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Brunswick fishermen look to educate on buying local

Friday, June 5th, 2009

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You cast your net, deliver your catch, and hope it will pay off. Then you do all over again the next day. That is the life of a fisherman. David Beresoff has owned a fish market in Sunset Harbor for the past seven years. He said the business is changing, and not in a good way.

“Our fishermen are suffering also with the economic times, so we are trying to promote business that will support selling fresh local quality seafood,” said Beresoff.

Beresoff is a member of Brunswick Catch, a local organization of fishermen, dealers and restaurants that have joined forces to encourage the public to buy seafood locally. Beresoff said the odds are stacked against him, and many others.

High fuel prices, disappearing waterfront property and imported products coming as far as China are sinking the industry. According to the Atlantic Journal, more than 80 percent of all seafood that Americans eat comes from other countries, and nearly 90 percent of all shrimp.

“It’s a misconception by a lot of people that come down by the coast, that everything that they buy in a restaurant or from a fish market is locally caught,” said Beresoff. “Unfortunately, that is not the case.”

Royce Potter is a fifth generation fisherman, vice chairman of Brunswick Catch, and the owner of a fish market in Southport. “It’s so much easier and cheaper for restaurants to import it from places like Thailand and China and we just can’t compete with that,” he said.

That is why the partners of Brunswick Catch are working hard to reel in area restaurants and educate consumers about buying locally. Beresoff said we can help just by simply asking where you dinner was caught. “When it is available locally we want everybody to utilize it,” he added.

If so, then maybe Brunswick Catch will catch on.

Visit Brunswick Catch online to learn more about them.

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videoIt is an industry that has it’s ups and downs with every changing season – the fishing industry. A group of area fishermen are hoping to turn things around by casting a wide net; educating the public on the benefits of buying local seafood.

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Wrightsboro Elementary has become community cornerstone

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Wrightsboro Elementary School’s centennial celebration Friday was more than a year in the making and included a visit by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

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Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Burgaw business, old and new

Friday, June 5th, 2009

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Harrell’s Retail Store has called Burgaw home since 1903. Since the store opened, Burgaw has seen some drastic changes. Plenty of businesses have come and gone, and the town’s population has grown.

“Burgaw is a historic town, so when you go into Burgaw, when you go into these businesses, usually you will have the person who runs the business,” said Donna Best-Klinge of Burgaw Chamber of Commerce.

No where is that more true than Harrell’s. The Burgaw retail store has been open more than 100 years, and has been run by the same family for three generations. “Originally it was a general store with everything from horse collars and pickles to baby shoes and carriages,” said Vernon Harrell.

Over the years, the Harrell’s have seen the store and the town change together. “Businesses have come and gone and the community has expanded,” added Harrell.

One of the new businesses to call Burgaw home is the Traditions Gift Shop. “We mainly decided to open up because of just the charming historic area,” Emily Warren said.

With long standing businesses throughout the small town, new business owners try to take advantage by filling other needs. Pat Davis of Traditions Gift Shop said, “Burgaw is known for its antiques and we offer a good compliment.”

Though the town has seen big changes between Harrell’s grand opening and Traditions moving to town, some things have remained the same for both business owners and customers.

“Within a matter of 15 minutes they can drive into town, do their business, and then be heading back home,” described Harrell.

Davis said, “The community has been so warm and friendly, other businesses have been so welcoming, and we’re just so excited to be here.”

With very loyal customers it’s a place they could be for the next hundred years. Harrell said, “We have customers that have been coming in since their grandparents introduced them to us years ago, so we feel like the situation will be positive in the future.”

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videoHarrell’s Retail Store has called Burgaw home since 1903. Since the store opened, Burgaw has seen some drastic changes. Plenty of businesses have come and gone, and the town’s population has grown.

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Castle Hayne man arrested for alleged sex crimes

Friday, June 5th, 2009

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A Castle Hayne man is facing charges for sex crimes in Pender County.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old registered sex offender, Randall Bryant Thursday night. Bryant was charged with attempted kidnapping, solicitation of statutory sex offenses and indecent liberties with a child.

Authorities said Bryant tried to solicit sex from a boy near a bus stop in Hampstead. He is being held in Pender County Jail under a one million dollar bond.

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A Castle Hayne man is facing charges for sex crimes in Pender County. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old registered sex offender, Randall Bryant Thursday night.

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Perdue, Saffo talk local stimulus money

Friday, June 5th, 2009

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Governor Bev Perdue visited UNCW to talk about getting, and spending, federal stimulus money in North Carolina.

Perdue preached accountability, efficiency and transparency in measuring success for spending the government funds. The City of Wilmington received more than $3 million in stimulus money for a variety of projects. Mayor Bill Saffo said the money will be the key to creating jobs now. “As soon as we get that money and get it into our office we’ll start putting it to work immediately. You’ll start seeing work on the Cross City Trail, start seeing work on energy efficiency, stuff there at City Hall,” Saffo said.

Saffo and Perdue both urged small businesses and local governments to apply for more of the stimulus money. Saffo credited City Council’s March trip to Washington, DC, in helping acquire much of the stimulus money for Wilmington.

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Governor Bev Perdue visited UNCW to talk about getting, and spending, federal stimulus money in North Carolina.

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