John Drescher

Here’s how you can help during this holiday season

Reaching out. Helping. Giving. Every day in the Triangle that’s what we do. Lift up others and, in the process, ourselves. In this annual section, we put the spotlight on nonprofits working to make our communities better. Connect with them to help or be helped. Find out more at nando.com/trianglegives.
Reaching out. Helping. Giving. Every day in the Triangle that’s what we do. Lift up others and, in the process, ourselves. In this annual section, we put the spotlight on nonprofits working to make our communities better. Connect with them to help or be helped. Find out more at nando.com/trianglegives. ehyman@newsobserver.com

This is the time of year when many of us reconnect with family and friends, count our blessings and seek to help others in need. By lifting others, we lift ourselves.

That’s why we recently published our annual The Triangle Gives section. It’s full of useful information about nonprofit groups that would love to have your help.

We profiled about 20 groups. Among them are Book Harvest, which provides books to children and families; Junior Achievement, which teaches students financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship; the Tammy Lynn Center, which supports children and adults with developmental disabilities; and Miracle Feet, which provides treatment to children born with club feet.

The Triangle Gives includes a list of other worthy organizations and how to find out more about a charity. You can find The Triangle Gives at nando.com/trianglegives.

Tar Heel of the Year lunch

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North Carolina chefs Vivian Howard, left, and Ashley Christensen will headline ThriveNC, a new food festival in downtown Raleigh in May 2018. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Since 1997, we’ve recognized a person who has made a lasting impact on our state or region by naming a Tar Heel of the Year. We’ve published a deeply reported profile on that person each December.

To commemorate 20 years of this recognition, we’re hosting a luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Crabtree Marriott.

We’ll recognize the prior Tar Heels of the Year (eight of them will be present, including 2016’s John Kane) and honor this year’s recipients, chefs Ashley Christensen and Vivian Howard. We will post profiles of Christensen and Howard at newsobserver.com at noon Thursday; the profiles will be published in the print paper of Sunday, Dec. 17.

The keynote speakers will be brothers and businessmen Torry and Terrence Holt, both former N.C. State and NFL players. Christensen and Howard also will speak. Tickets are available at nando.com/2017tarheel.

Extra Extra

If you like print newspapers, you’ll probably like our daily digital replica edition, also called the “eEdition.”

It looks just like the print News & Observer. But every day we add at least 20 pages of additional coverage of national and international news, sports (including stats), business, features and commentary. This is excellent bonus coverage that many of our print readers don’t know about. In a nod to the extra editions that newspapers published decades ago when big news broke, we call it “Extra Extra.”

Check it out. You can read the eEdition by going to the bottom left corner of newsobserver.com and clicking on “eEdition”; on our eEdition app on an iPad; or in the upper right corner of the smart phone N&O app.

Six decades

When long-time readers contact The N&O, they often let us know how long they have subscribed. We’ve used various records and computer systems over the decades, and we don’t know who our longest continuous subscriber is.

But Bob Southerland is up there. When Southerland and his wife moved to Raleigh in March 1958, they started a subscription to The N&O. They’ve been subscribers ever since — almost 60 years.

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Bob Southerland, longtime N&O reader. Courtesy of Bob Southerland

Southerland, 79, is the founder and former president of the Carolina Federal Savings and Loan Association of Raleigh. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the YMCA of Raleigh, the United Way of Wake County, the Salvation Army and the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. He’s volunteered for Meals on Wheels and read for the Triangle Radio Reading Service, which serves the visually impaired.

For Southerland’s service to the state, Gov. Roy Cooper recently awarded him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

If Southerland doesn’t have newspapers in his blood, he at least has ink-stained fingers. He began his working career when he delivered the Evening Telegram in his hometown of Rocky Mount.

We thank him for his service to North Carolina and for reading The N&O for six decades.

John Drescher: 919-829-4515, @john_drescher

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