Local volunteer receives recognition
March 25, 2015/Submitted
Local retiree Steve Page was honored recently as the most outstanding volunteer in North Carolina for assisting members of the National Guard and Reserves. Page is a regional chairman for the group that makes sure these part-time soldiers, sailors and airmen have no problems with their civilian jobs when attending training or weekend drills. It is called the Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves, and is a national volunteer organization under the Department of Defense in Washington.
Page received the "Bud L. Brown North Carolina Spirit of Volunteerism Award" which is the highest State award given by the committee to honor a volunteer for outstanding service during the year. Some of the factors considered in selection include activity, responsibilities, hours contributed, leadership, and prior committee service. This was an award meant to commemorate and honor its namesake, Bud Brown, for his many years of faithful service and leadership in the state committee, and to annually recognize a current volunteer who, through their own personal service, best exemplifies those ideals.
Page has spent countless hours meeting with employers, city and county leaders, attending military functions and counseling guard and reserve members about their legal rights when returning from active duty. He serves as Chairman of the North Central area of North Carolina. Presenting the award was North Carolina State Chairman for Employer Support, Ronald Bogle, a retired Superior Court Judge from Chapel Hill.
Page is retired from the former Westinghouse Turbine plant in Rural Hall. He is a former member of the Virginia National Guard and a civilian pilot. He is also active in American Legion Post #290 in King, NC. According to one friend, "when not working for our military members, Page and his wife Ruby have a camper full of grand-children and love to go!”
Rural Hall Area Business Association announces changes to Rural Hall 10K
March 19, 2015/Charlotte Evans
During the Rural Hall Area Business Association (RHABA) meeting held Tuesday afternoon, the guest speaker did not attend so Steve Hill, race director of the Rural Hall 10K and RHABA member took the opportunity to update members on this year’s race.
This year, the race date was moved ahead one week (Oct. 17) so the 10K isn’t competing with the Ardmore Run Against Hunger, according to Hill, “We also support the food bank and don't want to reduce each other's fields for our worthy causes.”
A 5K has been added this year which eliminates Forum Parkway and the neighborhoods from the course resulting in an “absolutely flat” run, mainly a closed-off lane of Hwy. 65. The 5K, Hill shares, will be great for first-time runners.
“I’m excited about it, hopefully it will be something we’ll be glad we did” Hill claimed.
Another change this year includes the switch to Go Sports Timing & Events of Mt. Airy for the timing of the race, which also introduces the 10K to chip timing, using chips in the runner bibs. Instant results will be reported on a large flat-screen TV as runners cross the finish line. The chip timing will allow RHABA to transition from race to awards presentations more quickly.
Hill assured the members that while chip timing will be a cost increase, he believes the benefits will outweigh the costs.
The website used for online registrations is also changing this year. Runners may register online for only $30 at itsyourrace.com before Oct. 13 at 6pm.
Dash on over to the Triad Commute Challenge kick off
March 16, 2015/Submitted
Get ready for the 9th Annual Triad Commute Challenge Kick-off Event. The Commuter Dash 5K run/walk event will be in Downtown Winston-Salem on Saturday, March 28th with refreshments, music, and prizes. Registration for the Commuter Dash is free.
"It isn't just about keeping our air clean." says Lorelei Elkins, of Triad Air Awareness. "It's about reducing traffic congestion, saving families money, and getting people to the jobs, so that our economy and region can thrive."
Organized by Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and Triad Air Awareness, the Triad Commute Challenge is an annual campaign partnered with area transit agencies, colleges, and employers to encourage the use of alternative transportation.
For additional information about the Triad Commute Challenge and to register for the Commuter Dash, please log onto www.TriadCommuteChallenge.com.