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Council seizes ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity Town to purchase 58- acre tract abutting Oak Ridge Town Hall property

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Purchasing a 58-acre tract of open land that abuts Oak Ridge Town Hall, with frontage on N.C. 150, will give the Town of Oak Ridge options for expanding its recreational facilities.

Soon after the meeting got underway, Summerfield resident Danny Nelson kicked off the Public Comments period, with 17 speakers following behind him.

SUMMERFIELD – Summerfield Town Council’s five-hour meeting on April 10 was not for the weak at heart.

Nelson said remarks Sheriff BJ Barnes had made during the last municipal election season had offended him and in the upcoming sheriff’s race he was giving his support to Steve Parr.

Pastor David Lee of Summerfield Peace United Methodist Church, humorously referencing how two churches, “one black and one white,” had come together with himself, an Asian, in the middle, tried to set a harmonious tone in his opening prayer.

Parr spoke next, saying he worked for Guilford County Sheriff’s Office before retiring after 25 years in law enforcement. He said his campaign for county sheriff was focused on three key things: bond debt for the underutilized jail in downtown Greens-


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Oh, what a night Five-hour council meeting peppered with surprises, debates, frustration and citizen outcries


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by PATTI STOKES OAK RIDGE – It’s too early to offer any specifics, but a 58-acre tract that abuts Oak Ridge Town Hall on Linville Road will likely provide more recreational opportunities for area residents in the future. At its April 5 meeting, the

boro which opened in 2012; wasted taxpayer and drug forfeiture money; and “manpower on the road,” specifically citing a shortage of officers in District 1, which encompasses Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Colfax and northwest and northern Greensboro. Steve Chandler, also formerly with Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, spoke on behalf of county sheriff candidate Danny Rogers. Chandler said he spent 18 years working in District 1 and described an incident several years ago in which he responded to a domestic call in which no backup arrived for 17 minutes; during that time the male involved in the dispute attacked his girlfriend with a box cutter before Chandler stepped in. During the

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Summerfield residents Sue Beeson, Elizabeth Ingram, Linda Southard, Julie Davidson and Kelly O’Day voiced appreciation for Town Manager Scott Whitaker and what they viewed as many of the town’s accomplishments. Beth Kaplan focused her comments on perceived errors in the US Geological survey which the town has relied on for monitoring groundwater supply. Bob Jones, a businessman and member of the town’s UDO Review Committee, challenged the town council to be responsible and accountable for their actions, just as those in business must be. “We’re not just disappointed, we’re embarrassed … you are all responsible together,” he told the council. “Selective morality and unequal application of the rules” are some of Summerfield’s biggest flaws, according to Adrian Williamson, who offered a long list of transgressions he felt the town manager and some town council members have committed. Sean Dwyer warned council members that if they didn’t learn to work together some of them would be voted out in the next election, just as two council members had been in the November election. Dana Luther, a former Summerfield town finance officer, called out the Northwest Observer for what she said was inaccurate reporting of her comments at the March 13 council meeting. Luther also said her comments at that meeting were not orchestrated, as one council member has said of several citizen comments that night, and the town couldn’t keep spending at the


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pace it was spending. During the “Council and manager response to (public) comments,” Councilman Todd Rotruck took some of his fellow council members by surprise when he suddenly made a motion to not renew the town manager’s employment contract in June. Rotruck received Councilwoman Teresa Pegram’s support for his motion, but it failed on a 2-3 vote. Under the same agenda item, Town Manager Scott Whitaker offered history on the noise barrier walls on either side of Elmhurst Estates’ entrance off U.S. 220 and said NCDOT acknowledges the walls have failed and it is working with Tetra Tech, contractor for the U.S. 220 widening project, to replace the walls. Once done, the town will have input into landscaping around them. Over three hours into the meeting, Todd Delk, a practice manager with Stewart, the Raleigh-based firm hired by the town to design the A&Y Greenway extension through Summerfield, gave an update on the proposed trail route; although the council agreed to hold an open house to present the trail route, no open house date was set. After a lengthy discussion about a proposed mini-roundabout at the N.C 150 (Oak Ridge Road) and Summerfield Road intersection, consultants with WithersRavenel and Ramey & Kemp Associates were directed to ditch the concept and bring back other options for improving the intersection’s appearance, traffic flow and safety. An open house was scheduled for Saturday, June 2, for citizens to tour the Gordon building and Martin house properties, and moments before adjourning the meeting council agreed to add $70,000 to next fiscal year’s proposed budget for a sidewalk connecting the pedestrian tunnel under U.S. 220 to Summerfield Road. The meeting adjourned at 11:41 p.m. Look for more coverage of this meeting in next week’s issue.

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Camp Carefree is not being sold. Located just off U.S. 220 in Stokesdale, the camp is gearing up for its 2018 summer session with a full slate of campers, staff and volunteers. In 1986, the late Anne and Gib Jones used a portion of their farm to establish Camp Carefree, a haven for children with illnesses and disabilities such as cancer, epilepsy and Spina Bifida. Additional sessions are geared towards well children who have chronically ill or disabled siblings or parents. After Gib’s death in 1992, Anne continued the legacy the couple had started. To ensure that the camp would endure, she deeded approximately 65 acres to the non-profit organization – one parcel in 2011 and a second in 2013. “Anne wanted to make sure the camp would always be here,” said Rhonda Rodenbough, treasurer of the

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Board of Directors. When Anne died in 2016, she left the remainder of her property – about 211 acres which borders the camp – in a trust. The majority of the property – about 192 acres – was listed last year. With road frontage on U.S. 220, that tract is currently zoned for agricultural use but has commercial potential. It’s listed for $1 million. The new Realtor signs you’ve seen are for the remaining acreage which includes Anne’s home, an additional farmhouse and a pool. Located at 381 Carefree Lane, the houses and land are listed for $260,000. Both properties are being marketed by Phillip Stone of A New Dawn Realty. Profits from the sale will go to Anne’s four heirs. To provide a buffer from any development that might take place on the adjacent property and to ensure access to its pond, the camp purchased 15 acres of property from the trust in 2017. The purchase was made possible by the

community and other camp supporters who donated $45,000 and an anonymous donor who matched that amount. The camp relies completely on these types of donations to continue its operations. As the camp prepares for the 2018 season, volunteers are being sought to provide evening meals. Until recent years, churches, clubs and civic organizations held cook-outs on Wednesday evenings and brought pizza to the camp on Thursday nights. Because of the popularity among participating groups and the fact that it helps defray costs, the camp decided last year to allow outside groups to host all of its evening meals. “We’re not asking for groups to take on the responsibility of an entire week, just to provide a meal for one night,” said Carol Wright, board secretary. “This year, we’ve also opened up Saturday breakfast and Sunday dinner.” Anyone interested in providing a meal is asked to call Wright at (336) 613-3564.

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‘What happened to the wall? It looks nothing like it was supposed to… it is failing and it looks horrendous,’ Elmhurst Estates resident Karen Knight told the Summerfield Town Council at its meeting on Tuesday, April 10. Later in the meeting Town Manager Scott Whitaker said NCDOT is aware the sound barrier panels installed on either side of Elmhurst Estates’ entrance off U.S. 220 started bubbling up within months of when they were installed in the fall of 2016. ‘When this started happening last year,’ Whitaker said, ‘I had a conversation with DOT and was told, ‘Yes, we agree. We are not satisfied. We are not accepting it and we will be working with Tetra Tech (the contractor on the U.S. 220 widening project) and Paragon (manufacturer of the sound barrier panels) on a solution.’ Read more about the failing sound barrier panels in next week’s issue.

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Oak Ridge Town Council voted 4-0 to purchase the tract which has frontage on N.C. 150, immediately west of Oak Ridge Swim Club. It has been owned by Frank and Claudia Whitaker since 1969. “I think it’s one of the prettiest properties in Oak Ridge,” Whitaker told the Northwest Observer. Whitaker said he had many opportunities to sell the property to developers over the years, but he never considered it. “I had one man who I’d never met show up at my door one day with a written offer,” he said. “I’ve had offers going back to the ‘70s, but I didn’t want to see it developed for houses, I didn’t need to sell it and really didn’t want to sell it.”

But several months ago, while attending the town’s long-range capital planning meeting, it became clear to Whitaker that with all of the different recreational projects the town was considering, there was a limited amount of space to accommodate them. “They were talking about longrange planning and preserving open space and you can’t plan and not have a tract of land in mind,” he said. “That went through my mind… and then Spencer (Sullivan, the town’s mayor) kept bringing it up.” Sullivan said he has known the Whitakers for most of the 45 years he and his wife have lived in Oak Ridge. He credits them for providing the town with options for park facility expansion that it otherwise would not have had. “If you look at the town’s land use plan, one of the primary goals is for Oak Ridge to continue to preserve



open space and it provides a clear direction for the town to do just what we did, purchase land as it is available to us,” Sullivan said. During the April 5 council meeting, Councilman Jim Kinneman pointed out the 58-acre tract is zoned RS-30 (lot sizes of 30,000 square feet), and although the town no longer offers that zoning option, the property would have been grandfathered in. “At 58 acres, you can do the math,” Kinneman said. “A developer would not have had to come to the town for rezoning. They could have put a lot of houses there.” Councilwoman Ann Schneider noted the property’s historical significance. “This farmland was one of the key pieces of property cited in the original proposal to create the historic district,” Schneider said. “We are only one of two rural historic districts in North Carolina. This will help highlight our rural and agricultural history – and, it will remain for generations to come.” Councilman George McClellan, who made the motion to purchase the property, said he was thankful for the opportunity to expand the park, which is close to being fully utilized. The town has negotiated a purchase price of $1.8 million. As a condition of the sale the Whitakers have requested a $170,000 down payment at the time of closing, followed by nine annual payments of $180,000 each. “From a financial standpoint, this

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could not have happened at a better time,” Sullivan told those who attended the April 5 meeting. “We’re in great financial shape. We can afford to do this without any changes in our tax rate.” Combined with the tract on which Oak Ridge Town Hall rests and the nearly 80-acre town park on the opposite side of Linville Road, the town will own over 140 acres of former farmland in its historic district. “This actually will unite the original Stafford farm property,” Sullivan said. Whitaker admits being emotionally attached to the land. “Spencer and I talked about it several times and we talked through it,” he said. “I love that place. I’ve played on it, worked on it and farmed it.” Then, on a note of realism, he said, “But I’m in my 70s and I can’t take it with me.. When people ask me how I feel about selling it, I say ‘I’m over the hump.’ The town would like to do with it what I wanted to see done with it. “I thought that would be a great thing for the town to have 100 or 150 years from now,” he added, saying his wife, Claudia, is very supportive and feels the same way he does about the decision to sell their property. After doing its due diligence, the town plans to close on the property July 2. In the meantime, the town council and staff are planning several strategic sessions and will be taking steps to develop a park master plan with input from citizens.

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April 5 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by PATTI STOKES Mayor Spencer Sullivan called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with council members Ann Schneider, George McClellan and Jim Kinneman in attendance; Councilman Doug Nodine was absent due to being out of the country. Rev. Roy Carter of Central Baptist Church led the opening prayer, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, approval of the meeting agenda and approval of the March 1 meeting minutes.

REPORTS Public Safety: Sheriff’s Office. An officer with the sheriff’s District 1 office reported that Oak Ridge had 73 calls for service in March; of those, only one was a Part 1 crime, which involved a stolen cell phone. Deputies continue to patrol the town park and remind residents that vehicle break-ins are even more prevalent in the warmer months. Public Safety: Fire Dept. Chief Steve Simmons reported the department responded to 65 calls for service in February, of which 27 were medical-

related and 38 were fire/service-related; firefighters obtained 312 hours of training. In March the department responded to 76 calls for service, of which 40 were medical-related and 36 were fire/service-related; firefighters obtained 314.5 hours of training. On a safety note, Simmons reminded everyone to never use gas or any other flammable liquid to start any type of fire. If you are going to have open burning, monitor it until it is completely out and also have a method of extinguishment in place before you light the fire, he advised. Burn permits are required before engaging in open burning – to obtain a 30-day permit online from the North Carolina Forest Service, visit To obtain a two-day permit from the Oak Ridge Fire Department, call (336) 643-3783 or visit The fire department also installs car seats – if interested, call the station in advance for an appointment.

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MANAGER’S REPORT Appointments. With Town Manager Bill Bruce’s recommendation, the council voted unanimously to reappoint Kristen Kubly as a full voting member on the Historic Preservation Commission. Also with Bruce’s recommendation, Gary and Myra Blackburn were unanimously approved as members of the newly formed Streetscape Committee, which will have its first meeting on April 10.

Septic system. In a memo to council members on April 2, Bruce informed them that some park users had expressed concern over the flags in the wooded area that indicated where the park’s new septic system would be installed. Bruce said after the consultant met with the county’s Health Department, suitable soils for the septic system were identified beyond the woods, in the cleared meadow area. The new proposed location will require some additional upfront design and permitting costs, but the town will realize a net savings during the construction phase since trees won’t have to be removed. Spring Litter Sweep. NCDOT has scheduled Spring Litter Sweep for April 14-28. Any group interested in volunteering to clean a state road and earn a certificate of appreciation will be provided with necessary materials such as gloves, safety vests, trash bags, etc. Visit and search “Litter


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Planning Director. Sean Taylor was introduced as the town’s new planning director. Bruce said Taylor brings 10 years of planning and historic preservation experience.

NEW BUSINESS Public Hearing: Rezoning Case #RZ-18-01. Taylor said the Planning and Zoning Board has recommened the council continue the public hearing for the rezoning case for 29.45 acres on the west side of N.C. 68 until next month to allow P&Z members more time to review a recently completed traffic study.

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located directly behind Oak Ridge Town Hall with frontage on Oak Ridge Road, immediately west of Oak Ridge Swim Club. The property, which is owned by longtime Oak Ridge residents Frank and Claudia Whitaker, was originally part of a larger parcel that had been continuously farmed for over a century and included the property the town hall and town park now rest on, Sullivan said. “Frank recently attended a town capital planning meeting and became aware of the need for long-range planning for preservation of open space and possible expansion of town park facilities,” Sullivan said. “The planning needed to be based on defined acreage. He envisioned how attractive it could be if Oak Ridge owned a large tract of land right in its center. He reasoned this farm could be an investment in the future of Oak Ridge. Since re-purchasing this tract in 1969, he has rejected numerous offers from developers.

“Being the civic-minded person that he is, he prefers to see this property owned by the town, mindful of its heritage and place in Oak Ridge and its natural beauty,” Sullivan continued. “So he has offered the town the opportunity to purchase it. “Working with our town attorney,” he said, “we have negotiated a proposed contract to purchase the land… The purchase price is $1.8 million, which appears consistent with other similar properties in Oak Ridge and an excellent value for the town.” See article on front cover for council discussion and more details.

 4  0 to approve the purchase of a 58-acre parcel owned by Frank and Claudia Whitaker, pending completion of the due diligence process.

CITIZEN COMMENTS „„ Danny Rogers introduced himself as a candidate for Guilford County sheriff and said he liked the idea that the town was purchasing more land. “A lot of the county has changed in the last 20-plus years and we are beginning to see a more diverse group of people moving inside the county – whether we like it or not,” Rogers said. “The county is changing, it has changed and it will continue to change. My goal is to work with the citizens of Guilford County, throughout the entire county.” „„ Rita Lewandowski said she is very much interested in woods, open space and trails and would love to see the town put in a multi-use trail on the property it plans to purchase. “There is no place, other than Northeast Park (in Gibsonville), that allows horses,” she said. „„ Van Tanner, head of Ashton Park’s

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HOA, spoke on behalf of his neighbors. Tanner said the previous night the valves were opened at the gas line off N.C. 150, about a mile away from his house.

“That thing was going like a hurricane,” Tanner said. “There were three guys walking around like it didn’t matter, but I could smell gas. I just want to be sure, is this safe?” “I assume it is,” he continued, “but it would be comforting, based on how loud it was and that I could hear it a mile away, inside my house, just to be sure there is some oversight that something like this couldn’t get out of control.” Sullivan asked the town manager to touch base with the gas company to get clarification on what work

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and stencils and developing an online presence. The committee will meet again April 24 at 6 p.m.


Town Finance Officer Sam Anders said the town continues to maintain a strong financial position, with $3.6 million in (mostly liquid) assets and $32,307 in liabilities. In March the town received a quarterly disbursement of $71,912.95 for its share of franchise taxes on solid waste disposal, video programming, electricity and piped natural gas.

COMMUNITY UPDATES Historic Preservation Commission. Chair Debbie Shoenfeld said the Historic Heritage Grant Committee reviewed four qualifying grant applications and will meet April 30 to discuss them further. AME Church will use the remainder of its 2017 grant funds for emergency roof repair. Parks & Recreation Commission. Town Clerk Sandra Smith reported the first Music in the Park of the season will be on Saturday, April 14, and the

Finance. Chair John Jenkins, in response to the council’s decision to move forward on purchasing 58 acres, smiled as he referenced the status of next fiscal year’s budget.

“We thought we had a budget, but you fooled us and we don’t have that,” Jenkins said. “…Can we get a revised budget sent out to the Finance Committee?”

“She said it was the most friendly and welcoming town. She parked in Terry’s driveway (Parks & Recreation director Terry Lannon) and the people at CrossFit invited them over to take showers,” she said.

P&Z. Bobbie Baker said she appreciated the council removing the public hearing for the rezoning case off the meeting agenda because the board wanted the community to have the opportunity to understand all the details involved.

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“It’s not the most exciting thing, but it’s important,” she said. The Special Events Committee had a great turnout for its first meeting, with 16 of the 24 people who signed up to serve on the committee attending. The committee’s first project will be to plan events for the town’s 20th anniversary this year.

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„„Schneider said council members and the town manager recently participated in a strategic planning training session in Chapel Hill.

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A blood drive will be held at ORUMC on April 9 and the Lions Club is having its annual golf tournament fundraiser May 4 at Greensboro National Golf Course, he added.

„„ Martha Shafer of Horseman Trail in Summerfield introduced herself as a candidate to represent House District 62.

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Kinneman also noted the county does free soil testing and soil kits are available at Town Hall.


MST. Co-chair Rita Lewandowski said the committee met March 27 and she and Martha Pittman were elected as co-chairs. Public promotions for the trail that were discussed at the meeting included possibly scheduling a trail workday, designing trail signs

„„McClellan said multiple councils deserve the credit for the property purchase coming together and Mayor Sullivan had done an outstanding job of seeing it through. „„Kinneman said Oak Ridge residents live in a watershed and encouraged everyone to keep that in mind when applying chemicals on their yards.

Merchants of Oak Ridge. On behalf of MOR, Van Tanner said the association’s Scholarship Committee is reviewing applications for its annual $2,000 scholarship for a Northwest High School senior. Plans for RidgeFest are underway and several local businesses have agreed to be sponsors.

Sullivan noted the first public hearing for the FY 2018-19 budget will be held at the May 3 council meeting and the second hearing will be held in June.


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“We would like to see a communityoriented place where the young people could come and play basketball,” he said.

Lewandowski added that she recently attended a weekend-long Friends of MST gathering, at which six or seven people got certificates for completing the trail. When asked what their favorite part of the trail was, one person answered “Oak Ridge,” Lewandowski said.

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Tanner also asked the council to consider putting basketball courts on the property it plans to purchase, saying he had had several requests to bring this up again.

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„„ Mike Stone said the monthly cruiseins at Oak Ridge Commons shopping center will start back up on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning April 17.

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Straight shooting 17-year-old plans archery competition, fundraiser Proceeds from fundraiser on April 21 will benefit Summerfield residents Mindy and Jonathan Brown by PATTI STOKES When deciding on his senior project earlier this year, Kollbe Russell gravitated to the topic of turning a hobby into a business. Through his love of archery, the 17-year-old senior at Rockingham County High School had met Jonathan Brown a few years earlier. At the time, Jonathan did bow work and fittings out of his home. Last October, with the support of

Johnathan’s wife, Mindy, the lifetime Summerfield resident decided to grow his hobby into a business and opened Boneyard Archery in Madison. In recent months Boneyard Archery has become a second home to Kollbe, who works there two days a week through a school-iniatiated internship program and spends extra afternoons and evenings there whenever time allows. Getting a business off the ground comes with many challenges, as Kollbe has seen first-hand. But what he has also seen are the added challenges of doing so when one of the key people involved has serious health issues. Over the last several months Mindy has undergone multiple surgeries stemming from chronic pancreatitis.

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“We looked for a place for about four or five years before we found this place,” Mindy said of the couple’s business location on Old Covered Bridge Road in Madison. “When we found this place, we decided this was the best fit for what we wanted to do. My health at that point wasn’t the best – I did what I could around here. Once you decide to do a venture like this, there is no stopping point. You have to go. We kept going and pushing and pushing until we opened in October.” With Mindy’s surgery in January to remove her pancreas, spleen, and part of her intestines and stomach – and then an emergency surgery one week later – Kollbe, who was planning an archery tournament as part of his senior project, saw an opportunity.

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Kollbe Russell, a senior at Rockingham County High School, demonstrates his posture when preparing to shoot an arrow. The 17-year-old is finalizing plans for an archery competition on April 21 to benefit Summerfield residents Mindy and Jonathan Brown.

“When all this stuff happened with Mindy and I found out how costly the bills were, I wanted to donate all the money to help her,” Kollbe said, adding, “A lot of people think the world of Mindy.” When Jonathan learned of Kollbe’s plans, “He was speechless… he keeps saying, thank you for doing this!” Kollbe said.

Courtesy photo | Mindy and Jonathan Brown, Summerfield residents and owners of Boneyard Archery.

Mindy was recovering from her latest surgery when she was told of the fundraiser. “When she finally got back, she said she couldn’t thank me enough,” Kollbe said.

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As he got to work, Kollbe quickly found out that organizing a tournament involves many layers. “There is a lot more than I realized,” he said. “I started off thinking,

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Coleman earns top McDonald’s award From the first day, she’s been ‘the grandma on the block’

GREENSBORO – The average person does not begin a new career in their 60s. Then again, Hilda Coleman is not average. Coleman, 76, was named McDonald’s Crew Person of the Year for the 2017 Triad Co-Op for the way she greets customers at the Albert Pick Road store in Greensboro. Coleman’s new career in the fastfood industry began more than a decade ago. The award prompted her to reminisce of those early days beginning in 2007. “I had never worked in a fast-food restaurant,” Coleman said. “My first day, the manager said, ‘we want you on French fries because we can’t keep anybody on French fries because it’s too hot.’ Well, I was born in 1941. I’ve been through a lot of heat.” It was nothing for Coleman, born to Mary Lou Noah Atkins and Willie Dale Atkins, and her nine brothers and sisters to work under a sweltering sun while helping their parents manage a farm that offered tobacco, corn, wheat, watermelons, tomatoes and cantaloupes. Even on the hottest days as a child, “we still had our work to do,” Coleman recalled. In other words, working by the fryers inside an air-conditioned building was hardly a roadblock, and she eagerly learned new skills just as she welcomed increases in responsibility while a longtime employee at Gilbarco Inc. While there, she was awarded a plaque in 1995 for “outstanding achievement on the job.” After retiring in January 2005 from Gilbarco, however, Coleman wasn’t planning on going back to work. But life had something else in mind. Her husband, who was also retired, suffered a fatal

Hilda Coleman (right) was named McDonald’s Crew Person of the Year for the 2017 Triad Co-Op. Coleman, 76, who lives in Stokesdale, works at the McDonald’s on Albert Pick Road off N.C. 68 in Greensboro. She is pictured with Oralia Sedano, store manager, by a vase of yellow and red flowers that Coleman is responsible for maintaining each morning. The colors have personal meaning for Coleman.

heart attack on April 29, 2005. “I was only retired three months with him,” Coleman said. “Also, I had a son who was sick with an incurable disease.” With the family still depending on her, she filled out an application at the newly opened McDonald’s in Oak Ridge. “I approached them with a good attitude,” Coleman said. “I said, ‘do you all need some good help?’ The person she spoke with told her to come back at 2 o’clock, and Coleman said she did just that. She was hired immediately. When she began, there was an adjustment – but mostly on the part of her co-workers. “My very first job was standing up on the stool, handing tobacco from a sled,” Coleman said of life on the farm. “Everything I went at, I went at a high speed. The only thing they ever told me in the kitchen (at McDonald’s) was that I needed to slow down, (but) I have a certain work pace.” Working with mostly younger coworkers, Coleman said she has become known as “the grandma on the block.” Part of Coleman’s job now is to take care of the lobby area. That includes greeting customers as they enter and selecting and placing flowers on each table. She chose yellow and red flowers – one of each color, in a white vase, at

each table – but not because they match the company’s corporate colors. Yellow, she said, is to support members of the U.S. military. Hubert Atkins, one of her five brothers, served with the Army during the Korean War in the 1950s. Red is “for the celebration of life.” “I’ve lost my mother,” Coleman recounted as tears welled up in her eyes. “I’ve lost my father. I’ve lost my husband. I’ve lost my son. And I’ve lost a younger

brother. God took my husband after 45 years of marriage. I feel like He’s not quite through with me yet. So that’s why I celebrate life each day.” When she’s not working her 6:15 a.m.-to-1 p.m. shift at McDonald’s, Coleman said she remains active by mowing her lawn, weed-eating and painting. She also helps her son split wood and attends church each Sunday. Until necessary, Coleman said she has no plans to change her routine. “I take one day at a time,” she said. “If they come up and say, ‘we think you need to retire, you’re gettin’ too old,’ then I’ll retire.”


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‘this isn’t going to be that big of a deal.’ Then, these archery associations found out. And now, they have a banner on their website. Several bow hunting associations are publicizing it. “I’ve got calls from people asking questions … I have guys coming from Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and a bunch of people from North Carolina,” Kollbe said. Next week, Kollbe, with the help of some friends, will begin clearing paths and preparing and marking off the tournament course. Meanwhile, Kollbe continues to gather door prizes, secure sponsors and recruit volunteers for the day of the event.


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“Signing people up that morning will be a little hectic,” he said. “But calculating scores will be the most challenging.” As to how many people will show up for the tournament, Kollbe said he can’t predict, but based on the calls he’s been getting, there will be people coming from everywhere. “I don’t have any idea how many people will be coming … I just know it will be very pleasing,” he said. Mindy said it’s been amazing to see people like Kollbe step forward to help her and her family. “It’s been a very humbling experience for me to have so many people helping us,” she said. “I am a very blessed woman.” •••••

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Despite light rain and cool temperatures, Summerfield Fire Department’s third annual Stop, Drop and Roll 5K attracted 160 runners/walkers on the morning of April 7. Besides getting a cool T-shirt, all participants were rewarded after the race with bountiful bowls of homemade chili, courtesy

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Cunane named AP Player of Year, Joyner Coach of Year Kitley also named to allstate team, Robakiewicz receives ‘Heart of a Champion’ award

made 74 percent of her field goals and shot 82 percent from the free throw line and was named the Mid-State 3A Conference Player of the Year for the third straight season. She was also nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game and finished her career with more than 2,000 points and 1,400 rebounds, establishing new school records for both.

by MARC PRUITT Northern Guilford’s Elissa Cunane can add one more award to her lengthy list. So can Coach Darlene Joyner of Northwest Guilford.

Cunane scored 23 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the state title game against Jacksonville and was named as the Most Outstanding Player.

And Elizabeth Kitley of Northwest can add another recognition to her expanding list, as can Kassie Robakiewicz of Northern Guilford. Cunane, a 6-6 senior post player who has signed with N.C. State, was named Player of the Year by the Associated Press for the 2017-18 season. Cunane averaged 20.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, and a team-leading 2.9 assists per game this season and helped lead the Nighthawks to their second straight NCHSAA 3-A state championship and a 28-4 record. She

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Darlene Joyner (far right), Northwest High School girls varsity basketball coach, was recently recognized as NCHSAA’s girls coach of the year after leading the Vikings to their second straight NCHSAA 4-A state championship and a 29-2 record this season. Joyner is shown here with (L-R) Elizabeth Kitley, Bria Gibbs, Lindsay Gauldin and Cayla King after the team won its second state championship on March 10. Kitley, who was the MVP of Northwest’s second straight 4-A championship game, was recently named to the first team in a statewide poll of high school sports writers

Joyner, the girls coach at Northwest Guilford, was recognized as the girls coach of the year after leading the Vikings to their second straight NCHSAA 4-A state championship and a 29-2 record. Both of Northwest’s losses came to teams from states outside of North Carolina. Joyner has coached basketball at Northwest since 2002 and has compiled a record of 340-103.

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Elizabeth Kitley, who was the MVP of the 4-A championship game for Northwest for the second straight season, was named to the first team in a statewide poll of high school sports writers. Kitley, a 6-5 post player who has committed to Virginia Tech, averaged 18.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game this season. She was also the Metro 4A Conference

Kitley was an all-conference performer during her freshman and sophomore years when Northwest played in the Piedmont-Triad 4A Conference and has scored more than 1,000 points and grabbed more than 500 rebounds during her career. Kassie Robakiewicz, Northern Guilford’s starting point guard for the last three years, has been selected to receive NCHSAA’s “Heart of a Champion” student-athlete award for demonstrating outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship throughout her high school career. Nominated by her coach, Kim Furlough, Kassie was selected from a pool of student athletes across the state. She will be recognized at a luncheon on April 14 in Chapel Hill.

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D’Souza awarded prestigious Morehead-Cain scholarship by MARC PRUITT Capri D’Souza, a senior at Northwest Guilford, said she fully recognizes the numerous benefits and opportunities of being awarded the prestigious Morehead-Cain scholarship to attend UNC Chapel Hill for the next four years. She said she also understands how it may disrupt her family dynamic. “My older sister is a junior at Duke, so I’m sure basketball game nights will be a lot of fun from now on,” D’Souza said with a laugh. “She’s really happy for me though. But I guess we’ll be a family divided now.” D’Souza found out she had won the Morehead-Cain on March 6. The scholarship application process was

a rigorous one that started last August with an application, recommendation letters from teachers, and numerous essays. She also Capri D’Souza went through several rounds of interviews before being selected as a finalist, when she went through the final process during a weekend at UNC’s campus. “I was actually at school when the results were posted online around 5 p.m.,” she said. “I made it a point to wait until I got home to look because I wanted to be around my family. My initial reaction was shock.”

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D’Souza’s family surprised her with some UNC gear, and her father stopped by P.F. Chang’s on his way home from work that night to grab a few of her favorite dishes. “I don’t think I initially realized what it truly meant,” D’Souza said. “I think it took a few days to fully understand how exciting it was and what it meant for my future. It was a very rewarding experience and it’s such a prestigious scholarship.” The Morehead-Cain is a four-year merit scholarship that covers the cost of four years of tuition, student fees, housing, meals, books and supplies, a laptop computer, and Discovery Funds that are used for educational opportunities as well as a four-year summer enrichment program. “It’s exciting to think about what it means for my future,” said D’Souza, who plans to major in business at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. “It really opens up so much and there is already a built-in network of former Morehead-Cain winners who will also provide their expertise and experience for college and beyond.” D’Souza plays soccer, is the captain of the Speech and Debate team, the president of the Spanish Club, and attended the North Carolina Governor’s School last summer. She also plays the violin in the Greensboro Youth Philharmonic and was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal last summer, which highlights achievement in four concentrations: volunteer service, physical fitness, personal develop-

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ment, and expedition/exploration. During her freshman year, she founded “Girls for a Change,” a service club at Northwest, in which members mentor middle school and high school girls and help women in need in the community. “I just wanted a place at school for girls to come together and share experiences and goals for high school,” D’Souza said. “It is kind of like a support group for incoming freshmen. Two things that are near and dear to my heart are providing education programs and doing community service.” D’Souza also volunteers at Greensboro Urban Ministry, Ronald McDonald House, and Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. She visited Ghana last summer to deliver funds the club had raised for an after-school program in the African country. “There were about 25 kids there and it was such a great experience,” D’Souza said. “One of the organizations my club supports led me to Ghana. I researched going to several different countries but decided on Ghana and this program because of the educational opportunities they were providing to the girls at this school.” D’Souza was also accepted at Princeton, Duke and Virginia, but said she will finalize her acceptance of the Morehead-Cain in the coming days. “I’ve always wanted to go to Carolina,” she said. “This is a huge honor for me.”

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‘Do Work That Matters’ is more than a slogan for local teen Inspired by family farmers, eighth-grader heads apparel company What began as a slogan and a modest gesture to honor hard-working family members has turned into a business plan for a local teen.

And boy, have they. The list of recognized professions now includes members of the armed services as well as teachers, nurses, Christians, law enforcement, EMS personnel and firefighters. After sharing a link to a Channel 12 news story on his Do Work That Matters Facebook page, one follower asked if his apparel recognizes those involved with animal rescue.

Miller Browning, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Northwest Middle School, said it was three years ago that he was inspired to create a T-shirt for his Uncle Eddie Miller and great-grandfather Dick Miller. The two men work together to operate a large family farm in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

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Miller gets his supply of apparel from a third-party vendor, then gets the items screen-printed or embroidered by a local company. Miller Browning, an eighth-grader at Northwest Middle School, has started an apparel company to honor those in occupations that “do work that matters.” The list of professions honored include farmers, police officers, firefighters and members of the armed services. Over time, the list of honored occupations will grow.

The slogan? Do Work That Matters. The two men work from dawn to dusk, Miller said, and “they’re feeding people and making sure cattle get food.” Crops include alfalfa, corn, wheat and wool shorn from the sheep that graze the land. What they do matters to a whole bunch of people, Miller said – even if those people don’t know it. Creating the T-shirt, Miller said, was a way to honor their legacy. The idea could soon become a part of Miller’s own legacy.

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His mother, Chriscilla Browning, insisted that Miller has been at the forefront of the movement over the past three years. Of course, his mom and dad step in whenever necessary – such as shipping out orders while Miller’s at school, for example, or spearheading the effort to get the phrase “Do Work That Matters” protected by a trademark. In fact, it was only since that trademark was approved that Miller launched his website, “I feel like the ball is starting to roll,” Miller said. “More people are learning about the business and we’re getting more sales every day.” The goal, he said, is to eventually make a profit. Once that happens, he plans to donate 10 percent of proceeds from sales back to the organizations his apparel is honoring. •••••

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See something suspicious? Don’t ignore it ... report it! Det. R.D. Seals with Guilford County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to never ignore suspicious activities, such as someone knocking on your door saying they represent a company but having no company identification, a person sitting inside a parked vehicle at night for an extended period of time with their lights off, a vehicle you do not recognize circling your neighborhood multiple times, or someone walking down the street looking into multiple vehicles. “Remember, if you think that a

crime may be occurring, or that the safety of you or your neighbors may be at risk, don’t hesitate to call 911 or the Guilford Metro 911 non-emergency line at (336) 373-2222,” Seals advises. “You shouldn’t worry about using up police time,” he adds. “Calls to 911 will be prioritized based on availability of law enforcement. Your call could be the one that lets us put a stop to the break-ins or a crime streak in your neighborhood. We are happy to check things out.”


District 1 Sheriff’s Office has recently responded to the following incidents in northwest Guilford County ... The District 1 office, one of three district offices in Guilford County, encompasses Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Colfax and northwest and northern Greensboro. It is bounded by Rockingham County on the north, runs east along U.S. 29 South, west along Forsyth County and south along the Greensboro city limits. BREAKING/ENTERING April 9 | The security office of Walgreens on U.S. 220 in Summerfield reported that an unknown suspect forcibly entered the business at 3:56 a.m. by prying open the front door with a crowbar. At the time the report was made, nothing appeared to be stolen, but about $1,000 worth of damage was done to the business’ front door and window.

THEFT/LARCENY April 3 | A Stokesdale resident reported someone stole the license tag from his vehicle sometime around

noon while it was parked beside the Novant Health practice in King’s Crossing Shopping Center off N.C. 68 in Stokesdale.

ARRESTS April 3 | Chase Lee Stephens, 28, of Lester Road in Stokesdale, was arrested for trafficking heroin. April 3 | A 17-year-old known offender on Bartonshire Drive in Stokesdale was charged with underage possession of alcohol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. April 4 | At 11:29 a.m. near the I-73 interchange off N.C. 150 in Summer-

field, officers conducting a traffic stop found a known offender to be in possession of multiple illegal substances. William Neal Jr., 41, was arrested for Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Crack Cocaine (street value of $1,200), Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Carry Concealed Firearm and Felony Maintain Vehicle for Controlled Substances. At the time of his arrest, Neal had $6,249 in cash in his possession. Landdon Mattox, an 18-year-old female passenger in Neal’s vehicle, was also arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substances. Mattox had $1,289 in cash in her possession at the time of her arrest. April 5 | After a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 220 and Joseph Hoskins Road in Summerfield around 3:07 a.m., Greensboro resident Bacari Sims, 38, was arrested for speeding, DWI and having an open container. April 7 | Madison resident Tajuana Keyon Hoover, 28, was cited at 2:08 p.m. near the U.S. 220 and N.C. 150 East intersection in Summerfield for possession of marijuana less than one half ounce and placed under arrest for an active OFA for simple assault.

April 8 | Jameson Lamonte Baxter, 32, of Greensboro, was arrested on Shady Lawn Drive in Summerfield for DWI. April 8 | Marcus A. L. Thomas, 19, of Daltonshire Drive in Stokesdale was arrested for failure to appear in court on a felony larceny charge and a misdemeanor larceny charge. April 8 | Wesley Lovings, 19, of Madison was arrested and charged with misdemeanor larceny and simple possession of marijuana less than a half ounce after being found to be in possession of two packs of cold and cough syrup stolen from the Dollar General on U.S. 220 in Summerfield. The stolen medicine had a total value of $4.80. April 8 | Ryan Alan Wilhite, 27, was arrested in the 4500 block of U.S. 220 in Summerfield for being a fugitive from justice.

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GRINS to... „„ The Northern baseball coach who encourages the players and is a positive influence. „„ The private citizen (not a state employee) who recently cleaned up about 100 yards of trash on the west side of N.C. 68 by the Old Mill.

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„„ Tommy Middleton, who I went to see about buying some straw for a yard project. He didn’t have any, but he had what I needed delivered at no charge. We have some special neighbors! „„ The Northwest Observer for reporting on the waste spill by Culp. Industries need to be held accountable for contaminating our streams, creeks, lakes, groundwater, rivers; ultimately our drinking water. The penalty should have been higher since they are repeat offenders. „„ Sgt. Lynch, Reece Walker and all the Summerfield and Rockingham County emergency responders and strangers who helped my husband, son and his friend after a drunk driver hit them on St. Patrick’s Day. Their kindness and keeping me calm was appreciated! „„ The cheerful and happy volunteers for One Child’s Voice who were fundraising at Lowes Foods in Oak Ridge on Saturday morning. They made it a joy to help out. And their hot dog was delicious! „„ Summerfield Fire Department for hosting another great Stop, Drop & Roll 5K on Saturday. It’s fun to see

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people of all ages come together for this community event, and the proceeds go to a great cause. „„Dr. Boudreau at Salama Chiropractic. He is incredibly intelligent and really cares about his patients. He will go above and beyond to figure out your problem. If you aren’t seeing him you are missing out. „„Mark Robinson for his excellent representation of the majority of gun owners at the April 3 Greensboro City Council meeting. „„Stokesdale Fire Department firefighters (including the chief) who volunteered at Summerfield Fire Department’s Stop, Drop & Roll 5K on Saturday to help make that event a success. Neighbors supporting neighbors sets a great example and makes all of our communities stronger.

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„„The employee of a local business who passed me on a double yellow line going past the Old Mill. Your management will be getting your picture! „„ The Northwest Observer for reporting on Culp’s wastewater spill and resulting penalties. They do a lot for the community and provide a lot of jobs, so you need to mind your own business and let their transgressions slide. „„ The drunk driver who hit my husband, son and his friend on St. Patrick’s Day. If you are going to drink, don’t drive, folks – get a designated

driver or call an Uber. This wreck could’ve been a lot worse! „„ NCDOT for the random patchwork done to the bridge on Eversfield Road in Stokesdale. It was closed for a week and is just as rough as before. Why not repave the whole bridge instead of patching half of it? „„ The person (in last week’s Gripes) saying the U.S. flag isn’t supposed to be on top of the pole. Our flag code specifically says it goes on top – look it up. It is the first flag raised and the last flag lowered. „„ Stokesdale Town Council for moving the Citizen Comments portion of the meeting from the beginning to the end. Since your meetings have averaged more than four hours in length, I guess you don’t really want to hear from citizens, right? „„ Our elected officials for not putting more energy into public transportation for our area. No talks ever on buses,

trains or cable cars. Shame on them for not thinking of our planet. „„ American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten who threatens Wells Fargo unless it stops servicing the NRA. Who are our teachers to tell banks who they may do business with? What left-wing agenda are they teaching our kids?

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USGS survey discredited I disagree with the writer of the editorial in last week’s issue regarding USGS Report 97-4140. I proudly served on the first elected Summerfield Town Council (1998) and have documentation regarding that USGS report. A memo dated March 30, 1999, addressed specific groundwater issues, including discussion of the report and questions about its credibility. It was noted that the USGS authors were “now retracting their position,” in part due to the report stating “In this example, an on-site septic system is used and it is assumed that all wastewater is returned to the groundwater system” (p. 56), but does not include it

in long-term aquifer recharge (Fig. 11), and was later contradicted with calculations reducing return to as little as 60 percent (p. 60). Other USGS hydrologists use 90 percent return as standard for calculating aquifer recharge rate for septic. “For a seepage pit style disposal field, virtually all of the water is returned to the aquifer through the deep walls and floor of the pit” (Novielli). Also, report calculations assumed no precipitation on impervious areas (including roofs with downspouts) ever contributes to recharge (p. 60). The USGS report stated “recharge rates are highest for basins in the northern and northwestern parts of the coun-

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ty…” (p. 1) and “average quantity of water available beneath all sites in Guilford County is 0.73Mgal/acre” (p 15). At 268 gal/day/dwelling unit in Guilford County (p. 60), the total usage per dwelling unit is 98,000 gal/year (only 13.4 percent of available water/acre), without any consideration of precipitation or recharge. This is just a sampling of issues and assumptions previously identified with the USGS study and why it was discredited by Council. I do not agree with “the seriousness of the situation,” as the author of the prior exposé expressed, but I am curious regarding his

“call for immediate remedy…” We should always avoid disrespectful accusations or innuendo in addressing issues facing our community. I encourage everyone to become part of the solution rather than the problem. I also know that all UDO Review Committee members are intelligent and thoughtful people, who are not swayed by false prophets or unfounded negative speeches and editorials. They are focused on the Comp Plan’s interpretation of our water situation, and in-process groundwater feasibility study/analysis. Gary Brown, SUMMERFIELD

Teachers should not accelerate ‘coming-of-age’ experiences Regarding Northwest High School administrators and teachers’ defense of a required reading book (“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), tell me, shouldn’t the job of authority figures in our children’s lives be one that sets the standards high and doesn’t expose them to deviant behavior that would, from all appearances, cause them to think that behavior is acceptable? I certainly would not want my child imitating that type of behavior, and I

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certainly don’t want the school system making excuses for it. You expose them to this, then put them in ISS for imitating it. How can they not think this behavior had made the author successful? After all, here is a book authority figures are requiring them to read. Also, teens’ “coming-of-age” should be guided by parents, not their peers, and their exposure to the negative should not be accelerated. Richard Jessup, NW GREENSBORO


Northern Guilford Nighthawks JV and varsity baseball players showed their support for children battling cancer by raising funds for the Vs. Cancer foundation for the fourth consecutive year. After the varsity game against High Point Central on March 29, many of the players also “got buzzed,” courtesy of Unique kutz 150, LLC hair stylists. Thanks to MVP Sports Photography for the photos!

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EUROPEAN AUTO SERVICE & REPAIR We specialize in factory-scheduled maintenance and repairs. Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo, Mini, Porsche, and Lexus. 32 years experience. Knight Import Specialty Service, 4559 US Highway 220, Summerfield (across from Food Lion). (336) 337-0669.

ADMIN. ASST. NEEDED. Good customer service skills, experience in Word & Excel required. Detail-oriented and ability to multi-task. 35 hrs/ wk. Send resumes to:

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Sat., April 14, 1-5pm. Free Eco-Fun for everyone at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro. All free!

Wanted: PIANIST/CHOIR DIRECTOR for $125 per week. Browns Summit UMC, 4426 Hwy. 150 East, Browns Summit, NC. Inquire:


OPERATION XCEL – Summer Science Teacher – implement Apex curriculum. Certified elementary teacher; experience teaching in a school/youth program. Hours: MondayThursday, 9am-1pm; June 25-August 10, 2017. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to:

CHILI COOK-OFF AND DINNER at Liberty Wesleyan Church, 15303 Hwy 158, on Sat., April 14, from 5-7pm. The chili competition is limited to men of the church, but the dinner is open to everyone. Dinner includes chili, grilled cheese sandwiches, desserts, & drink. The cost is $7 per person. Judging and awarding of Best Chili will be at 5pm.

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INDEX Auto Sales & Service .................. 27 Employment ............................... 27 Home Care Available ................. 27 Save the Date ............................. 27 Summer Camp ........................... 27 Yard Sales ............................ 27-28 Home Services ....................... 28-29 Misc. Services.............................. 29 Misc. For Sale ............................. 29 Misc. Wanted .............................. 29 Pets & Animal Services ................ 30 Real Estate .................................. 30

PS Communications, publisher of the Northwest Observer, is looking for a part-time ADMIN / EDITORIAL ASSISTANT who will work directly under the editor/publisher and marketing manager. The qualified candidate for this position must be friendly, pleasant, patient and enjoy working with people, both by phone and in person. Our ideal candidate will be efficient, comfortable using technology and a variety of software, eager to develop new skills and take on new responsibilities, and able to work within deadlines to complete tasks associated with our weekly newspaper and specialfocus publications, all while fielding frequent interruptions. Our admin/editorial assistant must use excellent grammar and review/proof their own work to ensure well-versed, error-free copy in all written communication. He/she must also be a team player willing to pitch in with any and all administrative, marketing and editorial needs. Hours: Monday-Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Starting pay $17 per hour, with opportunity for pay increase after three-month review. Please send cover letter outlining how you would contribute to our positive, supportive work environment, a resume outlining previous administrative experience, and professional references to Patti Stokes at

Spring and summer help needed! CarsonDellosa Publishing Company is hiring SEASONAL WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEES. Must be 18 years old, willing to work in a fast-paced warehouse environment. Competitive pay and flexible hours. Perfect job for students! Contact Human Resources, (336) 632-0084 or (336) 8083225. 657-A Brigham Road, Greensboro (near Pleasant Ridge Road). STAFF POSITION available Monday-Friday in local childcare center. Experience preferred but not required. (336) 643-5930.

LULAROE at the Oak Ridge Room, Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-8pm, in conjunction with the Classic Car Cruise-In,Oak Ridge Commons. ROCK THE LOT FUNDRAISER. Saturday, April 21, 2-5pm. BBQ, raffle, prizes, music by Hubert Lawson, Robert Tilley, Into the Night. 411 S. Second Ave., Mayodan. Proceeds for food pantry at Lot 2540. COMMUNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH has moved as of April 1! Our new location is at 6720 U.S. Hwy 158, Stokesdale. We will be sharing space and partnering in ministry with Flat Rock UMC. Service times are 9:30 worship and 11:00.Sunday school.



SEEKING CAREGIVER for elderly woman with Alzheimers. Start immediately, $20 per11,400 hour, 3copies hours directly per day,mailed flexibleevery schedweek, and 1,900 copies available for ule. At least 3 days a week. Please email free pick-up at 70+ area businesses. to:

SUNSHINE ART STUDIO in Stokesdale’s first annual summer camp ARTSKOOL. Sign up at or call (336) 708-3227.

„„ SAVE THE DATE LIFE’S A BEACH WITH LULAROE! Join local consultants to get a personal shopping experience first hand on Sat., April 14, 10am-3pm at The Oak Ridge Room, beside Bistro 150/Lowes Foods shopping center, Oak Ridge. Giveaways, Lulacash and so much more. Bring a friend – it’ll be worth the trip. For more info, text (336) 706-8811.

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„„ YARD SALES MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE. Friday, April 13, & Saturday, April 14, 8am-2pm. 7405 Summer Wind Court, Summerfield. HUGE YARD SALE. Friday, April 13 & Sat., April 14. 8am. 1601 Scalesville Rd., SFD. Jukebox, furniture, hardware, golf clubs, exercise equip., houseware, crafts. YARD SALE. Saturday, April 14, 7am11am, 8889 Rymack Dr., Oak Ridge.

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YARD SALE. Saturday, April 14, 7-10am. 7005 Morganshire Court, Summerfield. Clothes, toys, miscellaneous.

MAIDS OF HONOR HOME CLEANING $25 off! Locally owned, bonded staff. 40 years in service. BBB A+ rating. (336) 708-2407.

GIANT RUMMAGE SALE, First Lutheran Church, Sat., April 14, 7am-2pm. $10 Early Bird deals, 6-7am. 3600 W. Friendly Ave., GSO. Credit cards accepted.

MAID-2-SHINE. Excellent service, with 15 years exp. Free estimates, excellent references. (336) 338-0223.

SPRING CLEANING SALE. Saturday, April 14, 6am. (Rescheduled from rain out.) 5806 Mabe Dr., Oak Ridge. Everything must go! Tons of kids' toys & books. Household items, toolbox, exercise equip. BIG YARD SALE. Sat., April 14, 7:30am12pm, 7922 Daltonshire Dr., Oak Ridge. All items must go! Sales benefit the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center. GARAGE SALE, Saturday, April 14, 7am2pm. Cash only! 6501 Lakebend Way, (Cardinal Area), NW Greensboro. MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE. Saturday, April 14, 7am, 1407 Oak Ridge Road, Kernersville.


DECORATING EXPERIENCED INTERIOR DECORATOR & personal furniture shopper will help you with style, color, shopping & furniture placement. E-mail or call Ann Appenzeller, (336) 314-1411.

ELECTRICAL Do you have ELECTRICAL NEEDS? Call (336) 209-1486. Rodney A. Coble, licensed electrician. BALEX ELECTRICAL COMPANY, LLC. Got Power? Residential, commercial and solar electrical services. (336) 298-4192.

FLOORING IT’S A CARPET THING! Repairs, restretch, replace. (336) 643-6500.



CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING Gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. (336) 595-2873.

Affordable HOME REPAIRS. One call fixes all! A+ with BBB. For a free estimate call (336) 643-1184 or (336) 987-0350.

THE CLEANING TECHNICIAN INC. Winter is here, kids are inside more, let us lighten your load and do a detailed cleaning to help your day. Licensed, bonded & insured. Call Lisa (336) 207-0770. CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. (336) 609-0677. NIDIA’S CLEANING SERVICE. 10 years experience. Call Nidia (336) 362-4173. HOME CLEANING. Afford. rates, ref. avail., 10 years exp. Elizabeth, (336) 453-8592.

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GRADING / HAULING ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt. available. Zane Anthony, (336) 362-4035. E&W HAULING & GRADING INC. Driveways, fill dirt, topsoil, lot clearing, bobcat work, excavating, mulch, etc. (336) 451-1282. PEARMAN QUARRY HAULING Fill dirt, gravel, sand rock, mulch & more. Joel Richardson, (336) 803-2195. GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. (336) 362-1150. BRAD’S BOBCAT & HAULING SVCS. LLC Debris removal, grading, gravel/dirt, driveways, concrete work. (336) 362-3647.

LAWNCARE / LANDSCAPING LAWN MOWING & Care. Professional, dependable & reasonably priced. Call for free quote. Call Steve, (336) 264-9082.

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AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION. Quality irrigation systems. NC licensed contractor. We service all systems. Free estimates. (336) 644-1174.

GREENERTIMES SMALL ENGINE Sales & Service Center. All types sold and repaired; comm./res. 9428 NC Hwy. 65, Stokesdale. (336) 548-9286 or (336) 312-3844.

FAY’S LAWNCARE & LANDSCAPING Spring prep & tree work. Complete landscape maint. & hardscaping Reasonable and honest. Call Taylor, (336) 458-6491.

L & T SMALL ENGINE SERVICE “We get you mowing!” Commercial Residential, all models 2103 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge. (336) 298-4314.

WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Lawn maint, landscaping. Irrigation/ landscape contractor. Hardscaping & landscape lighting. 26 years exp. (336) 399-7764.

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„„ HOME SERVICES CUTTING EDGE LAWNCARE – Affordable. Dependable. Mowing, aeration, leaf removal, and more! Please call anytime for free estimate, (336) 706-0103. STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Lic./Ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck & chipper, total cleanup. Selective thinning & lot clearing. 24-hr. ER. (336) 643-1119. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 643-9332. ARBOR MASTERS TREE SERVICE Total tree removal, storm damage cleanup, shrub and tree pruning. Bobcat work and more. Free estimates. Licensed & insured. Call Joe at 643-9157. COLFAX LAWNCARE Core aeration & seeding. Fertilizing, mowing, trimming, pine needles. Complete lawn care maintenance. Res./comm. Fully insured. Serving the Triad for 28 years. (336) 362-5860. AREA STUMP DUMP. Yard waste, concrete, etc. Fill dirt avail. (336) 602-5820. EXTERIOR GREENSCAPES, LLC. Lawn maintenance service (336) 682-1456. ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call (336) 382-9875. ORTIZ LANDSCAPING, complete lawn care. Trimming, cleaning, planting & mulch, gutter cleaning, patios & pavers, waterfalls, retaining walls, sidewalks, stonework. Residential and commercial. (336) 280-8981. J. GIBSON LANDSCAPING, affordable landscaping for all your needs, includes irrigation, installation & repair. Please call Joe, (336) 419-7236. American owned & operated. In God We Trust. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE. Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maint. (336) 655-6490.






PAINTING – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR 32 yrs. exp. Sheetrock repair. No job too small. Insured. Brad Rogers, (336) 314-3186.

JLB REMODELING, INC. Remodeling and additions. Fully insured. NC GC license #69997. Free est. Call (336) 681-2902 or visit

KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 30 years experience. Residential shingle & metal roofing. Free est. (336) 362-7469

landscape needs, including irrigation, installation and repair. Please call Joe at J. Gibson Landscaping, (336) 419-7236. American owned & operated. In God We Trust. CLEAN CUT LAWNCARE, Have no mowworries. Our name says it all. Call Donnie, (336) 671-9940. Free estimates.

MASONRY SOUTHERN STYLE concrete & landscapes. How about a new patio or fire pit? We can help with all of your outdoor living and entertainment spaces! Fire pits, driveways & sidewalks, patios and more! Give us a call at (336) 399-6619 for all your concrete and landscape needs. MASONRY CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone concrete & repairs. Free est. (336) 988-1022,

MISC. SERVICES & PRODUCTS. GAS LOGS, WOOD STOVES & INSERTS Fireplaces, sold, serviced and repaired.


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able, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, (336) 462-3683, CINDY’S PAINTING Interior painting, wallpaper removal. References & free estimates available. (336) 708-9155.

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WEBSTER & SONS PLUMBING, Inc. (336) 992-2503. Licensed, insured, bonded. 24/7 service. Plumbing, drain cleaning, well pumps. Give us a call, we do it all! Go to for more info.

PRESSURE WASHING CUTTING EDGE PRESSURE WASHING Affordable. Dependable. Please call anytime for free estimate, (336) 706-0103. PRESSURE WASHING, gutter & window cleaning. Fully insured. Crystal Clear, www. (336) 595-2873.

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REMODELING / CONSTRUCTION HAMMERSMITH WOODWORKING LLC. Carpentry, custom cabinetry, built-ins, exterior repairs. ASP – Helping Hand. Over 30 years exp. Call Carlton, (336) 404-3002.

DOUGLAS CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING LLC. Custom builder; sunrooms, garages, additions, kitchens, baths. Licensed & insured, A+ accredited with BBB. Free estimates. Visit or call (336) 413-5050. AFFORDABLE HOME REPAIRS. One call fixes all! A+ with BBB. For a free estimate call (336) 643-1184 or (336) 987-0350.

A.L. CORMAN ROOFING INC. Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., (336) 621-6962.


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BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic. & insured. Call Mark, (336) 337-7924.

ORTIZ REMODELING – Total restoration & home improvement. Drywall, painting, kitchen cabinets, interior trim & more. Free estimates. (336) 280-8981.



Keeping you connected for 21 years . . . and counting!

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CARLOS & SON PAINTING, interior & exterior. Free est., lic/ins. (336) 669-5210.

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RENOVATION WORKS, INC. New construction, remodeling, additions, kitchen, bath and decks. We are a locally owned, full-service design and build company, A+ accredited with the BBB. Visit or call (336) 427-7391 to start your next project. BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens/baths, custom decks, garages, siding, dock work, windows, roofing, rotted wood. Sr. disc., 38 years exp. (336) 362-6343. KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 30 years experience. Specializing in room additions, kitchens & baths, 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 (336) 362-7469.

ROOFING CLINARD & SON ROOFING, LLC Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Now accepting all major credit cards. Call (336) 643-8191 or (336) 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 (336) 944-6118, or visit

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„„ MISC. SERVICES SAM’S AUTO BODY SHOP. Any type of body work. 45 years exp. (336) 347-7470. OAK RIDGE POWER YOGA All levels. Life Changing. Yoga. Please visit



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(336) 643-9963 • 8207 B & G Court, Stokesdale COMPUTER REPAIRS – ITBASICS.COM Inside Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons. (336) 643-0068.

„„ MISC. FOR SALE CEMETERY PROPERTY. Tandem Mausoleum with internment fee. Westminster Gardens, Greensboro, 2 spaces; asking $7,000. Call (336) 643-9489.

„„ MISC. WANTED $$$ - WILL PAY CASH up to $200 for your junk or wrecked vehicle. (336) 552-0328. FREE PICK-UP of unwanted riding & push mowers, any and all gas items, tillers, gocarts & golf carts, ATVs, generators, power washers, chain saws. (336) 689-4167.

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KPS – KELLY’S PET SERVICES Professional in-your-home pet sitting. Insured & bonded. Member Pet Sitters Interrnational. Openings currently available for Oak Ridge only. Call (336) 706-6706, email, www.facebook. com/kpspets, or @kpspets on Instagram.

„„ REAL ESTATE LAND FOR SALE 22 ACRES in Summerfield. Two 11-acre tracts, $120,000 each, or $240,000 for both. (336) 692-8615.

OPEN HOUSE Sun, April 15 • 2- 4pm

7207 Henson Farm Way in Summerfield

Move to Henson Farms into this Wolfe built beauty! Outdoor kitchen, heavy moldings and gracious room sizes. Enjoy tennis court, swimming pool, club house, quick access to new I-73 and much more. $480,000

For superior marketing, call Ramilya Siegel CRS, GRI, SRES, Chairman’s Circle Award ( 336 ) 215.9856


All the bells and whistles and more! Sellers hate to leave this nearly new home with 4 BR/4.5 BA, bonus & movie room, office, all-seasons room and flex room. Fenced area for four-legged family members. Yard with sprinkler and room for a pool. $717,700

DeDe Cunningham REALTOR®/Broker NC Licensed Contractor

We Help Everyone!

7508 Shadow Creek Dr Birkhaven Community

(336) 509-1923


Enjoy your personal dock and the playground Belews Lake has to offer from this 4 BR, 4 ½ BA, custom-built, highquality home. Two great rooms, bonus room, large master retreat! Features are too numerous to list! Come and see! Offered at $750,000

Nancy J. Hess (336) 215-1820



(336) 643-4248

Is it time to buy or to sell?

Let’s talk!

3905 Eagle Downs Way, Summerfield New quality construction on approximately 1-ac. lot in popular Eagle Ridge! 3,979 SQ FT, 4 BR, 4.5 BA, covered front porch, 2-story foyer, formal dining room, large great room with fireplace, kitchen with gas range, custom cabinets & granite countertops. $680,000

Gil Vaughan

Jake Letterman

REALTOR ®/Broker

(336) 338-0136

(336) 337-4780

1,700+ sq. ft. with 2 open boat slips, canoe and kayak rack, plus 1 jet ski included! Lock and leave! Great for fulltime living or local recreation. Updated kitchen, easy care flooring. Boardwalk from unit to lake. Offered at $275,000

Nancy J. Hess (336) 215-1820

Each office is independently owned and operated


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