News in briefWritten by Admin
Sarge’s announces pet photo contest winners
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation announced the winners of its 10th Annual Pet Photo Contest. The winners received gift certificates, and the winning photos will be reproduced as Sarge’s note cards and displayed at Sarge’s ACatemy Awards cat video event May 14 at The Strand in Waynesville. Pictured is the Sarge’s 10th Annual Pet Photo Contest first place-dog category winner, ‘Blue Ridge Parkway Daze,’ by Christy Rowe (left). 828.246.9050 or www.sargeanimals.org.
Reunion to celebrate former Central employees
All former Central Elementary School staff members are invited to a “walk down memory lane” event from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Central Elementary in Waynesville. Drop by to celebrate with food, stories and each other. 828.456.2405.
Tope Is REACH volunteer honoree
The Friends of REACH recognized Gretchen Tope, a long-time volunteer with the REACH of Haywood Helpline, in a ceremony and reception April 13 at the agency’s office.
REACH Board President Pat Janke and Friends of REACH Chairwomen Susan Smith presented Tope with an engraved crystal paperweight in recognition of and gratitude for her service from 2007 through 2015. Over her eight years as a volunteer, she served 443 Helpline shifts, which resulted in 5,361 donated hours.
REACH’s mission is to serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating abuse and elder abuse.
828.456.7898 or www.reachofhaywood.org.
Free leg pain program offered
Haywood Regional Medical Center is holding a free tired leg/varicose vein educational program at 4 and 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Vein Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center on the second floor (enter behind the hospital) led by Dr. Al Mina, MD, FACS and Dr. Joshua Rudd, D.O. There will be sessions at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Interested community members are asked to register for this session by calling 828.452.VEIN (8346). Space limited — RSVP required.
Abused, neglected children need advocates
A new guardian-training course will begin on June 15, and the Guardian ad Litem program is currently accepting applications for child advocates in Swain, Macon and Jackson counties.
In Swain, Macon and Jackson counties, the rights of the most vulnerable children are being lost in the shuffle of a strained system. Last month, of the 176 children currently before the court for having been abused or neglected in these counties, 27 of those children had no volunteer advocate to speak up for them before the court.
Call 828.587.2087 or visit www.volunteerforgal.org.