The Sharing Hearts Ministry of Mt. Carmel Church will have its Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale on March 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Church to benefit Women’s Ministries and the ministries it supports.
  There will be a variety of vendors at the event, which, among other groups will be raising money for CORA’S — Community Out-Reach Services. CORA’S is the vision of Lynda Branch, who formed the nonprofit to help the members of the community in the following areas:
  •Career and Financial Planning
  •Computer Training
  •Drug and Alcohol Program
  •Youth Orientation Ministry
  •Post Abortion Counseling
  •GED Classes
  •Abstinence Program
  •Pregnancy Testing
  •Parental Relationships
  •Prenatal Care
  “Pastor Wiley Hughes has been a Godsend for us,” said Branch. “I don’t know if we could function without what he and Mt. Carmel have done for us financially.”
Renee Gibbs, director of Women’s Ministry, says CORA’S is just one of the many organization the church helps.
  “Pastor Wiley is very cognizant of the needs of the community,” said Gibbs. “He is very giving.”
  For more information about the Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale, call Gibbs at 257-5109 or check out the church’s Web site, www.mountcarmelchurch.net.


  The city of Fayetteville has been named a Tree City USA for the seventh year by the Arbor Day Foundation. The award recognizes cities nationally for their commitment to community forestry.
  Municipalities must meet four standards to gain the distinction: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The city met the criteria by having members of the Joint Appearance Committee serve on a tree board, enforcing a tree ordinance for public land and by Parks & Recreation staff planting, pruning, irrigating and fertilizing trees. Parks and Recreation also selects the trees, making sure they grow well in Fayetteville. Mayor Chavonne presented a proclamation for Arbor Day and there were tree plantings at Cape Fear Botanical Garden and five schools.
  “A community, its elected officials and its citizens that provide needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and they also provide environmental and economical benefits. Cities that are recognized with a Tree City USA designation go to great lengths to plant and care for the community forest.”
  Chavonne said the award shows the city’s continued commitment to the environment.
  “In winning this award for the seventh straight year, the city has proven that we are dedicated to our goal of a more attractive city,” he said. “Being a green city helps our environment and affects our economic development and appearance in so many positive ways. This Tree City USA award is further inspiration to our community that we are making strides and that those efforts do make a difference.”

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