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People & Places Sunday, Jan. 28

Salisbury Lions Club conducts vision screenings

The Salisbury Lions Club vision screening unit has had a longstanding relationship with Overton Elementary School, and on Jan. 23 a new tool was added. The Lions visited Overton with their new SPOT camera to conduct a vision screening on Kindergarten and special needs children.

The SPOT camera is a fairly new tool. Commonly referred to as Refractive Screening, it allows the Lions to screen children as young as 6 months old and up. It is accomplished through the use of a special camera that is totally self contained and very portable. The subject has only to look into the lens of the camera from a distance of about five feet, eliminating the need for reading a chart. The camera senses when the parameters for screening are met and automatically screens the subject. Within a few seconds, the results appear on the built-in screen of the camera.

The results are compared with Optical Industry Standards on an internal computer and a recommendation is made for further testing by an ophthalmologist, if indicated. Those needing further study are given a printout of the refractive results to take to their ophthalmologist.

The Salisbury Lions Club volunteers were able to test 54 students in just 90 minutes. Of those 54, 16 were referred for further testing. “It is a real breakthrough for us,” Lion George Ohm, chairman of the SPOT Committee, said. “We can now screen more children faster than ever before.”

For those interested in having a Lions Club vision screening come to your school, day care or church, contact president Don Hesprich at 980-565-7186.


Lyme Disease support group

The group will meet Sunday, Feb. 4 from 3-5 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., in the educational building, room 218.

For more information call Doug at 704-785-5425 or Elizabeth at 704-636-3190 or see Facebook: Celebration of Hope Piedmont NC Lyme Disease Support Group


Salisbury AARP installs officers

Salisbury-Rowan AARP Chapter 4314 installed officers for 2018 at the annual meeting on Jan. 4. The new officers are Sylvia Fosha, president; Bill Gill, vice president, Marianne Orr, secretary; Eileen Hanson-Kelly, treasurer.

The following members will serve on the chapter’s board and as committee chairs: Malinda Foster, calling committee, friendship and public relations; Manie Richardson, community service; Melody Reid, health and wellness; Jerry Shelby, legislative action and chapter historian; Rosetta Jackson, social and recreation; Barbra Sifford, membership.

The chapter expressed appreciation to the outgoing officers for 2017. Installation was done by chapter historian and legislative action chairman Jerry Shelby.

Rowan County residents 50 years and older are invited. Members do not have to be retired to join. The annual dues for the chapter are $4.

Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Four times a year (March, June, September and December) the chapter has a covered dish meal prior to the meeting.

The next meeting is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. The program will be given by a member of the Volunteer Services Department from the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC. The service provided by volunteers allows for better and more individual attention given to our Veterans, without increasing payroll.

For more information call 704-216-7714.


Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-Centered recovery program

World Hope Worship Center presents Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-Centered Recovery Program for those dealing with addiction, grief, divorce, anger, overeating, depression and anything else, based on the teachings of Jesus and his actual words rather than a psychological theory.

The group meets every Thursday and includes a 5:30 p.m. meal, the 6:30 p.m. large group and at 7:30 p.m., open share.

World Hope Worship Center is located at 2203 Mooresville Road. Call 704-202-7883 for more information. Child care is provided.


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