Cloudy with drizzle possible…High 64
Sign-ups for the Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program happening this week in several communities: (THURS ONLY) Tyro: Noon til 7pm 484 S. Hwy 150…(FRI ONLY) Denton: Noon til 7pm 14954 S. Hwy 109…Greensboro (thru Friday, Oct 11) and Stokes County (thru Nov 15) http://myfox8.com/2013/09/30/salvation-army-taking-christmas-assistance-applications/
BTW: The Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bell at their Red Kettles this season. Call 245-2083 www.SalvationArmyWS.org
Day 9 of the (partial) Government Shutdown: Help is on the way: Food Lion will donate $500,000 dollars worth of gift cards to food banks across the state. The donation is in response to the temporary suspension of WIC benefits due to the government shutdown. FYI: Second Harvest Food Bank will get 22,000 of those Food Lion gift cards. www.journalnow.com
The Defense Department typically pays military families about $100,000 dollars within three days of a service member’s death, but officials say the government shutdown has ‘prevented’ those benefits from being paid. The Fisher House Foundation, a private charity that works with veterans, will provide military families with those death benefits. FYI: The Pentagon will reimburse the foundation after the shutdown ends. AP
The ‘Spending’ appeal of Halloween? The National Retail Federation saying that Halloween is a $6.5 billion dollar holiday, second in spending only to Christmas. The average family in the US will spend $75 dollars during Halloween (on everything from costumes, decorations and candy).
‘Fire Prevention Week’ in North Carolina (OCT 06-13) Last year, fire departments across the state responded to over 8,000 house fires. 33% of those house fires were attributed to cooking.
Traffic Alert in southern Winston-Salem: Highway 52 SB near Waughtown Street. **Traffic down to ONE LANE just past Vargrave Street / bridge work http://tims.ncdot.gov/TIMS/IncidentDetail.aspx?id=427509
(THURS) The NC Wildlife Commission is looking to ‘control’ the growing black bear population in the Piedmont and they are ‘setting their sights’ on hunters to help. A Public Forum is planned for 6:30pm this evening on the GTCC Jamestown campus – to discuss a proposing open hunting season on bears that would likely follow deer season next year. http://myfox8.com/2013/10/08/black-bear-management-may-be-coming-to-the-piedmont/
Playing hard ball? Not at one New York middle school. Officials at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, Long Island, have instituted a ‘ban’ on footballs, baseballs and games of rough tag unless supervised by an adult or a coach. Kids at that school are allowed to play ONLY with foam Nerf balls during normal 20-minute recess periods. **Parents believe the change in policy is more about avoiding lawsuits. www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/09/new-york-school-reportedly-bans-balls-tag-during-recess/?intcmp=latestnews
Ask Sam / Winston-Salem Journal: The triad is being invaded with ‘stink bugs’. An en-to-molo-gist with NC State University commenting that “as the days grow shorter, the bugs are looking for warmer places to spend the winter ( like in our homes)? What can we do? The best strategy is the keep stink bugs from getting into your home in the first place. If they do get inside, “both live and dead stink bugs should be gently removed from interior areas. And if you squash them, you’ll quickly find out where their name comes from. ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug.
Great holiday stocking stuffer: A new book by Franklin Graham “Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts” celebrates 20 years of delivering more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 130 countries. The book tells the story of how OCC began with pictures and testimonials. BTW: National Collection Week: November 18-25. www.samaritanspurse.org/article/occ-book/
Volunteers needed: “Meals on Wheels” in Forsyth County needs 100 volunteers over the next 100 days, to help deliver meals to the county’s 1,200 clients during the busiest time of the year. Interested? Call 721-6910 www.seniorservicesinc.org
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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