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Oct. 20, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Express Employment’s ‘Pay It Forward’

Lee County’s unemployment rate has dropped again, slightly, but there are still thousands on the rolls of the not working who are facing dim prospects of finding a job.

With the holiday season coming up, one local employment firm is seeking to help 100 of those earn paychecks between now and Christmas.

Express Employment Professionals, located on Jefferson Davis Highway, has announced a “Pay It Forward” hiring drive. They’re seeking to place 100 job-seekers in Lee County in positions from Nov. 4 to Dec. 20. The company has challenged local businesses to consider hiring a qualified worker during the holidays, and has pledged $10 to the United Way of Lee County for each worker it places. In announcing the drive, Express notes that a single $10 donation to the United Way will provide about 40 meals to those in need, to those who are finding a difficult time putting food on the table.

Consider paying it forward. Contact Express’ Joe Clancy at (919) 775-1292 for more information.

THUMPS UP: Household Hazardous Waste Day

There’s an old can of paint that you have on a shelf that hasn’t been used in years. Or a drawer full of expired batteries. Or a box full of old chemicals and pesticides that are just sitting around and are unusable.

Looking for an easy way to get rid of all of these items and other such household hazardous waste?

Well, that opportunity comes this Saturday as the annual Lee County Household Hazardous Waste Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

Thanks to Lee County, NCDA & Pesticide Assistance Program, and the Lee County Cooperative Extension Services, items such as old household chemicals, cleaners, paint, automotive fluids, batteries, pesticides and more will be collected for proper disposal.

It’s a win-win. It’s an opportunity to rid your home of these items — while doing it in a safe manner that will be good for the environment.

Take advantage of this opportunity on Saturday.

THUMBS UP: Sanford Brush & Palette Club

Congratulations to the Sanford Brush & Palette Club. Not only is the club in the midst of its annual art show at the Bob E. Hales Center, near downtown Sanford, but the organization was also recently recognized with the “Friends of the Arts” award from the N.C. Art Education Association.

The Brush & Palette Club has supported the “Art Angels for Budding Artists” program, providing donated art materials to Lee County Schools art teachers and offers art materials to economically disadvantaged students.

Lee County can stand proud for the many individuals who play a role in the advancement of the arts. The Sanford Brush & Palette Club obviously is playing a key role in promoting local artistic efforts.