above programs and courses, visit academics/workforce-development/healthcare/index. aspx or call 336-633-0268. For a full list of upcoming fall Workforce Development and Continuing Education classes, visit workforce-development/upcoming-courses.aspx



ave the warmer temperatures sparked your creative side? Or maybe they’ve inspired you the urge to trade four wheels for two? Randolph Community College is offering two pottery classes this fall along with monthly motorcycle rider safety courses. “Advanced Pottery” is designed for individuals who already have a basic understanding and experience in pottery. The course provides the students with knowledge and skills required to start their own pottery businesses or to work for a pottery business. Students will work on designing bowls, vases, and lidded jars. Students will become more familiar with using the kiln and finishing techniques. Students will also develop and explore their own personal design aesthetic. The class (#79271) is Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 15-Dec. 14, from 1-4:30 p.m. “Pottery Studio Lab” provides hands-on instruction that will support and continue to build their skills as potters. Demonstrations will be given to discuss new techniques and to enhance skill building. Special focus will be placed on creative expression and design methods, as well as Raku and gas-fired pottery. The class (#79272) is Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 15-Dec. 14, from 5:30-9 p.m. The cost for each pottery class is $315.55, which includes insurance. The Pottery Center is located on the Asheboro Campus at 629 Industrial Park Avenue. Learn brush techniques, approaches to subjects, composition, layout, and other aspects of painting in “Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor.” Students must provide their own supplies. Some classes may emphasize one medium over another.

The morning course (#79723) meets Tuesdays from 9-11:30 a.m., while the afternoon course (#79724) meets Tuesdays from 12:30-3 p.m. Both courses are Sept. 13Nov. 29 in room 122 of the Administration/Education Building on the Asheboro Campus. The cost is $50. For more information or to register for any of the above courses, call 336-633-0268. Whether you are an experienced rider or considering taking up the hobby this year, “Beginning Motorcycle Rider Safety” covers basic skills and beyond, teaching students how to correctly deal with situations that they hope never happen. In the classroom, students will be given information on how to ride properly. Outside, students will practice and develop skills by riding in a controlled environment. A motorcycle and helmet will be furnished. The DMV waives the driving skills exam for students who have successfully completed this course. RCC’s classes meet from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday evening for classwork. Students are then in class from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, riding the course and learning the use of the motorcycle. Upcoming dates include Aug. 18-21 (#78481), Sept. 15-18 (#78482), Sept. 29-Oct. 2 (#78483), Oct. 20-23 (#78484), Nov. 3-6 (#78485), and Dec. 8-11 (#78486). The $175 fee includes all materials, use of bike, and accident insurance. The classes are held at RCC’s Archdale Center at 110 Park Drive. For more information or to register, contact the Archdale Center at 336-328-1750. For a full list of upcoming fall Workforce Development and Continuing Education classes, visit https://www. upcoming-courses.aspx. | 19



by Jill Jackson

rowing up, I remember my mom often asking color in mind, packing as much color as you can into me what I would like to eat with the main dish your fridges and onto your plates. she was serving for dinner. Here are some tips to get your daily rainbow: Being a typical ten year old, my usual response Grab some colored pens or pencils and color code was macaroni and cheese, tater tots or some other your menu plans and shopping lists. Turn it into “beige-colored” side dish. It never failed that my a challenge to see how many colors you can add mother would respond with “you need color on your to your list and incorporate into your daily meals. plate.” Also, make it a point each week to try a new fruit Always the caring mom, my request for macaroni and or vegetable that you might have never tasted cheese was replaced with corn from the garden and before. Next on my list? Dragon fruit. I have to admit my hope for tater tots was dashed with fresh green the look of it kind of scares me, but I’ve heard the beans. texture and taste resembles a kiwi, so I am hoping Now that I am older and wiser, I realize my mother for the best. was teaching me that rainbows look pretty in the sky, Would you like to share the rainbow? but also look pretty on your plate. I agree. They're Do you have a plentiful garden? Would you like to amazing and beautiful—not just in the sky, but also share your harvest with seniors in Randolph County? on my dinner plate. Why is it important for everyone, especially seniors, to get a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables in their diet? It’s because eating a diversity of colorful foods can be an easy way to get a complete range of the vitamins and minerals the body needs to thrive. Dark orange or gold vegetables tend to be high in beta-carotene. Red fruits like watermelon and tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, and orange foods like oranges and cantaloupe are good sources of vitamin C. Let’s be honest, when it comes to eating healthy, sacrificing your favorite salty snacks and sweet desserts isn’t always easy. Even when you’re making your best effort to eat more fruits and vegetables, it can be easy to fall into the routine of eating the same ones all the time. So, I challenge you to think, shop and cook with

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We would love to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to seniors and share them with our Meals-On-Wheels participants. Feel free to drop off donations at any of our Senior Centers: Archdale Senior Center (108 Park Drive, Archdale); Asheboro Senior Center (347 W. Salisbury Street); Liberty Senior Center (128 S. Fayetteville Street, Liberty); Randleman Senior Center (144 W. Academy Street, Randleman); or Our Place Adult Day Care (714 Farr Street, Asheboro). Randolph Senior Adults Association (RSAA) promotes health and encourages proper nutrition for seniors ages 50+ all year long. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you to live well and age well. | 21


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ICE CREAM SANDWICH CAKE From the kitchen of Susanne Allen

Ingredients 24 ice cream sandwiches 16 ounces frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), thawed in the refrigerator Chocolate syrup Caramel syrup Toppings of choice: mini M&M’s, sprinkles, crushed Oreo cookies, toffee bits, chopped nuts, chopped candy bars, chocolate chips, etc

Directions 1. Layer 12 ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch dish. You may need to cut the last ice cream sandwich in half in order to get it to fit in the bottom of the dish. 2. Allow to soften for a few minutes and then use a spoon to gently press the ice cream sandwiches down a little bit. You can skip this step if you're using a very deep pan! 3. Spread half of the whipped topping over the ice cream sandwiches. Drizzle with chocolate and caramel syrups. Sprinkle with desired toppings.

4. Top with another layer of 12 ice cream sandwiches. Spread remaining whipped topping over the ice cream sandwiches. Drizzle with additional chocolate syrup and caramel syrup, if desired. Sprinkle with additional toppings. 5. Freeze for about 1-2 hours (or overnight) to give the cake time to firm up before slicing and serving.

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A FUN, EASY AND REWARDING WAY TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY? The Meals on Wheels program for Randolph Senior Adults Association is in need of volunteers to deliver meals. All it takes is an hour of your time on any weekday (Monday-Friday) between 11am and 1pm.

Every knock delivers the food, compassion and care that our older neighbors need. In sharing a smile, along with a little of your time, you will make a lasting difference in the life of a homebound senior. To learn more about our Meals on Wheels volunteer opportunities, please contact our Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator Susanne Allen at:

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he national nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) kicked off the building of a specially adapted home for Army Specialist Joshua Craven on Saturday, July 9, 2022. SPC Craven was injured while serving in Iraq. The Community Kickoff event signifies the start of the build process and will introduce SPC Craven to the community. The event was held at Pinewood Country Club, 247 Pinewood Road in Asheboro at 10 a.m. The public was welcome to attend. Specialist Craven was 22 when he went on his first deployment to Iraq as a military police officer with the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in 2009. Toward the end of the tour, on Aug. 4, 2010, Specialist Craven was driving the lead vehicle in a convoy when an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) detonated on the driver’s side door of the vehicle. SPC Craven lost his left leg and sustained severe damage to his right leg with paralysis below the knee. The home being built for SPC Craven will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pulldown shelving and lowered countertops. The home will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, or reaching for cabinets that are too high. HFOT has built over 330 homes since the organization’s inception in 2004. Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each Veteran’s home. Community members may hold fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation visit www. Read more about SPC Craven’s story and watch his video at About Homes For Our Troops (HFOT): Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit

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organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide to severely injured post9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to our program services supporting Veterans. For more information, visit

A 20th anniversary high school reunion is in full swing as Peter arrives carrying nothing but his guitar and a bouquet of flowers. He has returned to win back Kari, his high school sweetheart. Now he just has to convince her and over 40 hometown characters (all played by a single actor) that the universe wants them to be together. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, The Pavilion is a poignant reflection on time and living a life free of regret.

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Corporate Partnership At The Randolph-Asheboro by Nick McNeill, YMCA


he Randolph-Asheboro YMCA offers local businesses and organizations an opportunity to help their employees become healthier in spirit, mind and body with Corporate Partnerships. At no cost to the employer, you can help your employees and their families become healthier, while saving you both money! Employees can join the YMCA at a discounted rate and enjoy all the benefits of being a YMCA member. Employer benefits are included as well! COMPANY BENEFITS • A Strong Wellness Program • Reduces Health Care Costs • Improves Productivity & Employee Morale • Attracts & Retains Employees • Reduces Employee Absenteeism & Turnover • Improves Employer/Employee Relationships Fit Employees • Are Healthier • More Productive • Less Likely To Become Sick • Have More Energy Throughout The Day • Less Stressed • Work Better As A Team • Have More Self-Confidence • Make Better Leaders • Have Better Attitudes • Stay Focused On Tasks • Challenge Themselves COMPANY RESPONSIBILITIES • Promote Collaboration To Current & Future Employees. • Review list of current members linked to your Corporate Membership GETTING STARTED For more information, or to get started you can email nmcneill@ or learn more at www.randolphasheboroymca. com/corporate-membership.

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he North Carolina Zoo has offered recreational opportunities to guests since opening its doors in 1974. But did you know that the Zoo currently provides over six miles of fantastic trails accessible to the public? No matter what level of hiker you may be - brand new to hiking or a trailblazing expert - with nearly five miles of trails on Purgatory Mountain (the main Zoo property) and 1.6 miles at Ridge's Mountain Nature Preserve, there's a hike to suit your needs and preferences. Hiking provides the perfect opportunity to explore new terrain and get some fresh air and exercise. Hiking our trails additionally gives you an opportunity to experience the unique biological, geological, and historical features of these local lands. Our trails and the land they run through. The North Carolina Zoo is committed to protecting 2,000 acres of land for conservation, education, and recreation. These protected lands encompass diverse ecosystems with rare natural communities such as old-growth

longleaf pine forests, monadnock forest, or upland pools, that can be found on our property at Purgatory Mountain. There are several offsite nature preserves where native wildlife thrive under the conservation efforts we provide them every day. The Zoo’s lands are home to native wildlife, and we proudly work to preserve these lands as they also protect dispersal corridors that allow bobcats, foxes, deer, songbirds, and other species to use when they need passage through the area. The Zoo recently hosted a grand opening celebration of the completed Purgatory Mountain Trail Network. This network began nearly 20 years ago with a single trail that followed an old logging road. Since then, the Zoo has expanded this network to nearly five miles, including 2.5 miles developed since 2019. Many hard-working staff and volunteers have helped make this possible, along with several grants that funded a professional trail builder. These trails on Purgatory Mountain vary in length giving you options for either taking a quick walk or taking a day to explore all the trails and getting in almost five miles of | 29

hiking exercise. From our shortest trail being just under 1/4 mile long to our longest trail at 1.5 miles long, you get to choose how much you want to explore. We also have a handicapped-accessible trail that has wheelchairfriendly terrain for those who want to hike and need ease of accessibility. All of these trails are accessible from the North America Parking lot at no charge any day that the Zoo is open to the public. More trails to come. We are not stopping there! Over the next few years, you can expect to see many more new trails added to our current trail network. The Zoo plans to increase opportunities to explore its protected areas by adding 12 miles to its trail systems. The Zoo’s Trail Team, made up of staff members from across the Zoo, is spearheading these efforts and is hard at work building new trails and improving and maintaining existing trails. Some of our Trail Team members have completed specific training courses that give them specialized skills for designing and building sustainable trails using hand tools and mechanized equipment. One piece of equipment, a micro-excavator recently purchased by the Zoo, greatly contributes to our trailbuilding efforts. The excavator comes in handy for clearing debris from the trail corridor, excavating the trail tread, and shaping the trail to ensure proper water runoff. The excavator drastically speeds up trail construction. Using this equipment reduces the amount of hard work that needs to be done by hand. What are you waiting for? Come visit and explore! If you’re looking for a great outdoor adventure, the North

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Micro-excavator recently purchased by the NC Zoo working on the trails

Carolina Zoo is definitely worth checking out. With more than 2,000 acres of protected land, there are plenty of trails to explore. And if you want to learn more about the animals that live in these habitats, be sure to swing by the Zoo. We hope you have fun exploring the trails at the North Carolina Zoo!




or over 20 years, Tremonteo (TC) Crawford, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, has provided stellar leadership at Randolph Health. She has made the decision to retire effective August 1, 2022. Under her leadership, nursing at Randolph Health reached new heights welcoming opportunities for growth, while focusing on clinical improvements that increased positive outcomes for patients. Crawford is a stalwart for the nursing profession - advocating for continued education and leadership growth at all levels. With her leadership, Randolph Health implemented the Shared Governance Council providing expanded opportunities for nurses to develop leadership skills and educational advancement. She transitioned the organization from having only five percent of nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing to 50 percent of nurses obtaining their Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing. With her unwavering passion for all staff, Crawford facilitated the implementation of CODE Lavender to support second victim syndrome. Additionally, she supported the development of comprehensive recognition programs, DAISY Award and PETALS Award, recognizing outstanding nurses, nurse techs and patient sitters. Most recently, Crawford facilitated the re-organization of the Quality and Case Management Departments, ensuring the development of high-quality, safe patient practices. Crawford’s passion for nursing at Randolph Health extends past these walls as she was recently appointed as a Board Member to the Rural Health Subcommittee for the North Carolina Healthcare Association. She is a proud member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and byimplementing her vision for nursing, Randolph Health received the North Carolina Nurses Association Hallmarks of Healthy Workplace for Nursing for several years. While the past five years have been challenging navigating through a planned bankruptcy and a global pandemic, Crawford’s stellar, transparent

leadership and communication paved the way for creating a stable organization that is now poised for growth. Randolph Health is recruiting to fill the Chief Nursing Officer position and with nursing leadership, a smooth transition will be created. “Please join me in thanking TC for her service, compassion and dedication not only to this organization, but to the nursing profession,” said April Thornton, Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing. “She has created a strong nursing foundation that will continue to evolve and expand far into the future.” | 31

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