People & Places Sunday, July 16

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 16, 2017

Reunited Over Time

Submitted by Lorene Hasty Roberson and Ernestine Davis Worley, organizers

The Price High School Class of 1962 celebrated its 50th year reunion in June of 2012 and decided to get together again in 2017. The organizers felt this was a good time to get together and remember the seven classmates lost over the past five years.

At this 55th class reunion on June 23, 11 classmates returned to meet and greet, attend the biennial meeting of the National Price High School Alumni Association and attend a worship service at New Zion Baptist Church, where classmate the Rev. Paul Jones is pastor-emeritus.

Attendees in 2012 included 23 members from Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and Delaware.

The classmates expressed happiness at being able to return to their hometown of Salisbury and to celebrate friendships from years past.

Local young artist will attend renowned Interlochen Arts Camp
INTERLOCHEN, Mich. – Ava Holtzman, 17, of Salisbury, has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Holtzman, the daughter of Lisa Boguslaw and Dr. Seth Holtzman, will study singing and songwriting at the Camp.

Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. These 2,500 artists fill Interlochen’s northwoods campus with an explosion of creativity. Student-artists learn from world-class instructors and produce hundreds of presentations each summer in dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, music and film.

Among the distinguished Camp alumni are Norah Jones, singer Josh Groban, members of the band OK Go, Rufus Wainwright, opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman, conductor Loren Maazel, jazz pianist Eldar, actor Anthony Rapp, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and many more. Approximately ten percent of the nation’s professional orchestra musicians have roots at Interlochen and the alumni community has been awarded nearly 100 Grammy Awards.

In addition to hundreds of performances, presentations and readings by young artists, Interlochen brings leading artists and performers to the northern Michigan campus. In recent years, guest artists have included Joshua Bell, Josh Groban, the Decemberists, the Avett Brothers, Olga Kern, Harry Connick Jr., Trace Adkins, Branford Marsalis and many more.

Video of the summer arts program is available online at


J C Price High School National Association Red and Black Ball 


The J. C. Price High School National Association recently held its biennial Red and Black Ball at the Livingstone College School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality in Salisbury.

Among the 137 registered were alumni members and friends from as far away as California, Texas, Connecticut, Ohio, South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, the District of Columbia, and all directions in North Carolina.

Five alumni chapters were well represented from Atlanta, Doris Jones, president; Charlotte, Geraldine Wallace, president; Ohio, Luvenia Rippy, president; Salisbury, Carolyn Williams, president; and Washington DC/Metropolitan Area, Annie Smith, president.

The Salisbury Chapter hosted, with national vice president Nadine Jones presiding over the weekend activities, which included both Executive board and general meetings; several Chew and Chats, and Mix and Mingles in the Hospitality Room.

A Friday afternoon fish fry followed on Saturday afternoon with the NC Transportation Museum Tour and Train Ride to Barbour Junction, and the Historic Trolley Tour of Salisbury.

The Class of 1967, celebrating iyd 50th anniversary, had an additional afternoon venue aboard Lake Norman’s Lady of the Lake cruise ship.

Both the class and Salisbury resident Mrs. Pernell Shaw, Class of 1940, who will be 98 years old in August, were recognized at the Red and Black Ball, the highlight of the weekend with a full course dinner and dancing to the music of the live band Livehouse.

The National Association will convene its November 2017 Regional Winter Meeting in Charlotte. More information will be forthcoming.

The National President is Ella D. Woods. To become a member of the association, contact her at 704-433-1970.


Request for Donations for Mission Yard Sale

First Baptist Church is taking donations for the Ninth Annual Singled Out Yard Sale. Donations will be accepted at the First Ministry Center gym, 220 N. Fulton Street, beginning Monday, July 17 and continuing through Wednesday, August 2, from 5-7 p.m. each weekday.

Each year, the yard sale raises funds for multiple mission projects, which have included Jobs for Life, Triad Ladder of Hope, NC Baptist Children’s Home, Kentucky missions, Capstone Recovery, West Virginia Prison Ministry, and others.

If you are in need of a closet clean-out, you can be sure your discarded items are put to good use by donating to this sale that will help so many others.

Please note that old TVs, computer equipment, mattresses, outdated car seats and adult clothing is not accepted.

For more details, call Lou Hamilton at 704-637-0776 or Rod Kerr at 704-633-0431 ext. 105.


Kneeling Gardeners


KANNAPOLIS — The Kneeling Gardeners held their monthly meeting June 26, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kannapolis.  President Jean Kadela welcomed members and guests.  A moment of silence was observed for our member, Rosa Winfree and for all our Kneeling Gardeners friends who have passed.  Chaplain, Janelle Murray had devotions entitled, “God Waits for Us” from Isiah 30:13.Anita Parker introduced our speaker for the evening, Tim Downing.  Tim teaches Math and Science at the Kannapolis Middle School and owns Downing Farms, LLC in Faith.  Our presentation began with this quote from George Washington: “Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man”. As people who grow things, we carry on traditions such as basic food education. Agriculture is being lost.  It is alarming that even adults do not recognize fruits and vegetables nor do they know how they are prepared.  Today, 15 percent of U. S. Citizens experience food insecurity.  The average family spends 10 percent of their disposable income on food, yet the four main causes of death are food related.  So…” Keep Calm and Start a Farm”.

After 15 years into a teaching career, Tim Downing went wild.  While sitting in church he kept hearing “You need to start a farm”.  The second time he heard this message he decided to act upon it.  He was accepted at Lomax Incubator Farms.  Lomax is a USDA certified organic operation teaching sustainable agriculture techniques.  It was a huge learning curve going from a home garden to 1 acre and then to a 4-acre lease in China Grove.  The family sold their home in town and bought a 12-acre tract with a house in Faith now known as Downing Farms, LLC.  Through this personal journey, Kannapolis City Schools has bought into the agriculture program “Exploring Agriculture Science”.  The students benefit from this education through the classroom and the supervised agriculture experience along with the FFA Leadership.  Tim shared the term “food desert”.  This is an area or entire city wo love at least 1 mile from fresh food availability.  In NC, 15 counties have food deserts.  In Cabarrus County we have 4 deserts, and Kannapolis City has 2 deserts.  The solution is to work thru education to teach young people about fresh food. To teach them the practice of farming using principles of ecology, the study of relationship between organisms and their environment.  This is defined as an integrated system of plant and animal.  For instance, we used to have thousands of apple varieties, but most have largely vanished due to agriculture.  In the last century, nearly 75 percent of our crops have disappeared.  Today farmers primarily grow 12 crops.  With modern industrial techniques, we are depleting the available soil 13 times the rate it can be replaced.   What can we do as consumers to help the sustainability? Eat more vegetables, and buy organic, shop at the farmers market, grow a garden, teach agriculture to others, and start a sustainable farm.  Help balance the needs of our environment.  People are making farming “cool” again. Thank you Tim Downing for a wonderful program. Refreshments were served by Kathleen Tilgham, Chrisann Fowler, Ann Doyle, and Larry Doyle. If you are interested in gardening you are welcomed to join us on September 25, 7 p.m. when Michael Bradshaw from Wild Birds Unlimited will be our speaker.



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