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Northern Guilford Class of 2016 308 seniors graduated on June 3 by L.A. LOGAN/NWO Earning the No. 1 and No. 2 academic spot in the class is a significant feat, especially at Northern Guilford High School where 196 of the 308 graduates finished high school with a weighted grade point average of 4.0 or higher. Before the Class of 2016 walked across the stage at the Greensboro Coliseum’s Special Events Center on the afternoon of June 3, Sarah Halford and Benjamin Lasley had a few thoughts to share with their classmates.

Lasley, the class salutatorian, graduated with a 5.33 GPA.

“High school has allowed our class to discover ourselves and others around us. We have found friends and lost friends and in the process changed ourselves,” Lasley said in his salutatorian speech. “Our teachers have not only taught us biology, accounting or calculus, they’ve also instilled in us life lessons that we will carry with us. The memories we’ve made, both good and bad, have shaped and molded us. Even with its challenges, high school has taught us numerous lessons that we should always hold dear.”

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Northwest Guilford Class of 2016 469 seniors graduated on June 3 by L.A. LOGAN/NWO Northwest Guilford High School supporters and Dolly Parton fans ruled Gate Way City Boulevard near Greensboro Coliseum on the evening of June 3 as they battled for parking spaces.

Valedictorian Daniel Kefer, who plans to study international affairs at George Washington University this fall, graduated with a 5.5 GPA.

Who will be our next president? UNITED STATES/NW GUILFORD – So far, the 2016 presidential election season has been not unlike a wild – and to some, frightening – roller coaster ride. Many voters we have talked with are less than thrilled with who they believe will be the presidential candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot.

As we continue our survey responses from last week’s issue of the Northwest Observer, we thank our readers in northwest Guilford County for sharing their thoughts on the presidential candidates and this election season. Look for more responses in a future issue. •••••

“I am voting for Hillary Clinton for president in November. Having spent most of my life in New York, I have had a chance to observe both candidates over many years – Donald


Inside the Greensboro Coliseum’s Special Events Center, 469 high school graduates awaited, ready to turn their tassels and embark on a new journey.

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Trump as a New York-based businessman and Hillary Clinton as a junior senator from New York. Mrs. Clinton has spent much of her life in public service, from her days as an assistant prosecuting attorney to the Arkansas governor’s mansion to first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state. While many accusations have been addressed against her, some of the best legal minds in the country have been unable to

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“What I will remember the most (about tonight) is all of you sitting here, looking at me and waiting for me to say something worth listening to,” he said as he began his speech. “We started our career in 2012 when the world was supposed to end. We slowly earned our place in front of the student section at football games, cheering until our voices were gone. We sat through temporary trailers that are older than we are.” Some of those things helped shape the Class of 2016 into a phenomenal bunch, Kefer said, noting that it’s important to recognize certain things

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IN THIS ISSUE News in Brief .............................................3 Your Questions .........................................4 Reader survey ..........................................6 Oak Ridge Town Council ........................8 Youth/School News ............................... 11 NWHS gym floor gets update ...............12 NGHS student drives tractor to finals ...13 Business Notes .......................................18 Community Calendar ...........................19 Crime/Incident Report ..........................20 Run the Ridge/RidgeFest photos .........22 Grins & Gripes ........................................24 Classifieds ..............................................27 Index of Advertisers ..............................31

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June 7 primary election results NORTH CAROLINA – Thanks to Congressional districts being redrawn, a second primary was held on June 7 for U.S. Congressional 6th and 13th districts, and an N.C. Supreme Court associate justice. Just over 10 percent of registered voters in Guilford County cast ballots in the primary, which was higher than the 7.7 percent of registered voters who voted statewide. With 20 percent of the votes, Ted Bund was the top vote getter among the 17 Republican candidates in U.S. Congressional District 13, which covers Davidson, Davie and Iredell counties, and parts of Rowan and Guilford counties. N.C. House Rep. John Blust, Hank Henning and Julia Howard each received

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about 10 percent of the votes. Former county commissioner Bruce Davis, with 26 percent of the votes, was the top vote getter among the five Democratic candidates in District 13, edging out Bob Isner by only 112 votes. Republican Mark Walker, with 78 percent of the votes, soundly defeated Chris Hardin in District 6, which now covers seven entire counties in central North Carolina and part of Guilford County. Walker will face newcomer Democrat Pete Glidewell in the general election on Nov. 8. Bob Edmunds, with 48 percent of the votes, defeated three other candidates on the primary ballot for N.C. Supreme Court associate justice.

RidgeFest fireworks rescheduled OAK RIDGE – Missed the fireworks on Saturday, June 4, at RidgeFest? You’re not alone. Despite having to cancel carnival rides and other scheduled evening events for the kickoff of RidgeFest on June 2, the remaining two days of the three-day event went off without a hitch … until about 7 p.m. on Saturday, when event organizers and attendees checked their weather apps and saw the thunderstorms getting ominously closer. At about 8:20 p.m., just after the Tyler

Millard Band had begun playing, lightning and rain were spotted on the horizon. The crowd quickly made its way out of Oak Ridge Town Park and the fireworks that were scheduled to begin just after dark were cancelled. Merchants of Oak Ridge, which sponsors RidgeFest in partnership with the Town of Oak Ridge, has good news, though. The fireworks display has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, in conjunction with the Town’s last Music in the Park event of the season. Plans are underway to make this a fun-filled evening – look for more details as Sept. 10 gets closer.

Two public hearings and letter from sheriff on meeting agenda STOKESDALE – Public hearings for the proposed FY 2016-2017 budget and XYZ Enterprises’ request to rezone 1.53 acres located at 7823 U.S. 158 from LO (Limited Office) to GO-M (General

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There is a temporary sign as you approach the bridge over 3/8/12 11:53 AM Lake Higgins/Lake Brandt on U.S. 220 that reads “Subject to Flooding.” Can you explain what that means, and is this going to be a permanent concern or only while construction is going on in this area? Bobby Norris, an NCDOT district engineer, explained there have been some issues with excess water in this area; after investigating, NCDOT found that the contractor did not install a section of pipe as they were supposed to, so the water is not properly draining and is overwhelming the other pipe system below. Concerns about possible flooding exist only until the bridge over the spillway can be built and the dirt brought up; at that point the pipe can be installed and the problem corrected.

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Discussion of a letter from Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes is also on the meeting agenda. In that letter, Barnes says the Stokesdale deputy was a valuable asset to the Town as well as to the sheriff’s department, and the deputy will continue to work for the sheriff’s department. “While we will continue to provide services, lack of that officer may impact response times and crime,” Barnes wrote. “I feel confident it will impact response times, since the benefit of having an officer patrol-

ling in the town as opposed to coming from somewhere else in that zone will be missed. As for crime, only time will tell how that will be felt since there is no way to measure the value of the officer’s visibility as he patrols. As you make your (budget) decision, please know we will support the town as we always have and will make whatever adjustments needed to continue giving the best service available.” The June 9 council meeting will be held at Stokesdale Town Hall, 8325 Angel Pardue Road, at 7 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Commission chairman resigns OAK RIDGE – If Oak Ridge Town Park is indeed the Town’s “crown jewel” as some have claimed, Bill Edwards has been the jewel keeper from its inception. Serving as

the Town’s Parks and Recreation Committee, and later, Commission chairman since 2006, Edwards has been involved with the park every step of the way, from its earliest

planning stages to the opening of Phase I in May 2009, to the planning and recent completion of Phase IIA, which includes the addition of an amphitheater and more parking spaces. There are very few community events held at the park in which Edwards has not attended. He has often been seen performing menial but vital duties, i.e. emptying trash containers at RidgeFest, and he has been the ever-present photographer, capturing literally thousands of pictures of everything from park construction to smiling faces of event attendees.

new blood to lead the P&R Commission,” Edwards wrote in his resignation letter to the Town. “I am confident that new leadership will benefit the community while allowing me the opportunity to pursue other interests.” At the June 2 council meeting, Mayor Spencer Sullivan presented Edwards with a proclamation of appreciation for his services over the last 10 years.

“Through his leadership on the Parks & Recreation Commission, he has Edwards sought continuously to make this community a better place to live, work and play through his judicious concern for Edwards recently resigned as Parks the establishment of and additions to the and Recreation Commission Chairman, Oak Ridge Town Park and for his advoeffective June 2. cacy on behalf of the park,” a portion of the proclamation read. “After a decade of working on the park committee, and later, commission, I believe the time has come for some

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Re: Boy saved, gorilla killed at Cincinnati Zoo During the recent Memorial Day weekend, a 3-year-old boy fell into an adult male gorilla’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Harambe, a western lowland silverback gorilla weighing 450 pounds, drug the young child through the enclosure several times before zoo officials shot and killed the gorilla. Not only did the disturbing video of the incident go viral, but national news media has stayed on the story, publicizing opinions from several experts and the general public as to how the situation should have been handled. Opinions vary wildly, with some saying zoo officials were too quick to kill the animal while others saying the gorilla was only trying to protect the child and the animal should have been tranquilized instead of killed (zoo officials argue that tactic would have likely put the child in even more danger).


There was also criticism of the mother for turning her attention away from the child, with some even saying she should face criminal charges for neglect; an online petition seeking “Justice for Harambe” received more than 500,000 signatures.

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the distance between Mom and the little boy, so it is hard for me to be judgmental in this situation.

“She had three other kids with her and turned her back. And if anyone doesn’t believe a 3-year-old can scamper off very quickly, they’ve never had kids,” Deters was quoted as saying in a news report.

“I really think that this was handled the only way possible. The people at the zoo work with these animals and I am sure they have been trained to respond in a life-threatening situation just as they did. We would be talking about two lives being taken if the little boy had died.”

With all the backlash against the Cincinnati zoo officials for shooting and killing Harambe, and against the mother for what some say was neglect, we surveyed some of our readers in northwest Guilford County to ask if they felt zoo employees handled the situation appropriately under the circumstances. Thanks to the following readers who weighed in on this issue. ••••• “I think the officials did the right thing. A human life is always more important than the life of an animal. “(As for charging the mother) I think any mother could have found herself in the same situation. Children are so spontaneous. It is hard to keep them still. I don’t know the circumstances or

Judy Raines Stokesdale “Being an animal lover, it pains me to have to say the zoo made the best call. The violence used to drag that child – while it may have been play to the gorilla – could have seriously injured or killed him. “As to the investigation of the mother, that should be done to assure there was no negligence and to clear the mom so those who blame her can be appeased. It was a difficult time for everyone, but accidents do happen. The zoo should be constantly reviewing their security protocols.” Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes Summerfield

“The situation with the gorilla and the toddler was truly an unfortunate event that no one would ever choose to have to face. Man cannot understand what a gorilla is ‘going to do’ in that situation and if it were my child or grandchild, I would choose their life over the gorilla. “No parent would purposely choose to put their child or themselves in such a horrible situation in which they have been scrutinized by those of us sitting in the comfort of our homes saying, ‘I’m so glad this didn’t happen to me, and shame on them.’ Also, I’m sure the zoo did not purposely build an improper enclosure. “Saying all that, I feel this was an accident that will be fixed by the zoo as far as it can be fixed, humanly speaking, but there will always be sad, unfortunate circumstances that happen in life to us all. “The parents will live with this event in their lives forever and feel regret for not being there each second for their child, but at some point we must realize that by the grace of God it could have been me and ‘forgiveness’ and ‘not blame’ has to be the word that allows everyone to heal

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and move forward and then learn how to avoid this ever happening again to another family and/or animal.” Patricia Minix Greensboro “The child’s life was paramount, and the decision to remove the (gorilla) threat was the correct one under the circumstances. There should be no second guessing when a human life is risked by an animal, regardless of species. This incident was unfortunate, but handled appropriately. “I don’t think the mother should have been charged for the incident. Parents aren’t perfect, and children sometimes stray for all sorts of reasons. Even the most careful parent can be briefly distracted, allowing an incident such as this to occur. Normally, the consequences are less dire and aren’t captured on video, so most go unreported. “(As to what could be done differently), I rely on the trained staff to determine alternative rescue methods, and trust their judgment. Not all zoos enjoy the same infrastructure or funding streams. I would convene a council of zookeepers from the world’s 10 best zoos to discuss possible safety enhancements.” William H. Edwards Oak Ridge

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JUNE 2 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by PATTI STOKES  Mayor Spencer Sullivan opened the meeting at 7 p.m. and Pastor Andy Cook of the Summit Church in Oak Ridge led the opening prayer. Minutes from an April 19 special meeting, May 5 council meeting and May 5 closed session were approved, as was the June 2 meeting agenda. Sheriff’s Office report. Sgt. Eric League said the District 1 office responded to only two incidents in Oak Ridge last month, one for a stolen wallet and the other for a house break-in on Peeples Road. League said students being out of school for the summer might have more time for “mischief;” as always, everyone was encouraged to lock up valuables and call the sheriff’s office with any concerns. Fire Dept. Chief Steve Simmons said the department responded to 56 calls in May; 27 were fire/service related and 29 medical-related. Department personnel underwent 272 hours of training. As a summer safety tip, Simmons reminded everyone to open the lid when lighting a gas grill and never leave the grill unattended.

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and the project can get underway. The sidewalk will begin at the N.C. 150 and Linville Road intersection and extend to Oak Ridge Commons. Animal Control. Oakley presented a renewal agreement between the Town and Guilford County for animal control services. The Town has contracted with the county for these services since 2000.

 5  0 to renew a 5-year agreement for animal control services and contributions to the operation of an animal control shelter; the cost for 2016-2017 will be $15,175 and adjusted annually based on the Town’s population and the county’s animal control budget. Resignation. Oakley announced that Bill Edwards, longtime Parks and Recreation Commission chairman, recently submitted his resignation. “He has worked hard on the park and we are sad to see him go,” Oakley said. Sullivan said the park has been associated with Edwards since long before the first phase opened in 2009, and he then presented Edwards with a proclamation of appreciation. See News Briefs for more.

PUBLIC HEARINGS Text Amendments  Bill Bruce, town planning director, presented revised text amendments to the Town’s development ordinance which incorporated feedback and addressed concerns the council expressed at the May 5 meeting.

 5  0 to approve the proposed text amendments as presented and revised. “We appreciate your work here,” Sullivan said to Bruce, clarifying that the amendments’ primary purpose is to bring the Town’s ordinances into compliance with the recently updated land use plan.

FY 2016-17 BUDGET  Finance Committee Chairman John Jenkins gave a brief overview of the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year which begins July 1. The Town projects revenue of $1.5 million and expenses of $1.25 million; with that, $258,000 will be added to the fund balance.

CITIZEN COMMENTS Proponents  Ann Schneider, chair of the Town’s Historic Preservation Commission, said as a committee chair she witnessed the kind of scrutiny that was given to the budget. “I believe the resulting budget

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COUNCIL COMMENTS  Councilman Jim Kinneman noted the Finance Committee began with a zero-based budget. “We retired the debt on the park this year, which was about $1 million – that’s why I think it’s prudent to not further reduce the fund balance. Next year, we should take a more aggressive look at where our fund balance is and where we want it to be,” Kinneman said. “I wish more people would have participated in the (budget) process,” he continued. “I was disappointed to see a gripe in today’s paper (Northwest Observer’s June 2-9 issue), yet in both hearings and formal processes, we don’t hear anything we can act on … I am disappointed

 Councilman Mike Stone said he was frustrated with the budget process, though that was not the fault of the Finance Committee. “I’m frustrated that the town council has a hands-off approach because we don’t want to unduly influence the budget process … my desire is a tax decrease. I’ll support the budget this year, but I want a tax decrease,” Stone said.  “I never thought I would say this, but I sort of agree with everything George McClellan has said,” Councilman Doug Nodine said with a laugh. “I think we do need to look at our budget process. I would encourage us to have some sort of workshop early on so we can give direction to the Finance Committee … I would also encourage us to look at a 5-year capital budget.” Sullivan confirmed that plans for refining the budget process are in the works,


 5  0 to approve the proposed

budget as presented.

NEW BUSINESS Civil penalty settlement offer. Council engaged in a lengthy discussion with Attorney Jeff Oleynik of Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, who represents CMT Commons/CrossFit Oak Ridge. On May 20 the Town received a settlement offer from CMT Commons for 10 percent of the civil penalties assessed by the Town for noncompliance with its zoning requirements.

 5  0 to reject CMT’s settlement offer. The council then added a Closed Session at the end of the meeting to “discuss a legal matter” with the town attorney. See article in next week’s issue for more on this topic. CITIZEN COMMENTS

 Planning and Zoning Board member Patty Paslaru asked that the council send CMT Commons a formal notice of its zoning violations “so that they can no longer say they are ignorant of them.”

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Finance Committee. Chairman John Jenkins agreed decreasing the Town’s property tax rate, which has been 8.63 cents per $100 property valuation since it was first levied in 2004, should be strongly considered next year. “The tax rate was put into place to pay off the town hall and town park; both of those have been done,” Jenkins said. Jenkins also agreed the Town’s budget process should be refined, and a 5-year capital budget be developed. Sullivan confirmed that committee chairs will be involved in the new budget process. Planning & Zoning. Patty Paslaru said the board reviewed the Bojangles’ site plan in May. “There was a lot of discussion about the safety of the plan; they have a very small lot for the amount of traffic going through. We asked them to review the plans and see what they could do to improve safety,” she said. The P&Z Board also discussed its Tree Board responsibilities.

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“In the upcoming fiscal year, I would like for the council to hold a budget workshop with the staff and Finance Committee to review our short- and longterm goals; next year will be the first year our Town will be debt-free (park debt was paid off this year), so I would like to look at reducing the tax rate,” McClellan said.

“I do want to make this point,” Sullivan added. “Everybody is talking as though we’ve never considered a tax cut before. Every year the tax rate is considered as a part of the budget … We’re now getting in such a solid condition, with a growing tax base, that we probably can afford a tax cut. But I’m going to leave that to the committee to decide … with some direction from us.”

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 Micah Spencer, a Parks and Recreation Commission member, also spoke in support of the budget while suggesting that funds be set aside in the future for a permanent sound system for the park’s amphitheater, which “would greatly enhance the experience for our Music in the Park events.”

 Councilman George McClellan said he, too, was pleased with the budget.


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and the Town is at a point in its growth that “saying the budget process is the way it is because we’ve always done it that way doesn’t hold true anymore.”

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people are willing to offer criticism but not be a part of the process. With that, I think this is a solid budget.”

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“Mr. Kinneman took a beating,” Paslaru said (somewhat) jokingly (it was Kinneman who had suggested the Town’s P&Z Board also take on responsibilities of being a Tree Board). “We are trying to find out what we are being asked to do, and decide how much we are willing to do. Some things have come about that indicate we might need to do more than originally expected … so there was some discussion.” Historic Preservation. Chair Ann Schneider said last month the commission reviewed a COA for a new single-family home in the historic district, but it was denied for being incompatible with historic guidelines. “It is rare for us to turn down a COA,” Schneider said. “We were able to offer Johnson & Lee (the builder) detailed feedback and they have resubmitted it for our June meeting.” A grant review panel that includes three outside historic experts met last month with HPC subcommittee members to review grant applications; the panel recommended support at varying levels for all four projects, and $5,000 in grant funds will be paid to leverage $36,000 worth of work to properties within the historic district. Berrier cabin. The HPC hopes to find someone to move and preserve the Berrier cabin, portions of which date back to the 1920s; the cabin is located on property that builder Mark Disney recently purchased in Oak Ridge. Anyone interested is asked to contact Town Clerk Sandra Smith at (336) 644-7009 or Parks and Recreation. Giving his final report as chairman of the P&R Commission, Bill Edwards thanked the council for its support while developing the park into such a great facility. “It has been a great opportunity and learning experience and I’m sure it will be even better in the future,” he said. Two Music in the Park events were held in May and another will be held on June 11, featuring Seth Williams playing music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and blues/ country sounds. “Thanks for everything. It has been a

wild ride. I will be still be out there (at the park) with my camera,” Edwards said.

CITIZEN COMMENTS  Patty Paslaru asked who was responsible for clearing the large downed tree in front of the cell phone tower at the park; Oakley responded the company that owns the cell phone tower has been notified about the tree but hasn’t taken any action, and since it isn’t considered a hazard, there is nothing more that can be done from the Town’s end.

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 Micah Spencer reminded everyone of the upcoming primary election on June 7.

COUNCIIL COMMENTS  Kinneman reminded everyone about the importance of donating blood, and then said he appreciates all of the Town’s volunteers and staff. “That is why I was so passionate about CMT – because you guys took the brunt of that,” he said. “You took it, and you still did things fairly.”  McClellan echoed Spencer’s reminder about voting in the primary.  Stone also thanked the Town’s volunteers and staff, and then read a statement about a “patriot and citizen of the great state of North Carolina” who the late Congressman Howard Coble honored 10 years ago after the citizen’s death. “This citizen entered World War II just after his 18th birthday; he was a member of Gen. Patton’s Third Army. He was a machine gunner who was wounded in France and carried shrapnel in his back for the rest of his life; he was assigned to a non-combat assignment, where he immediately went AWOL and found Gen. Patton’s army just in time to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, three bronze stars, a heroism award and several African and European campaign medals. Ten years ago my dad passed way. John Starr was a patriot, he was my hero and I miss him today more than I did the day he passed away,” Stone said. Following a brief closed session, the meeting adjourned at 9:32 p.m.

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 Oak Ridge Elementary’s assistant principal Jim Smith dressed up as the black king for a live chess game on May 25, while principal Denise Francisco dressed up as the white queen.

to a final meeting and year-end celebration at the school on the morning of May 25. During the celebration, a live chess game was played, in which

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Students contemplate their chess moves during the last Chess Club meeting of the school year on May 25.

Oak Ridge Elementary students learn the game of chess Since Oak Ridge Elementary School’s PTSO formed a Chess Club for students in March, about 60 students have shown up every Wednesday from 7:05 to 7:50 a.m. to learn the game of chess. Parent volunteers have assisted in the teaching, along with members of the Greensboro Chess Club. “Most (chess) clubs don’t start until middle school,” said PTSO parent volunteer Danielle Gram. “But it’s amazing

how fast these kids (even kindergartners) have picked it up. We’ve had so many excited kids and active parent volunteers since its inception, and we’re hoping this may also give other Guilford County elementary schools the idea to start clubs!” On Saturday, May 21, two of the school’s Chess Club members, Maxim Tarabin and Drew McKeown, competed in the Greensboro Chess Club Scholastic Competition and Maxim took second place in the Section 2 Countergambits competition. Oak Ridge Elementary’s Chess Club students and their parents were invited

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Gym floor gets update, courtesy of Viking Vision Josh Walton, with Sports Court Solutions by Floor Action, measures out volleyball lines at Northwest Guilford High School’s Roger L. Nelson Gym. Walton’s company was contracted to refurbish the gym floor. Photo by L.A. Logan

by L.A. LOGAN NORTHWEST GUILFORD – When you next step into Northwest Guilford High School’s Roger L. Nelson Gym, it won’t take more than a few seconds to notice that something is different. A shiny gym floor, which has been sanded and refinished with a water-based stain, will be ready for the start of summer basketball and volleyball camps. The floor also showcases a new Viking logo in the middle of the court and lettering on the baselines. Josh Walton, general manager of Sports Court Solutions by Floor Action, said the company has been working with Guilford County Schools for


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over a decade and has sanded about every gym floor in the county’s school system. He admitted that Northwest’s floor is one of his top three favorites. “The coaches love the floor,” he said. ”The principal loves it, and the custodians love it. The parents or students haven’t seen it yet, but we hope they love it, too!” Northwest athletic director John Hughes said Viking Vision, a non-profit formed about 12 years ago by NWGHS alum and booster members, is funding the project, which got underway on May 18. “It is about a three-week process and costs around $15,000,” Hughes said. “The floor will be ready for use by

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June 10 if not sooner.” Hughes said he appreciates Viking Vision making it possible to refurbish the floor, which is needed about every 10 to 15 years. “I personally am very thankful we have Viking Vision and other booster club organizations that allow us to keep our athletic facilities up to date,” said Hughes. “It is going to be awesome to see our volleyball and basketball teams’ reaction when they see it – it is a lot different than the old paint scheme! “One of the coaches asked if we got new lights because it was so much brighter in the gym with the lighter water-based stain.”

‘Country boy’ proudly drives tractor to school for final exam NORTHERN GUILFORD – With one final exam to go, Northern Guilford High School junior Andrew Morton decided to celebrate the end to a great school year, the soon beginning of his senior year – and his “country boy” heritage. So he strapped his backpack on his back on the morning of June 6 and drove to school – on his great-great-grandfather’s 1957 Allis Chalmers WD tractor. “Since we don’t live far from the school, he thought if he left early enough, he could make it safely there before all the traffic became an issue,” said Andrew’s mom, Melinda Morton. “Apparently, other folks knew about his plans because there were students and parents stationed in locations along N.C. 150, taking photos and shooting video as he drove by,” Melinda said.

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Before closing, Lasley encouraged his classmates to “find your calling.” “There is one thing about the job you choose,” he said. “Find your calling not based on salary, benefits or the opinions of others, but based on your passion for the field. Your life is yours to live regardless of society and perceptions. Mark Twain once said ‘Sing like no one is listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching and live like it’s heaven on earth.’” After Halford, who graduated with a 5.375 GPA, took her place at the podium to give her valedictorian’s speech, she confessed that speaking in front of her peers on graduation day was her most difficult assignment of the year. “I’d like to thank those in the audience who raised the Class of 2016,” she said.

“Without your persistence and encouragement – also known as ‘nagging’ — none of us would be where we are today. Thank you to the teachers and administrators, who were almost too quick to assign homework but who were just as quick to lend a helping hand. Your work is much appreciated. “This is the last time we will all be together like this. Our time in the halls of Northern has come to an end. Once that realization sets in, I hope you all can rest easy knowing that you made the most of your time in those purple-lined halls.” Halford ended her speech with a quote by the lyrist Drake: “Tables turn, bridges burn, you live and learn.”

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about high school because they define who you are. “Now that our high school days are over, it’s time to look forward to the future,” he said. “We will be bombarded with challenges in college, at work and in our relationships. Sometimes life will

move so quickly moments will become easily lost. Find out what makes you laugh and don’t hesitate to smile.” His closing words were a quote from the movie character Ferris Bueller. “Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it,” he said. Salutatorian Crystal Tsui, who graduated with a 5.42 GPA and will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall, said she will use her life and knowledge to make an impact on our world. “This may sound cliché, but Northwest has truly shaped and impacted my life greatly,” she said. “I will not pursue wealth and fame … but to improve something in our society and to speak for those who are oppressed.”


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Run the Ridge 1-mile fun run/walk & 5K June 4 • Oak Ridge Town Park Photos by Patti Stokes/NWO

 And they’re of f – 85 runners participated in this year’s Run the Ridge 5k.

of Apex, North  Emil Branas (left) Mist ysyn cross the Carolina, and Mason ile run with times finish line of the 1-m of 11:01 and 11:02.

 After particip ating in the 1-m ile run, 5k run and 3-mile Rugg ed Ridge run/ob stacle course, Stokesdale resid ent Bill Preddy, 71 , gets cooled down with an ic e pack cour tesy of race director Andy Miche ls.

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would normally take care of inside the bank. Have a few dozen checks to deposit? The ITM can handle it. Need to make a loan payment? You can handle that with the ITM also. Want to talk to someone to find out if a check has cleared? Just ask that friendly person on the screen. The new technology has enabled Bank of Oak Ridge to update the way it does business, which bank officials believe benefits both customers and employees. First, there are the new hours. The ITM is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While the drive-thru hours have been extended, the lobby hours have been shortened. Inside banking is now

available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Saturdays. Young sees this as a huge plus. “This allows people to do their banking however and whenever it’s most convenient.” “The convenience factor blows bankers’ hours out of the water,” notes Jason Woods, manager of interactive services. “(For instance), people can take care of their banking on the way to work. We’ve basically given them their lunch hours back.” Young also sees the new lobby hours as an improvement on bank employees’ quality of life, since their workday will be shorter. In addition, interactive tellers can create their own schedules by working flex time.


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Although some people might consider this type of interaction less personal, bank officials feel the new technology actually offers the chance to build stronger relationships with its customers. Rather than pulling up to a window and talking through a speaker to a teller who may be busy helping several people at once, a customer is able to have a face-to-face conversation via a computer screen with a person who is dedicated to helping with that single transaction.

ume of the conversation or even simply type in their requests, privacy is much greater than with the tube system or even going into the bank and doing business at the counter. As with most new technology, implementing the ITM system hasn’t come without a few hiccups. For instance, the machines didn’t have a place to store pens for customers. After some searching, someone finally found a plastic cup that could be attached and filled with a handful of Bank of Oak Ridge pens. There’s one thing they’re still searching for – a way to pass out the suckers and treats that are so popular with kids and dogs. While it might not seem like a big deal to some people, it’s something many customers’ family members look forward to, and Bank of Oak Ridge is serious about finding a way to make sure all of their customers are happy.

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who have died to preserve our freedom.  Randy Floss, Merchants of Oak Ridge’s RidgeFest Committee chairman, for the insane amount of time and energy he put into organizing this year’s (and every year’s) RidgeFest, and the Merchants’ association for sponsoring it. What a great community event!  Matt and his crew from Southern Exposures, and Blaine Moricle, for their help in trying to locate the unwelcome snake that had slithered into my garage.  David Wrenn of Bi-Rite in Stokesdale, for suggesting that my wife and I come

to the store to cool off after our air conditioning was off for over two weeks. Where else would you get service like that?  Weeks Hardwood Flooring for an outstanding job refinishing our floors. They are beautiful and your staff was not only highly skilled but friendly, prompt and professional. I highly recommend you to everyone.  The two guys who helped a stranded motorist push the broken-down car to the side on N.C. 68. True gentlemen!  Tire Max in Stokesdale. We had several vehicles inspected and they did a super job. Very friendly and efficient.  Pastor Randy Winn and the members of Stokesdale Christian Church for all of the outstanding support to make Cub Scout Pack 141’s first year a great success.  Andy Michels, Oak Ridge Physical Therapy owner and race director for the Merchants of Oak Ridge’s Run the Ridge and Rugged Ridge. Our family enjoyed participating this year, and we appreciate all the time you volunteered to organize these events.  All our hard-working teachers, from kindergarten to high school. You are shaping your students’ minds and preparing them for a bright future.  Carquest in Stokesdale. The only auto parts store in the Triad that found parts for me on the same day, and by lunch time!  Merchants of Oak Ridge, a small but mighty group, who contributed many volunteer hours and dollars to offer another great Run the Ridge, Rugged Ridge and RidgeFest. These community events wouldn’t be possible without you!

GRIPES to...  The neighbor in or close to the Foxbury neighborhood in Oak Ridge who left their dog outside on Saturday (May 28) to bark, literally, all night

long. It’s cruel to the dog and cruel to your neighbors.  People whom (sic) obsess over proper grammar, pacifically (sic) diction. Its (sic) not a big deal.  President Obama for encouraging the U.S. Air Force Academy cadets in Colorado to believe in anti-isolationism in your commencement speech. Have you learned yet from the hurt of the past?  Whoever (at the Greensboro Coliseum) scheduled a Dolly Parton concert at the same time Guilford County Schools held graduation ceremonies on June 3. What a mess! What should have been a celebration of achievement was a hot, stressful, miserable experience.  (Oak Ridge Town Councilman) Jim Kinneman for publicly bashing Mustang Fitness (CrossFit) owners about “bad behavior” at last week’s town council meeting.  The decking company’s box truck driver who almost rear-ended us on June 3 at 4:45 p.m. while trying to beat the red light. Didn’t work! Good thing I was paying attention and quickly turned to get out of your way.


 People who text while driving. I’ve been forced off the road and given the finger countless times because of what you’re doing. Many innocent people lose their lives every day due to this. Isn’t that enough guilt? Please stop!



 The owner of a local nail salon for being rude to an elderly lady who returned because her polish was peeling after no more than two hours.  Inconsiderate drivers who don’t use their turn signals. Also, selfish drivers who refuse to let others turn onto busy roads such as N.C. 68 during rush hour.  Those responsible for closing doors at Northern Guilford’s graduation at 3:19 p.m. (ceremony began at 3:30 p.m.), barring many from watching their children/friends walk on this precious day. The agitated crowd was allowed to enter at 3:50 p.m., completely interrupting the speaker!

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prove that she has done anything illegal or immoral. She has been harassed by innuendo, rumors and outright lies for years and nothing has come of it. “And, by the way, it was her husband who had the affair, not her. She is the one who held that family together despite the worldwide embarrassment and unceasing public scrutiny. Has she made mistakes? Of course. Errors in judgment? Of course. But given the scope of her expertise and her experience making those thousands of decisions in the political and global realm, her track record is good enough for me. “Mr. Trump is the consummate businessman. He tells us that he acts strictly from a business point of view. He has supported opposing candidates in the same election, saying that it’s good for business. Issues and principles did not enter into it. He has said one thing one day and

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something entirely different the next day, saying that it is good for business. Truth and morality did not enter into it. Ted Cruz was a good man and a good friend one day and ‘Lyin’ Ted’ the next. Everyone and everything is expendable and ‘discardable’ if it does not conform to The Donald’s world view of the moment. “Mr. Trump is fond of saying that he did not inherit his wealth and that he ‘only’ borrowed $1 million from his father. What he doesn’t tell us about are the business connections that he also inherited from his dad which opened the doors to the New York real estate world and the New Jersey casino moguls. “Real estate and casinos can be very unsavory in the wrong hands. He also does not discuss that Roy Cohn, the vilified McCarthy hearing lawyer, whose motto was ‘Always attack, never apologize,’ mentored Donald Trump during his early independent real estate career. Cohn also defended Trump in numerous real estate lawsuits, including racially segregated housing charges and mobcontrolled union contracts. And, it’s Hillary Clinton that people don’t trust? By the way, it was Mr. Trump who had the extra-marital affairs, at least twice, not Mrs. Clinton. “Given the alternative, I am very comfortable in my choice. I also feel that Mrs.

Clinton will adjust some of her stances to include and accommodate Bernie Sanders and his supporters. It is this spirit of inclusiveness that America needs to move forward after years of infighting. Mr. Trump would ‘fire’ anyone not agreeing with him. I want a government based on ideals and morals, not the whims of a manipulating demagogue who will do anything, anything to get his way.” Tom McCoy Stokesdale “I have selected Donald Trump for my vote for president. I feel he would be the best for the job because he is an outsider. He is not a ‘Washington’ crook like his opponent and most of the Congress.” “I feel comfortable with voting for Trump because otherwise this country will be gone in four years of anti-American socialism and open borders. I supported Ted Cruz until he withdrew. That was disturbing, but we must regroup and support Trump to literally save the country. “By the way, I was a lifelong registered Democrat until last year at this time.” Mark E. Brown, mayor Town of Summerfield “Trump is the man.” Billy Kanoy Oak Ridge

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Farewell reception for Michael & Karen Kurtz Sunday, June 12 • 4-7pm • 2424 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge All are welcome to attend an Open House reception in Oak Ridge United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center to honor pastors Michael & Karen Kurtz’s service to our church and to the Oak Ridge community. You will have the opportunity to share your cherished memories of the Kurtz family in a remembrance book, enjoy refreshments, fellowship and have a one-on-one moment with them both.

If you are planning on attending, we ask that you bring a ready-to-serve finger food such as an appetizer or dessert to share. Please bring your food item to the Family Life Center kitchen before or after your service of choice on June 12. A gift table and donation box will be present for those who wish to give a love offering, card or gift/memento to Michael and Karen.

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“Reluctantly…Trump. (His) business acumen is a huge plus with a bottom line of significant accomplishments. Meanwhile, Hillary deserves jail and Bernie deserves Venezuela. “Without credible alternatives, comfort isn’t an issue. Actually it boils down to math: since I will vote and there are just three candidates, with one deserving jail and the other deserving Venezuela, Trump will receive my vote. “(It disturbs me) that presidential elections have been turned into middle school silliness of popularity, insults, innuendo and negativity. I fear that this oncehonorable office is forever tainted, for it is now simply a reality game show.” William H. Edwards Oak Ridge “(I’m voting for) Donald Trump, although he was not my best or first choice; he is not a politician. “I’m less comfortable than I would like to be (in this decision as) I don’t have a real feeling of security and trust.” Peggy Twiddy Greensboro

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SUMMERFIELD FARMS IS HIRING. Groundskeeper, market retail associate, garden volunteers and farm help needed. Apply online, SUMMER CAMP DIRECTOR. Operation Xcel, an after-school and summer enrichment program located in Stokesdale, is seeking a full-time summer camp director from June 13-August 12. The camp director will oversee day-to-day operations at the site and must have experience in program administration, extensive experience working with kids, and the ability to plan and lead student activities. Please send resume and cover letter to Kelli at VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Operation Xcel, an after-school and summer enrichment program, is seeking summer camp volunteers to assist high-risk students in grades K-8 during summer academic classes and activities. Camps are held in Stokesdale & High Point from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Please email Kelli at for more information.

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CAREGIVER / CARE COORDINATOR available. A few hours or 24/7 care offered. Excellent refs. Call Susan, (336) 880-2594.

Home Services ....................... 28-29 Misc. Services......................... 29-30 Misc. for Sale ............................. 30 Misc. Wanted ............................. 30 Pets & Animal Services ............... 30 Real Estate .................................. 30

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THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Oak Ridge Fire and Rescue Company, Inc. will be held Monday, June 13, 2016, at 7:30pm in the meeting room at 8325 Linville Road, Oak Ridge, NC 27310. MUSIC IN THE PARK, featuring the Special Occasion Band, Saturday, June 18, 6-8:30pm, Summerfield Community Park Amphitheater. See display ad on page 6 for more info. FAIRY GARDEN WORKSHOP, Saturday, July 9, 2pm, The Garden Outlet, Summerfield. Come join the fun! Please call ahead to reserve your spot, (336) 643-0898. SAT PREP CLASS, July 18-21, 8:30am1:30pm. Instructors are local English, math and science teachers. Limited to 30 students. $300. For more info, call (336) 317-1472 or email Red Dog Farm’s Annual BARNYARD BASH, Saturday, August 20, Summerfield Farms. Keep an eye on future issues for more info, and see page 21 for sponsorship opportunities.

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MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE, Sat., June 11, 8am-2pm, 8304 Hammer Road, Stokesdale (Hwy. 68 to Dorsett Downs, right on Wessex, right on Hammer Road). Something for everybody – great stuff, great prices! HUGE MOVING SALE, June 10-12, Friday and Sat., 8am-3pm; Sunday, 11am-2pm, 5850 Stanley Huff Road, Summerfield. Farm equip., camping equip., household items, silver, 5-cent Coke vending machine, Nordic Track incline trainer, popcorn machine, furniture, garden tools, electronics, office supplies, coins, antiques, new Foosball table, piano, much, much more! A 24-stall horse barn full of items, and the farm is for sale too!

It’s YARD SALE season! To place your Yard Sale ad, visit and click on Place a Classified. The deadline is Monday! YARD SALE, Saturday, June 11, 7am, 7770 Springdale Meadow Drive, Stokesdale. Home items, tires, kids’ stuff, etc. COMMUNITY YARD SALE, Sat., June 11, 8am, Golden Antiques & Treasures, 341 Ram Loop, Stokesdale. $10/space, call (336) 949-4958 to reserve your spot. HUGE MOVING SALE, Saturday, June 11, 8am-until, 224 Green Street, Kernersville, off of Hwy. 150. Antiques, dolls, art, glassware, table w/ chairs, and so much more. MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE, Sat., June 18, 8am-1pm, 8022 Fogleman Rd., Oak Ridge. Kids’ items, housewares, accessories, handwoven scarves and tea towels, leather goods, outdoor items.

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ROOFING CLINARD & SON ROOFING, LLC Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Now accepting all major credit cards. Call (336) 643-8191 or (336) 580-3245. A.L. CORMAN ROOFING INC. Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., (336) 621-6962. ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS – if you had hail during the storm on April 28, call us for a free roof inspection. Let us make sure that your roof was not damaged by the storm. Red Rhino Roofing, based in Oak Ridge, NC. BBB accredited A and listed with Angie’s List. Call (336) 944-6118, or visit

 MISC. SERVICES ARTS FOR THE SUMMER. Private lessons in piano, voice, violin and acting. Ages 5-adult. Certified teacher, NW Greensboro studio. (336) 282-9925. CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT, (336) 274-5060. COMPUTER REPAIRS – ITBASICS.COM Inside Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons. (336) 643-0068. SAM’S AUTO BODY SHOP. Any type of body work. 45 years exp. (336) 347-7470.

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

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

 MISC. FOR SALE Old tobacco shed in Oak Ridge – FREE TIMBER/BEAMS. In exchange for the dismantling of the whole shed you may have all the timber and beams for free. Details to be discussed. (336) 509-7959. TWO TV CONSOLE CENTERS, nice condition; one cherry finish wall unit with beveled glass, $350; one honey pine cabinet with doors to hide TV, $250. Call for more info, (505) 573-9555. Dutch hand-painted Polychrome DELFT POTTERY. Several plates, vases, and medium to large ginger jars. One very large ginger jar. Prices range from $5-$250. Quality pieces from Holland & Belgium. Serious inquiries, please call (336) 643-6029 before 7pm. ALL NEW MATTRESS SETS. Still in plastic, w/ warranty. Twin, $99; Full, $109; Queen, $129; King, $191. Can deliver, layaway available. Mattress Outlet. (336) 992-0025.

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Two-piece TEAK WOOD WALL UNIT. Original price $2,200. Unassembled. Asking $250. Call (336) 949-9225.



PURIFIED 5-GALLLON BOTTLED WATER and water coolers for home and office delivery. Competitive pricing, fast and friendly service. Buy from a locally owned and operated company. Call Wat-R-Boy, (336) 765-7873, and ask about our Northwest Observer special. KNIGHTS PRODUCE & PLANTS. Flowers, vegetable plants & hanging baskets. 14809 Hwy. 158, Summerfield. (336) 708-0485.

Basic baths to designer clips 10+ years

grooming experience

$$$ – WILL PAY CASH up to $200 for your junk or wrecked vehicle. (336) 552-0328.

 PETS & ANIMAL SVCS. BOARDING / PET SITTING 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 portion of profits to animal charities. Call, email, or Facebook message for a free consultation: (336) 706-6706, kpsforyourpets@,, HORSE BOARDING: Little Bit of Farm, (336) 509-3103,

LOST & FOUND PETS FOUND A PET, and need help finding the owner? Let us know – we’ll run a free classified, and try to share it on Facebook! (336) 644-7035, ext. 10.

3BR, Hwy. 158E, 1/2 mile from Hwy. 220. Call (336) 402-0849.

HOMES FOR SALE OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, June 12, 1-4pm!!

7251 US Hwy 158 Ste. B, Stokesdale

3.23 wooded acres, 3BR, 1.5BA, 1,425 sq.

Leslie Livengood • (336) 441-2266

Deboe Rd., Summerfield. (336) 643-6725.

ft., single detached garage w/storage. 7666



 MISC. WANTED CASH for riding mowers needing repair, or free removal if unwanted, including go-carts, tillers, any gas equip., generators, power washer, ATVs, grills, etc. (336) 689-4167.

TWO LARGE LOTS, each lot perked for

room and den, large fenced back yard. Rockingham County. Take over payments, need to relocate. Call for apt to see, (336) 6431531 or 423-6171.


We Help Everyone! SELLERS & BUYERS

(336) 643-4248 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 700-sq.-ft. OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE, 8606 Ellisboro Road., Stokesdale. $650/mo. Available immediately. Formerly barber shop/flower shop. John Flynt, (336) 687-6019. OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE in Oak Ridge. Mini suites to full suites; 100 to 1,000 sq. ft. available. For info, call (336) 643-7577.

3413 Trail Ridge Drive Winding paths lined with stone walls to private yard with covered patio, professional plantings and storage shed. Open floor plan with no carpet! Vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, master suite with built-ins and spa-style bath. Large bonus room. 2-car garage. Great condition! $189,500

Nancy J. Hess (336) 215-1820

Selling or renting? Reach over 25,000 local folks right here!

HOMES FOR RENT STOKESDALE, partially furnished 1BR house for rent. Full kitchen, tile shower, dressing room, living room, large front porch, washer/dryer, private drive, flexible lease. $600/mo., $500 dep. (336) 686-1701. DUPLEX APARTMENT, 2BR, 1BA, appliances, $675/mo. (336) 706-1887.

The Northwest Observer • Totally local since 1996

The Northwest Observer is delivered to over 11,200 local mailboxes, and available at 70 area businesses. Classifieds can be placed online at,

or by calling (336) 644-7035, ext. 10. Classifieds are $4/line per issue. The deadline is Monday for each upcoming Friday’s issue.

display advertiser index thanks to all the advertisers who partnered with us to bring you this free community resource A/C & HEATING Stokesdale Heating & Air.....................25 Velocity Air, Inc. ..................................14



Marshall Stone ...................................29


First Baptist Church, Summerfield .......15

New Garden Landscape & Nursery ....25 Old School Home Repair ....................28 Pest Management Systems .................18 ProStone, Inc. .......................................8 Stokesdale Storage .............................30

Bark-N-Barber ....................................30

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION Downtown Greensboro Inc. ..................3

EVENTS Irons for the Ironman ..........................19 Novant Health Community Day.............2 Red Dog Farm Barnyard Bash ............21 SkyZone Greensboro ............................3 Summerfield Music in the Park .............6

Samuel Anders, CPA, MSA, PC ...........19



Great Clips ...........................................4

Piedmont Truck Tires, Inc. ..................13

BUILDING & REMODELING On-Target Construction Service ..........29 TM Construction Service ....................29

HOME PRODUCTS & SERVICES BEK Paint Company ...........................29 Budget Blinds .....................................19 Furniture Medic ..................................29

LEGAL SERVICES Attorney Bill Barbour .......................... 11

MEDICAL Bethany Medical Center .....................24 Eagle Physicians at Oak Rige ................9 Greensboro OB-GYN Associates ........22 LeBauer Healthcare ...........................20 Novant - Ironwood Family Medicine .....7 Novant - Northwest Family Medicine ..14

MORTGAGE / INVESTMENTS Black Oak Wealth Management .........19 David Nishan, McLean Mortgage .......20

Northwest Animal Hospital ....................8 Veterinary Hospital at Oak Ridge ........19 Westergaard Kennels...........................26

REAL ESTATE A New Dawn Realty ...........................30 Nancy Hess, BHHS Yost & Little .........30 Ramilya Siegel, Allen Tate ....................7

RETAIL Arkansas Pondstockers .......................19 Bi-Rite Food Center ............................10 Carpets By Direct, Inc. ..........................5 Carpet Super Mart .........................16-17 Harley Davidson of Greensboro ..........15 Maisy Daisy Florist ..............................19 Midtown Furniture ..............................32

YOUTH SPORTS Greensboro United Soccer Association 12

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Northwest Observer | June 10 - 16, 2016  

Bringing the hometown news to northwest Guilford County, North Carolina since 1996

Northwest Observer | June 10 - 16, 2016  

Bringing the hometown news to northwest Guilford County, North Carolina since 1996