North East Wake Backpack Buddies Teams Up with Chi Rho Omega Chapter of AKA to Combat Child Hunger

by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

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Tables of food being set up for packing to distribute to 120 area school children.
photo by JEannE E. FrEdrIksEn

There are many national and international organizations whose mission it is to fight hunger, and everyone is familiar with the name of one or another. However, in Rolesville and Wake Forest, North East Wake Backpack Buddies is the organization working to provide food for hungry children on a regular basis. On March 27, 2014, almost two dozen people, including members of the Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, came together for the weekly setup and packing of food bags…….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Easter Events Call for Kids to Join the Hunt


Hop to an Easter event and activity near you and make sure to bring a basket and your camera! There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny!

  • Rolesville will hold its annual Easter in the Park Community Egg Hunt for children up to age 12 on Saturday, April 19. More than 10,000 eggs will be hidden throughout the park, including golden eggs for special prizes. Gates to the park open at noon and the first egg hunt starts at 1:30 p.m. The event is presented by the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce and member sponsors……READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Summer fun, summer options

By Jeanne e. Fredriksen

With the summer fast approaching and the traditional calendar schools near- ing the end of the year, we put together a list of area options for kids……READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Business Briefs

Rolesville Nutrition

Michelle Roberson, owner and operator of Rolesville Nutrition, is pleased to bring what she calls “fast food for healthy people” to the Rolesville area……..READ MORE ARTICLES

Thales Academy’s opens Rolesville Campus


North Carolina’s preparatory school chain Thales Academy was set to open doors to students for the first time at its new Rolesville location on March 31.The new campus is at 1201 Granite Falls Boulevard, with one entrance adjacent the Post Office and another on 401.

Students in grades 6 through 11 will move from temporary space in Wake Forest to finish out the 2013-2014 school year at the permanent Rolesville location.

“A lot is happening,” Thales Academy Administrator Melissa Edwards said of the school’s move…….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Dog Skin Problems Are Likely Due to Allergies



It’s spring; flowers are in full bloom and the tree pollen is everywhere. My allergies are at full force and Taylor has started licking his paws again.Pet allergies, and especially dog skin allergies, are very common. Food, carpeting, blankets, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, plastic food dishes, furniture stuffing and ornamental plants all have the potential to trigger allergies in dogs……READ MORE

Ace Hardware Celebrates 90 Years

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From left, Chris Robey, Paul Owens and Austin Warmus inside the newAce Hardware of Rolesville.
photo by kathy FuErst

As so many great American Companies do, Ace Hardware started with four guys, one store and a big dream.

The first store opened in 1924 in Chicago and the company is now an international company with over 4,500 stores all over the world. Ace got its name from fighter pilots of World War I, since they were able to overcome seeming insurmountable odds.Paul Owens, General Manager of the Rolesville Ace Hardware…….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

It’s Spring and the Time is Ripe for Farmers Markets

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It’s that time of year again: spring! And while it’s taken its time getting here, it will bring a bounty of fresh-from-the-farm goodies. This area is ripe with Farmer’s Markets, and there are even good options to have farm freshness delivered right to your home or office.

Buying seasonal produce can limit availability; however, buying this way, you are assured freshness while supporting local farmers……READ ENTIRE ARTICLE


Loose Ends and Family Ties


By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Brother Brother by Clay Carmichael. Roaring Brook Press: New York. 2013. For grades 8-12.

When Chapel Hill native and Carrboro resident Clay Carmichael tells a story, she uses the familiar themes of loss, lessons, and love plus a sharp talent for unfolding life mysteries like  peeling layers of skin off an extra-large onion…..READ MORE

Pete Smith Auto Awards Big Check to Franklin County Food Pantry Millionth customer status nets $5,000

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Keith Smith of Pete Smith Automotive Group presents the $5,000 check to Nicki Perry of FCDSS.
photo by Jeanne e. Fredriksen

On a cold, rainy Friday morning in March, the atmosphere was electric as happy faces lit up the Care and Share depot in Louisburg. The reason was simple: a check for $5,000……READ ENTIRE ARTICLE