Up & Coming Weekly

March 02, 2021

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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4 UCW MARCH 3-9, 2021 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR April Olsen editor@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Dylan Hooker art@upandcomingweekly.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Keyuri Parab REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Margaret Dickson, Pitt Dickey, D.G. Martin, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Crissy Neville COVER IMAGERY Cover photos courtesy of Fayetteville Technical Community College. ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200- FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. PUBLISHER'S PEN Summer Camp: Kids Need Fun! by TRUMAN 82 64 82 83 79 82 63 64 83 66 64 65 THU MAR 04 FRI MARCH 05 SAT MAR 06 SUN MAR 07 MON MAR 08 TUE MAR 09 63 33 54 34 54 31 56 30 59 32 65 40 Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Cloudy Sunny Sunny Sunny Association of Community Publishers Howdy folks! Truman the Dragon here from Kidsville News! I know you may be wondering why I am writing an article in the Up & Coming Weekly community newspaper. Well, this is a first for me, but I have a very important message for the Fayetteville and Cumberland County com- munity. You see, I created the Kidsville News! Educational Resource back in the day with my friend Bill Bowman and the assistance and guidance of Cumberland County Schools. Yep. My friend the Char- acter Bear and I came to the Fayetteville and Cumberland County community at the very same time. Together and with the support of CCS and local businesses and educational sponsors, we have had the privilege of supporting Fort Bragg, Cumberland County and Hoke County schools for 23 consecutive years. Pretty cool, huh? It has been a wonder- ful and rewarding experience providing this fun and valuable literacy and educa- tional resource to the young K–5th-grade children, their teachers and parents. Now, summer is fast approaching! With all the lockdowns and prudent precau- tions our educational leaders are taking to protect our teachers and children's health and welfare, it is essential that these caring adults understand that children also need to have fun and recreation! So, my message is one of awareness for parents, teachers and the dozens of local Fayetteville and Cumberland County businesses, daycare centers, churches and nonprofit organizations that are consider- ing hosting Summer Camps in 2021. ese essential SUMMERTIME SANCTUARIES are more critical now than ever to develop a child's physical and mental health. I want to encourage every business and organization thinking about hosting a Summer Camp to know how vitally impor- tant it is to get their camp information and message out to families and the general public about what creative and exciting adventures await their children. Here's why: First and foremost - children need to have fun! ey need fresh air outside of the house and away from their computer screens. ey need to run, jump, play and socialize with their friends and children of their age. In other words, "kids need to be kids!" at's also why I want to remind teachers, parents and guardians that they are responsible and in full control of their child's health, development and happi- ness. I have tens of thousands of young friends, and it has been heartbreaking during the last year to see them sad, lonely and missing their friends and classmates. Unfortunately, that's not all they are miss- ing. ey are missing playgrounds, field trips, music venues, sports, theater. More concerning, they are missing way too many nutritious meals with healthy fruits and vegetables. Getting children enrolled in a Summer Camp with educational and fun summer- time activities will prepare them better for dealing with social and academic chal- lenges in the coming school year. Again, this is why I am encouraging anyone (businesses, daycares, churches, theaters, schools, etc.) who is having a Summer Camp this May, June, July or August to contact me. I want to assist them in marketing and advertising their Summer Camp in the Kidsville News! 2021 Summer Camp Directory. I'm providing significant discounts for local businesses and non- profits, a free camp directory listing, and free reading and educational resources with activity worksheets for every child. is is an important publication because parents, teachers and guardians need to know what is available for their children other than COVID masks, social distanc- ing and a computer screen. Children need to have FUN! and parents and guardians need to know where the fun is. So, if you know a business, church or organization offering fun and exciting summertime experiences, ask them to let me help them get their message out. Businesses and organizations promot- ing Summer Camps in Kidsville News! will have a chance to win a FREE $100 Shopping Spree at my very, very favor- ite place — Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop. Yep, and all the participating Campers will receive a delicious FREE gift from Rocket Fizz and a special edition of Kidsville News! For more information or to advertise, promote and market your Summer Camp call Up & Coming Weekly at 910-484-6200 or contact me directly at Kidsville 910-391-3859. anks a million! I will be looking forward to seeing you at Rocket Fizz this summer. Oh, by the way, if you see my friend Bill Bowman make sure you thank him for allowing me to use his space for this im- portant message. I'm sure he would want me to tell you, "anks for reading Up & Coming Weekly." TRUMAN, Kidsville News! Mascot. COMMENTS? BILL@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910- 484-6200. June, 2019 www.kidsvillenews.com/cumberland 1 F R E E F R E E My paper Cumberland and Hoke Counties' Fun Family Newspaper • May 2019 Cumberland and Hoke Counties' Fun Family Newspaper • May 2019 Proudly sponsored by: UP & COMING WEEKLY Technology vs. geography Technology vs. geography

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