Up & Coming Weekly

March 12, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 13-19, 2019 UCW 13 Westwood Shopping Center & Fort Bragg L O C A L V E T E R A N O W N E D B U S I N E S S Westwood: 439 Westwood Shopping Center 910.860.1220 | theupsstorelocal.com/2974 Fort Bragg: Fort Bragg Mini-Mall 910.436.7877 | theupsstorelocal.com/4787 Steve & Debbie Milburn, Owners We Specialize in: ANYTHING! We Print, Pack & Ship! • Acrylic Photos • Photo Stickers Magnets • Custom Puzzles • Signs • Banners • Business Cards • Digital & Wide Format Printing • Notary Services • Mailbox Solutions UPS/ USPS/DHL Shipping • Packaging Material/ Supplies • Special Teacher Discounts • AND MUCH MORE! Luck won't get your packages there, WE WILL! Print/Sign Shop The UPS Store We s t w o o d & Fo r t B r a g g Eat In or Take Out Monday - Friday Lunch: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Dinner 4 - 9 p.m. Saturday All Day Dinner 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Sunday Dinner all day 11am-8pm Join the Grandsons team at any of our locations to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your loved ones! 5339 Marracco Dr., Hope Mills, NC 28348 3901 Ramsey st. fayetteville, NC 28311 When the power bill arrives every month, most people don't think about what PWC, Fayette- ville's hometown utility provid- er, does not just for its custom- ers but for the community and for the environment, too. Now is the time to find out. Friday, March 22, from noon-9 p.m., and Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., PWC will host its 5th Annual Power & Water Expo at SkyView on Hay. Upon arrival, the first 500 visitors will receive a reusable tote. Carolyn Justice-Hinson, PWC spokeswoman, said that by the time people leave, their totes are filled with educational and useful items. ese include fat-trappers, tree seedlings, LED energy- saving light bulbs and other energy and water conservation tools. Attendees can register to win a $100 bill credit, too. ere will also be a drawing for a smart thermo- stat, which Hinson said is one of the best tools avail- able to help manage utility bills. e expo is also an excellent time to learn about upcoming billing changes. "Because we are going to change to time-of-use electric rates in May, this is a great time for customers who want to learn more about how it works and how they can take advan- tage of the lowest rates," Hinson said. Hinson sees this as a great opportunity for the community to get to know PWC and the people who work so diligently to keep Fayetteville's lights on. She invites the community to come and get answers to their ques- tions about all aspects of PWC. "e cool thing is that we have employees from all over the company that volunteer to come to this, and they know the basic information about con- servation and our programs," Hinson said. "And they really enjoy interacting with people." ere will be PWC representatives from the cus- tomer service department as well as conservation specialists, utility workers with equipment to show off, system protection employees, engineers and field service workers. is gives attendees the op- portunity to learn about almost every aspect of PWC and its reach. Hinson encourages people to chat with the representatives and ask questions. Several other organizations will be represented as well, including Sustainable Sandhills, the city of Fayetteville's Stormwater program, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. "e idea behind that was looking at organiza- tions that we work with and that offer value to our customers," said Hinson. "When they come, it gives them a place to interact with the public, and it show- cases our partnerships we have year-round." Action Pathways will also be at the expo to talk about its weatherization program and how it can have a significant impact on home utility bills. Cape Fear Botanical Garden will be at the expo, too. "ey have a waterwise garden," said Hinson. "We've part- nered with them for 20 years." Radio stations Bob FM, Sunny, WKML, and Old School Jamz will be on-site throughout the event. PWC has a long reach, to include Fayetteville Technical Community College, which will also participate in the expo. "We will be promoting in partnership with FTCC its new line worker pro- gram," said Hinson. "(We want to) help promote that as a career opportunity. Additionally, people will be able to talk to line workers. "As we continue to expand, there are always dif- ferent types of jobs in the utility industry we will be looking to fill." While the event is free, Hinson suggests paying it forward and bringing a nonperishable food dona- tion for the Second Harvest Food Bank food drive. is is a family-friendly event, so bring the chil- dren. For more information, visit www.faypwc.com/pwcexpo. PWC's Power & Water Expo offers conservation tools, information by STEPHANIE CRIDER EVENT Employees from all over the company volun- teer at the expo because they enjoy connect- ing with the community. STEPHANIE CRIDER, Associate Publisher. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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