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Darts and laurels: Part of Buck is history now

Laurels to the generations of workers who have been part of Buck Steam Station’s history. Last week Duke Energy conducted the final implosion of what at one time was the company’s first large-capacity coal generating plant, located on the banks of the Yadkin River. Drivers traveling south into Rowan County on I-85 will no longer see smokestacks sticking up among the trees, but they might catch a glimpse of the new Buck Combined Cycle Plant, a more environmentally friendly natural gas facility. Built in 1926, the old Buck Station used the technology of the day; later we learned the dangers of asbestos, sulfur dioxide and other emissions. Those are important issues, but they don’t take away from the dedication, skill and camaraderie among longtime Buck employees. They worked together, played ball together, shared the same neighborhood— and helped make Duke Energy the powerhouse it is today.

Dart to 415-868-6144, the spoofed California number that shows up on caller ID before you pick up the phone and hear, “This is the tax crime investigation department of the IRS and we are monitoring your house.” The caller most definitely is not the Internal Revenue Service; he or she is a con artist working the phones to score easy money. The IRS is not known to call with such messages; snail mail is more their speed. Nor will they demand instant payment. Don’t waste time arguing with the caller; just hang up.

In a similar scame, the caller identifies as “Gale Stone” from the Office of the Inspector General and says the person’s Social Security number is at risk of being deactivated or deleted. Don’t fall for it.

If you’re not sure whether a call is legitimate, hang up and call an official number — not the one on caller ID. To reach IRS, call 1.800.829.1040. To contact Social Security, call 1.800.772.1213.

Laurels to the city’s call for public input on Salisbury’s parks and recreation program. A Master Plan Open House will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today at One Water Street. The city has contracted two companies with planning and parks expertise to look into the future and develop a plan for this important part of city life. Parks and recreation may seem like frills to the practically minded, but wise work in this department could help prevent crime and build better lives. Attend this event if you have ideas or concerns. For more information on the Master Plan Open House, call 704- 216-PLAY.

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