Tomato Appreciation Day/BLT Cook Off planned at GFCM

"Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is hosting Tomato Appreciation Day in conjunction with a new event, Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich Cook Off, out on the lawn by Lindsay St. as the last fundraiser of the summer. There will be a variety of tomatoes to taste including: Pink Girls, Carolina Gold, Valencia, Yellow Pear, Better Boy, Cherokee Purple, Sweet 100, Sun Gold, and Plum tomatoes. BLT tastings are crafted by chefs from Emma Key’s, GFCM Team, UNDERCURRENT, and the WORX restaurants, each bringing their own creative flair to the BLT in this cook off competition.

The BLT tasting is $5 for 5 samples. Patrons will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite sandwich.

Tomatoes are provided by Byrley Gardens, Farlow Farm, Moore Farm, and Nimby Gardens. Lettuce is provided by Flora Ridge Farm. All donors are regular vendors at the market.

There will be live music by the Buddy Rowe Band (blues/rock) from 8 AM – 9:45 AM, followed by singer/songwriter Chuck Sirko from 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM. Picnic table seating is provided, and patrons are encouraged to bring seating as well.

For more information on this event, the market, and other upcoming events, please visit or call (336) 373-2402.

About the Market

Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc. (GFM) operates the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on behalf of the City of Greensboro.  GFM is a “501c3” nonprofit. Local produce, meats, prepared foods, flowers and crafts are available on Saturdays year round from 7 AM to 12 PM and Wednesdays, May – December, 8 AM to 1:30 PM. GFM, Inc.’s Mission is to provide greater Greensboro with opportunities to purchase and learn about local food and crafts while interacting with producers and each other in a friendly and diverse social setting. In doing so, GFM, Inc. will encourage and support growth of local foods and artisan goods businesses to improve greater Greensboro’s economy, support better health through healthy eating and build social and community connections."
A Press Release

Awards presented at the annual Arts Awards Banquet by High Point Arts Council

"At the annual Arts Awards Banquet on July 22, the High Point Arts Council presented the Arts Award for Corporate Support of the Arts, Individual Support of the Arts, Arts Teacher of the Year, and recognized outgoing board members and officers. The banquet was held at the Centennial Station Arts Center and featured performances by the High Point Ballet. Debbie Lumpkins, Executive Director, kicked off the event with the invocation, A Prayer for Artists.

Each year, the Arts Council sponsors the Arts Awards for those whose contributions to the arts make its mission possible. The Awards Committee, chaired by Joe Gray, selected the award winners from nominations made from patrons of the arts. Joe Baker, High Point Community Theatre actor, presented the awards.

This year’s winner of the Arts Award for Corporate Support of the Arts went to High Point University for their extraordinary commitment to the arts. On and off campus, HPU has invested in the arts and culture of our city. On campus, the Hayworth Fine Arts Center is known for its theatre that hosts local, national and international arts performances. Off campus, the university has invested in a permanent arts center for the community at Centennial Station.

The Arts Award for Individual Support of the Arts went to Lucille Duncan for her passion for the arts and for sharing that passion with others. She is known as the Social Director and always recruits a group to go with her to arts events. Not only does she support the arts with her presence, but also with her presents. She also invested in the Centennial Station Arts Center by purchasing the naming rights of the Engineer's Office in memory of her late husband, Bob.

The recipient of the Arts Award for Teacher of the Arts, Sarah Johnson, was recognized for going above and beyond teaching music at Northwood Elementary. In addition to her regular music classes, she formed the Northwood Noteables, an auditioned choir for 4th and 5th graders. She also led the United Arts Fund Drive at her school this past year and had the highest percentage of participation by teachers in all of the High Point area schools.

The High Point Area Arts Council has sponsored the Mayor’s Arts Awards since 1984. The actual awards were designed by the late George Kosinski and finished by Harris House Furniture. The shape of the award is a treble clef modified to indicate the arts. The arrowhead at the top signifies looking out to the future.

In addition to the Arts Awards, the Arts Council's board of directors nominate one of their own as the Star Board Member of the Year. Mary Bogest was recognized for her commitment to the arts even while handling the stress of being a caregiver during her husband's illness. Her original painting of the Centennial Station Arts Center hangs in the lobby and signed and numbered prints are available for purchase.

The new Spike Award was presented by Jim Morgan, Immediate Past Chair, to Linda O'Briant and Carlos Olvera for serving two 3-year terms. The Spike Award recognizes that board members are the spikes that keep the tracks secure so that the Arts Council train can stay on track! Morgan also presented Sarah Bomberger, Janice Bowman, Travis Compton and Debbie Lumpkins with Shining Star awards for the Arts Council's staff stepping up and taking on additional responsibilities with the acquisition of the arts facility.

Incoming chair, Janette McNeill, presented Jim Morgan with a plaque recognizing him for his outstanding leadership during a time of transition for the Arts Council and heading up the capital campaign for the Centennial Station Arts Center. She also read an original poem that celebrated Jim's service to the arts. Also, an anonymous donor repaired the Trainmaster's Clock on the front of the building in gratitude for Jim's POSITIVITY and that plaque will hang on the front porch.

Police make arrests in car break-ins

"Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to numerous locations off of Robinhood Road and N. Peace Haven Road on reported Auto Breaking and Larceny’s. Many vehicles were located which had been broken into during the late evening and early morning hours. All of the vehicles appeared to have been left unlocked by the owners, which allowed easy entry into the vehicles. The interior of all of the vehicles were ransacked.  Within these unlocked vehicles, items were left in plain view, that were then stolen.


Arrested: Christopher Austin Reid, M/W 19, of 622 Bethabara Hills Ct., W-S 27106

Arrested: Tristan James Hill, M/W 18, of 622 Bethabara Hills Ct., W-S 27106

Arrested: Travis Scott Mays, M/W 17, of 1537 Finwick Dr., W-S 27040

In the early morning hours of 07/15/2014, Winston-Salem Police Officers were conducting an investigation of a suspicious vehicle in the 5400 block of North Ridge Dr., which resulted in the arrests of Christopher Reid and Tristan Hill for several Auto Breakings in that area (IR# 1436857). During a search of the suspect vehicle, a red Nissan Xterra, various items were located which linked these individuals to the above referenced Auto Breakings and Larcenies. Further investigation by officers into these incidents has resulted in Mr. Reid , Mr. Hill and a Travis Mays being charged individually with thirty-two (32) counts of Auto Breaking and Entering, two (2) counts Felony Larceny, and eleven (11) counts of Misdemeanor Larceny. All three subjects were given a secure bond of $15,000.00 and a court date of 08/07/2014.

In addition, two more subjects have outstanding warrants and are being sought for the same offenses.

Wanted: Gevontae Daeron Morrison, M/B 17, of 2367 Bethabara Rd., W-S 27106


Wanted: Ariel Aswan Williams, M/B 16, of 3460 Triangle Dr., W-S 27106

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Morrison or Mr. Williams is requested to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 727-2800."
From Police Reports

Carolina’s Diner Painted HPU Purple

"HIGH POINT, N.C., July 25, 2014 – High Point restaurant Carolina’s Diner is painting its business purple to show support for High Point University in a big way.

General manager Alex Kulwicki said the business booms thanks to HPU students, who are some of the most frequent customers at the restaurant, as well as the 80,000 visitors the university draws to the city each year. Painting began on July 24 and continues through Saturday.

“The amount of business that HPU brings to us is phenomenal,” says Kulwicki.

He says chocolate chip pancakes are the item of choice for HPU students. The restaurant’s chocolate chip inventory increases by 400 percent during the academic year.

“During the school year, we more than double our orders to five quarts of chocolate chips per week,” he says, adding that diner employees are excited to welcome students back in the fall.

Carolina’s Diner is one of more than 100 community restaurants, retail shops and more that partner with the university. Passport Partners allow HPU students, faculty and staff to make purchases using their HPU ID card, and other community partners share their university pride through their businesses in unique ways.

“We love supporting HPU. We’ve done little things in the past – like providing ten percent discounts to students and taking the HPU Passport Card as payment – but we wanted to show our support even more,” said Kulwicki. “When the students come in as freshman, we really get to know them, and we like to show them that we care as much about them as they care about us.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No.1 by U.S. News and World Report in three categories: No. 1 Best Regional College in the South; No. 1 Up and Coming School in Regional Colleges in the South; and No. 1 for A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching in Regional Colleges in the South. HPU was named this year the No. 4 private school in NC for the best return on investment, and it is a 2013-14 College of Distinction. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at"

A Press Release

Do-It-Yourself Home Accessibility Demonstration Day Sat., Aug.2, 7 AM – 12 PM at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market

July 24, 2014 (Greensboro, NC) – Have you or a family member ever struggled with accessibility or mobility issues right within your own home? Join Community Housing Solutions (CHS) downtown at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on Saturday, August 2nd, from 7:00am to noon to learn about solutions to these challenges.

The CHS construction staff is CAPS certified and will be having hands on demonstrations on how to build an accessible picnic table, install grab bars, lever door handles and ADA height toilets. Come swing a hammer and help us build an accessible picnic table, which will be donated to the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. “We are excited to have Community Housing Solutions as our special guest in order to build awareness of the importance of accessibility, while also helping us to make our facility more access-friendly,” stated Lee Mortensen, Executive Director of the Market. CHS has up fitted a retired US Postal Van equipped with tools and equipment. Look for the retro van on the Lindsay St. lawn to participate in the demonstration and for more information.

About Community Housing Solutions
Community Housing Solutions was started in 2004 as a local non-profit dedicated to preserving decent, safe and affordable housing for low-income families. Their work has served more than 350 families investing more than $3.7 million dollars in preserving affordable housing for neighborhoods utilizing community volunteers.

About the Market
Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc. (GFM) operates the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on behalf of the City of Greensboro.  GFM is a “501c3” nonprofit.

GFM provides greater Greensboro with opportunities to purchase and learn about local food and crafts while interacting with producers and each other in a friendly and diverse social setting.  GFM encourages and supports the growth of local foods and artisan goods businesses to improve greater Greensboro’s economy, support better health through healthy eating and build social and community connections.
- A Press Release

Four males jump out of car and rob man standing in street

"Greensboro, NC (July 23, 2014) -- At 1:59 a.m. on July 23, 2014—Police responded to the 2700 block of McArthur Drive in reference to a robbery of individual.  The victim was standing in the street when a champagne colored Chevy Envoy pulled-up and (4) black-males with their faces covered exited the vehicle.  One of the two armed suspects struck the victim with a handgun before taking some property from same.  The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling west on E. Meadowview Road.  The victim was transported by EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

Southern Division Patrol Officers, CID and K9 responded to this incident. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000. '
- A Police Report

Robbers forcibly enter home and demand money

"Greensboro, NC (July 23, 2014) -- At 2:19 a.m. on July 23, 2014—Police responded to 3135 Creek Ridge Road in reference to a robbery from person.  The victims stated two black-males forcibly-entered the residence and demanded money.  Upon being advised by the victims that they had no money, the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction in a metallic-green Honda Accord with chrome rims.  No injuries were reported.

The suspects were described as two black-males in their 20’s, 6’0, medium-build, one with short hair wearing a grey and white striped shirt and the second suspect had medium-length dreadlocks and wearing a dark colored t-shirt.  One of the suspects displayed a handgun.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000."
- A Police Report


Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young,
Dave Matthews and Jack White to headline
Farm Aid 2014 at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

Raleigh, N.C. — Farm Aid announced today that its annual benefit festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., with tickets on sale to the public on Friday, Aug. 1.

“In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we’ll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they’re growing for all of us.”

Farm Aid 2014 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots.

Farm Aid 2014, an all-day music and food festival, will feature a unique lineup of artists and genres and will offer concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions®. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

“There is a fair-like feeling when you go to Farm Aid. All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served,” said Farm Aid board member John Mellencamp. “It’s a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from. We’re proud to bring Farm Aid 2014 to North Carolina for the first time to feature the family farmers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us.”

Farm Aid has long collaborated with and supported organizations and organizers in the Southeast who are keeping family farmers on the land and growing the Good Food Movement. Many of the region’s farmers have been served by Farm Aid’s Resource Network and hotline. Over the past 29 years, Farm Aid has made grants of more than $3.6 million in the Southeast region — more than half a million in North Carolina alone — supporting programs that help farmers thrive, grow new markets for farmers and create much-needed change in the food system so that everyone benefits.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 will go on sale Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets will be available at, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at 12 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 25, at

Farm Aid is teaming up with IfOnly to offer special VIP packages with premium center stage tickets with exclusive backstage access, in addition to signed Gibson guitars. Proceeds from auction items benefit Farm Aid and bidding opens Friday, July 25 at

Farm Aid is partnering with eBay and Auction Cause to offer concertgoers a chance to bid on premier concert experiences and autographed memorabilia beginning Thursday, Aug. 14. For more information, go to

Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the local business community and offers corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at Sponsors include Amy’s Kitchen, Rudi’s Bakery, Horizon Organic, Greener Fields Together, Organic Valley, Chipotle Mexican Grill, PLOTSAVER and EcoScraps.

Concertgoers can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which will be available in mid-August for iPhone and Android.

For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (, and visit

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
- A Press Release