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Evangelyn Harris, left, helps her son, Isaiah, far right, with his counting. Doing their homework, from left, are Nashia, Omoni, Gabrielle, Shannon, Gregory Jr., Isaiah, Noah, Anasha and Josiah.
13 strong — no shortage of hands on deck at Harris home in Conway STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY JACQUELINE HOUGH
ourteen years ago, Evangelyn Harris said God laid it upon her heart to home-school her children. She only had two children when she started. “They felt like 13 children,” she said. But through prayer and hard work, Harris, who is married to Gregory Harris, has home-schooled or plans to home-school all of her children — 13 to be exact, with ages ranging from 9 months to 23 years. They are Hadassah, 9 months; Noah, 2; Isaiah, 4; Anasha, 6; Nashia, 7; Josiah, 8; Omoni, 9; Gregory Jr., 11; Shannon, 13; Gabrielle, 14; Jasmine, 19; Ashley, 21; and Ebony, 23.
She admits it’s tough and sometimes she wonders if she is teaching her children everything they will need. “Being a teacher, you want them to learn everything,” Evangelyn Harris said. “But my husband tells me teaching is more than books, it’s everyday life.” She remembers when she first started out there weren’t many resources for home-schooling. Now, Evangelyn Harris said, there are curriculum guides and microscopes available. There is even a state home-schooling convention in WinstonSalem. “It’s a big business now,” she said.
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At the end of each year, she is required by the state to give a standardized test to make sure the children are on grade level. Evangelyn Harris hires a certified teacher to give the test. But with Ashley Harris graduating with an education degree, she will be able to administer the test to her siblings. And for 14 years, she has made sure her children have what they need in order to go to college. But she also wants them prepared for life. Each Harris child knows how to garden, cook and how to freeze or preserve food. “I want them to be able to take care of themselves,” she said. Currently, their three oldest daughters are in college. Ebony Harris has completed four years at North Carolina State University and is working at a veterinary clinic while she is taking classes for veterinary school. Ashley Harris will graduate this spring with a degree in education from Barton College. Jasmine Harris is taking nursing classes at Pitt Community College and will transfer to East Carolina University for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. A typical school day starts at 8:30 or 9 a.m. and goes to about 2 p.m.
“The bigger children help the smaller ones. It’s not just me. Everybody helps.”
Evangelyn Harris shows the many awards her students have won in Northampton 4-H and playing recreational sports.
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Each year, two million chickens are raised at the Harris farm for shipping to the Perdue Farms chicken company. There are about 28,000 chickens in each house that are raised from birth to seven weeks. It is a family operation with each family member from the three oldest in college to the younger ones helping out. Once done helping their father and doing other chores, it is homework time around 5 p.m. While the children are doing homework, Evangelyn Harris gets dinner started. The children play sports for the Northampton County Recreation Department and are very active with the Northampton County 4-H. Evangelyn Harris recently pointed out a glass cabinet with more than 100 ribbons and certificates her children have won showing livestock or doing presentations. “4-H has been really important,” she said. “It has taught them the importance of learning and how to carry themselves in a proper manner.” Being organized is key to get everything done every day at the home. “The best way to answer,” she said with a laugh. “It is the grace of God that helps me.” Evangelyn Harris tries to keep a basic schedule and admits it gets complicated when she deviates from it. “The bigger children help the smaller ones,” she said. “It’s not just me. Everybody helps.” For six years, her family has attended Carpenter’s Shop Church in Ahoskie. It is a multi-cultural church. “We have grown a lot since being there,” she said. In her spare time, which is limited, Evangelyn and her husband take Fridays for themselves as a date night. Other times, Evangelyn steals a moment or two to read or watch TV. “Other than that, I am always with my children,” she said.
Evangelyn Harris helps daughter Nashia Harris with her homework.
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Slow + Steady = Success
23-year venture leads to top notch business for Debbie Pittman STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY DELLA ROSE
he adage about the tortoise and the hare holds very true for Roanoke Valley businesswoman Debbie Pittman — slow and steady makes one a winner, a real success. Pittman owns Debbie’s Cleaning Service, a household and commercial cleaning service, which boasts five teams of professional cleaners. It wasn’t always so. When Pittman started out alone on this venture 23 years ago, she only had one house to clean. She said she was in the beauty parlor when one of the ladies said she needed somebody to clean her house. The beautician told Pittman she should do it because her house was always clean. Pittman took her time, and over the years, built a top-notch service. Debbie’s Cleaning Service has an extensive list of services that includes pressure washing, carpet cleaning, bathrooms, kitchens, dusting, vacuuming, appliances, windows and staff will even organize pantries and cabinets. “We don’t cut corners, we clean them,” said Pittman with a laugh. She boasted her teams do hand and knees floor cleaning to ensure clean corners and baseboards. Pittman said prices are based on the client’s needs and the work environment. “People live with different numbers of pets, different levels of clutter and different surfaces,” she said. “We clean the clutter and around it.”
Pam Cotton, with Debbie’s Cleaning Service, doesn’t cut any corners when taking care of a client’s house.
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Pictured, from left, are Debbie Pittman checking in with one of her cleaning teams, Pam Cotton and Maria Guadalope.
Pittman said she developed a love for cleaning when she was young, working with her Aunt Nancy, cleaning for the military. “Everything looked like new when she finished,” she said, adding the homes were inspected with white gloves back then. She said she prefers a black glove, because it shows more dirt. Pittman’s mom was a waitress, and her dad worked at J.P. Stevens. She had five brothers, and there never seemed to be enough. She said she had an illustrious career as a waitress starting in the 1980s. She was proud of her work then, as now, but wanted to do something more with her life. She found being self-employed worked for her. She started with one house in 1989. Now she and her crews tackle 152 businesses and homes. “Mostly homes,” she said. She was named the Roanoke Valley Chamber’s Business Woman of the Year in 2005. Along the way there have been a lot of people who stood out to her as a positive influence. One was Gail Beale, who nominated her for the award. “She was always telling me to work hard, save money and keep my credit right,” Pittman said. However, she attributed her success to being obsessive and compulsive about cleaning. “I like things organized and neat,” she said, adding she has always been high energy and believes in taking the time to do the job right. “I like doing what I do.” Pittman stressed she and her teams care about the clients and making
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sure they are happy and services are guaranteed. “If (clients) aren’t completely satisfied, we want to know, so we can make it right promptly at no additional charges to (them),” she said. “Our mission is to completely and professionally exceed the expectations of our clients. We go above and beyond every time.” Her success has had its price. All the long hours it took to build the business took her away from her family — husband Steve and daughters Shannon and Shelly. She is grateful to Steve for his help and support over the last 34 years. “I got a good one,” she said. “I believe a lot of the reason I was successful was his support. Him and the girls were always supportive.” Now with five grandchildren, Pittman finds more time to make up for it. While it has taken a long time to get things balanced, she feels good about where she is in the business and with her family. “It was a good path,” she said. “There were a lot of long hours that took me away from the kids and my husband. I’d put long hours, in then get up in the morning and go again.” The path has also paid off in helping one daughter build her own business — a bakery, which Pittman believes will be very successful. The knowledge has also helped in making real estate investments. Recently, Pittman has spent more time on family vacations and with her grandchildren. “I’m happy with what I’ve got,” she said. “I love the things I do, and I’ve accomplished a lot doing what I do. I’ve been blessed.” For more information on Debbie’s Cleaning Service, call 252-532-0583.
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To appreciate music is to make it
Mark Puckett, from Davidson, a student teacher from Chowan University, is assisting Roanoke Rapids High School Choral Director Denise Hackenburg this year. Here, he plays a few tunes while she listens.
enise Hackenburg feels the arts are some of the most important things
in life. As choral director for the past 17 years at Roanoke Rapids High School, she’s seen the arts enhance her students and her family. Hackenburg not only sings, plays the piano and directs music in school and at church, she is also the winner of the 2004 Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her part as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from Lakeland Theatre Company. One of the most embarrassing things Hackenburg ever endured was on a Lakeland stage. “I lost my skirt at Lakeland during rehearsal,” she said. Hackenburg laughed as she recalled how she was dancing with Mark Given during a rehearsal for 1776. “I felt a draft,” she said, adding suddenly she realized her skirt had fallen off. “The orchestra was literally just feet away.” Some at Lakeland never let her forget it. Recently, Hackenburg’s acting career has taken a back seat to her son’s extra-curricular activities. He is a senior in high school, and that keeps her busy. She is also devoting more time to her chorus. Hackenburg said music is her greatest love, especially choral music — “next to my wonderful husband and son.” She said choral music goes so
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Roanoke Rapids High School Choral Director Denise Hackenburg (not shown) said she is extremely proud of her concert choir, made up of high school students who share her love for music.
far beyond the soloist in granting the ability to create harmony. “So many notes can be done at once,” she said. “And you can hold a note longer than any soloist. There’s nothing like it. Nothing as wonderful.” She went on to say having a good poem set to music, a good composition, is one of the most beautiful things she’s ever seen. Hackenburg said one of her proudest moments was last spring when she took a group of singers to a festival. She said the group did a magnificent job — far beyond her expectations. “We got a score of 100,” she said.
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“I’ve never gotten a score of 100! The judge said it was worth getting up for. It was one of those times when everything came together so perfectly.” Hackenburg said she sometimes gets frustrated that so few young men want to participate in chorus, thinking it’s an age thing. She also said she thinks the television series “Glee” has impacted how high schoolers respond to chorus, but that impact hasn’t been all positive. Hackenburg said after watching the show, many students expect to come into a class with a high budget, where participants can have two
or three costume changes in a show. They think they can magically know the music without a lot of hard work and practice. “It’s unrealistic,” she said. “But there are a lot of good characterizations. There’s good moments, and the actors and actresses have good morals and support the arts.” However, the show really has not impacted the numbers in her class. Hackenburg hopes one day more students will become interested in music. “I’m a firm believer it enhances the quality of young people’s lives,” she said. “The best way to appreciate music is to make it.”
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Mayor Barbara Simmons
Enfield Mayor Barbara Simmons, left, with town clerk Jannie Burnette at Enfield Town Hall.
How Enfield’s leader almost didn’t happen STORY BY JACQUELINE HOUGH PHOTOGRAPHS BY LES ATKINS
arbara Simmons becoming mayor of Enfield almost didn’t happen. “When I was first asked 12 years ago (to run for town commissioner), I turned it down and told them I was busy,” she said. Later she was asked two more times for mayor. Each time, she made it clear she didn’t know anything about politics. But the fourth time two years ago, when she was asked — something felt different. She talked with her husband of nearly 43 years, Jeremiah, who said he would support her if she ran. “I started praying about it. There was never a moment of ‘Don’t do
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it. It was, you can do it.’” She thought about it until the last day to file her candidacy. She was at Lea & Pope Funeral Home in Enfield, where she works parttime. Her husband called to remind her it was 11:30 a.m. and filing ended at noon. She left the funeral home at 11:45 a.m. and got there at 11:58 a.m. “I signed in and the rest is history,” Simmons, 66, said with a laugh. Her goals as mayor have been simple. “I treat the citizens fair and am honest with them,” she said. Simmons noticed when she first took office the town wasn’t work-
ing together. She encourages citizens to come to the meetings, which are 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. “It’s not about me with my chest sticking out saying, ‘I’m the mayor,’” Simmons said. “It will take us all. I may not answer all of your questions and needs, but I will be there for you.” As one of three siblings raised on a farm in Halifax County, Simmons has always been determined to move forward. “For me, life has not been a bouquet of roses, but with God my life has been very rewarding,” she said. “What he has for me is for me.” After graduation, she worked at Jay Vee Brand Sewing Plant in Enfield. Simmons wanted more, so later she got a job as a teacher assistant with Clemon Williamson. “I admire him today for instilling in me that I could do better and be whatever I want to be,” she said. Simmons is the only one of her siblings to go to college. She received an associate’s from Halifax Community College, a bachelor’s in elementary education from Shaw University in Raleigh, classes from East Carolina University in Greenville and N.C. Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and later received a certification in Exceptional Children kindergarten through 12th grade from St. Paul College in Virginia. It was done while working full-time and raising four children — Demeatrice, Jerry, Brian and De’Shonda. She graduated from college the same year as her son Brian. “I learned at an early age that God’s word is true,” she said. “Jesus said, ‘With men, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ (Matthew 19:26).” Brian Simmons died in a car wreck on Jan. 30, 2006, at the age of 27. The family created an annual scholarship in his memory to help students further their education. “God is still blessing through the help of family and friends. We just awarded our fourth annual scholarship,” she said. Simmons has six grandchildren. A woman of strong Christian faith, it was that faith which kept her going during the town’s recent devastation from Hurricane Irene in August. As she maneuvered around the streets of the town of 2,300, she saw several trees uprooted, homes damaged and people without electricity on the morning of Aug. 27. “I began to realize we had a problem,” she said. “We had a mess out here.” And then the calls started. In her two years as mayor, this was one of the biggest things the town had experienced. She drove around the town twice that morning in her husband’s truck. She would stop and talk with residents, as they surveyed the damage. Simmons admits to being through quite a few storms, but Hurricane Irene was different. For her it was not only how much the storm took everyone by surprise, but also the fact she, as mayor, had the responsibility of the town on her shoulders. “Enfield was blessed,” she said. “Everyone survived and lost a lot, but those are material things.” Simmons is proud of the town and its citizens. “This is
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home for me,” she said. In the past, Enfield has done well and Simmons would like to see it return to those days. “I believe it can be better. We can bring it back,” she said. It bothers her to see young people walking the streets with no jobs or a real purpose. “If we could get some jobs here, it would make a real difference,” Simmons said. And she is quick to point out that being mayor is not a one-woman show. She credits the town employees as an asset. She said Town Clerk Jannie Burnette has been her right hand. Burnette has worked for the town for ll years and is a native just like Simmons. “I believe she wants the best for all of the people of our town. To have growth, change must occur,” Burnette said. “As an employee of my hometown, I hope I am a part of those good changes that can help opportunities come to Enfield. I plan to continue working with Mayor Simmons and the board.” In addition to being mayor, Simmons also volunteers at Inborden Elementary School. She is a member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Enfield, where she serves as advisor of Junior Ushers’ Ministry and financial secretary under the leadership of Pastor Danny Ellis.
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Women across the Roanoke Valley express themselves via attire â€” dressy or casual. Way to rock your closet ladies!
Tiffany Blacknell, of Conway, mentor at W.S. Creecy Community and Training Center
Shontell Mallory, of Weldon, college student at Virginia State University
Above, Precious Barnes, of Roanoke Rapids, college adviser at Northwest Halifax High School & Southeast Halifax High School
Above, Myran Braden, of Roanoke Rapids, 8th grade math teacher at Weldon Middle School
Lindsay Hall, of Roanoke Rapids, senior service manager at RBC Bank
Paris Bradley, of Weldon, 1st grader at Weldon Elementary School
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Kayona Ausby, of Weldon, kindergartener at Weldon Elementary School
Kelly Lasky leads city’s perception change Roanoke Rapids moves in more user-friendly direction for small business start-up
Roanoke Rapids Planning and Development Director Kelly Lasky at her desk at City Hall.
STORY & PHOTOGRAPH BY ROGER BELL
he city of Roanoke Rapids is attacking a misperception, with a Roanoke Valley woman leading the charge. Kelly Lasky, planning and development director for the city, is spearheading efforts to change the perception the city is not businessfriendly. While Lasky is happy to try and change the perception, she’s puzzled by it. To attack it, she said, requires communication and instilling in the staff that communication works. That’s why, since Sept. 15, when she officially became the city’s planning director, Lasky has written and organized the brochure, “Starting a Business in Roanoke Rapids,” a snapshot look at the general process of getting a business going in the city. “It started off with me informing the staff to be more vocal about the process,” Lasky said. “The idea (for a brochure) came to me, and I asked some of our business owners would it be helpful if I created a brochure? They said ‘yes.’ ” Lasky said the brochure, available at the planning office at City Hall, or online at www. roanokerapidsnc.com, is a way to make in-
formation available 24 hours a day in an age where people tend to do their own research. Roanoke Rapids Mayor Emery Doughtie said Lasky’s efforts are completely in line with those of the city council. “Ever since the council we have now came into being, we made a conscious effort to try to be more business-friendly,” Doughtie said. “I think we struggled with that to start with, but I think (lately) that perception has come across a little stronger.” Doughtie, a business owner himself, said the brochure allows entrepreneurs to see hypothetical obstacles earlier in the process when it might be easier to address them. Lasky said the brochure helps, but she felt an important part of the process was simply getting the correct contact information out to prospective business owners to streamline the communication process. This enables a better understanding of timelines, which Lasky says is crucial. “Sometimes there are many layers an application has to go through,” Lasky said. “It can occasionally take a longer time to get back to the applicant than they might realize. Having
them know who to call helps.” Those who represent business interests in the city are very pleased by Lasky’s efforts. “The city is, I think, doing a phenomenal job in making a more business-friendly atmosphere,” Roanoke Avenue Business Alliance Main Street Director Lance Jenkins said. “I can’t applaud Kelly enough. I think the city is headed in the right direction, and I think this is a much more business-friendly place to be.” As the brochure becomes more well-known, Lasky said the next step is simply being there for the general public and for potential business owners. Something as simple as returning a phone call immediately or just being available could make a lot of difference, she said. Doughtie said he is pleased by what he has seen and knows the business of the city is entwined with the business of business. “All the money we receive is coming from the taxpayers,” Doughtie said. “So the residents are our customers. We need to be serving them like it’s a business. We are working hard at trying to be business-friendly, because you can’t have a community without businesses.”
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BY JACQUELINE HOUGH The Chicken and Rice Soup served at Jennie’s Beans and Buns Coffee Lounge in Enfield is very popular with customers. “It’s so simple,” said Jennie Ward, manager of the Beans and Buns. “It is one of the favorites.” Her daughter, Lenne, owns the lounge. Ward said the key to the soup is she bakes the chicken used in the recipe. She also uses a rice cooker to cook the rice. “I use parboiled rice because it doesn’t fall apart,” she said. Ward recommends making the recipe on a cold or rainy or chilly day. Jennie’s Beans and Buns Coffee Lounge is located at 116 N. Dennis St. For more information, call 252-445-1010.
1 whole chicken, split 1 large onion, chopped 2 c. celery, chopped 1 stick butter salt and pepper to taste 1 c. water (to bake chicken) 3 c. uncooked parboiled rice 6 c. water (to cook rice) 1 T. chicken stock 3 c. water (when mixing rice & chicken) In a baking pan, place whole chicken. With the chicken put 1 cup of water, onion, celery and butter. Bake the chicken at 400 degrees for one hour or until done. While the chicken is cooking, place the rice and six cups of water in a rice cooker. Cook until done. When the chicken is baked, take out of oven and debone the chicken. Once done, place chicken in a big pot along with the chicken stock and rice. Mix well. Then add the three cups of water. Cook over medium until thicken mixture forms. Serves 15-20.
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Chicken & Rice Soup
How to train to run a 5K STORY BY TAMMY CROWLEY-DELOATCH
any people who have never run a 5K think in their mind they could never run one mile, much less run 3.1 miles. Training to run for a 5K for a beginner can seem harder than what it
really is. Running is one of the best overall exercises anyone can do, if they have the physical ability to be able to run. Physical ability meaning no joint injuries or other physical injuries that would cause pain for this type of training. The key is to train safe and listen to your body. Running a 5K is not expensive, all you need is a good pair of running shoes, light workout clothes, motivation and a training schedule. Training safe and taking your time is vital for all beginner runners. For example, a beginner runner would never start out too fast or run too long, this is how injury occurs. You have to condition the body to take the stress of the exercise. The first step is to know the date of your race. Start your training 10-12 weeks before the date of the 5K. Count out your weeks on a calendar. Make sure your running shoes are for your feet. Go to a sports store that can help you choose the right pair for you. Use a training program. Many of these are found on websites, one that I use as a trainer is a simple training program as followed: • Day one training, the beginner needs to walk for 10 minutes as a warm up, then jog for 10 steps, walk 20 steps and jog 10 steps, walk 20 steps, repeat this sequence for 20 minutes. The total workout is 30 minutes with the warm up included. Stretch really well after the workout. Train with this routine for three days out of your first week of training — for example jog, walk on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Between those training days, rest or go for a light walk or bike ride for 20 to 30 minutes. The key to these rest days is to allow your body to recover from the jog, walk days. Train with this workout the first two weeks to get your body used to the impact of running. Take your time and don’t rush through adding more jog steps, even if you feel like it. • Week three and four pick up the pace with longer jog steps and shorter walking steps — for example warm up walking five minutes, jog 15 steps and walk 20 steps train in this sequence for 25 minutes. Train for three days and rest in between days with walking or bike riding. Listen to your body as you train. If you make it to week four without any problems, you are ready for week five and six. • Week five and six you will need to warm up with a light jog. Jog 20 steps as your warm up, now start by walking 15 steps and jog 15 steps for 25 minutes. Use this training routine for these two weeks, again only run three days with rest days of light walking or bike riding
between running days. By week six you should feel really good and confidant in yourself and your achievement in your training program. Your body should be conditioned to start to jog some distance. • On week seven, day one of training can start by jogging 1/2 mile, time yourself. What ever time you finish your 1/2 mile, finish up with walking making a total of 30 minutes. For example, if it took you 15 minutes to jog 1/2 mile, finish the rest of the 30 minutes by walking. Day two of jogging, do the same. Day three jog one mile without stopping. Rest between days by doing a light walk or bike ride. • Week eight, day one training start with a 3/4 mile jog, day two jog 3/4 mile and day three jog 1 1/4 of a mile. Make sure on day one and two to finish up with walking with a total workout of 30 minutes. Rest during the days in between. • Week nine, on day one, train with one-mile runs at your pace. Day two is the same. Day three, jog 1 1/2 mile at a pace slow and steady. • Week 10, day one, run 1 1/2 mile, day two the same and on day three run two miles. Yes you will be able to do this and feel great about it! • Week 11, day one and two, run two miles, day three run three miles. • Last week before the race, day one run 1 1/2 miles, day two do the same. Day three is your race, and you will run 3.1 miles — your very first 5K! The training part just takes time and discipline. Find a friend to do a race with you. It will be fun and you will take it more seriously. Other important things to remember is to make sure you eat the proper nutrition and stay hydrated. In order for the body to function at its peak, the body must be fueled correctly. Proteins, carbs and fats play a major role in your performance. One other tip — listen to your body. If you need to rest an extra day, that is fine, just use wisdom when you start training. Any knee aches, lower back aches or neck pains, please see a certified trainer or your physician. Running is fun, inexpensive and the whole family can join you for an outdoor activity to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Tammy Crowley-Deloatch is a certified personal trainer and owner of New Day Fitness. She holds degrees in Sports Management and Psychology, and is a certified instructor for various programs including Zumba and Silver Sneakers, as well as weight training. Also, Tammy authored “Your Best Shape Ever Cookbook!” and the Spirtual Stretch program to help women with eating disorders.
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Your Most Important Image ...
Digital mammograms now available in the Roanoke Valley SPECIAL TO ROANOKE VALLEY WOMAN
oining together to save the lives of women, the Roanoke Valley and Halifax Regional now have state-of-the-art digital mammography. “With our success so far and a special arrangement with the manufacturer, we were able to install the equipment while the initiative continues,” said Will Mahone, hospital president. “We did not want to wait a minute to make this new technology available to the community.” The Healthcare Initiative of the Halifax Regional Foundation has raised more than half of the $650,000 for the equipment in The Mammography Center. Funds from the “silent phase” included financial support from employees, physicians, members of the board of the medical center and the foundation, business partners of the medical center and major donors in the community. “Now we are asking the public to provide financial support for the initiative,” Mahone said. “We know there are individuals and families, businesses and community organizations who want to help save lives.” If $20 were given from each woman in the region, we could meet our goal, Mahone said. Mahone said the stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a person’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. “Digital mammography produces images of higher quality,” said Douglas Ericson, M. D., a radiologist at Halifax Regional who reads most of the mammograms. “The new equipment helps us detect cancers earlier.” To schedule a mammogram, obtain an order from your physician then call 252-535-8888. The Mammography Center is in Building 1 at Halifax Medical Plaza. For more information about mammograms, call The Mammography Center at 252 535-3417.
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by Jacqueline Hough
Talent & Fashion Show
Weldon Elementary School Parent Teacher Association held its first Talent and Fashion Show in December. The goal of the event was to raise money for the organization that would go back into the school for teachers, staff and students. The Weldon Elementary School PTA is seeing a revitalization for the 2011-12 school year, after nearly no activity for three years. The cost to join the PTA is $5 a year. To join, call the school at 252-536-4815.
Four-year old Satasia Harvey
Weldon Middle School teacher Myran Braden, left, and Weldon Elementary School teacher Riley Woods
Asia Ponton and Akia Bradley
2nd graders Ayana Harris and Aâ€™Kayla Frazier
Chania Frederick with Principal Willa JohnsonWall
Kylie Scott and her mother Montressa Scott
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9 year-old cloggers Kalyn Alston and Lauryn Jones
Talent show judges Doris Mack, Stephany Smith and Zenobia Cofield
Rapper Paris Bradley, left, poses with her back up Monica Turner and Chania Frederick
by Jacqueline Hough
The doctors and staff celebrated the 25th anniversary of Twin City Cardiology with a free event on New Yearâ€™s Eve. The celebration began with fireworks at Becker Village Mall, and festivities continued at Kirkwood Adams Community Center. Attendees were treated to a diverse menu. Entertainment included D.J. Rising Star Karaoke, a magic show from Flow Circus Variety Arts, dance exhibition from Sea Sound Music Entertainment of Raleigh, a steel band and belly dancers.
Annie and Dr. Joe Antony Lois Nealis, of Littleton Brenda Puthenveetil, of Lake Gaston
Cousins Tamaria Roberts, of Petersburg, Va., left, and Francesa Griffo, of Roanoke Rapids
Samantha Poole, of Roanoke Rapids, Rommie Ray and Amy Pomatto, both of Rocky Mount Dancers with Sea Sound Studio Entertainment
Christine Walker, of Roanoke Rapids
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Retirement Honors by Roger Bell
Northampton County Department of Social Services Director Dr. Al Wentzy and Department of Social Services Employee Linda Moody celebrated their retirements Dec. 28 at the Northampton County Cultural and Wellness Center in Jackson, along with dozens of well-wishers. The pair had a combined 90 years of service in the department.
Dr. Al Wentzy, left, and Linda Moody, right, at the buffet table during their jointretirement party
Linda Moody shares a laugh posing with Santa
Dr. Al Wentzy, left, talks with Brig. Gen. David Johnson, U.S. Air Force, retired, center, and retired educator John Jones
Donna Etheridge, left, and Donna Ward
Linda Moody, left, talks with Ruth Wentzy, wife of Dr. Al Wentzy, right, who his holding her grandson Wes Jenkins, with Moody’s sister, Ann Gownley, center.
Ladies, mark your calendars!
he staff at Roanoke Valley Woman magazine is so very excited about an upcoming event, we had to share so you could get it on your calendar. The event combines the tradition of The Daily Herald’s annual Women in Business Luncheon with the new “Ultimate Girl’s Day Out!” to make up the two-day extravaganza Roanoke Valley Woman Expo — celebrating beauty, health and life. The luncheon is set from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 at Kirkwood Adams Community Center, 1100 Hamilton St. in Roanoke Rapids. Attendees will experience an inspiring guest speaker, lunch by david’s Restaurant, door prizes, fun and fellowship for a good cause with all of the proceeds going to a woman returning to school at Halifax Community College. In addition to the scholarship luncheon this year, there is even more fun to be had in the form of The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out! from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16, also at Kirkwood. There will be live entertainment all day and we’re not just talking the typical music, but numerous demonstrations and fashion as well. Also on the agenda, refreshments and munchables along with any kind of vendor you can think of to suit the needs of females in the Roanoke Valley. The day will also include health screenings, day-long door prizes, shopping, wellness tips and oh so much more. Day No. 2 will also cater to a good cause with a portion of the proceeds going to a local women’s non-profit organization. Women may attend the Women in Business Luncheon on Friday for $10 per ticket, or The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out! on Saturday for $7 a ticket — OR women may attend the Roanoke Valley Woman Expo for a $15 combo ticket allowing access to both days’ events. The Roanoke Valley Woman Expo is presented by The Daily Herald in partnership with Halifax Regional. Put it on your schedule, we look forward to seeing you there! Kris Smith, editor
Dr. Al Wentzy
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