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Catawba Valley Medical Center's nurse navigator, Karen McMeechan-Lodge, recently completed EduCare's Breast Health Navigator training program and is now certified to serve as a breast health educator and case manager. Breast health navigators coordinate the clinical, educational and support needs of breast cancer patients and their families.

During the training, McMeechan-Lodge learned how to better educate patients about breast health issues and how to implement a program of education and support for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Her office is in the Catawba Valley Imaging Center, 1501 Tate Blvd. in Hickory.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina recently honored the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry at a luncheon at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry was one of only two partnering agencies out of 650 that received the Agency Partner Award. The other agency was Greater Spartanburg Ministries of South Carolina.

Awards in 13 categories were given to 42 people and organizations that partner with Second Harvest.

Second Harvest's 650 partner agencies include soup kitchens, emergency shelters, group homes, emergency pantries, after-school programs, low-income day care centers and senior centers in 19 counties.

Hickory-based Alex Lee Inc. received the Lifetime Achievement Award for its history of supporting Second Harvest. Alex Lee donated more than 500,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest in 2007-08 and 4 million pounds during the past five years.

Matt Pfahlert of Get a Clue Design Studio in Hickory is one of more than 25 artists and designers taking part in “Gig,” a poster design show and sale showcasing regional and national music acts such as “The Faint,” “The Black Keys” and “Wilco.” The event showcases gig posters made by artists from across the United States. The show is on exhibit through Thursday at the 52.5 Record Store on King Street in Charleston.

The Remodelers Council of Greater Hickory presented the 1st Annual Excellence in Remodeling Awards at a recent meeting of the Home Builders Association of Hickory-Catawba Valley.

Entry categories ranged from kitchens to bathrooms, commercial to whole-house remodels. Awards recognized quality, design and how well the project met the client's needs. An outside panel of professionals reviewed all entries and chose winners based on before and after photographs, floor plans and a design statement.

Award winners included:

Outdoor Living, Glaze Construction Co., Gene Glaze; Commercial Remodel, Village Interiors Carpet One Floor & Home, Patsy Norris; Kitchens over $50,000, Glaze Construction Co., Gene Glaze; Kitchens under $50,000, Classic Home Renovations, Mark Childers; General Renovation over $150,000, J.W. Wilson Co., J.D. Waldrop; Whole House $100,000-$200,000, General Remodeling & Construction, Inc., Robert Crouch; General Renovation $50,000-$150,000, Hall Construction, Stephen Hall; Bathrooms under $25,000, Glaze Construction Co., Gene Glaze.

The Hickory and Catawba Valley Home Builders Association has launched a new Web site,, designed to provide information on building, remodeling and home-maintenance resources.

The Web site also lists “green” and energy-efficient building and remodeling resources, information on the building process and offers help in selecting a contractor.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Black Mountain College, the Hickory Museum of Art will display work by 40 Black Mountain College artists through Jan. 4.

The exhibition features the work of artists such as Josef and Anni Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem and Elaine DeKooning, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Buckminster Fuller, Ben Shahn and Robert De Niro Sr., a painter and father of the actor Robert De Niro. The exhibition also features a 60-minute documentary in which Black Mountain College students talk about their experiences. “Fully Awake: Black Mountain College” runs continuously throughout the day.

For details, call 828-327-8576 or go to

The city of Newton Appearance Commission will hold a holiday display contest in December.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by decorating for the Christmas holiday. Entry forms will be available starting Nov. 1 at the Newton Recreation Center at 23 S. Brady Ave., Central Recreation Center at 301 S. Ervin Ave., Newton City Hall at 401 N. Main Ave. or at Entries and payment are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Entry fees are $5 for Newton residents and $10 for businesses.

Judging will begin Dec. 16 and will be based on originality, arrangement and overall presentation. A winner and a runner-up will be announced the week of Dec. 22. Participants must live in or own a business in the Newton city limits and must be at least 18.

For details, contact the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

Newton police Sgt. Tracey Cline recently earned her advanced law enforcement certificate. The honor is the highest certificate awarded by the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

The certificate is awarded based on a combination of education, training and experience.

Cline began her law enforcement career with the Newton Police Department in January 1993. She was promoted to sergeant in June 1997.

The Newton Police Department now has 16 officers who have earned the advanced certificate

The Catawba Valley Master Gardener Volunteer Association planted a memorial tree on Sept. 9 at the Catawba County Fireman's Museum at 3957 Herman Sipe Road in Conover. The tree was planted in honor and memory of the firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel who lost their lives in the events of 9-11 and to honor those serving today.

For details, call the Cooperative Extension office at 828-465-8240.

Curbside leaf collection in Newton began on Oct. 13 and ends the week of Jan. 23.

Leaves should be at the curb by 7 a.m. the Monday of each collection week. Trucks run every other week.

Leaves can be bagged in clear leaf bags and left with garbage on regular collection days. Clear leaf bags are available at Newton City Hall. Leaves should be free of yard debris, tree limbs and sticks. Trucks will not be able to collect leaves left beside parked cars.

If you rake leaves after Jan. 12 for North Newton or Jan. 19 for South Newton, leaves must be bagged for the sanitation department to collect.

For details, call Mark Herman at 828-695-4310.

Casting is complete for the new Hickory Community Theatre family comedy by Molly Bass, “Christmas Eve with Steve.” The production features 14 actors playing 42 roles ranging from the title character to Santa Claus to the Tooth Fairy.

The actors are Carson Banks, Tim Bolick, Connie Bools, John Fox, Bill Katzman, Megan Merrill, Jared Parsons, Gettys Sigmon, Christa Shuford, Kaylee Taraska, LeeAnna Teague, Marlene Taraska and Bob Whittaker.

Performances of “Christmas Eve with Steve” are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 28-Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 4 and 11 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 7 and 14.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $7 for students and youth. Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 828-328-2283.

Taste Full Beans, a downtown Hickory coffeehouse, recently opened a second location inside the south entrance of Hickory Furniture Mart, 2220 U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory.

Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

The shop offers coffee, espresso, hot and cold drinks, smoothies, milk shakes, Hershey's ice cream, bakery pastries, loose teas and local whole bean selections. Wi-Fi Internet access is available.

For details on both locations, visit or call 828-322-9647.

Air Force Airman Christian Rossner has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, he studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

Rossner earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Steven and Anja Rossner of Conover.

The airman is a 2007 graduate of St. Stephens High School in Hickory.

Gina Smith