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Young Fletcher gives back

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On Tuesday, Nov. 23, recording artist and Winston-Salem native Young Fletcher handed out 100 turkeys and 1200 boxes of food at the Cleveland Apartments, where Fletcher grew up. “It was pleasure to give back to the community I grew up in. It was good just to be a blessing.”

City legend has book dedication at alma mater Winston-Salem legend and 32nd degree Prince Hall Mason, Ben Piggott, donated autographed copies of his book, “The Life and Times of Four Grand

Masters: James W. Hood, George W. White, James H. Young and James E. Shepard of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina and Jurisdiction, Inc.,” to his alma mater, Livingstone College, earlier this month. Piggott co-wrote the book with Lenwood G. Davis, who is now deceased, in 2016. Piggott is a graduate of Livingstone College where he received a B.S. in physical education and health science. He was made a Master Mason

in May of 1992 in Salem Lodge #139 in WinstonSalem. The book centers on the major contributions that the four men made to the community and beyond. The fruits of their labor can still be seen to this day. “The book is about four Grand Master Masons that did a lot for the community,” said Piggott. “The book ties in a lot of history from a lot of areas and it makes you feel good to make reference to it.” There was a ceremony held earlier this month to commemorate the donat-

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Ben Piggott donated signed copies of his book to his alma mater, Livingstone College.

ing of the books to Livingstone College. Piggott was honored to have his book celebrated by his alma mater. “Some people think that just graduating from a college was a great thing, but the greatest thing is not to graduate, it’s to give back,” he said. “It made me feel good to bring back a manifested truth that was there, but was never printed. This is very, very humbling for me and I take none of this for granted. “When you go to an See Book on A2

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Jabaar to lead local NAACP Al Jabaar has been chosen to lead the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County NAAACP. On Saturday Nov. 21, the local branch held elections to choose the branch president, vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, and

After votes were tallied Saturday evening, several people took to social media to congratulate Jabaar. A veteran of the United States Army and the United States Marine Corp., Jabaar was in active duty in Vietnam. When he returned to Winston-Salem, he started working at R.J. Reynolds where he

protesting in the streets. Other elected officials are: London McKinney, first vice president, Tonya McDaniel, second vice president, Doris Moore, third vice president, Patricia Biassi, secretary, Members of the executive committee are: Jimmy Boyd, Pastor Tembila Covington, Whit Davis, Daniel

members of the executive committee. Only members in good standing with the organization were able to vote during the election. Jabaar, who is a native of Winston-Salem and well known throughout the community as an advocate for the African American community, will take the seat formerly held by Rev. Alvin Carlisle, who announced that he wouldn’t be running for re-election earlier this year.

worked for more than 30 years before retiring. Since retiring, Jabaar has made a name for himself as a leader within the African American community as someone who is always willing to speak up and be a voice for the voiceless in any event, whether it be advocating for students at school board meetings, speaking for communities in East Winston at city council and county commissioners’ meetings, or

Piggott, Jamie Transou, and Rev. Dr. Keith Vereen. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization formed in 1909 by W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington and Moorfield Storey as a biracial organization to advance justice for African Americans.


he said. “What also inspired me was my co-author Dr. Davis and we got together and started traveling. At first, I almost quit trying to write this book, but I didn’t because of the

made. “Young people need to know who their forefathers were,” said Piggott. “A lot of times, people are just there, and they think that everything is sup-


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HBCU, it gives you a drive to want to be successful, because they push you to go to another level,

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The book chronicles the life of four Grand Master Masons and their contributions. but I never thought I’d be an author. I am happy today and that’s why right now I thank God for the work, because every time I turn around, somebody is wanting to get a book.” Piggott says there was three years of research and writing before the book was released in 2016. He says the rich history of the Prince Hall Masons was a major contributing factor for him wanting to write the book initially. “If I told you who were Prince Hall Masons, it would blow your mind,”

connection the book had with different HBCU’s. “Prince Hall Masons weren’t just about the man; it’s about inspiring the race of young Black men and women to shoot for the clouds.” Piggott stated that there has been a push from current Grand Master Mason, Daniel Thompson, to get the book out to as many people as possible. Piggott is also eager to put his book into the hands of the younger generation to show the contributions their predecessors have

posed to happen and don’t know there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears laid on those campuses. “If you think about it, a lot of these colleges were set up during the times of segregation. A lot of folks couldn’t go to a white college and these HBCUs opened a lot of doors for young Black males and females. Piggott aims to donate books to local high schools and colleges to spread the history of the Prince Hall Masons.

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Gov. Cooper strengthens statewide mask mandate BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE

In response to high levels of community spread of the COVID-19 virus, earlier this week N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order strengthening the mask mandate across the state. Previous guidelines called for a mask or face covering to be worn whenever it was not possible to keep six feet from another person. Under the new guidelines included in Executive Order No. 180, masks are to worn at all times when in all public places, including gyms. During a press conference on Monday, Nov. 23, Gov. Cooper stressed that following gathering restrictions, social distancing, and the guidelines for wearing masks will be pivotal in our fight against the virus. “We’ve passed the grim benchmark of losing more than 5,000 North Carolinians to COVID-19. We hold each of them in our memories, they will not be forgotten,” Cooper continued. “I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger! This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus and our actions now will determine the fate of many.” When discussing the trends, metrics, and the state’s newly adopted COVID-19 County Alert System map, Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), said cases are trending up significantly and the percent of positive tests is at 7%. Cohen also mentioned that some hospitals across the state are beginning to feel the strain from the rise in positive cases. An updated map from the COVID-19 County Alert System, which uses a combination of three different metrics to categorize counties into three different colored tiers (red-critical, orange-substantial, yellowsignificant), shows 20 counties in red, which is double the amount across the state last week. Forsyth County is currently categorized as orange. “Our statewide metrics and County Alert Map show that we are on very shaky ground. I do not want to see the bottom fall out,” Cohen said. “I’m practically concerned about our record number of people in the hospital. The coming weeks will be a true test to our resolve to do what it takes to keep people from getting sick, to save lives, and to make sure you have hospital care, whether it’s a heart attack, a car accident or COVID-19 when you need it.” Cooper’s executive order also extends Phase 3 capacity limits (no more than 10 people indoors), and other safety requirements. It also requires large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask wearing and implementing occupancy limits for patrons who enter. Executive Order 180 is effective from Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, December 11.

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Lying and denying have become the mantra of Trump Republicans Dr. James B. Ewers Jr.

Guest Columnist Trump and members of the Republican Party are sore losers. They have filed over 35 claims of voter fraud and election tampering and have had 24 of them thrown out of court. The president held a meeting last week with some of his Republican operatives to see if there was a light at the end of the tunnel and a path to victory. I believe he was told that it was dark in that tunnel. Meanwhile, states are certifying their election results as true and accurate,

declaring Biden the winner. Also Mr. T last week terminated Chris Krebs, cybersecurity and infrastructure agency chief, for what he claimed were his highly inaccurate remarks about voter integrity. “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” We have heard this Bible verse many times. Being truthful was something we learned to do when we were children. If we told an untruth, we would be chastised for it. As adults, we realized that lying had its repercussions and they were not good. In order not to deal with the ramifications of lying, just tell the truth. Be honest! That is exactly what Chris Krebs did. He told the truth. In a tweet, Krebs

said, “Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend today. Secure tomorrow.” Many in both parties are applauding the job that Krebs did. In our recent memory is the tampering by the Russians in the 2016 presidential election. Despite the Russian interference, Hillary Clinton conceded graciously to Mr. T. Then-President Barack Obama did not make any attempts to thwart a smooth transition of power. Denise Turner Roth was the GSA (General Services Administration) administrator when Donald Trump won the 2016 election. She said, “I was the GSA administrator under President Barack Obama. On the day after the presidential election in 2016, I ascertained that Donald

Trump had won. My determination was based on several factors.” Records indicated those factors included Trump’s clear margin of victory and the states validating the results. Now in 2020, Mr. T cannot accept the fact that he will not receive a second term to be president of this country. Mr. T, sadly but factually, it is what it is. You lost. There are those in the Republican Party who are telling him that it is over. Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland said, “Trump is making the U.S. look like a banana republic.” Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey and a Trump supporter, said, “Quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national

embarrassment.” He made these comments on the ABC program, This Week. Others like Senators Mitt Romney from Utah and Susan Collins from Maine have also made statements telling the president that his time is up. It is slowly but surely becoming a reality to Mr. T and his loyalists that their sour grapes approach to contesting this election is not working. He is on the outside looking in and there is no chance. Bring on Little Anthony and the Imperials so the outgoing president can hear that song, “I’m On The Outside Looking In.” Time is on the side of Joe Biden. The sand in the hourglass is running out, which means this president will have to make some alternative plans. He

will have a change of address. Now is the time for the current GSA administrator, Emily W. Murphy, to ascertain that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. She can no longer stall and delay the inevitable, which is Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States of America. Administrator Murphy, America is waiting. James B. Ewers Jr. is a former tennis champion at Atkins High School and played college tennis at Johnson C. Smith University where he was allconference for four years. He is a retired college administrator and can be reached at

No time to rest Oscar H. Blayton Guest Columnist Now that the 2020 election is over, people have been celebrating in the streets across America. But as we survey the rubble that is left of an America battered by the last four years under a Trump administration, we see there is a lot of work to be done. Children are still in cages along our southern borders. Police murders of innocent people of color are still rampant. Conservative politicians refusing to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic and yelling “My body, my choice,” are prepared to imprison any woman who

exercises her reproductive rights over her own body. America is in a dangerous place. Donald Trump has emboldened and encouraged the inner demons of white supremacists to act out their hatred toward anyone they consider to be an “other.” The vast majority of white, self-proclaimed Christian evangelists have abandoned any pretense of human decency and make it clear that brotherly love and Christian charity are not meant for people of color. White middle-class Americans, coded as “suburban moms,” have demonstrated by a majority of their votes that they are willing to accept the brand of raw racism that Trump represents. This, while engaging in “woke performances” to make an

outward show of believing in human decency toward all. Joe Biden’s election has not bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. It has merely flattened it back to its previous course of injustice. Joe has a history of making common cause with racial conservatives, many of whom were segregationists. And we should not wait to see if his words of equality are turned into dust by his actions. Instead, we must stay on the move and continue to push, and push hard, for our own freedoms. Yes, communities of color are exhausted. It is understandable why we are tired. We barely eked out a win after a bruising political battle with a hateful and determined segment

of this country that pins its rising quality of life on our oppression. Now we want to take a break from this constant struggle, sit back and feel good about what we have accomplished so far. But this is no time to rest. For us to rest now would be as disastrously careless as an athletic team celebrating its stellar performance during the first period of play and then not showing up for the remainder of the game. We must be mindful of the history of our continued struggle. In the 1960s, the civil rights agenda was being pushed forward and the sense of accomplishment in the Black community was exhilarating. But although we celebrated the progress we had made at the time, we knew that the goal of

universal equality had not been achieved, and we fought on. The struggle must continue because victory has not yet been won. We have more people of color in elected office than ever before. But now that they are in office, we cannot sit back and wait for them to deliver. We must ask them, “What can we do to help you deliver for us?” We must partner with the people we put in office. One of the persistent complaints voiced by Black elected officials is that when they sit in their city council or school board meetings, seldom do they see the people who put them there. This is a problem on the local, state and federal levels of government. It is difficult to make a convincing argu-

ment on behalf of people who do not bother to show up in support of their own demands. And it is particularly difficult when other elected officials, who are not interested in our welfare, must be moved to support our interests. Winning an election is never anything more than a beginning - a first step on a long journey toward achieving a goal. So, sure, stop and take a deep breath. Stretch your political muscles and loosen them up. Straighten your back and strengthen your resolve. And then take the next steps toward making this country and this world what we want it to be.

from the consciousness of a 10-year-old boy. When the coverage is more mature, what we get is cold, strategic analysis, almost always without any discussion of the potential human consequences of a military action. As Juan Cole points out, for instance, the New York Times recently broke the news of another Trump last-minute military idea, a little different from exiting Afghanistan and Iraq: bombing Iran. Specifically, it’s nuclear enrichment facilities. Cole notes with alarm the story says nothing about: “… the likely consequences for Iranian civilians of such a strike. It is possible that such a U.S. strike on active nuclear enrichment facilities could kill as many Iranians as did the use of an atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, which killed between 90,000 and 145,000 people over four months. … Although the U.S. would not be using a nuclear bomb, it would subject the nuclear material to massive conventional firepower, which would throw up similar radioactive fallout.” It’s beyond the pale that mayhem at such a level is possible, and that

being able to inflict it is the conventional meaning of power. Trump’s plan to withdraw from two wars that don’t interest him has organic complexity. We have military bases to dismantle, weapons to destroy, before we can leave. Furthermore, we’ve done enormous harm to Afghanistan and Iraq. What debt do we owe as we withdraw militarily? That’s the mission that’s not discussed. And the fact that Trump, at least theoretically, could also start a war before he leaves office - indeed, that any president could do so at any time - displays the planet’s geopolitical shortcomings in naked relief. Creating peace is a living process, the opposite of war. It’s time to wake up to this. I’m speaking particularly to journalists. Understanding the nature of peace, and reporting on global progress to that end, is our mission.

Oscar H. Blayton is a former Marine Corps combat pilot and human rights activist who practices law in Virginia.

Beyond simplistic ‘peace’ ROBERT C. KOEHLER

Guest Columnist So here’s an odd, mostly overlooked scrap of recent news: Donald Trump wants to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq before he leaves office, and is expected to announce a drawdown of troops in both countries. Currently there are approximately 4,500 troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq. The drawdown would leave 2,500 troops in each country. Even Mitch McConnell is aghast! In a speech from the Senate floor this week, he said: “We’re playing a limited – limited - but important role in defending American national security and American interests against terrorists who would like nothing more than for the most powerful force for good in the world to simply pick up our ball and go home.” In case you didn’t know this, McConnell points out that the world is a very simple place. All you need to know is

that it’s neatly divided between good and evil, and we - America, America, repository of God’s grace - are the world’s primary source and force of good. For 19 years in Afghanistan and 17 years in Iraq (who even remembers Iraq anymore?) we have been doing good, saving those countries, and the world, from terrorists. When we kill, wound and displace - by the thousands, by the millions - it’s absolutely necessary, in the name of our “interests,” and our interests are always good. So the Trump plan to end these two endless wars is causing consternation throughout the military and political status quo, with the mainstream media doing its best to make sure the American public isn’t forced to understand it at more than a superficial level. My God, if complexity were brought into the news - e.g., bombs kill, people suffer, no one ever wins, wars never end - the trillion-dollar annual military budget would be in danger. Thus Barbara Starr, reporting at CNN, informed us with terse objectivity: “U.S. commanders have been very concerned about the further drawdown in

Afghanistan, believing it would become much harder for them to do their mission. … Commanders say it’s just not time yet.” That word - “mission” - is not explored further. It just sits there. It’s all we need to know: Nineteen years and three-quarters of a trillion dollars later, come on! Give the commanders time to accomplish their mission. No need to probe and analyze. A mission is a mission. Andrew Bacevich and Adam Weinstein put some clarity to U.S accomplishments over the last two decades. They note, for instance, that the Obama administration surges “created the illusion of coalition control over large swaths of Afghanistan, but as soon [as] the surge ended, the Taliban took back these gains.” They also write: “The logistical challenges in pulling out the remainder of U.S. forces by year’s end are daunting. But the only alternative offered by critics is to indefinitely hold our troops hostage to the outcome of a ‘peace agreement’ that Washington cannot control. This replaces the unattainable objective of militarily defeating the Taliban with

an equally evasive goal of a perfect peace deal in a country with complex ethnic, religious, and tribal cleavages. It is a prescription for remaining in Afghanistan forever.” Bacevich and Weinstein make a further point, in the process interrupting the good-vs.-evil simplemindedness of the war discussion. They note that the U.S. has had some positive accomplishments during its occupation (e.g., advancements in women’s rights). However: “The uncomfortable reality is these gains are enabled by unsustainable U.S. security guarantees rather than an inclusive and organic process of transitional justice and development.” Creating peace is “an inclusive and organic process”? Oh, come on! It’s so much easier to look at the world in terms of winning and losing. Our dominant media report on war as a sporting event. Thus, if the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan before it definitively “wins,” it will face another Vietnam-style humiliation (doing so would be “a lasting stain on America,” as the think tank Atlantic Council put it). What could be worse than that? This is war coverage

Robert C. Koehler (, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor. He is the author of “Courage Grows Strong at the Wound.”


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County accepts offer to sell Lansing Drive property SUBMITTED ARTICLE

Forsyth County commissioners have accepted an offer to purchase approximately 30 acres of county-owned property at 4897 Lansing Drive for a consolidated distribution

grow their operations and workforce into the future as they remain a key headquarters for Forsyth County,” said the developer. The property is currently used by Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) for school bus

WS/FCS is working to remove all the buses and equipment not in that leaseback area. Once the sale is finalized early next year, the school system will have 60 days to complete that process Underground fuel stor-

interfering with airport operations. In compliance with federal laws and regulations on airport property sales, all sale proceeds will go to the airport. The sale is subject to FAA and NCDOT approval, which is expected

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This concept art shows future plans to turn 4897 Lansing Drive into a consolidated distribution headquarters for Garner Foods. headquarters for Garner Foods. Commissioners unanimously voted on Nov. 12 to accept the offer from Front Street Capital for $1,551,059 for the property, which is already zoned General Industrial. The commissioners welcomed the project as an economic development opportunity for the area. “This facility will allow Garner to continue to

parking and as a base of operations for school maintenance staff. The first phase of construction for the new Garner facility is expected to be completed in early 2022. When that happens, the county will lease back approximately 25% of the property for two years for the WS/FCS maintenance complex at a maximum of $7,000 a year to give the county ample time to move the complex.

age tanks on the site will be removed as part of required remediation on the property. The county is working with the WS/FCS to find another place to fuel the system’s school buses. The property is part of the airport’s layout plan, but it is not used for aeronautical purposes and is not part of the airport’s long-term development plans. It can support a large, flat facility without

to happen in the next 3060 days. The sale would have a 60-day due diligence period, which can be shortened by the buyer with county approval. The county has right of first refusal if the property is made available for sale in the future or the property goes dark or vacant for more than a year and the existing lease is nullified.

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Business center looks to help others during the holiday season BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY THE CHRONICLE

With the pandemic still in full swing, many business owners are struggling to make ends meet. In an effort to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs, the Baker Business Center (BBC), 3443 Robinhood Road, Ste. O, is holding a vendor pop-up starting this Saturday, Nov. 28. The event will run for four consecutive Satur- The Baker Business Center days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next four weeks. and will feature vendors next few weeks leading up from different landscapes to Christmas, just to kind to sell their items to hope- of help them with sales fully drive sales for every- and build a new customer one involved. Cory Baker base.” The cost for the venof the BBC says they felt the vendor pop-up would dors is $150 for the entire be a great way to get their four weeks of the popname out to the commu- up event. That price innity, while also helping a cludes marketing, tables and chairs, along with fellow business owner. “We just tried to think refreshments for the venof a way we could help dors. They have previgive back to other local ously held two successful business owners and we vendor pop-ups in August recognized the trend of and September, so they are vendor pop-ups going on hoping this event will conand we decided that we tinue that trend. “It was real important could open up our space to business owners and allow for us to try and help out, them to come in and take because we had to think advantage of the space,” of something different to do during these times by said Baker. “It will be the same opening up an E-learning vendors every weekend, so site,” he continued. “We hopefully they can build had to create an opportusome consistency for the nity, so I feel like opening

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our doors and giving these local vendors a chance to expand their businesses, especially during these times, is just another way to scratch each other’s back. “We always try to act off of need, that’s where a lot of our services come from. I know you hear a lot of successful people say the best way to become successful is to help someone else. And that’s just kind of the way we act as a company at the Baker Business LLC.” Baker stated that there are still open spots available for the vendor popup. For those who are interested, please contact the BBC at

How are N.C. counties going to recount millions of ballots? And who pays the bill? SUBMITTED ARTICLE

North Carolina is conducting a statewide recount, spurred by one of the closest elections the state has ever seen. The statewide recount to settle the Supreme Court chief justice contest will follow clear rules. But counties will be left paying the bill. The Republican candidate for chief justice of the state Supreme Court, current Associate Justice Paul Newby, leads Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley by 406 votes, or seven-thousands of a percent. In the span of a few days, every county in North Carolina will recount each of the more than 5.5 million ballots cast in this election, which saw record-setting turnout. While voters cast those ballots over the span of weeks, counties have until Nov. 25 to finish the second count. “It’s a very methodical process that needs to be done in a very condensed time frame,” said Robert Inman, Haywood County’s elections director. Inman, like a fifth of North Carolina’s election directors, is doing his first recount with paper ballots. Until the end of

That would be another trigger for a handto-eye recount of every ballot, should Newby request it. Who pays for recounts? Recounts are not free, and counties are left to foot the bill. In addition to the statewide race, at least 15 counties need to simultaneously recount local races, according to information from the N.C. State Board of Elections. Robeson County’s elections director, Tina Bledsoe, is expecting it will take three full days to recount all its ballots. Based on some back-of-the-envelope math, Bledsoe said she expects that will cost her office a couple thousand dollars in staff time and equipment expenses. “Sure, $2,000 is a lot of money for us, unlike some of those larger counties,” Bledsoe said. “We have to beg and plead for everything we get.” Bledsoe referenced the age of the technology her county is using to count the votes. Robeson will use two types of ballot scanners to count the votes. One type was purchased in the last couple of years, and the other, called an M100, is technology from the turn of the century

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Durham County Board of Elections staff process absentee ballots in October 2020 at the agency’s warehouse. Each blue bin holds ballots from a different precinct. The workers remove ballots from absentee-by-mail envelopes and flatten them to be scanned in batches later on. 2019, 21 counties were using touchscreen voting machines that stored votes on memory cards. During the 2016 recounts, these counties simply had to rerun those memory cards through the computer, which yielded the same results. What’s different in recounting this year? This year, the recount is more onerous and may result in slightly different totals. Every difference, though, needs to be accounted for. If the discrepancies cannot be reconciled, then state law says the losing candidate can request a second recount, which would be done by hand. The vast majority of ballots should scan the same way on the recount as they were in the original count. The only difference is that the recount may find some differences in voter intent, according to Sara Knotts, Brunswick County’s elections director. During the recount, election staff may find ballots that are improperly marked for a machine to read the vote, but the voter’s intent is clear. With a vote by the county board of elections, that ballot can be counted by hand, which could change the totals. Questions of voter intent must be voted on by county boards of elections’ members, who need to be present during the entire recount. While changes in vote totals are expected to be minimal, the overall difference between the two candidates is so close that it is feasible, though not necessarily likely, that the results could flip.

and was purchased in the mid-2000s. Twenty-two counties have only M100s, according to the state board website. Both types of scanners require each ballot to be hand-fed into the machine, which requires bipartisan, two-person teams, per state rules. The state board estimates that counties could scan 600-900 ballots per hour per scanner. That means a lot of staff working on several machines, all of which need to be spaced out due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Larger counties have high-speed scanners, but even then, it will take them several days to work through their ballots. Durham County will convene its recount at 10 a.m. Friday and will work through the weekend, according to Brenda Baker, deputy director of elections. The large batches of ballots, such as early votes and by-mail votes, will be counted on the high-speed scanners, while staff members hand-feed Election Day ballots to the other scanners. As in Durham, the recounts will mostly happen in large rooms or warehouses to accommodate the machines, staff, board members and public observers. Recounts are open to public observation, both in-person and online. Every county will have limited space available, per COVID-19 concerns, and many counties will be livestreaming the recount process, though the cameras will be placed at a distance so the ballots themselves cannot be read.

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2020 NBA Draft storylines The 2020 NBA Draft class includes some good talent at the top, but drastically falls off from there. This is a bad year to have one of the top picks, due to the slim pickings after the first couple of players. I hate to judge so early, but this may be one of the weakest draft classes in recent memory. Before the draft there wasn’t a consensus No. 1 pick, which should tell you that this class was not elite. There were three players that seemed to be in consideration for the top pick: James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards were the names that were thrown around for the top selection. I thought there would be some early trades from teams outside of the lottery to jump in and grab a player they felt could immediately help their team. That wasn’t the case, which took away from some intrigue that we have seen in years past, so I thought in today’s column I would discuss the top three players. For starters, the Minnesota Timberwolves already had Karl Anthony-Towns and D’Angelo Russell as centerpieces for the franchise, so they selected Edwards with the No.1 pick. The Wolves are trying to do what they can to convince Towns to stay put and the super athletic Edwards could be one of the reasons he would want to do so. I am somewhat apprehensive about Edwards, because I am not sure of his dedication to the sport. During an interview with ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, Edwards said that he is “not really into” the sport. “I’m still not really into it,” Edwards said. “I love basketball, yeah … basketball is my heart, but football is where I started, so I’ll never forget about that. But don’t get me wrong, basketball is my No. 1 because I feel like it’s going to get me through a lot of the stuff I need to get through.” Those sound like the words of someone who may not give the sport their all, 100% of the time. I don’t mean to put words in his mouth, but it sounds like he is saying that he is playing basketball because he is good at it and it will help him get out of his current situation. If I were a general manager, that would throw up big red flags for me about his dedication to the sport and if he is in it for the long haul, or just to get that first big contract. Of course, his camp says he was not referring to his commitment to the sport, but instead was talking about his preference in which sport he watches on television. That very well may be the case, although it is something to keep in See NBA on B3

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The Tiny Indians have been one of the most consistent youth football programs in

the city of Winston-Salem for quite some time. In 2020 their 13U team put together a successful season and won the state championship. Here is a look at some of the action from the championship game.

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Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina A&T to renew gridiron rivalry GREENSBORO - One of the fiercest rivalries in college football will make its return as the Winston-Salem State University Rams and the North Carolina A&T Aggies have agreed to face off on the gridiron once again. The two teams will meet at Truist Stadium in Greensboro on Sept. 7, 2024, for the first time in over a decade as a part of the 100-year celebration of North Carolina A&T Football. “This is a tremendous opportunity to renew a historic rivalry, the Battle of I-40, during this anniversary year at NCAT’s Truist Stadium,” said WSSU Director Athletics Etienne Thomas. “Thanks to the vision and leadership at both schools, we will be able to provide our fans with a phenomenal event. Fans of both institutions will get a chance to renew one of the great rivalries in college football. We are excited that Chancellor Martin,

Athletics Director Earl Hinton and Coach Washington thought of WSSU for inclusion in this celebration.” The game is something that fans, supporters and

alumni from both schools have been craving since their last meeting when the Rams took a 21-14 win over the Aggies in Greensboro during the 2010 season. Former Rams quar-

terback coach Kameron Smith put on a show in that game with a 20-yard touchdown pass and a seven-yard game-winning touchdown run in the final minute of the game. He

came off the bench to finish the game with 85 rushing yards and 62 passing yards. For more information on Rams football, log on to


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Impartial Love Scriptures: James 2:1-13 By the end of this lesson, we will: *Understand the difference between showing partiality and treating others equally; *Affirm that all people are equally valued and loved by God; *Practice James’ call to fulfill the “royal law” of loving one’s neighbor as oneself. Background: The book of James is unique in its focus on the theme that Jesus transforms every aspect of life. James begins in chapter one with a challenge to believers to find joy in the midst of their suffering. In chapter two James connects faith in God with obedience to His commands. According to James, the connection between faith and obedience should be seen in the way we as Christians love and serve others, which is the focus of this week’s lesson. James also covers how to guard our speech from sin, and to reject worldly forms of wickedness and rebellion from God. Lesson: James begins with an exhortation to the believer not to show partiality “respect of person “ (verse 1). He gives examples of this behavior and notes “gold rings” and “fine clothes,” the intent is not to condemn the person’s wealth or the flashy dress, but the reaction of flattery and preferential treatment shown by the believer (verses 2-3). James says that the true nature of the sin is that they “… become judges of evil thoughts,” also translated “judges with vicious intentions” – behavior just like the world in catering to the rich and prominent and shunning the poor and common (verse 4). James has three arguments against partiality. He argues first that partiality shows an inconsistency in one’s conduct: those we spurn are the ones God has chosen – Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount blesses the poor and names them as “heirs of the kingdom of God” and “rich in faith” (verse 5). God’s concern for the poor is prominent in both Old Testament and New Testament. Those we favor are the godless whom God rejects – James reminds them, those who oppress and drag you through court are the rich who also “blaspheme that worthy name by which ye are called.” Note here, James is writing to the dispersed Jews so the rich here are most likely wealthy Jewish opponents of Christ who were harassing the poor Christians with civil suits (verse 7). James’ second argument is that partiality is not just an error in judgment, it is an act of sin. The one who shows respect of persons is a transgressor of the law. Loving your neighbor as yourself is called the “royal law” and also the “sovereign law” and Jesus declared that the sovereign law combined with love for God summarizes all The Law and the Prophets – the whole law. The command is to pursue meeting the physical health and spiritual wellbeing of one’s neighbors (all within the sphere of our influence, see “the good Samaritan “) with the same intensity and concern as one does naturally for oneself. James’ third argument is that partiality provokes God’s judgment – and they who are guilty are judged by The Law of Moses as those who have not received the liberty provided by the righteousness and salvation of Christ. The Law of Liberty is The Law of Moses supplemented and altered by Jesus – where mercy is the criterion of judgment. By showing mercy to others genuine evidence is given of having received God’s mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment (verses 12-13). (The UMI Annual Commentary 2020-2021, The King James Study Bible, The MacArthur Study Bible, The New Interpreter’s Study Bible, The Jesus Bible, The Modern Life Study Bible and The Oxford Bible Commentary). For Your Consideration: Are we any different from the early Christian church in our inclusiveness today? Why is loving God and our neighbor coupled together in the New Testament? Application: We as born-again Christians are called to be impartial disciples who do not show partiality toward the rich. We are to fulfill God’s royal law and show the love of God to all people, treating everyone as we would like to be treated – with no respect to a person’s socials status. We must also soberly consider what we can do to help improve the economic conditions of the poor neighborhoods. Ask ourselves, why are people poor? Is there a way out of poverty? (UMI)

In honor of the Links’ National Day of Friendship and Service, the Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links Incorporated contributed to United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church. In-person service is the norm; however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the chapter funded service efforts already in existence. Link LaJoi WilsonMoore, vice president, and Link Kristy Woods, program director, presented Rev. Alvin Armstead with a significant donation to support the Special Needs Ministry and Outreach Fund. Under the direction of PJ Williams, president, these efforts will support the United Metropolitan Church’s COVID-19 related needs, as well as funds for Christmas gift cards for children in foster care. The Links Incorporat-

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Link LaJoi Wilson-Moore, vice president, and Link Kristy Woods, program director, presented Rev. Alvin Armstead with a significant donation to support the Special Needs Ministry and Outreach Fund. ed is an international, notfor-profit corporation and one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations. Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott, two young Philadelphia visionaries, co-founded

The Links, Incorporated on Nov. 9, 1946. They invited seven of their friends to join them in organizing a new type of inter-city club dedicated to friendship and service. From this small group has now emerged an organization

of over 16,000 women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom.

Global faith leader, Russell M. Nelson, shares a message of hope and healing SUBMITTED ARTICLE

Friday, Nov. 20, Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered a message of hope and healing to the global community. The message came with a challenge to everyone in the world. The challenge from Nelson began with, “I invite you - just for the next seven days - to turn social media into your own personal gratitude journal. Post every day about what you are grateful for, who you are grateful for, and why you are grateful. At the end of seven days, see if you feel happier and more at peace. Use the #GiveThanks.” The next part of the challenge encouraged those of faith to offer daily prayers of gratitude. Greg Scott, president of the Winston-Salem, N.C. Stake shared, “We are stronger in the face of our challenges when we hold in our hearts those things we love about our lives, the precious people in our lives, and those things we love about our neighbors and fellow citizens. Gratitude helps us

manage through what’s wrong because our happiness is safely grounded in what is good and right in our lives.” The message comes at a time when many states are increasing COVID-19 restrictions. Those in the community who are at high risk for complications due to the virus, are particularly susceptible to

depression with the upcoming holidays. “I think President Nelson’s call for gratitude and prayer is a call to the strength of our nature as a people. The world is full of good and noble people. Some walk without a formal faith, others look first to God for answers and sustaining blessings. The wonder-

ful assurance is that I can count on the goodness of you, my neighbor, and you can count on the goodness that I am cultivating in my life. We are vastly stronger than what divides us and tries to drag us all down. There is something to smile about!”

RELIGION CALENDAR *Please call ahead to make sure your event is still happening. We will post cancellations/postponements announcements when received. Thursdays and Saturdays Free Meals Christ Rescue Temple Church, 1500 North Dunleith Ave., will serve hot meals as part of the People Helping People Feeding Program. Meals will be served every Thursday and Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. at the church’s location. For more information, call 336-7229841. NOW Zoom services New Birth Worship Center (NBWC) in East Bend has gone virtual. Please join Dr. James L. E. Hunt, Senior Pastor, on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on Zoom webinar. The link is or Dial-In: 1 301 715 8592 ID Mtg. #: 84789021891. In addition, Sunday School is taught by Deacon James Henry at 9 a.m. via telephone conference call #: 1 917

900 1022 ID#: 868433#. All are welcome to join us for Zoom (virtual) Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Our Pastor, Dr. Hunt, will be the teacher. The Zoom Link: https://us02web. or Dial-In Mtg #: 1 301 715 8592 ID#: 89195349778#. For additional information, please call 336-6993583 or or visit our Facebook page. Nov. 26 First Waughtown Baptist Church Live Stream Senior Pastor Dennis W. Bishop will continue the series, “What Are Your Priorities in Life?,” from the following reference scriptures: James 4:14 and Colossians 3:1-2. Please join us at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 on Facebook Live, or the First Waughtown website, https:// and click on MEDIA. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving service

The Trinity Center located, 5307 Peters Creek Parkway, will have an annual Thanksgiving service on Thursday, November 26, at 10 a.m. Pastor Joseph A. Miller Sr., and Lady Nicole Miller invite you to celebrate virtually or in person, practicing all safety tips outlined by state officials. This is an annual Thanksgiving service, enjoyed each year, with praise songs, liturgical dance, testimonials and more. For more information, questions or concerns please feel free to contact the church administrative office at 336-784-9347. How to submit items to the Religion calendar: The deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. to have all calendar items submitted for that week’s paper. Send your calendar items to You can also drop them off, Monday through Friday before 5 p.m., or mail your items to Winston-Salem Chronicle, 1300 E. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101; or send them via our website,

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Community Calendar Please call ahead to make sure your event is still happening. We will post cancellations/postponements announcements when received. *Please call ahead to make sure your event is still happening. We will post cancellations/postponements announcements when received. NOW – Volunteer Center of the Triad The Volunteer Center of the Triad is responding to COVID-19 by bringing the volunteer community together. We have designated a portion of our website to assist our non-profit community as their needs arise around the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in volunteering, visit www., click COVID-19 Response and search volunteer opportunities available. NOW - Dec. 19 – Buy Black! Holiday Market S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation and The Green House Village Market are sponsoring a BUY BLACK! Holiday Market opening Friday, continuing every weekend through December 19 at The Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Winston Salem. For more information and vendor opportunities, please call Patricia Degraffinreaidt at 336.734.6916 or email sgatkinscdc2@ NOW - Dec. 31 – Scholarship drive Atkins High School Alumni and Friends, the Atkins Class of 1969 cordially invites you to participate in our scholarship drive for Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy, formerly Atkins High School. You can do so by purchasing a large, 50 X 68-inch, beautiful, high quality Atkins High School afghan for only $79.00. All proceeds go towards the scholarship. If you are interested and willing to help, please call Ms. Shelia Smith at (336) 671-8836 or (336) 893-5326, or email us at Atkinsclassof1969@ Thank you, in advance, for your support. Dec. 3 – Virtual event Join Reynolda Gardens and Bookmarks for a free virtual event on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. with Sue Stuart-Smith, distinguished psychiatrist, avid gardener, and author of “The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of

Nature,” a Sunday Times bestseller. The book offers an inspiring and consoling narrative about the healing effects of gardening and its ability to decrease stress and foster mental well-being in our everyday lives. A Q & A with Jon Roethling, director of Reynolda Gardens, will follow. This event is free to attend but requires registration. Books are now available for purchase at Dec. 3 – Free virtual story slam The Willingham Story Slam @ MUSE WinstonSalem” will host a virtual storytelling event on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, from 7 – 9 p.m., with the theme “Holler Days.” Advanced registration for our free community event will be required for storytellers and observers. Donations are welcome. Further details are available at https://www.eventbrite. com/e/the-willinghamstory-slam-muse-winstonsalem-holler-days-tickets-127253628027. Dec. 11 – Staged reading Stained Glass Playhouse will present a staged reading of the Seabury Quinn novella “Roads” at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020, online via their Facebook page and YouTube channel. There is no charge to view this event, but donations are encouraged. For more information about the show, visit Dec. 12 – Evening with Santa Are you looking for a fun, non-crowded way to see Santa this year? Then join us at Kaleideum North for Evening with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.! During this evening filled with the holiday spirit, you can make holiday crafts, sing songs and do storytime with Santa, and enjoy holiday treats! This event is limited to 100 people for safe social distancing at Kaleideum North, so please get your tickets early! Registration required. Cost $20 per member (Ages 1 year and up); $25 per non-member (Ages 1 year and up). Members, to receive your discount, please register/sign in on the top right section of

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mind as his career progresses. If he does pan out to fulfill his full potential, the combination of Edwards, Towns and Russell could be a great combination that could challenge for superiority out west. The Warriors suffered injuries to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson last season and were blessed with the second pick in the draft. With Curry and Thompson set to return this season, the Warriors had several options. They chose to draft former Memphis big man James Wiseman. Golden State does not really incorporate their center into their offensive scheme. With a player as skilled and athletic as Wiseman is, the Warriors will have another weapon to throw at opposing teams. Wiseman is also a good post defender, but must improve his pickand-roll defense. Wiseman becomes even more important as Thompson has been lost for the season with a torn achilles tendon. This is horrible news for the Warriors as they were looking to get back into the championship discussion once again. They will have to wait one more season before they will entertain that possibility again. On the bright side, the injury to Thompson will give more opportunities for Wiseman to grow. He can come in and learn from players who have a championship pedigree and show him what it takes to get to that level. I think Wiseman has the capability to become a big that can stretch the floor with a consistent jump shot. Wiseman could wind up being the best player out of this draft in a few years.

N ovember 26, 2020 The Charlotte Hornets had the third pick in the draft. Since becoming the owner of the Hornets, Michael Jordan has not had the greatest reputation for drafting quality players, even though they have had very high draft picks. The Hornets took LaMelo Ball with the third pick. As the best playmaker in the class, this was probably the best draft pick for the Hornets since Kemba Walker in 2011. The draft picks from 20102019 have been pretty forgettable for the Hornets, outside of Walker. In the past decade, the Hornets have drafted the likes of Frank Kaminsky, Noah Vonleh, Cody Zeller and Michael KiddGilchrist and all of these players have been top 10 picks. At some point in time, Charlotte had to make another good election with one of these top 10 pics and Ball might be just that one. Ball is no sure-fire draft pick, because he does come with some concerns as well. His jump shot


is shaky and I am worried about his slim frame that will cause him to get pushed around on defense. But his superior ball handling and passing ability, 6’7” size, and star power were things that the Hornets could not overlook. I agree that he was the only logical pick they could have made with the third overall selection. With the acquisition of Ball, the Hornets now have a log jam at the point guard position. Terry Rozier, Malik Monk and Devonté Graham will all command minutes, but Ball will more than likely be the starting point guard to begin the year. There is no way the Hornets will be able to keep all of these point guards on the roster. It will be interesting to see how these three players pan out over the next couple of years. Ball, Edwards and Wiseman all have star potential, but as we have seen over the years, it takes much more than that to succeed on this level.


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TOWN OF KERNERSVILLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES Diversity Communications SpecialistYadkin Riverkeeper – November 2020 Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc. is seeking to hire a part-time contract position (approximately 15-20 hours per week) to assist it in: 1) identifying and reaching out to communities of color on water quality and environmental justice issues, 2) developing outreach materials and educational programming for communities of color and YRK generally, 3) updating YRK’s diversity plan and goals in conjunction with the YRK board, and 4) researching and recommending internal organizational policies to promote YRK’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals. Job responsibilities: 1) Develop communication messages, outreach materials, educational curriculum and social media content designed for communities of color, including bi-lingual publications and information. 2) Work with the Yadkin Riverkeeper to identify water quality, public health and community economic development issues impacting communities of color in the Forsyth County portion of the Yadkin River watershed.

Our Community Development Department is seeking a Community Development Manager and a Planner. These positions are part of the Planning and Engineering team charged with implementing the Town of Kernersville’s community driven vision. Our community is committed to making Kernersville an even better place to live, work, play and raise a family. Come join us! Visit our careers website at for more information and to apply online by December 8, 2020. The Town offers a progressive pay plan and excellent benefits. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Apply online today! EOE.

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Chuck Vestal to be honored at The Chronicle’s Community Service Awards to make everything work and bringing it to what it is today. He is such an outWhat many may say is going, positive leader and long overdue, Chuck Vesvery organized and inclutal is being honored by The sive. I had been entering Chronicle’s Community in the SilverArts for years Service Awards with the when he asked me to be on For Seniors Only award on the SilverArts committee Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. and it is a pleasure to work on Facebook Live. with him.” Chuck has dedicated Ruff is also a grandover ten years to helping mother and has particiolder adults in Winstonpated in GrandGames with Salem and Forsyth County her grandchildren. She stay engaged with an acexplained, “I have also been involved with him tive lifestyle. When you in the GrandGames twice think of Senior Games, a year, bringing grandChuck immediately comes parents paired with their to mind. He has often said, grandchildren to compete “I play at work.” His enby playing games for prizthusiasm and commitment es. Such fun! Thank you, has led Piedmont Plus SeChuck, for your dedicanior Games/SilverArts to tion!” become one of the most After serving the City successful Senior Games Submitted photo of Winston-Salem for nearin the state. Chuck Vestal (on right) with volunteers Judith Ruff ly 30 years, Chuck is look(bottom), Judie Holcomb-Pack (left), and Todd Collins Chuck has worked for (top) at a Senior Games event. ing forward to retirement the City since 1994 and spent the last 10 years with healthy lifestyle options. could also compete in the next summer and starting the Recreation and Parks He created GrandGames Games. It made for not a new chapter in his life. department. Since joining for grandparents and their only an exciting and com- He can now qualify as a the department team as the grandchildren to “com- petitive event, but created “senior” and continue with Adult Recreation Program pete” in activities and special memories for these Senior Games, but as a Supervisor, he has worked earn points for prizes. For grandchildren. Chuck also competitor. Chuck’s heart to develop and improve children who didn’t have started the rapidly grow- is now – and will always programs offered to in- grandparents available to ing sport of chair volley- be – with the older adults dividuals 50 years of age team up with, Chuck en- ball in partnership with the in our community. We congratulate Chuck and better with the intent couraged volunteers to Salvation Army and Arbor of providing affordable “adopt” a grandkid so they Acres, which he hopes to Vestal as the recipient of the 2020 Winston-Salem one day become one of the Chronicle’s For Seniors competitive events in the Only award. state Senior Games. Judith Ruff, a longTo view The Chronitime participant in Senior cle’s Community Awards Games who serves on the presentations on Dec. 5, go SilverArts committee, to their Facebook page @ said, “Chuck has been inPlease note that due to recommendations for in promoting cial distancing and the Phase 3 opening of business cle or on YouTube at winin North Carolina during the COVID-19 crisis, many the Senior Games and the stonsalem_Chronicle. The meetings and events have either been canceled, postSilverArts program, allive-streamed event will poned, or moved to virtual events. Please check with ways going the extra mile the event to make sure it is being held. begin at 7 p.m.


December Senior Events Calendar:

*Classes and activities at The Shepherd’s Center, 1700 Ebert St., have been cancelled until further notice. Transportation for some medical visits including cancer treatments is still being arranged. Call 336748-0217 for information or visit Below are the calendar items that are being held via online meetings: *Open Mic, hosted by Winston-Salem Writers, (first Tuesday of each month), is being held on Dec. 1 at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom. This event offers beginning and experienced writers an opportunity to read five minutes of their work to a friendly audience. To participate in the Zoom Open Mic, visit www.wswriters. org and click on the December newsletter or email Judie Holcomb-Pack at to get the link to Zoom. *The Chronicle’s Community Awards will be livestreamed on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. To view the awards, go to their Facebook page or on YouTube at winstonsalem_Chronicle. *Aging Well series presented by Wake Forest Baptist Sticht Center for Healthy Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention, (the second Tuesday of each month) will be held on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. virtually online. To register and to receive the link to access the program, email . *AARP meeting (second Tuesday except July and August), will be held Dec. 8 at noon via conference call. Email Geneva Herbert at for more information. Open to all seniors age 50 and above with an AARP membership. *Adult Children of Aging Parents meeting, (third Tuesday), will be held Dec. 15 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome, but the focus will be on the needs of adult children who are caring for their aging parents. For more information and to get the Zoom link, visit www. If you have an item for the Seniors Calendar, please email and put Seniors Calendar in the subject line. Items must be submitted by the 20th of the preceding month for the next month’s issue.


Grandma Hooper’s Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 2 cups sugar ½ cup Crisco 1 stick of butter or margarine 2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 5 eggs, separated 1 cup buttermilk 1cup coconut 1cup chopped pecans 1 tsp. vanilla Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream sugar, butter, and Crisco together and set aside. Beat egg yolks and then add to mixture and beat well. In separate bowl add dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt and sift together. Add to mixture, alternating with buttermilk.

Stir in nuts, vanilla and coconut. In another bowl, beat egg whites until they make stiff peaks as you pull the beater up. Fold the egg whites into mixture. Bake in greased & floured 9-inch cake pans. (You will need 3 or 4 pans). Bake for 35 minutes or until the cake springs up with light touch to center of cake. Allow to cool fully before frosting. Cream Cheese Frosting 8 oz. cream cheese 1 stick of butter or margarine 1 box of powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla Bring cream cheese and butter to room temperature. In mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.

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Not a Gourmet Holiday

A December adventure in Shanghai


Growing up in the South, our holidays were always highlighted with my grandmother’s cooking. As soon as you started walking up the sidewalk, the wonderful aroma of fresh baked rolls and the sweet smell of cinnamon in the candied yams would fill your nostrils. Holidays were always Submitted photo about the three Fs: family, friends, and food. As Grandmother Maude Hooper in her kitchen preparing more people would ar- Thanksgiving dinner. rive, the crazier the house cake, Italian cream cake. meals that would be delivwould become. The men She would bake several ered to those who were would start bringing in pumpkin and pecan pies. alone or could not travel. card tables and foldIt was a time when She cooked as if it was ing chairs while talking for an army, with every- family was the foundaabout football games. We one in mind. I think the tion and everything else would have these tables reason she made so many was built around it. My throughout the house, one different dishes was she grandmother taught me in the kitchen, another in did not want anyone to that you did not have to be the dining room, and TV go hungry. She knew the born into a large family to trays in the living room. kids would want maca- have people who treated My grandmother wanted roni & cheese with banana you like family. It was a to make sure there was al- pudding for their dessert, beautiful time to be a child ways room for one more while the adults could not who saw the adults in my at the table and drop-in wait to taste her home- life come together to share visitors were always wel- made creamed potatoes special moments in time come. and turkey gravy, finishing with the people they love. As the women folks off their meal with a cup We may not be able to arrived, they would join of coffee and samples of open our homes for peomy grandmother in the several different desserts ple this year like we have kitchen to see what she on one plate. in the past, due to COneeded them to do. NorOnce everyone’s bel- VID-19. But that should mally, it would be at least lies were full, it was time not keep us from making two of them washing and to drag out the Christmas a covered dish of food and drying dishes as food was tree, put it together and dropping it off to someone prepared and moved to start decorating. Even the who is alone this holiday. serving bowls. My grand- little kids had a hand in We all know someone who mother was an amazing placing the ornaments on will be struggling throughcook, who seldom used the tree, although theirs out the holidays, so let us measuring cups. It was mostly covered the lower not forget them. Perhaps usually a handful of flour branches. The tree served it is time to welcome back here and a pinch of this as a reminder that just a some old traditions to creand that there. Many of few weeks later, the tradi- ate some wonderful new her dishes were not writ- tion would be repeated for memories for all. ten recipes, but from Christmas. May each of you have memory and always made I love reminiscing a blessed holiday. from scratch. She would about this time in my life. never use a store-bought The sounds that would fill Robin Hooper Hurdle pie shell, so if the crust the house as the meal was and her husband Scott live was too heavy, she would served. The glasses and in Lexington and have two throw it out and start over. dishes clinking together. grown sons. Robin loves The holidays were her Laughter coming from to cook and hopes to hontime of year to shine. She every part of the house. or her late Grandmother would start baking cakes Stories being shared and Hooper by carrying on the week before and kept memories being made. No her tradition and give the them in the refrigerator or one was forgotten, as my same gift of love to her freezer that was out in the grandmother would set up family and friends. garage. She would make an assembly line preparing red velvet cake, coconut


It was at the Huangpu Restaurant at the top of the Park Hotel in Shanghai, China, where I was the center of an unintended international incident! It was December 1984 when I was fortunate enough to be part of a tour group to Beijing (then Peking), Suzhou, and Shanghai. Extraordinary as it all was - and all of it was - none of it touched me the way Shanghai did. Peking was gray, but Shanghai was sepia, a stunning reddish-brown color. A part of the package included a nice lunch for our group of about fifty with ten at each round table. When I stood up to go to the ladies room, I was unaware that the doily on the back of the chair had clung to the back of my sweater. When I realized it, I placed it on the narrow wooden table against the wall outside of the ladies room. After admiring the sepia colored view from the lounge in the ladies room, I headed back to my table. Four men in military uniform were surrounding the table and pointing guns at the group. My husband looked at me

and through clenched teeth spat out, “Don’t say a word. They think you stole the lace doily.” A talented linguist, my husband relayed in Chinese to the soldiers that the doily was on the table outside the ladies room. With guns pointed at my back, two of them marched me toward the ladies room while two men remained on guard at the table. And there it was! In the same place I had set it down. The two policemen went back to the table and all four of them exited. A staff member retrieved the lace doily and returned it to the back of my chair. I sat straight up for the rest of the meal, not wanting a repeat of that episode. After lunch, our group was taken to the Children’s Palace. As a reward for doing well at school, a child is given the opportunity to develop his or her special skills in the arts. One child was assigned to one tourist to observe the activities. My personal guide was a ten-year old who took my hand and never let go. The tour also included a music and dance recital in the main auditorium.

Then we were led through the halls, up the stairs, into classrooms to observe the children at their activities. In the music class, a sixyear-old played a piano concerto, never making a mistake, her tiny fingers flying over the keys. In the art class, a fiveyear-old posed on a little stool looking soulfully down at the bowl she held in one hand on her lap, the other hand resting beside it. The drama class, made up of seven to nineyear-olds, used an ancient looking tape recorder for sound effects, and emoted in rapid high shrilled voices their version of “Lady Macbeth. “ There was more: The accordionists, the violinists, the shadow puppeteers, the ballet dancers, the artists, and the model ship and plane builders. I’ve heard that today Shanghai is like New York City. How fortunate for me to have been there when I was – and lucky that I didn’t get arrested in an international incident! Susan Surman is an actress, playwright, and author who lives in Winston-Salem.

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Helping seniors in Forsyth County remain in their own homes for as long as possible, living with dignity. OUR PROGRAMS Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center Meals-on-Wheels

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Our annual Remember in December item drive, presented with the support of Piedmont Federal Savings Bank kicks off soon. Fill the stockings of seniors in our programs with vitally needed health, personal care, and household items this holiday season! Find a list of needed items and information about how to give at seniorservicesinc. org/remember-2020. Be sure to attend a special showing of Disney’s Frozen at the Marketplace theatre drive-in on December 5 at dusk. Admission is free with a donation to Remember in December!”

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The award-winning Williams Adult Day Center exists to help families meet the challenges that are presented by memory loss. Thanks to your support of our virtual 20th annual Evening for Alzheimer’s Care activities, we will be able to continue to offer scholarships that will help people receive the services and care they need. If you missed the event you can still view the video and learn more about the magic of the Williams Adult Day Center by visiting

Staff Spotlight: Nurse Sandy's Support Continues

COVID-19 has affected virtually every aspect of life for each of us, and has been especially difficult for seniors in our community. Senior Services employees have worked hard to continue to provide the support and care needed to help older adults in our programs through this challenging period. Sandy, who has been a nurse with our Home Care program for 17 years, explains how we’re continuing our mission amid the pandemic and why it’s so important we keep going! Visit to learn more.

Check Out Our Semi-Annual Report!

Carrying out our mission of helping older adults remain in their homes living with dignity and aging with purpose requires a supportive community, dedicated volunteers, and a resolved staff. Thankfully, Senior Services has all three— and each has shown tremendous resilience this year especially! As we transition our annual reporting to coincide with the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) going forward, we invite you to view our semi-annual report honoring those who have supported Senior Services in the first six months of 2020.

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Remember these changes in sanitation collections during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day. CHRISTMAS

COLLECTIONS ON TUES., WED. & THUR. OF CHRISTMAS WEEK WILL MOVE UP ONE DAY! Tuesday routes will be collected on Mon., Dec. 21; Wednesday routes on Tues. Dec 22; Thur. routes on Wed. Dec. 23. Friday routes will be collected Mon., Dec. 28.




Tues. – Thurs. normal schedule; Friday on Mon., Jan 4.


Mon - Thur. normal schedule; Friday routes collected on Sat., Dec. 26.


Mon - Thur. normal schedule; Friday on Sat., Jan. 2.





Mon. & Tues. routes collected on Monday, Dec. 21; Wed. routes collected on Tues., Dec. 22; Thurs. routes collected on Wed., Dec. 23.


Normal schedule.

Season’s greetings from the Winston-Salem Sanitation Dept!