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The Salisbury Elks provided more than 200 children with school supplies and drug awareness information recently at the Summer Night Out in downtown Salisbury.
That event was held on Aug. 15 to help those in need with the use of a grant from the Elks’ Grand Lodge. Healthy snacks were also provided with the school supplies using the NC Elks drug awareness trailer as a distribution point.
The Elks followed this up with providing tickets to a Kannapolis Intimidators baseball game on Aug. 30, again using the drug awareness trailer.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Salisbury Overeaters Anonymous group will change locations and begin meeting at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in the conference room. The time will still be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For details, contact Chris at 704-604-0910.
“Journey” is the name of the group that will begin meeting at First Baptist Church of Salisbury. It is for cancer survivors as well as those currently going through this journey or who have in the past. Also welcome are those associated with someone dealing with cancer, so that they may learn to better relate to issues.
The group will discuss how to deal with issues of treatment, feelings, pain management, family coping, how to express our needs to others, working and going through cancer, and how God promises and provides.
Classes will be held the last Sunday of each month starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28, at the First Ministry Center, 220 N. Fulton St., in room 124. There is no cost. Register by calling First Baptist Church Salisbury at 704-633-0431.
KANNAPOLIS — The Faulkenberry family reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at the First Wesleyan Church fellowship hall, 301 Bethpage Road. All Faulkenberry descendants are encouraged to attend. Bring a covered dish for the pot luck lunch to be served at 1 p.m. Contact Joann at 704-933-2452 or Sarah at 704-938-2232.
The members of the graduate and undergraduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. participated in their annual joint chapter retreat on Aug. 23 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
The retreat introduced members to the 2014-2018 international programs put in place by the sorority’s national president, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson.
Lillian Morgan, vice-president of the Delta Xi Omega chapter, explained the five components and strategic plan implementation programs.
Laura A. Johnson, former Western Carolina cluster coordinator and member of Rho Psi Omega chapter in Charlotte, conducted an officers training workshop for the members of Alpha Xi chapter.
The members participated in sisterly relations activities, quiz bowl competition and akafitness. Renese Bates is president of the local chapter.
The Rowan Redbuds Garden Club held its monthly meetings throughout the summer months at the Rowan Public Library.
In June, Melvin York from Daddy Pete’s Plant Pleaser was presenter.
In July, Jack Page, co-owner of The Perfect Rose with Robert Myers, presented the program.
In August, Bethany Sinnott’s program was based on the book “Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web” by Jeff Lowenfels.
The garden club continues to make plans for the library’s Fisher Street front entrance. Planting should begin in October.
The Garden Club of NC’s board meeting is Sept. 14-15 and the Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs will meet on Sept. 24 in Charlotte.
The next local meeting will be held on Sept. 25 in the Stanback Room of the Rowan Public Library at 1 p.m. Kaye Brown Hirst will speak on all you ever wanted to know about hydrangeas.
Anyone interested in plants and gardening is encouraged to attend. Contact president Anganetta Dover at 704-638-0575 or visit www.Facebook.com/RowanRedbudsGardenClub
By Wayne Kennerly
Commander, Post 342
Many people are not aware of how to properly discard their old flags. They simply throw them away in a trash can or discard them. This is a disgrace to our flag and what it stands for. The stars and stripes have flown over our nation since 1777. It is a symbol of freedom to the world.
Having a retirement and proper disposal ceremony for our flag is the real value beyond price, for it is a precious symbol that all veterans have worked for, lived for and died for. A free nation of free men and women, true to the faith of the past, devoted to the ideals and practices of justice, freedom and democracy. This is the least we can do for our retired flags.

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