People & Places Sunday, May 14

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 14, 2017

 East Spencer Mammogram Party

The Town of East Spencer, partnering with Novant Breast Health, will provide free mammograms on Wednesday, May 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with refreshments and fun activities. Festivities will be held at The Town Hall building, 105 S. Long St. For more information, call at 704-636-7111 or email or


NHRMC Auxiliary 

The Annual Membership Tea of the NHRMC Auxiliary was held on May 4 at the home of Dari Caldwell, president of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. This year’s event celebrated the 81st anniversary of the auxiliary which was founded in June 1936. Over the years the organization has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the medical center. Donations are used to purchase new equipment, provide nursing scholarships to qualified students at Rowan Cabarrus Community College, provide Volunteer Scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have participated in the Junior Volunteer Program, and provide financial support to the medical center community. Care Bears and coloring books are provided by the auxiliary to pediatric patients and pink ribbon socks to women undergoing breast procedures.

Most recently, the Auxiliary made a donation towards the purchase of a 3D mobile mammography scanner. Auxiliary volunteers are utilized in various areas of the medical center, including the gift shop, surgical support center, nursing units, transportation, and outpatient center. Junior volunteers, ages 14-18, provide assistance during the summer and holidays. Last year, 168 volunteers donated almost 13,000 hours of service.

Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information at or by contacting Diane Hundley at 704-210-5082.


AARP Chapter President Receives Community Service Award

Submitted by Eileen Hanson-Kelly

Sylvia Fosha, president of the AARP Salisbury-Rowan Chapter #4314, was honored with the annual Community Service Award from the National AARP at a recent meeting at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.

Every year, as part of the National Volunteer Week in April, the National AARP recognizes exemplary volunteers who serve their fellow citizens in countless ways every day, bringing AARP closer to fulfilling its purpose of empowering people to choose how they live as they age.

Fosha was nominated by the Salisbury-Rowan Chapter Board for her involvement with the AARP Foundation Tax Aid program, which annually serves over 1,000 in our community with their taxes at no cost.  She also assists with the Older Americans Celebration held annually at the Salisbury Civic Center during May, which is Older Americans Month.  This event brings together residents of area nursing homes for a day of food and fellowship.

This past year Fosha was instrumental in bringing the AARP Financial Workshop to Salisbury in conjunction with area churches and other non-profits, helping over 375 people with personal and family financial issues.  She recently helped set up a “Train the Trainer” workshop to train others to help with future workshops in the community.

In presenting the Certificate of Recognition and a commemorative pin to Fosha, Chapter Treasurer Eileen Hanson-Kelly stated, “By her leadership Sylvia has inspired others in our local chapter to become more involved as volunteers in our community.  She is well-deserving of this honor.”

The Salisbury-Rowan AARP Chapter meets the first Thursday of each month at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.  The next meeting is June 1 beginning with a hot dog lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by fun and games directed by staff members of the Senior Center,  All senior 50+ are welcome.  Annual chapter dues are $4 and visitors are always welcome.  For more information contact 704-216-7714.

Attention Nazareth alumni

If you have ever lived at Nazareth Children’s Home you ARE an slumnus and are invited to meet with our Nazareth Family group at the Gazebo at 11 a.m. On Saturday, June 3 during the Fun fest At Nazareth Children’s Home, 855 Crescent Road, Rockwell. Learn more at


Lippard reunion 

The annual Lippard reunion will be held Sunday, June 4.  The date has changed this year from the second Sunday of June to the first Sunday of June.  Please bring a covered dish.  We will begin at 1 p.m.  Join us at Salem Lutheran Church on Sherrill’s Ford Road.


Picnic before the Pops

5 -7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3: At the Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St.

Enjoy a picnic supper with wine and beer for $25 per person. All proceeds go toward maintaining the house.

Reservations are required. Call the Rowan Museum at 704-633-5946 for more information and to reserve a spot.


Field directors from Americans for Prosperity

Field directors from Americans for Prosperity will be at the  Tuesday, May 16 Tea Party meeting. Meet at the BlueBay Seafood Restaurant on Statesville Blvd.  at 6 p.m. for dinner and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Diane Umbarger from  Mooresville, and Chris McCoy from Winston-Salem will speak. Americans for Prosperity has long been the champion for economic freedom and reducing the massive tax burdens

In addition, County Commissioner Mike Caskey will update us on the County Commission prayer issue.


Spotlight Dance Company’s  annual recital 

Spotlight Dance Company presents its annual recital at Keppel Auditorium on Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m.

The theme is “GREASE!,” a children’s version of the 1950s hit. This show is free to the public. Dancers ages 2 to 94 will be performing.

Learn more at 704-310-5706 or 704-232-2427.  Leave a message if we are in class; your call will be returned.


The Friends of the Symphony  golf tournament

The Friends of the Symphony annual golf tournament will be held Friday, May 19 at the Revival at the Crescent. Tee time is 1 p.m.; $75 per player.  For more information contact Angie Smith at 704-431-4447.


Genealogical Society of Rowan 

7 p.m. Tuesday May 16 the Genealogical Society of Rowan will meet in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library. The program will feature Catawba History Professor Dr. Gary Freeze and his program will be on the “Ulster Migration.”


Alzheimer’s: Care Giver Challenges

Monday May 15 at 1 p.m. at 10thread, 1024 South Fulton St.

This training provides information and practical strategies for addressing some of the more challenging issues that accompany Alzheimer’s such as delusions, anxiety, anger, repetition and wandering. Call Cyndi Reinhardt, MS LPC at 336 460-1741 with questions.


North Carolina Finishing Company reunion 

A North Carolina Finishing Company reunion is in the works for Sunday, July 16 at 1 p.m. in the old mill parking lot.

The pastor of the Yadkin United Church, Vickie Hughes,  located in what used to be the mill village, has extended an invitation to attend the Yadkin United Church at 11 a.m. prior to the reunion.

The present land owner of what used to be known as Yadkin, Donald Rand, has embraced the idea and will be there himself to meet with the past employees and their families.

At present, there are no plans to have food or refreshments but anyone that would like to bring some is welcome.

Questions? Contact Johnny Crowell at 865-388-7378 or or on Facebook (johnnyknoxville1)



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