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Archive for September, 2009

Parents hear school system flu guidelines at Eaton Elementary forum

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVickey.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

A dozen parents showed up Tuesday evening at Eaton Elementary School for the first of three public forums New Hanover County health and school system officials are holding to discuss the unusual flu season facing students.

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Grant to help the homeless awarded to Coastal N.C. initiative

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

Social service agencies in the tri-county area will soon get a large infusion of federal money in their fight to prevent homelessness.

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Muscadines produce a fine wine

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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September is prime time for harvesting muscadine grapes, which are native to North Carolina. The grapes are known for making some sweet and popular wine enjoyed all over the country.

Cascading waterfalls of muscadine grapes fill barrel after barrel in Duplin Winery’s vineyards.

“This is harvest time, if we don’t get now, we’re not going to get it,” said winery president Dave Fussell. He added that harvest season picks up the day after Labor Day and runs through mid-October.

Employees work round the clock with the final product in mind.

“Muscadines produce wines that are fun; they’re kind of cool, sweet and easy, and we’re hoping that our wines will taste just like you’re underneath the grape vine eating the grapes,” Fussell said.

Duplin Winery is made up of 1200 acres of muscadine grapes. This year, they hope to produce seven tons per acre.

Although the season is off to a fruitful start, Fussell said the weather could have been a bit more cooperative; rain takes away from the grapes’ flavor. “We’ve had a little more rain than we would have liked at the end of August here in Rose Hill, but some of our outlining vineyards have had very little rain.”

Muscadines thrive in this hot, humid environment. They’re full of antioxidants and resveratrol, which keeps your heart healthy, but you’ll only taste their sweetness.

“We think muscadine grapes produce the best sweet wines in the world,” Fussell said.

You don’t have to enjoy muscadines only in wine; you can find them sold on their own in the grocery store, and at roadside stands.

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Sheriff’s helicopter ready for missions in Brunswick County

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The eagle has landed. It was blue and white with a gold diagonal stripe and the word “Sheriff” written at the top.Two months later than expected, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office’s Bell OH-58 series helicopter – called “Brunswick Air One” – is now available.

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City Council meeting looks to clean up storm water and pet waste

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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If you own a dog in the city of Wilmington, be prepared to pay if you do not pick up after the pooch.

In its regular meeting, City Council will tackle the problem of storm water run off Tuesday night, particularly pet waste. If left on the ground, the waste runs off in to our water.

Council is considering passing an ordinance that would fine pet owners $250 if they do not clean up after their pet.

Margaret Haynes of City Council said, “Pet waste is one of the biggest polluters that we have that’s encumbering our clean water, so it is an opportunity for everyone to participate.”

As part of the ordinance, pet owners would also be required to carry a bag. Council will also consider tightening other storm water regulations, like permits and disposal of yard waste.

The City Council meeting starts Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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