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March is National Kidney Month, and in

honor of the millions of Americans who suffer from kidney disease, in this issue we share stories about the life-saving gift two husbands gave to their wives – healthy kidneys.

Three kidneys and a heap of faith

did you know?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10 percent of U.S. adults 20 and older have chronic kidney disease.  Kidney disease often has no symptoms until the late stages. Simple tests can confirm whether your kidneys are functioning normally.  Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure.  Kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States.  A recent study suggests that drinking two or more cola drinks (diet or regular) daily may increase your risk of chronic kidney disease.

Wife keeps damaged kidneys, receives a healthy one from her husband by LAURA PULLINS STOKESDALE – At age 23, it was hard for Tina Forlines to grasp that her kidneys were functioning at only 30 percent. However, after a routine visit to the doctor, tests revealed she had high blood pressure and her kidneys were shutting down. “A week later, they told me I’d need a kidney transplant by the time I was 30,” she recalls. With no history of kidney disease in her family, Tina found herself in unfamiliar and frightening territory.

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Photo courtesy of Tina Forlines

Sporting hospital gowns and towing IV poles, Tina and Noah Forlines anxiously walk the halls of UNC Hospital just hours before Noah donated his kidney to the love of his life, Tina.

Husband gives a gift of love, life

After verifying he was a compatible donor, husband donates kidney to his wife by LAURA PULLINS SUMMERFIELD – Only six weeks after they got married, Randy and Maria Smith faced their first serious challenge as a newlywed couple. It was one they would learn to deal with for the rest of their lives. At just 25, Maria was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a genetic disorder in which cystic growths develop on the kidneys and cause the organs to become enlarged. While other young couples

were adjusting to their life together and planning for their first home, Maria and Randy were dealing with a grave situation – without treatment, Maria’s kidneys would only get worse. While struggling to find a doctor in North Carolina who would accept her insurance, Maria learned of a PKD research program at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. In October 2011, Maria began

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Photo courtesy of Maria Smith

Randy and Maria Smith are all smiles as they wait to start their kidney transplant procedures at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Sept. 4, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE News in brief........................... 3 Your Questions ....................... 4 Summerfield Town Council ... 6 Gann inducted into HOF....... 9 Business Notes ..................... 10 Bits & Pieces ..........................11 Community Calendar......... 15 Crime/Incident Report ........ 16 Letters/Opinions ................. 16 Grins & Gripes .......................17 Classifieds ............................ 19 Index of Advertisers ............ 23

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7106 Lake Henson Dr - $895,000 - Lake-front brick home w/ privacy, great rm w/ stone fireplace and built-ins, gourmet kit. w/ SS appliances and granite counter top, frnt/bck staircase, 10' ceilings on main, 9' on upper, master suite w/ cozy sitting room w/ fireplace. A Must See! WEB ID #: 698231 Frances M. Giaimo 336-362-2605

7505 Forest Creek Ridge Ct - $829,900 - Gary Jobe-built home in Henson Forest. Casual elegance, exquisite master suite. 4 bd/5 ba, 2 half ba, gourmet kitchen, 2 bonus rms, home theater, 4-car garage. WEB ID #: 632773 Brenda Weldon 336-601-5048

5917 Crutchfield Farm - $685,000 - Custom hm with full bsmnt. Dream landscaping/waterfall. Auto generator, home theatre, game rm, bonus rm, office, fitness.  Mn w/ LR or study, grand 2-story living rm, keeping rm and chef’s kitchen.  Mn flr mstr.  Fenced backyard, patio/deck. WEB ID #: 675563 Jane Martin 336-312-3840

291 Darla Drive - $668,000 - Get away from it all in this 5100+ sf/16+ac/4BR/4BA “low country” estate w/Mstr on mn, incredible kit, fin bsmt, salt H20 pool, hot tub on multilvl deck, wrap-around porch w/covrd wlkway. WEB ID #: 680383 Waban Carter 336-601-6363

7105 Henson Farm Way - $569,900 – Custom-built 4BR/4BA brick home in Henson Farms! 10-ft ceil down, 9-ft up, Open bright flr pln w/mstr on mn, rec room & exercise room, prvt back yard. WEB ID #: 692112 Judith Judy 336-339-2324

2493 Zane Drive - $555,000 - Custom hm w/ amazing quality. Unfin bsmnt heated/cooled, 4th gar & wkshop area. Kit w/ top of the line appl & granite. ML MBR. Sunrm & screen prch. Trex deck. WEB ID #: 698972 Melissa Greer 336-337-5233

290 Cleek Drive - $529,000 - Beautiful home in Greensboro national on 6th fairway. Golf and water views.  Huge sunroom ,9 ft island in kitchen, 4 bedroom 3.1 baths, dual stairs and laundry rooms.  WEB ID #: Deryle Peaslee-Wood 336-601-4765

4312 Fresia Way - $499,000 - Immaculate custom built brick home in The Vineyards. Gourmet kitchen/granite counters/ gas cook top/tile backsplash/island/breakfast bar/ss appl. Gorgeous master suite on mn lvl. Priced to Sell! WEB ID #: 690001 Catherine Charquia 336-387-2012

6308 Autumn Crest Ct - $449,000 - Stunning 4 BR/3.5 bath Home on Quiet Cul-de-Sac in the Heart of Henson Forest. Private Mountain Like Setting & View.  Open Floor Plan.  Beautiful Mill Work.  Master on the Main Level.  Screen Porch.  3-car garage. WEB ID #: 697857 Mark Yost 336-707-6275

3041 Forest Vale - $414,000 - Grand home! Prime location! 4BR, 4.5BA on 1.5 ac cul-de-sac. Fin. basement. Bonus, playroom, office space. Lots of updates. Northern schools. WEB ID #: 688626 Annette Joyce 336-382-8629

1413 Loch Lomond Dr - $395,000 - “Stunning hm w/ scrn prch overlooking lg prvt lot in Lennox Woods! 4BR/3BA, bonus, office, huge ornate kit, wired sound syst, hrdwd flrs, granite c-tops, SS applc, full pantry, 3-car garage, & MORE! Priced to sell! WEB ID #: 694315 Jeremiah Hawes 336-455-3997

1089 NC Highway 150 W - $379,900 - Craftsman style home with over 2800 SF, 4 bedroom/ 3 baths/ bonus. Huge walk in attic spaces, no HOA, room for boats and RV’s, 1.4 acre lot, open floor plan. WEB ID #: 690395 Leslie Turner 336-202-8130

8501 Hudson James - $349,900 - 5.12 acre mini farm w/ 3300+ sq. ft. 3BR/3.5BA. Large office, 2 bonus rooms, tons of storage. Screened porch. Barn, workshop, fenced yard, garden space. Rocking chair porch. NW schools. WEB ID #: 677897 Annette Joyce 336-382-8629

4910 Golden Acres - $299,900 - Awesome 3br/ 3.5ba log home, great room w/ fireplace, updated kitchen w/ granite ctrtps, large pantry and breakfast area. Main level master suite w/ full bath and sitting area, full bsmt partially fin. WEB ID #: 699217 Sandra Cookie Bobko 336-346-1914

5525 Osceola Ossipee Rd - $299,500 - 3BR/3BA Log Home on nearly 13 acres with a spiral staircase, built in 1990. New heat pupm/AC & water heater. Propane back-up generator, additional propane heat, outbuildings for storage, feed, livestock shelter and more. WEB ID #: 696265 George Greenway 336-500-1626

228 Leeward Drive - $289,000 - Waterfront lot on cul-desac in private gated comm. Basement potential, offsite septic allows pool to be built. Gorgeous water views on 3/4 acre. Access to community pool and clubhouse and 9-hole golf course! WEB ID #: 682125 Joe Tomlinson 336-362-9336

138 Hush Hickory - $275,000 - 4BR/4BA on .92 acres. Mstr on main. Addl potential master on 2nd. office, XL bonus rm. Hrdwds & tile. Rocking chair porch w/ceiling fans. WEB ID #: 670700 Annette Joyce 336-382-8629

9056 Mount Carmel - $250,000 - Enjoy country living without sacrificing city convenience, 3BR/3BA remodeled farmhouse on 13.85 ac. Be lulled to sleep by the sound of the rain hitting the metal roof. WEB ID #: 668973 Annette Joyce 336-382-8629

3392 Rebbecca Dr - $170,000 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has open floor plan with split bedroom layout. Luxury master bath with garden tub, separate shower and dual sinks, spacious kitchen with island. Bonus room/office space and 3.17 acres. WEB ID #: 672246 Kel McKenna 336-772-4702

705 Robinhood - $159,900 - Absolutely precious, TOTALLY remodeled, brick 3bd/2ba, granite kitchen & fireplace, large lot! Strg bldg, very open! Near Monroeton Schl. WEB ID #: 676125 Deryle Peaslee-Wood 336-601-4765

1100 Highway 150 W - $137,000 - 8.09 acres in Summerfield. House and garage sold as is. Both home and garage have new roof, house has one bedroom. The value is in the Land. WEB ID #: 696314 Margie Massey 336-339-8912

7321 Hidden View - $132,500 - Build your dream home in Gated community in Oak Ridge. 3 acre lot with 2 acres cleared. Private rear and side yard. Horses welcome. More land &  Mt views  poss. WEB ID #: 699262 Deryle Peaslee-Wood 336-601-4765

7006-7014 Summerfield Rd - $110,000 - Approx 2 acres on Summerfield Rd near HWY 220. Commercial potential. Well & septic in place. Survey on file. Below tax value. Buildings at no value. WEB ID #: 685256 Deryle Peaslee-Wood 336-601-4765

6619 Lake Brandt Rd - $72,500 - 1.24 Acres in Squirrel Chase subdivision in Summerfield. Sold with 6617 Lake Brandt Rd (2 lots for 72,500). Ideal for a bsement home! WEB ID #: 663002 Eddie Yost 336-272-0151

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NEWS in brief

Committees ramp up, volunteers needed STOKESDALE – This year marks the 25th anniversary of Stokesdale’s incorporation, and the town council is forming an anniversary committee to plan some special ways to celebrate it. For more info about serving on this committee, contact council member Vicki WhiteLawrence at or (336) 643-7676.

The town’s public safety committee defines its mission as “to plan, coordinate and identify resources for any level of natural or man-made incident that would affect Town properties, residents and life issues within the town limits and surrounding towns and areas, notwithstanding the town limits of Stokesdale.” At its most recent meeting, the public

safety committee reviewed and accepted the mission statement, discussed the purchase of a Knox Box for emergency personnel to access the town hall in the event of a fire or other emergencyrelated incident, and agreed to ask the town council to declare May 2014 as Stokesdale Public Safety Month. The committee is chaired by Thearon Hooks. For more info about serving on this committee, call Hooks at (336) 644-6100. A U.S. 158 Bypass Committee is also in the process of being formed, as is an Economic Development Committee. Interested in serving on either of these committees? Call the Town Hall at (336) 643-4011 or email for a volunteer application.

We The People class advances to national competition NW GUILFORD – After taking second place at the state competition earlier this month, Northwest Guilford High School’s We The People class is headed to nationals.

The WTP class, taught by history teacher Ray Parrish, studies the Constitution and the Bill of Rights during the school year, then participates in a state competition each spring in which their understanding, interpretation, and application of the Constitution is challenged. Because of rule changes this year, the second place team at the state level also has an opportunity to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C. on April 25-29. Making the trip to D.C. is exciting, but expensive, and the team of 31 students needs to raise several thousand

dollars to cover travel, meal and hotel expenses. To help raise funds, the WTP team is planning an all-terrain 2.5-mile fun run on Saturday, April 5 at 9 a.m. on the campus of Northwest High School. The course will have varying terrains, including paved, trail – and stairs. For those who can’t run the stairs, volunteers will be available to run them for you. There is no set entry fee for participating in the fun run, but donations of at least $10 per person will be appreciated. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the morning of the run at the school’s stadium entrance. For more info or to make a donation to help the WTP team with their travel expenses to D.C., contact Vicki WhiteLawrence at

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online: e-mail: Why do school zone lights still flash at Oak Ridge Elementary and Oak Ridge Military Academy on days that school is scheduled to be closed? At the beginning of each school year, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is given a school schedule for the coming year and the equipment that operates the flashing lights is pro-

grammed to reflect this schedule. Pat Wilson, division operations engineer for the NCDOT in Greensboro, says unless they are notified in advance by the school, the flashing lights are not reprogrammed to accommodate schedule changes. In order to make any changes, a staff member must go to the specific location. “Our Greensboro office is responsible for five counties,” says Wilson. “We use the school schedule that’s been determined in August and we rely on the school system to tell us if there’s been a change. We don’t have the staff to make real-time changes (for instance, when schools are closed for inclement weather).” Wilson says the flashers at the Oak Ridge Military Academy are set up differently than the county’s public schools. These flash constantly from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s a safety issue for cadets navigating the campus that straddles N.C. 150.

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Republic Waste Services (Summerfield and Stokesdale) Recyclable materials allowed: •  Plastic bottles, containers and cartons: All bottles labeled 1 and 2 – soft drink bottles, water bottles, milk jugs. •  Rigid or hard plastics: Buckets, milk crates, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, plastic toys, pet carriers, litter boxes, plastic pallets, nursery trays and flower pots. •  Glass: Green, brown and clear only. •  Aluminum cans. •  Steel cans: All steel food and beverage cans, including such items as soup, fruit, vegetable, juice and dog and cat food cans. •  Cardboard: Unwaxed and uncoated corrugated cardboard. •  Chipboard: Boxes that are gray or brown in color on the inside. Some examples are cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes and cracker boxes. •  Newspaper: All newspaper and tabloids printed on newsprint. •  Magazines: All types of magazines. •  Paper: Paper that is dry and free from food, paint or dirt residue.

Materials that Republic Services does not accept for recycling: Plastic bags, junk mail, glass dishes, mirrors, egg cartons, window panes, fast food cartons, meat trays, motor oil jugs or hazardous waste containers, yard debris, aluminum foil and pie pans. Additional recycling guidelines for Republic Waste Services: •  Lids, tops and caps must be removed from all bottles and containers. •  All recyclables must be clean and dry. •  Labels do not have to be removed from steel cans. •  Cardboard must be clean and dry and broken down flat.

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SUMMERFIELD town council

March 11 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by PATTI STOKES The Public Comment period of the March 11 meeting, during which 15 citizens spoke, was covered in our March 21-27 issue.

REPORTS 2014-2015 FY Budget. Following the Public Comment period, the town council opened the meeting to comments about the 2014-2015 FY budget. Dwayne Crawford asked why the town was considering spending so much money to purchase and renovate the Gordon building instead of partnering with another entity to use meeting space when needed. Gail Dunham said if the town moved forward with the trail before securing easement agreements, a lot of money would be wasted on lawyers.

Founders’ Day. Because of construction at the Summerfield Fire Department, Founders’ Day will be held at the athletic park this year. The parade route will still be on Summerfield Road, but will start near the Summerfield Feed Mill and end at the elementary school instead of vice versa. Buddy Walk. Two mothers representing the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro requested to hold the organization’s annual Buddy Walk in October in the community park. Questions from the council mainly focused on whether the park could logistically accommodate the number of people attending (up to 750 people), and where they would park. The council was generally positive about having the event in the park, but the mothers




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were asked to submit a written comprehensive event plan to the town manager, addressing logistical concerns, before a final decision was made. Gordon property purchase. Whitaker gave an overview of the process the town had followed in looking at several properties for additional administrative and meeting space before entering into negotiations on the Gordon property last year. He denied accusations that the town had gone about the process “in a secretive way,” saying it was proper and legal for a municipality to privately negotiate for property, and the town council had publicly announced its intentions as soon as a purchase agreement had been reached in November. Regarding the tenants who live in the mobile home park on the Gordon property, Whitaker said, “I think it is worth clarifying for everybody, the mobile home park was going to close and the tenants were going to have to relocate when the property was sold.” Environmental and structural assessments have been completed on the property and are available to the public, Whitaker confirmed. The former Gordon Hardware building, which is diagonally across from the town hall, will be renovated and technologically wired and equipped. The lower floor of the building will be used for meeting space and the upper

floor for additional staff space. “The reality is, we have a planning department that doesn’t have enough space sometimes. It’s a challenge fitting everybody into a building and we’re also looking toward the future,” Whitaker said. The town has not decided on how the additional 15.66 acres bordering Summerfield Road and U.S. 220 will be used. Regarding septic to serve the Gordon Hardware building, Whitaker said the town has received permission from DOT to bore under N.C. 150 and run septic lines from the town hall property. Council member Elizabeth McClellan said the council had looked at several other properties, and for $399,000, were in agreement that the 16.1-acre Gordon property is a great value. Council Retreat. With Whitaker’s encouragement, council agreed to having a one-day strategic planning session sometime after the budget season ends. A moderator will be present, and the session will be open to the public. Contract. Whitaker’s annual employment contract will expire in June. Evaluation forms will be sent to council members. Flowers thanked everyone who attended the meeting, saying, “It makes me feel good to see this many citizens involved in their government.” The meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

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FORLINES ...continued from p. 1 “It was hard to believe the doctors when they were telling me things were wrong inside my body, yet I felt so normal … or, at least what I thought was normal,” Tina said. Tina was born with Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), a mechanical issue affecting 1 in 3 children, in which urine flows backwards from the bladder to the kidneys. After years of showing no signs of infection or symptoms, doctors assumed she’d grown out of it, as most children do. All the while, Tina’s kidneys were working overtime and suffering further damage. It was hoped that undergoing a minor surgery to fix the reflux problem would cure her. But the year Tina and Noah got married, they both realized she was getting worse. “She was exhausted all the time,” says Noah. “We’d come home from church and she literally wouldn’t have the energy to get out of the car.” For a while Tina’s health issues were treated with medicine, but then doctors began urging her to have friends and family tested to see if they would be a suitable kidney donor. A close friend of Tina’s desperately wanted to donate her kidney. After completing all the necessary steps, however, she found out that she wasn’t a suitable donor; in the meantime, two years had gone by. It was difficult for Noah to watch his wife’s health deteriorate. With little time left to search for another potential donor, he got tested himself. And there it was … her soul mate, Noah, both a blood match and a suitable kidney donor for Tina. On Dec. 20, 2011, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, Noah donated one of his kidneys to Tina.

Because doctors couldn’t distinguish which of Tina’s kidneys was more damaged, neither of them was removed during surgery. For now, her body functions with three kidneys, but another transplant may be necessary later in life. “I tell myself, ‘I’ve come this far, and this is what God has in store for us. Whatever happens in the future, He’s got under control,’” she says. It’s been over two years since that day in the hospital, and Noah and Tina are in good health and equally good spirits.

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Healthy and happy, Tina and Noah Forlines celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary last summer.

Noah’s kidney is slowly restoring itself to a normal function level, after it dropped roughly 30 percent when his second kidney was removed. According to the Kidney Donation Foundation website, kidney donors are unlikely to come to any harm from losing a kidney, as human beings don’t need two kidneys to be healthy. However, one research study noted two potential risks to kidney donors: one, they have a 1 in 25 chance of developing long-term pain at the site where the kidney was removed; and two, donors have a 1 in 500 chance of developing kidney failure themselves.

has used this experience not only in my life and in our marriage, but in the lives of others who I’ve come in contact with,” she says.

who care for her.

Grateful for where she is today, Tina rests her faith in God and the doctors

“He’s been faithful before, he’ll be faithful again.”

And on the difficult days, she finds strength in the lyrics from one of her favorite hymns:

Thankfully, Noah hasn’t noticed any changes in his health since the operation, except maybe a receding hairline, he jokes. As for Tina, a creatinine test showed her blood now contains normal levels of the waste products, which indicates her kidneys are functioning as they should be. According to the American Journal of Transplantation, kidneys transplanted from a living donor have a life expectancy of 26.6 years, as opposed to kidneys donated from a cadaver, which last an average of 14.7 years. Though Tina has underlying apprehension about her long-term health and what the future will bring, she finds peace in God and His answers to prayer.

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Former high school baseball coach inducted into Hall of Fame

Sandy Gann was inducted into the N.C. High School Baseball Association Hall of Fame in January by STEVE HUFFMAN NW GUILFORD – In 1966, Sandy Gann led his Guilford College Quakers to a fourth-place finish in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series in St. Joseph, Mo.

Gann declined. What the scout didn’t know was Gann had injured his arm during the regular season and sometimes had trouble simply throwing the ball from second base to first. “I’d been lucky and had a good series, but I knew I couldn’t make it professionally,” he said. “I told him I was going back to North Carolina and find a teaching job.” Professional baseball’s loss was Northwest Guilford High’s gain. Gann went on to teach at Northwest and coach baseball there for 32 years. He retired in 1998 with a record of 422248, having also served as the school’s athletic director for 22 years. In January, Gann, 69, was inducted into the N.C. High School Baseball Association Hall of Fame. He was already

Gann’s Vikings won six conference championships and claimed the state 4-A championship in 1998. He was named conference coach of the year six times and also captured Guilford County coach of the year and state coach of the year honors.

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Gann coached numerous players who advanced to the college level, but never had a player make it to the major leagues. “That just wasn’t meant to be,” he said. Gann’s love for baseball has been passed down to his sons. His oldest son, Sonny, is now the head baseball coach at Northwest. The elder Gann and his wife Jeanette have another son, John, who is an assistant baseball coach at Southwest Guilford.

Gann, who’d been a four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection for the Quakers, set a tournament record with seven consecutive hits. He was flawless in the field. At the tournament’s end, Gann was approached by a scout with the Kansas City Athletics who offered him $6,000 to sign a professional baseball contract. In 1966, $6,000 was a year’s salary for most people.

Only in 1986 were the playoffs expanded to where as many as four teams from a single conference might qualify for the state playoffs.

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a member of the Forsyth County and Guilford College sports halls of fame. Gann graduated from Kernersville’s Glenn High School in 1962, where he played shortstop and was an all-conference pick for three consecutive years. He was named to the 1962 East-West All-Star Team and at one point helped Glenn to 27 consecutive conference wins. Of his love of baseball, Gann said, “There was a time when I’d have rather played than eat when I was hungry.” Gann had a remarkable run at Northwest, where the school’s baseball field is named for him. His teams made the state playoffs 12 times, though Gann is quick to note that for the first 20 years of his coaching career, a team had to win its conference championship to advance.

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“His commitment to soul winning and his burden for the lost continues to inspire me to this day,” says Hemric. “He loved people and he walked in humility – those qualities set a great example for me and the flock.” Faith Baptist Tabernacle was founded in 1976 by Dr. Billy Young, who led the church for 37 years prior to his death. Hemric is only the second pastor to lead the church. Along with Hemric, his wife Kimberly has also taken on an important role in the church. She is involved in Sunday school, and is leading a women’s Bible study that will meet at the church the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The Hemrics currently live in Kernersville and will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this month.

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OAK RIDGE – Oak Ridge resident Mary Jo Cagle, M.D., was recently recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as a 2013/2014 Professional Woman of the Year for leadership in medicine. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the NAPW has over 600,000 members and nearly 400 local chapters. “My expertise is obstetrics, gynecology and clinical quality improvement,”

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for wounded soldiers, preparing and delivering Thanksgiving Day meals to on-duty firefighters, and collecting over 5,000 books for deployed servicemen and women. Each spring, PATH focuses on promoting Camp Corral, which enables children of wounded, disabled or fallen soldiers to go to summer camp at no cost to their families. “Although it’s free to these deserving children,” Jenny Fisher, PATH Club president and founder, explains, “it takes a lot of donations to send each child to camp.” This year, the PATH Club will host a charity yard sale and raffle on Saturday, March 29 (rain date is April 5), in the parking lot of Golden Corral on Lawndale Drive at Battleground Avenue in Greensboro. All proceeds go to Camp Corral. “We’re very excited by all the support we’ve received to make this event a reality,” Jenny says. More than a dozen local businesses have provided raffle prizes ranging from $20 to $250 in value. Individuals can help by donating new or gently used items to be sold at the yard

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STOKESDALE – Over 50 Stokesdale United Methodist Church members and friends of the community gathered together on March 23 to participate in the church’s first meal packaging operation for Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency which distributes food and other lifesaving supplies to families all over the world. In just a few hours, those gathered at the church packaged 10,000 meals.

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FRAUD March 21 | An employee of Stokesdale Pharmacy reported a known person attempted to fill a forged prescription. An arrest was made.

DRUGS/ALCOHOL March 19 | Officers conducting an investigation at a home on Saddle Brook Road in Oak Ridge found marijuana and paraphernalia; charges were filed. March 22 | Officers arrested juveniles on Clairese Drive in Colfax for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

TRESPASSING March 20 | A resident of Percheron Trail in Summerfield reported a known person trespassing at her residence after being told to leave. The trespasser was arrested. March 22 | A resident of Carter Farm Road in Summerfield reported a known person had trespassed and caused damage to his property.

March 20 | A resident of Strawberry Road in Summerfield reported that his outbuilding and truck had been broken into and guns and various hunting items valued at a total of $7,180 were stolen. March 21 | A lineman with Utility Lines Construction Services of Charlotte reported that a construction trailer parked on Edgefield Road in northwest Greensboro was entered and copper and aluminum wiring were stolen. March 22 | A resident of Eversfield Road in Oak Ridge reported her home was entered sometime between March 17 and 22 by someone who cut the screen in a window at the back of the house. Several items were stolen, including a stereo and speaker system, two televisions and a laptop. The estimated loss was $7,500.

MISCELLANEOUS March 17 | A person came into the District 1 office in Summerfield with a counterfeit $20 bill that he was given in change earlier in the day.

BURGLARY / THEFT March 20 | A resident of Summerfield Road in Summerfield reported two known people had stolen money from him. Warrants were issued for the two people. March 19 | Gas Town on N.C. 68 in Stokesdale reported someone pumped $43.02 worth of gas and drove off without paying.

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Bill should go further to prevent taxpayer funding of political events Congress has done the right thing by passing a bill that would stop taxpayer funding for the national conventions of the two parties that rule our country. Unfortunately they didn’t go far enough. They should ban the use of taxpayer


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Eminent domain is not a desirable option for A&Y trail After reading the article in the Northwest Observer about the A&Y trail and how surprised some people would be if eminent domain were to be used against reluctant homeowners, I had to ask this question: Did everyone involved believe a project going for miles and scooping up acres as it meanders through private property think that all homeowners would simply agree to give away land? Some of us who are on the current map have precious little land between our homes and the proposed trail, and that little piece of land you need is our treasured privacy. Try not to think of us as selfish. As for eminent domain, those words were uttered during a meeting at Town

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Hall on Feb. 19. Those present were Town Manager Scott Whitaker, Craig McKinney from Greensboro DOT, citizens Ken Pauley and myself. A third citizen asked not to be named. Our meeting was good, with plenty of shared information. The question of what happens if a resident doesn’t cooperate with the land sale was answered with two words: eminent domain. Mr. McKinney spoke the words, and I thank him for his honesty. However, if the use of the words “eminent domain” are a surprise to the Trails and Open Space Committee and the town council, we have at least a communication problem. Tim Nelson SUMMERFIELD

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 Stokesdale Parks and Recreation for donating money to our daughter for her recent brain surgery.  Underneath a slice of turkey; a large diamond. Really? Even better, seeing the joy on the recently married deli-worker’s face at H-T when you placed it back into her hand, Ginger. And just a little ironic experience for a Hokie!  Eeron Dellosa of The Longhouse in Stokesdale. Great job catering our birthday party. Delicious food and the best cheesecake we’ve ever had! You made it easy for us to have a fun day without cooking. Highly recommend her for catering!

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was a family illness,” Randy said. Though Maria has had to accept that she will be on medication for the rest of her life, she now has one healthy kidney and her energy and appetite have returned. She still runs the risk of her body rejecting the transplanted kidney, but taking anti-rejection medicine daily decreases the chances of this occurring. Kidneys are the most transplanted organ, and over 93,000 people are on the waiting list for a matching kidney donor. Of those on the list, it may take up to 10 years before a compatible donor is found – sadly, that is longer than some of them have. “The awareness needs to be out there,” Randy stresses. “Just get tested. It’s a little bit of pain for a few weeks, but it’s an amazing gift, and people don’t realize how life-changing giving an organ can be.” The story has a happy ending for Maria, who gives her gratitude most of all to Randy. “I used to tease him that I married him for his kidney, and he needed to take care of it,” Maria said. “If I had a third kidney, I’d do it again,” Randy says. “But I’m all out ... sorry, folks!”

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CLEANING CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING, gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. 399-3995. FREE PICK-UP of mowers, batteries, AC’s, appliances, grills, etc. 689-4167.

 YARD SALE MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE, Saturday, March 29, 7am-12n, 6724 Brookbank Rd., Oak Ridge. All kinds of “treasures” including household items, crafts, yard tools, etc. MOVING / GARAGE SALE, Saturday, March 29, 8am-1pm, 7834 Wilson Farm Road, Summerfield. Housewares, Legos, DVDS, books, garden tools, furniture, electronics. Some items already listed on Craigslist by 336-298-4327.

MARIA’S CLEANING SERVICE. Free estimates, guaranteed service. 432-4483. Professional custom cleaning for home & office

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Weekly / Biweekly / Monthly Move-Out/Move-In • Detail/Deep Seasonal • Licensed/Bonded/Insured Customized Services GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE


(336) 441-2047 |

Growing, local company seeking a well-spoken, marketing-knowledgeable/experienced professional with strong leadership skills, exceptional work ethic, five star customer service skills and knowledge of industry. Must be able to work independently as well as with a team, and have managerial and administrative abilities. Good standing NCDL a must. Licensed turf chemical applicator or ability to become licensed – company will pay for exam fees if needed. Military vets strongly encouraged to apply. Aggressive starting pay depending on experience and background. Please send resumé in confidence to We will check references and perform a background check.

Misc. for Sale .............................. 22 Misc. Wanted ............................. 22

HUGE YOUTH GROUP YARD SALE, Sat., April 5, 7:30-11am, Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, 2614 Oak Ridge Road. Proceeds help with youth summer camps & Atlanta youth mission trip. (336) 382-4767

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CHRISTIAN MOM needs work cleaning houses, running errands. Will clean to fit your budget. Pet taxi/pet sitting also avail. References. Call Laura Bennett, 231-1838. CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. 609-0677.

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GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. 362-1150.

A PLUS LANDSCAPING & Maintenance. We do it all, and now we are taking new fullmaintenance contracts with $100 off first month! Offer ends April 4, 2014. $25 off each referral! Call today (336) 285-8172.

TLC LAWN CARE Lawn mowing, fertilization and weed control. General cleanup. Affordable all-season lawn maintenance. (336) 681-0097.

ences, free est., 25 years exp. 309-0747.


guttErS / windOwS / Siding

INTERIOR DESIGN SOLUTIONS by Maria Awarded Best of Houzz 2014 in Customer Satisfaction because YOU are the most important design element in our projects. $50 off in-home consultation when you mention the Northwest Observer. (336) 944-2750.

FlOOring CARPET REPAIRS & RESTRETCHING Licensed & insured. 643-6500.

gEnEral rEpair & SErvicES HOUSE & YARD HOME MAINTENANCE “Anything to improve your home and property.” Jeff Ziglar, 456-9992 or 643-9609. ALL ABOUT THE HOUSE. General home repair. Will take the lead on, or assist you with your home projects. 644-8710 / 708-0522.

Lisa & Jerry Potkay, Stokesdale

(336) 669-7252

Bathroom Remodeler | Additions | Decks

Professional, Honest, Reliable


Licensed & Insured

grading / Hauling BRAD’S BOBCAT SVC. Grading, hauling, gravel/dirt, debris removal. 362-3647. ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt available. Zane Anthony, 362-4035.


STORM DAMAGE REPAIRS Facia, siding & gutter repairs. Mays Siding, 215-8776, GUTTER CLEANING & LEAF GUARDS. 5 and 6” seamless gutters. Free estimates. Call Gary the Gutter Guy. (336) 345-6518.

lawn carE / landScaping WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Complete lawn care & landscaping. NC lic. irrigation contractor. 20 years exp. Hardscaping, fertilization & weed control. 399-7764. BRAD’S BOBCAT. Landscaping, driveways, patios, sidewalks, concrete work. 362-3647. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, 643-9332.


Home Improvement & Repairs

VINYL SIDING REPAIRS, vinyl railings & siding, replacement windows, gutter cleaning and repair. Please call 215-8776 for your free estimate.

D & D LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION Complete landscaping services. Retaining walls & patios. Member BBB. NC licensed irrigation contractor. 312-2706. WILTON YARD CARE Spring clean-up, trimming, pine needles, mulch, landscaping. (336) 404-0489.

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. AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION. Quality irrigation systems. NC Licensed Contractor. We service all systems. Free est. 644-1174. ONE GUY & A MACHINE LAWN CARE and hardscaping. Maintenance, design, paver patios, block walls, hedges trimmed, beds re-edged, pine needles, mulch, pressure washing, chemical applications, aerating. Licensed & insured. Free est. Call 3824767. BUZZ CUTS LAWN & LANDSCAPE INC. Buzzer-beater specials! Pine needles, weed control, fertilization & mowing. Annual service agreement discount! Buzz, 509-6464. Tell our readers about your business! Classifieds are just $4/line! STUMP GRINDING – FREE ESTIMATES Big or small, we grind them all. 382-3860. AFFORDABLE LANDSCAPING Mowing, irrigation installation, spring cleanup, aeration, overseeding, pre-emergent. Flower bed restoration & design. Call J. Gibson Landscaping. American owned & operated. (336) 419-7236.

TRACTOR FOR HIRE Bush hogging, tilling, fencing, brush/tree removal, hauling and more! (336) 207-6632.

GREENERTIMES LAWN MAINTENANCE Free quotes and affordable prices. Discounts on 1-year contracts. (336) 312-3844 mobile or (336) 548-9286 office.

STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Locally owned and operated. Lic/ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck & chipper, total cleanup. 24-hr. emergency svc. OR, NC. 643-1119.

LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS 13-year anniversary special. We will beat your current written price by 15% – guaranteed! Call (336) 601-3796.

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AREA STUMP DUMP. Yard waste, concrete, etc. Fill dirt available. 602-5820. ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call 382-9875. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maintenance. 655-6490. MULCH, single-ground, $10 per 3-yard scoop. Tandem load delivered, $100 (about 10 yards). Oak Ridge area, 803-2195.

MaSOnry SOUTHERN STYLE concrete & landscapes. Spring is here! Let us help with your next outdoor project. No better time for a new patio, sidewalk or driveway. Get on the list now! Give us a call at (336) 399-6619 for all your concrete and landscape needs. MASONRY CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone, concrete & repairs. Free estimates. (336) 988-1022, CUSTOM HARDSCAPES Let us help create your custom outdoor living space. Patios, stone walls, walkways, outdoor kitchens, firepits, or resurface your brick stoop in bluestone. Call One Guy & A Machine, (336) 382-4767. Lic/ins.

MiSc. SErvicES & prOductS


Cabinet Refacing & Enhancement

Your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry can be refaced or re-colored to create a new look for your home at a fraction of the cost of replacement.






MISC. SERVICES & PRODUCTS LOW-COST GARAGE DOORS. Repair & sales. 35 years exp. (336) 215-2800. JUNK REMOVAL – appliances, batteries, mowers, cars, electronics, trash removal, etc. Call about free junk removal, 453-8644.

sign/drafting. Call Patti, (336) 605-0519. GAS LOGS, WOOD STOVES & INSERTS, fireplaces, sold, serviced and repaired. Call

Free estimates References available

Residential Interiors Pressure Washing

(336) 402-4603 Serving the Triad since 1998

PLUMBING JDB PLUMBING. Repair, remodel, well pump. Lic/Ins. Accepts all major credit cards. Office 656-0019, cell 382-6905.

Don Hill, (336) 643-7183.

Triad Garage Doors

BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic/Ins. Call Mark for savings. 337-7924.

SALES, SERVICE & INSTALLATIONS (336) 501-6025 LiftMaster, Amarr, and all other brands Free estimates • Insured • 10 years experience


BEK Paint Co. Residential & Commercial

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JLB REMODELING, INC. NC GC license #69997. Free estimates. Insured. Custom remodeling & additions. Call 681-2902 or



CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC. Roof Replacements / Repairs Siding & Windows Custom Decks / Porches General Home Repairs Remodeling / Painting

Tc. GicEes, In ARerv -Tction S OCoNnstru

ON EAGLE’S WINGS residential home de-

Specializing in interior painting, we take pride in our quality work and personalized service


FREE Estimates Insured & Dependable

KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION. 26 years experience. Specializing in room additions, garages, vinyl siding and windows, painting, ceramic tile, laminate, hardwood and linoleum floors, and remodeling of all kinds. No job too small. Free est. Call 644-1943 or cell 362-7469.

TM Construction Services, INC.



PRESSURE WASHING, gutter & window cleaning. Call Crystal Clear. Fully insured. 595-2873.

644-8615 (office) 508-5242 (mobile)

(336) 931-0600

MOBILE WELDING SERVICE Residential, wrought-iron fence & gates, custom fabrication, stainless aluminium. Chuck,, 362-8679.

• References Available • Licensed & Insured • All Work Guaranteed

STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services.


Still, 462-3683 or PAINTING INTERIOR & EXTERIOR, 32 years exp. Sheetrock repair. Call Brad Rogers for free estimate. Local 314-3186.

RENOVATION WORKS INC. New construction, remodeling, kitchen and bath, additions, decks & patios. Call (336) 427-7391 or BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens & baths, rotted wood, decks, siding, windows, fall roofing specialist. Sr. discounts, 35 years exp. 362-6343.

A+ rating., 621-6962.

The Northwest Observer 13,000 copies every week! Direct-mailed to every mailbox with an Oak Ridge, Summerfield or Stokesdale address, and available for

 MISC. SERVICES LOW COST CHRISTIAN COUNSELING now available at Connection Point / Crossroads Community Church. Call for an appointment. (336) 560-7028. NICOL CHRISTIAN SALON & BOUTIQUE Tina Harvell, owner, hairstylist, color specialist. 3054 Pleasant Ridge Road, Summerfield, NC 27358. (336) 312-3846. FREE PICKUP of appliances, batteries, junk mowers, air conditioners, grills, electrical items, metal items, etc. 689-4167.

Licensed & Insured

COMPUTER REPAIRS $99. Used computers, website design. Info at ITBASICS.COM – (336) 643-0068. Inside

David & Judy Long, owners


area since 1983. Member BBB 25+ years w/

pick-up at 70+ area businesses.

30 yrs exp • Workmanship guarantee • Insurance specialists

(336) 644-1580

Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty.

Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons. NC General Contractor License #72797

ROOFING CLINARD & SON ROOFING, LLC. Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Now accepting all major credit cards. Call 643-8191 or 580-3245. RED RHINO ROOFING, based in Oak Ridge, NC. Storm damage specialist experienced with all types of roofing. BBB accredited A and listed with Angie’s List. Call 662-7980, or visit

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NEW Cargo Van Available Rent per day or week In-town only Locally owned & operated We carry moving & shipping supplies

(336) 643-9963 • 8207 B & G Court, Stokesdale

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 MISC. SERVICES MELDA’S HAIR DESIGNS welcomes Laura Martinez (bilingual), specializing in all beauty services: hair, facials, sugar waxing, manis & pedis. 643-7799 or 552-0796.





$$$ – WILL PAY CASH up to $200 for your junk or wrecked vehicle. 552-0328.



OAK RIDGE, available to occupy 5/19/14, very small 1BR apt. (single bed) for 1-2 adults only. 1BA, w/d hookup, no outdoor or large indoor pets, leashes a must. $435/ month, $220 dep. Duke, approx. $139/mo., waste $14/mo. (336) 337-6266.

GOLFERS’ HAVEN! Hilton Head Island,


WAREHOUSE MALL, INC. NOW OPEN! Antiques, collectibles & so much more! 305 Bodenhamer Drive, Kernersville. Consignors needed, please call (336) 992-2469. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am8pm, Sunday, 1-6pm.

OAK RIDGE, 2BR, 2BA mobile home on 1 acre, great condition, appliances, private large yard. $600/mo. + sec. (561) 7046179 or (561) 254-4387.

FIREWOOD, seasoned hardwood, no pine. Pick up or delivery. 253-7615, 643-5744. ALL NEW MATTRESS SETS. Still in plastic, w/ warranty. Twin, $99; Full, $109; Queen, $129; King, $191. Can deliver, layaway available. Mattress Outlet. 992-0025.

Got stuff? Sell it here in the

NWO classifieds submit your ad at  MISC. WANTED NWO On The Go photos! Where do you take your NWO? Share your vacation pics with our readers! Email photos to WILL PAY CASH for riding lawn mower needing repair or free removal if unwanted. Also free pick-up of appliances, batteries, air conditioners, grills, metal items, computers, gas & electrical items. 689-4167.


MISHA is a medium, female calico cat, five years and 3 months old, with beautiful long hair. She enjoys grooming herself, being petted and spending time with people she knows. Misha is not currently spayed, but will be as part of her adoption fee. For more information on Misha or to see other pets waiting to be part of a family, please visit the Guilford County Animal Shelter at, or call 297-5020.

PET SITTING / BOARDING HORSE BOARDING, Little Hat Ranch, starting at $225/mo. Pasture, stalls, arena, trails & more! (336) 997-3160. SPOIL-ME-ROTTEN ANIMAL CARE Motto: love, compassion, respect for your pets. Professional pet sitter for 18 years. Bonded/Insured. Member, Pet Sitters Intl. Provide food, exercise, play, meds/shots, much TLC. 1-3 trips/day. $15/trip (30 min). Call 643-5242. Oak Ridge/Summerfield. KPS - KELLY’S PET SERVICES Professional in-home pet sitting. Bonded & insured. Member Pet Sitters International. Pet sitting while you are away, daily walks or runs, play, pet taxi, and more! Call, email, or Facebook message for a free consultation: 706-6706, kpsforyourpets@,,

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SUMMERFIELD, Rock. Cty., 3BR, 2.5BA, deck, 2.5 acres bordering Troublesome Creek. Country setting. $850/mo. + deposit. References required. No pets, smoking outside only. (336) 209-1883.





nance fee advance paid. Family grew too big. Huge savings! Points to travel now! $6,500. (336) 644-1195.


4105 Obriant Place Located in Prestwick at The Cardinal – neutral & updated brick home w/ 4 BR & bonus in popular NW schools. Super kitchen w/ cherry cabinets, granite countertops and large island. Largest yard in The Cardinal with front views of the golf course. Coming on the market next week!

Selling or Renting? Advertise it here!

REAL ESTATE SERVICES VANGUARD REAL ESTATE OPTIONS, LLC. No-fee and low-fee listings. Mike Blackwelder, (336) 644-1476.

NANCY HESS, Realtor ® (336) 215-1820


6746 Lake Brandt Road

8204 Springdale Meadows Court

Elegant equestrian estate on 6.8 acres in Summerfield – Guilford County. Hardwood & tile floors, island kitchen, huge stone fireplace, open beam ceilings in master & LR, screened porch, gazebo, extensive gardens, 4-stall barn, fenced pasture, all-weather lighted riding arena. 4BR/3.5BA. $739,000.

Beautiful 1-story home with 3BR/2BA. New floors and freshly painted. Situated on wooded cul-de-sac lot in popular Springdale neighborhood. Move-in condition! Northwest schools and minutes from recreational Belews Lake. Hurry, this one won’t last long! $167,900

Tom Hoyle, Realtor


(336) 416-9262 cell | 643-4248 office

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Join us on and connect with your neighbors They are just adding more days on that kids won’t be in school. It would be much more effective to add time to the existing school day.

They will lose so much money to pay for the subs needed for all these days. Teachers made vacation plans too! And what about teacher work days?

They can make up all the days they want, this fam will be at the beach!

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