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Hickory Farms returns to mall

SALISBURY ó Hickory Farms has returned to the Salisbury Mall to continue the holiday tradition.
Once again, Becca Peek will serve as manager and welcomes back loyal customers. The shop features favorites like beef, turkey and ham summer sausage, along with spicy savory beef.
The Original Cheese Ball is still the No. 1 seller, but many customers also like the premium sharp and Swiss cheese balls. For a limited time, these products are buy two and get $2 off, or buy three and get $3 off.
As always, packaged gifts are available for immediate purchase or can be ordered to ship. A customer favorite is the Managerís Special, offering the choice of one meat, one cheese bar, one mustard and a box of crackers with a free gift bag for $20, a $24.99 value.
Hickory Farms will be open throughout the holidays during mall hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Lunch Box offers festive event
SPENCER ó The Lunch Box in Spencer will host a free holiday event to offer the community a fun and safe way to celebrate this season.
Sounds of the Season, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10, will feature choirs from various churches and music groups from area schools, along with storytelling. A raffle will benefit the Community in Schools program at North Rowan Elementary.
Santa Claus will make an appearance, and the event will offer activities for children. The Lunch Box is located at 111 Fifth St., and the town will close the street in front of the restaurant for the event.
Discount offered for Carolina Christmas
CONCORD ó Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway has something new for wallet-conscious attendees ó $3 off admission to anyone who shows a Bean Street Coffee cup from Kangaroo Express.
Tickets are normally $20 per vehicle. Weekend guests can also warm up with free freshly brewed Bean Street Coffee while taking in the lights.
The fun continues for the whole family with free ěRooî antlers to the first 30,000 kids attending.
Carolina Christmas is one of the largest holiday light shows in the United States, featuring more than 600 LED light displays boasting 3 million lights. Carolina Christmas also offers a Christmas Village with a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, a Festival of Trees, photos with Santa and areas with food and music.
The event starts Wednesday and runs through Dec. 31, with free Bean Street Coffee available each Friday through Sunday.
The speedway is located at 5555 Concord Parkway South in Concord.
Catawba manager to lead association
SALISBURY ó Stephanie Taylor, store manager of the Catawba College Bookstore, was named the president of the College Stores Association of North Carolina this month.
Prior to being named president, Taylor served as a trustee from 2007 to 2008 and as a member of the associationís executive board for the past three years. Taylor has been in the bookstore industry for 23 years.
CSANC hosts an annual conference and expo where members gather to discuss upcoming and current industry practices. As one of her first duties as president, Taylor selected Asheville as the location for the associationís 43rd annual meeting to take place in October 2012.
Company offers taste tests in homes
CHINA GROVE ó Colleen Budzisch of China Grove has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods.
As an independent business owner, Budzisch offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun. All of Tastefully Simple’s products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.
For more information about Tastefully Simple products, taste-testing parties or starting a Tastefully Simple business, contact Colleen Budzisch at gotabuk@hotmail.com.
Food Lion backs military card drive
SALISBURY ó Food Lion needs help in supporting U.S. troops.
Delhaize America and all of its banners (Food Lion, Harveys, Reidís, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Hannaford and Sweetbay) are supporting the South Washington County Military Support Group Holiday Card Drive again this year. Sundry items and more than 100,000 cards have been signed and collected already.
If you have a family member, neighbor, friend or associate that is currently deployed overseas, submit their name, rank, and unit address by Wednesday. Addresses will be sent to the South Washington County Military Support Group and the information will not be shared.
For more information or to donate to the South Washington County Military Support Group, go to http://swcmsg.org/ .
Submit the information to Jeff Schall, supply chain manager for Delhaize America Shared Services Group and co-chairman for veterans and military support, at jaschall@foodlion.com or call 704-310-2383.
Firm offers pestcontrol insulation
SALISBURY ó Billís Exterminating/Peeler Environmental has added pest control insulation to its list of services.
The company, founded in Salisbury in 1986, is a certified installer of Thermal, Acoustical and Pest Control Insulation for homes and businesses in North Carolina.
TAP Pest Control Insulation adds pest control to the thermal benefits of stabilized cellulose insulation. It helps keep insects from getting into your house, while reducing high energy bills due to under-insulation.
ěStudies have shown as much as 30 percent in energy savings as a result of having Pest Control Insulation installed,î Kip Peeler, CEO of Billís Exterminating/Peeler Environmental, said in a press release. ěOur customers are excited about the opportunity to save money in energy bills and reduce pest infestations in one, combined service.î
The material used is a cellulose insulation made from defiberized wood fiber that is then treated to produce a fire-retardant, environmentally-friendly pest control insulation.
Pest Control Insulation can be used in both new construction and existing structures. Billís Exterminating/Peeler Environmental can supplement existing insulation in attics for an additional layer of thermal protection, and to block ěconvection loopsî associated with fiberglass insulation.
Boric acid, the active ingredient in the insulation, is approved for use around humans and pets. The insulation is permanent and never requires retreatment.
Billís Exterminating/Peeler Environmental staff includes a five-year veteran of the insulation industry, Dennis Horning, who is a pest management professional certified by the N.C. Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Division. Entomologists from several universities assist in training and updating service personnel at Billís Exterminating/Peeler Environmental in the newest technologies and methods, and to educate them in the biology and behavior of structural pests.
For more information call 704-636-0674 or visit www.PeelerEnvironmental.com
Workshop offered for struggling homeowners
CHARLOTTE ó Wells Fargo will host a free Home Preservation Workshop in Charlotte for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, Wachovia Mortgage and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships.
Wells Fargo has invited thousands of mortgage customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to the workshop which will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Westin Charlotte Grand Ballroom located at 601 S. College St. in Charlotte.
Even if they do not receive an invitation, any Wells Fargo Home Mortgage customer in North Carolina or South Carolina is welcome to attend.
Bilingual representatives will be available to assist borrowers during the event. Many will receive modifications on the spot.
Register at 800-678-7986 or online at www.wfhmevents.com/leadingthewayhome by Dec. 13.
More than 50 home retention team members will assist and work one-on-one with mortgage customers facing payment challenges. Borrowers may receive a decision on a loan modification, or other option, on site.
Wells Fargo is making every effort to keep people in their homes through the federal Home Affordable Modification Program and the companyís own modification programs focused on mortgage payment relief.
From January 2009 through September 2011, Wells Fargo has modified 716,176 mortgage loans.
In the third quarter of 2011, about 92 percent of Wells Fargoís mortgage customers remained current on their loan payments. Wells Fargo services one out of every six mortgages in the United States, according to Inside Mortgage Finance.
Food Lion float teams up with Second Harvest
CHARLOTTE ó As the 2011 Belk Carolinasí Carrousel Parade marches down Tryon Street on Thanksgiving Day, parade-goers will recognize the traditional holiday cornucopia gracing the float sponsored by Food Lion and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
This is the fourth parade appearance of the Thanksgiving-themed float, and it symbolizes the joint commitment of Food Lion and Second Harvest to helping end hunger in the region.
Second Harvest Donation Stations will be situated along the parade route to accept donations of canned or non-perishable food. The parade, which has been the regionís traditional kick-off to the holiday season since 1947, will take place at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
The parade starts at 10th Street and North Tryon and ends at the Levine Center for the Arts at South Tryon Street. WBTV will televise the parade at 1 P.M. on Thanksgiving Day.
ěSecond Harvest Food Bank is so excited to be partnering again with our largest food donor, Food Lion, in the Thanksgiving parade,î said Kay Carter, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. ěWe are so grateful for their outstanding support of our efforts.î
In the past five years Food Lion has donated more than 28.3 million pounds of food to our Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
For information on the 2011 Belk Carolinasí Carrousel Parade, contact Carolinasí Carrousel, Inc. at 704-525-0250 or info@carrouselparade.org

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