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Local Musician Arielle Bryant Tonight!

Wake Forest Coffee CompanyCome out and see her tonight! As I read elsewhere on the internet, if you haven’t seen her live, you’re in for a treat! From the WaFoCoCo newsletter:

ArielleArielle Bryant is performing Friday Night at the Wake Forest Coffee Company (WFCC)! She spent the summer traveling and playing the local cafes in Europe, and now she’s back in North Carolina. She’s released an album— which will be for sale at WFCC — radio interviews, and a video!

Wake Forest Drug Opens In Its New Location!

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Those that have passed through Heritage recently may have noticed a new building: Wake Forest Drug! They are now open and have moved from their location on South Main Street. To help you recognize it, we have some EXCLUSIVE images, brought to you by our local staff.

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Big Fat Gap to perform at E. Carroll Joyner Park grand opening

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Big Fat Gap to perform at E. Carroll Joyner Park grand opening

Big Fat Gap photo
PineCone and the Town of Wake Forest present a free concert featuring Big Fat Gap on Sunday, Aug. 2 at the town’s new E. Carroll Joyner Park. The concert, which starts at 5 p.m., will be the first performance at the park, which is the newest in the Wake Forest Parks system.

Big Fat Gap is a back porch bluegrass band that has no plans to take Nashville by storm. Some of them even have day jobs. They just like to pick, they like each other, and it shows in their performances, which are known to be excellent for those who enjoy sweet three-part harmonies, smoking solos, and captivating stage dynamics.

They got their name from one of the few remaining stands of old growth virgin forest in western North Carolina, located in the Big Fat Gap in Graham County near the Tennessee border.

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How to Revive Wake Forest’s Downtown: Throw a party! (or Several)

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For awhile now, Wake Forest’s downtown has been the town’s best-kept secret. Bob Johnson hopes to change that.

Since Wake Forest College pulled up stakes for Winston-Salem in the 1950s, the downtown has had its ups and downs. Like most downtowns in America, it, too, fell victim to the pull of shopping malls with expansive parking lots.

Despite that, the downtown is on an upswing, and a major one at that. Several news businesses have opened, and more are coming. There’s a buzz around town, and the merchants are enthusiastic.

Johnson, who owns several buildings along S. White Street, wants to go beyond a positive buzz and turn the downtown in a real destination. He aims to brand the Wake Forest downtown as a center for family-friendly festivals of all stripes.

In a recent article posted to the Web site Ezine Articles, Johnson wrote:

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Wake Forest IrishFest Poetry and Prose Writing Competitions Are Now Open

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Wake Forest IrishFest Poetry and Prose Writing Competitions Are Now Open

On Sept. 26, the first Wake Forest IrishFest will be held at Festival Park in downtown Wake Forest. To help celebrate Wake Forest’s national and international reputation for fostering the arts, there will be two writing competitions – a short story contest and a poetry contest.

These competitions are in proud and loving memory of two young men who shared a passion for writing. They left behind a rich legacy of the written word. In their honor, the following events are now added to the inaugural Wake Forest Irish Festival: The Andrew Britton Short Story Competition & The Graham Johnson Poetry Competition.

The Rules
* No entry form is needed. Entry is by US Mail, or by e-mail if required.
* You can make as many different entries as you like, in either or both competitions. Cost is $15 per story; $10 per poem.
* There is no restriction on theme or style, and all are welcome.
* Entries should be submitted on standard 8.5×11 paper, double-spaced type, and with no name showing on script.
* Maximum 2,000 words for the short stories; maximum 50 lines for the poems.

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Wake Forest Emergency Medical Equipment Supplier Earns Prestigious Accreditation

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Wake Forest Emergency Medical Equipment Supplier Earns Prestigious Accreditation

Wake Forest-based Southeastern Emergency Equipment recently received a hard-earned accreditation as a continuing education instructor for emergency responders from Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).

“This accreditation will allow people from states other than North Carolina to take our courses that have CECBEMS approval numbers and automatically receive con-ed credit from their state,” said Carla Baker, President of Southeastern Emergency Equipment, according to this press release

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Rabies Warning for Northern Wake County Near Franklin County Line

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Rabies Warning for Northern Wake County Near Franklin County Line

Local health officials have issued a rabies notice for residents and visitors in the vicinity of the intersection of Wall Road and the Wake/Franklin county line. A case of rabies in a fox was confirmed Monday, July 27, 2009.

On July 26, a fox interacted with two dogs on Windemere Lane in Wake County. Since both dogs were current with their rabies vaccinations, they only required a rabies booster shot.

“The outcome would have been quite different for the dogs and family members had these dogs not been properly vaccinated,” said Wake County Animal Control Director Michael Williams. “We urge everyone to check the rabies vaccination status of their pets, and make sure they are current with vaccines.”

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call their respective animal control agency. Numbers are listed at the end of this release.

Whenever a person is bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, they should thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water, and contact their physician or Wake County Community Health immediately. The daytime phone number for Wake County Community Health is 250-4462; the after-hours number is 839-3059.

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Wake Forest Resident Gives Behind-The-Scenes Look at RBC Center in His Blog

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Wake Forest Resident Gives Behind-The-Scenes Look at RBC Center in His Blog

If you’ve ever been at the RBC Center to watch a Carolina Hurricanes or NC State basketball game and wondered what goes into powering the scoreboard and screen over center ice and the “ribbon” that runs around the arena just below the balcony seats, then check out Canes Vision HD ( @CVHD ). It’s a blog by Stephen R., a Wake Forest resident, who has been chronicling the changes to the RBC Center’s in-house communication systems.

If you hadn’t heard, the scoreboard and monitor display (there’s probably a better term for it) over center ice was was replaced this summer along with major server upgrades.

This blog will most likely interest any ‘Canes fan, but it will also be cool for “geeks” who can get detailed looks at the guts of the video, graphics, and sound operations of the RBC Center. There’s tons of photos going back to the beginning of this project. It’s definitely one worth bookmarking or adding to your RSS reader.

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Check This Out: BOGO Admission to Polar Ice House at the Factory

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Check This Out: BOGO Admission to Polar Ice House at the Factory

The Polar Ice House at the Factory is offering a buy one get one free admission any day the outside temperature rises above 95 degrees. Thanks for Sue Stock at her Taking Stock blog on the News & Observer Web site for pointing this one out.

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It’s not even officially open yet and already E. Carroll Joyner Park is already getting attention for its beautiful design.

Local photographer Kaitlin Roten ( @2point5d ), who owns 2point5d Photography, has recently staked out some great backdrops for outdoor photography in the Harris Road park (Great photos after link).

Since moving to Wake Forest I have been looking high and low for great places to take portraits. Finally, after six months I have found the perfect place to take LOTS of portraits! Not officially, but soon, Wake Forest is getting a new park, the E. Carroll Joyner Park. It is has this great stone wall, barn, and huge trees that are just waiting for my next shoot.

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