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Possible N.C. 68 roundabouts draw mixed views in Oak Ridge

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Kerry Lapp, office administrator with Allen Tate Realtors in Oak Ridge, gets a kiss from a dog available for adoption through Guilford County Animal Shelter. Lapp, who was one of several Allen Tate team members attending the mobile pet adoption event her office hosted Feb. 23, has several rescues of her own and is known for having a special place in her heart for animals.


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More than 120 people attended a NCDOT meeting to look at two maps – one showing traffic circles as an option for slowing traffic and a second alternate proposing new stoplights by CHRIS BURRITT OAK RIDGE – As a school bus driver, Marcus Thompson knows traffic patterns in Oak Ridge and he favors a proposal by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to build three roundabouts to slow traffic and improve safety on N.C. 68 and 150.

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Oak Ridge Mayor Spencer Sullivan (center) and school bus driver Marcus Thompson (left) review a map showing proposed roundabouts with Michael Burns, a transportation project manager for Stewart engineering firm. Sullivan and Thompson said they favor construction of roundabouts.

Oak Ridge resident Peter Pozzo said adding conventional improvements such as traffic signals and pedestrian crosswalks at intersections would be “more user friendly” since some motorists are unaccustomed to navigating traffic circles. Jerry Cooke, developer of Oak Ridge Com-

mons Shopping Center and other commercial properties in town, wonders why the state highway department proposes spending millions of taxpayer dollars on improvements that may not be necessary. “We don’t really have a traffic problem in Oak

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Slower traffic, more sidewalks top Oak Ridge’s wish list Residents who participated in two surveys for town’s Streetscape Vision Plan also said sidewalk cafés and street festivals would draw more people to commercial district by CHRIS BURRITT OAK RIDGE – Residents want traffic to slow down in Oak Ridge’s commercial district where they said more sidewalks, cafés and festivals would make the area more vibrant, according to a survey for the town’s Streetscape Vision Plan. Asked by the survey to describe the town core in a single word, the top four responses by residents were “quaint,” “growing,” “beautiful” and “boring.” Those descriptions illustrate the task facing the town council and staff as they try to enhance Oak Ridge’s village feel by slowing traffic and making the commercial district more lively and accessible for walkers and cyclists. The 96-page Oak Ridge Streetscape Vision Plan is the work of a committee of volunteers, town staff and the Piedmont Triad Regional Commission. Since last year they’ve created a blueprint for the future of the town’s commercial district. “It is a guide that will influence the design for the town core,” Mayor Spencer Sullivan said in an interview Tuesday. It dovetails with steps by the town and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to reduce the speed limit on N.C. 68 and redesign major intersections in the commercial district to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety. (See related article on front cover.) Two surveys for the streetscape vision plan drew responses from almost 400 people who said they liked the design of sidewalks, trees along roads and the style of architecture in the town core and

they favored incorporating those features in future development. They ranked planting of trees, installation of lighting and improving traffic safety as the most important elements for enhancing the streetscape around highways 68 and 150. “The town is aware of the special nature of this area,” said Myra Blackburn, a lifelong resident of Oak Ridge who along with her husband, Gary, serves on the Streetscape Vision Plan Committee. “Oak Ridge draws people like a magnet. But that comes with its downside. The idea is to protect the character of the town.” The town’s Planning and Zoning Board is scheduled to review a draft of the streetscape vision plan at its meeting March 28, followed by discussion and possible adoption by the town council April 4. Adopting the streetscape plan to set priorities for improvements would help the town when it applies for state and federal funding of projects, said council member Doug Nodine. Among steps over the next five years, the plan recommends installation of landscaping including trees and planter boxes and pots along roads. It advised the town council work with NCDOT to develop projects to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. It also suggested working with the state transportation department to reduce the speed limit on N.C. 68 and 150 in the town core from 35 mph to 30 mph. “The benefits of a streetscape plan can help transform a municipality in ways other than an attractive street,” according to the draft of the plan. “When implemented, these plans can increase the economic viability of a community, pedestrian activity, tourism, and safety.”

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What is being built beside the historic Hoskins House on Summerfield Road, across from the elementary school? The activity you see at 7406 Summerfield Road, which is adjacent to the Hoskins house, is related to the future construction of Odyssey Dental of Summerfield. Dr. Cassandre Joseph said she hopes to open her new state-of-the-art dental office in July or August of this year. For more information about the practice, visit

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The philosophy of this music academy founded in 2007 is that students learn best by playing rather than practicing techniques by MEREDITH BARKLEY Natalia Kelly tried to learn guitar at age 9. But the strings hurt her fingers and the lessons didn’t grab her. It was “by the book,” she recalls of those earlier lessons. Now 41 years old, a photographer and the mother of three, she’s giving it another try. This time she’s using a guitar her late mother gave Kelly’s son, and she’s at a school near her Summerfield home that emphasizes learning music by playing music, rather than by practicing techniques. Her first weekly lesson was midFebruary. She came away enthused. “I learned to play a couple chords and by the time I left I was playing ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ by Chris Stapleton,” she said of the basic chords for the song. “I can’t wait until next week.”


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That’s music to Donnie Wright’s ears. He’s founder of Highland North Music at 4057 Battleground Avenue in northwest Greensboro where Kelly attends. It’s a sentiment he hears a lot. Take Terri Dippel of Pleasant Garden, for example. Her daughter Ella, 10, is a violin student. “It’s about learning music and loving it,” she said of Highland’s teaching style. “Anyone can learn to play music with the way they teach it. We love it.”

Students of Highland North Music are often ready to perform in front of an audience within little Wright’s instructional more than a year of beginning lessons, says Vance Archer, a retired Bell Laboratories engineer who philosophy is simple. He teaches stringed instruments at the academy. aims to teach music as a language. As a baby, then a todshould be the same with music. said. dler, he reasons, you learn to speak “Our mentality is not practicing. And like toddlers, who make a slew by listening to those around you, then Our mentality is playing,” he said. of mistakes en route to perfecting joining in. No one, he said, insists you language skills, beginning musicians Once students are good enough, read before you can speak. To him, it should be allowed mistakes too, said they can join ensembles at Highland Wright, 49, a Greensboro native. North and perform for audiences. The academy has lined up about a dozen “If music is a language, we should Covi n g to public performances through the rest be rejoicing (when they) hit a note, n of 2019. The next: a Beatles showcase even if it’s the wrong note,” he said. 4 p.m. March 30 on the front lawn of “In traditional (teaching) programs, the academy’s Battleground Avenue you have to play well before you can headquarters. go on.”

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Said Vance Archer, a retired Bell Laboratories engineer who teaches stringed instruments: “From very early we try to get them practicing and playing with other students so they learn by doing.” At Highland North, students learn techniques and music theory, too. But they pick that up as they play, Wright

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They also perform in coffee houses, churches, at parades and community events like Fun Fourth in Greensboro and the Summerfield Founders’ Day parade. “Usually in a year or so they’re ready to go,” Archer said of the school’s students. Wright honed his music instruc-

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Highland North Music, which opened in 2007, is located off Battleground Avenue/U.S. 220, near its intersection with Horse Pen Creek Road.

tion philosophy during the early 2000s while teaching at Greensboro Performing Arts. “It occurred to me over 15 years that there’s a better way” to teach, he said. With no formal instruction, he learned from his dad, a blue grass musician, by playing along. “I learned theory on my own,” he said. Wright left Greensboro Performing Arts in the mid-2000s, opened Highland North in 2007 and reorganized it as a nonprofit in 2016. The name is a nod to his Scottish Highland heritage. As for Kelly, she was quickly hooked on Wright’s method. “He was so nice and kind,” she said

of Wright. “He makes it more fun.” Kelly, who operates a photography business, saw lessons with her son’s guitar as a way to both honor her mom and follow her passion for music.

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“My husband and I go to Nashville” for the music, she said. “That’s one of our favorite cities to visit.” Her husband wondered how she could fit lessons into her busy life. He “was like: ‘Have you lost your mind signing up for something else?’” Kelly said. “But this is for me. It was so different, but so fun. It was kind of neat.”

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FEB. 28 | Officers responded at 11:45 p.m. to a domestic incident in the 7000 block of Toscana Trace in Summerfield which involved an argument between the two residents of the home. Both parties agreed to separate for the remainder of the night and no charges were filed.

FEB. 28 | A resident of the 8400 block of W. Harrell Road in Oak Ridge reported at 5:32 p.m. that a known suspect had thrown two rocks at her vehicle, causing the windows to shatter. Estimated cost to repair the damage is $2,000.


FEB. 26 | A 44-year-old female was cited at 8:33 p.m. near the intersection of N.C. 68/Oak Ridge Road in Oak Ridge for driving 15 mph over the speed limit.

FEB. 26 | A resident of the 1800 block of Scalesville Road in Summerfield reported a recreational vehicle was stolen sometime between 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. on Feb. 26.


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Drivers are reminded that the speed limit on a nearly mile-long stretch of N.C. 68 through Oak Ridge’s town core was reduced in December from 45 mph to 35 mph and tickets are now being issued for those who exceed the new speed limit in this area.

MARCH 1 | A 27-year-old female was arrested at 3:41 a.m. in the 4500 block of U.S. 220 N. in Summerfield for driving while impaired. MARCH 2 | An 18-year-old female known offender from Arlington Street in High Point was cited at 11:58 p.m. during a traffic stop near the intersection of Oak Ridge Road/N.C. 68 N. in Oak Ridge for possession of marijuana.

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MARCH 2 | A 29-year-old male was arrested at 1:33 a.m. in the 7700 block of Sorrel Run Court in Summerfield for misdemeanor assault on a female. MARCH 2 | A 59-year-old male was cited at 1:54 p.m. near the intersection of N.C. 68 N./Sapp Acres Lane in Oak Ridge for driving 15 mph over the speed limit. MARCH 3 | A 20-year-old male known offender from the 5000 block of Old Forge Lane in Oak Ridge was cited at 9:59 p.m. near the intersection of Oak Ridge Road/Linville Road in Oak Ridge for speeding and for possession of marijuana. MARCH 4 | During a traffic stop, a 21-year-old male known offender from the 1600 block of Waverly Street in High Point was cited at 12:39 a.m. near the intersection of Summerfield Road/Pleasant Ridge Road in Summerfield for possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol. The driver’s passenger, a 21-yearold female from Runyon Drive in High Point, was cited for possession of an open container of alcohol.

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These three sweet kittens are being fostered by volunteers with Greensboro-based Juliet’s House Animal Rescue and were available for adoption at a mobile pet adoption event held at Allen Tate Realtors office in Oak Ridge on Feb. 23. See more photos from the adoption event and learn more about Juliet’s House at

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Rita Lewandowski Jr. of Oak Ridge shared this picture of her two baby goats, Fury (left), a 5-week-old half pygmy and half Nigerian dwarf, and Siren, a 6-week-old half fainting goat and half Nigerian dwarf. The pair shares the same father. “They live inside with my dogs,” Lewandowski told us. “Right now we are working on leash training and potty training them. We bottle feed them a few times each day. They make excellent companion animals for our ponies!”

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Kim Sweatland shared this picture of her 12-week-old French bulldog, Gypsy. According to the American Kennel Club, the French bulldog resembles a bulldog in miniature, except for the large, erect “bat ears” that are the breed’s trademark feature. ‘”Frenchies’ don’t bark much, but their alertness makes them excellent watchdogs,” the AMC notes. “They happily adapt to life with singles, couples or families, and do not require a lot of outdoor exercise. They get on well with other animals and enjoy making new friends of the human variety.”

With a little help from her human, this 14-year-old dog crossed the finish line at the Waggin Wild 5k run-walk event held at Bur-Mil Park on March 2. The event was established to raise funds for the rescued dogs and cats at Loving Pet Inn Adoptions.

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you, I ove you.’ That mother’s excitement is still very special.” And there’s Simon Bunch, who started with HorseFriends when he was about 9 years old. Diagnosed with multiple mental and emotional challenges including Asperger’s and bipolar disorder, Simon’s growth through the program was phenomenal. In fact, he eventually transitioned from being a participant in the program to becoming a volunteer and helping others. “HorseFriends was a great way for him to build confidence and it gave him an alternative to participating in team sports,” said Simon’s mother, Lisa Bunch, who has volunteered with the organization since 2010 and serves as secretary of the board. A faith-based organization, HorseFriends works with individuals who have special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury – most, but not all, of them children. Through equine therapy and educational programs, the organization has been extremely successful in developing confidence, physical and

by ANNETTE JOYCE Sharon Neely has witnessed countless miracles through her work with HorseFriends, a therapeutic riding program she helped establish in 2005. Take, for example, the young man in his early 40s who came to HorseFriends with a traumatic brain injury, confined to a wheelchair and suicidal. After spending time in the program, not only did he find his will to live but is now able to walk unassisted. Then there is the mother of three boys, all on the autistic spectrum. “The youngest had never said anything, and the mother told the volunteers she’d love to hear her son say ‘I love you,’” Neely recalled. “When they got home (after one of the classes), the little boy blurted out ‘I ove you, I ove

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Besides building confidence and physical and emotional strength, HorseFriends brings a lot of joy to participants like Emma Nienaber.

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that further enhance the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding.

Located off N.C. 150 in Summerfield, HorseFriends offers nine classes in which participants, with the help of volunteers, spend time riding therapeutically-trained horses and engaging in activities such as dropping balls into buckets and grabbing rings – activities

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as VIPs (Volunteers Impacting Participants). Neely said they are the “heart and soul” of the organization. Depending on their needs and abilities, each participant can require up to three VIPs during a class. A volunteer training class is scheduled for March 23 (see details below). “VIPs don’t need any experience with horses,” Neely said. “Just a willingness to help and a love for kids, the outdoors and animals.”

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and parents might not be able to afford anything else.” HorseFriends is able to offer its services free-of-charge thanks to a network of volunteers, grants and donations. Demand for their services is high – the organization currently has about 27 participants with another 20 on a waiting list. Neely said the group wants to be able to work with everyone who has a need and an interest. They also want to make improvements to their facility, which they’re leasing from Summerfield resident and developer David Couch, owner of Summerfield Farms. “David and his wife, Stephanie Quayle, have been generous and supportive,” Neely said. Situated off Deboe Road, near the I-73 and N.C. 150 interchange,

the property HorseFriends occupies features a large outdoor arena, which is great for offering classes when the weather is good. Unfortunately, when weather is not so good – such as the heavy amount of rainfall the area has experienced this winter – classes have to be cancelled. A covered arena would allow the group to hold classes, rain or shine. As the organization has grown, there’s also a need for more paid staff.

To raise both awareness and much-needed funds, HorseFriends will hold its inaugural Boots and Buckles benefit on Sunday, April 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Summerfield Farms. This fun-filled evening will feature a live performance by Stephanie Quayle, the region’s own Nashville recording artist and CMT’s Next Women of Country’s 2019 Inductee. A limited number of tickets are on sale on a first-come basis until the event is sold out. Each $75 ticket includes music, activities, a silent and live auction, hors d’oeuvres, and wine and beer. Along with the concert, the auctions are much anticipated events and the fundraising committee has gone above and beyond to put together an array of items that are sure to appeal to attendees. Horseback riding lessons, a tennis and swim club family membership, wine

tastings, a four-day cruise for two and a guitar signed by Quayle are only a sample of what’s available. “This is the first gala event of this magnitude that HorseFriends has undertaken,” Bunch said. “We have expanded by leaps and bounds here in Summerfield and want to expand even further in order to fully serve as many special-needs individuals as possible.” The fundraising goal for the evening is $75,000 and Bunch invites everyone to come out, have a wonderful time and support a great cause.

want to volunteer? Volunteer training session Saturday, March 23, 12 to 2 p.m. HorseFriends, 5920 Khaki Place, Summerfield (336) 420-4588

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Businesses, non-profit partner with shelter to help pets in need by PATTI STOKES OAK RIDGE – Lowes Foods, Best4K9 and the Allen Tate Realtors team in Oak Ridge, all located in Oak Ridge Commons Shopping Center, partnered with Guilford County Animal Shelter (GCAS) last month to collect donations for pets temporarily housed in the shelter. The collection drive was successful, and several boxes of supplies, ranging from towels and blankets to dog and cat toys, were collected along with cash donations. Wanting to take things a step further, the team at Allen Tate Realtors combined the pet supply donation drive with the area’s first mobile pet adoption, which they hosted at their office Feb. 23. Jorge Ortega, director of the county’s animal shelter, said the event gave him and his staff an opportunity to use their mobile animal unit for the first time at an adoption event. The unit, one of only 10 of its kind in

North Carolina, was acquired last year via a grant from Homeland Security. Referred to as CAST (Companion Animal Support Trailer), it’s primarily intended to use during times of emergency, when it is taken into an impacted area for animals to be temporarily housed until they are moved into a shelter, and hopefully eventually reunited with their humans. “So, we can keep them warm, give them water, etc., until they get back into a permanent home,” Ortega explained. But the unit is designed to have multi functions, and that’s what brought Ortega and some of his staff to Oak Ridge on Feb. 23. When not needed for an emergency, either in Guilford County or another impacted area, the unit is available for making pet adoptions available on the road. With multiple windows on one side of the trailer, those on the outside have an opportunity to view the animals while inside, the animals stay

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Those attending the adoption event hosted by Allen Tate Realtors in Oak Ridge on Feb. 23 were able to see Guilford County Animal Shelter’s CAST (Companion Animal Support Trailer) in use for the first time at a pet adoption event. While the animals could be viewed from the outside, inside they stayed warm, dry and away from frightening noises. warm, dry and away from frightening noises. “What we wanted to do is bring the trailer out for the first time, set it up and give it some use. It helps train our staff and see what works and what doesn’t,” Ortega explained. When asked if he had any immediate observations about what might be tweaked before the CAST goes on the road for its next mobile adoption event, Ortega smiled and said, “Change the weather?” referring to the rain and cold temperatures on Feb. 23. Still, turnout was good and several cats being fostered by Juliet’s House, which partners with the animal shelter, went home with their new families.

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these days,” Yager said. “Many people at the event thanked our agents for opening the office and were touched by the effort the Allen Tate team had made for the animals.” That effort included turning the realtors’ office into a temporary kennel so that adoptable dogs the animal shelter brought to the event didn’t have to be outside in the cold and rain for several hours. “It was so damp and chilly, I just could not let the dogs and the handlers stand outside!” Yager said. “It made sense that people would be more open to adoption if they were warm also! Coming inside also helped the cash donations.” Yager, who said her office will definitely plan another pet adoption event in the future, gave credit to Ortega for his efforts to find shelter animals permanent homes. “Jorge Ortega is a wonderful addition to GCAS – he is really making a difference and the shelter getting out into the community is a wonder for him and the shelter!” she said.

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Bistro 150 owner Jennifer Mun stands by the fr was updated with fresh paint and wall decorat borhood gathering spot that offers great food, “enter as strangers, leave as friends.” | Photo tion of lobster, cauliflower cake made from finely chopped cauliflower and three cheeses, and meatless quesadillas packed with collard greens, cheese and jalapenos. And, with a nod to Mun’s Korean roots, the Bistro recently started serving traditional Korean dishes that include teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef and ramen noodles.

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Stokesdale Elementary cafeteria manager Nancy Gibson came up with an idea this year to enhance the school’s celebration of Read Across America Day, held on or near March 2 in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday – a green eggs and ham breakfast for students and their families. Gibson was delighted at the response she got, and about 260 students and family members wound their way through the cafeteria line early last Friday morning while enjoying the sight of their teachers, principal and other staff members dressed up as Dr. Seuss characters.

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(Above) Stokesdale Elementary cafeteria worker Shawna Blegen serves up green eggs and ham to a long line of breakfast eaters on March 1. (Below) Stokesdale Elementary cafeteria staff enjoyed dressing up for Dr. Seuss’ birthday while serving up green eggs and ham for breakfast to about 260 students and family members. (Shown seated, L-R) Cafeteria manager Nancy Gibson, Lolita Saleem and Brittany Williard; (standing, L-R) Michal Stys, Cindy Giles, Hong Tan and Shawna Blegen.

Fourth-grader Emery Stainback dives into some green eggs and ham at the special breakfast on March 1. Photo (above) courtesy of Nancy Gibson/ Stokesdale Elementary | Photo (left) by Patti Stokes/NWO

The doors (above) leading to Stokesdale Elementary’s cafeteria were decorated for Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a theme from the author’s “Horton Hears a Who” book. (Above, lower left) Michelle Wallace, Stokesdale Elementary’s media specialist, does double duty as “The Cat in the Hat” and a photographer.

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she wants something she puts some energy into it.” Gillis is also a member of Ultimate Air Diving Club. She said she dives year-round and expects to dive for the University of Notre Dame next year. Last year she finished fourth in the state.

Northwest diver Noah Zawadzki won the state diving competition last year and now dives for Virginia Tech. Muire placed second in the conference and eighth in the region. The relay team advanced to state competition by placing third in the conference and eighth in the regionals.

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Northwest High School wrestler and senior Chris Garrison finished his high school career last Friday, taking down South Carolina’s 182-pound state champion and finishing undefeated. Garrison was wrestling for the North Carolina All Star team against the South Carolina All Stars at North Myrtle Beach High School. Garrison’s team soundly defeated the South Carolina All Stars 62-9. Garrison, who will wrestler for NC State next year, left his mark at Northwest. He finished his career with back-to-back state individual titles and helped Northwest to its first state team championship. Courtesy photo

Northwest High School diver Samantha Gillis (above, center) finished second in the NC High School Athletic Association state 4A diving championship last month. Swimmers Curtis Peaslee, Logan Shattuck, Eric Muire and Ray Zhang placed 18th in the 200 free relay at the NCHSAA state 4A swim championship, with a time of 1.32.34.

by MEREDITH BARKLEY When a freshman year injury ended her budding gymnastics career, Northwest Guilford High senior Samantha Gillis took her flipping and twisting skills to another sport – diving. It paid off. She finished second last month in NC High School Athletic Association’s state 4A diving championships. “I knew the transition from gymnastics to diving was pretty simple,” said Gillis, who had been a gymnast for nearly a decade. “I thought it would be a good fit.” Northwest swimmers Eric Muire and Curtis Peaslee, both seniors; Logan Shattuck, a junior, and Ray Zhang, a sophomore, also made it to the state tournament. Muire finished


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tary. She’s also volunteered with the SPCA and Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network.

A: “Yes, two male dogs, Dakota (a husky) and Buddy (a mutt), and two cats, Yaz and Snickers.” Q: If you could interview one person, living or dead, who would it be?


After graduating from Northern in 2020, Huntoon would love to attend N.C. State. She’s undecided as to what she will major in, but it will likely involve one of her passions, animals and the arts.

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STUDENT PROFILES Thanks to the coaches and teachers at Northern and Northwest High Schools for their student recommendations and input, which make it possible to recognize these talented, dedicated students for their accomplishments in academics, athletics and cultural arts.

Q: What is your favorite food?

Junior Kayla Huntoon has been drawing and painting her whole life, but this year is the first time she has taken a

A: “Pizza.”

A: “John Lennon. I’d like to hear his stories, learn more about what his life was like, and how he wrote his music.” Q: Where would you go on a dream vacation?

Q: Do you have a favorite movie?

A: “I’ve always wanted to go backpacking through Europe.”

A: “‘10 Things I Hate About You,’ starring Heath Ledger.”

Q: What could we all do to make the world a better place?

Q: Favorite book?

A: “Just be more kind to each other.”

A: “‘I’ll Give You the Sun’ by Jandy Nelson.”

formal art class.

Q: Favorite musical group?

Q: What is an invention the world needs?

“I’m so glad I took art class this year,” Huntoon told the Northwest Observer. “Just learning the formal concepts of art from the beginning, and in many different styles, has been amazing – everything from drawing with pencil to painting to creating self-portraits. I’ve loved it all, but I’d have to say so far that painting with acrylics has been my favorite. I’d definitely recommend everyone taking art in school. It’s a fantastic way to express yourself and

A: “The Beatles. I love their song, ‘Mother Nature’s Son.’”

A: “Something to help with the pollution from plastic.”

Q: Favorite celebrity? Self-portrait of Kayla Huntoon.

a great way to relieve the stress you get from your other classes!” Besides focusing on her art and classroom work, Huntoon is a member of Northern’s Eco Club and volunteers with the Reading Buddies program at Summerfield Elemen-

A: “(The late) Heath Ledger.”

Q: What is something about you many people don’t know?

Q: Do you have a role model?

A: “I’m a vegetarian.”

A: “My art teacher, Ms. Sayani, and my parents. Ms. Sayani, because she challenges me to do more than I probably would. And my parents because they are both very hardworking and very supportive of me.”

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Q: Do you have any pets?

A: “English.”

A: “Being outside in nature.” Q: Besides art class, what is your other favorite classroom subject?

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NORTHWEST GUILFORD Finn Queen, wrestling Senior Finn Queen has been wrestling since the seventh grade and has been on Northwest’s varsity wrestling team all four years of high school. The past two years he has wrestled in the 145-pound weight category and this year he had a record of 45 wins and 15 losses. Queen was named Metro 4A AllConference in his junior and senior wrestling seasons and last month he placed fifth at the state wrestling tournament. He will participate in nationals later this month.

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A: “I work out a lot, enjoy eating good food and spending time with family.”

Q: Are you involved with any other sports besides wrestling? A: “I ran cross country. It’s a real good sport and helped me get in shape for wrestling. It’s great for your endurance.” Q: Do you have a favorite food? A: “I love Chinese food.” Q: Favorite movie? A: “‘Friday.’” A: “‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.’” Q: Favorite professional athlete? A: “Kyle Snyder – he wrestles for Team USA. He qualified for the Olympics at age 19.” Q: Favorite singer? A: “Billy Joel.” Q: Favorite celebrity?

Of Coach Bare, Queen said, “He’s a really good coach and his coaching style works. We went undefeated and won a state title this year, so the results speak for themselves. He believes in hard work and he’s great at motivating us to put in the time and effort needed to be successful.”

Q: Do you have any pets?

Queen will continue his wrestling career next year at Belmont Abbey College, where he plans to major in business management with a concen-

A: “Stick to it, even when it gets tough. Fight through it and stay in the practice room. Lift to avoid injuries. Nutrition is super important. If you eat well you’ll feel good, and if you feel good, you’ll wrestle well!”

A: Gandhi. He said a lot of profound things, and he stood up for his people no matter what. He was super inspirational.” Q: What qualities do you think make you such a good wrestler? A: “I have a lot of stick-to-itiveness. And I have good levels of strength, speed and technique.”

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When asked what he enjoys about wrestling, Queen responded, “I like wrestling because it’s really challenging and it’s just you – there’s nobody to back you up, nobody to blame, it’s just you and your opponent out there. As far as my wrestling style, I just take what I see and if I see an opening, I just go for it.”

Queen volunteers with Northern’s Iron Man Club, which helps younger wrestlers. He also works with elementary students all the way up to younger high school wrestlers to help them learn the techniques of wrestling.

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A: “Chris Pratt.” Q: Do you have a role model? A: “Coach Ron Bare, my wrestling coach at Northwest. He’s really helped me a lot in high school and he’s shaped me into the person I am today.” A: “I have a dog, Clementine; she’s a Weimaraner.” Q: Where would you go on a dream vacation? A: “Brazil. There’s a lot of stuff to do there, and it would be awesome to go during soccer season!” Q: What is one thing we all could do to make the world a better place? A: “Stop being so sensitive about everything.” Q: What is an invention the world needs? A: “A way to make food and water more accessible to everyone.”

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May the spirit be with you! Thanks to the efforts of parents Megan Queen and Grace Messinger and a donation by Vulcan Materials Company’s Stokesdale facility, a large rock was delivered to Northern Elementary School on the morning of March 1. The rock, aka “spirit rock,” will be periodically painted and decorated by students to showcase upcoming events and promote school spirit.

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A large “spirit” rock (above), donated by Vulcan Materials Company in Stokesdale, was delivered courtesy of Larry Horn with Horn’s Crane Service to Northern Elementary School March 1. (Left) Eric “Bulldog” Bredal with Vulcan Materials Company directs a crane operator with Horn’s Crane Service as to where to place the school’s “spirit rock.” (Below) Northern Elementary students look on as their school’s first spirit rock is delivered and placed on the school grounds.

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Ridge,” Cooke said. More than 120 people with differing views crowded Oak Ridge Town Hall Tuesday for a look at NCDOT’s proposals. They scrutinized maps and quizzed engineers and designers from NCDOT and Stewart, the Raleigh-based engineering firm helping the state agency with road improvements in Oak Ridge. A film showing aerial and behindthe-steering-wheel views of driving on roundabouts played repeatedly during the three-hour open house. Many people filled out questionnaires seeking their opinions about possible changes and dropped their answers in a comment box. NCDOT will consider residents’ opinions in deciding how to proceed with the highway work, said Brian Ketner, project engineer in the agency’s Greensboro office. The state plans to acquire property for the project’s right of way beginning April 2020, followed by the start of construction a year later, according to information distributed by NCDOT. The roundabout option would consist of traffic circles at three intersections – at Highways 68 and 150, at 68 and Linville Road near the Bojangles’ fast food restaurant and at 150 and Marketplace Drive near the Sherwin-Williams paint store. Under the second alternate, stoplights would be added at 68 and Linville Road and at 150 and Marketplace Drive. Improvements at 68 and 150 would add pedestrian crosswalks and eliminate the four “slip lanes” that allow drivers to turn right without entering the intersection. As part of both plans, a stoplight would be added at 68 and Marketplace Drive, near McDonald’s. A median would be constructed to prevent motorists from crossing from one side of 68 to the other or turning left onto the

highway, said Doug Taylor, a Stewart vice president. Sentiment for and against roundabouts at Tuesday’s meeting was “pretty much a 50-50 split,” said Ketner, judging by his conversations with residents. Mayor Spencer Sullivan said he favors construction of traffic circles. “Personally, I think it would be a better option for us,” he said, without elaborating. Improving the N.C. 68/150 intersection with new signals and pedestrian crosswalks would require acquiring right of way, including property owned by Oak Ridge Military Academy. Three of the school’s buildings on the south side of N.C. 150 would be torn down as part of those conventional improvements, said Andy Young, manager of transportation design for Stewart. Demolition of those buildings would require approval of state historic preservationists because they’re considered historic properties, Young said. “That is a hurdle and we don’t know whether that hurdle can be jumped,” he said. Pozzo, the Oak Ridge resident, said crossing at roundabouts requires pedestrians “to take your life in your own hands” because traffic is constantly moving. Resident Jim Harton concurred, saying crossing N.C. 68 would qualify “as an Olympic sport for Oak Ridge residents leaping through traffic. I’m really concerned about pedestrians.” “I like the look of roundabouts for the town, but my experience with them has been negative,” said Diane Pearson, an Oak Ridge resident for 15 years. Based on her experience driving on a traffic circle in Kernersville, she said tractor-trailer trucks are sometimes required to wait several minutes for a break in traffic to enter the roundabout, slowing down traffic

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Parrish makes history come alive What a delightful experience it was to have Northwest High School teacher, Mr. Ray Parrish, present two seminars recently – one on the Constitution, and one on Guilford County in the American Revolution. History really does come alive with Mr. Parrish as he describes the events which took place 238 years ago in our town of Summer-

field as General Cornwallis pursued General Greene and a young bugler boy tried to defend his country. Thank you, Mr. Parrish. You are a great asset to the students, the school and the community. Anna Heroy SUMMERFIELD

What to do about bad driving? I feel that in Summerfield there are too many awful drivers, and when I was learning how to drive it was super stressful because so many drivers were on their phones while driving. There need to be more deputies patrolling and looking for distracted drivers – or even just stricter driving laws. That would significantly reduce bad driving in Summerfield, which is already bad enough given its large old people population. Ben Richardson, SUMMERFIELD

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behind the trucks. Pearson said she believes improvements are needed to ease “horrendous congestion” at the N.C. 68/150 intersection. “It doesn’t matter what time of day you go there,” she said. Cooke, the developer, doesn’t share that view. Last year’s opening of I-73 from N.C. 68 south of Oak Ridge to U.S. 220 north of Summerfield has reduced traffic on 68 through Oak Ridge, he said. Instead of proceeding with the major improvements being evaluated by NCDOT, Cooke proposed the agency install traffic signals at 68 and Linville Road and at 150 and Marketplace Drive and then evaluate traffic over several years. “If we don’t have a problem, why do we want to proceed and spend all of this money?” Cooke asked.

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Construction costs for the roundabouts option would total $5.4 million, according to NCDOT estimates. Costs

for conventional improvements would be $7 million, reflecting costs for traffic signals and other equipment, said Ketner, adding that remaking intersections requires more asphalt than building roundabouts. “I think roundabouts are a great idea,” said Thompson, the school bus driver. “There’s a learning curve, but I think people will realize how effective they are in keeping traffic moving.” Part of the opposition to roundabouts reflects “the way people see Highway 68 today as a through-traffic road for tractor trailers,” said Oak Ridge resident Mike Kimel. As I-73 siphons traffic from 68, Kimel said more of the traffic through Oak Ridge will be local. Construction of roundabouts, coupled with the reduction of the speed limit through Oak Ridge’s commercial district from 45 mph to 35 mph, will require motorists to slow down, adding to the town’s efforts to create more of a “village feel” for Oak Ridge, he said.


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 Oak Ridge Swim Club for chaining off their parking lot. It looks awful and sure doesn’t seem very communityminded.  NCDOT for supporting three roundabouts within a mile of each other in Oak Ridge. One is bad enough, but three makes me dizzy thinking about it. Gives me a reason to do my shopping in Greensboro!

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