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Lowes Foods’ expansion, remodel will bring big changes to store

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Jeff Bean, store manager of Lowes Foods in Oak Ridge, is excited about the store’s upcoming expansion and remodel.

OAK RIDGE – The town of Oak Ridge recently approved an amendment to its development ordinance which will allow Lowes Foods in the Oak Ridge Commons shopping center to expand by several thousand square feet. This will be no ordinary expansion, however. The entire look and feel of the store is going to change.

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Lowes Foods manager, Jeff Bean, says the store is planning a transformation similar to a prototype recently completed in Clemmons. “There will definitely be an emphasis on local products from Greensboro, Oak Ridge, Kernersville and the surrounding area, which is something we have already established here at this location,” he says. The local area will be celebrated even in the names of the registers, which are going to be named after Oak Ridge streets.

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More new homes on the horizon OAK RIDGE – The Town of Oak Ridge has one public hearing for a rezoning, two unified development plans and a subdivision plan on the agenda for its June 5 council meeting.

Following the unified development plan will be a subdivision plan for Phase 1 of Knights Landing, which will be for 46 single-family homes built on 52.6 (of the total 82.75) acres.

The rezoning case is a request to rezone 17.99 acres located on the north side of Haw River Road from AG to CURS-40 (Conditional Use – Residential -minimum lot sizes of 40,0000 square feet). Buddy Lyons of LTD Equity Inc. says his company hopes to build 15 single-family homes on the property.

And finally, a revised unified development plan for Riverside at Oak Ridge, located on the east side of Pepper Road, north of Cravenwood Drive, and a subdivision plan for Phases 2, 3 and 4 of Riverside at Oak Ridge will be presented. The property is zoned CUPD-R (Conditional Use – Planned Development – Residential) and consists of 162 acres with a proposed 76 lots.

Of the homes’ price range, Lyons says, “With the price of land and the cost of development, it is very hard to put homes out there that are less than $400,000.” A unified development plan for Knights Landing, which consists of 82.75 acres located on the south side of Haw River Road and owned by Kevin and DeLana Harvick, will also be on the agenda for the June 5 meeting. Developer Kevin Combs plans to build up to 80 single-family homes on the property, which was rezoned from AG to PD-R on May 8.

In April, High Point-based Blue Ridge Companies announced plans to build homes in Riverside, in the $500,000 to $700,000 price range on lots of 1 to 4 acres each. The company will build the homes adjacent to the 35 homes already completed in the subdivision which came to a screeching halt during the recession. A public hearing for the proposed FY 2014-15 budget will also take place during the June 5 meeting, to be held at the town hall on Linville Road.

Draft budget undergoes revisions SUMMERFIELD – A draft budget in the amount of $1,494,657, which was released on March 31, underwent a few revisions at a budget meeting on May 28. Key budget priorities that Town Manager Scott Whitaker identified for the next fiscal year are improvements on the Gordon property, which the town will purchase on May 30, continued development of the A&Y Greenway South, and a second entrance into the athletic park on U.S. 220. The town plans to reduce its prop-

erty tax next fiscal year from 3.5 cents to 2.75 cents per $100 valuation. At Whitaker’s suggestion, included in the draft budget was a stipend increase for the mayor (from $250/month to $400/month) and five council members (from $200/month for each to $300/ month for each) that would have totaled $7,800; Whitaker explained the increase would bring the town more in line with what other municipalities provide in council member stipends. The council unanimously agreed they viewed their

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online: e-mail: For three days at least, truckloads of dirt were being delivered to what has been referred to in the past as the “stump dump on Bunch Road.” It appears the trucks were coming from a site that stretches from Horse Pen Creek Road to Battleground, paralleling Drawbridge Parkway. What is happening? Since the dump borders the Reedy Fork, how will all that loose dirt affect the watershed? Does the town of Summerfield or the City of Greensboro need to approve such dumping because of the watershed? If

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Although the landfill is within the Summerfield town limits, the town has very little to do with its operation. “The state keeps a pretty tight rein on them,” says Julie Reid, Summerfield town planner. “As long as (the operators of the landfill) do what they’re supposed to do, we leave them alone.” Reid says the town is involved upfront when such a site is being proposed to make sure the proposal meets all the town ordinances. After a site is approved, the town would not become involved again unless there was a request for a change in use.

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and pay less in energy this year by Tim De Stasio In 2014, homeowners will see an increase in the cost of heating and cooling their homes. The price of electricity and natural gas has increased marginally, and propane and fuel oil users have already seen greater price hikes this past winter. Homeowners are faced with a choice: turn back the thermostat and be less comfortable or pay for more energy. The secret to being comfortable without breaking the bank is twofold. First, make sure your home doesn’t lose the air you just conditioned, and second, make sure your HVAC system runs properly.

The great majority of energy used by a typical home is in their heating and cooling. Appliances, lighting and electronics make up less than half a home’s energy usage. It only makes sense to start with the biggest piece of the pie. Heat energy is lost in three major ways: conduction, convection and radiation. Heat is conducted out of a home through walls, floors and ceilings. This can be reduced by having your home properly insulated. Heat convection can be the single biggest energy loss in a home. It happens when there is a path for warmer air to travel to cooler air. Any hole in your wall, ceiling or floor will leak energy. These include all heating, plumbing, electrical penetrations, recessed lighting, attic accesses, windows and doors that are not sealed. When added together, they are the equivalent of leaving a window or even a door open all day, all year long. Heat is radiated by means of the sun’s warming effect on surfaces like the roof and glass. This radiation is why attics and rooms with a lot of glass are so hot in the summer.

Dispelling the myths Some people are led to believe that the best investment is to replace their windows, roofs and heating/ AC systems with more efficient ones. I’m a heating contractor and I will tell you these have the longest time before payback because they cost so much up front. As a BPI-certified building analyst, my advice is to only replace them when they have outlived their

a 31% ... Space heating a 12% ... Space cooling a 12% ... Water heating a 11% ... Lighting a 9% ... Electronics a 9% ... Appliances a 8% ... Refrigeration a 8% ... Other Data from the US Department of Energy

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What you can do Make sure your HVAC system is properly serviced by a NATE-certified technician in the spring and fall. This will make sure it is operating as efficiently as it can. Ask him to install a programmable thermostat that will turn back your temperature settings while you are at work or school. Change your air filters monthly. Have your home energy assessed by a BPI- or RESNET-credentialed building analyst. They are trained in how to test a home and provide a list of recommendations starting with the quickest payback. They also know the places you may not be aware of where energy can leak out of your home.

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Finding and sealing these leaks can be tedious, hard work in crawlspaces and attics. If your air ducts aren’t efficient and leak, they can lose up to 40% of their energy and can introduce contaminants into your living space. Ducts should be insulated to R8 and sealed using a mastic paste. Tape is not enough. If you replace your HVAC system, your contractor should also pay special attention to the condition and quality of your ducts or you will not get the full payback on a high efficiency system.

The bottom line It is possible to have a comfortable home and have lower energy bills by servicing your HVAC and weatherizing your home.

Thoughts on anticipating a 60th high school reunion rounded by gray dirt, trampled by young feet wearing school shoes most likely purchased with ration stamps. Within the leafy shrubs, we created “houses” and “bomb shelters,” and pretended to be movie stars selling war bonds, or “Tarzan and Jane.”

by HELEN LEDFORD So hard to believe that six decades have passed since we walked in slow cadence to the majestic strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Has it been that long since sweat rolled down our backs underneath navy blue robes with stiff, starched white collars scratching our necks? Yep, the calendar tells me it’s been that long – we graduated from Bartlett Yancey High School 60 years ago on June 2, 1954!

Our first cafeteria was only a kitchen with a window where you picked up your plate and glass of milk. Both were carried, precariously (with small shaky hands), as we walked to our classroom to eat. Meal tickets were a dollar, with each “punch” a dime – the price of a school lunch in the ‘40s. Some of us just carried ham biscuits from home.

My mind cannot help reaching back to the beginning … and those mandatory inoculations for first graders entering school. Loud screams ensued as the doctor’s needle met with my reluctant 6-year-old flesh. The first day, instruction began in cursive writing. At quiet time, we laid our tousled little heads on our desks while our teacher read to us from the classics, or played music. Children of World War II, we heard news of fighting far away on batterypowered radios, and saw it firsthand on weekly newsreels at the Caswell Theatre. Our own little make-believe wars were fought with sticks as imaginary guns. “Secret” messages scrawled

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In our era, “chapel” was held each morning, with Bible reading and prayer. Programs or plays were given in the large auditorium on a stage with an ancient painted cloth backdrop – a dark


forest and an owl peeking from the depths of a hollow tree. On rainy days, all classes played in the auditorium, which doubled as a gym. Pushing the wooden chairs together, we climbed inside, pretending we were in pontoon boats escaping the enemy. A rickety old grandstand on the ball field served us well for playing childish games at recess. There, countless cases of “puppy love” were spawned. It was an era when paddling was permitted, with discipline administered promptly and thoroughly. Unruly boys were quickly taken in hand by our vigilant principal. Often, a procession of repentant male students were seen carrying sticks equipped with nails in the end, picking up trash from the school yard. Elementary classes voted yearly on “grade parents,” and deviously, we students elected without fail moms and dads who owned stores. They were the ones who came periodically, filling our greedy little palms with “BB bats,” all-day suckers, and handfuls of “Mary Janes.” (They were candies of choice back then!) A really special treat was Kool-Aid and cookies.

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...continued from p. 3 role as one of community service, and declined the increase. In other changes to the draft budget, the council decided to eliminate a

$2,500 budget item for Movies in the Park, and to decline participation in the Knox-Box program. A final public hearing for the proposed budget will be held during the Summerfield Town Council meeting on June 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Center on Centerfield Road.

CrossFit to submit revised COA OAK RIDGE – The Town of Oak Ridge and CMT Commons/Mustang Fitness, which operates CrossFit of Oak Ridge, returned to Superior Court the week of May 19, but before the case was heard the town agreed to let CrossFit submit another revised Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application. This will not be the first time CrossFit has submitted a revised COA application. In October 2012 a revised COA was approved by the Historic Commission. Since that time, however, the town and CrossFit have been at odds

over numerous items on the COA that the town says were never completed or corrected, including the installation of wind/roof braces, reducing the size of a 193-square-foot sign to the 101-squarefoot sign that was approved, the color of painted downspouts, and making the height, size and architectural details of the building’s front loft doors consistent with the side loft doors. Presentation of the revised application is on the agenda for the Oak Ridge Historic Preservation Commission’s Wednesday, June 18 meeting.




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The following Northern Guilford athletes signed their scholarship acceptance letters on May 19 (L to R): Michael Elwood, track, University of South Carolina; Jon Knight, track, NC State University; Paul McCloud, track, Point Park University; Mackenzie Southern, soccer, Campbell University; Caroline Gafford, soccer, Cape Fear; Kayla Auger, soccer, Birmingham Southern; Jennings Woods, baseball, Methodist; Brett Unkel, baseball, Rockingham Community College; Jacob Neal, golf, Cape Fear; Haleigh Epperson, softball, UNC-Pembroke; Marcus Currie, basketball, Bridgewater; TJ Ruff, football, University at North Alabama; Chris Ripberger, football, UNC-Chapel Hill; Molik Scott, football, North Dakota State University; Andre Adams, football, Kentucky Christian; Austin Coltrane, football, Campbell University; and Aliya Grinage, basketball, Livingstone College.




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The following NWHS senior athletes signed their scholarship acceptance letters and letters of intent to play sports for various colleges on May 22 (L to R): Isabella Wong, tennis, Eckerd College (Florida); Kyle Schlanger, tennis, Middlebury College (Vermont); Kyle Scott, tennis, North Carolina A&T; Dillon Cox and Jordan Zamrik, baseball, GTCC; Chris Kernen, baseball, Surry Community College; Jonathan Sugg is a recruited walk-on for UNC-Chapel Hill’s football team; Hampton Billips is a recruited walk-on for NC State’s football team; Keenan Scott, football, Lenoir Rhyne University; Walker Raines, soccer, USC Upstate; and Anthony Rizzo, track, Queens (NC) University.




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REUNION ...continued from p. 7 As we grew older and entered the teen years, school and church were still our main social outlets. There were parties – with chaperones, of course. School field trips were few, but one in particular stands out in my mind – a junket to the planetarium in Chapel Hill. Incredibly, we made the trip in the back of several pickup trucks!

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Above, rising senior and Class of 2015’s battalion commander, Nathan Freeman, leads the color guard to the steps of Maple Glade at Oak Ridge Military Academy on May 24. Twenty-nine graduates received their diplomas during the academy’s 162nd graduation ceremony. Left, valedictorian and Class of 2014’s battalion commander, Benjamin Locker, gave a very sincere and poignant speech about how he reluctantly came to attend ORMA four years ago and his journey to becoming battalion commander, the Corps of Cadets’ highest ranking officer. For more photos of Oak Ridge Military’s graduation ceremony, visit

High school days saw our class as still a close-knit group, and we welcomed students from other areas joining us, as their schools closed. We saw the beginning of Rock and Roll, enjoying sock hops with music blaring from 78 rpm vinyl records on now vintage turntables. Slang sayings rolled off our tongues easily, such as “Crazy, man,

crazy,” “Real gone,“ “Daddy-O” and “Cooool.” We danced in frothy bouffant dresses to the romantic music of Nat “King” Cole, Tony Bennett and the Four Aces at our senior prom. That night a “nameless” prankster stole the distributor cap from our principal’s car. Since our small class of 38 students walked proudly across a creaking stage to receive diplomas, some have passed to a higher calling, and they are greatly missed. Time has left us with sweet memories, and thanks to the Lord for having come this far. No longer young (except in our minds), we cherish a slower pace, but find strangely that all our mirrors are “wrinkled”... The BYHS class of 1954, at the tender age of 18, set out to conquer the world. None of us did, but hopefully, in some ways, we have left a lasting mark.


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NORTHWEST GUILFORD – Northwest Guilford High School has won Wells Fargo’s Piedmont Triad 4-A conference cup.

The award is considered the symbol of overall sports excellence among high schools in North Carolina.


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The cup recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. The higher the school finishes in conference competition, the more points it is awarded. This marks the 10th consecutive year Northwest has won the Wells Fargo Conference Cup, which is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup. “It proves we’re one of the better, well-rounded athletic programs around,” said John Hughes, athletic director at Northwest Guilford.

Northwest’s lacrosse team finished the season 20-1, one of the school’s 14 teams to win a conference championship. The Vikings lost to eventualstate-champion Charlotte Catholic in the semifinals of the NCHSAA lacrosse championships. “It says something about our school, about the quality of our athletes and coaches,” lacrosse coach Mark Goldsmith said of Northwest capturing the Wells Fargo Conference Cup. “We’re proud, oh, yeah, we’re proud!” Goldsmith exclaimed.

“We’re very proud,” Hughes said. “There is a tremendous amount of effort that goes into this.”

Northwest Guilford tallied 105.5 points throughout the 2013-14 academic year to take the Piedmont Triad 4-A conference cup. The Vikings dominated with conference championships in football, volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, wrestling, women’s swimming, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, baseball and softball.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup award is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). The program has been in effect since 1980, originat-

Of the remaining five teams in the Piedmont 4-A conference, Ragsdale finished second with 80 points, and East Forsyth finished third, with 75 points.

The significance of the award isn’t diminished by the fact that Northwest has captured the cup for such a long period, Hughes pointed out.

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Until the unsafe intersection is made safer … keep going straight Yet another death at the N.C. 68 and Harrell Road intersection – it’s such a tragedy. As a Stokesdale resident who lives just north of that intersection and travels southbound on N.C. 68 on a very regular basis, it sends shivers down my spine! Thirtyseven accidents in five years, most of them rear-end collisions, and many of them very serious accidents. And now a wife with a 9-year-old daughter and a baby on the way has to trudge on without her husband. It breaks my heart! I have two teenage drivers who sometimes use the East Harrell Road “shortcut” to get to Summerfield, and I often do it myself. But I have told my young drivers over and over: “If you have to come to a stop on N.C. 68 and wait for oncoming traffic to clear in order to turn left onto Harrell Road

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We can caution drivers on N.C. 68 to slow down until the cows come home, but the reality is, most of those drivers are just passing through. They’re working (like the logging truck driver was), they’ve got somewhere to be, things on their mind, and they’re likely speeding. They’re not paying close enough attention, and a stopped vehicle catches them by surprise. Until the DOT gets around to providing a left-turn lane, we’re stuck with this unsafe intersection. The best thing we can do is avoid stopping on the highway to make a left turn if at all possible. Laura Troeger, STOKESDALE

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„„Vulcan Materials Company for the beautiful grounds maintenance you do everywhere, but especially around the Stokesdale Veterans Monument. „„Jennifer, the deli manager at Lowes Food in Oak Ridge, for helping make our son’s graduation lunch a “food success.” You are the best!

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„„The Northwest Observer for your outstanding article on the 60th anniversary of the Stokesdale Fire Department. It was a job well done.

„„ The Greensboro police officer driving on U.S. 158 toward Stokesdale on May 20. Not only was she speeding, but she was on a cell phone – does the GPD issue bright aqua ones? „„Candidates in the primary and their volunteers who have not picked up their election signs. The election is over for most of you – please pick up your signs. Thank you. „„My mail carrier for dumping her cigarette butts at my mailbox. Wish I had enough nerve to insist you stop, but don’t want to deal with the resentment. Relatives died of lung cancer, so don’t need the reminders! „„The owners of Mustang Fitness for costing Oak Ridge taxpayers over $60,000 in legal fees. When permitted, you agreed to meet the town’s zoning requirements, and then you proceeded to throw them out the window.

„„Northwest High School women’s lacrosse players Sarah Burstein, Sarah Colby, Logan Coon, Molly Pustay and Sierra Tolley on their All-Conference team selection.

„„ DOT for not closing East Harrell Road. “How many deaths will it take ‘til he knows that too many people have died?”— Bob Dylan. With 37 accidents already, you or I may be the next victim.

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The specific plans for Oak Ridge have not yet been finalized, says Kelly Davis, brand director at the Lowe’s Foods corporate office in Winston-Salem. However, the Clemmons store offers some tantalizing clues about what we may expect here.

If we see someone coming through produce and picking up peppers, maybe to make fajitas, we’ll ask them, ‘Hey, would you like me to chop those up for you free of charge?’”

that customers can sample and pour into refillable “growlers.” Not surprisingly, Bean says, “That is a huge hit at the Clemmons store.” The overall beer and wine section will likely be expanded as well.

A service that Lowes Foods is putting in many of its new Just about every Jeff Bean stores and remodels is department will be called the “Community Lowes Foods manager expanded, from the Table,” an actual table deli to meats to produce. For instance, in the store for local organizations to a new area planned for the produce de- meet and for local items to be displayed. partment will be called “Pick and Prep.” “There will be a huge calendar up Bean describes it as a convenience for here at the table that will have dates customers looking to save time. of all the local events going on,” Bean “If we see someone coming through says. He expects the store will have a produce and picking up peppers, maybe staff member on-site who will organize to make fajitas, we’ll ask them, ‘Hey, events for the community table. would you like me to chop those up for Davis says the final design should be you free of charge?’” ready in a month or two. Because the Another space likely to be expanded store is in Oak Ridge’s historic district, is the “Chicken Kitchen,” which offers the company must get approval from hot chickens out of the oven. While the Oak Ridge’s Historic Preservation Comcurrent store has a Chicken Kitchen, mission for any exterior changes. what will be new is how the fresh chickThe remodeling and expansion is set to ens are going to be announced. begin in August, and Bean hopes the work “When the chickens come out, will be completed by April or May of 2015. everyone in earshot will come do the “We will not be closed during any of chicken dance under the chicken chanthe remodel. We’ll just temporarily relodelier, so you know the fresh rotisserie cate sections as we bust down the walls,” chickens are ready,” Bean says with a he explains. “There will be a little bit of smile. Davis hinted the chandelier may dust, but it will all be worth it in the end.” feature animatronics as well. This major facelift comes as a “Sausage Works” is another possibilreward for the support Oak Ridge has ity, where a large variety of fresh saugiven to its local Lowes Foods over the sage would be available. “They’ll have years, says Bean. the grill going,” describes Bean. “They will cook it for you or you can take it “We’ve been here several years now, home and cook it yourself.” If the Oak and we’ve had so much support from Ridge store gets a Sausage Works, Bean the community, that Lowes Foods wants expects to have at least 20 varieties of to give something back,” the store’s sausage available in the dedicated area. manager adds. “This was originally supposed to be a minor remodel, but the An addition sure to be popular would company said, ‘You know what? Oak be the “Beer Den,” which offers craft beers and local Carolina brews on tap Ridge deserves it.’”

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SUMMER SACRED ARTS CAMP, August 11-14, 9am-12n for rising K-5th graders, Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church. Explore the Bible in different mediums of the arts, including music, visual arts, drama and the natural world. $35/camper. Call Rich for more info or to register, (336) 324-0497. Register now for Yonahlossee Saddle Club SUMMER HORSE CAMP. Dates are June 16 thru July 25. We offer both day camps and resident camps. Send your camper to ride, learn, swim, play, work, laugh, sing, create and grow. Have the best week ever in a Christian environment! Over 20 years experience in horseback riding instruction. Located in McLeansville. Call (336) 7080692 or visit

 YARD SALES BIG YARD SALE, Sat., May 31, 7am-1pm, Northern Guilford Baptist Church, 3232 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro. NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE, Saturday, May 31, 7am, Squirrel Chase subdivision (off of Lake Brandt Road, north of Scalesville Road). MOVING SALE, Sat., May 31, 8:30am-2pm, 8504 Fieldstream Drive, Stokesdale. Shop Smith w/ attachments, 18hp Crafstman mower/bagger/wagon, Carolina Parts 25-gallon washer, 4-wheeler (110cc), furniture. BIG YARD SALE, Sat. May 31, 8am-3pm, 8595 South Point Drive, Stokesdale. HUGE TAG SALE, Friday, May 30, 11am6pm, Sat., May 31, 9am-5pm, 7030 Belford Road, Summerfield (off Hwy. 150W/Oak Ridge Rd.). Chipper, pressure washer, over 50 power tools, tool chest, cabinets, shelving, antique tools, furniture, antique violin & banjo, jewelry. Visit, Craigslist, or call (336) 549-9546.

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MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE, Saturday, June 7, 9am-3pm, 8506 Grace Meadow Court, Stokesdale. Nice household items, furniture, baby items, etc.

ANA’S HOUSECLEANING. Good references, free est., 25 years exp. 309-0747.

GREENERTIMES SMALL ENGINE Sales & service center. 9428 NC 65, Stokesdale. (336) 312-3844 mobile or (336) 548-9286 office.

MY GROUNDSKEEPER Landscaping and lawn care, shrubs, mulch, cut low limbs and more. Call Timothy, (336) 643-5154.

The deadline to place your classified is Monday. Visit and

„„ Home services


cleaning MAID-2-SHINE. Serving NW area for 10 years. Homes, offices, move in/out. Detail oriented, prof, bonded, exc. ref. 338-0223. SANDRA’S CLEANING SERVICE. Affordable, experienced, guaranteed svc. 423-3196. Professional custom cleaning for home & office


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

(336) 441-2047 |

FREE PICK-UP of unwanted mowers, AC’s, batteries, appliances, grills, etc. 689-4167.

The Northwest Observer 16 years and counting! Want to reach our readers? Call 644-7035 for advertising info.


Home Improvement & Repairs Licensed & Insured

JASMINE CLEANING SERVICE. Affordable, experienced, guaranteed. 423-4938.

click on Place a Classified.

Home Maid,

MARIA’S CLEANING SERVICE. Free estimates, guaranteed service. 432-4483.

EXPERIENCED INTERIOR DECORATOR & personal furniture shopper will help you with style, color, shopping & furniture placement. E-mail or call Ann Appenzeller, (336) 314-1411. GOT A SPACE PLANNING CHALLENGE? At a loss with your decorating project? Confused and indecisive? We give you fresh, exciting, valuable decorating ideas and expert design tips. Mention this ad and get $50 off an in-home design consultation., (336) 944-2750. INTERIOR DECORATOR with many years of experience to design your interior/exterior livings spaces with fabrics, fabrications, reupholstery, and installations. Call Inga Huff at (336) 257-3943 or email at

Need some help? Email Flooring CARPET REPAIRS & RESTRETCHING Licensed/insured. 643-6500.

BUZZ CUTS LAWN & LANDSCAPE INC. Annual service agreements. Buzz, 509-6464.


Lisa & Jerry Potkay, Stokesdale

(336) 669-7252

Bathroom Remodeler | Additions | Decks

Professional, Honest, Reliable

Having a Yard Sale?

MAID-2-SHINE. Serving NW area for 10 years. Homes, offices, move in/out. Detail oriented, prof, bonded, exc. ref. 338-0223.

grading / Hauling ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt available. Zane Anthony, 362-4035. GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. 362-1150. BRAD’S BOBCAT SVC. Grading, hauling, gravel/dirt, debris removal. 362-3647.

gutters / windows / siding MAYS SIDING & WINDOW CONTRACTORS, vinyl railings & siding, replacement windows, gutter cleaning and repair. Please call 215-8775 for a free estimate. GUTTER CLEANING & LEAF GUARDS. 5 and 6” seamless gutters. Free estimates. Call Gary the Gutter Guy. (336) 345-6518.

CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. 609-0677. www.

general repair & services

VINYL SIDING REPAIRS Facia, siding & gutter repairs. Mays Siding, 215-8775,

HOUSE & YARD HOME MAINTENANCE “Anything to improve your home and property.” Jeff Ziglar, 456-9992 or 643-9609.

lawn care / landscaping

CRISTINA’S CLEANING SERVICE Weekly cleaning, references available upon request. (336) 423-7384.

ALL ABOUT THE HOUSE. General home repair. Will take the lead on, or assist you with your home projects. 644-8710 / 708-0522.


May 30 - June 5, 2014

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

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ARBOR MASTERS TREE SERVICE Total tree removal, storm damage cleanup, shrub and tree pruning. Bobcat work and more. Free estimates. Licensed & insured. Call Joe at 643-9157. AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION. Quality irrigation systems. NC Licensed Contractor. We service all systems. Free est. 644-1174. TRACTOR FOR HIRE Bush hogging, tilling, fencing, brush/tree removal, hauling & more! (336) 207-6632. ONE GUY & A MACHINE LAWN CARE and hardscaping. Maintenance, design, paver patios, block walls, hedges trimmed, beds re-edged, pine needles, mulch, pressure washing, chemical applications, aerating. Licensed & insured. Free est. Call 382-4767.

The Northwest Observer 13,000 copies every week! Direct-mailed to every mailbox with an Oak Ridge, Summerfield and Stokesdale address, and available for pick-up at 70+ area businesses. MIKE’S LAWNCARE. Mow, trim & blow. Free estimates. (336) 543-3664. MULCH, single-ground, $10 per 3-yard scoop. Tandem load delivered, $100 (about 10 yards). Oak Ridge area, 803-2195. TLC LAWN CARE Lawn mowing, fertilization and weed control. General cleanup. Affordable all-season lawn maintenance. (336) 681-0097. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maintenance. 655-6490.




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


SWIMMING POOL SERVICE & REPAIR. Spring specials on pool openings, liner replacements and equipment. 20+ years ex-

AREA STUMP DUMP. Yard waste, concrete, etc. Fill dirt available. 602-5820. ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call 382-9875.

Weekly mowing, trimming, pine needles, mulch, landscaping. (336) 404-0489.

perience. Randy Harrell, 362-9721.

MASONRY MASONRY CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone, concrete & repairs. Free estimates. (336) 988-1022,

COLFAX LAWNCARE Complete lawn care maintenance. Mowing, trimming, fertilizing, weed control, pine needles. Res/Comm. Fully insured. (336) 362-5860. Serving the Triad for 25 years.

SOUTHERN STYLE concrete & land-

STUMP GRINDING – FREE ESTIMATES Big or small, we grind them all. 382-3860.

all your concrete and landscape needs.

BRAD’S BOBCAT. Landscaping, driveways, patios, sidewalks, concrete work. 362-3647.

Let us help create your custom outdoor liv-

TOO MUCH YARD WORK TO HANDLE? I can help with landscape/lawncare needs. Trees, trimming, yard 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.

scapes. 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

CUSTOM HARDSCAPES ing space. Patios, stone walls, walkways, outdoor kitchens, firepits, or resurface your brick stoop in bluestone. Call One Guy & A Machine, (336) 382-4767. www. Lic/ins.


Call Tony - office (336) 215-4531

Call about free junk removal, 453-8644.

David & Judy Long, owners

Furniture Kare Co.

20 years experience in repair & restoration

• Refinishing and repair • Antique restoration • In-home services (336) 656-4836 LOCAL PICKUP & DELIVERY • FREE ESTIMATES

TWO DUDES & A TRUCK. Pressure washing, lawn care, gutter cleaning, junk removal. Reasonable rates. 202-5950. LOW-COST GARAGE DOORS. Repair & sales. 35 years exp. (336) 215-2800.

Triad Garage Doors


JDB PLUMBING. Repair, remodel, well pump. Lic/Ins. Accepts all major credit cards. Office 656-0019, cell 382-6905. BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic/Ins. Call Mark for savings. 337-7924.


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


LiftMaster, Amarr, and all other brands


What’s going on around town? Find us on facebook for updates!

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

Free estimates • Insured • 10 years experience


• References Available • Licensed & Insured • All Work Guaranteed


(336) 501-6025

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.

• Liner replacement • Pool openings • All repairs • Weekly cleaning/maintenance

Cabinet Refacing & Enhancement

(336) 931-0600

All types of furniture problems

(336) 643-7183.

(336 ) 207.9793

BEK Paint Co. Residential & Commercial

ers. General home repairs. Call Don Hill,

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

mowers, cars, electronics, trash removal, etc.

GRILLS, FIRE PITS, tankless water heat-

GreenScapes Mulch & Pine Needles • Tree Cutting Concrete Sidewalks / Driveways Landscaping • Lot / Land Clearing Stump Grinding / Removal Bobcat & Dump Truck Services Leaf Removal • Parking Lot Cleanup

JUNK REMOVAL – appliances, batteries,


PAINTING & DRYWALL STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, 462-3683 or

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REMODELING / CONSTRUCTION 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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BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens & baths, rotted wood, custom decks, garages, siding, windows, roofing specials. Sr. discounts, 35 years exp. 362-6343.

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

$$$ – WILL PAY CASH up to $200 for your



up of appliances, AC’s, grills, metal items,

Horse barns | Fences | Shelters

644-8615 office 508-5242 cell

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.

Licensed & insured NC Gen. Contractor #72797

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


CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC. Tc. GicEes, In ARerv -Tction S OCoNnstru

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

(336) 644-1580


FREE Estimates Insured & Dependable

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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.

 MISC. SERVICES PIANO LESSONS, all ages & abilities. Summerfield area. (336) 298-4181.

Cruise, Land, Disney, Europe & more

Lynn Sykes (336) 908-7190

Local travel agents to serve you FREE PICKUP of appliances, batteries, junk mowers, air conditioners, grills, electrical items, metal items, etc. 689-4167. 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! Melda’s Hair Designs in Summerfield, open TuesSat. 643-7799 or 552-0796.

Rascal 600 heavy-duty ALL-TERRAIN ELECTRIC SCOOTER. Originally $6,200. Used one year. Call (336) 643-1550 & leave info for call back. Private Summerfield owner. SLEEPER SOFA, loveseat & ottoman set. Good condition. $200/obo, Stokesdale. (336) 688-8134.

junk or wrecked vehicle. 552-0328. CASH for riding lawn mower needing repair or free removal if unwanted. Also free pickcomputers, gas & electrical items. 689-4167.

 PET / ANIMAL SERVICES ANIMALS AVAILABLE Ready for a new family member? Visit the Guilford County Animal Shelter at

HP ENVY 20 TOUCHSMART PC, less than 1 year old, barely used, keyboard, charger, mouse incl. $400. (423) 736-3990.


WURLITZER PIANO, 1996 model, cherry, perfect condition, appraised at $1,200, asking $1,000. (336) 643-7882.

fur, 10.5 pounds. Has claws, no collar, very

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


Like-new WHIRLPOOL DOUBLE OVEN, $400, and Kenmore gas 4-burner stove top, $175. (336) 644-7065. 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. 2009 ROCKWOOD ULTRA-LITE, 8313SS, with or without warranty, like new, white cabinetry. (336) 382-9156. 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. KNIGHTS PRODUCE & PLANTS Vegetable plants and hanging baskets. 14809 Hwy. 158, Summerfield. 708-0485.

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MALE TABBY CAT FOUIND in Foxbury Meadows. Beige/orange medium length friendly. Appears to have had a recent vet visit. Please call (336) 298-4497.

KPS - KELLY’S PET SERVICES Professional in-home pet sitting. Bonded & insured. Member Pet Sitters International. Pet sitting while you are away, daily walks or runs, play, pet taxi, and more! KPS gives a percentage of profits to animal charities. Call, email, or Facebook message for a free consultation: 706-6706, kpsforyourpets@,, 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.





OVERSIZED LOT FOR SALE, 3.36 acres, perked & ready to build. 7803 Irene Drive, off Crutchfield Farm Road, Oak Ridge. $175,000. (336) 430-3517.

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

Selling or Renting? Reach all of northwest Guilford County right here! 13,200 copies printed and distributed every week! Place your classified ad online at www. nwobserver .com.


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

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CAROLINA MARINA, 214 Pelican Dr. Jet ski lift, boat slip, 40’ covered deck, park model,

8102 Meadow Springs, Stokesdale NW Guilford schools! 4 BR, 3 full BA. Finished basement w/ BR, den and full BA. Oversized 2-car basement garage with workshop/storage area. Living room features vaulted ceiling, gas-log fireplace and wood flooring. Brick exterior front. Covered porch, deck and covered patio. Expansive back yard and cul-de-sac location. $242,000

Phillip Stone 1317 Forsyth Drive Perfect for entertaining & family gatherings! Gleaming hardwood floors & open cook’s kitchen. 4 spacious BR w/ML master & 2.5BA. Fresh paint, new SS appliances, refinished hardwoods – immaculate & ready to move in. Great location in Harvest Ridge. Oversized deck & outbuilding! $303,900

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Alice Computer Camp for Girls ............17

Historic Marker Dedication ....................8

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LegAL serviCes Attorney Bill Barbour ...........................18 Real Estate Showcase ads are a great way to feature your new listing, open house, or price reduction. For more information about Showcase ads, email or call 644-7035, ext. 10.

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