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Community forum on July 15 will address opioid crisis by CHRIS BURRITT

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Jim Albright, director of Guilford County Emergency Services, is at the forefront of local efforts to reduce overdoses and deaths from addictive painkillers known as opioids. In an interview last week in his agency’s headquarters in Greensboro, Albright discussed the opioid crisis and what is being done in our area to address it. Albright will speak about the opioid crisis at a community forum on Sunday, July 15, 6 p.m. at Oak Level

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by PATTI STOKES SUMMERFIELD – Since April 26, the Town of Summerfield has received 10 public records requests for copies of either specific, or all of Mayor Gail Dunham’s emails relating to town business since she was sworn into office last December. As for those requests being fulfilled, “As far as I know, nothing has happened,” Town Clerk Lance Heater told

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“The amount of opioids that were prescribed in the United States soared,” Albright recently told the Northwest Observer. “We have five percent of the world’s population and

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Jim Albright, director of Guilford County Emergency Services, said community forums can help people know they’re not alone in dealing with drug abuse.

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Mayor’s public records requests mounting Summerfield Mayor Gail Dunham has received 10 public records requests for copies of her town businessrelated emails; as of July 11, none have been fulfilled


Statute 132-6.2(a), which pertains to public records, that person will advise the According to the town’s Public town manager, who will consult the town Records Request (PRR) policy, all requests must be in writing, be dated and attorney or forward the request to the specify the information being requested attorney for review and clarification. The town states that potential and the format the requestor would like the information when the request is responses to a public records request include producing the entire record fulfilled (i.e., electronic or hard copy). When he receives a PRR, Heater said as requested, denying the he acknowledges receipt of it and opens request with an explanation, or providing or a file for the request the same day. denying the request Effective with the July 10 town council in part with an explameeting, when the council voted to revise the town’s PRR policy, Heater for- nation of why it is only wards the request directly to the “custo- partially fulfilled. the Northwest Observer on July 11.

dian” of the record (i.e., the town council or staff member who must provide the information requested). If the custodian has concerns as to whether the request complies with North Carolina General

On June 19 the Northwest Observer submitted a PRR for copies of

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Water: how much do we use, and how is it recharged? By STEVE MANN NW GUILFORD – Asking the optimum lot size for the best groundwater recharge is like asking whether a red car is faster than a green or blue one, Jim Beeson said. “There are a whole lot of things that enter into it,” said Beeson, 57, a soil scientist and president of Piedmont Environmental Associates PA. “Science has its facts, and then there are all types of things that get thrown around and a lot of people for or against development have what they believe to be fact.” Against the backdrop of steady growth and development in Oak Ridge, Stokesdale and Summerfield and a feasibility study on a proposed regional water authority, water is a concern to many. Stokesdale is the only incorporated

municipality in northwest Guilford County operating its own water system, with about 500 customers. All three municipalities have neighborhoods with community wells, but individual wells are the norm. None of the three has a municipal sewer system, relying instead on either individual or off-site systems serving clusters of homes.

drought,” said Beeson, who grew up in Summerfield. “We just assume that pipe is always going to have water in it and it’s coming from Reidsville, the Dan River, somewhere beyond our control.

Beeson said an average of 5,000 square feet is needed for a septic system. Since a repair area also is required, a four-bedroom house needs about 10,000 square feet of usable soil, he said. Off-site systems help maximize the lot yield in a subdivision.

The other source of water is local wells, which are drilled through several layers of earth into bedrock in an attempt to intercept a fracture in the rock where water is stored.

With a public water system, water is piped into the municipality. Stokesdale purchases its water from Winston-Salem, which takes it from the Yadkin River. “We don’t want to think about what might happen in a once-in-a-1,000-year

“In reality, that water is coming from surface-water runoff somewhere into a reservoir. There is no machine making water.”

The average depth to the free water table in northwest Guilford County is about 28 to 35 feet, Beeson said, and on average there is one million gallons of water under every acre in the area. Well yield is more dependent on fracture patterns in the bedrock instead of the abundance of water in the ground.

Recharge and recharge area are hotly discussed topics during rezoning hearings involving subdivisions. Recharge is the process where water moves downward from surface water to groundwater. It occurs naturally through precipitation and infiltration. Several factors affect recharge, including climate, vegetation and soil characteristics. Climate controls recharge by the amount and seasonal distribution of precipitation; the duration and intensity of the precipitation; and the temperature, wind and sunlight, which control surface heating and evaporation. The average annual rainfall in northwest Guilford County is 48-50 inches, Beeson said. The type and density of vegetation determine the amount of runoff. There is less runoff in wooded areas, Beeson said, and manicured lawns have less

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runoff than heavily used pasture areas. In addition, such things as paved areas, concrete, rooftops and curbs and gutters reduce the recharge area, thus, the amount of recharge. “Water doesn’t understand where property lines are,” Beeson said. The permeability of the soil determines how much water seeps into the soil and rock and how much becomes surface water that runs into streams and rivers. Beeson said 99 percent of northwest Guilford County soil is clay. Some clays expand and don’t let water pass through. Those areas can’t be used for septic systems. However, most of those factors are hardly mentioned during discussions about proposed subdivisions. Instead, such terms as RS-30 (residential single-family, minimum lot size 30,000 square feet) and RS-40 (residential single-family, minimum 40,000 square feet) are discussed as though they are magic numbers. The Rural Residential zoning district in Summerfield requires a minimum lot size of 60,000 square feet. Beeson said if everything is exactly the same – size of house, length of driveway, vegetation, soil characteristics, rate of recharge – the difference in groundwater recharge among the different size lots is negligible. “They might have an impact, but they don’t come into play as often as you would think,” he said. “A more intelligent question would be, ‘What is the density for this (parcel of land)?’ If we had 100 acres of land, we could say we’re going to let you do RS-20 lots but we’re only going to allow 100 houses. Or, we could say we’re going to allow you to do RS-40 with 100 houses on the 100 acres. “If you do RS-20 and the average density is one per acre, more than likely you’re going to put your houses in one or two locations and leave open

space. RS-40 would not have as much open space. “For most of us, we like to see subdivisions blended with open space.” What opponents of development often point to is a two-year U.S. Geological Survey study for Guilford County in the late 1990s authored by Charles C. Daniel and Douglas A. Harned. The study – still available online – is frequently cited as the basis for setting a maximum development density to maintain adequate groundwater recharge, although that wasn’t the study’s purpose. Summerfield’s overall gross density of .73 units an acre for any residential district was established about 18 years ago and was based in part on the study, according to Carrie Spencer, Summerfield’s planning director. The authors concluded that the minimum lot size for the recharge area for a house using 400 gallons of water a day should be 2.34 acres. However, they did not take into account the return of wastewater to the groundwater. It was something Beeson pointed out to the USGS in 1999, writing that the authors did not want to credit wastewater return to the groundwater because they did not want to raise the issue of people drinking wastewater that passed through a septic system. “To assume 400 gallons per day is used (and not replaced) would mean that 400 gallons were taken from the groundwater, hauled away in a tank truck and deposited into the ocean,” Beeson said. “I don’t think it’s going to be a problem as long as we’re returning our wastewater to groundwater. The suggestion I’ve made with these planned developments would be they be required to have a hydrologist do a site-specific study during the permitting process.” This article will be continued in next week’s issue.

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I’ve heard talk about how much Summerfield spent in attorney fees last fiscal year (ending June 30), and that two budget amendments were needed to cover the fees. How much did the town initially budget for attorney fees, what were the fees for, and how much was spent? For the 2017-2018 fiscal year which ended June 30, the Town of Summerfield initially budgeted $50,000. However, on June 12 the town council approved a budget amendment in the amount of $40,000 for additional attorney fees and at the July 10 town council meeting, the council approved a second budget amendment in the amount of $30,000 for attorney fees, bringing the total attorney fees for the fiscal year to about $120,000. Of that estimated $120,000, $2,768 was for time Town Attorney Bill Hill billed for talking with citizens who accessed him directly to ask legal questions relating to town business. An additional $14,601.79 was paid for time Hill spent consulting with council members; $26,551.96 was for

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Dunham’s emails to Summerfield residents that relate to town business and were sent from either of her two known email accounts, or any other email account she uses. On June 26, Dunham handed a copy of a personal memo citing the town’s Public Records Request policy to a Northwest Observer reporter after the special call meeting that evening. In the memo, Dunham wrote that all written requests should include the name of the requestor, the full address of the requestor and a telephone

number. The Northwest Observer did provide a telephone number but not a mailing address when it submitted its request, and a mailing address was not requested on the town’s Public Records form obtained from its website. “Friday, June 15, 2018 I received three public records requests, and two had only a phone number for contact, and the phone number was not registered in that same name,” Dunham wrote in her personal memo. “This is just one example of inconsistencies. The two with only telephone number should be completed and filed accurately from that person.” Although the contact information

Dunham cited may be requested, according to state statute, a person making a public records request is not required to provide his or her name, address, phone number or any identification. The statute also states that public records must be fulfilled “as promptly as possible,” although it does not specify how long a public agency has to respond to a public records request. According to the UNC School of Government’s website, “What constitutes a reasonable or prompt response will depend on the nature of the request and the available personnel and other resources available to the agency that receives the request. A prompt response

to a fairly simple records request ranges from immediate, within a few hours, or within a day or two. As the request becomes more substantial, however, and the burden on the custodian becomes correspondingly greater, it seems reasonable to allow the custodian somewhat more time to locate and deliver the desired records… Unless a request is extraordinary, however, a custodian probably should respond within a week or two at most.” Prior to being elected as mayor, Dunham submitted countless public records requests to the Town of Summerfield and frequently criticized town staff and council members for not fulfilling her requests more quickly.

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field and she was found to be in possession of two grams of marijuana. July 4 | An 18-year-old male was arrested around 3:45 a.m. for DWI and also charged with having an open container of alcohol after a sheriff’s deputy observed him in the 7800 block of N.C. 68 in Stokesdale following the car in front of him too closely and failing to maintain lane control and gave him a sobriety test. July 4 | A 34-year-old male known offender and resident of the 200 block of Old Mill Drive in Summerfield was arrested around 9:58 a.m. when, pursuant to a traffic stop, he was found to be in possession of a felony Schedule 1 controlled substance (MDMA) and drug paraphernalia (a crack cocaine pipe). After his arrest the offender was transported to the Greensboro Jail and given a pending court date of Aug. 7. July 4 | A 52-year-old man was cited around 11:08 a.m. for Speeding – 15 mph More Than Speed Limit in the 8200 block of Belews Creek Road in Stokesdale. July 5 | A 30-year-old man was charged around 12:48 p.m. with Speeding – 15 mph More Than Speed Limit and Expired Inspection Certificate at N.C. 65 and Newberry Street in Stokesdale. July 6 | A 22-year-old male resident of the 6900 block of Summerfield Road in Summerfield was arrested for Communicating Threats. July 6 | A 39-year-old male was arrested around 11 p.m. in the 9400 block of Gideon Grove Road in Stokesdale for Resist, Delay, Obstruct a Public Officer. July 6 | A 71-year-old man was charged with Littering – 15 to 500 lbs. in the 2800 block of Lockland Drive in Oak Ridge. July 8 | A 33-year-old man was arrested in the 3400 block of Horse Pen Creek Road in northwest Greensboro around

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with Caroline’s The Edwards family of Colfax has built longlasting relationships in Guatemala while serving families there through Caroline’s Promise by MARC PRUITT Ruth Edwards and her family discovered a bigger purpose five years ago through Caroline’s Promise, a nonprofit based in Colfax that does outreach in Guatemala. Edwards said the timing was perfect, as they were seeking a family mission trip to get involved with because their church didn’t have one that her two kids, who had just completed fifth grade, could go on at the time. “My husband John and I felt like it was time to expose our children (twins Riley and Evan) to how other parts of

Ruth Edwards (back row, center) and her son Evan with the family of the child they sponsor through Caroline’s Promise in Guatemala


the world lived,” Edwards said. “Our kids were at Colfax Elementary, which is where I met Lisa Holbrook, the founder of Caroline’s Promise. Her husband coached Riley in rec basketball and we got to know them a little bit and learn about Caroline’s Promise. After about a year of learning about what Caroline’s Promise did, I told her I thought I needed to go to Guatemala.” Caroline’s Promise partners with a church in Guatemala City and builds relationships with the surrounding community while sponsoring children there. “There is a school connected to the church and we really emphasize having a relationship with your child,” Edwards said. “Once you go on a mission trip, you have the opportunity to meet the child that you sponsor. We encourage letter writing back and forth and to maintain those relationships throughout the year, to really build up those relationships with our partners.”

The organization has since expanded its outreach and includes one branch that Edwards has helped to build, which involves female entrepreneurship. She recently returned from her seventh trip to the country and was joined there by her son, Evan. “We had a team of 12 on this trip and had three different things going on,” Edwards said. “Some of us focused on developing a women’s business group, some provided programming for the kids and childcare, and some provided a ministry in business.” Edwards has been involved with the women’s business group “Florecer,” which means “to flourish” in Spanish.

ago, we did entrepreneurial trainings for about 100 women,” Edwards said. “As a result, we learned a lot more about the obstacles they faced on starting and running their own businesses in the city – the biggest obstacle is extortion by the gangs. It’s nearly impossible for them to have a storefront business unless they have a gang connection. We don’t even think about that here.” Edwards saw a way to help even more by providing a path for the women to sell their products in the United States. “They are very skilled in what they do and make some amazing things,” she said. “What we are doing with them now is providing them with all the materials and designs and we pay them a fair wage. We found that they didn’t have

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‘A servant’s heart’ – Margaret Wilson 87-year-old volunteer retires as Meals on Wheels program director after 30 years, but still seeks replacement as Summerfield coordinator

tive in the community.” Wilson began delivering meals in 1987 and within a year, she took charge as director of Meals on Wheels in northwest Guilford. Now that she’s 87, she’s relinquishing her responsibilities; she retired as director in April, although she’s still looking for someone to replace her as the program’s coordinator in Summerfield.


Volunteers typically deliver meals to shut-ins once or twice a month. It’s a commitment of about 1 ½ hours to pick up the food from where it’s prepared at the Countryside Village retirement community in Stokesdale and take it to people’s homes.

Margaret Wilson has this insight after three decades of volunteering for Meals on Wheels in Summerfield, Oak Ridge and Stokesdale: Not only do the recipients appreciate hot lunch brought to their homes, but they seem to just as much appreciate the daily visits from delivery volunteers. “They value their independence very much, so it’s rewarding that we can help them stay at home,” Wilson said. “It’s a good way to do something posi-

Summerfield, Oak Ridge and Stokesdale each have their own coordinator who screens people requesting that meals be delivered to them. Coordinators also assign volunteers to make deliveries.




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Marie Wilson (no relation to Margaret), the new director for the northwest Guilford County area, also serves as the program’s coordinator in Stokesdale; Cherie Johanson coordinates activities in Oak Ridge. Coordinators also deal with inevitable bumps in the road, such as stepping in at the last minute to deliver meals for volunteers who have had something unexpected come up and can’t make their deliveries. The director communicates with each of the coordinators as well as with Countryside.

“She’s a very Godly woman,’ Skara said. “She has a servant’s heart.” A Summerfield native, Margaret Wilson grew up in a family who raised tobacco and owned a general store at

Scalesville and Lake Brandt roads. She did well in school and had a knack for finance. After graduating from high school in Summerfield in 1948, Wilson studied at Guilford College in Greensboro for two years and then transferred to UNC Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business. After working as an accountant in Raleigh and Greensboro, Wilson enrolled

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Margaret Wilson, 87, in her Summerfield home, with the calendar on which she keeps track of Meals on Wheels volunteers on the table in front of her. After 30 years, Wilson retired in April from her volunteer role as director of the Meals on Wheels program in northwest Guilford County, but she is still seeking her replacement as the program coordinator for Summerfield.

“It’s not a big time commitment, but it’s a critical time commitment,” said Kerry Skara, Meals on Wheels’ treasurer. As a delivery volunteer in Oak Ridge for 13 years, she’s worked side by side with Margaret Wilson.


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At 55, Wilson moved back to the Greensboro area to care for aging relatives. She returned to her childhood church, First Baptist Church of Summerfield, where she signed up as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Looking back, Wilson laughed at the memory of accidentally blowing her car horn when she pulled up to the home of Summerfield resident Philip Dixon, who turned 100 in April.

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“I can say this… our kids were a lot more grateful for what they have,” she continued. “Grateful for a solid roof over

“We use Facebook Messenger, email and some of them even have cell phones,” she said. “It’s nice to know when we go that we see the same faces every year and have developed those relationships. We pick up right where we left off. They are always happy and their kids are thriving, and that is the most satisfying part for me. To have these relationships has been a real blessing for our family.”

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“Seeing how they lived in person was humbling,” she said. “We are so fortunate and have way too much stuff – and don’t need half of it. When we came home after that first trip, we sat down as a family and discussed ways we could simplify our lives and how we could better help our friends in Guatemala.

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Three decades later, Wilson, sitting at the kitchen table of her Summerfield home, reflected on her volunteering and said in many ways she gained as much from it as she gave. She also said it felt good to have taken people food and brightened their days.

Edwards said her first trip to Guatemala was “eye-opening” and had a profound impact on her family.

their heads, solid floors, running water that works all the time, electricity all the time, constant food, and that we live in safety. We often take those things for granted. Some of those kids over there may get one tortilla a day and don’t always have fresh water.”

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“I thought I’d be there for a year or two and then someone would take my place,” she said.

And, while Wilson said most people she served were grateful for the meals that were delivered, there were inevitably a few complaints about the food – such as the woman who didn’t like Brussel sprouts, and another who said she only wanted the dessert.

the necessary capital to purchase extra supplies to continue making their crafts, so we wanted to find a way to make it work for all of us. They sell their products to Caroline’s Promise, and in turn we put them up for sale on social media or at booths we set up at events. The personal stories we have seen and witnessed since we started going are really remarkable.”

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One woman refused to let volunteers enter her home until they had taken a handful of candy from a bowl.

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At the time, church member Marietta Thore was running the meal program. About a year later, when Thore decided to move to Minnesota to work with inner city youth, she asked Wilson if she’d take over.

“When he came out, I apologized,” she said. “He said, ‘that’s OK. I thought someone wanted curb service.’”


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80 percent of all opioids that were prescribed. We didn’t recognize all of the risks associated with that, and we’ve wound up with a number of folks who have had substance use disorder or opioid dependency. Heroin is the other piece of this, which is the illicit market where users go when they no longer have access to prescriptions.”  Rising overdoses, fewer deaths “We ran over 700 overdoses (calls) last calendar year in Guilford County,” Albright said, “and in every neighborhood throughout the county. It is not isolated to one area of town. Opioids and heroin in particular know no race or color. They don’t necessarily know age. We’ve had overdoses of people as young as 15 and as old as 73. “More alarming than that, we’ve had over 100 deaths attributable to narcotic overdoses in 2017. “We’ve seen one family after another impacted by the effects of heroin. I grew up in northwest Greensboro. I live in the same neighborhood where I grew up. Back in 2015, the child across the street from me died of a heroin overdose. He was in college elsewhere at the time of his death. If you would have ever told me that a kid in my neighborhood was going to die of a heroin overdose, I would have told you that you were probably incorrect. “We’ve had over 450 overdoses in the first half of this year. We’ve had fewer deaths – we believe it’s about 35 or 36. I think that’s due to a number of initiatives that we have now in the community.”  GCSTOP “We realized that we were responding to people at the height of their use. They either got too much product or didn’t know what they were getting, and ultimately they overdosed,” Albright continued. “And we treated them. Many times the patient was revived and refused

transport to the hospital. So we left them. “We felt that was inadequate. So in concert with UNCG, we started a followup program: GCSTOP, short for Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem. It assigns ‘opioid navigators’ to follow up with patients after their overdose and talk to them about their experience. They provide them with some harmreduction strategies – such as ‘never use alone’ if they’re in use – and ultimately guide them toward treatment and incremental positive change in their lives. “People who are actively in addiction can’t see recovery. The thought that you can be addicted and all of a sudden become sober the next day is almost impossible with any impairing substance. So what we’re doing is helping people make positive lifestyle changes, ultimately to guide them to treatment and sobriety.”


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 Abuse warning sign “The prescribing practices have changed radically in North Carolina in the last year or two,” Albright said. “The availability of opioids is much, much tighter. People asking family members if they have leftover medications will raise an immediate red flag.”  How community forums can help “There isn’t a parent I know who won’t do everything possible for their children. But sometimes they just don’t know how. It’s important for parents to know there are other people out there like them. It is very difficult on parents to admit they have children with substance abuse disorders. It is very difficult for children to admit that their parents have substance abuse disorders. But the reality is they all impact society.” •••••

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NORTHERN GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL Annika Preheim is counting on her sense of adventure to lead her to her desired career path. Preheim was Northern Guilford Annika Preheim Class of 2018’s saluSalutatorian tatorian this year and will attend N.C. State this fall to major in zoology. Preheim has her advanced certification for scuba diving and already has several dives on her resume, has traveled through the jungles of Costa Rica, and eventually wants to go on safari in Africa and swim with great white sharks. She also religiously follows National Geographic’s research on anacondas via Instagram. “Scuba diving is like going on an

underwater safari; it’s just so peaceful under the water,” Preheim said. “A friend and I got our advanced certifications last summer and got to dive in Belize, including in the Great Blue Hole. It was amazing. We saw so much unique wildlife. I’d love to eventually dive at the Great Barrier Reef.”

Preheim’s love for animals stems from her love of pets, which was an early indication of her passion to eventually study zoology.

undo a lot of the damage that has been done by previous generations,” she said. “I want to be sure our generation is environmentally conscious and socially accepting of all people.”

After her graduation last month, Preheim and her family went to Costa Rica on a family trip and hiked through jungles, slept at the base of an active volcano, and saw some pit vipers – one of the world’s most dangerous snakes – up close.

“It has always been a zoo around our house,” she said. “We’ve had cats, dogs, fish, hermit crabs, gerbils – you name it. And this year, I took an AP Biology class I really enjoyed and that reinforced to me that this was something I needed to be doing.”

Preheim was involved with Science Olympiad all four years of high school and participated in Reading Buddies the last two years. In her spare time, she plays the harp in the North Carolina Harp Ensemble and has performed for church services and weddings.

“We also got to go to a leatherback sea turtle research station, which was a lot of fun too,” Preheim said. “We saw the smoke coming from Arenal volcano. It was a great family vacation – my older sister just graduated from college this year,

Preheim’s graduation speech included a message to her classmates that focused on being a generation of change.

“I played piano for about 10 years and decided a few years ago that I wanted to try something different,” she said. “The harp is exotic and unusual and so pretty, and I think it fits me perfectly.”

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NORTHWEST GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL One day in the near future, you just might hear Kyle Kyle Tharrington Tharrington’s voice Salutatorian greeting you as you settle into your airplane seat. Or you could be flying in a plane he helped build. Tharrington, the salutatorian of Northwest Guilford’s Class of 2018, is heading to N.C. State this fall, where he plans to major in aerospace engineering. He already has plenty of experience with airplanes, and not just because of what he described as an obsession with making paper airplanes when he was younger. He has been flying airplanes since he was 14 and got his pilot’s license

when he was 17. “Strangely enough, my mom found a Groupon for cheap flying lessons at an airport in Burlington, so on my fourteenth birthday, I got started,” Tharrington said. “My instructor even let me take off on my first lesson and it kind of exploded from there. It’s just so peaceful up there between the clouds.” Tharrington said his early passion for flying and aerospace was stoked by his uncle, a pilot for Southwest Airlines, who used to take him and his younger brother to air shows. “I can still remember sitting on my dad’s shoulders and my brother sitting on my uncle’s shoulders and taking it all in, watching F-15s or F-16s flying past us,” Tharrington said. “We still go to shows occasionally. Aerospace has

been on my mind for as long as I can remember.” Besides being the class salutatorian, Tharrington served as Northwest’s student body president this year. He graduated with a 5.5 grade-point average and accumulated more than 350 service learning hours during his four years of high school, a feat he said he was very proud of. “Blood drives, food drives, freshman orientation – it was all tough but very rewarding,” Tharrington said. In his graduation speech to his classmates last month, Tharrington emphasized the importance of learning how to break through the barrier of the word

“no” in the professional world. “That word can stand in the way of a lot of careers and even destroy them,” he said. “I wanted them to recognize that ‘no’ wasn’t final in their career fields and to keep pushing if they heard it. I looked forward to speaking in front of my classmates, though I did get a little nervous just before I had to speak. I had to throw a little comedy in there too.” Tharrington said he is still undecided on what path to take in aerospace engineering. “I’m not sure if I want to be an engineer yet, or in the left seat of the cockpit,” he said. “This major will give me the best route to make up my mind as to which one I want to do more.”


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 Mayors and town councils of both Oak Ridge and Stokesdale for being harmonious and civil in your professional duties, even when challenged. You are providing a good example and positive alternative for uncompromising Summerfield elected officials.  Liberty Wesleyan Church for sharing another spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display with all your neighbors.  NWO staff for your uplifting additions to the local news, like Helen Ledford’s stories and reader photos in the Pets & Critters section. Thanks also for supporting animal adoptions with group or shelter pet ads in Guilford County.  Oak Ridge Central Baptist Church for their July Fourth patriotic concert. The music was wonderful! Made me even more proud to be an American. I only wish more people had been there to enjoy it.  The unknown honest soul who found my leather change purse in CVS’ parking lot and turned it in to Spencer, who locked it in the store’s safe. It contained $97. God saw you both; may He bless you mightily.  Guilford County Sheriff’s deputies and our State Highway Patrol for continuing your surprise traffic checks. It can’t be easy dealing with drunken drivers or other miscreants, but we appreciate your dedication and service to keep our families and roads safer.

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 Oak Ridge Fire Department for finding no other time to play with their bells and whistles and sirens than early Sunday morning. Editor’s note: We reached out to ORFD Chief Steve Simmons to give him a chance to explain why the department is using sirens early in the morning and here is his response: “Thanks for noticing that we are here


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for you! Unfortunately, we don’t have a bell. While they add a traditional touch to any fire truck, they are very expensive and are not very effective warning devices. Nor do we have whistles, as they are usually found on trains and ships. We do, however, test our sirens and air horns each morning (we are staffed 24/7) shortly after shift change, normally between 7:15 and 8 a.m. Like most other stations, we do this to verify proper operation of apparatus warning devices, both visual and audible. “During this morning truck check, we also check our equipment and radios,” Simmons continued. “All of these system checks are performed to ensure that everything needed to provide a safe (for responders and citizens) and effective response is in working order. And since we never know when the next emergency call is coming, these operations are completed first thing in the morning. We certainly apologize for any inconvenience caused by our daily testing, although we consider this as the ‘sound of safety.’” ••••• Regarding a gripe in our June 28-July 4 issue about the Town of Oak Ridge adding another employee, Town Clerk Sandra Smith asked that this response be published: “There had been informal discussion of hiring a part-time deputy clerk for some time (probably a couple of years), since things were much busier around here and I had taken on a lot of duties that hadn’t traditionally been clerk duties,” Smith wrote. “We did hire (deputy clerk) Ashley Royal on a temporary basis to begin with, since Bill (Bruce) and I were handling the town manager duties. Then, once Bill was hired as manager, Council asked him to assess staffing needs for Town Hall. When he did, it was determined that we really needed to make that position permanent.”




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ELECTRICAL HELPER needed for electrical contractor ASAP for residential work. Pay negotiable. Call (336) 643-3800 or (336) 669-8335. F/T GENERAL SERVICE automotive position – oil/lube tech, tire changes, etc. Competitive pay, DOE. M&M Tire & Auto, at 5570 Spotswood Circle, Summerfield. Apply in person only – no phone calls please. BILL'S PIZZA PUB in Oak Ridge is now hiring for day and night-time positions as manager, host/hostess, and cook. Come on in and fill out an application today!

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 SAVE THE DATE MUSIC & GAMES IN THE PARK (every second Saturday). Saturday, July 14, 6pm8pm, at the Oak Ridge Town Park amphitheater, 6231 Lisa Drive (located just past the playground), featuring The Radicals. Kids' games start at 6pm, music begins at 6:30pm. Free admission, but donations will be taken to pay the band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Hot dogs and hamburgers available, or bring a picnic. Rain date: Sunday, 2:30pm-4pm. WANT TO GET HEALTHY? The NEXT 56 Days is offering a FREE intro. meeting on Thursday, July 19, at Summerfield Peace UMC at 2334 Scalesville Rd., Summerfield. Registration is from 5:30pm-6pm. Contact Daniel at (336) 485-8218 or daniel56days@ STOKESDALE FIRE DISTRICT INC. will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 7:30pm at the fire station (8401 US Hwy 158). The annual report (financial and operational) will be given and the election of 6 board members will be held.

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ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call (336) 382-9875. ORTIZ LANDSCAPING, complete lawn care. Trimming, cleaning, planting & mulch, gutter cleaning, patios & pavers, waterfalls, retaining walls, sidewalks, stonework. Residential and commercial. (336) 280-8981. DELIMA LAWNCARE Free estimates. Licensed & insured. (336) 669-5210. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maint. (336) 655-6490. AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION. Quality irrigation systems. NC licensed contractor. We service all systems. Free estimates. (336) 644-1174. FAY'S LAWNCARE & LANDSCAPING Complete landscape maintenance & hardscaping. Tree work. Reasonable & honest. Call Taylor, (336) 458-6491. FORESTRY MULCHING Cheaper and eco-friendly alternative compared to your traditional land clearing! (336) 362-6181, CUTTING EDGE LAWNCARE. Affordable. Dependable. Mowing, aeration, leaf removal and more! Please call anytime for free estimate, (336) 706-0103. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 643-9332. STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Lic./Ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck & chipper, total cleanup. Selective thinning & lot clearing. 24-hr. ER. (336) 643-1119. STOKESDALE LAWN Mowing & weedeating. $45 minimum. (336) 840-8164. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Lawn maint, landscaping. Irrigation/ landscape contractor. Hardscaping & landscape lighting. 26 years exp. (336) 399-7764.

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SOUTHERN CUTS LAWN CARE Affordable and dependable, complete lawn maintenance services. 13 years experience. Mowing, pruning, pine needles, mulch, aeration, seeding, leaf removal and more! Call Nathan Adkins, (336) 500-1898. WE DO IT ALL WITH PRIDE! For low rates on lawn service, call (336) 404-3983. EXTERIOR GREENSCAPES, LLC Lawn maintenance service. Call for your quote today. (336) 682-1456. COLFAX LAWNCARE Core aeration & seeding. Fertilizing, mowing, trimming, pine needles. Complete lawn care maintenance. Res./comm. Fully insured. Serving the Triad for 28 years. (336) 362-5860.

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

MISC. SERVICES & PRODUCTS GRILLS, FIRE PITS, tankless water heaters. General home repairs. Call Don Hill, (336) 643-7183. ON EAGLE'S WINGS residential home design/drafting. Call Patti, (336) 605-0519.

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


BEK Paint Co. Residential & Commercial David & Judy Long, owners

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

STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, (336) 462-3683, CARLOS & SON PAINTING, interior & exterior. Free est., lic/ins. (336) 669-5210. LAWSON'S PAINTING. Custom decks, pressure washing, boat docks, block fill, wood repair, stain work, textured ceilings, sheetrock repair. Call (336) 253-9089. CINDY’S PAINTING Interior painting, wallpaper removal. References & free estimates available. (336) 708-9155.

PLUMBING BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic. & insured. Call Mark, (336) 337-7924. WEBSTER & SONS PLUMBING, Inc. (336) 992-2503. Licensed, insured, bonded. 24/7 service. Plumbing, drain cleaning, well pumps. Give us a call, we do it all! Go to for more info.

The Northwest Observer Keeping you connected for 21 years . . . and counting! PRESSURE WASHING CUTTING EDGE PRESSURE WASHING Affordable. Dependable. Please call anytime for free estimate, (336) 706-0103. PRESSURE WASHING, gutter & window cleaning. Fully insured. Crystal Clear, www. (336) 595-2873.





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

RED RHINO ROOFING, based in Oak Ridge, NC. Storm damage specialist experienced with all types of roofing. BBB accredited A and listed with Angie’s List. Call (336) 944-6118, or visit

DOUGLAS CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING, LLC. Custom Builder, sunrooms, garages, additions, kitchens baths. Licensed & Insured, BBB A+ accredited. Free est.. Visit or call (336) 413-5050. JLB REMODELING, INC. Remodeling and additions. Fully insured. NC GC license #69997. Free est. Call (336) 681-2902 or visit RENOVATION WORKS, INC. New construction, remodeling, additions, kitchen, bath and decks. We are a locally owned, full-service design and build company, A+ accredited with the BBB. Visit or call (336) 427-7391 to start your next project. BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens/baths, custom decks, garages, dock work, siding, windows, roofing, rotted wood. Sr. disc., 39 years exp. (336) 362-6343.


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Bathroom and kitchen

ROOFING, ROOFING, ROOFING! Best prices in town! Shingle and metal roofing. Top-notch quality. Res./comm., lic. & ins. Belews Creek Construction, (336) 362-6343. KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 30 years experience. Residential shingle & metal roofing. Free est. (336) 362-7469. A.L. CORMAN ROOFING INC. Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., (336) 621-6962. 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.

 MISC. SERVICES SHILOH LANDSCAPE EXCAVATIONS offers an array of mini excavator and skid-steer services. Give us a call today for free estimates: (336) 340-2732.

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SAM’S AUTO BODY SHOP. Any type of body work. 45 years exp. (336) 347-7470.

NC Gen. Contractor #72797

KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 30 years experience. Specializing in room additions, kitchens & baths, garages, vinyl siding and windows, painting, ceramic tile, laminate, hardwood and linoleum floors, and remodeling of all kinds. No job too small. Free est. Call (336) 362-7469. HAMMERSMITH WOODWORKING LLC. Carpentry, custom cabinetry, built-ins, stairways, exterior & deck repairs. Over 30 years experience. Call Carlton, (336) 404-3002.

Oak Ridge Cleaners (336) 298-4246

2205 Oak Ridge Rd., Suite EE • Oak Ridge (Lowes Foods Shopping Center)

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 MISC. FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS FOR SALE. True brand P5X elliptical (gym quality), $500. Keys ST300 strength trainer, $300. Trotter treadmill, $300. Wine rack, $50; dining set, $400; armoire, $100. Can text pictures. (336) 644-6175. E-Z INSERT FIREPLACE WOOD STOVE, mfg. by A-B Fab. GC, $200. (336) 643-5245.

 MISC. WANTED FREE PICK-UP of unwanted riding & push mowers, all gas items, tillers, go-carts & golf carts, ATVs, generators, power washers, chain saws and some grills. (336) 689-4167. $$$ – WILL PAY CASH for your junk or wrecked vehicle. For quote, call (336) 552-0328.

 PETS & ANIMAL SVCS. AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION FREE CATS. Seven feral cats need a new home. Call (336) 854-5350.

 REAL ESTATE LAND FOR SALE 2.64 ACRES, perked, wooded lot on Hwy. 158 E, 1/2-mile from I-73. (336) 402-0849.

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