City Edition July 2016

Construction to Affect Activities at Salem Lake
Collection Changes for Independence Day Holiday
Entrants Sought for Corn-Shucking Contest
McFadden Wins Statewide Award for Heroics
Firecracker Festival Coming July 16

Construction to Affect Activities at Salem Lake

The bait shop, fishing pier and boat launch ramp at Salem Lake will be closed starting Monday, June 27, to allow for construction of a new marina center and related improvements. The Salem Lake Trail will remain open.

While the fishing pier is closed, the city will allow fishing from the lake bank in a designated area near the Salem Lake Trail parking area off Salem Lake Road. The city will also designate a temporary location for launching canoes, kayaks and paddleboards from the bank. A map is posted on showing what portions of Salem Lake Park are closed and the temporary sites for fishing and launching paddlecraft. Read more about the work at Salem Lake.

Collection Changes for Independence Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, July 4, to observe the Independence Day holiday.

CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will not be staffed, but non-911 emergency calls will be forwarded to on-call staff with the appropriate department.

 Requests for routine information or services may be submitted by email, the city website and the CityLink 311 mobile application for processing the next day.

All yard-waste and recycling collections for the week of July 4 will be postponed one day: Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc. 

There will be no change in garbage collections. 

For more information call CityLink 311.

Entrants Sought for Corn-Shucking Contest

The Fairgrounds Farmers Market is looking for participants of all ages to compete for a share of $200 in prize money during its fourth annual “Aw Shucks!” corn shucking contest on Saturday, July 16, at 9 a.m. There is no charge to enter and all the corn shucked during the contest will be donated to the Samaritan Inn Soup Kitchen.

The contest is open to all ages. Contestants will compete in two age groups: 12 and under; and over 12. Contestants will compete for prizes of $50, $30 and $20 for first, second and third places in each age group. 

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 12. To enter or for more information call (336) 655-9785, send an email to, or use the online form:

Firecracker Festival Coming July 16

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping at the annual Firecracker Festival crafts fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, rain or shine, at South Fork Park and inside the South Fork Community Center. More than 50 local and regional crafters will be participating. The Dogwood Blossoms dulcimer group will perform and free ice cream sundaes will be available with an assortment of toppings.

McFadden Wins Statewide Award for Heroics

Winston-Salem Police Officer Travis McFadden, a school resource officer for the Kingswood School at the Children’s Home, will receive the 2016 Hank Snyder “Beyond the Call of Duty” Award from the N.C. Association of School Resource Officers for his actions in rescuing a toddler from a crashed automobile. Award honors a school resource officer who goes above and beyond the call of his or her everyday duties. The award is named in honor of Hank Snyder, a retired instructor at the N.C. Justice Academy. McFadden will be presented the award on July 11 during the association’s annual convention at Sunset Beach, N.C. Read more about this story.

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Garbage, recycling, yard-waste cart collection changes for holiday weeks

City Edition 2016 

For more information about these stories, or to report problem or request services, call CityLink at (336) 727-8000 or 311 in Winston-Salem.

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