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Culp Home Fashions fined $7,971 for wastewater spill in December Plant had been cited for two of the seven alleged violations in 2011 by STEVE MANN STOKESDALE – Culp Home Fashions has been assessed a $6,500 civil penalty for violations the state says stem from a wastewater spill into an unnamed Haw River tributary behind the plant in late December.

The Department of Environmental Quality and the Division of Water Resources added $1,471.45 in investigative/administrative costs, bringing the total civil penalty to $7,971.45. The notice was sent to Culp by certified mail March 13. Culp has 30 days from receipt of the notice to pay the penalty, submit a written request for remission or submit a written request for an administrative hearing. Failure to exercise one of the options

will result in the Attorney General’s Office pursuing civil action, according to the notice. The total civil penalty is less than 5 percent of the maximum fine of up to $25,000 a day for each violation under state statutes, according to the notice. “That’s it?” said Tim Graves, whose Ellison Road home is behind

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‘Wave of the future’ Classroom gardens help students in math, science

STOKESDALE – Students in Pam Lindsey’s fifth-grade Academically Gifted class are learning how to grow leafy greens inside the classroom – and they’re enjoying the spirit of competition in the hands-on process. There is a multi-faceted goal behind the idea of implementing the ReBuildUp curriculum at Stokesdale Elementary School. First, it provides a unique way of learning science and math. Second, it helps children in grades 3 through 12 across North

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Ashton Parsons, left, begins separating the greens from the roots in order to weigh the harvest of garden cress. Teammate Spencer Knight provides quality control to ensure no soil is mixed in with the greens. The weight of the dirt could skew the data, including the weight of the harvest, collected by the students.

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Property purchase, trail update, intersection master plan on council meeting agendas OAK RIDGE/SUMMERFIELD – Oak Ridge Town Council will meet Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 8315 Linville Road. On the first of two items under New Business, the council will vote on whether to continue a public hearing for a rezoning application involving 29.45 acres on the west side of N.C. 68 North. At the Planning and Zoning Board’s March 22 meeting, the applicant requested the scheduled public hearing for that meeting be continued to the board’s April 26 meeting to give board members more time to review a 111-page traffic study completed a few days before; the town council is expected to also approve the request to continue the public hearing scheduled for its April 5 meeting to next month.

at Summerfield Community Center, 5404 Centerfield Road. The meeting agenda had not been finalized by the Northwest Observer’s press deadline, but tentatively includes the town manager’s reports on the Piedmont Legacy Trails initiative; A&Y Greenway (south) design update by Stewart; and N.C. 150/Summerfield Road intersection master planning (miniroundabout concept). Mayor and council business includes discussion of an overview of town properties; an open house for the Martin House and Gordon building; and council parliamentary procedure.

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A closed session is also on the draft meeting agenda, with two items for discussion: 1). “To consult with an attorney and in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege as provided under NCGS 143-318.11(a)(3)” and 2). “To address the amount of compensation and other material terms of an employment contract as provided under NCGS 143-318.11(a)(5) 14.”

Summerfield Town Council will meet Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.

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Also under New Business, the council is expected to discuss a contract to purchase real property (land and any property attached directly to it).

Contract awarded for final section of Greensboro Urban Loop GREENSBORO – The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $135.3-million contract to construct the final section of the Greensboro Urban Loop between U.S. 29 to Lawndale Drive in Guilford County. “We are thrilled that after 30 years

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in the making, construction of the last 5.3-mile section of the approximate 44-mile loop around Greensboro will start this year,” said NCDOT Division 7 Board Member and Chair Michael S. Fox, who represents Guilford, Alamance, Caswell, Orange

and Rockingham Counties. Contractors E.S. Wagner Company and Smith-Rowe, LLC Joint Venture of Charlotte/Mount Airy have teamed up on the project, which may begin as early as Monday, April 30. “Once complete, the loop will provide easier access to Piedmont International Airport, Winston-Salem and destinations to the west of the Triad, as well as improve congestion on I-40, particularly in that section that includes I-40, I-85 Business and U.S. routes 29, 70, 220 and 421,” said Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. Project Highlights Include: • Build a six-lane freeway from U.S. 29 north of Greensboro to

Lawndale Drive. • Complete the Greensboro Loop/ U.S. 29 interchange. • Complete the Greensboro Loop/ Lawndale Drive interchange.

• Build bridges on the Greensboro Loop over Lees Chapel Road and Norfolk Southern Railroad. • Build bridges on Summit Avenue, North Church Street and Lake Jeanette Road over the Greensboro Loop. • Build an interchange at the intersection of the Greensboro Loop and Yanceyville Road. • Build an interchange at the intersection of the Greensboro Loop and North Elm Street.

‘I expect the mayor to…’ Council members, manager share expectations of mayor at March 17 training session by PATTI STOKES SUMMERFIELD – Summerfield Town Council members seem to agree the mayor should be knowledgeable about basic meeting rules and how to effectively preside over and control the meeting. Most also agree the mayor should ensure that citizens and staff are treated with respect and should enforce meeting rules fairly and equally. Those are just some of the expectations council members and the town manager listed when participating in a half-day training session on March 17 that focused on the roles and expectations of council members, staff and the mayor. The session, facilitated by Peg Carlson, director of UNC School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership and Governance, led with a discussion

of what the town manager and mayor expect of council members and what the council members expect of each other (see our March 29-April 4 issue for more on this discussion). During the second segment of the training session, participants were asked to complete this sentence: “I expect the mayor to…” One council member said he expected the mayor to not spontaneously call on citizens to speak in the middle of the meeting unless all council members agree on opening the floor up for citizen questions and comments. The mayor should encourage everyone to work together in a positive manner, most agreed. Questions to staff and other council members should be genuine questions, not accusations, and displaying a willingness to learn from staff, citizens and fellow council members were other stated expectations. And, no more “ambushing” of staff at town council meetings. The expectation that the mayor would

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A few months ago you wrote about Community Lutheran Church in Summerfield putting its property on the market. Recently a sign for another church went up there – did the property sell? If so, what happened to Community Lutheran’s congregation?

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After selling its church property off U.S. 220 in Summerfield, Community Lutheran Church held its last service there on Passion Sunday (March 25). The small congregation has forged an agreement with Flat Rock United Methodist Church in Stokesdale to share that church’s facility.

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Yes, in December we wrote that Community Lutheran Church’s membership had been dwindling over the last several years and could not continue to support the church property it owned off U.S. 220 in Summerfield, so had decided to sell the property. Pastor Chris Johnson of CLC confirmed that on March 29 the property sale to The Lord’s Church of Greater Greensboro was finalized. The LCGG’s Korean congregation initially formed in July 2012 and has been meeting at Life Community Church in Jamestown. Johnson said CLC’s congregation has forged an agreement with Flat Rock United Methodist Church on U.S. 158 in Stokesdale to share its church facility.

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“We are meeting separately, and will each maintain our own identity,” he said, adding that some Flat Rock UMC members joined CLC members for their first service in their new location on Maundy Thursday and the following day several CLC members attended Flat Rock’s Good Friday service. “Easter morning was our first big Sunday service, and it was very well-attended,” Johnson said. “It was an exciting, joyful time. People (from CLC) who struggled with the transition felt so much better after the Easter service.” For now, CLC will hold its Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. and Flat Rock will hold its Sunday service at 11 a.m., with a time for fellowship in between services. “This started looking very exciting a few months ago – our leadership was looking forward to this transition,” Johnson said. “We’re still in transition and we don’t know what the future holds, but our goal is to continue a sense of mission,” adding, “We have a new mission: explore, serve and belong.”

In recent coverage of Summerfield Town Council’s budget workshop on March 20, you wrote that the town leases the Summerfield Community Park property. What are the terms of that lease? According to a memo that Summerfield Town Manager Scott Whitaker wrote to town council members in February 2013, the park rests on two separate tracts totaling 51+ acres and there

are two separate leases. The smaller of the two tracts consists of 16.78 acres, the park core and lake, and is leased from Summerfield Community Center, Inc. The nonprofit owns the Community Center building (where town council meetings are held), parking lots, a lake, and the core of the community park property. “The non-profit and town initially operated with a 2001 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allowed the town to use the premises for a perpetual term. On January 28, 2004, both parties replaced the MOU with a 30-year lease agreement,” Whitaker wrote in his memo to council members.

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The terms of the agreement are: 1). An option to renew for another 30 years and that there would be no termination within the initial 30 years; 2). No rent/lease payment; and 3). The premises can be used for “public park and/or open space purposes only.” The town can make fairly broad improvements as long as the town pays for them and provided that the park remains public, Whitaker noted, adding that the town must avoid commercial uses that would violate the agreement. The larger of the two tracts, consisting of 34.91 acres west and north of the Community Center tract, is leased through Guilford County. It includes the park’s northern trails, dam/spillway improvements, and cell tower, and it backs up to the Henson Farms subdivision. The county and town executed a 50-year lease effective Feb. 4, 2000, allowing the town to use this acreage. The lease agreement with Guilford County includes an option to terminate “for a governmental purpose” with one year’s written notice, and no rent/lease payment.




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When invited by Carlson to weigh in, Mayor Gail Dunham expressed frustration over not getting meeting agenda packets in time to thoroughly prepare for the meetings. Council meeting packets are typically completed by the Wednesday or Thursday prior to the second-Tuesday-of-themonth council meeting. Dunham said that isn’t sufficient time to prepare, and the packet should be completed more than a week before each meeting. Carlson then reviewed expectations Dunham has of council members, which included: no personal attacks; the mayor and council should work together on setting the agenda; better recognition of people of Summerfield who have so much to offer; have the desire for the mayor and council to succeed; comply with ordinances, policies, statutes and contracts in a fair and equal way; respond in a positive way to public comments; be truthful; recognize participation from the people is important for a town’s success; and to call her anytime between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Oh, and there should be laughter, the mayor said. Regarding recognizing the importance of citizen participation, Councilman John O’Day said he totally agreed. “But there is a group of people who are very outspoken, vocal and very critical of anyone with a contrary opinion,” he said. “I want to hear from all the people, not just a few. How do we make that happen?” Councilman Todd Rotruck said he had been on the other side of citizen comments, referencing one citizen at the Feb. 13 meeting who asked for his resignation.


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“So, we’ve got two opposing sides,” Rotruck said. “We’re a divided town,” O’Day agreed. “But I would like to hear from all the people, and encourage all those folks to come, stand up, be welcomed and speak without fear of reprisal from anybody. How do we encourage more participation from the whole citizenry instead of the same ones we hear from all the time? “I’ve had a number of people tell me they would come to meetings but they are afraid of reprisals. I think it’s sad for our town if that’s the way people feel,” O’Day said. As council members grappled with the topic of citizens’ rights to free speech and how to encourage a culture of respect for different opinions, the conversation turned to comments made by a committee member on social media which have led Councilwoman Teresa Pegram, Rotruck and Dunham to call for that member’s resignation. “When you’re on a committee there are expectations. You’re supposed to behave in a civil manner ... and that’s not being enforced,” Rotruck said. “It is an ethics policy but they’re not following the ethics of it,” Pegram added. After it was pointed out that this item was on the agenda for a meeting three days later, Carlson then directed the conversation back to the topic of agenda setting, which has been a point of contention since Rotruck, Pegram and Dunham refused to enter the meeting room where the annual retreat was to have been held on Jan. 27, stating they took issue with Town Manager Scott Whitaker setting the proposed agenda for the day-long session. A 40-minute discussion ensued, after which an agreement was reached that all council members have the opportunity to request items be added to the meeting agenda, a deadline for requests will be established, and the mayor, mayor pro tem and town manager will work together to prioritize agenda items and finalize meeting agendas.

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the Culp plant at 7209 U.S. 158 and next to the stream where an estimated 250-500 gallons of wastewater was spilled.

“That’s crazy. Sixty-five thousand dollars I can see. That may raise an eyebrow up there to do something about it,” he said, nodding toward the plant. “But $6,500 is a piss in the wind for them.” Teresa Huffman, vice president for human resources for Culp Inc., said Culp is preparing a response to the state. She said the company is working with environmental consultant Leonhardt Environmental of Raleigh “to discuss the penalties that were proposed,” and also has hired a water specialist. A notice of violation/notice of intent to enforce was sent Jan. 12 to Culp alleging seven violations of state water-quality standards, N.C. general statutes and Culp’s non-discharge wastewater permit for a closed-loop recycle system that is effective until Nov. 30, 2021. Culp also had been cited for two of those violations Dec. 23, 2011. The violations were the result of an investigation by the Winston-Salem regional office of the Division of Water Resources, which received a complaint Dec. 20, 2017, about a milky substance in a stream behind Culp along Ellison Road that smelled like sewage. The stream flows through a culvert under Ellison Road into Lambert Lake in the Moore’s Mill subdivision and ultimately into the Haw River. Culp was fined: • $3,000 for making an outlet into the stream without a permit


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through an unlined earthen berm basin downslope of two evaporators; • $500 for exceeding state stream standards for turbidity (the level of murkiness in the water due to the presence of suspended particulates) at two sites tested downstream from the discharge; • $500 for failing to meet minimum state stream standards for the dissolved oxygen level at a test site downstream; • $500 for failing to restrict public access to the wastewater treatment facility and the closed-loop recycle system. Company officials filed an incident/investigation report about suspected vandalism with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office; • $1,000 for failing to properly maintain and operate the plant as a non-discharge facility. Culp was cited for the same violation in 2011. • $1,000 for allowing a bypass of untreated or partially treated wastewater from the closed-loop recycle system. Culp also was cited for the same violation in 2011. Culp was not fined for failure to notify the regional office of the incident. In its response to the state sent Feb. 2, Culp said calls to the local agency were made by others before Culp personnel discovered the spill. According to the notice of civil penalty, factors involved in the decision included the harm to the state’s natural resources, public health or private property; the duration and gravity of the violation; the amount of money saved by noncompliance; whether the violation was committed willfully or intentionally; and the company’s previous record in complying with programs over which the Environmental Management Commission has authority.

Dr. Erica Wallace finds joy in caring for others by NORA MURRAY The answer to the question, “What will you do when you grow up?” was a no-brainer for Dr. Erica Wallace. “I have two brothers. I remember when I was about 7, whenever one of us would fall I would get really excited because I could get out the peroxide,” Wallace said. “I was excited that I could help them.”

patients to improve their self-care is a major focus. What that means, she said, will be different for everyone. “You may have someone who just isn’t ready to talk about diet and exercise that day, so you talk about self-care in general,” Wallace said. “For them, that could be just finding a little time each day to take a breath. ... Over the next few months you can start talking about diet, or exercise or sleep.”

As her love of helping people combined with a love of learning, following Being mindful of managing their the path to becoming a doctor was a stress and taking time out for themnatural choice for Wallace. selves is something Wallace encourWallace is a family medicine physi- ages all of her patients to do. cian for the new LeBauer at Horse For some people, it’s Pen Creek practice in northwest Greensboro. She said as a child, not just focusing on themselves only did she know she wanted to be a doctor, but she also knew she specifi- at some point during the cally wanted to practice family mediday,” Wallace said. “I have cine.

chief resident at Moses Cone Hospital. Her decision to return to family medicine is a result of taking her own advice. “I was missing that relationship with my patients,” she said. “Coming here allowed me to have more fulfilment in medicine, and to enjoy things like being closer to home, and having dinner with my family. The joy Wallace takes in her work is evident to those around her. “You can honestly see it,” said Lea Gillie, LeBauer at Horse Pen Creek’s practice administrator. “She will come in and say, ‘I just want to tell you – it’s been such a great day!’”

one patient who started taking two ‘timeouts’ durWallace said just getting updates ing the day – just 15 minfrom her patients can make her smile. utes of quiet – and that was I went to that doctor “Sometimes I’ll tell them ‘Hey, if all she needed. you want to just email me your blood when I was a kid,” she said. sugars over the next week, that would Wallace is joined at Lebauer at “and when I was a teenHorse Pen Creek by a valued team of be great.’ And if they do it, I get so ager, and when I came back co-workers, which includes a health excited,” she said. coach, a physician assistant who is In her spare time, Wallace said she from college. Growing up in a small town, Wallace said she went to the same family doctor from childhood to adulthood.

Building relationships with her patients is one of the things Wallace said she enjoys most about being a family physician. “I know the parents, and by the time I see the kids, I know their family life. I know what the family is going through, and it really does help,” she said. For Wallace, encouraging her

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The competition is a two-step process. Each team in Lindsey’s class vies for the largest harvest, measured in grams. Then the classroom scores are sent to Michael Norbury at Greensborobased ReBuildUp. Norbury then pits each school’s scores against another in a monthly YouTube video reminiscent of 1980s-style video games. Norbury, whose nephew David Michaux is in Lindsey’s class, said the concept is to help teach children how to grow greens in their own homes with common household products such as recycled plastic water bottles. With a coconut-based solution put into the soil and cinnamon to ward off bacteria, LED lights are used to expedite growth.

Norbury called the classroom farming method the “wave of the future,” and especially useful for schools on lean budgets. “Some of these high-end schools will have these huge setups,” Norbury said. But another school might not have any budget. “Now we can teach this using stuff they already have,” Norbury said. Many of the students in Lindsey’s class did not seem to focus on recycling or soil quality, however. Instead, they eyed their classmates with guarded optimism as they harvested their garden cress and put it on the scale in front of Lindsey, waiting with bated breath as a student called out the weight of each team’s harvest. The trio of Carley Allred, Kara Rumple and Molly Edmisten were confident in their success with garden cress, based on previous weeks’ results. But much to the young ladies’ dismay, this week their harvest was not the most bountiful. Michaux, for his part, said he liked farming inside the classroom. “It’s a really cool program,” he said. “You get to grow plants. It’s way faster than the average planting-it-outside garden.” Norbury and ReBuildUp also offer financial literacy classes and tie in other components, such as marketing, into the curriculum as well. Lindsey, meanwhile, helps the

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David Michaux shows the class harvest sheet for the first two crops grown in Pam Lindsey’s fifth-grade Academically Gifted classroom. It was Michaux’s uncle, Michael Norbuy, who helped bring Greensboro-based ReBuildUp to Stokesdale Elementary School. students work through the figures to compare, contrast and measure for accuracy. The bounty grown at school cannot be eaten by the students due to health regulations, Lindsey said, noting, “This would turn into a salad if done at home.” So once each team’s harvest has been weighed, it is squeezed into a container for Jake Priddy to take home and feed to Sheldon, his pet turtle. While they offered the reptile a greens-based diet, some were worried he’d overeat. “Sheldon’s going to be very obese,” cautioned one student. For more information on ReBuildUp, visit

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“Since the beginning, we’ve had numerous rescue groups that have supported the event. Many have been able to find homes for the dogs they represent,” said Terry Lannon, Oak Ridge’s director of parks and recreation.

“We’ve also had the North Star Bloodhounds Search and Rescue team for the past couple years and they’ve done a great job of showing people what their group does,” Lannon added. “We felt it was a good idea to give back to these organizations that have helped make Canine Capers so successful.”

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Over the years, funds raised from Canine Capers have been used to add park benches, water sources and agility equipment to the dog bark, located in the woods behind one of the children’s playgrounds in Oak Ridge Town Park. This year, the event’s committee is broadening its scope – while some of the

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Canine Capers was conceived by a group of local dog lovers who formed a town subcommittee to build a dog park. While brainstorming, the group came up with the idea of hosting an event that would raise awareness and money for the new canine facility, and just as importantly, be fun for everyone who participated.

Canine Capers offers a variety of ways for dog lovers to have fun while showing off their pups. Attendees can enter their dog in a dog show, participate in contests (some more serious and many “just for fun”), watch demonstrations, participate in a dog maze, and visit Bark Avenue, where they’ll see

the latest dog-related products, meet local animal care providers, talk with representatives from rescue groups and enjoy delicious people food. The dog show, patterned after regulation confirmation shows, is Canine Caper’s centerpiece. It’s an all-breed fun match open to both purebreds and

mixed breeds. Spayed and neutered dogs can be shown and no registration papers are required. Both experienced show dogs and those that have never had their paws near a show ring can compete, and ribbons and prizes are awarded in all divisions. There’s also a division for junior handlers ages 16 and under. For those wanting something less competitive, there are a number of just-for-fun contests, which include: best trick, treat toss, ball retrieve, smallest and largest dog, best tail wagger and best kisser. While the dog show is underway, experienced handlers with Dog-Gone Fun will put their dogs through the rigors of an agility course and various K9 Nose Work setups, giving attendees a closeup look at how these dog sports are run. Dog-Gone Fun owner Jan Wilson will also be conducting tests for the Canine Good Citizen certification, an event that was added last year, and members of the North Star Bloodhounds Search and Rescue Team will demonstrate their dogs’ tracking abilities. There will also be the ever-popular Dog Daze Maze, hosted by Oak Ridge Lions Club. A surefire way to get some exercise for both dogs and their

humans, the maze is set up similar to a corn maze. While dogs are inside the maze, which is bounded by webbed fencing, their humans run around outside giving directions. Danny Yanusz, Lions Club president, jokes that humans are usually quite exhausted by the time their dog finds its way out. Prizes are awarded for fastest times. A raffle will also be held, with prizes including a variety of hammocks from Yukon Outfitters, doggie goodie baskets from King’s Crossing Animal Hospital and All Pets Considered, and a training package from Dog-Gone Fun. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased in advance at Oak Ridge Town Hall or on-site at the event. •••••

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NORTHERN GUILFORD Meagan Wilkins, track and field by MARC PRUITT As a member of Northern Guilford’s track and field team, sophomore Meagan Wilkins is hopeful that the best is yet to come. Wilkins made quite an impression in her freshman year by running the opening leg on the 4x200 relay team that won the NCHSAA 3-A state championship.

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“I knew from then on that I wanted to run track in high school and in college,” Wilkins said. “That’s been my main goal ever since.” Wilkins also runs indoor track for the Nighthawks during the winter, competing in the 300 as well as the relays. She takes pride in running the first leg of the 4x200 and then the anchor leg on the 4x400 teams. “I love to give my team a lead when I run the first leg,” Wilkins said. “And on the anchor leg, the pressure is the same if you get that baton and you’re in first place or if you’re behind. If I’m in first, I know I need to keep the lead and finish strong. If I’m behind, I know how hard I have to work to make my way to the front. I definitely prefer to have the lead when I get the baton.” Wilkins, who said her favorite event to compete in is the 200, also participates in Northern Going Global and the Invisible Children Club.

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NORTHERN GUILFORD Marissa Lenze, soccer, track/field by MARC PRUITT Whether it’s on the soccer field or on the track, it’s rare to spot Marissa Lenze during the spring sports season at Northern Guilford when she’s not in motion.

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Lenze, a senior, has been participating in soccer and track at the high school level since her sophomore year. The challenges of playing two sports in the same season can make for some hectic logistical situations – take, for example, when she was a sophomore and had to run a 4x800 relay in the track regional and play in a playoff soccer game on the same day, and at the same time. “Thankfully, both were being held at Northern that day and the timing couldn’t have been better,” Lenze said. “I played the first half of my soccer game. At halftime, I changed into my track gear and ran down to run my leg (third) in the relay, which we won, then changed back into my soccer uniform and went to play the second half of my soccer game, which we also won. The timing worked out perfectly that day. My coaches know that I love doing both things and have been very flexible with me as far as practices go, which I’m thankful for.” Lenze has been running cross country and indoor track all four years of high school. She runs cross country in the fall while playing for her club soccer team, and she runs indoor track in the winter. “I didn’t run outdoor track as a freshman because I wanted to con-

centrate on soccer,” she said. “I really wanted to make the varsity team as a sophomore, so I just dedicated myself to soccer and my training.” Lenze started playing soccer when she was 4, following in the footsteps of her three brothers. “My family has always been very active. That’s where I get my drive from,” Lenze said. “My brothers did the same thing. I just kind of tagged along watching them. I’m always on the go.” Does she ever sit down? “Sometimes on Sundays,” she said with a laugh. “Those are usually my rest days.” Lenze, who is in National Honor Society and Beta Club, will attend N.C. State next fall and plans to major in animal science.

On a side note, we asked Marissa Lenze these three questions… Q: Who’s the best teacher you’ve had? A: “Ms. Evans, fifth-grade teacher at Greensboro Academy” Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? A: “I wear pink calf sleeves under my (soccer) socks.” Q: What’s on your bucket list? A: “Travel to Australia and Thailand”

Nighthawks band to participate in National Memorial Day parade Thanks to a nomination by Congressman Mark Walker, Northern Guilford Nighthawks band members will head to Washington, D.C., May 25-28 to participate in the annual National Memorial Day parade and concert. Northern Guilford will be the only school from North Carolina to have students participating in Memorial Day activities in our nation’s capital.

“It’s such an honor that Congressman Walker nominated our students,” said NGHS Band Director Michael Courey. “Our students work hard all year in their band classes and representing the school at events like the Greensboro Holiday parade and Summerfield Founders’ Day parade in addition to football and basketball games. They also participate in county, district, regional and statewide performance competitions, and to have that work acknowledged and rewarded from someone of the Congressman’s stature is very meaningful.”


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The National Memorial Day Parade, held along Constitution Avenue, shares the story of American honor and sacrifice across generations. It is the nation’s largest Memorial Day event and is televised nationally, with approximately 1.5 million viewers via local television stations and the American Forces Network. It will also be streamed live on and YouTube. “Since we found out about our nomination, we’ve been holding a number of fundraisers to help defray costs so every student who wants to attend can,” said Donna Camp, president of the NGHS Music Boosters. “We’re thrilled to be going, but this was not something we had budgeted for this year. Our overall costs are close to $50,000, with students having to pay out-of-pocket to attend. We’d love to offset as much of that as we can.” Look for information about upcoming fundraisers for the band’s trip to Washington, D.C., in future issues.

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Johnny Van Kemp (left), an eighth-grader at Northern Guilford Middle School who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was in the third grade, throws out the first pitch at Northern Guilford High School’s varsity baseball game on March 29, while Johnny’s parents, Sharon and John Van Kemp, look on.

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Northern Guilford Nighthawks JV and varsity baseball players showed their support for kids with cancer by raising funds for the Vs. Cancer foundation for the fourth consecutive year. As an additional show of support, many of the players left after the varsity game against High Point Central on March 29 with a little less hair, courtesy of Unique kutz 150, LLC in Summerfield.

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‘5K for St. Jude by NW’ Northwest Guilford students rally support for a 5K event on April 21 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by MARC PRUITT Rami Bikdash, Anna Yang, and Ryan Stokley want to leave something behind at Northwest Guilford High School that will benefit others for years to come. The three students are spearheading the “5K for St. Jude by NW” on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 10 a.m. at Oak Ridge Town Park to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The mission of St. Jude’s is to “advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” Founded by the late actor Danny Thomas, the hospital treats all children regardless of their race, religion or their family’s ability to pay. “Cancer is so pervasive in our society and there aren’t too many people who can’t say they’ve been affected by it in some way,” Bikdash, a junior, said. “We felt like we needed to do something to help out. We wanted to do something that can go on for many years after we leave here. We picked St. Jude because of its mission and because it provides free medical care for children.” “It’s a cause we can all relate to,” Yang, a senior, confirmed. “I’ve had several people close to me who have gotten cancer, including a close childhood friend. I watched her grow up with it and fight through it. She has accomplished so many great things. So many of us have seen people battle through cancer or deal with something like it and it hits really close to home.” For Stokley, whose father has been battling prostate cancer, the cause is

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(L-R) Ryan Stokley, Anna Yang and Rami Bikdash are organizing a 5K run on April 21 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. especially personal. “Ryan just participated in a 5K to benefit prostate cancer,” Bikdash said, then added, “His dad is doing really well now.” Rhonda Hudson, math teacher and advisor for Northwest’s National Honor Society chapter, Parker Jackson, Latin teacher, and Elizabeth Russell, the school’s Key Club advisor, are lending their support for the event. “I’ve also invited my former U.S. History teacher, Mr. Ray Parrish, to come out that day and speak,” Bikdash added. “He has had a battle with brain cancer for several years and is now in remission. There was a 5K to benefit him a few years ago, and that’s what really got me thinking about doing something like this. “We are trying to make this a community event, not just an event for Northwest,” Bikdash said. “We’ve reached out to the clubs at our school for support and to some of the athletic teams, not just for runners but also for volunteers. I’ve reached out to my club soccer team and so has Ryan. We’ll also be reaching out to churches and maybe some other school teams.”

“We hope to have 100-200 runners, but including volunteers and families, we are expecting as many as 300 people that day. We would be really pleased with that, especially for our first time,” Yang said. Several food trucks will be onsite after the race. “We want to make this a familyfriendly event,” Bikdash said. “And since it’s the first one, we hope it’s something the community will get behind and continue to support for many years to come. We want to set a precedent for something that can continue to grow.”

want to participate? 5K for St. Jude by NW will take place Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. at Oak Ridge Town Park, 6231 Lisa Drive (across from Oak Ridge Town Hall). Race registration fee, which includes a T-shirt, is $20 plus $2.50 online sign-up charge. T-shirts are also available for $10 to those who don’t run in the event but want to support it; donations are also welcome, as are sponsors. For more information or to register, visit

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GRINS to...  Mrs. Christy Royal and Oak Ridge Elementary students for a great student concert on March 26. The kids were so talented and the music selection was great.  Winston Churchill, who said, “To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.” Let’s challenge all Summerfield elected officials to leave their egos at the door and change their course. Get to work!  Morris & Morris Family Dentistry for providing a wonderful baked potato bar for Stokesdale Elementary teachers and staff. Your hospitality and generosity are greatly appreciated.




 Elizabeth McClellan for the homecooked dinner at the March 28 Summerfield UDO Review Committee meeting. We had a long, three-hour meeting and the dinner was a perfect way to begin.  The spine center at Moses Cone Hospital. Genevieve, Aisha, Cindy, Edmund and Misbah took extraordinary and compassionate care of me and my husband after my third back surgery. Please keep up the good work – it makes a huge difference!  The good-looking man in a green truck for stopping on March 28 to see if I needed help changing my flat tire in the ABC parking lot. Good people still exist!

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 The pre-teen who thought the police should be called for erratic driving. Yes! My husband was saved by concerned citizens’ calls when his blood sugar dropped to a life-threatening low. Always call; let police figure out the cause.

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 The individual who purchased my breakfast at the Oak Ridge McDonald’s drive-through Easter Sunday morning. I was in the burgundy Tundra pickup truck. Your kindness is very much appreciated!

GRIPES to...

 Businesses that litter our street corners and power poles with their signs/advertisements. Just think what our town would look like if all businesses did this.  Those who believe banning assault rifles will stop school shootings. Instead of marching they need to stop bullying and stand up to bullies. We need more guns protecting our children. Imagine what a trained attacker could do. Wake up!  The person who complained about the flag code (see last week’s Gripes); have you even read it? Nowhere in the flag code does it state that the United States flag should fly above the others. In fact, it explicitly states that they are equal. Editor’s note: As always, we thank our readers for giving us an opportunity to learn from you, and to share some of what we’ve learned in the process. Until this gripe I had not read the U.S. flag code, which can be viewed at Based on an excerpt from Section 175(c) of that code (see below), I believe the reader in last week’s issue was correct in stating “no other flag should be flown above the American flag.” “No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to

the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof…”  The gentleman running on Pleasant Ridge Road on the white line, coming toward traffic at 8:15 p.m. No reflective

clothing and a light my 5-year-old might use. Dude, you almost got hit by me and the car behind me.  UPS/USPS for ‘mail innovations.’ Package left Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, March 27, arrived at USPS in Greensboro March 28. Estimated delivery: March 31. Not delivered. So, two days to get from Minnesota to Greensboro and 4+ days from Greensboro to Summerfield. Pathetic!  Those who cite the Second Amendment sanctimoniously but without a clue about the sad historical circumstances that resulted in its enactment. Hint: slave rebellions.


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March 27 | At around 7:30 a.m. a Guilford County Sheriff’s officer in the 6000 block of Old Oak Ridge Road in northwest Greensboro seized a bottle containing 28 grams of CBD oil. The oil has a reported street value of $1,400.

March 28 | A resident of Kernersville reported an unknown suspect obtained her credit card information during a transaction at the Shell gas station located at 4432 U.S. 220 North in Summerfield.

March 30 | Guilford County Sheriff’s officers seized 26.5 grams of marijuana in the 6000 block of Old Oak Ridge Road in northwest Greensboro. The marijuana reportedly has a street value of $1,300.

ASSAULT April 1 | A 29-year-old woman on Nesting Way in Oak Ridge reported being punched in the face by another known woman.

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March 31 | A resident of Grey Fox Road in Oak Ridge reported a known person who was performing repair service on his vehicle abandoned the vehicle without finishing services already paid for. March 31 | A resident of Poplar Forest Drive in Summerfield reported an unknown person tried to use his bank account information to deposit a check into a different business account at Bank of America in DeKalb, Georgia. The suspect’s fraudulent attempt was not successful. March 31 | A resident of Hollow River Court in Oak Ridge reported that an unknown suspect(s) used his phone

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US Geological Survey is not debunked At Summerfield’s Unified Development Ordinance Review Committee meeting on March 15, TREBIC president Marlene Sanford stated as credible (emphasis) fact that published report “US Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4140” is debunked – debunked to the degree that the UDO Review Committee should not consider it relevant for purposes of their deliberations. Moreover, the specific reason Sanford gave for Report 974140 being debunked is that the report calculations did not take into account septic wastewater recharge back into aquifer storage as a result of use of onsite septic. After reading Report 97-4140 again this week, I find zero credibility in Sanford’s underlying claim. Within the report its authors provided two example analyses of maximum development density in Guilford County, each using two different methods to calculate sustainable recharge. In both cases the authors explicitly state onsite septic is assumed. The authors also state that although there will be some loss due to evaporation through soil and uptake by plants, this loss is negligible compared to volume returned to aquifer storage and for purpose of the calculation (in report) that 100 percent of septic wastewater is assumed


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number to access his bank information and transferred $1,000 to an unknown bank account.

ARRESTS March 27 | During a traffic stop in the 7700 block of Stokesdale, a 25-year-old known female offender and resident of Dahlia Lane in Stokesdale was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and Driving While License Revoked. March 27 | A man was arrested for larceny in the 8100 block of Haw River Road in Stokesdale.

to return to aquifer storage. Based on my attendance at the UDO Review Committee’s meeting immediately after the one where Sanford presented, it is clear most committee members now accept that Report 97-4140 lacks credibility – specifically because of statements the TREBIC president made at the March 15 meeting. UDO Review Committee members are repeating Sanford’s statements as “fact” to other committee members and, likely, beyond. Committee members are also considering Sanford’s statements in their deliberations, despite USGS Report 97-4140 containing clear language completely opposite of statements Sanford made.

March 30 | A 17-year-old female was arrested on Chestershire Road in Oak Ridge at around 7:58 p.m. for communicating threats. March 30 | A male known offender and a 32-year-old female known offender were arrested in the 8400 block of Norcross Road in Colfax for possession of .2 ounces of crack cocaine. The suspects were transported to jail and held without bond while awaiting a court appearance on April 26. March 31 | At around 1:55 a.m., a 24-year-old male resident of High Point was arrested during a traffic stop in the

I hope you all understand the seriousness of the situation as I now see it. USGS Report 97-4140 remains an actively published report by US Geological Survey. I wish to be provided verifiable proof, in writing, that this report lacks the credibility stated, for the reasons stated at the March 15 UDO Review Committee meeting. Absent proof, having both attribution and subject matter expert verification, I will call for remedy (remedies) for what has taken place. Dwayne Crawford SUMMERFIELD

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vicinity of U.S. 220/Strawberry Road in Summerfield for possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. April 1 | A 24-year-old male resident of Madison who was stopped in the vicinity of U.S. 220 and Auburn Road in Summerfield for an equipment violation was subsequently found to be in possession of 2.3 grams of marijuana. The man was charged with possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle without two working headlamps. April 2 | After being stopped for a stop light violation in the vicinity of U.S. 158 and Angel Pardue Road in Stokesdale, a 23-year-old resident of Stigall Road in Kernersville was charged with possession of and intent to sell marijuana and with possession of drug paraphernalia.

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HOME SERVICES CLEANING CHRISTIAN MOM needs work cleaning houses, running errands. Will fit to your budget. Pet taxi/pet sitting also avail. References. Call Laura Bennett, (336) 231-1838. CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. (336) 609-0677. MAIDS OF HONOR HOME CLEANING $25 off! Locally owned, bonded staff. 40 years in service. BBB A+ rating. (336) 708-2407. HOME CLEANING. Afford. rates, ref. avail., 10 years exp. Elizabeth, (336) 453-8592. NIDIA’S CLEANING SERVICE. 10 years experience. Call Nidia, (336) 362-4173. CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING Gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. (336) 595-2873.

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FLOORING MONTERO’S HARDWOOD FLOORING Installation of hardwood, laminate & tile; hardwood sanding & finishing. Commercial & residential. Insured, 17 yrs. exp. Free est., excellent references. (336) 215-8842. IT’S A CARPET THING! Repairs, restretch, replace. (336) 643-6500.

GRADING / HAULING ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt. available. Zane Anthony, (336) 362-4035. E&W HAULING & GRADING INC. Driveways, fill dirt, topsoil, lot clearing, bobcat work, excavating, mulch, etc. (336) 451-1282. PEARMAN QUARRY HAULING Fill dirt, gravel, sand rock, mulch & more. Joel Richardson, (336) 803-2195.

STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Lic/Ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck & chipper, total cleanup. Selective thinning & lot clearing. 24-hr. ER. (336) 643-1119. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 643-9332. ARBOR MASTERS TREE SERVICE Total tree removal, storm damage cleanup, shrub and tree pruning. Bobcat work and more. Free estimates. Licensed & insured. Call Joe at 643-9157.

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REAL ESTATE LAND FOR SALE 23+ACRES. Stoneville, NC. Calling all hunters / sportsmen. Perfect 23+acre retreat includes; hunting stands, 1500 sq.ft. Morton Bldg, cleared paths, stream, pond and privacy! A short hop from the Triad for weekends or build a custom retreat. Only $189,000. Call realtor, Dede Cunningham of Keller Williams. (336) 509-1923.


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Nearly new home in Nantucket Village. Great floor plan, excellent function, generous storage. 2-car garage and fencing already installed. Close to Lake Brandt Marina, Watershed Trail System and outside city limits! Northern school district. Offered at $429,900

7564 Haw Meadows Dr. Arbor Run Community Every once in a while a true gem appears – this gorgeous updated home has 3 BR on the main level and BR & bonus upstairs. Community pool/tennis/clubhouse. Only $484,900!

DeDe Cunningham

Nancy J. Hess

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3905 Eagle Downs Way, Summerfield Approximately 4,500 sq. ft. of highquality home! 3 BR / 3 BA, finished basement, 2nd kitchen, bonus room, wet bar and spa room! 2-car attached garage, 3-car detached garage. Recently refinished hardwood floors.

Nancy J. Hess (336) 215-1820

New quality construction on approximately 1-ac. lot in popular Eagle Ridge! 3,979 SQ FT, 4 BR, 4.5 BA, covered front porch, 2-story foyer, formal dining room, large great room with fireplace, kitchen with gas range, custom cabinets & granite countertops. $680,000

Jake Letterman (336) 338-0136

Potential office park! is a standard in our homes ... not an upgrade

Visit our Spring Parade homes April 28-29 & May 5-6 6620 Linville Ridge Drive, Oak Ridge Linville Ridge • $670,000 (above left photo)

6.14-acre wooded site zoned for business/office use in the commercial core area of Oak Ridge. 1/8 mile south of the N.C. 68 and 150 intersection, with turn lanes from both directions on N.C. 68. 1/4-mile commercial driveway leads to 4,400-square-foot main house/office building which is complemented by guest house, outbuildings and tennis court plus large landscaped island with gazebo/picnic area and pasture. Established tenant is willing to stay in place. Offered at $918,000. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs. com/nancy-hess-real-estate-agent and select “My Listings” for photos and more details.

7817 Front Nine Drive, Stokesdale Dawn Acres • $491,500 7708 Briardenn Drive, Summerfield Birkhaven • $849,000 (finished basement)

Nancy J. Hess (336) 215-1820

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LEGAL SERVICES Barbour & Williams Law ...................... 4 Ingle Law........................................... 15


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PET SERVICES & PRODUCTS Bel-Aire Veterinary Hospital .............. 13 King’s Crossing Animal Hospital ........ 15 Northwest Animal Hospital ............... 12 Veterinary Hospital of Oak Ridge ...... 15 Visionaire Marketing ......................... 14 Westergaard Kennels ........................ 12

Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home ........... 8



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