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Archive for March, 2009

Eight tail-waggers celebrate a special first birthday

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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Happy birthday to Bubba, Teddy, Sweetie Pie, Kera, Ivy Jane, Woody Basil, Elvis and Vegas; they all turned one Sunday, thanks to a great group of adoptive parents.

Paws Place owner, Nancy Janovetz said, “It’s nice to see all the puppies, and what they grew up into.”

It all started with the puppies’ mom, Darcy. More than a year ago, she was found abandoned behind Paws Place, in a plastic storage bin. When volunteers found her, she was nearly nine weeks pregnant. “No food, no water, no blanket, nothing, she was just in there being pregnant, it was horrible,” said Janovetz.

A week later, the original Octo-Mom gave birth to the eight healthy pups. After rotating feeding schedules among volunteers, Paws managed to place all eight puppies and their mom, Darcy, with families. Kathy Dzubak and her husband adopted two of them. “We have a seven-year-old Golden also, and it wasn’t long before they were just part of the family.”

The Dzubak’s are proud parents of Ivy Jane and Woody Basil. “They have very different personalities, even though they have the same mother,” said Kathy. “Woody is more laid back, we say that Woody worries, because he has a worried face, and Ivy is a little more outgoing and snarly.”

All the parents and puppies enjoyed a giant birthday celebration, along with cake for the people and gourmet biscuits for the toddler tail-waggers. Nancy said, “It’s a celebration of the life of the puppies, and also bonding the people together.”

Paws Place could not press charges because they did not have proof that Darcy’s original owners were the ones who dumped her outside the rescue center that frigid day last year. But they do warn animal owners to spay and neuter their dogs and cats.

All the guests were asked to make a donation to Paws Place instead of bringing gifts.

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videoHappy birthday to Bubba, Teddy, Sweetie Pie, Kera, Ivy Jane, Woody Basil, Elvis and Vegas; they all turned one Sunday, thanks to a great group of adoptive parents.

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After-school program at church assists kids with school and life

Monday, March 9th, 2009

“Check,” says Chris Sims in a clear voice that rings through a room at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington.”Mate,” answer a group of youngsters.”Check,” he repeats. “Mate,” comes the answer again.

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Yaupon Beach pier could reopen this spring

Monday, March 9th, 2009

On Thursday, workers climbed to the roof of the pier restaurant to make measurements. And a few curious town officials dropped by to check out the fishing pier’s condition.

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NC museum restores rare Higgins boat

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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BEAUFORT, N.C. — A World War II landing craft that may be one of only 12 remaining has been restored at a North Carolina museum and returned to its owners.

The Carteret County Times-News reported that the Higgins Boat that was restored at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort was returned last week to the First Division Museum in Wheaton, Ill.

Workers at the museum’s Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center spent seven months restoring the boat. More than 23,000 of the boats were made during the war, but only 12 are believed to remain.

Nearly 100 people attended a ceremony at which the boat was turned over to representatives of the First Division Museum. Sgt. Maj. Taylor Poindexter of the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas, accepted the boat.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A World War II landing craft that may be one of only 12 remaining has been restored at a North Carolina museum and returned to its owners.

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Collision stops traffic at Oleander and Pine Grove drives Monday morning

Monday, March 9th, 2009

A driver ran a red light on Oleander Drive at Pine Grove Drive and crashed into another vehicle, shutting down eastbound traffic on the road for more than half an hour Monday morning, according to police.

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