Contagious Compassion: Shaving Is Chic for Pediatric Cancer
By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
Kelsey Selna of Wake Forest gets his head shaved for St. Baldrick’s 2013.
Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. In the U.S., one in five won’t survive.Because only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding is dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors have joined the battle against this devastating disease.St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events are the foundation’s primary fund-raiser. Because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, “shaves” for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation show their support by shaving their heads voluntarily, and inspiring friends and family to donate money to support childhood cancer research.The mass head shavings began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 that raised $104,000 to more than 1,300 events in 2012 that brought in $30 million.Money raised each year allows the foundation to provide research grants to doctors and scientists at more than 200 institutions and enables them to pursue the most promising new cures for childhood cancer.Of the 35 events scheduled across North Carolina, most will occur in and around the Triangle. Closest to home is the event on March 1 at The Factory in Wake Forest from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. It is coordinated by the Bald Entrepreneurs (BE), a team started in 2007 by Chris Wright. The BE is a group of businessmen whose motto is “Going bald so kids don’t have to.”……READ ENTIRE ARTICLE
Serving People In Need
Every Sunday at 11 a.m. Human Beans Together feeds the hungry and homeless in downtown Raleigh…READ MORE
Marco’s Pizza opened in Wake Forest at the end of January after building delays, but owner Brian Anstead is happy to be up and running with this addition to his family of two other Marco’s Pizzas on Hillsborough Street and Falls River Avenue in Raleigh. He has been a franchise owner for six years and is hoping there will be more in his future……READ MORE
3 Generations of Great African Americans from the Rolesville-Wake Forest Area
By Isabella F. Vigilante
Doctor Tom Jeffries: Groundskeeper at Wake Forest College, Transcended Racial Boundaries.
Tom Jeffries was born a slave in Bluestone, Virginia, in 1846. He came to what was then the Wake Forest College campus in 1884 and began his long career as groundskeeper. He is responsible for building the 3,000-foot stone wall surrounding the campus, and for planting the picturesque magnolia trees that dot the grounds….READ MORE
Lee Smith of Hillsborough is a preeminent Southern author. Her latest novel, “Guests on Earth,” captivates, enthralls, shocks and draws vivid pictures of Western North Carolina as the backdrop of an unusual setting: Highland Hospital in Asheville….READ MORE
Graphic Designer Named Rolesville Citizen of the Year
By Isabella F. Vigilante
Ellen Holding is all smiles during the presentation ceremony.
Photo courtesy of Mary Ka powers
The Rolesville Board of Commissioners has named Ellen Woodlief Holding Rolesville’s 2013 citizen of the year.Holding, a graduate of the N.C. State University School of Design, is a graphic designer by trade and a native of the Rolesville area who grew up here.Holding worked in graphic design for the North Carolina Department of Transportation for more than 31 years.
“It was when I retired and started working at home that I got involved in helping with the town,” Holding said.
She has previously been recognized for her contributions to the state with induction into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Beverly Perdue.Holding’s contributions to the community include extensive graphic design work and public art for the Town of Rolesville. Her credits include assisting in the design of the new Rolesville Police Department patch, town banners that hang on U.S. 401 and Young Street, and the granite welcome sign on U.S. 401.
“Those two are some of the most fun projects I’ve done (for Rolesville),” Holding said of the banners and the welcome sign……READ ENTIRE ARTICLE
Red Gallery & Studio
The National Art Honors Soci- ety of Rolesville High School opened its “New Beginnings” exhibit in January at a new stu- dio location in town…READ ENTIRE ARTICLE
Mardi Gras Festival
The Town of Wake Forest will showcase downtown and the new Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Saturday, March 1… MORE
Area couples look back on 50 Years of marriageBy Jeanne E. Fredriksen
Crooned by Diana Ross with the song’s composer Lionel Ritchie, “Endless Love” stayed on the Billboard charts at No. 1 for nine weeks in 1981. But who knows about endless love better than couples who have been married for most of their lives?…READ MORE
Valentine’s Day brings warm feelings to local businesses
According to a survey reported by The Huffington Post, Valentine’s Day ranks as the second most popular day to pop the question and deliver the ring, surpassed only by Christmas. That same survey revealed women preferred to be asked on Valentine’s Day followed by the date the couple met…READ MORE
For the Love of a Pet
It’s February, the month that couples share their love for each other. And as pet owners we look for ways that we can show our pets how they bring joy to us.
I owe my fur baby, Taylor, whom many of you have met, so much. He literally saved my life. He joined me shortly after losing my son in an auto accident his senior year in high school. Taylor didn’t replace my son, but he filled that void with his love. While I was working on this month’s column, a friend sent me a link to a post from the blog “Tails from the Streets.” I would love to share this beautifully written piece with you because I am not sure that I could have said it any better. … READ MORE