Proehlific Park Shocked to Hear about Forest Oaks Closing, ES2 Sports & Leisure Bankruptcy Filing

"Relating to the announcement that Forest Oaks Country Club has closed its doors and ES2 Sports & Leisure, LLC is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, Ricky Proehl, owner of Proehlific Park, has issued the following statement.

“Proehlific Park is shocked and saddened to learn about the bankruptcy filing by ES2 Sports & Leisure, LLC. Proehlific Park has never been involved in the operation, ownership or management of Forest Oaks Country Club.

“Proehlific Park allowed the use of name ‘Proehlific’ to assist another local business with a long and storied history in Greensboro.

“Besides this standard name licensing agreement, Proehlific Park has had no other involvement with the operation, ownership or management with Forest Oaks Country Club.

“Proehlific Park continues to thrive as a Greensboro-based business and we look forward to many more years of serving the community.”"
A Press Release

GTCC SHINES AT SkillsUSA COMPETITION 19 GTCC students win first place

Erskin Tillery of Greensboro won first place in the SkillsUSA
Telecommunications Cabling contest.
He won a bronze medal in the same category at the national
contest (pictured here) last year.

From left to right Heather Mathis and Jazmine Wilkerson
won third place in the SkillsUSA Fantasy Hair and Makeup contest.

By Carla Kucinski
Guilford Technical Community College shined last week at the SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference in Greensboro, where 19 GTCC students placed first in the competition. Seventeen of those students are eligible to compete in the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.

This year, 69 GTCC students competed in 26 contest areas including automotive, aviation, CNC milling and CNC turning, criminal justice, cosmetology, dental assisting, carpentry and collision repair. Of the 69 who competed, 43 placed in the top five in their respective contests. The competition was held April 9-11 at the Greensboro Coliseum, Joseph S. Koury Convention Center as well as GTCC’s Jamestown and Greensboro campuses.  

GTCC students Kyle Gibbons of High Point and Jason Herrera of Jamestown won second place in the Mechatronics contest. This is the first time GTCC students have competed in this category. Mechatronics uses a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering, electronics, information technology and intelligent systems in the design of products and computer integrated automation systems.

“Students like Kyle and Jason are the cornerstone of the mechatronics program. I’m very proud of them and our faculty who helped prepare them,” said Adrian Wright, SkillsUSA advisor and department chair of mechatronics at GTCC. “The preparation for the contest happens inside and outside of the classroom. In the classroom they learn theory and get hands-on experience; outside the classroom they meet two to three times a week reinforcing and testing theory against their own designs. Competing in SkillsUSA definitely increased their confidence level. They are tested under pressure and are forced to work together as a team. Our local industry is looking for these types of students.”

GTCC student Erskin Tillery of Greensboro returned to the competition this year, winning first place in Telecommunications Cabling. Tillery won a bronze medal in Telecommunication Cabling at the national contest last year.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Through its local, state and national competitions, students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

The following GTCC students placed fifth or higher in this year’s SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference:

·      Carly Bell of Greensboro, Advertising Design, first

·      Jua Yang of Greensboro, Advertising Design, second

·      Trevor Dixon  of High Point, Advertising Design, fourth

·      Sharif Diaz of High Point, Auto Refinishing Technology (Collision Repair Painting), first

·      Gabrielle Baker of Whitsett, Auto Refinishing Technology (Collision Repair Painting), third

·      Cody Wright of Ridgeway, Va., Aviation Maintenance Technology, first

·      Thomas Therrien of Greensboro, Carpentry, third

·      Eric Voss of Trinity, Carpentry, fourth

·      Tricia Sutter of Greensboro, Carpentry, fifth

·      Kent Jerrett of Greensboro, CNC Milling, first

·      Justin Hyder of High Point, CNC Milling, second

·      David  Coble of Whitsett, Collision Repair Technology, first

·      Brandon Miller of Greensboro, Collision Repair Technology, second

·      Jeffrey Godbolt of Greensboro, Collision Repair Technology, fifth

·      Kaylyn Emerson of Winston-Salem, Commercial Baking, first

·      Brittney Shanks of Winston-Salem, Cosmetology I, first

·      Megan Simmons of High Point, Cosmetology I, second

·      Sara Apple of Greensboro,  Crime Scene Investigation, first (team event)

·      Dee Locklear of Greensboro, Crime Scene Investigation, first (team event)

·      Zachary Luckett of Summerfield, Crime Scene Investigation, first (team event)

·      Garrett Brand of Greensboro, Crime Scene Investigation, second (team event)

·      Amber Echerd of Trinity, Crime Scene Investigation, second (team event)

·      Stacy Garner of Kernersville, Crime Scene Investigation, second (team event)

·      Tanya Malinovsky of Walkertown, Criminal Justice, first

·      Adnan Bahadur of High Point, Criminal Justice, second

·      John Martin of Greensboro, Criminal Justice, third

·      Phillip Thompson of Pfafftown, Culinary Arts, first

·      Jessica Clifton of Eden, Dental Assisting, first

·      Heather Mathis of Greensboro, Fantasy Hair and Makeup, third

·      Jazmine Wilkerson of Greensboro (model), Fantasy Hair and Makeup, third

·      Amanda Heaston of High Point, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio (Dental Assisting), first

·      Amy Canady of Greensboro, Job Skill Demonstration A (Dental Assisting), second

·      Kyle Gibbons of High Point, Mechatronics, second (team event)

·      Jason Herrera of Jamestown, Mechatronics, second (team event)

·      Iva Hicks of Greensboro, Men's Haircutting, first

·      Renise Roseborough of Winston-Salem, Nail Care, first

·      Erika Powell-Bullard of Winston-Salem (model), Nail Care, first

·      Randy Perdue of Greensboro, Precision Machining Technology, third

·      Jeremy Gilbert of Pleasant Garden, Precision Machining Technology, fourth

·      Sarah Mayer of Jamestown, Restaurant Service, first

·      Erskin Tillery of Greensboro, Telecommunications Cabling, first

·      Galen Wilson of Greensboro, Welding, second

·      Ryan Fitzgerald of Kernersville, Welding, third

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at

Jane Fernandes Named President of Guilford College


"Jane Fernandes, provost at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, has been named Guilford’s ninth president by the College’s Board of Trustees. Jane, who is deaf, will become the first woman to hold the post on July 1 when she succeeds Kent Chabotar.
“I am honored and humbled because I feel called to Guilford,” said Jane, who first visited campus a year ago to speak about her experience in the deaf community. “During my campus visit last spring, I felt a deep sense of belonging which was only strengthened the more I learned about Guilford’s mission, Core Values, Quaker heritage and commitment to students and inclusiveness.
“That sense of belonging further deepened when I came to campus as a candidate and met so many genuine, brilliant, dedicated and enthusiastic people who welcomed me warmly. I know this will be a wonderful place to live and work.”
Jane has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNC Asheville, a public, liberal arts university of 3,750 students, since 2008. As chief academic officer, she manages 230 faculty and 161 staff, and administers a budget of more than $40 million.
In addition to 40 undergraduate departments and programs and one graduate program, her responsibilities at UNC Asheville include supervising academic support programs, admissions and financial aid, the university library, and information technology services.
“Jane Fernandes is a courageous and inspiring leader -- one of the finest in all of higher education,” said Anne Ponder, chancellor of UNC Asheville and an administrator at Guilford 1986-89. “That a quality institution like Guilford College has chosen Jane as its next president is an indication of truly great things to come."
A native of Worcester, Mass., Jane is a graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut, where she earned her B.A. in French and comparative literature, and the University of Iowa, where she earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in comparative literature. Born deaf to a deaf mother and hearing father, she learned American Sign Language (ASL) as a graduate student.
“Jane is an experienced leader with a passion for liberal arts education and the Core Values of the College,” said Carole Bruce, a trustee and chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “The whole Guilford community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends of the College – collaborated in a search process that has brought us an outstanding new president. I’m thrilled to welcome and introduce Jane to Greensboro and the Triad.”
Her career took Jane first to Boston as acting director of American Sign Language Programs at Northeastern University and then to Washington, D.C., as chair of the Sign Communication Department at Gallaudet University. Moving to Hawaii, she became the founding coordinator of the University of Hawaii’s Sign Language/English Interpreter Training Program and later, director of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind.
She returned to Gallaudet as vice president of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center in 1995 and served as provost of the university 2000-06. After her leadership roles at Gallaudet, she became a senior fellow at the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute at Bennett College in Greensboro, a post she held from 2007 to 2011.

Jane’s husband, Jim, is an emeritus professor at Gallaudet. They have two children: Sean, a recent graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and a first-year law student at the University of Chicago, and Erin, a junior at Smith College."
A Press Release

June 7–8: Inaugural Triad Dog Games To Benefit The Sergei Foundation

A community event and dog competition to
raise money for sick and injured pets

"The inaugural Triad Dog Games is the area’s first canine competition of its kind, featuring Carolina DockDogs — a dock-jumping and dock-diving sport as seen on ESPN and The Animal Planet. Other competitive as well as nonathletic events are planned throughout the two-day event for the communities’ competitors and spectators. Presented by The Sergei Foundation, a North Carolina 501(c)(3) organization, Triad Dog Games is a fundraising event to assist in its mission to save companion pets’ lives by providing veterinary financial assistance to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care.
This admission-free, two-day, public event will be held at Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 8, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees may enter their dogs to compete in a variety of canine competitions for a registration fee or suggested donation by June 1, 2014. Or, all are welcome to come spectate, shop the stores, eat and have some family fun (including leashed, friendly and rabies-vaccinated canine family members).

Dog competitions include DockDogs, disc dog, agility and doggy dashes. For the nonathletic pets and attendees, additional activities include a dog walk, a K-9 Hawaiian pool party, a pet/parent look-alike contest and a kids’ make-and-take project. There will also be a large-scale pet adoption fair featuring 10 area rescue organizations and shelters. For a complete list of Triad Dog Games activities and to register for event games, visit Stay up to date on event details by liking Triad Dog Games on Facebook.

“For most of us, pets are family members, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without them,” said Karen Fullerton, founder and president of The Sergei Foundation. “This first-time community event allows us to celebrate our pets and have a weekend full of fun with them while supporting a good cause.”
Donations to The Sergei Foundation made at the event will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $15,000. Cash, check and credit card donations may be made at the Triad Dog Games’ information tent during all event hours. In addition, donations can be made anytime at

About The Sergei Foundation

The Sergei Foundation incorporated in 2009 and is a 501(c)(3) North Carolina nonprofit organization with a mission of saving companion pets’ lives by providing veterinary financial aid to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care. To date, the organization has helped hundreds of dogs and cats in the Triad area receive emergency veterinary medical attention. For funding criteria and to see many of the pets helped, please visit"
A Press Release

Second Spring Arts Returns to Celebrate Talents, Creativity of Seniors

Festival to Take Place May 30-31 in Downtown Winston-Salem

"The second annual Second Spring Arts Festival will take place on May 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. and May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Hanesbrands Theater in Winston-Salem. A wide variety of art exhibits, demonstrations, musical and literary events will be featured with the intent of highlighting creativity by those who are 60 and older.
“The primary mission of Second Spring is to showcase the creative accomplishments of senior adults in Forsyth County and throughout the area,” said Nancy Hall, president and chair of the festival organization. “It’s also our goal to encourage a renewal of creativity and discovery among those over 60.  We believe the best way not only to stay healthy and active but to enjoy life is by continuing to grow in our artistic abilities.”

Among the highlights of the festival is the performance by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, which will present excerpts from the musical “Crowns” on Friday, May 30 at 1 p.m. In conjunction with the performance, women attending the event are asked to wear hats.  Prizes will be awarded for the most outlandish hat.

Additional Friday events include the presentation of the 2014 Second Spring Literary Anthology, which contains short stories, poems and essays from senior authors throughout the area. “Authoring Action,” a program that encourages young people to dialogue with older adults, also will take place Friday afternoon.

Art will be displayed during the festival; and a reception in honor of presenting artists will be held on Friday at 4 p.m., at which a jazz ensemble will be playing. Simultaneously adults may participate in a tasting of North Carolina wines.

Friday’s activities will conclude with demonstrations by local artists at the Sawtooth School from 4 to 6 p.m.  Artists scheduled to participate include Linda Weaver, Mona Wu, Bill Gramley, Dempsey Esseck, Mary Goslen and William Edwards.

Saturday’s activities are centered largely on the joy of music with Zumba exercises, ballroom dances, vocalists and dance instruction. Among the luminaries present will be “The Morning Glories” from Maple Springs United Methodist Church, noted singer James Jarrell and instructor Randy Garner.

A number of noteworthy senior authors will be present Saturday to read from their books and sign copies for patrons. Ample parking around the Milton Rhodes center will be available both days.

Second Spring Arts Festival, a non-profit corporation, promotes artistic creativity, diversity and confidence. The organization works closely with other area institutions and businesses to enhance the lives of older adults through the promotion of artistic creation. For more information about Second Spring, interested parties may call (336) 473-0305 or view the website"
A Press Release

A Different Kind of 5K Arts Move My Sole 5K offers arts and entertainment on the run

"Employees of the City of Winston-Salem and the County of Forsyth  have teamed up with The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County to present a 5K and Fun Run that offers arts and entertainment every step of the way.  The Arts Move My Sole 5K and One Mile Fun Run, to be held Saturday May 17 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, benefits The Arts Council’s 2014 Annual Campaign.
Runners will be entertained by musical performances at each kilometer of the certified route, greeted by visual artists at the finish line, and treated to a culinary arts experience after the award ceremony.  Unique, hand-crafted pottery plates have been created especially for the event and will be given as prizes. 
A focus of the Arts Council’s  2014 campaign is the concept of Arts & Health and Arts & Healing. Food Network Celebrity Chef Curtis Aikens – Calling all Chefs and Pick of the Day – will give a presentation from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on healthy eating, emphasizing fruits and vegetables. His cooking demonstration will feature fresh items from the Dixie Classic Farmer’s Market and audience members will have an opportunity to try the foods at the end of the demonstration.  Chef Aikens is sponsored by Novo Nordisk as part of their culinary arts presentation on healthy eating for diabetes prevention and management.
Catherine Heitz New, Vice President of Development for The Arts Council, said that a 5K that emphasizes health and wellness was a natural fit for the campaign.  “Increasingly, we are seeing the role that the arts are playing in the healing process. Arts can play a vital role in the recovery process.  Patients are able to express feelings and anxieties through a variety of art forms, which can help with a calming effect.”
Award categories: 19 & younger (M/F), 20-29 (M/F), 30-39 (M/F), 40-49 (M/F), 50-59 (M/F), 60 & older (M/F)
Event schedule and times:
Online Registration is available at and will end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14. Mail-in registration forms are available at Omega Sports and Fleet Feet of Winston-Salem.  Registration discounts are only available through May 3 and on-site registration is available at packet pick-up at Omega Sports and on-site at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, directly before the event.  T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 500 entries.
One Mile Fun Run: 8:30 a.m.
5K Run or Walk: 9:00 a.m.
Diabetes Awareness Presentation 10:00 a.m.
Awards Presentation: 10:15am
Culinary Arts Presentation: 10:30 a.m. (Food will be served to audience members.)
The Timing Company for the event is the Twin City Track Club
Winston-Salem’s robust arts community accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live, work and play.  The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.  In 2013, The Arts Council made Organizational Support Grants to 19 Funded Partners totaling $1,675,000 and other grants brought the total awarded to $1,905,000."
Submitted by Katherine Bowman, The Arts Council

Downtown Ice Creamery to give away FREE cones

"On Thurs., April 17 from 3-7pm, Get Real (a new restaurant open at 310 South Elm St.) will be giving away a free scoop of ice cream to everyone who comes by and asks nicely. One to a customer, naturally. You'll have eight popular flavors to choose from: 
Butter Pecan
Carolina Crunch
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Cookies and Cream
Mango sorbet (it's non-dairy)

Get Real serves ice cream floats, sundaes and all kinds of other ice cream concoctions, but if you want those on Free Ice Cream Day you'll have to buy them."
Submitted by Action Greensboro

GYC’s “Operation Move” Set for May 17 now Features a Superhero Fun Run

"The Greensboro Youth Council (GYC) is holding “Operation Move” from 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, May 17 at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. “Operation Move” includes a Superhero Fun Run beginning at 9 am, and activity stations such as basketball and street hockey and inflatable bounce houses begin at 10 am.
 “Operation Move” is geared towards children ages 6-12. Fees for the Fun Run are $10 now through April 30 and $15 on-site. Admission for just the activities is $8 on-site. The event is to encourage kids to be physically active, live healthy lifestyles, and have a great time! Parents may also pick up education resources to help them keep their kids committed to healthy living.
 For more information please call the GYC at 336-373-2734 or visit"
A Press Release