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Workers, bosses and teachers earn disability employment awards

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Numerous employees and employers were recognized recently as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The Wilson Committee for Persons with Disabilities usually has a formal lunch to honor award recipients who “embrace, support and employ those with disabilities to be included and successful,” said Human Relations Director Renee Smith. Hurricane Florence complicated those plans, so the lunch was scaled back to a Thursday reception where eight Wilsonians were celebrated.

Trevor Moye, a biscuit baker at the Bojangles’ on Nash Street, was named an outstanding employee — an honor he said he achieved by fighting against the idea he was not smart enough to succeed that was reiterated throughout his childhood.

“This award means more to me than anything else in the world,” Moye told the crowd. “It’s like I’m receiving an Oscar or a Grammy.”

Dinton Harris, who works for The Budd Group, also was named an outstanding employee. The committee named two A Caring Heart Case Management employees — Carol Choate and Sandy Harris — as outstanding professionals.

The outstanding educators were Brandi Reams at Wilson Preparatory Academy and Randi Pakula at the Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf. Also, Amy Davis of Amy Jo’s Country Restaurant and Wanda Mitchell of Hattie Daniels Day Care Center were named the outstanding employers.

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Groom-A-Bull Pet Center owner Cyndie Taylor is partnering with Maple Ridge Mobile Veterinary Services for a low-cost vaccination clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The first-come, first-served event will allow owners to get their dogs and cats up to date on rabies, distemper and feline leukemia vaccine as well as receive discounted heartworm tests, heartworm and flea prevention. Participants will receive a 10 percent discount on grooming services with proof of purchase at the clinic.

“The biggest problem that we have run into is there is an epidemic of rabies and other vaccinations not being up to date or even done at all,” Taylor said. “And here we cannot see any dog that is not current on their rabies vaccine.”

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