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Know of a young hero in your community — a child or teenager who does what’s right and seeks out ways to improve the quality of life, safety, and/or environment of others?

If so, consider nominating your hero for the first-ever “Alexandra Scott Butterfly Award,” which donates $25,000 to the winner’s charity of choice.

The award is named in honor of Alexandra Scott, one of the first winners of the Volvo for life Awards. An 8-year-old cancer patient from Wynnewood, Pa., she gained national attention for raising $1 million for pediatric cancer research by holding annual lemonade stands. She died Aug. 1.

Plenty of young people around here who would make good applicants already grace the pages of this newspaper. So we know they’re out there.

The Alexandra Scott Butterfly Award is part of the Volvo for life Awards, an annual program seeking out and celebrating heroes of all ages. You can nominate a child through Jan. 10 by logging on to www.volvo forlifeawards.com.

The winner travels to New York City on March 23 to be honored at the annual awards ceremony.

The path to Bethlehem

Lots of churches have Nativity plays, but consider the 45-minute “walk-through” tour of the Christmas story at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, which uses 60 people and a handful of live animals.

Shepherds will lead guests through the story of the birth of Jesus, using nine stations where, through drama, the Christmas story will be told. Singers will provide madrigal music.

The tour ends outside at a live Nativity scene.

It is free to the public.

An extensive antique toy collection also will be on display.

The church is at 2424 Old Oak Ridge Road.

The tours are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12.

For more information, call the church at 643-4690.

Baptists gain protection

Late last month the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina completed a yearlong process to convert the BSC from a nonprofit association to a nonprofit corporation.

Greensboro lawyer John H. Small, of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, worked to replace the BSC’s previous constitution and bylaws with articles of incorporation and a revised set of bylaws.

Until then, the 900,000-member BSC had existed as an unincorporated association. The Baptists voted overwhelmingly to incorporate, which protects the assets of the state’s largest religious group from lawsuits.

Nancy McLaughlin is the religion reporter at the News & Record. Contact Nancy at

373-7049 or nmclaughlin@

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