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KEEP WINSTON-SALEM BEAUTIFUL PARTNERING WITH FORSYTH COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

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KEEP WINSTON-SALEM BEAUTIFUL PARTNERING WITH FORSYTH COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful plans to partner with Forsyth County Cooperative Extension volunteers to work with schools in Winston-Salem that have been historically under-represented in KWSB programs and activities.

Partner schools will be announced at the start of the 2015-16 academic year in August. The initiative will connect each school and the surrounding neighborhood to a Forsyth County Cooperative Extension volunteer to assist with initial efforts, said Robert Leak III, the president of Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful.

“My hope is that the selected schools will begin to participate in KWSB annual beautification projects,” Leak said, “and that the beauty will spill into distressed areas of the city, possibly sparking other community projects.”

Shanika Gray, a Forsyth County Cooperative Extension and 4-H agent, said, “Forsyth County Cooperative Extension and 4-H are excited to support the KWSB initiative that will improve the landscape of our city and school grounds. This is an opportunity to educate more youth and communities about the importance of being good stewards of the Earth, with the guidance of our Master Gardener volunteers.”

Leak, who was recently elected as the first African-American president of the KWSB board, hopes to use his position to increase community involvement and citizen participation in schools and neighborhoods that have been under-represented in such KWSB activities as Clean and Green, Adopt-A-Street and Adopt-A- Stream programs.

HAM’S RESTAURANT ANNOUNCES RELOCATION AND NEW CONCEPT

The Ham’s Restaurant is moving from its current location at 324 S. Elm St. to a space one and a half blocks north on Elm Street. The new location will be the Ham’s Grille & Oyster Bar at 214 S. Elm St. (across from Crafted and Fincastles).

The move comes amid many new changes in downtown Greensboro, as more dining and entertainment options are moving in to the central business area.

“As more and more people come downtown for dining and a night out, we recognized an opportunity to launch a new concept that has been in development for the past year. The Ham’s Grille & Oyster Bar concept will put an emphasis on the main items that Ham’s has become known for along with a seafood and raw bar menu and expanded craft beer offerings,” said Rocco Scarfone, president of Ham’s Restaurants.

“We wanted to offer variety as well as a more health-conscious menu. Over the years, we have seen our guests enjoy special limited seafood items, and we lean heavily on the coastal Carolina influence in our own backyard,” said Marty Isom, Food and Beverage Director for Ham’s Restaurants.

“I think it is great that Ham’s is challenging themselves to bring the best in concept and cuisine for their downtown Greensboro location,” said Zack Matheny, President of Downtown Greensboro, Inc. “I look forward to this new restaurant concept and believe it will help be a great addition to downtown.”

The current Ham’s location will be the site of a new project spearheaded by a different group, continuing the development of downtown Greensboro. The new Ham’s Grille & Oyster Bar is scheduled to open in August. !

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