Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 1, 2011

SALISBURY — Dr. Cassidy Bray has joined the dental practice of Dr. Don Fortner.
Bray specializes in general dentistry and also provides services such as cosmetic dentistry and root canal therapy. He’s a preferred Invisalign provider and offers Cerec crown technology, where most crowns can be completed in one visit.
Bray graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science in microbiology and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry with a doctorate of dental surgery. He was awarded a two-year intramural research fellowship at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Md. Bray provided free dental care to low-income families in Virginia.
Bray and Fortner treat patients by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Selected Friday appointments are also available.
Bray is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the Rowan County Dental Society, as well as a volunteer at the Community Care Clinic of Rowan. He lives in Salisbury with his wife, Erin, and their daughter.
The office is located at 1834 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., suite 504. The phone number is 704-636-1848.
KidSports, Fit Happens 4 Kids Fitness do nutritional counseling
KidSports of Salisbury has teamed with Clarissa Best, a certified personal trainer and owner of Fit Happens 4 Kids LLC, to combat childhood obesity in Rowan County.
Best will provide fitness classes and nutritional counseling for all participants, ages 6 to 16. Children will be grouped by ages, 6- to 10-year-olds and 11- to 16-year-olds, to provide age-appropriate activities and instruction.
Classes will be held twice a week for each age group at KidSports from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Ages 6-10 will meet Mondays and Fridays, beginning Monday. Ages 11-16 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday. The program will run in 12-week increments.
This is the first ongoing program of its kind in Salisbury that focuses specifically on at-risk children, according to KidSports. Classes cost $5 each.
Best is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, as well as a certified Metabolic Effect instructor, prenatal fitness coach and Muscular Strength and Range of Motion for Seniors instructor.
She possesses CPR, first aid, and artificial external defibrillator certifications. Once an overweight child herself, Clarissa wants to help children live healthier, happier lives.
“They are the future,” she said. “My goal is to change as many lives as I can through fitness.”
Best works at The Forum of Salisbury and does part-time personal training at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. She has held a six-week summer fitness camp for girls at the Civic Center. Best is married and has three children.
For more information and to register, call 704-202-8833.
State employees group re-elects Salisbury woman as treasurer
GREENSBORO — Marilyn Jean Martin of Salisbury was re-elected treasurer of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC), SEIU Local 2008 at the association’s annual convention in Greensboro Sept. 8-10. Her one-year term begins Oct. 1.
SEANC, headquartered in Raleigh, is an advocacy organization for active and retired state employees.
Martin, a 30-year state employee, is a correctional captain at Piedmont Correctional Institute in Salisbury, a Department of Correction facility. Previously, Martin served as her district’s chairwoman, the piedmont regional representative to the executive committee and on the statewide collective bargain ing and blue ribbon committees.
Joining Martin in the association’s leadership roles are Charles Johnson of Raleigh as president, Sidney Sandy of Indian Trail as first vice president and Doranna Anderson of Raleigh as second vice president.
Also during SEANC’s annual convention, members generated nearly $18,000 in donations for Operation Homefront of North Carolina, a program that collects baby items for military families. This year’s donation included $9,000 in cash and numerous items that will be dispensed at military installations statewide.
SEANC, SEIU Local 2008 is the South’s leading state employees’ association 55,000 members strong.
RoMedical’s Comadoll offers new hip surgery approach
Dr. James “Chip” Comadoll of RoMedical Orthopedics is offering patients a new surgical approach that may speed recovery and decrease post operative pain for hip replacement procedures.
Called the direct anterior or “front approach,” this technique involves making an incision on the front of the hip rather than the side or the back as traditionally done.
“There is less soft tissue on the front of your hip than on the back, which means there is less tissue that needs to heal and therefore less pain,” he said.
Rehabilitation is often accelerated because the hip is replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. It is also possible for patients to regain mobility more quickly. The normal post operative restriction of limited hip movement to 60 to 90 degrees does not apply to the anterior approach. Hospital stay may be reduced to two to four days.
Contact Comadoll at RoMedical Orthopedics at 704-216-5633.
$6,200 goes to Historic Salisbury Foundation’s OctoberTour efforts
BP Fueling Communities Grant Program has given a grant of $6,200 in support of Historic Salisbury Foundation’s 2011 OctoberTour education programs, which make the public aware of the value of saving historic properties and revitalizing historic neighborhoods.
OctoberTour provides the public with the opportunity to visit 10 historic sites around Salisbury and features the history, architecture and culture dating from 1770 until 1928. Among the events is a luncheon and presentation by Cynthia Cole Jenkins, a nationally known preservationist who will talk about the range of architectural structures in Salisbury.
Rusher Oil Co. is the BP Branded Marketer for Salisbury and nominated Salisbury Historic Foundation for this grant.
Bill Downes, a sales manager at BP North America, took part in the grant presentation.
Quick Copy/Print Shop presents cartons of paper to schools
SALISBURY — Quick Copy/Print Shop recently presented cartons of paper to Rockwell Elementary, Erwin Junior High School, Sacred Heart School and North Rowan Elementary as a part of its Support Your Local School Campaign.
Customers were asked to nominate their favorite school each time they came in the store. In a recent drawing, Soila Meclina won first place, naming Rockwell Elementary and Erwin Junior High School as her favorite schools. Second place was Robin Fisher for Sacred Heart School and third place went to Yvette Toledo, who named North Rowan Elementary to receive her prize.
Scotty Adcock at North Rowan Elementary School commented that with the budget cuts the paper was awesome. Kristi Rhone said the paper that was won would be used to print progress reports for the children.
Quick Copy President Bob Bailey said he was pleased his business could support the local school system and was excited about the great response from customers who took part in this year’s contest.
Quick Copy/Print Shop is a full service printer offering offset and digital printing and design. They are located at South Long and East Fisher Streets in Salisbury and East Broad Street in Rockingham.
Curves of Rockwell waives new members fee in October
ROCKWELL — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Curves continues to work to raise awareness in women about the life-saving importance of risk management, early detection and treatment. Throughout the month, Curves of Rockwell women’s fitness center is waiving the joining fee for new members who show proof of a mammogram within the past year or make a $25 donation to breast cancer research.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each participating Curves center will focus on three important goals in supporting this annual campaign:
• Helping women learn the facts about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.
• Encouraging women to work out three times a week to help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.
• Participating in fund-raising efforts to support the research and outreach efforts of the ACS.
Carolina Farm Credit announces new slate of directors
STATESVILLE — Thomas E. Porter Jr. of Concord was re-elected chairman of the board of Carolina Farm Credit.
All incumbent directors were re-elected to serve a five-year term.
Porter, 57, is president of Porter Family Farms Inc., a swine, poultry and beef cattle operation. Porter has been a member of the Carolina Farm Credit board for nine years and served as chairman from 2009–11. He also serves as chairman of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Advisory Board, president of the Cabarrus County Farm Bureau, is a member of the Cabarrus County Planning and Zoning board, the North Carolina Poultry Federation board, and the Voluntary Ag District board. Porter is also a member of the Cabarrus County Agribusiness Committee and a member of Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church.
Carolina Farm Credit serves more than 8,900 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.28 billion. It has service centers that include ones in Salisbury, Albemarle, Concord,Lexington, Mocksville and Statesville.
Other directors for Carolina Farm Credit include L. Kim Starnes, Rowan County, and John M. Barnard and W. Rex Bell of Iredell County.
New EnergyUnited vice president of engineering, operations
A 30-year Pennsylvania electric utilities veteran has been named the new vice president of engineering and operations at EnergyUnited. David Schleicher, a licensed professional engineer who most recently served as general manager at PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown, Pa., joined the electric cooperative this past week.
He has served as vice president of transmission and was responsible for bulk power design and system operations for a 1.4 million customer electric delivery system. He also served as a regional manager serving 287,000 customers and managed engineering, operations, maintenance, workload management and customer relations. He is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Freightliner building bus chassis for use at VA hospitals
GAFFNEY, S.C. — Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. recently secured an order to supply the U.S. General Services Administration with 100 FCCC MB-65 commercial bus chassis.
Farber Specialty Vehicles, based in Columbus, Ohio, will customize the buses, which will be used for routine patient transportation.
The FCCC MB-65 chassis will be shipped to Glaval Bus in Elkhart, Ind., where Glaval, a subcontractor for Farber, will build the commercial bus body onto the FCCC MB-65s. Farber will complete the customization for the Veterans Administration buses. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC.
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