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Advocacy For High Rock Lake

We have a man-made lake in our county. We are lucky. However, our natural resource does need help from all of us. From those that live on the lake, the thousands who participate in fishing tournaments and the many who visit HRL for recreational purposes. Let’s review the consistent work that is being done on our collective behalf. Advocacy at its best.
Advocacy comes in many forms, small non-profit as HRLCleanSweep, state and local government of course, deliberate actions of membership organizations as High Rock Lake Association, and our educators.

Eating Healthy for One

Whether choosing to live single, or adjusting to a change in life such as divorce or death of a spouse, shopping, cooking, and eating for one poses a unique set of challenges. There are many who have successfully navigated these issues and some who are still on that journey. Talking with some of these folks gave some real insights into “tips and tricks” that many could find helpful. I spoke with Claudia Daves, a widow since 1997; Dr. Ozzie Reynolds, a widower since 2019 and Kristen Trexler, a young single. They all had great strategies!

Rowan Arts Council Grants

Art is one of Rowan County’s brightest gems. The Rowan Arts Council’s mission is to encourage and support artists in all forms with grants for their projects.
The pandemic has been a challenge for the group, but their fall grant cycle is here, with submissions due Nov. 1.

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Rowan Arts Council Grants

Art is one of Rowan County’s brightest gems. The Rowan Arts Council’s mission is to encourage and support artists in all forms with grants for their projects.
The pandemic has been a challenge for the group, but their fall grant cycle is here, with submissions due Nov. 1.

Pops at the Post Comes Home

This year’s concert on Sept. 11, will “Remember, Recognize and Rejoice,” remembering the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, recognizing all the health care workers “who have so arduously fought the pandemic, and rejoicing over the opening of Bell Tower Green,” says Maestro David Hagy, who will conduct the performance, now in its 17th year.

New Theatre Seasons

Theater is finally returning to Rowan County, with new seasons announced by Lee St theatre and Piedmont Players.
After more than a year of the Covid-19 pandemic, some things have changed, but not the plan to entertain and educate Rowan theatergoers.

Tale of a Barn Quilt Trail in Cleveland, North Carolina

An estimated 1.5-mile Barn Quilt Walking Trail is coming soon for everyone to enjoy! “It’s important to be healthy, and Cleveland is a safe place without a lot of traffic” Elise told me. But readers… this isn’t an ordinary walking trail. The proposal is to have ten, six-sided barn quilt cubes which means a lot of barn quilt painting for a total of 60 unique signs. The barn quilt cubes will be the markers along the trail. Per Elsie, “take a walk… it doesn’t cost anything”!

Rowan County Shop Pets and The Social Dog Pub

Thought it would be a fun subject to do a blog on the pets in shops in Rowan County.  I thought it was a great idea, but I didn’t think I’d have a lot to write about… boy was I wrong!!! Let me take you on a tour of some of the shops around the county that have pets to brag about!  We will start in Downtown Salisbury!

Forward to the Future: Taking a Look at AgBioScience

Rowan County knows its food! Blessed with abundant water supplies from creeks and rivers and good soil in much of the county, our county thrives on and celebrates its long history of farming. Nowhere is that more evident in mid-summer than a drive through western Rowan, where fields of tall green corn meet each other, covering the landscape.

Accelerating our Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

There may be “money on the ground” coming toward Rowan County in The American Jobs Plan, now before Congress, and it is good news for all of us who travel on roads and bridges that the North Carolina Department of Transportation has declared structurally deficient.

Citizen Science at Dunn’s Mountain

While visiting county parks, be mindful of your footprint and conscious of your place on the trail.
If you stop by, make sure to visit the faculty and staff. They look forward to visitors and are open
to having friendly conversation with anyone! I always feel comfortable and welcome at Dunn’s
Mountain and it has been one of my favorite destinations to visit in Rowan County.

Rowan County Farmers Markets

Visiting the farmers markets became an amazing networking opportunity and a way to reconvene with familiar faces I saw before the impact of COVID-19. Rowan County’s farmers markets are open at staggered times throughout the week, which allowed me to visit one almost every other day. I visited the markets Friday, July 30 through Thursday, August 5. Below are the hours of operation between May and September 2021:

Eating Healthy for One

Whether choosing to live single, or adjusting to a change in life such as divorce or death of a spouse, shopping, cooking, and eating for one poses a unique set of challenges. There are many who have successfully navigated these issues and some who are still on that journey. Talking with some of these folks gave some real insights into “tips and tricks” that many could find helpful. I spoke with Claudia Daves, a widow since 1997; Dr. Ozzie Reynolds, a widower since 2019 and Kristen Trexler, a young single. They all had great strategies!

School is Back, So What to Pack?

Now that we finally have kids back in school and pre-school, the age-old problem of what to pack for lunch and snacks has surfaced. How do I pack things they will eat but that are also nutritious?

Another Group of Medical Students Arrive!

The win for Rowan County was to have an infusion of 22 plus students each year, many bringing families along and staying two years. Many of the students are newcomers to our community choosing to house locally, frequenting our wonderful restaurants, shopping, and joining in on the events of our community such as the Dragon Boat Race and the Hospital Foundation Patron’s Ball. One of the motivations of the medical center is hosting the medical students was to introduce them to Rowan County with the hopes that they would return to establish their practice here once their training was complete. Rowan County has so much to offer for these students. The loft apartments in downtown Salisbury are an attractive option for many, and the new Bell Tower Green is anxiously awaited. The students are quite a diverse group and include some who graduated from our local high schools and went on to college and medical school, to others from across the nation. All are US citizens, and there is about a 50/50 male to female split, with all being under the age of 30.

Advocacy For High Rock Lake

We have a man-made lake in our county. We are lucky. However, our natural resource does need help from all of us. From those that live on the lake, the thousands who participate in fishing tournaments and the many who visit HRL for recreational purposes. Let’s review the consistent work that is being done on our collective behalf. Advocacy at its best.
Advocacy comes in many forms, small non-profit as HRLCleanSweep, state and local government of course, deliberate actions of membership organizations as High Rock Lake Association, and our educators.

Nature and Biology Make High Rock a Fishing Destination

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is the state government agency created by the General Assembly in 1947 to conserve and sustain the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of N.C. fishing, hunting, trapping, and boating laws.

Summer Clean Up Activities are in Full Swing

When the lake gets busy, trash happens. Good thing Rowan County has fantastic community-minded individuals and groups to take care of the well-being of High Rock Lake. And we need you to join us! There are ample opportunities in the coming weeks to clean, learn and enjoy the lake.

Mayors Speak Up: Promoting the Original in ‘Our Town’

There are many local places that “Live Original,” with 10 incorporated towns in or bordering the county and other unincorporated communities in Rowan that have an identity and uniqueness all their own.

Accelerating our Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

There may be “money on the ground” coming toward Rowan County in The American Jobs Plan, now before Congress, and it is good news for all of us who travel on roads and bridges that the North Carolina Department of Transportation has declared structurally deficient.

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