Local cooks compete
Sydney McCoy of Apex, 13, won top honors for her entry in the Great American SPAM Championship at the N.C. State Fair on Oct. 25. Bill Kirk of Cary won a blue ribbon with his version of a twice-baked potato recipe.
Cary resident earns Community Service Award
Diane Filer of Cary earned the Community Service Award of the Yates Mill Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Filer was recognized for her work for PORCH of Western Wake, requesting and collecting many donations of food for the nonprofit.
Cary blood donor honored
American Red Cross blood and platelet donor Michael Zapata, Jr. of Cary was recognized for his commitment in a ceremony at the Durham Blood Donation Center on Nov. 6. He and 14 other donors nationwide were inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame.