• Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 1:06 a.m.
Small Animal Medicine and Surgery 20th anniversary
Small Animal Medicine and Surgery 20th anniversary

SALISBURY — Small Animal Medicine and Surgery will celebrate 20 years in business with a weeklong open house, starting Monday.

From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, anyone can stop by the veterinary clinic at 3200 Sherrills Ford Road to tour the animal hospital and visit the boarding facility, Little Paws Bed and Breakfast. While business will continue as usual during the week, one employee will be dedicated to offering tours and greeting visitors.

As a thank you to customers, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery will offer monthly specials and discounts through the rest of year. Visit for more details.

Owner Dr. Claudia Gardner works full-time at the animal hospital and employs two part-time veterinarians, Dr. Trenna ManWarren and Dr. C.K. Berryhill.

Central Carolina Insurance Agency has three new agents

Central Carolina Insurance Agency has three new agents who bring more than 30 years of combined experience to the business.

Wendy Bostian Allen joins the commercial lines team at the Salisbury office after spending the last seven years handling commercial accounts at Gallagher Shuford Insurance Agency in Concord. She received a bachelor of science in interior design from East Carolina University in 1996 and went on to obtain her property and casualty insurance license in 2006. Allen lives in Kannapolis with her husband, Billy, and daughters Kelsey and Ashley. They are members at Bethpage United Methodist Church in Kannapolis.

Stephanie Ervin brings 10 years of independent insurance experience with her, including five years with Best Insurance Inc. in Rockwell. She also worked with A D Guy Insurance in Jacksonville for two years. Ervin lives with her 8-year-old son, Kaleb, and Austrian Blue Heeler, Bo, in Kannapolis. She spends her free time whitewater rafting and shooting skeet with her father, Bobby Grubb.

Patti Porter’s 15 years of experience in property and casualty sales and service include most recently being associated with Kim Pryor Agency in Granite Quarry. Before that, she managed the Nationwide Insurance office of agent Richard R. Kluttz. Porter lives with her husband, Tony, in Salisbury. Her children are Joey, Jared and Jenna Cassels, and her grandchildren are Hailee and Carly Cassels.

Olympic Crown Storage named to list of top 100 dealers

Olympic Crown Storage, 915 Bendix Drive, has been named to a list of the top 100 dealers in North America by U-Haul International Inc.

Olympic Crown Storage is an independent dealer owned by Dirk Zwiebel and managed by William Brown and Terri Russell.

ServPro a national sponsor for Red Cross ‘Ready Rating’

ServPro, a disaster recovery and cleanup franchise system, has signed on as a national sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program, a free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies.

“This partnership just makes perfect sense and truly completes the readiness equation for businesses and other property owners in the Salisbury area,” said Rick Isaacson, executive vice president of Servpro Industries Inc. “The Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss. But, when disaster does strike, knowing what to do and who to call saves time — and fast response is key to minimizing damage and downtime.”

With the threat of severe weather such as high winds, downpours, flash flooding, fires caused by lightning strikes and tornadoes, ServPro urges Salisbury-area property owners to visit the Red Cross Ready Rating website at to complete a 123-point self-assessment of preparedness for weather-related emergencies.

Joseph Strefezza serves northern Rowan County/Salisbury and can be reached at 704-636-1700 or and Whitney Norton serves northern Cabarrus County/China Grove and can be reached at 704-939-1944 or

Attorney to speak Wednesday at Caring Connections seminar

Attorney Clinton S. Forbis Jr. will discuss common will-related problems to avoid at the Wednesday, March 27, Caring Connections seminar at the Whitley’s Annex Chapel, 1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis.

Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Forbis will then discuss wills, estates and ways to avoid common will-related problems. Failure to have a will is probably the greatest one and it leaves the distribution of your property up to the state’s inheritance laws, which may differ from your idea of how things should be handled.

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care and Whitley’s Funeral Home have partnered for a monthly luncheon/seminar to educate seniors and the community about issues related to aging gracefully. Call 704-640-5152 to reserve a seat before noon Tuesday, March 26.

Highway Patrol, Subway teaming up on no texting, driving effort

Troopers from the N.C. State Highway Patrol will be stationed at designated Subway restaurants for W8 2 TXT Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. in support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and to offer hands-on demonstrations about the dangers of distracted driving.

Troopers will be in Salisbury on April 17 at the Subway at 1804 Innes St., Ketner Center.

At W8 2 TXT Wednesdays, drivers can participate in a golf cart safe driving demo. Free 6-inch subs will be provided for the first 25 people and reminder wristbands with the W8 2 TXT message will be available while supplies last. The events are free and open to the public. Teens and parents are encouraged to attend since those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash.

 High-school students can also participate in a competition now under way. By signing a virtual pledge, students can be counted in a high school challenge to win a $500 grant for safety programs and free subs for the school. Pledges will be accepted until midnight April 26.

Appraiser Bill Starnes speaking to real estate investors

Bill Starnes of Bill Starnes Appraisals will speak to Rowan Real Estate Investors and Associates at the meeting Tuesday, March 26.

Starnes has been a certified real estate appraiser since 2003. His website is

He will talk about the appraisal process and how appraisers fit into the overall real estate industry.

The group meets regularly at China Buffet in Salisbury at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The meeting is open to all. (China Buffet is on Arlington street behind O’Charleys near Interstate 85 exit 76)

Call 704-762-1117 for more information.

Realtors hosting golf tournament June 24 at Country Club

The Salisbury/Rowan Association of Realtors will host the 8th Annual Captains Choice Golf Tournament, presented by Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, on June 24 at the Country Club of Salisbury.

Businesses looking for sponsorship opportunities should contact Morgan Harper at 704-636-1811.

Home Instead of Concord celebrating 10th anniversary

Concord Home Instead Senior Care office is moving to a new location and celebrating 10 years of service to Cabarrus County.

On Tuesday, March 26, from noon and 4 p.m., you can hear about upcoming workshops in the new “Changing the Face of Aging” training and resource center.

Light refreshments and tours of the facility will be offered.

Raffle tickets for a motorized scooter will be sold for $10. Funds raised will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The new location is 986 Copperfield Blvd. in Concord. Call 704-788-3399 for more information.

Salisbury and Lexington are also among the company’s 900 offices worldwide.

Food Lion earns 12th consecutive EPA Energy Star Award

SALISBURY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s with its 12th consecutive Energy Star award for continued leadership in energy efficiency.

Susan Sollenberger, director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing at Delhaize America South, said, “Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s remain dedicated to environmental stewardship and are proud to continue to lead the way with energy conservation initiatives.”

The 2013 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Awards go to organizations that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions with innovative energy efficiency approaches.

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