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New football coaches Annual Founders’ Day, to lead this fall May 16-17 Rolfes takes over for Woodruff at Northwest Guilford, Roscoe returns to Northern Guilford by STEVE HUFFMAN NW/NORTHERN GUILFORD – Jared Rolfes, Northwest Guilford High School’s new

football coach, met with members of the school’s boosters club on May 6 and assured

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New venue, more music, more fun by KRISTIN KUBLY SUMMERFIELD – The sound of marching bands and excited screams from carnival rides, the smell of popcorn and hot dogs and the sight of decorated floats, proud veterans and smiling families. These sensations can mean only one thing: Summerfield is once again ready to celebrate Founders’ Day in a big way. Started in 1997, Founders’ Day is an annual celebration of the




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Music, carnival rides, food, animal exhibits and a parade will all be offered during the 18th annual Founders’ Day celebration.

Board recommends approval for rezoning of Dawn Acres property Public hearings for a rezoning request and development plan will be held during town council’s meeting on Thursday, May 8

of the Dawn Acres Golf Course property, and a proposed residential development plan for that same property.


In its first order of business, the board heard a site plan case from American Tower for a 195-foot cell tower to be erected at 7537 N.C. 68, located about 2,000 feet north of Haw River.

STOKESDALE – The Stokesdale Planning Board met Thursday, May 1, to review requests for the construction of a new cell tower, the rezoning of a portion

Guilford County planner Les Eger noted American Tower was required to prove no other way existed to provide standard cellular coverage.

“I did come to the conclusion that locating on the surrounding towers would not give them the standard level of coverage that was needed,” Eger said. American Tower’s attorney presented the company’s justification for the tower. The planning board asked several questions about the tower’s appearance and radiation output before voting unanimously to approve the request. In this case, the board’s decision is final

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IN THIS ISSUE News in brief................................3 Your Questions ............................4 Oak Ridge Town Council ......... 10 Business Notes .......................... 12 Canine Capers, May 17 ........... 14 Bits & Pieces / Crime Report .... 18 Memorable ‘Promposals’ ........ 19 Student Profiles .........................20 Community Calendar..............23 Letters/Opinions ......................24 Grins & Gripes ...........................25 Classifieds ................................. 27 Index of Advertisers ................. 31

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In last week’s issue we reported that Randy Gregg, former publisher of The Sun, a local community newspaper, had failed to stop at a red light at a Durham-area intersection while riding his motorcycle. Gregg was killed when he ran into a truck


traveling south on Davis Drive and turning left onto an entrance ramp for I-40. We’ve since learned the highway patrol officer’s report on this April 25 accident had not yet been finalized before accident information was circulated, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Upcoming town council meetings NW GUILFORD – The Oak Ridge Town Council will hold a special called meeting on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the town hall, 8315 Linville Road. At that time public hearings will be held for two rezoning applications submitted by Kevin and DeLana Harvick. The Harvicks have requested to rezone 50.8 acres off Haw River Road from AG to RS-40 (Residential, minimum lot sizes of 40,000 sq. ft.), and an adjoining 82.75 acres from AG to PD-R (Planned Development-Residential). The Oak Ridge Planning and Zoning Board held public hearings for the Harvicks’ rezoning requests on April 24 and voted 7-0 to recommend approving the AG to RS-40 rezoning request; the board voted 5-2 to recommend denying the AG to PD-R rezoning request. Over 60 residents attended the planning board’s meeting on April 24, most

of whom live in the adjoining Linville Oaks neighborhood. Though no one spoke in opposition to the AG to RS-40 rezoning, as many of those residents who could do so within the allotted time for public comments spoke in opposition to the AG to PD-R rezoning. The Linville Oaks residents were represented by Mike Fox, a business and real estate attorney with Tuggle Duggins. See detailed coverage of the April 24 meeting at The Stokesdale Town Council will hold its monthly meeting on May 8, at 7 p.m. A public hearing will be held for a rezoning request. Other agenda items can be viewed at The Summerfield Town Council will meet Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the community center, 5404 Centerfield Road. View the meeting agenda online at

USPS hosting food drive May 10 UNITED STATES – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will have their 21st annual food drive on Saturday, May 10. At this time the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes. Residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag next to their mailbox, containing items such as canned foods, rice, cereal, etc. Donated items will be delivered to local food banks, pantries/shelters, and other organizations affiliated with Feeding

America, the national partner in the drive. This is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, whereby mail carriers will be collecting items in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year’s food drive was a huge success, with letter carriers collecting 70.7 million pounds of food. The NALC’s food drive began in 1992, and with the donations they’ve received through the years, they’ve collected a total of 1.2 billion pounds of items.

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In a previous issue of the Northwest Observer, there was a question about the Lynwood Smith Expressway, a section of N.C. 68 in Greensboro. That made me wonder about the dedication of sections of highways and bridges to individuals. Are there certain people who are eligible, and who decides? The N.C. Board of Transportation has a specific set of criteria and procedures for naming ferries, interstates, federal and state roads and bridges.

When considering naming a road or bridge for an individual, the board states “Sufficient information must be provided to explain why the naming is warranted – for example, local, state and/or national contributions and accomplishments.” An individual’s accomplishments and contributions to the state and community are considered to be key criteria in the board’s decision-making process. Special consideration is given for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. While any approved individual may have a roadway or bridge dedicated to him, only fallen law enforcement officers are honored by the naming of a bridge. Missy Pair, a staff engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT), says all requests for bridges and roads to be named after an individual must be made in the form of a resolution approved by the local municipality which

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‘Peeps’ earn Southeast Regional Championship

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Thirty-one Northwest Guilford High School seniors made up this year’s We the People class, which studies the Constitution throughout the school year, then participates in a state competition in which their understanding, interpretation, and application of the Constitution is challenged. The students came in second place at the state competition in February, and went on to compete in the 27th annual WTP national finals in Washington, D.C., the last week of April. This year’s WTP class celebrated on April 29 after being named the Southeast Regional Champion.

Northwest Guilford High School history teacher Ray Parrish has taught the We the People class since he began the program at the school 18 years ago. Parrish is all smiles as he arrives back home on April 29 after accompanying the WTP class to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national level.

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NEW COACHES ...continued from p. 1 them he’s committed to the program. “I’m here for the long haul,” he said. “I’m here to win.” Rolfes, 31, was named football coach at Northwest last week. He replaces Joe Woodruff, who is leaving the school to take the head coaching job at Big Rapids High School in Big Rapids, Michigan. Woodruff is a native of Michigan. Rolfes (the name is pronounced “Roffice,” rhyming with “office”) is a native of Celina, Ohio, and landed his first


head coaching job at his alma mater, Celina High, when he was only 25. He held the position five years, and produced two winning teams – something Celina hadn’t managed in a decade – before moving south and serving this past season as offensive coordinator at Northern Guilford. Rolfes takes over a football program at Northwest that is by most accounts in fine shape. The Vikings won the Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference championship last season with a school-record 12 wins and advanced to the third round of the NCHSAA Class 4-AA playoffs. When Rolfes recently met with boys

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at Northwest and leaves with a record of 51-33. He captured two conference Coach of the Year awards, and his teams won three conference championships and made the state playoffs six of the seven years he was there.

Rolfes has been working with Woodruff for the past week to become acclimated to Northwest Guilford. He said his sister and brother-in-law live “just around the corner” from Northwest, and he’s looking forward to his tenure at the school.

Before Woodruff’s arrival, Northwest had won only one conference championship in the school’s 50-year history.

“When everyone comes together and agrees it’s a good fit, it makes things so much easier,” Rolfes said. Rolfes and his wife Betsy have a son, Braxton, 2, and a daughter, Brynnley, who is about to turn 1. Northwest’s new head coach said he plans to run a wide-open, spread offense, much as he did at Northern. He noted that in one game he coached at Celina, he had a quarterback who threw the ball 66 times. Though he isn’t anticipating a similar aerial attack at Northwest, he wants to keep things interesting.

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The head coach change at Northwest is one of two involving local high school football programs. At Northern Guilford, Johnny Roscoe is returning to lead the Nighthawks, a year after leaving the post to retire to his farm in South Carolina. Roscoe is one of North Carolina’s more well-known coaches. He retired from Northern following the 2012 season, leaving with three consecutive NCHSAA Class 3-AA titles and a 29game winning streak. At the time of his retirement, Roscoe was the only head coach in Northern’s history. He left with a record of 65-6. The school’s football stadium is named for him. Northern finished the past season 12-3 under Brian Thomas, a former Roscoe assistant; two of the Nighthawks’ losses were by forfeits. Thomas is moving back to his native South Carolina to take the job of head football coach and athletic director at North Augusta High.

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pioneers who established the town over 200 years ago, as well as more recent residents who worked to incorporate the town in 1996. Summerfield’s motto is “Respectful of the past, focused on the future.” That reverence for bygone days mixed with anticipation for new opportunities will be on display during the Founders’ Day festivities, May 16 and 17. “It’s really about building community in spite of the challenges facing Summerfield, with U.S. 220 being widened and Interstate 73 coming through,” says Mayor Tim Sessoms. “These issues have the potential to fragment the town, but events like Founders’ Day are great to bring people together.” Town Manager Scott Whitaker agrees: “While respecting that past, the town is looking ahead to improve its fun family events to ultimately offer citizens more quality-of-life value. The change of venue and resulting planning demonstrate the flexibility that will serve the event well amid the changing dynamics of a growing town.”

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This year, the Founders’ Day committee has made some changes to the event. The Saturday morning parade will now travel north, rather than south, on Summerfield Road from Oak Street to Centerfield Road. Due to the construction at Summerfield Fire Station #9, the rest of the festivities will relocate to Summerfield Athletic Park on U.S. 220. “Moving the event is a great opportunity to expand and let people come see our beautiful athletic park,” explains Sessoms. “We will also be extending the hours Saturday night, with live music, rides and entertainment continuing until 8 p.m.” “The athletic park will offer a cohesive site with great lighting, additional restrooms, close handicap parking, and extended Saturday evening hours with more musical entertainment,” adds Whitaker.


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Friday night (May 16) Founders’ Day will kick off at 6 p.m. on May 16, at the Summerfield Athletic Park on U.S. 220, and run until 10 p.m., with food, rides, and games. Ride tickets can be purchased individually, or guests can buy unlimited ride wristbands at $10 for either day or $15 for both Friday and Saturday. Northern Guilford High School’s award-winning orchestra, concert band, and wind, jazz, and vocal ensembles will entertain guests throughout the evening on Friday. Ed Kimbrough, the school’s music director, says, “It will be an oldfashioned band concert but with a more popular style of music.”

Saturday (May 17) parade Arrive early on Saturday morning to claim your spot on Summerfield Road for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. One newcomer this year is Bricks 4 Kidz, which will bring a Lego man and feature kids from their camps. Children will also enjoy marching Disney characters, courtesy of Characters for Hire. Of course, perennial favorites will be back, including decorated floats, Northern High’s marching band, trucks and tractors, and the ever-popular Oasis Shriners’ Nascarts. Two esteemed public servants will be honored as grand marshals of the parade this year. “We are excited that Howard Coble and Linda Shaw have agreed to serve as grand marshals,” says Cheryl Gore, the town’s events coordinator and assistant to the town manager. Howard Coble, U.S. Representative for the 6th Congressional District since 1985, will retire at the end of this term. Linda Shaw, county commissioner representing District 3 since 1998, will also retire at the end of her term this year. Sessoms wholeheartedly agrees with the choice of Coble and Shaw as grand marshals. “They have done a phenomenal job, and with them leaving office, it’s a great time to show our appreciation for all they have done,” the mayor says. “They

are also good friends, and this is Summerfield’s way to let them know how special they are to us.”

Parking After the parade, the event will continue at Summerfield Athletic Park on U.S. 220. “People will need to leave the area after the parade and head to the designated parking lots,” Founders’ Day Committee member Don Wendelken explains. “It will be a smooth operation, but patience will be important this year due to the change in location.” Visitors can park at three different lots: Laughlin Professional Development Center, 7911 Summerfield Rd.; Summerfield First Baptist Church, 2300 Scalesville Rd.; and Summerfield United Methodist Church, 2334 Scalesville Rd. Four shuttle buses will operate continuously to transport guests to the festivities. Handicapped-accessible parking will be available at the front entrance of the athletic park. Parking for the parade will remain along Summerfield Road.

Summerfield Athletic Park events Summerfield Athletic Park will be alive with activity after the parade. Families will enjoy the action of carnival rides and games, an inflatable bounce house, a mechanical bull and rockclimbing wall. Summerfield Recreation Association will sponsor a Pitch, Hit and Run event for kids on one of the baseball fields. Other fun activities for the whole family include the history tent, a face painter, and a balloon artist. Animals will be abundant with Hogway Speedway Pig Racing, camel and pony rides, and a petting zoo. A highlight of the day will be Captain Jim the Magician. A Greensboro native, “Captain” James Madison Light III turned misfortune into a new career when he became a peg-leg pirate magician after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident. Captain Jim will entertain the crowd, along with his son, Skyler, an accomplished stilt walker and juggler. Throughout the day, a wide range

of stage acts will perform, beginning at 11:15 a.m. and running until 8 p.m. “We worked hard to get good groups in this year,” says Sessoms. “We tried to provide variety and have something for everyone.” After the opening VFW flag ceremony and national anthem, the Southern Country Cloggers will kick things off, followed by Back Porch Orchestra, a Greensborobased band that plays a mixture of folk, country, bluegrass and rock. In the afternoon, don’t miss the Northern Middle School Pep Band. Later, the Greensboro Tarheel Chorus, an a cappella barbershop group, will bring their unique harmonies to the stage. Finally, country and southern rock fans will enjoy Darkwater Redemption and Jordan Covington and the Holy Smoke Band, two high-energy groups that will finish out the evening.

History tent Don’t miss the history tent, which will showcase Summerfield’s past. Linda Southard, coordinator of the history tent, has worked hard to ensure a variety of interesting and educational exhibits and demonstrations.

and served as Summerfield’s AfricanAmerican school during segregation. After integration, it became a K-2 elementary and now houses a high-tech teacher training center. Other groups with displays in the history tent include several veterans’ chapters, the Daughters of the American Revolution, a railroad historian, the Summerfield Fire Department, the Summerfield Grange, and the Summerfield Garden Club. Some exhibitors will have items for sale, including the town’s history committee, which will be selling T-shirts at a bargain price.

many are sacrificing personal time to make it a success,” he says. “Efforts and resources from staff, other supporting committees, our fire department, county sheriff’s department and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and sponsors are all important.”

Don’t miss it! “We will be offering more activities, and it will extend later than it ever has,” Sessoms says. “So please come and enjoy both days. It should be a great time!”

“With so many exhibitors, visitors will get a chance to see different sides of history,” exclaims Southard. “I am most excited about all the knowledgeable people willing to come and share the parts of history they are most interested in.”

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A new exhibitor is Tim Key, a Summerfield resident who uses a metal detector to search around people’s homes for relics, letting the homeowners keep what he finds. He recently investigated Southard’s 1850s era property, discovering a confederate coin and a doorknob that matches those in her home. He will bring a display of relics he has found from around the area. Another new group is Old Photo Specialists from Greensboro, owned by Bill and Ann Heroy, also Summerfield residents. Specializing in restoring old photographs, they will be exhibiting photos from Summerfield’s past and discussing their restoration techniques. Summerfield’s educational history will be highlighted as well. “I am so excited about the Laughlin School having a display,” says Southard. Laughlin School was built in the 1920s,

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OAK RIDGE town council

May 1 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by GAIL FRITZ and PATTI STOKES Mayor Ray Combs called the monthly meeting to order at 7 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Councilman George McClellan said that state legislators will be voting during the May 14 General Assembly short session on a proposal which would bar municipalities from adopting or enforcing any ordinance or regulation that governs the removal, replacement and preservation of trees on private property within its jurisdiction. McClellan said this includes ordinances related to the protection of trees during construction, the protection of historic and heritage trees from removal and the protection of trees in municipal rights-of-way.

“What’s the point of having municipalities if you’re going to have planning and zoning done at the general assembly level?” asked McClellan, who encouraged residents to share their opinions on this matter with legislators.  Ronald McDonald, an Oak Ridge resident, shared his experience of recently participating in a national Taco Bell commercial, and then presented Mayor Combs with a Taco Bell hat. A flash mob video created by the Chattanooga Fire Department to promote the importance of CPR education was presented. Both the Taco Bell commercial and the CPR video can be viewed on YouTube.

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TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT  Town Manager Bruce Oakley said congratulations were in order for Town Clerk Sandra Smith, who recently earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CLC).

 FY 2014-2015 budget. John Jenkins, chairman of the Finance Committee, presented the projected FY 2014-2015 budget.

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ferring $462,000 from the general fund to the capital budget next fiscal year for capital projects; of this amount, $436,713 would be spent on park improvements. The Parks and Recreation Commission applied for a PARTF (Parks and Recreation Trust Fund) grant in January; if the town is awarded the matching grant, the money budgeted for park improvements will be reduced by up to about $200,000. A second public hearing for the projected budget will be held during the council meeting on June 5, after which time the council is expected to approve the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  Text Amendment. Town Planner Bill Bruce presented a proposed amendment to Oak Ridge’s development

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CONTACT YOUR TOWN (336) 644-7009 ordinance. The existing ordinance limits the maximum gross floor space (including outdoor storage areas and areas for product display) of any business under single management to 30,000 square feet; the ordinance was approved after Lowes Foods in Oak Ridge Commons Shopping Center and Tractor Supply in Oak Ridge Marketplace were built. The amendment would allow for a one-time increase in the existing maximum gross floor space of businesses that occupy 30,000 square feet or more, and are under single management in designated shopping center districts. Philip Cooke, a co-owner of Oak Ridge Commons Shopping Center, explained that Lowes Foods wants to expand into two adjoining units and add square footage to the back of those units. If approved, Lowes plans to simultaneously upgrade its Oak Ridge store, which would use the Lowes Foods in Clemmons

as a prototype, and will spend between $5 and $6 million on the expansion as well as an interior and exterior upgrade.  3  0 Council voted to approve the text amendment, which will allow Lowes Foods to expand by about 8,500 square feet.

CITIZEN COMMENTS  Randy Floss announced that RidgeFest will be held May 29-31 at the Oak Ridge Town Park. Floss pointed out that since 2009, profits of over $30,000 have gone back into the community from this event.  Doug Nodine requested help with Preservation Oak Ridge’s efforts to restore the historic Ai Church. The next opportunity for citizens to pitch in is Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at Ai Church, located at the corner of N.C. 68 and Alcorn Road in Oak Ridge.  Larry Stafford, a part-time employee with Guilford County Board of Elections, encouraged people to get out and vote on May 6.

FINANCE REPORT  Finance Officer Sam Anders reported the town has received $736,172 in property taxes to date this fiscal year; donations for the dog park total $1,064 and the town’s portion of ABC store profits total $74,850 this year, which is an

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increase of $10,000 over last fiscal year’s ABC profits. Installation of the new Black Mountain accounting and billing software will be completed in time for the new fiscal year to begin in July.


Historic Preservation Commission. Chairman Ann Schneider announced that a historic marker will be placed at the Stafford-Benbow house on June 1 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Plans are also being made to place three more historic markers next year.

Fire Department. Sam Anders, an assistant fire chief with the department, reminded everyone that the department offers free CPR classes. Call 643-3783 to sign up for a class. The public is also invited to a house burn training on May 10 at 9 a.m. on Haw River Road, close to Stigall Road.

Parks & Recreation Commission. Chairman Bill Edwards announced a successful grand opening for the Bark Park. The second annual Canine Capers will be held at the park on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Music in the Park will be held that same evening at 6 p.m.

Finance Committee. John Jenkins said citizens can review the projected budget for next fiscal year online at (select News & Notices). Planning and Zoning Board. Chairman Doug Nodine reported the board had three public hearings on April 24. Two of those public hearings related to two separate rezoning requests for Kevin and

The council meeting was adjourned at 8:29 p.m.

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Town park goes to the dogs Second annual Canine Capers will be held on May 17 Photo by Patti Stokes/NWO

Cooper, a Pomeranian rescue dog owned by Angy Gardner, was the winner of the “Cutest Dog” contest at last year’s Canine Capers.

by ANNETTE JOYCE OAK RIDGE – Dogs and their owners will come together on Saturday, May 17, for Canine Capers, a celebration of our furry, four-legged friends and a fundraiser for the recently opened Oak Ridge Bark Park. “Canine Capers is a fun, familyfriendly event, intended to appeal to the entire community,” says Bill Edwards, chairman of Oak Ridge’s Parks and Recreation Commission. “It is an opportunity to get to know our neighbors just a little better, and to share the canine experience with others.” Even with last year’s unseasonably cold weather, the inaugural event was a big hit with those who attended. “The interest in Canine Capers is even greater this year than last year, partially because of the new Bark Park and other recent park improvements,” says Edwards, who is hoping Mother Nature will be a bit more cooperative on May 17 than it was for last year’s inaugural Canine Capers. The all-about-dogs event will again include a dog show, contests, agility and K-9 nose demonstrations, plus a couple of new activities.

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Sandra Smith and her dog Baron work with Dog-Gone Fun’s agility trainer, Ashley Allison, at last year’s Canine Capers.

While patterned after regulation American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC) confirmation shows, the Canine Capers dog show is an all-breed fun match without the restrictions limiting which dogs can participate. Both purebreds and mixed breeds are welcomed. Unlike regulation dog shows, spayed


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Pat Guffee’s Pyrenees mix, Truman, won the “Best in large group, mixed breed” and “Best mixed breed in show” awards at last year’s Canine Capers.

trick contest – last year’s winner was able to get all four feet into his water bowl at one time. If your pooch is into retrieving or playing catch, see how she fares against other dogs when it comes to catching marshmallows and retrieving balls. There are also contests for largest, smallest – and ugliest dog.

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Ribbons and prizes will be awarded to winners of the show events. While the dog shows are underway, Dog-Gone Fun, a doggie daycare, boarding and training facility based in Kernersville, will be conducting agility and K-9 Nose demonstrations. Oak Ridge resident Nancy Osborne, a Dog-Gone Fun certified instructor, describes K-9 Nose Work as a search-and-scent activity that dogs find both fun and exhausting. New to this year’s event is the dog maze, sponsored by the Oak Ridge Lions Club. Similar to the popular corn mazes that humans venture through, the dog maze is set up using seethrough webbed fencing.

Dog lover Danny Yanusz, who is also president of the Lions Club, has participated in this type of event with his own dogs, in which dogs are placed inside the maze and the owners run around outside giving their dogs directions as to how to navigate the maze. Yanusz jokes that the owners are usually quite exhausted by the time their dog finds the way out. There’s also a raffle this year for prizes ranging from dog training sessions to a doggie goodie basket. Tickets will be $3 each or five for $10.

want to go? Canine Capers will be held at the Oak Ridge Town Park, 6231 Lisa Drive (off of Linville Road, across from the town hall/ post office/fire department). Admission is free. There will be a $5 registration fee per event, per dog for dog shows and contests. All event proceeds will go to the Oak Ridge Bark Park. Show registration starts at 8 a.m. and events start at 9 a.m. Rain date is Sunday, May 18, beginning at 2 p.m.

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Stokesdale FD to celebrate 60 years with The District 1 Sheriff’s Office has recently responded to the following incidents open house on May 18 in northwest Guilford County. BURGLARY May 2 | A resident of U.S. 158 reported that someone threw a brick through the side window of her home to gain entry, then stole several items including a flat screen TV, a Nintendo Wii system, a pistol and jewelry. Value of the stolen property and damage to the door totaled almost $3,000. Photo by Steve Huffman/NWO

Christian Alba, 5, gets some coaching advice from Jerry Guiliano on May 3 during Banner Day activities at Summerfield Elementary. Christian plays for the Rays in the Summerfield Recreational Association’s pitch-coach league. More Banner Day photos at www.

Stokesdale Fire Department is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and as part of the celebration, the community is invited to an open house on Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m. at Station 12, 8401 U.S. 158 in downtown Stokesdale. There will be guest speakers, memorabilia on display, and refreshments will be served. Look for article about the Stokesdale Fire Department in next week’s issue.

BREAKING AND ENTERING / PROPERTY THEFT April 28 | An employee of a warehouse on Norcross Road in Colfax sighted two unidentified men loading something into the trunk of a car. It was later discovered that a chain link fence valued at $300 and a plow valued at $50 had been stolen from the business. May 2 | A resident of Oak Tree Road in northern Greensboro reported someone entered his 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee while it was parked in his driveway. The vehicle was unlocked, and various electronic items valued at a total of $400 were stolen. May 2 | A resident of Great Oaks Drive in Summerfield reported someone entered her locked vehicle and stole a TomTom GPS (valued at $50) and two lottery tickets valued at $40. May 2 | The mother of a Northwest High School student reported her son’s TI-84 Plus calculator, valued at $140, was stolen while he was at school. May 3 | A resident of Windchime Drive in Colfax reported the license tag had been stolen from his 1998 Cadillac.

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unknown person called him and communicated threats over the telephone. The phone call was traced to Jamaica. May 4 | A resident of Lester Road in Stokesdale reported a known person threatened him with a baseball bat. The threat was communicated via Facebook.

FRAUD April 28 | A resident of Tarleton Drive in Oak Ridge reported a known person used her debit card to make purchases. An arrest was made in this case. April 29 | An employee of a business on Linville Road in Oak Ridge reported an unknown person used a company checking account number to write checks.

VANDALISM May 1 | A student at Northwest High School reported her car had been vandalized in the school parking lot; damage was estimated at $100.

MISCELLANEOUS May 3 | After officers stopped a vehicle on Belews Creek Road that displayed a stolen North Carolina registration plate, they discovered marijuana in the car. The driver was charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana and Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances.

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NORTHWEST GUILFORD – What do you get when you combine the words “prom” and “proposal?” Easy, right? “Promposal.” Basically, the word means to ask someone to prom in a cute, memorable or special way. For many girls, the word brings giggles and smiles. But for the boys of Northwest Guilford High School, the pressure is on! “I think it’s fun,” said Grant McMakin, a senior at Northwest Guilford High School. “You get to be creative and make the girl happy.”

A normal day of fishing was turned into a surprise promposal when senior Carlie Bateman reeled in what she thought would be a fish but was actually wooden letters strung together that spelled out P-R-O-M. Jacob Hall, also a senior, was happy that he caught a date.

McMakin asked a good friend, Shannon Marzouk, to prom by spelling “PROM?” in pepperoni on a large cheese pizza. His date said yes – after

Come prom time, Billips knew exactly how he wanted to ask Davidson. After making a few calls, Billips got in contact with the secretary of Carolina’s head

Davidson was thrilled by the letter and excited to go with Billings to the prom.

Ask senior Hampton Billips about his promposal and he’ll give you one word: “legendary.” Billips, a senior at Northwest, has always been a UNC Chapel Hill fan. He shares his affinity for Tar Heel basketball with classmate Kensey Davidson, who plans to attend Chapel Hill this fall.

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Kensey Davidson with prom date Hampton Billips. Both are seniors at Northwest Guilford High School and share a love for all things Carolina.

basketball coach, Roy Williams. A few days later a letter arrived in the mail for Kensey which read:

With promposals being a relatively new addition to the many other aspects of prom, previous generations are sometimes surprised by all the effort put into merely getting a date. Senior Meredith Pearman shares her perspective. “Promposals don’t need to be elaborate or expensive. The reason why they have become so popular is because they really make the girl feel appreciated and create a memory to reflect on in the future.”

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




Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: AP Chemistry Extracurricular activities: Student Council, Beta Club, Model United Nations Favorite food: Filet mignon wrapped in bacon Favorite band: Dave Matthews Band Favorite movie: “Mean Girls” Siblings: A brother and a sister Best vacation: Bahamas Years lived in northern area: 11 Dream job: Pro tennis player Fun fact: I want to double-major in biomedical engineering and business. Nickname: “Smithers” Position on the team: Court 2, singles Pre-game ritual: I listen to music to

pump me up. Tennis Coach Annette Keip’s comments: “I’ve known Tyler for the last seven years, and he has matured into both an exceptional young man and a super tennis player. I’m fortunate to have him on my team.”




Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland Toughest class: AP U.S. History Extracurricular activities: Cross country, Student Council, Beta Club, violin Favorite food: French toast Favorite artist: Dave Matthews Band Favorite movie: “Tangled” Siblings: Younger sister and brother Best vacation: Thousand Islands, Canada

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Years lived in northern area: 8 Dream job: Orthodontist Fun fact: I can play the ukulele, too. Nickname: “Saunders” Position on the team: Captain, centermidfield Pre-game ritual: I always eat the same lunch, and drink a lot of water. Lacrosse Coach Karen Flippen’s comments: “Saunders is a natural athlete and leader. She guides others in a positive manner, on and off the field. She is strong, tough and trustworthy. Her athleticism rules the field. She understands and can play all positions of the game. She knows how to ‘run the field,’ and she takes powerful shots on goal. She makes sure the team becomes better, not just her alone. She organizes events outside of regular practice, and encourages others to try something outside their comfort zone. She doesn’t see the negative of a situation, but rather the positive, and then tries to have others see the same.”




Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: Honors Discrete Extracurricular activities: Horseback riding Favorite food: Japanese Favorite band: Any country music Favorite movie: “Dirty Dancing” Siblings: Three sisters Best vacation ever: Myrtle Beach with family Years lived in the northwest area: 17 Dream job: Lawyer Interesting/fun fact: I’ve played softball since I was 4 years old. Nickname? “Hannah Banana”

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Position: Second base Pre-game ritual: I always wear two pairs of socks. Softball Coach Teresa Fister’s comments: “Hannah is a talented player who never backs down. She is one of our strongest hitters and defensive players. Hannah has brought so much to this team through her knowledge of the game and ability to anticipate the next play.”




Hometown: Easley, South Carolina Toughest class: Advanced Functions and Mathematics Extracurricular activities: Swim team, cross country Favorite food: Salad with chicken, tomato and Asian Zing dressing Favorite band: Any type of country music Favorite movie: “Lone Survivor” Siblings: Four Best vacation ever: Trip to Madrid, Spain, and England Years lived in the northwest area: 2 Dream job: Orthopedic surgeon Interesting/fun fact: I have more shoes than clothes. Nickname? “Hollywood” Position: Center fielder Pre-game ritual: Viking chants and using Icy Hot Softball Coach Teresa Fister’s comments: “Hannah has a drive and passion for the game that she brings to the team. She is one of our most aggressive base runners and is always looking for an opportunity to get to the next base. I always know that she is going to score a run one way or the other.”

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 Health & Fitness Carnival | Northern Guilford Middle School, 616 Simpson-Calhoun Road in Greensboro, will host a health and fitness carnival on May 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Events include an all-terrain 5k and 1-mile fun run, an obstacle course and fitness assessments. Register at SATURDAY, MAY 10  Adopt-a-Pot | Join ROADS for their 5th annual Adopt-a-Pot workday on May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers plan to set 20 pots of long-blooming flowers in Linear Park and the railroad bed surrounded by Vaughn, Newberry and Stokesdale Streets and U.S. 158 in downtown Stokesdale. Bring your own flowers and pots or make a monetary contribution. More info: call 298-4323 or email SUNDAY, MAY 11  ORMA Art Exhibit & Silent Auction | The cadets at Oak Ridge Military Academy, 2305 Oak Ridge Road, invite you to an art exhibit and silent auction on May 11 in the art room, following their Mother’s Day Parade. Cookies and light refreshments will be served. TUESDAY, MAY 13  Seniors in Action | Seniors in Action will meet on May 13 at 11 a.m. at Center United Methodist Church, 6142 Lake Brandt Road. Lunch at 11:15 a.m.; reserve lunch by calling Modene Willis, 643-7235.

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In response to reader’s Gripe Center Grove Grill & Soda Shop would like to respond to the Gripe in the May 9-15 issue of the Northwest Observer. We (Center Grove Grill) never at any time distributed any political flyers to our customers, nor were there ever any put in any customers’ orders. We have allowed all the local political candidates who have asked to place their markers in our yard. We have never showed any political


bias toward any political candidates. If there were any flyers handed out in our business, it wasn’t by anyone employed or associated with us. If there were any handed out, they did not get the approval from the owners. We want every customer to feel comfortable and enjoy their food and our family atmosphere. Rhonda Pegram & Lorie Pope, SUMMERFIELD

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Traffic problem worsening Once again, I find myself venting about the traffic problem which exists at Northwest Middle School – specifically, parents who persist in parking on the shoulder of Northwest School Road, thus blocking the view of parents exiting the parking lot (why can’t the resource officer help with this matter?). It is a daily occurrence. Last week as I was making my way out, I came face to face with a parent going the wrong way in the exiting line. I have spoken to the principal about the traffic conditions which continue to

exist and have requested that someone be posted at the point of exit to assist parents attempting to leave the lot safely. I do not understand why the school has people assigned to direct the buses off the lot as well as someone who directs traffic at the high school lot, but doesn’t see the need for those of us who pick up our kids from the middle school. This situation is getting worse, not better! Bobbie Sigmon, NW GREENSBORO

proposed by developer Kevan Combs and property owner Kevin Harvick. Fifty acres of agriculturally zoned property was approved to RS-40 zoning. No one opposed this, because it is standard zoning for Oak Ridge. The other rezoning request is for PD-R zoning (Planned Development-Residential), which in this case would allow up to 80 homes on 82.75 acres. In reality, only about 60 percent of this acreage is suitable for building on, therefore PD-R zoning would allow the developer to cluster homes in order to get the maximum number of homes on the tract. The Oak Ridge Planning and Zoning board has recommended denying this request – too many homes, too little space. Has a traffic study been done on Linville Road? Has anyone researched

After recently reading from a standardized testing script, I asked a class, “Are there any questions?” One little hand shot up. “Yes, Emily,” I said. Her big, honest eyes looked up at me as she asked, “Do we have to do any more testing?” “Oh, Honey, I’m so sorry,” I wanted to say. “Your teachers think this is crazy – an elementary school student should not have to take tests that are longer than college finals.”

PD-R zoning affects all Oak Ridge The room was packed at the April 24 Oak Ridge Zoning Board meeting.

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If PD-R is approved here, whose agriculturally-zoned acreage is next? Whose back yard is up for grabs? We have a right and an obligation to stand up for our community! We live in Oak Ridge, not New York. There are investors and developers who want this land developed as fully and tightly as possible. We can stop them, but only if we stand together as a community. Please come to the Oak Ridge Town Council meeting on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Mark Forrest Shina, OAK RIDGE

Standardized tests take over our state’s schools

We see the hours spent taking tests add up to days and weeks of lost instructional time. We wonder when we became testers instead of teachers. We wonder when the pendulum will start to swing away from testing, and we wonder how many more educational decisions made by legislators our profession can bear.

Why? A lot of Oak Ridge residents are very concerned about what is being

the impact on local schools? Has anyone looked into the issues of water and sewer and how this development would affect the surrounding homes? No, that wouldn’t be done until after the new zoning is approved.

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hand. Between benchmarks and End of Grade tests, Read to Achieve benchmarking and progress monitoring, testing for identification of “exceptional” children and second language, rarely a week goes by without students losing significant learning opportunities to testing requirements. At the same time, our precious educational dollars fly out the doors, sent to companies that produce and score these tests rather than staying in our schools. Without doubt, we do need systems to measure student learning, but the way it is being done at this time in our state is bad for children and bad for teachers as well. The length of standardized tests and their frequency must be reduced, and the sooner this is done, the better. The writer is an elementary school teacher in northwest Guilford County. Her name was withheld by request so as not to jeopardize her teaching position by publicly voicing her opinions about testing.

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The Stokesdale Future Land Use Plan recommends that lots in residential developments be a minimum of 40,000 square feet; the most common residential zoning district within the town, RS-40, is consistent with this. Although a PD-R zoning would allow Combs to build individual homes on lots as small as 20,000 square feet, in exchange for the smaller lots there must be enough accompanying open space and common areas to ensure the same average lot density as in an RS-40 district. Chris Rohrer is president of Land Solutions in northwest Greensboro, the land surveying and design firm that is working with Combs on the proposed development. “Our plan is clearly not designed on how many houses we can get (on a piece of land),” Rohrer told the planning board during the public hearing for the rezoning. “It’s designed on a really great layout that considers topography, ponds, streams, open space and how we bring all that together to create an appropriate design.” Combs gave the planning board another reason as to why PD-R zoning should be approved for this particular property.

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The next case involved the rezoning of 113.8 acres, currently occupied by Dawn Acres Golf Course, from AG (agricultural) to PD-R (Planned Development-Residential). If rezoned, local developer Kevan Combs plans to develop the property for 80 homes. Although neighborhood businesses are allowed in a PD-R development, Combs says he will develop the property for residential use only.

“That’s the only way that land can be developed residentially,” Combs said, explaining that golf courses are heavily graded, which eliminates a lot of perkable land. After performing soil analysis, he discovered there were only “three or

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If a rezoning request is approved by the town council on May 8, up to 80 new homes on 113 acres will transform the Dawn Acres golf course into Stokesdale’s newest residential community.

four pockets of good soil” suitable for off-site septic. The open space required by PD-R zoning would allow the space needed for centralized septic. Although some citizens asked questions about the proposed development, none spoke in opposition to it. At the close of discussion, board member Stewart Hommel motioned to recommend denying the rezoning based on staff’s recommendation to deny it, that the request did not meet the land use plan recommendations, and the proposed development’s close proximity to the Pine Needles “tank farm,” which he saw as a safety issue. Though Patrick Sullivan seconded the motion, no one else voted in favor of it. The board ultimately voted 5-2 to recommend approval of the rezoning request (Hommel and Sullivan opposed). Two other cases heard were the Unified Development Plan and subdivision case for the proposed residential development, which outlined where the lots, streets and open areas would be located on the property. Both were unanimously recommended for approval.

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Classic Southern Gospel group “THE HYMNSMEN” will lead us in worship, Sun., May 18, 10:45am, Liberty Wesleyan Church, 15303 US Hwy. 158 East, Summerfield. The concert is free and a Love Offering will be received. Please join us – we’ll see you there! Call (336) 643-6968 for more info.

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STUMP GRINDING – FREE ESTIMATES Big or small, we grind them all. 382-3860. TOO MUCH YARD WORK TO HANDLE? I can help with landscape/lawncare needs. Trees, trimming, spring prep and cleanup. Honest and reasonable. (336) 464-5215. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Complete lawn care & landscaping. NC lic. irrigation contractor. 20 years exp. Hardscaping, fertilization & weed control. 399-7764. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, 643-9332. D & D LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION Complete landscaping services. Retaining walls & patios. Member BBB. NC licensed irrigation contractor. 312-2706. BRAD’S BOBCAT. Landscaping, driveways, patios, sidewalks, concrete work. 362-3647. WILTON YARD CARE Spring clean-up, trimming, pine needles, mulch, landscaping. (336) 404-0489.

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MaSOnry 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. PLANT PRO DESIGN & LANDSCAPE Custom hardscapes for your outdoor living areas. Building beautiful patios, walkways, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and more. Check out our awesome portfolio at (336) 298-3809. 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,

JUNK REMOVAL – appliances, batteries,


BATH REMODELING – $2,400 SPECIAL!, (336) 992-2503.

mowers, cars, electronics, trash removal, etc. Call about free junk removal, 453-8644.

MISC. SERVICES & PRODUCTS ALL-NATURAL PEST ELIMINATION Remove bats, snakes or other unwanted critters for good! Call John, (336) 706-0434. GRILLS, FIRE PITS, tankless water heaters. General home repairs. Call Don Hill, (336) 643-7183. ON EAGLE’S WINGS residential home design/drafting. Call Patti, (336) 605-0519.


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.



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

sales. 35 years exp. (336) 215-2800. SWIMMING POOL SERVICE & REPAIR. Spring specials on pool openings, liner replacements and equipment. 20+ years experience. Randy Harrell, 362-9721. TWO DUDES & A TRUCK. Pressure washing, lawn care, gutter cleaning, junk removal. Reasonable rates. 202-5950.

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


POWER WASHING BY MAYS Specializing in vinyl homes. 215-8775.

Specializing in interior painting, we take pride in our quality work and personalized service Free estimates References available



Residential Interiors Pressure Washing

(336) 402-4603


Serving the Triad since 1998

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

Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services.


Still, 462-3683 or

Residential & Commercial David & Judy Long, owners (336) 207.9793

(336) 931-0600 • References Available • Licensed & Insured • All Work Guaranteed

Roof Replacements / Repairs Siding & Windows Custom Decks / Porches General Home Repairs Remodeling / Painting 30 yrs exp • Workmanship guarantee Insurance specialists

(336) 644-1580


BEK Paint Co. • Liner replacement • Openings • Repairs • Service • Hot tub/spa repair

WEBSTER & SONS PLUMBING INC. 24/7, Lic/Ins/Bond plumbing & drain cleaning. No job too big/too small. Call or click www., (336) 992-2503.

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


Triad Garage Doors

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

FREE Estimates Insured & Dependable

BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens & baths, rotted wood, decks, siding, windows, fall roofing specialist. Sr. discounts, 35 years exp. 362-6343. RENOVATION WORKS INC. New construction, remodeling, kitchen and bath, additions, decks & patios. Call (336) 427-7391 or R4 SPECIALTIES Repair, refinish, reface and remodel. Free estimates. 14 years architectural mill work experience. (336) 339-7552.

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TRIPP SMITH CONSTRUCTION, LLC. Licensed General Contractor with college degree in construction management and over 18 years of experience. We specialize in additions, remodels, garages, decks, sunrooms, new construction, residential & commercial. No job too large or too small. Free Estimates. Call or email, 399-4894, JLB REMODELING, INC. NC GC license #69997. Free estimates. Insured. Custom remodeling & additions. Call 681-2902 or

The Northwest Observer 17 years and counting! Want to reach our readers? Call 644-7035 for advertising info. 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.

Services TM Construction , INC


Sidewalks | Driveways | Stamped concrete

644-8615 office 508-5242 cell Licensed & insured NC Gen. Contractor #72797

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

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IT’S BEACH WEATHER! Let Laura Martinez take care of your bikini & leg areas with sugar waxing. Get your tan started here too! Gift certificates available for Mother’s Day! Melda’s Hair Designs in Summerfield, open Tues-Sat. 643-7799 or 552-0796.

‘87 BAYLINER CAPRI, 3.0 inboard, low hours, $2,000 OBO. (336) 543-3664.

FOUND DOG, young yellow Lab mix, wearing collar and harness but no tags. Food Lion/Summerfield area. Please call Kristi, (336) 707-3676.

COMPUTER REPAIRS $99. Used computers, website design. Info at ITBASICS.COM – (336) 643-0068. Inside Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons.


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


Cruise, Land, Disney, Europe & more

Joy Sigmon

(336) 253-8987 Local travel agents to serve you PIANO LESSONS, all ages & abilities. Summerfield area. (336) 298-4181. FREE PICKUP of appliances, batteries, junk mowers, air conditioners, grills, electrical items, metal items, etc. 689-4167.


Gated access with 24/7 camera surveillance We carry moving & shipping supplies

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


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Keeping Fitness Personal personal training  small group classes  TRX, Cycle, Insanity & more  Summer KidFit & Dance 

Cathy Gold ( 336 ) 549-6460 4446 Hwy 220 N, Summerfield


KNIGHTS PRODUCE & PLANTS Vegetable plants and flowers. 14809 Hwy. 158, Summerfield. 708-0485.

$$$ – WILL PAY CASH up to $200 for your junk or wrecked vehicle. 552-0328. CASH for riding lawn mower needing repair or free removal if unwanted. Also free pickup of appliances, AC’s, grills, metal items, computers, gas & electrical items. 689-4167.

 PET / ANIMAL SERVICES ANIMALS AVAILABLE Free to a GOOD home! 8-year-old poodle mix. House broken and crate trained. Very sweet dog but not good with small children. Please call Ashley, (336) 908-1683.

BATH TUB BENCH, exc. condition, $25. Two sets white wicker furniture, call for more info. (336) 643-4711.

Now Open: PUMPKIN RIDGE CRAFTS, Hwy. 158/ Main Street, Stokesdale. Located right next to Sadie’s. Featuring deco poly mesh crafts, burlap wreaths and silk floral arrangements. (336) 339-1902. WAREHOUSE MALL, INC. NOW OPEN! Antiques, collectibles and so much more! 305 E. Bodenhamer Drive, Kernersville. Consignors needed, $100/mo. for 10’ x 10’ space. Larger spaces available. Please call (336) 992-2469. Hours: Monday-Sat., 10am-7pm, Sunday, 1-6pm.

HORSE STALLS AVAILABLE – Full board. Approximately 1 mile from Oak Ridge Commons. Call Dawn at (336) 392-4944 for more info. 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.

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

HOMES FOR RENT STOKESDALE, 2BR, 1BA duplex for rent, all appliances included. $650mo, $650 deposit. (336) 362-4462 or 643-9402.

MIGUN 7000UM THERMASSAGE BED, like new, $1,200. (336) 707-6745. 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.


Introducing...LEO! Rescued as a small kitten, he’s about 9 months old. He’s neutered, shots are current. Leo is very sweet and loves to be with people. He misses his sister playmate and needs a new one! We have a granddaughter who is allergic to cats or this guy would be ours forever. Leo is FREE to a very good home who will take him to the vet when needed! Please call Marilyn, 643-6377 or (cell) 324-7457.

Great SUMMERFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD, 4BR, 2BA. $1,100 /mo. (336) 298-2183. SUMMERFIELD, Bethany Schools/Rock. Cty., 3BR, 2BA, brick ranch, eat-in kitchen, separate laundry room, 1 acre, large shop in back. $850/mo., $850 dep. No smokers, pets neg. (no fence). (336) 451-9679.

HOMES FOR SALE MOVING – MUST SELL! 3BR, 2BA, large rooms. Call (336) 508-6606.



LOST CAT! Black, “Kayto”, chipped, might still wear his red collar. Please call Angie at (336) 209-6384.

CAROLINA MARINA, 214 Pelican Dr. Jet ski lift, boat slip, 40’ covered deck, park model, water front. $117,000. 337-9268.

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OCEAN-FRONT MYRTLE BEACH, 6/1-6/8 or 6/8-6/15, only $450; Orlando 7/19-7/26, $600; & Charleston 9/13-9/20, $600. Call (336) 643-7442 or 549-1198.


2921 Highway 220 N 14.18 AC zoned Highway Business. Public water across highway. Public sewer force main not accessible. 80’ driveway access to property at highway crossover. 12 AC cleared. 1 AC leased for 5 years. Property access from Hwy 220 and Harned Farm Rd, 715 feet of road frontage is on Hwy 220. $495,000

Bob Brodie, ABR

(336) 643-8110 •

7410 Seldon Road, Summerfield

Nestled on 3.5 acres and updated throughout with an open/flexible floor plan and abundant storage. 4 BR/2.5 BA plus bonus/sunroom. Your own private stream/waterfall. Privacy is assured! Oak Ridge & NW schools. $385,000

(336) 382-5939

Stokesdale Heating & Air.......................3 Velocity Air, Inc. ...................................25

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DeDe Cunningham Realtor ® / Broker NC Licensed Contractor Chairman’s Circle Award

(336) 509-1923

Selling or Renting? We’ll help get the word out to all of northwest Guilford County. Call 644-7035 for more information about how you can reach our readers!

KPS - Kelly’s Pet Services .....................23 Northwest Animal Hospital ..................23 Spoil-Me-Rotten Animal Care, Inc. ......23 Veterinary Hospital of Oak Ridge.........23

2014 Health & Fitness Guide ...............12 The NWO on Facebook ......................32

Samuel K. Anders, CPA, MSA, PC.......23

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Auto serviCes

High Point Bank ..................................19

A New Dawn Realty ............................23 Berkshire Hathaway Home Services ......7 Bob Brodie Real Estate ........................31 Bobbie Gardner / Allen Tate ................31 Dede Cunningham / Allen Tate ...........31 Nancy Hess / Keller Williams ...............31



Piedmont Truck Tires, Inc. ..................15 Tire Max ................................................8


dentists / ortHodontiCs

8102 Hunting Cog Road

CRS/GRI/ EcoBroker Relocation Specialist

Westergaard Kennels.............................4

Central Baptist Church ........................12

(336) 215-1820

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NANCY HESS, Realtor ®

Gorgeous custom home on wooded, 1.86acre, cul-de-sac lot in Oak Creek n’hood. 4 BR & 3½ BA w/full unfinished basement. Seller offering $3,000 in closing costs w/ acceptable offer. Pre-inspected & ready to move in! Great location & easy commute to anywhere in Triad. NW Schools. $338,900

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Salama Chiropractic ............................14

Why rent when you can buy in this great location? Northwest schools. Just under an acre lot. New carpet, paint, appliances, light fixtures and HVAC. Offered at $75,000 as-is.

7203 Oak Creek Court, Stokesdale

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BiRite Food Center ..............................21 Carpet Super Mart..........................16-17

retirement Living Spring Arbor ..........................................3

Reynolds Orthodontics ..........................6

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Greensboro United Soccer.....................4 Mt. Pisgah Weekday School.................25

Downtown Reidsville Concert...............14 RidgeFest 2014....................................22 Summerfield Founders’ Day ................13 Military Appreciation Day ......................5

Home produCts & serviCes Pest Management Systems..................20 ProStone Inc. ........................................6 Pump, Pipe Sales & Service .................26 Re-Bath .................................................9


Contact us for advertising info (336) 644-7035, ext. 10

Gladwell Insurance Agency.................. 11 North Carolina Farm Bureau .................2

LegAL serviCes Attorney Bill Barbour ...........................10

mediCAL Eagle at Brassfield ...............................18 Eagle Physicians at Oak Ridge .............26 LeBauer HealthCare............................ 11

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