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GSC debuts new fossa in Animal Discovery Zoo

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is excited to announce the debut of a new animal in Animal Discovery Zoo, a fossa (pronounced FOO-sah), named Rano. The 2-year-old male came to the Center from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

 

Rano is currently on exhibit part-time in the old Howler Monkey enclosure as keepers continue to enhance his new home. The exhibit space was chosen because of its proximity to the lemur exhibit.

 

Jessica Hoffman, Curator of Birds and Mammals, explains, “They’re the primary carnivore on the island of Madagascar. Their main diet is lemurs. Being exhibited next to lemurs shows the behaviors associated with a common predator/prey relationship.”   Even though these particular animals were all born in captivity, there is a certain amount of instinct which tells them to be wary of each other.

 

With a weasel-like body and cat-like face and tail, fossa are a unique-looking animal most closely related to members of the mongoose and civet families.  They prefer a solitary existence and will only briefly come into contact with other fossa during short breeding seasons.   They are currently classified as a vulnerable species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and are most affected by habitat loss.  Fossa are also managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP).

 

Fossa are cathemoral animals, meaning that instead of being nocturnal or diurnal, they are active at completely random times. When awake, Rano is a very active climber, spending much of his time performing acrobatic feats throughout his exhibit. Native to Madagascar, fossa are well-adapted to humid environments, so visitors coming to the Center in the next few months are likely to witness Rano in action.

 

For more information, visit greensboroscience.org

Winston-Salem 2014 Spring Parade of Homes

The Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS) presents the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes, two week-ends: April 26, 27 & May 3, 4, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 – 5 pm. The Spring Parade is one of the largest marketing events in the Triad for new home construction and has the added feature this year of Remodeled Spaces. Both developments and new home construction will be open for tours both weekends. The Remodeled Spaces Tour will take place the second weekend only (May 3, 4).

 

HBAWS is excited to announce that Piedmont Federal Savings Bank is sponsoring the Spring Parade of Homes again this year. Visit the #1 home on the tour to enter a drawing for a chance to win a beautiful handcrafted artisan birdhouse.  Entries can be submitted both weekends of the Parade at the #1 house on the tour, Builder: Alan Fletcher Construction Company, Inc., address: 4478 Timberfield Drive, Pfafftown.  Entries can also be submitted the second weekend only at the Lasater Estate, 7980 Valleyview Drive, Clemmons. Entry deadline: May 4, 5pm. Winners to be announced week of May 5 by Piedmont Federal Savings Bank.

 

Detailed information, photos, map/map key and links to builders / remodelers /developers will be on the Spring Parade of Homes website: www.springparadeofhomesws.com, as well as, in the Spring Parade tabloid. Consumers can find the tabloid in the Friday editions of the Winston-Salem Journalon April 25 and May 2.

Burlington Aviation approved for funding

Burlington Aviation, a Cessna Pilot Center and FAA Part 141 flight school in Burlington, has been approved to receive both Veteran’s Administration Benefits from the GI Bill and funding from the N.C. National Guard Tuition Assistance Program.

 

Burlington Aviation will be the first flight school in the Triad to offer these programs to veterans, as well as people currently serving in the military and National Guard.

 

“We are honored to be able to offer education to current and former military personnel,” says Alan Ostroff, owner of Burlington Aviation. “Several of us here are ex-military, so we look forward to training anyone with a similar background.”

 

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees and vocational/technical training, as well as tutorial assistance and licensing and certification test reimbursement. The amount of support that an individual can qualify for depends upon city of residence and type of degree pursuing. At Burlington Aviation, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can be used toward instrument, commercial and multiengine training.

 

For more information, call (336) 227-1278 or visit www.burlingtonaviation.com.

Downtown Greensboro Inc. seeks community volunteers

Downtown Greensboro Inc. is seeking volunteers to assist with outreach efforts at community events. The nonprofit organization participates in several local events and festivals to share information about the exciting transformations happening downtown.

Volunteers with civic pride in Greensboro’s community and  an interest in the downtown area are invited to join in as event volunteers. Duties include staffing event tables, distributing free downtown walking guides and other materials, answering simple questions about downtown, and registering visitors to participate in giveaways at events like First Friday and the Beach Music series.

For more information, call (336) 379-0060, ext 21, or e-mail vickie@downtowngreensboro.net.

Perdue proclaims April N.C. Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate Month

Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed April as North Carolina Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Child Advocate Month in recognition of the program’s mission of protecting and promoting the best interests of children in abuse and neglect court proceedings. While appreciating advocates who have donated more than 944,000 hours of service to children in all 100 counties, the proclamation also serves as a reminder of the immense need for more volunteers.

Perdue’s proclamation states that the GAL program “protects and defends children from harm and ensures that abused and neglected children are provided with the court-ordered services they need.”

Established by the N.C. legislature in 1983, the mission of the GAL program is to provide trained, independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system, and to work toward a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe, permanent home. Statewide, 64 offices, approximately 100 attorneys and more than 4,900 GAL volunteers work as a team to represent 15,373 children. However, more volunteers are needed to ensure that every child has someone to speak on their behalf.

“GAL volunteers assist attorney advocates and staff in making notable differences in the lives of children across North Carolina,” said McKinley Wooten Jr., GAL administrator and a deputy director with the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. “These volunteers give their time, experience and heart in order to advocate effectively for some of the most vulnerable children in their community. We encourage other North Carolinians to get involved with their local GAL program.”

 

To learn more, call toll-free (800) 982-4041 or visit www.ncgal.org.

Kernersville camp focuses on keeping kids fit and healthy

Kernersville camp focuses on keeping kids fit and healthy
4/21/2011:

Kernersville-based fitness company iLive Fitness has announced a Boot Camp for Kids, a summer camp program for ages six to 18 targeted toward getting kids moving, educated about exercise and good nutrition, and motivated to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.

 

“The most opportune time to teach kids to live healthy is now,” says Reginald Fair, founder and head fitness trainer. “Adults have established their eating habits, routines, and lifestyle priorities. Kids haven’t. It’s our job, now, to teach them that their health is a priority.”

 

The six-week camp will include a body diagnostic test, performance evaluation, fitness education, C.A.R.S. training (cardio, aerobic, resistance, strength) and nutrition discussions. Included in the $249 camp cost are drinks and snacks, a camp T-shirt, and a detailed workout plan upon the camp’s completion. Camps will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday June 20 through July 30 at Skate Haven in Winston-Salem.

 

To learn more, visit www.ilivefitness.com.

Perdue proclaims April N.C. Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate Month

Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed April as North Carolina Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Child Advocate Month in recognition of the program’s mission of protecting and promoting the best interests of children in abuse and neglect court proceedings. While appreciating advocates who have donated more than 944,000 hours of service to children in all 100 counties, the proclamation also serves as a reminder of the immense need for more volunteers.

Perdue’s proclamation states that the GAL program “protects and defends children from harm and ensures that abused and neglected children are provided with the court-ordered services they need.”

Established by the N.C. legislature in 1983, the mission of the GAL program is to provide trained, independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system, and to work toward a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe, permanent home. Statewide, 64 offices, approximately 100 attorneys and more than 4,900 GAL volunteers work as a team to represent 15,373 children. However, more volunteers are needed to ensure that every child has someone to speak on their behalf.

“GAL volunteers assist attorney advocates and staff in making notable differences in the lives of children across North Carolina,” said McKinley Wooten Jr., GAL administrator and a deputy director with the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. “These volunteers give their time, experience and heart in order to advocate effectively for some of the most vulnerable children in their community. We encourage other North Carolinians to get involved with their local GAL program.”

 

To learn more, call toll-free (800) 982-4041 or visit www.ncgal.org.

Moses Cone names chief nursing officer

Theresa Brodrick, RN, MSN, Ph.D., has been named chief nursing officer and executive vice president for Moses Cone Health System. Brodrick, who starts her new role April 25, comes to Moses Cone from Virtua Health in Voorhees, N.J., where she was vice president of patient services.

 

“Theresa shares our drive to improve quality and patient satisfaction,” says Terry Akin, chief operating officer. “Her depth of experience and leadership abilities will help move Moses Cone Health System toward its goal of being a national leader in the delivery of health care.”

 

“I have found there is no better reward than to help others,” Brodrick says. “The nursing profession affords nurses the ability to do just that but also provides a magnitude of different career choices within the profession that are available across the nation and around the world.”

Moses Cone names chief nursing officer

Theresa Brodrick, RN, MSN, Ph.D., has been named chief nursing officer and executive vice president for Moses Cone Health System. Brodrick, who starts her new role April 25, comes to Moses Cone from Virtua Health in Voorhees, N.J., where she was vice president of patient services.

 

“Theresa shares our drive to improve quality and patient satisfaction,” says Terry Akin, chief operating officer. “Her depth of experience and leadership abilities will help move Moses Cone Health System toward its goal of being a national leader in the delivery of health care.”

 

“I have found there is no better reward than to help others,” Brodrick says. “The nursing profession affords nurses the ability to do just that but also provides a magnitude of different career choices within the profession that are available across the nation and around the world.”

Kernersville camp focuses on keeping kids fit and healthy

Kernersville-based fitness company iLive Fitness has announced a Boot Camp for Kids, a summer camp program for ages six to 18 targeted toward getting kids moving, educated about exercise and good nutrition, and motivated to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.

 

“The most opportune time to teach kids to live healthy is now,” says Reginald Fair, founder and head fitness trainer. “Adults have established their eating habits, routines, and lifestyle priorities. Kids haven’t. It’s our job, now, to teach them that their health is a priority.”

 

The six-week camp will include a body diagnostic test, performance evaluation, fitness education, C.A.R.S. training (cardio, aerobic, resistance, strength) and nutrition discussions. Included in the $249 camp cost are drinks and snacks, a camp T-shirt, and a detailed workout plan upon the camp’s completion. Camps will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday June 20 through July 30 at Skate Haven in Winston-Salem.

 

To learn more, visit www.ilivefitness.com.