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Thursday, February 4, 2021

BackPack Weekend Food Program provides a vital service for students By Alan Hodge

Students in Gaston County have several options for lunch during the weekday, including school cafeterias, delivery to homes and apartment complexes via bus runs by the YMCA and school system itself, and drive by pickup at schools, but kids need nutrition on weekends too and, frankly, some find it hard to come by.

That’s where the BackPack Weekend Food program has been stepping in by providing good eats to students who might otherwise not get the food they need on Saturday and Sunday at home. BackPack Weekend Food was founded in 2011 by Carolyn Niemeyer, former nurse and community advocate, and was intended to serve as a temporary service to help feed students on the week-

ends during the school year. However, nearly 10 years later, the program is still viable and serves nearly 1,000 students in grades k-12 every school year. The administrative portion of the program started out of the Niemeyer’s home; their daughter’s bedroom, in fact. Mrs. Niemeyer and her husband, Dr. Charles Niemeyer, hovered over See BACKPACK, Page 4

BackPack Weekend Food Program volunteer Rebecca Willey returns to Queen of Apostles Catholic Church after another successful food delivery run. Photo by Alan Hodge

Owner Fred Glenn on the porch of the Baltimore School in Cramerton. Dustin Smithers with Dirt Diggers Grading out of Dallas is one of the guys doing the work at North Belmont Park.

Progress being made to preserve North Belmont and South Cramerton’s Baltimore School By Alan Hodge

Work to have the circa 1925 Baltimore School in Cramerton preserved for future generations is moving forward. Last year, the Town of

Cramerton Commissioners passed a resolution giving the school a local historic designation. The historical significance of school has also received approval from the North Carolina Dept. of Archives and History. The Baltimore School has also

officially been designated as a Historic Site in Gaston County. It’s the first Gaston County Historical Preservation Site in Cramerton. Owner Fred Glenn is in the process of finalizing wording that will go on See BALTIMORE, Page 6

Fork parks getting upgrades By Alan Hodge

Two Gaston County parks- North Belmont and South Fork River- are slated

for some major improvements. While the work is going on, North Belmont Park will be closed for several weeks. North Belmont Park is lo-

cated at 3110 Hickory Grove Rd. It is a highly popular, 35-acre place and features a number of attractions including a softball field, a Little See PARKS, Page 5



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