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i xcool\ B OrMgm*>ntotl*t*ar I JK m LJA Education, Training and mjy* Technical Assistance SAFETY AWARDS PROGRif^: Submitted photo Barbara Kane, Assistant Register of Deeds, Register of Deeds Office; Teresa Everhart, Risk Manager, Einance Department; Cherie Berry, Commissioner of Labor; Sandra Clodfelter, Nursing Program Manager, Public Health; Decca Slaughter, Library Supervisor, Public Library Minor Barnette, Director, Environmental Assistance and Protection; Brad Stanley, Chief Deputy Sheriff, Sheriff's Office Forsyth County Honored with 2016 North Carolina Safety Awards SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE Forsyth County government was recently recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor for its work place safety achievements and the ongoing suc cess of the county's safety programs. Safety Awards were presented to 23 coun ty departments during an awards luncheon at the Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy on June 26. The awards were pre sented by North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry. The coveted Safety Awards are given to employers that have outstanding employee safety and health programs. Employers must have at least ten employ i w . m, ? ees to qualify for the award and must meet two requirements. The work site must be free of fatalities and the injury and illness rate must be 50 percent below the industry average for the particular work group. The awards are based on data from OSHA's form 300A which is prepared annually in accordance with Federal regulations. Paul Fulton, Forsyth County's Chief Financial Officer said "Recognition for providing a safe working environment for its employees is one of the highest honors an employer can receive. These awards are directly attributable to the profession alism of our employees and the dedication of Forsyth County's leadership." This is the fourth consecutive year that Forsyth County has been recognized. County departments receiving awards were: ?County Attorney ?County Manager/Commissioners Office ?Emergency Services - EMS ?Emergency Services - Fire ?Environmental Assistance and Protection ?Finance Department ?General Services - Administration ?General Services - Automotive Services ?Library Administration ?Library - Southside Branch Library ?Library - Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center Branch Library ?Library - Reynolda Branch Library ?Management Information Services ?Parks & Recreation Administration ?Parks & Recreation - Tanglewood Park ?Parks & Recreation - Triad Park ?Public Health - Highland Ave ?Public Health Administration ?Register of Deeds ?Sheriff's Office - Public Safety Center ?Sheriff's Office - Law Enforcement Detention Center ?Social Services ?Tax Office Winners shine Scholarship recipients and family members pose with members of the Minsters' Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity and The Chronicle after the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Seed Fund Scholarship Award service at St. John CM?. Church in Winston-Salem recently. Scholarship award recipients (in alphabeti cal order of last name) are: Alexander Henry Choyce, Andrew Denard Cuthrell, Kyndal Dionne Dodd, Jeremiah Terrell Gallant, Nazjah Nicole McBride, Ally son Kristina Pannell, Amber LaRoso Peppers, Chamberlain William Russell, Devin Terry Singleton, Tatyanna Smith and Justin Stephon Walker. Teen Lawn Care program running strong in 2nd year SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE The Teen Lawn Care program, operated by UNITY Neighborhood Association, is reaching its full stride. The program, which was funded by Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN) for the second consecutive year, is nearing the midway point of its yard-cutting season. The program received a grant for $5,000 - the same amount granted last year - to continue its operation. Last year only five teenagers were a part of the program because of the capital outlay for equip ment. Since now it already has equipment, this year a total of 14 teenagers ages 13-18 from the Bowen Park area have been chosen to participate. The partici pants must go through a three-hour orientation and safety program before they are allowed to operate the equipment. Each of the participants is trained to operate a lawn mower, weed-eater, blower and use a rake. Most of them have not previously operated any of the equip ment. Dorothy Bonner, president of UNITY, said the teenagers are gaining "We are teach ing these teens the value of hard work." -Dorothy Bonner, president of UNITY great hands-on experience. "We are teaching these teens the value of hard work,". Bonner said. "They are learning so many valu able things, including how to take care of their own lawns. And hopefully, they will learn about managing money." The program solicits area residents to allow the Teen Lawn Care program to cut their lawns. In return for their services, they ask for residents to make a $20 donation. "I've been waiting for them to get started again this year," said Charlie Clemmons, a community resident. "They cut my yard last year and they did a really good job. I told a couple of the young ladies that I wish my granddaugh ter was here to see them because they are setting a good example in this com munity." Shakara Johnson, who was in the program last year, said she learned a lot last year and is learning more this summer. "I have enjoyed being in the program," she said. "I learned a lot about how to use lawn care equipment and it's also fun to work with Other people who are near my age to accomplish things together." Bonner said the pro gram is still looking for more yards to cut. "We would like to expand our program in the future," she said. "The funds that are donated will allow us to offer more kids an opportunity to partici pate with us." Sam Davis, program supervisor, said he sees how the program is affect ing the entire community. "People are starting to take notice," he said. "They see positive things happen ing with our youth and realize that there are some teenagers out here in this community who don't mind getting their hands dirty and doing work. It is good that these teenagers are putting sweat equity into their community and everyone benefits." Volunteers and donations needed for July homeless count SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE Volunteers are needed to help with the Homeless Point-in-Time identifica tion and counting of people who are sleeping outside on Wednesday, July 27, in Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas. The Homeless Point-in Time Count is a one day. unduplicated count of shel tered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families in Forsyth County. The count, coordinated by United Way of Forsyth County and the Winston Salem Forsyth County Homeless Council, helps determine the extent of homelessness in our com munity. The data collected is used to plan services for the homeless throughout the year. Volunteers will be organized into groups of four or five and in two shifts, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. and 1 a.m.-4 a.m. Organizers will be assembling bags of neces sities to hand out to home less men and women and are seeking donations of baseball caps/sun visors, individual tissue packets, sun screen, bottled water, canned foods with pop-tops or pre-packaged food, and plastic utensils. Volunteers may register by visiting www.forsythunitedway.org Donations can be deliv ered to United Way of Forsyth County at 301 N. Main St. in Winston Salem. DO: ? Supervise chidran at al ernes-even at Meguarded pods tods drcwm r seconds and t*y car go under sTenty ? Knoar where titesavmg equpmerC is kepi and Ite kcaaon d tie emergency phone ? Make sure Bra! the water is dear and has ktfle odor Ask abod adder cherrvkky ? 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