More than $2 Million Raised for Lusk Center


"Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro is pleased to announce that it now has cash and pledges totaling $2.18 million from 35 individuals, families, foundations and businesses for its new caregiving education and administrative center that will be named after hospice pioneer John Alexander Lusk, III, MD.

“The early response to our campaign has been impressive and inspiring,” said Patrick Wright, a Greensboro physician and HPCG board chair. “I am especially pleased with our board of directors who have all personally given to this important and strategic project. The Lusk Center will be the transformative catalyst that allows HPCG to meet immediate needs and also provides for future expansion.”

Staff members have been working with a volunteer task force since October to raise funds for the project, and the group has been encouraged by the initial response. 

“On many occasions in the past, the community has worked together to support the efforts of HPCG as its needs and programs have changed to meet the community’s needs,” said Dennis Barry, retired president and CEO of Cone Health and HPCG campaign volunteer. “Today we face another opportunity for the community’s support. Clearly, Hospice’s current campus does not meet their total needs as they have outgrown the capacity of their existing facilities. Their plan is solid and will meet the community’s needs for some years to come. I totally support their plan and look forward to its completion.”

The following list represents all donors who have made pledges to date:

Terry Akin and Barbara Steslow
Anonymous (2)
Bridgewater Foundation
Joe Bryan, Jr.
Noel and Beth Burt
Allan R. Cannon
Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Wos Family Foundation
First Citizens Bank
Eva Jane Gorrell
Pam and Tab Haigler
R. Ross Harris
Haywood and Cathy Ingram
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. James
Ron Johnson and Bill Roane
Clarence Jones
Kim and Lisa Ketchum
Ann and Brokie Lineweaver
Marilyn Feuchs-Marker and David Marker
Sandy and Frank Mascia
Bonnie and Dan McAlister
Madeline and Everette Mills
Judy and Tom Mincher
Donna and Bob Newton
Tim and Carolynn Rice
Larry and Debbie Roland
Jerry and Marnie Ruskin
Paul J. Russ and Lynn Wooten
Phyllis, Stephen, Joy, Marc and Robbie Shavitz
Brad and Susan Shumaker
Patricia and Gordon Soenksen
Southeast Fuels, Inc.
Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation
VF Foundation
Youland and Al Williams
Beverly and Patrick Wright

Construction workers broke ground in January on the new center across the street from its existing campus on Summit Avenue.  The HPCG Board of Directors approved the naming honor to celebrate Lusk’s pioneering role in hospice care locally and for his passion for life-long learning.

Teague, Freyaldenhoven & Freyaldenhoven Architects and Planners of Greensboro designed the 15,000-square-foot center. Lomax Construction has been awarded the contract for construction. The project, including the land, will cost between $3.75 to $4 million. Architectural drawings of the Lusk Center are now available for viewing on HPCG’s website. Please follow the link below to view them.  

Over the past decade, the average number of patients HPCG serves on any given day has more than doubled – from 170 to 350 patients. “This dramatic growth required a 62.2 percent increase in our staffing,” said Patricia Soenksen, president and CEO of HPCG. “The majority of this growth has occurred by expanding hospice care to residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.”

As a result, HPCG’s workspace is overcrowded, educational and meeting space is severely limited and the current campus does not allow for additional expansion. The Lusk Center will allow HPCG to relocate staff from overcrowded workspace and bring its long-term care hospice teams, currently in leased space, back to the main campus. Most importantly, the educational portion of the building will allow HPCG to resume offering community outreach and professional education. These crucial activities, essential to HPCG’s mission, have been curtailed in recent years because of severe space limitations.

HPCG staff and volunteers are encouraged by the number of individuals who have expressed an interest in making a pledge. Gifts and pledges over three to five years are being accepted for the project.  If interested, please contact the office of resource development at 336.621.2500.

HPCG, a nonprofit organization serving Guilford County and surrounding areas for more than 33 years, is situated on an eight-acre campus at 2500 Summit Avenue. HPCG provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for children and adults faced with a life-limiting illness, as well as their caregivers and families. For more information, contact HPCG at 336.621.2500 or visit"
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Fascinating Fossa Debuts at the Greensboro Science Center

"The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is excited to announce the debut of a new animal in Animal Discovery Zoo, a fossa (pronounced FOO-sah), named Rano. The 2-year-old male came to the Center from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.

Rano is currently on exhibit part-time in the old Howler Monkey enclosure as keepers continue to enhance his new home. The exhibit space was chosen because of its proximity to the lemur exhibit.

Jessica Hoffman, Curator of Birds and Mammals, explains, "They're the primary carnivore on the island of Madagascar. Their main diet is lemurs. Being exhibited next to lemurs shows the behaviors associated with a common predator/prey relationship."   Even though these particular animals were all born in captivity, there is a certain amount of instinct which tells them to be wary of each other. 

With a weasel-like body and cat-like face and tail, fossa are a unique-looking animal most closely related to members of the mongoose and civet families.  They prefer a solitary existence and will only briefly come into contact with other fossa during short breeding seasons.   They are currently classified as a vulnerable species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and are most affected by habitat loss.  Fossa are also managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP).

Fossa are cathemoral animals, meaning that instead of being nocturnal or diurnal, they are active at completely random times. When awake, Rano is a very active climber, spending much of his time performing acrobatic feats throughout his exhibit. Native to Madagascar, fossa are well-adapted to humid environments, so visitors coming to the Center in the next few months are likely to witness Rano in action.

Currently, there are several research activities going on in Madagascar concerning wild fossa and conservation initiatives. Zookeepers hope to assist these projects by either purchasing a tracking collar for a wild fossa or submitting hair samples for genetic study."
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J. Walter McDowell, Retired Wachovia Executive, Is Forsyth Tech 2014 Commencement Speaker

J. Walter McDowell, retired Wachovia
executive, is Forsyth Tech’s 2014
commencement speaker

"J. Walter McDowell, retired Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia’s Carolinas Banking Group, will be the speaker at Forsyth Tech’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 8. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

Currently, McDowell serves as Chairman of Business for Educational Success and Transformation in North Carolina—also known as BEST NC. This organization brings together 67 well-respected business leaders from across NC who are focused on moving public education, including community colleges, to higher levels. BEST NC exemplifies McDowell’s belief that stronger public education is critical to accelerating job growth and supporting the state’s continued economic development.

“Walter McDowell is a financial visionary whose life is a model of community service and volunteerism,” says Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green.  “He is well-known for his principled leadership style, work ethic, and dedication to supporting the educational needs of North Carolina. His commitment to serving others inspires all who know him, and I believe he will inspire our graduates.”

McDowell is former Chairman of the Community Education Collaborative, a joint program of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the United Way, and 30 not-for-profit organizations that intervene with 4,000 at-risk students each year. He is also the former Chairman for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, and former general chairman for the 1997 United Way Campaign in Forsyth County.

He has provided community leadership to numerous institutions and businesses through his service on the board of directors of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Piedmont Research Park, Winston-

Salem Business Inc., and the Governor’s Council for Fiscal Reform. McDowell is also a former board member for Salem College, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., Global Transpark Foundation, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, North Carolina Partnership for Education, and the Piedmont Triad Partnership.

He is currently a board member of Bassett Furniture Company, the Research Triangle Foundation, the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the Winston-Salem Alliance and the Winston-Salem State University Foundation.

McDowell holds a B.S. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Approximately 1,000 Forsyth Tech students will earn associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas that signify completion of their programs of study during the 2014 commencement exercises.

Forsyth Tech offers credit programs in Math, Science and Technologies; Business and Information Technologies; Engineering Technologies; Health Technologies; and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and there will be no charge for parking at the Coliseum."
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Internationally renowned artist Janet Echelman commissioned to design iconic sculpture that will anchor new LeBauer City Park

Janet Echelman’s 2009 sculpture Her Secret is Patience lights up the sky over Phoenix, Ariz.

"Janet Echelman, an internationally recognized artist whose monumental aerial sculptures have graced skylines from Sydney to San Francisco, Portugal to Amsterdam, will design an iconic sculpture to anchor the new Carolyn and Maurice LeBauer City Park downtown, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro announced today.

The sculpture – which will be the first permanent Echelman piece of this style in the region – is the result of a $1-million grant by The Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation, which commissioned The Community Foundation’s Public Art Endowment to manage and execute the project.

A committee including Nancy Doll, director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Laura Way, director of Greenhill, sculptor Jim Gallucci and Public Art Endowment trustees worked with the Armfield Foundation throughout a six-month artist selection process.

“This is an astounding opportunity for Greensboro,” said Cheryl Stewart, public art consultant for The Public Art Endowment. "We are very excited to be working with Janet and to be able to create a site-specific artwork for LeBauer City Park – at the beginning of the design process. We predict the Armfield sculpture will not only capture the imagination of our community but attract people far and wide who want to see it.”

Echelman’s billowing netted sculptures were ranked No. 1 on Oprah Winfrey’s “List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!” The Boston-based artist combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her monumental artworks that are experiential in nature, “shifting from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in,” the artist said. She was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” Her TED talk, Taking Imagination Seriously, has been translated into 34 languages and has been viewed by more than a million people worldwide.

Echelman sees public art as “a team sport” and collaborates with a wide range of professionals to bring her sculptures to life, including aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, computer scientists, and fabricators. Echelman uses highly engineered fibers which are 15 times stronger than steel pound for pound.

“I’m excited to create an artwork which engages the Greensboro community,” said Echelman, who is scheduled to visit Greensboro again next week for additional meetings with park designers. “I’m inspired by the rich history of textile production and local craftsmanship that orginated here. I envision a contemplative experience that creates a sense of place and draws residents and visitors to spend time in the new park.”

Echelman’s Armfield sculpture promises to provide Greensboro an iconic symbol in much the same way as significant public art does for other cities, such as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Chicago or Robert Indiana’s LOVE in Philadelphia.

Planning is in full swing for LeBauer Park, a $10-million facility made possible through a bequest by the late Carolyn Weill LeBauer of Greensboro. The sculpture will be a major component of the new park, which will be gifted by The Community Foundation to the city upon its opening, scheduled for March 2016.

Edward M. Armfield, Sr. was a native of Asheboro and lived in Greensboro until his death in 1999. He was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Armtex, Inc., and Surry Industries, Inc. both textile companies based in Surry County. The foundation that bears his name was established in 1999 to make grants in Surry, Randolph and Guilford counties. While education in Surry County is the primary focus of the Armfield Foundation, additional areas of interest include efforts to enhance parks, recreation and quality of life.

“My husband loved this city and appreciated all of the people who worked with him,” said Adair Armfield, chair of the Armfield Foundation. “It has been our intention all along that this sculpture will honor Ed, his dedicated employees and their families and the textile industry. The type of sculpture that Janet does and will create for Greensboro – will suggest textiles in a beautiful and abstract manner.”

The Echelman sculpture will be The Public Art Endowment’s first permanent commissioned work of art. Six years ago, The Community Foundation launched The Public Art Endowment to preserve and extend a sense of community in Greensboro by way of significant pieces of public art. The Endowment has overseen the long-term installations of loaned sculptures from such artists as Dennis Oppenheim, Vollis Simpson, James Surls, Evan Lewis and Peter Shire. In 2009, the Endowment presented the city with its first permanent gift, a sculpture by Greensboro-based artist Billy Lee called Guardian II on the grounds of the Old Guilford County Courthouse. This piece was made possible because of a special donation through the Endowment by trustees Richard and Jane Levy of Greensboro."
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 a/perture cinema is excited to announce its new film series, Kids at Heart, which features films rated G or PG,  an opportunity for parents to share some of the films they themselves enjoyed as children with a new generation of film-goers. This film series is sponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics, and screenings will occur on a bi-monthly basis.  Kids at Heart screenings will screen Friday through Sunday, and include screenings on Fridays at 1:45PM and 4:00PM, Saturdays at 10:00AM, and Sundays at 10:00AM and 2:00PM.  The 1:45PM screening on Fridays will be a sensory-friendly screening, where the lights will remain on and the volume will be at a lower level, so it is suitable for parents with very young children to attend.  Admission price for films in the series will be $5.00, and children 2 and under (seated on parent’s lap) will be admitted free.  Films featured in the series will include those from a wide variety of time periods, and will include a combination of live action and animated features.  a/perture cinema will include advisory content information (courtesy of Common Sense Media) on the Kids at Heart portion of the website so parents are able to determine what age is best suited to each film. The film series will kick off on April 25, 2014 with the Oscar-nominated animated film ERNEST & CELESTINE; find the full schedule below.

a/perture cinema is an independent, locally-owned movie theater in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, screening a mix of independent, foreign, documentary, cult classic, and festival films.  a/perture is proud to share a wide variety of films with people of all ages, and Kids at Heart is the newest way for a/perture to share great films with even the youngest film fans!

About Kids at Heart:

Beginning April 25, 2014, occurring on a bi-monthly basis

a/perture cinema
311 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

$5.00 for all screenings; children 2 and under admitted free if seated on parent’s lap

Screening Times:
Fridays at 1:45PM and 4:00PM (1:45 is a sensory-friendly screening)
Saturdays at 10:00AM
Sundays at 10:00AM and 2:00PM (2:00PM screenings frequently coincide with Second Sundays on Fourth celebration)


April 25-27, 2014
Rated PG, 80 mins.
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters - a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow.

May 9-11, 2014
Rated PG, 114 mins.
Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he's right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn't sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the "little squashy guy," perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he'll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him.

May 23-25, 2014
Rated G, 120 mins.
This beautifully mounted adaptation of Walter Farley's story for children tells the tale of Alec (Kelly Reno), a young boy touring the world with his adventurous salesman father (Hoyt Axton). While travelling back to the United States by ship, Alec discovers a wild, beautiful Arabian stallion being brought along in the cargo hold. When disaster strikes at sea, the ship sinks, and Alec and the stallion are the only survivors. Alone together on a nearby island, the boy and the horse develop a relationship; wary of each other at first, they learn to trust each other, and they become close friends. When a rescue party finally finds Alec, he refuses to leave the island without the stallion, and the horse goes with Alec to the small town that is his home. Alec's mother (Teri Garr) is at a loss about what to do with this remarkable but difficult animal. Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), an elderly horse trainer who lives in the neighborhood, senses a special connection between the boy and his horse; he's soon convinced that with the right training, and the boy as his jockey, the horse could be a champion on the race course.

June 6-8, 2014
Rated PG, 86 mins.
Set in 1957, THE IRON GIANT focuses on Hogarth (voice of Eli Marienthal), an imaginative nine-year-old boy who daydreams of alien invasions and doing battle with Communist agents. One day, Hogarth hears a local fisherman talk about something that surpasses anything he could dream up: a fifty-foot robot that fell from the sky into a nearby lake. Needless to say, Hogarth's mom, Annie (voice of Jennifer Aniston) finds this a little hard to swallow, but when Hogarth finds the robot (voice of Vin Diesel) and fishes him out of the water, his pal Dean (voice of Harry Connick Jr.), a beatnik sculptor who also runs a junkyard, offers to help by hiding the robot with his salvage. A government agent named Kent Mansley (voice of Christopher McDonald) soon gets wind that there's a mechanical invader of unknown origins in the neighborhood and wants to wipe out the potential threat. However, the robot (which loves to eat metal and is learning to talk) turns out to be friendly, and the boy in turn tries to teach his new pal the ways of humans.

June 20-22, 2014
Rated G, 75 mins.
Milo is a kitten, Otis is a dog. When Milo gets into a small box with the intention of taking a trip down a river, Otis follows. En route, the stars encounter bad weather, life-threatening situations, and even potential mates. Original made for Japanese TV under the title Koneko Monogatari, The Adventures of Milo and Otis contained some intense scenes that were edited out for Western audiences. For American consumption, the film was pared down to a G-rated 75 minutes, with a new comic narration added, written by Mark Saltzman and delivered by Dudley Moore.

July 4-6, 2014
Rated G, 80 mins.
AN AMERICAN TAIL is a beautifully rendered animated flim that tells an overly familiar story in terms children can easily understand. Fievel Mousekewitz and his family of Russian-Jewish mice escape from their homeland in the late 1800s, boarding a boat headed toward America to evade the Czarist rule of the Russian cats. Fievel, however, is separated from his family upon his arrival in New York City, and he discovers to his horror that there are cats in America too (his father said there weren't). Fievel meets his share of friendly and hostile mice, and he eventually befriends a cat as well.

About a/perture cinema
a/perture cinema is an independent, locally-owned movie theater in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Screening a mix of independent, foreign, documentary, local, and festival films in two 80-seat theaters, one 45-seat theater, and one small 25 seat screening rom. a/perture has evening screenings seven days a week with additional matinees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  In addition to the traditional freshly popped popcorn, candy, and coca-cola beverages, a/perture also offers a wide selection of beer and wine, healthy snacks and special treats made by local bakeries.  Plenty of parking is available in the surrounding downtown area, both on street and in the Cherry/Marshall parking deck adjacent to the cinema.  a/perture brings back the intimate movie-going experience of yesteryear and serves as a modern, unique alternative to giant chain cineplexes.  For more information on this series, please visit

To purchase tickets to any of these screenings, visit, and keep up with this film series and other current events by “liking” a/perture on Facebook, located at

Sponsored by:

Salem Smiles- Orthodontics and more by Sarah C. Shoaf, DDS, Med, MS.


"Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will host a doughnut cake decorating contest on Saturday, May 3rd, from 7:30am – noon at the Uptowne Market located at the High Point Public Library located on 901 North Main Street, High Point, NC.  Entry fees are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children
The contest will be held in the Krispy Kreme booth at the Market, and spectators are welcome. Krispy Kreme will provide all the doughnuts and toppings. The cakes will be made during the Uptowne Market. Each contestant will be given a 25 minute time limit. Participants can take the cake home when they are finished. The winner will be announced May 4th (10am) and displayed on the Krispy Kreme road sign. All proceeds go to Victory Junction. The winner will receive a Krispy Kreme Trophy and gift basket.

Victory Junction is a non-profit organization located in Randleman, NC. Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, at no cost to children or their families. For more information about Victory Junction please visit

This event is free and open to the public. Entry fees are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children

If additional information or special assistance is needed, contact Jesse Guevara at 885-8081 or 

Krispy Kreme would like to thank the following organizations: Victory Junction, Uptowne Market and the High Point Public Library."
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Motorcycle accident leads to death

"On April 17 at 7:14 pm, Mr. Lawrence Earl Moore, 23, was operating a 2012 Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle traveling north bound on I-840 near W Friendly Ave. At that time, police reports state that he lost control of his motorcycle sliding to the left and hit a guardrail. 
As a result of the collision, Mr. Moore suffered critical injuries, Moore, of 2100 Sherwood St. in Greensboro, was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem for treatment.
He passes away during surgery.
The collision is currently being investigated by the Greensboro Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit."
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