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NORTH CAROLINA
FORSYTH COUNTY

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT AND NINETY-NINE YEAR LEASE for the DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION,
COMMUNITY USAGE and 99-YEAR LEASE of a NEW WELCOME & VISITORS CENTER for the HISTORIC TOWN of KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

This Agreement and Ninety-nine year Lease is made and entered into by and between the TOWN OF KERNERSVILLE, a North Carolina Municipality located in Forsyth and Guilford Counties, North Carolina, “Lessor,” and Party of the First Part, sometimes also referred to as “the TOWN” or “TOWN”, and the KÖRNER’S FOLLY FOUNDATION, a North Carolina 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation located at 413 South Main Street, Kernersville, Forsyth County, North Carolina, “Lessee,” and Party of the Second Part, sometimes also referred to as “the Foundation”, “the FOLLY” or “FOLLY”, to create and continue to act as a Public/Private Partnership to carry out the intent of the herein described Project (sometimes referred to herein as the “Project”) for the benefit of the Körner’s Folly Foundation and the Citizens of the Town of Kernersville.
BACKGROUND
For the better understanding of this Agreement and Ninety-Nine-year lease, the parties feel it appropriate to include the following background:
The Town of Kernersville is a thriving and growing municipality of approximately 25,000 citizen/residents, and over 1000 business/corporate citizens within the corporate limits of the Town. The efforts of Town Government, the Chamber of Commerce, Civic Nonprofits, and individual citizens have enhanced the town to a point that it is befitting that Kernersville have a Visitors Center that will serve the citizens of the town, those individuals and entities that visit the town, and those who may consider relocating to the Town. Spurred by the efforts of the Körner’s Folly Foundation, the Kernersville Museum, the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, Town Government, the Kernersville Historical Preservation Society, and individual/business citizens, Kernersville has become a major source of tourism and in need of a Visitors Center for use by The Körner’s Folly Foundation and citizens of the Town, and to attract and serve tourism.
The Körner’s Folly Foundation, is a North Carolina 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation, with its mission “To foster an appreciation for history, the arts, and enterprise through the preservation and interpretation of Körner’s Folly.” Körner’s Folly has the reputation of being the icon of Kernersville. The Körner’s Folly Foundation has brought Körner’s Folly to a height of a significant, regularly visited tourist attraction locally, regionally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally.
The Board of Aldermen of the TOWN, in 2017, purchased for $287,500 approximately 1.27 acres of vacant property adjoining that property owned by the Körner’s Folly Foundation with the foresight to “protect” Körner’s Folly for at least the next 100 years. Körner’s Folly Foundation contributed $25,000 towards the purchase of this property. In August of 2018, the Körner’s Folly Foundation presented to the Kernersville Board of Aldermen a potential plan for the development of a Visitors Center by way of a Public/Private Partnership between the Körner’s Folly Foundation and the TOWN; and that the Parties of the First and Second Part would together construct, maintain, and operate a Visitors Center that would not only enhance Körner’s Folly as a tourist attraction but also would provide for the entire Town a central point of delivery of tourism information, meeting facilities, and parking area serving both the Visitors Center and Körner’s Folly.
The above concept was approved by the Board of Aldermen in 2018 as well as by The Board of Directors of the FOLLY. The parties entered a Memorandum of Understanding setting forth basic concepts of a Public/Private Partnership for the Project. A Committee, appointed by the Board of Alderman and the Board of Directors of Körner’s Folly Foundation, was established, two members representing each Party hereto. The purpose of the Folly/TOK Partnership Committee was to recommend to the Alderman and Directors terms for this Agreement and Ninety-Nine Year Lease.
Following is the document, Agreement and Ninety-Nine Year Lease, recognized by both the Körner’s Folly Foundation and the Town of Kernersville as representing the Public/Private Partnership designed and implemented to carry out the intentions of both parties hereto. It is the understanding of both parties that this document will almost certainly require revisions through future Memorandums of Understanding, and Amendments to this document, reflective of the anticipated changing times throughout the tenure of the next ninety-nine years. The parties pledge and agree to work with each other over the next ninety-nine years in the fulfillment of the terms of this document as well as the intent of this Agreement and Ninety-Nine Year Lease.
SUBJECT PROPERTY
The property governed by this Agreement and Lease:
BEING known and designated as Lots Numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 and depicted on the “Map of J. J. Körner Estate and C. L. and R. D. Körner” recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Forsyth County, North Carolina in Plat Book 7 at Page 61, reference to which is hereby made for a more particular description.
SAVE AND EXCEPT that southern portion of Lot 26 as conveyed by warranty deed recorded in Deed Book 1146, Page 832, Forsyth County Registry.
The foregoing is referred to herein throughout this document as the “Property” or as the site of the “Visitors Center” or “Project” in anticipation of improvements to be made in accord with this Agreement.
WHEREAS, the TOWN, by Resolution of its Board of Aldermen, has established that it does not need the aforementioned property for its everyday operations of Town government and business; and
WHEREAS, there exists and will continue to exist, a working relationship between the TOWN and FOLLY whereby the FOLLY shall provide certain services that will assist the TOWN in attracting resident and commercial/business/industrial citizens to the Town of Kernersville, increasing the Town’s Tax Base and strengthening the Town as a whole; and
WHEREAS, the FOLLY, while it partners with the TOWN in the Project, desires to lease the above stated property from the TOWN upon the terms and conditions as contained within the provisions set forth in the Lease portion of this Agreement;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements of the parties, THE TOWN OF KERNERSVILLE AND THE KÖRNER’S FOLLY FOUNDATION, enter this Agreement and 99 Year Lease as a Public/Private Partnership for the benefit of each Party including all citizens of Kernersville, and do hereby agree as follows:
I. JOINDER OF AGREEMENT AND LEASE
A. This Agreement includes but not limited to all pre-construction and construction agreements shall commence upon execution of this document.
B. The Ninety-Nine Year Lease includes but not limited to all terms and agreement for the Lease of the Visitor Center and shall commence Fifteen (15) days after the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for the Visitor Center in accordance with IV B.
II. AGREEMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE
VISITORS CENTER
A. The parties agree that the TOWN shall carry forth the burden of providing as its contribution to the Project, and acquiring a loan for the same or a part thereof, if desired by the TOWN, the amount of Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 ($750,000.00) Dollars.
B. The parties agree that the FOLLY shall carry forth the burden of providing as its contribution to the Project and acquiring a loan for the same or a part thereof, if desired by the FOLLY, in the amount of Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 ($750,000.00) Dollars.
C. It is further provided:
1) Commencing with the execution of this Agreement the FOLLY/TOK Committee, later defined herein, shall continue to meet at such times the Committee, dependent upon the current stage of construction, feels it can be helpful and valuable to both parties in the construction of the Visitors Center, and shall meet minimally, on a Quarterly basis.
2) The parties shall, when each has at its disposal the sum of Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 ($750,000.00) Dollars for the Project, place the same into a Special Construction Account to be managed by the FOLLY or the purposes of construction, and furnishing, of the Visitors Center (Project).
3) With the exception of the TOWN and/or the FOLLY entering into a contract(s) for the purpose of borrowing its committed Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 ($750,000.00) Dollars, no contract for any aspect of the project shall be entered, by either party, until such time as both parties have contributed their committed Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 ($750,000.00) Dollars into said Special Construction Account. 4) At such time as the FOLLY shall have obtained its Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 Dollars and reported such to the TOWN, the TOWN shall obtain its Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 ($750,000.00) Dollars within 150 days thereof (or within 120 Days if the FOLLY shall give the TOWN a minimum of thirty [30] days Notice of its intent to have its $750,000 available), and shall deposit such funds into the Special Construction Account for use by the FOLLY in constructing the project.
5) The FOLLY shall be the AGENT of the TOWN, and the Project, for all aspects and purposes of the construction of the Visitors Center including but not limited to the architectural design, final design, execution of Construction Contracts, making any construction change orders, and final approval of the Project. The FOLLY through its Executive Director (ED) shall consult with the Town Manager on material aspects of the Project; however, the FOLLY shall have control over, and responsibility for, the Project.
6) The TOWN shall only be responsible for payment of Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 ($750,000.00) Dollars for the Project and only, within 120 Days, when the FOLLY has put forth its Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand ($750,000) for the Project. Any over-runs or additional expenses of the construction of the Visitor Center, whether caused by the FOLLY or not, shall be the responsibility of the FOLLY. In no event shall the Town be called upon, nor required, to contribute in excess of the Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand and no/100 ($750,000.00) Dollars it has committed for the Project.
7) The FOLLY Shall:
a. During the architectural and construction phases of the Agreement and Lease, as Agent for the Town and as a good steward of the construction of the Visitors Center, ensure that the Visitors Center is built as an energy efficient building, construct the parking areas in a manner that meets all applicable stormwater regulations, provides handicapped access in and around the Visitors Center in accordance with current building code requirements, provides a Family Restroom, and provides that Restroom Facilities are easily accessed by the public during times the Visitors Center is open.
b. Be permitted, under the terms of this Public/Private Partnership and Lease, to engage in any legal Fundraising efforts for the benefit of maintenance, upkeep, and restoration of the FOLLY. Periodic Fundraising efforts of the FOLLY shall, at the discretion of the FOLLY, include naming rights to the Visitors Center, portions thereof, and tangible personal property therein. Recognition of Donors to the FOLLY shall, throughout the Term of this Lease, remain in the purview and authority of the Board of Directors of the FOLLY.
III. POST CONSTRUCTION
A. The TOWN and FOLLY agree as follows:
1. The FOLLY shall have control of all aspects of management of the FOLLY together with the Visitors Center under the usage policies of the Visitors Center, which policies will be created by the FOLLY and approved by the FOLLY/TOK Partnership Committee.
2. The FOLLY shall annually, for one day, open the grounds of The FOLLY and Visitors Center, at no charge to the citizens of the Town. On such occasion the TOWN and/or FOLLY may establish, name, and operate any reasonable community gathering foreseen as promoting the TOWN and/or Körner’s Folly and “giving back” to the community. This annual event shall be examined and evaluated by the Folly/TOK Partnership Committee after two years and a report generated for both parties. Should, for any reason, this event be or become unwieldly and/or unmanageable, the parties may amend this Agreement and Lease to change the style of the event or to eliminate such.
3. The FOLLY, in its management of the Visitors Center shall, in accordance with its established usage Policies, make the Visitors Center available for events to Kernersville non-profit organizations at reasonably reduced rates.
4. Based upon availability, six (6) times annually, for no more than 8 hours each time, and at no cost, the TOWN (government) shall have use of the Visitors Center, in accordance with the established usage Policies.
B. The TOWN and FOLLY agree:
1. To hereby name the Visitors Center: “The Visitors Center at Körner’s Folly.”
2. That the FOLLY shall have the right to rename the Visitors Center should a Major Donor come forth with funds deemed appropriate by the Folly for such renaming. In any event of renaming, signage on the Visitors Center shall also include “The Visitors Center at Körner’s Folly.” The additional language will not be required on other signage, logo or branding material.
3. To place appropriate signage in the interior of the Visitors Center setting forth in an appropriate manner, that the Visitors Center is a Public Private Partnership between the Town of Kernersville and the Körner’s Folly Foundation.
4. To have the responsibility of working together for the betterment of Town of Kernersville and Körner’s Folly, taking advice from all reasonable sources, negotiating in good faith; and, when working together, shall provide a level of transparency generally expected of a governmental unit
5. To utilize a FOLLY/TOK Partnership Committee to guide the parties in the execution of this Agreement and Lease. A FOLLY/TOK Planning Committee was established at the time of the Memorandum of Understanding between the TOWN and FOLLY; and, this Committee has worked toward finalization of this Agreement and Lease. Upon entering this Public/Private Partnership the TOWN shall appoint two members of its Board of Aldermen and the Körner’s Folly Foundation shall appoint two members of its Foundation to this Committee. The Members primarily appointed to the FOLLY/ TOK Partnership Committee shall be those appointed by their respective Board in accordance with each respective Board’s policies to continue as members of the FOLLY/TOK Partnership Committee. until such time when other representatives are appointed by their respective boards.
6. To direct the FOLLY/TOK Partnership Committee to meet at least quarterly during the first year of this Agreement and Lease, and semi-annually for the succeeding two years. The Folly/TOK Partnership Committee will be expected, at such meetings, to evaluate the workings of the Visitors Center, cooperation of the Staff of the parties, and overall level of success of the established Public/Private Partnership. Should changes to this Agreement and Lease be deemed advisable, the
FOLLY/TOK Partnership Committee shall recommend the same to their respective Boards for approval and if such recommendations are approved by both boards then this agreement and lease will be amended accordingly.
7. That they shall work together toward the creation, design, manufacture, and placement of appropriate signage directing tourists and visitors to the Visitors Center, particularly striving to establish and maintain such signage on major highways that may be in close proximity to Kernersville (currently Interstate 40 and Business-40).
8. That they shall work with the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce in an effort to see that the Chamber of Commerce is included in welcoming visitors to Kernersville and continues to disseminate visitor materials.
9. That should the FOLLY establish a committee designed to oversee the Visitors Center, the TOWN shall have the right to appoint an Alderman, or some other representative of the Town, to sit on such committee. If appointed, that individual shall have no vote.
IV. NINETY-NINE (99) YEAR LEASE
A. OCCUPANCY DATE. The “Occupancy Date” shall mean the date, after both the Completion of the Construction Project and Project’s formal Acceptance by both Parties, and final Certificate(s) and/or Permits of/for Occupancy and Use are Issued by all governmental authorities and entities required for the legal and safe occupancy and intended usage of the Visitors Center.
B. BEGINNING DATE. The “Beginning Date” shall mean the day Fifteen (15) days after the Occupancy Date unless the Parties shall mutually agree to a different “Beginning Date,” which shall be, in any case, post the “Occupancy Date.”
C. TERM OF LEASE. The term of this Lease shall be for Ninety-Nine (99) years, commencing on the Beginning Date set forth herein and ending at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the 1188th complete month following the Beginning Date.
D. RENTAL PAYMENTS.
1. The minimal Rental Payments reflected hereinbelow in 2. are intended to be adequate to allow the Town to maintain its ownership of the Property while exhibiting the true nature of the Public/Private Partnership created by this Agreement and Lease document.
2. Annual Rental Payments in the amount of Ten and n0/100 ($10.00) Dollars shall be due by the Lessee to the Lessor on the first business day of each Fiscal Year (July 1st- June 30th) of the TOWN. The TOWN agrees to provide the FOLLY with an invoice for the forthcoming Annual Rent on or before May 1st of each Calendar Year. Failure of the FOLLY to pay the herein set forth Annual Rent shall constitute a breach of this Agreement and Lease only if Formal
Written Demand for such is made by the TOWN and the same goes unpaid for a period of six (6) months.
3. Annual Rent payments shall be made to:
The Town of Kernersville
134 East Mountain Street
P. O. Drawer 728 (Kernersville, NC 27285)
Kernersville NC 27284
Attention: Town Manager (currently Curtis L. Swisher)
throughout the Lease Term or until such time as the TOWN shall have given instructions for payment to be made at a different address.
E. INTERIOR MAINTENANCE. In keeping with the purposes of the Project, Lessee shall be responsible for general upkeep and maintaining the premises as a clean, informative and welcoming gathering place for Kernersville’s visitors and guests. In accordance with approved architectural plans, space shall be provided to local businesses and non-profits, particularly those who promote and feature Kernersville’s community interests, including, but not limited to, its history, sports, community attractions, and ongoing events, by providing services to its visitors, displaying and distributing promotional materials in addition to promoting Körner’s Folly. If needs exceed capacity, Lessee shall provide a fair and transparent method to share or rotate access to such.
F. SUBTENANTS. If space is available, and is not needed to meet the needs of Körner’s Folly and other community-based entities, or to promote the Town in other ways, the Lessee may sublease space to subtenants, provided such tenants are reputable and do nothing to undermine the Visitors Center’s mission, and that any such commitments made to such prospective tenants are for no longer than one year, are reported to the TOWN Board of Aldermen, and the net proceeds from such subleases benefit both Parties to this Lease in equal measure
G. OPTION FOR RENEWAL. Lessee shall have the option for renewal of this Ninety-Nine-Year Lease upon providing written notice to the TOWN six months prior to the expiration of the Lease stating its desire to renew the Lease and for what term. Such renewal terms shall be agreeable to the TOWN and FOLLY.
V. LESSEE’S OBLIGATIONS
A. OUTREACH AND PROMOTION OF TOWN. Lessor and Lessee have mutual interests in promoting Kernersville as a place to visit, invest, and live. It is because the FOLLY is uniquely located physically, and uniquely experienced in entertaining and drawing visitors to an attraction that represents some of the roots of the community, that TOWN is entrusting the oversight and operation of its investment in the Visitors Center to the FOLLY. In recognition of its responsibilities in representing the entire Town of Kernersville in this Public/Private Partnership, the FOLLY agrees to promote the Town and Community’s interests including but not limited to Körner’s Folly when visitors arrive at the Visitors Center. In addition to welcoming Visitors Center guests to its adjacent attraction, The FOLLY agrees to promote, inform, direct, and educate Visitors at the Visitors Center about all participants in the life of the Town who could benefit from the Visitors Center’s promotion. The FOLLY will assist community groups in self-promotion at the Visitors Center with literature provided by such groups and in keeping with the overall vision of the Visitors Center and the previously referenced usage policies. Consistent with its current practice, Lessee will partner with all community groups desiring such partnership(s) such as the Chamber of Commerce, Merchants’ Associations, profit and non-profit attractions, and other organizations without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, disability, or national origin.
B. INFORMATION AND RECORD-KEEPING. The FOLLY shall keep a “Visitors Log” and as complete records regarding numbers of persons served at the Visitors Center, by day of the week and time, as detailed as is possible.
C. TRAINING OF STAFF. Lessee shall conduct training of Visitors Center Staff regarding the FOLLY and all other Kernersville attractions, points of interest, interests of, comments from, and questions asked by, Visitors. The FOLLY shall rely on information and educational material provided by other Kernersville attractions and points of interest when training Visitors Center Staff.
D. REPORTING TO TOWN AND OTHERS. Lessee shall be capable, with reasonable notice upon request, of providing to the Board of Aldermen, and any other governmental body or interested group, a reasonable reporting of information it collects from visitors to the Kernersville Visitors Center.
E. AMENITIES. Part of Lessee’s obligations shall be to ensure that the Visitors Center maintains clean and secure restrooms, free Wi-fi, and water fountain open to the public during normal operating hours.
F. UTILITIES. The Lessee shall be responsible for all utilities including water, gas, electric, telephone, heat and other services delivered to the premises. The Lessor shall be responsible for providing Internet access, wi-fi, and future like services to the Premises.
G. SIGNAGE. Lessee will maintain appropriate signage for the Center and its own attraction, Körner’s Folly. No exterior signage, other than for the Visitors Center, Körner’s Folly or its sponsors, shall be allowed. The parties anticipate that a portion of the Visitors Center property could be designated as a small Community Park. The parties agree to work together toward that possibility; and, should such come to fruition, both the FOLLY and the TOWN, agree that they shall continue to work together in the development of such Park, and share any financial benefits, of potential naming opportunities (ex. Benches, picnic tables, trees, gardens) of certain amenities and signage placed thereon. The Lessee may allow, on a non-discriminatory basis, such interior signage as the Executive Director of the FOLLY shall, in his/her sole discretion, deem proper, including tasteful, well-made signage, in keeping with, and enhancing the overall purposes and total dynamics of the Visitors Center. Temporary event signage may be permitted with the approval of the FOLLY Executive Director.
H. EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR CHANGES, IMPROVEMENTS- FIXTURES.
1. There shall be no significant alteration of the exterior of the Visitors Center without the approval, by Resolution, of the Board of Aldermen
2. Any and all improvements to the interior of the Visitors Center, including such interior design changes and upfits as the Lessee may desire, shall be at the sole discretion of the Lessee. Structural changes to the interior shall require approval by the Board of Aldermen. Anything affixed to the premises, during the term hereof, except such trade fixtures of the Lessee which may be removed without damage to the property, shall become the property of the Lessor upon termination of the Lease.
I. CARE, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS. The Lessee shall maintain and keep in a good state of repair at its own expense all interior parts and portions of the demised premises. The Lessee further agrees to maintain, repair, and replace, if necessary, at its own expense, any minor repairs of plumbing and wiring in and about the premises and shall further perform all usual and necessary maintenance, upkeep and minor repair to the heating and air conditioning systems. Minor repair as used herein refers to any HVAC, plumbing and electrical wiring Bills/Costs up to Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars per TOWN fiscal year. Lessor shall be responsible for any such HVAC, plumbing and electrical wiring costs in excess of Five Hundred ($500.00) dollars per TOWN fiscal year, such repairs/expenditures to be approved by Town Manager prior to costs being incurred.
The Lessee shall, at all times, keep the premises in a neat and orderly condition free and clear from rubbish, trash or other debris.
The Lessor shall, at its expense, maintain the walkways, driveways, parking areas and the grounds of the Premises in good condition. The Lessor shall also maintain any yard (grass and green planted matter such as bushes and trees) on the property including mowing and trimming thereof and removal of snow and ice.
J. FURNITURE. Lessee will provide furniture for the Visitors Center, and replacements as needed because of age or changes in use.
K. SURRENDER OF PREMISES. The Lessee agrees to surrender the premises at the end of the Lease term, or any extended term or terms as agreed to by the Parties, in as good a condition and repair as when received or upon the completion of any improvements or alterations, ordinary wear and tear excepted.
L. INDEMNIFICATION OF LESSOR. Unless caused by the intentional or negligent act(s) or omission(s) of the Lessor, its servants, employees, invitees, or licensees, the Lessor shall not be responsible or liable for any damage or injury to the Lessee or to any other person including any employee or agent of the Lessee, nor shall Lessor be responsible or liable for any personal property or for any damage or injury occurring on the demised property or any part thereof. The Lessee furthermore shall indemnify, protect and save harmless the Lessor from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages or losses, and loss or expense of any sort or nature to any person, firm or corporation which may arise or grow out of the use or occupancy of the demised premises by the Lessee or out of any intentional or negligent act or omission of the Lessee, its agents, servants, employees, invitees or licensees.
M. INSURANCE.
1. Lessor shall maintain, under its “blanket” coverage of all structures and buildings owned by the TOWN, fire and extended hazard insurance in an amount sufficient to enable the TOWN to repair and/or replace the Visitors Center to the standard the same exists at the commencement of this Lease. Such “blanket” coverage to be in effect during construction of the Visitors Center.
2. Personal Property. The Lessee shall maintain insurance on any personal property contained within the Premises which the Lessee desires to maintain for its benefit.
3. Liability Insurance. The Lessee shall, at all times during the term of this Lease, and at no cost to the Lessor, maintain and provide general liability insurance covering the demised premises for the benefit and protection of both the Lessor and the Lessee in an amount of not less than $1,000.000.00 per occurrence for injury to, or damages of, any one person, and an annual aggregate of not less than $2,000,000.00 for injury to, or damages of, more than one person. The amounts prescribed herein shall be adjusted during the term of this 99-year Lease to reflect cost of living adjustments and amounts of liability insurance the TOWN may require of other Lessees of Town property. Lessor shall be made an additional insured party to said policy(ies). A copy of all said insurance policy or policies, with all riders thereto, shall be delivered by the Lessee to the Lessor, together with proof of payment of the premiums due thereon, with ten (10) days after execution of this Lease, and with renewal of such policy or policies together with proof of payment(s) during the term of this Lease.
4. Mutual Release and Indemnification. Lessor and Lessee hereby mutually release and discharge each other from all claims and liability arising from, or caused by fire or other casualty covered by the above insurance on the leased premises, or property in or on the leased premises. To the maximum extent permitted by insurance policies which may be owned by the Lessor or the Lessee, the Lessee and Lessor, for the benefit of each other, waive any, and all, rights of subrogation which might otherwise exist.
Any certificate of insurance provided to the Lessor shall provide for a ten-day written notice to the Lessor in the event of cancellation of material change of coverage.
N. CASUALTY DAMAGE.
1. In the event of partial destruction of the Visitors Center, the TOWN shall repair and/or replace the Visitors Center to the same basic condition the structure was prior to destruction. In the event replacement is needed, the TOWN and FOLLY Board shall seek a mutual agreement to re-build pursuant to specification in Section N.2. below
2. In the event the building on the demised premises shall be damaged or destroyed by fire or other unavoidable casualty during the terms of this Lease so that the same cannot be reasonably be rendered fit for its intended use the TOWN and the FOLLY shall mutually decide as to whether rebuilding the Visitors Center make sense to either or both, at which time:
a. If the decision is to rebuild the Visitors Center, the TOWN shall rebuild the structure to the same basic condition the structure was prior to destruction.
b. If the decision is not to rebuild the Visitors Center, the parties shall divide equally any and all insurance proceeds payable to parties on account of destruction of the Visitors Center structure.
c. If the decision is not to rebuild the Visitors Center, the FOLLY shall receive any and all insurance proceeds from any policy of insurance carried by the FOLLY on furnishings and other personal property.
O. ABANDONMENT OF PREMISES. The Lessee hereby agrees that it shall not vacate or abandon the premises at any time during the term of this Lease; and, should the Lessee abandon or vacate the premises, or be dispossessed by process of law or otherwise, any personal property belonging to the Lessee left upon the premises shall be deemed to be abandoned at the option of the Lessor.
P. RIGHT OF ENTRY. The Lessee agrees that the Lessor shall have the right to enter upon the premises, at any time, for the purpose of examining the same. Lessor shall provide Lessee with 48 hours’ notice prior to entry on the premise.
VI. LESSOR’S OBLIGATIONS
A. INTERNET SERVICES. As provided for here in above paragraph V F. Internet access for the Center, including wi-fi for visitors, and such other future equivalents shall be provided by Lessor.
B. STRUCTURAL FEATURES, ROOF, HVAC, PAVEMENT. Lessor shall maintain and keep in a good state of repair at its expense the roof, structural walls, plumbing, electrical heating and air conditioning systems (except routine maintenance and minor repairs as provided above), foundation of the Premises, the surface of parking areas [whether gravel or paved] and access to and from South Main and Salisbury Street.
C. TAXES. The Lessor shall be responsible for any and all ad valorem taxes upon the real property as enumerated herein. The Lessee shall be responsible for any and all personal property taxes imposed by any governmental agency upon the personal property of the Lessee.
D. VOLUNTARY RESTRAINT OF SALE. The TOWN sets forth its intent to hold Title to the herein described property for the term of this 99-year Lease. Should the TOWN, at any time during the term of this Lease, decide to sell the herein described property, the TOWN covenants that, subject to the Laws of sale of real property by municipalities in North Carolina, the FOLLY shall be provided the right of first refusal to purchase the herein described property, and if the FOLLY does not purchase the property such sale shall be made subject to this 99-year Lease and Agreement. In the event such a sale results in a profit to the TOWN, the FOLLY will share in the proceeds of the sale pro-rata, based on its investments in the Visitors Center and the Property. The TOWN further sets forth that, should the TOWN desire to sell the herein described property upon the termination of this 99-year Lease, within the parameters of, and subject to, the Laws governing sale of real property by municipalities in North Carolina, the TOWN, shall sell said property to the FOLLY.
VII. OTHER PROVISIONS:
A. Should the FOLLY materially breach this Lease and not correct the reported breach within six months, the Town will take over the property and continue to provide a Visitors Center, at the current location or at a location within the Town corporate limits.
B. Mindful of the responsibility the FOLLY is undertaking in this Public/Private Partnership. The TOWN shall, periodically, and particularly at the time its Annual Fiscal Year Budget is formulated and ultimately passed, examine the finances necessary to for the continued support of the Visitors Center, including any expanded days and hours that may be applicable, in order to determine reasonable stipends from the TOWN’s General and Occupancy Tax Funds, provided that any such determination of a reduction in such stipends by the TOWN shall not constitute a default of this Agreement and Lease by FOLLY.
VIII. GENERAL PROVISIONS
A. MODIFICATION. Modification of this agreement shall be in writing, signed, duly executed by the parties hereto, and duplicate originals kept on file with each of the original lease agreements.
B. NOTICE Any offer, notice, election, or other communication, which any party hereto may be required or desire to give to any other party, shall be in writing and shall be considered delivered when deposited in the United States mail, certified with postage prepaid, addressed to the last known address of the parties as shown below:
To Lessor: Town of Kernersville
134 East Mountain Street
PO Box728 (Kernersville, NC 27285)
Kernersville, NC 27284
Attn: Town Manager (currently Curtis L. Swisher)
With copy to: John G. Wolfe, III (currently Town Attorney)
John G. Wolfe, III & Associates, P.L.L.C.
101 South Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284
To Lessee: Körner’s Folly Foundation
PO Box 2091
413 South Main
Kernersville NC 27284
Attn: Chair of Board of Directors
With copy to: Dale Pennington (currently Executive Director)
PO Box 2091
413 South Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284
C. BINDING EFFECT. The Parties agree that the terms and provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, the parties, their successors in interest and assigns.
D. NORTH CAROLINA LAW. The parties agree that this Lease Agreement shall be construed and interpreted under and governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina.
E. INTEGRATED DOCUMENT. This Lease Agreement embodies the entire agreement between the Lessor and the Lessee. There is merged herein all prior and collateral representations, promises, and conditions in connection with the subject matter hereof. Any representation, promise, or condition not incorporated herein shall not be binding upon either party.
F. NO WAIVER. The acknowledgment or acceptance of any term or condition inconsistent with this agreement shall not be deemed an acceptance or approval of such inconsistent provisions.
G. MEDIATION. If a dispute arises between Lessee and Lessor regarding the terms of this Agreement and Lease, the parties will first try to resolve the dispute through mediation. Representative of the FOLLY and the TOWN will select an independent and neutral person qualified to act as a mediator. The mediation proceeding will be held in Kernersville, NC and will commence not more than thirty (30) days after the mediator is selected and agreed upon. The mediation will be attended by the representatives of the FOLLY and the TOWN (who may or may not be accompanied by legal counsel), who will attempt in good faith to resolve the dispute and will have reasonable authority to do so. The parties will bear equally the cost of the mediator; each party will be responsible for its own attorneys’ fees and costs.
H. MEMORANDUM OF LEASE. The parties hereto agree to execute a Memorandum of Lease in the basic form as Exhibit B attached hereto. Said Memorandum of Lease shall be created subsequent to the construction of the Visitors Center and prior to occupation by the Körner’s Folly Foundation. Said Memorandum of Lease shall further be executed in a form necessary for its recordation by the Forsyth County Register of Deeds; and, the parties shall provide for such recordation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto, by actions of their respective Boards (Town of Kernersville Aldermen) and Directors (Körner’s Folly Foundation), have caused these presents to be executed in duplicate originals, effective as of the below Resolution last adopted, one copy to be retained by each of the parties hereto.
Approved by Resolution of the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Kernersville this _______ day of ________, 2019.

Dawn H. Morgan, Mayor
ATTEST: Keith Hooker, Town Clerk
(signatures of execution are continued on the following page)

Approved by Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Körner’s Folly Foundation the ______ day of ______________, 2019.

Clothing ministry

With around 200 pillowcase dresses available to children, Kernersville Moravian Church (KMC) is looking for area churches to deliver them during upcoming mission trips.
Judith Bullock, member of KMC and Pillowcase Dress Ministry, explained that the ministry started in 2013 after Betty Hollifield, chair of the church’s world mission group, approached women in the church with a story about AIDS being so rampant in countries throughout Africa.
Bullock explained that Hollifield told them that in African countries, men who had AIDS believed that if they had intercourse with a virgin, they would be cured.
“So when girls were being raped, some women came up with the idea of sewing a cross into the bottom of dresses, which scares the men away,” she explained. “These dresses are made by Christian women and each of the dresses are blessed. We gather around and hold hands and bless the dresses, the people that carry the dresses, and the child that will wear it.”
After the Pillowcase Dress Ministry was formed, Bullock said they had about 12 women in the group who met regularly; however, over the years, the group has dwindled.
“Now there are about four of us, so we are happy to have anyone help to make the dresses,” she said. “We have the directions to make the dresses and the fabric.”
Bullock said they initially made the dresses out of pillowcases, hence the name, but because finding an abundance of pillowcases isn’t easy, they now just start with any fabric.
“They are easy to make. You just take a pillowcase and cut off the top, then you make a little casing for the elastic to go through. Then you mend the arms with bias tape and that makes the ties,” she said. “Sometimes, I’ll add ruffles and we always add a cross somewhere on the dress.”
Bullock mentioned that she usually hand stiches or embroiders the cross, while other people will sometimes use glitter glue or other things to make the crosses.
Bullock said that they also work closely with Sparta United Methodist Church, who supplies dresses to KMC’s Pillowcase Dress Ministry.
“They give us the dresses and we get them out to the children,” she said.
Along with the dresses, Bullock said she has also started making tote bags and boys shorts.
“Whenever I hear of a need, I see what I can do to help with that situation,” she said, as she shared that she made 25 tote bags for Sedge Garden United Methodist Church to send to Kenya for women to carry personal hygiene items.
Bullock said they began making shorts for boys after they learned that boys needed clothing too.
“Several years into this, we started making simple shorts for boys with an elastic waist and a pocket, then we go buy a t-shirt to go with them. We’ve been told that at some of these places, there are so many children that they can’t all get everything, but they all get something.”
In the five years that Bullock said they have been making pillowcase dresses and shorts, they have made and given 2,483 articles of clothing that have made their way to numerous countries including the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Uganda, Nicaragua, Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, Ethiopia, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Bullock mentioned that even though she will never meet the children that will wear these clothes, she prays for them.
“I’ll never get to meet this child or hold her, but I’m saying a prayer for her,” she said, as she expressed the joy it gives her to make the dresses knowing that they are going to help children around the world. “It’s something that has been placed on my heart. It’s my mission and my passion, and as long as God allows me to sit at my sewing machine, I’m going to make these dresses.”
Although she doesn’t physically take the dresses to the children that receive them, Bullock said she is very thankful to the many churches who have hand delivered them during their own mission trips abroad.
“I’m so thankful to all these churches that allow us to be part of their mission work through these dresses,” she proclaimed.
When they send dresses with churches during their mission trips, Bullock said they usually pack a suitcase with 50 pounds of clothing, which she said is the airline limit.
“If the church needs it, we will even supply the luggage so that they can leave it there when they come back home,” she said. “We only ask that when churches take these dresses, that they bring back some pictures for us.”
Currently, Bullock said they have some clothing set to go to Uganda during a mission trip in October, but she said she would like to be able to send some clothing sooner as they have roughly 200 dresses available.
If there are any churches that have plans to go on a mission trip that are interested and willing to take pillowcase dresses with them, Bullock said she would love to supply them. If interested in taking the pillowcase dresses, or if you are interested in helping make pillowcase dresses, contact Bullock through KMC by calling 336-993-3620 and leave a message.

Bike and Build

Kernersville resident Marina Cotarelo shares her story of how her passion for cycling helped others through the organization known as Bike and Build, as she toured across the United States from coast to coast.
Cotarelo explained that Bike and Build is an organization which empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.
Cotarelo first learned about Bike and Build from a friend while she was attending college.
“I had put together a bucket list of things that I wanted to do and one of them was to bike across the country,” she said.
Cotarelo admitted that at the time, she had no real cycling experience; however, because she had a series of knee injuries, it was something that people encouraged her to do.
To prepare for the trip, Cotarelo said it was required that she do at least 500 miles of training and had to volunteer with an affordable housing agency.
“I did my (volunteering) with Habitat Restore in Pennsylvania,” she said, noting that she lived there at the time.
Along with training and volunteering, Cotarelo and the other cyclists also had to do their own fundraising, with funds raised going into a grant program. Participants had to raise a minimum of $5,000.
Cotarelo explained that during the cycling route, which started in Connecticut and ended in California, she biked a total of 4,100 miles over 78 days, with 16 of those days being build days, where they built with affordable housing agencies, and three to four days which they took off to rest.
“We averaged about 72 miles a day and would ride anywhere between 34 to 121 miles a day,” she said.
During the ride, Cotarelo said they had support vehicles carrying their bags and water from one community to the next.
“There were 30 (people) on our route and we will not ride more than three to five people and you cannot ride alone,” she shared.
After waking up each morning, Cotarelo said they took about 15 minutes to pack up their belongings and put them in a trailer, eat breakfast, and met to talk about the expectations for the day and to form the teams they would be riding that day.
Along the route, Cotarelo said they stayed at a lot of churches and schools and camped when they got to national parks out west.
“We operate off of in-kind donations, whether that is food or a roof over our heads. Many churches and schools across the country opened their doors to us for a place to eat and sleep,” she said. “The generosity of strangers that I experienced on this trip is something that will stay with me forever.”
Cotarelo said the purpose of the cross-country ride was to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing and to raise awareness of cyclists’ safety and bike safety; however, she also gained a lifetime of memories along her tour.
“You see things from a completely different perspective and you’re hyper aware of potholes and other things,” she recalled. “You also have the leisure to get off of your bike and explore a shop or a field of sunflowers.”
Some of the things that Cotarelo remembered from the trip included a large ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas, a house with kangaroos and a helicopter in Texas, and Mark Twain’s hometown in Moberly, Missouri.
Of all the communities that she biked through, Cotarelo said her favorite was Baker, Nevada, where she said the population was a whopping 68.
“We stayed in a tiny church at the foot of a national park,” she said.
She said there were 12 people from the community that came to the church to spend time with them. She said she pulled her phone out to show one of them the route they were taking and mentioned that they had never seen a smartphone before.
Different than the worries one would have while working on deadlines or making a sale, Cotarelo said she worried about her meeting her bare needs, getting to her designated stopping point safely each day, eating enough, being a good steward of the earth and making sure her teammates were doing well.
Cotarelo admitted that there were times that were scary during the 78 days on the road, some of which were close calls from distracted or aggressive drivers. One of those, she said was on Route 34 as they were riding into Loveland, Colorado when a tractor-trailer came too close and about wiped out everyone in her group.
On another day, a fellow rider wasn’t so lucky, she said.
“We were going through Estes Park, Colorado because we wanted to ride the Rocky Mountain Pass,” she said.
Cotarelo said after their group arrived at one host location, they were called down to the gymnasium for a meeting. She said on that day, they learned that one of their crew was killed and one was paralyzed after being hit by a vehicle.
“That is a really scary moment that many people take for granted,” she said.
One other close call that Cotarelo shared was one that was on the last day of their ride, while riding along Route 1 into Half Moon Bay in California.
“One of our riders was going down hill and flipped over into a barbed wire fence,” she said. “She was sent to the hospital, but she was alright.”
As a seasoned cyclist who has witnessed close calls while riding on the road, Cotarelo reminds drivers to stay alert and not drive distracted.
Although there are dangers of cycling on the road, Cotarelo uged not to let it hold you back.
“It’s worth it if you can get over the danger and have the confidence to get out there,” she said.
Six months after completing the cross-country cycling adventure, Cotarelo said she went to Ft. Lauderdale and biked to Key West and back over Christmas break with a friend.
“We were completely self-supported,” she said.
With the ingenious idea of attaching a pool noodle with a bungie cord to their bikes, Cotarelo said they didn’t have any close calls in Florida.
Cotarelo said she completed the Bike and Build cross-country tour in 2016, but more recently completed an alumni ride in December and January in Texas.
“The alumni ride was a small eight-day version of the (cross-country tour),” she said, adding that they did a build day on that ride as well that helps women, who have been victims of domestic violence get back on their feet.
Having participated in these rides, Cotarelo said it has created a small community across the country that she can now connect with and rely on.
Cotarelo added that she learned several things including how generous people are to strangers, “especially members of churches who came in to supply dinner and donate food for our route.”
Cotarelo said she also had the chance to meet some of the families at the build sites who they were building homes for.
“A lot of people take for granted today where they live,” she said.
For more information about Bike and Build, visit bikeandbuild.org.

“Bits & Pieces”

As a first-time author, Carolyn Nowotny helps readers reflect through her newly published devotional, “Bits & Pieces: 52 Reflections on God’s Wisdom.”
Nowotny, who became a life coach about three years ago, said she decided to write the devotional about nine months ago after encouragement from her own life coach.
Nowotny said she wrote the devotional based on wisdom from her personal journals. She explained that as she journals, she sometimes has thoughts or insights that come to her that she attributes to being from God or the Holy Spirit.
“We get wisdom bits by bits,” she said. “That’s the theme of this devotional.”
Nowotny, who attends Project:Re3 and is one of the church’s founding members, explained that her faith is very important to her. Along with being involved with the church, Nowotny homeschools two of her four children and is very involved with the Belarussian Relief Organization.
“That’s why I became a life coach,” she explained. “Along the way, I’ve always had men and women come alongside me and mentor me.”
As a life coach and now an author, Nowotny said this is one way she is trying to give back to all of those who have mentored to her, while also giving back to others.
“I want to help people live a fuller life, one with more meaning,” she shared.
Nowotny explained that the devotional has 52 scriptures, enough for people to reflect on one every week for a year.
“The idea is to do one a week,” she said. “Being a mom with four kids, finding the time to sit down and think about things is hard to find. I did it with busy moms and busy people in mind.”
Along with each scripture, Nowotny has included thoughts about the scripture that have come from her personal journal and how she has reflected on those scriptures. She then asks a question or gives ideas on how the reader can reflect.
“Those are the things I have learned to do throughout the year,” she said, adding that every morning, she takes time to do reflective thinking whether it’s reading scriptures or someone else’s book, or listening to a podcast.
Nowotny noted that with each scripture, she includes an area for writing notes, as well as a page where people can reflect with bullet points or by doodling.
“Not everyone expresses themselves through writing, so I wanted to offer a space for that,” she said as she added that when her son reflects it often comes out as a doodle.
The one scripture from the book that Nowotny said means a lot to her is the fifth one, “Then Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’” John 5:6
“I like this scripture because that is where personal growth starts. We can sit and stay stuck our entire lives and not know that we need to be healed,” she said.
While some of the scripture in her book she found by reading the Bible, she said this one was one that her pastor brought up during a sermon, one that he took apart for the congregation.
“I just kept coming back to it,” she said.
Having never written before, other than on a few blog posts, Nowotny didn’t realize how much she was going to enjoy writing; however, looking back on high school, she said English was her favorite subject.
Nowotny noted that the process of writing her book only took about three months and she self-published. The book, which is $12, is now available on Amazon.com and will be available at Local Roots Coffee Bar & General Store, located at 247 North Cherry Street.

Foundation recognized

The Declan Donoghue Foundation, which started in Kernersville with their first playground at Harmon Park, received a Special Citation Award from the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association.
The Declan Donoghue Foundation started in February 2011 after Declan passed away in 2010. To honor his legacy, Nicole and Rich Donoghue started the Foundation to help keep Declan’s spirit of play alive by building playgrounds throughout the Triad area.
Declan was born on May 30, 2008. Nicole said he loved being around people, watching his favorite movies and playing outside. However, he suffered many medical ailments, including pneumonia, abnormal bloodwork and unexplained fevers. While Declan’s parents and doctors tried everything they could to help him, they weren’t able to save him. It wasn’t until after he passed away that doctors discovered he had X-linked chronic granulomatous disease.
Nicole said their hope is that these playgrounds will provide joy to children of all ages. Since the Foundation started in Kernersville, it continues to hold their annual Declan’s Dash 5K and Fun Run each spring at the site of the first playground, located at Harmon Park.
Nicole explained that they were honored with the award during the state-wide conference held in Winston-Salem earlier this year.
After presenting the award to Nicole and Rich, Nicole said they then came to Kernersville and presented the award to them in front of the Kernersville Board of Aldermen.
The Special Citation Award is given to people within the parks and recreation industry who have contributed to the industry in a positive way.
“Ernie (Pages) and Kernersville Parks and Recreation Department (KPRD), along with Lee Tillery and Nasha McCray, all came together and nominated us because we have built five playgrounds and have given scholarships in Kernersville for kids to go to camp in the summertime,” Nicole explained.
While the award was supposed to be a surprise, Nicole explained that they figured it out when Pages, who is the KPRD director, asked for them to be available and to attend the conference.
Nicole said they were honored to be selected for the award.
“It was amazing because he mentioned to us that they all came together. As a private nonprofit, one way we have built all these playgrounds is through collaboration with the parks and recreation departments, and a whole extended audience that know the Declan Donoghue Foundation and Declan’s story and the extended spread of his spirit of play,” she said. “It was really great for us to know that our mission and hope for Declan’s legacy is reaching others.”
Nicole noted that they are still committed to doing camp scholarships this year in Kernersville and plan to start construction on the Foundation’s sixth playground this fall.
“With funds raised from last year and this year, we hope to build one this fall in the Triad, but we don’t have a location picked out yet,” she said.
For more information about the Declan Donoghue Foundation, visit www.declansfoundation.org.

Stormwater Professional of the Year

Doug Jewell with Jewell Engineering was named Stormwater Professional of the Year by the North Carolina American Public Works Association (APWA) and was presented with the H. Rooney Malcom Award. The presentation was made at the annual NC APWA Stormwater Division Conference in Winston-Salem.
The award recognizes Jewell’s 40-year career as a stormwater professional and his accomplishments in the design of many physical stormwater structures in North Carolina and neighboring states, his guidance to local municipalities in developing and implementing stormwater management programs and utilities, and his overall support of stormwater engineering and management as a professional endeavor.
This award is named in honor of Dr. Malcom, who was a long-time teacher at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and mentor and friend to stormwater professionals across the country.
Jewell grew up in Wilmington. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned a degree in zoology and then spent five years in the Navy’s officer candidate school as a flyer. After serving five years active duty, he returned to earn his undergraduate degree from NCSU in water resources in civil engineering in 1979 and a Master’s in Civil Engineering with a concentration in water resources from NCSU.
“I went into stormwater primarily because of Dr. Malcom. I was originally on track to be a structural engineer, but Dr. Malcom took me aside and encouraged me to study water resources,” Jewell said. “He was the chairman of my graduate committee. We were close friends and he was my mentor. We stayed close until he passed away.”
Jewell explained that after thinking about it, water resources made sense because it’s something he has always enjoyed.
“Everything that I’ve enjoyed since I was a child has been around the water – fishing, sailing, etc.,” he said.
Jewell, who continued to serve in the Navy reserves until he retired in 1996, moved with his family to Kernersville in 1983. He started Jewell Engineering in 1996 and moved into their current building on South Main Street in 2000. Jewell and his wife, Nancy, have three children – Doug, Matt and Jane.
Although he is located in Kernersville, Jewell explained that Jewell Engineering works mostly with local governments across the state, from the mountains to the coast.
“We do a lot of flood studies and reporting for clients on flooding issues,” he said. “We also do designing. We did a significant project to restore a very eroded stream and underground piping at Spring Park in Winston-Salem.”
Jewell added that they also do a lot of dam engineering, including one for the Lumbee Tribe in Robinson, NC that was 6,000 feet long, and at Century Park Lake in Kernersville.
Jewell said they also help local governments develop stormwater programs.
Jewell said what he enjoys about stormwater is the people and seeing a finished project.
“It’s gratifying to see something built that you’ve designed and to see it work well,” he said. “I also enjoy helping local governments develop a program that is well run, efficient, sufficient and reliable.”  
Upon receiving the award, Jewell said he was most honored that it was an award named after Dr. Malcom.
 “He was an engineer and was known as Mr. Stormwater. He made it his life’s work to teach the engineering community,” he said. “I was deeply honored to receive the award because it says what I’ve done as a profession for my entire career, that I’ve done well, but also to win an award that is named for my mentor is a major aspect. I just wish he’d been here to see it. He would have been proud.”
Looking back over his 40 years in stormwater resources, Jewell said it isn’t the work that he has done that he remembers.
“What you remember the most are the people. I really value the relationships,” he remarked. “It’s been a delight to do this kind of work and with the people I’ve been able to work with. The clients and peers I have known over my career have been both critical to my success and a delight to know.”

More than books

After having been open for two months at its new location, the Kernersville Library has seen significant growth and is one of the busiest in Forsyth County.
Going from a space that was 5,000 – 7,000 square feet to a building that is 20,000 square feet, Stephanie Kellum, youth services librarian, said they are now significantly larger and have many new additions.
Kellum said they have two small rooms, a conference room that seats six – 12 people and an auditorium that can hold 100 – 150 people.
“This is the first time we’ve had a really big auditorium,” she stated.
She added that the small rooms and conference room are great for tutoring and for businesses who need a conference space for meetings or training. Kellum said you can book the conference room on their website for free, but the meetings cannot be for a private event.
“We also have a nice courtyard outside, which will be nice to use for story time when it starts to get warm,” she said, adding that there are outlets available outside for people to plug their computers into.
Kellum said they have seen an increase in the number of people and families attending story time, as well as people walking through the door each day.
“We have seen a lot of new families and we are making a lot of new library cards,” she said. “Some days, we circulate more items than any other library.”
Included in their additional, Kellum noted that they have a Children’s Room, which is ocean themed and features a large mural on the wall. There are also sensory toys on several of the bookshelves as you walk in for young children to play with. Other things that are new include a play kitchen, a reading nook for kids to climb in for a private, comfortable place to read, and technology.
“We have two children’s gaming computers with educational games and four internet computers, which we didn’t have at the old library. They are for children ages 4 – 12 to use for homework and there is a printer attached,” she shared. “Another great thing we have in this area is a family bathroom, so families don’t have to trek back to the front of the library.”
Kellum noted that they have a new story time room, which they didn’t have before. When they were in their previous location, they had to borrow space from the Senior Center.
“We have been filling that room up every week,” she said. “It’s great for crafts, too.”
With the addition of this room, Kellum said they have been able to open up Lego Storytime to more people.
“This is held on the first Tuesday night of each month at 6 p.m. and is for ages 2 – 5. It’s designed around kindergarten readiness, so we read a book, sing a song and build something on that theme, and then we talk about what they built and read,” she explained.
Kellum said they now have a space just for teens, called the Teen Zone.
“We didn’t have that before at all,” she remarked. “Now, they have a space to hang out and do their homework.”
In the Teen Zone, there are four internet computers that can be used for homework, one gaming computer that has been very popular, and an all teen collection of books, magazines, graphic novels and movies.
“We have two gaming areas for teens and will be getting some video games for them to play, which are very similar to the ones at Central Library,” she said.
Crystal Holland, branch manager for the Kernersville Library, explained that, in total, they have 20 computers, when they previously only had eight.
“That doesn’t include our catalog computers and the two self-checkout computers, which are wildly popular,” she said.
In the adult area, they doubled their soft, comfortable seating and added two coffee tables.
Holland shared that with the move to their new location, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved for them to have one more full-time staff member. The new staff member is Library Assistant Diarra Leggett.
“We’ve expanded our film offerings to include documentaries with directed Q&As and (Leggett) helps to direct these,” she said. “We’ve had one so far. Our next one will be on Friday, February 22.”
Holland added that Leggett is very creative with programming and coordinates the art wall, which currently features local artists from the Water Color Group out of the Senior Center.
Kellum said they have a Maker Space area, which is used for all programs and open craft times.
“We have crafting supplies for people to use in this area, and we will be adding a 3-D printer and two sewing machines for people to use,” she said.
Holland said with the Maker Space, they also have more opportunities for volunteers to help.
“Library Assistant Melissa Lavely is working with this and coordinates the volunteers since we have opened,” she said.
Along with the additional space inside, Kellum noted that outside, they have additional parking for the library.
“We also have a drive-up book drop, so you don’t have to get out of your car,” Holland said.
Holland added that they now are also open seven days a week.
“We are now open on Sundays from 1 – 5 p.m.,” she said.
The Kernersville Library is located at 248 Harmon Ln. For more information, call 336-703-2930 or visit www.forsyth.cc/library/kernersville.

New Walkertown fire chief

After the retirement of longtime serving Fire Chief Wesley Hutchins, Daren Ziglar was voted in as the new chief for the Walkertown Fire Department.
Ziglar first joined the WFD in 1984 at the age of 14 as a cadet. He was also the first in his family to go into fire service. Not long after that, his family joined him.
He explained that in 1989, after his father retired from AT&T, he joined as an EMT. Later, his mom and wife became involved in the Ladies Auxiliary, and now his son David is a captain with the department.
After volunteering as a firefighter with the WFD, Ziglar was promoted and served as a lieutenant for eight years in the 1990s, 12 years as a captain and three years as the assistant chief.
Ziglar said the WFD has had good, steady leadership since the department started in 1953.
“There have only been seven chiefs, and now eight, and only three chiefs since 1989,” he said.
Ziglar was drawn to the fire service after several men in the fire service from his church pushed him toward the field.
“I became a paramedic for the county, which I did for 30 years until I retired in 2018 as the assistant chief of Emergency Services,” he said, noting that he volunteered for the WFD during this time and is now part of the Life Star Emergency Services.
Ziglar said his most proud moment with the WFD is that his whole family has been involved.
“This thing becomes part of our life,” he remarked. “It was time to slow down, but this was a good opportunity. There is a lot of extra work and responsibility as the chief, a commitment for (my wife and I), but it’s part of my life.”
As chief, Ziglar said he has a lot of people depending on him and it’s his job to make sure they go home at the end of the day.
In his new role, Ziglar said he hopes to get more involved with the community and grow the department’s membership. He noted that since he started in January, they have taken in eight new members, six of which have been junior firefighters who are part of the Walkertown High School’s Fire Academy.
“The partnership we have with the Fire Academy has been a good relationship,” he said. “We help them get those last few classes and we like to see their energy.”
Ziglar explained that the fire department has an age gap.
“We’re missing a generation in the fire service, ages 25 – 40,” he said. “We’ve had to adapt to meet the needs of a new generation, but we’re getting new members. It’s a commitment – we’re asking them to commit a lot.”
In order to be a firefighter, Ziglar said they have to put in 36 hours a year minimum, even for the volunteers.
“It’s a sacrifice. They have to give up a lot of time from home to come here. We try to make it a true extended family and that’s what we have to offer,” he remarked. “Having these younger guys helps us old guys feel young again.”
Making their day room more comfortable is something else Ziglar said they are doing to help make things more comfortable for the firefighters at the WFD.
Ziglar shared what he enjoys about the fire service.
“I enjoy being around folks who get that life is more than about yourself, it’s more about caring about their community and the people they serve and wanting to make it a better place,” he said. “We get 900 – 1,000 calls a year, which is almost three a day. Seventy-five percent of what we do is EMS assists or medical calls, and we are fortunate to have an ambulance here.”
Ziglar said there are three things that make a department successful: staff, calls, and the structure and support that bring it all together.
“Being in this department, it becomes part of your life. You want what’s best for your community, your department and the people in it,” he stated. “We have a Board of Directors that is very supportive and having that support is a big help. The fire service is the truest team effort and it takes everyone doing their best to make it work.”
In total, the WFD has 53 members, which include paid and volunteer members, as well as officers and EMTs.
Ziglar encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a member to call the department or stop by to see what is involved and if it is something they would like to pursue.
“It’s a great way to look into a new career, and we take members as young as 14,” he said.
For more information about the WFD or to see information about public education and updates, visit them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/WalkertownFire, and Twitter.

Having fun in art

Sweet, humbling and heartfelt were some of the words David Russell, art teacher for Walkertown Elementary School, used to describe about how he felt when he learned he had been named the school’s Teacher of the Year.
Russell grew up in Kernersville and graduated from East Forsyth High School in 1987. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he found his first teaching position in East Bend, traveling around to various schools throughout the week for 17 years.
“I came to Walkertown Elementary School in 2014,” he said, recalling that he played on the school’s fields when he played football for the Raiders as a kid. “I felt at home when I got here.”
Russell added that the assistant principal’s mother was his science teacher when he attended middle school at what is now known as Glenn High School, he went to school with the librarian at the school, and the PE teacher’s husband lived in his neighborhood when he was a kid.
Russell said that while he had an influential teacher that steered him toward art, he chose to become a teacher because he likes kids.
“I thought I would rather hang out with kids than adults. I like the energy children have and we have fun in class,” he said. “It’s also fun to see them grow up and learn, and it’s fun to see them in the morning getting dropped off and knowing you can start their morning off in a good way.”
He said one of his college instructors, Chip Holton, was influential in helping him decide to go into art.
“He was a great instructor and he had a great time teaching art,” he stated.
Along with teaching students in his classroom, Russell said he helps with third through fifth grade drop off in the mornings, watches students after school, is the specialist representative for the PTA, is in charge of the school’s sign at the front of the building, and helps with landscaping in the summer.
As a teacher, Russell said he likes to be hands-on and tries to make art fun, while letting students work at their own pace.
“I like to think about what I like to do at that age since I am internally 12,” he laughed.
What Russell said he likes most about being a teacher is the kids.
“I like to see when they have learned something new, and I like being a guide to their creativity,” he stated.
Russell said the students do a lot of different things in his class, such as painting by blowing paint through straws, using yarn, folding origami, zentangles (making repetitive designs inside of their initials) with fifth graders, and more.
“One of my favorite things is seeing the kindergarteners’ reactions when I mix colors. They love seeing when blue and yellow make green,” he said. “I also like being able to be one of the bright moments in their day because we’re having fun.”
Russell said a lot of funny things have happened to him as a teacher, from falling out of his chair and being taped to a wall, to having pies thrown in his face, being hit with water balloons, and wearing a dress to a beauty pageant fundraiser.
When his students look back on having him as a teacher, Russell said he hopes they remember that he always had a smile on his face.
“I also hope they remember that being creative is fun and that trying to help others is very rewarding,” he shared.
When he isn’t teaching art, Russell enjoys spending time with his family and being creative.
When he learned that he had been named WES Teacher of the Year, he was humbled.
“I thought it was sweet, humbling and heartfelt. It gives you a warm feeling inside to know the people you work with know you love your job, and that children are bring praised and nurtured at the school,” he said. “I feel blessed to be around people that are that thoughtful.”

Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive

Give lifesaving blood donations during the Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive, which will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 23 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The McClain family started the Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive in 2012 after their son passed away at the age of 4 ½.
Joel McClain was born July 7, 2006 with Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG), a very rare genetic disorder that stressed his major organs and caused both physical and mental delays.
According to www.cdgcare.com, Glycosylation is the process of adding sugar building blocks (also called glycans) to proteins. Even though glycans are made of many sugars, this is not related to blood sugar levels or diabetes. People with CDG have health concerns because their bodies cannot properly add sugar building blocks to proteins. Every part of the body requires Glycosylation to work normally, which explains the many different health problems that affect people with CDG.
“I had heard of the disease before we found out Joel had it,” Joel’s mother Brea explained. “My nephew also has it, and it is extremely rare. It is a genetic disease. We already had four healthy kids before Joel, and (Joe’s dad) Kevin and I never thought it would be an issue with our children.”
Brea explained that her nephew is doing well.
“He is 15 now and doing really well,” she said.
She explained that they knew something wasn’t right pretty early on as Joel was smaller at birth than any of the other children and had really long fingers, toes and larger ears. He was also having a really difficult time gaining weight.
It was after they were referred to a geneticist when Joel was six-weeks-old that they learned Joel had the rare genetic disease.
Brea shared in an earlier interview that they had to change Joel’s diet because of this, and while he began gaining weight, there were other challenges Joel faced throughout his life, including an intense gag reflex and trouble chewing and swallowing food for almost a year, among others.
She said Joel had to consume high calorie meals because his metabolism was about three times as fast as the average person.
Brea noted that there are 14 sub-types of CDG and the one Joel had affected him both physically and mentally.
Despite the hardships Joel struggled through, Brea said it was hard to find him without a smile on his face, and he always wanted to be right in the middle of what his siblings were doing.
Joel even had the chance to meet his little brother. She explained that when Joel went into the hospital for the last time in January 2012, she had just given birth to their sixth child, Corwin.
“I spent four weeks sleeping in Joel’s hospital room and caring for my newborn. While it was obviously not ideal, I had friends who came and helped and the doctors and nurses were all very supporting,” she shared. “Joel was so excited to have a new baby brother, so he enjoyed some snuggle time with Corwin, too.”
Brea said Joel’s chances for survival were slim from the start, but he was blessed with good health until his fourth year of life when he got pneumonia and his liver began to fail.
“He was hospitalized for a month in July 2011 and for another month in January 2012. During these two hospitalizations, he received many blood products,” she said. “His liver eventually failed and he passed away on February 3, 2012. He was 4 ½ years old. He left behind four brothers and a sister.”
Brea explained that they started the Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive because of all the blood products Joel received in the hospital and they wanted to give back to others in need.
“When Joel was ill, he needed blood products like fresh frozen plasma to help with clotting and albumin to increase his low levels. We saw other kids in the hospital who needed them, as well,” she said. “Hosting a blood drive that can yield 30 units of blood is a way to make a real difference in the lives of many people. We’ve collected over 200 units in the last seven years.”
For Brea and Kevin, she said seeing people come and support the American Red Cross and the Joel Memorial Blood Drive is amazing.
“It is amazing to see our friends and family, church members and neighbors come out to support the blood drive and keep his memory alive,” she said. “While donating money to the Red Cross is great, nothing can replace the lifesaving effect of blood donation. Many people who can donate never do. It really isn’t scary and doesn’t take much time either. One hour of your time is nothing when you think of the lives that can be saved.”
For more information about CDG, visit www.cdgcare.com/what-is-cdg. To learn more about Joel’s story, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6t2HWoy6s4.
According to the American Red Cross, every unit of blood collected goes to a patient in need, and the need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every two to three seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Grace Presbyterian Church is located at 360 Hopkins Road. For more information or to make an appointment (though it is not necessary), contact Red Cross Representative Millie at 336-447-8925.