Concord 101: Several Concord residents participated in Concord 101, a 13-week program that allowed them to get a first-hand look at local government by visiting various city departments, including the police and parks and recreation.
Recent graduates of the program are James Radlein, Michael Kerins, Vicky Albers, Rashaan Roberston, Bea Flower, Sherman Childers, Tara Heglar, Hannah Murr, Linda Maudlin, Faye Bedford, Randy Peterman, Delores Griffith, Eric Harrison, Ingrid Nurse, Travis Eudy, Julia Pacifico, John Stanley, Leslie Cook and Abby Claar. Details: 704-920-5204 or www.ci.concord.nc.us.
Meritorious service: Londa Strong, director of Cabarrus County's Parks Department, recently received the Meritorious Service Award from the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association. The state award honors long-term service to local recreation and parks. Strong joined the Cabarrus County Parks Department in 1981 and was named director in 2007.
She also serves as chairwoman of the Cabarrus Sports Council.
Public Safety Academy: The City of Concord is accepting applications for its Public Safety Academy, a course that allows citizens to learn about the city's public safety departments. The 10-week course will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning March 1. Applications are online. Details: www.ci.concord.nc.us