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Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley has named a house in honor of local furniture manufacturer McCreary Modern, which has donated furniture over a three-year period to the Habitat Home Store.

The McCreary Modern House is being built for Emily McGalliard in Habitat's Blue Sky Acres subdivision, just off Robinson Road in Hickory. Employees from McCreary Modern have been helping with construction.

The Habitat for Humanity Home Store uses the profits from the sale of donated furniture to build homes for local families in need.

Habitat for Humanity's partner families are selected based on need, willingness to partner and ability to repay a no-profit, no-interest mortgage.

For details, call the Habitat office at 828-328-4663 or visit

On Oct. 4, a group of 11 people gathered at Lake Hickory Marina to participate in the annual Big Sweep cleanup of Lake Hickory. Participants were members of the Catawba Valley Outing Club and employees and friends of Lake Hickory Marina.

The group worked from Geitner Park westward to about 500 feet beyond the bridge at N.C. 321. In addition to the use of its facilities, Lake Hickory Marina also contributed use of a pontoon boat. Catawba Valley Outing Club members contributed the use of one pontoon, two canoes, four kayaks, trash bags, trash containers and grabbers.

The group collected 36 cubic yards of trash – about three large dumpsters.

The Seniors Morning Out program of Catawba County Social Services will sponsor a flu and pneumonia vaccination clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 52 16 {+t}{+h} Ave. N.W. in Hickory, for adults age 60 and older. The clinic will also include breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., bag lunches at lunch and entertainment.

Medicare Part B will cover the vaccinations. Seniors must bring their Medicare B card and one of the following forms of identification: a driver's license, identification card or Social Security card. Individuals with private insurance or Medicare Advantage must pay privately with cash or check and file with insurance.

Others must pay $24 per flu vaccine and $37 per pneumonia vaccine. Anyone who has had a pneumonia vaccine by age 65 does not need to have another one.

Donations to help cover the costs of the breakfast will be accepted.

For details or to make a reservation, call 828-695-5610.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is investing $32,342 in a program administered by Catawba County Partnership for Children to reduce childhood obesity.

The program works to improve the nutrition and physical activity practices and policies in child care centers that affect children ages 2 to 5.

In North Carolina, the percentage of children ages 2 to 4 who are overweight or are at risk for becoming overweight has increased from 22 percent in 1995 to 31 percent in 2007, according to a report by the N.C. Nutrition and Physical Activity Surveillance System.

The program uses state-trained child care health consultants who work with child care center directors to improve nutrition, physical activities and policies.

The Humane Society of Catawba County will reduce the price of cat neuters to $35 until the end of 2008. The procedures will be scheduled on Fridays, Oct. 31, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.

For details on scheduling, visit the Humane Society's Web page at and click on spay/neuter.

“Holes,” a family adventure drama, continues at Hickory Community Theatre's Jeffers Theatre at 2:30 p.m. today and Oct. 25-26, and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

The play is based on the novel about a mystery set in a detention camp for troubled teenaged boys. The novel was also adapted into a Disney movie.

“Holes” is suitable for all audiences.

Tickets are $12 for adults and seniors and $7 for youth ages 18 and younger. Advance tickets can be ordered online at

Army National Guard Pvt. 1st Class Wesley Brewington has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Brewington is the son of Rossann Brewington of Maiden.

About 40 people attended the Wine and Cheese Fashion Show benefiting the Avon and Susan G. Komen breast cancer walks. The event was Sept. 28 at the WoodMill Winery in Vale.

Margaret Hale of Page Collectables in Terrell and Michelle Bellamy of Hi-Lites in Newton provided fall fashions for the show. Winery owner Larry Cagle Jr. provided wine for the wine tasting.

The event concluded with a quilt raffle. Beth Moore of Hickory won the Catawba Cabin quilt, made by Trish Gabriel.

The total raised through the two fund-raisers was $1,000.

Anyone who wants to donate to the “Save the TaTa's” team in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure or the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer should contact Fran Little at 828-612-1749 or Barbara Whitener at 828-381-3370. Donations are accepted through Thursday.

Entries for Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation's 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands are due Jan. 7. The competition is open to bands comprised of high school students from Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.

The competition will be March 7 at the Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36 {+t}{+h} St., Charlotte. Preliminary auditions will be Feb. 7.

For details and to enter, visit

During its recent annual members' meeting, the Hickory Museum of Art named its new board of directors for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

The executive committee includes board President Wes Barkley, attorney at Sigmon, Sigmon, and Isenhower law firm; Vice President Charlie Bell, president of Hickory Business Furniture; Secretary Russell Isenhour, Russell Isenhour, CPA; and Treasurer Nancy Zagaroli, co-owner of Zagaroli and Co.

A new 4-H sewing club for youth ages 9 and older will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month at the Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave., Newton. The club will focus on helping youth learn basic sewing techniques and how to operate a sewing machine. It will also provide time for members to work on sewing projects. The club leader is Gayle Lowder.

Members must buy and work from a 4-H sewing project book and provide their own basic sewing items and materials. Adults are encouraged to attend club meetings along with their children. No prior sewing experience is required.

For details, contact Donna Mull at 828-465-8240.

Members of the Hickory Chapter of the American Singles Golf Association competed in their Third Annual Club Championship on Oct. 4 at Lake Hickory Country Club's Catawba Springs courses.

In a U.S. Golf Association play-your-own-ball format, winners and recipients of cash and plaques in the male/female, gross/net divisions respectively were Will Sloan (88), Lucy McCall (96), Terry Burke (73) and Charlene Walker (79). American Singles Golf Association members who did not compete for the championship but won cash for their round in the same divisions were Jeff Wyatt (85), Judy Elmore (100), Hank Parish (70) and Teresa Spears (77).

Prizes for individual skills were awarded to Ron Williams and Charlene Walker for longest drives and to Jim Brinkley, Phil Mell, Jeff Wyatt and Jim Mitchell for being closest to the par-3 pins.

Gina Smith