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Q: I was wondering if there are any planned shredding events to be held over the summer.


Answer: We have gotten several requests for these, but we are not currently aware of any shredding events between now and Sept. 16, when the Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center will have a fundraiser at the Children’s Center, to raise money that will allow their riders, who have physical or developmental special needs, to participate in the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia’s annual show in October.

If we hear of other shredding events, we will run a follow-up.

Another option is to take papers to UPS Store locations for shredding or contact other office supply stores to see if they can help. Contact stores for pricing and details.

Q: With the upcoming July 4th holiday, will my garbage and recycling schedule in Winston-Salem change? Where do I find the information for holiday collection changes?


Answer: Some collections for garbage, recycling, and yard carts will be affected the week of July 1 to 5, according to Johnnie Taylor, operations director for the city.

He said that garbage collections will be moved up one day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while Friday collections will remain the same. “That means if your typical collection day is Tuesday, your holiday collection will be on Monday, and if your regular collection day is Wednesday, your holiday collection will be on Tuesday. Thursday collections are to be serviced on Wednesday.”

Recycling, which is contracted through Waste Management, will pick up red week routes next week. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday recycling routes will be on their regular schedule, while Thursday and Friday pickups will be postponed one day.

Yard carts for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday routes will maintain a regular schedule; Thursday routes will be postponed one day.

The holiday collection schedule for the entire year is available at

Q: How can I get a visitors pass for Fort Bragg?


Answer: Visitors can request a pass from the Visitor’s Control Center, which is at the All American Highway Access Control Point, Building H-1575 at Fort Bragg. The registration process takes three to seven minutes on average to complete, and registration is open 7 days a week, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“To register, you must present a valid driver’s license,” according to a spokeswoman in the Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office. “You may have your photo taken, submit a fingerprint and have a National Criminal Information Center criminal history record check conducted by one of the VCC registrars. Make sure to also have your current vehicle registration and proof of insurance.”

For more information, you can go to and search for “visitor information” or call the VCC at 910-907-5165.

Organizations interested in requesting tours may contact the Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office at, she said, adding “Please note, tours fill fast and are often scheduled as far in advance as one year out.”

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Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 

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