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Counseling for adults: Catawba County Social Services is offering Information and Options Counseling for adults in the county who are experiencing a major life transition and need assistance learning about available services.
Information about services ranges from in-home assistance and adult day care services to assisted living or nursing home placement.
The service is designed to help individuals identify options, weigh pros and cons and make an action plan to help meet their goals.
Counselors work with them to discuss preferences values, service needs and circumstances, while providing information to help make informed choices about long-term services and supports.
To schedule an appointment with a certified Information and Options counselor, call Catawba County Social Services at 828-695-5609.
Funding requests sought: The city of Hickory Community Relations Council is seeking grant requests to fund projects in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Organizations and individuals that support the community through areas of human understanding, conflict resolution, appreciation of diversity, community relations, wellness and respect are encouraged to apply.
The submission deadline for the spring grant cycle is noon March 2. Priority will be given to projects designed to deliver the greatest impact on positive human relations, that are most effective in bringing sub-communities of Hickory together and that provide services and resources to the people who can most benefit.
Submission guidelines and grant applications can be found at www.HickoryNC.gov. For information, call staff liaison Hickory City Police Capt. Thurman Whisnant at 828-261-2605.
Tax help for seniors: AARP volunteers will offer tax preparation assistance for seniors 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays through April 14 at Catawba County’s Main Library in Newton. Appointments are required, and due to the volume of requests, walk-ins will not be accepted.
Federal tax forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ are available at the Main Library in Newton, as well as Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Sherrills Ford, St. Stephens and Southwest branches. Specialized tax forms from the IRS website may be copied at the library for a cost of 10 cents per sheet.
To make an appointment, call 828-676-6723 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays.
Mulch and leaf compost sales: The city of Hickory will begin sales of mulch and leaf compost 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays starting Feb. 6. at its yard waste lot, located on Cloninger Mill Road, which is off N.C. 127 near the bridge that crosses Lake Hickory. The material used for mulch and compost comes from what city crews pick up during the year, including branches, Christmas trees and leaves.
Leaf compost and mulch are each priced at $20 per scoop, equal to a pickup truck load. For information, call Hickory Public Services Department at 828-323-7500.
Junior American Citizens: Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently announced winners of its annual Junior American Citizens art contest. Hickory’s John Hoyle Chapter of DAR sponsors the contest in Catawba and surrounding counties. This year’s theme was Focusing on the Future.
First place winners in the poster category are: Amera Raja, fourth grade, Tri-City Christian School; Micah Herndon, fifth grade, Tri-City Christian School; Julia Mann, seventh grade Northview Middle School; Peter Webber, seventh grade, Northview Middle School; Dustin Bailey, eighth grade, Northview Middle School; Cedrick Clyburn, eighth grade Northview Middle School; and Kaila Hulsey, eighth grade, Northview Middle School.
First place winners in the stamp design category are: Abi Gerami first grade, Tri-City Christian School; Logan Ramsey second grade, Tri-City Christian School; Eva Grace Gryder, third grade, Tri-City Christian School; Will Sigmon, fourth grade, Tri-City Christian School; Samara Rogers, fifth grade, Tri-City Christian School; and Brazil Gracia Alvarado, seventh grade, Tri-City Christian School.
Parents who want information about entering next year’s contest are encouraged to visit www.ncdar.org/johnhoylechapter.htm or the John Hoyle DAR page on Facebook.
Veterans program: Catawba Regional Hospice recently achieved status as a Level Four partner in the We Honor Veterans program, a national initiative started in 2010 to focus more attention on the needs of military veterans and support hospices in meeting those needs. While attaining Level Four status, Catawba Regional Hospice has worked to develop and strengthen partnerships with VA offices and organizations, while increasing access to hospice care for all eligible veterans in a 10-county service area.
Catawba Regional Hospice honors veteran patients with pinning ceremonies and encourages participation in the Vet-to-Vet program which pairs a veteran volunteer with a patient. Hospice social workers also help patients and families gain access to veteran-specific benefits, and VA offices often work closely with hospice and the patient to process benefits more quickly after the diagnosis of advanced illness.
To learn more about We Honor Veterans, visit www.WeHonorVeterans.org. For information about Catawba Regional Hospice, call 828-466-0466.
Talent show winners: The Green Room Community Theatre named winners of its So You Think You’ve Got Talent? competition. From 84 acts, 10 finalists recently competed for cash prizes totaling $4,000.
The winner of this year’s competition and $2,500 was Wesley Curtis, who played the piano and sang “Ordinary People,” by John Legend. Runner up and winner of the $1,000 prize when to the lyrical dance duo of Hannah Kevitt and Devin Hatch, who performed a self-choreographed number to “Fix You,” by Coldplay. The $500 award for Audience Favorite when to twins Maria and Isabell Mull, who sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” accompanied by their father, Tim Mull, on guitar.
The talent competition is a fundraiser for The Green Room, with all proceeds going toward the costs of maintaining and operating the theater. To learn more about The Green Room, visit www.thegreenroomtheatre.org.
Corporate team building: Employees of Punker LLC, recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley for a day of community service as part of Habitat’s Corporate Team Building Program. The Corporate Team Builder was hosted at Habitat’s Glenn at Green Park development, on Fifth Avenue S.W. Hickory.
The day’s construction spanned across several houses in the neighborhood, with the majority concentrated on Habitat’s Women Build house, the future home of Ge Moua and Vicky Lee. Habitat’s Women Build program empowers communities to join with women in taking actions against substandard housing.
For information on Habitat’s Corporate Team Building program, call 828-328-4663 or visit www.habitatcatawbavalley.org.
Viewmont Business Association: The Viewmont Business Association recently met to elect its board of directors, adopt by-laws and establish committee members. The VBA is a recognized business association in the city of Hickory, with membership open to all companies in or near the district interested in promoting the Viewmont area.
Newly elected VBA board members are: President Bobby Bush (Hops & Grapes), Vice-President Henry Morphis (Morphis Law & Mediation), Secretary Carolyn Sinclair (Adrienne’s), Treasurer Donna Price (Bumblebee Interiors), Logistics Director Matt Miller (Bistro 127/Bootleggers), Marketing Director Kym Rink (Rink & Robinson CPAs) and Events Co-directors Janelle Gibbs (Razzberries) and Nichole Daily (First Citizens).
The VBA will hold quarterly meetings starting in April. For information about the VBA, visit www.HickoryNC.gov and click on the Business tab.
Liberty Tax Service opens: Liberty Tax Service recently celebrated the opening of its new location in Newton during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new franchise, owned by Drew and Jackie Collins, is at The Market Place shopping center, 2725 Northwest Blvd., Newton.
Liberty Tax Service offers preparation and filing of tax returns, Affordable Care Act enrollment assistance and accounting services, focusing on small businesses. To celebrate its grand opening, Liberty Tax Service is offering special discounts to filers this season, including $50 cash to people who bring in their tax returns by Feb. 15.
For information, call Liberty Tax Service at 828-348-0986.
Director retires: Deborah Johnson, director of the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County, recently retired after 10 years of service. The CAPC works with law enforcement, the district attorney’s office and Catawba County Social Services to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.
In 2011, the Children’s Advocacy Center merged with the Children’s Protection Council to form the CAPC. During Johnson’s tenure, the CAPC has expanded its mission by providing educational programs, such as Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light, which trains adults in ways to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse.
Prior to joining the CAPC, Johnson served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years and worked for an agency providing temporary shelter and transitional living services to persons experiencing homelessness. Johnson said she plans to spend some time traveling now that she is retired.
For information about the CAPC of Catawba County, call 828-465-9296 or visit www.catawbacountycapc.org.
Foothills APICS meeting: The Foothills APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) will hold a dinner meeting and educational opportunity 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Catawba Country Club, 1154 Country Club Drive, Newton. Guest speaker Sophie Montesclaros will discuss careers in supply chain management and facilitate discussion between APICS members and Appalachian State University students.
Montesclaros is a senior at ASU, where she is majoring international business, with minors in German and supply chain management. Montesclaros is a first generation Filipino American, originally from New Jersey. She has lived in Germany on two occasions, as part of a scholarship with the Department of the State and an internship with Hirschyogel.
Cost to attend the event is $20, or $10 for APICS members, $5 for APICS student members and $10 for student/faculty guests. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12. To register, email Bill Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the APICS Foothills Chapter, serving Hickory, Lincolnton, Gastonia, Morganton, Lenoir, Boone and surrounding areas, email chapter president Mike Carpenter at email@example.com.
Online patient portal: Catawba Valley Medical Center offers MYHealth Patient Portal, an online tool that allows patients to actively manage their ongoing care and securely access personal electronic health records. With online access to the MYHealth Patient Portal, patients gain access to laboratory and radiology results, hospital and outpatient visit history, and discharge and aftercare summaries.
To enroll in MYHealth Patient Portal or learn more, call 828-326-2679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.