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| Commiinity Calendar | Author coming to Library Kendra Davis, author of "No More Discounts!!!", will be at Rural Hall Library, 7125 Broad St, on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 3 pm Call 336-703-2970 for more information. College mentors/ tutors needed, a tutoring and mentoring program for high school students, is seek ing enrolled college students to volunteer to help students at area schools like Jefferson Middle School and Carter G. Woodson. An orientation for volunteers will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. on the 24th floor of the Winston Tower building at 301N. Main St To learn more, go to www. Volunteer applications are also available there. Computer Class Carver School Road Branch Library, 4915 Lansing Drive, is offering a free 50+ Advanced Beginner Computer Class in February. Participants must have basic computer knowledge and an email account. The class ses sions will advance skills using an email account, and will complete letters, resumes and fliers using Microsoft Word. Class sessions will be held at 11 a.m. on: Wednesday, Feb. 11; Thursday, Feb. 12; Wednesday, Feb. 18; and Thursday, Feb. 19. Participants must be able to attend all four class ses sions. Call 336-703-2910 or come by to register. Seating is limited. Soil lunch and learn Bring your lunch and learn about how proper soil prepara tion can eliminate 80 percent of your garden problems before you even begin to plant. The Forsyth Cooperative Extension will hold a Soil and Fertilizer Workshop at its office, 1450 Fairchrld Road, from noon-1 p.m. on Feb. 10. Scott Welbom, extension agent, consumer horticulture, and Wendi Hartup, extension agent for natural resources, will speak. Registration is required through the Forsyth Cooperative Extension office at 336-703-2850 or email coop-ext Register today and get the chance to win a free soil col lecting kit for soil testing. Read-In The Forsyth Chapter of AARP will present an African-American Read-In led by Renee J. Andrews at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at noon at Senior Services, 2895 Shorfair Drive. Andrews has worked for the Forsyth County Public Library in Children's Services for more than 35 years. She presently works in the Children's Outreach Department at the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage. She is also a profes sional storyteller/ Bring your lunch, a friend and enjoy the program. East-Norfheast Plan meeting The City-County Planning and Development Services Ls inviting residents to attend a community kick-off meeting to update the East Northeast Area Plan adopted in 2008. The kick-off meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Rupert Bell Neighboihood Cotter, 1502 Mount Zion Place, from 6-8 p.m. Board of Elections meeting The Forsyth County Board of Elections will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 4 pm at the Forsyth County Government Center, 201 N. Chestnut St. The meeting agenda will include a discus sion of voting equipment and procedural changes. Other business may also be dis cussed. Contact the Board of Elections office at 336-703 2800 for more information. Hall of Fame applications Applications for 2015 W S Forsyth County Sports Hall of Fame are now available. Applicants must complete an application and submit a port folio and a sport resume to The Winston-Salem Sportsmen Club, Inc. Hall of Fame com mittee, P.O. Box 4353, Winston-Salem, NC 27115 4353. The deadline for sub missions is March 17. Applications can be obtained from the athletic director of the local high schools, by visiting the Winston Lake Family Y, 901 Waterworks Road, on Tuesday nights between 7:30 8:30 p.m. or online at For further information, con tact Robert Wynn at 336-767 4656 or Chris Kiikpatrick at 336-287-1707. Anderson Class of '66 The A.H. Anderson High School Class of 1966 will meet at 4 p.m. on ' Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Golden Corral Restaurant at 4965 University Parkway in Winston Salem. All members inter ested in working on the 50 year class reunion are encouraged to attend. The contact number is 336 767-8509. Factory farms discussed Members from the "Save Pilot Mountain" organization will discuss the environmental impact of chicken houses and present the film "A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 at Temple Emanuel Winston-Salem, 201 Oak wood Dr. Speakers will be Victoria Cunningham, Dr. Douglas Beets and Helen Beets. N.C. Politics Forsyth County Senior Democrats will hear from Hayes McNeill, who will discuss "N.C. Politics at a Critical Juncture" at a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at Golden Corral, 4965 University Parkway, 336 767-3505. Members and guests wanting the break fast buffet and/or bever ages will be able to enter the restaurant beginning at 8:30 am. For more infor mation contact the group % Jim Shaw, 3471 Cumberland Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, 336-767-086 (home); email: jshaw@ agapesdx .com. Honoring veterans The Winston-Salem Chapter of the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) will hold a Veterans Honors Program on Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Hotel (formerly Sundance Hotel), 3050 University Parkway. Veterans of for eign wars will be honored. The event will begin with a meet and greet, followed by dinner and music. It is open to all veterans and the ' general public. Contact Commander Corinthian Fields at 336-602-1812 or 336-734-3514 for more information or to make your ticket donation. Anderson Class of '66 The A.H. Anderson High School Class of 1966 will meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Golden Corral Restaurant at 4965 University Parkway in Winston Salem. All members inter ested in working on the 50 year class reunion are encouraged to attend. The contact number is 336 767-8509. Paisley Alumni Cruise The Paisley High Alumni group is sponsor ing a biennial cruise abroad on the Carnival Glory on Saturday, Sept. 19, and a deposit is due now. For more informa tion, contact Robert Noble at 336-971-7816, Cheryl Philson at 336-724-6864 or Juliet Odom at 336-722 7710. Sweetheart Ball The Magnificent Seniors Social Club will host its annual Sweetheart Ball on Saturday, March 7, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Hawthorne Inn, 420 High St. All are welcome to the dinner and the dance. The event benefits Hospice and Palliative Care of Winston-Salem. Semi-formal attire. For tickets, which are a tax deductible donation of $40 per person, call 336-986 0364 or 336-893-5069. Hall of Fame The 2015 Atkins High School Hall of Fame Inductee applications are available. They can be picked up at Russell Funeral Home, 822 Carl Russell Ave. Interested persons also can write to: Atkins High School Hall of Fame, P. O. Box 1072, Winston-Salem, NC 27102 or contact Edward Russell at 336-749-3180 or any member of the Hall of Fame Committee. Deadline for the applica tion is April 18. r-???????I Joi oJMIfe for an exclusive screening TlH BOOK ?r? OF N EG R 0 E S ^ 1 ..VlflWTOWSAWM/ ,,. WEDNESDAY, |4#R3AWY 11 ? 7:0? PM f.t COR MOR6INrORrviAilUW#| ? ? Si yl *??p . '- r? S Baker picked to lead Pearls United SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE Angela Baker has been named the new executive director of Pearls United ? L . _J _1_ _ * inc., ooara cnair man Dr. Marcus Barr announced this week. Pearls United's mission is "Giving Music Back to the World thru arts, education and outreach!" Baker suc ceeds founding president and CEO Donald R. Baker, who died on May 2, 2014. Baker was nominated and voted in January. She is a professional entrepreneur and consultant in nonprofit management. She earned her degree a business administration degree with a minor in finance from Winston-Salem State University. While at WSSU, Baker was a mem ber of the student chapter of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management); served on the Professional Development Center Advisory Board; and was an active member of ABWA (American Business Women's Association). Baker's management background includes seven years with Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Baker is very passionate about the growth and development of children, as well as helping educate and empower others in the community. She took her passion and founded a nonprofit organi zation called Pearl Resources Unlimited in 2005. PRU has addressed several needs in the Forsyth County area such as hunger, literacy and women's empowerment. Pearl Resources provides tutors and mentors throughout Forsyth County and has distributed thou sands of books to children in various neighborhoods, community events and recreation centers encour aging and promoting litera cy among youth. Baker Rep. Hanes gains vice chairmanships SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE On Wednesday, Jan. 28, N.C. Rep. Edward Hanes Jr. of Forsyth County was appointed vice chairman of three standing committees for the 2015 long legisla tive ses sion. Those commit tees are Public Utilities, Education K - 1 2 , and North Carolina Board of Governors' In doing so Hanes leads all second term Democrats in vice chairmanship appoint ments. "It's certainly an honor," Hanes said. "As we all realize, a vice chairman ship only means as much as the effort the person who holds the designation puts into the position. I'm com mitted to utilizing these appointments in a manner that drives positive change." ? Baker \IN MEMjORIAM I LONG Ben Long, affection ately known as "Bennie Man," "Mr. Kool"Mr. Chocolate," and "Pops," was the Patriarch of the Long Family. He was born in Lynch, Kentucky to Eddie Long and Annie Mae Robinson Long on April 27, 1940. He passed away January 25, 2015. He was elected as the Patriarch of the family at the annual family reunion held in St. Louis in 2009. He received a plaque in his honor because of his constant efforts to keep the family together through phone calls, visits, cards, events, etc. He and his sister Carrie Douglas led the Mardi Gras March in 2013 at the reunion held in Jeanerette, LA. In addition to his par ents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry, Ed, George, Coy and Roy, and Arnold and Donald Long; and his brother-in-law, Kermit Piggott. He is survived by his wife, Felecia Piggott Long, PhD. of Winston Salem, North Carolina; eight children, Linda (Robert) Aiken of Richmond, VA, Ben (Eleanor) Long, Jr. of Bronx, NY, Mary Kelly of Philadelphia, PA, Benetta Williams. Micheal (Deborah) Long, and Shelia Long of Cleveland, OH, Marlin Long and Reynita McMillan of the city; he was formerly married to Shirley Garner, the moth er of his first six chil dren; his sister, Carrie (Eugene) Douglas; fifty grandchildren and great grandchildren; mother in-law, Mae Clarida Piggott; brothers-in-law, Benjamin Piggott and Ronald Pickens; sister in-law, Marcia Piggott; and niece, Asha Piggott all of the city; his life has been enriched by the love of extended family members such as Daniel Hughley, Linda Perry, Ron (Gloria) Wallace, Thomie (Thelma) Walker, Brent Kirven, Adolph (Diane) Johns, the late David Sanders and his wife Marion Sanders. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Q& in, Humes Perry, J^mes "Boobie" (Claudia Mae) Perry, Armon "B-Walt, Buddy "(Gerri) A n derson Edgar Moss, Deacon Webb and Robin Mims who volun teered with him as a church cook at Emmanuel for many years. Reared in the coal min ing camp of Lynch Kentucky, Ben graduated from the Lynch Colored School. Ben and his classmates purchased this school and turned it into a cul tural center, where they have events at various times. He recalls that several African American celebrities came through Kentucky and performed at the colored school, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, and The Temptations. Mr. Long earned his African name, Sedjro Kwaku Abahoumba (Will of Destiny, Bom on Wednesday, Search, Search and Get) in September of 2010 when he and his wife Felecia, his daughter Reynita, and niece Asha Piggott stud ied African Rites of Passage with Okomfo and Nanahene, Kwabena F. Ashanti, PH. D., pro fessor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Following their year of study, they were honored at the Maafa celebration held at the International Civil Rights Museum in February of 2011 in Greensboro, NC. The African Naming Ceremony was held at Rising Ebenezer Baptist Church in Happy Hill Gardens, the oldest, lib erated African American community in North Carolina. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC, and he was proud of his pastor. The Rev. Dr. John (Sarah) Mendez. At EBC Long served as an usher and a church cook^ until his health declined. He also served for many years as a deacon at Morning Star Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH before relocating to Winston Salem. He and his former wife, Billie Taylor Long, loved bowling and won many trophies in various leagues before her untimely death in 2001. He donated many of these trophies to be revamped for youth awards in academics. He was the owner of Ben Long's Kentucky Barbecue and Soul Food, a catering service he and his wife operated togeth er. He was famous for his ribs, chicken and fish at Kwanzaa and other community events. He was honored by the City Wide Kwanzaa Committee and the Triad Cultural Arts, Inc. for establishing a successful business venture and pro moting entrepreneurship in the African American community in 2007. He received this award at the William C. Sims Recreation Center from the Center Supervisor Ben Piggott. He and his wife Felecia have catered for various affairs in the community. He retired from ServiceMaster in Cleveland, OH, and from Baptist Hospital where he served as a manager for many years. He loved gospel - music, the blues, jazz, and R and B' and he loved to glide across the floor like James Brown. He was a strong support er of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company. He was a member of the Marvtastic Society and the Theatre Guild Board. He was a regular volun teer at the National Black Theatre Festival where he enjoyed attending plays and meeting the stars of stage and screen. His best friend was Dan Hughley, a local busi nessman. They encouraged each other to develop their talents in construc tion, renovation of hous es, and other skills. They are family men who are honored elders of the local community. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 2 at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. John Mendez offici ating. Entombment fol lowed in Parklawn Memorial Gardens. The family visitation was held Monday at the Church. Online condolences can be made at www.rus (RUSSELL)

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