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People & Places Sunday, July 24

Salisbury Elks held a 'Christmas in July' party at the VA.

Salisbury Elk members man the table while veterans enjoy homemade Christmas cookies.

Salisbury Elk members man the table while veterans enjoy homemade Christmas cookies.

Salisbury Elks surprise veterans with Christmas in July

The Salisbury Elks recently held a “Christmas in July” party at their monthly bingo visit to the VA in Salisbury. On July 5, members brought a “Peanut’s tree,” decorations, music, candy and more than a dozen different kinds of cookies — most of which were homemade — to the 41 veterans attending the bingo. The hope was to treat our heros to a special time while having fun. The veterans were allowed to take whatever cookies that were left.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Fashionetta Pageant

The members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Graduate Chapter held the Miss Fashionetta Pageant on, June 25 at Varick Auditorium on the campus of Livingstone College.

The Miss Fashionetta Pageant is the annual fundraiser sponsored by Delta Xi Omega to support community service projects. The sorority supports the Educational Grants, Rowan Helping Ministries, Christmas Happiness and UNCF.

Participants in the Miss Fashionetta Pageant were elementary school young ladies sponsored by chapter members. Participants were involved in numerous activities including authoring “Shero” books, attending a “Mother – Daughter Tea” and learning an original dance choreographed by past participant Sage Staley. Participants presented a “Parade of Fashions,” modeling fashions for dress and play.

A total of eight young ladies participated with Mya Edwards being crowned Miss Fashionetta 2016.

First runner-up was Skyy Streater-Ruben.

Mya is the daughter of Trent and Yalanda Edwards. Mya’s escort for the event was Theodore Olgesby III, son of Ted and Betty Olgesby.

Skyy is the daughter of Timothy and Shara Streater-Dearmon and Kendrick Ruben. Skyy’s escort was Christian Addison, son of Tiffini Addison and Carlos Farris.

Tiffani Gadson was voted as Miss Congeniality.

Other participants were Tiffani Gadson, daughter of Demante and Shanikka Harris and the late Ahmad Bognuda; Nadia Lindsey, daughter of Alicia Brown and Tracey Lindsey; Janae Russell, daughter of Aundray and Amber Russell, Janell Moss and Henry Austin; Zana Smyre-Rouse, daughter of SaTonya Smyre and Fredrick Rouse; Kanique Torrence, daughter of Jonetta Reddick and the late Kunta Torrence; Nina Williams, daughter of Nicolette Williams and Robert Payne.

Escorts and ushers for the Fashionetta Pageant were Daevon Harris, Maleek Green, Nature Smith, Dominic Hillian, JaeVion Elberhart and Elijah Sellers.

Entertainment for the pageant was provided participants Skyy Streater-Ruben and Janae Russell. First- runner up from the 2015 Fashionetta Pageant Gabriella Juma presented a special piano selection.

Lillian L. Morgan is president of the local chapter and Shelia- Brown Miller is Fundraiser Committee Chairman.


Local Boy Scouts learn about sustainability and earn credits

It was not just another Saturday for the Boy Scouts from Troop #317 in Salisbury, where they gathered with sustainability representatives from Food Lion and Strata Solar to earn credits toward their sustainability merit badge. The day was packed with learning about preventing food waste, recycling programs, carbon reduction and sustainable energy sources.

The troop visited Strata’s West Salisbury solar farm and toured Food Lion’s distribution center to learn about sustainable food practices, recycling and composting. The final step toward earning the sustainability merit badge is to design an energy-efficient community, so other stops on the tour included a local water treatment facility and a waste management site nearby.


Rowan Redbuds

The Rowan Redbuds Garden Club will meet Thursday, July 28, at 1:00pm in the Stanback Room, Rowan Public Library Headquarters, 201 West Fisher Street, Salisbury. Guests are welcome. Kim Fahs, President 704-754-8905.


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