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Dodge Park Rest Home Earns “Caring Stars 2014” Award for Service Excellence

Written by admin on Jan 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

Praise in Consumer Reviews Puts Dodge Park Rest Home in Top 1% of Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities Nationwide

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Worcester, MA (1/28/2014)Dodge Park Rest Home has been selected as a “Caring Star” of 2014, as part of an annual nationwide program honoring service excellence based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com, the leading senior care website. In reviews from families, seniors, and others concerned about assisted living and Alzheimer’s care, Dodge Park Rest Home  captured a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score), while also meeting other qualifying criteria for the honor.

“We appreciate that we’ve received such positive feedback from families about the services we offer, and we thank Caring.com for recognizing our community as a Caring Star,” said Micha Shalev MHA CDCP CDCM, co-owner and administrator of Dodge Park Rest Home. “We strive daily to delivery high-quality care for our residents, and this award helps validate our delivery on that promise.”

Families across the country are increasingly seeking insights provided by online reviews to help guide important senior care decisions for their loved ones. In 2013 research conducted by Caring.com, 60% of family caregivers indicated that they used the Internet when researching senior care service providers, and two-thirds of family caregivers took to the Web after noticing signs of memory loss in a loved one. A combined 94% percent find online reviews to be trustworthy and helpful to their search for senior care providers. Only a small minority (6%) tends not to believe them.

About 400 communities — the top 1% of assisted living communities nationwide — achieved this recognition. This is the second year in which our community has been designated a Caring Star.

The Caring Stars 2014 award was determined from consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com between December 1, 2012, and December 1, 2013. To qualify, the community had to have received all of the following:

  • Three or more reviews during the time frame, at least one of which with the highest rating of five stars
  • An average overall rating (across all reviews on their listing) equaling greater than 4 stars
  • No unresolved negative reviews

To help these communities stand out to families searching for senior living, a special badge is featured on their listing in Caring.com’s assisted living or Alzheimer’s care directories and search results.

“Congratulations to Dodge Park Rest Home for achieving this high praise from the residents and families they serve,” said Andy Cohen, cofounder and CEO of Caring.com. “Word-of-mouth recommendations in online reviews are consistently cited among the top considerations in the search and selection process. The Caring Stars award badge signals a history of service excellence, further helping those seeking the best assisted living or Alzheimer’s care community for their loved ones.”

About

Dodge Park Rest Home, located in 101 Randolph Road, Worcester, MA, is pleased to continue its tradition of service to the community since 1967.

What makes a company great? There has to be a vision, of course, but what keeps that purpose moving forward? It is the people. People bring their hearts, and that brings concepts to fruition; people bring their passion, and that brings reality to the dream. Here at Dodge Park rest Home and Day Club, our people have made us more than the sum of our collective parts – it is the spirit of the people that has made Dodge Park to come to LIFE .  We believe that nothing is more important in life than family. This principle guides us in providing care for our clients. We view the older adults who live at Dodge Park Rest Home as members of our extended family. This unique philosophy separates Dodge Park rest Home and Day Club from other facilities ensuring the best possible care for our clients.

Dodge Park is a very special place, where our beloved residents experience a level of love and care that is unmatched in the healthcare industry.

Our facility has 60 beds; it is suitable for seniors who need help with their activities of daily living and want luxury, convenience, and peace of mind that a secure setting can provide.

Dodge Park Rest Home residents receive the following services for a all-inclusive monthly fee:

  • Three nutritious meals a day in a restaurant setting
  • 160 hours of activities per week that include entertainment, lectures, and recreational program
  • RN on staff with direct care and supervision available on call 24 hours a day
  • Medical director and mental health providers who are available on call 24 hours a day
  • A personalized care plan that include assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming at no additional cost
  • Medication management and administration at no additional cost
  • Maintenance, housekeeping, and laundry as needed are included
  • Paid utilities except telephone and cable television
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointment or the option to use the in-house physicians
  • Daily status check 7 days a week by RN and responsible staff

We believe that Dodge Park Rest Home tradition of caring set it apart from other rest homes and assisted living facilities in the community.

I would like to invite you to come and see in person what the Dodge Park Rest Home experience is like for our clients.

  • Dedicated staff that provides personalized care to our clients.
  • Meeting spiritual needs of all faiths.
  • Activities to maintain our clients’ mental and physical well-being.
  • Beautifully decorated living areas and gracious common areas.
  • Inviting outdoor courtyards and porches
  • Competitive monthly fee – with our famous – all inclusive care!!! All Included.

We look forward to speaking with you in person to provide more details about the Dodge Park Experience. Please give me a call at (508) 853-8180, so we may arrange a convenient time for you to have a tour of our wonderful community.


TWO MAIDS & A MOP™ Named One of Top 10 Fastest Growing Businesses in 2014 Bulldog 100

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LIGHTNING RELEASES (01/31/2014) TWO MAIDS & A MOP™ based in Mountain Brook, AL was recognized as the ninth fastest growing business owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2014 Bulldog 100 Celebration on January 25 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.

TWO MAIDS & A MOP™, founded by 1997 UGA alumnus Ron Holt, provides professional house cleaning services in thirteen markets across five states; including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.

“This is an incredible honor and we’re humbled to be in this year’s top 10 fastest growing businesses. I can still remember our early days when we were struggling to just get the phone to ring,” said Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of TWO MAIDS & A MOP™. “We are a legitimate national brand today and almost of my business success can be traced back to my early days in Athens, GA.”

The Bulldog 100, coordinated by the University of Georgia Alumni Association, recognizes the 100 fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. For the fifth year in a row, Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors partnered with the UGA Alumni Association to review financial records for each nominated business and determine the ranked list.

Nominations for the 2014 Bulldog 100 were accepted between January and May 2013. To be considered for the list, each organization must have been in business for at least five years, experienced revenues in excess of $100,000 for the calendar year 2010, and be owned or operated by a former UGA student who owns at least 50 percent of the company or be the CEO, president or managing partner. The Bulldog 100 recognizes the fastest growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year compounded annual growth rate.

More than 800 nominations were received for the 2014 Bulldog 100. The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including advertising, staffing, real estate, pest control and mixed martial arts. Companies as far west as Texas and Kansas, and as far northeast as New Jersey, made the list this year.

The 2014 Bulldog 100 Celebration recognized the 100 businesses and 139 alumni who lead those companies on January 25 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. The evening began with a reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Smallbizclub.com founder, 1961 UGA graduate and hall of fame quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, served as the keynote speaker.

The 2014 fastest growing business was Social Empowerment Center, founded and owned by UGA graduates and husband and wife duo, Rachelle and Edward Hutchinson. Located in Lawrenceville, Ga., Social Empowerment Center was established in 2012 and offers support to families in crisis, including mental health and indigent services. This was the company’s first appearance on the Bulldog 100. Rachelle D. Hutchinson, a 2000 graduate of UGA’s School of Social Work, is the first minority and the first female business owner to lead the No. 1 company since the program began in 2010.

“The UGA Alumni Association is pleased to have hosted another successful Bulldog 100 Celebration as the program celebrates its fifth year recognizing top alumni business leaders,” UGA Executive Director of Alumni Relations Deborah Dietzler said. “This is always a well-attended event and the competition to make the Bulldog 100 list each year continues to grow.”

To view the complete list of the 2014 Bulldog 100, photos from the event and 2015 sponsorship information, visit 2014 Bulldog 100. Nominations for the 2015 Bulldog 100 will be accepted until May 31, 2014, at that website.

To learn more about the TWO MAIDS & A MOP™ franchising opportunity, please visit the  franchise opportunity website by clicking here: Start A Cleaning Business.


NFAIS To Host Annual Conference: Giving Voice to Content, Re-Envisioning the Business of Information

Written by admin on Jan 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES (01/31/2014) The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a nonprofit organization representing database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, and content management providers, will convene in Philadelphia for the NFAIS annual conference  February 23-25, 2014.  Thought leaders from across the country will explore the application of big data techniques, such as data mining, linking, analytics, and metrics, to create smart content, extract new insights, and create new business models that will change information markets and the organizations that serve them.

“The application of big data techniques is driving a new information mindset in the creation, delivery and use of information,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director, Elsevier Science & Technology Books and President, NFAIS Board of Directors.  ”Publishers, database producers, aggregators, distributors, and libraries are re-envisioning the use and delivery of information to provide researchers and end-users products that facilitate, not inhibit, the use of information.”  Elsevier, along with The New York Times, and OCLC, will present several new products and services that are shaping the business of information delivery.

Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence at Accel, Scientist Emeritus at bitly, and co-founder of HackNY,  opens the three-day event with a keynote address on the value of freeing content from its current silos in order to reveal previously hidden meanings and relationships. Kerrie Holley, IBM Fellow and Chief Technology Officer, IBM SOA Center of Excellence will close the event by challenging participants to harness the possibilities and implications of combining cognitive systems with social media, mobile applications, analytics and the cloud for transforming information collection and delivery in the 21st century.

Other conference topics include discussions with content providers and librarians on the re-use and sharing of content, privacy, content ownership, and attribution, as well as trends in “datafication”, global shifts in how value is created, a demonstration of the Google Glass wearable computer, and this year’s Miles Conrad Lecturer, Marjorie M.K. Hlava.

The NFAIS 56th annual conference, Giving Voice to Content: Re-Envisioning the Business of Information, will be held at the Philadelphia Bellevue Hyatt February 23-25, 2014. For more information or to register for the event, contact Jill O’Neill, Director of Planning and Communication at jilloneill@nfais.org or (215) 893-1561 or visit the NFAIS website at http://nfais.org.

ABOUT NFAIS

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2014
NFAIS Media Contact: Jill O’Neill
Director, Planning & Communication
jilloneill@nfais.org
215-893-1561
www.nfais.org


Premier Christy Clark should not appeal BC Supreme Court, B.C.T.F., ruling-Vikram Bajwa

Written by admin on Jan 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

 Surrey BC. Jenny Qui. Justice Susan Griffin said in her B.C.Supreme Court judgement that the Government must pay damages for extending to the end of June 2013, changes to collective bargaining that she had already ruled unconstitutional.

The legal fight with B.C.Teachers Federation began in 2002, when the liberals enacted laws to give schools flexibility in organizing classes. That legislation, Bill 28 , removed class-size limits and class composition from the collective bargaining process.

A court battle after 9 years found the Governments\’s action in 2011 to have violated teachers constitutional rights, including long lasting effects in B.C. Education system.

“Times of India awards were paid over $ 11 Million dollars, which could have gone to B.C. Teachers Federation”, said Vikram Bajwa, president of Indian Overseas Congress and former Surrey Mayoral Candidate. Susan Thompson a retired Teacher, questions the logic of appeal by Premier Christy Clark, while B.C. Education has become the worst in Canadian Provinces, due to Liberal policy and “political fight”, with B.C.T.F.
Justice Griffin rejected all Government arguments for the delay and ruled out that the negotiations were not held in good faith during 2012 school year. Richmond teachers strongly feel the present “adamant” Premier will hurt the B.C. Schools, especially minority Indo-Canadian, Chinese Canadian students, by regularly provoking strikes for the next few years.

Premier Christy Clark, should acknowledge the Government failures, pay the $ 2 Million fine and move ahead with other important issues, concerning the Economy and Jobless graphs, in British Columbia, is the wise words, of 16 year old Zeiya Gill, of Cedar Hill, Surrey B.C.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender has failed to make any apology on NDP education critic Rob Fleming calling the judgement ” an indictment of the Government’s last 10 years on the education file”. Liberal member Sukh Sidhu, condemns the minister’s comments on reviewing the judgement , making the education in B.C. the lowest rank in Canada.

“This is the beginning of the end of Liberals in B.C.”, said John Stewart of BCTF.


EZShield Launches Online Resource for Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention

Written by admin on Jan 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases


Website to Share Best Practices to Help Consumers Protect Themselves Against Identity Fraud

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Baltimore, Md. (1/31/2014) – EZShield, a pioneer and leader in identity fraud management solutions, today announced the launch of a new website, FightingIdentityCrimes.com. The site will serve as a resource for consumers to gain information on fraud, identity theft and other prevalent privacy issues.

Recognizing that the ever-expanding threat of identity theft and fraud can be confusing for consumers to understand and combat, EZShield focuses on creating clarity in this cloudy space and helping consumers better protect themselves against these types of crimes.

“Visibility of identity crimes escalated in 2013, with multiple high-profile corporate data breaches and identity theft crimes committed,” said Laura Bruck, VP of Marketing and Solution Strategy and co-creator of FightingIdentityCrimes.com. “Now more than ever, consumers need relevant and accurate information about identity theft protection to educate themselves and take control of their personal identifiable information.” 

FightingIdentityCrimes.com is available to everyone—providing current news, information on identity fraud industry events, and tips and best practices for advanced awareness for those who may have been impacted by an identity crime.

About EZShield

EZShield, awarded 2013 ‘Best in Class’ in Identity Theft Protection Services by Javelin, provides identity fraud solutions to consumers and small businesses through its network of strategic partners. EZShield’s offerings deliver a full spectrum of identity fraud protection services, including data breach preparedness and response, internet and credit monitoring, protection from check and mail fraud, and identity resolution. This full-range of identity theft protection services, offered on a flexible platform and backed by best-in-class service, enables EZShield’s partners to quickly and efficiently bring to market an integrated solution that is tailored to the unique needs of its customers. For more information, please visit www.ezshield.com.


For Additional Information

Laura Bruck
EZShield Fraud Protection
410-809-2504
lbruck@ezshield.com


msWoods Real Estate, LLC Upgrades Website, Offers Dynamically-Driven Features

Written by admin on Jan 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES- Indianapolis, January 31, 2014:  msWoods Real Estate, LLC, an Indianapolis Real Estate brokerage, announced the completion of a dynamic, data-driven real estate search website that includes a new, menu-based search system, search management features and a map-based search tool.

The system generates MLS listings via an IDX feed drawn directly from the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR). Twice per hour, the system scans the entire MLS, looking for changes, such as new listings, expired listings, changes in listing status, etc. The new data are sent to the msWoods database, and the website is updated accordingly.

This data-driven process, combined with the company’s new advanced search features, offers users an “unprecedented level of granularity with respect to the available search filters,” says broker/owner Mike Woods.

“The new site was designed in-house from the ground up. Now, someone looking for a 3-bedroom, golf-course home on a cul-de-sac, located in a gated community with mature trees, a walk-out basement, first-floor master, etc., can find it; whereas previously, you’d have to take the time to read through numerous property descriptions, and that was very frustrating and time-consuming,” he said.

Other features include a search management toolbar by which users can save individual listings to “favorites,” as well as save entire combinations of search criteria for one-click execution at a later time.

The map search interface represents the most recent addition to the site. It offers click-and-drag navigation capability, combined with many of the same advanced search filters that are available on the non-map search.


Risk Consultant Rick Dalrymple to be Featured on Close-Up Talk Radio

Written by admin on Jan 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

Longwood, FL What policies and procedures does your organization have in place right now to reduce your risk, reduce your operating costs and increase your profitability? To their detriment, most companies simply rely on their insurance carrier to help reduce losses. According to risk consultant Rick Dalrymple, that’s old-school thinking. What’s needed are cost containment strategies designed to improve your bottom line.

Dalrymple is a senior financial risk consultant, national speaker and author of the best-selling book Accidents Waiting to Happen, a book of best practices in workers’ comp administration. As one of the owners of IOA Risk Services, Dalrymple specializes in corporate risk management for growth-oriented businesses.

“It’s been proven if you reduce your business risk as a company, you can and will increase your profitability,” says Dalrymple. “Our goal is to make our clients “Best in Class”. By reducing the number and cost of workers’ compensation claims, they can reduce their operating expenses and increase their profitability.”

How much did your last bad hire really cost you? According to Dalrymple, what a company pays in insurance premiums only represents the tip of the iceberg in regards to their Total Cost of Risk. Between the cost of the claim itself and the cost to hire and train a new employee, the total cost can be actually 10 times the size. If a company has a small $15,000 claim, by the time it’s all said and done, that claim probably cost them $50,000. If you’re a company with a five-percent profit margin, you’d have to sell $1 million in sales just to break even with your costs for that claim.

“That’s why it’s important to reduce risk,” says Dalrymple. “You’ve got to stretch yourself out that much more just to cover your losses.”

To help shrink that iceberg, Dalrymple and his associates created a system known as RiskScore®. Like a credit score, a high RiskScore® qualifies a company for better pricing for coverage. Your RiskScore® is determined by a 10-minute questionnaire that provides an extensive overview of your organization’s operational risk management.

“We step in and show them how to manage their claims process and give them checklists and strategies to gain better control over a system that many times they feel controlled by,” says Dalrymple.

Simple solutions such as medical health questionnaires, proper testing and more thorough hiring practices can be extremely impactful.

“Too many business leaders fool themselves into believing their businesses are well-run,” says Dalrymple. “When you have multiple key people in an organization go through this process it’s like football: the left tackle needs to know what the right tackle is doing during an offensive play. We get everyone on the same page doing what they’re supposed to and we’re having fantastic success.”

Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Richard Dalrymple in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on February 4th at 12pm.

Listen to the show www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio. If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Richard Dalrymple, visit http://richarddalrymple.com/


Ben Tankard stars in new DREAMS movie, charts new single on BDS Billboard chart, and signs book deal !

Written by admin on Jan 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

Bravo / NBC Mega hit THICKER THAN WATER star, BEN TANKARD plays role as “parole officer” in the new Marvin Winans,Jr movie:  DREAMS (Lionsgate).

 Tankard signs book deal with literary agent DMA Dupree Miller Agency for new book THE FULL TANK LIFE.  

Tankard’s music single debuts on the BDS Billboard Top 30 Contemporary Jazz Chart.

LIGHTNING RELEASES: NASHVILLE, TN (1/31/2014) – His name is BEN TANKARD.   He is a co-star in the new Marvin Winans,Jr. movie DREAMS and a Grammy nominated, multi-Stellar Award winning Gospel/jazz legend that is having a “stellar” season (pun intended).  Tankard, who is also a former pro basketball player, is known to the music world as the bestselling Gospel/Jazz keyboardist of all time.  As a hit making producer, he discovered and produced a singing 3rd grade school teacher, and presented her to the world.  You now know her as the legendary YOLANDA ADAMS.  She and Tankard have produced over 30 songs together.  “TANK” has been in the industry for over 20 years and earned 15 Gold and 6 Platinum records by producing his own smooth instrumental jazz and working with everyone from Kelly Price and Take-6 to John P. Kee, Fred Hammond and of course Yolanda Adams.  His new single “Thicker Than Water” just popped the jazz BDS Billboard chart this week and is available on iTunes: ThickerThanWaterMusic.  The new CD ” Full Tank Volume 2″ is due out later 2014.

People OUTSIDE of the music industry now know Ben Tankard (and his family), as the stars of the Mega hit Bravo / NBC Reality TV Show: THICKER THAN WATER. The family docu-series is the highest rated freshman show in the history of Bravo / NBC with about 14 million viewers for an 8 episode rookie season.  The “Cosby/Black Brady Bunch” type show was full of life lessons and Tankard shows he is indeed king-of- the-castle by handing out wisdom and inspiration to his large blended family of wife, 5 children, 2 daughter-in-laws, one grandchild and a housekeeper.  TheBlackBradyBunch

Ben Tankard’s wisdom nuggets are known as “BENspirations” and have caught the attention of the literary world. Dallas based international Lit agency, Dupree Miller Agency (who also represent Joel Osteen, T.C. Jakes and Dr. Phil) have just signed him to a major deal for his forthcoming book motivational book THE FULL TANK LIFE. Tank’s writing style is very motivational as seen on his last book which was a bestseller and now available as a free e-book Faith IT !

Speaking of motivation, Tankard is often a guest speaker for sports teams including the NBA.  As a 6’6 former pro shooting guard, he is still putting his massive height to work by launching a new line of clothing for Big & Tall called THE FULL TANK COLLECTION.

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SteelWind Industries Supports The MAX McGee Foundation for Juvenile Diabetes at Children’s Hospital Milwaukee

Written by admin on Jan 30th, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Oak Creek, WI (1/30/2014) – SteelWind Industries, Inc announced today that they will be sponsoring the 1st Annual SteeWind Industries “Kids Bowling for Kids” High School Tournament to benefit the MAX McGee Foundation for Juvenile Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The program starts February 16th and ends on March 16th at Castle Lanes in Racine with over $4500 in scholarships awarded and presented by SteelWind Industries, Inc.

The championship tournament will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 32.

Participants can register by logging on at sportradio1250.com or in person at any of the qualifiers including River City Lanes of Waterford, Badger Bowl in Madison, Classic Lanes, Greenfield and Castle Lanes in Racine.

SteelWind Industries is a large capacity Midwest metal fabrication company offering the most extensive metal fabrication including mining equipment, tanks, and architectural metal fabrication. SteelWind Industries is also the proud fabricator of the Miller Park Retractable Roof. In addition to metal fabrication, they offer machining, heat treating services, sand blasting, and industrial painting. From raw processing to completed products, Steelwind Industries has the capability to handle all project requirements at their facility in Oak Creek, WI.


Best Commercial Land on I-40/I-85 in NC at Auction

Written by admin on Jan 30th, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Rockingham, NC (1/30/2014) – It was announced today that 21.64+/- Commercial Acres Divided, Fronting I-40/I-85, will be sold at auction. The auction includes 3 Commercial Parcels in a Prime Retail Area with 450’ of Interstate Frontage. The properties are being sold by Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc. and selling regardless of price at the end of the auction via an online only multi-par auction with extended bidding features.

The 21.64+/-Acres is adjacent to The Tanger Factory Outlets, which was the highest profile commercial real estate transaction in North Carolina in the past 4 years with over 10 million visitors annually. The property has easy interstate access via Exit 154. It is Zoned B2 and has municipal water and sewer on site. There are two water retention ponds on the south end of tract #2. Traffic count for Interstate I-40/I-85, eastbound is approx. 92,000 vehicles and westbound is approx. 88,000 vehicles.

The Live Bid Center is located at the Mebane Arts and Community Center at 633 Corrigidor Drive, Mebane, NC  27302. Anyone wishing to inspect the property can attend the Open House Inspections on February 5th from 1pm to 4pm and February 10th from 12pm to 3pm.

Thomas McInnis, Nationally Recognized Real Estate Auction Expert and Partner at Iron Horse Auction Company states, “ This auction brings to the market a fabulous offering with extensive I-40/I-85 Frontage. As we near the end of the great recession, this will prove to be one of the last, best buying opportunities in Commercial Real Estate.”

For further information, go to ironhorseauction.com or call:

800-997-2248 

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For interviews, contact:

Thomas McInnis at 910-997-1555

tom@ironhorseauction.com

Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc.

174 Airport Road

Rockingham, NC 28379

910-997-2248

www.ironhorseauction.com