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Business roundup: Open house at academy

The public is invited to come see how Salisbury Academy’s innovative approach builds a community of active learners.
• Whole School Drop In: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Observe classes, meet teachers, ask questions and enjoy a tour of the facility.
• Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten Preview Night: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Interact with teachers in sample classroom lessons. Ask questions as you learn about the program.
All events will offer a casual, comfortable opportunity to learn about the Academy and its services, including after-school care and tuition assistance. RSVP to contact-us@salisburyacademy.org.
Lutheran Services for Aging awarded grants from coalition
The North Carolina Coalition for Long-Term Care Enhancement has awarded grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 to five Lutheran Services for the Aging nursing homes. The grants will fund ongoing culture change initiatives at each location.
According to Mary Ann Johnson, LSA’s director of community and foundation relations, “Culture change refers to changes in the culture or practices of the nursing home, changes that are resident-directed, more home-like, and less hospital-like than nursing homes of old.”
At Salisbury’s Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks, grant funds will support the creation of a café and bistro, where residents and families can gather in front of the fireplace to enjoy lattes and cappuccinos.
Lutheran Home–Hickory, Lutheran Home–Hickory West, and Lutheran Home–Albemarle, will use grants to install resident computer systems that will offer a variety of recreational and educational activities, as well as applications for therapeutic exercise programs.
Lutheran Home–Winston-Salem will enhance the bathing experience for residents through the addition of spa-like amenities and specialized staff training.
The North Carolina Coalition for Long-Term Care Enhancement seeks to improve the quality of care and life in long-term care settings by providing education and support through culture change initiatives. Enhancement grants are an ongoing project of the coalition.
To learn more about the nursing homes, retirement communities, and home and community-based services of Lutheran Services for the Aging, visit www.LSANC.net.
Comfort Keepers honors employees for years on job
Comfort Keepers recently recognized their employees for their years of service.
“In an industry where employee turnover can be rather high, Comfort Keepers is very fortunate to have a relatively low turnover rate and to have a staff of caregivers hat have been with us for so many years.” said Lori Eberly, owner of the local Comfort Keepers. “Their hard work, tenacity, and commitment to their clients truly deserve to be recognized and applauded. They are a true inspiration for dedication and care to all Comfort Keepers employees and caregivers.”
The following employees were recognized:
One Year of Service: Kim Allen, Barbara Atwell (CNA2), Laura Avery (CNA), Laquinda Barnhill, Ada Bruce (CNA), Evelyn Givens, Deja Hunter, Hazelene Johnson, Kathy Lanier (CNA2), Sarah Roberts (CNA), Diane Williams
Two Years of Service: Hilda Burch (CNA), Gwen Cuthbertson, Josephine Dillon, Andy Fortune (Administrator), Beverly Gabard, Marie Gilbert (CNA), Sheena Head (RN), Battina Hooper, Rhonda Horne (CNA), Janet Jordon, Miatta Kennedy, Tracy Lear, Tia Livengood (CNA), Frances McCombs, Kelana Parks, Cynthia Roberson, Melissa Summers (CNA), Edith Walker
Three Years of Service: Kathy Anderson, Tonya Apple, Kathryn D’Andrea (RN), Julia Hall, Sasha Harris, Doris Kohler, Gerarda Myers, Pam Nonemaker (Office Manager), Mary Perry, Carol Scott, Renesha Walker (CNA)
Four Years of Service: Peggy Allen, Cynthia Blackwell (CNA), Deborah Brown, Overia Brown (CNA2), Lynda Butler, Cynthia Douglas (CNA), Holly Eury (CNA),Freddia Ford (LPN), Debra Funderburke (CNA), Cheryl Kondek(CNA), Elke Nuemann (CNA), Mavis Spratt, Susan Stinnett, Sherry Stokes (CNA),
Five Years of Service: Francine Craige, Alice Fields (CNA), Betty Moten, Deborah Stokes, Denise Torrence
Six Years of Service: Kay Stokes (RN), Sonya Vann (CNA)
Seven Years of Service: Toni Bolt (Administrative Assistant), Patrice Gordon (Care Coordinator), Beverly Patterson (Staffing Coordinator).
Harris Teeter seeks to get shoppers in on recycling
CHARLOTTE — Harris Teeter partnered with Engaged Recycling in April 2010 to reward customers for promoting a sustainable future through an online program that makes it easy to safely recycle electronics.
There are two ways for customers to participate in Engaged Recycling and earn money: donate individual items for recycling or start a recycling fundraising program at a Harris Teeter Together in Education school.
When customers recycle used electronics through Engaged Recycling, Harris Teeter donates $1 to the Together in Education school of their choice. Shoppers can also choose to donate their entire recycling reward to the Together in Education school of their choice.
What can you recycle? Music players, laptops, flat panel monitors, PC systems, game systems, film and digital cameras, cell phones, GPS devices, video cameras and camera lenses.
For additional information about Harris Teeter initiatives, visit www.harristeeter.com.
Make-it-yourself home decorating series next week
CHARLOTTE — Beginning Jan. 24, the Custom Home Furnishings Academy will open its doors to the public for a week to share the tips and tricks of the trade.
Attendees are asked to bring their creative energy, a notebook and a camera, and join the world of custom home decorating. Topics include:
• Decorative pillows
• Upholstered headboards
• Window treatments
• Roman shades
Special guest, Ramona Halloway (from FM-107.9 The Link) will participate in the Wednesday night Window Treatment class.
Classes are $45 each or attendees can purchase a full week for $150. Contact Peggy Brewer at 704-333-4636 or e-mail Peggy@CHFschool.com to register.
Workshop on VA benefits offered in Concord on Feb. 8
CONCORD — According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, about a quarter of the nation’s population — approximately 70 million people — are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans.
The VA Aid and Attendance Pension benefit offers eligible veterans or their surviving spouses a monthly pension ranging from $1,056 to $1,949 per month tax-free.
Horizon Bay Assisted Living, formerly Eden Gardens, is hosting a free workshop about VA benefits on Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The event will take place at 1501 Zion Church Road East, Concord. Call 704-782-1100 to register.
Submit information about new businesses, honors and management promotions to bizbriefs@salisburypost.com. Please include a daytime phone number.

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