Here are photos from Kimball Heights, which threw a block party included in Emily Paine Carter’s column, reprinted here:
A recent block party would help certify a South Salem neighborhood as “a little slice of Americana.”
That’s what Monica Goza of Wilmington, N.C., calls a Kimball Heights area, reported resident Marie Mewald.
About forty folks from thirteen families participated in the gathering. In an email Marie credited Dave Franklin and Dan Keely as the main organizers.
Trusty food-and-fun elements had been rounded up, with special attention to entertaining the children: A bountiful potluck dinner, of course (“great…some REALLY good recipes,” Marie vouched). Lots of water balloons for the kids – welcome, playful relief from the heat on this end-of-June evening. A slip-’n’-slide, provided by David Vanderpool. Those huge, bouncy “blow-ups” from Dave’s Moon Walk, arranged by Marie’s husband Ben.
Even a kids’ movie (“Bed-Time Stories”), as the hours stretched from 5 to 10:30 pm.
It was the first such party for the little area, but Marie wrote that neighbors hope it will be held yearly.
Such is the stuff helping to strengthen neighborly ties. Marie wrote that she appreciates living in a place where “we all truly watch out for each others’ children and keep an eye on what is going on in the neighborhood. Ben and I … traveled with his work before he retired, and it is truly the nicest place we have ever lived.”
Carrie Wickert is a leukemia patient. By joining the Marrow Registry, you could be a life-saving match for someone like her.
Carrie Wickert is a 33-year-old young lady who loves life. Carrie grew up on Smith Mountain Lake and the Roanoke Valley and is a 1995 graduate of Cave Spring High School. She enjoys water activities on the lake, loves the sun, her friends, and is an active member at First Presbyterian Church, where she has gone on two mission trips.
Carrie was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) last August, went through chemo at Lewis-Gale and was cancer free in October. At that time there was not a bone marrow match for Carrie and there was a 30 percent chance the cancer would not return. But this January the cancer did return and Carrie is currently at Duke University medical center going through more chemo and will be part of a transplant study program as soon as she is in remission.
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Date: Saturday, May 1
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Lewis-Gale Medical Center, 1900 Electric Road, Salem, 24153
More information: Betsie Letterie (919) 414-8312; Roger Wickert, 353-5600.
Joining the Marrow Registry is easy:
1) Fill out a registration / health / history form. Remember to bring the name / address / phone number of two contacts.
2) Have the inside of your cheek swabbed. There are NO NEEDLES involved to register.
You need only to be between the ages of 18 and 60, be willing to donate to any patient in need and meet the health guidelines.
This registration drive is sponsored by the Salem Rotary Club.
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