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Archive for June, 2009

Sixth Annual Blueberry Festival

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

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Blueberry lovers to flocked to Burgaw Saturday for the North Carolina Blueberry Festival.

“I’ve never been to it before and I wanted to see what it was all about,” said Pamela Jones, blueberry fest first timer.

It’s bigger, better and bluer than ever before. Thousands showed up for the 6th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival, which was in full swing Saturday.

“It’s just a local thing, everybody is all about blueberries,” said Beth Grover.

“I was born and raised here, and we all grew picking blueberries and all of that, so it has always been a really big thing for the Pender County people,” added Diane McDuffie.

There were so many blueberry concoctions, it could make your head spin.

“They got muffins they got pies, they got cakes, bread, the blueberry ice tea is the next thing I’m going to try,” said Ed Weihs.

Blueberries are a major money making business for Pender County, especially for Ivanhoe Farms who makes a killing over these baby blues.

“We are a great supporter of the blueberry festival because it involves our livelihood and we enjoy doing it, we meet so many good people and it does a lot for Pender County and Burgaw,” said Lorraine Moore of Ivanhoe.

Blueberries also benefit area groups like the ladies from Burgaw Baptist Church who spent all night baking 77 pies.

“Every year we get the berries and the milk, the flour and the sugar, and that’s how it comes together but it does take a lot of work,” said Priscilla Tyree.

The blueberry has the spotlight for the day, but many flock to Burgaw for its spirit.

“I like the home kind of round the town square atmosphere,” said Sandra Jordan.

Before the blueberry hype, dozens gathered to kick it off with a 5K run.

One runner in particular used the event to step up to another challenge.

After two hip replacements, two knee replacements and two babies in less than three years, all while battling rheumatoid arthritis, Anne Hulls had plenty to be proud of when she crossed the finish line.

“It was just fitting that this fill six months after the final joint replacement and it was just kind of a victory race over what all we have been through,” Anne said.

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videoIt’s bigger, better and bluer than ever before. Thousands showed up for the 6th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival, which was in full swing Saturday.

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Blue Moon fundraiser benefits Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

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Blue Moon gift shops, along with other vendors, hosted a fundraiser for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital on Saturday.

Visitors were able to enter a raffle, see a fashion show, and taste one-of-a-kind treats to support a good cause.

The hospital, located in North Topsail, is a safe haven for injured sea turtles.

“All proceeds are going to go to the sea turtle hospital because they have no national funding, federal funding, everything is volunteers. They only get money through donations, so we were more than happy to participate,” said Mary Ann Masucci, Blue Moon owner.

Ten percent of today’s sales along with the raffle proceeds will go to the sea turtle hospital.

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Blue Moon gift shops, along with other vendors, hosted a fundraiser for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital on Saturday.

Visitors were able to enter a raffle, see a fashion show, and taste one-of-a-kind treats to support a good cause.

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Ammonia leak kills man

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

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One person is dead, three others hurt, after an ammonia leak at a Robeson County poultry plant Saturday.

The Sheriff says the man who died was Clifton Swain of Fayetteville.

The three people who were injured went to the hospital.

Investigators are looking into what caused the leak.

Authorities say it has been contained.

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One person is dead, three others hurt, after an ammonia leak at a Robeson County poultry plant Saturday.

The Sheriff says the man who died was Clifton Swain of Fayetteville.

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Laney teacher grooms next generation of educators

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

By Si Cantwell Staff Writer

Richelle Dombroski plans to spend her summer relaxing and preparing for the next school year. For the Laney High School teacher, that represents a change from the summers she spent traveling the world doing history and geography presentations for National Geographic. No trip to Australia, Nova Scotia or Santa Domingo this year.

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Book Marks – ‘The Bible Salesman’ gets nod from ‘O’

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

By Ben SteelmanBen.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington author Clyde Edgerton’s novel “The Bible Salesman” is one of “20 Tantalizing Beach Reads” recommended in the July issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

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