Q: Does the train ever run along Stratford Road/U.S. 158? Can these and other abandoned rail lines be repurposed for bike riding/walking trails? — R.K.
Answer: Trains have not used those tracks in many years.
However, railway companies do not give up rights-of-way very often.
For an answer, SAM turned to Ben Woeber, the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation.
“While the rail line is inactive, Norfolk Southern has not abandoned it, so there is no opportunity for us to pursue a trail at this time,” Woeber said. “Contrast that with the experience we have had to date with NCDOT Rail and the Long Branch Trail. NCDOT Rail has been a willing partner in that process, and, as a result, we have been able to construct a trail and now have plans to extend it along that rail corridor.
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“We definitely recognize the value of rail-trail projects, but can only pursue them where we have a willing railroad agency as a partner.”
“On behalf of the VFW Memorial Honor Guard, I extend a heartfelt thank you to the anonymous person who paid for our lunch at West Town Family Restaurant on Saturday, Dec. 2. Our Honor Guard had completed a mission to render military honors to a veteran (Navy) at United Baptist Church before seven of us stopped for lunch. Your generosity and patriotism are appreciated by all of us.” — Cliff Harris, quartermaster, VFW Memorial Honor Guard
Central Library book sale
The Friends of the Central Library will hold its annual Big Book Sale Thursday through Sunday at the library, 660 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem. Admission is free.
The hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. On Sunday items will be half price or $5 per bag; some exclusions apply.
A special preview sale will be from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $25 for the preview sale.
The sale will include books, DVDs, CDs and other media in good condition. There is also a large selection of children, teen, foreign language and historical books. There are also vintage and first edition books.
Proceeds will benefit the library’s programs including the Children’s Summer Reading Program.
For more information, email FriendsofCentralLibrary@gmail.com or call 336-327-7888.
AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers
The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation needs volunteers to assist in preparing free federal and state tax returns for taxpayers from Feb. 2 through April 12. Volunteers will provide support in scheduling and answering questions. Volunteers should be somewhat computer proficient, have good communication/interpersonal abilities and a willingness to learn.
Training is required for Client Facilitators, and you must pass a certification exam. AARP Tax-Aide operates in a safe environment.
To complete an application, go to www.aarp.org/volunteer/programs/tax-aide/?cmp=FDN-TAXAIDE-PRINT-VOLUNTEER and click on the Volunteer Now link.
After reviewing your application, you will be contacted by phone or email and provided additional information to help you decide if you want to volunteer.
Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., #100, Winston-Salem, NC 27101