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Pender County residents proud of their family tree

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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There is a new title holder in Pender County. It has been around for more than 150 years, but just recently earned state champion recognition.

“I have shown people the tree in pictures and they can’t believe it. You have to see it for yourself to grasp just how big it is,” said owner Charles Rousey.

Big is an understatement. It is an old oak tree, between 150 & 200 years. The tree can’t talk, but oh the stories it could tell if it could. If it could talk, it would tell you it is 85 feet tall and 221 inches around. The canopy of the tree spreads 61 feet from one side to the other.

You can find this tree on Point Caswell Road, just outside Atkinson in Pender County. It is a Laurel oak, and it was recently named the largest of it’s species in the state. Charles and Molly Rousey even have a certificate to prove it.

You could call it the family tree. The Rousey’s get to wake up with it, go to bed with it, and swing on it every day. “The kids play on the swing a lot. They run around the tree and try to chase each other and play games,” said Charles.

Molly Rousey added, “The tree, we think, is the world’s largest passive air-conditioner. Hardwoods evaporate thousands of gallons of water per day. Combined with the shade and the cooling effect that the moisture has when it evaporates it cools the area around it and given the tree is on the north side of the house we get that direct benefit.”

“A lot of oaks tend to live a couple hundred years, and we feel the first hundred years they’re really happy and the second hundred they’re kind of on their death bed and I do this tree is on its way out,” said Molly. The best estimate is the tree has about 30 to 40 years left.

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videoThere is a new title holder in Pender County. It has been around for more than 150 years, but just recently earned state champion recognition.

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Ice skating to help Pender County’s Relay for Life

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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The beautiful and very warm weather this weekend caused some to chose a cooler past time – ice skating.

The Wilmington Ice House in Ogden Park donated half of its ticket sales to the Pender County Relay for Life. The money will go to the organization’s Kids Walk On event May 2nd at Topsail High School.

“Pender County is a lot smaller scale than New Hanover, but it’s just as important and all the proceeds that we can raise for the Cancer Society to help find a cure, it’s very worthwhile,” said Irene Villa from Pender County Relay for Life.

Relay for Life is a national organization that benefits cancer research.

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The beautiful and very warm weather this weekend caused some to chose a cooler past time – ice skating.

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Goodwill – Battleship staff gets big thanks from France

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Those of us who live here might be inclined to take the Battleship North Carolina for granted. It’s here and unlikely to weigh anchor. It’s not an official symbol on the city seal or county logo – but it is part of the landscape and a big draw for many visitors.

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UNCW bestows service awards

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Two local residents are among the North Carolina individuals and one child services agency being recognized this year by the University of North Carolina Wilmington for their service to the state’s children and youth.

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Do Some Good – Fish-fry, hair fashion show fundraisers

Monday, April 27th, 2009

It’s fish fry time again at the Scottish Rite Temple, and Nsalo Salon holds the second annual “Arts for the Arts” hair fashion show to raise money for Kids Making It.

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